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The dismal state of the United States Senate

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:29 am - November 7, 2012.
Filed under: 112th Congress,2012 Congressional Elections

Under the leadership of Harry Reid, the United States Senate was the real graveyard for reform.  The Republican House passed numerous bills to facilitate job growth which the Senate failed to take up.  And the Democratic-controlled chamber hasn’t passed a budget in 3 1/2 years.

And Americans vote to reward them by sending two more Democrats to the United States Senate.  And it looks like ol’ Harry will keep his job.

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  1. So, it’s not really the investing that is wrong, it basically boils down to what it is invested in and who does the “investing”.

    Well, obviously. And I think green/renewable energy is well worth investing in given the many geopolitical, economic, and environmental problems that we are confronting in the world right now. I also think it’s completely legitimate for the government to be one of the entities investing in this problem, given their ability to marshal a huge amount of resources and their proven track record on things like World War II and the Space Race. (Once again, the private sector benefits tremendously whenever the government spends money because they get a huge customer with deep pockets.) Government investment only saved the free world from fascism twice and ushered in a golden age of technology… so why should we be putting them in the penalty box during a threat as existential as energy? Because a half billion dollar loan to Solyndra got wasted? That sucks, but that amount of money is a pittance in the grand scheme and occasional failure does not justify completely abandoning an objective. I mean, if everything worked out the way it was supposed to 100% of the time, we wouldn’t have anything to argue about. You have to be more realistic than that.

    Comment by Levi — November 8, 2012 @ 3:10 pm - November 8, 2012

  2. Because a half billion dollar loan to Solyndra got wasted? That sucks, but that amount of money is a pittance in the grand scheme

    Comment by Levi — November 8, 2012 @ 3:10 pm – November 8, 2012

    What. The. Fucking. Hell.

    You think a half BILLION dollars is a “pittance”?

    If you make the US median income of $50k annually, that represents TEN THOUSAND YEARS worth of labor.

    If you presume that those people making $50k are paying 20% of their income in taxes, you burned up the total taxes paid of FIFTY THOUSAND TAXPAYERS.

    And for what?

    An empty factory with singing showers and paid-off Obama donors, with executives who made donations to Obama and then received bonuses as the firm slid into taxpayer-funded bankruptcy.

    By the way, Levi, do you know just how rich George Kaiser is?

    Suffice to say if he were a Republican, you would be sh*tting yourself that he and his firm don’t deserve loan guarantees and “corporate welfare”.

    But since he donates to Obama, it’s perfectly OK for him and his fellow millionaires to receive rich payouts at taxpayer expense for their failed businesses, while you force middle-class taxpayers to pay more money for “green energy”.

    You are such a malicious and mendacious little hypocrite. You literally will support anything, ANYTHING, if Obama does it — and then turn around and scream at conservatives.

    Lies work on you because you are a brainwashed idiot, Levi. Obama told you to do green energy, and you blindly repeat the chant, over and over again, even as he steals you blind.

    You really aren’t intelligent, are you, Levi? Obama breaks every rule that you lay down and you blabber and spin that it’s exactly what he should be doing.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 8, 2012 @ 4:41 pm - November 8, 2012

  3. Because a half billion dollar loan to Solyndra got wasted? That sucks, but that amount of money is a pittance in the grand scheme

    Comment by Levi — November 8, 2012 @ 3:10 pm – November 8, 2012

    What. The. F’ing. Hell.

    You think a half BILLION dollars is a “pittance”?

    If you make the US median income of $50k annually, that represents TEN THOUSAND YEARS worth of labor.

    If you presume that those people making $50k are paying 20% of their income in taxes, you burned up the total taxes paid of FIFTY THOUSAND TAXPAYERS.

    And for what?

    An empty factory with singing showers and paid-off Obama donors, with executives who made donations to Obama and then received bonuses as the firm slid into taxpayer-funded bankruptcy.

    By the way, Levi, do you know just how rich George Kaiser is?

    Suffice to say if he were a Republican, you would be sh*tting yourself that he and his firm don’t deserve loan guarantees and “corporate welfare”.

    But since he donates to Obama, it’s perfectly OK for him and his fellow millionaires to receive rich payouts at taxpayer expense for their failed businesses, while you force middle-class taxpayers to pay more money for “green energy”.

    You are such a malicious and mendacious little hypocrite. You literally will support anything, ANYTHING, if Obama does it — and then turn around and scream at conservatives.

    Lies work on you because you are a brainwashed idiot, Levi. Obama told you to do green energy, and you blindly repeat the chant, over and over again, even as he steals you blind.

    You really aren’t intelligent, are you, Levi? Obama breaks every rule that you lay down and you blabber and spin that it’s exactly what he should be doing.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 8, 2012 @ 4:41 pm - November 8, 2012

  4. Levi – thanks but no thanks. Aside from my grammatical error (the “burn it down” folks would be the dependent class – think Greece – not the producer class) I don’t think you get my point.

    For instance, the tea parties were as much a reaction to Bush and the profligate GOP Congress as they were to BHO (the auto bailouts and TARP started under Bush… Republican != conservative) yet you accuse productive citizens who protest peacefully and with good cheer of a tantrum while OWS protests, violent in some cases, for more giveaways and ???

    I try to be civil and avoid ad hominem attacks – and that won’t change. And I appreciate your efforts to engage on a somewhat hostile blog (and it’s difficult to make a case in a little comment box) but I don’t see the point in arguing a “don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up” mentality. Cheers.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — November 8, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - November 8, 2012

  5. SoCalRobert,

    I don’t know if you were posting back when the tea parties made headlines.

    Levi insisted that they were a racist response to Obama and that we had never criticized President Bush for his spending. He was then presented evidence from this site that he was wrong.

    He first backpedaled and demanding evidence from before the site existed. Then he pretended that despite the evidence, nothing was said.

    This is his usual MO. He is as impervious to facts as he is tact.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 8, 2012 @ 7:58 pm - November 8, 2012

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