It’s at times like this I’m ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Well, that’s probably not specific enough, since I’m usually ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway. Still, the second you try to explain the stupidity of this “fiscal cliff” fiasco to a normal person, it makes William F. Buckley’s famous declaration that he’d rather be governed by the first few hundred people listed in the Boston phone book than by the faculty of Harvard seem all the more reasonable. While there are some responsible politicians and policymakers in Washington,
Third party talk is unserious. There are already alternate parties all over the place. Those who yearn for something other than Dem or Repub surely can match up with one of those. For the rest of us, we will need to work from within and, no, there is no magical fairy dust that will instantly transform us.
When you are forced to live by the policies that are enacted by corrupt politicians in DC, this is what you get. The realization has set in that neither party wants to fix what they have destroyed.
The progs will fight tooth and nail by any means necessary to achieve their goals while the Republicans stand by and wring their hands. Here´s a novel idea, how about putting your political careers on the line for once in your miserable lives, grow a spine and do what is right for this country.
THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO A PONZI SScheme, other than to have it collapse sooner rather than later.
The country is bankrupt, with no possibility of ever paying its debt!
Hopefully, the bankruptcy will force the liquidation of government assets, and we will be on the road to prosperity with all of those national forests, and oil and coal reserves, back in the hands of the people.
The third leg of this argument is that the rich didn´t get rich being stupid. If the Feds raise the rates, the wealth will flee the country and the good old middle class will be left footing the bill - just like we always have. And Obama does have a plan. Raise taxes and redistribute the money. That has been the plan from day one.
Not until the demorats in Washington DC see obama for what he truly is -- will DC do what´s best for the country.
For now -- I -- work locally and give no allegiance to obama and his thugs.
I´m moving from Illinois as fast as I can. The governor just gave driving priviledges to illegals. OMG -- my poor city.....he´s working on 2014´s voting demographics already. Never let a crisis go to waste -- our mayor says....
#4, it´s quite clear the Republican Party is going to continue to accept both debt limit increases, spending increases, and tax increases. So anyone who wants something different is " unserious"? Get serious.
Whatever it is that infects the Republican Party does not seem to be curable. It´s in a death spiral and those of us who are indeed serious want a real party with a real commitment to solve the mess that´s been forced upon us.
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O.S. Banker, 11/30/2012 8:24:50 AM (No. 9040843)
I am waiting for someone perhaps a fellow L-dotter who possesses a legal mindset to draft a simple Constitutional Amendment. Keypoints are as follows:
1) As it was not the intentions of the founders that Congress should become a career, all congressional defined benefit pension plans are hereby revoked.
2) As it was not the intention that Members of Congress should be exempt from the laws that they enact, any act of congress will be enforcible on all citizens including Members of Congress and all Federal Employees. (If it is a crime to lie to a Federal Agent, it should also be illegal for a Federal Agent to lie to you)
3) Any law previously passed wherein Congress exempted themselves from enforcement or obligations is hereby declared Null and Void. All such laws shall be expunged fro the United States Code.
Just watched a Fox News report that 2/3´s of England millionaires left the country after they raised the taxes on them. The move cost the country billions in tax receipts. And it is happening in CA, IL, NJ and one other.
#12, no one is stopping you from starting yet another party. I think #4´s point was that there are already many to choose from. None of them are a perfect fit? Then, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Remember Ross Perot? With all that money and all those fans, he still couldn´t get on all 50 ballots as an Independent Party candidate.
Quicker and easier to work from inside your party of choice. Begin at your local level and work toward the top. It can be done. It must be done.
During the GOP primary, I was asked to point out a instance when Mitt Romney lied. I quoted a Romney campaign ad In which Mitt said that he balanced the Massachusetts budget "without raising taxes" and that later on he "cut taxes." As a factual matter, only one of these could be true. Governor Romney did not raise tax rates, but he did increase taxes by eliminating "loopholes" (i.e. making someone pay more taxes). Later, Mitt did not lower tax rates, but he did offer offer more exemptions (i.e. opening more loopholes). So one of Mitt´s statements had to be false. Jonah agrees: "If I make the same amount of money as I did last year but pay more in taxes, then my taxes have gone up. If I pay less, my taxes have gone down. Whether the numbers moved this way or that because of closed loopholes or rejiggered tax rates, the result for me is the same."
I point all this out because, on a thread yesterday, the OP requested an example of Mitt Romney lying during the primary. QED.
I think the reference from a yesterday thread was to demonstrate an instance of Romney "lying and smearing" another candidate. There are attempts to tie Governor Romney to such stuff, but they mostly rely on assumption.
It seems like many people don´t think that anything wrong could happen to the country, it will always be anything you want it to be. They are sadly delusional, we will not always be a free people, we will not be fiscally sound and dreams will always be dreams because due to the state the country is in you cannot fulfill your dreams no matter how many flowery speeches are given by politicians. What is happening to the country is sad and not what the founding fathers envisioned.
Fauxbama has no plan. He has never had a plan beyond being elected and flying on Air Force One. So--apres him the deluge and let his idiot supporters feel the pain even more intensely. We´ll all feel it, but at least those with a more-or-less functioning central nervous system will have the satisfaction of watching his useful idiots come to the conclusion that their dreamboat was on a lost voyage to nowhere.
Pat Buchanan´s observation that he would rather be governed by the first few hundred people in the Boston phone book than the Harvard faculty has to change as both groups are equally nuts. That´s how we got to this nightmare. What part of economic decline didn´t the American voters get and what part did they think would get better with ObamaII?
I´ve been sending pictures of spines back to the RNC in their postage-paid envelopes since Frist was Senate Majority Leader, telling Republicans to GROW ONE. They haven´t yet. I´m thinking of relocating to Belize.
The republicans don´t have that much power, the people spoke, they elected Obama and added two more dems to the senate. If you want someone to be mad at, how about all the conservatives that stayed home, sucked their thumbs and sulked. It´s easier to blame the beltway than our own pathetic coalition.
Best I can tell, not a single dim´o´rat is concerned about the debt or the deficit or the effect of high taxes.
Whe they speak of regulation and investment, they are never concerned that it be good regulation or good investment.
Did 911 result in an awakening of the dangers some groups present to us? Not for long. The dims viewed it as a political issue to demgog about. 911 is a distant memory, barely remembered by these people- assuming they do not think the US got what it deserved.
They don´t see a debt problem. They look around and everything is fine just like it was yesterday.
I don´t see how you run a complex organization along populist lines with this populace.
There is no problem in D>C> - Obama stated " he is keeping a list " - and remember- He wants REVENGE - The Republicans would do well to present a plan, and then - do NOTHING - a Take it or Leave it plan to the President- he will NEVER negotiate or compromise- He wants it HIS WAY, or NO WAY Let him be President over a bankrupt U>S> Then maybe U>S> citizens will vote a rational person into the office and the Country can try to heal its wounds- and once again prosper
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