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  • Russia Today Hires WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange – Will the Kremlin Be Pleased?

    01/26/2012 10:00:42 PM PST · 2 of 7
    filbert to Islander7

    Actually, if you look at Assange as being a Russian agent/provocateur all along, suddenly a lot of things start making sense.

  • *VANITY* What's up with Google dot com?

    01/18/2012 5:43:41 PM PST · 25 of 55
    filbert to Dallas59

    If you want to know what “crony capitalism” looks like, look no further than SOPA and PIPA.

  • Fox News: Gov. Palin to Reveal 2012 Pick on Greta Tonight

    11/15/2011 7:16:33 PM PST · 118 of 126
    filbert to Springfield Reformer

    At some point, we’re all going to have to suck it up and get behind somebody that—no matter who it is—a bunch of us aren’t going to particularly like. Certainly most of us will wind up with a candidate who wasn’t our first choice.

    Welcome to politics, I guess.

    But the road back will be a marathon, not a sprint. Today’s (primary) enemy will be tomorrow’s (general election) ally—or our best hope, anyway to at least try to turn back the Obama-led leftist flood.

  • Sarah Palin Will Not Run For President in 2012 (Letter from Sarah)

    10/05/2011 4:27:11 PM PDT · 125 of 261
    filbert to USS Alaska

    If it was about the person, you weren’t in it for the right reasons.

    For me, it’s about what the person was, and continues to stand for.

    The fight goes on.

    It’s never been about Palin. It’s always been about freedom.

  • We Are the 99 Percent

    10/05/2011 6:41:13 AM PDT · 38 of 42
    filbert to Longbow1969

    I think you generally overestimate how economically sophisticated many Americans are, and underestimate how completely lied-to, misinformed, and kept ignorant many Americans have been.

    Yes, the information is out there. No, it isn’t that easy for a lot of Americans to come by. It certainly isn’t pushed into your face every day by the media and the culture kings the way the other side is.

    I don’t know what your background is, but I a) grew up in pretty-conservative South Dakota and b) had sisters who read Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein among others, so I was exposed early and often to an alternate narrative. Lots of Americans aren’t that lucky, unfortunately.

    Most Americans don’t read FR, Instapundit, Tyler Cowen, Arnold Kling, Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, any newspaper, or really any information outlet anywhere where they’re exposed to basic economic concepts. They get their news from Jon Stewart and ESPN, for heaven’s sake! They have absolutely no idea where wealth comes from. That’s the fundamental problem.

    A lot of people really do think wealth comes from the government. Go ask them.

    A lot of people really do think that the rich people are rich because they’re taking all the money from the government that’s supposed to go to the people. (This is, in a wildly distorted, funhouse-mirror sort of way, kinda, sorta true, for a certain class of rich person.)

    A lot of people really do think that they’re poor because their government isn’t giving them what it owes them. A LOT of people think that.

    The linkage between “working harder” and “getting ahead” has, for a lot of people, been almost completely severed by government welfare programs on the one hand, and oppressive government laws and regulations on the other.

    That’s the problem we’re facing.

    Yelling at these people, making fun of them, and calling them names won’t fix the problem.

    (And yes, there are those who are simply lazy “takers” who are simply parasites on the rest of us. They are why we have prisons.)

  • We Are the 99 Percent

    10/04/2011 5:48:06 PM PDT · 32 of 42
    filbert to Longbow1969

    The really weird thing is—I bet you—if you read Palin’s Indianola, Iowa speech to them without letting them know who it was from, they’d stand around going “yeah, man!” “right on!” “too right!” “damn straight!” or whatever the hell the young’uns say nowadays.

    They’re well-meaning, ignorant dupes, mostly. They have a sense that things are really screwed up (wasn’t Hope and Change supposed to give everybody a Unicorn?), but they have never been told the truth about who were the people who actually screwed it up. They’ve been victimized and abused by our educational system—intellectually raped, in fact. They’ve been lied to continuously and repeatedly by people—their teachers, the media—who they’ve been told that they can trust to tell them the truth.

    I feel deeply sorry for them, actually.

    We have let them down. We, and those who came before us, have failed them, by letting the cancer of “progressivism” spread until it is about to consume this entire country.

    We have a LOT of work in front of us, friends . . .

  • New Signs Palin Will Blow Up The GOP Race

    10/04/2011 5:36:51 PM PDT · 30 of 42
    filbert to Eye of Unk

    “A pack, not a herd.”

    The thing about a pack is that at some point, somebody needs to emerge to challenge the alpha leaders and, if they’re able, overthrow them.

    The “progressive” alpha pack leaders (both D’s and R’s) who’ve led the pack into disaster and despair are looking pretty long in the tooth, aren’t they?

    Not that they won’t go down without a fight, of course.

  • New Signs Palin Will Blow Up The GOP Race

    10/04/2011 5:01:58 PM PDT · 26 of 42
    filbert to filbert

    I forgot to add “tax code simplification” to my laundry list of How To Fix Everything . . .

  • New Signs Palin Will Blow Up The GOP Race

    10/04/2011 5:01:16 PM PDT · 25 of 42
    filbert to DustyMoment

    A real government budget cut passed through Congress and signed—especially if it included Obamacare repeal, all-of-the-above energy policy, and significant regulatory relief—would quickly ignite a business boom the likes of which the world has seldom seen in its history.

    The “progressives,” plutocrats, and Beltway mandarins of both parties will do everything they can think of to try to stop that from happening. That tells you everything you need to know about their REAL priorities. They don’t give a damn about the people. The only thing they care about is power.

  • With Christie out, all eyes turn to Wasilla

    10/04/2011 4:43:05 PM PDT · 24 of 40
    filbert to Jeff Head

    I could see a scenario, if Palin gets in, where she, Cain, and Romney finish in the top three going into the convention, and Palin and Cain cut a deal to combine their delegates.

    I’m really not picky about which one would be on the top of the ticket in that scenario. My personal preference would be Palin/Cain, but I’d be OK with two terms of Cain/Palin followed by two terms of Palin/Ryan.

    A guy can dream, yes?

  • Sarah Palin Is Running For President Of The United States 2012.

    10/04/2011 3:54:57 PM PDT · 39 of 125
    filbert to PalinCain2012

    I want Palin to run as much as anybody but . . . does this guy have any kind of track record for veracity, or is he just blowing smoke?

  • What Can We Do To Help Governor Palin Right Now? (buy the DVD)

    10/04/2011 12:30:50 PM PDT · 117 of 156
    filbert to SamAdams76

    Throwing another tea leaf into the cup for people to argue about:

    The site has a splash page up saying “Site undergoing major overhaul—We will be back by end of October—Sorry for the inconvenience”

    It obviously means she’s running/not running/has a plan/is just in it for the money/whatever, whatever/lather, rinse, repeat. . .

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled tedious internecine sniping . . .

  • Sarah Palin-affiliated law firm made early-state deadline inquiries

    10/04/2011 11:23:14 AM PDT · 31 of 207
    filbert to onyx

    So, what Todd is saying is that Sarah isn’t a barracuda or a mama grizzly, she’s a honey badger.

    I’m OK with that.

  • Exclusive: Democrats push tax hikes first in deficit talks

    09/30/2011 7:42:44 PM PDT · 4 of 23
    filbert to mdittmar

    Suggested Republican response:

    OK, we’ll discuss tax hikes as soon as you agree in writing to eliminate the Department of Education and use the department’s funding for deficit reduction—except that portion for grants and scholarships which we’ll return to the states as block grants.

  • Bombshell: DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF (ATF? WTF?)

    09/30/2011 3:43:08 PM PDT · 46 of 116
    filbert to filbert
    you know that there’s blood in the water . . . I typed that without thinking. That was a REALLY unfortunate choice of words and I apologize . . .
  • Bombshell: DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF (ATF? WTF?)

    09/30/2011 3:38:04 PM PDT · 42 of 116
    filbert to PhilosopherStone1000

    If Democrats are actually starting to talk about eliminating an agency of ATF’s visibility, you know that there’s blood in the water . . .

    This thing goes all the way to the top, I’d wager.

    All the way to the very, very top.

