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Thread: The Ten "Cannots"

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    Try (for the moment or two it will take to read) to forget the author of the following is a man of the cloth.


    THE TEN CANNOTS –
    By Rev. William J. H. Boetcker


    1 - You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

    2 - You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

    3 - You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

    4 - You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

    5 - You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

    6 - You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

    7 - You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

    8 - You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

    9 - You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.

    10 - You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should be doing for themselves.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    Busyman™'s Avatar Use Logic Or STFU!
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    Number 2 and 3

    Yes you can if they are harming you.

    Number 8

    It's called the stock market. Sure you can....hell real estate, start-up business..........

    Number 4

    Depending on what "pulling down" is. Free reign by the wage payer is not the way to go either.

    Number 1

    Thank goodness Bush is almost outta here!
    Last edited by Busyman™; 10-10-2007 at 01:38 AM.

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    Sounds like the 'Holy Grail' of the British Conservative Party and New Labour.

    I wonder who else could be added to this list?
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    No 5 - you cannot get milk from a cow you have killed but that doesn't mean you shouldn't milk the cow when it is alive
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    I believe Busyman is serious.



    "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife"

    Busyman: Depends on her...and if I wanna.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4 View Post
    I believe Busyman is serious.



    "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife"

    Busyman: Depends on her...and if I wanna.
    i don't get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilw View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by j2k4 View Post
    I believe Busyman is serious.



    "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife"

    Busyman: Depends on her...and if I wanna.
    i don't get it
    I would seem that Busyman regards all guidelines as strictly conditional; things to be gotten around, should the inclination strike...as when one finds one's self in need of, say, a new microwave.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    still not sure i fully understand but meh. I think some of those statements don't hold up to scrutiny at all. Plus it reeks of rich person protectionism (e.g. pt 7) or am i just being too cynical?
    Last edited by ilw; 10-10-2007 at 10:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilw View Post
    still not sure i fully understand but meh. I think some of those statements don't hold up to scrutiny at all. Plus it reeks of rich person protectionism (e.g. pt 7) or am i just being too cynical?
    To the latter, yes.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiot
    Try (for the moment or two it will take to read) to forget the author of the following is a man of the cloth.


    If they had seriosly wanted us to..then that would have either have excluded this quote..or written it as a post scriptum....


    but no..right at the top....

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