Do you remember?
"Boy, the way Glen Miller played.
Songs that made the Hit Parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days!
Didn't need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight
Gee, our old LaSalle (a car) ran great.
Those were the days!
And you knew where you were then!
Boys were boys, and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content.
Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Take a little Sunday spin,
go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin (five dollar bill).
Hair was short and skirts were long.
Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don't know just what went wrong!
Those Were the Days!"
And for you people out there that call this true conservatism, it isn't...
Actually if you reserach true conservatism, you will learn that,
Once upon a time, round about 200-300 years ago there was a group of men, originally in Holland, then in England, then in America, who called
themselves "liberals" or, in some cases, "Old Whigs."
These guys had this idea that having Kings rule everyone on every issue was a bad idea.
That maybe people could make their own decisions about what to think, what to say, where to work and at what, what to do with their money and who or
what to worship. [Ridiculous isn't it.]
The opponents of these guys were known variously as Tories or Royalists or Conservatives or merely as Supporters of the Right And Good As Embodied In
King And Country.
Here's a good point (I post this because this dude said it best... and well, you all know by now i'm not such a good explainer of things lol)
Things went along like that for awhile. But over time both the new liberals and the new conservatives lost most of their original principles as
their "representatives" and "leaders" lusted for more and more personal power and were willing to tell any lie necessary to achieve that goal.
And here we are in the happy world of today, where there is really no more division. All sides agree with the old tory position and no one really has
any truck with that silly "individual freedom" idea any more.
[Ridiculous isnt it?] of the idea that if things go wrong in every aspect of american society it's automatically the governments fault...... I guess
when you start relying on government to control every aspect of your life that would happen.
If you hand all the reins of power over the guy who wanted to control your life in the first place your leaving the door open for trouble. Social,
economic, health, foreign, education, ect...
Government wasn't designed to regulate everything, control everything, and kiss all the boo boo's in your life good bye, thats your job. It's our
job to make sure these things are operating well, whoever said schools do much better when government gets in the way?
(LP) ----->We need to roll back the size and cost of government, it's gotten way too out of hand and this needs to be realised before the ball starts
And it won't happen until people pull their brains out of the frying pan...
"That government is best which governs least" Jefferson.
=====================LP STANCE ON ISSUES================
Imagine an America
Imagine an America where police work, swiftly and fairly, to protect your family from violent criminals, instead of aresting people whose "crimes"
harm no one but themselves.
Imagine an America where the worst polluters who dump radioactive waste in drinking water and sewage in national parks are brought to justice for
their crimes, and for forced to clean up their environmental devastation.
Imagine an America that is respected around the world as a beacon of opportunity and freedom instead of being seen as meddlesom and arrogant.
Imagine an America where the government can't decide what personal decisions you are allowed to make, which books you can read, or what you can do
with your property
Imagine an America where tolerance is a way of life, and where no one uses the power of government to discriminate again, or show favortism to and
racial, ethnic, or religious group.
Imagine an America where the federal government is small and effective, because its activities are are limited to the few functions the
constitution says it should perform
. And where power is decentralized, not concentrated in the hands of a few politicians.
It all boils down to choice and responsibility.... Holding yourself accountable for these things instead of playing the blame game... If you can't do
this, then move back in with your parents, responsible people want to hold themselves accountable not the government...
No matter the issue, ask yourself "who decides"? Should you make the decisions that are important to your life?
Or should politicians make them for you?
Ending corporate welfare and government WASTE
Take McDonald's for example... 30,000 restaurants in 121 countries w/ an earning of $40,000 billion/year in revenue.
But even as they rake in massive profits, it's also cashing welfare checks from the government. A few years ago, politicians gave the corp $1.6
million to help it advertise Big Macs in Europe
This was part of the U.S Dept of Agriculture's market access program
which takes TAXPAYERS' money and funnels it to wealthy corp in the name of PROMOTING American products...
McDonald's isn't theonly one:
Campbell's soup got $300,000
IBM got $1.4 billion
Ernest and Julio Gallo Windery got $4.9 million
General Electric got $671 million
California Raison Bread $3 million.
It's called corporate welfare, and it's how democratic and republican politicians enrich their big business friends- at taxpayer's expense
There are more then 100 corporate welfare programs on thebooks, costing taxpayers $87 billions/yr
And corporate welfare is just the tip of the iceburg.
