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Al Franken Announces that he will run for Senate seat in Minnesota

Here's the video of his announcement from his site.

His focus? The government's job is to take away everyone's insecurities about life so we have no fear or uncertainty about the future.

Last year I traveled all over the state of Minnesota on behalf of Tim and other Democrats: from Waseca and Wabasha up to Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes, over to Bemidji and the Iron Range, from Duluth down to Albert Lea, I was in Hastings and all over the metro, up in St. Cloud a few times, eating a lot of beans and buns and burgers and maybe a few too many Dairy Queens along the way. But most importantly, I talked to Minnesotans and listened.


They told me that they're sick of politics as usual--and they're sick of the usual politicians.

And I'll tell you what else they told me. It's different now than it was for me and Franni. When Franni's sisters were using them to go to college, Pell Grants paid for 90% of a college education. Today, they pay for 40%. And President Bush, with the help of his Republican allies in Congress, have even tried to privatize Social Security. You should have heard Franni when they tried to do that.

It's different for middle-class families, too. These families are being squeezed harder and harder every year. Maybe you know what it's like to be one health crisis away from bankruptcy. Maybe you, or your parents or grandparents, can't afford prescriptions. Maybe you have kids, and you're worried about paying for their college. Maybe someone you love is in Iraq, and you don't know how long they'll have to stay there, or what will happen when they come home.

Middle-class families today struggle with that feeling of insecurity--the sense that things can fall apart without notice, outside of your control.

Your government should have your back. That should be our mission in Washington, the one FDR gave us during another challenging time: freedom from fear.

How does the US government protect everyone from fear? That sounds like code for the creation of a Nanny-state.

Update: Al is pretty sedate in his video and is even sympathetic as the discusses how his wife's family struggled after the death of her father. But, I wonder how long it will be before hot-headed Al returns. Let's not forget how out of control and angry he can get.


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His focus? The governmen... (Below threshold)
Brian:

His focus? The government's job is to take away everyone's insecurities about life so we have no fear or uncertainty about the future.

From your excerpt, looks to me like his focus is affordable college and healthcare. Tomato, tom-ah-to.

So its OK for him to steal ... (Below threshold)
Gloria Wise:

So its OK for him to steal money from a Boys Club, but its not OK for anyone 55 or younger to have some say in how their SS dollars are spent?

This clown has got to be one of the most embarrassing useless turds out there. Wouldnt surprise me if he replaces Dean as head of DNC.

Interesting you talk about ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Interesting you talk about fear Lorie - this site does whatever possible to induce it. Every fifth post certainly could be entitled "Boo!"

He's a smart, capable man who will make CSPAN watchable. And just for that he should have everyones support.

jp2, your post tells me wha... (Below threshold)
tom c:

jp2, your post tells me what an unserious person you are. This is for US senator, not the assistant director of parks and recreation in Ely, Minnisota.

Kim,Your quote abo... (Below threshold)
John:

Kim,

Your quote about his focus was a complete misreprsentaton of his speech, and your excerpt. It's a strawman you set up, so you can knock it down.

How does a government "have your back"? Well, how about knowing that your food and water and air are safe. How about knowing you can afford to send your kids to school. How about knowing that if the worst happened to you, you'd have a security net that would help catch you. How about knowing that your retirement is secure. Or that your government has a sane foreign policy.

It's not a nanny state. It's the successful policies of FDR that gave us the golden age of the middle class in America and the economic success that we now enjoy.

A personal story if you will... Back in college I had a friend named Kim, who was finishing her Junior year. She was a Young Republican, and a student organizer for that group, and had just helped Ronald Reagan win his presidential bid.

One day she calls a couple of us over to her dorm to say goodby. She told us quite a bit about all the hard work she'd done on the campaign, organizing rallys and students, etc, etc. She was now rather pissed, as Reagan had made unfavorable changes to the grant and loan programs that made it possible for her to attend university. Basicaly, her funding had been cut, and she was not able to re-enrole, or continue her education in the fall, and was going home at the end of the semester in a couple weeks.

That's tough when you have 3 years. Nobody want's that many transfer credits, and the local junior college can't take you past 2 years anyway.

Sad story, but she was pretty much screwed by the policies that she had spent so much time advocating.

