“The problem with American electoral politics is that it revolves around the cult of personality and not about governing in a representative democracy. That's why we end up with most elected politicians being self-absorbed in their own survival then in doing their jobs...
...when their actually working. Can you believe how little Congress is on the job under Boehner and Republicans.”
old bo on Dec 5, 2013 at 07:14:20
“"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it".
Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: The unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or that may actually be in conflict with factual evidence. Patriotism is the incubator of wars.
Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process. Studies and surveys have consistently indicated that approximately 90% of persons in any given country have strong patriotic sentiments. This percentage is similar to the percentage of people involved in other faith-based activities, such as religion. This same percentage also reflects the bell-curve of the general intelligence level of a population: 90% of all persons in a Caucasian population group register an IQ below 120.
Do not believe a single word a politician utters and pay no attention to statistics or news releases by the government. In order to keep their constituents ignorant of the realities of life, and in order to renege on previous promises or contracts such as social security schemes, all releases of information by the government are highly suspect. From crime statistics to economic statistics, all such information is essentially self-serving and useless; it may even be dangerous.”
“The person you spoke to is either disingenuous and/or getting screwed.- $6.76 is below the national minimum wage. So a false comparison. But you can always find an anecdote to support a point you want to make.
And why are there not enough small business jobs now - because most have gone away due to the Walmarts of the world. We need to have a broader view than the situation right now. I don't know your specific situation, but if you are happy with your existence at Walmart that tells me that you are only concerned about making it through the here and now - not a good situation to be in - and cannot (or won't) look at a brighter future.”
Randybostonterrier on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:43:34
“Actually she was in my line in Walmart and told me specifically her wage and she was amazed that I made so much (at that time 9.00 plus an hour). False comparison - don't think so but you can argue anything you want I go with facts and what customers tell me that are in the same occupation as I.”
“I don't know why repubs are not arrested for sabotage, especially red-state governors, for doing everything they can to make sure Americans don't have a decent healthcare system.”
z3540i on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:51:20
“I don't know why this President isn't arrested or impeached for NOT following HIS OWN LAW!! Seriously, do you know of any other law where there have been so many exemptions and delays? Please prove me wrong. It is only a "King" that can enact rules that he doesn't have to follow.”
chogannn on Nov 28, 2013 at 10:28:26
“why would they help on a bill they didn't want? they're waiting to watch it fail to be there and say they told you so”
1203John on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:42:24
“Sabotage? Uh, that is what Obamacare is doing. It is subversively destroying our entire healthcare system. Take your lemming cap off.”
James Wentworth III on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:40:25
“Governors ARE NOT Special O's whipping boys/girls. Let's be clear about that.”
LeeResolution on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:36:20
“Republicans had nothing to do with the bill. Not one voted for it.
Where's the 'sabotage' here. It's a bad bill. It speaks for itself.”
“The best thing that could happen is for Walmart to go away and for all the wage slaves that work for them get decent paying jobs in all the small businesses that return to fill the void - not unlike the small businesses that were put out of business by Walmart in the first place.”
Randybostonterrier on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:58:32
“There are not enough small business owners out there to employee all the Walmart employees that exist. I'm also sure that they wouldn't pay me, a Walmart cashier, $12.50/hour that I make now as a part timer. I spoke to someone working for a local Shop n' Save store and as a Cashier she makes $6.76/hour with no benefits. As a part time worker at Walmart I make a good wage for retail and get health benefits. Now who has it better?”
highstreet on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:52:50
“Makes me wonder why these screaming campaigns about the terrible things they do are so popular, but a campaign to stop the corporate welfare which sustains them doesn't get much support.”
“A strategy is to have more than one state vote at a time, perhaps diluting the $millions spent by Big Ag and Industrial Grocery Stores. That would mean less money per state to make and show the deceptive ads (and outright lies) blasted at the people.
