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President Obama is getting just what he wanted, and that is equality for all. Obama is the modern-day Robin Hood – he takes from the rich and gives to the poor. A so-called poor person has all the conveniences anyone needs, and they are getting more and more. Where is the incentive for anyone to work hard?

This president is bankrupting our country. Under his presidency, our national debt has ballooned to $17 trillion; the numbers don’t lie. When we do go officially bankrupt, the government will not be able to pay for its debts, Social Security checks, Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, government housing, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, veterans’ disability checks – the list goes on.

Rest assured there will be violence in the streets just like in Greece. This was Obama’s plan all along, and that was to fundamentally transform America into a European-style socialistic country. Americans must wake up to the fact that we are at the edge of a cliff. We must stop the liberal ideology, stop the tax-and-spend, set a budget and live by it. Every household has only so much money to live on; if your family budget is not abided by, there will be consequences. You could get the “miss meal colic,” as my dad wryly used to say.

Don’t fall for Obama’s Pied Piper illusions: “Follow me and I’ll set you free.” After all, it is just an illusion.

For the United States to survive, everyone has to give up something to get us back on the road to recovery. Government spending on entitlements has to be adjusted; taxes must be adjusted; and the military must be upgraded and maintained. We need a strong leader for president and smart, business-oriented people as the staff to guide the United States back to the country we used to have.

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gaflyboy
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gaflyboy 10/23/13 - 06:21 am
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Good letter

But as far as the Robin Hood analogy goes, it's really - he takes from the middle class and gives to the rich and the poor.

In the US today, the poor are well taken care of. The rich, relying on the Federal Government, are getting richer. It's everyone in between that's getting the shaft!

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deestafford 10/23/13 - 06:27 am
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The writer is on target; however, the story of Robin Hood is

often misunderstood. He took from the government (not the rich) and gave to the poor because the government was raping the poor.

The Republicans do have a plan, at least some do, and that is to freeze the government spending at current levels plus the cost of inflation. That would balance in about five years.

Going from the asinine base line budgeting which means each year departments start of with what they got the previous year plus about eight percent increase automatically. When you hear about cuts those cuts are reductions in the amount of increase and not the amount from the previous year. Zero budgeting is where the department starts out with zero and then projects the amount need for the upcoming years from zero rather than what it spent the previous year. In essence, justifying from scratch the moneys needed for the year.

Another thing may help is doing a budget for two years rather than one. I'd have to study that one a little more for a definitive answer on that.

Social Security could be fixed by using the plan proposed by Ryan of those who are 45 and older would continue under the same system we have today. Those below 45 would have the option of investing a portion of their SS tax into private savings programs or going with the current system. The country of Chile and the city of Galveston, TX have done privatization and the retirement is at least three times what SS would provide with the addition the money becomes part of one's estate and is past on to one's heirs.

I've heard some people say they don't want the responsibility of having control of their own retirement and want the government to handle it for them. They would have that option. Of course, we would have some type of disability program for those who truly need it rather than the many parasites who are now drawing it fraudantly.

These are just some ways to fix our financial situation. As can be seen, they don't do anything to buy votes of moochers which is the reason the statists oppose them.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/13 - 07:01 am
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The Democrats will keep
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The Democrats will keep saying that the Republicans are the "party of no" and that they have no plan....ignoring the numerous plans they have submitted, including the 9 bills the submitted to keep the government open v/s the 0 that the Democrats agreed to vote on.

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Riverman1 10/23/13 - 07:21 am
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Katie Bar the Door

Taxpayers are barely in the majority these days. Once they are in the minority and those wanting more from the government turn out to vote their wishes, Katie Bar the Door. EVERYTHING will be on the table including the food you paid for in your dish.

localguy55
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localguy55 10/23/13 - 07:45 am
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It may be too late to

It may be too late to recover. By the time we are all planted in the ground our childerns' childern will struggle for survival and everything around them will be dilapidated and fallling down, from the dwellings they live in to the cities and towns. It will be a sight that is now only found in places like North Korea, Somalia, or Liberia.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 10/23/13 - 07:56 am
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Forget the debt under Reagan

Forget the debt under Reagan almost tripled?
95% of the income growth since the recession has gone to the top 1% of the population. The group that got the largest chunk of tax breaks under the Bush tax cuts. The group that had a 90% tax bracket when I was born when things were great in the US. Westerns on tv, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, the great middle class. Go back to 90%.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/23/13 - 07:58 am
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Wealth envy

There it is....

localguy55
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localguy55 10/23/13 - 08:06 am
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Our Government has become our

