Time to clean up the Tea Party's mess

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The recent congressional debacle brought on by the Republican and Tea Party doctrine that the government cannot raise revenue has brought this country to its economic knees.

The party of “no! no! no!” will not be satisfied until they have wiped out Social Security benefits and the new health-care benefits. The disintegration of the middle-class quality of life and an increase in the already enormous income gap between the rich and poor will be the result of their ideology.

Only last week, thousands of South Carolinians who could not afford health care were in lines winding outside a free health-care clinic. Hundreds were turned away when the free clinic ended after two days. Isn’t it ironic that South Carolina is the home of the biggest server of tea, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who like his brethren doesn’t want to raise the revenue needed for health care even in his own state?

The downgrading of our financial rating has the Republican candidates crowing that it is President Obama’s fault. What short memories they have of the Republican president who refused to raise taxes but brought us two wars and an unneeded Part D of Medicare; lowered the tax rate of the rich; and borrowed all the money instead of raising it. The blame game goes two ways, but lands on the Republicans no matter how they deny it.

Let’s see if the new bipartisan committee established by the debt ceiling deal will do the job, which includes deep cuts to the Pentagon and the ending of Bush’s war. If you have your doubts, speak to Tea Partiers; they will make it clear that they won’t let it work.

The president tried his best, but was stained, as this country was, by the bitter tea that is being served on him and the rest of America. Removal of the stain will take much effort by Democratic and independent voters in the next election. It must be done!

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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Insider Information 08/09/11 - 11:19 pm
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"The Tea Party is nothing but

"The Tea Party is nothing but Astro Turf."
Oops. No one bought that one.

"The Tea Party is racist. Take our word for it."
Oops. No one fell for it.

"The Tea Party is 'extreme.' They want to balance the budget."
Oops. No one was fooled.

"The Tea Party is nothing but 'financial terrorists.' How dare they want to cut spending money that we don't have. Don't they know the way out of debt is by going deeper into debt?"

Yeah, maybe the latest Saul Alinsky tactic will take root.

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allhans 08/10/11 - 01:42 am
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It seems that the writer

It seems that the writer disapproves of the loyal Americans who have formed a loosely organized group known as the TEA Party. A group that decided enough is enough, and voted for
representatives who would say not just "no! no! no!" but H---NO! to the big spending politicians in our nations capital.

The TEA Party is not a secret society, rallies/Meetings are announced well in advance,and events are open to everyone. No charge.
Come to a rally and see what it is all about, you will be made welcome.

As to the matter of Medicare, I know the lefties like to point fingers at Republicans and say they want to push granny off the cliff, but Obama has made no secret of the already done fact that his medical plan, better known as Obamascare will cut 500 BILLION dollars from Medicare. In fact he has always bragged about it. George Bush gave us Plan D which was a tremendous help to the elderly,and is said to be the only program that is actually paying its way.
Make your false claims about Republicans not caring, then ask seniors how much they appreciate the drug plan, Tell them what effect the 500 billion dollars that Obama has cut from Medicare will have on them...Try it. Tell them the truth about what is going on.

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desertcat6 08/10/11 - 02:08 am
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Yes, yes! Let's blame the TP

Yes, yes! Let's blame the TP for trillions in debt. Those rascals are demanding fiscal sanity for a government that has to borrow hundreds of billions to pay for a bloated budget. Truth be told, both Republican and Democrat congresses and presidents put us in this situation. The last few years of antics have made it worse. All government activities need to be put on a diet. SS and other benefit programs need to be re-evaluated and designed to provide for long term success even if future generations receive less. The TP has the right idea. Every citizen should demand a budget that balances the books without relying on borrowed money every year. The 2010 US budget was over 3.4 trillion while revenues were just 2.169 trillion. Vote for representatives that pledge to reduce the size and expense of our government, and pay for our programs with actual revenue. Borrowing should limited to emergency situations only, and include short term revenue generation programs to pay it back. Its crunch time for the United States of America.

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thewiz0oz 08/10/11 - 03:40 am
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Yes - let's shoot the

Yes - let's shoot the messenger. The liberals remind me of the girl who could only say "yes yes yes ". She is very popular with the "feel-good" crowd & wonders why polite society gives her no respect. Our government unfortunately has created a 'dependency citizency' that lacks discipline and a commitment to control one's own life. Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society' has been a miserable failure.

