posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 06:44 PM
Originally posted by justamomma
reply to post by SKMDC1
i am for local state taxes (although even those need to be rethought a bit. around here as the roads aren't THAT great in some areas.. the ones i am
driving on anyway. the ones that are good, you have to pay extra money to use ... the toll roads)
here, maybe this link will help you understand where i am coming from.
edited to add: even so, fixing the roads here and fixing them over in another country are two different things. i am not sure you have read through
all the other posts here, but i do my best to explain my reasoning on this thread.
[edit on 8-7-2008 by justamomma]
Thanks for the link. I actually enjoy Ron Paul quite a bit and I really hope his movement continues to grow. I don't agree with him on everything,
but at least he's smart and has a clear idea of how to improve things. There's nothing I like better than a good YouTube of Dr. Paul schooling
supposed experts on the issues they supposedly know best, whether that's Burnake or Guiliani or whoever... The mainstream media completely screwed
him in the Primaries and for that I share the Paulite's outrage. I'm also pretty sympathetic to the small government concept, but I think taking it
to the level Ron Paul does is too based in the past and doesn't put proper emphasis on how global markets and international relations actually effect
us today. In 2008 the world has gotten smaller and a total isolationist view just seems outdated to me. I think it's one of those things where a
happy medium has to be found. A modest sized government that governs smarter with the global community in mind.
Oddly enough, Obama is the only major Presidential candidate in recent memory who advocates getting rid of the Federal Income Tax for a large section
of the US Population (Seniors who make under 50K.) In reality, they aren't paying taxes anyway, but they still have to go through the motions of
monthly deductions, a yearly refund, and filling out all the paperwork. Getting rid of the income tax for them just make sense, it saves money for
them and for the Fed.
My feeling is, where things stand right now, there's no way our country is going to survive without raising the value of the dollar (on this Dr. Paul
would almost certainly agree with me) and the only way to do it is going to be to pay off debt and reduce the deficit. That's got to be priority 1
for the new President. Dr. Paul's way of doing this would be to immediately end the war and to cut out vast swaths of Federal programs from the Dept.
of Education to FEMA to the IRS to Social Security to Medicaid/Medicare... I just don't think that's feasible all at once. I think it's going to
take smaller steps to get the dollar back on top, pay off foreign debt (especially to the Chinese) and balance the budget. At that point, when the
economy is stable, I think it's feasible to look at reducing or privatizing programs, but when you have $5 gas and skyrocketing food costs you just
can't throw medicaid out the window, it would be a disaster.
It's also odd that the best economic President we've had in my lifetime has been a Democrat. When Clinton left office there was all the talk in the
Bush/Gore campaign about what to do with the budget surplus... The Republicans had a golden opportunity to cut the size of government and put their
money where their mouth was, unfortunately that didn't happen. Ron Paul would've been the perfect President in 2000 when there was next to no
unemployment and the economy was booming. In 2008, like 1992, we have too big a hole to climb out of to reduce programs that (for good or ill) people
are depending on to survive.
I do agree that we need to fix our own problems before tackling the world's issues, but a smarter better administration can do both at the same time.
For example, Obama's plan for college financial aid is tied to doing volunteer work at home or abroad. Something like that helps the economy here by
assisting in getting Americans a college education they need to compete with growing global markets, and at the same time fulfills the "good
Samaritan" goal we should be striving for as a first world nation.