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In fairness, at the beginning of the article, 'The Gilded Age' was written by Mark Twain AND Charles Dudley Warner. Again, it was Warner who said "Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Twain quoted it and many people mis-attribute it to Twain.
Among other things, Politicians should be required to announce their financial moves a day or more in advance of actually executing them. Thanks to "front-running", that would take most of the 'profit' out of their financial moves. :-)
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The Democrat Party's Century of Tax Hikes

David4 Wrote: Apr 14, 2014 4:56 PM
Several paragraphs of opinion. Counterarguments can be presented for most of it. They also would run several paragraphs. I judge that they won't persuade David296, but may have value to other readers. ... To briefly present one, You David296 are wrong about Mitt Romney. It was Harry Reid who said on the Senate floor that Romney hadn't paid taxes for the past 10 years. It was false and it was intended as a propaganda lever to get Romney to release the last ten years of his tax returns. Romney did release his 2010 and 2011 returns, and he did pay taxes, much more than Obama had in amount, "not nearly enough" in terms of rate for liberals who think of collecting taxes from the rich in about the same terms Shylock did in collecting debts.
I have known several talented persons who had trouble spelling. (Less excuse now-a-days when this comment section underlines misspelled words like this onne (sic). Although there remains plenty of chances of choosing the wrong word, like this won (sic). ) So I flag your comment as "offensive".
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David4 Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 10:09 PM
An aspect that deserves more mention, #1: The system is devised such that it is difficult and expensive to go outside the government-pays-for-it system. A familiar example is public education. Send your child to public school and taxpayers in the whole community pay for it. Send your child to a non-public school and you pay for all of it yourself, plus pay your taxpayer's share of education for other children. We will see the same in healthcare. An aspect that deserves more mention, #2: This has a bad social effect. We already see that in Obama's-nation the supposed highest good is benefiting others, such as happily paying higher taxes, and a deep sin is seeking anything better for yourself, "that's selfish!"
Re. the allusion to The Titanic. And certainly Obamacare is Titanic in its hubris. But a better fit of maritime disaster to Obamacare might be the Andrea Doria, with the PPACA taking the role of the 'Stockholm', broadsiding our healthcare system (Andrea Doria) and causing it to sink.
Sadly, it took a Great Depression to produce enough motivation to repeal Prohibition. Sadly, it might take something comparable to fix the Obamacare problem. ...
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Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

David4 Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 8:26 PM
Foxfire wrote: "The US started this whole thing in Ukraine and it backfired." ?? I don't see that. The whole thing was started by economic and government incompetence in Kyiv Ukraine the past 22 years. An especially incompetent move by their Pres. Yanukovich last November drew out protesters, who were willing to die to speak their minds and oppose the government. And many did. Those deaths caused others in Ukraine's government to walk away from Yanukovich, and he fled the city. The U.S. has mostly been a spectator to the events that have happened, as I see it. The EU has spent years praising the not-use of dirty energy. Now they may get the opportunity to not use much less energy. Couldn't happen to more deserving people.
We currently have two noxious ideas in the healthcare debate: #1, Class Warfare #1: Everyone has a right to healthcare, regardless of the ability to pay. #2, Class Warfare #2: Because everyone has such a right, it is not fair for anyone to receive much more healthcare than anyone else. To show statistically that everyone, including the poor, is receiving (example) cancer treatment, then everyone has to get the same cancer treatment, and no better. If you listened to politics in Canada, you would have heard the lefties denouncing any notion of a "two-track" healthcare system. Everyone gets the same.
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The Legacy of Obama's Illegal Alien Aunt

David4 Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 2:58 PM
Observe the contrast. Zeituni Onyango the President's aunt (undeservedly) got to stay in this country. John Demyanyuk accused camp guard at a WW#2 Nazi camp (deservedly) was deported. Also note this contrast. We hand out welfare $$ much more liberally to citizens and non-citizens today, compared to what we handed out 100 or more years ago. Ingratitude can't be helped, but how long could she do it, and get media attention, if she couldn't get any welfare?
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