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Politics / Re: What party will win in 2012?
« on: January 07, 2012, 12:38:58 AM »
There is a reason why Congressional Republicans (not all Republicans, mind you--just the ones representing the party in Congress) are widely looked upon as radicals. Mitch McConnell, head of the Republicans in the Senate, infamously remarked that, in the face of all our national problems, his number one priority was not to solve them, but rather to make Obama a one-term president. Congressional Republicans then followed this up by filibustering nearly every single attempt at fixing the economy, betting that voters would blame Obama when the economy failed to improve. And who could forget the debt ceiling disaster? John Boehner just kept walking away from good faith negotiations over and over again, dragging us to the brink of defaulting on our international obligations.
A) Democrats and the mainstream media always bring up the comment from Mitch McConnell (a Senator) about how he wants Obama out of office. Even when the Senate approves a bill and House Republicans donít,   the mainstream media implies that the Senator is obstructing in the House.
B) You linked "filibustering nearly every single attempt at fixing the economy" to article from a bias source.  This wouldn't be so bad if it didn't imply that every filibuster was Republicans trying to keep the economy broken.  Many of the filibusters were not related to the economy, while others were Republicans trying to save jobs.
C) Obama is the cause of the polarized political climate.  Obama refused to do anything bipartisan when Democrats controlled the Senate, the House, and the White House.  While earlier presidents such as Reagan, H. W. Bush, Clinton, and even W. Bush were respectful and willing to work with their rivals, Obama snubbed the rival party.  During the health care debate, Obama only had to make the health care bill bipartisan enough to win one Republican senator, but Obama refused to compromise with Republicans.  Obama only started talking about the parties working together after Democrats lost the House and the supermajority in the Senate.  Since Obama only wants to be bipartisan when he needs Republican votes, Republicans don't take him serious.
D) You failed to mention that the Republican controlled House has passed dozens of bills that would fix the economy.  Too bad Senate Democrats shoot the bills every time.
E) Republicans aren't voting for Democratic proposals because it usually involves more deficit spending or raising taxes during a recession.  Democrats prefer to spin things as Republicans are trying to prevent Obama from improving the economy

I know you identify with the Republicans, so maybe it's hard for you to see it, but for someone viewing this from outside the GOP tent, these things really make the current crop of Republicans in Congress look like cynical, power-hungry jackals willing to scuttle the US economy for a shot at reclaiming the White House. "Radical" is just a more succinct way of putting it.
My point exactly.  Because of the propaganda from the liberal fear mongers, people mistakenly believe that Republicans are trying to destroy the economy to get out Obama out office, while in reality they are trying to be fiscally conservative by trying to stop tax increases and deficit spending.  Like Glenn Beck, the Democratic leaders are taking a speck of truth and turning into a ridiculous conspiracy.

I'm expecting a split republican vote between Romney as the candidate and Paul as a third party candidate. The only incumbent who hasn't won in the past twenty-five years was George Bush I, and that was only because Ross Peirot decided to run.
I am assuming/hoping that Ron Paul is smart enough to not hand the election over to Obama by running as a third party canidate.

Your point being? They voted for him because they believed he was a libertarian. Regardless of what Paul believes, that means the Republican party is shifting to more libertarian views.
I don't think the Republicans are more libertarian then they were pre-Obama.  Libertarians have become more vocal and active in politics recently, because they have become so angry at Obama for trying to move the country towards socialism and by him trying to increase the deficit.

Sorry, but this post seems a bit biased to me. It's hard to have a debate when someone accuses the entire other side of using b.s. I'm going to say the same thing that I say to everyone who thinks a certain party is 'lying'
I have seen/read that Barack Obama, Debbie Shultz, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid make misleading, false comments with the obvious purpose of scoring political points.  It is possible that there are other Democrats who having accused the Republican party of being hijacked by radicals, but they don't tend to be heard as much in the news.

Get out of the competitive spirit, and consider the possibility that most politicians are genuinely working for the good of the nation. Both the party you support and the other party.
I have considered that "most politicians are genuinely working for the good of the nation", but I rejected that after years of reading political news.  Most politicians will work for the good of the country as long as it doesn't get in the way of their reelection chances.  There are a few politicians such as Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul who will risk not being reelected to do what they believe is right, but they are rare.  Letís take Obama's American Jobs Act as an example.  The president introduced the American Jobs Act in a joint session of Congress.  Many Republicans were cautiously optimistic after hearing the speech, because the speech preached partisan ideas such as infrastructure spending and said the plan would be fully paid for.  Even though Obama mentioned some exclusively Democratic ideas such as extending unemployment for a third time, Obama's speech said he was willing to compromise.  His speech conveniently left out that he wanted to fund the bill by raising taxes on the rich by not allowing them to get tax breaks for charitable contributions.  By wanting to permanently raise taxes, Obama clearly didn't expect Republicans to allow the bill to be passed and only wanted to use the bill for his reelection campaign.  Obama then left Washington D.C. (where he and Republican can negotiate on a compromise), so he use go to almost exclusively swing states and use bill as an excuse to start his reelection campaign. This is one of many examples of Obama playing politics instead of governing.

