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Lame ducks

Discussion in 'Political Rants' started by greasemonkey, Dec 17, 2010.

    Dec 17, 2010
  1. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    Isn't it infuriating that the people JUST voted last month to throw out the big govt spenders and every poll showed that the voters did NOT approve of the huge govt growth and all the spending and pork and earmarks in these overbearing bills yet...... here is the lame duck congress that just got voted out with a 13% approval rating trying to ram down 2000 pages of new spending as they are leaving office????

    I am shocked at the audacity of these liberals/progrssives/socialists. It is literally unbelievable to me that they would attempt to do this. It is as though they are passing laws directly AGAINST the will of the American people.

    Thank goodness the conservatives defeated this latest spending bill. This mid term election could not have come soon enough and it just shows what will happen if you allow a bunch of leftists to govern and get their agenda passed. It would only be a matter of a small amount of time until they had wrecked the ship, abandoned the constitution and had us as a socialist nation.
     
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  2. Dec 17, 2010
  3. bryand

    bryand Beach Bum PABnonaccred mm1

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    Unfortunately, many earmarks in the now-defeated omnibus spending bill were placed by republicans. Seriously, let's borrow some more money from China to fund another stupid research project in a third world country.
     
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  4. Dec 17, 2010
  5. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    I agree very much bryand. I don't care what party they are in. I use the terms liberal and conservative. Believe me there are a couple of liberal republicans (Olympia Snowe et al) and there are a handful of bluedog dems that are more fiscally conservative than people like Snowe. Obviously the NORM is for Reps to be fiscally conservative and Dems to be fiscally liberal. Party doesnt mean anything to me, however. My concern is if they are CONSERVATIVE fiscally or not.
    If they are liberal fiscally then they need to be shown the door. These few fiscally liberal Republicans need to be voted out as well as the overwhelming majority of dems who either supported the spending bill or added earmarks. It just outrages me and it should everyone.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2010
  7. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    It's clearly impossible to stop governments spending like drunk sailors - there are examples all over the world of the same sort of disregard for the taxpayer's money and it infuriates me every time I see a new media expose on really dumbass or corruption-tainted projects.

    This business in the States of politicians being able to wheel and deal and attach unrelated or pork barrel bills to more important legislation also pisses me off bigtime, just on principle.

    How can these people hope to have sensible and informed debate on proposed legislation when these earmark or Christmas Tree attachments confuse and inflate the material they are supposed to be conscientiously studying?

    It merely ensures that noone really gets to grips with each law other than its authors, and the poliical hacks too often take the safe course of voting on party lines.

    Rant over :oops:
     
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  8. Dec 19, 2010
  9. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

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    Ironically politicians are the biggest gamblers and they should use their own money since they aren't very good at it.
     
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  10. Dec 19, 2010
  11. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

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    I am shocked at the audacity of these liberals/progrssives/socialists

    You were specifically speaking of dems..no mention of republicans until it was shown that they wanted to add all these earmarks...in fact you were praising the fact that the dems were thrown out so that the repubs can take over and make this country right...give me a freaking break. I don't know why people believe that one party is better than the other.

    I guess we can debate til the cows come home. It's going to take a cohesive action between both parties to start getting us back on the right track. Instead of casting blame on one party let's hold them equally responsible to do the right thing.

    Let me ask another question. In order to get this country back where it belongs, what are you (meaning the citizens) willing to give up?
     
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  12. Dec 19, 2010
  13. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

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    I agree they need to work together and in fact probably wont change a thing if they can't but it is a well known fact that dems are loose spenders and repubs are tightwads. Both can be a major pain in the butt because of that too.
     
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  14. Dec 19, 2010
  15. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

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    Not all dems are loose spenders just like not all repubs are conservative tight wads. If we can get people to go to the middle like they did on the tax breaks then meaningful dialogue can ensue.
     
  16. Dec 19, 2010
  17. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

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  18. Dec 20, 2010
  19. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    Go ahead back and read my posts again. Perhaps that will allow you to understand what I wrote rather than what you interpreted.

    Cliff notes: I said I don't care which party they are in. I care that they are not liberal/progressive/socialist. I said I did want them to be very fiscally CONSERVATIVE.
    So, if I don't care which party they are in and I am against liberal big spenders (which included the vast majority of dems) and I am for fiscally conservative policies and those that pass them then where the hell do you come up with the dems vs. reps stuff? You shouldnt think in terms of parties. You should think in terms of platforms. Fiscally conservative is good for the economy. Liberal spenders ruin countries and run them into the ground. Look around the world right now and you will see it. It NEVER works.

    But you asked me a question at the end of your post. The answer is quite simple. As a self-reliant, capable, able bodied American citizen that has served my country via the Military in war I am more than willing to give up all the social handouts the government offers me as a citizen. I don't want its SOCIAL security - no thank you. I don't want its socialized medicine, I am more than willing to give that up. I am willing to give up 3 years worth of being paid to be unemployment. I am willing to give up research on Cow burps. I am willing to give up funding for ways to stop "global warming" if it even exists. I am willing to give up Govt. takeovers of our auto industry. I am willing to give up bailouts to banks. I am willing to give up all those types of things.

