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Kirk, Your agricultural prowess aside, hemp is cannabis. While there have been some varieties bred with a low THC level in an attempt to make a non-drug producing crop of it, it is still the same plant.
Your friend Mr. Wise makes conflicting arguments and misrepresents history in his article (and subsequently in your references) which weakens the point. He correctly states that Congress is responsible for spending, but blames Bush (and republicans) for the first trillion dollar deficit. First, if you count the "surplus", that came about when republicans gained control of Congress in 1994 (for the first time in 40 years). Then he says republicans took control both Congress & the White house and held it for 8 years. In 2001 the Senate was split 50-50 until Jim Jeffords jumped parties and gave Democrats control of the Senate from June 2001 until Jan of 2003. Republicans then lost both the House & Senate in the 2006 election, so 2007 & 2008 were a Democrat Congress, so of the 8 years of the Bush administration, republicans controlled both houses from 2003 to 2007 (and 5 months of 2001). While the first trillion dollar deficit was in a budget year that started under Bush, it was with a Democrat Congress, and included a $900 billion stimulus bill passed by his successor. While spending grew outrageously during the Bush years, to lay all of the blame for that on the republican party is disingenuous, and to say both parties are at fault, while true, does not show the differences of scale between the two.
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One Person Attends Obamacare Event

CptTrips Wrote: Aug 05, 2013 9:55 PM
The post office was the only game in town, because it is illegal for anyone else to deliver a letter. It is a Government monopoly. Social Security has always been a scam. The government, by force, took your money and in return promised you a "return" on your "investment". But how does a government get money? They tax their citizenry. So you are paying the "return" of that forced "investment". Then tack on that the first recipients did not pay in, and what part of this scenario sounds okay to you?
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Random Thoughts

CptTrips Wrote: Jul 24, 2013 11:16 PM
I will have to disagree with your premise with the wise words of Frank Herbert: It is not that power corrupts, it is that power attracts the corruptible.
Let's complete all of the math. It is only a 20% cut for 11 weeks, or approximately 20% of the year. This makes it a 4% cut to their salary. Since it doesn't result in suspension of any benefits, it is about a 2-3% reduction in the cost of each employee, right in line with the 2% reduction in spending.
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A Comrade is Born

CptTrips Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 1:53 PM
"...Washington & Wall Street SEPARATE (emphasis mine)..." is not accomplished by an increase in regulation and oversight. This brings them both closer together, increasing dependency, and increasing the corruption of both. "... believe that govts of N. Korea & China are moral" - The argument was not that all govts are moral, but that they have the capacity for morality, and therefore the belief that a govt is moral. No govt has the capacity for morality, they are amoral.
T. Boon Pickens is heavily invested in natural gas. His attacks on oil are a business plan.
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