I’m not sure I buy that. Seriously, food stamp usage has gone up by something like 14,000,000 since the recovery started. And America just voted for more of that. At that rate of growth fully 20% of Americans will be on food stamps by the end of his second term. And remember, I’m just talking about what happened since the recovery began in June of 2009. The rate of increase hasn’t really slowed since then. If we have any kind of worsening of the economy those numbers will just get worse faster.
And this is what your fellow Americans don’t just want, they demand it.
I shake my head- in disbelief- that someone can look *you(well, not me-surely) in the face, lie– and it’s bought. Fine. This is what America wants– f’king fine. He’d better be sure to blame the mistakes on the guy who handled the country the four yrs prior to this next four yrs.
Today, you could say- i’m a bitter, bitter clinger and all i have for solace are my cows, my husband and my faith. Oh- i’ll get over it. Melancholy colouring clashes w/my hair.
Along w/Claire McCaskill and the Warren chick w/the Cherokee cheekbones, eh?
The thing about getting older is that four years goes by pretty fast. We still have that great thing, DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. And the Republican party will, hopefully, get smarter. Mitt Romney was an awful candidate. His reversals of position made it seem as if NO ONE could trust him because no one knew where (if anywhere) he really stood. Conservatives have to figure out how to build conservative values into a changing world. It has to be less about certain groups and more about certain values. And in the private realm those values have to be communicated by persuading and inspiring people.
Amba, Obama was an awful candidate. he didn’t talk about his record at all.; instead he had his campaign call Romney a felon and a tax cheat. he accused Romney of allowing people to get cancer and die. He spoke of Big Bird and lardy parts, but not of dead Ambassadors. I almost choked last night when Obama celebrated Romney’s charitable giving, as Obama and his people had excoriated Romney for doing so during the campaign. (Romney should have just given it to the government. How DARE he give money on his own without government assistance!)
Four years is a long time. I had the realization a little while ago that as of November 1st I have been out of work longer than I was ever employed at any one single job. My longest career stint is now officially as an unemployed person. This is the victory all the Obama fans are celebrating today. It’s the grave of my middle class status they’re dancing on.
This election was about one thing: The government now gives away enough goodies to enough people that giving away goodies to people is now the only thing the electorate cares about. Romney’s 47% comment was prophetic, except that it’s very close to 50% in actuality.
That “goodies” thing is the standard sour-grapes conservative line — it’s all those government-tit-sucking spongers — but I think the social-conservative impulse to legislate private choices (a different thing from not wanting to pay for other people’s private choices, which I agree with) and the hard line on immigration — and Hurricane Sandy — made the difference, which wasn’t, after all, THAT big a difference.. I suspect a majority of voters would have gone for fiscal sanity without those other factors. Yoking them together is what took down the GOP — IMO. That and Mitt Romney’s “all things to all and nothing to nobody”ness.
They were both lousy candidates. When the president started orating last night, repeating what worked for him in 2004 after 8 years of dirty water under the bridge, I was like, “Oh, shut up, Barack.” I voted for Gary Johnson, and would’ve liked to vote for Chris Christie.
“Conservatives have to figure out how to build conservative values into a changing world.”
I don’t believe this is possible. How the hell is this possible?
I try every day to try and find a way to explain why i feel as i do. ESPECIALLY about abortion. TIME asks: is circumcision morally wrong?
Abortion is a personal choice.
There’s a picture of a baby’s fist reaching from the womb and touching the hand of the surgeon operating(on what, idk). The caption i would use to describe this picture is: FYI: Not Your Body.
This culture we have today- is broken, where for yrs the values that were my parents, my grandparents- they are somehow backward because advancement and intelligence is so much greater now. Yeah- right.
I watched 3 video interviews of Margret Sanger w/Mike Wallace and this is what i’m talking about and it was decades ago.
I’m backward. I don’t fit and i’m seriously tired of trying.
I really think i quit. At least, i wish it were so.
Baby’s Hand Reaches out of the Womb
Baby Samuel Reaching out of the Womb. One of the most amazing photographs that you’ll ever see — is this picture of Samuel, a 21-week old baby boy, whose tiny hand reaches out of the womb and grabs the finger of the surgeon who was …
Thing is– the hand existed from conception– it’s our own imagination that has limits.
Karen, not even all religions agree to the extent that early abortions (or birth control) can be legally banned. In Judaism the mother’s life and circumstances take precedence until quickening. Granted they did not know then what we know now (thanks to science). What needs to happen in this realm is education and persuasion. That has already happened to some extent. But there is too much disagreement on the matter — you can’t, in a democracy, have law reaching into the womb in the first trimester. You can practice and, yes, preach what you believe, and I believe you will save more lives than by going for criminalization, which causes backlash.
You may remember that I wrote in my own essay on abortion that the law wouldn’t have stopped me from having one, but the culture could have.
Amba, it was simple: Do you want four more years like the last four years? The electorate decided that was exactly what they wanted. They want four more years of the highest unemployment since the end of WWII. (The current official number is masked by a massive drop in participation: The real unemployment number has been over 10% for years now.) They want four more years of declining income. (Income has dropped more during Obama’s recovery than it did during the technical recession.)
That’s it. They decided they want THIS. So fuck ‘em. They voted for more ruination for me and millions like me. Everyone that voted for Barry 0 can go to Hell. I hope they all burn. Because that’s what they want for me and mine.
Karen, do you know that more Catholic’s voted for Obama than they did for Romney? The Latino Catholic vote was over 70%. Not everyone equates making abortion illegal with “pro-life.” For me, I’m tickled pink that Romney did not win.
Yes, spud- very aware and quite ashamed.
The culture wins.
Amba- i didn’t say that there could never be concessions(if that’s the correct word)on abortion. It’s just that- and i think i heard Ryan say this, exactly during his VP debate w/the other Catholic- everyone pro-abortion/pro-choice(if sensitive to the equation) says they should be safe, rare and some other thing i can’t remember… anyway- they are on demand and open to no discussion where parental notification is not even necessary, let alone encouraged. I also read that girls are getting BC shots at school w/out parental consent or knowledge. Yeah, family values!!
As for birth control, i wasn’t touching that cow of worship- that’s not my business even if i don’t agree. That’s pro-choice, as far as i’m concerned even when i believe that life begins at conception. Private. Just don’t want to be forced to use it or have Catholic entities pay/provide it.
Using an abortion as a form of birth control is- very different, in my eyes. Funny how an unborn child rests below the heart of his Mother- comforted by the beat of her heart. God must have thought that very safe. At one time. Now look at us.
As for the culture being conducive to an abortion or the voice of opposition muted and weak @ the time of your decision- well, i don’t see how the culture has in anyway gotten better or changed- except for the availability of sonograms. 4D even, i’ve heard. Would that make a difference? I know i can’t say, but when people are convinced of something– it would take… an act of God to change someone’s mind. And since i feel that pregnancy is pretty much that- well, what would it really take, then?
Spud, now you can be code pink, like your fave female, Cindy Sheehan.
Lucky you9(w/no trace of sarcasm, you know).
On a lighter note, the bobtail we adopted is playing w/a little fake mouse and crying. Hhmmm. He’s a natural, but why is he vocal about it?
Red herring, anyone? If the real reason Petraeus resigned is the extramarital affair, I’ll eat my stocking cap. He just didn’t want to testify before the committee hearing on Benghazi next week [or someone didn’t want him to]. Will the deception never end?