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Squawk of the day - June 4, 2012

"Do we live in the United States or Russia? Now they want to outlaw super-sized soda drinks in New York City. It is about time people take a stand and say enough is enough. We have the freedom to make whatever choices we want."

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

No, you are wrong, we do not have a choice to do what we want to do. We just think we are entitled to do what we what. We have become an entitled spoiled nation and the rest of the world hates us. The USA could stand to be more like Russia, then we would not be burdened with all the problems we have today. Get over instant gratification and it would be a much better place to live. As far as Russia goes, when the USSR existed, they kept the nations like Bosnia in check and the problems too. Look what it has cost us in monies.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, the sense of entitilement has also made the US believe it is invincible. How's that working out?

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Unfortunately a Representative Democracy only represents those who vote. The Fools that put some of these folks in Office by not voting at all are certanly responsible for the outcome of their lack of participation.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 10 months ago

Nope, sorry. In this country, the only freedom we have now is the ability to say the word.

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fatdaddygamer 1 year, 10 months ago

it is my choice, not the governments.

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sogalake 1 year, 10 months ago

and maybe not even that for long if we reelect the current president.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

this president is not the one looking for more government intervention into our lives; that would be the republican candidate...he wants government regulation of same sex marriage, contraception, abortion, taxes for the uber-rich, industry, job movements overseas...need I continue?

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alleebrin 1 year, 10 months ago

Obummer and the Demos are going to have government intervene everywhere they can! Okay, so you can't buy a large drink - how about two small ones? Really stupid idea!! But you get the point, eh,Voters??

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whodat 1 year, 10 months ago

Michael Bloomberg, a 3-term (and current) Mayor of New York City is the one who proposed restrictions on the serving size of sodas there. He is an Independent, not Democrat.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks, whodat....someone who has a clue.

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 10 months ago

Relative to affiliation, Bloomberg is a flavor-of-the-month partier. He was a lifelong Democrat who switched to the GOP the same year he ran for mayor, pretending to be a Rudy Giuliani clone. During his second term, he swithced to independent. Returning to the democrat party would have been too obvious I suppose. Whatever he calls himself. he is very liberal in his policies.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

alleebrin...the demos legislate for equality; repube's legislate for control.

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 10 months ago

And before he was an Independent (Bloomberg), he was a registered Republican. Although he changed his party affiliation in the early 2000's from Democrat to Republican. Just thought you would want to know.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

The Squawker ckaims, "We have the freedom to make whatever choices we want." Really? Then why are politicians tyring to regulate contraception, abortion, marriages, tax rates, etc.? Are those not MY choices? Perhaps you meant to suggest that we have the freedom to choose IF we are willing to suffer the consequences.

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southwestga 1 year, 10 months ago

We all have freedoms. We also have responsibilities, like not running up our private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid bills. 36 ounces of Pepsi is 39 teaspoons of sugar equivalent - that's over 3/4 cup of of sugar in one drink! That will make you fat and very likely diabetic. Howie that patriotic?

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

When injustice becomes law; disobedience becomes duty.

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Outtahere 1 year, 10 months ago

Hmmm. I really like how you put that.

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erudite 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, Thomas Jefferson said something very similar over 200 years ago: "When injustice becomes law; resistance becomes duty."

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Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

He did. It was a common sentiment during pre-Revolutionary War times, but has also been attributed to others in other periods of history as well. I've always liked it. I certainly don't take credit for it. Unfortunately, it is becoming more appropriate in modern America.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

I like it. Set outside any convience store in albany any time of day & watch all the 300 pounders walk in & by their sweepstake tickets. Where do you think they work, they don't. Us people who work pay for all their free-bees including medical. I for one am sick of paying for all these overwieght loosers who are to lazy to work.

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