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Posts by TheWriterTX

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  • Looking for movie suggestions

    12/07/2014 9:52:41 PM PST · 49 of 60
    TheWriterTX to BJ1

    Pride and Prejudice with Collin Firth.

  • Internet billionaire Nick Hanauer warns of coming revolution

    07/01/2014 11:44:54 PM PDT · 4 of 46
    TheWriterTX to Nextrush
    We're already in a long-wave contraction. ZIRP, Operation Twist, we're pumping nearly $2T into the economy through deficit spending and the Fed, but the economy is still shrinking.

    Yes, it's going to get worse. Right now, we are papering over the dips. What happens when we run out of "paper"? Who knows? Most of the world is doing the same thing, so the façade will continue doesn't.

    This was over 40 years in the making. Washington knows what's happening but is powerless to fix it.

    Do I expect blood on the streets? In some areas, probably. Do I expect the America I grew up in to survive? Yes, but it won't be anywhere near as powerful or free as it was before.

  • Your favorite site for facts?

    02/01/2013 7:05:38 PM PST · 13 of 20
    TheWriterTX to usnjay

    National Bureau of Economic Research, Congressional Research Service Reports, Seeking Alpha, Bloomberg, UK Telegraph, it depends on the topic.

  • Couples Who Share the Housework Are More Likely To Divorce, Study Finds

    02/01/2013 6:58:59 PM PST · 3 of 44
    TheWriterTX to lbryce
    Makes sense. I'm responsible for the inside of the house (cleaning, painting, laundry, dishes). My husband is responsible for the outside of the house (lawn, repairs, vehicles, etc.).

    When I was battling a chronic illness, he carried the weight of the entire house. Every once in a while, he does the dishes or laundry (when I've had a really busy, long week) to help me keep up. Conversely, I'll pull the weeds, mow the lawn, and fix the roof (he hates heights) when he's busy to help him keep up.

    Couples run into trouble when there is no clear division of duties, or one is carrying all the weight in the house.

    Men are very easy creatures to please, in all honesty. Cook for them, make love to them, give them a little time everyday to relax and unwind, and they are happy to do whatever you ask. Not complicated.

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘Becoming Europe’

    01/24/2013 11:58:40 AM PST · 3 of 8
    TheWriterTX to Sir Napsalot
    Dear Sir:

    This video is very enlightening. Niall Ferguson has a CV a mile long, puts everything into perspective, and talks about the causes of economic decline here in the US.

    The West And The Rest

  • Alabama gives in to DHS by Executive Order??

    01/24/2013 12:49:32 AM PST · 10 of 14
    TheWriterTX to RushIsMyTeddyBear
    Dear Rush:

    A lot of state governments are consolidating departments to eliminate redundant positions and save money on the state level.

    This appears in-state, not Fed based.

  • Doctor probes teen on guns in the home

    01/23/2013 6:50:46 AM PST · 6 of 13
    TheWriterTX to rellimpank
    Had this happen to me, too. Brought my child in for an injury he sustained while playing football, and they asked if I had a gun in the house. "Do you see a bullet hole?" I countered. "What an irrelevant question."

    Just answer "irrelevant."

  • Doctor probes teen on guns in the home

    01/23/2013 6:50:19 AM PST · 5 of 13
    TheWriterTX to rellimpank
    Had this happen to me, too. Brought my child in for an injury he sustained while playing football, and they asked if I had a gun in the house. "Do you see a bullet hole?" I countered. "What an irrelevant question."

    Just answer "irrelevant."


    01/22/2013 9:22:45 PM PST · 18 of 38
    TheWriterTX to ClearCase_guy

    Now that’s funny!


    01/22/2013 9:22:37 PM PST · 17 of 38
    TheWriterTX to ClearCase_guy

    Now that’s funny!


    01/22/2013 9:22:33 PM PST · 16 of 38
    TheWriterTX to ClearCase_guy

    Now that’s funny!


    01/22/2013 9:22:18 PM PST · 15 of 38
    TheWriterTX to ClearCase_guy

    Now that’s funny!

  • Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer?

    01/17/2013 11:45:49 PM PST · 89 of 169
    TheWriterTX to blam
    After getting wiped out by staggering medical debt, my family is finally on a savings path again. No money left for college for the kids; they are on their own.

