Something old is new again?

Today we call it "cronyism" or "crony-capitalism" [crony it is, capitalism it ain't].  In times past it was known as the spoils system.  In 1832, Senator William L. Marcy (D NY) said of this system he found "nothing wrong in the rule, that to the...

Does our "compassion" kill the spirit?

The following article was found in the "American Thinker" a few days ago.  In main I agree with the points made and argued them not as forcefully with one of the participants here.  I agree that we should give hands up but not entitled handouts. ...

An Abstract of an Argument

1st let me define argument for the sake of this as a defensible position in a debate & not a nasty shouting match outside the local beer joint. 1st you are either assigned a position or pick it up. Well the assignation takes care of what...

Selling infrastructure to foreign interests?

On Tuesday, Junior Senator Kirk, Rep. Ill, announced he would sponsoring legislation to make public-private partnerships possible in regards to our infra-structure.  This possibility would allow about $100 billion for infrastructure projects...

Wall Street Protests

There are currently protests going on, on Wall Street. My concern for this is the lack of coverage from the mainstream media. The only coverage I see is on Twitter! Who is protesting? What are their principle ideas? Why the lack of...

Introducing the new referee

As Mike is out camping this weekend, he asked me to announce to the group the new referee.  This person will join Mike and myself in making sure we adhere to the "Marquis of Queensbury" rules of debating.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you kshnbeau. ...

The Job-creators

"Corporations are people too." Mitt Dumbly The top ten corporations, showing the highest net worth and profit growth over the last five years at 26% or higher, have all laid off tens of thousands of people. As the profits steadily rose, the numbers...

What If?

What  if it were a perfect world for the republicans? What if we woke up one day and we had the perfect capitalistic society that the republicans want? No taxes for anyone, no regulations. What would it be like? Government would be...

John Boehner's Budget Plan

I originally published this article on Associated Content under the pen name John Mario. ** John Boehner gave his jobs speech this morning. He is an excellent speaker. We'll start with an overview of his speech. Boehner stated some of the...

What is With the Lying Right Wing?

Over the past 24 hours, I have been in some interesting "debates" (as in, I am bringing facts to their rumors and lack of facts) with that Las Vegas guy as well as fb. These guys believe ANYTHING that supports their hatred of Obama. My God! It is...

Preview of unintended Consequences

While obesity can be and is a problem for some.  The obsession that schools and our government is evidencing just might have an entirely unintended consequence.  Schools (not all do all of these) have started weekly weigh ins, sending overweight and...

EYE ON THE PRIZE

I know mnicholson2 has let everyone know that I have decided to to be an admistrator on debatingpolitics anymore.  I do want everyone to know it has nothing to do with the past ugliness that has occurred here on thoughts lately.  It has nothing to do...

Rule #5: Ridicule is mans most potent weapon

Ridicule: n. language or behavior intended to humiliate or mock; derision; vb (tr) to make fun of, mock, or deride Description of Appeal to Ridicule: the Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an...

One Top CEO's Thoughts On Gettiing The Economy Moving

I watched the below interview on CBS Nightly News last night and was greatly impressed with Mr. Oberhelman's honesty in his replies to Scott's questions. CBS Nightly News is going to have a CEO of our largest employers/companies on each night this...

Liberal's please 'splain how this will work?

One of the big things in our President's bill, is the cut to the payroll taxes. Yippee! Yay! Yahoo! The Democrats are beating up the Republicans over wanting to reform Social Security as it is practiced today. Well, the payroll taxes are the...

It's a matter of perspective

One of the criticisms leveled at Christians when they oppose redistributionist government policies is that they don't care for the poor.  Nothing in most cases could be farther from the truth.  Then the redistributionists point to the first community...

Maxim of War!

No army can win a war when it has lost the support of the population behind it. The only "war" America has been involved in that was a loss was a military success but was lost because the will of the American people was withdrawn, Viet Nam. The...

Tolerance, Unity & Understanding

Today, as I watched off an on all the documentaries of the 9/11 disater I could not help but remember how on that day and many days to follow we all came together to help our fellow man. It did not matter if he was White, Black, Indian, Italian,...