Oct 29, 2013 at 15:32:11
“The Senate has had too many scandals over the years so I'm not sure how effective it has been in the last half century.
Having said that, I agree with you that I don't want it abolished, I want it reformed. It should be elected, but on a fixed schedule that does NOT correspond to parliamentary elections. It should also be mandated that there can never be party whips and that all votes are free votes in the chamber. If it rejects acts passed in Parliament there should be a limit of twice that they can reject the same act and on the third time, it must go through.
Senate leaders should be picked by the Senate after the members are elected and that pick should never be part of the rights or powers of the PM or anyone in parliament.”
“I am sure, Nineman, that there are going to be mistakes made and money will be wasted. But then again right now horrible mistakes are made and people are denied coverage for things they have paid for but, admittedly that's another issue.
This is a big government scheme so there are going to be some head scratching moments for sure. In every country with socialized medicine mistakes are made as they are in every system ever devised.
Having admitted that, you still avoid the question of why America's health care costs are the highest in the western world on a per capita basis even though 40% of Americans are either not covered or have only partial coverage. Furthermore when you say "everything that has been said about it so far has been a lie" is sort of ridiculous. You'd have to believe that not one person has good intentions in putting this together to believe everything about it is a lie. As for the costs, well, we won't know for awhile whether they are more or less efficient than current costs, but I'll still bet on how much better the rest of the western world is doing versus the horrible system that is serving Americans so poorly right now.”
“No, no, remember when Bush put in all those tax cuts? It was going to CREATE jobs for everyone, the trickle-down effect that was so much more important than keeping the books balanced as they were when he took office.
And those wars and the continued deregulation of the financial markets that led to the corruption of power that brought about the Great Recession? None of that was W.'s fault because...well, just because.”
“Funny how every other country in the industrialized west has socially funded medicare, how this is the most business friendly model compared to any of those countries and how all of those countries spend less on health care (per capita) than the U.S. but you KNOW this is going to rape the country financially.”
NINEMAN on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:29:42
“you have people that have never run any business, not so uch as a lemonade stand and you put them in control of something as huge as healthcare. everything that has been said about it so far has been a lie and the costs are out of control.”
“Yes, $10.5 billion a day monitoring the environment, processing business requests, running national parks and monuments that honour millions and bring in thousands of tourists to the country and paying people's wages. Gosh, that does sound like a giant waste of money when the money could be sent straight to corporate backers for the Tea Party Republicans instead.”
“I kind of hate articles about one place being "better" than another. I could argue about aspects of life being better in one place or another, but I can argue that about most every country in the world, including some of the poorest.
If there is a systemic problem with America it is the same problem that has occurred through history to every country that comes to "own" the number one spot for wealth and power, which is a bit of egomania that they are the best and then later, that they deserve to be and must continue to be "number one".
I wish Americans would get out and view the world a little more, but then I wish the US would do the most courageous thing ever and that is try to reform the world to work better for the world, including, but not limited to America.
That last part of course has to be a communal effort. The saddest thing in my life, post the collapse of Communism, was that the US didn't seize that time to push for real reform of the UN and other world bodies. To do that would would mean the US and other western countries would have to share power to share it in a worldwide democratic system.
That didn't happen; maybe it will never happen, but until countries stop trying to one up other in money and power we'll forever be fighting the same old problems of children in the sandbox.”
Tj Swift on Oct 10, 2013 at 03:52:46
“Grant more power to the UN? The ONLY result of a world government would be attempts to redistribute American wealth and power. American's 300 million are just as easy a political target internationally, as America's 1% is domestically.”
Sep 17, 2013 at 14:45:21
“Labeling all Quebecois with these names is no better than when this man labeled the Muslim woman. I'm confident the majority of Quebecers will reject this PQ ploy for the shallow, divisive stunt it is.”
Sep 17, 2013 at 14:39:41
“So this is what "freedom" looks like to Marois? A law where one man gets to taunt another citizen that they will force them to take off their "hat?"
I understand that politicians have their own agendas and try to push them through , but I hope Marois is embarrassed to face herself.
She's not building a country, she's destroying her own province.”
“I guess this perplexes me. I understand that the very elite tend to be conservative because radical changes can undermine the system that allowed them to become very rich, but at the same time, the very wealthy have kids and grandkids, need to breathe air, etc.
Do they all really believe their wealth will insulate them from natural disasters?”
“It's hard to say his constituents are that much smarter than he is if they keep voting him back in.”
humbug on Aug 30, 2013 at 16:38:59
“His constituents rank very high on any socio-economic measure. They tend to be devoted GOPers and Rohrbacher is very supportive of their wealth, corporations and socio-economic dominance. They appreciate him. Thanks for your note.”
humbug on Aug 30, 2013 at 16:14:23
“His district is a very affluent one along the Orange County coast. They are, first and foremost, dedicated GOPers. They appreciate his support of the wealthy and corporations. Their response to climate change tends to be "we don't know enough yet, so let's not make changes."”
“Funny how 'liberalism' now means the same thing as hard communism. I feel sorry for all those people living in poor, starving, deprived backward countries like Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway...”
Jun 14, 2013 at 13:35:38
“No, there is just as much creative genius as there ever was, but it has been tempered by number crunchers who only want to invest in sure winners. That's what happens when bean counters take over in any artistic field.
If people can start checking out lower budget, unheralded indie films – that's where the real creative juices have gone these days.”
