“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
I just got to say that anyone that selected No really needs to get educated..or maybe they couldn't because the government didn't create enough jobs in their area to allow free public schooling? Any kind of job that has to do with keeping the peace, infrastructure, education, etc including permanent jobs such as the law or teachers probably made its way passed a vote at one point...
Now is the government going to give us all jobs? No. Seriously though 8 of you? Come on people.
"We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan
"During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide that would become the start of most state parks, developed forest fire fighting methods, a network of thousands of miles of public roadways, and constructed buildings connecting the nation's public lands." Civilian Conservation Corps - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A beautiful example of the government stimulating the economy!! In 1942, Congress ceased funding and the program was closed down. Yay! A Congress that actually stopped funding a program!!!!!
Thank you, Quazi!
I'd like to hear your thoughts on the alternatives to the government stimulus. Most people were cutting jobs and cutting spending. I do not believe a tax break alone would have picked the economy back up anywhere near how quickly we came back with the stimulus. Yes, unemployment is high and the economy is still slow to recover, but we needed some way to stop the bleeding, and quickly. A reduction in taxes would have been slow and unreliable (not to mention it would have increased our deficit and debt just as much). How would we know jobs would have been created in the areas where jobs were needed? How would we even know that the people and businesses would have spent the money they saved or recieved when the economy was looking the way it was? Even now we have businesses sitting on trillions of dollars.
The stimulus spending created jobs. Jobs that would not have been there otherwise. Through projects that in some cases will lead to other jobs being created. Yes, the stimulus wasn't perfect... you have politicians, both locally and on the federal level, to blame for that. But I don't believe the stimulus was a complete failure.
"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, it to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." —John Adams
The Governor cannot create jobs only destroy them either through trade protectionism, taxes, overbearing regulations, war, government spending among others. The governments function in the market is supposed to be a referee.
Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
A good example is the post office. It loses billions of dollars every year. Does it create wealth? It provides jobs, but those jobs come at the expense of the taxpayer.
By wealth I mean a strictly financial sense. Of course there are some jobs best left to the government, but I wouldn't expect their bottom line to be anything but in the red.
Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)