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Ron Paul: "Warfare, Welfare, And Wonder Woman: How Congress Spends Your Money"

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Submitted by Ron Paul via the Ludwig von Mises Institute blog,

Supporters of warfare, welfare, and Wonder Woman cheered last week as Congress passed a one trillion dollar “omnibus” appropriation bill. This legislation funds the operations of government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Wonder Woman fans can cheer that buried in the bill was a $10,000 grant for a theater program to explore the comic book heroine.

That is just one of the many outrageous projects buried in this 1,582-page bill. The legislation gives the Department of Education more money to continue nationalizing education via “common core.” Also, despite new evidence of Obamacare’s failure emerging on an almost daily basis, the Omnibus bill does nothing to roll back this disastrous law.

Even though the Omnibus bill dramatically increases government spending, it passed with the support of many self-described “fiscal conservatives.” Those wondering why anyone who opposes increasing spending on programs like common core and Obamacare would vote for the bill, may find an answer in the fact that the legislation increases funding for the “Overseas Continuing Operations” — which is the official name for the war budget — for the first time since 2010. This $85 billion war budget contains $6 billion earmarked for projects benefiting Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and other big defense contractors.

Ever since “sequestration” went into effect at the beginning of last year, the military-industrial complex’s congressional cheering session has complained that sequestration imposed “draconian cuts” on the Pentagon that will “decimate” our military — even though most of the “cuts” were actually reductions in the “projected rate of growth.” In fact, under sequestration, defense spending was to increase by 18 percent over ten years, as opposed to growing by 20 percent without sequestration.

Many of the defenders of increased war spending are opponents of welfare, but they are willing to set aside their opposition to increased welfare spending in order to increase warfare spending. They are supported in this position by the lobbyists for the military-industrial complex and the neoconservatives, whose continued influence on foreign policy is mystifying. After all, the neocons were the major promoters of the disastrous military intervention in Iraq.

While many neocons give lip service to limiting domestic spending, their main priority remains protecting high levels of military spending to maintain an interventionist foreign policy. The influence of the neocons provides intellectual justification for politicians to vote for ever-larger military budgets — and break the campaign promises to vote against increases in spending and debt.

Fortunately, in recent years more Americans have recognized that a constant defense of liberty requires opposing both war and welfare. Many of these Americans, especially the younger ones, have joined the intellectual and political movement in favor of limiting government in all areas. This movement presents the most serious challenge the bipartisan welfare-warfare consensus has faced in generations. Hopefully, the influence of this movement will lead to bipartisan deals cutting both welfare and warfare spending.

The question facing Americans is not whether Congress will ever cut spending. The question is will the spending be reduced in an orderly manner that avoids inflecting massive harm on those depending on government programs, or will spending be slashed in response to an economic crisis caused by ever-increasing levels of deficit spending. Because politicians are followers rather than leaders, it is ultimately up to the people what course we will take. This is why it is vital that those of us who understand the dangerous path we are currently on do all we can to expand the movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity.

 

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:36 | 4357853 max2205
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Who read it

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:55 | 4357902 Crawdaddy
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Back in 1981, Bitches just now be catchin up.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:30 | 4358071 CognacAndMencken
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Before I git started with my anti-LIBTARD rant, I just want to say the crawdaddy avatar is fucking BADASS!!!  BOSS!!!!

OK...now listen up, patriots....

A homosexual, Socialist, Nazi, communist, "help the poor" LIBTARD tried telling me that Ron Paul sent 41 earmark requests in 2011, totaling $157 million.  And better yet, this same stupid liberal tried telling me that in 2010 Ron Paul requested over DOUBLE that: $398 million.  That would make Ron Paul one of the BIGGEST earmark, pork barrel spenders in the GOP!!!  

*LOL* IMPOSSIBLE!  stupid libTARDS.  

Another homosexual pervert liberal tried telling me that Ron Paul requested $51 million in 2010 to build a hurricane evacuation route. IMPOSSIBLE!!!!  I specifically remember RP making a speech some years ago condemning the government for trying to help hurricane victims because those hurricane victims CHOSE to live in an area where hurricanes exist. It's THEIR fault they got fucked up by a hurricane.  To suggest that RP would spend tax payers money for a hurricane evacuation route makes RP look like a HYPOCRITE....