    I will do as my great-grandparents did - work till the day I die.

  • Cuomo Signs Gun Legislation Into Law

    01/15/2013 4:29:28 PM PST · 100 of 190
    TheWriterTX to Dutch Boy
    Come to Texas. I escaped the Rotten Apple in 1996. It's beautiful down here. Salaries are on par with the rest of the country, but the cost of living and no state income tax make your dollars stretch a lot farther.

    It wasn't easy; I was leaving everyone I knew, my family, my friends, all those familiar places from my youth. Looking back, it was the BEST decision my husband and I made.

    Escape...while you still can!

  • Debt Ceiling and Guns: Using Presidential Authority to the Fullest

    01/14/2013 12:46:25 AM PST · 8 of 16
    TheWriterTX to 2ndDivisionVet

    Interesting how Robert thinks that if the President plays hardball and wins some kind of 2nd Amendment “concession” out of the Republicans, that gun owners still won’t be incensed and tell all of Capital Hill to kiss their collective behinds. Does he honestly think that just because the RINOs sign on, we’ll all follow like meek little sheep?

  • Things I Learned While Falling Off a Cliff

    01/07/2013 12:17:35 AM PST · 4 of 4
    TheWriterTX to jfd1776
    I'm going to respectfully disagree with the author. In much of his work, historian Niall Ferguson speaks of the collapse of civilizations, and it is ALWAYS the social collapse that preceeds the economic collapse. Fix the social, and the economy will typically right itself.

    When people cease to believe in the authority or integrity of institutions, they crumble.

    That being said, there is no fixing this mess. The America we grew up in has permanently lost a considerable share of it's economic power. Through globalization, the concentration of wealth has, as a natural course, spread out across the world into new markets. Sadly, our existing "safety nets" are built on the OLD model, and unsustainable in the NEW American paradigm.

    Oh, yes, and the fact that most developed countries have TCDMO ratios that are astronomical, makes for many more years of pain.

  • Cocooning Is the Wrong Solution for Conservatives

    01/07/2013 12:08:04 AM PST · 2 of 101
    TheWriterTX to Cincinatus' Wife
    No thanks.

    I'm just waiting for the rioting to start.

    The GOP doesn't deserve my support.

  • Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

    01/07/2013 12:05:33 AM PST · 61 of 91
    TheWriterTX to SeekAndFind
    We have Hobby Lobby and Mardels here in Texas. Bought all my homeschooling supplies at Mardels.

    I say Hobby Lobby should start cutting hours everywhere so that less than 50 people on their staff are full time.

    And blame Obama at every turn.

  • Stocks to soar as world money catches fire, Calvinst Europe left behind

    01/02/2013 1:06:12 AM PST · 5 of 14
    TheWriterTX to gleeaikin
    We will know we are in a true recovery when we officially exit the ZIRP. Till then, devaluing the dollar is the only way to go; suck it up, Savers and Seniors!

    So long as Uncle Ben is talking QE, it's just buffering the next phase of the long-wave contraction.

    Watch your cash disappear right before your eyes!

  • Fracking Fiction - Promised Land pulls a fast one on moviegoers.

    01/01/2013 10:57:12 AM PST · 16 of 51
    TheWriterTX to Cricket24
    Don't expect a lot of people to read with open minds, Cricket. I'm not a NIMBY, and certainly not anti-American fuel. All for fracking. But folks don't want to hear about the lies that are told while landmen secure those rights, or how they repeatedly twist or misrepresent things, or how the rules change once those rights are secured.

    Thankfully, I knew an oil and gas attorney, was adept at doing research, and had time to spare. Was able to negotiate an 18-page monster of a lease for myself and several thousand neighbors; the money came easy, it was the lease language that mattered.

    For some inane reason, people think that if you question any part of the fracking, you must be some tree-hugging commie-loving anti-American. In truth, you only want people to be educated about their rights before they enter into a legally binding contractual agreement. Once those rights are signed over, you can't claim them later.

    When it comes to oil and gas leasing, it's buyer beware. I wouldn't line my birdcage with a Producer 88 lease, and neither should anyone else.

  • Investors Ditching Before the Fiscal Cliff (Peter Schiff)

    12/06/2012 9:01:38 PM PST · 9 of 21
    TheWriterTX to sickoflibs
    I understand his frustration. Even NBER called the Fed's efforts to prop up the economy "extraordinary."

