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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Jack Hunter

Re: “Despite setbacks, the fight against government spending is more popular than ever

Yes Betty, most Americans are ignorant of economics. A recent poll by Bloomberg found that most Americans believe that the federal deficit is rising (62%) or about the same (28%) as it was last year. Only 6% of Americans know that the deficit is shrinking at the fastest rate since WWII (go ahead, Google it). So a whopping 94% of Americans are either wrong or don't know the truth about our economy and the problems we face. The truth is that Obama has cut spending and increased revenue that has dropped our deficit from 8.7% of GDP in 2011 to about 5.3% of GDP in FY2013.

The tea party should be applauding, I wonder why they are not? No, I know why. It's a movement full of hacks who want only to shred the social safety net, some out of greed, others out of hate.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on February 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Despite setbacks, the fight against government spending is more popular than ever

"Unfortunately most Americans are ignorant when it comes to the subject of economics and therefore don't have the understanding to clearly articulate the economic problems we face, much less offer viable solutions. So it's no wonder that many tea parties have gotten off base. "

Yep, the Tea Party does not understand economics.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on February 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Despite setbacks, the fight against government spending is more popular than ever

Unfortunately most Americans are ignorant when it comes to the subject of economics and therefore don't have the understanding to clearly articulate the economic problems we face, much less offer viable solutions. So it's no wonder that many tea parties have gotten off base.

It is easier to gravitate to emotional responses regarding social issues because most people have some opinion they are emotionally bound to. Not so with economics, to our overall detriment. Little do people realize that faulty economic decisions are the direct cause of social problems. Trying to correct social ills without first correcting economic ills puts the cart before the horse.

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Posted by Betty Jackson on February 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Despite setbacks, the fight against government spending is more popular than ever

Two news stories caught my eye this morning. There is a
proposal for a government program to provide free condoms
to boys in high school, and the sequestration. Could there
possibly be a better illustration of the difference between
Democrats and Republicans?

Obama can't afford the air traffic controllers to keep
the local airport open overnight, but he will accommodate
the needs of horny teenage boys. Obama can't afford the
regularly scheduled maintenance of aircraft carriers, but
he will provide government birth control for a loose lipped
Georgetown coed.

I say keep the air traffic controllers, retrofit the air
craft carrier; and let the school boys' parents buy them
rubbers; and somebody please put a tip jar on that
Georgetown night stand, and let the boys who are
gettin' some rake her sand trap.

The difference between Democrats and Republicans?

Priorities, son, priorities.”

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Posted by Jaddy Baddy on February 27, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Heck, the muslims kill more of their own with all these car bombs in the market places women, children old people , so what' s the problem with the drones killing a few ?

Posted by Clarkie on February 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Damon,

Jack is only concerned with "liberals", otherwise we have to explain the entire concept of the bounding of the discussion within a traditional framework that holds Stewart, et al, as the outside edges of polite discussion.

(Not counting MHP, who has been the target of Dr. West recently).

(yes, I know this post barely makes sense but I've had a long day)

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Posted by mat catastrophe on February 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Jack, are you familiar with Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West? They are both leftists who speak out against President Obama and this issue of the drones, as well as Melissa Perry of MSNBC and Bob (BA) Avakian of the ultra-extreme leftist Revolutionary Communist Party of America.

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Posted by Damon Fordham on February 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

"@P&F - Put down the crack pipe. Only a fool, idiot, or another progressive would think progressives have been right on everything. More like wrong on everything. As usual, those on the left can not distinguish between ideals and policies. Nearly everyone on the left and right have the same ideals, minus a few obvious social issues. It's not typically a question of ideals, but the policy path to achieve said desired ideal. From a policy perspective, progressives and the left are almost always wrong and history has proven that. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Benjamin Carson ave been excellent communicators of this.

Great article, Jack, as always. Stewart, unlike most liberal mouth pieces, does have ethics and is not afraid to openly discuss and defend his views. He has been one of the few on the left to engage people on the right in open forums. His debates with Bill O'Reilly are a perfect example of his willingness to have a public dialog.

People on both sides are hypocrites, but the hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty from the left under Clinton, and now even more so under Obama, dwarfs the sins of the right."

See if you can find BOTH instances where Ned directly contradicts himself in this post.

First prize is a chance to appear in the video for my kickstarter project to raise money to make a better video for my other kickstarter project (which is either going to be a book or an artisanal SEO company).

