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Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 23, 2013 - 07:52am PT
Booky... I noticed the 56% tax rate on the danes and according to the article they get a free college education while being the richest country on the planet..Does this mean you are advocating taxing the wealthy Americans at a higher rate....?

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 23, 2013 - 08:20am PT

yep, these are the people whom you believe will "reduce the cost of health care"

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:06am PT
From bookworm's link:
Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. It could soon have a smaller state than Britain. It has also cut the top marginal tax rate by 27 percentage points since 1983, to 57%, and scrapped a mare’s nest of taxes on property, gifts, wealth and inheritance. This year it is cutting the corporate-tax rate from 26.3% to 22%.

Wow, socialism is THAT successful in Sweden? Pretty cool. Just think, their socialist policies have allowed them to reduce the size of government and lower taxes. Sounds great. And you guys say socialism doesn't work.

Thanks for the proof of the Marxist way of thinking, bookie.

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 23, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
"By the administration’s own estimates, the rules it issued in FY2012 alone imposed more costs on the economy than all the rules issued during the entire first terms of Presidents Bush and Clinton, combined."

read it and weep:


Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 23, 2013 - 11:12pm PT

He Is Comfortable with Bush’s Inferno

by Ralph Nader
Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

George W. Bush is riding high. A megamillionaire, from the taxpayer-subsidized Texas Rangers company, he makes $150,000 to $200,000 per speech, receives a large presidential pension and support facilities and is about to dedicate the $500 million George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on April 25.

President Obama will be at the dedication, continuing to legitimize Mr. Bush, as he did from the outset by announcing in 2009 there would be no investigations or prosecutions of the Bush officials for their crimes.

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Bush continued to say he has no regrets about his Presidency. “I’m comfortable with what I did,” he said, “I’m comfortable with who I am.” He added, “Much of my presidency was defined by things that you didn’t necessarily want to have happen.”

But he and Dick Cheney made them happen, although Mr. Bush attributed some military events to Providence. One of the “things” he is comfortable with was his criminal, unconstitutional invasion and occupation of Iraq, which took over one million Iraqi lives – children, women and men – created 5 million refugees and committed overall sociocide on that country which posed no threat to the U.S. The carnage continues to this day by a militarized al-Qaeda-in-Iraq that didn’t exist before his invasion.

Apparently, Mr. Bush is “comfortable” with the price paid by the U.S. soldiers and their broken families – over 5,000 fatalities and suicides, 200,000 injuries, illnesses and traumatic syndromes – and by U.S. taxpayers, who over time will pay an estimated 3 trillion dollars according to Nobel Laureate and economist, Joseph Stiglitz.

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has said repeatedly that Bush and Cheney “lied us into invading Iraq.” Such an understatement. Bush and Cheney not only lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, they also deceived, covered-up, corrupted or intimidated the mass media, bullied an abdicatory Congress, and delivered a false address to the United Nations with the now regretful Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Two secretary generals of the UN subsequently declared Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq to be a violation of international law.

Bush suffers no qualms about the brutal realities of his war and his recidivist violations of our Constitution, federal statutes and international treaties. “One of the real challenges of life is when you complete a chapter, you don’t atrophy, that you continue to find ways to contribute,” said Bush in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. Army veteran Tomas Young is atrophying from his massive wounds in Iraq. Before he decides to end his devastated life, possibly this month, he summoned his moral energy to write Mr. Bush a poignant letter calling him to account for his war crimes. Bush, however, never responds. After all he’s “comfortable” and that bloody “chapter” is closed.

The American people have yet to come to terms with the reality that presidents are above the law. Presidents can commit repeated crimes in an outlaw presidency so long as they can invoke, however falsely and vaguely, national security.

Were presidents to engage in personal crimes or obstruction of justice, like Nixon with the burglary of the Democratic Party’s Watergate offices, the law and Congress can hold them accountable. But Bush and Cheney had bigger fish to fry with their destruction of justice. As the ancient Roman historian Tacitus wrote: “The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more, and tolerated by all.”

