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"They’re Going to Cut Back the Bone and They’re Going to Keep the Fat, Basically. They’re Going to Try to Panic the Population into Acquiescing ... While Making Sure that They Pay the Pentagon, They Pay the Foreign Aid, They Pay Wall Street"

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I pointed out
last year that Ronald Reagan's budget director said that the tax cuts
for the wealthy were "the biggest fiscal mistake in history".

I noted yesterday:

 

Plugging the major holes in our economy is more important than either cutting spending or raising taxes.

 

And
stopping bailouts and giveaways for the top .1% of the richest elite
(which weaken rather than strengthen the economy, as shown here, here and here) and slashing spending on unnecessary imperial wars (which reduce rather than increase our national security, as demonstrated here and here) is what the budget really needs.

 

As I wrote last year:

Why aren't our government "leaders" talking about slashing the military-industrial complex, which is ruining our economy with unnecessary imperial adventures?

 

And why aren't any of our leaders talking about stopping the permanent bailouts for the financial giants who got us into this mess? And see this.

 

And why aren't they taking away the power to create credit from the private banking giants - which is costing our economy trillions of dollars (and is leading to a decrease in loans to the little guy) - and give it back to the states?

If we did these things, we wouldn't have to raise taxes or cut core services to the American people.

I pointed out the next month:

If
there's any shortfall, all we have to do is claw back the ill-gotten
gains from the fraudsters working for the too big to fails whose
unlawful actions got us into this mess in the first place. See this, this, this, this and this.

Dennis Kucinich wrote in a post entitled "Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans’ Wealth is Stolen":

The
rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our
economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that
our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the
wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the
few.

 

***

 

We have to realize what this country's economy has
become. Our monetary policy, through the Federal Reserve Act of 1913,
privatized the money supply, gathers the wealth, puts it in the hands
of the few while the Federal Reserve can create money out of nothing,
give it to banks to park at the Fed while our small businesses are
starving for capital.

 

Mark my words -- Wall Street cashes in
whether we have a default or not. And the same type of thinking that
created billions in bailouts for Wall Street and more than $1 trillion
in giveaways by the Federal Reserve today leaves 26 million Americans
either underemployed or unemployed. And nine out of ten Americans
over the age of 65 are facing cuts in their Social Security in order
to pay for a debt which grew from tax cuts for the rich and for
endless wars.

 

There is a massive transfer of wealth from the
American people to the hands of a few and it's going on right now as
America’s eyes are misdirected to the political theater of these
histrionic debt negotiations, threats to shut down the government, and
willingness to make the most Americans pay dearly for debts they did
not create.

 

These are symptoms of a government which has lost its way, and they are a challenge to the legitimacy of the two-party system.

And Michael Hudson - who is as far from a knee-jerk conservative as possible - hits the same theme with both barrels blazing:

[Interviewer]:
So, what do you think? Good versus evil. We’re playing out the debt
struggle and the debt ceiling issue. And if we don’t raise the debt
ceiling, we’ll be in the apocalypse. What do you make of it all?

 

HUDSON:
I think it’s evil working with evil.... If you have to choose between
paying Social Security and Wall Street, pay our clients, Wall Street.

 

***

 

What’s inefficient? Paying for people on Medicaid. Got to cut it.
What’s inefficient? Medicare. Got to cut it. What’s inefficient? Paying
Social Security. What is efficient? Giving $13 trillion to Wall Street
for a bailout. Now, how on earth can the administration say, in the
last three years we have given $13 trillion to Wall Street, but then,
in between 2040 and 2075, we may lose $1 trillion, no money for the
people?

 

***

 

It’s not about the debt ceiling. It’s about
making an agreement now under an emergency conditions. You remember
what Obama’s staff aide Rahm Emanuel said. He said a crisis is too
important to waste. They’re using this crisis as a chance to ram
through a financial policy, an anti-Medicare, anti-Medicaid,
anti—selling out Social Security that they could never do under the
normal course of things.

