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  • tmstreet commented on the diary post Bill McKibben, Obama Strikes Out on Global Warming by Tom Engelhardt.

    2011-06-02 14:55:38View | Delete

    Obama didn’t have to approve the mining of this coal in the Powder River Basin. Making this coal available is ecocide and I devoutly wish there were an alternative to Obama in the next election.

  • Why must everything be put on the table. Put on the table those things that are clearly wasteful and do not serve their intended purpose. That would be the defense budget. Shared sacrifice should not include things like social security and health care. These are life and death issues. The Defense budget pretends to be. But we have been punked for decades by the military industrial complex.

  • Unless Obama subtantially cuts the defense budget, I don’t want to hear about shared sacrifice. Get totally out of Iraq and Afghanistan and then talk to me about how you care about cutting the deficit. Withdraw from our empire and then let’s talk about how concerned you are. That open mic thing was pretty cool but notice he said nothing about how EPA got reduced by 16%. Health care is worthless on a desiccated and dying planet.

    Courage would be cutting the defense budget by 50%. Someone pls explain why we needed to double the defense budget in 10 years.

    I will be on medicare in 7 months. Thanks. But that is not good enough and it doesn’t take a lot of courage to defend medicare. Ryan is trying to make it like Obamacare where we give all our money to the health insurance companies. Obama didn’t lift a finger to get a public option which would have saved premium payers some money. Too late, Obama. One speech is not going to turn around your piss poor performance.

  • Glad that Obama called out that punk. I have been very critical of Obama and will continue to be but his speech yesterday was right on. Ryan is an unserious, math challenged, cruel, fraudulent, and irresponsible punk. And I think even the Republicans are going to get this very soon. Boehner is going to begin to see Ryan as a nuisance.

    Putting the above aside, however, there is too much talk about how we pay and too little talk about what we pay and way. Health care, whether insured or not, is still too expensive. Let’s start by flooding the system with free medical school for doctors.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Obama’s Budget Speech: Nice Rhetoric, Misplaced Focus

    2011-04-13 13:42:39View | Delete

    Republicans have already said there is no way they are going to raise taxes. Just a few minutes ago on Hardball, in fact.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Obama’s Budget Speech: Nice Rhetoric, Misplaced Focus

    2011-04-13 13:41:01View | Delete

    Start with the idea that one needs to spend the money to accomplish critical goals. National Security is a valid goal but I have yet to hear anyone justify what we spend upon it other than picking on a few obviously stupid and wasteful programs. We need to go back to zero based budgeting. Everyone penny above that needs to be justified. If we cut the defense budget in half it would be equal to what we had in 2001. Were we unsafe then? What has changed since then that required doubling the budget.

    Restore all the tax cuts. Cut the defense budget in half. Proceed to step 3.

    We are freezing discretionary non defense spending for 5 years. What is it about that kind of spending that can be cut while defense can’t. Is spending in that sector somehow more wasteful than defense. Is fighting glboal warming less important than defense. Actually, it is much more important because one is talking about our ability to inhabit the future planet with a semblance of comfort and civilization.

    Obama has framed this whole thing wrong. If our real security was at stake and we believed it, I guarantee no one would be talking about cutting one penny from the budget.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Now his concern trolling belongs to the World

    2011-02-01 07:47:15View | Delete

    Failure to embrace the revolution will ensure chants of Death to America. Besides, we are used to it.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Now his concern trolling belongs to the World

    2011-02-01 07:45:11View | Delete

    Maybe it’s time for Israel to make a deal and withdraw from the West Bank. It is not like we can stop this change, anyway. So embrace it.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Now his concern trolling belongs to the World

    2011-02-01 07:43:16View | Delete

    Absolutely. We have a completely dysfunctional Senate which cannot address the needs of democracy. It is time for a revolution.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Now his concern trolling belongs to the World

    2011-02-01 07:42:10View | Delete

    Whether the U.S. or people like Cohen like it or not, the die is cast. There will be regime change in Egypt. Far be it from me to pretend to have any expertise in the Middle East situation, but this might be a wakeup call for Israel. If there is any chance to make a deal now with the Palenstinians, do it now.

    It is time to embrace the hopes and dreams. Democracy has to start somewhere.

    The time for caution is past. Embrace the revolution now or forever be branded as an enemy of the Egyptian people. I would not have said that a few days ago but the train has left the station and we can only run after it at this point.

  • Rand Paul was asked whether he got money from Medicare on CNN and he changed the subject by suggesting they discuss the sexual peccadillos of the interviewer. Rand Paul is not only a hypocrite, he is one mean s.o.b.

  • tmstreet commented on the diary post Obama Ignores Actual State of the Union, Makes Nice Speech by Scarecrow.

    2011-01-26 08:00:25View | Delete

    Obama wants to compete with China so we can win in the future. He apparently plans to make this happen through cheerleading and better speeches than they give in China. Really, people, it doesn’t matter what Obama said. The rubber hits the road where the Republicans refuse to do what he wants regardless of how [...]

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post Michele Bachmann Doublebuttal Firehose Of Crazy Liveblog

    2011-01-25 20:16:50View | Delete

    Bring on Buffy.

  • tmstreet commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: TV’s “Dragnet”

    2011-01-25 08:46:12View | Delete

    The original Dragnet starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Friday ran on radio from June 3, 1949 to February 26, 1957 and on television from December 16, 1951 to August 23, 1959, and from January 12, 1967 to April 16, 1970.

  • tmstreet commented on the diary post The Last Countdown: Olbermann Departure Reaction Roundup by Phoenix Woman.

    2011-01-22 06:56:02View | Delete

    MSNBC is now owned by Comcast, not GE, so not sure how valid your statement is. Having big corporations own news networks creates a fundamental problem when one of the biggest problems we have is the power and influence of corporations. However, not sure that Comcast would be any worse than GE considering all GE’s [...]

  • tmstreet commented on the diary post The Last Countdown: Olbermann Departure Reaction Roundup by Phoenix Woman.

    2011-01-22 06:52:06View | Delete

    It’s not about Olbermann. It is about the segment of the country that had no voice before he went on MSNBC. This is a slap in the face to his audience as much as it is to Keith. MSNBC has a pretty good stable of liberals now, so there will be some representation even in [...]

  • Not me. This was something I noticed a while ago, during the campaign.

  • I still think it is a very good question. What are Obama’s principles? For starters, I think he has a passion for bringing people together. Beyond that, I had yet to detect any strongly held core principles, including doing what is necessary to avoid a national and planetary disaster from energy shortages and global warming. I don’t think he has the long view not does he really understand the forces that will bring this empire to its knees.

  • tmstreet commented on the diary post Remove the Blinders, Dems; Both Congressional Parties Are Elites by wendydavis.

    2011-01-15 20:41:20View | Delete

    Lefties make up about 20% of the electorate. That is a fact that Obama and his people are well aware of. Further, at his core, Obama was never a leftie not did he ever indicate that he was a leftie. Liberals could cause him to lose the next election, but at the end of the [...]

  • I know I am a voice crying the wilderness, but could everyone just STFU about Palin. No? Guess not.

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