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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Bush - a blood-sucking vampire

Old news but worthy. Let's refute another myth that's quite popular among the left.

Myth:
Under Bush, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

From Johan Norberg:
"The latest data shows that average family income in the US declined between 2001 and 2004. Some use figures like that to argue that the American model is only working for the rich. Therefore, it´s worth noting that the decline is a result of the richest getting poorer, whereas other groups have made gains."

"Here is the change in average family real income in dollars 2001-2004, from David Mastio:"



Bottom 20% of families 100
Next 20% 400
Next 20% 500
Next 20% -300
Next 10% 2,100
Top 10% -20,300



Sources: Federal Reserve, Johan Norberg, Mikko Särelä.

Sure - the overall poverty rate has increased during Bush from 11.3% to almost 12.7% (most of which is short-term anyway) in 2004. But it's not like Bush has tried to take money from the poor - Bush is known for spending like a socialist although he and his fellows claim to be "small-government" Republicans. And no - this isn't because of an increase in defense spending. Compared to Bush, Bill Clinton was a small government Republican.

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Anonymous Petteri said...

I don't quite understand those who ever increasingly keep harping about George W. You are doing a bang up job, chief!

Lets see now; you can run but you can't hide, check, we will be greeted with open arms by Iraqis, check, we don't need hundreds of thousands troops to take care of business, check, war will cost just pennies for Iraqi oil is going to pay it, check, we will establish democracy not only in Iraq but it will be unstopable in the whole region, check, we will secure the oil suply and reduce domestic oil prizes, check, we will destroy Saddams huge nuke arsenal and those horrible chemical ones, too, check, we will ensure the safer America and the world, check.

George W. goes down in history as the greatest president ever. The love of his subjects has never been higher, and it's not unreasonable to expect that his work for the better world would finally be regognized by those dosile people that are in charge of Nobel peace/humanitarian prize. Hail to the chief!

April 24, 2006 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Petteri, are you sure you read the post before answering? Your answer is so off-topic or is it a purposeful red herring?

If the latter is right then you are intellectually a very dishonest person.

April 25, 2006 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Petteri said...

Exccuuuuuusmeeeeeeeeee, but Mikko here is telling; yes Rome is burning but that fiddle sure sounds great.

April 25, 2006 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Wendi said...

When we are born our brains are like empty computers waiting to be fed information. As we grow our peers act as our programmers, they supply us with the knowledge which we channel through the conscious mind into the subconscious (our hard drive). The subconscious mind is the biggest hard drive ever developed - it stores everything we come in contact with and by no means is all of this information of a positive nature.
All that we have heard, touched, smelt, tasted and seen are stored in the recesses of our minds. The subconscious mind holds on to this information until we need to recall it. For example when you were young your curiosity lead you to investigate your surroundings. When you approached a substance that was dangerous, such as fire, your parents or guardians would most likely have rebuked or scolded you if you ventured too near the flame. Perhaps you may even recall an incident when you were physically burned. Your subconscious mind then began to relate scolding (or pain) with the intense heat of the fire and would therefore feed the feelings of the scolding incident back to you whenever you got too close to fire again, thus acting as an early warning system.
This is the mechanism used by our brains to learn. It is also the same method employed by the mind in every situation. The subconscious mind has a tendency to emulate what it sees - it tends to replicate its environment. This is why so many people find themselves in similar relationships and situations that they saw their parents in while they were growing up. Most people also hold very strongly or similar views of their parents.
Think of a time when you gave yourself praise. What words did you use? Do you use the same words that your parents or peers used when they were praising you? The same is applicable when you scold yourself.

Watch your internal dialogue. Look at it closely. It takes diligence to change the way you think. When you notice yourself thinking a negative chose to think the opposite. This way you neutralise the negative thought. Now the think the positive thought again! You have just reversed the negative thinking in that moment and remember you only have this moment. No other time exists!
Daydream about what might be. Imagine things they way you wish them to be. If you catch yourself thinking "this is just a daydream - a fantasy" then stop! Think the opposite. It is not a daydream it is your reality. Now think it again.

By doing this simple procedure you will begin to retrain your subconscious mind to think positively and you will ultimately begin to consciously create a life that dreams are made of! personal development

July 17, 2006 3:24 AM  

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