Dick Cheney while in power... "Debt doesn't matter."
Most republicans opinion on debt while DC and shrub were in power... crickets.
Most republicans once a democratic president takes office... "Oh my god the national debt is out of control... worst president evah!"
Cheney pushed massive tax breaks for the wealthy, and didn’t even try to pay for them. He pushed for multiple wars, and didn’t even try to pay for them, either. He supported Medicare expansion and No Child Left Behind, and like the rest of his agenda, Cheney just threw the costs onto the national credit card, running up a bill for some future president to pay.
One party is very similar to the 1970's GOP: Not overtly religious, believes in science, is moderately progressive and is largely beholden to their largest donors/big business.
The other party panders to religious superstitions, passing laws based on Bible passages, proudly denies scientific findings, uses the terms "liberal", "socialist" and "communist" interchangeably, opposes any social progress that has been implemented since the end of the war... The Civil War and overtly champions the cause of the oligarchy to the detriment of the rest of society.
So if you don't care about these issues:
Reality based education
Safe working conditions
Either of these parties will do, because both of them primarily pander to the rich.
However, one of these parties still occasionally does the right thing for the other 99.9 percent of Americans.
I understand the difference, and can look at both of the big parties and see small differences. However, neither party really appeals to me on a broad sense. Both have some "talking points" that I agree with, but neither really go out of their way to stick to those talking points.
The biggest issues for me are not the ones you listed, nor are they the Pub's talking points....military, guns, bibles, gays,....etc. We have a spending problem in DC, and the politicians are trying their best to run this country into bankruptcy, and the middle class into oblivion.
If you want to see me fired up and get behind a party, and I will, get someone to really cut the budget, taxes, and the burdens that the federal gov puts on the "normal folks" out there.
That. That right there, should tell you something is very wrong.
Just like every other "tax" this program has ballooned. We, as Americans seem perfectly fine with the Federal Government dipping their hands a little deeper into our wallets with every passing year.
Wondering..... if when this was started, and the maximum % paid was 2%, and only on income up to $3,000, the government had to tell folks that within 100 years the % would be 14.2, and the max income it would be collected on would be almost 120k, if it would have passed?
Had to leave to run an errand for my son earlier and I missed the last 30 minutes of today's round and I just watched it...
Spieth struggled mightily on 17&18 (despite the brilliant chip on 18) and I think that bodes very badly for him tomorrow. He doesn't have the experience these other guys at the top of the leaderboard have so we shall see. 4 strokes at the Masters isn't a big lead on Sunday. He's got to get ahead of that push he defaults to under pressure.
Tiger and Rory paired probably gives the PGA, golf fans, and CBS a stiffy, plus with Phil hovering around the top too... Ratings should be huge.
Too bad I have to go to Raleigh tomorrow...
Ima try and be back by 6 to catch the end or find somewhere to stop and watch......