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Ron Paul Raises $1.8 Million In 24 Hour "Birthday" Fund Raiser

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Our congratulations and belated birthday wishes to Ron Paul, who yesterday raised a sizable $1.8 million in a "money bomb" fund raiser in under 24 hours. As a reminder this is merely an appetizer of what Paul's loyalists can do, considering back in 2007 Paul raised over $6 million in the same time frame. Nonetheless, we find it ironic that the very same fiat confetti that Bernanke prints with reckless abandon is the same that will be used to hopefully one day end the tyranny of central banking.

Press release:

Ron Paul Campaign’s Money Bomb Tops $1.8 Million 


Strong finish for one day online fundraising


Business Wire


LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- August 22, 2011


Over the weekend, 2012 Republican presidential contender Ron Paul scored big as his campaign’s 24 hour fundraising event finished with over $1.8 million in small individual donations. Paul’s campaign has now cracked the million-dollar mark in one day fundraising four times.


“Our campaign is truly surging, and this is just more evidence of the strength of our grassroots support,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “We’ve just come off of an impressive finish in the Iowa straw poll, and our rising poll numbers and strong fundraising proves our message is resonating with people.”


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Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:14 | 1586247 vast-dom
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HAppy BDay RP BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't say stupid shit like Iran can have nukes, okay?




Enjoy your special day and congrats on your monies -- it's a necessary evil ;) 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:16 | 1586266 InconvenientCou...
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How will the markets price in RP's "strategic default" policy stance?

The longer he hangs around, the more interesting it will get.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:22 | 1586301 redpill
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1.8 million middle fingers to the establishment and their media accomplices.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:25 | 1586321 Max Hunter
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I'm not donating this time around until he loses the Republican nomination and announces he will be running as an independent.. Otherwise, it's a waste..

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:29 | 1586346 SwingForce
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When he gets Jesse Ventura as a runnung mate. Yeah! WTC7 bitchez!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:33 | 1586369 wanklord
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By appealing to tons of bullshit about the Constitution and other patriotic crap, Congressman Ron Paul is able to seduce his brute and ignorant constituency while doing nothing at all in Congress (a clever way to make easy money). He is just part of the establishment while pretending to be a "genuine patriot." Moreover, Dr. Paul is also a mediocre version of one of Leo Strauss'(*) categories of society: the Gentlemen

The gentlemen, are lovers of honour and glory. They are the most ingratiating towards the conventions of their society – that is, the illusions of the cave. They are true believers in God, honour, and moral imperatives. They are ready and willing to embark on acts of great courage and self-sacrifice at a moment's notice.

Besides that, Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue. The sooner the US economy collapses the better, so these brutes will finally learn NOT to live beyond their means.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:38 | 1586397 redpill
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I've seen you cut and paste this before, it was bullshit then, and it's bullshit now.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:54 | 1586471 Confused
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Besides that, Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue. The sooner the US economy collapses the better, so these brutes will finally learn NOT to live beyond their means.


We both know that there is no point in trying to point out the nonsense that some of the trolls spout. When they refer to problems as being a nationalistic, rather than one perpetrated on them by corporate parasites, we can just ignore them completely.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:16 | 1586543 TheTmfreak
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Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:41 | 1586654 Dave Thomas
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Is there any way that once a post accumulates enough red arrows that the blog can just collapse the shitty post? That would be sweet.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:53 | 1587314 Doyle Hargraves
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Kind of off topic but some youngsters are getting on the bandwagon for Ron Paul check this out a local skateboard shop is selling Ron Paul skateboards!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:36 | 1586626 Oh regional Indian
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While I don't agree with your caricature of american people (such a broad and ugly brush), I agree completely with your assesment of th egood dr. paul.

I was wondering about his constituents, who every election cycle saw the same old, aw shucks, I'm tawking about it you know, for 35 years he has talked about "it" (Eustace Mullins should have been a shoe-in for a life-time congressmanship for his contributiion to the cause)and finally got his son into a meaningful political position. Just another dynastic, do nothing blow-hard with a lot of free goodwill votes for some strange reason.

I'm sure some people on this board have been talking the good dr. paul's lines before him.

Vivek (ORI)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:56 | 1586727 akak
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Your political telescope apparently works quite poorly from far-off India.

Please restrict your comments to subjects about which you actually have a clue --- the political positions, wisdom and integrity of Ron Paul are clearly not among them.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:51 | 1587055 Oh regional Indian
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hey Akak, in my 12 years in teh Us, this is what I did:

1) Went to a top east coast school

2) Was a fellow of a much sought after fellow-ship provider

3) Was the Director of Technology for a Fortune 50 MIC company that crossed every technology you can imagine and then some

4) Was employee number 30 in a dot CON start up that went on to the biggest acquisition of the dot CON BOOM, 3.5 billion in March 2000.

5) Was broke but never destitute in the San Fran Bay Area and then in Marin, PAinted houses, shop sat, chai made, dog sat, meditated.

