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  • No reprieve likely
    Just me
    And so we race from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. Congress, having proven that it is collectively incapable of statesmanship, ricochets over the horizon on its end-of-summer vacation. The right will return to their constituency and brag about their victory, the left will wail and lament the loss. Captain Capitulation will sit in the Whitehouse and brood about his options...specifically what else he can surrender and still get elected. In the interim the poor, the elderly, unions, progressives, and federal workers will all ponder how the bulkwark of their defense (the policies and position of the Democratic party) transformed itself into the Maginot line of politics.
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  • Oh, woe is me!
    Tea Partier
    You whiny progressives/Marxists need to wake up and realize there's a new sheriff in town. The American taxpayers (the 50% who actually pay Federal income taxes) are tired of subsidizing Marxist/Keynesian economic policies which have never worked in the real world, other than to cause the destruction of countries, as they devolve into Communism. Which is the actual goal of Progressives. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in the 1830s that America will succeed until the people realize they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. Once that realization hits, democracy devolves into totalitarianism. We now have to choose which road to take. We have a Progressive left which has turned Christianity into Marxism to justify their ideology. Jesus never advocated the forced redistribution of wealth by government, which the left calls Social Justice. That policy was advocated by Karl Marx & his acolytes.
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  • "...they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury"?
    FERS Fed
    You must mean like the way the Republicans did from 2000-2006, with not one, but two unpaid-for wars, and billions in tax cuts, driving the federal debt from $5.6 trillion to $8.5 trillion. Now, all of a sudden, the Republicans have found 'religion'?...............The Tea Party -- elevating hypocrisy and ignorance to new heights.
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  • Ah/tea partier raps again, but says nothing
    Moderate
    Maybe tea partier should be called radical rightist facist for his nonsense. First, the taxpayers did not vote the radical rightists into office. About 50% of the voters did. The wealthy tea partiers are tired of social justice, but the middle class has yet to speak. You are the type who wants to go back to the sweatshops of the early 1900's when the pay was minimal, the safety standards non existent, and union members were beaten up.------------ You want to impose Christianity on those who do not believe in your religion. Why should I care what Joshua (Jesus) preached? I care about the laws and the Constitution of the United States. I keep my religion private as you should.
    worker
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  • Religion
    Zoopy
    It seems a bit silly to bring religion into this discussion. Moderate wasn't saying anything about religion, and you're just muddying the debate with it.
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  • To Zoopy
    Moderate
    I assume you mean tea partier and not moderate. Please read his quote: "We have a Progressive left which has turned Christianity into Marxism to justify their ideology. Jesus never advocated the forced redistribution of wealth by government, which the left calls Social Justice. That policy was advocated by Karl Marx & his acolytes". That smacks of religion to me. I agree with you that religion should not be in this topic.
    worker
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  • Yup
    Zoopy
    Yup. Sorry - I replied to the wrong comment.
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  • we are going back
    deployed decoy
    Any jobs that dont end up in India (a very well paid place these days), Bangladesh or Sri Lanka will be at best minimum wage in the future in the USA. Just wait until Upickasatan has a little security and all the jobs are moved to really depressed places where they will work for food. Food processed out of road kill Americans picking up trash to recycle for $1 a day. Course none of this may happen. Maybe besides Mexico, congress will open the borders to these 4th world people. Who then will live 20 deep in a 40 foot long shipping container and be happy about the $10 a day they make at the factory. Who needs taxes when no one receives a cent from the state and a few nukes will keep the really bad guys away if ever needed. Recommend you stock up now on canned food, water and several thousand rounds of ammo. Discount dog food will get you the most bang for the buck in the shelter.
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  • Come on Mr. Liberal
    Rob
    Your post suggests that tea partiers do not come from the middle class. WRONG again Mr. Liberal. Many who identify themselves as tea partiers are middle class Americans. When non-tea partiers discover this latest deal to cut spending actually adds $7 trillion to the national debt you will have more tea partiers in congress after the 2012 election. Why are you and your liberal friends so against forcing the gov't to only spend what it takes in? That's what the tea party stands for. If wanting the gov't to live within its means makes you a radical rightist then so be it Mr. Liberal.
