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  • Defunding Obamacare - If We Had a Proper Opposition Party

    08/23/2013 6:46:38 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Zeddicus to mononymous
    We don't. What we do have is a political class comprised of too many traitors.

    Exactly. What we have is a unitary, diffuse monarchy that is much smarter than the general voting population.

    The Democrat/Republican party dichotomy is nothing but an illusion, intentionally manipulated by a united political ruling class to split the public and keep them arguing over simplistic, divisive social issues.

    "Conservatives" who vote for Republican candidates over issues such as gay marriage and abortion are just as much to blame for the loss of our Republic as are "liberals" who vote for Democrats over issues like gay marriage and abortion.

    We're playing right into their hands, because while NONE of them give a rat's ass about these issues, our squabbling over them keep us distracted from what they are really doing.

  • MSNBC Anchor: 'I Don't Want to Get Bogged Down' with Whether Babies Feel Pain During Abortion

    06/19/2013 4:12:17 AM PDT · 22 of 23
    Zeddicus to Venturer

    Actually, a fetus’ nervous system is mostly developed, with functioning neurotransmitters capable of transmitting perception of pain from the entire body surface (except the back and top of the head) by week 13.5.

    So there is nothing to get “bogged down” in. It’s simple science. A fetus feels pain just after the third month of gestation.

  • Vanity: Romney: As predicted, He Proved to Be the Wrong Man

    11/08/2012 4:59:57 PM PST · 162 of 163
    Zeddicus to bgill
    We haven't had a two party system since at least the middle of W's time and probably since BJ. They're all in bed together.

    Gotta agree with this completely. The Republican party has apparently taken on the role of foil for the Democrats - a minority fall guy to take the blame when the policies that they BOTH secretly support inevitably fail.

    Anyone who supports a mainstream Republican candidate like Romney, however good their intentions, is actually doing just as much, if not more, harm to our nation as those who vote for Obama.

    I finally figured this out in '08 with McCain. I'm still in disbelief that after that debacle, people still actually supported and voted for Romney.

  • Vanity: Romney: As predicted, He Proved to Be the Wrong Man

    11/07/2012 3:36:31 AM PST · 11 of 163
    Zeddicus to xzins
    To this day, I still don't understand how or why Romney got to be the nominee in the first place.

    The gun-grabbing architect of the blueprint for Obamacare, who lost to the guy who lost to Obama the last time? Are you kidding me?!

    I'm sorry, the Republican Party, and this entire country, is hopelessly lost. We're officially at the "brace for impact" stage of things now, and nothing is going to stop it.

  • Vanity: No more excuses It falls ultimately on the nominee for this lose not political shenanigans.

    11/07/2012 2:56:31 AM PST · 8 of 43
    Zeddicus to Lib-Lickers 2
    the elections will be dominated more and more by open border hispanics/people who agree with them and people who want to be taken care of by the government.. good luck with that.

    This. All great civilizations eventually destroy themselves from within. It's an immutable flaw of human nature, and apparently it's our turn now.

  • Is Mitt Becoming More Conservative?

    08/31/2012 4:47:47 AM PDT · 98 of 305
    Zeddicus to Biggirl
    "Mitt is sure is starting to act conservative."

    Keyword: act.

    I see no substance to Mitt's economic policy whatsoever, regardless of what he says in flowery speeches. Let's look at what Mitt's official campaign cite says: How I'll Tackle Spending, Debt

    As is typical, most of this platform position statement is fluff. The real numbers, the money shot, is in the 4th paragraph:

    Any turnaround must begin with clear and realistic goals. By the end of my first term, I will bring federal spending as a share of GDP down from last year’s staggering 24.3 percent to 20 percent or below. This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy. With economic growth of 4% a year, meeting this goal will require approximately $500 billion of spending cuts in 2016, and that would still allow us to undo the Obama administration’s irresponsible defense cuts.

