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Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:02 | 1141555 TruthInSunshine
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Sounds good to many of us (Paul Krugman weeps in background).

"I am Jack's sinking realization that they lied to the people all these years; government relies on the people, and not vice-versa."

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:04 | 1141568 Clueless Economist
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I agree, but eventually they will start it up again.  In 95-96 it was shut for 21 and they paid those Gov't drones retroactively for all 21 days! 

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:05 | 1141575 Clueless Economist
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I resent any remarks about my sanity.  Print and Spend $$$ endlessly!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:08 | 1141598 TruthInSunshine
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Paul Krugman, I read your proposed solution to the sovereign debt crises, and I have to say, printing an additional amount of money equivalent to particular debt levels will not solve the problem.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:01 | 1141903 Haywood Jablowme
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This is all Bush's fault haha LMFAO...

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:17 | 1142560 rich_wicks
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This is all Bush's fault haha LMFAO...

Well, he didn't do anything to help - he doubled the national debt in his 2 terms.

I don't see why people bitch about Obama so much, after all we still have the 2 wars, Guantanamo is still open, the Patriot Act is still law, warrantless wiretapping is still going on, Homeland Security is still in existence and the bailouts continue.

Bush started all those and Obama continuing all of them.

Why do Republicans hate a Democratic president that does everything that Bush did?

Oh, because he's black.

But wait - why do Democrats love a Democratic president that does everything Bush did?

Oh, because he's black...


Americans - you have the government deserve, you stupid pinheads.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:25 | 1142595 tmosley
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Not because he's black, you nincompoop.  It's because of the (D) next to his name.

The party not in power always does a great job of identifying the evil being put in place by the ruling party, but once they get in, they always do the same thing.  It's maddening that the people can't see what is going on.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:47 | 1142695 pods
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Left, right, left, right.

Right into the meatgrinder!


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:23 | 1142803 Zardinuk
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Hey, I've been looking for a country to escape to where things are better than they are in the US. Do you know of any place? Surely you must be living in one of these places...

Oh, I see. You just wanted to take a stab at Americans and call us all racists. Nevermind.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:44 | 1142846 Haywood Jablowme
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shit's coming and has been coming from the 2-headed monster.  I just always wanted to say "It's Bush's fault" just to see whose panties would get tied up in a bunch LMFAO

and for the record, I've never voted for either of these ass-wipes because I learnt a long time ago only blood on the steps of capitol hill will get shit changed...


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:49 | 1141851 DoChenRollingBearing
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You resemble that remark!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:28 | 1142015 thedrickster
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Your Avatar nearly cost we a widescreen monitor and $3.59 in 9mm ammo.

Then I found the sarcasm, whew.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:35 | 1143512 Reptil
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Ah those dricky reflexes again.




A wabbit? Where?!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:08 | 1141600 LawsofPhysics
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Of course, back in 95-96, there were still some laws to enforce transparency and accountability.  Once those pesky laws were removed, the "mark to fantasy" three card monty really took off and we had "prosperity" in our service economy.  Okay, it just sounds stupid saying it, now we are fucked.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 17:48 | 1142890 Zero Govt
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shut Government down?

that's the best fuking idea ever ..or at least since Govt started!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 21:43 | 1143736 slewie the pi-rat
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no shit.  why does this seem too good to be true?  because tyler is a fuking asshole, that's why!!!  screw it!  i'm in.  so is tyler.  i can tell!!!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:07 | 1141586 slaughterer
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Deal!  I will take this any day!

(Campaign prep: The GOP has to rub O's nose in another Slick Willie era degradation.)

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:23 | 1141992 TruthInSunshine
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CNBC - yes, CNBC - is running a headline that 2011 is quite possibly going to see a bigger financial crisis than we had in 2008.

I realize CNBsC is akin to the Romper Room of financial discussion....but....

CNBC: Could 2011 Be Worse Than 2008? Don't Rule It Out - Patrick Allen - 12 hours ago
2011 is beginning to look very like 2008 before the collapse of Lehman Brothers—except the numbers involved are much bigger this time around.

WTF Bitchez!!!!!!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:02 | 1143389 Cleanclog
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Excerpts from Geithner's letter and some responses:

"In addition, defaulting on legal obligations of the United States would lead to sharply higher interest rates and borrowing costs, (as our current interest rates are artificially held low for the benefit of risk taking highly leveraged banks and financial institutions) 

declining home values (already have declined substantially and are continuing as Fed and Treasury conspire to devalue the dollar and thus reduce individual Americans buying power) 

and reduced retirement savings(actually, American “savers”, pensioners,  and investors in fixed income securities could benefit from higher interest rates)

 for Americans. Default would cause a financial crisis potentially more severe than the crisis from which we are only now starting to recover."

Selling the Nation’s gold, for example, would undercut confidence in the United States both here and abroad". Why? Isn’t that one reason the Nation holds onto gold and other “liquid” assets?  Perhaps investors would have greater confidence in the US commitment to service and honor its debt without going further into debt. 

More . . .

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:12 | 1141642 Dr. Porkchop
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The IRS would shut down?! Oh the humanity!


Is that a promise?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:20 | 1141695 Dr. No
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Big mistake by Obama Adim to tout this as a "problem".  If I actually thought the IRS would shut down, I would be the first to the streets demading gov shut down!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:53 | 1141860 redpill
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What do you want to bet a "shut down" IRS will still manage to find a way to cash your check after you file taxes, but magically be unable to send out refunds to those that should get them.

