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    Impeach the traitor before he does any more harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post

    And of course, there is Roy Moore, who has responded to voluminous accusations of impropriety with children by attempting to discredit the press — dovetailing with Trump’s “fake-news” attacks.
    This is why the media isn't trusted. The attacks on Moore have zero evidence, the claims about Franken were admitted to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOR View Post
    CBO data.

    __ _ _ _ Lows_ _ _ _ _ _ _Highs
    Revenue
    2009 _ 14.6%_ _ _1969_ _ 19.0%
    2010_ 14.6%_ _ _ 1981_ _ 19.1%
    2011_ 15.0% _ _ _1998_ _ 19.2%
    2012_ 15.3% _ _ _ 1999_ _ 19.2%
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2000 _ _ 20.0%

    Spending (Highs)
    1982 _ _ 22.5%
    1983 _ _ 22.8%
    1984 _ _ 22.2%
    2009 _ _ 24.4%
    2010 _ _ 23.4%
    2011 _ _ 23.4%
    2012 _ _ 22.1%

    Observations
    Low revenues in 2009-12 were at least as much of the cause of the recent large deficits as high spending, especially considering the free-fall in economic activity and prices.

    There are at least two more points of GDP worth of revenue that may be tapped without a significant break with the historic precedent.

    There are at least two more points of GDP worth of spending that may be tapped without a significant break with the historic precedent
    Your top revenue number and top spending number are both outliers. The 2000 number is at the peak of an economic boom, the 2009 number the end of an economic recession. Either or might be reached as a peak, but if it is a new TREND, that's a major increase in both.

    It's also correct to say that we can run 6% GDP deficits every year and it wouldn't be the record, but it's bad if you are running 6% deficits EVERY year. It's not necessarily "bad" to increase government spending outright, and there are well-run nations that do fine with governments much larger than ours, but I don't think the money is worth it, and I don't want to pay it.
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    The attacks on Moore have zero evidence, the claims about Franken were admitted to.
    that just means Franken at least had the decency to acknowledge his disgusting behavior...which -still- isn't half as disgusting as what Moore did.

    as for "zero evidence" against Moore, well...no.

    in any case, if the media weren't trusted, then Doug Jones right now wouldn't have even a snowball's chance in hell of winning. as it is, he's got a pretty good shot in the reddest state outside of Mississippi.
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    Did Franken actually admit that he kissed someone without permission? What I heard is that he says he didn't recall it but apologized profusely and insisted that the woman in question be believed. I'm yet to see any attacks on her from Dem supporters (maybe a few in the dark recesses of the internet), so at least she doesn't have to put up with the usual nastiness.

    It doesn't excuse his behavior, but compare it to the attacks on the women who have either claimed Moore assaulted them or that he targeted them while they were teenagers. They have been accused of lying & conspiring. Even more shocking are the people who have said that they will support Moore even if it is true, or that what he is accused of is OK.

    Franken is scummy, but he is at least trying to act human now. Moore is a gutter crawler & is doubling down.


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    So what happens to the self confessed "p**sy grabber"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GVChamp View Post
    Your top revenue number and top spending number are both outliers. The 2000 number is at the peak of an economic boom, the 2009 number the end of an economic recession. Either or might be reached as a peak, but if it is a new TREND, that's a major increase in both.

    It's also correct to say that we can run 6% GDP deficits every year and it wouldn't be the record, but it's bad if you are running 6% deficits EVERY year. It's not necessarily "bad" to increase government spending outright, and there are well-run nations that do fine with governments much larger than ours, but I don't think the money is worth it, and I don't want to pay it.
    You can muddy the waters by caling 20% an outlier, but how about 19%? Yeah, I put that string of 19s up there, too, so as to make it sort of silly to say I cherry picked the data. Not happy with 24%? Grab a 22 (%) and get back on target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
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    that just means Franken at least had the decency to acknowledge his disgusting behavior...which -still- isn't half as disgusting as what Moore did.

