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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    I'm conservative. I believe in a pay as go society and that benefits should be short term. Socialism doesn't work because people are not truthful. Taxation is theft and people should pay as little as they can by knowing the tax rules and working within them. If you think it's morally correct in paying loads of tax, I find that odd.
    Then you're ok with living in a mediaeval shithole? Taxation is the price of admission for a world with infrastructure and services which supports a decent standard of living. I find it odd that people that enjoy such a standard already are quick to let it lapse through selfishness and ignorance of the consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    When I was growing up , the "conservative" model was Dixiecrats, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond and The John Birch Society. And I rejected that entire panoply.
    When I was growing up, the Dixiecrats, Wallace, Thurmond and the like were mostly history, the “conservative” model was Reagan. I rejected him/it at the time. Then I gained an appreciation for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius the God View Post
    Well, we could go down the list one by one but lets just concentrate on something that is critical to a functioning government. I await your explanation of what it means to be fiscally responsible both theoretically and in practice.
    I'll bet you thought I done R-U-N-N-O-F-T! Sorry about that. Work and "real life" got extra busy the past week or so but this has been nagging my conscience, so I've returned. I'm not sure I'll be able to formulate a satisfactory response, but I'll give it a go:

    What I mean by being fiscally responsible (in relation to our government) -- it's far easier to speak of theoretically. But, in broad terms, I support limiting government spending to performing those functions set forth in the Constitution.

    Recognizing that we are WAY THE HELL past that point and I'm not Queen of the World, in practice what I'd LIKE to see us doing is, as I alluded previously, utilizing a zero-based budgeting system rather than a baseline budgeting system. (Government expenditures SHOULD need to be justified (repeatedly) -- and shouldn't just be taken for granted.) Do away with earmarks. Quit treating government coffers like a slush fund. Subject members of Congress to the same regulations the rest of the country must abide by.

    That's not as detailed as I'd like to be, but my car is almost ready so I'm probably going to have to hop off here shortly. Hopefully that's at least a start.

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