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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 48 weeks

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'just counting on conditions'.
The point is an anomalous election is not a reason to change a strategy that has worked.
That's why the odds are that the election will feature Bush v. Clinton -- it's what worked in the past.
As someone sang: 'You've got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em....'

'moderately to the right of successful European economies'.
The more specific answer is breakdown:
How much of that is 'defense'?
Social security?
Medicare?
The graph provides the answer: social security and medicare are the main 'entitlement programs'.
So which are you suggesting cutting?
Social Security or Medicare?
Both of those are a consequence of an aging population.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 12:41 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

on who looks like the Repub nominee.
If it looks like a 'moderate' Republican (say, Jeb Bush) will be nominated, then the battle will be for the center, and Hillary will probably walk away with it.
On the other hand, if it looks like a right winger like Cruz will be nominated, then the Democrats can assume most of the middle and run a more liberal candidate like Warren to energize the faithful.

Posted on 11/14/14 at 11:07 am in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

to why they lost an election:
There was a conspiracy that stole the election that they rightfully won;
never mind that the closest thing we seen to a documented stolen election was Bush v. Gore.

it doesn't tell me what the law IS; just what some right wingers WISH it were.

Rubio is only 24, but he has been playing professionally for ten years.
This means he has a lot of miles on his legs, and may be more prone to injuries than the typical American 24 year old player.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 03:13 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

they know better than the people who wrote the law what the law means. Nothing like legislating from the bench!

And of course the Right Wing will argue that -their- health care is the best in the world, and all those people who can't afford it (and we know who -they- are) don't count.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 09:28 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

he did not write the legislation (Congress does that).
For the full quotation (warning; it's about an hour) providing more context, see
http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/gruber.asp
Hopefully the Supremes (or at least their clerks) will do their homework.

Remember, anyone can post anything to Youtube.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:20 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

The ACA itself was not a Republican plan.
However, it was closely modeled on Romney's Massachusetts plan.
see
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-pushed-individual-mandate-mas...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:25 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

Gruber was also a consultant to Romney on the Massachusetts plan.
And I don't recall him saying that he had made any outright lies in his proposals.
For that matter, he didn't say that he had fooled the American public; just that many Americans don't do a careful analysis of government policies and don't realize all the implications of those policies.