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Your EBT Card Has Been Denied... At The Spearmint Rhino

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America's welfare state is about to suffer a double whammy of epic proportions. On one hand, extended unemployment benefits are now running out at a pace of 100,000+ per week, as more and more American's lose eligibility for Komrade Samov's 99-week sponsored vacation, meaning millions of Americans heretofore sitting comfortably on their couch playing Call of Duty and collecting $400 a week will now start having to think for a change - never a good thing for any regime that relies on its electorate to be docile as drunk and fat Hindu cows. And now this: "New York would prohibit welfare recipients from spending their tax-funded benefits on cigarettes, alcohol, gambling, and strip clubs under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the state Senate on Tuesday. "I understand that people need food stamps," said Republican Sen. Thomas Libous, a Broome County Republican. "What I don't understand is why they need to go to strip clubs, buy lottery tickets, go to a 'racino' or buy alcohol." Wait, you mean you can't spend other people's money to pay for a lap dance? What crazy form of inhumane austerity is this. And isn't spending taxpayer dollars at the Spearmint Rhino one of the amendments to the post-Obama constitution? But perhaps the scariest implication is that New Yorkers actually do spend their EBT money at the Spearmint Rhino right off the card, being ripped off with the traditional 15% plastic surcharge instead of just paying cash. Now that is really stupid.

More on the "Public Assistance Integrity Act"

Libous said New York must restrict the spending by recipients whose benefits are linked to debit cards to conform to federal law. President Barack Obama signed a law in February that will require states to restrict how the cash portion of social services is spent, or lose 5 percent of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funding. New York risks losing $125 million next year.


Others questioned the need for the restrictions, saying they were a slap at the poor.

And though this Act is far from being voted through, already the civil rights brigades are screaming bloody strip club murder:

"It's a prejudice, I think, about poor people that we are seeing represented more than any statistical or study of behavior," said Sen. Bill Perkins, a Harlem Democat and one of the few senators to vote against the measure. "If they have evidence that there's a rash of that, I'd like to see it."

Then there is the GOP response:

New York's Republican senators who led the bipartisan 56-3 vote Tuesday said New Yorkers are amazed the law allows such spending now. The law prohibits the use of food stamps to buy alcohol or tobacco products, but it's allowed under the "cash allowance" contained in the EBT cards.


"'They can do that? Are you kidding me?'" said Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican, in recounting constituents' reaction. "That outrage is well placed," he said.


"Right now, under the law, you can use the cash assigned for gambling, alcohol and lottery tickets," Libous said. "We get quite a few complaints on an annual basis."


Some state officials are concerned the federal measure, and its 5-percent penalty for failure to enact restrictions, infringes on states' rights to distribute federal welfare benefits under their own rules.

Of course, since most strippers, despite their name, are not equipped with magnetic strip readers, and since most EBT cards will still dispense cash, we can't help but wonder just what is the whole logic behind the idiocy of on one hand generously handing out welfare benefits to anyone with a pulse, and in some zombified cases. without, and on the other coyly posturing for political reasons.

Either way, this sadly may mean that the time to officially short RICK has come.

It, of course, also means that soon enough the #OccupyScores crowd will be firmly in place on the main dancing area, beating their bongos in sync to Pour Some Sugar On Me.

In conclusion, what else but... My EBT.


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Tue, 06/19/2012 - 19:58 | 2541276 IEVI
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:00 | 2541278 nmewn
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ROTFLMAO!!!...Tyler, that was a fucking

Short RICK & go long Hustler mags ;-)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:05 | 2541299 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Done and done!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:18 | 2541342 nmewn
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lol...everyone should be exposed to the erudite reflections of Larry Flynt.

Even our poorest, its the least we can do ;-)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:00 | 2541645 long-shorty
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If you are net short RICK, they will not invite you to their next Due Diligence Party Night.

But then again, you really don't want to be short against the box in this sort of situation.

Probably best to go for a long put.

deep in the money, of course.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:01 | 2541281 Squid Vicious
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All nudie bars should have non-workingman's weekday special, no cover before 5pm, 2 for 1 lap dances, and of course a delicious buffet...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:04 | 2541506 HungrySeagull
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The Buffett need not contain actual food. Just being in the presence of the calloused beauties would be enough for some.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:02 | 2541288 junkyardjack
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Can you still use it to buy Meth? If not then we've got a big problem coming soon...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:03 | 2541292 LetThemEatRand
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The entire welfare system is in place to keep the poor unemployed masses from rising up.  And I'll bet the government spends far more on drones bombing parties in the Middle East each month than all welfare fraud combined in a year  (not to mention bailouts and the like).  But articles like this are sure good red meat for those who justify their own lack of humanity by blaming lazy poor people for all of the world's problems.  Yes, there are lazy poor people who game the system and reasonable steps should be taken to reign in the abuse.  But all of that fraud combined is at best a tiny fraction of a percent of what the oligarchs are pulling out of the Treasury each year.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:18 | 2541346 Yes_Questions
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Yeah, the real value is the reaction, not the story.


Red Meat Indeed!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:33 | 2541410 Dr. Engali
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Do just a little bit of fraud is okay then? I've got news for you Rand if we turn our back on a little bit of fraud then it makes it a lot easier to blind our eyes to a lot of fraud. Fraud/ theft on any level should be exposed and dealt with.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:48 | 2541428 LetThemEatRand
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If you actually read my post you would see I agree with you.   My problem is that politicians use shit like this to distract people away from the much larger issues.  People get fixated on this stuff at the exclusion of what is important.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:54 | 2541467 A Lunatic
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I just need to know who to blame so I can get back to DWTS, my super-sized Coke, and this here bag of Doritos.......

