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The War For The White House: The Definitive Explanation Of How Money Buys Politics

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In America, winning the Presidency has proven to be a question of how much money you're willing to spend. The trend constantly shows that, he who spends the most money on elections, usually wins.

Or in pieces: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6



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Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:22 | 2705550 ACP
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Shouldn't it be "How Monopoly money affects politics?"

Edit: Just a thought...if you add up all the Rep & Dem money, it's still less than the amount of money that mysteriously disappeared in Baghdad.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:22 | 2705570 old naughty
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Looking at Total Cash Raised, I can see MS, GOOG, UofC, Piper in trouble betting on the "wrong" horse...

But Harvard? What's the message there?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:38 | 2705616 francis_sawyer
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Are those 'Ben's Helicopters' hauling that loot away on pallettes?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:06 | 2705666 AU5K
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Its pretty clear the liberal socialist agenda of this administration is to simply overburden the system, place everyone in the protectorship of the government, and rule through executive edict, until the system collapses and they can take even more power.  Imagine a boot stomping on a face.  Forever. (1984)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:35 | 2705726 FMR Bankster
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The amount of money you raise reflects your political strength. It doesn't bring it about. Obama outspent McCain 2 1/2 to 1 because people were sick of Bush and the Republicans. This time people have had more than they can take of Obama, Reid, Pelosi and that crew. Even as a sitting president he likely won't raise what Romney/Ryan raise. And let's face facts, Romney's a real tool so what does that say about Obama?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:40 | 2705743 PrintingPress
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Check this out Tyler!  It's a love story ;)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:56 | 2705943 AldousHuxley
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ever seen Mr. Smith Goes To Washington?


money has been buying politics since democracy was discovered.


politicians are there to keep the order of society by the true owners who fund them.

If you understand this, then everything will make sense.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:27 | 2705966 Skateboarder
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In Mexico Peña Nieto bought millions of votes by having his party distribute 500 peso (around $32)  gift cards for a big grocery chain. When went to redeem, the cards turned out to be around a 100 pesos, if at all anything.

And so the poor and weary are bought, by the promise of a few dollars more...

How do we teach the misled that wealth lies not in pieces of paper and imaginary numbers held in crooked accounts but rather in themselves, their surroundings, and in the consequences of their thoughts and actions?

EDIT: Oh shit, you posted the Mexican happening a few posts down as well. I guess that's what happens when I take a linear-scan approach... Nonetheless, *high five*

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 06:24 | 2706106 GetZeeGold
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Have we made it back to the USSR yet?


Nyet......the shovel ready transformation.......was not so.....shovel ready.


Wed, 08/15/2012 - 07:48 | 2706161 Pegasus Muse
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... so what does that say about Obama?

That people have finally figured him out.



While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president. The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Obama is a 'post turtle'.

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was.

The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle'.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put him up there to begin with."


Wed, 08/15/2012 - 08:29 | 2706291 Teacher1
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I know right!  This administration, who drastically transformed the tax structure from the last administration, is just jamming this liberal, socialist agenda down our throats. We need to get back to the Bush tax rates and agenda as soon as possible or else we are doomed and the boot stomping will commence unabated.

Come on man! Stop being a rube. Put your dung down and stop the political tribal B.S. It does not make a damn bit of difference who gets elected this fall. The corporate and financial elites will get their man (and Congress) and the extraction of wealth from the lower and middle classes will continue.



Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:10 | 2705669 Walter E Kurtz
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Those POS's are Bell 412s.  I work on them from time to time.   I think heli Ben would use a Skycrane for it's increased payload capacity.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:19 | 2705684 francis_sawyer
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Maybe Ben needs a blimp instead...


Can't wait to see those behemoths floating [accidentally ~ cough cough] over Iranian airspace at top speed of 30 mph begging to be shot down...

