Vote out Left, repeal health law

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

● With health care, the Left has taken this country where the center-right majority ain’t. There will be a price to pay on Election Day in November and in 2012. Then repeal.

● With or without Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a candidate for governor, the state should join states in challenging the just-passed mandate that people be forced to buy health insurance. The feds’ constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce does not extend to forcing individuals to buy specific products, state AGs contend.

● Yes, ethics reform in Georgia is vital. But it does feel kind of silly to be freaking out over who buys a politician lunch when the dishonesties inherent in the just-passed health care bill — the phony numbers, the tricks to hide taxes, the double-counting of higher Medicare taxes — are so profoundly dishonest that they’d be prosecutable in the private sector. There’s such a despicable double standard between what politicians do and what they rail about and prosecute in the private sector.

● When gender trumps, you get the results that we saw in the Georgia State Senate’s odd-duck pairing of State Sens. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) to table SB 407, which would allow Georgians to cross state lines to buy health insurance — an essential element of any conservative health care reform. By shopping across state lines, consumers can buy the coverage they want, rather than the coverage mandated by politicians. House and Senate women argued that would be detrimental to their gender.

● Good grief, man, don’t be telling people that the 1.45 percent tax on hospital revenues that Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed and that the Legislature is about to accept won’t be added to the pills and bills of paying patients. The tax — politicians call it a fee — “has to come through the efficiencies of the hospitals” and “cannot be passed on to patients,” said the good conservative Republican, state Rep. Jimmy Pruett of Eastman. Yes and those hidden $20 billion in taxes on medical equipment contained in the Washington health care bill are gonna be eaten by goblins before they get passed through to the rest of us.

● The Market Bulletin published by the state Department of Agriculture for 93 years is a Georgia treasure. Though its content does occasionally promote the boss, it’s largely nonpolitical. Cost to produce is $774,000 annually. It goes twice monthly to 130,000 people who request it. Cost-cutting conservatives are proposing a $10 subscription charge, which is expected to cut circulation in half. I’d pay the $10 and can’t in good conscience argue against it. It’s a legitimate user fee. But I’d rather pay $20 and have it sent free to those whose income is less than $35,000 per year.

● James Kau, a real estate professor at UGA’s Terry College of Business, makes a compelling argument in last Sunday’s AJC that government bailouts “reward negative outcomes and mediocre choices” in home buying and lead to “further mortgage defaults and cries for more bailouts. Bailouts are nothing more than a politically-based catastrophic solution to a market correction.” Man, we’ve got to make this guy’s teachings mandatory. He’s a jewel.

● Mandate, too, that students and aspiring politicians read the AJC guest commentary Thursday by another distinguished professor, Scott Beaulier of Mercer University in Macon, entitled “Taxing and spending is going from bad to worse.” He makes marvelous points: Businesses and therefore jobs flee high-tax states for lower ones. Politicians should make “significant cuts in the size and scope of government in Georgia.” And, “spending rules [should be] adopted to prevent future crises from developing.” Now if we can just get some of those professors in the social sciences schooled by this Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

● AJC.com headline: “Can schools stop obesity?” Sure, in the less than 10 percent of a child’s day that they have, schools can stop obesity, be a daddy, teach social skills, stop bullying, build self-esteem and train them to be little greenies and peaceniks. And, oh yes, teach them to read and write.

291 comments Add your comment

Rita

March 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

“Newt for pres in 2012 and Paul Ryan for VP, what do you think?”

That’s a dream ticket…for the Democrats. All they have to do is reopen Newt’s marital infidelities and his request for a divorce at his cancer-patient wife’s hospital bed. Americans are a forgiving lot but that stuff is a bit over the top.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

Rita-

I agree Newt has some baggage, but it didn’t hurt Clinton did it? Newt’s problem would be in the repunlican primary. Certainly Dems wouldn’t hold that against Newt, since Dems believe to live and let live.

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

The biggest problem with Bush was that he spent too much money. Compassionate conservative is the term form reaching across the aisle and working with the democrats.

Look at funding the war as a stimulus package that actually works. We are supposting our industies, and giving jobs to hundreds of thousands. Most contractors are highly overpaid, but that’s another issue. At least that money is being spent and not just sitting in a bank waiting to be skimmed off the democrats for purposes totally unrelated to what is was supposed to be used for.

