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Republicans unveiled a budget outline Tuesday that they say could balance the budget within 10 years. What do you think of their plan?

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Mar-22-13 4:50 PM

The new Republican plan is the same as the old Republican plan: starve the children, cut off the old people, deport the Latinos, end all health care programs, and give huge tax breaks and bail-outs to the millionaires thieves on Wall St.

That's why the loser bigots are at an 8% approval rating.

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Mar-21-13 3:33 PM

Yes, I remember ol' PJinfinity. He was the one that usually gave the posers like billgrr's post Mar-21-13 12:42 AM. He was a real polarizing type, and I think billgrr is just a PJwannabe. PJ's act is sure hard to follow.

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Mar-21-13 7:45 AM

billgrr likes fishing, I see.

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Mar-20-13 6:10 PM

Governing by crisis makes for great television...

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Mar-20-13 12:24 PM

Yes, Democrats have such a noble, charitable, squeaky-clean record of accomplishment in comparison. (sarcasm)

A politician is a politician. If you're looking for someone to trust, a politician is the last person to look at instead of the first. Or even the middle.

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Mar-18-13 12:44 PM

The argument against it is that it will take 4.3 trillion out of the economy. That will crush a lot of jobs and put many poor people in dire straits. That is my guess anyway. Whereas a balanced approach or even 60 cut 40 revenue kind of thing could fix the deficit if spending froze or stayed at inflation.

Let the folks who demand no taxes, and the ones that demand no cuts LEAVE the room and let the rest get the imperfect solution implemented. that is better than no solutions.

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Mar-15-13 8:08 PM

You have to understand that it is all bogus ersatz fraudulent corrupt incorrigible hopelessly un-fixable wanton blatant financial/political Armageddon in store for us all.

All debt is unsustainable, it can't be paid back, all liabilities that are unfunded can't be funded, the revenue is not there, but the spending doesn't stop.

It is madness. If it stops, it unravels. It could be worse, might not be anything to eat. You'll just have to drink the koolaid.

Ronald Reagan was a Democrat first, then a Republican. When he turned 50, he magically became a Republican.

It's the Democrat's fault he became Republican. The Democrats are never without fault, if anything bad happens, like Obama, it's their fault.

The Republicans can remain guilt-free when it comes to Obama, he wasn't nominated at the Republican convention, just his evil twin, Mitt Romney. Gettin' so you can't tell which is which.

Ain't none of 'em worth a hoot.

balance schmalance

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Mar-15-13 5:45 PM

One thing I noticed in billgrr's post about Pres. Reagan: somehow, Pres. Reagan was responsible for the state of the economy as he was president. That's fine.

That's what I'd like to see Pres. Obama's supporters say about him, that Pres. Obama is responsible for the state of the economy as he is president, and not blame predecessors like Pres. Bush for what's going on now.

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Mar-15-13 5:25 PM

cont. from Forbes, 3-1-2013...

"The Real Story Behind Friday's Unimpressive Unemployment Rate Decline" by Louis Woodhill

"Does this sound like cause for celebration to you?

"It will be important to keep an eye on the number of FTE jobs during 2013, because Obamacare provides a huge incentive for businesses to replace full-time employees with part-time help. Replacing full-time people with part-timers will reduce the reported employment rate, but it will not do anything for incomes or economic growth."

I also found 2 other articles by Woodhill referenced on the same page:

"Paul Ryan Brilliantly Evokes Clueless Conservatism" 1-9-2013

"It's Time To Bury The Republican Party And Start All Over" 1-23-2013

It appears that Woodhill doesn't favor Pres. Obama's Keynesian economic policies, but that's not because Woodhill is a Republican or a conservative. As his byline states, "I apply unconventional logic to economic issues."


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Mar-15-13 5:12 PM

Some current news, which doesn't include a mention of Pres. Reagan, found in Forbes, which some people consider an "acceptable" source...

"Forget the cheery 0.2 percentage point decline in the “headline” unemployment rate during February. Here is what Friday’s “Employment Situation” report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) actually said.

"America’s working age population went up by 165,000 during February. Despite this, a net 130,000 people dropped out of the labor force, continuing the most worrisome trend of the Obama years. The number of people with full-time jobs fell by 212,000, while 382,000 Americans took part-time jobs, thus producing the reported 170,000 gain in total employment (which includes everyone who worked at all). “Full-time-equivalent” (FTE) jobs, which we can approximate as the number of full-time jobs plus the number of part-time jobs divided by two, fell by 21,000...."