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:00 | 2705945 AldousHuxley
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Cycle Total Cost of Election To Dems To Repubs Dem % Repub %

2010 $3,648,232,683 $1,816,201,141 $1,772,688,000 50% 49%

2008* $5,285,680,883 $3,006,088,428 $2,239,412,570 57% 42%



yes....that's BILLIONS. make sure poor people stay out of powerful positions.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:41 | 2705970 4horse
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Rothschildt Launches Z Zeppelin BERNANKE Over US 


US Over The B-Benjamins
                                              bbaruch  bberenson bbernanke brandeis bbefore bamabush
2brain DRONES



on and on and on . . . BaBoom!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:55 | 2705863 Silver Bug
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The political system has become horribly corrupt.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:01 | 2705946 AldousHuxley
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ever seen Mr. Smith Goes To Washington?


black and white from 1939.....


corruption hasn't changed nor is it solely American problem.


Wed, 08/15/2012 - 08:06 | 2706210 Carmagnole
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Didn't you know that a dude from Harvard gets invited to the Bilderberg little soiree and orgy every year?

He's from one of the obscure tenures dealing with the special scholarships you're not rich enough to know the price of.

You didn't think the Elite would let their kids be indoctrinated in their roles by plebeians of unknown wealth and morality, now, did you?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:24 | 2705573 vast-dom
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just pay voters off -- all that money is good for like 10k a pop.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:03 | 2705949 AldousHuxley
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in mexico they give out grocery visa cash cards for about $5.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:26 | 2705579 Michael
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The Presidency is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international banking cartel, multi national corporations, and Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan Chase.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:45 | 2705625 DaveyJones
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Supreme Court Approved

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:14 | 2705676 Ima anal sphincter
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Nice..........both of you, +1000

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:22 | 2705690 economics9698
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We know Mike.  

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:01 | 2705992 4horse
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The terms which, in his inmost heart, each man knows. As I know mine. As we all know. For that is the truth of it—that we all know, God, that we know, that we know, we know, we know.

                    bellow. mr.sammler's planet


.    .    .




                                          makes perfect

     knowledge is incommensurate with pain


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:01 | 2705791 Everyman
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Yes, Michael, I guess Mittens wins.   It seems as if the banking cartel is putting their money behind the "mitten puppet".

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:28 | 2705861 BlackholeDivestment
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...and the President is the host for their ''god(s) work'' ...their (g)od, eh hum, Lucifer. 

So, this coming President masonic invocation of Lucifer, at the Masonic World Headquarters, is different. Now why is that the case, hmmm? Lol. Oh yeah, it's 2012. I get it now. That's why they layed the cournerstone(s) for that (and the others) evil place(s), mapped out with the cournerstones they laid in their masonic rituals, of the Capitol, 666 Washington Monument and of course the White House, all timed with Sirius. Now what in the wild world of sport Slim Pickens makes this ''time'' ''different''? Oh yeah, their prophecy of their god Lucifer indwelling in the human host (The President of the United States) for this year is special this time. It's that 13 thing. Let's see, oh yeah. That Masonic Temple, where they do the invocation of Lucifer (different than the public inauguration that binds the Suicide Vampire Squid's/Usual Suspects new world order host/man to the people) is 13 blocks up from the White House. How does that make a difference tied with their prophecy? Hmmm. Oh yeah, the Federal Reserve Debt Note, with the words ''In (g)od We Trust, has a their pyramid (funny how the pyramids in Egypt are built to look like Orion, where Stephen Hawkin declared the Red Shift of the stars points to the center as the Orion Nebula etc..) on it with 13 rows. Ah haa haa haaa. Those tricky bastards. Back to their painting inside the Capitol Dome. Let's see, they have the Aztec 2012 calender painted on the Great American Frieze and the last stage (the 13th) of that calender began in 1776 and ends in 2012, the ''special time when their (Aztec Mayan Greek Jewish etc...) host presides as the new world order man for the new age (Aquaruis and new calender beginning). Imagine that, and there is an an imminent attack by Israel on Iran about to take place during a global market meltdown the usual suspects have established, acting as a prison mark (debt note) upon the entire body of labor with the Citizens United NDAA peta flop voice and soul-less image that demands everyone must buy sell and trade by the power of it's U.N.Transuman will upon all. Oops, did I just step on Trapwire? Lol. How charming. LMAO. I mean come on. What the hell is this stupid bullshit? Seriously! Lol, make peace and seal it by that! Yeah riiight. That's gonna work out like a paper map in burning hell on Earth.

...nothing to see here, move along. 

