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    Hey dude, thanks for the rep and reply, appreciate your time.

    I totally respect your stance on the subject, at the end of the day politics does not define a person and who they think is right or wrong, we all see things differently but ultimately want the same things (mostly). I too normally stay out of these threads but it was more of a reflection of respect that I said anything because usually people who are voting Rick Santorum ARE extremists and totally blind to factual information. If you see everything the way it and still think Rick is a better fit, then all the more power to you. I however don't agree. I'd like to think of myself as a centrist and I know that's a cop out but there are definitely some things the republican party are doing wrong, and then there's a whole bunch of things the democrats are doing wrong also. I'm all for a better America (Just fyi I'm not American, I'm actually Australian but LOVE American politics/pop culture etc because it fascinates me and have been following it heavily for the last 5 years.) because a great American means great Australia.

    Looking forward to my first trip to the states this year (fingers crossed). Going to the main destinations but especially looking forward to going to Texas and catch a college NFL/NBA game as well as enjoy some fine outback meat + shoot up some stuff! :P

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    Paul winning would be best, Santorum would be the worst. Newt would be a little worse than Obama, Romney would be worse than Newt and Obama will be okay for afew months and then things will get really bad, but not any worse than if Mitt Newt or Rick go into office, it would be slightly better with Obama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djdarklyceum
    Hey dude, thanks for the rep and reply, appreciate your time.

    I totally respect your stance on the subject, at the end of the day politics does not define a person and who they think is right or wrong, we all see things differently but ultimately want the same things (mostly). I too normally stay out of these threads but it was more of a reflection of respect that I said anything because usually people who are voting Rick Santorum ARE extremists and totally blind to factual information. If you see everything the way it and still think Rick is a better fit, then all the more power to you. I however don't agree. I'd like to think of myself as a centrist and I know that's a cop out but there are definitely some things the republican party are doing wrong, and then there's a whole bunch of things the democrats are doing wrong also. I'm all for a better America (Just fyi I'm not American, I'm actually Australian but LOVE American politics/pop culture etc because it fascinates me and have been following it heavily for the last 5 years.) because a great American means great Australia.

    Looking forward to my first trip to the states this year (fingers crossed). Going to the main destinations but especially looking forward to going to Texas and catch a college NFL/NBA game as well as enjoy some fine outback meat + shoot up some stuff! :P
    Good post. I think the problem with Santorum is not his religion per se, but the extreme nature in which he espouses it. He is trying very hard to appeal to a particular base, when to me it would seem that he would isolate some of the more moderates along the way. His comments about Satan, the JFK speech, and church and state were particular disconcerting in the 21st century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clickster View Post
    After re-reading some from this thread... I want to make something clear.

    I am an average American man. I love to workout (most of the time) and I love sports. My favorite music is country music. My favorite movie is Braveheart. I put Tabasco sauce on EVERYTHING. I do like Beer and I drink it. I love my wife more than anything in the world. I usually follow my heart rather than my brain; this is sometimes proven to be a mistake. I am conservative in my political beliefs. I also am a believer/follower of Jesus Christ.

    ^my reason for going into all of that is because I can tell from some posts in this thread that I am being somewhat judged as some religious-freak. I try to live a balanced life; but God is the most important part of it.

    There, now AnabolicMinds knows more about me than most.
    the important part is that no matter how rabidly you feel about it, you aren't trying to force it down anyone else's throat . I've got no issues with people having their own strong beliefs in any religious system, so long as they don't believe it should govern what I can and can't do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djdarklyceum View Post
    Thanks for the warm welcome

    Yes Obama 'claims' to be a christian, I'm not 100% sure if he is or not but I personally believe after taking out all the christian pro-biased views, Obama is better for the country than Rick Santorum. He has no accountability for what he says and is a form of extremist in his views with religion and government. He is exactly what you proclaim to be again'st. If anyone had a balance out of Obama and the 4 candidates it would be Obama, sure he panders to wall street and big banks to a degree, but with 3 out of those 4 candidates (Ron Paul being the exception) that degree will increase greatly and the gap between middle class and poor will be blurred. They flip flop on all kinds of views except for the basic right wing conservative view which I think is far more dangerous. I actually think it's sad to say but Obama having another term is a good thing despite being a failure on many levels but also achieving on others (jobs etc/tax rates etc). Until someone who has faith that is exuded through real christian values and not flip flopping through, Obama would get my vote.