Fortunately, for our fragile democracy, there were dissenters. After 9/11, leading civil liberty groups objected to provisions in the Patriot Act that allowed searches of your home and businesses without telling you for 72 hours. And, the muzzling of librarians and custodians of your financial medical records from even telling you that the feds are retrieving them. And warrantless snooping on millions of Americans.

In the months leading to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, more than three hundred retired generals, admirals, high ranking officers, national security officials and diplomats spoke out against any invasion.

Retired General and former Director of the National Security Agency Bill Odom called the invasion the most strategic military blunder in our history. Bush’s father was privately opposed to the invasion, urging his top retired advisors, James Baker and Brent Scowcroft to speak and write against the pending invasion.

The venerable, conservative American Bar Association weighed in with three White Papers declaring Bush’s many signing statements – that he was not bound by legislation – domestic surveillance and treatment of enemy combatants were unconstitutional actions. Bush never acknowledged these reports. And this week, a bipartisan report by the Constitution Project concluded that Bush/Cheney approved torture practices at Guantanamo.

All the above plus mass anti-war rallies in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere did not slow the march to war. The protests were not strong enough to penetrate the political and electoral systems. Until that happens, criminal unconstitutional actions regularly conducted at top levels of our government will not, as a practical matter, trigger either the application of the rule of law or the impeachment authority of the U.S. Congress. To the contrary, each succeeding President feels free to push the illegal, unconstitutional envelope further.

The Presidential outlawry continues as a bipartisan dissolution of our constitutional system because the vast majority of “we the people” are not demanding our constitutionally sovereign power. They give truth to Tacitus’ dictum.

On April 25, George W. Bush will bask in the fawning media sunlight of his presidential library and museum. The devastated people of Iraq and the soldiers of America, sent to kill and die in Bush’s illegal, boomeranging war, may have some exhibits, pictures and artifacts to suggest for the museum’s collection.

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:19pm PT

That's a good read Dr F...


Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Apr 24, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Why this is even news beats me...

As economy recovers, the richest get richer, study shows

Wealth inequality widened dramatically during the first two years of the economic recovery, as the upper 7 percent of American households saw their average net worth increase 28 percent, while the wealth of the other 93 percent declined, according to a report released Tuesday.

The study by the Pew Research Center underscored other data showing that the economic growth that has followed the Great Recession has benefited mainly those at the top. The uneven recovery has only accelerated a decades-long trend of growing wealth inequality in the country, despite rising popular and political awareness of the dynamic.

From 2009 to 2011, the average net worth of the nation’s 8 million most-affluent households jumped from an estimated $2.7 million to $3.2 million, Pew said. For the 111 million households that form the bottom 93 percent, average net worth fell 4 percent, from $140,000 to an estimated $134,000, the report said.

The changes mean that the wealth gap separating the top 7 percent and everyone else increased from 18-to-1 to 24-to-1 between 2009 and 2011. Overall, the most affluent 7 percent of households owned 63 percent of the nation’s household wealth in 2011, up from 56 percent in 2009.

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 24, 2013 - 07:05am PT
Credit: bookworm

and what's the lib response?


what's that they say about trying the same solution over and over again and expecting different results?

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:01am PT
A library for W. Bush...That's rich...! When did he learn to read...?

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 24, 2013 - 08:29am PT

but barry kept giving them money because that's what politicians do because it's easy to spend OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY especially when nobody holds you accountable

like education:

1) Revenues collected by governments for public education in the United States totaled $593.7 billion. About $261.4 billion came from local sources, $258.2 billion from state sources, and $74 billion from federal sources.

2) That’s about $1,922 from each and every American.

3) Or $2,531 from each adult, 18 and older.

4) Or $4,567 from each non-farm American worker on a payroll.

5) That amounts to 11.4 percent of the average worker’s salary, or $2.20 per hour.

6) The average American employee thus works almost one hour every day to fund public schools.

7) It would take the entire salary of 14,842,500 employees to pay for U.S. public schools, equivalent to the entire retail trade workforce.

