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Barack Obama: "Don't Get Cynical, Get Hopey"

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Today, Obama did more of what he has been born to do: preach from a teleprompter, this time at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Here are the choice excerpts from the speech transcript. They hardly need commentary:

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Sometimes people say thank you for something I've done or a position I've taken, and some people say, "You're an idiot." (Laughter.) And that's how I know that I'm getting a good representative sampling because -- (laughter) -- half the letters are less than impressed with me.

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The crisis in 2008 hurt us all badly -- worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. But you think about the progress we've made. Today, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. (Applause.) Our housing is rebounding. Our auto industry is booming. Manufacturing is adding more jobs than any time since the 1990s. The unemployment rate is the lowest point it's been since September of 2008. (Applause.) ... some of it had to do with decisions we made to build our economy on a new foundation. And those decisions are paying off. We're more energy independent. For the first time in nearly 20 years, we produce more oil here at home than we buy from abroad. (Applause.) The world's largest oil and gas producer isn't Russia; it's not Saudi Arabia -- it's the United States of America. (Applause.)

In education, our high school graduation rate is at a record high; the Latino dropout rate has been cut in half since 2000. (Applause.) More young people are graduating from college than ever before.

OBAMA: Si se puede. (Laughter.)

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So when folks say they're frustrated with Congress, let's be clear about what the problem is. (Applause.) I'm just telling the truth now. I don't have to run for office again, so I can just let her rip. (Applause.) And I want to assure you, I'm really not that partisan of a guy. My favorite President is the first Republican President, a guy named Abraham Lincoln. You look at our history, and we had great Republican Presidents who -- like Teddy Roosevelt started the National Park System, and Dwight Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System, and Richard Nixon started the EPA.

The statement I'm making is not a partisan statement, it is a statement of fact. (Applause.) So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class. They have said no --


OBAMA: Don't boo now, because what I want you to do is vote. (Applause.)

They've said no to raising the minimum wage. They've said no to fair pay. They said no to unemployment insurance for hardworking folks like Kinsey's parents who have paid taxes all their lives and never depended on anything and just needed a little help to get over a hump. They said no to fixing our broken immigration system that we know would strengthen our borders and our businesses and help families. (Applause.)

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And what it does, is it just feeds people's cynicism about Washington. It just makes people think, well, nothing can happen, and people start feeling hopeless. And we have to understand, in the face of all evidence to the contrary in Washington, we can do better than we're doing right now. (Applause.) We can do better than what we're doing right now.

We know from our history, our economy does not grow from the top down, it grows from the middle up. It grows from a rising, thriving middle class. It grows when we got ladders of opportunity for everybody, and every young person in America is feeling hopeful and has a chance to do what they can with the God-given talents that they have. That's what we're fighting for. That is what you should be fighting for. (Applause.)

And that's the reason -- that's the reason why my administration has taken more than 40 different actions just this year to help working Americans -- because Congress won't.

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As long as Congress will not increase wages for workers, I will go and talk to every business in America if I have to. (Applause.) There's no denying a simple truth: America deserves a raise, and if you work full-time in this country, you shouldn't live in poverty. That's something that we all believe. (Applause.)

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Now, here's where it gets interesting. There are a number of Republicans, including a number in the Texas delegation, who are mad at me for taking these actions. They actually plan to sue me. (Laughter.) Now, I don't know which things they find most offensive -- me helping to create jobs, or me raising wages, or me easing the student loan burdens, or me making sure women can find out whether they're getting paid the same as men for doing the same job. I don't know which of these actions really bug them. (Laughter.)

The truth is, even with all the actions I've taken this year, I'm issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it's not clear how it is that Republicans didn't seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. (Applause.) Maybe it's just me they don't like. I don't know. Maybe there's some principle out there that I haven't discerned, that I haven't figure out. (Laughter.) You hear some of them -- "sue him," "impeach him." Really? (Laughter.) Really? For what? (Applause.) You're going to sue me for doing my job? Okay. (Applause.)

I mean, think about that. You're going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job -- (laughter) -- while you don't do your job. (Applause.)

* * *

So rather than wage another political stunt that wastes time, wastes taxpayers' money, I've got a better idea: Do something. (Applause.) If you're mad at me for helping people on my own, let's team up. Let's pass some bills. Let's help America together. (Applause.)

It is lonely, me just doing stuff. I'd love if the Republicans did stuff, too. (Laughter.) On immigration issues, we've got -- and to their credit, there are some Republicans in the Senate who actually worked with Democrats, passed a bill, would strengthen the borders, would help make the system more fair and more just. But the House Republicans, they haven't even called the bill. They won't even take a vote on the bill. They don't have enough energy or organization or I don't know what to just even vote no on the bill. (Laughter.) And then they're made at me for trying to do some things to make the immigration system work better. So it doesn't make sense.