    This sure sounds good to anyone not really paying attention, but it is riddled with false assumptions and bad math.

    He starts off with 2 accurate numbers: current spending IS running at 24% of GDP, and his 20% target IS in line with the historical average of spending vs. GDP. However, his next statement is a stretch: "This level is in line with the historical average and nears the tax revenue our economy generates when healthy".

    That last bit in bold is the problem. Our tax revenue right now is $2.3 trillion, only 15% of GDP. Granted, the economy is extremely weak, but the 76-year average for revenue is still only 17% of GDP, so he's still off by $450 billion. The only time our revenues hit 20% of GDP in the last 30 years were the 3 years 1998-2000 - the peak of the dot com bubble, which was an aberration not likely to be repeated.

    He also fails to account for the fact that since government spending is a component of GDP, reducing Federal spending will also reduce GDP and will, at least for a short to medium term, reduce revenues further. Not that this is a reason NOT to cut spending, just an accounting fact he ignores.

    Then we go on to another HUGE false assumption, which completely blows his math out of the water: "With economic growth of 4% a year".

    Full stop.

    His numbers, much like Paul Ryan's budget plans, are entirely based on this assumption of sustained 4-5% economic growth. Why is this a problem? Because it's fantasy, and he gives us no clue as to how he's actually going to create this 4% growth.

    Why is it fantasy? You only have to look at the history of the past 30 years. When you subtract out debt expansion, we have had NO net economic growth!

    No net economic growth in 30 years?! Really? Really!

    In 1980, GDP was $2.72 trillion and total outstanding public debt was $0.91 trillion. In 2011, GDP was $15.09 trillion, but public debt swelled to $14.79 trillion! We added $12.37 trillion in GDP at the expense of $13.88 trillion in new debt!

    So no, you can't just go throwing around assumptions like "4% economic growth". The bottom line is, Romney's economic plan is smoke and mirrors and still dependent on continuing to run structural budget deficits forever.

  • The Tea Party **** You. Fire Them

    05/28/2012 5:06:49 AM PDT · 1 of 58
    Zeddicus
    So much for the Tea Party, or any hope of fixing our problems by voting, or the quaint notion that we have a government that represents We The People.
  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:50:06 AM PDT · 24 of 84
    Zeddicus to muawiyah

    I agree, but unfortunately there are a lot of fools who will vote for Romney on the lesser-of-two-evils, “Anybody but Obama” idiocy.

    I can only conclude that this country is doomed. Between the servile peasants who want a welfare state and the deluded “conservatives” who think they’re going to get something different with Romney, the rest of us are screwed.

    This country has become two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner.

  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:38:13 AM PDT · 21 of 84
    Zeddicus to RC2
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It’s to late to do anything about our two party system before the election. But.....we can take the next four years and revamp the system. Get Obama out of office, change the Congress to be what we want and then pick someone for President that truly represents the interests of this country.

    I think you've got that wrong. We ALREADY HAVE a government that "truly represents the interests of this country"; i.e., we have the government we want and deserve.

    By and large, we would rather have a government that will give us things rather than just protect our liberties (because liberty comes with personal responsibility, and nobody wants that).

    Even many people who call themselves "conservative" are caught up in this conflict of interest. For example: conservatives generally support the personal liberty to smoke cigarettes or drink to excess. However, how many of these protectors of liberty would be willing to pay out of their own pocket for the inevitable health consequences of this behavior (or pay for special insurance that accurately reflect these costs)?

  • Has the Two-Party System Failed?

    04/30/2012 9:18:29 AM PDT · 9 of 84
    Zeddicus to Mozilla

    No, the “two-party” system has NOT failed - it is working perfectly as intended.

    Any self-labeled “conservative” who votes for Romney ought to be ashamed of themselves. You who do this are part of the problem. You may as well just vote for Obama.

  • Here Come the Municipal Bankruptcies - government planning attempts gone bad

    04/23/2012 9:22:49 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    Zeddicus to MichCapCon

    Public employee unions need to banned outright.

