“When corporate America paid Congress and our Presidents to pass trade treaties that allowed them to shift their production to slave wage Nations they set the stage for their own downfall. In their quest to increase profits they essentially cut their their own throats. By cutting labor costs they threw their customers out of work. Now the middle class markets they once served have been depleted. Those who once shopped at Sears for quality American made merchandise now shop at Wal Mart or the Dollar Store for shoddy foreign made crap. Even Wal Mart revenues have lost momentum with those on the bottom having even less.
So congratulations corporate America you have won the race to the bottom and like those you laid off your turn is coming.”
“Five years ago when I pointed out that the selection of Geithner and Summers essentially meant that the fix was in I was stung by numerous hornets protecting the anointed one. As one corporate pleasing policy after another rolled through I continued to insist that we had a somewhat moderate Republican in the White House. The hornets became fewer and fewer as we on the left realized that we simply have selected the lesser of evils. Make no mistake; the corporate media is the gatekeeper to the Presidency and no one who is not fully vetted by our corporate masters will be allowed any coverage at all. In 2016 you will again have a choice of which corporate sellout you prefer.”
“I absolutely agree! The fastest rising budgets are those for Defense, Homeland Security and the NSA/CIA. I also agree with Ron Paul in that our Foreign Policies should reflect our own defense and not interfer with other Nations. If you think our domestic policies are bad then it stands to reason that our Foreign Policies are also bad.”
“Interesting, those "patriots" would include our Founding Fathers. I glad we are in disagreement. The enemies that I fear are those elected and non-elected individuals who herd the American public like sheep. They have been doing this since the end of WWII; Red Scare, Strategic Defense Perimeter, Bomber Gap, Domino theory, Missile Gap, Window of Vulnerbility all sternly stated to keep the dollars flowing and all proven to be false. Today, I just don't think that the best way to avoid being stung by hornets is to keep kicking their nest.”
“Federal tax revenues as a percent of GDP are at their lowest in 60 years. About 50% of working Americans pay no Federal income taxes.”
prettyinpink on Dec 4, 2013 at 16:30:15
“About 50% of working Americans pay no Federal income taxes.
...and that my friend is a big problem. As Biden would say, they have no skin in the game.”
David L Hucks on Dec 4, 2013 at 16:21:33
“Federal Income tax is no measure: Abominable Care will be a tax for this Generation. Increase in local sales option taxes, consumer item taxes, and now a new doubling of gas tax discussion. These hidden taxes will keep this generation in poverty, especially since the annointed one has eliminated Job Creation and investment.”
““Obama says income inequality has jeopardized the nation's middle class. And he is urging Washington to take steps to ensure that the economy works for everyone.”
And in other news Vice President Joe Biden is urging conformation of the Trans Pacific Partnership as part of the Obama Administration’s continuing alliance with corporate America. The TPP has been described as NAFTA on steroids and it along with immigration reform would probably be the final nails in working America’s coffin.
Separately, House Republicans are considering elimination of the minimum wage and repeal of the 1938 fair labor act granting workers time and a half pay for overtime.
All in all it looks like American workers are being reintroduced to the joys of the Nineteenth Century but this time they’re the Chinese coolies working all day for a bowl of rice.”
martman1 on Dec 4, 2013 at 13:34:22
“Yep, he's got to see the light on so-called free trade for anything meaningful to happen.”
“Aren't you the one paranoid about our "enemies" coming to get us? Willing to hide behind duct tape and plastic with Big Brother seeing to our needs? You obviously aren't familiar with the works of Remarque examining "patriotism" in the German society prior to WWI and before WWII. Also, the "enemies" you fear were created by us after the fall of the Soviet Union to maintain the MIC. Do you actually think that Saddam, who we supported against Iran for 8 years, suddenly becoming our "enemy" at EXACTLY the same time as the Soviet Union collasped was by coincidence? Do you believe that rather than taking him out in 1991 we left him in power and suddenly needed no fly zones, aircraft carriers and military bases in the Middle East by chance? Do you think that Obama agreeing to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 is anything but a ruse to extract trillions of dollars from taxpayers? Follow the money, corruption is as old as politics itself and is not owned by either Party.”
islandgirl15 on Dec 4, 2013 at 14:41:31
“No, I am not at all paranoid, but I am intelligent enough to know thay spying on both allies and enemies is necessary for the safety of ANY country and that they all do it and have done forever. Unfortunatly, the "enemies" that I fear the most are so-called Patriots.”
