Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lord help us, they’re talking race again.

“They” meaning Republicans and Democrats. Race is a critical, sensitive and sometimes painful issue with relevance to everything from environmental policy to education reform to criminal justice to media to health care. For a politician to address it requires political courage.

That’s why politicians do not address it. Usually. That changes during political season when a given pol calculates that breaking his customary silence might net some tactical advantage.

Which is how we come to find Newt Gingrich last week on MSNBC piously lamenting how “racist” is the network’s Chris Matthews. The former House speaker displayed this previously unknown concern about racial misbehavior while defending himself against charges of same.

It seems Matthews had the temerity to suggest that Gingrich, in calling Barack Obama a “food stamp president” during the GOP primary, had engaged in dog whistle politics designed to rouse the racial resentments of white working-class voters. Gingrich was shocked — shocked! — at the notion.

“Why do you assume food stamp refers to black?” he asked. “What kind of racist thinking do you have?”

It is apparently news to Gingrich that politicians sometimes speak in code, that when, for instance, Ronald Reagan referenced his made-up “welfare queens” he was really promising white voters he’d make those lazy blacks get up off their behinds and work.

There was a study in the ’90s in which people had to envision a drug user, then describe the person they had envisioned. Ninety-five percent envisioned someone black .This, even though only about 15 percent of drug users actually are black. The point being that in the public mind, certain terms — “urban,” “poverty,” “crime” — carry racial weight, often at odds with reality. They are ways of saying “black” without saying “black.”

  • The best thing Democrats could do at this late stage of the campaign is stop talking about race. Most Americans feel very uncomfortable with the topic and it often result in rejection of candidates that, by all accounts, should be leading by double digits due to merit rather than divisive dialog. We should not hide from our record, in fact, we should highlight it, and we should also highlight the Republican political platform, Romney tax plan, his record of layoffs, benefit reductions, plan closings, overseas investments, his refusal to make his tax returns public, and the use of tax shelters to guarantee he pays little or no taxes…like the 49% of our population the GOP loves to demonize…and to the best of my knowledge he does not wear Pampers! While we are at it, we should also showcase Paul Ryan’s 3.5 page “plan” with special emphasis on SS privatization, the dismantling of MEDICARE, gutting the MEDICAID benefits that pay for senior nursing home care, and cutting veterans benefits to allow the super rich continue to benefit from our record low tax rates.

    • charliewatkins69

      “The best thing Democrats could do at this late stage of the campaign is stop talking about race. Most Americans feel very uncomfortable with the topic ”

      That’s the very reason it still exists. ” Most Americans feel very uncomfortable with the topic “, so nothing is done to eradicate it.

      • Charlie, there is no doubt in my mind that there is still racism in America, but it is no longer as prevalent or pervasive as it was 50 years ago. Most importantly,the overwhelming majority of Americans, especially the young, are not racists. We have made tremendous strides on this issue the last few decades, and making this a central argument of this campaign does not make sense. In my opinion, our obssesion with racial issues, real or imagined, are dividing our country and are distracting people from what we should be discussing.
        If you don’t think Romney’s tax plan, Ryan’s plan, and the GOP platform are enough, consider reminding people of what we went through in 2008 when former President Bush admitted the U.S. economy was on the verge of collapse, when the TARP was proposed and signed to prevent the collapse of our investment banks, when we were losing 600,000 jobs a month and thousands of Americans were losing their houses. There is plenty to talk about besides race, and the sooner we do it the better.

  • Jack Hettinger

    Mr. Pitts, You have it all wrong. What was the context? Biden cited Romney as saying he would “unchain” Wall Street & let them get back to business as usual. And what is business as usual? The horrible mess we are in now, what some are pleased to call The Great Recession, while others are saying, Where’s my house?, Where’s my job?, Where’s my hope? Biden said that unchaining Wall Street would “put y’all back in chains.” What in the name of Heaven is wrong with that? It was Romney who said he would “unshackle” (his word) Wall Street. That ain’t no dog whistle there, that’s a manifesto: Obscenely rich profiteers of the US, unite! To say, in this context, that the Veep was sending a distorted race message is creating a false equivalency. Joe Biden was telling the truth. What is the condition of the stigmatized and less fortunate in the US if not bondage? The Republicans are taking away the black and poor vote with their voter ID movement when there is absolutely no evidence, even by their own admission, of more than negligible voter fraud. They want as few blacks and poor ~ and American Indians and others ~ to vote as possible. One last thing: what was the response of Biden’s audience to his chains statement? Cheers and hollers of agreement. They know, like you, that a black person can be a top exec or police chief or writer or teacher and still be perceived by even other blacks as inferior. Anything Joe Biden says to break the chains of our race psychosis is okay with me.

    • howa4x

      I agree totally with your assesment. Biden has a history fighting against bigotry, and in the context he said it makes sense. Peoples sensitivity are hightened and they hear things that others don’t especially if they belong to a minority. Jew get riled even if Obama is trying to be fair about their conflict witht he Palestinans, that he’s not taking their side alone. This is common

      • Liberals always get away with racial statements! Fact! If he was an conservative, he would have been eaten up by the media! You know it, I know it, so lets just move on to the real issues like a debt we can’t pay, hurting jobless people struggling to make ends meet. Where are the plans to get us out of this mess, certainly not in arguing over racial statements! We REALLY NEED CHANGE WE CAN BELIVE IN!

        • howa4x

          True we always get caught up in the side show. So tell me how Romney addressed the real issues? He wants to cut the very healthcare program he pioneered, but what will he replace it with since 34 million still lack coverage? The republicans want to cut taxes for the rich and cut the deficit, so who will sacrifice the most? How will the de regulation of Wall st. protect the integrity of the stock market and how do we prevent another meltdown? We already have a childhood asthma epidemic so how does cutting regulations on air pollution help? How many more cancer cases will we have if we loosen the water pollution laws? If they stop all abortions and cut the saftey net, how will all these teen mothers survive? who will support them? Do we areally want to stay in Afganistan, and start a war with Iran? Is Russia really our enemy, or Europe’s trading partner? What will he do with all the illegal Latinos? Alot were brought here by agra business. What is he going to do with the drug issue? build more prisons or treatment facilities? How will voucherizing of medicare work? There is 4 levels of government, what function should they all have so there is no overlap?
          These are just some of the questions that weren’t answered. I’m sure you have some too.

        • Republicans couldn’t be simpler. Lower taxes on the rich (over $100,000 each) and the hurting middle class will be “cured”. Carrying absurdity to disaster.And perhaps you have chosen to ignore the racial codes that Republicans constantly use. Liberals whenmentioning race, are trying to help, conservatives are trying to bury.

        • Please! It has nothing to do with libs v neocons. These racial slurs and innuendos are deliberately baited by the TPA and then they sit back and say like “Urkel”–“Did I do that?” Real issues for me: 1) lost home during mortgage crisis 2) lost investments with the crash in 2009 3) lost my 6 figure job in 2009. Have two degrees one being a JD. I was 67 years old when all of this destruction hit the fan after years and years under Bush. You are really dreaming if you think the likes of Romney is going to fix anything. And I know that when I was making good money, I was paying 38% in taxes to the IRS, not some measly 13% to maybe, maybe not federal taxes. Now I hear Romney won’t release his taxes due to some tithing thing. Come on now!! Didn’t seem to stop his father, who probably would have walked out on this convention too. Give it up Mitt, and let the rest of us in on your secrets to making the big bucks. If you know the legal loopholes, let the rest of us in on it, please!

          • charliewatkins69

            HEY DOC, I just want to add, that 38% in taxes you paid, was on a lot less money.

        • metrognome3830

          Yes, let’s get back to the issues. Let’s start by dropping all the labels like “liberals” and “conservatives.” And what are you talking about when you say if he was conservative he would be eaten up by the media. It seems to me they media, including National Memo, has been doing just that. Start paying attention to the issues you mention. If you don’t like Obama/Biden, don’t vote for them. If you like Romney/Ryan, vote for them. You make statements about “liberal” media and then want anyone to believe that you are concerned about real issues? Tell us what you like about a Romney/Ryan ticket. Leave out the name-calling and labeling.

