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01/03/14 09:31 PM #134    


Phillip Mathewson

We grew up with these guys.  This is a tribute to them.  RIP Phil....

07/11/14 09:38 PM #135    


Phillip Mathewson

I feel so bad that our children and grandchildren are growing up in a country that has been devastated by socialism.   I had hoped that we could provide a better lifre for thewm.  But apparently I was wrong.


07/12/14 11:00 AM #136    

Jean Dingman Knapper

We were lucky that we grew up during the best of times.

07/12/14 06:13 PM #137    

Richard Wendling

Phillip and Jean,

Many of our parents suffered thru the depression (1930-40) then suffered thru a horrendous war to be again deprived of material goods for the sake of the nation's survival. Our parents were religious, at least those in the foxholes and in churches at home. New babies, you and I, grew up in plenty but with decreasing religiousness. We became the hippy generation. If it feels good, do it. Drugs were always there, but with post-war affluence, the money was there, too.

Behavior changed from tradition- and inner-directed to other-directed and attitudes became self-centered and narcissistic. We taught these behaviors to our children and took them not to church. They, my kids are 42 & 40, I am sure are teaching their children pretty much the same.

In short and as Alexander Tyler wrote in 1787, "...nations always progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith to great courage to liberty to abundance to complacency to apathy to dependence and back into bondage." (I edited from brevity.)

So how do we stop this process? I believe we must return to Christ or at least to Judeo/Christian Principles and join together in "the" Tea Party or at least bring forth candidates who pledge to protect and defend the US Constitution. Further, we must be willing to take a cut in our own govt check, say, 1% in each of six years to balance the Fed Budget. OR we, as all the politicians and bureaucrats from top to bottom are, can ride our overburdened horse 'til he drops. What then? We may still be alive! Did the system as proposed by Marx, Engels and Trotsky and continued by Stalin, Mao, Castro, Alinsky, Cloward & Piven, Ayers, Hillary, Jarrett, FM Davis and Barry Soetoro thrive, prosper and eliminate poverty? 

Reading a lot of history, I leave you with my favorite Santayana quote, "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends upon retentiveness....Those who cannot remember history are condemned to repeat it." Rick, call me "V"


07/12/14 07:03 PM #138    


Maureen Reynolds Clark

Fellow Conservatives

I, too, grieve for our country today.  However, living in Wisconsin, seeing the changes we are making, electing Scott Walker, getting involved on the ground floor, knocking on doors, changing our school boards, etc.  I have hope.  


07/12/14 09:28 PM #139    

Charles Wharton

Could it be Representation without Taxation?

~50% of the adult population don't pay taxes. 

07/13/14 10:42 PM #140    

David Ross

Socialism?   Really?   Hello.   I have a very different take on things, but first let me ask a couple of questions:

1.   Did your views change since high school or have you always felt this way?

2.   Do your children share your same bleak view of things?

3.   Has your life been worse, better, or about the same as your parents?

4.   Are you doing what you want to do in retirement?   Do you personally feel secure?

From your photo you and your wife appear healthy, prosperous and happy.   Did I miss something here?

A confession:    Even though I've been a registered Republican all my life,  I started voting Democratic in virtually all elections since JFK.    The Republicans to me are a joke,  an embarrasment even .   Yes, I too would like to see less debt but a big piece of that was generated by Bush.   He spent money on a questionable war and that money didn't circulate back into our economy.   It is gone forever.   However, even the debt problem can be solved.

My life experience makes me far more optimistic than you apparently are..  I had a wonderful education at the University of Michigan which opened an entirely new world of computing to me that didn't even exist in 1959.   I shed my conservative political and religious (Missouri Mormonism) past  to find new worlds.   I''ve lived a great life,  have travelled the world quite extensively over decades,  and now have five grown children  (blended family) who are all well off (two of them in the infamous "top 1%" demographic),  all attended public universities, are optimistic, and are working hard  without any benfit of legacy support.  They see opportunity - not socialism.

