Comments on: Obama’s fiscal weak tea http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: hsvkitty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23612 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:56:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23612 Tch tch Nichols7, why are you still reading what I write? You really are amusing, but entirely off topic. My answer to most of the above is yes, although my magical powers are limited,

Back on topic: I am looking through my magical looking glass and see you enjoying Michelle Bachmann’s rebuttal. Ahhhh that says a lot! Can you tell me what she meant by her reference to 21 generations? Was it cryptic?

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By: Nichols7 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23554 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:52:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23554 “The remarks of anonymous racists, such as, “He is not good enough to even shine my shoes.” is one frequently posted example of disrespect.”

So what? There’s lots of idiotic comments, on both the left and right. There was plenty of blather from the left during the Bush years, did you complain then? What do you propose doing to these “anonymous racists”? Arrest them? Send them to re-education camps? Would you like to curtail free speech?

“The President works “10 times harder” just to “be” President. I “see” it; you may not.”

Wow! You must have some magic powers! How do you “see it”? The last time you met with Obama at Starbucks? Last week when you passed through the Oval Office? Last month when you carried his golf bag for him? You really are amazing!

“I think Americans could use ethics courses, don’t you? A few less unethical Wallstreeters might be the result.”

Why so? Do you think Americans are any less ethical than say the Chinese? South Koreans? Argentines? Brits? What’s your empirical evidence for such a statement? Or, are you relying on your magical powers again?

“I can spot a redneck at 1000 paces. I was born on a farm myself, but I wore a large brim straw hat to avoid the sun.”

Again, must be your magical powers at spotting straw men, or rednecks as you call them. Do you also have the ability to spot “latte liberals”, “magic negroes”, “welfare queens”, “unethical Wall Streeters” and other caricatures at 1000 paces? Or are your magic powers limited to what you WANT to see?

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By: MarkC123 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23543 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 04:52:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23543 > Fiscal policy is important, but reducing unemployment is much more so.

Why do these have to be mutually exclusive? Krugman, for one, doesn’t think they are.

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By: CDN_finance http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23541 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:26:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23541 America in a nutshell: the left are whiners and cynical to the max – as such don’t give their leaders a chance; the right are bullies and intolerant – as such they are susceptible to racism, cronyism, and don’t give outsiders a chance. This is why Obama will fail, even though he is a brilliant man who could do great things for America. Shame on all of you. As Bill Maher would say (to paraphrase) ‘the politicians aren’t so great, but the voters are 100 times worse.’ Check yourself and see what YOU are doing for the country instead of complaining what someone else isn’t doing.

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By: hsvkitty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23539 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:09:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23539 Reply to @Nichols7.

1) The remarks of anonymous racists, such as, “He is not good enough to even shine my shoes.” is one frequently posted example of disrespect. There are those who will never give him the chance. The President works “10 times harder” just to “be” President. I “see” it; you may not.

2) I am semi retired. I have the luxury of having already worked many years so that I can have all this time on my hands to provide you with my banal comments.

3) Thank you for validating my moral superiority! I think Americans could use ethics courses, don’t you? A few less unethical Wallstreeters might be the result.

4) I am truly sorry that I bore. Opinions tend to be. It is not my fault that my hsvkitty moniker is only added at the end of the comment. I suggest you look there always to avoid and not read me, silly!

5) I can spot a redneck at 1000 paces. I was born on a farm myself, but I wore a large brim straw hat to avoid the sun. Concrete examples:

http://seehere.blogspot.com/2005/12/redn eck-pictures.html

6) When I set up straw man arguments, I do it with a gusto. Did you know as children we laughed a hundred fold more? Pity!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamburgerla nd/266985976/

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By: Nichols7 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23532 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 19:47:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23532 Minorities have to work 10 times harder to get respect

Really? So how does President Obama fit into your convenient narrative? Did he really work “10 times harder” to become President?

as a woman I can say I have first hand knowledge of that.

Is that so? So why do you have all this time on your hands to provide us with your banal comments? Shouldn’t you be “working hard”?

There are those who sit here on Reuters, blogs and other news sites and reply to anything that is written about Obama, so they can add a vitriolic/racist message and be the first comments that are visible.

Then there are those who sit here on Reuters, blogs and other news sites and bore us with their sanctimonious and smug comments trying to prove how “morally superior” they are to everyone else. Sound familiar?

Sadlt [sic], the rest of his term the President will be hogtied by the rednecks who want “their country back” and removal of taxes and entitlements, as long as their privileges remain intact.

Who are these “rednecks”? Can you provide us with some web links, or concrete examples? Or are you simply setting up “straw man” arguments?

Are these “rednecks” the same as those mythical “welfare queens” that I’ve also heard of? I’ve also heard of unicorns also, but never seen one……

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By: dWj http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23531 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 19:31:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23531 I would wager that more Americans don’t know what a gold standard is than believe we are on one.

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By: TFF http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23530 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:29:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23530 “It’s surreal but people honestly believe a country with a fiat currency could go “bankrupt”. I would wager 90% of Americans think we have a gold standard.”

petertemplar, that is an overly simplistic view.

First, sovereign default is a political decision rather than a financial inability to pay. It isn’t a question of whether or not the country CAN pay its debts, but whether or not it is WILLING to pay its debts. And in some circumstances, default is less painful than straight monetization of the debt.

Second, the debt isn’t the real problem. It is the entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), which by one estimate will consume 92% of tax revenues by the end of the decade. All three are effectively cost-indexed, so you can’t simply inflate them away.

I would wager that 90% of Americans don’t realize how expensive these three programs are becoming.

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By: soxin8 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23528 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:59:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23528 The President did not address my specific fiscal problem, that is the FBI’s ability to have me fired from jobs and tell other employers not to hire me. The President also said when comparing other countries to the US, “If they don’t want a bad story in the newspaper, it doesn’t get written.” Well, if you google search for “Historic cover-up of FBI and police crimes currently taking place” on the Urban 75 message board, you will see that those stories don’t get printed in this country either. Bill Anderson soxin8@hotmail.com

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By: Christofurio http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/01/26/obamas-fiscal-weak-tea/comment-page-1/#comment-23525 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:34:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=7088#comment-23525 Changing the subject a bit, but staying with SOTU textual exegesis: for energy-policy wonks, there was an intriguing bit about biofuels.

“With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels.” That, said POTUS, is part of a broader program, “instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

So subsidies, which are bad, represent spending on yesterday and investment which is good represents spending on tomorrow. Got it.

Defining which is which — what is yesterday, what is tomorrow — will be the tricky part. Ethanol has come under broad attack for a lot of reasons, including the obvious fact that it involves burning what would otherwise be somnebody’s food. Last year Al Gore actually apologized for what he called “first generation ethanol”.

The second-generation, presumably, is the cellulosic kind. Does the above passage meanthat this administration wants to kill “subsidies” for bad corn-based ethanol but wants to promote “investment” in good wood-chip based ethanol? And how will that fly?

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