    What's happening is a mutual game of "let's pretend." Both sides of the Atlantic are playing it. They give each other credit lines and pretend it's real money.

    The house of cards will come tumbling down; a long wave contraction like this requires it.

    It's the "when" that has everyone guessing (except the clowns in DC, who think they can print to "infinity").

  • Boehner comments show tough road ahead for "fiscal cliff" talks

    11/23/2012 12:47:04 AM PST · 16 of 26
    TheWriterTX to Arthurio
    We need to jump over the fiscal cliff. We need to deleverage our debt below the 77% debt-to-GDP on our soveriegn and get out from under the 350% debt-to-GDP on the TCMDO.

    This means spending cuts AND more taxes, both of which are in the "fiscal cliff."

    Nothing is going to stop the long-wave contraction; the tussling up on Capital Hill is fiddlers playing and rearranging chairs as they try to pretend they didn't hit an iceberg.

  • Petition started asking Obama to allow Texas to secede from the Union

    11/09/2012 7:12:35 PM PST · 31 of 191
    TheWriterTX to rovenstinez
    Welcome! Would love to have you!

    (Oklahoma is beautiful country; we visit there every year and I want to retire there).

    Put the TX/OU rivalry aside, and create the strongest nation on Earth.

  • Shrugging Hard

    11/09/2012 6:23:53 PM PST · 33 of 38
    TheWriterTX to IDontLikeToPayTaxes

    Excellent point.


    11/09/2012 8:02:41 AM PST · 3 of 73
    TheWriterTX to SMARTY
    You're not alone.

    Shrugging Hard

  • Shrugging Hard

    11/08/2012 6:10:56 AM PST · 13 of 38
    TheWriterTX to Hayride
    Excellent idea!

    I may not be able to do much in my little neck of the woods with my 1-woman "tilt at the windmill", but if enough folks do, it might wake some people up.

  • Shrugging Hard

    11/07/2012 10:53:43 PM PST · 1 of 38
  • "Fact is, it doesn’t matter. Not one bit. And I’ll show you mathematically"

    11/06/2012 11:29:38 PM PST · 15 of 31
    TheWriterTX to Prospero
    Here are a few more things to add to the list of inevitabilities:

    We are stuck in a ZIRP trap. Because the deficit is so high, even with the Zero Interest Rate Program, the interest payments now suck up over 20% of our federal revenues. For Joe Taxpayer, it means we get a pitiful return on our savings, at a time when inflationary pressures are forcing up the costs of essential goods like food and fuel. Since raising the rates would cause our interest payments to skyrocket (thereby consuming even more of our Federal Revenues), we'll be stuck in the ZIRP trap for many years to come. Meanwhile, the dollars you saved or the money you earned loses value on a daily basis.

    We've reached "The Tipping Point." Once debt exceeds 77% of GDP, any increase above the point causes a corresponding contraction in the private sector. We are now at 103% of GDP, and growing.

    Europe has already recapitalized their banks, and has started their second Vienna Compact in an effort to save banks in emerging markets. Despite this, the economies are still contracting and the EU is crying to the IMF and ECB for more funds.

    When Greece leaves the EU, it will send a shock wave across the derivative market to the projected tune of $22 Trillion (yes, Trillion) dollars.

    England has already openly acknowledge they are in another recession.

    I've been warning people for quite some time now that we are in a long-wave contraction. Too many conservative pundits and writers blamed the "Obama Economy" for the mess we are in; they were wrong. This is a global depression, and the next wave is going to hurt more than the first.

    But most Obama voters don't want to give up their goodies, so they will be like Berlin, partying on while the world burns.

  • Vanity: I was wrong and I'm done projecting elections

    11/06/2012 9:14:32 PM PST · 57 of 94
    TheWriterTX to jjsheridan5
    Put me in the boat. As biased as the polls were, I expected Romney to pull out the win by a sizeable margin.

    I was wrong.

  • UM-Dearborn Student Editor’s War Against Conservative Women

    11/02/2012 10:55:34 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    TheWriterTX to markomalley
    Proud to be a hard-working, successful, happily married conservative mother of 3 beautiful children.

    I'm voting Romney.

    Sorry, no room in my car for whiners.