Barry

March 26th, 2010
1:19 pm

If republicans ever hope to regain any respect with most working Americans they should accept their own mantra of “individual responsibility”.

Stop repeating the daily GOP talking points and stop trying to label policies you don’t like as socialist or communist, National Health Care being the new “end of life as we know it”. Most working people want it and it’s going to become even more popular when republicans stop lying about all the benefits and cost savings.

Give up the cotton mill mentality – it’s not class warfare to say rich people don’t pay their fair share, it’s just a fact. Most of us pay Social Security Tax on 100% of income, but the rich are capped when they go over the first 100K – even if they make $300 million per year like Rush.

Quit defending the lunatic fringe that has become the public face of the GOP. Stop selling hate and fear 24/7 on Hate Radio and Cable TV. Threats to secede from the Union, repeal and reload and random acts of assault or vandalism make you look more like common thugs, even terrorists. Remember what yo’ Mama said, You are judged by the friends you keep!

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
1:23 pm

ROS

Kept promises? Is there anything that this administration has done without smoke and mirrors?

Pay as you go. Signed a bill and then threw it out the window a month later. What a joke.

Death panels. They have a different name, but they do exist in every socialized healthcare system (like the one you just happily passed) The democrat version will just be called Life panels and that will make it all better.

Tax cuts. They increase government revenue every time they are done. Try to find one example if you don’t believe me. They also stimulate job growth. So once again Obama can’t wait to do something that will hurt our economy. Too bad nobody in the white house has ever had a real job.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
1:30 pm

Barry-

Everything you accuse republicans of, you just did. Come on guy, you can’t even see what you are writing is full of venom and hate. I disagree with 98% of the Obama’s policies. That doesn’t mean I’m “hateful”, it means I think BO and his ilk are simply wrong and their policies are bad for America.

GOP on the Rise

March 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

We won’t be fooled again , your moniker says it all, you have been fooled you just don’t know it… yet… RLOL

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
1:37 pm

BTW Barry, for once I agree with Biden, healthcare passing was a “big @#$%^ deal”. Except not for the good.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
1:45 pm

I see when we win the argument, we are banned….CUT HIS MIC !!!!
ha ha ha ha ha

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
1:49 pm

2 trillion and counting. Free health care for Iraqis = $350 million per year. New schools for Iraq billions. Rebuild THEIR electric grid.l. and on and on. We should be nation building HERE. Our infrastructure crumbles as our middle class is wiped out by greed of the wealthy elite.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
1:55 pm

Wall Street, bankers and the like are vast majority REPUBLICANS. The party of greed. They have never seen a tax cut for wealthy or corporation we couldn’t afford. But, if something benefits the working middle class of America it must be attacked as socialism. It is a matter of priorities.
Money spent on America’s needs is well spent. Farm subsidies should be eliminated. Free market.
No tax breaks for wealthy or businesses UNLESS they invest it in job creation (not minimum wage jobs or jobs in China) We have been trickled on long enough. There are good idea on both sides of the aisle IF they will work together. I have seen zero desire for republicans to work with the elected majority. It is ludicrous for anyone to suggest Obama’s actions were not what he campaigned on and what he was elected by large margins on. America rejected republicans soundly…due to their failure to govern effectively. I know it hurts…but change is gonna come. We demanded it and the democrats will deliver that much needed change. Or as the kindergarten party likes to call it… the “hopey changey”

Reality

March 26th, 2010
2:23 pm

@JKL2 – Done with smoke and mirrors?????? Not sure that I agree with that!

But, whatever you call it, at least the Democrats are doing SOMETHING. What the heck are republicans doing other than saying “no?”

Virginia

March 26th, 2010
2:26 pm

Barry, you said it well!!

