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Our differences are the way we view the negatives/positives of the country. The way we view the priorities. I am not going to argue what you state as "fact" above--I will leave that to others. But to answer your final statement in the previous post--if the Dems put up Clinton or Sanders or Biden or Warren they will not have a chance in '16. The Dems will not vote for the Republican candidate---they will just stay home and not vote. And that is my final word on this thread. Have a nice day!
Extremism on EITHER side of the aisle is a non-starter. Sorry, Dan S, but I think your positions are extreme to the left while Huckabee is extreme to the right. I believe we DO have choices in the GOP lineup that are more moderate. Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich. I consider myself a moderate and I think my positions on issues back that up. The latest polling in Iowa has Trump in a dead heat with Carson and Fiorina running 3rd. Believe me, the registered Republicans are fed up with politics as usual and the same old names running for office, BUT so are the Dems. Independent voters will decide this election and I believe other candidates will emerge before this bloodbath is over. We need a fiscally conservative moderate. Period. IMHO
Dan, I said a modified flat tax. Everyone pays into the system. For example, a family of 4 with a gross income of $40,000 pays 5% or thereabouts, A couple with no dependent children pay with a gross income of $300,000 pay 16%-18%. Same with businesses---no deductions, no loopholes. My income/percentages are subject to review but every US citizen has is vested in, frankly, being an American, which means paying taxes. Taxes on all income, including govt subsidies, capital gains, etc. Also, you are wrong about all the GOP candidates. Fiorina/Kasich have indicated that while they may be personally against abortion/gay marriage that they respect the Supreme Courts decisions on these matters and "lets move on" to other dire issues facing this country. Personally, I am against abortion after 20 weeks. If a woman cannot decide to have an abortion within the first 5 months of pregnancy, then the baby should be born. Plenty of good families willing to adopt. I am an independent, like at least 50% of the voting public and issues matter. Planned Parenthood serves an important function, but like all charitable organizations (including churches, United Way, public radio) should be funded by individuals with a passions for their charity of choice. The govt business is not to subsidize charities just like it should not be subsidizing high income individuals with tax loopholes.
Thanks for sharing, Brian---(maybe. . ) but on a lighter note. Dan S. cover your eyes, don't want to offend you.
The IRS sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!! I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents" I replied-"12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployable people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons and 535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate." Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.
Thanks, Dan! I didn't address my absolute horror with long-term disability payments and the abuse in that system--but I will spare you my diatribe : )
Government and debt would only grow under a Warren Presidency---are you sure that is what you REALLY want????????
Dan, If govt regulation were reduced the incentives should be given to private industry to move into the inner cities to build business/manufacturing/tech businesses. Govt is the most inefficient of all spenders. Let the Private sector do the work where the govt has failed so miserably. And yes, volunteer work should be required of those receiving assistance if they are not working parttime or going to school. Sitting in front of the TV eating cherry bon-bons while waiting for their "goodies" will not endear any welfare recipient to a hard working taxpayer.
OK, Dan S.--Don't let your head explode:
1) Abolish the Federal Dept of Education--Education controlled at the state level. $$ savings go towards Head Start programs in communities whose average household income is less than $40,000.
2) AFDC support restricted to aide for one child. The financial burden of additional children falls on mothers/fathers discouraging out-of-wedlock births in particular. If birth control is against your faith, look to your faith community for support.
3) No financial aide without consequences--getting a GED or diploma, formal job training, applying for and accepting job offers, even parttime, to reduce monthly support. Volunteering in your community, even getting paid for clean-up projects in your neighborhood, teacher aides, etc.--many grants available for these projects. Drug tests required. If you don't pass you are required to enter drug/alcohol treatment programs with a minimum 3 month attendance. If you continue to fail, govt support is suspended. Required military service for any man/woman with a criminal record prior to receiving govt support.
4) Raise the retirement age for receiving SS to 67. Qualification required to receive any retirement benefits. If you make in excess of $250,000 you do not qualify for any Social Security payments, I don't care how much you have paid into the system!!
5) Actively support candidates who propose a modified flat tax and term limits. No retirement benefits or special health care plans for any member of Congress.
6) Reduce govt regs on business by 75% in the next 4 years allowing the economy to grow. With a flat tax system, every person and corporation pays into the pot therefore reducing staffing at the IRS by 90%.
7) Do not replace any retiring govt employee. Consolidate jobs and departments.
If you want people to prosper and grow govt must GET OUT OF THE WAY. I suggest a start by supporting Carly Fiorina for President and Ben Carson for Secretary of Health and Human Services.
OK--I can read between the lines as well as the next person, so your answer is "no"--the black community's economic situation has not improved in the past 6 1/2 years. Do you think those on public support should be required to do volunteer work, be enrolled in school or job training, pass drug tests, limit their food stamp purchases to healthy food (no twinkies for instance)? Should they be required to take part time jobs that are available, lessening the govt $$ they receive each month?
Only have one question for you--Do you think the poorest among us, specifically the black communities, are better off economically after 6 1/2 years of Obama "leadership" and programs? A yes or no answer will suffice, don't need a diatribe.
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