  • EU: The euro is heading for a permanent state of depression

    10/31/2012 11:22:38 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    TheWriterTX to bruinbirdman
    The biggest disservice being done among otherwise noble conservative commentators is placing blame for the country's economic instability onto the President's shoulders. This will come back to bite them, since the economy will continue to worsen even if Romney is elected.

    Far too many people have latched onto the "Reagan" comparison, only to ignore the reality that the two Macro conditions were different. Our current economic reality is NOTHING like Reagan, and we are past the turning point for getting America's house in order.

    I've been warning people for over 2 years now that we are in a long-wave contraction. Folks don't want to believe it, but it's true. Bush couldn't stop it, Obama couldn't stop it (then again, he didn't even try and only made things a lot worse). All Romeny can do it mitigate the damage and manage the decline.

    I pray to God Romney wins on November 6. At least, at the end, our country will resemble an America we recognize.

  • Obama's Reelection Will Ensure Complete U.S. Economic Collapse

    10/30/2012 9:07:44 AM PDT · 13 of 25
    TheWriterTX to F15Eagle
    Another one...

    Here we go again.

    We are already in a depression. The long-wave contraction is global, unstoppable, and's not ANYTHING like when Reagan was in office.

    Reagan came to office with outrageously high interest rates, which were hampering liquidity and stifling growth. We are now in the Zero Interest Rate Program (ZIRP) trap, and STILL no liquidity. We've done massive rounds of quantitative easing, STILL no liquidity. We've done Operation Twist, STILL no liquidity.

    While the author does give a passing knod to the contraction taking place in Europe, she, like most other Conservative commentators, are far too happy to optomistically buy the lie that we can still stop the inevitable from happening.

    We can't.

  • The Mitt Boom Liberals Will Hate and Libertarians Will Pretend To

    10/29/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    TheWriterTX to Kaslin
    Great theory; won't work in practice.

    Several financial heavy hitters have already confirmed that we are in for another 6 years of pain at a minimum, regardless of who takes the White House. Their suppositions take into account the Macro View of the economy, not the limited perspective of a partisan during an election year.

    Everyone who compares this election cycle, or this economic cycle, to Reagan is DELUSIONAL or seriously UNINFORMED.

    Reagan had staggeringly high interest rates; we are stuck in the ZIRP trap (and STILL no liquidity).

    Reagan had the oil embargo; we are poised to increase energy production when Bambi hits the skids in November.

    Reagan engaged in QE to spur military ramp-up; we're in round 3 of massive QE, plus Operation Twist, and we're STILL stuck in neutral.

    Throw on top a long-wave contraction, the fracturing of the EU, and the inevitable collapse of the Japanese economy, and it's the hurt-locker for EVERYONE.

    I seriously wish Conservatives would stop this optomistic circle-jerk about Romney "saving" the economy. He won't, because he CAN'T. We're already passed the Debt to GDP ratio "tipping point." The only thing he CAN do is manage the decline and see us through, as an AMERICA we recognize, on the other side.

    Sorry for all the yelling, but it's beyond frustrating when Conservatives won't deal with facts. That kind of cognitive dissonance is supposed to be for the Libs.

  • EU: Cash-strapped Cyprus plots Russian exit from austerity

    10/23/2012 12:20:50 AM PDT · 3 of 5
    TheWriterTX to Cowboy Bob
    The debt-to-GDP ratio is reaching the critical phase in a lot of EU countries.

    Wouldn't be surprised if all this isn't related, somehow, to what's happening in Syria (Cyprus will be Russia's back up).

  • 6 Things You Don't Need to Spend Money On (please add your own tips)

    10/22/2012 8:33:15 AM PDT · 72 of 91
    TheWriterTX to ottbmare
    Oh, my, Ottbmare. I'm truly sorry that things were so bad for you and I'm praying that things are better. There were plenty of times we had to buy groceries on the credit cards because there wasn't enough in the bank to pay cash for it. With little ones in the house, food was always priority.

    A friend of mine in NY couldn't believe my husband would "insult" me with a cheapo-vacuum to replace our broken one. Sadly, her husband lost his job a few years ago and they, too, are now living on the edge after having depleted their savings and retirement. She finally gets it.

    Yes, you definitely had it a lot worse than either of us did. Hoping that your situation has greatly improved.

