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Obama promoting divisive agenda

May 5, 2012

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— “The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states ... “

     — Barack Obama, rising star, Democratic convention, 2004

Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his “train wreck” defense of Obamacare’s individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of someone stopped for other reasons. Verrilli claimed that constitutes an intrusion on the federal monopoly on immigration enforcement. He was pummeled. Why shouldn’t a state help the federal government enforce the law? “You can see it’s not selling very well,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

But Verrilli never had a chance. This was never a serious legal challenge in the first place. It was confected (and timed) purely for political effect, to highlight immigration as a campaign issue with which to portray Republicans as anti-Hispanic.

Hispanics are just the beginning, however. The entire Obama campaign is a slice and dice operation, pandering to one group after another, particularly those that elected Obama in 2008 — blacks, Hispanics, women, young people — and for whom the thrill is now gone.

What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary — bogus court challenges, dead-end Senate bills and a forest of straw men.

Why else would the Justice Department challenge the photo ID law in Texas? To charge Republicans with seeking to disenfranchise Hispanics and blacks, of course. But in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld a similar law from Indiana. And it wasn’t close: 6-3, the majority including that venerated liberal, John Paul Stevens. Moreover, photo IDs were recommended by the 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter. And you surely can’t get into the attorney general’s building without one. Are Stevens, Carter and Eric Holder anti-Hispanic and anti-black?

The ethnic bases covered, we proceed to the “war on women.” It sprang to public notice when a 30-year-old student at an elite law school (starting private-sector salary upon graduation: $160,000) was denied the inalienable right to have the rest of the citizenry (as co-insured and/or taxpayers — median household income: $52,000) pay for her contraception.

Despite a temporary setback — Hilary Rosen’s hastily surrendered war on moms — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will resume the battle with a Paycheck Fairness Act that practically encourages frivolous lawsuits and has zero chance of passage.

No matter. Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare designed to let Democrats play tribune of the middle class.

Ethnicity, race, gender, class. One more box to check: the young. Just four years ago, they swooned in the aisles for Obama. No longer. Not when 54 percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.

How to shake them from their lethargy? Fear again. Tell them, as Obama repeatedly does, that Paul Ryan’s budget would cut Pell Grants by $1,000 each, if his domestic cuts were evenly distributed. (They are not evenly distributed, making the charge a fabrication. But a great applause line.)

Then warn that Republicans would double the interest rate on student loans. Well, first, Mitt Romney has said he would keep them right where they are. Second, as The Washington Post points out, this is nothing but a recycled campaign gimmick from 2006 when Democrats advocated (and later passed) a 50 percent rate cut that gratuitously squanders student aid by subsidizing the wealthy as well as the needy.

For Obama, what’s not to like? More beneficiaries, more votes.

What else to run on with 1.7 percent GDP growth (2011), record long-term joblessness and record 8 percent-plus unemployment (38 consecutive months, as of this writing). Slice and dice, group against group.  

There is a problem, however. It makes a mockery of Obama’s pose as the great transcender, uniter, healer of divisions. This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is “not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

That was then. Today, we are just sects with quarrels — to be exploited for political advantage. And Obama is just the man to fulfill Al Gore’s famous mistranslation of our national motto: Out of one, many.

— Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group.

Comments

bozo_the_clown 2 years, 7 months ago

I at one time believed in Obama, I thought he could seriously do more in the four years he has had. But looking back, he's done more to divide our country than unite us. On the serious challenges our governments faces, healthcare, the debt problems, energy, and taxes, he's done nothing but divide us and promote political polarization, all in his interests of getting re-elected for a second term. Instead of promoting a bipartisan fix to the above problems, he's done nothing but promote a one sided argument and play petty politics that a supposed non-washington insider isn't supposed to.

Supposed change has turned out to be politics as usual. A challenger to the status quo turns out to be someone that reenforces it. And the sad thing is that the republicans have nothing better to offer. Mitt Romney will pull the same political BS but in the opposite direction of the political spectrum. Once again when it comes to voting for our president, its come down to picking the best of two evils, a giant douche or a turd sandwich.

Obama would deserve a second term if he had done something worthwhile during his first. On the national debt issue, he's done nothing but put off the problem till after the election. His healthcare ordeal rendered nothing but a watered down law that is currently being challenged on the supreme court. Losing on so many issues that he promised to bring change on during his campaign, he has resolved to petty political fights that in many cases are not based on fact, but have the sole objective of dividing the American people rather than uniting them to face the many challenges before us.

What a leader he has turned out to be.

1southernjayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

I cannot believe that you and I have found common ground.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

"You may have confused bozo the clown with just another bozo on the bus, who still is a devoted Obama follower, "

I expect that this is the same "bozo" who attempted to use almost exactly the same user name as mine a couple of months back, and I expect that confusion is precisely what they mean to sow this time.

But the confusion you spew above is all yours, math. Just because you're blinded by uncritical partisanship doesn't mean the I am.

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 7 months ago

The GOP should be called the PARTY of DIVISION, HATRED and FEAR.

Obama and the democrats have tried to work with the GOP. The GOP has only three goals. First, to make the super wealthy even more wealthy at the expense of everyone else. Second, to make sure Obama is a one term President. Third, to roll back society to their "Leave it to Beaver" vision of America. The problem is that America never existed.

The good news is that the GOP is imploding on a national level. It also appears there are cracks in the Kansas GOP as the moderates are starting to rebel against the likes of Brownback.

John Hamm 2 years, 7 months ago

How about "non-leader?" Other than that +1

Abdu Omar 2 years, 7 months ago

I know that many think that Obama's problems are all the fault of Bush. Bush's whitehouse was filled with hawks who wanted war at any cost with Iraq. They got us into that and it was a bust. Now the federal debt is high, too high. What got us there? Yes, Obama spent a lot of money trying to keep our economy alive, but the down economy was coming no matter who was president. The subprime lending fiasco was the fault of money grabbing bankers on wall street, not either president. So I have concluded that the debt is due to the bailouts and rescues of the banking and auto industries and of course, other things.

At the same time, Obama's election was partly based upon the mis ques made by McCain. Perhaps had he not have taken the risk of naming Palin as his running mate, he wouldn't have had the problems he did and perhaps would have won the election.

Also, Obama is black. Many feel they don't want a black president. This prejudice is inexplainable because we should judge a person by his character and accomplishments, not his color.

cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

Excellent column. Obama is by far the most hypocritical president in modern American history, and much of the media simply turns a blind eye to his hypocrisy.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

As do the die hard kool-aide drinking loons still waiting for hope and or change

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

This comment is hyperbolic nonsense. Try to mention some valid provable specifics instead of sweeping generalities. In other words, try thinking, instead of simply "feeling."

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

"Obama is by far the most hypocritical president in modern American history, and much of the media simply turns a blind eye to his hypocrisy." Of course, no source to prove his claims. Cato the elder was by far the most ignorant person in history. See how that is? I wasn't referring to the poster above, but rather to the historical figure whose name they copied. But without proof to back up that claim, it just makes the whole post nonsense. Just like the original post.

cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

A truly ignorant response. Try reading the column before your next foolish post. The many examples of Obama's hypocrisy set forth in Krauthammer's column were exactly what I was talking about, genius.

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

That's funny. I thought the hammer was going after the divisiveness. Then educate me so that I can see where he mentions and example "of Obama's hypocrisy".

cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

"Then educate me so that I can see where he mentions and example 'of Obama's hypocrisy'."

Since you can't write a coherent sentence, it follows that you can't read either.

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

Now I deserved a callout for the typo of "and" or "an", but to use that to insinuate that I can't read? You don't seem to have an argument to back up your sweeping generalization, so instead you turn to insults.
I see where this is going so don't you worry. I won't have you try to explain what you yourself don't know.

cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

I get tired of petty liberal shills asking me to tell them about what they haven't read or haven't been able to understand. Try this, from Krauthammer's article:

"There is a problem, however. It makes a mockery of Obama’s pose as the great transcender, uniter, healer of divisions. This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is “not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

Instead, as Krauthammer points out, Obama has been far and above the most divisive president in recent memory, constantly pitting one perceived group of Americans against another. That's called hypocrisy, chum.

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 7 months ago

The "corrupt media' is FOX News. I hate to break it to you, but CNN, NPR, the major networks are "fair and balanced." FOX is not. MSNBC is the left's response to Fox, but it doesn't work as well as Comedy Central's "the Daily Show with John Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" because what FOX does is just that damn funny...

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow - what's this comment supposed to communicate? A litany of cryptic quoted nonsense is all I get from it. Here's a suggestion: try to have a point when you're commenting. That way you can then have insight into what you should type, and what is unnecessary and need not be typed. It's a travesty that the above comment is what an American citizen would consider to be a worthwhile statement.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

"What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary"

Yes, it is strange that he's acting so much like a Republican.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Obama owns the fear factor strategy. Nice try

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

Laughably one-sided comment, here. You must've missed the 2004 and 2008 elections in their entirety. What a shame that citizens can't be impartial and educated!

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

And in case you forgot how much the Bush campaign of 2004 relied on fear, here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU4t9O...

