EUROPE IS OVER A BARREL
It’s too bad that Obama jumped the gun and condemned Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The truth is the United States does NOT have a vested interest in Ukraine but the invasion has already had a big impact without us lifting a finger. The Russian economy is taking a beating and Putin has spent billions trying to prop up the Ruble.
While Putin has a grand dream to reunite the old USSR, I don’t think he wanted to take this action this soon but then Ukraine kicked out Putin’s stooge and threatened to join the EU. Putin thought he had to protect the Russian navy’s only warm water port.
Europe needs to respond quickly. Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova should all be fast-tracked into the EU (European Union) and granted membership into NATO. It probably won’t happen because those spineless wimps are hoping Obama does their dirty work for them. Germany gets about 40% of its energy from Russian but Putin has all EU nations over a (oil) barrel.
Before you tea baggers get too high pitched in your condemnation, let me quote former Defense Secretary Bob Gates who served under both presidents Bush and Obama:
“My own view is, after all, Putin invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president. Nobody ever accused George W. Bush of being weak or unwilling to use military force.”
Gates also said GOP lawmakers should tone down their criticism and “try to be supportive of the president rather than natter at the president.”
In the grand scheme of things Russia taking over Crimea is not a big deal, but If Europe does not respond swiftly and forcefully they shouldn’t be surprised to see how far Putin will be willing to go.
4 MILLION AND COUNTING
The March numbers will push that total higher, but right now there are at least 4 million more Americans with health insurance policies purchased from private insurance companies than there were 6 months ago.
Insurance exchanges offer Americans a choice, and when insurance companies compete for business they are forced to offer the best coverage at the best price.
But tea baggers want to go back to the 'good old days' of medical socialism where the uninsured were allowed to go get free medical care at ERs.
If you tea baggers love socialism that much move to Russia where you can worship your idol Vlad 'the impaler' Putin. We progressives prefer capitalism, free enterprise, and competition.
WATCH THE FINE PRINT
Zab proclaimed, "if you like your plan you can keep it" The worst lie every told to the American people. Seriously?
How about WMD in Iraq? Or, Invading Iraq has NOTHING to do with oil? Or, We can balance the federal budget by cutting taxes on the rich and increasing defense spending?
Obama was referring to 'legitimate' insurance plans, not crap policies that had to drop customers because their coverage fell below new basic insurance requirements. I know. I used to have one of those policies years ago when I was starting a business. I thought it was great, thought it was reasonably priced, and the agent seemed informative. And I might still have that policy if I never, you know, broke a couple of ribs and discovered everything it DIDN'T cover.
So the President said fine, anyone can keep those crap policies for another two years if you want. But god help anyone who requires medical treatment because the insurance companies sure won't.
DON'T GO THERE
Why would you pinhead tea baggers want to bring up the President and Putin? You think Vlad is acting like a leader for invading Crimea? You think leadership is invading another country on trumped up charges? To be fair, I suppose it would be impossible for you to reach any other conclusion when operating from an intellectual position of cynical ignorance.
At least President Obama didn't meet Putin and say, ""I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul." (George W. Bush, after meeting Putin, June 16, 2001.) And how did our former President react when Putin invaded Georgia? Well, there wasn't much he could do outside of talking tough and threatening sanctions.
Ukraine, however, is different, and Obama would be wise to take the tact of 'Don't just do something, sit there.'
When markets opened on monday morning the Russian stock indexes fell by more than 10%. In one day $60 billion vanished which is more than Putin spent preparing Sochi for the Winter Olympics. Surveys designed to measure Russian support for the invasion actually showed over 70% are opposed. The Ruble dropped against the dollar to its lowest point in history and the Russian central bank spent $10 billion on the foreign exchange markets trying to prop it up. The Russian economy is stagnant and, according to Timothy Ash, head of emerging market research at Standard Bank, "This latest military adventure will increase capital flight, weaken Russian asset prices, and slow investment activity and growth. Western financial sanctions on Russia will hurt further," Ash told the Wall Street Journal.
So go ahead pinheads, keep admiring Putin and bashing Obama. You clowns will go to any length to criticize this American President, even when it looks like treason.
EMBRACE THE K.I.S.S. PRINCIPLE
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Gluteus Maximus preached, "Backwater.....once again your stupidity shines bright. Christianity requires an INDIVIDUAL decision to become a Christian and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Savior.........the door is always open to each INDIVIDUAL and there is absolutely no need for big guvment especially one run by a bunch of secular humanist pagan Democrats."
But apparently you believe there IS a need for a 'big guvment' run by fundamentalist self-described christian republicans to discriminate against anyone they 'believe' to be a sinner. The law may have been vetoed in Arizona, but republican legislatures around the country are trying to enact the same hate-based laws disguised as religious liberty. Imagine! Using religious justification to cast stones! What a crock!
Max, you're as big a hypocrite as those fundamentalist republican lawmakers, and I welcome your scorn. I know you're not all completely ignorant; you all know a great deal about hatred.
MUST BE MAGIC
JT, how do you manage to type so much and say so little?
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
Poor Zab. I NEVER said Christ was a crackpot. I may have said some people who claim to be Christians are looney-toons, some people who believe their own Biblical interpretation is gospel are crackpots, and some people who think the Bible is a science textbook are a few fries short of a happy meal.
Zab stumbled on: "Do you mean the rich like the Obamas, Pelosi, Soros, Clintons, Gore, Kennedys, Kerry, or are you just referring to those who actually earn their money in the private sector?"
I don't know, Zab. I was quoting scripture. What do YOU believe?
You think everyone who inherits wealth works hard?
SACRED CLASS WARFARE
If Jesus came back today he'd be saddened at how the rich are behaving. He wanted rich people to be, well, more Christ-like.
Luke 6:20-21 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Mark 10:21-22 "You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
Mark 10:25, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
Sounds like socialist.
BUSH WAS RIGHT
When he said there were WMD in Iraq. Right?