Perhaps when the truth does come out concerning the shutdown we will find that Valerie Jarrett and Obama with others planned this from the WH weeks before it came about . remember the barrycades were up long before the shutdown > and it all is a plan to take back the House of Reps for the Democrats so Obama can really take the rest of our constitution away and he will become the first King of america
No. It is better to Quote God's Word to man. after all each one will be judged by his or her obedience to that Word . mans word is fleeting at best. :) amen.
Mat you are an intelligent man, but your entire column is covered by a stirring Jeff Daniels speech early on in the new HBO hit "The Newsroom" (pilot episode). Because I travel a lot, read a lot, I agree with you, but there is still plenty of room to make the case the US is STILL the greatest nation on earth. Even that question ("Is the US the greatest nation on earth" is included in a fascinating new survey which purports to show more Dems and Repulsives are part of a huge center movement and agree on many issues actually. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/new-…
Btw, we rank fifth in the world in the number of college educated. This fact gets overlooked. Australia, which subsidizes all college educations (the money is pulled our of your paychecks over time) strangely ranks only 10th. So our smarties are really smart, but we have an excess of those who despise intellectuals imo.
Re prayer before meetings in the South I too have wrestled with this and I have come out on the side of the proferred spirituality. It's still spirituality, which we as a nation are in dire need of. Not religion, but spirituality. There is a big difference.
Think about it. I have thought to comment both at work and at some women's groups I belong to to be cognizant there might be Jews or Buddhists at meetings, but so far haven't garnered the courage. But yes, you're right about making a spectacle of your beliefs and piety:
Give up all forms of parrotry. Start practising whatever you truly feel to be true and justly to be just. Do not make a show of your faiths and beliefs. You have not to give up your religion, but to give up clinging to the husk of mere ritual and ceremony. To get to the fundamental core of Truth underlying all religions, reach beyond religion. -Meher Baba, 1894-1969. From God Alone Is, p. 73
Any time I hear an American talking about poverty existing elsewhere in the world so therefore it's a non-issue in America, I know their frontal lobe has never properly developed.
The words on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty have been fulfilled: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Unfortunately they have all been generated from within through irresponsible governing and the evolving nanny state.
A few suggestions, CID? I have lived and traveled outside the US, including Eastern Europe before the wall came down. You must be thinking about some parts of Africa or other third-world places, in time of civil war or aftermath of some natural or man-made catastrophe. In some ways, such places might indeed be "interesting".
"Any time I hear an American talking about poverty in the US, I know they've never traveled anywhere interesting."
I am living out of the country right now. Not sure what you are talking about. China, with severe poverty and massive population, still has about 70% of its citizens with cell phones. Maybe you are talking about Nigeria or Ethiopia? Are we competing with major world players or third world countries? I thought we wanted to be as good as the rest of the developing world.
As for health care, here in Europe it is all covered mostly through the government. If I hurt myself, a ride to the hospital and visit to the doctor will cost me less than 20 euro out of pocket. That is less than most insurance co-pays in the USA. My main problem with ACA, is that it doesn't really go far enough.
It would definitely be better if the poverty in the US was more like Bangladesh. Then the poors would know their place, and the rich could laugh and laugh...
Any time I hear an American talking about poverty in the US, I know they've never traveled anywhere interesting.
Lets not forget her persecution of Dusten Brown, sending state employees to Oklahoma to enforce a custody issue.
You are wrong Carlos Danger, the most trifling and powerless political position in the country is Governor of NC, THEN Governor of SC. Nobody in Congress listens to either one. Edwards and Sanford helped ice that cake. Edwards beat out Sanford only by a slim margin in the douchebaggery department.
I can't think of a more worthless exercise than complaining about the Governor of SC. It is the most trifling and powerless political position in the country.
"Despite running a campaign promising moves toward openness and transparency in government"
Reminds me of someone else...hmmm
"Throughout her term, Nikki Haley has been quick to take credit for her "successes" in job creation"
Not to defend Nimroda, but that's fairly a common, bipartisan political maneuver with politicians at all levels of government
What is funny though (and much more partisan) are the ones who take credit for job creation out of one side of their mouth and with the other side say government can't create jobs.
Justsaying, unfortunatley freedom of speech, and being entitled to an opinion only applies to some. CHamilton why don't you enlighten the stupid with facts and the whole truth.
Thanks Mat for another great article. Unfortunately in this part of the southeast, not many people will find your points and opinions as insightful. I wish you were preaching to the choir, but down here, the choir is too deaf and stupid to realize the truth. Here's to hoping that Haley goes down with the Tea Party ship in this year and the next. In the words of Susan Powter, "Stop the insanity!!". Cheers!!
It's called freedom of speech..and btw, shutting down the government locally hasn't seemed to take many cars off the road..
"the increasingly incomprehensible and irrelevant Tea Party"
Lately, whenever I hear Obama reading from his teleprompter, he's calling the Tea Party Caucus "hostage takers" and "terrorists". Why would the President even bother mentioning such an "irrelevant" group? Maybe it's because if it were not for the Tea Party Caucus, Boehner and company would have bent over and grabbed their ankles for President "let me be clear" a month ago.
Maybe they're relevant after all.
Maybe they're relevant because they represent the desires of millions of voters who oppose Obamacare and the never ending expansion of the Federal bureaucracy.
As to the other bit, it should surprise no one that Mat finds the concept of a representative republican government doing the bidding of the electorate (rather than the other way around) as "incomprehensible".
Pundits like Mat want their readers to think that the Tea Party is made up of a few kooks in the Republican establishment. What he won't tell you is that "terrorists" like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have millions of supporters who will vote, organize, donate, and support "taking hostages", if that's what it takes to get Washington to listen to the will of the people.
HATE SPEECH ALERT! (read at your own risk)
The terrorists in the Tea Party love hearing this kind of hateful rhetoric:
"Mr. President, I rise today to talk about America's debt problem."
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies."
"Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is "trillion" with a "T." That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President's budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion."
"Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we'll spend on Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America."
"And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America's priorities. Instead, interest payments are a significant tax on all Americans — a debt tax that Washington doesn't want to talk about. If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we would see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies."
Senator Barack Obama
Remarks from the Senate floor during debate to increase the debt limit.
Surprisingly siding with the "increasingly incomprehensible and irrelevant" non existent Tea Party Caucus, the hostage taking, terrorist, junior Senator from Illinois subsequently voted against raising the debt ceiling.......
So she blames others for her mistakes and shortcomings, she takes credit for jobs that she did little or nothing to create, she brags about all of the jobs that have been created when unemployment and employment participation rates are the same or worse as when she started, her and her staff have numerous ethical issues that they dodge and avoid, she withheld evidence about something that endangered the public, when handling scandals she lies and misdirects and she repeatedly ignores facts when speaking. Change the gender and the title and you have the man sitting in the Oval Office right now.
Factory - I never said Warren Buffet. He supports Barry.
Ed Asner, a self professed Communist, said Hollywood & other liberals stay quiet rather than voice their true feelings about Obama because he is black. The left brands anyone a racist that disagrees with Obama which now prevents them from being honest as it would be more proof of their hypocrisy.
Liberal media icon Seymour Hersh thinks Obama is worse than Bush. So do others. Including liberal lesbian feminist icon Camille Paglia. Just Google "liberals turn on Obama" or such searches. People that helped get him elected have turned on him. Google billionaires turn on Obama, etc.
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