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Who should fear the 2014 elections more?
January 2nd, 2014
04:10 PM ET

Who should fear the 2014 elections more?

A new year with new challenges. What are voters thinking? And which party needs to start worrying?

In the Crossfire tonight are two dueling pollsters: Kellyanne Conway, who polls for Republican candidates and Margie Omero, who polls for Democrats, join Newt Gingrich and Van Jones for a heated debate.

We want you to weigh in: Who should fear the 2014 elections more?

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  1. James

    Those who should be worried the most are the voters and the people.

    First: People who don't bother to vote because they have given up on the political process or adopted the write-off "it doesn't matter who wins" or "both parties are the same." They aren't the same. That is just an excuse for laziness.

    Second: Voters - those people who will vote against their own interests because of a political ad or image that they find compelling even though it is not true.

    Third: Younger people who have been healthy and never experienced the slight-of-hand and trickery tactics adopted by the health care industry to deny competent healthcare to anyone who can't afford it while preserving their image as "humanitarians."

    These people should all be the most worried because they will squander a chance to make America a greater and more Christian nation. They won't bother to look into the facts. They will believe what they are told. Like a baby sitting in a high chair, they will eat what they are fed. They will frown at spinach and smile at chocolate pudding. Look at the jobs bills offered by the Democrats in congress and ask Republicans why they stopped them. Financial reform. Unemployment benefits. Heathcare reform. All done to benefit people instead of corporations. All opposed by Republicans.

    For the first time in our history, we are close to making sure that every Amercan has access to decent healthcare that will save their lives - And an America where you don't have to work sick and dying anymore. But it can all be sabatoged (and it will be) if the right wing sociopaths get the chance.

    ********************************************************
    Vote Democrat - the life you save could be your own.

    January 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  2. ProtectAmericanJobs

    We need more Americans, like Perot tried to be, to get some sensible measures put in place to protect America, the American economy and American jobs.

    January 6, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grand children and great grand children of the potential of a prosperous future.

      It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down prices and wages.

      That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

      Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

      Oh yeah and the geniuses that say we must take jobs at a fraction of what we make now, which barely takes care of most peoples modest personal expenses now, have got to wake up and get real. Because it will be getting to get most of them soon as well.

      The jobs just are not here, regardless of the lies or fantasies to the contrary.

      ps: And I'm not a lefty or a member of any union. Except for Perot, I've only voted for republican presidents starting with President Reagan. I used to hate liberal media and was happy when Fox came on the scene, but it's obvious what they're all about now too. Over the past 25-30 years both parties have sold the average American citizens out completely. I've been running a business, where we haven't been able to our raise prices or wages for several years, because of what our leaders have allowed to happen to our country. If I advertised one job opening(all of which are well over the minimum wage), I'd have dozens upon dozens of qualified people and some over qualified people clamoring for the job and almost all of them would be happy to come in for less than they were making, just to have a steady job.

      The American people need our leaders to wake up and start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

      It's not too late – But it will be soon – If our leaders don't start changing their ways.

      January 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  3. Miles

    Who should be worried in the 2014 Midterm Elections:

    Republicans and the Tea party:

    First, and probably the most important is the current rift existing within the Republican party and who they self-identify as. Republicans often struggle reaching out to youth, minorities, latino's, and women; simply because they don't promote any polices that benefit either group. The search for identity and rebranding might cause voters to fill a bit uneasy about their ability to run the country. I understand that there are many people who will vote for a charismatic politician regardless of their ability to govern as long as they are willing to stand up against Obamacare no matter what (forgetting all the other issues that matter). Oddly, many of the people who support their efforts lie within the 99% while supporting a party that only benefits the 1% (I welcome any comments disagreeing with that statement. And if you disagree please name a president or a time in history when that wasn't true).

