I think Paul cares about the poor. People rarely forget their roots, and Paul was born into a poor family, and into one of the poorest cities in England. Being born during World War II ( 1942 )--and not long after the Blitzkrieg attacks--he knew hardships you more than likely did not.
"Are you going to keep living in the past?"
Sure... because he occupies the White House in the present.
"That limey can go F himself and all his Royal mates"
I'll relay that message to him. I'm quite sure the most successful composer and recording artist in the history of the world--and who has been knighted--will be like the rest of the planet earth... and realize you're an idiot.
"and they mentioned the 16,000 IRS agents that were being hired to come after me if I DON'T obey big brother."
You're welcome, sir. And thank you.
Also, Bush signed about 300 in 8 years, not 62... and Reagan was closer to 400.
"Bush was one of the most exercising 62 exec. orders in 8 yrs. BO? He's exercised 923 in 4 1/2 yrs!"
923? Prove it. I say that's just another lie about Barack Obama.
Nice post. Adolf... I mean econ. The election laws are not going to change, so you'll be losing for many years to come.
Another possibility here is some of us want to leave a great world to our children. And if somebody like you has absolutely no say in their lives, that's giving them a great life.
Bill Moyers – October 8, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
Republicans have now lost three successive elections to control the Senate, and they've lost the last two presidential elections. Nonetheless, they fought tooth and nail to kill President Obama's health care initiative. They lost that fight, but with the corporate wing of Democrats, they managed to bend it toward private interests.
So, we should be here on this: Obamacare, as it is known, is deeply flawed. Big subsidies to the health insurance industry, a bonanza for lobbyists, no public option and, as the New York Times reported this week, "Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law" -- largely because states controlled by Republicans refused to expand Medicaid.
Despite what they say, Obamacare is only one of their targets. Before they will allow the government to reopen, they demand employers be enabled to deny birth control coverage to female employees; they demand Obama cave on the Keystone pipeline; they demand the watchdogs over corporate pollution be muzzled and the big bad regulators of Wall Street sent home. Their ransom list goes on and on. The debt ceiling is next. They would have the government default on its obligations and responsibilities.
When the president refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship.
At least, let's name this for what it is: sabotage of the democratic process. Secession by another means.
104 Republicans Who Are In Congress Today Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling Under Bush Without Hostage Threats
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated on Sunday that House Republicans would not allow a clean vote to raise the debt limit and ensure the full faith and credit of the United States of America. But while now Congressional Republicans demand everything from the destruction of the Affordable Care Act to a constitutional amendment in exchange for allowing the government to pay for what it has already incurred, many of them made no such demands nine years ago when a Republican was in the White House.
Boehner says that Congressional Republicans “are not going to pass a clean debt limit increase” because “it is time to deal with America’s problems.” But in 2004, he joined with 205 other House Republicans to pass S. 2986, a bill that added $800 billion to the nation’s statutory debt ceiling with no strings attached.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), in encouraging his House colleagues to back the bill said:
[A]s we debate this and as we make our final vote, let us not punish our seniors, let us not punish our elderly, let us not punish our military just to score political points. If the debt ceiling is not increased, America cannot pay its bills. We cannot meet existing obligations. We will not ultimately have the cash on hand to pay Social Security benefits, military retirement, Medicare benefits, unemployment benefits and other trust fund obligations. As raw as this recent election was, as bitterly contested as it was, with hurt feelings all around, we need to work together as Americans to take responsibility for our bills. Let us not default on our obligations. Let us not stop the checks to our needy who are counting on us. Let us not use our elderly as political pawns in trade for a seven second sound byte back home. They deserve better. We have a responsibility to pay our bills.
Brady, Boehner, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and 84 other House Republicans who are still serving in Congress today voted for the bill (10 of whom are now Senators).
In the Senate, 50 Republicans — 17 of whom are still serving today — voted for the identical bill. Among them was Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who explained the bill was “necessary to preserve the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government.” He observed that “without an increase in the debt limit, our Government will face a choice between breaking the law by exceeding the statutory debt limit, or breaking faith with the public by defaulting on our debt. Neither choice is acceptable.”
In total, Congressional Republican leaders backed five separate debt ceiling increases during Bush’s eight years in the White House.
It goes without saying that as a liberal, I don’t always agree with Arizona Senator John McCain. However, I will give him some credit — during his career in the Senate, he’s usually acted more sane than most within his party and hasn’t been afraid (at times) to call out the antics of his fellow conservatives.
Which he did once again by saying Republicans “did the American people a great disservice” by misleading them about defunding, delaying or repealing “Obamacare.”
Senator McCain said:
“To think that we are going to repeal Obamacare, which would have required 67 Republican votes, of course, was a false premise, and I think did the American people a great disservice by convincing them that somehow we could.”
Which is exactly right. Individuals like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul got tea party Republicans (and conservatives in general) up in this wild frenzy at the thought that at the end of the day they could repeal, delay or defund “Obamacare.” They did such a masterful job at this that millions of Republican voters at this very moment believe they’ll be successful.
But they won’t. Most Republicans know this and John McCain flat out said so.
Anyone with any common sense knows this has absolutely no chance at being successful, yet here we are with the government still closed and Republicans claiming this is the fault of President Obama and Democrats.
Yet, Speaker of the House Boehner continues to prevent the House from voting on a clean version of the Senate’s resolution.
And if this is “Obama’s shutdown,” as many Republicans continue to try to perpetuate, why is it that quite a few Republicans have publicly called out their own party for pushing this “strategy” knowing that it will never work?
Which, as McCain said, did a complete disservice to the American people. Because now Republicans (specifically House Republicans) don’t know what the heck to do. They’re in a no-win situation and at this point are acting more out of desperate pride than common sense. But then again, they rarely act with any sort of common sense to begin with.
They sold a plan to their voters which had no chance at being successful, and now that they’re neck deep in that plan, their only way out is to either drive our nation into the ground or basically admit that they’ve been full of #$%$ since day one.
But as the shutdown continues, and as the debt ceiling nears, more Republicans like Senator McCain will continue to step forward and speak out against the antics of their own party.
Well said, Chris. They cited his polling in 2008 and 2012. They were wrong then, too. Oh, and "dog doodoo on the carpet" would easily beat the Teabillies about now.