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Danny Bateman

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  1. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    The only ones pushing the "no collusion" rhetoric are Trump and his team of supporters. They want people to forget about all the other stuff. The dozens of indictments. The multiple ongoing investigations. Their rampant corruption and installation of grifters and crooks up and down all levels of the federal government. They want to make it a black or white situation. Either they colluded or did nothing wrong. Life is not as simple as Team Trump wants to make it. So what if Trump didn't personally collude with Russians? That makes him merely an ignorant, unwitting boob who sat there and welcome [asked for!] their help? And then set about abusing every ounce of his power to benefit only himself and those close to him. Is that somehow supposed to be better?
  2. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    OK I read these, and we actually agree that corporate America exerts way too much influence over our politics at the expense of the little guy. Common ground! But whereas Trump is as some anti-establishment hero fighting back the Uniparty, which is how it sounds like you view him, I think he's just another member of that corporate elite. He wants his taxes to be lower and lower for his very wealthy buddies. He wants to use his position of power to procure trademarks for his daughter's business and allow foreign countries to pour money into staying at his hotels. He blows our taxpayer dollars shuttling back and forth between his resorts every weekend. He's a rich guy convincing poor people he cares about poor people stuff. But he doesn't. He's merely adopted his agenda to harvest votes so he can set himself, his family and his friends up for when he's out of office. The only question is how long he can continue to get people to buy into the con.
  3. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    This take is wrong. There's no other way to put it. You've badly distorted reality here, presumably because you support the GOP/Trump. That last part is fine, but let's be honest about it instead of spreading hogwash, mkay?
  4. Danny Bateman

    The Angry Violent Right

    I think she's too far to the left to ever be elected president. That doesn't mean she can't be a force for good by pushing the Democrats to the left instead of clinging to the center. The problem is the center in our country is many times too far to the right to begin with.
  5. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    Can you explain a little more to me about this Uni-party? Where did this phrase come from? I've never heard of it.
  6. Danny Bateman

    The Angry Violent Right

    OANN is conservative propaganda. Please, everyone, vote next year, because we all know all the Guy Chamberlin's FIL's of the country will be. And it's a pretty safe guess for whom.
  7. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    On an ancillary note, I find it really grating when the Great Pumpkin himself complains about the dossier "funded by Democrats." It, too, was funded first by Republicans before Democrats took over and continued funding it as oppo research. Anybody claiming this thing is a deep state or Democrat hit job is a complete rube or just doesn't care about acknowledging reality and should be treated as such.
  8. Danny Bateman

    Trump Domestic Policy - Budgets, etc

    This articulates one of the chief afflictions with our current politics better than I possibly could. From a Never Trump Republican, nonetheless.
  9. Danny Bateman

    Trump Foreign Policy

    Apparently MegaMind wants a little bit more time to work out a peace deal with the North Koreans. This continues to be bad foreign policy. They're continuing to stockpile weapon hidden in plain sight and we're doing nothing about it.
  10. Danny Bateman

    Is there any diversity of political thought on this site?

    If I wasn't so lazy I'd post something backing this up, but it's pretty well established that most people can sit and talk actual issues all day long in a fairly reasonable manner, without becoming contentious. As soon as you start assigning labels and discussing groups (parties), people lose their minds and become much more emotional.
  11. Danny Bateman

    The Way to Early 2020 Presidential Election

    There was definitely a time certain old men could get away with being handsy. Not exactly a trait you'd desire in an officeholder, however.
  12. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    FYI, Rosenstein was the one who appointed Mueller since Sessions had recused himself from the matter. Otherwise spot on.
  13. Danny Bateman

    The Republican Utopia

    That sounds an awful lot like the time Pennsylvania Republicans threatened to impeach ONLY the Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for ruling gerrymandered maps unconstitutional.
  14. Danny Bateman

    The Way to Early 2020 Presidential Election

    I don't know, it's just something which I've noticed as a general trend in older generations. They really struggle to "click" with modern culture/society in some aspects and outright don't understand it at other times, so they revert to whatever seems good or was right back in the day. The other day I'm at work and an older lady who was talking to a fellow over my shoulder when I hear her blurt out (dramatically) "Have you heard about X? Did you know he's GAY?" Mind you, they have a professional relationship, as he provides care for her. I had to chuckle to myself - this is obviously something that is noteworthy to her generation but that most in the younger generations couldn't really give two rips about. That's more of an innocuous example than this Biden discussion. But if it's as bad as you say it is it seems like another reason to hope the Dems go with someone else.
  15. Danny Bateman

