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Unemployment Rate Set To Plunge As Bill To Restore Jobless Benefits Fails To Pass Senate

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Following last week's surprising passage of the preliminary approval to extend emergency unemployment claims, i.e. emergency jobless claims, for 3 months, when six republicans sided with democrats and gave approval to the original $6.4 billion legislation, there was an expectation that up to 1.4 million Americans would get their benefits extended once again (despite the so-called recovery in the economy, and the job market, instead of just all time high S&P500). Moments ago such hopes were dashed, when a Senate plan to restore long-term jobless benefits hit a wall Tuesday after Republicans withdrew their support amid complaints over cost and other issues.

The $18 billion bill, which would restore the benefits through the end of 2014, failed to clear a key test vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needed to attract 60 senators to move the bill forward, but the bill stalled on a 52-48 vote.


No Republicans voted in favor.

What happened between then and now, and why did those republicans revert back to the party line?

Reid lost their support when he amended the bill and failed to come up with a plan to offset the cost within 10 years.


"It doesn't look good," Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said before the vote and after a meeting with Reid.


Collins and Nevada GOP Sen. Dean Heller unsuccessfully proposed that Reid go back to the three-month extension. "We're back to ground zero," Heller said.


The senators are expected to return to the negotiating table. The GOP-controlled House has yet to vote on extending the benefits.


Reid postponed a prior vote Monday night upon realizing he didn't have enough support and said he needed time to talk with members of both parties.

It almost makes one wonder if Reid isn't trying to sabotage his own legislation. Whatever the answer, it increasingly seems that no law, retroactive or otherwise, will pass before the end of the month, which also means that up to (a record) 1.4 million Americans will fall out of the labor force, in addition to the now traditional 200K-600K people who quietly exit the labor pool every month. Which also means that, as we explained previously, since the impact on the unemployment rate could be as high as 0.8% from just the EUC expiration alone, that the unemployment rate for January could crash to under 6% just as the economy is starting to really backslide, as shown by the recent horrendous data from retailers across the board.


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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:28 | 4332033 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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WTF is going on?  Reid is a real Effing snake!!!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4332047 nope-1004
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Unemployment is falling.  7 to 6.7.... soon to be 6.2.  Gotta save some for the coming months, you know.


Then, we all know what Bernocchio promised when UE gets to 6.5%, right?  NO MOAR QE.

Place yer bets.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:31 | 4332057 The Gooch
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2014. Year of the boomerang.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:45 | 4332105 zaphod
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Falling unemployment is the cover the FED needs and requested in order to start to significantly tapper QE. My expectation is employment looks so good in "government statistics" that the FED finally pulls back QE by the end of 2015.

As much as we mock the fools that run the FED, they are more insane than stupid. They know they have to taper for real at some point or they lose control of the dollar, and with that goes their control as well. 

Of course this sets us up for an even bigger economy wide crash than 2008, but this way the FED will have room to turn up on printing press again, instead of the printing press being blamed as the original cause it is.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4332141 john39
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somewhere out there, Orwell is rolling with laughter.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:55 | 4332169 StacksOnStacks
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Much Bullish!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:07 | 4332208 kaiserhoff
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Mother of all Boools!

Or maybe just a mother.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:42 | 4332302 El Oregonian
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Did he just say "Moar Taper, or moar Paper? 'cus the printers have been well oiled and refilled with ink! FORWARD!!!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 21:35 | 4332633 CClarity
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Fed can spend $85 Billion per month with no plan, but Congress can't come up with $18 Bil abd a how to pay back in 10 years.  You tell me who is running the country and who they are running it for.  It sure ain't the person who can't find a job. Nope, the objective is clearly to keep the banksters safe and the wealthy getting fine equity appreciation.  

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:00 | 4332182 max2205
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Lets see if Barry invoke executive powers to extend UE benefits. ...permanently

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:51 | 4332331 Nick Jihad
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Nope. The FSA's emolluments need to be contingent on continued loyal Demorat voting. That's why they love things that sunset after a year or two.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 02:10 | 4333342 the0ther
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I think 1984 was more about doublespeak and the perverting of basic human values. Not so about surveillance as people tend to believe.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:56 | 4332170 max2205
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Lets see....benyellen is printing 75 bill a month....we give various country's  billions a year....


This won't sit well with the FSA.


GOP insert foot

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:00 | 4333240 putaipan
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doesn't sit well with me.

don't call me the free shit army.

i am one of ' them'. i.e. unemployed longer than 6 months.


that being said-


believe me when i tell you-

this is a 'test'.

you are focused on on fat ellen/yellin's qe tapering...

the real issue is sufferring.

