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Tue, 08/30/2011 - 05:25 | 1614128 MGHJFHD
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Mon, 08/29/2011 - 22:51 | 1613841 fatalerr5
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Yes becuase the answer is to point and blame others.



Be sure you blame them all, it avoids you actualy having to identify the people who are causing the problem.


You wouldn't dare to actualy point them out because they are lining your pockets with legislation you like!



Let me give you a hint.



Mon, 08/29/2011 - 03:56 | 1611071 destiny
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Activists Plan Oct 6th Occupation in DC


" We are coming to Washington to stay”: Nation-wide people’s occupation of D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, Oct 6, 2011

War Is A Crime.orgd=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7170

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 09:32 | 1611390 JerseyCynic
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and here's something else to consider, the  GENESIS OF GULLIBILITY by Pierre Tristan (2006)



".....I’m reminded of one of the letters Air Force Capt. Jerry Shank wrote home in January 1964. He was flying in Vietnam and losing heart. He didn’t think the U.S. was bound to fail, but he saw the nonsensical ways the military was going about fighting the war. “If we keep up like we are going, we will definitely lose. I’m not being pessimistic. It’s too obvious.” This is 1964 mind you, four years before Cronkite finally hadhis epiphany. “How our government can lie to its own people,” Shank wrote, “it’s something you wouldn’t think a democratic government could do. I wish I were a prominent citizen or knew someone who could bring this before the U.S. public. However, if it were brought before the average U.S. family, I’m sure all they’d do is shake their heads and say tch-tch and tune in another channel on TV.” These days they tune in to the daily parody of journalism posing as Fox News, where the lies are shaped in Thomas Kinkade hues and wrapped in the flag (never mind’s Kinkade’s sham). Sweet Jesus indeed.

But there is a genesis to the gullibility. It’s revealed every couple of years, burning-bush-in-the-desert-like, compliments of the Gallup Poll or some such oracle of despair: We live in a country where 84 percent of Americans believe God performs miracles, where 79 percent believe the miracles in the Bible actually took place, though the 71 percent who believe outsourcing is going to hurt their job security are probably bitching that God is focusing his miraculous cuticles on Bangalore or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur at the expense of Bible-belted Indiana. We live in a country where 79 percent of the people believe in Angels, and where, after all, the same couple of voting generations managed to reelect Nixon Reagan and Bush. The latest Gallup Poll, released on March 8, has about half of Americans rejecting evolution as an explanation of man’s origins. About half “believe that God created humans at one time ‘as is.’” Half. Next thing they’ll tell you is that God created suburbia, Wal-Mart and cheap oil, too, “as is.” They already do. And we wonder why it’s so easy to mislead, to pass off cartoonish war plots as gospel truths, to persist in this endless accumulation of defeats.

“If false teaching leads to tyranny and we cannot discover absolute truths,” the great and indestructible Jacques Barzun wrote in Of Human Freedom the very same year Capt. Shank was writing those letters home, “what can we teach that is not open to the charge of propaganda? The answer is: the diffusion of ideas is propaganda, whether fascist, communist, or democratic. The democratic hope has always been to raise the standard of gullibility, to sharpen judgment, to confront opposite propagandas.” That democratic hope these days shines as dimly as an overshadowed star in the recesses of Orion. This is an age of beliefs blind, blinding and bleached of the redeeming corollary of beliefs in less fanatical ages: the capacity for good will. Capt. Shank whom I quoted above, by the way, was killed in combat three months after he wrote those words. He died on March 24, 1964—39 years to the week when that other folly known as Operation Iraqi Freedom began.

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 08:12 | 1611193 JerseyCynic
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From Mark Morford's recent column


The information is certainly out there. Nasty blogs abound that attempt to get the word out that America is enacting this or that horror on this or that innocent civilian, prisoner, population. The Iraq operation alone killed untold thousands of innocent civilians, women and children. General outrage quotient of the majority of Americans? Zero.

