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#1 Jul 21, 2008
It's called 'survivial' and making decisions of 'priorities.'
As the middle-class - those working full time above the proverty level and below the clip'n coupons/living off of yields folks, get squeezed every which way, and with the "'American Dream' a thing of the past, Americans are waking up to the lack of employment security, bank-failures, energy costs through the roof, commodity/food prices rising exponentially and global cpmetitors [China, India, Europe] feeding us our lunch - so to speak.
As America continues to think we can be the world's watch-dog and get in over our heads [Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America, etc], we continue to shift our wealth to OPEC countries so that they, in turn, can buy up our infrastructure and build lavish islands in the sea.
It's well past time for America to pull back, pull up the draw bridges [import tariffs, immigration controls, food export tariffs, etc] and to start re-building our infrastructure.
America for Americans.
Wake up - fellow Americans, we're having our heads served to us on a platter by foreign interests and domestic political hacks that have sold us out lock, stock, barrel and bushel.
#2 Jul 21, 2008
1. what does hoard buttons mean? 2. what's a ham bone?
3. given a choice between a gallon of gas and a pack of smokes, which would you choose? if you chose the smokes, you're not "Depressed" enough yet.
#3 Jul 21, 2008
Hey Yawn, I think you have a point about having our heads served to us however there is no way that it's foreign interests causing the problem.
You have pharmaceutical companies and hospitals hitting you up from the moment of birth:$10,000 for a healthy, problem free delivery at Prentice Memorial Hospital four years ago for my daughter. You have credit card companies and cell phone companies signing up teenagers to long contracts, fees and huge interest rates. You have Sallie Mae picking your pocket the moment you graduate college. Then there is Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Auto Insurance and retirement savings (with huge fees to the custodians) and don't forget rent or mortgage. These are all the biggest expenses in my life. All domestic. All private sector. All staggeringly expensive.
Now we high gasoline prices to sop up the last drops.
Tariffs and import controls won't do anything whatsoever to stop this sort of hemorrhaging. Better public policy through a more socially conscious, thoughtful citizenry is our only hope. The answer lies with us.
#4 Jul 21, 2008
I like some of your comments, Yawn ... but keep in mind, you are here only because of your ancestors, unless you are a native American, which somehow I doubt. Drawing up the bridges negates our "American ideals." In addition, America is indeed, the worlds watch dog - has been for many years and will not change. It's just the facts. Without a "watchdog," human beings would eat each other into extinction.
We have it really good in this country - we should all rejoice in what we have rather than what we do not. A trip to a third world country is humbling. We all should do it at least once. There would be a lot less grumbling and lot more "doing."
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