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John Kerry: "The US Is Beginning To Act Like A Poor Nation"

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The following remarks by John Kerry, borne out of his humiliation over the complete fiasco that was the US intervention in Syria last year and the even greater fiasco that was this year's attempt to get all feuding parties on the table in Geneva, only to see that outcome obliterated as well, appear to be borne out of his disgust at the defunding of the US defense budget, which for Kerry, more than his gross incompetence, is the reason why the US now finds itself in a "new isolationism" leading him to conclude that the US is "beginning to act like a poor nation." One wonders what tipped him off: the fact that the US debt just hit a record high $17,419,220,117,766.69 or that the biggest monetizers of US deficit spending are the Fed, China and just as insolvent Japan?

From Reuters:

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In comments tied to the budget that U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to present on Tuesday, Kerry suggested that tighter spending, in part at the behest of congressional Republicans, may limit U.S. clout around the world.


"There's a new isolationism," Kerry said during a nearly one-hour discussion with a small group of reporters.


"We are beginning to behave like a poor nation," he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests.

Perhaps some other Americans are tired of America acting as Globocop, and as the world's hypocritical superpower dispensing "justice" when it fits its national interests, and ignoring all other conflicts, specifically when Mid-East oil, or the growing Russian sphere of influence is not concerned?

Kerry made the case as Obama prepares to release a budget that will adhere to spending levels agreed to in a two-year bipartisan budget deal struck late last year, entailing some spending cuts the administration would have preferred to avoid.


The U.S. State Department budget will decline slightly in the president's budget submission, Kerry said, saying this was a direct result of the bipartisan budget deal that cut funding further than Obama wanted.


"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need," he said, saying the budget deal entailed cuts demanded by the Republican-led House of Representatives. "It was the best the president could get. It's not what he wanted."

But hold on: wasn't it Kerry's own party that has been urging the defunding of the US defense budget at the expense of overfunding welfare and benefits? The people are confused.

Next, Kerry deflects his own personal failings as SecState, having had to be pulled from his yacht last summer, just as the Syrian conflict was reaching its climax:

In speaking of what he called the "new isolationism," Kerry cited the limited support in the U.S. Congress to back Obama's plan to launch an air strike against Syria last year because of its suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.


Obama, in a decision criticized by some U.S. allies in the Gulf and elsewhere, asked Congress to vote on a strike. With limited congressional backing, he ultimately abandoned a strike and pursued a deal to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons.


"Look at our budget. Look at our efforts to get the president's military force decision on Syria backed up on (Capitol Hill). Look at the House of Representatives with respect to the military and the budget," Kerry said.


"All of those things diminish our ability to do things," he added.

Those... and the people who are in charge. Hence: defensive mode - activate:

Kerry took particular aim at critics of his efforts to get the Syrian government and the opposition that has sought to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for nearly a year to reach a peace agreement that would entail Assad's departure.


A second round of peace talks in Geneva broke up on Saturday, with chief mediator Lakhdar Brahimi lamenting a failure to achieve much beyond agreement on an agenda for a third round.


"These people who say that it's failed or that it's a waste of time ... Where is their sense of history?" Kerry said.


"How many years did the Vietnam talks take? How many years did Dayton take in Bosnia-Herzegovina?" he added. "These things don't happen in one month. I mean it's just asinine, frankly, to be making an argument that after three weeks it's failed."

What is most ironic about all of the above, is that hypocrisy aside, Kerry is absolutely correct: the US is starting to act like a poor nation...  because it is, and Americans indeed "do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests" because all US foreign policy reflects is the interest of a select group of uber-wealthy oligrachs whose sole interests the US congress represents... and nobody else's. As for everything else, we can't wait to see how Kerry handles the current Ukrainian crisis. The popcorn is prepared.


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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:49 | 4484603 Thought Processor
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Yes John, thanks to you and your evil Cabal you run with.



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:51 | 4484626 CH1
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Translation: Please love our new war. Please!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:55 | 4484651 101 years and c...
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hey fuckhead, we are poor.  we have to print money to keep up an illusion of "wealth"......