        • JOBS ? 20 millions have been out source over the last 30 years. Bush wasted money and lives in Iraq, he had nothing to do with jobs lost Obama have nothing to do with private firm shipping their jobs out. Bill Clinton made it easier with NAFTA. Two companies Apple have two hundred billions setting in the banks, could they make a few thing in this country. Nike are selling shoes at 300 buck a pair, they can’t make a profit and give a job to some of the folks that buy their shoes in this country.

        • charliewatkins69

          Change is happening, you just don’t notice it. You see in order to change the Big things, the things you notice, you have to change the underlying little things, things most people don’t notice but things that enabled the big mistakes to be made. Those are the changes that are being made now.

        • sircedrics16

          Where are the jobs? Ask George Bush,he created the climate that
          caused the GREAT JOB LOSS. Fact when President Obama took off
          in January 2008 the country was loosing thousands of jobs every
          month. When President Obama took office in January 2009 he reversed the job loss. Now that is a FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Good to know, you know how Jews feel even when Obama is trying to “be fair”. And you also know what fair is. What a smart person you are.

    • metrognome3830

      You’re absolutely right, Jack, and Mr. Pitts should be ashamed of himself for taking the remark out of context and turning it into racism. Terribly disappointing attitude Mr. Pitts.

  • Here in FL you better believe race is an issue. Black guys are stopped for any little thing the cops think they can give a ticket for – usually something totally stupid and unfounded. If you’re a white guy, you can have a beer after work. If black, forget it. It’s disgusting. And this idiot governor we’ve got is trying his best to stop blacks from voting. He being a felon himself, ought to be in jail. In repugnican terms, if you constantly say, I pleae the 5th, I can’t remember, that adds up to being innocent. Not in my book. If you run a company and DON”T KNOW what is going on you are so stupid it is beyond words.

    • He definitely is not the best, but one thing is true, if you don’t have an ID you shouldn’t get to vote. Simple common sense logic. No ID, no vote! Have ID, congratulations you get to vote. Try buying alcohol without an ID, or open a bank account without an ID, or buy a new vehicle without an ID, or cashing a check without an ID, getting into a Club without an ID, …

      • I’am 73 haven’t been ask for an ID in quite sometime, no one ask for ID when I buy booze or go clubbing with the honeys or my homies. (WAIT THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN DISCO) My first vote was 1960, no one ask for my ID then or now. I and millions vote absentee and no one check our ID, the repub dixie-can just completed their primaries, no one ask for their ID. The same states, the same conservatives that control state like Penn, Ohio the same folks that kept us from voting most of our history or still trying to suppress the vote unless Mike Turzai of Penn was lying about handing the election to Mitt Romney. Forty % of American don’t bother to register or vote THERE IS NO VOTER FRAUD. Every one have some form of ID to function in this country, its just not a state issued ID, the neighborhood liquor store don’t require it to take your money.

      • metrognome3830

        It would be helpful to yor cause if you could show a compelling reason to suddenly be concerned about voter ID. How many people are actually voting fraudulently? So far, no one has come up with any significant numbers. Everything else you mention has a legitimate reason for requiring an ID. If you are so terribly worried about voting fraud, why aren’t you concerned about the questionable record of computerized voting machines? The potential for fraud there is far greater. Just asking.

      • charliewatkins69

        “Try buying alcohol without an ID, or open a bank account without an ID, or buy a new vehicle without an ID, or cashing a check without an ID, getting into a Club without an ID, ..”
        Doing none of these things is GUARANTEED by the US Constitution, voting is

  • Do you ride? Do you want to ride? Do you want to hang with people that do ride? If yes, welcome to~~~ Seekingbikers_COM~~~~ the largest club for motorcycle enthusiasts and the admirers to find friendship, fun, love and romance

  • SaneJane

    I find nothing wrong with Biden’s comment. If he had left out the “back” it would have been more correct as “we all” will be in bondage if the GOP prevails.

  • rogerogreen

    I agree with the sentiment that what the politicians DO to the poor should matter more than what they say!

