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Joe Heller

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  1. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    So you subscribe to the illusion that just because a person has done the same thing every time in that situation (make it hard for the people/blame republicans) that THIS time will be different?

    Wouldn’t that be an attitude the is representative of the definition of insanity?

  2. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    A couple of things I learned a long time ago.

    Don’t “loan” money. If the person coming to you with a need ask for a loan and, you feel inclined to assist and have the means to do so, make the “loan” a “gift”.

    When you make a vow (set a limit) to not go beyond a certain point with anything – be it money or boose or bedtime) stick to it.

    At one time I had 10 credit cards all maxed out. I owed thousands of dollars and barely made enough to cover the interest.

    It was a struggle but today I am debt free.

    Well, except for the 50K or so each of us owes as our share of the national debt.

    Liberal democrats, moderate republicans tax and spend policy, never having a single piece of legislation not laden with special interest pork have placed the entire country on the brink of disaster.

    Looking at the record how can you think that giving the government carte blanche is a good thing?

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 2 years ago

    And the further the republicans fall in the polls the more strident the screaming that they are what is needed.
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    Their portion grows smaller while the volume knob on their hate gets turned up louder.
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    Crazy? or insane?

  4. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 2 years ago

    You are neither correct nor crazy. About President Obama and the federal government, you are uninformed, deluded, and mistaken.

  5. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    The T-publicans blame themselves: “Whatever Obama wants, we’re against it.”

  6. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    The federal deficit is shrinking. Under G.W. Bush, the federal debt doubled AND he tanked the economy. Now, we have spent money to get out of the Great Republican Recession.

    Increasing the debt ceiling is simply what you did as you paid your way out of debt. It is acknowledging the money already spent. It isn’t spending more.

  7. dzw3030

    dzw3030 said, over 2 years ago

    Optimist! :-)

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    your opinion is noted.

    I’m tired of democrats who will not even come to the table for discussion, the lies being told from the white house and the agenda that was proclaimed for a “fundamental change” in the government of this country.

    Change to what exactly?

    You may think you want more government but maybe you should attend the Olympics this year and tell me how the government there has everything under control and all citizens are middle class to our standard.

    Or China.

    It’s where this country is headed and with the best of intentions since the majority of us are just to stupid to be able to have control of our own life. Yeah it’s just best if YOU take control and make all my decisions for me. Yep.

  9. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @BrianCrook

    The federal deficit is shrinking. OK we can say that.

    Now do you know just what a deficit is?

    It’s the amount of money you plan to spend that you do not have to spend at this time so you borrow it. Every year. You borrow more money to tack on to your debt.

    Know when you borrow more then the DEBT (the important part of this equation) grows. It doesn’t matter that you spent only 900 BILLION dollars MORE than you had and now you are only spending 500 BILLION dollars MORE than you had this time. You still add to – not reduce – the debt.

    So while the amount you are adding to the debt may be getting smaller, it is STILL RED INK.

    One day your creditors become worried about your ability to pay it off. That’s when they come for the collateral. What do you think the Chinese will want?

    I will not argue the point that Bush was a bad president, because he was. Now tell me exactly how that is an excuse for the next guy to do the same things?

    So with an ever decreasing deficit the Obama Administration has increased the DEBT to about 17 TRILLION dollars from a nice round 10 Trillion when he started out.

    Good Job. Crook.

  10. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    You say: “The Republicans caused the government shut down.”

    Good that you can repeat the party line without stuttering.

    But wait….could maybe the FACT that the democrats – Obama in particular – said that there would be NO negotiations and the FACT that Reid said every piece of legislation out of the house is DOA upon arrival (150 such sitting on his desk never to be brought to the floor) might have had something to do with the impasse?

    Compromise takes two. When you refuse to talk about it and insist that it is your way or the highway, discussions tend to fall apart.

    So no my brother, the republicans are not the only people at fault.

  11. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    They left out “Defaulting on the money we owe is Okay, now”.

  12. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    When the economy is in free-fall, the government spends money. The debt was much higher in the 1930s & 1940s. After World War II, the economy recovered and the debt fell.

    If you want the federal government to spend only the amount that it gathers, then raise the debt ceiling, propose cuts, and elect representatives who won’t spend more than the revenues.

    Additionally, we could raise revenues by raising taxes on the wealthy, who paid an income tax rate of 70% during the most prosperous decade of the last fifty years (and a tax rate of 90% when we brought down the debt in the 1950s), and by closing corporate loopholes.

    Besides that, states and cities could raise huge amounts of money by eliminating the property tax exemption of churches and other religious buildings. If the states & cities did that, then the federal government wouldn’t need to offer so much to them.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 2 years ago

    @BrianCrook

    WTF?!? Dude…….

    OK, the national debt in 1930 was 16.1 BILLION
    and by 1949 had grown to 252.7 Billion. WW2 officially ended 12/31/1946. At that time the debt was 269.4 billion so yes, the debt dropped as low as 252.2 billion (1948) before starting it’s upward trend again.

    Now tell me how you can say the the debt was much hight in the 30’s and 40’s when we have increased it to about 17 TRILLION today?

    Next, the idea that you would raise a debt limit and then NOT borrow the money to spend is not in a politicians play book. ANY politicians play book. History can teach you stuff like that.

    No, targeting the “rich” will not make a dent in the debt. All you will do with a 90% tax on wealth is move the money out of the country.
    Again, history. During that time, there were so many ways for the “rich” to reduce their tax liability that the marginal tax rates were a joke.

    How about a national sales tax? Do away with income tax altogether. OR, how about a flat tax? Charge every one the same rate regardless of income. If you make a 10 bucks you kick in a buck, if you make 10 billion bucks you kick in a billion. No loopholes, no deductions nothing.

    Get rid of all subsidies. ALL of them. Do NOT regulate food production to standardize the market. Let the market work. It would lower food costs for us and increase exports.

    But Brian, you need to understand that adding to the debt every year is bad. It’s bad for an individual, it’s bad for a business and it’s bad for government.

  14. BrianCrook

    BrianCrook said, over 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Over the last forty years, as a percentage of G.D.P., the debt was lowest in 1979, under Jimmy Carter and highest at the moment. The only administration under which the debt fell, over this time span, was the Clinton administration. It rose most rapidly under the Reagan administration.

    During World War II, it spiked to almost 120% of G.D.P., the highest debt in our history, but it fell rapidly in the 1950s, ‘60s, & ’70s (when the top income tax rate was much higher than it is today), rising again only under Reagan, who lowered the top tax rate to below even its current paltry level.
    There are three current causes for today’s growth in the federal debt: G.W. Bush’s invasions of Afghanistan & Iraq, the Great Republican Recession and Bush’s tax giveaway to the wealthy.

    Permit temporary increased spending on infrastructure, close corporate loopholes, return the top tax rate to 70%, bring our troops home, and we hasten the recovery and lower the debt.

  15. eugene57

    eugene57 said, over 2 years ago

    Not that I need the money. I have a fully funded 6 month emergency fund."
    Only 6 months, man you better hope for a bailout if anything happens to you.

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