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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

So Obama goes Copenhagen to pitch the Olympics, but can't find time to go to the 20 yr berlin wall anniv?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnist...

Seems like he needs to get his priorities straight. The fall of the Berlin wall was one of the most important accomplishments of the last century, yet he has no time for this but can find time to make a pitch to have the Olympics in Chicago and go to Copenhagen? Can someone explain this to me?

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  • Sugar
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    ~~Know something, No matter where he goes or what he does someone will complain...I say let him do and go for what he feels is right.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He didn't want to get ripped apart in conservative media again like he did when he went to Copenhagen. I mean, if he can't take time from national issues to advocate bringing the Olympic Games to an American city, how can he justify doing so for the anniversary celebration of a German achievement?

  • 1 decade ago

    You seem to be the type who would complain about being hung with a NEW rope! What makes you believe that the President or anyone else owes YOU an explanation? Get a life and a clue!

  • rumpel
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    seems like you dont understand priorities. the wall is a done thing, its just a celebration. To pitch for olympics is a whole different story and would merit more effort.

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  • Don B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    If he had went

    you'd be saying

    the wall has been down 20 yrs why did he go is he trying to take credit?

    When we all know that Ronald Reagan already TOOK credit for the wall coming down

    but what brought it down

    an economy crippled by US Sanctions

    and

    A populace disgusted with their sons dying in Afghanistan

    Jimmy Carter put the sanctions on USSR

    and

    Jimmy Carter also funded the Freedom fighters that sent thousands of Russian kids home in body bags

    BOTH POLICIES helped cripple the USSR

    BUT as usual

    The Republican took the credit

    Ronald Reagan

    then he went on to destroy Social Security

    What do you do when you want to screw only the working people of your nation with the largest tax increase in history and hand those trillions of dollars to your wealthy campaign contributors, yet not have anybody realize you've done it? If you're Ronald Reagan, you call in Alan Greenspan.

    Through the "golden years of the American middle class" - the 1940s through 1982 - the top income tax rate for the hyper-rich had been between 90 and 70 percent. Ronald Reagan wanted to cut that rate dramatically, to help out his political patrons. He did this with a massive tax cut in the summer of 1981.

    The only problem was that when Reagan took his meat axe to our tax code, he produced mind-boggling budget deficits. Voodoo economics didn't work out as planned, and even after borrowing so much money that this year we'll pay over $100 billion just in interest on the money Reagan borrowed to make the economy look good in the 1980s, Reagan couldn't come up with the revenues he needed to run the government.

    Coincidentally, the actuaries at the Social Security Administration were beginning to get worried about the Baby Boomer generation, who would begin retiring in big numbers in fifty years or so. They were a "rabbit going through the python" bulge that would require a few trillion more dollars than Social Security could easily collect during the same 20 year or so period of their retirement. We needed, the actuaries said, to tax more heavily those very persons who would eventually retire, so instead of using current workers' money to pay for the Boomer's Social Security payments in 2020, the Boomers themselves would have pre-paid for their own retirement.

    Reagan got Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Alan Greenspan together to form a commission on Social Security reform, along with a few other politicians and economists, and they recommend a near-doubling of the Social Security tax on the then-working Boomers. That tax created - for the first time in history - a giant savings account that Social Security could use to pay for the Boomers' retirement.

    This was a huge change. Prior to this, Social Security had always paid for today's retirees with income from today's workers (it still is today). The Boomers were the first generation that would pay Social Security taxes both to fund current retirees and save up enough money to pay for their own retirement. And, after the Boomers were all retired and the savings account - called the "Social Security Trust Fund" - was all spent, the rabbit would have finished its journey through the python and Social Security could go back to a "pay as you go" taxing system.

    Thus, within the period of a few short years, Reagan dramatically dropped the income tax on America's most wealthy by more than half, and roughly doubled the Social Security tax on people earning $30,000 or less. It was, simultaneously, the largest income tax cut in America's history (almost entirely for the very wealthy), and the most massive tax increase in the history of the nation (which entirely hit working-class people).

    But Reagan still had a problem. His tax cuts for the wealthy - even when moderated by subsequent tax increases - weren't generating enough money to invest properly in America's infrastructure, schools, police and fire departments, and military. The country was facing bankruptcy.

    No problem, suggested Greenspan. Just borrow the Boomer's savings account - the money in the Social Security Trust Fund - and, because you're borrowing "government money" to fund "government expenditures," you don't have to list it as part of the deficit. Much of the deficit will magically seem to disappear, and nobody will know what you did for another 50 years when the Boomers begin to retire 2015.

    Reagan jumped at the opportunity. As did George H. W. Bush. As did Bill Clinton (although Al Gore argued strongly that Social Security funds should not be raided, but, instead, put in a "lock box"). And so did George W. Bush.

    The result is that all that money - trillions of dollars - that has been taxed out of working Boomers (the ceiling has risen from the tax being on your first $30,000 of income to the first $90,000 today) has been borrowed and spent. What are left behind are a special form of IOUs - an unique form of Treasury debt instruments similar (but not identical) to those the government issue

  • 1 decade ago

    The Berlin Wall didn't really "fall", it became redundant.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is up to the president to decide where to go and what to do, Neocon. Barack Obma is the President of the United States and you are just plain Neoconservative with free YA account.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, Obama should let you determine his priorities, because you know better.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Who the hell cares? Look at all the bad Bush did. give it a rest.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I bet He did go to hitler's grave with flowers.

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