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Friday, March 22, 2019

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

What did Republicans learn from the first decade of the 21st century? A decade in which a record surplus became a record deficit. A decade in which America suffered the worst terrorist attack in her history, then responded with two disastrous wars financed by tax breaks mostly enjoyed by the rich. A decade in which wealth inequality soared to a point that we hadn’t seen since before the Great Depression. A decade in which the American economy created zero net jobs for the first time since the 1930s.

Nothing, apparently.

Here are five ways that Republicans are campaigning for 2016 on a platform of the exact same mistakes that led America into a decade that most of us would like to forget.

1. Another disastrous war in the Middle East.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu barely had to update his scaremongering from the Iraq War to make his case for why the U.S. should not accept anything less than total capitulation from Iran.

“Zero is a fantasy, and you can blame President George W. Bush’s administration for that,” said Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund. “It may have been possible to convince Iran to dismantle all its centrifuges when it had only a few dozen in 2003 and first offered to talk to the U.S. Or in 2005, when it had a few hundred and was in talks with the European Union. But the Bush administration spurned any deal.”

Netanyahu has long favored military action over diplomacy — reportedly even over the objections of his own military. They know what he won’t admit: War won’t achieve his alleged goal.

Foreign Policy’s Sharon E. Burke notes that “military action against Iran would likely mean the beginning of a war, not the end of a nuclear program,” which will inevitably lead “not only to a sustained American military campaign but also economic turmoil, particularly if Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz.”

2. More and bigger tax cuts for the richest—who have never been richer.
While Americans reckon with record inequality that stagnates our economy while endlessly sucking more wealth and power to a group of the richest 300,000 Americans (who take in more income than the bottom 180 million combined), Republicans think the problem is that we haven’t made the richest rich enough.

Pretensions of a “reform” movement changing the policies of the GOP to match its populist rhetoric have been revealed as a fraud with a new proposal from Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT). “[F]ar from being the ‘tax reform’ it claimed to be, Rubio and Lee had merely constructed a gigantic tax-cut plan that would reduce federal revenue by $2.4 trillion over a decade, a larger tax cut than George W. Bush passed in 2001,” New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait wrote.

In 2012, Mitt Romney at least tried to pretend that he wasn’t cutting his own taxes. In 2016, Republicans will be back to outbidding each other to see who can reduce Mitt’s rate to zero. Maybe we should pay him taxes so he doesn’t go Galt or something?

3. More ground troops in Iraq.
President Obama’s use of war powers to renew combat in Iraq with airstrikes and military advisors targeting ISIS seems fast and loose to many liberals. But to conservatives, it isn’t fast and loose enough. They think ground troops should be on the table, and by “on the table,” they mean “in Iraq.”

King Abdullah II — who briefly became the hero of the right when he ordered airstrikes against ISIS months after President Obama had — doesn’t agree.

“It is our war. It has been for a long time,” he told CNN. “These are outlaws, in a way, of Islam, the minute they set up this irresponsible caliphate to try to expand their dominion over Muslims.”

Weird. He doesn’t think we should double down on the exact policy that led to the creation of ISIS.

4. Take health insurance from millions of Americans.
The King v. Burwell case heard by the Supreme Court this week is less of a law argument than a “Jedi mind trick,” according to Vox‘s Ezra Klein. To many legal experts and observers, it’s a classic example of sophistry designed by conservatives who hate the Affordable Care Act and want to use their judicial advantage for a second chance to sink a law that’s clearly working.

Under George W. Bush, 7.9 million Americans lost their health coverage as premiums skyrocketed, and Republicans did nothing about it but pass an unfunded expansion of Medicare.

Since Obamacare became law, the growth of premiums has slowed dramatically and we’ve seen an unprecedented slowdown in health care spending. Even as we’ve expanded coverage to an estimated 13 million Americans, we’re expected to spend $600 billion less on health care over the next decade than we were just a few years ago.

A decision for the plaintiffs wouldn’t just take coverage from 8 million Americans, it would threaten coverage for 14 million middle-class workers in states that mostly vote Republican, according to ACASignups.net‘s Charles Gaba.

Take that, Obama!

5. Another Bush.
”Everyone wants to go to Baghdad,” a British official closely aligned with the Bush administration reportedly said in 2003. “Real men want to go to Tehran.”

We’ve seen what happens when one Bush wants to outdo another.

