• As a taxpayer I would like our leaders to give as much weight to my vote as they do a CEO with a Learjet.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.

  • Context Kyle. Context.

    And after a while, you can work on points for style.
    Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,
    A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.
    You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,
    So that when they turn their backs on you,
    You'll get the chance to put the knife in.

    As a taxpayer I'd like to see the government stop increasing our debt. The hitch is they need to stop increasing our debt in a responsible fashion. For the record, "a responsible fashion" means to reduce the debt without collapsing the economy, inducing more massive employment, and cratering the stock market.

    The cut off your nose to spite your face argument isn't very persuasive.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.

  • Gansoblanco - thanx for making me smile! :)

    July 12, 2011 at 7:16 a.m.

  • You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to...

    July 12, 2011 at 7:13 a.m.

  • Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
    You better watch out,
    There may be dogs about.

    Sugar Magnolia-

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:56 p.m.

  • D'OH!!!!!!

    I think you were certainly in the right.

    Perhaps you were cruising for a bruising?

    But if you ask for a rise, it's no surprise that they're giving none away.

    July 11, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.

  • born2Bme, I contend that our job markets will continue to be weak until the United States changes it's trade policy and reduce regulations on our own companies.

    Many jobs that should have stayed in America under free trade ended up being shipped to China because China’s artificially cheap currency made it artificially cheaper to export to the US from China--we are even how getting food products from China.

    Our government and “our” multinational companies have turned a blind eye to corporate espionage. Where did China get the skills to make advanced factories? Western companies shipped those factories to China, knowing the Chinese would pirate the entire process. China (and others) also engaged heavily in computer hacking and other assaults on Western data, which they used to improve their own businesses. It’s hard to hold a comparative advantage in a “knowledge-based” economy when foreign governments steal your data and give it to your competitors.

    Many of the companies that compete with US companies are owned directly or indirectly by the Chinese government or Chinese military. These companies have an unlimited ability to obtain funding on favorable terms, to lie on their balance sheets, and to get regulations put into place that stop their competitors in their tracks. And through these governmental-corporations, the Chinese have managed to wipe out numerous American and European companies, leaving the Chinese to dominate the field.

    By allowing foreign countries to subsidize their companies, to steal and use our data, and by actually making it cheaper for American companies to shift their operations overseas, we have allowed foreign countries to systematically gut the American economy to the tune of 15 million jobs that should have been created here.

    July 10, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

  • The answer, painful and catastrophic as it will be, is a complete system crash and reset.

    We are far past the point where this can be "fixed". The money we owe can never be paid back.

    Sorry China and others foolish enough to finance our debts.

    When this whole economic meltdown started a few years ago we should have just let the banks and bond-holders take their losses. As I remember, an overwhelming majority of Americans were against the bail outs, but they were imposed anyway, and now matters are only worse. Now the taxpayers are saddled with the burden instead of those "investors" who should have rightfully taken their losses for poor decisions made.

    We would have had a hard and painful landing but would be well into a genuine recovery by now instead of playing this game of "kick the can" down the road and pray that it all holds together.

    July 10, 2011 at 7:32 p.m.

  • The Floyd has been censored!

    July 10, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.

  • but I repeat myself.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.

  • I'm in a high-fidelity first-class traveling set and I think I need a Lear jet!

    July 10, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.

  • I'm in a high-fidelity first-class traveling set and I think I need a Lear jet!

    July 10, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.

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    July 10, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.

  • Wealth: Get as much money as you can and keep all of it. He who has the most is winner.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.

  • rollinstone,

    You didn't answer my question, because you don't have an answer. Everyone ignores that question because they know there isn't a easy answer, or one that Republicans even want to think about.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:51 p.m.

  • If you pay people not to work, and tax them when they do, don't be surprised when you get unemployment.” - Milton Friedman.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.

  • I'm going to ask this again. Since there is an estimated 6 people out of work for every job that is available, and that is not even counting people on public aid, where the h#ll are all of these people supposed to go to work?
    Take those people off of public aid, and more people lose their jobs because there is less money circulating and fewer people buying things. Then, there are more people using ER's and free clinics than ever before.
    So, what's the answer?

    July 10, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

  • I believe you have indirectly identified the root of the problem, Alton. We are now approaching, or have passed, the point at which 50% of income tax filers owe no tax and many of those qualify for a (welfare) credit due to their "low income". Any guesses as to what percentage of these voters would have any problem voting for any politician who promises to continue their free ride?

    In the immortal words of Dr. Adrian Rogers: When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply the wealth by dividing it.

    July 10, 2011 at 12:39 p.m.