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Ted Nugent: Stimulus Plan? Let's Try Economic Freedom
The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | February 3, 2008 | By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman

Posted on 02/03/2008 8:20:59 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL

I'm incensed at the Bush/Pelosi $150 billion economic stimulus package. You should be, too.

Sending us a check for a couple of hundred bucks is a pandering joke — an economic slap in our faces.

Hopefully you are smart enough to see through this economic smokescreen. Even if you spend all of the money — your money, by the way, coming back to you — it will do little if anything to improve the sagging economy.

Sending Americans a check is economic flash over substance. If our professional politicians really wanted to improve the economy, they would do a couple of key things.

* Cut the bloated, wasteful federal budget. Cut it by 10 percent or more over the next couple of years.

The blob-like federal government has grown to such a size that it is now eating itself with a $9 trillion debt and billions in deficits, smothering economic opportunity.

If you want real economic stimulus it cannot be accomplished until the federal beast is reined in and put on a diet.

Although I am no economist, this is so fundamental to improving our economy that I am surprised so few of the talking heads have discussed it as a means to improving the long-term American economic condition. I have always lived within my means, and my government should, too.

* Give small businesses tax relief. We must create incentives for small businesses to expand and hire more people. We could accomplished this by getting the onerous, unaccountable IRS off of individuals' backs.

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Strangling them with taxes and stacks of regulations, rules and requirements sucks the life out of our economy.

We must do whatever we can to assist small businesses and encourage them to grow.

Putting money back in Americans' pockets is a good idea only if the money is in the form of permanent tax cuts.

Keeping more of their money gives them more economic choices. Socialists and bloodsuckers aside, I have yet to meet an American who does not favor tax cuts and keeping more of his or her money.

Instead, the professional bureaucrats who run our government want to give you some of your money back in hopes that you spend it on blingbling, big-screen televisions and other indulgent garbage.

Even if everyone blew through the money, it would do little to prop up our economy.

Bailing water on the Titanic may have sounded like a good idea at the time, but you would have drowned anyway.

Robbing and spending our grandchildren's tax dollars today is a recipe for economic disaster. We cannot tax our way out of this economic mess without pushing the middle class further into the economic abyss.

The only way out of this is to grow our way out of it. That can be accomplished only by reducing the size of the federal beast, doing whatever we can to help instead of hindering small business, and giving all Americans permanent and meaningful tax cuts.

As the American presidential primary juggernaut roars down the political track, voters need to ask two key economic questions:

* Do I really believe that federally controlled health care will improve the quality of health care?

* Do I believe that more or less government intrusion is the right approach?

America remains an economic powerhouse. Our economy is four times that of China, but China, India and other burgeoning economies are nipping at our economic heels. If we continue down the path we are on, China's economy will eclipse our own by 2030. That's not good.

The foundation of freedom is economic freedom. You know far better than others how to spend your hard-earned money, how to invest it, and how to take care of your health. Vote for your economic freedom. The economic fate of our country is your hands.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economicstimulus; tednugent
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TED NUGENT
1 posted on 02/03/2008 8:21:00 AM PST by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Okay, why isn’t that old boy running?


2 posted on 02/03/2008 8:22:36 AM PST by RichInOC (Nugent 2008: "Lock And Load" Isn't Just A Figure of Speech.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

“Let’s Try Economic Freedom”

NO, NO.... CAN’T HAVE ANY OF THAT.


3 posted on 02/03/2008 8:23:07 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Nobody ever suggests spending less.

I guess when it’s other people’s money, and you’ve got your own printing press...


4 posted on 02/03/2008 8:23:12 AM PST by airborne (It's way past time for a revolution!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

No kidding. Where is Ted? We sure could use him.


5 posted on 02/03/2008 8:25:07 AM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: RichInOC

I think he could win in Texas, probably not on a national scale, though. Since Senator Hutchison is retiring in 2012, he’s got 4 years to think about it.


6 posted on 02/03/2008 8:26:17 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Actually the few millions given out to the little people is to hide the billions and billions given out to big business in payment for all those campaign donations.


7 posted on 02/03/2008 8:26:28 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama; LowCountryJoe

8 posted on 02/03/2008 8:26:54 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: RichInOC

Exactly, why is it that people like Ted and most of us here on this forum have figured this out but the idiots in D.C. can’t?

To answer my own question people that understand all this and ultimately would be good for this country don’t want hold a political office...I can’t blame them so we are stuck with idiots....


9 posted on 02/03/2008 8:31:14 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: JACKRUSSELL

NUGENT for PRESIDENT!


10 posted on 02/03/2008 8:32:03 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: theDentist

He wouldn’t win, but Nugent for Senator of Texas would be viable, and perhaps a stepping stone to Governor of Texas


11 posted on 02/03/2008 8:34:22 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: RichInOC

Being a former rock star, I am sure he has plenty of skeletons in his closet. But hey, so did Der Slickmeister and he came through smelling like roses.