(because of my mini-prepping and my momma's generosity. i will not suffer) but-




try drudge. amy. google. amazonian/washington times ....


they are testing the waters.

no response and they will proceed.


p.s. - thanks tyler fer the update.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 09:48 | 4333733 corporatewhore
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i have been in your shoes and can "feel your pain" along with the pain of so many AMERICANS.  At the same time Congress can't get relief to those AMERICANS suffering I see in the headlines we continue to grant 380 million to syria for some ridiculous reason.  Corporations get many times more relief than individuals.  It's sickening and I am no leftist nor a member of the card carrying FSA.  I just want justice for all Americans.  In a nation that has prided itself on its ability to lift its own  I am disgusted.  But why should I be?  Nothing has changed.  It's just that we're all waking up to the fact that our politicians are there just to get rich.  The guise of Democrat or Republican is meaningless.  They've all sold out to corporations and special interest groups.  And look who our top nominees may be in 2016--Hillary (who has no more interest in the downtrodden than the man in the moon unless it feathers her nest/nest egg) or some retread out of that other party pretending to have diametrically opposed philosophical beliefs (see big fat Christie).

Rant off.  It's time for my medications.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:22 | 4332388 Wait What
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Fed will need another 900 words to explain why it's moving the goalpost. "we said 6.5%, but we really meant 6, er, 5%." At what point do quantitative measures become irrelevant and the Fed just shoots from the hip?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:48 | 4332119 knukles
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U drops due to the Continuing Claims Sophist Adjustment Factor as said poor starving motherfuckers and leeches both become undifferentiated and thus Uncountable Once Again Part 2 so the rate drops like the glide path of a crow bar.
The Fed then finds it reasonable in their Altruistic (toward their owners, only) Heart of Hearts to cut to the Big Taper just when the markets would get spooked the most, followed ever so shortly by even worse numbers on the economy in spite of bad weather which won't last forever and ever to blame the economy upon, causing mass confusion, despair, angst, agata and increased Tums sales.

Fucking Wonderful
And they tell me there are no more fundamental at work
Let me tell you, every day Mrs K sets me straight about what's what in life...

PS  Those people on CNBS are morons.  For some unknown reason (I was possessed momentarily) I tuned to them this a.m. and the fellow from ECRI (ERCI?) the economic people was talking about the massive divergence between the household and business surveys and how the business is the one fucked with but always has to reconcile with the household and that the household was already in the shitter and those idiots wouldn't let him speak.
It's like a yell at one another fest.
Nof fucking wonder their viewership is rock bottom.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4332162 666
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I have a dream... where the gubmint creates another CCC like in the 1930s and the unemployed worked for food and shelter. Then I woke up and remembered unemployment benefits are automatically deposited into the person's bank account while he watches pay TV while lying in bed with his beer and chips.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:02 | 4332185 walküre
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At least the unemployed sitting on the couch is not costing us more. The unemployed sitting around on various aircraft carriers or sitting in barracks are costing us alot more in ammo (practice or mission, what's the difference) and fuel (to move equipment).

Government cannot afford to maintain either group without $75 billion a month life support from the Fed.

Rome is broke.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:09 | 4332216 kaiserhoff
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Glide slope of a crow bar.  That's an image I can use.

    Thanx, knucks;)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:32 | 4332063 boogerbently
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If we abolish unemployment compensation, we will have full employment !

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:35 | 4332080 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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No we will have more homeless people!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:43 | 4332102 Keyser
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With progress like this, the unemployment rate will soon go negative. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:50 | 4332150 knukles
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The New Fully Employed Idle Homeless

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 13:42 | 4344087 boogerbently
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Being paid 2X a minimum wage, to stay home.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:41 | 4332108 aVileRat
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If the 1970's USA & UK are anything to go by, expect to see the black economy explode in green shoots. Literally.

Would not be suprised if breaking bad becomes a case study for the 55% and growing over the next 3 years. Of course this would naturally play into their story arc for more gov. oversight and social workfare because the 'bush era' social fabric is "torn beyond repair".


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 02:07 | 4333337 the0ther
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I wasn't around then so please explain. Were there more whores? Gambling? Contract murders? Sure as shit could not have been more drugs than what we have now.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:45 | 4332128 Al Huxley
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I don't think anybody really counts homeless people though - not in any statistic that's watched on a regular basis anyway, so that doesn't matter.  Anyway, its all a matter of categorization - start splitting the homeless into 'permanently homeless', 'voluntarily homeless', 'temporarily homeless', 'shelter-impaired', etc... and soon that stat will be also muddled to meaninglessness.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:51 | 4332154 knukles
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Al you're one sick puppy

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:55 | 4332168 akak
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"Differently domiciled"

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:17 | 4332233 kaiserhoff
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Futon challenged.

