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UKIP sees the loss of freedom from a far-away government in Brussels that seeks to make everyone's decisions, similar to Washington DC. States in the US are comparable in size to European countries, so the analogy holds. The TEA movement shows many in the hinterlands of the US are fed up with unaccountable micro-management and dysfunctional Washington. We in the US need a new party devoted to returning government to the states and locals, except for defense and constitutional law. The Republican Party at the national level continues to increase central bureaucracy; Bush2 is the poster child of what has happened. Bypassing the old Pravda media which controlled information for generations in favor of New York progressivism is now possible and happening as real truth is available to the curious via the internet. For example, congressional votes.....My state has digitized many areas, including the education costs of public schools. You can see for yourself the skyrocketing costs and what each school district is doing that causes such costs. Mostly it is top-heavy with bureaucrats that make multiples of what the teachers make but have no clear role except to 'administer'.....I suspect the central control by Washington since Carter has a requirement for such. Returning our schools to the local level with charter and vouchers is a simple solution to many, many problems. The chief problem is what the USSR experienced, lack of competition results in stagnation and waste.
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America in Urgent Need of Welfare Reform

Mary218 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Old timers remember life before the Great Society grabbed control of health care and welfare provision from the state and local areas. Prior to Washington's dysfunction, local and county hospitals provided health care, and those who couldn't pay were covered by taxes. The fraud that permeates fed programs was non-existent. Small insurance companies thrived, but ALL were destroyed by LBJ. Only the mega companies were left, and the costs of medical care skyrocketed to the point of today where no one can afford treatment for serious illnesses. Welfare was provided by local charities, and states provided long-term care via state hospitals. The ACLU closed down those hospitals with the Supreme Court's decision. In addition, a new class of barbarians has arisen, as they have no sense of personal responsibility. It's a tragedy that is shared by all of the welfare states, including the UK, exposed by Dalrymple's books. Central planning by a far-away government is best described by Gaidar's "Collapse of an Empire", the history of the USSR after Stalin's death. Dysfunction and massive waste of human and capital led to the end. The US government now closely resembles the end times of the Kremlin. The Heritage Foundation publishes an annual 'Index of Economic Freedom", and you can see how European welfare states and the US are now moving downward.
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Politics Versus Education

Mary218 Wrote: Jan 14, 2014 2:37 PM
Hayek is proven correct again. The burdens of civilization – Disciplined work Responsibility Risk-taking Saving Honesty The honoring of promises Curbing one’s natural reactions (1)of hostility to strangers and (2) of solidarity with those who are like oneself. The last two items on the list are as important as the others. History shows that tribes died out because they could not make the leap to trading and trusting those outside their own tribe....It is an epic tragedy that will end only when the old rabble rousers in the NAACP either die or get dementia.
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The Late, Great Middle Class

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 26, 2013 7:41 AM
The government now resembles the old Kremlin, as it centrally plans and controls every aspect of life for the citizens. Like the USSR, the population is rapidly becoming wards of the state. Hayek warned the world that such is the road to serfdom, but unfortunately, people ignored his warning. Also like the USSR, the US is out of money, and now is at the late stage of creating it to cover the continuing explosion of costs. Anyone can easily see where this leads in the longer term, by searching on 'hyperinflation'............ The US is too varied in cultures to be centrally planned by Washington. It's time to consider peacefully breaking up with sovereign states and treaties for trade and defense. It happened to the USSR 20+ years ago. If we don't, look for totalitarianism to be the next step.
The history of civilization shows that those with traditional values prospered and multiplied, and barbarians died off during the long term. As the US becomes more anti-Christian, it will go the way of all barbarian cultures. In the meantime, the Muslim community continues to have large families. Look at Europe and see that in a few decades, the old European will be a tiny part of the population, due to this lack of value of children. Atheism is a destroyer of human values, as proven time and again in history.
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The Key to a Long-Lasting Constitution

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 21, 2013 8:55 AM
It helps to study the history of Argentina, which started out with a copy of our Constitution. It was a very rich, prosperous country 100 years ago, and millions of European immigrants flooded in. They brought their ideas of government with them. Michael Burleigh's history of Europe in several volumes exposes the attitude that elites are better than the common person at ruling. The same thing happened here, and we are now about the place where Argentina was in the 1940's, when Juan Peron became dictator. The Constitution is a great document, and proved its worth in the past as the best the world has ever seen for the common person. However, looking back, it really lasted only a few decades and ended when the southern states were not allowed their constitutional right to secede. "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History" provides documentation. Maybe the answer is a treaty for free trade and common defense among the sovereign states...........
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Why the Media Hates the South

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 20, 2013 11:18 AM
The worst victims of all were the southern whites at the end of the Civil War. Unfortunately, all publishers have been in the northeast and have prevented the true history of the US from being written. Now that the internet age has intruded, the real picture emerges in such books as "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History". Prior to the mid-70's, the n...r term was not derogative. It was the likes of Jackson and Sharpton that determined its new meaning. In Arlington, Tx a black businessman opened a barbeque restaurant called "The Big Ni...r", because the term reflected the blood, sweat and tears of black people. I was commissioned to paint his portrait, and he talked about his offers of franchises around the country during our sketching sessions. I have always been sad that the hatred of northern blacks created such a mean climate for everyone in today's media and government.
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The Decline of College

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 8:09 AM
It will happen and is already going that direction via online. This article is spot on... Brick and mortar schools are like the postal service, obsolesced by technology that provides the same service at a much reduced cost. The ideal education has always been 1-1 tutoring, as each student learns at his own rate. The internet is the game changer in education.
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The Decline of College

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 19, 2013 7:54 AM
Thanks for your post, as I think the same thing. Affirmative action has destroyed the credibility of 'elite' colleges.
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Persecution on Our Road to Damascus

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 13, 2013 9:25 AM
Thanks for speaking the truth. The so-called 'war on terror' is probably an example of what Eisenhower warned against, as the military-industrial complex has great power in Washington. Everything the executive branch has done since January 2009 has been destructive for the average citizen. Dinesh D'Souza probably comes closer than anyone to explaining, and he did it by predicting, based on Obama's past....The man hates America and everything it stands for.
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Same Old, Same Old in Syria

Mary218 Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 8:52 AM
The most deadly war of all, in which more Americans were killed than all other wars put together, was the one where the Yankee 'we know best' North decimated everything and everyone below the Mason/Dixon line. Then proceeded to punish the Southerners by installing a military government run primarily by black soldiers. That led to Jim Crow laws, as the civilian population was frightened of a repeat in which women were raped and white people were denied any property or civil rights....
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