The wrong track

Voters who re-elected Obama kept America on an unsustainable path

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“Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”

– John F. Kennedy

Your world changed. Overnight.

There can be little doubt that America will be a different country in the years ahead than it has been historically. New rails have been laid on the collectivist track we’ve been put on, and the engineer has been told to go full speed ahead.

How goofy is this: NBC reports that a majority of voters polled after they voted Tuesday said the country is “seriously off on the wrong track.” But they voted to stay on it!

The class-envy mentality that encourages taking from others and expanding government handouts has been given a green light – just two years after a 2010 election in which the country was lurched in the opposite direction, toward fiscal sanity and self-reliance.

That’s a nation that doesn’t know what it stands for.

At best, what it stands for has changed utterly, and perhaps unalterably. John F. Kennedy’s legendary inaugural exhortation to think of country first has been flipped on its head. Today, we are encouraged to ask what our country can do for us, with money borrowed from our children and those yet to be born.

That’s immoral.

A country, by the way, that is already $16 trillion in debt and facing $60 trillion or more in future costs for Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid and other promises.

A country in which nearly half the population pays no federal income taxes – many of whom actually receive payments, money taken from a shrinking productive class.

A country facing huge tax increases so deftly hidden in the weeds of the thousands of pages of Obamacare that few see them coming.

Those around the world who see only a telegenic, charismatic leader who diminishes and downplays America’s role in the world may celebrate, but perhaps unaware of what his promised fundamental transformation of this country may end up looking like. Those world citizens whose lifestyles depend on a strong America may end up not liking the new transformation after all.

This country is not on a sustainable track. It is on the same track that is taking Western Europe over the edge. It turns out that we’re no more resistant to the allure of “other people’s money.”

At some point, as Margaret Thatcher warned about the pitfalls of socialism, we will run out of other people’s money.

That day has only been pushed closer.

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myfather15
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myfather15 11/08/12 - 02:36 pm
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II Timothy 3

This know also, that in the last days perilous times (meaning hard to bare) shall come.

2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7Ever learning, and NEVER able to come to the knowledge of the TRUTH.

8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9But they shall proceed NO FURTHER: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,"

He tells us all things, he told us exactly how things would be in this day. It's very hard to bare, but we must put on the armour of Ephesians Chapter 6, to stand strong. Victory will be with those that love God and accept His savior Christ.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/08/12 - 03:06 pm
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EEL

It would be interesting to know what your Utopia is?

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 03:13 pm
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Its always
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the end times. People have been preaching the end of the world everytime something does not go their way. I'm assuming mf15 is a Republican since the election is certainly an event considered "perlilous times," and "hard to bare."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 03:14 pm
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Again I ask....what will the
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Again I ask....what will the tax consumers do when there are no more tax payers?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/08/12 - 03:18 pm
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“The world changed

“The world changed overnight”

Where the heck have you been?

Wow, for an organ that purrports to have the “issues” figured out, you've done precious little to advance said issues.

Like most in the country you rely on the wire servicies to define your news. Why you may ask? Because you are not motivated to “work” on your own. It's just way easier to accept the status quo.

I could just break off to very descriptive animal parts here, but I'll refrain. Why I ask you? Is there no one there who strives to make a name for themselves? Are the people with a little, just a little, critical thinking skills cowed down and afraid to speak out?

Just curious.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 03:40 pm
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I notice that liberals LOVE
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I notice that liberals LOVE the minority, unless they are conservatives..then it's "you lost....get over it."

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/08/12 - 03:45 pm
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Humble Angela11/08/12 - 02:40 pm

Humble Angela writes: "I notice that liberals LOVE the minority, unless they are conservatives..then it's "you lost....get over it."

So?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 03:48 pm
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So? Why the hypocrisy?
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So? Why the hypocrisy?

Also, why do Affirmative Action plans in the Augusta area no longer protect minorities?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 03:49 pm
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When CA votes by majority to
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When CA votes by majority to ban gay marriage, the left cries foul. Their rights are being denied. But if it's conservatives in the minority...."you lost! The majority of Americans want this!"

Why the hypocrisy?

Jake
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Jake 11/08/12 - 03:53 pm
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Issues

Did we ever get this birth certificate thing straightened out? Or was it the college records thing? Diversions and a waste of time.
I thought what dichotomy posted yesterday about the platform of the GOP was very well stated. Of course, my wife and her Democrat friends don't want the GOP to change a thing. I wonder if the Republicans will start to move more toward the center or will the T-Party members have a hissy fit? The T-Party lost some races that they were confident of winning a few months ago.
Popular vote was very close. If Obama has a good 4 yrs then it will be for the Democrats to lose in 2016. If not, it could be anyone's race.