OBAMA: I'm sorry, what are you yelling about now? Sit down, guys. I'm almost done. Come on, sit down. I'll talk to you afterwards, I promise. I'll bring you back. I'm wrapping things up here.
OBAMA: I understand. See, everybody is going to start -- I'm on your side, man. Sit down, guys, we'll talk about it later, I promise.

So, look, here's what we could do. We could do so much more -- you don't have to escort them out. They'll sit down. I promise, I'll talk to you afterwards.

* * *

Let's rally around a patriotism that says we're stronger as a nation when we cultivate the ingenuity and talent of every American, and give every 4-year-old in America access to high-quality education -- good-quality preschool. (Applause.) Let's redesign our high schools to make them more relevant to the 21st century economy. Let's make college more affordable. Let's make sure every worker, if you lose your job, you can get a good job training that gives you an even better job. (Applause.)

Let's embrace the patriotism that says it's a good thing when our fellow citizens have health care. It's not a bad thing. (Applause.) That's not a bad thing. It's a good thing when women earn what men do for the same work. That's an all-American principle. (Applause.) Everybody has got a mom out there or a wife out there or a daughter out there. They don't want them to not get treated fairly. Why would you be against that?

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There are plenty of people who count on you getting cynical and count on you not getting involved so that you don't vote, so you give up. And you can't give into that. America is making progress, despite what the cynics say. (Applause.) Despite unyielding opposition and a Congress that can't seem to do anything, there are workers with jobs who didn't have them before; there are families with health insurance who didn't have them before; there are students in college who couldn't afford it before; there are troops who served tour after tour who are home with their families today. (Applause.)

Cynicism is popular. Cynicism is popular these days. It's what passes off as wisdom. But cynics didn't put a man on the moon. Cynics never won a war. Cynics didn't cure a disease, or start a business, or feed a young mind. Cynicism didn't bring about the right for women to vote, or the right for African Americans to be full citizens. Cynicism is a choice.
Hope is a better choice. Hope is what gave young soldiers the courage to storm a beach. Hope is what gave young people the strength to march for women's rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigrant rights. (Applause.)
Hope is what compelled Kinsey to sit down and pick up a pen, and ask "what can I do," and actually think maybe the President might read that story and it might make a difference. (Applause.) And her voice rang out here in the Paramount Theatre. And it's her voice and your voice that's going to change this country. That's how we're going to make sure that we remain the greatest nation on Earth -- not by asking what we can do for ourselves, but what we can do for each other and what we can do for our country.

And so, as President, I'm going to keep a promise that I made when I first ran: Every day, I will keep asking the same question, and that is, how can I help you? And I'll keep treating your cares and your concerns as my own. And I will keep fighting to restore the American Dream for everybody who's willing to work for it.

And I am going to need you to be right there with me. (Applause.) Do not get cynical. Hope is the better choice.

Thank you, Texas. Thank you, Austin. God bless you. (Applause.) 


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Or, all the above, summarized in one sentence: it's the Republicans fault, and ban cynicism. (with a gratuitous JFK paraphrase thrown in for good measure)

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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:16 | 4945158 fonzannoon
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This hit the spot. I fear the last several years I have started to become slightly cynical.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:20 | 4945176 max2205
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He must think we are a bunch of idiots.....oh wait

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:23 | 4945191 PAPA ROACH
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You can either be cynical (against him), or full retard (with him). Of course the only ones that will offended by my word choice are those that are NOT cynical....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:45 | 4945298 BlackChicken
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"Every day, I will keep asking the same question, and that is, how can I help you?" (said while laughing, screw that, what's my tee-time?) if he wanted to help he would resign.

"And I'll keep treating your cares and your concerns as my own." (right. He has no cares because we pay for him to live like a rock-star between golf outings).

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:56 | 4945307 hedgeless_horseman
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"And if you vote for me as class president, then free choom for everyone and no more homework!" (Applause.)

"It is lonely, me just doing this stuff. I'd love if the Republicans did stuff, too. (Laughter.)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:57 | 4945352 Liberal
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Why can't you just support the president and our party?

We just want free food, free home, free education, free health care and free ride through life.  Is that too much to ask you ZH people?  All you have to do is work hard and pay.  Not hard.  Unless you're racist.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4945365 overexposed
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Harry Wanger 2.0.  You're still crackin' me up, Lib!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:29 | 4945473 NotApplicable
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Somebody please tell Obummer that's some stale-ass Hopium. We deserve better.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:37 | 4945516 Dollarmedes
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Do not get cynical. Hope is the better choice.

I agree. I'm hoping for impeachment.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:46 | 4945771 philipat
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Hope a Dope

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:36 | 4946202 Government need...
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Well played!  Preezy's workin' the hope-a-dope strategy.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:04 | 4946357 MeMadMax
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The open borders BS is already affecting us here in lost angeles...


