Member Rara Avis
Perhaps because there is no point to miss, Ron...just Reb, getting in a little target practice with borrowed bullets.
I don't know, Mike. If we were going to talk about posters instead of posts, which of course we're not going to do, I would say that was probably more characteristic of you than of Reb?
Brad, which side you do you feel is not thinking about what's best for the country?
Which ever side doesn't agree with me, of course.
 So, then you're prepared to call the fire department and tell them not to come help you if your house catches on fire? You're just going to gather up a few neighbors with buckets instead?
Reb, if I call the fire department and they show up a month later, yea, I'll probably start talking to a few neighbors about possible alternatives.
More to the point, though, what I said was that it's worth exploring. I don't think we should ever just assume the Federal government is always the answer to a social problem.
 Let's take a look at what happens when the private sector does what 'We the People' should be doing:
What, you want to trade horror stories on what happens when people stop caring about each other? You really think that's limited to the private sector, Reb?
Don't get me wrong. I agree there are a few things best done by a limited and strictly overseen government. Very few. It's hard to get too excited, though, over "things like print money, control a monetary system, wage war, and guarantee the rights of individuals" when the government has pretty much screwed every one of those things up badly.
Again, however, what we were actually talking about, Reb, was whether "only the Federal government is actually big enough to do stuff." And even if I don't want my neighbor locking up kids in his basement, I'm still mortified someone would say something like that.
 Then let's talk about the details instead of propagada-style half-truths.
We have been, Reb. We have been.
You can't really escape the cheap sound bites, though. The trouble with your originating post, however, is that I don't think you even tried.
 This is not a shot at Bobby Jindal -- but at the Republican leadership that is failing to lead anywhere but into oblivion at the moment.
Take a look at the country right now, Reb. Seems to me the American leadership has been doing a pretty bad job for a pretty long time. You want to blame the Republicans for that? Fine. What you're actually saying to me is that the Democrats were too inept to exercise any power of their own OR the American people were too stupid to make the right choices.
You'll probably find I generally agree with all three of those points? If our goal is to lay blame, it ain't going to be all that hard to find culpable targets. And they sure won't all be Republicans, either.