IMPOSSIBLE....RP IS A PATRIOT!!!!!

TEA PARTY POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <bang> <bang> <bang>  <firing some heat 'down-range' for effect 'cuz that's what's uppp in fucking Amurica!!!!!>  

Freedom to have lots of GUNS!  Freedom of speech!!!  Libtards should be stoned to death!!!

 

 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 03:01 | 4358104 DontGive
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Don't worry, they are stoned - out of their fuckin' minds..

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:22 | 4358250 negative rates
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A pair of wonder women would bring this place to it's knees.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 03:28 | 4358132 LegalizHazing
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WWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAA God you cry like a little bitch. Are you sad that the progressive political group is less credible than other groups. The dude's got things to say that people want to hear.  

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:30 | 4358199 new game
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why are people that are on the correct side of the fence kinda wimpy, squeky voiced?

ron paul, can you here that sucking sound-ross perot, and pimco's one and only...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:53 | 4358726 roadhazard
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Don't worry, the Compassionate Conservatives will save you.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:55 | 4358733 qspmerriltcyfpdpqn
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A cautionary tale should you decide to place your faith in politicians, especially those of the Washington variety.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:16 | 4359307 Never_Put_Down
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The responsibility of a Congressman was to take his constituents project funding requests to Washington, regardless of how ridiculous they are - I thought that was an earmark and that was the purpose of the earmark - requests for Federal tax dollars to be spent in the district where they were generated. Without earmarks, the executive branch gets to spend the money however they chose (war, bailouts, etc.). The earmarks are voted on in the House before any appropriations are made, Ron Paul NEVER voted for earmark spending that was not authorized in the Constitution, even if if the earmark came from his own district. So RP IS NOT a pork barrel spender if he voted no for the appropriations

RP is a patriot. "Libtards" want Liberty

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:38 | 4357856 adeptish
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Lynda Carter gives me the horn.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:44 | 4357876 Real Estate Geek
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I think that's called pegging.  Seems like it'd be uncomfortable.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:02 | 4357915 BLOTTO
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When i was a teen i use to wish she would lasso my NUTS...

 

 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:18 | 4357940 DaveyJones
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 a red white and blue prostitute with fictional powers is an excellent image for our second branch

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:47 | 4357970 BLOTTO
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But seriously too,

Imo, i dont and never did believe that RP was the white wizard we are looking for anyway...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:07 | 4358061 Skateboarder
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Lots of RP supporters, and for good reason, but he's only a spokesperson. Real action's gotta come from the people as no fruitful outcomes can come out of the election / presidential / congressional / judicial / all-in-all-executive system.

And did someone say White Wizzard? Enjoy the cheese, BLOTTO (you gotta watch the whole way if you want to see the wizzard - he's awesome, as you would expect).

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 03:08 | 4358111 FreedomGuy
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I think what many do not really get is that it is actually not Ron Paul himself. It is the ideas that he espouses that motivate the majority of his fans. I would be most who like him also like his son Rand and probably a host of other libertarian types.

Now, I will say that those messages have to be delivered by a person and that person and his skills matter. Even more important, the reliability of that person is paramount. That is where RP excels. If he was a typical politician he could have voted very differently and spoken very differently to get more poll points. Who would pick a person who is not particularly photogenic, has a high pitched voice and does not speak in large empty vagaries? No one. Yet, he has dedicated admirers...like me.

Freedom and the things that go with it is actually a very tough sell these days.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:49 | 4357978 jeff montanye
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unfortunately the powers, albeit largely for evil, are all too real.  and the image fits all three branches like ww's starry briefs.

the ten grand sum spent on a ww play is probably one of the better than average ways money is spent in that bill.  compared to the wars on whatever it is sweetness and light incarnate.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:51 | 4357891 GoldRulesPaperDrools
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I think you meant to say `a horn` or, more simply, `wood`. ;)