12 posted on 02/03/2008 8:34:38 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: JACKRUSSELL

To make matters worse, they want to give the stimulis to people who never paid taxes. This is how they instill in the public’s mind that welfare is good for the economy.


13 posted on 02/03/2008 8:34:49 AM PST by umgud
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To: rlmorel

Wango-Tango Ted for Pres


14 posted on 02/03/2008 8:39:45 AM PST by Billg64 (wish list)
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To: PapaBear3625

I guess that means I’d need to move to Texas to vote for him... I’ll give that some thought.


15 posted on 02/03/2008 8:41:11 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Kimmers

“Exactly, why is it that people like Ted and most of us here on this forum have figured this out but the idiots in D.C. can’t?”

Your answer.........politicos pay damn good money for their advice. Since the advice we offer is for free, the politicos put NO VALUE on our suggestions.


16 posted on 02/03/2008 8:41:53 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: RichInOC
Okay, why isn’t that old boy running?

Allow me to cite the Sage of Baltimore

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."


17 posted on 02/03/2008 8:42:33 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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To: RichInOC
Okay, why isn’t that old boy running?

He doesn't want a government check!

18 posted on 02/03/2008 8:43:42 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: umgud
To make matters worse, they want to give the stimulis to people who never paid taxes. This is how they instill in the public’s mind that welfare is good for the economy.

They all get government checks - except Mitt Romney...

19 posted on 02/03/2008 8:46:37 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Even if you spend all of the money — your money, by the way, coming back to you — it will do little if anything to improve the sagging economy.

It will do wonders for the economy--the economy of China and the economy of Saudi Arabia.

20 posted on 02/03/2008 8:49:39 AM PST by montag813
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To: Kimmers

Because the people who steal our money to “redistribute” it, have a vested interest in perpetuating the system.


21 posted on 02/03/2008 8:53:14 AM PST by mrsmel
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Sorry Ted but if the government lived within it’s means we would all be living in little self sufficient enclaves, I know a wondrous concept around here.

Growth in spending multiples throughout the economy. Government spending was done this decade to ward off an economic depression where commodity prices crash and crash and crash because noone can spend because noone works. A rising tide lifts all boats. I am sorry but some people have no business discussing macro economics.


22 posted on 02/03/2008 8:53:33 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: kinghorse

You can’t lower rates below zero, well you can but it’s silly, and the Fed brushed up against zero before doing 16 or however many hikes. That shows how bad off we were after the market crash and 9-11.


23 posted on 02/03/2008 8:55:26 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ted and Fred. Now, there’s a ticket I could work with...

Lock and Load.


24 posted on 02/03/2008 8:57:40 AM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion...)
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To: kinghorse

Yeah! And furthermore, 600 dollars is an insult. What can I buy with 600 dollars? A car costs thousands. A nice car costs 30,000+. I want the government to send me enough money to REALLY lift some boats!


25 posted on 02/03/2008 8:58:30 AM PST by live+let_live
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To: kinghorse
Government spending was done this decade to ward off an economic depression where commodity prices crash and crash and crash because noone can spend because noone wor

Complete and utter bull****.

L

26 posted on 02/03/2008 9:03:05 AM PST by Lurker (Pimping my blog: http://lurkerslair-lurker.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

I haven’t given up on Romney and will vote for him on Tues, but I’m sick to think what we’re facing if McCain is the nominee.


27 posted on 02/03/2008 9:07:12 AM PST by umgud
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To: kinghorse

Nugent rocks out at Gibson Custom Shop 10th anniversary party with his "White Buffalo" custom Byrdland.

Same gig, vintage Byrdland.

Stars and Stripes Les Paul used on his recent support the troops tours of Iraq.

With flag.

Micigan born, Southerner by disposition?

28 posted on 02/03/2008 9:12:44 AM PST by Jack Black
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ted Nugent for PREZ! He puts the 2nd Amendment FIRST.


29 posted on 02/03/2008 9:13:55 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: live+let_live
What can I buy with 600 dollars?

A new gun and some ammo.

A wise investment, considering what's on the horizon.

30 posted on 02/03/2008 9:14:07 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Kimmers
Exactly, why is it that people like Ted and most of us here on this forum have figured this out but the idiots in D.C. can’t?

Just remember how many millions of people are totally financially dependent on the continued growth of government and the answer will become clearer. DC isn't full of idiots, it's full of ideologues who have a very different view of what constitutes economic health than we do.

31 posted on 02/03/2008 9:15:45 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: umgud

“if McCain is the nominee.”
McDemocrat!


32 posted on 02/03/2008 9:15:49 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

I already have the all guns I need. The ammo though, that’s something to consider. lol


33 posted on 02/03/2008 9:16:28 AM PST by live+let_live
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To: JACKRUSSELL

If you want to consider a true plan to fix the economy you may want to look to the extreme. Cut the spending overseas as Dr Ron Paul suggests by bringing the troops home and guarding only our borders as the constitution defines. Any other position will take to long to recover.


