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07 Nov 2012 15:12

purcell wrote:Do you actually believe that Obama is not a "typical politician"? He is worst of that breed.

I am most curious what he will do for the next four years since he has done nothing but campaign for the last 4.

A complete waste of a good suit.
Obama is not your typical politician, he's the best of the 2 evils. At least the US has someone that defends the cultural and ethnical minorities and does not use religion as his shield.
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07 Nov 2012 15:14

on3m@n@rmy wrote:... and that's not all. I predict in 4 years US debt surpasses at least 20 trillion, and headed the way of Greece. Unless the parties decide to work together.


i can't tell if this is snark or you really don't understand the difference between the two countries. greece cannot print their own currency, the US can. greece, before it joined the euro actually had a higher debt-to-GDP ratio than it does now, but there was no talk of any fiscal cliff. the reason is that greece could print money that its banks and government could use.

take the time to learn the intricacies of a fiat currency and you will see that america's fiscal situation is nowhere near as dire as the conventional wisdom would have you believe. two good places to start are the non-partisan new economic perspectives and the wikipedia page on conservative milton friedman's work in monetarism.
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07 Nov 2012 15:15

cineteq wrote:Obama is not your typical politician, he's the best of the 2 evils. At least the US has someone that defends the cultural and ethnical minorities and does not use religion as his shield.


There is only one thing in your post I agree with

Obama is not a typical politician, he is worst of breed.
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07 Nov 2012 15:23

purcell wrote:There is only one thing in your post I agree with

Obama is not a typical politician, he is worst of breed.


worst of breed??

dafuq is that?

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07 Nov 2012 15:31

on3m@n@rmy wrote:... and that's not all. I predict in 4 years US debt surpasses at least 20 trillion, and headed the way of Greece. Unless the parties decide to work together.
Can people please stop with this Greece thing? It's a right-wing myth created to scare voters. It doesn't exist. The deficit/debt is a problem, but we are not going the way of Greece.
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07 Nov 2012 15:46

Frum tweet:

**** Morris is just a huckster. But George Will & Michael Barone getting map so badly wrong is a warning: GOP no longer knows its country
Their predictions were mostly wishful thinking on Will and Barone's part, but there is also much truth to it. There are no longer enough evangelical white "real Americans" to put a severely conservative in the White House anymore and there never will be again. Time to branch out a bit, Rs.

In the meantime, welcome to the pot-smoking gay socialist paradise of your nightmares.

EDIT: the other crucial message to the GOP:

But in a happy surprise for Democrats, [young voters] showed up in droves for Obama again in 2012. Voters under 30 made up 19% of the electorate per exit polling, an increase of their share from 2008. And Obama still blew out Romney on the margins, winning their vote 60-36. As the Republican Party gets older, the prospect of a rapidly growing generation of reliable Democrats that actually shows up on Election Day is about the worst news possible. http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/democratic-schadenfreude-gay-rights-allen-west-karl-rove-donald-trump.php?ref=fpnewsfeed
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07 Nov 2012 15:48

rhubroma wrote:So we read in their slogan that the republican party is "ready to take the country with the second amendment," that is by force of arms if necessary.

The presaging trouble of such ominous republican threats, is only surpassed by the mendacity of their claims: for example, that Obama is a socialist. Obama is not a socialist (were that he would be though, to fix public education and provide Americans with real national healthcare). In fact, he is even more to the right than was Clinton.

Bla bla bla, with lots of stuff I agree with, that I have cut out not to take up all of the thread.


That was a good read!:)
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07 Nov 2012 15:51

VeloCity wrote:Frum tweet:

Their predictions were mostly wishful thinking on Will and Barone's part, but there is also much truth to it. There are no longer enough evangelical white "real Americans" to put a severely conservative in the White House anymore and there never will be again. Time to branch out a bit, Rs.

In the meantime, welcome to the pot-smoking gay socialist paradise of your nightmares.


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07 Nov 2012 15:54

Alpe d'Huez wrote:So far we have never seen Obama rise to that level, but if he ever had it in him to step up and do so, now is the time, for the next six months will mean everything to his presidency, and legacy.
I think his legacy is already secure.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/11/06/obamas-second-term-not-hope-but-lots-of-change/?wprss=rss_ezra-klein

The Affordable Care Act — the single most significant bill of Obama’s first term — is law. It’s law that mostly won’t go into effect until 2014, but it’s law nevertheless. Mitt Romney’s key campaign promise was that, on day one, he’d begin working to pass a new law that would repeal it. But Obama doesn’t have to do anything to make health reform happen. He doesn’t need 60 votes in the Senate. He doesn’t need 218 votes in the House. It’s already happening. Obama’s reelection is all that was required to for the United States of America to join every other industrialized country in having a universal — or at least very near-to-universal — health-care system.

