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Mitt Romney, Big-Government Man

petroleum engineer Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 2:27 PM
John, your theory is a theory. I am fed up with many many of the unecessary and often detrimental regulations on business. Many of the regs are ridiculous, but continue to be enforced by bureaucrats resulting in waste and inefficiency. However, any reasonable person recognizes that some regulation is necessary. How about - voting, speed limits, health issues, and on and on. Too many of the wrong type of regulationsis the problem. I do not agree with Stossel that Romney's statements make him BIG GOVT.
nawlins72 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 6:11 PM
petroleum wrote: "However, any reasonable person recognizes that some regulation is necessary."

The first problem with this statement is that many 'reasonable' people are anything but, when it comes to political philosophy. The second is with the multitude of 'reasonable' people that exist, who all differ on what regulations are 'necessary' we end up right where we are today.

"How about - voting, speed limits, health issues, and on and on. Too many of the wrong type of regulations is the problem."

Stossel was discussing market regulations in this piece, not so much voting or speed laws. But to your point, everyone claims we need the "right" regulations, but those "right" ones never manifest.
John1921 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 2:45 PM
Libertarians and leftists agree -- normal human society is a drag. Leftists want to replace the natural structure with their own, made-up rules. Libertarians want to junk society completely and live solitary lives like tigers and gibbons. Neither alternative is possible, given innate, immutable, inherited Human Nature, but Leftism is an extension of behavior beyond limits, while Libertarianism is a rejection of Homo sapiens' natura/normal behavior completely. The world record for a Leftist society is about 70 years (USSR), while the record for Libetarian utopias (various free-love communes) is half that. From Marx, to Weimar, to Freud, to Ayn Rand, to George Soros, heeding the social/cultural/religious advice of Jews is always wrong.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 2:58 PM
I don't even know where you get this stuff John.

Even though I am not a libertarian, at least I know they are more closely in sync with the Founding Fathers than any other party. If you hate America, you are free to say it.
nawlins72 Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 6:07 PM
John, you have no clue about libertarian ideology. Your cartoonish mischaracterizations are absurd, so I suggest STHU and do some reading.

President Obama tanked in the last debate. Good.

Now maybe people will listen when Mitt Romney says things like, "The genius of America is the free enterprise system, and freedom, and the fact that people can go out there and start a business. ... The private market and individual responsibility always work best."

They do.

But then Romney responded to Obama by essentially saying: I want big government, too!

We who hope for smaller government as a way to expand liberty and create prosperity are disturbed by what we heard last week. The GOP candidate painted himself as a big...