Wednesday, 5/18/11, Public Square


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40 responses to “Wednesday, 5/18/11, Public Square

  1. wicked

    Great article by Robert Reich.

    • From wicked’s link, Reich says, “…the responsibility for rounding up the necessary Republican votes shifts to Wall Street and big business — arguably more eager to raise the debt ceiling and avoid turmoil in credit markets than anyone else. They’re also better able to push the GOP — whom they fund.”

      YES, there is nothing more true!

  2. Area Republicans liked ObamaCare when it went by a different name

    Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate who is trying to remake himself by refusing to be seen in a tie, is calling for a repeal of the health-care law that President Obama signed last year.

    • wicked

      Imagine what would happen if Obama refused to be seen in a tie.

      The rules are different for Republicans.

      Oh, and they’ll never have the votes to repeal. Not in this lifetime.

    • indypendent

      Romney refusing to be seen in a tie is like Fred Thompson pushing the image of him driving that old truck – like an ‘ordinary guy’.

      But I heard the flipside of that little truck story – Fred Thompson would be chauffeured to some out of the way spot just outside of the town where the local Repubs (rubes) were waiting for him. Fred would get out of the limousine in an ‘ordinary guy’s’ outfit (?) and then drive into the political rally like he drove himself in his little truck.

      Wasn’t that a nice little fairy tale?

  3. wicked

    Danny Bonaduce is a bit whacko, but you’ll love this video about Newt Gingrich getting glittered. 😉

  4. Freedomwriter

    This Friday May 20th we are hosting another political “idea party” from 7-9 p.m. in west Wichita. We welcome anyone who would like to discuss ways to begin impacting all the negative hype out there. This is a social gathering with a political twist! You can contact me at for more information or directions.

    We are an eclectic group, ranging from young adults through retired folks, and we come from all walks of life. We are interested in hearing your ideas and will be focusing on the day to day things we can do to reshape the political landscape. So, if you are tired of feeling depressed about the current state of affairs, why not join us for an uplifting discussion on what we can do!

    All you need bring is an open mind and a willingness to share ideas. Our hostess is providing drinks and snacks.

  5. This quote hit my funny bone…

    “Gingrich right now looks a lot like the Bruce Willis character in the “Sixth Sense”: Everyone but him thinks he’s dead.”

    Here’s another that I think is funny:

    Bill Maher says Bachmann is the candidate for those who find Palin too intellectual.


  6. WSClark

    Here’s a topic for you serious policy wonks out there – States Rights. Now, I kinda like being a transplanted Kansan, having been born in Kentucky and growing up in Michigan. I have been to nearly every state in the Union except Hawaii and Alaska. During my travels, I have noticed that most Americans walk on two legs, have thumbs and their heads reside on their shoulders. Presumably, most Americans are pretty much like other Americans, at least from a reasonable distance.

    So, all you serious-minded folks out there, what up with this Right Wing insistence on States Rights?

    The Republican argument for Mittcare and against Obamacare lies in the murky waters of States Rights. In other words, a “State” can determine what is best, but a “Country” cannot.

    Now, I may not be the sharpest thumbtack on the bulletin board, but it is beyond me that the Mitt v. Obama healthcare plans are materially different because one was for Massachusetts and the other for the United States.

    Someone help me out here……………………..

    • wicked

      Empy rhetoric from the Rs, nothing more. They twist themselves inside out and are looking more and more like a bag of pretzels. Even they don’t know what they want….except everything the Ls don’t. They enjoy playing with our freedoms, talking out of the both sides of their mouths, and stuffing their pockets with payoffs. They’re backing themselves into a corner. I’m just waiting to see what brilliant scam will get them out of this one.

    • Much of the responsibility of The Affordable Care Act is left to the states and they are required to set up co-ops.

      The Republicans have no one they can count on so they are making themselves look as silly as their candidates. This is one of the headlines used after Mitt’s convoluted explanation of the differences between his and President Obama’s plans: “Mitt Romney: I Will Never Impose My Awesome Massachusetts Law On The Nation.” So we’re forewarned that Romney loved the president’s plan in his state but thinks your state doesn’t deserve it!

