OldEnough

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  • OldEnough commented on the blog post House Republicans Ready to Fold on the Debt Limit

    2013-01-18 16:53:17View | Delete

    I think the Rs are worried about placating the elites and about their political futures, and that these two concerns are intertwined. If the U.S. defaults on it’s debt, everyone (including the elites) lose their shirts. The Rs finally agreed to lift the debt the last time because Wall Street was panicking. I don’t think the Rs care if the middle class loses their retirement funds, but they sure do care if the elites (aka, their donors) lose a significant portion of their wealth.

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Republicans planning to change Electoral College rules to rig future elections. by Broke and Unemployed.

    2013-01-18 15:15:07View | Delete

    My understanding is that the states control their system of elections. I agree that there should be one consistent system for national elections. Doing away with the electoral college would be great, but as difficult as it is to pass legislation, I can’t see how an amendment to the constitution would get done.

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Republicans planning to change Electoral College rules to rig future elections. by Broke and Unemployed.

    2013-01-18 13:42:21View | Delete

    By the way,there is plenty of room to criticize the Democrats and President Obama, but I can’t believe the number of posts blaming him for this. This is a pure power grab by the Republicans, and has nothing to do with the Democrats’ policies.

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Republicans planning to change Electoral College rules to rig future elections. by Broke and Unemployed.

    2013-01-18 13:39:52View | Delete

    It hardly matters . . . This does matter, not only because the Republicans are far worse than the Democrats, but also because this destroys any semblance of a representational government. Totalitarian regimes have elections too, but the outcome is predetermined. This would change the U.S. to a totalitarian regime, where gerrymandering has predetermined presidential [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Romney is going to win by lakota.

    2012-09-19 19:42:12View | Delete

    Probably too late for this string, but . . . Yes, margaret, the far left is just as vicious as the far right if anyone has a different opinion than they do. They are quick to attack and name call. I expressed the opinion on a different post that it was wiser at this time [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-30 11:39:14View | Delete

    Wow, I’m being checked out now. Did you find anything good? Don’t worry, I am not infiltrating FDL for some nefarious purpose. Just thought I’d stir the pot a bit. I hope I’m not considered an “enemy of the people” now. Maybe you can get me banned from the site for having a different opinion. [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 18:25:39View | Delete

    Good stuff, DWBartoo. My original post was a bit provocative, and I expected some pushback. I agree with some of what you say, but not all of it. I know that you view me as an appeaser, and find my approach unacceptable and even immoral. I think that you are overly rigid in your approach. [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 15:50:16View | Delete

    Please accept my sympathy for your brother. I am truly sorry to hear that. I was very fortunate that the draft was ended two months prior to my being eligible. I agree that these are very frightening times and that climate change is a terrible threat. I have become somewhat pessimistic about the future of [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 15:46:33View | Delete

    I am concerned with the intent and the quantity of the actions. Quantity is relevant in that it can reflect the degree to which the perpetrator of the “evil” is willing to go. I find the use of drones to battle terrorism to be a very complex argument. That notwithstanding, I don’t equate Obama with [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 14:03:57View | Delete

    E. coli is a far better option than cyanide. Most E.coli is harmless intestinal flora, and the few strains that are toxic are often not lethal. I’d rather take my chances with E.coli than with cyanide.

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 14:00:20View | Delete

    This discussion is very interesting. It’s refreshing in a way to see such pure idealism. Being “right” isn’t always winning. If your child was about to be hit by a car, would you let it happen because the driver blew a Stop Sign? Allowing the Republicans to win is supporting a much more evil alternative [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 13:47:07View | Delete

    Gosh, I guess we get the Obama as Hitler comparisons from the Left and the Right. Point taken, but I find the comparison absurd. Besides the fact that it is hard to imagine someone worse than Hitler and that I do not take equating someone with Hitler lightly (I am of Jewish heritage and had [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 13:39:37View | Delete

    Regarding the philosophy of Frank Herbert (the author of “Dune”): It is easy to sell a point of view in a fictional world (Ayn Rand and B.F. Skinner are good examples of this). I find Frank Herbert’s views to be very interesting, but don’t agree with all of them. One of his points that I [...]

