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What the Ryan pick might mean: A move toward a less prosperous America (WI lefty shrink's screed)
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2012 | Dr. Jan Van Schaik

Posted on 08/18/2012 5:19:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of an ill-conceived budget plan that he ambitiously named "The Path to Prosperity."

In fact, Ryan's budget plan aims to put more money in taxpayers' pockets through massive cuts to many programs that have a direct impact on the quality of life in the United States.

There is more to "prosperity" than money in our pockets. Financial prosperity does no one any good if there is not concomitant happiness or, at least, contentment. The ability to lead a happy and satisfying life is the best measure of true prosperity. A happy life is made up of basic American values: access to health care, access to a good education, security, access to sustenance.

Given this, the happiness of our citizenry does not seem to figure into the GOP's notion of prosperity. Our nation's founders were wise to emphasize the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The GOP seems to have lost sight of the pursuit of happiness.

True happiness is difficult to define. It is not just short-term pleasure or immediate gratification. It transcends money. We are all familiar with the phrase "money doesn't buy happiness." Research shows that real happiness involves a sense of well-being, a deep connection to others, the freedom to autonomously pursue one's interests and the ability to find personal meaning in one's life.

Just how happy are we Americans?

Combined data from the Gallup Poll; the Heritage Foundation, the quintessential conservative think tank; the World Economic Forum and - surprisingly - the CIA, from more than 100,000 people show that the U.S. doesn't fare well...

(Excerpt) Read more at jsonline.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; obama; romney; ryan; taxes; welfare
Yeah, putting more money in taxpayer's pockets isn't the way to go! We need light rail, wind farms, free medicine, K-12 socialized education and thousands of other give-aways!
1 posted on 08/18/2012 5:19:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Kaleephornya is a pig stye now. I can't see Romney and Ryan making it worse.

Too bad we can't have a Governor and legislature that are honest.

2 posted on 08/18/2012 5:28:01 PM PDT by stboz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Strange, I seem to remember multiple articles on how self-reliant conservatives are measured as being consistently happier than whining liberals. Must be the 49% on the government dole that this author is kvetching about!


3 posted on 08/18/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How is it possible to get less properous...

If I hadnt already finished paying for my house I might well have been one of the foreclosed ones...

However Im sure Willard will do his best to outdo and outshine Obama...


4 posted on 08/18/2012 5:31:53 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A happy life is made up of basic American values: access to health care, access to a good education, security, access to sustenance.

Curiously, those sound identical to the aspirations of your average federal penitentiary inmate.

5 posted on 08/18/2012 5:38:16 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One three letter word will solve the problem; J-O-B-S!


6 posted on 08/18/2012 5:39:08 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats: Ticket of Dope and Chains.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If government overspending was the path to prosperity Greece would be doing GREAT!!!


7 posted on 08/18/2012 5:43:27 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the author wants the US to be like Bhutan? Where the national indicator includes the index of happiness but no freedom in public life (you cannot go there without a letter of invitation from a Bhutanese)?


8 posted on 08/18/2012 6:01:01 PM PDT by paudio (Two stubborn facts remain: (1) Romney is better than 0bama, and (2) Romney is the Republican Nominee)
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To: Mike Darancette

C’mon. It’s not nice to pick on Joe when he’s not around to defend himself.

On the other hand, what could his defense possibly be?


9 posted on 08/18/2012 6:02:58 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...that dang Gov. Ryan is determined to drag us back to the 21st century, all the while shoving grandma up the stairs....”

OK Mr. Biden, it’s time to take your pills now...


10 posted on 08/18/2012 6:05:32 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We need light rail, wind farms, free medicine, K-12 socialized education and thousands of other give-aways!

All laundered through a huge bureaucracy. Don't just give money to the actual people who need it, send it to the FedGov first, and let it trickle down.

11 posted on 08/18/2012 6:06:13 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If, according to this dipstick, Obama’s America is “prosperous” ... “less prosperous” may not be a bad thing.

