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Entitlements are out of control, but as to the military argument a study that would be interesting would be to produce a ratio of the actual number of people who are ever in a war zone to the total number of military and civilians paid under the flag of defense.
In 1973 Robert LeFevre said to me that the only way to cut (actual cuts, not cut the growth) the budget is across the board as everyone's ox is gored. He also predicted that it would never be done. So far he is right.
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Shouting Louder

Bayou Charley Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 8:30 AM
If you don't know the reason for the attack and you must wait for an investigation, why insist it was caused by a video?
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Parting Company

Bayou Charley Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 7:50 AM
The true power to regulate Washington is with the states, not through the "courts", but by banding together as a union and going on strike.
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An Overdue Book

Bayou Charley Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 7:36 AM
You miss the point which is VERY unusual. BHO isn't about raising revenue, or lowering the deficit, but is about class warfare. He isn't about solving problems, but exploiting them. He is about power.
The different outcomes in the states, if there is one, will not be noticed or known by the average voter as they only hear soundbites from the major news outlets. It will make no difference. Not only that, but any state in trouble, especially a Democrat state, will be subsidized by the rest through bale outs by the Feds.
Actually it was a more complex arrangement than you indicate. The earliest methods might have looked communist, but the intent was a journey toward freedom, liberty, and private property. To live in one house because there is only one house isn't exactly a communist intent, but one of necessity. The investors tried to force a communal existence as they believed it yielded a better return, but it was a concept not favored by the "pilgrims". They moved as quickly as possible toward a private property status. Their early failure was for other reasons. To condense it for a political point is to ignore the complexity of the situation. Communism is an economic failure, but the Plymouth Colony isn't the best example.
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Is Demography Destiny?

Bayou Charley Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 8:48 AM
Most do not listen to political debates or discussions. They will not sit through an explanation of economic policy, but will enjoy entertainment peppered with sound bites. The left, academia, and the entertainment community have teamed up to lead the masses making getting a message out difficult. Just for a start, how do you propose taking back the schools?
Our right to gun ownership is to protect us from government.
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We Fund Dependency

Bayou Charley Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 8:14 AM
The motivation is to grow government jobs creating security and higher income for the government workers. The more people they can keep coming through their doors, the bigger they can grow, and the odds of creating higher level "supervisor" jobs grows. Like business counterparts their incentive is to grow their business. The difference is for business to grow they must produce results related to their mission. For government the mission doesn't matter.
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Strangulation by Union

Bayou Charley Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 7:09 AM
Actually too many of you buy the idea that in the beginning unions were good because you buy the history written by biased historians as it is today. Good research with a perspective prior to the Industrial Revolution would show they were as damaging then as now. Many of the horror stories were told because it sold. To look at history, begin before the event. How were lives of the common man before the IR and how were they after? Much better you will find if you do your homework.
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