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Bizkit 11/08/12 - 03:54 pm
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You mean progressive

You mean progressive justices. Progressivism has little to do liberalism except in social issues. Right now we know Obama will send us off a fiscal cliff because of his planned addition of 4 trillion in new debt by 2016 which will certainly diminsh all of our AAA ratings and we will no longer be able to borrow from China or anyone else. He plans more massive spending , more stimulus to pay off interest groups that got him elected, and will eventually raise everyones taxes. He will have to raise everyones taxes-as he should. There are no signs of any kind of austerity or decrease in the size of govt that needs to be maintained by the higher taxes. Without decreases in spending and just keep adding debt exponentially will not solve our crisis but create it. You have to increase everyones taxes-and increase the tax base, you have to decrease the size of govt and spending, and a stimulus to small businesses will directly put money into the economy rather than cycle money from govt to govt.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/08/12 - 03:54 pm
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the left has no moral compass

the left has no moral compass

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/08/12 - 04:01 pm
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I don't have a problem with

I don't have a problem with legalizing pot and all drugs for that matter-seems discriminatory to label a pharmaceutical company kosher but a street dealer a criminal. Don't have a problem with abortion but I don't we should be subsidizing men or womens birth control of viagra-however medical procedures are different. Gay unions are fine just don't call it marriage just to keep church and state separate-does it really matter if its in a church or barn. But all these social issues are so important as our Titanic sinks. Once we are afloat let's jump on em. I think we should revamp our whole penal system-we are just making better criminals. I am personally against abortion or the death penality but in a free republic I acquiece to the majority and their voice. Rep need to learn to stay out of decisions of conscience-because it just ain't christian-we taint the judge and by all accounts he has that under control-beside the hypocrisy is just too much.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 04:07 pm
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You see Angela
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gay people believe it is a civil right for them to be allowed to marry.Therefore, laws are challenged in court. Kinda like Civil Rights in the 60's. To me, marriage is a legal status, and should not exclude gay individuals.
Young Fred, I understand the moniker.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/08/12 - 04:07 pm
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Baloney

"Humble Angela writes: "I notice that liberals LOVE the minority, unless they are conservatives.." They are merely pawns in the big game. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Retired Army 11/08/12 - 04:11 pm
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11/08/12 - 02:54 pm

nofanofobama writes: "the left has no moral compass"

Sure it does. It's just not YOUR moral compass,

Thank God Almighty.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/08/12 - 04:10 pm
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WHY
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does everyone think this country is sinking??? You know, please read some history and understand we have gone through tough economic times before, and as today, people thought it was the end of the world. Just read about our 1890's. It's these defeatist attitudes from the right that basically caused their defeat the other night. Thank the lord for Obama!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/08/12 - 04:12 pm
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The right has a moral compass

The right has a moral compass but they just can't follow it. Would be an accurate description too. The altruism tenets of religions just ain't natural for homo sapiens-why do you think religions evolved? I do think it is psychologically healthier not to be egocentric that you are absolutely correct that your way is the correct way-because really that is delusional. Like a pedophile rationalizing it's OK to molest some kid because: 1) its biological like homosexuality 2) the child "came on" to them (I know sick, sick, sick) 3) I'm not really hurting anyone. Outside opinions dictate that their assessment is off by mile. Just like progressive have to dehumanize and villainize the wealthy to steal from them. Because society dictates its fundamentally wrong to steal so we change the semantics. Just like we dehumanize and villainzie an enemy before we go to war-because it is fundamentally difficult to kill a fellow human so you have to make them unhuman. Same for abortion "that fetus isn't a human yet". Abortion is killing a human no two ways about it but I'm OK with that.

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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 04:14 pm
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loblolly....I belive I have a
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loblolly....I belive I have a right to be taxed EQUALLY, but the left says I can't have that because the majority has spoken. Again I ask...why the hypocrisy?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/08/12 - 04:14 pm
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Utopia?

JTF: too complicated a question for a short answer, but assuming you were sincere in asking, here it is. Utopia for me is an America where equality of opportunity is more a fact than an unrealized ideal given lip service only. Many claim America does have equality of opportunity in fact, but it is not so. It still is easier for a white male to achieve his dreams and goals than a white woman, a black, a Hispanic, an ethnic foreigner, a gay or lesbian, an atheist and other groups. The barriers are subtle but powerful. The combination of privilege, discrimination, and power is very hard to overcome, but maybe some day....

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Retired Army 11/08/12 - 04:15 pm
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Going To Work Now.

Just wanted to leave all of our comrades with a couple of thoughts

From 2008 "Yes We Can and Yes We Did"

From yesterday, "I looked out the window this morning and the sky was still up there."

Looked out the window today and lo and behold, that darn ol' sky is still there. What gives?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 04:22 pm
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"It still is easier for a
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"It still is easier for a white male to achieve his dreams and goals than a white woman, a black, a Hispanic, an ethnic foreigner, a gay or lesbian, an atheist and other groups."

