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Daniel Ramirez @cadillacramirez

From what I have heard he sounds like a good guy. I really like the fact that he is not funded by big money corporations. What worries me is that some of his ideas seem a little too far to the left. For example one of my big concerns is how he is proposing free college at the governments expense. That can become pretty pricey for the government and we seriously need to work on balancing our budget seeing the mess that Greece and Puerto Rico are going through. I also worry about the effect that the government paying for college tuition will have on the quality of education and whether or not it will erode the prestige of some of our top public universities. We have to realize that while Germany and other European countries can work in that fashion, the U.S. is a different monster with a different dynamic in its economy and its demographics.

Out of all the Democratic nominees right now I would vote for Bernie for the primary if I could. Hillary just doesn’t show any kind of leadership qualities and she seems to be focused on gender pandering which is a turn off. Politicians need to be working to unite everybody, not focus on our differences to create a division among the voters. Personally I am pulling for John Kasich on the Republican side but if he doesn’t win the primary then I will have to do more research on the two primary candidates to remake my decision. The only no brainer is if Trump was to become the Republican Primary. Then I would definitely end up voting Democrat this election. It wouldn’t even matter if the Democrats put up a baboon in a suit as their primary.

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@juliaw
@cadillacramirez

Not being a democrat I will keep my comment short. Other than the fact that we don’t share any political views, I don’t have anything against him.

What I do find odd is that the left seems to criticize the republican part as being nothing but rich, old white men, yet…………………….Bernie Sanders.

http://www.fullnetworth.com/bernie-sanders-net-worth/

September 21, 2015

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@juliaw
@cadillacramirez

Julia, what do you think about what Daniel and I have said? Is there a touch of irony to my statement? Do you believe goldfish will sprout wings and fly? Will squirrels turn out to be the terrorist group?

Hello…….hello…..are you there?

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Tyler Crain @tylercrain

I think Sanders is a great choice for President. He is not bought and sold like other politicians and he seems to be the only one who actually answers the question instead of dodging and making up pointless political rhetoric that candidates like Trump and Clinton do.

I find it ironic how many people scream bloody murder at wealth redistribution and Sanders, but the reality is we have already had wealth redistribution. It just went to the top 1% instead of going to the middle class. The way I see it, the middle class deserves a bailout the same way Wall Street got theirs.

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@juliaw
@cadillacramirez
@tylercrain

Tyler, please take the time to post the @’s of those in the discussion so we know you left a comment. Thanks.

I found it a bit odd that you would mention Trump in your statement. Trump also cannot be bought and sold and he also is extremely out spoken and answers questions more directly than any one, even if we don’t like the answers sometimes. I think you missed the mark on that one.

You say we have already had wealth distribution, it just goes to the top 1%. Interesting. We must have a different definition of wealth distribution.

Correct me if I’m wrong you definition is something like only the top 1% have businesses that make them a lot of money, or possibly people who are CEO’s and the like who make a large amount of money, so therefore the money has been distributed to them.

And those that work in factories, saw mills, fast food restaurants, stores, gas stations, etc., do not have as much money distributed to them. I assume this is the scenario you are talking about.

If this is the case we can continue the discussion after you affirm this is your meaning.

I look forward to hearing from you and correcting any misconceptions I have about your definition of wealth distribution.

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Daniel Ramirez @cadillacramirez

@jlriggs57aol-com
@tylercrain

I want to know as well exactly what you mean by wealth redistribution. Are you talking about minimum wage? Tax rates? His free college proposal?

Wall street didn’t receive a bailout because Congress and the Federal Reserve bank wanted to just “look out for the wealthy”. They did it to keep the country as a whole from falling into a full scale depression; which would have been devestating to our already weakening middle class.

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Tyler Crain @tylercrain

@cadillacramirez
@jlriggs57aol-com

I’m referring to the fact that most of the wealth from the recovery since 2009 has gone to the top 1%. Income inequality is a huge issue in this country and the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is being hung out to dry. Not to mention the tax cuts that allow them to pay virtually nothing in taxes and the trade policies that let them move their factories to low wage countries, reducing American jobs.

The Wall Street and bank bailouts did not prevent another Great Depression. It was lies coated with more lies and regardless, why should the taxpayers have to save their asses? As popularly said “if a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.

On a side note, I’d like to know what Donald Trump you’re watching because the one I’m seeing is just dodging questions. I have not heard him say exactly HOW he plans to deport 11 million illegal immigrants or how he plans to do that. He has just been insulting other candidates and talking like a high schooler who didn’t do any assigned reading and is trying to sound like he knows what he’s talking about. I see why people like him, he represents awesome ideals of someone who is an outsider who is for the people but I think his lack of experience and lack of subtlety is unfit for POTUS.

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/how-redistribution-to-the-rich-has-broken-the-back-of-america/18238-how-redistribution-to-the-rich-has-broken-the-back-of-america

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/secret-and-lies-of-the-bailout-20130104

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@tylercrain

It was realized that those banks had become too big to fail but unfortunately that was realized too late. I appreciate you providing references, however I can’t take “Rollingstone” as a serious and reliable source of information. Now after our economy barely missed what would have been a depression, banking reforms were passed to prevent banks from engaging in risky forms of investment but lately our corrupt politicians who are bought by bank lobbyist have been fighting to slowly pull back those reforms.

But either way you look at it, if you know a little about economics then you know that our economy would have indeed fell into a depression had those banks not been bailed out. If you recall, Merrill Lynch was allowed to fail and this created the beginning of what would have been a disastrous domino effect. If another major bank failed, such as AIG, then many more banks would have followed as many banks had money tied up in each other. Banks failing means that people lose their money that were in those banks and banks that didn’t happen to fail would end up freezing the money assets that they did have to safeguard what money they had. No lending or money circulation would occur and that would stagnate a failing economy.

So the bailout was by no stretch a bad thing. The politicians who continue to fight to give these banks their power back is the issue. The issue is when they sneak in amendments to a budget bill at the last minute that benefits big bank so that it can’t be argued or disputed by Congress.

I can agree with you on the trade policy issue. This TPP deal that just passed recently sounded like a bad gig from the start.

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@tylercrain
@cadillacramirez
@juliaw

I don’t know how Trump intends to handle the illegal immigrant problem, but here is the way we did it in the 50’s and we can do it again. Follow the link to see how it was done.

https://1950immigration.wordpress.com/operation-wetback/

Sorry for the short answer but I am in the middle of an outage and doing some seriously long hours.

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