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484670 Chupacabra-322
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Dude, +infinity.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484685 Pool Shark
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Mister Secretary, we've been acting like a poor nation for about a century.

Federal Reserve & Income Tax - est. 1913


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:04 | 4484714 Slave
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Pigeon-man is pretty much the best illustration we have right now of there not being a difference in the two parties. It is all a charade. Anybody remember how anti-war this jackass was in 2004? Look at him now...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:11 | 4484743 Meat Hammer
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We, the U.S., used to be a hottie; everyone wanted a piece of this.  Now we're old, wrinkled, and leathery.  We got fake tits, collagen, and lipo-suction, but everybody can see that we're yesterday's garbage.  Instead of throwing galas where everyone who's anyone wants to be on the guest list we're giving 5 cent blowjobs behind the 7-11.  

It's over and everyone knows it.  

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:13 | 4484752 john39
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Kerry's comments (and others like this) are probably meant to keep the sleeping idiots who still hold on to middle class life believing in the 'american dream'...   you know, 'you are better than everyone else'...  and the wars about helping people, and freedom...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:15 | 4484770 LawsofPhysics
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Exactly.  FYI  -“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” - William Casey, CIA Director (first staff meeting, 1981)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4484811 Panem et Circus
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And don't forget the Red Team/Blue Team dynamic.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:29 | 4484837 zaphod
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Maybe this is because now that welfare transfers alone represent more than total tax revenues, there is nothing left over for military spending or anything else. It's Kerrys own D team that has got 53% hooked on welfare transfers, so of course they don't want anything to impact that money train. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:32 | 4484851 Keyser
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John Kerry, by definition, is an idiot. If you lookup the term Idiot in the dictionary, there will be a picture of dear old John in the context. Why is it that the USA is always led by idiots? 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:49 | 4484958 Joe Davola
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You know John, marryin' money is a full time job.  Don't need the aggravation.  I'm a lazy slob.

Is Tuhrayzuh pulling his string there so he can mouth whatever's loaded in his voice module?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:53 | 4484973 kaiserhoff
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ET TU, Lurch?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:14 | 4485123 IBelieveInMagic
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Americans indeed "do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests".

Tyler, you are engaging in providing 'plausible deniability' cover to most Americans who have benefited to large or small extent from the global economic arrangement that the US has been spearheading for the last few decades.

It is undeniable that the US has benefited from the global economy over the last few decades with the ability to endlessly purchase 'real' goods and services from the ROW in exchange for USD. Yes, it is also true that the distribution of fruits of this global engagement has been acutely skewed for the benefit of the so-called 1% but to deny that US has not benefited 'in the aggregate' would be a totally misleading position. 

The risk is that Americans will be easily misled into believing the global economic arrangement was unfair to us whereas it was really advantageous but the distribution within the US was uneven. When things get intolerable here when the distribution of benefits to the masses gets reduced, Americans will easily be misled to believe that the ROW has been engaging in unfair trade and may inflict more pain on the ROW (especially the emerging economies).

It deflects from the real issue --  our standard of living was not sustainable in the long run given the finite resources of the earth...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:09 | 4485451 Sean7k
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The only conection we need to understand is this: we pay out 50% of our income in taxes, most of which goes to international bankers through debt payment transfers. Our children are killed or mutilated killing brown people for no discernable reason. This misuse of funds results in zero benefit to the People and 100% benefit to the MIC.

