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Comment Archives: Stories: Politics

Re: “Commission Gets It Together

LoveBC,
This fair warning, I'm stealing your joke.

Posted by CL Mullins on 02/23/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Jimmy Carter in town for North Memphis Home-Building Project

I have always liked Jimmy Carter although I usually vote a straight republican ticket.

Posted by LoveBC on 02/23/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Commission Gets It Together

Does medical marijuana cause folks to crave mass quantities of hospital food?

Posted by LoveBC on 02/23/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Cohen Gets New Committee Assignment: Ethics

Brackston,
"What the voters should consider doing is electing new blood"
They do, every two years. Did you think Cohen magically appeared in office.

Posted by Mia S Kite on 02/21/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Cohen Gets New Committee Assignment: Ethics

Cohn will do or say almost anything to attract any media possible to himself. His pack mentality voters expect that. What the voters should consider doing is electing new blood and rid themselves of the SOS.

Posted by Brackston on 02/21/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

I will have to consult with Michael Jordan.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/19/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

LoveBC,
But we can still have Dennis Rodman as ambassador to N Korea?

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/18/2017 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

CL, that's nice. And while you're at it, can you toss me over one of those brews you have on ice?

Also, while re-reading your last post, the first point, banning anyone running for running for office whose name starts with cli, I think you should also have added rod. You can never be too careful.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/18/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

LoveBC and Grove,
In the spirit of bi-partisanship, I'm sending vitamins to Ginsburg and McCain

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/18/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

GroveReb. Good points. In Tennessee over the past several election cycles, we went from Blanton to Alexander, Alexander to McWhiter, WcWhirter to Sundquist, Sundquist to Bredesen, and now Haslem. I don't see a state democrat taking control of the state big house, but I also believed that Trump would never win the Republican primary or the presidency so that shows you what I know. I cast my first vote for Alexander back when I was finally old enough to vote, and voted for each of the winners since. Yes, I have voted for democrats.

With Hillary probably out of the way, the dems may actually have a chance of winning the WH in four or eight years.

No doubt about it, most national Republicans are nervous about Trump. Some quietly, some not so quietly. Politicians probably understand the fickleness of the electorate more than the average bear. Personally, I think the establishment Republicans want him to fail sooner rather than later to keep your theory from coming true.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/18/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

CL, I actually agree with most of those. Based on my government experience, with gigs in the Army, Federal civil service and state civil service, I have learned that the government has the gift to screw up all most anything. The Vietnam War, LBJ's Great Society, and the War on Drugs come immediately to mind.

I see the main problem as the insurance companies literally owning politicians at all levels of government. Obamacare was heavily influenced by the insurance companies, and that is a huge understatement. Gerry Spence, the Jackson Hole lawyer once opined that a US Congressman can be bought for $15,000, or the price of a used Mercedes. He further added a paid for congressman is one of the best investments a business can make.

Insurance companies and their paid for cronies would never allow nationalized health insurance.

One problem is the insurance companies stifle competition among themselves and the paid for politicians of both parties allow this to happen. No honest person can deny there is not collusion among health insurance providers, that drives up the price of insurance. We don't even come close to having a free market for health insurance. Until this is addressed, no nationalized insurance plan would ever be successful. I believe it would be a debacle like the guaranteed student loans which only encourage universities (collusion) to overcharge for tuition doing more than harm than good for our young people.

You, and me, and others allowed this mess to happen since we fail to hold politicians accountable for allowing the insurance companies to make politicians their bitches.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/18/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

I seem to remember this publication, just a few short years ago, touting the strength of the Democratic party and the fact that it was going to reign for possibly even decades due to demographic shifts in the population.

While I still think demographics don't favor the Republicans long term, I said at the time that things don't ever shift one way for very long.

The reason for that is because you just can't please that many people. The Dems have become synonymous with social justice issues, gay rights, racial issues, immigration, etc., and in doing so, they largely left may of their labor union and working class friends behind.

The Republicans capitalized on that.

That's always going to be the case. It looked like things were going to be heavily Republican for a while through the 80s. Demographic shifts and ideological shifts within the parties changed all that, ushering in the Clinton era of Dem control. Follow that with the swing the other direction, and then back again with Obama.

