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Obama Sends Request To Congress For $1.2 Trillion Debt Ceiling Increase

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Two days ago we wondered how long it would take for Obama to restart the debt ceiling theater. Not that long it turns out.


So with Congress in recess, will Obama succeed in passing another automatic vote using base trickery? The same Obama, who as recently as 3 hours ago warned Congress that any attempts to pass approval on the Keystone Pipeline without his involvement are "counterproductive"... In other news, America' new debt ceiling of $16.3 trillion, or 107% of GDP is now just a formality, about to be interrupted by a little circus clowning.

From Bloomberg:

President Barack Obama formally notified Congress today that that the government needs more borrowing authority.


The written certification to raise the debt ceiling to $16.394 trillion starts a 15-day clock for Congress to consider and vote on a joint resolution disapproving of the increase.


Under legislation passed Aug. 2 after months of wrangling between the
administration and Republican lawmakers, the president is given the
power to veto any disapproval resolution that clears both chambers of


The law calls for Obama to notify Congress when the debt came within $100 billion of the current $15.194 trillion limit.


While the threshold was reached Dec. 30, when the president was in
Hawaii and Congress was on holiday break, Obama agreed to a request from
congressional leaders to delay the notification request, ensuring the
deadline for congressional action didn’t lapse before lawmakers returned
to Washington.


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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:10 | 2059506 surfwon
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I'm sure this is bullish right???????


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:15 | 2059527 TheAkashicRecord
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It's bullish for construction, building new ceilings all the time is very expensive 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:16 | 2059533 redpill
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Who will you vote for in 2012? Obamney, Romnama, or Paul?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:21 | 2059559 Sudden Debt
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Obama Has all the symptoms of a shopAholic.
My guess is that it's just to late and not even Ron Paul can fix this. We all should cut expenditures with 50% to get to normal levels in the next 5 years but how would our economy look like if they did that?

All those government services that we would have to miss out on....

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:26 | 2059577 Pladizow
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Bank client asks to raise his personal debt limit :

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:29 | 2059600 Born Patriot
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I’m FED UP with this MUSLIM president Barack HUSSEIN Obinladin destroying this great country with his anti-American BS. It’s time to get back to the CONSTITUTION so we can rebuild this country. Vote Ron Paul 2012!!!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:31 | 2059618 GeneMarchbanks
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I noticed you don't curse in your batshit insane rant-a-thon, now be honest, you work for the Mittens campaign?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:36 | 2059642 flacon
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How come the governemnt can't just print our tax money - afterall, the federal tax revenue is only $2.3T - if they can print $1.3T, it's only a little more and then we won't have to pay taxes at all. 


/rhetorical question

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:44 | 2059688 Pladizow
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Tax is the way the US Gov manages inflation.

They can print and use as much as they want and then remove it from the system by taxing its citizens.

Therefore, if they print more, they will tax more!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:45 | 2059891 SilverRhino
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If government expenditures were LESS than collected tax revenues + borrowing your argument might actually have merit.  

The reality is they spend every DIME they collect and then borrow more.

Printing the tax revenues from income tax is actually a damn good strategy as EVERYONE holding dollars gets taxed (aka 3% inflation wealth tax).   Import duties and other excise taxes would also work at the federal level.  

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:52 | 2060079 Pladizow
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How many more dollars would you spend if every dollar you made for the first 3-4 months of every year, didnt go to Washington?

In the adsence of income tax, let alone all the others, inflation would be considerably higher!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:52 | 2060080 FEDbuster
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Since we are so far down the rabbit hole, we may as well go "Zimbabwe" now.  Since the rest of the world still takes dollars for payment for their goods and resources, let's give them some more dollars.  Keep maxing the fucking credit card till someone cuts the fucker up.  Let the FED's balance sheet go to 10 trillion, 100 trillion, etc.... They say the FED's balance sheet has no limits, so let's black card the motherfuckers.  Maybe Obama can just send a $100K to every American this year to get re-elected?  No one should have to work or pay taxes anymore, we should just "print" money and buy all the stuff we need from the chumps in other countries.  If they don't like taking our money, we'll just nuke them.  How's that for an economic plan? 


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:35 | 2060153 CompassionateFascist
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I'll buy that for a dollar.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 03:27 | 2060851 geekgrrl
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That is the economic plan.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:18 | 2059961 Dr. Acula
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>How come the governemnt can't just print our tax money

They do some of that right now using obfuscatory mechanisms like the Treasury, Fed, primary dealers, and bond market to increase the national debt. Printing all the needed money outright would work too - at first - but it would make the government's counterfeiting and theft too blatant, too obvious, and too easy to abuse. It increases the chance of hyperinflation - a crisis where people panic and begin trading dollars away for anything of value, resulting in the dollar becoming valueless and being wholly ejected from the sphere of commerce. Hyperinflation has repeatedly destroyed fiat currencies throughout history, including the US's continental dollar. (Hence the phrase, "not worth a continental".)


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:42 | 2059678 redpill
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If they curse they have to give back their special undies, you know.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:13 | 2059822 YBNguy
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Pay the man, or youre a RACISSSS! :(

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:46 | 2059695 Dapper Dan
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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 20:05 | 2060204 MarketWatchTerrorist
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Every white race realist in the U.S. should be making plans to flee the Fascist states of America and move back to the white European homeland enmasse to make our final stand against the non-white hordes.


The U.S. police state has made it abundantly clear that it does not want you here.  It does not want whites emigrating to the U.S., it does not want whites having children.  It does not want whites getting educations or having jobs.


Every policy of the Obama government is an attack on the white race.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 20:45 | 2060258 Cathartes Aura
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on you go then, back to your "white European homeland," who waits with open arms. . .

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 16:24 | 2062936 DaveyJones
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did all those big black bankers clue you in?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:12 | 2059819 xela2200
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Why are you fed up with Obama? Presidents now a days are just front man for special interests. That is why RP will never become president.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:34 | 2059637 Sudden Debt
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:) nice clip :)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2059579 drink or die
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When they start cutting government handouts, the Free Shit Army will be on your doorstep.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:26 | 2059585 SHEEPFUKKER

What's a few trillion among thieves?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:28 | 2059595 metastar
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Can you send more money?


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:33 | 2059620 Manthong
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No problema.

The Super Committee, er, I mean the automatic spending cuts in the last deal just a few months ago left plenty available for an increase, right? 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:13 | 2059820 SheepDog-One
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Can I haz another $1.2 trillion? 

Utter insanity.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:10 | 2060300 BigJim
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A trillion here, a trillion there... pretty soon, you're talking real money.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:49 | 2060492 dark pools of soros
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more like pretty soon you're talking real ponzi

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 05:46 | 2060904 Overflow-admin
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No can haz cheezburger anymoar?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:41 | 2059671 X. Kurt OSis
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...and that Free Shit Army is the Baby Boomers who have seized power across every level of government and will drop us all in the meat grinder as long as it doesn't interfere with their free stuff and other guarantees.  This is one generation against every generation to come.


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:58 | 2060091 FEDbuster
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They are like Madoff investors, but most don't know it yet.  When the Ponzi crashes, they will be pissed. 

Look for a man-made, pandemic flu to take most of them out within the next five years.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 20:48 | 2060263 Cathartes Aura
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have they engineered it to target an age group now?  fascinating. . .

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 23:19 | 2060541 FEDbuster
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Work in progress.  Usually they warn all the "seniors" to get their flu shots.  What better way to pass along a "death" marker.  I know it sounds like crazy internet conspiracy crap, but in some college lab in Holland they just perfected an easily passed, high mortality bird flu virus.

"Researchers in the Netherlands have created a mutated, highly contagious form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain that some fear could kill millions if it were unleashed on the general public. The U.S. government wants to keep the methodology behind the strain's creation under wraps for now, fearing its release could heighten the strain's potential for use as a weapon of biological warfare."

