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The Founding Fathers Rejected Adam Smith's Laissez-faire

The founding fathers never accepted the theories of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations (which was first published in England in 1776, after the Declaration of Independence). In fact, they rejected it. Instead, they followed the theories embodied in Alexander Hamilton's Report on Manufactures,which called for tariff's, prevention of monopolies, subsidy of important industries, among other federal regulation of commerce. Congress endorsed this theory in 1791. It was the basis of the economic platforms of Henry Clay, the Whig Party

Article: Spooning With Banksters

Or, "Unkiss The Austerity":

article here

peace in our time ... ?

possible?

Response to conversation regarding the U.S. founded as a Christian Nation

Even if that was true, we have what is known as FREEDOM OF RELIGION in this country. That means the FREEDOM to practice ANY religion we so choose without persecution. I say to anyone that supports the argument that this country was founded as a Christain nation that if you don't believe in freedom of religion, you don't believe in the United States of America. The American concept is about diversity, not singularity. So many hard-core Christians see Muslims as their enemy. They have forgotten the words of their Savior "Love your Enemy." Only thro

Former Mansfield High School Teacher Here

I worked at Mansfield High School for six years so I can speak about that district pretty well. All Texas students are REQUIRED to take a foreign language to graduate. Most schools offer one or two (usually Spanish and French) but Mansfield has been proactive about offering languages. They include:

English
Spanish
French
German
Russian
Mandarin Chinese
and now Arabic.

Mansfield is a suburban district of Dallas and is VERY multicultural. They also have an openly lesbian Superintendent and Principal.

Christian values & vices

Do you know the 7 sins, if you do I'll bet you don't know the virtues!

We are told about the sins and what not to do but I don't recall ever hearing about the virtues and what to do.
The point here is that you can't expect virtious behavior by enumerating sins and omitting virtues. I believe this is at the core of much failure!
Regardless if your christian or believe the US was founded on Christianity (I am not & do not) good values and good habits along with education makes good citizens. Good values, virtues and spirituality should belong to every person, including corporations.

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Teaching Arabic.

Thom,

You should have told him to be happy with the teaching of Arabic because then the Kids will be prepared for our endless wars in the middle east.

Is the Administration forcing peasants into accepting low paying jobs?

More than once, Bernanke has announced that unemployment will remain high for a “long” time. Ok, I appreciate the bad news,…I guess?. Now, O’bama has just expressed his intent not to extend additional unemployment insurance to 99rs despite the boost to the economy that would result.

“Constitutionality” of the Insurance Mandate – a rolling of the eyes

Yea, yea, the insurance industry gave O’bama a huge legal opinion drafted by top industry lawyers regarding the legality of mandating that everyone buy a service provided by a private for profit entity. And yea, yea, history would seem to offer a similar precedent for this or that, but ya know what,….all of it is bullshit.

Short sighted Obama creating precarious society

The proof is beginning to manifest in the pudding and the American people need to be objective. Obama’s conduct is far from laying the foundation for a just and good society:

Wealth Concentrates further during bailout and foreclosure Crises under Obama

“…a country in which the top 1 percent has seen its share of the nation’s overall wealth jump from 34.6 percent before the crisis, in 2007 to over 37.1 percent in 2009. Moreover, the wealth of the average American plummeted during the crisis – the median American household net worth was $102,500 in 2007, and went down to $65,400 in 2009 – while the top 1 percent saw its net

Authoritarian conservatives really only have one goal.

Property.

this goal has a few parts:
- if it is not considered property, make it property.
- if it is not their property, make it their property.
- if it is their property keep it, ever increasing in perpetua.

Clinton Economist derides Obama Care

“As I’ve pointed out, in order to gain passage, the White House and Democratic leaders brokered deals with Big Pharma and private health insurers, who demanded in return that any so-called reform improve their profitability. The resulting legislation does not adequately control future costs, and it will require that Americans pay more for their health insurance than they would have had the deals not been made.”

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

Most of us know how taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of dollars in Medicaid, food stamps, and other financial assistance for workers. But, did you know that we're also subsidizing the retail giant by paying the cost of their environmental destruction.