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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867408 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public's business, and to sow distrust among the population.
Imagine further that the plotters infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government.
Finally, imagine they not only paralyze the government but are on the verge of dismantling pieces of it.
Far-fetched? Perhaps. But take a look at what's been happening in Washington and many state capitals since Tea Party fanatics gained effective control of the Republican Party, and you'd be forgiven if you see parallels.
Tea Party Republicans are crowing about the "sequestration" cuts beginning today (Friday). "This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington," says Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a Tea Partier who was first elected in 2010.
.....What is the President's response? He still wants a so-called "grand bargain" of "balanced" spending cuts (including cuts in the projected growth of Social Security and Medicare) combined with tax increases on the wealthy. So far, though, he has agreed to a gross imbalance --$1.5 trillion in cuts to Republicans'$600 billion in tax increases on the rich.
The President apparently believes Republicans are serious about deficit reduction, when in fact the Tea Partiers now running the GOP are serious only about dismembering the government.
And he seems to accept that the budget deficit is the largest economic problem facing the nation, when in reality the largest problem is continuing high unemployment (some 20 million Americans unemployed or under-employed), declining real wages, and widening inequality. Deficit reduction now or in the near-term will only make these worse.
Besides, the deficit is now down to about 5 percent of GDP -- where it was when Bill Clinton took office. It is projected to mushroom in later years mainly because healthcare costs are expected to rise faster than the economy is expected to grow, and the American population is aging. These trends have little or nothing to do with government programs. In fact, Medicare is far more efficient than private health insurance.
I suggest the President forget about a "grand bargain." In fact, he should stop talking about the budget deficit and start talking about jobs and wages, and widening inequality - as he did in the campaign. And he should give up all hope of making a deal with the Tea Partiers who now run the Republican Party.
Instead, the President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are -- a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/se...
Dismembering the government is a noble objective.

Time to end the oppression of a domineering federal bureaucracy.

Down with the IRS!!!

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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#867409 Mar 3, 2013
Bob Woodward and the Rules of Washington Morality

Why does Bob Woodward get to lie—twice!—and still be Bob Woodward? And why is it that the Republicans can be so intransigent and Barack Obama gets blamed?

Rule Three: While conservatives are expected to behave like conservatives, liberals are expected to behave better. It’s a given that conservative Republicans are going to be uncompromising, brusque, blunt, and boorish. It’s how so many of them have behaved since they first hit town in the Reagan days, and 30 years on it’s the sort of behavior everyone expects of them. Conservative Republicans who aren’t this way, who somehow fail to say the occasional crazy and offensive thing, are perversely disappointing, not quite the real article.

But liberals are supposed to be, as the old saying goes, so open-minded their brains fall out. There’s room maybe for one liberal crank. But Barney Frank just retired. Mostly liberals and Democrats are supposed to understand that conservatives are obstreperous and not only not behave that way themselves but also somehow compensate for it.

This rule has pervaded the mainstream press coverage of the entire past four years and fiscal matters in particular. If Democrats had been in the minority these past four years and had been as dogmatic about no spending cuts as Republicans have been about no revenue, the Washington establishment would have pilloried them. Instead, now, it’s somehow Obama’s fault that he hasn’t made Republicans see sweet reason.

All these rules work to the benefit of conservatives more often than not because conservatives are generally the ones who try to obfuscate facts or persuade us that a message is credible because of who’s conveying it rather than its substance. And then, when liberals complain, they will be seen as behaving churlishly because they’re supposed to be better. This is how the scam is run. Washington usually falls for it, and Washington always will.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03...

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867410 Mar 3, 2013
Cway wrote:
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As for the breakdown of the Iraq Resolution vote:
In the House:
Democrats YEA 82 No 126
Republicans YEA 215 No 6
In the Senate:
Democrats YEA 28 No 21
Republicans YEA 48 No 1
Tally up the YEAs and the total for Democrats was 110 versus 263 for Republicans.
Hence, your side supplied over 2/3 of the pro-war vote.
The fact remains that the resolution would not have passed with Democrat votes, so the credit and/or blame is shared.

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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#867411 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Dismembering the government is a noble objective.
Time to end the oppression of a domineering federal bureaucracy.
Down with the IRS!!!
so says the minority.

and who's listening? the minority.

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Florida

Miami, FL

#867412 Mar 3, 2013
OldRaidCan wrote:
<quoted text> Wish I could say the same for you, but you are the complete idiot...all parts are missing, which is why you continue to cast your vote for the most incompetent president since Jimma Carter. LOL
Ever get the feeling your brain trotted off without loser?
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It's scary when you start posting noise, the same noises as a coffee maker you idiot...
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It's the culture...

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867413 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Bob Woodward and the Rules of Washington Morality
Why does Bob Woodward get to lie—twice!—and still be Bob Woodward?
Just keep killing off your own, one at a time.

We are patient and will survive.

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867414 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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so says the minority.
and who's listening? the minority.
Time to starve the government beast.