Did anyone, anywhere, ever get a good night's sleep on one of those damned things?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 22:45 | 4332858 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Yes, in my 20's, with a hot blonde, after being drained of every ounce of spare fluid in my body. I would have slept on a bed of nails after that....

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:30 | 4332265 Reckonball
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"Residentially challenged"

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:31 | 4332271 Anusocracy
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Repatriated to nature.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:34 | 4332279 kaiserhoff
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As in "gone feral?"

Why does Detroit leap to mind?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:33 | 4332275 Strider52
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The "Calorie-Challenged"

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:34 | 4332462 GeezerGeek
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Homeless people are not counted when a Democrat is in the White House, only when a Republican is. Same as IRS scandals, DOJ scandals, NSA spuing, etc. That's why Christie is the main topic of conversation these days - he's a Republican, even if In Name Only. After all, tying up traffic and having a lady die is much more important than four Americans dying in Benghazi, or Border Patrol agents dying because of Fast & Furious. Gotta keep these things in perspective, Al.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 21:11 | 4332563 shermacman
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The homeless are not burdened with the struggles of everyday life! Like Nancy Pelosi said, they can become artists! Like Harry Reid said, they can write cowboy poetry! Like the NYT said, they can have more time to be with their kidz! 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 23:12 | 4332942 Oleander
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Show your EBT card and get in to museums for $2, at least in Ma. Great family time with the kiddies.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 23:01 | 4332913 hesk
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FEMA Camps for all. The cots are ready

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:36 | 4332084 cougar_w
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Apparently. But if they do that, then they should rework the Census figures to exclude the unemployed. Places like L.A. don't need as many Representatives in Congress if everyone there is unemployeed.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:54 | 4332167 knukles
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Yeah, but LA's unemployed are represented by the truly incompetent... But that'd be a Max of Waters under the bridge, no?


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:57 | 4332343 Nick Jihad
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If Maxine is dumb, what do you call people who assign powerful committee chairs by seniority?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:38 | 4332468 GeezerGeek
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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 07:53 | 4333555 Pumpkin
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Well that not fair at all!  I am employed and I don't want any 'representatition either'!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:37 | 4332092 PopeRatzo
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Don't forget child labor.  Until we get those kids (and old people) working, we won't really have full employment.

And why in the 21st century should we need more people working harder for longer hours?  Didn't we have some sort of Industrial Revolution a while back?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:53 | 4332164 The Gooch
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There are a few "representatives" already pounding that drum. I can't wait until mine turn 12 and I put mom back to work. 

Earn your keep, bitchez.


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:04 | 4332362 Nick Jihad
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We don't need the kid's labor. We just need their youthful, budding, dewy-cheeked credit, to borrow against.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:33 | 4332065 Sudden Debt
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3.5% is the lowest it can statisically go. But the way Obama is fixing the economy, people will need to start working 76 hours a week so the unemployment rate doesn't go negative...

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:42 | 4332114 Haager
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And a lot of them won't be able to pay the rent - because thiis time wages will also go lower as does the number of unemployed (in the statistics). Short term bullish, medium long riots and long term it's destructive.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:33 | 4332071 cougar_w
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$6.4 billion? Why would anyone even blink. That's chump change. That's not even one POMO day.

Meh. Nobody is taking this shit even half serious anymore.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:52 | 4332159 Al Huxley
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No fucking kidding.  $75 billion/month for their buddies in the FIs and they can't come up with 6.4 billion to keep the FSA docile?  Bad planning boys and girls - its only a matter of time until some dumb fuck has their 'let them eat cake' moment.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:47 | 4332120 LMAOLORI
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"Unemployment is falling."


Did you forget the sarc?

Because otherwise it depends on who you belive on those numbers...

False job numbers: Did the White House know?



Tue, 01/14/2014 - 22:17 | 4332766 A Nanny Moose
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Based on the .gov methods, you are no longer unemployed if you are not receiving benefits.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 22:32 | 4332808 akak
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I guess those would be the "disemployed".

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 21:19 | 4332584 rubiconsolutions
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It won't be long until we reach the singularity. 0% unemployment and 100% unemployment at the same time. Ain't mathematics cool?

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.” Rod Serling
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 21:33 | 4332620 Winston Smith 2009
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"Unemployment is falling.  7 to 6.7.... soon to be 6.2."

