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Nothing projects so basic a disrespect and hate for others as advocating that the government use force to prevent them from choosing their own values and managing their own lives. Nothing is so lacking in compassion, decency, and empathy as the threat to use force to make others give up their values and dreams, even those they have earned by their hard work in free associations with others in the private sector. Nothing is so lacking in human decency as the proclamation that others do not own their own bodies, minds, and labor and must turn these over to the collective.
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Progress on the Laffer Curve*

Charles R Anderson Wrote: Dec 08, 2013 8:51 AM
The Democratic Socialist Party is eager to eliminate income and wealth inequality by taking from productive people and giving to unproductive people. Of course, they are unwilling to only redistribute the income and wealth they have produced themselves. No, they want to take most of that income and wealth from others using the brutal force of government.
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Progress on the Laffer Curve*

Charles R Anderson Wrote: Dec 08, 2013 8:47 AM
Gee, the Founding Fathers believed in --- the sovereignty of the individual and the protection of individual rights --- a government of few powers with very limited scope --- a division of powers between the federal government and state governments --- no entangling foreign alliances, hence no participation in the UN or anything like it --- that the Constitution was the Supreme Law of the Land, hence no UN imposed mandates took precedent over the Constitution --- Protection of property and income with no power granted to the federal government to redistribute them, hence no socialism --- Money backed by gold, hence no inflation So, the Tea Party is the child of the Founding Fathers.
John, you might have added power companies and agriculture as being still more industries closely controlled by government.
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It’s Stupid, Obamacare

Charles R Anderson Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 5:45 AM
It is worse than that John. While there were dubious claims that 47 million Americans did not have health insurance, the number who will have to sign up on the ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchanges far, far exceeds that number. This is because most people who liked their health insurance plan cannot keep them because their plans do not meet the mandates of ObamaCare such as the so-called 10 Essential Benefits. There may be a requirement that 150 million sign-ups for the ObamaCare mandated health insurance will be necessary. There are likely to be many millions of Americans whose tax returns will be confiscated to pay the incredible penalties that are likely to result, unless enough Americans belated wake up and end this nonsense and this tyranny.
The measurement stick you use here is the rate of spending increase, but if the extra recession spending were the temporary boost it was claimed to be, why is federal spending still far above 20% of GDP instead of under 20%? As you note, you want the GDP to grow faster than government spending, but such temporary spending should have been stopped long ago. Obama's credentials as a big spender rest on his refusal to decrease the spending in terms of GDP to levels below 20% even after four years at a ruinous level of 24 - 25% of GDP. Obama is sucking the lifeblood out of the private sector at a rate higher than any since WWII!
It is good that Americans are placing a low priority on catastrophic man-made global warming, since there are as yet no measurements of any warming due to man's CO2 emissions. The usual physics offered for why CO2 would cause the Earth surface temperature to go up is terribly wrong, as physics commonly is when it violates Conservation of Energy! Fortunately for life on Earth, energy transport from the surface in the troposphere (the lower atmosphere) is dominated by water evaporation and condensation and by air convection, not by radiation. This provides us a much more moderate climate with much smaller daily and seasonal temperature variations.
When one becomes so greatly enamored of the exercise of government power and so inured to the violation of individual rights as the vile Progressive Elitists have become, this is a very natural next step. The government has sponsored a number of academic analyses that attempted to paint as likely terrorists Tea Party individuals, Christian fundamentalists, veterans, those who believe in a constitutionally limited government, and those who believe we all have equal, sovereign individual rights to life, liberty, property, the ownership of our own bodies, minds, and labor, and to the pursuit of happiness. Meanwhile, they refuse to identify Muslims as a group likely to produce terrorists. The observation of repeated reality will not...
Jefferson was of the Democratic-Republican Party, which was dramatically changed by Andrew Jackson, who made it the Democratic Party.
In fairness to Ronald Reagan, it is by no means clear that he would have allowed the farm subsidies to last so long. It is also not specifically a Conservative issue to provide farm subsidies, though in the context of big government and given their base outside the cities, this is hardly surprising. When pragmatism, rather than principle rules, buying votes is the rule.
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