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 00:53 | 2060693 Cathartes Aura
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oh, trust me, I've been on this case for a few years now, since Jane Burgermeister was filing lawsuits against Baxter, the FDA, and the WHO for the "accidental" release of a live virus in vaccines shipped - she's been heartily persecuted, of course, including smear campaigns, losing her job, and being hounded on any blogs set up to get the news out - here's a couple of links to get you going, if you're interested:

and a bit of the history of nationstate biowarfare, centuries of it actually,


my reply to your other post was just a bit of snark re: your targeting "boomers" - babies, kids in school, anyone in the "health professions," teachers - the age groups targeted by the vaccines are non-specific, sadly. 

and vaccines may not be the only method of delivery.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 07:53 | 2060950 Element
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The U.S. government wants to keep the methodology behind the strain's creation under wraps for now, fearing its release could heighten the strain's potential for use as a weapon of biological warfare."


Wow! ... you mean they just, like, developed it, ... like, ... totally by accident?

Gee, so clever! .. I wish I could be so smart.

It's a good thing they were working on it anyway. 

At least they care enough to take an interest in such things.

They are making real advancements.

I'd love it though if they could cure the common cold ...

I mean ... wtf  ... it's like, ... taking so fucking long!

At least they are saving us from these really serious ones.

Someone should get a nobel prize or something?

At least they did something to get it ...

Something that will help everyone one day. :-)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:46 | 2059693 Whoa Dammit
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"When they start cutting government handouts, the Free Shit Army will be on your doorstep."

Oh shit! Jamie Dimon's gonna show up at my house expecting dinner. Break out the good Chinet!  ;-).

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:50 | 2059712 Gringo Viejo
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Disclosure: Long: Buckshot        Short: Empathy

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:26 | 2059586 bsdetector
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OT and I am cutting the line but having just viewed the TMZ video of the Marines urinating on the dead Afghanis is just so far over the top that I have to scream. So this is my scream. We should be out of that country tomorrow!!!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:33 | 2059630 Sudden Debt
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I KNOW!!!!

Urinating in public.... There should be a law against it...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:27 | 2059860 bsdetector
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SD sometimes I engage in humor as a means of letting the sawdust out of a stuffed shirt. In this case I do not think humor is appropriate.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:26 | 2060015 buddybear
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Everyone is upset that they were pissing on these people, but, no one says a thing about killing them on the first place. Get shot dead or get pissed on? Ohy, haw about both.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:38 | 2060039 Dr. Acula
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They should make predator drones that shoot people and then pee on them.


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:02 | 2060102 FEDbuster
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Some people pay big bucks to get pissed on.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:37 | 2060158 andybev01
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Lord knows the American taxpayer does.


(Think about it...)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:39 | 2060164 nmewn
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Taxpayers? ;-)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:50 | 2060170 bsdetector
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Those Marines remind me of the police officer in Oakland who threw the flash bang into the group who were attending to the injured protester. And also the cops who pepper sprayed the girls in NY and at the California University. It is an abuse of power combined with a lack of respect. And yes, its also the politicians who socialize losses and put the bill to the taxpayer. Maybe its the root of all our evils... abuse of power and lack of respect. Tyranny of the majority?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:36 | 2060225 nmewn
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Well, there can be no doubt allowing yourself to filmed pissing on your dead enemies is pretty stupid, as it provides propaganda for your living enemies.

But comparing this to an assault on the living is a little over the top. They'll be punished for it...good, bad or indifferent.

Who among us would pass on pissing on (insert your favorite evil character here) while he's still very much alive? ;-)


Edit: Ahhh, one weak reddie somehow worked his bladder up enough to tinkle down my leg while I wasn't looking...and then ran away...will he soon be posting his bravery and superiority on youtube?

I can hardly wait to see

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:54 | 2060502 dark pools of soros
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I guess a few people still think America is the good guy??  it is only shocking to them

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 23:43 | 2060575 nmewn
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In the context of this conversation...they only pissed on their enemies heads. They didn't chop them off & hold them up for the camera.

A small difference to be sure...but still.

