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whyduyouask 86 posts  |  Last Activity: 5 hours ago Member since: May 4, 2013
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  • "Greek voters today decisively rejected (by nearly 62% to 38%) the further tax hikes and spending cuts demanded by the rest of Europe as a condition for debt relief. Yet a new deal with the has to be struck quickly. Greek banks are running critically low. Cash is being rationed at ATM machines. But Germany – the most powerful player in the crisis -- doesn’t look likely to budge. Germany's Deputy Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says renewed negotiations with Greece are "difficult to imagine,” and the Greek government has the country down a path of "bitter abandonment and hopelessness." (Gabriel seems to forget that Germany's entire debt was forgiven as a means of restoring the German economy after World War II, and that the failure to do so after World War I led to #$%$ Germany.)

    "This is no laughing matter, but I can't help being reminded of an old Monty Python sketch pitting Germany against Greece under slightly different circumstances "

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask 8 hours ago Flag

    ObamaCare does deal with it. Rate increases are limited to below 9%. So seeking rate increases above 9% is a waste of effort by them.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Health insurance companies are seeking rate increases of 20 to 40 percent or more for next year, according to the NY Times. The reason, they say, is their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.

    "Baloney. Health insurers have more dough than they know what to do with, which is why Aetna is spending $37 billion to buy rival Humana, Anthem has offered $47 billion for giant insurer Cigna, and health-insurance CEOs are raking in millions. Humana CEO Bruce Broussard took home $10.1 million last year, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini got $15 million, and the CEOs of Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealth each pulled in more than $10 million. The rate increases they're seeking will give them and their shareholders even more, and cost you and me a bundle. They're using Obamacare as a convenient excuse.

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask 9 hours ago Flag

    Ironically Bastrop County is immediately east of the liberal county that Austin, TX, is in.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "As the U.S. military prepares to launch one of the largest training exercises in history later this month in Texas, many of the residents of Bastrop County suspect a secret Obama plot to spy on them, confiscate their guns and ultimately establish martial law. They aren't “nuts and wackos. They are concerned citizens, and they are patriots,” Albert Ellison, chairman of the Bastrop Republican Party tells the Washington Post. Bastrop's former mayor, Terry Orr, says the fear "stems a fair amount from the fact that we have a black president,” whom people believe is primarily concerned with the welfare of “illegal aliens" and blacks. "People think the government is just not on the side of the white guy." The current Bastrop mayor, Kenneth Kesselus, says the distrust is due in part to a sense that “things aren’t as good as they used to be,” especially economically. “The middle class is getting squeezed and they’ve got to take it out on somebody, and Obama is a great target.”
    An economic recovery that only enriches the top breeds bigotry and invites scapegoating. It has happened before in history.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:55 PM Flag

    So you lost your job collecting recyclables? I feel your blame.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:53 PM Flag

    I wish the top clown glorious success! Trump is brilliant in showing the true nature of the Republican Party.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Robert Reich 2015/7/3 Watch Your Wallet

    by whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:35 PM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:51 PM Flag

    "Endless failures"? You are very good at denying the tremendous success Obama's economic plan has saved us from a Depression created by the excesses of a Republican Administration. We just had another 233,000 jobs added and the unemployment rate drop to 5.3%. And you call that success an "endless failure". You are a joke.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:48 PM Flag

    All Vets know that Obama has been a strong supporter of helping them gain access to VA benefits. I'm a vet and have never had problems accessing the VA clinics or support.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Fall of the Roman Empire... sound familiar?

    by snertmutt59 Jul 3, 2015 9:43 AM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 3, 2015 12:45 PM Flag

    Actually that is not at all the hypothesis that Gibbon's proposed for the "fall of the Roman Empire". His main idea was that the Christian Church was largely responsible. Regardless, we don't have an empire to fall today, in spite of Far Right propaganda from Russia, China, and the USA.