She is definitely a lovely lady ... sort of the antimatter-universe version of Hillary Clinton.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:00 | 4357911 Grande Tetons
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Lynda Carter and Dawn Wells made jacking off the mainstream sport it has become today. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:09 | 4358008 GoldRulesPaperDrools
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Dawn Wells made those denim shorts look *mighty* fine. :)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 03:56 | 4358149 Kirk2NCC1701
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Ah, Lynda Carter. My favorite Carter.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:09 | 4358158 q99x2
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She is 33 years older now.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:58 | 4358209 OldPhart
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Still 'well preserved'...the older the vine the sweeter the berry.

https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1/1533892_724014767609077_1245876649_n.jpg

 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:12 | 4358784 MSimon
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Well she give ME the slot. Or a reasonable facimile thereof. Hey. I didn't know they were detachable.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:38 | 4357859 Rob Jones
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They could at least spend it on booze and hookers. Then I wouldn't feel like it was being WASTED.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:39 | 4357862 AchtungAffen
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Yeah, sure. So to those people who fall there should be no safety net at all? Is that what he's talking when he said "in recent years more Americans have recognized that a constant defense of liberty requires opposing both war and welfare."? Because I believe those who fall and can't be helped by a safety net are those who end up losing their liberty.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:51 | 4357888 dexter_morgan
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That's not what he said, but if you feel that strongly, YOU can always help those within your personal sphere of influence instead of sitting back and complaining that gubmit and those funding it - US, can't do it anymore. YOU can be that safety net.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:55 | 4357901 AchtungAffen
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Well, all experience on "private" safety net-like charity or something always proved highly lacking. If you would draw down on your military expenditures, most surely the US could afford a decent safety net. And I guess they can still do it now, just look at how much money they're throwing at the banks. They could also stop giving them free moneys and use that too for safety net expenditures, don't you think?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:35 | 4357963 LocalBoy
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He advocates from the federal perspective, not from the "I want to run your life" side.
welfare is a local issue, its a tenth amendment issue.
Welfare at the State and local level  - put the corruption closer to the pitch forks.
Warfare is prohibited to us locals, not sure why........ 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:16 | 4358605 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I have a better idea. Draw down our military expenditures, stop throwing free money at ANYONE and use those savings to eliminate the deficit rather than waste it on more stupid shit

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:57 | 4358484 rwe2late
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AchtungAffen

Nothing wrong with the quote from RP above, except the spelling.

"The question is will the spending be reduced in an orderly manner that avoids inflecting[sic] massive harm on those depending on government programs?"

It all depends on the details.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:40 | 4357864 williambanzai7
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WONDER YELLIN

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:48 | 4357882 Real Estate Geek
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WB, you are quick!  Only 10 minutes for that?  Amazing!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:58 | 4357997 jeff montanye
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i'm guessing janet yellen would give several billion dollars (they're only dollars.  it's not like they're federal reserve notes and you have to actually print them) for that waist/hip ratio.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:50 | 4358047 Skateboarder
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Plunder Woman!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:53 | 4357896 GoldRulesPaperDrools
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That picture is *so* wrong on so many levels ... ;) ... good one.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:54 | 4357897 seek
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shudders. http://www.eyebleach.com folks. You can thank me later.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:05 | 4357919 ebworthen
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Thank You!

(FYI - the "Alternate Version" is for Man lovers)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:31 | 4357958 sixsigma cygnus...
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Thanks Seek ...that's just what the doctor ordered.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:03 | 4358002 IridiumRebel
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"My eyes! Zie goggles....they do nussing!"
McBain

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:57 | 4358102 Manipuflation
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Damn it Seek.  Do you know how much time I spent looking at that link?  Objectification of women is just so...  Oh fuck that, I am going back to look at it again. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:16 | 4358271 MeMongo
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Damn! Could watch that all day! Thanx eye bleach;)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:05 | 4357918 satoshi101
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Bin Laden was the money-man for al-queda under ronald raygun,

Yellen will be the money-woman for prez Hillary-2016

did wonder-woman  have a partner? Like cat-woman?

Who will be Yellens partner in comic?

