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This hysteria coming from Democrats over the government shutdown is more than expected. It is as predictable as the sun rising in the east. They will not debate the issues and win the argument with their ideas. Instead, they resort to behavior and language one could witness on a school playground. Again, predictable – “legislative arsonist,” “blatant extortionist” and “people with a bomb strapped to their chest (sic).” “Unhinged.” “Extremist.” “Unstable.” Insane people who “have lost their minds.” What you really are hearing from these malcontents are psychotic projections of their own shortcomings – true psychological nudity.

We are running an annual deficit of nearly $17 trillion and climbing. Our unfunded liabilities such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and now Obamacare makes the debt, by one estimation, nearly $90 trillion. There is not enough money in the universe to repay this debt – yet they want more. Always more. In his Oct. 8 press conference, President Obama made the outrageous claim that raising the debt limit ceiling will not increase the debt. Really? Then why raise it? The Treasury takes in well north of $200 billion a month. Our payments on the debt barely total $38 billion. As long as those payments are made, there is no default. It is a purposeful lie that is being told to the American people.

The Founding Fathers had the foresight to know that one day our system of government could be governed by people who are virtueless and without honor. They would no longer protect the Constitution, no longer protect the individual and the individual’s rights, but instead pander to factions and opt to grow and foster an all-powerful, centralized government with unlimited power. The Founders were wise men.

In Federalist Paper 58, James Madison wrote that the House of Representatives should be the body that controls the purse strings: “The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse – that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”

It is way past time for House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican-controlled house to rein in this out-of-control spending – just as the Framers intended. Mr. Obama, the Democrats and, disgustingly enough, some Republicans will disagree. Tough. If Boehner and the Republicans cave, the future of the Republican party will be seriously in doubt. Mr. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must be reminded that they are not monarchs. They are part of a governmental system that was designed, with good reason, to be adversarial.

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 10/16/13 - 07:27 am
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oh c'head

yesterday you said that Republicans wanted to kill their mothers and children
so you aren't taken seriously (or "civil")
but Bush didn't steal the election
all the major liberal organizations searched for "iota's" that he did
and they didn't find any
so he didn't
but i suppose that preventing the democrats from stealing that election
counts as cheating in a certain level of adolescence
we have no poor people in this country
except those the government finds useful
anyone who has ever been to an actually poor country
knows that
Riverglen exists because the democrat controlled education system
needs Riverglens
and riverglen is actually closer to west lake
than to a slum in Haiti (excellent comment above, btw)
oh! how can a reduction in the ratio
of doctors to patients
do no harm?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/16/13 - 07:29 am
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Gacopperhed, I suppose

Gacopperhed, I suppose Barbara Boxer calling Republicans wife beaters furthers the intellectual discussion, correct?

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Junior Dawg 10/16/13 - 08:00 am
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Listening to liberals....

Makes me wanna vomite. First lesson in economics, "there are no free lunches." Like has been stated earlier, somebody always has to pay for the free handouts....and clearly liberals, including Copperhead, would rather my generation and the ones to follow pay off this massive $17 trillion debt. Something has to be done NOW to stop this madness!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:01 am
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Fitch is warning America

