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Why the Wall Street Riots ?????

Thursday, October 27, 2011


WILL The USA SURVIVE?

The folks, who are getting the free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 235 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have one chance to change that. In 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.




ELECTION 2012 IS COMING
A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!


Let's take a stand!!!
Obama: Gone!
Borders: Closed!
Language: English only
Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!
Drug Free:Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money". -- Margaret Thatcher

  
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GRANDMACOO 10/28/2011 5:19AM

    I wonder where the people getting the FREE stuff got the notion that they are ENTITLED to the FREE stuff! That's what's wrong with our country, but I try not to debate this. I am too busy WORKING!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/27/2011 9:50PM

    We are fast becoming a dead Nation!

Americans are fast becoming poor thanks to Liberals who dont care or dont know that they are being fooled into a deception of wealth, but are really destroying Americas economy by encouraging people not wanting to work!

Obamas plan is to destroy American economy with all these Freebies! Its just the first part of his plan. No jobs makes people want to take advanatage of anything free.

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/27/2011 8:00PM

    Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman (9 December 1951): "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy."

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MCLAFLIN 10/27/2011 7:50PM

    I could add to this list:
Congress doesn't get paid if they deficit spend.
Congress gets same health coverage as the general public.
Congress cannot vote themselves a pay increase.

I saw an email with a plan from Warren Buffet. These are some of the things he listed.

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Not Exactly My Idea of Fun, but

Monday, October 24, 2011

This is something I don't enjoy, but it is something worth doing.

Tomorrow is my colonoscopy exam.

Today I am drinking 64 ounces of apple juice with the prep stuff added to it.

At least it doesn't take as awful as it used to, and I really don't mind drinking it at all.

The results of drinking it...........well, that is another story that I will spare you. Most of you have probably gone through it and know what I mean.

This is not exactly my idea of Having FUN, but I do feel good about it.

After all, I am taking care of myself.

We learn to do stuff like this when we are active in Spark.

It's all about getting and keeping our bodies as healthy as possible.

Colonoscopies are not fun. But did you know that colon cancer is the SECOND most common causes of cancer deaths? Getting our exams done on a regular basis just may save our lives.

I'm not ready to check out yet. There is still too much living to do.

I have two things left on my Bucket List.

One is cruise through the Panama Canal, and the second is to visit the active volcano in Hawaii.

So, if I have to have this rather unpleasant experience to ensure I am doing whatever I can for my dear body, that's okay.

It just might save my life, and I am worth that.

Please, if you haven't already done so, check in with your Doc and see when you are due for your own life saving examination.

YOU ARE WORTH IT.

  
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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/25/2011 11:06PM

    Hope all is well,, please let me know your OK hon,, email me this info when you get back,,, for you know how BAD I am at other ways of info. Diane

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MNABOY 10/25/2011 9:21PM

    Up side is the weight loss, even if it is temporary. Great attitude.

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YIWEN39 10/25/2011 9:17PM

    Good that you're looking after yourself :-) I hope you'll get to Panama and Hawai soon soon soon :-) emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 10/25/2011 8:03PM

    I discussed this with my Doctor, and he said that people over 75 do not require colonoscopies. I'm not there yet, but I am glad I had mine done today. I still say that for those of us under 70 we need to get them.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/25/2011 9:04AM

    Good luck!

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GRANDMACOO 10/25/2011 7:23AM

    Well said! There are other things we need to do to care for ourselves besides eating and exercise.....you are doing a very important one.

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TOWHEE 10/24/2011 10:09PM

    Mom died of colon cancer, so I'm very aware of the consequences. I've been getting colonoscopies since I was 45 and I must say that the prep has certainly improved over the last 20 years.

Cruising the Panama Canal is an amazing experience. We did it for our 25th wedding anniversary. I, too, would like to see Kilauea in all her glory.

Good job taking care of your body.


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GETFIT2LIVE 10/24/2011 3:47PM

    Good for you, dear FBC--it's the prep that is the nasty part, but it is worth the relatively minor inconvenience. My first one was a couple of years ago, and they found (and removed) a polyp, so I'm very glad to go in regularly to make sure everything is okay.

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I clicked My Heels Three Times and

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's good to be HOME!!

The Good Witch Wanda and I had a fine trip, and she brought me home safe and sound. And very happy.

