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  •  NO Changes to Social Security! (12+ / 0-)
    There is absolutely no reason to make any changes in social security. No less an expert in Social Security than Paul Krugman who has a freakin' Nobel Prize in International Trade has said social security is perfectly safe.  Even in the miniscule possibility that Prof. Krugman is even slightly wrong, if we make any changes to the program regarding eligibility, we lose the potential opportunity to fairly raise taxes on the wealthiest people to make up any shortfall. So, social security is perfectly fine and even if it is not, if we make any changes to the program we lose the opportunity to raise taxes on the wealthy to make up any minor shortfalls. Either way as intelligent people powered progressives, we would lose; either the size of the program would diminish which would go against everything we stand for as progressives or we would lose an opportunity to raise taxes, which also goes against everything we stand for as tough and intelligent progressives.
    •  Cut the DoD budget 90 %, then our budget (10+ / 0-)

      will balance in about 3 years when we get back to 6 percnet unemployment.

      Burningman is going great. They have a live feed of the playa & a radio station. they burn the man is 3 days

      by Churchill on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 07:20:05 AM PDT

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      •  while the DOD budget does need to be cut (3+ / 0-)
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        I'm not sure how you think laying off how many tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of workers who would be cut with a 90% reduction will actually help unemployment numbers.

        •  Put them to work rebuilding infrastructure (4+ / 0-)

          problem solved. Instead of wasting millions of dollars on a one time use cruise missile, that literally goes up in smoke, put everyone to work rebuilding our infrastructure, something that will last decades, if not centuries.

          The automobile put a lot of blacksmiths out of business. Should we have buried our head in the sand and tried to protect all those jobs?

          Same with money-gouging middle men like the health insurance companies. Instead of pushing money around the table and grabbing a big wad for yourself in the process, put them to work producing something that is real.

          The Social Security administration is a model of how big government works best. There is remarkably low overhead in administrative costs. The republicans aren't against government so much, they are against government where they can't get their greedy little mitts on it and take a big cut of the money for doing exactly nothing.

          They hate Social Security with a passion because it works wonderfully well and virtually every penny of it goes to the working class of America. They hate it because it isn't being funneled to a few greedy assholes at the top.

          Everything I write is within a margin of error of precisely 100%.

          by Bailey Savings and Loan on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 08:13:43 AM PDT

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          •  Or better yet green jobs specifically. (1+ / 0-)
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            Too many people naturally think of infrastructure meaning roads and bridges, i.e. things cars drive on! We need to create millions of green jobs by pouring resources into their creation, which not only creates some green manufacturing jobs, but even more jobs in terms of grant writing, community organizing and other people powered specific green jobs.

        •  Defense spending is the *least* stimulative (1+ / 0-)
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          way for Government to spend a dollar.

          It actually produces fewer jobs than untargeted across the board tax cuts for everyone.

          So, yes, while people would be laid off, the net effect would be the creation of a couple million jobs.

          'Wall Street has just done a nose dive,' tell them, 'Those Republican organizations don't interest me in the least' Will Rogers advice to FDR

          by JesseCW on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 08:18:13 AM PDT

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        •  the military is all about jobs ? I did not know (0+ / 0-)

          that.  Then why not just pay them to stay at home?

          Burningman is going great. They have a live feed of the playa & a radio station. they burn the man is 3 days

          by Churchill on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 10:37:19 AM PDT

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        •  our DoD budget 703 billion, Canada's budget 14 Bl (0+ / 0-)

          so we spend FIFTY times what Canada spends, and we are both protected by 2 oceans.  Doesn't really make sense to me.

          Burningman is going great. They have a live feed of the playa & a radio station. they burn the man is 3 days

          by Churchill on Thu Sep 02, 2010 at 10:38:33 AM PDT

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