True character revealed behind mask

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I have an idea I want to suggest, and I want to give us time enough to prepare for it. It's about Halloween -- next Halloween, to be specific. That's the time, as everyone knows, we put on masks and hide our identities from everyone else. Even our closest friends do not recognize us then.

What if, for instance, instead of putting masks on that day, we take them off? You know, the ones we are already wearing. That would be a scare, wouldn't it? Would our friends then be able to recognize us? Just asking the question.

As we move forward in the upcoming political season, the questions become, "Can we deal with reality?" and "Are we more comfortable dealing with the world of fantasy -- where we, like our politicians, mask ourselves?" Politicians have adapted quite well to the art of hypocrisy -- that is, masking themselves. I guess that's why we call most of them hypocrites. I guess they have to be, to be successful. And that's to our shame. We demand nothing more.

One of our most successful politicians in the area was the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. Not only did he wear masks, he knew when and where to wear them. In private audiences with blacks in Edgefield County, he was not the Negro-hating Southerner that most people outside of Edgefield County saw. He was compassionate and giving, I'm told, by black people who were acquainted with him. Even his interracial daughter has attested to that.

However, knowing that we are dealing with politicians who wear many masks, let us not put our faith so much in what they tell us, but rather in what they show us.

In the upcoming Congress, the Republicans have a chance to lead, now that they have to take off the "no" mask and put on the "show" mask. We'll be watching the next two years to see who they really are. I really want to know, and I'll hold judgment for now and wait and see.

Grady Abrams

Martinez

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/23/10 - 11:58 pm
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A poll, produced for ABC and

A poll, produced for ABC and Yahoo! News by Langer Research Associates, finds that 81 percent of Americans overall think gridlock is "likely" to occur in the next Congress.

Darby
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Darby 11/24/10 - 12:29 am
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"A poll, produced for ABC and

"A poll, produced for ABC and Yahoo! News by Langer Research Associates, finds that 81 percent of Americans overall think gridlock is "likely" to occur in the next Congress"

Good to hear that. The less Congress meddles in the affairs of the American people, the more likely we are to grow ourselves out of the current economic mess. If only we could get them to take a twelve to twenty month recess.

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justus4 11/24/10 - 12:43 am
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The article addresses a real
Unpublished

The article addresses a real problem with American politicians, especially the hypocritical (R)s and their empty rhetoric about fiscal responsibility. The writer also hopes they will "unmask" after taking their oaths next year - it won't happen. Here is why: One of their first votes will be to INCREASE the national debt celling which will be the first demonstration that anything said during campaigning was false. Now their excuses will be all over the map, but they WILL vote to increase it. Republican supporters will blame the President somehow and say almost anything to avoid the truth: They are not capable of reducing the debt. Next, the government will be shut down and expect a phantom investigation of something the President authorized. Sadly, their secret mission is to remove this administration and paralyze the Union according to some incoming conservatives. So the writer wants the (R)s to appeals to our better angels, but expect this bunch to be the most dysfunctional in US history. Americans get the government they deserve and this one gonna be a hoot!

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faithson 11/24/10 - 01:51 am
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until we the people are the

until we the people are the interest of the politicians not corporate america this dance with 'masks' performed in our honor will continue.

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gijoe7898 11/24/10 - 03:54 am
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Corporate America is the

Corporate America is the engine of America. They create or end jobs. They manufacture and deliver products we need. Without corporations, businesses, there is no America. Their needs and American citizens needs are forever intertwined.

Strangle business with regulations and taxes, it will move from one state to another, or even overseas. Throw union demands in as well.

Corporations, "fat cats", Wall St over Main St, bloated CEO salaries, etcv, are popular scape goats. Business is a necessity. If you don't like how others are doing business, start your own or invest in one that is doing well.

The interest of the people is a vibrant economy. That means jobs. Jobs mean business.

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carcraft 11/24/10 - 03:57 am
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Gridlock is good. Al Gore

Gridlock is good. Al Gore now admits the federal subsides for ethenol program was a mistake, producing very little green energy. Al Gore was eyeing farm votes in his run for the presidency. Now those raising cattle get a federally subsidized cattle feed similar to corn meal but high in protien from the ethenol refineries as a by product of ethanol production. Guess who is funding Al Gore's blunder? If we can stop any of this type of garbage America wins..

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/24/10 - 04:59 am
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Gridlock is NOT good when

Gridlock is NOT good when things are bad. We need leadership that moves the government in ways that makes it better for business to grow and create jobs.

