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(AEI Ideas)   Romney needs to keep talking about our fiscally and morally disastrous Entitlement Society   (aei-ideas.org) divider line 155
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2012-09-19 09:32:13 PM

Dr Dreidel: Nome de Plume: The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

As opposed to what, numbnuts? Setting it on fire? Any government that has ever collected taxes and built roads or schools or anything not a statue or palace has "bribed the public with its own money".


It's been said that the difference between liberals and conservatives is a difference in the fundamental interpretation of the role of government in society. The trouble is, conservatives are all about what that role ISN'T. During this particular window in history, they're not terribly clear about what that role IS. Some of the Randier of the lot have told me, with a straight face, that the job of the government is a strong military and NOTHING ELSE ANYWHERE EVER. When you start delineating the preamble to the Constitution, which is pretty specific about what the framers thought government was for, they start mumbling that "welfare" doesn't literally mean "welfare."

Once conservatives are able to explain what government is, as opposed to what it isn't, then they'll be grownups again and we can have a conversation. But right now, all they want is "whatever pisses off liberals." And, hey, jerking around with the fundamental philosophical underpinnings of American society pisses off liberals. Who knew.
 
2012-09-19 10:19:15 PM
 
2012-09-20 12:52:25 AM

peasandcarrots: The trouble is, conservatives are all about what that role ISN'T.


And liberals are all about what goverment IS. When you start trying to be everything to everyone, you end up failing. The answer likely lies somewhere in the middle.

This conservative belives that goverment should generally be as small as possible and still provide for the general welfare to all of its citizens. Defense, Justice/Law Enforcement, efficient safety net, EPA and a few other selct items are fine in my book.

/the devil is always in the details.
 
2012-09-20 12:57:08 AM

TheBigJerk: meh.


Meh is right.

Born poor and living not poor. Haven't died yet so can't comment on that. However, if government spending does not slow down, the taxes that will be required from us all will ensure that your poster is right. You will just need to update it to show the big guy as Uncle Sam.
 
2012-09-20 02:28:48 AM

Cletus C.: You lost me there at the end, Biff.


Malignant narcissists troll places like youtube. You don't even care how many people see your stupidity. You're damaged in other ways.
 
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