Our Government has become our enemy. They are there to enrich their own lives and making sure they are re-elected by any means necessary to stay in office. They don't give a damn about the truth nature of what it means to hold office and serve ALL the people. They only want to make sure they please enough people, no matter who they are, so they will vote them back into office. If they have to lie or steal and redistribute to get back into office, they will.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 10/23/13 - 08:14 am
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So what was required to keep
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So what was required to keep our economy from going from Great Recession to worldwide depression? Trillions of dollars. These dollars, used to bail out Wall Street corporations that made billions in risky loans, given to reap the short term profits. They then sold fraudulent mortgage securities, touting them as being much less risky than they were. Money went directly into the economy, hurt by companies that cut employees, to keep their profits, ignoring the damage, overall, that those actions did to the economy and workers. We had and HAVE an obligation to the entire world to keep our dollar as stable as possible, being that it is the "go to" currency in the world. The past years have shown that policies of deregulation of Wall Street are fundamentally responsible for the global recession. Those policies were and are still espoused by the Republican Party. The current administration may be literally responsible for the rise in our deficit, but it was and STILL is the responsibility of the previous administration for the FACT that those policies had to be put into place. Republicans broke the system, and now want to blame the Democrats for the cost of fixing it.

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nocnoc 10/23/13 - 08:29 am
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Government should offer a Hand Up,

NOT a lifetime of Hand outs.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/23/13 - 08:31 am
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Not so

"The past years have shown that policies of deregulation of Wall Street are fundamentally responsible for the global recession." That is only an opinion. I can find just as many economist who say it wasn't. Regulators had the power, they chose not to use it.

grouse
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grouse 10/23/13 - 08:34 am
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Mr. Arrington's numbers do
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Mr. Arrington's numbers do lie...http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/deficits-are-rapidly-shrinking-spending-flat-under-obama

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/13 - 08:35 am
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GAC doesn't seem to know the
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GAC doesn't seem to know the difference between fact and opinion. Facts can be proven.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/23/13 - 09:05 am
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The writer expresses a lot of

The writer expresses a lot of legitimate concerns. I find it telling, however, that not a word was mentioned about "corporate welfare" and the lack of regulations that allow the Jamie Dimons to keep doing what they do. I hope you are not suggesting that we turn Social Security, which adds not a dime to the deficit, over to that group.

Please tell me where the line is to get what is being taken from the rich! Such a baseless claim.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/23/13 - 09:37 am
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Well Truth "corporate

Well Truth "corporate welfare" or crony capitalism is a problem that affects both political parties and our govt function. We subsidize oil companies, unions, all types of interest groups, Congress, other countries, the poor, dang everyone but the average working fool who foots all this. Right now the american dollar is the standard but within the year when we suffer another credit rating drop because of Obama's policies (as warned) then the US dollar will be dropped. It is inevitable unless Obama just suddenly changes all his policies. Obama is a master of crony capitalism with their giving subsidies to Dem supporters.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/23/13 - 09:38 am
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LTE

"We need a strong leader for president and smart, business-oriented people as the staff to guide the United States back to the country we used to have."

Like Hillary and Bill Clinton!! (LOL)

faithson
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faithson 10/23/13 - 09:58 am
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taxes must be adjusted; and

taxes must be adjusted; and the military must be upgraded and maintained.
The American people are NOW paying taxes at the same rate our grandfathers paid in the 50's... Of course the corporate tax and taxes on the wealthy were much higher, wonder how that worked out... being around during the 50's and 60's, seemed like America had a pretty good run. Now on to the Military... if close to a trillion dollars a year (when ALL spending in recognized) doesn't buy our country the most elite Military in the world, the problem lies in quality, not quantity.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/13 - 10:19 am
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You can't simply "buy" an
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You can't simply "buy" an elite military. But leave it to the liberals to think that throwing money at something should equate to it being better. I don't recall the letter saying anything about spending more on the military. It said "the military must be upgraded and maintained."

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/23/13 - 10:51 am
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"...within the year when we

"...within the year when we suffer another credit rating drop because of Obama's policies (as warned) then the US dollar will be dropped.."

And the reason for that warning of a credit downgrade, according to Fitch just last week, was the "political brinksmanship" and the threat of default led by the Republican Party.

I know, I know, "Obama is to blame because he wouldn't negotiate."

