Economic models changing

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European socialism and American capitalism are exchanging roles now.

Italy’s new president, Mario Monti, an economics professor – over the heads of their endlessly crooked politicians – is axing social entitlements and union bosses’ stranglehold over the near-bankrupt economy. The people finally realized it’s the hard road uphill or down to nowhere. Spain and Portugal are making efforts in that direction also.

Germany, the backbone of the European Union’s economic survival, with its supply-side system, has an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent against our 9 percent; sharp cuts in social entitlements; union power curtailment; and company rights to hire and fire. All have brought about economic growth, confidence and encouragement to invest with proper tax incentives.

All this is exactly what Republicans are fighting for, but the Obama administration insists only on government solutions and dominance. Look only at socialist Europe’s failures, and awaken and learn from it!

S.G. von Schweinitz

Appling

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omnomnom
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omnomnom 03/24/12 - 03:56 am
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Mario Monti was appointed to

Mario Monti was appointed to the ominous sounding position of "senator-for-life" and has now assumed the role of prime minister. Fortunately, he has yet to make any statements concerning the reliability of the railway schedules. Key point, Monti was appointed. Not elected. He is not representing the will of the Italian people. He is representing a cartel of international bankers (IMF). You would have America blindly follow this travesty of justice on the Italian and Greek (that's what much the riots are about) peoples, cutting the social safety net and bailing out bankers at the expense of the common man. We're pretty much there. Vote Obama or the Republican flavor of the week. Endgame everybody!

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copperhead 03/24/12 - 04:06 am
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omnomnom,you were strangly

omnomnom,you were strangly silent on lord hussein bypassing congress to give the muslim brotherhood $1.5 billion. These people are responsible for 9/11 and hussein is supporting them with tax dollars. Please give us your opinion on this issue.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 03/24/12 - 04:27 am
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Copperhead, that was not the

Copperhead, that was not the subject of the letter to the editor. Quite frankly, Egypt has received somewhere upwards of $25 billion dollars of military aid since the 1970's. Egypt was an ally of the U.S. during the Gulf War. Where this rampant fearmongering against our former allies comes from I've no idea. Xenophobia. Fear of the unknown. I've no more love/hate for them than I do Israel. Why do we continue arming both sides yearly? This reminds me of 1984. We are at war with Oceana, we have always been at war with Oceana. The only people benefiting from this are weapons manufacturers based in the United States. I consider it... a jobs program. An extremely short-sighted, stupid, wasteful jobs program, that will probably end with thousands killed or injured before the decade is over. Got your shovel ready? It should not be the policy of our country to dictate the policy of other countries. No entangling alliances and whatnot. I think the founding fathers really dug that sentiment. Before you ask me for citations, please avail yourself of a search engine.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/24/12 - 04:30 am
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"bypassing congress to give

"bypassing congress to give the muslim brotherhood $1.5 billion" Please provide a legitimate source. The only things that keeps coming up are in the comment sections on nutty right wing conspiracy websites.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/24/12 - 04:41 am
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Techfan,ANY source that

Techfan,ANY source that hussein worshippers disagree with are right-wing conspiracy sites so you would claim that they a racist sites. Please give us your opinion about the muslim brotherhood getting aid (1.5 billion dollars) from the U.S.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/24/12 - 04:55 am
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Techfan,i just asked for your

Techfan,i just asked for your opinion on the fact that those partially responsible for attacking us on 9/11 are now getting $1.5 billion in aid from the obama admin.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/24/12 - 05:43 am
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I guess you're referring to

I guess you're referring to aid that we have given Egypt for years? I like it better than the US providing Saddam with the technology to make his chemical weapons, but I'm sure you don't hold the same hatred for Reagan.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/24/12 - 07:26 am
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"cutting the social safety

"cutting the social safety net"

The "safety net" is a misnomer. There is no safety net when the country goes broke. Greece got there, Italy is there, much of Europe is there. We are the walking dead. We are there too but 50%, give or take, of the people don't realize that yet.