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    Obama is the ultimate snake oil salesman. He appeals to the more average person solely through a carefully crafted image, not because of real concern. He is far worse for us as a nation than anyone except Santorum. And the primary reason Santorum is worse is that Santorum would create even more polarization between liberals + conservative. As far as the gap betwen the poor and middle class we have a few major issues that Obama would make worse. As of right now, 49.5% of the US pays $0 in federal income taxes. In some ways to some people that may sound like a good thing. However what its doing is forcing the government deeper into bankruptcy (ala Greece) or forcing it to collect more in taxes from people who are the investors + job creators. Neither of those is a good thing. Obama would continue that trend further and harder than any of the others. As a simple example, a family of 4 earning 80,000 a year today pays roughly 5% in effective taxes (under $4,000). A family of 4 in 1980 making $40,000 a year paid more (around $4,200). Comparing us to other nations, in direct income taxes in Finland for a family of 4 making $80,000 a year is close to $17,000 plus they pay a VAT of 23% on most purchases, 14% in restaurants, and 9% on food + medicine.

    Obama has accomplished 0 on jobs. The most rosy estimate of the stimulus package jobs is maybe 3 million jobs. At a cost of almost 800 billion, thats over $260,000 to create each job. Its not exactly hard to beat that. The least rosy estimates are under 1 million jobs, which ends up at a cost of close to a million dollars each. And thats jobs with an average salary under $50,000 a year. The math simply doesn't work. We'd have done better to take that $800 billion and give everyone in the US who paid federal taxes a $6,000 check, or run a lottery where 10 million randomly selected tax payers each got $80,000.

    And forget his record in other areas. Foreign policy? A complete bust. no conversation even on Israel/Palestine, didn't listen to ground recommendations for troops in the middle east. He supported the Arab spring which is turning into an utter disaster, stable sectarian dictatorships are instead being replaced now with unstable sharia law driven radical islamist governments. And "killing Osama Bin Laden" is a joke, what real involvement did he have there? 0. Its not an effect of his policy or decisions, it was based around when he was found + identified (or in Ax's case if it even happened)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL

    Obama is the ultimate snake oil salesman. He appeals to the more average person solely through a carefully crafted image, not because of real concern. He is far worse for us as a nation than anyone except Santorum. And the primary reason Santorum is worse is that Santorum would create even more polarization between liberals + conservative. As far as the gap betwen the poor and middle class we have a few major issues that Obama would make worse. As of right now, 49.5% of the US pays $0 in federal income taxes. In some ways to some people that may sound like a good thing. However what its doing is forcing the government deeper into bankruptcy (ala Greece) or forcing it to collect more in taxes from people who are the investors + job creators. Neither of those is a good thing. Obama would continue that trend further and harder than any of the others. As a simple example, a family of 4 earning 80,000 a year today pays roughly 5% in effective taxes (under $4,000). A family of 4 in 1980 making $40,000 a year paid more (around $4,200). Comparing us to other nations, in direct income taxes in Finland for a family of 4 making $80,000 a year is close to $17,000 plus they pay a VAT of 23% on most purchases, 14% in restaurants, and 9% on food + medicine.

    Obama has accomplished 0 on jobs. The most rosy estimate of the stimulus package jobs is maybe 3 million jobs. At a cost of almost 800 billion, thats over $260,000 to create each job. Its not exactly hard to beat that. The least rosy estimates are under 1 million jobs, which ends up at a cost of close to a million dollars each. And thats jobs with an average salary under $50,000 a year. The math simply doesn't work. We'd have done better to take that $800 billion and give everyone in the US who paid federal taxes a $6,000 check, or run a lottery where 10 million randomly selected tax payers each got $80,000.

    And forget his record in other areas. Foreign policy? A complete bust. no conversation even on Israel/Palestine, didn't listen to ground recommendations for troops in the middle east. He supported the Arab spring which is turning into an utter disaster, stable sectarian dictatorships are instead being replaced now with unstable sharia law driven radical islamist governments. And "killing Osama Bin Laden" is a joke, what real involvement did he have there? 0. Its not an effect of his policy or decisions, it was based around when he was found + identified (or in Ax's case if it even happened)
    You make some good point here Easy and one I think is often misconstrued about taxes. It's not just the "poor" who don't pay any. The guy across the street from me who makes pretty good money (probably $100k +) has 6 kids. That's a lot of child tax credits. Plus mortgage deductions etc.