Fitch is warning America about a downgrade-not so much for our defaulting but the political environment that won't address spending. So we can let Rep downgrade us for default or then Dem for too much spending. Did y'all see the psychologist profile Obama. He suffers from being a psychological victim by his upbringing. It makes him paranoid and also explains why he wants to redistribute wealth. Apparently he is one screwed up dude.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 10/16/13 - 08:05 am
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"Reagan proved deficits don't matter"
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"Reagan proved deficits don't matter" was a quote by Cheney. The right wing bubble strikes again. The debt under Reagan roughly tripled. Under Bush, it roughly doubled. When Obama took office, he was handed an economy in shambles. He predecessor had two rounds of tax cuts, geared mainly for those at the very top, and started an extremely expensive entitlement program at the same time as starting two wars and increasing overall military spending to a full third of our budget. Revenue to GDP Bush's first year was 19.5%. For Obama's first year it was 15.1%. The tax cuts were geared to benefit the top and the top 1% have had 95% of the income gains since the recession. Reagan had the debt ceiling raised 18 times under Reagan. Cut the bull. This is Cruz' and the Tea Party's baby and stunt. Don't try to blame it on anyone else. If you want to try to hammer out revenue increases and spending cuts, do it later. Yes, both. Don't start wars and think we get off the hook with tax cuts. It doesn't "trickle down". That's just the utter nonsense (or "udder nonsense" if you're in the cattle business) those at the very top have been feeding those gullible enough to believe it (as GHW Bush called it "Voodoo economics") so they pay 8%-12% on $20 million dollars (see: Romney, Willard) while the poor slobs who work for a living pay 18%-25%. We need people to see that we can't afford to be a nation that 6 people have more wealth than 40% of our population. Are we really willing to go back to a castle surrounded by serfs? The late 1940's-early 1970's were the growth of the middle class. The time when Americans could own homes, send their kids to college, take vacations, all on basic jobs. Jobs that now pay minimum wage. The guys at the top aren't hurting though. They have golf courses at their houses. 20 car garages with elevators. Of course, that's just one of their houses. It doesn't "trickle down". Go back to the tax system we had then. Let our country grow and thrive again. Pay the employees, keep the jobs here, or pay it in taxes. It doesn't stay in your pocket to the detriment of the country.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 08:10 am
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""Reagan proved deficits
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""Reagan proved deficits don't matter" was a quote by Cheney."

But unlike the Democrats of today, most Conservative Americans today are willing to admit that Cheney was dead wrong. When will the liberals EVER admit being wrong?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 08:11 am
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"The tax cuts were geared to
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"The tax cuts were geared to benefit the top and the top 1% have had 95% of the income gains since the recession."

Across the board tax cuts were to benefit the top 1%? Really? The incessant untruth, spread by the envious socialist class.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:12 am
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Copperhead if you are so

Copperhead if you are so worried about name calling tell Boxer, Rangle, Obama and all Dems to quit with the ad hominem and deal with the issues. They don't and resort to ad hominem seems the most obvious answer. The sure sign of a weak mine or weak argument is the use of ad hominem (Debating 101).

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:18 am
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The tax cuts helped everyone

The tax cuts helped everyone any other contention is just an ignorant lie. But I know Dems preached that lie so much that ONLY the wealthy were getting the advantage that many believe it. Only the last year have Dems finally admitted that anyone else other than the wealthy got the tax cuts. But explain what is different as Obama and his friends have increased their wealth %400 from the down turn in the economy.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:17 am
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Apparently we can say with

Apparently we can say with impunity all Dems are liars too. I mean do you really believe all Rep are racist wife beaters. That is ignorant and racist.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:24 am
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"Of course, many people will

"Of course, many people will characterize the line of argument I have just given as the 'trickle-down' theory. There is nothing trickle-down about it. There is only the fact that capital accumulation and economic progress depend on saving and innovation and that these in turn depend on the freedom to make high profits and accumulate great wealth. The only alternative to improvement for all, through economic progress, achieved in this way, is the futile attempt of some men to gain at the expense of others by means of looting and plundering. This, the loot-and-plunder theory, is the alternative advocated by the critics of the misnamed trickle-down theory.". So just like "trickle down" describes Reagonicms then Obama "wealth redistribution" is really Looting-and -plundering.
Obama practices Looting-and Plundering Economics.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 08:21 am
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You are right Bizkit. As a
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You are right Bizkit. As a matter of fact, for YEARS they called them "the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy" but when they were due to expire they howled about taxes going up on the little guy. They love to just ignore facts.

