Protesting Spanish Cops: "Forgive Us For Not Arresting Those Truly Responsible For This Crisis: Bankers & Politicians"

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Yesterday, in what is an appetizer to the great 2013 convergence trade (that, between the now thoroughly dead Greek and the Spanish economy, which is rapidly getting there, of course), several thousand Spanish policemen took the streets of Madrid protesting the latest round of austerity, which included frozen pensions and the elimination of the Christmas bonus (they will have many more opportunities to protest not only the loss of any future upside, but the eventual cut of existing wages and entitlements). As RT reports, protesters blew whistles, shouted slogans, and carried anti-austerity banners as they marched through the city centre to the interior ministry. But perhaps the most telling message read on one of the slogans, was the following: "Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians."

And there you have the entire current clusterfuck summarized in one simple sentence: because as long as those responsible for the ongoing economic collapse, which will inevitably end in war as many have observed, Kyle Bass most recently, are not only not arrested but preserve their positions of power, any and all change will merely be cosmetic and any real change will only affect the bank accounts of the global middle class which are slowly but surely drained to zero.

More from RT:

The Spanish government has imposed harsh spending cuts aimed at saving 150 billion euros between 2012 and 2014. The move has been met with anger and protests from hundreds of thousands of Spanish citizens.

 

The austerity measures are in exchange for a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros from the EU to help the country’s stricken banks.

 

"The problem is they take from us to give to others, like the autonomous regions and the banks," 33-year-old police officer Antonio Perez told AP.

 

But it’s not just their pay the police are worried about. 

 

A spokesman for Spain’s Unified Police Union, Jose Maria Benito, said the cuts will affect the nation’s security, adding that working conditions have become more precarious and law enforcement equipment was no longer up to standard.

 

“We are here to tell the government that security has to be its priority…in socially convulsive times, we need an adequate police response,” Benito told AP. He added that 15,000 workers who have left the force were not going to be replaced.

 

"Each year, between 1,500 and 2,000 police officers retire and 125 are recruited, which means in three or four years, there will be more insecurity and crime in Spain," the union’s general secretary Jose Maria Sanchez Fornet said in a speech.

A picture summary of the event:

Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
 Spanish police officers hold a banner of the Unified Police Union (SUP) depicting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Spain?s leader of the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and reading "They are the same" during a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold a banner of the Unified Police Union (SUP) depicting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Spain's leader of the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and reading "They are the same" during a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) and a giant banner reading "Against the cuts, all the policemen together" as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) and a giant banner reading "Against the cuts, all the policemen together" as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers march past police vehicles as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers march past police vehicles as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
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Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:55 | 2993430 slackrabbit
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Dear Spannish Cops - no I don't forgive people who are paid to protect the people and then intentionally make the choice to protect the criminals; either buy willfully not investigating them or prosecuting them.

You made your choice, you are still making your choice!

Your are guilty and you even admit it, yet still you do nothing.

Your just concetration camp guards using the line of 'just following orders'.

Your time is up.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:59 | 2993680 Enslavethechild...
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We will not forgive them if they are only bluffing and do nothing about the criminals.

The time is up for sure, we shall see which side of the line they stand on when the shooting starts for real

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:54 | 2993435 nmewn
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Forgive you?

I still don't see them in jail! All I see is you with your hand out to the very ones you ask the people to forgive you for not arresting!

Nonsense, do your duty, remove your own guilt, then we'll discuss compensation.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:59 | 2993447 Tirpitz
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I ain't on the side of a trigger-happy revenue-minded police force, but isn't that the job of the DA & Cons. to start the prosecutions?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:06 | 2993465 nmewn
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Yes, it is. It is the process of the law.

But when the process of law has been irretrievably broken by graft & corruption from the top down it ceases to be recognized as law. They shouldn't ask for forgiveness for something they are unwilling to fix.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:24 | 2993498 archon
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"The law" is a godd@mn farce everywhere in the world.  Lawmakers, lawyers, and law enforcement are all one big, faceless, corrupt bureaucracy, where nobody is accountable for anything.  They haul grannies off to jail for planting tomatoes in their yard, while banksters starve whole nations, and prosecutors and cops manufacture evidence, lie under oath, and judges are nothing more than political cronies.  Let the whole system collapse on itself.  Good riddance.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:59 | 2993829 Ballin D
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I got a drinking ticket in a small town a few years back when I was 20.  I go to a student legal advisor (gov't employee) for preliminary research and she tells me to hire a lawyer.  Gives me the name of the DA's buddy.  They have a policy in this town where you can pay the court costs + fines + $250 cash and it goes away.  Dismissed, no questions asked.  However you have to get the signature from a bunch of people that work in the DA's office so every step of the way they tell you to just hire a lawyer (the DA's buddy).