If we were in great economic times, like during the mid 90's, it is GREAT to have gridlock because it prevents the government form causing bad things to happen through over regulation, over taxation, ect.

But when thiings are BAD, as they are now, we do NOT need do-nothings or gridlockers, we need leadership and change.

The best way to help us is to get out of the way, roll back excessive spending, stop borrowing and creating more debt, stop pushing unfunded mandates, stop all new taxes, stop illegals from freely crossing our borders, get us OUT of Iraq and curtail foreign aid, and to CUT CUT CUT the size and scope of the federal government.

No Gridlock! Leadership is what we need during these trying times. Someone needs to get out front and show the way back to prosperity because we are heading East looking for a sunset right now.

Brad

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Brad Owens 11/24/10 - 05:07 am
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I want to call it the "Age of

I want to call it the "Age of Austerity" in Government spending and control. It is a worldwide fad right now, just look at Greeks, the Irish, Spain, and Portugal will follow suit.

We need to get in on the government austerity diet program.

"It's the dawing of the age of Austerity! The Age of Austerity!...Cuts in uneeded programs, spending and reguuuulaaation...regulaaaatiooooon!"

Hippy song retooled for todays climate.

Brad

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carcraft 11/24/10 - 06:35 am
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Brad you have a point, but

Brad you have a point, but grid lock also stops the government from foolish spending like the "stimulus package", that occured during the start of the economic collapse. The government is holding a meeting to ferret out waste and fraud in the stimulus spending. Did I mention the meeting was at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix? You are right as long as the policies are aimed at producing sound economic policies, much of governments efforts do any thing but produce sound econmic policies, see the stimulus bill, cap and trade, ethenol production from corn to name just a few!

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Mad Hatter 11/24/10 - 08:07 am
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I wonder if the liberals will

I wonder if the liberals will refer to the Democrats as the party of No if they don't go along with the changes the Republicans present. Methinks they will be hypocritical, and will not.

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Riverman1 11/24/10 - 08:31 am
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Mr. Abrams, it's refreshing

Mr. Abrams, it's refreshing that you appear willing to give the Republicans a chance. By the way, what did the Democrats show you these past few years?

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TheFederalist 11/24/10 - 09:05 am
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Sorry liberals, but when you

Sorry liberals, but when you control only 1/3 of one branch of government, it is difficult to lead. Anyone espousing the idea that now the GOP must somehow show leadership is deluded. All that simplistic statement means is that they should now play ball with Darth Hussein & Co? Balderdash!

The American people sent the administration a message that they still refuse to hear, but the beauty is that it now doesn't matter, since control of the house ensures that we can stop any further liberal insanity. The sad truth for liberals is that gridlock is exactly what the newly elected GOP congress was elected to do, since they have no chance if doing anything else until 2012. Those that want something else, some sort of heroic "leadership" or tremendous progress simply want them to play ball and compromise their conservative values. Until they control the Senate and the Presidency, they will remain the party of no, which is just fine with most of the American people who sent them to congress to do just that....stop the socialist agenda, spending and continued bloating of the government, which is about all they have accomplished so far. Given the reality of our current political situation, gridlock is the best that we can hope for, and that is just fine by me.

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dani 11/24/10 - 09:42 am
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At least taking the masks off

At least taking the masks off might give the Obama administration the transparency they promised us. How long does it take, anyhow?

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double_standard 11/24/10 - 11:26 am
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carcraft you didn't name no

carcraft you didn't name no child left behind that tab is still growing, the trillion and half dollars of medicare part b, and the bailout in oct. 08. Its funny how those unfunded things always get left out.

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Mad Hatter 11/24/10 - 11:45 am
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OK, double standard. Include

OK, double standard. Include them. Conservatives didn't support them in the first place...........and what has our President done to help out? He added 3 Trillion to the deficit. Good work Mr. President.

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johnston.cliff 11/24/10 - 01:05 pm
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As long as the socialist

As long as the socialist leader pushes an agenda of anti-Americanism, it's the job of Americans to be the party of "no". When the agenda of pro-Americanism begins, we can begin to see a party of show.
Since the house handles the purse strings, it's the duty of Americans to pinch off the funding for all socialist/anti-American projects until a respectable and competent leader can be put in the Whitehorse.