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carcraft 08/10/11 - 04:44 am
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Another left wing screed that

Another left wing screed that demonstrates how looney Greenbaum's letters can be. The tea party has been around two years. Obama and the Democrts had filibuster proof House and Senate for Obma's first two years. Is there ANY indication of the Democrates, when they controlled two branches of government, even attmepted to reduce the deficit? Lets see, trips to England and Spain for the Pres and his family, cash for clunkers, stimulus program ($800 billion dollars for "shovel ready jobs) and health care reform. Didn't even bother to submit a budget for over 30 months. Yep those wrascally TEA parters thwarted Obama and the Democrats from their Obama's plan to half the defecit! And they have only been organized for two years, wait till they really catch on! Oh and that idiot Palin has helped get all the TEA party canidates into congress so right there all you left wingers should be assured they really are just a bunch of harmless clowns as protrayed by the Democratic leaders and President. I really don't know what you all are complaigning about! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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rmwhitley 08/10/11 - 04:49 am
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If you are an advocate for
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If you are an advocate for profligate liar,obama, you might want to look deeper at your character flaws.

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allamr18 08/10/11 - 05:09 am
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mm this is a bit unfair. The

mm this is a bit unfair. The debt and deficit wasnt created by the tea party so lets not blame them for it. I mean in all honesty the tea party has done relatively little since they won the election in 2010. i mean lets look at what passed congress since january. 2 bills that kept the govt from shutting down and this debt deal passed last week thats it. The debt does belong to a lot of republicans still in congress though. Many of them did vote for the wars, medicare d, tax cuts, two stimulus plans, and the bailout. As a matter of fact all of the republican leadership voted for those items. The debt and deficit are important issues but i think the Tea Party is looking at the wrong column for whats causing it. NPR, food stamps and unemployment insurance arent the causes.

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Little Lamb 08/10/11 - 06:47 am
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Remember when Rep. Giffords

Remember when Rep. Giffords got shot we were treated to our president saying it was time to cut back on hate speech. But ever since then the rhetoric against the Tea Party has grown more and more hateful. The Democrats mock Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman with crudeness that should make one blush. They spew vitriol over the Tea Party ideal that taxes should not be raised, but rather programs should be cut. We expect and accept hate speech from Democrats, because hate is all they have. But now we are saddened that RINO John McCain also is joining the hate speech against the Tea Party.

John Lennon wrote a song with a title similar to "Woman is the 'N-word' of the World." We may as well substitute Tea Party for Woman in the title today.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/10/11 - 06:59 am
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Lowell Greenbaum wrote: What

Lowell Greenbaum wrote:

What short memories they have of the Republican president who refused to raise taxes but brought us two wars and an unneeded Part D of Medicare; lowered the tax rate of the rich; and borrowed all the money instead of raising it.

Say what you will about Mr. Greenbaum, but it takes talent to put so much falsehood into one sentence.

Let's start at the end. So, George Bush borrowed all the money instead of raising it. Sorry, it takes a Congress to borrow money.

So George Bush lowered the tax rate of the rich Sorry, it takes a Congress to change the tax code.

So George Bush brought us an unneeded Part D of Medicare. Sorry, it takes a Congress. There were a lot of Republican congressmen and senators opposed the Medicare Part D. The Democrats were the ones that took the bill over the top to passage.

So George Bush brought us two wars. Sorry, I seem to recall al qaeda and a guy named Bin Laden.

So George Bush refused to raise taxes. Well, if he refused, I certainly applaud him for that. I am Taxed Enough Already!

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swcohen 08/10/11 - 07:01 am
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Lowell is kind of shrill, and

Lowell is kind of shrill, and he's infamously short on tact, but he's basically right this time.

The intransigence of this newest breed of Republicans has made a precarious situation much, much worse. Dems are far from blameless, they helped create this mess, but the new guys & gals refused to play the game at all, because they didn't like the rules.

I say to the Tea Party: if you can't figure out how to make a reasonable political compromise without compromising your own values, then you shouldn't be legislators.

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augusta citizen 08/10/11 - 07:26 am
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The typical untrue drivel

The typical untrue drivel that I expect from Lowell Greenbaum.

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stillamazed 08/10/11 - 08:12 am
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I for one and sick of taxes,

I for one and sick of taxes, I am tired of working everyday and supporting sorry people who sit on their butts and don't do anything, people wholive on the welfare system their entire lives. I am sick of the government trying to control my life. Wasn't it Clinton who started taking from Social Security to help fund the welfare program? I may be wrong about that but I heard it. I see a government that needs to be revamped, we need to put term limits in place, no one needs to spend a lifetime sitting on capital hill, they become to corrupt and owe to many favors. The above letter is off the wall and bordering on lunacy. The truth is that mistakes have been made by both parties and the people who support the tea party are Americans who are just fed up! Stop providing welfare for a lifetime and imagine the money that can be saved. People should not get anything for free, if you are getting a check from the governement then you need to be doing some type of work somewhere to earn it, even if that means picking up trash from the roads or having to do volunteer work but you need to be doing something, and also you need to be able to pass a drug test to ncollect those benefits, but of course the states that are trying to pass that are already being sued by the ACLU, so if you want to point fingers Mr. Greenbaum, then point fingers at the people who have really runined our country....

