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Playing Catch Up

PHILLIP56 Wrote: Sep 18, 2014 6:55 PM
You have accepted the Keynesian fallacy that economic activity all starts with sales. People with economic sense (adherents of the Austrian school) know it all starts with production. What is produced will be sold; what is not produced cannot be sold.
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Militarization of Police II

PHILLIP56 Wrote: Sep 01, 2014 2:23 PM
You couldn't be more mistaken. Assuming that a government will never have a malevolent leader is an incredibly dangerous and foolish assumption. The only safe government is one that does not have the means to oppress its citizens. Our founding fathers understood this. They allowed citizens to possess the same weaponry as government at all levels, Federal, state, and local. This certainly doesn't mean that citizens should be permitted weapons of mass destruction, but neither should government when dealing with its own citizens. The government should fear its citizens and not the reverse. What you advocate will without fail eventually result in a totalitarian state. Only God knows the heart of the politicians we vote for. From time to time truly evil people will come to power, and the more powerful the government, the greater the incentive for evil people to seek office. I advocate for limited government because I wish to prevent evil people from being able to indulge their evil intentions.
If it is as you say, and I think it probably is, the Republican Party is no opposition party at all and the US is surely doomed.
If it is as you say, and I think it probably is, the Republican Party is no opposition party at all and the US is surely doomed.
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The Politics of St. Paul

PHILLIP56 Wrote: Apr 13, 2014 9:27 PM
The US is unique in that we were founded to be a nation where the supreme ruler was not a man or group of men. We are supposed to be ruled by laws and not men. The Constitution is our King. The reason that is no longer the case is because our present government is in a state of rebellion against our king, the Constitution. This poses an interesting question to those of us who are Christians. Do we owe allegiance and respect to the usurpers, both Democrat and Republican, who are constantly disobeying our king, the Constitution, by twisting it so as to make it count for nothing, or do we owe our allegiance and respect only to our rightful king, the Constitution?
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What the GOP Can Learn from Phil

PHILLIP56 Wrote: Dec 25, 2013 1:16 PM
Christians need to understand that big government is antithetical to Christianity. Insisting that those who represent us in government support our Christian social values while at the same time going along with continued expansion of the size and scope of government guarantees that, in the end, our social values will also lose. As more and more people look to government for their sustenance, they will only naturally see government as their savior as well. That is why I would much rather have a government that had nothing to do with marriage whatsoever, treating the issue as a matter of contract, than a government that deigns itself as the definer of what a marriage is and is not. Those who wish for a socially conservative but economically liberal nation wish for what has never been and never will be.
I agree that this is probably the time for Republicans to think strategically. The problem, however, is that for too many Republicans, the time to stop thinking strategically and take a stand never comes. That is why the government gets bigger and bigger no matter whether Republicans or Democrats are elected. The sad truth is that we are going to continue barreling down the road of ever bigger government until the wheels fall off our economy.
Your third point was, "We should control the House at least until the next census: Not only does the GOP control the House, because of gerrymandering, we're likely to remain firmly in control until the next census. That will give us the capability to slam the brakes on government no matter what happens with the Senate and White House." Let me remind you that there is a world of difference between having the capability to slam the brakes on government and having the will and the courage necessary to actually do so. Even if the Republicans were to win 100% of the elections in 2014 I still doubt if they would truly slam the brakes on government, which is why I no longer call myself a Republican.
Concerning fairness, consider this- when cities must borrow in order to pay their "sacrosanct" pension obligations, the ones to actually be forced to make payment will be those who, if they were even born when the pension promises were made, were certainly not old enough to vote. I think the issue of whether or not it is "fair" to force children to pay debts contracted by their parents was settled long ago.
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President Obama: The Tale of Two Calls

PHILLIP56 Wrote: Sep 29, 2013 5:59 PM
As weak as Obama is when conducting foreign policy, the Republicans are even weaker when conducting domestic policy. It is little wonder than Obama has absolutely no respect for the Republicans as he routinely walks all over them.
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