If we don't start cutting spending, doing away with unneeded government agencies, and reserving the "safety net" for people who are truly needy like ONLY the elderly and disabled, then the safety net will disappear just like it is disappearing in Europe. The "safety net" needs to be just that, not an "I don't want to work net".

Techfan
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Techfan 03/24/12 - 07:44 am
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"If we don't start cutting

"If we don't start cutting spending, doing away with unneeded government agencies". How about not spending over 50% of revenue on defense?

Haki
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Haki 03/24/12 - 08:20 am
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The writer says this is

The writer says this is exactly what Republicans are fighting for. Thanks, I needed that laugh to start my Saturday.

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Little Lamb 03/24/12 - 08:21 am
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Here's a link , Techfan. Is

Here's a link , Techfan. Is Associated Press legitimate enough for you?

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robaroo 03/24/12 - 10:10 am
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Dichotomy's point needs to be

Dichotomy's point needs to be emphasized. Some time in the coming years, people will quit buying US bonds because they are too risky. Nobody wants a bond when they will only get paid back pennies on the dollar.

When that happens, government checks start bouncing. Social Security, Medicare, paychecks, everything stops.

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bjphysics 03/24/12 - 10:11 am
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copperhead: “omnomnom, you

copperhead: “omnomnom, you were strangly [sic] silent on lord hussein bypassing congress to give the muslim [sic] brotherhood $1.5 billion. These people are responsible for 9/11 and hussein is supporting them with tax dollars. Please give us your opinion on this issue.”

copperhead: “Techfan, i just asked for your opinion on the fact that those partially responsible for attacking us on 9/11 are now getting $1.5 billion in aid from the obama admin.”

So many factual errors, so little time; but I will also note the correct content: “omnomnom” and “Techfan” are spelled correctly and the $1.5 billion and “bypassing congress” are correct.

Now on to the errors: no credible source(s) associate the Muslim Brotherhood with 9/11 (they have never been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. including during the Bush administration). In fact, it was not until the Arab Spring and President Obama’s involvement in same that the Right started to call for the government to designate them as such; gee, I wonder why.

Even copperhead vacillates on their involvement here, claiming in the first post “these people are responsible for 9/11” but this morphs into “partially responsible for attacking us on 9/11” (whatever that means?) in the subsequent post.

A check of the “to give the muslim brotherhood $1.5 billion” yields numerous links to the murky underworld of the Rightwing echo chamber, one site makes the claim, this is linked by another site echoing the claim, to another site which links to another site and so on and so forth with nobody ever checking the veracity of the claim.

One legitimate source of the TRUE story (no Muslim Brotherhood, that’s inserted using somekind of bizzaro cognitive process in the rightwing brain that neuroscience has yet to understand) is the Washington Post. After that, intellectually challenged batbloggers see “Muslim Brotherhood” using circularly polarized glasses only available to them.

It’s “too good to check”; a classic case of Confirmation Bias aided by identifiable cognitive blunders, ripe for the gullible and epistemologically challenged.

As when D.A. Trotter voir dire Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny” to ascertain her automotive expertise;

D.A. Jim Trotter: Now, uh, Ms. Vito, being an expert on general automotive knowledge, can you tell me... what would the correct ignition timing be on a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet, with a 327 cubic-inch engine and a four-barrel carburetor?

......

Mona Lisa Vito: 'Cause Chevy didn't make a 327 in '55, the 327 didn't come out till '62. And it wasn't offered in the Bel Air with a four-barrel carb till '64. However, in 1964, the correct ignition timing would be four degrees before top-dead-center.

D.A. Jim Trotter: Well... um... she's acceptable, Your Honor. [end]

If Mona Lisa Vito were here she would say: 'Cause Obama is NOT giving $1.5 billion to the Muslim Brotherhood it’s a bullsh…story from the idiotsphere’.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-funding-for-egy...

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Bizkit 03/24/12 - 11:19 am
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The money isn't going to the

The money isn't going to the Brotherhood. Obama has earmarked the money for the Egyptian military which is apparently against a law Congress passed and against the wishes of Congress. Apparently Clinton hasn't certified they have addressed human rights issues and growth in certain areas so they can receive these funds-they have figured a way to by pass the law apparently. The issue is the legality of funding not who is receiving it.

