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1876  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Why do Republicans *still* have a reputation for "better economic management"? on: April 07, 2013, 04:15:53 pm
Consider Reagan's arithmetic-defying supply-side economics, now accepted as an article of faith by the Republican Party. Or consider the administration of George W. Bush and his pathetic record at creating jobs. Or consider the Republican Congress's playing political games by threatening default on the United States debt.

Yet despite their horrible record, the Republicans still get support for "better fiscal management" than the Democrats, with 20% of Republicans, 9% of Independents, and 5% of Democrats saying that "better fiscal management/less debt" is the number one thing to like about the GOP.


If I hear one more time about the GOP's "smaller government views" or "fiscal conservatism"....
1877  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: what's the reason for Riverside County, CA's ancestral republicanism? on: April 07, 2013, 12:22:40 pm
Rich people.

That too.
1878  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: what's the reason for Riverside County, CA's ancestral republicanism? on: April 07, 2013, 12:18:46 pm
Hard to say. Riverside County was mostly a place for commuters to Los Angeles for a long time, IIRC. ie not much of an economy of its own. Tongue
1879  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of the 3 preceding posters avatar would you rather live in? on: April 07, 2013, 12:16:19 pm
1880  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Name two demographic groups the previous candidate would over-/under-perform on: April 07, 2013, 12:14:29 pm
Over: Suburban moderates, post-graduates
Under: Tea Party conservatives, white evangelicals

Jeb Bush
1881  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: Would a white evangelical Democrat have any trouble winning the Dem nomination? on: April 07, 2013, 11:27:03 am
Reagan and Dubya weren't?

According to wikipedia, Dubya is a methodist (UMC) and Reagan was a presbyterian.

Methodists and Presbyterians can be evangelicals, I believe.

But Reagan and Dubya both belonged to mainline churches.

And yeah, Reagan was reportedly not very religious personally, let alone much of a religious right type. As for Dubya, he is/was a United Methodist (like me Tongue ), but of course in Texas, the Methodists are more conservative than in the SF Bay Area. Tongue
1882  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why do so many people in Britain hate hoodies so much? on: April 07, 2013, 11:14:09 am
Because Britain is just not hipster enough, BRTD.
1883  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Leaks reveal secrets of the rich who hide cash offshore on: April 07, 2013, 11:13:15 am
Time for austerity for the rich.
1884  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Pastor Rick Warren's son, Matthew, commits suicide on: April 07, 2013, 11:07:29 am
Very sad. Sad
1885  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Ok guys, I gotta confess... on: April 06, 2013, 10:20:59 pm
Branson is also typically thought of as the second capital of country music in the US (the first being Nashville obviously.)

What about Bakersfield, CA? Tongue
1886  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Ok guys, I gotta confess... on: April 06, 2013, 08:14:55 pm
Is there anything particularly amusing about Branson, Misery?

Tourist trap for Middle America, basically. And by "Middle America", I mean white Southerners (mostly), of course. A smattering of wealthy retirees live there, but other than that, it's still a rather poor Ozark town.
1887  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Ok guys, I gotta confess... on: April 06, 2013, 08:12:19 pm
...I spent the past week in Branson, Missouri with my family. Tongue

Go ahead and laugh.
1888  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: It's a good thing Bushie's kids live in Kenya and not Samoa on: April 06, 2013, 08:09:13 pm
Well, Samoans tend to be big people, so it makes sense.

Bushie is Samoan?  Who knew?

"How did Samoans in Oklahoma vote in 2012?"
1889  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: if Taylor Swift is indeed the intersection of Ben constine and myself, on: April 06, 2013, 08:03:10 pm
what in the

oh, Tweed thread.

I'm out.
1890  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to propose cuts to Social Security on: April 05, 2013, 12:04:19 pm
You'd think Obama would learn...

I think it's because the Democrats are taking the place of the Republicans as the "responsible" (mainstream) right-wing party in America.
1891  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama to propose cuts to Social Security on: April 05, 2013, 11:53:50 am
..and now Boehner has already rejected it.

1892  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Obama to propose cuts to Social Security on: April 05, 2013, 11:51:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans, a senior administration official says.

The proposal aims for a compromise on the Fiscal 2014 budget by combining the president’s demand for higher taxes with GOP insistence on reductions in entitlement programs.

The official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity to describe a budget that has yet to be released, said Obama would reduce the federal government deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. The president’s budget, the first of his second term, incorporates elements from his last offer to House Speaker John Boehner in December. Congressional Republicans rejected that proposal because of its demand for more than a $1 trillion in tax revenue.

A key feature of the plan Obama now is submitting for the federal budget year beginning Oct. 1 is a revised inflation adjustment called ‘‘chained CPI.’’ This new formula would effectively curb annual increases in a broad swath of government programs, but would have its biggest impact on Social Security. By encompassing Obama’s offer to Boehner, R-Ohio, the plan will also include reductions in Medicare spending, much of it by targeting payments to health care providers and drug companies.


1893  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Roger Ebert has died on: April 04, 2013, 03:17:40 pm
Sad Damn. RIP and condolences to his family and friends. Sad
1894  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Myths about "white evangelicals" on: April 04, 2013, 02:10:33 pm
1. In terms of political ramifications, evangelicals actually are pretty monolithic. Theological and denominational diversity aside, there's not much difference of opinion on abortion or the gays. An evangelical who is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage isn't an evangelical.

Abortion and gays aren't the only political issues, you know.

And even in terms of partisan breakdown-at least 20% of white evangelicals nationwide do not vote Republican. 1 in 5. That's not totally monolithic.

Now, if you look at black evangelicals....they're considerably more Democratic than white evangelicals are Republican.
1895  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Wealthy liberals vs wealthy conservatives on: April 04, 2013, 10:17:28 am
Ah, do I count as "wealthy" here, and if so, just where do I fit in, in this little duopoly that has been constructed?  Smiley

You're a wealthy Torie, is what you are. Cheesy
1896  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Gay Marriage Poll on: April 04, 2013, 10:16:49 am
I'm ambivalent about gay marriage as it at least resembles normal marriage

What's a "normal marriage"?
1897  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Gohmert Links Gun Mag Limits -> SSM -> Bestiality on: April 04, 2013, 10:13:42 am
Pertinent image:

1898  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of BRTD's sense of humor on: April 04, 2013, 10:10:10 am
Not as funny as BRTD just being BRTD.
1899  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Diane Degette doesn't know how guns work on: April 04, 2013, 10:07:06 am
Hahaha! What a stupid thread!
1900  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Law grads sue schools over lack of jobs on: April 04, 2013, 10:04:10 am
That 97% rate that was advertised by a third rate law school was probably false, so the lawsuit may have merit.

It is depressing how many local judges around my hood graduated from that Law School. Their lack of mental acuity when it comes to anything somewhat complex in the civil law (the bulk of them then went on to be prosecutors en route to becoming judges so what they didn't learn in law school about the civil law and how to approach it, and how to read cases and so forth, was never learned later, even if they have the IQ to be able to learn it, and many don't), is a constant worry when writing motions for these drones to read. One needs to dumb it down, and repeat, and so forth.

Louie Gohmert was a judge. Sad  Got his law degree from Baylor University in Texas. Tongue
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