“The most important issue we face today”

This one’s a jawdropper. We have Americans and innocent civilians dying in the streets of Baghdad; we have a resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan; we are facing an overwhelming healthcare crisis; we are choking on our dependence on oil; our jobless recovery is shattering the hopes and dreams of millions of capable Americans; corruption in Bush’s America is approaching Teapot Dome levels; our president is a jackass who’s leading America straight down the toilet; and this – this – is what some in the GOP see as “the most important issue we face today.” Watch the video. Yes, she really says it.

The Discussion: 12 Comments

That’s not the most important issue. It’s flag burning. No, wait….it’s immigration……no, that’s not it either. I know, I know, it’s time to pass a resolution on the sanctity of motherhood….Oh, it’s all too much bother……let’s just go to recess. Whe we come back we can just vote ourselves another raise and some more perks.

Is this proof that representative democracy may not be the best choice for leading nations. Idiots elect idiots. Can you say tyranny of the masses?

September 28, 2006 @ 8:48 pm | Comment

The thing is, though, that it never used to be this way. Sure, politics was always a dirty game. But the advent of these idiotic wedge issues – abortion, flag burning, gay marriage – that’s a recent phenomenon and has been brought to us by our friends in the Republican Party. It was Bush I who played the flag-burning card; that seemed to be the start of a new phase of dirty politics. Willie Horton, too. And it’s been all downhill ever since.

September 28, 2006 @ 9:17 pm | Comment

Her opponent is Angie Paccione, who liveblogged at Firedoglake yesterday. You can make a contribution to Paccione through Act Blue if you’re so inclined.

September 29, 2006 @ 1:29 am | Comment

In my opinion, this is a Civil Rights issue, much like those of the 60’s. Yes, it is something society needs to deal with, but it’s not even a blip on the radar screen of things our government needs to deal with.

Personally, I’d love to see all incumbents from both parties voted out of office in the November elections.

September 29, 2006 @ 6:07 am | Comment

“Jobless recovery”?????

Its a strange jobless recovery that is accompanied by a 4.7% unemployment rate (far below the average in the 1970s, 80s and 90s) which is, according to the OECD, close to full structural employment.

It’s an even stranger jobless recovery that has created more than 2 million new jobs in the last 12 months and an average of 169,000 new jobs per month over the past fiscal year.

And before you reply with the “McJobs” canard, check the Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, which show that assertion to be misguided.

September 29, 2006 @ 8:21 am | Comment

Okay Ming, you’re right, there are lots of excellent jobs. Everyone who wants an excellent job now has one. Michigan is a great example of the excellent jobs. Under Bush, the number of excellent jobs soared. That’s why he scores such high marks with the poor and the unemployed.

I’m not relegating you to troll status yet, Ming. A troll takes a small point, a point that is not central to the topic, and uses it to hjijack threads and get everyone off-topic. I’ve now seen you do this twice. I’ll give you a chance because I’m a fair-minded person and you haven’t flooded the comments the way serious trolls do. Now tell us your thoughts on gay marriage and whether it’s the defining issue of our age.

September 29, 2006 @ 8:38 am | Comment

It’s our lovable troll again:


September 29, 2006 @ 9:32 am | Comment

Richard, I think you need to enlist the help of Other Lisa and a few others to help guard against your troll.

September 29, 2006 @ 9:41 am | Comment

To be fair, Ming is not the troll who jjust dropped 8 comments on theboard in five minutes, each being a huge cut/paste from Wikipedia on Tiananmen Square. Now that’s a troll. Ming is warned and I’m giving him a chance to show he’s not a troll. If he just wants to come here to distract from the point of the thread, he’s not welcome. If he wants to engage, whether in agreement of disagreement, he’s welcome. Right now I am giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Now, back to deleting the deluge that the real troll is dropping on my site. His IP today is

September 29, 2006 @ 9:55 am | Comment

Note to the troll: you’re really making a brilliant point, and you and your friend are sure to garner lots of support and admiration for your maturity.

Richard (after deleting an encyclopedia-length troll post)

September 29, 2006 @ 10:00 am | Comment

Looks like he is playing on your patience, Richard.

September 29, 2006 @ 10:04 am | Comment

Yeah. Unfortunately I can’t be by the computer every minute. I’m going to have to enlist some help for when I’m out of the country next week.

September 29, 2006 @ 10:59 am | Comment

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