P.S. Don't think that Mr Magic Underwear fits the bill, lol, though their original aprons, with their masonic square and compass on them surely does. He's just too white bread cracker for the morons that voted for Rosemary's Skull and Bones backed Baby, socialist, muslims etc... and everyone who agrees with ''the Bride of Christ is a Drag Queen. LMAO, DEMON OCRACY.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 04:02 | 2706044 magpie
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Well, we all knew the antichrist had an appointment in Damascus...

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 07:53 | 2706181 francis_sawyer
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The only "time" I'm aware of in this thesis is to know that those are 5 minutes of my life I'll never get back...

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 20:36 | 2708822 BlackholeDivestment
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...that's good Francis, can you imagine all the time I saved you? Lol. That was the goal, aaah, victory. All the hours of discovery and then some, so you could feel like you wasted only five minutes. When you see the bullshit go down or not, you will have at least some background in the case of fulfillment. All this evil crap is of ''their'' doing. If you are here on ZH you certainly have the brains to at least spend ''time'' gaining some knowledge on what the morons are up to and about. Based on your comment though, it's clear that is not why you are here. Pyramids in your pocket don't concern you it seems. I know some people that will work on your Fiat for Fiat if that makes you feel better, just let me know man. Lol.

...''time'' is based on their bullshit 2012 call for their (g)od/messiah to arrive for the start of their new age. Late 2012 is their claim. Hope that clears it up for you. Lol. 

It's not as if these freaks have a global market and a Middle East ready for their Lucifer. LMAO. Oh, wait, looks like they do. How ironic. Lol.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:26 | 2705701 CrimsonAvenger
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re: the Baghdad money: that's called Return on Investment.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:16 | 2706001 Silver Bug
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The Fraud continues.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:17 | 2705554 Yen Cross
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 Are those SuperPac trucks Dodges?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:32 | 2705717 Rusticus
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Yup, the drivers were hired under a "green jobs" program ... leaving the tailgates open improves fuel efficiency by 3%.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:17 | 2705557 A Lunatic
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And here I though it was the one who promised the most outrageous bullshit............

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:22 | 2705567 nmewn
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...he gonna pay my mortgage!!!

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:22 | 2705692 economics9698
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I want a free wheelchair.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 03:42 | 2706035 John_Coltrane
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I wants axcess to the $.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:23 | 2705572 Everyman
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I think that there was an ancient saying or proverb that "Money was excrement of the Gods".  If true, that is a large stack of shit in politics, and most humans don't have than much shit.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:40 | 2705619 I am on to you
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Then its gona take,one shitrole ,of dungpaper to wipe that arse clean,and a hell of a big hand to do the job!

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:25 | 2705969 Apostate2
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'Pecunia non olet' 

Vespasian (69-79 CE).

A response to his son who thought the urine tax was a tad distasteful.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:28 | 2705581 francis_sawyer
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Can we see that illustrated now in all those $5 donations Obama claims to get?


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:31 | 2705594 old naughty
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Wait, $5?

Romney is asking $15 each...

one-third, or 3x ?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:35 | 2705608 francis_sawyer
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Obama might actually get more donations if he asked for them in the form of $3 bills...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:31 | 2705598 Atomizer
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If I wanted America to fail


Watching someone selling another electric car while leveling the coal industry


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:49 | 2705636 scythian empire
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There are options other than coal.  some make sense for several reasons.  some people stop seeing once they start fearing.  you a pro?  

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:32 | 2705600 lakecity55
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That's not even counting the cash Barry and Eric make off of their Mexican Cartel partners.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:56 | 2705939 Kali
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Must not be enough dough, now he's making Barry Brew at the Choom House.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:33 | 2705602 krispkritter
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'You didn't buy that election! WE bought that election!' 

Please stand by while we increase your EBT allowance by $100...Thank You. Obama 2012, Campaign to Fuck the Country.

(and in case you think O'Romney will be an improvement, nah, just '50 Shades Whiter')

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:48 | 2705980 divide_by_zero
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Wouldn't be surprised if Obama used Exec Order to allow use of SNAP cards for campaign donations.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:35 | 2705610 buzzsaw99
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It would take a measly $1 per usa citizen to buy back the president now why the fuck can't we get that done?

