There is a rumor that Nikki Haley resigned because she didn't like the way Trump was mocking Dr. Ford at that rally a few days ago. Does anyone here agree with that?
I saw on the news this morning that the police officer who killed the young man in Minnasota, who was reaching in his glovebox to get his driver's license, will be charged with second degree murder. Can't remember this victim's last name, but his first name was Philander.
He had told the policemen he had a gun and a permit to carry it. The police officer shot him anyway. Philander's girlfriend videotaped the whole incident. The girlfriend's 4 year old daughter was in the backseat of the car and saw it all. :-(
I think Donald Trump played to certain people's fears and prejudices. He did that from day #1 when he announced he was running for President---talking about Mexican rapists and criminals. He knew what he was doing. He has made it acceptable to be a bigot.
This man is bad news.
I now think Ted Cruz choose Carly Fiorina as his VP just to keep Donald Trump from asking her to be his VP. Cruz had to know he wasn't going to be the nominee by the time he picked Carly. So, he knew neither of them were going anywhere. But it kept her away from Trump. Smart move.
I hope Hillary doesn't hire the same person who does Donald Trump's hair and make-up. They are not doing very good work on him.
Bill Nadzak Wrote: It really frosts me when people get on television and talk about Social Security and Medicare as entitlements. These are not entitlements! I have recently retired and have paid into, both mine and my company's contribution on my behalf, Social Security and Medicare for about 45 years. How are these entitlements, if I have paid all these years?
If the gov't would give me all my money back with interest, I will gladly leave their "entitlement" systems.
You are correct, Bill. Social Security and Medicare are NOT entitlements. They need to stop calling them that.
lonely bird Wrote:
Schmidt Wrote:Maybe, if they prepped the hell out of her. She has no experience at all which is the claim of the rw about Obama. Combined with the one term senator everyone hates and the end result would be a mess.
There is a big difference between Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin. Carly is articulate and polished. Sarah Palin is inarticulate...cannot string a sentence together and jumps all over the place. Carly would be formidable in a debate of VPs if she ever got the chance.
I agree with you, Schmidt. Miss Sarah leaves much to be desired. I notice Donald Trump hasn't been back on stage with her since her endorsement of him a few months ago.
I wish there was as much attention focused on corporate welfare as there is on social welfare. Example: Farm subsidies are given to farmers NOT to plant certain crops. Note these farmers are usually already well-to-do. But, they still receive subsidies from the govt. They aren't means tested then, are they? Hmmmm.
Ted Cruz is picking Carly Fiorina for the same reason John McCain picked Sarah Palin. To get the woman vote and help him where he is weak. It is cynical. And I think it will backfire on him the same way it did with John McCain.
Schmidt Wrote: Dutch --
You and I are not that different ideologically. I especially appreciate your international perspective on issues. I think if we were each asked to build our vision of the perfect government and had a clean slate to start with, our respective ideal governments would not be that much different. Well there would be one difference...I would stock the White House bar fridge with Moosehead and you would choose Heineken.
The world is not ideal, however, far from it. The policies that Obama ran on quickly had to be changed as he inherited the worst economic mess since the Great Depression. And he had to put people in place that understood the system to avoid a free fall. No place for rookies. The criticism started at that point and never stopped. I honestly believe that his policies did indeed avert a Great Depression, but economists differ.
In addition to a potentially catastrophic economic crisis he inherited two wars that had no end in sight.
The economic recovery has been slower than he would have liked, but again I'll make the excuse that had Congress approved his Jobs Act, the economy would have recovered more quickly and the employment rate would be higher. That's not only my opinion...that's a conclusion from an in-depth analysis by the CBO.
He was also criticized for pursuing his health care overall while all these other crises were in the works. He had a small window to achieve that goal, and it was only accomplished with some last minute arm twisting. He was criticized for not pursuing a public option, but an Affordable Care Act with a public option would not have had enough support. As it is, the ACA only passed the Senate with a 60-39 vote, just enough to pass the filibuster.
Once Senator Kennedy died and Scott Brown took his place, from then on it was filibuster after filibuster in the Senate, even though Nancy Pelosi was delivering from her end.
Okay, I know you know all this but the point that I am making is that President Obama came close to having that ideal government for a short time. And in that short time of exactly one year he accomplished more than any other president in recent memory. The pundits were lauding his successes. When Scott Brown took office in January 2010, the Obama express train became a freight train, burdened down by the Republican ideology. His train was often stopped at sidings while Congress digressed and delayed...and obstructed.
I am one that wish Obama would be more assertive with those mealy mouth Republicans. I probably would have been giving them the finger time and again. I have said that he plays "nice" with them too often. But then can I really put myself in his shoes to know what he is thinking? No, I cannot. We tend to forget that Obama is a product of a mixed race, and his upbringing in a racial "white mans world" as an African-American comes with a certain need to tread carefully. It's a fine line. Republicans would like nothing more than to pin the "angry black man" label on him...all it takes is one incident. As it is if he shows the slightest irritation with a journalist interrupting him, the headline in the Huffington Post will say "Obama gets angry"...while others on the right will start the media campaign of the angry black man.
I cannot remember any president who has been so disrespected by Republicans from Joe Wilson's "you lie" to Doug Lambourn's "tar baby" and more. And he takes it all in stride. We may disagree with how he has compromised with the Washington establishment, but he is up against an immense power base that would like nothing more than to see him fail...even if it hurts the country.
I appreciate the hurdles that he has had to overcome and am not ready to criticize his presidency so easily. Just think...we could have had John McCain and Sarah Palin. That would be my worst nightmare.
Thank you, Schmidt. You said that perfectly.