Tannim There are countless tasks in this Country that have no time line written down yet those tasks get done. I think the partisan whining is the Senate calling for an all out no before the process even started and then the excuses like the one your using is more of the same. For you and others to advocate and allow our elected and compensated representatives to get away with not doing the tasks they were sent there to do is the ultimate partisan whine. The man that the President nominated is known for his non partisan rulings as well as being highly respected by both political parties and yet discounted all because of who nominated him. Just as there excuse of let the people decide is discredited by the fact the people had already decided by voting for the President twice. Now whos doing the whining? I think and by what I see and here its the Senate Republicans and there 6 years of partisan BS. The document and process that you speak of does work but only when the ones sent there actually put in the work. Otherwise is just a stalemate like the ruling over immigration in our Courts right now.
Perhaps you yourself ought to study up on the First through Sixth Party Systems in this nation.
Next, if whether a SCOTUS Justice is liberal of conservative is so irrelevant, then why is so much political capital and hysterics spent on their appointments and confirmation, from the nominee themselves to the elections that decide the President that appoints them and the Senate that addresses the appointments? Fact is, it's only irrelevant when the appointee is either so nonpartisan away from both branches of statism that there's no argument against him, or so in bed with the statists that neither branch can lose by approving him. The nation has seen far too many of the latter and far too few of the former.
Last, the constitutional duty of the Senate to advise and consent on court appointees is also tempered by two other constitutional points: first, the Senate has no time limit on such advise and consent, and second, the Senate sets its own rules for such advise and consent, as it does on every proceeding it has. It's simply their call, and that's within the scope of the Constitution, and complaining about is not a matter of the Constitution, but of partisan political whining.
Ms. Rachwitz and her students did not make a timely, cogent, and valid inquiry into the failure of the Senate, because no such failure exists. What they did was simply show their own ignorance of the Constitution and how the branches of government at the federal level, as defined by that document, actually work.
libertyforall needs a name change. What ever you are about it sure isn't liberty for all.
"Republicans who think guns and who uses the bathroom are the most important problems in our nation"
Actually, most Conservatives think these are bottom-rung issues--things like the economy, immigration and foregin ploicy are vastly more important--it's liberals that insist on bringing them up ad nauseum to deflect attention from the tire-fires they're created.
And it's BroAdmoor--cutesy spelling courtesey of them, not I--but you're still welcome...
James R Harris - not everyone in Colorado is a republican so please do not lump us all in the bucket you have labeled stupid. PS- the Koch brothers are EVIL!
The folks who own the Broadmoore are in the same category. Which is why I hope that Cathy Chambers has also sent her letter to the mayors email.
This whole land swap disgusts me as much as Republicans who think guns and who uses the bathroom are the most important problems in our nation.
James R Harris:
Are the Indy readers stupid enough to fall for your logical fallacy of blaming the Koch Brothers for Cubo-Canada-Texican Ted Cruz, not to mention your own ignorance of what the Koch Brothers stand for?
(Well, maybe they are; this is the Indy, after all, slightly to the left of Marx, and i don't mean Groucho...)
Got news for you: engaging in the Koch Brothers Corollary to the Godwin Awards doesn't do you any favor, especially when you don't even to bother to consider what they actually support, which includes prison reform, NPR, and PBS. You might want to try actually researching that sort of thing before you spew your nonsense—at the very least, read their Wikipedia bios and follow those links.
The idea that Americans need 99% of government is also a laughable fallacy of the liberal mindset and their Stockholm Syndrome. You need professional help for that. I suggest the counselors Hazlitt, von Mises, Chartier, Browne, and Paul.
James R. Harris - are you seriously suggesting the alternative is "the bigoted, misogynist loud mouthed, bully, never walked in anyone else's shoes, wears $5,000 suits, con artist, flip-flopper, egomaniacal, doesn't give a crap about you" Trump?!?
Ed basic traffic rules are not applying anywhere in this city anymore. Double yellow, solid white, red lights, left turn, merge, right on red after you stop none of that applies here.
"It is a dumb letter with no purpose other than to make you feel better about your decision to not believe in God"
Actually, it's insightful in prompting us to question that which hasn't been definitively proven, including those that "have many questions about their beliefs and faith".
Thoeological devotion and dogmatic adherence can be wonderful--no matter which religious "flavor" you choose-- but we should strive to maximize out time and impact here so that we enter any possible after-life based upon a foundation of philanthropy and benevolence.
