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Obama Grants Pay Increase For Members Of Congress, Federal Workers In Executive Order

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When it comes to US austerity, a very sensitive topic as framed best by the "spending cuts" portion in the Fiscal Cliff debate, the ideas range from the surreal to the outright idiotic: as an example in the most recent Obama proposal spending would be "reduced" in the form of $290 billion in interest savings - not an actual spending reduction, but a hope and a prayer that because rates are lower, the government will "save" money with rates continuing to be lower (something which immediately causes a #Ref! explosion for anyone not using government math), $130 billion in savings that would come from once again rejiggering the definition of 'inflation', as well as "savings" from not funding extra defense spending because the US is not engaged in a pro forma war. Like we said: surreal and idiotic, or in other words, no actual real cuts to spending. Yet even as the nation is gripped by the melodrama of fake spending cuts offset by the threat to tax millionaires more (all of whom will merely find more creative and effective ways to hide their wealth and income offshore), spending increases are all too real, such as last night's order by Obama's just issued an executive order to end the pay freeze for federal employees, which is the equivalent of a wage increase. A truly deserved rise in wages for a job well done by the most dysfunctional Congress America has ever seen.

Among the workers to receive a pay increase is Vice President Job Biden. As the Weekly Standard reports, citing disclosure forms, Biden made $225,521 last year and after the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. More: "Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase." Somehow we have the feeling that Congress will be quite united behind this "order", just as the Senate was very united yesterday in its decision to continue spying on America's citizens.

From the Weekly Standard:

Here's the list of new wages, as attached to President Obama's executive order:

"A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning 'on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013,'" reports FedSmith.com. "The pay raise will generally be about 1/2 of 1%."

Jeryl Bier points to an example of the pay increase for average government executives:

"Not much of an increase, but an increase all the same," Bier notes.

And the timing isn't great either: Just as President Obama and Congress try to avert going over the "fiscal cliff," he doles out pay increases to federal workers.

UPDATE: According to a senior Republican congressional aide who has reviewed the executive order and consulted with the Congressional Budget Office, Obama's pay raise will cost $11 billion. "The CBO told us that the President’s pay raise for federal workers will cost $11 billion over ten years," says the aide.

The aide explains, "On the cost-estimate, CBO says the (discretionary) cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order – relative to a freeze – is about $500m in FY 2013 and $11 billion over the ten years from FY 13 - FY 22.  The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 - when the current CR expires. So it only covers half the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year."

 

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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:22 | 3105076 max2205
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This was a kick to the nuts.  What a hypocrite

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | 3105105 ZerOhead
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Their wages should actually be reduced to reflect all of the deflation we are experiencing...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | 3105116 francis_sawyer
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This will surely be the first story on the SATURDAY EVENING NEWS... [brought to you by jew owned & managed television networks]...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:13 | 3105227 ZerOhead
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Where due to the miracle of zero baseline budgeting it will be presented as a 9% spending cut...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:53 | 3105427 francis_sawyer
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kewl ~ jew accountants ON THE JOB earning their deserved stipend... and the beat goes on... [It's got a groovy beat ~ & I can 'BUG OUT' to it]...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:00 | 3105445 negative rates
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Since we know nothing but a knee jerk reaction will do these days, we need a raise to compensate for our way and errors. This is precisely how and why crime and irresponsibility, do pay!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:22 | 3105479 derek_vineyard
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they all just sick each others dicks----its incestuous 

sickening

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:49 | 3105634 CPL
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holy fuck...are they out of their minds?!?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:06 | 3105673 Michaelwiseguy
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Obama is a malignant narcissist ruling by decree and showing his true color, and it ain't black. It's red like the devil. 

Counter-intelligence on his psychological profile was right. By making  Obama a 2nd term president and defeating Romney, we gained two months ahead of schedule. BO is doing exactly as predicted. Just a few more moves till he buries himself as anticipated.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:08 | 3105777 old naughty
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Fxxk u muppets !

Get use to the pain. Coz more is coming.