chascushman
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chascushman 10/16/13 - 08:22 am
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"I have yet to see any
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"I have yet to see any Section 8 living to be comfortable, as most reasonably decent places refuse vouchers. I guess CHC and RiverGlen are "comfortable....."
GACop, most of the section 8 housing projects were 'decent places' like Crosland Park in Aiken. It was a very nice neighborhood before section 8 housing. The Great Society, liberals, democrats and black leaders have created generation after generation of poor dumb people enslaved to the gov't. They breed & act like animals.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/16/13 - 08:22 am
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even though i dont agree with

even though i dont agree with cheney on deficit spending our economy was growing leaps and bounds during the reagan terms ...with massive revenue pouring into the treasury the dims got greedy...with more money coming in technically you can spend more on credit..that was the huge difference...today...we are losing jobs right and left...killing the market with obumler care ...the list goes on...and again the house has a legal right to spend money therfore they can change laws...why you all flame throwers dont see obumler making constant changes as illegal i cant comprehend..

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 08:26 am
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Section 8
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No way could you live comfortably here....especially when you don't have to spend a dime on your own food.

http://www.section8experts.com/100_5548.jpg

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:29 am
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I need to write some

I need to write some editorials to send to different papers around the country to try and popularize Obama's Looting and Plundering Economics so we can compare to Reagan's Trickle down economics. I think using pejorative language like Dems like to do to describe Obama's economics is fair play.

harley_52
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harley_52 10/16/13 - 08:36 am
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Everything You Really Need To Know....

...about Obama's respect for the U.S. Constitution and his attempts to govern in the manner envisioned by the Founding Fathers can be gleaned from listening to him as he announced his strategy for solving the current fiscal crisis we face......

"I Will Not Negotiate!"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 08:40 am
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An official who will not
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An official who will not negotiate with his own people sounds a lot more like a dictator than a President.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:42 am
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He can't help but refuse to

He can't help but refuse to negotiate because of his psychological "issues". Funny how compliant he was with the Russian president "wait till after the election".

harley_52
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harley_52 10/16/13 - 08:45 am
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"....Obama's Looting and Plundering Economics....

....so we can compare to Reagan's Trickle down economics."

Their motives and goals weren't the same.

Reagan wanted to save the Nation and make it a better, more prosperous place where all citizens could improve their lives.

Obama wants to "fundamentally transform" the nation from a Democratic Republic with a Capitalist Economic System to some sort of dictatorship with a socialistic/communistic Economic System.

Ironic, isn't it, that both men were elected to two terms as President. Of course one had the IRS and massive voter fraud going for him....

harley_52
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harley_52 10/16/13 - 08:46 am
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"I Will Not Negotiate"....

...sounds a lot like "I Am King."

Doesn't it?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 08:52 am
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I don't think Conservatives

I don't think Conservatives gang up on Progressives it is just demographics. There are more conservatives, then followed by independents, and then progressives. It is a population issue so if there were more progressives here they would likely do the same.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/16/13 - 08:53 am
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Gee Bod, word processor

Gee Bod, word processor program stuck? You forget that Bush inherited a bad economy to! He fixed it the same way John Kennedy fixed his, tax cuts. I will not excuse Bush's over spending, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER. Obama promised go cut the deficit in halt. We have doubled in 4 years what Bush added in 8 years! I have Explained Home Depot ad nauseum! Home Depot created over 1000 millionaires!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 10/16/13 - 09:12 am
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Another example of Obama
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Another example of Obama doing his best to hurt the very people he's supposed to be leading. SS is supposed to come from a trust fund. You don't need to add more debt to pay it, but he will lie and lie to hurt the people.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/social-security-debt-ceiling_n_...

deestafford
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deestafford 10/16/13 - 09:14 am
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A few facts for our resident liberals/leftists:

Revenues under GW Bush went UP not down...When he took office in 2001 revenues were $1,991.4T. In 2007 before the democrats took control of Congress it was $2,568.2T. After the democrats took over Congress and Bush refused to veto any liberal legislation revenues went down.

Jack, there is nothing in the Constitution which says a law cannot be modified, changed, nullified, or done away with. I don't know where the left gets the idea a law can't be changed by Congress. Now, it can't be changed constitutionally as Obama has been doing. He is violating his oath of office by ignoring laws such as DOMA and making waivers and modifications to obamacare.

