Losing Can Be Liberating

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    After his defeat in Britain’s 1945 general election, Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine consoled him: “It may well be a blessing in disguise.” Churchill replied, “At the moment it seems quite effectively disguised.”

    As do any blessings to be found in last Tuesday’s election result. The country faces four more years of Barack Obama in the Oval Office, with an increased Democratic majority in the Senate, as a debt crisis bears down upon us at home and our enemies ramp up their efforts abroad. One hopes, for the sake of the country, that on some key issues the president can be persuaded to do the right thing—or, at least, that politics and reality will conspire to pressure the president to do the minimally acceptable thing


    Losing Can Be Liberating | The Weekly Standard
     
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    Be prepared to be free as a bird in '14. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    :razz: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Crying about the debt is the only thing republicans have to offer. That and fear. Japan has a way higher debt to gdp ratio than we do and she is doing just fine. In fact, she's the third largest economy in the world. Time to turn off hate radio and fox news. These know nothings have turned republicans like you into a know nothing.
     
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    A doctor who recognizes that his most burdensome patient is now dying without hope of recovery can turn his attentions to someone worth saving, or go golfing for his own peace of mind.

    So yes, recognizing that the nation is lost can be quite liberating.
     
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    You are aware of their tax and social cast system right?

    Here is a little tid bit to ponder:
    Yields on Japanese government bonds yesterday fell half a basis point to 0.795 percent today after rising to a one-month high of 0.81 percent on Aug. 7 on concerns the bill might fail.

    Even with the sales tax increase, the government said in January that it will probably miss its goal of achieving a primary balance surplus, which excludes debt servicing costs, by fiscal 2020. It forecast a primary deficit of between 1.9 percent and 3.1 percent of gross domestic product in that year, compared with the fiscal 2011 deficit of 7.4 percent.

    “A sales tax rate of 10 percent is nothing close to sufficient,” said Takahira Ogawa, a Singapore-based director of sovereign ratings at Standard and Poor’s. S&P downgraded Japan’s credit rating to the fourth-highest grade of AA- in January 2011, and cut the outlook to “negative” three months later.

    The International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have both urged Japan to be more aggressive in tackling a debt that the OECD predicts will reach 223 percent of GDP next year.

    Yep Japan is doing just great.
     
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    Our nation is not lost. What took hundreds of years to build cannot be swept away that easily. We are facing crises, certainly. Let's all hope and pray that our leaders in Washington take the time to reflect on the seriousness of the issues and simple politics and game playing tactic days are gone.

    We heard from the president he intends to reach across the aisle. I hope the Republicans do the same in return. This is one promise that just may determine this president's legacy for years to come.
     
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    Then go on vacation, permanently, and let those that haven't given up take care of business. The country doesn't need quitters.
     
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    Gloating is not maturity level we should expect in any of our citizens now. We have a task at hand and that is bringing our country together for the good of our country. Let's lay off that laughing and start talking about answers we can all agree upon.
     
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    Heard that for four years. It's easy to have a press conference and tell people that before not following up on it. Like proclaiming that jobs are your #1 focus, create a jobs council, then never meet with the jobs council and proclaim two years later that jobs are your #1 focus.

    I hope he's sincere but i'll believe it when i see it.
     

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