Part I – A New America: Pragmatist Honesty – What All Of This Means…..

I write this not as a partisan, but as one American who has been engaged in extensive political research for five solid years.   The picture in our current banner is reflective of my feeling right now:  Hands outstretched toward the heavens asking “why”?   Not why did Mitt Romney lose, but why cannot our citizenry see what they just did?

By now most of you know my approach at understanding events, and their surrounding outcomes.  Events that create both intended, and unintended consequences.

That approach is research; pure research to understand the specifics of the circumstances and understand the mindset behind the people within the events being portrayed.

The “why” is more valuable than the “what”.

So I hope you will digest this analysis with the understanding this is not a series of guesses, projections, or predictions.   This is merely assembling the puzzle bits – organizing them, placing them into their logical pattern of connectivity – then standing back and looking at what is factually evident within the assembly.

Back in 2006/07 I was specifically requested to organize some research about national financial impacts from a prior thesis / white paper, which I had written back in Sept 2005 (merely as a hobby), and it oddly had reached the desk of some industrialists and peaked their curiosity.   To this day I am still uncertain how it found its way to them.

Anyway, the essence of the request was “labor impacts”;  Essentially – what would happen to organized labor unions during widespread economic contraction.    During the research I found SEIU President Andy Stern, and SEIU Lead Counsel Craig Becker, to be excellent subjects for analytical approach.   How would they respond to economic contractions within the industrial venues of their union.

Within that research a trail to Senator Obama was noted, and as time passed the relationship between then Senator Obama and Stern/Becker from SEIU was a valuable resource to track, analyze and research.   In depth.

Quickly I recognized, if the predictive economic modeling I was outlining was actually to occur, there was a collaborative and mutually beneficial strategy to be played by Democratic leadership and Organized Labor.

Unfortunately, it all came to pass.  In 2008 the economic contraction I had been tracking for 2.5 years hit the broader economy.   The speeches given by Obama to SEIU audiences took on a new meaning and a new sense of intention.   Those same speeches took place at various workshops and seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada and expanded to include AFL-CIO and AFSCME.

The short version is a system would be put in place to resource public sector revenue to prop up Organized Labor’s operational needs.   You saw this visibly with the Auto-Bailout program;  However, that was only one small aspect.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or Stimulus Bill, was another planned strategy to afford Big Labor the gift of avoiding the impacts from economic contraction.

In essence think of the Stimulus money, sold to -congress and the American public- as a jobs plan, as a way to fill the massive revenue hole from a severely contracting economy.

Public Sector workers were propped up at local and state levels with the infusion of borrowed federal stimulus tax monies so that no lay-offs were needed due to decreased local and state revenue(s).    Even though the business model did not require the employees any longer, the stimulus paid their payroll.  The administration actually was not lying when they said it was a “saved jobs” plan.   They actually did save jobs in a sense – union jobs and their paychecks.

But the underlying economic contraction still existed, and still actually exists today.  So while they were filling a hole, the hole itself never naturally repaired.   This, in a larger sense, created the economic malaise.   The economy was never permitted to naturally contract, so it could never actually naturally repair – this is still the issue today.

This was the specific and intentional collaboration between 2008 President-elect Obama and the labor unions.   The stimulus, and the Healthcare bill, Obamacare, were both created specifically and intentionally to bail out labor unions.   Then during a controversial 2010 Easter Recess, Craig Becker was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board without Senate confirmation.

The stimulus was needed to cover the paychecks, and Obamacare was created to eliminate the need for the unsustainable retired union healthcare benefits.   Both Andy Stern and Craig Becker talked about both of theses issues in 2007 extensively, and then to a lesser extent in 2008, and then completely shut up about it in 2009 when the actual bailout action was taken.   However, many people did note the #1 visitor to the White House in 09’/10′ was SEIU President Andy Stern.    About a year later AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumpka famously stated he talks to the White House “every single day”.

Again, earlier this year, May 2012, a similar end-game was strategized.   Help President Obama overcome the difficult challenge of re-election; in part difficult because of the economic stagnation the initial union bailout activity created.    So that is one of the reasons you have witnessed the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and SEIU spend more for Obama in 2012 than they did in 2008.

