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Empire to maintain

November 17, 2013

Republicans and Democrats disagree about just about everything, but there is one thing I am sure they both agree on: The United States of America has an empire to maintain....

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Capricorn1

Nov-18-13 10:17 AM

The United States is not Japan. -Reeder

Maybe not, but we shouldn't be so arrogant not to learn from mistakes other countries have made. Some are quick to point to other countries as to their successes, such as universal healthcare, they should also be willing to have an open mind when looking at failures.

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CMReeder

Nov-18-13 8:12 AM

The United States is not Japan.

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DavidBross

Nov-17-13 8:48 PM

Thanks for the example and supporting details, Erik. That certainly gives me something to think about.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-17-13 7:22 PM

David:

Look at Japan.

Do you remember when Japan was kicking everyone's ass in the late 1970s and early 1980's?

Liberals told us we needed to be like Japan with a centrally planned economy, employment for life, etc.

Today, Japan is I. Its third decade of economic malaise.

They overspent, over-promised and did quantitative easing for over 20 years. Now they had to reverse their employment for life contracts.

We are now on the same path.

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MrShaman

Nov-17-13 4:53 PM

"The most important thing Stan forgot to mention is our dollar is the world reserve currency. Without that status nothing gets done and our political clout diminishes." - Premier

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Patience. Patience. We're STILL trying to clean-up after those folks who insisted deficits/debt don't matter....

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See:

Reagan Proved Deficits Don't Matter* | Crooks and Liars

We are in jeopardy of losing that status if we don't' get our debt down to a reasonable level because many countries have been advocating replacing the dollar with the Yen.

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MrShaman

Nov-17-13 4:45 PM

"Republicans and Democrats disagree about just about everything, but there is one thing I am sure they both agree on:

The United States of America has an empire to maintain." - Stanley Gould

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So DID Great Britain & France, and...us, helping France to maintain THEIRS (in Southeast Asia), doesn't make "empire" sound like a very wise pursuit, much, anymore.

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CMReeder

Nov-17-13 4:44 PM

Poor Erik he is mired in his own lies.

The US rose to great prominence after WWII. Big government making big investments.

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DavidBross

Nov-17-13 3:21 PM

Erik, what are the leading nations you had in mind?

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hopeforfuture

Nov-17-13 9:30 AM

eriklatranyi-This nation rose to the top because we had the smallest government, not the largest.

Exactly but now that the government has it's paws into every aspect of our lives How do we get our freedoms back so we can improve our economy and schools? If we site the Constitution we are ridiculed as out of touch.

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Premier

Nov-17-13 9:18 AM

Good post Erik but you used a little too much fact and logic that will not be able to be processed by the liberal mind.

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eriklatranyi

Nov-17-13 9:11 AM

Stan tells us to invest in education, healthcare, etc.

But that is what previous leading nations did, resulting in their demise.

We rose up because we unchained the people and did not tell the schools how to educate children from Washington DC.

We rose up, as a nation, because we allowed the market to deliver healthcare with the doctor making house-calls and giving away his/her time to the needy, not because some gov't agency decided they will pay for birth control but not dental care.

We rose up because our people were allowed to invent, innovate and prosper without needing permission from an unmotivated bureaucrat.

This nation rose to the top because we had the smallest government, not the largest.

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Premier

Nov-17-13 7:43 AM

The most important thing Stan forgot to mention is our dollar is the world reserve currency. Without that status nothing gets done and our political clout diminishes.

We are in jeopardy of losing that status if we don't' get our debt down to a reasonable level because many countries have been advocating replacing the dollar with the Yen.

If that happens America as we know it will no longer exist.

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sideliner

Nov-17-13 7:32 AM

Well put..

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CMReeder

Nov-17-13 7:09 AM

The United States is not an Empire. It is a nation that over the years has become the strongest global leader. But Stan is correct other nations have been catching up to the US but not so sure that is a bad thing for the world unless of course you want to be part of an empire.

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