    There was a really good article in our local paper a few weeks ago about who is receiving government money. Many are the same group who are venting about the cost of government. But, when asked about their slice of the pie the answer was always, " I don't know what I would do without it".

    The Arab spring is an extension of the Iraq mistake. We destabilized the middle east. In its place we left a power vacuum to be filled by the only organized group. Extreme elements like the Muslim brotherhood. We've put Israel in greater danger than ever with our actions over the last decade their from W to Obama.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    And "killing Osama Bin Laden" is a joke, what real involvement did he have there? 0. Its not an effect of his policy or decisions, it was based around when he was found + identified (or in Ax's case if it even happened)
    They destroyed the compound the other day in the middle of the night. So much for a tourist destination, and more importantly evidence.

    Regardless, lets pretend it happened.... it had nothing to do with Obama and he is just capitalizing on work of other people and using it for personal political gain. And lets be ethical and now show the bloody Bid Laden photo's but Khaddafii we will post his carcass all over the television, that was delicious and great for ratings.

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    As of right now, 49.5% of the US pays $0 in federal income taxes. In some ways to some people that may sound like a good thing. However what its doing is forcing the government deeper into bankruptcy (ala Greece) or forcing it to collect more in taxes from people who are the investors + job creators. Neither of those is a good thing. Obama would continue that trend further and harder than any of the others. As a simple example, a family of 4 earning 80,000 a year today pays roughly 5% in effective taxes (under $4,000). A family of 4 in 1980 making $40,000 a year paid more (around $4,200). Comparing us to other nations, in direct income taxes in Finland for a family of 4 making $80,000 a year is close to $17,000 plus they pay a VAT of 23% on most purchases, 14% in restaurants, and 9% on food + medicine.
    I still dont understand how anyone can think of income tax as ethical, government shouldnt own the fruits of labor of man. Its inhumane and legalized slavery. I remember years ago when I was poor income tax really slowed down my abilities to do something with myself and to have a better quality of life. So they gave me a partial refund check once a year so I behave and drool like everybody else over money that belonged to me in the first place that was taken against my will.

    You do make good points though, I dont excactly disagree with it, the system is stupid.
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    Yeah, i'm not going to talk about what my income actually is but my effective tax rate after everything is only around 10-12%, not including SSI. Thats still of course far far more than 50% of the US paid. When half the population say "I pay my taxes" its only their social security they are actually paying, and given Obama's tax holiday they aren't even paying their full SSI tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1 View Post
    I still dont understand how anyone can think of income tax as ethical, government shouldnt own the fruits of labor of man. Its inhumane and legalized slavery. I remember years ago when I was poor income tax really slowed down my abilities to do something with myself and to have a better quality of life. So they gave me a partial refund check once a year so I behave and drool like everybody else over money that belonged to me in the first place that was taken against my will.

    You do make good points though, I dont excactly disagree with it, the system is stupid.
    well, constitutionally the government is tasked with protecting our borders. They have to have some source of income to do so, whether its land leases, taxes, etc. And particularly when you consider SSI, people absolutely need to pay in to expect to get anything out. Not like SSI is constitutional anyhow.
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    Excellent points overall E. To me, we have no real choices at this point. It will most likely be Romney or Santorum v. Obama. Where is my option? I feel the need to vote as a citizen, but how will any of these guys actually help?

    Santorum is downright frightening imo. Romney and Obama are not all that different. There is no real choice, unless I write in Mickey Mouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    well, constitutionally the government is tasked with protecting our borders. They have to have some source of income to do so, whether its land leases, taxes, etc. And particularly when you consider SSI, people absolutely need to pay in to expect to get anything out. Not like SSI is constitutional anyhow.
    Im not against taxes when spending it, or property tax along those lines. We have roads, bridges, military, all the things that are important to maintain the quality of life for all that have to be payed for. Im just against the idea that you are taxed on your labor, I just consider it slavery, the government being the master.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    Excellent points overall E. To me, we have no real choices at this point. It will most likely be Romney or Santorum v. Obama. Where is my option? I feel the need to vote as a citizen, but how will any of these guys actually help?