This circle-jerk has evolved to the point that the police write possession tickets for anyone near any alcohol.  Students pay a chunk of cash and it goes away.  Gov't gets money, DA gets a donation, and lawyer gets a free $250-500 depending on how gullible you look.

Im a stubborn asshole so I threw time at the problem and walked for $200 total but in the process I learned that nobody ever fights the bureaucracy.  As long as people are willing to go with the flow and not think or fight for themselves, the problem will only get worse.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:37 | 2993522 DeadFred
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We will forgive you for being LATE once you've done the job.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:44 | 2993536 nmewn
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Exactly and we have to be careful in our "free speech" in telling them what their job is ;-)

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:21 | 2993613 mumcard
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And the DA is usually a political animal that is hoping to join the ranks of the bloated fatcat scumbags, they won't pounce on the group they hope to join.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:38 | 2993921 falak pema
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there is NO separation of power in our democracies; the regulatory capture is total.

It is that hubris that allows such situations to develop. No responsible government, with banking regulators, honest judges and honest legislators would have allowed this situation to arise in the first place at all levels, government and local.  

If we are where we are its a sign that there is  regulatory capture by TBTB concerning the opacity and criminality of their past decisions on a SYSTEMIC basis.  What is executed for Simple Simon when he attacks his fellow citizen in law court is denied the same when he attacks the banksta or when he pleads "I'm bankrupt". The system is biased. The bias is proportional to the previous crime as a state can never admit to its people the amplitude of its criminality or negligence. Never, except under duress of regime change. 

People's revolt can and should bring about regime change. In this case it should opt out of Euro strangulation. But that...means financial collapse.

We are in unchartered waters. Both in terms of democracy and finance. 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:42 | 2993935 mumcard
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Yep, they've learned their lessons well.  There will be no muckraking press to point out corruption this time.  They've been bought out.  The regulators as well.  The only weapon we have is the internet and that is on the chopping block.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:57 | 2993440 RSloane
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I'm very glad to see this action and hope it escalates. In Greece as in Spain, until the police join the rioters and help them tear down the physical barriers separating the crowds from politicians and bankers, the people will continue to be looted by the very individuals who claim they are there to serve them. Politicians and bankers have to be in fear of their own health and lives before they will stop draining the lifeblood out of their respective countries. Nothing short of that is going to change anything for the citizens.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:06 | 2993464 Tirpitz
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Them politicians still command the military, and them uniform fellows play around with tanks and fighter planes. Wanna be slaughtered like the civilians in the Gaza strip are?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:24 | 2993618 mumcard
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I don't know about Spain, but in America there are around 100 million gun owners.  They would never be able to step foot outside a "safe" zone again.  Their families would become targets.  Any civilian casualties would build rage against the system. 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:04 | 2993684 Enslavethechild...
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The future of freedom of mankind globally  is being fought in the battlegrounds inside the minds of young men and women that will decide to join or  not join  the military to enslave and kill others less fortunate than themselves

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:49 | 2993801 Tirpitz
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'They would never be able to step foot outside a "safe" zone again.  Their families would become targets.'

Like the Blankfeins, Corzines and Madoffs? Sorry for the cynicism.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:55 | 2993817 mumcard
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I meant when the US Military is used on American civilian populations, but I get your point.  Most of the people Madoff et al., ripped off were fairly wealthy and they still have too much to lose to go after them.  As more people have little to lose we'll see a change.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:17 | 2993870 Tirpitz
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Actually I doubt we'll see any change unless the entire system implodes (which it will, but when?). The people don't go after the worst single criminals of a lifetime, so why would they go after millions of lesser ones? Then, let's keep in mind that a healthy bunch of muppets even voted for the slimebags proudly shielding them, again.