    Thank you for asking. In doing so it will keep more money in people's pockets, raise the govts. revenue and give people incentive to achieve....all the while making the economy strong again.

    How about you?
     
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  20. Dec 20, 2010
  21. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

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    Thank goodness the conservatives defeated this latest spending bill. This mid term election could not have come soon enough and it just shows what will happen if you allow a bunch of leftists to govern and get their agenda passed. It would only be a matter of a small amount of time until they had wrecked the ship, abandoned the constitution and had us as a socialist nation.

    I can read and interpret quite well and anybody who read your first post knew exactly what you were referring to.

    I'm all for them raising taxes, cutting entitlements, medicare, social security, getting rid of earned income...sorry but that program doesn't work the way that it was intended to.., limits on how many years you're on welfare, food stamps and low income housing...if all that is taken away the least that we can give people who can't afford healthcare is the chance to.

    Glad to see that everybody is willing to give up something.
     
  22. Dec 20, 2010
  23. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    Your reading into what I wrote rather than taking it at face value. So you are just interpreting rather than digesting.

    I said conservative and I meant conservative. I didn't mean Rep or dem. I would be happy if Reps like olympia snowe were defeated and defeated soundly so long as it was by a conservative candidate. Who the hell cares which party they are in? I don't. I only care what their platform is. If you would vote for somebody just because of what party they would claim then you are too stupid to vote. I would be happy if a dem would take the stance of fiscal responsibility, less govt interference and basic free market principles.

    I would never vote for specter out of PA. He was getting so beat up by the conservatives that he would not even be able to win a bid for reelection in his own party so he switched from Rep to dem... the party meant nothing because he was just a liberal pile of garbage.

    The fact that you equate fiscal responsibility with Reps and Liberal/socialist spending with dems is good. It is mostly the truth. However there are some exceptions and I wouldnt care which party they were from. I said it and I meant it. No need to try and guess what I mean. I'm stating it clearly and without hesitation.
     
  24. Dec 20, 2010
  25. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    ????

    Why would you be for RAISING taxes? Who is "them" that you want to raise the taxes?

    Sorry if I am being dense here.
     
  26. Dec 20, 2010
  27. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

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    Your elected officials are them...come on greasemonkey....why is everybody wanting a tax cut?

    We're slowly getting out of this recession and it's going to take sacrifice on everybody's part. If you have so many people laid off, that reduces the money that is going to the government to fund programs and infrastructure that is needed in this country. In short, if you raise the taxes to the pre-Bush tax rate then that's more money we don't have to borrow and hopefully we can get people back to work.

    I'm not equating spending with libs and being conservatives with repubs. As shown in Bryand's post they (repubs) can spend with the best of them. We're probably not going to agree on much but thanks for listening and I truly hope that the group that we have coming in, in the new year will seriously work with the pres and the dems to better this country and not try to make political points for popularity.
     
  28. Dec 20, 2010
  29. bryand

    bryand Beach Bum PABnonaccred mm1

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    What if lowering taxes served to stimulate the economy so that all ships rise with the tide?
     
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  30. Dec 20, 2010
  31. bryand

    bryand Beach Bum PABnonaccred mm1

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    This is enough to make one want to move to Montana and write a manifesto against the US government.

    (Senate report on gov't waste - takes a few seconds to load)

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  32. Dec 20, 2010
  33. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    EXACTLY! The more money you keep (it is YOUR personal property btw) the more you can spend, or invest... it creates jobs and gets more people back into the tax paying pool. The more you raise taxes the less people spend, the more jobs are lost and the lower the amount of people paying taxes.

    If you are middle class, it allows you to buy more goods&services. If you are a business owner it allows you to open new stores, hire more workers, expand product lines...etc. This creates jobs.
     
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  34. Dec 20, 2010
  35. gloria460

    gloria460 Meister Member

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    That's to be seen...hasn't happened yet and I doubt that it will. The more you lower taxes the more the people that can actually hire will save the money. Very few people even realized that their taxes have been lowered for over a year now. I noticed it in my paycheck bc mine is usually the same every pay period. I am saving almost 300 a month from that.

    Good points greasemonkey but bc of the lowered tax brackets in my paystub I'm actually saving. I spend some to try and help out but the majority is put in my mutual fund.

    I'm not against the scenario if it works but let's look at what we're working with here. You don't have leveled minded people in gov. , at best all you're going to get is if you support my earmark or project I'll support yours.

    I wouldn't have a problem in getting rid of all of the long termers and starting over with some greenhorns who really want to reduce the deficit and create jobs and jump starting this economy. A good mix is not a bad thing.
     
  36. Dec 20, 2010
  37. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey Banned User - flaming

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    We have definitely found common ground :) I knew that we would agree sooner or later!
     
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  38. Dec 20, 2010
  39. felicie

    felicie Ueber Meister PABnononaccred

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    Not trying to screw up your common ground here, but,

    "That's to be seen...hasn't happened yet and I doubt that it will. The more you lower taxes the more the people that can actually hire will save the money. Very few people even realized that their taxes have been lowered for over a year now. I noticed it in my paycheck bc mine is usually the same every pay period. I am saving almost 300 a month from that."

    And that's bad because......?? Are you saying because you are saving the money that businesses will save it also and not hire?
     

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