 

***

 

They’re not going to cut back the war in Libya.

 

***

 

They’re going to have to decide what to cut back. So they’re going to
cut back the bone and they’re going to keep the fat, basically. They’re
going to say–they’re going to try to panic the population into
acquiescing in a Democratic Party sellout by cutting back payments to
the people–Social Security, Medicare–while making sure that they pay
the Pentagon, they pay the foreign aid, they pay Wall Street.

 

[Interviewer]:
Yeah. But what–I hear you. But what I’m–I’m saying, what could be an
alternative policy? For example, don’t raise the debt ceiling. Number
two, raise taxes on the wealthy. Number three, cut back military
spending. I mean, there are ways to do this without having to borrow
more money, aren’t there?

 

HUDSON: Of course.

***

Of
course they could cut back the fat. Of course what they should do is
change the tax system. Of course they should get rid of the Bush tax
cuts. And the one good thing in President Obama’s speech two days ago
was he used the term spending on tax cuts. So that’s not the same thing
as raising taxes. He said just cut spending by cutting spending on tax
cuts for the financial sector, for the speculators who count all of
their income that they get, billions of income, as capital gains, taxed
at 15 percent instead of normal income at 35 percent. Let’s get rid of
the tax loopholes that favor Wall Street.

***

Mr. Obama
has always known who has been contributing primarily to his political
campaigns. We know where his loyalties lie now. And, basically, he
promised change because that’s what people would vote for, and he
delivered the change constituency to the campaign contributors...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sun, 07/17/2011 - 10:05 | 1463440 ParaZite
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I think it's funny when people start talking about what the "US Citizen" wants... because politicians stopped listening to "US Citizens" long, long ago. 

The reason a lot of these kids are running off to war, is because they have no jobs or future in our country, so they think they can get an education and experience in the war machine that will improve their lives. Otherwise, they will be working at Church's fried chicken or KFC and end up getting shot in a blood vs crips shoot out. Just to point out a fact, most recruits are young black or hispanic men with very little to aspire to in their home towns other than lives of crime, and want to make more out of their life than that. I don't believe they are fighting for Patriotic reasons, but for socio-economic reasons. The desire of a warm bed, a fresh meal, a good suit of clothes, respect, and a chance for a better life via educational programs and a 30,000 dollar hand out are enough to give many inner city youth enough inspiration to fight a war they really don't give a flying fuck about. 

Now, the American people as a whole seem to dislike the TSA and Homeland security bullshit, but really, other than a full blown rebellion, what can we do? If we fight back, we become homeland terrorist and get tortured in hell holes like gitmo... so it's easier to sit back and complain, flip the tv on, and try to hope that the government doesn't take what little away from us that we do have, than to stand up and end up being in a torture camp somewhere. 

 

I for one, don't think that the American people want these wars or any of the other fucked up shit going on in the USA, they just know that if they protest too loudly they are going to get the policeman's boot to the back of their head, sent off to some gitmo style hell hole, get to enjoy the joys of prison life or simply be shot dead by the police state... so they remain quiet, afraid, and hopeful that someone, somewhere will stand up. 

All that being said, no one has stood up... if they do they will be a villian on the media. Our government and our leaders stopped listening to us a long time ago. Proof of that would be to simply go to money dot cnn dot com and look at the American people telling anyone who will read it to stop the endless wars, etc. But, for the most part, the American people do what they are told like good little sheep and have no idea what a Constitutional Republic was, or why our forefathers wanted nothing to do with a Democracy... which the US was forced into becoming during the great depression in order to get the loans from the international banks. 

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 11:08 | 1463504 AnAnonymous
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I think it's funny when people start talking about what the "US Citizen" wants... because politicians stopped listening to "US Citizens" long, long ago. 

Oh really?

I dont even know if you paid attention to your next paragraph which is pretty weak

The reason a lot of these kids are running off to war, is because they have no jobs or future in our country, so they think they can get an education and experience in the war machine that will improve their lives.