    Look at the numbers on these public pensions. Let’s use easy round figures:

    Suppose a cop or firefighter works for 30 years on the job at an average of $30/hr, contributing 6% of gross towards his pension, and retires at 52. $30/hr * 2000 hr/yr * 30 years *0.06 = $108,000 contributed to pension. There is no “investment income” because as we know, pensions are already underfunded.

    Now when he retires, say he draws 80% of his salary for the next 25 years of his retirement. $60,000/yr * 0.08 * 25 years = $1,200,000.

    So the pension fund has to pay out $1.2 million on $108k contribution. The city is in the hole to the tune of ONE MILLION DOLLARS for a single employee, not even counting the lifetime health insurance costs!

    Folks, our “public servants” are robbing us blind.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 8:44:36 AM PDT · 293 of 346
    Zeddicus to Scythian
    Exactly right Scythian, which is why we will get the government we deserve. By and large, America wants a large, powerful, deficit-spending, wealth-redistributing central government, and to hell with the Constitution. This includes many who call themselves "conservative".

    Can't really blame the politicians. We put them there and gave them the power over the past several decades. We created this new royal class of the professional political elite, and made ourselves their subjects by asking them to take care of us.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 8:36:18 AM PDT · 292 of 346
    Zeddicus to GOPsterinMA

    Ok, well here is a reason to avoid the “anybody but...” attitude that gave us Obama in the first place.

    Romney supporters seem to understand on some level that Romney isn’t going to actually fix anything - the best you are hoping for is less of the badness we’re currently getting from Obama, with a vague sense of hopefulness about somehow fixing stuff another four years down the road.

    Not gonna happen. Why? Because “less bad” from Romney is still bad enough that we’ll be screwed - we simply cannot go on with endless deficit spending and financial corruption, and Mitt will stop neither.

    It’s still going to fail with a President Romney, only now it will be the Republicans’ fault, guaranteeing another Demonrat win in 2016. No, let the Democrats own this mess. I won’t be part of giving them conservative cover by voting for Obama Lite.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 6:12:08 AM PDT · 274 of 346
    Zeddicus to gortklattu
    Ok, point-by-point

    Romney wants to redistribute wealth?
    Actually, yes he does. ANY candidate that does not vow an immediate end to federal deficit spending - i.e. no more increases to the debt ceiling - is de facto supporting redistribution of wealth simply because more than 60% of Federal spending is going to social entitlement programs, which are by definition wealth-redistribution mechanisms.

    Furthermore, Romney has already demonstrated wealth-redistribution of his own making - his "universal health care" program here in my home state of MA. This is by definition, redistribution of wealth. So yes, he's a liberal redistributionist. Q.E.D.

    He hates this nation?
    Irrelevant rhetorical question. We cannot ever know what any other man truly loves or hates - we can only measure his actions. Romney's actions define him as a liberal redistributionist.

    He will bow to third world leaders?
    I have not yet seen his pledge to get us on a path towards true energy independence, such as LFTR nuclear plants and coal liquification. In the absence of such a plan, any US leader is therefor forced to bow to third world leaders, as sustaining this source of foreign energy is our military's #1 mission. Q.E.D.

    He’s a marxist?
    He has already demonstrated support of wealth redistribution. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is the core principle of Marxism. What do you think?

    He’s never held a real job?
    Prior job history is irrelevant - what matters is how he would govern. If our President is a liberal redistributionist and governs as such, what possible difference does it make what he did in former employment?

    His wife made $300,000 a year doing nothing? He’s akin to a community organizer?

    Both points are again irrelevant since he's already defined himself through his own actions to be a big-government, liberal redistributionist with no intention to stop deficit spending, unwind the unConstitutional social entitlement programs, or get us onto a path of real energy independence.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 5:20:07 AM PDT · 263 of 346
    Zeddicus to MARKUSPRIME
    Yep our military will bear the brunt of Obamas another 4 years not to mention NASA. Im really getting sick of the people of this country, we deserve to fail as a nation if people will allow Obama another 4 more years. I dont like Mitt but at this point anything is better than Obama. God help us all if some of you so call conservative vote for Obama.