      In our mobile society there is nothing that would sound rational about “state’s rights.” But we must remember the Republican Party wants to take America back and haven’t yet admitted exactly how far back they’re aiming.

  7. David B

    Gingrich press secretary Rick Tyler fired off a response blasting the political and media elite.

    “The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding,” Tyler wrote. “Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. This is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke and dust of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead tho

    • You mean they repeated his own words verbatim? Oh, how terrible for Newtie that he was caught talking.

    • wicked

      Sounds like purple prose, if you ask me. He lost me at ‘literati sent out their minions’. I mean, geez, is that the best you’ve got?

      • 6176746f6c6c65

        Just doesn’t compare with “Nattering nabobs of negativism”, does it?

      • wicked

        Exactly, 6176. Nor “hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history”. In my little world, “throbbing member” also fits the bill. (Sorry if that bothers anyone.)

    • indypendent

      Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders
      By what stretch of the imagination is Newt Gingrich considerered an ‘outsider’?

      Seriously, these Republicans need to take one bigass chill pill…

  8. How will any of the GOP’s candidates explain why they want to replace Medicare with vouchers?

    I can’t see an electorate that would be scared enough by the GOP line “we’re broke” to accept that plan. I know the GOP capitalizes on fear, but they’re going to need to find another target as their bogeyman.

    • wicked

      I agree, fnord. They can push people only so far, but the time could easily come that they cross that line. Maybe by only a toe, but somebody (a bunch of somebodies) is going to have a moment and remember that the wealthy are coasting through life on our dimes, while we get blamed and punished. It only takes the right/correct person, and then it’ll spread. The GOP will rue the day they tried to dump Medicare, cheating their staunchest supporters.

    • Debt Ceiling Politics: Fearocracy or Democracy?

      “Neuroscientists are beginning to understand that fear puts dramatic constraints on the brain, and hinders our decision-making abilities.”

      “For over a decade, we’ve been running our politics on fear so often that it’s hardly noticeable. Take the debt ceiling kabuki — catastrophic economic consequences if we don’t raise the ceiling, the end of America if we don’t cut entitlements. This kind of fear-mongering is exactly how the banks justify any and everything to bail them out. And it’s disguising the actual problems we have as a nation, the six industries strangling our freedom: health care, banking, agribusiness, defense, energy, and telecom.”

      • wicked

        Living in fear as long as we have, thanks to the politics of fear, could end up causing the fearmongers more trouble than they’ve considered. As Ratigan pointed out in the article, 10-year-olds have always lived in this type of environment of fear. Keep that adrenalin pumping all the time, and the effect becomes the norm. Numbness sets in, but at some point, someone stands up and breaks free of that. In time, it could come back to bite the mongers in the patootie. I’m hoping for that waking up to happen real soon.

  9. Look what is for sale on President Obama’s campaign site! Be sure you mouse over the images on both the front and back to enlarge them. 😉

    • wicked

      I wonder how many people will send The Donald and a few others one for a keepsake and reminder of total stupidity.

  10. WSClark

    For those of you interested in that kinda of thing, Elvis is For Sale on Wichita Craig’s List – only asking $14.00.

    Damn, and I only got $10.

  11. indypendent

    As for that States Rights argument – I suspect this is nothing more than ‘Constitutional Speak’ being spewed by people wearing 3-corner hats with teabags stapled to them.

    If you will notice – whenerver questioned about any of their ideas – these folks always resort to the Constitituion – even though I have yet hear one of these tea party people prove to me where taking my tax dollars to give to rich oil companies is in the Constitution.

    These folks cherry pick the Constitution like they cherry pick the Ten Commandments.

    • indypendent

      I also like the States Rights argument to who is a Jesus Hater.

      Once labeled as a Constitutional Hater (just because you question these Repubs argument on States Rights); you’re just a step away from being labeled a Jesus Hater.

      These folks do not deal in facts – they deal in idealogy.

    • Freedomwriter

      Hallelujah! May I hear an Amen?

      Embrace the liberal label, it is time to set it free! I loved this. Thanks for posting it!