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allhans 08/10/11 - 08:33 am
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The new guys didn't all vote

The new guys didn't all vote against rasing the debt ceiling, a few did.

Several Democrats voted against raising it also.

If a newly fashioned, very small group of loyal Americans can make such a difference then Bless them. Restraint HAS to start some time and better now than later.

I make every effort to respect my elders, but this guy sure makes it hard.

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soldout 08/10/11 - 08:57 am
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Great comments. We finally

Great comments. We finally have some folks in Congress that maybe can't be bought and actually came there to get something done. We need more of them. They can at least do the math which most can't. If you convert the national financial mess to a family mess this is what you have:
Total annual income for the Jones family: $21,700
Amount of money the Jones family spent: $38,200
Amount of new debt added to the credit card: $16,500
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
Amount cut from the budget: $385

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Insider Information 08/10/11 - 09:00 am
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Mr. Greenbaum, I again say

Mr. Greenbaum,
I again say that Saul Alinsky and his disciple, President Obama, must be quite proud.
You follow Alinsky's teachings quite well. You find someone, label them the enemy and then work up a frenzy against them. All the while, you offer no solutions.
In 2008, it was blame Bush. In 2012, it will be blame the Tea Party.

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dichotomy 08/10/11 - 09:20 am
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Nice try Greenbaum. You must

Nice try Greenbaum. You must have got the latest feed from the DNC to get your talking points. We got downgraded because we OWE TOO MUCH MONEY. Period! There's two trains of thought for fixing this. Raise taxes or cut spending. Your constiuents, for the most part, don't pay taxes so they see no problem with raising them on others. I am one of those few a far between that still pay taxes and I am firmly on the CUT SPENDING side. I applaud the TEA Party members for standing their ground and I hope they continue to do so. Every state who has cut spending, resisted union bullying, cut subsidy programs, and balanced their budget is doing much better. Now it's time to do the same for the federal government. Hold your ground TEA Party members and we will send some reinforcements on the Senate side next year. The Democrat/Union lies did not work in the Wisconsin recall and they will not work for Obama/Pelosi/Ried next year. Remember, it's the people who thing like old Lowell here that have brought the country to it's knees and behind his DNC talking points he knows emperor Obama has no clothes. We are at this point, the point where the American people have summoned the TEA Party, because of the total dismal failure of the policies of Obama/Pelosi/Reid and the Democrat party. The Democrats created the TEA Party....now deal with it. The sing song chanting of the same old TAX and SPEND from low level surrogates like Greenbaum will just help create more TEA Party members because the record proves that they are wrong.

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RoadkiII 08/10/11 - 09:20 am
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Apparently I haven't given

Apparently I haven't given the TEA party enough credit. I never realized until I read Mr. Greenbaum's letter that TEA party had accomplished so much in just a short time.

allhans
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allhans 08/10/11 - 09:50 am
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The TEA Party. Never have so

The TEA Party. Never have so few done so much good.
I hope someday to be calling it the "Grand Old TEA Party", may it long live.

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Darby 08/10/11 - 10:48 am
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Way to go, Greenbaum - I'm

Way to go, Greenbaum - I'm with you all the way. After all, what you suggest has worked SO well for the last 45 years hasn't it? One more trip to that bottomless well of "The richest among us." will absolutely do the trick this time. I'm sure of it! As a truly great philosopher (Forrest Gump) once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

In the meantime, we just need to distract the "tax free" zombies who vote Democrat by blaming the modern day incarnation of Paul Revere for the mess you and your kind have cursed Americans with. People are beginning to notice that Democrats have always promise utopia, have always delivered dystopia. This time more than ever...

Could it be, Lowell, that the so called Tea Party (You do know that there is no organized "Tea Party" don't you Lowell?) is made up of folks who respect individual rights more than government power? Folks who strongly believe that the phrase "consent of the governed" is central to freedom?

Just asking... and just counting the days until November 2012.

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Chillen 08/10/11 - 10:49 am
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#1 This is the most asenine

#1 This is the most asenine accusation I've ever read.

#2 The DEMOCRATS voted to keep the tax cuts. Deal with it & stop blaming others. It is immature. And even funnier, it is just incorrect information.

#3 Obama's approval rating (according to Gallup) is now only 40%. (and more than half of those are welfare moochers who just want their free ride to continue)

#4 We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. However Mr. Greenbaum, if you feel that we really need more revenue then you are welcome to donate the entire wealth of your estate to the IRS. I'm sure you wouldn't mind living under a bridge so that the Section 8 & food stamp users have a roof over their heads & food to eat.

#5 Look at the stock market. Years of bad, progressive fiscal policies are coming to roost.

