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The Coming Environmental Battles

The_Solandog Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 7:01 PM
This web site is turning my stomach, it is so chock full of BIG government Republicans, who just can't be bothered to pay for their version of BIG government. Just answer one question. How would you have paid for the social engineering in Iraq and the nation building in Afghanistan the past ten years, other than by selling US treasury securities to foreign countries like China, Saudi Arabia and Japan that our children will be forced to pay off decades from now? You see, Republicans have a slobbering love affair with BIG government, they just can't be bothered to pay for it.
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Sexting with the Stars

The_Solandog Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 6:50 PM
From 2001-2007, when Republicans held the levers of power in DC, they increased pork-barrel spending from 3,000 to 14,000 projects a year, doubled the size of the Department of Education, added yet another whole layer of entitlement (MedPrescD) spending costing $50 billion a year, mandated $6 billion a year in ethanol. Would anyone here be willing to actually pay for the war in Iraq, now....with some tax....or just continue to place the entire cost on the national credit card? Talk about gutlessness in the face of the enemy!
Yes, many here can artfully criticize our foreign born Islamic leader. Well done! And George Bush...during his eight years? Wasn't the Speaker of the House, where tax and spend Constitutional power is given, a Republican from January, 1995 through January of 2007? The war in Iraq cost upwards of $120 billion a year for eight years, but Republicans are always droning on about their tax precious cuts, they were unwilling to cut spending on anything.
Republicans say, "America's first-ever federal progressive income tax started in 1913." Point of fact, Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, implemented the nation's first income tax. He was a fiscal conservative, knowing that modern wars are expensive and should be paid for. Today's Republicans believe wars can be run on the cheap. While they are willing to sacrifice the lives of our young soldiers they attend Tea Parties and constantly prattle on about their precious tax cuts.
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A Different Kind of History

The_Solandog Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 5:12 PM
Many Republican frequently tell us that 50% of Americans pay NO taxes. They forget the word 'income' before the word 'taxes.' That would make it a true statement. However, a person making $20,000 pays $3060 every year in social security and Medicare taxes. And these are taxes, too! Receipts for fiscal year 2008 were $2.66 trillion. The top three sources are: * $1.25 trillion - Individual income tax * $927.2 billion - Social Security/payroll taxes * $314.9 billion - Corporate income tax Republicans may casually dismiss Social Security taxes as not a "real" tax, but $927 billion is a real number, and EVERYONE pays that on their first dollar earned.
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Ron Paul, American Hero

The_Solandog Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 5:12 PM
Many Republican frequently tell us that 50% of Americans pay NO taxes. They forget the word 'income' before the word 'taxes.' That would make it a true statement. However, a person making $20,000 pays $3060 every year in social security and Medicare taxes. And these are taxes, too! Receipts for fiscal year 2008 were $2.66 trillion. The top three sources are: * $1.25 trillion - Individual income tax * $927.2 billion - Social Security/payroll taxes * $314.9 billion - Corporate income tax Republicans may casually dismiss Social Security taxes as not a "real" tax, but $927 billion is a real number, and EVERYONE pays that on their first dollar earned.
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Diagnosis GOP: Critical Condition

The_Solandog Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 5:11 PM
Many Republican frequently tell us that 50% of Americans pay NO taxes. They forget the word 'income' before the word 'taxes.' That would make it a true statement. However, a person making $20,000 pays $3060 every year in social security and Medicare taxes. And these are taxes, too! Receipts for fiscal year 2008 were $2.66 trillion. The top three sources are: * $1.25 trillion - Individual income tax * $927.2 billion - Social Security/payroll taxes * $314.9 billion - Corporate income tax Republicans may casually dismiss Social Security taxes as not a "real" tax, but $927 billion is a real number, and EVERYONE pays that on their first dollar earned.
Republicans are proud of the Citizen's United verdict and have also been instructed to parrot, "in fact, I've never heard of a corporation that wasn't composed of a person or group of people, i.e. you can't incorporate an abstract." I say, Yes, the corporation is a separate legal entity, but it is not human. A human being is composed of atoms. But an atom is not human. The Republican endpoint is to put corporations above the citizens of the USA.
Republicans are proud of the Citizen's United verdict and have also been instructed to parrot, "in fact, I've never heard of a corporation that wasn't composed of a person or group of people, i.e. you can't incorporate an abstract." I say, Yes, the corporation is a separate legal entity, but it is not human. A human being is composed of atoms. But an atom is not human. The Republican endpoint is to put corporations above the citizens of the USA.
Republicans are proud of the Citizen's United verdict and have been instructed to parrot, "are you telling us that individuals who incorporate themselves should be stripped of their Constitutional rights?" I say, listen up you miscreant Repub-tards! Individuals incorporate their businesses, not themselves. The Declaration of Independence does not say "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and corporations are created equal, ...."
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