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Comment Re: Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 3, Informative) 626

Yes, you can say that, but it doesn't matter what you, or me, or anyone else here who isn't on the SCOTUS think. The Supreme Court of the United States is the ultimate arbiter of what is and what is not constitutional. Once they say it is, it is, until they come back later and say it isn't. This is part of the basis for the debate between the strict constitution types and the living document types.

Comment Re: Trade union fighting for survival (Score 1) 723

They won't suddenly become lazy. They already are lazy, but the fear of starving and freezing to death keep them at work. I can keep my current lifestyle and quit my job if you give me something like this + free healthcare. And I would. And so would a lot of people. It won't be everyone, but it will be a significant number. It will be people like me who have a decent income but don't spend it all every month and so have a decent source of investment income and a modest lifestyle - a philosophy that has me on track to very early retirement. It will also be people like my cousin who will not work at all and become surf (ski, skydive, mountain bike) bums.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

I was just citing an example of something that is a bad promise. Closing GitMo in the first year of someone's Presidency is also a promise that was made very clearly. It was not done. Did he have the authority to do so? I believe that he did. It was a military base and military prisoners and he was the guy in charge of the military. Could he have moved them to the US and kept them in jail? I have my doubts. So that is one where at the very least he was being naive (btw: most of us familiar with the subject knew it wouldn't happen). But when up for his second term, very few people seemed to care.

Just to be clear. I'm not suggesting people should never say they will do something that requires cooperation. Going back to the OP the point is that if I say I am going to do something, and fail to do it because people were actively working against it, that's still a failure. It is still a hit to credibility. If I didn't understand what was required to get it done or if I knew but didn't get it locked down before talking that's all on me.

"Read my lips, no new taxes" is a good one. It is something that wasn't 100% in his power but he could have vetoed the bill and claimed the high ground (even if it were to get overridden). But he signed the tax increase (to get something else he wanted) and therefore failed and was held to account.

Comment Re:Where the fuck is the problem? (Score 1) 532

In my old neck of the woods your argument came up over and over. The response was that it was unhealthy for the employees. Then the arguments went thus.... "Unsafe work environment." "They don't have to work there, they can go somewhere else." "That's easy for you to say, finding a job isn't always so simple." "They know full well that it is a smoking establishment when they hire on." "The same could be said for any work place hazard, but we still regulate." And on and on and on...

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

We aren't talking about stuff like "I promise to hold a parade on the third Thursday after I'm in power" which is then cancelled because of an earthquake. They are promising things that they are BY LAW prohibited from doing unilaterally; things that require power not granted to them by the Constitution. If the President can issue a legal executive order and make it happen, that is a legit promise. If it is something the President can order as Commander in Chief of the armed forces, that is a legit promise. If it is something the President can do in terms of setting foreign policy, that is legit. Pardons and clemency are, of course, legit.

If someone running said "we are going to build something really big and stupid and which will not go very far towards accomplishing what we are trying to do" I would be skeptical because the President cannot allocate big chunks of budget for stuff like that. If the President said "don't worry about that, I'm going to make someone else pay for it" I would likewise be skeptical. If said person failed to build this thing I would give them 0 credit against their promise, even though they tried, because they should have known when they said it what would be required.

Comment Re:Quite Right (Score 1) 218

CA is fine, the problem is the old actresses wanting to disguise their age because they're not being selected to audition. They were fine when they were young and attractive, and being on the receiving end of the system; but now they're not they've started complaining and using their wealth (gained from their youthful years) to change the system. Hahaha, touch titties!

Paging Dr. Freud...

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