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Europe's Wishes Came True

TunTavern Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 6:19 PM
The GOP has one issue left that they can fight on: SPENDING. They've lost on social issues so now it comes down to SPENDING. Yet... in a country in which the average person carries over $7,000 worth of credit card debt....do you REALLY think you can get them to care about spending? You want to try and preach the ethics of not spending more than you have to a nation of people who, EVERY DAY, spend money they don't have. The land of big screen televisions, houses the size of castles, SUVS, every electronic gadget imaginable...all paid for by credit...and you expect them to buy into a message of fiscal conservatism!? LOL! Good luck with that!
Roy323 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 5:45 PM
TT-You are speaking "Generalities" here, and vague ones at that. I own many of the things you describe (No Mansion) and I don't have a nickle in credit card "debt". No Mortgage, and no way I can claim anything as a "Tax deduction" other than the Standard deduct! I reckon I must be doing a lot of things wrong, eh?

Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly "war on terror" and fighting two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion.

The EU avoided foreign conflicts and embraced soft power. Its declining military budgets and centralized transnational government ensured that it could address global warming and fund ever-expanding entitlements. Even the poorer Mediterranean nations reached new heights of prosperity. The Greek economy...