  • 6 Things You Don't Need to Spend Money On (please add your own tips)

    10/21/2012 2:48:00 PM PDT · 57 of 91
    TheWriterTX to Dacus943
    Dear Dacus:


    Truth is, I already had enough jewelry (back before disaster struck).

    I asked for the table saw. For my birthday, he bought me a power drill and sander, files, and plaining tools. Love them!

    When things were horribly tight, I was used to getting a new vacuum cleaner or bedding for Christmas.

  • Yes, Atlas Will “Shrug,” Eventually

    10/21/2012 7:24:12 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    TheWriterTX to TheZMan

    You are absolutely correct.

  • 6 Things You Don't Need to Spend Money On (please add your own tips)

    10/21/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT · 32 of 91
    TheWriterTX to RKBA Democrat
    Medical debt crushed us years ago. We adapted to the "new normal" by trimming expenses in every way possible.

    1. Video games. Game Stop has great used video games and will replace them if they don't work.

    2. Don't go to the movies. Do family movie night at home for just a few dollars.

    3. If you have sons and they wear typical short-cuts, buy a trimmer kit and cut their hair at home. A $20 investment can save you years of hair cuts.

    4. Rent a Rug Doctor and add a scoop of Oxyclean to the water when cleaning your carpets. It will take out stains you thought were permanent and extend the beauty of your flooring.

    5. Don't buy new furniture. Invest in a miter-capable monster table saw and build your own furniture. Sick of paying top dollar for pressed-wood with coating over it? So was I. My husband bought me the table saw for Christmas two years ago and I now build my own furniture out of real wood for pennies over what the store charges.

    6. If you can find them, get a hand-powered push mower and edger. Save the gasoline, and you don't have to worry about the kids cutting off their toes.

    7. Join the local FreeCycle and find out what other people are giving away.

    8. Cook and bake at home. Healthier and a lot less expensive.

    9. Shop consignment. Whether it's an upscale shop for business clothes or your local Good Will, you can find great clothes for a fraction of the price.

    10. Buy board games, card games, etc., for family game night.

    11. Visit parks and museums. Most of them are free.

  • Student Compares Toilet Water To Ice At Fast Food Joints, With Disturbing Results

    10/19/2012 10:47:46 PM PDT · 81 of 111
    TheWriterTX to JRandomFreeper
    Ah, the joys of cross-contamination!

    People forget cabinet doors, too.

    I know folks who had spotless countertops, but their cabinet doors (inside and out, along the edges, where hands reach to open them) were crusty.

    If you aren't giving those cabinet doors a thorough cleaning once a week, you're just spreading around the "germ" love.

  • Survey: 40 Percent Of Americans Have $500 Or Less In Savings

    10/19/2012 7:40:54 PM PDT · 50 of 51
    TheWriterTX to tnlibertarian

    Same here. All our vehicles are used. Drive them till they drop.

  • Survey: 40 Percent Of Americans Have $500 Or Less In Savings

    10/19/2012 12:58:44 PM PDT · 21 of 51
    TheWriterTX to rightwingintelligentsia
    Not that broke, but very close.

    A series of devastating medical bills for my daughter's premature birth wiped out our savings years ago and left us with a mountain of debt.

    Toss in another miscarriage, another high-risk pregnancy, a battle with cancer, two knee surgeries for my husband, and then a year of having to replace every appliance in the house (at least they had the courtesy to fail in order, one a month - including a $10K HVAC in the dead of winter), yeah...the SHTF over here.

    What we didn't do: shirk our duty, not pay our bills 100%, look for handouts, go on government plans, or make excuses.

    What we did do: give to our church, donate to charity, buy consignment, shop at Good Will, not take vacations, build our own furniture/deck/patio, stretch every dollar, live with what we had, cut our own hair, fix our own roof/cars/you name it.

    Still have a fantastic credit rating, $180K in retirement accounts, a roof over our head, 3 healthy kids, and two gainfully employed individuals.

    So no, not everyone hanging on is an Obama voter. Sometimes when it rains, it POURS. For my family, it's been pouring for a DECADE.

  • US spends $70,000 on Pakistan ad denouncing anti-Muslim film (Obama's apology tour continues)

    10/17/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · 24 of 24
    TheWriterTX to txrefugee

    If Bambi knew it was a terrorist attack from DAY ONE, why did he spend American Taxpayer dollars on a video to APOLOGIZE TO THEM?