Baldrick's cunning plan: Since unemployed no longer looking for work aren't counted, everyone should quit their job and not look for another. The financial system can then loan us all the money we want as if we were the federal government (which we are anyway, right, because we live in a democracy?) , the money backed by "the good faith and credit of the United States" (as usual). 100% unemployed no longer looking for work = 0% unemployment! /s

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:33 | 4332062 NoDebt
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You seem surprised that a politician would play games with people's lives for minor politicial beneift.  Why?  Spill it.

(Are you one of the 1.4 Million?)

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:36 | 4332081 boogerbently
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The Dems just want to ADD to the defict. They won't "trade", that's why the govt "shut down" last year. Not Cruz, it was the libs REFUSING to negotiate on obamacare.

They could get the GOP to agree to ANY amount, as long as that amount was cut from welfare.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:43 | 4332113 NoDebt
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The Democrats don't know or care what the deficit is.  Neither do the Republicans.  It simply doesn't affect them.  Only thing that affects them is their petty kabuki-theatre political squabbles where they trade seats every so often as they all tacitly agree on one underlying bedrock principle: MOAR.  More government, less of everything else.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:01 | 4332352 PoliticalRefuge...
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It's like lifting yourself by your boots trying to pay off debt with money created by debt..

..greatest con ever played on humanity going on right here guys..

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:07 | 4332376 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: as long as that amount was cut from welfare

But, not any Red Team loved welfare going to:  Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:41 | 4332486 GeezerGeek
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Corporate welfare is non-partisan. Both parties indulge.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:51 | 4332524 tempo
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The big lie, The FED cares about unemployment. No they must keep interest rates low in order to keep interest expense on Govt Debt from exploding. That's all folks.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4332043 hedgeless_horseman
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Unemployment Rate Set To Plunge As Bill To Restore Jobless Benefits Fails To Pass Senate

In similiar news...

Japanese Cancer Rate Set To Plunge As Bill To Monitor Cancer Cases Fails To Pass The Diet

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:29 | 4332044 Red Lenin
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Lies.  Damned lies.  And statistics.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:42 | 4332491 GeezerGeek
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Liars. Damned liars. And politicians.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4332051 buzzsaw99
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glad glad glad

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:30 | 4332052 Sudden Debt
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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:31 | 4332056 AGAU
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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:31 | 4332058 Rentier
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Shame the Labor Participation Rate is falling just as fast...

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:39 | 4332097 PopeRatzo
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Why would anyone believe higher Labor Participation Rates are actually good for society?  

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:47 | 4332135 NOTaREALmerican
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Because the peasants need to be reminded, constantly, that work and honesty is the path to salvation? 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:32 | 4332061 LawsofPhysics
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It's a win-win, "unemployment drops" and the other arm of the same party will appear to be "obstructionist".

The sheep will eat this shit up.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:34 | 4332076 NoDebt
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I hate those guys in the Democrat-Lite party.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:49 | 4332515 GeezerGeek
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Once upon a time the Democrat-Lite party offered up a candidate who claimed to be a "choice, not an echo." Then he said stuff like "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue", and "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." The echoes in the party took the rest of the election off. He lost big time. That's what Boehner and McConnell are: echoes. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:10 | 4332390 XitSam
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I came here to say just that but was going to title it lose-lose.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:32 | 4332066 GrinandBearit
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All these fuckers in government are all bought and paid for. 

How can anyone believe the diarrhea that comes out of any of their shit hole mouths? 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:50 | 4332153 NOTaREALmerican
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Re: How can anyone believe the diarrhea that comes out of any of their shit hole mouths?

Because, unfortunately, the human brain is designed to believe bullshit.  It's how humans stay "sane".   Bullshit allows the conflicting realities in the brain to simulatiously coexist.

Government + bullshit = ideology (Politics)
Morals + bullshit = religion.
Craft + bullshit = art
Sex + bullshit = romance.

Bullshit is very important for humans.    Bullshit, ask for it by name!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:33 | 4332070 q99x2
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I was not employed or unemployed but I would like to see that many people getting money. What the hell all they have to do is enter it into a computer. Everyone knows nobody is getting paid back anyhow. Fuckin aye give the money to the people not Dimon and Blankfein.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:51 | 4332125 NOTaREALmerican
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Re;  Fuckin aye give the money to the people not Dimon and Blankfein.

No,  if you give it to the losers they'll just blow it on bling and it sends the wrong message: that hard work and effort are pointless.

The peasants have always needed other peasants to get punished for their laziness in order to motivate the rest of the dumbasses to work.