He'd just turned the heat up a few notches.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 02:43 | 3106093 strannick
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They were able to find common ground after all.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:29 | 3106189 GetZeeGold
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Always pay the troops first. You might need them to backdown the ticked off zombies. <-----that would be you.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 09:30 | 3106223 King_of_simpletons
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All of these government employees get a fantastic pension and a nice medical package after retirement.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 10:09 | 3106265 SmallerGovNow2
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Actually current federal employee's retirement sucks (FERS).  It is one percent per year of service times the average of your high three years of service.  So say you work 30 years and average 80,000 for your highest three years, you get 24,000 per year which isn't enough to live on.  And there is NO medical "package".  You can continue paying monthly for your medical insurance...

What you are reffering to are some state pensions (California, Illinios, etc...) that the unions have bardered up grand pension programs...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 12:40 | 3106552 CPL
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In Canadian Federal Civil Service it's 75% of your best five years over 35 years.  Salary ranges are broad.  Most start over 45k a year though.

For Canadian Military it's 75% of your best 25 years.  A Major for instance makes 123-145k per year, and Majors are as rare as broken glass in a Jersey parking lot in Ottawa.  Promotion is automatic on the officer end per signed contract.  Some of the lousiest shots and fattest bodies I've ever met in my life have bars and stars.  Soft is a good description.  Hard to aim a gun with a doughnut in hand.

Non-comms get the same deal, 25 years/best five/75%, but most are paid in poverty, training, housing, death and lip service.

 

So if anyone wants to know why the pension checks are going to be bouncing in Canada soon, there's the reason.  Take every civil servant still walking the good green earth in Canada triple it and you've got the real cost of pensions.  Just on the federal level.  This doesn't include teachers, provincial or municipal which are all seperate systems under funded by around one hundred of trillion dollars collectively.

 

In a population of 30 million.  Puts it in perspective now doesn't it how big and bad the problem is now.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:02 | 3107653 Elmer Fudd
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"you get 24,000 per year which isn't enough to live on."

Fuck you pussy.  Small business owners get no pension.  Thats why people are supposed to save money, you asshole, but no, you want an entitlement to sit on your ass and complain about how much work there is on your desk.  Fuck you. 

 

 

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:37 | 3105126 bania
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Executive Order for pay raises. And by a Constitutional Law Professor to boot! May as well do a State of the Nation Address and flip everyone the bird.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:50 | 3105160 A Nanny Moose
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Imagine the damage he could do, with sole authority over the national credit card limit.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:36 | 3105402 spastic_colon
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yeah...should'nt we have to vote on this or somethin'?  If we want to take back total democracy, just make public service voluntary......again.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:17 | 3105706 asteroids
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Mission Accomplished!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:27 | 3105816 caconhma
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People, you are either stupid or incredibly naive. These top government executives and members of the Congress are getting at least 10x times more in donations to their “favorite charities” than in their official compensations.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 01:30 | 3106056 Dr. Sandi
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They're just like really good waiters or masseuses. There's the base wage, then there are the 'tips.'

At a high class establishment like 'Beni Hana' or 'Wolfgang Puck' or 'Halls of Congress Fine Eats,' the tips are way better than the minimum wage.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:56 | 3105958 Element
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now, now ... there's no excuse for blanket cynicism there .. he is Al-Qaeda-in-Chief after all ... respect the honor of the office, not the man ;)

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 01:32 | 3106059 Dr. Sandi
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Kind of like being stopped by a traffic cop. You have to show respect for the uniform, even if you don't actually respect what they slid into it.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 12:07 | 3106471 U4 eee aaa
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No, not the uniform. Just what is in the holster

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:49 | 3105153 A Nanny Moose
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Personally, I would double their pay, on the condition that they just go away. It would be far cheaper to support these unproductive politicians by calling them what they are...the biggest welfare queens on the planet.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:36 | 3105931 XitSam
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And to think I just read an editorial by a congress critter from my state, complaining that Congress didn't pass enough laws this year. Each law they pass should cut their salary in half.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:54 | 3105175 The Gooch
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They should be in fucking prison or dangling.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:18 | 3105363 BlackChicken
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That's why they want our guns so bad.

However they should not just by lynched, we need to use the system. Get national attention to the petition to bring charges of TREASON against Feinstein. If guilty, she can legally be hung and left swinging.

Might even get the attention of a few other "welfare queens" (love that term).

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:22 | 3105367 BlackChicken
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Btw, it was Nanny Moose who wrote the "welfare queens" comment first. Just hoping NM is a fellow Alaskan.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:08 | 3105553 DosZap
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That's why they want our guns so bad.