    What you have posted is not from Gibbon at all but is the false nonsense from some some who knows few people have read Gibbon today. It is is just as well that few people have read Gibbon as a major cause of the collapse of the Roman society was the lead poisoning from using lead to sweeten their wine, lead pipes to carry their water, and lead plates to eat off of, plus the use of lead in pewter ware. Gibbon had no idea that lead poisoning could be so harmful. Today we have the EPA and FDA to protect us from poisons, which the Republicans fight against every day.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "You need to know how fragile the global economy is right now. Each of its three pillars – the U.S., Europe, and China – is showing strains. Regulators bear a lot of the responsibility.

    "1. Today’s U.S. jobs report shows American wages still stuck in the mud, and the percent of working-age Americans in the labor force lower than at any time since 1979. The so-called “recovery” is still weak. Republican austerity is backfiring. The economy will be even weaker if the Fed raises interest rates before the end of the year.

    "2. Greek’s default on its IMF loan this week (the first default by a developed country in history), is shaking Europe. Greek banks are closed and cash is being rationed. Spain, Portugal, and Italy are evincing signs of contagion. Yet the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission continue to eschew responsibility for any of the mess and are still demanding that Greece achieve a budget surplus (excluding interest payments) of 3.5 percent of GDP by 2018. They're nuts. I’d give better than even odds of Europe going into a recession before the end of the year.

    "3. China’s stock market – second-largest in the world after the U.S. -- is in trouble. Chinese investors have borrowed to the hilt in order to get into stocks and are now panicking, evidenced by wild intraday swings in the Shanghai Composite over the past week. The Shanghai Composite index is down 24 percent from its peak earlier this month, wiping out more than $2.4 trillion in value. But Chinese regulators are opening the casino to more gambling by allowing even more borrowing.

    "Don’t want to alarm you, but watch your wallets."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 2, 2015 9:24 AM Flag

    Marriage is a business transaction in spite of the romantic fluff and religious nonsense associated with it. It is a legally binding agreement to financially support the children if they ever occur either by sex or by adoption or to divide the wealth accumulated during the period of marriage if a divorce occurs. That is why the government is involved. Glad you asked.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    The oddity of homosexuality

    by stopspending Jul 2, 2015 12:31 AM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Jul 2, 2015 9:19 AM Flag

    It has been well documented that homosexuality exists in virtually every animal species. So it cannot be "against nature", whatever that might mean. Religious teachings regarding sex appear to be based on whatever the local traditional behavior and beliefs at the time they were codified into scripture. Of course there is no science in any religious literature and religious beliefs have no way to verify most of what they proclaim.

    I thought your comment about boys in school who carry their books like girls a good example of a poor value judgment that is probably made by some peer group pressure members who was not fond of books at all, or carrying them. Some books have to be carried in different ways other than the casual manner some boys treat their books, ready to drop them at a moment's notice. So does that mean that you are not manly if you are not ready to abuse books? Sound like someone is setting themselves up for a life of ignorance in that case. As for homosexuals, they don't seem to have any superior intellectual traits derived from a specific way of carrying books. Fortunately, most adults realize how you hold a book is not a reliable indication of your sexual orientation. In fact most if not all ways to identify a gay are absurdly wrong.

    My guess is that men are attracted to men in ways they are not willing to admit because of our homophobic culture. My guess is that sports of any kind involving men would not exist if men were not attracted to men. At some level men are attracted to men and homophobic men are in denial about that. Most men don't have the vocabulary to even talk about issues like that without leaping to absurd conclusions.

    Finally, regarding churches being taxed. If the primary function of a church is to perform political functions, it is a church in name only and should be taxed. Whether it is doing good is not the question. What should be asked is whether it is benefiting the entire community and not just the members.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Today Uber staged a protest outside New York City Hall against a bill to limit the issuance of new for-hire car licenses (about 60 people showed up for the rally, most of them Uber employees). Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg Business, Uber is still losing money. So what happens if, after driving most traditional taxis out of business, Uber goes under? Or after driving out the competition, it has the market to itself and starts raising its prices? Under antitrust law, a company acts illegally if it engages in predatory pricing – pricing below cost in order to push competitors out of business.

