Let us praise Republicans (I mean it)

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    Dec 15, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    This thread is for anything positive and commonsensical that Republicans have done recently...they are rare, but not nonexistent.

    1. Chuck Grassley and his bill (together with Kohl) to deter "pay-for-delay" generic drugs, which would save $4.8 billion in a decade.
    http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/Article.cfm?customel_dataPageID_1502=37765

    2. Tom Coburn and his comment on "pretty stupid and naive" people who follow in Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge.


    Feel free to add to this list.
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Holy shit! That was COBURN? OMG! I'm gonna faint.
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    Praise, not crickets. I will try to add one to this thread every time I find something from the GOP I can honestly praise.icon_lol.gif
  • GQjock

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    Dec 15, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    The thing is they may SAY sane things every once in a while ...

    ie: Gingrich's observation that Paul Ryan's Healthcare plan was nothing but
    Experimenting with Social Engineering
    But then the Hammer comes down and they refrain from ever being sane again
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Investing in health and security
    By BILL FRIST | 12/15/11 12:03 AM EDT
    Opinion: Continued investment in the fight to end global AIDS is an investment in security.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70476.html

    (I seem to have a thing for GOP physician-politicians)
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    Lisa Murkowski deserves praise for being the only Republican to not join the filibusters against Goodwin Liu and Caitlin J. Halligan.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/rock-bottom/?ref=opinion
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    I find much to praise in Buddy Roemer's campaign, which has been criminally all but ignored by corporate media. He has an aggressive stance to end money in politics, fight against corruption, and believes that banks need to be regulated and "too big to fail" must end.

    Gary Johnson also has some good stuff in his platform but he, too, (possibly because he's not clinically insane or Mitt Romney), has been forced from the American public's view.
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    It's somewhat sad to see that Republicans who make the most sense are the most ignored, or out of power.icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidIt's somewhat sad to see that Republicans who make the most sense are the most ignored, or out of power.icon_sad.gif


    Yes. I think if Roemer was in the party's leadership, there would be a good chance of getting some good bipartisan legislation going.
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    Newt and Mitt all had their praiseworthy "progressive" moments, but all while they were out of focus for the camera. Then they turned into idiots trying to outflank each other to keep the spotlight.
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    Dec 19, 2011 11:55 PM GMT

    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong. I appreciate their effort to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is a good deal when it means we avoid jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of American families. The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work. During this time of divided government, both parties need to be reasonable and come to the negotiating table in good faith. We cannot allow rigid partisan ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people.”
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    Dec 20, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Ron Paul has a lot of good Ideas too and look out the repubs and the media shut him out. I just read an article where Fox News Pulled his new poll numbers showing him ahead in a debate. This just shows even more how much the Republican Party is swinging to the right.
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    Dec 20, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong. I appreciate their effort to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is a good deal when it means we avoid jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of American families. The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work. During this time of divided government, both parties need to be reasonable and come to the negotiating table in good faith. We cannot allow rigid partisan ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people.”


    Now that Scott Brown is losing by more than 10 points against populist Elizabeth Warren, he's suddenly discovered he cares about the middle class.
    Maybe he can convert some of his fellow Republicans (but I won't hold my breath.)
  • creature

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    Dec 20, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    I'll second the nomination for some of Ron Paul's stances, particularly about our involvement in the middle east.
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    Dec 20, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    KissTheSky said
    q1w2e3 said
    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong. I appreciate their effort to extend these measures for a full year, but a two-month extension is a good deal when it means we avoid jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of American families. The refusal to compromise now threatens to increase taxes on hard-working Americans and stop unemployment benefits for those out of work. During this time of divided government, both parties need to be reasonable and come to the negotiating table in good faith. We cannot allow rigid partisan ideology and unwillingness to compromise stand in the way of working together for the good of the American people.”


    Now that Scott Brown is losing by more than 10 points against populist Elizabeth Warren, he's suddenly discovered he cares about the middle class.
    Maybe he can convert some of his fellow Republicans (but I won't hold my breath.)


    Yes, I noticed that reversal. Brown has good reason to be getting nervous.
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    creature said
    KissTheSky said
    q1w2e3 said
    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong..


    I would absolutely agree. A very good reason for placing the House back into
    Democratic hands at the next election!

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    Dec 20, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    creature said
    KissTheSky said
    q1w2e3 said
    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong..


    I would absolutely agree. A very good reason for placing the House back into
    Democratic hands at the next election!