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Mar-15-13 3:25 PM

Veritas, the CPAC means so much to me that I didn't even know it was going on, much less know who was speaking. But YOU do. Are you a closet conservative? Are you just playing a game here like others have played before?

Normal people don't live and die by what's covered in the media. Most choose their level of involvement in "events of the day." Sorry, CPAC didn't make the cut this week. Too many other normal things to do.

But since you seem to have the time, you should listen to the speeches and relate them (truthfully now) here. Enjoy, and I'll catch up when I can.

Thank goodness it's Friday :-)

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Mar-15-13 12:04 PM

People were so sick of the last campaign. Why are they already worrying about the next.....good god!

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Mar-15-13 7:03 AM

"Certainly a festival of hatred, conspiracy theories, and profound stupidity."

Add to this name-calling, testiness, personal squabbles, and now it's complete. Doesn't anyone have anything better to do?

Since I'm only responsible for me (and me), I won't be able to do anything about anyone else's posts. But y'all just have the fun you want.

Veritas, you'll have to keep up. Didn't you know that cruises aren't the vacation they once were? CPAC? My oh my indeed.

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Mar-14-13 10:08 AM

"Certainly a festival of hatred, conspiracy theories, and profound stupidity."

I agree, billgrr. The Dems/libs are in fine form today...

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Mar-13-13 6:46 PM

Ryan's budget proposal was so vague, the Congressional Budget Office could not even run a cost analysis on it. It's just another empty bit of posturing in Capitol Hill's drawn-out dance with itself. ("Potomac Two-Step" perhaps?) That he is considered the GOP's "budget wizard" would be laughable, if the country's time weren't being wasted.

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Mar-13-13 4:41 PM

Title not Titel

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Mar-13-13 4:40 PM

Titel 1, Section 1312 says come 2014, Congress and their staff will have buy their insurance through the exchanges. Doesn't mention the Executive Branch or the Judicial Branch though. I imagine they participate, like Congress, through the Fedederal Employee Health Benefit Program though.

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Mar-13-13 2:27 PM

Animal, Obama and all politicians are required to have health insurance under 'Obamacare' just like everyone else. Believing that Obama carved out an exemption for himself is ridiculous; you've been duped by right-wing propaganda. Try developing some critical thinking skills

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Mar-13-13 1:34 PM

The number of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was 26 million in 2008, today it is 48 million.

Walmart would go broke if the SNAP program were to be cut. Walmart depends upon customers who are provided government assistance in one form or another.

Walmart is dependent upon the US gov for profits. Without the US gov, Walmart's stock price would fall 30 dollars per share. Cuts will hurt Walmart too. Can't have that.

Congressman Ryan wants to cut, fine, but he needs to begin with his own salary. A fifty percent cut in wages for him still amounts to 87 grand. He'll have to cut back some, but not as much as others.

Cuts for you, but not for Congressman Ryan and all of his cronies is what Congressman Ryan is all about. Call it a budget if you want, but it means you pay more and the billionaires get more.

Budget schmudget

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Mar-13-13 12:09 PM

Forgot one thing-- Repeal the affordable health care act, "almost". He is keeping the savings proposed from the health care act that he is throwing out. Doesn't work. Your party and Mr. Ryan are a laughing stock with every economist out there. His numbers did not work before the election and they are worse now. Get ready for a change at the next election--- Can you righties say "minority party" because that is what you will be.

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Mar-13-13 12:03 PM

Ryan's budget? Let's see. Privatize medicare to a voucher system. Heard that before--Rejected by the people..... No revision of tax code for the rich--Oh, yes there was--- cut their rate from 36% to 25%-- heard that before, rejected. Roll back regulatory laws for Wall street. Saw that before-did not work. Cutting programs for the middle class, the poor, and the elderly while giving more breaks to the upper crust. Rejected by the majority of voters. Oh, no mention of jobs, though. Sound familiar: This plan was soundly rejected by the people but here he comes with the same tired garbage. What a leader, what a party, what a load of crepe. (Forgot one thing--absolutely zero cuts to the military).

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Mar-13-13 11:05 AM

If Obama could handle making his "own" 38 plus staff members pay their own back taxes $833,000.00 worth, maybe I would try force myself to listen to more of his lies.

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Mar-13-13 10:03 AM

Congressman Ryan is the clueless clown handing out the bread just before the circus begins.

A balanced budget is a joke and Congress is the clown telling it.

Ground Hog Day today and everyday these days.

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Mar-13-13 7:03 AM

Why are the Dems fighting ID Cards for voting? You need an ID to get a drink, cash a check, buy a pack of smokes. Answer: You can only vote once!

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