The Dodd-Frank financial reforms are law. Again, Mitt Romney’s promise was to pass a new law that would repeal it. If Obama is reelected, however, he doesn’t need to ask Congress to work with him on Wall Street reform. They already did. Rather, the new regulations will continue to be hammered out and implemented. Wall Street will simply need to learn to live with them.

Tax increases are law. The Bush tax cuts are expiring at the end of the year, as is the AMT patch, as is the payroll tax cut, as are a host of smaller business tax cuts and stimulus tax cuts. Mitt Romney’s promise was that he’d pass a law making sure taxes didn’t go up (though he left open the possibility of permitting the stimulus cuts to expire). Obama’s promise is that he won’t sign a law that extends all the tax cuts. And if he holds to that promise, then taxes are going up, either through a negotiated compromise or simply letting current law take effect.

On their own, passing and implementing any of these laws would be a huge achievement for a presidency. The three of them together are a record and pace of domestic change unmatched by any recent administration. But they were an odd sort of change: Change that wouldn’t happen until — and arguably unless — Obama secured a second term. Tonight, he did that.
If nothing else, in 20-30 years, when we do actually have universal health care, Obama will be known as the one who made it possible.
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07 Nov 2012 16:37

...hmmm...looks like the revolution has begun...

Students from the University of Mississippi took to the streets late Tuesday night to protest President Barack Obama's re-election, blocking streets and burning Obama campaign signs until police broke up the mini-riot.

Shortly after midnight, angry students gathered outside the campus for a protest, which reportedly turned violent, with students throwing rocks, using racial slurs and burning Obama's campaign signs, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Police were able to quickly break up the disturbance.

Ironically, prior to Tuesday night conservative bloggers had warned of plots by black youth to riot if Obama lost the election, a charge that police dismissed.

Cheers

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07 Nov 2012 16:44

Alpe d'Huez wrote:John Boehner has stated that the Repubs in the House won't raise taxes 1 dollar, no matter what. So, we're right back where we started.

Eight years ago at this time Bush stated that the American people had given him a mandate. With that he was able to use a lot of political insider maneuvering, and key speeches to get a lot of conservative legislation through a fairly divided Congress. Sixteen years ago Clinton did similar, but made great use of the bully pulpit to connect with people and pressure Congress.

So far we have never seen Obama rise to that level, but if he ever had it in him to step up and do so, now is the time, for the next six months will mean everything to his presidency, and legacy.


We'll see what the legislative agenda will look like in a couple of weeks, how everything pans out, and what the perceived "mandate" is. I'd guess/hope something like this, also based on the fact that there seems to be bipartisan agreement that these are critical issues and there is something for both parties to gain:

1) Avert fiscal cliff and negotiate dispose of the sequester i.e. budget
2) comprehensive immigration reform, given that a +3% Latinos voted in favor (w/ Sen. Rubio who needs to position himself for 2016)
3) comprehensive tax reform (corporate taxes; closing loopholes; limiting deductions; changing carried interest; capital gains/limit/remove energy subsidies for oil/gas/coal)
4) investments in science, technology, and education
5) contain healthcare costs; ability to renegotiate drug prices

(aside from managing business overseas whether in the field of security or trade including Syria, Iran, China, Russia; i.e. legislation is still pending re normalizing trade relations with Russia)

More in the hopeful category:
6) perhaps under the leadership of Warren, take another look at Dodd-Frank and make improvements; Just read something that big banks and mid-size banks have a bit of a fall out and pursue different interests.
7) Seize on the change in perception regarding climate change
8) During his speech, he mentioned "the long lines of voters" and that something should be done about it. Perhaps that means he is interested in pursuing electoral reform, but I'd guess that would not be comprehensive, but more piecemeal...Take the politics out of voting.
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07 Nov 2012 17:53

Folks here at the office were talking about since President Obama was reelected they are going to move off somewhere. They don't want any social health care and think President Obama was going to tax us Merikans to oblivion. They were talking about going to Canada. I started laughing my a$$ off at them. People live next door to another country and have no clue what the tax rates are and that Canada has the MCP cards. funny stuff going on here at my office.

As far as President Obama getting anything done well I hold out no hope for that.
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07 Nov 2012 18:03

VeloCity wrote:If nothing else, in 20-30 years, when we do actually have universal health care, Obama will be known as the one who made it possible.

Depending on how well it pans out. But you are correct.

While the so-called fiscal cliff is going to be a real test of brinksmanship, and a crucible of Obama's backbone and will power to bend some arms (where's LBJ or Nixon when you need him?!), the biggest issue on that list by Bala is going to center around taxation. He's going to have to find a way to create the impression (illusion) of large scale change and fairness, without major net increases, and use a stick to beat the obstinate tea party dolts over the head with it. Does he have it in him?

