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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Be that as it may, no country in the world has been able to get out of the amount of unfunded liabilities that we are on the line for. At $100 trillion, we'd have to sell every Federal and state Asset, confiscate every house and sell it, confiscate every retirement account and auction it just to start to reduce that red ink.

    When the GOP refuses to raise taxes and the Dems refuse to cut, we're headed for real big problems.
    No country in the world has a GDP as large as ours, although I'm not trying to minimize the problem and obvious danger of having a 100 trillion dollar deficit. Anyhow, to respond to the OP: Colbert testifying in front of congress may not have been a great idea, but I don't buy these symbolic arguments. "Well, it symbolizes our congress not taking things seriously." So what? Congress as a whole was bought out by the credit card lobbyists last year, and there are a lot of other things that are actually very concerning and important. Five minutes of a comedy routine isn't even remotely close to making my list of things to be upset with.

    I was actually pretty impressed with some of his answers and I think calling his remarks racist is way, way off the mark. If you listened to the things he said, he was describing illegal immigrants as a group of people who come here to work hard and are routinely used and abused for their cheap labor. And his analysis that illegal aliens take jobs that Americans might wind up doing but are far from ideal could have come from any source, but he was as eloquent in his description as anybody could have. It was certainly not his funniest or sharpest performance, but I think it was ultimately an unwise decision that wound up looking better than I would have thought. I definitely have a ton of respect for Stephen.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    And yet this pales in comparison to the horrors and dangers our young republic faced domestically. I know this seems out of step with the ferver in the realm of current event analysis, but I see these serious problems of our country, and still can have enormous faith in our ability to solve the problems. We faced far worse in our first decades as a Republic.
    sure, our govt is serving us just swell, our state and national mechanisms are swimmingly, and nothing is as bad as 1787...

    LOL!

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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Be that as it may, no country in the world has been able to get out of the amount of unfunded liabilities that we are on the line for. At $100 trillion, we'd have to sell every Federal and state Asset, confiscate every house and sell it, confiscate every retirement account and auction it just to start to reduce that red ink.

    When the GOP refuses to raise taxes and the Dems refuse to cut, we're headed for real big problems.
    I entirely agree. Nevertheless, I have every confidence in our abilities to work on this set of problems.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

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    sure, our govt is serving us just swell, our state and national mechanisms are swimmingly, and nothing is as bad as 1787...

    LOL!
    Well, you do have to consider the circumstances which they were in. We had a hell of a time right before the Jackson era, and not much longer after that, yet again was there an incredible set of circumstances that could have changed everything. The entire concept of the Union was in jeopardy.

    What we have now is not pretty, but I in no way consider us, as a nation, failing.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    ah, the polyanna optimism of youth

    Young People And Minorities Are All The President Has Left - Congressional Connection Poll

    problem is, kids are notoriously unreliable on election day

    seniors, on the other hand, VOTE

    seniors always vote

    seeya at the polls, gramps

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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    ah, the polyanna optimism of youth

    Young People And Minorities Are All The President Has Left - Congressional Connection Poll

    problem is, kids are notoriously unreliable on election day

    seniors, on the other hand, VOTE

    seniors always vote

    seeya at the polls, gramps
    It was a desperate attempt by the Democratic Party. Youth voting is an oxymoron.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    It was a desperate attempt by the Democratic Party. Youth voting is an oxymoron.
    I don't think it's fair to tar the whole party with this. Hoyer and Conyers were pretty up front about their opposition.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    yes, this incident paints up the total cluelessness of LEADERSHIP, the membership is in growing revolt

    look at obama's week

    1. dadt went down in flames due to whimpy leadership and cynical, incompetent floor management

    2. the woodward book came out showing the president is sacrificing heroic lives in HIS WAR for purely petty political purposes

    3. the bush tax cuts were simply NOT GOTTEN AROUND TO---in times like these

    4. the mideast peace talks with hrc playing the hi profile spielberg part went down in disgrace

    5. obama announced his open door at the un, the delegation then walked out on his negotiation partner, the next day obama expressed surprise at ahmedinejad's hatefulness

    6. the georgetown townhall became a "therapy session for disillusioned obama supporters" who expressed exhaustion from defending him

    7. the white house staff is jumping ship like the dude on the titanic who put on a dress

    8. new york, massachusetts, west virginia, connecticut, new hampshire and maine are showing major movement in the polls, all reddening

    9. the clintons showed signs of making their move

    10. and stephen colbert exposed leadership's complete out-of-touch-ness, as if they're orbiting uranus

    no wonder the house, senate, gubs and state assemblies are going the direction they're going---in serious times like these

    no wonder traffic in this forum is at a near standstill, there's hardly anything left to debate

    it's all so transparent

    party on, progressives, seeya at the polls

    you still active appear un-embarrassable

    it is what it is, a total waste

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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustachio View Post
    No country in the world has a GDP as large as ours, although I'm not trying to minimize the problem and obvious danger of having a 100 trillion dollar deficit.
    But it would take almost 9 years of savings that GDP to pay off those unfunded liabilities. The size of our economy doesn't bother me as to the size of the liabilities. It is our unwillingness to do what is necessary that bothers me. The GOP refuses to raises taxes. The Democrats refuse to cut spending. And the public will not stand for the type of austerity measures Europe is finally getting around to. That combination spells real problems down the line. A $13 trillion economy won't save us when we won't do what is necessary.

    Partisan hacks here attack Obama yet fail to realize if Bush and Obama had added exactly Zero dollars to the debt and deficit, we'd still be utterly boned.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    sure, our govt is serving us just swell, our state and national mechanisms are swimmingly, and nothing is as bad as 1787...

    LOL!
    You mean when British Troops occupied DC and burned the White House to the ground?
    You mean when British ship enslaved American sailors?
    You mean when much of the country was in the hands of the King?

    Yeah that was worse. Stop being a hack for once.
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