    I don't recall seeing anyone say they're going to vote for Obama. Actually, a vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama, because they are functionally equivalent and things would not be materially any different under a Romney administration than they are now under Obama. They are both part of the political elite superclass, manipulating us with the illusion of a two-party system.

    Regarding our military - our military complex is part of the problem. It could easily be HALF its current size and still be perfectly able to carry out its Constitutionally-legitimate defensive functions.

  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/11/2012 5:12:20 AM PDT · 259 of 346
    Zeddicus to Antoninus
    It's a description of reality. I will never vote for Obama. I will never vote for Romney. Both of them are really bad for this country and I will not lend my support to either--ever.

    I completely agree. My vote in November will be a third party or write-in protest vote.

    We have three overriding problems in this country (well, the whole western world to be more precise) that are responsible for our political dilemma:

    1. The central power structures of government and finance have been completely taken over by a Political super-class which is a modern interpretation of the absolute power of royalty. Our "two-party" system is a farce used to fool the rest of us into thinking we have a choice in our government. We do not.

    2. After a couple of generations, this political elite has successfully bred a substantial percentage of the population who are perfectly content to live their lives as ignorant subjects (as opposed to citizens) so long as they are "taken care of". This destroys the ability of the remaining free-thinking population to change things via democratic means.

    3. Even the remaining free-thinkers of various "conservative" principles are too deeply divided to form a significant resistance. Half of this conservative superset focuses primarily on religious and socially conservative issues, while the other half focuses on personal liberty and fiscal conservatism. A candidate who appeals to one subset turns off the other.

    I'm sure the collapse of society during the waning days of the Roman Empire wasn't pretty. I guess we'll all get to see what the collapse of this modern Western civilization is going to be like, because I just don't see a popular will to avoid it.

  • OBAMA OR ROMNEY: THE REPUBLIC FAILS EITHER WAY

    04/11/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT · 34 of 113
    Zeddicus to Nateman; All

    this “Anybody but...” mentality is what gave us Obama in the first place. A great many people voted for Obama because he was “Anybody but Bush” and that was as far as their thought processes took them.

    Sorry, I’m not doing the “lesser of two evils” thing because in the end, a Romney presidency will not be materially different than another Obama term. The political class has circled it wagons and has complete control of both parties and every corner of the Federal government.

    Head for the lifeboats or sit and listen to the band play. Either way, the Titanic is going down and nothing can be done now to change that outcome.

  • Santorum Withdrawing - Fox News Radio

    04/11/2012 4:02:47 AM PDT · 101 of 104
    Zeddicus to All
    People disappointed by this announcement need to step back a bit and look at the big picture: none of this matters. The Republican Party is dead, as is the entire global economic structure.

    There was never a chance of winning this Presidential election with a candidate who would alter course, because the Political Class is circling its wagons to ensure its own survival, to hell with the rest of us.

    Mitt Romney was a forgone conclusion long ago. Romney = Obama, and the political class will survive regardless of which of them wins. That's all that matters anymore.

    We're witnessing the collapse of a civilization, and it's not just the US - it's the whole debt-based economy of the entire Western world. We're not going to change it with our trivial votes now.

    The Titanic has had six of its compartments breached and nothing is going to change what happens next. Head for the lifeboats or sit back and listen to the band play. Those are your options.

    For my part, I'm writing in Karl Denninger in November while I try to get my lifeboat stocked.

  • COURAGE: Men and women of courage stand with Rick Santorum!