I went down to CA because my quilt was accepted into one of the three larges international quilt shows on the West Coast. I also went down to see good friends.

So let's start at the beginning:

I KNEW my binding on the quilt had one lump in it, and I refused to fix it before I turned it in to the show. I KNEW there was a part of my quilt that didn't lay flat, and I refused to fix it before I turned it into the show.

MY BAD.

Sure enough, I got dinged for both of them, which wound up with no ribbon.

Although I did get a wonderful report from the judges. They told me the binding needs to be straight with no lumps and that the quilt should lay flat.

They also wrote a note to me that if I had fixed these things, I would have gotten a FIRST Place award.

Yep. MY BAD.

I totally agree with them, and will promise to fix things that I KNOW need fixing before I turn anything in.

Another reminder of my character defect of procrastination. Geez Louise. Will that EVER go away? Probably not, because I am too impatient to move on to the next thing. Until I am willing to change that, procrastination will be my nemesis.

The show was wonderful with incredible quilts on display. I couldn't believe it........I only spent $125 with the vendors during a FOUR DAY SHOW. That is incredible for me, as I usually fall for all the eye candy and buy like there is no tomorrow. I feel good about holding myself in check, as quilters of all ages can recognize.

My dear friends Jan and Edna came up from the Monterey Peninsual to find me, and we had a fabulous time. Went out to dinner and then back to the convention center where we sat outdoors in the warm evening air and talked until 11:30. I'm pretty sure we solved all the problems in the world that one evening. Our government should just come to us and ask what to do, and then everything would be hunky dory.

While I was down there, I had a special birthday celebration of 29 years of unbroken sobriety. I went to the meetings in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara where I attended at the very beginning of my recovery, and there were folks there that helped me when I was a "newbie". I was so humbled and grateful to see them. It was a true blessing to be able to say "THANK YOU" to all of them, and see they too are continuing their own journey of this fantastic way of living.

I also went "home" to the meetings I attended when I lived in the Monterey Peninsula. My old sponsor and the ladies I sponsored all got together and gave me a wonderful birthday dinner. We then went to a Woman's Meeting, of which I used to be a "regular", and lo and behold, they had set it up for me to be the chairperson. That was VERY unexpected!!

We laughed and loved our way through another memorable evening.

WOWZA, the people in CA sure live fast!! They just zoom all around and are always in a hurry. I can't imagine living at that pace again.

The Good Witch Wanda and I arrived in Seattle, and DH was right there to meet me as I came out with my luggage. As we headed up to the Peninsula where I live, I could feel my heart getting very quiet and serene again.

Yes, I was coming home. I missed being home, even though I was having a good time. I missed the quiet, the beauty and the peacefulness my area delivers.

Got in to the house, and there was Winnie, all whining and shaking all over with joy that Mommie was home. He gently took hold of my sleeve and wouldn't let go for over an hour. He was SO happy to see me.

Then the catty girls saw me, and they too, welcomed me home. They were both talking up a storm to me, trying to out shout each other. I got all filled in on what happened while I was gone.

Have you ever tried to chat with DH when your critters are stealing the show? Both Ted and I got a big kick out of them needing to "be FIRST".

After sitting in the airport in San Jose, then boarding the plane and sitting for another 2 hours until we landed, then getting immediately in to the car for the 2 1/2 hour trip home, I was surely ready to take Winsten out of a long walk.

I marveled at the beauty of the changing leaves, the crisp Autumn air and the eagles flying over head.

Yes, I indeed did click my heels three times, and arrived right back home where my heart is.

It is good to be back in Spark and once again becoming responsible and accountable. I can't believe that all that eating in restaurants, and all I gained was one pound!

Yep, you guys were all with me, and I actually ate quite sensibly for the most part. But I DID have those three chocolate mousse cake pieces.........think that might be where the one pound tonnage came from???

NAW. Couldn't be from CHOCOLATE!! After all, we ALL know that chocolate is a major food group, right?

I am now going back to my pears, apples, salads, grapes and all that wonderful way of eating. I am NOT going to allow that one pound to get comfortable on me! After all, WHO is in CONTROL here anyway??!!

I AM!!

  
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GRANDMACOO 10/25/2011 7:33AM

    29 years of sobriety....YEAH!!! It is always great to rejoice with friends that milestone!