    Santorum is downright frightening imo. Romney and Obama are not all that different. There is no real choice, unless I write in Mickey Mouse
    it really is impossible how anyone could think Santorum as a president would be a good idea.

    With Obama we got 4 more years of Bush, who was 8 more years of Clinton. Pretty much whoever we end up with will be close to the same.

    We're totally boned sometime between 2020-2030 (by CBO estimates), and it will come crashing down worse than Greece or even the way the Arab Spring countries went, because we have more guns per capita.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    Excellent points overall E. To me, we have no real choices at this point. It will most likely be Romney or Santorum v. Obama. Where is my option? I feel the need to vote as a citizen, but how will any of these guys actually help?

    Santorum is downright frightening imo. Romney and Obama are not all that different. There is no real choice, unless I write in Mickey Mouse
    Why do you feel the need to vote a citizen under these circumstances? Is it really a vote if the choices are given to you by them?

    I cannot find it conscionable to vote for the slightly less of evils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1

    Why do you feel the need to vote a citizen under these circumstances? Is it really a vote if the choices are given to you by them?

    I cannot find it conscionable to vote for the slightly less of evils.
    This is the "wasted vote" concept. If more people would vote for someone they know can't win because they actually believe they would be better the major parties might actually pay attention. But "anyone but Obama" makes the right think "hey they like what we offer" when we truly don't. Then we do it to the left because we're sick of the guy on the right and they think the same thing.
    Regardless, we are sunk unless everyone takes responsibility for what they take from government. I'm willing to give up my child tax credits etc. what about everyone else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahl View Post
    This is the "wasted vote" concept. If more people would vote for someone they know can't win because they actually believe they would be better the major parties might actually pay attention. But "anyone but Obama" makes the right think "hey they like what we offer" when we truly don't. Then we do it to the left because we're sick of the guy on the right and they think the same thing.
    Regardless, we are sunk unless everyone takes responsibility for what they take from government. I'm willing to give up my child tax credits etc. what about everyone else?
    Its ultra limited choices no matter what, ultimately elections are run by who can afford it.

    The supreme court last year allowed unlimited funding to a presidential candidate by the mega-corporations. This is not a system where my voice is heard.

    I cant vote into a system thats designed to be unfair in the election process, and this whole idea of political parties should be abolished voting should be only on a individual bases. Reasoning the Republicrats have monopolized our government the past 100 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1 View Post
    The supreme court last year allowed unlimited funding to a presidential candidate by the mega-corporations. This is not a system where my voice is heard.
    Thats not quite true. Corporations can fund outside organizations that don't coordinate with the actual candidate. They also don't have the same stringent reporting + disclousre requirements of candidates though. We'd be better served by removing individual contribution limits on candidates given the Citizens United decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    it really is impossible how anyone could think Santorum as a president would be a good idea.

    With Obama we got 4 more years of Bush, who was 8 more years of Clinton. Pretty much whoever we end up with will be close to the same.

    We're totally boned sometime between 2020-2030 (by CBO estimates), and it will come crashing down worse than Greece or even the way the Arab Spring countries went, because we have more guns per capita.
    We are totally screwed, and anyone will just continue the process. Very sad, and the world I leave to my daughter and her kids is downright horrible.

    Ax, (sorry couldnt quote more than 1 for some reason) as a first generation, I have always felt it was my "say" to vote. I dont know if I can truly explain it. However, this might be the first November I stay home. Unless of course Santorum gets the nod, and then I write in Mickey Mouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    Ax, (sorry couldnt quote more than 1 for some reason) as a first generation, I have always felt it was my "say" to vote. I dont know if I can truly explain it. However, this might be the first November I stay home. Unless of course Santorum gets the nod, and then I write in Mickey Mouse
    You see...even if Paul ran as an independent (as Ive stated I already wont vote for Republican Paul), I wouldnt even vote for him (as in independent.) Although I support his idea's and will continue to do so, his immediate trillion dollar in spending cuts ("Plan to Restore America" program) include an immediate 66% cut in food stamps (Im not for food stamps but this is too fast a cut) and an immediate foreign aid cut to countries that are dependent on food supplies can lead to genocide and famine. Although death by murder through unwarranted wars is disastrous, money alone has a more dangerous potential.