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carcraft 03/24/12 - 01:46 pm
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I am afraid the letter writer

I am afraid the letter writer is correct and if we continue to pile up trillion dollars debts we will be having a "Greek" Vacation! I wonder if Greece punches heavier than it's weight class? http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/danish-tv-host-mocks-obama-his-rheto...

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allhans 03/24/12 - 01:34 pm
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Rumors are that the money

Rumors are that the money Bernanke printed to make the numbers look better are just now beginning to catch up with us.
Inflation (the inflation we know and feel, not the Obama non-existent "inflation").
We should begin to feel the effects early next year, just in time for the next four years.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/24/12 - 02:36 pm
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allhans Inflation according

allhans Inflation according to one estimate I read is alread at about 8%! I really think it is closer to 4%. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505144_162-57387655/inflation-not-as-low-as-... Do you think that Denmark hits heavier than the Phillipians? I know Denmark is an ally but not a close ally!

Techfan
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Techfan 03/24/12 - 04:21 pm
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"In December, Congress made

"In December, Congress made military assistance to Egypt contingent on a determination that the government "is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion and due process of law."
Egypt has been the 2nd largest recipient of US aid (behind Israel) since 1979, averaging around $2 billion per year. Where were your concerns when they were led by a brutal dictator, who made it illegal to run against him? Parliamentary elections were held 11/28/11-1/11/12, and Presidential elections will be held 5/23/12. These are real elections, not the rubber stamping of Mubarak of the past. It looks like they are meeting the criteria.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/24/12 - 04:29 pm
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Techfan Do you think Denmark

Techfan Do you think Denmark hits harder than Ireland?

Techfan
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Techfan 03/24/12 - 05:21 pm
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I don't watch those pay per

I don't watch those pay per view boxing matches so I have so idea who hits harder.

allhans
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allhans 03/24/12 - 05:22 pm
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Where was the tapes filmed

Where was the tapes filmed that showed the small children lying bloodied or dead in the street,. One small girl was missing part of her arm.
Another little girl, covered with blood told the reporter "I just want to go home, eat my dinner, watch TV and go to bed". This child was seriously injured.
If that don't break your heart nothing will.
Is it happening in Syria? Egypt?

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carcraft 03/24/12 - 05:35 pm
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Techfan-You didn't check this

Techfan-You didn't check this out? http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/danish-tv-host-mocks-obama-his-rheto... Looks like the teleprompter is stuck!

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madgerman 03/24/12 - 09:40 pm
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Could it be that Europes low
Unpublished

Could it be that Europes low unemployment numberws are a result of their health care laws? P.S. I don't think they have a minimum wage law that captures over half thee population, in fact most americans would be trully amazed what McDonalds workers, waitresses (sorry sales associates) and cashiers earn hourly. Over there those are actual professions in germany with full benefits and retirement plans and not just menial work positions.

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dichotomy 03/24/12 - 09:42 pm
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"How about not spending over

"How about not spending over 50% of revenue on defense?"

Well, that's actually one of the things the government is SUPPOSED to do with our tax money and the original reason for federal taxation. I've got about 50 government agencies and a couple of thousand government programs we can totally whack before we take a dime from DOD.

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faithson 03/24/12 - 10:35 pm
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you do realize dichotomy -

you do realize dichotomy - that the militarization of our economy by untold military contractors I watch contract with the government on the DOD website are the problem, not the cure. An assay of programs being funded by DOD would bring to the forefront many a wasted dollar on antiquated program.

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faithson 03/24/12 - 10:42 pm
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I propose a 'military tax'.

I propose a 'military tax'. take the military budget out of the general budget and send us all a tax bill at the end of the year. Of course it will have already been paid by the IRS as a tax like medicare. Not a new tax just a separation from what is being paid now into two brackets, Social and Military. It cannot be rocket science.

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