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:05 | 2541508 HungrySeagull
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Those are known as Two Liters and the Bag has gained an extra 35% of air since they turned back and slowed the dispenser a little.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:15 | 2541501 Dr. Engali
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My bad. The way I read your post was.... Yeah there's fraud, but look at that fraud over there it's much bigger.

I just don't have the patience for any fraud.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:12 | 2541526 nmewn
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"My problem is that politicians use shit like this to distract people away from the much larger issues."

I think thats what we (or at least I) have been trying to tell you all along.

Some politicians need a welfare plantation to survive themselves, they feed off of it (literally). No one on this board wants people to be poor and beholden to or "on the hook" to anyone/anything for their next meal.

Thats why its red meat...some of "these meals" are at tittie bars...these motherfuckers can starve as far as I'm concerned.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:40 | 2541596 LetThemEatRand
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No one is ever going to change the system you despise even a little if the majority of people are focused on the bread and circus bullshit.  This article is about circus.  A bunch of thieving no good politicians riling up the base with stories of welfare receipients going to strip clubs.  It gives them cover on their own corruption, while it gives their base a largely meaningless target for their own frustration at a system that has betrayed them.  Blame the poor people.  And the guys in caves overseas.....  and so forth.

By the way, in your utopian free market no-government society, lots of people would be beholden to or "on the hook" to others for the next meal.  It's just that they would be beholden to the giant corporations that rule with impunity instead of an elected government.  So lots of starving will occur and you will get your wish if it ever comes to pass.  At least now I understand your desired end game.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:19 | 2541685 tenpanhandle
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You are a sanctimonious twit.  It is all fucking fraud.  Where do you get the idea that there is just a little fraud.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:22 | 2541713 Dr. Engali
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"By the way, in your utopian free market no-government society, lots of people would be beholden to or "on the hook" to others for the next meal.  It's just that they would be beholden to the giant corporations that rule with impunity instead of an elected government"

Isn't that where we find ourselves now? I wish that you understood how regulation is meant to protect the big corps and squash the competition. The only real regulation we need is bankruptcy. There should be no such thing as TBTF. Bad business practices will always lead to a bankruptcy court, and that's the ultimate regulator.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2541725 LetThemEatRand
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I understand that some regulation is misused due to corrupt politicians who allow lobbyists to write the regulations, get appointed to key regulator positions, etc.  But many regulations are hated by big business.  The solution is taking back our government from the big money, not eliminating government.  Citizens United and other Court precedent defining corporations as people for 1st Amendment and other purposes has probably doomed us all.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2541722 nmewn
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"No one is ever going to change the system you despise even a little if the majority of people are focused on the bread and circus bullshit."

I think thats why we're won't be will be all focused.

"By the way, in your utopian free market no-government society, lots of people would be beholden to or "on the hook" to others for the next meal."

You have me confused with someone else who believes in utopias.

"So lots of starving will occur and you will get your wish if it ever comes to pass.  At least now I understand your desired end game."

If the abled bodied starve it won't be my fault or will be thers. And I really do desire them to starve, it does wonders for their ambition.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:29 | 2541889 Lednbrass
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They arent mututally exclusive. I know there is a politicial/financial leech on my neck, but it doesnt mean that I shouldnt be bothered by all the little ticks in society trying to permanently latch onto my legs.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:03 | 2541495 dwdollar
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Now that's something I can agree with you on. Poor people tend to get outraged when they see people of their own social status scamming the system for pennies while they, the "outstanding citizens", slave away for the elite. Nevermind the billions the elite pillage from everyone.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 01:44 | 2542146 SheHunter
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Here Here  Well Said Rand

Fri, 08/17/2012 - 23:13 | 2716062 rambo1028
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Unemployment checks kept all those people off the food stamp rolls. $300/week is just enough to make them ineligible. As more and more reach the 99 week mark, SNAP numbers will keep climbing. I think the reasons they kept extending benefits were twofold

1. By making them uneligible for SNAP they were also not eligible for medicaid. Think about all of those families receiving unemployment rolling onto state insurance and the massive cost already strapped states would incur. Kicking the can at it's finest....

2. I think they intentionally made unemployment compensation just high enough to keep people off assistance to keep veiled how bad things really are. The amount of people receiving SNAP assistance now is scary. Add all those unemployed people and it just might make enough people pull their heads out of the sand to reach the tipping point.... or not...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:04 | 2541296 ReligiousAtheist1
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Another sign of the times

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:05 | 2541297 caimen garou
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Damn! nobody has ever bought me a lap dance, guess you got to be fbi to get one on the house

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:05 | 2541511 HungrySeagull
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Those are called children, you gotta get married and make a family.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:06 | 2541300 Dealkiller
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Whole new meaning of trickle down!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:08 | 2541305 10044
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and with this audition tape, he just became obama's "culture" secretary... why the fcuk not??

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:07 | 2541306 francis_sawyer
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I wonder how many EBT holders actually use "1778" as their pin?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2541316 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I'd bet money that most use "6969".

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2541314 Heroic Couplet
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All Republicans should be out looking for jobs. Take Faux News cameras, the ACORN pimp and prostitute, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Roger Ailes, Mitt RoMONEY, and the leadership. Film each step of the job application process. Show the exact 1:1 correlation between Republican tax cuts, now in place for 11 years, and US job creation.

If Republicans can't, they need to be called liars, to their face, voted out of office and kept out of office. Oh, yea, "both parties are responsible." Let's hope this election is a referendum on Republicans who have shot themselves in the foot. The US does not have to be China's bee-yotch.


