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Old 04-03-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I don't see a problem with Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the Republican budget passed by the House last week "thinly veiled Social Darwinism," as he attempted to sharpen differences between his economic vision and the GOP's ahead of what's likely to be a contentious re-election battle.
The Republican plan is a "Trojan Horse disguised as a deficit plan," Mr. Obama asserted in a speech to newspaper executives at the annual meeting of the Associated Press. "It's antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who's willing to work for it."
Mr. President, exactly it was through the efforts of individuals that allowed for this upward mobility, social darwinism if you will. Certainly the government is needed but not to the degree you and your party want.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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*Sigh*......SMH
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: The D-M-V area
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Administration officials pitched the speech as a follow to remarks the president gave in December in Osawatomie, Kan. There, he said it was inexcusable that some people couldn't get into the middle class and he blamed Republicans for enabling irresponsibility with loose regulations.

Mr. Obama continued that tone today, saying Republicans were attempting to "impose a radical vision on our country."

Their vision, he said, includes gutting the things the U.S. needs to grow—education and training and research and development—and is "a prescription for decline." Mr. Obama said the Republican budget would "dramatically" reduce benefits the middle class receive for health care, retirement and homeownership.
I want to know since when was it the government's responsibility to have anything to do with someone's retirement, healthcare or homeownership?
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Tampa Florida
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I don't see a problem with Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.

Obama Blasts GOP Budget as 'Social Darwinism' - WSJ.com


Mr. President, exactly it was through the efforts of individuals that allowed for this upward mobility, social darwinism if you will. Certainly the government is needed but not to the degree you and your party want.
"Survival of the fittest" is a phrase from Herbert Spencer. One he made after reading Darwin's reference to "Natural Selection".
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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The immense suffering of those selected against.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I don't see a problem with Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.
You were born to be a slave?
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I don't see a problem with Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest.
Neither have fascists, despots and tyrants across all of human history.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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Neither have fascists, despots and tyrants across all of human history.
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The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit. The only method compatible with our notions of civilization and the race is to prevent the breeding of the unfit by sterilization and the deliberate guidance of the mating instinct, Several European countries and a number of states of the American Union sterilize the criminal and the insane. This is not sufficient. The trend of opinion among eugenists is that we must make marriage more difficult. Certainly no one who is not a desirable parent should be permitted to produce progeny. A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Montgomery Village
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And?

Just because Someone smart said it doesn't mean it is a good idea.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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And?

Just because Someone smart said it doesn't mean it is a good idea.
Same could be said for opinions of the stupid.
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