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As long as we´re profiling women (although girl watching seems more satisfying), I can´t believe anyone would seriously consider Palin for president - just compare her communication skills with, say, the women on To The Contrary. I guess we don´t elect president´s anymore, we elect their handlers.As for Hillary, she seems to work her tail off to get ´er done and her frequent flyer miles could put a serious dent in the deficit. I don´t understand the Hillary haters. They must buy Rush Lamebull´s rage that she rose on the coattails of a successful husband, discounting her own record of accomplishment that continues today.
Huckabee likeable? Wasn´t he the governor who signed off on the early release of Washington state´s most notorious cop killer? Yeah, he´d do well running on his law and order credentials...
Raising the debt limit shouldn’t be conditional since the checks we wrote for goods, wars and services didn’t have any conditions attached. This money has already been spent. We didn’t say, “Hey, we’re not going to pay if congress doesn’t reduce spending; that’s cool with you, right?”Attach any conditions you want to a future debt ceiling (if necessary). Of course, if you do, credit rating agencies will lower our debt rating anyway.I understand people who are concerned about spending and that the debt ceiling is a good way to focus everyone’s attention on the risks of a mounting deficit. But increasing our borrowing costs by defaulting is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, childish and holding your breath until you turn blue stupid. If this is just theater, then, thanks congress for wasting everybody´s time.
I agree that a “member’s independence is often compromised” and that “constituents are sometimes left behind.”I don’t think politicians should sign anything that closes off discussion before a debate has even begun. That’s what Grover Norquist’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” does. Who appointed him the final arbiter of our nation’s business? This is the patriot who said he wanted to drown our government in a bathtub – just the extremist I want to have the ear of my representative. The problem with his taxpayer protection pledge is that it is false advertising. It does nothing to protect citizens who pay their fair share and blocks any attempt to rid the tax code of loopholes and special interest tax breaks. It seeks to perpetuate a system of inequality where the tax burden is dumped on lower income brackets. It doesn’t protect businesses that pay their taxes, only businesses that have tax breaks, some of which were slipped into bills quickly to avoid scrutiny and due diligence. These corporations and powerful special interests that finagled to get special treatment are, as a skeptic once observed, “the biggest welfare freaks on the planet”. They hide behind the unproven claim that every tax break creates jobs.Legislators abuse the democratic process when they sign oaths of fealty to a fanatic who is on record ranting against our system of government. It makes me wonder what they don’t like in the Pledge of Allegiance that causes them to seek his approval, maybe the “justice for all” part. I don’t like taxes. Who does? But it seems unreasonable to me to think a civilized society can function with no taxes at all. I’m all for reducing government spending as long as the tax code is rid of loopholes and questionable tax breaks.Corporations argue vigorously for their right to personhood in the Supreme Court, but when it comes to paying taxes they want to skip out on that little detail.
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