• Romberry commented on the blog post A Flimsy Argument Against Single Payer

    2014-07-03 17:45:45View | Delete

    …since it would not necessarily address the most egregious of problems with the present system.

    That’s some list. No indication at all that the list has a damn thing to do with reality though. (Hint: It does not. You may as well yell “Tort reform!”…which also has next to nothing to do with reality.)

  • …are we capable of taking in all those in the world threatened with violence, with no limits?

    Straw man alert!

  • Romberry commented on the blog post A Lack of Alternatives Makes Choices Easy

    2014-07-01 14:59:23View | Delete

    “Most of the “Left” is first and foremost part of the Democratic party or wants to work with the party.”

    Says who? What you stated is an assertion. I’m not the least convinced that assertion is supportable. From my independent liberal/former Democrat position, what I’ve come to feel is that no one who is actually on the “Left” (as in “liberal”) wants a damn thing to do with the Democratic Party. I sure as hell don’t. I woke up to the fact that the Dems are engaged in protecting the status quo, that the party has gone back to being warmongering protectors of wealth and power and that it can’t leave the principles of the New Deal and protecting the least among us fast enough for those actually running things. Now that out of the way…

    Hillary Clinton, for all her faults, is not Bill Clinton…or Barack Obama for that matter. None of the three are what I’d ever call left or liberal.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Late Night: So Obama Knows How to Play Cards After All?

    2014-06-30 03:19:54View | Delete

    One more thing. In bizarro Obamaland, does the fact that Obama is asking Congress for money and process changes to “speed the deportation of unaccompanied minor children” who make their way to the US from Central America mean that Obama actually doesn’t want money and process changes to speed the deportation of these children? Because if I follow PW’s “reasoning” in this diary, that’s exactly what it ought to mean. Anyone wanna try and make that case, or is the silliness of it clear?

  • Romberry commented on the diary post Video: Slick Willy “I’m Back” by jbade.

    2014-06-30 02:42:42View | Delete

    Hillary may or may not be the next “Slick Willy”, but President Barack Obama is the current holder of that title.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Late Night: So Obama Knows How to Play Cards After All?

    2014-06-30 02:40:51View | Delete

    Still giving credit where none is due. The delusion of 2008 is awfully hard for some folks to let go of.

  • While it may well be true that Warren picked a “pay-for” she knew would not pass, has it occurred to anyone that this sort of thing is:

    1. How you move the Overton Window of political possibility** and

    2.Saying that a different “pay-for” would stand “a better chance” of winning over the GOP does not mean that a different “pay-for” would win over the GOP?

    I don’t know what to think about Warren. I followed her from well before the time she first dipped her toe into politics (and the corrupting influence that being in the belly of the DC beltway beast certainly is) back when she first gained some attention for the book she co-authored with her daughter, The Two-Income Trap, and began speaking out against bankruptcy reform deform and lobbying (then) First Lady Hillary Clinton heavily to work against inside the Clinton White House. I’m not a naive true-believer in anyone, but there is part of me here which really considers that this proposal is designed to move the window just a smidgen. The Republican playbook is to continue offering up essentially the same plan that was defeated, sometimes with cosmetic changes, until the debate becomes old hat and moved from close to acceptable to sensible and then, later, policy.

    **See The Overton Windows Illustrated for full overview, the window of political possibility is a long game, played by Republicans for decades, and it basically goes like this for policy proposals:

    - Unthinkable
    - Radical
    - Acceptable
    - Sensible
    - Popular
    - Policy

  • Given all the high hopes he raised to get elected, and given the fact that he’s supposed to be a constitutional scholar, President Obama during 2nd administration has now taken the title away from the Dim Son, AKA George W. Bush: Worst. President. Ever.

  • Romberry commented on the diary post An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism by Norman Solomon.

    2014-05-30 13:12:42View | Delete

    Kennedy said we were opposed to

    “…a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and [...]

  • Romberry commented on the diary post Weekend Photoshop: Michael Kinsley Illustrated by Presumptuous Insect.

    2014-05-26 16:03:55View | Delete

    You folks with the gun obsession…to the degree that you can’t even talk about the actual point…please give it a rest already. When you’re advocating the arrest and imprisonment of someone for committing the heinous act of journalism independent of the OK of government power, you’re advocating doing violence to that person, The firearm is [...]

  • I hope that was satirical. I really do.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Democrats Try to Cope With Piketty

    2014-05-20 00:27:15View | Delete

    last time nobody was thinking Obama could win until Hilary refused to say if she would end the war, until guys like Obama said they would end NAFTA. OK, Obama lied but it got him votes.

