commented on Mandela and Debs
Don't be silly. It's not "because socialism". It's because "America!". Mandela was a Socialist too (possibly even a communist) but the reason we love Mandela is that he fought an oppressive regime in a foreign country. We don't hear about Debs because he fought against an oppressive regime here in the USA.
commented on Cherry-Picked Intelligence on the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack?
If this is true, and I await more reliable sources, this is unacceptable. I didn't vote, and volunteer, and donate, to get Obama elected twice to get a third and fourth Bush term. A big part of why I voted against McCain (though there were many reasons) was his enthusiasm about going to war. I don't want a president who makes shit up to justify going to war.
commented on Today in the Surveillance State: The Law of Inverse Transparency
@2, It's just so cute how you think you and your guns can hold off the might of the US military. It just makes me want to pinch your cheeks. When will you and your type realize that your personal armory, and the 2 hands you have to operate it, do not concern the US government one little bit? You paranoid little freaks never cease to amaze me.
commented on Healthcare.gov Enrollment Numbers Way Up
@7, the short version, though you could certainly look any of this up if you wanted.
How's it paid for? Mostly by reducing emergency room visits, overpayments to hospitals, changing the way we pay hospitals for service and a small tax on medical devices. For the most part, the extra insured patients are paid for by fixing the system and cutting out wasteful practices.
No, they won't cancel the Bush cuts for everyone, although they should. No he didn't enact a tax on the rich but he allowed one of their many tax cuts to expire which will substantially reduce the federal deficit.
No, the middle class has been getting soaked for decades. This has nothing to do with Obamacare. It's not caused by Obamacare and it won't be fixed by Obamacare, except that we'll have a lot fewer middle class people declaring bankruptcy when their insurance company cancels their policy when they get sick.
I hope this helps alleviate your confusion.
commented on Elizabeth Warren Calls for Social Security Expansion
@7, We've had decades of productivity increases, combined with decades of increased profits for corporations and decades of drastic increases in CEO pay. Our problem is not a lack of productivity. Our problem is a lack of middle class pay.
commented on God Fires Salvo in War on Christmas with Bell-Ringing Miracle
Delirian, you never have to add "seriously" after a quote attributed to Sarah Palin. At this point I will believe just about any idiotic crap attributed to that woman.
Well, it seems the Atheists got exactly what they wanted. The Christmas celebration is no longer funded with their tax dollars. Fantastic. It's as it should be. The people who want to celebrate Christmas pay for their celebration rather than live off the government teat. The people who don't want to pay for someone else's religious celebration don't have to pay for it.
commented on A Call for Socializing Social Media
Well you're not going to be able to socialize Facebook or Twitter so if you want this to happen you need to create something better. Crowdsource it like Wikipedia if you want it socialized but if you want this dream to become a reality you need to create it.