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vt_investor 304 posts  |  Last Activity: 6 hours ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
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  • Reply to

    A Really Big Question

    by w.heinlein Jun 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jun 14, 2014 12:51 AM Flag

    The other important questions is, do we need to do anything about Saddam's Sunni Ba'athists now? We spent a trillion dollars and lost thousands of lives trying to subdue them, already. We were not very successful then. There are millions of them left, and al-Maliki's Shi'a are doing nothing much to include them in any sort of democratic government. To create peace, they need trust between neighbors, trust in a set of fair laws that are applied fairly, and a strong enough economy to keep everyone employed. None of those things are happening now.

    I understand that we broke Iraq and we should try to put it back together again, but unless and until the Iraqis want to make an effort to do that, we (and they) will not succeed. We should help the refugees, and try to contain the fighting as much as we can, but taking sides and making it our war again will not work.

    I think we should simply help the refugees as much as possible, and also make an offer to help rebuild the country that we destroyed, when and if the Iraqis want that help and are willing to work to rebuild themselves.

    We might also consider letting them split the country into three mostly self governing states, one each for the Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurds. This might reduce the fighting, although it might simply result in something like what happened with the India/Pakistan separation. And our ally, Turkey, would be very unhappy to see the creation of a Kurdistan next door.

    As you said, there are no good options.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Obamanomic - a colossal failure

    by springer_1994 May 7, 2014 7:38 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor May 7, 2014 9:42 AM Flag

    Yep1 Just like Social Security, Medicare, the EPA, and the minimum wage. Maybe you can repeal all 5 of them at the same time to save yourself some time in your effort to return American to its leadership position in the world.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 2, 2014 8:25 AM Flag

    So, tell us, when someone walks into a restaurant with a gun, how does anyone tell whether he is gun carrying nut, or a mass murderer? Do all gun carrying crazies wear tin foil hats, as well, so we can tell the difference?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    A Really Big Question

    by w.heinlein Jun 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jun 14, 2014 10:07 AM Flag

    Bush has a plan, and his plan kept us in Iraq longer than the WWIII lasted. Obama said that there is no plan that solve the civil war in Iraq until the Iraqis want to stop the fighting, so his plan was to get out. We did that, and the civil war continues. .

    Remember., our plans must be to do what;'s best for the USA, not just what some other country or religious factions wants us to do.

    What's your plan to stop the civil war in Iraq? If you have a good plan get started working on it, and let us know what it is. Maybe we all can help you with it! When you are done with that, you can then work on Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia. Billions of people would be very grateful!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    The Cantor re-election poll !!!

    by unclefulbert Jun 11, 2014 10:08 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jun 11, 2014 10:18 AM Flag

    It's sort of typical of many of today's conservatives. It doesn't matter whether it's the economy, the national debt, climate, foreign threats, the education of our kids, or their own elections. They just never seem to see it coming, but they still think they should lead us.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor by vt_investor Jul 18, 2014 8:23 AM Flag

    Give our Senators and Congresspeople a break! They are exhausted! After nearly 2 years of doing nothing, they are completely burned out. Give them a rest so they can refresh and then come back after the election in November to do nothing again.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jul 8, 2014 12:35 AM Flag

    The current minimum wage is $7.25/hour. An increase of 100% would put it at $14.50. Who's asking to raise the minimum wage to more than $14.50/hour immediately? Certainly not the president. And Seattle's proposed $15 minimum wage will be raised gradually to that number over the next 6 years.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 5, 2014 1:25 PM Flag

    Wait, wait! Aren't they all working to change Obamacare and repeal it, while hoping that they don't get sick??

    Isn't that the new hope and change?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    More faking Global Warming papers

    by springer_1994 Apr 29, 2014 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Apr 29, 2014 9:23 AM Flag

    So, now you agree with Prof. Stavins, and you also think that the summary for policymakers that his group was working on was watered down and it did not fully represent the real scientific content of the IPCC report?

    As he said,

    "the crucial IPCC products — the Technical Summary and the 15 chapters of WG 3 — retain their full scientific integrity, and they merit serious public attention. "

    "Over the course of the two hours of the contact group deliberations, it became clear that the only way the assembled government representatives would approve text for SPM.5.2 was essentially to remove all "controversial" text"

    "I believe that tremendous public good would arise from publicizing the key findings of the Technical Summary and the individual chapter Executive Summaries, instead of the Summary for Policymakers."

    Essentially, he thinks that the Summary for Policymakers was so watered down and so much of the real scientific content was removed, that it's worthless. People should look at the rest of the IPCC document, instead!

    Glad to see that you are putting more weight on the science, and not the political beliefs now!!!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 5, 2014 2:21 PM Flag

    Tens of thousands of soldiers home from Iraq; and thousands more returning from Afghanistan - Failure.