  • jim1230

    I don’t think that people care about Romney making so. much money, as they care about him trying to hide it overseas. He talked so much about how proud he was about America. Then why is he afraid to use the American Banks? Is he afraid that the Mormon church might find out how much money he is hiding, and short changing them.
    I would like to hear more about the ship that Romney used to greet his millionaires on. If it was flying the Camen Island Flag. ( Probably Romney’s ) TAX free . It was reported that someone overheard a conversation about giving Millions to the National Riffle Assn. to shoot cars that had President O bama bumper stickers.
    You keep hearing republicans crying about the Keystone pipe line . They don’t care how much good water they ruin, They just want to dissagree. It has been reported that we would receive very little benefit from it, That most of it would be shipped overseas.
    You hear a lot of people complaining about UNIONS, If they would take time to read about how much they have helped the American worker make a decent wage. And all the good benefits that Union & non Union workers get today. I know that sometimes that people get carried away and ask for too much . Any Union member that votes Republican, Needs their head examined, It is like telling your boss that you would like a cut in wages. The Republicans do not care to help the average worker. They want to eliminate all Unions. And they definately are not going to help the poor. It is hard to understand how anyone living in a run down mobile home, with a dozen junk cars in the front yard,and with a Republican sign in the yard. I guess they care more about keeping their assault weapons than they do about getting a better life.
    You read all the time about these preachers that feel that they have to tell their members how to vote, If the members would get up and walk out right then, and never go back. And cut off their money supply ( free home, free car & gas, free SEX.
    Romney said that things were so bad for him and Ann at times ,that they had to sell stock to get by. He said earlier that he gave every thing to the Mormon church when his dad died. Did he forget to give the stock certificates to the church or do stock certificates fall under the term of EVERYTHING. ?

    • Did Romney really have the nerve to say that he had to sell stock to get by? Sure wish I had some stock that I could sell to get by.

  • ObozoMustGo

    When did your home become part of your health care?

    I thought you might find this interesting, — maybe even SICKENING! The National Association of Realtors is all over this and working to get it repealed, — before it takes effect. But, I am very pleased we aren’t the only ones who know about this ploy to steal billions from unsuspecting homeowners. How many realtors do you think will vote Democratic in 2012 ? Did you know that if you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a
    3.8% sales tax on it? That’s $3,800 on a $100,000 home, etc . When did this happen? It’s in the health care bill, — and it goes into effect in 2013. Why 2013? Could it be so that it doesn’t come to light until after the 2012 elections? So, this is ‘change you can believe in’? Under the new health care bill all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% sales tax . If you sell a $400,000 home, there will be a $15,200 tax . This bill is set to screw the retiring generation, — who often downsize their homes. Does this make your November, 2012 vote more important? Oh, you weren’t aware that this was in the Obama Care bill? Guess what; you aren’t alone! There are more than a few members of Congress that weren’t aware of it either.

    Have a nice day!

    “I don’t think your boss should get to control the health care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care that you get. I don’t think politicians should control the care that you get. I think there’s one person to make these decisions on health care and that is you.” – Guess who said it

    • metrognome3830

      OMG! How long is your nose today? What you have just written here is a long ago, totally de-bunked, anonymous e-mail, written by someone unable to understand what the tax really was. What I find disturbing, OMG, is you claiming not to know this. I know that it will not affect me nor will it affect a lot of people. Example: If you bought a home in 2004 for $300,000 and sold it in 2013 for $850,000 (an investor’s pipe dream) you would have a profit of $550,000. Now, do you pay 3.8% tax on $550,000. No. Because if the owners are a couple, they can exclude $500,000 of that profit. For a complete explanation, look it up from a reliable source. In this example, the couple would pay a tax of approx. $1,950. But only if their income exceeded $250,000. Now this might affect you, but I come in well under the wire here. I still don’t believe that you really believe what you just wrote. And if you do, shame on you for spreading such misinformation.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Hey Metro! How are you today? I hope you and Mrs. Metro had a nice long weekend before getting back to retirement. LOL… 🙂

        I understand what you are saying. As with all taxes, there are of course rules about how they are applied. The post was not about the rules, but the point that THERE IS A NEW TAX IN OBOZOCARE. Sorry, but it is a fact that Obozocare includes a NEW 3.8% SALES TAX on the sale of homes. While it is true that it is not on every dollar, it is a NEW TAX that will disproportionately affect older Americans who have little or no mortgage and have owned their home for a long time which results in large capital gains when they are downsizing. Here is a an example of the new tax:

        The 3.8% surtax is on net capital gain on MAGI over 250k for married filing joint. For example, if you have w2 household income of 150k and sell your house for 400k and the house cost you 250k. The net capital gain on the house is 150k then add income of 150k = 300k total, so a total of 50k will have to pay the surtax of $1,900.

