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The Problem With The Right Part 2

johninohio Wrote: Aug 17, 2014 1:26 PM
Romney wasn't forced by a mere moderator to do or say anything. When GS repeated the question, Romney should have repeated his answer. But he capitulated. He lacked self control and self discipline. Or didn't understand the trap that lay before him.
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The Problem With The Right Part 2

johninohio Wrote: Aug 17, 2014 1:20 PM
Under Bush, the debt rose by an unprecedented $4T. And he vetoed not once.
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The Problem With The Right Part 2

johninohio Wrote: Aug 17, 2014 1:15 PM
Dobermite Your goal is way too ambitious. It can't be achieved short of a right wing military coup or a revolution, and a half generation of left wing reaction against it. Hunter is being realistic by trying to stop the trend to the left, and leaving it to the future to gradually turn it back toward the right.
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The Problem With The Right Part 2

johninohio Wrote: Aug 17, 2014 1:07 PM
Right on, RG.
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15 Things I Hate About Politics

johninohio Wrote: Aug 16, 2014 11:26 PM
The fundamental problem with lawyers as politicians is that, as a hammer sees every problem as a nail, lawyers see every problem as needing a law. The fact is, in many cases, the 'problem' needs to be ignored and to allow people to solve it, and to keep the heavy hand of law off of it. Unfortunately, the politician is afraid to do nothing because he can lose votes for 'just standing there' and not 'doing something'.
My thought exactly, but you beat me to it.
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America's Selective Libertarianism

johninohio Wrote: Aug 16, 2014 10:51 PM
"The government does not exist to serve" I beg to differ. The US Constitution: Article I, section 8 Article II section 1 Article III Article IV section 4 Article V Amendment XIII Amendment XIV Amendment XV Amendment XIX Amendment XXIV Amendment XXVI In every one of these sections the government is required to provide a service or protect a right. I left out sections where the government is prohibited from acting, as in the first ten amendments.
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America's Selective Libertarianism

johninohio Wrote: Aug 16, 2014 12:24 AM
alopekos teumesios I agree. The system set up by the Founders has become hopelessly corrupt. And I would guess that they knew that, no matter how well they designed it, no system is incorruptible--their only expectation was to create a system that would endure beyond the lives of their children's children. My guess, because they were nothing if not realists. No serious reformation will be possible without first a total collapse of the system, by whatever means. Then, freedom loving people will be able to band together, unimpeded and unopposed by a now powerless central government, and write a new constitution--one built on the knowledge and experience of America's past failures and successes. It's unlikely that this group would have the numbers and power to regain control of the entire nation, and will probably need to carve out some portion of the country that can be defended. As they grow in numbers and power, and as their success wins over others, regaining the nation might be possible. However, other external forces (other nations, factions) might attempt to interfere with this process, and could kill it in it's infancy.
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America's Selective Libertarianism

johninohio Wrote: Aug 15, 2014 11:45 PM
Someone once said that in the world of libertarians, there are no children or elderly. The idea being that rugged individualism, though good, doesn't work for everyone. Aside from that, there is no avoiding "government inflicting their beliefs on society". Since government exists to serve the people, how they serve and in what capacity is determined by what the people say they want, or don't refuse when it is offered. However, since there are various factions and demographics that have conflicting wants and needs, government will always be "inflicting" beliefs on someone when they try to serve someone else. Bottom line, you're being unrealistic.
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Fixing the Middle Class

johninohio Wrote: Aug 14, 2014 7:55 PM
If global warming is real, then the melting of the ice caps will put more water into the atmosphere as well as the oceans. This will lead to more rain, not less, and it will reduce the acidity of the oceans. Furthermore, increased CO2 and rain will stimulate crop growth. Increased temperatures in the northern and southern latitudes will increase the amount of arable land, which will probably be much more fertile than the land we have been farming worldwide for centuries. Instead of being afraid of change, which is something liberals are always accusing conservatives of, they should put some faith in Man’s ability to adapt to environmental change. Adapt. That’s what life has always done. Instead of trying to solve a very complicated problem in advance that we‘ll probably get wrong, we should simply deal with it as it comes. But man made global warming is highly improbable: 1) The greenhouse signature is missing. Weather balloons have scanned the skies for years but can find no sign of the telltale “hot spot” warming patterns that greenhouse computer models predict. 2) Newer ice core samples have shown that, for the last half million years, temperatures have gone up before carbon dioxide levels. On average, 800 years before. Something else was happening that completely swamped the effect of CO2. 3) Satellites circling the planet twice a day show that the world has not warmed since 2001. While temperatures have been flat, CO2 has been rising. But something else has changed the trend. The computer models don’t know what it is. 4) CO2 is already doing almost all the warming it can do. Adding twice the CO2 doesn’t make twice the difference. The first CO2 molecules matter a lot, but extra ones have less and less effect. In fact, carbon levels were 10 times as high in the past, but the world still slipped into an ice age. Most warming comes from the first 20ppm. The pre-industrial level was 280ppm. Today it’s 380ppm. The difference in temperature effect between 280 and 380 is miniscule.
Any more of this and we're going to need to give Louis Farrakhan what he so dearly wants--a chunk of USA soil for establishing his Black Nation.
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