View Poll Results: What is (are) the best way(s) to eliminate the deficit?

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  • A balanced budget amendment

    24 24.74%
  • A line item veto amenndment

    17 17.53%
  • replace income tx with a national retail sales tax

    10 10.31%
  • Raise taxes on the rich

    40 41.24%
  • Raise taxes on the middle-class

    7 7.22%
  • Raise taxes stealthily in the form of fees, a federal lottery, etc.

    4 4.12%
  • Nationalize oil and natural gas on federal land and get into the enegry business like Saudi Arabia

    11 11.34%
  • Cut federal spending

    66 68.04%
  • Sell services to prizate industry at a profit, privatize then tax them

    4 4.12%
  • other

    26 26.80%
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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastIndependent View Post
    No to nationalization and very little to protectionism. We really can't compete with China unless we drop all environmental and worker safety laws; there is no point in even trying really
    If we enact protectionism China would suffer and bring all jobs back China would be begging back to us.


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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I would support the Tea Party a lot more if they pushed for a constitutional amendment for replacing the income tax with a national retail sales tax and giving the POTUS the line item veto as opposed to their drive for a balanced budget amendment.

    What do you think are the best ways to eliminate the deficit?
    The best way to eliminate the fed deficit is to deny citizenship to people who reside in the "Welfare Queen States" which receive more in federal dollars than they pay to the federal govt. By eliminating the votes of these rightwing Welfare-Queen-State residents, the govt will no longer have to pander to their entitlement dependent mentality to get votes and so, the fed will be able to reduce the amount of welfare those red-state welfare dependents receive

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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    If we enact protectionism China would suffer and bring all jobs back China would be begging back to us.
    As much sense as that makes, it will not work that way. You cannot compete with a country that employs children, pays very very little, and does not mind destroying their environment. It's impossible. Protectionism may bring jobs back, but only after our, and the world's for that matter, economy crashes. We tried protectionism in 1807. It crushed our economy and then sparked industrialization. We cannot afford to watch our markets to fail any further as that would greatly increase our debt. I am, however, very much for a small tariff for revenue purposes only.
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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Eliminate welfare, medicare, and medicaid immediately.

    Eliminate social security for anyone under 40.

    Replace income tax with a national sales tax.

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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_rebson View Post
    Eliminate welfare, medicare, and medicaid immediately.

    Eliminate social security for anyone under 40.

    Replace income tax with a national sales tax.
    Yea! No safety nets! **** em!


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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastIndependent View Post
    As much sense as that makes, it will not work that way. You cannot compete with a country that employs children, pays very very little, and does not mind destroying their environment. It's impossible. Protectionism may bring jobs back, but only after our, and the world's for that matter, economy crashes. We tried protectionism in 1807. It crushed our economy and then sparked industrialization. We cannot afford to watch our markets to fail any further as that would greatly increase our debt. I am, however, very much for a small tariff for revenue purposes only.
    I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this issue.


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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_rebson View Post
    Eliminate welfare, medicare, and medicaid immediately.

    Eliminate social security for anyone under 40.

    Replace income tax with a national sales tax.
    We'll lose revenue, have disabled people with no money, and have the poor flooding streets... You like third world countries don't you?
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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this issue.
    Haha I guess so. It does make sense, I just don't think that it will work out as it ought to on paper
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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastIndependent View Post
    Haha I guess so. It does make sense, I just don't think that it will work out as it ought to on paper
    We will never know as long as we keep up this great policy that "helps American jobs" so well which is known as "free trade"


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    Re: What's the best way to reduce the deficit?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    We will never know as long as we keep up this great policy that "helps American jobs" so well which is known as "free trade"
    Free trade is killing our jobs market I can agree with that.
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