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    Mainly because they don't believe in the "welfare nanny state". They don't want to be dependent upon the government to take care of them, unlike the libs who believe everything comes from the government.
    Its called personal responsibility. I understand that "responsibility" is another word the libs would like to get banned but I don't see that happening just yet.
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    Republicans "take responsibility" right until something goes wrong, then they play the blame game like a jilted wife on a talk show.
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    @Zazziness "Play the blame game", is that something like Barry and the rest of the libs blaming Bush, ATMs, Kiosks and everything else for his own policies/regulations that causing the economic DEPRESSION and "fiscal cliff" that HES going to push the whole country over?
    Thought so. Just wanted to clear that up.
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    @NO-BAMA Don't answer your own questions if you're going to get the answer wrong. But you did just demonstrate what I meant -- see how you can't admit that any of Mr. Bush's policies contributed to our current circumstances?
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    @Zazziness Blaming Bush for Obama's trillion dollar budgets ain't happening.

    How about we place the blame on the Democratic controlled Congress that was in control the last two years of the Bush presidency and financial collapse occurred after Dodd and Fwank took over.
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    @methinks
    Then wouldn't the blame for the extension of those problems be placed on the congress that has been so stifled by a republicans so in love with the filibuster that they filibuster the bills they call for a vote on? Seriously the "do nothing" congress called and they want an apology.
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    I don't think Republicans start saving money earlier. I think they come into a position to acquire money earlier and therefore identify with Republicans.

    Democrats, in years past, have typically come from working class families (mostly Democrats) where college wasn't always available. Remember, now, college bank loans haven't always been available. College was usually reserved for those who acquired scholarships or whose parents could afford it (mostly conservatives). It was usually reserved for those who wanted to BE something, not just go and get a piece of paper. My parents couldn't afford it, so I ended up working in an office right out of high school.

    We thought the American dream was having a job, getting a home and raising a family and retiring...which was happening until I got divorced. Now I'm trying to get back on track, but suddenly the American dream is no longer so modest. Now it's being wealthy and if you're not retiring a millionaire then you can just forget it. Now you're told if you're working class you ain't sh*t.

    What a burden we're placing on ourselves and our children. Suddenly happiness and the American dream is all about more, more, more.
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    "College was usually reserved for those who acquired scholarships or whose parents could afford it ... " Or, as in the case of my parents, reserved for male offspring only.
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    I am a Republican, from a small socio economically disadvantaged predominantly Democratic town. I am in my 30's and have already begun to save for "retirement". My father and grandparents saved all their adult lives and have/had wonderful retirement years. I have seen countless families not be prepared for their "golden years", it's not something I want to go through!
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    The same for me. I started in my early 20's. My boss at the time said before you go out and splurge on things or go to the bar, you have to pay your bank account first, then everything else afterward. He came from nothing and was worth a few million in his later years because he ran a successful business and invested his money wisely.

    I'm by no means wealthy, but I'll be fine come retirement time...which isn't that far off!
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    I resent the implication that saving for retirement is easy because Republicans are "wealthy". To the contrary, saving for retirement requires sacrifice for most people. We saved because we knew we didn't want to live on Social Security alone, and we did without to do it. Now we have reached retirement age and my husband cannot retire due to the economy, and the coup de grace? Obama now wants to confiscate and spend our IRA. It seems the sacrifice we made is his definition of "greed".
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    @Denizen_Kate The Democrats are eyeing a plan to confiscate all 401Ks and IRA and put them into annuities. I'm not in a position to find the articles right now, but I will and get back to you as soon as possible.
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    @Denizen_Kate Someone may have tried to calm some fears, but years of watching the government has taught me these ideas never go away. Like the raising and lowering of the threshold of estate taxes fluctuates depending on which party is in power, what the government ends up taking is a matter of degree. What likely happened is the Democrats decided it would help their re-election chances if they postponed this for two years. I am finding some things from last year. What I do know is our financial advisor tells us it is under consideration again.
    http://imkane.wordpress.com/2010/02/04/is-oba...
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    que the Democrats " it's because the Republicans are greedy and mean spirited and they don't care about the poor ." yada yada yada
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    because Democrat naturally assume that they will either hit the lottery or the other tax payers will all chip in for their retirement
  • #5
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    Because they're intelligent enough to recognize that greater days are ahead. They're also intelligent enough to recognize that relying on Big Brother Government is a huge mistake.
  • #101
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    I think that conservative values are geared more towards being self sufficient and not relying on others to provide for them. It might be that they have more personal respect for themselves and don't want to be seen as lazy or inept. Most likely, it was their parents that instilled in them an initiative to prosper and be self sufficient.
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    They aren't taught as children to count on Government for their welfare. Paying your own way doesn't mean using YOUR Own Food Stamps, it means working, earning, saving and paying with YOUR OWN MONEY.

    I know.... if you have money in the bank.... "You didn't save that..."
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    Used in a non-political sense the words "liberal" and "conservative" can pretty much answer the question of why Republicans are more programmed to save money.
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    I've always found it fascinating that Liberals tend to be much more right-brained in their thinking and Conservatives much more left-brained yet for some reason Libs are classified as "left" and Cons as "right."
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    You have no scientific study to back up that claim. The whole "right brain/left brain" concept was debunked some time ago. People use both sides of their brains, unless they have been brain damaged.
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    Besides myself, I work in a medical practice of 32 physicians. But for a couple, most are Democrats and I assure you, their financial responsibility is without question.
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    I believe the Occupukes could take a lesson from this article. Instead of spending big $$ on smartphones and Starbucks, they could be putting that money away for their retirement and have something to live off of when they get there.
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    This should be a very interesting subject, with the usual cast of people ranting about this and ranting about that. I'm just going to sit back, eat some popcorn and enjoy the show. Another win for my side.
  • #125
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    The question should be why do people who start saving money earlier become Republicans?
    1. If you save money you're more likely to get rich. You're also likely to notice all the people around you not saving and some of these people will jump to the conclusion that this is the sole reason for poverty, that if they could get rich so can everyone else.
    2. They are saving in part for their retirement. Republicans want social security reform. If you are already saving for retirement you're more likely to be opposed to social security because you figure you could be saving that money better.
  • #124
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    maybe because there are, more liberal democrats. that ought to be enough to scare, any one into saving money. but not to really worry unless, you see ex-republicans exchanging all their savings for gold and/or silver. or moving all our investments, overseas. then it is time, to really start worrying. cause even us ex-republicans, have what democrats don't. brains!

    for any one interested gold and siver, are down to $20,352 and $386.64 for a troy pound.
  • #123
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    I will end up being a Republican when the majority of the Republican Party practices what their true philosophies are. True Republicans care very little about social issues and more about fiscal responsibility. That is the main reason I can come up with. Without distraction, people are free to smartly invest and save for themselves and their children. Unfortunately, that is all we have, and because my social issues are not aligned with the Republican Party, I am forced to be a Democrat for the sake of what I consider to be the lesser evil right now.
  • #119
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    Why should democrats save? They have the government teat don't they? Do a study as to when Libertarians begin saving. They are probably born with a sizable savings.
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