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Cindy, I'm curious as to what I have written that you would consider extreme, or angry for that matter. If I state facts that don't fit with someones opinion, I am called angry and extreme? Curious. Consider this: we have just experienced 65 months of economic expansion, we're enjoying the longest period of private sector job growth in history, unemployment has dropped from 10.1% in October 2009 to 5.4% by spring of 2015. The stock market continues to set record highs, despite recent setbacks. The federal budget is shrinking and has been reduced by two thirds since '09. Spending at the lowest annual increase since Eisenhower. Income taxes are as low or lower than at any time in the last 50 years. Dependency on foreign oil has shrunk due to record domestic production and improved fuel efficiency. 10 million more Americans now have heath insurance and since the passage of the ACA the increase in health care costs is at it's lowest rate since the 60's. We have fewer soldiers, sailors and airmen in war zones than any time in the last 11 years. We now successfully catch and deport more illegal immigrants than ever before. Sorry Cindy but you and Dan K. and the rest live in a different country than I live in. I love America and am proud at how far we have come since the Bush disaster. I have concerns about where we are headed but I don't need to trash others to get there. Tell me Cindy, do you approve of the rude and disrespectful behavior of your fellow conservatives who post comments here? Now if all this sounds angry and extreme, I have no idea how you could come to that conclusion, but I guess that would be one of the reasons why we just can't get along.
Cindy, I don't know anyone who would not favor tax reform. Your plan sounds reasonable, but any plan that increases taxes on the rich would never get through a republican congress. You say you favor restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks, that means you would allow abortion before 20 weeks, which means you are pro choice. All of the candidates and the GOP platform are anti-choice and would force a rape victim to carry the resulting pregnancy to full term. When you support the GOP, you support all of what they stand for, even if you don't agree with parts. It's not like an "all you can eat buffet" where you can take some of this and some of that and leave the rest. You get it all. That means you get war rather than diplomacy, nothing done to reduce the epidemic of gun violence, nothing done about climate change or to protect our environment, nothing done to rebuild our infrastructure, laws passed based on Christian beliefs and you would deny same sex couples the right to a legal marriage. Those with pre-existing medical conditions would still not have access to medical insurance and you would consider medical insurance a privilege rather than the right of all Americans, there is no GOP plan. Nothing done to help the poor get out of poverty and off government assistance, and rail on about the cost when welfare and food stamps are less than 1% of the federal budget. You express concern for the debt, but if you look at history you'll find that democratic administrations have done a much better job of controlling spending and reducing debt than republicans. Trump is correct on this point. In fact under Obama, the deficit has been reduced by two thirds since 2009 and spending has increased only 3.3% annually, the lowest rate since Eisenhower. You get trickle down economic theory, which has been tried and failed every time. You get the same policy that sent us to Iraq and almost destroyed our economy. And if that wasn't enough, republicans won't admit to any mistake, take responsibility for what they did, and promise to do it all over again and redouble the effort if given another chance! Is that really what you want? You also get one last thing, the lack of decency, decorum and manners as exhibited by the leading candidate of your party. This behavior is being mimicked right here from your fellow conservatives who call me names, use derogatory nicknames, threaten, taunt, stalk and even attempt to smear my reputation. And for what crime? The crime of expressing my views and disagreeing with their ideology. Not one conservative on this blog has ever spoken out against this behavior and are more prone to "pilling on" and most Americans are appalled by it and that's just one of the many reasons why the GOP has virtually no chance in '16. You sure you want to be part of this?
Cindy, some of your policy suggestions I would support, many are absolutely unacceptable. A flat tax being one. This is a regressive tax that would further punish the poor and middle class and reward the rich. Typical GOP solution. Curious where you stand on defunding Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose. Every GOP candidate would defund Planned Parenthood and try to eliminate a woman's right to choose. If you had a friend or relative who was raped and became pregnant and let's say the pregnancy would threaten her life, would you support not allowing her to have a abortion and force her to carry the pregnancy to term. We've been treated to Ms. Sanger's bio and I fail to see the point or the relevance since she passed away in 1966. Do you believe that Planned Parenthood is evil and should be defunded because of the controversial views of it's founder? Do you realize that some of the GOP candidates even want to outlay abortion? It's nice for you to support Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson. Neither one of them have any chance of getting the nomination or being elected president, but that's OK. If you are concerned about government debt you should support the Dem candidate. Dem administrations have been consistently better at managing the countries finances than the GOP. Just check the facts and don't confuse opinion with fact.
Well Cindy I applaud you for your courage in announcing who you support, taking a stand and talking about actual policy that you would support. Good for you. This is a far cry from many of your male counterparts who refuse to even acknowledge that they are conservative, and or refuse to offer up anything that they stand for, only what they are against, refuse to articulate any policy or mention a candidate that they support. Instead they tend to focus on blaming, scapegoating and name calling. Interesting and I a reason I believe women make better leaders and support Elizabeth Warren who really has what it takes.
