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  • MarkH commented on the blog post Chickens Coming Home to Roost in Kansas

    2014-07-26 18:19:16View | Delete

    FANTSTIC post. I loved it.

  • MarkH commented on the diary post Like Shadows Into the Night by Isaiah 88.

    2014-07-24 10:17:59View | Delete

    American can help, but to achieve a lasting peace the Israelis and Palestinians must both want it. You cannot foist Peace upon peoples who have so much hate in their hearts they would rather see their children dead in the streets than give up on war against the hated dogs.

  • Obama and the democrats had the power to fix this depression but chose instead to,help the bankers and short,change the stimulus and help to homeowners

    Uh, claiming they chose to help bankers instead of fixing the economy is belied by the record: the recession ended about July-August of 2009.

    The bankers weren’t just handed money, they were handed emergency loans they had to pay back with interest. Some of the banks even complained they didn’t want them and they were forced to take them by Bush’s Sec. Treasury Paulsen.

    The size of the problem and the intransigence of the Republicans and the knowledge it would run up the federal gov’t debt led to the size of the stimulus.

    What were your suggestions of how they could’ve helped homeowners? I don’t recall any big suggestions in 2009 which weren’t utterly ridiculous.

  • Obama issued blanket pardons for the some 1,000 guilty bankers and CEO’s who cauysed the recession and most of them profited handily from their illegal activities.

    That’t the main thing I will never forgive him of

    What’s your proof he “issued blanket pardons”?

    BTW, if he had to prosecute all those bankers just think of the local small-town banks and other mortgage lenders who knew they were issuing junk and all those realtors who knew those homes were over-priced and their customers couldn’t afford them. How many tens of thousands are we talking about then?

    It was a massive disaster and the president’s first goal, as I understand it, was to get things back in working order to save us from total disaster — a depression worse than the 1930s.

  • now that Medicaid is allowed to “claw back” medical expenses from the poor who qualify for it, many heirs will find their parent’s assets gone, if they have any.
    Any other reason to hate the ACA even more would be hard to find

    And your evidence it is the ACA which added that to the law is…

    Democrats will change that to end ‘claw back’, would Republicans?
    It should be done now!

  • MarkH commented on the diary post CNN’s Jake Tapper: Palestinians Want to Die (Update: Tapper Responds) by David Swanson.

    2014-07-13 13:46:40View | Delete

    People fight each other and regularly send their young stronger men/boys to do that. They naturally get killed/martyred. Each is possibly also telling itself their cause is just, their God is stronger and they will win…eventually. Who knows the truth of this? And, really, does it matter. They are at odds and will settle it [...]

  • MarkH commented on the blog post Obama’s Dismal Job Approval Rating on Immigration Policy

    2014-06-20 15:41:36View | Delete

    Well, it’s just another area where obama is incompetent. Nothing he does is guided by anything other than political expediency.

    Are you saying we don’t have an immigration problem needing attention? Huh? Everybody else recognizes there is a problem, even some Conservatives.

    He has no core fundemental right/wrong value system. So lies and truth are the same so long as they serve some political goal. He can say one thing while doing the opposite and not lose any sleep. Heck, he’ll go golfing.

    Immigration reform is about controlling our borders, keeping terrorists and undocumented people out, but letting in temporary workers (like migrant farmers) and letting in students who may want to stay and work after graduation. Do Republicans really oppose solving these problems? Apparently some dunderheads do and think it’s ‘right’.

    Obama is enforcing the border law more than anyone has and Republicans oppose him. Why? Do they not know what’s ‘right’ when it comes to law enforcement?

    Republicans who oppose the DREAM Act seem to think it’s right that young kids who know no other country than America and know no other language or culture should be deported. How idiotic is that? Don’t they know any better? Where is their sense of right and wrong on that?

    No, I trust Pres. Obama’s sense of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ much more than the Conservatives and it’s nothing to do with politics. Maybe it’s just another case of Truth having a Liberal tendency. Maybe what’s right has a Liberal tendency too.

  • MarkH commented on the diary post VIDEO: Why Millennials Don’t Vote and What To Do About It {aTV 007} by Dennis Trainor Jr.

    2014-06-10 12:41:23View | Delete

    You don’t vote to just support a politician.
    You vote, so you can tell them what they should do.

    If you don’t vote other people will be heard by the politician and their interests may run contrary to your own.


  • MarkH commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-06-09 10:10:21View | Delete

    Fukushima weather report: Hot, real hot, too damn hot. If this isn’t a warning to people about “let the free market regulate itself”, then nothing ever will be. I guess we’ll have world-wide higher rates of cancer for a century or so. Oh, but isn’t it worth it so a few thousand humans can live [...]