Jeb Bush isn’t even attempting to assuage critics who think his brother’s policies — which Jeb has claimed to back entirely — were a complete disaster.

He told a conservative talk-show host that he wouldn’t hesitate to start “a third Bush war” in Iraq. His case is basically that he’s Goldilocks Bush. His dad’s Iraq War was too small. His brother’s was too big. His will be just right.

And along with war, we’ll also get climate change denial and more tax breaks for the guys who don’t need them.

“There’s nothing in my record that would suggest that I’m a moderate,” Bush told Republicans in Iowa this week.

Believe him.

As another Bush once said, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me… you can’t get fooled again.”

Photo: Former governor Jeb Bush speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Feb. 27, 2015 in National Harbor, MD. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

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79 responses to “5 Colossal Mistakes That Republicans Want To Make Again”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    The biggest problem for the GOP is not their dismal legacy, but the fact that they insist on doing the same things that contributed to the Great Depression, Reagan’s recession, and Bush’s Great Recession all over again. From out of control deficit spending, to out of control borrowing, hiding government outlays to give the illusion that their deficits were not as bad as they were, to the deregulation that produced the ENRON, AIG, and Lehman Brothers scandals and the near collapse of Wall Street, to irresponsible tax breaks while engaging in unnecessary, deceitful, crusades. A record that includes Iran-Contra, the cut and run in Lebanon, funding death squads in Colombia and El Salvador, replacing Saddam Hussein and Baathist party members with Shias aligned to Iran, causing the death of 600,000 Iraqis, and over 2 million fleeing their country to survive (they are back with a vengeance under the name of ISIS), 9/11, eleven terrorist attacks against U.S. diplomatic facilities (the consulate in Karachi was attacked twice), over 4,500 U.S. soldiers killed and thousands maimed and/or afflicted by PTSD, torture, failing to capture OBL, wasting over $1T in sole source contracts to companies like Halliburton and Blackwater USA in Iraq, while ignoring investment in infrastructure, education, and job creation in the USA, and doing everything they could to expedite outsourcing, looking the other way when the wealthiest members of our society stashed their loot away in tax shelters in the Cayman Islands, Ireland, and Switzerland, they have the nerve of proposing to go back to those disastrous days? What is truly amazing is not so much their dismal record and lack of vision, but the fact that so many Americans continue to vote for them and support their attempts to destroy the USA.

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • janis mcdonald says:

      Amen! Add to that proud stands against gays, women’s rights to their own bodies, stands on creationism etc that have no place in the political arena, the continued power of the lobbies — but you by far, Dominick, said it best!

    • paulyz says:

      So typical of the Lefts’ strategy of stating what their opposition is doing wrong while they are the ones doing exactly that. It’s very easy to campaign & say you will do, criticize the other Party, but do exactly what you accuse them of. Obama is the Master of this Misinformation & illusion of saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. But thanks to video records we see over & over how BO has done this.

      18 Trillion in National Debt, 7 years of high unemployment, low-paying & part time jobs, allowing more Illegals here while millions of Americans are jobless, releasing violent terrorists that go back to the battlefield, (not to mention the 38,000 criminal Illegals released), constant spending increases without results, stealing $ 716 Billion from Medicare for Obamacare, while both Medicare & S.S. are going bankrupt, and a recovery that was worse than the recession. As for “torture” our Navy SEALS are put through even tougher training than the terrorists at GITMO. I could go on, but the picture is clear.

    • paulyz says:

      So typical of the Lefts’ strategy of stating what their opposition is doing wrong while they are the ones doing exactly that. It’s very easy to campaign & say you will do, criticize the other Party, but do exactly what you accuse them of. Obama is the Master of this Misinformation & illusion of saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. But thanks to video records we see over & over how BO has done this.

      18 Trillion in National Debt, 7 years of high unemployment, low-paying & part time jobs, allowing more Illegals here while millions of Americans are jobless, releasing violent terrorists that go back to the battlefield, (not to mention the 38,000 criminal Illegals released), constant spending increases without results, stealing $ 716 Billion from Medicare for Obamacare, while both Medicare & S.S. are going bankrupt, and a recovery that was worse than the recession. As for “torture” our Navy SEALS are put through even tougher training than the terrorists at GITMO. I could go on, but the picture is clear.

