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OnPoint: Transcription of new Rick Perry ad

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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Sacha,

    You're quite right, and with the magic of the edit function... Poof. So to speak.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11931 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    bravo

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Meanwhile, back on Planet Douche a gay serviceman getting booed at a primary debate is "unfortunate".

    And linking to that article...

    Tea Party Debate Audience Cheers Idea Of Letting Sick Man Without Insurance Die

    The victim in question was none other than Ron Paul's own campaign manager. Is that really how they treat those loyal to their cause? Even Gov. Perry shuddered at the thought.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4258 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to James Bremner,

    Barry is a committed leftie, he really believes he is doing the right thing, despite the obvious failure of his policies.

    As an outsider looking in at the tangled wreck of a once great Nation I can see the bitterness and resentment all too clearly. Obama is hardly a "leftie" by any stretch of the imagination, it is merely a derogatory label hung on the most promising leader America has seen since Kennedy and te stupids destroyed him too.
    What is it with middle America? Don't they realise that the American dream has become a Nightmare of their own making?
    Hey, you guys asked for the poor and needy, what were you thinking of? eating them?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4813 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Don’t they realise that the American dream has become a Nightmare of their own making?

    No........ still dreaming. (those that buy into the dream)

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    You'll need to explain who Rick Perry is. I'm guessing he might be Katy's brother?

    (I snogged a bloke?)

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4447 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    You’ll need to explain who Rick Perry is. I’m guessing he might be Katy’s brother?

    (I snogged a bloke?)

    Governor of Texas. Current leading Republican presidential nominee. Anti-social security, pro-creationist, pro-death penalty, think Bush on Tea Party steroids. Has stood surprisingly firm on requiring Gardasil, but otherwise pretty terrible. (Also gave the best straight line ever when he announced that suggesting he could be bought for $5000 was offensive, and no-one took it up. I was so disappointed.) Would never snog a bloke, or even joke about it.

    The victim in question was none other than Ron Paul’s own campaign manager. Is that really how they treat those loyal to their cause? Even Gov. Perry shuddered at the thought.

    You have to give it to Ron Paul: he's absolutely committed to the philosophy he espouses. The philosophy he espouses would drag America back to the nineteenth century, but he's willing to admit to that, too. The honesty is refreshing, even if the total blindness to the suffering of others isn't.

    What is it with middle America? Don’t they realise that the American dream has become a Nightmare of their own making?

    Very large majorities of Americans support raising taxes on the rich (along with The Economist, Fortune, and other well-known bastions of left-wing thinking.) It's Congress that doesn't, because the American electoral system requires them to spend every minute they can fundraising - and "fundraising" mostly means spending time talking to the rich. The isolation of the power structures and media commentary in this country from popular opinion is staggering.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    “fundraising” mostly means spending time talking to the rich.

    Wonder what their point of view is.....................!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    Has stood surprisingly firm on requiring Gardasil

    Though I suspect the only reason that happened was because it provided a conveniently weightly cudgel to beat Michelle Bachmann over the head with.

    Oh, you also forgot that Perry also called Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake a traitor who would receive "pretty ugly treatment" if he ever showed his face in Texas -- which even Ron Paul said was out of order. (One should also note that George W. Bush appointed Bernake to the Fed Board in 2002, and later made him Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.)

    And the most delicious irony: While wildfires were raging through Texas earlier this year -- and Gov. Perry had overseen massive cuts to funding for the Texas Forest Service and volunteer firefighters -- he attacked the federal government for not doing enough.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11931 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    Very large majorities of Americans support raising taxes on the rich (along with The Economist, Fortune, and other well-known bastions of left-wing thinking.)

    Can pretty much add Standard & Poors.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1146 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Though I suspect the only reason that happened was because it provided a conveniently weightly cudgel to beat Michelle Bachmann over the head with.

    With this GOP field, I remain grateful for even the smallest of mercies. That whole stoush got the mainstream news networks reporting that Gardasil was safe and recommended by doctors for, like, a whole week. Compared to the usual publicity vaccines get here, that's gold.

    And the most delicious irony: While wildfires were raging through Texas earlier this year – and Gov. Perry had overseen massive cuts to funding for the Texas Forest Service and volunteer firefighters – he attacked the federal government for not doing enough.

    In retrospect, I could have just said "Governor of Texas, massive hypocrite" and saved myself a paragraph of typing.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Tea Party video. A great lineup of the sick horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1495 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    In retrospect, I could have just said “Governor of Texas, massive hypocrite” and saved myself a paragraph of typing.

    Come to think of it, the red states, on balance, ironically receive more Federal tax dollars than they pay into it. While it's largely the opposite with the blue states.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4258 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I haven't seen "Blackface" since, oh the last series of Wannaben.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1147 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to DeepRed,

    Come to think of it, the red states, on balance, ironically receive more Federal tax dollars than they pay into it. While it’s largely the opposite with the blue states.

