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I cannot hear an argument over guns where before long, one or two of the people end their defense by pulling out the same platitudes that surfaced just after December 14, 2012…. Apparently, there is nothing new anymore. The same arguments have now gone on for over 100 days, and we are into their fourth month….
There is nothing new to argue over… The proposals are in legislators hands.
But during the argument, there was wisdom on both sides. And to be honest,there was foolishness on both sides.
A. In regards to making every gun purchase require a background check, the NRA failed across the board to defend why doing such is a bad idea. In the end logic was not on their side. As long as one convicted murderer awaiting sentencing can walk into a gun show and buy a weapon and kill, our regulations are too loose. The NRA lost this one. Now their only argument in use is this: if you vote for it we will destroy you… A threat, not an argument. Such a retort may benefit their short term needs, but in the long run it must fail because it runs against society’s interests. Sooner or later, mandatory background checks have to happen.
So Background checks are to be a sure thing.
B. Next, banning assault rifles. The NRA has some facts here. Assault rifles are not used in very many crimes… In fact the only crimes they are used for are mass murders. Like Newtown. Like Aurora. Like Tucson. Almost all mass murders were committed by assault rifles.
This begs the question: do we or don’t we want to ban assault rifles for mass murderers? Most mass murderers are not previous criminals. They are good boys who flip and go bad. Allowing every one to own a weapon that is only used for mass murder when one flips, is our option. Although sketchy, there is evidence that during the previous ban of assault weapons, the number of mass murders went down. Furthermore, the biggest callers for a ban on assault weapons are our men in blue, those we hire to protect us from crime. On the front lines they understand that their survivability probability, goes up if the person shooting them has a one shot rifle or pistol, and not a 4000 rounds per minute weapon. (Google it) . And this is the point. Shouldn’t we side with our police over those wacko’s who own considerable weaponry, and one day, just get pissed off?
Few people are killed by assault weapons. True. But those that are, are our children, aunts and uncles and loved ones who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. ” Hey, who wants to see a movie?”
C. Which brings us to clips. The argument against large capacity clips as in the 100 rounds in Aurora, is that when a psycho killer has to reload if anyone is left, they can bring him down. A girl would be alive in Tucson today if the reload had occurred at bullet 15, instead of 30… Again, the NRA states that these are trifling murders compared to the national death rate. The opposition says, sorry NRA. We don’t kill pigeons in boxes. To us, every life is precious. We’d like to keep our daughters alive too , thank you. Most Americans would rather have someone’s daughter as their lifelong partner, than become betrothed to an assault rifle. Living people are just better to be around than guns and our priorities should reflect that.
Banning large clips, will not affect the national death rate that much. But it will change the death toll each time a member of the NRA goes whacko, and starts his life-long dream of his own personal random killing spree….
When you have something that is deadly and dangerous, yet serves no helpful or productive purpose….. you get rid of it. Done deal! There is no reason to have these clips around and getting rid of them (at least in the future as the mass amounts recently bought get used), should dry up the possibility that 100 shots will get fired into people before the gunman can be tackled. Tackle him at 15 and save lives. People aren’t pigeons you know?
Again the NRA has not come up with a good enough reason these should continue. The NRA’s ammunition has been reduced to their threat of retaliation, and that threat has now lost all of it’s logical underpinnings. It is nothing more than the threat of a bully to a chump. Don’t vote for this good piece of legislation or we will ruin you; there is no good argument otherwise…. That may be the reason Delaware’s extremely weak-kneed, cowardly, chicken-hearted republicans will vote for the continuation of future mass killings. There certainly is no logical explanation for the illogical backing the chicken- hearted Republican party gives to the NRA.
D. Finally the notion of safe school zones. After much argument back and forth, I have yet to see how designating an area to be a safe school zone will work, unless it is protected by people bearing arms. If one chooses to designate any area as a safe zone, yet does NOT have armed people like TSA agents forcing everyone to remove their shoes, empty their pockets, and ban all cell phones in order for one to enter, you are asking for trouble.
The smart method would be to tax the wealthy as much as is necessary so that every school district can afford to hire enough congenial policemen covering the property of every school during school hours. After all, the wealthy are rich. Why should anyone’s children have to suffer only so the rich can get richer? The wealthy don’t need more money. The notion of making a few words on a piece of paper to punish someone harder after the effect, of what a proper level of taxation should have prevented, is wasteful and makes one wonder whether that person even considering it, exists in the ionosphere. Republicans like Greg Lavelle are always quick to write up a new paper law to take care of real problems, that could be easily fixed on the ground if only the wealthy were simply required to pay their fair share….
