H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:37pm

    I make no excuses for that and will defend my right to espouse those values. I very simply don’t respect the idea of every man for himself, a belief that grew out of our Calvinist forefathers. I regard it as lacking not only in humanity, but also common sense and in the long run against the survival of the species.

    On the other hand, you really can’t defend the word “Libertarian” (which I don’t need to research, thank you very much) as if it had some pure meaning that every Libertarian agrees to. You can’t just declare your own meaning of Libertarian as if it were universal, any more than declare that there really is still a purely original Tea Party, since it’s long since been muddled and corrupted and almost turned on its head.

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:37pm

    There are Libertarians on the left and on the right, taking both extreme and moderate stands. Bill Maher calls himself a Libertarian; so does Grover Norquist. Where does that leave you? Some don’t want government interference because they want to DO things and some don’t want government interference because they don’t want the government itself to do things. Hardly a clear political or even philosophical stance. Some Libertarians are humanists and some, like many big Wall Street moguls, are completely myopic when it comes to any obligation to help the rest of the human race, even a tiny bit.

    (sigh) I know damn well that we agree on 99% of the basic principles here; why quibble over labels on this board?

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:15pm

    You disappoint me with that post…

    You made you position clear many times here that you though the Democrats could be our saviors. I would never hold that against you because there was a time when I did that myself…

    @(sigh) I know damn well that we agree on 99% of the basic principles here; why quibble over labels on this board?

    That is my whole point!

    I am trying to make more people understand that the left vs right game is just a way to control them. look at that “bi-partisan” bill that the main stream media somehow missed that the whole future of the internet lies on…

    I’m sorry if you disagree with my Libertarian beliefs, but the opposite end of the scale is Hitler, one of the most Authoritarian leaders in history.

    Do you think our government should be able to censor the web?…or murder American citizens at will based on some “secret” interpretation of the patriot act the public is not allowed to read?

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:20pm

    Just look at the response to Occupy buy so called “law enforcement”.

    If that is not an extremely authoritarian government then what is…

    Left leaning Libertarians do not support authoritarian Democrats!

    Do you agree with any of this nancym?

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    nancym 11/19/2011 10:24pm

    I never, ever, ever claimed anyone I supported for election at any time, anywhere, was going to be our “savior”! Good grief, that’s not only a notion that I would never put forth, but one that I have often pushed back against. So I don’t know who you may be confusing me with, but I have always cautioned against believing that change is going to come quickly and easily, no matter what the means. The notion of a “savior” isn’t even in my vocabulary, even in my personal view of religion!

    Not only does a notion of finding a savior set people up for disappointment, but it creates a situation of blame for what any imagined savior inevitably fails to accomplish.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:31pm


    Choose one.

    A: Obama

    B: Republican

    C: No-Vote

    D: Mork from Ork

    E: Still waiting for a good one

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:18pm

    On this much needed day of rest after the past weeks battles, that feel all too much like actual war to someone that only a few years ago hoped to retire quietly, and his biggest worry would be where to go fishing for the day. Unfortunately my meager savings, that were at least on track to give me a fair financial cushion to spend the rest of my days on social security got wiped out in this so called “great recession”, along with the source of income that was putting 20K into it each year…

    Anyways it was a day of reflection for me…

    It seems no “official” person is willing to put a official number on the Occupy crowd in NYC. Even the New York Times is saying the 32,500 NYPD number could be over estimated for their own benefit.

    Most all sources do agree that it was tens of thousands though….


  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:19pm

    What matters is that what started a small group of people a mere two months ago turned into untold numbers, not only all across our nation, but across the word, that decided to stand up and fight against plutocrat rule buy the few “elite”.

    They faced well over 4,000 arrests, multiple brutal assaults by “law enforcement”, and when much of the media was saying they were done after their main base on the “ground” in NYC was shut down they put tens of thousands on the NYC streets on short notice, not to mention all the other cities across our land.

    The biggest thing I thought about today is the uncountable numbers of people behind those “tens of thousands”, that could not be there on the front lines for various reasons….

    I am reminded of the statistic that says well over 90% of people that read online forums never post anything, but they learn…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:19pm

    This is not about “left” vs “right”, it is about the majority of us that have been like a frog in a pot of slowly heating water waking up and jumping out.

    I think Sam said it better than I can now,

    “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds”

    - Samuel Adams

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:00pm


    There was a discussion on one site as to where the most millionaires live. The original poster used it against CA at #9.

    CT is #3 and FL is #2 :)

    Do you feel richer now ;)

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:45pm

    Heh-heh, poorer actually, by contrast. But it’s no surprise; people retire here after they make their millions, or buy holiday retreats if they’re in show biz.