All the figures cited are for 2010, courtesy of the National Center of Education Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21am PT
To answer Dr. F's original question:

Because they are shameless corporate whores.
WASHINGTON — Republicans have stepped up their pressure to limit the wide-ranging powers of the nation's watchdog over consumers' money matters.

The head of a key House committee overseeing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said he would no longer accept the testimony of Richard Cordray, the bureau's director, before his panel because he doesn't believe Cordray was legally appointed to his post.

Cordray, who delivered his semi-annual report to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, was set to do the same in coming weeks in the House, as required by law.

But Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chair of the House Financial Services Committee and a leading critic of the bureau, contended that President Obama's recess appointment of Cordray last year was unlawful because the Congress, technically, was not in recess.

The bureau has been under attack by congressional Republicans and other opponents since it was created in 2010, over the GOP's strenuous objections, as the centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank overhaul of financial regulations.

Republicans have tried since to rein in the bureau's authority, arguing that the bureau was too powerful and posed a threat to the health of banks and the rights of consumers. Nearly all Senate Republicans have blocked the confirmation of any nominee to the post until the administration agrees to curtail the bureau's authority.

"No other regulator has more influence over the daily financial lives of Americans," Hensarling said. "How is it fair to American consumers that one unelected, unaccountable bureaucrat in Washington has the power to decide what kind of mortgage, car loan or credit card they can or cannot have?"

My apologies to whores for lumping them in with GOP politicians.
new world order2

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:21am PT
Biden recently called to "create a New World Order".


Comments.....anyone? Just a conspiracy theory?

You do realize the government (both wings) want to lower our standard of living to equal that of third world countries? Why do you think they're allowing so many to migrate here from said, 3rd world countries (be it illegal or not) ? Those folks are used to tyranny, and couldn't care less about the constitution. And they vote too.


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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 12:30am PT
You need a new graphic.
new world order2

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:43am PT
How's this one?

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Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 25, 2013 - 01:57am PT
Is this racist? Or just funny? Educate me.

From the 'Don Quijote' store in the Roppongi area of Tokyo.

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:40am PT
two questions from somebody who is wrong about everything:

1) if obamacare is so great why do so many people want to avoid it--including the people WHO PASSED THE BILL?

2) why do libs want more government when even the government doesn't like what government does?

"The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.

Plus, lawmakers — especially those with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts — are also concerned about the hit to their own wallets."

exit question: why are congress members concerned about their "wallets" when barry insists the law will "reduce healthcare costs"?

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 25, 2013 - 08:46am PT
To answer Dr. F's original question:
They hate Americans.

WASHINGTON — As the new Congress began this year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia sought to redefine the Republican Party as focused on "making life work" for ordinary Americans.

Surveys showed that the public had tired of the party of "no" as House Republicans fought President Obama. The party lost its opportunity to win the White House or take control of the Senate last fall, and saw its House majority shrink.

Cantor's approach echoed the "compassionate conservatism" of an earlier Republican era. In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, he said the House majority would "pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families."

That ambitious goal ran smack into political reality Wednesday as conservative lawmakers rejected a Republican bill to help Americans with preexisting health conditions gain access to insurance coverage.

Republican leaders had to abruptly yank the bill from consideration because they did not have enough votes from their rank and file to pass it. The episode was another example of the difficulty the Republican Party faces in corralling its unruly majority and finding a common message to attract voters.

Bookworm, even my Orange County Republican, cave man conservative friend is starting to like Obamacare. His son had brain surgery and he's getting a eyeful on how the present system works. He's starting to believe that maybe healthcare should not be a corporate profit center.
new world order2

Apr 25, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption


Both wings of the U.S. government are of the same bird. They are corrupt.

Wake the frig up!

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 25, 2013 - 09:45am PT
You know NWO2 you are really borish and your commentary hackneyed in extreme.
All of what you sputtle on about has been known to the adults for several decades.
You are like Limbaugh all complaint and no substantive alternatives.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 25, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Republicans love to talk principles and character. Talk is cheap. When scary things happen they seem not to actually have any principles except fear, violence and relying on big government totalitarianism.

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