        Regardless of how you want to slice it, Obozocare HAS A NEW TAX that will be incurred on the sale of your home. THAT IS A FACT!!!

        Have a nice day, Metro!

        “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” – Thomas Jefferson

        • metrognome3830

          Good morning, OMG. Yes, Mrs. Metro and I had a fine weekend. We finished up the plans for our 16-day cruise from Quebec to Tampa in late October, stopping at several ports along the Atlantic Coast along the way.

          OMG, your figures are still off. First of all the tax applies only to income above $200,000 for single earners, $250,000 for a couple. Which would exclude around 95% of U.S. households. Second, they can exclude up to $500,000 of profit from the sale of their residence, which should exclude even more people. The couple who, in your example, with the home they paid $250k for and sell for $400k, would not even be affected by the tax. Even your amended figures show a tax more than about $12,000 less than what you originally posted. And I know you too well. You try to represent to me that you were actually referring to the rules. I think you were trying to stampede a bunch of old people into running scared because old people would be disproportionately taxed on their home sales. The facts are, very few people, young or old would be affected at all. Now poor old people who read your post and rely on your knowledge will be scrambling to sell their homes, perhaps at a loss, so they won’t have to pay a $15,000 tax on the sale. And, of course, as an added benefit, they will rush to the polls to vote for Romney. I am on to your strategy, pal. I’m not running. I’m staying right here in my little $185,000 retirement castle and I think it will be a very, very cold day in hell before Mrs. Metro and I see an income above $250,000 or when our home sells for $685,000. Hell, the Vikings will probably win the Super Bowl before that happens.

          Have a great day!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hi Metro… 2 points:

            1) The example is absolutely correct. What you are missing is that the gain on the sale IS considered income, not outside of it, and therefor puts the example people over the threshold and subject to the tax. Further, if you think that this tax will NOT follow the same pattern as ALL taxes as they creep down further and further to include more and more taxpayers, then you are as gullible on this matter as most others are. You see, the 16th Amendment was passed on the basis that it would only apply to the very rich people, 1% or 2% at most, so everone agreed it was OK. How’d that work out? This is no different. Once instituted, it will never go away, but will only grow.

            2) The Vikings will NEVER win the Super Bowl. Sorry, my friend.

            Have a nice day!

            “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” – Ronald Reagan

          • metrognome3830

            On the gain on the sale, part is excluded. So most of us, (perhaps not you, but certainly me) would not be affected. If we get into projecting what might happen in the future, I won’t even go into that. No I’m not gullible or foolish, OMG. I have absolutely no faith in either political party. I deliberately have not watched either convention. As you say, what would there be that is new. I have resigned myself to the fact that as long as we have no real choice, all we can do is vote for the one we feel is the least bad and hope for the best. Many people I know, quite a few of them conservatives, are not planning to vote at all in this election. I have not gotten to that point yet. So just be aware that my vote will probably cancel out yours.

            But what is all this you’re saying about the earth not being flat? Here all theese years I was afraid of going east of NY or west of Cal. for fear of falling off into space? Damn!

            The Vikings WILL win the Super Bowl! Maybe not in my lifetime, but I predict they will win . . . sometime before the end of this century. . . or maybe a decade or so into the 22nd century? C’mon, let me have a little hope. I’ve been following that team since 1961.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hi Metro… OK… I’ll admit that the Vikings MAY [emphasis added] win a Super Bowl this century. For your sake, my friend, I will be pulling for them. They missed out in the Tarkenton and purple people eater days. And that year Cunningham was so awesome, but then screwed the pooch in that playoff game. 🙁

            Re: Obozocare taxes… my point, Metro, is that the politicians sell us on a new tax by telling us “it’s only gonna get that evil rich guy who’s being greedy with his own money, and not the middle class.” You see, Metro, there is the lie. Over time, that tax WILL be revised to include most people, if not all. The reason for this is 2-fold: First, the tax as it is today will NOT raise the revenue they project. It never does. Second, the costs of Obozocare will be astronomically higher than projected. Therefore, higher costs, lower revenues will force a revision of the rules of how the law applies. Anyone that believes otherwise IS ignorant of history.

            I did not watch the convention last night, either. I watched the Cowboys beat the Giants in what turned into a very entertaining game. I did catch clips of Clinton giving Obozo the back stab with a smile. I mean, he all but told America that “Obozo has been a complete failure, but give him another chance”… really unbelievable. What kind of argument is that?????? Obozo is doomed!

            And NO! I would not be subject to the tax today. The reason is that home prices have fallen a lot and wiped out most of my cap gains. Otherwise, re: income, I would be subject to it. You will be, too, one day Metro. And you’ll look back to this conversation and say “damit! OMG was right again”….

            Hey, I have a great video clip for you to see. A perfect demonstration of the absolute hypocrisy of DemoncRATS… either that or utter stupidity. The delegates at the convention are being interviewed about being “pro-choice”. These are your representatives, buddy. Less than 4 minutes. Check it out. There is no www and just replace “dot” with a period.

            reason dot com/archives/2012/09/05/how-pro-choice-are-democrats

            I gotta run, Metro. As always, I enjoy your perspective very much.

            Have a great day, my friend!

            “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contraception, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harasser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

          • metrognome3830

            I have to agree about your assessment of how taxes grow. Washington State has no income tax — but they tax the hell out of everything else. I asked Mrs. Metro, a life-long resident of the state, “Why not just approve a modes income tax. We have to pay taxes on everything we buy except food.” Her reply, “Because we are afraid that it will only become another tax and none of the other taxes will be repealed.” Well, in my heart, I know she’s right (one of the few times). Oh God, if you ever meet her, don’t even breathe a word of that comment! I know the tax on home sales will initially only affect rich people. I’m just figuring that by the time they get to me, I will be long gone. Of course, taxing only the super rich will not be enough. I guess that sounds a little selfish. “Tax OMG, I don’t care, I’ll be dead before they get to me.”

            Interesting reaction to Clinton’s speech. I didn’t listen either. I watched the football game. The Cowboys won, but they need to work on their offensive line. They had more flags than the UN Plaza. Luckily the Giants offense played like they were asleep.

            Now we can talk about the hypocrisy of the Democrats, but let’s not leave out the hypocrisy of the Republicans. We wouldn’t want to appear prejudiced.

            C’mon, now, Clinton never admitted to being a sexual harasser nor was he ever accused of rape. Whatever became of Kenneth Starr, the special pornographer … er… counsel who managed to go from investigating an alleged investment scam to investigating Clinton’s sex life. The Republicans buried him pretty quickly, didn’t they? Hell, he was just living vocariously on Clinton’s escapades! He probably never had so much fun in his life.

            Have a Great Day!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Your secret is safe with me, buddy. Not a word to Mrs. Metro! [wink] Even though she is 100% correct.

            The football game was very entertaining for a Cowboys fan and frustrating for a Giants fan. Dallas D looks pretty good this year… waaaayyyyyy better than last year, but I still keep thinking that if there’s a way to lose a football game when you have it won, Tony Romo will find it. Just the way it is.

            Of course Clinton never “admitted” to sexual harassment. What kind of expectation is that? Prisons are full of “innocent” people, aren’t they? And yes, Clinton was accused of rape. Google “Juanita Broddrick” and you’ll see what comes up.

            And you are being disingenuous when you say that Clinton’s case was about his sex life. IT WAS NOT! And you know it. He was accused of sexual harassment by Paula Jones and a court of law found it credible enough to indict the POTUS. He lied in testimony and he subborned perjury of others in the case. I don’t care if the case was over a pack of stolen gum. The POTUS cannot lie in a court of law and then try to convince others to lie as well. THAT IS A CRIME! You and I would go to jail and he should have, as well. He was impeached for it as he should have been. Too bad the Senate was to much of a bunch of feckless punks to do the right thing. I will say the same thing no matter what party the POTUS is from. All Clinton had to do was man-up and admit what he did. Take it like a man. There would have been no consequences other than being sued. Now, he’s known for being impeached and being a serial womanizer/harasser and an accused rapist. And the DemoncRATS feature this punk in a convention focused on so-called “womens’ rights”…. hehehehehe

            Gotta run for the day, Metro. Have a pleasant rest of the day and evening. Say hello to Mrs. Metro for me.

