April 9, 2010
Get this news. Brian Miller is executive director of United for a Fair Economy, according to the Washington Post. That is the group that says wealthy folks do not pay enough in taxes and demands that the Bush tax cuts for people with three homes and a yacht be repealed.
Even more shocking? They estimate that 64 percent of those people earning more than $250,000 agree! Take that, Tea Party. Take that.
The Smart War? Thanks for reminding us that candidate Obama, eager to erase the ringing-phone TV spot, told us that invading Iraq was dumb but that the struggle in Afghanistan was necessary and indeed smart. Not so fast, Fridley. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs won't even call Karzai an ally. He is a partner. Peter Galbraith believes Karzai is "off balance" and maybe consuming Afghanistan's most profitable export--the crop his brother controls--opium.
When does smart become stupid? Can we ask young soldiers to risk life and limb for a president of Afghanistan who may join the Taliban, condemns us, and may be using opium? C'mon!
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Regarding Karzai. It reminds me of that old quip, "which 'ism' you gonna die for?".
Just look at this clown. He looks like somebody from the set of a comic opera. It it weren't so damned serious it would be damned funny. The guy is a bona fide nut case and double dealer.
Someday, when this is all over, it is going to finally dawn on those "We Support the Troops" people that their son or daughter or relative or friend died fighting to support a glorified pimp who couldn't run a two car funeral without stealing and re-selling the flowers.
Git while the gittin is good and be done with that rat hole country. Let them kill each other but keep us out of it. We have bigger fish to fry here at home.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | Egg Harbor, WI | April 9, 2010
The Tea Party isn't necessarily appealing to the wealthy. The target is a misinformed electorate hearing what it wants to hear.
"Tax cuts" sounds like s savings plan where the ordinary worker will have more money to spend. But, the average worker doesn't pay so much in taxes. He/she just thinks so because that's what the Tea Party wants us to hear and that's what many want to believe.
Tax cuts mean that someone else will pay the bills, usually a future generation. Without taxes, how will we build roads and bridges, how will we maintain our infrastructures, how will we cover Medicare, who will pay for schools, who will pay for a battleship, how do we pay for our parks and other amenities we love to enjoy? There are some things communities to best when we all pitch in and help through taxes.
"Less government" sounds like a promise that government will leave us alone.
As for less government, when it the last time government intruded in your life? We hear from one government agency at tax time and that's about it. If we get a speeding ticket, we might deal with them again or when we buy stamps. We are one lucky people to have a government that basically lets us be. There are many countries where government is always prying into lives and extracting more. Thankfully our government does not oppress any of us.
We'd all like to see no deficit, but how can we when congress pours billions of dollars into foreign wars? If taxes are cut, deficits don't just disappear.
The Tea Party doesn't have answers. It doesn't even have promises it can keep. Unfortunately the electorate has been dumbed down a few notches and believes whatever is thrown at them. Like bales of tea thrown into the Boston harbor, untruths are being tossed at voters and the waters of the democracy are becoming tainted.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton | April 9, 2010
Our soldiers are risking life and limb for our president -- not the Afghan president.
Seems that Obama has done nothing that this blog really agrees with. Yet this blog refuses to critize Obama in the active voice. Is the active voice of critism reserved only for tea party folks and republican politicians?
-RMJ | Hudson, WI | April 9, 2010
War is THE fundamental policy of American government. Democrat or Republican, war against the weak, the infirm, supposed enemies and the very people of this country is what this country is all about. Our government is based on conducting endless wars and using war to terrorize the people and justify any and all crimes committed by the president.
America is a democratic republic in name only. Truth be told, it's a dictatorship like in ancient Rome. When was the last time this country was not at war? 1939.
-Jorgen | Spring Green, WI | April 10, 2010