The system is working as designed and the most fit are surviving. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:51 | 4332158 denverdolomte
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$50 to someone who can find this person in reality. I'd happily show this person what the fist of a hardworking and non-system living American feels like.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:59 | 4332179 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  I'd happily show this person what the fist of a hardworking and non-system living American feels like.

You must be one of them hippy commies that hates America, and the troops.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4332144 Bangin7GramRocks
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Agreed. These numbers are so silly compared to what the Fed prints every month. The gubmint spent more paying off the AIG "contracts" than it costs to feed the millions of hungry people. Sick fucking system we have!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:58 | 4332177 NOTaREALmerican
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Re;  Sick fucking system we have!

No, if you just gave money to the trash population they'd just blow it on bling.   The peasants need to be continously taught that life is hard and there's no such thing as a free lunch.   Once a peasants get's even a wif of welfare they think they are entitled to it; like the OldFarts with their socialist medicare scam.    Most of the losers never saved a dime in their lives, yet lived through the most prosperous time in history, and now expect unlimit hip replacements and a free motor scooter.   It's disgusting what has happened to this great and glorious country with all the peasants leaching off it. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:20 | 4332237 walküre
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You probably are one of the group who honestly believe that they deserve every penny they worked so hard far either scamming others or taking big tax dollars from Uncle Sam for this or that redundant service they provided all their lives. Either redundant or extremely overpaid. Parasites come in many shapes and sizes.

It costs $6.4 billion per year to support 1.4 million citizens with a handout but prints $75 billion per month to support the lavish lifestyles of the 1%.

How do you even reconcile that anymore?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:25 | 4332250 denverdolomte
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He/She can't walkure. A few posts lower he/she admits to living off those scams and enjoying it. This person apparently can't wrap their head around that this 20% or whatever they think is the "fittest" is actually MOAR of a government assisted whore than those on minor government assistance. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:23 | 4332428 NOTaREALmerican
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Everybody loves the socialist scam they are living off of.   I like mine,  know anybody leaching off of:  Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-Energy, Big-Ed, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState?.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 22:36 | 4332828 John_Coltrane
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Let's see $6.4x10^9 / 1.4 x 10^6 persons ~ 4 x 10^3 $/person = $4000/person/year (ain't scientific notation beautiful?).  That can't possibly be correct! No one can live on $4K/year, and some must have families to support too.  I have a feeling someone is fibbing on the real cost of the program.  Like all .gov programs, its hard to imagine ending this one will do any real damage.  The underground economy is huge making the labor participation rate quite useless.  Our goal as anarcho capitalists should be to make the entire economy underground and thus non-taxable.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:50 | 4332145 denverdolomte
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Agreed. The issue is (I was on unemployment and still fighting them) that the Department of Labor is a scheme, imo. So when you apply to the scheme, they either approve or disapprove your claim and if approved you wait up to 6 weeks before your benefits click into effect.On average most people will get 1st run benefits for about 12 to 26 weeks depending on how much your claim was approved for. (I made over $55k annually and was only approved $14k total) When the initial claim runs out you are usually put on to the extended benefits claim at the same rate for another 26 weeks, this time it's the full 26 weeks not just what was adjusted from your previous salary. As of Dec. 2013, according to the B.ullshit of L.ies & S.hittistics average unemployed person is out of work for 36 weeks or a year and a half-ish.

So here's the scheme they are pulling least what I am first hand seeing...last year when I switched to extended unemployment benefits everything was kosher. Well now that I ended up unemployed again and things got tight while looking I applied at the end of Oct. this is when they said they randomly overpaid me last year for $4660 total, then a week ago told me that the fund they paid me (even though they garnished the wages) were also overpayments since the government didn't extended unemployment benefits. SO they are basically now going to nail every person on those benefits for overpayments without those people having any knowledge of that fact. Not to mention the relative IQ of someone working in those offices is maybe around 15.


I don't know my friend, I resorted to growing plants and trading for things I need and am fortunate enough to have a small neighborhood economy that works with me, thought bills are becoming another story.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:36 | 4332083 Beatscape
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Harry "Keynes" Reid: "We're all dead in the long run."

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:39 | 4332088 Manolito
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Recovery is HERE !

Unemployment Rate down 6 %, right ?

The FED will now tapper faster then right ?

Time to put the money back in the bank, right ?


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:37 | 4332089 10mm
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All done by design. Because when the party is over they will beg uncle sugar to step in. And he will, he has a pen and a phone. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:37 | 4332091 skipjack
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No no, this is a good thing. It will just be more obvious who controls the government the next time some bailout bill comes up.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:38 | 4332094 Seasmoke
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Im waiting for -2% unemployment figure, before I start looking for a job. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:41 | 4332109 NOTaREALmerican
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How does this affect the top 20%, anyway?

