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Remember when the White House promised to roll back regulatory burdens on the private sector?...

Remember when the White House promised to roll back regulatory burdens on the private sector? Facts speak louder than words: Since March 2010, federal regulatory agency employment has jumped more than 5%, while private jobs have grown just 1.5%. Maybe all the regulatory hires are for folks to cut red tape?
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  • frosty
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    Since most federal regulation is aimed at controlling safety (food, drug, consumer, workplace, travel), environmental damage (air and water polution, land, mining), and homeland security, think of it as quality control over the bad things that people and businesses might do. Not all regulation is bad. For example the new regulations requiring more air traffic controllers at night (in case one falls asleep) is not bad but it requires more workers. More investigators at the SEC which is putting more crooks in jail is not bad. Oil industry regulators that are finally doing their job is not bad unless you prefer and unfettered BP.
    10 Jun 2011, 05:42 PM Reply Like
  • Monngie
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    Geez Frosty, a kindred spirit. Your gonna like it here where all the Conservatives and Free Marketer's hang out. They'll call ya names, tell you take your meds and all kinds of $#!+.

     

    Keep up the good fight.
    10 Jun 2011, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Translation: Life is scary. We need to be protected. We are weak. Government is strong & great & awesome.

     

    But, since I'm not a weak person, let's break these down for others who are.

     

    1) In re to 'controlling safety' (food, drug, consumer, workplace, travel) we might as well add everything else in life to this list. In the name of 'safety', government should then control anything and everything around us so no bad thing ever befalls us forever and ever, amen. Government has already taken over air quality and water and food and drugs. Its taken over airports. Homeland Security is really just martial law at this point. Let's be honest. Its taken over carpet, television sets, cable industry, credit cards, banks, autos, oil, alcohol, tobacco, ammo, cheeseburgers, sugar snacks and preservatives, chickenfeed, etc. etc. Now there's nothing else left to 'control' except how to raise your kids. Nope. They're on that one too now. Public education is not optional. You pay into it with taxes. CPS agents, etc. Marriage is now under government purview. There's nothing left. Government has a say in everything now. For. Our. Safety.

     

    I guess that argument works for the most anemic among us. "Oh please government protect us more! Life is scary!" *puke*

     

    2) Environmental 'damage'(air and water polution, land, mining) is really just a VIG you pay the EPA to allow them 'to let you' conduct business affairs on things people want and need. All in the name of Al Gore, right? Soylent Green on roids. Instead, college kids get to feel good about putting the boot to industry's neck while they fund terror in the ME by importing oil. Smart.

     

    Let's punish Exxon and reward OPEC. Genius.

     

    3) Homeland Security. Not needed. It was stupid. 500,000 airport wand wavers and counting, which was really just a public employee boon to unions that we now have to pay for. Talk about the very opposite of employment. Unemployment would be 1000X better than hiring these drones. Now instead of deadbeats, we actually (the productive) pay their way. Its like stabbing your GDP in the eye with a giant fork.

     

    4) Air Traffic Controllers. We don't need more. We need less union pork. Please, where are you Reagan? Can't you just fire PATCO all over again so we can get a new crop of young kids in there who don't fall asleep? And we can pay them less too? Pretty please? They're young. No families yet. And we don't have to give them $150,000 lifetime pensions when they retire at age 50.

     

    5) SEC. Why would you hire more of them? The ones we have now are derelicts.

     

    Yeah, we need to hire more of these parasites...

     

    abcnews.go.com/GMA/sec...

     

    6) Yeah, I prefer unfettered access to the GOM. It was government who forced the drillers so far out offshore that they increasingly took greater risks with deeper rigs. Government caused the BP spill due to the EPA's insistence.

     

    Next.
    10 Jun 2011, 06:56 PM Reply Like
  • coddy0
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    frosty
    Not all regulation is bad. For example....
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    Is this true we need more new regulators as quality control over the bad things that old regulator might do

     

    Is this true it takes 5 regulators to turn light bulb in.