Barry

March 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Hey old soldier – instead of just passing off my points as SSDD – factually point out where I’m incorrect:

• rich people don’t pay their fair share
• Most of us pay Social Security Tax on 100% of our income
• the rich are capped (No SS tax on millions)
• Most working people want (Health Care Reform)
• Newt – is a draft-dodging frat-boy

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
2:55 pm

Vote against the fat cats on Wall St. Vote against the republican party. They are supporting the bankers excessive pay at the cost of the shareholder. They are against reform of banking industry. They are calling the new Pell Grants and student loans a “government takeover” also. In actuality, the government paid banks to administer loans (interest free for banks) for the banks to then charge interest/ make money and THEN charge the government for using OUR money. Sorry , closing that middleman rip off of taxpayer money saves $10 billion dollars per year and that money goes to more student loans/aid. Win /win for the taxpayer as student loans must be repaid. (not allopwed to bankrupt them….wages can be garnished etc. to recoup) Once, again…when the children are sat down in the corner…and the adults handle our nations business, solutions can be found.

Dusty

March 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

Thank you, Jim Wooten, for offering your honest and worthwhile opinion. When the liberals try to wipe you out, you know you have spoken the truth The truth upsets them even when it is backed by facts.

Keep up the good work. We will get this healthcare thing fixed yet. But it won’t be done by brainwashed liberals. They are still venting their 8 year hatred of Bush and Cheney. Obviously, hatred is not good for the mind. The liberals here show us how true that is.

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

Barry-

Most Americans don’t pay any income tax. Where is the fair share? The top 1% pay 40% of the income tax. Sounds pretty fair.

Most people want healthcare reform. Unfortunately we did nothing to solve the problems. You passed 2900 pages of pork that we will start paying for now but don’t go into effect for 4 years because you had come up with an accounting gimick to say it will be under a $trillion. Using the MA trial program, it will be at least $10 trillion.

You better start letting illegal immigrant billions come into the country because we don’t have enough rich people to cover that one and the bank of China is getting ready to cut us off.

Who cares about Newts military service? John Kerry got a self inflicted splinter in his arm, and wrote up his own purple heart award to get out Vietnam. I guess that’s much better than getting a legal excuse.

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

Reality (??)

The republicans don’t have any power. How can they be the party of “no” if their oppinions were blatantly ignored and their votes technically didn’t matter?

The only agument was amungst your party members. Their solution was to bribe each other and shove in as much pork as possible. The bill is so large and so full of crap nobody knows what it actually says. Good thing it’s a law now.

Obama said this would be done on C-span so everyone could see. This would not be a 50+1 vote. It is so big that everyone would have to agree on it.

So most of it was written in back rooms where republicans weren’t even allowed to attend. Transparency would not be the term I used.

One thing we agree on

March 26th, 2010
3:13 pm

Cynthia Tucker is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I was banned from her blogs for no reason. I even defended her against the rabid right repeatedly.

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

Won’t be fooled (lol)

want do you think caused most of the banking crisis? Maybe the housing debacle? Who caused the housing debacle?

Jimmy Carter with adittional help from Bill Clinton. You can blame Bush if you want for not repealling all that stupid crap.

Bush did a terrible thing with the Tarp bailout. So what is Obama’s solution? Add a second bad program (stimulus) and a third (jobs (lol)). The only good thing is that the third wasn’t anything like the $700B they initially proposed.

Good thing that we still have a couple hundred Billion in the tarp fund that we needed to borrow this other $trillion. Oh, that hasn’t been spent yet either(so much for actually efffecting anything).

Even the money that the banks in tarp repaid was then illegally to other pork by Obama. Good thing he works for the government because if he was a civilian he would be in jail for the way is running his business.

Wake up

March 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

@JKL2 Accept the reality that Obama was elected by a MAJORITY. Democrats were elected by a MAJORITY. They have no obligation to include the republicans in anything. Republicans were soundly rejected. All attempts to be bipartisan were rejected for the “Hell No” attitude. Republicans have stomped and cried for 2 years now tryint to subvert the will of the American people, expressed Nov. 5, 2008. That is the only poll that counts. The tiny minority does not have the “right” to roadblock the changes America voted for- one of which was health care reform, promised and delivered by President Obama and all democrats who campaigned in 2008. We rejected the failed ideology and governance of the “conservative” movement. A bowel movement is more productive

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:25 pm

Just got back to the office Barry, I appreciate the compliment, old soldier, better than being a young soldier in the grave for defending your right to be stupid. Now to your points.

Taxs- Top 1% pay 40% of taxes, top 50% pay 98% of taxes, what’s your beef?