 

And that is not the case? The US military does not provide opportunities for social promotion?

Otherwise, they will be working at Church's fried chicken or KFC

Oh? And just before, you claimed there were no jobs for them. So here, it reads like there are jobs but the opportunities for social promotion provided by the US military are better.

 and end up getting shot in a blood vs crips shoot out. Just to point out a fact, most recruits are young black or hispanic men with very little to aspire to in their home towns other than lives of crime, and want to make more out of their life than that.

 

Gangs recruit before the US military and belonging to a gang is a direct elimination factor by US military recruitors, if known. (I know that many gang members are looking for military experience and training to increase their efficiency) still, it does not change the point.

Another point is that obviously, while negroes and latinos are more represented than their global pc in the US, they are not the bulk of recruits.

Most of the US military are US white people looking for the benefits brought by the US army and most of them have access to much better job opportunities than flipping burgers.

Funny how in the US mind, suffering from hunger can not excuse for stealing a loaf of bread, but a low valued job should excuse for opting for a job to go and kill people accross the world for fun. That is US morality for you.

 

 I don't believe they are fighting for Patriotic reasons, but for socio-economic reasons. The desire of a warm bed, a fresh meal, a good suit of clothes, respect, and a chance for a better life via educational programs and a 30,000 dollar hand out are enough to give many inner city youth enough inspiration to fight a war they really don't give a flying fuck about. 

And yes, it is a decision. They have other job options but they prefer to enlist so they can get better benefits. 

 

I for one, don't think that the American people want these wars or any of the other fucked up shit going on in the USA, they just know that if they protest too loudly they are going to get the policeman's boot to the back of their head, sent off to some gitmo style hell hole, get to enjoy the joys of prison life or simply be shot dead by the police state... so they remain quiet, afraid, and hopeful that someone, somewhere will stand up. 

 

So why do they enlist to perform the same on other people around the world?

 

I dont know if you realize how low quality your narrative is. In the end, it reinforces the reality, that US citizens want the wars, that without the wars, they would be deprived of social promotion opportunities.

 

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 12:15 | 1463703 nhsadika
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I have no idea what you are arguing.  You are wasting everyones time. 

The point he was making was that the US military provides govt sponsored - debt sponsored - opportunities that are not available.  Listen to any young member recruiting on the air-waves of radio, and they say that exact thing - the military is great because of the opportunities available.  He is right.  Now whether the majority of people understand the nature of the military interventions around the world, I'd say they are misinformed, and if anything most people tend to give the benefit of the doubt to America under vague ideas like "Protecting freedom" or "Building democracy" or "Sacrificing for our country."  NONE of them ever goes much deeper than that, it is like the party line they tote which is good enough for them.

 

 

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 10:31 | 1466178 AnAnonymous
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I have no idea what you are arguing.  You are wasting everyones time. 

The point he was making was that the US military provides govt sponsored - debt sponsored - opportunities that are not available.  Listen to any young member recruiting on the air-waves of radio, and they say that exact thing - the military is great because of the opportunities available.  

 

The point is the point made up the section comment: US citizens want the wars because it provides them through the US military with opportunities to social promotion.

No wars, no social promotion opportunities. The previous poster and yourself accounts for this point.

US citizens want the wars. Useless to hide this fact with petty propaganda.

 

 

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 09:21 | 1463400 jack stephan
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1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: I want to serve this to the men. Taste it and let me know what you think.
[Yossarian takes a bite]
Yossarian: What is it?
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Chocolate covered cotton.
Yossarian: What are you, crazy?
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: No good, huh?
Yossarian: For Christ's sake, you didn't even take the seeds out.
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: Is it really that bad?
Yossarian: It's cotton!

