Monday, 7/11/11, Public Square

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20 responses to “Monday, 7/11/11, Public Square

  1. Everyone stay cool today. I think the heat has already gotten to me.

  2. Aside from proving to every American voter possessing critical thinking skills the Republicans will go to any lengths to protect big businesses and rich people, when Boehner withdrew from making the BIG deficit reductions he also gave up the opportunity to take away a mighty tool the Democrats will use against all those who voted for the Ryan plan. Yes, that vote to destroy Medicare is a powerful tool that will be used against them. Before Boehner said no to reducing the deficit by $4 trillion, President Obama offered to not only reduce Medicare benefits but he put Social Security on the line too. That would have neutralized the Ryan plan votes, don’t you think? Oh, and one more thing — no Republican candidate will have a leg up on President Obama in the ‘fiscally conservative’ claim. No, President Obama may have pissed off all of us royally but his creds on deficit reduction now trump everyone in the 2012 field.

    • indypendent

      Another example of Obama is playing chess while Republicans are playing checkers?

      Sometimes I think Obama is such a smart politician that he is thinking in the long run while we are all spinning our wheels fussing and fuming about him not doing anything?

      I also think Obama is the type of person that does not waste time foolishly and he knows how to set up his opponent and then catch the very same in his trap.

      ie – Bin Laden? Obama made a gutsy call in how we finally got Bin Laden. That took alot of strategizing and Washington insiders to keep their secret for a few days. That, in itself, is a magical feat.

  3. Republicans are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Their ‘pledge’ to Grover Norquist pits them against the majority of Americans who are able to see that the richest of the rich must not continue to pay low and sometimes NO taxes because of all the loopholes that benefit them.

    The GOP is willing to not raise the national debt ceiling which means the bills already authorized by Congress can’t be paid. When people agree to pay something and then renege on that agreement what should we call them? Is there a term that fits best? Thief? Liar?

    Why can’t they see that businesses aren’t hiring because they have no customers? Businesses have the money to expand but there is no need unless there is someone who can afford to buy their products or services. Only a strong middle class will solve this problem!

  4. Don’t let Republicans continue to scare with exaggerations and lies.

    If the bush tax cuts on those with annual incomes over $250,000 were repealed the higher taxes would be paid on ONLY that part of their income that exceeded $250,000. They could earn $249,000 every year and continue to pay the lowest taxes assessed in over 60 years! If they earned $251,000 one year, only the last $1,000 would be taxed at a higher rate.

    The only small business owners affected would be those who file as individuals and again the first $250,000 of annual income would be taxed at the lowest rates in 60 years.

    If the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire for the highest earners, the vast majority of small businesses will be unaffected. Less than 2 percent of tax returns reporting small-business income are filed by taxpayers in the top two income brackets — individuals earning more than about $170,000 a year and families earning more than about $210,000 a year.

    And just as most small businesses aren’t owned by people in the top income brackets, most people in the top income brackets don’t rely mainly on small-business income: According to the Tax Policy Center, such proceeds make up a majority of income for about 40 percent of households in the top income bracket and a third of households in the second-highest bracket. If the objective is to help small businesses, continuing the Bush tax cuts on high-income taxpayers isn’t the way to go — it would miss more than 98 percent of small-business owners and would primarily help people who don’t make most of their money off those businesses.

  5. The best cure for low tax revenues would be to increase the number of tax payers.

    Boehner, where are the jobs?

    • Overseas, of course (no one really thought the GOP was serious about creating domestic jobs, did they? The Thirteenth Amendment keeps getting in the way…).

  6. indypendent

    On topic with the cartoon above:

    1) if anyone’s traditional marriage is threatened by gays getting married – then their marriage was not strong to begin with – IMHO

    2) Perhaps the Bible Thumpers who are the yelling the loudest against gay marriage actually showed thte rest of the world how great traditional marriage is – more people would follow suite?

    After all, the divorce rate is rather high in this country and yet these same Bible Thumpers profess our country to be such a fine Christian country.

    • I thought the graph clearly stated the situation. 🙂

      • indypendent

        Yes, it did. Now the question is – how can we get those who yell the loudest against gay marriage actually learn from the graph?

        Or for that matter, learn anything other than what their narrow-version of religion commands from them?

      • How do you convince someone they aren’t thinking clearly…WHEN THEY AREN’T THINKING CLEARLY?

  7. indypendent

    Remember the Oklahoma pharmacist that was found guilty of murder during a robbery at the store? He was sentenced to life in prison and thinks his sentence is an injustice.

    This was the case where the video camera caught everything on tape.
    I wonder how many Bible Thumpers signed his petition and buying those t-shirts?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43710936/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/?GT1=43001

  8. If only everyone had such a reasonable reaction to gay marriage. This kid meets his first gay couple, deconstructs what marriage means, is surprised but cool with it, then invites the guys to play ping pong with him.

    Foreign diplomats could learn a thing or two from this boy.

    Also, the idea that being married means you love someone is probably one of the more wholesome messages a child can receive. So thumbs up to the kid, his parents and his new ping pong friends.

  9. Why Obama Wants a Big Deal

    In a phrase Mr. Biden has been using, “There’s no point in dying on a small cross.”

    President Obama’s talking points practically write themselves: I offered three dollars in spending cuts for every dollar in tax increases, and Republicans turned me down. Because Republican leaders wouldn’t accept any tax increases, everybody will pay more for Medicare and Social Security and get less in benefits down the road.

    And ultimately Mr. Obama has one time-honored tactic at his disposal: He can use failure to run, Harry Truman-style, against a “do-nothing Congress.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584404576439880232239232.html