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Anyone Can Point Out an Insoluble Problem

It takes a real idiot to provide an unworkable solution

Martin Falbisoner
Martin Falbisoner
CONGRESSIONAL STRENGTH QUESTIONS
It's your own fault if you don't ask 'em - in public!

  1. How 'handled' are candidates these days?  I.e., to what extent does the guidance of campaign strategists form the person and personality presented to the public?  Please provide a %, 0-100.
  2. The volunteer military has become a too-selective service.  What would be the advantages and disadvantages of reestablishing the draft?
  3. Why not just get rid of everything but Delta Force?  What are the real reasons we have bases in so many countries?
  4. Philanthropist Bill Gates says:  "Why say 'truly X'? Is 'X' not enough?"  Is 'X' enough these days?
  5. Will lower taxes and less regulations, (smaller gov't), help the economy and create jobs? The Dems like to grow gov't with higher taxes, more regulations and more agencies.
  6. Politician, let's call him Juan Eb, claims "WE NEED TO CUT WELFARE AND GREEN SUBSIDIES." A foreign born citizen, let's call him Sig Namath, says, "but what about oil subsidies?" Juan responds "government should not be the business of subsidizing anything, but CUT WELFARE SINCE THAT IS A DRAIN"

    "What about farm subsidies?" Juan responds "government should not be the business of subsidizing anything, but CUT WELFARE SINCE THAT IS A DRAIN"

    Why doesn't Juan ever say "As my first act, I'll pass a bill to end farm subsidies, oil subsidies and welfare", ever?  Read more about this at Cato: http://bit.ly/1krjWsi 
  7. Which class do you identify with?


Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:49 PM
@Lazlo 3. You see, that's how Churches of the Holy Panglonymous get started. Scary.
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:49 PM
@Lazlo 4. Interesting math and English angles on 'truly.' Then there's the (somewhat desperate) appeal for some kind of EARTH implicit in it. Ersatz-ness and specious-ity, I spit thee from my mouth, really and truly! That I get in spades.
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM
@Lazlo 2. Too selective socio-economically. Yes, to a draft with 'a level playing field, more or less.' Assent to military action should be required to overcome EVERYONE's disinclination to die. Personally. Given that other persons' deaths are somewhat less disturbing. These days.
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM
@Lazlo 1. 'Not to what extent, but who(m).' Yes. I also like how Shri slices it at top of thread.
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:51 PM
@Shri What's the military term for 're-assert.'
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 08:55 PM
@TT Put your mom and wife on the line for a minute. What do you sell, if you don't mind my asking.
Shripathi Kamath January 08, 2014 at 09:01 PM
My Latin not being what it never was, I say that the (only) correct term is "bellum contendo iterum"
Panglonymous January 08, 2014 at 09:26 PM
The title to an old local boy's book of poems is pretty good: War All the Time
Dan Avery January 09, 2014 at 12:08 AM
So Pang now you have to delete this thread. That's the new thing. Just ask Greg "I'm Running for Congress, don't Question Me" Raths. Did I mention he was a Marine? Sig Heil. Pay no attention to that woman bleeding in the corner....
Dan Avery January 09, 2014 at 12:12 AM
No. 9: This just in from Father Frank: One day in the cafeteria line there was a basket of apples and a sign that said "Take Only One." Underneath that request someone wrote "God Is Watching." At the end of the cafeteria line was a basket of cookies and it it the following note: "Take all you want. God is watching the apples." Number nine...number nine...number nine...
Dan Avery January 09, 2014 at 12:15 AM
#2 I say have a draft and give each new draftee a life insurance policy that pays out $3.5 Million. It just might slow us down to a walk when going to war.
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 12:03 PM
It's a real temptation to delete this thread. I have it in my bombsights. Too late, I've flown over. It lives!
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Here's a sentence, Dr. A. "Assent to military action should be required to overcome EVERYONE's disinclination to die." It's all gzzzzz'd up. I wrestled with it but it prevailed so I let it have its head. Why does that happen?
Lazlo January 09, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Geez Holy Pan, you don't think I don't get that? Truly? Just reflecting the banality of a politicos answer. Clearly. Spit as you want, I never tell people what they should eat.
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Lol, no, brother, just elaborating on the limited sense I had of it. Venting. You expanded it with your answers, thanks!
Dan Avery January 09, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Pang, we are not sure why that happens with sentences. It just seems to be the case, as it were, mostly and so on.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Maybe insoluble are people identifying as being one nation. This is reflected in the approval of Congress being so low, and being THE main institution of "we the people".
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 03:25 PM
I mean "we the people" is easier said than made real. I just saw a movie on TCM from 1930. It was about a poor show girl in love with a man from a higher class, and it was so English, and played on the decision to decide on money or love. Following WWI we went into a speculative frenzy with people copying the English. This of course crashed in 1929, and we, (most), re-identified with FDR . But how did this identity change occur? Well, starting in about 1880 mass immigration of mainly poor non-English speaking peoples started. We also had 3 Republican presidents assissinated in 31 years from 1865 to 1901. But lots of people must have re-identified with their richer English cousins and away from "we the people" which included so many new arriving poorer peoples. Then, we get the FBI in 1908, the IRS, Income Tax and Federal Reserve in 1913, and we join the empire in WWI against some of those we were previously allied with, with our rail technology exports, etc. So today we are again in an identity crisis, but worse, in my view.
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Which class do you identify with, TT?
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 04:13 PM
I got incredibly close to someone once. We became 'soluble.' It was weird, because it only happened after she had betrayed me. Of course, I had no right to feel that way because I had set up the open relationship, she chose to go outside, and I didn't. I said, you have to let me freak the * out here, it's not directed at you, and she did, and it * slayed me.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I'm middle class all the way.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 05:14 PM
FDR took on the banksters and specifically JP Morgan. He grew up an American aristocrat, but he fought for the common man, and he stopped all immigration. Today gov't works for the bankster and we have 105 million working age people not working, (or not taking a salary). Like Brad Pitt said in Killing them Softly: "it's not a country, it's a buisiness." Except the movie took place in a broken down city background, and business was very bad.
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Do you aspire to be upper middle or above?
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 05:31 PM
I don't. My interest is policy change.
Panglonymous January 09, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Interesting, I wonder how many middle don't aspire higher; I think the impression is that everyone does.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Ya, go to the liquor store and see all the dreamers playing the lottery. It's epidemic.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Pan sorry, I'm a clown with the money vid. Hey, it's tough to overcome that kind of hurt. I've got issues with a few people from the past that still hurt when I think on it. But it was as much my fault as it was their fault. Life goes on.
Tom Thumb January 09, 2014 at 08:06 PM
I've got a few embarassing stories from the past, but no need to elaborate on any. But, this is the problem why gov't ain't working. The FBI, now also NSA, they've got loads of info on Congress people. Anybody steps out of line that ain't perfect, bam, revelation. Or if nothing devestating, bam, something created based on profile.
Dan Avery January 09, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Wait just a darn minute here. When I first saw this post you had two, count them two questions. And then, rather than delete them Greg Rath's Style, you added more questions? That is not fair, Sir. And yes, I know, God is not fair. But that is God's business and who am I to play God? Shut up, Shri. You too, Lazlo. Enough. No. This will not stand. I demand you delete this thread at once! It makes me look oh so lame! And that's the reason that Col. Raths deletes his threads, because they make him, not me, look so lame. So There. The end. Oh, yes, and the Doctor married the nurse.
Panglonymous January 10, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Thanks for coming folks and drive safely. Class dismissed!

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