“Yea, but do these Nations have 13 aircraft carrier battle groups? Do they have stealth aircraft? Do they have a stealth destroyer? Are they currently spending $1.3 trillion on the next generation of fighter aircraft? Do they have over 100 military bases throughout the World? Do they have the largest embassy complex in the World in Iraq? Do they have drones capable of killing anyone they please? Do they have the lowest effective tax rates on citizens earning more than $1 billion per year? Do any of them spend more than $1 trillion per year on their military, security and intelligence operations? Is the Tea Party or its equivalent active in their Governments?”
caveman06 on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:29:37
“Maybe they don't! We also don't have a strong young crop of mechanical, electrical and civil engineers filling the ranks of engineers in the work force.
Want to push a project out? It's the over 40 employees getting it done not the young engineers. As long as the US Gov't keeps the current plans we can at least build new carriers and planes but developing new ones will still be left to the old guard who started off using slide rules.”
UKguyInUSA on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:17:18
“A frightening thought to have the uneducated operating weaponry?!”
“The difference between the Democrats filibustering Bush’s nominees and the Republicans filibustering Obama’s nominees are twofold. The Democrats didn’t filibuster every nominee as the Republicans have and the Democrats filibustered incompetent nominees while Republicans filibustered competent nominees.”
DanaRuns on Nov 21, 2013 at 14:24:59
“To be fair, dems also filibustered highly ideological nominees.”
““more than twice as many (49 percent) think Clinton would "stand up to Wall Street and big banks.”
And about 45% of Republicans think Obama was born in Kenya. About the same number think the World is 6,000 years old and an even greater percentage don’t believe in human caused climate change. Thus neither Party has a monopoly on being wrong.”
“To your following post which has not reply, if you want to be a waterboy for your economic betters that's fine with me. I just think that the 4000 Americans with incomes over $1 million per year that pay no income taxes is wrong. Likewise the 8,000 others making between $500,000 and $1,000,000 that pay no income taxes is wrong. Warren Buffet and most like him paid a 16% tax rate, half the marginal rate of a middle class taxpayer (25% + 7.65%). Many of the Fortune 500 companies pay no income taxes at all with record high profits. Are these the takers Romney was talking about? They use to carry some of the load but that's OK it seems that many people are happy to carry it for them. I'm just not one of them.”
“Great! Bernie would gladly cut the "security" boondoggle by $500 billion and so would Ron Paul. Oh and federal revenues as a percent of GDP is at their lowest in 60 years. The problem is most of the tax cuts have been at the top. We only got the scraps that fell on the floor. Corporate taxes used to cover 35% of the Federal budget when Eisenhower was in office now its 6%.”
teapartier566 on Nov 19, 2013 at 14:03:17
“Here we go...Blame the rich. NO.. Enough of tax the rich. I make about 42K a yr and I say they pay their fair share already. And please quit trying to blame the corporations whether they are Boeing, Exxon/Mobile, car companies, communication companies, Apple, HP, "green corps too". Corps pay their fair share already too. Redo the tax codes and bring down spending. We are spending too much. Plain and simple.”
“Trophy hunting is pretty low on the scale of human endeavors. Many people I work with enjoy hunting; the game is abundant and is always taken for food. I do not like to eat wild game so I don’t hunt. I do however enjoy shooting clay pigeons. I enjoy it even more on the occasions that I actually hit them.”