I imagine a similar sentiment being uttered about this time in 1976. Just
wait. It can always be worse. But I can already hear it. Anything good
that happens will be because of Obama, and anything bad will have been
Comparing Obama to Carter doesn't really make a lot sense to me.
Maybe its an age thing :)
Anyway, you're comparing apples and oranges: Obama will be a beacon
for democracy (small d - not the party) in the US and the world. His
acceptance will be widespread and will include the disenfranchised.
He will try to lower the ocean level by joining with the rest of the
developed world and trying to do something positive about climate
change. This should actually bring the US to a leadership position in
R&D, manufacture and use of alternative energy sources. He will heal
the sick by improving medicare. You have so much to look forward to
over the next eight years. It's going to be great.
One is a Southern communist, the other one is an urban communist.
You mean by meeting with Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Castro, Hezbolla,
Where "disenfranchised" = "everyone who wants something that does not
legitimately belong to them".
I hope he starts - if elected - by walking everywhere and eschewing
the use of all technology that is supposedly causing this imaginary
bugaboo of yours.
This should actually bring the US to a leadership position in
Yes, by passing laws to make the economy work better on the command
of congress, no doubt.
I thought he was going to heal the sick via miracles as he walked on
Tim Daneliuk email@example.com
So now you're suggesting that climate change is an "imaginary
bugaboo"? And what is wrong with meeting "Chavez, Ahmadinejad,
Castro, Hezbolla, and Hamas"? Is that not a good thing? Name me a
President or Presidential candidate who did not meet with questionable
people at some stage in their candidacy or term of office.
Oh, some level of warming is inarguably happening. However,
claiming (without proof) it is: a) Manmade, b) Can be fixed by man, and c)
Demonstrably bad for mankind is the bugaboo.
They are evil despots and/or tin pot dictators. The only
"meeting" with them should be, a) To warn them of what happens
if they don't knock of their vile behavior and b) A "meeting"
with out military as appropriate, and, finally, c) A meeting
to accept their absolute acquiescence to our terms.
It is true that FDR met with Stalin .. then again FDR was a socialist
so far left that he had little to distinguish himself from full
You'll note that Truman didn't even show up to accept Japan's surrender
(or Germany's for that matter). Kennedy never met with Castro as best
I can recall, and so forth.
Yes, there are counterexamples, and I stipulate that meeting with
the bad guys is sometimes (rarely) a good thing. But Comrade Obama
has made it clear he'd meet with the aforementioned murderous slime
*without preconditions*. Like I keep saying, he is the worst kind
of political vermin. It is astonishing he has any traction at all
in this election let alone a credible chance of winning. It demonstrates
what incredible short term vision and attention the voters have, nothing
Tim Daneliuk firstname.lastname@example.org
If I send out 2 bags of garbage each week, and Joe Schlebotnik, next
door, sends 60 bags of garbage each week, week after week, year after
year, I think it would be fair if he paid higher garbage taxes than I.
If one takes a look at the finite abilities of mother earth to give us
fossil fuels, and finite space to dump our garbage, those who use and
waste the most, should pay the most. I would have NO problem with the
adjustment of gasoline prices, dependent on whether it gets poured
into an average person's car or some fat-cat's gas-guzzling pleasure
Charge twice as much for health insurance from those who are smokers.
If you're going to screw with the machinery, you should pay for the
repairs. And that holds true on all levels.
And while we're at it, why keep paying for all those jails? Move them
into tents along that new railroad they need to be building for us. A
whole new web of railroads. High speed and sturdy branch lines.
Electrified with well-placed nukes. Get them damned trucks off the
Replace Palin with Ron Paul.
So Joe's neighbor looks over the fence and say's "hey, I want what
he's got" and since Joe's watchdog helped to take much of what Joe has
away and push it over the fence, he'll certainly end up with it.
Joe's watchdog also made Joe put a precipitator on his chimney,
devices on his wagon, and generally made Joe become a better citizen.
However, his neighbor is projected to take Joe's place as the major
producer of garbage in the future, and Joe's neighbor has no watchdog
and does not intend to do anything and is certainly not doing anything
now to reduce the production of garbage.
"One hundred thirty-seven (137) developing countries have ratified the
protocol, including Brazil, China and India, but have no obligation
beyond monitoring and reporting emissions."
Country Change in greenhouse gas
Russian Federation -32%
It is widely believed by many experts that the Kyoto protocol will due
almost nothing to reduce global warming, but will cause an accelerated
shift of economic power from developed nations to developing nations.
Most of the insurance in the U. S. is not insurance, it is employer
based self insured health coverage. The employer picks up the tab,
has a third party administrator who, for a very small fee, processes
the claims and qualifies the providers. In most large concerns the
cost sharing ratio is about 80/20 employer/employee
Because of the most recent HIPPA laws, it is not legal for an employer
to even know anything about those that he is paying health care
coverage for. For instance, if I look at my roster and see that old
joe up there has a heart condition and I use that information to try
to get him into a smoking cessation and exercise program, which I
would pay for as an employer, I can be sued for same.
I'm encouraged that a few employers are actually trying a graduated
premium system based on lifestyle issues such as smoking, but feel it
wil be a long drawn out affair because of HIPPA and will depend on the
outcome of the inevitable legal events. What is more likely to happen
is what is already happening, that is, employers will continue to
eliminate health care as a benefit.
ACLU will be estatic with the increased activity they will see.
I thought we were dong pretty well at that ourselves, transferring
many, many, many bucks to the Middle East and most of the rest to
China so our pets, and many of their own people, can have enough
melamine to ingest.
We are in dire need of another Republican President. After all, the
country isn't QUITE bankrupt yet, though Bush has worked hard at it.
Wonder how much farther the stock market has to drop before Congress
gets it's act together?
Today it was about $1,000,000,000,000.
Sometimes Congress gets paid to make unpopular decisions. This appears
to be one of those times.
It is debateable that the repeal of the Glass-Steigal act had anything to
do with this. After all, it really didn't matter whether brokerage houses
or banks were the ones getting this toxic waste from Freddie Mac and Fannie
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
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