The neighbors behind the loaded barrels won't unite unless they are directly, physically threatened, and by then it is too late for each of them. So, unfortunately, once more the bureaucrazy wins over personal responsibility.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:27 | 2993894 mumcard
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With 100 million gun owners, even if only 1% are willing to resist it will be enough.  Former USMC here.  If ragtag bands of poorly equipped hajis gave us fits, then what will Americans do?  They don't have enough hellfire missiles for all of us.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:00 | 2993682 WTFx10
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Pussification of the populous is the problem and you advocate it. Afraid of getting a hangnail? Why? Do you enjoy the un-lubricated ass reaming those politicians are giving you now? Don't want it to stop?

 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:54 | 2993815 Tirpitz
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"Pussification of the populous is the problem and you advocate it."

No.

"Afraid of getting a hangnail?"

Again: no. But, what for, to what end? You can be sure a gun-toting police officer knows much better than most of us about the formidable, more potent organisation holding up a corrupt regime. Without a military coup I see little chance for bettering. And the generals are in the system's pocket. Reason enough to believe more in leaders of Corporal rang...

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:24 | 2993886 StychoKiller
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Okay, we understand that you'd rather live on yer knees than die on yer feet...

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:22 | 2993615 mumcard
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The cops will either join the rioters or they will be like the the South Vietnamese troops ditching their uniforms as the commies took Saigon.

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 07:51 | 2995429 fajensen
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The Spanish police could do like the Serbian police did when the American embassy in Belgrade got torched by rioters: Form an orderly line, then break out the Beer, Sausage and Marshmallows!

No wages, No protection - It would hurt the banksters paying for their own protection from their own pockets! And, perhaps, add a little incentive to not piss off people so much that the price of said protection goes up!!

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:56 | 2993442 tony bonn
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as guilty as politicians and banksters are of economic and fiscal terrorism, the people of spain elected the irresponsible assholes year after year after year - they all share in the destruction of their country...as thatcher said, socialism is great until you run out of other people's money...

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:08 | 2993468 djsmps
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And the voters in this country elect the same irresponsible assholes year after year after year.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:45 | 2993525 falak pema
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this banksta mayhem has been hidden sleight of hand of huge proportions; the people had no idea as there is no due diligence done since 20 years on the private banking sector by the crony politicians.

That is one of the beauties of the Reaganomics-Thatcherist  mantra that was sold in NWO hubris by triumphant USA to the rest of the world. "If you want to stay in the race you better leverage up your banks and asset markets..."

Worked beautifully via derivatives soup bowl ! 

The spanish people are no more guilty than those of the US, whose sort is hidden under the reserve currency carpet by QE infinity, that Spain cannot do.

Its no different anywhere in first world. Only some are burnt first as they are SMALL and insignificant. That is the overriding criterium! 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:17 | 2993605 Fuh Querada
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The € will also be subject to QE to infinity, n'est-ce pas?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:28 | 2993625 mumcard
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Once women were taken out of the home and put into the workforce the children were shipped off for public indoctrination, after that it was just a matter of time.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:01 | 2993452 JustObserving
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If cops in New York talked about arresting bankers or politicians, Bloomberg would fire them in a New York second.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:07 | 2993693 mumcard
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And in a fit of rage a NYC cop would shoot 9 people standing around Bloomberg

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:51 | 2993773 JustObserving
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If you shoot 9 innocent people, you will keep your job.  But if you don't meet your stop-n-frisk quota (UF250), you are liable to be fired.  Bloomberg has his priorities right about everything including sodas and shootings of innocents.

Just preserving the American way of life, 1800 victims a day.  You have gotta love New York - and its mayor.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:01 | 2993454 bugs_
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look at those nice new shiny clean maintained vehicles

look at those nice new spiffy clean maintained uniforms

look at those professionally crafted signs they are carrying

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:02 | 2993455 gould's fisker
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Spanish authorities will soon realize their error and give the cops their pensions (after all that's what this is really about) and the billy-clubbing will resume--don't get your hopes up.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:27 | 2993506 dogbreath
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You are right, but the pensions will dissapear at some point anyway because of the continuing Fiat/Debt Ponzi4.  The spanish cops are like all statist servants in that they took the job because of the perks and salary that are above the norm and now they are just protecting their entitlements.  Ho Hum

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:36 | 2993520 gould's fisker
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That's what is so ironic--everyone is elbowing each other out to keep their "guaranteed" check and once gotten they can fold themselves back into the collective, but nothing is guaranteed over the long term that economic activity/markets can't support or provide cover for national currrencies' worth.  This aspect is somewhat disconcerting, and the fact that we seem to be more interested in national affairs events like Bubba the Love Sponge.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/jill-kelley-emails-stopped-dj-koran-stunt-article-1.1203659

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:11 | 2993594 dogbreath
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that paula/general/jill story is such a distraction.    Bread and circuses.  