Also, DROVE coast to coast and up and down, only Idaho/montana unseen.

Have always been politically keen, was the Aide to the Governor of Karnataka (India's IT hub) for 18 months, so understand politics, deeply. 12 years as an officer in the armed forces, so have the entire fake military present and history down, pat. 

I can call bull-shit when I see it, wherever I want. I've worked on 4 continents too, so have a fairly wide grasp of global socio-political norms, histories and of corse a majority of the much maligned conspracies thereof.

I suggest you learn to be open, don't have a mind-set, have a mind-flex.

Vivek (ORI)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:56 | 1587083 tmosley
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Funny that the guy who refuses to look at RP's record while labeling him as "just another politician" is deriding someone else for not being open minded.

I don't want to browbeat you on this subject, but Ron Paul is the only truly good person in politics.  Why do you want to write him off because his son entered politics of his own accord in an entirely different state?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:07 | 1587623 Sledge
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You went to a top east coast school, huh? kinda like Obama, Dubya and Papa Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, etc.  Hmmmmm very interesting. J/k, actually quite common and BORING. Are you working on your Nobel "Peace" Prize too? 


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:11 | 1587647 High Plains Drifter
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hey ori, paul has made a major flip flop already and most of these paulistas don't even know it i bet. he is now 180 degrees away from where he was in 2008, on illegal immigration. now he says the wetbacks are just here to do jobs that we amerikans don't want to do. isn't that special?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:22 | 1587700 Gamblor
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This is the only position from which Paul and I differ strenuously.  NumbersUSA gives him a C+, 2nd only to Bachmann's B- grade for GOP candidates for president (Rick Perry gets a fat D-, in case you were wondering). 

Paul's vaccilating on the topic is interesting - he agrees we need to secure the border, but he just can't shake the common libertarian trope that people should be free to move from country to country seeking the best of what they want.  If we were all equally born and race was just a social construct, sure.  But that's a fraud and human biodiversity is the real truth.  He's sort of caught in the middle of the anarcho-capitalist and paleo-conservative schools of thought.  Sorry, human differences and culture don't allow us to do that what the anarchos want, so I'd recommend to him that he take a strong position on the national question.  In the past he did this, then got a bit soft in his I agree with HPD, above that it is squishy at best.

That being said, he so strong on everything else - he's the pioneer of freedom & the only candidate who is on the other side of all of the wars - that he's far and away the best choice for me in this primary.

(His answer to the e-verify question at the GOP debate was interesting and doctrinal libertarian, but in the real world I don't mind trust businesses to submit new hires to a 'citizenship verification process' to ensure that those who are citizens in this country get the rewards of businesses who hire here.)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 22:02 | 1588715 StychoKiller
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It's really quite simple:  Open borders or a Welfare state, pick one, you CANNOT HAVE BOTH!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 21:53 | 1588677 my puppy for prez
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"went to a top east coast school..."

THAT explains it!

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 00:23 | 1589137 nihilist
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Hypocrisy is a funny thing ain't it. Here you are accusing Ron Paul of being self serving, which of course seems natural since he does still partake in the activities of the political class. Yet the irony seems lost in you when your posts seem to be always undersigned with a hyper link to a pointless blog. At least the guy doesn't advertise the fact that he went to some flashy east coast school as if it was some rite of passage.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 00:57 | 1760146 FreedomGuy
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Well, I went to the toughest top ranked school in the world and I say maybe you're good in IT and a few other things but your country is a century behind, played with collectivism and would have done better with more Ron Paul types. You produced a Ghandi but no Washington's, Jefferson's or Adams', yet. Perhaps in the future if you can educate your population on the merits of liberty you will create a few. Then they have to get into leadership and work a revolution. Put all your genius "global socio-political norms" into effect instead of sitting around drinking tea and convincing everyone else how brilliant you are. Not easily done as you have to generally use existing power structures. That's why RP is a Republican instead of Libertarian for now. Yet, he is still a libertarian.

Perhaps, Ron Paul hasn't been the brilliant double-talking leader of the libertarian revolution you might imagine. However, he stands consistently for a set of ideas that has attracted more people than ever. Words and phrases like "Austrian School", "keynesianism", and "voluntary exchange" are becoming routine. Hayek, Mises and Rand are selling better than ever. That doesn't happen in a vacuum.

Lots of "politically keen" people have brought ruin to their countries. I prefer honest, consistent and will take unpolished if necessary. Ron Paul may not be THE guy that gets the job done, but he may be a sort of John the Baptist paving the way for a more sophisticated libertarian leader. However, he will have planted the seeds for that movement.

America and the rest of the developed world will have to choose in the future. There needs to be a voice with a different path rather than the typical "strong man" (a.k.a. Hitler, Mussolini, FDR) who will save us. For now, that voice has been most consistently Ron Paul whatever his faults.



Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:41 | 1587531 High Plains Drifter
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look, ori, i tell them. they won't listen to me. what else can  anyone do?  what is the definition of stupidity?  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  he quit last time, (well some say he technically didn't but let's not quibble). you can tell a lot about ron paul when he pulls that bullshit ideas of his out of his reportoire about 911.  oh its blowback. yeh sure pal. give me a break. and they give him money again and think this old codger who has been inside the beltway for 20 years and now is what 76 years old is the calvary and he is coming to our rescue. his son is about as worthless as tits on a bore hog anyway too. if these guys hate government then why do they want to be inside the beltway so bad?  he talks to the talk but nothing ever happens. gee i wonder why. paulistas are living the american dream. they are asleep and don't even know it. 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:49 | 1587560 tmosley
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So basically you are saying that you don't like Paul because he beleives that actions have consequences?

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:00 | 1587609 High Plains Drifter
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well tmos. if he was dangerous he would not be doing anything?  do you understand this?. the system is corrupt. and it cannot be fixed. do you understand this?  there is no hope from any of these men? do you understand this?  you guys are dreaming if you think this man is your savior. he is not. and never would have been. you watch and see what happens. if he goes third party, he will split the vote, just like perot did and then we got slick willie. which it matters not who we get in office anyway. they are all controlled. until we get rid of the FED and get rid of the fiat money system , we shall always be tilting at windmills. and no, one man will not do this. it is going to require us all to do it. no one will do it for us. do you understand this? you and i are going to have to get in the street and take care of it. if we don't then who shall do this thing?  your children, or your grandchildren?  they system is broken. it cannot be fixed. i don't know how much more of this type of discussion can be done before it starts to sink it. i have said it once. i will say it again and again. our country is dying. the system is broken and is beyond repair. you speak of gold and silver, yet you still have hope in a system that is against you. strange dichotemy. there is no hope in this system. there never was.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:43 | 1587769 Panafrican Funk...
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This is 100% correct.  Within the cave, Paul is a light.  But he's still in the cave, and that light is merely a candle compared to the sun outside.  Free your mind waaaaay the hell more than you have already, and you'll arrive at truths such as what has been stated by HPD.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:55 | 1587809 Rynak
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Which is "just give up - you cannot do anything anyways, and therefore nothing any dissenter says matters, because he hasn't the power  to change it?"

Well, in that case, fuck you.

I have never ever voted, but that doesn't stop me from respecting people which are at least someway reasonable, even if "the system" doesn't allow them to succeed.

For RPs arguments to be mostly consistent AND reasonable (even if not completely) it DOESN'T MATTER, if others allow him to succeed.

Truth isn't democratic.

Real change though, may be. But as it is now, it for "some reason" too doesn't appear to matter, RP or not. What the fuck does "representative democracy" achieve anyways, besides of peace of mind?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:59 | 1587830 High Plains Drifter
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i never said i give up. i do however give up on this political system that never was. until you understand just who in the hell you are dealing with mi amigo, then you may just barely begin to understand the fix we are in. i say again. the system is broken and cannot be fixed. you see what is happening in libya. this is what happens to those who refuse to bow the knee to moloch. do you understand what i am talking about? your poltical system is a joke and the joke is on you and you somehow think that some silly wasted effort voting for some old man is some how going to change all of this. they are close to victory now . they will never ever allow some old fart from texas stand in their way. the powers of darkness are waxing strong and the beast is strong and you must be strong to fight against it . the world watches now. they know we are all that is left. 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 18:23 | 1587929 fuu
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So what do you suggest? You spend so much time talking but it is all veiled references and you never actually come out and say anything.


Why don't you give us the HPD 10 point plan? How about the 5 point plan?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 18:27 | 1587934 Rynak
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No, specifically me does not propose, that "voting for someone" will fix the fundamental issues of the system - but it may very well be a STEP towards revolution of the system.

That is my point of view - representative democracy, as well as the economic system we live in, is broken beyond repair - and yet, there are steps in between supporting the system, and outrightly rejecting it... and in any case, the arguments of dissenters which do make sense, are not tied to ANY political system... truth, integrity and honesty do not depent on a social system... they just ARE.

With this, i do not seek to imply that voting for RP will "fix everything".... at most, i just mean to imply, that it is ONE possible step in-between.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 20:43 | 1588392 monoloco
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You may be right, nevertheless, I intend to change my party affiliation from independent to Republican in order to vote for Paul in the primary, because one thing is clear, a vote for any of the other clowns in the race is definitely a vote for more of the same shit. Let's at least give the man a chance.

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 01:59 | 1589277 Toe Cutter
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"I never said I give up. I do however give up..". Let me preface by saying, what a wonderful philosophy you have. I have read many posts by you high plains, and most of them are great. However you are missing the point on this one. Ron Paul is not running for president for power, glory, control or fame. It's not even to become the highest "honor" of being "elected" president. It's the message my friend. The information he is giving to us is great. You don't think this "old man" knows how the political system works? He has been in the system for 30 some years! When you listen to him question Bernank, you pay attention to only the words that are spoken right? There is meaning in those words. He is basically calling Bald Ben every name in the book, but you and others don't pick up on it. Ron Paul is delivering the message and it is up to us to carry that message to everyone. If you receive information that you know to be true to try to fix the broken system and you do nothing about it then YOU are the problem. What a wasted life you shall live if you are not willing to stand up, speak out, support or even die for a belief. Keep will get you no where.