Where was the outrage when AQ was carving off other Arabs faces with piano wire to terrorize them into allegiance to them? Where is the outrage now of Taliban making snuff films as recruiting tools? And what of a minority of that culture that abides pediphelia?

Don't be so shocked you forget the things you saw for yourself and wish weren't true.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 05:35 | 2060899 respect the cock
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Are you Japanese?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:10 | 2059810 Captain Kink
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All those government services that we would have to miss out on....


You've nailed it.  What services?  Highways and Defense are about all I "use".  Maybe one could argue that I benefit from the FDA, though I don't take any prescriptions.  Federal Education spending is useless.  I work until June 30 for all the govt I get.  Instead of cutting my spending 50%, let's just cut the govt 50%.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:43 | 2060051 StychoKiller
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Captain, Star fleet does not work for free...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 20:55 | 2060276 Cathartes Aura
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if you are an amrkn, your "services" include a lifestyle based on commodities that the majority of the world cannot afford, combined with not having to host a "war" in your hometown, as amrka outsources those too. . .

amrkn government services you in ways you are just beginning to be made aware of, but many others in the world have known of for decades.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:12 | 2059818 SteveNYC
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Systemic failure is so baked into the cake already, it's almost irrelevant. It could take a while though, these things just seem to happen when they feel like it (at least that's what it looks like, the hidden ripening of millions of interconnected conditions and causes.....).

Be well.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 19:05 | 2060062 TruthInSunshine
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This one's "automatic" as a result of the "debt ceiling compromise," but still, let us just see which Republicans do and do not vote to increase the debt ceiling again, whether next year, or again, 6 months thereafter, or 9 months later again....etc.

[I'm not even going to bother mentioning Democrats, because to suggest anything close to more than 5 of their ilk would NOT rubber stamp whatever debt ceiling increase was requested would be the epitome of naivety]

Votes (genuines one) talk & Bullshit (like the majority of empty suit, self proclaimed fiscal "conservatives" blabbing away in GOP debates) walks.

Obama requests $1.2 trillion increase in borrowing limit Salt Lake Tribune - ‎7 minutes ago‎

Washington • President Barack Obama asked Congress Thursday for another $1.2 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit, a request that is largely a formality but that carries election-year implications.

It was the third and final such request the president was allowed under a deal the White House reached with lawmakers in August to prevent a government default.

The increase would boost the debt limit to $16.4 trillion, which should be enough to allow the government to keep borrowing until the end of 2012, or just after the presidential election.


Ron Paul is the only one who wouldn't vote to raise the debt ceiling, even if he didn't have some form of political "cover" that his alleged "fiscal conservative Republicans" resort to when they are....geee....gosh....forced to vote to increase the limit, "even though they really have to hold their nose" while doing so, and all.

Republicans & Democrats, working together to produce an Oscar Award worthy production of Kabuki Theater in terms of convincing Amerikan Sheeple that they don't have the same major goals and don't work for the same Masters.

The false left-right paradigm imperils the nation further with each passing day.


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:15 | 2060305 Arkadaba
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I was somewhat heartened by RP's performance in NH. Loved that the exit polls showed he is resonating with a young and somewhat socially liberal crowd. But I think he is going to gain traction among the older folks too. Exchanging emails with a friend who is an ex-wall street guy since 2008 (and a boomer) he sent the following to me:

"I voted yesterday [sic - probably for Romney]. Then watched with great interest Romney’s speech and then Ron Pauls. Like you I always disregarded him as a nut bag [sic - not true - he is projecting]. NO MORE. Although there are a lot of things that I completely disagree with him on, his message of personal liberty, personal responsibility, the need to change the status quo captured my interest. Plus, in a quirky way he is a very engaging character. Glad that his themes are not going to disappear. They are a much more rational point of view than the “tea party” or at least what the tea party has turned into."

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:35 | 2060452 TruthInSunshine
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The way that Ron Paul is catching on - in a way I've not ever seen, and no flash in the pan, but on a deep connection level with the people - I do believe many Americans are ignoring the rubbish dressed as "conventional wisdom" that they'd ordinarily be more swayed by in years past.