If "Americans" had benefited, we would not be the most heavily indebted people on the face of the earth. No, the zionist/illuminati nexus benefited via the system of central banks that siphons most of the wealth into the hands of a couple thousand people world wide.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:32 | 4485541 IBelieveInMagic
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Your response just confirms what I said above about 'plausible deniability'. Example: you distance yourself from '100% benefit to MIC', you see ourselves as the most heavily indebted people whereas you know fully well that the overseas suckers who provided goods and services in exchange for the debt are never going to get any value in exchange. You say: Our children are killed or mutilated killing brown people for no discernable reason -- concern is for 'our children' but no real sympathy for the 'brown people' at the receiving end. Guess it just shows we are all sociopathic and tribal in degrees. Will be very easy for the PTB to get us stampeding when the time comes to blame the people over 'there' for our problems.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:08 | 4486011 Sean7k
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Your response illustrates plausible propaganda. How the people benefit from the MIC would be a great argument to make- please do so. Not knowing the difference betwen debt and discounted value is laughable.  Assuming a lack of compassion for the "brown people" is just that- a poorly derived assumption.

You may be a sociopath and tribal, but I am not.

You hope to paint with a broad brush, but you color with ignorance. 

I am not responsible for the actions committed by the tyrants which have enslaved us. I don't support their policies or laws. If the Russians or Chinese show up in Washington DC and New York and proceed to destroy each city? I wouldn't raise a finger to help, heck, I would provide directions.

You may join the stampede, but I like my place outside the box canyon. While many people are too ignorant and mislead to see the forest for the trees, some are not. We don't buy into the guilt your selling. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:04 | 4486452 boogerbently
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Who has the more valid conspiracy theory ?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:32 | 4485087 verbot
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How about the heinz products ? Check my kitchen bet there is brooks ketchup bet we can send a call for boycott that will change his tune.Lolz and the only reason America is weak is because of  john kerry. Liars use just such methods when they want things no one else wants 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:38 | 4485285 john39
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Heinz ketchup is garbage.   high fructose corn syrup and MSG (natural favors).  who knows what else.  this isn't food:

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:15 | 4485805 Rakshas
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love dirty mike and the boys





Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4484815 fonestar
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Putin smells fear.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:34 | 4484869 Keyser
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Putin doesn't have to smell fear. The US has become a pathetic laughing stock under this administration. Lurch is merely a minor actor in the fiasco. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:06 | 4485060 fonestar
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This administration just shows it better than the rest.  Fifty + years of cronyism and fraud.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:08 | 4485455 dark pools of soros
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Jeb Bush 2016!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:16 | 4486029 TBT or not TBT
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Rand Paul 2016.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:15 | 4485130 verbot
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Has anyone seen the video of Vladimir walking off with one rich guys superbowl ring? assured at all times is my take on the man going to be no backing down so itake any action face value fom him these days.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:20 | 4485522 Kayman
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Why would Putin want someone's superbowl ring ?  More shite for our team....

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:43 | 4485629 Apocalicious
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"What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public." - Ray Zalinski

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:34 | 4484872 Miffed Microbio...
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Meat hammer, I think they are hoping the old hag still has her teeth and can still shine in this game. Once the teeth are gone, it's game over. Numerous wars finally brought down Rome. We are looking at history repeating once again.

Your post reminded me of this ;-)


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:56 | 4484996 Meat Hammer
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Nice, Miffed!

I think it's even worse than that, though.  I was thinking more like this...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:15 | 4485126 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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dude that is nasty, i want to un-see that

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:56 | 4485966 FEDbuster
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Miss America 2014?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:03 | 4485431 Miffed Microbio...
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Well, touché. You win. I made a promise to mr to age well and dress appropriately. I can't imagine subjecting any man to that! Those perky implants surely make her the belle of the ball. Ugh!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:56 | 4485708 Blano
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Good God MH I need eye bleach.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:44 | 4487236 StychoKiller
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:23 | 4485531 Kayman
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SNAP cards and "reality" shows. Our modern day bread and circuses.

Current consumption financed by long term debt. Problem ? What problem ?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:16 | 4485142 drendebe10
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meanwhile the arrogant narcicisstic pathologic lying illegal alien kenyan muslim fudge packing sociopath and its wookie ho and the crony ruling elie continue to live their grand omperial lifestyles at the expense of the tax paying serfs and peasants.  fukemall

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:53 | 4485957 Bangin7GramRocks
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Fuck! You must be old Meat Hammer. 5 cent blowjobs!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:53 | 4486421 Rafferty
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True.  But you know, it didn't have to turn out like this.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:56 | 4485965 RafterManFMJ
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Quoting I think Fred Reed "America is a third world country with a first world infrastructure."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484675 onewayticket2
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you cant make this up.  is the fucking lightbulb going on yet, free spending liberals (R and D, alike)????