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 18:11 | 1587879 High Plains Drifter
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the light shines brightly in the cave and the angry moths are attracted to it and fly to it because it is all they know, while stuck in their cave. ....and again (if there ever is another election and that is doubtful at this point) again, the angry moths will seek out another light shining in the darkness and they will fly to it again as they have time and time again and the soothing words of the light bearer sooth their anger and squelch their thirst for a season until it is time to do it again. for this is all they know. the goverfnment schools have stolen their ability to rationalize and to analyze and they do not understand  such is life in the gulag....oh what a stubborn people. a people who refuse to understand and to see things as they are and not as they want them to be......oh what a blind people, a people who cannot see what is truely happening. oh what a deaf people. a people who refuse to hear the truth about their world, a world that is dying and so for a moment in time, they hang their hopes on a light inside of their own caves, caves of their own making. 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 22:05 | 1588728 StychoKiller
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Problems that cannot be solved by ballots will be solved by bullets.  Just come out and say it:  "I'm advocating for overthrow of the US Govt!"  Just ignore those black helicopters circling your house...

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:20 | 1587693 Sledge
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You are no "High Plains Drifter." Eastwood's character in that movie was more about Ron Paul than anything else. He came into Lago and found a town in fear. A corrupt town. No one had the courage to speak up against the criminal murderers in town. The mine owners, the sheriff, everyone was scared, ashamed and guilty for not speaking up. "The High Plains Drifter" (Ron Paul) cleaned it out BUT GOOD!! You are like one of the "regulators" in the saloon at the beginning of the movie. You ain't no High Plains Drifter!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:34 | 1587739 High Plains Drifter
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you paulistas are like alex jones acolytes, anyone that dares to say something you don't like about your little buddy, then you get all mad and, wake up and think outside the box. your redemption requires blood, and sacrifice, not votes, do you understand this?  

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:47 | 1587773 Rynak
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"Wake up and think outside the box", suggested by someone with a troll track record (just click his nick, and then choose "track").

There may be arguments and opinions outside the box, regarding RP, but YOU sure as hell all aren't going to be the one supplying 'em, fucking parasite!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:56 | 1587819 Sledge
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Oh but if it's Perry, you'll vote, huh? A Bush "regulator". Is this George I, or II? Or are you Rush? Is your AK-47/AR-15 Gold-plated like your microphone? Talk about being stuck in a box! I bet RP can bitch slap you a hundred times before you can move that rig of yours a quarter inch.

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:00 | 1760150 FreedomGuy
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So, who is the cavalry then? Is it someone who doesn't believe in consequences and blowback?


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:41 | 1587755 Rynak
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What is your point? That someone with unpopular (and in the massmedia itentionally supressed) agenda, isn't as popular as some would like him to be?

I usually tend to like your arguments ORI, but your above post seems a bit shallow. Even assuming that "they" are keeping him in check, how does that invalidate his arguments and intentions?

(Background: I do agree with most of RPs arguments, but not all, and those i do not agree on with him, highly annoy me... but that does not make me ignore that i agree with him more than i disagree with him, AND that his voting track-record, is consistent with what he is claiming to support, which is VERY RARE among politicians.)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 22:08 | 1588738 StychoKiller
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It's either vote for Ron Paul, or the lesser of two evils (which is STILL EVIL, BTW!)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:57 | 1586745 erkme73
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Touche on the username... very fitting.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:28 | 1586936 akak
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Wanklord, with 71 (and counting) "down" arrows on your execrable and idiotic post, you would make the former ZeroHedgers leo Kovilakis and RobotTraitor proud.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:32 | 1586946 krypplephite
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Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:24 | 1587204 zenbones
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The other 434 members of the house do stuff in congress all the time.  And it usually ends up with us getting raped one way or another.  Why do we want our "representatives" to do anything?  I want them to leave us alone.  Pass a budget to run the government as efficiently and small as possible.  We already have way too many laws on the books.  We don't need congress passing anymore.  Plus, Congressman Paul has to deal with both sides, R's & D's, being against him and against us.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:46 | 1587544 High Plains Drifter
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paul introduces lots of pork barrel projects in his district. then he votes against them but due to the nature of congress these measures usually pass and then paul gets his pork barrel money and then he can say well i voted against it. slick if you ask me. real slick.....