      • Tater says:

        It’s almost not possible to be any more misinformed than you are right now. Lemme guess, you watch FOX News, don’t ya? LOL

        • idamag says:

          “When a true genius appears in the world you shall know hi by this sign: That the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) Doesn’t that describe paulyz?

          • Joeshmoe2011 says:

            I wouldn’t call Obama a true genius, but he is a lot smarter than all the neo-confederates in the republican party combined.

          • paulyz says:

            Yes, thank you, all of you dunces are in a confederacy against me, LMAO.

        • paulyz says:

          Sure beats MSNBC, the network proven to be 80% opinion & only 20% factual. By the time useful gullible fools as yourself wake up, if ever, the rest of us are screwed.

      • Tater says:

        It’s almost not possible to be any more misinformed than you are right now. Lemme guess, you watch FOX News, don’t ya? LOL

      • Tater says:

        It’s almost not possible to be any more misinformed than you are right now. Lemme guess, you watch FOX News, don’t ya? LOL

      • 788eddie says:

        Paulyz, don’t you smell the stuff your shovelin’?

      • CrankyToo says:

        You know, I can’t figure out if you’re just grossly misinformed, blatantly stupid or intentionally dishonest… What I do know, is that the stuff you post, by and large, bears no resemblance to the truth. Is it possible that one could be so gullible, so ignorant, or so odious as you appear to be? It staggers my imagination to think so.

        Some of what you’ve just posted is arguable (and I might argue those points with you if I were remotely convinced that you are intelligent enough to be persuaded by actual facts). But most of what you posted is patently, inarguably and utterly false.

      • charleo1 says:

        I know what you mean about video records. Obama is on video saying Iraq was a, “Stupid War!” Can you believe it? Just like Bush! Not!
        Now, Bush said in his 2008 State of the Union Address, “The economy is strong!” And sure enough, by the time he left it was strongly accelerating down the drain, quicker than the 8 week Iraqi Civil War he got going… and continued… and carried on… and stayed the course….and surged…… And then threw up a flimsy corrupt Shia run gov, and declared victory!
        While the now, “illusionist,” Obama was stuck dealing with 800,000 very
        real jobs that were becoming memories each month for 800,000 very real recently unemployed Americans. Who were still waiting for the not so real illusions of prosperity Bush promised them. On the day he signed the bill creating the biggest tax cuts in the Country’s history for the top 1%.

        So yes, there’s a lot of illusion here. Like the recovery of the economy,
        Obama did not wreck. Producing as many jobs in as many consecutive months, as the economy of the mid 90s. Being described as ‘worse than the recession’s’ losses of 800,000 jobs a month, and the 700,000 losses the month before that. Or worse than the combined total of 10 million recessionary job losses overall. Or, the Stock Market being down to 6500. Having since achieved a record high since 20,000. Now that’s some illusion, to say the recovery has been worse than the recession.
        Or, an even bigger illusion to say we treat Navy Seals no worse than what the international agreements we signed on to, describe as torture. For one thing the Seals volunteered. The prisoners, under our charge, for who’s treatment, and safety, we are solely responsible, did not. Not merely an illusionary difference, but a determinate one.

    • paulyz says:

      So typical of the Lefts’ strategy of stating what their opposition is doing wrong while they are the ones doing exactly that. It’s very easy to campaign & say you will do, criticize the other Party, but do exactly what you accuse them of. Obama is the Master of this Misinformation & illusion of saying one thing but doing the exact opposite. But thanks to video records we see over & over how BO has done this.

      18 Trillion in National Debt, 7 years of high unemployment, low-paying & part time jobs, allowing more Illegals here while millions of Americans are jobless, releasing violent terrorists that go back to the battlefield, (not to mention the 38,000 criminal Illegals released), constant spending increases without results, stealing $ 716 Billion from Medicare for Obamacare, while both Medicare & S.S. are going bankrupt, and a recovery that was worse than the recession. As for “torture” our Navy SEALS are put through even tougher training than the terrorists at GITMO. I could go on, but the picture is clear.

    • CrankyToo says:

      I enjoy your posts. In particular, I enjoy the ones that contain laundry lists of the evil deeds of the right. They remind me why I have such disdain for the whole lot of them.

      Don’t ever change…

    • latebloomingrandma says:

      And that, Dom, is pretty much everything in a nutshell.