  • MarkH commented on the blog post Wall Street Still Serving Drug Cartels

    2014-05-23 09:34:09View | Delete

    Like the (seemingly) wasted money on “Defense” before 9/11, what are we spending our money on if it doesn’t protect us from terrorist attacks and if it doesn’t keep the price of oil lower and if it still lets in drugs by the boat-load and drug money (into the banks) by the billions? We need to be getting more for our tax dollars or stop taxing & spending that money, so we can spend more on something we get results on.

    Make the bankers pay a bigger price for their crimes or apologize to the Swiss for bothering them.

  • I doubt Obama hired Blackwater to do anything in Ukraine, so who did?

  • MarkH commented on the blog post Despite Falling Revenues, Walmart Increases Pay for Top Execs

    2014-05-12 09:59:36View | Delete

    One more story we won’t see on the evening t.v. news.

    What will it take for the public to discover the problem isn’t in their own lack of efforts or in “big government”.

  • MarkH commented on the blog post Koch Brothers Target Solar Industry

    2014-04-22 13:31:57View | Delete

    Republicans said they were for health care reform if it was done in a market-based way, so they invented it at The Heritage Foundation. Obama implemented it and they said it was bad.

    Republicans said they could deal with too much carbon in the atmosphere, but only if it was done in a market-based way, so they invented Cap & Trade (Yep, they did). Once Democrats started talking about implementing it they said it was bad.

    Republicans, including the Bush family, say immigration reform is essential, but once Democrats offer proposals they said it is bad.

    Republicans have said they want a flat tax, including Romney who proposed getting rid of deductions, but once a Republican House committee chairman Dave Camp began looking into tax reform they told him to shut up and it wasn’t going to be done.

    Republicans LIE or don’t know their own minds.

    The crazies who said they had the right to use nature and graze their cattle for free also say that in Oklahoma you should pay a fine to put up solar panels and “graze” for sunshine power.

    The Right is NUTS.

    Republicans talk all the time about the “free market” and how there is too much regulation, yet the Koch brothers and others want to prevent Tesla from competing in the automobile market in several states (because they use a different business model). They also convinced Tennessee to stop using highway lanes dedicated to buses because it interfered with people using gasoline made from Koch-brothers oil.

    The right are LIARS and takers.

    If the Koch brothers want to argue the solar panel industry gets too many gov’t tax benefits, then they should argue for reduction or elimination of all the gov’t benefits to the oil & gas industry. It’s billions of dollars.

    No, the Koch brothers don’t have America’s best interests at heart.

  • It’s things like this which really anger the taxpaying public. This must be fixed by letting people compete in the market which HP is apparently trying to rig. The gov’t should also immediately change to save the money.

    The worst isn’t that somebody is trying to make a buck. It’s that everybody is paying through the gov’t and nobody there has a personal stake in saving money until the big bright light of the media hits them in the face with questions.

  • It always appears they are fighting to get the oil to market despite a tin-pot dictator’s desire to keep it. But, holding it off the market does keep prices higher and ensure it can eventually be brought to market when it’s necessary. When Kuwait was stealing Iraq’s oil and Saddam Hussein declared war on Kuwait [...]

  • My god, even illegal drugs aren’t ‘free market’. Just another monopoly with the governments finger in the pie.

    Maybe if the didnt interfere the business would have died off. But, think of all the U.S. cops it would put out of work.

  • Many, if not most, states have a balanced budget provision in their constitution. If a profligate legislature & governor decided to ignore that and the Court said they had a duty to balance their budget it could come to the same argument — that the Court can’t demand legislation.

    Interesting stuff.

  • MarkH commented on the diary post Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad: More confirmation? by Barry Lando.

    2014-03-08 20:59:26View | Delete

    Bush close to the Saudis and the Saudis close to Israel and the Saudis close to Osama bin laden & al Qaeda

    These dots connect to draw what picture?

  • Read The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk which is about Susan McDougal. This isn’t new.

    What I want to know is *who* gave the orders.

  • MarkH commented on the diary post Thomas Friedman Escaped and Is Writing About Economics Again by Dean Baker.

    2014-02-16 10:01:45View | Delete

    We know to make the world economy go. GDP growth is better and corporate profits are very high. What we still have trouble with is regulating it and preventing lobbyists from changing things to screw it up and (the big one) creating a system whereby ordinary working folk get a good share of the pie [...]

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