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November 02, 2010 11:19PM
Sorry to all the Obama fans in Barra, but he really got his but kicked tonight. Biggest upset since the 40's
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 06:47AM
Obama wouldn't be running for another 2 years.

A little history lesson. Roosevelt lost 71 house seats at his midterms; Trueman lost 45 house seats at his midterm; Eisenhower lost 48 house seats; Johnson lost 47; Ford lost 48; Reagan lost 26; Clinton lost 52, ; and Bush the son lost 30.

Looks to me that the dems need to thank the Tea Party for screwing up the Repubs or they might have lost more. No big upset just midterm usual shifts. Know who didn't lose many seats? Carter and Bush the daddy. Guess how their re-election bids went.

A little more history, After Clinton lost 52 seats many were sure that he would just be a lame duck one term president. But what happened was that the repubs now in control of the house gridlocked it causing the American people to get very angry with them. At re-election time Clinton trounced Bob "where is my Viagra" Dole and at the end of his second term the polls showed that if they could American would have elected Clinton for a third term.

So now the repubs are promising to grid lock the government again. Problem with this is when you shut down the money you can't pick and choose. Everything gets shut down. The reality here is that this is the best thing that could have happened for Obama short of Sarah Palin winning the republican presidential nomination and Palin is poised to do that.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/03/2010 06:49AM by Chubasco1954.
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 07:44AM
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 08:32AM
Now that it's over we can go back to regular programming and see those same three Canadian advertisements over and over again. I'm not sure which was more annoying.
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 08:51AM
Those DEmocrat senators up for reelection in 2 yrs have to be thing its time to listen to the people. And thats the way it should be. Damn shame they didnt pluck Reids feathers. At least that locita Pelosi has been silenced. That within itself is worth a cold beer!
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 09:22AM
Pelosi won with 80% of the vote in her district in California. Because the Rs took over the House, there will be a R Speaker. Pelosi was actually quite well-liked by both R and D colleagues.

As you may recall, when Obama was first elected, he met with the man (R) who is now set to become Speaker. That guy, who will now need to work with Obama to get anything done, said that Rs would not compromise on anything and would gridlock everything. That same guy cried last night, saying that the Rs would cut back spending (apparently by extending tax cuts for the wealthy at a cost of $4 billion dollars -- the ploy that was largely responsible for the mess the country is now in -- a ploy that did not work to stimulate the economy or jobs). The last time he cried was while he was urging Congress to pass Bush's TARP. So much for consistency and a lack of hypocritical behavior...

Good luck America
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 09:34AM
Ill drink one for you and Pelosi. At least things went in the right direction. Obama will be in close competition with Carter as the poorest president in history. And I hope he wins!
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 11:32AM
Gridlock is assured for two more years, Republicans and Democrats are more concerned about Party than what is best for the country. This is as impartial as I can be on the subject. Congress can do anything they want as long as it does not affect my Social Security check, raise taxes, and at the same time creates jobs and cuts spending. Yeah, right.
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 02:09PM
The Pope and Nancy Pelosi were in front of a packed Yankee stadium. The Pope leaned over and whispered to Nancy, with one wave of my hand, I can bring this crowd to their feet as one. Shouts of joy will be deafening, smiles and a feeling of euphoria will be everywhere. They will remember this moment and speak fondly of it for years. The memory will be with them forever. Nancy replied, I seriously doubt that, why don't you show me ? So the Pope backhanded her. heh heh
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 02:43PM
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 08:09PM
Re: Elections
November 03, 2010 11:22PM
Butt Scott, yall still having fun aint ya!

ya cudda ended up in Porta Lavarta
Re: Elections
November 04, 2010 05:13AM
Voters gave the keys back to the idiots who crashed the car, said one observer.

So will Dems also get to gridlock DC when the next Repugnican becomes prez? so nothing ever ever gets done? Oh no, it's only R's who get to play that game ...and dissenting dems are disloyal? R's drown the govt baby in the bathtub and accuse Dems of moidah. Strong means demanding 'follow me and shut up' when R's are in charge. When does hypocrisy become treason?
Re: Elections
November 04, 2010 10:38AM
Latino Voters Save Senate for the Democrats

Smart move Sharon Angle, Carly Fiorina, (Sch)Meg Whitman, Tom Tancredo , Ken Buck and the state of Arizona. Way to alienate (pun intended) the little brown people. Guess what.... Their numbers are growing... FAST! Be afraid, be very very afraid.

According to the election eve polling which was conducted in eight states (AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, NM, NV, TX), Latinos voted for Democrats over Republicans by roughly 75%-25%, or in other words, a three to one margin. This means that overall, Latino immigrant voters (foreign-born, now naturalized citizens) supported Democrats by even larger margins.