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:45 | 2541388 Dr. Engali
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Remind me again who signed NAFTA... Or who signed in the original capital gains cut... How about telling me who Signed in the Grahm -Leach- Bliley act that repealed Glass-Stegall .Without a democrat at the helm they could never passed any of those bills. Open your eyes, they are all in it together. All whores who were bought and paid for by the banks. They allowed the country to be fed cheap credit so that we would believe we had a real economy while they allowed the country's productive capacity to be shipped over seas.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:59 | 2541642 FeralSerf
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George HW Bush was planning on signing NAFTA, but Bill Nosex edged him out of the way.  The asshole with the ears was the only one that was against it.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:18 | 2541668 Dr. Engali
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The asshole with the ears job on the stage was to insure that Bush ( a then popular president) didn't get reelected. He was never serious about the job. The powers that be knew that a republican president couldn't sign that bill, people would be up in arms. But you have a democrat president then the bill has a better chance. Think man think.... The rabbit hole runs deep.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 03:54 | 2542285 uno
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"read my lips' would have signed it, along with repealing Glass Steagall like Slick Willy did, both were owned by the same masters

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:40 | 2541891 Revert_Back_to_...
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..replied to wrong comment..deleted.



Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:59 | 2541490 AlmostEven
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How is your comment less intolerant (or outright Fascist) than the people you criticize? You desire 100% conformity with your opinion, one political party, one version of "the truth." I despise most of the people you mention, but I suggest a better approach is to give voice to the true leftists to counter the views of these extreme right-wingers. Until then, you have Democrats stealing Republican ideas (Clinton/Gore pushing NAFTA, Obama pushing for nationwide RomneyCare, Obama signing immigration rule constructed by Rep. Senator Rubio, Caroline Kennedy and fellow Commissioners for Presidential Debates excluding 3rd parties, Obama extending Bush Doctrine of "preemptive strikes") instead of anything the least bit "leftist" or even democratic (small "d").

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:31 | 2541899 Lednbrass
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If they make Stupid an Olympic event you should be representing the US in London.

Your idiocy is truly world class, congratulations.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 01:47 | 2542150 SheHunter
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careful HC.  You will cause frothing around the denture packed orifices of the majority of ZH readers....

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2541315 Peter Pan
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Now wouldn't it be wonderful if we could also have overseas military expenditure also taken off the government's credit card?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:57 | 2541480 francis_sawyer
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All the best 'strip clubs' are on or near 'K' Street & all the poppy fields that we're guarding are in Afghanistan... Though I agree in principle with what your trying to say, that would be a tough nut to swallow (as the case may be)...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:10 | 2541318 Freewheelin Franklin
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I thought it was free to swipe yo' EBT?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:12 | 2541321 Normalcy Bias
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Wwwwwwwhat?! Crackas aint gonna pay fer my chillrens no mo'?! WTF?!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:12 | 2541322 Yes_Questions
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How petty. 

$400 bucks a week spent on things that could only hasten their demise anyway and those who have a problem with the benefits in the first place (insecure as it is) would rather the low life's what, buy organic vegetables?



Honestly, at this stage, we cannot get enough focused reporting on the actual TBTF welfare queens whose benefits received from the FED have apparently Zero postitive impact on the economy.

The vid was kinda funny though..


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:06 | 2541659 FeralSerf
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It's all part of the trickle down.  If the girls weren't getting those EBT payments they would have to go on unemployment and get their own EBT cards.  It's probably cheaper for the taxpayer this way, not that anyone gives a flying fuck about the taxpayer anymore.

"Mr. David Stockman has said that supply-side economics was merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy—what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 03:58 | 2542288 uno
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At Whole Foods last week the person in front of me used EBT, seems like the correct use of it.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:12 | 2541324 Yen Cross
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 Hey Kids! Pizza @ Cheetahs! Keep your blinders on!  / Euphemistic "Little League" softball/football game ( team party), in 2020!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:13 | 2541326 Umh
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Last time I checked money is fungible.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:20 | 2541357 ghengis86
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SNAP cards aren't money. Sort of like FRNs.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:26 | 2541377 Umh
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I'm saying that we are wasting our time and money  regulating what they can buy with their cards. Via the black market or just using cash for the bad stuff and the EBT for the "good" stuff; THEY GET WHAT THEY WANT.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:30 | 2541394 francis_sawyer
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Thjey should be encouraged to buy heroin... Otherwise the CIA might need a bailout...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:37 | 2541420 ghengis86
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Who is this 'we' you speak of? If I don't get back to you promptly, it's because I'm in line to sign up for my SNAP card and my iPad isn't picking up any wi-fi (there should be a law mandating high-speed Internet access for all)

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:49 | 2541779 harleyjohn45
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Had a prison guard recently tell me, everytime they arrest a drug trafficker, he always has at least 3000.00 in cash and an EBT card. 

Whatever's fair. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 06:55 | 2542385 slewie the pi-rat
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you must know a very top prison guard

as a group, prison guards only dream of making arrests

if they could pass the POST test they wouldn't be prison guards now would they?

good one!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:15 | 2541335 chump666
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I love that clip.  Wild.  FTW.  Do what you want.  Wall Street does while they bone you with Dimon trying to convince Congress "He is not a gambler." But f*cking knows that the US taxpayer is on tap again when the derivative time-bomb explodes (anyday). Disgusting. 