    Millions of Americans now have health insurance that they never has before, and the national cost of health care is dropping from the double digit increases of the past decades. - Failure.

    Jobs shifted from a monthly loss of 750,000 jobs at the start, to gains of more than 200,000 a month now - Failure.

    A federal budget that has improved by the removal of more than a trillion dollars worth of red ink. - Failure

    Republicans may have a hard time talking about "failures" like these. And at the same time, if new polices are really wanted, they will need to come up with some good new policies to propose. Talking about failures like those listed above is not going to get Republicans far, not without some good new polices to propose. These changes are already part of Obama's legacy.

    Truth and reality would be a good starting point for today's Republicans.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor by vt_investor May 29, 2014 12:58 PM Flag

    Here are 5 reasons why the relatively conservative US News & world Report thinks that the US economy is looking good for 2014.

    1. Deleveraging is in the past: Recoveries from financial disasters generally are more difficult and take longer than a recovery from a cyclical economic correction. This is because financial disasters expose fundamental weaknesses in the over-extended balance sheets and spending habits of nearly every sector, from corporations to consumers to regional and local governments. During the multi-year period of financial rebalancing – otherwise known as deleveraging – monetary policy is relatively ineffective to encourage more rapid growth. Each sector of the economy is, in its own way, myopically focused on getting its debt reduced and its spending in line with future income. For the U.S. economy, this process has taken nearly four years from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and bailout of AIG in September 2008. Now that the rebalancing and deleveraging process is largely complete, the U.S. economy is ready to grow at a healthy pace.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor May 24, 2014 10:29 AM Flag

    America got the answer to that question at the last last Benghazi hearing, years ago. It was published in newspapers then, and people didn't care then. Nothing's changed since then.They were still in the same places, doing the same things. Maybe you weren't listening back then?? That's OK. We can spend million of tax dollars on a repeat hearing to remind you.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    More faking Global Warming papers

    by springer_1994 Apr 29, 2014 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Apr 29, 2014 12:04 PM Flag

    If you had read the letter, and Stavins' blog, where he published the letter, you would have read that no facts were changed, but simply, "Three quarters of the original version of the document ended up being deleted.", as you reported. Stavins did not like that because it, essentially made their document (the Summary for Policymakers) content free, as you can see in the few quotes from the letter and blog that i included above.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    No media bias at all is there.........

    by springer_1994 Jun 6, 2014 11:09 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jun 6, 2014 11:51 AM Flag

    Exactly! If he had deserted to join the Taliban, why would he have even wanted to come home, and why would he have tried to escape at least twice, as has been reported? And finally, why would any serviceman leave his post to walk in the desert, where his life was in danger, with no supplies or support? Let's get the whole story, before we make any judgements? There are way too many unanswered questions to be able to make any kind of informed judgement now. An American POW is home now. That's a good thing. We'll eventually learn what really happened.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM Flag

    NYC has seen a huge drop in both murders and crime in general because of their effort to put more cops on the street and their "stop and frisk" policy that has been quite controversial. But the reduction in guns, drugs, and crime has been praised by most.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    A Really Big Question

    by w.heinlein Jun 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jun 14, 2014 10:54 AM Flag

    Wait! Wait! !! so now you are saying that we should have spent trillions in Iraq to build modern airports, roads, railroads, schools, farms, power lines, homes, and factories there? But, we should not spend a single taxpayer cent to do the same thing here in the USA?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jul 19, 2014 9:30 PM Flag

    First you say she's a Commie pinko pig, then you say she represents huge American capitalist corporations. How can we believe anything you say, with contradictions like that???

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 9, 2014 11:58 AM Flag

    "he obviously doesn't care about employment."??

    Really? Then do you think that the change since he took office from losing 750,000 jobs a month during his first month, to now gaining more than 200,000 jobs a month to be just good luck? That's close to a positive change of a million jobs a month..What else does he need to do to add more jobs - and balance the budget?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    SARAH AMERICA: "Time to impeach Obama"

    by c8w73 Jul 8, 2014 1:42 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jul 8, 2014 2:01 PM Flag

    Sadly, that's today's Republicans' message and MO and it has been for the past few years.

    "Yup, we'll do something, sometime. No need to get off our collective #$%$ now. Wait till next year. We're being paid good money to do nothing. No need to change that."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jun 21, 2014 3:09 PM Flag

    Hey Springs, here's the hard part that you may not yet understand. You are working much too hard and making it much more complex than it really is. Hint: there's no smaller or larger to it at all. The debt increase each and every year is an amount that is EXACTLY equal to the deficit that year. It may come as a surprise, but the way it works! Simple, easy to compute, and always correct when you do it that way!

    Sentiment: Hold

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