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  1. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    Anti-government. Both parties.

  2. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Let me see now: The Louisiana Purchase of the entire Western half of the Continental US. The purchase of Alaska (even with putting up with Sarah Palin, it is still a positive for the US). The original Intercontinental Railway to bring the riches of the Western US into the entire US. The winning of both WWI and WWII. Vast amounts of governmental facilities that not only ably serve the people of the US, but also have already paid for themselves many times over, such as: Boulder Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, the entire TVA project, and most of the infrastructure of our electrical system, the Alaskan Highway, in Los Angeles alone, the Memorial Coliseum, and the Griffith Park Planetarium. The entire federal Highway system, which is the lifeblood of interstate commerce. The FAA which keeps commercial aircraft flying a safer mode of travel than any other mode. Social Security, which keeps tens of millions of our deserving elderly out of abject poverty, while having a far less administrative cost than any other retirement plan in existence. Or how about NASA, which succeeded in placing Americans on the moon, and has explored just about the entire solar system with its robotic explorers, to say nothing of having been the driving force behind the entire satellite industry. I could easily go on. Your knowledge of American History probably would not even begin to cover the success rate of the federal government.


    Most of these overwhelming federal governmental successes would require an entire library of books in themselves. If you do not like all of this success that represents this truly excellent and great country, then perhaps you might just make life better for your fellow Americans, and seek better success elsewhere, in such a place as Somalia, I would think!!

  3. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    @Robert Landers

    Thanks, Mr. Landers. A good reminder of what this country can do when we work together.

  4. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    Where does Pett imply that the two are “in cahoots”? Have you considered that he is merely pointing out that privatizing either or both services (which were formerly seen as functions exclusively of the government) carries potential for abuse?

  5. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    Virtually all of the programs you named were underfunded. The latest right-wing Republican tactic: Underfund a program or agency, then when the program or agency fails scream about how government programs or agencies can’t work.

  6. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    Your original post was totally negative of ALL federal governmental programs. I merely pointed out where such an inclusive statement is far from the truth.


    Like any other very large institution, the federal government certainly does make mistakes from time to time. But from my own post it can easily be seen (if you would even wish to) that over all our government has been not only a very great benefit to Americans but even a great benefit to mankind as well.


    I must admit that I do grow very, very tired of all the negativity that I see on these forums,especially from the ultra conservative side of the extreme political spectrum. But even occasionally from the other extreme as well. And then the ultra right wing even likes to claim the high ground of patriotism. What a crock of bull that is!! If you truly hate our current government as much as you seem to in your posts, then exercise one of your rights and just leave, and be miserable somewhere else!!

  7. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    Read Onguard’s post again. He stated that our National Debt is approaching 10 trillion, not the deficit from a handful of programs. Much of that ten trillion comes from W’s two wasteful and unnecessary wars. Much of the rest comes from giving huge tax breaks to mega corporations and the rich.

  8. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t like for profit prisons. Never worked in one but I was a guard at the former U.S. Military Prison known as the United States Disciplinary Barracks.

    Governments main job is to protect the Constitution and through it its people. Prisons, Army, Police and Fire Departments yes that is governments job.

  9. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    1) Talking about failed logic? I haven’t seen any logic whatsoever in your posts.
    2) What was gained from either of W’s wars? Both countries that we invaded are now tinpot dictatorships with unstable governments.
    3)Many implements of war are built in New England, including Patriot missiles and the Navy’s largest submarines. So what? Anyone who designs and/or builds weaponry hopes that they never will be used if they are not sociopaths.

  10. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, over 3 years ago

    1) Who said anything about bad companies? As I said, anyone who builds weaponry who is not a sociopath hopes that they will never be used.
    2) I have been a teacher, and would find it frustrating to teach someone who does not know the difference between “patients” and “patience”. Or am I to understand that you are a medical practitioner who needs more sick people to teach?

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