SnakeDoc


12 posted on 08/18/2012 6:10:48 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A dram is better than a damn.

Who needs money?

It’s sooo 80’s.


13 posted on 08/18/2012 6:11:55 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
from WI......home of the unchecked nazi socialist progressive universities.
14 posted on 08/18/2012 6:13:37 PM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: SES1066
Study: Republicans Happier Than Democrats

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/10/31/study-republicans-happier-than-democrats/

Conservatives More Liberal Givers

Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals

15 posted on 08/18/2012 6:16:01 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: logitech

I bet one of Obama’s sons would gladly relieve the good doctor of his wallet full of misery. After a little game of “knockout”, of course.


16 posted on 08/18/2012 6:18:36 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Has anyone ever met a happy liberal? How would he know what happiness is? This was written like a junior high student.

Pray for America


17 posted on 08/18/2012 6:27:02 PM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He calls it "shared sacrifice." A more apt description of the results of coercive government control and redistribution of "the People's" earnings might be "equalized misery."

At least, that is the outcome which has resulted in every nation which has followed the ideology he seems to favor.

18 posted on 08/18/2012 6:27:44 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: WXRGina

My head is exploding PING


19 posted on 08/18/2012 6:33:13 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: loveliberty2
I went to a jr college for 3 years. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who didn't graduate high school or go to school beyond HS?

I worked 30-40 hours a week WHILE GOING to school full time, to pay for school. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who didn't do what I did?

I currently drive 120 miles a day, round trip, just to go work. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who aren't willing to go more than 5-10 miles?

I work 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. Some days 12 hours. Some weeks 7 days. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who only work 40 hours?

I work in conditions that most would whine and complain and refuse to work in. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from them?

I've worked in a number of factories doing a number of jobs. None of those jobs even come close to the amount work involved with what I do today. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who work in factories?

I personally know a number of people who make 20-30k and yet spend big $$$ on cars, big screen tvs, the latest smart phones, etc. And yet I make well over that, and choose not to spend money on that. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from those who indulge themselves the luxuries and yet struggle with necessities?

Many, MANY people have sacrificed in their past to afford for their future. And NOW the lazy and indulgent want them to "share" in the sacrifice?

Study after study has been done on the giving and volunteering of liberals and conservatives, and conservatives give and volunteer noticably more than liberals. Where is the "shared sacrifice" from liberals in giving to others?

20 posted on 08/18/2012 7:25:32 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, the O regime accomplished that. The 1st modern President who will leave the country poorer when he leaves office then when he entered office.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: MNJohnnie

If this were a GOP candidate as in President Bush and his sealed records, the libs in academia would already have leaked them. Same for the birth/adoption/country of nationality claimed by the young Barry Soetoro.

The Connecticut social security number, the Bill Ayers real connection and what else. Maybe the 0bumbles themselves will cash in as they reveal the journey and message of Barry Fartbongo?


22 posted on 08/18/2012 7:58:34 PM PDT by bammynomore
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To: mountn man

You work hard, they don’t.

You struggle, they don’t.

Be proud of yourself. Take a little time off for FR and relax.


23 posted on 08/18/2012 7:58:49 PM PDT by bammynomore
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To: mountn man
You have stated what many hundreds of thousands of American citizens know from their own experience, but cannot articulate in the clearly-stated way you have done it.

May I suggest you submit your thoughts directly to one of the national conservative publications for consideration?

"Shared sacrifice," "shared prosperity," and "redistribution" are "just words" (remember that?) and phrases being chosen by Obama and his re-election team--all carefully designed semantic tools for "transforming" America from its solid foundations in individual freedom and limited government into just another place where some folks in positions of power in government plan, control, and serve as "masters" of the lives of everyone else, from birth to death--all under the guise of "helping" them (example: "Julia").

24 posted on 08/19/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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