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Improving America

  1. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

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    Dr. Ben Carson, exemplifies the positiveness of the American spirit. He believes in personal accountability and responsibility.  He is the epitome of what one can achieve if one works hard enough.

    I have read Obama"care" with interest.  There are people who see Obamacare as an improvement. However, they refuse to realize that there are free and/or low cost health care programs already existing.   America is in debt yet the wild spending continues by our politicians, oftentimes for inane research projects. 

    The unemployment situation in America is not good at all.  Our public educational system is in shabbles with many high school graduates possessing rudimentary reading, writing, and math skills at best.  America's reputation is being diminished in the eyes of many industrialized nations.   There is an erosion of the American can do it mentality which is  slowly being replaced by an entitlement, rescue me, and you owe it to me mentality.  Where WILL IT END?   How would you improve America to be the great, independent, can do nation it previously was?
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    What IS President Obama DOING for, oops TO America?  Why? Why? President Obama was so full of promise, what happened?!

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Sack corporate capitalism.

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        Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        How so?  Please elaborate.

        1. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Corporate capitalism cares not one jot about the US.
          It takes the jobs to the cheapest labour leaving those unwanted workers to be a drain on the society they have abandoned and figures of hate and derision.

    2. bBerean profile image61
      bBereanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Funny you should mention Dr. Carson.  If folks really wanted to restore the country to it's former greatness and start undoing the damage from BO, electing Dr. Carson for POTUS would be a great start!

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    AnalogousMethodposted 3 years ago

    You can't. At least, I doubt you can.

    Maybe, just maybe, if we drastically cut 80% of the government, reformed all welfare programs, and cut business taxes to 0%(along with most stupid regulations)... then just maybe we could make it.

    But, that's not going to happen, so we are going to default on our debt at some point. It's impossible not to.

    Aside from that, ACA is going to do wonders for the employment situation. More and more jobs lost, more and more part-time jobs, and more and more businesses shutting down some operations to get under 50 employees.

    More and more people who can't afford their insurance anymore. Less and less doctors working. It's going to be a huge mess.

    Saw another study, the average 30 year old male is going to see a 240% increase in premiums.

  3. John Holden profile image61
    John Holdenposted 3 years ago

    Further thoughts -

    Stop pretending to be a free market and apply swinging tariffs on imports. Stop interfering in other countries politics, not everybody wants to be American.

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      Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      For somebody who incessantly shows disdain for American culture, you sure spend a lot of time on an American website and within forums about American politics.

      1. bBerean profile image61
        bBereanposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Where else can such hate be truly appreciated?  wink

        1. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          You mistake constructive criticism for hate!

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            How can it be "constructive" to keep suggesting that the country go the way of Europe, "Sharing the wealth" until all incentive is removed and the country falls into economic ruin?

            1. John Holden profile image61
              John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Re-read my second post in this thread.

              Anyway, we aren't doing too badly in Europe at the moment.

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              AnalogousMethodposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              The UK has a tremendous debt, as do a lot of other European countries... but we're no better than the EU on average.

              France seems to be trying as hard as it can to drive wealthy people and business owners out of its country.

              The islands and 3rd world expat countries become more attractive to more people every year. What did the US have, 10 times the number of people renounce citizenship this quarter compared to last year?

              1. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                In trillions of dollars? Really!

            3. gmwilliams profile image83
              gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!  This "sharing" the wealth premise is a very stupid premise indeed.   There are THOSE by dint of their speciality, talent, intelligence, and/or education who will make more than those who don't possess such skills.   Socialists are among us Wilderness.   

              Wilderness, this is the antiachievement and antisuccess mentality IN ACTION.   Well, NOT everyone is going to earn the same salary.  DISTRACTORS-GROW UP and GET USED to IT!   If those negaters want to earn MORE money, they should be SMART, plan and strategize and work towards a goal.   Really, c'mon now!   Wilderness, this whining of entitled babies who want others' hard earned money, hmmmm........
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              Welcome folks, to the world of entitlement, Obama"care", and equal income for all, regardless of the individual/respective education, talents, intelligence, and speciality of the person involved.  In this new, socialist America, the cardiac surgeon who went to medical school and had years of internship will EARN THE SAME as a hamburger flipper who is a high school dropout.  Yes, this is the NEW socialist America where the impetus to success DIED!

              1. John Holden profile image61
                John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Who the f*** said anything about equal income for all?

                No socialist that I have ever known has ever suggested such a thing!

