Apres moi, le deluge!

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    Aug 02, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    "Viewing him as a rising star in the party, Republicans in Congress often talk up Rep. Paul Ryan as a potential governor, senator or House leader. The lanky, youthful-looking congressman from Wisconsin has begged off, citing his young children and limited desire to spend all his time raising campaign money.

    Instead, Ryan is running a campaign of a different sort, one his party has so far refused to adopt: He is determined to persuade colleagues to get serious about eliminating the national debt, even if it means openly broaching overhauls of Medicare and Social Security.

    He speaks in apocalyptic terms, saying the debt is "completely unsustainable" and warning that "it will crash our economy." He urges fellow politicians, and voters, to stop pretending that this problem will go away on its own. ...

    His ideas are provocative, to say the least. They include putting Medicare and Medicaid recipients in private insurance plans that could cost the government less but potentially offer fewer benefits; gradually raising the retirement age to 70; and reducing future Social Security benefits for wealthy retirees. ...

    His remarks illustrate the tension among Republicans over their fall agenda. Some strategists say the GOP should focus on attacking the Democrats; others want the party to offer a detailed governing plan. ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/01/AR2010080103518.html?hpid=topnews

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    Aug 02, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    Is this supposed to be a forum? What's your point here...other than making a comment about someone who has a very tiny voice in the scheme of things??
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    Aug 02, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    Friendsrbetter saidIs this supposed to be a forum? What's your point here...other than making a comment about someone who has a very tiny voice in the scheme of things??

    Do you know what "Apres moi, le deluge" means and its historical context?
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    Friendsrbetter saidIs this supposed to be a forum? What's your point here...other than making a comment about someone who has a very tiny voice in the scheme of things??

    Do you know what "Apres moi, le deluge" means and its historical context?


    I speak French, so the translation is simple...but, no, I don't know the historical content. Perhaps that's why I don't get your post. One thing for sure, I don't think I like this guy's approach to solving the national debt.
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    Aug 02, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    that's what she said
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    Aug 02, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    A spark of hope?
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    Caslon15000 said
    Friendsrbetter saidIs this supposed to be a forum? What's your point here...other than making a comment about someone who has a very tiny voice in the scheme of things??

    Do you know what "Apres moi, le deluge" means and its historical context?

    Well at least I do. It was allegedly spoken by French King Louis XV on his deathbed, meaning "After me, the deluge." That is, the collapse of the country and monarchy. And indeed, that is what happened, when his son, Louis XVI, lost his head on the guillotine, the old order swept away and the First Republic established.
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    Aug 02, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    Louie XV

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    Aug 05, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    his grandson, Louis XVI

    tee hee hee.... icon_lol.gif

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    Caslon15000 said"Viewing him as a rising star in the party, Republicans in Congress often talk up Rep. Paul Ryan as a potential governor, senator or House leader. The lanky, youthful-looking congressman from Wisconsin has begged off, citing his young children and limited desire to spend all his time raising campaign money.

    Instead, Ryan is running a campaign of a different sort, one his party has so far refused to adopt: He is determined to persuade colleagues to get serious about eliminating the national debt, even if it means openly broaching overhauls of Medicare and Social Security.

    He speaks in apocalyptic terms, saying the debt is "completely unsustainable" and warning that "it will crash our economy." He urges fellow politicians, and voters, to stop pretending that this problem will go away on its own. ...

    His ideas are provocative, to say the least. They include putting Medicare and Medicaid recipients in private insurance plans that could cost the government less but potentially offer fewer benefits; gradually raising the retirement age to 70; and reducing future Social Security benefits for wealthy retirees. ...

    His remarks illustrate the tension among Republicans over their fall agenda. Some strategists say the GOP should focus on attacking the Democrats; others want the party to offer a detailed governing plan. ... "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/01/AR2010080103518.html?hpid=topnews





    The majority Republican opinion is nicely summed up in an unintentionally honest moment by Rep. Peter King (R-NY).

    http://www.thinkprogress.org/2010/07/16/king-no-agenda-please/

    Republicans don't want to lay out a specific agenda of what they're proposing to do, because that might become a "campaign issue".

    As if the American people don't have a right to know what they're voting for before they decide who to vote for, and as if their agenda isn't SUPPOSED to be a "campaign issue".

    Instead Republicans are employing a BLAME Obama and LIE campaign strategy.