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:43 | 2705621 francis_sawyer
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Who the hell has a buck to spare?... Besides ~ I'd rather buy gold...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:47 | 2705630 buzzsaw99
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you're probably right. time to write this country off.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:13 | 2705880 G-R-U-N-T
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"The Free Market has no press agents...The Depression was a failure of Government"

-Milton Friedman


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:47 | 2705631 scythian empire
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there is no pure canidate.  money buys favors.  but if this doesn't lead you to believe that the upper 1% are spending hordes out of fear of losing their tax position (greed), you so crazy.  

income inequality has gotten too extreme.  not talking about those making $300K a year.  the rent chargers - the top 5 guys at the company you invested in who decimated your portfolio and grandma's portfolio - aren't creating jobs out of nobility.  make them make up.  very French revolution anymore aren't we.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:52 | 2705643 JohnG
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I hear the toilet calling.  Excuse me while I go stick my head in and make a generous donation.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 21:58 | 2705656 Lucius Corneliu...
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Tweedle dee Tweedle dum

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:17 | 2705681 sumo
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You don't buy politicians. You rent them.


Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:28 | 2705706 francis_sawyer
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just like hookers... you're not paying them for sex ~ you're paying them to LEAVE after the sex is over...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:31 | 2705714 ebworthen
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PACS and lobbyists are the frontmen (frontwomen?) for TPTB.

Politics is the distraction, elections are meaningless.

Just take a gander at to see how both sides rake in the $$$ to equivocate and "meet in the middle" to ass fuck the middle class.

Either you give in to the harpies and warlocks who rob pensions and seniors or join the food stamp crowd; if you are in the middle your ass is going to get REAMED.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:36 | 2705730 Monedas
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No limits on campaign spending !   Campaign spending is the essence of free speech and is untouchable !  The votes are bought with promises of free stuff !  There's the problem !  Campaign spending is chicken feed in comparison !  Don't be so easily distracted with liberal complaints about campaign spending .... they want campaigns to be financed by the public purse .... how frought with fraud that would be !  Let life happen ! Let freedom ring !

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:44 | 2705755 holdbuysell
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Follow the money; politicians certainly do.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:45 | 2705757 Monedas
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The Constitution doesn't need to be re-written .... Obama's genetic code should be re-written !   

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 22:50 | 2705770 toomanyfakecons...
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Agreed. The Constitution, real money, and real accountability are going to make a roaring comeback after the MASS ARRESTS take place...

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:03 | 2705795 Everyman
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There will NEVER be mass arrests.

There WILL be MASS hangings and shooting of these corrupt putrid assholes.  THAT is what history shows.  Not the arrests, it is the revolutions that are VIOLENT. 

That is why revolution is to be avoided by the status quo, they are usually the ones strung up. 

That day is coming, and I will LAUGH MY ASS OFF!!!!!

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 05:27 | 2706076 toomanyfakecons...
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Let's make a once every 26,000 years exception for this one. You say you'll laugh if and when violent, bloody revolution comes? That tells me a lot. You probably don't have kids. You probably never served your country, took an oath, or shouldered a rifle. And lastly... that you'd be little more than a spectator to such a revolution.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:10 | 2705806 “Rebellion to t...
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Republican or democrat, it just does not matter.  They are ALL whores!  Big business and banksters are the John's.  We the people are the soiled, fluid filled prophylactics discarded to the trash and the street so easily after a thoughtless and enjoyable porking.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:39 | 2705841 economicfreefall
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I think Ron Paul should've gone with the Libertarian Party instead, even if it means less of a chance. There's no taking America back through either of the established parties. There needs to be a shift from bottom and up. The system has failed miserably and must be rebuilt from scratch. Sadly it just seems to be the nature of things. It has to get worse before it gets better. Any system needs to be destroyed one way or another before a new one can take its place. I have no faith in any politician being able to fix the now world-wide issue with a tiny elite serving themselve on everyone else's expense. Only the uprising of the people has truly changed things in the past. I can't see why the future would be any different. -portfolio tracking and analysis for gold & silver stocks

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 02:17 | 2706000 Nadaclue
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Ron Paul had some great ideas that a lot of people liked.

He scared the shit out of most of them with his concepts of foriegn policy. Americans have been brought up to think they were the end all, top of the heap, don't fuck with the world or we'll kick your ass. AMERICA-FUCK YEA sound familiar?

