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Posted on Nov 20, 2009
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At long last, it seems that members of Congress, of left- and right-leaning persuasions alike, are harboring serious doubts about a couple of key players on President Barack Obama’s economic task force. The right-leaning Tony Blankley thinks that this signals the cyclical, and helpful, breakdown of hyper-partisanship on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Robert Scheer thinks Sarah Palin is still scary, and he explains why on this week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center.”  —KA

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By Isis, November 24, 2009 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Cheers Samson! When will media pundits realize that they are the biggest dupes in this game of hide and seek? Distract! Distract! Create a distraction to any and all controversy. Hide the truths, send the media away on some wild goose chase. What a farce, what a fantasy machine “news” has become.

These people just want jobs that pay 6 figures. They don’t care if the nation and it’s people go down the tubes because they don’t do their jobs and report the truth!

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By SteveL, November 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

By Ralph Kramden, November 23 at 6:23 am #
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I can’t believe that comment about state employees retiring on 90% of their wages. Yeah, sheriff department, highway patrol, senators, governors, house of representatives. It is always those who maintain the status quo who are generously rewarded.
Get your facts straight for once. Furthermore, the political inability of the state of California to tax the corporations is killing us. Prop. 13 has to go but so must other dysfunctional aspects of our tax system.

Matt Miller was the one who made the comment.  After reading your posts and others I cannot believe you listened to the same program as I did.

First off you cannot fix a problem if you don’t understand it.  Your post proves you don’t understand the problem.  Sheriff duperies do not work for the state they work for the various counties in the state.  I doubt any of the counties are paying their sheriff deputies 90% of their wages as a pension.  The Governor does not get 90% of his wage as a pension.  “Senators, governors, house of representatives” only governors are paid by the state. However the Highway Patrol works for the state and does get a 90% pension with not too many years of work.  If you want to get rid of Prop 13 or modify it fine.  Remember that owning property does not necessary mean you can pay the taxes.  In states like Minnesota that does not have a Prop 13 I have a 93 year old aunt paying $10,000 per year in property tax on a house she lives in because politicians their want that tax payers to pay for sports stadiums.  You sir may not know who works for the state however Matt Miller does and his ending rant was a deliberate distortion.

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By Ralph Kramden, November 23, 2009 at 2:42 am Link to this comment
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A further note: when Blankley was going on about the political beauty of Sarah Palin, I was wondering if he had ever read Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom”? The desperate times were what allowed that madman in Germany to bring up scapegoats and rise to power. I’m not calling her a Hitler, I’m just warning about these demagogues who channel popular anger into vicious, self-defeating channels.

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By Ralph Kramden, November 23, 2009 at 2:23 am Link to this comment
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I can’t believe that comment about state employees retiring on 90% of their wages. Yeah, sheriff department, highway patrol, senators, governors, house of representatives. It is always those who maintain the status quo who are generously rewarded.
Get your facts straight for once. Furthermore, the political inability of the state of California to tax the corporations is killing us. Prop. 13 has to go but so must other dysfunctional aspects of our tax system.

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By Blackspeare, November 21, 2009 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

What happens in 2012 depends on many factors too early to predict.  Palin is playing her cards fairly well to be in a position to be a viable candidate should circumstances negatively impact Obama and there’s a good chance of that. Why even Guiliani is having such thoughts——why not a Guiliani/Palin ticket.

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By RickinSF, November 21, 2009 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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With Matt on board the show should be called: “Left, Right and Far-right.”

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By Samson, November 21, 2009 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Quick, the Democrats are in trouble.  Their voters are figuring out that the wars are escalating, that Bush’s domestic spying has just become Obama’s domestic spying, that Wall Street got all their money, and that they’ve just been screwed with a health care reform bill that mainly just totally blocks any reform for four years.

In other words, Democratic voters are starting to realize that they are getting nothing at all that they wanted from Obama and the Democrats.

What to do?  What to do?

Quick, lets talk about Sarah Palin!  Everyone .... Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin.  Lets all talk about Sarah Palin 24/7 from now to the next election. 

After all, we certainly don’t want those Democratic voters to wake up and realize just how badly they’ve been shafted.

Sarah Palin!  Sarah Palin!  Sarah Palin! .....

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By SteveL, November 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment

Matt Miller’s final rant.  Matt mentioned union members that get 90% of their
wages when they retire from the state of California.  Make that the Highway Patrol
union.  I doubt there are any others.

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