Wall Street will go for broke when the Fed (free money) injection (which won't be QE3, some sought of major USD swap, twist, moment print...something)

"Call me Mr EBT..." hahaha


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:19 | 2541347 Yen Cross
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chump666    " BLOOD DIMON.d "

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:24 | 2541557 chump666
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Someone should do a Dimon rap clip, with him sayin' how iz pimpin' tha system etc etc etc


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:17 | 2541341 BitingTruth
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Can you "I got mine"'s stop puking this petty diatribe before your fucking heads are in a basket?  Is that what you would really prefer?  Did you miss that social programs and "the New Deal" benefitted the wealthy the most? throwing the poor masses (who people like you thoroughly B__t-F_cked) a fricken bone.  In case you ever actually "owned" a business or bothered to look at you own withholding, UI is paid for by the EMPLOYEE...the employer can write it off in 99% of cases...  So, stop your 2-yearl old whining about "they are getting purple toy that I want"...and thank God (or Satan) that you can sit on YOUR ass and blog all day!  Jeeesssh!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:17 | 2541343 BitingTruth
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Can you "I got mine"'s stop puking this petty diatribe before your fucking heads are in a basket?  Is that what you would really prefer?  Did you miss that social programs and "the New Deal" benefitted the wealthy the most? throwing the poor masses (who people like you thoroughly B__t-F_cked) a fricken bone.  In case you ever actually "owned" a business or bothered to look at you own withholding, UI is paid for by the EMPLOYEE...the employer can write it off in 99% of cases...  So, stop your 2-yearl old whining about "they are getting purple toy that I want"...and thank God (or Satan) that you can sit on YOUR ass and blog all day!  Jeeesssh!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:20 | 2541354 Yen Cross
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 Passion isn't post twice?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:19 | 2541348 Venerability
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I realize I'm in the minority at Zero Hedge on this. But I don't think the REAL resentment in this country is either on the Low end or on the High end. It's in the Middle - the 99.99999999 percent of us who haven't gotten fabulously wealthy by breaking every rule in the book, moral as well as criminal.

Post from Seeking Alpha a few minutes ago:

Today's CME move - which, of course, everyone on the Short side is studiously refusing to talk about - is extremely Bullish for Gold.

But imagine if there were a concerted campaign to make them do the same in Silver!

JPM's "trading losses" to this point would look like chickenfeed. But the effect on world markets would be extremely positive, since everyone on the "sidelines" would know it was finally safe to go back into Markets with real enthusiasm.

JPM may have inherited most of the Largest Silver Short in Human History. But they are the ones stuck with it, and they are the ones who have to act.

IMO, everything bad - everything unfair - everything smarmy - about Markets the past 20 years has stemmed from The Silver Short and the web of derivatives upon derivatives upon derivatives it has been allowed to spawn.

It's been a blot on America itself ever since Hillary Clinton, advised by Martin Armstrong, used her Whitewater gains to Short Silver to the hilt and assured her family's fortunes for 1,000 generations to come - while all the rest of us were being Bleeped to death by pure dishonesty and corruption.

End it now, JPM.

There's never been a better time to do so.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:24 | 2541373 Yen Cross
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 You amaze me. Just post your (S.S.) on Z/H. We'll make sure it's well invested!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:31 | 2541404 junkyardjack
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No one is bigger than the market, JPM would not be able to beat the price down single handily.  Its time you realized that your thesis is incorrect and move to another trade.  Don't go bankrupt trying to be right

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:43 | 2541438 Yen Cross
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 I was being Sarchastic! Junk Yard Jack.  I was suggesting the poster "in fact", Not invest at all!

  My intention, was for her/him to use their own mind's()  to make a "rational" decision<>

   I can't stand  " Anal-yst's"...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:43 | 2541440 Venerability
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Gee, some of us remember how Hillary's Other Mentor, Terry McAuliffe, turned $80,000 into $18 million shorting Global Crossing.

I believe Jon Corzine was somehow friendly with that little group, too.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:55 | 2541474 Yen Cross
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Venerability I'll welcome any " John Corzine" information.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:03 | 2541493 francis_sawyer
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He's still free (unfortunately)... Best I can do for now...


Odd thing is about that is that it tends to 'indenture' you to a lifelong of public servitude to keep yourself in a high enough position to keep the corpses buried, huh?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:11 | 2541524 Yen Cross
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 House Arrest ( CORZINE) , situation room?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:26 | 2541550 francis_sawyer
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You know... Quite frankly... I could really give a flying fuck whether he ever gets brought to justice, or manages to get off scot-free living in the lap of luxury on some tax free haven island...

The bottom line is... He (and most of his buddies), in the end, will simply be remembered as being a bunch of corrupt, jack wad cronies who did well for themselves because they profited from creating misery for the rest of mankind... So unless he manages to strike it lucky by finding some nice little Jewish scribe to whore himself out for 30 sheckles & account (lie), for posterity, about his 'honorable' doings... His name will eventually be erased from any important historical archives...

Rest in peace with that bitch...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:34 | 2541584 Yen Cross
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I disagree. I will go Captain Jack, on that corrupt "scum" until he meets his maker, like a recent Egyptian exile!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:57 | 2541636 francis_sawyer
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My point, basically... I'm not his 'maker' ~ so I don't feel qualified to have a say in the matter... francis_sawyer stands on his own merits... none others...

As for JC... the 'scribe' thots are specualtion... Just like markets... remember how those used to operate back in the day?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:31 | 2541732 Yen Cross
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 Our posts got crossed,              Tyler?


Vote up!

Vote down!


