Dan Kuechenmeister

Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 1 hour ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

Pat, I have liberal friends, libertarian friends, independent friends, conservative friends. I have never heard any of them refer to a group or person that does not agree with their political views or their ideology the way Robert Reich - views strongly endorsed by Dan S 3 times as I recall - describes the Republican Party. Extreme? "Mix the fears of working class whites whose living standards are falling and whose social status is sliding, with the relentless daily drip poison of Fox News, the radio rants of Rush Limbaugh and his imitators, and the fulminations of religious fanatics, racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and misogynists. Add in an interminable flow of cash from a handful government-hating billionaires, brainless emanations from the institutes they finance, and mindless obedience to them by elected officials who are contemptuous both of scientific truth and of the public good. And you have the modern Republican Party."


Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 2 hours ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

Pat, For what it's worth I believe Fiorina stance on abortion is to ban them after 20 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother.


Dan Kuechenmeister 1 day, 9 hours ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

Dan S. You are a hoot you are. A Hoot with a capital H.

Cindy, I think that qualifies as a diatribe. LOL

Diatribe: an angry and usually long speech or piece of writing that strongly criticizes someone or something


Dan Kuechenmeister 2 days, 22 hours ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

Fun fact. When the recession apparently ended there were about 34 million Americans on food stamps. There are now over 46 million Americans on food stamps. I am trying to figure out how that is possible.


Dan Kuechenmeister 3 days ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

From a book by Jay Cost and possibly one of a myriad of reasons for the rise in popularity of candidates considered outside of the entrenched political brotherhood/sisterhood.

“And so we return to one of the earliest metaphors we used to define corruption: it is like cancer or wood rot. It does not stay in one place in the government; it spreads throughout the system. When a faction succeeds in getting what it wants at the expense of the public good, it is only encouraged to push its advantage. By the same token, politicians who aid them and reap rewards for it have an incentive to do it some more, and to improve their methods to maximize their payoffs. Moreover, these successes inspire other politicians and factions to try their hands at raiding the treasury to see if they can do it, too. Thus, a vicious cycle is created that erodes public faith in government, which further contributes to the cycle. When people stop believing that anything can be done to keep the government in line, they stop paying attention carefully or maybe cease participating altogether."


Dan Kuechenmeister 3 days, 1 hour ago on Jeff Peters: Republicans call shots

Cindy, Great response to Dan S request for solutions. I would be in support of most if not all of your suggestions. I believe that if those suggestions were implemented there would be a positive impact in the inner cities. Some of which have had Democratic administrations from any where from 48 (Baltimore) to 82 (Chicago) consecutive years. Some how or another it seems difficult for some to understand that it is not just those who disagree with liberal ideology that are to blame for the problems facing this country. Just the other day the Mayor of Washington D.C. was speaking to the issue of an increase in the murder rate in D.C. and proposals she has to reduce that rate. The BlackLivesMatters crowd showed up an tried to shout her down. Fortunately she didn't pull a Martin O'Malley but hung in there and finished her speech. My best guess is that if her proposals are implemented and successful that would save some black lives. I think a Fiorina/Carson ticket would be interesting.