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We don’t need to fundamentally transform America, as Barack Obama promised to do.

We need to fundamentally transform Washington.

And we will have to do it against our leaders’ wishes and over the virulent objections of the “mainstream” media – which historically questioned authority but now defend it like junk yard dogs.

You would think that if our current system of government would ever transform itself, it would be now. The federal government is drowning us in oceans of debt – more than $14 trillion in operating losses now and another $60 to $100 trillion in projected “unfunded liabilities” for such things as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

We are indebted as far as the eye can see to China and other creditors who, other than being our sugar daddies, don’t much care for us. How smart is that? And there’s no end in sight to the borrowing: Even though it represents but one year’s worth of deficit spending, our crack members of Congress can’t manage to cut a trillion or two over the next 10 years without forming a “super committee” to jam the cuts down their own throats. And that’s only if the committee has that much gumption, which is yet to be demonstrated.

We are spending money that only our children and grandchildren will be able to pay back – just to make our current state of affairs a little cushier. How immoral is that?

Furthermore, financial experts are becoming desperately worried that the unprecedented overspending, combined with horrible mismanagement of the currency by the Federal Reserve and Treasury, will also endanger the dollar. Many are predicting hyperinflation, especially in the wake of several rounds of dollar printing.

Add to all this the fact that last November, voters sent Republicans in overwhelming numbers to control the House of Representatives with a mandate to get the spending under control.

What has happened since then has been a creeping catastrophe: Republicans have put on a show of cutting spending that Democrats in the Senate and White House refuse to go along with, pushing the government to the edge several times.

And despite all these pressures to rein in spending, and Congress’ claims of cutting $38 billion from the current budget earlier this year, Investors Business Daily reports that federal spending has actually gone up this year: by an additional $120 billion in the first nine months, compared to a year ago.

Yet, liberals are claiming that government cutbacks are hurting the economy. Far-left economist Paul Krugman wrote that “the turn toward austerity (is) a major factor in our growth slowdown.”

Austerity? What austerity? What are these people smoking?

If you think they’re whining now, even as the government is actually spending more, just wait until reality jumps in a ship and sails from Athens to America: In Greece, where fat public pensions and overly generous benefits have not only bankrupted that country but reached deep into other countries’ pockets, real (and belated) austerity measures led to unions striking and rioting and generally making the cradle of ancient civilization a mess.

We see that on TV, yet continue down the same path. How brainless is that?

It’s become clear that our “leaders” won’t help us avert the same fate. We’ll have to do it ourselves.

We have to vote out elected representatives who don’t have the stomach to save America. We have to begin work on constitutional amendments to limit their terms in office and their spending. And we have to answer our fellow citizens’ cries for more government spending with louder and stronger calls for less of it.

We simply must transform Washington. That work has only just begun.

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Techfan
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Techfan 10/22/11 - 10:48 pm
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“deficits don't matter”

“deficits don't matter”

KSL
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KSL 10/22/11 - 11:06 pm
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Obama's adopted motto. Right,

Obama's adopted motto. Right, Techfan.

By the way, may I ask you why you are such a Tech fan despite the reason you have told me? They are a military-industrial related school. I would think you would be more of an Emory fan. They fostered a huge group of flower power students back in the late 60's, sort of Berkley and other more prestigious wannabee schools.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/23/11 - 04:13 am
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The Democrats denying America

The Democrats denying America has a debt problem and pushing for more spending are the OWS-Greece mobs wearing suits and instead of demonstrations in the street, ranting on MSNBC.

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/11 - 04:22 am
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Who did he adopt it from?

Who did he adopt it from? Emory doesn't have a football team. Well, wathing yesterday's game neither does Tech.

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copperhead 10/23/11 - 06:12 am
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Techfan,have you turned

Techfan,have you turned COMPLETE control of your life over to the government? Have you sent all of your assets to the government for redistribution?

Techfan
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Techfan 10/23/11 - 06:39 am
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Nope, and neither has anyone

Nope, and neither has anyone else.

copperhead
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copperhead 10/23/11 - 06:45 am
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Techfan,your posts tell a

Techfan,your posts tell a different story.

Street smart
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Street smart 10/23/11 - 08:09 am
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Republicans will be a

Republicans will be a portrait of dinosaurs in 2012, "EXTINCT". The best path to economic recovery is putting money into the hands of working families through middle - class tax cuts and investments in jobs now. The time to attack the deficit is after the economy recovers.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/23/11 - 08:32 am
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Bring Ike back. Golf must

Bring Ike back.

