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  •  More importantly than that (10+ / 0-)

    With the federal government enforcing rules the whole concept of

    a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business
    Would be impossible. Who will build the roads? Defend the borders? Enforce trade rules? Arrest criminals stealing your goods?

    Hell, even their saint Adam Smith said in his Wealth of Nations that governments are essential to the success of free enterprise. The argument about "how much" is valid. But Republicans are afraid to admit that ANY government is OK. So they're reduced to absurd talking points.

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:28:22 PM PST

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    •  As far as protecting your business (4+ / 0-)

      Didn't the Mafia do that for businesses that paid them protection money?

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:33:10 PM PST

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    •  Armed NRA volunteers, of course. (1+ / 0-)
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      Armed NRA volunteers: the answer when more tax cuts can't be the answer.

    •  To be fair, they don't really (6+ / 0-)

      want to drown the gub'ment in a bathtub. Because if they did, they wouldn't be able to blithely rob the populace through the government. Plus they wouldn't have jobs.

      •  Shh! You're not supposed to reveal the secret (2+ / 0-)
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        Republican plan out loud!

        Oh, wait, yes we are. And thanks for doing it.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:19:32 PM PST

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        •  It is quite a coup moving crooks into the lawmaker (4+ / 0-)

          slot.
          Making crime legitimate. We've got a long tradition of that. Let's not forget that the "explorers" all arrived with charters from the crown in hand.
          What's a charter for? It's a license to exploit. Charter schools are no different.

          We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

          by hannah on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:12:09 PM PST

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          •  Sorry, I'd have to disagree (1+ / 0-)
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            at least for the charter school my grandson attended for 7th and 8th grade. It goes from kindergarten to 8th, but we live in the next county over, although our godchildren started school at this charter. To put grandson in any public school in that more urban (and sophisticated, meaning smart around here) school district, it costs more than $1200 a semester. I know because we did that with our adopted daughter, who when we got her had been in high school in Miami, but that's another story...

            The charter, being a 'public' school, is 'free' (though their allotment is small and parents/grandparents help). Small classes, the teachers get to follow the kids through a few years unless there's a conflict, Ph.D. science and math teachers from 5th grade to 8th, very creatively oriented because it deals with kids that don't fit in all that well in regular public schools. About half minority (primarily AA, but some latinos and asians, a whole lot of mixed-breeds and hippy/artist types). Godkids and grandson are all exceptional, 'gifted' students. A "gifted" class in regular schools here (WNC, Asheville - Obama was here today, mostly for the barbecue) is just an outrageous amount of extra homework, not real 'let the kids fly' sort of thing. We've been buying pencils, toilet paper and office supplies for years, grandson's through college now. We'll keep on donating, and going to graduations.

            I know the charter idea has been abused in many places. My only experience with a charter school has been wonderful.

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