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Budget Politics

bdennis Wrote: Mar 05, 2013 1:12 AM
Mr. Sowell is wrong on one thing: Only in Washington is a reduction in the rate of growth of spending called a "cut." - In my state, Iowa, the legislature and even the public universities do it. I didn't know that until the school paper explained it after my university complained loudly about the legislature "cutting" their budget. It turned out that it wasn't a cut at all, but since they asked for an increase of 6% and only received an increase of 4%, the university bureaucrats hollered like stuck pigs that their budget had been cut!
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Shepherds and Sheep

bdennis Wrote: Feb 26, 2013 2:07 AM
Many people still believe that the government is wiser than they are themselves, but government is made up of people - millions of people exactly like your next door neighbor or the annoying guy sitting in the next cubicle at work. Government employees are no smarter or more sensible. Do you really want your next door neighbor deciding what you may buy, what you may eat, what car you may drive, how much of your own money you may keep, or if you will be allowed to have that operation?
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Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns

bdennis Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 12:38 AM
I'll bet our ultra-liberal schools would be happy to let the kids play "cops and Chris Dorner," especially if they let Dorner win.
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Do Gun Control Laws Control Guns?

bdennis Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 10:02 AM
The violent crime rate in the UK is the highest in Europe, and higher than in the US, even according to their own government. Therefore, if you deduct the number of murders merely reported but not convicted in the US from the number we currently use for stats, that means that the UK is far, far more violent than we are. They must be proud. I remember watching the arguments in Parliament when they wanted to ban guns; two voices of reason asked what would they do about the 100,000 guns coming into the UK illegally each year. They were shouted down and then the question was ignored. Evidently most of the intelligent Brits were killed off in the two world wars.
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Taxing the Poor

bdennis Wrote: Dec 12, 2012 12:36 AM
One of the other things the government does to strip the poor of their income: if someone gets behind on taxes or child support, the government takes away any and all licenses the person needs to do their job. A beauty operator for instance, who makes little enough as it is, would be stripped of his/her license to cut hair. How is that in any way helpful? How can you get caught up in your payments if you can't do your job? You can even be thrown in jail for getting behind in child support (not to mention taxes), and it happens frequently. In my state; people get thrown in jail longer for missing a few months of child support than someone in California would for causing a car accident while hopped up on cocaine!
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