Of course, people could also realize that they are being duped by the industrial food system, pay no attention, and vote for everyone's interests in supporting GMO labeling..”
High Prairie Lady on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:08:37
“You wouldn't believe the amount of money and deception from big ag that happened in WA state. It was ridiculous. I had mailers several time a week, it was all over the TV and the radio. You couldn't get away from it.”
“I don't know what the problem is - we already have taxpayer funded elections. Big Ag "farmers" (like those in the article) and fossil fuel corporations get billions in subsidies (our tax dollars) and then they turn around and use our money to fund their corrupt crony politician friends to keep them in office... and keep the subsidy spigot flowing.”
“The legal-regulatory game is currently rigged in favor of the large corporations. It does not matter whether it is the Internet, the environment, food safety, or whatever, the structures set up to "regulate" and provide "legal compliance" always favor the corporate rich.
This should be an issue that unites the 99%, regardless of whether you think of yourself as left or right. If you love freedom, keep net neutrality.”
“Health concerns about GM crops are cited most frequently as reasons to label GMO foods. Currently there are conflicting studies about this concern - most likely because GMOs have not been around long enough to fully understand their health implications (particularly with regard to cancers).
But there a other important reasons to support GMO labeling, and more strongly to ban them outright. These are primarily environmental. GMOs are a components of an industrial agricultural system that relies on giant mono-crop fields that rely on chemical fertilizer and pesticides/herbicides that destroy biodiversity, deplete soils, and pollute water drainage systems (not to mention the dead zones they create in the sea). I don't know where this article got the info about GM crops actually requiring less pesticide/herbicide. There is ample evidence that continuous GM mono-crop production actually requires more and more chemicals to attempt to destroy (and in reality actually create) super bugs and super weeds.
At the very least, people should understand how their food was produced and what it is doing to the planet.”
“I don't know about India, but China is way ahead of the US in its efforts to control pollution and greenhouse gases and in the production of energy from sources alternative to fossil fuels. So stop using that excuse. Besides, as the still leading emitter of greenhouse gases per capita, there is plenty the US can do on its own.
You don't get the urgency of the problem. If things continue, economics won't matter. Competition with China and India won't matter. The deficit will not matter.”
steveny34 on Oct 29, 2013 at 09:31:46
“are you kidding. Type china pollution into google and look at the images. Your confused china signs agreements to clean up their pollution, but they do so just to put pressure on the US to sign those agreements. Unlike the US which will enforce the agreements they sign or be forced to through our court system, china does not have a mechanism to enforce agreements they sign.”
“The idea of regional action is a good one, especially as in this case where it crosses international borders. This is especially the case for Canada and the US, where national leadership on climate change is non-existent in one and weak and contradictory in the other, respectively.
Sad that cap-and-trade schemes have trouble getting approved in Wash. and Ore. but in reality much stronger measures are needed. The experience of Europe with cap-and-trade should be good evidence of this. BCs carbon tax is more in the direction US states should follow.
Laughable that repubs in Washington want to look at economic effects of cap-and-trade before supporting it - still in the climate denial phase.”
“Sure there are problems with the Obamacare website, but I venture to say that Manchin et al don't have a clue why they are asking for a delay. They don't know the reasons, it's just political posturing.”
CaliforniaCeltic on Oct 27, 2013 at 23:00:02
“They are asking for a delay in the individual mandate, calls for a delay will only get louder and grow as the deadline for the government fines approach”
HITHEREAGAIN on Oct 27, 2013 at 22:57:20
“you've got a real credible president there, sparky”
“There is a simple change to Social Security that will do a lot o fixing - raise the cap on taxing social security benefits. Why this cap was not tied to inflation in the first place, I will never know.”
charleydog on Oct 20, 2013 at 21:47:28
star59054 on Oct 20, 2013 at 21:45:42
“but Grover would not like that, and you know that the GOP establishment does not have the courage to stand up to Grover, Rush, or fox news.”