“I think the term Joe-mentia says it all. House and Senate seats were not meant to be life long careers, but rather discrete terms to be served with honor, ethics, honest, intellectual ability and compassion. These important seats come with a lot of power and it is important to use it well and not abuse it. Unfortunately with Joe Liebermen we have seen abuses of power (supporting the insurance companies who have donated considerable sums of money to his campaigns), a total lack of honor, honesty, compassion and a total failure of intellect. Hang it up, Joe and shut up! If you or any of your Senate or House Representatives are not able to serve to the best of their abilities due to intellectual or moral deficit, be honorable and put your country's needs first and resign. The citizens of this country deserve the best this country has to offer in elected office - not a hanger on who is having cognitive issues. We saw some cognitive disorientation with McCain during the election and the people in this country stood up and decided they needed someone at the top of their game, not on the decline.”
GrafZeppelin127 on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:23:51
“"House and Senate seats were not meant to be life long careers, but rather discrete terms to be served with honor, ethics, honest, intellectual ability and compassion."
Unfortunately, there are two groups of people who send Representatives and Senators to Congress: those who vote for them, and those who buy them. The trouble is that most of us can's do both. We can only vote for them, we can't buy them.
Sometimes a Rep or a Senator has to choose between serving those who voted for him, and those who bought him. It's important to point out that the Left's favorite conservative bogeymen, e.g., "big business," the wealthy, large corporations, the insurance, oil and defense industries, etc., are Americans too, and they deserve to have their interests represented as much as anyone and everyone else does. The key phrase, however, is "as much as," not "more than" or "disproportionately more than" because they are able to buy politicians as well as vote for them.
We lost healthcare reform because those who buy politicians (i.e., those who stand to lose from reform) have disproportionately more representation and influence in Washington than those who vote for them (i.e., those who stand to gain from reform). Lieberman, vile monster that he is, is merely the fulcrum of this phenomenon.”
alieninvader on Dec 16, 2009 at 11:08:55
“Something makes me think another "hanger on", Ted Kennedy, could have helped us out on this one.”
teasley on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:59:33
“Your position is that Joe Lieberman is the only politician who has hung on to his seat too long?”
inthelandoftheblind on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:58:48
“Me thinks they betta put the crack pipe down ...once in a while.”
jillian222 on Dec 16, 2009 at 10:56:09
“Excellent trend of thought, gsharpe1. I agree with you on your observations. Count me in as a new fan.”
“I applaud our country's House and Senate members who are working hard to provide healthcare to Americans. Healthcare should not be an opportunity to grand-stand or run for the next election. House and Senate seats were not meant to be life-long careers and there is no shame in only serving one term - but make the time that is serve count - do no cow-tow to other 'sopinions, but rather stand as an example for the children and adults of this country - demonstrate ethics, intellectual capacity and compassion.
Many of the individuals who hold these positions have their own source of wealth and have never had to worry about obtaining health care. As a result of their positions they have access to the "best" health care this country has to offer - but most of their constituents are not. One of the measurements of maturity is the ability to carefully explore both sides of an issue and really think about it - your own opinion - and not parrot other's opinions. This reform will impact millions of Americans now and in future generations - so it is important to rise to your highest ability, not your basest! This is not the time to cave to fear-mongers.
One of the critical issues of Health Care Reform is availability of insurance. Many in this country disagree that insurance should be required, but who do these people think are going to pay their medical bills when a major illness strikes???”
“After reading the article and scanning the related comments, it appears that a lot of the blame for the current economic situation is being put on Obama. It takes years to create this type of economic meltdown. Obama inherited this situation. How fast Republicans forget that Bush started the bail-outs and his administration had significant influence on the situation we now find ourselves in. How quickly we forget the near past.”
einstein10 on Sep 4, 2009 at 09:57:44
“Obama is definitely not to blame for creating this situation, but he is too tied in to the system to make any meaningful change.”
NatteringNabob on Sep 4, 2009 at 09:57:27
“The tr0lls here have selective memories and contempt for facts.”
