“Interesting premise in the first paragraph about McCain attacking some Obama proposals as unconstitutional. I can't recall a presidential candidate ever putting forth a serious claim that an opponents proposal was unconstitutional. I would be interested to hear which proposals you consider unconstitutional and why you consider them such. I can't think of any reason why his proposals would be unconstitutional, but I am not schooled in law.”
creationwaits on Jul 30, 2008 at 00:42:26
“And I suppose I should add that these are the duties of Congress. If you local state wanted to provide you with health insurance, and that was permitted under your state constitution, I think that would be fine.”
creationwaits on Jul 30, 2008 at 00:35:39
“"I can't recall a presidential candidate ever putting forth a serious claim that an opponents proposal was unconstitutional."
Indeed. I think that's because both political parties like to pass programs not permitted by the Constitution, and so they each look away when the other does the same.
I also think part of the problem is that we basically ignore the Constitution except for the Bill of Rights. Article I, Section 8 lists the specific powers Congress has, and then the Bill of Rights basically adds some prohibitions. But we only worry about whether a proposal is prohibitied by the Bill of Rights, and don't consider whether it is even permitted by Article I.
Take Obama's health care proposal, for example. Certainly the Constitution nowhere gives the government the explicit power to provide health insurance. The only clause it could possibly be permitted under is Congress' right "To regulate Commerce ...among the several States," since healthcare is often an interstate affair. But I am quite sure that if the authors of the Constitution knew that the government was going to get involved with your visit to a doctor two blocks down the road on the grounds that that visit was somehow connected to interstate commerce, they would be horrified. That is not what they had in mind.
“Bush's hand-picked DOJ indicted Steven? Teddy must not have donated to GW Presidential Library fund with its one volume, My Pet Goat.”
xrepublican on Jul 29, 2008 at 22:12:44
“You can use The Department of Justice to take out political 'enemies', you can feed billion dollar no-bid contracts (that don't need to get completed) to your cronies, you can rig voting machines and throw hundreds of thousands off voting rolls, you can torture innocent people and hold them indefinitely ....... but when you're taking money DIRECTLY and having someone RENOVATE YOUR HOUSE AT NO COST..... you're THEN at a level of blatant corruption that's pretty damn hard to ignore........
the problem is that these crooks have NO sense of ethics - they literaly think they CAN get away with anything”
“Inflation, devalued currency, increased cost for raw supplies (energy, food) is how the U.S. will pay for its debts and living beyond our means. It seems real simple to this simpleton: if you don't pay as you go, you pay with interest later via inflation. Raise taxes to pay for a war? No way, charge the war on credit. Or just print more money. Who overseas wants another devalued dollar? So imported goods cost more. Who overseas wants to buy American products? Sadly, we produce little that the world wants. Some exceptions are education, science and technology, oh, and yes, weapons. It is my guess that a significant portion of in coming foreign currency is used by outside interests to purchase U.S. assets (i.e. our companies, buildings, land) at cut rate prices; I would appreciate hearing from others who are more knowledgeable.
As noted above, inflation is already here. Rising energy costs are obvious to everyone. Been going to grocery store lately? Cost of food has been rapidly rising the past 3 o 4 years. My fear is that rampant inflation will be around a long, long time. It seems that the American standard of living is certain to fall further.”
“"There is no credible reason to conclude that Obama would have acted any differently in voting for the authorization had he been in the Senate at that time."
Applying similar reasoning, I conclude, "There is no credible reason to conclude that Obama would have acted any differently in voting..." against "...the authorization had he been in the Senate at that time."
Nobody knows what Obama would have done, and there is no way to know unequivocally.
ReasonIsMyReligion on Mar 7, 2008 at 01:39:04
“I would agree with your logic but for Obama himself suggesting he would have voted "against."
“SBUX uses an extremely dark roast for its espresso beans. Their burnt...err...dark roast makes terrible espresso shots. I've been told that they do such a dark roast to give their sugary, syrupy phoo-phoo drinks a hint of coffee flavor.