The sooner the average person realizes that the Main Stream Lame Ass Media (from CNN to Fox/NewsCorp to NBC to Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow to NPR to CBS to Time to USA Today to The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal, and everything in between) is a proxy of the Money Masters/Kleptocracy, and that they are effectively perpetuating the lies that lay at the heart of honest peoples' problems, the sooner the battle is won.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:32 | 2059627 The Deleuzian
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Too funny...Obama and Romney are like interchangeable political action figures or Mr Potato Heads...You can change the Party, the Head, social security, the arms, the economic advisors, the ears, the Healthcare won't matter...It's all the same....God.........

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:50 | 2059719 valley chick
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the best so far today.  +100  ;)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:01 | 2059935 Tyranny is Love
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The question to answer is whether Obama is a one term President or there for two. The election date is (almost) set in stone, even TPTB cant change that (easily). If its one term then they need to collapse Greece and start the dominoes soon so Romney can come in and "FIX" everything. Crash the old system, wright everything off, restart with a New system, blame it all on the last guy! The people are happy. Create chaos (a state of flux) the people demand change, make the changes TPTB require for the next stage.


Timing rides on whether Obama is there after Nov or not. Also if its decided to give him a second term then don't be in Iran in October.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:39 | 2059659 Citxmech
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JFC - What's the doubling-time of our debt down to now, anyway?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:14 | 2060304 BigJim
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Depends on how many carriers Iran manages to sink

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:01 | 2059774 surf0766
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I don't think there will be elections in November. Just a gut feeling...

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 00:26 | 2060649 In Fed We Trust
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It aint cheap running 400 FEMA camps,

If you know what i mean,

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:17 | 2059536 greased up deaf guy
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time to dust off this old gem from then-senator obama all the way back in 2006...

"The fact that we're here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit."

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:30 | 2059610 LawsofPhysics
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What, Politicians lie?  That must be why that conservative house gave him clearance up to 18 trillion.  The two party lie has never been more transparent than it is right now.  Where is that congressional crack suicide squad when we need them?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:33 | 2059628 nope-1004
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I always knew Osama was full of shit.  Never thought he'd actually admit it though.

What a loser he is.  No conviction, no leadership, no spine.  All talk, no action.  FAILURE of a president.


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059669 Golden monkey
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Take it easy. The latest stage of insanity is coming soon to a TV screen near you.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:43 | 2059680 The Deleuzian
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Nope-1004...It's very likely we'll have 4 more years of it...Just think of it...The fun we'll have!!!  I seriously doubt Romney is elected...But like I said above...It doesn't matter...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:53 | 2059728 Kaiser Sousa
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Yes he has proven himself to b a very trustworthy house nigger and servant of the elitist lead by the international banking cartel....he really fooled yall didn't he???? Well now u know....
There is no democrat....there is no republican....just the bankers and their servants - the politicians.......

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:32 | 2059870 The Deleuzian
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What most Gen Xer's knew 20 years ago goes double today...The political process is broken...Now, beyond repair......

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:03 | 2060290 Cathartes Aura
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curious statement - "most Gen Xer's knew 20 years ago" that the "political process is broken" - while I agree with the "broken" part, in fact doubt it was ever whole, if you catch my drift - I wonder what you've got these wise Gen Xer's doing for these past two decades?  have they voted even though they knew it was nonsense?  have they been vocalising their wisdom? 

genuinely curious, as I haven't seen any evidence of your statement - certainly not "here". . .

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 03:48 | 2060854 Arkadaba
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Lots of us work in tech. We've drifited. Many friends work in countries around the world. Not proud of my generation but we did come to age in economically depressed times:

Maybe this time round willl be better. Definitely a malaise associated with people around my age. I wish it wasn't so.