The truth remains: To the mainstream, America is all flag waving patriotism and God-sanctioned moral righteousness, and any blood or misery or harrowing "Hurt Locker"-like suffering is reserved for some faraway place most can't locate on a map. Americans remain, along with a few almost equally well-pampered allies, perhaps the most coddled, blindfolded, happily ignorant populace on earth.

And then comes the kicker: This is how we like it.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/24/notes082411.DTL#ixzz1WPxT7jQq


Until we can msm talking heads like Dylan RANT-again, etc. to encourage citizens to unite and FIGHT THE RICH AND NOT THEIR WARS -- with exact dates, times and locations, ideas and how to's, I'm afraid our occupations and protests will not amount to much.  A wise friend (the Dark Wraith) sums it up:


The cacophany of a billion voices will not drown the clarion of the powerful: they will control the levers of that unrelenting howl and, as is their way in all times and places, those who are the wealthy, the powerful, the manipulative will use that cacophany to overwhelm and render impotent the quiet voices of reason, wisdom, and genuine truth.

The digital age is not revolution; it is, instead, the fulfillment of the authoritarians."

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 21:44 | 1610555 Downtoolong
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This post makes a fair complaint, but, I think it’s a bit naïve to suggest all corruption, immorality, fiscal irresponsibility, incompetence, etc. is concentrated in the top tier of our national government. From what I’ve seen it often gets worse as you progress to the state and local levels of government. And let’s not forget some of the shit major private corporations have pulled in the past. If you really want to see the worst of it, try digging into the practices of your local school board and administration.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:32 | 1610434 lynnybee
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I enjoy reading Mr. Whalen's articles; he's knowledgeable & highly respected.     It would be great if he & like-minded people (Dylan, William K. Black, Max K., Karl D., etc.) could get thru to the elected officials in government.     Our government & elected officials certainly don't respect us citizens; in fact, if i didn't know better, i'd swear they are trying to pull a fast one over on all of us !!   

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:04 | 1610352 malek
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Is it only me who at first look at the 300,000,000 number thought: why is that small number important? What is it, 300 million?

Oh I get it now, it's the US population... been reading to many economic blogs it seems

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:39 | 1610323 DJ13Francis
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We get the leaders that we deserve, and they've been really low.

Let's burn it down and start again, to hell with the status quo!

                                      - Zombie Revolution

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:26 | 1610287 besnook
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te problem with getting rid of a dimocrat is his replacement is a repugnican. the problem with getting rid of a repugnican is his replacement is a dimocrat.


unfortunately , the system is designed to work after the present system fails.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:24 | 1610280 rustymason
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People tend to get the kind of government they deserve. 

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:40 | 1610325 CH1
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Some of them do. The rest of us are forcibly grouped with them and punished/jailed/shot if we try to escape.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:57 | 1610209 JerseyCynic
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"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it"-- Thomas Paine

I'm beyond fatigued from trying to get people to take a stand. Most people now look the other way when they see me coming.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:15 | 1610396 Imminent Crucible
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You're lucky. Most people dodge behind the corner of a building or some big buffet queen when they see me coming.

I've accepted the truth of Jim Sinclair's warning: "Stop trying to rescue all the people around you. You don't have time to waste on them, and they won't listen to you anyway. Get your own house in order."

As my wife said recently, "I think the acceleration is accelerating."

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:46 | 1610462 JerseyCynic
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Great advice IC. I do pipe up when I hear folks complaining, with: "no one to blame but us consumers - put up or shut up"

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:47 | 1610173 Problem Is
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Answer: Because the 0.1% own the 545...

And they profit by every law and regulation and tax code to bleed us (the 300M heard) dry...

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:28 | 1610123 Mongrel
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Old Charlie has written some great columns over the years. I am proud to call him an old friend.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:13 | 1610081 HellFish
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line them up againsta wall.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 17:47 | 1610032 Not For Reuse
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and vote who in? The whole premise of democracy in this country is built on an archaic ratio. One representative can't act as an effective proxy for half a million plus citizens, no matter who it is

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 17:22 | 1609970 topcallingtroll
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Is that all?

