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  •  What you need to get over is the notion (0+ / 0-)

    that there is a limited amount of money to be spent. The only limiting factors are the number of people available to do things and time.  Time is an absolute limit since the length of days is fixed and every person's days are limited.
    Money is a figment of the imagination, a token of relative value, whose use and re-use is infinite. If there are limits on the quantity of money, those are limits that are artificially set for some ulterior purpose, usually having to do with control.

    "Not enough money" is a handy way of saying "I prefer not to," without giving one's personal preference, which might occasion antagonism, away.

    That we spend many man hours creating implements to kill people and blow up the environment is despicable.  However, the people engaged in those endeavors are not likely to make good nurses, doctors, teachers, artists or agriculturists.  When all is said and done, keeping them occupied with big toys may be the best strategy until we think of something else. Also, there are evil people on the globe and somebody's got to be prepared to stop them.
    Why our electronics industry keeps requiring public subsidies is a puzzlement. On the other hand, the military's experience in harsh natural environments will have benefits for all. Miniaturization certainly does.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Wed May 09, 2012 at 03:29:22 AM PDT

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    •  You're saying the U.S. budget means nothing? (0+ / 0-)

      "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

      by BigAlinWashSt on Wed May 09, 2012 at 07:03:33 AM PDT

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      •  A budget is a plan for future action. (0+ / 0-)

        Deciding its contents on the basis of artificially restricted money supplies is an exercise in deception. It's sort of like deciding how far one is going to drive by limiting how much gas one puts in the car.
        Which is not to say that money is like fuel.  Rather, if a comparison to a vehicle seems useful, I'd say that money is more like the oil that lubricates a gasoline powered engine (there's no oil in an electric motor).  Drain the oil out of the engine and the gears grind to a halt. You can still push the car, but all the benefit of the lubricant and the fuel is lost. So, we're going backwards to an economy whose technical advances have been removed.  It is possible for cultures to go backwards towards a more primitive state.  It's what conservatives, in their insecurity, seem to prefer. Not really.  They like their creature comforts; they just don't know what it takes to produce them.  Conservatives are poor on know-how and why things work.  Which is why they ought not to be put in charge of deciding anything.
        Economists who equate workers with consumers do us all a disservice.  Workers are producers.  To characterize them is a slur which simply advances the false notion that demands and ideas run the world -- the modern equivalent of the Creator enunciating "let there be light and there was."  What we've got is some humans playing God and presuming to decide for the rest of us. We saw what letting Dubya be the decider got us.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Wed May 09, 2012 at 08:11:46 AM PDT

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