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 08:44 | 1463371 mind_imminst
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"


"They’re Going to Cut Back the Bone and They’re Going to Keep the Fat, Basically. They’re Going to Try to Panic the Population into Acquiescing ... While Making Sure that They Pay the Pentagon, They Pay the Foreign Aid, They Pay Wall Street""

So what is new? Same stuff has been going on for decades in the U.S. The real discussion is in the solution. I would prefer to not do all of the above. Stop propping up the banks, government, TPTB. They should go bankrupt and/or go to jail if they engaged in criminal activity. What I am afraid will happen is if the U.S. goes bankrupt, people will be seduced into supporting more statist/communist control. They will clamor for more "free" stuff, because they are already so dependent. I would rather go toward more freedom.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 05:51 | 1463324 frank888
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The game is as follows :

1/ The 1% of the US population own nearly 50% of all the US wealth.

They have no debt. They have decided to go "global"because it was the only way for

them : a/ to be able to get more money, b/ to make the US ( and western ) workers in competition with workers from low cost countries and so to improve the margins of their companies.

2/ even if the average joes are stupids it was necessary to give them some "free cakes"...

in the meaning "free" for the elite because all these "free cakes" ( healthcare, government

jobs...) were financed by debt not higher taxes on the elites. It is also good to

remember than around 40% of the Americans do not pay any income taxes... What is

also very important for the elite is to have all the military spending going on because

they need it to SECURE all their investments in the developing countries and of course

they do not want to pay for it. Without the backing of the "free" US military they wont

have probably embarked in the global process because the risk to lose their investments would have been to huge...

If you understand the above logic, you will also understand why the military spending

will be the last thing to be cut. You have to remember that a huge increase of the spending has been done few years ago..Thanks to ? September 11 of course !

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 02:19 | 1463260 beatus12
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c.a trial over, the medias 

new drama

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:31 | 1463220 Coldfire
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Remarkable how so many are buying into the faux panic. Of course the debt "limit" will be raised. And the default persisting since 1971 will continue. US government debt is a runaway train. And there is no one conducting the damn thing. This is not a conspiracy, it is incompetence on a cosmic scale.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:21 | 1463219 Coldfire
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Seriously amusing how so many are buying into the faux panic scenario. Of course the debt "limit" will be raised. And the default persisting since 1971 will continue. US government debt is a runaway train. And there is no one conducting the damn thing. This is not a conspiracy, it is incompetence on a cosmic scale.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:30 | 1463226 WorkOutWellForAll
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If somebody owes you interest payments every year, are you not gonna pay close attention?

The creditors of the debt: (anybody got a good breakdown on the US debt owners)? -- they are making sure it stays together.

Just a calculation on how much to get away with, divsion of resources into propaganda, carrots, terror.. not too hard to calculate when sitting on top of the world with, oh, many more than 100 PhD economists at the Fed, as Shalom Bernanke mentioned -- and then the HArvard faculty as a whole, with the endowment, and the other universities, not to mention the foundations and corporate research staff and technological engineers and marketers and sales people in the 100,000s.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:20 | 1463217 WorkOutWellForAll
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You fucking people -- got yer nasty proud doomsayers -- and then the wimpy koombayah guys in the wings -- same shtick run by the Repubs and Dems.

Kudos on cynical enlightenment to smiley towards genocide, and the cynically accurate deflation of the supposed innocence inside the American victims heading the page.

That first post you gotta earn, and I'm glad to see somebody making the most of it by cutting to the real bone here.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 00:17 | 1463161 PulauHantu29
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George, when I saw that Shiela Bair is out...and every Wall Street Bank and Lender CEO is still "in".......

I'm rather looking forward to seeing Wall Street Bankers take home yet an even higher Bonus then last year...2009 and 2010 were "record high years"....I bet 2011 will break even those records.....after all, Wall Street needs to eat.

One for all and all for one!