    Republicans are simply out of touch with the majority of Americans:

    Unemployment benefits, minimum wage laws, and health care are just the few key legislations that often find Republicans on the wrong side of history. But no other time have we experienced this type of gridlock on basic legislation such as the minimum wage law which would slightly help close the income gap. Furthermore, the rhetoric surrounding the extension of unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans will find Republicans in a scramble during the midterm election. Although, the Republicans are offering minimal concessions as long as Democrats figure out a way to pay for the legislation but my belief is that both parties should seek a solution to pay for benefits. The cost of the extension is about 27 billion which doesn't even make a dent in the overall budget.

    The Ol' Anti Health Care Chant will eventually go silent:

    The popular narrative Republicans love to use, "The Obama Administration messed up the Health Care Website stand up and fight with us!" Or my favorite push line, "This health care law is a disaster and we should vote to impeach the President." This is what we will hear from the Republican party in 2014 repeating this rhetoric over and over again until our ears begin to bleed. Now I admit I am a bit bias (if you haven't figured it out already) but I also recognize the Democratic Party fumbled the ball, which allowed Republicans to pick it up and start running but yet to determine whether or not they will score. If Republicans can't figure out how to govern 99% of the country then I have a hard time believing they will win any elections in the near future.

    *Ronald Reagan can't even win a Republican nomination in todays political climate. And to me he was one of the worst Presidents in our history.

    January 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Ryan Mathis

      I am a youth and am not the top one percent and I am a republican also if you look at the last election Romney got 47 percent of the vote not one percent so no republicans are not the one percent party.

      January 6, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Ryan Mathis

      Also democrats said raising taxes on the wealthy would help close the income gap and it did not 2013 became even wider what makes you think your so right on extending unemployed benefits and raising the minimum wage and not only that but how did shutting down the government and wasting 16 billion dollars close the income gap. Now it is to debate some of the real 30 job plans in the senate that has passed the house because democrats plans are not working.

      January 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  4. You Got It

    After all the Obozo lies, refusal to negotiate which caused the Govt Shutdown, scandals (IRS/Libya/NSA/more) –
    I AM VOTING REPUBLICAN ALL THE WAY!! Party line, period.

    I used to vote for who I thought was a good choice, regardless of party affiliation, but because of the way the Democrats have handled themselves & this country over the last five years, I will vote by party lines only going forward.

    January 6, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  5. baco30

    I feel the Democrats have the most to fear in 2014 because they are taking a nostalgic approach to the future. America doesn't vote for kings. America votes for progress. Going backwards is an admission of failure. President Obama is a lame duck trying desperately to say, "Aflack." Obamacare won't save him.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:21 am | Reply
  6. baco30

    The party with the most to fear is the Democrats because America is not a country that votes for kings or nostalgia. They offer Presidents Obama and Clinton, but they offer nothing fresh and new. The idea of a woman is cute, but will it fly at the ballot box? The Gop could romp if they offer a sane, compassionate, and pragmatic candidates. That's a huge if, so based on Father Time, the clock is ticking on Democrats. Pres Obama is a lame duck.

    January 5, 2014 at 6:07 am | Reply
  7. Mahalo GOP

    Obamacare will be the gift that keeps on giving first it was during the 2010 midterm elections whereas the democrats lost more seats than in 75 years and the house. Now in the 2014 midterm the democrats will lose the Senate because of obamacare. When obamacare doesn't meet its "projected enrollment" there will be no "projected savings" nor will the enrollment into the cooperative offset the cost of the millions newly enrolled into Medicaid (welfare).

    January 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • open your eyes

      China is becoming very aggressive war may be imminent both party's are responsible for a multi trillion dollar debt but Democrats are responsible for military cut back and military founding leaving us almost defenseless against a great enemy like China and Russia. i see no reason why should elect any party its time for a new form of government diplomacy the old one is to busy policing the world.Bring war and killings for it own personal greed Treason would be a nice Justice for the B.S. they all cause. What was a U.S War vessel doing in the South China sea anyway.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
      • Lol

        You are fking dumb, Its the Generals of the military that decides where and what to cut, not to mention the money being spent on civilian contracts for more weapons we don't need.