China will also have a new leader, Xi Jinping, who faces some serious challenges ahead of him from old school communists on one side, and what amounts to corrupt oligarchs, not too dissimilar from Russia, pulling from the other. All while their society faces issues of growing income inequality, rising personal debt, and demands for more democracy and transparency in a rapidly changing world. The guy has his work cut out for him, and like Obama is going to have to make some very tough decisions, while shaking the right hands and cracking the right heads along the way.

It will be interesting to see what kind of bond forms between Obama and Jinping in the months to come.
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07 Nov 2012 18:03

Glenn_Wilson wrote:Folks here at the office were talking about since President Obama was reelected they are going to move off somewhere. They don't want any social health care and think President Obama was going to tax us Merikans to oblivion. They were talking about going to Canada. I started laughing my a$$ off at them. People live next door to another country and have no clue what the tax rates are and that Canada has the MCP cards. funny stuff going on here at my office.

As far as President Obama getting anything done well I hold out no hope for that.


Pretty scary when you can be considered one of the smartest in your office!
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07 Nov 2012 18:10

So is it like cool for Christians to hate on Mormons again?
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07 Nov 2012 18:39

Alpe d'Huez wrote:While the so-called fiscal cliff is going to be a real test of brinksmanship, and a crucible of Obama's backbone and will power to bend some arms (where's LBJ or Nixon when you need him?!), the biggest issue on that list by Bala is going to center around taxation. He's going to have to find a way to create the impression (illusion) of large scale change and fairness, without major net increases, and use a stick to beat the obstinate tea party dolts over the head with it. Does he have it in him?
Obama doesn't have to do a damn thing - he's got the leverage and political capital now. If the country goes over the cliff it'll be the Rs who take the brunt of the blame, and Boehner knows it. On taxes, if no agreement is reached, the Bush tax cuts automatically expire and the Dems introduce their own tax-cut-for-the-middle-class-but-not-for-the-wealthy plan and let the Rs vote against that.
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07 Nov 2012 19:05

blutto wrote:...hmmm...looks like the revolution has begun...

Students from the University of Mississippi took to the streets late Tuesday night to protest President Barack Obama's re-election, blocking streets and burning Obama campaign signs until police broke up the mini-riot.

Shortly after midnight, angry students gathered outside the campus for a protest, which reportedly turned violent, with students throwing rocks, using racial slurs and burning Obama's campaign signs, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Police were able to quickly break up the disturbance.

Ironically, prior to Tuesday night conservative bloggers had warned of plots by black youth to riot if Obama lost the election, a charge that police dismissed.

Cheers

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... and this is why they call that place 'Ole Miss'.
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07 Nov 2012 19:07

Just woke up at 7:30 pm after five hours sleep feeling like death warmed over. But, it was worth it for me because I don't know if I'm ever likely to experience a buzz like this again.

I fervently hope that the US political landscape will now slowly start on an inevitable process of change as the Rep. 'leadership' will have to realize the simple fact that if they continue to sell their souls to the now discredited lunatic right wing fringe, they will never win the presidency again. Something's got to give or the Rep. party will become an historical anachronism, whose demise will be welcomed and celebrated by all those whose view of the world is in any remote sense, 'progressive'. Blacks and Latinos are not going to stop voting overwhelmingly Dem no matter who the candidate is. And, as we know, the increase in the number of Latinos is an ongoing process that is not going to suddenly stop.

We can only hope that congressional Reps will be suitably embarrassed, and that they will eventually return to some kind of bipartisan modus vivendi - though I will not be holding my breath on this.

edit - And a big high five to all Americans on joining the rest of the civilized world in having accessible and affordable health care!
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07 Nov 2012 19:17

VeloCity wrote:Obama doesn't have to do a damn thing - he's got the leverage and political capital now. If the country goes over the cliff it'll be the Rs who take the brunt of the blame, and Boehner knows it. On taxes, if no agreement is reached, the Bush tax cuts automatically expire and the Dems introduce their own tax-cut-for-the-middle-class-but-not-for-the-wealthy plan and let the Rs vote against that.


That was the argument of the first year of the first term. l
Look where that got. O's legacy is not secure in the sense you argue. In say 200 years, it will be seen ambivalently as the birthing pains as the most recent overextension of Empire. That's the best case reading.
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07 Nov 2012 19:22

frenchfry wrote:Pretty scary when you can be considered one of the smartest in your office!


Crazy talk Frenchfry! Take it easy if these guys find out I am talking to someone from FRANCE they will hang me by my balls.

Well here is the kicker folks. President Obama is going after Big Oil! Not little Oil but the Bigger ones. That and he will stop any permits for the Eastern gulf of mexico.

That about does it for me. I could handle him being from another country and not a real Merikan, he is a Muslim, razing taxes, taking my guns but this President going after Big Oil is just mindz numbing.

Off to Canada for me.
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