In return Obama will deliver another union “stimulus” of sorts.   “Card Check” or super-easy unionization laws pushed upon private industry by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).    As the Daily Caller noted in May of this past year:

[…]  Becker is the operative who said he thought employers didn’t have a role in  discussing the costs and benefits of joining a union, even though lower wages  for new employees, restrictive work rules that limit skill-building, impediments  to career advancement and a less secure retirement may all come with a union  card.

Becker is the operative who was on the Obama transition team to install Big  Labor allies throughout the government before he was the operative who was  himself installed by “recess appointment” (read: against the will of the Senate)  to the NLRB.

At the NLRB, Becker is the operative who advanced a radical agenda that would  allow paid union organizers to trample businesses’ property rights and strip  employees of the right to a secret ballot if the union and company had cut a  secret deal, allowing the creation of swarms of “micro unions” to cherry pick a  few employees at a time to bypass the will of the entire proper bargaining unit  and reduce the amount of information employees would have when suddenly faced  with a one-sided union sales pitch and election for dues-paying membership.  […]

The reason I reference this is because it becomes easy to see, once again, what the priority list for President Obama Term-2 will carry.    These are not predictions, they are actual events that will occur specifically because the contingencies that assisted the Obama Campaign are dependent upon them:

1.)  Regardless of the impact on the economy, Obamacare will be 100% implemented.  The Unions are dependent upon it as a profit item that allows them to avoid the costs of healthcare coverage for ongoing and retired members.   Products, Goods and Services will increase in cost due to this employer “mandate” and governmental takeover but the costs for retired union members will be shifted away from the union itself and placed on the employers and everyone else.

2.) “Card Check”, the easing of the unionization rules, will be passed by fiat order/directive from the National Labor Relations Board.  Removing the secret ballot and thereby eliminating the protective step in the forced unionization process.   Again, Products, Goods and Services will increase in price due to this business labor cost increase.

3.)  Immigration “Amnesty” under the guise of immigration reform will be forced through congress or done by executive order.    This is being done for two reasons:  #1 payback for the election support, and #2 long-term social embeds of leftist policy.    You can see the seeds of that optic being sewn right now with the Republicans being told: in the face of their election defeat, they need to find a way to be more inclusive of Latinos.   This lays the groundwork for comprehensive immigration reform which will include an amnesty program.   The outcome of which will be millions more registered dems to ensure the long-term power hold on leftist re-distributive policies.   It’s their insurance policy.

4.)  Two liberal supreme Court Justices will be appointed – Gay Marriage will be affirmed into law.   During this term the New York gay marriage law will reach the Supreme Court;  It has to because New York’s law strategically demands “reciprocity”.   Unlike prior state’s same-sex marriage laws that only apply in the state of marriage, New York has wording to extend the legal protections beyond its geographic borders.   This sets up a specific and intended constitutional crisis for a gay couple married in New York who move to another state.   The supreme court will have to define marriage.

5.)  Taxes will increase ON EVERYONE who pays them.   Key words “who pays them”, given 50% of the nation is without Federal Income Tax obligation the Payees into the system will all see their tax rates increase.  This is in addition to Obamacare taxes, business taxes, the non-extension of the Bush Tax Rates, and the hidden taxes noted above in 1 and 2 to provide for the labor unions.

6.)  The National Debt will Increase beyond $20 Trillion – AND worse yet, the federal government will underwrite the state budgetary shortfalls, another way to stimulate spending in unsustainable state budgets like Illinois and California.    You might note that these progressive states have also passed increased taxation requirements upon their citizenry – now the feds will move in (Obama the Community Organizer) to shift general federal tax revenues, and use them to “underwrite” states obligations;  Thereby allowing those fiscally imprudent states to spend more money without being forced to balance their budgets.    The #1 State Expenditure?  Labor Unions payroll and retirement obligations.   Remember, there is no structure for an entire state to go bankrupt – it just does not exist.

