Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has a message for the Republican and Democratic parties and their leaders this political season: Don't wuss out.
The two-term Democratic governor — and a former Democratic National Party chairman — is also the author of the book, "A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make us ...
According to Rendell, politicians change positions too often, refuse to admit mistakes or credit their rivals and won't say "no" their base. Underlying these and other signs of "wussiness," says Rendell, is a lack of backbone.
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So who's a WUSS ?
Today's US election drama unfolds -
POLI-TRICKS ! you just can't trust anyone :)
During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don't assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
Romney went on: "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
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I have to go out ~ but a quick reply :
Mitt is spot-on; finally the truth …
our country is in a deep dived between those that want to be self sufficient ...
and those that want the government to take care of them.
That’s what this election is all about.
Just keep in mind how the philosophy of government "taking care of you" has worked
for folks around world and also the fact that a government that “takes care of you”
has the power to take your freedom away from you too. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
What is a real laugh though Lisa - an awful lot of people in the US not paying income tax are - normal republicans.
Going back 20-30 yrs ago less than only 20% did not pay income tax - but as you pro lifers have seen the rise of more children come along - these families obviously get government support and hand outs - similar to all the increased elderly people and so every decade - more government hand outs and now its over 46% of all Americans ending up with more hand outs - then they pay tax .
Other forms of taxes are paid - sale tax etc - but a lot of elderly republicans and young lower income family republicans realise they are actually better off under the democrats - who will keep these support going.
Its a difficult situation to sort out - especially with the crisis the economy is in - just like in the UK -we will have to work longer before we get our state pension and end up retiring at 96 yrs old if we last that long ;-)))
It's actually a fair comment Lisa, Peter we have a massive 'challenge' on this side of the pond , with all the 'free' hand outs we have on offer and on tap a lot of folk seriously think this is the land where father christmas come from . Anyone who is working is father christmas, helping those whose profession it has become to stay at home and receive the benefits that their stay at home profession brings them, it's rather an interesting career path many are chosing . Sad But True.
At one time, Peter if your children were raised right, they were who helped
their aging parents (not the state) and “happy was the man who’s quiver
was full” Personally, I think I can do a-lot better investing my money for
retirement than the government. I don’t think any government entity can
manage their way out of a paper bag (?) They are wasteful spenders, our
government, which is only natural because it’s a-lot easier to spend
somebody else’s money than money you’ve earned yourself.
That’s exactly the opposition; can the individual be responsible for
themselves or do they need BIG BROTHER aka BIG GOVERNEMNT.
If we give all this responsibility to the government, we will pay for it more
than monetarily ~ the government will make more and more decisions for
us because they will be "pulling the purse strings" and we lose or
individual liberty. They will tax the producers into oblivion to support the
non-producers (buying votes as-well) Eventually those that are working
hard and being taxed almost 50% of their income will lose hope. Those
that would start businesses and employ others won’t, because there will
be no point. The government will overregulate them and take most of their
profits. The ingenuity and massive wealth Americans have acquired, in the
past, didn’t come from governmental sanctions. It came from
individuals pursuing life, liberty and happiness without overregulation and
excessive government intrusion.
I actually think income tax is unconstitutional :
A recent survey in the UK by Britain's top consumer magazine ( Which) found that " Politicians" are the most distrusted people in the UK. They have taken over from the normal culprits such as Second hand Car Salesmen, Estate Agents, Bankers etc.
I think extremes of any methodology can create problems Lisa - whether its Capitalism, Socialism, Religion,Cultism etc etc.
I am still shocked by the percentage of workers not paying net taxes in the US and also with Mitt Romney a wealthy guy with a multi million dollar income only paying 13%.
In the UK our Politicians are continually under scrutiny on their costs and expenses etc and therefore Mitt would be hounded by our press - even the right wing media.
Whether income tax is unconstitutional - all I would say - we need roads and schools and garbage collections and most importantly Police, Fire and ambulance people etc - and our parties looks upon us all contributing towards it by one way or another.
To me it make sense - people need to be controlled and organised and told. I appreciate you look upon it entirely different which may suit 70% of normal working educated adults - but what about the rest ?
I didn’t say I did not support any government,
Depending on government to provide social welfare is using
the wrong tool for a particular task.
It ruins an economy, makes it’s citizens lazy with an
entitlement mentality & those with enough intelligence to
fuel a productive economy aren’t stupid enough to work
their back ends off to provide for those that won’t bother,
after a time.
When you give people anything, they don’t appreciate-it
the same way as if the had to work for it.
That’s human nature.
You can steal, and quit frankly that what the government is
wanting to do even though they want to call it "pooling
resources", you can steal more money from the wealthiest
Americans and it still won’t fix the governments economic
problem, but what it will do is ruin the economy even more
because those that would invest in innovations and
business will be stripped of their ability to do so :
Let me put it another way, your neighbor thinks you
have too much money, Peter … they won’t come on
over to your house and tell you to your face and try to
rob you, they are much too sophisticated for that,
they will simply hire a socialist policy maker
to take it from you ~ what’s wrong with that ?