That's the fear and uncertanty we need to fight. Education in a democracy must be cheap and readily available to every citizen in order for them to prepare themselves to do their civic duty.

Franken will whoop Coleman ... (Below threshold)
jaku:

Franken will whoop Coleman without much effort.

And whatever will upset Dildo O Reilly is also a plus.

Just another example of Kim... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

Just another example of Kim's "Drunk with Hatred" over the '06 election drudging of the Republic Party.

Is this Fraklen character r... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Is this Fraklen character really as unhinged as he appears to be? Quite spooky. The kind of guy that would give small children bad dreams.

Don't you know, Nikkolai...... (Below threshold)
John:

Don't you know, Nikkolai...? Which of his books have you read? Have you spent much time listening to his show on Air America?

Or are you just babbling about something you really know nothing about?

How does the US governme... (Below threshold)
mantis:

How does the US government protect everyone from fear?

Don't you know? We fight them there instead of here.

Oh, and we ship innocent software engineers off to be tortured in Syria.

jp2 wrote: "He's a smart, c... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

jp2 wrote: "He's a smart, capable man who will make CSPAN watchable."

But tomc responds to jp2 with: "This is for US senator, not the assistant director of parks and recreation in Ely, Minnisota."

That about sums-up the difference between the left and the right. The left promotes capable/smart person to be our leads. The right thinks that capable/smart persons should be marginalized (see global warming, evolution, Iraq...).

Al Franken is a loudmouthed... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Al Franken is a loudmouthed idiot who is totally out of touch with reality.

"How does a government "... (Below threshold)
pgg:

"How does a government "have your back"? Well, how about knowing that your food and water and air are safe."

John, you should have quit right here.

How about knowing you can afford to send your kids to school.

How about spending less than you make, so you can pay your own bills instead of taxing me to pay for your lack of planning?

How about knowing that if the worst happened to you, you'd have a security net that would help catch you.

How about saving some money, and taking responsibility for your own problems instead of TAXING ME TO PAY FOR YOUR LACK OF PLANNING? If you are already thinking that the government should take care of you if the worst happened, then you should already be aware that the worst can happen, and YOU should be prepared for that, instead of expecting ME to pay.

How about knowing that your retirement is secure.

How about funding your own retirement, perhaps at a higher rate of return than the pathetic 2% or so promised by the fabulous Social Security system that you and Al Franken are so bent on protecting? Again, why must you insist on TAXING ME TO PAY FOR YOUR APPARENTLY BOTTOMLESS STUPIDITY?

Or that your government has a sane foreign policy."

Vote.

And learn to exercise a lot more personal responsibility for your life.

The people in your little echo chamber who tell you you shouldn't have manage your own life without the government to back you up are also telling you that you CAN'T manage your own life without the government to back you up.

That's only true to the extent that YOU give up your control. And you can't blame anyone but yourself for believing that lie.

That's a universal truth. You can't cheat an honest man.

BarneyG2000,The "c... (Below threshold)
John:

BarneyG2000,

The "conservative" argument as it was put to me, is;

Government does not work

Then the right wing hires incompetent people for important tasks.

Then government fails.

Repeat steps one through three. This is a self reinforcing argument.

WE (progressives) expect better things, smarter people, more accountability. Government does in fact work when it's staffed and funded as appropriate.

How about knowing you ca... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

How about knowing you can afford to send your kids to school. How about knowing that if the worst happened to you, you'd have a security net that would help catch you. How about knowing that your retirement is secure.

Everything you noted above can and should be taken care of by yourself, without the help of the government.

It's not a nanny state.

If you want the government to provide the things you listed above, then a nanny state is what you're looking for.

Al Franken is a loudmout... (Below threshold)
jaku:

Al Franken is a loudmouthed idiot who is totally out of touch with reality.

And he still will whoop Smilin' Norms capped pearly whites right off his used car salesman mug. If freaking George Galloway can rip ol Normie a new one from the witness bench it shows Norm can only bring a stick to a knife fight.

I hope the GOP decides to waste 10-20 million dollars on MN races for Senate. Just like if they try and run someone against Kerry in MA, they'll lose millions just trying to save face.

Anyone remember Jeannie Pirro?

