Seriously, who not change the laws so voters can vote against a candidate as well as for? Subtract the against votes from the for votes. In November, people could vote against our failed President without their votes affirming that they think much of the alternatives.
Hang around, potcat, though when I went to school they taught me to capitalize "I."
shoe, LOL. (This is still Andrew. Easier to make that clear than to sign out and log in.)
From Rickaroo "Oh, the idiocy of believing that healthy living alone is any kind of solution to our health care dilemma!" Did I call for "healthy living alone"? Obviously healthy living would help; it would shrink the problem. Giving people incentives to use less health care would reduce demand for health care and thus reduce its cost without "death panels." High-deductible insurance for unexpected emergencies, yeah. Spreading the costs of long-term chronic care, maybe. Reducing regulations so prices can fall, yeah. Prices convey information, so prices should be free to reflect reality: STD insurance should be allowed to cost more for prostitutes than for nuns. (Not forced either way, but allowed.)
Jesus is a wax nose in which anyone sees what they want to see? You sort of have a point, but on your own terms, is that and a fairy tale what you want to see in Him, as opposed to the Judge to whom you will give account for your life? Look, you know I see more love in Jesus dying for my sins, and more power in his rising up alive on the third day, than I see in anyone else (Marx, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Lyndon Johnson...). So repent and follow Jesus.
But as a minor league historian (B.A. and lots of reading), how did mankind get from Caesar Augustus B.C. (no Jesus movement) to Nero A.D. 60s (killing "immense multitudes" of Christians in Rome according to Tacitus)? The Bible gives one account, but even most doubters admit some kind of Jesus really lived and impressed people enough to start a movement. So there was a real Jesus and we know at least something about him. I intend "Jesus is libertarian" is partly to tease and to provoke thought, but I think it and He are similar enough to make the overstatement, or imprecision, true enough for present purposes.
(N. T. Wright on Wright's account of Jesus in "Jesus and the Victory of God": "...it is not a self-portrait. I wish it were." If JVG's 700 pages are too many for y'all, read Wright's "The Challenge of Jesus," < 200 pages with more than JVG on resurrection and Christian living.)
Forcing people to do what they consider evil is "the right decision"? Interfering with religious establishments, contrary to the 1st Amendment, is "the right decision"? Imposing your values on people of a different religion in a country where alternatives abound is "the right decision"? We (Wendy and Andrew Lohr) don't agree with the Roman Catholic position, but I (Andrew) think tyranny a worse mistake than the RCs are making, and taking power from the 99% to give the D.C. 1% more power over our lives is wrong.
shoe_chucker, Andrew (my husband) forgot to sign me out before he posted. He is not in the habit of dressing in drag. :)
"Haste makes waste."
"He who hesitates is sometimes saved"--James Thurber.
"Have you no idea of Progress, of Development?" "I have seen them both [happen] in an egg. We call it Going Bad in Narnia."--C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
President Obama rushed off the deficit cliff with his worthless stimulus bill, and rushed into taking power from the 99% and giving it to the 1% of bureaucrats with Obamacare. There's something to be said for caution.
On the other hand, "Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice! Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"--Barry Goldwater. The faster Gov. Haslam replaces tax-paid schools with education vouchers spendable anywhere, and tax-paid health care/insurance with health care/insurance vouchers so that each of us can keep the money we save by healthy living instead of having to get sick to pick other people's pockets, and the faster he makes the barber board and other worthless bureaucracies' personnel go get real jobs, the better. Jesus is libertarian.
There is a graph going around on the national debt that the GOP just can't run from!
Reagan raised it 189%
Bush 1 raised it 55%
Clinton raised it 37%
Bush 2 raised it 115%
Obama has raised it 16%
Wow Hambone, you fell for that one? Even PolitiFact rates that as "Pants on Fire." Why wouldn't you fact check something from MoveOn (and Nancy Pelosi)?... http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/may/19/nancy-pelosi/nancy-pelosi-posts-questionable-chart-debt-accumul/
Of course this applies to President Obama also... but then I know you won't point that out Clay.
alprova, how'd the GOP make gains in A.D. 2010? By pointing out what messes the Democrats had made. The same tactic gives good prospects in A.D. 2012. (See two cartoons ago.)
And if ID for voting is so bad--it'd help with some of the problems you mentioned--why is ID for other purposes good?(Liberal hypocrites only apply a rule if it helps them.)
50 years ago, the problem was that only 2 of 10,000 blacks in a county were registered to vote. Now some people are trying to get as mad about minor hassles as they rightly were at that kind of abuse. Get some perspective, dude.
Have you paid SeaMonkey yet?
al, you told seamonkey to put up or shut up....
"Monkey man, you prove the the President ever uttered the word "feets" in a sentence and I will mail you a check for $1000. Now put up or shut up. It never happened. "
ah well, I didn't really expect you to either.
Pay up Alprova: