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The claim that Republicans have no plans is a false assertion spread by the Democrats and simply has no basis in fact. The Republicans have proposed numerous alternatives. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/08/28/seriously-the-republicans-have-no-health-plan/
As regards the poor and the disadvantaged, Americans give more to charity, per capita and as a percentage of GDP than the citizens of almost all other nations. http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/24/america-philanthropy-income-oped-cx_ee_1226eaves.html
Yes, many presidents besides Obama have lied to the people. George H.W. Bush lied when he said, ”Read my lips, no new taxes. Clinton lied when he when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman . . Miss Lewinski.” And G.W. Bush may have lied lied when he claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
However, we’ve never had a president that repeatedly lies like Mr. Obama. Here are just a few that come to mind. “I will have the most transparent administration in history.” “The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.” “The IRS is not targeting anyone.” “It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.”
I will put an end to the type of politics that ‘breeds division, conflict and cynicism’.” “You didn't build that!” “I will restore trust in government.” “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” “The public will have two weeks to look at every bill before it comes on for a vote.”
“It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.” “Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.” “We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.” “I am not spying on American citizens.”
“You can keep your family doctor.” “Premiums will be lowered by an average of $2500 per family.” “If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.” “I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.” “I never knew my uncle from Kenya who was in the country illegally and was arrested for DUI."
But the biggest lie of all: “I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
More taxes will not reduce the size of government. The more you give the fools the more they’ll spend on growing government. Government cannot create sustainable jobs. Only the private sector can do that. Every dollar that government saps from the private sector is one less dollar that could be put to work expanding plant and hiring more workers.
We're either a democracy and a nation of laws or we're not. Those that don't like local sign laws should lobby Council to change them.
I could not agree more. Given what lawyers charge, it's often cheaper for an insurance company to settle a case than to take it to trial even though the company will likely win. So if it's gonna cost you $30K to litigate a case and you can settle for $20K then you’ve saved the shareholders (and more importantly) the CEOs $10K. An economic waste but, under our current system, a justifiable business decision. And who pays for it? You guessed it. You and I.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against people suing for damages. But there are way too many frivolous lawsuits, especially when it comes to medical malpractice. People wonder why the cost of medical care is so high in this country? Easy! It’s because there’s no downside for a lawyer taking a frivolous med mal case because he knows that most of the time the insurance company will roll over and pay up.
We are the only country that has a well developed legal system that doesn’t require the loser to pay the other side’s attorney fees. If we scrapped this system there would be less litigation. Nothing drains us more than frivolous litigation.
And who keeps the system going? Well, you guessed it. It’s the Democrats. The Trial Lawyer organizations give more to Democrat politicians than the unions and Hollywood combined.
And almost every law that passes Congress has a little perquisite built in for the Trial Lawyers, especially in the area of “citizen suits” to enforce our environmental laws. Sue a “polluter” and you can recover thousands, if not millions, in attorney fees.
And who are the polluters? Well, you guessed it! We, the taxpayers! The taxpayers are the ones that take it in the shorts every time a trial lawyer wins another suit on behalf of a bogus “front” environmental organization. Frivolous litigation is sapping our economy like never before, especially when it comes to lawsuits against governmental entities.
True enough but if the law allows for noneconomic damages and if there is evidence that Mr. Saul acted inappropriately under the law then it would be wrong to fault the survivors or their lawyers for bringing their lawsuit.
There are no winners in these types of cases. However, as you suggest, the entire tragedy would have been averted were it not for the decedent's attempted burglary.
You raise another interesting question. Will a business owner's or home owner's policy provide a defense and indemnification in a claim involving a shooting?
If that's the case then she should have the right to pursue those damages. I apologize to all concerned for my remarks since, if what you say is true, the suit is justified and damages should be awarded if the evidence is sufficient to result in a verdict for the survivors.
I agree that this case has nothing to do with race. Anyone who burglarizes a home or a business takes his chances. Makes no difference what his race might be. Chivara was age 22 when he was shot. As Vietnam Vet noted, he had a record as long as your arm.
The suit is for wrongful death. Even if one assumes that John Saul should not have shot, the damages that a jury awards must be based on what Chivara’s likely estate might have been worth at the end of his working life discounted to present value.
If the case does go to trial there’s not an economist in the world that will testify that there are any economic damages and no reputable jury will give Chivara’s survivors a dime. The lawsuit is nonsense.
The U.B. should, as a public service, divulge the name of the pettifogger that filed this crazy lawsuit just so that the unsuspecting public can avoid this attorney.
But Saul's insurance company will probably cough a few grand to make the lawyer go away. The U.S. is the only country in the world that doesn't require the loser to pay the attorney fees. Wanna stop frivolous litigation? Make the looser pay!