            “We have elected some very intelligent people to administer our government…..WHY do they (all elected government officials at all levels; National, State, & Local) not understand that we cannot continue to SPEND more than we take in indefinitely without end … … .????? Have we all gone nuts????… ..Eventually, income MUST equal or exceed spending; it’s just plain common sense, not rocket science… … !!!” – Anonymous

          • metrognome3830

            Just wanted to update you on the latest outstandingly serious conservative to join the fray. Lindsay Lohan tweeted Obama to tell him he should cut taxes for millionaires on the Forbes’ list. Well, if Lindsay thinks so, how can we argue with that? Or more to the point, why would we bother to argue with that?

            Have a great day! And don’t forget to thank Lindsay Lohan for her valuable input.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Metro… who is Lindsay Lohan??????? Who cares??????

            Have a great weekend!

            “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell

  • I don’t know who “ignore the facts” is, but I am in Florida also, and the reason we have a retrograde felon for a governor is that everyone thought Alex Sink had the election locked up and neglected to vote. Please don’t do that in November; we need every vote. On the race issue, my white daughter is an actress, and she is pretty much color blind. She offered to give one of the black cast members a ride home from a performance, and that got her stopped by a bigot Pompano Beach cop who mentioned the term “miscegenation” in discussing her offense with me. Shades of Mississippi!

  • Practice Bankruptcy, Doctor T. The Republican Congress has made it way too complex for non-lawyers, and way too common to avoid.

  • AG_Jalynn

    In 1789 this Nation was born, however we inherited the British aristocratic society, our first American Congress along with State Legislators, choose not to enact the full integrity of our Constitution & Bill of Rights. Instead this Congress, reverted to the “aristocratic status-quo” of the very enemy we had just defeated, hence only “White Male Landowners” were allowed to vote and later all white males

    After the Civil war, Black males got the vote & elected the first Black member (Rep.) of Congress in 1870, but due to Poll taxes & Literacy tests, that were imposed by both White Federal & State,
    Governments, was that after 1901 – No Blacks were in congress for the next 23 years & No Southern Blacks for another 72 yrs. Woman got the vote in 1920, but only Black Woman suffered Poll taxes and the first White woman(Rep.) in congress was 1917; first Black woman (Dem.) in 1968. The Voters Right Act of 1965, gave Nation-wide Voter access to all eligible Voters regardless of Race, Creed, or Gender by ending a biased democracy of voter restrictions, some 176 years after Confederation.

    The impact of WW2 and the Post War world of 1942 to 1976, made the USA into a prominet Industrial Power suppling a National consumer demand of aprox. 310 million, plus a world-wide Export market; it would take some 30yrs. for European & Asian Industries to recovery from the war, before being competitive and that gave America a distinct advantage – it’s position of Global Dominance, was fiscal. It’s these Facts, which are “directly attributed to conditions caused by WW2”, that created this period of Economic growth & stability.

    This was also a time of predominate white society, whose Courts & Police arbitrarily enforced the Law in favor of this social structure, a time when Blacks were to know their place & a Woman’s place was in the home, often being socially acknowledged “as just the way things are”, especially during the period from 1949 to 1964. There persists today a “social belief that white males fathered this Great Society, therefore should naturally lead this country” – is both a false & a selective viewpoint of “Ignorance by way of Prejudice”.

    By the end of the 70’s & early 80’s interest rates had risen to a crippling 20+%, because of a punitive monetary policy of the privately owned Federal Reserve to supposedly control inflation, which made short term loans essential to Small & Medium Business’s prohibitively expensive. Hence this caused massive lay-offs that paralleled the Great Depression & it’s this Monetary Policy which ended of 34 years of prosperity.
    It was not caused by the Unions, the Civil Rights or Woman’s movement, for they do not have any control over the Banking system, the Stock Market or the Lobbyist influence of Congress.