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Ted Rall

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  1. old1953

    old1953 said, over 1 year ago

    It’s not QUITE that arbitrary, but pretty bad. Had a guy go off on me the other day, he had a rant going about “running government like a business”. When I told him I didn’t want a government run for profit, he about lost it. LOL. Exactly how else would you run government like a business?

  2. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 1 year ago

    @old1953

    That’s what I say about that analogy. Or when they say “like a family.” You know, because families never take out mortgages, car loans, student loans, or anything like that that will invest in more future revenue.
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    Republican politicians must have horrible businesses and families.

  3. taratus

    taratus said, over 1 year ago

    Government is not a business. It is not a household. It is a collective social expression of our common needs and desires for fairness, order, and security. It is an extension of each of us and all of us. And, some of us still like to war, ya’ll.

  4. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    16 Trillion in national debt and climbing. We all pay the interest on this year after year. Do the math . . . for your grandkids sake.

  5. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 1 year ago

    @taratus

    Your post makes sense! You clearly do not understand that Rall posts are reserved for Trolls!

  6. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    You are Dead wrong here Mr. Rall. Our country’s spending is out of control by any rational standard. And those arbitrary standards to which you refer are the thresholds beyond which lenders will start demanding much higher interest rates to fund our government. Look at Greece, Cyprus, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and it doesn’t take long to understand the very real and bleak picture for our country if we don’t get our spending under control.

    Where I think you and I DO agree is on where we should start cutting. I have long decried the Military Industrial complex that seems to consume an enormous amount of our Federal Budget. After that maybe we can look at reducing our domestic security budget by: Closing Federal prisons and turning out people who’s only crime was to consume/use/distribute drugs, Eliminate the Gropers at the airport that want to inspect every body that comes through, Stop testing every child 3 or 4 times to make sure that they are getting their fair share of education, and the list goes on an on of things the Federal Government does because somebody wanted to control somoene else’s behavior.

    Back to the original point though: That money we are spending today is coming out of the wallets of my kids and grandkids down the road. If it really was an investment in the future that would be one thing but it isn’t. Much of that money goes into largess to be buttered onto selfish voters who want their freebies at someone else’s expense….Free Phone, Free Phone, Obama got me a Free Phone.

  7. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    Spending is not out of control by ANY standard. The deficit has fallen by half since Obama took office, and is a perfectly reasonable percentage of GDP. In a recession, the government SHOULD be spending more to get the economy moving, at which point we can close tax loopholes, adjust rates upwards to a rational point, and have a functioning country again. Imagine if we were in a war and the Republicans were pulling the financial blackmail they’ve been doing to kill the government! (Oh, that’s right, we are in a war. It’s easy to forget.)

  8. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    @old1953

    You can use a lot of business common sense to run a good government. You make good personnel choices, you don’t pour money down obvious ratholes, when a program is ineffective or even counterproductive you don’t double or triple its budget. The aims of govt are not the same as business, but good management and administration work anywhere.

  9. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    @Kylie2112

    Check out the differences between states that have tended to be run by Democrats as compared to those run by Republicans. Enlightening.

  10. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    The deficit has emphatically not fallen since Obama took office. Where do you get your numbers?

  11. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    @jrmerm

    Right here (deficits from Whitehouse website):
    2008: $459 billion
    2009: $1.4 trillion
    2012: $1.3 trillion (est)

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    The Capitalists/Christians would be the firing squad.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Mephistopholes

    Our spending is too low at this time. Make the rich and the criminal Fed banks pay. Also prosecute the leaders of those banks.
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    Austerity during a Depression leads to a deeper Depression, riots then martial law. Is that what you want?

  14. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Thanks Mw, but this is something that ARodney must do for him/her/it-self. Actually looking up the numbers and confronting the truth is the only way to cure this.

  15. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Look at the trend in the Federal budget over the last ten years. How in the world can you claim there is any “austerity”?

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