“We should not forget that many of the architects of Apartheid studied at German Universities during the 1930s and identified strongly with the Nazis. Many of the Apartheid racial classification laws, were based on those in Nazi Germany.
These facts alone tell us a great deal about Cheney.
As they say in Africa; " A leopard never changes its spots."”
“1.So Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and France among others are all Third World countries? They all subsidize or provide free college education. I wasn't aware they were underdeveloped countries.
2. If, as you assert, the quality of education is declining, do you think the best approach is to stop education or try and do what's necessary to fix it - which might involve money; probably from taxes because it is a national problem. You seem to agree that education should be improved, but you don't say how. Instead you blame "regulations".
3. "Blame the government" is the conservative default position. They're always talking about liberals "killing jobs" without a shred of evidence. They forget that the economic crisis began while Bush was still President - but Limbaugh was calling it Obama's recession before he was even inaugurated. But when did facts ever trouble the guys on Fox news?”
“The issue isn't rising student debt per se. Remember the precious Republican Administrations who can't bear the thought that we should ever pay taxes to live in a civilized society. Taxes pay for training and education to train our future workforce. Thanks to the obsession with tax cutting, higher training costs have become prohibitive and this has led to loans with higher interest and debt. And then there's the outsourcing of jobs. Ya think that might be one reason why there aren't jobs in our country? Unless of course you have another explanation why there aren't well-paid jobs around.
To simply blame "liberal" policies seems to be ignorant. In any case, education and the housing bubble are different. And you might want to ask why interest rates on student loans are so high, when our crooked bankers don't even pay interest on their loans - after they helped tank our economy. I guess that must have been the liberals as well.
You may have read today's report about how we, the great nation, are falling behind other nations who subsidize their young people's education and don't leave them saddled with debt or ignorance.”
nadiz6 on Dec 4, 2013 at 02:41:13
“What you saying is not true, there are 200 training programs run by government. Obama extended bush tax cuts in 2011 and extended tax cuts for 98% of the population last year ,he was the first president in history that cut payroll taxes(SS and medicare taxes).Obama liberal policies of excessive government regulations are killing jobs in US for example EPA regulations closed 33 coal factories and hundreds of middle class workers lost their jobs and joined unemployment lines,Obama care law caused for the first time in history hospitals to cut jobs for health care workers after its regulations cut medicare fees paid to hospitals,Obama excessive government spending didn't create any jobs but increased national debt that future generations has to pay it back to other countries.Student loan will be next bubble that cause economic collapse since many college graduates cannot find good paying jobs to pay back their loans and will default .US is not falling behind because we don't subsidize young people this is an ignorant assertion that show lack of knowledge since many countries that has free college education are third world countries that are underdeveloped and lag behind developed countries ,US are falling behind because quality of education is getting worse each year and many college graduates are not qualified to handle requirements of jobs needed in todays market in many industries.The solution is improving education , hundreds of jobs created by businesses ,this will not happen as long as this administration issue hundreds of regulations .”
“Well it's not to vilify the affiliates of the Tea Party - but let's face it, it's members tend to rail agains "government" - which includes infrastructure, hospitals etc..as some inherent evil. These adherents of this silly ideology are bloody dangerous and the paradox of our democracy is that it sows the seeds of its own destruction. What to do about the dollar? I'm not an economist, but it's value or lack thereof has much to do with our politics and economics at this point and unless we address these issues in a sensible way, I can't see these problems being solved.”
“The reason companies are "fleeing" is because business has always sought cheaper labor markets. Were it not for labor unions we'd still have workhouses and Victorian poverty. As it is, they have sweatshops and poverty overseas. That's the way business likes it; people desperate for work and unable to collectively bargain for safe work conditions and living wages. Obviously you are not someone who has to contend with these problems which is why you consider Scott Walker and his ilk such heroes.”
“Well money has always been a social construct - Marx talks about it in Das Kapital. That part I don't have a problem with - it's a convenient representation of value. You can't carry gold bars around - practically. In principle a coin or a check or a credit card or whatever, is fair enough. The issue is whether it represents "something substantial". What might that be? Our factories are gone. We don't make much. What do we have? What jobs are there? What do we, as a nation, create anymore? What exactly is our substance. We should not forget that Congress is also a representation of our collective will. To separate and demonize government as some abstract entity, is precisely the dangerous and stupid strategy of the Tea Party.”
Poetsxcape511 on Oct 14, 2013 at 20:13:31
“I was nodding and nodding at everything you were saying until you mentioned the tea party. Don't get me wrong I'm not for any party. The party system is an oxymoron that even George Washington was trying to warn us about. And there's a contradiction in your words because if congress is the collective will of all Americans the Tea Party is the collective will of another group of people and singling them out as an abstract entity is just as dangerous if only because a kind of prejudice might spawn from that sentiment towards anyone claiming affiliation to the tea party even if they feel the same way as you do. If I have to set my point to something clearer I'd have to say that it doesn't matter who we have as our leadership. So long as our infrastructure remains the way it does our destination will always be the same. As far as substance I'm not sure I'd know what we could provide at the moment. But something still needs to be done about the dollar if we're ever going to free ourselves from debt.”
“No need to be insulting. In any case, Walker's claim of a surplus and how he's "giving" it back to the people is absolute nonsense and designed to divert attention from his stated intent to destroy unions and any chance of collective bargaining - a necessary requirement for a healthy democracy. ”
Brad Gi on Oct 13, 2013 at 14:27:46
“The last gasp of job destroying unions. There is a surplus, and the unions can't stand it. Unions are the reason American company's are fleeing this country at a record pace. Unions support the Democrats. Democrats pass legislation to help only the unions. The unions are the largest donors to the Democrats. Can you say money laundering?”
