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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 12:43 PM
Leb2, if you really want it "up to the people", why do you favor a Republican party that is fighting like crazy to allow massive hidden campaign financing from billionaires? Due to Republican victories on this front, money is coming in not just from American business, but also from foreign businesses to shape our elections. At the same time, Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to make it harder for legitimate Americans to cast their votes (forcing every voter to get a government ID - something not in the Constitution)
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 12:03 PM
Every conversation is a combination of transmit and receive. No matter how good someone is in transmitting, if some of the listeners want to mis-understand hard enough, they are capable of truncated the quote and pushing back with an alternate interpretation.
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 21, 2012 1:46 AM
As a "wealthy lib", the government uses a lot more of my money than it does of yours . But far more than either of our taxes, we are living with the legacy of all those who have gone before us, paying with their taxes as well as sometimes with their lives to create the nation that we have grown in. And no generation for 80 years has been given more to start with and contributed less to future generations. Republicans starting with Ronald Reagan have propounded a code of selfishness that has resulted in the self-righteous protestations of the wealthy that they should contribute less than the wealthy of the past.
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 8:41 PM
That's history from the movies - in actual history, government land grants, government protection, public-private investment in major infrastructure projects such as the Erie Canal all were essential ingredients in the success of the settlers
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 7:28 PM
Not sure what you are talking about - who used the phrase "fair share"? I will not that your assertion that 47% of the population does not pay taxes is wrong and misleading - that pertains to income taxes but ignores Social Security and Medicaid taxes which are a big share of taxes for those who don't have income. And quit your ALL CAPS whining about taxes - I am in the 1%, I do have a substantial portion of my income that is based on my own efforts, and I am as proud to pay for my government as I would be to defend it.
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 6:30 PM
Obama said, in part: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." In exactly the same way, Rich Galen said, in part: "I am a right wing mouthpiece" In the very article above you can find every one of those words and in that order. This proves that it is possible to twist words to mean something other than what their originator intended. Obama was quite clear - businessmen make their profit using infrastructure like the roads and the internet that they did not build themselves. Anyone want to disagree with that assertion of Obama?
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Of, For & By the Government

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 6:23 PM
The 4.3 million private Sector jobs that were created in the 3.5 years since Obama took office are more than were created under 8 years of Bush. What differentiates this economic downturn from every other one in the past 50 years is that this is the first time that federal, state and local government employment has dropped as a response to recession. If government employment had stayed flat, unemployment would be at 7%. If government employment had grown at the same rate as under Reagan (in the middle of a smaller economic downturn) we would be at 6% unemployment.
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Co-Sponsoring Your Success

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 1:29 AM
It's not a gaffe - it's Republicans deciding if they repeat the same nonsense enough, people won't know the truth. The truth is that Republicans want to distract from Romney's business background and his failure to do what every other Presidential candidate has done in recent memory, and reveal his taxes. So you pretend that Obama said something that he didn't. Those with integrity and confidence in their beliefs do not have to resort to making stuff up.
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Trashing Achievements

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 1:24 AM
The problem with the defense of the wealthy of today is that no Republican is capable of explaining why the richest people in America today deserve so much more than the richest people of the past. CEO's are paid an average of 200 times more than the average pay to workers in the United States today. A generation ago the ration was about 20:1 (which is the same in almost every other country in the world today). On top of that tenfold difference, taxes on the wealthy have gone down dramatically - George Romney paid 37%, Mitt Romney paid 13.9%. Out today's wealthy really that much more deserving? Or are they better at funding political media to get the rules twisted in their favor?
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Obama's Rhetoric

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 9:59 AM
I love how the "greatest generation" and the "baby boomers" had very large subsidies for their college educations (35-40 years ago many state universities were free, or almost so), and now they think of those young people who mortgage their future to pay $20,000 a year for education as greedy. Amnesia, anyone?
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Obama's Rhetoric

AmericanViewpoint Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 9:57 AM
So, you don't believe in duty to anything but yourself? You have no shoulds in your life? You have no responsibility to serve on a jury? If there were a wartime draft, you would see no responsibility to serve in the military?
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