That's the best they can do?
God help them.
Or help us (US'icans).
Whichever the case may be.
I think its us. This current crop of republicans appeals to only the Tea Party folks which are in actually a very narrow swath of the Party (albeit those currently with the media and money to make hay). You know when they consider East Coast Republicans too liberal we're all in a bad way.
Never thought I'd say this, but Mitt's the best of a bad bunch.
I wouldn't dislike Mitt nearly as much if he would actually OWN his SUCCESSFUL single payer health care REFORM.
Health care reform would literally save lives, and billion$.
But he can't stand up and lead.
I'm not sure Mitt will energize the Republican diehards.
....if he is smart, he'll pick Bachmann as his running mate.
I would not cry buckets if Mitt was elected, I just hate all his cowtowing to the tea partiers. Massachusetts has great programs to help the poor in good ways, including health care, and he won't fess up to any of it. That makes me nauseous, but maybe he'll swing back towards the center a bit once he's nominated and he has to appeal to the independents in order to get elected?
....he'd do well to pick Bachmann as a VP.
She will submit.
=DB Heaven knows submission is exactly the same thing as respect. As long as it's everyone respecting ME. Otherwise, I don't "respect" anyone.
Rick Perry quote of the day, via Daily Kos:
“We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax.”
Note (1): Texas has no income tax.Note (2): He is the governor of Texas.
Carry on, Rick.
Eight things you ought to know before you start writing stories about Rick Perry. You’re welcome.
by Paul BurkaAugust 2011
I heard this author on the radio and looked up this piece he wrote, linked here. Recommended reading.
In closing, I would like to request that you please do your best to avoid tin-ear clichés about barbecue, cattle, oil, football, and the Alamo. Remember, this is an urban state of 25 million people. We don’t go to sleep at night dreaming of William Barret Travis drawing a line in the sand. We do admire our rural history, as this month’s cover attests, but our vitality is in the cities. Enjoy your visit, best of luck, and please get it right this time.
....sadly, stereotypes are always easier
Heavens to Betsy, are we to take from this article, and especially the last bit whynot quotes to mean that Texas, and even Southern journalists always portray NY-ers in ways we think is appropriate?
...even those who claim to dislike it when it is done to them.
Whoa, so you knew that shit already? I had a layover in Houston once.
Perry looks exactly like the men in those old romance comics.
I will never, NEVER forgive Romney for that business with him driving off for a family vacation with their dog in a crate that was strapped to the roof of the car. What a monumental jackwad.
Sluggo-Perry reminds me of that 70s show, the Six Million Dollar Man
"Rick Perry, Governor. A Man barely alive. We can rebuild him.Better, stronger, and faster than before."
Readers born after 1980 may need to consult this clip
Perry will beat Obama. Look it up on CNN.
I'm just as stunned by Liberal New Yorkers who squeal when even the mention of reforming the currently unsustainable Medicare and Medicaid "safety nets" is mentioned -- even if it would save those programs and billions in fraud -- as the Tea Party brats who hold their breath until they turn blue -- even if it means patriotically shooting their country in the head to "save us".
"You blinked" is a phrase that jerks on the play ground use before the sucker punch you. Adults work out their differences with maturity.
What's more, even though we currently have a president who is imperfect, he has managed one or two historic accomplishments, not the least of which is grabbing our country by the collar and yanking us back after we'd hall ass off an economic cliff in 2009, moments after entering office; and getting health insurance reform, something presidents from both sides of the aisle have wanted for seven decades but could not achieve.
We have a very, very strong shot at getting Bachmann as our next president unless we get in the gray area and work. Don't have your reps in your cell phone? Why? Congress.org. I don't know a single Liberal whose lifted a finger to help this administration or a single Republican who has spoken out against the idiocy of "negotiating without compromise".
For today, We deserve Buchmann. She'll help us all by praying the lazy, whiny, stupid away.
dailyheights said:Perry will beat Obama. Look it up on CNN.
the pundits are certainly polling and writing on the potential matchup.
Dragonslayer, I appreciate your desire to maintain a mature conversation. We should strive to achieve that.
I don't think Bachman stands a chance at becoming our next president, as Rove suggested earlier this week, Republican candidates run the risk of being "too right" and alienating independant voters. Bachman has too many holes in her narrative, be it how she calls herself an expert lawyer while only serving for less than three years, the medicare and farm subsidies she and her husband accepted while decrying the evils of our "socialist" government, her claims that raising the debt ceiling led to our reduction in credit, as well as her INSANE evangelical beliefs. Were she to become more likely to be a candidate, these issues would come to the forefront of the discussion and would lead to her failure. She's simply TOO extreme in her views.
This is the article I was referring to:
Why Rick Perry is Headed for the White House
The general election will, quite literally, decide the fate of a nation. Every time Team Obama criticizes the Texas economy for its minimum wage job boom, the president will be accused of attacking the working men and women of America. (Texas has created a large share of the new jobs in the United States in the last decade but studies indicate many of them are at places like Wal-Mart and Carl's Jr.)
President Obama will also get beaten up for presiding over the first bond rating downgrade in U.S. history as well as high unemployment. When the cold rains fall in early November next year, unemployed voters in places like Ohio will step into the booth and dream of a minimum wage job in the Texas sun selling fishing rods at big box sporting goods stores or working in call centers; they will vote against Barack Obama.