        January 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm |
  8. Steve Hamilton

    riseball2: You want foresight? How about the overdue update of the US credit rating, amended to reflect the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat. The rating will drop two levels and drive up the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points. This, in turn, will increase the deficit by about $100 billion. This new news will sweep the ACA problems into the dust bin of history.

    January 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • PammyJ

      The shutdown happened because there were some politicians that "would not negotiate". The downgrade will happen because there is no plan to pay down the debt. The only thing that has changed since the last downgrade is the debt is higher. There are no surprises here.

      January 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Reply
      • You Got It

        Spot on summary, PammyJ – you hit the nail on the head.

        January 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm |
  9. Steve Hamilton

    Phillip McCallister: You're only talking about the froth from the shutdown. Have you noticed that the credit rating agencies have not yet revised the US rating to reflect the impact of the right wing shutdown and default threat? Well, it will probably be issued by the end of March and will lower the rating by two levels, which will raise the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points and grow the deficit by about $100 billion. this will become THE news item affecting the mid terms.

    January 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  10. Stephany

    Hillary will win the election by voter fraud(like obama did) in 2016 we need to get rid of electronic ballots because thats how and they clearly do get tampered with by our very own government. Mark my words!

    January 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Stephany: How long have you had this reading comprehension problem? this article is about 2014 elections, not the 2016 election for president. However, let me explain to you why Hillary will win, using a 7th grade math example: women comprise 53% of the voting pool and virtually all of them will vote for Hillary instead of the party that vetoed protecting women from violence. This leaves only 47% of the pool from which the GOP can seek votes. Seventh grade math will tell you that you cannot get to 54% from 47%. It hardly matters what Hillary does, the right wing radicals have already sown the seeds of their own destruction. The earliest they will have for a shot at the W.H. will be 2020.

      2014 will be equally as bad for the right wing radicals for three reasons: 1.) within 90 days the credit rating agencies will issue a revised US credit rating that reflects the impact of the right wing shutdown and default threat. The rating will drop two levels and cause the cost of borrowing to go up by 200 basis points, which in turn, will increase the deficit by about $100 billion, 2.) this series of events will trigger the business community into making good its threat to withhold support from right wing candidates, and 3.) expect an Executive Order within 90 days that will eliminate gerrymandering.

      After the mid terms, expect no change in the Senate and the probable turnover of the House

      January 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • Susan McFarland

        And the simple fact of millions of individuals sitting down and being forced to write out that inflated premium check every month will overturn all your talking points. When it hits the voter directly in the pocket it has a much higher impact than all your basis points.

        January 4, 2014 at 3:32 am |
  11. Paul Prejean

    Yes the Democrats because they have made it lawful for the government to take social security from people of they don't pay the ACA fines.

    (B) OFFSETS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS, ETC.—
    Subparagraph (A) of section 3716(c)(3) of title 31, United States
    Code (as added by subsection (d)(2) of this section), shall apply
    only to payments made after the date which is 4 months after
    the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) The purposes of this section are the following:
    (1) To maximize collections of delinquent debts owed to
    the Government by ensuring quick action to enforce recovery
    of debts and the use of all appropriate collection tools.

    What does this have to do with the ACA?

    If you continue to read there are two things that the head of a federal agency must do. This is an either or type thing so I will state the second here:

    ‘‘(2) prescribe regulations on collecting by administrative
    offset consistent with the regulations referred to in paragraph
    (1).’’;

    OK now let's talk about the ACA penalties.

    Here is what the ACA penalties section has to say in regards to collection:

    The Secretary shall prescribe rules for the collection of the
    penalty imposed by this section in cases where continuous
    periods include months in more than 1 taxable year.

    Compare the two statements from the from the separate laws very carefully and you will see that this is a plan to force Americans into the insurance industry AND take their social security if they do not comply.