The federal bureaucracy is too big, programs are too big, or I should say wasteful programs cost too much,
Layers upon Layers of federal administrations have proliferated in recent decades, abuse and unaccountability have become the norm.
Source: Book: The Government Racket: 2000 and Beyond.
Martin L Gross estimates that the government wastes about $375 billion per year
A smaller, more focused
gov would have fewer opps to squander OUR MONEY.
Average cost for each student at a private school is $6,857
A school NOT run by the government is $957/yr, thats it!
There is zero gangs, zero drugs, zero pregnancies, zero violence, zero guards, zero metal detectors, and this school is in the inner city
(St. Adalbert school)
This school scores a zero in cetegories parents care about most.
The secret? It's not run by the government.
Compare this to gov schools, the worse they do, the more money politicians pour into the system.
For example: American high school SAT scores fell by an average of 50 points between 70 and 95. During the same time, federal education spending
nearly doubled from $19 billion to $35 billion.
In other words, private schools are rewarded when they succeed. But government schools are rewarded even when they FAIL!
We aren't getting our money's worth from the government run school system.
You need to get the gov our of education
Protect the right to self defense. Americans will use guns appx 2.5 millions times a year to stop crime- in most cases without a firing a shot.
IE/ Law abiding citizens in Fla have been able to carry concealed weapons since 1987. During that time, the murder rate in Fla declinded more then 20%
faster than the national rate.
Police spend billions of dollars a year to arrest people for victimless crimes like drug use, gamblind, and prostitution... As a result, prisons are
filled beyond their capacity, often corcing the early release of violent felons. Police resourches should be redirected to focus on criminals who
prety on innocent Americans, not people who commit "crimes" that harm no one but THEMSELVES.
The federal government is the biggest environmental villan not exxon dupont or gm...
This criminal has leaked radioactive waste into drinking water
dumped sewage into national parks
poured pcb's into rivers
and contaminated 61,155 sites around the USA.
According to the Bostons Globe:
"the federal government has become the worst polluter in the land"
The cost of cleaning up the damage done by federal agencies and the military could exceed $300 billion.
That's five times the cost of environmental harm done by all private businesses combined.
What's worse is many federal agencies are exempt from environmental laws; individuals bureaucrats are immune from criminal prosecution; and
congress even passed a law that protects the military from having to pay environmental fines
The boston globe says
" As a result, the federal government has a license to pollute"
WAR ON DRUGS
The federal government spent $18 billion in 2001 to fight the war on drugs.
More then 19,000 state and local police officers worked full time on drug cases.
Despite all this money and firepower, 82% of high school students say getting marijuana is very easy. A number that hasn't budged in 20 years.
In 2000, 734,497 Americans were arrested on marijuana related charges.
That same year only 625,243 violent criminals were arrested for murder, rape, robbery, or aggravated assault, according to fbi figures.
In other words, the war of drugs isn't making your family safer, it's making it less safe because police spend their time arresting marijuana
smokers instead of apprehending brutal thugs.
LIFTING AMERICANS OUT OF POVERTY
A myriad of regulations, licensing requirements, taxes, and fees keep thousands of poor Americans from starting small businesses and lifting
themselves and their families out of poverty.
Since Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty" in the 1960s the US gov has spent $5.4 trillion on programs to help the poor.
DESPITE this outpouring of cash, the official poverty rate has been stubbornly stuck at about 14% for the last 40 years.
However well intentioned these programs may have been, they failed in their most fundamental task: to list americans out of poverty
A job is always better than a welfare program. Yet to start a business you need a battery of lawyers to deal with alphabet soup of government
OSHA, EPA, FTC, ECT.
Zoning and licensing laws also throw up barriers to starting a business.
It's time to repeal any government regulation or tax that cuts the bottom rungs off the economic ladder, and makes it more difficult for poor people
to find jobs and start businesses.
Americans are the most generous people on earth, contributing more then $125 billion annually to charity. We'd give even more if the government
offered dollar for dollar tax CREDITS for contributions to charities that provide social welfare services. For every dollar you contirbute to
effective groups like Habitiat for Humanity and the Red cross you would be able to deduct a dollar from your tax bill.
Vibrant compassionate private charity works better than ponderous government buraucracies. Private charities are more likely to offer counselling and
one on one follup rather than simply mailing a check. And private charity tends to provide short term emergency assistance, rather than long term
dependence. Thus, private charity provides a safety net, but not a way of life, and helps break the cycle of welfare dependency and hopelessness.
I think i'm going to take this to the Election Issues thread...