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    The downfall of the USA

    I've been alluding to this for years, but, this recent blurb I found really describes it the best.

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanentvform of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

    "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage."
    The Obituary follows:


    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

    Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

    Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."

    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.


    Of course we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic . Someone should point this out to Obama.
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    Doc,

    thats a good one.

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    One interpretation of the results of this past presidential election:

    The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. And fewer people voted. As I write, with almost all the votes counted, President Obama has won fewer votes than John McCain won in 2008, and more than ten million off his own 2008 total.

    But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle.

    Romney lost because he didn’t get enough votes to win.

    That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues – the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness – no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate. The notion of the “Reagan Democrat” is one cliché that should be permanently retired.

    Ronald Reagan himself could not win an election in today’s America.

    The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff. Every businessman knows this; that is why the “loss leader” or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama’s America is one in which free stuff is given away: the adults among the 47,000,000 on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did, by the tens of millions; those who – courtesy of Obama – receive two full years of unemployment benefits (which, of course, both disincentivizes looking for work and also motivates people to work off the books while collecting their windfall) surely know for whom to vote; so too those who anticipate “free” health care, who expect the government to pay their mortgages, who look for the government to give them jobs. The lure of free stuff is irresistible.

    Imagine two restaurants side by side. One sells its customers fine cuisine at a reasonable price, and the other offers a free buffet, all-you-can-eat as long as supplies last. Few – including me – could resist the attraction of the free food. Now imagine that the second restaurant stays in business because the first restaurant is forced to provide it with the food for the free buffet, and we have the current economy, until, at least, the first restaurant decides to go out of business. (Then, the government takes over the provision of free food to its patrons.)

    The defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation (by the amoral Obama team) of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the difficulty of winning an election in which “47% of the people” start off against him because they pay no taxes and just receive money – “free stuff” – from the government. Almost half of the population has no skin in the game – they don’t care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese. They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else’s expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican, and does not bode well for the future.

    It is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such overwhelming odds. People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it.

    That suggests the second reason why Romney lost: the inescapable conclusion that, as Winston Churchill stated so tartly, “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Voters – a clear majority – are easily swayed by emotion and raw populism. Said another way, too many people vote with their hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a second term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to portray Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a cliff, when he is not just snatching away their cancer medication, while starving the poor and cutting taxes for the rich. Obama could get away with saying that “Romney wants the rich to play by a different set of rules” – without ever defining what those different rules were; with saying that the “rich should pay their fair share” – without ever defining what a “fair share” is; with saying that Romney wants the poor, elderly and sick to “fend for themselves” – without even acknowledging that all these government programs are going bankrupt, their current insolvency only papered over by deficit spending. How could Obama get away with such rants to squealing sign-wavers? See Churchill, above.

    During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: “Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!” Stevenson called back: “That’s not enough, madam, we need a majority!” Truer words were never spoken.

    Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could hint to blacks that a Romney victory would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their abortions and birth control would be taken away. He could appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all arrested and shipped to Mexico (even if they came from Cuba or Honduras), and unabashedly state that he will not enforce the current immigration laws. He could espouse the furtherance of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions – in which politicians ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions provide the politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide more money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is gone. How could he do and say all these things ? See Churchill, above.

    One might reasonably object that not every Obama supporter could be unintelligent. But they must then rationally explain how the Obama agenda can be paid for, aside from racking up multi-trillion dollar deficits. “Taxing the rich” does not yield even 10% of what is required and does not solve any discernible problem – so what is the answer, i.e., an intelligent answer?

    Obama also knows that the electorate has changed – that whites will soon be a minority in America (they’re already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World and do not share the traditional American values that attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.

    Obama also proved again that negative advertising works, invective sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney never engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person; his “negative ads” were simple facts, never personal abuse – facts about high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and prestige abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney failed because he did not embrace the devil’s bargain of making unsustainable promises, and by talking as the adult and not the adolescent. Obama has spent the last six years campaigning; even his governance has been focused on payoffs to his favored interest groups. The permanent campaign also won again, to the detriment of American life.

    It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan – people of substance, depth and ideas – to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes of their opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy – of class warfare – never reaching out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and cobbling together a winning majority from these minority groups. Conservative ideas failed to take root and states that seemed winnable, and amenable to traditional American values, have simply disappeared from the map. If an Obama could not be defeated – with his record and his vision of America, in which free stuff seduces voters – it is hard to envision any change in the future. The road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to a European-socialist economy – those very economies that are collapsing today in Europe – is paved.

    A second cliché that should be retired is that America is a center-right country. It clearly is not. It is a divided country with peculiar voting patterns, and an appetite for free stuff. Studies will invariably show that Republicans in Congress received more total votes than Democrats in Congress, but that means little. The House of Representatives is not truly representative of the country. That people would vote for a Republican Congressmen or Senator and then Obama for President would tend to reinforce point two above: the empty-headedness of the electorate. Americans revile Congress but love their individual Congressmen. Go figure.

    The mass media’s complicity in Obama’s re-election cannot be denied. One example suffices. In 2004, CBS News forged a letter in order to imply that President Bush did not fulfill his Air National Guard service during the Vietnam War, all to impugn Bush and impair his re-election prospects. In 2012, President Obama insisted – famously – during the second debate that he had stated all along that the Arab attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi was “terror” (a lie that Romney fumbled and failed to exploit). Yet, CBS News sat on a tape of an interview with Obama in which Obama specifically avoided and rejected the claim of terrorism – on the day after the attack – clinging to the canard about the video. (This snippet of a “60 Minutes” interview was not revealed - until two days ago!) In effect, CBS News fabricated evidence in order to harm a Republican president, and suppressed evidence in order to help a Democratic president. Simply shameful, as was the media’s disregard of any scandal or story that could have jeopardized the Obama re-election.

    One of the more irritating aspects of this campaign was its limited focus, odd in light of the billions of dollars spent. Only a few states were contested, a strategy that Romney adopted, and that clearly failed. The Democrat begins any race with a substantial advantage. The liberal states – like the bankrupt California and Illinois – and other states with large concentrations of minority voters as well as an extensive welfare apparatus, like New York, New Jersey and others – give any Democratic candidate an almost insurmountable edge in electoral votes. In New Jersey, for example, it literally does not pay for a conservative to vote. It is not worth the fuel expended driving to the polls. As some economists have pointed generally, and it resonates here even more, the odds are greater that a voter will be killed in a traffic accident on his way to the polls than that his vote will make a difference in the election. It is an irrational act. That most states are uncompetitive means that people are not amenable to new ideas, or new thinking, or even having an open mind. If that does not change, and it is hard to see how it can change, then the die is cast. America is not what it was, and will never be again.

    For Jews, mostly assimilated anyway and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is their Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis and most committed Jews as hostile to Israel. They voted to secure Obama’s future at America’s expense and at Israel’s expense – in effect, preferring Obama to Netanyahu by a wide margin. A dangerous time is ahead. Under present circumstances, it is inconceivable that the US will take any aggressive action against Iran and will more likely thwart any Israeli initiative. That Obama’s top aide Valerie Jarrett (i.e., Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett) spent last week in Teheran is not a good sign. The US will preach the importance of negotiations up until the production of the first Iranian nuclear weapon – and then state that the world must learn to live with this new reality. As Obama has committed himself to abolishing America’s nuclear arsenal, it is more likely that that unfortunate circumstance will occur than that he will succeed in obstructing Iran’s plans.

    Obama’s victory could weaken Netanyahu’s re-election prospects, because Israelis live with an unreasonable – and somewhat pathetic – fear of American opinion and realize that Obama despises Netanyahu. A Likud defeat – or a diminution of its margin of victory – is more probable now than yesterday. That would not be the worst thing. Netanyahu, in fact, has never distinguished himself by having a strong political or moral backbone, and would be the first to cave to the American pressure to surrender more territory to the enemy and acquiesce to a second (or third, if you count Jordan) Palestinian state. A new US Secretary of State named John Kerry, for example (he of the Jewish father) would not augur well. Netanyahu remains the best of markedly poor alternatives. Thus, the likeliest outcome of the upcoming Israeli elections is a center-left government that will force itself to make more concessions and weaken Israel – an Oslo III.

    But this election should be a wake-up call to Jews. There is no permanent empire, nor is there is an enduring haven for Jews anywhere in the exile. The most powerful empires in history all crumbled – from the Greeks and the Romans to the British and the Soviets. None of the collapses were easily foreseen, and yet they were predictable in retrospect.

