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Slow Outlook for 2013

ideaminer Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 1:25 PM
Minimum wage went up again. Most vendor costs have gone up. Insurance up. Advertising up. Shoplifting is also up. Sales are down. I got an order of paper bags a few weeks ago: not only had the price gone up, but the quality had gone down; we have to be very careful about what we put in them because they tear so easily. My store needs new product and re-merchandising, the aspect of my business I used to love, but now dread. Four years of worrying over steadily shrinking margins have sapped my enthusiasm. Given the hours I work, I barely make minimum wage anymore. Luckily, I live alone. I recently heard that, given all the various benefits, the average welfare recipient "makes" over $50,000 a year--I feel like such a dope.
"If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, adn the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." T. Jefferson 'Chain riveters' is a good description of bureaucrats.
We need to term limit all government employment, meaning politicians AND bureaucrats. I've long feared that career public "servants" (and career lobbyists) pose as big a threat to limited government as career politicians. Wielding great power with little to no accountability to the electorate, and receiving the lion's share of the public purse, the number of people, directly and indirectly, feeding at the public trough has simply gotten out of control and is now greedily devouring our wealth (standard of living) and our freedoms. Giving this a lot of thought over the last few years, I've actually worked out a pretty detailed plan (too much to post here) because we either re-gain control of our various governments or get crushed by them.
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Doing Away With Debt Ceiling Drama

ideaminer Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 2:53 PM
T. Jefferson wanted the original Constitution to include a provision that any federal debt had to be paid off within 19 years--one generation. He believed each generation should pay its' own bills, not pass them on to the next generation who had no choice or voice in the decision(s) to borrow. J. Madison basically talked him out of this position, convincing Jefferson that war would be the only reason for incurring national debt, and since the next generation would also benefit from the successful prosecution of war that protected their homes, businessess, etc. they likely wouldn't object to having to pay for some of it. Too bad TJ gave up on this idea.
When are politicians going to learn that the only way to deal with off-topic, 'gotcha' questions is to turn them back on the reporter by asking their own question--and demanding answers. Much simpler to ask the conniving reporter, "Why are you asking a question that has no relevance to the issue/policy we're discussing?" than attempting to accomodate these rude 'journalists' by trying to answer these 'have you stopped beating your wife, yet?' questions.
Oh, please! Ron Paul, like every other libertarian I know, loves the real America: the ideals and principles of freedom and free markets that are the only source of widespread peace and prosperity. What Paul hates is that the only thing that remains of the real America is a crumbling facade of patriotic-sounding rhetoric that has been hiding a growing rat's nest of collectivists, facists, and wanna-be dictators. This country is much more than its name. And the principles of individual freedom, limited government, and personal responsiblity are much more than sounds to be mindlessly chanted every two to four years to ensure the blessings of the election gods.
...and now "Clownhaller"? You're very good at this.
...and now "Clownhaller"? You're very good at this.
"Presstitutes"? I haven't heard/read that one before--love it! I know I'll end-up "borrowing" it, so, thank you.
You disagree with Dr. Paul on the issue of personal freedom--fine, make your case for that, if you can. But, just how does calling him a "sad little loon" add credibility or authority to your position? If you don't have the vocabulary or thinking skills to argue the limits of personal freedom (or any other issue), I suggest you put away the keyboard and take yourself to the nearest playground where your "four-eyes, bed-wetter, cry-baby, etc." debate style might actually impress someone. On second thought, I suspect that even kids have more maturity and common sense than to be bullied by such nonsense.
He is. That's probably the one area where he is at odds with some libertarians, who seem to remain divided on this issue.
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