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                Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Unfortunately, that's exactly the direction our country is going.

      2. gmwilliams profile image83
        gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!

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    mbuggiehposted 3 years ago

    President Obama's tenure in office is not yet over. He has, like every president before him,  both satisfied and disappointed the people and the nation.

    Yet, much of the public's perception of Obama as a "failed" president is the result of carefully designed and executed efforts by his political opponents (both in and out of government) to destroy, to delegitimize, and to derail his presidency.

    That said, among President Obama's first term accomplishments:

    Passed health care reform;

    Passed the stimulus act;

    Passed Wall Street reform;

    Ended the War in Iraq;

    Began drawdown of Afghanistan War;

    Eliminated Osama bin Laden;

    Turned around the US auto industry;

    Repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell";

    Expanded Pell Grants;

    Increased direct support for veterans;

    Tightening sanctions on Iraq;

    Expanded stem cell research.

    The list goes on.

    1. John Holden profile image61
      John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, but apart from that what did he do? smile

      (I don't suppose many of you will be too familiar with Monty Python.)

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        mbuggiehposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Actually, we grew up watching "Monty Python" in the 1960s. It was on public television here in the US and quite popular...wink

  5. Reality Bytes profile image92
    Reality Bytesposted 3 years ago

    Ben Carson is a true American success story.

    1. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Dr. Carson is a testimony to those naysayers who pontificate that people from the lower socioeconomic classes have a hell's chance of advancing into the upper classes.  He disproves the naysayers,particularly the more socialist ones.  There is OPPORTUNITY for upward mobility if one applies himself/herself.  EXCUSES begone, BEGONE!

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    AnalogousMethodposted 3 years ago

    Just to show our relative standing, look at this list.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co … ernal_debt

    The US has a total external debt of $52,000 per citizen.
    The UK has a total external debt of $160,000 per citizen.

    France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden... the world is drowning in debt.

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      Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Coincidentally, aren't these many of the nations that are used as examples when Democrats speak about successful universal healthcare?

      1. gmwilliams profile image83
        gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Yep!  See where universal and socialistic health care is leading?

        1. John Holden profile image61
          John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          That's a non sequitur if ever I heard one.

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            Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            It's just coincidence, right?

            1. John Holden profile image61
              John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              The US spends about 16% of GDP on health care, the UK about 9%!

              You tell me.

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                Education Answerposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                Don't measure your success based on our failure.  Our country is going broke, so using us as an example is counterproductive.  We needed to reform healthcare, not socialize it.

                Are you quite literally saying that you do not want American ideas and culture but America should adopt British and European ideas?  The problem with that is that we both know that Obamacare isn't what Britain has, and it's not what Europe has.  Obamacare is an  inferior plan, and you and I both know that.

                1. gmwilliams profile image83
                  gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000-Obama"care" is going to ruin this country for sure.  Any thinking person knows this.  This president is going to make this country socialist, there are THOSE who voted for this man much to THEIR REGRET!

                  1. Disappearinghead profile image89
                    Disappearingheadposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    The system is broken. Unrestrained capitalism has utterly failed and the state of America is the result. Why cling to failed ideologies?

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                    mbuggiehposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Explain exactly how one program will "destroy" America.

                2. John Holden profile image61
                  John Holdenposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  But you were saying that our debt was because we have universal healthcare!
                  Remember you said  "Coincidentally, aren't these many of the nations that are used as examples when Democrats speak about successful universal healthcare?" and GM replied "Yep!  See where universal and socialistic health care is leading?" And then you said "It's just coincidence, right?"

                  A total non sequitur!

                  I'm not saying that you should adopt British ideas any more than I am saying that Britain should adopt US ideas and I have said many times that Obama care is nothing like our model of healthcare. Personally I think it is an improvement on what you have but it is nothing like socialised healthcare.

                  1. gmwilliams profile image83
                    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    It is NOT an improvement.  Our health care was FINE the way it is before Mr. Obama elected to "revitalize" or rather "socialize" it!

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    mbuggiehposted 3 years ago

    I am sure for those who have employer-paid health insurance or Medicare or Medicaid and who, therefore, pay no premium or a fraction of the premium or who had no pre-existing condition or no lapse in coverage or no chronic care needs everything pre-Affordable Care Act was fine, but for the rest of Americans, everything was not fine.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      You mean like those 65+ seniors that have paid for their insurance for 40 or more years that finally get to use it?

 
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