Which Senator would you rat... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Which Senator would you rather have as a talking head for the next 4 years? A lawyer or a commedian? A Bushbot or a tightly-wound and unpredictable populist? Me too! Coleman's toast...nikkolai: BOOOOO!

John,First, why is... (Below threshold)
merc:

John,

First, why is it the government's job to 'make sure' food and water are safe? Did we not have safe food and water before the FDA? There is an implicit economic incentive for companies that sell food and beverages to make sure they're safe. If they aren't, then it's bankruptcy time. Government isn't necessary when it comes to product quality, they've just managed to convince enough people that it is.

Second, about school being affordable: why is that the government's job? Are there not choices? There are plenty of options when it comes to higher education. My parents couldn't afford to send me to college so I worked my through with a little help from academic scholarships that I earned and loans that I qualified for. Managed to pay for four years of Baylor, too. Not exactly a cheap school. If I can do it, so can anyone else. It's about work ethic in more cases than not.

Which brings me to your friend. What? She couldn't work her way through school?

Third, why is it the government's responsibility to take care of you if bad things happen? What about family? Charity? Church? How, oh how did anyone ever make it before through life before government showed up with a 'safety net,' I wonder...

Fourth, concerning retirement. Why is that the government's responsibility? It's your retirement. Maybe you should take responsibility concerning how secure it is.

Fifth, concerning the US having a 'sane' foreign policy. What's insane about the current foreign policy? What's your 'sane' option? Or is it your habit to call political issues you disagree with 'insane?'

Sixth, how is all of the above that you desire not the institution of a nanny state? 'Don't worry about anything, government will take care of you.' It seems to me that Mr. Franken and his ilk desire nothing less than the willful giving up by the populace to the government of our desire and ability to take care of ourselves.

Lastly, while FDR was a brilliant politician and made politically savvy decisions, economically, he was a disaster. Nothing FDR did gave us a 'golden age of the middle class' or 'economic success' of any kind. Keynesian policies hinder our economic potential.

We have solid private property laws and regulations and a generally reputable legal system. That's as far as government needs to go. The federal government needs to do more to get out of our way, not obstruct us even further than they do already.

WE (progressives) expect... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

WE (progressives) expect better things, smarter people, more accountability.

And less personal responsibility.

Government does in fact work when it's staffed and funded as appropriate.

In what respect does it "work"? And who decides what is appropriate?

"How does the US government... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"How does the US government protect everyone from fear?"

Maybe he'll launch a "War on Fear". It should be just as easy to fight as a "War on Terror".

Oh goodie. I can't wait ti... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Oh goodie. I can't wait till the video of Al Franken leaping on top of a man who was practicing his patriotic "dissent" (as libs love to tell us it is) at one of the Kerry events in 2004. Yes Al Franken tackles this guy to the ground and generally acts like a rabid dog.

Oh yeah, baby. Very senatorial behavior. Can't wait. :)

How about spending less ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

How about spending less than you make, so you can pay your own bills instead of taxing me to pay for your lack of planning?

Right, because the inability of the children of low-wage workers to attend college is all due to a lack of planning.

How about knowing that if the worst happened to you, you'd have a security net that would help catch you.

Right, because the inability of low-wage workers to make it through a catastrophic illness without declaring bankruptcy and still being able to care for their families (including sending their children to college) is all due to a lack of planning.

Listened to Franken a few t... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Listened to Franken a few times on Airhead America--painful at best. My mother (a lib) has the Rush Limbaugh is a big fat poopyhead book, written by this cretin. And I read a few pages. Again, painful at best. Dude's IQ cannot possibly hit triple digits. Unhinged, untalented freak. But MN just elected Keith Ellison, so this guy will probably win.

Coleman, a serious man, an ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Coleman, a serious man, an incumbant with a 55% approval
rating. Al Franken, a unfunny comedian, a loud-mouth bore with no credentials to be a Senator.

Coleman is going to cream him,but then again Al may not win
Dimo primary, so Coleman will cream whoever the Dimo's nominate.

First, why is it the gov... (Below threshold)
Brian:

First, why is it the government's job to 'make sure' food and water are safe? Did we not have safe food and water before the FDA?

Not so much.

