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The King of Memphis Pro Wrestling

The King of Memphis Pro Wrestling

AWA Jerry Lawler vs Hulk Hogan – YouTube.

More of a fight then a wrestling match because Hulk Hogan and Jerry Lawler didn’t like each other that much in the ring. And even though Hulk Hogan was so much bigger and stronger then Jerry Lawler, King was an excellent wrestler and big strong guy himself who knew how to use his strength, as well as being able to punch and hit as well as any pro heavyweight boxer.

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43rd President of The United States

43rd President of The United States

Crooks and Liars: Politics: John Amato: What Ross Douthat Overlooks About President Bush’s Failures: What Reunited The Democratic Party in America.

Looking back at it now, George W. Bush never should’ve been reelected President  in 2004. Even though he had a better economy then President Obama in 2012, but  because of Afghanistan and Iraq, rising debt and deficit. Was perhaps as vulnerable a President for reelection as his father in 1992. What he had going for him was John Kerry, who in a lot of ways is a great man and I. Believe would’ve made a very good President and his father had Bill Clinton who was ready to be elected President and knew how to get it done. We’ve really been in a Democratic era as far as party since 2004. All of these New-Democrats we see today and the message of the party was started in 2004. We just didn’t have a leader who get us over the finish line, got us damn close and had he handled. Ohio better like spending the rest of his money there, he wins that election despite being swift boated by Karl Rove and company. But that just goes to President Bush’s vulnerability as a candidate for reelection.

After the Democratic Party lost the Senate in 2002 and were now confronting a united Republican Congress in 2003-04. They didn’t have any agenda of their own at least coming out of Congress. But by the late summer of 2003, the Iraq War was already looking like a big mistake and a distraction from Afghanistan. And the Congressional Republicans pass their Medicare Advantage plan borrowing 700B$ to pay for that in late 2003. In the House and Senate with almost know Democratic support and then the Democratic Presidential season. Heats up in late 2003 and not only Democrats ready to see what the Democratic Party had to offer but Independents as well. Perhaps losing support for President Bush, the New Democratic Party had what it needed to not only fight. Back but then by nominating John Kerry for President, had an agenda of their own.

Go back and watch the first Presidential debate in 2004. President Bush thanks to the swift boating of Senator Kerry and Kerry not defending himself, had like. A ten point lead going into that debate, that was Bush’s chance to seal the deal to reelection. But it was all that Kerry needed to get back in the debate and show what he and the Democratic Party had to offer and what Republicans were. Doing was wrong and why it was wrong and he clobbered Bush in that first debate. Leaving that debate with his first lead in the polls against President Bush without any Al Gore personal mistakes in it. If the same John Kerry who not only defended himself in that debate but landed shot after shot against. President Bush who didn’t seem prepared to defend himself. If that was the Kerry we saw against the swift boat attacks, he wins that election.

As I said before we’ve been in a Democratic era since 2004. We just didn’t have a leader to get us over the finish line which changed in 2005-06 where we had. Several different leaders of the party in Congress and with Howard Dean leading the party as party Chairman with one goal in mind. Defeat the Republican Congress and give President Bush a check to stop him. And then in 2008 we get our leader in Barack Obama who took us over the finish line.

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Conservative Republican

Conservative Republican

Salon: Politics: Steve Kornacki: Is Rand Paul The Next Robert Taft?: How Rand Paul Represents The GOP’s Shift Back to Conservatism.

If you look at where America has been politically overall and where we are now. We’ve basically become the country that former Senator Barry Goldwater envisioned for us when he ran for President in 1964. A big government out of our wallets and bedrooms party where high taxes and big government is unpopular. And where civil liberties, personal freedom and choice are popular. Which is why far-left Democrats and far-right Republicans people who believe in. Big government but in different forms have such a hard time getting elected statewide. At least to the U.S. Senate now because they represent a small faction of their state even if that faction in their state is a big part of their party.

So in that sense at least Rand Paul fits in very well with where Americans tend to be politically. I mean just look at the speech that Senator Paul gave at CSPAC on Saturday where he said that the Republican Party can’t just be a party that. Embraces economic freedom but that we should also embrace social freedom as well. For one because thats the right thing to do, otherwise we might as well not be a Democracy and become some type of Authoritarian-state or something. But its also the right thing to be politically because thats where Americans tend to. Be especially since we are becoming younger and more Liberal-Libertarian as a country.