Pure unsubstantiated opinion.

As a matter of fact, as I stated earlier, for the Augusta area it is the opposite. A white male, while in the minority, is NOT protected by the current Affirmative Action plans, because the plans assume that Blacks are still in the minority.

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Gaffe 11/08/12 - 04:18 pm
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Myfather....no offense meant
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Myfather....no offense meant here because I'm sure you're probably a nice guy....but you and your ilk are what's causing the republican party to go down the tubes. No one wants you Christian social agenda. Now if you want to believe gay marriage and abortion are wrong morally then go right ahead. But you've got to stop trying to force your beliefs on everyone else. Moderate Romney might have had a shot but since moderate Romney had to change into far right Romney to placate people like you he lost. Not to mention the fact the Romney flip flopped so much that no one really knew his true positions on anything.

If the GOP wants to have a role in modern politics they are going to have to leave 100 year old social agenda behind and get back in touch with their Eisenhower/Goldwater roots. People who don't change with the times and don't invest in themselves stand little chance of making it in this world.

And to the people saying the economy will never improve...

Every expert agrees and agreed even in 2008 that this economic recovery will take 10-20 years. One president will not achieve a recovery in 1 or even 2 terms. Obama has brought down unemployment 3%, brought the markets back up, and did not allow a depression to occur. If not for a Republican Congress working against the best interests of our country, the recovery would have been even better.

Like I said the GOP need to get on board or be swept into the pages of history. Your boy ran on keeping the no new taxes pledge for the wealthy. It's one of the big reasons other then catering to the far religious right that he lost. The problem is that too many people think that they will become millionaires, so they can't ever agree to anything that might hurt them IF they win the lottery. Never mind that the current tax code places the burden on the middle class. Never mind that
it favors people that are rich simply from being born over people who are out working hard ever day to earn an income. And many people don't get why the tax code has to be progressive to be fair. Just letting corporations and the ultra rich control everything is not the way to have a free and fair democratic society. The GOP does not make sense to me. They oppose us joining together to have greater buying power in health care (universals care) but they are fine with for profit companies making out health care decisions like we have now.

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faithson 11/08/12 - 04:20 pm
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see myfather on the answer to 2:14 question

in which case, it really doesn't matter anyhow. Now for those of us who have evolved from the crucified Christ to the Resurrected Christ, end-times rhetoric becomes an ancient literature on which many a bad decision was based upon. The use of end-times dogma has always been a motivation the powerful (i.e. oral, jimmy, jerry, pat etc) use to keep the flock under thumb. This use of the old testament's anthropomorphic attributes of G-d has always been a determent to understanding the 'spiritual brotherhood' of man, all men (and of course women).

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Gaffe 11/08/12 - 04:21 pm
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Letting the Bush era taxes
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Letting the Bush era taxes end is not raising taxes. You're simply letting them return to the level that they were. For the past decade we've been artificially making them lower, and I'm okay with raising my taxes some in order that the wealthy have to contribute to. It seems fair to me.

While the corporations have over a $1 Trillion overseas that they were hoping to bring back into this country under a "tax holiday" at 0% tax under Romney, I say forget about it. They want to bring the money into this country, which they have already said would not be used to increase American jobs then it needs to be taxed. Plain and simple.

Think about it...

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 04:23 pm
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So taxes going up is NOT
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So taxes going up is NOT raising taxes...that's a unique perspective. When gas prices again rise, I will remind you that they are not being raised...just returning them to where they were.

Gaffe
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Gaffe 11/08/12 - 04:24 pm
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And myfather....no offense to
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And myfather....no offense to you....but you and the others who parade that far right Christian social agenda are whats killing the republican party. Leave the 100 year old social values where they belong. It's pretty evident that America is evolving past that and no longer wants it as evidenced by the past few elections. You have no right to use your religion to ban gay marriage, women's access to abortion, access to birth control, etc.

We are not a Christian theocracy. Never have been, never will be.

And the countries with access to safe abortion, birth control, and gay marriage are all doing ions better than we are. Come to find out when you teach people proper sexual education and birth control the unwed birth rate goes down as do the number of people on the welfare rolls.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/08/12 - 04:25 pm
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Not one single woman in the
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Not one single woman in the US is denied access to birth control, nor has any Republican proposed such a law. But the left just keeps on saying it.

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KSL 11/08/12 - 04:25 pm
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Just which of those barriers have affected you? You must speak from experience.

Gaffe
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Gaffe 11/08/12 - 04:26 pm
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Well Angela we've had those
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Well Angela we've had those "tax cuts" for well over ten years. Where are the jobs? Why are corporations sitting on TRILLONS and refusing to hire?

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