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Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird

Original2 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:12 AM
The most unreported remark of the debate is where Mr. Romney calls our deficits and debt "immoral" and says that each government program must meet the test of whether that program is so vital to this nation that we must borrow to fund it. The clarity of this approach is stunning- this is the only adult way to budget our collective national money. While plenty of programs are "nice" or useful or help somebody or other, are they VITAL enough to our American family that we must borrow (from China and from subsequent generations) to pay for them? Big Bird and PBS is just one of the programs that fail that test- not to say that they are worth while, just not worthy of obligating our grandchildren to pay for them.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:18 AM
Original,

The problem with that notion, though it sounds great on the surface, is that citizens will never agree on what's vital. I happen to believe the F-35 is a massive waste of taxpayer dollars that does not make our nation safer. Many on this forum no doubt disagree with me about that.

So how do you pick and choose?
NewJAl Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:28 AM
Agreed. But still Romney's ideas are good, as the direction is what counts, and there is a fiscal cliff. Would seem Obama wants to push us over it.
He is talking, as I speak, and saying how more money must be sent.
And he calls Romney a liar. Frightening lack of maturity, as 'There is no free lunch', and if we took all the wealth of the rich, here, they would leave, if they could. We should know History, but do not. And we could run the government on their wealth a few days.
Democrats claim to know math, but don't.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 11:30 AM
DS,

Since that's how every major "defense" program in this country is developed, why would you expect the F-35 to be any different? Or the Osprey. Or ....

My point, though, had nothing to do with any particular government expenditure. It has to do with the fact that citizens will always disagree on priorities, and politicians will always be the ones to sort them out.
rickmcq Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 12:37 PM
And then, eric, it will be the voters' job to sort out the politicians.
CVN65 Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 1:08 PM
You start with those powers enumerated in the COTUS; defense is one of them. Charity is not. Pensions are not. Healthcare is not. Energy is not. Education is not. Environmental concerns are not. Home and education loans are not. If you are against our pilots having complete air superiority and our troops enjoying complete battlefield air superiority then you should certainly be one of those willing to put your life on the line by serving in the Armed Forces, in a combat role. One of the important advantages we have enjoyed for 40+ years is the ability to outperform the other air forces, preserving the lives of our pilots. Many soldiers and Marines have been saved by the inability of our foes to conduct air ops against them.
Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced.

Left-leaning celebrities immediately erupted on Twitter. "WOW!!! No PBS!! WTF how about cutting congress's stuff leave big bird alone," Whoopi Goldberg fumed. "Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD," actress Olivia Wilde despaired. "Who picks on Big Bird!!! #bulliesthatswho," actress Taraji Henson chimed in.

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