Hospitals are officially flooded. 


Went to go get a 2yo checkup for my daughter and it was backed up for over 2 months due to "abnormally high workloads"...

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:03 | 4946505 johngaltfla
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Ze are to get hopey or vee vill send you to a camp to make you feel hopey!!!!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:06 | 4946551 GetZeeGold
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More Koolaid for cynical lil bitchez.


I was hoping the President wasn't a progressive communist.....but it looks like I'd better hope for something else.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:46 | 4946546 nmewn
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Obama speaks of cynicism as if he is not the main cause of it, he's just a casual observer.

"No ones reading your emails"...he said. "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"...he said. "I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue."...he said.

Apparently just a casual observer who uses children and old people as human shields ;-)

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:51 | 4946616 CoastalCowboy
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I have a friend who lives in Vegas who dislocated his hip in a bicycle accident a few weeks ago. He sat in the emergency room for 8 hours with no response. He somehow worked his hip back into joint while waiting and hobbled out of there.

Another friend, who has a history of cardio issues went to the emergency room here where I live. Again, he waited 10 hours with no response for a potential friggin' heart attack. Luckily, the doc-in-a-box place determined he was OK as did his regular physician. Of course, his ACA compliant insurance policy left him responsible for the whole bill.

I knocked my pinky toe out of joint as in hanging at a right angle. I reset it myself w/o going to a medical professional, and it's doing great all for free.

My niece did the same thing and paid $800 for the privilege of having a doctor do the same thing. Again, she was stuck with the whole bill due to her ACA compliant policy.

DIY medicine is the wave of the future. We're regressing back to the 18th century. Thanks O-bots!!!!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:01 | 4946629 dizzyfingers
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CoastalCowboy  Congrats! Stay well! People have been curing their own type 2 diabetes via low carb eating for quite a while, and there are other intelligent responses to bad "medicine". To those who fulminate about opting out of non-helping "health care", all life ends in death eventually.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:02 | 4947284 Miffed Microbio...
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Type 2 is completely curable is it is not too late. God, it blows my mind why so many don't! Eat real unprocessed food and exercise like our ancestors have done for thousands of years. It's really that simple. So it is worth, blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, increased lethal infections and increased difficulty to maintain weight for stuffing yourself with junk?

Yes, it is more expensive eating healthfully but look at the big picture. I guess people have just given up and based their life on TV as their sole reason to exist. Just tragic. I'd be out of work is it weren't for diabetics and, frankly, that would be a good think for society.


Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:28 | 4946300 ebworthen
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It's the hopey-changy, changy-hopey bandwagon!

If you aren't on board, you're a terrorist!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:41 | 4946439 Oh regional Indian
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I never met a slogan I liked.

A slogan is a SLOW GUN!

Eat that nail, snail!

I detest sloganeers even more than I detest slogans.

De-test? Ugh, dead language.....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4945371 Talleyrand
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Don't forget the circuses!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:34 | 4946434 XenoFrog
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"I'm not running for office"


"I want you to vote"


does not compute.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:11 | 4946456 Tall Tom
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"I want you to vote"...[out all of those Republican "do nothings" as the blame for the dismal failure of the Nation is on them for THEIR cynicism]


He was in Blue Team Austin.


Red Team...Blue Team...Rah...rah...rah...BULLSHIT.


It is the Mid Term Elections and he is stumping for the Democraps.


(He likes Dick Nixon??? OMG. That is fuckin' bent.)

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:13 | 4946457 Duffy Duck
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introduce 'let obama be a puppet' to the cogitation.  it computes alright.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:02 | 4945822 PoliticalRefuge...
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..Mighty white for you to ask...

usually you just demand.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:51 | 4946394 RafterManFMJ
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Does anyone else wave those tiny little American flags in each hand while listening to this poor misunderstood Negro speak? No? Just me then?

Faith is naught but belief without any evidence.  

I have Faith 0bam0 went to Harvard.

I have Faith he got excellent grades.

I have faith he is an American citizen.

I have faith he isn't hopped up on goof balls.

I have faith he isn't a creature of the CIA.

See, when you have no evidence or documents about anything, all you have is faith.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:15 | 4946459 Duffy Duck
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CIA runs the country.

The question is merely who runs CIA.

And if the agency has any patriots left at all.

I lean toward no.

Some patriots in mil intel tho'.

Some considerably more dangerous in the grand scheme, I'd wager.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:23 | 4946421 HardAssets
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Unfortunately that sounds like a distant shirt tail relative of mine. A 60s generation femo-Commie.  She was praising o-care because it provides health insurance for her stoner/on disability relations. All poor white trash in their case.

Amerika . . . what a country !

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:58 | 4946127 SmackDaddy
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who the fuck has never smoked weed?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:17 | 4946460 Duffy Duck
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Who, having tried, would give it up completely? 