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:50 | 1587567 tmosley
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Right, because the people in his district don't pay any taxes, and as such, are not entiteld to get any money back from the governemnt.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:05 | 1587629 High Plains Drifter
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well he was on local news in 2008, as i have talked about before and you should have seen him when he was asked about this. talk about the texas two step?  this guy would have made bill clinton proud trying to defend that situation. well ah ah ah ha ha ..... ha ha ha 

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 19:09 | 1592552 John_Coltrane
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Hey, wanker, how does it feel to be such a loser?  You're doing worse than BAC in the voting!  Get thee to the Huffington Post where your trenchant observations will be more appreciated.  You're on a site dedicated to freedom and liberty and the information required to acheive those ends.

Ron Paul all the way in 2012!!!

Meanwhile, why not try to "minipulate and subdue" an African lion?  Its just a stupid animal which you could easily control with your vast intelligence.  Visit your local zoo and jump right into the enclosure.  We'll even post the news article ("Annnoying wanker eaten by "stupid" lion) here on ZH.  Then, you'll finally be a contributor to the site content.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:23 | 1586571 jg
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I read Judge Napolitano being bandied about as a running mate.  Awesome, I think!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:33 | 1586953 sullymandias
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Is John Stockton still alive?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:21 | 1587465's picture

Love the Judge.


Here comes the Judge!


(I really do love the judge. Please enjoy or at least pardon the "Laugh-In" flashback.)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:32 | 1586366 Stoploss
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I will go ahead and say it, Perry / Paul 2012

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:58 | 1586484 clymer
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.."Perry"? /Paul?


you clearly don't get it

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:24 | 1586573 Hugh G Rection
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Perry is a Bilderberg attending globalist puppet for the banking cartel.  No way Paul would accept that hypocrite, child vaccinating sex fiend as a running mate.  It would be all the more reason for the cartel to JFK Paul and continue their Ponzi.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:33 | 1586602 TruthInSunshine
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OT -

The Federal Reserve, and especially the New York Branch, is doing everything in its power to seemingly kill off the American Economy.

People should let Ms. Wylde know what they think of her:

Check out what the New York Times says happened at a memorial service when Schneiderman ran into an official in the NYFed

[Someone who was at the memorial service last week for the late Hugh Carey, the former New York governor, said Mr. Schneiderman "became embroiled in a contentious conversation with Kathryn S. Wylde, a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York."]

“It is of concern to the industry that instead of trying to facilitate resolving these issues, you seem to be throwing a wrench into it. Wall Street is our Main Street — love ’em or hate ’em. They are important and we have to make sure we are doing everything we can to support them unless they are doing something indefensible.”

Wylde told the NYTimes that their conversation was “not unpleasant."

One thing to remember is that the Obama administration has been trying to end foreclosure-gate with settlements since February. Another thing is that this might be Obama's extending an olive branch to Wall Str

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:46 | 1586679 Race Car Driver
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Paul will do what he's told to do - nothing more, nothing less. If he were any threat to the system whatsoever, he'd have been eliminated/neutralised in some fashion years ago.

After 35 years, he's a cog that serves some purpose to the system - nothing more, nothing less.

(What ever happened to the $millions that he raised in his last run, anyhow? Did it all disappear in hot air balloons?)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:13 | 1587163 TheGoodDoctor
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Campaign for Liberty you fucking troll jackass!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:20 | 1587187 Race Car Driver
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Hardly trolling, tough guy. Just callin' it like I see it. I'm politically agnostic and believe the game is rigged from the top to the bottom. But hey, go stand in line and vote ... someone needs to touch the buttons so to validate the charade.

No harm/no foul - g'head and throw a few more F bombs at me if it makes you feel better.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:47 | 1587549 High Plains Drifter
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you are right. if he became irritating he would end up in the joint like trafficant...

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 11:35 | 1590426 Race Car Driver
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This is kind of amazing to me, really... for a site that has supposedly enlightened or 'awake' people. Seemingly it's downgrades all around for anyone who is critical of RP - or who applies the least bit of common sense in looking at the political realities.

I liken it to a bunch of poker players who are sitting at a rigged game, down to their last chips, but they just know - KNOW - that pair of deuces is gonna work this time and anyone who thinks differently is just bad juju at the table.

Lol... play on, suckers... play on.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 19:39 | 1588233 Plata con Carne
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I donated $2100 in 2008, and I'll have you know I received a $438 refund check.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:17 | 1586860 r101958
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Peter, Paul and Perry..?...;)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:49 | 1587559 High Plains Drifter
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perry is going through a mid life dick crisis. he can't seem to keep his johnson in his pants and his door swings both ways it seems.  this will come out , believe me , as time goes by...

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:34 | 1586614 flattrader
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No joke.

>>>considering back in 2007 Paul raised over $6 million in the same time frame<<<

I wonder what happened to that money?

Has anyone ever pulled the FEC reports to see just how it was spent?


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:49 | 1586699 Race Car Driver
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Looks like RP pocketed at least a tidy half-mill last time around.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:51 | 1586709 fuu
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Wtf are you pulling that little gem from?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:00 | 1586770 Race Car Driver
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The last line in your table:

Unknown Insufficient Info


Possession is 9/10 of the law... it was in his hands last, he's accountable as to where it went... so, WTF did it go?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:09 | 1586819 fuu
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So he stole it is what you are saying?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:44 | 1587027 Race Car Driver
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Well - since you suggested it....