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Brad Owens 11/24/10 - 02:32 pm
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TheFederalist, Gridlock is

TheFederalist,

Gridlock is never good when times are bad. The government MUST cut spending, reduce borrowing, and try to lower the rate of increase. And your comment about "1/3rd" control is off as well. The Congress passes the budget and right now the GOP has control of the House, enough votes in the Senate toforce a compromise on any issue from the left, and the ability to embarass the Executive branch by setting the agenda and controlling the debate which will keep them from having an easy re-election in 2012.

I think you guys expect too little from your reps,

Brad

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/24/10 - 02:39 pm
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Gridlock is better than

Gridlock is better than moving toward destruction!

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ameliaf 11/24/10 - 04:24 pm
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Well, the Pubs are moving in

Well, the Pubs are moving in the right direction with banning pork. Now lets see if they can actually cut some government spending on crop supports, milk supports, housing and urban development, unneeded and unwanted military spending .

No more money for museums. No more money for building public access boat ramps in Savannah, or bus facilities or busses for Albany, Atlanta, or Chatham County. There is so much more there will be no more of.

Georgia is actually not a big pork recipient, at least on the things that you can look at on the list of pork projects identified by Citizens Against Government Waste. In fact, Georgia is 50th (out of 51) in terms of dollar per head in pork money we received.

Did we win or lose?

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gaspringwater 11/24/10 - 04:31 pm
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carcraft - I gather you're

carcraft - I gather you're not an Al Gore fan. But blaming Al Gore for ethanol is a bum rap. Jimmy Carter is responsible for ethanol and the welfare to agri-business. And I'm a Jimmy Carter fan and he's Georgia's first citizen.

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Brad Owens 11/24/10 - 04:39 pm
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Mad Hatter, You are right

Mad Hatter,

You are right sir, but we are not talking about those two options now are we? The fact is, the White House cannot get its agenda through without a majority in both houses of congress OR moderate policy proposals.

So, we have stopped the train heading towards the wreck, now my point is, we cannot afford to NOT reverse away from the edge.

Lead by MAKING the White House veto good bills with austerity cuts in them.

They can win if it goes through or if they show the White House as not willing to compromise.

We need bold leadership with vision, not gridlock and more of the same.

Brad

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gaspringwater 11/24/10 - 04:42 pm
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carcraft - Al Gore has a good

carcraft - Al Gore has a good thing going and big names want in on the act.

As California prepares to say Hasta La Vista to its top official of 8 years, governor Schwarzenegger is already planning his next incarnation: Climate Activist

Will Arnold Schwarzenegger Be the New ( And Improved ) Al Gore?
http://environment.change.org/blog/view/will_arnold_schwarzenegger_be_th...

Darby
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Darby 11/24/10 - 04:49 pm
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"Gridlock is NOT good when

"Gridlock is NOT good when things are bad. We need leadership that moves the government in ways that makes it better for business to grow and create jobs. If we were in great economic times, like during the mid 90's, it is GREAT to have gridlock...."

Have you considered that the great times (as you see them) were caused by gridlock???

Darby
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Darby 11/24/10 - 04:52 pm
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Schwarzenegger is already

Schwarzenegger is already planning his next movie - Terminator goes to the landfill.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/24/10 - 05:07 pm
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The Republican House will

The Republican House will have to get a budget passed despite their tendency toward gridlock. And Newt discovered that threatening to shut the government down to get what he wanted wasn't a good way to win friends and influence voters.

Majorities dislike political leaders who take liberal positions on nearly all issues (62%) as well as political leaders who take conservative positions on nearly all issues (57%). Instead, by roughly two-to-one (60% to 34%), more Americans like leaders who take a mix of conservative and liberal positions.

Broad Support for Political Compromise in Washington
http://people-press.org/report/302/broad-support-for-political-compromis...

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Little Lamb 11/24/10 - 06:51 pm
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Amelia wrote: Well, the Pubs

Amelia wrote:

Well, the Pubs are moving in the right direction with banning pork.

When I read Amelia's first sentence, I thought that the bars and restaurants were caving in to Islamic militants regarding eating the flesh of swine.

Darby
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Darby 11/24/10 - 10:03 pm
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Everybody sit up and take

Everybody sit up and take notice. GASPRINGWATER found another internet link to ignore.

Darby
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Darby 11/24/10 - 10:07 pm
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Still anxiously awaiting that

Still anxiously awaiting that gridlock. Can't get here soon enough.

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tuffenuf4u 11/24/10 - 10:14 pm
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Whew, for a minute I thought

Whew, for a minute I thought he was going to expose my identity.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/25/10 - 12:18 am
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