US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Question for Chicago Matt

Ever experience this crap?

Two reasons why I oppose public sector unions all rolled into one guy.

"Union lobbyist who worked one day as a teacher suing Illinois over $30,000 pension"

http://watchdog.org/207122/union-lobbyist-suing-illinois-pension/

Democratic Shame

Both Demos and Repubs need to acknowledge their problem children.

http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/8299-when-recall-becomes-...

When Recall Becomes Necessary

Progressives: Stop whining, you're winning. Most of the country agrees with you

Most people in this country, whether they call themselves liberal or conservative, or somewhere in between accept progressivism. Most of the country, and that includes so-called right-wingers support income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation of business, the FDA, FCC, government control of money, the war on poverty, etc. You could even argue that the neocons foreign policy is just an extension of the progressive mindset of remaking domestic society, abroad.

Atlantic's AA

The-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous lays out the facts. I always thought of it as a religion, Bill the founder said he found Jesus to cure himself. AA uses 'higher power' and claims it is not religious. It works about 50% of the time, people that quit on their own have a 25% success rate. The placebo effect is strong. 75% of the recovery industry is based on 12 steps, or higher powers. It is not cheap, insurance covers some of it.

Another Govt Boondoogle

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-colorado-va-20150318-story.html

"Colorado VA hospital cost soars to $1.73 billion, angering lawmakers

Colorado's congressional delegation said Wednesday that it will push to find funding to complete a proposed Veterans Administration hospital in Aurora whose price tag has climbed to $1.73 billion, about three times the cost since ground was broken for the facility just six years ago.

48 Non-Libertarian Positions Held By Friedrich Hayek

Murray Rothbard in "Letter on The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek" (included in Murray N. Rothbard vs. the Philosophers, Edited by Roberta A.

UBC study shows that Universal Drug Plan Saves Money

The Canadians do not have a national drug plan but here is some food for thought.:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/universal-drug-plan-would-save-billions-ub...

I have not yet read the report so I don't know how this was established; however, it is a starting point.

Theater Of The Absurd

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2015/03/18/obama-dick-cheney-iraq-...

Cheney: Obama is 'worst president of my lifetime'

2016

It just keeps getting better. Trump (The Donald) is running. With 25 candidates they will implode at some point.

http://news.yahoo.com/trump-launching-presidential-exploratory-committee...

Do Conservatives Really Have a Political Ideology?

I'm watching Thom's big picture show and several times during his "politics panel" segment I've heard the conservative guests say that conservatives don't have any bias against women or minorities, that Republicans are not just the party of rich old white guys but a party for anyone who shares their ideology. Frankly everything I've ever seen in my life says to me that what conservatives believe and do is grounded in opportunism and selfishness and has no resemblance to a coherent ideology.

New Republican Budget

The new Republican Budget plan is out. Large increases in military spending. Cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. Eliminination of the Affordable Care Act (with no replacement). Cut regulation of Wall Street, Cut Food Stamps. Cut Pell Grants. Reform taxes (you will really get it on this one). I do not understand why people vote Republican. Other than Medicare it will not have a large affect on me. So for those that voted Republican you are getting what you asked for. Fast track to the bottom of world standings.

Currently Chatting

Waves of Destruction...

We've known for some time that warming temperatures pose a big threat to Arctic ocean ice. However, only now are we learning about so-called “waves of destruction” that are speeding up the disappearance of sea ice.

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