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:03 | 4485044 Boris Alatovkrap
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Speak of light bulb, how many of USSA State Department is take for screw incandescent bulb? None, all is too busy start new war in Middle East. How many Russian is take? Not even for one, Putin screw incandescent bulb with pinky.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:37 | 4485277 verbot
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Boris! Tovarich! Is best bare nipple to use for lightbulb for manly gusto. Vladimir has changed many bulbs by look of wear

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:45 | 4485327 overmedicatedun...
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boris thank god, I thought you went down in kiev at the hands of snipers killing for king and country.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:04 | 4485051 ThirdWorldDude
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I doubt it. His v-shaped tongue murmurs MIC's desperation. Read his words again:


"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need," he said, saying the budget deal entailed cuts demanded by the Republican-led House of Representatives. "It was the best the president could get. It's not what he wanted."


Without another false-flag/war, USSA's largest industry sector grinds to a halt. It will bring heavy consequences with it, including the risk of stopped flow of "spice". Be prepared my friends, something big and shitty's afoot.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:29 | 4485234 SWRichmond
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"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need,"

And what do you do when you do "what we need"?  Invade other countries, build multi-billion dollar surveillance centers, provide military hardware to local police departments, build cost-overruning weapon systems, drone strike wedding parties, pay women to have babies out of wedlock, pay people to not work, bail out TBTF banks who use the cash for bonuses...


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484676 Big Corked Boots
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Kerry is a shit. He's a big steaming pile of it, and all of his 'co-workers' as well. It starts at the top.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484690 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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why did this douche bag get the heinz fortune?  poor heinz should have never married that bitch that kerry is dead horsing

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:03 | 4484708 Big Corked Boots
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Marrying his money is his only achievement. He's fucked up everything else in his life and he bought himself a position where he can be complicit in fucking up the world.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:12 | 4484740 Rainman
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Was John Heinz murdered so Teresa could grab the dough and get married to ShitBoat Johnny ?;read=54233

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:14 | 4484762 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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was it not a helicopter crash?  reminds me of skolnicks work "secret history of airplane sabotage"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:10 | 4484687 philipat
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Is that why the US couldn't respond in Benghazi? Or was that, perhaps, also incompetence? It would have been clearer if Billary had appeared on the Sunday shows, as was her responsibility as Secretary of State. But better to use a stool pigeon, oops, I meant that Billary had a serious accident, probably with some progressive bankstess.

PS. The US IS a poor Nation with $18 Trillion (And counting) in Treasury securities debt plus an additional, let's say, $ 100 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities. Conversely, China has the equivalent of, about, $3.5 Trillion in reserves PLUS Gold reserves (Undeclared) of around 5-15 Million Tonnes.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:42 | 4484919 Idleproc
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The Global Financial Corporation Fiat Boys have demolished the US production system and the whole Western world.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:24 | 4484807 asscannon101
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:56 | 4484661 Lost My Shorts
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Yes, John, finally !!  The US is a poor nation.  The US ought to act like what it is.  That is a solution not a problem.  We can't afford to underwrite the global fantasies of the east coast elites anymore.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:03 | 4484711 RSloane
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Hey Kerry, you and your ilk brought this nation to the status of a banana republic and as far as I know all of them are poor. Grats!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:41 | 4484913 Miffed Microbio...
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His advantage is the American people have the attention span of a gnat, are poorly educated and seem to be fixated on shiny objects of little worth. Let's hope enough remain who know who and what he and his ilk are when the time comes. The wait is certainly tiring but I'm known for my lack of patience.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:27 | 4485826 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I disagree they are very well educated is the problem educated and re-educated day and day in out to the point they have been intellectually disabled to the point of being the equivalent of autistic children.