However they should not just by lynched, we need to use the system. Get national attention to the petition to bring charges of TREASON against Feinstein. If guilty, she can legally be hung and left swinging.

Might even get the attention of a few other "welfare queens" (love that term).

 

To no avail, he would simply pardon her.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:34 | 3105750 BlackChicken
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Comment deleted.

You are right. Just want to see her name brought down to the level of her actions against us. Evil bitch.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:40 | 3105836 willwork4food
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Got rope?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:41 | 3105106 TruthInSunshine
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The pigs Snowball, Napoleon, and Squealer adapt Old Major's ideas into 'a complete system of thought', which they formally name Animalism. Soon after, Napoleon and Squealer indulge in the vices of humans (drinking alcohol, sleeping in beds, trading). Squealer is employed to alter the Seven Commandments to account for this humanisation.

The original commandments are:

  1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
  2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
  3. No animal shall wear clothes.
  4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
  5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
  6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
  7. All animals are equal.

Later, Napoleon and his pigs secretly revise some commandments to clear them of accusations of law-breaking (such as "No animal shall drink alcohol" having "to excess" appended to it and "No animal shall sleep in a bed" with "with sheets" added to it). The changed commandments are as follows, with the changes bolded:

  • 4 No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
  • 5 No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
  • 6 No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.

Eventually these are replaced with the maxims, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", and "Four legs good, two legs better!" as the pigs become more human.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:49 | 3105154 Jayda1850
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whatever misfortunes fell upon the farm were always blamed on snowball. Seems there are many "snowball"s for Obama to blame. repubs, the rich, guns etc. take your pick.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:35 | 3105498 LateToTheTable
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I was just thinking on this.  de ja vu from an old HS English reading assignment.  Everyone but myself thought the teacher was loony.  I knew for a fact she was and why.... hahahah!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:35 | 3105110 Smegley Wanxalot
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I agree.  What a hypocrite.

I never would have thought it possible - this is the USA gawdammit and we don't tolerate no hypocrisy in our politics no way no how.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:34 | 3105400 rwe2late
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Strange that many bemoan more the Congressional public pay than the much greater private rewards which coincide and follow public political tenure.

Perhaps it is because we understand we as citizens are collectively charged for the public salary.

And do not understand how we also wind up paying for the much greater private sector rewards for Congresspersons who  self-servingly direct funds and approve laws benefiting relatives and associates, or are subsequently employed as lobbyists, consultants, or sit on boards of directors.

Should we conclude that the chief result of eliminating Congressional public pay altogether would be to suppress public outrage? Many if not all Congresspersons would be delighted at such a result, and find salary elimination to be of little consequence, since most are already millionaires or will soon become ones.

Well, we must suppose, at least for now, focusing on the public pay helps shift attention away from the much greater private remunerations.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:50 | 3105637 Being Free
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+1 because I get what you said but ... there is nothing "private" about the real "rewards" you speak of.  It's all "public" money that tptb have directed to themselves and thier cronies.

Cut them off!  The Goernment is too Damn Big.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:02 | 3105196 Go Tribe
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Biden makes more than me?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:36 | 3105285 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Biden doesn't make anything but he does receive more money.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:46 | 3105298 A Nanny Moose
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well played!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:38 | 3106192 GetZeeGold
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Dove clap.....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:05 | 3105332 DaveyJones
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he makes many things:

me want to puke

a fool of himself

a silk purse into a sows ear

 

and the list goes on

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:40 | 3105942 XitSam
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Biden receives more FRNs, not money.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:08 | 3105210 Ookspay
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Rotten Bastards! The cuckolding of America, watch while we fuck your country!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:50 | 3105423 ball-and-chain
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Isanyone surprised?

It's just another kick in the nuts.

http://www.angrysinner.blogspot.kr/2012/12/yesterday-i-walked-ten-miles_29.html

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:11 | 3105562 Againstthelie
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Not really. People want "Democracy", so people get "Democracy".

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:57 | 3105876 Dingleberry
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Please remember that he was RE-ELECTED, along with most of Congress. 

Place the blame accordingly.

Don't hate the playa......hate the game.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:25 | 3105080 chunga
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They are taunting us.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:30 | 3105094 knukles
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Indeed....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:56 | 3105178 ZerOhead
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Pitchfork tine sharpening time...

