“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.”
"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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.