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  •  It's a good idea. The only way to get it through (3+ / 0-)

    this congress, though, would be to chain it.

    And that would be a bad idea.

    "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

    by JesseCW on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:11:53 PM PST

    •  a Financial Transaction Tax might pass (6+ / 0-)

      It's the perfect issue for new reps to pursue

      Warren and Grayson.

      with some backup support from some old reps:

      Sanders, DeFazio, and Merkley.

      Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
      -- Here's how.

      by jamess on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:26:29 PM PST

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      •  Don't our seniors deserve better? (5+ / 0-)

        Hell, yes!

        Don't our seniors deserve better?  

        Don't our Wall Street moguls deserve to finally pay their fair share, to the society, from which they continue to extract their extreme 1% wealth?

        How great to even think of soon having Grayson back and Warren coming in?

        Neither will be faint voices in the wilderness.

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

        by allenjo on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:35:19 PM PST

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        •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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          allenjo, jamess

          Social Responsibility is NOT socialism.

          Ike taxed rich 90%, JFK-Carter 70%, Reagan dropped the tax to 35% and the deficit soared.  Is this impossible for the hard liners to see?

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:21:54 AM PST

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          •  There was a reason... (0+ / 0-)

            I think all presidents go into their jobs wanting to do an outstanding job. Once they're in, they learn how many interruptions are a daily part of life, there are always fires to put out, the details of foreign policy and national security are more dire than they had realized...and one human being is to bear all this burden to manage. Reagan may have changed political parties, but he wasn't afraid to try new approaches to fiscal problems. I read a fabulous book by a man who formed his own car parts manufacturing company. His blinded brother grew up to become the inventor of cruise control. He wanted to hire as many workers as he could to help build his community--he himself had grown up so poor, his father sold him out as an indentured servant for 3 years--he had to sleep in the barn, even in the winter. Was he ever glad to be done with that. But the experience spurred him to want to help others make their own way and provide for their families. He finally joined the national Chamber of Commerce and explained to whoever would listen his theory of reducing taxes on business owners, the wealthy, if you will, so they could hire more labor. Reagan later said that he designed his early tax cuts around this fellow's business tax model and wanted to see how it worked. It did work, but as you stated, it didn't fix everything. I fear our nation has grown so large and complicated, fiscal responsibility and providing safety nets for the truly needy is an extremely tough problem. We need our best financial experts to battle this out pronto.

            Here's an interesting article about Reagan. No human is perfect, and mistakes are and will be made by both parties, but I'm sure they each want to do well.


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