“Tell you what....why don't you take a trip to Afghanistan with a few flowers and get the insurgents to stop fighting. With such compelling arguments I'm sure you could convince them that violence in never the answer. After your done there hop on over to Pakistan I'm sure your journey of "enlightenment" will go swimmingly.
Once you get back we'll all join in hands across the world because your higher thought process will obviously shed light on how to bring world peace that no one has ever figured out for the entire history of mankind. Then we can melt down all of the weapons in the world because along with the absence of war there will be no crime or violence.”
“Do tell, what is this "truly about"?
Honestly, this seems to be about oversight on government expenditures. Any person, whether government employee or recipient should be heavily governed to make sure that money is not wasted or abused. This is YOUR money being wasted on lottery tickets.”
“It's funny that we live in a nation in which welfare recipients could sue the government for overseeing how they spend other tax payer's money.
Forbid that there is oversight in social programs that give free money to anyone with the patience to wait in line for it.”
Letty Concepcion on Jan 26, 2013 at 23:47:57
“Don't be fooled into thinking that these programs are to help people. These programs are to help the politicians and their corporate friends make money. Everything that is pushed to be done wether it be welfare or war is an underlying factor of big business making money while the politician who pushes it gets a kickback. Do u know who controls welfare Chase Bank they make money off of fees to give process and accept the cards. The cell phones they give to seniors and welfare recipients who do I think makes those phones and how do they get paid. Recognize that they capitalize on everything.”
“So the woman that "...obviously has never experienced" the pain of labor is commenting on men going through that pain....how about she shuts her pompous mouth? I am a man, and I have witnessed (quite recently) my wife giving birth, and give her more respect than imaginable for bearing that responsibility and pain. Do I wish that more men could comprehend this responsibility? Absolutely, YES.”
megwright on Jan 19, 2013 at 12:46:19
“I remember several years ago someone invented a vest men could wear to simulate late-stage pregnancy. Just wearing that weighted vest and trying to function, they said, was amazingly difficult and uncomfortable.
I like the labor simulation better in some ways, but for it to last only two hours really just doesn't fill the bill.”
“Actually it is the Executive Branch's (the president and DoJ) responsibility to eforce and defend ANY and EVERY law on the books against any challenge (go read the DoJ mission statement on their own website before Holder has it changed to suit his needs). It is the the Judicial Branch's responsibility to determine if a law, once challenged, is in fact constitutional. It's called checks and balances, no one branch or individual can do what they please as long as the other branches do their part. Therefore you are completely wrong, as well as overwhelmingly ignorant as to how our government is designed to function.”
Skip Moreland on Jan 3, 2013 at 17:20:38
“Not according to the constitution. The president can declare a law unconstitutional and refuse to follow it. The court then decides whether he is right or not. It has happened twice in our history.
Most of the times the presidents have declared a law unconstitutional and have upheld the laws anyway.
Read the constitution. It's in there.”
“Just like it is not up to a president or his DoJ to determine what laws are and are not constitutional. It's also not up to either party to stop performing their duties in relation to their beliefs....what is happening is dereliction of their posts.
I'm not a fan of DoMA but it is not up to one person to decide the laws of the land, that is a congressional authority (now that you want to go and quote the Constitution). Let the system work as it was intended, I'm sure DoMA will get overturned.
In the mean time, if you want to chastise republican congressmen that use your taxes to defend the law (illegally, as you claim), go ahead and write your elected representatives asking them why the president is not being impeached for choosing to not execute his office according to the Constitution that he swore to uphold and defend.”
Skip Moreland on Jan 3, 2013 at 01:41:30
“Actually he has done his duty. He has obeyed and upheld the law. But it is within his power not to defend constitutional challenges to a law. So you are completely wrong.”
“Our leaders act like dictators because the people are too lazy/ignorant to stop them. It also doesn't help that voters ignorant to the way our government is supposed to operate overwhelmingly vote away their rights because a candidate makes empty promises and looks good on TV.”
“Hmm, lets see. First off, as an active duty member of the United States Army I can tell you that myself and many others would turn our weapons inward if we were illegally ordered to exert military authority over the U.S. population. Go ahead and read up on U.S.C. Title 40.
Second, have you watched the news in the past 10 years? An ill equipped militia force has put a whooping on our "great military power". Imagine that if it took place within our borders. It's hard enough to figure out who's the bad guy in Afghanistan, make everyone American and you just exponentially raised the difficulty in identifying an insurgent force.