     

    Is this true that 15 min or less call to GEICO can save you 15% or more
    10 Jun 2011, 08:14 PM Reply Like
  • Duude
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    " For example the new regulations requiring more air traffic controllers at night (in case one falls asleep) is not bad but it requires more workers."

     

    Yeah, now they get to take turns sleeping on the clock. Joe gets to sleep Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Don gets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    10 Jun 2011, 08:42 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Ah yes, you must long for the good old days when industrial plants could dump toxic refuse upstream from municipal drinking supplies; and before anyone made a fuss over baby toys that had dangerous chemicals that could be ingested by the young ones; yeah those were the days
    10 Jun 2011, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    You obviously have not looked at the hundreds of thousands of regulations. I think you would be hard pressed to defend them all. This is not about clean water, air, or whatever. This is about the thousands of regulations that help noone and solve no problem.

     

    Equating clean water with a regulation that require street signs to change the lettering is insane.

     

    "New York City has begun the estimated $27.6 million process of swapping out street signs so they comply with new federal regulations. The Federal Highway Administration is requiring the city’s Department of Transportation to change uppercase letters to a combination of upper and lower, saying it will improve safety. The administration says studies show motorists find it easier to read lowercase signs.."

     

    "The dispute emerged in the middle of the Consumer Product Safety Commission's work implementing a 2008 law that requires lead and other chemical tests on children's products. As part of that process, the commission Wednesday issued guidelines over what qualifies as a children's product -- at the same time, the panel rejected a request from science kit makers to exempt paperclips..."
    10 Jun 2011, 09:35 PM Reply Like
  • Sheik Rattle Enroll
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    So it's all regulation or no regulation? That's demonstrably wrong because it's presently not either.

     

    Marriage has always been under government purview. It's now less regulated. Which is what you want, right? Hmm, this sounds like an area where you do seem to want the government to tell people what they can and can't do.

     

    Would a fair summary of your thought process be "food safety bad, gays marrying bad, palin good"?
    10 Jun 2011, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Pffft. Joe and Don probably sleep at the same time now. I worked through college as a 3rd shift security guard, and worked with this really old guy named Leo. He'd have his teeth half-dunked in a cup of coffee, zonked out 15 minutes after our shift started. I was a tough guy in my 20's - I made it at least an hour.
    10 Jun 2011, 11:37 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    "Marriage has always been under government purview. It's now less regulated. Which is what you want, right? Hmm, this sounds like an area where you do seem to want the government to tell people what they can and can't do.

     

    Would a fair summary of your thought process be "food safety bad, gays marrying bad, palin good"? "

     

    Naw, you see, you kind of dribbled all over the place. Since you have a tough time reading, my thought process would be "government meddling bad, gays marrying who cares, and you bringing up Palin non-sequitur."

     

    Next.
    11 Jun 2011, 12:19 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Morgan
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    We don't need more regulations....we are overextending ourselves and we are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs....

     

    EPA is already foaming at the mouth as they are trying to put a stop on hydraulic fracturing....

     

    Without considering the jobs losses that this would contribute....

     

    The oil industry has been bashed as I have never seen in this last two
    years by the liberals....then we have this ban on the GOM, where Exxon
    Mobil made another big discovery of oil recently....

     

    It is disgusting how we are stopping the creation of jobs, because those on the left believe in a green world. Ironic, doesn't it, that the electricity that gives power to these so called green cars comes from DIRTY coal....and then there is the fact on how the REE to produce the batteries of the electric cars is mined....and how much contamination is thrown in the air by such process....

     

    That would be an inconvenient truth for the democrats....
    11 Jun 2011, 08:42 AM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    "Green" is about squeezing the life out of your rights until you turn blue.
    11 Jun 2011, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    Wrong again Monngie (as usual). All they needed was a radio-triggered, 5-Alarm bell next to the sleeping controller to wake the living dead when he failed to answer the radio. Instead, the morons want to add another high-paid controller to the night staff so they can take turns sleeping. This is what I'm talking about. Typical government BS.