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:12:21 PM »
I want to say more discretionary income is best in the hands of the rich, but that isn't true.  The middle class is the country's biggest source of consumption, while the wealthy tend to use their discretionary income on investment.  Low income earners have very little effect on consumtion and investment.  A temporary tax cut won't help the economy, because it won't change spending behaviors when they their taxes going to go back up.  If anything, it will slightly help people pay off their debt.  Permanent tax increase on the other hand make people feel poorer and less willing to spend on consumtion or investments.

Also, it seems hypocritical to say someone else should pay more, while asking for a tax cut for oneself.

TSoG Bugs / Re: Telepath RPG: Servants of God buglist
« on: January 06, 2012, 05:43:54 PM »
*Rajav opened the doors, but both exits don't work.
*I not completely sure about this, but it seems like when Duvalier moves diagonal, he gets damage from the spinning blade--even when he doesn't hit the blade.

TSoG / Luca or Luca'ra'il?
« on: January 06, 2012, 04:00:59 AM »
[Warning--this topic contains spoilers! --Craig]

Based on your choices in Mission 4, Luca will keep her personality or think she is the Angel of Yawah, Luca'ra'il.  Which personality do you perfer and why?

Depending on which personality you pick, you may get new attacks:
Luca- Transfer 2
Luca'ra'il- Light Blast

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 06, 2012, 12:41:30 AM »
Tax cuts are one way to boost discretionary income; benefits programs like welfare, social security and medicare are another. Republicans tend to prefer the first approach; Democrats tend to prefer the second. Both can be used to increase discretionary income. Neither party has a monopoly on that.
How is medicare and welfare considered "discretionary" income?  Tax cuts boost discrtionary income because it allows people to keep more of their money, while social programs take income from someone and gives it to another.

This is why it's maddening to see Republicans refusing to extend the payroll tax cuts (which make a huge difference to lower-income people), but fight tooth and nail to keep the Bush tax cuts (an expensive boondoggle overwhelmingly targeted toward the wealthy).
Since what you said is completely incorrect, I going to assume that you have not been following the payroll tax cut debate.  First, Obama proposed the payroll tax without any way to pay for it.  The payroll tax is primary source of funding for social security and medicare.  Both of these progressive programs are already underfunded, so Republicans refused to cut their source of funding.  Republicans proposed spending cuts alongside the payroll tax cut to make sure social security and medicare are paid for.  Obama refused spending cuts because it is against his "bigger government" ideology.  The Democrats' counterproposal is to have a temporary payroll tax cut and a permanent tax increase on high income earners.  The Republicans refused because a temporary tax cut has little effect on consumer behavior, while a permanent tax increase will harm the economy.

Politics / Re: What party will win in 2012?
« on: January 06, 2012, 12:04:56 AM »
Plus, I don't get your point.  Democrats don't like Republicans because they have differing ideology.  What does that have to do with anything?
I'm saying that Democrats speak out against Republicans not because they are "fear-mongers" as you suggest, but because they have differing opinions on important issues.
Democratic leaders such Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are not speaking about differences in opinion.  They have said on multiple occasions that radical republicans are so crazy that they are activly trying to destory the country inorder to get Obama out of office.  That sounds more like fear mongering then ideological debate.

TSoG Bugs / Re: Telepath RPG: Servants of God buglist
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:49:42 PM »
*After Malis shadowports, the game gets stuck.  When I try to shadowport or attack, text that says "Already attacked" comes up.  She also can't move or end her turn.
*0 rooms north and 5 rooms east there is a treasure chest that doesn't open.
*After the Rajav cutscene, the game freezes on a map of cera bella.
*Luca'ra'il acts like Luca in Crypt 4.

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:49:50 PM »
When have Democrats every cared about national debt?  They may claim that reducing the national debt is important to them, but they never do anything about it.  The Democratic Congress passed a trillion dollar spending bill without paying for it, and then Obama proposed another massive dollar spending without any way to pay for it. 

Politics / Re: What party will win in 2012?
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:32:15 PM »
That's a huge overgeneralization you made right there, calling the entire Democratic Party and the entire left fear-mongers.
Based on the rhetoric of Democratic leaders such Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are acting like fear mongers by falsely impling that Republicans are "radical".

Democrats tend towards disliking the Republican candidates because some of them express highly socially conservative viewpoints, like standing against gay marriage, abortion, and contraceptives, arguing against providing basic government services to the poor and unemployed, and quoting from outdated literature during speeches.
I least when I generalize, I do it accurately.  There are many Democrats that are socially conservative who are against gay marriage and abortion.  These Blue Dog Democrats are the ones who nearly took down Obamacare, because it will use government money to pay for abortions.  Democrats and Republicans tend to disagree more on fiscal things then social things.  Plus, I don't get your point.  Democrats don't like Republicans because they have differing ideology.  What does that have to do with anything?

