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Our great nation is heading backward

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I hereby tender my resignation for life from the political process in America, effective Nov. 6.

My experiences have shown me that you cannot change the reality of your life until you accept responsibility for creating it.

America is in a state of denial.

The first step toward recovery is to admit that you have a problem.

America can’t even do that.

Because I can no longer use my vote to address this problem, I must step aside and simply let it happen.

The conclusion of 100 years of progressive philosophy from President Woodrow Wilson to President Barack Obama has returned humanity to the darkness of Plato’s cave.

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  1. The problem that Americans haven't faced isn't a choice between a Conservative versus a Progressive philosophy, as the two parties would have you believe.

    Most elections, on a national level, clearly show that Americans want 'parts' of both a Conservative and a Progressive philosophy. That's why elections are close to a 50/50 split and Congress is divided nearly evenly.

    What Americans cannot decide is how much are they willing to pay for what government does and exactly who is going to pay the bill.

    The R party advocates for smaller government but in reality, when elected, doesn't cut much of anything and doesn't raise taxes enough to pay for what is spent.

    The D party advocates for larger government and more spending, but when elected, is only willing to raise taxes on the 'wealthy', which doesn't create enough revenue to pay for what government spends.

    If Americans continue to 'punt' on the question of matching spending and revenue, it won't matter which side wins the philosophical battle between Conservatives and Progressives because we will self destruct economically.

    Michael

  2. We want to have our cake and eat it too. We're mostly content for the government to spend at 25% of GDP and only tax us at 15% of GDP. Those that aren't content but are taxophobic will gladly point out solutions that do not involve their participation.

    If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

  3. Americans need to wake up and demand that the two parties pick from a combination of the options below, reach a compromise and act:

    There are three main things that could be done to begin to move the nation toward a balance of revenue to spending:

    1) Reduce the defense budget by a very large amount (opposed by R's)
    2) Change the entitlement programs for future recipients (opposed by the D's)
    3) Raise taxes on all Americans by a significant amount (opposed by both parties).

    If our two parties do not pick at least one of the above (and institute it in a big and radical way) or use a combination of all three, it is impossible for the nation to move toward balancing spending to revenue.

    Michael

  4. Jim Weber is very close with his simple numbers. With a GDP of approximately 16 trillion dollars, if we tax ourselves at a 15 % rate and spend at a 25 % rate, the difference is 10 %, which is about 1.6 trillion dollars, which is approximately the deficit we have been seeing in the last few years.

    The math is pretty simple and the path is clear. Spend less or tax more or do a combination of both while waiting for the economy to recover.

    Michael

  5. Letter writer is correct. Lies by Obama and his minnows and Americans believe them. Some not all. Remember the breakdown was 50 to 48 percent.

    CBO says tax receipts for 2012 despite extending Bush era tax cuts and the putrid economic growth went up for the fiscal year ended September 30 to $2.5 Trillion. Obama and his minnows don't want us to know so he can push through his tax hikes. Even individdual tax payments are up $233 Billion over the last two years or 26 percent. Despite the flat line economic growth. Won't hear that from Obama.

    CarmineD

  6. Look in the mirror, Weber. "If you like your health insurer, you can keep it." If you like your doctor, you can keep him/her." "Nothing will change." Pure & simple unadulterated lies from Osama Obama and many dopey American's fell for it. Well, fellow senior citizens, the "chickens have come home to roost." My health insurer dumped the Medicare Advantage plan I, and many others, had for years, and we had to start looking elsewhere. In checking with the insurer, I found I would be able to get a plan that would cover less and cost, get this, TEN-FOLD more per month! That's right! 10X the monthly premium and less coverage! I guess it's the Dumbocrats whose message to seniors is: when you get sick, hurry up and die! Not one Republicrat voted for the scam called "Obamacare." Seniors, did you? Then you get what you deserve. The right to "Hurry up & die!" I hope you're ecstatic with your new government health program brought to you by guys like Reid the Red and Osama Obama.

  7. David Barker...sounds like whining...you're voluntarily going into the cave?

    Jerry...if you live in Clark County you have a choice of 79 [for 2013] Advantage plans ranging from $15 to $102 per month. You also have a similar number of Medigap plans at similar cost and part D plans from $10 to $67.50. These are in addition, of course, to Medicare A [FREE STUFF] and B [$99.90]. I'd be a pig in mud if I could get those prices. I live in a rural area of Washington. Our county has only one Advantage plan, a pretty poor one though cheap so I opted for Part D and a Medigap. The State Insurance Commissioners office has advisors and plan comparisons. Medicare is one of the better health plans around and it's affordable.

