“Then, as we want good, peaceful Muslims to do, you need to loudly decry the extremists in your midst lest you be identified with them the same way people lump all Muslims together. Decry racism. Decry pollution. Decry invading foreign nations for gain. Stop obstructing absolutely everything the President was elected to do. Throw the bums out and make it Everett Dirksen's party again and we'll respect you when you wear the Republican t-shirt.”
“1. You show a dim understanding of intelligence-gathering during a crisis, which is flexible depending on whether you like or don't like the people in charge.
2. If I had been in command, I very probably would not have sent troops into that situation with the timing involved. You should read the testimony of the military commanders close to the situation. And if anything had gone wrong and more lives of our defenders had been lost, you would have been the first to criticize the decision to send them in. You guys are still yapping about Jimmy Carter's failed helicopter hostage rescue.
All in all, you show no credibility. You just want the President to fail, no matter what he does or doesn't do.”
“So, in your mind, if there's a smoking gun that Republican operatives rewrote emails and then offered them as evidence of wrongdoing, any media outlet that reports about the smoking gun is guilty of Librul Whitewashing? Are the only liars that deserve exposure the ones you happen not to like?”
“If she finds the political arena tiresome, let me assure her the feeling is mutual. She may depart the arena anytime without feeling like she's depriving us. She might find it hard to grift enough money from the mama grizzly bobbleheads to sustain the lifestyle to which she is accustomed without keeping herself out there, though. And I suppose that's a public service - her pulling in wingnut campaign contributions and skimming 93% off the top is better than seeing them go to the NRA.”
thomasdep on May 7, 2013 at 09:55:37
“She can stay on in the rea-publican party as long as she wants as far as I'm concerned. Anyone who is dumb enough to listen to her will always be on the losing side.”
“Voter memories are short, and they get tired of hearing the same thing (if they hear at all - watch Mark Sanford win tonight). Bloomberg & Co. should save their ammo for her next election. 2018 is a long way off.”
gevan on May 7, 2013 at 09:37:28
“She's up in 2016...a presidential year with 24 Republican seats at risk.”
“In that case, your argument is moot. Everybody living in the US pays taxes, except maybe Maine's North Pond Hermit, who lived in the woods for 27 years and stole what he needed, but he wasn't on any assistance.”
“"If they be like to die, then let them do so, and decrease the surplus population."
Every time I buy a Tootsie Roll I pay taxes. Owning a car, I pay taxes. Living in an apartment, I pay real estate taxes through my rent. Does that count? What about the widow who never worked and mooches off you because her husband got blown up in the Texas fertilizer bomb? And are you a fan of the Earned Income Tax Credit, that pays people below a certain income level rather than charging them? Me neither, but I bet it's for a different reason. It uses taxpayer money to subsidize employers who don't pay a livable wage for 40 hours of hard work.
“Not true. If you have a factory, let's say, and there's an economic downturn. You have a good product and good prospects when things get better, but right now is when you set the stage for that. You buy modern equipment. You fix the roof. You pump money in R&D. Where does that come from? Corporate bonds. Following your logic, in the downturn since you don't have the cash, you just hunker down. Meantime, your factory rots from the roof leaks and your equipment won't perform as well as your competitors' when your market opens up. Bye bye.
Fix the roads and bridges. They last for generations and can be paid for over generations. Invest in education so your workforce is ready and attractive. These things will pay you back, and will reduce the debt in the long term. Do nothing, and bye bye.”
“The government is NOT your household or business budget. You can not draw comparisons. No, you can't overspend forever, but you need to pay the price of government. The deficit was created by unfunded initiatives like elective wars, a prescription drug plan for seniors, and tax cuts. It was compounded by a Wall Street crash that destroyed wealth and revenues. That makes this a time to spend, not cut. Spending, if done right, DOES create wealth.”
“Waiting to relearn lessons I thought we'd learned long ago. We had it under control until the Reagan Revolution. Now, I expect Bhopal to happen in Texas. Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you got 'til it's gone.”
“Rather than do all that, why don't they move to the ready-made Libertarian paradise, Somalia? No regulations at all. Plenty if inexpensive farmland, grazing, etc. Workers available cheaper than Mexicans! Openings for pirates, which is the natural but repressed desire of anti-regulation businessmen. Shucks, they used up all the oil in Texas, and global warming is destroying the rest of it. Leave us Austin, pack up all your junk, and start anew on the Horn of Africa!”