How about from playboy magazine "Betty Boop" with the huge tit's, that be our HILLARY CLINTON, albeit aged to 120+

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:13 | 4358007 jeff montanye
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i'm sorry but some errors are just too harmful to ignore.  

betty boop is (she is art and immortal) a spunky, callipygous brunette with reasonable bosoms created in the '30's by max fleischer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Boop

the improbably breasted playboy beauty to whom you refer is the illustrious blonde, little annie fanny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Annie_Fanny

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:13 | 4358068 satoshi101
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yep, thanks for the correction, ...hillary clinton as little annie fanny :)

Then show all the dead men around  here, like Vince Foster,... funny everywhere hillary goes she leaves whire male corpses

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:55 | 4358099 Seeking Aphids
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Up arrow for callipygous..........a new word for me! Thanks Jeff!

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:20 | 4358816 MSimon
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Mad Magazine. It was subversive once.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:07 | 4357923 Reaper
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The front face of the female Janus as Yellin, the goddess of perpetual prodigal spending.    Wait till they see the back face of that female Janus, as Cankles, the goddess of an unending groveling doom.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:57 | 4357992 Spanky
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You've ruined WW for me... forever. ;>)

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:33 | 4358201 StychoKiller
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:42 | 4357869 Crawdaddy
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Bring me the bucket!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:48 | 4357884 Robot Traders Mom
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God, it would have been cool if his son wasn't such a Zionist...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:21 | 4358821 MSimon
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You like Islamists better?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:23 | 4359587 Kobe Beef
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Neither. How about they all just go fight their fucking war somewhere far away and stop making regular working people pay for it.

 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:51 | 4357889 stormsailor
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need extra strength mind bleach to unsee that pic.  or a large caliber bullet through the medulla.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:53 | 4357894 Reaper
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Fools and their collective money are soon parted.  What god do they believe will save them?  And why?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:54 | 4357895 linniepar
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I dont admire many but I truly admire him and the passionate torch he carries.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:57 | 4357904 ebworthen
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Love Ron Paul but I'm certain that the Kleptoligarchy will march forward with deaf ears and blinders on to their trashing of the lives of individuals and families, and ultimately the nation.

They have gone down a path of no return.

The New Rome has crossed the Rubicon.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:59 | 4357908 satoshi101
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Wonder Woman USA 2014 is KARDASHIAN

As American as Apple Pie

Just shows that WASH-DC is out of sync with Hollywood.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:11 | 4357926 Grande Tetons
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Bruce Jenner and John Kerry have slumber parties together. They get to stay up late and paint eachothers' nails. 

Hollywood and DC are the same set of diseased fuckheads.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:19 | 4357939 satoshi101
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Wonder Woman, and her Canine Lover "Super Dog" - American as Apple Pie

Well WASH-DC can try to sell wonder-woman, and maybe she can get the US citizen to buy T-Bonds, cuz sure as shit YELLEN can't be the sole purchaser forever.

America Loves KARDASHIAN TWAT, and big ASS,

Good luck WASH-DC trying to get the US PUBLIC ... Wonder-Woman will have to have Kardashian ASS and CLEAVAGE, and a entire team of trailer trash to win the hearts and mind of the real america.

I think this 'wonder woman' shit just shows how out of touch WASH-DC is with main-street america, ... me thinks that 'Knot the Dog' would be the #1 one TV show,... if somebody in HOLLYWOOD was ready to GREEN LIGHT,... It's not just Tacoma anymore folks.

Ok, that's it, Wonder Woman, and her canine Lover "Super Dog". Now that is america TODAY.


 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:31 | 4357957 Grande Tetons
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Same page then. 

Did you know there was a bionic dog back in the 70s? 

Kardashian Twat is the millenials CB radio.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:03 | 4357914 satoshi101
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WAR, What's it GOOD for? Absolutely EVERYTHING

 

War on Poverty 1960's and later

Today 3rd to 4th generation welfare most towns and city's are METH dumps.

War on Terorism 1980's and later

Today 2nd to 3rd generation 'al-queda' most arab/persian war is endless suicide bombing, the USA can create Al-Queda quicker than they can kill themselves

***

War on Drugs

Today the USA legalizes drugs, and METH is rampant, and virtually every child in the USA is sedated.