    Red state/blue state is such an unhelpful conception, though. Most "blue" states have significant Republican minorities and most "red" states have significant Democrat minorities - most are actually a sort of purple. There's the odd state like Massachusetts or Texas where one party does have a very significant and long-term grip on the place - Scott Brown aside, something like 75% of the Massachusetts legislature is Democrat - but others have swung, or are much more borderline.

    It is true, however, that Republican governors seem to feel that taking Federal largesse while railing against government spending is in no way reflective on their character.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    taking Federal largesse while railing against government spending is in no way reflective on their character.

    examples of reflexive hypocrisy are rather common these days in the human animal. Yes I called you lot, animals! wanna make somefing of it huh?

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1212 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    Very large majorities of Americans support raising taxes on the rich (along with The Economist, Fortune, and other well-known bastions of left-wing thinking.)

    Problem is even larger majorities of Americans define the rich as earning 50% more than themselves.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Hannah, in reply to Angus Robertson,

    Although, pretty much by definition, the large majority of them are right, so that can't really be the problem.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to andin,

    Yes I called you lot, animals! wanna make somefing of it huh?

    GRRRR, woof woof.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4813 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    So, it wasn't a parody after all which I first thought. Nor the preview for the new Walking Dead season. Or maybe it was.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Tim Hannah,

    Although, pretty much by definition, the large majority of them are right, so that can’t really be the problem.

    Yeah, the median American household wage is somewhere between $40 and $60K/year - "the rich", by even the lowest Bush-era-tax-cut-repeal definition, are those earning over $250K/year. Which is something like 1.5% of the population. 80% of households bring in less than $90K/year. If people are in support of taxes on the wealthy because they perceive them to be a very small minority earning very much more than the vast bulk of the population, they're perceiving correctly.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • James Bremner, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Craig, so Obama isn't left of center? As a former community organizer, I think he would take umbrage at that!! As an example, Obama is further left than Helen Clark. Clark, worked hard to get a free trade agreement with China. In contrast there have been 3 free trade agreements (Panama Colombia and South Korea) sitting on Obama's desk for several years, that were even reworked to address some Dem concerns. Obama wont sign them.
    All Obama can do at the moment is talk about tax increase for people who already pay between 50 and 60c on the dollar in tax (35c Fed, 10c State, plus numerous local sales & property taxes etc). That is not very centrist.
    Obama, Pelosi and Reid are all from the more progressive section of the Dem party. Bill Clinton was from the more centrist section of the Dem party. The Dem party of today is very definitely not the party of Bill Clinton, which is a big part of their problem.

    NOLA • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to James Bremner,

    All Obama can do at the moment is talk about tax increase for people who already pay between 50 and 60c on the dollar in tax (35c Fed, 10c State, plus numerous local sales & property taxes etc). That is not very centrist.

    James, I sincerely hope you're not involved in any job requiring an understanding of the tax system, because characterizing anyone in America as paying "between 50 and 60c on the dollar" - which reads as "50 to 60% of their income" - in tax is....disingenuous.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • James Bremner, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Steve,
    No doubt the US has some very real and serious problems that it needs to face, the biggest of which is out of control Govt spending driving trillion dollar plus deficits and debt accumulation as far as the eye can see. Obama's ten year budget's lowest deficit was 800b in year 8 before going back up to over a trillion. Crazy. He made no attempt to even begin to address the budget problems
    Bush added about 1 trillion to annual base line govt expenditure over his 8 years, and yes a chunk, but a minority chunk, of that increase was military spending. Obama has added another trillion to annual baseline spending in only a few years.
    The good news is that the public now has a real appetite to see the kind of spending cuts and reforms to entitlement programs that are required to get things back on a sounder footing.
    Obama is no JFK, as I think many of his most devoted admirers are having to admit to themselves. It is increasingly obvious that rather than some once in a lifetime demi-God, Obama is the most over hyped nothing burger ever to be inflicted on the US political scene. He really is just a former community organizer and a politician with no worthwhile experience or professional or legislative accomplishments whatsoever to his name. As Obama said about himself, "people see in me what they want to see", and a lot of people got very carried away. I quite understand why people voted for Obama, McCain was hardly inspiring, but to think Obama was going to be great, that really took some self delusion.
    The Tea party didn't do Obama in, there is nothing nefarious or underhand or unfair about Obama's on going fall from grace. His spending terrified a populous already unhappy with Bush's spending habits and shell-shocked by the GFC, and his policies such as the stimulus did not produce the results he claimed they would. And no one believes that Obamacare will produce the results he claims it will, in fact people are anticipating paying more for worse healthcare. With this track record, is it not the least bit surprising that Obama is deep in the mire.

    NOLA • Since Nov 2006 • 341 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    How about that weather

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

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