Hope vs. fear

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The election of 2012 will be the most important of our lifetimes, because, at a pivotal moment in American history, it will pit not just two candidates against each other but two vastly different and mutually exclusive visions for the country.

It will be a battle of reason vs. emotion. Freedom vs. dependence. Hope vs. fear and envy. Belief in the individual vs. reliance on the collective.

We are coming to a fork in the road, and as Yogi Berra recommended, we will take it. It remains to be seen in which direction we will go.

It’s incumbent upon every voting American to think long and hard about it in the coming year. It can’t be something that most of us ignore until the traditional Labor Day awakening.

If you’re paying attention, you know the intellectual battle has already begun.

The president has used his jobs bill – in truth, a tax-and-spend bill – as an excuse to campaign in swing states at taxpayer expense and lob molotov cocktails toward the opposition party – recently alleging, ludicrously, that Republicans favor “dirtier air, dirtier water, and (fewer) people with health insurance.”

In a calm, reasoned response in what should be a landmark speech this past week at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the president out for his destructive, divisive, disingenuous hyperbole. Add hypocritical: As Ryan notes, Mr. Obama started his act on the national stage in 2008 with soaring, optimistic rhetoric and poignant criticisms of the failures of entrenched politicians, including their “preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.” But now, all he seems to do is seek to score cheap political points in an effort to spread fear and divide the country he promised to unite.

“Instead of working together where we agree,” Ryan said, “the president has opted for divisive rhetoric and the broken politics of the past. He is going from town to town, impugning the motives of Republicans, setting up straw men and scapegoats, and engaging in intellectually lazy arguments ...

“Instead of appealing to the hope and optimism that were hallmarks of his first campaign, he has launched his second campaign by preying on the emotions of fear, envy and resentment. This has the potential to be just as damaging as his misguided policies. Sowing social unrest and class resentment makes America weaker, not stronger.”

How deplorable that our own president is actually sowing unrest.

This is the decision that awaits you next year: Which vision of America will you buy into? In Ryan’s words, “whether we are a nation that still believes in equality of opportunity, or whether we are moving away from that, and towards an insistence on equality of outcome.”

Just who is selling hope and who is hawking fear?

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Techfan
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Techfan 10/30/11 - 01:39 am
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But mostly, the extremely

But mostly, the extremely rich vs everyone else. Only one group has seen their income rise 275% since the late 1970's. Everyone else has seen a slight increase ( in family income, actually, everyone else's individual incomes have declined, there are now just 2 members of the household working) Of course, they're the ones that buy the politicians. You can continue to vote for the status quo, or you can vote to equalize the playing field and give hard working Americans and the middle class a voice . We already know which side the AC is on.

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carcraft 10/30/11 - 05:47 am
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Techfan-Once again the wealth

Techfan-Once again the wealth envy card. Are you going to change human nature? Under communism you had the politBuro- they are the communist one percent. In Cuba Castro and his brothers is the one percent. In England you have people like Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Air etc. The rich don't verse everybody else, they are not at war with you. Most of the wealthy today earned their wealth and did not come from real wealthy families. http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2009/10/what-makes-wealthy-people-wealth... The top 1% pay more in taxes than the bottom 90%90%.http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/top-1-paid-more-in-federal-income-taxes-than-bottom-95-in-07/ Do you really think those that achieve wealth need to be punished. They already pay the majority of the taxes for roads, schools, police, fire protection etc. that those that don’t pay Federal taxes use. What is fair, taking everything from them ? The majority of the wealthy are people like Winfrey and Gates, Steve Jobs. Etc. They are just people who worked hard. They are also American. It is interesting that you don’t want equal justice for them but want to make them into villains when they are the ones that make the jobs and produce the goods and services!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/30/11 - 05:54 am
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Trumka, the head of a union

Trumka, the head of a union talks to the White House almost every day. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/transcript/why-afl-cio-president-r... ( I know this is Fox and one of your favorite folks on Fox) but it just happens to be true. So you are saying Trumka doesn't represent working Americans? Every body has the same vote Tech fan!

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seenitB4 10/30/11 - 07:18 am
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Yes it will be important to

Yes it will be important to vote....JOBS-JOBS.......we need a tough guy...cut where we need to cut----let the chips fall---work for food type of guy....sometimes when you come from poverty you understand poverty a little better than others.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/30/11 - 07:35 am
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Again with the wealth envy.

Again with the wealth envy. Have to give the righties credit, they stick to their "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it" plan. The numbers just came out, and whether you like it or, they prove that only the very top in this country have had any income growth since the 1970's. I don't care how much a person makes other than myself and, trust me, as a critical care/open heart nurse, I do very well. We have one man one vote, however, since the bought and paid for Supreme Court, in their infinite wisdom, decided that money is speech and that corporations are people some can spend enough to influence elections. The right wing is rapidly taking us down the road to corporatocracy and oligarchy. It's really sad that so many Americans, like you, appear to agree with them, instead of hoping that EVERY person is able to succeed in this country.

