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  • Posted by $ WilliamShipley 5 years, 5 months ago
    This is one of the problems with trying to send people to congress to solve our problems -- they think the solution to our problems is to pass new legislation. They want to be seen to be 'doing something'.

    Perhaps Professor de la Paz's solution (Moon is a Harsh Mistress) of having one body whose entire purpose was to repeal laws would be a good idea.
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    • Posted by jdg 5 years, 5 months ago
      For those readers who may not know it, Prof de la Paz was based on the pacifist libertarian Robert LeFevre, who was a friend of Heinlein.
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    • Posted by SaltyDog 5 years, 5 months ago
      Not a bad idea, William.

      I'd like to see all laws include a sunset provision of, say, five years. That would ensure that 1) Congress stays out of mischief and 2) new legislation would be given a fair chance to see if it works. If it does, re-approve for another five years. If not, it just drifts away without the usual sturm und drang in the halls of government.
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      • Posted by jdg 5 years, 5 months ago
        I agree. And while we're at it: make Congress part time (like the Texas legislature, which also has a sunset law); and abolish administrative law. Congress must enact all laws themselves, not delegate its power to the huge number of agencies they have now.
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    • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 5 months ago
      Repealing laws would bring real hope and change.
      So would spooning out our alphabet soup of regulatory departments and agencies.
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      • Posted by $ WilliamShipley 5 years, 5 months ago
        Can I pick the Endangered Species Act? It's implicated in an amazing number of idiotic decisions (dumping 4 billion of gallons of water to help 6 fish get to the ocean in a drought).

        Trying to protect every species that exists isn't even reasonable science. They come and go all the time.
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        • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 5 months ago
          The elimination of that act and the EPA are almost at the tippy top of my "take America back wish list."
          The IRS can go away before all else.
          (That would also erase Obamanationcare.).
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    • Posted by $ blarman 5 years, 5 months ago
      There's another really simple way to handle it - make anything that costs money to enforce subject to re-authorization every two years. Congress holds the power of the purse, let's just make it so that every government spending program is by definition temporary. Oh, and there would be a prohibition on so-called omnibus bills. Every spending program and its agency has to be individually authorized.
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  • Posted by cjferraris 5 years, 5 months ago
    For those of us who went to the polls and were under the assumption that we sent a message to congress in the last election, it is now time to take a stand. We cannot allow our rights to be taken away and our voices not to be heard. I've voted Republican (proudly when I first started voting 35 years ago) and until recently, I've had to pick the lesser of two evils. It seems that this "wave of conservatism" was just a catchphrase for the media and both houses of congress didn't see it is for what it is. When our message goes unheard, we're going to have to either shout or go on strike for the next election to show them that without us, they will NEVER retain power. Republicans need to quit acting like the parents that want to be their kids friends. True conservatives need to stand up and take back the party. Become the hard a$$ parent that was respected, because in the end, the kids of the parents who were their friend end up living in the basement of mom and dad's house until they're 35..
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  • Posted by Herb7734 5 years, 5 months ago
    What I've never understood is why so-called conservatives are so weak. They can mouth the right words but when it comes to action they wimp out.
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    • Posted by cjferraris 5 years, 5 months ago
      Simple, Republicans are under the impression that if they capitulate, they will be LIKED. They will not be liked (nobody likes being told they can't have money for something frivolous), no matter how nicely they try to package it. They need to realize that being RESPECTED is more important and that is what it will take for them to remain in power.
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 5 years, 5 months ago
    Once again that lesser of two evils crap rears it's ugly head. Evil is Evil. Lesser or Greater your support only makes you an individual who supports evil. End of conversation. You belong in the secular Devils Congregation.

    For the religious folk choosing evil means you are not - for example - a Christian. For the non religious folk it's I was only following orders, I did'n't want to flush my vote. It was the best of bad choices. The first group now they are violating both the Golden Rule and one or more of the Ten Commandments. The Golden Rule I should add is present in everyone of the world's monotheistic religions.Ergo sum they are sinning when they vote for evil.

    The others in turn are the Nuremberg Defense which is admission of guilt with a plea for mercy, and two other variations of making excuses and asking to be excused for supporting evil.

    A Conservative means someone who makes change slowly as opposed to a liberal who want's it all now. Neither of the two are necessarily left or right wing. they may be left, right, centrist, religious or corporatist.

    A Fascist is one who believes in getting their way using any means and usually believes anything they say and do to control the party is perfectly OK. they may be left, right, centrist, religous, or corporatist.

    Getting to the heart of the matter - Harry Reid was a registered Democrat. His public face party decidedly left wing. Let's pick on the current President Pro Tem. His or Her party is right wing. In both cases it begs the question. Lett and right wing of what?

    Where the rubber meets the road there is little difference.

    Look at the terms left and right. Leftists believe in government control of citizens
    Right wing means government by divine right or in a secular sense a single group who believes, and have done so since 1776 that citizens alone hold the right to control government.

    So what happened? The left picked up the sign marked center which in the case of the USA was the Constitution and moved it to the center of the left.

    Democrats are indeed the left wing of the left. Republicans are the right wing OF THE LEFT. Both are more usefully called the Government Party. They have no center, no sacred ground except staying in power, greed, and disregard for the citizens.They represent the looters and the moochers, the war lords and the witch doctors.

    Explains Carville's unanswered question some election cycles ago.. Where's the Sacred Ground. He asked it of the Democrats but even he did not look to the Constitution.

    So who represents the people? By their choice at the polls the seventy percent who didn't register or if registered didn't vote and a third of those who did vote. The whole thing is about which third of one half of one half or 8.333333% picked up .67 votes. that's point .67 Usually not that close they get three or four percent more and call ten plus percent a landslide and a mandate.

    To be nice I'll give their party platform

    I alone have the right without explanation to take all of your rights without exception.

    The rest is just threats and radical reasoning mostly just forms of The Big Lie. Such as claiming the right to free speech when the subject is buying votes with various forms of money laundering.

    Who would be better off with Harry Reid running the Senate? No One except the looters and moochers. Same as before.

    I hold the sole right without explanation to take all of your rights without exception.

    Sad part is they aren't wrong. Illiterate, Greedy, Evil but they are not wrong.

    Doubt me?

    Whose going to run on a Citizens Control Government platform?

    Anyone who believes they can look you straight in the face and lie - if they are Republican or Democrat

    I hold the sole right without explanation to take all of rights without exception.
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  • Posted by johnpe1 5 years, 5 months ago
    now, this IS a bad situation, but the alternatives are, again:::

    liberals run the congress and do some damage
    there is gridlock and nothing gets done
    conservatives run the congress and give us away

    if we had gridlock, it would be better than Reid. . or are
    the first and second alternatives blended together? -- j
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  • Posted by $ TomB666 5 years, 5 months ago
    Am I the only one who thinks voting for the 'lesser of two evils' is still voting for evil?
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    • Posted by cjferraris 5 years, 5 months ago
      As long as we're still trying to fight the good fight (making our voices heard), change will happen. Not as quickly as it should, but it will happen.. Mainly out of frustration. That's what it takes to cause people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others to rise to national attention. The speak what we've been thinking.
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