  2. FT66 says:

    I don’t think it is republicans who have to learn about passed mistakes, it lies totally on voters regardless of party affliation who vote them in and who must have realised it was a mistake. Those who are seeking to be elected always think voters are really stupid. They have amnesia, shortsighted and always are ready to forgive and forget. Voters, if you take that path again, remember there are always consequences to face. For god’s sake who in a good manner of thinking can allow anyone to come and preach about going to war again as Netanyahu did? Have people already forgotten those bodies in bags of young soldiers coming back home during Iraq war? Have people forgotten already that we were borrowing money from China to fight those endless wars and drained our pockets, and now we have to go back again to square one? All in all who can think again putting anyone named: “BUSH” in power? What good memories do you have about this family? How come we can reward the same family by even letting one of the member to compete for any Higher Office? Is there any good thinking at all on this? Voters, ask yourself this question “Why Jeb Bush didn’t show up to run immediately after his brother “W” finished his two terms as President?” What was holding him behind? If you will answer this question correctly, then you will get my point of people being fooled.

    • juli1 says:

      I could not agree more strongly.

    • juli1 says:

      I could not agree more strongly.

    • juli1 says:

      I could not agree more strongly.

    • Tater says:

      You said it yourself. LOL, well, kinda. “For God’s sake.” That’s why they get elected. For God’s sake. They’re the Christian party and they fight to outlaw abortion, amongst various other Christian beliefs they try to force onto society by making it law. And that’s why all the poor, dumbass Christians keep voting for them. They either know the Reptards are screwing over the common man and just outright don’t care because GODDDDDDDD and fighting abortion or they are too stupid to know they’re screwing over the common man and vote for them because GODDDDDDDDD and fighting abortion. The super rich buy them off to enforce policies that make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else and they get voted in by playing the God card.

      The good news for the future is that the Millennials are the most Godless generation in this country’s history and they getting fed up with the Repug crap. In the next 10-20 years, when the older white Christian voters start dying off, we’ll see massive changes in the political structure of this country. The younger the voter, the more likely they are to be in favor of abortion rights, gay marriage, scientific knowledge, climate change, etc. We can thank in large part the internet for that. The more knowledge a voter has, the more likely they are to vote Dem, and our younger generation is more hooked into the internet and all it’s knowledge than ever.

      That’s the optimist in me speaking. The pessimist in me hangs my head in shame in just how many dumbass voters we still have in this country. The future looks bright in the long run but the idiots of the country are going to fight us every step of the way.

      • idamag says:

        One thought: They only claim to be Christians. Christians fiollow Jesus Christ. Jesus healed, the blind, the lame, and the sick and did not charge for it. Jesus admonished them about praying in public to be seen of men. Jesus preached love and caring. Jesus fed the hungry. Now, how do these radical hate-mongers measure up? They only care for unborn life. After the child is born they can go hungry and without medical care. They don’t address the number of children killed, every year,by their parents. They are more interested in a microscopic blob, than a living child.

    • Tater says:

      You said it yourself. LOL, well, kinda. “For God’s sake.” That’s why they get elected. For God’s sake. They’re the Christian party and they fight to outlaw abortion, amongst various other Christian beliefs they try to force onto society by making it law. And that’s why all the poor, dumbass Christians keep voting for them. They either know the Reptards are screwing over the common man and just outright don’t care because GODDDDDDDD and fighting abortion or they are too stupid to know they’re screwing over the common man and vote for them because GODDDDDDDDD and fighting abortion. The super rich buy them off to enforce policies that make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else and they get voted in by playing the God card.

      The good news for the future is that the Millennials are the most Godless generation in this country’s history and they getting fed up with the Repug crap. In the next 10-20 years, when the older white Christian voters start dying off, we’ll see massive changes in the political structure of this country. The younger the voter, the more likely they are to be in favor of abortion rights, gay marriage, scientific knowledge, climate change, etc. We can thank in large part the internet for that. The more knowledge a voter has, the more likely they are to vote Dem, and our younger generation is more hooked into the internet and all it’s knowledge than ever.

      That’s the optimist in me speaking. The pessimist in me hangs my head in shame in just how many dumbass voters we still have in this country. The future looks bright in the long run but the idiots of the country are going to fight us every step of the way.

