Will you stop obsessing about the ACA? It is basically a conservative (your favorite "think" tank the Heritage Foundation). It is in its present form because Republicans objected to the original proposal. The President compromised and included Republican changes and then not one of them voted for it. And then claimed it was forced down their throats. The only thing wrong with the Affordable Care Act was that it was signed by this President. Otherwise it is a conservative dream act: insurance companies get 40 million more enrollees and the single payer system that most Americans want, is the most cost effective system is postponed once again. But since when are Republicans interested in what most Americans want?
Your columns only continue to give credence to the rumor that too many conservative columnists are basically useless rabble rousing scoundrels
Obama care is the product of compromises that the President made with the Republican Senate and then none of them voted for it! It was Republicans who voted to shut down the government at a cost of $20 billion or so to the tax payers. It was Republicans who thwarted every effort the President made to extricate the country out of a financial disaster made by Republicans. And because Republicans refused to do anything that might be a credit to the President they accuse him of being ineffective. It is Republicans who are trying to deny the vote to those who might vote Democratic. It is Republicans who stand in the way of working Americans making a decent living. It is Republicans who resist any attempt to regulate the right to bear arms but devise all sorts of ways to deny the right of women to control their own bodies. Oh yeah, Republicans are going to look out for the middle class. I continue to be amazed at the stupidity of people like rolandsix who aren't even smart enough to know what is in their own best interest. Talk about low info voters, how about no info voters, the scared, bigoted, ignorant water carriers for the 1%.
Hey, GaussianInteger, trying to to argue with or present facts to the likes of Meatball and conservative is like trying to talk sense to a ... ah... meatball. Save your breath. Name calling is all they got. Ignore them. They represent the greatest weakness of democracy: any citizen can vote, brains not required. Just read their reaction to this, they'll happily prove it.
Another conservative revision of history.
“Slavery was undeniably a national sin that could not exist in a free nation.” Tennessee adopted the Constitution of the Confederate States which included Article I Section 9(4) “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.” Is that the kind of free nation conservatives like Smith have in mind with their small government, more power to the states mantra?
Just because the Founding Fathers prayed for divine guidance doesn’t mean they expected everyone to. Today’s conservatives want to force us all to live by their idea of what religion is all about. (See proposed Amendment 1 to the Tennessee constitution in the upcoming election.) The Founding Fathers would be aghast.
It is a federal bureaucracy that has “run amok for 150 years” which has made the United States the most admired, wealthiest, most powerful nation on the globe. It is today’s conservatives running amok who are threatening that achievement.
The states are much more interdependent than they were 150 years ago. The population of the U.S. is about 10 times larger than it was in 1860. Anyone who believes a larger government is not essential lives in a Utopia, not in the 21st century world.
Smith, the states that sought the right of property in negro slaves lost the Civil War, deal with it.
Instead of snarky, meaningless little pieces of no importance like these, how about educating your readers about all of the wonderful things Republicans are going to do for working Americans if they gain control of Congress? Or remind readers of all the helpful things Republicans have done in the last six years to reverse the effects of the economic disaster that they've created for average Americans? Or just point out how much conservative economic policies of the last 30 have benefited working stiffs?
You are merely succeeding in giving credence to the rumor that too many conservative columnists are basically useless rabble rousing scoundrels.
conservative: why do you insist on revealing yourself to be a complete idiot?
Less than a year after a Republican Congress passed and a Republican president signed a renewal of the Voting Rights Act we suddenly have Republicans concerned, really concerned, about the sanctify of voting: Here are some of their comments:
Phyllis Schafly “The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that ‘early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.’
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told a gathering of Republicans that their voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”
Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer told The Palm Beach Post that the explicit goal of the state’s voter-ID law was Democratic suppression. “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told the Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only ... ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’” he said.
Don Yelton, a now-former North Carolina Republican official, admitted that North Carolina’s new voting law, which includes a flurry of new provisions including voter ID, is “going to kick Democrats in the butt.”
“Stop Obama’s nutty agenda and support voter ID,” read a card attached to a pack of peanuts passed out by the state’s GOP, state Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Myrtle Beach)
Franklin County (Columbus) GOP Chair Doug Preisse gave a surprisingly blunt answer when explaining the party’s motivation for limiting early voting: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.” one state Republican was particularly blunt.
Yeah, voting rights suppression charges are really hard to take seriously.
“Republicans have no such tool.” What do you call Fox “News”, the Koch Brothers, ALEC, Heritage Foundation? Tools, all of them. Their phony concern with religion, immigration, privacy rights, federal taxes and spending, etc. are all tools to frighten the uneducated and inflame the bigots. The base of the Republican party.
It’s not the “lefties” who are committed to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and the blacks. It’s not the “lefties” who have caused the economic meltdown of recent years. It’s not the “lefties” that have spawned the terrorists of the Middle East. That’s been the work of Republican “patriots”, guardians of the Constitution, upholders of family values, defenders of the free enterprise system.
Give it a rest, Mike. Looking for tools? Gaze in a mirror.
Working for the common good with a democratically elected President, chosen by a majority of voters, is right, even if no Republicans do it.
Re:Thanks, Michelle: Did I miss something? There is no mention in this piece about a CBS report that “the CBS report” refers to.
However, following the District 214 paragraph with “the CBS report” deceptively implies that the two are related when, in fact, that information came from a very conservative magazine (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2014/09/06/illinois-school-district-dumps-michelle-os-school-lunch-program-n1887940) and has nothing to do with a CBS report.
Now one has to question the veracity of the claim that a million students and $1 billion in waste was in “the CBS report”.
Perhaps there is some truth to the rumor that conservative columnists are basically dishonest rabble rousing scoundrels.
Obama : for the Rich? And pray tell, how are Republicans going to change that? Are they going to support a minimum wage increase? Make profit making corporations actually pay taxes and withhold federal subsidies from them? Treat capital gains income the same as income from real labor? Support consumer protection laws?
Tell us what Republicans have tried to do to increase the income of the bottom 20% by even1% that this President has prevented them from doing. Write a column about how Republicans have attempted to work with the President to make this country stronger and all its people more prosperous. Explain to us how it’s all his fault and that Republican economic policies of the last 30 years have nothing to do with this disparity in income results.