My point

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:21 | 2541363 Freewheelin Franklin
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Of course, since most strippers, despite their name, are not equipped with magnetic strip readers,

If they have smartphones, they just might.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:22 | 2541364 RobotTrader
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I can tell you the EBT is the biggest scam going in L.A.

I know plenty of able-bodied working guys who somehow fudged the application and now get EBT cards.

Most of the guys are self-employed in the building trades, working under the table claiming "poverty".

Yeah, the same guys who show up at the motocross track in $60,000 Ford F-350 trucks.

These are the guys using it for strippers, cases of Monster Energy, etc.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:35 | 2541411 francis_sawyer
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& to think... I'd have SWORN it was the dudes living in their mother's basement, daytrading in & out of single shares of Lululemon... (but on the same token, I'd think they were actually spending it on cruising Santa Monica Boulevard looking for tricks)...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:42 | 2541437 PeeramidIdeologies
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I hope you don't think scaming the system is wrong... Playing this shit strait is fo suckaz. Nice call on the JNJ btw I feel a few of the bigger, older american favs are going to play well this year...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:22 | 2541365 jomama
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not to seem like a perv, but i think i found my new avatar.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:24 | 2541370 carbonmutant
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I got 99 problems but this ain't one...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:26 | 2541378 Divine Wind
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I am waiting for the first news stories about some shop getting busted taking EBT cards for PM purchases.

Stacking for hard times......




Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:28 | 2541384 khakuda
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Every time I'm behind someone paying with the foodstamp card in NYC they are on an iPhone. Every time.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:29 | 2541391 Divine Wind
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You're catching on....

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:00 | 2541492 fonzannoon
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khakuda i was thinking the same thing. as these people lose their benefits or have them restricted does apple start feeling it?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:10 | 2541516 francis_sawyer
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You could probably count the number of companies that are a 'proxy' for the S&P on one hand...

So as long as Benny ClownBux is still in charge, Apple ain't one of them no matter what happens to EBT's... Fuck ~ if it comes right down to it, they'll resort to only using JPM & Apple to process EBT transactions off your Facebook account... Welcome to '666'...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:55 | 2541972 Lednbrass
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Makes you want to step on the iPhone and strangle them with the laces of their $150 shoes, doesnt it?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:00 | 2541403 Plumplechook
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Damn.  Must be a least two days since one of the Tylers weighs in with a standard-issue Zerohedge blame-the-victims rant like this.

Yep.  All the unemployed out there, particularly the 99ers, are just a bunch of lazy bums.

As I've said before, it's amazing the way people just got so damn lazy since the start of the Great Recession.   Back before the economy collapsed in 2008 people were working really hard and there was less than 5 percent unemployment.  Very few lazy scroungers getting unemployment benefit.

But then BANG as soon as the economy crashed everyone got lazy and the unemployment rates shot up above 10 percent and millions more people starting relying on unemployment insurance to get by.

It's really uncanny - almost like there is some sort of weird connection between how the economy is doing and how many are unemployed and reliant on welfare to live.  

But of course we know that ain't true - pure co-incidence!  From 2008 on folks just decided to quit their jobs and stay at home watching TV and playing Call of Duty, just like Tyler says.  I call it the 'laziness cycle' which seems to fluctuate over the years.   Someone should look into what causes this - probably diet or something.

All I know is we need to make these god-damn, no count, pinko-punko lay-abouts pay for their laziness.   Abolish all unemployment benefits right now - that way these folks would've stayed in the work force in the first place.  Right?




Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:28 | 2541572 surf0766
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It gave some of the 99ers the excuse they always wanted. To sit around and have someone else pay for their shit. I for one am tired of paying for others.  99 weeks unemployment then welfare for life. Pure shit.  Get out and make your job.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 07:45 | 2542461 BidnessMan
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Takes time to qualify for 100% Disability. And coaching fron Disability lawyers, who demand to be paid. The new permanent welfare...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:36 | 2541587 msjimmied
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Absolutely agree with you. The CEO of Walmart talks about the people being there at midnight on the day their food stamps are funded so they could buy formula and diapers and household necessities. So which is it? No doubt there are some baby daddies out there misusing their EBT cards, but there are punks everywhere. Especially in banking, they just use their easy money to make sure the pain gets deeper.

There are no dead or illegal voters, heck, we can't even get the citizens to vote! Abortion, birth control and gay marriage is people's business, let them do what they deem fit. There are too many regulations on the lower strata of the business world, and not enough at the top. We don't need to be like Greece where no one pays tax, but here they are pushing for yet more tax cuts. An army to fight the Klingons just in case they show up The only trickle down we have is rot. We are entering chapel perilous right now as a nation, last thing we need to be doing is hurting the people who are in a vise already. Focus on the problems, cut the bullshit. We're don't stand taller by kicking everyone else who is down. Cut it out which ever Tyler this is, it is most unbecoming of you to turn this bastion of truth into a redneck tent revival. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:17 | 2541694 Cathartes Aura
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you've said before that english is not your first language (?) - just wanted to say your post was a treat to read, and couldn't agree more with your points made.

using chapel perilous in a post, redeemed this thread, for me at least.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 00:39 | 2542057 msjimmied
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We were at a dinner with a French logging company's owner in Liberia, Africa decades ago. Many many bottles of wine, it's late at night, the restaurant is almost empty. Everyone uses their hands when they're talking, I don't remember who knocks over the decanter of wine, but we're all too mellow to do anything else but watch that wine stain spread...what he said then was profound in a way, he said wealth should spread like the stain we see in front of us. It increases the sphere of contact for any enterprise. It allows you to grow, a larger area to explore, have a rich ground to support you. No ship can sail above the sea of abundance it creates.