    Further.....unless you can actually provide names and numbers I strongly suspect that you may be embellishing your situation. You do have, unfortunately, a reputation for hyperbole.

  8. Our country is truly divided and conflicted on so many issues. These extremely close elections prove that point. IF our country is to change its path, or stay its course, it all falls upon those who hold government office. Doing nothing is NOT an option.

    For Commenter Jerry Fink, who stated, "The chickens have come home to roost" thought it interesting that last night, PBS aired FRONTLINE's "The Suicide Plan". Perhaps the new trend is towards giving Citizens back their rights, including the personal choice of when "to exit". In case anyone would like the link:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/...

    It is doubtful that President Obama's Affordable Care Act includes or references this.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  9. Mr. Baker must not have heard the results of the election. President Obama won and the Romney / Ryan ticket was defeated! Rachel Maddow said it best:
    (1) "We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court."

    (2) "We're not going to repeal health reform. Nobody's going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation -- or any other generation -- fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We're not going to do that."

    (3) "We're not going to give the 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, and expect [cutting] programs like food stamps and kids' health insurance to cover that tax cut."

    (4) "We're not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control with the insurance plan that you're on."

    (5) "We are not going to redefine rape."

    (6) "We are not going to amend the constitution to stop gay people from getting married."

    (7) We're not going to double down on Guantanamo.

    (8) "We're not eliminating the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, or Housing at the Federal level."

    (9) "We are not going to spend two trillion dollars on the military, that the military does not want."

    (10) "We are not scaling back on student loans because the country's NEW plan is that you should borrow money from your parents."

    (11) "We are not vetoing the Dream Act, we are not 'self-deporting.'"

    (12) "We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt."

    (13) "We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January."

    (14) "We are not going to have -- as a president -- a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help. (And there was NO apology, not EVER.)"

    (15) "We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not going to bring Dick Cheney Back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraqi war, we are not going to do it " We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country, and we said no, last night, loudly."

    So no Mr. Baker, in a Romney Ryan administration we would have taken America back to the 1930's, President Obama will take America forward.

  10. Many have seen Obama's and a large core of democrats salivating towards the possibility of a socialist America. With Obama, they feel they can finally accomplish this goal. Have you wondered what others who were born in socialist countries but now live in the United States feel about the possibility of a socialist America ? Have a look at the answer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzh-9LBDs...

    Text of video:

    "It's one of the more personal ads of the 2012 campaign.
    But no presidential campaign or super PAC is behind it. Rather, a new TV ad and Web video that warns of the ills of socialism while urging America to vote Republican next month is financed by Hungarian-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy.

    In the video, Peterffy recalls his childhood under socialism in Hungary, and says, "The nation became poorer and poorer. And that's what I see happening here." He warns that the United States, his adopted country, is embarking on a "slippery slope."
    He continues: "America's wealth comes from the efforts of people striving for success. Take away their incentive with badmouthing success and you take away the wealth that helps us take care of the needy. Yes, in socialism the rich will be poorer -- but the poor will also be poorer. People will lose interest in really working hard and creating jobs."
    The ad does not mention President Obama or Mitt Romney once. But in a campaign season where Obama is often accused by Republicans of attacking the wealthy, the target is apparent. Peterffy reportedly plans to spend millions to air the ad in the weeks before Election Day.
    Peterffy -- though not as prominent as perhaps the most famous Hungarian-born billionaire, George Soros -- is the founder of Interactive Brokers and one of the richest people in this country. Forbes lists his net worth at $4.6 billion. He's contributed freely over the years to mostly Republican candidates, including to Romney in his last two presidential campaigns. And he gave more than $60,000 to the Republican National Committee last year.
    Born in Hungary in 1944, Peterffy left for the United States in 1965. In America, he learned English and eventually launched Interactive Brokers in 1993. He lives in Greenwich, Conn."

  11. You still got Heller and Heck to keep us in Recession don't you ? - sore loser

  12. In 1931, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Reserve Act. Years later he apologized to America:

    "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." (Woodrow Wilson)
    ------------------------------------------------------
    The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.

    "Today, we are spending over $2 trillion a year on health care -- almost 50 percent more per person than the next most costly nation. And yet, as I think many of you are aware, for all of this spending, more of our citizens are uninsured, the quality of our care is often lower, and we aren't any healthier. In fact, citizens in some countries that spend substantially less than we do are actually living longer than we do."

    "Make no mistake: The cost of our health care is a threat to our economy. It's an escalating burden on our families and businesses. It's a ticking time bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America." (President Barack Obama)
    -----------------------------------------------------

    One cannot keep taking and then complain about accepting. A lesson all American should learn and take heed. "Don't Bit the Hand that Feed You"

  13. Rusty your solution ? europe in the 1930's ?

  14. Jeff Garner wrote this:
    "Many have seen Obama's and a large core of democrats salivating towards the possibility of a socialist America."

    I just checked and the only reason I am salivating is because lunch isn't far off...

    Could I request less hyperbole from right wing posters please? It just makes you look ridiculous.

  15. Our country took a huge step backwards decades ago when we allowed millionaires, billionaires and special interest groups to control public policy.

    Three quarters of the country can't come up with $1000 in an emergency but billionaires are complaining that they are facing an increased tax liability and requirements to provide medical care for workers.

    Numerous states are threatening to secede from the union even though 40% or more of the people in those states voted for Obama. Is this rich or what?

  16. trickle-down does work. Nearly every single economic metric that I follow has improved dramatically over the last several years. The wealth of the nation has increased by trillions of dollars.

    In addition Japan announced on Monday that they were back in recession. Europe is back in recession with the unemployment rate approaching 12%.

    This country is one of the last ones if not the last one in the industrialized world that is still growing. I'm not exactly sure what people want in the economic climate the world is facing, but what we are seeing in the United States is about as good as it gets, given the terrible economic climate in the world.

    It doesn't matter what the Democrats or Republicans do if economic growth in the world doesn't pick up dramatically were going to see some serious problems in the next few quarters at least.

  17. If the United States economy were contracting and unemployment was at 10%, while the rest of the world was experiencing strong growth you could make the argument that our economic policies were week.

    The reality is it's exactly the opposite. Exports are 10% of our economy. Companies with international exposure like DuPont are doing lousy. Companies with strong domestic exposure are still making money. Even Station Casinos is back in the black According to the report this morning. That lousy run company hasn't made money in years.

  18. David: Godspeed on your new journey! Judy--great post of Rachel's very concise summary of what we will NOT have to suffer if the clueless Mr. Romney had been elected. The man actually looked relieved when he gave his concession speech! I really think that even HE realized that he absolutely was not competent to be the leader of the free world. Kepi: nice try, but these folks are just not listening--they absolutely will just keep voting against their own best interests. Good luck to our president--he's going to need it to continue trying to work with the obstructionist Republicans. Something tells me he's not going to be quite so "agreeable" as he was in his first term! (:

  19. Mr. Baker,

    What do you know of American history and disparity? Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson and others knew the source of our troubles. Voting isn't the reason we have these problems, it's what banking has done to this great nation. This isn't the first time the working class suffered at the hands of the "Robber Barons" and until some of you on the right understand that we will continue having problems. The middle class is shrinking not because of Obama but because our jobs and factories are closed and shipped overseas in the name of profits.

    Both parties need to work together and taking a firm stance on either side without compromise just won't work. In the last battle over raising the debt ceiling the Tea Party tanked our economic rating. There are several right wing pundits now agreeing with the President for the sake of the country, not because of ideology.

    "Yes, as through this world I've wandered
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    And some with a fountain pen."

    "And as through your life you travel,
    Yes, as through your life you roam,
    You won't never see an outlaw
    Drive a family from their home." - Woody Guthrie

  20. Every country has experienced an improvement in economic metrics since the world economy collapsed years ago. The issue is most countries are contracting again to a substantial degree. Last quarter the Japanese economy contracted the most since the nuclear reactors blew up. One of the most rapid contractions in Japanese history.

    867 billion is chicken feed when you're looking at $20 trillion in losses. I'm in favor of spending trillions if it will prevent a 1932 scenario. In 1929 the economy blew up due to the financial crisis. The economy recovered and in 1932 the depression set in. It took until 1954 for asset classes to fully recover from the depression. I am about the only one talking about this. But if you overlay 1929 to 1932 on top of 2008 to 2012 there are some similarities. If it's 1932 all over again this economy will not recover in my lifetime and I'm Rapidly approaching 60.

  21. Lately the national debt is a 24 hour a day subject on Fox news. Before Fox people didn't know what the hell it was. We have had substantial debt in this country since the place was founded. It took until the 1830s to pay off the revolutionary war. We were then debt free and had an economic collapse immediately following.

    Large debts, whether born by countries, industry or individuals never get paid back. Read about the Russian debt crisis, Latin American debt crisis, Asian contagion, Treaty of Versailles. These debts get dealt with but don't get paid back. A depression on the other hand is something that has to be dealt with. When you get unemployment in the 10% to 20% range you've got a 25 year headache.

    If countries around the world would've thrown trillions of dollars out of airplanes we wouldn't have this headache now. The first crisis was driven by derivatives. The current one is all about what is called "lax demand" in the developed world. People in the developed world aren't buying enough crap. This is causing excess capacity in the developing world. If both the developed and the developing world hit the skids it's "goodbye my Coney Island baby".

  22. I don't know what the writer's definition of "backward" is. His entire letter seems a bit ambiguous. Perhaps his ideas are simply outdated and he is confused by the current American society. Or maybe he is a Mitt Romney supporter and was looking forward to a perfect future in which all of our country's problems would have been instantly solved once Mitt and Paul were sworn into office. Either way, you can't stop change and you have the option to be an active or a passive participant.

  23. The progressive philosophy from President Woodrow Wilson was fought and destroyed by Republicans. Not a lot has changed.

    In 1928, the Nazi Party had only 2.6% of the vote. During the 3.5 years after the stock market crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover had allowed the depression to pick up intensity because he felt the Government should not help the public regain the economy.

    By 1932, the Great Depression in Germany, much more brutal than in the United States had elected Adolph Hitler to solve their economic problems. Hoover's Republican refusal to use the Government to help the US and Europe (as he had done after WWI) brought Hitler to power. The public won't wait on open ended schedules for esoteric economic philosophies to succeed.

    The one person outside of Germany most responsible for bringing Hitler to power was Herbert Hoover. The Republicans have learned little from history after all this time.

    Obama learned, that's why GM is in business and the country is climbing out of the greatest recession since the 1930's.

  24. Longtimevegan: "In 1931, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Reserve Act. Years later he apologized to America:"

    Herbert Hoover was President in 1931. So much for the quotes and the history as well.

  25. SunJon,

    Both sides try to bend History to make points. History tells us that Hitler came to power in Germany for many reasons and economic hardship was one of the reasons. So were Germany's defeat in WWI, a desire to be the mythical Germany Hitler preached about, as well as a deep seated resentment of the Jews.

    There is no way to tell what part of the reason for his rise each of those factors were.

    We should try to look at History in its entirety and not just 'pick' out things that seem to fit a narrative we'd like to advance.

    Michael

  26. mikegino - "My response to the fraudulent reelection of President Pretender is to continue to buy precious metals: iron and lead."

    Is there any need to understand why the GOP lost? This type of thinking which is locked into sureal beliefs will damage the GOP for years to come. Right wing pundits such as Hannity, Beck, and Limbaugh are paid millions in salary to lie to their audiences. The results of this election is proof that they know jack! After the huge loss by McCain you'd think the GOP would clean up their act.

  27. Bottom line, AMERICA IS DOOMED.

    I can hear Barack now:

    These Motha's are stupid! I'd bet they'd even put your bunger up in here! You can be the first woman president and we'll run our Country!

  28. "As Carmine would say, Barackward! " By Rusty57

    You got it! Thank you.

    CarmineD

  29. SunJon, said,

    "Herbert Hoover was President in 1931. So much for the quotes and the history as well."

    You are correct on one part.

    (1)President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, not 1931.

    (2)You are incorrect, implying the quotes and the history are different.

  30. We should head backwards. When union membership was over 35% and a working man earned enough to have a stay at home mom (no disrepect to women) to care for the children. When the middle class was able to buy a home and car within the same year without going broke. Backwards to a time before the power brokers stole the wealth of our great nation and reduced working class people to just another body to downsize; before they made us pay for their greed driven financial mishaps.