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Truth 1725

erniel58 Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 5:06 PM
Funny stuff. Does the author really believe the modern Bible was not constructed by groups of people deciding which parts to keep and which to discard? That is precisely how the Bible came about. Not only did large swaths get left on the cutting room floor when various Catholic special interest groups imposed their politics on the ancient texts, but many parts were later edited by English clerics during their "interpretation" of the King James version. If you choose to believe something on faith (and we all do) whether it be science or doctrine, think carefully about the source and do your own research. If it leads you to conclude that it's okay to wage war, forcibly control others, or wreck the planet you may want to reconsider.
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Economics of Peace

erniel58 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 6:03 PM
PS: Katie, will you marry me? Ernie
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Economics of Peace

erniel58 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 5:59 PM
What we are fighting is "merchantilism" not capitalism. There is a very small merchant class gaining extreme wealth by using their existing wealth to buy political favoritism. Shine the bright light of public & press scrutiny on the Halliburtons of the world and watch as they scuttle for the woodwork like cockroaches. It won't be easy; they will threaten job losses, the collapse of national security, and chaos. But dozens of other countries have enjoyed the opposite when they downsized their military empires. How much longer will we fall for this line of bull?
Congratulations Mr. Arnold (or can I call you Benedict). I've heard over my 30+ years as a Libertarian that I should make the sensible compromise and choose the lesser of two evils. What has it gotten me? A steady degradation of one administration after another, each more evil than the one before. The Ron Paul movement brought us to the brink of viability--the cusp of real change. Now you want to back away in favor of fake fiscal conservatism and more war?The Romney budget bloats the military and won't even balance for 30 years. How high will the debt be by then IF we're alive as a nation? And that's without his planned Iran war! Vote your principles you cowardly sell-out! Shame!
Is this a joke? The Romney-Ryan "plan" doesn't even balance the budget until 2030 (best case). They plan to continue and expand multiple wars in the Middle East at huge cost and vastly increase overall military spending. If you are running a deficit every year, how are you reducng your debt!!??!! These are faux fiscal conservatives and unless we establish a platform next week that can be used to hold them to a higher standard we are going to collapse under the weight of our debt service long before 2030. We would do well to reject the certain default of the Ryan budget and insist on the stronger medicine of the Ron/Rand Paul budget.
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Is Mitt Being Neoconned Into War?

erniel58 Wrote: Jul 31, 2012 7:37 PM
Without his shiny new war, Romeny plans to add $3 Trillion+ to our debt. If the war is similar to the Iraq affair, it would add another $4 Trillion, but it is not similar. Iran's military is bigger, better funded, patriotic, and committed to its religious leadership. 500-600,000 Iranians live in the US (4 times the number of Iraqis); mostly peaceful contributors to society. Until perhaps their parents, wives, or kids are killed by our bombs. With soaring oil prices and a global depression, the human cost of such a war could be millions of deaths and irreparable destruction to the economy. Collapse would be all but certain. Do NOT let this buffoon or the incumbent box us into this war! It's simple: FOLLOW THE F*ING...
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Watch Out For Deflation

erniel58 Wrote: Jun 27, 2012 5:40 PM
If the balance sheets of the bailout recipients are bolstered by several Trillion brand new freshly minted dollars and that shores up the recipients, where did the dollars go that left those balance sheets to create the hole in the first place? The planetary economy is a closed system. No money enters or leaves it through commerce with an alien world. I still contend that these artificial increases in the money supply MUST eventually be inflationary. As various responses to this and the Shedlock article suggest, it is the velocity of money that we need to enhance, not the volume. Money, like water or electricity, creates no power and does no work unless it is in motion. Investor certainty and government impedance should be the focus.
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Mitt Romney Is Not the Answer

erniel58 Wrote: Jun 23, 2012 3:59 PM
Romney is a disaster; win or lose. If he loses, Obama will run up the debt by $5 Trillion & the resulting defaults/downgrades will destory our economy. If he wins, he will run up the debt only $1 Trillion; still plenty to lead to the same outcome. But that's not counting the Trillion $ a year for the wars he openly advocates. There are 3 things you can do to avoid fiscal collapse: 1. Urge the RNC &state party to unbind delegates to the convention. 2. Contact your delegates: urge them to nominate a fiscal conservative; someone who has not yet endorsed Romney 3. Contribute money and energy. There are only 419 delegates (of 2288) who openly support Romney http://thereal2012delegatecount.com/ Free the rest to nominate a better choice!
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Behind the Crack-up of the Right

erniel58 Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 4:43 PM
Yes and nearly all active Al Qaida are of the Wahhabi sect but we have created a permanent state of "war" against all Muslims to serve the financial interests who benefit. When the military industrial complex no longer had the boogeyman of communism to spur us into serving these masters, they invented new villains: Saddam, then Bin Laden, now their successors. If the "war" never ends then neither does the cashflow and our mandate to keep stripping personal liberties. When will we get wise to this "racket"?
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Behind the Crack-up of the Right

erniel58 Wrote: Jun 22, 2012 4:27 PM
Bravo! Finally someone besides Ron Paul points out that perpetual war is not a conservative value. To take your final paragraph to the heart of the neocon argument you should mention that besides the 47,000 US casualties, the Iraq conflict cost them 250,000+ casualties and countless deaths from disease and starvation due to us wrecking their infrastructire. Is this just a case of "neccessary sacrifices" we impose on them to deliver our ideological paradise to them?
Uh; I may lack economics education beyond Econ 201 in college but if you create $3 Trillion more of something, shouldn't the value of those somethings decrease?
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