(You'll need a file as I found out pencil sharpeners simply will not work...)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:32 | 3105275 NemoDeNovo
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Long Gulliotines.....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:15 | 3105460 francis_sawyer
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Without precision in the stab, it's hard to impale more than 1.5 tines [of a pitchfork] into the neck of any 'chosen' adversary [but you can try]...

~~~

A '2nd stab', therefore, ought to be practiced... francis_sawyer councils thusly...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:55 | 3105652 tenpanhandle
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one sideways groin stab solves that problem and still gets the point across.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:22 | 3105376 The Gooch
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Dremel.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:41 | 3106193 GetZeeGold
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Run.....Marathon Man.

 

Don't ask....just Google it.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:25 | 3105384 BlackChicken
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Disposable pen

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:11 | 3105565 e_goldstein
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Sometimes dull ain't so bad.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | 3105109 hooligan2009
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i would have said..flipping the bird and laughing all the way to their nearest hookers...but that's just me

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:43 | 3105842 willwork4food
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Yea, but do you know the price of hookers in DC these days? Oy Vey!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:07 | 3105338 DaveyJones
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pride goeth before the fall

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:26 | 3105082 The Gooch
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uh-oh, B!

I think the hornets are stirring!

We done poked the nest one too many times!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:26 | 3105083 Meatballs
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They ALL need to go. Now.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:44 | 3105844 willwork4food
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They need to hang. Now.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:27 | 3105085 Atomizer
Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:30 | 3105092 Husk-Erzulie
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PTB absolutely is trying to stir civil unrest right now; I just can't see any other conclusion, the timing on this is just too precious. WTF is next? 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:32 | 3105104 knukles
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Start the Billion Bullet March, Peasants!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | 3105121 Atomizer
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Not really. The plan is to float a financial crisis so they can receive their pay increase.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:38 | 3105128 cynicalskeptic
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WTF pretty much sums it all up.....    FUBAR to infinity.     I wonder if they get charged for the 'world-is-ending' shelters they have reservations for?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:58 | 3105320 kill switch
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Sandy Hook Rev II

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:26 | 3105594 Selah
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I bet they do the false flag on a hospital next.

This will allow them to add TSA security to all hospitals and bill the taxpayer on top of ObamaCare.

 

I guarantee that there will be no mass shootings at a gun range.

These people are evil, but they are not suicidal.... of course unless they decide that they met their kill-quota; then they suddenly become suicidal.

 

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:58 | 3105878 willwork4food
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Churches, sports events and military gates too.

False flags for everyone.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:25 | 3105486 e_goldstein
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Bounties paid in specie.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:31 | 3105098 yogibear
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LOL, Obama is a typical Hyde Chicago poitician. Increase pay, then tax to pay for it..

Obama is already spending money before he even has it.

No hope for the US given the Senate and the president.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:40 | 3105291 CrockettAlmanac.com
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..and the congress and the courts and everybody else who wields the power to take what is not theirs and force peaceful, responsible individuals into situations that hurt them physically, economically and morally. I want off this train.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:58 | 3105661 tenpanhandle
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I pray when the train derails over the chasm, you are thrown clear.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:01 | 3105666 CrockettAlmanac.com
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When they start in on Jimmy Crack Corn, I'm jumping regardless of speed.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrE17OVVW_E

 

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:00 | 3105882 willwork4food
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The problem is the train is named Tommy..and they made it.

(cue SK)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:32 | 3105101 MFLTucson
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This man be the biggest clown we could have imagained to run this country.  No accountability, no need to do their jobs, no fiscal discilpline just spend and play fucking games.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:09 | 3105340 DaveyJones
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wait till you see the next one

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:57 | 3105440 Vendetta
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just like the previous 2 and the one following the next, that is if the name of the country hasn't been changed to Banana States of the Republic, Corporate States of Amerika or similar more appropriate name.  Then the political arena will simply be High Chancellor and 'the committees'

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:36 | 3105500 Esso
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East of the Mississippi: Gaza Strip II

West of the Mississippi: West Bank II