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 14:59 | 2062579 Cathartes Aura
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there's a "malaise" in all age groups, as much as there is "interest" in voting, or as much as there are people receiving some type of "benefits" - these things cross all media-created "groups" of age/birth.

this tendency to group people by age is a big red herring, ignorance is ubiquitous, as is apathy - so is resourcefulness, and self-reliance - just trying to poke holes in this "age group herding" story is all. . . it's too convenient a metaphor.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059531 bigdumbnugly
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obammy: "debt ceiling?  i don't need no stinking debt ceiling."


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059547 slaughterer
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Short the shit out of this pig colony market, the Janjuah Bear Army wants you in its ranks.   

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:42 | 2059677 Teamtc321
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Ron Paul 2012

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:49 | 2059710 erdab
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Must be Bullish, Yahoo fianance say volume for DJI is 1.4 billion. Either they really messed up, or we just had the largest volume day in 12 years.^dji;range=20000103,20120111;indicator=volume;charttype=line;crosshair=on;ohlcvalues=0;logscale=on

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:15 | 2059825 SteveGennisonBa...
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They meant 1.4 thousand

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:35 | 2059875 Cadavre
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Only if the bull is not gelded - in that case it would be "steerish".

Government by continuing resolution - who could've imagined - the days of a "budget plan" look more like old stained and blurred black and white family album photos in the basement of the K-Street Bazaar, also known as the Rayburn Office Building.

Time to get another fist full of silver Liberdads, and buckshot reloads!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:51 | 2059904 Joshua Falken
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Does this guaratee QE3


Buy Gold, Oil, NOK, AUD BRL 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:11 | 2059509 inkarri9
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Must be...oh and I'm sure the Chinese are celebrating.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:13 | 2059517 youngman
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Federal Deficit at -$86 Billion

I think he is going to need more..and fast

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:14 | 2059519 Jlmadyson
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S&P might as well make that 26 sovereigns this week. No need in waiting for later on downgrade #2.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:13 | 2059520 youngman
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Makes are those newly issued bonds that more valueable

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:15 | 2059525 Rainman
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Debt ceiling is just a political hoax to make the peeps think the runaway spending train really has brakes !

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:15 | 2059526 redpill
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:16 | 2059535 Chupacabra-322
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Hmmm, let me see here.  A request for an increase.  Answer, Go FUCK YOURSELF!!!  And the Horse You Rode In On. 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059538 Cognitive Dissonance
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You're gonna need a bigger line of credit. Will that be 1 or 2 extra zeros tacked on to the end?

You know what? Let's just go with 3.........just to be sure. That should get you down the road a piece.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:17 | 2059541 DaveyJones
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it's like disney's haunted house when you first step in. Is the ceiling going up or are we all headed down?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059543 Asher88
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QE or no QE...Say hello to the 1300's!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:46 | 2059892 The Deleuzian
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The Century or the S&P?  Or both!!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2059546 miker
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This go around is going to be very interesting.  I think the Tea Partiers and Repubs have gotten religion about NOT significantly reducing the deficit (e.g., they now understand how serious the depression is and why a hugh slash to federal spending might put us in a tailspin).

On the otherhand, one wonders how long this can go on?  Probably for a long time unless someone stands up and pushes back.  But Japan is over 200% Debt to GDP and we just passed 100%; so it looks like we have a ways to run.

I do believe that it will be for naught though.  I'd much prefer we take our medicine now.  But I think everyone is scared shitless to go that route!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:21 | 2059560 Cognitive Dissonance
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"I'd much prefer we take our medicine now. But I think everyone is scared shitless to go that route!"

It is cowardliness pure and simple. And I'm not just talking about "leadership" or lack thereof. I'm talking about average Jane and Joe, for refuse to look much further than their own credit limits.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:59 | 2059656 GeneMarchbanks
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What Conrad Murray at this very forum aptly calls the "Gimme Dats". From your everyday garden variety bridge bum, to your very shiny skulled central banker. An epidemic of man-children. The disillusioned and terrified. All of this, is forgivable of course. But what these very people are ready to do to keep their illusions alive is completely real and quite violent.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059662 ljag
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'cept ours is OPM whereas Japan used their savings (mas o menos)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:22 | 2059840 T-roll
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No one wants to be the President that was in charge during the 2nd Great Depression, so this will go on for as long as possib


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:19 | 2059551 lolmao500
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When do SP man the fuck up and downgrades America yet again?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:20 | 2059555 Gubbmint Cheese
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Just balance the mother %&@$@ budget B..