 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:05 | 4357920 Yes_Questions
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and Team Red gets a Minority Report

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:20 | 4357944 22winmag
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Ron Paul... living proof that change cannot come from within the system.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:24 | 4358022 lewietheparrot
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Change cannot come old ideas and wishful thinking

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 00:43 | 4357976 hangemhigh77
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Who are we bombing tomorrow?  Cut food stamps 5 billion but we still have money to build bombs to blow up empty caves.  It's all about getting rich and murdering people. Kids in this country go hungry because they're "leechez" and Buffet floats around on a 500 foot yacht after a 500 billion balout.  Punish him, take away his caviar. Time for the lynch mobs to gather outside the Fed building where the gateway to Hell is.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:23 | 4358020 magne13
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HAngem, I agree 100%, it is amazing to see that with all the concentration of wealth, Americans in particular sit back and take it.  I never thought propaganda would work this well, I never thought inequality would reach this degree, with all this money concentrated you would think mankind would have the answer to all its problems.  While the top 1% dictate law with unrelenting fervor and disdain for all beneath, the 99% occupy space, nothing more.  Zerohedge and Tyler should take a better cue from its avatar it portrays and instead of posting things we already know actually bring people together to change.  All I know is we are making it far too easy for the 1%, makes me sick everyday watching it go down.  DAVOS what a fucking joke.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:17 | 4358072 Skateboarder
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I hope those people spontaneously combust.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:44 | 4358040 LocalBoy
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Stop bombing other nations and we will not have the reserve currency. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 01:59 | 4358053 yrbmegr
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Eliminating the favorable tax treatment of capital gains would be a good start.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:14 | 4358800 Clowns on Acid
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As long there was the concommitment slash in personal income taxes.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:06 | 4358059 TheObsoleteMan
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What you have to understand is this: The people of this country have been psychologically programed and conditioned for years now. The program changed somewhat back in the 1960s. It has under gone several revisions and tweeks over the years, but the core is still much the same. It's a blend of social psychology, mass hypnosis, pleasure principal on steroids, distraction and drugs. All of this has the effect on it's target audience to put them to sleep, to not even recognize the threat right before them. Like lambs to the slaughter they go, not even aware of their demise. Lambs go so docile to the slaughterhouse because they are being led by the same hand that once fed and cared for them. They are familiar and comfortable with that voice that says: "This way, go in there". Humans aren't that much different it seems.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:27 | 4359633 Kobe Beef
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Study the Tavistock Institute and its affiliated foundations, and you will see exactly how your theory was applied.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 03:58 | 4358151 capitallosses
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My old friend and colleague dated "wonder woman" in high school. Poor  bastard died of cancer in his 20's back in the 70's. Wonder Woman must be bad juju.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:11 | 4358160 Kirk2NCC1701
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I don't disagree with Ron, but it needs to be pointed out that, technically, the US Gov is no longer just spending the US taxpayers' money (I.e., the 53% who actually pay tax).

Given the Dollar's unique position and all the currency creation, they are spending the world's money. And also exporting inflation too. We send them 'paper', they send us Stuff and provide cheap labor. What a sweetheart deal for the 1%.

W/o our 200 foreign bases and the DoD, NSA and CIA, they'd have told us to take a hike a long time ago.

...just to keep perspective and context.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:40 | 4358204 satoshi101
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I would only add that the USA is the MAFIA and yes they as the world are paying, but they're paying protection so the USA don't drone their weddings and funerals.

 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:15 | 4358162 q99x2
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A lot of people still fall for budgets and national budgets as if each Nation ran its own monetary system.

Strange old concepts created by E Pluribus Fool-Em.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:28 | 4359640 Kobe Beef
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Yep. Lots of people still believe in "national" politicians too, as if each nation made its own decisions.. It's kind of sad, actually.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:15 | 4358243 Fix-ItSilly
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Some intelligent thoughts from a man who fled from leading his national constituency when finally getting some governmental authority with his Chairmanship of the House Subcommittee on Monetary System. He had a chance to do more than letter writing and complaining...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:07 | 4358267 Fíréan
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Out of a one trillion dollar bill, $1,000,000,000,  the author is complaining that $10,000 for an arts project is outrageous.

This use to be a heck of a good website . . . once.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:28 | 4358279 SmallerGovNow2
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$1,000,000,000,000 is one trillion.  those that live in glass houses...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:45 | 4358320 Woodhippie
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I think you missed his point.  That 10 grand is just one of MANY such appropriations in the bill. 