What does this mean, exactly? Well, precisely that in just six years there has been a huge swing by the fastest growing group of voters in the country away from Republicans and towards Democrats.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/2010 10:41AM by Puerto Bill.
Re: Elections
November 04, 2010 10:53AM
Thats the best you could come up with. Hahaha The whining will go to screaming in 2 more years. LOL, the pathetic lib democrats will need it! Hahaha I could even see Hillary being a 2 termer but not this clown!
Re: Elections
November 04, 2010 12:42PM
Hahahahahahah lololol Hehehehe
Re: Elections
November 05, 2010 02:15PM
Supposedly young voters did not come out strong in CAL, also some surprising resistance up in HUMBOLDT, to the LEGALIZE measure. explain that PB?
Re: Elections
November 10, 2010 09:16PM
There was apparently concern among growers that the tax would undercut their markets; also, that customers could be more discerning since there was likely to be evaluations of efficacy,

The election was interesting for any number of reasons. Howard Dean, when chair of the DNC, had attempted to widen the appeal of Ds in traditionally R strongholds by getting very conservative Ds to run. In the main, these were the folks that lost. Ironically, while Dean's approach probably helped Obama get elected, it was what has undercut his policy reform.

It also seems that the Ds are incapable of explaining their considerable accomplishments -- and even more interesting that the Rs are able to in one breathe, push tax cuts for the wealthy (the ones that Rove touted as saving the US economy by stimulating business growth...duh...didn't work very well) and talk about reducing the deficit in the other.

The reason tax cuts for the wealthy don't work is that the wealthy don't spend the way the middle class and poor do. They hoard and grow their wealth, now to the tune of controlling over 70% in the hands of fewer than 20% of the population. This decimation of the US middle class is very, very scary -- and it had nothing to do with Obama or the last few years. This started with Reagan and if it is not addressed the results will be more Tea Party crazies who think government is the problem.

An interesting article in the August New Yorker Magazine gives substantial insight into how the wealthy, in this case and in particular, the Koch brothers, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build faux think tanks to undercut environmental laws and financial and insurance reforms.

None of this should be read as my believing the government does not need major reform. I do have a problem, though, with those that undercut respect for institutions primarily to push particular agendas, those that mislead the majority of voters into thinking that we can work our way out of the crisis without redistributing tax burdens so that the wealthy (many of whom use sophisticated strategies to avoid taxes altogether) pay their fair share, etc.
Re: Elections
November 11, 2010 05:37AM
My God, reasoned and thoughtful political commentary. What is this forum coming to? The puppy is very lucky to have you as a friend, Carol.
Re: Elections
November 11, 2010 09:43AM
I could not agree more with Carol, her dog and Alan. The leaders of the right like to say that Obama and the left want the redistibution of wealth. While that may be true to a ceratin extent I think most would just like the distribution to be more better. Like it was fron 1950 - 1980...

They found that from 1950 through 1980, the share of all income in America going to everyone but the rich increased from 64 percent to 65 percent. Because the nation’s economy was growing handsomely, the average income for 9 out of l0 Americans was growing, too – from $17,719 to $30,941. That’s a 75 percent increase in income in constant 2008 dollars.

Unfortunately Carol (and her dog if her dog contributed) seems to have been a little off in her percentages. It is actually worse than what she says.

The gap between the wealthiest Americans and the poorest is bigger than at any time since the 1920s β€” just before the Depression. According to an analysis this year by Edward Wolff of New York University, the top 20% of wealthy individuals own about 85% of the wealth, while the bottom 40% own very near 0%. Many in that bottom 40% not only have no assets, they have negative net wealth.

I have nothing against people being very very rich but I don't think it is a good thing to have the lower 80% of the population to own only 15% of the wealth. It is just common sense that a healthy middle class is good for EVERYBODY including the very wealthy. I cannot understand why somebody with well over $1,000,000,000 and an income of well over $10,000,000 a year would think it is good to try to squeeze more out of the people who can barely squeak by. If that is the redistribution of wealth then I guess I am for it but do not think that redistribution of wealth means that everybody should have an equal piece of the pie. It just needs to be a healthier piece of the pie.

Thanks for the post Carol.
Re: Elections
November 11, 2010 05:11PM
Both R's and D's are crap. C'mon folks, do y'all really buy into the BS that politicians create jobs in the private sector? Politicians repay favors to special interest groups. They ear mark funds for their friends, they give themselves raises, have premium health care, travel first class...and on, and on and on.

A record level of $$$ was reached this election cycle. Scary, because every dollar sent into a Politician's war chest is a favor that HAS to be re-paid to a special interest group.

K Street is salivating!

Die hard Reps would try block the Dems even if they found a cure for Cancer...and vice versa.
Re: Elections
November 12, 2010 08:39AM
Excellent. Just when the forum seemed to be running out of intelligent life. Can't remmember the wording but the legalization bill sounded like registration and taxation w/o a big benefit. Hard sell to nonconformists. The underground system is working too well maybe. This train stayed too long in the station.

This forum might attract more flies if renamed "mex american culture & politica" . Off-topic is off key. I haven't found another site where this mix of issues is discussed.
Re: Elections
November 12, 2010 09:27AM
RE"I haven't found another site where this mix of issues is discussed."

AND ...................... that's why we keep coming back!

re"mex american culture & politica"

As long as it doesn't involve R and D, discussion about how both cultures affect each other with a "Wall of Shame" between them could be one of a kind.

Thanks to all for intelligent and well thought out positions.
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