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:57 | 2059755 BeerBrewer09
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Shoulda went to Norfolk State bastads, you woulda got the same education. You woulda spent a lot less money, SIMPLE FUCKS.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:21 | 2059561 BlueStreet
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It's the Titanic and you know the old saying about boats - Bust Out Another Trillion. 



Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:21 | 2059562 williambanzai7
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Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:28 | 2059596 Cognitive Dissonance
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Thank God 12-21-2012 is just around the corner. Something's gotta stop this crazy train to hell because it clearly won't be a popular revolt that does it. Here's a toast to all of us being toast just in time for Christmas. :>)

BTW has anyone thought about what the end of the (Mayan) world will do to Christmas sales this year? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:38 | 2059636 bigdumbnugly
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i would surmise sales of Christmas carol singing, head bobbling, hip swinging, fuzzy wuzzy Mayan dolls will do particularly well.  

past that, hard to say.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:06 | 2059790 kill switch
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Thank God 12-21-2012 is just around the corner. Something's gotta stop this crazy train to hell because it clearly won't be a popular revolt that does it.

CD, Your a hot ticket !! :>)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:50 | 2059902 DaveyJones
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 21:29 | 2060322 BigJim
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He certainly looks like he died several centuries ago

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:20 | 2060415 DaveyJones
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he talks the same way too

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 22:35 | 2060454 nmewn
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He's workin on just the right chemical balance.

But he's been off his meds lately ;-)

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 00:43 | 2060679 hidingfromhelis
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I liked him better when he was on his "meds."  But then again, that's probably why he is the way he is now.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:23 | 2059566 inkarri9
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"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies."

Obummer, 2006

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:26 | 2059588 Jlmadyson
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It all comes back around.

The downgrades cometh.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:23 | 2059568 Caviar Emptor
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He shoulda asked for $1.9 Trillion just to have a lil xtra left over :-) Worse case scenario? Keg party for 300,000,000

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:23 | 2059570 Pancho Villa
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Buddy, can you spare 12 trillion dimes?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 18:48 | 2060070 Reprobate
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or 40 nickels for a bag of chips

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:24 | 2059574 GeneMarchbanks
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Get rid of that ceiling 'merika. Breathe free for God sakes...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:46 | 2059692 bigdumbnugly
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agreed.  why not take off that training bra and let em jounce!

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:54 | 2059734 GeneMarchbanks
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Teenage tity analogy, really? OK +1

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:06 | 2059789 bigdumbnugly
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ahh.     mammories, mammories...

i meant memories, memories.  sorry.   how'd that happen?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2059576 AlaricBalth
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China has stepped away from the table, having engourged themselves with US Treasuries. Now they realize they ate quite a bit to much of the nausient and are slowing spewing out what they can.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2059578 Ocean22
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A republican president will be no different. How long can a system like this continue? 20 trillion? , 30 , 40 , 100???? When does it implode and the real grief start??????

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:27 | 2059592 Sudden Debt
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How much weight can a Ant carry?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2059583 Sudden Debt
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No problem sir!
Now, about that downpayment plan....
And are you willing to cut the deficit with 50 dollars in 2130?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:26 | 2059584 gettingready8
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who actually thinks this will end well?


No one can pay their bills but this is suppossed to be considered leadership?


Housing has bottomed?  Buy BAC!!!


I think ZH explained the Euro will pop up for sometime before going down again... correct?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:29 | 2059603 BlueStreet
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It may not end well but it sure is going to be entertaining. 

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:29 | 2059604 undercover brother
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it's bullish allright.  where's that BTFD you tube video when you need it?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:31 | 2059614 RobotTrader
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Why not $2.5 Trillion?  Or $3.5 Trillion?


