Comments on: Debt, dogma, and dents in US image Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:18:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: Foztah Tue, 02 Aug 2011 13:14:18 +0000 “Four out of 10 Americans responding to a Gallup poll this month said they were seeing the worst leadership in Washington in their lifetimes.”

…let me guess, the other 6 (out of 10 Americans) said that the Washington leadership that preceded the current Washington leadership, was the worst in their lifetimes?

By: coyotle Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:18:21 +0000 For those who have who have not been paying attention for the last thirty plus years, the United States has moved so far right as to make present day liberals look quite conservative to the rest of the world. In fact Richard Nixon’s policies by our standards today would be called socialist or extreme left wing.

That being said, it is clear we have more in common with the governments of Chile and Argentina in decades past(banking failures, torture, excessive military largess..etc.). The right wing agenda in this country has created the greatest disparity of wealth since we began recording such data in the 1930s (Great Depression). The wealthy elite’s unwillingness to pay taxes to support our governments debt is deplorable. This Great Recession may evolve into something like the Long Depression of the 1870s that lasted over 30 years. As it was then, so it is now, fraud and economic contraction caused investors from around the world to lose their shirts. Banking collapses and human suffering will continue to abound.

When I was raised by my folks, I was taught that there are consequences to my actions. Good or bad, whatever I did earned tangible consequences. It is unfortunate for the country and for that matter the entire world that we have once again elected a class of spoiled children posing as adults. Compounding the problem is Democratic and Republican Party leadership vying for control of the three branches of government rather than serving the People. George Washington was correct when he stated in his farewell address to the Union, “Political parties in a purely elected representative form of government are the rankest form of evil for they distort and misrepresent the views of others to further their own gains for power”.

By: aisha200bc Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:46:46 +0000 It seems that most of the Speculations revolve round the US loosing its Tittle as a Super Power- The Argument is although very Correct that there are a lot of Discrepancies in the Political System —but then is there anyone who can point towards any Nation in the Entire World who’s Political System is Safe from all these Perils—The Word Politics describe it self— In Times of Distress no one Cries with anyone and in times Joy every one is your friend and wants to Laugh— I fail to understand that each review that i read consist only sarcastic remarks, Previous mismanagement, Blaming Governments for their inappropriate structural Policies Etc etc–But the Question arises — That is this the right time to look over the spilled Milk or to adopt a positive approach by accepting the mistakes and make amendments in both the Political Systems and the Attitude and Behavior of the Citizens— like the saying goes –that there is no Greater Grief than to remember days of Gladness when Sorrow is at Hand…This kind of Reviews and Comments will not Suffice the Condition but will only bring down the Spirits of all. great many nations have seen total disasters, Debacle of the Governments and more over have Suffered because of other Oppressing Factors– Yet they did get up –and once again made their Mark by accepting the Challenges—One must have the Courage to Live —Anyone can Die— Negative Approach begets Negative elements—-Those who have the ability to Communicate via any medium must always adopt a Positive approach— to address the Masses—–“There is Nothing to be feared –but only to be Understood” ( Marie Curie )

By: rob18767 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 18:36:34 +0000 Judging by the comments on here then it seems there is a rush to apportion blame to others, while trying to appear holier than thou. There’s plenty of hypocrites in this whole mess and maybe people should look a bit closer to home.

The voices of those employing Freudian defense mechanisms (others are bad while I am good) seems to be the order of the day. Reasoned argumentation and facing up to facts, too late, seem to be the order of the day.

By: HAL.9000 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:57:10 +0000 Here’s an idea: how about restoring taxes to the pre-Bush era? Seems everyone forgot that THAT tax cut was because of a SURPLUS we had at the time. SURPLUS is gone…so why haven’t taxes reflected the change?


Change tax laws to keep mega-million corporations from avoiding taxes by mean of stupid loop-holes.


(Here’s my favorite) TAX CHURCHES!!
If you enjoy the freedom of religion in this country then show your appreciation by paying your tax. The term “wealthy-Christian” is an oxymoron and BTW, Jesus had no issues with paying your taxes. (MARK 12:14-17)

As for spending being out of control..yes, Congress does not need another pay raise. But it’s much easier to cut social services than deny Congress their pay-raise I suppose. /SARCASM

By: varela Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:34:36 +0000 @MadAsHell2 – you can fix stupid but you have to do it by promoting smart people IMHO President Obama is very smart when compared to GW Bush –

“Fool me once..Shame on you…Fool me twice….the point is you can’t fool me again” -George W Bush Vs.

“What’s clear now is that any solution to avoid default must be bipartisan. It must have the support of both parties that were sent here to represent the American people -– not just one faction.” President Obama

Come on people can’t you recognize intelligence when you see it?

By: txgadfly Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:30:59 +0000 What do we have in “common” in the USA? Our rulers. Not much else. The “old” USA is either dead or is dying, and those who deny that simply advocate using force to repress dissent. The “greatest” generation is mostly dead and their younger supporters do not have any significant numbers, though they have loud voices.

If true representation of the population returns to Government, all branches, all levels, we might be able to work this out without terrible disorder. But don’t hold your breath. The Old Guard does not share power.

By: xcanada2 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:14:57 +0000 Most of the annual government deficit could be eliminated by reducing our military expenses to, for example, the average rate of the world. This would also eliminate most the blow-back that we suffer from our war-making and hegemony operations throughout the world.

We could reading run a surplus if the richies were properly taxed. They pay an average 15% while us middle class are paying more than twice that.

Moreover, the financials business, richies again, have hugely ripped on the country.

An irony of this is the richies are ruining the country for actually relatively small parts of the cash flow involved: a military-industrial complex so they can live off the profits; a world wide financial meltdown so Wall Street/banking trading houses can make a few percentage off the CDSes, etc.; and politicians bought out for a few million bucks, when they are dealing with trillions of the people’s money. The whole system has evolved to such a tawdry mess!

If the Tea-Partyers would address the real problems of our dysfunctional system, I’d certainly be happy to be with them. Instead, they promote the interests of the system which is ruining our country.

By: MadAsHell2 Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:02:15 +0000 The picture for this expressed it well — the one with the guy dressed as Captain America. It visually expressed what the United States is heading towards at a breath-taking pace: a nation run by absolute clowns and idiots! Who care only about themselves, getting noticed, and being ideologically right — without ever considering: right according to who?

We are rapidly becoming Unbelievably Stupid America — in which the Democrats, including War-Obama, are too afraid and cowardly, and bought off, to stand up for The American People, the used-to-be-normal Republicans only care about themselves getting re-elected, and the Baggers publicly display their seemingly infinite ignorance about both the U.S. and world economics, and endless despise of the U.S. government; to name just two topics they consistently act like clowns and fools about.

Very, VERY sad.

As I heard said recently: you can’t fix stupid.

If that’s true, the U.S. is screwed!

By: snarkus Sat, 30 Jul 2011 15:12:22 +0000 Bernd has it right and doesn’t play ‘false equivalence:’

the source of the deadlock and intransigence that’s putting America’s credit rating at risk is the astroturf and infantile “Tea Party” who won’t even sign on for legislation that they approved of weeks ago, simply because Obama and Reid agree to it (and in doing so, they compromise the longstanding ideals of Democrats).

Utter insanity, and Republicans are squarely to blame for this game of chicken…