    02/23/2012 4:27:07 AM PST · 42 of 68
    Zeddicus to Dan.israel.2011
    I encourage everyone to consider the options and prayerfully consider which candidate will be on God’s plan for our Nation

    Does God have a plan to cease our deficit spending and bring government spending in line with actual revenues? Mmmm... I don't think so, and neither does Rick from what I've seen.

    So no, I won't be voting for Rick.

    Sure wish we had a real conservative running, but we don't. My vote's going third-party or write in this time.

  • Gingrich to play up southern roots in Georgia campaign swing (Newt 43% Mittens 29% Santorum 12%)

    02/18/2012 9:47:40 AM PST · 77 of 92
    Zeddicus to Red Steel

    “Southern Roots” Really?

    How about telling me you’ll veto any bill that increases the Federal debt ceiling, hmm? That’s all I want to hear out of any politician’s mouth.

    If “southern roots” are what people are going to vote on, then we deserve another 4 years of Obama.

  • Geithner To Ryan On Debt: We Don't "Have A Definitive Solution To Our Long-Term Problem"

    02/18/2012 6:33:10 AM PST · 11 of 12
    Zeddicus to yoe
    This is a total lie, and they know it. People, you have GOT to stop thinking they are just stupid, or winging it, or whatever.

    The solution is extremely simple, and the Republican controlled House of Representatives could do it RIGHT NOW, all by themselves, without approval from either the Senate or Obama.

    All they have to do is stop raising the debt ceiling and we have an instant balanced budget. Then say, "Ok, these are our revenues, this is all we can spend."

    In 2011, the government took in $2.5 trillion in direct revenue. So let's use that as what we have to base a budget on. Fine, so now send someone out back to pull the budget from 2005, which was a $2.4 trillion budget. Now we've got a $100 billion surplus with which to pay down some of the existing debt.

    Problem solved. It's that simple: only spend what you make.

  • If Romney clears Palmetto State, he could take them all

    01/19/2012 8:30:15 AM PST · 17 of 21
    Zeddicus to Bruce Campbells Chin

    I simply don’t believe in this “first dose of medicine” crap anymore. It’s too late for that, and it’ll never change the fact that this (and every) government simply must stop spending more than they are willing and able to tax from its citizens.

    The cure can happen right now, in one simple step: all the House of Representatives needs to do is stop authorizing increases in the debt ceiling and it’s all done.

    But I know that won’t happen, any more than we’ll ever get a President who would veto any bill that increases the debt ceiling. Why? Because the majority of the public in this country is now dependent upon some form of government cheese and thus, dependent on continuing this unsustainable debt problem until it all blows up and our economy (and government) collapses entirely.

    Political posturing promising limp-wristed cuts and reforms won’t solve our problem. You cannot solve a problem of too much debt by adding more debt.

    STOPPING THE DEFICIT SPENDING is all that matters, and is now the singular criteria I care about when evaluating a political candidate.

  • If Romney clears Palmetto State, he could take them all

    01/19/2012 7:20:36 AM PST · 5 of 21
    Zeddicus to C19fan

    I can’t remember ever being so disenfranchised and ambivalent about an election season. There is no hope that any “electable” candidate (even Newt) will do anything close to slashing the size of government by the 50% required to balance the budget and start retiring debt, so none of it really matters.

    If nothing major changes, I’m going to “throw away” my vote on a 3rd party candidate. Better to have 4 more years of bankrupt welfare state liberalism owned by Obama than a “Republican”, because that’s all we’ll get either way.

  • House Passes $1T Budget Bill Aimed at Averting Government Shutdown

    12/16/2011 2:40:23 PM PST · 20 of 20
    Zeddicus to patriot08

    Sorry, but this is Republican partisan rubbish.

    It is impossible for the President to spend money without bills passed by the House.

    Who controls the House again? Sorry but Republicans are every bit as much to blame for this economic disaster as Obama. Dens and Republicans are playing for the same team againt a common opponent - us..