Food processing in the late-19th and early-20th centuries involved a great deal of deception. Chemicals were used to heighten color, modify flavor, soften texture, and delay spoilage, according to FDA. Jars labeled strawberry jam often contained no strawberries, only glucose, red food coloring, grass seed, and gelatin. Jars of honey were sometimes diluted with glucose. Rotten eggs were deodorized, rancid butter was revived. "Soothing syrups" for babies were often laced with morphine. "Olive oil" was sometimes made with cottonseed.

...

The 1906 law prohibited the sale of filthy or decomposed food and the addition of ingredients, such as sawdust, that would substitute for food or pose a health hazard. Food or drug labels had to list alcohol, heroin, morphine, and cocaine if they were present.

nikkolai - you are n... (Below threshold)
Michael:


nikkolai - you are not to smart are you?:
"But MN just elected Keith Ellison, so this guy will probably win."

Minnesota did not elect Ellison, a strong Dimo district did.
That district that is not representive of the state. Do you understand our system of government?

Coleman is going to be re-elected easily.

Michael--I certainly hope y... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Michael--I certainly hope you are right. Did you not read my thoughts on that freak Franken? I live in Texas, and can barely keep up with ass clowns down here.

You're absolutely right, Br... (Below threshold)
pgg:

You're absolutely right, Brian.

It's not completely due to a lack of planning that low-wage workers may not be able to weather such disasters.

There's also an element of laziness and complete lack of ambition to learn a new skill that keeps low-wage workers in low wage jobs.

A sense of entitlement that tells them that by going deeply into debt, they can cry poverty while surfing the internet, driving a new car, and watching American Idol on a 60 inch HDTV.

A fundamental stupidity that stems from the "nanny state" telling low-wage workers that they will never have to solve a problem.

Because like-thinking people like you will always be there with the power of the IRS to TAX PEOPLE LIKE ME - who are not stupid, who do have ambition, who do not feel a sense of entitlement to things we cannot pay for, who do not lack a plan for success, and who work very hard to make that plan a reality - TO PAY FOR YOUR (AND THEIR) LACK OF PLANNING, GROSS STUPIDITY, AND 40 YEAR SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT.

There's a lot more to it.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Here's a basic clue for you - people who want to get rich can tell you how their mutual funds are performing, but they can't tell you who got kicked off the island.

Brian,You're missi... (Below threshold)
merc:

Brian,

You're missing my point. I probably didn't communicate it very effectively. I was stating that regulatory agencies such as the FDA aren't necessary.

Passing a law making unsavory behavior illegal is one thing. Creating a new federal bureaucracy is another issue entirely.

The economic point still stands. It's in a business's best interest to produce safe products.

Why is it that when someone... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Why is it that when someone posts here, some people have to immediately resort to insults and slurs? nikkolai, kudos for a civil reply.

Brian,First, the i... (Below threshold)
merc:

Brian,

First, the inability of any child of low-income parents to attend college rests upon a number of factors. The most important of which is that child's work ethic and drive.

Second, catastrophic illnesses are unfortunate. Life isn't fair. But you have no right to get the government to take my money to pay for your problems. There are numerous charities in existence that can help out in unfortunate situations. If I choose to give my money freely to charity, that's one thing. If the federal government wants to use the force of law to take my money and give it to someone else, that's simply legalized robbery.

Mike--Thanks for your comme... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Mike--Thanks for your comment. And I agree. But sometimes the troll infestation takes its toll.

people who want to get r... (Below threshold)
Brian:

people who want to get rich can tell you how their mutual funds are performing, but they can't tell you who got kicked off the island.

I can tell you both.

My mutual funds are having ... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

My mutual funds are having another stellar year, but you'll have to ask the wife about that island thing. I just watch sports, news and some Seinfeld re-runs.

First, the inability of ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

First, the inability of any child of low-income parents to attend college rests upon a number of factors. The most important of which is that child's work ethic and drive.

I agree. But since it's in the best interest of the country to have a highly educated population, it's a reasonable place for the government to assist kids who have the ethic and drive, but not the money.

But you have no right to get the government to take my money to pay for your problems.

Again, it's in the best interest of the country, and its long-term financial interest, to have healthy people. This doesn't mean handouts to those who don't deserve it. I'm sure you can find many studies about how spending $100 on someone's healthcare now saves $1000 of public money later.