I'm not sure what the heck Larimore Nicholl is babbling about. Sounds like you don't believe in God and for some reason think those who do are not living life to the fullest while on earth.
It is a dumb letter with no purpose other than to make you feel better about your decision to not believe in God. Also Larimore apparently is not aware that people of religious faith also have many questions about their beliefs and faith. Maybe his understanding of religion is based on this town's population of crazy evangelicals which do not represent all Christians.
"Shouldn't we then live earthly life as richly and fully as we can in the short time we have? Too many people miss too much, believing they have eternity to get it done. Do it now, to be on the safe side."
Although I respect the educated and always erudite Mr. Nicholl, I rarely agree with his sentiments and ideologies. This, however, is spot-on.
Since there is as yet no verifiable, tangible, undisputed proof of the "afterlife" provided by any theology beyond personal belief and "faith", we should strive to become the best versions of ourselves while occupying this mortal coil.
After all, what we would/will ultimately become "there" is based upon our thoughts, words and deeds while "here"...
marx_marvelous, what a great post. No name calling like these conservatives, it was a very simple, intelligent and accurate comment to simply express the differences between conservative and progressive view points. None of you are correct or incorrect as so many of you conservatives seem to imply. They are simply different views on how we as Americans should live. Thank you for a simple, common sense explanation of different but equally correct view points.
To all of you conservatives who are so concerned with the national debt.....your saviour has arrived, Mr. Trump will pay off the debt by the end of his second term. There ya go, problem solved. :|
Mr Limon - You seem to prefer the republican capitalistic agenda to the democratic socialist agenda, to believe that money/business is more valuable than people. That is the main difference b/t conservative and progressive points of view.
Mr. LibertyForAll writes:
“The problem isn't "two wars", or a "mass exodus of jobs south", it's a balooning [sic] class of people that feel they are owed something that is paid for by others.”
“I'm providing facts here—“
Mr. LibertyForAll has provided NO facts.
But, here’s what I know:
I could never afford to pay for the highways I drive on, or build the airports or hospitals I have used, or the libraries, parks, the police, the courts, the fire department, the schools… and then there’s the Army and Navy that protect our precious sources of oil and keep shipping lanes open. ALL those are, as Mr. LibertyForAll says: “something that is paid for by others”.
Then there are people like Senator Sanders who understand that it is ALSO important that the child down the street is housed and fed, their health maintained, their education provided, that it is to OUR benefit that ALL people have equal opportunity to realize their potential, unhampered by preventable ill health or poverty.
Mr. LibertyForAll’s characterization of America’s basic national best-interests as people getting “something that is paid for by others” is simplistic, short sighted, selfish, and ignorant of those traits which have ALREADY Made America the Great Nation that it is.
Senator Sanders’ essential message is that We the People should be the principle beneficiaries of America’s prosperity rather than that small percentage at the top who manipulate the wealth of our nation into their personal profit. It has nothing to do with being “owed something” or the vapid meme “free stuff”.
It has EVERYTHING to do with investing in our nation’s future.
Mr. LibertyForAll should, perhaps, cease “just … hammering away without respite…” And with all that effort, try actually constructing something…like Senator Sanders is trying to do.
In an earlier post Mr. LibertyForAll asked:
“WHO will pay down this (the national) debt, WHEN, and with WHAT?
I await fact-based, fiducially-sound responses from the readership here…”
OK, here’s a suggestion: a one cent ($0.01) fee on each stock transaction.
By some estimates the ENTIRE national debt could be eliminated in less than a decade.
Liberty for for Jeff or who ever you all. I have a few Question's for you. Whats your plan? Stop paying taxes? Have our children and Grand children stop paying? Cut off everything else but the debt? What do you think we should cut? How about NASA were spending billions to go to space to find out theres space. What should we do? Starve our own and cut off health care so some die? Then who will pay taxes to pay the debt? One more. When did Bernie say anything would be free? All I heard him say is taxes would be higher but cheaper then the price were paying now for health care insurance. Ive heard him say the same things as a lot of the rich folk have said. The rich should be paying the same tax rate as there secretary. Wheres this free stuff? We all pay a tax when we buy gas so roads ant free. We all pay a tax for schools even though we may not have kids. We pay tax on our phones so sound ant free. The only thing I dont pay tax on is bread but when I eat it then take a dump I pay tax on the water by flushing the toilet. So please do tell. WHERES THE FREE STUFF? Pure and simple reality is real all the BS your buying into and spewing is just that crap.