    I understand that the country is broke, and all this may happen anyways since the money will be gone but I cannot under my own ethics be involved either way by casting a vote with my finger tips.

    Also, Im bothered by a clip I saw of him from the 2008 debate when he stated that he had abandoned and disproves ideas that 9/11 was an inside job. I cannot get over that, I know he knows certain characters in the government are suspects in regards to 9/11, but his public abandonment is an example of how he will as with any typical politician alter his views publicly in order to gain political power over true honesty and integrity.
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    I understand where you are coming from Ax. I have no doubt he is no different than the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL

    Thats not quite true. Corporations can fund outside organizations that don't coordinate with the actual candidate. They also don't have the same stringent reporting + disclousre requirements of candidates though. We'd be better served by removing individual contribution limits on candidates given the Citizens United decision.
    "don't coordinate" being key there. Citizens united was a disaster for our democracy. Don't just love the shiny happy names they slap on things? Like "Patriot Act". Hahahahaha. The least patriotic price of trash ever written. Anyway, we would be better without the money in politics at all not more in. It is not free speech to be able to buy an election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahl View Post
    The least patriotic price of trash ever written.
    Its a cookbook!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1 View Post
    Its a cookbook!
    It is like the term "Right to Work".It sounds nice,but all it means is that as an employee in a right to work state like Oklahoma,you have no rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conagher

    It is like the term "Right to Work".It sounds nice,but all it means is that as an employee in a right to work state like Oklahoma,you have no rights.
    You have rights, just not right to keeping a job forever regardless of your performance
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    You have rights, just not right to keeping a job forever regardless of your performance
    Not as many as you might think,Easy.There is almost zero protection from harassment from bosses or coworkers.I have been on the receiving end of sexual harassment from female superiors in two jobs the last few years.I had no ability to change the situation other than to quit.Even minorities are not protected from racial slurs here in Oklahoma.I have had coworkers called anything from nigg*** to spics,and all they could do was accept it or leave.
    The only thing that carries weight here in OK is being a woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conagher

    Not as many as you might think,Easy.There is almost zero protection from harassment from bosses or coworkers.I have been on the receiving end of sexual harassment from female superiors in two jobs the last few years.I had no ability to change the situation other than to quit.Even minorities are not protected from racial slurs here in Oklahoma.I have had coworkers called anything from nigg*** to spics,and all they could do was accept it or leave.
    The only thing that carries weight here in OK is being a woman.
    That may be true in your workplace, but it's not true in general. Have someone record it happening, then sue
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    RON PAUL 2012, the only President that will allow steroids to become legal like they should!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomGreen
    RON PAUL 2012, the only President that will allow steroids to become legal like they should!
    Lol. Good luck with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomGreen
    RON PAUL 2012, the only President that will allow steroids to become legal like they should!
    They're only illegal if you get caught ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomGreen
    RON PAUL 2012, the only President that will allow steroids to become legal like they should!
    The most important issue out there. Oy vey
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    They're only illegal if you get caught ;-)

    Lol!True.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14

    The most important issue out there. Oy vey
    It underscores that for public safety manufacturers should have to be transparent about risks, but adults should have the right to put into their body what they want. We aren't their children.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    It underscores that for public safety manufacturers should have to be transparent about risks, but adults should have the right to put into their body what they want. We aren't their children.

    I think you might be reading too far into this.

    To be honest, I am not the least bit concerned if adults have the rights (legally) to use steroids or not. There are far greater issues at hand than any drug legalization. I would personally like to see a little bit of consistency return to the economy, especially the housing market, where my home got crushed in value when the bubble burst.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    I think you might be reading too far into this.