One guillotine, one trial, simple!

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 16:23 | 1609852 Sunshine n Lollipops
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It's interesting. Their campaigns are essentially job interviews. If they come across well enough, America hires 'em--and then treats 'em like they're the boss. It's as if you took on a new employee and he started making changes that would obviously be detrimental to the business, and you just said, "Well, okay. You know best." And this continues to happen every time you hire a new person (election cycles), but you never change your hiring practices. And furthermore, even though these employees are destroying your business, causing you to work longer hours and stealing from you to boot, you continue to cower in your office (which is now in the basement next to the boiler), and refuse to fire them, much less confront them, for their transgressions. It's absolutely bizarre.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:31 | 1610131 Mongrel
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Most Americans don't seem fit to govern themselves any more--it's become too much trouble. Better off to let the "experts" handle it. Meanwhile, when does the NFL season start . . . ?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 16:13 | 1609828 blindman
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Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:53 | 1609783 Buck Johnson
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You have a point, you hit it right on the head.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:53 | 1609769 JW n FL
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Vote with Bullets!!


Nothing will change until YOU! Change!!


Protests, Marches, Sit Ins and / or any other.. have NOT Worked for the Last 40 Fucking Years!!


When will people have enough of wastiing thier time and make a real commitment to a lasting change?


How many more beatings by Police do you need to see that the only Terrorists Operating in the Untied States are the POLICE?


When will enough people wake up to effect change in the Untied States?


and by "Change" I mean the Constitution of the Untied States being adhered too. Procedural Law is for Judges with little dicks and GIANT EGOS!


When will people starting using the same amount of FORCE to Protect thier Rights as is used to take thier Rights Away?


When is Enough? Enough??


When is Enough for You??


Never? just live thru and suffer?? let your kids deal with it? When or What does it take for YOU! to Stand Up! and Fight?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:30 | 1610129 A Lunatic
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Lead the fucking charge bro. Be sure to wear a pink T-shirt with the letters JW proudly displayed both front and back so we know it's you.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:45 | 1609762 steve from virginia
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I don't agree with much of this:

 -  Monetary policy is made by hundeds of millions of motorists world-wide buying gasoline on a continuous basis, by doing so setting the price of money. Central banks are irrelevant and Whalen must know this.

 - The world's governments are owned by big business: the actors in the governments answer to these 'customers' who in turn believe whatever ad managers tell them to believe. Why would anyone rock the boat/behave any differently, including the 545?

Why DOES anyone behave differently? Whoever it is must be 'outcasts' and unclean.

 - Analysis leaves out religion and the military industrial complex whose priests have great influence on the 545.

 - Analysis does not mention of energy (thank goodness b/c Whalen is an energy neanderthal) but our's is an energy rather than a political or economic crisis! Our politicians are actors reading from scripts written by McLuhan-esque 'prompters' who spend most of their time selling cars and tract houses. Energy constraints are not on the script but exist in the real world ... with a vengeance.

 - The US needs to proudly have the world's most expensive energy: $40 a gallon gas NOW and $1.10/kwhr NOW. A case is made for a world succeeding with very expensive gold ... thank you gold people for making a point better than I could possibly make myself! Why not very expensive fuel?

The 'pander to the auto industry' strategy of endless growth has failed miserably, time for a 'Plan B'.

Guess what, dreamers! You are going to have plan b shoved down your throats/up your butts whether you like it or not, regardless of who is in 'charge', Thermodynamics rules, bitchez!

tomorrow is coming ... ready or not.