Great job at the show, but I'm sorry you didn't get a ribbon. Sometimes the choices we make (not fixing the binding and "lump") cause consequences we wish we could change. But, aside from those 2 "flaws", you had a WINNER! It's such a beautiful quilt!

So glad you're back and enjoying the quiet of home. There really is no place like home!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/24/2011 3:43PM

    So glad you had a good time in California, and even more glad you are back--I've missed you! I'm sorry the quilt didn't take a ribbon, but getting that note from the judges, you know you did a fabulous job on it--and what kept it from winning. (I am SO much the same, by the way!)

Oh, and chocolate is TOTALLY a major food group!

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GRANDMA1951 10/24/2011 12:46PM

    Congrats on making it to the international quilt show. Just goes to show that you have the talent. Am glad you had a wonderful time with friends while you were there but that you appreciate the quiet and less-paced life. It's always good to get home and back to a routine. You'll loose that 1 lb in no time - just take Winnie for lots of walks.

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RUFFIT 10/24/2011 7:55AM

    Awesome blog!! Good for you to enjoy your travel and sobriety!! What an accomplishment one day at a time!! Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOWHEE 10/23/2011 8:42PM

    Welcome back, from a fellow Silicon Valley ex-pat. I, too, have found my home. It is in the quiet of the Pacific Northwest. We haven't been back to the Bay Area for over three years.

I'm sorry that your quilt didn't win. In your heart you knew you didn't deserve it. Now you know that others recognize it as well. The next quilt will be ribbon material for sure.

Congratulations on your 29th Sober anniversary. That is so very special and obviously your friends know it, too. They certainly love and admire you to have gone to all the trouble to make your journey so special.

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YIWEN39 10/23/2011 7:50PM

    That is such a funny, positive and uplifing blog emoticon
And I find it interesting that I should find your blog today, when just waking up this morning I was wondering whether I could possibly start quilting myself... I need to look into that :-) emoticonagain!
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And, I love your background pic :-)
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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/23/2011 7:43PM

    CONGRATS For the 29 yrs of sobriety !! WOOHOOOO thats HUGE my friend,, HUGE !! SO NEAT you got to celebrate it with those you started it OFF WITH !! Thats BIG !! WOW !! NEAT !! I've now got 11 yrs as of this month !!! WOOOHOOOO !!!!!! I am PROUD OF THOSE 11 YRS !! NOT always easy, but ALWAYS WORTH IT ! As I KNOW you will AGREE !

LOL Aren't the animals FUNNY when we get home !! LOL Wincey is a RIOT when I come home after being away for some time. She is ALL HAPPY HAPPY !!! To see me,,,than she TURNS INTO A SNOB for a few days, than she's ALL APOLOGIC for being a SNOB !! LOL its HALLARIOUS !! SO glad your HOME AGAIN And all is WELL !!!! Hey the lesson learned on the quilt is a lesson learned, and to KNOW in your HEART you WOULD of WON FIRST PLACE is ALSO TO BE CELEBRATED cos that SIMPLY means you CAN EASILY the next time, and PLEASE do NOT be down about not this time,,,it was simply a lesson that needed to be gone thru,,,and without learning it now,, imagine when a bigger oportunity comes along,,,and IT WILL what would happened then, if you hadn't learned it? WOOHOOO YOU ROCK KIDDO !! YOU ROCK !!

WELCOME HOME !! us SPARKLERS HAVE MISSIED YOU !

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/23/2011 6:06PM

    I am so sorry you didn't win :(

Naw - I doubt the 3 chocolate mousse cake pieces did anything :(

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I'll Be Seeing You!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Today is my last blog for a couple weeks.

I am going to CA for the Pacific International Quilt Festival and see how my quilt does. I don't expect any ribbons or prizes, but it will be fun to listen to the comments and critiques from judges and viewers.

I am originally from that area, so have lots of friends to see and enjoy. It will be a busy time, that's for sure!

I don't have one of those carry along computers.....whatever they are called.......so I won't be letting you know how I am doing till I get back.

Those of you who know me well understand that I am NOT a "Techie", so the fewer computers I get near, the better. I know my way around Spark and email, and once in a while can even figure out other stuff. Most of which I can't remember how I did it.

It's always a bit of adventure for me to get on Flicka (my 'puter). We never know just how we got anywhere for sure, and many times have no idea as to WHY we are there anyway.

