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home rule

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Oct 31, 2012
 
We are going to have to do this ourselves as Americans our govt has failed us. Any ideas?
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We can start by getting Obama out of office!

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Oct 31, 2012
 
Unfortunately our economy is not designed for citizens to be able to save money. We HAVE to spend in order for our economy to rebound. The way our society has become just spending on necessities is not enough. If everyone began mowing their own grass, washing their own car, cooking at home, fixing their own vehicles, and saving a part of their paycheck our economy would crash worse than it is now. Why do you think the return on CD's is so low right now? They don't want you putting your money in one. They want you spending it. Money in the bank doesn't help the economy. The only way to fix the economy is for citizens to go deeper in debt. So we come to the question: are you willing to spend more money to help the economy rebound and help pay down some of the deficit?

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Oct 31, 2012
 

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10% flat tax that decreases as the budget balances and legalize pot.
Benny Hill

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Oct 31, 2012
 
home rule wrote:
We are going to have to do this ourselves as Americans our govt has failed us. Any ideas?
I would say that a good start is to cut every government employee's pay by 10%. Cut out the government paid holidays. Make them pay for most of their own health insurance and retirement. Bring competition into the health care/ insurance field, by giving people vouchers to shop for cheaper insurance. Let insurance companies offer insurance across state lines more easily.

Cut out most foreign aid. Collect back loans that were extended to foreign countries. Cut all department budgets by 5 %. Collect government backed student loans. Cut out the Dept. of Education. That is a bureaucracy that can be handled at the state and local level.

There is tremendous waste in all levels of government. Did we really need such an expensive federal courthouse? Give a percentage of money saved from making cuts to the head of any departments. Make their position performance based.

Stop all free medical care at emergency rooms for illegals. Don't pay to educate illegals. Make all welfare recipients do something to earn their money and food stamps. Jail inmates and welfare recipients could be used to work some jobs instead of more government employees. Legalize and regulate drugs and collect taxes. This post could go on for days. I'll stop now, because none of it will ever happen. The simplest thing is to pass a balanced budget amendment, and then go by it.

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Oct 31, 2012
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>I would say that a good start is to cut every government employee's pay by 10%. Cut out the government paid holidays. Make them pay for most of their own health insurance and retirement. Bring competition into the health care/ insurance field, by giving people vouchers to shop for cheaper insurance. Let insurance companies offer insurance across state lines more easily.
Cut out most foreign aid. Collect back loans that were extended to foreign countries. Cut all department budgets by 5 %. Collect government backed student loans. Cut out the Dept. of Education. That is a bureaucracy that can be handled at the state and local level.
There is tremendous waste in all levels of government. Did we really need such an expensive federal courthouse? Give a percentage of money saved from making cuts to the head of any departments. Make their position performance based.
Stop all free medical care at emergency rooms for illegals. Don't pay to educate illegals. Make all welfare recipients do something to earn their money and food stamps. Jail inmates and welfare recipients could be used to work some jobs instead of more government employees. Legalize and regulate drugs and collect taxes. This post could go on for days. I'll stop now, because none of it will ever happen. The simplest thing is to pass a balanced budget amendment, and then go by it.
Agree with your last sentence.
Benny Hill

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Oct 31, 2012
 
OUTLAW RACER wrote:
<quoted text>Agree with your last sentence.
First time?
Obviously, Medicare and Social Security need some kind of rework. I am not sure what is the proper course of action since I'm not privy to the numbers. If you let lonely old people go the doctor any time they want, and it doesn't cost them anything, you will have them there weekly. Those programs need to survive in some form, but are not sustainable as is.

