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What Benghazi means

We did pay for extra security at Benghazi. It is called the Military. They could of responded but were told to stand down. The security we pay for at the embassies was told to stand down. It really isn't that complicated and there isn't any secret that the state department acted stupidly. Do you believe no one made any mistakes?  (May 13, 2013 | post #70)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

There many liberal commentators that have said many disgusting things. I could make a list, but we could go tit-for-tat all day and get nowhere. On a different note... I think it is a key point in where our rights come from. For example. Why do we not put people in an arena and torture them to death for the amusement of others? Is it simply because our laws say it is wrong? If it is simply a matter of what the law allows and prohibits are our rights only what the laws deem them as? In NAZI Germany the law permitted evil experiments on Jewish people and their morality allowed it to continue. I know it is an extreme example, but look at Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin. Their laws and morality were in agreement and millions of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered. Allowing our rights to stem from government rule and allowing our morality to be defined by the laws that government makes cannot be right and just. Our rights MUST be beyond the control of the government, lest a corrupt government change the laws and therefore change our rights. The origin of our rights is of key importance and it is one of the things that has made USA different from every other nation on earth. Natural rights. Beyond government control, beyond all else. Rights that can't be taken or given. We are handing control of our rights over to the government. Allowing them to define them. You can tell yourself it could never happen here, but it has before. As a simplified example, we have given the government control over our marriages. We have allowed the government to control the benefits attributed to marriage. Why should the government decide who gets the benefits by being married? Who gave them the power to decide that? Then again, the people voted and the laws were made. Do you really believe that our rights should stem from the laws and government? By arguing that gay marriage is wrong you are arguing that our rights don't come from the government. You say gay marriage is a right, but the laws don't say it is. If you believe it is a right, you then believe our rights don't come from government. So why do you want to give the government control over a right that is beyond the government? Didn't the government create this problem? Do you have rights beyond the government? Is your freedom to walk the streets or be locked in a cage simply a decision to be made by people behind locked doors voting yea or nay, or are your freedoms inherent as a function of your existence?  (May 12, 2013 | post #750)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

I hope you don't mind discussing this a bit more. I know it is off topic, but it seems most conversations degrade to insults here, seems one or two could evolve to rational discussions. As far as recycling, community, raising awareness, conservation and civil rights for all, I find no disagreement. My wife is a recycling fanatic. I believe community is where charity and help for other comes from, a strong community is essential. As far as civil rights, true conservatives fought against progressives to enact civil rights. My point of view is that if the government is strong enough to "give" rights, it is strong enough to take them away. Take for example gay marriage. Who gave any government any power to define ANY type of marriage? Why are we looking to the government to "give" people the right to get married? If a government is strong enough to decide whether the most personal relationship in our life is acceptable or not, haven't we given that government too much power? A small government wouldn't have the power to tell anyone if a relationship is "OK" or not. I see the main difference between the liberal and conservative mindset is the origin of our rights. Liberals seem (no offence) to see our rights originating from a government. I see our rights as inherent as an extension of our life, not given by anyone, unable to be removed by anyone. Big government progressives are both Republican and Democrat. I don't believe our rights can be given or taken by a government. I will always fight against ANY government that tries to take up the role as giver and taker of my rights. As offensive as you find Republican "idols" I am sure you can think of just as many offensive Democrat "idols" as well. What is your view of our origin of rights, and what do you mean by "fair chance".  (May 11, 2013 | post #734)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

Temporary tax tricks are not just on the left, but I also don't believe Bush was a true small government conservative. But I think you can see what I mean. You ever think about coming over to the "Dark Side"? Conservatism isn't really all that bad. What hold ups do you have about conservatism? I know this is off topic but you seem like you are intelligent, why liberalism?  (May 10, 2013 | post #728)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

You are correct. These tax policies don't help the struggling business. If they are planning on expanding the plan was made previous to the tax policies and don't do anything to assist a business already planning on expanding or making a purchase. Some businesses may be able to take advantage of this, but those were businesses that have already planned to take on the extra expense. To help strengthen the market we need a policy that will help weak businesses by allowing them to use their earned capitol.  (May 9, 2013 | post #712)

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Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s

