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You Don't Have to Stay Poor

silentCalfan Wrote: Sep 11, 2013 1:09 AM
Wealth building is not difficult. It just takes a lot of time and self-discipline. There is no legitimate excuse for remaining poor. I and most of my friends were relatively poor as youngsters, but none of us are poor now.
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It’s Not That Difficult: No Mas!

silentCalfan Wrote: Aug 31, 2013 3:09 AM
A smaller, constitutional federal government will not be achieved by cosmetic surgery, but only by wholesale amputation of departments and programs. I would start by abolishing the Dept of Education and H.U.D. Rejecting phony disability claims (e.g., many claims of mental illness) would save a ton of money. Subsidies of companies and individuals should be slashed. Loan guarantees for private enterprises is unwarranted. The lists of fraud, waste, and folly is almost endless.
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Don't Know Much About Geography

silentCalfan Wrote: Aug 15, 2013 3:13 AM
Obama's ignorance of matters of common knowledge is appalling. Obamabots assert he is very smart and he went to very good schools. Both assertions are demonstrably false. He is merely glib.
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Don't Know Much About Geography

silentCalfan Wrote: Aug 15, 2013 3:13 AM
Obama's ignorance of matters of common knowledge is appalling. Obamabots assert he is very smart and he went to very good schools. Both assertions are demonstrably false. He is merely glib.
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Obama is the Anti-Coolidge

silentCalfan Wrote: Aug 10, 2013 2:39 PM
The Republican Harding-Coolidge administration inherited a terrible depression from the racist progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Following the advice of their Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, they cut federal spending by almost 50%, cut taxes, and restrained regulation. The result was perhaps the greatest period of prosperity in the 20th century, the "Roaring Twenties", with average incomes increasing by 30%. President Coolidge posted 4 consecutive balanced budgets.
Obama is following the FDR model: use the US Treasury to reward your friends, the IRS to harass your political enemies, and other administrative agencies to hobble or destroy private enterprise. That model has a name: tyranny.
San Diego has had some really fine mayors (e.g., Pete Wilson in the 1970's and Jerry Sanders until last year) and a number of mediocre mayors in between them, but we have never had a disgusting and arrogant creep like Filner. His days as mayor are numbered. He will be gone before the end of this year, recalled by an embarrassed citizenry.
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Saving the Washington Post

silentCalfan Wrote: Aug 10, 2013 12:26 AM
"Rosebud" was the mysterious last word spoken by the dying Citizen Kane. Hugh was trying to make a clever response to Tapper's reference to the movie, combining it with the odd spelling of Bezos' name.
The notion that voters are attracted by "moderate" positions is absurd. Most voters have little or no knowledge about the candidates' positions. Presidential races are basically popularity contests: who do I like, who do I dislike, based on personality and perhaps one or two events. Medved gives far too much credit to the intelligence of the average voter.
Victory is shaped more often by personalities and events than by perceived political philosophy. Incumbent Nixon beat McGovern because he seemed strong and McGovern seemed weak and had a whiny voice. Carter beat incumbent Ford because the economy was bad, and Ford pardoned Nixon. Reagan beat incumbent Carter because the economy was terrible and Carter looked like a weakling next to Reagan (i.e., hostage crisis). GHW Bush beat Dukakis because he was weak on crime and looked like a pipsqueak in the famous tank photo; and the economy was pretty good. Etc. "Moderation" had little to do with these results. All Americans like strong leaders, but can be unforgiving of some decisions.
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Jefferson and Ho

silentCalfan Wrote: Jul 31, 2013 3:17 AM
Ho agreed with Jefferson about gaining independence from a colonial power (France), but rejected our Founders' beliefs in small government and God-given natural rights, including individual liberty. Obama agrees with Ho, not Jefferson.
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