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The GOP and Round Two

jdionne Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 8:28 AM
The statement regarding spending is not partisanship it's a fact. The federal government has historically spent approximately 20% of the country's GDP (excluding war time). In Clinton's time the federal government spent approximately 17% - hence the 'budget surplus. Under Obama federal spending has increased to 25% of GDP. If the goal is to increase revenues to the federal treasury the answer is to reduce the marginal tax rates. When the marginal tax rates are lowered the result is more revenue to the treasury and increased economic prosperity - the examples are the Reagan administration and the Coolidge administration (the 'Roaring 20's). The other issue - and I appreciate that you see it as a problem - is entitlement reform.
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The GOP and Round Two

jdionne Wrote: Jan 03, 2013 8:15 AM
Cindy - on a visceral level I agree with you. On a practical level - taxes were scheduled to go up on everyone starting January 1st - that was inevitable since there was a sunset provision in the existing tax laws. The President and the Senate with its Democratic Party majority are in strong position. The fact that McConnell was able to extract any concessions at all is not an insignificant achievement. The real problem is that most Americans are ignorant about how the government works, ignorant of how taxes affect economic activity, and how prosperity is achieved.. We Conservatives need to do a better job of articulating our ideas and exposing the lies of the Democratic Party and Progressivism.
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There Was Never a Case Against Clemens

jdionne Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 12:34 PM
Mr. McNicoll's column attempts to absolve Mr. Clemens conduct in front of Congress, as well as his conduct on the baseball diamond on the basis that the government has no proper role in monitoring the business of baseball The issues are not government interference in baseball. The issues are Mr. Clemens conduct when called to testify in front of Congress where Mr. Clemens lied and therefore committed perjury and his conduct on the baseball diamond where his cheating allowed him to gain unfair advantage over his opponents. Whether you believe the federal government should interfere in major league baseball or not that does not allow anyone to stand in front of Congress, take an oath to tell the whole truth , and then promptly lie.
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S.E. Cupp Takes On Anti-Gun Advocate

jdionne Wrote: Jun 16, 2012 10:58 AM
There are 2 issues being discussed in this debate the first is the actual microstamping issue itself - There are several problems with bullet microstamping. In the first place, if a criminal picks up his or her shell casings, the microstamp will not be recoverable. For this reason, some people argue that microstamping would be more effective if it marked the actual bullet, not the casing. Bullet microstamping also does not address the issue of stolen and unregistered weapons, and a large number of gun crimes are committed with such weapons. Gun owners could also potentially replace the firing pin or file the microstamp off to avoid microstamping when the gun is fired. Therefore, the legislation is not likely to assist law enforcement
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