    "True, Uber faces competition in the form of Lyft, but Uber has been making some pretty anti-competitive (indeed, unethical) moves to push Lyft out of the way -- including placing fake orders with Lyft and then cancelling at the last moment in order to recruit Lyft’s drivers, and using burner phones and fake credit cards to avoid detection. And unlike legitimate taxis, Uber doesn’t seem to screen its drivers at all, as evidenced by a rape case in India involving an Uber driver previously convicted for a sexual offense, and in the U.S., a 6-year-old girl run over and killed by an Uber driver not covered by insurance. Meanwhile, Uber controls all other aspects of their drivers’ employment but refuses to treat them as “employees” so it doesn’t have to pay minimum wage, Obamacare health insurance, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, or unemployment insurance.

    "I’m all for innovation, but in my view Uber is a bad actor that should be put out of business. What’s your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Earl Holt III heads the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group that advocates "whites' rights,” believes "the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people," opposes integration and so-called “race-mixing,” and refers to blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity." That group was cited repeatedly by Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine people at a black South Carolina church last week. Holt says he’s not surprised his group helped inform Roof, but that it is "hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual."

    "To date, Holt has given a total of $65,000 to Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul, as well as undisclosed sums to other Republicans, including Representative Steve King of Iowa, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. No elected official is responsible for the views of people who contribute to their political campaigns, of course, but the fact certain individuals are sufficiently attracted to a campaign to donate relatively large sums of money suggests they find that candidate to be in accord with their views."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jun 21, 2015 11:27 PM Flag

    If you really care, raise the income taxes on the wealthy and stop the widening pay and wealth gaps. Otherwise your whining is pathetic.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Coming To A Church Near You: A Tea Party Goon Squad

    by zeo_hero Jun 21, 2015 10:02 AM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Jun 21, 2015 12:55 PM Flag

    There is something very wrong about anyone who would feel a need to wear a gun to church. Being ready to kill flies in the face of any religion of love and tolerance. Shows you what these people really worship: death, fear, and terror.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Jun 21, 2015 12:48 PM Flag

    They are also related to those who have made assassination threats against President Obama and are closely watched daily by the FBI. They are evil people who attract all sorts of disaffected nut jobs on this message board spreading disinformation, hate mongering, and impossible nonsense.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Charles L. Cotton, a National Rifle Association board member, writes that Clementa C. Pinckney, the pastor of the Charleston church who died in the shootings there earlier this week and was also a South Carolina state legislator, “voted against concealed-carry. Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead. Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.” In a subsequent phone interview with the Washington Post, Cotton said “there should not be any gun-free zones in schools or churches or anywhere else. If we look at mass shootings that occur, most happen in gun-free zones." If private citizens are allowed to carry guns everywhere, “they have a chance to defend themselves and other citizens." It’s the standard NRA response. After the mass killing of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."

    "But according to a massive multi-year study released last fall, more guns cause more crime. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that "a broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries. Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide."
    Yet the NRA doesn’t care about facts. Why have we let this organization intimidate America?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "I phoned my father, Ed Reich, this morning, to wish him a happy Father's Day. At 101 and 4 months, he soldiers on. He thanked me and wished me a happy Father's Day. I told him I'd be seeing his grandson, my elder son, this afternoon, along with my granddaughter, his great granddaughter. "That's wonderful," he said. "Bring them all over here." "But, Dad, you're in Florida and I'm in California," I explained. "That makes no sense," he said. "We should all be together."

    "He's right. I wish I could drop over to see him on a moment's notice, especially when he's so frail. I visit as often as I can, but that's not enough. Every moment we have together is precious. Happy Father's Day, Ed Reich. Happy Father's Day also to my elder son, who's a wonderful father to his daughter. And Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers, lucky enough to be with your children today."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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