People who never received a blow job whilst high, that's goddamned who, dammit.



Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:10 | 4946751 Cocomaan
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Goddamn, ain't that the truth.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:19 | 4946281 mt paul
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don't get cynical

get even....


starve the beast

stop consuming

produce something ....

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:58 | 4946351 Antifaschistische
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"And I will keep fighting to restore the American Dream for everybody who's willing to work for it."

wait just a moment!!  Isn't Obama the presidente who fights hard for people who don't work at all.  He's willing to redistribute income from those who work for it and give it to just about anyone who does no work at all.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:41 | 4946386 junction
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Legalize Hopium!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:03 | 4946556 viator
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At least the choom part is working out. Now we need to make free choom a right like free birth control.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 16:33 | 5024174 Vagabond
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Government is working on it... this is supposedly going to apply to Massachusetts dispensaries as well when they finally get the go ahead.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:46 | 4945304 xtop23
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How can you help me, Barry?

You can't.  You do what you're told. 

We, as Americans, can certainly help ourselves though. The most obvious method would be to quit looking to government for help.

Help yourself.

Diversify into real assets that are under your direct control and hopefully in a medium that is difficult, if not outright impossible, for the government to fuck with. 

Learn some useful skills ( farming / construction / self defense / firearm competency ).

Make friends with people that have useful skills that you lack.

Have a plan ( a relatively safe place to evacuate to / access to clean water / at least moderate shelter / and enough food to at least give you some breathing room ).


What this dolt calls cynicism,  I call being an adult.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:43 | 4946092 agNau
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Ven a Estados Unidos. Comida gratis, casas. No hay necesidad de trabajar.
Debe ser capaz de aplaudir y reír en comando.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:40 | 4946387 RafterManFMJ
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I had eggs, bacon and a shot of Jack for breakfast. Why do you ask?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:05 | 4946406 HardAssets
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max2205:  "He must think we are a bunch of idiots . . . .oh wait"

I was feeling damned cynical today. I had several conversations with various fellow Americans (in person and online) and it hit me how f*cking ignorant and stupid many are. Completely clueless and dumbed down. And I was thinking 'we are totally screwed'.

But then I come here on ZH and see that there are some of us that 'get it'.

That helps a little, but I'm still feeling cynical.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:21 | 4945182 BandGap
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Can I get an "Amen!"?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:36 | 4945250 DeadFred
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How about a "Barrrfff!"?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:11 | 4946452 profchaos
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You know, I've been well off in this country, poor in this country, okay again. It's mostly a matter of circumstance, a few key decisions, and luck. I'm not a rich guy. I''ll probably never be. But I'm happy to do my part to help people who aren't as fortunate. There's not a lot of difference between me and them, and I'm grateful that we live in a country where having a tough run of luck isn't the end. You can bounce back here. Not because of radical libertarian ideology, but because people have money to spend. Even the poor aren't really that poor. The institutions we put in place during the Great Depression aren't perfect. I'd hate to see what this country would look like today without them. I'm not calling you guys selfish. I'm just saying maybe try to imagine yourselves in different circumstances.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 06:08 | 4946523 goldsansstandard
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My grandfather was an Marxist Lennist Jew . He immigrated from Poland. and he went to New York every Mayday to march in the parade.

My Aunt took me to his grave a few years ago.

It was in the Workman's CircleCememtary.

The workmans circle was a mutual aid society of marxist Jewish craftsman.

My grandfather lived a libertarian dream.

They helped each other out, in just the right amount. The hospitals took the poor, or perhaps the circle would pitch in.

Don't tell me how wonderful the State's safety net is.

I live in a neighborhood full of people who have fallen through, and come from a city full of people working on being sick so they can get disability.

Many of those who really need it , can't get it together to qualify.
Oz never did give something that we didn't already have.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:25 | 4946578 udaman
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profchaos: fuck you, wake up; dumbass

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:24 | 4945202 tempo
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90,000 diseased illegal males by Sept., Put them in Conservative districts in a drug safe house run by rut That's hope.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:20 | 4945448 max2205
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Don't forget to put a voting booth right outside the front door

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:22 | 4945677 Lost Word
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Put the illegals in the White House Executive Mansion.

Oh wait, an illegal already lives there.

Put the illegals in the Capital Building and the Congressional Office Building.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:26 | 4945694 Lost Word
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New Idea for stopping illegal immigration:

Mexican train carrying illegals derailed.

Send Sabotage Teams into Mexico to wreck the Mexican railroads.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:56 | 4945980 Lost Word
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More about the Mexican train derailment with illegals

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:33 | 4945239 drendebe10
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Easily said by an arrogant, incompetent, corrupt, narcissistic illegal indonesian kenyan alien muslim sociopathic liar in chief too busy living its celebrity grand imperial golf lifestyle off the backs of hard working tax paying US citizens....  

