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Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work

Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 11:05:57 in Politics

“Yeah, anything the government does to benefit the people who live under it and pay its taxes must be political pandering.”
Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work

Here's Why Obamacare Is Going To Work

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 10:59:35 in Politics

“So - you oppose Social Security insurance benefits paid by a lifetime of paying premiums? You oppose veteran disability benefits? You oppose insurance benefits for widows and orphans? Nice. Get thee to Somalia.”
Americans Want Congress Members To Pee In Cups To Prove They're Not On Drugs

Americans Want Congress Members To Pee In Cups To Prove They're Not On Drugs

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 14:44:45 in Politics

“Already law.”

Hoosier Dave on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:36:43

“For whom in the executive branch? Just the military and other law enforcement? What about cabinet or white house officials?”
Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 13:37:54 in Politics

“"It's raw power they're exercising," says Hatch.

"Half the nominees filibustered in the history of the United States were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration; of 23 district court nominees filibustered in U.S. history, 20 were Obama's nominees;" says Reid.

Where is the abuse of power? Hnnngh? My father took my keys away once. I think it was I who had abused the power, not him.”
Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE]

Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE]

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 11:44:01 in Politics

“Don't forget there's a lame duck period following an election.”
Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE]

Senate Approves Nuclear Option [UPDATE]

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 11:42:40 in Politics

“Don't get all stemmy. This will be limited to certain appointments, not the cloture rule in general.”
Labor Unions Fueled Major Liberal 'Dark Money' Group In 2012

Labor Unions Fueled Major Liberal 'Dark Money' Group In 2012

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 11:25:00 in Politics

“If you want to play basketball, you follow the rules and you appreciate a fair referee. That does not mean you like all the rules and think none of them should be changed. If it was OK to hit someone in the head with a blackjack when he's going for a layup, the guys with the biggest blackjacks and weakest legs would like that rule, but maybe not you. Still, you bring your blackjack to the game because that's the rule. We want CU overturned, but as long as it's in play, we're not going to concede the easy layups to you just because we don't like blackjacks.”
Video Of White Supremacist Learning He Is 14 Percent Black May Be The Best Thing Ever

Video Of White Supremacist Learning He Is 14 Percent Black May Be The Best Thing Ever

Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 10:12:10 in Black Voices

“I believe the insult the supremacists are fond of using is "mongrel."”
Ted Cruz's Drunken Law School Antics Revealed

Ted Cruz's Drunken Law School Antics Revealed

Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 17:38:21 in Politics

“I agree with your assessment, but i think he, like all narcissists, has a flaw that will topple him: He is sure that he's right about things for which there is no objective evidence, including that we're entering End Times. That will not carry him far in business. A CEO can bully subordinates to his agenda, but if he doesn't listen and process evidence objectively, he'll drive his business into the ground and take everyone with him, while his more pragmatic competitors take his market away. Of course, if he attains more power in the Senate, he'll do that to the country as well.”
Mother Explains Heartbreaking Decision To Abort After 20 Weeks (VIDEO)

Mother Explains Heartbreaking Decision To Abort After 20 Weeks (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 11:20:28 in Politics

“The loaded use of the term "child" is where you'll get some argument. Try again, using the generally accepted medical term.”
Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 10:44:29 in Politics

“Agreed. What comes first is "How can I please my donors." Question 2 is "How can I use their donations to sell it to my voters?"”
Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 10:42:46 in Politics

“And yet we just had another election where the Republican in Virginia were claiming a referendum on Obamacare, just like the big one in 2012 - remember that one? And McAuliff won. Do you think he won because people were pissed about Obamacare, or because of the shutdown's impact on Virginia? Keep them blinders on. Even the website debacle has not budgedthe approval/disapproval rating of Obamacare.”
Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 10:39:57 in Politics

“I agree, but you gotta pay the bills, and obviously pure news alone doesn't do that. I had to turn off ABC news last night because it was one piece of fluff after another, with nearly zero information about anything that matters. I can't begin to remember the cavalcade of BS I was subjected to. Why was it there? Because that's what our citizens want, and what draws the eyeballs and sponsors.

Protect public broadcasting (which is also being co-opted by corporations) and net neutrality. Those are the only things keeping us out of the Matrix anymore.”
Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 10:36:26 in Politics

“We collectively have the Congress we deserve. We've let our sources of information be taken over by international entertainment conglomerates. We've given corporations the ability to buy our votes with propaganda. We don't take the time to understand the value of what we were handed, or to learn the nuances of getting along in a participatory democracy. We've left it for others to care while we pursue that Porsche or watch Jersey Shore.”
Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People 'Leave Me The Hell Alone'

Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People 'Leave Me The Hell Alone'

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 16:00:47 in Politics

“Since their whole motif is either greed, fear, or hatred, pretty much. "I got mine, screw you" is childish. Expect other childish behaviors from baggers.”
Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People 'Leave Me The Hell Alone'

Rand Paul Adding Footnotes So People 'Leave Me The Hell Alone'

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 15:58:08 in Politics

“Methinks the bee's sting has found its mark. Paul is squirming and kvetching like an adolescent caught shoplifting. I bet it's fun in his office these days.”
The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 14:20:27 in Politics

“Like wrestling with an amoeba.