That said, nothing new on this topic ever gets argued. Gun blogs hardly raise an eyebrow anymore….
So it is time to pass the bills that are good….
A. Background checks
B. Banning Assault Weapons
C. Banning High Capacity Clips
And not pass the school law.
Today in order to capitalize upon the fact that the fourth quarter economy sank (even though it was because of the downward pressure due to the threat of sequestration forced upon Congress by the Tea Party), they wheeled out Arthur
Laughter Laffer to make a dire predictions….
He is on their short list of who-to-call-when-we(FOX News)-NEED-a-dire-prediction…..
Because….. He is well known for making “dire predictions”..
“Economist Arthur Laffer told his clients on July 26, 1982, that (Ronald Reagan’s) Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which raised taxes by about one percent of GDP, “will stifle economic recovery,” “retard economic growth,” and undercut “the economy’s ability to enter into a period of expansion.” On August 20, 1982, he told his clients that TEFRA, Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act, “will tend to lengthen and deepen the recession.”
Instead, ….. No one could have been more wrong…
“Looking at real gross domestic product, it grew 4.5 percent in 1983 and 7.2 percent in 1984 – an exceptionally strong performance. The stock market had one of its best years ever in 1983 – both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index rose 35 percent. There was no increase in the rate of inflation, which was exactly the same in 1983 and 1984 as it was in 1982. The unemployment rate fell from 10.6 percent in December 1982 to 8.1 percent by December 1983 and 7.1 percent in December 1984.”
On August 20, 1993, Laffer told his clients, “Clinton’s tax bill will do about as much damage to the U.S. economy as could feasibly be done in the current political environment.” He said that interest rates would rise and the stock market would fall.
Once again, it would be hard to find a forecast that was more completely wrong….
“The unemployment rate fell from 7.1 percent in January 1993 to 5.4 percent by December 1994. Real GDP growth rose from 2.9 percent in 1993 to 4.1 percent in 1994. Stock prices rose and interest rates fell. More importantly, the 1993 tax increase and accompanying spending controls, which were opposed by every Republican in Congress, laid the foundation for the phenomenal growth of the late 1990s that actually produced budget surpluses before Republican tax cuts in the 2000s dissipated them.”
And now! Today,… well, there he goes again….
“You have the whole output of the economy shrinking. Not just expanding more slowly, it`s absolutely shrinking,” (lol, see by how little, below)… Laffer told Fox News’ Eric Bolling…
“That’s catastrophic,” the former adviser to President Ronald Reagan added. (Did anyone else catch the stupendous irony of that? Oh, Wow. You can’t make stuff like that up).
“You can explain some of that by sequestration, and defense spending was down lot and all that. But you still have a rotten economy. And it’s still too bad. We know how to fix it, by the way, a low rate flat tax, spending restraint, sound money, free trade.” (See George Bush’s Economic Record.) Laffer was responding to reports Wednesday that the U.S. economy contracted 0.1 percent in the last quarter of 2012…
Yes. Laffer was responding to reports Wednesday that the U.S. economy contracted 0.1 percent in the last quarter of 2012. Quote: “You have the whole output of the economy shrinking. Not just expanding more slowly, it`s absolutely shrinking,”
Recalling his years as one of Reagan’s top economic advisers, Laffer said Reagan actually cut the highest tax rates (From 70%-50%; they are 35% now) He said “we made a mistake” by phasing in the cuts, which he said caused the 1981-82 recession. But he said the economy took off in 1983* when the cuts (and 1%GDP tax increase) went into full effect. *
“This place just went like a rocket ship,” he said. “I think we had 7.5 percent growth in 1983 and 5.5 growth in 1984, just this boom that lasted for years and years.”* (*lol)
(Conversational excerpts provided by Newsmax)
The reason I began listening to local station WDEL, was because they dropped Rush Limbaugh from their afternoon programing. Instead of hate and stupidness, I got to hear of matters important to me. My county government. My city government. My state government. And of course, national politics always interjected.
