“The majority of Americans want universal healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, and many of the other things the Repubs. want to defund. Cruz is up there not to win, but to grandstand for a credulous conservative audience.”
“I was amazed to read a pundit today who opined, with some surprise, that Cruz might win with the conservative base, even if he can't shut down the government. I was amazed b/c that point has been obvious from the beginning. Cruz wants to grandstand, and then go down as a martyr, the true believer who stood up to the Dems. and to the Republican party establishment. The last thing he wants is to succeed in actually shutting down the govt., b/c then he and the rest of the Repubs. will be blamed. Much better for him to take a principled stand and lose, than to actually win. That is why he persists, and why he in engaged in this little bit of political theater today.”
imfedup on Sep 24, 2013 at 16:23:01
“The conservative base of 10% of the population, yes.”
“I don't hate Bush. I just recognize that for a lot of reasons they were determined to get us into a war with Iraq. They pressured the CIA to come up with evidence that supported that choice, and ignored and suppressed contrary evidence. That's not my opinion. That's history.”
dmcblaine on Sep 1, 2013 at 07:55:25
“Bush was a fool but not a evil person. Obama is plain evil. He lied to the American people over and over. I wouldn't trust him with my family life. He won the election by the color of his skin not for helping the American people.”
“Maybe I sucummed (sp?) to an urge to go after the most dangerous Republican in Congress. Got any good ideas on what we shoujld be doing in Syria?”
Kurt Mudgeon on Aug 31, 2013 at 16:37:37
“No good ideas. The Syria issue is not about Syria. It's about Obama ad libbing a Red Line warning, and what we should or should not do to save his face, and restore our reputation as leaders of the free world. It's a self-inflicted mess.”
“Don't you want him going to Congress, rather than acting unilaterally? If he was Bush/Cheney, he would manufacture phony evidence about how this is really an Iran attack, or Al Quaeda is going to get us, or something.”
dmcblaine on Aug 31, 2013 at 21:26:20
“You are a liar and Bush when to Congress and got approval from the Dem and the Rep. Why do you hate Bush so much? I didn't vote for either Bush but I don't hate Bush either.”
“Insightful, intelligent comment. (sarcasm). I did not grow up a Christian, yet spent many years in elementary school feeling awkward because I had to listen to a morning prayer. I don't need the State (public schools), to indoctrinate me with religion. ”
libstakealeap on Aug 31, 2013 at 15:40:21
“Why would you feel awkward? The belief in God is not something that will bite you. ”
“Obama, with fading political support for intervention, is going to make Congess make a decision. That's how things are supposed to work. The issue is that a lot of Repubs. would rather criticize than govern.”
“I've got lots of problems with Obama, but a big part of our country's problems on lots of issues, including foreign policy is Congressional paralysis. Ted Cruz is an excellent example of a right-wing demagogue who cynically espouses extreme ideas, confident that they won't be implemented. A large contingent of Repubs. either put politics before country, or truly, but stupidly, believe, that everything will be hunky dory if we eliminate taxes and regulations.”
Kurt Mudgeon on Aug 31, 2013 at 15:42:31
“You sound enough like a reasonable person. How in the world are you able to be so easily turned from a horrendous self-induced mess with Syria into an attack on Ted Cruz. Last I heard he wasn't Commander In Chief, had nothing to do with Syria, and is a Freshman Senator from Texas, who cannot even tell Majority Leader Harry Reid what to do. Try to focus on Obama and Syria. Iran is. North Korea is. Russia is. China is, et al are.”
“I honestly don't know what the right move in Syria is. But Obama is right to make the Congress take a position. Right now, Repubs. just want to complain about anything Obama does. Whatever response, or non-response we have in Syria, let the Congress share responsibility with Obama.”