We're all Palistinians now. Get used to it.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:47 | 3105953 XitSam
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There is no "next one", and be sure to genuflect each time you pass a picture of His Royal Highness Barack the First.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | 3105108 AldoHux_IV
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is this chicago style trade politics-- i have given you raise, now give me my spending?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:34 | 3105113 IridiumRebel
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So it is obvious now that he wants this country to fiscally die. There is no other explanation. I got my wife on board for our preps. Even she sees it and she only watches E! in between long shifts giving free healthcare to fake named and pay dodging takers at the hospital. Stay Frosty! We are truly reaching the edge.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:48 | 3105150 Seasmoke
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Same here IR.....wife has never asked or been interested in anything over thast 5 years that i have been awake......now since the Newtown shooting she has finally woke up and cant stop talking to me (guess it had the oppsite effect on her than intended).............should be very interesting, when she finally shuts off the fucking Housewifes shows !!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:04 | 3105197 Jayda1850
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Thanks for giving me hope seasmoke. My wife isnt there yet, still in real housewives land. But atleast she pretends to listen to me now when I go off on rants instead of just leaving the room.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:13 | 3105228 IridiumRebel
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She will get there. My wife sees how many are bilking the system so her learning curve is advanced.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:06 | 3105883 willwork4food
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Same here. I promised my wife if they confiscate our 401K, I WILL NOT be paying the mortgage ever again.

Fuck the banks.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:10 | 3105343 DaveyJones
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Entropy is a great show

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:42 | 3105840 Parousia
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When was the last time you defended the Second Amendment along the lines of preventing tyranny instead of hunting and not be thought of as an extremeist?  It's happening now.  People are waking up and realizing we went over the edge a LONG time ago.  

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:35 | 3105114 francis_sawyer
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COLA bitchez!...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | 3105120 hooligan2009
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a gesture would be to take zero in salary AND benefits, until debt/gdp is <70%

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:39 | 3105131 cynicalskeptic
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They'd still make a fortune via campaign contributions and insider trading (legal/illegal?  who cafres.....)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:48 | 3105152 hooligan2009
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add those in too..should take a few billion off the deficit this year..or was that last year..no wait..next year ad finitum

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:29 | 3105250 Rainman
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Close relatives of the critters are cleaning up as lobbyists paid big to grab moar gubmint cheese...a superb racket.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/in-congress-relatives-lobby-for-bills-before-family-members/2012/12/29/a54adce2-4301-11e2-9648-a2c323a991d6_story.html

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:16 | 3105466 I am Jobe
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Getting to be too incestuous. Time for the rope for the entire family.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:38 | 3105129 lizzy36
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Only in Washington can one fuck up so badly as to basically repudiate their employment contract and still get a pay raise.

What a fucking joke the US government is. Warrantless wiretap, torture, extraordinary rendition, killng american citizens w/o a trial, killing innocent civilans with drones, and taking the USD and making it single ply toliet paper. Nevermind the fact that legislators no longer legislate, they just answer to their corporate overlords.

SO much to be proud of.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:57 | 3105184 Freddie
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They are looting the country as fast as they possibly can.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:36 | 3105403 Atomizer
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You better hop onto the CyberHijacking Schoolbus to understand the new romper room polices.. winks

http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/ 

You have to laugh at the desperation and uncertainty of these individuals trying to mold new rules vs. the common sense DNA gene. All children who are non-compliant will be tested for the evil gene. 


/LOL

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:35 | 3105497 Husk-Erzulie
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tested for the evil gene.  One of the creepiest NWO memes yet.  Can't wait to see how this one plays out.

http://rinr.fsu.edu/spring96/features/evil.html

http://www.evilgenes.com/

I hesitated to even link the second one... err, link through from a porno site or something, ok.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:09 | 3105892 willwork4food
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Yup. An adament deflationist went over to the dark side of hyper inflation death because you don't need to run faster than the bear you find in the woods, you just have to run faster than the other campers.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:39 | 3105130 ItsDanger
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Assuming you could get people who were capable of performing these jobs, with those salaries, you would not attract top end talent.   Part of the reason we see the mass corruption.  This system is seriously flawed.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:26 | 3105920 Anusocracy
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It's government, it can't be anything but seriously flawed.

The parasite has all the power and the host is basically defenseless.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:42 | 3105138 Seasmoke
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STOP COMPLAINING AND STOP PAYING TAXES !!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:11 | 3105896 willwork4food
