Originally posted by gladtobehere
Americans cant afford the welfare state and we cant afford the warfare state.
Actually if we took every cent that was being funneled into the latter, and allocated it to the former, we could damn well near end poverty in this
country in a generation. The trouble is, the Owners - which yes, tdoes include Ron Paul - don't want
an end to poverty. After all,
impoverished, unemployed people make an easy sorce of cheap labor, and cn be induced to compete against each other, thus suppressing their own wages
This is the "free market" ideal held by Ron Paul - free for the people who own the markets, slavery for the people who work for those people.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupt.
No, actually, they're not. The first two are under strain due to the baby boomers reaching age to collect, but you know what? The answer isn't
"burn it to the ground then piss on it" like Ron Paul and most others advocate. The answer is to actually fund the goddamned thing
. Same with
Medicaid, which has been a frequent target of cuts, becuase, again, Ron Paul and his allies in the Legislature don't actually think poor people
deserve to live.
Must be nice having all that taxpayer-paid health insurance, I guess.
The housing bubble wiped out people’s equity. Health care and education costs have skyrocketed.
How's that massive deregulation working out for you, Paul fan?
Nationalized test scores are at an all time low.
Actually just the opposite. The problem is, of course, these test scores only measure literacy and mathematics. This ties back into a concerted effort
by "conservatives" in our nation - once again
including Ron Paul - to dismantle and sell off our education system.
Student loan debt has now surpassed that of credit cards topping $1 trillion dollars… EVERY program the federal government touches results
in failure, skyrocketing costs or bankruptcy and the American people are sick and tired of shouldering the burden.
Then Americans should stop being dumbasses who keep electing politicians who openly state
that their mission in life is to make damn sure
everything the government touches ends in failure. Jesus, man, it's pretty simple. When you elect men and women who say "I hate the government"
they are going to screw it up
. You can't goddamn complain about this stuff when you're advocating one of the very people whose made that
destruction his life's work.
The burden I'm tired of shouldering are destructive do-nothings in Congress who suckle tax money out of things that could be useful, then bilk my
fellow countrymen out of millions for "campaign funds," all while promising nothing but further poverty and destruction.
As Ron Paul has argued, these functions should be handled on the state level where people have much more scrutiny and control over their
Fine, then Paul and Perry can secede Texas from the union, so we can have an experimental test to see how these ideas pan out. I have absolutely no
interest in throwing my country into a spiraling nosedive because of the free market bullcrap being peddled by some tax sponge twit from Texas,
when I can look around the world and see so many states where this "plan" has ended up in failure and misery.
Furthermore, this cycle of spending, borrowing and accumulating debt is devaluing our currency via inflation. This is the single most
detrimental factor in the life of EVERY American. Because of this vicious cycle, the purchasing power of the dollar is MUCH less now than it was just
10 years ago let alone 20, 30 or 40 years ago.
The only way people can make do with less, is if our money buys MORE.
As Ron Paul has argued, immediate cuts in spending can be made by dismantling our overseas empire and ending foreign welfare.
Paul's foreign policy is actually something I can support. It's his domestic policy that makes me want to puke. So also note that he's been
hedgy about cutting the defense budget. All those graphs and charts that show the Navy and Army and such contributing to Paul? Those count
lobbying firms attached to those branches as well. It's not just individual men and women passing their $5's and $10's to the guy. You... did
know that our armed forces have lobbyists, right?
Only then can we being to reform our government’s failed domestic programs and restore the purchasing power of our currency.
The only reason our domestic programs are failing is because of the constant cuts they receive. The only reform they need is funding and application.
Under Paul, the answer is "burn it all to the ground, then hire private contractors to do it all at a profit for them and a loss for us"
on 8/11/2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)