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Open Thread - 8/5/2012

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Threed )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Pat B (356)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:48 am
Hope that the heat abates for you soon, thanks, Tom for this. Take care.

Arielle S (313)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:14 am
The sad thing for me is that there are SO many un-informed voters out there - too many willing to blame a black president, too many trying to ignore "bad news", too many who refuse to look at the darn facts! Why can't they see what is going on?

Kit B (276)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:19 am

Oh, you whiners - these people could have perfectly good meals by dumpster driving at McDonald's.

Kit B (276)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:20 am

** or Dumpster Diving*** either way - it amuses me.

Deb E (63)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:00 am
They have always spoken from both holes. Nothing that party says is truth and I don't think it has been since Teddy Roosevelt.

We are in the perfect storm for another Great Depression ... Stock Market ridiculously high and people hungry and homeless with decent jobs a dim memory. This is what the new Republican Party wants. They want this country on its' knees, bowing to them.

I will never tell anyone how long it took to do that puzzle.

Stay as cool as you can TC ... it is blistering down here, too. I want rain!!!

P A (117)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:22 am
The article about the 'excess suicides' is so awful that I just can't express how I feel! Bet the Repuglicons don't read it.

Dotti L (85)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:32 am
Love the cartoon. All those Bushes are cartoons.

David C (131)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:20 pm
great questions...still waiting for the GOP to act on those jobs they like to mention.....

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 5, 2013, 2:49 pm

Dianna M (16)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:14 pm
So, if Walmart employees all starve, who cares? With all the babies being born because of the lack of birth control and no abortions even in the case of rape, we'll soon replace those disgusting good-for-nothings anyway. Imagine, the gall of those slackers--lying down on the job! "I fainted from hunger" my ass!

[Sarcasm mode: OVERDRIVE]

Robert B (60)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:27 pm
As far as Republicans are concerned, the rest of us are expendable. They've got theirs (or think they do) and could care less about others. I wish they could prove me wrong.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Monday August 5, 2013, 6:06 pm
One of the great lines is:
Walmart Cares!! HA!HA!HA!HA!

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 5, 2013, 8:55 pm
Puzzle — 3:42 My hawk needs glasses!

Daily Kos —The Republicanus/Teabaggers are a party of convenience. If they yell "Jobs, jobs, jobs!" like they did during the last election, it is not that they will work on that aspect, it is that they want to stir things up for their own political convenience. In some ways, they remind me of my mother — they can't (or won't) stay focused on what needs to be done. They only know politics, not governing for the entire nation. At least my mother is a sweet little lady with dementia so has a good reason why she doesn't stay focused.

"Republicans will say something along the lines of they don't want a country where so many people need help in order to keep food on the table. But if that's really the case, why don't they do something about creating jobs and growing the economy?"

Alternet — In a previous post, I commented that there was a report from the CMA noted on the CBC that indicates that poverty is a big determinant of health — physical, mental and spiritual. And if this is a problem in Canada where at least there is universal healthcare, then imagine in the US where 30 million minimum were not covered by healthcare until Obamacare.

With the bear scat scared up by the Republicanus/Teabaggers, is it any wonder that more and more people are unable to cope and see only one way out!

Poverty sickens Canadians

A sad reality of Republicanus/Teabaggers making the most out of the free death benefits of RepubliCare.

Robert Reich — The man is so spot on. I love the man and Krugman too! Hope their wives don't mind!

"And to counter with three basic truths:

First, the real job creators are consumers, and if average people don’t have jobs or good wages this economy can’t have a vigorous recovery. [Billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hannauer says the same --- consumers are the job creators.]

Second, the rich would do better with a smaller share of a rapidly-growing economy than their current big share of an economy that’s hardly moving. [That's true. 50% of nothing is nothing. But 10% of $1,000,000 is $100,000. You do the math!]

Third, therefore everyone would benefit from higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments in roads, bridges, public transit, better schools, affordable higher education, and healthcare — all of which will help the middle class and the poor, and generate more and better jobs." [. . . which will in turn put more money in the pockets of the wealthy. But it seems the wealthy have blindly eschewed long term gain for short term stupidity.]

Cartoon — Another Republicanus/Teabagger with absolutely no connection to reality.

Sheila D (28)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:28 pm
Too hot; I agree. Thanks for the post, TomCat. Try to stay cool.

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:15 am
Thanks to all. Kudos to Deb for sharing this town's heat wave. Wilted and pooped!
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