7.)  The Dollar Will further devalue.   This is yet another hidden tax.   More quantitive easing with the monetary policy will further depress the value of the dollar.   Subsequently oil/gas prices will increase by the same amount of the deflated value because oil is traded in dollars.   More dollars = Higher gas prices… regardless of supply and demand.  (Watch the dollar drop tomorrow – then watch gas prices climb)

8.)  Gold prices will necessarily skyrocket.   People understanding of the devaluing of the dollar combined with inflationary pricing will seek shelter in gold, silver, and precious metals.   Look for $3,000/ounce gold by end fiscal year 2013.   (Watch it spike tomorrow)

9.)  Stock Market will tumble beginning today.   Why?  because of the prior eight points above.    By re-electing Obama now the increased costs from Obamacare are baked into the fiscal projections.  It becomes a matter of number crunching for actuarial’s and CFO’s to now project the impacts to their profitability.   Those offshore finances being held in reserve are now part of their operational budget.  By Obama’s specific economic policy toward business he is, in essence, forcing the repatriation of those overseas accounts to cover profit margins.   As a consequence the funds then become part of the taxable income for the business now needing to tap those funds to retain stockholder share value and ROI.   Instead of creating jobs (Romney’s plan), the money will be used to maintain profit standards for stockholders.  

10)  Inflation will hit everyone directly – energy costs and food costs will massively jump.  Simultaneous to a lower rate of return on paper money investments due to deflated values of the dollar you are going to see prices of goods and commodities reflect the additional costs of all the first 8 items.   Labor costs, product raw material costs, transportation costs, energy costs, fuel costs, all will flow downward through the supply chain to the consumer.   So those on fixed incomes will have lower rates of returns (income) and higher prices for consumables – a double whammy.

Again, these are not predictions any more than it is a prediction to look at a jig-saw puzzle put together and understand the image.   These are cold hard consequences to the election that just took place.

In an effort to ward off economic contraction/recession QE3 (quantitative easing) will be rushed into action.   Watch how the economic measures respond to the new certainty of everything outlined.  And you can forget about any business hiring anyone.   The certainty of increased operational costs is “baked in” now….. it is just a matter of time to witness.

Calculators are burning amid the company CFO assistants.

And if those insufferable talking heads and Republicans who keep talking about some type of “moderation” to be expected.  Well, they are all just idiots.   Just plain stupid thinkers if they actually believe Obama is about to move toward them.

Then again, maybe that Republican disconnect between accepting reality, and understanding the difference between what is real and what is a wish, is exactly what caused them to lose the election in the first place.

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136 Responses to Part I – A New America: Pragmatist Honesty – What All Of This Means…..

  1. BigMamaTEA says:

    Sweet SDC. You and I are doppelgangers! I have been doing essentially the same thing for 4 years. We probably have a lot of similar research. You write better than I do, but I am a puzzle-worker myself. I have also managed to save/capture and preserve all of my documentation/dossiers in multiple formats just in case SHTF.

    A lot of those idiot dumba** Republicans are just now beginning to “see” what is going on. I communicate with a lot of them regularly, and I can judge by their response levels back to me directly, how some of them are finally coming out of the “whoa are you kidding me?” mode.
    When I started this journey myself, the more layers I peeled, I myself used to catch myself saying WTH, not in MY country., no way. (personal case in point my Sen. Coburn, was originally blinded by his friendship with The Won, they were freshmen Senator class together. This last year, he’s had staff members call me on multiple occasions to ask ME questions ha!)
    A couple of years ago, I have been told that my “hand drawn organizational chart” naming names helped create an immediate stop to the current at the time potential ram-through of own of the cap and trade schemes. Inhofe called me and said “When I showed so of them my hand drawn expose from one of my constituants in the senate lounge, they knew right that jib was up, the cat was out of the bag” HA !
    Isn’t it interesting as you begin to connect the dots, a lot of pieces/people who thought they were hidden show up again in some of the most interesting ways?

    Gonna go crash for a few more hours. Couple days of rest/recharge, I’ll be fired up, ready to go again. First time I found the treehouse and took a lot at some of the research you guys had been doing, I think I said something to the effect of Now I know where to find a good researcher.
    Nite, nite!

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  2. ZurichMike says:

    I am generally an optimist, but after the election results and what we know Obama Term-2 will be, it is time to face the fact that our republic in finished. We are no better than the worst socialist country of Europe. There is no turning back with a revolution.