“Unemployment measures are based on those receiving eligible for unemployment. People roll off eligibility every week and most remain unemployed and uncounted. Unemployment is higher than government statistics indicate.”
Schoolgirl666 on Sep 4, 2009 at 09:55:40
“And then they have no health insurance because Cobra, if offered, is unaffordable on unemployment insurance. If affordable it runs out in 18 months. That is why I don't understand why the uninsured number is so low.”
“I think there is a lot of fear-mongering going on and incorrect information being distributed via media, emails, blogs, etc. I have received some of these scary Republican emails from associates. What I have found is that the comments contained various forms of media are frequently taken out of context. I have read the first 45 pages of H.R. 3200 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3200: (it is slow reading) and then scanned sections checking on some of these "out of context" comments. This is not easy reading, but will probably be one of the most important pieces of legislature. I encourage all Americans to familiarize themselves with this bill to the best of their ability. There are some parts of the Bill that I do not understand, so I plan on calling The White House with my questions - get the correct information from the source!
“Our most important resource is our citizens, their health, well-being and productivity! It is time to adhere to the saying “united we stand; divided we fall.”
One of the biggest complaints about health care reform is the expense and the fear of additional taxes. Those with insurance are already subsidizing those without insurance by paying on average an additional $1200 annually in premiums.
Many people in this country assume that the uninsured are unemployed, lazy, etc. In many situations this is not the case, many of the uninsured are hard working individuals who cannot afford their premiums for the health care plans their companies provide because they have hungry mouths at home to feed. Others work for companies who do not offer health care benefits.
Most Americans will die from illness. Our health is one of the things we take for granted until it is compromised. I use to be one of those individuals who had great benefits. I learned that things can change in an instant…family illness, caretaking obligations, an accident , illness, unemployment, etc. I realize now that I could very easily become one of “those uninsured people,” we all have the potential of becoming one of those “uninsured” individuals.
The time has come to work together to find a way to provide all Americans with high quality health care lest “we fall”.”
Pristine16 on Jul 22, 2009 at 22:45:00
“I COULDN'T AGREE MORE,. PLEASE CHECK OUT THE 5 DOLLAR REVOLUTION.COM, IT'S A PLAN THAT RAISES 140 BILLION TO FUND THE PUBLIC OPTION, WITHOUT ADDING TO THE DEFICIT OR RAISING TAXES. WE CAN GET REFORM WITH THE RIGHT PLAN!”
“I guess if you have no truth to tell, you hid it by lying! The lies are getting very tiresome. How stupid do you thing the American public is?”
arcticterrier on Oct 27, 2008 at 21:29:43
“"You'll never go broke by underestimating the intelligence of the America people" PT Barnum
Dems and Repubs are both neck full of it. However, an Obama/Pelosi/Reed troika (junta?) certainly isn't the answer. They'll just flat out take what you earned and p$%s it away. At least the Repubs will give us a moderately well crafted lie.”
“Is this how you want your hard earned tax dollars spent? I want mine spent on providing health care, education, financial reform and job creation. Forget the chocolate and cloths for Palin. This former Republican is going Democrat!”
“I have a BA from a prestigious private school (no I am not from a wealthy family--I took out student loans), I have a Master's degree from a school consistently ranked in the top 3 in my subject field and most recently, I began working on a Master's in Conflict Resolution. It is from this latest course work that perhaps I have learned the most. There is always conflict and we need to communicate and try our best to work together. In the end, we are all people regardless of our nationality, our religious believes, where we were born. Of the major religions in the world, all flow on a bell curve based in an individual’s interpretation. One is not superior to another and at their heart all have good aspects. It is when they are perverted by extremist that there are problems.
The McCain/Palin platform thrives on hate and fear. Hate is divisive and frightening. If they think they are always right, there is no room in this country or the world for any other viewpoints, only theirs. As a very intelligent woman, I support Obama who has an inclusive campaign -- let's work together to make our lives, country and world a better place for all of us.
In the end, nothing good will come hatemongering except more hate, destruction and war.”