SCOTUS, 5-4, puts stay on EPA climate change regulations

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  1. asher

    asher So Did We

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    I'll let you guess how that split breaks out, and your first two don't count.

    Take action against possibly the greatest threat we've ever faced? Nah, let's punch some hippies.

    BREAKING: Supreme Court Halts Obama's Sweeping Climate Change Plan

    I try really, really hard to never wish ill upon people, but God do we need Scalia Alito and Thomas off the Court as soon as possible. Kennedy too.
     
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    I saw that and was quite disappointed. You'd think people at that level would be better able to critically reason, but nope. :wallbash:
     
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    asher So Did We

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    They've demonstrated that they're fully capable of critically reasoning whether something is for the benefit of their highly conservative partisan ideologies.
     
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    tedtan SS.org Regular

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    That they have. I'm just tired of the ideology overriding the real world facts.
     
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    leftyguitarjoe Correct-handed

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    This is why we need to elect Bernie and then hope a few of these windbags die so we can get some sane people in there.
     
  6. asher

    asher So Did We

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    I really can't imagine Hillary being very different than him on potential SCOTUS nominees, though I suppose it depends if we can retake the Senate. But yeah.
     
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    USMarine75 Doc McStuffins Contributor

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    I'll just leave this here and let you ponder just how Congress and SCOTUS seems to always vote against EPA regulations...

    Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire | Rolling Stone

    [Disclaimer - IMO RS is a sh!t mag with mostly sh!t stories, but the politics section, especially Matt Taibbi, can be quite good at times.]
     
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    leftyguitarjoe Correct-handed

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    Hilary's wouldnt pick anyone who would also overturn Citizen's United. She is just another cog in the system.
     
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    Yeah, the more I learn about Hillary the less I like her and before I even knew about all the potential candidates I was totally in her camp. I 'like' her better than the GOP alternatives, but that isn't exactly saying much honestly. My vote doesn't really count in my state anyhow so if Bernie doesn't get the nomination I'm voting green party for sure, to show my overall disdain for the establishment and the DNC (and support for the alternative, which could help their future funding).

    Given the many pro business things to make it through SCOTUS this last decade that I've heard about I'm not honestly surprised by this result.
     
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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    [citation needed]
     
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    leftyguitarjoe Correct-handed

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    [her entire political career and campaign contributor list]
     
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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    Weak. Clinton was campaigning for health care reform in the '90s as First Lady. (I'm old enough to actually remember those years.) Her voting record in the Senate is not substantively different from Sanders'. Arguments that she's actually less progressive (as opposed to just more practical) than Sanders need substance, not just accusations.
     
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    asher So Did We

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    And to be completely honest, Citizen's United at this point is far less important than maintaining voting rights, protecting labor and civil rights, and climate change. Especially the last one.
     
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    Where she differs is quite significant and she used her role as first lady as a buffer quite frequently. The Clinton's pushed through a lot of regulation in the name of 'compromise' that pretty much led to the financial crisis IMO. She was the strongest fighter for NAFTA in the 90's and a large reason why it passed (the second erosion of middle class jobs). She sold guns to questionable groups as Secretary of State. She's extremely inconsistent on many issues and anytime she needed to boost her image she'd make foreign affair trips that accomplished nothing while making up stories to make them seem far more dangerous than it ever was for the sake of publicity (although not unique to just her as far as BS goes). Her views as first lady and as a true politician are almost night and day at times, especially as it pertains to Wall Street. Now consider how the DNC is behaving, and has behaved for the last 10-15 years, and the fact that all these people she's supposedly going to screw over as president are backing her election (including the establishment) and it's hard to believe anything she says at face value. She really isn't very progressive exactly because she is kind of practical when it comes to her political career. She swings her views/values with the times, hence her flip flop on gay rights and other such things. That doesn't exactly leave many thinking she'll do the things she promises, and the only reason she's promising any of them at all currently is because her opponent is popular and making those same promises.

    I have a love/hate view on the Clinton presidency, but ultimately I don't attribute our nations financial success to them, but more the internet. The policies the Clinton's passed and/or let through had some damning ramifications on the state of our economy, which allowed banks to get 'too big to fail' (well bigger at the very least).

    Most Sander supporters don't necessarily believe he will accomplish all or even most of what he promises. Intent is equally important when picking a leader because it means even if he can't successfully execute his programs he is at least definitely looking out for the peoples interest (which can be proven by his political and personal track record). I can't say the same for Hillary. She's always looked out for herself first and foremost and anyone who's willing to give her enough money. Just listen to past and present speeches by Hillary. It's pretty damning all on its own.

    I don't think Republican's would do better by any means, but when you put aside social issues the difference between the two established parties is almost nonexistent behind closed doors. Hillary voted for us to go to war, she went to bat for Wall Street, the Democrats agreed that the banks were too big to fail. These are hardly progressive notions. The right uses religion to control their base and the left uses civil rights issues, which are absolutely important, but no one notices the juggling bear on the unicycle. IMO it's time that either the party policies for the two leading parties change or we get new parties all together. Democrats are not progressive at all, but I'm digressing at this point.
     
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    asher So Did We

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    Oh my god.

    It's 2016 now. This is so completely untrue. Have the last four terms of Presidents taught us nothing?
     
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    Uhhh, not really. Still in war, still doing drone strikes, banks were bailed out, tax rates haven't changed. Need I go on?

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    Clinton is more of the same. If we need a woman candidate I'd much prefer Warren or Stein.
     
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    My views align almost completely with the green party so you're going to have a hard time convincing me that Democrats are actually progressive when even the rest of the world considers you right of center.
     
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    Alex Kenivel Psycho, dont engage

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    Hooray for the inevitable! If anybody wants to find me, I'll be up in the cockpit of my rocket ship waiting to blast off
     
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    And to those 1%ers it means almost nothing because most of their money comes from capital gains, which last I checked are still taxed excessively low.

    In any case, you took umbrage with one sentence from my post. Do you have anything constructive to add other than disbelief? You're cherry picking from both of my posts with what I can only assume are the two things you can disagree with and even eliminating taxes from the equation, which the system is still incredibly regressive, the other things I mentioned still apply. Even the healthcare reform was less than stellar. Yes, that wasn't all one parties fault that it got hollowed out, but I wasn't 100% on board to begin with for the market idea (I did like the actual health policies implemented on existing health insurance policies). We needed a single payer system, not what we got, or what we intended to get, when entering Obama's first presidency. Unemployment went down and that definitely helps improve the Democrats position, but again it's a hollow gesture when the jobs people had versus what they got when reentering the work force was a heavy loss in pay. Again, not solely Democrats fault, or the politicians in general, since big business has been allowed for the last 50 years to do whatever the hell they please (outsourcing jobs and sub-par pay/benefits in a lot of cases). The Democratic party, despite being one of the two big parties, has done little to resolve this either. Both parties suck; One just happens to suck a little less.

    I'm aware how the system works though and because we have a first to past the post voting system I have to vote for the party that gets as close as possible to my views; without a runoff voting system 3rd parties don't have a shot and everyone has a very self defeating mindset about 3rd parties anyhow, making it incredibly unlikely that they'd win. The Democrats at least take care of social issues and pretend to dislike big business/war, which is far better than the GOP's screw the public, only business/war/patriotism mindset, but it has definitely always been a lesser of two evils argument for myself. Hillary is just more of the same. Even if I pretend that she's 100% committed and actually intent on doing what she says (most of which a president can't actually do), does anyone actually believe that the GOP is going to treat her any different than Obama? Have y'all heard what they think of her?

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    The two links you posted are steps in the right direction, I'm by no means discounting that btw.
     

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