  • Poll: Palin would stir up even the Democratic primary

    09/30/2011 7:34:16 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    filbert to 2ndDivisionVet
    Good heavens! Palin entering the Democratic Presidential primaries certainly would qualify as "unconventional."

    I'd never say "never" but . . . this seems even more far-fetched than Palin running as an independent.

    It's really, really, REALLY fun to contemplate as a thought experiment, though . . . the sheer number of exploded heads in both the Democrat and Republican Parties alone . . . hooo baby . . .

  • The Road From Depression (Soros)

    09/29/2011 1:37:29 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    filbert to blam
    The first bold step we should take is to put George Soros into a rocket and shoot him into the Sun.

    Or would that be "uncivil?"

  • I've finally figured out what Palin is thinking

    09/28/2011 9:44:28 PM PDT · 136 of 190
    filbert to Lazlo in PA
    You are kidding? Been to South Philly lately? They have no interest in Sarah Palin or her message.

    I think you'd be surprised . . .

  • Palin w/ Greta: 1st Time NOT Introduced as 'Fox News Contributor' Nor Did Tagline Say it!

    09/28/2011 9:30:57 PM PDT · 110 of 117
    filbert to Pit1
    I saw a tag line on on BOR saying Sarah Palin - Guest

    I don't care what your favorite candidate is. That's USDA Grade A Choice ironic humor there . . .

  • I've finally figured out what Palin is thinking

    09/28/2011 9:25:25 PM PDT · 129 of 190
    filbert to Lazlo in PA
    It will fail miserably and she will be a pariah to any GOP or Right leaning person for decades having handed Obummer another 4 years to destroy the country. There is no reason to pull a stunt like this unless she knows she is going to lose in GOP Primaries with base voters.

    She already is a pariah to the GOP Establishment. Haven't you noticed, yet?

    That very status of cast-out Republican dissident rebel--dare I say--rogue?--will attract independents and disaffected Democrats like flies to honey, as soon as that differentiation message starts getting out.

    All Palin really needs to do to completely blow the doors off of this election cycle is to start seriously campaigning in inner-city Democrat neighborhoods. Those people are desperate for someone with a different message, with underclass credibility (that Palin actually has, thanks to the stupid Mainstream Media), and they're tired of the same old bullshi* from both the D's and the R's.

    Make no mistake.

    If Palin runs, she will run for, among other things, to destroy and re-make the Republican Party. I don't think she gives a tinker's damn for what the GOP Establishment thinks one way or another.

    If she runs, this won't be Politics As Usual. It will be A Whole New Ballgame.

    I want her to run. I'm not sure she will.

  • To Sarah From the Gipper

    09/28/2011 9:12:45 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    filbert to RitaOK
    The people have said, thanks, but NO. So has Sarah. It’s just too much of a “shackle”, or did Reagan say that?

    Thank you for taking it upon yourself to decide what "the people" should think. Perhaps you should be a Democrat.

    IF Palin gets into the race, people will get to vote one way or another. If she doesn't, then it's a moot point, now isn't it?

  • Sarah Palin: ‘Is a Title and Campaign Too Shackle-y?’

    09/28/2011 11:37:08 AM PDT · 211 of 223
    filbert to SuzyQueIN
    Absolutely right. She’s already faced the worst of The Left’s fire. It’s the GOP Old Boys’ Club, Cocktail Party elite that will be her biggest obstacle to election. And that’s a pretty sorry state-of-affairs, isn’t it?

    My observation from her comments is: that during the 2008 campaign, the knives in the back she received from the McCain staff went in deeper, and left more serious scars on her, than maybe any of us realize.

    I don't think she has any problem whatsoever battling her political enemies. It's her political "friends"--past, present, and future--that have her wondering whether or not it's going to be worth making the effort.

    I have to say, judging from the comments of many here, she possibly has a very good point--people who might otherwise be inclined to support her, go way, way, WAY out of their way to toss more knives at her at every single opportunity.

    So, is it worth it? Is even sacrificing your family and everything else you have built and lived for, in order to run for President, in order to try to save the country--is it worth it, when so many of your putative "allies" have, and continue to undermine you so viciously?