     

    Less government means fewer morons bankrupting the country.
    11 Jun 2011, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • Jason Rines (iThinkBig)
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    Now all of the dumping just happens in the East where American citizens get to pay for the dumping indirectly through trade imbalance. The nanny state in every facet of our lives is non-sustainable.

     

    Current regulations favor mega corporate/government alliance also known as Fascism. 260,000 middle men lobbyists in Washington. How many Czars in Washington now? 40 last I counted in 2009z We the People are drastically underepresented. Until the small can compete the country won't grow further. So while individuals on the right and left offer some constructive criticism I can relate to, the biggest problem to solve is at the foundational level.
    11 Jun 2011, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • CaesarRenasci
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    I am also distrustful of the promises made and would like to see the results rather than words from the White House. The author of this news post argues against a straw man, however: (s)he confuses the amount of regulation with monitoring the existing regulation. To act on the promise, White House and Congress must reduce the amount (number and extent) of the regulatory requirements. The compliance with the remaining, hopefully fewer, requirements have to be monitored, however, and this requires staff. In other words, hiring of additional personnel does not by itself constitute a contradiction with the promise to reduce red tape.
    10 Jun 2011, 07:05 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    So, they need to hire regulators to watch the current, already existing regulators to make sure they're doing their jobs? And who will watch the regulator's regulators? Another set, stacked up on top of them like some Abu Gharib pyramid?

     

    Nah. Government is a pyramid scheme. It produces nothing, makes nothing. It only takes from others and calls it 'a job'.

     

    I guess they could, all these regulators, form a large, ever increasing in size circle, and each of them could look over the back of the other to ensure the other one is doing their job.

     

    Or, they could just hire fewer good ones like most business people are forced to, and ensure that they get the job done. But the public sector doesn't have to do that, the unions have made it so that no one has to work. Indeed, by voting democrat, you are making a statement that work isn't required any more. You just let the taxpayer float you along, from the cradle to the grave.

     

    In essence, if you are a public 'worker', you are on welfare. We won't say that, son, its not right. But, we know the truth.
    10 Jun 2011, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • Sheik Rattle Enroll
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    By voting republican you're voting to break up all unions that don't vote for republicans. Police and fire are OK though.

     

    I'm not exactly pro-union myself, but let's not try and pretend the republicans are motivated by anything other than a cynical attempt to damage democrats.

     

    I propose a swap: eliminate unions, and also eliminate corporate contributions to political candidates.

     

    Then the parties can fight it out in a true democracy.

     

    Your degree of black and white thinking is bordering on lunacy. Certainly the government is inefficient in a lot of respects, but produces "nothing"?
    10 Jun 2011, 11:37 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    "By voting republican you're voting to break up all unions that don't vote for republicans. Police and fire are OK though."

     

    Get it right. Conservative. Say it. Pubs are a bit dorky. The reason why I don't bash them as much is because they're not completely chi-com red like the DNC.

     

    Yes, let's break up all the unions. Police and fire included since they're the worst right behind the prison guard union. And of course we want to rid ourselves of the biggest one of all behind the UAW and AFL-CIO, namely the SEIU. All of them gangsters, parasitically siphoning off money from the productive class to feed the pig trough.

     

    "I'm not exactly pro-union myself, but let's not try and pretend the republicans are motivated by anything other than a cynical attempt to damage democrats."

     

    You keep bringing up republicans. Its a non-sequitur. You bore me.

     

    "I propose a swap: eliminate unions, and also eliminate corporate contributions to political candidates."

     

    I propose the former too. Not sure why corporations shouldn't be able to contribute to campaigns, unless all contributions are to be in ones and fives from now on. Yeah, that's dumb. Next.