I can’t get enough of it. I read the paper in the morning, and I can’t wait for the local talk shows to come on. The progressives own the morning. The conservatives own the afternoon, and I’m still trying to figure out who owns the evening…
It is kinda silly, I know, but because I listen and hear the advertisements, my kids sing their jingles in the car. Driving down Main Street in Newark, they’ll blurt out, “there’s Alex and Ani’s“. The older kids insist they want music on, but I’m the boss.
Some of the advertisers seem like old friends. One hears them over and over, and even can go back and note the different commercials back through time. Calvert Plumbing and Heating is one I hope to use next time fate strikes. The best one, besides the “Alex and Ani” with sitar music put in place by Rick Jensen, is the DelmarvaJobs.com featuring the harp player. I hope that gets nominated for CLIO, the advertiser’s equivalent of the Oscars….
And this should be in everyone’s Northern Delaware bookmarks. It is the tower cam. One rarely thinks of us being in eyesight of downtown Philadelphia, but we certainly are. One can tell the weather with one visual click.
Anyways, the point of this was not to brag on WDEL and extol how fortunate we were to have it at our disposal, but to point to the dark side, which is about that human being whose leaving is what drove me to begin listening to WDEL in the first place.
Rush Limbaugh is in trouble. For a while he was harmless harping at Democrats, and we all know, sometimes Democrats need harping at. But as his worth became higher, he had to push buttons to justify his high expense. His audience no longer consisted of regular Joe’s, but had to become fanatics who would listen and respond. And the biggest thing fanatics crave, is more fanaticism, and Rush obliged.
Now, he bashes the poor. Now he bashes every gay person. Now he bashes Liberals. And last March, he bashed a woman for simply being a woman.
That made people take notice. WHOA, this guy is an ass…… Seriously, when you demean 53% of the population (women), knowing that at least half the men are married and will dutifully side with their spouses (YOU’D BETTER!)….. ticking off 75% of the American population, can’t be good for business.
That is bearing fruit.
Arising from that, several organizations are targeting his advertisers. This is not a hate campaign. It is a calm, respectable, and very businesslike campaign. They are calling up advertisers and saying …”yesterday your ad played on this station at this time, and this is what went before and after it… Advertisers were appalled…. Most of them do not support Rush Limbaugh, but buy ads with a local radio station…. The radio station then puts their ads in holes where ever they need them… Radio stations that carry Rush Limbaugh are bound by contract to still do so, and are having a terrible time scheduling just those advertisers who … so far… have not expressly said…” Make sure we aren’t on Rush.”
2200 sponsors have pulled their ads so far. At first these were mentioned but Rush supporters attacked these businesses with threats of shooting them with NRA sanctioned assault weapons (they were idle threats, no events occurred) that now, the names are kept hidden. But anyone listening over time, can certainly, after hearing only one advertisement on his program get played over and over, realize his brand is in deep trouble.
The show is doing so badly that Freedom Works, the Karl Rove PAC that garnered $300 million dollars, is using their money just to keep Rush on the air…
So in what seems like an outrageous chain of events, the only reason Rush Limbaugh is still on air it appears, is because billionaires have too much money on their hands… In 2013, Freedom Works plans to spend between $25 and $30 million. Glenn Beck is also included in its largess.
Freedom of speech is a right. No one is arguing over whether Freedom Works benefactor Stepheson can say what he wants with his $100 million donations. But that right goes both ways. Advertisers have the right to know what their money appears to be saying about themselves when their ads show up on Rush Limbaugh.
It says, “I the advertiser, support the embarrassment of the poor. I support the deportation of Mexicans. I support the incarceration of the entire black comminity. I support the killing of Liberals with assault weapons, and I support the rape of women”… In fact, supporting Rush, say something like this: ” Hey, woman, come take your clothes off and dance for me….. After all, that’s all you’re good for!!!! Ha, ha, ha.”
You too must join in taking him down, for the simple reason that it allows many more Americans to enjoy the benefits of local radio programming as we have here in Delaware for 6 years….
The stuffing of the goose is done. Time to cook the goose, and at the feast, get back to being Americans again. Working together, and not against each other…..
There are a couple of issues where Romney is not forthcoming. His tax returns. His Bain Capital Investments. His relation with his church. Privacy is important. We support keeping what is meant to stay private, private.
But one can not surpass a smile, when one sees a younger Mitt Romney before the National Press Club on January 3, 2000, brag about the openness he brought to the scandal ridden Olympic committee.
Nor can one surpass a smile, when they hear the young Mitt Romney say he underestimated the budget and the costs required to pull it off.