The economy as we know it is ending. I've got all my preparations done and am ready for it. If you haven't done so, you have little time left. That is clear.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GeraldCelenteChannel (In the first video on this channel, Tim Geitner assures us that America's AAA status is secure. He says "absolutely" we will keep it. Who hired Geitner?)

You can run but you cannot hide liberals. Obama's record is now "on record". He will lose in 2012. American's are sick of his "change".

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blueshetlanddog1 08/10/11 - 11:02 am
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Why would Tea Party members

Why would Tea Party members not want Social Security? Most of them are older people either collecting Social Security or are planning to soon. That is if Obama management of the government doesn't deplete it first.
Democrats and liberals can only demonize the Tea Party movement by spreading lies and misinformation.The Tea Part is a great American movement of which I am a proud member . I hope it continues to grow immensely.
The reality is Obama and his hand picked crew are destroying our country by complete fiscal mismanagement .They will not be satisfied until they have wiped out Social Security benefits and set up the new health-care program which will reallly screw up medical care and benefits.Many doctors have gotten out of private practice because of the negative effects this plan willl have. The disintegration of the middle-class quality of life and an increase in the already enormous income gap between the rich and poor is the direct result of Obama ideology.
We MUST get out and vote out Obama and his cohorts to save our country from falling apart..

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howcanweknow 08/10/11 - 11:38 am
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I actually started to read

I actually started to read this LTE until I saw who wrote it. No point.

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willie7 08/10/11 - 11:43 am
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Great letter Dr.
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Great letter Dr. Greenbaum!
It would be wonderful if the Tea Party was a grassroot organization and the people, who were protesting ,knew what
they were protesting. But the so call Tea Party is an alias for the Koch
brothers and the FreedomWorks Organization, whose chairman is Dick Armey.

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willie7 08/10/11 - 12:00 pm
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I am tired of the bloggers
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I am tired of the bloggers writing about welfare and the lazy people.
We all should be glad we have welfare, because if we didn't, there would be a lot of unrest and choas in the community.
In any society, there are unproductive people: disabled, depressed, dyfunctional, mentall disarranged, etc.
Civil societies take care these persons for the benefit of all in a general society.
Read what happening in London and while the people are rioting.

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Chillen 08/10/11 - 12:06 pm
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If we didn't have welfare

If we didn't have welfare we'd have a lot less democrats in office and we'd have a lot more people actually working. 1 in 5 American's is receiving welfare and that number is rising monthly.

The economic model won't work. You can't have 75% of society working to pay for the other 25% - who WON'T work.

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Little Lamb 08/10/11 - 12:04 pm
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True, Chillen. And another

True, Chillen. And another thing that would help would be to eliminate that bizarro system of paying unemployment benefits for 99 weeks. It practically begs people not to take jobs. I say, max out unemployment compensation checks to 19 weeks. You will definitely see people going back to work.

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willie7 08/10/11 - 12:08 pm
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blueshetlanddog1, if a
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blueshetlanddog1, if a Republican is elected president in 2012, the country will have a depression and civil unrest.
We must tax the high incomers in order to raise more revenue to lower the debt.

Chillen
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Chillen 08/10/11 - 12:17 pm
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We could always follow Alan

We could always follow Alan Greenspan's suggestion. "The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that, so there is zero probability of default"

That sounds great to all the sheeple I'm sure. Another quick fix with no long term solution. It sounds great until they go to the store & realize that bread is $3 per loaf. Could that be because we've been PRINTING MONEY (QE1, QE2 and soon to be QE3)?!

Could it be that our government's own policies are causing massive inflation and eroding our savings accounts?

Yes. That is what is happening.

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justthefacts 08/10/11 - 12:19 pm
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willie, do you really believe

willie, do you really believe that the extra revenue from tax increases would be used to lower the debt vs being spent on additional programs? If so, I have some land I need to sell you.

Chillen
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Chillen 08/10/11 - 12:25 pm
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@willie7. Did you know that

@willie7. Did you know that if you tax the top 10% of income earners 100% of their income that we still won't bring in enough annual revenue to cover the spending that is going on? It's true.

Raising revenue is not the issue at hand. We have a spending problem. A very, very serious, economy-collapsing spending problem.

It's happening right now. Our economy is collapsing. The politicians & their elite friends will be OK (they've stolen enough of our tax money and gotten enough bribes to be OK).

You however, will not be OK. I will not be OK. Most Americans will not be OK. Inflation will eat us alive and our jobs will eventually disappear. Even pensions, govt retirement pay & social security is no longer secure. They can't afford to keep paying it folks.

You'd all better wake up & stop smelling the Greenbaum's coffee!

We have a spending problem. It is collapsing the economy. I believe it's all part of the obama plan.

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