If you would like to have a true espresso, the way it was meant to be consumed, I hope that you get to sample shots in Italy, where coffee/espresso is considered an art. Every vendor in Italy that I sampled served WONDERFUL espresso in ceramic demis, not paper. Heaven on Earth!”
As a fellow lifelong left of center hippy, I understand your thoughts. Reagan (not Ron Jr.), Pappa Bush, Clinton (M), Baby Bush, Clinton (F) are all cut from the same sleaze-ball mold. Leadership is set by example. Would somebody please explain to me what good can be found in their collective examples?
“First and foremost, my heart felt sympathies to the Halberstam family and close friends.
Halberstam, the author, will be missed. A brilliant man of exceptional insight and poignant words, whether the subject was a critical world issue or sports. He is especially revered as an icon of truth and conviction by those who live the Vietnam War.
He is a model for all who write, regardless of their subject. Some Halberstam should be mandatory reading for all.”
“As the recipient of universal taunting in high school, I know first hand the long-term pain that comes from being ostracized and publicly humiliated by students and TEACHER alike. No, I never considered picking up a weapon, and my life has turned out wonderful (professor, loving wife, two wonderful grown sons). But I fought issues of learning to trust another soul until my mid-thirties.
Oh, what was my crime? a) Being smart and b) having the same last name of another student (not related) who got caught spanking his monkey in public.
Folks...it hurts beyond words. If you see such behavior, don't stand idly by. Do something to stop it.”
Dec 11, 2006 at 01:55:31
The man doesn't feel what you or I feel. Do you remember the clip of Bush, back in the good old days, when he was just El Presidente of the Republic of Texas? I refer to his antics after denying a stay of the execution for Karla Faye Tucker. He was caught on film making strange faces, seemingly mocking her mannerisms, as if it was funny or some sort of game after she was executed. I have never seen anything like it, and I didn't know what to make of it then. It just spooked the sh!t out of me, especially knowing that this guy was could be President of our country. (And the fact that Karla Faye Tucker commitment a heinous murder 20 years prior does not excuse Bush's behavior.) I know now that what I sensed then, long before I rationalized it, was the evil of the man. His disconnect from humanity. His lack of compassion, kindness or forgiveness. A void of the sacredness of every human life.
“Funny article, but a gross over simplification. I get more sleep than ever, but I get less sex (zero) than ever (and weight less than ever too). It's called a menopausal spouse and my subsequent 5-year bout with depression, which evidently trumps any sleep factor. Given my other available options in the bedroom, sleep is best choice.
I guess that should be thankful that I am an anomalous male!”
On the statistics commentary, two important points. 1) If the survey was restricted to 30-44 year olds, it eliminates by design those 44 yrs. There is no reason to assume that the averages should be equal. Not clear all demographic groups represented. And...more to the point, 2) I fear that men tend to boast their numbers and women tend to downplay their numbers, reflecting the mores of society. I have as much faith in truth of such a survey as the Bush Adminstrator.
The more interesting question to reflect upon is why society or "evolution" produced a double standard. My theory is men's desire to control women. Since it is obvious that a woman's capacity (not necessarily interest) for sex far exceeds that of even the most self-appointed stud, how can men/husbands ensure that women/wives don't sleep around and become inpregnated by another man shourt of physical restraint? Well...label any woman to sleeps with multiple partners a slut.
Last comment...who cares if a woman "slept" with one or thousand and one. If she is honest, warm, sincere, kind, libidinous and has a sense of humor, then that's good enough for this man. It's why I married my more experienced wife. So all of you prior men...thanks for outlooking the obvious...the heart and soul of one special woman.”
“I am surprised that the ratings for the Today show didn't rise. Compared to Katie, Campbell Brown is smarter (which doesn't take much), more articulate (nor does this) and more attractive (ditto again).”