Daily Archives: April 18, 2009

“We cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements”

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President Obma said those words in a speech at the Trinidad meeting of 34 leaders.

He also said, “I think it is important to recognize that the United States policy should not be interference in other countries.”

“But that also means that we can’t blame the United States for every problem that arises in the hemisphere … That is the old way, we need a new way,” he added.

I respect this intelligent leader, this man of diplomacy, these actions of getting along! What do you think?

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Filed under Diplomacy, World Politics

04/18/09 Public Square

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Step up close, speak into the microphone, the stage is yours.

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The Great Country of Texas

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Apparently, 18% of the inhabitants of Texas want to secede from the United States. Other than opening the door for other states to follow, which I’m sure, even if voters reached a majority the federal government would quash in no uncertain terms.

But let’s look a the consequences of such a move; should it be allowed to take place, and indeed passes. Texas has no personal income tax, but it does impose 60 other taxes ranging from tobacco to retaliatory taxes. Texas would lose any tax money it receives from the federal government, so the imposition of higher taxes to pay for basic infrastructure would surly follow such a move. They could also require any visitors to obtain travel visas, and the federal government could impose the same on anybody leaving the state. I could go on and on, but it seems to me any state wanting to secede from the union would be creating more problems than the ones they are trying to get away from.

Readers thoughts?

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Filed under Economics, hate groups, Political Reform, Republicans, taxes, The Economy

This is an experiment

Following Charles’ post on this subject, I thought I’d try a deferred post; I’ll check on it at a later time, and see what the time stamp says.

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