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Re: USA

Innlegg lba 08 Okt 2010, 12:55

Vegard Martinsen skrev:Kanskje følgende: Selskapet burde ikke finansieres av betalinger fra den enkelte bruker, men skulle være finansiert over skatteseddelen og gi gratis strøm/brannslukking/mat/klær/hus osv. til alle som trengte slikt.


Jeg tenkte faktisk ikke på at enkelte dessverre kunne komme til den konklusjonen ved å stille seg spørsmålet jeg nevnte. Jeg håper likevel at de fleste ville ta til fornuft og innse at selskapene er nødt til å la det være konsekvenser når folk ikke betaler for seg. Men så er veien ofte skremmende mye kortere til å akseptere statlige løsninger enn private her til lands.
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Re: USA

Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 09 Okt 2010, 06:21

lba skrev:
Vegard Martinsen skrev:Kanskje følgende: Selskapet burde ikke finansieres av betalinger fra den enkelte bruker, men skulle være finansiert over skatteseddelen og gi gratis strøm/brannslukking/mat/klær/hus osv. til alle som trengte slikt.


Jeg tenkte faktisk ikke på at enkelte dessverre kunne komme til den konklusjonen ved å stille seg spørsmålet jeg nevnte. Jeg håper likevel at de fleste ville ta til fornuft og innse at selskapene er nødt til å la det være konsekvenser når folk ikke betaler for seg. Men så er veien ofte skremmende mye kortere til å akseptere statlige løsninger enn private her til lands.


Med det publikum vi har i dag så må man være veldig forsiktig og ikke overvurdere deres tenkeevne.

Jeg har vel fortalt følgende historie før:

På en program på amerikansk TV var det en debatt om visse nødvendige kostander. En i panelet sa at disse måtte overlates til skattebetalerne. Da var det en i publikum som sa "hvorfor skal skattebetalerne betale dette, hvorfor ikke la staten betale!" Publikum ga ham trampeklapp.
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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 26 Okt 2010, 05:54

The Daily Telegraph, October 25, 2010: The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam in an attempt to contain China's military build-up. The expansion will include a dock for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, a missile defence system, live-fire training sites and the expansion of the island's airbase. It will be the largest investment in a military base in the western Pacific since the Second World War, and the biggest spend on naval infrastructure in decades - US to build £8bn super base on Pacific island of Guam

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Re: USA

Innlegg Skatteflyktning 26 Nov 2010, 14:34

Kom over denne publikasjonen fra George Mason som er verdt aa kjikke paa:

http://mercatus.org/publication/freedom-50-states-index-personal-and-economic-freedom
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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 09 Des 2010, 14:59

Jeg vet ikke om dette medfører riktighet, men det høres uansett lovende ut:

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Optimism Without Reality Won't Save America

Innlegg Panther 09 Des 2010, 22:25

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/culture/living/6174-optimism-without-reality-won-t-save-america.html

8 December 2010 Michael Hurd

In an otherwise rational and productive society, such profound evasion and insanity must have a cause.

Kathleen Parker of The Washington Post, writing of how the national debt could soon reach 90 percent of the gross national product, stated the following:

"Pending catastrophe is not an easy notion to entertain, much less sustain. Americans moreover have a low tolerance for doom and gloom. We are the nation of optimism, after all. We elect leaders who promise hope and change. We are the shining city on a hill. But what happens when the lights go out? Can’t happen. Won’t. We’re America. The most powerful nation on earth. The land of plenty and opportunity. The place all others want to live. We are the dream. But. But. What if . . . they do? As they say, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt."

She nailed it. The fiscal Titanic has sprung a leak, and yet the band of Washington politicians plays on. Already, Republican Senators have supported a "deficit reduction" measure that largely freezes in place Obama's spending levels while raising taxes. (I'm referring to the Bowles-Simpson Deficit Reduction Commission's recommendations, not the extension of the Bush tax cuts). In other words: Hamper the economy even more with tax hikes, while keeping spending as it is, with superficial cuts at most. Under Republicrats, we can always be certain that while taxes will probably go up, spending will definitely go up.

What happens when and if the national debt starts to exceed the gross national product? Nobody is asking this question because ... well, it's just not going to happen!