NO NEW TAXES!!!

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Florida

Miami, FL

#867415 Mar 3, 2013
carol wrote:
MANDATE "UNCONSTITUTIONAL"!! !!
WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP!
carol wrote:
HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!
HALL-EEEE-U-LAH!
FOR LILY: HALLELUJER!
(I'm not gloating...)
Misinformed Foxbot.

Dick Morris, "Romney in a landslide".

I don't know which is worse, the liars or the idiots who believe those lies.

It's the culture.

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Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#867416 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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The fact remains that the resolution would not have passed with Democrat votes, so the credit and/or blame is shared.
Voting based upon faulty information. Bush & Cheney are to blame for selling the war based on lies.

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Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#867417 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Please hold your breath, dumbass.
I gave you an opportunity to back up your bullsh*t.

No surprise that you couldn't do it.

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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#867418 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Time to starve the government beast.
NO NEW TAXES!!!
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

...In reality, states that levy personal income taxes, including the states with the highest top rates, have seen more economic growth per capita and less decline in their median income level over the last ten years than the nine states that do not tax income. Unemployment rates have been nearly identical across states with and without income taxes.

– Four of the nine states without income taxes are actually doing worse than the average state in regards to economic growth per capita: Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Nevada.

– Five of the nine states without income taxes are doing worse than average in terms of median income growth: New Hampshire, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska, and Nevada.

– Six of the nine states without income taxes had higher than average annual unemployment rates over the last decade: Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, Alaska, and Nevada.

http://www.itep.org/pdf/lafferhighrate.pdf

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Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#867419 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Tax increases are not spending reductions.
Obama already forced huge tax increases in Obamacare and January 1 of this year.
Hooray for the sequester: finally some spending cuts.
Here's hoping you get furloughed.
Loopholes cost the government money.

Too bad the Republicans couldn't find a single loop hole to close.

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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#867420 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Just keep killing off your own, one at a time.
We are patient and will survive.
so how old are you? FOXbot demo?

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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#867421 Mar 3, 2013
NBC's David Gregory and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) butted heads during an interview when the speaker insisted that President Obama did not have a plan to replace sequestration and Gregory disagreed. The interview was taped Friday afternoon after Boehner met with the president to discuss sequestration and aired on "Meet the Press" Sunday.

"Mr. Speaker, that's just not true," Gregory said. "They've made it very clear, as the president just did, that he has a plan that he's put forward that involves entitlement cuts, that involves spending cuts. That you've made a choice, as have Republicans, to leave tax loopholes in place and you'd rather have those and live with all these arbitrary cuts."

Boehner called Gregory's objection "nonsense."

"Well David, that's just nonsense. If they had a plan, why wouldn't Senate Democrats go ahead and pass it," he said.

Boehner returned to this point throughout the interview, insisting that Democrats do not have a plan because the Democratic-controlled Senate has not voted on one.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/d...

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867423 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
...In reality, states that levy personal income taxes, including the states with the highest top rates, have seen more economic growth per capita and less decline in their median income level over the last ten years than the nine states that do not tax income. Unemployment rates have been nearly identical across states with and without income taxes.
– Four of the nine states without income taxes are actually doing worse than the average state in regards to economic growth per capita: Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Nevada.
– Five of the nine states without income taxes are doing worse than average in terms of median income growth: New Hampshire, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska, and Nevada.
– Six of the nine states without income taxes had higher than average annual unemployment rates over the last decade: Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, Alaska, and Nevada.
http://www.itep.org/pdf/lafferhighrate.pdf
The unemployment rate in Texas is 6.1%, compared to 7.8% nationally.

The unemployment rate in California, with sky-high taxes, is 9.8%.
Cway

United States

#867424 Mar 3, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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The fact remains that the resolution would not have passed with Democrat votes, so the credit and/or blame is shared.
No, not really.

Because Bush obtained support on the basis of lies.

So you can't blame Democrats for voting the wrong way because Bush deceived them.

And face facts. Over 2/3 of the pro war vote came from Republicans.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867425 Mar 3, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Loopholes cost the government money.
Too bad the Republicans couldn't find a single loop hole to close.
Which "loophole" do you want to close: home mortgage interest deduction, state and local tax deductions, or charitable deductions?
TSM

El Paso, TX

#867426 Mar 3, 2013
If we were Tracking Obama’s Pinocchio’s they would reach from the USA to China!! Obama and his administration remind most of us of that movie ‘The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight’ each day more Spin more Lies!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867427 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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so how old are you? FOXbot demo?
Galt is ageless, but will certainly outlive you (and Obama).

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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#867428 Mar 3, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Boehner called Gregory's objection "nonsense."
"Well David, that's just nonsense. If they had a plan, why wouldn't Senate Democrats go ahead and pass it," he said.
Boehner returned to this point throughout the interview, insisting that Democrats do not have a plan because the Democratic-controlled Senate has not voted on one.
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