Our currency is assured of rising into Outer Space and Treasury Yields will surely plummet to 1.5% on this news.

Just like Japan.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:53 | 2059731 HarryM
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Exactly , and no one is going to push the mutual self destruction button.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:55 | 2059740 GeneMarchbanks
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Until.... Jenkins. Leeroy... Jenkins.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:41 | 2059615 LouisDega
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Ooo, Lets see if Mister markie is up today. Yep, Hes up. Its all good. What else ya got?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:56 | 2059746 HarryM
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Mister Markie's reverse gear is broken , only goes forward

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:31 | 2059619 earleflorida
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"Obama's Business Cycle - Election Manipulation at the Cost of a Doomed *Nano-Second Crystal-Meth-High,... 2012-16 Economy?"

"Business Cycle" [dated material - mid-1990's,... but, oh so 2012?"]*Ockham's razor?

thanks tyler

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:34 | 2059634 kralizec
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Dear President (cough) Obama,

Up Yours!



(Well, it was a nice dream anyway...)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:34 | 2059638 gwar5
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Wll, this is Washingon, DC, so we have to extract something good from Obama before we give it to him. What shall it be?

1. Michelle's butt measurements?

2. All pending FOIA requests get honored, no redactions, before he gets the money?

3. Make Big Sis get a TSA feel up by a man, then make her go through the scanner and post the pic on the internet so everybody can see if the lump is a penis.

4. BHO must submit another WH Budget to try to do better than the 5th grade caliber one he did last year before it was voted down 97-0 in the senate



Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:48 | 2059700 mr1963
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Re Budget, it was not a formal vote. He asked congress to ignore it once he realized there was enough information in that budget to get him bounced from office. He's back on the hope and change bus, I heard bits of last nights speech at UIC. Nothing in writing, no votes, no record of anything, that's his ticket to re-election.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 20:09 | 2060210 gwar5
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I think he let one of his daughters make up the WH budget up last year so he could buff ciggies in the Rose Garden. Also think last years WH OMB guy from CITI is now his chief of staff. The deputy OMB person is a clueless hot chick who had her mentally challenged certificate made official when grilled by congress. She now has very little time to outsource it to Malia again.


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:34 | 2059639 PaperBear
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Watch this pass without the circus of the previous limit hike.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:37 | 2059649 YesWeKahn
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One might ask the following questions:

How does the president manage his own finance? If he does well, why doesn't he do the same thing for his country? If he doen't do well, why is he president?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:37 | 2059650 Caviar Emptor
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Barry Obama as Let's Make A Deal's Monty Hall...: "And the total value of what's behind door #3 is 3 Trillion 200 Billion dollars!!'

-"Oh Barry! Barry!"  

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:38 | 2059652 seek
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Am I correct in thinking the interval between increases is shortening (ie the increases of a roughly fixed size are going exponential?)

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:38 | 2059653 Gamma735
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When our leaders speak, look at what is not being said.  Freedom is a sate of mind not our choice of McDonalds or Burger King. Truly free people can be a powerful force.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:38 | 2059654 I Am Not a Copp...
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I was wondering why stocks turned around, given the commodity beat-down that happened today...

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:47 | 2059657 FubarNation
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Mr. BHObama quick fucking around.  Enought of this nickel and dime shit every so often.

Just proclaim the ceiling does not exist anymore.  Unlimited funding - call Bernwanke and get the presses running warp speed!


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059661 navy62802
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Waiting for the gold bears to chime in.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 17:07 | 2059793 ebworthen
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Bullish for GOLD!

Just wait 'till next QE, FED to buy Fannie/Freddie dark pool mortgages.

The Bernank will have his "Ctrl + $" keystrokes going too.

Until all that stops and they raise rates, GOLD.

How's that?

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059663 lolmao500
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And on January 24, they vote on SOPA to destroy the internet.

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 16:40 | 2059666 Fix It Again Timmy
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The $100 Million Dollar Penny - veeeery interesssstingggggggg:


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