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm saying the obama administration is better than the bush administration. No more waterboarding and we didn't invade a country for no legitimate reason.
To expect that bush was the brains behind every move his administration made would give him way too much credit for an intelligence he doesn't have.
Thanks for trying to twist up my words, though. I know sometimes it's all the argument you can come up with.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

how manly of you to notice Obama's physique.

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, that's a great example of an adult argument: question his masculinity. This comment is good evidence for why the American political process is so broken. Voters / citizens have lost the ability to think and make rational arguments.

Kathy Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Sadly, comments such as ijm's are born out of fear. White man's fear. Fear of equality, because to them, if equality exists, vengence is justified. Fear of loss of status; existing "order" and fear that the tables may be turned someday and the privileged white American may be subjected to blindness, negative emotions, and stereotypes that result in disrespectful, punitive, or contemptuous behavior. I won't delve into the obvious fear of a black man's masculinity that is so prominent these days. The last time I hinted at this behaviour of math's, he whined and got it pulled. Pull it again, math, but I will then be certain what I have posted is the truth about you and others of your ilk.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

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Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Racist excriment is only accceptable if your not white

Kathy Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

FHNC "I wonder why the "bitter clingers" are stumbling over the flexible bear of a story like "composite" women?" I would ask you the same question, sir. Why is this just now an issue? Oh - I get it - this "composite girlfriend" was caucasian.

IJM If you act like a boy...........................

ARMSTRONG Did you call me a racist or excriment(sic)? Too funny.

With every comment you prove your fear.

Kathy Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Armstrong's post should have been pulled, not FHNC. Good grief!

Kathy Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Because your "one-line wonders" implying someone is racist and made of excriment(sic) is counterproductive to ANY civil discourse.

FHNC and I never agree, but he does not fling childish insults at me - if he had he would have certainly spelled excrement correctly. :-)

Keep 'em coming, sweet cheeks, you are making great strides for society.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

The Republicans have just been working so hard to reach across the aisle the last 15 years. Give me a break, Charles.

1southernjayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

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JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

someone actually pays Krauthammer to write this, unbelievably. You can get the same quality of writing and analysis for free at Red State or just tune in to the insane ramblings of Ted Nugent. It all comes from the same part of the lower anatomy.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

you mean like the healthcare law Romney signed into law?

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

and, BTW, there are many valid critisms of Obama. Calling him a socialist isn't one. it just makes you look dumb.

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

"In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa's parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian." The man himself said,"”If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Fingers crossed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/thomas-mann-and-norman-ornstein-let-s-just-say-it/article_cee2fc32-9547-11e1-a966-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1tzxCaGAe

"Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.

It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted."

"Democrats are hardly blameless, and they have their own extreme wing and their own predilection for hardball politics. But these tendencies do not routinely veer outside the normal bounds of robust politics. If anything, under the presidencies of Clinton and Obama, the Democrats have become more of a status-quo party. They are centrist protectors of government, reluctantly willing to revamp programs and trim retirement and health benefits to maintain its central commitments in the face of fiscal pressures.

No doubt, Democrats were not exactly warm and fuzzy toward George W. Bush during his presidency. But recall that they worked hand in glove with the Republican president on the No Child Left Behind Act, provided crucial votes in the Senate for his tax cuts, joined with Republicans for all the steps taken after the Sept. 11 attacks and supplied the key votes for the Bush administration’s financial bailout at the height of the economic crisis in 2008. The difference is striking."

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/thomas-mann-and-norman-ornstein-let-s-just-say-it/article_cee2fc32-9547-11e1-a966-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1tzyIvIan

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

Not Kook-Aid. Rather historically accurate truth. Hurt, does it?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

"Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81”

I am kinda curious when he'll find out for sure about the three that may or may not be communists. And what creates the confusion?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 7 months ago

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Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

Nice icon: a tribute to the destruction the Republicans visited upon the economy, which Obama is trying to fix / Republicans are trying to not fix, and to all the (mostly white) citizens forced to take food stamps because they can't afford to feed their families.

I admire your compassion!

labmonkey 2 years, 7 months ago

If the Democrats would have put someone worthwhile at the head of the ticket (say possibly Leiberman), they could have defeated Bush in 2004. I honestly believe the Clintons wanted Bush to win in 2004 due to Hillary's impending run in 2008, and she couldn't run against a sitting Democrat President.

