Picture of the week.
September 1st, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Picture of the week.

MINNEAPOLIS,MN- AUGUST 30: U.S. President Barack Obama greets guests of honor during the 93rd American Legion National Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on August 30, 2011 in Minneapolis. Obama spoke about job creation and the need to improve services for veterans returning from war.


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  1. Russell Brown

    I went to vist pearl habor it is very moving
    Who ever has not been if you get the time you
    should go the flight is longbut ,you will enjoy it.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Pete

      Its not there for your entertaiment you don't enjoy it
      you remember how and why and what are Vet's did to protect us now , then and in the Future
      if you want to be entertained go to disney world

      September 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  2. Pete

    What a Snake
    Obama hates this Country

    Good photo Op for you liberals to see
    keep on drinking that Koolaid

    September 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Juan

      You are a dumba**
      Pres. Obama loves this Country

      He doing this for 9/11 vets
      Keep drinking that Fox News Kool-aid.

      September 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
      • Pete

        I expected a lowlife liberal to say that

        wake up this guy is a socalist an his goal is to redefine america or as he says it Spread the Wealth which is another way of saying Socalism Look up the word your'e an asshole

        September 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      pete when you say liberal
      to you mean you have a issue with this statement of liberal
      if by a libreal they mean someone who looks ahead and not
      behind some one who welcome new ideas without regard
      reaction someone who cares about the welfare of the people
      their health their housing their schools their jobs theircivil rights
      and their civil liberties someone who belives we can break through
      the stalemate and suspicions
      that grip us in our polices abroad if that is what they mean by
      liberal then I am pround to say I am a liberal
      and as for my comment about pearl habor I GOT on my nees at every stone and
      thank our american men who gave their life so we all could be free and safe.
      G-D bless you pete I hope your life gets better soon boy are your bitter.

      September 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        do

        September 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        so since your life is great why are you so bitter.

        September 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  3. SC for Obama

    Fox News Kool-Aid..lol i cant stand Faux news at all and educated people actually listen to their nonsense..

    September 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  4. Russell Brown

    hey pete help me out your have more school than me I can tell how smart you are
    what are the meaning of socalism and liberal.

    September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Pete

      LIBERALS – believe in government Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need.Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.

      CONSERVATIVES – believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

      September 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        pete you are the man you have been nice to me thankyou may G-D BLESS YOU .

        September 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Pete

      Over the past few decades Western European countries have have passed laws and taken other steps towards socialism (or Marxism). This, combined with globalization, has lead to increased pressure on the United States to become more socialistic. Although the ideas of socialism seem appealing, it a fundamentally flawed system and it begins a slippery slope that falls into communism.

      Wikipedia defines socialism as "a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. Many socialist ideas come from Marxism (more commonly, "communism"), which essentially calls for a reversal of what we know as the structure of society. In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx predicts that the proletariats will overthrow the bourgeoisie (which seems to be happening to some degree). The bourgeoisie are upper management and upper class, the white collar workers, while the proletariats are the working class, the blue collar workers. Since the proletariats "do all the work", Marx and other socialists suggest that they should get an equal share of the wealth. A Marxist society would have no private property rights and goods produced in it would be distributed among the citizens–"from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

      The idea of a Marxist society is very alluring. In today's world of freedom and fairness, the notion of everyone being completely equal, even if this means taking from the rich and giving to the poor, seems just; however, the defect in Marxism is obvious. It is dependent on a type of human nature that is hard to come by. For Marxism to work, very little greed and jealosy can exist and people must have a general feeling of charity and a willingness to work their hardest for the good of everyone. These are obviously not common traits. Marxism could also work if those who have the greatest abilities and those who work the hardest are satisfied with rewards equivalent to those with lesser abilities and those who don't work hard at all. This is also very unlikely. Marxism undoubtedly leads to free riding and slacking.

      On the other hand, capitalism utilizes the willpower of individuals, especially entrepreneurs, to foment economic activity. Capitalism is based on the assumption that individuals operate based on self interest; however, by doing so they not only help themselves, but also propel others towards economic success. As Adam Smith put it, "by directing that industry in such a manner as its produce may be of the greatest value, he intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for society that it was no part of his intention. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it."

      I was given an assignment by a teacher in high school to write a paper on whether capitalism or communism would be better in "a perfect world." On first glance, communism seems to be the obvious choice, but if it were a perfect world, then not only would people work hard to support their families and progress individually, but even capitalists would be willing to donate to charities, etc. I believe that in a perfect world, a very similar outcome would occur in either communism or capitalism.

      The communist societies that have been or are being attempted are really not communist societies at all, although they try to be. The USSR, for example, attempted communism but ended up being way to totaliarianistic–in stead of everyone working for the benefit of the society, there was a group of individuals with total power (Joseph Stalin took this role for a quarter century). Today's China is the same way–there is a centralized bureaucracy that calls all the shots. In both of these cases many people are forced to take part in the society against their own will. The Soviet Union obviously didn't work and China is becoming more prosperous only as they allow their economy to be more capitalistic. Taiwan, China's capitalistic counterpart, is years ahead of China on almost any measure of prosperity.

      The fact is that people can't be forced to take part in communism. It simply won't work unless everyone is willing, and even then greed can easily lead to its demise. On the other hand, capitalism can work even if there are some who don't want to pull their weight–the difference is that those that don't pull their weight will suffer the consequences. Just like in communism, capitalism will work better if everyone works hard to produce valuable products. Also just like in communism, a capitalist society where there exists charity and good will will eliminate preventable suffering of all individuals.

      So why has France passed a socialistic labor law which makes it very hard to lay off workers? Why does Canada have government sponsered, free health care? Why do some American workers pay over a third of their income in taxes? Why do so many nations tax and then dole out excessive welfare checks?

      It seems as though we are doing the very thing that history has proven doesn't work: forcing socialism. How can France expect its workers to work hard if it's nearly impossible to fire them? How can we expect welfare recipients to find jobs if it's easy for them to sit at home and get welfare? I know that there is a real need for welfare among some people, but there are others who smoke and drink and do nothing to better themselves. Socialism is forced on the rest of Americans when they are taxed and their money goes to such people. If this continues, Americans will become more and more lazy and our nation will degenerate to a quasi-socialist, nonproductive society.

      The US is taking baby steps towards socialism. We may not be as far as France, and we're definitely not as far as China, but unless we reverse the current trend we will suffer the consequences.

      September 1, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      you have more education than I

      September 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  5. Russell Brown

    hey pete here is a update on the meaning of socalism
    Any of various enconomic and political theories advocating
    collective or governmental owership and administration of the
    means of production and distribution of goods
    pete you do know that china practices socalism
    you do know that our ceos took their jobs over to chnia
    pete you do know that socalism has it strengths and weakness
    join me and all the other american feamies who have been wounded by the bad part
    of socalism
    to do that we must all stop hating we are all in this togeather
    black white red gray brown
    big small fat we are lump to togeather china is kicking our but
    hate has killed this country
    love in fellow men will bring it back.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      familes

      September 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Pete; who is the GOVERNMENT? Did you ever consider that the government are US? 'Of the people, by the people and FOR the people'. Did you ever consider that the people in WASHINGTON are sent there to represent all of the people? The ones who managed to acquire the liberties and freedoms to acquire their own goals as well as the ones who hadn't had the same opportunities. If we did it right or wanted to do it right as a nation, we could satisfy what you say both perspectives are! 'To whom much is given'....

    September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm |