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5 Reasons There Are So Few Black Americans In The Republican Party

WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 12:32 AM
"Woden, you are re-arranging chairs while the ship goes down." - Pistol "The nation faces this year just as it did last a tremendous deficit in the federal budget, but in the president's message there was no sense of sacrifice on the part of government, no assignment of priorities, no hint of the need to put first things first." - George HW Bush, giving his party's rebuttal to LBJ's 1968 SoTU address, when the deficit was reportedly $25 billion. Later, when Reagan was presiding over deficits over ten times that amount, there was not a peep from lapdog Bush or from most other supposed fiscal conservatives, who were also MIA when W and the Repub-led Congress helped add trillions more in debt. They have no credibility on debt now.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 1:48 AM
Obviously, you don't think much of Reagan. I have always been a deficit hawk, maybe more so than Stockman. My reasoning is simple, less bureaucrats the better. Large central bureaucracies, they exist simply to expand and suck in power and resources and solve nothing. Administrators want the same thing, more programs and employees so they can claim a bigger paycheck. They have no interest in solving problems, because that would mean they have no reason to exist. The GAO has estimated that duplicate federal efforts account for at least $300 billion a year in fed spending and that is conservative. Combine that with the fraud and you cut the deficit in half. Trickle whatever, it is all meaningless if we go bankrupt.
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 1:12 AM
Yes, the national debt and deficits are fiscal and moral problems but as Reagan's budget director David Stockman said, it was Reagan's trickle-down economics that put us on the road to fiscal ruin. It was W's reincarnated trickle-down that's put us deeper in the hole. Now Romney wants to finish us off.

Slow learners.
dahni Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 1:18 AM
And you're intelligent enough to set everyone else straight, huh? OK, let's see some of the specific things you would do in order to set America straight, as you see her. First tell us what America should be like, and then what programs you would put in place to get us there. I need to first agree with your vision of America, and then with your plan of action to help us get there.
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 2:09 AM
According to one study I perused, non-defense spending per capita, when considered in averaged three-year increments, remained pretty much steady from the end of WWII until W's presidency, when it went up. If that study is accurate, the Reagan-Bush-Clinton deficits were primarily due to decreased revenues and increased defense spending, not out-of-control social spending that rightwingers like to blame as the culprit.

As has been said, the baby boomers have moved through society like an elephant through an anaconda and the time to accumulate funds to pay for their future entitlements was during their peak earning years. Tax cuts and irresponsible defense spending and wars have robbed us of those funds and stolen from future generations.
WodenofAzgard Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 2:32 AM
Since the baby boomers have chosen through their elected representative to live for today instead of tomorrow and not sufficiently fund their entitlements, it's moral to adjust their entitlements to the degree that future generations aren't burdened more than past generations. Given that we're on the way to fiscal ruin and why, tax increases and defense spending decreases are obvious prescriptions, the former timed to occur during upticks of business cycles, as during the Clinton presidency, and defense cuts timed to occur in peacetime and business cycle upticks.
george33 Wrote: Sep 08, 2012 7:12 PM
And Obama took our debt (the official one, which is a drop in the bucket to the total) from <$11 trillion to $16 trillion - projected to go beyond $20 trillion by the end of his second term. So when do we stop making the hole deeper?

How is it that the party of Lincoln, a party that led the way in opposing slavery, Jim Crow laws, lynching, the KKK, poll taxes, led the way on integration and voting rights for black Americans, and percentage wise, voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in greater numbers than Democrats is now only getting about 10% of the black vote? Democrats say racism, but any objective observer would quickly discard that explanation given the significant number of popular black Republicans. If even a large percentage of Republicans were racist, certainly Allen West, Herman Cain, Clarence...