TejanaYo on Aug 31, 2013 at 14:49:36
“I agree; yet it is hard to stand by while these barbaric, atrocious, unhumane actions continue, and we can only hope that someday, this country will not have to face such actions. I have no idea what we as a country stand for anymore, but as a grandmother, I must say that somehow, this inaction while more people, especially children, die haunts me. As human beings, what are we doing to our world? Now let's sit back and study how this political football is played out. We might learn something about ourselves, but I very much doubt it.”
maildarter on Aug 31, 2013 at 14:43:37
“Well what's the point.. to do something about Syria or try to embarrass the Republicans ? Never waste a good crisis, I guess.”
dmcblaine on Aug 31, 2013 at 14:40:45
“He knew that the people is against this strike. The coward is trying to hide behind Congress and so he is a lamed duck.”
Kurt Mudgeon on Aug 31, 2013 at 14:39:38
“Do you really want to turn Obama's self-induced mess into an attack on Republicans, sorry, Repubs?f Whatever the right move is or isn't, it certainly isn't to keep every country on tenderhooks for as long as it takes for Obama to convince Paul Ar that Repubs are the problem. Psst. Check out the Senate. It's controlled with an iron fist by Democrats.”
rdz69 on Aug 31, 2013 at 14:36:44
“o is only making a move because billy called him out....”
“I have nothing against Christian preachers who fight for social justice, rather than for rigid moral orthodoxy.”
libstakealeap on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:58:23
“Nor do I. Where I have a problem is when government gets into competition with God. So much so that they squelch out his existence in our schools and try to shame us for our belief in God. This is where the problem lies. Government versus God. God will allow us to exercise our free will too. Don't think he wont. We'll reap what we sow. ”
“The idea that both sides refuse to compromise is malarky. Progressives scream in frustration over the compromises that the Democratic leadership is willing to make, yet for every inch the Dems. move to the right, the Repubs. move a foot. The reason that no Repubs. showed up on Weds. is that they were afraid to have their picture taken on the same dais as Pres. Obama. Voter suppression is not some theoretical concern. It's a real plan being carried out by Republicans to make if more difficult for Democrats, including blacks, to vote. Blacks heavily favor the Dems., not because of some historical anomaly, but b/c Repubs. fight policies that would help blacks overcome economic problems resulting from centuries of racism. Both sides are not to blame. The current Repubs. have elevated extreme ideology over making the country work, and that's a problem for all of us.”
DavidKStarzyk on Aug 31, 2013 at 13:00:49
“Great comment, Paul. Not to mention that many in the black community used to be Republican. The party just moved so far to the right over the last few decades that the black community no longer recognized them. If you compare the two major political parties to the past, we actually lost one of them; a new party has arisen in its place; they just hijacked the name "Republican."”
“There is nothing that mandates corps. to take enormous profits, when modest profits will do. Before globalism, corps. needed a domestic class of consumers who could by their stuff, which meant adequate wages and reasonable prices. But when you can sell the same stuff to 300 million suddenly wealth Chinese, you don't depend on a large middle class making union wages. I reject the solution that millions of families just need to get used to being poorer than their parents.”
“What's killing the middle class is not the minimum wage, but the global marketplace and the erosion of laws that protect workers in the U.S. . Companies outsource labor to Asia, where workers make a couple of hundred bucks a month. If you raise the minimum wage, that money is immediately put back into the local economy, for groceries, gas, rent, etc., and the local economy benefits. When the money instead goes to some large corp., that money is as likely to be spent outside the U.S., bringing little benefit to the U.S. economy. My question is what is the social utility of having a small group of superwealthy billionaires? Do we really want tens of millions of families that are the working poor?”
JesseBre on Aug 5, 2013 at 11:52:33
“The problem is that raising the minimum wage won't do anything other than push companies to outsource even more and will raise the prices of all goods and services due to higher labor costs across the board. This does little to help the people who need the money the most, other than making social security even more of a nightmare, and completely devaluing the dollar even more than is already is.”