Where do you suppose it went?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:57 | 1587089 tmosley
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Probably the Campain for Liberty (Ron's PAC), a perfectly acceptble, moral, and legal destination for leftover funds that can't be returned.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:15 | 1587173 fuu
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UNKNOWN: Insufficient detail to assign a category.


It just means Open Secrets did not know how to classify it.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:50 | 1587566 High Plains Drifter
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he said he was going to spend that on conservative causes. did  he?  ha ha ha 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:21 | 1587695 phyuckyiu
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Wow, 487k leftover from a presidential run. For you that is around 20 years of income. For Ron Paul that is the rent on his building for a year or two. OMGWTFBBQ TROLL FAIL.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:48 | 1586695 Race Car Driver
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+ 6M

(overlap post - yours wasn't there when started mine above)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:46 | 1587779 Mitzibitzi
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Voting your conscience rather than that which inflates your bank balance is never a waste.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:26 | 1586324 Pladizow
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Huh.....what......I dont understand....How many ounces is that?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:35 | 1586355 Libertarians fo...
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I was more than a little dismayed to see JP Morgan as one of the top contributors to Ron Paul's 2008 campaign.  I thought RP was the anti-establishment, anti-TBTF candidate.  Then, to see him as one of Washington's top porkers in 2009, it just makes me feel like he's putting everyone on. 

Oh, and another thing.... where in the constitution does it allow for a congressman to spend $8M in taxpayer money to research shrimp marketing?


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:36 | 1586380 tmosley
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I'd like to see some actual evidence, as you are a known liar, and a highly biased purveor of slander.

The current campain contributors are listed on open secrets here:

JPM is nowhere to be found.  I can't immediately find the list for 2008.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:42 | 1586415 tmosley
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Nice work.

This guy is such a fucking liar.  It's disgusting.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:48 | 1586442 Libertarians fo...
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You guys are both fucking idiots.

The link you provided was for this congressional campaign.

Try his presidential campaign....

Wells Fargo (Wachovia) is on there, too. 


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:52 | 1586458 pesamystik
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These banks are heding their bets in case Paul does win. Is he going to take their money? Of course. Does that mean he'll give them anything back? I doubt it.

This thread is rife with paid agents designed to take Paul out.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:56 | 1586478 Libertarians fo...
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Is he going to take their money? Of course.....




Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:58 | 1586488 fuu
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Come on fucktard flame out.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:31 | 1586594 whstlblwr
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Smileynazi become laughing stock. Paul 38th in contributions from Chase, but at least he get more than Jay K Footlik!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:59 | 1586491 clymer
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are you a shill, or an idiot? (fyi - both are bad)

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:59 | 1586495 EscapeKey
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Where's your outrage vs Obama?

Come on, Obama took a lot of money - the most, in fact - in the 2008 campaign. Surely you should now rage vs Obama, right?

Or are you contractually obliged not to do so?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:14 | 1586844 tmosley
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Ok, kids, here is a nice example of evil attempting to win by setting the good against the perfect.  Of course, where there is no line between the good and the perfect, a line must be created.  This is one such line.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:24 | 1587705 phyuckyiu
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These were individual donations from people who worked in finance. Trollspin doesn't fly here, we actually double check your bullshit.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:54 | 1587810 Mitzibitzi
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You really are a retard aren't you (at least when you're not being a paid troll for TPTB, please correct me if I'm wrong by providing verifiable details of what you DO actually do for a living, if that's not the case. For all I know you might just be particularly stoopid??). Hasn't it crossed your mind that running for ANY political office might be an expensive business? And if you can spend some other dickhead's money on the process rather than your own, it does kinda make some amount of sense to do that. Just saying, is all!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:54 | 1586464 kridkrid
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No... you are the idiot.  Those corporations didn't donate and he didn't receive money from any of the PACs.  All that is represented by those figures is the place of employment of his individual donors.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:20 | 1586553 TheTmfreak
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You hit the nail on the head.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:54 | 1586470 fuu
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JPMorgan Chase & Co $808,799


JPMorgan Chase & Co $343,505
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:59 | 1586492 Libertarians fo...
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The reason Obama and McCain got so much more $$ is because they were the clear choices to win.  RP wasn't even close. 

As soon as Ron Paul becomes an actual threat to the presidency, just watch the money pile in from Wall Street.  And he'll take it....  that's the fucking problem. 


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:05 | 1586514 ronin12
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I gave money to Ron Paul when I was working as a lowly analyst at Citigroup. I had to write "Citigroup" on the donation form. So what?

Look at his voting record if you want to extrapolate what he would do as Pres.


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:23 | 1586569 Libertarians fo...
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You don't look at his voting record.  You look at the earmarks that "magically" go to his district.  RP has perfected the art of getting earmarks to his district, then voting against the bill because he knows the bill will pass anyway.

