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We need a deal on the budget

We need a deal on the budget. It should be the best deal possible, but there needs to be a deal. The economy is getting ready to go to Greek like measures with taxes and spending. That will crush the economic recovery and the poor and middle class will feel the pain more than anyone. When you add to the fact that the debt ceiling is coming down the road, we are in trouble.

We have the Senate and the Presidency. The only reason Obama won is because the other side is shit crazy. Economic times are still weaj. The economy crashing will bring our party down and make 2014 a great year for the GOP. This is a very scarry environment because the insane could come to real power. While changing the inflation rate of SS(for example) sucks, the alternative is much worse.

In sum, Obama should get the best deal he can, but in the end he needs to close a deal.

If it were possible to simply outlaw guns, would you?

Simple question. No 2nd admendment. No problem getting passed congress. If you could simple outlaw guns and make being in possession of a gun a felony, would you?

This would mean any gun held by any private person.

What would your plan be if your child lived and wasn't shot?

I have a newborn, so it is something I have thought about. What would you do? Do you send them back to the school there? How do you talk to them?

Today President Obama deserves a HELL of a lot of credit for the Mental health benefits in ObamaCare

I am not sure if everyone fully grabs how ObamaCare will expand access to mental health. The below link provides some details.


From expanded access to preventative care, the President should get a lot of credit for this. Expanded access is one way to prevent future days like Friday.

The President isn't going to beat the NRA and pass strong gun legislation:What's the other options?

I think it is rather obvious that nothing strong gun legislation that bans types of weapons isn't going to pass. We don't have the house and even if we did, the gun lobby is strong within the Democratic Party.

That said, what's the best plan forward? What alternative could get the votes in Congress. Something has to be done. I am not sure what is possible however.

Beating the NRA: Gun License Requirements , not Gun Control

We really need to try to do something with this shoting. If I were the President I would focus on Gun License Requirements , not Gun Control. These are the reasons why.

1. It works politically. The NRA always says that "the person kills, not the gun. Fine, let's go after the gun. To own a gun you should have psychological exams, background checks, and gun safety. Also, there should be a felony for someone else to use a licensed gun owners guns in a crime. That person should be held liable.

Also, make a yearly requirmdnt that firearm owners to submit to proficiency test, inventory, and mental health checks.

2. This might be more effective then simply banning any type of gun. There are always loop holes, etc

3. It works with laws that the Gun lobby has already pushed for concealed carry.

The gun lobby is strong. They have to be beat.

Winning control of Congress in 2014

The most important thing we can do for this country is work together and win full control of Congress in 2014. This would be seen as a final rejection of Tea party extremism.

There are a few factors that may work agaist us. The first is that the Senate map really favors the GOP in 2014. Moreover, the GOP did rake advantage of winning big in 2010 and gerrymandered many house districts. However, hopefully we will be in better economic times and we have a chance of taking the house and keeping the Senate.

I find this jury decision troubling...

I has a thread on www.thirdway.com. I have never hide the fact that I am a moderate democrat. However, hiding this thread is crushing debate and a free flow of ideas.

At Wed Dec 12, 2012, 10:26 PM, an alert was sent on the following post:

Third Way (www.thirdway.org): What actual positions do you find probamatic?


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Third party advocacy. Read some of this guy's other posts and you'll see his is all over every center right republican position. TOS is checked so this goes to MIRT.


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I think that is pretty clear.
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President Obama is a Republican from the 1930s to 1960s

The spectrum has shifted to the right. By the standards of the 1930s to 1960s, Obama is a center right president. So what? We ain't living in the 1930s and today's political center is today's political center.

I would note that this is only a shift on economics rightward. However, Obama would have made a good moderate Republican in the 1940s, at least economically.

Third Way (www.thirdway.org): What actual positions do you find probamatic?

Another thread clued me into a group I didn't know existed. Third way (http://www.thirdway.org) is a website I have spent part of the day looking at. Many of the policy positions make sense to me.

That said, I would like to better understand the view on the group here. I would like to challenge anyone to go on the site, find a position, and state why you are agaist it. It could be a nice debate and would allow me to better understand the problems with the group.
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