Its not that Rand Paul has moved to the mainstream politically in America. But that he’s always been there in the sense that he believes in individual freedom. But that individual freedom can’t just be about economic freedom but personal freedom as well. And that government shouldn’t be trying to run our lives or even try to protect us from ourselves.

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Back to Work Budget Plan

Back to Work Budget Plan

The Nation: Economics: George Zornick: A Truly Progressive Budget Vision: The Back to Work Budget Plan.

Do we need new infrastructure investment in the United States. Well according to the Core of Engineers who aren’t politicians but well professional engineers and economists. We have an over one trillion dollar hole or deficit when it comes to infrastructure. Thats the amount of money that its going to take to repair all of the infrastructure in this country. That covers everything from roads, to bridges, schools, airports, dams and so fourth. Can’t repair all of that in one year, it might take a year just to get all of those projects up and running and to award the contracts to make that work happen. Including the new people to do that work and thats even if we pay for all of it upfront. It still has to be done because once all of the projects are up in running as far as what need to be done and the contracts are rewarded and so fourth. A lot of work will be done all over the country at once.

Yo do something like this over a 5-10 year period at sound two hundred billion dollars a year. And you pay for every dime of it so you are not only adding to your debt and deficit but you are actually bringing those things down. Because of all of the economic and job growth with all of the new workers back to paying taxes. And not collecting public assistance that would come as a result. The way to pay for something like this, is well create a National Infrastructure Bank. Where the money would be raised exclusively from the private sector after the NIB. Would set the priorities as far as what work needs to be done. And then would bring in investors who would put money up front and then be paid back plus interest. From money people spend on tolls and at the airport and so fourth.

Short of creating an NIB you need to do things that finance the infrastructure that doesn’t add to your debt and deficit. But doesn’t hurt your economic growth either and you do that by taxing oil, gas, tobacco, alcohol that sorta thing. Closing expensive and ineffective tax loopholes. Not by raising taxes on corporations who already pay high business taxes because you want more money in the country. And less taken out and this is what we should be doing in this country as far as economic policy is concern. And the opposite of what the Congressional Progressive Caucus proposed. Which is basically saying that American corporations and wealthy individuals make too much money and thats unfair. While the Federal Government is struggling to pay its bills.

I like where the CPC is going as far what they are talking about when it comes to the economy. That our number one priority should be economic and job growth and putting Americans back to work. And that infrastructure investment needs to be a big part of that. I just don’t like their proposed cure for the illness that our economy is suffering through.

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Chairman of The Budget Committee

Chairman of The Budget Committee

 

 

Chairman of The Budget Committee

Chairman of The Budget Committee

A deficit of ambition.

At least Senate Democrats are honest when they talk about their priorities to sorta defend them against this Chicago Tribune editorial. When they say their number one priority right now is the economy and they also acknowledge. To have a strong economy deficit reduction needs to happen now and into the future. But it can’t be the only only goal right now because without a strong growing economy. With more people working and out of poverty, you can forget about ever reaching a balance budget. Or achieving serious deficit reduction because the costs that comes from lack of economic growth and high unemployment. Will wipeout whatever savings you make from cutting spending which is something that. The House Republican Leadership simply doesn’t understand or won’t acknowledge.

The Republican Leadership economic policy is still built around increasing the defense budget. At a time when the Defense Department doesn’t need anymore money, they just can’t afford to be cut further. And tax cuts in the trillions of dollars that most benefit the wealthy and aren’t paid for. Back to George W. Bush borrow and spend economics. Where Democrats want a combination of spending cuts but doing it in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone who needs that assistance. And not just targeting areas where most of the money in the Federal budget isn’t. Like in infrastructure, research, poverty assistance. But targeting areas that need to be reformed like in entitlements and defense and the tax code. As well as investing in things that benefit the economy like infrastructure.

If both sides were serious about deficit reduction, then both sides would present a serious plan that goes where the money actually is. Entitlements, defense and the tax code and reforming those areas and looking for savings there. As well as presenting plans that would boost economic growth. Like in infrastructure and tax cuts that encourage economic development in America instead of sending that money oversees. But we are still in the early stages of this debate and both sides aren’t ready to do that yet.

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Thomas Jefferson

Father of Liberal Democracy

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