Why do we need to have articles about the loser percentage of the bottom 80%.  

They aren't worth the bits transmitted about them. 

This country was based on survival-of-the-fittest.   The top 20% are the most fit.   Forget the rest. 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:52 | 4332161 LawsofPhysics
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"The top 20% are the most fit" - Really?  What product or service of real value did all those bankers and paper-pushers on Wall Street and in Government create again?  They are certainly in the top 20%.  I know a lot of engineers, doctors, farmers etc. who are not in the top 20%.

You seem like a "smart" guy,

can I interest you in financial "product" of mass destruction?


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:04 | 4332196 NOTaREALmerican
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Is there something about 20% (TWO UN TEE, PER CENT) that people can't comprehend?

That's 60 FUCKING million people?   The top TWENTY (TWO UN TEE, PER CENT) percent.   That are ALLOT of people.

They are the most fit by being the most RICH.  They OWN the FUCKING COUNTY.   What other measure is there?

Didn't everybody want a survival of the fittest society their entire lives?  

Well, just because the most fit were also the most cunning, duplicitious, ruthless, smart-n-savvy people doesn't mean the system didn't accomplish what you wanted.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:31 | 4332248 walküre
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Ok, give that 20% or 60 million people about 20% of the country and vacate the rest. Get the fuck off my reservation. When 80% realize they are not "fit" to compete and therefore redundant, the blowback against that group of 20% is going to be enormous.

Like I said, get the fuck off my reservation. Wipe your own ass, cook your own meals and grow your own food. Tough shit!

The 80% can work together to thrive, create their own currency of exchange that cannot be corrupted or manipulated.

Keep your fiat, your markets, your paper games and leave the rest of us alone. We'll manage just fine. It will be a pleasure not having to slave for the royals and servicing their debts, their ponzis and their liabilities.

80% of the country. 80% of the resources. Fresh start. Your bogus titles and claims will mean nothing, absolutely nothing when the Great Divide or as it shall be called, the great-divi-up happens.

What makes the 20% so special that they have 99% of the wealth? A ficticious and bogus wealth that they control? Their only saving grace is the reserve currency status to impoverish and oppress the rest of the world and 80% of plantation workers at home.

Blue light special. You can keep NYC and DC. Keep most of the Northeastern Corridor.

FYI, the flyover country club is part of the 80%. We take gold and silver as payment for our hard labor in the fields.

Go eat your paper, you paper queen.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:16 | 4332406 NOTaREALmerican
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Re;  What makes the 20% so special that they have 99% of the wealth? A ficticious and bogus wealth that they control?

Survival of the fittest means being smart-n-savvy enough to make the rules to ensure you win.

Boy, you survival of the fittest people seem to think people play by rules or something.

The assholes win.   If you don't like it,  you need to create a system of government where the assholes can't own the government itself.

But,  that's not possible. 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 08:45 | 4333600 PhilofOz
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When the wheel finally turns, you'll discover that you are not one of the "fittest" afterall. You are damned. No escape for you, creep!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:31 | 4332270 LawsofPhysics
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I think this troll mis-understands.  Own the country you say?  I agree, unfortunately, when fraud is the status quo, possession is the law.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:21 | 4332425 NOTaREALmerican
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Re;  I agree, unfortunately, when fraud is the status quo, possession is the law.

The assholes win.

Show of hand of how many people had Libertarian orgasms when Greenspan used to give his "glories of the big banks" speeches?

Yeah, I thought so.   Oh well,  survival of the fittest doesn't always work out how you think it will, does it?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:24 | 4332432 Nick Jihad
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As long as we're bringing Darwin into the conversation, he described "survival of the fittest" as those that reproduced most effectively. Now, from that perspective, do the well-to-do still comprise the to 20%?  Seems like the wealthy that you so envy, generally suffer from a poverty of progeny.

So, time to rethink what constitutes wealth? The future belongs to those who show up.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:38 | 4332477 NOTaREALmerican
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Re  generally suffer from a poverty of progeny.

Whose kids will rule the world?   The bottom 80% or the top 20%?

No,  it's survival of the fittest.   It just didn't turn out like the "Conservatives" fantasized it would.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:50 | 4332136 Yen Cross
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      Good, now the FSA can start stealing from eachother instead of us. Even better, quit giving money to anything with a pulse, and instead give it to those truly in need.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4332138 cooperbry
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"It almost makes one wonder if Reid isn't trying to sabotage his own legislation."


