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San Diego motivational speaker Tony Robbins, who teaches people how to overcome fears, continues to generate fears about the state of the economy. A youtube making the rounds this year features Robbins moaning about the federal deficit -- not an illogical position, certainly. But the youtube is really an attack on President Obama's plans to tax the rich, and Robbins uses some non sequiturs to make his point. He makes some good points, though, saying that the national debt is $15.4 trillion (now $15.6 trillion) and one trillion seconds adds up to 32,000 years. Scary. He claims that liberals say that the nation's deficit problems will be solved if we tax the rich. Then he shows that if we tax ALL income of those making over $250,000, it wouldn't carry the government very far. True, but not relevant. Liberals (and the majority of Americans, according to polls) favor stiffer taxes on the superrich, but nobody says those tax receipts will come anywhere near solving the nation's problems. For example, Obama's "Buffett tax," which would raises taxes on those making $1 million or more, would only raise $47 billion over ten years. Robbins takes the base of his information from a blogger called Iowahawk.typepad.com, who is very conservative. Robbins says he is an independent believing that we must raise revenue but also cut spending.

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SurfPuppy619 April 16, 2012 @ 8:43 p.m.

Robbins is nothing more than a snake oil salesman. Gla dhe moved out of Del Mar. He is a 6'10 Learch.

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Don Bauder April 16, 2012 @ 9:40 p.m.

The motivational speakers generally are cons. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 April 17, 2012 @ 5:07 a.m.

There is no bigger con and Snakeoil SalesJerk than Robbins.

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Don Bauder April 17, 2012 @ 7:53 a.m.

He can walk on hot coals. I doubt if he can walk on water, though. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel April 17, 2012 @ 12:17 p.m.

OMG Don!!!

i so appreciate ur remark...w00t!!!

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Don Bauder April 17, 2012 @ 1:18 p.m.

It works for me if I walk on the rocks. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh April 17, 2012 @ 8:56 p.m.

Most of those motivational folks are really all about selling their own particular brand of organizational snake oil. They are often on to something good, but don't stop with the good advice. They turn the whole thing into a sort of cult and milk the converts for money and adulation. Even W. Clement Stone, whose basic concepts were sound, somehow brought in a flock of adherents whose everyday actions out in the world often bordered on insanity.

So, who cares what Tony Robbins thinks? I'd be more interested in knowing what a successful businessperson thinks.

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Don Bauder April 17, 2012 @ 11 p.m.

I doubt that youtube was really Tony Robbins expressing his opinion. I suspect he was doing the delivery for some fat cats. Best, Don Bauder

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conanthequasilibertarian April 19, 2012 @ 9:57 a.m.

A quick off-topic comment: if someone says walking on hot coals is a feat of mind-over-matter, challenge them to walk on a sheet of copper heated to the same temperature as the hot coals.

The argument that something should not be done towards solving a problem simply because it will not solve the entire problem is a rather cliched rhetorical device, but people still trot it out.

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Don Bauder April 19, 2012 @ 12:10 p.m.

I've written a lot about Robbins, and in the course of doing research, read that walking on hot coals is not such a great feet feat. Yes, rejecting a reform because it will only go part way to solve a problem is fatuous or disingenuous. Yet it's used every day in Congress. Since when are problems really solved, anyway? Negative effects may be alleviated -- but the problem solved? Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell April 19, 2012 @ 6:47 p.m.

Robbins is the missing link that anthropologist Louis Leakey spent his life searching for but never found. Had Leakey known of Robbins birth before his untimely death in 1972, he would have been able to prove that man descended from the ape. Robbinsopithecus is the missing genus that connects man to ape.

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Don Bauder April 20, 2012 @ 7:58 a.m.

Well, the apes at San Diego Zoo hurl chunks of feces at the visitors gawking outside the cage. Do you see a similarity? Best, Don Bauder

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