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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Democrats Meddling in Business - Again

Liberal wing-nut Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) is busy asserting his new found authority, the authority all Democrats suddenly believe they have since the election. This "authority" is falling under the criteria of government control of business and social ideas.
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For union run United Auto Workers this means health care and a "helping hand" for the Big 3 auto manufacturers who have been led by the nose of union power and mismanaged these companies for years. Let's not forget the soaring prices of automobiles that lack real innovation and energy savings. UAW workers are among the highest paid workers in the manufacturing sector.
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Democrats say they will be pushing for answers. "There will be a lot more pressure" for government solutions to manufacturers' problems, said Levin. Isn't this a business problem not a government one? It is a concern when huge manufacturers' discsss thousands of layoffs and the President of the United States has them to the White House for discussions. President Bush told the Wall Street Journal that American car companies needed to "make a relevant product." What is Bush's definition of relevant? Has he lost his way?
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Do these companies need tax incentives to motivate them to straighten out their business plan? Competition is what makes business succeed or fail and the Big 3 don't compete well with the likes of Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
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Trading partners need to play fair and if foreign companies are not setting a level playing field like the one found in America then adjustments should be made. Tax breaks and tariffs for the sake of poor management are not an answer.
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Internal issues such as rising cost of raw materials and health care costs are not government problems but management ones. Republicans and Democrats differ over how to fix the related problems of high insurance costs and broader lack of coverage. Republicans generally favor encouraging individuals to purchase their own coverage. Democrats favor strengthening the existing employer-based system, moving to a government-based approach, or some combination of the two.
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Moving to social programs, i.e. Socialism:
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America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group, moved to get ahead of the debate by proposing the federal government spend $300 billion so all children have insurance coverage within three years, and 95% of adults within 10 years.
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Government is not Robin Hood and Carl Levin is not Friar Tuck, although there is a slight resemblance. Liberals don't understand free markets and capitalism. It's not up to the weathy to pay for the middle class. If people choose to start foundations and provide help those are individual choices not the choices of some politician from the Left-Wing caucus.
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Liberals are foaming at the mouth and they smell tax increases and federal spending. So much for campaign rhetoric.

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