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Yeah I also think the debt ceiling may not be the place to pick a direct fight. We are talking about cutting off spending that Congress had already approved, which is too easily demagogued as "refusing to pay our bills." The point is to limit the bills Congress racks up in the future. My suggestion is that the responsible members of the House declare that they will not vote for any spending beyond the previous year (or some previous year), adjusted for inflation and population growth. This would still be a substantial "cut" according to the sophistry by which increases in spending are projected and anything less that the projection is a "cut." It would be a defensible line in the sand. Then hold firm.
"Marijuana contains over 400 know chemicals." Of COURSE it does. It's a plant. Tobacco contains lots of chemicals and it's not illegal. So does spinach, for that matter. Meanwhile, booze is not pure alcohol either. Talk about red herrings.
The amount of gun crime from drug gangs (that exist only because drugs are illegal) is one of the pressures against our right to bear arms, and conservatives who are willing to perforate some provisions of the Bill of Rights to wage the war on drugs cannot expect to be taken seriously when they demand full respect for the 2nd Amendment. RA's entire editorial strains to make no more than a case that marijuana might be as bad as alcohol. When it comes to those crocodile tears over poor folks who purportedly may lose their jobs if mj is legal--well, let's put them in jail, right? That's so much more compassionate. As Stossel says: give me a break.
The negative effects of the war on drugs are not limited to the amount of money spent on attempted enforcement. There is the violent crime or drug gangs fighting over turf. There is the wear and tear on the Bill of Rights as militarized FBI and police conduct raids by smashing down doors, terrorizing home occupants withpointed guns, and kill anybody who thought to defend themselves against what they thought were home invaders. Oh yes, and the surreptitious attaching of GPS devices to track people, and the flyovers with IR detectors, and the coming wave of drone surveillance. And the RICO law travesties.
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Trillion Dollar Coin Idea Dies Sudden Death

Doc W Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 10:22 AM
The debt limit should not be an issue between Congress and the President. If Congress did not appropriate the money in the first place, we wouldn't have the problem. It is really an issue between some elements and other elements within Congress. I would suggest that if the R's in the House are serious about reducing spending, they agree on a spending cap for the next budget and increase the ceiling only enough to allow for that budget. Then pass a budget within the cap and negotiate with the Senate only regarding how funds are allocated within the cap. Stand firm. When the Senate and President decide they would rather have a responsible budget than no budget, they will approve.
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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Doc W Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 6:27 PM
Milt, Lincoln had the option of simply letting the southern states go, thereby avoiding a disastrous and deadly war. Fort Sumter was fired on and cleared of union troops because it was a threat to the independence of the newly-seceded state, and Lincoln and sent a ship to re-supply it, thereby forcing the issue. Since you are into alternate histories, let me point out that in all probability there would have been no WWII and no Cold War without Woodrow Wilson's intervention in WWI. Anyhow, I don't have to be a proctologist to recognize an a-hole when I encounter one. Shall we drop the useless insults at one apiece?
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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Doc W Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:06 PM
Emancipation of the slaves: maybe the greatest thing that ever happened in the US. What about the 600,000 dead in the war? That was fully 2% of the entire population of the country at the time. By comparison, 2% of today's population would be over 6 million, or more than 2,000 9/11s. Lincoln would look better if the war had been prosecuted with the express purpose of ending slavery, but it was not. It was prosecuted to maintain northern hegemony over southern states which seceded. Along the way, Lincoln trashed the Bill of Rights in the North, and introduced America to the draft, the income tax, and federal fiat money. Lincoln himself made it clear that if he could have "saved the union" by not freeing the slaves, he would not have.
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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Doc W Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:32 AM
There are plenty of reasons not to like John Kerry, but the suggestion that we return to something a little more like the foreign policy advocated by our country's Founders is not one of them.
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How the NRA Stole Christmas

Doc W Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 1:12 PM
Agreed.
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How the NRA Stole Christmas

Doc W Wrote: Dec 27, 2012 12:42 PM
I read through LaPierre's comments and I don't see anything wrong or silly about the NRA setting up a training program for volunteer guards that states or local school districts could tap into. My problem with his comments is that he left out the most obvious, straightforward, and promising move, namely, to honor state-issued concealed carry permits in the schools so that there would likely be a few armed citizens--whether teachers, administrators, secretaries, or janitors--who could confront an attacker and stop the killing before two dozen people die.
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