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    • John Galt says:

      “We are no better than the worst socialist country of Europe.”

      We are actually worse as we bear the brunt of stupid war costs and pay to prop up socialist Europe. The US, like Spain, had a good little run as a world power.

      Hail Russia, China and Islam.

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      • myopiafree says:

        Hi John – Ref: People walking into a “hole in the ground” (fiscal collapse).
        Maybe someone has the quote from “Seneca” (Greek). He states stated that “Democracy” could not be a lasting form of Government – because eventually the “masses” will discover that they can vote themselves the “largess” of the “Public Tressure” – and the Government will collapse for that reason.
        I think Romney could have brought this problem under control – I know that Obama never will. So we will add another 6 trillion to our debt in the next for years.

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      • myopiafree says:

        Hi John and Sundance (and others),

        That is a GREAT VIDEO. That is how I see my “fellow Americans” and this “Debt Problem”. Alex Tytler – was correct. We are now DOWN by 6 trillion, and can expect to go down by another 6 trillion in the next four years. Romney could have stopped this – but it would have been painful – but wise. Now we are in “free fall” – which seem pleasant – until you hit that “sudden stop” at the bottom. Thanks for finding the correct quote. It is both priceless and very accurate. Thanks !!

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    • Sharon says:

      Being a realist is far more important than being an optimist at this point.

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      • Josh says:

        Get your medical & dental needs taken care of – NOW!
        Ammo up – NOW!

        How will we be able to communicate in the future?

        – I am sad for the military that fought for us
        – I am sad for the young people who will never know, or possibly will never be able to comprehend, the America in which we grew up
        – I am sad for the literature that has been, and will be more so, altered
        – I am sad for the education system for which there is now no hope
        – I am sad for the sick, infirmed & the elderly for reasons too painful to mention
        – I am sad…

        I am beyond greatful for The Conservative Treehouse
        I am beyond greatful for the love of G-d that my Mother instilled in me. Without that…

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  3. kobeclan says:

    Yesterday marked the completion of the transformation of the American Republic to the American Democracy. I do not believe it is possible to reverse it. The mob is now in control, and will use its majority to take what it wants.

    SDC, you wrote most eloquently all the things I fear will come to pass. You did not discuss my area of greatest fear, the effect of the election on the world.

    The Great Age of Western Civilization has been in decline and its demise is probably also irreversible. What fills that vacuum? There are no good choices.

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    • John Galt says:

      “The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’

      ‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.”
      ― Robert A. Heinlein

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      • ytz4mee says:

        The barbarians have not only entered Rome, we sent an airlift to go fetch them.
        Importing Somalis who need classes on how to use a toilet is case in point.

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        • churchladyiowa says:

          Somalis and many others are Muslim, to boot. They don’t even need a Trojan Horse. As you said, they come here on our dime and we carry them across the threshhold.

          A friend and I have spent the morning talking and both of us are convinced that in addition to the monetary collapse, there will come the one-two punch of a terrorist attack on major cities.

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  4. waltherppk says:

    Just got in my morning paper and i don’t like the headline worth a damn. Thinking about calling the paper and cancelling my subscription in appreciation. Corrected Headline should read:
    LUNACY IS THE NEW NORMAL SAYS 51% There …fixed it for you. Rightmindedness is now in the minority.

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  5. Sal Paradise says:

    As my boss stated……the tick is bigger than the dog now…….

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  6. rejoicenhim says:

    I cant believe the comments by some on Fox News that Republicans need to change their message.. if by that they mean COMPROMISE on immigration to win more hispanic votes then shame on them

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  7. hoffstyle71 says:

    I am looking at the map of Florida, Ohio, and Virginia and I am not buying it. Virginia was a lock all night, they refused to call it until those dubious last minute numbers came in..I don’t know, I don’t dabble in conspiracy but I have some serious questions about the vote counts.

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    • Lee says:

      I agree. The day prior to the election and during the election – the democrats were filing lawsuits about voting deficiencies, yelling about how everything was being unfairly handled, the abuses of the minorities and immigrants – and now crickets. Virginia is mostly republican, except for Albemarle County and the very far north. The way the population is distributed – I am not sure how the count came out in Obama’s favor. You travel the roads and you see twice as many Romney signs as you did Obama. Even when the Boss came to Charlottesville – Obama was giving out free tickets and still couldn’t fill all the seats. I’m doing a little head scratching myself.

