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Old 04-07-2005, 06:10 AM   #21
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Eagle43: With mulitiple pensions, Soc. Sec. and Ira, you wouldn't mind sending "OL Jarhead" a few bucks, would you? That's alright, but the next rounds on you.
Gee I'd like to help you Ol Jarhead, but all I got are promises. I don't have any real money.

You did say you are unfortunate and deserving, did you not?

After 43 years of working, I may not deserve what I'm getting, but I'm gonna keep it; that is, until some politician decides to give it to somebody else.
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Re: Bush essentially Calls U.S. Treas Bonds 'Worth
Old 04-07-2005, 06:44 AM   #22
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"without analizing the impact of what he says"
"or what he does", I imagine.

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I find "W" likeable, so I cut him a lot of slack.
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I don't much care if a president is likeable or not. I don't plan to go out with him for a drink (ginger ale for him, maybe) or invite him for dinner. I DO care that his decisions, as the President of these US, does not hinder our right for the pursuit of happiness.

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farmerEd has a point, which I assumed someone
would bring up (I love it when you pay attention) *

I find "W" likeable, so I cut him a lot of slack. *I also
keep reminding myself that I would not have *wanted
the other guy, no matter what..............even if Bush
was a blithering idiot, which I know many of you believe
to be the case.

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I couldn't stand "the other guy" either, but you know what? if we had him, the republicans would not have allowed him to do anything, and he likewise would have impeded congress...gridlock.....which unfortunately, is the best we can hope for from our politicians....right now, all the three (pres, senate, house) have their feet on the gas, and no ones watching where we are going...
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Bush: put some of the money into the hands of the customer and let him decide presumably with his inlightened best interest working independant of other(political agendas).
If that was true, I would somewhat agree...but he DIDN'T let us decide to what to do with the money...he simply gaves us a loan, and then spent the money how he wanted to anyway...so there was no real tax cuts, you can't have real tax relief without also reforming spending...and Bush has not done a single thing to control out-of-control spending...in fact, he accelerated it...

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Bush and current Republicans have spent more than any U.S. government in history. In that sense, they are not conservative. Of course, they are only responding to our demand. The conservative way would be to respond to our demand but to pay for it at the same time. That's what I do at home, pay as you go. I've always argued that for every new spending bill, there should be a corresponding new how-to-pay for it bill. That will never happen, but it should.
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Gee I'd like to help you Ol Jarhead, but all I got are promises. *I don't have any real money.

You did say you are unfortunate and deserving, did you not?

After 43 years of working, I may not deserve what I'm getting, but I'm gonna keep it; that is, until some politician decides to give it to somebody else.
Eagle 43: Just having a little fun with you.
You absolutely deserve it. It only looks easy in retrospect.
I personally am not unfortunate or deserving. (Made my own bed).
My dad was a logger, and worked until he was 70 years old, and only left then when his back got so bad he couldn't do the work anymore. (At that, he died broke).
Counting 4 years in the Marine Corps., I was in harness
for 32 years.
Looking back, with the family obligations that I still had when I decided I'd had enough, (Age 49) without an updraft in the markets, would have been an accident waiting to happen.
Anyway, Eagle 43, you hung in there, and for damn sure deserve your pensions. (Guys like me, well, we puts up our money and takes our chances).
Regards, Jarhead

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Bush and current Republicans have spent more than any U.S. government in history.
I think we'd have to adjust those numbers for inflation before making comparisons.

Let's see, whose version of the inflation rate should we use?
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Eagle 43: Just having a little fun with you.
You absolutely deserve it. It only looks easy in retrospect.
I personally am not unfortunate or deserving. (Made my own bed).
My dad was a logger, and worked until he was 70 years old, and only left then when his back got so bad he couldn't do the work anymore. (At that, he died broke).
Counting 4 years in the Marine Corps., I was in harness
for 32 years.
Looking back, with the family obligations that I still had when I decided I'd had enough, (Age 49) without an updraft in the markets, would have been an accident waiting to happen.
Anyway, Eagle 43, you hung in there, and for damn sure deserve your pensions. (Guys like me, well, we puts up our money and takes our chances).
Regards, Jarhead


Thanks Jarhead, I appreciate your kind comments. As I have reported elsewhere on this forum, my father did not get 36 checks before he passed away. I would have been terrified to retire at 49, but as some self-help guru has said, first you make the decision, then you make it right.

You must have joined military at same age I did.. 17. Other than marrying DW, staying in for 21 years has resulted in only good, what with pension/medical. At least, it looks that way from this side of those 20.

BTW: There was a proud jarhead at Mega Corp, who had a sign on his cube: "Marines: when it absolutely, positively must be destroyed overnight." He was still gung ho, and would not tolerate being called an ex-marine. As an ex-USAF, I listened to him, cause I didn't wanna make him mad.
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Bush inherited a basket case of an economy and did
what supply siders do..... reduced taxes. If he had
cut social spending you lefties would be squealing
harder than you are now. From a budget viewpoint
I think you will see a harder stance on cutting frills
now that he does not have to get elected again.

