Comments on: Relax, America! Not everything is as dire as you think http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:18:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Jackelyn Albano http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-3006 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:33:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-3006 For any closer (but safer) shave, on your 2nd time about, attempt moving the blade throughout the grain inside a kind of sideways swipe. In the event you hair grows down, shave from left to appropriate (or suitable to remaining). This may offer you a closer shave without having as significantly irritation as shaving towards the grain.

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By: cdngmt http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2323 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:19:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2323 Generally a strange thought heralding complacency. The weakness of the US military is evident in its total inability to create a win in either of its last two “adventures”; its economic power has been blunted and beaten down to the point of survival based on its “debtor power” of owing so much to China that the debt has the potential to imperil China’s development. Its internal manufacturing economy has been ravished, its citizens face a declining future economically and there is an accompanying and predictable decline in morality. Truly it seems far more like the fading days of the Roman Empire before the arrival of the Barbarians……

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By: deLafayette http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2304 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:54:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2304 {THE ONE-PERCENT DOCTRINE}

The One-Percenters are not doctrine but economic fact. I know this is a tangent on the above article, but it does nonetheless bear on what is “dire” in America.

For an understanding of where the “One Percenters” came from, just scroll down to the info-graphics on this insightful piece of economic research on Wealth in America here: http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/pow er/wealth.html

It is more impressive, I suggest, to consider the 20-Percenters. Why?

Because 20% of American households possess 93% of the nations wealth (a bit less in Net Worth, which excludes Debt from Wealth). Whilst the remainder of us poor slobs, the 80-Percenters obtain the crumbs off the table … just 7% of the nation’s Wealth.

Yes, of course, 1% versus 99% sounds more dramatic in our media of superlatives. If you will read these same tables, you’ll find that 1-Percenters obtain “only” 43% of the nation’s Wealth.

Frankly, if the 20-Percenters are out Plutocrat Class, which most perhaps do not think of themselves as Plutocrats, then there is something very wrong in our nation.

In fact, Reagan brought high-end Marginal Income taxation down from the 70% level and today it is at a measly 20/25% according to the IRS (after deductions). Another fact, since the mid-1930s it has been even higher than 70% – up to the 1960s. (See this historical info-graphic of tax rates here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Margin alIncomeTax.svg )

So, BD, if there we consider what is really dire in America, it may indeed not be what you say it is not. But it certainly IS Income Disparity.

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By: urownexperience http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2303 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 13:39:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2303 Obama is more than “just” a president. He is quietly ushering in a new America. An America with hope rather than hatred. An America with the rhetoric turned down. An America that begins to pull itself up by its bootstraps after republicans almost destroyed it.

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By: CDN_Rebel http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2302 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:38:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2302 So basically the report is saying since the surge that terrorism has fallen off dramatically… which said another way is that when terrorists learned and witnessed that America wasn’t gonna play it soft anymore they tucked tail and ran. Same goes for piracy – that’s way down since SEALs have started capping thine enemy. I’m no hawk, but when it comes to terrorism there has to be a certain level of bloodshed to squelch the enemy – and make no mistake America did have its share of enemies who now have been completely marginalized or destroyed entirely. All this to say that fearmongering against Iran that is essentially refuted outright by intel is ridiculous, but hyping the potential threat from al Qaeda and their occupation of sovereign nations (most notably Afghan, but quite nearly Pakistan as well, and they were looking to Iraq before the invasion) was justified and the results speak for themselves. There are so few regimes left that don’t accept the new paradigm of universal human rights and a global culture that only a short time and pressure will cause them to yield… the acts of al Qaeda and other rogue actors like them are the swan song of soon-to-be-gone era of nation-states.

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2301 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:23:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2301 The Pentagon budget is not about military security, it is about employment. It is also about education. The DOD now runs everything from remedial high schools for recruits to fix the failures in the public system, to advanced medical schools to address the fact that since 1970 the civilian schools have actually been reducing the number of MD’s they graduate at the same time the U.S. has added +100 million to its population.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2300 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:35:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2300 oh, and BTW, as an American, how many countries do you feel safe traveling to now vs. say, 1999?

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2299 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:30:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2299 Thru the cold war, only a few people controlled the “WMD’s” of the world. Now, far more people do. Some of them are not the statesmen of the past, but so called radicals, fruits of the cold war. Every year, more and more people have the power to cause mass destruction and misery, physically and economically. So I say yes, the world is more dangerous place today than it was at the height of the cold war, or any time in history.
For thousands of years man has predicted the end of days. We now have the power to fulfill that prophecy.

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By: steve778936 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2298 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 06:56:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2298 One of the problems with having a huge powerful military is that it sorely tempts politicians to use it, whatever the pretext. And virtually all heads of government now have no hands-on experience with warfare. Their job is to send other people out to die. I wonder how many of the current contenders for President would beat the war drums if they were going to have to lead the charge.

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By: majkmushrm http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/03/09/relax-america-not-everything-is-as-dire-as-you-think/#comment-2297 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 23:37:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=449#comment-2297 Well, you left one thing out – Americans have become wusses. There are many sources for that change in the American psyche but change it has. Unfortunately, at the rate of speed we’re going, we are likely to precipitate what we fear.

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