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:37 | 4945254 slaughterer
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It is very simple you American losers (since you re-voted this community organizer as your leader): IMPEACH THE CRIMINAL.  

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:55 | 4945332 knukles
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I'm starting to have trouble finding any folks who smile proudly when they stand up, extemporaneously, wave their hands in the air as if at a bible thumping, snake charming, tent hallelujah save your soul, genuine democratic party howdie fucking do, ain't it wonderful revival meeting anymore.
-Herman the Placenta at the Filmore, circa 2014

The buzzard has landed and Elvis got lost on his way out the building

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:59 | 4946356 Fuku Ben
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That might be because if you try to smile or encourage others to smile in the fascist police states of Amerika you will be arrested or worse. Even on Independence Day. No smiles for you, slaves! Cynicism and hope are serious business in the 2 party farce. Anything else makes you an extremist and a terrorist. Forward!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:08 | 4945605 Freddie
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White liberals who voted for this are scum.  I hope they get the guillotines first.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:34 | 4947371 Ghostbusters
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This week on The Days of Our Lives: Obama lectures on the unfairness of cynicism while expressing his love of the Jonas Brothers.

and WhoTF are the Jonas Brothers?

WhoTF is Obama?

People say the truth hurts and therein lay the rub with Obama's recent row with the meanness of honesty.

I think he should perhaps retract his statements and look in the mirror.  Perhaps he is the greatest cynic of all.  Just ask Europe from the 25th of March..

He would be irrelevant if it weren't for the establishment press, political parties, multinationals, universities, and the like which give him a home.  Sigh...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:16 | 4945162 world_debt_slave
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:20 | 4945172 NitneLiun
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What a wonderful speech. I'm so ashamed that I never voted for him. I must be a racist.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:13 | 4946382 zhandax
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I haven't voted for anyone in 30 years.  I only registered in 2008 to vote against this piece of shit.  Got jury duty for my trouble.

Fortunately, it was a scandalous murder trial; socially prominent local attorney whose wife waited until he passed out drunk and strangled him with his blackberry cord.  I was willing to call it community service, but even that concedes she was guilty.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:20 | 4945173 Jumbotron
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This guy is truly on dope.  Prescribed or otherwise.

Choombama !  Let it rip, baby.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:40 | 4945274 VegasBob
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Somebody needs to tell that fucking asshole Obama that cynicism is just an unpleasant way of telling the truth.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:13 | 4945632 Freddie
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No he is fucking evil and so are the people who voted for him.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:22 | 4946467 Tall Tom
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People who vote for any of them are evil.


Voting is an overt act of complicity and only serves to legitamize corruption.


People who voted for McCain (whom overtly said that he wanted to continue killing innocents in Iraq) are just as evil as the people whom voted for Obama.


The choice for the lesser of two evils is still a choice for evil.


IF you choose evil, if you sow the seed of evil, then it shall be evil that you will reap. Thus you deserve the evil you chose to reap...IF you do so.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 05:03 | 4946506 Flybyknight
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Yes What a cunt. I listen to him and almost get sucked into his "one of the guys" bullshit but then remember what he is actualy responsibile for.  Ukraine, Libya, NSA. Even if he is just a cardboard cutout with someone manipulating his lips he should have the guts to come clean now that he cannot serve another term.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:20 | 4945174 Everybodys All ...
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Here's to hoping you fucking leave when your second term is over.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:21 | 4945184 fonzannoon
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if you have to hope he leaves then we are already fucked.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:56 | 4945349 knukles
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Man, that's cynical, Fonz.
I told you when you got here this place was gonna rot your brain

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:23 | 4945456 Yen Cross
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  Hey Knuks, I see Fonz as the consummate optimist.

   He was talking XAG up last night, (jokingly).  We got a pretty darn GOOD bump in Silver today. ;-)

 BTW, Fonz I'm just as cynical, and hugging my bag of shiney stuff as we write.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:12 | 4945423 CCanuck
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Fonz, why so cynical? Are you out of hope? Maybe Obama can help you, he likes to inject hope......FORWARD!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:29 | 4945711 Lost Word
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Injects Heroin?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:45 | 4946390 RafterManFMJ
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I've got a plan taught by me mother

and it's not the worst

I'll shit in one hand and hope in the other

and see which one fills up first?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:29 | 4946471 Tall Tom
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What a plan.


I have never shit in my hand.


What good will that do?


I have better things to do with my create opportunities.


But if you want to shit in your hand then knock yourself out. It takes all kinds...I guess...




You may want to read what you wrote before clicking on the "Save" Button...It is just a Heads Up.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:07 | 4945600 WhackoWarner
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As if he will ever leave.  Next up is speaking fees and books and consulting and Board of Directors stipends.....remember that the Clintons were broke too.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:24 | 4946423 CCanuck
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I'd like to see him leave broke.....

