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Obama's Failed Presidency

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 09, 2015 5:18 PM
Obama's presidency has failed only if one assumes he was interested in promoting prosperity, freedom, or America's standing in the world; in what he was actually trying to do, he is succeeding beyond his, and the Democrats', wildest dreams. They have imposed government control over the healthcare industry (and, unless reversed, will eventually achieve total control), which they have been striving for, for a hundred years. They have packed everything in government with their own supporters (including the military, intelligence and law enforcement), and changed regulations, procedures, standards, etc., to support their political outlook, so that they will remain in de facto control of government, whether they run the next administration, or not. Unless the next Republican administration (if there is another) realizes what has been done, and puts out a sustained and concerted effort to reverse the policies that have been put in place, and purge these people from government, Obama will still be running the government from his grave. He really has "transformed the United States of America", and there is a limited amount of time to undo it, before it becomes so embedded that it can't be reversed.
Perry gives a really good speech, and I'd like to believe him, but I can't. The things he's supported in his time as governor have little connection with what he claims are his principles. He's too much a part of the entrenched political establishment, and isn't likely to be pried away from it. Texas has done better than the rest of the country in recent times, but it could have done considerably better, had his actions conformed to his rhetoric.
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Forward into the Past

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 09, 2015 3:22 PM
Perry gives a really good speech, and I'd like to believe him, but I can't. The things he's supported in his time as governor have little connection with what he claims are his principles. He's too much a part of the entrenched political establishment, and isn't likely to be pried away from it. Texas has done better than the rest of the country in recent times, but it could have done considerably better, had his actions conformed to his rhetoric.
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Ignorance in Action

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 07, 2015 8:53 AM
Government-forced inoculation should be limited only to highly contagious and deadly diseases, where there is a real public interest in protecting the general population from the probability of death, or permanent disability (a category into which most diseases mentioned do not fall). Otherwise, people should be left to decide for themselves (and parents, for their children) what action, if any, should be taken. This is what freedom is all about; if individuals make the wrong choice, it is only they (or their children) who have a problem -- when people in government make the wrong choice, we all pay the price. One size does not fit all -- even things that are good for most, are not good for everyone; government compulsion should be used only in the most dire of circumstances.
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A Case for Small Victories in Congress

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 8:23 AM
There has to be a will among the Republican leadership to take on Obama, in order to get anything done (big, or small); there isn't any will, and since the party's major contributors are in favor of Obamacare, illegal immigration, etc., they aren't going to do anything, other than political theater to try to make us believe they're taking action. If they do pass any small changes, Obama will veto them the same as he would a major change.
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Hyphenated-Nation

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 8:08 AM
They are already absurd, but they aren't going to end, unless we get people in government who aren't interested in separating us into groups to pander to, or persecute.
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Hyphenated-Nation

Anthony305 Wrote: Feb 05, 2015 8:00 AM
There needs to be an end to all collection of data by the government concerning race, religion, language, sex, national origin, income, or any other classification that can be used to divide us into groups -- no more government forms with check boxes for white, black, Pacific islander, etc. -- no more intrusive census questionnaires. There should be no preferred groups, or any way to identify, or count them. When asked to name the one reform that he was most proud of, Sir John Cowperthwaite, financial secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971 replied, "I abolished the collection of statistics," and added that he believed that statistics are dangerous, because they enable social engineers of all stripes to justify state intervention in the economy.
It's simply not a proper function of government to meddle in the production of energy (or anything else). If left alone, market competition will assure that the most practical and cost effective products (including fuels) are produced; ethanol is neither, and wouldn't be used as a fuel at all, without government forcing its use.
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Can Israel Survive?

Anthony305 Wrote: Jan 29, 2015 12:53 PM
Leftist politics in Israel is undermining the pillars, as well as the warrior spirit and will to do whatever is necessary to prevail. Unless there is a change in the education and news industries that shape public debate and politics, Israel will eventually become so corrupted by leftist ideology that it will allow itself to be destroyed.
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Owning Ideas

Anthony305 Wrote: Jan 28, 2015 11:20 AM
We surely need a total rewrite of the existing patent and copyright laws to give inventors, writers, composers, etc. a limited opportunity to profit from their creations, without undue harm to others who might use them, but not with the present gang of corrupt morons in Washington -- by the time they got done selling exemptions and pandering to their supporters, it would be even worse. Copyright law, particularly, needs to be tightened up, with a much more limited range of what can be protected, a twenty-five year limit and extensions only for things such as trademarks, brand names, etc. that serve an ongoing function of identifying a particular manufacturer's products, and harm no one by not being available for use.
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