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Add City Councilman Zach Reid in Cleveland who recently was arrested for his third DWI. All three since becoming a member of the City Council 14 years ago. He will without doubt be reelected again.
I have no problem with the concept of the minimum wage. I have a big problem with a federal minimum wage. This should not be a national policy. It belongs with states and municipalities to compete. That gives the best economic results for everyone. The federal government should not even broach this topic, much less enact such a policy.
Being a Republican is not in and of itself a qualification for this cabinet post. I am sure that if a qualified Republican were nominated he would fly right through. But it is President Obama's intention to make the Republican's look like they are obstructing a grand bi-partisan effort by nominating Hagel for a post he is flatly unqualified for.
Nothing President Obama does make him look bad in the eyes of his supporters. Nominating an imbecile like Hagel is a purely political move. He makes the Republicans look like obstructionists for blocking the nomination of "one of their own" and the President will not let the public forget how he reached across the aisle and was rebuffed. Hagel, being the idiot that he is, played right into it.
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Pelosi: We Don't Have a Spending Problem

wbenton Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:42 PM
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Obama: I Do Skeet Shooting "All the Time"

wbenton Wrote: Jan 27, 2013 11:28 AM
He-Man Woman-Haters Club. Bring your gun. No girls allowed!
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Where the States Stand on Obamacare

wbenton Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 10:16 AM
Suzanne Martinez and Brian Sandoval are both Governor of New Mexico? I love it when the writing is checked. LOL
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NRA Slams Biden Meeting

wbenton Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 7:26 PM
The federal government's involvement should not extend beyond interstate commerce involving guns. Laws regulating the lawful ownership of guns, ammunition, and paraphernalia should be left to the states. It really is that simple.
And with essentially no spending cuts at all it makes this whole thing a political exercise by the Democrats to demonize the "rich" and the Republicans to further their political position at the expense of every American. Bravo you short sighted fools.
The question for House Republicans is now simple. What is worse, the cliff of the deal? At least the cliff has spending cuts. The deal will probably pass. But we need to HAMMER spending. HAMMER AND HAMMER AND HAMMER!!!! Spending is the problem. We cannot collect enough taxes to pay for the spending. We must own the spending argument. The other thing we must do is pull this into perspective. The deficit is over a trillion per year. The revenue is shown as 600 billion, but that is over 10 years. So this deal even at its best only raises enough revenue to cover about 5% of the deficit.
I business it is important what you measure because it will drive the results that you get, and the behaviors of people to achieve the measurements. A failing in government for a long time has been the key metric of the number of home owners. By simply pushing to have more home owners as a measure of success people made all sorts of bad decisions to boost up the number of home owners resulting in lending practices that cannot be sustained. Lending policies back in the day were based on actuarial analysis, not on political fairness. The change resulted in the mess we are dealing with today. Unfortunately the fixes are being made by the same political fairness guys, not the people who understand the boundaries of sustainable loan policy.
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