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 18:18 | 1610087 sun tzu
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Monetary policy is made by hundeds of millions of motorists world-wide buying gasoline on a continuous basis

Silly child, gasoline does not dictate the value of fiat currency. Energy is but one item that is purchased with fiat currency. Food, medicine, and other raw materials are more important than energy. Once you ween yourself off daddy's credit cards, you will understand

The world's governments are owned by big business

Governments have been corrupt long before big business or corporations ever existed. 

Analysis leaves out religion 

Does that mean the USSR and Red China had no corruption?

Analysis does not mention of energy (thank goodness b/c Whalen is an energy neanderthal) but our's is an energy rather than a political or economic crisis! 

Once again, energy is only a part of the equation. Every modern nation needs more energy than it can produce. Look at Japan, China, and Germany. 

The US needs to proudly have the world's most expensive energy: $40 a gallon gas NOW and $1.10/kwhr NOW. 

You're incredibly stupid. Millions of people would starve to death. Why don't you try not eating and shutting off your electricity and running water for a few weeks and see how you feel about $40 gas and $1.10/kwhr

tomorrow is coming ... ready or not.

It's coming for you too, dumbass. Look at your stupid smug assface in the mirror after you go without food for a couple of weeks.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 22:24 | 1610631 tip e. canoe
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the question seems to be what is the price that squeezes out the wasteful consumption as much and as quickly as possible while concurrently causing the least amount of suffering.

tough question.   

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 22:15 | 1610619 disabledvet
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U dont look like sun tzu. And u dont dress like him either.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 21:53 | 1610572 penisouraus erecti
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"Silly child", child yes, silly no. Moron yes.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:45 | 1609761 Winston Smith 2009
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Do a little extra research and list the date of such diatribes with the reprint.  In this case, it's from July 29, 2001.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 16:24 | 1609853 Simon Endean
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Has to be an updated/edited reprint.  Boehner wasn't Speaker of the House in 2001 - Dennis Hastert was.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 19:37 | 1610319 snowball777
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Is there some relevant material difference between the aforementioned muppets?

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:28 | 1609727 monopoly
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I see some are starting to get a little testy here. Well, that is a start. Now if we can just funnel this morass of comment into something tangible that can get the sheeples attention, then we may have something. It will take the masses to change the system. And with 45 million on food stamps and U6 at 17+% and 99 weeks of free money. Gonna take some time.

And totally agree, 2 -6 year term limits. And out. No pension, no health plan, no perks. That would be a start.

One post here a while back said it perfectly and I repeat. One 6 year term to serve the people and one six year term in prison for screwing the people.

Too late for us older folks, but not too late for our kids.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:39 | 1609748 DosZap
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In a Nutshell........................

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship." 


Badda bing, Badda boom.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:14 | 1609700 bankruptcylawyer
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DUMBEST MOST NAIVE ARTICLE EVER. with big caps for emphasis

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:04 | 1609679 hooligan2009
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Democracy as we knew it has morphed into welfare democracy where the have's are increasingly being conned out of their savings by the have nots. Whether it is those freeloaders or unfortunates who want free drugs, food or housing; or those who want to suck the blood out of any going concern by diverting profits or creating economic friction; or simply those who want to perpetuate the myth that governments (and central banks) can allocate resources across the economy better than you or I; the answer will always be the same. The amount of debt you can afford to pay has a limit. The (self-imposed) US government debt ceiling is not that limit. The limit is the amount that can reasonably be expected to be financed from a reasonable proportion of taxable income. For the US, this number is around 10% of a $2 trillion tax take, or $200 billion per annum. The Fed can rig the interest rate and pretend that the cost of debt for a deteriorating credit is not related to credit (or finance) quality, but the fair interest rate of return for tying your money up for five years is around 4% and, using this yardstick, the maximum sustainable debt that can be sustained by the US economy paying $200 billion in interest is $5 trillion or 35% of GDP. It certainly isn't the 105% of GDP currently subject to the "debt ceiling". Taxes need to go up and spending needs to come down to run a fiscal surplus so that the currect debt level of 105% is reduced to 35% of GDP. A plan that achieves fiscal surpluses of around 5% of GDP (from the current fiscal deficit of 10% of GDP) needs to be put in place, IMMEDIATELY. this 15% per annum turnaorund is realistically achievable by cutting spending by 50% (to save 3.5 trillion x 50%) to $1.75 trillion per annum and also by raising taxes by 25% to a level of 2.5 trillion. The resulting surplus of 750 billion per annum can be maintained for ten years to reduce debt from the current 16 trillion to 8.5 trillion and should be around 40% of GDP. This is a plan, anything else is BULLSHIT. 

