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Journal Journal: Sometimes, letting the sting of the idiocy bite IS the optimal course 13

The union-brokered $2 billion bonus revelation comes as President Barack Obama sent a White House delegation led by Attorney General Eric Holder to Detroit on Friday to announce a $320 million aid package.
The timing of the unfolding bonus scandal creates a politically liability for Obama, as in 2012, Obama declared that his leadership kept Detroit from going bankrupt.
"We refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. I bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way," said Obama.
Detroit, which has $18.5 billion in long-term debt obligations, is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

If Lois Lerner is any guide, the perpetrators will retire and continue to leech off of the productive.

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Journal Journal: Read it and effing weep 23

From the beginning, proponents of The Affordable Care Act conflated the argument that the rising costs of healthcare were due to people without health insurance. They ignored the fact that most Americans have health insurance, and they failed to admit that the rising costs of health care have been ignited by players such as the medical insurance industry and big Pharma which were integral in crafting Obamacare.

About the only quibble I could offer is later:

Cost control will be the driving force to keep the system operating; therefore, rationing of care will be inevitable.

The driver is actually the growth of bureaucracy. Over time, the cancer eats more resources to fund new bureaucracies that mostly produce acronyms.
This will hold true even after our existing system is blown up, and Single Prayer comes to (en)s(l)ave us.
In Eternity, this shall not have mattered much. But here under the sun, the deceit involve in all this is just staggering.

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Journal Journal: ManBearPig translation: Let's just scuttle the Constitution 6

Now I am going to talk about the potential for a shutdown in just a
moment, but I think that the only phrase that describes it is political terrorism. "Nice global economy you got there. . .Be a shame if we had to destroy it. We have a list of demands. . . If you do not meet them all by our deadline, we will blow up the global economy" How dare you. How dare you.

I dare, ManBearPig, because standing up to your kind of tyranny is precisely what this country is about.

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Journal Journal: Welfare states have this appetite thing 6

Zero hedge
Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

Now that "bail-ins" have become accepted practice all over the planet, no bank account and no pension fund will ever be 100% safe again. In fact, Cyprus-style wealth confiscation is already starting to happen all around the world. As you will read about below, private pension funds were just raided by the government in Poland, and a "bail-in" is being organized for one of the largest banks in Italy. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning.

Let the welfare state help you with all that pesky portable property. It's weighing down your karma, you know.

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Journal Journal: Calling out the GOP elite 50

. . .what Ted Cruz is doing -- is signaling to the discontented that there really is another way. They can vote Republican in 2014; and, if they do so big time, there will be a correction of course.
The leadership of the Republican Party hates this. Like Jeb Bush in early 2009, they want "to get beyond Reagan." They want to surrender on immigration; they have designed a Republican healthcare bill that is little more than Romneycare writ large; and they desperately want to make nice with the Democrats. They do not really want a change of course. They merely want to take their turn as managers of the administrative entitlements state. They want to take advantage of discontent without having to commit themselves to a reduction in the size and scope of the government.

Conservatives have really been unsure whether to try to work within the GOP, or start a second national party.
Jury is still out, but stand by for RINO scalpings in the primaries.

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Journal Journal: Boortz on ObamaCare 22

Highly realist
While I agree that the Democrats are really only pursuing the demolition of our existing system, to pave the way for Single Prayer, the Dems may not want to look too incompetent while blowing up what used to be a world-class system.
To keep the mask in place a little longer, the Dems may want to bump a year to the right, or risk too great an economic blowback. The Dems need to hurt the electorate, but can't afford to enrage voters.
Thus we get all of this dishonest theater, but with a reasonable end: the voters get to figure out for 2014 if they are dumb enough to trust and empower the GOP to stake that vampire in the heart.

And here is a link to the competing GOP proposal, which, per the Holy Narrative, does not exist. If you're one of those who needs to maintain the fiction that there are no other ideas besides ObamaCare afoot, do not click that link. I do not want to be responsible for any injuries incurred while encountering truth.
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Journal Journal: Left served own dog food, not sure to which end it pertained 28

There is an unspoken sub-text at play here: what President Putin said in his column is pretty much what American liberals and leftists have been saying about the United States since the 1960s. From the standpoint of American liberals, there is nothing the least bit new or controversial in anything Mr. Putin wrote in his column. He is merely hoisting President Obama and his liberal friends by their own ideological petard.

I find the last couple of weeks a total belly laugh, modulo the slain Syrians.

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Journal Journal: Like I was saying: 'Foot off the brake' 8

The August jobs numbers are disappointing. The economy gained 169,000 non-farm payroll jobs, below the estimated figure of 175,000. Much worse, however, were the downward revisions for past months. Julyâ(TM)s job numbers went down 58,000. The total revision for June and July is 74,000 less than previously expected. Then there is the labor participation rate: It dropped to 63.2 percent. It hasnâ(TM)t been this low since 1978. Because so many people have left the work force, the percent of unemployed (i.e. those who havenâ(TM)t checked out of the job market) went down to 7.3 percent.
It is long since past the time that we can attribute feeble job growth to the financial collapse in 2008. The âoerecoveryâ started in the second half of 2009. What we see now is the Obama economy â" more people out of the job market, minimal growth and tepid job creation. The president is right â" we are no longer in a tailspin. The TARP and other financial measures that President George W. Bush put in place and Obama continued staunched the bleeding long ago. But we have a listless economy, a function of combined tax, regulatory and budget policies.

But, hey: let's start a war in Syria now, and have ObamaCare kick in next month.
Because there is no point in putting a stake in the heart of the economy if you're not going to match it with one up the sphincter. Bonus points if you can get them to make contact.

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Journal Journal: Best Syria analysis I've seen yet: it's all 2014 17

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/1/curl-obamas-2014-calculation-lets-have-war/

Whatever happens, this much is clear: We`re no longer talking about the IRS targeting tea party groups, the Justice Department tapping reporters` phone lines, the NSA`s surveillance programs, Benghazi. The president has smartly changed the subject to the most important decision a commander in chief makes: war.

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Journal Journal: Victory Davis Hanson identifies harsh Obama critic: Obama

Setting a series of Obama quotes over the years vs. the current Syria situation:
http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/obama-indicts-obama/?singlepage=true
His concluding four analyses are astute, but I think a fifth one that varies (D) is also there: American global hegemony is just threadbare in the Information Age, and in bad need of a recalibration.

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