“By raising the minimum wage, you ARE helping them raise themselves to a better career and position in life. Because by raising the minimum wage you're saying that all full-time employment is worth a living wage. And, I think you'd be surprised that low-wage workers actually can enjoy, and find meaning, in their work.
Furthermore, enhanced economic freedom would give those at the so-called "bottom" opportunities for more education and training.
My opinion: valuing full-time employment, no matter the task, is a big step forward.”
“I and most of America would love to 'leave you alone,' Rand (note the paraphrasing). The problem is you ran for federal office. And somehow won. I'm guessing this isn't the first time you've done this, but good God man, you're a US Senator. Have some respect for the institution.”
jmb4 on Nov 5, 2013 at 23:32:18
“Rand has no respect for GOVERNMENT, much less the Senate. He must go!”
“There was plenty of outrage over the so-called Patriot Act (a false name if there ever was one). Again, if Snowden exposed unconstitutional activities, he can't be considered a traitor.”
callitlikeitis on Oct 30, 2013 at 15:45:19
“What does our surveillance abilities on foreign gov'ts have to do with our constitutional rights? If they listened to my phone conversations, they'd be so bored they'd put me out of the surviel. list.”
“It isn't the spying on foreign leaders that outrage me; it's the spying on us. Without probable cause. Unfortunately, we live in a time when our constitutional protections are being contravened to 'keep us safe.' In such a suspicious climate, I don't think Snowden could get a fair hearing or trial.”
Veneita on Oct 31, 2013 at 18:04:07
“true the spying on us is troubling. However, there are processes such as going to members of Congress who are on the progressive side to discuss his concerns. That being said, we are a nation of laws and there are far too many people across the political spectrum who decide unilaterally what is right and wrong and then act according to their own judgment. People like Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted laws they thought were unjust and stayed to face the consequences of breaking them until they moved public opinion. They didn't run off to Russia.”
“The Constitution isn't a particularly lengthy document, but the gist of the 4th Amendment seems very clear to me: probable cause is vital in regard to searches and seizures. It seems to me that the NSA and its adherents are using the brevity of the Constitution and rapid technological advances to skirt the gist of the 4th Amendment. Further, I must believe that the Founding Fathers would never, ever, ever, support the kinds of searches the NSA engages in today, no matter what legal acrobatics they employ to justify it. If Edward Snowden has exposed illegal spying--and I believe he has--then he's committed no crime and therefore cannot be considered a traitor. In fact, he should be commended for supporting our Constitutional rights at great risk to himself. Let me repeat: exposing unconstitutional activities should never be considered criminal or traitorous.”
“It's amazing that any reasonable person still thinks the CRA had anything to do with the Great Recession, but then again, reason seems to be inversely related to how far right a person falls on the political spectrum.”
BobRobertsFeltRedundant on Oct 29, 2013 at 21:59:51
“it;s hilarious the tea bags blame carter ( a guy who was president 30 years earlier) for their housing bubble yet get very very angry when you mention that Obama might have inherited a terrible economy from bush”
akasidney on Oct 29, 2013 at 21:59:48
“"You can lead the right to reason... but you can't make them think!"”
“Joe, thanks for being you. When I read your headlines, I don't worry that conservatives have figured out just how out of touch they are, or that they've figured out a coherent strategy for appealing to a wider swath of the country.
Incidentally, I had a more pointed comment denied earlier, and it started me wondering what's happening with Huffington Post editorially. There were no offensive words contained therein, nor even suggestive words that might be construed in an offensive manner. Sure, there was scorn, and I make no apologies for that, especially when HuffPo would only publish Joe's words as an example of embarrassing polemicism.
I'd be very disappointed to leave Huffington Post should they continue their unnecessary censorship, but then again, I'd have to assume that progressive thought has, sadly, taken a back seat to propriety in such an event.”
“"The 40-year-old former officer said he suffered depression and anxiety after death threats were sent to him and his family over the Nov. 18, 2011 event."-------------------------What he did was outrageous and unjustified in any way. Any mental anguish he suffered over his actions was entirely his fault, and perhaps a welcome signal that he understands how wrong he was that day. The image of harmless students being faced down by jack-booted officers in riot gear still offends me to this day.”
Oct 20, 2013 at 04:43:30
“Who could possibly sing with all the dancing, costume-changing, and moving she engages in on stage. I'm not a Britney fan but after seeing that video I actually appreciate her predicament more than I did previously.”
Oct 10, 2013 at 23:59:10
“Mr. Mann, whether what you say is true or untrue doesn't change the facts.
Red states (ie. comprised of mostly non-Obama supporters) take in *more* federal dollars than they pay in taxes, and blue states (ie. more Obama supporters), take in *less* federal dollars than they pay in taxes. That's simply a fact. And that means that James Woods is incorrect.”
Oct 10, 2013 at 17:21:04
“James Woods, red states take more in gov't services than they pay in taxes. Blue states pay more in taxes than what they receive in gov't services. So go ahead and leave, James, and take conservatives with you. We'll actually come out ahead.”
DwightMann on Oct 10, 2013 at 17:54:12
“Most of that money going to red states is in the form of Social Security checks, which is actually only returning money that was taken from their paychecks when they worked.”
“A stimulus commensurate with America's annual GDP--and not comprised of 50% tax cuts--would have been a good start. A WPA-style public works program would still be a win-win in terms of employment and infrastructure refurb. Most importanly, a mortgage writedown program is absolutely needed.”
amerigoedison on Sep 22, 2013 at 18:55:07
“1) Last stimulus did not work and it will raise the national debt and is more play money being used backed by nothing.2) WPA style program is not a private sector endeavor and again...spends borrowed money to pay other people. 3) Mortgage writedown program. I cant speak to that.........”
“At the end of the day, Ed Schultz is right. Progressives don't champion progressive causes for self-serving reasons; they champion them because these causes are the best way to restore return us to full employment [and in turn balance the budget]. Obama has always given short shrift to liberals on economic issues, and the anemic recovery is proof that the President has been completely wrong in toeing a centrist line instead of embracing a more progressive approach.”
amerigoedison on Sep 19, 2013 at 09:40:01
“What "progressive" policy or approach will influence the private sector to create jobs?”
“Move over Donald Trump; there's a new scandal in town, and it's not Obama's phony birth certificate. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Bryan Fischer--I mean, it's only been 2+ years since the picture was taken--we now know that the President probably just plays World of Warcraft in his White House bedroom all day long and instructs his staff to simply Photoshop his image all over the world as needed. during moments of national crisis. I predict big things in Mr. Fischer's future. Or at least free admission to the next CPAC.”