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 00:06 | 1463156 AldousHuxley
Sat, 07/16/2011 - 23:37 | 1463131 Mark Noonan
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Certainly our government and our economy is corrupt, but you make a grave error if you think that the United States can afford significant cuts in military spending.  We can, of course, withdraw from Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and cease all active military operations and we can probably delay the acquisition of some weapons systems, but the bottom line is that there is only one line separating the world from barbarism, and that line is the United States armed forces. 

It is crucial to understand this - the world is sinking in to a sea or barbarism.  The end of American military predominance doesn't mean a world of peace and freedom - it means a world at the mercy of the most barbaric and bloodthirsty.  Islamists, Chinese imperialists and anyone else who takes a mind to it will attack without limit if they believed there was no force capable of stopping them.  While the United States armed forces stand supreme, there is a strong deterrrent...make it weak, make it just sufficient to defend the United States, and you'll have wars breaking out everywhere...with the most ruthless conquests going on and peoples literally enslaved so that the conquerors can move on to the next target.

Reform our government, reform our economy - but ensure that the United States armed forces are not just strong, but overwhelmingly strong...able to fight two or three wars simultaneously and with the capability of bringing absolute destruction.  No fair fights - make war with us, you die - that has to be the formula used to determine the size and power of the United States military.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 09:51 | 1463433 AnAnonymous
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Islamists, Chinese imperialists and anyone else who takes a mind to it will attack without limit if they believed there was no force capable of stopping them. 

 

Dont forget the Somali pirats...

Ahhhh, the sweet world of projection. Using other people's supposed actions in order to justify yours.

Problem is that the US is an efficient military that has been constantly eliminating threat after threat... Now, who is left to enact that barbarism?

Guys like those libyan rebels. Who are the same as the US is fighting through the wars on terror. Unable to oust Ghaddafi on their own. Unable to oust Ghadaffi when equipped with western military equipment and supported by western intelligence. Unable to oust Gaddafi with the previous added to tactical strikes support. Unable to oust Ghaddaif with the previous added to helicopter support. Etc...

And people should not come with examples showing that barbarism as they say do not take advanced gear because the US sat on their hands when those events happened, destroying the very insane hypothesis that the US is the wall against barbarism.

 

US citizens, enemies of responsibility since 1776, always looking for someone else to foot up the bill.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 03:45 | 1463306 cowpieflapjack
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What do you have against barbers? Short back and sides, please.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:31 | 1463227 Spastica Rex
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OMG. Thanks, Vespasian.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 00:02 | 1463145 nhsadika
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Un hunh.   The barbarians are inside the gate my friend.  China is not imperialistic like the US, they are at the end of the day traders, long-term planners while doing what needs to be done in the short term to manage a Billion people.  They are going to strike deals with countries far and wide, instead of invading them, spreading propoganda back home, and erecting friendly if not corrupt governments that allow us to suppress the wishes of populations.

US imperialism is a blight on the right of self-determination of many people.  I am not saying that in every place we've tinkered, the outcomes would have been rosy-and-grand, but I am saying that the world wants and the American people should want our govt to get their hands out of other people's business.   It is a form of oppression, and in anyone's moral code, oppression is one of the few if only times violence is justified.

Bloodthirsty and barbaric, drooling at the mouth for blood, this is garbage - they've been playing the same tune as if America is under attack since the Red Indian massacre every decade with a new stand in blood hungry savage.  It is racism at the core.  Look in the mirror and you see blood dripping from our lips, but the mirror no longer turns toward us (hundreds of thousands dead and affected, yet little coverage about that hmmm).  If anything, we should be afraid of the cold, steely way in which we run military campaigns affecting hundreds of thousands, often from air conditioned cubicles on the eastern seaboard.  The war machine out of control.  Privatized.  Unchecked.

 

 

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:41 | 1463232 Spastica Rex
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Brilliant.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 22:47 | 1463052 Spastica Rex
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Don't the bankers make bank regardless? Ceiling raised: more debt. Ceiling not raised: higher interest rates.

 

Tales they win, heads we lose. 