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    Perhaps instead of reacting like lap dogs jumping at anything a Republican says against fellow Republicans, which could be motivated by his own political challenges, a few minutes of critical analysis, a novel concept here, might be directed at looking at some reasons for the position. Of course, that won't happen because most of you only look at sources that tell you what you want to hear. icon_evil.gif
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/286264/house-republicans-postpone-payroll-tax-vote-andrew-stiles
    GOP leaders, however, seized on the concerns expressed by a number of trade organizations that a two-month extension was too short to be implemented effectively. President Obama has also expressed his desire to see the tax cut extended for a full year, and, for once, House Republicans say they intend to give him what he wants. “We believe this is the right thing for the country,” Boehner said. “We’re willing to stay here to get the job done.”
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    Dec 20, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    socalfitness said a few minutes of critical analysis, a novel concept here, might be directed at looking at some reasons for the position. Of course, that won't happen because most of you only look at sources that tell you what you want to hear.
    Gee, I could say the same thing about certain 'right wingers' who post in here. icon_wink.gif
    Hmmmmm.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 20, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Well, the Massachusetts healthcare thing is working really well!
  • creature

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    Dec 21, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    HndsmKansan said
    creature said
    KissTheSky said
    q1w2e3 said
    http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2011/12/sen-brown-blasts-house-for-jeopardizing-tax-relief-unemployment-benefitsWashington, DC – U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement after House Republicans indicated that they will reject the compromise to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits:

    “The House Republicans’ plan to scuttle the deal to help middle-class families is irresponsible and wrong..


    I would absolutely agree. A very good reason for placing the House back into
    Democratic hands at the next election!

    icon_twisted.gif

    Perhaps instead of reacting like lap dogs jumping at anything a Republican says against fellow Republicans, which could be motivated by his own political challenges, a few minutes of critical analysis, a novel concept here, might be directed at looking at some reasons for the position. Of course, that won't happen because most of you only look at sources that tell you what you want to hear. icon_evil.gif
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/286264/house-republicans-postpone-payroll-tax-vote-andrew-stiles
    GOP leaders, however, seized on the concerns expressed by a number of trade organizations that a two-month extension was too short to be implemented effectively. President Obama has also expressed his desire to see the tax cut extended for a full year, and, for once, House Republicans say they intend to give him what he wants. “We believe this is the right thing for the country,” Boehner said. “We’re willing to stay here to get the job done.”


    Uh, pot calling the kettle black much? Mr. National Review. Mr. Wall Street Journal.

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    Dec 21, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    creature saidUh, pot calling the kettle black much? Mr. National Review. Mr. Wall Street Journal.

    False. Posted a link from the Huffington Post today, though I don't often read it. But I do read a number of liberal publications.
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    Dec 21, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
    Y'all are a year early for 2012. When somebody seen as "left" starts looking for things to praise on the "right" and somebody seen as being on the "right" starts reading the H.Post I worry the world may end before it's scheduled date...

    Actually, I'm joking. It would be nice to see a similar thread by a poster usually seen as right leaning for the democrats. There are always some redeeming qualities (and worthy points) made by somebody on the opposing side of almost any issue (or the party that you are not usually aligned with.) Looking for them and posting them seems to be a good way to come back from extreme partisan politics and work towards the middle ground by identifying issues that can be agreed on.
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    Dec 21, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    creature saidUh, pot calling the kettle black much? Mr. National Review. Mr. Wall Street Journal.

    False. Posted a link from the Huffington Post today, though I don't often read it. But I do read a number of liberal publications.


    You missed the point. Most of your links come from the WSJ, and soon after you criticized people for reading what they want to hear—you posted a link to the National Review—a conservative publication.
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    Dec 21, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    creature said
    socalfitness said
    creature saidUh, pot calling the kettle black much? Mr. National Review. Mr. Wall Street Journal.

    False. Posted a link from the Huffington Post today, though I don't often read it. But I do read a number of liberal publications.


    You missed the point. Most of your links come from the WSJ, and soon after you criticized people for reading what they want to hear—you posted a link to the National Review—a conservative publication.

    I have posted links from other organizations such as realclearpolitics and others, but post often from WSJ because I find the articles provided an unbiased viewpoint and opinions are often consistent with my positions. You missed my original point which was "...most of you only look at sources that tell you what you want to hear." I wasn't speaking to which links people post, but the lack of diversity in the viewpoints they express.
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    Dec 24, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    Caving by the FDA.icon_mad.gif
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/antibiotic-resistance-fda-livestock-animal-feed_n_1167851.html

    A little late, but at least one GOP politician wants the right thing done:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/food-safety/109127-rep-murphy-splits-with-gop-on-antibiotic-use-in-agriculture