The House originates spending bills. It's in Article V, I believe, of the U.S. constitution. They offered the president a bill that funded the entire government except for the ACA. The president said no. They sent up other bills. The president said no. He would not even talk to the House. Therefore, THE PRESIDENT SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I'm not suggesting that you apply your vulgar epithet to the president, but I think it may be appropriate to call him "El Presidente" from now on.
A do not care the least what every tom, dick and harry thinks. If obamanation a non-citizen can run for president, Cruz should.
I am the "Ian" spoken of in this article. Between fits of laughter at Mr. Danehy's descriptions of myself, I noticed with gratitude the author's efforts to humanize us "gun nuts". In a day and age where firearm owners are often valued somewhere just above the average mosquito, I (and other) firearm owners much appreciate any recognition that we are, in fact, normal people with hobbies that just aren't in everyone's taste. Once I spoke with Mr. Danehy about his discomfort with guns, and I understood and respected his position. Not everyone has to share my enjoyment of recreational shooting, and I will never force my opinion on someone. All I and most gun owners ask is that people not say to us that we can't enjoy our hobbies anymore. Great article, I hope those unfamiliar with shooting sports gained some insight into a wonderfully enjoyable sport! And Tom, next time I'm in town, you're more than welcome to join me at the range.
Tom, I am as shocked as I was watching the film clip of Gabby popping targets. There are plenty of liberals at the range I hang out at and they are strong Second Amendment supporters, surprising as it may seem.
Tom speaking on guns in a positive way !!?? You can take me anytime now, God. It's offical. I've heard it all !
Instant gratification....like smoking or overeating/drinking.
At least your piece today is genuine and those who typically bash you on principle and politics seem to be lulled to sleep by your prose. Are you getting soft? Loosing it?
CW, here in the real world, outside of your right-wing bubble - it's called setting the record straight.
Attic Girl, it's called backpeddling.
Two weeks in and the ACA website remains DOA. The administration was well aware of problems and chose to roll the dice. And these problems with code, subcontractors, politics are well documented. So much for Obamacare, the president's signature legislative achievement. And these are self-inflicted wounds by the administration.
And Tom, pointing out the Republicans are beneath contempt is like shooting a duck in a barrel. Really? That's like pointing out the Democrats in Tucson are corrupt, venal and incompetent. Viva Rio Nuevo (I forgot we're not supposed to bring that up).
But we independents are a problem, right Tom? We just can't make up our minds which party is less dangerous. Gads. You've got to be brain dead to believe the garbage spewing from both parties.
Great article Tom! Cruz, Boehner (spell-check recommends 'Boner') and other willing GOP are still allowing their reputations to play in traffic. This GOP game of chicken with our country's basic functions courts treason. If republicans want ACA defeated they should find the votes. For what reason should GOP 'leaders', Fox Moguls and Koch Bros. not be apprehended and tried for inciting, promoting, and bankrolling the unforgivable, unethical, and unnecessary crippling of our government?
Nice Trotsky quotation - too bad it is better pointed at the fate of this nation - and quite ironic since it is our socialist/communist/Marxist element which is destroying us.
Tom - I know you're a smart guy - all I need to do is ask you - but I would request 2 things even though I am well aware that having, and expressing, an opinion does not require knowledge of the subject.
1) do a little math (study it first if necessary) - our current policies which spend, tax, and print more money are not sustainable and unforgivably saddle our children with our debt and ultimately sentence them to a life at 3rd world standards.
2) read George Washington's farewell address and think about his prediction that political parties will lead to despotism if not reined in by an educated populace - and that their devoted masses are the greatest enemy to 'our liberties'.
CW, the explanation is that you need to read more...
"HOFFA CALLS ON CRUZ, RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS TO STOP ACA MISREPRESENTATIONS"
Ted Cruz threw the first sandwich in this food fight then ran out of the room. Now that it has turned nasty he's run off to raise his image at the right wing "Values" conference. This is nothing more than the beginning of the Iowa caucuses for him.
Let me get this straight. We are going to be gifted with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which will cover more than ten million more people, withut adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, who have recently demonstrated their objective and professional integrity; written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by Congress that didn't read it, and signed by a President who smokes, for which we'll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has bankrupted Social Security and Medicare and the Post Office and financed by a country that is broke, and a President who wants to make 15,000,000 illegal aliens legal U.S. Citizens.
You are all sheep being taken to slaughter.
For the record, the Affordable Care Act's online access is not run by the government. It was outsourced to a private vendor. Just sayin'
Point of history, Tom Danehy inherited the "Jeff Smith Curmudgeon Seat" at the Weekly. (Tom would be the first to say, "I'm not worthy," and anyone with even a bit of smart-ass in them greatly miss Jeff Smith). So, the style of the Danehy's column are understandable - he's there for a reason, we all read him.
If you want calm, balanced, well-developed opinion read the New York Times.
Believe in the Easter Bunny too, Sam ?
I was listening to an individual from TX tonight and that he knows Ted Cruz very well. He said that Cruz hate a central government, does not want any taxes on the people or businesses. He will fight to destroy all entitlements and all the departments and agency of the government. He said that Cruz thinks the people should fend and care for themselves and not rely on any help. He said that is the mission of the entire Tea Party, but they don't tell anyone. He said that Cruz will NOT support any party. He has one mission.
In all other developed countries, health care is considered a basic human right, not a privilege. What's wrong with you people? Too many selfish bitches?
Could someone explain to me that if Obummer Care is so great why did Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa come out blasting it. Said it would destroy the 40 hour work week and kill his member's health care benefits. Hmmmm? Dane Bitch Fan. I like that as much as my own " Pulitzer Tommy". Civility, my A%*.
Tom, Calling a politician a "bitch" for his politics IDs you and diminishes you. As to the ACA, Obama lied about its cost, application and participation. The ACA was passed through Congress with bribes, trickery and misuse of the process. The non-tax became a tax in the twisted decision of Justice Roberts and the law has been illegally modified a dozen times without Congressional participation through Executive fiat. Worse than all that, Congress and many business interests are now exempt from the mandate. Discuss issues instead of calling names.
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