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A New Year and Old Problems

Individualrights1st Wrote: Dec 31, 2013 11:42 AM
Some refer to it as the "foot in the door" or the "slippery slope" all in the name of "the common good " or "the public interest". I prefer to call it "the screw in the butt" theory. It starts by the government inserting just the tiniest tip of a screw up your butt. Some think it feels great, most feel nothing at all, and a few feel some discomfort but "it's no big deal and I can live with it for the common good". Those few who recognize the dangerous implications are denounced as idiots or radicals. As time goes on the government continually comes around and tightens the screw just a little bit more so as not to cause too much discomfort at once. The people learn to live with the discomfort. It's almost natural and just another obstacle we have to navigate through life. Eventually the screw gets so deep that most everyone is feeling not just great discomfort but actual pain. It has become so deeply implanted that even if you wanted to remove it, it would require major surgery and likely short term excruciating pain. Most prefer to live with the discomfort they are familiar with. It has become part of us and we can't imagine life without it but if the surgery isn't done we will wake up one day to find we are all screwed to the wall.
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The Pope and Capitalism

Individualrights1st Wrote: Dec 18, 2013 11:15 AM
"Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man." These are the people Christ was addressing. I also suspect Christ believed in "Thou shall not steal." which makes all ideas of socialism immoral.
The scary question is what will be the government's fix for the new problem they have created?
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Do Americans Prefer Deception?

Individualrights1st Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 10:43 AM
Also when people say "tax the rich", I want to know where they suggest that the rich should cut back on their spending. Just a short list: Business investment, venture capital? Charities? Jets, cars, yachts? (Google yacht luxury tax) Real estate? Employees, domestics? ( and where, by the way, does the money come from that a secretary uses to pay her taxes?)
I'm in my late 60's and I've been hearing all my life how we need to vote for the lesser of two evils. Sorry, it's not for me. You can see the results. Two mobs battling for power, prestige, and money, And I'm suppose to vote for the member that meets the approval of the mob.
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