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“animis opibusque parati”

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#1 Mar 2, 2013
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Are you typically lost when co-workers discuss current events around the water cooler? Do you have trouble figuring out the national debt or who that Ben Ghazi dude is, but you know what’s on Kim Kardashian’s grocery list?

If you think you only deserve fun answers to all life’s questions...you’re right! This primer will help you look smart and morally superior in any political discussion. Just memorize these big words, explained in easy terms you already know from TMZ and The Daily Show:

BIASED: If you have a weird friend who goes to church and her parents are still married, that’s what they are.

ELECTIONS: These are like the Teen Choice Awards: the coolest and most popular wins. Democrats always win because they are cool and popular. Republicans are more like your weird friend’s parents.

DEBT CEILING: This is like Lindsay Lohan’s probation: by law, she should go to jail if she gets arrested, but we all know she won’t.

PUBLIC EDUCATION. Think Memento. Remember how the guy in the movie learned to go through life and fight enemies by relying on snapshots, notes, and tattoos? Public education does that on a national level as a free service.

IM-MI-GRA-TION: Whew, that’s a long word -- just like that velvet rope outside nightclubs. When really fun people arrive, you just open it right up.

QUAN-TI-TA-TIVE EASING: Remember Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can, and how he printed his own checks? Well, that’s what the Treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, does. It’s really cool.

TRILLION DOLLARS: This is a silly number. If someone says: "The U.S. national debt has topped 16 trillion," take it easy. Remember how Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to fifteen life terms while having only one life?

Once you owe more than you can pay, numbers stop making sense. Anything above that is free money; spend it fast so you can get more.

ECONOMIC STIMULUS: It’s like Whitney Houston upping her dosage to get the same high, always needing to use more and more to "chase the dragon."

SE-QUE-STRA-TION: This is just a made-up word that Republicans say to make you feel stupid.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#2 Mar 2, 2013
Still reeling huh Tippy?

Its been four months. Snap out of it man.

woof

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#3 Mar 2, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
Still reeling huh Tippy?
Its been four months. Snap out of it man.
woof
The nation is reeling.
You low-infos just don't realize it.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#4 Mar 2, 2013
-tip- wrote:
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The nation is reeling.
You low-infos just don't realize it.
This nation has always bounced back. It is again.

But if it makes you feel better, carry on with you gloom.

woof

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#5 Mar 2, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
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This nation has always bounced back. It is again.
But if it makes you feel better, carry on with you gloom.
woof
It's unfortunate that you can't see reality through the rainbow-puppydog-unicorn fantasy shroud of ObamaWorld.

But...numbers don't lie.
Even if the politicians do.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#6 Mar 2, 2013
-tip- wrote:
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It's unfortunate that you can't see reality through the rainbow-puppydog-unicorn fantasy shroud of ObamaWorld.
But...numbers don't lie.
Even if the politicians do.
I try to look at the world as full of opportunity. Its quite freeing you know...to grab hold of pessimistic ignorance and crush it with the wide eyed optimism of a young, secure child.

Its a shame that despite your self professed "faith", your vision has been clouded so.

woof
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#7 Mar 2, 2013
-tip- wrote:
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The nation is reeling.
You low-infos just don't realize it.
I thought you guys were all about spending cuts. You should be celebrating the sequester.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#8 Mar 2, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>
This nation has always bounced back. It is again.
But if it makes you feel better, carry on with you gloom.
woof
The nation is bouncing back? Yeah, that debt and those unemployment numbers are fading away faster than Seth MacFarlane's gig last week, huh?
Your "president" is an utter failure.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#9 Mar 2, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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I thought you guys were all about spending cuts. You should be celebrating the sequester.
There are no cuts, you moron.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#10 Mar 2, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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I thought you guys were all about spending cuts. You should be celebrating the sequester.
LMAO @ you low-infos.

http://tinyurl.com/cqdj9vd

How Much Would the Sequester Cut Into a Big Mac Extra Value Meal?

The idea that the sequester cuts, which actually amount to more like $44 billion than the $85 billion that is often bandied about, are somehow draconian, is ridiculous. Out of a $3.55 trillion federal budget–well, no, the federal government doesn’t have a budget, that is just an estimate of FY 2013 spending–$44 billion is a pittance.

So it is time to bring back my Big Mac analogy. In March 2011, during an earlier round of budget hysteria when the federal government was contemplating cutting spending by a mere $6 billion, I analogized that minimal cut to going on a diet by not eating an entire Big Mac meal. A Big Mac Extra Value meal consists of a Big Mac, a large order of french fries, and a medium soda. I calculated that cutting $6 billion out of the federal budget at that time would be equivalent to ordering a Big Mac Extra Value Meal and eating the entire Big Mac, drinking the entire medium-sized Coke, and eating 86 out of 87 french fries. If you took the 87th french fry and bit off two-thirds of it, leaving behind one-third of the last fry, that would equal the ostensibly horrific cut of $6 billion out of the federal budget.

