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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 1 hour ago

Re: Trump's road map

If Trump gets two or three of his nominees on the court, I imagine you will have more sympathy for my arguments.

Not at all. This isn't a discussion of what the contours of the Court's jurisprudence should be. You're [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 1 hour ago

Re: Trump's road map

The victory of the Union Army was what effectuated the thirteenth amendment. It certainly wasn't the US Supreme Court, where the same justices who wrote the Dred Scott decision tried to tie the hands of Lincoln to carry on the war, causing [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2 hours ago

Re: it's not just poor people...

May I remind the panel that in 2001 one GWB took office, inheriting a budgetary SURPLUS and relatively low unemployment. In eight years we were teetering on the brink of a full-blown depression.

Different stage in the economic cycle. [more]

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albaby1 posted to the Television Banter board. 2 hours ago

One Day At A Time (Netflix)

Also on Netflix, DW and I have caught the first few episodes of their One Day At a Time reboot. We found it quite enjoyable - and it will be particularly so if you have a lot of exposure to Cuban exile culture, as we do here in Miami. [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2 hours ago

Re: it's not just poor people...

Everything that collapses after today (and I anticipate a lot) is completely on them. As you say, they control everything.

Certainly a possibility that things collapse after today - but hardly a certainty. Remember, the President [more]

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albaby1 posted to the Political Asylum board. 4 hours ago

Inauguration Stream Link

For those who would like to watch the inauguration, here's a link to the White House livestream:

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albaby1 replied to the Atheist Fools board. 9:59 AM

Re: Someone Here...

Why can't a candidate just tell us what HE (or SHE) stands for and let us decide based on that?

And in addition to the structural/organizational points mentioned above, the "D" and "R" is an excellent [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 5:44 PM

Re: Trump's road map

So I suppose Obama authorizing expansion of The NSA isn't a threat a liberty, right? Let's see you bicker now.

Do you believe that is a liberal position?

I suppose the recent "fake news" bill [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 5:35 PM

Re: More Local School Control!

No, as much as I do argue that somebody competent needs to be in charge of developing testing criteria that is not an "appeal to authority", fallacy or otherwise. There are lots of websites on the subject of logical fallacies and it [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 5:24 PM

Re: Trump's road map

I answered the question a few posts ago specifically.

No, you didn't. Your only reply was to state:

"Gee I don't know maybe scraping the first, second, fourth and fifth amendments of the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Political Asylum board. 3:41 PM

Re: More Local School Control!

Reminds me of my favorite Isaac Asimov anecdote:

"Assuming one can believe Asimov's own recollections, the basis of this story comes from his attending a lecture by a German (IIRC) professor of literature speaking on the subject of [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 3:30 PM

Re: it's not just poor people...

So what happens to the mandate and penalties?

They remain in place - but you are exempt from the requirement if the premium for a qualifying bronze plan is more than a set percentage of your household income. If the market collapses, [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 3:11 PM

Re: it's not just poor people...

Correct. No individual insurance = no problems with those policies.

I was just pointing out that it's not limited to the exchanges. There are roughly as many individuals covered by individual market policies outside [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2:46 PM

Re: Trump's road map

It is A-OK for liberals to take away your rights so long as you don't happen to need them right now/they don't happen to affect your life right now.

I am not currently being suspected of a crime by the police, so who cares if
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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2:43 PM

Re: Trump's road map

In the light of this new knowledge for you, I again suggest it's ludicrous to claim that the Congress adopted the 14th Amendment, ten years AFTER Dredd Scott and the Civil War, with the understanding that the Supreme Court would use this [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 2:22 PM

Re: Trump's road map

So when the constitution gave the Congress the power to appropriate money, or made the President the Commander in Chief, that doesn't preclude the Supreme Court from appropriating money or taking command of the armed forces by a 5-4 majority? [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 1:38 PM

Re: Trump's road map

The court has NO authority to use the powers of the 14th amendment without the Congress having adopted such a law using that power. That's what the 14th amendment says, anyway.

No, it does not. The 14th Amendment includes a [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:44 PM

Re: it's not just poor people...

Right, so the fear is the insurance companies will pull out of the individual market completely.

Yes.

I'm not sure that the GOP has decided on a strategy for dealing with the consequences of ACA repeal through [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 12:18 PM

Re: it's not just poor people...

If the insurance companies see no way to *at least* break even, they pull out of the exchanges. That means they are no longer subject to those regulations regarding those policies.

The regulations governing pre-existing conditions are [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 11:56 AM

Re: it's not just poor people...

So they can blow a hole in the money aspect, that helps pay the insurance companies. But they can't blow a hole in regulatory things like no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, which costs insurance companies a lot? I don't think [more]

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