Seriously, they just want to spend money no matter what.  He added more junk to the bill.  Who cares where the money comes from, deficits don't matter remember (and that was from the red team)?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4332140 Jeepers Creepers
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It's amazing how quickly peope find a job once they no longer get those benefits.  Unemployment has become the new welfare, except people now proudly talk about taking it because they say it's insurance they "paid" for.  i'd love to look at the math on that.  I guess every entitlement is insurance you're owed if you've ever paid taxes.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:54 | 4332166 LawsofPhysics
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Indeed, of course many of those people are in "jobs" or positions that don't pay any taxes...

Win-win I guess, starve the beast!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:12 | 4332224 NOTaREALmerican
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Re;  i'd love to look at the math on that. 

Most of the OldFarts will look you in the eye and tell you they paid for the SS and Medicare (and Medicare part D) they are leaching off of too.

Humans can create bullshit about anything. 

Half the country is on welfare of some sort.   That's what Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-Energy, Big-Ed, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState are.

(Disclaimer:   I love both the Big-Gov scams i'm living off of.   Cut the other guy's scam before mine). 

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:22 | 4332242 Jeepers Creepers
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I don't have an issue with elderly people on Social Security and MediCare (though I'd like to see some sensible reforms) 


That's not what's destroying this country. 2 years of unemployment is a morphine drip that keeps the proles from seeing reality.  Then there's the SS disability scam, the food stamps, government housing, welfare, Obama phones, etc. 


I always feel its false flaggers that immediately want to talk about getting rid of Social Security and MEdiCare anytime somebody brings up any fiscal issue.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:51 | 4332330 Accounting101
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So, what you are saying is that unemployment benefits, cell phones and government housing are the things destroying this country? Here I thought it was the giant wealth extraction schemes perpretrated by the big banks, financial services industry and their puppets in federal offices since the early 1970's.

Of course I'm sure you have no idea that their puppets gave these corrupt entities $23 trillion of taxpayer money since 2008 alone. See, your radio only rails against cell phones and against powerless people.

You are part of the problem.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:58 | 4333325 the0ther
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I like the cut of your jib

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:13 | 4332398 NOTaREALmerican
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Welfare is welfare.   The OldFarts are on welfare.

I never hear the Red Team lovers wanting to cut these scams either: Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState.

It only seems to be welfare when the peasants or "those people" are getting it.   Otherwise, it's magic ok socialist money.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:37 | 4332474 Nick Jihad
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I will say that I have a problem with wealthy old people taking benefits that are paid for by struggling young people.  My mom has pension from working as a part-time teacher, that would cost millions to purchase today as an annuity.  But far from any sense of gratitude or obligation, she thinks of herself as a charity case  -  an "elderly widow living on a fixed income".  Don't expect people like this to moderate their demands in any way.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:56 | 4333321 the0ther
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Euthanize those olds please. Especially those pro life anti gay cocksucking-in-the-closet gray hairs. Their scorched earth politics are to blame for shit like this.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:57 | 4332344 Westcoastliberal
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Still don't get it, do you JC.  There are NO FUCKING JOBS!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:49 | 4332142 Al Huxley
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More evidence of strength in the economy - this will be just the ticket for the FED to 'taper' some more.  All these newly 'employed' people will be taking all that income they're apparently getting since no longer unemployed, and dumping it straight into the economy.


Seriously, how fucking dumb are the people who report these numbers?  Or how fucking dumb do they think the population is?  OR how fucking dumb IS the general population to swallow this kind of bullshit?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:34 | 4332277 surf0766
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The population is stupid as shit. They will walk right into the chamber if you tell them to. 50 years of progressve education.

There is no critical thinking. The slightest thing distracts them . They deserve what they get.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:50 | 4332149 kurt
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Senator YourAssholeness may that fistula on your sphincter be worse than you think.


If you want stimulus. Give money to those WHO WILL SPEND IT!

No Agenda 21

No Trans Pacific Partnership

Traitors should STILL be hanged.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 18:57 | 4332171 IridiumRebel
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I feel more employed already!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:02 | 4332184 Yancey Ward
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I have to admit I have no clue any longer what the Democrats are doing here.  First, they basically let the extended benefits expire, and I thought the reason they did that was to be able to use the issue to bash Republicans over the head as they pivoted to the Obama issue du jour- inequality.  So, maybe Reid is deliberately sabotaging the extension in order to not lose it as an issue.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:06 | 4332202 Jeepers Creepers
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I don't think more unemployment benefits are a big winner politically, especially for those that have to get up and go to work in the morning.  And this isn't ending unemployment benefits, it's just ending an EXTENSION of the traditional unemployment benefit that was already absurd.  99 weeks is welfare, plain and simple.


