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    John - Taxes should match the cost of government. The real question is who should pay taxes. Those who have benefitted the most financially from the society in which they have prospered, should pay proportionally more than those financially less well off.

    While you may disagree with this form of disproportion, I find positively strange that some would argue for and/or proudly proclaim having paid lower taxes as this would seem to be a sort of sign of admission into the storied 1%.
    Apr 10 09:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    a64h00 - When opposition to taxation is done blindly and unthinkingly, you end up opposing sales taxes and real estate taxes. Except for neo-anarchists, conservatives usually favor consumption and real estate taxes, wishing to spare what really separates them from the less affluent, their income and their less apparent wealth, from taxation.
    Apr 10 08:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Guardian - The post WWII period, when the highest taxes in U.S. history existed, I have to assume from your post, is the period you deride for its legislated poverty. One must have great faith to propose not a theory, but the exact opposite of recent history.
    Apr 10 07:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Blue Okie - Interesting theory! I'd really like to get James Carlini's viewpoint since he lives in the less old city of Chicago, located on Lake Michigan and which he bemoans as an example of liberalism gone cancerously generous to its public workers. Does having the country's best architecture inspire irrational generosity and the taxes to pay for it? If so, is this universal? Is Barcelona liberal or is it communist to Madrid being conservative or is it fascist?

    Anyway, it's a great thought provoking observation. I just don't know if it's true.
    Apr 10 07:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    BGOLD - The biggest reason for the "solid south" being Democratic is that Republicans were in charge during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Living memory had to die for Southerners to realize that their conservative ( yes including xenophobia and outright racism) political views were misaligned with the Party so popular with immigrant groups.
    Apr 10 07:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    kwm3 - They may be right or wrongheaded, but the view of politicians selling their votes for money is generally too cynical and wrong. One need only look at the range of views expressed on this site. No one, I assume, is being paid to express them. We really believe in what others on this board may consider to be total nonsense.

    Assume that a few of us are really personable, have a spouse that adds to our appeal, and whose viewpoints are aligned with those who are willing to pay big to have a spokesperson in a position of power. We would not be whores selling out. We would be willing political nymphomaniacs grateful to have a platform to bring about the right changes - as we see them.
    Apr 10 06:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Dave - I am comparing favorably slave owners who believed that they were doing good by their slaves. You, in comparison, believe that a miserable job is a good thing since it teaches workers that they should want to move on to something else. So, logically, the more miserable and low paying the job, the better the lesson will be learned. Forget the carrots. Bring on the sticks - for the ultimate good of the worker, of course.
    Apr 9 09:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - There are lots of ways of doing propaganda starting with which events to report on. Then selective data can be used, no lies, just not the "whole truth". Words chosen can make a difference swaying opinions even if the words objectively mean the same. As an example, a scheme or a plan mean the same but leave a different impression.

    All I am saying is that the subtleties I have usually found on RT seems to be absent now just as they were prior to action on Crimea.
    Apr 9 08:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - You've posted a panoply of panoplies.
    Apr 9 02:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Blue Okie - GW Bush is the new standard by which all future "bad" Presidents will be measured. He plumbed new depths in overall actions and ineptitude. Only in personal honesty did he garner positive grades. When one measures "bad", one compares with other "bad". Though, those who think Obama bad tend not to compare, perhaps because of his unique characteristics. (I always find it funny to think that someone chosen by their peers as head of the Harvard Law Review should be considered "dumb". Only "legacies" can go to Ivy League schools without being amongst the brightest.) The easiest defense of Obama, for those not wanting to really discuss the issue, is to compare to Bush. It's weak, but nothing else need be said. Clinton, I believe, will be rated middling, with biblical references to talents wasted.
    Apr 9 01:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    chudzikb - To rise to the level of Swift's Modest Proposal, an executive order extending food stamps for the fattening up of poor babes would have been desirable. Twenty-first century sensibilities would have obliged no reference to the ethnicity of the babes, nor their ultimate utilization.
    Apr 9 12:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Deer - Teachers in the U.S. have gone from being viewed as selfless missionary types to being viewed by too many as unproductive leeches on the body politic. Unfortunately, for many, teachers have become one of the litany of punch lines applied to Reagan's lead in "Government has come to help."
    Apr 9 12:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - My RT propaganda index has gone negative. The "news" has become propaganda ie., "reporters" becoming one-sided analysts during supposedly straight news broadcasts. The last time it was this bad, the Crimea invasion/liberation soon followed.

    Of course, I have only one example to go on. This Russian financed TV network had usually been quite subtle in promoting its viewpoints on issues. I hope that I'm wrong and that the new hard line is a bureaucratic reaction to the "defection" of two of their staff during the Crimea affair.
    Apr 9 11:54 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Ignis - Are you trying to score points, or are you really unaware of the panoply of New Deal programs that came with the FDR presidency that began 81, not 82, years ago? For all I know, there might have been a fully functional Congressionally passed road kill program. Try to get anything work related like that through today's Congress.
    Apr 9 11:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    John - The stereotypical hard wired capitalism good, government bad right wing ideologue was targeted. I wasn't targeting Guardian. I was just indicating the quandary that the juxtaposition of a generally positively viewed government program targeted at veterans would provoke in those who are used to reacting so positively to veterans and so negatively to government.
    Apr 8 08:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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