“it was a vicious act. The person who ordered it should face CRIMINAL charges of 'Reckless endangerment' of the public and be forced to reimburse the city, county, and state taxpayers for the added costs of calling in extra public safety officials to deal with the traffic burdens and keep their services 'functioning'. If he cannot provide any evidence of acting in an 'official capacity' within the protocols and routine standards of his public office he should face civil lawsuits from businesses and individuals whose faced losses and disruptions as a result of his 'stunt'.....and anyone who failed to question or verify the 'secret order' and ignored the big, bright 'RED FLAG' of the demand to NOT notify their supervisors or public safety officials of an action that they SHOULD HAVE KNOWN AND/OR REASONABLY SUSPECT would cause harm and disruption to the general public is NOT competent to hold that job....and while we're on the subject....why the heck did it take so long to put an end to this 'stunt'?! Who exactly is 'in charge' there? It defies logic that one person can unilaterally order multiple lanes closed on the busiest bridge in the country- causing immediate, lasting, and extremely costly harm, risk, and disruption to tens of thousands of citizens- put an entire city in danger, cost businesses millions of dollars...and yet not one person with the authority has the common sense to quickly put a stop to such a dangerous act.”
“wages and workplace conditions so foul in China that 'suicide nets' must be placed below factory worker dorm windows......Indian farmers killing themselves as their crops wither and their children starve when the rivers and lakes are drained/diverted away from family farms in order to feed the foreign-owned call center's needs......that kind of cost is much too high for me.”
“Actually- the self-proclaimed 'Masters of the Universe' on Wall Street manipulate the oil market......the Saudi's actually behave much more responsibly and with restraint over that which they can control. But it really doesn't matter much now- President Obama's administration has overseen a huge boom in domestic oil and natural gas production, so foreign 'cartels' have even less influence....now if we could only do something about the cocaine-fueled sociopaths on Wall Street we'd be in much better shape”
“Actually, Mr. Jacobs, Republicans are quite adept at getting through to women on an 'emotional level'......in fact....most adult women I know respond to Republicans with reflexive disgust and revulsion....as though they've been assaulted by a bad odor.
It's just a shame that so many in the Republican Party are so lacking in both imagination and empathy that they can't understand what it's like to have a political party so publicly and relentlessly focused on regulating and controlling our most intimate bodily functions and relationships.
Pretend for just one moment, Mr. Jacobs....that a female Governor and female legislators won a majority control of your home state and immediately set to work to pass laws affecting your reproductive organs....demanding that your physician subject you to invasive probes and unneeded x-rays, insisting that none of your most common medical needs can be covered by your own private health insurance, and seeking to limit and/or eliminate all low-cost clinics that provide a range of services and treatments for men. Does that reach you on an emotional level?”
“I'm willing to bet that his children's doctors would treat his kids for free just to get invited to his cocktail parties and be able to pass out business cards to his wealthy and connected friends......silly gus....don't you know the 'super-rich' don't really have to pay for anything?”
gusgus1 on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:52:26
“Its O.K. to discriminate as long as its not the poor or middle class.Liberals have a class envoy problem”
“It's actually a brilliant 'outreach strategy'.....each one of those white people that showed up has at least one 'black friend'....they're always telling us that, right?...so now they can pass on what they learned from Senator Paul to those 'black friends' their always bragging about!”
project cooper on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:31:11
“It is more telling that the total mess of Detroit is so the demoncrates can say they have more black friends.”
tarj on Dec 9, 2013 at 11:29:35
“I think maybe all those white people might have the same person as their "black friend".”
“Senator Paul's (and the Republican's) approach to our economy is nonsensical and harmful......they condemn all 'insurance' and EARNED entitlements for the 'people' - mis-defining it as 'welfare'....yet continue to insist that business/corporate/military industrial tax grants/incentives/rebates/no-bid-contracts/ and matching funding are vital and necessary for the health and welfare of our nation....it's bizarro world logic that has led to the worst income inequality and abusive corruption in our nation's History.
