Source: The Detroit News
quote: You mean to tell me that he needed the government to withhold some money from money from his paycheck so he could get it paid back to him when he retired, as opposed to him putting his own money into a savings account and doing that himself?
quote: Social security is a total farce that needs to go away. In one year it pays out more than most people pay into it their entire working lives. It''s a ponzi scheme plain and simple, and instead of relying on SS, learn to do what you should be doing on your own to save for your retirement.
quote: Yes, in a republic where the government is elected by the people for the people, debate is a critical element of its function...but history shows that they all agreed that a big, bloated government with absolute power WAS NOT the way to go. Ergo they all agreed that the ideal government will always be well right of center, because once it crosses that threshold to the left it''s no longer a republic.
quote: Franklin was not a liberal any more than water is dry. "A penny saved is a penny earned." Hmm, if he was liberal he would have said "A penny saved is a sign that taxes are too low."
quote: Sounds like 2012 all over again. Who built those roads? The government or the citizens and pioneers who risked their own skin to move westward and colonize the rest of America.You do realize that it was individuals, not government, that expanded America into what it is today. Towns and encampments were started by people who wanted to explore and find new opportunities.
quote: It''s funny that you believe the propaganda of the left is somehow a suitable basis for making an argument in support of big government.
quote: Furthermore, I told you to show me an example of something the government does better than its private sector counterpart. You''ve failed to provide any such examples because there are none.
quote: And how does being conservative preclude you from helping people with their problems if you''re feeling so benevolent?It doesn''t...unless you''re expecting to "solve" problems by expecting to use other peoples'' money.
quote: Sorry to say that the people should learn to be responsible for themselves. It''s not society''s job to pull the weight of losers who can''t or won''t pull their own weight.
quote: It sounds like you opted for the rubber spine to "fit in" with the gullible douche-bags that inhabit most college campuses. Good job. You''re a moderate. Nothing you say matters.
quote: You really don''t get it. The country is no longer a republic IF IT IS NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OR IF THE PEOPLE ARE UNWILLING TO HOLD IT ACCOUNTABLE.If the country ceases to be a republic, it ceases to serve the people and the roles reverse - it serves itself at the expense of the people.
quote: We have BOTH of those problems in America, where half the country consists of people who don''t give a fcuk about anything as long as they get their food stamps and welfare check, while the ones who do want to move away from the oppressively huge bureaucracy aren''t constantly given the run-around because there is no person to hold accountable.
quote: Take a look at DC. Go there. Tell me why DC is the lap of luxury with a ''booming'' economy that ignored the 2008 recession while the rest of the country got shafted?
quote: You can make all the demands you want. It won''t change anything. To maintain the freedom and liberty that America was founded upon is going to require action on the part of the people.
quote: Yes, he did. He never made enough money in his career to handle the costs of early onset Alzheimer''s. Few people do, it is an extremely expensive disease.
quote: After nearly two decades in construction his pension was only $216/month, and while he made ends meet his whole life ... especially not one complicated by a debilitating disease that prevents him from working or even caring properly for himself.
quote: His situation is not unique. Millions end up in a situation like his, through no real fault of their own.
quote: SS does not meat the literal or technical definition of a Ponzi scheme. I know that is a common claim, but it is factually inaccurate. And yes it pays out more, it is designed that way. Current workers pay for retired workers. Its a very smart design that will hit interesting limits should population level off or decline, but even then it is fairly easy to manage. It was a great idea.
quote: Not true, and you can read their debates for more. Not sure what to tell you, but Madison certainly did not believe in small government. Neither did Franklin, for that matter.
quote: Strawmen do not make your point.
quote: I don''t support big government. I support government that is enough to meet the needs of its citizenry. What those needs are is open to debate.
quote: No, you chose to disregard the examples I gave. Thats your choice, but you haven''t proven anything yet. I''ll toss on a couple more: The FAA. The FDA.
quote: Most people are responsible for themselves. Lots of people encounter situations that they could not have prepared for however. Others have empathy for those who are not capable of caring fully for themselves.
quote: I never went to college. Also never cared about fitting in. Sorry I do not fit your stereotype. Everything I say matters just as much as everything you say.
quote: Was just there in March. Not sure what your talking about. DC is a mess once you leave the central part. Ignoring the center, its probably the second crappiest city I''ve visited after San Antonio.
quote: We just held elections. The majority voted in favor of the direction we are going. I am sorry you dislike that direction, but it is up to you to make your case to convince people otherwise. This is how democracy works, not everyone gets everything they want.
quote: Why do you assume that people not agreeing with you means they don''t care? Seems a rather large leap.
quote: I''m not making any demands. People are taking action. Just not the actions you want. Again, welcome to democracy.