Remember, the facts don't matter. Only the emotions.  (May 9, 2013 | post #3)

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Moms make case for gun control

Correct, but your point is invalid. There are more machine guns now in the hands of the public than ever before, yet as you stated, no shootings with machine guns.  (May 8, 2013 | post #1484)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

I understand what you are saying, but think about it this way. I own a small business. I have a very small profit margin. For any of this "tax relief" to help me I must increase my expenditures and drop my profit margin into the negative. These measures don't help businesses become more healthy, they make them spend more money. The reason the liberals wanted these measures to pass is so that the small businesses would spend more money, and therefore increase the velocity of the money in our system. In reality, none of these measures actually help the struggling business owner. They are a financial trick. It is similar to using coupons at a store. Sure you save some money, but you end up in a worse financial situation than before. Actual help was rejected by the liberals because it would of benefited both those doing well and those struggling. These tricks give the administration a way to pretend they are cutting taxes while increasing tax revenue through proposed strengthening of the economy do to an increased velocity of the monies in the financial system. They run calculations on how many business will take advantage of these coupons, they can calculate how much money will flow into the economy and "predict " the increase of the velocity of the system. From that calculation they can then calculate the increased tax revenue and can say they saved small businesses some amount of money, all the while they helped the financial system at the expense of the small business. It is a cruel trick. These policies aren't for the sake of making businesses more healthy. They trick the biggest spenders in our economy (small business) into spending more money under the guise of saving money (same concept as coupons) and in doing so hopefully increases the velocity of money, hopefully jump starting the economy. It is in that hope of jump starting the economy they predict the small businesses will benefit. Not directly through the tax policy they pass, but through a hope that the tax policy will jump start the economy. Actual help to small businesses i.e. permanent cuts to capitol gains, long lasting tax policy, reduced or simplified regulatory paperwork, simplified licences are examples of a policy that would help a struggling business.  (May 8, 2013 | post #691)

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Moms make case for gun control

Not entirely true. There are over 28,000 in TX alone. I can walk down to my local gun store here in ND and buy a machine gun. They are tightly regulated. Not banned entirely. So the real question is, why has no one been killed by a machine gun even though there are more registered machines guns than ever before?  (May 8, 2013 | post #1448)

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Major hurdle cleared, Senate begins debate on gun bill

Being an idiot and a a**hole isn't going to help people understand the true values of Conservatism.  (May 7, 2013 | post #154)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

First, very good citing actual information not just spouting emotions and insulting people. There is something to be said for someone that can actually use their mind to think. Secondly.. You are wrong. Look at most of those items you listed and take notice of one keyword, temporary. Most of the "tax relief" you quoted (quite well I might add) is a temporary relief or a deduction for a previous year. Almost every one of those you listed provides no stability to the business owner and almost every one requires they spend more money first to claim the tax relief. For the businesses to use the "tax relief" they first must spend money to expand, but why would they expand if none of the tax relief provides any stability for the future? For a business to spend money they must look at the ROI. If the future expenses are not stable the ROI cannot be calculated and so the businesses are hesitant to spend money. Yes, the Republicans voted down and against most of these types of "tax relief" tricks, because they are just that, tricks. The do nothing to benefit long term growth of the businesses. For example, why would I take the the $1000 tax credit for hiring an unemployed worker if I am going to pay that worker $25k a year and can't count on the government to provide stability for my business. If I can't count on a stable revenue stream why would I want to put out money to expand?  (May 7, 2013 | post #574)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

You are precisely correct. You summed up perfectly the way you can help others and the way others have helped you without government forcing people to. None of the help given to you was wasted by also supporting a bureaucracy, it went right where it was needed. The assistance you outlined is the true charity, not a government forced "charity ".  (May 7, 2013 | post #551)

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Obama dares Ohio State graduates 'to be better'

All of a sudden? It is almost half way through his second term.  (May 7, 2013 | post #385)

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Major hurdle cleared, Senate begins debate on gun bill

So "professor ", teach us please. Show the link between guns per capita and violence. Not just mindless blather, actual data, numbers. You base your belief on the premise that more guns = more crime. Prove it.  (May 6, 2013 | post #151)

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