    as for "zero evidence" against Moore, well...no.
    So he chased after legal age girls. Distasteful, not illegal. As for 38 marrying 24.... pfft. Alex's mom was born in 1985, I was born in 1973. 14 years is not that big of a gap for adults, its not even uncommon. Franken sexually assaulted 2 women. As for the claim about Moore and the 14yo. If the comparisons of writing styles I've seen are true, they were written by two different hands. Signatures might change, mine sure has, but my numbers look pretty much the same. The fact that Gloria Alred wont release the book to be forensically examined speaks volumes. The issue could have been settled by now. Personally, I think Moore is a bad person to be in the senate he doesn't believe in constitutional order, that is proven. But just becuase someone is X does not mean they are Y. Weaponizing sexual abuse/harassment/assault claims based on zero hard evidence decades after the abuse allegedly occurred is a very slippery slope.

    in any case, if the media weren't trusted, then Doug Jones right now wouldn't have even a snowball's chance in hell of winning. as it is, he's got a pretty good shot in the reddest state outside of Mississippi.
    The same media that cost you several tins of butter cookies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    Did Franken actually admit that he kissed someone without permission? What I heard is that he says he didn't recall it but apologized profusely and insisted that the woman in question be believed. I'm yet to see any attacks on her from Dem supporters (maybe a few in the dark recesses of the internet), so at least she doesn't have to put up with the usual nastiness.

    It doesn't excuse his behavior, but compare it to the attacks on the women who have either claimed Moore assaulted them or that he targeted them while they were teenagers. They have been accused of lying & conspiring. Even more shocking are the people who have said that they will support Moore even if it is true, or that what he is accused of is OK.

    Franken is scummy, but he is at least trying to act human now. Moore is a gutter crawler & is doubling down.
    Actually, Franken's main accuser has been slut shamed on MSNBC and other outlets... Seems the fact she once posed nude means she can be harassed at will be Dem politicians. or should Moore apologize if he is innocent. That is like asking him if he stopped beating his wife, it presupposes his guilt. Franken is more than scummy, its false remorse, he has a history of dehumanzing women and now credible allegations it was all talk.

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    So he chased after legal age girls. Distasteful, not illegal. As for 38 marrying 24.... pfft. Alex's mom was born in 1985, I was born in 1973. 14 years is not that big of a gap for adults, its not even uncommon. Franken sexually assaulted 2 women. As for the claim about Moore and the 14yo. If the comparisons of writing styles I've seen are true, they were written by two different hands. Signatures might change, mine sure has, but my numbers look pretty much the same. The fact that Gloria Alred wont release the book to be forensically examined speaks volumes. The issue could have been settled by now. Personally, I think Moore is a bad person to be in the senate he doesn't believe in constitutional order, that is proven. But just becuase someone is X does not mean they are Y. Weaponizing sexual abuse/harassment/assault claims based on zero hard evidence decades after the abuse allegedly occurred is a very slippery slope.
    the writer's point is that Moore was perfectly comfortable with a 14-year age difference when it came to his marriage at 38, so why should it be a surprise that at 32 he was chasing after 14-18 year olds?

    bottom-line, somehow i doubt any of us would be comfortable leaving a young daughter alone with this freak. the guy was banned from a mall and was known to hang around high schools. there's a good reason why we're hearing stuff like "well this was just like the relationship between Mary and Joseph" or "that's just the way it was back then" or "it wasn't sexual assault, he just kissed the 14 year old" and not "no, none of this ever happened".

    don't think that's really "weaponizing" anything to say that even if you discount all of the testimony, the best you can say is that Moore was known to chase after barely-legal young girls. he certainly couldn't answer the charges, even -Hannity- couldn't get a good answer out of him. still, i'm glad you recognize that even without his predilections for barely post-pubescent girls, he has ignored the law for a good long time now.

    The same media that cost you several tins of butter cookies.
    eh, and the same media that cost several members of WAB butter cookies even earlier than that, as well...:-)

    i'm not saying Jones will win-- this is -Alabama- we're talking about after all. but if the media is so unbelievable as all that, then there should be NO way that he should have anything close to favorable polls. the issue is not the media, the issue is why Republicans would select this freak show as their candidate for a senatorship.
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