    Healthcare Reform

    I realized we didn't have an actual thread to discuss healthcare reform - just attempts to upend the current law. So I figured I'd make one. I'll start it off with a story I found very interesting, but feel free to discuss whatever else you think is worth talking about. This is a good idea on the part of this group. I wish there was a way to address trade name drugs, since they are by far more expensive, but I'm all for driving down the prices of generics, too. I didn't know others had copied Shkreli's model of jacking up prices of generics to make a quick buck. Shameful. Intersting to note that Bob Kerrey is on the list of advisors.
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    The Way to Early 2020 Presidential Election

    There's a conspiracy that Trump goes out with a Melania body double based on some photos that don't look exactly like her. Buttery males = But her emails = An actual issue but one which dominated the media landscape in a way that shouldn't and p#ssed off a bunch of rubes who don't at all care about national security much when Trump does stuff that is much worse like using an unsecured Android to tweet. Is it really that bad? I hadn't really looked into it. I just assumed it was an older generation, creepy grandpa who doesn't understand boundaries kind of things. @Frott Scost I'm with you. He's not my primary favorite either. I'd much rather we go with a youthful change candidate to contrast the dinosaur leading the GOP. I HATE our campaign finance system. Biden does have bad policy votes in his past. But anyone in politics that long probably does. I do think he's intelligent enough to have learned and grown on most issues. If he hasn't he probably won't wind up winning the primary. I just read an interesting article on how he's got the most coherent, effective foreign policy mind of the pack, how he's apparently smart as a whip with that stuff and how it's indicative of him being able to realize a policy is wrong and grow to support a better position. So that's encouraging at least. I do like that fact that both he and Bernie are going to be very strongly pro-union. The way unions have been marginalized and largely neglected by Dems have really undercut their efforts to appeal to the working class.
  17. Danny Bateman

    ESPN Tournament Challenge 2019

    Got my picks in just in the nick of time! Good luck to everyone!
  18. Danny Bateman

    The Way to Early 2020 Presidential Election

    Unless some bombshell drops in which it's actually confirmed Joe is an actual pedo (it won't), I'd chalk it up as a really awkward but minor demerit and put it in the back of your head. American politics have a bad habit of getting caught up in the weeds focusing on the wrong stuff. Remember terrorist fist jab? Fake Melania? The Great Tan Suit Fiasco? Buttery males? Maybe it's just me but it's brain-numbingly frustrating how often we take the bait and turn completely trivial stuff into the biggest issues that generate the most buzz because we find the most important stuff boring or confusing. Regardless it seems like we're slowly on autopilot hurtling towards a Trump/Biden 2020 matchup... whether we want to or not.
  19. Abolishing the Electoral College is not, and has not for some time, been a radical view. Landlord is right about climate change. If we don't disrupt the status quo and buck what corporate America wants, we're going to literally squander the planet. Delayed consequences does not make it responsible to do nothing. Term limits for the Supreme Court sure seems like something we could all agree upon, instead of sitting around waiting for a president we like to nominate someone our side in the Senate will put on the bench or letting an utter boob like Trump put two or three ideological warriors on the bench for decades.
  20. Danny Bateman

    The Republican Utopia

    GOP golden boy takes a re-election stance. Lol
  21. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    It's easier than that. People who kiss his a$$ and go to bat for him are good people. Anybody else is expendable. His view of human worth is utterly transactional. What can you do for me?
  22. Danny Bateman

    A man you can bait with a Tweet

    Naturally none of them will defend this, but well done Trumpers. How you continue to applaud this guy is beyond me. What an appalling human being.
  23. Danny Bateman

    The Way to Early 2020 Presidential Election

    Stacey Abrams would be amazing. She's absolutely a wonderful, dynamic speaker and was eminently qualified to have been Governor of Georgia if not for rampant, blatant voter suppression and dirty tricks by her opponent, who administered the election. I know Schumer really, really wants her to take another crack at a GA Senate seat next year, but she'd be a fantastic VP pick for Biden. It'd be really fun watching her debate Pence.
  24. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    This is how it works in conservative land. If you're a good, faithful soldier and vote the party line one everything (or at least the most visible stuff and the stuff that matters), you'll have a job waiting for you in the conservative ecosystem when you get out of office. Somewhat similar for liberals, but I don't believe the scale of liberal think tanks and MSNBC contributor positions are nearly as large. It's a huge part of the reason you don't see even "principled" conservatives like Paul Ryan buck the president or Fox News much. That would be bad for the brand. Our elected representation is broken largely because Congress members are incentivized to think long term. It's far more lucrative to have a cushy job lined up to support yourself and your family after you get out than take hard votes with your conscience based on what you think is best for people and our country as a whole.
  25. Danny Bateman

    DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    I disagree.
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