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Chart Of The Day: The Most Expensive Election Ever In Context

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The GDP of Nicaragua: $6.4 billion; the cost of the US presidential election to the two candidates: $6 billion, or $20 in petty cash per every US man, woman and child. Some things Wall Street (with Diebold's help) can buy (because no matter which candidate is left standing after the recount and the legal challenge to the SCOTUS, Wall Street again wins). For everything else, there's BernankeCard.

From BloombergBriefs:

Today’s U.S. elections may be the most expensive in history, with a total of $6 billion being spent by the presidential candidates and contestants for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. That is 120 times more than the cost of the 2010 U.K. election and almost equivalent to the annual GDP of Nicaragua.

In other words, the admission price to this year long tragicomical farce is about $20 per person. Not bad considering the amount of entertainment.


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Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:53 | 2951310 JPM Hater001
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Gary Johnson

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:55 | 2951319 Mae Kadoodie
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Artie Johnson

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:56 | 2951322 GetZeeGold
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Just send me a check and pick whoever you want.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:09 | 2951349 Gully Foyle
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Obamas last speech

This day is called Gustavus Adolphus Day.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Gustavus Adolphus.
He that shall see this day and live t' old age
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours
And say, "Tomorrow is Gustavus Adolphus."
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say, "These wounds I had on Gustavus Adolphus Day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words —
Barry the King, Biden and Krugman,
Clinton and Michelle, and the two girl children whatever the fuck their names be —
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Gustavus Adolphus shall ne'er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in Chicago now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Gustavus Adolphus Day.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:10 | 2951351 GetZeeGold
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He should have just promised more free crap.....just sayin.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:12 | 2951357 Gully Foyle
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He did, he promised the free implied violence first mentioned by Maher then repeated.

Can't much freer than a good election day,Gustavus Adolphus Day, beat down.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:16 | 2951360 GetZeeGold
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What's election day without a little violence....this is Amercia.....we love to fight, even if we lose.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:18 | 2951365 JPM Hater001
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We're gonna free the shit out of you!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:21 | 2951369 GetZeeGold
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Thanks for not using the bold text.....that would have scared the crap out of me.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:30 | 2951383 Gully Foyle
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Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:33 | 2951388 GetZeeGold
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Don't act up.....or we'll sick the UN election observers on your ass.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:09 | 2951466 Oh regional Indian
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The US has BP elections...

Bought and Paid for.


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:29 | 2951384 Sudden Debt
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Gotta take away those weapons of freedom of speech!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:57 | 2951325 malikai
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Miss Daisy.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:02 | 2951336 Gully Foyle
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Artie Lange

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:06 | 2951344 LetThemEatRand
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Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:13 | 2951358 Gully Foyle
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Johnson/Bush a better fit.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:34 | 2951542 krispkritter
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Yep, because we're pretty fucked any way you look at it...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:33 | 2951389 HD
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"Artie Johnson"

Are you sure? Maybe you should look it up in your Funk and Wagnalls...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:44 | 2951424 CH1
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The results are in a mayonnaise jar, on Funk & Wagnall's back porch!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:35 | 2951393 Chupacabra-322
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By the way, it doesn't matter what Corporate Controlled Government News Agency you watch tomorrow to get the election results. They all get the results from NEP. They'll all be feeding the sheeple the identical PsyOp of "we just got in these results." Remember it's paid actors providing a script "Program" for viewer consumption. Stealing elections since 2000. Now it's a perfected art.

The National Election Pool (NEP) is a consortium of American news organizations formed in 2003 to provide "information on Election Night about the vote count, election analysis and election projections." See NEP's FAQ. Member companies consist of ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News. The organization relies on the Associated Press to perform vote tabulations and contracted with Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International to "make projections and provide exit poll analysis."

The precursor was Voter News Service, which was disbanded in 2003, after controversies over the 2000 and 2002 election results. The NEP plan is largely the suggestion of CNN, which used Edison/Mitofsky as consultants in the past. Mitofsky headed the original pool that preceded VNS.

The organizers of the pool insist that the purpose of their quick collection of exit poll data is not to determine if an election is flawed, but rather to project winners of races. Despite past problems, they note that none of their members has incorrectly called a winner since the current system was put in place. [1] However, to avoid the premature leaking of data, collection is now done in a "Quarantine Room" at an undisclosed location in New York. All participants are stripped of outside communications devices until it's time for information to be released officially.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:19 | 2951500 Tunga
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... and CNN is run from a company in Israel called; Propaganda central. 

