I am interested in your opinions, rants, and factual comments. Have at it people... I value all opinions even if I do not agree with them.
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hmmm... I get the "it's the voters fault... and agree somewhat... but where are the choices, where is the leadership in elections... we are about to have another election and the choices are bad and bad...
GOP fraud during the primaries shows how hard it is to get an honest politician in as president. See YouTube, Ben Swann, WXIX Fox19. But GOP and Dems are private clubs. And yet there's evidence of election fraud, too. Programmers and voting machines.
If there were enough of the grass roots vote to overwhelm the voting fraud, the latter can be overridden. The voters can choose "the leadership" when they inform themselves to the real facts.
ThoughtSandwiches: Aren't they kinda one and the same????
Dave...yeah I suppose they are. I am REASONABLY sure that I had nothing to do with it!
ThoughtSandwiches... that sounds a lot like... " It comes down to the definition of IS" ....
Congress had the oversight responsibility for the SEC, for the Banks, for Freedie and Fannie, for Wall Street, along with their conceived need to raise funds so they could get re-elected and do such a poor job of oversight now. Banks too big to fail!
Interesting.... how do you feel about a flat tax... instead of a tax that is based on income... say everyone pay 10%???? or a national sales tax???
How about eliminating personal income tax?
Cut 5 gov't agencies, bring all our troops home from Corporate cash cow wars and slash $1 Trillion in the first year in office, like Ron Paul has in mind, we could close the IRS. Xtra cash = stimulated econ
I would feel better if we recovered the money that Bush and Cheney stole and put it back into our treasury, then outlawed lobbying, oil and gas speculation and reregulated back to 1999 standards. Oh. and get rid of the FED.
dave's follow-on comment would mean that everyone in California would be paying a 20% sales tax (fed. + state) That wouldn't just be "taxing the fat cats" that would be "hitting under the belt."
d. william: what do you think the effect/affect would be if the goal of one party or another was NOT to meet in the middle, NOT to pass laws, but to create resentment, hatrid, and anarchy?
you would expect to see exactly what we see going on today.
In a two party system, how do one fix this problem if one or the other party will not compremise?
there is no fix without compromise. There is only stalemate and the US will go the way of the old USSR. Unless there is a rise from the ashes of a 3rd (independent) party that works solely for the people.
Compromise can be good, but compromise with evil is never good. Take the secretive & private Fed, for instance. Read The Creature from Jekyll Island. Private bankers are sucking the nation dry. Bought politicians are merely playing along.
Events today make it clear how inefficient a two-party system can be. Sure, it can at times create stability, but doesn't always, and right now, this is one of those not so stable times.
I do have to say that I do not feel that either party covers my views entirely and yet together they fail as well... more options for voters seems to be a potential answer.
So YOU is both singular and plural here and we are responsible for our own happiness and lives... which presidential candidate for the upcoming election do you see as YOU?
I find much of Mitt Romney's political behavior disturbing and I find President Obama's performance lackluster. It would be nice to see a candidate outside the two party system move American politics toward a more honest state of being.
It would be nice to just see a qualified candidate listed on the ballot for president. It would be better IMO if America threw out the entire Congress and started over... along with their corporate sponsors....
nice rant... you left out worthless degrees from for-profit universities that cost 30K... but are not respected within the business world...
Thanks davenmidtown! I actually felt bad about my rant and took out those details because it seemed it was way too long. Thank GOD I'm not in that camp, but I know of idiots who are and angry their crappy "degree" gets laughed at.
what surprises me is that there is not a class action law suite against for-profit universities like University of Phoenix. Some of the trade schools do a good job teaching trades but they are not passing themselves off as equal to University of CA.
You're right on the nose with that! I'm studying Biology & plan on becoming an AA. I was shocked to find that South University offers an AA program. NO way are they on the level of Emory, Case Western, or Nova Southeastern but they try to act so.
Peeples: I do not think this anwer makes you the bad guy....
Going back to work is good, but when the economic system, run by the private Fed is being repeatedly squeezed to transfer wealth to the super rich, it's only a matter of time before a year's hard work won't buy a loaf of bread. Slaves to banks
If people would stop living lives of debt the banks would go out of business. Debt is not a requirement for life like the goverment makes people think.
It is not always easy to tread water your whole life, why doesn't our president see to it no job is under $11 an hour, with all the millions we give to non citizens surely our poor are not wrong to expect more?
What about small business that can't afford to pay 11 an hour? Should they be shut down? Some areas you can live comfortable at $7.25 an hour. Not all jobs are worth 11 an hour, pay should be left up to the owner of a company not government.