    The American empire began to decline in 2007, and the deterioration has been exacerbated in the last five years. This election only hastens that decline. Society is permeated with sloth, greed, envy and materialistic excess. It has lost its moorings and its moral foundations. The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years to come. Across the world, America under Bush was feared but not respected. Under Obama, America is neither feared nor respected. Radical Islam has had a banner four years under Obama, and its prospects for future growth look excellent. The “Occupy” riots across this country in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals for what lies ahead – years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the unsuccessful who want to seize the fruits and the bounty of the successful, and do not appreciate the slow pace of redistribution.

    Two bright sides: Notwithstanding the election results, I arose this morning, went to shul, davened and learned Torah afterwards. That is our reality, and that trumps all other events. Our relationship with G-d matters more than our relationship with any politician, R or D. And, notwithstanding the problems in Israel, it is time for Jews to go home, to Israel. We have about a decade, perhaps 15 years, to leave with dignity and without stress. Thinking that it will always be because it always was has been a repetitive and deadly Jewish mistake. America was always the land from which “positive” aliya came – Jews leaving on their own, and not fleeing a dire situation. But that can also change. The increased aliya in the last few years is partly attributable to young people fleeing the high cost of Jewish living in America. Those costs will only increase in the coming years. We should draw the appropriate conclusions.

    If this election proves one thing, it is that the Old America is gone. And, sad for the world, it is not coming back.

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    Just curious how you came accross the rabbi from teaneck? His blog has a 11-26 post about the fiscal cliff that is in the same spirit.

    I always liked zerohedge.com myself. Mostly finance stuff, but, occasionally he dips into politics. Sorry if this takes you off the thread but here is a recent example that made me laugh:

    Cashin Catches Juncker In Rare Truth-Telling Act, Confirming Everything Is A Lie
    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/29/2012 - 09:48
    Art Cashin Eurozone None
    "We all know what to do, we just don't know how to get re-elected after we have done it." - Jean-Claude Juncker

    Europe's Jean-Claude Juncker is best known for being the pathological liar head of the Eurozone. And who can possibly forget his immortal line, which he uttered after getting caught with a bold faced lie about the stability of the failed European project, that "when it get serious, you have to lie", which he later explained with the even more insane, "My main concern is to protect people from detriment. That's why I feel practically compelled to make sure that no dangerous rumors begin to circulate. I'm certainly not going to go to confession because of a false denial. God understands more about the financial markets than many who write about them." Well, for once it is Juncker who made the horrible mistake of actually telling the truth. And none other than the Chairman of the Fermentation Committee Art Cashin was there to memorialize it:

    From UBS:

    One Sentence Perfectly Describes The Quandary On Three Continents – The ultimate award for candor and honesty must go to Jean-Claude Junker (Prime Minister of Luxembourg) who apparently said – "We all know what to do, we just don't know how to get re-elected after we have done it." That say's it all.

    For once we applaud Juncker's honesty because in one short sentence that would even fit in a Tweet he has explained pretty much everything those who believe anything they are told by the sinking status quo should know.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-1...everything-lie

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    Classic line. Oh, I won't get into politics in this country... As for the rabbi from Teaneck, I have weird and whacked out friends from all over the world (Maestro is not the only one...). Amazing the stuff that crosses my desk.
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    Great rant (but then again, I can't stand Obama), my friend sent this to me. Figure I'd share it, a little frustrated comic relief after the shitty week we've all seen:

    There is a great comeback phrase in the movie Hidalgo. This is the movie about Frank Hopkins a long distance rider whose mother was of the Lakota Sioux tribe and his father was White. During the later part of this long distance race in Arabia in 1891, one of the Bedouins tells Hopkins, that he is a member of a great horse tribe. Hopkins acknowledging his Lakota blood, replies, I too am a member of a great horse tribe.

    It is the first day of Chanukah and we of the Hebrew Tribes, recall when one of those tribes rose up against the Mighty Armies of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic civilization that the Jews were being forced to adopt. One day the Jew Mattathias had had enough and took his sword and killed a Jew who was bowing down to Greek Idols and raised his sword to the heavens and shouted, "All who follow G-d, follow me"

    I retell this story, because the Historians of the Global SCUM are rewriting our history to fit what they want our children to learn. This is why it is important that they spend trillions of dollars on their educational system versus one that works. This is why the Russians and the Chinese want the governments to control the Internet so they can transform truth into Obamaisms, like the national media does here in America.