    To be honest, I am not the least bit concerned if adults have the rights (legally) to use steroids or not. There are far greater issues at hand than any drug legalization. I would personally like to see a little bit of consistency return to the economy, especially the housing market, where my home got crushed in value when the bubble burst.
    You can really help the economy if you just legalize steroids and legalize all drugs. The drug war is too costly and creates violence and organized (and in many cases disorganized) crime. Tax payers also pay for these "criminal drug users" more money to send them to prison than it would cost them to go to college. You can add a tax to the drugs and not only save all the waste spent on the WOD's, buy also get a return and that money can be used to do good things (or in the case of our current administration spend to go to another war with another country )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax1

    You can really help the economy if you just legalize steroids and legalize all drugs. The drug war is too costly and creates violence and organized (and in many cases disorganized) crime. Tax payers also pay for these "criminal drug users" more money to send them to prison than it would cost them to go to college. You can add a tax to the drugs and not only save all the waste spent on the WOD's, buy also get a return and that money can be used to do good things (or in the case of our current administration spend to go to another war with another country )
    Amen and well said. The real cost of the drug war is massive. Of course it does help keep unemployment numbers down having so many people locked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahl View Post
    Amen and well said. The real cost of the drug war is massive. Of course it does help keep unemployment numbers down having so many people locked up.
    Jobs in prison as well. Next time you book a airplane ticket and hand out your passport # over the phone who do you think your talking too? lol

    Its legalized slavery, just another corporate prison industry connection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    I think you might be reading too far into this.

    To be honest, I am not the least bit concerned if adults have the rights (legally) to use steroids or not. There are far greater issues at hand than any drug legalization. I would personally like to see a little bit of consistency return to the economy, especially the housing market, where my home got crushed in value when the bubble burst.
    your home value got crushed in the bubble that was caused by federal government intervention. The less involved they are in our lives, the better off we are. It boils down to the primary pieces of Paul's platform, individual liberty + property rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    your home value got crushed in the bubble that was caused by federal government intervention. The less involved they are in our lives, the better off we are. It boils down to the primary pieces of Paul's platform, individual liberty + property rights.
    this is not a paul thing here. This goes much deeper than "Personal Liberty".
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    I think you might be reading too far into this.

    To be honest, I am not the least bit concerned if adults have the rights (legally) to use steroids or not. There are far greater issues at hand than any drug legalization. I would personally like to see a little bit of consistency return to the economy, especially the housing market, where my home got crushed in value when the bubble burst.
    Or maybe the specific topic Easy is talking about isn't his point. Maybe the point is really whether Americans can do what they want. I just don't get it. If the government starts dictating every little gray area and says, "this is ok but that is unlawful", then shouldn't we see a decrease of people in prison? What's the point of telling American's what they cant do if it doesn't seem to be helping them avoid these things in the first place? Why not let the ethics, morale and I dare say religion to dictate people's behavior rather than laws. We don't need laws to do what is right. We need positive influence, good leadership and a unbroken family that raises each of us to do right. The heck with laws. Laws laws laws! There is a law for everything these days and personally I just see them as another thing to break! Heck, you can even break laws and not even realize it. That's pathetic!

    I think this concept of scientific socialism is the greatest point to be concerned with. The government, over time, has flip-flopped the Constitution to define what the people cant do, rather than what the federal government can do.

    If we had the freedom to do as we please, then it wouldn't cost so much to start up a small business, which currently makes up about 62% of the total employment of the U.S. Furthermore, if drugs were legalized, maybe even taxed a little, the government could have huge revenues to deal with their pathetic compulsive spending problem, could lower the taxes on hard working Americans, and could release many, many prisoners with misdemeanor type offenses thus driving the costs down even more. Just like the Prohibition, banning drugs has caused so much crime related to smuggling. I say let the cocaine addict have his cocaine. He will pay enough for his addiction one way or another. We don't need to jail him for 5 years and put him through rehab therapy. Let his sin catch up with him and he will stop then! The same goes for any vice whether it's alcohol, weed, steroids, or heroine. The only one I can say should be considered illegal at all times is meth, since it's inherently dangerous to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    this is not a paul thing here. This goes much deeper than "Personal Liberty".
    the bubble was created by a number of different federal government interventionist policies, including manipulation by the fed. And belief in Keynesian economics

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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    The most important issue out there. Oy vey
    i take personal liberty pretty serious...i guess you feel otherwise. But also Ron Paul is the only one that will do anything about the economy and make real budget cuts, and I dont want to get in a war with Iran on Israels behalf. Goldman Sach Romney or Goldman Sachs Obama it doesnt matter with them its the same monetary and foreign policy, Ron Paul is the only one not controlled by the banking cartels. He wants to end the fed, end the wars, restore civil liberties, and make real cuts.
  

  
 

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