And I don't give a fuck what his financial situation is, especially counted in FRN's.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:44 | 4945177 Government Sachs
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We're all addicted to hopium

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:21 | 4945178 BandGap
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Is pissed off somewhere between cynical and hopey? Put me there.

You know an asshole because he can't keep his piehole shut.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:41 | 4945278 drendebe10
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You can't tell an asshole, he is an asshole.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:02 | 4946246 mt paul
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it's better to be pissed off

than to be pissed on...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:21 | 4945179 Baby Eating Dingo22
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At least he's finally admitting to being a sociopath


I'm just telling the truth now. I don't have to run for office again, so I can just let her rip.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 02:31 | 4945435 CCanuck
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This statement was the best!

"I'm just telling the truth now"...........

What the Fuck were you doing before lying??

oh..wait is that too cynical?

Edit: After the entire statement, I thought he was gonna out himself and the Wookie

....fear got the better of him I guess.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:21 | 4945181 starman
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:28 | 4945218 Da Yooper
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I agree

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:34 | 4945242 Jumbotron
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I second that emotion.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:26 | 4945463 ghengis86
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I triple that emoticon

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:31 | 4945718 stormsailor
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well said. +100

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:22 | 4945183 stant
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I won't even type on zh what I really think of this monster

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:08 | 4945400 Jlasoon
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IRS (laughter)


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:00 | 4945578 Colonel Klink
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Don't worry the NSA will type it for you, plant it on your computer, and promptly arrest you for sedition.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:29 | 4946183 Ms. Erable
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And they'll conveeeniently find evidence of child pornography on your computer for you so there will be no doubt as to your lack of morals or mental stbility.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:05 | 4946252 mt paul
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comment removed by NSA

pending review by DHS....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:22 | 4945186 JohnG
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Sorry lying sack of shit.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:02 | 4945583 Colonel Klink
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Oh trust me, he's not sorry.  However he IS a lying sack of shit*.

*Attorneys for sacks of shit will soon be in contact with you for slander.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:09 | 4945844 PoliticalRefuge...
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..*Attorneys for sacks of shit will soon be in contact with you for slander.

sorry, I read *Sacks of shit for sacks of shit will soon be in contact with you for slander

I really need to get some glasses.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:28 | 4946061 Colonel Klink
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Same thing, no glasses needed.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:22 | 4945189 czarangelus
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We already had six years of "Hope" you still-campaigning fuckwit.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:23 | 4945190 NoWayJose
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Kind of out of way location, so this cynicism speech won't rival Carter's national 'malaise' speech - but the tone is pretty close.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:53 | 4946116 RichardParker
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That would be pretty good if Obama gave us his version of Carter's national 'malaise' speech.  He could even talk about how the American people need to use less energy so he can travel moar. 

Back in '12 Obama family's travel expenses were only 1.4 billion...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:23 | 4945192 SilverIsMoney
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What an idiot...I'm sure Bush was thinking the same thing as he was blowing up the last bubble.

In the words of George Carlin, "Here's the campaign slogan I'm waiting for folks, FUCK HOPE! Fuck Hope! Got a nice ring to it doesnt it? FUCK HOPE!"

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:06 | 4945393 Row Well Number 41
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Hope is what you ask for when you haven't meet expectations and don't plan too.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:23 | 4945193 buzzsaw99
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let the wookie win

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:25 | 4946177 enforcer92677
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Don't joke about that.  She may run for a senate seat,

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:24 | 4945200 NitneLiun
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I want so much for his presidency to end now. At this point I really don't care how it comes to an end.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:10 | 4945415 IndyPat
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Back...and to the left.
Back...and to the left

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:46 | 4945542 Son of Captain Nemo
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"Back...and to the left.
Back...and to the left"...


And when you're done with President Remus, allocate at least another round of ammo for each memeber of his cabinet, DOS, DOD, CIA, FBI, NSA...  And 535 members of Congress to finish the job!

Then we start over!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:13 | 4945633 IndyPat
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Buckwheats for them.

45. Shot straight up the bunger.
Let em squirm first.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:46 | 4946096 Tulpa
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You want Joe Biden to be president?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:56 | 4946123 RichardParker
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Blue team or red team, it doesn't matter.  The next one will be worse.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:19 | 4946279 BeerMe
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The longer he is in the dumber he looks.  Maybe in the next two years even the retards will get it.  There is my hope.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:24 | 4945204 SheepDog-One
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Zero speach.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:25 | 4945205 Davos
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Yellowstones gonna pop

Thats some change for you

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:58 | 4945356 knukles
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Isn't that a Jason Polock?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4945367 Bollixed
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No. I got an "F" in Kindergarten for drawing that...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:10 | 4945413 Row Well Number 41
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That would solve alot of problems.  Probably even kill Krugman, but I'm sure he would be willing to take one for the Kensenian wet dream team.