    • Tater says:

      You said it yourself. LOL, well, kinda. “For God’s sake.” That’s why they get elected. For God’s sake. They’re the Christian party and they fight to outlaw abortion, amongst various other Christian beliefs they try to force onto society by making it law. And that’s why all the poor, dumbass Christians keep voting for them. They either know the Reptards are screwing over the common man and just outright don’t care because GODDDDDDDD and fighting abortion or they are too stupid to know they’re screwing over the common man and vote for them because GODDDDDDDDD and fighting abortion. The super rich buy them off to enforce policies that make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else and they get voted in by playing the God card.

      The good news for the future is that the Millennials are the most Godless generation in this country’s history and they getting fed up with the Repug crap. In the next 10-20 years, when the older white Christian voters start dying off, we’ll see massive changes in the political structure of this country. The younger the voter, the more likely they are to be in favor of abortion rights, gay marriage, scientific knowledge, climate change, etc. We can thank in large part the internet for that. The more knowledge a voter has, the more likely they are to vote Dem, and our younger generation is more hooked into the internet and all it’s knowledge than ever.

      That’s the optimist in me speaking. The pessimist in me hangs my head in shame in just how many dumbass voters we still have in this country. The future looks bright in the long run but the idiots of the country are going to fight us every step of the way.

    • idamag says:

      And remember Bush had Kathleen Harris purge 30,000 franchised voters from the voting rolls.

  3. FT66 says:

    I don’t think it is republicans who have to learn about passed mistakes, it lies totally on voters regardless of party affliation who vote them in and who must have realised it was a mistake. Those who are seeking to be elected always think voters are really stupid. They have amnesia, shortsighted and always are ready to forgive and forget. Voters, if you take that path again, remember there are always consequences to face. For god’s sake who in a good manner of thinking can allow anyone to come and preach about going to war again as Netanyahu did? Have people already forgotten those bodies in bags of young soldiers coming back home during Iraq war? Have people forgotten already that we were borrowing money from China to fight those endless wars and drained our pockets, and now we have to go back again to square one? All in all who can think again putting anyone named: “BUSH” in power? What good memories do you have about this family? How come we can reward the same family by even letting one of the member to compete for any Higher Office? Is there any good thinking at all on this? Voters, ask yourself this question “Why Jeb Bush didn’t show up to run immediately after his brother “W” finished his two terms as President?” What was holding him behind? If you will answer this question correctly, then you will get my point of people being fooled.

  4. FT66 says:

    I don’t think it is republicans who have to learn about passed mistakes, it lies totally on voters regardless of party affliation who vote them in and who must have realised it was a mistake. Those who are seeking to be elected always think voters are really stupid. They have amnesia, shortsighted and always are ready to forgive and forget. Voters, if you take that path again, remember there are always consequences to face. For god’s sake who in a good manner of thinking can allow anyone to come and preach about going to war again as Netanyahu did? Have people already forgotten those bodies in bags of young soldiers coming back home during Iraq war? Have people forgotten already that we were borrowing money from China to fight those endless wars and drained our pockets, and now we have to go back again to square one? All in all who can think again putting anyone named: “BUSH” in power? What good memories do you have about this family? How come we can reward the same family by even letting one of the member to compete for any Higher Office? Is there any good thinking at all on this? Voters, ask yourself this question “Why Jeb Bush didn’t show up to run immediately after his brother “W” finished his two terms as President?” What was holding him behind? If you will answer this question correctly, then you will get my point of people being fooled.

  5. juli1 says:

    What’s that old definition of insanity ? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results?

  6. juli1 says:

    What’s that old definition of insanity ? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results?

  7. juli1 says:

    What’s that old definition of insanity ? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results?

  8. idamag says:

    His picture, that looks like he is constipated and straining, says a lot.

