Rick,Comment Posted By bsjones On 3.04.2009 @ 13:05
I think you are right. This scenario is a bit of a stretch. For now.....
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE TOWARDS FOX NEWS
In our system, the people who make regulations and laws are elected representatives. If you do not want government sponsored suicide clinics forcing citizens to commit suicide so the dead can be turned into colorful food substances, do not vote for legislators who want to enact a law allowing government suicide clinics that use the dead bodies to make colorful food substances.
In the words of Glenn Beck, "We surround them, they do not surround us (holds back tears) ....Comment Posted By bsjones On 3.04.2009 @ 13:02
keep fighting the good fight.Comment Posted By bsjones On 2.04.2009 @ 13:58
"All of that would be true if the GOP wasn’t totally and deeply discredited as a political party."
Perhaps the problem with the Republicans is the huge gap between what they say they will do and what they actually do.
Reagan said he would shrink government and government expenditure. Not true.
Bush I ran on no new taxes and tried to raise them.
Bush II ran on shrinking government, reducing government expenditure, and balancing budgets. Did not happen.
The only people left who believe Republicans are the party of "small government" and other silly talking points are locked up in their houses watching Fox News with Glenn Beck and the "Factor". Everyone else has stopped listening to the fairy tales coming out of the GOP machine. There is more truth (and value) in Goldie Locks than in the Republican budget.
The problem is most people think the Democrats will govern differently.Comment Posted By bsjones On 1.04.2009 @ 14:34
It's weird. Bush II was much like Reagan in many of his budget balancing priorities. Both men cut taxes. Both men increased government military expenditures.
Both men cut taxes.
Both men increased government spending.
Supply Side says his stimulates economic growth.
Why didn't it work for George W. Bush?Comment Posted By bsjones On 1.04.2009 @ 13:24
In exchange for continuing the "small government" (bailouts for auto companies) policies instituted by Republicans at the end of 2008, Obama should have demanded drug tests from all the leadership at GM and Chrysler. This would ensure the next round of taxpayer money will not be misspent by drug addled crazies.
If the senior management at the auto giants do not want to subject themselves to frequent random drug testing, then they can pursue the free market solution--RAISE PRIVATE CAPITAL. If the market does not want to provide the capital, the companies can sell off their assets.
The auto companies came to Washington in 2008 with hat in hand. General Motors and Cerberus (formerly Chrysler) took home a 17.5 billion dollar "bridge loan". We didn't even get drug testing. Where is the accountability for our dollars. Epic fail by Republicans and Democrats alike!
What A Sham!!Comment Posted By bsjones On 1.04.2009 @ 13:09
The financial sector gives more money to the dems because the financial sector thinks that is the best way to control Washington. When the Republicans were in control of D.C., the Wall Street geniuses gave their money to the GOP.
The change you see in Wall Sreet's "monetary free speech" dollars reflects the shift in power between R's and D's. They will give more "free speech" dollars to the Republicans when the GOP can gain control again.
No conspiracy. Simply, American Democracy as it has worked my entire adult life.Comment Posted By bsjones On 30.03.2009 @ 13:00
Rick seems to imply that what Obama proposed may prove a better long term strategy than the one implemented by former President Bush:
"I understand the Bush Administration’s reluctance to take this step for the last few years. Pakistani politics is a minefield even in normal times and Bush depended heavily on former President Musharraf to keep the factions from causing the country to descend into the kind of chaos we see now. But in the end, it was a shortsighted policy because Musharraf couldn’t hang on forever. Eventually, he was forced by blunders of his own making to make concessions on political parties and elections. That pretty much sealed his fate."
It is almost as if President Bush kicked the can down the road leaving his predecessor to find a strategy that will lead to victory and a lasting peace.
Perhaps the "best we can expect from Obama" will be better than what we got from President Bush with regard to the country that launched the 9/11 attacks.Comment Posted By bsjones On 28.03.2009 @ 12:59
Senator Judd Gregg explains why the Obama budget is not "A Road to Recovery" here:
He believes that the individual American creates prosperity and good jobs not the government!!Comment Posted By bsjones On 28.03.2009 @ 13:15
The Republicans also have a plan for re-inflating the housing bubble.
Unfortunately, the plan demonstrates that the Republican leadership does not believe in free markets.Comment Posted By bsjones On 27.03.2009 @ 15:36