  • House Passes $1T Budget Bill Aimed at Averting Government Shutdown

    12/16/2011 12:01:46 PM PST · 11 of 20
    Zeddicus to ColdOne

    Funny how the Republicans finally decide to play ball with the Dems on the only thing that really matters to them - the continuing fleecing of us sheep and the resulting preservation of their own wealth and power. The NDAA is another example.

    Folks, the Republicans and Democrats are simply two sides of the same coin. They are working hand-in-hand and playing all of us with divisive socio-political issues - religion, abortion, guns, gay rights, social programs, etc.

    You are fooling yourselves if you think things will be any better at all under either Newt or Mitt than we are with Obama. There is functionally no difference.

    The only thing that matters is that government stop spending more than they take in with current taxes, right now, period. And this will never happen with the rotten-to-the-core government and handout society we have allowed to grow over the past 40 years.

  • Conservatives ARE more squeamish than liberals: Study finds right-wingers are more easily disgusted

    10/28/2011 9:51:45 AM PDT · 9 of 30
    Zeddicus to Zeddicus

    ...but yeah, sample size notwithstanding, the conclusion probably is accurate. If liberals aren’t squeamish at the thought of late-term abortion, nothing will bother them.

    Plus, they are used to sleeping with hairy, smelly, ugly liberal women.

  • Conservatives ARE more squeamish than liberals: Study finds right-wingers are more easily disgusted

    10/28/2011 9:49:37 AM PDT · 7 of 30
    Zeddicus to Bed_Zeppelin

    A sample size of 50 is absolutely irrelevant.

    How many federal dollars were flushed down the toilet on this important piece of research?

  • Washington To Limit Medicaid Emergency Room Visits

    10/02/2011 9:41:21 AM PDT · 96 of 109
    Zeddicus to rockabyebaby

    I don’t know how that can even be called an “emergency room”. Where I’m from, ERs are open 24x7 with an ER doc on duty at all times. The hospital also has to have a 24 hour on-site stat lab.

  • Washington To Limit Medicaid Emergency Room Visits

    10/02/2011 9:21:05 AM PDT · 93 of 109
    Zeddicus to who knows what evil?

    I work in a hospital ER - I would agree with that figure of 85% of ER visits not being actual emergencies.

    I also really like that RN’s suggestion of having a triage nurse at the door to filter out the non-emergents.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 9:51:31 AM PDT · 65 of 76
    Zeddicus to Gabz

    I never said anything about restrictions. If smokers want to start their own insurance plan to finance each other’s COPD, cancer, and heart disease, that would be perfectly fine with me.

    Also, this argument comparing chronic illness resulting from willful lifestyle choices to normal aging processes is a red herring. People don’t CHOOSE to get Alzheimer’s or osteoarthritis. And the majority of people who live healthy lives do NOT end up in a nursing home for 20 years. Compressed morbidity.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 9:51:26 AM PDT · 64 of 76
    Zeddicus to Gabz

    I never said anything about restrictions. If smokers want to start their own insurance plan to finance each other’s COPD, cancer, and heart disease, that would be perfectly fine with me.

    Also, this argument comparing chronic illness resulting from willful lifestyle choices to normal aging processes is a red herring. People don’t CHOOSE to get Alzheimer’s or osteoarthritis. And the majority of people who live healthy lives do NOT end up in a nursing home for 20 years. Compressed morbidity.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 8:33:28 AM PDT · 48 of 76
    Zeddicus to Sporke

    Do whatever you want. Just don’t make me pay for it, k?

    If I had the option of signing on to a basic health insurance plan that doesn’t cover alchohol, tobacco, drug, or obesity related chronic illness, I would. Then I really couldn’t care less how someone else chooses to ruin their body.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 8:23:19 AM PDT · 43 of 76
    Zeddicus to Lazamataz

    Said rampaging smoker would likely encounter returning fire.

    Look, I really don’t care if people want to destroy their major organ systems with lifestyle choices. It’s job security for me, as these people comprise more than half of the patients I see.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 8:23:09 AM PDT · 42 of 76
    Zeddicus to Lazamataz

    Said rampaging smoker would likely encounter returning fire.