“I don't dispute that our 2-party system is a problem. It is. We need other choices. Two parties is hardly a democracy and there is no chance of a coalition government - not that the one in Britain is so great at the moment, but at least there's a bit more choice. I agree that US foreign policy is an unmitigated disaster. Where we differ is that it is hard to see how inflation has led to the government shutdown. There is inflation everywhere, but in Europe at any rate, there is more cooperation between parties.The current GOP or at least the Tea party is a bunch of dangerous fanatics. Sadly, people are not getting that , which is scary. ”
Poetsxcape511 on Oct 13, 2013 at 15:21:20
“It isn't inflation specifically. Even during the golden age of America we had inflation, it's only natural. But the buying power of the American dollar always remained above inflation. I'm no advocate of gold but the moment in time that brought down our buying power while keeping inflation moving up was when the national and international gold standard were abolished. Where I'm getting at is that we'd have the capacity to keep our government working had our money actual buying power. We would have had the money to pay our bills because the money in our pockets would cover more of it. I'll admit the power congress has over the budget needs to be changed but I still don't see how America can prosper if we have to borrow the money to get congress up and running. That's like giving someone drugs to rid them of their drug addiction. My thing is that congress, or even the President because Lincoln and JFK tried it, can start creating its own money instead of borrowing it from the bank. Either backed by something substantial or by, believe it or not, the will of the people. It worked for 700 years in England using tally sticks and it was working in the colonies before a then corrupted England forced the tea and stamp act on them.”
“Your response has nothing to do with what's at issue - which is the grossly infantile, dangerous and irresponsible behavior of our "grand" old party.”
Poetsxcape511 on Oct 13, 2013 at 01:14:42
“Given that the party system is an oxymoron blaming only one side of our two party problem seems to me grossly infantile. Especially since the way I see it obama is doing many of the same things bush did in his days with drone strikes, spying on Americans, foreign aggression. And how money gets its buying power has everything to do with our situation. For example the buying power of the 2012 minimum wage was roughly over $4. Which was regrettably nearly the same amount of buying power as when the minimum wage was 25 cents. I bring this up because had the American dollar had better buying power there wouldn't be a reason to shut down the government.”
“? We were talking about the US - isn't this kind of a silly response?”
dbdel on Oct 18, 2013 at 03:11:37
“Perhaps you are too obtuse to discern the nuance of my comment: There really isn't any "extreme left" constituency in the United States anymore (or, more generally, it is so small it doesn't have much significance).”
“Yeah, blame Obama, not the House of Representatives who've done everything in their power to block measures that would stimulate the economy. That way they can "blame Obama".”
Brad Gi on Oct 12, 2013 at 16:05:54
“I realize you can't see the forest because of the trees, but did you happen to catch Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, is now running a budget surplus and is trying to give back the surplus to the people? The Chicken Little union screamed of untold horrors if he remained Governor. How's that going for them now? ”
“Before you even talk economics you need to discuss the value of the currency being used in said economics. The American dollar is garbage, not worth the paper its printed on and the way we cling to fractional reserve banking or having more money printed out, devaluing the currency already in circulation, well... That makes having a serious discussion about the economy as valid as having a discussion about unicorns and vampires.”
“Pal, those of us who live where there is National Health Care are very happy with it. Rather the "government bureaucrats" than the "insurance bureaucrats" any day of the week. The insurance guys are only interested in collecting premiums and denying care. It's only about money and profit. Some things are just better done by the public sector.
The reason the GOP is fighting this thing so hard, is that they know that. Once Americans don't have to sweat for health coverage anymore, they'll be free to move to new jobs, free to tell the boss where to go. And once Americans have that freedom, just watch what happens when the GOP run for office again promising to repeal what will be a very popular law. Nothing to gloat about, that is for sure. That's why the GOP are so extreme - they know.”
“Well there are always different reasons and circumstances and the like. But in general...most people would appreciate fairness in the way they're handled; even to be told the truth, so that they can get on with their lives. There is a lot of deceit around and it is seldom altruistic. I suspect your mother might be all too aware of that and that one could understand her biases on that basis. Your last paragraph is way too cryptic, but I'm sure you have your reasons for that. All the best.”
HicRhodusHicSalta on Sep 29, 2013 at 02:15:22
“Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I also believe in honesty, and that the absence of it is what can doom a relationship.”
“There are always "consequences". One doesn't condemn someone for having emotional attachments. One condemns the dishonesty that flows from not facing the consequences. That's what betrayal is: deceit. Is it being a "prude" to at least ask someone to be honest ? Asking for basic decency is hardly flippant. The lack of it tends to be self-serving. Ask anyone who's been betrayed. You may have a classical background. This should not be new to you.”
HicRhodusHicSalta on Sep 28, 2013 at 22:52:44
“My mother was betrayed by my father, so I am all too aware of the phenomenon. That experience made her very judgmental of others, often unjustly so.
I also know of someone already at least a decade past the stage of "being honest." It's more like the stage of "final notice." The reasons are not simple, but they cannot simply walk away from their relationship.
People should save their righteous indignation for their own actions, because they rarely understand those they condemn (which is the likely reason their relationship failed in the first place).”
“If they were as good at running the government as running it down, the GOP might be a viable party. As it is they're simply a waste of space. If the people ever get that, the US will be a better country, a beacon of hope.
“Well he's smart enough to realize that once the ACA is passed, there is no going back. What are the GOP going to say at the next Presidential Election? We're going to take away everyone's insurance? Don't think so.
That's what all this "principled" opposition is all about.”