The only way to help these poor souls is get them away from the Grima Wormtongues mind poisoning them on a daily basis to snap them back to reality. You can see it physically manifesting itself in people like King Theodore in LOTR. The more poisoned the more they resemble it physically in their faces and expressions.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:19 | 4486036 Miffed Microbio...
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I was referring to classical education as opposed to modern indoctrination which our higher education appears to have become. When you are challenged to think and reason, this poison doesn't influence and you remain free of its effects.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:12 | 4486256 August
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The more poisoned the more they resemble it physically in their faces and expressions.

Not to mention their fingernails. 

Theoden's, that is.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:16 | 4485139 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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but hey they say we have $400 billion in actual money (gold) in Ft. Knox...that should cover, what, about 3 months of our borrowing?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:46 | 4485287 Kirk2NCC1701
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Tyler, your text of "the biggest monetizers of US deficit spending are the Fed, China and just as insolvent Japan?" should now include BELGIUM. 


ZH -- That's right: at a time when America's two largest foreign creditors, China and Japan, went on a buyers strike, the entity that came to the US rescue was Belgium, which as most know is simply another name for... Europe: the continent that has just a modest amount of its own excess debt to worry about. One wonders what favors were (and are) being exchanged behind the scenes in order to preserve the semblance that "all is well"?

Folks, the way I see it, the "favors" being exchanged behind the scene/doors/curtains deal with swapping all kinds of Unmentionables: Like Bond(age)s, CDS (Credit Default Swaps), etc.  Crack that Whip!  You can whip it, whip it good! [cue song]

Have the City (of London) and Brussels not become mere tentacles of the same Vampire Squid that is the FED?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:10 | 4484723 Translational Lift
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 "We are beginning to behave like a poor nation," he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests.

Some Americans......SOME AMERICANS.....You mean your own administration!!!

Even a dumbfuck (i.e. shitforbrains) can have a moment of clarity....even if it is quickly forgotten..........

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:26 | 4484821 slightlyskeptical
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We are becoming a poor nation because of our attempts to engage abroad.

Let's call a spade a spade for once.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:00 | 4485026 Ghordius
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I disagree. In the Golden Age where US corporations produced locally and globally products which were - thanks to the engagements abroad - sold everywhere and paid taxes, what was good for GM, Disney, Coca Cola and Heinz was good for the US and the US Federal Government was flush

what Kerry is trying to say is that being GloboCop opens markets at very, very favourable terms

remove the GloboCop service industry... and you remove Globalization 2.0 (version one was the British Empire)

yet Kerry has to understand that all cops work in pairs: Bad GloboCop has to deliver force or the treath of force with a minimum of expense. Good GloboCop has to be diplomatic

calling other people morons or routinely say things like "Fuck the EU"? Congress forcing tanks on an unwilling military?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:50 | 4484932 DblAjent
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Sorry, Johnny. No more money to fund incompetence.

BTW - did you ever pay the Mass taxes on that boat??

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:46 | 4484940 williambanzai7
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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:03 | 4485039 ZH Snob
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"We are beginning to behave like a poor nation," he added,

Yea, John.  And it's you are your merry cabal that's making us poorer every day. 

Don't you just love these guys who blame the victims for the crimes?  This is the kind of twisted logic they hope we will embrace.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:12 | 4485099 SAT 800
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I wish he would just die. he seems to have some kind of brain virus; why couldn't it be fatal?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:10 | 4486013 Jena
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Or the Botox and facial fillers he keeps getting would infiltrate deeper.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:25 | 4485207 robertsgt40
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"beginning to act like a poor nation."---Not just poor, insolvent.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:32 | 4485580 Not Too Important
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Why, oh, why can't we all post pics? This is priceless Kerry:

Someone didn't like his attitude.

