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Europe's Wishes Came True

para_dimz Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 7:59 AM
I really don't care if the rest of the world goes to H E double hockey sticks as long as the U.S. has nothing to do with it. They're all adults who can read history, make decisions, take responsibility. If they want to go the way of the Dodo bird; more power to them. Our engagements with the world ought to be as Adam's and Jefferson advised. No foreign entanglements. Trade with all. Now when they mess with us, as they will, then I'm for the singular, roundhouse knockout punch; every grandma and toddler on their soil. I don't think we'll have to do that twice.
george293 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 10:13 AM
These illegal wars we have been fighting are a big part of our problem. None of these nations we have invaded have attacked us or even have the means to. Trillions are being spent not to keep us safe, but to keep the multinational corporations safe and robbing the world of the natural resources for their own profit.
Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:00 AM
George -- so you too have noticed that the so-called "US Interests" used to justify our wars and our involvement in the affairs of other nations almost always coincide with the interests of huge corporations -- who just happen to be large donors to the politicians...
C. R.4 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:37 AM
Oh, get real. I have lived and worked outside the US and it was not the corporations who dealt us the stuff we are going thru today. It is the American ideal to help, but I agree, unless attacked, we are not there to cover the rears of the European countries that caused the situations in most of the countries in conflict. Let Europe handle it. We bailed them out in WWII and that is more than enough. We are not their mother, so let them grow up and take responsibility for what they caused over the last 200 years! and probably more than that. History, again.
C. R.4 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 11:39 AM
Not all corporations are bad nor do they contribute to Obama, et al. Most are good and needed. Many went abroad because of high taxes and way too many regulations to be not only productive but to make money for the investors and the workers. America is known for having millions of laws on the books that are forcing you, me and businesses to seek elsewhere to live and prosper because it is way too difficult here. Think California on this.

Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly "war on terror" and fighting two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion.

The EU avoided foreign conflicts and embraced soft power. Its declining military budgets and centralized transnational government ensured that it could address global warming and fund ever-expanding entitlements. Even the poorer Mediterranean nations reached new heights of prosperity. The Greek economy...