We seem to lost that truth, or maybe we never got that lesson to begin with? The abyss between the haves and the have nots is what is going to sink us all. The way through Chapel Perilous is finding the road with heart. 

"Chapel Perilous, like the mysterious entity called "I," cannot be located in the space-time continuum; it is weightless, odorless, tastless and undetectable by ordinary instruments. Indeed, like the Ego, it is even possible to deny that it is there. And yet, even more like the Ego, once you are inside it, there doesn't seem to be any way to ever get out again, until you suddenly discover that it has been brought into existence by thought and does not exist outside thought. Everything you fear is waiting with slavering jaws in Chapel Perilous, but if you are armed with the wand of intuition, the cup of sympathy, the sword of reason, and the pentacle of valor, you will find there (the legends say) the Medicine of Metals, the Elixir of Life, the Philosopher's Stone, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

That's what the legends always say, and the language of myth is poetically precise. For instance, if you go into that realm without the sword of reason, you will lose your mind, but at the same time, if you take only the sword of reason without the cup of sympathy, you will lose your heart. Even more remarkably, if you approach without the wand of intuition, you can stand at the door for decades never realizing you have arrived."

So. Here we are. What are the tools that are expendable? How will we go forward? We need to define the paradigm before people will move towards it. Some need to see what the promised land looks like. We haven't spent much time doing that, what we have been doing is the fine brushwork on a grotesque picture everyone sees already. We are at the door. I wish we would take the time to flesh out the future so we know where we need to go, paint the world we want waiting on the the other side, rather than wallow in the swill this article invites us into.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 02:21 | 2542183 Cathartes Aura
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I was right, your posts here tonight were worth wading through immature dullards, to find a bit of poetic truth. 

I've been too busy with other endeavors lately to spend much time *here* - threads like these nudge my mind towards spending even less of my currently precious time sifting for anything of worth, the chatter gets so boring, predictable - but then, occasionally, I find these pure gems of thought that others leave behind, and it's like a tonic.  keeps me coming back.

"what are the tools that are expendable?" - well, I could name a few that I'd gladly put on ignore, heh. . . my mind is too tired to be of any use just now, but I will say, in answer to your thoughtful words, not everyone will choose to go where others beckon, some enjoy the chaos and will be mired in the shallows they create for themselves. . . but some will also seek higher ground, and I absolutely trust that "we" will find "each other" in the newly imagined future. . . I don't think it's reasonable to expect everyone to be inspired towards the same outcomes, but within that - again, we find each other when we do. . .the road with heart is the only way through the suffering the mind creates.

thank you again for your words shared, heady stuffs. . .

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:58 | 2541798 bshirley1968
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You did watch the video?  Right?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:32 | 2541409 midgetrannyporn
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This is an outrage. Strippers gotta eat too.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:40 | 2541426 israhole
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As the real Donald (King) says, "Only in America!"

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:44 | 2541436 Stuck on Zero
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Businesses, such as strip clubs and liquor stores, may get around the rule by naming themselves with such monikers as: The Office, Job Training, Phoenix University, Sexual Harassment Training, IT Services, Drug Testing Institute, The Certain Health Center, Ace Drug Rehab, or The 99 Cent Store.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:24 | 2541536 ebworthen
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LOL  - Exactly.

"The Pizza Slice", "Melons and Pie", "The Bearded Clam", "Pythons and Orchids - A Pet Store and More"...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:43 | 2541439 AlmostEven
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Hmmm...NY state. Didn't some other scam happen there a few years ago that cost taxpayers some money? What ever happened with that?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:48 | 2541455 Plumplechook
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They got record bonuses.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:47 | 2541453 Fix It Again Timmy
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You can only stretch a rubberband so far and this one is waaaaaay past the normal point of snapping....

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:49 | 2541457 Lazane
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The real schmucks in all this shit, are the moron American taxpayers who continue to pay their taxes.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:57 | 2541459 Yen Cross
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 I realize there is a lot of "PENT_UP" anguish.  Sharing every idea on Z/H is probably a " Juxtapost" / Open Lung thought.

  Save your Ideas people. You worked hard for them. They have value.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:56 | 2541475 rgbensonaz
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One word...."RESET"!


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:34 | 2541575 chump666
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Lock it in.

Money on the the INSANE European leaders (namely that mental french commie that replaced the french midget)  ask for debt forgiveness for the whole EZ, then ECB/Fed backstops.  Germany takes a hit and leaves the EU.  Euro collapses, setting off the bond bid-less trade as the derivative/bond/equity markets totally implode.

The debt binge ends as the reset kicks in.

Total chaos.

When?  Unknown, maybe soon at this current rate.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:57 | 2541481 q99x2
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Thank God no one has ever accused me of being human.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:01 | 2541497 Yen Cross
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 I have to admit. You have supplanted your thoughts, over the daily (Zero/Hedge) rough necks, pretty darn well!

  A comment in particular comes to mind.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 20:58 | 2541484 Dr. Engali
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At this point does it really matter? We have banks that just blatantly steal and commit open fraud because they know they own every politician in the country. This shit used to piss me off but now I just shake my head and keep stacking. Sooner or later the Chinese and the rest of the world will get tired of feeding our habits and our wars, then we will have bigger problems on our hands.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:08 | 2541518 Yen Cross
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 Dr. Engali   Do you actually belive that?

   You are one of the Best posters on Zero/Hedge! We all respect you, and you are well aware!?  I beat up  ( C/D, Cdad, anda bunch of the others.) Absolute power corrupts!