On another note, I have been reading ZH for years and I, for one, like most of the content here and enjoy the comments for ZH readers.  I skip that which I don't care for.  You should try it.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:12 | 4358790 Clowns on Acid
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You are a feckin' idjit. Reading comprehension is osmehting you really should work on if you want to glean any knowledge from this sight.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:24 | 4358832 Towgunner
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K, I don't think $10,000 is a small sum when its the government spending it. Why? Because we want the government to spend less and, every little bit counts...or perhaps you've grown up privileged or on the doll and have no conception of living frugally. Oh, and small as it is, that's still MY money! Moreover, the role of the government is NOT to fund theatrical productions, period full stop. And if you think this doesn’t happen on a much grander scale then I have bridges to sell you. Men and women are DIFFERENT, period, and that's painfully obvious to anyone willing to trust their own eyes and reality. However, what I said above is heresy according to today's progressive dogma, matter of fact and according to them, men and women aren't only the same, turns out, women are better? Even though ALL of recorded history proves otherwise, to include today's reality. Yet, this illusion persists, why? Control over the media is why. When you realize that, you'll realize just how engineered people have been over the years and it is a state-media endeavor. That's a big NO-NO in what should be a free society...and to be exact "free" as in free from state coercion or extortion et al,. "Studying" wonder women yields NOTHING for posterity...she does not exist...you know that right? wonder women is a fictional character. That said, some people think there is value in this (they're called feminists) because wonder women might be a role model for females. Trouble is the government can't play one side, if they fund wonder women they should fund super man. And if the argument is that superman needs no funding then it’s the free market telling you that superman should exist. Not so much wonder women since she needs funding; that's ipso facto malinvestment. In other words, save for state intervention, there would be no study for wonder women because we just don't need it. Back to government favoring one side (in this case females) - that's discrimination and progressive dogma has that as one of their big NO-NO's, yet, they do it. So fraud. Lastly, whether you think that 10k is insignificant means nothing because I think it is and like you I provided a share of that 10K. You say I don’t care, I say I’ve been robbed…I think I win. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:40 | 4359662 Kobe Beef
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In the name of Diversity, I pronounce thee ALL THE SAME!

...yeah, it's insane.

But the people pushing progressive ideology knew it would destroy society. That's why they do it--to replace Society with Socialism, Family with Federales.

Marx and Engels even wrote about this. But for the real engineers, see Tavistock Institute, Frankfurt School, Columbia School of Journalism, and of course the American paymaster for the social psy-op, The Rockefeller Foundation.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:21 | 4358275 straightlinelogic
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"This is why it is vital that those of us who understand the dangerous path we are currently on do all we can to expand the movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity."

See straightlinelogic.com and The Golden Pinnacle.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 08:32 | 4358284 esum
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when people start voting with their brains instead of emotions things will turn around....... you tell me when that will be...... 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:27 | 4358423 AnAnonymous
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Ah, Ron Paul doing his usual 'american' job, it is all part of the riddle, chum.

Welfare, in an 'american' society, is thought as the way to increase the level of consumption and must benefit in all cases the king class, the 'american' middle class.

As it has nothing to do with charity, it is about to disappear, the middle class no longer benefiting that much from welfare as an important bit in their farming the poor scheme.

As to warfare, the time line for it to disappear is longer, first, it will require to deplete more certain regions of the world before it goes.

Warfare for 'americans' meets two 'american' needs: excessive consumption of resources and murder. As written above, the first one might self abort. As to the seocnd, 'americans' will use semantics to cover for their culture of death. 'Americans' killing in large numbers for fun will be labelled something else than warfare. Mission accomplished.

The way it works in an 'american' world.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:59 | 4358752 Towgunner
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So, here is how social engineering works. Note the obvious connection between the state and a theaterical production. Granted $10,000 isn't that much. But, this kind of thing is happening on a much grander scale. You have to wonder why pop culture is pushing the strong independent woman and weak effeminate men. Meanwhile we have more spending and welfare. The total image isn't strong or independent...its pathetic and weak. Will this "study" of wonder woman reveal that women are 1. not really that wonderful after all and 2. the very parasites who aren't strong or wonderful enough to survive on their own? Methinks not, it will perpetuate the illusion and false myth that stealing from others makes wonderful people.  

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