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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:09 AM
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The Federal Government never does anything right....
you know like:

Winning wars.. we're like 11-1-1 not counting the ones not over yet..

Rebuilding and restoring democracy to Western Europe and Japan after World War II.

Defending South Korea and rebuilding it after the Korean War...

Developing the atomic bomb...

Defending the free world from the communist block for 45 years...

Putting a man on the moon...

Real estate decisions like the Louisiana Purchase and the Alaska Purchase..

building the transcontinental railroad..

building the interstate highway systen...

keeping old people from living under bridges via Social Security and Medicare..

keeping disabled veterans from living under bridges via the Veteran's Administration...

running the safest air traffic control system in the world...

sending millions of people to college thanks to the GI Bill, and student grants and loans...

bringing electricity to millions of Americans through the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Rural Electrification Administration....

putting an end to the snake oil salesmen and contaminated food via the Food and Drug Administration...

protecting the environment through the EPA...

protecting national treasures for future generations through the National Park Service...

.....

yeah the Federal Government never does anything right... :sarcasm:
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:13 AM
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1. Yep! And given the fact it is necessary for you to even make a list - -
I would say the one thing government (on several levels) is failing at is education.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:21 AM
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2. This admin is working on that.
Google community colleges, or just google.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:27 AM
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4. We need public education about what it means to live in a representative democracy
and the individual's responsibility for understanding government and making good voting decisions needs to start at home at about age three and continue through life.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:23 AM
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3. Guess you didn't read the info on the loan forgiveness
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:35 AM
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10. What are you talking about?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:54 PM
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14. I'm talking about the loan forgiveness, forget what they called it,
but the deal is, if one doesn't pay back student loans and works in public social work, after 10 years the loans are forgiven.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 12:43 AM
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5. Of course, you posted this on the internets....
3.... 2.... 1....

oh yeah... that's the ticket!
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 02:42 AM
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6. Your overall point is well taken, however
your list is a little misleading in regard to the point you are making.

The transcontinental Railroad is a pretty bad example of the federal govt. administering, planning, or running an operation. First of all, it was bid out to corporate interests who's regard for laborers and the public in genral was, well, nonexistent. It was generally a corporate boondogle.

just sayin :shrug:
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NecklyTyler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 05:17 AM
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7. K&R
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 06:22 AM
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8. Don't forget ... when the government lays down most of the work to establish things,
(like the electricity, the phone system, the railroads, the highways)

then the Repugniconvicts say "Hey, save money ... privatize it!"

do ya think we'd have had a man on the moon yet if it was done by for-profit entities?
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izzybeans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 09:10 AM
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9. Imagine what it could do if it didn't waste its money on the war machine.
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abumbyanyothername Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:39 AM
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11. +1 nt
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:40 AM
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12. +1
:thumbsup:x3
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-06-09 11:45 AM
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13. like the "private sector" does
Deregulation and turning over the country to corporate barons is what has brought us to the sad state of affairs we are in now. It never ceases to amaze me at how the blind right thinks that government bureaucrats are always corrupt and incompetent but corporate bureaucrats are consumate professionals with impeccable ethics. they have just eaten from that tainted slop trough of AM hate radio and Faux Noise for so long it just comes out of their mouths in the worst knee jerk reaction.
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-07-09 01:15 AM
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15. K&R
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