Jun 14, 2013 at 13:33:18
“The actors are a huge part of this. I watched and enjoyed the last Iron Man flick, but then heard that Robert Downey said $35 million wasn't enough. He'd not consider doing any more for less than $50 million. He's only one guy, but that's greed beyond the pale.
Here's my prediction, within the next 15 years technology will move to the point where a virtual star will be created. It will cost $5 million to pay a team of CGI technicians and artists to create a star, and that will change the dynamic. A CGI star can age or be younger as needed, will never demand more money and can go on forever.
That, I believe is the future. Automation will come to movies as it has every other industry and the greed of the biggest players will be a big reason why.”
“I'm sorry, but I simply don't believe the CIA doesn't spy on anyone, in or out of the country, they want to. Data accumulation is now so fast and so pervasive that Wal-Mart can do it, much less the most secretive, well financed spy operation in the world.
As for the world trusting Americans, even our closest allies have no doubt that America spies on them routinely. That boat sailed a looooong time ago.
Having said all that, the so-called Patriot Act is a far greater intrusion on American rights than anything invented in the last century, but it seems to get a free pass while even mentioning background checks on gun owners has half the country go nuts about the loss of freedom.”
Buller on Jun 13, 2013 at 17:03:23
“The CIA is not "supposed" to spy on Americans, but that they did during the Watergate era is well documented. Our allies are only allies until their citizens realize they got the raw end of the deal and rebel at the ballot box. We could see a backlash to end all backlashes soon!”
“You mean when the "libs" aren't in power, and the "cons" are, the bureaucrats and the spy masters are suddenly truthful and honest? Does telling yourself that at night allow you to sleep better with your con-approved security blanket wrapped tight around you?”
chefang47 on Jun 12, 2013 at 12:53:17
“impressed with your use of the "con"-word huh? pathetic at best, especially since you offer no intelligent logic or reason, just venom and rhetoric bye bye”
“We put in place systems and branches of government whose purpose is to engage in lies, surveillance and deceit. We are then nationally proud of what these organizations do, especially for those branches that operate outside of the national borders, and now we are surprised that a) they don't reserve clandestine activities for those living abroad and b) that they will lie to us when caught with their hand in the cookie jar.”
Jun 11, 2013 at 13:31:46
“It's hard to keep a straight face when a Conservative member of parliament accuses other politicians of making cheap shots. Of course, sometimes there are cheap shots coming from all sides, but the Conservatives have made cheap shots part of their daily mantra.”
Jun 7, 2013 at 12:28:38
“I agree with almost everything posted here, but we do need to remember that neither the NDP nor the Liberals have brought out clear policies that let their members stand up and speak their mind on issues that don't tow their prospective party lines.”
Serendipity Zen on Jun 7, 2013 at 13:33:45
“Justin Trudeau has. He said the vote would be whipped in three areas only.
- budget obviously because otherwise the government falls
- items in the platform they were elected under
- items that pertain to Charter rights
all other votes will be free”
Doogs62 on Jun 7, 2013 at 12:57:47
“They don't gag or whip their MP's like Reformers do so they don't need to.”
Ed Sasha on Jun 7, 2013 at 12:49:38
“tow > toe, as in "toe the line". "tow": a common error that almost makes sense in some contexts which is why it's so common, I guess.”
May 7, 2013 at 13:07:56
“I have to say your moniker of Nastyboy really fits. If you had any idea of what accomplishments it takes to be even considered for the space program...nah, it still wouldn't impress you. You are far too trite and mean spirited.”
BCSLAVE on Jul 13, 2013 at 13:54:09
“Usually his type are cowards who's only bravery is shown in bullying and preying on the weak.”
“Do either of you know how to spell the word 'bigot?' You'd better hope that one day someone doesn't decide that all members of whatever group you belong to by religion, hobby, skin colour, aren't condemned because if you believe that every, or even most Muslims, are this way, you'd kind of deserve it.”
Becky Hartley on May 7, 2013 at 17:47:35
“Keldab clearly didn't read the above article or put 2 and 2 together after taking similar incidents into account caused by the same religion. You're right though, I'm already discriminated against because I'm white and English due to political correctness.”
“No more and no less than fundamental Christians do when, against every shred of evidence, they insist the world is only 6,000 years old, men lived with dinosaurs and the Bible is literal truth.
Nor do I mean to target Christians. Fanatics exist within every religious group in the world and there are many non-believing fanatics as well. When people become educated about other people, instead of relying on cheap stereotypes, then we have a better chance for peace on a large scale.
Islam doesn't prohibit creativity, appreciation or tolerance – only fanatic arrogance does and that happens every where.”
katertaif on May 7, 2013 at 16:24:38
“At no stage did I say Islam prohibits creativity. I said it stifles it. I cite the great Arab mathematicians who gave us the 0 which revolutionised mathematics. Their Astrologers were without equal, and their authors and artists were the envy of the world. All that was pre Islam.
Since the advent of Islam all creativity has ceased, Have you heard about the two Saudi men talking? One asked his friend if making love to a woman was work or pleasure. After some thought his friend gave it as pleasure in his opinion on the grounds that if it was work they would have expats to do it for them.
That is about the size of it, and fortunately oil wealth allows them to hire whoever they need. Any thing they want is imported, they make little and invent less. I can see only one common denominator Islam”