It´s a frequently heard lament: Why can´t Washington get along and compromise on the big issues of the day? The federal government is, of course, divided, with the Democrats owning the White House and the Senate, the Republicans in control of the House. The division, though, didn´t begin in Washington. It has been created by the voters, and the gap between the sides is so wide that there seems to be no ground for compromise. Given the deep polarization found in the country, lawmakers simply cannot find common cause without betraying their constituencies.
I need to get a bumper sticker printed that touches this:
The problem is... Government by parasites, for parasites.
It definitely looks like the parasite class isn´t going to let us untie our hands enough to cut & grow our way out of this mess. I fear it´s going to get violent, and I don´t know if there will be a whole America afterword.
RE# 4&5 I´ve been saying that for over 4 years now. I´ve been thinking is since Bush was elected.
The truth is that liberals hate capitalism, free enterprise, self reliance, accountability, the constitution, republicans and conservatives. They, after all believe that we are inbred racist kicks and are by definition better than us.
Reality has a way of crashing through the fog. Those that already see reality coming (ants) will not be surprised. Those that don´t (grasshoppers) will be shocked and angry at the press and politicians for deceiving them but they will also try to steal the ants´ stuff. That´s when it gets nasty.
#3,4 & 9 : right, and when they start, it then becomes imperative that every grasshopper be hunted down. You can´t rebuild with delusional parasites and self-anointed elitists throwing sand into the gears. No one registered as a democrat/socialist/communist or voting as a pubbie ´moderate´ (rino) should have the franchise (nor should their families) for at least 10 generations. Nor can they occupy any political office, NGO, governmental bureaucratic position, participate in politics in any way (think acorn and aclu), teach or work in the media during that time. It will take a long time to clean up their wide-spread sedition and the results of their traitorous actions.
fta: "GOP voters have had enough of Republicans who will give an inch to the Democrats´ permanent campaign for higher taxes and bigger government." Amen to that. If the Dept of Education has the resources to monitor lunch bags, they are over-resourced; if BATF has the resources to stimulate atrocities so they can control them, they are over-resources; if NSA wants to read our Email, also over-resourced; Dept of Transportation wants to install gadgets on new cars; Energy has money to throw away to Solyndra.... No. Over-resourced.
This is a bunch of claptrap. The US is divided for two reasons: 1) The moochers now outnumber the producers; and 2) Barry´s class warfare against the rich, unless you´re a bundler or big demonrat contributor.
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