It's kind of like my own personal scavenger hunt.

I know I have been a bit quiet lately, and that's because I am busy......I am very busy indeed.

I have a rather long request list for quilts for the kids fighting cancer, ages 8-18. Hopefully I will be able to deliver one today before I leave on my voyage south.

Then when I get home, it is "To the quilt room for ME" again.

I'll think about you guys and all the support I get from you while I am forced to eat in restaurants. I know what I need to do, and am planning to do the right thing by my body while I am gone. But oh, those wonderful Mexican restaurants down there do beckon!!

Take heart, do your exercises, enjoy your life. I'll get in touch when I am once again home.

Love to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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LOULOUBELLE2 10/12/2011 2:44PM

    Be waiting to hear all about your trip and the quilt show. Enjoy.

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MNABOY 10/9/2011 8:53PM

    Enjoy your trip.

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MARTY19 10/9/2011 2:55PM

    Have a fabulous tmie and enjoy everything. We'll be here when you get back.

Marty

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DIANEDOESSMILES 10/8/2011 9:24PM

    U Know how much I SUPPORT what it is your doing, and how I FEEL aobut U personally emoticon so YES GO OUT TO CA and KNOCK them DEAD GIRL !!! Do ur best and that's ALL you CAN DO hon ! Its the JOY of giving that counts. Those kids DESERVE the quilts and they KNOW someone has thought of them. I have one that someone made for me YEARS ago who made for people who were going thru depression as I was then,,, and I LOVE IT ! She specifically asked who wanted what colors, so i gave my colors and that I had a parakeet,so she added in BIRDS ! its GOREOUS and WARM as it needs to be in Maine. Well the depression has lifted, but the quilt will ALWAYS be in my heart as is her LOVE.

Diane

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AMYJEAN911 10/8/2011 7:38PM

    Have a great trip! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 10/8/2011 6:25PM

    Have a great trip. Your quilt is beautiful and even if you don't win (which I think you will), it will give others such great pleasure to look at it!

You have all the tools you need to succeed while away; keep your food diary close at hand so you keep track of what you're eating.

See you when you get back!

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NOTFATCAT 10/8/2011 4:54PM

    Goodbye and good luck. I know you are going to win this contest because you made an outstanding quilt.
Stay true to yourself with the food!!!
Enjoy.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/8/2011 4:02PM

    If you have no choice but to eat out, the least amount of calories is your best at a Mexican restaurant.....make sure its HOT and it wll help you stay on track, the cayenne pepper will help keep your system revved up. It helps to burn the added calories! Best is the Chicken Fahita and no rice! Or just salad. Or a Bean burrita, or just eat some refried beans.... lol But you will manage I am sure, because you will probably do more walking.... to and from the parking lot! The furthest away you park from the place , the better! Believe me a Quilt event will cause you to get excited and keep you from eating too much. Hope you win a ribbon for all your troubles. First place for creativity at least!? susana

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CAN YOU IMAGINE???

Monday, October 03, 2011

I think by now we have all read the emails about having term limits, the Congress having the same medical choices we have, no full retirement for them, English speaking as our country's language and on and on.

I agree with all of it. I am sure most Americans do.

But there is a huge problem with this entire ideation.

WHO are we going to get that will write the bill and try to get it passed????

Do we really believe that we have honest enough persons "serving" this country who would actually step up and do the right thing, even though it would cost them their careers, specialized health care that we peons are not entitled to, and full pay retirement for the rest of their lives???

I think not.

Even if we DID find someone who would present such a bill, it would never reach the floor for voting. It would no doubt be tossed into the round file.

Our students have been deliberately "dummed down" for the last 2 decades, committing them to subserviancy. We have to challenge the right to fly the American flag or wear anything that demonstrates Christianity in our schools.

Our children are not being taught Patriotism, but they HAVE been taught to fight each other, accept homosexuality as "the norm", and that they have the right to be given birth control. They are taught they are "entitled", and do not have to work for a living. Respect for parents or elders is not a topic of discussion. Prayers must not be done in public.

Protesters protest, but have no idea as to what they want things to change into.

Sports and music have become a thing of the past in most of our schools. These promote healthy people.

