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Demography Is Destiny

bafisher Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 11:40 AM
If one looks at the history of immigration restrictions, it is very clear that from the very founding of the U.S., legislators were looking for immigrants who could contribute to the growth and strength of the new American nation. Numbers of immigrants from countries and ethnic groups were carefully selected based on beliefs, characteristics, and experience with those who had already immigrated. It needs to be fixed. After all, we discriminate on who we date, who we marry, and the characteristics of the employees we hire in our organizations. Why would we want to dilute the pool from which we select people for such roles? Do we have to invite the needy to live in our home or can we simply provide aid where they reside?
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Demography Is Destiny

bafisher Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 11:28 AM
Excellent points. Why is no one talking cultural influence regarding hispanic voting. In California, hispanics voted for individual conservative issues such as Prop 22 and Prop 8 because of their conservative beliefs. But when voting for candidates, they typically vote for political party influenced by the traditions of their fathers and hierarchical culture they bring from latin countries. This is true of new immigrants and those who have been in the U.S. for generations. Getting issues to trump traditional party voting is the key to getting the hispanic vote.
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Don't Blame Romney

bafisher Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 12:21 PM
Thank you. I agree completely. Blaming Romney is the Obama approach. Romney was an incredibly talented candidate with substance, depth, and high moral character. The main stream media was not just biased, it was deceptive and calculating. The conservative media was negligent in discovering and making visible the real Romney soon enough. Evangelical anti-Mormon teaching bite the Republican Party because it couldn't deliver voter volume. Who is supporting candidates with dimwitted extreme right blabberings? More complete implementation of Obama policies will doom the Democratic Party, making mid-term control of the Senate and House likely.
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The Electoral College, Under Attack

bafisher Wrote: Nov 04, 2012 1:00 AM
The Founders had studied historical attempts to establish democracy. They knew pure democracy would end in despotism if factions were left unchecked. Hence, horizontal checks and balances, vertical checks and balances, bill of rights, defined limits on government, among other things. The U.S.A. was established from its founding as a representative, democratic, federal, republic not a pure democracy. All other world governments said the new American government would fail because size alone would prevent it from being governed well. Yet even with several attempts and some successes to tear down the Founder's checks and balances, the U.S.A. has proven to be the greatest and most successful of all countries, in all the world, in all ages.
Thank you for finally showing a long-term picture of Rick Santorum. Little pieces of who he is have come out since he became the last anti-Romney. But this is a great picture of a big government Republican whose principles shift based on personal self-interest and establishment politics. Worse is he denies facts easily verifiable. I was in PA for business two months ago. I didn't talk to any conservatives (including evangelicals) who thought Rick Santorum was presidential material.
Alexis de Toqueville observed that American towns were filled with volunteerism and community organizations which provided great leadership development and feelings of ownership and personal responsibility for their communities. He found it to be a powerful cultural attribute of Americans. It appears that progessives want to prevent community, volunteer, and religious organizations from strengthening their communities and instead take peoples' money to pay for bureaucrats to do the job in a more costly and less committed manor. It is a formula for weakening economic democracy and political democracy. Individuals and communities are built by choosing personal sacrifice, personal donation of time, and personal donation of money.
Excellent observation.
This is an outstanding article. It hits at the heart of the problem with mandates, Obamacare, and progressive liberal ideas in general. Individuals and families should be responsible for themselves first, then neighbors, then private organizations for social good. The government should be the last to intervene. Ripping away choice and responsibility from individuals and families is detrimental to society. Progressives claim they are compassionate and community oriented. Yet studies show they are the least likely to donate their own money to good causes. Maybe they feel everyone is as selfish with their own money as they are so government has to steal it from those who take responsibility for their lives, families, and communities.
1. Mandatory car insurance is liability insurance. It's for the irresponsible driver who inflicts injures on another person. If you want car insurance on yourself and your car, there is no mandate. Completely different from Obamacare which mandates I pay for other peoples 'irresponsibility. 2. California did a study and found that even with the auto insurance mandate 10% still didn't have auto insurance: The same percentage of people that don't have health insurance. They identified the characteristics of this kind of law breaker. They found that they are the same kind of people who wouldn't buy healthcare insurance. Please do a little research.
The Canadian system is built around efficiency. That is why until recently it was illegal to buy private health insurance. Quick service and access is not a priority in metropolitan areas. They use the U.S. as an escape valve when complaints get too loud. The Canadians as well as all other socialist healthcare systems ride off the back of the U.S. citizens to pay for R&D for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, new treatments. Then they pay variable cost only for the same products. The U.S. healthcare systems basically funds most of the R&D costs for the entire world. That's why they are more expensive in the U.S.
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