Plato's comment history

Plato said...

RUTHIE HEREFORD said: "Why is there such huge opposition in Congress over raising the minimum wage to $10.10?"

Simply stated the mega corps like WalMart and McDonalds that fill up the campaign coffers of certain elected officials like Chuck Fleischmann, are getting what they pay for.

Notwithstanding the issue of simple fairness, you don't have to be an economist to realize that putting more money into the hands of people that will spend it increases demand for products and services which leads to - you guessed it higher employment, not lower like the Republicans would have us believe. In fact the states that have put in higher minimum wage levels than the federal level, such as Oregon, actually have lower unemployment then the national average.

Why people keep voting for politicians who stifle their own financial situation defies explanation.

It should be noted that Republican Senator Bob Corker has broken from the pack and supported a minimum wage hike, but then unlike most of his Republican colleagues, Bob is a businessman and understand that a minimum wage hike is good for the economy as well as the people.

August 20, 2014 at 9:09 a.m.
Plato said...

Mr. NEWMAN - no offense to the general but he apparently doesn't understand that the ISIS forces are imbedded in the various towns they have taken control off. If you "carpet bomb" these areas you will kill 10, 20, 30 civilians, women and children for every ISIS member you hit. The result would be hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed. That's not a solution. That's why virtually every military expert that has been question on this situation has explained the necessity of troops on the ground.

The aerial missions that we have conducted have been successful against specific military targets, in particular in-place heavy armor and conveys.

The Kurds and the Iraqi ground troops are having some success. It's up to them to retake the areas of their country and we can help them along the way without reentering Iraq.

August 19, 2014 at 11:59 a.m.
Plato said...

The whole movement for photo IDs for voting is the solution to a problem that doesn't exist. The instances of voters attempting to vote for someone else are as rare as hens teeth, and who in their right mind would take such a risk which can result in being prosecuted for voter fraud. Obviously there were other, more sinister intentions and motivations between this and similar laws. If the lawmakers truly wanted to make elections fairer they would have focused their attention and resources on the real problem areas like malfunctioning voting machines.

IMO, even though I see no need for such a law, it would have only been right to grandfather in anyone that already possessed a valid TN voter registration card. For people that think getting a photo ID to vote is easy, go out to the DMV office some day and look at the long lines coming out the door. Last year I went to the DMV to simply get my motorcycle endorsement on my DL. When I finally got in there were at least 25 people in the room and 2 clerks working. I talked to people that had been there in excess of 4 hours. I waited for nearly 3 hours and when my number was finally called the clerk had to shut down the window and go outside with me to administer the "road test". These offices are obviously very understaffed - the result of budget cuts I assume. I can only imagine the problems it creates for folks that do not drive, and have to work everyday during operating hours.

Whoever's idea it was to pass this law either didn't care how inconvenienced it made people or thought it a great idea to retard registration for the disenfranchised citizens the majority of whom will probably vote Democratic.

August 17, 2014 at 5:28 p.m.
Plato said...

I think one could reasonably argue that if we had hypothetically armed the so-called "good rebels" in Syria and if by some miracle of Alah they were successful in overthrowing the Assad government which is receiving tons of military aid from Russia and Iran, what would the result have been in the chaos that followed? A huge vacuum in which ISIS would have entered and thrived like Ebola and a massive escalation of violence.

While some of these neocon fools like Hillary Clinton never seem to learn the lessons of history - that is, every time we monkey around in these situations the eventually outcome is always much worse, I'm grateful we have a President that understands and keeps out out of these hell holes.

August 12, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.
Plato said...

DR. TOM HERZOG - We ARE now arming the Kurds directly. Previously we did send weapons and supplies to Iraq earmarked for the Kurds by the crook al Maliki never sent them on to the Kurds. AT the time we are trying to honor the unity government which has since fell apart.

August 12, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.
Plato said...

The Jews are brilliant. Historically, they wrote manuscripts that they claim to be "divinely inspired" by their "prophets" and after carefully considering all the known sects of the human race, wisely decided that the God they invented, had indeed choose them to be his favorites. Boy did that work out great!

Now the myth has been proliferated over centuries so that the world, especially the US is full of fools that actually believe this, and Zionists are using this to play this country like a fiddle.

P. T. Barnum could not have done a better job :)

August 9, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.
Plato said...

The problem was, not enough Democrats have woke up to the fact that in a gerrymandered district like the 3rd, the Republican Primary is the defacto general election. Demographically, it's virtually impossible for a Democrat to win in this district.

Once you realize that you will choose between the more moderate of the two. Wamp was a far cry from a Demarcate despite the Tea Party nonsense that has been spread around, but he did run as more of a centrist with a pledge to try to work with the other side to get some things done.

It's unfortunate that not enough folks realize that and showed up at the polls to get rid of this Tea Party puke and put someone sensible in Congress as our rep.

I hope young Wamp doesn't get too discouraged. Next time if he casts a little bit wider net he might hit pay dirt.

August 8, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
Plato said...

During the Iraq war over 100,000 Iraqis mostly Christian fled their country during Bush's invasion and sought sanctuary in Jordon. The Jordanian government fed and housed the refugees as best they could. That's an example of the compassion that most folks around the world exhibit. But no surprise there are some in this country that would let refugee kids starve in the desert and not give a rats a$$. Often those are same people that wear their religion on their sleeve.

August 7, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.
Plato said...

Either Israel is purposely targeting civilians to inflict punishment to break the will of Hamas, or they are they worse shots in the world. Can't believe all that US made highly sophisticated weaponry could be that errant if used correctly.

August 4, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.
Plato said...

^The min wage needs to be not only raised but then permanently indexed to the rate of inflation. Otherwise they will only be back at it again in another 5 years arguing the point.

July 31, 2014 at 8:27 p.m.
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