Other countries almost without exception have greater problems than what we're dealing with.   Sure we've made mistakes and will certainly continue to do so.   But take heart.  Don't sell America short - that's a bad investment decision.


Dave Ross,  Ann Arbor, MI   July, 2014













07/14/14 07:22 AM #141    

David L. Carroll

David - Happy that all has been and continues to be well in you life. I think that most of us would probably come to the same conclusion.  However, what is being expressed is a real concern for the future opportunities, not a dissatisfaction with past opportunities.   

07/14/14 09:21 AM #142    


Phillip Mathewson

Re-distribution of wealth is Socialism.  No one can deny that.


07/14/14 09:39 AM #143    


Phillip Mathewson


Happy New Year, America!
Here is what happened on January 1st 2014:

Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains Tax went from 15 % to 28%
Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%

Remember this 'fact;' if you have any money, the Democrats want it!
All these taxes were passed with only Democrat votes.
Not one Republican voted for these taxes!
Remember this come election time. And make sure your friends and neighbors know this info too!
These taxes were all passed under the affordable care act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

07/14/14 10:45 AM #144    

Judith Zionts Fox

Folks who do not recognize that we have become a Socialist country need a huge nudge to wake up. Not only do we have distribution of wealth (socialism) but we now have Socialized medicine. Obamacare is totally screwed up. Look at what has happened to our beautiful country since our current Oval Office resident has been in office.  Being a conservative, I will agree that way too many of our Republicans are letting us down.  Those are the moderates and even some of them are waking up.  However, we have not had a Republican Congress for the last 2 years of President Bush's term and all of Obama's term. We now have a Republican House which can't accomplish much of anything since the Senate won't bring up any House bills..  As for the Democrats who are virtually in charge of everything, look at what they have done: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS Scandal, reckless handling of the wars we were in and those he created himself. Now drug cartels, gang members, thugs and unaccompanied innocent children (unbelievably large numbers who are being used as pawns) are coming into our country.  Don't ignore that our debt has increase from 9 trillion dollars to 171/2+ trillion in 51/2 years. O has doubled our national debt and he is not finished yet.  He keeps moving faster and what a great time he and his family have on all their vacations (lost track of how many). So now what is he doing? He spends most of his time fund raising, playing golf and pool when he isn't on a vacation that is fit for a king.  Is he saying, "Let them eat cake?"  So who is running our country? Is it the Tzars? So are you sure our children and grandchildren will have it as good as we did?  Personally I am sick of what the future holds for mine.

07/14/14 02:54 PM #145    

Frederick Ohsol

Great post David Ross.  There has been a lot of changes since 1959 and we have been fortunate to witness and participate.  Somehow I feel that we will adapt and our kids will do likewise.

Fred Ohsol  

New Bern, NC

07/14/14 03:21 PM #146    


Maureen Reynolds Clark

So Fred, you are saying we should adopt your Boiling Frog Theory.  Well, before Socialism destroys this country, for the sake of the next generation, I prefer to leap out.  


07/14/14 08:38 PM #147    


Phillip Mathewson

Fred,  it has never been easy to adapt to tyranny.  Taking freedoms away from people has never created a successful society.  And I don't think it ever will.  Do you?  If so, how?

07/14/14 09:29 PM #148    

Joseph Atchison

David ,I'm happy for you that you have achieved so much in your lifetime,and also happy for your childrens successes. But, you can say goodbye to such successes for your grandchildren if the Socialistic form of Government that we now have in the White House were to continue.  Thank God it won't, because it can't ,not in this country of ours,where it takes more than a pen and a cell phone to govern.   I'm sorry for you that you have been turned away from the truths that are so self evident. Your efforts to sell your ideas would best be served in a country such as Cuba ,Oh so sorry, they already have been.

Respectfully disagreeing  ,Joe Atchison

07/15/14 06:58 AM #149    

Thomas Opferman

Sooo many people drinking the Lemonade!  Maybe we should join the ones trying to get into Cuba and Venezuela and get it over with?


