Republican Redistribution?

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Just how far has the party supposedly on the right slipped? An interesting article concerning the Big 3 Auto Bailout and a Republican Congressman from Michigan revealed that my party is coming apart at the seams. It appears that Rep Knollenberg, when quesioned about taxpayer concerns over the bailout, responded that the money belonged to Congress not the taxpayers.

I realize that this guy likely is trying to look out for his political base(life), but to make such an idiotic statement, just who the hell is this guy? Cynthia McKenney in her hey day wasn't that stupid!

It's guys like this gentleman from Michigan who make the party to the left, the party of the educated. If there was ever a time for erm limits, it is now.

Just my two cents worth.

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Submitted by Bonkers on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 7:09am.

For the last eight years we have tried to "redistribute" by pouring billions into the finance industry, hoping it would "trickle down" to the rest of us.
The republicans always try this stuff---it never works!

What we need to do is:

Build some energy projects; have first class roads; destroy and rebuild old dams and bridges; build new water reservoirs (GA certainly needs 2-3); repair or burn all of the foreclosed houses and shopping centers; open hundreds of satellite medical clinics within 25 miles of a fully equipped hospital--pay the help like England does, and keep everyone well; cleanup the streams where we have allowed industry to pollute; rebuild the military back to several million "boots" each properly equipped to survive---reinstate the draft for everyone, absolutely no exceptions, teach them how to work and send them home or to school according to their abilities.
Re-do the officer's corps in the military away from a place from which to retire to one of service to country with promotions based upon attitude, ability, and desire--rather than automatic promotions with fake fitness reports. Civilians do the desk work, soldiers do the soldiering. (that means cooking for themselves, cutting each others hair, washing their own clothes, and NO HALIBURTON!

I'd love to see a bunch of CCC camps in some of these foreclosed neighborhoods, doing some of this stuff!

To heck with the AIGS, the car companies, and all other companies who don't make a product to use or sell! (HERE)

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Submitted by Mike King on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 7:33am.

Your idea of a sort of CCC camp does have merit. Do you really believe that the imperial federal government would reorganize itself to "serve" as you call it?

For my money, I prefer to see these clean up projects done at city/county level initially as a volunteer effort. As the projects grow and increase in scope, then funding and/or expertise could be attained from county, state, and federal level. A grass root effort certainly would lend itself to be locally "owned" by those who stand to benefit most by a particular project, where currently handouts in our nanny state end up with those most corrupt.

As for the military, most of what you ask presently exists, can not agree with you on the size however. A twenty-five percent increase in boots on the ground would be overkill(opinion).

A national unity of effort for a time is going to be required to get us out of this mess that took us some forty years to create, but I'm optimistic that it starts soon.

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Submitted by The Crime Dog on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 8:42pm.

... When the Feds gave the few strings attached 700B bailout?

They're all guilty!!!

And it ain't just term limits. It's special interests. Even dear ol' Lynn ain't immune, though he might be better than most.

If we could seal off the lobbyists (a bounty on their heads perhaps?) we MIGHT be able to get Washington back under control in a decent time frame. Until then, fuhgedaboutit.

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