    For example; in looking this information up about the Maccabees if you click on the wrong website you will be told that it was generally understood to be in the region of Palestine. They of course are talking about the myth that Judea and Samaria as part of Israel came well after the concept of Palestine with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. You see Israel is the homeland of the Tribe known as Jews. This media myth of course is false.

    So as I reflect on what I learned of the Jewish history from the celebration of Chanukah is that Sword Control was not in effect back them. This was a mistake by the Greeks because it allowed those pesky Jewish Patriots to fight back and slice the Greeks into sushi at night, until they gave up and left town. Far Left Wing organizations, like Nazi's, Communists, Maoists and Democrats have learned from this and this is why they institute gun control, because they know that if you try to enslave Jews they will shoot you, if you try to enslave Lakota, they will shoot you, if you try to enslave Rednecks, Mountain Men, Minutemen, Louisiana Cajun, Texans, Mexicans, Blacks and any tribe of people wishing for Freedom and to be left alone will shoot you or slice you into sushi like the Samurai or Musketeers did.

    The KKK pushed for gun control among their Democrat brethren because they did not want Blacks being able to defend themselves. Malcolm X made the statement in front of the media that Blacks have just as much right to own guns as white folk. And then predicted, "See what happens when you try to take the guns away from white folk."

    So now with this obvious split in the nation, which group of states(Free or Socialist) would you think the Lakota Sioux would want to be associated with; the Free States that support traditional family issues, like marriage and live births or the Socialist states that are against traditional family values and support infanticide and the infanticide President Obama?

    Would the Lakota Sioux prefer to associate with the Free States of America who allow you to practice your own religion and beliefs or the Socialist States of America that says you must provide condoms and birth control materials to your employees or face the consequences?

    Wanting to have gay sex or sex with animals or whatever in the privacy of your own home, is not an issue that the government needs to be involved in. And it sure as hell is not an issue that needs to be taught in schools with children in them.

    The United States of America has split into two separate nations one supporting Freedom and the other supporting Socialism. And, the time has come to legally separate so we can observe what happens when you enslave one group of people under Socialism and you allow another group of people to live and prosper under Freedom. You notice that no one prospers under Socialism, they just exist.

    For those 13 states and 12 metro areas that voted for Socialism and Obama take your distributed poverty with you and have a nice day. You can keep the 16th and 17th Amendments and we will keep the rest and the Constitution you like to ignore. You can take the French Revolution with you and we will keep the American Revolution. And I do not care what you shove up your ass, but I would suggest removing your head first.

    I for one follow the Maccabees who came before me and I believe in marriage between a man and a woman, because it is natural with our species. If you want to procreate via test tube go ahead, but don't ask me to pay for it.

    Don't ask me to pay for your lousy schools that indoctrinate children versus teaching them. Don't ask me to pay for your friends the terrorists or for your G-dless United Nations and the band of fools it serves. Stop sending me a paycheck where you have deducted first for the 47% who feed off of the 53%. Stop taxing me for your Government made jobs to employ the useless who can't be productive so you'll have them push papers. Yes that is right. 75% of government is processing paperwork that is unnecessary except to employ your voting block. This is why you want to takeover the banks and the healthcare fields so you can control those employees as well and dictate their voting.

    Today I declare my Independence from the Socialist States of America whose candidate is fraudulently wasting trillions of our tax dollars to put in your pocket. If you want to steal from me then have the guts to come over my house at night and try and take it. I'll be waiting.

    So the Jewish Tribes were fighting for their religious freedom and the traditions of their families. Were not the Lakota Sioux doing the same one hundred and fifty years ago?

    In 1861, we had Democrats fighting Republicans because they wanted to enslave Blacks and the Republicans were trying to free them from the plantation. Now 150 years later we see 96% of Blacks working with the Democrats to keep them on the Federal Government Plantation and enslave the whites and everybody else that makes up the body of Taxpayers who fund the Federal Travesty.

    It is now 2012 and the nation is distinctly split in two, One Nation whose people want to live in Freedom, while the other wants to enslave the other half to pay for them. The Government Unions and the Government Employees and the Government Welfare Recipients, through their support of the Democratic Party Socialists, want to insure that they stay entitled to the other half of the nation's wealth.

    It is this same half that wants the Freedom to kill children prior to birth, destroy traditional marriage, enforce government school teachings and policies and prevent people from enjoying religious Freedom.