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 21:23 | 1462943 working class dog
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Americans want the war, WHY DONT YOU ASK MY NEPHEW WHO RETURNED FROM AFGHANISTAN WITHOUT HIS RIGHT HAND, SHOT OFF IN AN AMBUSE ASSHOLE!

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 20:39 | 1462886 Sambo
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They need a justification for keeping the military funding going. How else can you keep spending trillions on an unnecessarily bloated defense budget?

Where do you find this justification?

Answer: In the war against terror. So you keep the terrorist threat alive. 9/11 is the greatest crime perpetrated against Americans...not by al qaeda but by the TPTB well entrenched right here on American soil.

The second justification is protecting our oil interests. So you go fight wars in Kuwait, Iraq & now Libya. Next it will be war against Iran or some imperialistic designs on some other oil rich country like Nigeria.

And China is there to support the Americans in these militaristic ambitions. Why do you think they keep buying treasuries knowing very well that they are not going to get paid back in the usual manner?

It is because there is a secert deal between the two countries, geographically well positioned to rule the whole world.

This is what is known as 'globalisation'.

Believe me the debt ceiling will not be raised just once but several times more - and frequently - in the future.

So dont worry, the debt ceiling will be passed. Geithner, Obama & Boehner will each will Oscars for their tremendous performances on this tragically comic political stage.

 

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 03:43 | 1463305 cowpieflapjack
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This has got to be quite possibly one of the most salient reasonings that I have ever read here. Nice work. Harnesses the rage in all of us. Or should do.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 20:42 | 1462892 Sambo
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Kindly ignore the grammatical errors...the above was written in a fit of rage.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 21:08 | 1462930 Juan Wild
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Rage understood. I never look for grammatical errors. I look for common fuckin' sense. You got it Sambo!

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 19:18 | 1462806 ping
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The government's fucking itself by making the country weaker. The elite too - see if you can protect your investments in China and Russia after the USA folds, you 0.1% SOBs. Not so easy to protect capital without a 'liberal democracy' at your back.

Still: impoverished regimes have a habit of holding together on top of the corpses of their victims. North Korea, Russian Civil War, Zimbabwe, Third Reich. The douches in the military and police are the first to prop up the state. The fuckers haven't got any other marketable skills. They'll perpetuate a holocaust if it means the pay keeps coming in. They're the ultimate parasites. Psychopaths with guns.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 20:56 | 1462914 Tsukato
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 They'll perpetuate a holocaust if it means the pay keeps coming in.

Let's hope so :)

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 18:43 | 1462706 Bansters-in-my-...
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Ah...! The Pentagon.... The Banksters private protection. And we know who really runs the country. The hand that gives is the boss.... And the US Gov,aint got nothing to give,so that leaves the Banksters (NYFed) etc...

And they need the military incase the smurfs catch on to the fucking ponzi.

But hey....that is what Star Search is all about....

T6he Sacred Fucking Cow.....

The Pentagon......

Fuck you.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 18:40 | 1462703 Problem Is
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+5... Top Notch Analysis GW
I enjoy your blog and visit daily right after ZH...

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 18:11 | 1462630 NuYawkFrankie
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Is it just me... OR does Boaner look like  he's got the same skin pigmentation as Obamah in the above video-still ???

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 08:03 | 1463345 doesmybuttlookf...
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Darker, o'drama hasn't been able to spend much time on the links. He has had to work for the last week. What a sacrifice.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 22:08 | 1462997 James
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A white man can be a nigger too.

Only we call them whiggers.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 18:41 | 1462704 Problem Is
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Boner buys Orange-Man-Tan by the 55 gallon drum...

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 22:15 | 1463007 Rick64
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Lol

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:46 | 1462586 Audacity17
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I'd rather pay soldiers to kill bad guys, than bums to eat cheetos and watch American Idol.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 06:41 | 1463332 doggings
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I'd rather pay dweebs to kill brown people using playstation & drone technology at a ratio of 140:1 innocents to bad guys, while I bum my mates, eat cheetos and watch American Idol.

there I corrected it for you. 