And who gets to punch John Kerry in the eye without reprisal? At least John McCain got his pic of his black eye scrubbed off the Net.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:54 | 4485961 worbsid
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Leftover from plastic surgery?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:56 | 4486429 rotagen
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The US is poor on so many levels, none of which this chump understands.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:50 | 4484608 TheCanadianAustrian
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"the US debt just hit a record high $12,424,949,144,637.28 "

Wut? Is this the recency of the information John Kerry is using?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:55 | 4484639 ParkAveFlasher
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There has been a 42% increase since that statement was made, so yes, John, or whatever your cabbalistik name may be, a few weeks do seem to make a difference, as in that span, once the hyperbola is sighted, the US may take on the debt as large as the Black Sea in not a few weeks but a few days.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:53 | 4484642 Global Hunter
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I was wondering the same thing, isn't the debt closer to 20 trillion now?  I stopped paying attention when it was 17 something and I am certain the US hasn't paid back 5 trillion of their debt since I last paid attention.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:03 | 4484679 Chupacabra-322
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With unfunded liabilities isn't close to 200 Billion?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:09 | 4484725 Pool Shark
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You've inadvertently coined a new phrase:

"Unfounded Mandates."

[curse you! you fixed your typo before I could reply!...  ;-)]

P.S.: that's 200 Trillion


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:15 | 4484769 Chupacabra-322
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Shit! I didn't even catch that one.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:21 | 4484794 RSloane
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"Unfounded mandates" - I love it. +1

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:21 | 4486297 August
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>>"Unfounded mandates" - I love it.

But laugh not. 

The feds have tried to enorce unfunded mandates before (instructing local law enforcement what to do); amazingly, this was thrown out by the courts.  It seems that if you want to compel a sheriff to do things, you still have to pay him.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:07 | 4484731 F22
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er...uh....200 Trillion...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:59 | 4484682 bobnoxy
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If you count state and local debt that we're all on the hook for too, it's about $20.3 trillion, on the way to $22 trillion just after Hillary or some other corrupt piece of shit takes over our foreign policy screw ups.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484696 papaswamp
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Debt held by the public is $12.5T add the intra govt holdings $4.9T and it gets us to the $17.4T total. The govt just doesn't like including its other 'credit card' it uses.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:17 | 4485504 EastCoast90
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Don't forget to add all the private debt that will be formally transferred to the public balance sheet once the SHTF. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:54 | 4484646 Quinvarius
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Haha.  The dude is so out of touch.  I hope he does not challendge the internet troll hive mind to a chess match.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:35 | 4485592 Kayman
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"the US debt just hit a record high $12,424,949,144,637.28 "

He's not counting the money the Treasury has already plundered from the S.S. fund.  Kinda like you borrowed all of your wife's money and squandered it, but you both are just fine because she holds your IOU.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:51 | 4484621 QE49er
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John Kerry walks into a bar....


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484691 Cacete de Ouro
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A horse walks into a bar

The bar tender says "Why the long face?"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:03 | 4484712 ParkAveFlasher
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"The US is acting a like poor neieieieieghghghgtion."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:15 | 4484766 mayhem_korner
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He's just frustrated that no one is bidding up his Purple Hearts on eBay.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:32 | 4484852 Meat Hammer
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Oh, man, I'd give a Kruggerand to hear him say Wi-i-i-illlllburrrrrrrr.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:51 | 4484623 Al Capowned
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"Beggining to"


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:52 | 4484629 1000yrdstare
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Hey Mr.ED.....we are so many ways....

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484640 LawsofPhysics
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morally and ethically bankrupt, yes.  Remember, when fraud is the status quo, possession is 100 % of the law.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:00 | 4484665 BLOTTO
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Poor in so many ways is right...physically (one of the most obese nations)...mentally (50% stressed/depressed)...financially (people living pay to pay or 40 million on food stamps)....spiritually (rise in atheism, 'do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law')



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:09 | 4484736 john39
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even many of the religious sects are dumbed down and devoid of any real spiritual meaning.  it never ceases to amaze me how you can get so called religious leaders (of whatever bent) backing the last couple decades of contrived wars.   our religions have become like our food, devoid of real sustenance.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:44 | 4484930 cro_maat
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Most religions have always been the tools of the Globalists.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:07 | 4485068 Creepy Lurker
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Agree, cro_maat. For thousands of years, in fact.


