Plato's comment history

Plato said...

Throw these clowns out of office. Give to the campaign of their opponents. Tell all your friends to vote against them. When you go to a public place or business, if you see someone walking around with a visible gun, tell the store manager you are leaving and not coming back until they establish a "no guns allowed policy".

April 13, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.
Plato said...

The issue of voter ID could be resolved for the most part, by requiring photos to be added to a social security card. Every legal US citizen has a social security card. This idea is being floated on Capital Hill right now, but is getting dissed by the usual suspects including Rand Paul.

The Pubs want every voter to have a photo ID but when someone comes up with an easy and efficient way for everyone to get one, they are opposed to it - go figure.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-embrace-adding-photos-to-social-security-cards/2014/04/10/cfffe55a-c0cc-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html?wpmk=MK0000200

April 12, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
Plato said...

Many adults get an annual physical exam, maybe school children should start receiving annual psychiatric exams.

April 11, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.
Plato said...

Congratulations Mr. HENDRIX you win my "Loon Of The Month Award". impressive misuse of the term "Communist" which you obviously have no earthly idea of it's meaning.

But what the hey, I'm sure it makes you feel warm and fuzzy to "get that off your chest" and all your fellow whackos must really be impressed!

April 10, 2014 at 9:35 p.m.
Plato said...

Mr. Ken Harp - your economic theory which is essentially that trickle down economics results in more economic opportunity, is invalided by research performed by The Economic Policy Institute:

"The notion that anyone in America who is willing and able to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” can achieve significant upward mobility is deeply embedded in U.S. society. Conventional wisdom holds that class barriers in the United States are the lowest among the world’s advanced economies. Motivating this belief is the notion that there is a tradeoff between market regulation and mobility; advanced European economies are characterized by higher taxes, greater regulation, more union coverage, universal health care, a more comprehensive social contract, etc. Because some see these policies and institutions as impediments to mobility, mobility is believed to be greater in the United States.

While faith in the American Dream is deep, evidence suggests that the United States lacks policies to ensure the opportunities that the dream envisions."

In reality Spain, France, Sweden, Norway and 8 other industrialized nations have greater socio/economic mobility (ability to move up in economic class) than the good ole USA

http://www.epi.org/publication/usa-lags-peer-countries-mobility/

April 9, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
Plato said...

Our Right Wing Ideologues have come up with a new one: "Climate Scientists, aren't the real experts on climate science"

Steven Colbert' needs to dive into this one :)

April 6, 2014 at 10:13 p.m.
Plato said...

If the "truth in advertising" concept were made to legally apply to campaign and issue ads I would not have too much problem with the billions that are spent, but instead, it's perfectly OK to lie, misquote, us derogatory pictures of the opponent, and purposely mislead and confuse the viewer. The same types of things that would get you thrown in jail if you were selling a health related product or service.

Freedom of speech has it's limits, you can't yell "fire" in a theater. It seems reasonable to me that similar limitation should apply to campaign and issue ads.

April 6, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.
Plato said...

" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left millions of the previously uninsured 47 million Americans still uninsured"

What an egregious lie that statement is. Millions of people have been left uninsured primarily due to bone-headed Republican governors like Haslam that don't want their name associated with anything that Obama is connected with, regardless of how beneficial it would be to their constituents. Beyond that, anyone that is left without coverage is doing so at their own volition choosing to pay a fine rather than obtain coverage even though the government would subsidize a portion of the premiums.

This whole notion that charities are a substitute for a legalized mechanism for folks to access health care, is about the looniest idea yet from the Wingnuts.

BTW Great post Rick - you flat nailed it! :)

April 6, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.
Plato said...

PlainTruth said...

"Plato: 2:20. You poor naive thing."

Naive? Democratic policies include higher tax rates on the super-wealthy, including overturning the "carried interest" rule on Hedgefunds which would cost Soros millions of dollars; pro union policies and support of a minimum wage which would pressure payroll costs, and stronger environmental regulations which effect operating costs on the businesses that these men own.

OTOH Republcian policies of lower taxes on the super-wealthy and corporations, anti-union policies and lax environmental policy would bolster their bottom line.

The difference here is some wealthy donors have a social conscience and support policies that they think benefit the country in general, even if they are detrimental to their own personal net worth, while others care only about the bottom line, and to hell with everything and everybody else.

April 4, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.
Plato said...

PlainTruth said...

"^^^and Soros does much the same for his causes, no?"

No - one huge difference, Soros is not paying for the proliferation of lies for the financial gain for himself. In fact most of the Democrat high rollers like Soros and Warren Buffet are actually acting AGAINST their own financial interest.

April 4, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.
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