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After the Wave

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    A lengthy article but well worth the read for those interested in politics.


    After the Wave

    Henry Olsen

    Conservative Republicans are rightfully giddy about the results of the midterm elections. The enormous Republican wave washed away hundreds of Democrats at all levels of government, giving Republicans their highest number of seats in the House of Representatives since 1946, and their largest number of state legislators since 1928. More important, the currents that caused the wave clearly work to Republicans' benefit: Voters were expressing widespread opposition to the liberal direction in which President Obama and the Democratic Congress have taken the country. This has led many conservatives to argue that, on November 2, 2010, America returned to its normal equilibrium as a "center-right country" — one in which conservatism is the natural inclination and in which Republicans are the natural governing party.

    This view is supported by considerable evidence. And yet it fails somehow to account for the continued difficulties that Republicans (at all levels of government) have had after past wave elections — principally, difficulties in implementing small-government agendas and in establishing lasting electoral majorities.

    - rest at www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/after-the-wave
     
  2. billwald

    billwald New Member

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    >Conservative Republicans are rightfully giddy about the results of the midterm elections.

    (for those who know the purpose of a feed lot) Only if they are cows trying to get into the feed lot. Their is nothing proposed by any political party which will reverse the shrinkage of the American middle class.

    New small businesses? 80% of new small businesses disappear within 3 years?

    Education? Bachelor's degrees are dime a dozen.

    Technical research? Not if the resulting product production is in China or India.

    Lower taxes? Might enable the low end middle class to maintain their standard of living for a short time.

    Higher taxes? Only if they are used to reduce the national debt.

    There are only two ways to turn things around, maybe three:

    1. Bring the troops home.

    2. Import duty on all consumer goods.

    3. WW3, for the 2nd generation of survivors.
     
  3. Salty

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    1. End all Medicaid
    2. Cut federal workforce in half
    examples, Dep of Education, Housing, EPA,
    3. Institute the Electronic Automatic Tax -
    All electronic spending will be taxed - no exceptions - at a rate of .3%
    (ie- on $100 the tax would be 30 cents )
    ( $10 = 3 cents)
    So when Bill Gates sells a division of Microsoft for $1,000,000 the tax would be 3,000 dollars.

    by utilizing the "EAT" - most of the IRS would get pink slips :thumbsup:
     
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