This is a tactic they've been playing in California for years. Any time the bureaucrats get threatened with serious cuts, they try to pick the most visible and immediately-felt services to cut first, in an utter and complete betrayal to the duties of their office.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:59 | 1141887 Haywood Jablowme
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Taxes? Bwaaahahahahaa......Fuck em'.  These guys ain't gettin' shit from me this year or the next.  Black market / 100% cash / barter transactions here we come.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:58 | 1142142 Dr. No
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Standard politics.  When faced with even having to cut a small amount, politicians will state the world will be a more dangerous place since they need to layoff policeman.  All in attempt to win public support, even though the politicians know darn well they arent cutting police.  or maybe they would to prove a point.... they are evil i tell ya.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 18:18 | 1143034 crazyjsmith
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I can't believe we havent' thought of this earlier! Brilliant. 

It's like when you were a kid in school, and the school was forced to close for a day because of weather.  What a tragedy!!

Shut her down!!!!!!


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 21:39 | 1143701 StychoKiller
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Please Br'er Bear, DO NOT throw me into that briar patch!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:13 | 1141963 covert
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the last time, I barely noticed it. interesting to note: there is NOTHING to protect the innocent from the guilty or vice/versa during a shutdown. anarchy can be the most splended thing!


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:00 | 1141557 NOTW777
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sounds wonderful - break from evil

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:00 | 1141558 tmosley
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So...what's the problem?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:11 | 1141627 traderjoe
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But, but ... the Cherry Blossom Festival?! Nooooo....


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:28 | 1141734 orangedrinkandchips
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oooooh kay.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:51 | 1142430 MisterMousePotato
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So, if I understand the cherry blossom thing correctly, the government employees who put all the cherry blossoms on the trees will be laid off? Or is it the government employees who light up the sky during the day so we can see the cherry blossoms? Or the ones who focus our eyeballs for us so we can see the cherry blossoms? I am so confused.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 22:03 | 1143787 slewie the pi-rat
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lol! +++X3!!!  all of the above!  obviously!  ask tyler!  hahaha!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:18 | 1141667 Sudden Debt
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The Smithsonian... the fact they mention it...



Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:28 | 1141729 Ese Pinche
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+QE3  the priorities are hilarious..

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:00 | 1142154 Dr. No
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Imagine the revenue they could generate if they contracted out to "American Pickers" or any of the other reality storage garage TV shows?

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:25 | 1141700 Jay Gould Esq.
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  • *DJ Obama Admin: Roughly 800,000 Govt Employees Would Be Affected By Shutdown
  • *DJ Obama Admin: White House Staffing Would Be Lower During Shutdown
Music to taxpayers' ears. Unfortunately, the orchestra will never assemble. Of this we can be certain: Bawlin' John Boehner hasn't the cojones to face down The One.  Uncle will be open for business.


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:44 | 1141828 Infinite QE
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Would they fire Michelle's hair staff? Probably takes a team of five to keep her looking human.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:50 | 1141844 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 5


I'm keeping an eye out for your comments!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:50 | 1141852 Infinite QE
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Thank you kind sir. You're a gentleman and a scholar. Assuming of course that you're a man! LOL!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:14 | 1141966 DoChenRollingBearing
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Yeah, a guy.  You are too kind, if you knew me you would not say that kind of stuff...

At least I am not a goverrnment worker!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:30 | 1142027 NotApplicable
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There are no such things as government workers, as there is no work* to be done.

(* where work is defined as providing a good or service that someone would freely pay for.)

Employees, perhaps, but workers, never.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:03 | 1142176 Almost Solvent
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Great distinction - I've always said that I'm just an employee (not government!) who shows up for my job Monday through Friday and do the best I can until my boss tells me that I no longer have to show up.


Not a worker, an employee. A worker to me is self-employed or in a small partnership where one is actually producing something to sell to others; basically their own boss.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:03 | 1141902 Jay Gould Esq.
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+ Frederic Fekkai.

The First Lady's grooming staff is undoubtably budgeted within some deeply-buried non-discrectionary DoD line item. Off-limits. The 'do stays.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 14:48 | 1142088 Infinite QE
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Definitely in a black-ops budget. Area 51 stuff. Integrating aliens into humanity type a thing.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:07 | 1142194 Ms. Erable
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It is difficult to make a Wookie look semi-human, you know.

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 15:19 | 1142248 Infinite QE
Wed, 04/06/2011 - 16:51 | 1142710 pods
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Goonie goo goo!

"Your wife's a Bigfoot isn't she Gus?"


Wed, 04/06/2011 - 22:38 | 1143866 slewie the pi-rat
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area 51 stuff!  great, QE!  slewie is a great michelle fan, and thinks she is related to thom jefferson!

they'll just handle from the $1 Bil. in campaign contibutions, i'm sure. she' prob nearly to 30  attendants, by now.  as long as they tell her how great prez. milk dud is while attending her, and do a little "research" on the side, it's all paid for from the mountains of tribute due him, especially due to holder and the fed prosecutors & FBI doing less than zero for the connected "fasionista's"!   i smell some really important campaign work being done by her staffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff...  so, pay em!

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 13:00 | 1141559 slow_roast
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Bullish for riot gear and machetes bitchez.

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