"do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"

That's not atheism.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:49 | 4485354 cro_maat
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Very true. Thelema (willpower) is necessary in order to do the Work. The problem is that most people misinterpret Crowleys statement of "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" and think that the "thou" refers to our ego when it actually refers to our inner divine Being.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:56 | 4484632 LawsofPhysics
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Psst, unless you get government spending under control (liabilities versus tax receipts) and stop allowing banks to use mark to fantasy  accounting the U.S. WILL BE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.


(The elite paper-pushers actually hope this happens) 

Hedge accordingly.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:56 | 4485002 cro_maat
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The U.S. IS a third world country. Unfortunately, this has not sunk in for most. The only thing that is first world about the U.S. is the MIC and this will shrink drastically unless they can steal a few more stashes of gold.

P.S. I doubt that Putin will allow the next plundering to be on Ukraine soil.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:52 | 4484635 i_call_you_my_base
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John Kerry is such a sad sack loser.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:56 | 4484660 Jonas Parker
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Lurch's grasp of the obvious is... err... underwhelming...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:22 | 4484799 LeisureSmith
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Meanwhile, in Syria.

Him and insane McCain's goatloving friends are getting creamed.

This just in...Fuck you Kerry!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:53 | 4484638 Kaiser Sousa
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nigga please.......



keep stackin...........

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:59 | 4484680 Sudden Debt
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There's still 300 million who are not so they can always be taxed more.

And are the death really death? I mean... I think there's about 1 trillion American out there who are not on foodstamps... at least...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:24 | 4484804 analyzer_66
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No its 1 trillion Chinese not on foodstamps. There is your new middle class. Enjoy the new downward spiral. We are being Corzined and Detroited faster than new money can be printed.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:44 | 4484922 Mad Mohel
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Speaking of Food Stamps, you know what's really needed?

A war.....a war on HOT DOGS! Slather those bitches up in your favorite condiment. Defend freedom by using as much Heinz Fancy Ketchup as you can. The Founding Fathers would want it.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:53 | 4484643 post turtle saver
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I can't wait for the US to pull a "Cartman" and tell the world, "screw you guys, I'm going home"...

fend for yourselves, bitchez... we know how well that turned out the last time

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:35 | 4484876 V in PA
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Americas plan moving forward:

1) Pull all troops back to the Western Hemisphere

2) Covert nearly all manufacturing to the productions of weapons of every kind

3) Wait for the Eastern Hemisphere to start beating the living shit out of each other (shouldn't take long)

4) Sell weapons to both sides of every conflict in the Eastern Hemisphere

5) Protect the Western Hemisphere from destabilization and prevent any Western Hemisphere nation from getting involved with the East.


6) Move in, and take all available resources from Eastern Hemisphere as payment for the weapons, after they have completely exhausted themselves financially, emotionally and physically.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:39 | 4484902 post turtle saver
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"Arsenal of Democracy" ftw lol

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:20 | 4485164 Mad Mohel
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And that's different than now how? That's pretty much the play now except you seem to care about the troops. The handlers see them as cannon fodder. Aside from that your plan is already in effect.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:54 | 4484647 Smegley Wanxalot
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So this horseheaded fuck and the rest of his crony-capitalist (aka facist) ilk drive the nation into poverty and then he bitches that the nation is poor.


Fuck him.  Hope he gets offed on a trip to Kiev.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:39 | 4484900 Meat Hammer
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What I hear him saying is we're not a poor nation (because we have CTRL-P and plenty of drones) so why are we acting like one and not putting freedom and democracy up a motherfucker's ass?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:25 | 4485208 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"It's horse-asinine!"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:54 | 4484648 Sudden Debt
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They'll fix it all just before it reaches "Tipping Point" and before debt reaches "Critical Mass"


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484678 Sleepless Knight
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Permanent Head Damage

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:02 | 4484702 Al Capowned
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I am much more cautious listening to people with financial qualifications, than i am with people who understand investment and economics and have no 'official qualifications'