Closing ALL the overseas military bases? Yup, that is what he advertised. Typical American responses?

Fuck you RP, we want our bases.

He fucked himself by being truthful and not a politician who hid his agenda.

I wish he had won but, he fucked himself. Voters can't handle the truth, they want to be soothed into all is well and America is great, even if it ain't.

He did get folks questioning the Fed for a while but now they are back into dancing with the fuckin stars. sigh

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:50 | 2705852 lolmao500
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If the damn MSM would cover THIS more... maybe a lot more people would be disgusted with both candidates...


Obama set to assure Israel that, if all else fails, US will attack Iran by June 2013

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:31 | 2705917 Terminus C
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They cited unnamed sources in the U.S. administration... can't be sure how valid the information is. Obama setting an attack date seems a bit... contrived.

I loved the carte blanche Isreal was supposedly given..."the U.S. would defend Isreal against any possible consequences of an Isreali strike against Iran.".

So... we won't bomb them just yet, but if you do, and they get really mad and try to attack you, we will destroy them...

So... what is the incentive for Isreal not to attack Iran some time this fall?

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:35 | 2705974 Skateboarder
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What's the incentive? Probably the holiday season spending.

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 23:53 | 2705855 G-R-U-N-T
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"Giuliani Wonders Whether Biden Has Mental Capacity for Presidency"

Biden, dumb as a fence post...perfect representation of the democratic party!

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:34 | 2705919 catch edge ghost
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This implies that elections are legitimate and that voter activity has some bearing on the results.

It's cool. I didn't really care for waiting 'til Friday for my laughs anyway.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:17 | 2705958 Troy Ounce
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Just like at school: "the guy with the most toys wins".

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:23 | 2705964 Money By Trading
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The Republocrats simply exist to to give the folks a good show.  You know, like pro wrestlers.

Both parties are owned by the same company but the casual observer assumes they are competitors.  Kind of like MTV and VH1.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 01:53 | 2705984 torak
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Joe Kennedy said the same thing in regards to JFK's election.  Money swings the vote.  Without financial backing, don't plan to see the inside of the Oval Office.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 04:10 | 2706051 GernB
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There used to be this thing called volentary limits. It was a part of McCain/Fingold campaign finance reform. It was based on the idea politicians would volentarily limit spending because those who didnt volenteer would be punished by the voters. Obama decided to prove voters dont care about campaign spending by not volenteering. He effectively proved voters wont punish a cadidate for over spending. Dont expect politicians to take campaign spending seriously any time soon since Obama and his supporters proved the people dont really care about that issue.

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Wed, 08/15/2012 - 05:31 | 2706081 steveo77
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Mars, with a high res interactive picture you can control.    Very cool

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 07:19 | 2706154 TWSceptic
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Those banks are making a huge mistake, it's Obama they want. More regulation and socialism is always better for large corporations. Ironic but true.

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 08:12 | 2706236 Peter K
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Well, if we're talking about money buying elections, that must mean that the DemoCommieFu*ks are getting their collective ass kicked. :)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 09:02 | 2706363 jag
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Money probably has less to do with success in today's internet world than ever. Yeah, when there were 3 TV channels and a powerful ad could capture most of the attention, sure money really mattered. 

Today, who doesn't get most of their information from a diverse world via the web? People are no longer captive audiences. Do ads influence people at the margin? Sure but show me one add in the last decade that had a meaningful impact on an election. You can't because so many are generated, sent through so many means, no one knows what really works in real time. 

All elections are just about swaying that last 10% that is uncommitted before an election. I submit that those who don't know who to vote for in the last stages of ANY election are people who are as likely to be persuaded by the very last thing they see or read before they go to the poll as much as anything else. So you spend your money on the very last days and hope you pick the "right" spots where these marginal voters will happen upon your message last. 

Yeah, you have to have a critical mass of funding at some level but just having money doesn't mean it will be well spent. Isn't this true of endeavor? Those who think money is the be all and end all of elections need to explain how, very often, it doesn't mean anything. Example? Search on Cliff Stearns. He spent $2 million recently and lost to a complete novice who spent $140,000. How, if money is all, is it possible to lose being out spent over 10 to 1?

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