Delhommeys right. people who think we have anything actually leftist in this country have never traveled to other countries. In the mid 90s I spent May First watching the Communists have a freaking giant parade down the main street in Frankfurt Germany.
Today we had like 25 protesters at Duke and they were all split on what they wanted to protest, then went back home to watch Dancing with the Stars.
The cost of living will be extremely low. It is said that people will have the option to whether or not they want to work...being that work will no longer be a necessity to survival and a decent living situation. People will have a vast amount of more time to persue and focus on life passions, interests, loved ones, and things that actually matter in the grand scheme of life. Eventually the plan is to get off a currency completely...some say this will take place over a 12 year transitionary period once all this gets started.
How will anything be available for supply, production or consumption? Or will just the people who want to work do all this for humanity? Or perhaps this gigantic mound of gold will make all this magically appear?
How can anyone wake up in the morning and actually spend any time considering this pipe dream?
Dude your Obama nut hugging is beyond comprehension.
Dear Abby, My husband has a long record of money problems. He runs up huge credit-card bills and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them off, he shouts at me, saying I am stealing his money. He says pay the minimum and let our kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with the interest. Also he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of them no longer speak to us. The few that do are an odd bunch, to whom he has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our bills even more. Also, he has gotten religious. One week he hangs out with Catholics and the next with people who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ, and the next he's with Muslims.. Finally, the last straw. He's demanding that before anyone can be in the same room with him, they must sign a loyalty oath. It's just so horribly creepy! Can you help?
Stop whining, Michelle. You're getting to live in the White House for free, travel the world, and have others pay for everything for you. You can divorce the jerk any time you want. The rest of us are stuck with this moron five more years! Signed, Abby
Sort of a weird question, but could potentially create some interesting discussion/debate...
If you could go back in time somehow and undo/change/reverse any one election result in order to change our present day situation for the better, which election would it be?
There are a few options I'd look at:
1968: Nixon/Humphrey Nixon was, perhaps, the absolute worst man to lead an incredibly divided country in the late 60's/early 70's. Even before watergate, but obviously avoiding that clusterfug would be a good thing.
2000: Bush/Gore Easily the most obvious recent election that could provide a different result for today. Nobody saw 9/11 coming, and it's hard to really say just how Gore would have reacted differently, but it's clear for one that he would have never sent troops into Iraq and would never have given the rich tax breaks that helped blow the deficit up and would have kept more regulations in place, though to be fair that process was long started before Bush was "elected."
How is it clear he wouldn't have sent a military response post 9/11? The explosions might have accelerated global warming?
But, when I really think about it, there's one election that, IMO, signifies where we really started to go off on a bad track:
1980: Reagan/Carter Sure, Jimmy Carter was in over his head. He was not a very effective POTUS (despite being a good man who tried), so I can understand completely why Reagan won in a landslide the way he did. Hell, who knows, I may have voted for him myself if I had been alive/old enough in '80. Still, Reagan ushered in the modern era of tax cuts for the rich, giving corporations a free pass to do whatever they please no matter the cost to the working class, and launched an all-out assault on organized labor that is still being felt today. His short-sighted economics ran up huge deficits and likely cost George Bush his re-election in '92 for simply doing the responsible thing by raising taxes.
This was also the point at which the GOP began to drift toward becoming the party of the extreme right. Sure, it didn't happen completely for another decade or so, but Reagan took a party that was center-right and moved it much further to the fringe, which also resulted in the democrats moving to the center - at least economically - compared to the new deal coalition and ideas that had helped to create the thriving middle class. Some people look back at the 80's and have fond memories, but it reminds me of the 20's - an era where the rich got richer and the gap between rich and poor grew, which is never good for the country. I almost wish George Bush would've won the nomination in '80; if a republican had to win over Carter, an early Bush administration would have done far less harm, IMO, than the legacy left behind by Reaganomics.
Let's see, 18% mortgage rates under Carter, Country at an all time low and a laughing stock worldwide. Reagan? In 8 years while avoiding wars and loss of American lives utilizing peace through strength, ended the Cold War, East Germany etc etc. National Debt? Went up about 1.5 trillion over an 8 year span, acceptable perhaps when a country as large as Russia was held at bay and along with East Germany ultimately defeated. "Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall" .
Obama, on the other hand has continued wars and started new campaigns, all while Americans die and raised the debt 3 trillion dollars in 3 years with much, much more debt to come.