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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

goldilocks Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 10:05 AM
Reopublicans should just say that they do not believe in helping others.
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:36 AM
What do you consider private sector?

Does that include or exclude religion?
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:34 AM
How do repubs help more than Dems?

ura whiny Repub!
SMyles Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:42 AM
"I believe in helping people" Me too, but not through government redistribution. All charity should come from the private sector like it used to be.
Ned6 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:17 AM
Republicans will lose elections, until they re-brand themselves as the party that encourages the productive. For those that pay taxes, a booming economy will mean higher tax payments at lower rates. For those that do not pay taxes, a safety net that does not disappear means that effective tax rates never go higher than 25%, offering a path out of poverty for the productive. The primary beneficiary of a new tax code should be the productive middle class.

Even the Founding Fathers were only politicians until they created a plan that turned them into statesmen.
phartrich Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:05 AM
I believe in helping people until they get back on their feet but it should not take them a lifetime to get back on their feet.
phartrich Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:03 AM
The others you talk about should just say they are unwilling to make an honest attempt to get off of welfare, get back on their feet and a productive member of society. Instead they just choose to intentionally stay on the government dole.

Vic156 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 10:36 AM
Help? Is giving a man a fish help? Worse yet is requiring him to never take half the fish you gave him and dry it for a rainy day help?

In all the above cases the plain answer is NO!
If I give you a fish you are less apt to try to catch your own fish. If I punish you when you do catch a fish by taxing you then I do worse than help. I'm like the abusive spouse who blames their SO for the abuser's bad behavior. It is like a mugger offering to help you up after knocking you down then hitting you again!
poorgrandchildren.com2 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 10:14 AM
I am a Libertarian and I say government should not commit armed robbery and enforce slavery in an attempt to help others.

Freedom gives individuals motivation to reduce poverty by creating wealth while family members, insurance companies, and voluntary charities provide safety nets without creating a slave class, a parasite class, a criminal political class, rampant poverty, and massive public debt.
Pinto Man Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 10:13 AM
Except they help others far more than democrats do. I'm sure it would be convenient if even Republicans believed your lies, but face reality and quit being a whiny liberal.
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length. In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using the American-sounding interval of 76 years, just a few years more than the Biblical lifespan of three score and 10.

It was 76 years from Washington's First Inaugural in 1789 to Lincoln's Second Inaugural in 1865. It was 76 years from the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Going backward, it was 76 years...