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The thing is, after Social Security, Medicare, Military spending, and interest on the debt, there isn't much left of the budget to cut! Politicians grandstand over table scraps and don't dare touch the sacred cows. As far as SS reform, in an ideal world, we'd stop the raiding of SS funds, raise the roof on SS tax (I said it, raise taxes, right now it's a regressive tax that disproportionally punishes the middle class and poor), and set up a board to invest the money as a lump sum, like pensions do, none of this private-oops I'm sorry-personal accounts crap that will just lead to huge expenses/overhead. Oh, and another thing, Bush's scripted town halls where "regular folks" ask him why democrats hate America is just creepy. Quit it! EOR
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You guys were expecting a largish mattress with rolls of pennies, nickles, and dimes in it, maybe? *The SS funds are invested in treasuries. *The treasuries are only promises to pay, nothing more. *If the government wasn't going to use this money elsewhere, why would it "borrow" it and pay interest? *I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. *When Tuesday comes you can only hope to be paid. *I don't think Wimpy could print his own money though...

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Bush inherited a basket case of an economy and did
what supply siders do..... reduced taxes. *If he had
cut social spending you lefties would be squealing
harder than you are now. *From a budget viewpoint
I think you will see a harder stance on cutting frills
now that he does not have to get elected again.

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More apologists for the biggest spender in all history....5 years into Bush's term and its STILL all Clintons fault....
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This is the biggest load of B.S. I've ever seen posted here!

- When Bush took office, the economy was in the best shape ever. Balanced Budget. Low interest rates, low inflation. Superb growth rate for the previous 4 years. Stocks at record level. The dollar strong. Not to mention respect of the World.

You really don't believe what you said - What planet have you been living on?
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<rant>and tax cuts paid for by borrowing is not a cut, it's a loan! But Bush runs the federal budget just like the average person runs their home budget, paycheck to paycheck, borrow when that runs short, worry about it later. I'm just preemptively bitter, knowing that those of us who are doing "the right thing" being fiscally responsible will probably end up paying for the brunt of this. <rant>

I wonder, is there a concious plan by our government to just rack up the debt, let foriegners loan us the money, then let inflation go and essentially shortchange them on payback? "Here is the $1 trillion we owe you, China, would you like to buy a Big Mac for only $1 billion?"
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Why thank you Cut ...... if this were not a mixed
company forum I would show you my other cheek!

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Why thank you Cut ...... if this were not a mixed
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I don't see the sense in that post other than schoolboy name calling.

- You and I have very different viewpoints in how life should be lived and how this country should be run. I know you guys don't like Clinton, but please don't spin the facts to the ridiculous.

Actually the facts of the situation was that Bush was handed an economy so good, that the only direction it could go was down. I really don't believe Presidents have control of the economy during their term.

Any success that Clinton had was due in large part to the policies followed by Bush Sr. - I also believe that Jimmy Carter was responsible for most of the successes of the 1980's - Reagan, just went along for the ride and screwed Bush Sr. Bush Sr. called Reagan's polices 'voodoo economics' - which it was.

Bush Jr. however is the worst. What he is doing to the Budget debt and the dollar will show up in the next couple adminstrations. Future Presidents will have to 'clean up' after him and take the blame. A needless War and expensive occupation.

I keep wondering when the actions on all the 'Government Waste' that we have been hearing about for 30 years will be enacted. The only cuts that I keep hearing from Bush Jr. is Social Security! - I thought the government was loaded with needless departments. Why isn't the GOP going after them?
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Cut, it might surprise you to know that I kind of
liked Clinton even though he had the morals of
a snake and was a pussy when it came to running
the country with any thing but a wet finger to test
the political wind. But vote for him? Never!

If you can't admit that the country was headed into
a recession that was accelerated by 9/11 then you
truly live in an ivory tower and are blinded by your
own biases.

Yes, the "unnecessary" war (your opinion, not mine)
has been costly, but the long term jury is still out on
that. I happen to believe that if the democracy
experiment in Iraq is successful then the domino
effect in the middle east will pay a huge dividend
in the long run that will rival the fall of communism.

As for Carter, I liked him at first until he wimped out
with the hostages and let inflation run amok. I even
thought Reagan was "that Hollywood actor" until he
"tore down" the Berlin wall and drove communism to
it's knees.

I know you and your kind hate Bush and think he is
an idiot. But he is smart enough to surround himself
with good people. He says what he means and
means what he says ..... even if his syntax is a little
strange at times. He told us how he was going to
run the country and over 50% agreed with him. Now
he is trying to carry out what he promised.

BTW, my "school boy" reaction to your post was because you always seem to jerk my chain every
time I have a different opinion to your political rants.
I have a hard time letting you post political garbage
but for the most part I enjoy your posts.

You lost the election ..... now get over it.

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Hey Charlie! C-T can be a PITA, but he comes up
with some really sensible stuff at times. Normally,
liberals (to me) are lower than pond scum. OTOH, I have some really good friends who are obvious libs.
It's a testament to us that we can get along. It's
easier on-line though.

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JG, I gotta ask you:

I know you are just joking around about lib=pond scum but as a registered republican, I feel really disenfranchised from the party right now. With both houses of congress and the Presidency for 5 years, they've shown they aren't any better at running things than their counterparts across the aisle. If they are going to spend money and grow the debt as fast (or faster) than anyone, abuse federal powers, and let osama run free, why am I voting for them again? I'll freely admit there are many issues I side with demos on more than repubs, but I think it's healthy when people don't just tow the party line. I just don't understand why so many people line up to drink the kool aid both parties are serving....
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