I won't even go into the "It's totally okay to be so deeply in debt that you are drowning, but just leave it to government to spend more, and everything will be okay. Government will take good care of you, because you Citizens are too stupid to take care of yourselves".

We the People have become We the SHEEPLE.

I don't have any answers for our dilemna.

I struggle to participate in all of America's situation, and try to do what I can to restore our wonderful nation.

But "We, the People" are not listened to. Our politicians nod and say a bunch of words, but do they actually represent us?

Most of our country's land now belongs to the United Nations.

How the hell did THAT happen???

I sure don't recall ever voting for it. I don't recall ever hearing about it either, until recently.

Yes, dear Citizens, we are being sold out, BIG TIME.

I for one do NOT consider myself nor my property as part and parcel of the U.N.

I am an AMERICAN. I pay my taxes, work hard for my money and property, speak English, and expect no hand-outs whatsoever. I am a Christian, and proud of it. I wear clothing with the American flag on it, and not on my butt, either. I proudly display the American flag both inside and outside my home.

Our Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence is being mocked at the very highest level of command in our nation, yet it continues.

To those who want to change us into a Socialist/Fascist government, I say "NOT HERE. Go to a country that suits you".

Americans, we must stand up. We must re-read our cherished documents of freedom, and insist that America be saved.

We must teach our children our nation's history, because they are not being taught that in schools.

We must instill pride in our country, and teach that to our children.

America is on a precipice; we must not let her down.

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/5/2011 12:50PM

    You are so right! And I wonder when other so Called Citizens of the USA will notice that they are fast losing their rights and not without any knowledge of it, and every day! The Politicians have been doing it to us! That partisan Government ...was due to the Politicians , and not noticing it that succumbed us to this debt with CHina! They felt they had to cooperate but many wont notice that they lost a lot of OUR rights due to that cooperation! I wonder when will the Public wake up? .... when China comes and take OUR personal property away from us? And send Chinese to America to take possession of YOUR property you now own? Because that is what will happen to the people of America.

It happened to Cyprus when the Turks just heard a rumor about Greece wanting to Unite with Cyprus. Then the Turks from Turkey came to Cyprus ...over night and made claim to the Island of Cyprus just because the Turks of Cyprus felt threatened. All because they heard a rumor that the Greek Cypriots wanted to unite RELIGIOUSLY with Greece back in 1970's. The Turks came and killed over 70,ooo Greek Cypriots of Cyprus people, practically over night, because the Turks felt threatened and believed they had a right to claim that island!

So what if the Chinese dont get the loan we made with China, what if we CANT PAY THE LOANS BACK and THE cHINA GOVERNMENT feelS threatened? Because if the USA does not pay the loan back to the Chinese, what they will do? They may come and attack and take what they feel is theirs, the USA! Because that is how the Chinese think! We would have to go to war then! Count on it! Because if we dont get jobs, and cant pay back the loans we took from Chinese. They wont take bankruptcy as a way out! They will come by the millions to take YOUR land... if you dont wake up now! Because if we dont have jobs we wont be able to pay our taxes so our Government can pay back that loan!

This is what Obama has set us up for....China taking over America! Think about it . It will happen... IF we dont pay back those loans, for the Chinese have done it before! They did it to Tibet! They will do it again if we dont pay back those loans! We need to get jobs in AMERICA before we are able to pay taxes enough to pay those loans back!! That is what Obama knows but he wont be able to make those loans IF we dont start building up AMERICA and make jobs! This IS WHAT obama and this Partisan Government has set America up to . IF YOU THINKS ARE BAD NOW, UNDER communism, wont be better, IT WILL BE hell!

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MNABOY 10/3/2011 9:13PM

    Hopefully as people get fed up they will vote their belief and party politics will collapse.

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SPARKCHANTAL 10/3/2011 1:36PM

    some of these points you are making seem to be human, not necessarily American, as the same things are happening elsewhere. plan? i think not. i like what michael moore says, and quite a number of polit-comedians as well. a handful of wall streeters speculate and push money around so it ends up in big stashes in their own pockets, but don't increase value. in the end a small fraction own everything, the vast majority 'scrambles for the crumbs'.
as for decline in education, that started around the 70's, with all the experimental garbage and 'you only have to do what you feel like' type of schooling and upbringing. anti-authoritarianism, 'cool'-mentality, fun society.
take the path of least resistance! and above all: greed.
now that's human!

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