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    Here's what I think Republicans? We spent 10 times more than China on Defense. We spend more on defense than the next 9 countries combined. We give BILLIONS STACKED UPON BILLIONS to companies to take our jobs to China and the Orient. We give more billions to countries that thumb their noses at us, like Pakistan. We have troops all over the world protecting from the "communist threat". Which commie threat is that today? China is the biggest economic power today. They're not commies, they're greedy capitalists. We need thousands and thousands of troops in Germany to protect us from Cuba? Get real Senator. CUT DEFENSE SPENDING IN HALF AND THEN LET'S TALK.
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    Yep, another Ron Paul policy becoming more popular by the day. Taking care of matters at home has never looked so good.
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    "rather than plod along the path of Greece, Italy and Spain." Why is it when it comes to education or healthcare or gun laws that we can't compare ourselves to european nations that beat us silly in all those things. We can't compare ourselves to Sweden or Finland or any of the other prosperous european countries with social services and economic mobility far beyond what we have in the USA. But when it comes to being dragged in the gutter by the socialist evil liberal president then we can sit and compare ourselves to european countries like Greece or Spain or Italy all day long? Is that not the very definition of being a hypocrite? Regardless, this quote boils down to the following: the gop will act like screaming whining children to get their way country be damned and they'll let it all go to hell before they compromise. Given that this has been the standard operating procedure for them over the course of the last 4 years, I wonder why they even bother to acknowledge it in a press conference. We all knew you were going to do it. Trying to put a spin on it before it happens isn't going to endear you to us.
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    If I don't pay the light bill, they turn off my lights.... don't pay for heat, it gets cold, don't pay the mortgage, I'm evicted, don't pay the car load, it's repossessed and if I decide to just print off some money to pay the bills some guys from the government give me a ride in the back seat of a car they haven't paid for, burning gas they haven't paid for, locking me up in a building they don't pay the light or heat bills on.

    You REALLY needed to ask that question?
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    “When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans.”
    Ron Paul
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    He wants to partially shut down government? Which parts? In any case, sure pal, go ahead ... but any income I earn during that shutdown shall not be considered taxable on my form 1040 for 2013. Does that work for you?
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    This is my game plan for te future. I have structured my remaining years to, as allowed by law, stay under those magic goverment gotcha numbers and will do just that .Allowable expenditues will be used to "MY" best advantage.
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    I think we are at the point where people will start recognizing that increased spending = increased taxes and reduced spending = cutting taxes. With that understanding, the GOP and their fiscal cliff deal is schizo and the liberals are fiscally insane. More than 1 out of 10 dollars received by the fed went to pay interest on our debt. Next year it will be over 11%.
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    You did notice the 60 million the Oklahoma Republican tacked onto the "fiscal cliff" bill for his corporate farmers right?
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    "increased spending = increased taxes" Really? Let's take a moment to recall the nearly trillion dollar cost of Medicare D and the trillions spent on two wars while cutting taxes - twice.
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    @jessejaymes - nope, thanks for adding that log to the fire. Glad I'm not retired and better suited to weather this storm (turn and turn about).
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    @DerivePI The system is broken beyond repair. It doesn't do any good to throw out this or that congressman along party lines anymore. Both parties are corrupt to the core. The fiscal bill had massive spending tacked on by both parties. Liberals didn't tack on NASCAR spending and Conservatives didn't tack on Hollywood spending.

    It's time for America to clean house up and down the line. This can only be done in the primaries. If you vote Republican then by all means vote republican in the primaries, just not for an incumbent. Same for the Democrats. RE-ELECT NOBODY 2014
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    Once again, have to choose the best of limited choices that aren't what I wanna say.

    As far as a limited shutdown? Wonder if it would actually work?
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    Big thinking here from the GOP. I wonder what would happen if I made this suggestion where I work? Forget doing my job, working hard, or finding solutions. Let's just do nothing and let it fail.
    That's what I call leadership.
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    Let it crash . Then wait for the inexperienced 'community organizer' to try to his lie way out of yet another failure. Even the few liberal Dems I work with are getting sick & tired of his same old ' Blame Bush Blues'. BO's had over FOUR (4) years - it's about time for a new song .
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    "Cornyn says it may be the only way to tame debt and deficit."
    I know it's crazy, but what if congress just did its' job?
    You know, raised some taxes, cut some spending, and generally headed the nation towards fiscal responsibility.
    They aren't even talking about reducing the debt any more, so all the fuss is really about how to become Greece, but with more style...
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    We should have gone off the cliff on Jan 1st. Wait two months and Obama will be complaining for more taxes and he'll go after capital gains and higher corporate rates. He plan to kill off small business in this nation is certainly gaining momentum.
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    I am not sure if I agree with him but I can't see any harm in shutting things down for a few weeks or months here and there. Strategically done it could save a lot of money.
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    I have a suggestion... Instead of trying to ram through Immigration Reform by the end of the month and leaving us with little time to do anything other than ram through a debt ceiling increase and spending cut deal that will avert sequestration...

    Why don't we address those two looming deadlines first?
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    Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz is already making waves.

    "Just hours after he was sworn-in, Texas’ new Republican Senator Ted Cruz went on offense against president Obama and Democrats – who he says are reluctant to cut spending."

    "Appearing on CNBC, Mr. Cruz said,“I think we have to be prepared to go so far as to shut the government down if we don’t get some serious policies to stop the out of control spending to tackle the debt.”
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/01/04/cruz-shutd...
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    It is better for the democrats if the GOP is successful in shutting down the government. The stock market will temporarily go down and people will get pissed off. It would serve as a reminder that the GOP is only willing to stand up for the rich and powerful. It would be better for the country if the GOP would work with the democrats to resolve the problems. I hope that the GOP decides to work with the dems for the good of the country. They rarely do this. I don't worry about the democrats so much. They usually put country before party.
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    At least you qualified it with a usually, Hillary still should have gotten the nomination in 08, and should have tried for it last time.
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    @Real4WheelDrv Yes - it would have been untrue to claim that the dems always put country first. They occasionally do put party before country. When they do I condemn them.
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    @Real4WheelDrv Hopefully Hillary will be rested, primed and ready to go in 2016. If she decides to run I don't think anyone can beat her.
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