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“He would launch into his views on 'fiat money' and our eyes would glaze over.” If the concept of money, how the government creates it through the Fed, and what branch of government is supposed to create money is too complicated for you, Kurt, maybe you should step aside at let those who know about it take charge. “These libertarians understand that the most effective way to fight statism is to elect the least statist of the two presidential contenders and to focus on a long-term strategy of political work at the grassroots level.” You remember the frog-in-the-boiling water analogy, Kurt? The last one hundred years has given us a Republican Party that only acts as the brake on the massive government Leviathan, stopping the beast from going off the cliff, but keeping it on the road to continue its way towards the all-powerful state. Your lesser-of-two-evils method has failed. “These dorks would happily see the election of a liberal petty fascist like Hillary Clinton, who reeks of nanny statism from every pore, just for the chance to tell the GOP 'I told you so.'” Until you can find such a “libertarian” you are just posing a straw man.
“The Associated Press respects Manning's wish to identify as female.” So if he also wanted to be identified as a chipmunk, would AP also respect that? Gender is a fact, not a choice. It’s in your chromosomes.
"Scaling back demands" is just another way of stating that the Republicans were negotiating, while the Democrats just said "no." The final bill approved by the House and sent to the Senate differed from what the Senate and Obama wanted only in requiring a year moratorium on the individual mandate to Obamacare. Reid again said "no" and refused to submit the bill to a vote. Do you think Americans would not find that bill palatable? You are just another "usefull idiot" of the left.
Either that, or they are just plain ignorant as to the definition of words such as conservative and liberal. Or you are unaware of the fact that most Hispanics self-describe as liberal more often than as conservative.
The fact that a constituency has a litmus test, or deal breakers, or single issue tests is not an argument in favor of those who claim that voters are knowledgeable about the issues. The example you give of Hispanics caring for what you seem to imply to be a single issue, immigration (a "deal breaker"), only further supports silentCalfan's argument that most voters are ignorant of candidates' postions on issues. Here is a summary of Hispanic polling, which indicates that they are natural Democrats: When it comes to their own assessments of their political views, Latinos, more so than the general public, say their views are liberal. "Nearly half of Latinos in a recent Pew Research Center poll said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing 'always' or 'most of the time.' Just 20% of white respondents felt that way. And two-thirds of Latinos believed the federal government should ensure that everyone has access to health insurance, a 2012 Latino Decisions survey found." (LA Times, 3/31/2013) In an April-May, 2012, Gallup poll, the gap between the rich and the poor was judged the most important issue to 16% of Hispanic registered voters, while 11% viewed the federal budget deficit most important. The gap between rich and poor was the most important issue to 15% for all registered voters, while 21%, a plurality, believed that the federal budget deficit was the most important issue. Whites have a 30% favorable, 48% unfavorable view of Obamacare, while Hispanics have a 48% favorable, 19% unfavorable view. (L.A. Times, March 31, 2013) When asked the question, "Would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services or a bigger government providing more services?” 75% of all Hispanics want bigger government, 19% want smaller. General population: 41% want bigger government, 48% want smaller. (Pew Research Center, 2011) These are the opinions of people who will be Democrats, just as they have been in prior elections
So what is the point of Republicans winning if all we are going to get is a kinder, gentler America, Compassionate Conservatism, more education spending, Medicare drug benefits, and sweeping immigration reform, wage/price controls, affirmative action, environmental regulations? Why not just throw the frog in boiling water and make those who want gradual government control suffer *now* under what is going to happen anyway?
Sybil, now known as liame22, posts irrelevant ad hominem arguments of the following form: "Joe Republican Politician did XYZ, and we all know that Republicans don't like XYZ, so why do you Republicans still revere Joe Republican Politician and vote for Republicans?" Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know that Republican politicians perform hypocritical actions? Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know that Democrat politicians also perform hypocritical actions? Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know who is more conservative/libertarian when we have a ballot choice between a Republican and a Democrat? Do you really think, liame22?
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Marriage Best Left to Churches

Ali Bertarian Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:15 AM
Sybil, now known as liame22, posts irrelevant ad hominem arguments of the following form: "[Joe Republican Politician] did XYZ, and we all know that Republicans don't like XYZ, so why do you Republicans still revere [Joe Republican] and vote for Republicans?" Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know that Republican politicians perform hypocritical actions? Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know that Democrat politicians also perform hypocritical actions? Do you really think, liame22, that we don't know who is more conservative/libertarian when we have a ballot choice between a Republican and a Democrat? Do you really think, liame22?
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Killing Them Softly?

Ali Bertarian Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 2:11 PM
Here is Connor’s point: Let parents and patients decide when it is time to die, not government death panels.
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Killing Them Softly?

Ali Bertarian Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 2:11 PM
You missed one of the author’s salient points. Connor quoted a pediatric nurse who stated “The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only has a few days to live. It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a 'reasonable' number of children recover after being taken off the pathway.” Connor also wrote, “Is it a way to save money and maximize human resources? If so, then promulgate it as ‘best practices’ and pat yourselves on the back for saving the Queen's treasury a few pennies.” Further, Connor wrote, “Nearly half of all patients placed on the pathway are never informed that life support is being withdrawn until it is too late.”
Then Sybil will have won.
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