 

http://heartiste.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/petraeus-and-the-infidelity-risk-curve/

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:29 | 2993899 mumcard
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I could see the gov stooges turning this around by saying "these ungrateful citizens don't want to pay you what you deserve" and come up with some new tax/license/fee/ticket ideas to fund the cop's entitlements.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:05 | 2993461 Enslavethechild...
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If the stupid mother fuckers have guns, why don't they stop wasteing time and arrest the criminals immediately

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:07 | 2993466 petolo
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There most direct, effective and peaceful way to rid ourselves ofthis vermin is to stop "feeding" them. Pay no more taxes. If just one person does it, they will call him a lunatic but if 10 do it , we have the start of a movement. Does anyone know of a tax resistor,s organisation? How about Anonymous heping the IRS with their bookeeping?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:21 | 2993490 Insideher Trading
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Stop being so unpatriotic. Be happy citizen, pay your fair share.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:21 | 2993614 Bullwinkle Moose
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When they take taxes right out of our pay, how in the world are we supposed to stop paying taxes?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:48 | 2993664 Doña K
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  1. Declare 22 dependents and don't file. There is the 16 ammendment but, there is no law that you must file.
  2. Start a pas-though company such as an LLC in a no tax state and get the same job through your company.  
  3. Work under the table (not litterally) Make sure there is enough headroom <jk>
Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:16 | 2993708 Abitdodgie
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I stoped paying taxes about 4 years ago, love it.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:45 | 2993791 HalinCA
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I've talked about this before - states only have one hope to regain sovereignty: gain control over the money their companies now automatically send to the IRS on behalf of their citizens.

Here's how.

1. Indemnify any of their citizens and companies that agree to redirect their federal withholding taxes to the state treasury instead of sending it to the IRS. That way it will be the state, not the individual, who is in the IRS's cross hairs.
2. Set up a mechanism so the state treasury only sends as much money to the IRS as they get back from the Federal government in the form of grants, matching payments, etc.
3. Create a state bank and charter it to issue a state currency as legal tender for all debts owed within the state. 
4. Use the leverage from 2) to renegotiate the terms of the state's participation in the federal system.

Obviously only states that have strong economies can pull this off over the resistance of the banksters.  This article from the Pew Center on the State gives an idea which states could 'lead the charge':

http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/the-impact-of-the-fiscal-cliff-on-the-states-85899430339

Having done these things the states will regain sovereignty.  As long as most tax money leaves the states for DC, they will have no leverage in any negotiation with DC over redressing their loss of sovereignty.

Feel free to pass this on to anyone you wish to, including talk show hosts, politicians. etc.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:06 | 2993849 Ballin D
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In school we learned less than 1% of tax returns recieve individual attention.  Supposedly there is an algorithm to profile which returns they should check.

 

The more you know... 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 17:24 | 2994349 Being Free
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Supposedly there is an algorithm to profile which returns they should check. 

Yes, among other things, they apply Benfords Law, which is also used extensively in forensic accounting.  When I put together my "return" (now there's a strange name).  I always make sure the numbers follow Benfords law.  Here's a couple links if you're interested...

http://divisbyzero.com/2010/09/08/irrational-rotations-of-the-circle-and-benfords-law/

http://astore.amazon.com/ctksoftwareinc/detail/1118152859

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:39 | 2993920 mumcard
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They've already shown they can run at huge deficits and just fire up the printing press.  I don't think you can get enough people on board to make a difference.  Plus, the IRS would start sending out machine gun toting teams to very publicly destroy anyone doing this.  So if you're willing to fight them, then I say more power to you, but if not then perhaps another strategy.

I am leaning towards sabotaging the system and costing them resources.  Like poking a hole in Officer Friendly's tires at 3 a.m.  This sort of behavior would drain small town's treasuries very quickly.  And while the feds may help out, it would take them time to do so.  Just like recent FEMA response times. 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:17 | 2993482 debtor of last ...
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Policemen are tax collectors. They must become greed collectors.

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