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Mr. Obama’s America: “Where Everything’s Free But Us”

kchoate Wrote: Sep 04, 2012 12:49 PM
LD, that is exactly what is wrong with liberals thinking, Most Americans do not think like that, and want less government intrusion in their lives, smaller government, less taxes and more freedom to make their own decisions and mistakes. Most Americans live within their means, and have made considerable sacrifices to reduce our personal debt while the feds run wild with spending and failed programs and projects. Now lets talk about socialism. NAZI Germany, NK, the Soviet Union and China. In everyone of these examples the communist leadership live like royalty while the average citizens live in poverty. Take one look at GoogleEarth(TM) at NK and then look at SK and China. Do you see the difference? Americans are not buying your argument!
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) struck a nerve during his acceptance speech in Tampa, Florida last week. He put his finger on the Obama vision for America and in doing so, may have given Americans a jolt.

Yes, there can be a downside to ever greater government provision. Many things done in the name of compassion—even compassionate conservatism—can have undesirable side effects. In the 1970s, for example, honorable people on both sides of the political divide tried to find ways with coping with persistent poverty. Surely, those who seemed trapped in poverty were living lesser lives. Was there not something...