Is war the answer again?

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It has been said that history repeats itself. This statement is true. We Americans need to remember this.

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the country was plunged into the Great Depression – the worst financial crisis of all time. To top it off, we lost a great deal of our agriculture to the “Dust Bowl” that struck the Midwest.

What saved us was World War II. This is because we were a nation that could manufacture things in huge quantities. We didn’t do it during the Depression because no one could afford to buy anything. Building bombs, planes, tanks, guns, ships, etc., was right up our alley. All of a sudden, it came to pass – the “sleeping giant” that Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto said Japan would awaken.

Fast-forward to Vietnam. Politicians said that if we didn’t stop communism in Southeast Asia, it will be at our doorstep. The Soviet Union funded the North Vietnamese, and in turn we lost more than 50,000 lives there. We lost that war, but communism didn’t end up at our doorstep.

Fast-forward to 2003. President George W. Bush thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. People thought Saddam was being arrogant the way he disregarded the United Nations. In reality, even though he didn’t possess weapons of mass destruction, he wanted the world to think he did because of Iran. As long as Iran thought he had them, they would think twice about invading him.

Now there’s China. They flood the market with cheap goods that Americans buy while U.S. companies move offshore where they can find cheap labor so they can make a bigger profit.

We may be in a recession now, but it’s only a matter of time until it’s upgraded to a depression. America cannot survive when you have a country flooding the market with substandard goods and American businessmen taking away the jobs that made this country great.

I don’t want to see it, but it looks like the only hope for this country is to go to war with the countries that are destroying our economy. Heaven help us.

John Glover

Augusta

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copperhead
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copperhead 12/28/11 - 11:40 pm
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We should declare war on any

We should declare war on any state that wants to require I.D. to vote or get public assistance. We need boots on the ground in these states before election time to enforce FEDERAL voting laws!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 12/29/11 - 05:21 am
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No war helps the economy of

No war helps the economy of any countries it's fought in. Remember how our stock exchanges fell on 9-11, when we got a taste of war here? Wars overseas can't help us especially when we wind up paying to rebuild the economies of the nations we've trashed.

To improve our economy, we must first elect politicians who won't hinder the growth of business here and who won't prohibit the development of our energy resources.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/29/11 - 06:33 am
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Copperhead - What are you

Copperhead - What are you thinking? Even if they are enforced as you say, it will not help your candidate get elected.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 12/29/11 - 06:38 am
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And NO, war is not the

And NO, war is not the answer.

wribbs
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wribbs 12/29/11 - 07:55 am
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"American businessmen taking

"American businessmen taking away the jobs that made this country great"

Please follow the link below and read this article. When you are done come back here and tell me how jobs moving overseas is the American businessman's fault.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20014563-38.html

I also hope the author of this letter is prepared to commit himself to this economic recovery by taking up arms and committing his children to go fight in this war he says will save us.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/29/11 - 01:08 pm
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Consumers will buy the best

Consumers will buy the best product available at the lowest price possible. If consumers perceive an American produced appliance costing $500 is significantly better than a foreign manufactured copy priced at $300, they'll pay the $500. If they think quality is fairly equal, they'll buy the one manufactured overseas.

America's manufacturing industry (and the middle class it produced) is disappearing and moving abroad for three main reasons. First, labor unions (with their high salaries and luxurious benefits packages). Second, the highest corporate income tax in the world. And third, a Federal government that spews rules and regulations so fast that businesses can't keep up and sometimes end up with brand new facilities that can't meet new federal standards.

Foreign manufacturers are producing quality products that can be manufactured overseas and shipped here much cheaper than they can be produced here.

It's not rocket science.

We need to get control of our own government. That is why we're teetering on the edge of destruction.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 12/29/11 - 02:39 pm
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really? war? not tariffs?
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really? war? not tariffs?

socks99
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socks99 12/29/11 - 03:50 pm
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Keep in mind that it took a

Keep in mind that it took a highly valued dollar to import so much from abroad. But now, because of unsustainable debt, the USD must be devalued. Hence, the problem in the current account and trade deficit will right itself; and the next few decades could see the U.S. re-boot its manufacturing and industrial sector. Of course, this will take the most wrenching economic transformation that the U.S. has ever experienced.

Government policy ought to respect capitalism -- including quick disposition in the courts for insolvent businesses, banks, and other debtors -- the Constitutional separation of powers between the federal and state governments, and the people. And citizens ought to hold elected officials personally liable and responsible for maintaining the integrity of the USD, pensions and retirement benefits. Instead of taxing the rich, why can't we seize the assets and future earnings of elected officials when their malfeasance hurts citizens? Let's start with the local elected Board of Education and work our way up!

harley_52
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harley_52 12/29/11 - 03:49 pm
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socks99, great post. And I

socks99, great post. And I agree we'll soon experience a "wrenching economic transformation." In fact, I think it's all part of the plan and was, for the most part, expedited and forced by the current Administration.

You say "government policy ought to respect capitalism." I'm sure you mean "our" government and you're right, but those currently in power have only disdain for capitalism, believing it is inefficient and unfair. They want to abandon our Constitution, our government, and capitalism as our economic system.

They believe Marx was right and want to do what they can to help make it happen.

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Sargebaby 12/29/11 - 08:37 pm
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John Glover says; "The Soviet

John Glover says; "The Soviet Union funded the North Vietnamese, and in turn we lost more than 50,000 lives there. We lost that war..."

Says who? Apparently, you know nothing about the conflict. We lost over 50,000 souls, many my comrades, but we did NOT lose the war. We made a strategic withdrawal authorized by congress. There are millions of Vietnam Veterans, me included, that will tell you, WE DID NOT LOSE THE VIETNAM WAR.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 12/29/11 - 08:43 pm
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War is never the answer!

War is never the answer! Right now, it is my opinion that we will be involved in another conflict, due to the actions of Iran, China, and believe it or not, Saudi Arabia. North Korea is fronting for China, so there may be trouble there. The best we can hope for, is that our defense is as good as it always has been. Pray for peace.

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