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Getting Past the Election to
An Honest Debate

Aspen Times, by Charlie Leonard

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Posted By:Aspenhuskerette, 11/1/2012 10:03:42 AM

The good news about the election this year, regardless of who wins the presidency, is that it has caused a lot of people to think more critically about the proper size and role of government in our lives. What this election has not done, however, is grounded that conversation in economic reality. For that, I strongly recommend that every voter — Republican, Democrat and independent — go online and get a copy of “The Moment of Truth,” the report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. To be clear, this is not a political document in the sense

      


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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 5/30/2013 9:17:49 AM     Post Reply
The economy has been stuck in a ditch for more than six years, and our national debt has exploded to unmanageable proportions. We have no coherent policy for dealing with conflicts in the Middle East, Africa or the Korean Peninsula. And scandals have erupted in the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department and the Justice Department. Moreover, the three things the president said he would focus on the most in his second term — jobs, immigration reform and global warming — get barely a mention by the White House. Those are not just my opinions. By clear majorities, most Americans

   

 

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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 5/16/2013 11:11:14 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 5/2/2013 9:33:16 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 4/4/2013 4:19:22 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 2/19/2013 9:54:32 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/24/2013 2:21:46 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 11/15/2012 9:29:14 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 11/1/2012 10:03:42 AM     Post Reply
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