You are right though, the topic requires a mature discussion. The problem is that we are trying to fix the symptoms (gun control) instead of confronting the sickness (the social paradigm that creates these monsters).
As far as your last statement, I get the feeling that you fear firearms. Why do you fear inanimate objects? What about forks? Or baseball bats? My point is that limiting access to an object does nothing to rid a person of their intentions. We can debate all day about guns or no guns but I implore you to sit down and research eras of prohibition. Provide one instance of when prohibition was successful.”
schotts on Jan 1, 2013 at 20:23:02
“Well said. F&F.
An aging 13A, O5.”
2012is1984 on Jan 1, 2013 at 14:54:43
“Such a grey area. That all sounds good, but then whats next, trade one dictator for another?”
“Actually the Pentagon didn't learn the lessons of WWII. Overwhelming military force ends wars quickly. We became too nice and got bogged down in useless "conflicts". "War is a racket" said a wise man....and he was right. WWII let loose the industrial might of a "sleeping giant" and Korea perpetuated the idea that it is necessary to force our government structure on other nations (thank you contemporary witch hunter McCarthy). Vietnam was a means for Lyndon Johnson to make money by selling the Pentagon helicopters. Panama.....who really cared about Noriega? The canal could have been secured without sending in ground forces. The Gulf War was actually just, but was a symptom of U.S. backing of Saddam against the Iranians. Bosnia was just.....but we're still there. Afghanistan was just but was mismanaged and overlooked for too long. Iraq 2003 actually made sense to a certain extent but Bush couldn't make "Saddam has violated every U.N. sanction since '91" sound sexy enough so he BS'd everyone. Iraq 2003 was also horribly mismanaged (and actually got a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs fired for telling the truth). Way to go U.S. foreign policy!”
“Woodrow Wilson? No. FDR? Almost there. Truman (who directed the beginning of basing of US troops worldwide)? How about every president that presided over the establishment of the Federal Reserve and afterwards? BINGO!! How are those Keynesian economics working out for us now?”
“"Comprehensive" is a relative term. Also, "gun control" would not stop massacres. It would simply make them more gruesome because of the use of blunt objects or blades. Here is my one question for you: why aren't we focusing on the social aspects of these murders instead of the erroneous tools used to commit them?
If you really think this guy would not have murdered without access to firearms you should take some time to take a refresher course in murders throughout history. There was a time before firearms were widely available...and there were still mass murders and serial killers.”
“And how much does the Earned Income Credit take off the top, oh and the deductions for their children. I'm willing to bet a good majority of the "poor" that pay all of these local, state, and property taxes get it all back through their federal income tax refund.”
sorjuana on Oct 11, 2012 at 00:44:14
“sheeple herder: And they can thank a Republican government that allowed them that deduction.”
“So watching current event news is offensive now? I wonder if he would have complained if the same coverage was showing on MSNBC? This guys was obviously looking for something to complain about. Seriously, according to his own video he seemed more aggressive than the owner was. Also, who runs around busting out cameras so they can "post this on The Huffington Post"? This guy obviously had some ambiguous point to prove.”
“Fact: There is no such thing as a "tax cut". There is simply a change to the effective income tax rates. Show me proof that there is a permanent tax rate that was altered (which would actually mean a "tax cut" was made) then we can talk. Your figure for the deficit is wrong as well (it's also incorrect if you were trying to talk about the national debt FYI).
Fact: Actions from the Clinton Administration lead to the recession, The free trade agreements he signed sent jobs overseas, he signed into law the reversal of Glass-Steagall which destroyed the banking system, oh and signed into law provisions strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act which set up the dominos in the housing market.
Fact: Bush raised the national debt by $4.9 trillion in 8 years. Obama took just over 3 years to reach that mark. Like you say, "It's arithmetic and it doesn't add up".
Fact: If you don't have the money, you shouldn't spend it. The only way there can be a revenue problem is if we can't pay for basic services. In all reality we don't know if we can because our budget it over run with unnecessary spending. Cut out all the government subsidies/foreign aid/ear marks/redundant programs and the deficit with shrink dramatically over night. I'll agree with you about the Norquist thing but only because elected representatives are signing his pledge instead of worrying about the oath they made for their constituents.”