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 19:31 | 1462817 Astrolabe
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seriously, though, what don't you understand about not enough fucking jobs?

you do know that you can't opt out of this system, correct? you can't really go off the grid and set up a tent somewhere and fish for your food, not without breaking 20 laws before breakfast? you know you need money to do those things? a job is required, right? you do understand that the economy is not producing enough jobs, correct?

dicks like you never think they're in the same boat until it effects them personally.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 18:00 | 1462608 LawsofPhysics
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Been to an induction center lately?  Aside from a few elite troops, there is little difference.  Troll indeed.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 20:54 | 1462912 New_Meat
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skoshi' "induction" don't cha' know - Ned

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:56 | 1462599 CIABS
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how about neither, troll?

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:42 | 1462578 Westcoastliberal
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The problem as I see it is, we're really stuck with the 2 party system in the US.  Neither party will allow a 3rd party to ever get to the level of being a true contender.  They'll legislate against it, throw up roadblocks, refuse to include it, etc.

Thanks GW for all you do to stir the pot.  You know, ZH has a lot of smart readers, snarky but smart.  It sure could be beneficial if we could conjure up some real solutions to the probs GW cites, all of which are real, happening now, and can't continue much longer without something going "pop"!

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:53 | 1462593 sherryw
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Real solutions have been expounded time and again in this and other like sites; the problem is there is no political will/clout to enact them.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:33 | 1462556 Greenhead
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The real tragedy is that so many of us believe we can't exist without some sort of help from the gov.  Meanwhile 40 cents of every fed dollar spent has to be borrowed.  Every fiefdom wants to protect itself and maintain their status quo.  While I do agree that all income from labor and from capital should be taxed at the same rate, I don't believe the top brackets need to be any higher.

We are deliberately creating a dependence culture, almost half the population pays no income tax, food stamp participation is now almost 45 million citizens, entitlements are at all time highs, what is wrong with this picture?

Wait, someone isn't paying their "fair share", what a laugh!

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 21:39 | 1462962 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yes, exactly. The wealthy elite that controls the federal government has two goals: make themselves wealthier, and create a gigantic underclass that is 100% dependent on federal handouts like the EITC, food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, social security, etc. Call them the Free Shit Army, if you will.

We are in the endgame.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:27 | 1462545 RickC
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After reading the first sentence, I knew it ws going to the same silly screed from George Washington.  I verified it was him and stopped reading, saving myself from wasting oodles of time.

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 00:02 | 1463151 RockyRacoon
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I was gonna ask what the "C" stands for -- but I think I know.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:54 | 1462595 sherryw
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Huh? So why waste your time getting this far?

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:27 | 1462541 cougar_w
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I do get the feeling that the two politcal parties are just jockying to be the one holding the Whitehouse on the day the democratic experiment ends in the USA.

Why the Whitehouse? Because whoever is in the Whitehouse commands the US Army. And when the experiment ends then whoever holds the Army in their fist rules the country, gets all the nukes, and essentially rules the world, and to hell with free elections. Party over. Not to mention, can round up all their former "esteemed collegues" for the reeducation camp at Gitmo.

I wonder if Germans were wondering similar things in 1931? Some guy named Adolf Hitler was aggitating for a strong Germany, memories of a former greatness were still fresh. All they needed was a great leader to regain what had been lost. Right? Isn't that how it was supposed to work? Something about being entitled to greatness, yeah that was it. In 1933 they got what they wanted, and in 1945 -- just 12 years later --  Germany lay in ruins. Again.

Someone will be in the Whitehouse when the experiment ends. Given the trend of recent years they won't be worth a shit. There is no easy way around it; either the citizens purge the shitheads and keep the experiment alive, or the US goes down in flames.

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 17:54 | 1462597 CIABS
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obama commands the army?

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