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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    To think that people laugh when I say they should invest in gold. This country is so much trouble and it's astounding that so few realize it.

    New York Times

    Op-Ed Columnist

    The Entitlements People

    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: September 28, 2007

    If you live in Washington or just visit for a few days, you may run into the entitlement people. Some of them are former senators, cabinet officers or other previously powerful folks. Others are maverick members of Congress or agency heads, who are not in a position to set policy but are prominent enough to get noticed.

    They bombard you with alarming statistics about unsustainable entitlements. The U.S. government has $43 trillion in unfunded liabilities, or $350,000 for every taxpayer. Standard & Poor’s projects that in 2012, the U.S. will lose its AAA bond rating.

    Everyone listens and puts on a long face to show that they, too, are gravely concerned. The facts are indisputable, and everybody agrees abstractly that something really must be done. But then the conversation is over and most people are relieved to slip back into a different reality.

    In the different reality, everybody plays by Mardi Gras rules. The norms are different, masks are worn and certain unpleasant facts fall away. Presidential candidates vow to offset the cost of health care plans through “cost savings” measures, and everybody pretends those savings are actually real. Republicans promise tax cuts and people pretend those pledges are not absurd. Democrats vow to pay for their grand spending plans by raising taxes on the rich, even though each one percent increase in the top tax rate only produces $6 billion in revenue.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/opinion/28brooks.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin
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    here's what happens when a private bank is allowed to control the country for decades....

    when will a real, responsible, successful BUSINESS man ever be elected to run this country?

    i've said it once, i'll say it again... we should have went to isolationist policies after WW2 and made ourselves truly the "Great Society" it was supposed to be...
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    Hillary wants to give every children born in the United States $5,000. She doesn't have the first clue how to pay for it, but she wants to do it anyway. And, of course, if American children are getting $5,000, it would be racist to not give the same $5,000 to the illegals' children.

    What a wonderful idea..!! Reward more and more of the underclass having more and more children..!! Nope..!! No potential problems there..!!
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    This country is in so much debt right now, and Japan and China are tired of bailing us out. They have got to be pissed that their reserves are declining in value as we keep reducing the value of our currency.

    This is a question I've been wondering about for awhile: just how bad will it get? What comparable economy are we looking the US to be at 15 years from now? What is the worst case scenario.
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    Don't you understand, once an anchor is dropped in this country, it's no longer illegal. Cha-ching $5 G's baby. Forget the fact that the second a child is born in this country, they are already in the hole for $27,000 of federal debt. What's another $5k per? Her position here is a ploy to attract the moron vote. M&M's hear her say that, and think how swell it would be to put $5k in the bank for their kid for when he gets older. Not only will they not have to do it for their own kid, but hey "the government is paying for it". Sheep don't realize that the government pays with our money.

    BTW, how many more anchor babies do you think such a give away will attract? Also, do you think Tom Cruise's kids need $5k, or are you only going to give it to certain people? It's more idioticy.
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, considering they almost closed the federal government the other day, and just swiped a new credit card, my guess is the debt is only going to get worse before it gets better. Notice how gold and metals are at record value levels?

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