When "Tip" O'Neal was speaker he shut the government down 12 times during his tenure and when there were Republican presidents. Liberals need to be astute enough to read history rather than democratic talking points and Kool Aid.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 09:16 am
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Some people hate the American

Some people hate the American dream of working hard to enjoy success and wealth. The distribution of wealth isn't a conspiracy but has a lot to do with two income families who chose lucrative careers-they got an education, and then worked hard to succeed. Played the game fair and square unlike wealth redistribution (looting) that just steals from one group and gives to another. (they have to demonize them to rationalize doing it which is psychologically sick). The whole idea of our system is you can come from poverty and succeed, in fact we have so many immigrant just because of that fact =they do very well here and their offspring even better. The incentive is you can "earn" it not be "given" it. Logically this strategy of giving it will have a dramatic negative impact on our society in the long run because without competition you don't adapt or evolve so we won't be the innovators and earth shakers-but that is already happening. Education will be a joke because why bother=I'll get mine no matter what. It's nature competition really does generate success and innovation-just as much as natural selection adaptations and speciation. With an indulgent and undereducated society violence is a likely outcome. And lord forbid the gravy train dry up because violence is a sure outcome if our friends in the European Union are any indicator.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/16/13 - 09:35 am
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I think one of the problems

I think one of the problems with those in poverty is a lack of incentive to move up. The system should be set up to wean folks off welfare rather than generational dependence. I think I mentioned my father was a physician and a wealthy one at that. Till I was about 16 I had no work ethic because I never had to-I was given everything. I had no chores-my mother made my breakfast, made my bed, washed my clothes. Gosh I was like a prince or something. I know they spoiled me because they loved me but it was the worse thing you could do for a person who tended to be lazy and procrastinate. Puberty turned me into a lunatic so naturally my Dad I battled it out. The gravy train dried up and the stark reality of work hit me in da head. I mean I remember my attitude of I'm too good for that job, or you mean I have to show up 6 am everyday of the week? Gosh. What an idiot. I remember my first pay check and noting Uncle Sam's cut-say what? I was just a naive ignorant kid but man life sure woke me up. I did all kinds of crappy jobs which humbled me, finally figured I needed to go to college and get an education and get in the game. Turned out our arguments and battles and broken relationship saved me more than their good intentions. I have several friends who lament their sons won't work and they sit at home playing video games all day-they don't won't to work or go to college. I tell them why, be patient, and cut the gravy train.

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myfather15 10/16/13 - 10:25 am
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GACopprhed

You want to have an honest debate, without sarcasm? Ok then; tell us exactly what you would do for those in low-income housing! Would you increase benefits they get? Would you build nicer buildings for them to live? Would you ask them to make a list of things that would make them comfortable, then work on providing those to them? Tell us exactly what you would do, that isn't already being done; and we can have a debate. At that time, I will lose the sarcasm!! Until then, I'm tired of liberals vague claims that we aren't doing enough for the poor!! It's a political game and it's disgusting to use such topics as a political weapon.

With liberals, it's ALWAYS that this Country is BROKE; so THEY can fix it!!

It's always that we aren't doing enough for the poor; so THEY can fix it and do more for them!!

It's always we aren't doing enough to protect the children; so THEY can fix it and make our children safe!!

Because if they ever admit that this Country is doing something right, then they can't claim to have ALL the answers and ability to FIX it!! They ALWAYS take credit for anything positive in the Country, and deflect blame to the republicans for anything that goes wrong. They make me SICK!!!

So be specific and tell us what you would do; then we can discuss it.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/16/13 - 10:49 am
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Too many comments have been posted

in response to this letter.
So here is the last one.

carcraft
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carcraft 10/16/13 - 10:51 am
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If one wonders why people in

If one wonders why people in section 8 housing don't have decent living conditions here you go! http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/mans-home-destroyed-section-8-renter This is the gratitude to tax payers for their government hand outs!

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