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Recovering America's Exceptionalism

Duster555 Wrote: Apr 16, 2014 9:41 AM
Thank you Sir. Well said and well written. One would hope that this message will be read by many and not just those who already realize that we are fast coming to a critical point in our history. Will we return to the principles that made us exceptional as a nation or will we, like lemmings, leap off the cliff of "coolness."
Interestingly enough you have just defeated your own argument. Under the present administration it is the middle class that is taking it in the neck and the rich have gotten richer
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When Parasites Attack

Duster555 Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 10:25 AM
It would seem, at first glance, that a system of "workfare" would be a way of backing away from this abyss. The only exception would be widows and orphans. Recipients would either be enrolled in an accredited educational program to enhance their employability or put to work on an infrastructure in need of repair. I understand that there are world class potholes out there that could use filling, parks that could use cleaning, slums that need refurbishing.
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The 'Bums' Aren't the Problem - We Are

Duster555 Wrote: Oct 15, 2013 8:44 AM
As it was said by an old cartoon strip, "Pogo:" "We have met the enemy and they is us."
Not a game, gentle people, but a tactic. Remember: "no crisis should go to waste."
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Who Shut Down the Government?

Duster555 Wrote: Oct 04, 2013 11:33 AM
Just a thought: Isn't convenient that we still don't have a budget. It makes it easy for the administration to create a crisis every time a "CR" comes up. The House has sent budgets to the Sen. several times and the administration keeps sending proposed budgets that even a large percentage of Democrats can't stomach.
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Education's Shiny Toy Syndrome

Duster555 Wrote: Sep 27, 2013 1:15 AM
Broken down to it's simplest terms: a school consists of a log, with a student on one end and a teacher on the other. This assumes that the teacher can actually teach.
Over the last hundred years or so, it seems to me that we, as a society, have been asking the wrong question. The question we kept asking was: Why can’t the government do something about (fill in the blank?) Of course our politicians, wanting to stay in office, accommodated our foolishness. The question we should have asked was: Why should the government do something that we should be doing for ourselves?
I suspect that its time to consider the possibility of term limits for the "Supremes."
A government tinkering with a free economy is a little like adding positive feedback to a piece of machinery. Those of you who understand the difference in effect of positive and negative feedback will understand that this is not a good thing and should be handled much in the same way as handling a stinging insect. That is--- very carefully.
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