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Speak Out 5/3/12

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The filibuster

There are a lot of comments indicating an assumption that the U.S. Congress can pass legislation simply because one party has a majority of members. This isn't true. An oppositional minority of only 34 percent can block the majority using a filibuster. A supermajority is required to override the filibuster. The filibuster used to require an actual member of Congress to be present in order to implement an indefinite blockade, but now it's a painless process that requires no significant effort. Stating that a party which controls a simple majority of Congress while simultaneously holding the office of the president can legislate as it pleases is just plain false.

Romney on issues

Thanks to Mitt Romney for endorsing President Obama's position on student loans and refusing to endorse conservative Marco Rubio's draconian policy on immigration.

Paying taxes

A caller implied that those making $30,000 to $50,000 are not paying income tax and therefore things are not fair. Sorry, but I've made between $30,000 and $50,000 a year for the past nine years, and I've paid over 20 percent in federal income tax alone every one of those years.

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The filibuster: This is true and that procedure in the Senate needs to be done away with for the sake of the country.

Romney on issues: Sometimes the right decision is all we have left.

Paying taxes: Solution for you is to have more babies then when you get down to the poverty level you can quit work and draw entitlements, then you won't pay taxes....this solution bought to you by Taxes-R-Semo471.

Wheels: Good morning. Thanks for the info.....I am ruined for the rest of the day.

Folks, today is the National Day of Prayer....Lord knows our Leaders need help.

-- Posted by semo471 on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 5:53 AM

Off to fun things be back on here tonight.

-- Posted by semo471 on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 6:24 AM

Wow, talk about a mountain out of a mole hill, the recent opinion piece on the Maldives / Malvinas by Wayne Bowen demonstrates the ability of the far right to create issues out of the smallest incidents. At least he started his screed with a joke saying he was nostalgic for the rhetorical agility of George W. Bush. According to Bowen, Obama's attempted reference to the "Malvinas" could bring the close working relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States to a crashing halt. Come on, Wayne, you should know better. If one of your students turned this in as a well reasoned and analytical analysis of the situation you would -- or should -- give them an F. Frankly, as a financial supporter of Southeast Missouri State University, I resent your using your position there as credentials for this kind of partisan attack.

-- Posted by Larry Easley on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 7:44 AM

Crooked advice my ars....have you had any head injuries lately??? I rest my case. ☺

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 3:24 PM

I reckon there's a time or two I got mixfused then nasty at you and never said sorry after I had figured out what you meant and vice-versa .

-- Posted by Rick.... on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 1:51 PM I reckon I'm guilty of this with Me'Lange too-- Posted by Rick.... on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 7:54 PM

Rick: What is this, a kinder gentler "Rick"?

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 8:22 AM

Nothing wrong with a kinder, gentler "Rick" or any poster. Of course, that is just my opinion. :-)~-- Posted by Me'Lange on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 9:12 AM

Me'Lange: Didn't say it was, I was just wondering if someone stole his ID.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 10:57 AM

Nope...the Speak Out Erasing Fairy now roosts on my shoulder and watches every little thing I do . If the Earsing Fairy doesn't like my posts , it swoops down from my shoulder to erase them .-- Posted by Rick.... on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 11:33 AM

Rick: Are you going to let a little ole Erasing Fairy scare you into not speaking your mind?

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year will arrive Saturday night as it passes by 15,000 miles closer to Earth than usual.

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 12:10 PM

Where are the pictures of the 25 animals that were confiscated from the farm in Millersville? Where is the coverage and proof these animals were actually a case for officials to remove them from the owner?

-- Posted by CommunityC4 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 2:27 PM

Maybe... and this is just a suggestions... there are better and more productive ways to spend your time than logging on every single day to rebut all of the SpeakOut comments. Anonymous rebuttals to anonymous comments... what's the point?

-- Posted by southeastreader on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 2:32 PM

there are better and more productive ways to spend your time

southeastreader, You might not log into SpeakOut every day, but a google "semissourian.com southeastreader" tells that you do your fair share of posting especially on academic articles. Projecting?

-- Posted by huntress2 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 3:21 PM

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

-- Posted by semo471 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 6:09 PM

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The point being - perhaps anonymity keeps things focused on the first two points???

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 8:03 PM

The 138th Kentucky Derby is this afternoon on NBC.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 9:44 AM

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Taking girlfriend out for supper at a Mexican restaurant.

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 1:06 PM

Real good Mexican food restaurant opened up here in Jackson. Called El Puerto. Have eaten there twice since it opened Thursday! It's very good and very reasonable. Nice to finally have a place that makes good Mexican food.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 1:10 PM

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