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Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Sep 30, 2013

I’ve been thinking about chickens, that most fowl of foodstuffs, this past week. Those birds hold a significant place in our lives – we consume 8 billion of them annually, Purdue tells me (the University, not Frank, the Tough Man of the same pronunciation), along with 50 billion of their eggs. They’re also deeply woven into American idioms, whether they are in pots or in games -- or ‘counted too soon,’ ‘crossing the road,’ or ‘coming home to roost.’

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Oct 3, 2013 at 6:39 am

Here's a good Tom Friedman column in the NY Times about the high stakes in this manufactured crisis. Web Link

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

The problem isn’t that the government “shut down,” it’s that it didn't shut down enough.

I would support much larger government shut downs, including a reduction of military spending and the welfare state.

People are capable of more efficient (and less corrupt) systems and can handle many "problems" the government claims to solve.

Tom continues his fantasy that there will always be an endless stream of tax revenue to enable the government to grow unabated.

I agree with Tom that Republicans are behaving irresponsibly by demanding a one year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate. The mandate is one of the few responsible aspects of Obamacare, as it imposes a tax on people who refuse to buy insurance, and who thereby pass their healthcare costs onto the rest of us.

Republicans need to end their aversion to taxes. Taxes on the middle class should be raised dramatically like they have in France, so the middle class can feel the pain of the welfare state that they so eagerly crave. If you made people pay for big government, then they would demand less of it.

Obama and Democrats are likewise behaving foolishly. They need to offer a realistic budget to pay for the big government welfare state they tout. They need to stop peddling their fantasy that “the rich” can pay for it all. There aren’t enough rich people to pay our bills. The public needs to see that the end result of big government is smaller paychecks.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

You know, S-P, if you had participated in our budget balancing competition last December, you'd have seen how I would do it -- no fantasy revenue required.

And you are playing games again -- we'll call this one False Equivalency. All that's required is a recognition that your boys are acting irresponsibly (good on you for that) -- then the first person to yell "But the Dems suck, too!" wins! You win.