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I think the management of sour state of economy is first on the list.


Do we want a one-citizen, one-vote economy? Or, do we want a one-dollar, one-vote economy?


How much should we really give to our public servants for managing our affairs?


Do any of them deserve six or seven figures?


I have read through numerous sources that each United States citizen is in financial debt $75,000 to our creditors. I have read that the Federal Reserve controls the value of our currency to foreign banks. Where did all our gold go? How much interest have we made?


Don't look at just one candidate from one party. Look for candidates in all parties.


Look for the candidate that can clearly state a real solution to our problems that you can understand.


A candidate should not incite, endorse, or be part of public slander.


No isms. No witch hunts.


A candidate should be up-to-date on current affairs and the state of our Nation.


If you can't respect your opponent, you show no respect for yourself.

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For all the headlines about the Tea Party and blind voter anger, the most disturbing story of this year's election is embodied in an odd combination of numbers and letters: 501( C ) (4). That is the legal designation for the advocacy committees that are sucking in many millions of anonymous corporate dollars, making this the most secretive election cycle since the Watergate years.




I believe I heard somewhere that this is the first mid-term election (ever?) that election contributions increased over what was raised in the previous presidential election cycle.

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I believe that corporate taxes should be eliminated (Except in cases where the corporation takes "public" money. I believe the people that make over 100K at these corporations should pay a higher tax rate). Because of the need for profit taking in the 401K system and stock market, you can't expect a corporation to earn less money. That is unrealistic. Any legislation will likely eliminate jobs or lead to higher prices. So, the only solution I can think of to fix our problems is to tax the rich on their personal income (Not business). Jack it up to 40% if we want to pay down the debt. Eliminating funding for the military would also be a huge boon to this country.If none of these ideas are acceptable, then you better be ready to accept the collapse of the American economy because unless we provide solutions, this will be occurring much sooner than you think.

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Guest Go Figure

Low cost retailers are helping to lower the standard of living for most Americans. The irony is the same people that are helping the big box retailers like Walmart stay in business are having their wages driven lower by them.

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Washington's View of Our Economy




The independence & liberty you possess are the work of joint councils, and joint efforts--of common dangers, sufferings and successes.


But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your Interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding & preserving the Union of the whole.


The North, in an unrestrained intercourse with the South, protected by the equal Laws of a common government, finds in the productions of the latter, great additional resources of Maratime & commercial enterprise and--precious materials of manufacturing industry.


The South in the same Intercourse, benefitting by the Agency of the North, sees its agriculture grow & its commerce expand. Turning partly into its own channels the seamen of the North, it finds its particular navigation envigorated; and while it contributes, in different ways, to nourish & increase the general mass of the National navigation, it looks forward to the protection of a Maratime strength, to which itself is unequally adapted.


The East, in a like intercourse with the West, already finds, and in the progressive improvement of interior communications, by land & water, will more & more find a valuable vent for the commodities which it brings from abroad, or manufactures at home.


The West derives from the East supplies requisite to its growth & comfort--and what is perhaps of still greater consequence, it must of necessity owe the Secure enjoyment of indispensable outlets for its own productions to the weight, influence, and the future maritime strength of the Atlantic side of the Union, directed by an indissoluble community of Interest as one Nation.


Any other tenure by which the West can hold this essential advantage, whether derived from its own seperate strength, or from an apostate & unnatural connection with any foreign Power, must be intrinsically precarious.


While then every part of our country thus feels an immediate & particular Interest in Union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means & efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their Peace by foreign Nations; and, what is of inestimable value! they must derive from Union an exemption from those broils and Wars between themselves, which

so frequently afflict neighbouring countries, not tied together by the same government; which their own rivalships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments & intriegues would stimulate & imbitter. Hence likewise they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty: In this sense it is, that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.


These considerations speak a persuasive language to every reflecting & virtuous mind, and exhibit the continuance of the Union as a primary object of Patriotic desire. Is there a doubt, whether a common government can embrace so large a sphere? Let experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal. We are authorized to hope that a proper organization of the whole, with the auxiliary agency of governments for the respective Subdivisions, will afford a happy issue to the experiment. 'Tis well worth a fair and full experiment.


With such powerful and obvious motives to Union, affecting all parts of our country, while experience shall not have demonstrated its impracticability, there will always be reason, to distrust the patriotism of those, who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.

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