Our shared experience

In today's election, we decide on the country we want

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The people in many other countries – Brazil comes to mind – often come together around one national sports team. A big game can be a shared national experience.

In America, not so much. The closest thing we have to that is the Super Bowl – and even then the rooting interests are divided among two teams, while many simply care more about what kind of chips and dip are at the party.

Outside of Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July, today’s election will be the biggest shared American experience perhaps in our lifetimes.

It’s certainly the most momentous and important. We will be doing nothing less than deciding what kind of country we want.

Today’s presidential election, in short, is a referendum on capitalism and free markets. It’s about individualism, which made this country great, vs. collectivism, which has never worked anywhere it’s been tried.

Even Obama surrogate Bill Clinton acknowledges this openly in his stump speeches – though couching it in much more innocent-sounding terms.

This election is also a decision by the electorate as to whether we want to join the president of the United States in declaring all-out class warfare.

Be careful what you wish for.

For one thing, raiding the bank accounts of those making $250,000 and more – people whom Barack Obama calls “millionaires and billionaires” – would net the government a little over eight days’ working capital. And it would take that money out of the private economy.

How would that improve your life? The truth is, it most likely would make your life worse, due to the damage done to the economy and to job creators.

“We need to understand that class warfare is a mortal enemy of economic growth and jobs,” Jim Powell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, wrote in Forbes last month. Confiscatory tax rates, he wrote, “discourage work, they drive away investors and entrepreneurs to lower-tax jurisdictions, and there aren’t enough rich people to keep the government going very long, even if all their assets were expropriated.”

Of course, that’s appealing to reason. Mr. Obama’s strategy – and it may work – has been to appeal to our worst instincts: in this case, fear, envy and anger. He recently told supporters, “Voting is the best revenge.” In other words, vote in order to get back at somebody. Vote out of spite. That’s his closing argument in this election.

This president is preying on the notion that it’s easier to make Donald Trump be more like you – by taking his money – than it is for you to become more like Donald Trump. It certainly requires less effort on your part!

Normally, local elections are the ones that impact you the most. National elections don’t usually affect your life this much. But today’s election will determine whether the principles that built this nation – free people, free markets, self-reliance and individual responsibility – are still at the core of our shared experience.

If people change their fundamental principles, so changes their destiny.

Nations are no different.

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 11:27 am
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Mr Lester.....it's about
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Mr Lester.....it's about supplying a product that the people want. Rush is producing a show that a large audience wants to hear....otherwise he would go bankrupt like Air America. This is NOT cheating people, it is rewarding those who produce a product that is desired.

And I'm positive Obama does not care about my lot in life. He stated I am the enemy who should be punished, and that people should vote for revenge.

"Hey, will you still be claiming "class warfare" when Romney delivers his promised war with Iran"

Romney made no such promise. I ask that you follow the rules of posting by not posting false accusations.

"Don't be surprised if some of that precious fuel accelerates a few fires set in protest."

That looks like a borderline threat. More from the so tollerant left.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 11:29 am
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I don't like rap music, so by
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I don't like rap music, so by Jon Lester's logic, rap "artists" are cheating people out of their money, and they didn't earn any of it.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/06/12 - 12:12 pm
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Humble

"Let the market decide" is a strong argument, I acknowledge. I am not convinced that it is the answer in public education, however, and there are many reasons. One of the most cogent is laid out in Michael Sandel's recent book "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." This is a powerful and though-provoking book.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/06/12 - 12:32 pm
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Really

loblolly, just making stuff up now?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 12:34 pm
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loblolly....Please provide a
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loblolly....Please provide a link to the editorial that you are citing.....if it in fact exists......... I won't hold my breath.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/06/12 - 12:41 pm
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So weak

Wish there were more Libs like EEL.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/06/12 - 12:58 pm
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The point
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is the ACES have a history of overdramatization. Four years ago all we could talk about were birth certificates and questioning Obama's christianity. Now, we move on to other dramatic whining and fear mongering. A real fear would be for Akin and Mourdoch to be elected as US senators, proclaiming God's support of rape.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/06/12 - 01:02 pm
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The problem
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with letting markets decide is when markets are falsely created to increase individuals wealth. This is what happenned unabated under the Bush years, and why so many hedge fund managers are upset wit Obama and implementing regulation. This has nothing to do with markets, but rather the ethics of market manipulation. Or, more commonly described as "conning."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 01:07 pm
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Hmmmm...so we just MADE up
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Hmmmm...so we just MADE up the remark about the ACES. Truth seems to mean very little to the liberals, as long as it helps them make their point.

