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That is because the US Taxpayer is subsidizing the big corporations that pay minimum wage. McDonalds($8 Billion in profit last year) and many companies like them counsel new employees on how to apply for Food Stamps and Medicaid because they are paying below poverty level wages. When I grew up people that worked minimum wage jobs were teenagers but today almost 50% have families to support. You can thank our gov't in the 80's that send our manufacturing jobs to China to enhance "Stockholder Equity". If we had a minimum wage that just kept up with inflation those that qualify for Food Stamps would drop dramatically. This is called Corporate Welfare and we are all paying for it.
Very True! But when we invade Iran we won't have to pay for it and we all will get a tax cut that will not affect the budget. It worked in Iraq why not Iran.
What free stuff and goodies?
You forgot to mention Dick Cheney who lied us into Iraq and cost this country over $2 Trillion and tens of thousands of lives. Who bailed out Wall St and who's money did they spend? OURS! Why isn't he in jail? There is plenty of blame to go around both Republican and Democrat and don't forget it.
I don't but going to war as a pre-emptive action would be as stupid as invading Iraq. It should ALWAYS be a last resort.
The Conservative Dr. Carson seems to be a level headed person which is why he probably will not get the nomination. Even if he could get elected he would not be able to change the culture in Congress. You can't balance the budget by defunding Planned Parenthood or PBS. What they get is equal to ONE F-35 fighter jet and Congress has ordered thousands. If you remember when the great Ronald Reagan was President the deficit increased 300%($900 Billion to $ 3 Trillion) during his time in office. In 2001 when the Conservatives took total control of our government we had a $5 Trillion National Debt with a $250 Billion yearly surplus. When they left 8 years later the National Debt was $11 Trillion and a yearly $1.1 Trillion deficit. The years since have not been much better. Both Democrat and Republican Congressman are all talk about deficit reduction (and immigration) because they won't give up a dime on their personal pet projects which keep them in office. Until we have term limits nothing will change.
Ken if this deal is rejected then Iran can build a bomb by the end of the year so then what? What you have said is exactly what Cheney, Rice, Bolton etc. said in 2003 and that is if we don't attack we will have a mushroom cloud here in the US which calls for a pre-emptive invasion of Iraq. The Defense Industry like Halliburton laughed all the way to the bank and the families of our service men cried all the way to the cemetery. Our only accomplishment in this disaster was to totally destabilize the entire Middle East and you want to do it again? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
Ken Israel already gets more foreign aid than all the other countries added together. If you want to go over and fight Iran feel free but I'm sorry not one more American life needs to be wasted on another invasion in the Middle East. We borrowed over $2 Trillion for Iraq with a long term cost over $6 Trillion, 4855 dead and 50,000 disabled Vets and you want us to do it again because Israel won't. Forget it!
Ken why don't we let Israel take care of themselves. Bibi told Pres. Bush in 2003 that Sadam and Iraq were a threat to the survival of Israel. We invaded and totally destabilized the entire Middle East and made Iran a regional power. Now he is doing it again saying that we need to attack Iran for their survival. (so Israel does not have to it themselves and risk the lives of their troops or pay for it.)
You can't trust Iran however if they cheat the military option is always available as a last resort not a first as Israel wants. In the last 4 years Israel planned to attack Iran and each time changed its mind because of opposition within their government. They rather we pay the cost of lives and treasure like Iraq and we all know how great that turned out. As Pres. Bush found out the hard way it is a lot easier to start a war than end one. Iran would not be such a threat today had the US not installed our puppet the "Shah" in 1953 who made Sadam look like a nice guy. Now you know why we haven't won a war since 1945. My family also knows quite a bit about war from my Fathers 3 years of combat including D-Day, his Brothers 3 years in the Pacific including Iwo-Jima and my Vietnam tour. Plain and simple war is not fun and it should always be a last resort. You can count on one thing and that the people that want to start a war won't do any of the fighting and dying nor pay for it neither will members of their families. (Chicken Hawks like Cheney, Bolton, Kristol etc.)
Good point. Some things they do better but I still would not live there. I think like you Cuba will do well especially after Castro is gone.
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