Hey, do any of this crop of Republican candidates acknowledge basic mainstream science? Like, you know, the evolution of life forms, and heliocentric planets? I know that it is not specifically part of the job description, but I for some reason think that it is a good indicator of critical thinking skills. And that it demonstrates a healthy curiosity about reality.
Unless NOT acknowledging basic science is doubly clever because it panders to the electorate, and then for that I will give them credit. However, if they make a big deal about REALLY not believing in basic science, then I’d question their hypocrisy, instead believing that they are either plain ole stupid or too good an actor for me to read. In neither case could I trust them.
You don't have to believe to wear the shirt
Rick Perry is currently arguing that tort reform is the same thing as "health care reform".
Did tort reform lower the costs of care? Not according to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care…. It appears that Medicare costs per enrollee went up faster than the national average. In fact, Texas reimbursement rates in 2007 were the second highest in the country. >Did tort reform lower the rates of uninsurance in Texas?… Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the United States. >Did tort reform result in health insurance costs going down? Not according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality…. >Did tort reform result in doctors flocking to Texas to practice? Not according to the Texas Department of State Health Services: >Gov. Perry might be accurate in that the number of physicians increased, but that’s because the total population increased. Doctors did not preferentially move there above and beyond all sorts of other people….. >If you believe that tort reform will work than you must believe that (1) it makes doctors want to practice there and (2) lowers medical costs which will then (3) lower the cost of insurance and (4) result in fewer people being uninsured. And, it seems, many of you believe Texas proves this to be true. You couldn’t be more wrong.
Yeah, but that t-shirt is obviously ironic. I mean when a person gives no indication that they are joking. Like for example when someone claims that because it is written in Genesis, that there was a flood and Noah put pairs of all the animals on a large boat he built single-handedly, etc., that this be factually correct, that is, not in some literary sense, but that it happened for reals.
Whereas the flood story is, I submit, better understood as folklore.
I mean, if it is some person who whiles away their off-hours or retirement years trying to give away Awake pamphlets on Eastern Parkway, neither what they say nor what I think about what they say matters, at all.
But when it is someone is a candidate for this monumentally responsible position where they will need exceptional critical thinking skills, if they say such a thing, how then does one tell whether they are doing it instrumentally, which I CAN understand despite my distaste for it, or whether they are not, which makes me very very very nervous.
I will put you in contact with my Born Again cousins to answer your question.
I would ask them myself, but I am under strict orders to only discuss the weather when with them.
dailyheights wrote: This is the article I was referring to:Why Rick Perry is Headed for the White HouseThe general election will, quite literally, decide the fate of a nation. Every time Team Obama criticizes the Texas economy for its minimum wage job boom, the president will be accused of attacking the working men and women of America. (Texas has created a large share of the new jobs in the United States in the last decade but studies indicate many of them are at places like Wal-Mart and Carl's Jr.)http://www.edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/11/moore.perry.candidate/index.html
Seeing Perry as the potential nominee, the left is now (as predicted) escalating its attacks against the "successes" of Texas.
The Texas Miracle That Wasn'tThe American Dream is about working hard in return for decent wages, economic stability, and being able to provide a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply in Texas. Unemployment is still high, earnings have been stagnant for a decade, and many workers lack health insurance and retirement savings to protect them financially during a serious illness or when they can no longer work.Challenges to the future of Texas' middle class can be seen most clearly in the economic prospects for the state's young people. Today many young workers are earning the same or less than their parents did a generation ago, dashing hopes for economic mobility. Although a four-year college degree improves job prospects and lifetime earnings, skyrocketing college costs, especially since Texas' tuition deregulation in 2003, are making it hard for all but the most affluent students to stay in school and graduate. Texas college graduates have high levels of student debt while their earnings have fallen over the past decade. Young workers are increasingly less likely to have access to health insurance and retirement benefits through their employers, with the most dramatic changes occurring in recent years.Now is the time for employers, workers, and policymakers to come together once again to rebuild pathways to the middle class, create good jobs with fair pay and decent benefits, and ensure that prosperity is broadly shared in the next generation.
Challenges to the future of Texas' middle class can be seen most clearly in the economic prospects for the state's young people. Today many young workers are earning the same or less than their parents did a generation ago, dashing hopes for economic mobility. Although a four-year college degree improves job prospects and lifetime earnings, skyrocketing college costs, especially since Texas' tuition deregulation in 2003, are making it hard for all but the most affluent students to stay in school and graduate. Texas college graduates have high levels of student debt while their earnings have fallen over the past decade. Young workers are increasingly less likely to have access to health insurance and retirement benefits through their employers, with the most dramatic changes occurring in recent years.
Now is the time for employers, workers, and policymakers to come together once again to rebuild pathways to the middle class, create good jobs with fair pay and decent benefits, and ensure that prosperity is broadly shared in the next generation.
Rick Perry is a combination of Pierre Poujade and Silvio Berlusconi (with a Sassoon stylist). He's the Texan on the grassy knoll looking to pick off Federal officials. He's retail politics at its greasiest. As president he'd make Assad look like Gandhi.
Boygabriel said:Rick Perry quote of the day, via Daily Kos:“We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax.”Note (1): Texas has no income tax.Note (2): He is the governor of Texas.Carry on, Rick.
Boygabriel said:Rick Perry quote of the day, via Daily Kos: