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Chris Wiehle wrote: "The Catholic Church is prohibited from discussing politics during mass, and barred from using money to influence politics in any way. The penalties can result in seizure of church property and hefty IRS fines." Seriously now. You're unaware of how the Catholic Church is highly vocal in supporting Republicans? Really? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/us/catho…
I obviously agree with JML CASSIAN that corporate incentives to move here do not create jobs. That said, the libertarian hatred of the "collective" is fundamentally flawed. Economic conservatives and libertarians are trapped in either-or thinking. They see it's either total concern for the individual or total concern for the collective. But evil lies at both extremes; both are harmful and injurious. That's because reality is not "either-or"; it's "both-and". It's quite literally insane to think otherwise.
At the communist extreme, people are cogs in the machine of the State. At the libertarian, or Republican economic conservative, "free market" extreme, people are commodities to be bought and sold. Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa has recently expressed his view (fundamentally agreeing with Marx) that "Labor is a commodity just like corn or beans or oil or gold ...". This view makes laissez-faire capitalism fundamentally compatible with slavery.
While it can be argued that "government does not create jobs" directly, it is absolutely necessary for creating the environment for creating jobs. Economic conservative, and essentially libertarian, policies have undermined government's ability to do this and have instead purposely destroyed high-paying U.S. manufacturing and IT jobs through "free trade" offshoring. Therefore government policies can either create or destroy jobs in the U.S.
Here's a gardening analogy: A man was walking by a church parish one day and saw a priest tending the garden beside it. He remarked to the priest what a beautiful garden he and God had created. The priest stood back and looked around, saying, "You know, you're right; it is beautiful. But you should have seen it when God had it all to Himself."
Libertarian policies produce the economic equivalent of a garden of weeds. Google "'Free Market' Fundamentalism" "systems thinking" for a review of some of the fundamental flaws in "free market" economics.
pistolpackingmama: The Colorado Springs economy is drastically in decline and you characterize that as having "kept the city together and taxes low"? Talk about delusional. Stop blaming "conservatives"? Who else would one blame? Liberals haven't been in charge. "Conservatives" take responsibility? Forget it.
If there were impact fees that internalized the costs of growth, then market forces could actually work to effectively balance supply & demand. What a concept. Google "Growth Facts of Life" to see what's happening.
Rather than liberals being to blame, it's "conservative" cost-side socialists who redistribute costs onto the public at large. Yes, socialists! So-called "conservatives" practicing the most prevalent form of socialism: massive redistribution of costs (as opposed to redistribution of income).
You cite one company coming here as a big deal, but the overall picture is extremely grim. Google "Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Jun10" and see the section on "Colorado Springs Jobs" to see the disaster. Look around, many parts of the city look like a neutron bomb has hit, killing the people, leaving the buildings intact and not maintained.
As far as your foolish comments about tax cuts for the wealthy, you should do your own "research for FACTS!" I have. The wealthy are doing quite nicely ... your concern for them is touching, but misplaced. See "Data on Income & Tax Distributions". So-called "conservative" policies have driven people into poverty - google "The Data & Why It's Happening" to see them. These resulted in major "redistribution" (maldistribution) of wealth from the middle class and poor to the wealthy. See the fifth graph showing compensation has been flat since Reagan while productivity increased steadily.
A major reason for shortfalls in Medicare and that the SS trust fund is not as large as it could be is that wages have stagnated thanks to the "conservative" policies listed at the google location above; otherwise contributions would have been much greater. To make it worse, inflation has been much, much higher that what's officially reported; see the graph in the section on "US Unemployment Rate - Official vs. Actual" on the page found by googling "Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Jun10". When efforts are made to mitigate these policies, hypocritical and ignorant "conservatives" complain. So-called "conservative" policies have been a disaster for the vast majority of Americans.
Those "unfunded liabilities" are projections based on current insane policies. Recall that when Clinton left office the projection was surpluses as far as the eye could see, but Republicans said "those were *only* *projections*" and not real. And Republicans & Greenspan said, good Lord, we don't want surpluses anyway so we need tax cuts to avoid that peril.
Republicans passed Medicare Part D, with reconciliation by the way, which wasn't paid for and cost about $1 trillion. It was a can't-negotiate-prices gift to the drug corporations; yet Republicans now "stand on principle" for fiscal responsibility, even though they also spent unfunded trillions of $ for tax cuts primarily for the wealthy & illegal invasions & occupations. These alone are well over $3 trillion of debt that must continue to be serviced.
They urge cuts to programs as long as it hurts those who work for a wage, but the Bush bank bailouts ... no problem; now they want us to forget that it was Bush that started that. Of course Med Part D undermined Medicare, which Republicans yearn to destroy if they can do so without leaving finger prints.
Medicare overhead is 3% vs 30% for corporations, so from a national point of view, Medicare is way more efficient.
Thanks to what's called "free trade" that's undermined wages and caused Colorado Springs to lose over 50% of its manufacturing & IT jobs since 2001, the U.S. economy is already well on its way to systemic collapse. The cumulative "trade" deficit from 2000 through 2008 has been a $5.1 trillion dollar hit against GDP; this is an ongoing threat thanks to "conservative" "free market", "free trade" ideology. Google "Jobs & 'Trade' Data Update Oct09" to see the devastation.
As far at the "what freedom and liberty can accomplish" nonsense above, we are doomed without universal coverage, either with single-payer or private non-profit. For why see "Single Payer Insurance" on the same site as the article noted above.
The message of US Chamber video is exactly wrong. It's "free trade" and deregulation that's caused economic disaster. Even so, corporate greed and citizen ignorance want more of the same (google "The 9/22/08 Economic Crisis" on why). Their idea of more deregulation is more redistribution of costs of job loss, worker injury & death, pollution, infrastructure, and other business costs onto the public. This is the socialism of the "right" that's inherent in laissez-faire capitalism. It's destructive and insane.
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