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Taxpayers, Revolt!

Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 9:44 PM
Coming back to the earlier Ron Paul conversation. Conventional Republicans often decry libertarians for being politically unrealistic. In other words: "Don't speak about your end goals. Don't ask for too much. Don't mention a sincerely-held belief if it's unpopular--you might lose the election." This is, of course, unvarnished intellectual cowardice. But beyond that, it's not even practical, in the long run (or even in the short run, as demonstrated by Romney). What we see, with conventional Republicans, is the obscene spectacle of cringing, bartering, compromising "free market advocates" (ironic quotes) going up against a self-righteous, proud, uncompromising socialist in Obama. People sense instinctively when someone is being phony.
Corbett_ Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 10:03 PM
Americans HATE the mealy-mouthed. Americans love John Wayne and Ty Cobb -- people who are not afraid to say what they mean and go all out to get what they want. They hate the French -- or at lest the image of the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys". The GOP is the French party. They have a well-earned reputation for surrendering at the drop of a hat.

That is because, unlike Ron Paul, they don't stand for anything. Or if they do, they appear to be ashamed of what they stand for. They are utterly devoid of backbone because they are utterly devoid of principle.

Not that Ron Paul was perfect. We needed a Ty Cobb -- someone who would sharpen his cleats and stomp his opponents. Ron Paul didn't have the fighter instinct.
Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience.

Their task is to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a geological construct of their own making. It doesn't take a genius to predict both parties will try to do two things: (1) reach an agreement that will allow each side to take some credit and (2) require those who work for a living to pay government more while they come up with phony, or inconsequential spending "cuts."

Whatever they do, payroll taxes...