1 - 7
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/30/five-reasons-americans-already-love-obamacare-plus-one-reason-why-theyre-gonna/
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/30/five-reasons-americans-already-love-obamacare-plus-one-reason-why-theyre-gonna/
In response to:

Conservative Reality Check

Bruce495 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 2:26 PM
For those of us who must have missed it, what are "Cruz and those with similar views" sacrificing? All they seem to be "sacrificing" is the national honor and economic power of the USA. In order to have their way, which is not at all clear, They are willing to close down the Government and halt payments on our National Debts in order to stop a plan to make sure all of us have health insurance? Thanks, but no need to sacrifice on our account. We have shown our interest by swamping the offices meant to provide information. To get us closer to a balanced budget? Really? By threatening to see our interest rates soar once we demonstrate our willingness to stop paying on past obligations? Please, do not make any sacrifices to achieve this disaster. We can get along without it. FDR's vision did NOT lead to the morass we find ourselves in. Our failure to follow his lead has done that. For over seventy years we adjusted and debated and readjusted the Social Security system more or less successfully. Those adjustments are still available, and workable. It is not FDR's fault that we no longer seem willing to do as we have done, For example, the cap at which we no longer pay a portion of our salary was once much, much lower. Now it is $110K. If this were raised, at it has been with increasing wages and inflation, it would go a long way toward restoring the SS system to health. Don't blame FDR.
In response to:

Conservative Reality Check

Bruce495 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 2:10 PM
Agreed, we are nearly $17 trillion in debt. A further reality is that we cannot erase or ignore debt without horrible consequences. If you are debt free, congratulations. But, if you owe anyone money, try to tell them you have decided not to pay them until you have "balanced your budget". Let us know how that works out, and we may follow your approach. Meanwhile, you must drop out of any discussion of "Reality".
In response to:

Conservative Reality Check

Bruce495 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 2:04 PM
In the world of "Reality", nobody would argue that there is a choice about whether the US pays its debts and obligations, and that it is just another bargaining chip in the negotiations about anything. And yet, the radical Right is doing just this. Refusing to pay our debt is not an option without consequence, and most economists say huge and negative consequence. To support those with an agenda based on passion and fear and hate and fantasy, against those who point out the dangers based on history, economic study, international warnings and concerns and pure logic, is, to say the very least, a failure to accept "Reality".
In response to:

Conservative Reality Check

Bruce495 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 2:02 PM
erson writes, " Conservatives have traditionally affirmed that social systems should fit the contours of reality, not patterns cut by abstract ideology. The task of politics is reform, which requires prudent calculation and respect for consequences. Instead of alternating between despair and bluster, conservatism offers a deeper confidence: that human nature is best suited to ordered liberty. And for this reason, persistent, responsible political action can make a large difference, on health care and much else. "I've always believed," said William F. Buckley in 1970, "that conservatism is ... the politics of reality and that reality ultimately asserts itself, in a reasonably free society, in behalf of the conservative position."" If only he had outlined "reality" with some detail. As it stands, all of us, conservative and liberal, must agree with him. However, in the current climate, "reality" seems hard to reach agreement on. When so many writers here seem to cling to the notion that Obama is not a US Citizen, and the Legitimately elected President of the USA, it suggests "reality" is not a concern for the Hard Right. In the immediate concern, to believe that a failure to raise the Debt Limit would not have a huge negative impact on the economy, interest rates, employment, international trade, and future costs of borrowing, is to simply ignore "Reality", in favor of some fantasy promised by fools. In "Reality", Obama did not close down the Memorials, Parks and Benefits for Veterans. He cannot. In spite of accusations of "Imperial" and "Ignores the Constitution", he cannot and does not. Even Liberals would not accept such actions. The Reality is, Congress controls the purse strings and by not voting to continue funding the government, which includes, (Hello!), memorials, parks and VA Benefits, the employees had to be laid off. This went from "Reality", to insanity, when Congress voted to eventually pay these laid off employees, for staying home! So, in Reality, to make a point about the costs of government and the need for fiscal responsibility, we see government closed down, employees sent home, facilities, offices, monuments. memorials, parks closed, a public outcry when these things are closed, a subsequent promise to continue making the expenditure is given, with the absurd notion that by doing so, some move toward "fiscal responsibility" is being made!!
If education were of interest to most of the writers here, there would be fewer responses. Only someone giving themselves over completely to the Far Right could believe the nonsense that the Townhall writers compose. Almost anywhere else one can read, or hear, that a small group of Tea Pary members, new to congress and fired with ambition and ignorance, have decide the way to bring down Obama is to spread lies and depend on the gullibility of their constituents to accept them. As we see in these letters, their tactic is working. A key is to persuade their followers that the only place to find the truth is at their feet. Those curious enough to go outside this self imposed bubble will be amazed at what they might find. But, of course that will not happen. Hate is a powerful force that renders the truth useless. Sadly, this ignorance and hate will cost the rest of us a great deal, for no reason except the unwillingness of you and the others on these pages to exhibit more curiosity and less hatred. Thanks for nothing...
1 - 7