• Some of the american public may believe the two ps of american foreign policy are peace and prosperity but the p goals are power and profit. As conceived by washington and the mic, peace and prosperity would be disastrous for power and profit.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 17:47:57View | Delete

    I am regularly on DKos and there is no one, NO ONE, on that site as hysterically vile as TBogg. I can’t imagine Kos tolerating anyone so baldly insulting. The point of any site, I would think, is to attract, not repel.

    I concur that DKos has some obot/dembot FPers, but is not as uniformly group think among the commenters, who can be a heartily, and healthily, contrary lot. I believe we’re hard wired for tribalism and political affinity is the proof.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 16:47:25View | Delete

    No offense, Nat, but I believe Jon is Jane’s kinder, gentler choice to replace TBogg. TBogg was supposed to provide “balance.” What he actually provided was bile, and slut slamming vocabulary. But, in any case, this site is the domain of Jane Hamsher and no one appears here without her approval.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post There is No Preparing for Health Care Calvinball

    2014-12-11 15:28:39View | Delete

    I believe Jon is Jane’s kinder, gentler Tom Boggioni, TBogg.

  • liberalarts commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 18:46:54View | Delete

    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/07/31/bernie-sanders-to-primary-obama-dont-make-me-laugh/

    Jane put paid to Bernie Sanders three yrs ago. As did several pieces on counterpunch. Bernie Sanders is the dem designated dog and pony show. With, if reports are correct, dual citizenship, america and israel. C’mon, already.

  • I reckon this blows sky high as people who think they have insurance try to use it. And realize they can’t pay for even the little med access they used to have out of pocket bc their insurance premiums ate their pockets.

    Would someone pls explain how dimwit one has to be to believe Medicare is not a government program? There are burnt out bulbs who believe that. What the hell do they think is financing it? I’m not on top of every government twist and turn but Jeez, Louise, Medicare has government stamped all over it. The cards look just like SS cards. If we’re not the dumbassest species in the history of the world, show me what is. I bet it didn’t last long.

  • Accoding to Lambert at nakedcapitalism, the backend of the exchanges is/are still broken and submissions are being processed by hand, which would account for, yes?, your issues. Also by design, I’m thinking.

  • “Bad design” from what perspective? Let’s stop with the incompetent dems meme: the dems got what they wanted, it’s a feature not a bug, they’re entirely competent in the service of their paymasters.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post What Focusing on the Economy Could Have Looked Like

    2014-12-04 16:09:07View | Delete

    Everything about obama that matters is white.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-03 11:23:29View | Delete

    It would mean a new constitution, or something like. The problems with re-constituting a national governing blueprint are many, special interests and single issue interests being just for starters. We know, don’t we, how aggressive both those groups are at pursuing their interests and how likely to pack the constitution commission? My first step is an amendment to term and age limit SC appointees: 12 yrs or 75 yrs old, whichever comes first, not to serve less than five yrs when appointed. Second step is direct election of presidents/vice presidents. Someone on here argued that would give latitude to game the system. Oh, so the system isn’t already game-able and hasn’t already been gamed? History says otherwise, but don’t let the historical facts get in the way of a self-serving argument, I say.

    Given the difficulties built into the system to slow change, which I see as a very deliberate obstacle to overturning the supremacy of a self-appointed planter/merchant elite, we’re probably planting trees we won’t get to sit under. Some of the women who started the suffrage movement never got to vote. Tho it must have been discouraging, it didn’t deter them.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 18:08:57View | Delete

    This is a republic. It is not a democracy.

    A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    http://www.ourrepubliconline.com/Author/21

    If you recall the original voting restrictions, this was never intended to be a democracy.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 13:29:49View | Delete

    I’ve come to think most candidates are the consequence of scraping the bottom of the barrel bc they represent the least common denominator. In my limited up close and personal experience, the good ones either consider carefully and decide not to run or walk away after one term in office.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 12:28:34View | Delete

    Enforcement is a necessity when it’s the only thing you have. As Welsh wrote, Yes, well, I’d rather be killed by an axe murderer than a guy with a chainsaw, but at the end of the day, I’m still dead. http://www.ianwelsh.net/the-end-of-the-american-dream-and-how-democratic-apologists-are-creating-it/

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 12:07:27View | Delete

    Two points to your point:

    Over at DKos they’re celebrating the re-election of Ami Bera. Ami Bera is a republicrat. http://www.occupythesec.org/house/rankings Scroll down to the bottom half and look for Bera there. Oh, goody, re-elected.

    A friend who follows the details much more than I do estimates there are maybe, generously, 90 actual dems in congress. That’s among 100 senators and 435 reps, 535. Mostly vermin. Venal vermin.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 12:01:40View | Delete

    You don’t: they have their reasons and their reasons don’t align with your best interests. Ignore them, worst thing you can do to some people, best thing you can do for yourself.

    There aren’t that many of them but they’re organized and motivated, and media savvy. They often operate in the web’s echo chambers so they sound like a much larger crowd than they actually are and they’re very, very good at the amplification effect. Almost makes you think they’ve been coached.

    There are, GASP, even a few on this site, some of whom are quite forceful, or sly. I challenged erik one time and he came back with a perfectly adroit riposte that in language and tone made clear he’s very smart and well educated and not at all the naif you might mistake him for. I believe erik’s a professional. I know there are dem enforcers on this site. My advice: paddle your own canoes.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 11:41:21View | Delete

    Let’s count the family tagalongs:

    Jackson, Jr; Valerie Jarrett; Rizzo, Jr; the current Frelinghuysen; the Louisiana Long family; Goode, Jr;…your turns.

    There’s a website that lists family congressional seats and Frelinghuysen is one of the oldest. We do have an hereditary ruling class: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/29/family-dynasties-how-power-begets-power-in-congress/

    http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/28/liz-cheney-and-the-family-business-a-chart-of-all-congressional-dynasties/

    At the state and municipal levels, I’m guessing it’s even worse. Mary’s brother, Mitch, is NO mayor, as we speak. Pelosi comes from a political family, which may be why she’s all politics, no policy.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 11:25:29View | Delete

    Politics is a power game. If you don’t make people pay for transgressions, they won’t count you. The baggies are counted bc they play hard and mean and they play for keeps.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 11:22:38View | Delete

    Fifth columnists.

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

    2014-12-02 08:56:34View | Delete

    Mary Landrieu’s a Democrat? When did that happen?

  • liberalarts commented on the blog post Casinos Fail Old Industrial Towns

    2014-12-01 16:24:24View | Delete

    You’re right about Fast Fracking Eddie Rendell, mostly right about DKos, wrong about FDL, where dems get clobbered daily. To not much discernible effect, I’m sorry to say, altho the tide may be turning. We’ll know in retrospect and that could be a long time coming.

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