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    • g8rmom7 says:

      Right there with you…I feel like we are Venenzuela.

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  8. mung says:

    What I don’t understand is how many people still believe that the president actually runs the country and based their votes on that. You don’t elect a president you elect a party. The president is just a talking head that the party puts out front to give them a face. The unfortunate thing is that the republican party has become so divided that they can’t come up with a solid message. The party needs to take a moderate stance in elections then do what ever needs to be done when they get into office. Also the electoral college needs to go. There is no reason in this day and age that we can’t have a true direct democracy. In fact I am for giving everyone an iPad and when you wake up in the morning you have a list of things to vote for. If it works for American Idol it can work for everything else.

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    • ragnar says:

      Nothing will stop the collapse. Nothing. It is over demographically. We are a doomed democracy. Thats it.

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    • hoffstyle71 says:

      I disagree, when they started moving away from Conservatism they began to destroy their credibility. Conservative Ideals are a winner when they stick to the basics. Legislating from the fence have caused a large part of the Republican base to get tired of the party and it has grown out of control. Control has been handed to the wishy-washy. That’s why the base get excited about Rubio and the like. We are in desperate need of a new Conservative Revolution.

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      • ragnar says:

        Mobilization comes first.

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        • Let’s first worry about surviving the next four years. I had predicted a few years ago, that Obama was both a two term detriment & the last elected U.S. President. I was figuring he’d collapse the country in order to eliminate the constitution but it now appears much worse that that.

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      • rajabear1 says:

        I also disagree. All ‘true democracy’ has fallen to socialism and/or communism every single time. What makes/made America unique was a representative republic so that ALL could be free. Mob rules insures we will now all wear shackles.
        The evaluation above is a certainty, not a probability. I do believe in God and the Bible and felt all along if it turned this direction, it was confirmation of the beginning of the end with all the other pieces that have been put in place across the globe. Sorry if that creeps anyone out, but I believe it to be true. It will get worse before this is all over, not better.
        I had to tell my son that he may not serve in the Marines next year, he will be needed here.
        God bless our forefathers, they were right. The Constitution had a good run. So sad so many are so blind. Prepare folks, prepare. Pray for our military and our fellow
        countrymen.
        I appreciate this website and grateful that I’ve have stumbled upon it. God bless everyone.

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        • mung says:

          With all due respect, Revelations was written about Nero and not Obama. The last days have been happening since the day Jesus was crucified if you believe every crackpot that has predicted it. While I do believe in God and Jesus, man has perverted religion for his own desires and greed.

          Yes what is going on is not good for our country, but I am pretty sure the human race will be around for a long time after I am long gone.

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          • ftsk420 says:

            “but I am pretty sure the human race will be around for a long time after I am long gone”.
            I’m not sure at all that the human race will be around after I’m gone. Way to many things going on in the world today.

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  9. JAS says:

    Your writing is excellent but I tend to disagree with the looming doom and gloom points, at least until the next midterm elections. Also, I see your analysis, albeit brilliant, as too micro-focused and beyond the scope of of most voters and therefore absent the real issue. That issue you nailed on your first paragraph and made the point perfectly. The real question is: Why?

    Why did Obama win a second term?

    We should have a discussion about what it is that makes us conservatives so different from the majority of the voters in this our beloved country. And no, I’m not talking about speculation, we have the mainstream media for that. I mean conclusions based hard facts and numbers. As a retired business analyst I want to know! I want to understand the majority of the voters in this country. Only them can I begin to understand why Obama won a second term.

    To that end, it might be wise to start by taking a hard look in the mirror. Only by establishing this baseline can we move forward in our understanding about what is it that makes us different from the majority. I have started already this morning by looking at 2008 election statistics – the numbers for yesterday’s election wont be available for some time and I’m now looking at voting by income level to see where I fit in. It’s a start…..

    All the best,

    J.