     

    "Your degree of black and white thinking is bordering on lunacy. Certainly the government is inefficient in a lot of respects, but produces "nothing"? "

     

    Your grey thinking is boring, hopelessly clichéd and womanly. Pick a side child. Fight for it.

     

    The government produces nothing that it doesn't first steal from free citizens. Let the citizens keep their own money. We'll figure out the rest TYVM.

     

    Keep your space shuttles and public libraries and bridges to nowhere. And no more billions to dumb wars and handouts to people that hate us while we're at it. Yeah, thanks.
    11 Jun 2011, 12:33 AM Reply Like
  • kblack4
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    Should we keep the internet too?
    11 Jun 2011, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    You mean the phone line that's been converted to a data line? Thank Alexander Graham Bell.

     

    Next.
    11 Jun 2011, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    My cable ISP has nothing to do with phone lines. Nor does satellite (download only, of course). Nor did AGB have anything to do with constructing the architecture of DARPAnet --> The Internet
    11 Jun 2011, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • ColdLogic
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    The argument that the "government is responsible for ___" is really "forced extraction of money from everyone is necessary to produce ___"

     

    Innovation doesn't require guns to achieve. Humans naturally innovate. Data over a wide variety of channels is inevitable, with protocols to facilitate transfer fidelity. It's primitive to think someone has to hold the threat of imprisonment over everyone to achieve innovation, then give credit to the collective amorphous blob called "government".
    11 Jun 2011, 04:33 PM Reply Like
  • The Patriot
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    Agreed. I have dealt with the EPA,State regulators, and county regulators for years, relating to timber removal. They have a worthy purpose. No one in their right mind, wants dirty water,air, etc... BUT
    : ) do a little history over the last 30 years relating to the logging of the national forest system. Reagan was accused of raping the forest.
    The USFS was a revenue producer. Now, timber sales are rare and many are the result of bugs,storms,wildfire - salvage sells. Right or wrong, they have been turned into national parks. The national forests were created to produce lumber for the country.
    Go to California and start the permitting process for a non-salvage
    timber harvest and get back with me in a couple of years.

     

    IMO, I blame lawyers/politicians/lo... The more complex the regulation, the more $ the l/p/l put in their pockets.
    The new laws/regulation coming out of DC these days are hardhitting. "Not all regulation is bad." Not all regulation is good.
    Once, its ingrained into the system - its unkillable.
    10 Jun 2011, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Its the pandora's box of incrementalism.

     

    The old hard line commies knew this. They knew America would finally one day end up succumbing without even a shot fired. Just layering on a new agency here, a new bureaucracy there. And then the organizations required to oversee them, and theirs, until a web-like matrix of do-nothings feasts off the corpse of the last remaining taxpayer who was too stupid to get the hell out of the country, like they did in Detroit years ago.
    10 Jun 2011, 07:24 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    The giant forest fires currently going on in AZ have destroyed an estimated $200 million in timber alone.
    10 Jun 2011, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • Sheik Rattle Enroll
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    Stupid incrementalism, why can't we go back to the days of slavery and blaming ptomaine poisoning on ghosts :(

     

    Hopefully you're leaving the country soon?
    10 Jun 2011, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Why are we always forced to get back in the time machine with lefties and go back to thrilling days of slavery.

     

    What is it with you people?

     

    Do you have some weird fascination with owning other people? Why are you so drawn to the topic like a moth to a flame?

     

    I mean the book Roots was okay, but that's so 70's now. Hey, here's a thought. We have a black president now! Wheee! Can we kind of give up the burden now?

     

    I'm tired and this little racist American con game fable is getting old.

     

    I watched The Jefferson's. I was a Wheezy fan. I had no problem with them movin' on up.

     

    Do you?
    11 Jun 2011, 12:38 AM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    The one big reason I hope Cain runs against Obama is because the race baiters will have noplace to go.
    11 Jun 2011, 02:19 AM Reply Like
  • Monngie
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    I never blamed it on ghosts. Ghosts are good. It's them damn evil spirits right Wyatt?
    11 Jun 2011, 03:14 AM Reply Like
  • HiSpeed
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    The road to economic perdition is paved with good intentions from a massive plethora of regulators.
    10 Jun 2011, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Well, if you define "good intentions" as the taking away of your personal freedoms and liberties and placing your every action under the authority of a Government "czar," then, well, yes. Because that's been the intention of the left from day one; it's just the method and form that changes from time to time.
    10 Jun 2011, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    The right has been no better, with all the emphasis on stupid things like worrying about a few $100k with planned parenthood but ignoring the massive debt and unemployment.
    10 Jun 2011, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Or Paul Ryan, putting out a plan, and it getting completely ignored. And him, being made out to be a freak.
    11 Jun 2011, 12:40 AM Reply Like
  • been there
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    all you have to know is obama is a marxist then it all makes sense.
    10 Jun 2011, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    I like drinking clean water, others like been there must be in the bottle water business.
    10 Jun 2011, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • been there
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    i have been drinking clean water for 66 years
    10 Jun 2011, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Out here in the country we punch holes in the ground. They're called wells and the water's good. We're not a slave to the man and his city water business.

     

    But I'll drink tap too. No big deal. Here, I'm holding up a glass. Here's to you.

     

    I know you want to be taken care of. That's very sweet and child-like, but you have to admit its humiliating right?

     

    Other examples. 911 is a joke. 'There's someone kicking in my door! Please come. He's almost inside my house!' Pathetic. Having to rely on a phone call to a donut muncher somewhere fast alseep in his rig. He gets the call, flips on the arcade lights and by the time he gets to your home, well...

     

    Meanwhile, there's this little thing that responsible people understand, people who take care of their own lives themselves(and the lives of their loved ones), called the 2A. Castle Doctrine. Problem solved.

     

    Oh, what else? You guys want Big Bro to take care of all of life for you donchya? Probably giving a big sophisticated golpher's clap to Zerocare. Meanwhile England's nationalized healthcare, NHS, is taking on so much debt they're just letting the gangrene eat off the limb. Its cheaper and faster. And in France, their neato system Assurance Maladie is so upside down and taking on so much debt that their IVs are full of cheap wine.

     

    online.wsj.com/article...

     

    What else? We could do this all day.

     

    What else do you want Big Bro to take care of? They already did homes. And subprimed it. Entitlements are the next thing to tank. And when you get the sniffles, they'll reach down and put a band aid on your owie and pat your head. Then hand you a juice cup and a Nilla wafer like a good boy.

     

    What else?

     

    Air, water, slip-n-falls, bad hair days, cheeseburger police?

     

    I can't wait for the next super duper piece of legislation. We'll have to dumb it down for the 'murricans though. Instead of the New Deal, it'll be the Neato Deal. And LBJ's Great Society will be replaced with the Extra Special Cool One! Can't wait!
    11 Jun 2011, 12:55 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Wait till someone starts fracking near your well, you won't like the water so much after that.
    11 Jun 2011, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • been there
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    you don't know fracing from a hole in the ground. in west texas there have been over a million frac jobs since 1950 and everybody depends on well water ; not one problem
    11 Jun 2011, 05:25 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    Are you another one of those that watched that phony anti-fracking movie Gasland? The one that was demonstrated to be almost totally false, and that faked results? The same one that pieced together totally irrelevant and non-related facts to draw a false conclusion?