    China is a perception, just Like "MINGS" buried clay army!  You are a good person!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:24 | 2541556 Miffed Microbio...
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Gosh, I'm there too. After reading this which would usually send me into a paroxysm of anger and a need to beat a trash can with a bat ( normally very cathartic for me), I'm just musing how I may get on the gravy train too. Hell, if the banksters can have moral hazard why not me? May be I can recoup some of the 45% I pay in taxes a year and get some fine single malt whiskey to boot! Yeah, it's come to this and I should feel ashamed but I don't, just defeated.


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:27 | 2541566 Yen Cross
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Pseudo, screen names are( Priceless)<

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:06 | 2541514 news printer
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Protests erupt as Sudan's Bashir unveils austerity plan

"Sudan's police used tear gas and batons to break up protests in Khartoum on Monday, witnesses said, after President Omar al-Bashir unveiled tough austerity measures to plug a budget deficit."

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:14 | 2541529 ebworthen
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So the hardest working Americans - strippers and bartenders - will get hurt?

Let's start with forcing CONgress to pay into a health insurance plan with huge copays and deductibles while being forced to save for retirement by putting their own money into "investments" such as IRA's and Money Market accounts with parasitic Wall Street banksters like the rest of us mules. 

Tie their rate of return to the debt to GDP ratio.  Negative returns?  Sorry, no soup for you!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:20 | 2541542 AlmostEven
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Damn! Poor people are stealing all the money again!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:30 | 2541560 ebworthen
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BTW - I play "Gears of War 3" on Beast Mode while collecting my $400 a week.

"Left For Dead 2" multiplayer also to prepare for the zombie apocalypse or SHTF.

Don't qualify for EBT because I still have some retirement "savings".

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:30 | 2541567 dolph9
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Republicans will start with the EBT, and then move on to Medicare, and then on to Social Security, and then onto wages for working people.

In other words...keep on voting Republican, rednecks.  Eventually it's your granny they'll kick off the vent, and eventually you'll be laying asphalt alongside the Mexicans for pennies.

Of course, if you vote Democrat, you'll go broke supporting the ghetto dwellers.

In other words, you're fucked, working America.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:38 | 2541590 surf0766
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Yes because voting for the Democrats, I mean the new communist U.S.A party will ensure utopia.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:28 | 2541651 Dr. Engali
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Wow the peole who actually believe there is any difference between the two parties are coming out in droves. I thought there was a more enlightened readership at the Hedge.... but it appears I was wrong.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:21 | 2541857 Totin
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"Republicans will start with the EBT, and then move on to Medicare, and then on to Social Security, and then onto wages for working people."

That's what they're saying on MSNBC these days? LOL. Don't drink the Kool Aid bro. It's been poisoned.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:28 | 2541570 Intelligence_In...
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Mine still works, Fuck Off

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:44 | 2541604 justsayin2u
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What!  No booze?  No broads?  No more nookie with My EBT?  Oh the inhumanity of it all..  Is the withdrawal symptoms covered my Bamy-care??  Can I get disability checks to cover my suffering??  Will this torment never end???

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:47 | 2541613 steveo77
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Roxio used to be pretty OK, as a way to burn CD's and DVD's.

Now it has gone the way of Microsoft, being dumbed down to the point of non-fuctionality, which ought to be a criminal offense.

I need to burn a DVD across 2 disks to rescue a broken computer, so I bought a $20 Roxio product that said that it would burn large files across multiple discs.    It did not actually do that, and it quickly point to a page where you could buy another Roxio product for $109.

The insanity of even needing a "program" to burn to CD or DVD

Then the insult of a bait/buy and switch.

Roxio is on my shit list.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:49 | 2541620 SwingForce
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New York is where New York CITY is located, duh....Bankster Scumbagz do this every single day...... Fuck Off.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:49 | 2541622 Lord Koos
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"sitting comfortably on their couch playing Call of Duty and collecting $400 a week"

The snobbish disdain shown in this piece for the unemployed, ever-growing underclass is pretty repugnant.  You seem to think the average person who has lost their job are partying on $400 a week? Think they wouldn't rather be working/  Think there are enough jobs for everyone who wants one? Maybe you need to get your head out of your ass once & awhile & look at the reality of families trying to keep it together on that kind of money.. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:00 | 2541644 Non Passaran
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I thought you were going to be helfpful and recommend a better game. :-(

That's a great photo in the article!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:30 | 2541730 harleyjohn45
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When the reset comes and it will, all social programming will be eliminated.  At that time the out of work crowd will start giving the Mexicans a run for their money for the lawn care jobs.  As far as crime increasing and people taking what ever they want, the crime spree will be short lived, because the criminals will be met with a hail of bullets. 

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:37 | 2541745 Vendetta
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only drug dealers getting EBT money would be doing these things, people trying to survive are not.  It is that simple

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:13 | 2541821 ebworthen
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I paid into the system for over 30 years.

After watching the legerdemain and theft of the bailouts of the TBTF banks and CORZINE and his ilk on Wall Street and our Republicrats and Demicans in the bubble dome of fantasy called "D.C."  selling my children to the Chinese I have no reservations about drawing unemployment and spending time with said children.

I'd be happy to take a median wage job doing something other than lying to people about the value of "investing" and "saving" via Wall Street (a.k.a. - The Casino), but I'm not going to schlep shit for $8 an hour to feed the IMF or the bailout banks or the U.N. or the Crony Capitalists.

Fuck that shit.

Moral Hazard you assholes.


Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:50 | 2541960 Lednbrass
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Well, on the plus side at low income levels you arent actually paying into anything but state and local taxes.