If I look at how he distributes taxpayer funds, it appears he cares more about shrimp than he does the poor or elderly.


Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:28 | 1586588 fuu
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Keep moving those goalposts.

At some point just out of sheer luck you might say something intelligent, but I doubt it.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:23 | 1586895 r101958
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fuu +100

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:58 | 1586742 whstlblwr
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I want to thank you for talking about this old news from 2007, it make me go back and look it all up. Now like Ron Paul even more! It's about stop antibiotics in shrimp from China. Looks like he has strong record to stop pollution and protect people.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:26 | 1587708 phyuckyiu
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OMG you mean another TROLLSPIN failure? 8 million spent to protect our health? YOU JEST.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:21 | 1586563 dark_matter
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It says that he got a total of $8M of which $20K came from Wachovia PACs or employees and $16K from JPM PACs or employees.  The entire top twenty sums to $586K. The majority of his money came from all over the place, not just a few big corporation.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:19 | 1586871 bread n circuses
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Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman are on that list (not to mention the Army, Navy, Air Force and the DOD).

How does that look for THE anti-war candidate?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:18 | 1587183 fuu
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Individuals must state where they work when donating. The entries for Army, Navy, Air Force represent donations made by individuals employed by those businesses.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:29 | 1587722 phyuckyiu
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It's hard to believe that after clarifying that these are individual donations with their employers listed, the attempted TROLLSPIN that these are bundled donations continues. I GUARANTEE the armed forces will have a much better morale with Ron Paul in charge.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:05 | 1586784 tmosley
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Right, so $35,000 out of how 13.5 million came from EMPLOYEES of a couple of big banks?  0.26%!  He's clearly corrupt!

But then, you are so clearly trying so very very hard to get people not to vote for Ron Paul, maybe we should just let you think that we agree with your asinine bullshit and let you feel like a winner for once.









Or not.  lol

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:14 | 1586828 akak
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I'm still waiting for the inevitable and ultimate synthesis in ZH trolling:

'It only costs $5 to dig Ron Paul out of the ground --- but you can't eat him!"

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:16 | 1586854 tmosley
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They can, however, eat me.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:30 | 1586876 akak
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Given the glaringly submissive and homoerotic nature of most ZH trolls, they would probably love nothing better; they certainly have no problem sucking down Obummer's and Bernankster's bilious and bitter baby batter.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:04 | 1587119 tmosley
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Been a while since I last had to hose down a troll in real life.

They made a movie about it, though.  Kind of a stinker, but I thought it was funny:

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:57 | 1586443 fuu
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My bad here is the Presidential break down:

Wachovia #12 with $19,629

JPM #17 with $16,072.


$36k out of $34.3MM.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:43 | 1586423 snowball777
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Maybe you should look at the Presidential Campaign contributions?

MORAGA,CA 94556 JPS, INC/CONSULTANT 12/7/07 $1,000 Paul, Ron VU, QUAN H MR
MORAGA,CA 94556 JPS, INC/CONSULTANT 12/16/07 $500 Paul, Ron LATNER, TED MR
Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:54 | 1586472 redpill
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Boy you sure nailed him. I'm sure that $12,000 of individual contributions out of the millions he raised really influenced his policy stances.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:03 | 1586508 Randy Kruger
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These are, for the most part, IT people, not bankers.  You are required to disclose your employer on the contribution form.  I'm sure you'll find plenty from Goldman, BofA, Buffett businesses, etc.  Which is the cardinal sin in your mind, working for JP or contributing to RP?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:23 | 1586903 bread n circuses
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The people on this list are also on Janet Napolitano's list.  Ron Paul supporters are terrorists, doncha know?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 17:56 | 1587817 phyuckyiu
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WOW ZOMG you mean individuals that are employed in finance would actually donate 250$, for a WHOPPING GRAND TOTAL OF 12k to someone that wants to regulate them? Hey I know, why don't I HIRE THE MIDWEST CHAIRMAN OF JP MORGAN AS MY CHIEF OF STAFF!! BERKELEY FOR OBAMA YAY!!!!!

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:40 | 1586401 EscapeKey
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Bought and paid for.

I mean you, not RP.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:33 | 1586604 Cyrano de Bivouac
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There is no tainted money there's taint enough of it.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:37 | 1586605 Cyrano de Bivouac
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Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:13 | 1587161 Joshua Falken
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The Inconvenient Truth for The InconvenientCounterParty is that the longer Bernanke/Geithner/Obama triumvirate avoid austerity and managed debt service, the worse the "ACTUAL DEFAULT" will be when it comes.


Ron Paul is the only candidate who is NOT running for the "KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD" party.



Wise up America, you've spent all the money and you're screwed 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:17 | 1586268 MillionDollarBonus_
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With all due respect, Ron Paul cannot win. I'd encourage Ron Paul supporters to support Obama so that we don't end up with another ignorant republican.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:18 | 1586279 EscapeKey
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Much better with an ignorant AND incompetent democrat.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:23 | 1586304 MillionDollarBonus_
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Obama was wise enough to hire some of the world's greatest economists and industry leaders to his elite political team. That's pretty smart if you ask me.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:25 | 1586320 redpill
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Yeah and it's working out so well right?