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:10 | 4945417 overexposed
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LOL would love to read that in English some time.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:09 | 4946260 mt paul
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looks like Boo Boo and Yogi

have been cooking meth

on the volcanic sensors again .....

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:25 | 4945207 Yen Cross
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    The 'Choom Wagon' keeps chugging along on the "Middle Class" dime...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:27 | 4945209 Son of Captain Nemo
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Here... Get "Hopey" on this!

Probably one of the finest essays about this piece of shit and the larger stench that emanates out of the cesspool in that inverted toilet bowl further down Pennsylvania Avenue that we continue to pay for and act as if it’s “normal”!

To Eric Zuesse. 

Bravo on capturing the essence of what America now stands for and how "We The People" make that President everything that he "is" both at home and abroad!


Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:27 | 4945214 Watts_D_Matter
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I HOPE an illegal f.ucks his daughter!  

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:35 | 4945248 Jim B
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Wish I thought of that one... Just saying! 

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:27 | 4945468 Yen Cross
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  Great! Illegal Wookies have the podium...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:32 | 4945502 Global Hunter
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I don't think those poor orphan girls are really his or Moochelle's kids so I don't wish anything on them.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:13 | 4945861 PoliticalRefuge...
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  So maybe a positive DNA match would put all this endless suspicion that's tearing the nation apart to rest..

hahahaha... and run the Wook through one of TSA's peckerscopes while we are at it.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:11 | 4946263 mt paul
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many times...

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:32 | 4945215 rwe2late
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Check the dictionary.

Cynical means to be distrustful or suspicious about the motives of others.

Pessimism is to believe the future looks gloomy.

Those are valid attitudes in today's world, especially with regard to the US corporations, government and their leaders.


Obama's exhortation to not be "cynical" (i.e. trust his administration)

and not to be "pessimistic" (but instead hopeful) that his policies will be benevolent

is just more spin from a master charlatan with a criminal record of deceit, fraud,

vindictiveness, corruption, hubris, and oppression both domestic and global.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 21:21 | 4945888 PoliticalRefuge...
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Doesn't matter a hill of beans to a dystopic troglodyte like myself-  I used to believe..

.."Obama's exhortation to not be "cynical" and not to be "pessimistic"..

  Valid or not he's just projecting right out of his ass again, a common tactic for serial liars and petty thieves.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:29 | 4945220 Coletrane
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what a disgusting example of "leadership"

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:31 | 4945223 NOTaREALmerican
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Why, give the (D)umbasses what they want to hear.   What is politics other than manipulating dumbasses with bullshit?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:30 | 4945221 NOTaREALmerican
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I'm not the most cynical man in the world, but when that guys dies I'm going to take his place.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:32 | 4945235 Catullus
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Unemployment insurance is for hard working people? I thought it was for people who aren't working.

4 year olds need access to education?

This guy is really good at campaigning.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:41 | 4945284 rwe2late
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no Catullus,

you need an education.

unemployment insurance is for people with a work history who are unemployed through no fault of their own (employer went out of business, relocated, etc. and no other employers are hiring).

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:16 | 4945434 Catullus
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You need to go fuck yourself.

There's nothing insurance about it. It's welfare plain and simple. It comes out of a state welfare fund. No state has them fully funded. And if it were insurance, it'd have gone bankrupt several times over throughout just the past decade. So continue on with your 5th grade civics class understanding of the world,

Just like there's no such thing as federal deposit insurance.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:59 | 4945571 rwe2late
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insurance: coverage to indemnify  or guarantee against loss by a specific contingency

to fix another of your errors:
Because it is a government-run unemployment insurance program, it does not need to make a "profit" providing the insurance in order to avoid "bankruptcy", nor to be regarded as an insurance.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:10 | 4945617 Weisshaupt
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No when its government run and tax payer funded its THEFT. It doesn't need to make a profit because thewr is always more money to STEAL at gun point.  

You may or may not want it. 

You may not ever use it. 

But you will buy it - because self righteous vote buying under the guie of helping is what leftists do. 

Insurance is just what you want to call it because THEFT if not a nice word. 

Its just another tax - and LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY there is no gurantee you can be paid and no LEGAL OBLIGATION on the part of the govt to pay it. 

Look it up.  How can it be insurance when there is no INSURANCE CONTRCT that can be upheld?

It is theft. 


Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:41 | 4946292 Quus Ant
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here's a question for you Weisshaupt:  So there's whatever billion people on the planet.  There isn't enough work to be done to justify whatever billion people.   There just ain't.  But we have a "work or don't eat" mentality.  Not saying there aren't things to be done, but many of them don't pay dinero. Greenbacks.  Bread.  Visiting old people in the old folks home doesn't pay.  Picking up trash.  Planting trees. Maintaining your local environment.  you can volunteer for the good vibes and karma boost, but society won't value it and you'll be fighting uphill the whole way. 