Social security taxes- Wealthly are capped, ok at the level they pay, even though capped they will pay in far more than they will ever receive in benefits. For them to pay more is income redistribution, is that what you favor?

Most working people want health care reform- I agree, just not Obamacare. Show where I am wrong.

Newt and draftdodging- If you are a draftdodger that means the government sent you a draft notice and you used illegal means not to be drafted. No proof of that. Clinton came close. If you mean Newt used legal means, i.e. college deferment/family/ etc. I sure he did. So did I until I went back to college and earned my degree and commission in ROTC. Nothing illegal or immoral with that. Next?

And what was your service?

Reality

March 26th, 2010
3:25 pm

@JLK2: YOUR party has offered nothing close to a compromise. All they have offered is their same extreme right wing crap and then have said “no.”

Example 1: The repubicans wanted limits on lawsuits for malpractice. President Obama said, okay, if we add it to the bill THEN will you vote for it? They said no.

Example 2: The republicans offered an amendment to the reconcilliation bill that requires doctors that prescribe viagra to do a legal background check on the patients. Huh? Like that will decrease healthcare cost?

Wake up

March 26th, 2010
3:25 pm

JKL2. The stock market was crashing, Wall Street bail outs had begun, banks were failing, jobs were laying off en masse when Obama took office as a result of your guys’ actions. You always try to go way back to Carter and Clinton to find excuses for the failures of the republican policies and President. Republicans de-regulated the banks (Glass Steagall Act repealed by repubs)
Despite your party causing the problem, blaming them on Obama, then lying ,distorting and fear mongering, President Obama has stabilized the economy, stock market has risen sharply and the ship is being righted. Only time will tell if these efforts will be successful but this much is true…
America gave republicans a long time at the helm and they FAILED MISERABLY.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:27 pm

Fooled-

Do some research and look at the campaign donation from wall street. You’ll see more went to the Dems than Reps. That changed under Clinton. Reps are the party of small business not Wall St. anymore. Do your homework.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
3:30 pm

That’s right reality.
Republicans “offered” ammendments to try to slow the work of the Senate and to temper tantrum once again. They put a vote on Viagra to sex offenders as an ammenment so they later can falsely claim democrats “voted to allow sex offenders Viagra” in their health care bill. The party of “hell no”
has no limit to the depths they will slither to try to regain power. Their ideas are bankrupt….like our nation after they did what Al Gore warned America they would do in 2000, “run our economy into a ditch” Al Gore was right when he predicted that would be the result of the wreckless tax cuts and increased spending. Just 8 years later and he was proven right. We won’t be fooled again, republicans

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

Wake up-

We are only trying to hold BO to the standard he set for himself during the campaign. Are you that blind?

JKL2

March 26th, 2010
3:33 pm

Economics 101

The government recieves it’s money from the people. Any dollar we give them is one less dollar you have in your pocket. If you don’t have any money, you can’t buy anything. If nobody is going to buy anything, you have no reason to start a business. If the government is going to take all your profits, you have no reason to start a business.

A job with the government (16k new IRS agents) takes money out of peoples pockets. Anything the government spends takes money out of peoples pockets. Everything this administration has done so far has been detrimental to job creation.

Tax cuts have increased government revenues every time they have been applied. Guess what another $10 trillion in debt and extreme tax increases are going to do for our ability to pay our debt?

The great depression was caused by high taxes from Hoover and government spending by FDR. If Obama is looking to be remembered as the Grestest Depression president he is doing a good job of following the playbook.

China has 200M middle class. The problem is the 1.4B living in poverty to support them. The goal should be to raise the lower classes by making them better, not turn the rich into middle class by stealing all their money.

Read “the ten men who went to diner” fable and see how close we are to the rich guy not showing up.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
3:35 pm

After only 8 years in power in Georgia, Sonny Purdue and the republican party has left this state with the highest unemployment in state history, and budget deficits as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile they have ignored transportation issues and infrastructure crumbles.

Reality

March 26th, 2010
3:37 pm

@Retired Soldier 3:25

You really need to stop getting your numbers/data from FOX news. The top most wealthy people pay very little in the way of income taxes. Warren Buffet paid 19% last year, for example. Even I paid more than 19%! The most wealthy people have many more options to shelter their money and to avoid Mr. IRS.

