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COLUMNIST ED Conant is at best a Republican In Name Only. More likely, a fellow traveler of Harry Reid. At any rate, The Chronicle would be better dumping him and getting someone along the lines of Neil Boortz or Dr. Mike Savage. I’d settle for Ann Coulter.

EVERY PENNY of every U.S. senator’s and representative’s pay should be stopped immediately.

SO, THE OPPRESSOR in Chief says he’s not negotiating. His puppet in the Senate – Harry Reid – says he’s not negotiating. Yet, the opinion outlets (formally known as news outlets) are blaming the Tea Party for the shutdown. Place the blame where it belongs – in the Oval Office.

RAVES FOR anyone who allowed the federal government to shut down. Do the people in Washington not realize that they are proving that we can get along with only “essential” government employees, and that there is way too much fat in all federal programs. Keep them at home, let them file for unemployment benefits, then the jobless numbers will get someone’s attention. There are three new branches of the Fed: Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

RANTS TO “Project Jackson,” the North Augusta ball park plot. Let’s get this incredible scenario straight – a baseball stadium is being built in North Augusta, S.C., that the citizens of North Augusta don’t want there, so the GreenJackets, a pro team based in another state – Georgia – can play games; and it’s being paid for, under protest, by the overburdened taxpayers of Aiken, who don’t want it either. Meanwhile, the only people who stand to benefit from the whole fiasco are the construction companies and land developers. All courtesy of Southern “Good ‘Ol Boy” politics.

A RANT TO The Augusta Chronicle. Who is the person down there that thinks it has been a good idea for the past 5 or more years to put the solution to the Sunday’s Sudoku puzzle right next to the puzzle. (Hint: Being upside down doesn’t really hide the answers). Tell me, in a 75 page plus Sunday paper, is there nowhere else to print “TODAY’S ANSWER”?

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/20/13 - 08:06 pm
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@ Ranter #1

I have read most of Ed Conant's guest columns (at least parts of them) over the past year or so. I find he never represents himself as a Republican, and never even hints he's a conservative. His ideas are completely liberal Democrat. There are plenty of left-wing believers who were in the military, so don't let his "retired military" pedigree fool you. He's rooting for Harry Reid all the way.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/20/13 - 09:20 pm
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#1

No Ann Coulter. Way too shrill for my taste. I like Boortz, and I like Savage for entertainment; but Savage is a bit shrill too. Funny, but too bombastic.

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Riverman1 10/21/13 - 02:42 am
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Ed Conant Supports Check Kiting

I have to agree about Ed Conant. I wrote a scathing comment of his column yesterday. Failure to see the big picture by many with Obamacare and the budget is frustrating. They want to criticize Ted Cruz and others instead of addressing the subject…cutting spending.

It would be wonderful if we could provide everyone with free medical care, housing and food. Who wouldn’t be for that? But someone has to ask the hard questions of how we pay for such gifts. Now we have a theme that we can have anything as long as we continue to borrow and operate in debt. Conservatives are trying to warn you. This can’t go on. It’s check kiting.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/21/13 - 05:59 am
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Hello AC Staff

How about an article on where the salaries and funds for all these offices and employees of Congress members come from? If they only make $174,00.00 a year, who is paying for these Congress People to have 3 to 4 offices with staff in their districts? I'm sure quite a few people would like to know!!! I would certainly like to know what the true cost of a person in Congress is!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 06:23 am
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Great question coldbeer

I found this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff

and this

Each Congressional office is allotted a specific budget per FY, which all comes from appropriated dollars. This comes from the President's annual budget proposal, which is then ratified by Congress.
Like all government entities, they are non-profit and are funded based upon federal tax dollars.

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nocnoc 10/21/13 - 06:21 am
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RANTS TO “Project Jackson,”

Better learn to enjoy it.

This is only the start of the problems headed for North Augusta and the South Carolina Side of the river.

Augusta is dying from a political spending virus.
Too many adverse elements, Power brokers, businesses included, are eye balling the clean virgin area on your side of the river.

Better start getting the right people in office now that actually WANT TO block and protect North Augusta from the coming badly planned, latest Great Idea to spend $$$$$$$$$$, and the sure to come shotgun scattered rezoning decisions.

BTW:
A SPLOST type TAX is the 1st sign of a Political Spending addiction is taking root.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 07:17 am
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Whew...one less worry..

WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA says a big asteroid that whizzed by Earth last month unnoticed is probably nothing to worry about when it returns much closer in 19 years.

NASA Near-Earth Object program manager Donald Yeomans said there is a 1 in 48,000 chance that the 1,300-foot asteroid will hit Earth when it comes back on Aug. 26, 2032.

The asteroid called 2013 TV135 was discovered Oct. 8, nearly a month after it came within 4.2 million miles of Earth. Yeomans said as astronomers observe and track it better, they will likely calculate that it has no chance of hitting Earth.

Although big, the asteroid is considerably smaller than the type that caused the dinosaur extinction.

NASA posted a "reality check" about the asteroid in response to some media reports.

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Riverman1 10/21/13 - 07:54 am
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Rocks From the Sky

Now I have to not only worry about rotating my tires, but I have to watch out for rocks falling from the sky ending mankind.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 08:01 am
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Rocks from the sky

If the right size hits us .....your problems will be over, cause you can kiss it bye bye..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 08:02 am
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McConnell said shutting down won't happen again..

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who co-sponsored the bipartisan Senate bill that led to the end of the 16-day government shutdown, says the GOP will do anything to get rid of President Barack Obama's signature health care law — except shutting down the government.

"There won't be another government shutdown," McConnell said on CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday. "You can count on that."

“Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy," McConnell continued. "I don't think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy. A number of us were saying in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn't."

Instead, the Senate Minority Leader said his party is focused on securing more congressional seats in the 2014 midterm elections — and the big seat in the White House in 2016 — to thwart the Affordable Care Act.

“Obamacare is the worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century, the single biggest step in the direction of Europeanizing our country," McConnell said. "We need to get rid of it. If the American people will give us a majority in the Senate and a new president,that's exactly what we are going to do."

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 08:20 am
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Calm down everyone...he will address it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues.

Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the scope of the problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama's signature legislative achievement.

White House officials say the president will discuss steps the administration is taking to address the failures, including ramping up staffing at call centers where people can apply for insurance by phone. The Department of Health and Human Services says it is also bringing in technology experts from inside and outside of government to help diagnose the issues.

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The waste floors me .....we can't keep this going-- going-- going

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/13 - 08:22 am
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One worry I have is how we

One worry I have is how we are going to get rid of Obamacare once it starts. It's such a complicated, transforming government program that it may be harder to get rid of than it is to get started.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/21/13 - 08:31 am
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I have the answer RM

A big rock hitting DC would stop the train wreck....they would be replaced & we would start over...other than that, we are stuck til the next election....but knowing the politics & voting records of many....we might as well start our own country..

I think I might have a cup of hot tea & take my mind off of politics...gotta get busy here...

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happychimer 10/21/13 - 08:44 am
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Good morning everyone. It's a

Good morning everyone. It's a beautiful day, and not one to concentrate on politics. What will be will be.

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Little Lamb 10/21/13 - 08:49 am
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Theory

It's kind of neat how one day a professor can postulate about an asteroid causing the dinosaur extinction; and then a few years later a government spokesman can speak of it as if it were certain fact. It's a crazy society we live in.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/21/13 - 08:57 am
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Congressional expenses

Thanks Seenit, but I'd like the Chronicle to dig a little deeper and find the dollars and cents figure that each GA and SC Congress member spends for all these aids, travel, offices and staff. With 535 Congressional positions I'll bet its over a Billion a year!! Why is this number not put out there and why is it not figured as part of their salary?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/21/13 - 09:09 am
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A few years back Paul Broun

A few years back Paul Broun ran out of money for his office.

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Jake 10/21/13 - 10:16 am
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Rant #1

By all means, don't let a voice who is not in lock-step with the majority be heard. It might ruin someone's day or (shudder) cause one to think.

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RoadkiII 10/21/13 - 10:19 am
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About the "Republican" shutdown

Don't take my word for it folks look it up yourselves. Rep Bohner sent NINE bills to the Senate that would have kept the government open. Sen Reid refused to have the senate vote on them. Reid was saying all the time it was Bohner that shut down the government. Hey Harry, why didn't you vote on the bills sent by the House? Could it be the house bills didn't include spending increases?

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daphne3520 10/21/13 - 01:35 pm
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Last Rant:
Unpublished

If you don't like it, turn the page or do NOT look!!!!! Nuff Said!

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harley_52 10/21/13 - 03:08 pm
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"But someone has to ask the hard questions....

....of how we pay for such gifts."

There's an even harder and more basic question to be addressed.

Are people entitled to free health care?

If yes, which people, who is obligated to pay for it, and what is the source of that obligation?

Are you obligated to pay for my health care and, if so, how and how much?

How about an old man in Mexico, or a child in Yemen?

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AutumnLeaves 10/21/13 - 03:21 pm
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I am so glad they are

I am so glad they are cracking down on speeders. I hope a few people speeding through subdivisions in the vicinity of local detours, and having the nerve to blow their horns at residents trying to get out of their own driveways, get their pocketbooks raided bigtime with fines before they kill somebody. And to the woman that was tail-gating, switching lanes without proper distance, speeding down Walton Way this morning, the speed limit was 20 at the Partridge Inn, not 40! and that is NOT a place to be switching lanes without sufficient clearance, ESPECIALLY speeding! I hope you're one of the first ones to get caught before it is too late.

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dichotomy 10/21/13 - 03:57 pm
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"A big rock hitting DC would

"A big rock hitting DC would stop the train wreck"

Can I get one about Augusta Commission meeting room sized?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 10/21/13 - 04:17 pm
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If you are going to come in

If you are going to come in the library and play games on the computers, please be considerate of others and not hit the keys so hard that it sounds like hammering or an automatic pistol! It is rude and it is not good for the keyboard either!

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countyman 10/21/13 - 04:30 pm
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Private growth in West Augusta

WRDW is reporting both DSW and HomeGoods are officially coming to Augusta.
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/DSW-and-Homegoods-stores-headed-to-Au...

This comes only a few days after my comments about the development in the Augusta Chronicle.

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LillyfromtheMills 10/21/13 - 05:07 pm
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Govt IT - worthless

And then our govt contracts out to the Canadians - I like the idea of asking the sharp shooters in to fix the website - until it's up and running, we can't understand it until we read it! (As the dems says)

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