There is only one 'cure' for such 'madness'....VOTE Republican's out of existence!”
Yeah....that's EXACTLY what happens if 'insurance' is too 'generous'.......like...after a house fire.....if you allow the INSURANCE money to pay out enough to rebuild a person's whole house, you're causing them to become part of this perpetual homeowner group in our economy
For pete's sake....we can't have people receiving unemployment INSURANCE payouts long enough for the job market to be rebuilt....that'll cause them to become part of the perpetually 'secure and not starving' in our economy.”
dtblog on Dec 9, 2013 at 00:43:01
“So if we take this approach for the unemployed common folks. Will we balance this out by penalizing Apple and other corporations for tax evasion?”
Nick Vanocur on Dec 9, 2013 at 00:11:38
“It has been over 12 years since the GOP tanked the economy and they have not let my job be rebuilt and I consider that to be a disservice.”
“War is expensive...THIS President had to pay for the two wars that the previous administration neglected to fund. This President had to pay interest on the debt from unfunded wars, unfunded tax giveaways, unfunded expansion of Medicare drug benefits, and the bank bailouts that the previous President authorized. And the interest on the debt this President was saddled with is HIGHER...thanks to the Republican driven TWO government shutdowns and multiple threats to DEFAULT on our nation's debt. The meager stimulus spending this President authorized did manage to staunch the jobs hemmoraging caused by Bush's incompetence and Wall Street's malfeasence....and the streamlining of smart regulations this President has implemented appears to be very, very good for 'business'...corporate profits are at all-time highs and the financial markets are booming.
The pain that ordinary people are facing is due almost entirely to the concerted efforts of the obstructionist Republicans in Congress to block ANY administration policies that would benefit workers, the unemployed, or the poor.”
barbgre1 on Dec 6, 2013 at 14:41:30
“Like I said, you have been indoctrinated well......but obama's reckless spending, 2 stimulus packages, borrowing to send money overseas.......this is obama's doing, and nobody else's.”
“You do realize that CONGRESS is in charge of 'spending'....and the radical minority Party in Congress has OBSTRUCTED this President's 'economic policies'.
In SPITE of the Do-Nothing Party's attempts to disrupt the functioning of government...this President has stabilized the economy, cut the deficit in half, saved the auto industry, reduced the rise of health care spending to it's lowest rate in 5 decades, and instituted reforms to the Health Care system that are resulting in better outcomes, expanded coverage, lower costs, and increased transparency in costs. He also ended one war, is in the process of ending the other, and captured/killed every one of those responsible for the 911 attacks. He has also overseen a boom in domestic energy production-freeing U.S. from our dangerous dependence of foreign oil.
If Congress were not blocking immigration reform, the President's jobs bills, the farm bill, and targeted transportation spending....this nation's job market would be BOOMING!”
barbgre1 on Dec 6, 2013 at 12:59:45
“You have been indoctrinated well....do you actually believe what you wrote? Everything obama has done has hurt our economy......from quadrupling the debt, from creating uncertainty, to over-regulating business......he has hurt our economy and jobs badly. No matter how you attempt to spin it, obama is destroying this country. Your own part in this deception should worry you.”
“B.S. There is only one way for it to be 'cheaper' to ship all that crap in from China....and that's if you can get crooked politicians to make American taxpayers 'subsidize' those shipping costs with tax cuts, write-offs, grants, and incentives. Which is what is happening. We let them 'write off' the foreign taxes they pay against the paltry amount they may be liable for here- resulting in 'rebates' of money they never paid U.S. -.a perverse sort of 'earned income credit' for 'Corporate Welfare Queens'. We also 'subsidize' the costs of building and operating the Big Box stores here with tax payer funded facade grants, waived license/inspection costs, impact fee forgiveness, special sales tax exemptions and giveaways, and by absorbing the costs of providing health care and food stamps to their underpaid employees. It's not about being 'cheaper to manufacture here'...it's about corrupting the system to crush the competition, while privatizing the gains- with the top 1% each skimming off the top- and socializing the costs and losses, with the American public holding the bag.”
thomas James fuller on Dec 9, 2013 at 14:33:17
“you think IPads are made overseas because of corruption?”
