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Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by jjf3rd77
I love how the RP people think you are supporting him now...Just don't get sucked into the rhetoric seabag. But I agree this is what I like about RP. and that's it!!!!!
They likely don't know where I stand. For the record, my favorite candidate has left the race. RP's foreign policy (particularly closing bases) and his stand on allowing states to decide about legalizing hard drugs like heroin are non-starters for me. I don't think there's anybody else I agree with more on economic issues than RP, I just can't get past the other two issues.
I like the guy, I'd just rather see him as Sec. of Treasury or even VP. He's got a lot to offer in the right position.
a change in drug policy would change what really, same people using will still use.same people manufacturing would still manufacture....Mexican Cartels maybe but they would move to a different cause.
seabag: I am cynical to any of the above...we drifted from our constitution and there is also a vacuum of humanity ...we shutter at what would bring back humanity.
I dont have answers or solutions...maybe start by dropping partisan quibble, stop writing new laws for this and that,,,,profile a little more and molest old and young women less at the Airport. If we step on some toes say I am sorry instead of inclusion of any idea that comes down the Pike. War less but if they want a war with us "Bring it Baby"
I grasp the concept of govern less but can Americans live with the responsibilities of that....I think we are still a little worried about bringing a bucket of chicken and a movie home for the kids and lining up a bed partner for the night to be a responsible America, if you want to know what I think.
ETA: seabag, looking a little silver, way to go!!!!
I do not fear RP's foreign policy at all, most of the rest of the world does not have bases all over the place draining their cash. One of the reason's Germany is holding up so well is they were not allowed to build up a military after WWII, I think they still have some restrictions from back then. We currently spend 41% of the world Military spending, more than the next 15 countries combined (most of whom are our allies). This is a staggering number, and we are "borrowing money", plus paying interest to do this, when our share of world GDP is only about 21%. We far out spend China, Russia, Iran & Korea. Also we have loads of hardware and could easily defend our borders if we brought most of the troops back home.
The "terrorists" really are back in the stone age compared to us, RP has said he wants to shore up our borders and not have us spread so thinly all over the world.
Given our history of taking over resouces and manipulating government's in other countries for our Corporate interests (look up the history of BP), it's easy to see how these folks get so worked up, the West has been at this mercantilism for centuries now, it's nothing new (Roman Empire, British Empire to name 2).
The number of people killed in terrorist attacks worldwide is very few and while the loss of these people is devastating to the families of the victims it does mean that “terrorism is one of the minor causes of human suffering in the world”.
The Roman Empire basically made the same mistakes we are making, they essentially fell due to lack of circulating funds (or credit) .
The Fed can not go on printing money and devaluing the currency ad nauseam, something has to be done, otherwise the bubble is going to burst and make 2008 look like a small blip. One of the barriers to small business in the US is a lot of business regulation and laws, and frankly if we are going to get out of this mess, we need to make it easier for these people and this is where our lively hoods are going to have to come from; Mega corporations are not going to do it, everything is really done to maximize management bonus and share comp, an awful lot of the regs / laws we have on the books were lobbied for by the big Corporations (see entities like ALEC) to erect barriers of competion from the small guys.
Paul is great on his fiscal policies..
I would have to agree with him, I believe what this admin and his buddies want is the next crisis to be worst so they can play on it and peoples emotions..
The bankers only want one thing, to make more money. Be damned anyone getting in their way,and if you do, might end up dead..
I'de just like to mention that legalizing drugs would be the best course of action. I will not post the link here, but portugal did an experiment so to speak. They did it. And in actuality, it lowered the use of drugs, hiv, and addiction. Just some food for though. you can google "portugal legalize drugs" and im sure you'll find it. The mistake is letting the media put the thought in your head that legalizing drugs would make crime go up. It wouldn't. A lot of people have the 'forbidden fruit' aspect of it as well. But legalizing won't spur millions of new users. Spending money on treatment is far cheaper than enforcing drug laws. There should be "out of sight, out of mind" laws. What people do with themselves is no business of mine or yours or anyones but their own.
And as for military bases. Well, rome fell when it expanded past its ability to sustain itself. The US has done the same thing, its just taking long because corporations are making trillions off suffering.. banks also. While yes, some military bases should remain open. Defence of your home country through economic turmoil is a requirement.
The next crisis will probably be the devaluation of the US dollar.
Courtesy of Ben Bernanke.
No amount of monetary expansion can solve our current financial problems, but it can make those problems much worse. - Ron Paul
We spend 4.7% of GDP on Military ($711 billon), if we matched the next highest significant country - Russia we’d spend 3.9% ($143 billion), so if we matched 3.9% that would = $590billion, leaving us $447billion ahead (China spends $71.9billion).
Why does it matter?
We are borrowing money to finance this.