Please read this letter to see what some Republicans are saying about the Republican Party.

http://m.aikenstandard.com/article/20131022/AIK02/131029910/0/SEARCH&slId=4

Do the Democrats need to watch spending? Yes, so do Republicans, also. But the Republicans have lost their claim to any moral high ground with this shutdown that saw an estimated $24,000,000,000.00 evaporate from our economy. The difference is one party seems to not care who gets hurt so they can make a political point.

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karradur 10/23/13 - 10:56 am
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@Truth Matters

The Tea Party does not care about the long-term effects of their political strategies because they honestly believe the world will not exist by approximately 2040 and they do not have to worry about anyone younger than 60.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/13 - 11:03 am
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"The Tea Party does not care
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"The Tea Party does not care about the long-term effects of their political strategies because they honestly believe the world will not exist by approximately 2040 and they do not have to worry about anyone younger than 60."

Where do you get this absurd stuff?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/23/13 - 11:12 am
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Lean

Some people lean so far I'm amazed that what they type shows up horizontally rather than vertically!!!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/23/13 - 11:12 am
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"The Democrats will keep

"The Democrats will keep saying that the Republicans are the "party of no" and that they have no plan....ignoring the numerous plans they have submitted, including the 9 bills the submitted to keep the government open v/s the 0 that the Democrats agreed to vote on."

Q: "Where do you get this absurd stuff?"
A: Perhaps he learned from the best.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/23/13 - 11:13 am
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Who's worried about young people??

With a $17 trillion dollar debt and unfunded social programs run a muck, I would be careful about claiming who cares about who...or whom..or whatever.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/23/13 - 11:16 am
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Are you not aware that the
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Are you not aware that the House passed 9 spending bills and the Senate refused to vote on them? This is public knowledge, not absurd. Sheesh

Darby
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Darby 10/23/13 - 11:40 am
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"The rich, relying on the Federal Government, are getting richer

Not quite on target there. It's this irrational hatred of the rich that's going to bring down our economy. That's just what many Democrats are striving for.

Then, they think, "we" can swoop in and save America with a true and benevolent socialist form of government.

Think for just a minute, how much money would the federal government have to squander on all it's boondoggles without the rich? How much money would the federal government have to lavish on the leaches, parasites and moochers without the rich?

And don't even suggest that they get much of it from the middle class, because the middle class gets it from the rich, through job creation. No getting around that.

In the final analysis, it's the rich who drive the economy and who provide the funds for the feds to roll around in, not unlike Scrooge McDuck. (Unfortunately, McDuck is on track to kill the Golden Goose.)

The government desperately needs the rich. The rich (and pretty much most of us) would be much better off with A LOT LESS government.

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 10/23/13 - 11:59 am
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It's NOT an "irrational
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It's NOT an "irrational hatred of the rich", as so many Republicans love to say. That statement is an absolute falsehood, made because it's the only counter they have. The system is designed to keep those who are poor right where they are. If more poor people earn money, that's less for those who are very rich to grab. Republicans have only one mantra:
"I have mine and the heck with anyone else". Here's the funny thing; median income for Democrats exceed that of Republicans by $10,000 a year, approximately. So, the idea that Democrats consist of poor, non-earning parasites is a falsehood. Go tell your grandmother on social security that she's a leech, or your disabled father, or the ex-wife who is trying to support the two children that the father is not supporting. I would like any of you Republicans to go look a child in the face and say, your mother's worthless, you don't get any food today. That's EXACTLY what each of you is saying. Every one of you had better pray to whatever god you worship that he doesn't give you what you want to give others, which is nothing. For the Christians out there who would say "that's not being a good steward of His gifts", I respond, what, exactly did you DO to " EARN" those gifts from Him?

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 10/23/13 - 12:01 pm
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Darby, the rich get it from
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Darby, the rich get it from US. Those of us who do the work that gives them the product to sell, also BUY those products. Not a single one of those rich got there by themselves. An idea is only that without the people to put it into production and to buy it. They owe US, more than WE owe them.

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KSL 10/23/13 - 12:08 pm
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InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/23/13 - 12:15 pm
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'' For the Christians out

'' For the Christians out there who would say "that's not being a good steward of His gifts", I respond, what, exactly did you DO to " EARN" those gifts from Him"

For someone who spouts off about how "Christian-like" they are and take pleasure in condemning others, nice how you twisted words to make false accusation.

What was actually said was that giving a drunk $20 in front of a liquor store knowing good and well they were going to use it to buy more liquor was not being a good steward of the gifts God gave you. There are better ways of helping someone instead of throwing money at them....and answer to your question, nothing I have done has deserved what I have been given...THAT IS WHY IT'S CALLED GRACE.

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