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“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” – Cicero, 55 BC
“Apparently, we have learned nothing in 2068 years.” – ObozoMustGo
Assistance to foreign lands? Rome? That’s hilarious!
The usual manner by which Rome “reduced its public debt” was by making
war on some foreign land, pillaging widely, and bringing back thousands
Thanks bozo for proving you know how to copy and paste lies too. Cicero didn’t say this. If you can prove otherwise, more power to you. Loser!
Happy Wednesday, OMG. I know you have a fondness for P. J. O’Rourke’s quotes, so I am sending this one to you.
“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”
— P. J. O’Rourke
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Hey Metro! O’Rourke was correct about both parties. The difference is that the DemonRATS sell you a lie about what government will do for you. The Repubs are correct because the lesson is that government does not work for anything other than defense and the courts. People don’t actually need government for anything else.
“The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty– and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.” — H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, A. D. 1923
Hah! I knew you would put your spin on it. Sadly, Mr. O’Rourke isn’t available for his interpretation. BTW, which Republican are you referring to that believes the government is only for defense and the courts? I don’t believe I know him or her.
Ol’ H. L. is right. I bet you didn’t think I would agree with him, did you. As he says, those who are comfortable with liberty are in the minority. As a member of a minority, one needs to learn how to cope. My approach has been to let them masses have their regulations and their religious rules. You can’t stop it. You’re a minority, remember? Then just proceed to ignore the religious rules and government regulations as often as you can without ending up dead or in prison. You will find that you will have a smaller but truer group of friends and maybe some of your family will think of you as their crazy relative, but you have more liberty. I have been doing this for most of my life.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost
Of course I put my spin on it. It’s what I do! 🙂 It just so happens that my spin isn’t spin at all… it’s just truth. I am documented to be right 99% of the time, you know. 😉
Unfortunately, I think most conservatives/libertarians (not Repubs) THINK government should be defense and the courts, but have failed miserably at selling the story of liberty and freedom because those concepts are 180 degrees opposite from the main goal of politicians: to get reelected by building their powerbase, their beauracracies, and their influence. You see, the story of “I’m going to help you” sells much easier than the story of “you’re responsible for yourself” these days. It was NOT that way for a very long time, but the American culture is becoming much more dependent, and much less educated about America’s founding principles of liberty. This is why the “rich don’t pay their fair share” Marxist mantra sells so well, even when it’s 100% completely false by the IRS’s own data. Americans have completely lost sight of the reality that government cannot give something to one person without first taking it from another’s current or future income. Social programs are like heroine, and the more people politicians can get hooked on their heroine, the more likely they are to be reelected. Dependency is the strength of the DemonRAT party.
I’ve always known you were crazy, Metro. Why I like you! But you should not make the mistake of confusing “religious rules” and government regulation. One is completely voluntary (the hallmark of liberty) while the other is not (the antithesis of liberty). Clearly you know this. I do find it curious how religion has somehow crept it’s way into your discussion points without ever being brought up by me. Perhaps Easter time is the reason… it probably is. But I think you harbor some anger at your Catholic upbringing. You should go to confession. It will help. 🙂 🙂
Have a great day, Metro!
Here’s 3 of my favorit Mencken quotes. BTW, Mencken was an elitist scumbag and a curmudgeon, but he had a great sense of humor.
“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” – H.L. Mencken
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken with foresight to the future of Obozo’s election
“All government, of course, is against liberty.” – H.L. Mencken
Good morning, OMG.
99% correct! That’s amazing! I’ve never done better than 98% :-).
I know the figures, OMG. The rich pay a lot of taxes. That’s one of the very few drawbacks to being rich. In fact, I often use that excuse with Ms. Metro when she complains that I’m not rich. I just don’t want to be burdened with all those taxes. “It’s not easy being rich,” I tell her. She, of course, doesn’t believe me any more than you do.
But really, OMG, I hear your argument that Social Security was meant as an insurance policy, not retirement income. And you’re right. If this were 1935 or 1945, or even 1955 or 1965. But the facts are that due to the fact that wages for much of the workforce have pretty much leveled off since the 1970s. At the same time prices have risen far more rapidly than wages, including things such as health care, health care insurance, the cost of food, housing, transportation, etc. So now we are at a point that if Social Security is cut a large percentage of seniors who are now staying above poverty level would very quickly drop below poverty level. Industrial pensions have gone the way of the dinosaur and wages have diminished to the point that a savings account is just a dream for the future, maybe. There are facts to show that point, too, just like your facts to show how much the rich pay in taxes. Of course you will point out that there are hordes of people out there who just “don’t want to work.” That’s the sermon we hear not only from “rich” people but upper-level and mid middle-class who haven’t felt the pinch yet. Of course there are people who just don’t want to work. There always has been people who don’t want to work. Probably going all the way back to Feudal times when everybody worked and the Royalty got all the money. I’m sure there were miserable little Serfs who figured out ways to get by without working. The ones that didn’t starved to death. There always will be people that don’t want to work, but fortunately most do. We just have to be more proactive in weeding out the freeloaders. Not just by labeling everyone who has the misfortune to lose their livelihood for some reason, a freeloader.
Now on to “religious rules.” I don’t confuse them with government regulations because I feel that the religions have been inserting themselves into the government. I believe that in order to preserve their liberty, they should keep their rules within their religious community and not try to impose their particular beliefs on the public at large through government intervention. Which some churches do. They should have the “liberty” to practice their religion as they wish so long as their rules don’t attempt to override or dictate the laws of the state. That was the reason why we want separation of church and state. That’s why churches enjoy tax-free status. If they don’t want to perform same-sex marriages, then they shouldn’t have to. But they have no right to tell the state that they can’t recognize civil same-sex marriages. When religions impose their rules on everyone we have a theocracy. You know how much we hate radical Islamists. Do we allow the churches to dictate our lifestyle to the point we have the same situation here? That is NOT liberty in any way. I don’t want to be the one to tell Ms. Metro she has to wear a head scarf and veil at all times, that she’s not allowed to drive the car, or even so much as leave the house without a male relative escort. I’ve done some crazy and even dangerous things in my life, but I would never attempt that.
Have a Great day!