QUOTE(Mister R @ Apr 8 2011, 14:22)
The real issue is whether or not any of the would be Republican nominees can actually beat Obama and right now that seems incredibly unlikely. That the Republican primary looks set to become the annual eat your young contest doesn’t help matters either.
Why would the Republicans want to beat Obama in 2012? Obama has been a gift to the Republicans, a gift that keeps on giving.
QUOTE(sanitynotincluded @ Apr 8 2011, 14:42)
Palin's merits as a candidate may not be astronomical, but they still exceed those of Obama. If nothing else she can complete a sentence without an autocue.
You're right. Nothing else.
QUOTE(paddyirl @ Apr 8 2011, 22:20)
I am disillusioned with Obama so the only potential candidate I respect is Ron Paul because he doesn't seem to be a sell out like some of the others and actually has principles although of course he hasn't actually confirmed a run yet.
I don't necessarily agree with Paul on everything but on some things I agree with him. But the fact he seems to have some principles makes me respect him.
Everybody has principles. Some principles are better than others. I'm not too keen on Paul's "principles".
QUOTE(sanitynotincluded @ Apr 9 2011, 18:04)
The two aren't exclusive.
Having lived in both the second city and small villages, I have found the community spirit to be somewhat stronger in the villages. Whether that is because of the less pervasive nature of "government" or just because it is easier to know and take an interest in the doings of a couple of hundred people rather than a million is another question.
Is the community spirit in villages the same thing as everybody knowing everybody else's business?
QUOTE(jazze @ Apr 10 2011, 05:03)
The CPI is bullshit it doesn't even include food and energy prices
That's done intentionally because food and energy prices are too volatile to include in an index that is used for comparison over time.
QUOTE(CBEntr @ Apr 10 2011, 05:58)
The right has been trying to spin the debt after Bush, blaming everyone but themselves. No matter how they spin it, the fact remains, Clinton left the Bush and Republican controlled Congress a surplus. Now after three years of Obama and 2 years where the Democrats had control of Congress, the monetary problems are placed on them and blamed.
Are you new to politics?
QUOTE(jazze @ Apr 11 2011, 06:59)
I disagree. You can't support a welfare state and be a Libertarian, because welfare states ALWAYS reduce personal liberties.
You ignore the fact that the converse to the "welfare state" is the state with small government (read: no regulations to protect consumers, the environment, the economy from irresponsible banks). This state also ALWAYS reduces personal liberties as wealth becomes highly concentrated among the few (the predators and the plunderers).