I hope you're being sarcastic.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:49 | 1586629 whstlblwr
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He hired crooks that should be in jail, not economic elite. How is hiring Tim Geithner who cheats on taxes good for country? It's when I know Obama an idiot, and I mean idiot in mentally deficient sense of word. Also encourage you to go vote in GOP primary for Ron Paul because Obama cannot win at this point.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:26 | 1586328 EscapeKey
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Really? Then why didn't they solve the financial crisis, rather than just pile more debts on?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:26 | 1586329 djsmps
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Hiring Jeffrey Immelt as the head of his Jobs Council was pure genius.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:27 | 1586331 SheepDog-One
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Yea and its all working out so well...

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:30 | 1586349 Confused
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Please tell me you are joking. Right?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:31 | 1586361 SwingForce
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Yeah I saw those guys on INSIDE JOB, pretty impressive bunch.... 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:41 | 1586408 Smiddywesson
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Obama was wise enough to hire some of the world's greatest economists and industry leaders to his elite political team. That's pretty smart if you ask me.

Yup, the very same types that got us into this mess.  They are the ones telling you to go all-in on the stock market.  Now run along and gamble your money while the adults have a nice chat.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:45 | 1586436 Ms. Erable
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I can only imagine the government pays you minimum wage for the level of trolling you provide for them. It's so completely transparent - not a single person with two brain cells to rub together would take you seriously.

At least you found a job you can do from your mom's basement.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:20 | 1586552 slaughterer
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$MDB surely forgot the /sarc on that previous post.  Or he is so far overdosed with the blue pill that he is totally unsalvageable. 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:21 | 1586564 Nothing To See Here
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"Obama was wise enough to hire some of the world's greatest economists and industry leaders to his elite political team. That's pretty smart if you ask me."

The likes of Christina Romer, Tim Geitner and Joe Biden right?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 14:00 | 1586765 Fukushima Sam
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Someone's new troll account?  OR a sock puppet?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:21 | 1587193 Ms. Erable
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Your question asks about a distinction without a difference, at least in this case.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 15:22 | 1587197 Joshua Falken
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"Obama was wise enough to hire some of the world's greatest economists"


Nearly died laughing.


Exactly how many of these "world's greatest economists" ever predicted a recession or even better a double dip which has been very obvious to anyone who buys their own groceries and puts gas in a tank for over a year.


Not one of the world's greatest economists are able to find their own ass with both hands.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 18:03 | 1587848 phyuckyiu
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You mean like Summers, Orszag, Romer, Geitner, Bernanke? Hrm I see a theme here, they all hold DUAL CITIZENSHIP. Tell me Lee Majors, why do they all hold DUAL CITZENSHIP? Is this comment actually without sarcasm?

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:33 | 1586371 Rockfish
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They both a niether ignorant or incompetant, they know well what they do and why they do it. 

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:45 | 1586434 Smiddywesson
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They both a niether ignorant or incompetant, they know well what they do and why they do it.

True, but I wouldn't discount their egos either.  I'm sure Ben Bernanke and friends were a little bit surprised to find we blew the engine when they floored the accelerator.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:58 | 1586483 EscapeKey
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Oh yeah I know, mine was a tongue in cheek response to the poster above... As if the mainstream republican candidate is any better or worse than the mainstream democrat. They're both the bloody same.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:30 | 1586597 Smiddywesson
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Don't forget arrogant.  There's that too.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:19 | 1586282 mfoste1
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wow how naive your comment is, moreover incorrect.....

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:21 | 1586289 tmosley
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With all due respect, I had no idea that you had undergone experimental surgery to have your balls removed.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:24 | 1586315 Abiotic Oil
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Why would you say Ron Paul the front runner can't win?

I guarantee no other candidate in the field could garner this size of donation from small contributors.

Ron Paul supporters will vote for Ron or no one.  Certainly not for the war monger, er I mean Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Barry Sotero.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:33 | 1586327 V in PA
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Voting Ron Paul wether he is on the ticket or not. Anyone voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 16:00 | 1587338 mick_richfield
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I was so proud to write his name on my ballot last time.  I think he got a little over 40,000 votes, and damn I was glad to be one of them.

I didn't throw my vote away.  I was one of the very few people who voted for real hope, and real change.

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 13:04 | 1586513 Conax
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The electronic/computerized voting machines have to go. A total scam run on the electorate, the info is out there.

Florida 2000: "I wanted to vote for Algor but I vote for Pat Buchanan by mistake!" (repeated by babbling idiots all morning)

A sickeningly obvious ploy, like the underwear bomber and the naked scanners.

If the election were settled by the votes of our military, the Honorable Dr. Paul would be president-- by a landslide!

Their lives are most affected by the occupant of the WH.


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