Cindy I wanted to address a couple of your suggestions. Drug testing has been tried and proven to be a miserable failure and waste of time. There are so many problems with this idea, from administration to what to do with those who test positive, I could write a book. How is doing volunteer work going to help. It doesn't earn money to pay rent and buy food. Who pays for the administration and supervision, etc? I have already suggested improving schools and offering free vocational training. Don't know about your healthy food idea either. Don't see how that helps anything. Healthy food is more expensive, that's why pretty much all you see when driving through inner city neighborhoods are fast food joints. It's cheap. Your premise seems to be that inner city folk are just plain lazy by nature and need a swift kick in the behind. I believe this is the conservative,"false,"narrative. We need to focus on the root cause, not just address the symptoms. Welfare and food stamps address the symptom, but do nothing to address the root causes. I'm saying address the root cause, invest, show people the way out and give them the skills they need to pay their own way. Investing now will cost money for sure, but will also address the root cause of poverty and give people a pathway to get off of public assistance in the future. Making conditions worse and cutting social programs will have the opposite effect. Ken what failed liberal policies are you talking about? The president has proposed the policies I have outlined. If he could act unilaterally and had tried these programs and they failed, I would agree with you. But none of this has been tried. Republicans have consistently blocked all efforts to invest in the inner city or do anything, so blaming democrats just has no merit. Also the vast majority of illegal immigrants came here legally via visas and work permits and have overstayed the allotted time. Border security is important, but will never stop the flow. We need to take away the incentive to come here illegally, and that means cracking down on and leveling stiff penalties on employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. Know why the GOP will never do this. Because they love the cheap labor and don't want to ruffle the feathers of their friends in the business community.
You're right Pat. That was the best present I could have hoped for. Even better than all the free stuff and goodies I was promised.
Ken and Cindy, what is your solution? I hear the blame game and making things even more difficult than they are. And Ken, if this is all failed democratic policy as you claim, what is the conservative alternative and why didn't the problem go away or improve during 8 years of the Bush administration? The president has advocated for all of the programs I have outlined. Congress refuses to act. What's your solution?
Cindy, I have no evidence to prove or disprove either way. And sorry, but a simple yes or no answer will not do.The problems with our inner cities, black and other minority communities are not going to go away or get better by ignoring them or by making things worse by cutting off vital social services. What is needed is investment, building better schools, free community colleges and vocational training, hiring more and better teachers, hiring and training more police officers in dealing with the issues that affect the inner city. Offer tax incentives to encourage business development and thereby provide jobs in the community. People in the inner city want to work, they want to raise families and be productive members of society. Due to years and years of racism and neglect, folks in the inner city feel left out, passed by, disrespected and do not trust that the police are on their side and will protect them if they snitch on the bad actors. Many have simply given up hope. The answer isn't further punishment and castigation, the answer is to invest in these communities, lend a hand, show them that the country cares and offer a hand up. not just a hand out. The president has advocated for all of the programs that I have outlined. Despite what you all on the right may want to believe, the president isn't the lawless dictator of your dreams and he can't do it alone. The president's job is to set policy and advocate for what he believes. He cannot force congress to act.. So there's my answer Cindy, I would love to hear yours. Dan K, once again I haven't the slightest idea what you are talking about. What in the world is your point here? You have behaved yourself for a while, and now you are starting in again with the mild insults and taunting. Wonder how long it will take for things to escalate into full on personal insults and demands? Stay tuned.
The very first amendment goes something like this, congress shall make no law recognizing the establishment of religion. This must have been a very important principle for the founders to be included in the first amendment. Your quotes mention religion, but do not specify Christianity or even mention Christianity except with reference to the Ten Commandments. I believe you are confusing democratic socialism with national socialism. Liberals, myself included, are not advocating the nationalization of industry in general. The health care industry would be an exception. We already have many, many socialist programs in place. City and county government, police, fire, forrest service, our public education system, the list goes on and on. What I am advocating for is more socialism added to the mix of socialism and capitalism. As far as pot goes, I say make it legal nation wide, tax it, regulate it, just like alcohol. Pot has been studied and shown to be much less dangerous to ones health than alcohol. If people want to smoke pot and drink, fine with me as long as I don't have to breathe the smoke or be hit by a drunk driver. And the Steamboat Institute should come clean and stop pretending that they are not a conservative organization. They are!
Well Harvey, I consider myself a liberal democratic socialist and I am not at all frustrated with the dem candidates. I would like to see Elizabeth Warren enter the race, she would be my pick. Now if I had to choose someone from the republican cast of characters, that would indeed be frustrating and really kind of sad. To call Hilary a traitor is again the typical conservative lie and bombast that creates so much mistrust and animosity. And who is the crook? There has been investigation after investigation after investigation into Benghazi, at great expense and waste of time and taxpayer dollars, and all with the exact same result. No finding of any wrongdoing on the part of the state department or the administration. I believe Hillary has been exonerated by the GOP led investigation into the phony email scandal as well. I am not a Hilary supporter, but I also believe that in this country a person is innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. As far as the hand outs and Ponzi scheme goes, I remember Mitt Romney's claim that Obama won the election in 2012 because he promised a bunch of free stuff and goodies if he was elected. So for a long while after Obama won re-election, I checked my mail box every day, expecting my present, my package of goodies and free stuff from the white house. Well.....my package never arrived. So only one of two things could have happened, either the president lied when he promised the goodies and free stuff, or conservatives and Mitt Romney lied when they said Obama promised all the goodies and free stuff. So who was telling the fairy tale? If you have to lie and misrepresent the facts in order to make a point, then maybe the point isn't worth making.
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