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:21 | 2951505 vast-dom
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yet another reason this election to JUST SAY NO TO VOTING

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:23 | 2951739 cdude
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From the victor: Here's MY Johnson- bend over.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:58 | 2951868 zapdude
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Yes, voted Gary Johnson this morning. 

Then voted NO!!! on flouridating our city water supply -- keep your industrial waste out of my drinking water!  If I wanted more flouride in my diet I would eat toothpaste - which has a poison label on it for ingesting more than a teaspoon!

Also voted against my Republicon Congressman who voted in favor of NDAA -- I picked the Libertarian candidate (whatshisname).

Sadly, we really are not given the choice of Liberty or Tyranny -- it's just Red Tyranny or Blue Tyranny.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:54 | 2951316 Capitalist
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My Bernanke, my Bernanke, I just swipe my Bernanke.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:58 | 2951326 GetZeeGold
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Don't forget to thank JPM for that.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 08:56 | 2951323 eigenvalue
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I bet Obama will win the election because Obamaphone ladies will do their jobs.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:45 | 2951428 CH1
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I bet Obama will win the election because Obamaphone ladies will do their jobs.

Yeah, between that and a lot of fraud, I'd have to agree.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:01 | 2951335 Robslob
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Actually the last election was the most expensive...$6.7 TRILLION and counting....

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 12:33 | 2952001 Bwahaha WAGFDSMB
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Ha, you haven't factored in 4 more years of Obama yet.  Nevermind that it's congress that sets the budget.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:04 | 2951340 Marley
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"the cost of the US presidential election to the two candidate's foriegn nationals that call themselves American corporations:"  There, fixed it for you.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:07 | 2951347 Kina
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What the heck is it spent on??

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:10 | 2951353 sharky2003
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TV ads? Flyers in the mail? Travel/rally expenses? 

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:17 | 2951362 GetZeeGold
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....and overhead.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:27 | 2951377 optimator
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And highly paid family and friends.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:38 | 2951402 phalfa5
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...  and under the table


there,  fixed it for you

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:11 | 2951471 Oh regional Indian
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.....and head.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:19 | 2951368 Dr. Engali
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Hookers,booze, blow, and porn.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:23 | 2951370 GetZeeGold
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Dang it's been a while since I've been to Vegas......the President gets there every other week or so.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:28 | 2951379 Sudden Debt
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5 cents on the campaigns and 1,95$ on the Goldman Sachs transaction fees for paying the bills...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:29 | 2951382 MsCreant
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Job creation!

Those campaign jobs helped ramp up employment for a little while!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:09 | 2951350 overmedicatedun...
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diebold, syctyl (sp?) and soros..that fat jew knows where the money is to be made...fixing elections costs and has high profit margins..soros invests in only a money, very smart. why no american co has the tech to pull it off is your question of the day.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:13 | 2951356 GetZeeGold
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Cat owes me money.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:15 | 2951361 Stuart
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But hey, there's no limit when it comes to spending other people's money.  It's becoming more fractured and polarized every election.. Not a good trend.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:18 | 2951366 Dr. Engali
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I just hope this shit is all over with tonight and it doesn't drag out for weeks. We are a little behind schedule on our slide to hell. Next distraction....a tv war for your viewing pleasure..guaranteed to have an explosive ending.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:23 | 2951373 Sudden Debt
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All those commercials on TV are worth those 20 bucks!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:26 | 2951376 Bob Sacamano
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The US does not spend too much on Presidential elections.   The US spends $50 billion per year on domestic dog and cat care (and thousands of other unneeded items (e.g., the US spends more on chewing gum than Presidential elections, etc...)).   The US spends relatively little on Presidential elections.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:36 | 2951400 RSloane
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I'm very okay with all of the money spent on this election being spent on dog and cat care instead.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:38 | 2951405 MsCreant
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It is much more humane all around, isn't it?

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:15 | 2951487 Spastica Rex
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Personally, I think we need a national "3 strikes and you're out" law enacted for miscreant dogs and cats. Out meaning out.

Nah, just kidding. I love my dog much more than I love my president. Infinitely more.

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 10:04 | 2952922 Bob Sacamano
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Wow.  The negative reaction to spending 100x more on dogs and cats than we spend on Presidential elections over four years.  Where's the logic to that?

And all those pet spenders will then confiscate my earnings to cover their medical and Social Security benefits.  Very sad state of affairs. 

