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  1. about 4 hours ago on Michael Ramirez

    I dunno, some might. I read a perspective that was talking about FARs, Fallen Away Republicans, and we see a fair number of them on this site. They seem to want universal health care, worry about the rising inequality and want to do something constructive about Dreamers and immigration reform. What I am trying to say is that these goals seem broadly pretty well accepted, but the means for achieving those goals are the focus of disagreement. We all need to realize that there is more than one way to get to the end result and be willing to try paths that may not be our first choice (remembering that none of us has the final and only answer to attaining any of these goals).

  2. about 4 hours ago on Views of the World

    As I understand it, they’ll get a 60% tax break on whatever they donate…I wonder how Macron is going to handle this one.

  3. about 4 hours ago on Michael Ramirez

    And the liberals and progressives just need to be adults and work together to make it happen. Otherwise, we may end up like Germany in the 1930’s or Israel today.

  4. about 4 hours ago on Prickly City

    Smith wrote two classic works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Even Adam Smith recognized the need for empathy and concern for others in economic endeavors. Too bad the modern winner-take-all capitalists have forgotten that—-and it may end up destroying the system they are so fond of.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/capitalism-in-crisis-us-billionaires-worry-about-the-survival-of-the-system-that-made-them-rich/2019/04/20/3e06ef90-5ed8-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html

  5. about 5 hours ago on Steve Kelley

    People in this meatpacking and college town of about 10,000 to 15,000 — nobody really knows how many, because so many are immigrants — are worried more about whether they’ll get deported than how that Trump Tower meeting went down. The “dreamers” show up as the Democratic presidential hopefuls stream through town asking when they might find relief. Health care is the talk over coffee with candidates. Farmers want to know when we can seal a trade deal with China, because they’re getting walloped in the soybean markets.

    …To Rick Peterson, that’s all been baked into the market, as he would have said as an investment adviser before his recent retirement. He also is a CPA and a Sooner by education, but he has become a FAR (Fallen-Away Republican). He said the religious right drove him off from a caucus several years ago by intimidation and rigidity.

    “I don’t need to read the Mueller report to come to the conclusion that Trump’s a crook and a liar, and that you can’t trust him as far as you can throw him,” said Peterson, who spends his days sizing up the Democrats who parade through town almost by the week.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/muellers-report-rocked-washington-storm-lake-iowa-not-so-much/2019/04/19/3ecd6e9e-62b7-11e9-9412-daf3d2e67c6d_story.html

    I particularly liked the designation FAR, Fallen-Away Republican.

  6. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    Before y’all put AOC’s positions down as too radical, here is a link of bipartisan attempts made to deal with climate change 30+ years ago. The problem has only gotten more severe since then, and I think you can put that down to the toxic partisanship form Gingrich and Co. in the early 1990’s:

    “It was not so long ago that a young congresswoman proposed major climate legislation that would transform the national energy system and, with it, the economy. Speaking on the floor of the House, she lamented the tens of billions of dollars in federal handouts to the fossil fuel industry and the government’s failure to adopt its own scientists’ recommendations. She warned of the “very high risk of irreversible and catastrophic impact looming on the horizon” if the United States failed to act.

    “We have the facts,” she said. “The crisis is here. The time to move from rhetoric into action is also here.”

    The congresswoman was Claudine Schneider, a Republican from Rhode Island. The bill was the Global Warming Prevention Act of 1988."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/opinion/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-green-new-deal.html

  7. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    OK, if not sexism, then ageism—-the young should know their place and shut up, but the old can run off at the mouth and it’s just “showing their wisdom”. Have it however you wish, but it still doesn’t get past double standard metrics. I wasn’t considered to be showing social graces in the 1960’s when I was demonstrating against the war and for civil rights, but what did I know at that age (about the same as AOC’s today).

  8. 1 day ago on Views of the World

    I believe part of the problem there (as here) is a fragmented opposition.

  9. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    I’ve missed you, Guy!! Glad to see you back in wonderful form. Have a great Easter weekend.

  10. 1 day ago on Michael Ramirez

    Zebra, don’t be sexist! The behavior you are complaining about in the young women has been routinely given a pass when men do it. Women are seen as shrill or hysterical or pushy whereas the men are seen as being “real” and strong and telling it as it is. A president can say “I’m f—ked” and that’s OK, but a woman says it and OMG!!! she’s a tasteless b—-h.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/william-barr-seems-to-believe-donald-trump-is-too-emotional-to-be-guilty/2019/04/18/fa5f3a32-6223-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html