I consider getting a small place in a fairly safe rural area and getting by on as little income as possible to be a reasonable plan these days, you arent paying into the system and can plan for a rainy day.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 01:52 | 2542159 AurorusBorealus
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You are actually paying a higher percentage of your wages to the government than nearly anyone else... especially the wealthiest.  You are paying Social Security (which is a tax on income that is capped at 105,000 in income), and you are paying Medicare / Medicaid.  You are also paying local sales tax in most locations, and since you must spend nearly 100% of your income to survive, you get to spend a higher percentage of your income on sales tax than anyone else.  Welcome to the working poor in America.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 04:02 | 2542296 Lednbrass
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Lack of federal income tax balances that out, and being able to survive at a decent level working a brainless job that takes nothing out of you instead of getting killed at work for better money 50-60 hours a week on any salaried private job is a helluva lot easier.

I have done both, its no comparison.  Putting in long weeks at a higher stress higher paying corporate monkey job and getting bled to pay for everyone else is alot worse than a laid back lower paying job in a low cost of living area.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:51 | 2541629 disabledvet
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I've been to that place. I prefer the Chutney Badger myself. Not only do they not deny anything...denial itself is denied. Can't wait to get back!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 21:56 | 2541631 Marley
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That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained and until the ignoble but unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique, and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and goodwill; until all Africans stand and speak as free human beings, equal in the eyes of the Almighty; until that day, the African continent shall not know peace. We Africans will fight if necessary and we know that we shall win as we are confident in the victory of good over evil. - Haile Selassie I —English translation of 1963 Speech delivered to the United Nations and popularized in a song called War by Bob Marley.
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:03 | 2541652 Iam_Silverman
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Thanks for the new desktop wallpaper.

See, my subscription here pays off more and more every day!

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:05 | 2541658 Bicycle Repairman
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You can take all the EBT cards away.  Then you can feel good about how much better you have it, as long as you can keep the former EBTers from stealing your stuff.

But that will not fix this economy.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:13 | 2541678 mjk0259
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Where can you live for $400 a week? The cheapest crappy apartments in NYC area cost that much with utilities and beans and rice.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:15 | 2541688 HungrySeagull
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Here in the south.

Electric is only 30, gas another 30 and food? Eat out of the deli for a few dollars a day.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:18 | 2541698 mjk0259
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Rent?  Medical? Child Support? Kids? College? Car?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:06 | 2541816 Bicycle Repairman
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Medical is far cheaper in KY versus, say, MA.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:25 | 2541875 Bicycle Repairman
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And the quality is comparable, despite anyone's preconceptions.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:12 | 2541836 Totin
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Good point. We should raise it to $1200 a week and make it available for 198 weeks. That'd solve the problem. $400 for 99 weeks is just evidence that the taxpayers are being tight fisted with their earnings.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 00:04 | 2541994 Lednbrass
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Child support, kids, college, and car are personal choices.

And yeah, on $400/wk you can live fairly well in much of the rural South.  In a small town near me you can get a 2 br townhouse or apartment for $4-450/month (that would be 2-3 times that in a northern metro area), couple hundred a month for at worst for necessary utilities, couple hundred for food (which you can get real cheap straight from growers if you go to the markets) and the bus between that and the nearest college town is free.

New Englanders make lots of noise about lower wages in the South but have absolutely no concept of how much lower cost of living is. Gas is under $3 for cash right now in my part of SC. On $325/wk unemployment life is quite livable.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 02:10 | 2542172 HungrySeagull
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Free and clear, No insurance on purpose to stick it to Odaddy cash on barrel head for the doc. No kids that I know of... (Oh wait,... there are several. But all are fullgrown now)College? Been there, done that and quit when Foriegn workers get the same jobs I would have gotten. The debt is quietly shifted to Uncle Sam each month. I dont expect to live long enough to finish paying it off. And the vehicles are paid for.

Mileage? Maybe a fillup once every 7 weeks or so depending...

Gasoline can go to 20 dollars fuck all gallon and I dont give a damn. Just keep my License and the Carry License near the holster when I do need to go out. I got some fuel on the land anyhow.

No debt to speak of.

What more do you ask for? Oh yes.. that little expedition into silver which is constantly lost on the lake.

We literally live on about 300 or so for food and gas for several of us. The rest is surplus.

The single most expensive shit is actually ATT. Between the wireless, Landline (That has been the same copper for almost 40 years) and internet it's over 200 per month.

That would be cut entirely once what is left of family pass on.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:13 | 2541679 Yen Cross
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 Ladies & Gents/ Respectfully!  The Summer has just begun>...

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:27 | 2541724 web bot
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I'm sure Krugman can come up with some sort of liberal explation for this... something like "individual rights", "protection under the constitution", etc...

I'm sure there are a few good honest people who really needed this money and were able to use it... however 99 weeks is almost 2 years... which is a disincentive in itself.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:32 | 2541736 Vendetta
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I was wondering where Jamie Dimon and Blankfein were spending all our money.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:02 | 2541800 Dr. Engali
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Booze strip clubs and hookers. But you have it all wrong.. It's not our money it's the next few generations. Can you say , thank you China for helping us rob the future?

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 22:34 | 2541737 tony wilson
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smells like victory sounds like chicken town

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:09 | 2541822 FieldingMellish
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What was meant as a band-aid has become a crutch. Unfortunately the wounds would not heal and the patient has suffered terminal decline.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 23:26 | 2541877 monopoly
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What planet am I on? I do not fucking believe this.

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