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  •  Lolwut (0+ / 0-)

    Cutting useless or counterproductive spending is a good idea on it's own merits, even if the money just goes into a bank account.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 11:20:04 PM PDT

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    •  But it won't create jobs. I think we've proved (2+ / 0-)
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      that reducing deficits at a time of recession is counter productive to job growth, even if its wasteful spending.

      "Because I am a river to my people."

      by lordcopper on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 06:41:09 AM PDT

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      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        I oppose wasteful spending all the time no matter what. Everyone in our economy has to figure out a way to actually make a contribution. Our economy only works when people are making net productive contributions, not make work 'contributions'.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 01:21:24 PM PDT

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        •  Massive unemployment (0+ / 0-)

          which is a product of macroeconomic policy, prevents everyone form making as full of a contribution as they are able to.  Yet your call for less spending is a call to increase unemployment, and thereby ensure even more people are prevented from making that contribution.  Nothing could be more wasteful than refusing to use the vast unused capital in our society to employ the vast unused labor to achieve important unmet needs (like dealing with our crumbling infrastructure, addressing our brittle electric grid, or creating a more resilient and less destructive energy system).  Which is to say your stated goals are inconsistent with your policy positions.  

          No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources.  Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance.  Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order. FDR

          Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

          by David Kaib on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 01:43:42 PM PDT

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