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  • In politics the word pragmatist too often means political atheist.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Republicans Dominate 2014 Elections

    2014-11-05 09:06:07View | Delete

    It looked even worse for the Repubs in 1964 than it did in 2008. In less than four years, it not only turned around for the Repubs, Nixon took the presidency. The Dems’ best talent is to turn victories into defeats.

    If O can be impeached on the grounds he cemented the national security state, I would agree with you.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Republicans Dominate 2014 Elections

    2014-11-05 08:35:48View | Delete

    Headlines this morning look like we just suffered an apocalypse. Look back at the 100th Congress, when the Dems took power after gaining 8 seats in the 1986 election. And that was during the “Reagan revolution”. The only thing that has changed since then is the volume of noise.

    We remain stuck with two parties that are more identical than different in an election system that is winner take all. Remember, it takes only 50% plus one vote, technically, to win an election. Thus, the people who buy elections need to purchase a relative handful of votes. And, for presidential elections, people who buy elections only need to purchase the votes of 6-8 states to win.

    The 1% and corporations purchase politicians on the cheap. Buying politicians is beyond the reach of the rest of us, so it only looks like America spends a lot of money on elections.

  • I guess the NYPD thinks being a patriot means we should waive the flag of freedom.

  • The government’s claim reminds me of the old vaudevillian joke: “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” In this case, the government said something like, “Judge, bad things will happen if people find out the US tortured and did other illegal things to the Guantanamo prisoners.” Judge Kessler’s response could be understood as, “Well, don’t do that.”

    Unfortunately, the show playing in Guantanamo is not a comedy; it is a tragedy.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Syria Mission Creep Already Begins

    2014-09-23 09:34:53View | Delete

    Thanks for remembering me; I just wish I were commenting on something less deplorable. War gets me going more than any other subject.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Syria Mission Creep Already Begins

    2014-09-23 09:06:49View | Delete

    We were warned about President Obama’s predilection for war (Syria is the 7th Muslim country bombed under President Obama’s leadership) in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. His orders last night show he is a weak president and a morally reprehensible man.

    When bombs rain from the sky, we only produce more hate on the ground. Does anyone outside the Pentagon and White House truly believe we can “win” anything with this strategy?

    Time to order more missiles to replace the ones we’ve just used, and add a few more to the stock pile we evidently will need in the coming months (years?).

  • I guess is it akin to giving people fish to feed them for a day, or teaching them how use a gun, so they can kill for a lifetime.

  • This same ploy against Social Security, that it will go somehow go bankrupt or otherwise fail, has been used for decades. In the mid-90s the CBO projection about Social Security was that, at worst, it would pay out only 85% of what recipients expect to get over a similar time frame.

    The two largest factors in reduced expectations for Social Security payouts are the little to no wage growth over the past three or four decades and our new unemployment economy, that is drastically reducing the amount of money being paid into the current system and the “trust”. (I believe we are now dipping into that trust to make current payments, which is a few years earlier than projected.)

    Then there is this: Obama’s little touted payroll tax cut is to FICA taxes, not our payroll income taxes. So he reduced the amount we are paying into our savings for Social Security. If you cut the amount you are saving for retirement, you are going to have less money when you retire. And he says we need to fix Social Security.

    I’m guessing that someone is paid to shave Obama because I cannot figure out how that guy can look at himself in the mirror.

  • kdoren commented on the diary post In Cowboys and Aliens, Humans Win; In Washington’s Zombies Vs. Pods, They Lose by Scarecrow.

    2011-08-01 16:48:58View | Delete

    Uh: this is what Barnes wrote “Contrary to the media narrative, Tea Party Republicans in the House didn’t oppose Boehner. Most voted with him. Only 10 of the 87 GOP freshmen, the Tea Party core in Congress, voted “no.” Credit the Tea Party, however, with creating the climate for cutting spending and the idea of [...]

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Fixing One Artificial Crisis by Creating Another

    2011-08-01 16:20:13View | Delete

    Creating the artificial crisis was the only way Obama and his henchpeople and congressional partners could loosen support for SS and the two Meds. Now, the congressional committee on deficits may fail to come to an agreement, but don’t bet on it.

    The fix, as a movie gangster would put it, is in.

    BTW: when, since December 2000, has the Constitution really mattered?

