Wednesday, 10/30/13, Public Square



by | October 30, 2013 · 6:00 am

7 responses to “Wednesday, 10/30/13, Public Square

  1. R.D. Liebst

    watching the comedy channel I think would they still be on the air if not for reality and the Republican party mainly the likes of Bachmann and the more Nazi like others? You can’t just make some of that stuff up and still have the same impact. True I tend to put myself out there which means that I too can have things I say come back and bite me. But at least I can defend and explain in a more logical and realistic manner then sawing the limb off behind me.

  2. I’m watching the republicans make fools of themselves on national television. I’m embarrassed that these people hold public office in my country. They’re doing themselves no favors. Haters gonna hate and no one but a hater is going to support that. Forget that thought about attracting more voters. They better double down on their efforts to disenfranchise as many voters as they can.

  3. Did someone say fools? I picked this up over at DU. The title says it all.

    It’s Hard To Run A Democracy With An Ignorant Public

    Gene Lyons

    “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”

    –Vice President Dick Cheney, 2002

    Given the great hullabaloo in Washington over government spending, here are a couple of noteworthy facts. Under President Obama, the federal budget deficit has been more than cut in half, from a FY 2009 high of $1.55 trillion (largely inherited from George W. Bush) to an estimated $642 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    However, a recent Bloomberg News poll shows that 10 percent of American voters are acquainted with this indisputable fact — 59 percent mistakenly believe that the deficit has risen under Obama. Another 26 percent think it’s remained approximately the same. It’s hard to run a democracy given such widespread public ignorance.

    Militant ignorance, much of it. Fully 93 percent of Tea Party members subscribe to the false belief that government spending is skyrocketing out of control. No wonder they’re running around with their hair on fire.

    But hold that thought, because there’s more: Measured as a percentage of the overall U.S. economy, the federal budget deficit has shrunk from 10.1 percent in 2009 to 4 percent today. Given increased revenue and decreased spending, the CBO projects the figure will decrease to 2.1 percent by 2015.

    full article

    • I suspect the main reason these hair-on-fire folks do not accept these facts is because they HATE Obama more than they love their country.

      Haters do not want to let their perceived enemy get any credit……plain and simple.

      Didn’t Republican Tea Pots prove they are capable of burning down our country before they ever give up one inch of their perceived ‘victory’ over Obama?

  4. I think the insurance industry is probably cringing in unison and wishing these hearings weren’t putting so much light on the abuses they’ve subjected their customers to for a very long time. Sure good to know Obamacare makes it impossible for some of those abuses to continue.

    • I’ve actually heard some pundits talk about how terrible it is that Obama promised that if people liked their current insurance – they could keep it.

      But if their do-nothing bare-bones coverage is not worth the paper it’s written on – then why would these folks want to keep it?

      That should be the question being asked …….

      And another question – why have insurance companies been allowed to make such huge profits off worthless insurance coverage policies?

  5. Take a look at this listing of the top 5 worst states for women.

    Do you think they’re all Republican Red States?