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Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks

Steve54 Wrote: Oct 24, 2014 8:41 PM
What most matters is winning. A proud, confident and clear conservative nominee is even better. Run, Ben (Carson), Run
The UN? Where Iran heads up the Women's Rights Commission. Where China has a seat on the Humans Rights Council. Where its IPCC told us Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2035. Where Israel is investigated and condemned at a rate of something like 1,0000 times that of Arab nations, China and Russia. Where so little was said about the Arab genocide of Sudanese blacks, etc, etc. The UN is a despicable organization largely run and controlled by non-democracies working against free nations and the principles for which we stand and have died. And then there's you, the leftie true believer spouting left wing gibberish like "Conservatives are simply incapable of fathoming the concept of people working toward a common good."
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Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

Steve54 Wrote: Sep 04, 2014 12:51 AM
Ron Paul overlooks the bigger cause of ISIS. It was not opposition to Assad (and we should have supported pro-democracy Syrian groups at the start, instead of waiting until the fanatics had them outnumbered and outgunned). Rather, it was withdrawal from Iraq. That allowed Al Maliki to abuse the Sunni minority, rather than work with them democratically as he was forced to do earlier. This abuse sparked renewed support within the Iraqi Sunni community for a resistance movement. It was Petraeus's success at getting Sunnis to turn on similar groups that made The Surge a grand success. Now that was all for naught, thanks to Obama.
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Random Thoughts

Steve54 Wrote: May 30, 2014 11:22 AM
"Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places. " I'm Canadian. Called my doctor's office a few minutes ago to get an appt, and was offered either 10:30 or 11:30 this morning. Not that i'm advocating our medical system. I'm not. I certainly wouldn't get an appt with a specialist that fast. And I'd wait months for elective surgery, although if i were willing to go on a cancellation list chances are I'd get in sooner. The better systems,like those in France, Switzerland and Japan, have next to no wait lists and run far less costly than either the Canadian or American systems. Notwithstanding he above, Sowell's columns are amongst the few I consider must reads.
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Phil Robertson Refuses To Be Intimidated

Steve54 Wrote: May 25, 2014 9:26 AM
I don't know Ben Carson's views on homosexuality. (Since it's principally a product of one's DNA, I can't see the morality in condemning people for being that way or seeking love in their lives.) But the good doctor may well be the the greatest warrior against PC extant. For this reason he can be a true game changer. Run, Ben, Run.
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The Fair Tax

Steve54 Wrote: Jan 15, 2014 9:31 AM
Perhaps expensive items should be taxed at a higher rate, so that those who can afford them, i.e., the better off, will pay a higher rate. For example, say cars under $25,000 are taxed at 20%, cars between $25,000 and $35,000 at 25%, cars over $35,000 at 30%. Similarly, groceries might be taxed at only 10%, while restaurant meals and all other food at the standard 23% rate. Certainly complicates the tax, which in part negates the advantages of simplicity. But if it handles a major objection that impedes its implementation - the poor will be taxed at the same rate as the rich - perhaps worth it.
Canada's system is not the rational alternative. Instead look to France, Germany, Japan.
I'm a Calgarian, and aside from the truth about long waits for elective surgery and in hospital emergency rooms for non life threatening issues, the rest of what you understand those guys to have said is nonsense. I won't defend the Canadian system, which is flawed. But so is the American system as it's been (and Obamacare). Canada and the US both should be looking to France, Germany and Japan for excellent systems at a good price.
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Blacks and Obama

Steve54 Wrote: Dec 04, 2013 11:19 PM
Nothing President Ben Carson can't fix.
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5 Reasons Not To Bomb Syria

Steve54 Wrote: Sep 03, 2013 7:14 AM
Hawkins argues there's no point fighting with al Qaeda and other groups opposed to Assad. True. But that's not the point. It's to deter Assad from using WMD, e.g., gas, against his own people. In fact, were it possible to destroy gas weapons, then we'd also prevent them from falling into al Qaeda hands.
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