Bob Gorrell for December 21, 2010

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    Dtroutma  almost 13 years ago

    PRIVATE armies and navies to defend the nation! PRIVATE toll roads everywhere! NO tariffs or trade barrier regulations! NO social security, unemployment– or government bailouts or subsidies to farmers, ranchers, auto makers, or “defense” contractors! NO regulation of food or drug safety (well, “w” went for that!). NO regulations on bankers - well that IS “Reaganomics”. NO tax dollars for education! NO dams, levees, or channel markers on our waterways! NO air traffic controllers- or airports!

    Yep, just starting a list of federal “failures” and giveaways of our “labors”.

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    Bluejayz  almost 13 years ago

    We could do away with Congressional salaries and perks. No more fact finding junkets.

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    WestTex13  almost 13 years ago

    Dtroutma, While we often disagree, I’m going to have to assume that your oversimplification of Reganomics as merely you being facetious because I know your not so dumb as to actually believe that is how that policy was set up or worked.

    and Bluejayz, I am of the opinion that Congress and Senate do get paid to much and their is something broken about being the power that votes for ones own pay raise.

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    ARodney  almost 13 years ago

    Well, who should determine pay raises? The president? An independent commission? And is there any particular reason that a president, senator, or congressman should be paid so much less than their equivalents in the private sector? Are those jobs really unimportant? Should you really have to be rich already to serve in those jobs?

    We’d save a huge amount of money by using taxpayer dollars to pay for political campaigns. Sure, they’re expensive, but their cost pales in comparison to the giveaways that the corporations get in return. Investing in a senator can give you a return of over 100 to 1, at the expense of the American taxpayers. We’re idiots not to make that investment ourselves.

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    edrush  almost 13 years ago

    WestTex13, one concrete example – a classic lab case – is when your Phil Gramm got the Glass-Steagle Act repealed. For half a century it had kept the big banks out of the gambling business and in the business of keeping investors money safe. Immediately upon repeal of that act, Wall Street went hog-wild, and the results are plain to see.

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    alan.gurka  almost 13 years ago

    First nice thing I’ve read about Fedl employees in a long time!

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