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@JimRussel: Social Security may be a good program, but it never lowered any prices. Please find a case where government intervention into a free market actually lowered prices and benefits the economy. Some government regulation will always be necessary, but we cannot be deluded that it lowers prices. Government intervention costs all of us money. The questIon is whether it is worth the price.
@dusty: you like the coke because it also has pure cane Cuban sugar.
Jim: I would not favor the use of the military for law enforcement. In a Democracy we have to do things with reverence to our Constitution. But, that only means that law enforcement must work harder and we must support the law enforcement we send into " harm's way".
Jim and Dusty: would you prefer the balance sheet of Cook County ( Chicago) run by Democrats or Moore County run by Republicans? It is no wonder you choose to live here rather tHan there. I just wish you would show greater appreciation to Republicans for your good fortune.
Dusty: Have you ever thought of moving to places where liberal policies have been followed most closely? How about Detroit? Or Chicago?. Los Angeles is also close to bankruptcy. Welfare states like Cyprus, Italy and Spain are also followers of tax and spend governments. Perhaps you might want to follow the example of Greece?
It may take some time, but the Republican message of conservative fiscal policy will eventually be adopted. The only question today is how best to package that message. Personally, i think that u-tube videOs of riots I'n Cyprus and Greece make a good start..And pictures of poverty and murder together with school closings I'n Chicago beside a picture of each democrat who served a's mayor is perhaps another great Kodak moment.
Jim; When America is hit with a Nuclear Bomb it will most likely not come on a missile. It will be freighted by diplomatic pouch and planted in the United States. It will also not be easy to trace. My professors in college knew that in the 1970's. Armageddon is closer than we think. A little trade war with China is more preferable to a nuclear holocaust.
Jim: Failure to hold North Korea accountable will result in a nuclear war with bombs falling on our trading partners Sputh Korea, Japan or the states of CAlifornia, Oregon and Washington. That will cost a few more jobs than holding China accountable.
By the way, your friends on Labor want tariffs on Chinese goods even without North Korean problems
Jim Heim illustrates good point. He does not want us to sanction China for fear that they will not lend us the money he wants to continue the deficit indefinitely and fund the welfare state. By not having the financial ability to stand up to Red China and continuing a deficit that requires their participation we are left to fighting a war over American air space against missiles launched from North Korea.
Jim, no one can outline a blue print for "surrender" better than a liberal defending the Welfare State
When the price of gasoline doubles because of lack of production, the government edict to double fuel mileage gives no gain to the working poor. Moreover, since the poor cannot afford a new car with higher mileage, the whole liberal effort to save energy falls devastatingly onto the backs of the poor. The liberals tout higher fuel prices with lower consumption and the working poor are left with old used cars, low gas milage and high fuel costs.
Increasing fuel production leading to greater supply and lower prices is one way to help the poor. But liberals want to "save the planet" even if the working poor cannot afford food or fuel.
Hagel was indeed brave as a young soldier. But, the type of courage we need in a Secretary of Defense is different. It is the courage of Sam Houston's opposition to secession about which John Kennedy wrote. This is the courage Hagel does not have and may cost American lives I'n a crisis
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