College graduate, graduate student/enlisted military. Originally from MA.
We found out that Park delivers to Tanner in Hanahan, which now makes this a once a week place for my family and I. Every time I see a Domino's or Papa John's car in the neighborhood, I shake my head. For a few bucks extra, you could get so much better pizza. If I want quantity, I'll suffer at CiCi's. If I want quality, I grab a large BST and add chicken from Park Pizza. Local business that brings the goods.
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Most of the replies in this thread follow the classic, conservative "false equivalency" game. When they say that guns don't kill people, technically they are right. Guns and people kill people. I don't see us banning people anytime soon. Some are right in saying we can not legislate the intangible, the human condition. But we sure as hell can legislate the tangible. Take them all away, make gun possession a felony. Your right to hear something go "bang" doesn't trump anyone's right to live.
So when I go to a restaurant, I should have to pay for use of the table, the seats, the upkeep of the floor below, etc? I pay for the product, not the transmission mediums. But if the transmission medium is going to kill someone (like it has), then the government should step in. It is amazing that these companies can manage to "find" these large amounts of money when something bad happens. They are already making money hand over fist, it's amazing that you can continue to allow them to cry poverty, arty...
You are seriously going to use frauds like von Spakovsky and John Fund?
Why is that the neocons always put these columnists with an obvious agenda on pedestals, when the academics and the evidence say otherwise? Fact checking doesn't have a large place in either party, but to the Republicans, it is pretty much verboten. But just keep listening to what Fox News has to feed to you, and keep listening to what Rick Santorum says. The smart people will never be with you. Only the idealouges.
I'm glad you've reverted to name calling. How big of you.
As for utter ignorance of macroeconomics, which I refer you to the previous research on where the money from the tax cuts went (i.e. not to creating jobs) and Mr. Debs comment above. You are just repeating the typical neoconservative position on economics, that just hasn't worked. It has become painfully obvious that the tax cut was used to raise the wealth of those who have it. If the country wants to grow, someone is going to have to invest. I would suppose you would have a problem with the government being that investor.
Of course, an argument could be made that a well employed population has a higher reliance on social services and government. Greater employment is generally the result of a more educated populus, more people using and having higher quality education. More trucks on the roads, which last time I checked, were not sponsored by ADM.
Your point about the Communications Workers Union is barely coherent, and just reeks of the typical talking points of the neocon movement. Unions bad, regulation bad! That deregulation movement has worked out sensationally for us! Have you been awake for the last decade?
You and your neocon friends are grasping at straws. You want a return to the failed policies of Bush era. The tax cut didn't work. Maybe if the tax cut had "grown the pie" instead of lined pockets, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But an excellent try to bend the conservation. You write great prose, but unfortunately, it is just neocon fan fiction.
Since you feel like defending Ol' Mittens by lashing out at Obama,, attempting to twist supposed facts and figures like your conservative betheren. I found one thing that was really interesting about tax cuts. For as long as I have been aware of supply side, Friedman style economics (commonly referred to as “trickle down”). I direct you to a study done by Moody's and published in Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-13/r…). The synopsis is that these tax cuts that are supposedly to “stimulate the economy”, really go to line the pockets of top 5%. They do not inject any money into the market, they really serve to solidify financial position.
But it sure sounds good, cut taxes for everybody, as Ol' Mittens likes to say (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/st…). So how do you balance a budget with tax cuts? You've got to raise revenue some how right? The first and most obvious way is cuts to services. While every operation could most likely serve to have the fat trimmed, what Mittens is talking about is defunding education programs, the arts, Pell Grants, etc. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-k…). Then again, we have no idea what Mittens will cut funding for because while he says he has a plan, he refuses to release it, although most likely it will resemble the wildly popular Ryan budget proposal. The only thing I could find is a 5 point proposal, that offers no real plans or specifics, just buzzwords and catchphrases (http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view…).
But even with all the cuts (and Romney proposal to raise defense spending), if economic growth stays roughly the same, this will not pay down the debt at the rate the Grover Norquist's of the world desire. The answer is easy I P, look to Massachusetts. Why Massachusetts, the liberal bastion of the most liberal area in the America? I'll give Mittens this, he sure is creative with his terminology. Instead of tax hikes, you get a raise in fees. Like a fee for being blind (http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mitt…). Mittens proposed fees galore (http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/24… And the common thread on these fees is that they would directly impact the middle and lower classes. A handout for the rich, and more pay to play for those who have less. But they aren't taxes, they are fees. But people here a tax cut and they start salivating, they just don't realize that somethings are too good to be true.
And for those that espose Romney saving the budget in Massachusetts, I will give him a bit of credit. The combination of raising fees, spending cuts and closing corporate tax loopholes, which according to the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation was equated to a increase in taxes (http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08…). Romney's math makes little sense, in terms of taxes, and that is why these fee hikes and closing of loopholes are dangerous (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-…). If you think that Mitt will close corporate loopholes like he did in Massachusetts, I point you to why the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson are supporting his campaign. It isn't altruism.
You can say Obama hasn't done enough. That's fair. We all probably hoped that we would be in a better position than we are in. But after 8 years of tax cuts, with spending on 2 wars that was not paid for, a financial collapse caused by the deregulation endorsed by GOP, it is a wonder that we are not in worse shape. Frankly, this obstructionist Congress has given Obama a spoon to dig us out of this mess when what we really need is a backhoe. But I know you want to revert back to the bad old days. Fuck it, let's deregulate everything, start another war in the Middle East that we can't pay for, cut revenue again, go right back to the Bush years. The drum major is leading us to collapse, but at least his social policy is conservative. Those Bush years sure were stellar. Let's just make a round turn and in the words of the band Korn “fuck shit up again” (https://twitter.com/Korn/status/5328932942…).
Two can play at the hyperlink game. Don't think for a second that your maybe 11th grade manner of referencing things intimidates anyone.
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