     

    wattsupwiththat.com/20.../ is just one of hundreds of sites showing how the movie was faked. It was so bad that even Michael Moore would have been ashamed to call it a "documentary".
    11 Jun 2011, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    The elite Conservative agenda is to lower living standards for the other 95% of Americans. This is the reason for standards.
    10 Jun 2011, 08:32 PM Reply Like
  • 567971
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    I get bored listening to all the whining about too much govt. regulation. All it takes is for a natural disaster to infringe on a whiners day. They then whine about there being a lack of regulation while they look for a govt. handout to make them whole.
    Like kids ,whine enough and hope you get your way.
    10 Jun 2011, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    remember when we had a balanced budget?
    and prosperity?
    and then a republican was elected president?
    10 Jun 2011, 10:07 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    The last balanced budget was in 1954 or so.
    11 Jun 2011, 02:25 AM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Yes, the 1950's, then the top tax rate was 90%. It clearly was the last age of prosperity in America.
    11 Jun 2011, 07:53 AM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I hear that 90% figure quoted about 100x a week, and it simply is not true. First of all, that was the absolute max rate - you had to get around $2.5 million of taxable income to hit that. Second, there were so many tax deductions, writeoffs, and special provisions that NOBODY paid anywhere near that.

     

    If you look at this chart you can that tax revenues as a percent of GDP has not change much in 60 years www.deptofnumbers.com/.../
    11 Jun 2011, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • been there
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    their were loopholes for 70% of the income thus the prosperity.
    11 Jun 2011, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • nibelung
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    This piece compares apples to fossil kumquats, but then check the source.

     

    Take a similar dumb example, a young man's age increased last year by 5%, his grandpa's only 1.5%; at this rate, what, the kid is going to pass him in X years and we'll be wearing Mao suits? Meaningless.

     

    A smaller organization can grow easily faster % wise than a larger one. Say Bob's Tires, if Bob hires a helper he'll grow 100%, wow, watch out Buffet.

     

    Innumeracy and fanaticism, bad mix.
    10 Jun 2011, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • The Geoffster
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    What we really need is less regulation and more targeted disincentives. Peruse the federal, state and local budgets and it becomes apparent that politicians have facilitated a symbiotic parasitical class of many stripes, a veritable rainbow, military industrial, pharmaceutical, health care, union, welfare, pensioner, entitlement cadre, if you will. One idea would be to infect dollar bills with a lethal disease that is topically specific to the recipient. If you receive these dollar bills from the government. Oops.
    10 Jun 2011, 11:06 PM Reply Like
  • varan
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    Ayn Rand is the source of ideology for the people who think that 'government is a pyramid scheme', and therefore by implication criminal and evil.

     

    Rand's work is very popular among conservatives now. It forms a core justification for their "on your own" philosophy praising the wealthy and discarding the rest. So it is useful to explore the formation and core of this philosophy. Early in her writings Rand became fascinated with a serial killer named William Hickman. Rand wrote that the serial killer was an "ideal man," a superior form of human because he didn't let society impose their morals on him. He didn't worry about what others thought and just did as he pleased.

     

    "Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should," Rand wrote. Hickman had "no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel 'other people.'" She considered these to be good qualities! And so does her cult in the form of the modern 'government is evil' crowd.
    11 Jun 2011, 12:17 AM Reply Like
  • IBUYETFS
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    www.theyrule.net/2004/...

     

    I think the community will enjoy this. If you go to the "Load Map" section on the left you can load the map "Homeland Who should watch Who". Makes you ask the question if Government Admins should be allowed to sit on the board of directors in large companies.

     

    Edit* There are many other maps that people have created that show just how much of an influence government officials have on corporate America. Take it for what it's worth. You can also make your own maps.
    11 Jun 2011, 01:08 AM Reply Like
  • Jasper M
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    "Remember when the White House promised . . . " (insert empty words of choice)?
    Heck, they might have even believed what they were selling us, long long ago . . . but wait, it's only been a few years.
    Ether they were incredibly naive, not realizing their agenda would not survive contact with the real world, or they were lying from the start.
    11 Jun 2011, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    In the early 1900's there were very few car-driving-insurance- laws.
    Today there are thousands in ever state.
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