    Look, I really don’t care if people want to destroy their major organ systems with lifestyle choices. It’s job security for me, as these people comprise more than half of the patients I see.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 7:53:15 AM PDT · 34 of 76
    Zeddicus to Sporke
    Total nonsense. Ever heard the phrase "compressed morbidity"?

    Yes, everyone eventually succumbs to something and dies. But it is simple fact that horrible lifestyle choices like smoking, obesity, and alcohol abuse result in chronic illness that is outrageously expensive to treat and lasts decades. Live healthy, and you stand an excellent chance of living a long life with a much shorter period of illness at the very end.

    I work in healthcare (emergency medicine) and I see this stuff every day. The costs of personal lifestyle choices and the burden it puts on our healthcare system are mind boggling.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 7:53:05 AM PDT · 33 of 76
    Zeddicus to Sporke
    Total nonsense. Ever heard the phrase "compressed morbidity"?

    Yes, everyone eventually succumbs to something and dies. But it is simple fact that horrible lifestyle choices like smoking, obesity, and alcohol abuse result in chronic illness that is outrageously expensive to treat and lasts decades. Live healthy, and you stand an excellent chance of living a long life with a much shorter period of illness at the very end.

    I work in healthcare (emergency medicine) and I see this stuff every day. The costs of personal lifestyle choices and the burden it puts on our healthcare system are mind boggling.

  • Colleges To Smokers: 'You're Not Welcome'

    08/31/2011 7:00:13 AM PDT · 20 of 76
    Zeddicus to Abathar

    A question for the smokers here expressing outrage about this: when you eventually wind up with COPD, heart disease, or one of the several cancers caused by tobacco use, will you pay your own astronomical healthcare costs out of pocket, or will you force us nonsmokers to pay for your choice to destroy your own body via our insurance?

    Just curious.

  • Amid Criticism on Downgrade of U.S., S.&P. Fires Back

    08/07/2011 5:42:58 AM PDT · 6 of 36
    Zeddicus to reformedliberal

    Of course... more debt is always the best solution for the problem of too much debt.

  • After S&P downgrade, WH says 'we must do better'

    08/07/2011 2:33:15 AM PDT · 29 of 30
    Zeddicus to Iron Munro

    Oh come on, we’ve been talking about this for months

    Here’s the step by step instructions:

    Step 1: refuse to authorize an increase to the debt ceiling.

    That’s it. Balanced budget in one step. House Republicans could have done this all by themselves and Obama and the Democrats couldn’t have done a damn thing about it.

    And I reject the BS argument that not adding more debt equals “default”. The government takes in plenty of revenue to cover payments on current public debt obligations.

  • We need to do what it takes to put the ENTIRE DC "Establishment" Out of Business!

    08/06/2011 3:13:01 PM PDT · 33 of 47
    Zeddicus to US Navy Vet

    >50% of the electorate votes for the preservation of their own entitlement checks and/or their government/union job.

    It’s too late to solve our problems through voluntary democratic process. Our societal decay had progressed too far and like ancient Rome, full-blown collapse is all that lies ahead.

  • After S&P downgrade, WH says 'we must do better'

    08/06/2011 3:00:18 PM PDT · 12 of 30
    Zeddicus to Justaham

    Boehner & the house republicans own this downgrade and all the fallout. They could have forced a balanced budget and preserved our credit rating without a single democrat vote or obama’s approval.

  • Democrats say Obama should invoke 14th Amendment

    07/27/2011 1:38:42 PM PDT · 8 of 34
    Zeddicus to LouAvul

    Pure theater for the stupid masses. There is NO risk of default on the public debt, since current revenue is more than adequate to cover payments on current debt.

  • US House Speaker Boehner: last offer still on table (with $800B tax hike...)

