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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    Only a handful of peacetime politicians can claim to have changed the world. Margaret Thatcher was one. She transformed not just her own Conservative Party, but the whole of British politics. Her enthusiasm for privatisation launched a global revolution and her willingness to stand up to tyranny helped to bring an end to the Soviet Union. Winston Churchill won a war, but he never created an ď-ismĒ. The essence of Thatcherism was to oppose the status quo and bet on freedom: the right of individuals to run their own lives, as free as possible from micromanagement by the state.

    In her early years in politics, economic liberalism was in retreat, the Soviet Union was extending its empire, and Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek were dismissed as academic eccentrics. The ideas of Friedman and Hayek persuaded her that things could be different. Most of this radicalism was hidden from the British electorate that voted her into office in 1979, largely in frustration with Labourís ineptitude. What followed was an economic revolution. She privatised state industries, refused to negotiate with the unions, abolished state controls, broke the striking miners and replaced Keynesianism with Friedmanís monetarism. The inflation rate fell from a high of 27% in 1975 to 2.4% in 1986. The number of working days lost to strikes fell from 29m in 1979 to 2m in 1986. The top rate of tax fell from 83% to 40%.

    For a world in desperate need of growth, this is the wrong direction. Europe will never thrive until it frees up its markets. America will throttle its recovery unless it avoids overregulation. China will not sustain its success unless it starts to liberalise. This is a crucial time to hang on to Margaret Thatcherís central perception: that for countries to flourish, people need to push back against the advance of the state. What the world needs now is more Thatcherism, not less.
    You need to learn how to post a link.

    Margaret Thatcher: The lady who changed the world | The Economist

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

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    "Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn't." --Little Big Man

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Not common at all, fairly novel usage, in fact.
    You misunderstand my use of the term.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

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    "Sometimes the magic works. Sometimes it doesn't." --Little Big Man

    I follow the directions. Too often it posts but says "link not found."
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    I find it amusing how quickly so many people on this forum resort to accusing other people of lying when they have been caught in a difficult position.

    .: United States Senator John McCain :: Press Office :.


    Romney brought it up in the 2nd debate and suffered a humiliating setback on it. Republicans were constantly throwing Benghazi at Obama, to lessen his advantage on foreign policy.
    Did you read your own link??

    Hillary Clinton said she was responsible!

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Did you read your own link??

    Hillary Clinton said she was responsible!
    What does that have to do with anything? Did I mention Hillary Clinton or did I mention Republicans/Fox News?

    It seems as if those who accuse others of lying are the most dishonest.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    If all else fails you can use this technique:

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    Thanks. Unfortunately that's what I have been doing.
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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by wbcoleman View Post
    Are you saying that O's decision to snub the funeral was made yesterday afternoon???
    I have no idea when the decision was made and I really don't care. I'm just saying that if he did decide at the last minute not to attend the funeral, it was the prudent thing to do in view of current domestic events. I'm sure most reasonable people including the British Royals and members of Parliament will understand his absence. Why can't you?

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Or maybe it's because she bucked the labor union push toward the morass of quasi socialist push toward mediocrity. No leader is everything to everyone, but is it too much to ask that they at least lead? She did.
    Ah! Here, ladies and gentlemen, we have a bit of truth. To j-mac, the dearly departed Margarette Thatcher was a leader...as long as she "lead" on issues he vehemently opposed. And yet you contradict yourself, sir. By your own admission, "no leader is everything to everyone". So, why do you despise this nation's 44th President so?

    Don't answer; you've already made your opinions of the man quite clear. I just wanted you to re-read your own hypocrisy.

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    Re: Obama sends former officials to Thatcher funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    I have no idea when the decision was made and I really don't care. I'm just saying that if he did decide at the last minute not to attend the funeral, it was the prudent thing to do in view of current domestic events. I'm sure most reasonable people including the British Royals and members of Parliament will understand his absence. Why can't you?
    The decision was made public long before the Boston massacre, which had absolutely nothing to do with it.
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