Obama Oct 31, 2008:
The point is, though, that — and it?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s not just charity, it?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s that when we actually make sure that everybody?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s got a shot…
Senator, it is not charity when it is someone else’s money. It is not charity when it is not voluntary. Holding you up at the point of a gun and then giving the money to charity does not make it virtuous.
One keeps thinking that one has heard it all:
“I think we can say that, ah, ah, the Constitution reflected a enormous blind-spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and, and, ah, and that ah, the Framers had that same blind spot. Ah, ah, I don’t think that the two views are contradictory to say that it is a remarkable political document, ah, that paved the way for where we are now. And to say it ah, also, ah rep, ah, reflected fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.”
Barack Obama in 2001 on reinterpreting the Constitution of the United States to force the redistribution of wealth:
“Ah. But the, ah, Supreme Court never ventured into issues of redistribution of wealth…. Ah, and, sort of more basic issues of politcal and, and, and, ah economic justice in this society. And ah, to that extent…the Warren Court wasn’t that radical. … [~1:30]And one of the tradegies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and, and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. Uh, and uh, and in some ways we still suffer from that.”
He goes on to discuss how to best redistribute money at the point of a gun.
To hear it for yourself:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck
“A simple rule dictates my buying: Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. And most certainly, fear is now widespread, gripping even seasoned investors. To be sure, investors are right to be wary of highly leveraged entities or businesses in weak competitive positions. But fears regarding the long-term prosperity of the nation’s many sound companies make no sense. These businesses will indeed suffer earnings hiccups, as they always have. But most major companies will be setting new profit records 5, 10 and 20 years from now.” Op-ed for The New York Times, “Buy American. I am.” October 16, 2008, Warren Buffett
While Buffett is wrong about some things, he is right about this. It just may take some time.
Around 1997 during a subcommittee briefing, Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat) asked if the Mars Pathfinder will take pictures of the flag the astronauts left…
(see seds.org and NR)
You gotta love this, 30,000 convicted felons who are supposed to be ineligible to vote in Florida are still eligible. See:
Gwen Ifell asked in the Vice Presidential Debate:
Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?
Senator Biden’s full response:
Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch.He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, andas vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.
The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he’s part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.
1. It is Article II, not I.
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