“This article is remarkably vague and short on solutions. Paying fast food workers $15/hr. is going to give them $30K/yr, not $93K. It will raise the price of a burger less than $1. What it will do is force the business owner to share more of the wealth generated by the enterprise. Companies pay low wages b/c they can, not b/c they have to in order to survive. The author's vaporous conclusion reminds me of the Repubs., who are quick to find fault with any social program, but never get around to proposing anything specific other than tax cuts.”
GraniteSkyline returns on Aug 4, 2013 at 19:17:32
JesseBre on Aug 4, 2013 at 18:59:57
“If you raise the Min wage, almost all wages will have in increase. (afterall, the people who are already making $15 will be worth more than "min wage" won't they?) All that will happen is that the general cost of living will increase in the same ratio, while businesses will look for even MORE ways to outsource and mechanize. The Min. wage is killing the middle class, yet people are too blinded by irrational (and incorrect) notions of fairness to see it.”
“I'm all for proper studies. Why has the NRA consistently blocked funding for independent studies. relying instead on the one academic in the country who can be counted on to conclude the guns are good for your health? Let's get some facts to replace slogans.”
mathurin1911 on Jul 24, 2013 at 05:34:56
“The NRA has blocked the CDC and nobody else, and they only blocked the CDC AFTER the CDC funded a gun control advocate and his propaganda, not independent study.
Gun control advocates talking about the defunding of the CDC rely on the average mans (normally correct) assumption that government research is unbiased, it was not in this case, and the man writing the studies was a bald faced gun control advocate.
“Bad study b/c you don't like the results? Let's fund more studies, so that we don't have to argue over a 20-year old paper.”
mathurin1911 on Jul 23, 2013 at 15:35:45
“No, bad study because he studies a small demographic, yet expands his conclusions to the entire nation, he uses a bad method (A medical one he was familiar with that doesnt work so well for this issue) and, most importantly, he IGNORED greater data uncovered during the research.
Read the multivariate analysis, it shows that 4 of 6 situations had a greater effect on death by gun homicide than owning a gun.
Including simply living alone, or renting the home.
What the data he gathered suggests (but doesnt prove because he ignores the suggestion) is that being involved in drug business, being in fights, posessing a gun, and dying by gun homicide, are all connected activities.
Sounds like criminal gang members have skewed his study rather a lot.
A proper study would have looked at average american gun owners, but thats not what he wanted., he wanted to make a soundbite, a bumper sticker opinion for people who do not read the research they quote. And the CDC was just fine with promoting biased research, because doctors have been behind gun control for at least 30 years.”
“Perhaps I've been misinformed. My understanding is that the CDC gun violence research is very restricted, and that federal funding has dried up, meaning that there is very little research being done in universities. If you believe that more guns = more safety, you should support funding for comprehensive research.”
wireknob on Jul 23, 2013 at 14:38:42
“There was actually some good research supported by the CDC/NIH, but also some very low quality stuff accompanied by opinions, unsubstantiated guesswork, and calls for gun control policies that were not even supported by the bad research. Many CDC/NIH supported researchers also failed to acknowledge other researchers in the area when their analysis failed to support the gun control agenda, or they simply dismissed or mischaracterized their findings.
Also, the treatment of the gun as the agent, or cause, of the violence, as is done in public heath studies, isn't appropriate for studies of violent crime and suicide where the human actor is deliberately performing the act and is its cause. The public health approach is only really appropriate when considering accidents and safety features, as was done with cars, for example.
I think the against restriction against gun control advocacy had a broader chilling effect on public health research in the area, though research was not banned.
There is and has been considerable research on the relationships between violent crime, guns, and gun control policy being done in academia, but it is being conducted primarily by criminologists, whose methods are more appropriate to the study of these interactions. Still, more and better data, and further analysis would prove useful if it could be accomplished in an intellectually honest way.
The new IOM/NRC/CDC study, commissioned by the president, seems to outline a reasonable research agenda. I wonder why the president hasn't mentioned it.”