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The Lesson of Dunkirk

silentCalfan Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 2:15 PM
A better analogy is Grant vs McClellan. McClellan was not willing to fight. Grant was, and he won the war. The House has the power of the purse; they can win the war by digging in their heels against unnecessary and dangerous spending. Will Repubs be blamed for a gov't shutdown? Perhaps. But Obama's tactics during the last shutdown revealed his cruel and petty nature. And most Americans learned a shutdown does not hurt the general public. A shutdown would give Repubs a daily opportunity to expose the ridiculous wastes of taxpayer funds that they oppose.
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The 'Trickle-Down' Lie

silentCalfan Wrote: Jan 07, 2014 1:25 AM
I believe the phrase "trickle down" was first used by Senator Robert La Follette in his failed 1924 bid for the presidency as the candidate of the Progressive Party. He came in a distant third. No doubt he used the phrase to condemn the Harding/Coolidge reductions in income taxes which helped fuel the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties.
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A New Year and Old Problems

silentCalfan Wrote: Dec 31, 2013 3:46 AM
The Republican party will do nothing to restore fiscal sanity and constitutional governance until its current weak leadership is replaced. Call it "internal strife" if you will, but I believe we need to replace ineffective dinosaurs in the Senate like McConnell, Roberts, and Cochran with younger men who are willing to fight the socialists and communists of the Democrat party instead of compromising with them. Ted Cruz has shown the way. Others must follow or get out of the way.
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Why Neo-Isolationism Is Soaring

silentCalfan Wrote: Dec 22, 2013 1:23 AM
Almost 200 years ago President Monroe told Europe: we want friendly trade relations with all countries, and we will not get involved in any of your incessant wars; oh, and by the way, don't try to establish any new colonies on our side of the Atlantic. A wise policy then, and a wise policy now. Not isolationist, but not interventionist.
Give Harding and Coolidge credit for following the economic advice of their treasury secretary, Andrew Mellon. which produced the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties, smaller government, lower taxes, and higher incomes for everyone.
RFK was not running against LBJ when he was shot. LBJ had announced on TV that he would not run again months before RFK was shot. RFK was running against only Senator Eugene McCarthy in June 1968.
Obama is a brazen serial liar. So is Hilary. What else is new?
A popular rebellion by Californians solved that problem in 1978 by enacting Proposition 13. It limits property tax to 1% of the purchase price plus a maximum increase of 2% of the tax each succeeding year. Politicians hate it, but the people love it. If you own your home for a long time, property taxes are very reasonable. However, income and sales taxes are too high here.
If you live within your means, and avoid a medical disaster, you should reach retirement age debt-free: no mortgage, no car payments, no student loans, no credit card debt. In that case you should have ordinary living expenses of only $20 to 25,000 per year. But if you rack up unnecessary debt then you can forget about retirement. You are the master of your own fate.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads: Part II

silentCalfan Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 3:06 AM
A few folks will benefit from Obamacare, but the vast majority will be hurt by it, not only in lost doctors and insurance but in jobs and work hours. It will be a major hit to the wallets of the middle class. Republicans must campaign on their initial unanimous opposition to that law and also on all their efforts--including the defunding effort--to save the people from the law. They must also make it clear that the government shutdown was the decision of Obama and Reid, not the Republicans, and that Obama personally made that shutdown as painful as possible.
One of our greatest presidents, James K. Polk, proved that one can accomplish an ambitious but limited agenda in a single term if one is willing to work hard enough. Unfortunately, he literally worked himself to death.
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