The massive increase in disability claims needs to be addressed. The defense budget needs to shrink substantially. Pork projects, which are used to buy individual votes from legislators should not be allowed to be attached to pending legislation. Term limits are also desperately needed. How about them apples, Outlaw?
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legalize pot and tax it. I'd love to go to the store for a pack of Maui's.
MITTmormonROMNEY

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tax the rich or tax ourselves and cut wasteful spending on ON BIG OIL SUBSIDIES and MEGA FARMS and TAX THE MEGA CHURCHES its a done deal in a few years

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Nov 1, 2012
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>First time?
Obviously, Medicare and Social Security need some kind of rework. I am not sure what is the proper course of action since I'm not privy to the numbers. If you let lonely old people go the doctor any time they want, and it doesn't cost them anything, you will have them there weekly. Those programs need to survive in some form, but are not sustainable as is.
The massive increase in disability claims needs to be addressed. The defense budget needs to shrink substantially. Pork projects, which are used to buy individual votes from legislators should not be allowed to be attached to pending legislation. Term limits are also desperately needed. How about them apples, Outlaw?
For ALL things there is a first time. My personal view is that semantics is more our difference on any issue than any other factor. Anyhow, the Balanced Budget Amendment. This is my IDEAL (laughing hysterically) proposal: 1. Executive prepares balanced budget and submits it to Legislative for approval/disapproval with a FINITE time limit for passage/amendment; 2. At the end of that time limit, if needed, one (1) continuing spending resolution of 75% of the previous fiscal year budget for a FINITE period of time can be enacted--but ONLY one, pending Congressional action; 3. Upon the expiration date, if no Legislative action is TAKEN the Executive is empowered to SHUT DOWN completely those government operations affected INDEFINITELY pending Legislative/Executive passage action. Know any legislator/executive who would want to take the heat for that? Will address your other points in turn.

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Nov 1, 2012
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>First time?
Obviously, Medicare and Social Security need some kind of rework. I am not sure what is the proper course of action since I'm not privy to the numbers. If you let lonely old people go the doctor any time they want, and it doesn't cost them anything, you will have them there weekly. Those programs need to survive in some form, but are not sustainable as is.
The massive increase in disability claims needs to be addressed. The defense budget needs to shrink substantially. Pork projects, which are used to buy individual votes from legislators should not be allowed to be attached to pending legislation. Term limits are also desperately needed. How about them apples, Outlaw?
RE: Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security. Surprised you subscribe to the 'lonely old people.....' conspiracy theory. Never proven to any significant degree. Equivalent to theory that pregnant women fall in love with(and hound endlessly) their obstetrician/gynecologist since HE is interested in her condition and well-being while the significant other is thought to be uninterested. Again, never proven to any significant degree. Old people are sick and need maintenance; that is, they need medical care to sustain their lives. No simple answer to this one, but cutting off needed treatments seems rather harsh.

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Nov 1, 2012
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>First time?
Obviously, Medicare and Social Security need some kind of rework. I am not sure what is the proper course of action since I'm not privy to the numbers. If you let lonely old people go the doctor any time they want, and it doesn't cost them anything, you will have them there weekly. Those programs need to survive in some form, but are not sustainable as is.
The massive increase in disability claims needs to be addressed. The defense budget needs to shrink substantially. Pork projects, which are used to buy individual votes from legislators should not be allowed to be attached to pending legislation. Term limits are also desperately needed. How about them apples, Outlaw?
Proportionate to the size of the population initial Federal disability claims are NOT up; the rate of appeal of disallowed claims is astronomic! Going back to the Reagan presidency, a directive was then circulated to make approval of initial disability claims more difficult for the claimant. No POTUS, of either party, has changed that to date. So, disabled claimants appeal--in the long run usually successfully. However, the courts are choked with cases. The only ones getting fat on all the disability claims/appeals are lawyers. Yes, the defense budget needs to be reined in, but there are different views as to how and when. Don't hold your breath on term limits coming in at the Federal level anytime soon. The power and prestige are intoxicating for Congressmen/women. Once one of them attains office they want to KEEP it--forever. Except as lip service, no one will advocate term limits. Pork-barreling is a fine old Congressional tradition; it shows the folks back home that he/she is working for John Q. Public back home--and should be reelected over-and-over! Example: Strom Thurmond. No chance that will change in my lifetime!