  9. Allan Richardson says:

    Before we progressives get onto President Obama for not stopping the war sooner, and for continuing the drone strikes and the spying on citizens started by the Patriot Act, remember that we are still a minority of the voting public, and those voters fear the FAILURE to stop every single terrorist attack MORE than they fear the violation of their own privacy. In a free society, despite the best efforts of police and counterespionage agents, there will be crimes and there will be terrorist attacks attempted, of which one may succeed occasionally. Nevertheless, any administration (of either party, whether motivated by leftist anti-fascist leanings or rightist libertarian ideology) which REDUCES spying will be BLAMED FOR THE NEXT successful terrorist attack, even if it was so well planned that no amount of spying could have prevented it, and this blame will be used as campaign material to run against them (remember Benghazi?). On the other hand, an administration which INCREASES spying, or keeps it at the same level, will have a plausible argument in case of such a terrorist attack that it was not their fault. Voters, since the end of World War Two at least, have punished their leaders LESS for spying on them than for NOT spying on whoever succeeds in attacking them. When the mind set of voters reverses and becomes “we’ll take our chances with terrorist attacks as long as you don’t turn our lives into open books for a police state to read,” politicians will THEN AND ONLY THEN feel safe in turning off the NSA recording machine, and keeping troops and spies and drones out of “terror harboring” countries.

  10. Dennis Price says:

    I swear. I don’t think these clown car teapublicans have ever met a bad, failed idea that they just couldn’t wait to repeat as often as necessary. Start with supply side/trickle down economics and slide downward from there. I can’t believe that people still vote for them. There’s no accounting for the low intelligence of the teapublican base I guess.

    • dpaano says:

      As I’ve said many times before, the way the teapublican base gets their info is from lies and scare tactics from the GOP….they just aren’t intelligent enough to realize this and believe every word they’re told!!! Sad, but so true!

      • Dennis Price says:

        You’re right, it is sad. That’s what the teapublicans get for appealing to the very lowest common denominator. Too bad they won’t understand that one either.

        Maybe there’s a 8 yr old in the house that can explain it to them and not laugh.

  11. ps0rjl says:

    Don’t worry. the Republicans will never get a person in the White House. They can gerrymander districts in their states to get Republicans voted into Congress but they will never get a majority of citizens to vote Republican. The reason is that any Republican candidate must bow to the extreme right wing of their party or they will not get the nomination and those people scare the hell out of most of the other people. There currently is not moderate Republican. THeir little stunt with Nte

    • Dennis Price says:

      I too am a Vietnam vet and we both know who’s boots were on the ground and who’s shoes never left this country. It was easy to buy your way out of it and too bad for the rest of us. Once again, they got theirs and screw us.

      • idamag says:

        And whose boots are going to be on the ground for Netanyahu and the war against Iran.

        • Dennis Price says:

          I don’t know but I think we all know who’s won’t be on the ground. The chicken hawks only start wars, they never actually go to war. It’s not in their cowardly DNA.

    • R Michael Maddox says:

      From one Vet. to another, WELL SAID!!

    • toptwome says:

      We can all hope you are right.

  12. fortunev says:

    These grifter goobers are in it only to fill their own pockets, screw the befuddled electorate who can’t find their butts with both hands.

  13. sunflower52 says:

    Colin Powell has a solution to all this treachery. Do whatever to register to vote (regardless how time consuming and ornereres those requirements) and then vote those fools out of office.

  14. sunflower52 says:

    Colin Powell has a solution to all this treachery. Do whatever to register to vote (regardless how time consuming and ornereres those requirements) and then vote those fools out of office.

  15. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Bushwack me once, you don’t get a second chance. Our kids and their kids deserve better than having to cobble 3 part-time jobs together to pay off lifetime college debt. What future will our kids have with another Bush or GOP warmongering military industrialist in the White House?

  16. paulyz says:

    1. Wealth. Not only do the wealthy pay a higher percentage in taxes, U.S. companies have the highest corporate tax rate of all major countries, why they move overseas, thus taking jobs away. If you, or I won Millions in a lottery, we would be very wealthy, how would that hurt others, because then we would be the 1% ers?

    2. S.S. & Medicare are NOT gifts from the Government, we paid into them our entire lives. The difference with Obamacare is that to fund it, they had to take $716 Billion from Medicare, raise another $ 500 Billion in new taxes, & still it won’t be enough. You also will be denied some health care, & Illegals given Amnesty will be entitled to it. Nice huh?

    p.s. I don’t want Jeb Bush either.