Liberty for who. You have lost your mind. Who do you think is going to pay the bills? The taxpayers always pay the bills. Where do you think the money comes from. It sure as hell dont fall from the sky. Who is it that wants something for free? The Corporations that hide there money get bailed out at every turn or the 1 half of 1% on food stamps. Maybe its that lowly senior on Social Security that paid into it all his life. It couldnt be that fat cat on Capitol hill that sits his butt on the Senate doing NOTHING a couple years then collects a pension the rest of his life. Face the real facts goof ball WE PAY THE BILLS. Always have ALWAYS will thats where your fake Conservative buddies get the money to spend even in our home town. Will my kids have to pay taxes. Hell yes they will so will my grand kids just like my dad and grand dad did. FACT Obama spent money yes he sure did he had to to pay for Chenney's or Bush's screw ups. Those two Wars were not free. That "mission Accomplished" sure as hell is taking a long time. Those jobs sure would have come in handy to pay for those wars. You label me as liberal when the fact is Im more Conservative then you are. I at least see the problem thats bleeding money and am realistic at fixing it. Only difference I think we need to spend our money on our own rather then blowing it on blowing up people.
So, Rocky is here to present a "solution" to what the liberal, entitlement-rich state has devolved into?
Taxpayers will foot the bill? Meaning our kids? Grandkids? Why should they shoulder the burden? How about we start pulling-back the vast amounts we spend to keep the bloated gov't apparatus afloat? (I know: we can't cut benefits to anyone, or disenfranchise future liberal voters).
The problem isn't "two wars", or a "mass exodus of jobs south", it's a balooning class of people that feel they are owed something that is paid for by others (any "Bern-victims" here?)
Here's where Obama's policies have gotten us in those terms, and until it's checked, we're royally screwed: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/4/obama-economy-welfare-dependency-peaks-as-rich-get/?page=all#!
I'm providing facts here--and have an avalanche you can't run from in the form of basic macro-economics--so until you can provide something, ANYthing that demonstrates how this POTUS and future regressives are gonna get us back to sensible, reasonable practices, I'll just keep hammering away without respite...
Liberty Ill give it a shot First off we the taxpayers are the ones who will eventually pay the debts this Country has amassed. Second is how. There going to have to raise taxes and cut the BS. In other words just like in thousands of households stay home and take care of whats needed at home before going out. I know thats how my house paid off our debts. Now lets get to your other points Im sure the teacher has taught the whos, whats and whens of this Countries past thats basic history. So lets go history just a few short years ago we sat on a surplus debts were paid and that was done with a Democratic President and Republican Congress working together. The objective here is working. Then we got into two wars that accomplished nothing more then ballooning our defense budget and creating a recession with a topper of the mass exodus of jobs south of the Border and overseas then allowing corporations to keep there's while the American people paid up. Now heres the real question you should be asking. What has this Congress done to pay that debt that worries you so much? O yea nothing. They have spent most of there time voting to repeal the health care act and the rest of there time blocking everything else. No new ideas nothing to replace the health care act and now blocking a nominee because the NRA may not like him even though he is one of the most moderate justices ever. Even the top Conservative has admitted this is a good man. Shouldnt it be the Politicians no matter there party working for all Americans? Not Liberal working for Liberals or Conservative working for Conservatives but all working for Americans. Sitting on there butts doing nothing is not getting anything done let alone paying debts. Yes both sides have there agenda thats the checks and balance but doing NOTHING gets NOTHING done. Ryan cant even get a vote on the latest budget and hes the guy the Senate wanted as there leader. What the hell man?
"schoolteachers are sometimes partial to the Democrats' socialistic agenda of government-controlled "free" health care, "free" education, wealth redistribution and other wasteful, intrusive programs — sometimes ignoring conservative perspectives"
What? We can't trust academic representatives to provide balanced and non-partisan presentation of political ideologies?
Tone-deaf, echo-chambered liberals insist they're far more "tolerant" and "open-minded" than conservatives--so long as they agree with the issues being discussed--if not, they resort to faux-indignation, then feign moral/intellectual superiority and attempt to stifle any dissent.
"the burgeoning socialistic government has mortgaged your future to finance the $19 trillion government debt?"
For regressives, the ends justify the means, but at what cost/s, and I've been asking for ages now that which has proven unanswerable thus far: WHO will pay down this debt, WHEN, and with WHAT?
I await fact-based, fiducially-sound responses from the readership here...
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