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Costa Rica has no military. What happens when Costa Rica's neighbor sees all those American fat cats living there all ripe-for-the-taxing and decides to annex Costa Rica?
coveyrise sez....."No Nation in History has ever TAXED it's way to prosperity. During the 1950s and 1960s the US produced most of it's own consumer goods and all of it's own energy needs. This is when we saw the real growth of what we like to call the Middle Class" So you advocate policies similar to those of the 50s and 60s? Unions were at the height of their power during that time, the top marginal tax rate was over 90% at one point during the 50s (to pay back all that war debt, back then the US paid it's debts), and infrastructure and education investments were huge. Eisenhower even designed the Interestate highway project so that he could increase the rate of govt spending (and employment) when the economy slowed down.
Normally I kind of roll my eyes at the people that advocate for the gold standard, but it is really interesting to see that the study is finding that the debt problem started right after leaving the gold standard behind. It would be interesting to see some follow up research looking for a connection.
PS, I'm the same guy as Chris2189, just a different computer that for some reason didn't get the name change when I updated my account.
MarcH sez..... "hey chris.....if you think the wars are winding down, you are clueless......also, chris, defense is CONSTITUTIONAL spending........welfare, medicare, medicaid ARE NOT CONSTITUTIONAL spending......get a fing clue" Interesting, the Supreme court slapped down your argument 75 years ago. Perhaps you haven't seen the news recently (last few decades or so). You might be excited to hear that the Nazis were defeated, the US put a man on the moon, and there are now cellphones and the internet. Here's a good explanation from a conservative viewpoint for ya'...... http://www.nationalreview.com/critical-condition/255392/if-obamacare-unconstitutional-why-arent-medicare-medicaid-john-r-graham# Feel free to try again....
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:45 PM
@ Bufa - what a shock, a faux-conservative doesn't have a decent argument against the facts so they just dismiss the sources as "too liberal." I thought it was really funny during the '12 election cycle when conservatives started complaining about fact-checkers, thus starting an actual "war on facts" rather than just the normal faux-conservative silliness.
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:32 PM
Every credible organization that studies this. No point in providing links or references though as conservatives just cry "liberal bias" if it doesn't come from Heritage, Breitbart or Rush.
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:03 PM
Because every other industrialized nation on earth has demonstrated that at least a basic government sponsored health care system contains costs better while providing at least a minimum of service to all. In other words, getting more for less, a truly conservative position.
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 11:59 AM
But somehow Fox and Townhall failed to note the report that came out not long before Solyndra that noted there was something in the neighborhood of $31 and 60 Billion in waste in the no-bid contracts from the Bush admin to various contractors. In other words there was a Solyndra every month or so during the Bush admin in pure waste just in those contracts. But it's interesting how the conservative entertainment complex doesn't even report that when "billions of tax payer dollars down the toilet" is such a big deal to you conservatives.
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 11:44 AM
NNNNNNNOOOOOO, What will these folks do? Well, I suppose they can go to one of the other 3 or 4 hospitals within 5 miles. I strongly suspect you'll see more organizations focusing on their own strong suits. In other words you'll see health care organizations being forced to do what most other industries did years ago, focusing on what they're good at and leaving the peripheral services to other area providers that fill that niche better. What a shock, Townhall and Fox news trying to make news where there isn't any. Solyndra anyone?
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Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 3:41 PM
Romney was the least clowny of the clowns in the clown car (except maybe for Huntsman and/or Pawlenty, but they're just bland, like plain oatmeal). The rest of America was enjoying a huge laugh at Gingrich, Hermain Cain, Bachmann, Perry, etc. The best part of having one of those clowns in the general election would have been Saturday Night Live. At least Romney was a serious candidate capable of assembling a thought and maybe even a bit of governing.
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