    It's easy to say "Yes, absolutely it is" when you're not the one who actually has to make that decision.

    For the first time since she came on the national political scene, I have the feeling that (if I were a close friend of hers) I might not be telling her to yes, go for it, make the run.

    And so, the character assassins would, in the end, win.

    If she doesn't run, I'll be regretful. But if she does run, I think I'll wince a little bit, too.

  • Obama Gives Elizabeth Warren's Socialist Answer to Softball Question

    09/27/2011 3:54:10 PM PDT · 6 of 15
    filbert to Kaslin

    Anybody smell an organized campaign here?

    Once is chance.

    Twice is coincidence.

    Three times is enemy action.

    Any other prominent mentions of “nobody got rich on their own” in the past week or so?

  • Palin's lawsuit against Random House may have to be settle out of court because of "Discovery" phase

    09/27/2011 9:46:08 AM PDT · 123 of 141
    filbert to Bigtigermike
    The way I'm reading the letter, Palin's lawyers are trying to head off a potential attorney-client privilege claim by Random House of its lawyer's communications with McGinness, by noting that McGinness--whom I assume was operating under some sort of contract with Random House, which would probably be the basis of any A-C privilege claim by RH--has revealed communications between the RH lawyers and himself to third parties. It is this which "pierces the veil" in legalese.

    I ain't a lawyer though, so I'm just guessin' . . .

  • Ed Rollins: ‘It’s never too late for Gov. Palin’ to jump into 2012 race

    09/27/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT · 134 of 134
    filbert to Windflier
    She said her book, "Going Rogue", that she'll never do that. She'll run as a Republican.

    Yes, I know, I was just ticking off the bullet point for completeness' sake. While I think it's unlikely I don't think there's absolute zero possibility of this eventuality. It depends on just exactly how badly Republicans in Washington and on the Presidential campaign trail can further screw up . . .

  • I am Undecided

    09/26/2011 2:04:50 PM PDT · 45 of 74
    filbert to filbert

    I should say in addition that there’s plenty of time for either Cain to disqualify himself or one of the other candidates currently in the race to distinguish himself in a positive manner (Bachmann has, IMHO, already distinguished herself out of consideration—but I’d still vote for her over O). So I guess I’m officially “Undecided Leaning Strongly Cain” right now.

  • I am Undecided

    09/26/2011 2:01:05 PM PDT · 40 of 74
    filbert to SMGFan

    If I get a chance to vote for Palin in Feb. when MO has its primary, I will. If not, as of right now, I’d vote for Cain.

    In November, I’ll vote for a ham sandwich over King Putt.

  • Ed Rollins: ‘It’s never too late for Gov. Palin’ to jump into 2012 race

    09/26/2011 12:07:38 PM PDT · 41 of 134
    filbert to winoneforthegipper

    There are three possibilities now regarding Palin:

    1) She doesn’t run.

    2) She gets in as a Republican, in which case the end of September is a semi-hard deadline.

    2) She runs as an independent and/or third party, in which case she has to begin wooing parties that already have ballot access (Conservative, Reform, Libertarian, etc.) and/or start circulating petitions to get enough signatures to get on the ballot of the 50 States.

    I have absolutely no idea which way she’s going to go, at this point, but it does seem to me (as someone who’d like to see her run) that a final go-no go decision point for a 2012 Presidential run really is coming up in the near future.

  • Ailes: Palin Was a ‘Branding Issue’

    09/26/2011 11:55:29 AM PDT · 39 of 97
    filbert to jessduntno
    Could The Daily Bestiality be moving away from the right?

    Weren't they the people who bought Newsweek for $1?

  • Sarah Palin Has Until Late December to Jump In, and Still Win

    09/25/2011 10:50:21 PM PDT · 100 of 157
    filbert to dennisw
    If Palin was running she had to jump in a few weeks ago.

    Seriously? Have you seen the debate schedule?

  • Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme? (a no brainer )

    09/25/2011 10:44:27 PM PDT · 11 of 25
    filbert to TBP

    Not a “scheme.”

    A SCAM.”

    Social Security is the program which most clearly identifies the socialist lie inherent in the “New Deal.”

    Or, as Thatcher said, “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

    Or, as I say: “It is not a virtue to be generous with other people’s money.”

  • The truth about Palin in 2012 and an "unconventional campaign". (If she runs, she will win)

    09/25/2011 10:39:11 PM PDT · 40 of 154
    filbert to rfp1234
    Palin's ACTUAL policy positions put her fairly squarely in the mainstream/center of the American polity. She'll turn a lot of current negatives into positives, or at least neutrals, once the American people actually get a chance to hear her positions, rather than the funhouse-mirror caricature Tina Fey positions the Ruling Class want the American people to think Palin holds.

    Honestly, IMHO, she's probably a bit . . . libertarian AND populist for most "social conservatives" (but don't tell that to the "lamestream media" who wouldn't know a libertarian from an evangelical Christian from a neo-Conservative from a RINO if their lives depended on it.

    We're ALL "right-wing wackos" to them.)

    If she runs, she'll run against the whole Potomac River/Wall Street cesspool, and by doing that she'll get a whole lot of just-plain-folks people who wouldn't ordinarily give a Republican even a first glance.

    To be honest, I think if she would go into some of the inner city, black-majority neighborhoods of some of the big cities and some of the Hispanic-majority neighborhoods in California and the rest of the south, engage in her usual face-to-face retail politics, speak "truth to power" the way she has always done, you would be ASTOUNDED at how positive a reaction she'd get--but that's just me and my opinion. I think Palin could target those key Democrat demographics with the message "they're taking you for granted. Aren't you tired of being taken for granted--I don't want to take you for granted. I want you to be FREE!" and make that message really connect.

    (This may be why I'm not a professional political campaign consultant. Of course, I'm not sure Palin's in the market for professional political campaign consultants. Frankly, I'd offer the same advice to ANY Republican Presidential candidate who I thought could actually pull it off.)

    If she doesn't get in, I'll likely vote Cain if I get a chance.

  • Shock : Herman Cain wins GOP Florida straw poll

    09/24/2011 6:11:01 PM PDT · 179 of 215
    filbert to andyk

    In order to make 9-9-9 safe for Americans, you’d have to enact it via a Constitutional amendment which replaces the 16th Amendment—either hard-coding the 9% into the Constitution and leaving it there, or making it damn near impossible for Congress to change it—something like a 3/4 majority of both Houses AND 50% of the state legislatures’ approval as well in order to enact the increase (and, maybe, allowing them to change it only for a limited period of time, and only if they declare war).

  • Riehl: Is Rick Perry Done?

    09/23/2011 12:38:06 PM PDT · 164 of 208
    filbert to RobaWho

    Palin is my first, second, and third choice for Republican nominee for President, but as long as she doesn’t announce, I’ve had to look at the other candidates.

    I had been edging towards Perry until I saw his performance last night. Apart from the overt gaffes and controversial statements he did make, I thought he was just stunningly inarticulate.

    I’ve always liked what Cain says (although sometimes I wonder about how he says it). But the rest of the field is so mediocre and uninspiring that they’re managing to make Newt (the guy who sat on the couch with Pelosi) look like a viable candidate.

    I sat there watching the debate, thinking “this is the best the Republicans can do?”

    Until and unless Palin throws her hat in the ring, the answer to that question, God help us, is “yes.”

    I’d vote for any of them over Obama, but the only Republican out there I really *want* to vote for is Palin.

  • The Bleeding Cure (Paul Krugman says we're killing our economy with austerity)

    09/19/2011 1:55:05 PM PDT · 23 of 33
    filbert to ctdonath2

    Great minds think alike . . . I was distracted a couple of times while writing my post before hitting the button, and you beat me to the punch . . .

  • The Bleeding Cure (Paul Krugman says we're killing our economy with austerity)

    09/19/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT · 17 of 33
    filbert to SeekAndFind
    Krugman makes the fundamental mistake of conflating "The federal government of the United States of America" with "The United States of America."

    The "austerity" he so fears is government austerity, not austerity of the whole country.