  • kdoren commented on the diary post In Cowboys and Aliens, Humans Win; In Washington’s Zombies Vs. Pods, They Lose by Scarecrow.

    2011-08-01 16:08:48View | Delete

    Only us f’ing retards noticed, Jane.

  • kdoren commented on the diary post In Cowboys and Aliens, Humans Win; In Washington’s Zombies Vs. Pods, They Lose by Scarecrow.

    2011-08-01 16:00:29View | Delete

    McConnell: “the chances of any kind of tax increase passing with the appointees John Boehner and i are going to put in there are very low” There might be a token few, if any, dems appointed to the joint congressional committee that will as fiercely protect SS and the two Meds. Watch as the committee [...]

  • This time around, the borrowing limit brouhaha is mainly about Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Obama is the last best chance the financial powers that be have to get their hands on the SS money. A Republican president, with or without a Republican controlled congress, couldn’t do it. Obama was selected because he is the best shot the financial industry has to get a hold of that pile of money.

    A lot of people wondered why Obama did not heavily publicize the cut in payroll tax he was able to pass. That is because it was a cut in the FICA: the money used for Social Security. He was afraid too many people would notice.

    Now, to “fix” SS, he wants to reduce the amount SS recipients receive, possibly by changing the formula used to calculate the cost of living increase for SS recipients and raising the age people can start collecting. Since SS is not even a budget item, and has never contributed to the debt or deficit. Except that the extra money collected for it over the past two decades, or so, has been borrowed by congress to pay current bills. Now that this borrowing has come due, a few years sooner than expected (mainly because of the recession and Obama’s payroll tax deduction), SS has become part of the budget, in a criminally intentional way.

    Obama is the most cynical president we’ve ever elected. No other president would have the audacity to do this. But remember this: he will be one of the richest ex-presidents in US history (not counting those like the Bushes, who already had more money than God). Obama was chosen very skillfully by the financial industry and it, not those $5 and $10 contributions from the “little people,” made him president.

    None of the big holders of US debt is worried about not being paid; at worst any lowering of America’s credit rating only means they will get a higher interest rate a short time after whatever new date (it has been pushed back several times this year already) the administration decides it can get away with. The only people who have to worry about getting their money are SS recipients, government employees and others too small for our president and congress to care about.

    Those old folks who stood up at the town meetings two summers ago and told their congressional representatives “to keep their hands off of my Medicare” understood, far better than the commentators who made these old folks out to be stupid, what was at stake. The problem is that which group of bums do we vote out of office: the Dems or the Repubs? At least our social programs seemed safer under a Repub president.

    Liberal Dems are now reaping the results of many years of holding our noses and voting for the least bad alternative. This time, the Dems made the worst possible choice, and unless they can come up with an alternative very quickly, they, and all of America, are stuck with that choice.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Up is Down

    2011-07-11 16:04:02View | Delete

    SS is on the table now because it represents Obama’s last best hope of wrapping it up for the financial industry. They have all but ended the traditional pension industry and forced us to put our money into 401(k)s to rip us off whenever they wish, so SS is the largest pool of untouched money available.

    They want us unemployed, sick and dead, but not until they can take as much money from us as possible.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Up is Down

    2011-07-11 15:51:36View | Delete

    Obama represents the last best hope the financial interests have to damage Social Security. I did not vote for Obama because he was manufactured by the financial industry, but I did not believe he had the audacity to hurt/dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security all at one time.

    The ruling elites of the Dems and Repubs are working together against our social programs and our only hope is that the Repub no, not-ever-a-tax-increase crowd and/or a sufficient amount of Dems who will defend these programs to the bitter end will stop Obama.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Worst President Ever, Revisited

    2011-07-09 17:09:45View | Delete

    Sorry if you have been called names. I hope you note that I never called you a name or otherwise besmirched your character.

    While I did not specifically say Obama is more cynical than Bill Clinton, I did say and believe Obama is the most cynical politician of my lifetime, your point is correct. No matter how cynical you believe Clinton is please note that under his presidency, over 23 million jobs were created; that is the most of all presidencies since Truman’s, when the figures were first collected. Now presidents do not wave a magic wand and create jobs, but their policies do contribute to job creation. Both Presidents Bush eras, BTW, were times when the least amount of jobs were created. We’ll see at the end of his first term how Obama has done in this category.

