Other (even though selecting "other" makes no sense)
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
Are you coming to bed?
I can't. This is important.
Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD
Is THIS what you all voted for?
Barney: You Voted for SocialismBARNEY FRANK: I think it's what people voted for. There was no secret that this was going to happen. John McCain kept predicting that if Obama won, this would happen, and I think Obama felt an obligation to make an honest man out of John McCain -- or to keep him honest. One John's always been pretty honest. Of course the private sector is the engine to create wealth. But we also know, as Franklin Roosevelt knew and as others have known, that the private sector works best when it's got a set of rules and a cooperative set of arrangements with the public sector.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: So during the campaign, remember now, the Democrats said that we --McCain, Joe the Plumber, we -- were crazy for warning that Obama was a socialist! Now Barney Frank says everybody knew it? Everybody knew this was going to happen? I did! I guarantee you that a majority of people that voted for the Bamster did not know this was going to happen. He was talking tax cuts. He wasn't talking about this. He was talking about lowering the sea levels four feet. He wasn't talking all this detailed, massive spending. I "disagwee" with Mr. "Fwank" on this, folks.
I'm not sure why I bother.
This is factually true:
"That the private sector works best when it's got a set of rules and a cooperative set of arrangements with the public sector."
And the first part is one of Keynes's pillars of government. Functioning capitalism required a set of rules to function. Otherwise those within the capitalist framework move to modify and change the framework to favor monopolies. We saw this with the robber barons. Capitalism does not maintain itself. Somalia for example. And arrangements with the public sector have allowed massive construction firms to arise producing billions in lifetime profits. Not to mention that private renewable energy firms in Spain and Germany have weaned those countries off oil in to a large degree all with large profits. California's regulations have spawned numerous utility firms that provide efficiency and energy to meet a rapidly growing population without massive energy expansion. One reason why large parts of the US don't have large renewable is because government won't provide cooperative sets of arrangements regarding regulations.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Obama's working to preserve the current capitalist economic structure, so he's technically being centrist with his economic stimulus bill, even though his bill itself is liberal. I actually think he hasn't been liberal enough, but I'm willing to accept that because he's putting forth an effort to engage the Republicans and create compromises - the Republicans are the ones who aren't being centrist enough.
“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.” -William Gladstone :
Consider the words of Pat Buchanan:
In his campaign and inaugural address, Barack Obama cast himself as a moderate man seeking common ground with conservatives.
Yet, his budget calls for the radical restructuring of the U.S. economy, a sweeping redistribution of power and wealth to government and Democratic constituencies. It is a declaration of war on the Right.
The real Obama has stood up, and lived up to his ranking as the most left-wing member of the United States Senate.
Barack has no mandate for this.
We are not "headed down the road to socialism." We are there.
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