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  •  A goodly portion of this country (8+ / 0-)

    has been duped into believing that our budgetery woes can be solved by eliminating the Depts of Energy and Education, by eliminating welfare and foreign aid, and by cutting taxes on the wealthy.

    We are going to have to pay off our debts the old fashioned way, tax hikes and spending cuts. The first place we need to start is at the Defense Dept (I say that as a retired veteran), then we can go after corporate welfare and start forcing these companies to start kicking in their fair share. The well heeled and powerful have been handed everything on a silver effing platter for 30 years. The gig is up and it's time for them to pay the piper.

    The loudest cries for war come from those who have never seen one.

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 03:18:33 AM PST

    •  not too hard to dupe dupes (3+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, MadGeorgiaDem, DRo

      Consider the antics of Nationally Very Important People:
      Joe Barton wants to know where the oil in Alaska came from:
      http://www.themudflats.net/...
      while Sarah Palin is bringing cookies to PA to protest public schools trying to provide good nutrition to their students:
      http://www.themudflats.net/...

      On the other hand it is hard to be sorry for some people when stuff likes this still happens:
      http://www.whnt.com/...

      •  I live in Georgia-10, (5+ / 0-)

        which is represented by Paul Broun, who is only half an idiot; whenever I see and hear Joe Barton I consider myself fortunate. Barton makes Broun look like Tom Hayden.

        The loudest cries for war come from those who have never seen one.

        by MadGeorgiaDem on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 03:41:21 AM PST

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      •  Corporal punishment (0+ / 0-)

        Is alive and well. Texas Republican party platform endorses it.  But kids should not get any medical care:

        In Texas, some Republicans — bolstered by their expanded majority in the State House — say the strings attached to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are bankrupting the state, which is staring down a budget hole that some have estimated as high as $25 billion. They argue that states could provide more efficient and cost-effective care for children, the disabled and the impoverished by either giving up federal matching money altogether or getting federal officials to grant states waivers to provide health care as they see fit.

        Although the federal government covers 60 percent of Texas’ costs, Rick Perry says he can do it cheaper and better without the help.  Is this hubris or what?

        To read more see

        http://www.nytimes.com/...

    •  Stockman made some suggestions in the NYTimes (5+ / 0-)

      piece:

      cutting military spending, cutting farm subsidies, cutting health-care spending,

      These look obvious to me. Subsidizing giant factory farm corporations? How is that the Republican way? I thought they wanted to let failing businesses fail.

      We have for-profit specialty hospitals springing up everywhere in my neck of the woods. That wouldn't be happening if stockholders weren't making happy bucks on the sick and dying.

      And, as for military spending, slash it to the bone and use some of the money to put the war profiteers in prison.

      Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 03:40:49 AM PST

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    •  Well said (2+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, MadGeorgiaDem

      We need to take a hard look at corporate tax rates, and loopholes. They're all making money this year, but no one is hiring (my company went out and bought another company).
      I've heard people talk about subsidizing sending jobs overseas through tax cuts, but we really need more details on corporate taxes so we can present an informed arguement against them.

      How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove and doesn't have that dangerous beak. Jack Handey

      by skohayes on Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 03:41:57 AM PST

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