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hounddog 10/30/11 - 07:35 am
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Techfan, ‘You can continue to
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Techfan, ‘You can continue to vote for the status quo, or you can vote to equalize the playing field and give hard working Americans and the middle class a voice .’
If you are a socialist why not have the guts to admit it?
As Al Sharpton said, ‘you voted for socialism when you voted for Obama’.

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copperhead 10/30/11 - 07:39 am
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If hussein is not re-elected,

If hussein is not re-elected, the repubs will kill the babies and starve the aged to death. hussein is the way-the ONLY way to get your collective salvation! If you want to get to heaven,vote straight democrat ticket and hussein will save your soul! Vote hussein and get what is rightfully yours-OTHER PEOPLE'S money!

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southernguy08 10/30/11 - 07:47 am
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TECH, if you don't think poor
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TECH, if you don't think poor people buy politicians by offering their votes for them to vote to continue these "entitlement" programs, I do have that oceanfront property in Nebraska to sell ya...CHEAP! If you spent as much time working to acquire the wealth many of the wealthy have instead of whining and moaning about them, you'd BE one of them.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/30/11 - 08:04 am
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Name calling and smart aleck

Name calling and smart aleck comments. Great debating style.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/30/11 - 08:09 am
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Techg Fan- Ok- Warren Buffet-

Techg Fan- Ok- Warren Buffet- a big Obama supporter, one of the Oligarchy? Opra Winfrey - Big Obama supporter one of the oligarchy? George Soros- big Obama supporter- on of the oligarchy? Micheal Moore, etc. I could go n for days. Yet these folks all supported Obama! Since Nobody really earnsor works hard for their money tech fan, it is all given to them, let us take your money that is beyond poverty and give it to some one poorer than you!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/30/11 - 08:11 am
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Tech Fan- I just wish Buffet

Tech Fan- I just wish Buffet would pay his corperate taxes instead of whinning about how little income tax he pays! Berkshire hathaway owes about a billion in taxes! Why doesn't Obama go after him?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/30/11 - 08:14 am
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I never said there was any

I never said there was any problem being rich. The problem comes when you use that wealth to influence laws and policy that benefit you directly, to the detriment of the population as a whole.

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Rhetor 10/30/11 - 08:24 am
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Let me get this straight. The

Let me get this straight. The right wing has falsely accused Obama of being an imposter born in another country, has falsely accused him of being a Muslim, falsley claims that social security will be bankrupt in a few years, falsely accuses Obama of trying to take away their guns, and falsely claims that Obama wants to set up death panels, and now has the unspeakable gall to accuse the President of divisive, fear-laden rhetoric? Give me a break, ACES.

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DuhJudge 10/30/11 - 08:25 am
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The problem is not what you

The problem is not what you make.......the problem is making what you want. Just having a job is important to most people. Their lifestyle is pretty well established by the choices they made, not their income. Being wealthy is not a sin.....it is a condition of opportunity control. The way to turn the country around is to follow a good leader that understands where the money comes from......us.

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copperhead 10/30/11 - 08:33 am
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Tech,these are things hussein

Tech,these are things hussein has said! He is not concerned with individual salvation-only collective salvation. He said that repubs want to kill the women and the aged. Now,he says the repubs WANT pollution. Where is the name calling?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/30/11 - 08:34 am
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Rhetor- Sort of like accusing

Rhetor- Sort of like accusing Bush in 60 minuets of being a bad pilot etc with False Documents on 60 min? Something like when Obama says one of the most beautiful sounds is the call to prayer then recits it? social security well be bankrupt and the Government is out of money! I could go on about the lies told bout Bush, like 9-11 was a covet inside job by Bush. It is a part of politics and as Trumen said, " if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen"!

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hounddog 10/30/11 - 08:36 am
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Rhetor, ‘now has the
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Rhetor, ‘now has the unspeakable gall to accuse the President of divisive, fear-laden rhetoric?’
None is so blind as one that WILL NOT see.

hounddog
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hounddog 10/30/11 - 08:38 am
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Techfan, ‘Name calling and
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Techfan, ‘Name calling and smart aleck comments.’
I’m a conservative and proud of it. I would think socialist would be proud of who they are also.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/30/11 - 08:41 am
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Tech Fan is GE president

Tech Fan is GE president Immelt ( GE paid no taxes last year) part of the oligarchy? Ge President Immelt works for Obama so he can't be it because the Oligarchy is only made up of evil Right wing and Obama would never associate with them would he?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/30/11 - 08:43 am
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TECH, how about using your
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TECH, how about using your votes to keep somebody in office who votes for your interests, but not necessarily for the best interests of the country? Again, so called "poor" people offer their votes to the politicians who they believe will keep their entitlement programs in place. How is this any different from what wealthy people do? One uses money, the other uses votes. Try answering a direct question instead of screaming your wealth envy for a change, please.

copperhead
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copperhead 10/30/11 - 08:42 am
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Rhetor,can we quote you on

Rhetor,can we quote you on some of the things you said about bush?