    Clinton is about the only leading political figure who has pushed a jobs agenda. Now you might pooh pooh his goals: create a service the matches job openings to currently unemployed people, offer companies incentives to train unemployed American as opposed to hiring immigrants and conduct talks with corporations sitting on large amounts of cash and find out what it would take for them to spend the money. That’s fair since our current unemployment crises is one created by loss of demand for goods, not by a mismatch in worker skills. But if Obama had simply instituted even these modest policies, I think a full point or two could have been shaved off the unemployment numbers. Instead, Obama has done virtually nothing.

    I have not said anything irrational. You may not agree with my conclusions, but the basis for them are hardly irrational. I have never questioned Obama’s religion or place of birth, two examples of irrationality, nor do I go around calling politicians Nazis, fascists, etc. unless they are actually members of the Nazi party or call themselves fascists. It was very disturbing to me when, during the Bush II administration, a billboard near my apartment was plastered with a depiction of him looking as goofy as Alfred E. Newman. The chimp depictions of him equally repulsed me.

    It is because Obama’s governing and his actual policies, as opposed to his rhetoric, go against my ideas of how American government should work that I hope people wake up and keep him from having a second term. I barely followed the 2008 election once Obama won the nomination since I knew he was no liberal and out of line with the Democratic party I once supported. Less than a month ago I registered to vote in my new community and for the first time since 1976, did not register as a Democrat. That was a very painful decision for me.

    I happened to read FDL today after a kind of lull of several months having to do with my moving to a new town and establishing myself in a new job. FDL is hardly my only source of information; thanks to the Internet I read nearly every kind of news from all over the world (if it is in English that is). I stay in touch with all shades of political views. And I do not watch television; don’t own one and never will. Paying roughly $100 a months for scores of channels I care nothing about is a the biggest waste of money I can imagine.

    If the comments here seem glum remember that we are living in horrible times. Only the stories I listened to from people who survived the great depression match the kind of gloom people feel today. The single most important problem in America today is jobs and only when the monthly unemployment figures are released do news outlets report about the problem. Long-term unemployment is easting away at the soul of the American people and nearly everyone I meet understands their jobs are constantly at risk. The widespread insecurity is palpable. The media does not report it because such coverage does not jive with its most important job: selling stuff.

    Obama did not cause the mess, but he has taken on responsibility for it by his inaction. I am not calling for anything other than taking away his job as president by the voting booth. He has done a bad job and deserves to be fired. If enough people disagree, then he will continue another four years, heaven help us. I feel no personal hatred for him as I felt none for Bush. Neither one should have served as president of the United States and we are are paying the price for having made the mistake of allowing them to serve us in this capacity.

    It is going to take generations to shake the devastation of this recession from our country, as it did after the great depression. The real unfortunate problem we face is that no one I know of can step it and serve to ease the bitter mess created by our ruling class in the past decade. We are in for more terrible times until someone does.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Congressional Democrats Can Just Say No to Benefit Cuts

    2011-07-09 14:55:18View | Delete

    The point is Obama does not want to unilaterally raise the debt limit.

    The debt limit is the MacGuffin. The real target is our social programs. This has always been Obama’s goal. The Repubs would have never been able to touch them without Obama’s help. Not Reagan, not Bush and not even Obama (with a full Democratic congress) were able to touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. But Obama can with the Repubs. The disastrous 2010 elections, for Dems, was the best thing that could have happened to Obama.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Congressional Democrats Can Just Say No to Benefit Cuts

    2011-07-09 14:35:29View | Delete

    Obama with a fully-charged Repub congress will be very scary, indeed. “Anybody but Obama” is my choice for slogan.

  • kdoren commented on the blog post Congressional Democrats Can Just Say No to Benefit Cuts

    2011-07-09 14:24:45View | Delete

    Obama is the best Dems have for 2012. Love or hate him, that is political reality. Obama’s political calculation is that most Congressional Dems have to go along with him since their fates are intertwined with his. Unless there is an alternative for professional Dems, they will live or die by what Obama does.

    Most Dems went along with Obama and reaped the results of 2010. That result might break enough Dems away from Obama to doom his coming compromise.

    Obama’s focus on his own success, at the expense of the party, is causing the greatest damage to the Democratic Party I have ever seen, and that covers a lot of self-destructive pols that the Dems have produced since the 1960s.

    Something tells me that once Obama’s reign ends (and I hope that happens in January 2013) he is not going to be a very beloved ex-president.

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