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Should companies based in foreign countries be allowed to control U.S. ports?

Yes
10
29%
No
25
71%
 
Total votes : 35

Postby The_Dude » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:03 am

Wizzle wrote:
TN_Titans_05 wrote:This sounds like a anti Bush post Knapp....like any of us are going to say we want UAE to control some of our best ports.


No doubt. Bush is an idiot. Look at what he has ALREADY done to our economy. He should be impeached.


Yes, but its not an anti-Republican post... the people who are most upset by this are the Republican leaders in Congress.
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Postby Goatwhacker » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:08 am

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No doubt. Bush is an idiot. Look at what he has ALREADY done to our economy.


You must be joking, or not following the economy very closely.
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Postby knapplc » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:11 am

TN_Titans_05 wrote:This sounds like a anti Bush post Knapp....like any of us are going to say we want UAE to control some of our best ports.

You're welcome to take it however you will. I don't see how it's a problem even if it IS an "anti Bush" post - I can disagree with my president without being politically inflammatory, can't I?

Whether this is an "anti Bush" post is really not the point (if YOUR point is that it's politics and maybe shouldn't have been posted. If that's not your point, pretty much ignore this whole response ;-) ). The point of this post and poll is, do you think it's OK to have foreign companies/nations in control of American ports?

That's the real question.
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Re: Who should control American Ports?

Postby knapplc » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:14 am

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Well, crap... I just wrote a long answer and then lost it...

so, I'll sum up since I don't want to write the whole thing again...

*I agree that American ports should be controlled by American companies (and not Canadian, or British, or Iraqi or UAE or Finnish or Bolivian companies), but that the issue of multinationals does indeed cloud this.

*I am honestly very surprised about the Bush admin's position on this, and question why in the hell is so convinced this is a good idea - to go so far as to threaten a veto. The Republican leadership is killing him right now, and we have a real live, non-partisan executive/legislative checks and balances fight on our hands here. I am interested to see how things play out, but I think Bush is going to lose in the court of public opinion on this one.

Sorry you lost your big post.

I agree 100% with what you said, though. ;-D
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Postby Wizzle » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:14 am

Goatwhacker wrote:
Wizzle wrote:
No doubt. Bush is an idiot. Look at what he has ALREADY done to our economy.


You must be joking, or not following the economy very closely.


Let's just say that I treat all political posts on the cafe like a joke. Considering this will be locked within the next 24 hours.
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Postby moonhead » Wed Feb 22, 2006 2:44 am

you are funding terrorism.
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Postby 34=Sweetness » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:15 am

Nothing says "free enterprise system" like "You can't own a business because you're Arab." ;-7 UAE has been one of our biggest allies in the goings on. (They also happen to be one of our biggest allies.) Its a kneejerk reaction based mostly in anti-Muslim and and anti-Arab sentiment.
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Re: Who should control American Ports?

Postby Redskins Win » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:46 am

The_Dude wrote:Well, crap... I just wrote a long answer and then lost it...


Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!! j/k

Low and behold I do fully agree with you.

knapplc wrote:We even control Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. How's that? Would we let the Cubans control a bay on our soil?


Are you seriously confused over this?
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Postby The_Dude » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:20 am

knapplc wrote:
TN_Titans_05 wrote:This sounds like a anti Bush post Knapp....like any of us are going to say we want UAE to control some of our best ports.

You're welcome to take it however you will. I don't see how it's a problem even if it IS an "anti Bush" post - I can disagree with my president without being politically inflammatory, can't I?

Whether this is an "anti Bush" post is really not the point (if YOUR point is that it's politics and maybe shouldn't have been posted. If that's not your point, pretty much ignore this whole response ;-) ). The point of this post and poll is, do you think it's OK to have foreign companies/nations in control of American ports?

That's the real question
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But isn't the large overriding question why the President is going on the offensive over this policy? Why did he react so offensively? How is this sound economic policy (let alone the homeland security issues)? Did this company make the best bid for the contract? Does Bush have pre-Presidency ties to them?

I honestly just don't get it.
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Postby Redskins Win » Wed Feb 22, 2006 10:37 am

The_Dude wrote:
knapplc wrote:
TN_Titans_05 wrote:This sounds like a anti Bush post Knapp....like any of us are going to say we want UAE to control some of our best ports.

You're welcome to take it however you will. I don't see how it's a problem even if it IS an "anti Bush" post - I can disagree with my president without being politically inflammatory, can't I?

Whether this is an "anti Bush" post is really not the point (if YOUR point is that it's politics and maybe shouldn't have been posted. If that's not your point, pretty much ignore this whole response ;-) ). The point of this post and poll is, do you think it's OK to have foreign companies/nations in control of American ports?

That's the real question
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But isn't the large overriding question why the President is going on the offensive over this policy? Why did he react so offensively? How is this sound economic policy (let alone the homeland security issues)? Did this company make the best bid for the contract? Does Bush have pre-Presidency ties to them?

I honestly just don't get it.


I'm really getting the hang of one word answers. Oil, and it's probably post presidency. :-t
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