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madgerman 10/30/11 - 08:49 am
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Carcraft by your own numbers
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Carcraft by your own numbers it is obvious that the top 1% earn 90 times as much as the bottom 90%. Hence their payment of more taxes for their income. I believe the last survey concluded that the average CEO made 348 times as much as a working stiff. Don't you find that a little strange.

madgerman
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madgerman 10/30/11 - 08:57 am
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Only one thing seperates
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Only one thing seperates royalty from the rest of the citizenry - money. And he or she with the most money makes the rules. Is that what we want? Just think (with a #2 pencil please) how many centurys it would take the Wall family to spend all their money (left to them initially in a will) if they spent a million dollars each week? No they don't spend that much, they let it ride and keep multiplying, much like a royal family.

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copperhead 10/30/11 - 09:12 am
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madgerman,at what point would

madgerman,at what point would you draw the line as to what is too much for anybody to possess? Just above what you have? The point is-the wall's money belongs to the walls! I think you have too much and must be taxed to bring your assets down to the point that they match my assets. Will you be happy with that?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/30/11 - 09:14 am
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car: Unlike you, I don't walk

car: Unlike you, I don't walk lockstep with any party. There are many things that Obama has done that I don't like ( Immelt is one, continuing the wars is another). I do know that he's better than the alternative.

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Techfan 10/30/11 - 09:17 am
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Dang copper, you must be

Dang copper, you must be doing very well if adding around 3% tax on someone who makes $270 million will bring his pay down to your level.

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southernguy08 10/30/11 - 09:22 am
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TECH, you know Obama is
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TECH, you know Obama is better than the alternative? Seen the latest polls? You're in a minority.

hounddog
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hounddog 10/30/11 - 09:27 am
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Techfan, "“If you tell a lie
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Techfan, "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it" plan.”
That is the Chicago style politics that Hussein is so good at.

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harley_52 10/30/11 - 10:58 am
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This Editorial is almost

This Editorial is almost right on. It would have been a little better had it addressed the shrinking middle class and how Obama's policies have sought to destroy it.

Jobs. Where have they gone? Where are the new ones? Why have so many manufactures moved their headquarters and their manufacturing facilities offshore?

The White House strategy is to assume most Americans are stupid. Looking at the last Presidential election, they have substantial evidence that theory. If you look at the level of analysis done by the left-wing press, you'll understand why they are confident in their plans.

According to the White House, the mainstream media, and even lots of folks in here the jobs have gone offshore because of Corporate "greed." Of course "greed" is an undefined term which some seem to interpret as being "avarice" and others take to mean "profit." There is a big difference you know, but the government (and much of the press) seeks to cloud the issue. It's important to them.

If you'll take the time to think about the difference between "greed" and "avarice," I think you'll find the root of our problems. If you are unwilling to think for yourself, or unable to see through the smokescreen put up by the White House and the mainstream media, it's a pointless drill.

Entrepreneurs and investors lay out their own fortunes on the expectation of profit. The greater the profit potential, the more they're willing to invest. Where they have an unfair advantage, the law protects society from exploitation. Aside from unfair advantage, competition among producers polices the markets and keeps profits in line.

Government destroys the system by demanding taxes too high, or regulations too onerous and expensive, or labor costs too high to allow adequate profit to attract entrepreneurs or investors to the markets. If they can't make it here and sell it with a profit, they'll choose to make it somewhere else if they can sell it with a profit.

The Obama Administration has driven business offshore on purpose, has maintained the second highest corporate tax rate in the world on purpose, has purposefully written and decreed thousands of regulations
businesses must pay to implement, and has further burdened businesses with Obamacare for which nobody can predict future costs.

It is not "greed" nor even is it "avarice" that causes our businesses to locate offshore, it is GOVERNMENT, and often their accomplices in labor unions, that are the real culprits here.

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dichotomy 10/30/11 - 11:08 am
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$16 trillion in debt,

$16 trillion in debt, continued deficit spending, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, > 9% unemployment, class warfare, and the only idea they have now.....more of the same. The Democrats had control of the House and the Senate '07 - '10, when the economy went downhill, and the presidency and the Senate from '09 until the present. They have been in charge of all legislation for almost 5 years. Things got worse and we are MUCH more in debt. People can holler and scream about income disparity between the rich and the "poor" all they want but things usually get worse for the working class "poor" when the Democrats are in charge of budgets and legislation. They always want to raise somebody's taxes, they always spend way too much, they always over regulate, and the economy always rejects their policies, Time for a CHANGE.

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