Peeples..... With all due respect. Please tell me where someone could live comfortably on 7.25 an hour (A Family) Please do the math? After taxes that's a little over 200 per week? If you do know of a place please tell me? And that's 40 hours. Fast f
Jthomp42 - under your scenario @ $7.25/hr family of 4, the family would get an earned income tax credit of $5,112 per year, which is equal to about $2.50 per hour in money from tax payers.
With only the parent working...... That money isn't going to help them live during the rest of the year?
Where I live the average mortgage is 350 a month and the average rent is 400 a month. On a budget I have done it with a family of 4 at that time. Also only about $20 comes out the check toward taxes, claiming 2 which comes back @ tax time.
Two adults working for 7.25?? We all need to move there.
how about a lot of both? I don't know how people exect to create jobs when the infrastructure that supports jobs is missing... to create jobs would we not first have to build industry?
Investment in infrastructure was actually a big part of Obama's stimulus. As for industry, some industries should be pulled back from overseas. But, due to changing technology, some industries and jobs are obsolete. Tech is a double edged sword.
We should also consider cutting corporate tax deduction for money spend on jobs that are outside of the USA.
You may be right, but I admit I don't have a lot of experience with the issue. I basically support raising taxes all across the board and cutting spending, because doing so would get our fiscal house in order, or some resemblance thereof.
Obama said look, see if he didn't fix it before deciding to put him back and just did nothing, not even open his mouth until it was time to start campaigning. He had time turn things around all he did was dish out what was left not to citizens.
All very true! and yet we the people rally around the next election... why I wonder... especially if the choices are not solutions but further causes....
I am a registered Democrat, but I wouldn't mind seeing a Green or an Independent run for President. We need more contributions from third parties, not less, as it seems to be going now. I agree with your comment.
I guess we can't help but try to stop what is and hope for better. At least it is a hope.
Did you know that former congressmen and senators have access to the chamber floors of those hallowed institutions to lobby their old buddy guys and gals? Name any citizens' lobby you belong to and tell me what they are dong these days besides AARP.
Probably because we know we have to change what is even at the risk it could be it doesn't appear it could get worse.
It is not a bad hub... in fact it makes some good points... I would only ad that predicability creates complacient behavior where uncertainly develops leadership... a survival of the fitest approach.
Why are people so aversive to assigning responsibility to the parties who are responsible? Is it because of bullying by the people who did the damage?
That just about hits the mark, Xenonlit. The Tea Party is incompetent and ruled only by their quest for ideological purity and desire to be rid of Obama. They have greatly harmed our country.
The Tea Party's belief in "smaller federal government, and decisions made locally (closer to the people)" is intended to tap American values which bring government back to the grass roots instead of oversized departments' "one size fits all."
Maybe so, but you can't shrink the federal government without cutting spending in areas like infrastructure, education or health care, all of which are areas that we have to spend on if we want to move forward.
Is agricultural policy set by somene in DC as good as setting it where the agriculture is? Is educational policy more responsive to the needs of the city, or town, when it is set in DC where Congress can't even fulfill its oversight responsibilities
Four more years as is will definitely be enough to do us in and if he did nothing good at all the 1st 4 then why would he the 2nd 4 years?
Its not the policy so much as the funding. Your right, leave local problems up to local governments and communities to solve, won't complain there. But sometimes those communities need help in the form of money.
If they didn't have to run large DC departments with civil service benefits and retirements, taxes could be less federally and more locally where citizens could actually testify without paying 1,000s to go to DC and try to be heard!
Local and state governments do raise taxes and spend the money at local and state levels. But sometimes, communities and states are so broke that they need federal assistance. That's why local governments are lobbying for money from the federal gov.
Just fuel for thought... while I am not a tea party support... there is truth in everything...sort of... so what might be the best traits of the Tea party that could be applied to say the Democratic party?
Stop and think where all that "free 'federal' money" actually comes from (besides China!) In addition to "tax and spend" it is now "borrow and spend us into further debt.:
@Perspycacious: I gave up the idea of having to have credit, a bank, or huge debt a long time ago. I gave up Cable TV along with mounds of possessions that I simply did not need. My house is about function and need and not specifically want.
You have hit the nail on the head! Our government should learn to live like you do. Most people can gravitate to a well-run state and locality, sticking around elsewhere...duh?
I think blame lies everywhere party to party. I think the entire sentate should be removed from office and term limits placed on both house and senate. I think jail time should be mandatory for corrupt behavior.
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hmm... Is not the word "best" the very argument that both political camps use because they both have very different ideas of what "best" means... how do they decide what is best for the people.... do We The People even know what is best for us?
Wall Street, the banks, mortgage companies certainly caused the recession. That it continues with such tragic consequences and mounting debts is a national tragedy which many will say shows a failure of leadership at the national level.