Life in prison would accomplish the same thing without state sponsored murder.
December 26, 2012 at 9:34 a.m.
Can't muster much give-a-damn for Ghaddafi's son or Ghaddafi's grief. Couldn't care less.
May 1, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
The President was great at the dinner. He put Trump in the corner with a dunce cap where is belongs. I'm a rabid progressive to be sure, but I've listened to two different conservative talk shows in the last few days where they've pu,mmeled Trump as a baffoon who does not speak for them either.
One guy was outraged at Trump's suggestion that he, as President, would tell OPEC at what price he'd buy oil and he'd set the price of gas at the pump. Do conservative REALLY want the President, be it Obama, Trump or any future President, to so control the economy and pricing that the price is set in big government Washington DC? Think about it.
May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Lots of people showing their ignorance by blaming a President, any President, for gas prices. The President doesn't set prices for gas and oil. Do you conservative REALLY want the price of gasoline being set by the government? Do you REALLY think that Mr Obama or Mr Bush or some future President should be able to lower---or raise--gas prices whenever he or she sees fit. The GOP has prevented every effort by Dems to regulate this kind of activity because this is what they want the "free market" to do to us. Of course that's not what conservatives want and that's what makes the snarky comments about Mr Obama so petty, so infested with partisan rancor that they get the scornful disdain they deserve
The price of gas-especially now-is being driven almost entirely by Wall Street speculation. Some of th gambling on gas/oil prices is blamed on "...uncertainly in the Middle East...". The truth is that we get ZERO oil from Libya, so that claim is a lie. It's all greed. It's the same greed brought to you by the same greedy bast***s who speculated your mortgage and the US economy into the mess we're still dealing with.
May 1, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
You've made a distinction but without it making a difference. The CBO projected a budget surplus for the ensuing ten years as Clinton left office. By whatever measure, the point is that the vast majority of the crushing debt we're living with and that THIS President is trying to shrink without picking on the poor, the elderly, children and women, came from the previous administration.
It was that projected surplus that started the Congressional debate that concluded with the tax cuts of '01. Congress was encouraged by the now shamed Alan Greenspan to distribute that surplus. The fact that we were looking at a presumed surplus is what makes it so galling to hear Republicans defend maintaining those cuts for income in excess of $250K. We aren't facing the prospect of a surplus these days, are we?
April 29, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.
Let's review shall we? Bush came into office with a projected surplus. He left with nearly $10 Trillion in debt. There were the '01 tax cuts, then the creation of Homeland Security apparatus (big gov't) plus the nationalization (very socialist) of airport security called the TSA, then more tax cuts for the wealthy (capital gains reduction, etc) and Medicare Part D perscription drug plan. On top of all that there were the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everything I've mentioned was done with money borrowed primarily from China which added millions of dollars daily to pay the additional interest. Gosh, I almost forgot another trillion for TARP (more socialism). Not one of the above referenced items was p[aid for by revenue increases or program cuts. Added together, Bush left office with a severely damaged world economy due primarily to his policies of non-regulation of Wall Street and banksters, nearly historic high unemployment, demoralized citizenry and just over $10 trillion in debt accumulated since 2000. Obama spent $1 trillion to provide an economy when industry could not or would not. The only reason the debt looked higher when Obama took office is that after the Dems took both Houses in '06, they insisted the war expenses be carried on the books instead of being hidden by Bush and the GOP until then by using Contuning resolutions. BTW, between 2000-2006, the GOP raised the debt ceiliong at least 8 times.
April 29, 2011 at 1:52 p.m.
city_resident: The answer to your question is: not much. A) The US has about 4% of the world's oil reserves and uses 25% of the world's oil. We cannot drill enough oil to have any long term effect on prices. B) New drilling takes quite a while to have any impact at all. C) US oil companies have stated several times that China/India are willing to pay more for gas than the US and as multi-national companies that's where Alaskan oil would be sold. The other reserve areas within the US have little to offer on the scale necessary to impact prices. D) This is about speculation by non-oil/gas investors. The "uncertainty" in Libya is the latest excuse for rising prices, but we don't get ANY oil from Libya. It's theWall Street casino at work again. This time instead of gambling your mortgage down the toilet, they're doing it to you with oil. E) Republicans in the House and Senate have consistently prevented any meaningful legislation, esspecially a comprehensive energy plan, to regulate speculators or the oil/gas industry for many years. As usual, the Republicans are the problem and never the solution.
April 29, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Republican Rick is half right. Speculators and demand by China and India are the biggest (almost exclusive) factors in the gas prices. These are the free market forces Rick and other Republicans tout as the best for America. Mr Obama, or any President, has almost nothing to do with gas prices and there's little, short of more regulations or nationalization that can be exerted. Are the conservatives here actually suggesting Mr Obama use the government to restrain trade or heavily regulate the oil and gas industry? No, they're not. They're blaming Obama in a juvenile, partisan nonsense reaction instead of placing the blame where it belongs. Lame effort. BTW, Rick, Nancy Pelosi isn't Speaker any longer and doesn't control the debate. Legislation in the House is controlled by the John Boner and the Republicans. It is he who's been pretty silent in coming up with any way to deal with these gas prices from a legislative standpoint.
April 29, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.