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Read Abby's "Steal this book" Fuck the corporations as many times as you can.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:45 | 3105145 Insideher Trading
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I need a marijuana cigarette.

Median income in the US is $27,000 http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html. Our public servants treat themselves well.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:58 | 3105185 A Nanny Moose
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Per capita income? What is the income per capita that actually generates income?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:29 | 3105391 max2205
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Tim cook makes that amount each day

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:44 | 3105146 BlueCheeseBandit
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To reward them for a job well done?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:47 | 3105148 Everyman
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Do you STILL think this guy is better than Romney?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:48 | 3105300 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Romney's flip flops make John Kerry look like the rock of Gibraltar. The only question is would he advocate going over the fiscal cliff before advocating not going over the fiscal cliff or vice versa.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:49 | 3105304 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

Do you STILL think this guy is better than Romney?

LULZ!

Do you still think this guy is any different from Romney?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:15 | 3105703 tenpanhandle
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He is very different.  He is not president. No arguement can be made as there can be no proof as to his (Romney's) actions as president.  It is more productive to argue whether Pluto is a planet or not. So please STFU.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:17 | 3105904 willwork4food
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Romney demonstrated through his work the reality we would experience that would have made Mike Milleken blush. There is no difference.

You are an idiot.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:32 | 3106190 awakening
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7. Straw Man Arguments: A very common technique. The troll will accuse his opposition of subscribing to a certain point of view, even if he does not, and then attacks that point of view. Or, the troll will put words in the mouth of his opposition, and then rebut those specific words.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/disinformation-how-it-works

Back to reddit/4chan for you; much ye hath yet to learn in the art of trolling.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:48 | 3105149 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Justice (aka JustUs - G. Celente) is served once more.  On the bright side, it cant possibly get any worse right?  </s>

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:49 | 3105151 Getting Old Sucks
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Did Michelle and the kids come back to DC with O or are we sending AF1 back to pick them up when they're ready to leave Hawaii?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:49 | 3105155 The Gooch
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don't forget all the staff and HEAVILY ARMED SECURITY!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:50 | 3105157 ShrNfr
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Nah, she is still out there. They will have to send a cargo jet to bring her and her shopping home. She is a one woman stimulus package with your tax money.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:51 | 3105165 knukles
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Dribble down economics

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:31 | 3105924 willwork4food
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Do I have to fly to Hawaii to get some?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:58 | 3105186 Getting Old Sucks
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I read about the millions she spent on vacations during his first term.  I remember a time when I was a little boy when my father told me that  the POTUS had to pay the WH staff out of his pay.  Don't know if that was true or not but to spend millions on vacations for a spouse on our dime is over the top.  Shame Obama, Shame!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:59 | 3105156 nmewn
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David Gregory@davidgregory

Excited to announce that President @BarackObama will be my exclusive guest this Sunday on @meetthepress nbcnews.to/W9Ykim

28 Dec 12

Well then...David...will you be:

1) Bringing up the incredibly bad optics of The One using an "Executive Order" to implement congressional pay raises already scheduled as they dawdle over the "fiscal cliff"?

2) Asking The One to reimburse the Treasury for the use of AF1 and AF2 as his own personal taxis back & forth to Hawaii as the nation shivers?

3) Just be bringing more contraband firearm parts onto the set of Meet the Depressed to use as stage props at no risk of your prosecution?

4) Explain to the viewing parents why its extremely important for YOUR children to be protected by armed security at the exclusive, elite and very private Sidwell Friends School while those same viewing parents are asked to give up their guns to protect their own children? 

Be careful...David...the Secret Service has (gasp) guns! And they will shoot you, multiple times if need be ;-)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:01 | 3105441 kill switch
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nmewn,

I love your sharp pencil, EXCELLENT!+1000

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:23 | 3105481 nmewn
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Thank you sir.

I usually reserve my full venom for these effete, elite, inter-breeding .gov/media snobs who live in their cloistered little worlds, cowering behind their bell hops or inside their gated communities with security patrols and armed guards at every locked door & checkpoint.

These are the same fuckers who wouldn't last ten seconds in the real world (our world) professing that they know what is best for us.

In the immortal words of Vito, Dey've built em a nice little bizniss deh, be a real shame if sumpin were to happen to it. Know wut I mean? ;-)

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:43 | 3105506 Kayman
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nmewn

   To your earlier point on the VAT tax.  The proponents of the VAT promote how it is an "efficient" tax. That may or may not be true. However, it always ends up being just another tax layered onto the existing tax base.