Golf must have cleared his mind---maybe the serene surroundings at the National helped him THINK.....something they can't seem to do in congress.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 10/23/11 - 08:47 am
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We need personal moral

We need personal moral transformations. After that, transforming our communities as well as our local , state and federal governments will be "a piece of cake." Oops, a poor metaphor: considering our national health indices, our waistlines and our bathroom scales, we've had too many bad experiences with cake already.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/23/11 - 09:23 am
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Street Smart, Dispite Obama

Street Smart, Dispite Obama and the Democrates controlling the Presidence and the House and Senate for two years all they did was increase the deficit and ram health care reform and the stimulus package (remember Joe Biden's summer of recovery LOL) down our throats. Well the Stimulas package, according to President Obama was supposed to keep unemployment below 8%. The Democrates are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in programs that produce cars in Finland, windmills in China and Spain, photo electric panels in Mexico and China. All of this under AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND GREEN ENERGY STIMULUS! Yes the Republicans will be Dinosaurs ..BWAHAHAHAHAHA

carcraft
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carcraft 10/23/11 - 09:20 am
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Oh one other thing, The Obama

Oh one other thing, The Obama administration now admits that the Class act that was part of the Health care reform package is not financially sound and droping it. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-administration-drops-... the last paragraph is the most interesting- it was supposed to account for 70 billion dollars in the saving from health care reform. Who cares, just spend money and pass stupid programs then say the Republicans are blocking help for the poor middle class. Obama can't even get his stupid jobs bill throught the Democratically controlled Senate for heavens sake so he is blaming Republicans! LOL Obamabots sit there like bobble head car statues nodding there heads up and down in agreement.

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allhans 10/23/11 - 09:47 am
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carcraft..you are so

carcraft..you are so right!
The Democrats say spend more and worry about paying the debt later...what a crock. Their motto: spend..spend..spend..
They know the "jobs plan" will not create jobs., but then, why worry, who wants to work when they don't have to.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/23/11 - 10:35 am
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allhans, Obama has wasted

allhans, Obama has wasted more money on more garbage than any President in American history and the Democratic election strategery is blame the Republicans! With Obama's anti capitalism increasing deficit programs we are headed to a cross between Greece and Zimbabwe!

allhans
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allhans 10/23/11 - 10:42 am
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Don't bother telling

Don't bother telling Democrats the truth. They will accuse you of trying to take
their checks by stopping some of the useless programs.

allhans
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allhans 10/23/11 - 10:49 am
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I saw one of OWS saying that

I saw one of OWS saying that to create a good economy you have to start at the bottom. Never in history has jobs been created "at the bottom". Without jobs there is no money to create wealth, other than welfare which places us deeper in debt so you are doubling the problem, but they listen to the liberal spin and will never see it our way.

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Willow Bailey 10/23/11 - 12:23 pm
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I think we need to stop

I think we need to stop focusing on the problems by talking about who is right and who is wrong and start finding real solutions. As long as we fight about dems and reps, blame and credit, we plunge deeper into this financial abyss.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/23/11 - 12:44 pm
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Willow Bailey- The problems

Willow Bailey- The problems start with a world view. How to manage a government and the duty , responsibility, obligations of the individual in society and government to the individual in that society. When we don't look at policies etc and just assume that because Obama promised he would cut the deficit in half then you elect someone with no plan or understanding of how to achieve what he promised we are courting diseaster!

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Willow Bailey 10/23/11 - 03:56 pm
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carcraft, You are right, it

carcraft, You are right, it is that same world view that shapes the thought process as to possible solutions as well.

Agreed again, regarding Obama's example where the public mass allowed themselves to be wooed, courted and promised. We should all want a plan that makes sense and has a chance of gaining enough support by both sides to be put into place in a short time frame. We shouldn't support any candidate who spends his time criticizing rather than discussing ideas or one that wants to pander to a particular group of voters.

We should not vote for anyone who comes up with the slogan, but has no clue, no detail, no plan, and no support, regardless of their appeal or party affiliation.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/23/11 - 05:17 pm
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Thanks Willow, I agree, we

Thanks Willow, I agree, we can not afford to have a personality with a cult get elected again. There is no perfect canidate or perfect solution so look for the best.

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socks99 10/23/11 - 05:39 pm
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Another way to describe what

Another way to describe what needs to be done is to ask that government spend more effectively. Unfortunately, many of the big spenders are still in office, and after spending all the revenue associated with the housing bubble, they are now keen to spend even more to 'help' the economy!

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wwfranklindo 10/24/11 - 09:37 am
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Good luck transforming

Good luck transforming Washington. The two party system is a deception. The oligarchs are not going away just because you ask them to.

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