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  1. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 4 days ago

    Bringing in side issues that don’t really negate the point made is obfuscation. The Republicans cut the budget. These cuts hampered the ability of the CDC to manage Ebola. If you want to dispute either of these points, it would be relevant to the debate. Saying “But Obama did it toooooo!” is not.

    I had criticized the Republicans for demanding spending cuts and then using those cuts to score political points. Since I’ve never demanded spending cuts (except as regards the military budget and other forms of welfare for rich people) I fail to see how I’m doing the same thing. Maybe what you don’t get is that I’m not Obama and don’t necessarily agree with or approve of everything he does.

  2. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 5 days ago

    It’s Republicans who for decades have been campaigning in favor of across-the-board spending cuts. No matter how much you obfuscate, that fact remains. I can’t speak for Obama, but personally I favor massive cuts for the Pentagon and other forms of corporate welfare, not for any human services.

  3. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 5 days ago

    They don’t dispute that Republicans cut the budget and they don’t dispute that this hampered the ability of CDC to operate. All they say is that Obama also cut the budget.

    So, here again we have a standard Republican tactic: Scream “*CUT THE BUDGET!!!!!*” at the top of your lungs. Then when somebody you don’t like does cut the budget, condemn him for it in order to score political points.

  4. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 5 days ago

    Maybe the CDC would be better able to manage diseases if Republicans hadn’t slashed its budget.

  5. Gary Kleppe commented on Dan Wasserman 20 days ago

    The “pox on both your houses” fallacy: Since all sides make accusations that sound about the same, therefore they must be equally at fault. It works well with a media that’s either too lazy or too compromised to uncover the truth.

  6. Gary Kleppe commented on Mike Luckovich 20 days ago

    Your TV has a cure for the problems you describe. Push the button labeled “off.”

  7. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 22 days ago

    I can’t resist flogging this a little more. Who else are “Utopian Communists” according to Churchy’s definition? The governments of Singapore, Taiwan, and India, for starters, where health care is a public service.

    Then there’s the guy who said this:

    “The dis­cov­er­ies of heal­ing sci­ence must be the inher­i­tance of all. That is clear: Dis­ease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poor­est or the rich­est man or woman sim­ply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the sane way as the fire brigade will give its full assis­tance to the hum­blest cot­tage as read­ily as to the most impor­tant mansion….Our pol­icy is to cre­ate a national health ser­vice in order to ensure that every­body in the coun­try, irre­spec­tive of means, age, sex, or occu­pa­tion, shall have equal oppor­tu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit from the best and most up-to-date med­ical and allied ser­vices available.”

  8. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 22 days ago

    So only Utopian Communists would set an upper income tax rate in the ninety percent range? I imagine Eisenhower and the Congress of his day would be quite surprised to learn that. Joe McCarthy didn’t need to go hunting for Communists; he should’ve just turned himself and all of his colleagues in.

    Here’s a simple one just to narrow down the argument. If the left were in power, a stock market investor making millions in capital gains would pay a higher percentage of income in total taxes than someone flipping burgers for minimum wage.

  9. Gary Kleppe commented on Drew Sheneman 23 days ago

    John Oliver.

  10. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 23 days ago

    Yes, chuckles, the left wing is in power. That’s why insurance companies were eliminated and health care is now a public service. That’s why there’s a ninety percent income tax on incomes over $200,000. It’s why education and medical research and public media are fully funded but the military has to hold fund-raising telethons; why public transportation is free and plentiful; why banking fraud and police brutality are prosecuted to the extent of the law. Makes perfect sense.