By the way, our founding fathers (to include those that first crafted income tax) did not call it “redistribution of wealth” but rather they called it “paying their fair share.” Those with more money can more easily afford more. Those with less money cannot afford as much. That likely is too logical for you to understand.

Regarding your “Obamacare” comment… I am still waiting for one of you that use that term to define it for me. If you cannot specifically tell me what it is, then stop using that term. From everything that I have heard people say, the current Healthcare Reform Law addresses their concerns and wants and needs.

And no, I did not serve in the military. I chose to not shower with thousands of other naked men.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

They tell us whether or not we can buy alcohol on Sundays, like we are children….when they are the ones who behave like children….food fight in Congress yet? Lord knows they look like kindergarteners in Congress. They try to over rule states rights concerning medical marijuana…want the federal government to intervene. What about the “states’ rights” you talk about? hypocrites…only when it suits you

Reality

March 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

@JKL2 LOL!! OMG!! Okay, rarely do I call anyone names, but dude, you are just an idiot. You said….

“Tax cuts have increased government revenues every time they have been applied. Guess what another $10 trillion in debt and extreme tax increases are going to do for our ability to pay our debt?”

So then, by your logic, if the government totally eliminates all taxes, then the government will be the most wealthy? Really?

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:43 pm

After 15 months in office BO has created the highest unemployment since the great Depression while not addressing Gitmo or terroist trials. Brillent Fooled

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

Reality-

The top 1% pay into the government 40% of all taxes the government collects. Can you understand that?

Our founding fathers discussed the income tax? Did you ever take
history? They never dreamed the federal government would tax that way and look at the constitution and the amendments, that will tell you when income started. Please

I never bathed w/ thousands either. That’s your excuse for not serving your country? That’s Sham WOW

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:49 pm

Reality-

Have you ever considered the deficts were caused by to much spending? Mull that one over.

Jess

March 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

Won’t be fooled,

Take a peak at the other 49 states unemployment rate. They all have the same problem. This is not a Purdue issue.

And your statement about state budjet deficits is flat wrong. The state, unlike the federal govt., has to balance it’s budjet by law. That means there is no deficit.

Perhaps you were just ill informed. Let’s just say that.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
3:53 pm

@retired. You know what you say is not true but say it anyway. It’s part of the republicans’
“right to lie” stance.
BO “created” the highest unemployment….as though the meltdown of our economy had not already begun BEFORE Obama took office. Remember old man McCain “suspended” his campaign to fly to Washington (via CBS Evening News interview) to deal with the economic collapse resulting from Lehman’s failure and the Wall St panick and worldwide market collapses and losses.
Must be reading those Texas textbooks early… Naw, just regurgitaing your Fox News lies.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Fooled, should be foolish, I said that tongue in check. Perdue is no more to blame for the unemployment than BO is. Think it thru before you strike.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
3:58 pm

Has the budget been balanced yet? how many more school closings and teachers’ lay offs, firefighters and police let go before it is “balanced” Yes, across the country, states are reeling, the economy is reeling from the weight of the FAILED republican policies….Cut taxes, increase spending and entitlements, and conduct 2 wars/occupations/ nation building and free health care, rebuilding, schools for Iraq. Ironic how even as we close schools in America, we are building and opening schools in Iraq. Ironoc how we provide free health care to Iraqis, we rail against health care for Americans ( that we will pay for, not free) is “socialized medicine” and “Armaggedon”
If your side had a shred of evidence supporting their argument, it was blown out of the water by the reality we see today, the result of a failed doctrine known as “conservatism”

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:01 pm

@RetiredSoldier 3:43
President Obama is already in the process of closing Gitmo. What is your problem? Did you not know that or are you trying to not only change the past but also the present?

President Obama did not “create” the currently unemployed. As you repubs always say – it takes 4 years in office to change the mess from the previous president. And, you give Obama a little more than a year? Yes, he is good – but not THAT good!

In case you forgot, the unemployment was in the process of exploding WHEN President Obama was elected. But, I guess you blame that on him as well?

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:04 pm

@RetiredSoldier 3:48

Again I ask – where do you get your information? What VALID source says that about the top 1%? If you cannot reveal a source, then all we can do is KNOW that you are blowing it out of your a$$.

