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I believe it is called a civilized society.
Correct. So if you want a safe highway system to allow you to travel around the country you will pay for it. If you want to travel by air safely utilizing the air traffic control system you will also pay for it. Not just does the individual enjoy the benefits of their taxes but the economy would come to a standstill without reliable transportation. I would say there is not one US taxpayer who has not utilized these systems and would prefer the Interstate System over toll roads. You get what you pay for.
You would have to also include the Interstate Highway System created by Pres. Eisenhower in the 1950's so trucking companies could move their goods efficiently across the country. Should the Trucking Companies have paid for that? Airports and the Air Traffic Control System is financed by the Government and in turn the taxpayer because private business does not have the resources to do it which is the same with the Interstate Highway System. The problem is the Fuel Tax which supports these enterprises has not kept up with inflation. Not everything can be done by the private sector however building Sport Stadiums is one that should be entirely paid for by the Teams. Not one dollar of taxpayer money should be used for that purpose. Unfortunately as long as a Team can hold a City hostage by saying if you don't build a Stadium we will move the practice will continue because there is always another City that will submit to that blackmail.
Scott is right in that Pro-fracking Politicians mostly Republican caused the lower cost of natural gas which has had a greater effect on the coal industry than any gov't regulation. Be careful what you wish for because you may not like the results. It is called the free market. A few decades ago the no smoking campaign was going to kill the Tobacco Industry costing many good paying Middle Class jobs. The Tobacco Companies adjusted to the new environment and have thrived by diversifying. Coal will eventually be phased out over the next few decades whether you like it or not just like horse and buggy vs. the car and train travel vs. the airplane. Nothing ever stays the same and it is called progress.
You are correct that this President and the ones before him did not enforce the law. To enforce the law it takes money to hire, train and deploy the Border Patrol along a 2000 mile border. (Military is banned from doing this by law) This is where people's representatives (Congress) is also at fault because they refused to fund the increase in spending to accomplish this goal. Again the reason is simple they DON'T want to because it would cut off the flow of cheap labor. Possibly next year when the Wall is built and paid for by Mexico the problem may be solved. Only time will tell.
And Pres. Bush did not inforce them either. Why? Business wants cheap labor with no benefits plain and simple. Having lived in Texas I saw it everyday. Blaming Obama for every problem this country has like Immigration just ignores the facts. It is Congress that controls the purse strings not the President. We right now have a Republican controlled Congress which refuses to even address the problem including the Southern Border Cuban invasion. They only give it lip service during elections then go back and do nothing. Both Parties are equally responsible for the Illegal problem which is why I don't belong to either one.
This has been going on for not just 7 years but for 30 years. Every President including G.W. Bush has tried to deal with this problem but the Congress won't touch it because certain businesses make their money on the backs of Illegals and they don't want to lose the cheap labor. The Senate passed a comprehensive Immigration Bill 3 years ago and the Republican controlled House refused to even debate it and do their job. In Texas alone almost 30% of the work force are illegals. And don't forget the "war on drugs" that was started in the late 80's which has been a total failure. The bottom line is there is too much money to be made to change the status quo. Congress only gives lip service to this problem so they can sound tough on Immigration at election time.
As a Vietnam Vet myself your comment is just plain stupid and insulting. Under both Democrat and Republican Administrations out Vets over the past 50 years have been screwed. LBJ a Democrat lied us into Vietnam and G.W. Bush a Republican lied us into Iraq. We would not have so many Disabled Vets if we didn't get involved in unnecessary wars in the first place. As for the Illegals you fail to mention just last year alone over 40,000 Illegal Cubans crossed our Southern Border and they received Welfare and a Green Card as soon as they put one foot on American soil. Guess what Republican Presidential Candidate refused to put a stop to this invasion?
Russ you are right the last 8 years gave been a mess but the previous 8 where a total disaster. Go to any National Cemetery or VA hospital and you can see first hand what the liars caused however the Defense Industry laughed all the way to the bank.
The last 7 years how about the last 15? Who lied us into Iraq which cost the lives of 4800 Americans and disabled 50000 plus $6 Trillion down the toilet. There would be no Vets(I doubt if you are one) suffering as you say had Cheney not lied to us all. You also forgot to mention that last year alone 43000 Illegal Cubans crossed our Southern Border. As soon as they touch US soil they go on Government Assistance and get a Green Card. You don't hear Rubio or the Foreign born Cruz complaining about Cuban Illegals only Mexicans.
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