I'm glad that someone remembers. He was in Vietnam about the same time as I. Maybe a few years before. And, like my many of my friends in both the Army and the Navy, he served on a River Patrol Boat. (In the Army it was PBR.) He only served four months.
He was in only one fire fight and he bugged out. All the rest of the boats in his group stood their ground and returned fire. Over 90% of the Officers in his Division signed a petition declaring that he was not fit to serve as President, let alone a Naval Officer. Thank God for the Swift Boat Vets for exposing his record. Remember “John Kerry reporting for service?”
I don't know about you, but I lost many good friends in Vietnam. After the SOB got back he threw in with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Most of the people that belonged to that organization never served in our military, let alone Vietnam.
He was only in one fire fight and he bugged out. All the rest of the boats in his group stood their ground and returned fire. Over 90% of the Officers in his division signed a petition declaring that he was not fit to serve as a Naval Officer, let alone our President.
I don't know about you, but I lost many good friends in Vietnam. After the SOB got back he threw in with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Most of these people never served in our military, let alone Vietnam. He used VVATW as a political stepping stone to gain liberal votes.
When he threw “his” medals at The Wall that was just about all I could take.
Many of my friends’ names are inscribed on The Wall. But, I suppose, to him, it meant very little since he never earned them in the place. He (rather than his CO) put himself in for all his medals, including his Purple Heart, which resulted from an M79 round that hit a tree and bounced back and exploded close enough to apparently result in a minor flesh wound.
I don’t know about you, Nam Vet, but in my book the Purple Heart should be reserved for kids who lost their lives or were maimed and lost limbs or mental capacity and not some opportunistic politician like Kerry.
Like Obama, I just can’t stand the sound of his voice. His FDR imitation just makes my skin crawl. The fact that a “war hero” like him is now our Secretary of State makes me wanna blow lunch.
Excellent letter. Government debt is almost at 100% of GDP and growth is anemic. Real GDP in the last six years has averaged 0.8%. We’re now at the point where our economy will likely start to contract if government spending cannot be curtailed.
Government cannot create sustainable jobs. Only the public sector can do that. Every dollar that government saps from the private sector is one less dollar that business can use to expand plant and hire more workers.
The other thing that is holding us back is wacky environmentalism. The greatest threat to freedom, the market economy and prosperity is no longer socialism. Instead it is needless, nonsensical environmental regulation.
Under Obama the middle class has suffered grievously due largely to his job killing programs. When Obama promised to “spread the wealth” everyone thought that he was referring to taxing the wealthy and redistributing our tax dollars for the benefit of the poorer classes.
No one dreamed that he was going to take our tax money and redistribute it to his crony “capitalist” pals in the “green energy” businesses. Solyndra is the case with which we are most familiar but there are plenty of others.
The Tea Party has been understandably outraged but, as you suggest, in order to affect meaningful reform the Republicans are going to have to start winning elections and they’re not going to do that by alienating the mushy middle.
The Republicans need to avoid the social issues like prayer in school, drugs, capital punishment, abortion, gay marriage, etc. These things pale in significance compared to the desperate need for reform of our economic policies. Without a strong economy our security is at risk. As you say, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Congress is forever passing laws and then exempting themselves from those laws. It's not that we're not all equal. It's just that some of us are more equal than others.
Well told! I had similar thoughts when I read the McCaw letter. At first I wondered whether the author was serious or was just having a little fun trying to bait us Ferrari driving wine aficionados. Since I don’t know him I have no idea. Anyway, his letter was amusing.
Our Country has not been this politically polarized since the Civil War. It’s a shame that the two parties can no longer work together like they use to. As we saw recently when the Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster, the Democrats in the Senate have absolutely no regard for the rights of the minority.
This is a dangerous state of affairs. Our Constitution was designed to protect the rights of the minority but these days bills are rammed through Congress with midnight votes and only 12 hours notice. It’s no wonder Pelosi said, “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”
This is especially distressing since Obama promised that all bills would be posted on the Internet two weeks before they were scheduled for vote. But then it’s hard to think of a promise he has not broken or failed to keep.
The Republicans share some of the blame too for the poison atmosphere too. The Cruz filibuster stunt was ill advised. Why fight a fight you have no chance of winning? That said, the ruling party is going to have to extend the olive branch if the current intransigence is ever going to end because the party that controls the White House almost always has the last say.
If the ruling party would make an attempt to work with the opposition and compromise a bit instead of shutting out the opposition at every turn there might be less rancor and a few things might actually get done. Winner take all strategies are rarely the best course in the long run and “what goes around comes around sooner or later.”
As that great American sage Rodney King once said, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
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