    The analogy isn't to the medieval practice of bleeding, unless what you're talking about is the government bleeding money from the entire country in order to "cure" its ills. THAT won't work, and will just wind up killing the "patient" (with kindness, perhaps, but killing it nonetheless.)

    The better analogy is to, perhaps, a liver that has developed a large, cancerous tumor, now grown large enough to seriously affect the "quality of life" of the patient.

    "Bleeding" a tumor like that does no good at all--it will just kill the patient that much quicker, actually.

    What you have to do is cut the tumor out, in an attempt to restore the proper function of the liver. Humans need a liver. We need a government. But we have a government that has grown too large and is now beginning to consume the entire country.

    It needs to be cut back down to size.

  • I think Palin's unfavoribles are wide, but less than an inch deep

    09/18/2011 9:40:05 PM PDT · 256 of 277
    filbert to Longbow1969
    She could have kept her job as Governor, stayed out of the limelight, brushed up on all manner of issues she is not used to dealing with, given an occasional speech at non partisan events, etc. She needed to just go away for awhile, stay out of the spotlight, let time pass and come back stronger.

    Not true. She would have been the first sitting American governor to be forced to declare bankruptcy, due to the personal expenses incurred by defending herself from the malicious "ethics" complaints.

    Why is this so difficult to understand?

    Now, it's a more nuanced (and more serious, IMHO) complaint against her that the ethics laws that eventually forced her from office--despite the facts that she did nothing unethically while in office--the problem was that the ethics complaints allowed by law were essentially unlimited and unregulated and the defense of which was not paid for by state funds but by the individual office-holders, something that unscrupulous Democrats seized on and took full advantage of--were the ones that she herself championed and got enacted into law. She was hoist by her own petard, so to speak.

    But the "quitter" complaint is just an blind and/or ignorant copmplaint, representing either a lack of understanding of the situation, and/or blinkered, biased partisanship.

  • Here we go again...........DOW opens down sharply.....

    08/08/2011 7:34:03 AM PDT · 35 of 227
    filbert to Haiku Guy

    S&P goes full Rogue — downgrades Fannie and Freddie Mac . . .

  • John Kerry: Media Has "Responsibility" To "Not Give Equal Time" To Tea Party (video)

    08/05/2011 7:37:19 AM PDT · 62 of 90
    filbert to PastorBooks
    Classic quote: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Unless you're up against amoral power-mad totalitarians, in which case it's:

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then they round you up and put you in the gulags, if you're lucky.”

  • Trump: "If the Republicans nominate the wrong person, I'm running." - Vanity

    08/04/2011 3:57:30 PM PDT · 52 of 52
    filbert to Forward the Light Brigade
    My personal view (and really not intending to get into it here) is that the BC issue was being used as a Tar Baby (or, if you will, a Red Herring) issue, which the Obama camp was actually encouraging and stoking the fires of themselves, with the objective of making their opposition look "extreme" to the Unaware Middle of the electorate.

    I make no judgment as to the actual facts of the matter. I do however believe that how it was playing out, on balance it served to benefit Obama's side, and Trump's bull-rush into the issue pretty much finished it in the national discourse.

    I think it's entirely possible that that was the entire objective and purpose of Trump's "candidacy" at the time--to remove the issue from Obama and the Democrats' arsenal so that "we" (however defined) could move on to more substantive attacks on Obama's record. That's the Machiavellian aspect that I find delicious to contemplate--even it is a completely bogus hypothesis.

    Your mileage may vary.

    I think Trump wants Palin to run, and is "signalling" that desire in ten-foot Trump letters from Trump Tower--that's my opinion.

  • My guess as to when the current market downturn will end and markets will recover. (Vanity)

    08/04/2011 11:02:38 AM PDT · 23 of 52
    filbert to jdsteel

    When Soros has decided he’s made enough money on his short positions . . .

  • Trump: "If the Republicans nominate the wrong person, I'm running." - Vanity

    08/04/2011 9:01:16 AM PDT · 29 of 52
    filbert to MNlurker

    There are times that I wonder if Palin is sufficiently Machiavellian to use both Trump and Bachmann as stalking horses, to prepare the electoral battlefield before her entry into the race.