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    • g8rmom7 says:

      Thank you JAS…I agree. I really think I need to understand what has happened to our society to allow them to be so blind. I mean, I had to read 1984 has a teenager and it scared the jiminies out of me. Now kids think Big Brother is necessary and we can’t get along without him….they even made a TV show called Big Brother…no one fears that kind of life anymore. Puzzling.

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      • gretchenone says:

        The answer is simple. We went from a virtuous, patriotic people, a people who prized faith, family and education, and understood the principles of freedom to…..the Honey Boo Boo culture. The education establishment dumbed down our children and indoctrinated them with Marxist principles couched in “It’s not fair!” terms. And we let them do it. Facebook has turned millions of us into narcissists who take endless pictures of ourselves posing this way and that. Twitter encourages endless mind-burp tweets that further the cult of Narcissis. We did it to ourselves. It is entropy. It is the way of all flesh. Hand-wringing about the Republicans is worse than useless. They were bought out long ago and it is too late, even if they did suddenly come to their senses. Opportunists like Christie were savvy enough to see the writing on the wall and are only doing what keeps them in power. Frankly, he made a very smart move, politically. Morally, he is like the rest of them…a seared and deadened heart. We are experiencing the Trojan Horse scenario. We have fought a long and seemingly endless battle, but Obama came bearing gifts, and in our moral and cultural weariness, we let him in. Except for a few Cassandras, Man never does learn his history and like a Greek Tragedy, is doomed to repeat it. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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        • mung says:

          I think that the hippy, don’t say no to your children, everyone gets a trophy for participating, movement that started in the 80s has contributed to the narcissistic culture more than social media. True narcissism is not about looks or attention but about empathy and entitlement. If you constantly tell a child that they are the best at everything even when they fail, they start to believe it. If you teach them that they should be treated better than the rest of society, they will believe it. If you teach them that they are the most important thing in the world, they will believe it. The lack of empathy for the fellow man is the most damaging part of NPD.

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          • Josh says:

            Who were the parents of the 80’s? The children of the 60’s.

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            • mung says:

              Pretty much.
              I was born in 1970. Do you know when my basketball team lost a game no one gave me a cookie. Do you know that at the end of the season when we came in last place we didn’t get a trophy for participation. We sucked it up and learned that you don’t always win and you try to do better next time.

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          • TandCrumpettes says:

            I agree with you wholeheartedly. I am of this generation – this is all “my” fault.

            I just had a long discussion about this with my mother, then with a fellow disaffected member of GenX-Y.

            We don’t see consequence. We’re incredibly naive. The victim mentality is overwhelming. What’s in it for me?

            We think, if a man is hungry, feed him – then he magically won’t be hungry any more.
            People “lose” jobs – they just flitter away! Where did they go? There is no distinction made between a layoff, for example, and a fellow who was fired for stealing. Both “lost” their job, and when you find out about it, you MUST assume it was because of something innocent like a layoff. Never stealing, drinking, being perpetually late, etc.
            So that means there is no welfare fraud at all. Those people need money to eat and they are SUCH hardworkers. They just “lost” their job….probably. And that 6th kid on the way? Failed birth control. Or rape. Probably.
            Spending 5 minutes on Yahoo Jobs counts as “desperately looking for work.”
            Don’t have healthcare? Well, the government can provide it!
            I want a lower tax bracket! Gimme! Do you have to pickpocket my neighbor for it? Oh well, that’s his problem!
            Whoa, that person drives a better car than me! Tax them higher!
            WIC is something you sign up for like a baby registry. Sign up today to see if you qualify!
            Head Start = free babysitting! Sign up today to see if you qualify!
            Social security is completely appropriate for a 20-year old. Sign up today! I’m sure there’s SOME learning disability out there you can be diagnosed with!
            If my child fails in school, its because the teacher “doesn’t like them.” It has nothing to do with me.
            If my child misbehaves in school, that’s the teacher’s fault. Do not discipline them.
            Ugh…too much homework! Give my kid less! Dang!
            The US fails miserably in math and science? Well, that’s because math and science are BO-RING! Blame teachers.
            It would be cool if we had cars that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future. Let’s shut down all of the energy we’ve got NOW to really get those scientists working harder!
            I like pot. So let’s waste time voting on it because its a REALLY important issue.
            I’m gonna hem and haw about abortion because, you never know, I might need one someday!
            And if I decide to keep the child, I want big deductions for it.
            Oh yeah, and war sucks. We just shouldn’t do it. Its that easy. Don’t do it.