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  • This is to radical rightist Rob and tea partier
    Moderate
    I am strongly suggesting that the rhetoric is upper class rhetoric. I am vey much for living within your means. However, this means that when we must recover from the Bush depression, we must borrow money. When we have prosperity, we must use it to pay down the debt instead of cutting taxes where the upper class gets a huge tax cut on a per capita basis as per your friend, George Bush. The tea party does not give a darn about anyone but their wealthy friends. Anyway, you are so far to the right, that anyone to the left of you is a liberal. That is why you label me a liberal.Tea partier, cut the nonsense. I would hope that Pelosi does not invoke Joshua as the main reason for her policies, which is not the income redistribution garbage you seem to like to say. I have not seen her words regarding religion. I have read your tirades against Muslims and their religion. I have listened to your comments about Christianity. All religions are good (general statement with probable exceptions not worth listing) Show tolerance for religions that are not Christian. And you need to tell Pelosi not to do as you accuse since you have obviously seen it.
    worker
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  • Really!
    Tea Partier
    If you object to religion in politics, then you need to tell Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the radical left, to quit invoking Jesus as the reason for income redistribution. Also tell Obama that his salvation is not dependent on mandatory income redistribution, as he was told by Jeremiah Wright & Jim Wallis, his spiritual advisors.
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  • No tea partier
    Moderate
    You are the one who needs to tell Pelosi and theso called radical left ( really moderates and liberals) to stop bringing up religion. You saw or heard their comments. I did not. I did see your comments. You are an anti Muslim entity. You are also anti everything but Christian. Learn to respect other religions. They are generally no better or worse than yours or mine.
    worker
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  • No woe to everyone else
    CaptMidnight
    Mr. or Ms. Tea Partier, Your continued rant and diatribe are false and misleading (And you do not have a clue as to what you are saying). I spent 34 years in federal service, most of it with the US Air Force. I was then and even now retired a serving officer of the federal government. I was proud every day I went to work – and equally as proud know they where no politics in federal service. You had a job to do and that is what was done. As for you continued rant as to 50% of taxpayers not paying taxes, here are the statistics for 2009: 1. Number of actual returns filed with the IRS of taxpayers both individual and joint: 142,450,568 2. Number of taxpayers paying actual taxes: 108,090,446 You do the math or if you are statistically challenged, the number of people paying taxes is 75.8% of 300 million people including infants, children, etc. So where you get this 50% information is the normal misinformation, hyperbole, half-truths spouted by you people. No truth just inflammatory rhetoric. Why don’t you go and bother some other blog that cares – National Socialist White People party or that National Ayrian Brotherhood.
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  • To Captain Midnight
    Moderate
    I will not defend tea partier. I will add an observation. There are people who do not file tax returns because they are not required to do so. I am clueless as to how many they are or how they affect the stats. I am also clueless as to where tea partier gets his numbers. This is just an observation. Also the 142...and 108...includes how many people? I do not know. I guess what I am writing is stats can and are manipulated to suit the writer's needs.
    worker
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  • To Just Me
    Linda
    Now come on. We all know the Right is going home to crow about it's victory and the Left will go home and crow about it's visctory and none of them are doing their job of passing a budge for the FAA. Shame on them. There should be no recesses until all budgets are passed. That should be the Constitutional Amendment that needs to be passed.
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  • Cut backs and my local economy
    gubmintmole
    So far, this is the effect I see on my local economy. We have about 5 Feds that live and interact on my street. Due to what cuts in our pay and benefits we expect soon we have all started cutting back on spending with the following results. One put off having a deck built One decided to keep his 9 year old car at least another year One cancelled his lawn mowing service One is taking a much less expensive vacation this year One simply eats out a lot less than before All of these actions have positive results for us, but I have to wonder if the 5 of us basically removed $10,000 (a very rough estimate) (Average of $2,000 each) from the economy, what happens when 2 million Feds do the same? Please correct my math if I am wrong, but 2 mil times 2K should equal 4 billion dollars being removed from the economy. Does that seem like a good thing?
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  • "...4 billion dollars being removed from the economy"
    FERS Fed
    Sounds like "trickle-down" economics in reverse to me. And I'll wager this is more effective than the Reagan Administration's version.
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  • And another thing...
    FERS Fed
    Try to find out if your local businesses support Republicans in general, and the Tea Party in particular. If they do, take your business elsewhere.
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  • Deficit alarm
    Zoopy
    There's a lot I don't like about the Tea Party, most notably their support for an effectively regressive income tax rate. But in the long term, I'm gravely worried about our country's deficit spending. And year after year, Congress has spent on credit like a drunken sailor regardless of which party is in control. At least the Tea Party has forced Congress, albeit in an imprecise and inefficient way, to start acting as though the deficit matters.
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  • Only kind of
    Zoopy
    The thing is, that $10k could be seen as paid for via deficit spending. So aside from the benefit of whatever work you five Feds do, there's also a delayed cost to the economy due to the borrowing that pays your salary. That money will eventually have to be paid back, with interest. (Unless we default on our bonds.) ----- So the question should be: Is that borrowing a good strategic investment?
