You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Where's the "All of the above" option?
For: legalizing drugs, gay marriage, abortion, guns, universal health care, public sector jobs, nuclear power, free education, progressive taxation
Against: corporations, make-work, the 40 hour work week, intellectual property, imperialism, "homeland security," censorship
as for the Tea Party Republicans, they are the only ones who have kept us from worse at this point, they are the reason Washington is talking about deficit reduction instead of how to spend more. as for deals that would have fixed this - S&P said they wanted at least $4T in deficit reduction. The House Republicans passed a plan that would have cut $6T. Democrats rejected that. So House Republicans passed a plan that would have balanced the budget. Democrats rejected that. So, (trepidaciously, no doubt) Republican House Leadership agreed to a $4T plan so long as no more than $800 Bn came from increased revenues. Democrat leadership (specifically the White House) at first agreed and then came back and rejected that.
When did S&P downgrade it's outlook? After President Obama responded to the House 2012 Budget by announcing a huge "response" speech, inviting the Republican Leadership to attend, and then accusing them of going after autistic kids and people's grandmothers. That's when they realized that "Washington" wasn't serious.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
No one in Washington is willing to support the kinds of cuts and tax increases that are necessary to bring the budget into balance. Who can blame them? We'd at least vote them out of office, if not run them out of town on a rail if they were to tell the truth and take decisive action. Too many people still expect a free lunch.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
"I can explain it to you but, I can't understand it for you"
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
Republicans don't want to raise taxes or close tax loopholes, so the only thing the Treasury really has left is cutting the interest rate on bonds to near zero. Bond rates have been the only buffer between lost income tax revenue and the debt that's kept us afloat all this time. But now that the "full faith and credit of the U.S." has been downgraded, the one thing the President tried to avoid will now happen.
Bond interest rates will increase; morgtage, credit card and car loan rates will also increase. Banks and private investors will find it harder to raise revenue. Small business owners will find it even more difficult to get loans. And for what? Because one side of the political divide didn't want to compromise under any circumstances even when they were getting over and above what they wanted.
I'm not alone in blaming Republicans for this mess our nation is in. There are plenty of others who see through the smoke screen.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 08-06-11 at 08:34 PM.