I will say it again. There will NEVER be a run where one party controls this country for an extended period. I don't care what demographic patterns say or how those demographics are voting today. It won't stay that way.

Even when the Dems had a lengthy period of controlling both the House and Senate during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the White House still never stayed in their possession for more than 8 years consecutively.

No party will ever be able to please a majority of the country for that long of a period of time. You'll eventually alienate parts of your base by favoring other parts of your base in ways that hinder others.

Since 1980, there have been only 4 years where the Dems controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency (1993-1995 , 2009-11). Likewise, there have been only 4 years when the Republicans have controlled all 3 (2003-2007), though the Republicans will at least be able to add 2017-2019 now too. The Dems will regain control of the White House soon and probably the Senate/House at some point soon too, but the potential era of Dem domination is not on the horizon. It's not on the horizon for the Republicans either.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 02/17/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

LoveBC
First, I would ban anyone whose name began with a cli.
Second, nationalized health care.
Third, universal conscription with some leeway as to when the 2 years is served.
Fourth, jobs in lieu of welfare.
Fifth, if armed conflict is called for all effort must be made to kill heads of state rather than collateral damage/murder.
Sixth, eliminate tax exemptions, write offs, corporate welfare etc. Run businesses like a business.
There is a few more, but I got a beer on ice.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/16/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

So CL, if you were a political consultant, how would you fix the democratic party?

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/16/2017 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

Love BC,
2 out of 6 ain't bad for you.
I guess you're gonna pick and choose the laws you want enforced. If the prosecution of six officers in Baltimore wasn't incompetent, wouldn't they be in jail. Whose side are you on?
Lack of ethics as opposed to .....
Lack of leadership means you never went to a Bernie rally.
No direction? It's near the bottom of Manhattan, ya can't miss it.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 02/16/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats to Revive

I think we all know why the democratic party is in the ICU, but just to be sure, I will jot down a quick list of what is ailing them:
1. Disrespect of the working class, especially the white working class that Hillary referred to as a list of deplorables.
2. Losing focus on family economic issues. Wasn't it Bill back in '92 that came up with the slogan, "it's the economy, stupid?"
3. Anti law enforcement at best, and a flat out war on law enforcement at worst. Think Ferguson, (Ferguson effect), totally incompetent prosecution of six officers in Baltimore, etc.
4. Lack of leadership in all levels of the democratic party.
5. Lack of ethics.
6. Total splintering, with no core direction.

There is a few more, but I got a meeting to go to.

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Posted by LoveBC on 02/16/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Cohen Gets New Committee Assignment: Ethics

"ALJ2" auf Deutsch: dummkopf. Noch besser.

Hey, dummkopf: there can only be one "Fuhrer" in Washington, and your so-called president qualifies, little hands down. Verstehen Sie?

"ALJ"? A so-called administrative law judge, perhaps? It wouldn't be surprising.

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Posted by moverhill on 02/16/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Shelby Legislator Lovell Resigns

Agreed CL.

Modern day lynch mobs are tame by comparison. It's still shocking and scary to me to see how quickly someone can get railroaded for a fair, but maybe unpopular, political opinion.

On the sexual assault thing, it's something that hasn't historically been punished at the rate that it should. It still is a little concerning though that just an accusation can cause you to lose your job, even if the accusation is later proven false.

Now, in this particular case, since Lovell resigned, it leads me to believe there is at least something to these allegations.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 02/16/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Cohen Gets New Committee Assignment: Ethics

So ALJ2, you are against the US's best interests? This Putin romance of you guys is getting out of hand, wait wait, I've waited years to say this.... "Why don't you go back to Russia!"

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Posted by crackoamerican on 02/16/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Cohen Gets New Committee Assignment: Ethics

No higher standard bearer of ethics than a Jewish Congressman who refuses to publically recognize, much less condemn, a documented, proven case of genocide (the Armenians by the "peace-loving" Muslim Turks) because it isn't in the US's best interests!

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Posted by ALJ2 on 02/16/2017 at 5:41 AM

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