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:45 | 1610460 escargot
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"the have's are increasingly being conned out of their savings by the have nots."  

Yeah, right, that's exactly what the have-much-more's want you to think.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:01 | 1609673 aerial view
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excellent points Mr. Reese, but since most politicians can eventually be bought and paid for, laws should be voted on by referendum. It is impossible for the people to create a more UNFAIR, CORRUPT system than the politcians. Most people simply want a good job, a safe country and a fair system in order to live a free, healthy life. Let the people establish all the policies and laws as well as the punishments for the lawbreakers. This is really the only way as one of history's most important lessons teaches us that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 20:02 | 1610369 Omen IV
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completely agree - representaitve democracy cannot work - it must be direct decision of the electorate for everything - this may be hard to do but with the internet it is a breeze compared to 100 years ago

the corruption is epic and  there is no way out -  these guys will never stop the system of bribes and payoffs on their own - there must be a catalyst - what that is i dont know but my sense its all over  

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 14:53 | 1609657 Idiocracy
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546 would be the number.  545 + the VP, who is President of and tie breaker in the senate

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 14:27 | 1609607 Marco
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If those 545 people could shit out 2 million barrels of oil a day they would have a chance of fixing the US's problems ... as it stands though they are doing the smart thing, kicking the can and trying to grab/steal as much as they can preparing for the collapse. Frankly that they managed to kick the can ever since Nixon is an amazing achievement.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:47 | 1609524 red red wine
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Battle Scar

Max Webster/Rush...

Text: KIM:
been in jail for a thousand years / found a fist in an empty field
only quarters for meals / feel the way i feel...
bust the busters / screw the feeders / make the healers / feel the way i feelGEDDY:
tried to understand the white man's fears
make 'em bend but they wouldn't yield

""UNCLE SAM"S TIME IS ONLY A GREASED WHEEL"" / feel the way i feel


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:45 | 1609522 2bigtoofail
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It was thoughtful of the founding father to provide four franchises with which to effect political change

1. The Ballot Box (vote them out)

2. The Jury Box ( no law is law if a jury will not convict)

3. The Grand Jury box ( much castrated at this point but once effective for removing government corruption)

4.The Catridge Box ( When all else has failed the laws of chemistry and ballistics wont)

Dare to be free.

Dare to use your mind and reason.

Dare to live a life that matters

Dare to realize that no one is getting out of this alive

and finaly


(note I am not advocating violence just point out some legal truths laid bare in our historical documents and some insight by which I seek to live my own life by)


Sun, 08/28/2011 - 15:23 | 1609720 Alpha Monkey
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So, you're saying violence is a solution, but your not advocating violence... that makes sense.

Dare to use your mind and reason.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 13:25 | 1609481 PLove
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Damned few patriots in Congress anymore.

The Shadow Satanists have Stalinized the place.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 12:59 | 1609433 ItsDanger
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Did you include all the illegals?  Obviously you need some taxes to cover expenses that are required.  The problem is wasting money, overpaying, blatant fraud, cronyism, etc.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 12:44 | 1609418 sgorem
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i think the whole fucking point is, WHO IN THE HELL IS THE EMPLOYER HERE, AND WHO IN THE HELL IS THE EMPLOYEE! we need a revolution in this country, and we needed it yesterday. signed, "pissed beyond belief at the moronic inept ability of our bungling, corrupt government".

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