34 posted on 02/03/2008 9:19:39 AM PST by Sentinel4Freedom
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To: rlmorel

Ted is right here on this endorsement page...lol

http://endorsements.hucksarmy.com/

Look under the “Other Individuals” heading...


35 posted on 02/03/2008 9:19:44 AM PST by BamaBelle
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To: RichInOC

He couldn’t get the Presidency , but I’m willing to bet he could nail down a Senate seat . He would be great in the Senate , he should really consider it ...

And besides we are going to need an answer to Al Franken ..


36 posted on 02/03/2008 9:20:27 AM PST by Neu Pragmatist (The company that McPain keeps : MSM / Fellow RINO's . McPain = CFR , Amnesty)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The NOOGE! What a great American!


37 posted on 02/03/2008 9:21:40 AM PST by tpanther
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To: Neu Pragmatist

I’m willing to bet he could nail down a Senate seat.


Run Ted in Michigan against Carl Levin. He’d kick his ass.

It would be a Motor City Madhouse. He’s got a stranglehold on common sense.


38 posted on 02/03/2008 9:23:10 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: theDentist

He lives up the ‘road’ (in Texas speak is alot of miles, but neighbors) from the Bush ranch.


39 posted on 02/03/2008 9:23:58 AM PST by Southerngl
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To: JACKRUSSELL
There will be a lot more jobs in the Democrats' economy if they do as Bill Clinton and Al Gore say needs to be done - SLOW DOWN THE ECONOMY!

Al Gore also wants to ban the Internal Combustion Engine!
We can all work as ricksha pullers.

40 posted on 02/03/2008 9:25:09 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

Ted knows best.... the Government does have a “STRANGLEHOLD” on us...!


41 posted on 02/03/2008 9:30:03 AM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: RichInOC

My thoughts exactly


42 posted on 02/03/2008 9:34:22 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: theDentist
((((NUGENT for PRESIDENT!))))

As good as that sounds, it will never happen. About 4 years ago a hunting forum i’m a member of, sponsored a group of wounded and recovering soldiers from the Brooks Army Medical Center, all expenses paid, all transportation provided. 2 days before the hunt was to take place, we heard rumor of a guest celebrity making his appearance. On the second day, coming in like a whirlwind, to the tune of Cat Scratch Fever, blasting on his stereo arrives Uncle TED. I’ve met few people in my life who has as more admiration and respect for our military men and women, than Uncle TED. He didn’t hunt with us, but he did go out with a couple of soldiers who did. They both agreed he changed they’re lives forever. That night we set around the fire pit and listened to him play and talk. His sermon on life, liberty and freedom and why we must protect them at all cost, even brought tears to this old vets eyes. TED would never run for office, it would only hold him back. He gets much better results doing what he was born to do, and thats make a difference. He’s one of the smartest men i’ve ever met, far to smart to be a politician.

43 posted on 02/03/2008 9:45:49 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: crusty old prospector
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Nugent

In 1978, Nugent became the legal guardian of his 17-year-old girlfriend Pele Massa in order to have sex with her.[4][5]

44 posted on 02/03/2008 9:51:36 AM PST by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: Kimmers
Exactly, why is it that people like Ted and most of us here on this forum have figured this out but the idiots in D.C. can’t?

What makes you think the "idiots" in D. C. can't figure it out?

They know exactly what is happening and they will continue doing what they've been doing. The more they spend the more power they can exert. The more they can tax, the more they can control the people.

We're not being treated as citizens by our government but as vanquished hordes by a victorious occupier.

45 posted on 02/03/2008 9:57:47 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: RichInOC
Okay, why isn’t that old boy running?

Ted is a rock star, and has been for over 30 years, and he has a "past". He's not stupid.

46 posted on 02/03/2008 10:14:31 AM PST by LiberConservative
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Not quite as eloquent as the Sage of Baltimore but just as equally to the point:

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P. J. O'Rourke
47 posted on 02/03/2008 10:18:08 AM PST by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: Lurker

Yeah I’ll be honest and say a little piece of me was thinking the same thing when I wrote it but why let introspection get in the way of some good hyperbole.


48 posted on 02/03/2008 10:32:15 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Precisely. Count on Mencken to have phrased the sentiment elegantly, too.

Great citation!

49 posted on 02/03/2008 10:32:50 AM PST by SAJ
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To: Jack Black

He’s the best. I grew up solidly in the corner of anyone who could warble Maybelline while firing off fretted scuds without any particular target in mind. Good stuff. White Buffalo. It all sort of comes back you know. I was solidly a Nugent boy in the 70’s.


50 posted on 02/03/2008 10:35:58 AM PST by kinghorse
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