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Of this Paul Krugman article?

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/what-should-government-do-a-...

Jindal Palin in 12!

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There's nothing wrong with volcano monitoring.

But Obama isn't monitoring the volcano. Instead, he's thinking that if you throw enough dollar bills into the crater, it won't erupt. He's also making it easier for people to build houses on its slopes.

Conservatives believe in watching the volcano, and recognize that volcanos occasionally erupt. So conservatives prepare and live cautiously in case that happens. Liberals, on the other hand, like to believe the Volcano will never erupt and believe that if it does, we should reward people for their stupidity by building new houses for them on the ash-covered foundations of the old ones.

Government should use its power to prepare the playing field and enable success, not reward failure.

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Here's David Brooks comment on Jindal's response from the Jim Lehrer News Hour:

LEHRER: How well did he do?

BROOKS: Not so well. You know, I think Bobby Jindal is a very promising politician, and I opposed the stimulus package - I thought it was poorly drafted - but to come up at this moment in history with a stale, "government is the problem...we can't trust the government"...it's just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic, now. They may not like the way the Congress passed the stimulus bill. The idea that government is going to have no role in this...in a moment where only the Federal government is big enough to do stuff...to just ignore all that and say government's the problem...corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending - it's just a form of nihilism. It's just not where the country is, it's not where the future of the country is. There's an intra-Republican debate: some people say the Republican party lost its way because it got too moderate, some people say they got too weird or too conservative. He thinks they got too moderate, and he's making that case. I think it's insane. I think it's a disaster for the party. I just think it's unfortunate right now.

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Here's a great link to a blog by Rich B. SImon. For the few that might check it out he makes some great counterpoints to Jindal's speech.
http://scorpionbowl.blogspot.com/2009/02/exactly-what-is-volcano-and-why...

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So the liberals are already attacking Jindal, big deal? That was to be expected. He's intelligent, so therefore a threat.

By the way, did you even watch Jindal's response last night?

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Government should use its power to prepare the playing field and enable success, not reward failure.

I agree 100%! That's why there is such a disconnect between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are all about rewarding failure!

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cowgal wrote:
So the liberals are already attacking Jindal, big deal? That was to be expected. He's intelligent, so therefore a threat.

By the way, did you even watch Jindal's response last night?

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Government should use its power to prepare the playing field and enable success, not reward failure.

I agree 100%! That's why there is such a disconnect between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are all about rewarding failure!

Yes, watched both Obama's and his speech. No ones questioning his intelligence. One can be highly intelligent and still irrational. He like you and expat display a high level of irrational thought regarding the mess your ideology has gotten us into and your only game is to blame. I will remind you your team had complete and total control of our Gov. for six of eight years they held Presidential power. Unless one is irrational you cannot blame the guys before or after for the mess eight years of your leadership or I should say lack of leadership has led our country to.

Yes, there is a disconnect between our parties. Republicans are all about failure at this point.

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Really -- I absolutely LOVE Krugman's volcano metaphor. Thanks for posting it, SoCo, because it really illustrates the issue.

I pay attention to the warnings and wisely build my house in a safe zone. You foolishly ignore the warnings and build your house on the edge of the crater because you really like the view.

Now that your house is covered in lava, the Democrats want to reward your stupidity and punish my wisdom by handing me the bill to rebuild your house where the last one was. So you get your view back, and I get two house payments. Oh, and by the way -- if I question this in any way, I'm a racist. Somehow, the Democrats think this will encourage more people to follow my lead and build their houses in safe zones.

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Looks like the stock market isnt too impressed with Obama's speech last night. Its going down yet again...

SoCo since you're so intent on sharing the liberals response to a Republican's response - we should do likewise. This one pretty well sums up how I felt about Obama's address:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/02/25/coffey_obama_address/

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Looks like the stock market wasn't too impressed with Obama's speech last night. Its going down yet again...

SoCo since you're so intent on sharing the liberals response to a Republican's response - we should do likewise. This one pretty well sums up how I felt about Obama's address:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/02/25/coffey_obama_address/

The top 5% percent paid the most in taxes and got nothing back. I'm sure Paris Hilton is all broken up about that. A few less jet setting parties for her, maybe one or two thirty thousand dollars purses for her little dog have to be scratched. I wonder if those weathy CEO's who have offshore accounts in the Cayman's and avoid taxes are broken up.

Are you in that top 5%?

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Really -- I absolutely LOVE Krugman's volcano metaphor. Thanks for posting it, SoCo, because it really illustrates the issue.

I pay attention to the warnings and wisely build my house in a safe zone. You foolishly ignore the warnings and build your house on the edge of the crater because you really like the view.

Now that your house is covered in lava, the Democrats want to reward your stupidity and punish my wisdom by handing me the bill to rebuild your house where the last one was. So you get your view back, and I get two house payments. Oh, and by the way -- if I question this in any way, I'm a racist. Somehow, the Democrats think this will encourage more people to follow my lead and build their houses in safe zones.

Wow way to win votes in Hawaii, Ca, and Washington!

Jindal Palin in 12

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Are you in that top 5%?

Of course not. I'm one of those hardworking Americans that has worked hard for the last 30+ years, lived within my budget, faithfully contributed to a 401K, made all my payments on time - oh yeah and I lived through the recession of the 70's with a very young family. My husband was unemployed for 9 months, his unemployment ran out (nobody extended it!), and we had to get very creative to find odd jobs just to survive and feed our kids. We did not get one penny of help from the government, not even food stamps.

So after surviving the nasty years of the '70's we were determined to save and not get caught without a cushion. Guess what? All those years of careful saving and we've taken a major hit. So yeah, I get a bit unsettled when I see our retirement vaporize.

And I'll tell you another thing I've learned from all those years - nothing is fair or equal. People do not work equally hard and they don't save equally, so I resent it immensely when I'm expected to bail out stupid people, and I see my tax $$ going to stupid programs. Are the dems going to restore my 401K? Hell, I could have lived it up with the extra cash or bought a mansion, instead of planning for the future.

Obama may proclaim that only the top 5% are affected, but its a flat out lie.