[understand could have inserted many things for "pet spending" (e.g., restaurant eating, movie purchases, cable tv, ice cream, iTunes, or a thousand other totally unnecessary "luxuries" people spend money on -- I know, they are all necessities or entitlements at this point).]

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:28 | 2951378 MsCreant
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I welcome my new overlord, same as the old overlord. 

You know Who...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 12:22 | 2951957 Offthebeach
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( Somewhere at JPM or GS )

" Nicaragua has a 6 billion GDP? Heck, at BankBernak rates we could financilize'm to 500 billion! Think of the fees!
You two( points to pug uglies in pinstripes ) take the Gulfstream and buy all the party leadership. Whores, coke, Columbia for the kids, whatever.
Oh, when you take off out of Peterborough airport, have the pilot fly over Staten Island. Dumping hot exhaust is a charity deduction on the cost of the fuel"

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:31 | 2951385 Inthemix96
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20 quid for every man woman and child???

Demand the fucker back bitchez......    Talk about money pissed into the wind??

On these two fucking arsehole clown faced cunts????  What a fucking travesty????

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:31 | 2951386 Sudden Debt
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Those people really think money grows on printing presses....


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:32 | 2951387 q99x2
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Gary Johnson and I don't even smoke pot. It was either going to be him or Rosanne Barr since Pat Paulson past away.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:33 | 2951390 overmedicatedun...
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soros has some bot down ticking me? or was it, that fat jew remark?

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:33 | 2951391 MFLTucson
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The black animals are back on the street thanks to Mr. Holder . Another free election trumped by black hatered.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:35 | 2951394 HD
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I'd rather they just cut right through it and hand me a check at the polls. Great jobs program - pay people to vote for you.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:36 | 2951396 Shizzmoney
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$6 billion....wonder how much of that is Wall Street.

With that cash, we should just BUY Nicaragua.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:43 | 2951421 MsCreant
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Print and buy the world, what an idea! Oh wait...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:37 | 2951397 MsCreant
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True story, I will try to be short.

My son's teacher was requiring the students to work for one of the campaigns. My son wanted to work for Ron Paul. He was not allowed. The teacher said it had to be a serious candidate (I am not kidding) either Mitt or Barack. My son asked me to write a letter to get him out of it. I did. I said it was unethical to force him to campaign for someone he did not support and that furthermore we thought elections were a fraud anyway. Instead he did a 50 minute presentation on North Korea which he had a great deal of fun with.

More to the story. My son's friends said that he should have just sucked it up, that his presentation was a lot of work, more work than what they did. Seems Mitt's campaign was giving the students four times the credit vs. the time they really worked. They felt like they did nothing compared to what my son had to do to get out of it.

I am not unhappy with our result.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:40 | 2951409 HD
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Anytime you don't fall in line - the world will try and punish you.  I used to comment on a few news sites - now they all require facebook...I don't go to those sites anymore.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:51 | 2951443 NeedleDickTheBu...
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And here I foolishly thought that our teachers are here to expand the minds of students, not control them.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 20:14 | 2951483 Tunga
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"It vaz so long." - The Nazi heroine from "Iron Sky". 

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:26 | 2951522 Spastica Rex
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I was a teacher for a long time (long ago). Back then, it was so not hard to just say "Oh, you have a different idea? How are you going to do it? Hey - that sounds interesting: go for it!"

Today, there is tremendous pressure for children to all do exactly the same things at exactly the same times. It makes standardized evaluation (grading, really - like beef) much easier.

Compulsory public education has very little to do with learning, much like McDonald's has very little to do with nutrition.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 13:56 | 2952377 AetosAeros
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MsCreant- I'm out here in the West, and my daughter, who is attending a non-traditional school, just had the same dilemma. The school is for the multi-recycles and drop outs but with a better education mindset, and in her case, the oppurtunity to graduate a year early because all the 'electives' and 'sports' are removed and it is 'core' only. (She asked to go for the early grad, not because she was in jeopardy- Straight A student).

Anyway, I've been to the school and sat and chatted with each teacher at length. Very good crowd, the type I would have a beer with or talk politics. Except the one who provided the assignment. He's reminds me of the mole who is keeping tabs on both the students and the teachers. And guess what? No letter will get her out of the either/or dilemma. She stays pretty knowledgable about what's going on, and  I've even caught her ready ZH in her room at night. Either way, it came down to a coin toss for the assignment, and she wouldn't tell me what the result was, but that she penned something for her 'choice' that kept him off her back. 