Tom Opferman



07/15/14 07:05 AM #150    

Nancy Sherbondy Havlik

Providing adequate medical care for all Americans is hardly Socialism!!  76% of REPUBLICANS are now pleased with their medical coverage under Obamacare.  Notice how potential Republican candidates have stopped complaining about the new health care law.  Of course we can all be very sanctimous about the law since we have Medicare which was also challenged initially.

Nancy Havlik

07/15/14 09:03 AM #151    

Carolyn Moore Newberger

Redistribution of wealth is not necessarily socialism, because it can go in different directions.  In this country, the redistribution of wealth in the past several years has been in the direction of greater income inequality rather than socialism.  The wealthiest Americans are increasing their percentage of the nation's wealth, while the percentage of Americans in poverty is increasing, creating a widening gap between rich and poor.  This is fact, not ideology.  

07/15/14 12:14 PM #152    


Phillip Mathewson

Any time a government forcibly takes property from one person and gives it to another is Socialism.

07/15/14 12:40 PM #153    

Nancy Sherbondy Havlik

Not really.

07/19/14 08:56 AM #154    

Magdaline Conomos Balsley

In a nutshell.

07/20/14 02:09 PM #155    


Phillip Mathewson

Nancy, Providing adequate medical care for all Americans is Socialism!!  It is taking property (money) from one person and giving it to another.  That is not the job of our government.  The job of our government is to protect U.S. citizens from enemy's abroad and within our country.  See the United States Consiitution and the Bill of Rights as my reference please.

07/20/14 02:15 PM #156    


Phillip Mathewson

Magdaline, what economic, scientific, political, or inovative contributions did the "Hippies" EVER make to society? 

07/20/14 04:30 PM #157    

Joseph Atchison

 As far as I know few "Hippies" have held true to their cause which proclaimed that Peace, Free Love and communal living were the answer for dropping out of society rather than being responsible and contributing to it's betterment.

Now for those who showered,cut their hair and sobered up,and are now liberal progressives and enjoying the current state of affairs in Washington, I have a message for you. Get ready for a disappointing mid term election result,followed by a return to sanity led by a conservative establishment. You and too many others made the wrong choice in the 2012 election which will be ,must be, reversed in 2016.  God Loves you. Joe A.

07/20/14 06:03 PM #158    

Phil Gottschall

To David Ross:  You raised 4 interesting questions which I answer as follows:  1  My fundamental views have not changed since high chool in that I was a strict constitutionalist then and now.  I supported Truman's firing MacArther (who was probably right militarily) but should not have challenged the President - who was wrong to call the Korean War a "police action" and not getting Congress to declare war.  Bush was probably wrong on Iraq, but he did get Congress (notably Kerry and Hillary) to authorize the use of force.  The President cannot vote "present" as he did in Illinois and does not have the Constitutional right or power to change duly enacted laws - or just ignore them.

     2.  I, and according to the polls, most people think that on many (but certainly not all) fronts things are getting worse.  In spite of (or because of) the effort to "fundamentally change" the U.S., the economy is drifting at best with  a lowered % of the working population in full time employment.  Moreover, Obama's foreign policy has frustrated our friends and energized our enemies.  Yes, I believe there are evil people with military force who are our enemies.

     3.  My quality of life has been generally the same as my parents, but we all came from a generally upper middle class background.

     4.  I am doing what  I wanted to do in retirement - because I did not like what I saw in the political, corporate and social world.  Accordingly, I did a modified "John Galt" and retired at 50!  Economically I am concerned that a continuation of the dramatic growth in debt will cause rampant inflation.

         In short, I started as a Democrat supporting H.S. Truman and Adlai Stevenson, but at Harvard (and with the election of JFK) I could no longer support what the "elite" Democrats were advocatihg.  I supported Barry Goldwater - who was described by an "elite" Harvard law prof. as only being different from the Nazis because he didn't wear "jackboots".

         I am proud of the US and don't sell America short - only the politicians and too many corporate executives.  We are a truly exceptional country - notwithstanding the view of the President and his wife - but I do take note of trend lines.  America's current trend lines lean to sell rather than buy -- but they can be reversed.  Phil Gottschall

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