    07/24/2011 12:02:22 PM PDT · 115 of 132
    Zeddicus to Ann Archy

    Grow up? Excuse me? No, the debt ceiling must NOT be raised. Enough is enough. Holding the line on debt is the only way force the kind of spending cuts that are necessary.

  • US House Speaker Boehner: last offer still on table (with $800B tax hike...)

    07/24/2011 8:27:53 AM PDT · 47 of 132
    Zeddicus to 101voodoo

    How do you “broaden the tax base” without effectively raising the rates on the lowest income brackets?

  • US House Speaker Boehner: last offer still on table (with $800B tax hike...)

    07/24/2011 8:21:44 AM PDT · 41 of 132
    Zeddicus to ClearCase_guy

    The useless house republicans are merely negotiating the terms of their surrender. They’ve already agreed to raising the debt ceiling, it’s just the trivial details that they are putting on this phony bit of public theater over.

    Folks, we’ve been sold out by our politicians and overrun by the masses who are dependent on federal deficit spending in some form.

    I’m now convinced that there is no hope of getting this federal government back under fiscal restraint via the ballot box. The house republicans have 100% control of the situation and could force a balanced budget right now simply by not authorizing more debt, but clearly this idea isn’t even on the.table. They don’t need to negotiate - there isn’t a damn thing obama and the dems can do if the house simply refuses to vote for a debt ceiling hike.

  • Boehner's office: Two-vote process 'inevitable' on debt limit

    07/24/2011 6:43:54 AM PDT · 2 of 31
    Zeddicus to tobyhill

    A republican sellout was inevitable from the beginning. This is all just theater.

  • June Housing Starts Smash Expectations, With Big 14.6% Jump!

    07/19/2011 8:14:02 AM PDT · 18 of 27
    Zeddicus to ltc8k6

    Hmm... It has been a while since I had Economics 101... can someone remind me what the law of supply and demand says about dumping more product into falling demand in an already saturated market?

  • Proposed Cuts from The GOP This Session Would Save $2.5 Trillion Over 10 Years...

    07/19/2011 4:20:04 AM PDT · 12 of 25
    Zeddicus to Reaganite Republican

    What a joke. If the tea party backs this, then the tea party has been fully co-opted by the rino establishment and has outlived its usefulness.

  • Coburn proposes $9 trillion deficit cut measure

    07/18/2011 5:07:25 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    Zeddicus to mamelukesabre
    that depends. Am I going to die anyway? if so then I choose no treatment. We may already be past the point where the economy is no longer curable.

    Well that's a completely different position from that of your previous reply. So, what then? Just keep deficit spending until our entire economy and government utterly collapses? Yeah I have to agree, that's probably what is going to happen because we simply lack the will to take our yucky medicine.

    I see enough drunks, drug addicts, smokers, and obesity in my daily work to know that in general, most people would rather just die than do something difficult or not fun. We are a fatally flawed species.

  • Massachusetts Mess

    07/18/2011 4:59:38 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    Zeddicus to Kaslin

    Yeah. I live in MA and work in Emergency medicine, so I get to see the full impact of Romneycare. What an absolute disaster.

    The abuse that the taxpayers are taking because of this is nauseating. I see so many healthy young people (teens, 20s, 30s), getting outrageously expensive ambulance transport and in-patient treatment due to “psychiatric issues”. Everything from teenage drama queens pretending to kill themselves with Tylenol because their boyfriend dumped them on Facebook to 30 y/o unemployed alcoholics/drug addicts.

    These people come in to my ER and literally LIVE THERE, under 24-hour 1:1 security guard monitoring for DAYS because it’s so hard to find an inpatient treatment center to transfer them to. And we can’t just put them out on the street because of the laws. Ultimately, we find them a bed somewhere, and it’s tens of thousands of dollars more for that inpatient “treatment”.

    Inevitably, all these people are on Masshealth (Romneycare). It boggles the mind what we’re paying for, and what kind of behavior we’re enabling.