Cantor, Obama, and the Future of Dems vs. Repubs

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

US President Barack Obama along with House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio (2nd L), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia (2nd R) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R) (Getty Images)

Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a high-profile policy speech "outlining initiatives to 'Make Life Work'." Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal politics reporter, discusses the proposals, the future of the GOP, and the looming fiscal negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.


Janet Hook

Comments [17]

anna from new york

This what someone posted:
"I just had to put this in - a truly amazing story.
Fayhan al-Ghamdi (google him) is a Saudi TV preacher. He thought his five year old daughter wasn't a virgin. So - he raped her repeatedly, tortured her by burning, then beat her to death. The judge sentences him to a FINE! About $50,000 to the mother of the child (he had sole custody after the divorce) and time served, a few months"
And where is our "compassionate, liberal crowd." Certainly on some Flotilla. Pure, undiluted evil.
dr anna, a Social Democrat, hating political bigoted prostitutes

Feb. 07 2013 08:16 AM
anna from new york times

So called "compassionate" non-Zionist, Noach, why don't you, visit Syria, Egypt, Muslim slaves in oil rich countries, graves of women stoned to death for being raped etc.
Illiterate, moronic, indecent demagogue.

Feb. 06 2013 02:44 PM
anna from new york

Mary from Danbury,
Why don't you check the salary of the CEO. A new Presbyterian Hospital CEO's basic salary is $10 million. No, he isn't a physician.

Feb. 06 2013 02:39 PM
anna from new york

You, so called non-Zionist, translation a sick antisemite pretending to be human. Antisemitism is an area of my expertise, so don't you dare to start babbling ...
Jews are Zionists by definition.
Obama has done enough for the disintegration of the world. The world won't survive for more years of the master charlatan.
He won't last till the end. The last time I checked, treason was an impeachment offense and all his friends, such as Ahmadinejad and Putin and all his "flexibility" won't help him. America will never be an Iranian province. Forget about it and tell your master to forget.
dr anna

Feb. 06 2013 02:35 PM
Noach (anti-bankster/corporate/war traditionalist) from Brooklyn

Edward from Washington Heights wrote,
"Teachers must be subject to evaluation and market forces like any other worker."

I agree with the first part of your statement: Teachers should indeed be subject to rigorous evaluation and face the threat of losing their job if their performance is found unsatisfactory.

But subject to "market forces"? Whether education, healthcare, electricity, etc., the standard and criteria should be how well they serve the _public good_, not "market forces".

No man is an island.

Feb. 06 2013 01:12 PM
Noach (non-Zionist, anti-bankster/corporate/war) from Brooklyn

@ Edward from Washington Heights, Re: Al Sharpton:

I agree that it is incredible and outrageous how Sharpton gets a complete pass for any number of statements and actions that he has made in the past.

To the best of my knowledge, Sharpton has NEVER apologized for or in any way rengeged on his role in the Tawana Brawley libel against Steven Pagonas.

Here is just one of a number of choice statements that the very right reverend made back in his less PC days:

"We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."

Google "Sharpton greek homos" for citation, and much more, including videos.

Feb. 06 2013 12:48 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Why does Al Sharpton, of the Twana Brawley hoax, the Freddies Fashion Mart, Crown Heights riot have a show on MSNBC?

Feb. 06 2013 12:30 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Eliminate tenure for teachers.

Teachers must be subject to evaluation and market forces like any other worker.

Feb. 06 2013 12:26 PM

On Al Sharpton's program on Monday or Tuesday on MSNBC they juxtaposed Cantor's language and speech with that of a speech by President Obama from Dec. 2011 (over a year earlier.) . . . If Cantor were my student he'd get an "F" for plagiarism. Not only were the ideas lifted, but the language was nearly identical! Just pathetic.

Feb. 06 2013 11:39 AM
Ramaswamy from Closter

I believe Cantor has got things backward- the reason kids major in soft subjects like sociology is that they are (on average) woefully unprepared for college. Hard subjects like the sciences demand a level of college-preparedness that our public schools (again, on average) don't deliver.

Interestingly, the actions of the Republicans such as instistence on local control of education (aka keep Washington out of our lives), their anti-intellectualism, relentless promotion of sports etc. are precisely the reasons why we are not producing sufficient numbers of college-ready high-school graduates.

Feb. 06 2013 11:26 AM
antonio from baySide

wow. HMJ Eric Cantor is going in the opposite direction!
Well David Brooks you can now officially join the democratic party; That will be the new republicans and the green party will become the new common sense party!

Feb. 06 2013 11:25 AM
Matt M from Brooklyn

If Eric Cantor wants college students to have accurate information about job openings then he shouldn't suggest defunding social sciences. Social scientists analyze job availability and openings. Who does Cantor think will be at the bureau of labor statistics providing accurate job market data?

Feb. 06 2013 11:23 AM
Noach (anti-corporate/bankster traditionalist) from Brooklyn

Why don't we provide FREE quality higher education to all qualifying citizens? (The way many other countries do)

Wouldn't that be an _investment_ in the future of the nation? (Since many of the students would go on to become _assets_ to the country.)

Feb. 06 2013 11:22 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Liberal arts degrees are about the only guarantee of continued employment in tomorrow's economy. The proven ability to think critically and take action based on logic is the only tool that won't become outdated in the marketplace over time. Using degree programs to prepare for specific industries will get you hired but it will not keep you employed. Young Americans and the parents who are financing their educations had better realize that.

Feb. 06 2013 11:22 AM
Mary from Danbury

My sister works in a hospital that is cutting back on RNs but not LPNs (so going for lesser trained nurses). How do Republicans or anyone take a position on micromanaging choices in degrees and trainings when the market changes so fast?

Feb. 06 2013 11:21 AM
Tony from Canarsie

The other night, The Daily Show played showed some clips of the president speaking last year, followed by Cantor saying almost the exact same wording in his speech this week. Expect the GOP to change its moniker to The New Dixiecrats by the end of the year.

Feb. 06 2013 11:18 AM
Non-Zionist Orthodox Jew (Noach) from Brooklyn

On his trip to Israel, the President should:

- Put down an ultimatum: A complete freeze ALL settlement construction in the occupied territories or U.S. funding and other goodies will start to dwindle.

- Visit the occupied territories, including the refugee camps, and see how the Palestinians are living.

Feb. 06 2013 11:17 AM

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