If the federal government wants to use the force of law to take my money and give it to someone else, that's simply legalized robbery.

No, that's simply taxes. Or can I also oppose the government taking my money and giving billions in credits to the oil companies?

pgg...or is it pig?<p... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

pgg...or is it pig?

"How about spending less than you make, so you can pay your own bills instead of taxing me to pay for your lack of planning?"

When the MW is $7.25? or when the median income for a family of 4 is $40K? or when Pigs like you want to hawg the presidential suite at a standard room rate?

You pay for what you get in a stable safe, risk-free society. If you want it all, go live in a community of just you & your loved ones & see how far you will get...even if you get to keep it all.

Build your own roads, build your own nuclear and military defense, raise your own army and keep the rest.

Oink! Oink!

merc"First, why is... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

merc

"First, why is it the government's job to 'make sure' food and water are safe? Did we not have safe food and water before the FDA?"

So, merc, you porcine, you'd like to go back to the days of the robber barons when they used ground bones for coconut in food products? Yes, where is good ole "caveat emptor" when anyone could make a buck on the public gullibility or, even better, ignorance?

Another free-market laissez-faire porker!

nikkoliere: Franke... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

nikkolie

re: Franken

"Dude's IQ cannot possibly hit triple digits. Unhinged, untalented freak. But MN just elected Keith Ellison, so this guy will probably win."

Dude, if you dropped your underwear to help count your IQ, it wouldn't exceed 8...if you have 2 testicles.

nikkolie"I live in... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

nikkolie

"I live in Texas, and can barely keep up with ass clowns down here."

That must explain it; your drinking water is contaminated w/ the sewage from Crawford TX. Have another glass of water.

Hey Franken can be the new ... (Below threshold)

Hey Franken can be the new Poster Boy for the Left's DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH.

Another free-market lais... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Another free-market laissez-faire porker!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

No, Puke Boy,If yo... (Below threshold)
pgg:

No, Puke Boy,

If you're making $7.25/hr, or if you're trying to manage a family of 4 on 40K, try this -

1. WORK HARD so you can move into higher paying jobs.

2. Stop surfing the web and get another job. I have 3 of them, and 4 in the summer.

3. Drop the cable TV and read a book that might teach you a new skill. People who can code and maintain websites like this one get paid big bucks because they...

4. learn a new concept and apply it in a, yes, as much as you can't stand it, FREE MARKET. Find a skill that people need and you'll never want for money.

Unfortunately for you and your bedwetting fellow travelers, sitting in Starbucks nursing one latte for 14 hours, bogarting the wi-fi and complaining about how tough you have it doesn't pay so well.

It's not a skill that's in demand. That's a buyer's market if there ever was one.

By the way, I'm not rich. I'm getting there.

You wanna know how? I don't spend more than I make. I don't take vacations I can't pay for. I drive a 15 year old car with no payment. I don't stay in hotels, much less the presidential suite, so I don't even pay the standard room rate.

Here's how you get rich. The guy retired at age 54 with an annual income of $32000, lived off his accumulated wealth for 18 more years, and still left an estate of almost $700,000 to charity.

It's a very simple recipe - income, discipline and time.

You want to be rich? Quit bitching about the life you think I lead and do it for yourself. Because I'm not asking you, or anyone else, to do it for me.

You want to be rich? Qui... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

You want to be rich? Quit bitching about the life you think I lead and do it for yourself. Because I'm not asking you, or anyone else, to do it for me.

Be carefull, pgg, or it will pull out the thesaurus on you. Assuming he can put down the Mountain Dew and close the porn window on its desktop fast enough.

Consider yourself honoured if it starts calling you "slattern"--you'll have made the big league.

Wavemaker, that's what I wa... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Wavemaker, that's what I was talking about. There is video out there of Al Franken wrestling a "patriotic dissenter" to the ground like a rabid dog. That should finish him off.

If not, there is video out there of him making a speech dropping the F bomb a few times.

Adios Al.

James,Thanks for t... (Below threshold)
pgg:

James,

Thanks for the heads up! You'll excuse me if I don't get too worked up over what some slobbering internet troll thinks of me.

And I'm not referring to you.

I have better things to do than worry about that.

