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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 | Link to Comment max2205
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This was a kick to the nuts.  What a hypocrite

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment derek_vineyard
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they all just sick each others dicks----its incestuous 

sickening

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:06 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment strannick
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They were able to find common ground after all.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:29 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment asteroids
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Mission Accomplished!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:27 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment U4 eee aaa
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No, not the uniform. Just what is in the holster

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:49 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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They should be in fucking prison or dangling.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:18 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Got rope?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:41 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Go Tribe
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Biden makes more than me?

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

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

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 08:38 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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Dove clap.....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:05 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment XitSam
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Biden receives more FRNs, not money.

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:50 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Againstthelie
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Not really. People want "Democracy", so people get "Democracy".

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment chunga
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They are taunting us.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment knukles
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Indeed....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:56 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment NemoDeNovo
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Long Gulliotines.....

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:15 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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one sideways groin stab solves that problem and still gets the point across.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:22 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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Dremel.

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

 

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:25 | Link to Comment BlackChicken
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Disposable pen

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:33 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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pride goeth before the fall

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

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:27 | Link to Comment Atomizer
Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:30 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment knukles
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Start the Billion Bullet March, Peasants!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment kill switch
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Sandy Hook Rev II

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 20:26 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Churches, sports events and military gates too.

False flags for everyone.

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:31 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment tenpanhandle
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I pray when the train derails over the chasm, you are thrown clear.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 21:01 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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wait till you see the next one

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:57 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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Entropy is a great show

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 22:42 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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COLA bitchez!...

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:36 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Freddie
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They are looting the country as fast as they possibly can.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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STOP COMPLAINING AND STOP PAYING TAXES !!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 23:11 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment max2205
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Tim cook makes that amount each day

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

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:48 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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don't forget all the staff and HEAVILY ARMED SECURITY!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:50 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment knukles
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Dribble down economics

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:58 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment kill switch
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nmewn,

I love your sharp pencil, EXCELLENT!+1000

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:23 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Well done Nm

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 16:51 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Is the Fiscal Cliff version of Turbo Tax out yet?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:00 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment CrockettAlmanac.com
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Well, they are rather good at gang rape.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 19:49 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Imagine that.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:03 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment Papasmurf
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This is a smaller increase than they would have voted for themselves.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:11 | Link to Comment 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 | Link to Comment BattlegroundEur...
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As David Cameron would say...

 

"We are all in this together".

 

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:08 | Link to Comment 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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