And blaming Bush again.....sheesh.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 01:21 pm
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The problem with NOT letting
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The problem with NOT letting markets make decisions, is you get situations like Solyndra. A real winner there.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/06/12 - 01:21 pm
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FAITHSOM..i asume you are

FAITHSOM..i asume you are referring to lugar in indiana..why is it that poloticians that are worried about our enormous debt are villians to you on the left...why when this candidate hast served 1 day in the senate yet is already demonized by the left for non-compromise and non-association..thats bunk..how about obumler one with a proven record of no -compromise or harry reid who wont even allow bills to be brought to the floor if he disagrees with rhem..that is real non-compromise that is a slap in the face to all citizens..b/4 the left paint someone maybe that ought to have a reason..after all its the left who say they are so open minded..

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faithson 11/06/12 - 02:34 pm
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'The truth is, it most likely would make your life worse, due to the damage done to the economy and to job creators.' this is only unproven (Keynesian was mistake, thanks KSL) economic truth, a philosophy of economic activities that has many detractors, google 'job creators' for a look see. The inferred dogmatism of this ideology by this editorial board is only evidence for the narrow view this idealism conjures up in support of solutions to the economic problems at hand. When the premise of a solution is based upon a capricious ideology, only those who have a personal/corporate interest in its furtherance rely upon its tenants, propagandizing to those who would believe that their self interests are the same. (one thing I do know, my self interest is quite different than my wealthy brother's self interest)

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 01:43 pm
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"When the premise of a
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"When the premise of a solution is based upon a capricious ideology, only those who have a personal/corporate interest in its furtherance rely upon its tenants, propagandizing to those who would believe that their self interests are the same. "

Good description of the President's socalist ideals.

faithson
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faithson 11/06/12 - 01:54 pm
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nofan

Bennet in AZ comes to mind also. Now when this senatorial candidate who beat Lugar comes out taking the ulta-ultra conservative position that G-d has something to do with the act of fertilization (deciding personally yes or no on this exact sperm/egg contact), other than by an overall deity design (which I believe), I think we can consider this man a proponent of uncompromising principles and associations, attributes that do not work well in prosecuting the 'peoples' work.

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KSL 11/06/12 - 01:58 pm
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Jon Lester

Just what do you produce that is useful? Just curious.

faithson
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faithson 11/06/12 - 02:02 pm
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yea...

whats good for the goose is good for the gander !! only general problem is the objective thinking that is involved in discerning when information is propaganda. Intellectual work many on both sides are reluctant to do. As is the nub of our great problem today... A crisis in thinking.

KSL
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KSL 11/06/12 - 02:14 pm
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Keynesian

Oh my God!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 02:20 pm
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faithson
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faithson 11/06/12 - 02:17 pm
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Better find a better message for women if you wanta win...

A new USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday reveals female voters in critical swing states favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s presidential election by 16 points. At 52% of the electorate, Democrats are enthusiastic that these XX-votes will all but deliver incumbent Obama a second term in office.
Meghan Casserly, Forbes Staff

KSL
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KSL 11/06/12 - 02:24 pm
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Just a simple question for Obama supporters

If, as he stated, he was going to be transparent, please tell me a reason he has has his school records sealed at a cost of about a million dollars in legal fees. For years I have been waiting for just one of his loyal minions to step forward with an explanation.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 02:26 pm
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Come on now KSL....stop
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Come on now KSL....stop holding him to his words and just vote like your lady parts depend on it.....or for revenge.....your choice.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/06/12 - 03:04 pm
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KSL
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is now getting to the point with conspiracies. C'mon, let's hear about the birth certificate, Kenyan birth, and secret Muslim ties. Uh-oh, I also heard Bronco was really a black chinese communist brought-up in a secret Russian project with a fake US community. That's why his HS records are sealed. Or, you could just be the victim of misinformation and internet fodder.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/06/12 - 03:09 pm
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loblolly....He spent over a
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loblolly....He spent over a million to keep his records sealed...that is a fact, not some wild theory. You can make fun all you want, but the fact will still remain.

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Nomaninthesky 11/07/12 - 11:41 am
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The real problem

The problem is that the rich have so many tax loopholes that instead of paying 28% they are paying 13% like romney. We just need yhe rich to pay the same as us not any more or less. When they are making billions and paying less than the average person it is a problem.

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