If you go back and read what I posted (maybe more slowly this time) I never said that our founding fathers MADE the tax income law. I said that our founding fathers AND those that made the tax laws knew that it was only right for everyone to PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE.

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:06 pm

@RetiredSoldier 3:49

Yes! Something we can agree on! The federal budget deficit was primarily caused by overspending…… by Bush on the Pentagon and the wars he created!

A secondary cause? The tax cuts he gave to the most wealthy.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

I noticed reality you left the topic of income tax.
4 years before a president gets the blame? ok I’ll bite. Using your rule Bush isn’t responsible for Iraq, 9/11, Afganistan, or the first recession. Got it.

BO said and I paraphrase “Gitmo will be closed in one year after I take office”. oops. That’s like “healthcare will be on CSPAN” oops.

etc, etc, etc Need I go on?

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

These issues should not be republican or democrat. They should be right and wrong. No matter the party, they should work for a vibrant economy, that is responsible. Capitalism without a conscience….or greed run amok is just as destructive asa “lazy”, “socialist” system.
America will not survive without a strong, vibrant middle class. Short-sighted profit making, and risk taking at our expense is unforgivable. We currently have a system that privatizes profits and socializes the losses. We pay for the greed and speculation of the fat cats on Wall Street. Guess what party the VAST MAJORITY of them belong to? You guessed it….rebublican

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

Reality-

You have never heard me defend Bush on his budget deficts. Bush was wrong, just as BO is today.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:11 pm

Fooled—go home and do your homework assignment. Stop making foolish comments in public. I have faith you can do better young man.

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

@RetiredSoldier 3:57

Wow. You are really something (not in a good way). You said, “Perdue is no more to blame for the unemployment than BO is.”

Does that mean that you have changed your mind and that President Obama is NOT to blame for the unemployment? You just posted a few minutes ago that Obama WAS to blame. Will you please make up your lies and STICK WITH THEM?

There is a difference between Perdue and Obama. President Obama has been in office a little over one year. Perdue has been in office for two terms. Perdue has had much more time to screw things up – and screw things up he has!

GA high in unemployment
GA low in education (and he want to slash it more)
He wants to waste money to sue for the Healthcare reform
He signs into law that guns are okay in bars (really – lets mix alcohol and guns)
He signs into law that guns are okay in church (really)

He has been the worst Governor in the over 40 years I’ve been on this Earth!

Barry

March 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

You said Retired – I assumed old – my bad.

Back in the day – they were drafting 60,000 a month. In my family, waiting to be drafted was considered unacceptable, maybe even cowardly. I volunteered and was sworn in Aug ‘66, less than a week after my 18th birthday. I don’t wear my service on my sleeve in a blog.

Just because it was legal to avoid the draft – No Way That Makes It Honorable!

Your draft-dodgers buddies had other priorities -
Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Saxby Chambliss, Jeb Bush, John Ashcroft, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Richard Shelby, Bill Bennett, Rudy Giuliani, Rush Limbaugh, Neil Boortz , Sean Hannity, the list goes on forever….

George W. Bush: Texas Air Nat. Guard (in ’68 you had to be really rich and/or well connected to even get in a Guard unit); skipped duty; didn’t take flight physical (Coincidentally at the same time mandatory drug testing started); and was suspended from flying.

Some really honorable men you have on your side!

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:15 pm

The “free market” doesn’t pay an Am radio personality hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
But a corrupt system, financed by big corporations pays for the free programming provided for their puppets….Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Sean Hannity does.
Many of you get your daily motivation from overweight drug addicts.
Why do you want to listen to someone who brags that what he says will “pi$$ you off” ?
What are you so angry about? You had your way…it failed…move on

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

@RetiredSoldier 4:08
Um, no. I haven’t left the topic of income tax. As I posted at 4:04 I am waiting for you to share where you get your numbers!

Regarding Gitmo – Let me understand. You are upset that President Obama is closing Gitmo 3 months later than promised? Really? Bush did all of his CRAP that doesn’t upset you, but THAT upsets you? Really?

Regarding Healthcare – I do think that President Obama was sincere during his campaign to put the Healthcare discussions on CSPAN. What he did not count on was the extreme partisan politics that made it impossible. Again, THAT is what upsets you?