Parker nailed what the American neurosis -- the American cancer, as I increasingly call it -- would say, if it could speak. Allow me to identify the alternative message: "We're killing ourselves. It doesn't have to be so. We're a nation that was founded on hope and change. We once were the shining city on the hill. The lights are going out, but it's not too late to turn them back on. We have to recharge the battery and go back to a Constitution that provided liberty for the individual, and nothing more. We have to phase out our Big Government welfare state, and be prepared to even cut billions of dollars in programs immediately, and billions more after that. We must pay off our debt, revalue our currency and start over. There's no other way. A free country made this society the greatest place to live in all of human history. Freedom is always an option, and it's time to restore freedom. It will work even better the next time."
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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 15 Des 2010, 21:15

LA Times, December 15, 2010: A fresh Gallup Poll released this morning reveals that somehow 13% of Americans still approve of the job being done by Congress. The new Gallup survey did not identify those people, understandably. However, even though it is a surprisingly high number given the work not done there in recent years, the 13% is a record low job approval for Congress since Gallup began compiling such data in 1974. The same Dec. 10-12 survey finds a record high 83% of Americans disapprove of the job being done by the folks on Capitol Hill, also the worst recorded by Gallup in more than three decades - Stunning new Gallup Poll finds 13% of Americans still approve of Congress

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Re: USA

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The Washington Times, December 16, 2010: Senate Democrats conceded defeat Thursday and pulled their $1.1 trillion spending bill loaded with earmarks from the chamber floor, stymied by Republicans who unified to block the massive bill in the final days of a contentious session of Congress. Angered at what happened, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said nine Republicans, who had earlier promised to vote for the bill, had withdrawn their support in the last 24 hours. And he berated fellow lawmakers for ceding spending authority to the executive branch. But Republicans said one lesson they learned from last month's election that big spending bills - in this case, a 1,924-page measure Democrats produced just two days earlier - shouldn't be jammed through the chamber with short-circuited debate. "The reason he doesn't have the votes is because members on this side of the aisle increasingly felt concerned about the way we do business," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. Instead of the full-year spending bill, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Reid said they will work on a "continuing resolution" to keep the government running into the new year - Angry Reid pulls $1.1T omnibus spending bill

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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 25 Jan 2011, 12:59

Bildeserie hentet fra boken "The Ruins of Detroit" av Yves Marchand og Romain Meffre:

    Spiegel Online, January 21, 2011: Until the mid-20th century, Detroit was the most significant industrial town in the world, and Albert Kahn was its architect. The son of German immigrants built factories and sky scrapers like they were coming off a conveyor belt. And then, just as quickly as his city grew, its downtown began to decay. SPIEGEL ONLINE presents photos of the ruins - American Gothic: Albert Kahn and the Decline of Detroit
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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 09 Mar 2011, 10:53

CNBC, March 8, 2011: Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement. Even as the economy has recovered [sic], social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960 - Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages
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Re: USA

Innlegg Panther 19 Mai 2011, 16:52

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/markets/financial-crisis/6421-americans-are-destroying-america.html

16 May 2011 Michael Hurd

Stop blaming the politicians, America. Blame yourselves.


The late comedian George Carlin had it right. The longer he's dead, the truer these words of his sound: “You may have noticed that there’s one thing I don’t complain about: Politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says, 'They suck.' But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. No, they come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and they’re elected by American voters. This is the best we can do, folks. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out…"

He goes on: "Ignorant citizens elect ignorant leaders, it’s as simple as that. And term limits don’t help. All you do is get a new bunch of ignorant leaders. So maybe it’s not the politicians who suck; maybe it’s something else. Like the public."

George Carlin was a comedian. One definition of humor is the ironic expression of what cannot be true. When Carlin said these words, most who enjoyed his comedy took them as funny by that definition. But he was right on target, ahead of his time in recognition of this fact and probably knew it.

The best proof of Carlin's assertions lie in what happened to the Tea Party and the federal budget -- most of all, Medicare. Americans in huge majorities will not have Medicare tampered with, because they feel entitled to it. But what if the program cannot be sustained? No matter.