Here's how you get rich.... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Here's how you get rich. The guy retired at age 54 with an annual income of $32000, lived off his accumulated wealth for 18 more years, and still left an estate of almost $700,000 to charity.

Good role model. An old hermit who died with no family. Try raising a family of four like that, and having a life.

He's just not stable. It w... (Below threshold)

He's just not stable. It will be easy to tweak him, and he will eventually become unhinged, as he has so many times before. And the result will be the same as when lunatic Geoff Fieger ran for Michigan governor against Engler. Fieger got crushed like an aluminum can under a tank.

ppgYou make assump... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

ppg

You make assumptions that do not apply. I am quite well off, having no need to work. What I was speaking of is from observation of the way most people I know have to live...and before you make any aspersions in regard to the kind of axquaintances I have, I can assure you that most are solidly middle class and most are just a step from economic chaos.

The reference to pres. suite rooms at standard rate was not a comment about what kind of hotel room you use. Rather it was in regard to people who sit at the top of the pyramid, think they should pay little or no tax and also think that they are self-made w/ others wanting to take what they have earned.

My point was simoply; go to an island w/ only those close to you and, on your own, create a life of your own making that comes anywhere near what you enjoy in a society like we have here. No matter what grand skills and developed talent, education, self-striving etc., you could not duplicate a fraction of what you have access to in America.

That you live in the Am. socirtyand enjoy what you have, comes only because we have a stable society where you can accumulate whatever you have. There's a price for that stability, especially for those of the top 10% who own 70% of the wealth in this country, just as one pays the price for the presidential suite.

People like you want the suite at the basic rack rate and you think that everyone can climb to the top of the pyramid and participate in the wealth of this society on some sort of equal access, if only they would get off their lazy ass.

In just one regard, the ability to pay to get a college educatiuon is virtually disappearing for the Middle Class, apart from becoming a vasiation of an indentured servant. And forget college for lower income classes, except for athletics.

aR:You make ass... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

aR:

You make assumptions that do not apply.

Learned from the master, I guess. Pot/Kettle/Black, Mr Slattern.

But you're wrong. <p... (Below threshold)
pgg:

But you're wrong.

I, and people who believe as I do, don't believe I should have to "pay little or no tax," as you say.

I enjoy the same fire departments as you do, the same police forces, the same public roadways, the same national parks, and the same ranges of - make careful note of the next word - necessary social services. And for these I am more than happy to pay my fair share of tax to fund.

But, when the left portion of the government tells me that my income must be taxed to pay for the education, the retirement or the medical expenses of another who could have made the choices I have made to reduce my lifestyle, to spend less than I make, to work extra jobs, to do without a fancy car, to not borrow money, and to teach my children to do the same, but has chosen not to do so, then I have a problem.

Among the legitimate functions of government are provision for the common defense, promotion of the general welfare and securing of the blessings of liberty.

That means roads and parks, a standing military, police forces and fire departments.

Free college education, free retirement and free medical care are not rights. To tax me for the purpose of funding another's lack of planning, lack of ambition, lack of desire and foolish decision making is simply an extension and an endorsement of that same foolishness on the part of the government.

One of our inalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness.

It is not happiness. We have the right to pursue it, and the freedom to succeed or fail.

In the end, everyone gets what they settle for.

And it never has been, and God willing never shall be, the function of government to provide success to anyone.

Another simple fact of life - there is no level of income that cannot be outspent. If a family of 4 can't get buy on $40K per year, you can sleep well tonight in the knowledge that they will find a way to not get by on $55K. Or $80K. Or millions. I pointed at Herb Linneweh earlier, and I can point to Mike Tyson now.

Google kicked up a lot of stories of lottery winners who see huge money disappear like smoke in the wind.

The difference comes not when a failure earns more money, but when he decides he's tired of being a failure.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Do you ever wonder why so much of Katrina aid money was wasted, and why so much foreign aid money finds it's way into the pockets and Swiss bank accounts and palaces and art collections of tinpot third-world dictators?

The answer is simple - it wasn't help. It was just money.

People who don't earn enough money don't need more money. They need to learn how to earn more money for themselves, and how to keep it, and how to make it work for them.

It's been said by men of wisdom, "Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever."

The modern equivalent is this, "Give a man a dollar, and tomorrow he'll need another. Teach him how to earn a dollar, and he'll never have to ask you again."