Mike Ford 2 years, 7 months ago

waaaagh.....now let the trolls turn reality on it's head.....

scott3460 2 years, 7 months ago

Exactly. Yet another example of right wingers projection of their own fault. Obama is being divisive by pointing out the right wingers' divisiveness. Too rich!!

scott3460 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey look, more projection. President Obama was duly elected. As opposed to the most recent (and disastrous) republican holder of the office who was annointed by a right wing majority of the Supreme Court.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

And the republican agenda is still the same with extra added attraction of ALEC:

The RINO party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

STOP electing RINO’s ! My My father in law left the RINO party because he is a fiscal conservative republican with at least 50 years under his belt. Evermore stunning he is working with the democrat party in Pennsylvania.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls RINO’s are sure they learned all they needed to know about taking YOUR money and establishing reckless economies by way of Facism.

Introducing the Republican Job Killing Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  1. Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Repub medical insurance reform = return to the former status quo = charging way more but getting way less in services = bigger bucks and bigger golden parachutes and mammoth increase in profits!

Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Meanwhile WRECKANOMICS is still the leading RINO Economic Policy...

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative".

Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch.

Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.

http://www.reaganbushdebt.org/CalculationDetails.aspx

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

"...entitlement - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents..." Not true anymore, bub.

Alyosha 2 years, 7 months ago

This comment thread is a great example of what's wrong with American politics. Citizens confuse belief with knowledge, blathering with dialogue.

And for some unknown reason the web site keeps publishing inane baseless partisan commentary like the above essay, which serves no rational purpose but to inflame and divide the populace.

What a shame!

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

You are 100 % correct my trolling friend. Get rid of Pitts and Rothshild pieces and this could turn respectable.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 7 months ago

Poor Merrell, now some left wing loons are busting on him. What is this world coming to?

verity 2 years, 7 months ago

I have a little game of guess who the author is from the title of the article. I'm hitting almost 100% with Krauthammer.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Sadly I don't even have to guess with Pitts or Rothy

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Rothy's articles are always good for a laugh. At least he's one Dem who is transparent

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

"Kansas House does something stupid" could be the headline about twice a day while they're in session. You don't even have to try.

JackMcKee 2 years, 7 months ago

Unfotunately, they really are doing stupid things.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

"Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare..."

Ummm, I'm not Obama's biggest fan, but the Republicans have been more than transparent in demonstrating their willingness to subsidize the wealthy at the expense of the poor and set women's rights back 100 years. No help from the Democrats is necessary.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Ok so you bought into the fictional war on women and O's class warfare blather. Cherry or Grape kool-aid ???

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

Way to do absolutely nothing to refute my point.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Point is you are buying what the liberal media is selling you.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

"Point is you are buying what the liberal media is selling you."

I doubt it, considering I don't even own a television, much less pay attention to any perceived "liberal" or "conservative" news outlet.

Corey Williams 2 years, 7 months ago

Let's see...the gop controlled house tried to define rape as "forcible" rape, leaving out any kind of drug induced rapes...several states wanted transvaginal ultrasounds before you could get an abortion...Wisconsin gov Scott Walker signed a bill killing their equal pay law (which was equal pay for women)...insurance coverage for birth control is under pressure in several states, but nothing yet said about insurance coverage of viagra. Oh and Limbaugh called a woman a slut even though her actual testimony was about a friend of hers who uses birth control to manage her menstrual cycle.
Is that enough for you?

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

"...set women's rights back 100 years..." Citation, please? Or is that just your talking point for the day?

verity 2 years, 7 months ago

"it's all about THEM"

When you're right, you're right.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

Actually, snap and Armstrong, I will provide one source. From Dr. Lawrence Britt's Fourteen Points of Fascism:

http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm

Now, the Democrats - Obama included - should be called out for their complicity (extending the Patriot Act, continuing to muck around in Afghanistan, etc.). However, I'll leave it up to you to determine which party's platform more closely aligns with this list.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Shocking. I'm sure you have your own happy world.... somewhere.

Armstrong 2 years, 7 months ago

Lol. The good ol days when Dems ran everything and we got. No budget, Obamacare, 2 failed stimulus.... You are dilusional my friend

jafs 2 years, 7 months ago

I predict they may overturn the individual mandate, and possibly a few other related parts, but leave the rest, which is the vast majority of the act.

It all fits under the umbrella of regulating commerce, which is perfectly fine, given the wide latitude the federal government has been given to do that over the years by the courts.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

And tomorrow in the White House, Great Danish for breakfast!

ThePilgrim 2 years, 7 months ago

Corporations buy our elections, and then after elections, buy our elected officials. In 2008, Obama raised more money than anyone in history. And most of that was not mom and pop donations. And you can't "throw the bums out" because they are all on the dole (except maybe Ron Paul, but he could not win).

And their "think tanks" have policy ready to go when their candidates get elected. Patriot Act was fully written, waiting for an appropriate crisis. Obamacare, etc. There are coming from ideology factories. Not our elected officials crafting legislation and debating the legislation. "we have to pass this so that we can read it".

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