    • ExRadioGuy15 says:

      1. That’s FALSE, paulyz….the wealthy and big corporations want you to THINK they pay a higher percentage in taxes when they do not. While it’s true that the percentage is supposed to be higher, the EFFECTIVE rate (the rate they actually pay) is much lower thanks to the 1,500 or so Bush 43 tax polices still in effect. Those “DELs” (Deductions, Exemptions & Loopholes) bring the effective rate they pay to near zero, when they pay anything. In fact, those DELs cost us $1.5 trillion in federal taxes per year. The “wealthy and big corporations pay higher taxes” talking point is Fascist GOP propaganda.
      2. yes, Social Security and Medicare are paid out of the Social Security Trust Fund, not general federal tax revenues. The FICA taxes you pay fund the SSTF. But, your argument after that fact is bogus. And, of course, since you’re going to repeat the Fascist GOP propaganda, you’re not going to mention that the only reason the SSTF adds to the deficit is because it is a CREDITOR, as the last 3 GOP Presidential administrations “borrowed” (“stole” is a better word) a combined $4 TRILLION from the SSTF to pay for deficit spending. Reagan “borrowed” $500 billion; Bush 41 $700 billion and Bush 43 about $2.8 trillion. In order to not be guilty of grand larceny, the GOP administrations decided to issue “Treasury bonds” as “I.O.U.’s”. Those bonds draw interest, which goes to the yearly deficit.
      Thanks for playing with the GOP’s Fascist propaganda…no parting gifts. Buh-bye, Fascist GOP propagandist…

  17. ExRadioGuy15 says:

    The GOP don’t consider those things “mistakes”…they consider those actions “proof” that they’re patriots, etc., when what they actually do is to further prove me correct when I call them Fascists. Those of us who possess intelligence AND sanity call them “mistakes”…for everyone else, including the GOP, it’s “business as usual”.

  18. Wayneo says:

    For the conservative TPOGers, they act the same this time as last time regardless if it worked or not. It also means that they do not learn from the past.

    Nietzsche said: “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be (a) mind.”

  19. howa4x says:

    It is the definition of insanity which is to keep doing the same things over and over, and expect a different outcome. So when people tell you the GOP is crazy you can nod in agreement

  20. Toni Walsh says:

    In related news, here are the US deaths in Afghanistan, by year:Bush2001: 52002: 302003: 312004: 492005: 942006: 872007: 1112008: 151Total = 558Obama2009: 3032010: 4972011: 4942012: 2942013: 115Total = 1,703

    • Alvin Harrison says:

      It looks as though in Obamas Presidency the numbers were going up…as a result of the increases and involvement we experienced during the Bush era….things then, starting in 2012 started to go down ….now what happened in 2014? If you are going to quote numbers try interpreting the date presented and especially do not leave off numbers that may weaken your case…facts are facts…unless you leave some out. So I am not sure if your facts were intended to be misleading…but they are.

  21. toptwome says:

    Save the country from another war mongering republican who will give to the rich and take from the middle class and poor.

  22. Cade Yaeger says:

    In August of 2007, an illegal alien was arrested in Alabama for the rape and sexual abuse on an 11 years old girl.

    • Alvin Harrison says:

      As opposed to how many regular old White pedophiles…Cade…that statement was irrelevant and racist in intent. Please..post comments that contribute…the one above is useless and serves to prove nothing….well…except that you grasp at straws to swap at illegals any chance you can. Oh yeah…and please change that flag avatar…using it does not make you a patriot..it seems to disguise racist intent by wrapping it in the dignity of our flag….I personally am offended by this salacious and self serving use of my country’s flag.

  23. Alvin Harrison says:

    YOU KNOW YOUR POLICIES ARE NOT WORKING WHEN ….

    SCOOLS BECOME CHILDREN’S “SOUP KITCHENS”

    It is always the innocent that suffer first and the most. As Americans continue to become second class citizens in their own country the poor, whose numbers are growing every day, bear the brunt of the disastrous economic consequences of our governments takeover by the rich and powerful.

    Many of our institutions are now having to take on problems they were never intended to have to address. The article below details how our schools are stepping up as the provider of meals for hungry children of the poor. This in America, the greatest country in the world.

    We have abandoned a number of social programs that are not just needed, they are essential. Mental health programs are one of the most important that have seen their funding gutted as our middle class dwindles and we pass laws that protect the rich from taxation that is fair, equitable and sorely needed. Like schools, jails must now deal with issues they were never intended to, or designed to deal with….the mentally ill.

    One day we will realize the folly of these disastrous policy decisions being made by our legislators….hopefully in time to avoid the full scale breakdown of our society. A complete change in the current direction will be needed to avoid our following in the footsteps of so many failed great societies. Good luck America.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/05/public-school-dinners-pantries/70389176/

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