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If a government is large enough to give you everything what you want

it is large enough to take everything you have.

-Davy Crockett

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance,

and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

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Is the electoral college still a useful function in today's America politics?
Posted by Bob   •   Friday, 2012-November-30
Back when our Constitution was originally penned most of the population was not aware of current events as we are today. News in those days traveled slow and many times did not represent the actual facts of the time.
Today however with the radio, television, and the Internet word travels as fast as the speed of light. People are much more aware of what is occurring around them, and much more able to reach an informed decision on the selection of their president. The only thing the electoral College does today is to ensure that the candidates for president and vice president do not campaign in all 50 states. If the electoral college was eliminated and the decision on who is elected was determined by popular vote, then every person's vote would be counted equally, that is of equal weight. It is unfair that only 1% of the large state can cause every person's vote in that state to be counted for one candidate, leaving 49% without a voice in the electoral process.
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Has the media failed or has it become extremely successful?
Posted by taxbilly   •   Tuesday, 2012-November-20
Has the media failed or has it become extremely successful?

When you ask yourself this question you first have to define what success is in the minds of the media complex. So first let's try to determine what is their purpose, or their purpose as they see it.

Is their purpose to give out the news of what's happening around the world? To answers that question we only have to ask ourselves are they giving us the news as it is happening. And if you honestly analyze the news as it is given to the news consumers you see the answer to this is no. We determined this because many important stories never make the front page, and many important stories that do make the front page only show one side of the situation. We have also seen stories are held back from release until the release of the story will make the biggest impact on the political scene. So what I am saying here is that the media has a bias in the way they present the news. So it appears the purpose of the news, according to the news medias presentation of the news, is to give a one-sided slant on this presentation for the purpose of influencing the recipients of the news.

Going back to the original question, it is obvious that the news media is not failed and have in fact been extremely successful in what they feel their purpose is. The people today believe that Israel is the aggressor against the Palestinians, that Bush lied about Saddam Hussein attempting to gather yellowcake, even though 550 tons of yellowcake was found in Saddam Hussein's possession.

When it comes to the economy the media has pushed the Republicans on what they intend to do to improve it, but have failed to ask the Democrats what their plan is for the future of the American economy. The Democrats have continually said that there must be a balanced approach to solve the fiscal problem. That approach includes raising taxes on the rich and a cut in spending. Yet not one of the big three media outlets and inquired into what programs the Democrats would cut. They fear no problem in asking that question of the Republicans, however. When the alternative media have asked that question of the Democrats, they have received answers like, "we intend to cut back on Medicare fraud." But even Fox news fails to follow up on that answer by asking the question, if there is that much fraud why are we not stopping it now?

I think the answer to my original question is that the mainstream media has been extremely successful in controlling the direction that this country is taking on the road towards Greece.
Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity
Posted by don   •   Monday, 2012-November-19
(CNSNews.com) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity. story link
What would be the consequences of Secession from the Union?
Posted by don   •   Saturday, 2012-November-17
What would be the consequences of Secession from the Union?
It is true that seceding from the union can have some very desirable consequences, but it can also have some very undesirable consequences. Let us look at some of the pros and cons on the good side of the ledger. We have the elimination of the federal income tax and federal regulations, including mandatory healthcare system. On the con side, we have the problem of paying for many programs and requirements of a nation, which we do not do as a state. For instance, defense and education. There many other things that the federal government gets involved in that we would have to assume full responsibility for, once we became a sovereign country.
Many of our states actually collect more money from the federal government than they give to the federal government. This of course is most common in the poorer states such as Alabama or Louisiana. If Alabama became a sovereign country could possibly take care of itself? How would they pay for the social welfare programs that currently uses for safety nets?read more
What's in our financial future?
Posted by Mr Tea   •   Tuesday, 2012-November-13
There are few things that will be becoming up here at the new year that are going to effect the way we handle our finances. For instance when selling your home, the federal government is going to tax your capital gains at 3.8%. This is not even include the existing capital gains tax. Furthermore it is the proposal of the Obama administration to raise the capital gains from 15% to 25%. So that 3.8% would come on top of the 25% on any transaction concerning capital gains.

Estate taxes are also going to be taking a large jump, no longer will the first 5 million be exempt. This will be reduced down to $1 million, which of course become an unacceptable burden on small businesses and farms that are passed down from family members to family members. It is conceivable if you inherit the family business or family farm, you may have to sell it just to pay the inheritance tax. Of course with the healthcare situation now, people are not really looking to get into a new business, especially if that business has more than 50 full-time employees.

In 2014 we have another big surprise coming, many people are going to find that they are going to have their hours cut to make them part-time employees or maybe even lose their jobs. What is about to occur is the employer mandate for Obama care will take effect. Some employers, rather than take hours away from their employees may decide just to remove their businesses from the healthcare debacle. This would be much cheaper for a employer because instead of paying for the outrageous price of Obama care they will only be required to pay a $2000 fine. This would leave the employees to go out and either buy their own health care or pay a $2000 a year tax, making themselves eligible for state Medicaid.

But there's always another direction we individuals can go. We can ask our employer to lay us off so that we can collect 99 weeks of unemployment, food stamps, free cell phones and subsidized housing. This also opens us up to the various job training programs that are available for the unemployed. After the 99 weeks there are other revenues that can be collected from the federal government such as welfare, or Social Security disability. These programs are not as hard to get into as they used to be, in fact the government is continually advertising to get more people onto these assistance programs.

See you at the soup line.
Beware: ObamaCare’s now reality
Posted by Mr Tea   •   Tuesday, 2012-November-13
If you get your health insurance through a job, you might lose it as of Jan. 1, 2014. That’s when the new “employer mandate” kicks in, requiring employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide the government-designed health plan or pay a fine. The government plan is so expensive, it adds $1.79 per hour to the cost of a full-time employee. That’s incidental if you're hiring neurosurgeons but a hefty increase for hiring busboys and sales clerks. Currently, employers in retail and fast-food industries pay less than half that to cover their workers.To avoid thecostly mandate,some employers will push workers into part-time status. Other employers will opt for the fine. Either way, workers lose their on-the-job coverage. story here
The American dream
Posted by don   •   Monday, 2012-November-12
The American dream click here
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