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Karl Rove Vs. the 'Far Right'

ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:01 AM
Suggestion for both parties. There is one overridingly important issue for this country: the deficit/national debt. It is unsustainable and all other issues are subordinate in terms of our national survival. Secondary issues include, but are not limited to, gun control, immigration, abortion, drone warfare, and gay marriage. To the Democrats: stop arguing about "assault weapons". It's a phony issue and banning them will do little if any good. The argument simply makes Republicans dig in their heels on other issues. To the Republicans: stop arguing about abortion. It's a wedge issue that runs off voters the party needs. If you want to pursue it, do it through the courts, not legislatively. And the same with gay marriage .....
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:47 PM
Fiscal conservatism can only be successful in a society where social conservatism rules people's behavior.
ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:26 PM
Mother, ruling people's behavior is something that is done by government. That costs money (in addition to being antithetical to the individual freedom Americans purport to believe in). We need less control of people's behavior, not more.

I encourage you to read today's John Stossel column.
ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:02 AM
like it or not, its time is here.

To both parties: let your sacred cows be a little less sacred. Republicans, we spend 41% of the entire world's military budget. We can afford to cut back a lot at the Pentagon without endangering national security. Stop protecting defense contractors at the expense of the national budget.

Democrats, the government IS much too big. Address Medicare. Reduce the size of departments we used to do just fine without such as Education.

And, for goodness sake, let's scrap the income tax system, the most insanely inefficient revenue collecting methodology imaginable. Move to the Fair Tax and save us all billions of dollars and hours.
hagar2 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:17 AM
Funny what government does is opinion here? I agree with the problem with the positioning but the real problem is that we are and should be a republic we need to delineate between levels of government. The Federal governments charter is limited and today its out of control. States have the power to decides all other issues like abortion some call it choice others murder which is a state issue. The federal government was NEVER intended to address social issues yes in recent history it has but that does not make it correct. IMHO they are out of control.
Normal_Guy Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:23 AM
How wonderful things could be with a little common sense and responsible fiscal policy. Instead, the country suffers under the mismanagement of self-serving political parasites.
ken2375 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:26 AM
Our hugh defense budget will remain high as long as we sacrafice our military members lives and the nations finances to be the protective force for most of the free nations in the world. Every since WW II, we have been defending other nations while they recovered from the devestation of war and grew in prosperity while we suffer under the financial burden of providing for them,
ericynot Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:35 AM
ken,

It's high time we learn to mind our own business. That's not an isolationist idea, it's a practical one. Vietnam -- totally unnecessary, costly, and damaging to our national unity. Panama -- invade a country to arrest someone for drug crimes? Really? Iraq II -- an ongoing disaster. Afghanistan -- no plan led to an ongoing boondoggle of huge proportions. Etc., etc., etc.

It's time we learned the difference between offense and defense, and began to stick with the latter.
If I were launching a new conservative venture, the last venue I'd choose for the announcement would be the New York Times. Karl Rove has gone to the Times to announce that he has created a new "conservative" entity "to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts."

Rove argues that Republican fortunes have been ruined by "far-right conservatives," but he's shamelessly calling this entity the "Conservative Victory Project." Yes, and I could call myself Ray Lewis, but it doesn't make it so.

Whaddaya know? The liberal Democrats at the Times love this idea....