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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Truth is our corporations are paying for china's infrastructure building...they are all for building infrastructure everywhere but the united states...here they need tax cuts not infastructure

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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I participate in an international forum similar to this one (mostly read there as I have little to add to what they already know). The US is viewed as a very young country that has peaked and is going down the tubes because it does not understand that failing to take care of the basic needs of the citizens (food, shelter, means of livelihood, healthcare) and taking care of the basic needs of the economy (infrastructure and availability of capital) has been the downfall of many, many countries.

    What do you think happened to the USSR? The USA is headed down the same path. Failing to recognize this and fix it will result in the same fate for the USA. Too big to fail? Don't bet on it.
    Unfortunately for us, that is an accurate picture of where the US is currently. For decades, we led the world in industrial strength, in growth, in military power. Now, we still want to believe that we're the greatest country in the world, while our college graduates move home and try to pay off student loans flipping burgers, while our system of roads and bridges deteriorates, while our government is de facto for sale, while we have the most inefficient health care system on the planet, while our education system languishes (but, if college grads have no real jobs, what does it matter?) The US is like a 747 headed for the ground with no one at the controls who has a clue how to get it back up to cruising altitude.
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Typical...Bernie-bashers focusing on the "laughingstock" quote and not focusing on the real substance of what he said. Do any of you have anything to say about the state of our infrastucture and how we're failing to invest in it?
    It's my understanding that most of the funding for roads comes from the State budgets.
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    Truth is our corporations are paying for china's infrastructure building...they are all for building infrastructure everywhere but the united states...here they need tax cuts not infastructure
    Except that transportation infrastructure is just as important to an economy as low tax rates.

    I know this is anecdotal, but I've got a friend in his early 20's who lives in a suburb in Arizona. While there are jobs in the urban areas, there are no jobs in the suburbs. So for him to get employed, he needs a way to get back and forth between his home and those areas of job opportunities.

    But he can't afford a car himself, and the distance is too far and too dangerous to travel back and forth with on his bicycle. Which means he needs that public transportation infrastructure in order to go to those job opportunities that are in areas away from his residence.

    So I think that building up our public transportation systems, and reforming them (by mandating every street built with federal funds have both sidewalks and separate bikeways, for instance) will actually help our economy by allowing the poor unemployed go where the jobs are.
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    It's my understanding that most of the funding for roads comes from the State budgets.
    That is true since most roads are not owned by the fed. We all pay taxes at the gas pump to maintain the federal highway system, yet the politicians piss away that money on other BS. Everyone that flies on an airplane pays a hidden tax to maintain the safety of the airliners, as well as the network used to control the traffic.....yet that money is spent by politicians to do other BS.

    State politicians are equally gutless for not spending enough money on the roads, bridges, etc.

    And who is responsible for electing these douchenozzles ....... we the people ...... we are often our own worst enemy.
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Here's an idea that came up on another forum:

    The taxpayer should decide where his tax money should go. After filling out the tax form, the individual taxpayer would say that a certain percent should go here, another percent there. Programs that aren't supported by the taxpayers would then cease to be funded, while the ones that are supported would have budget increases. That way, the individual taxpayers, not the Congress nor the lobbyists in Congress, would determine how the money is to be spent.

    Moreover, once the percentage donated by the taxpayers was reached, there would be no more, and therefore no deficit.

    Interesting concept, don't you think?
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Typical...Bernie-bashers focusing on the "laughingstock" quote and not focusing on the real substance of what he said. Do any of you have anything to say about the state of our infrastucture and how we're failing to invest in it?
    Infrastructure spending has gone steadily up over the decades.
    We've continued to invest mightily into it.

    Only recently, has spending sort of leveled off.

    http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/119xx/doc11940/11-17-Infrastructure.pdf
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    Re: Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Here's an idea that came up on another forum:

    The taxpayer should decide where his tax money should go. After filling out the tax form, the individual taxpayer would say that a certain percent should go here, another percent there. Programs that aren't supported by the taxpayers would then cease to be funded, while the ones that are supported would have budget increases. That way, the individual taxpayers, not the Congress nor the lobbyists in Congress, would determine how the money is to be spent.

    Moreover, once the percentage donated by the taxpayers was reached, there would be no more, and therefore no deficit.

    Interesting concept, don't you think?
    No - it's not very pragmatic.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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