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:29 | 4484835 Lukacko
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Debt jubilee... for the banks, not for us. No for us it is negative interest rates.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:55 | 4484654 Walt D.
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The US debt just hit a record high $12,424,949,144,637.28 ? I think you forgot Obama. It's close to $17 trillion.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484674 Battleaxe
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Wow! That's poor!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:55 | 4484656 GruntStyle13
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And...cue the circus music!!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:56 | 4484659 Chupacabra-322
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"This is the result of a weak US president." No. This is the result of a weak UNITED STATES, CORP. INC weak CEO. Remember we're no longer a Republic we're a Corporation. A weak, destroyed from within Bankrupted Corporation.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484666 williambanzai7
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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:00 | 4484686 Kaiser Sousa
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"they hate us for our fries..."

USA, USA, USA!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:12 | 4484745 Híppos Purrós
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WB7, I'm quite certain that you'll know just what to do with this...

[BBC] - UK spies 'intercepted webcam images of Yahoo users'

..."Yahoo denied prior knowledge of the alleged programme, describing it as a "completely unacceptable" privacy violation.

According to leaked documents, sexually explicit images were among those gathered - although not intentionally.

In a statement GCHQ has said all of its actions are in accordance with the law.

The operation, which was called Optic Nerve and was aided by the US National Security Agency, is alleged to have stored images between 2008 and 2010. In one six-month period in 2008, images from 1.8m users were gathered.

The report originated from documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.  It suggested that sexually explicit content would be captured by the system.

"Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person," it read."...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:39 | 4484901 williambanzai7
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Oh yes, in accordance with the law, that makes it ok right?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:28 | 4485225 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Horse-faced Herman Munster says it's for "national security", so that makes it OK. No need to determine its legality.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:40 | 4484911 Meat Hammer
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William, that one is in the top 5 of all time.  Bravo.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484668 northerngirl
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This is not going to end well.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484692 Sudden Debt
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It was over in 2008.

These are just the director cut extra's on the DVD...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:02 | 4484704 Thought Processor
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True.  But we're only just getting started.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484669 Al Capowned
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Wow Kerry almost connected a dot - Does this make him the most competent US official?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484671 WhoIsJohnGaltCoin
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Hello everyone. Long time Lurker. Decided to join the fun...hopefullly I can make it to the ranks of the inner party soon

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484694 CH1
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Welcome to the party, Galt.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:24 | 4485191 Mentaliusanything
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Yes welcome to Fight club. You got to know the rules.

And from one who has some mileage


I so wanted to bang her brains out.

As for John Kerry... Grow a pair you dead beat

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:02 | 4484697 Chupacabra-322
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You're too late. We're Bankrupted.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:14 | 4484759 LFMayor
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Well, jump right in and piss somebody off.  That's how you get the red badge of courage here.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:17 | 4484776 Carl Popper
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Fight club, bitchez

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:59 | 4484684 holmes
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USA: 1st rate Country with 3rd rate leaders.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4484817 post turtle saver
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plus 1 gazillion... in the great scheme of things the US is still a very young nation... we could (and should) be doing so much better than we are... this empire building crap needs to stop, it ruins our credibility and drains any goodwill we've built up over the years... to be fair this has been a tough problem to tackle over the course of US history...

"Tell yer troubles to the policeman"

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:39 | 4484906 V in PA
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We aren't "building" and Empire. We are maintaining the British Empire. We are the muscle.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484693 TheRideNeverEnds
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[spoiler] we are poor [spoiler]


all the real wealth has been transferred to china and parts unknown. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:19 | 4484778 RaceToTheBottom
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WS is friggin known, just not friggin acted on

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:04 | 4484705 Chaos_Theory
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Not all of us get to become millionaires by f-cking nasty millionaire widows John.  Your biggest economic concern is whether to ski in the Alps or to go hang with the peasants in Aspen. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:03 | 4484709 holmes
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How about we improve gov't finances by eliminating the State Dept.

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