  • OldEnough commented on the diary post Has Cenk Uygur suddenly found God in Obama? by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-08-29 12:55:19View | Delete

    You’re all nuts, and sound like college students; long on ideals, short on perspective. I am also disappointed with Obama in many ways, but the damage the Republicans would wreak on this country and the planet is frightening to contemplate. George W. Bush almost destroyed the entire world economy. If Romney wins, he might finish [...]

  • Romney is scum, and is certainly not running a clean campaign. Consider the distortion that is being used in his “you didn’t build it” push.

    Sometimes, you have to fight on your opponents terms. Romney is as dirty as it gets. Obama should use anything that is legal, fact based, and will work against Romney. Romney is creating this problem by refusing to release his returns.

    Romney is such a poor candidate that I don’t think he would have a chance of winning, were it not for all the voter suppression laws now in place. These could turn the election.

    Welcome to fascism.

  • OldEnough commented on the blog post Report: 43% of Philadelphia Voters Lack Voter-Eligible ID

    2012-07-26 09:02:15View | Delete

    Voter suppression is my biggest fear regarding the election. I think that without it, Obama would almost surely win. If the Republicans can steal a few key states such as Pennsylvania, they may turn the election.

    The Pennsylvania law seems to be unconstitutional (please note that I am not a lawyer, however). Hopefully, it will be struck down, but that remains to be seen.

    Enactment of the voter suppression laws by the Republicans is fascism. They want power, and are willing to destroy the electoral process to obtain it. The Soviet Union had elections also, although they were completely meaningless.

    I grew up in the Vietnam years, and that was a very dark period for the US, but I have never been so afraid for our future.

  • OldEnough commented on the blog post Obama’s Job Approval Numbers Show Modest Increase

    2012-07-23 12:52:44View | Delete

    You all have to be kidding (or living in an alternate universe). Obama is far from perfect, but he generally is a moderate and his positions tend to favor the middle class. I think he is far too introspective and not nearly enough of a fighter, but he has been a decent president. Some of his policies have benefitted my middle class family (e.g. some of the provisions of the AFA have greatly benefitted us).

    If Romney is elected and pursues a far right agenda, the damage could be terrible. George W. Bush nearly destroyed the economy of the entire world, rolled back civil rights, started one completely needless war (Iraq) and totally bungled another (Afghanistan). In my opinion, a Romney presidency could be more destructive to the country than Geroge Bush’s was.

    I also consider the Repuglican’s efforts to do as much damage as they can to our economy in order to win the next election to be treason, and would not like to see them rewarded for this immoral and criminal strategy.

    Don’t confuse cyanide with spoiled milk. They both can upset your stomach, but one will kill you.

  • Thank you for this article. I’m very glad to know this. With the looming trainwreck of the fiscal cliff and the coming debt ceiling fight, I was planning to pull out of the stock market in the next few months. Now I think the timeline should be pushed up. I think stock investors are in for a rough time in the coming months, as the GOP once again threatens everyone’s financial wellbeing.

    I think that the GOP’s actions to damage our economy, which hurts millions and kills many people in this country, is treason (I’m completely serious about this). I wish they could be brought up on charges, or at least thrown out of office for dereliction of duty.

  • Wow! Pretty rough on Reed and Pelosi. I think that Reed is not nearly assertive enough, but that Pelosi has been quite effective. She passed a ton of legislation as house leader which died in the senate, of course.

    In Reed’s defense, he can’t stop the endless filibusters. There needs to be some reform of the Senate rules, or the future of this country is pretty frightening.

    The only other point that I would make is that I think that president Obama should have done much more to promote progressive legislation. He should have started holding the Republicans’ feet to the fire in the first year of his presidency, not his fourth. I think this is the greatest failure of an otherwise good president.

  • Very good points “tellmewhy”. I agree completely, but I think it would be suicidal for president Obama to raise taxes on everybody this close to an election. Unfortunately, he’s probably too spineless to do this after he is reelected (I hope).

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