Well, the economy was (and still is) the biggest one, especially after the Stock Market dropped so low, that Wall Street needed a $750,000,000,000.00 bail-out. I think people were more concerned about the economic situation (where Senator McCain was clearly weak,) than, lets say, President Obama's middle name.
Pork is an unavoidable part of our system. It's the only way many of important bills get passed at all. I'm not saying it's right, but it can't be blames on the party in power. It must be blamed upon our way of electing representatives in the legislative branch.
While my political views might be different than some of you here, I think I can say something we can all agree on.
A stimulus package should not have things in it that do not go towards stimulating the economy. While I'm sure it's all "good" stuff, some of it I think "is" unnecessary spending during a time that we can't afford to do so.
Both the Republicans and the Democrats agree that there needs to be a package, that's not what's at stake. What is in that package is.
Bush had an alcohol problem at one time, right? I don't see you going after him about that.
Oh wait, maybe that's because you think Republicans can do no wrong. The reality of the situation is that there are crooked people in both parties. I personally don't see President Obama as crooked, which is why I voted for him. I was more concerned about the issues facing this country then lets say, his middle name, and the fear-mongering about him supposedly being muslim and what not.
Ok, I think I get it. Ya don't have a good rebuttal lowbottomranch's comment, so you resort to personal attacks. Just like what McCain and Palin based virtually their entire campaign on because they couldn't talk about the real issues.
Something else, President Obama could actually talk about the issues that really matter to us, whereas McCain and Palin based virtually their entire campaign on nothing but smear tactics, personal attack adds, and fear-mongering. No one can convince me that McCain and Palin ran a good campaign because the fact of the matter is, they didn't!
You're not gonna sit behind that computer monitor and tell me you think Palin was the best choice for John McCain are you? If you think that, then you need an extensive head examination. Palin was so great that she had Republicans endorsing Obama! Shouldn't that tell you something?
A friend of mine was in the same situation as you. So, he joined the Air Force JAG. If you're still sort of young and in okay shape, you're IN!!
You'll work office hours and maybe live in a far away exotic land.
Also, you'll get to experience ALL the benefits of socialism, WITHOUT the high taxes.
I was a military journalist for years. Now, with my Gov-financed, loan-free degree I live abroad in an exotic country, working less and slacking more.
Join the JAG. You'll thank me.
Fair enough. I don't think it will ever happen anyway, so no worries.
It would be a great thing if public education could be free in the US without such high tax rates (maybe just by NOT building another aircraft carrier or two or by NOT having another invasion or occupation, but that's crazy talk in this country ).
Then more people would get law degrees. And you'd have more staff available so you could work decent hours.
You sound like a martyr. Again, 60% is YOUR number.
But what if you didn't have the debt (free education) and you could still do your chosen profession at more reasonable hours.
Would you be in favor of a progressive tax system then??
Or does everyone have to go in debt and work like you in order to make you happy?
Glad I won't be your kids.
You say they don't want to spend the time in school. Sometimes people, because of circumstances, just can't do it for any number of reasons.
Why are you so self righteous? Only people who follow your path are worthy? Only a cop who stops being a cop and goes to school to be something else is worthy. Maybe people WANT to be cops and teachers and whatever they do.
why are only you special?
I don't think you need to worry. You will NEVER be taxed 60% in your lifetime.
It sounds like you've got it all worked out. I'm sure it's going to be successful for you.
You will NOT have to support those who didn't get it together.
It sounds like you're very happy in your situation. And if working 70hrs a week starts to take its toll, there's always the bottle.
You're assuming the others are dumb and slacking. The cop with GED may be just as smart and hard working as the lawyer. But he had to quit school and get a job to take care of his family. No Univ. will take him now.
Americans don't think of insurance and tuition as taxes. But what if being a US citizen included all that? Taxes might be higher, but the lawyer has more of his own money left over than he does now.
And he doesn't have to save for his kids' school = even more left over...
"...admission to what?"
That's the problem. In the US, there's very little "what". Suppose education were cheeper (or even free) and the lawyer didn't need that huge loan.
In other words, the "what" needs to expanded.
As for why the lawyer pays more, under Proportional or Progressive tax he's still going to pay more.
Good point. Still, taxes will increase and they're going to have to part with some of "their" money...
Because they've been sitting in the best seats for too long without having to pay full price for admission...
I remember the S&L scandal quite clearly......but, what is your point? If you have one. Please reply! I will be glad to run circles around you, as it's very obvious that you're nothing more than another moonbat liberal with an empty skull, blowing smoke up everyons arse, without a single true fact to back it up. Pissants!!
Your boy doesn't have a clue. He has zero experience in economic matters....and it shows, more and more, every time he opens his yap.
Todays polls show that only 37% of Americans back this rediculous Social spending boondoggle, and the numbers are dropping by the minute.......that's why he's in such a hell bent rush to jamb it through. This Socialist spending orgy will cripple our economy for decades.
Their isn't one major economic figure in the whole country that thinks this is a smart plan.
Obama is without a clue, and so far over his head it's pathetic. When your boy totally fucks up the economy with his socialist spending plan, you will not be laughing when you realize that you're working for the big gov't Dem. "hacks" in D. C., and the majority of your earned income (If you have a job...which is doubtful) goes to lazy fuckers whose only goal in life is to beath in & out, so as to qualify for a gov't check (taxpayers money) on the first of each month.
God Save America!!
you good ol' boys gotta suck it up. Obama is talking about a long-term plan that will put us back in #1 YEARS from now. Every boom in U.S. economy has had an over-arching Fed. plan that led the way. GIVE OBAMA WHAT HE WANTS AND WHAT USA NEEDS