    This is why there are no criminal penalties, levy's or liens against people that don't comply.
    The government will get it's pound of flesh regardless.

    January 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Paul Prejean: The regulations you quote are applicable to any federal taxes owed. Social Security payments can only be withheld for two reasons: unpaid child support and moneys due the federal government. For instance, as a Navy veteran with 11 years' service, I receive prescription drugs from the VA, with a copay of $8 per rx per month. If I fall behind by more than 30 days, the amount due is withheld from my SS pension. So, unpaid ACA tax will be collectible on the same basis.

      January 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  12. Phillip McAllister

    The Democrats should fear the elections of 2014. While there is much criticism to be examined of the Republicans and their constant bumbling, posturing and pandering, the Democrats will be shown the door, finally, by folks who wake up to the fact that they have been victims of an ongoing Democrat mugging for 50 years.

    Public sector pension fund problems alone should sound the alarm for any reasonable man or woman. But by asking average, hard-working middle-class Americans to, once again, "pony up for the poor" by way of Obamacare, the Democrats have signed their own death warrants. First, there are no "poor" in America, for that, we must turn to any one of a dozen nations in Africa. Second, those who wrap themselves in the mantle of the poor are, for the most part, scamming a system that has been far too generous for far too long. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a REAL HANDICAPPED person come out of a car parked in a "handicapped" spot? Before we become a nation comprising 48% losers, whiners, crybabies and slackers, we need to elect tough men and women who will make the touch decisions, first and foremost, ending taxpayer-funded pensions forever.

    The mantra in 2014 shall be: TAXPAYER-FUNDED SALARIES: Yes TAXPAYER-FUNDED (and rescued) PENSIONS: No more!!

    January 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  13. Paul Prejean

    Democrats if they can't come up with an answer to this or explicitly amend the ACA penalties section NOT to take social security payments.

    (B) OFFSETS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS, ETC.—
    Subparagraph (A) of section 3716(c)(3) of title 31, United States
    Code (as added by subsection (d)(2) of this section), shall apply
    only to payments made after the date which is 4 months after
    the date of the enactment of this Act.
    (b) The purposes of this section are the following:
    (1) To maximize collections of delinquent debts owed to
    the Government by ensuring quick action to enforce recovery
    of debts and the use of all appropriate collection tools.

    What does this have to do with the ACA?

    If you continue to read there are two things that the head of a federal agency must do. This is an either or type thing so I will state the second here:

    ‘‘(2) prescribe regulations on collecting by administrative
    offset consistent with the regulations referred to in paragraph
    (1).’’;

    OK now let's talk about the ACA penalties.

    Here is what the ACA penalties section has to say in regards to collection:

    The Secretary shall prescribe rules for the collection of the
    penalty imposed by this section in cases where continuous
    periods include months in more than 1 taxable year.

    Compare the two statements from the from the separate laws very carefully and you will see that this is a plan to force Americans into the insurance industry AND take their social security if they do not comply.

    This is why there are no criminal penalties, levy's or liens against people that don't comply.
    The government will get it's pound of flesh regardless.

    January 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  14. Steve Hamilton

    NATHAN WIMBERLY: You're right. See my response to California.

    January 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  15. Smitty

    Who should fear the elections??? All of us, we are getting lied to, mislead and misspent by all of them !!!!

    January 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  16. Eli

    you libretards are hilarious. you don't have a clue, this is not the peoples government, this is not America, this is not the direction we should be moving. America is founded on capitalism and freedom, that is what sets us apart from the rest of the world, at least it once did. we now have a socialist government, socialist heathcare, limited freedom, and taxed too much to support all you libretards on the welfare systems of this country and therefore should be re-named to the socialist republic of America. Answer this, how can a system work when over 50% of the countries population is supported on some type of welfare? get a job.