    And there you have it in a nutshell. The Democratic Party is all about who can tell the most pleasing lies in the most pleasing way in order to get votes, and the Democratic base will put aside everything it knows and all skepticism to rally behind the most pleasing liar, swearing that they believe the lies because the lies are the truth.

    I don’t get all the Hillary hate. I really don’t. Especially when it comes from anyone (not meaning the poster I am replying to here) who was on the Obama “most pleasing liar” bandwagon. I just wish that all the skepticism and careful parsing of words being done in Mrs. Clinton’s case had also been done in 2007 and 2008 with Mr. Hope and Change.

    This is the leadership of the Democratic Party. “Free” marketers, courtesans to Wall Street and bankers and big money, all living in a world where EVERYONE should get an advanced degree and NO ONE should ever suffer the shame of working in just a regular, necessary job (teacher, factory worker, cook, etc.) for a living…if they expect to make a living.

    I’d take Hillary over Obama any day of the week, much as I would take a staple in the hand over a fork in the eye any day of the week. But I have a choice to vote for something other than the representative of the Wall Stree/bankers/big corporation/big money status quo, and as I did in 2008 and 2012, lacking a REAL Democrat (read “New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society” kind of Dem) to vote for, I won’t vote Dem. (I would give a long hard look to Elizabeth Warren is she ran…but she ain’t running.)

    We have one party. It’s the Money Party. The Dems and the Republicans form its two wings.

  • Romberry commented on the diary post Government Confiscating Tax Refunds Of Children Over Parents’ Debts – UPDATED by OldFatGuy.

    2014-04-14 01:41:27View | Delete

    Your post was funny in that you castigate OFG for not having his facts together yet you aren’t aware that Dems controlled both houses of congress in 2008. So eager to blame Republicsns and excuse Democrats that you won’t allow facts to stand in your way?

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Why We Shouldn’t Invade Random Countries

    2014-03-03 20:23:56View | Delete

    I’m not saying our behavior is as bad as Putin’s, I just wish we weren’t even in the contest.

    Fuck, I’ll say it. The foreign policy behaviour of the US hasn’t been as bad as Russia’s under Putin. It has been worse. Far, far, far worse. Start by counting the major (needless) wars that each nation has started, how much destruction has been done and how many innocent lives have been taken or otherwise destroyed as a result. Check which has made a policy of drone murdering people the world over. I could go on, but I can’t really see where that’s necessary…

  • From the dissent of Justice Louis D. Brandies in 277 U.S. 438 Olmstead v. United States, June 4, 1928:

    “Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that, in the administration of the criminal law, the end justifies the means — to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face.”

    That the FBI or any branch of government should feel free to induce citizens to crime in order to charge and convict them of crime tells me that we have well and truly lost our way.

    (I seem to be quoting various parts of this Brandeis dissent a lot here lately…)

  • Romberry commented on the diary post Live Chat With Edward Snowden, 3pm ET by Elliott.

    2014-01-23 23:46:41View | Delete

    Buffoon? Dude, you must be looking in the mirror. Your comments to this diary and to Snowden’s responses has been pretty much thought free. You called Snowden a “clown” and a “buffoon” and really, that’s about all you did. If the best you can do is call names…well…let’s just say that name calling does not [...]

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Obama the Divider

    2014-01-23 23:41:38View | Delete

    That is exactly so. Distract and divide. Just like a magician’s trick. As long as people can be distracted and made to fight over social wedge issues, the crooks running the joint can get away with most anything.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Obama the Divider

    2014-01-23 23:30:25View | Delete

    80+ percent of Dems still approve of Obama? So much for Dems being the reality based community, and another example of why I am no longer someone who self-IDs as a Dem. Just as tribal and in many ways just as delusional as the Republicans.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Not Quite Off Topic: Switch to Linux/Ubuntu

    2014-01-03 11:25:19View | Delete

    My preference is the Ubuntu-derived Mint Linus. (Mint also has a Debian-derived distro.) Also, folks looking for portable security should look at something like Liberte’ Linux or TAILS so they can boot into a secure OS on most any PC that allows booting from a USB drive or optical disc.

  • Romberry commented on the blog post Expanding Medicaid Increases ER Use

    2014-01-03 11:18:28View | Delete

    I’d be interested to know what part of that increased percentage of people with Medicaid coverage visiting the ER chose the ER because they had difficulty find a physician who accepts Medicaid.

    I can see where someone who had coverage might well choose to visit the ER because they have coverage (whereas without coverage, they might just take their chances with whatever their health issue might be) but can’t find a doctor. Even people on Medicare face issues with finding providers that will accept them, at least in the part of the country where I live.

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