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just saying wrote:
We can start by getting Obama out of office!
I agree 100%. he is a waste of air.
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TAX THE RICH its a start and tax breaks have not created more jobs
Benny Hill

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Nov 1, 2012
 
OUTLAW RACER wrote:
<quoted text>RE: Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security. Surprised you subscribe to the 'lonely old people.....' conspiracy theory. Never proven to any significant degree. Equivalent to theory that pregnant women fall in love with(and hound endlessly) their obstetrician/gynecologist since HE is interested in her condition and well-being while the significant other is thought to be uninterested. Again, never proven to any significant degree. Old people are sick and need maintenance; that is, they need medical care to sustain their lives. No simple answer to this one, but cutting off needed treatments seems rather harsh.
I am on Medicare, yet avoid doctors like the plague. I have never had a colonoscopy and don't plan on getting a free one. I don't take medicine of any kind. Most older people that I know run from one doctor to another every week or two, looking for that magic pill that will make them feel like they did 40 years ago. They always complain, and never seem to get any relief or get any better. They are still complaining about their shoulder, or back, or arthritis, or whatever that they complained about 5 years ago. All that stuff hurts on me too, but I try to ignore it and stay busy. Medicine, for the most part, is a scam. They prey on selling the magic elixir to an aging, declining populace.
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MITTmormonROMNEY wrote:
TAX THE RICH its a start and tax breaks have not created more jobs
they the Republicans want to tax us when we are struggling to get by as it is .

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Nov 2, 2012
 
Benny Hill wrote:
<quoted text>I am on Medicare, yet avoid doctors like the plague. I have never had a colonoscopy and don't plan on getting a free one. I don't take medicine of any kind. Most older people that I know run from one doctor to another every week or two, looking for that magic pill that will make them feel like they did 40 years ago. They always complain, and never seem to get any relief or get any better. They are still complaining about their shoulder, or back, or arthritis, or whatever that they complained about 5 years ago. All that stuff hurts on me too, but I try to ignore it and stay busy. Medicine, for the most part, is a scam. They prey on selling the magic elixir to an aging, declining populace.
I envy you your health and fortitude. Would that we all were that fortunate. I am not in the best of health and do require regular medical care. I DO agree with your point on constant complaints. The 'rejuvenating youth' gimmick is an advertising campaign that pharmaceutical companies have been engaged in for a long, long time. A lot of people have bought into it. While I AM a cynic on most issues I tend to be a little more tolerant of the medical profession; not much, but a little.
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Nov 2, 2012
 
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<quoted text>I envy you your health and fortitude. Would that we all were that fortunate. I am not in the best of health and do require regular medical care. I DO agree with your point on constant complaints. The 'rejuvenating youth' gimmick is an advertising campaign that pharmaceutical companies have been engaged in for a long, long time. A lot of people have bought into it. While I AM a cynic on most issues I tend to be a little more tolerant of the medical profession; not much, but a little.
Top 5 causes of death in U.S.:

1) Tobacco
2) Alcohol
3) Medical malpractice
4) Traffic accidents
5) Firearms

There are 80 million gun owners in the U.S. and approximately 1,500 accidental firearms deaths per year. There are about 700,000 physicians in the U.S. and approx. 120,000 accidental deaths by medical malpractice. I will take my chances with a loaded gun.

There is an average of one accidental death yearly per 5.7 physicians, and one accidental death per every 53,333 gun owners. You are 9,000 times more likely to get killed by a doctor, than a gun accident. Hence, I stay clear.
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If they had taken all the money that they gave to bail the car manufacturing plants out and put it in the hands of American people so they would of had money to buy automobiles, housing, retail, it would have helped the economy more than where they spent it. They can bail out the car industry all they want but if people don't have the money to buy their cars, it will be back where it started. Also how about all the money we spend on keeping up people that has been in prison for years that are on death row. Just saying.
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Clone Rand Paul and have him fill every elected position.

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