    January 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Eli: Give me a cite on your "over 50%" assertion. I hope it's nonpartisan, otherwise, your comment is trash.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Eli: Read the 7 Articles, 22 Sections and 27 Amendments that comprise the US Constitution. Nowhere is the word "capitalism" mentioned. The nation is founded on the Constitution, not on what you think it's founded on. It was drafted in 1787 and 88 and signed by 19 drafters from 12 states when it was sent out to the states for ratification.

      January 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Eli: The word "capitalism" does not appear in the Constitution, nor does any other reference to the kind of economy anticipated by the drafters of that document and approved by the nine states needed for enactment. You do not know what you are talking about; you're like the rest of your right wing gasbag friends, you just make up "facts" whenever the fancy strikes you.

      January 5, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • Miles

      The things you say your against are the very things that keeps us from being a third world country. We are not a perfect nation but we are nation that believes that "all men are created equal." If this country is so bad, then name a place you would rather be. I am guessing you are in the 1%, never been sick, don't have children in College, and everybody you know personally has a job and sits in the upper quintile in the income bracket. If possible, name a country in a better position than the United States that promote the very principles you believe in. And please don't say Canada because over 60% of there revenue comes from the United States. The very principles that you hold so dear is the reason why we have taxes and government oversight. If you want total freedom and capitalism then I suggest you build a time machine and travel back to the roaring 20's just before the great depression. I believe in freedom and sometimes capitalism but I can only embrace those principles if everyone has the chance to feel the same. This is what were striving for as a country and I am grateful that we have a nation that can express different ideals and reach an agreement.

      January 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  17. California

    Democrats should obviously fear it more. Doesn't matter if they run or not run on Obamacare they're history.

    January 3, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      California: If all 2014 news stories weren't published, you might be right, but consider this: within 90 days a revised, downgraded US credit rating that reflects the impact of the right wing shutdown and default threat will be published. the lower rating will increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points and cause the deficit to grow by about $100 billion. At this point, the business community will carry through on its threat to withhold support for right wing candidates. These actions improve the Democratic odds, dramatically. The GOP will be on the defensive most of the year and get trounced in the mid terms – already, 75% of voters disapprove of the Tea Party.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Phillip McAllister

        That's rich. A gov'ment "shutdown" that saw not one overpaid GS-15 lose a minute of bloated salary, and succeeded only in angering tourists who wanted to see Mount Rushmore is going to be laid at the feet of Republicans? The Democrats signed off on the sequester which they helped to write.

        January 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm |
  18. Kurt

    The democrats... but not too much.

    The 2014 elections are weighted in the GOP's favor in several ways. The Democrats are defending a lot more Senate seats then the GOP is, and midterms tend to favor the voting blocks that are more consistently Republican.

    That being said, it's probably not enough to cause a huge impact for the democrats. The House probably won't move more then 5-10 seats in either direction and while the GOP COULD win enough Senate seats to take control... I'm not sure the impact of that will matter that much.

    Why? Because it's only for 2 years and there will be a Democrat in the White House for that time.

    The GOP will have a hard time keeping the senate if they win it come 2016. First... the fact it's not a midterm will help the Democrats at that point. Second... there will be only 10 Democrat seats in 2016 compared to 24 GOP seats. If you look at GOP senators in states that went for Obama or were competitive in the last election... you have Wisconsin, Pennsylvannia, Ohio, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Florida... and even Arizona if McCain retires all being possible Democrat gains. It will be VERY tough for the GOP to hold a 1-2 seat edge they might get in the senate in 2014 once 2016 rolls around.

    So the cycle favors the GOP, but the impact even if they capitalize on it will be minimal as they will likely not be able to hold senate control past the time Obama holds office.

    January 3, 2014 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Kurt: See my reply to California; the odds will shift strongly once the US credit rating goes down two levels and increases the deficit by $100 billion.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • You Got It

        And if this happens its Obama's fault for refusing to negotiate.

        January 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
  19. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution for everything: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorite.........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!!!