  • The Coming Romney Boom

    10/13/2012 10:46:24 PM PDT · 29 of 29
    TheWriterTX to sam_paine

    The Homeschoolers will be tending to the engines, if they don’t go Galt before then.

  • The Coming Romney Boom

    10/12/2012 6:22:14 AM PDT · 9 of 29
    TheWriterTX to Kaslin
    It will definitely spur the economy, but it will not stop the decline. We're in a long-wave contraction. The sooner the Republicans accept that fact, the better prepared they will be to position the United States to survive what is coming.

    The second wave is going to be worst than the first. Really wish people would stop playing politics about this issue. Every time they do, I realize that they don't know what they are talking about.

  • Long Island tycoon blasts 'rip-off' matchmakers after spending $65G in search of love

    10/09/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT · 82 of 86
    TheWriterTX to spetznaz

    I agree with everything you said, Spetznaz. He’s looking in the wrong area, through the wrong prism.

  • Long Island tycoon blasts 'rip-off' matchmakers after spending $65G in search of love

    10/08/2012 9:46:41 PM PDT · 61 of 86
    TheWriterTX to SeekAndFind
    I know folks are going to jump on this guy, but I will actually stand in his defense.

    My husband and I are escapees from the Rotten Apple. I grew up not too far from where Mr. Greenfield lives now. We were lucky to find each other: conservative, religious, both Alphas but I was happy to be the Beta to his Alpha in most things.

    He grew up at the same time period we did; where the pressure was on to "score" as many times as possible (something my husband and I rejected). I have a feeling that Mr. Greenfield wasn't built that way, either, but nonetheless felt the pressure of it from friends and their exploits.

    So he did what he thought he must to compete in an ultra-competitive meat market: he focused on being as successful as possible. Money is power and power is attractive. So while a part of him wants the "trophy" wife to show up all the friends who probably snickered at him over the years, what he truly wants is a loving, traditional wife who will give him kids.

    Have you seen the young women nowadays? Hard to call them ladies.

    A lady, who wants to please the man she is with, could rock Mr. Greenfield's world without ever hitting the sheets. She could make him feel like the action hero star of his own movie. A lot of young women today either lack the finesse to empower the men they are with, or are too selfish to even consider it! They would easily stick their nose up at a Mr. Greenfield, a smart, successful, religious man looking for marriage and to start a family, but hook up with some perpetually adolescent metrosexual who's "fun", and then cry when "Mr. Perfect" turns out to be "Mr. Selfish Jerk."

    My brother devoted many years to building his empire. When he finally married at 46 year old, his wife was everything Mr. Greenfield was looking for: smart, beautiful, refined, happy to stay at home, a great sense of humor, with a Midas-sized bank account (and Jewish, too!).

    He needs to come to Texas; we have some fine, beautiful Jewish ladies here that will put the stuffy New Yorkers to shame.

  • Long Island tycoon blasts 'rip-off' matchmakers after spending $65G in search of love

    10/08/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT · 45 of 86
    TheWriterTX to SeekAndFind

    Jewish American Princess

  • Long Island tycoon blasts 'rip-off' matchmakers after spending $65G in search of love

    10/08/2012 9:01:07 PM PDT · 44 of 86
    TheWriterTX to SeekAndFind

    Jewish American Princess

  • Looking for sites useful for research

    10/08/2012 8:33:09 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    TheWriterTX to Optimus Prime
    Congressional Budget Office

    The Treasury Department

    National Bureau of Economic Research

    You can toss any of these at the libs. It shuts them down immediately.

  • Fed Chairman Admits His Economic Model Is Japanese Economic Stagnation

    10/08/2012 7:32:36 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    TheWriterTX to ClearCase_guy

    Unfortunately, if Romney had the guts to say this (he and Ryan have danced around the edges quite a bit), he probably would never see the inside of the White House without the help of a tour guide.

    Americans' heads would explode.

    The only way to put America on a different path is to allow all those "too big to fail" companies to fail. Lots of people (not just the "wealthy") will get financially crushed. Instead of putting the patient in jeopardy for the sake of saving one diseased limb, cut off the limb. The patient will survive, but life will be very different.