September 5th, 2008, 07:31 PM #21
Travel to exotic lands.... meet new people, then kill them.
He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves. One for his enemy, and one for himself.-- Lao Tzu
September 5th, 2008, 09:25 PM #22Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
September 5th, 2008, 09:30 PM #23
Careful. The introduction of facts and thoughtful analysis is generally not welcome here.Never send to know for whom the bell tolls . . .
September 6th, 2008, 12:38 AM #24Unofficial TechIMO record holder for the number of times being added and removed from beemer's ignore list.
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September 6th, 2008, 01:02 AM #27
You are so wrong about so many things Pex it boggles the mind.Unofficial TechIMO record holder for the number of times being added and removed from beemer's ignore list.
September 6th, 2008, 01:07 AM #28
Well, if you read the article, your comment about Obama makes no sense -- at least in relation to the article. Maybe it was just a throwaway non sequitur?
But I tend to think it reinforces my theory that a lot of you guys don't even read linked article or other's posts before reacting.Never send to know for whom the bell tolls . . .
September 6th, 2008, 02:06 AM #29
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I don't think there is anything that smells worse than 12 men living in a 10 man tent after a week of C-rats . . . and knowing that the temp outside the tent is -60F. At that point, you don't need to worry about shaving, ya' just step outside on post for 30 min., some back inside and wipe the beard off. It's amazing how brittle everything becomes at those temps.
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September 7th, 2008, 01:07 AM #30
You know, all this talk about the "Surge" working , not working is totally irrelevant, IMO. I'm waiting to see what happens when we stop paying off the Iraqis and pull out. If we pulled out of all the places we have troops now, what do think will happen?? The economy would be shot, welfare would zoom and all the rats in the world would creep in in our vacancies. When China forecloses on us, we're fucked. It's coming.......Nothing lasts forever...
September 7th, 2008, 02:14 AM #31
Majority Leader - $188,100 Minority Leader - $188,100 House Leadership
Speaker of the House - $217,400
Majority Leader - $188,100
Minority Leader - $188,100
Congress: Rank-and-File Members' Salary
The current salary (2008) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $169,300But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.-John Adams
September 7th, 2008, 05:35 AM #32
Second, as you can see, cutting leadership salaries doesn't save much money while assuring that only wealthy people with independent means can hold public office. Nobody who depends upon a salary to feed a family will run for the House or Senate if the pay is $40-50K a year. It's a ridiculous suggestion.
Third, what's all the focus recently on earmarks? As Gail Collins said recently, "they’re about as critical a problem as the overlong Christmas shopping season." They represent $18B in the budget and most are worthy -- not the waste reported. The budget deficit is over $500B and the increase in defense appropriations alone is ten times what all the earmarks are. Interest on items we demanded the government provide but don't want to pay for through taxes, is another $431B per year. Earmarks are a tiny fraction but a convenient distraction.
Republicans and Democrats, but mostly Republicans, don't want to face the simple reality that the national debt can only be reduced if the government runs budget surpluses every year. The only way to run budget surpluses is to increase taxes or cut spending or a combination of both and politicians have been unwilling to do either. I suggest we return to the the tax-rates that existed under Clinton and cut the defense budget to 2004 levels. Without doing the math, that would either create a surplus or come close.
Some will respond with "higher taxes will undermine the economy." Nonesense. The nation has had prosperity many times when taxes were higher and we now have the lowest taxes in decades and the prosperity Bush promised never materialized.
What critics choose to forget is that not having the government compete with private users of credit in the credit markets has economic benefits too, usually lower interest rates, which stimulate the economy.
ADMITTEDLY, NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE SURGE
Last edited by MTAtech; September 7th, 2008 at 05:54 AM.Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
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September 7th, 2008, 01:51 PM #34Unofficial TechIMO record holder for the number of times being added and removed from beemer's ignore list.
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