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commented on Tom Toles
7 days ago
ConserveGov: How come European countries spend vastly less per capita on health care than we do, and get dramatically better results?
commented on Mike Luckovich
8 days ago
Mephistopheles, since you say you don’t want to prevent any citizen from voting and are only concerned with asking for proof of ID, I trust you are taking action to oppose the closing of early voting in poor neighborhoods while keeping it open in wealthy ones (which is happening in Ohio), and the closing of restrooms in polling places in Florida where people are already having to wait 12 hours to vote because so many polling places (always in poor neighborhoods or student areas) have been shut down. Not to mention the recent case — I think it was Michigan? Not sure I remember — which shut down the public transportation routes from poor neighborhoods to their new polling places, to ensure that only people with the money to own a car would get to vote. If your real concern is merely using ID to ensure true citizens are the only voters, I’d expect you to be standing up and opposing all these things — are you?
And what is your excuse for closing all the restrooms in the Miami polling places — after already creating such artificial scarcity that people have to wait ten to twelve hours in line before they can vote? That has nothing to do with proving who anyone is.
commented on Ben Sargent
8 days ago
And big business wasn’t against that — in fact, the insurance industry wanted it, because it forced more customers into their hands, while getting government to pay them for it. The Roberts Court doesn’t always do the will of the Republican Party, but it does always do the will of corporate money, which is often — but NOT always — the same thing.
commented on Jim Morin
14 days ago
Most of both parties are owned by the corporations. It’s easier to bring in a candidate who won’t be so owned through the Democratic Party than the Republican Party, not because the former is a better bunch of people (they aren’t particularly), but because they’re less tightly organized, so it’s easier to get in someone who doesn’t fit the usual mold there. That’s all.
The problem is that it’s very hard to find those, and when found, even harder to get them elected. It takes money to get elected, and if it isn’t coming from the corporations because they know they won’t get a return on it, it has to come from somewhere. Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have pulled it off — but one’s in a tiny state which takes less money to get elected in the first place; one managed to talk her opponent into refusing corporate money and evening the score, and the third has the best full-time staff of fundraisers going looking for money from the small contributors, the ones who don’t look for any return except good government, that’s ever been put together. Yes, they’ve proven it’s possible, but it’s an uphill climb.
commented on Jack Ohman
17 days ago
Doesn’t matter what party you like. Once this kind of money enters the scene, neither party will listen to anyone without it anymore.
commented on Tom Toles
8 months ago
They’re “caused BY climate change” because the endless dry heat in those areas make the material likelier to burn. It’s false that 90% are arson; the accurate explanation is that 90% are human-triggered. mostly by accident (which is what makes it not arson — arson has to be deliberate). But those accidents could happen in a damp forest and fizzle out. They’re causing the huge fires with endless damage because and only because the hotter air is making the trees and plants dryer and more easily caught on fire.
commented on Steve Benson
8 months ago
Mephistopheles, this liberal thinks you’re entirely right on the subject. The reason we keep bringing up Bush, however, is that we get more than a little sick of the right raising holy hell over Obama doing something which those same people claimed was utterly valid and necessary when it was done by one of their own. It’s not directed at Bush per se, but at the hypocricy of attacking one’s opponents for something one defended in one’s friends… a fault both sides are subject to, and that I don’t appreciate from either one.
commented on Luann
9 months ago
He’s still underage. His parents might have something to say about that.
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