So let’s do the math with the sequestration cuts.$44 billion equals one eightieth of the federal budget. A Big Mac extra value meal contains 1,320 calories. One eightieth of 1,320 is 16.5 calories. An average McDonald’s french fry has 6.5 calories. So now the arithmetic is simple: if we were to cut the equivalent of the sequestration dollars out of a Big Mac Extra Value Meal, we would eliminate 2 1/2 french fries.

So: we order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal, and we eat the Big Mac. We drink the medium Coke. We eat 84 out of 87 french fries. We take the 85th french fry and eat half of it. We place the other half back in the bag, along with two more uneaten french fries. And that is the “diet” that equals the sequestration cuts. Suffice it to say that we have a very long way to go before we have to start worrying about spending cuts being too deep.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#11 Mar 2, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>There are no cuts, you moron.
Ok.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#12 Mar 2, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok.
Only a leftist calls slowing the rate of growth while still increasing spending a cut.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#13 Mar 2, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Only a leftist calls slowing the rate of growth while still increasing spending a cut.
Only an stubborn fool insists on rejecting what everyone else in the world accepts as true.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/02/wh...

“Hi-Yo Silver! Away!”

Since: Aug 12

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#14 Mar 2, 2013
-tip- wrote:
<quoted text>
LMAO @ you low-infos.
http://tinyurl.com/cqdj9vd
How Much Would the Sequester Cut Into a Big Mac Extra Value Meal?
The idea that the sequester cuts, which actually amount to more like $44 billion than the $85 billion that is often bandied about, are somehow draconian, is ridiculous. Out of a $3.55 trillion federal budget–well, no, the federal government doesn’t have a budget, that is just an estimate of FY 2013 spending–$44 billion is a pittance.
So it is time to bring back my Big Mac analogy. In March 2011, during an earlier round of budget hysteria when the federal government was contemplating cutting spending by a mere $6 billion, I analogized that minimal cut to going on a diet by not eating an entire Big Mac meal. A Big Mac Extra Value meal consists of a Big Mac, a large order of french fries, and a medium soda. I calculated that cutting $6 billion out of the federal budget at that time would be equivalent to ordering a Big Mac Extra Value Meal and eating the entire Big Mac, drinking the entire medium-sized Coke, and eating 86 out of 87 french fries. If you took the 87th french fry and bit off two-thirds of it, leaving behind one-third of the last fry, that would equal the ostensibly horrific cut of $6 billion out of the federal budget.
So let’s do the math with the sequestration cuts.$44 billion equals one eightieth of the federal budget. A Big Mac extra value meal contains 1,320 calories. One eightieth of 1,320 is 16.5 calories. An average McDonald’s french fry has 6.5 calories. So now the arithmetic is simple: if we were to cut the equivalent of the sequestration dollars out of a Big Mac Extra Value Meal, we would eliminate 2 1/2 french fries.
So: we order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal, and we eat the Big Mac. We drink the medium Coke. We eat 84 out of 87 french fries. We take the 85th french fry and eat half of it. We place the other half back in the bag, along with two more uneaten french fries. And that is the “diet” that equals the sequestration cuts. Suffice it to say that we have a very long way to go before we have to start worrying about spending cuts being too deep.
A) A Big Mac Meal has to have either a large fry and large Coke or a medium fry and medium Coke. You don't get a large fry and medium Coke. Flipping burgers at McDonald's as you do, you should know that.

B) Anyone who counts fries is OCD.

C) The U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788.
Reality Speaks

Columbus, OH

#15 Mar 2, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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I thought you guys were all about spending cuts. You should be celebrating the sequester.
the sequester is not a cut

it is a reduction in the amount of spending increase.

the cut will come later this month in the week apart drama's on network TV.

maybe Obama will pout and bust up more union membership.

all those pawn govt employees being dangled for the public to see.

I see a tantrum; and a much needed spring cleaning.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#16 Mar 2, 2013
Reality Speaks wrote:
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the sequester is not a cut
it is a reduction in the amount of spending increase.
You are not stupid. You are just a reduction in intelligence compared to everyone else.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#17 Mar 2, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Only an stubborn fool insists on rejecting what everyone else in the world accepts as true.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/02/wh...
Only a moron (or a lawyer) refuses to acknowledge the truth:

"As we can see, federal spending would go up under sequestration. That’s mainly because the spending cuts heavily target the discretionary side of the budget, leaving programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (the main drivers of our future debt) almost untouched. As a result, the impact of sequestration on overall federal spending represents a small reduction in the growth of spending rather than an actual spending cut."
http://mercatus.org/publication/effects-seque...
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#18 Mar 2, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Only a moron (or a lawyer) refuses to acknowledge the truth:
"As we can see, federal spending would go up under sequestration. That’s mainly because the spending cuts heavily target the discretionary side of the budget, leaving programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (the main drivers of our future debt) almost untouched. As a result, the impact of sequestration on overall federal spending represents a small reduction in the growth of spending rather than an actual spending cut."
http://mercatus.org/publication/effects-seque...
Ok, Fred. You play your little semantic game all by yourself.

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