So far he has been much more sophisticated than his opposition and is apparently well aware of US diminished resources, expended by his predecessor. His opposition apparently *wants* a bankrupt US and would arrange that with military expenditures and wars given the chance. Iraq may fall apart because there is no Iraq, really, Sadaam destroyed everything outside his government, an extension of himself. Purposely no secular organization was left. That's what dictators with any talent always do. Remember how South Vietnam disappeared after Diem was assassinated? Then Bush ran out what was left of it or any order outside himself, leaving nothing but tribes, sects, and Republican doorknockers way over their heads. But then Bush II wasn't talented. It was the courage and excellence of the US military that did anything there at huge cost.
Today we understand that an Iranian General is being a General for the Iraqi Army and the S***te Militias and consulting for Assad. He actually goes into the front lines which the Iraqi Generals don't. Iran is partly supplying the militias. I hope the President has the sense to largely stay out of it so there will be little impression of US loss whatever Republicans say or wherever event lead.
What do you think inflation and deflation actually are and how do we know ? Don't post off the blogs without carefully reading first....
Initially she had a shot - she was a Governor of Alaska. But she was over her head and people were frightened by the idea of her being a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Presidents seem to age at 2X speed in office, remember.
I agree that politics has become nastier; it was always a tough business. Both parties are finding it harder to field quality candidates and money has so corrupted the process it's hard to see a recovery short of an unlikely Amendment.
Google "States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government" . I tried posting a disguised URL and so got dropped. The results correlate well with other such studies.
Yes, if we can't fix Pay-To-Play in Washington we can't fix anything else for long. I wish the Tea Party people would get that at long last.
Read the story again. "About 1 million people have been caught crossing the border nearly every year between 1983 until 2006, but that number has dropped to about 400,000 in 2013." It's a combination of less push and a tighter border. Perry's actions may be political, but if he wants to spend Texas money where Republicans in Congress refuse to tread, why not ?
No doubt you are so old you wouldn't go in a real war which is typical of armchair warriors.
The EU really started this with aggressive expansion, yet they spend less GDP on their militaries every year. But you would march in a minute. This administration has been ratcheting up sanctions against Russia but the EU won't do it, they need Russian oil and gas supplies. So their attitude is "let's you and him fight". It looks like the US may be keeping oil prices down too so that Russia won't make a mint from a situation they so helped to create.
Palin is your Russia expert? Ask her what she thinks - whether she can see Russia from her porch or not.
Hardly. They just haven't allowed your side to run the place like a plantation. Too bad. You're saved anyway.
So be careful of what you wish for.....
Normally most people would think that criticism correct. But in today's Washington it may be risky, or at least unwise, for staff in the White House, or Congress , or elsewhere in government to be public - especially if they have a family. Thank the Republicans, Fox, etc, and their Civil War on Washington for that. Further, they are raising a mob they can't control. It's getting harder to find quality candidates willing to run for office also. Apparently Republicans rationalize all that by saying that most of the government shouldn't exist anyway. Perhaps they really wanted a Depression in 2008/9 . Whatever. Things just get nastier.
It's funny who condemns Carter for his economics. He was more of a Libertarian than Reagan was economically. Libertarians are careful to never mention that.....
I'm not satisfied with Obama's general approach of letting results speak for themselves with the assumption that people will be informed. His opponents approach is to spray sewage out of a hose 24X7 in the hopes that it will at least leave a stink, if nothing more substantial. Normal Confederate politics gone national. IMO the President should detail a couple of low level people to tag team and argue loudly with Republican politicians about simply everything - not exactly the hardest job in government. Ignore the Republican talking heads - to do otherwise would be to confer importance on them they don't deserve and wouldn't have otherwise. Ditto Palin, etc....
Around 60% of personal bankruptcies in the US are from medical bills and most had jobs and insurance. You want them all dead, right ? If it happened to your family would you call yourself a non-achiever ? Would you get a lawyer to pull the plug on one kid to save the others ? Could you make Sophie's Choice with little difficulty ?
Most people could not find any points of agreement with you about much of anything. So you resort to desperate name-calling and invective. You almost alone know the Truth and most people are just fools.
It's getting to be funny too, when people who get their grits in the morning at my expense call me a fool and sound like they want me terminated ASAP. I can't know if you are such a person.
Be careful of what you wish for........
"I am really surprised some people bash Elon. must be envy."
Expect to see that line any number of times in your future. The stopped clock is right twice a day......
So you see China, India, and Russia as a single entity with the same interests over time ? And you think our primitive Confederates or the Tea Party could deal with them or their world ? Or do you envision a US run by Generals ? What's the story ?
Invective, phony scandals, and name-calling. It's all you guys have left.
So there has been no technical progress in rockets or much of anything since the Shuttle ? There's a company on the East Coast also into competing for launch contracts. Formerly the US launch business has been dominated by a monopoly that combined two US military contractors (ULA). They are even using a Russian engine in one unit. Doesn't your crank ultra-right politics suggest why they might not be that efficient ? Their costs lately have dropped remarkably.
There is no need to "package" anything. They work or they don#$%$ a risky enterprise but they are winning so far and most of the way along on a man-rated capsule system. NASA is one of the harshest task masters in the world these days.
I can't find any reference to a 100-1 cost reduction or anywhere near it.
If you guys actually invest with your expressed reasoning, I only hope you don't leave families destitute.
Google "Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future" . Their goals and timeline seem rather optimistic, however, unless they know something. Development in that timeline for mass production would not be realistic, even if they are doing something realizable. I don't have time to look at the cv's for principals mentioned or more on the project itself. If they can do it, they would indeed put batteries on wheels and greatly enlarge the possibilities of the IoT's, robots, and so on..
One might interpret Republican politics of recent years as wanting to Crash the US to provoke social disorders in the hopes that they would get to pick up the pieces with an authoritarian government - effectively a counter American Revolution. That's a lot more likely than the Dems trying to do it in some way. Part of Republican/Confederate politics is the strategy of endlessly, loudly accusing their opponents of their own sins and agenda. That's tradition in that part of the country, actually, and developed into a near art form.
You guys have the nerve to call Obama a dictator only because he does his job and won't roll over and play dead and make Boehner the effective President. There are societies in the world you would find more congenial.