I'm not a guy who gives out fish. I give fishing lessons.

It's a win-win deal, and the return on investment is a lot better.

In just one regard, the ... (Below threshold)
Rovin:

In just one regard, the ability to pay to get a college educatiuon is virtually disappearing for the Middle Class,

Would that mean that the middle class actually has a chance in this society not to be filled with the garbage spewing from our "institutions" of higher learning?

There is hope.......

Damn "pukeface" pgg's foot ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Damn "pukeface" pgg's foot must have went up your ass further then I thought! You just made a post without a smut word in it!!!!!!! (opps found one-ass). Still that a 1st for you. Hurts when the truth hits home don't it. Goods post there pgg-wish I could express my feeling that way. I worked 40 years for the same company. Been retired 10 years now. Highest years pay I ever-made was $38,000 but I own my own home-2 pickups-2 cars (one I bought new in 1956-worth about $25,000 now)-raised 3 kids all doing well. So you CAN make it if you want to work.
As to Stewart Smalley, I guess if he wins , his sec. would be Jeane Godawful - LOL.
(keep up the good work there puke)

Damn, jhow666, when you lin... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Damn, jhow666, when you link more than two sentences together, you sound almost human.

I cannot discount Franken's... (Below threshold)

I cannot discount Franken's chances in Minnesota, recalling the state elected a professional wrestler twice.

While he would be the first professional comedian in the Senate, with several dozen jokes already serving in the body, he'd feel right at home.

Of course, all this assumes... (Below threshold)

Of course, all this assumes that Al makes it through the primaries. What, are all the other Democrats going to just stand down and let Franken assume the nomination without opposition?

Wow, Franken really is an i... (Below threshold)
CharlieDontSurf:

Wow, Franken really is an idiot of the first magnitude. After suffering the long "bleed-out" of Air America, Franken concludes that the lack of support for his show, from his own side of the isle!, will somehow translate into victory in a Senate run!?! A stunning example of liberal hubris.

Brian,I agree. ... (Below threshold)
merc:

Brian,

I agree. But since it's in the best interest of the country to have a highly educated population, it's a reasonable place for the government to assist kids who have the ethic and drive, but not the money.

I disagree. Banks have a profit incentive to grant loans to students who are highly likely to obtain a bachelor's degree in a reasonable amoount of time. Charities and universities as well as businesses and not-for-profits all have PR incentives to provide community service and academic scholarships to help with funding. Also, there's the good old fashioned method of working for you college education. Combine them all, like I did, and it's not that difficult to get your degree.

Again, it's in the best interest of the country, and its long-term financial interest, to have healthy people. This doesn't mean handouts to those who don't deserve it. I'm sure you can find many studies about how spending $100 on someone's healthcare now saves $1000 of public money later.

When government gets involved in healthcare, the trend is lower quality of service, and less quantity of available doctors to provide services. See Canada and Europe. Those with money in Canada and Europe fly here to get their healthcare. They don't have to wait on ridiculously long waiting lists and the quality is far superior. And that's with our healthcare industry as imperfect as it is. If government got completely out of the way, costs would plummet.

No, that's simply taxes. Or can I also oppose the government taking my money and giving billions in credits to the oil companies?

I disagree with your statement that taxes are basically meant to take money from Joe to give to Tom. That should not be the purpose. As for providing subsidies to businesses, that's not the purpose of taxes either. I'm all for eliminating all federal subsidies and tariffs.

So, merc, you porcine, y... (Below threshold)
merc:

So, merc, you porcine, you'd like to go back to the days of the robber barons when they used ground bones for coconut in food products? Yes, where is good ole "caveat emptor" when anyone could make a buck on the public gullibility or, even better, ignorance?

Another free-market laissez-faire porker!

Free market economics has nothing to do with pork barrel spending. I would love it if earmarks were completely eliminated. I'm sure taxpayers would appreciate having their money back instead of sent hither, thither and yon for ridiculous projects like the Alaskan 'bridge to nowhere,' as well.

As for your robber baron comment, laws are in place that make such behavior illegal. All we need to do is enforce the laws. We don't need umpteen regulatory agencies telling us what we should and should not do concerning every little thing.




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