Republicans Believe that the United States were founded on the fundamental principle that individuals have certain rights and freedoms which cannot be infringed upon and may be restricted only to the degree necessary to preserve the rights of others.
Democrats Believe that our Founding Fathers did not really mean what they said when they guaranteed certain constitutional rights such as the right to freedom of religious expression, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to retain the use of private property.
Republicans Believe the money you earn is yours and that government in a free society has the right to take only as much as is needed to perform those limited functions, which are appropriate to it.
Democrats Believe government has a right to use your money as it sees fit to redistribute wealth, establish new spending programs in times of budget surpluses, and to return to you only that portion of your money which is politically expedient.
Republicans Believe the traditional family and the values it fosters are the foundation of American society and their preservation is essential to our Nation's continued success.
Democrats Believe American society must redefine its values and the role of the family to fit new lifestyle concepts, which have resulted from the 60's counter-culture movement and an attitude that promotes an abrogation of individual responsibility.
Republicans Believe parents have the right to determine the values with which their children will be raised and to have the widest possible choice among public, private and religious schools and that competition will improve public education.
Democrats Believe the federal government has the right to determine the values which will be taught in public schools and parents' choice of schools must be limited to avoid exposing public schools to competitive forces which would encourage reform and increase accountability.
President Clinton stated in February 1998:
Iraq admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability, notably, 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs. And I might say UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq has actually greatly understated its production.... Over the past few months, as [the weapons inspectors] have come closer and closer to rooting out Iraq's remaining nuclear capacity, Saddam has undertaken yet another gambit to thwart their ambitions by imposing debilitating conditions on the inspectors and declaring key sites which have still not been inspected off limits.... It is obvious that there is an attempt here, based on the whole history of this operation since 1991, to protect whatever remains of his capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction, the missiles to deliver them, and the feed stocks necessary to produce them. The UNSCOM inspectors believe that Iraq still has stockpiles of chemical and biological munitions, a small force of Scud-type missiles, and the capacity to restart quickly its production program and build many, many more weapons.... Now, let's imagine the future. What if he fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he'll use the arsenal.... President Clinton ~ 1998
When Pearl Harbor was attacked it gave us the right to after all threats including Hitler.
When the WTC was attacked it gave us the right to go after all threats including Hussein.
The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 is a United States Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and states that it is the policy of the United States to support democratic movements within Iraq. The Act was cited in October 2002 to argue for the authorization of military force against the Iraqi government.
This is America. Enjoy your slice of deep fried freedom.
One correction MMichaelr,
The fed funds market is an interbank market, but it trades on supply and demand./ bid ask. The Fed can only influence the market by adding liquidity and draining liquidity by open market activity with its member banks. Thats why it is called the "Fed Funds Target."
( I spent a few years as an overnight fed funds broker)
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
A person who, on a message forum of some type, attacks and flames other members of the forum for any of a number of reasons such as rank, previous disagreements, sex, status, ect.
A troll usually flames threads without staying on topic, unlike a "Flamer" who flames a thread because he/she disagrees with the content of the thread.
The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.
There are plenty of rich people that vote D
There are plenty of people who work at charties because it makes them feel good.
However you are right about a couple of things in your post.
Many people do vote with their wallet.
And many people who do not succeed find it very easy to blame the system, the government.
And their are many people who considered poor, yet have cell phones, big screen TVs and late model cars.
There are many people scamming welfare, food stamps amd medicare.
When I bought my first house it was 2x my annual salary
My first new car was 15% of my annual salary.
That was all i could afford in my mind.
If everyone followed these guidlines there wouldnt be a household debt problem.
The Bush administration and their abuse of power and the war and the......oops.
and the big box retailer is having the widgets made in China by children and prisoners.
Their wholesale cost is $3 and they only pay their employees $8/hr
You wind up closing shop and working part time in the Widget dept of the big box retailer.
You lose your house to foreclosure. You get sick, and because you don't have health insurance you have to get a leg amputated.
I think that everyone should have healthcare.
I think that we should pay for the ligitamately poor, sick disabled.
I think everyone collecting a check should be drug tested.
I think the entire tax code should be overhauled , not tweaked. and yes in the overhaul the super rich would pay much more in taxes, but everyone would pay something..I think thats fair.
I think govt spending should be cut.
I think the size of govt is too big.
I think foreign aid should be decimated.
I think we must maintain our military.
I want Obamacare and I want it to be good healthcare ( I am retiring early...and soon)
I think Obamacare should start as the healthcare of congress.
I think companies should be penalized for exporting jobs.
I think there should be some sort of labor law where if you start at min wage, every year you get a 10-12% raise with a lifetime cap. Incentivizing you staying with your employer. If you change companies you will be forced to start at the bottom again.
These are my thoughts, they don't have to be yours.