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Okay-assuming your interpretation is correct. If Medicare was wasting $700 billion on subsidies-and Medicare was headed for insolvency, it makes sense to take $700 billion away to fund something else? Do you guys actually think before you say this stuff, or is it just printed in your dna? Gee, we're going broke, but we're wasting money on this-so let's take the money we're wasting and use it to keep from going broke-naw, we can use it to fund ANOTHER program. Wow-the economic future of the United States-in the hands of intellectual toddlers. Comforting.
So essentially the President is taking $700 billion-with a B-from a program that doesn't have it to lose, to pay for another program so the new program won't "add to the deficit". What about the program-Medicare-that he took it from? One would infer from his approach that Medicare has a stash of cash and won't miss at all three quarters of a TRILLION dollars. Does it not appear that he's making that case? I seem to remember that in 2009 the government knew that Medicare was headed for insolvency, so the question is-who thought this was a GOOD idea?
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Obama's Educational Excellence Initiative

dwsmokin Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 10:50 PM
Oddly enough, academics does not mirror athletics-and perhaps it should. In the athletic arena, coaches tend to demand more-and dish out punishment accordingly, regardless of race. The athlete-be it football, basketball, field hockey-doesn't matter-doesn't expect preferential treatment, and would be outcast among teammates if he/she received it. What invariably happens is that the vast majority learn from their mistakes and give the coaching staff the effort they demand. You want to be a starter? Here's what you have to do. Sounds simple, but have you ever heard of similar demands of effort/performance int the classroom? Never.
Good point-except that wasn't the "context" he was working for. It helps in defense of the Romney ad, but we all know the meaning behind. it. What's unfortunate is-"I'll cut govt.spending that's not working". Really? That hasn't been a priority up to now, but will be if you're re-elected? As for the $250K threshold, the implication is that by increasing the tax rate, the economy will start creating jobs. Really? Wow, hadn't thought of that. This guy is really smart.
Exactly right!
Murty is right-business is business. We deal with all kinds of people all the time in business, and we don't have to agree on everything in order to do business. That is a key difference in philosophies-conservatives accept the fact that some businesses have other viewpoints, as is their right. The left, however, seems to always push the panic button and threaten boycotts when a business has a conservative bent. Odd that the supposed party of Freedom and Tolerance is always first in line to squelch both.
In the four years this administration has been in office, the President has always called for a "serious" conversation about a lot of things. Yet when those on the other side of the aisle disagree-in a civil fashion-he yanks the offer and calls them unapproachable. His "serious" discussions seem to mean "agree with me or I will ignore you." Maybe the electorate is finally catching on.
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The Paul Ryan Choice

dwsmokin Wrote: Aug 14, 2012 1:51 PM
We did-over 200 years ago. And over that period since, everyone here came from somewhere else-because America was the ONLY country in the world where they would have an opportunity (key word) to realize their dreams. No guarantees, no safety nets, no handouts, just the chance to realize rewards for their work. European, Asian, African, Slavic-we came from everywhere, and made a life. Some did better than others, and at no time was that considered a bad thing-until now. Suddenly to be successful is bad, and was accomplished at the detriment of others? Makes no sense.
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The Paul Ryan Choice

dwsmokin Wrote: Aug 14, 2012 1:44 PM
Absolutely-take the word of someone else rather than look for yourself. Check out his site and take a look at his proposals-very well thought out and straightforward. The math works, and the numbers are the feds own. You may not agree with his solutions, but his conclusions are basic math-and obvious.
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The Paul Ryan Choice

dwsmokin Wrote: Aug 14, 2012 1:38 PM
Hey, isn't that what caused the Cuban revolution? Make the people jealous of the wealthy and all those rich Americans that flocked to Havana to spend their money? Promise the people that the government will provide for them? Must be why Havana is such a tropical paradise, and why so many Cubans came to America to realize their dreams of prosperity. Maybe that's what Obama meant when he said "we tried our plan and it worked."
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