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  • "Is that borrowing a good strategic investment"?
    FERS Fed
    Ask our mortgage companies, or Chrysler/Ford/General Motors, or Safeway/Giant Food, or Verizon, or Apple/Dell/Microsoft, etc. In order to survive, businesses have to grow. If, as many conservatives rant, the USG should be run more like a business, shouldn't it grow, too, and shouldn't its revenues grow with it?
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  • Investment
    Zoopy
    Borrowing with the expectation that it's an investment in the future is a fine idea. But it's not clear that the U.S.'s borrowing is with a specific future payoff in mind; it appears to be used as a means to cover current spending goals, without regard to it ever paying off. I mean, it's possible it could pay off, but given the fact that we've been running deficits for most of the past many years, it's either not an investment or it's a very poorly planned one.
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  • To Zoopy
    Moderate
    You have made a good point. What should happen is that we have deficit spending during bad economic times, in order to avoid a 1929 depression, and surpluses during good economic times. That has not worked out.
    worker
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  • Check gold
    deployed decoy
    Gold is at $1668 spot a all time record. The market tanked yesterday and is set for a lower open today. The last time the market had 9 down days in a row (today will be 9) was 46 years ago... Not even most old timers have a mind clear enough to go back to the 70s. Congress will be flying on aircraft with very angry FAA folks with limited radar in operation. Maybe with any luck our problem will be solved when planes fall out of the sky this afternoon. After all congress you get what you pay for.
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  • Check Gold
    Lifer
    Thanks for the giggles! I hadn't thought about all those Congress people having to get on airplanes after ticking off the FAA folks. They are probably all going to have to fly at night however, since that's what blood suckers have to do.
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  • Market's Up
    Joe
    Good thing the market went up today to avoid the 9 day losing streak. Funny how the pundits on cable (left and right wing) were predicting that if Congress did not increase the debt limit on time the markets would tank. The markets tanked any way. Today is probably just a "dead cat bounce".
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  • Feds and Turkeys Facing Same Fall Fate?
    Celtic Wolf
    He ain't heavy, he is my brother. We are in it together. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. And the best, "If you do not have anything nice to say, then say nothing!". We, Congress and Federal Employees and all Americans, need to face the fact that this, economic crisis, is an all American issue. Like the American Cherry Pie, you have the crust, the pie filling, and the assorted 'secret' ingedients. The Federal Employee base may be the 'Crust' that keeps America together - working and without its guts spilling out. Yet, all American Taxpayers are inside and part of that Cherry Pie Filling - the cherries and the juices. Congress needs now to step up and be those special 'grandma and grandpa era' special ingredients. They, Congress and the new Panel, need to ensure our American Pie is a success and remains 'tasteful'. Right now I am seeing a spoiled, tasteless and very unappetizing American Pie. I pray, I hope, and I wish with us Federal Employees offering 'SOLUTIONS' that CONGRESS will get their collective act together. If not we need to start cutting down Cherry Trees, like our ForeFather, since Cherry Pie, and the American Dream will one of distaste to many.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Turkey and Cherry Pie
    Lifer
    Great. I was going to be good today and not have any morning junk food but now that I've read your VERY descriptive Cherry Pie story I have to go in search of pastry of some kind. I hope you're happy with yourself!
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  • Shame on Congress for Turning Their Back on FAA Employees
    Over 35 Years as a Fed
    I am absolutely ashamed of Congress for abandoning the Federal employees at the FAA. I really cannot believe that such a distinguished body could leave Washington to go on vacation leaving 4000 valuable Federal employees high and dry. How can they stand themselves? I cannot fathom going six to eight weeks without a salary. Why didn't Congress curtail their vacation so that they could resolve the issue? How uncaring and unfaithful! Certainly many of these furloughed FAA Feds will leave the Agency to find more secure employment elsewhere. How then, will the FAA effectively reestablish themselves when Congress does decide that the FAA employees are worth their time and effort? I feel so sorry for the FAA employees, why doesn't Congress? Although I'm not an FAA employee, I see the writing walls for the rest of us. I fully anticipate that this will be one of many actions, or in this instance, inactions, against Federal employees, a.k.a. Congressional Whipping Boys.
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  • Unrealistic expectations
    Zoopy
    I'm sad about the FAA mess, but not disappointed. This is exactly what I've come to expect from Congress. I'm actually curious as to why you call it a "distinguished" body. I don't see much evidence for that label.
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