When value is priced in dollars people(business) will only pay for what they have to.  What affects the bottom line.  You see this phenomena in the market.  The market doesn't value what is actually valuable.  In chasing diminishing return / money down the rabbit hole.  We could be casting aside critical links that bind our society together/ ie keep us from killing each other.  In short, the market is the vampire.  Not human. Extracting life force from the people and through the powers of alchemy transubstantiating it into"wealth".  ones and zeros.  and it always needs more.  ones and zeros.

So where's the question?  Oh, there isn't one.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:32 | 4946588 Catullus
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I've never seen anyone argue that there's a lack of things to do in the world.

Purhaps the cost of living is too high and prices just need to fall to justify people getting paid a low wage...

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:11 | 4947274 Quus Ant
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No, not a lack of things to do... tons of things to do.  Some of them important.  Some of them vital.  Some of them not.  And only some of them considered "work" and valued as such.  The market, with it's ratty quiver of nomenclature: cost of living, prices, wages- is a shitty, distorted barometer of value.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:48 | 4946335 mt paul
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if you run

the printing press


there is no reason to

steal by gun point...

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:22 | 4946666 messymerry
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Why choose one or the other when you can do both.  

Based on some nebulous information, there are about 100,000 different taxing authorities in this the (formerly) United States.  

Our daily cost of operating this monstrous government machine is rising exponentially and our daily income is pretty much flat.  

Run the numbers yourself...the asshat bureaucrats will choose to do both!!!

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:21 | 4945673 Oldwood
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Unemployment insurance in Texas is funded by the employer, or at least it was until the feds increased it from six months to two years. As an employer I pay a quarterly premium based on my history. For a small employer such as myself, when I fired a guy due to lack of work, my rates went up by ten times and stayed that way for three years until it was paid back. They use a formula based on current payrolls over three years. Of course if you hire people back they don't change the rate, you just pay back more. In theory you could offer indefinite unemployment as long as the employer was willing or able to pay them forever, but as such an employer, under those conditions I'm not hiring anyone. There are lots of reasons why this economy still sucks, but one of them is that they have done nothing but make hiring less desirable.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 20:58 | 4945799 stormsailor
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state of north carolina is the same o w.  and for grins and giggles there is now a federal unemployment tax.  my rate has been zero forever and still is. however, the state of north carolina now has instituted a minimum so i now have to pay that.


i had a previous long time employee quit and then try to draw, she was given benefits by some admin functionary, i believe it was a friend that worked at unemployment.  on appeal the employee lost and had to pay back all the monies,  and i believe the unknown administrator that gave the benefits without identifiying themselves on the granting of the benefits lost their job.


i will not hire anyone full time right now,  and i still have to make out a check every quarter on all the manhours of payroll due to the minimum, and another check to the fed.


small business is getting ground between the stones of higher cost for everything, and higher taxation and regulation, and the politicians from all sides cheer it on.  


i run a tight, tight ship and i bet you do too, or you wouldn't be talking in the present tense. good luck, and watch your back, even for part time employee's.  nobody here knows the nightmare of a slip and fall on the job disability professional or a made up accusation of one employee against another will erase what small profit remains.


I feel your pain, lol

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:36 | 4945251 i_call_you_my_base
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The appropriate reaction to the rampant and intractable corruption in the US is in fact cynicism.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:50 | 4946339 mt paul
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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 08:12 | 4946647 messymerry
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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 18:57 | 4948624 Memedada
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Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:37 | 4945252 Goldilocks
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"God bless you."

Nurse Shares 30 Years Of Spiritual Experiences With Death & Dying (1:06:01)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:37 | 4945253 f16hoser
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Fuck You Barry, you Ferry! Nobody gives a Shit what you say anymore. The only thing worse than you is Joe Dumb-Ass Biden. America is Fucked either way.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:09 | 4945276 Smegley Wanxalot
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Cynicism is for the intellectually realistic.

Hope is for the intellectually delusional.

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:42 | 4945282 Burticus
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More hapless lying "Hoax & Chains" platitudes by the Kenyan Usurper (K.U.), directed at the useful idiot sheeple who haven't sold their ears or eyeballs for Food FeRNs yet.

No surprise that the K.U.'s favorite president was our worst president, who decreed that the states (at gunpoint) are no longer voluntary members of the union, or that the Bushbama regime will continue the open borders/non-enforcement/amnesty policy followed by the ruling elephant-jackass party for the last 30 years.

"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:42 | 4945286 Joebloinvestor
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I hope he gets dragged out of the oval office in handcuffs or he gets castrated in the Lincoln bedroom.

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