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 on: November 23, 2015, 11:12:16 AM 
Started by ccp - Last post by DougMacG
The Paul And Cruz Flat Tax Plans Are Best Tax Proposals

    - only if they win.

As we've cheerfully noted on these pages, the good news on the presidential campaign trail is that almost all Republicans are now for serious pro-growth tax reform and simplification. Every candidate wants lower rates (some a one-rate flat tax), fewer loopholes and carve-outs, and a reduced role for an abusive IRS.

    - That was also true in 2012, Cain's 9-9-9. Romney's plan, etc.

You have to win to enact tax reform.  Critics of these plans (at the link) are right about the dangers they open for future tax abuse.

 on: November 23, 2015, 11:01:39 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG

"ISIS cannot strike a mortal blow" against the U.S.(still the J_V team), and he warned [against] overreacting to the Paris attacks

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:55:41 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
WHAT NO ONE SEEMS TO KNOW about Ted Cruz’s past.
At the FTC, Cruz’s agenda could have been written by Milton Friedman.

Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of special interests. Most notably, Cruz launched an initiative to study the government’s role in conspiring with established businesses to suppress e-commerce. This initiative ultimately led the U.S. Supreme Court to open up an entire industry to small e-tailers. Based on his early support of disruptive online companies, Cruz has some grounds to call himself the “Uber of American politics.”

Moreover, and perhaps surprising to some, Cruz sought and secured a broad, bipartisan consensus for his agenda. Almost all of Cruz’s initiatives received unanimous support among both Republicans and Democrats.

Ted Cruz a consensus-builder? He was, at the FTC.

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:52:06 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG

Ben Carson may want to brush up on his American history before his next interview, especially if one of his favorite topics — the Founding Fathers — comes up.

For the second time in weeks, he botched a reference to Thomas Jefferson.

During a C-SPAN interview that aired Sunday night, host Steve Scully pointed out that Carson talks a lot about the Founding Fathers and asked Carson if he has one in particular that he’s most impressed with.

“I’m impressed by a lot of them, but particularly impressed with Thomas Jefferson, who seemed to have very deep insight into the way that people would react,” Carson said. “And he tried to craft our Constitution in a way that it would control people’s natural tendencies and control the natural growth of the government.”

There’s only one problem. Jefferson didn’t help draft the Constitution.

Interestingly, it’s a fact that Carson got right in his book, “A More Perfect Union.”

As The Washington Post pointed out, Carson correctly stated in the book that Jefferson was “missing in action” while the Constitution was being drafted, as he was overseas.

Just a few weeks ago, Carson tried to diffuse criticism of his lack of political experience by saying that “every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.”

That statement is totally false, as a number of signers had been elected to political office prior to 1770, and that included Jefferson. According to the Independence Hall Association, at least 30 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had been elected to a political office.

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:45:03 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
Cleaner atmosphere means more Arctic sea-ice melt, study says

Mitigating the cost of the externality that we assess to the polluter?

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:43:36 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
Gallows humor I suppose, but funny in a way that Assad will outlast Obama.

In fairness, Iran's nuclear program outlasted Bush-Cheney.

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:37:27 AM 
Started by ccp - Last post by Crafty_Dog

We would LOVE to have you!

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:36:24 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
Putting aside the tendentious tone of the author, does he have a point?

 on: November 23, 2015, 10:12:37 AM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by DougMacG
"you [Crafty in this case] seem to believe that there is a difference between the parties. Look at the last 15 years. There is no friggin difference."

Not true, but if you believe that, then look back beyond 15 years, look beyond federal government at state differences, look forward, not just backward.

I posted a long list of outrageous things Dems believe in today.  Republicans mostly don't.  Their problem is more about not having will to stand up to Dems after being elected; it's not that they agree with them.  Not all R's are centrists and RINOs.  We need to win more elections and also win more primaries.

Politicians including professional politicians misbehave because people don't hold them accountable, so the real problem isn't in Washington, it is closer to home.  Meanwhile people in some of the most conservative communities vote for some of the strictest curtailments on individual liberties in the form of things like zoning ordinances.

But take a look at the tax rate differences between California,New York and Texas/Florida.  Take a look at the fracking boom in ND versus none in NY.

In Washington, obviously both sides have screwed up.  Going back a ways, JFK was a Republican (in some ways) and Nixon was a Democrat (in most ways).  No, we wouldn't have been better off under Humphrey, we were screwed either way.  Reagan made an amazing difference, yet went RINO on a couple of things.  Clinton tried liberal tax increases and national healthcare and failed, then brought economic credit to the Dems by passing free trade, welfare reform and massive capital gains tax rate cuts.  Bush grew the revenues with tax rate cuts but grew spending more.  That is either not Republican or not conservative depending on what meaning we attach to what terms.  The financial crash was largely caused by free money (allowed by both sides) combined with governmental on lenders to make bad loans, a Dem program that  covered with Republican fingerprints.  We didn't hold our own politicians accountable and they just kept getting drunker, and when we don't offer a noticeable difference, we lose.

Trump is great on some issues and not on others.  He also chose to be polarizing which makes him less likely to be President.  

"Everyone thinks Cruz is so great.............just pay attention to him.
1. He was for TPP before he was against it.  Oh, he was misled on it? Yeah, right.
2. He was on the border with Glenn Beck giving teddy bears etc.,  Think he is going to be hard on illegals?  
3. His PACs are big money people with ties to financial firms.  Is he going to do anything against their interests?  I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you if you belief that."

1. Already mentioned, there is a HUGE difference between supporting the tradition of authorizing every administration the power to negotiate free trade agreements and supporting the bad clauses of this agreement.

2. People here mostly see Glenn Beck as one of the good guys.

3. I don't want to shut down 'Wall Street'.  I want to open up the financial industry to everyone nationwide who wants to be a part of it.  Imagine a store front on small town main street offering to take your company public and handle FINRA compliance - on a 2 page document.  The profits on Wall Street are out of proportion because Washington makes it impossible for anyone but the largest firms to comply with the massive bureaucracy.

Ted Cruz isn't going to be hard on illegals because, like Trump, he isn't going to be President.

Our job here on all political threads as some of us see it is encapsulated on the title of a couple of threads, the way forward for the American creed.  We need to clarify what are the right policies and find some common agreement on that.  We need to defeat the opponents of it.  We need to hold the proponents on our side accountable.  And we need to persuade the persuadable.  Even the French know, wars aren't won by surrendering.

 on: November 23, 2015, 09:37:00 AM 
Started by ccp - Last post by DougMacG
"...have you noticed the swimming I get to do in October? ... That it is in the 70s today with clear skies?---  Contrast the rest of the country , , , "

   - Jealous!

"That I can get clean, healthy, and exciting food most places I go?"

   - We can have ours with water.  And never die of dehydration while swimming.

"A man could go further and do worse , , ,"

   - Agree.  Wish I could tell you of a better place.  Southern California is paradise, or it would be if it still had the population density of fly over country.  Besides water issues, the only problems are rooted in the people and their politics. 

'Call some place paradise, kiss it good bye.'

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