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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    I suppose we need to narrow down what exactly it is that you care about. The fact you started this thread shows that you have an interest in the topic, yet during the discussions you say that you only have incentives to advance your cause.

    Would be a stretch for me to conclude that you do not care about the hardships of the less privileged, but you are indeed interested in how the problem is viewed by others so you can incorporate that knowledge toward your political aspirations?
    You've got me.... *fake movie death*

    I actually care more than I let on.

    Enough to fund social programs to the extent that the money being spent wouldn't have been better spent elsewhere.

    Yea social programs are OK, but there is a tipping point beyond which you just begin to subsidize the poor instead of motivate them to better their lives.

    My goal is to (with the least money possible) maximize the affect social programs have on influencing those dependent on them to better their lives and move beyond poverty.

    But policies that have a tendency to create a permanent gov't subsidized underclass that disproportionately consumes tax dollars relative to their ability to positively stimulate the economy, are a no go in my book. There are clear exceptions like some sort of Soc. Sec. retirement aid, and stuff, but to the extent possible we need to:
    - streamline the current system
    - rethink our role as world police and save some military dollars
    - fix the tax code
    - find a meaningful and thoughtful approach to immigration
    - find a way to combat the culture of bureaucratic bloat
    - completely fix public education
    - address tendency of money to buy the vast majority of political influence in the nation

    And a million other little things probably.

    But once all those things are taken care of, we should have the $ to create an efficient and effective social programs.

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    DiscoBiscuit, I will support your aspirations if you promise (and guarantee) to deliver some tangible benefit tailored to me specifically.
    You can save your populist spiel for the plebs.

    And I care exactly as much as I let on.
    Listen to me, baby, you got to understand, you're old enough to learn the makings of a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    DiscoBiscuit, I will support your aspirations if you promise (and guarantee) to deliver some tangible benefit tailored to me specifically.
    You can save your populist spiel for the plebs.

    And I care exactly as much as I let on.
    My man....

    Step into my office and let's discuss your concerns further.

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