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America Needs a New Birth of Freedom

Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:23 AM
I'm not going to stoop to your level and say anything resembling "too dumb to get it." But, seriously, the reason there is polarization in our politics is that, as Charles Krauthammer pointed out, the left doesn't engage in a real discussion. Full of sophomoric certainty, they feel it is sufficient to simply call the other side names: "dumb" (in this case), "heartless," and worse. What you are failing to see, Robert, is the big picture. The difference between conservative and liberal economic philosophy often boil down to a difference between big picture and small picture, and between long term and short term strategies. You fail to see big picture, long term consequences, and thus can't imagine a way out of the Great Society mess.
JackieDEE Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM
JackieDEE Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM
Wow, you really speak well of the 'vast majority of people who are down on their luck'. Are you basically are saying they are two weak to take care of themselves so they have to depend on others to do so? What would our future be like if all our children were taught, no worries you just can't make it, you can't get by, it isn't your fault, but hey the Government will take good care of you. Robert, sometimes people have to pull themselves up; yeah they may need assistance but they can make and get by. In some instances it is their fault based on decisions in life they have made!
Colonialgirl Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:49 AM
The Democrats have blood n their hands from just after the war between the states up to the present day. ALL the gun control laws were to disarm the blacks both in the North and in the South. The MAJORITY of Democrats voted AGAINST EVERY civil rights law that the Republicans proposed and that includes Now deceased (thank God) Byrd of WV who had been a Grand Kleagal of the KKK.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:46 AM
That change was THANKS to the REPUBLICAN Congress, Clinton was FORCED to sign it.
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:39 AM
You're right, but one small point. Don't go for vouchers, go for tax credits. There's a great explanation here about all the things that will go wrong with vouchers, where leaving the money in private hands will work.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul132.html
Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:34 AM
Actually, the Democrats have blood on their hands. It's a scandal that they refuse to accept responsibility for the damage they've done to inner-city, poor, mostly minority neighborhoods. For either Machiavellian political advantage or out of ignorance they refuse to do obvious things that would help these people, starting with school choice, voucher schemes, etc. They look pretty "dumb" doing the same thing year after year, apparently hoping for a different result, don't you think?
Kenneth L. Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:31 AM
I apologize for the typo. Should read, "...difference...often boils down..."

Robert, perhaps you remember that Welfare reform signed into law by President Clinton ultimately reduced welfare rolls by a huge fraction AND reduced the poverty rate at the same time. It's not a matter of "You're on your own...lazy bums." It's about removing the perverse incentives that block even ambitious people from helping themselves, incentives that discourage marriage, work and saving, and encourage out-of-wedlock pregnancy by rewarding it with increased welfare checks. I hope you're proud of your ability to "get it."

Journalist Bill Moyers, who worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, shared memories in a column last year about how his old boss thought about our entitlement programs.

It was under Johnson, who championed the "Great Society" in the 1960s, that a good portion of the runaway government spending we are trying to get under control today originated.

Johnson signed into law Medicare, Medicaid, the War on Poverty programs, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Moyers recounted that for Johnson, Social Security and Medicare "were about a lot more than economics."

He recalls a time when the Johnson administration was...