“Uh...Sen. Alexander....if the employer is the one reaping PROFITS from the labor of his employees.....why shouldn't he be expected to pay the price of that labor? Why should the 'bill' be sent to taxpayers?
And as for Joe Barton....well, sir....I'll make you a deal......change Congress's pay to a 'merit' system (with we, the people writing the 'benchmarks' you must meet) and we just might consider debating the minimum wage.”
“Number 1) an insurance policy is simply a 'financial product'...it is MONEY, money that is 'earmarked' to be 'spent' by individuals on their own, PRIVATE medical conditions. 'Insurance' is not providing abortions or any other care, it is simply providing money that a policy holder may CHOOSE to spend on legal prescribed treatments. Only your own medical doctors should be able to 'prescribe your own treatments'. Pregnancy is a MEDICAL CONDITION that poses great health risk to the women involved. Insurance policies should offer comprehensive coverage of all legal and medically reasonable treatment options for such an important medical condition. Legislators are NOT qualified to interfere in the private medical decisions of women and their doctors.”
bpulliam on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:56:02
“....and neither are Catholic Bishops, the Pope, or Bible Thumpers in general.”
“I think it's extremely "relevant" to point out that the Party that brought U.S. the 'RealID Act, the 'strip search/naked x-ray scans' to board a plane, the FORCED VAGINAL PROBES and unnecessary medical procedures, and the 'pee-in-a-cup' drug testing for low-level state workers and unemployed....have absolutely no standing to whine about "burdensome regulations"”
“You obviously have never attempted to assist an elderly woman or anyone displaced by foreclosure or infirmity in trying to obtain a driver's license or photo ID required to vote in most Republican-led states. The documentation requirements are extremely burdensome and expensive, and in some cases, certain documents no longer even exist. Most people have a wide variety of ways to prove who they are and where they live....but Republican leaders have gone out of their way to strictly limit what will be accepted in their perverse attempts to restrict citizen access to the polls. It's disgraceful and a shameful insult to all who died to protect our Rights.”
“Let's talk 'burdensome requirements" and "complex filing requirements that discourage participation" Rep. Hensarling.........
Let's start with all those new, Republican-sponsored voter registration requirements....with the stringent rules for documentation and disclosure, in-person application process, and added financial burden....those new regulations really do discourage and prevent robust participation...and are a real drag on our Democracy
Let's move on to the Republican-sponsored 'pee-in-a-cup' drug test requirement for unemployment benefits (which are EARNED benefits, by the way, NOT a 'gift' from the government)..... or in order to participate in food-stamp programs...all those 'single moms' working for Bain-owned chain restaurants don't get paid enough working full time to feed their kids, why should they be forced to hand over body fluids when big-shot private-equity firms push them into our social safety nets?..talk about 'burdensome'.....
It's hard to take Republicans seriously when they start whining about onerous regulations....they spend so much time CREATING them for U.S.”
HuffPo22 on Dec 5, 2013 at 00:55:41
“Stringent rules for documentation and disclosure.
Yeah, a drivers license. hahahahaha stay relevant.”
“A blatant attempt to sow confusion, disrupt preparations for, and make it more difficult to vote in the upcoming 'special election' to replace Sen. Bill Young- whose district happens to be the one with the highest percentage of 'absentee voters' in the state.
“".....state's general revenue fund that's used to fund state government suggest a relatively flat budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. That's partly because of massive tax rebates to the oil and gas industry that the state is paying for various drilling exemptions, and about $60 million in income tax collections next fiscal year that will be diverted to pay for renovations to the state Capitol."
We're giving MASSIVE REBATES to the BOOMING oil and gas industries and spending EXACTLY the same amount of our budget 'shortfall' to redecorating the Capitol building....but.....all that 'health care' for poor people is the problem”