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Old 01-17-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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My local newspaper had a comment today that put me in deep thought:

We can build a bridge in Afghanistan but we can't build one in the United States? Does anyone else see a problem with this?
Go Team U.S.!

ODOT says money for second Inner Belt Bridge may not come until the 2020s | cleveland.com

This is in regards to the news today the opening of the Cleveland innerbelt bridge will be delayed to 2020's at the earliest...which was supposed to replace a bridge that is already 3 years past is planned lifespan.
The delay comes from the Ohio state government postponing the project on budget restructuring.

Now I understand reallocating tax dollars is both a process and a nightmare, but when there are major infrastructure problems that are even endangering the safety of a metro of over 2.1 million people and $ BILLIONS and $ BILLIONS are spent overseas each week...THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG.

The old bridge collapsing would be the same as a terrorist attack...

Ron Paul is the only candidate that is trying to bring the tax dollars back into this country, right??

WE NEED TO REBUILD AMERICAN FIRST
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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This video made me smile


Ron Paul 2012 - Rebuild America First - Merle Haggard - YouTube
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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Our national debt is the greatest threat to our national security. Ron Paul addresses the hard facts about our debt and our fiat currency which is in real serious trouble when the other candidates will not.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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I like Paul's style. His candor. His fearless approach. But the guy is off the wall unelectable and if he was elected he would become less effective than President Obama (who I think will be re-elected, anyway). Talk is cheap. Governing is the hard part. The idiotic comment that we can't build a bridge in the USA but can in Afghanistan is ignorantly made.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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I like Paul's style. His candor. His fearless approach. But the guy is off the wall unelectable and if he was elected he would become less effective than President Obama (who I think will be re-elected, anyway). Talk is cheap. Governing is the hard part. The idiotic comment that we can't build a bridge in the USA but can in Afghanistan is ignorantly made.

Well no, not when taken in context of the conversation of allocation of our funds foreign vs. domestic and the difference betweeen military spending vs. real defense spending.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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We certainly need help in rebuilding but WE are also a part of the problem and the failure to resolve it. I certainly love putting the blame on politicians because they deserve it but we . the people need to make an effort also. What I mean is that we all want smaller government to save money, we also want to bring jobs to and back to the US but at the same time we also want a lot of other things and we are not willing to sacrifice either so the whole thing becomes a sort of vicious circle. We want those special projects, those entitlements and so on. We really, can't have it all so we have to take some austerity measures and give up some of the luxuries we are used to but really don't need.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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It also blows my mind how $4 Trillion has been spent on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq during this past decade...and how $1 Billion (0.025%) could completely rebuild 20-30 square blocks of Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, etc

I'm not proposing overspending by any means, but it is still thought-provoking to think what even 10% of that could have done for this country's neighborhoods and/or infrastructure.

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Old 01-17-2012, 04:46 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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It also blows my mind how $4 Trillion has been spent on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq during this past decade...and how $1 Billion (0.025%) could completely rebuild for 20-30 square blocks of Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, etc

I'm not proposing overspending by any means, but it is still thought-provoking to think what even 10% of that could have done for this country's neighborhoods and/or infrastructure.
Not to mention all the jobs it would give, in addition to the money actually staying in OUR country. Hell, some of the troops can learn construction and that solves quite a few problems. Nice for them to have a trade skill for when they leave the military anyways.

So some of our troops would be training, some would be doing/learning construction and the rest protecting our borders. Imagine how much that would assist in rebuilding our country?
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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I loved the comment I saw on a Ron Paul video earlier--

"If You Voted For Obama, So They Wouldn't Call You A Racist,
Vote For Ron Paul-- So They Wont Call You An IDIOT"


Ron Paul: Counterfeit Conservatives - YouTube
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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