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it sounds like the good Reverend may be cut of the same cloth as the weeds at Sandy Hook elementary or Clackamas Town Center near Portland. It's always about the children with these whackos.
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Christmas Books

Bill115 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 12:01 PM
Let's see, as far as the energy argument goes against coal fired generators. How many birds and bats are killed by wind generators? Did you know that at the University of Oregon, the student gym had their treadmills modified to produce electricity? Imagine humans tethered to a generator system like so many donkeys on an old gristmill. PETA would be outraged at using livestock for such a chore, and the environmentalists are in a total tizzy about the wind generators harming birds and bats. As far as the printed word going out of style, it's not so much style as the electronic age making books obsolete. Oh yes, the ELECTRONIC AGE!! Gee, we still need electricity! Imagine a Starbucks where coffee can't be brewed & Kindles are un-kindled.
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Fiscal Cliff Notes: Part II

Bill115 Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 11:57 AM
I suppose if the Republicans were to cave and give in completely to Obama, it would be a bitter pill indeed to swallow, but at the same time, there would be absolutely no place to lay the blame for the consequences except directly on Obama. His proposal, and his alone. On the other hand, I would really enjoy a trip over the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" just to see if it is real, or just more political theatre. I have a feeling that citizens were getting tired of some of the old rhetoric ( i.e. "The government is going to shut down"), so the politicians had to come up with a fresher and scarier line.
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Giving Thanks for America's Givers

Bill115 Wrote: Nov 21, 2012 8:08 AM
"Love your neighbor as much as yourself, love your country more than yourself". Thomas Jefferson
Yeah, another bloated, inefficient, wasteful government agency that accomplishes nothing but creating more government regulatory jobs, to further strangle the private sector. Just what the doctor ordered.
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Greed

Bill115 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 10:30 AM
Ahh, greed. And power. The unions are self serving for more money. That is a form of greed. As Stossel has pointed out, who in their right mind turns down a pay raise? And have you seen the end of year bonuses that many companies hand out around the Holidays (Like Christmas)? The employees are busy comparing what they were awarded, and many times practicing envy ( a by-product of greed) because someone got more money than they did. Of course, the bonus check is likely based on employee performance during the prior year, a fact that is often overlooked.
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Libya and Lies

Bill115 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 9:20 AM
I support the notion that some things need to be witheld from the American public in the interest of national security. Politicians tend to use the "national security cloak" to keep their lies and personal shenanigans secret. Now we have a President who uses national security issues / classified information to bolster his numbers at the polls, while using the same national security line and "on-going investigation" homily to keep his unethical political practices under the radar.Remember, "No one died when Clinton lied". Same can't be said for this POTUS.
There are many Federal programs that can be eliminated that, in the long run, will not harm or take away from programs like Social Security or Medcare. Useles grants that waste money on things like planning astronaut menues for a hypothetical trip to Mars. How about the State Department funneling millions of dollars into building or re-building mosques in the ME? These programs are legion, and take more money than one might begin to think. This is an example of bloated government. There are plenty of areas where we can cut back spending. Congress doesn't have the courage to do it, simply put.
And what did I read about Obamas' next great leap forward? The bailouts worked so well for the auto industry, he wants to do it for ALL industries now! If he can get corporate America completely beholden to government, they will have no choice but to do the governments bidding every step of the way. Imagine a world where companies are told, by the government, who to hire and who to fire. This worker does not have the correct political orientation? Lay him or her off, and hire a party loyalist. Think this doesn't happen in socialist countries? Think again. The company will have a "Political Liasion" director that reports to the government on how the firm is adhering to the regimes dictates. They called them 'Commisars" in the Soviet Union!
15 liberals in the same work area?? Must be a government union job! (No offence meant to you Mary)!
It is obvious that government spending needs to be cut, and cut drastically. Now for the idea of a consumtion (or Fair, or Sales, or VAT). Legislators may propose a "temporary" consumption tax to ease us out of the economic doldrums. Calling it temporary would make such a tax easier to put into law, but when was the last time we saw a tax actually repealed? That is a rare event, and even when they are "repealed" they are actually just renamed. Consuption taxes are not fair. People purchase less and less, and it would certainly not help the economy now when people are cash strapped. Government has a bitter pill to swallow, and they do not want to take that pill (i.e. cutting spending).
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