Nor can one surpass a smile, when they hear the young Mitt Romney say: we couldn’t do it ourselves; we had to get help from the Federal government.
And when they hear Romney telling of the four time attempt to the grasp the gold for Dan Jansen, they are reminded of Romney’s own lost election attempts.
In regards to openness, Romney after taking over the scandal ridden committee, hammers out a code of ethics and has everyone sign them. One of those items on that list was that all transactions, every invoice, would be open to public scrutiny. Mitt brags: ”All the documents inside our organization are available to the public. Simply submit a form saying which document you want to see. For instance I want to see all the letters written by Mr. Romney to Mr. Samaranch. You’ll get them all. Takes us about twenty days for the people to go through and get those things. We collect them and provide them to any citizen that wants to have them”. Quite different from his currently establishing a new precedent of only showing his tax returns for the years he “knew” he was going to run for president. Will the public be then prompted to ask: ”What kind of character do you have? How do you act when you are NOT running for president?” We shall see.
It is equally interesting to hear Romney speak on his budget overage. When he inherited the Olympics, they were $378 million behind. Up to his entry, they had raised $13 million and had only one sponsor. They predicted they would need to raise $900 million. Actual cost was $1.8 billion, double the original total. “We were off. We estimated we would generate $859 million dollars in sponsor revenue. Of course we calculated that without knowing what had been raised before. Turns out the all time record for sponsorship revenue, came from Atlanta: $480 million raised in sponsorship revenue. Our numbers are a little off. Sometimes when cities get together and get excited about how much money they are going to make on the games themselves, the numbers are not quite accurate. There is a reason for that. There is no general accepted accounting for the Olympics. “
His success wasn’t his alone. ” It is not something which we have done by ourselves. It is not something we can accomplish by ourselves. Everything we have accomplished has been done by virtue a collaboration of all sorts of leaders through out our country. I want to acknowledge the support of the Utah delegation, many the members of which, and their offices are here today, which have been enormously helpful in providing funding for security, for housing, for transportation and so forth. We also have here today Mickey Ibarra. I don’t know where Mickey is, but Mickey is special assistant to President Clinton for intergovernmental affairs, and he is also, I want to get this title right… he is also vice chairman of the presidential task force of the Olympic Games. The Clinton administration has been a ‘friend of the Olympics.” and has worked hard to make sure our Olympics are successful. … We depend enormously on the support of government and all its agencies to make sure we can be wonderful hosts, to the world. ” Apparently in the real world outside politics, “everyone” needs a little help.
Some more vignettes that cause the mouth to curl…. ” I believe we should judge people, celebrate people, not by what they have, but by what they are. “ One can’t help but smile when they remember how Mitt always responds to the question, “what Sir, qualifies you to be president…”
Of course this is just my opinion made while suppressing a smile, but I would gladly wager that the Mitt Romney of yesterday (2000) would be a lot stronger of a candidate if he were running against todays Obama instead of the Mitt Romney of 2012,…. come November the Republicans would have lost by a much, much smaller margin.
(Courtesy of Delaware Liberal’s Hot & On Top Reporting)
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 5,600 Delaware residents will benefit from $1.8 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule. These rebates will average $351 for the 5,300 Delaware families covered by a policy.
Obamacare is working! Obamacare is saving people money. They were at the mercy of insurance companies before. Now, they have $1.8 million in their pocket.
It is not because of Republicans!.. They are the ones taking money out of your pocket, handing it to the insurance companies, and saying “don’t forget about that campaign contribution in October.”
No one can trust Republicans unless you are making more then 10 million a year. No one.
So when they say the first thing they want to do in January is repeal Obamacare, and now you can see why.
That want insurance campaign contributions… and that is all. They don’t give a fuck about you.
Only Democrats can right the wrongs… Do what you know you must. Swear on a stack of Bibles, never, never, never, never vote for a squirmy, sluggish, beetle-infested, putrid, maggotty, caterpillerish, centipedific, millipederishes, multi-lensed eyeballed, appendage ringed mouthed, stinger-embedded, infectious bacterial infested, food coveting, ooze secreting, spontaneously defecating insect who swears allegiance to the Republican Party….
Spray them with insecticide instead…..
(Wow, what a great demo idea for the Republican National Convention……)
Sometimes after reading truth like this, you just want to walk into a room of thronging with roaches, pretend they’re Republicans and squish them each and every one ………