How are Obama Democrats going to bitch about it unless they admit the economy is still shit?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:44 | 4332502 Nick Jihad
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I think you're missing a key point - extended UE benefits are only a winner for the Dems, as long as Republicans refuse to renew them. So Reid has to make offers that he knows the Republicans will not accept. Reid and Obama clearly believe that these fiscal crises benefit Dems politically, so he welcomes the chance for another game of legislative chicken.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:06 | 4332203 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  Democrats are doing here

Don't forget,  in politics; you only win IF they other guy loses.   There's no win-win concept in politics.   It's all sociopaths, from top to bottom.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:40 | 4332299 hairball48
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The sooner we lance this boil we call an economy, the better.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:55 | 4332339 Westcoastliberal
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What I'd like to know is how they're "offsetting the cost" of the $75 Billion a month cash bonanza to the fucking banksters.  Short-sighted assholes!

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:35 | 4332467 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  $75 Billion a month cash bonanza to the fucking banksters.

That's not real money.    When you give money to real people it's real money.   When you give money to corporations it's an investment in our children's future.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:22 | 4334145 RKDS
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The folks downvoting you just don't get it.  Your posts are exactly what happens when they finally succeed in pushing a decent person over the edge.  There's this epiphany, where you realize the rules you tried to live by don't matter.  Everybody else is robbing and pillaging with no consequences, so what's the point of not joining in?  To be a sucker and be taken advantage of?  Crime really does pay!  We as a country are in deep shit when everybody who's getting fucked by the moneyed interests that control out government has that epiphany.  One can only hope that there's enough good in the American public to burn out the cancer and regain their senses before the whole place goes up in flames.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 19:58 | 4332345 JPM Hater001
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I'll bury this all the way at the botton...

Seems Nay Tis...

None of this is what anyone thinks it is.  Good theater though.

Can anyone say - Misdirection.

Now, why would you dismantle America's workforce...hmmm, perhaps you have plans to rebuild it, say, with some new and yet unknown technology?  Cut benefits just in time to prepare everyone to go back to work.

Again, none of this is what anyone thinks it is.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:51 | 4333315 the0ther
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Please speak plainly. What is it you think this is distracting us from?

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:01 | 4332347 loveyajimbo
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With Roach Reid doing his out of control Diva thing... nose FAR up Barry's ass... Can't find a few paltry billions in 10 fucking years??  Any republican that votes with him is a damn traitor.  Close down this Gov... like Solyndra and ObongoCare it is now nothing but a scam, and has been.  PS: maxine IS dumb... just above Norton, who is full retard and pelosi, who is full incontinent.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:47 | 4332509 MeBizarro
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Real reason the GOP voted against this because Reid wanted to play hocus-pocus with Medicare provider cuts which the GOP oppose in any form (white elderly are overwhelmingly there biggest block of support) and wanted more cash for military retirees (another GOP support group).

Neither party currently gives two shits about federal spending. What appalls me is how increasingly how craven the GOP at the federal level is towards the working poor. Even people who work 40 hrs a week are 'takers' if they receive any form of govt assistance. Somebody needs to give a shit about these people who increasingly represent a larger group of Americans.

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 21:59 | 4332690 roadhazard
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I can't wait to see the crime rate soar. People are going to eat and if it means taking your shit to do it so be it. Unemployment benefits equal $13 Bil per year. The MIC sucks up that much in a week or less. The Pentagon laffs.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 00:41 | 4333194 IridiumRebel
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Cut it all! As for UE, they got it down to 6.7%. Obviously there are jobs galore! What better time than now to trim the length? And crime? Rates are going down.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:48 | 4333312 the0ther
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NYC kicked out all the poors so I don't think we'll be seeing much of that here.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:04 | 4333250 squexx
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$TRILLIONS missing from the Pentagram, $TRILLIONS missing from the Fed Reserve, etc... $75 billion a month propping up the market..........and they're too chicken shit to pony up $18 billion?!?!??

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:26 | 4333281 putaipan
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congrats zhedgers ... upon reading all the posts- you really do seem to understand. not as much libertarian 'let them eat famine' as i might have expected. we can beat this thing. no blue no red. my only regret was my one black velvet miscast 'red uppie' to yen cross... other than that- pretty good. my bad.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 03:45 | 4333427 Jabotinsky_USA
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Excellent news!


This is the ideal situation: the more it drags on without anything getting passed the better.  




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