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Tea Party at the Crossroads

Ned6 Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 1:01 PM
The Tea Party's short term tactical mistake may turn out to be a long term strategic win. True, there was no way to stop Obamacare, however, as more negative information floods out, voters change their opinion of the Tea Party's anti-Obamacare stand. By the 2014 elections anti-Obamacare should be the majority opinion.
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Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

Ned6 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 11:54 AM
My point exactly. In the video, I state that citizens need a plan of our own. The bonus is given if they follow the plan. After all they are supposed to work for us and we should reward good performance [carrot] and boot them out if the don't [stick].
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Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

Ned6 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 11:48 AM
I'm happy with "specifically". Did you watch the video?
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Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

Ned6 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 8:50 AM
For more specifically on Entitlements, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy23W2NTrco
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Throw the Rascals Out?: Part II

Ned6 Wrote: Oct 30, 2013 8:43 AM
Million dollar salaries are a waste of taxpayer money. Million dollar bonuses on the other hand will modify behavior. Half a billion in bonuses could cap Discretionary Spending at $1 Trillion. Entitlements and Means-testing programs need a total overhaul. Current commitments must be met, but we need to replace unsustainable programs [over a 30 year period] with personal savings and a beefed up safety-net built into a new tax code. This will bypass political manipulation of 60% of government spending and dramatically reduce the number of bureaucrats and self-sustaining agencies. For more on this, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OaQH0CjURM
Cruz and Lee took a strong position against Obamacare, just before the poopie hit the fan. That's hardly losing a political battle that won't have an outcome until Nov/2014. The problem for Republicans is that smaller government does not sell. Is the objective just a smaller dysfunctional government? Republicans need to rebrand as the party that wants to "Fix a broken federal government". But, to do that they will need a plan to fix: the tax code, spending, entitlements/means-testing programs, healthcare, pensions... I offer my 10-25 Plan to do just that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OaQH0CjURM
Assuming that Obamacare will crash, Republicans need to present a free market alternative. First, they must get government completely out of healthcare, with cash payments in lieu of Medicare and Medicaid that will pay for equal or superior care. [Since the average retiree on Medicare receives $14,000 in benefits, wouldn't the average couple do better with $28,000/yr to buy private insurance?] Next, we must open the private market to true free market care, and not third-party payer care. Here's a video on my alternative, called "Group Self-Insurance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIZIXPL3HxI
It's time to rewrite our tax code and incorporate a safety-net. A progressive flat tax (cash payment in lieu of standard deduction) plus a flat tax is a political goldmine. While states can still provide yo-yo benefits that can be yanked away, at least the federal government can provide a smooth path out of poverty. For more on the 10-25 Plan, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESzXZ0LUumY
First something positive about the fast food workers: they're working!! Surprise! Second, let's assume that the wage at fast food restaurants goes to $15: 1. Those currently working will face tremendous competition to keep their jobs, from highly motivated, better qualified workers. 2. Many of the jobs will disappear, replaced by automation. 3. Those currently receiving means-tested support will probably lose benefits, possibly more than they gain in net pay. 4. Finally many of those same workers and their dependents will find their average meal cost has gone up by more than 50%.
Thanks for the Cato study. It's good to have more recent info to back up the "Julia's Mother" chart.
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