Reports came out yesterday, she got an A for the quarter and is moving on to another class (like I said, very smooth and quick for graduation requirements), and this morning she said she never wanted to deal with someone like him again. I had to let her know that the world is full of em, but at least she knows how to 'snow' their sorry asses.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 15:46 | 2952806 MsCreant
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Got a Pink Floyd song playing in my head, reading your post:

You want to teach integrity, it's too bad this has to be the solution.

Good luck to her, hope she has plans she is enthusiastic about.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:36 | 2951398 the not so migh...
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It is an expensive election when you have to ask yourself is it worth the gas to even vote.


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:37 | 2951401 Yen Cross
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  2008 election ( $5.3) billion total cost. 2008 campaign costliest in U.S. history - Jeanne Cummings -

   $700 million more in 4 years? That's fucking insane!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:38 | 2951404 Sudden Debt
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about 1 million more iPhones than in 2008... that's why they call it the digital age I guess...


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:40 | 2951407 Yen Cross
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 Craziness S/D...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:55 | 2951448 Offthebeach
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After Bernank dollar printing/dollar destruction. 5.3 billion dollars doesn't buy as much as it used too, although IPads are cheaper.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:36 | 2951550 Sudden Debt
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iPads didn't become cheaper.... they became smaller...


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 12:47 | 2952046 mkhs
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I guess you don 't do much grocery shopping.  A lot of things have doubled. CPI

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:38 | 2951403 Inthemix96
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Hehehe, at the end of today, you lot are still gonna end up with one useless twat running you're once great country into the ground, hehehehe.

At least over here we have.......   Wait a minute, never mind, we all be fucked peeps.


Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:39 | 2951406 dick cheneys ghost
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Fuck the Neo-Cons and the Banksters

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:43 | 2951419 Seasmoke
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The rest of the world is so happy this day is finally here. Now they can get on with their bailouts and wars at our expense.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:48 | 2951432 HD
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I don't why but reminded me of this. Forgive me.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:49 | 2951438 Offthebeach
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Parties, back in the day of Whigs, early Republican and Democrat and into the FDR era you could get a meal, booze, coal and cash way more the $20 worth.
So, $20/ person isn' t much.

On the other hand people get paid to vote now with payment by EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, defense contractors, farm crop welfare, TBTF, gov workers and on and on

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:52 | 2951445 HD
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 I assure you - I didn't get jack shit.  My own fault for not leeching off the and learn.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:57 | 2951865 Offthebeach
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Oh, you'll get some.

Some tax, fine, fee, permit, regulation, rule, edict, command, order and a big wrapped box of steaming debt.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 09:53 | 2951447 halleys5
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Vladimir Putin just got a vote in my district.

Why settle for a second rate American knockoff when you could have the real thing!

Go Big or Go Home!!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:06 | 2951458 Tunga
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Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:10 | 2951473 tnquake
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Old Chinese saying:

Best erection money can buy!!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:11 | 2951479 Hobbleknee
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Inflation, bitchez!

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:13 | 2951484 BlackholeDivestment
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The most expensive ever election price is defining the 666 Mark of The New Secular Order Wahsington Monument Masonic (g)od and 2012 President power of the new age global market Beast leadership. The true expense of the mark of the 666 6 Billion suicide beast is ...death.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 10:17 | 2951493 Paladin en passant
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So, in a $15 trillion economy, America spent 4/100ths of 1 percent of its GDP to elect the most important leader in the world.  Sounds like a bargain to me.  

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 12:06 | 2951892 Offthebeach
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Take a single breeder female with two "learning disabled " spawn. In return for voting Democrat she can get a life style that would rewire $40-50,000 for a tax serf. Basically she harvest $160-200K for 30 minutes of voting ever year, her only true "work".
What can compete with that?

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:01 | 2951648 Old Poor Richard
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Huh? And why is this notable?  We are a 3-person household.  And we gave more than $60 to each the Gary Johnson and Ron Paul campaigns.  Too bad EVERY American didn't give $20 each to Gary Johnson's and Ron Paul's campaigns!  This $6B would then go towards freedom instead tyranny, funding slapstick and irrelevant "competition" between the two establishment candidates.

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 11:03 | 2951656 nah
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slap a lil extra on there for ron paul bay bee

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 12:12 | 2951916 GNWT
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bernankecard - well played...



stay liquid my friends...

Tue, 11/06/2012 - 13:05 | 2952140 Stuck on Zero
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It doesn't matter how much the election costs TPTB.  They make the taxpayer pay a hundred times over. 


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