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:03pm

    So I guess unless we get a NM poster here we are the authorities on rich matters…lol

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:15pm


    I would be interested to know where you think Chris Hedges stands politically. Or Naomi Klein, or Michael Moore, or Noam Chomsky, or George Orwell, or Thomas Paine…

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    nancym 11/19/2011 10:13pm

    Sorry, not sure what your implying here. They’re not all Libertarians, that’s for sure! :)

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:22pm

    YES they are!

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:23pm


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    nancym 11/19/2011 11:17pm

    For Heaven’s sake, you’re mistaken there. Just because some Ron Paul supporters discovered they have something in common with Michael Moore doesn’t mean Michael Moore has joined the Libertarian Party!!!

    I was a philosophy major before going into the arts, until I realized that the history of philosophy is simply riddled with terms that people cling to in order to try to distinguish themselves intellectually from others, even though the basis for that distinction is quite often based simply on some inner ego drive to grab more of whatever it is they are after. And so some terms end up with especially muddled and deliberately obfuscated definitions.

    The term Libertarian is riddled with the same confusion. Pick your own “brand” of Libertarianism; you might as well just say “human” and attach a few more adjectives:


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    nancym 11/19/2011 11:18pm

    You can say you are a Libertarian if you want to, but it is not the only meaning of the term to say it is the opposite of “authoritarian.” Far from it. By that definition, I would be a Libertarian on the issues of abortion, suicide, my own health decisions, capital punishment, and a few other things. Moore would probably agree on all of those – except maybe suicide, I dunno, he’s Catholic.

    And I certainly don’t believe in a police state, or use of force on unarmed citizens in nonviolent protest; that’s ridiculous. All those things I mentioned are part of what most on the left also believe, based on their liberal social beliefs that are based on a humanist viewpoint that values individual rights, as opposed to an individual’s right to unfettered greed. Libertarians AS A PARTY seem to be saying more frequently “Don’t step on me,” while those on the left are more often saying “Don’t step on anybody.”

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    nancym 11/19/2011 11:18pm

    The common objection to most who call themselves Libertarian on the right is not just their views on guns, but their belief that no regulation of economic matters whatsoever (the glorious Free Market) is justified on the basis of “Liberty.” This is such a false argument that contradicts Libertarians’ own belief in individual freedom that I find it intellectually dishonest. (There’s no such thing as unlimited freedom that doesn’t encroach on another’s freedom in a finite world.)

    So I’m sorry to disturb your own self-labeling, but based on your posts overall, I think you’re really more left-wing than you think you are. lol! If I had to find a comparable belief set, it might almost be Howard Dean, who is very socially liberal but fiscally conservative in terms of budget and efficiency, but wants Medicare for all, but is open to the states deciding on their own gun laws.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 11:35pm

    Oh jeeze girl…

    The American libertarian party is conservative libertarian….

    Libertarian simply means anti Authoritarian in reality.

    We dont have a left, or even central Libertarian party in this country.

    Maybe if we did things would be different…

    No wonder so much of the word thinks we are crazy when most all our politicians fall into the right authoritarian segment of world politics….

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 11:40pm

    After much research on political labels over the past few years I have decided on “Left Libertarian”, even though I hate labels and boxes.

    I dont know much about Dean, but Dennis Kucinich is actually a Left Libertarian, and it is interesting how he and Ron Paul (right libertarian) agree on many things…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:33pm

    Food for thought…


  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:38pm


    I think I may have asked this long ago, but I would honestly like to know where you come out on this test.


    I have a feeling we would not be all that far apart…

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    nancym 11/19/2011 11:19pm

    You’re right!

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    nancym 11/19/2011 11:21pm

    (I took that test a long time ago. I don’t remember the exact score or label, but I don’t need to. And usually those tests have far too many questions that I have to answer with “it depends.”)

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 11:26pm

    OK FINE!

    I came out a little right of Gandhi on it myself…:)

    The funny thing was it was slightly left of center Libertarian for me…

    But not totally anarchist…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 10:59pm

    I know that test takes some thought……

  • nancym 11/19/2011 11:25pm

    Exhausted now. Good-night! :)

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 11:28pm

    Goodnight…I almost said dear again…:)

  • Sher1 11/21/2011 8:18am

    There we go with that NO VOTE b.s. that will increase as we approach the 2012 reelection of President Obama. Don’t be fooled by the subliminal word association, we know what that got America in Nov 2010, the LOWEST polling for a US Congress in history (9%). Barack Obama inherited 2 WARS and $12 TRILLION in debt from President Bush that no one predicted and the 112th Congress majority republicans and tea partiers haven’t introduced legislation to jumpstart this economy or work with this President because they want these crisis to continue, believing the American people will vote them BACK into their cozy positions once again! VOTE out the majority in the do nothing 112th Congress who are more interested in ending Medicare than ending this Bush Recession. “LESSER OF TWO EVILS = THE DEMOCRATS”

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