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 05, 2012, 04:38:35 PM »
Anything the president does (not just Obama--I mean any president) that increases consumers' discretionary income is going to boost demand.
That means that Republicans would be better for the economy, because they believe in tax cuts, while Democrats want higher taxes, so they spend more on big government.

Politics / Re: What party will win in 2012?
« on: January 05, 2012, 04:34:23 PM »
I'd say Obama is going to be the winner, hands down. No really respectable republicans are running. (alliteration...whoo!) I don't think any of those candidates will be able to challenge Obama in the GE.
Polls show that Romeny is better liked then Obama when comes to the general population and when comes to independents.  Conservatives don't even have to like Romney to vote for him.  The conservatives voters hate Obama enough that they will vote in droves for anyone to replace Obama.

I think the most interesting part about the caucus would be that almost 50% of people under 30 voted for Paul. That could mean a huge change in the Republican party will come soon, as the young are supporting libertarian views. It also seems that the Conservative base has grown more radical over the years, so...I think it's coming.

First, many of the people who like Ron Paul don't like actually know what he believes.  People vote for him because they believe he represents the libertarian ideology.  I find it similar to many of the people who voted for Obama in 2008.  Many of the voters didn't know Obama's record or platform, yet they still voted for him because he represents "Hope" and "Change".  Fun fact: Ron Paul is the congressional representative of my district.

Second, the Democrats and the left are fear mongers.  They are propagating that the Republican party is now "radical", so people will support Democrats inorder to stop the "radical" republicans from destroying the world or whatever b.s. they come up with.  It only seems that the conservative base is farther to the right because the far-right has become more vocal then the silent majority.  The majority of people are not part of the tea party or occupy wall street, yet the media spend much thier focus on these more vocal demonstrations.

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:32:44 PM »
I like to point out that politicians don't have to be right to win the people trust and vote.  Back in 2008, Obama promised that his stimulus plan would save the economy and people believed him at the time.  Now people see the stimulus bill as failing to rein in unemployment and increasing the deficit by a trillion dollars.  Obama's current economic plan is more stimus spending, because his administration believes that the first stimulus bill wasn't big enough and it wasn't spent in the correct places.  Based on how quickly the American Jobs Act failed, people no longer trust his economic plan.  Romney is going to win by pointing out that Obamacare makes hiring more expensive, the Dodd-Frank Act makes it harder for small business to get loans, and the increase in deficit spending hurts consumer confidence bases debt on to the next generation.

Everyone agrees that consumer demand is the main reason for weak hiring.  In a free market, there really isn't anything a president can do to increase consumer demand, yet the President can increase consumer confidence by improving the economic conditions in which people do business.  Obama's antibusiness rhetoric hurts consumer confidence, while Romney's probuiness rhetoric should help consumer confidence.

If you are on a computer, type into google "Rick Santorum" and it shows the Results for Iowa Republican Caucus and Rick Santorum is second with 24.5 where as Mitt Romney (Number One) is 24.6.
I wouldn't take the Iowa Caucus too serius, because Rick Santorum hasn't been under scrutiny by the media or his opponents yet.  Republican voters are about 40% moderate and 60% conservative.  The majority of moderate republicans want Romney, while most conservative republicans want anyone who isn't Romney.  The conservative vote supported Bachmann then Perry then Cain then Gingrich, and now Santorum.  They all support the candidate who is more conservative then Romney, but then look for a new canidate after they see that the conservative canidate is unqualified to be president.  After people realizes all of the unethical things that Santorum has done, they look for a new canidate and they will find that only Romney and Paul are left.

Politics / Re: What party will win in 2012?
« on: January 04, 2012, 10:36:10 PM »
Republicans tend to agree on economic policy, so the primary election tends to focus on differences in social issues.  The general election is going to be mostly about jobs and the economy.  Since Romney is running on his expertise in business and the economy, he will be much more popular in the general election.  Based on what I have seen and read, Romney has a much better understanding then Obama on how certain laws and policies effect businesses.  The few times it seems Obama knew anything about how an economy works is when he was talking about the stimulus bill.  Of course, all of Obama's comments about the economy are debunked by him promising that the unemployment rate will stay bellow 8% if the stimulus bill was passed.  If there is a debate on the economy between Romney and Obama, then Romney should have an easy win.

General Discussion / Re: Ask the developer a question!
« on: January 04, 2012, 10:11:54 PM »
I did notice that the price quadruples without Festus's help.
On a side note, it a bug that the Mechanic Base didn't show up on the map after reading the crypt books?

Can you make a map for Somnus like Ravinale?

Politics / Re: Romney vs Perry vs Gingrich
« on: January 04, 2012, 09:49:43 PM »
I don't much about Rick Santorum.  All I know about him is that he is an extreme social conservative who is against gay marriage, abortions, and contraceptives.  I also know that he pissed off homosexuals enough to make "Santorum" a dirty world.

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