Get it done anyway, is the message of most Americans to their politicians. Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush and Obama all have this in common: Government as we know it must be preserved, and even expanded. They only differ on the manner and speed with which to expand it, and the identities of the personalities who will do it. (Remember that Bush expanded Medicare and Gingrich expanded Medicaid.)
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Re: USA

Innlegg QIQrrr 27 Mai 2011, 17:40

Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 23, 2011: According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released today, the nation experienced a 5.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes in 2010 when compared with data from 2009. The report is based on information the FBI gathered from 13,007 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data for both 2009 and 2010 - FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2010
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Rasmussen Reports, June 3, 2011: Over half (53%) of Americans now believe the federal government is more of a threat to individual rights than a protector. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 33% of Adults believe the government is more of a protector of those rights. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) In a survey nearly a year ago, 48% believed the government was a threat to individual rights, while 37% saw the government as a protector - 53% View Government As Threat To Individual Rights
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The Establishment Clause

Innlegg Panther 10 Jul 2011, 16:47

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/law/6482-the-establishment-clause.html

6 July 2011 Sylvia Bokor

The Founding Fathers gave us this nation, a child of the Enlightenment, Ancient Athens surely being our grandparent. As beneficiaries of such a gift, let us not allow our nation to fall to barbarians---either foreign or domestic---by ignoring the lessons of undivided absolute power over our lives and nation.

In 1802, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in response to a query from that body. In the following Library of Congress transcript, Jefferson's spelling and punctuation have been retained as well as the bracketed material which ultimately he deleted before sending.


An anonymous writer claims that Jefferson's remarks echo those of Roger Williams, the founder of the first Baptist church in America, who wrote in 1644 of the need for "[A] hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world." Whatever the case, Jefferson's expression of "a wall of separation between church and state" led to the shorthand phrase "Separation of church and state."

Although the phrase does not appear in our Constitution, the idea it embodies is a governing principle of our culture. The phrase represents the essentialized meaning of the opening passage of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ." This is known as the Establishment Clause.

From the beginning of our nation, Americans recognized the principle of separation of church and state as a safeguard against religious intolerance and protection of one's right to choose to believe, or not. Our courts followed suit.

In its 1879 Reynolds v. United States decision, the court allowed that Jefferson's comments "may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment."
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Politicians Call for Sacrifice to Solve the Mess They Create

Innlegg Panther 10 Jul 2011, 16:58

http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/politics/6484-politicians-call-for-sacrifice-to-solve-the-mess-they-created.html

10 July 2011 Sylvia Bokor

Congress voted for and created terrible problems as a result of their own negligence and excesses and lack of aforethought. They should cease demanding that earners/producers "sacrifice" to save politician's rear ends.

Jeff Bingaman is one of New Mexico's Senators. On July 07, 2011 he sent a newsletter to his constituents. It is a very long newsletter, filled with many questionable statements, premised on the usual Leftists' view of man as a sacrificial goat.

I'm posting here only some of Senator Bingaman's paragraphs and my comments. The Senator's paragraphs I've chosen to post here do not necessarily reflect the Senator's worse demands. They do, however, reveal his worse premises.


You can bet that politicians who are paid salaries 3 to 4 times more than the average earner most assuredly will not carry on their backs "the children" and "the elderly." Instead, as the Senator amply makes clear, it is earners that must bear the "burden of sacrifice." Why?

The call for producers/earners to "sacrifice" has worn thin. Senator Bingaman and his colleagues, snug in their taxpayer financed retirements, taxpayer financed pensions and self-exempt status, continue to demand that producers/earners "sacrifice"---counting on that word like some holy moral principle that will work its magic by making producers and earners feel guilty if they protest. Politicians such as Senator Bingaman seek to flood taxpayers with guilt should anyone dare say they have not the slightest interest in using their hard-earned money to help strangers when they want instead to help their own higher values, their loved ones.

The demand for sacrifice is long past needing to be expunged as a solution to politically generated problems. In the name of common sense and the well being of those who work and work and work and pay and pay and pay, the demand for sacrifice must be ended. Senator Bingaman and his colleagues created the problems. They should solve them without demanding that taxpayers' "sacrifice."
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