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5/7/11 8:42 P

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Giant Steps sums it up nicely. The Republicans want to "starve the beast" so that government can't do things like protect our food and drug supply, regulate industrial safety, or protect the environment. The funny thing is, when disaster strikes, as in the recent tornadoes, the Republicans are there with their hands out looking for Federal assistance.

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5/7/11 4:07 P

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Good thinking Carli..I quite like that plan..

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5/7/11 1:19 P

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I didn't say we'd give them oxygen or space suits, B ... emoticon

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“Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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5/7/11 8:52 A

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Hey now, what do we have against the Universe?

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5/7/11 4:12 A

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If only ... maybe we can round up all the "Reds," stick 'em in space capsules and blow them out of orbit!

♫ Carli

“Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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5/6/11 11:47 P

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Is there another planet that will take them???



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5/6/11 4:41 P

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I agree that Ron Paul is a stand up kind of guy. Libertarianism just isn't workable though. Trying to make the US into a Libertarian utopia would do a lot of harm in spite of intentions. Ron Paul is a nut; a likeable nut, but still a nut.

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5/6/11 3:36 P

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I liked the truth of this post and like what Lawrence O'Donnell said about the Republican plan which he talked about at the last of this video clip analyzing the presidents speech on the budget. O'Donnell stated the same thing in a little more detail. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/425
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But then we've known this for years and, unfortunately, we are either preaching to the choir, having our words fall on deaf ears, or throwing pearls to the swine.

Consequently nothing gets accomplished because of the this power struggle and nothing will be accomplished until their plots are exposed to the light of day and the deaf get their ears opened. What I fear is that their ears will not be opened until they lose their jobs, their decent wages, their power of bargaining, their retirement, their health care, or what they didn't realize they were counting on and it is too late to do anything about it.

We all seem to know this, but what we have lacked is the answer to combating this republican plan which seems to be working very well for them.


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5/6/11 3:11 P

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I can't disagree with any of that, although Ron Paul seems like a very reasonable and intelligent man and I sincerely don't think he'd knowingly do anything to harm this country. He is certainly not in the pockets of any corporations, like the others.
But president "any of the others" sends chills up and down my spine.

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5/6/11 3:00 P

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Ah ha! That is why I asked the question I did on my status this morning. Only I accidently hit enter rather than shift and didn't really end it. I'm so tired of hearing how better off we would be if the GOP ruled. But they can't verbalize why only to say there would be no dems in office!! I'm ready to get off the merry - go - round if one of those names becomes president, too.

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5/6/11 2:43 P

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Growing up in a boarder town I've been to Canada many times. I also toured Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in a band when I was younger. All nice places. English is spoken in Canada. Vancouver and Victoria Island are probably the nicest areas in Canada but Nova Scotia is also very nice if you prefer to live in the East.
I have to admit that I felt like I might have to move when Bush was reelected in 2004.
I'm not giving up on the US yet. However, if I ever have to put the title President together with a name like Palin, Backmann, Trump, Perry or Paul I'll have to reconsider.

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5/6/11 1:46 P

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Good summary.
This is why I want to move to Norway or Sweden, or even Canada. This country is going right to the dogs. (aka Republicans)

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5/6/11 1:19 P

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There are two ways to balance a budget. Reduce spending and increasing revenue. It seems obvious that anyone who is serious about debt would look at both sides. Lowering taxes seems to have been the number one priority of conservatives since President Reagan took office.
To understand the conservative opposition to taxes you have to understand "starving the beast." The idea here is that if the government doesn't have money for programs that the programs will have to be cut. Starving the beast has been the plan of conservatives for decades. Economists Paul Krugman advised Republicans not to talk about unpopular spending cuts but instead talk about popular tax cuts which would lead to unsustainable budget shortfalls necessitating cutting popular programs. This isn't even a secret plot; Republicans have been openly presenting this as their strategy. We are in debt because conservatives want it that way; they want to use our economic woes to justify slashing or eliminating programs they oppose that are too popular for them to openly oppose. After they sabotage the program's funding they come back and say, "see, I told you that it was impractical!"
This is why I get so mad when Democrats roll over and let Republicans get their way with tax cuts. Every reckless tax cut Democrats agree to is another nail in the coffin of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, head start, EPA, OSHA, etc. Republicans have a vision for America; it is a vision where people can acquire and build wealth unfettered by taxes, regulations, or social responsibility. Social safety nets like entitlement programs are bad because they only reward failure in their eyes.

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