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Seawolf Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:26 AM
I would love to hear Boehner say "we were elected to fund an American gov't not a marxist one..when you get serious obama, call me, until then no money" then pass a bill cutting this gov't 10 % every year until the books balance with NO tax increases on anyone. With one exception, the military, but the "gravt train" of welfare has to go...we didn't need it 50 years ago and it's been nothing but a waste of money from the start...if you can't feed or read to your kids, don't have them.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:21 AM
The debt ceiling gives the House the capability to do exactly as you propose, Seawolf. The purse strings are so powerful, that even a 3 month postponement of raising it to enable borrowing more money, would put Barry in a tight place. The House could easily trade small raises in the ceiling, for large and implemented reductions in spending. For instance, abolish the Dept of Education, and we will raise the ceiling by an amount equal to its budget. This sort of negotiation from a position of power has been possible for years. Its the basis of the reforms Gingrich foisted on a squirming vetoing Slick Willy. And Boehner/McConnell led the charge to oust Gingrich and remove the subsidy and welfare reforms that were largely responsible...
Frank130 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:41 AM
Nice, Seawolf!

But I would also cut the military by closing 800+ bases in 120+ nations around the world & end the undeclared/Unconstitutional wars while still building at home missile defense & upgrading our weapons. I know you've disagreed with me in the past on this, but economic reality is we can't be the world's policeman any more, even if we wanted to. But I think a policy of non-intervention (not isolationism) is the best policy unless we are attacked or directly threatened.

Anyways, Boehner would be well to take your advice!
Seawolf Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:53 AM
Frank, I actually agree on closing some bases, the idea that our troopers are being used as "tripwires" in Korea for example is just plain wrong. We need a presence in the ME, but this nation building is insane, you cannot force our system of gov't on a tribal societies, it simply will not work....In fact this clown in the WH has done his best to divide US along the same lines much to our detriment.

I would pull back to our home shores in most cases, but make it very clear that the policy of Adm Mahan of our past history would be in place...embargo any strategic material needed by the US would result in some very uncomfortable things happening to that nation immediately.
James____Tx Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:54 AM
I agree with you 100%, but Boehner needs replacing.
Frank130 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:02 AM
Then, I think, we can basically agree and are basically on the same page.
Unfortunately, Boehner & the Establishment GOP are not with us.
NewJAl Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:31 AM
Totally agree. Why he does not will always be a mystery to me, and I am unlikely to accept racid opinions or name calling. He needs to move on or speak the truth. Ryan, or many another, that came in in 2010, and even Rubio, might speak plainly and honestly and call Obama what he is.
NewJAl Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:35 AM
You and I are aware the Obama took away the welfare eroding rules Clinton put in (because Republicans in power demanded them). To my knowledge, a person can claim going to a nail solon an effort at employment, to keep welfare checks coming in.
As I watch this train wreck by Obama and his, I truly appreciate Seawolf's clear eyed opinions.
If he knows, then others must, and, someday, a prominent Republican will speak like Seawolf.
The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back -- and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future.

If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare.

With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens of the Wall...