   I think the goose hasn't got many feathers left to pluck. Borrowing, taxing and printing for foodstamps and derivatives. What a country.

  

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:10 | 3105559 nmewn
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"To your earlier point on the VAT tax. The proponents of the VAT promote how it is an "efficient" tax. That may or may not be true. However, it always ends up being just another tax layered onto the existing tax base."

You are exactly right.

We have (in essence) a VAT now in America, its just not called a VAT, in addition to all other taxes. At every stop in the production chain any item is taxed...that is a VAT...with the true price born by the end user/buyer, as always. I defy anyone to name for me the business that is not taxed on a good or service...from milking a cow to trucking the bulk milk to the bottling plant to trucking it to the grocer to selling it to you.

They are very clever in it's promotion.

Its just another tax increase on an overtaxed and increasingly pissed populace who still work for a living.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:37 | 3105933 willwork4food
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Well done Nm

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:52 | 3105158 TWSceptic
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These people have no shame left.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:11 | 3105222 The Gooch
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Reptiles are born without the shame gene.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:50 | 3105305 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Reptiles are hatched.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:07 | 3105335 The Gooch
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Well, fuck me Tommy! That's a great load off me mind.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:49 | 3105520 knukles
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Can be sung to the tune "Pinball Wizard"!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:51 | 3105163 hound dog vigilante
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Payment in-full for votes bought.

 

The MSM will ignore this nugget... even the most crass spin-meister cannot spin this.

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:55 | 3105179 blunderdog
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Well, the good news is, at least they'll soon have to pay a LOT MORE TAXES on the amount of that raise...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:53 | 3105312 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Is the Fiscal Cliff version of Turbo Tax out yet?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:00 | 3105189 Telemakhos
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Paying Congressmen and civil servants a salary is a bit counter-intuitive.  Flat salaries are for low-skill occupations that don't benefit from personal excellence; the federal government should take a clue from private enterprise and move to a performance-based compensation system involving bonuses.  This, after all, is largely responsible for American achievements in the world of finance—where would Wall Street be today without the bonus incentives that motivated our financiers to allocate capital prudently a decade ago?  Perhaps Obama could hire consultants from AIG, Bank of America, and other large enterprises to lend an expert hand in deploying such a bonus system across the federal government.

It won't take long for the motivation to take hold, and you'll be thrilled to hear that extra sense of urgency in your civil servants' earnest greeting "Hello, we're from the Government, and we're here to help."

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:17 | 3105238 blunderdog
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Consider the savings that could be realized if we outsourced Congressional duties to India.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:54 | 3105313 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Well, they are rather good at gang rape.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:49 | 3105519 moondog
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Agreed...and the executive boards of all fortune 500 corporations as well. Oh thats right, only peasant jobs get outsourced.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:02 | 3105195 notadouche
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I guess the notion of putting the politicians on minmum wage was never considered.  Funny thing is even doing that they would still magically be millionaires.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:40 | 3105941 willwork4food
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Imagine that.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:03 | 3105198 Atomizer
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GDP = private consumption + gross private investment + government spending + (exports - imports)

 

Consumer Metrics Institute Historic Charts and Commentary

GDP = C + I + G + (x-i) = BAilMeOuTFuCknUts

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:05 | 3105202 Papasmurf
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This is a smaller increase than they would have voted for themselves.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:11 | 3105219 Atomizer
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Why do you think this was announced?

 

Obama to Offer 'Mini Deal' on Fiscal Cliff:

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:06 | 3105203 BattlegroundEur...
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As David Cameron would say...

 

"We are all in this together".

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:08 | 3105213 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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At a certain point, the great Divider is going to catch Karma.

The great Agitator uses minority groups who in total remain in the minority even when combined, but then adds gender to the mix, which trumps all. He wins.

At a certain point, the populace at large or in the vast majority, is going to ask, in whose interests is it really to have my son's arms and legs blown off in a far away land, when the kid could not get into a college of choice because the slots were already set aside for others who are protected because their vote is needed, when my son or daughter can't get a job even though they have mountains of student debt, when I've worked my whole life to pay off my house, but millions are skipping along with principle reduction, when the country is bankrupted and entitlements are tossed out galore, pandering is the norm, yet Corporations are still earning record profits and shipping jobs offshore, and not one major figure of the TBTFs has been brought before the law.

Karma is inescapable. But like anything, it is not magic. It passes, strangely enough, through the Word.

Spread the word, shine a light upon the darkness.

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