Listen, think about it. ALL insurance is a way to pool, i.e. socialize, risk. Some insureds win, some lose but all spread risk around and prevent disaster. There would be no international shipping, no oil drilling or coal mining, no skyscrapers without insurance. OK.

So as medical science has advanced, we are now able to prevent death in many ways. Doc Green no longer comes to your house, gives Grandma a sedative, takes a bushel of taters and leaves her to die with her family. My dad had one heart attack in 91, and the attempt to revive him in the best hospital in Boston cost $64,000. Cancer drugs cost hundreds of thousands. So do we leave the door open and go bankrupt on heroic measures, or do we ration? I don't take a position, but thinking that rationing is something Obama invented is silly. These are still private insurers, and they've been rationing for years. It will "get worse" only because there is no end to the potential cost of keeping someone alive.”

somepeoplecallmethestig on Nov 5, 2013 at 14:23:40

“I agree some will win under Obama care.   About 5% will be happier. ”
How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 12:32:54 in Gay Voices

“You should get out more.

Laughter is the best medicine.”
How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

How An 'Anti-Gay' Mississippi Town Stopped A Gay Bar From Opening

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 11:59:32 in Gay Voices

“There are just so many things wrong with that idea, but let's just look at the economics. You think you could substitute coffee, tapas and sandwiches, during the same hours when a bar gets going, for liquor revenue? Think people would drive there right after work from Tupelo or Tennessee to get a mediocre brisket sandwich, then hang out and drink coffee until midnight? And have just as merry a time? Remember, the business was marginal as a bar.”
The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 11:43:43 in Politics

“You think we don't have them now, in the hands of insurance companies?”

somepeoplecallmethestig on Nov 4, 2013 at 19:13:52

“It is only going to get worse, much much worse.”
The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 09:36:16 in Politics

“Conservatives need to reinvent themselves every couple of generations as society, not well versed in history, finds them out. Ideologues like Blackburn can't adjust their beliefs to the facts, so sooner or later they crash. Meantime, they will have damaged and wasted a generation, leaving behind still more environmental destruction and more concentrated wealth for their puppet-masters.”
The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

The Right's Most Loathsome Obamacare Lie Yet

Commented Nov 2, 2013 at 09:13:00 in Politics

“You guys may think this is the most loathsome lie yet, but my vote goes to "death panels."”

blinkthink on Nov 2, 2013 at 09:32:03

“In reality, when the GOPT strips Medicaid, they become that very thing. When they shut down low cost reproductive care, they support disease and higher insurance costs, poverty due to medical crisis.

That's barbaric.”

somepeoplecallmethestig on Nov 2, 2013 at 09:17:54

“They have them in the UK. Its just a matter of time in the USA”
Gio Bernard Touchdown: Bengals RB Makes Dolphins' Brent Grimes Miss Twice During TD Run (VIDEO)

Gio Bernard Touchdown: Bengals RB Makes Dolphins' Brent Grimes Miss Twice During TD Run (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 16:07:11 in Sports

“Yes video. Can your device play Flash movies?”
Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 15:08:30 in Politics

“Now that's just silly. I showed you a research paper. The evidence is that I've done my homework and you haven't. I did it five years ago. Skippy.”

jfire976 on Oct 29, 2013 at 15:16:13

“yeah...from where?????”
Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 14:34:27 in Politics

“No, it was not the CRA. It was the creation of a whole new industry of mortgage sharking and the failure to regulate it. Banks that had bricks and mortar in the communities they served reported that CRA customers had no worse default record than the general population, because those banks, in full compliance with the law, ensured that borrowers told the truth about income and assets. The defaults came from large national lenders like Countrywide, who had no stake in communities, urged borrowers to borrow more than they could afford predicated on housing values increasing forever, and deliberately neglecting to verify incomes, actually encouraging lying. It was the big fish, not the CRA.

For a full report, see http://www.traigerlaw.com/publications/traiger_hinckley_llp_cra_foreclosure_study_1-7-08.pdf. However, you will surprise me if you actually do, because most people who parrot right-wing lies years after they've been debunked are apt to have closed minds reinforced by layers of resentment.”

jfire976 on Oct 29, 2013 at 14:44:49

“ya got me skippy..........why don't YOU look up the history instead of just reading one article from HP that is slanted so far to the left I fell off my chair.....”
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