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There are times when a fight makes sense. This wasn't one of them. The battle would have been lost and the war (2014 midterms) put in jeopardy. We were all so sure that Obama would lose the 2012 election; we were cocky after the 2010 midterms. For a lot of folks the reality of what happened hasn't set in. Our cockiness resulted in 2 more years of failed policies. I think what McConnell and Boehner are looking at is the best way to make sure that the 2 more years doesn't become 4 more years. The only way to do that is to do everything possible to ensure a Republican landslide in November. Fighting the debt ceiling and fragmenting the party even more was nothing but a lose-lose situation and undoubtedly would have hurt the chances of taking over the Senate in November.
One of the things that the President and the Congressional democrats failed to consider was that one of the main reasons the uninsured were uninsured; the COST of insurance. Many of the lower middle class and working poor still can't afford the insurance because, even though they might get some subsidy, it's still more more out of their check-to-check pockets each month.
Star points out an issue that we collectively need to figure out how to address. If the majority of the people don;t want entitlements to be touched, then anyone advocating that has an uphill battle to fight. I'm thinking an easier fight (but longer term) is a two fold attack; revise the tax code with the ultimate goal being a flat tax, and, a move to a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget with not to exceed carve outs for entitlement spending. A mechanism could be put in place so that adjustments to the carve outs could be done based upon a super majority vote in both halls of Congress. I disagree to some extent with Star's concept that leadership is lacking. Leadership really comes into play when you have a group of like minded people who have a common goal - this country has 330 million goals though some may be aligned. What we have to do is show people that it's in their own best interest to go to a flat tax and to have the amendment. That's the only way we can get through this.
Republicans need to be very wary of their approach to 2014 (and 2016, for that matter). The electorate is VERY tired of the political polemics. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can win an election without the support of independents. An individual candidate may win the primary battle but lose the election war by being "too much" of anything. Whether farther to the right conservatives like it or not, winning "on the fringes" during the primary will most likely NOT constitute winning in the general election. Calling fellow Republicans "RINOS" does nothing to defeat the democrats.
As I write this, there are over 118,000 signatures on the petition at istandwithphil.com. Most of the comments are about how A&E should reinstate him with which I agree but here are the realities: 1) He exercised his First Amendment rights (and more of us should). 2) Unless there was some specific aspect of the contract not being reported, A&E was within their First Amendment rights to suspend him. 3) And now we are within our First Amendment rights to tell A&E what we think and to take our viewing actions somewhere else. Number three is what we should all do and tell A&E WHY we are doing it. They will then be forced to make a business decision.
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Ken6437 Wrote: Dec 20, 2013 11:15 AM
As I write this, there are nearly 118,000 signatures on the petition at istandwithphil.com. Most of the comments are about how A&E should reinstate him with which I agree but here are the realities: 1) He exercised his First Amendment rights (and more of us should). 2) Unless there was some specific aspect of the contract not being reported, A&E was within their First Amendment rights to suspend him. 3) And now we are within our First Amendment rights to tell A&E what we think and to take our viewing actions somewhere else. Number three is what we should all do and tell A&E WHY we are doing it. They will then be forced to make a business decision.
Disabled vet here and I agree with you wholeheartedly!!
My first one (also from Radio Shack) used a cassette recorder for "mass storage. I can still remember the sound of the "bits and bytes" when I misplaced a data cassette for on of my music tapes!
One of the realities is that the government does have to maintain some sort of "backward compatibility." I suspect there are some organizations that deal with the feds on a regular basis (small not-for-profits come to mind) that may still use 5.25 and 3.5 inch disks. Also, the security aspect can't be discounted. When I was in the Air Force, there was one old, "wind up ringer" phone in the Strategic Air Command bunker. It was there because the technology would not be disrupted by the electromagnetic pulse generated by a nuclear blast. as long as the line wasn't damaged someone could still use THAT phone to communicate while all the others would have been toast.
" We thinking Conservatives--who, might I remind everyone, are JUST AS CONSERVATIVE--knew that Romney was infinitely better..." Amen to that!
The thing that has to happen is that people have to show up at the Polls next November. I'm convinced he got re-elected because too many people thought he would lose and didn't vote. EVERYONE needs to be there November 4, 2014!
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