    This could be wishful thinking, or tinfoil-hat thinking, or something else entirely. Magic 8-Ball says Answer Unclear, Try Again Later.

  • Market Views Debt Deal Mostly Positive

    08/02/2011 1:23:58 PM PDT · 26 of 33
    filbert to Kaslin

    Congress got their vote.

    Now the people who have to pay the bill get theirs. And they’re voting no.

    Market edging toward free-fall range now, down 265, 2.19% as of this moment.

  • Sarah Palin issues a warning to GOP before debt vote

    07/28/2011 10:03:48 PM PDT · 70 of 97
    filbert to filbert

    Here’s what I would hold out for, if I was a House Republican right now:

    1: Balanced Budget Amendment, with a no-wiggle-room glide path towards a cap of total taxation no more than 19% of GDP.

    2: Immediate, across-the-board 10% reduction in spending authority from FY2011 levels in FY2012 for all non-Social Security and non-Medicare (i.e. non-FICA-tax-funded) Federal programs, without exception—yes, that includes defense. That’s an actual, real, live, no fudging 10% haircut for the entire Federal Government—ALL of it.

    3: A 10-year (at least) absolute cap in dollar terms, without adjustment for inflation, in all non-FICA-tax-funded Federal programs after the 10% haircut.

    4: Enact into law an automatic, annual 1% reduction in the debt limit (based on the amount of debt authorized for FY2012), which can be overridden only by 2/3 majority vote of both houses of Congress.

    Give me those things, and I’ll do one and only one additional hike in the debt limit. I’d even listen to some reasonable tax increases—er—”revenue enhancements” if it meant that the structural changes above would get enacted.

    Then, we can start talking about how to reform the “entitlement” programs to ensure their solvency . . .

  • Sarah Palin issues a warning to GOP before debt vote

    07/28/2011 9:44:38 PM PDT · 50 of 97
    filbert to mylife

    Sometimes we get reminded that there seems to be only one person in this country right now who has the combination of leadership ability including an uncanny knack of picking the right moment to take a stand, and most importantly a sense of WHERE to lead the country forward out of the quicksand we’ve wandered into. The Democrats thought they had such a person in Obama. We on our side always knew that they were dreadfully, disastrously wrong.

    There really ought to be more than one person with that set of qualifications that we could look to as a standard-bearer going forward into 2012 and beyond.

    But if there is more than one, I don’t see him or her.

    I really, truly would like there to be more than one person with that combination. I’d like at least one of that kind of person to be running for President right now. Maybe, eventually, there will be.

    But, you go into elections with the politicians you have, not with the politicians you wish you had.

    I would rather not have to put all of our hope and faith in one small lady from Alaska. My guess is that she would really rather that we didn’t have to do that, either.

  • This Is What Gets Defunded If The Treasury Has To Prioritize Payments

    07/25/2011 10:09:04 AM PDT · 101 of 138
    filbert to SeekAndFind

    This thing is total nonsensical spin.

    Why would you fund “defense vendor payments” but not fund military active pay? That is beyond ridiculous—why make defense vendor payments if you don’t have a military to use the stuff the vendors provide?

    Also, I agree with others that Federal unemployment benefits are essentially unconstitutional (well, MORE unconstitutional than many other unconstitutional expenditures) and can, and should be shifted back to the states to deal with.

    So right there, you can take $43.5 billion off of these morons’ laughable “can’t fund” list. (not fund the Justice department?—not fund the Federal courts?—uh, right, that will work . . .)

  • (no budget Dingy Harry) Reid says he's waiting on Boehner to tell him 'path forward' on debt

    07/20/2011 11:05:12 AM PDT · 19 of 27
    filbert to Libloather

    Dear U.S. Senate:

    Please check your In box.


    U.S. House

  • A "Commerce Clause Amendment"

    07/20/2011 10:58:40 AM PDT · 22 of 26
    filbert to frithguild

    Terry Pratchett is fond of writing “going all pear-shaped” in his various books . . .

  • A "Commerce Clause Amendment"

    07/20/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    filbert to frithguild

    A Pratchett fan, perhaps?