    January 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Phillip McAllister

      The DEMOCRAT Solution

      The DEMOCRAT Solution for everything: Take money from the middle class. Rinse. Repeat

      January 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • Epic Fail

        Epic fail. Now go kick a poor, sick, old, and gay person like a good republican.

        January 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm |
  20. Steve - Texas

    GOP.. With all the shutdowns and childish behavior they should fear the voters in 2014.

    January 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Steve: Amen, especially once the results of their actions get monetized and increase the deficit by $100 billion. Also watch for an Executive Order that eliminates gerrymandering, and the withdrawal of the support of the business community ( as threatened) from far right candidates.

      January 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      The GOP in Texas should be scared. Women are fed up, low wage workers are fed up, the sick are fed up, veterans are fed up and minorities. The Texas Legislature is currently ruled by White, Rich, Fundamentalist Republican Tea Party stooges. Under Rick (Who Claims God Chose Him for President) Perry we have "Abstenance Only" sex education, one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, the Planned Parenthood Clinics were closed removing prenatel and post natal services and cancer screenings for women in rural areas (with no substitute health services) along with birth control and abortion counceling and services. The law was changed to facilitate this and keep it out of the hands of the voters.

      Voting districts have been gerimanded to prevent Republicans from loosing elections. The Affordable Health Care Law provision for the poor and sick was not adopted leaving a large number of the 27% of Texans that did not have affordable health insurance still uninsured. Polution of our Texas waterways is abismal with Mercury and PCBs polluting major water ways and lakes. Political corruption is at an all time high with huge sums paid by private individuals to ensure that Republicans are not challenged in elections (changing due to these old white men dying off).

      Minorities, women, children, old people and non Christians are marginalized by the Republican Legislature and Fundamentalist legislation is pushed over the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Texas Republican Legislature continues to push Fundamentalist Agendas in Education over science, fact and logic, keeping Texas education at a level with Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Rick Perry, other elected Texas Republicans and thousands of traitors to the US Government have advocated Succession, an illegal and Traitorist view of the future of Texas.

      People of compassion, Women, Minorities and working Texans are tired of the Rich running Texas. We want it back for all Texans not just White, Rich, Christian Fundamentalist Old Men.

      January 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  21. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Easy answer. The Guns Over People tea potty extremist wingnuts who shut down the people's government AND voted to destroy the full faith and credit of America

    January 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • riseball2

      Usual delusional response. Just wait until the employer mandate kicks in. I understand that is hard for a liberal to understand because that involves some foresight. This ACA will bury you feeble minded liberals for quite some time. I will NEVER give another Dem a chance again.

      January 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
      • Scott

        You need to stop watching FOX news and look up delusional in the dictionary.

        January 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm |
      • Steve Hamilton

        riseball2: You are dead wrong. See my response to California. Are you familiar with the acronym OBE? It means Overcome By Events. And that's what will happen to ACA issues once the big news for 2014 becomes the 200 basis points increase in the cost of money due to the right wing shutdown and default threat last fall. America's new, lower credit rating will increase the deficit by about $100 billion. When that happens, ACA issues will be swept into the dustbin of old news stories.

        The next big issue will be the hullabaloo that will arise when an Executive Order ends gerrymandering.

        The final big new issue will be the announcement by the business community that it will no longer support any far right candidates. BTW, action on this matter by moderate Republicans is already underway, as reported by the NY Times yesterday in a news (not opinion piece) article.

        January 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm |
    • Steve Hamilton

      NATHAN WIMBERLY: You're right and here are three reasons why: 1.) America's revised credit rating that reflects the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat will soon be published. It will lower the rating two levels, leading to an increase in borrowing costs of 200 basis points, which will raise the deficit by about $100 billion, 2.) a soon to be published Executive Order that will eliminate gerrymandering, and 3.) the previously threatened withdrawal by the business community of all support for right wing candidates (which is already happening, per the NY Times).

      January 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply

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