    It seems that after two thousand years the Tribe of Judeo-Christian Americans, finds itself in the same spot as the Tribe of Jews called Maccabees and a Tribe of Americans known as Lakota Sioux. There is a powerful central government similar to that of the Soviet Union, similar to that of the Hellenistic Regime in Judea(please note there is no referral to Palestine for it was not invented yet) operating illegally in the United States run by the Indonesian-Keynesian Dictator.(undocumented at this time)

    This regime is fighting traditional marriage, religious freedom, border integrity, gun rights, voting rights, health care rights against those states who want Freedom. From what we have learned about the Lakota Sioux, I would be proud to acknowledge that they would choose the side that I am on.

    Are you ready to choose that side? Are you ready to choose Freedom over Socialism?

    Are you prepared to act legally to defend your freedom and stop this long train of abuses from the Undocumented Socialists and those Globalists that pull their strings?

    If you are, then join the Alliance of Free States and find out what you can do to prepare your state for Freedom. http://www.allianceoffreestates.org/Battle-tools.html

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    Interesting rant, I believe the US is still the best place in the world to live. A look at the 12/18/2012 Wall Street Journal front page article on Greece will make you want to jump off a fiscal cliff:
    The political fallout from the hardship is visible in Athens's poorer neighborhoods. On Attiki Square, the rising fascist movement Golden Dawn was giving free food to residents one morning recently—provided they could prove they were Greek and not immigrants.

    Over a thousand pensioners and unemployed queued around the square while Golden Dawn's muscular, black-clad activists, sporting the party's swastika-like logo, stockpiled pasta, fruit, vegetables, olive oil and fish.

    Golden Dawn was a fringe party until this year's two Greek elections, notorious for racist tirades, violence against immigrants, Holocaust denial and Nazi-style stiff-arm salutes. Now it is trying to play down its neo-Nazi background and present itself as Robin Hood.

    The woman in charge of the macaroni was Themis Skordeli, who is awaiting trial for alleged involvement in the stabbing of an Afghan refugee. (She denies injuring anyone.) A close-cropped man in a leather jacket was Ilias Kasidiaris, who told a recent party rally: "Our goal is to strike down those who work for the Jews and who have made our country a miserable protectorate of foreign powers." Jewish and human-rights groups have called on Greek authorities and mainstream parties to take a stronger stand against Golden Dawn's extremism.

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    I saw this one today, I really hope it is true. From OilPrice.com:

    "A cargo train filled with biofuels crossed the border between the US and Canada 24 times between the 15th of June and the 28th of June 2010; not once did it unload its cargo, yet it still earned millions of dollars... The companies 'made several million dollars importing and exporting the fuel to exploit a loophole in a U.S. green energy program.' Each time the loaded train crossed the border the cargo earned its owner a certain amount of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), which were awarded by the US EPA to 'promote and track production and importation of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.'"

    LOL, why is food made into fuel to begin with? Although imagine the marketing possibilities if you could make every street in America smell like a cinnabon just from auto exhaust.

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    I guess you can thank our Dear Leader for that nonsense. The news is full of shit like this nowadays, and it's getting worse. I just can't remember a period in time when egregious self serving behavior was so readily apparent and prolific.
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    The Americans with No Abilities Act

    President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering
    sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more
    Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as
    a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans
    who lack any real skills or ambition.

    "Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and
    drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in
    society," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. "We can no longer
    stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and
    passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be
    able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply
    because they have some idea of what they are doing."

    In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the
    U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing
    opportunity without regard to performance. At the state government
    level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record
    of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).

    Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million
    mid-level positions will be created, with important-sounding titles
    but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense
    of purpose and performance.

    Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be
    given to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable
    employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to
    corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of
    Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax
    credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one
    clueless worker for every two talented hires.

    Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new
    measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the
    non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions
    such as, "Do you have any skills or experience that relate to
    this job?"

    "As a non-abled person, I can't be expected to keep up with people
    who have something going for them," said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost
    her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint, Mich.,
    due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. "This
    new law should be real good for people like me. I'll finally have
    job security." With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions
    of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end
    of the tunnel.

    Said Sen. Dick Durbin: "As a senator with no abilities, I believe the
    same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended
    to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers
    to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or
    her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great
    nation and a good salary for doing so."

    This message was approved by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Diane
    Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.
    Experienced Community organizer. Yeah, let's choose him to run the free world. It will be historic. What could possibly go wrong...

    "You're just a jaded cynical mother****er...." Jeffpeg

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