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Posted by mat catastrophe on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

The most heinous example of this inhumanity was during Obama's State of the Union Address when he droned on and on and on...

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Posted by And if elected... on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

@P&F - Put down the crack pipe. Only a fool, idiot, or another progressive would think progressives have been right on everything. More like wrong on everything. As usual, those on the left can not distinguish between ideals and policies. Nearly everyone on the left and right have the same ideals, minus a few obvious social issues. It's not typically a question of ideals, but the policy path to achieve said desired ideal. From a policy perspective, progressives and the left are almost always wrong and history has proven that. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Benjamin Carson ave been excellent communicators of this.

Great article, Jack, as always. Stewart, unlike most liberal mouth pieces, does have ethics and is not afraid to openly discuss and defend his views. He has been one of the few on the left to engage people on the right in open forums. His debates with Bill O'Reilly are a perfect example of his willingness to have a public dialog.

People on both sides are hypocrites, but the hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty from the left under Clinton, and now even more so under Obama, dwarfs the sins of the right.

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Posted by Ned Hill on February 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

As Larry outlines, there are plenty who have spoken out against the drone strikes. They are called progressives, automatically categorized as loons by liberals and conservatives, in spite of the fact that they have been on the right side of every important public policy issue since the 1950s. It's just taken the rest of the country 20 years to catch up to them, in most cases. Unfortunately, waging illegal wars and military maneuvers cannot be undone, so there is no catching up here, just regret.

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Posted by P&F on February 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

fact checking is not the strong suit of rubber stamps of the left or right.... Jack Hunter may spend much of his column space upon Jon Stewart as a prepared interviewer, book reader and "voice" of some progressives, but it is just plain stupid to pretend talking heads like Maddow or Hayes or Stewart are lone voices.... Veterans For Peace voted over 2 years ago to impeach our President for war crimes, and drones are committing war crimes ADMITTEDLY by the CIA with body counts exceeding 52 people INNOCENT PEOPLE for every single targeted murder of alleged terrorist "threats" ..... next time ask an informed citizen, a Veteran For Peace, a Green Party Leader for the facts why Jill Stein was the best choice for President last year.... but of course the DUOPOLISTS only pretend there are 2 parties WHEN Republocrats & Rethuglicans are joined at the hip of NEVER CUTTING MILITARY SPENDING OR NEVER SAYING NO TO CIA murders of people from Mossadeq to Allende to Grenada to Libya to Baghdad to Pakistan to Africa to Yemen to the Phillipines to Indonesia where all the killings illegally are continuing 843-926-1750 @LarryAccomplish PEACE CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS who will vote to impeach Obusha next May

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Posted by AmericanAtheistFORMERClinicEscort on February 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Thanks for the info, Chris.

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Posted by Paulius on February 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Paulius,

Jack's hed and sub as submitted to me were:

Stewart Strikes Obama
The President's drone assassination of American citizens has at least one liberal critic in Jon Stewart

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Posted by chrishaire on February 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Rick, I'm not sure the author is responsible for the title which implies there's only one. His website has this column under "Jon Stewart Strikes Obama on Drones." It may be the editors' call what's written at the top of the page. Mat, maybe you can tell us?

Anyway, it says "prominent." I'd say Stewart fits that description. But outside of MSNBC viewers, I doubt many people would know who Maddow and Hayes are.

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Posted by Paulius on February 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Liberals in general are silent on war measures under Obama just like the Teahadists were silent on deficits, debt and government spending under W. We're all fucked up. Let's move on.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

Where are the massive protests in the streets and the massive uproar from both chambers of Congress that we had during the Bush years? Its remarkably quiet in the anti-war circles now that the bulk of the left has just shut their mouths and sat on their thumbs.

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Posted by Charlie Vick on February 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Re: “At least one prominent liberal opposes the president's drone strikes

There are plenty of liberals questioning this practice. You obviously don't watch Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes among others.

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Posted by RickS. on February 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons bill is a sign of things to come

Here ya go, Fish.

http://us.cnn.com/2013/02/06/justice/dc-fa…

When Tony Perkins talks about the SPLC, he sounds just like you talking about Jack. And, he's just as wrong.

Posted by Paulius on February 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons bill is a sign of things to come

No, but you could clarify your definition of violence.

Posted by Paulius on February 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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