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WHAT IS ALVIN MASON thinking by trying to delay Fred Russell from being able to hire and fire? Mason, please get with the program. We must stop government waste!

TO THE KIND GENTLEMAN who sold papers on Sunday at the Walmart entrance on Deans Bridge Road: You always had a smile and a warm greeting, made us feel as though you watched for us every week. We miss you; it's not the same without you.

VOTERS TOLD GOVERNMENT to butt out in November. And butt out means stay out -- not "start over" on health care.

A MUSLIM STARTED a TV station to "...counter the negative stereotypes of Muslims..." He was convicted of cutting his wife's head off. Yep, that certainly ended those negative stereotypes of Muslims.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA would be one of history's worst singers, if she was a singer.

A STORY SAYS A convicted killer "waived his right to a jury trial, preventing the state from seeking the death penalty." Such a rule seems to make no sense. Who voted for such a rule?

I AM OFFICIALLY embarrassed to be an Augusta employee. If the Augusta Commission members are truly "part-time employees," as Mr. Mason stated, I do not want to be associated with someone who would behave in such a manner in public.

THIS IS TO THE person who wrote murder, sex, child molestation in Columbia County. Were you born yesterday? That's everywhere you go.

I WOULD LIKE to ask all of my fellow combat veterans from Vietnam: Would you like to re-enact the Vietnam War?

THIS IS A BIG RAVE for the excellent care that I received on the 9 East wing at Dwight Eisenhower Army Medical Center, recovering from my colon surgery this week. Thank you very much, staff.

HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET a real leader like Reagan in the White House in 2012. Also, we need to stop the foreign aid except for Israel and a few other little countries. This is absolutely ridiculous what's going on. Our elderly people are the ones who built this country. Wake up, America.

THE PEOPLE WHO think they can shoot someone because of personal evaluation of excessive noise levels needs to carry earplugs or enter a psychiatric facility. As for saying that is a priority of our poor underpaid, overworked and most wonderful law enforcement officers, get a life. Kudos and raves to all our officers!

SIGNAGE: SIGNS (as of identification, warning, or direction) or a system of such signs ... This is for the ranter complaining about not being able to find signage in a dictionary.

THIS IS A RAVE for North Augusta police officer John Rutland. I met him at the barber shop and gave him my spot so that he could get back on his job. He thanked me, had his haircut and left. When I had my haircut and started to leave I was told that John had paid for my haircut. I appreciated that very much.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/09/11 - 02:42 am
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Alvin Mason is only thinking

Alvin Mason is only thinking of himslef and his ability to keep his friends and family on the gravey train at the expense of the taxpayer.

RDBike, you can be tired of hearing that the RCSO is underfunded all you want. The fact remains the same (and this is coming from business owners, home owners and tax payers) not the police. The RCSO is completly understaffed and underfunded which means minor crimes will go undeatl with, unfortunately.

THIRTY EIGHT Sworn Deputy Positions CUT over the past years.

Going by CALEA and other standards, the department is undermanned.

$750,000.00 removed from their budget this year on top of the deputies being cut.

5 Furlough days for every officer amounting to an additional 20,000 plus man hours lost for 2011 of sworn officers doing their jobs.

The call ratio to deputy ratio in Richmond County compared to any other county exceeds 3 to 1 - combine all of these calls with the incredible amount of paperwork that goes with each one and the RCSO simply DOES NOT HAVE THE MANPOWER to stop and deal with petty traffic violations, etc. anymore.

Heck, the Sheriff has even stated that due to major employee shortages, they will begin handling calls such as vandalism, etc. OVER THE PHONE for Richmond County.

The commission wastes almost a million a year on a public golf course that could be turned over to a private company for an acutal profit.

The commission wastes money providing theirselves with gas funds, cell phones, trips with their wives, study sessions, and ridiculous "studies" every single year.

The commission spends over 5 MILLION dollars on Augusta Public Transportation instead of raising the fees acordingly so that riders will pay for the services and/or cutting out all of the waste in this department.

The commission is FAILING TO PROPERLY FUND LAW ENFORCEMENT which is a primary function of any local government, public safety for the citizens. It isn't because the tax money isn't available it is because it is being wasted both personally and on social programs that are not necessary to the betterment of the community.

You can yell and scream at the Sheriff's Deputies all you want about "doing their job" but the statistics clearly indicate they deal with 3 cases per deputy compared to the CCSO, ACSO and other nearby agencies meaning they are woefully understaffed, overworked and underpaid...they simply don't have the time to deal with minor violations of the law -- they wished they did and they certainly would if they could but it just isn't going to happen until the commission funds the department appropriately.

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CobaltGeorge 02/09/11 - 09:00 am
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Rant 9. To my fellow combat

Rant 9. To my fellow combat veterans from Vietnam, "aren't we doing that now?"

bclicious
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bclicious 02/09/11 - 09:01 am
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To ranter #9. The army

To ranter #9. The army already reenacts key battles of the Vietnam war every year. This is done out of respect for what you guys did. With that, I have never seen an actual vietnam veteran take part in the reenactment.

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seenitB4 02/09/11 - 09:10 am
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Let me thank you for your

Let me thank you for your service VietNam vets........I'm still ashamed of the way some were treated when they returned to the USA........my brother served there too & I know the damage some vets have endured.

Have a good day folks.....we are putting in a new heating system today----so heat goes off---& it is "kinda" cold while the work is going on....so will talk to ya later!

Name Not Important
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Name Not Important 02/09/11 - 10:21 am
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"I WOULD LIKE to ask all of

"I WOULD LIKE to ask all of my fellow combat veterans from Vietnam: Would you like to re-enact the Vietnam War?"

I thought we were already doing that doubly in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Name Not Important
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Name Not Important 02/09/11 - 10:27 am
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"HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET a real

"HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET a real leader like Reagan in the White House in 2012. "

No disrespect to actors but Reagan was not qualified to be president and should never have been elected. His eight year tenure turned America away from its promise of a great democratic nation to one controlled by corporations and the rich elite. Now we are a nation blaming the poor and unemployed of its decline while the rich play with fantastic sums of wealth stolen from the middle class.

Reagan was a reactionary, not a conservative. He was at war with the status quo. A kind of right wing rebel...just a tool of larger, even more corrupt (mostly men) and institutions.

He sought, well really who knows what? A "shining city on some hill?" A return to an imaginary past? World War III? His vast expansion of the military seemed insane at the time, and it was insane. It did not, as simple minded pundits like to claim, result in the bankrupting and defeat of the Soviets. They had their own simple minded dogmatic madness, and it had placed them on the "too corrupt to survive" course long before our simple minded president Reagan arrived.

Trickle down was not only a failure, a fraud, and an active theft of who knows how many trillions of dollars, it was thoroughly sold to the American Public by this strangely effective fake populist president...and despite our current predicament, many people lacking judgment still "believe" in it.

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Riverman1 02/09/11 - 10:30 am
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NameNotThatImportant, thinks

NameNotThatImportant, thinks Ronald Reagan was not qualified to be President and he thinks Sarah Palin isn't. That says a lot.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/09/11 - 10:33 am
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Name Not Important, I guess

Name Not Important, I guess there is no need in asking you if you are satisfied with the way America is today. I'll tell you what, I'm not!

Cadence
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Cadence 02/09/11 - 10:41 am
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Ronald Reagan won the cold

Ronald Reagan won the cold war. He freed the people living in East Germany who had rifles pointed at them day and night. He advanced freedom and democracy in the former USSR, in Poland, in the Eastern Bloc and in so many places. He was an amazing leader, a kind and generous human being, and a President the likes of which we may not see again for many years to come. That is our loss.

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Frankie-B 02/09/11 - 10:52 am
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You want drivers to put in

You want drivers to put in earplugs? Really?

Rather
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Rather 02/09/11 - 11:11 am
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When Reagan was elected

When Reagan was elected Governor in California, I said, “What, a movie star for Governor, what next?".

Then, when he ran for President, I said the same thing.

But when he was elected President, and fired the Air Traffic Controllers who went unlawfully on strike; and bombed terrorist Libya, I had second thoughts.

I then decided the Movie Star was just what we needed; he sure beat the dickens out of any Lawyer politicians any day of the week.

What a magnificent President Reagan turned out to be! God Bless him.

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countyman 02/09/11 - 11:12 am
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I have a few updates to share

I have a few updates to share with the public.....

South Augusta
The construction near Carnes Auto Sales looks complete.. I think the building is a bread retail/distribution center....

The Hibachi Shushi restaurant(former Golden Corral) should now be open for business...

West Augusta
A 6,000 sq. ft. 250 seat Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will occupy 1.5 acres at the Augusta Exchange... The strip of land seems to be located behind the old BP gas station between Robert C Daniel Jr Pkwy and Skinner Mill road..
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4162

Two new stores are coming to the Surrey Center... Design Images & Gifts is opening in the former Curves space(fountain level).. Ela will also open in the Surrey Center on the fountain level...

Summerville/Hill/Midtown
5'oclock bistro should be getting ready to open very soon... The restaurant is located Central Avenue next to Midtown Market and Summerville rags... The restaurant offers elegant bistro foods, a wine bar, and private dining...

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countyman 02/09/11 - 11:17 am
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I thought Sarah Pain was

I thought Sarah Pain was going to win in 2012 lol...

countyman
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countyman 02/09/11 - 04:06 pm
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Sorry multiple post...

Sorry multiple post...

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daphne3520 02/09/11 - 11:53 am
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Rant # 6: Thats because the
Unpublished

Rant # 6: Thats because the Prosecutor ans Defense agreed to that deal. There is NO such Law!

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Name Not Important 02/09/11 - 12:06 pm
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1. Reagan was a serial tax

1. Reagan was a serial tax raiser. As governor of California, Reagan “signed into law the largest tax increase in the history of any state up till then.” Meanwhile, state spending nearly doubled. As president, Reagan “raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office,” including four times in just two years. As former GOP Senator Alan Simpson, who called Reagan “a dear friend,” told NPR, “Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times in his administration — I was there.” “Reagan was never afraid to raise taxes,” said historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited Reagan’s memoir. Reagan the anti-tax zealot is “false mythology,” Brinkley said.

2. Reagan nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion, “roughly three times as much as the first 80 years of the century had done altogether.” Reagan enacted a major tax cut his first year in office and government revenue dropped off precipitously. Despite the conservative myth that tax cuts somehow increase revenue, the government went deeper into debt and Reagan had to raise taxes just a year after he enacted his tax cut. Despite ten more tax hikes on everything from gasoline to corporate income, Reagan was never able to get the deficit under control.

3. Unemployment soared after Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts. Unemployment jumped to 10.8 percent after Reagan enacted his much-touted tax cut, and it took years for the rate to get back down to its previous level. Meanwhile, income inequality exploded. Despite the myth that Reagan presided over an era of unmatched economic boom for all Americans, Reagan disproportionately taxed the poor and middle class, but the economic growth of the 1980′s did little help them. “Since 1980, median household income has risen only 30 percent, adjusted for inflation, while average incomes at the top have tripled or quadrupled,” the New York Times’ David Leonhardt noted.

4. Reagan grew the size of the federal government tremendously. Reagan promised “to move boldly, decisively, and quickly to control the runaway growth of federal spending,” but federal spending “ballooned” under Reagan. He bailed out Social Security in 1983 after attempting to privatize it, and set up a progressive taxation system to keep it funded into the future. He promised to cut government agencies like the Department of Energy and Education but ended up adding one of the largest — the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which today has a budget of nearly $90 billion and close to 300,000 employees. He also hiked defense spending by over $100 billion a year to a level not seen since the height of the Vietnam war.

5. Reagan did little to fight a woman’s right to choose. As governor of California in 1967, Reagan signed a bill to liberalize the state’s abortion laws that “resulted in more than a million abortions.” When Reagan ran for president, he advocated a constitutional amendment that would have prohibited all abortions except when necessary to save the life of the mother, but once in office, he “never seriously pursued” curbing choice.

6. Reagan was a “bellicose peacenik.” He wrote in his memoirs that “[m]y dream…became a world free of nuclear weapons.” “This vision stemmed from the president’s belief that the biblical account of Armageddon prophesied nuclear war — and that apocalypse could be averted if everyone, especially the Soviets, eliminated nuclear weapons,” the Washington Monthly noted. And Reagan’s military buildup was meant to crush the Soviet Union, but “also to put the United States in a stronger position from which to establish effective arms control” for the the entire world — a vision acted out by Regean’s vice president, George H.W. Bush, when he became president.

7. Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Reagan signed into law a bill that made any immigrant who had entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty. The bill was sold as a crackdown, but its tough sanctions on employers who hired undocumented immigrants were removed before final passage. The bill helped 3 million people and millions more family members gain American residency. It has since become a source of major embarrassment for conservatives.

8. Reagan illegally funneled weapons to Iran. Reagan and other senior U.S. officials secretly sold arms to officials in Iran, which was subject to a an arms embargo at the time, in exchange for American hostages. Some funds from the illegal arms sales also went to fund anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua — something Congress had already prohibited the administration from doing. When the deals went public, the Iran-Contra Affair, as it came to be know, was an enormous political scandal that forced several senior administration officials to resign.

9. Reagan vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act. which placed sanctions on South Africa and cut off all American trade with the country. Reagan’s veto was overridden by the Republican-controlled Senate. Reagan responded by saying “I deeply regret that Congress has seen fit to override my veto,” saying that the law “will not solve the serious problems that plague that country.”

10. Reagan helped create the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. Reagan fought a proxy war with the Soviet Union by training, arming, equipping, and funding Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan. Reagan funneled billions of dollars, along with top-secret intelligence and sophisticated weaponry to these fighters through the Pakistani intelligence service. The Talbian and Osama Bin Laden — a prominent mujahidin commander — emerged from these mujahidin groups Reagan helped create, and U.S. policy towards Pakistan remains strained because of the intelligence services’ close relations to these fighters. In fact, Reagan’s decision to continue the proxy war after the Soviets were willing to retreat played a direct role in Bin Laden’s ascendancy.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/05/reagan-centennial/

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dichotomy 02/09/11 - 12:34 pm
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"WHAT IS ALVIN MASON

"WHAT IS ALVIN MASON thinking?"

I imagine he is thinking about the dilution of his power and ability to use patronage to take care of his family, friends, and cronies. Whatever he is thinking, it is certainly not about what is best for the whole county. If he really cared about doing something positive his, instead of saying ""this violates the city charter", he would be saying "this is a good idea and I will vote to change the city charter if needed".

We have group who throw out the city charter like a road block or spike strips. We all know who they are and why they do it. We can look around and see their, and our "legislative delegation's", results. We were sold consolidation as a means to save money and improve services. It was really a ploy to subsidize the old city. The "savings" never happened. The "duplication" was never eliminated. The "services" were never improved. The ONLY service that did improve is trash collection and for that they bill us additionally on our property tax at a rate that is about double what it should be. The only "consolidation" that happened was the consolidation of all taxpayer dollars being spent in a few downtown districts. Twenty years later they have bled the taxpayers dry, paticularly the rural property owners. They, under false pretense, rezoned 7000 acres of rural property to residential, raising the tax value, with no intentions of encouraging or promoting development. When they spent all of that money and the economy turned down, they resorted to illegally manipulating the tax digest and valuing property at about 30% more than it's true value. And still all of the tax money gets spent in a few districts. The old city is still failing and the old county areas are starting to resemble a suburb of Beruit. Thanks to Alvin, his cohorts, his predecessors, and his successors Richmond County, particularly the southern suburbs and rural areas, will continue to deteriorate.

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onlysane1left 02/09/11 - 01:25 pm
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@Name Not Important: Wow, I

@Name Not Important: Wow, I thought I was the only one who remembered that stuff about the "great" Ronald Reagan. I'll expect some riled up conservative to send in a rebuttal about how those facts are just lies.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 02/09/11 - 01:31 pm
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One last thing that was left

One last thing that was left out was the fact that during the Reagan adminstration, they supplied weapons to a cocky dictator named Saddam Hussein shortly after they started a border war with Iran.

dani
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dani 02/09/11 - 01:32 pm
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"A 6,000 sq. ft. 250 seat

"A 6,000 sq. ft. 250 seat Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will occupy 1.5 acres at the Augusta Exchange"..Please say it ain't so. Why everwood they do that to this area.

dani
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dani 02/09/11 - 01:40 pm
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Some of those things said

Some of those things said about Reagan ARE myths, and have been proven so. Peggy Noonan spoke on it over the weekend. I don't have the details or the time to check but there were things he was accused of that has been clarified in the last year or so.

No big deal. His reputation hasn't been sullied, and is still intact.

BTW..He was shot and wounded early in his career, now what if that had happened during a later administration.

JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 02/09/11 - 01:42 pm
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After all "Name Not

After all "Name Not Important" listed about Ronald Reagan, the fact still remains that from a poll of American voters shortly before Reagan left office, it was determined that if possible Reagan would have been re-elected for a third term. Lawmakers actually considered voting down the 2 term limit until it was discovered he was in the early stages of Dementia. Pretty good for someone with the background you presented.

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Rather 02/09/11 - 01:51 pm
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Name Not Important - How

Name Not Important - How about we start a contest between Reagan and Obama to see who will raise the taxes the least? Why do taxes get raised? Spending is set by Congress. What has your Democrat Congress for the last 6 years done but spend? Are you ready to concede the contest, since you have already lost?

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happychimer 02/09/11 - 02:52 pm
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This country is not perfect,

This country is not perfect, but it is still the best place on this earth. For those who want to grind it into the ground, Delta is waiting.

dani
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dani 02/09/11 - 03:56 pm
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I know know where they would

I know know where they would go on Delta. Are there any nanny states left?

countyman
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countyman 02/09/11 - 04:11 pm
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Dani, what's wrong with

Dani, what's wrong with Buffalo Wild Wings?? The restaurant is a better version of the Wild Wing Cafe on Washington road..

Or are you concern about the future extra traffic???

All4Mine
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All4Mine 02/09/11 - 04:28 pm
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I'll second that "Rather".

I'll second that "Rather".

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corgimom 02/09/11 - 04:35 pm
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"His reputation hasn't been

"His reputation hasn't been sullied, and is still intact."

Sure, just ask all the mentally ill patients and their families, and the victims of the mentally ill, about Reagan's reputation. It started in California when he closed the mental hospitals there and then he did it nationwide. Less government, you know. Cut spending, you know.

And, speaking of someone who LIVED in California while he was governor- he had his good points and his weaknesses, but he didn't exactly enjoy the sterling reputation that some of you think he had.

He botched up a lot of things.

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burninater 02/09/11 - 05:45 pm
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Cobalt -- "Name Not

Cobalt -- "Name Not Important, I guess there is no need in asking you if you are satisfied with the way America is today. I'll tell you what, I'm not!"
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But there's the rub, Cobalt -- Reagan's expansion of government and supply-side economics are key contributers to the way America is today!

Cause, meet effect.

Edit: Take the time to look at this link, which is increase/decrease of national debt by Presidential term, post-WWII, and note as well that party control of Congress is included:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_by_U.S._presidential_terms

It is absolutely mind-blowing to me that people have bought the narrative about a certain party being fiscally responsible. Some people must really enjoy being taken to the cleaners, as long as their team is doing the laundry ...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/09/11 - 06:30 pm
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1984 Presidential election:

1984 Presidential election: Reagan 49 states won, Mondale 1.

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