            The worst of it is if you disagree with anything I just said, you’re a…..REPUBLICAN!!! Gasp! Oh no! A conservative? Holy… that’s much worse. How dare you not care about anyone? How dare you think some people don’t need government programs? How dare you accuse people of being lazy or not caring about education? Are you “rich” or something?

            Its like you’re the devil-incarnate. My generation wants free stuff – or at least hand out free stuff to just about anyone who asks for it because “they need it.” Don’t ask questions, just give! Its ONLY “rich people” getting hurt, right? Who cares about rich people anyway?

            We’re the kids of hippies and we’re out of freaking control with this bleeding heart gimme-gimme crapola. Berate the naysayers! They’re just “mean” and “don’t care about people.”

            All you must do, is vote for the guy who hangs out with rappers. That’s freaking cool, man.

            Those republicans, man, they’re all old and “square.” We like candidates who appear on Comedy Central instead. Issues-schmissues! BO-RING! Who was the democrat hobnobbing with last night? Anybody “cool?”

            I’m depressed. Rant over.

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    • ragnar says:

      Look at the demographics. There is your answer. The voters knew what they were voting for. The point of no return has been reached.

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      • Not Too Happy says:

        I am a look on the bright side type of person. Could somebody please provide me one shred of brightness I can focus on?

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      • scubachick75 says:

        When you set aside mere names & come down to realities, you find that we are ruled by a King just as other absolute monarchies are. His name is The Majority. He is mighty in bulk & strength … He rules by the right of possessing less money & less brains & more ignorance than the other competitor for the throne, The Minority. Ours is an Absolute Monarchy.
        – unsent letter to Bayard Taylor, June 10, 1878. Published in Mark Twain at Large by Arthur L. Scott

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  10. Romney lost, not because Obama’s campaign more successfully got out their vote, but because people that would have voted for Romney fell for the negative ads that Obama was supposed to be above. Obama lost 10 million of his votes compared to 2008. Romney didn’t even surpass McCain (-2 Million). I’m disgusted that Obama was re-elected. I’m even more disgusted with those that didn’t vote.

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  11. John Galt says:

    The optimistic view:

    With no re-election campaign looming, the president can focus more on establishing his political legacy than politicking. He’ll need to demonstrate his commitment to making hard choices early on, because the challenges he faces in his second term are numerous.
    He can start by addressing the impending fiscal cliff, reducing the out-of-control deficit, and rolling back the huge regulatory state that has become a burden on the economy. Our tax code is in desperate need of reforms that will make US companies competitive in the global economy, and encourage businesses to use their profits to invest in the United States.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/06/optimism-for-next-4-years/?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz2BXyCS03a

    Maybe if I smoke enough weed, I will believe that will happen?

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21941918/nation-watches-colorados-marijuana-legalization-vote

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    • g8rmom7 says:

      This is all assuming he won’t suspend further elections and turn himself into a US version of Hugo Chavez right?

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    • Sharon says:

      He now has the power to do what he has wanted to do all along, and put this country under his foot. Why on earth do you think he would use that longed-for power to do things that will minimize what he has always wanted to do. That makes no sense.

      Will you still not believe that he has always meant what he has always said about this country?

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Delusional thinking, which is what got us into this mess in the first place.

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    • Not Too Happy says:

      Sorry John, but I just haven’t seen anything in this President that inidcates he has any interest in addressing any of these issues.

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    Once again the Republicans have managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory – and it ain’t that unusual. The almost Three Stooges campaigns of Mitt and a number of Republican senatorial hopefuls makes me wonder if they weren’t spoilers on the Democratic payroll. Like many I feel that I’m a Republican because, regardless of how ineffective the Party is, it’s the only party out there that isn’t a tar baby, it’s all we got and it ain’t much. Obama and the Democrats know that the entire country does not elect the president, just those areas in select states that control the most electoral votes, and the Democrats have spent years stroking and pampering those areas and are generally guaranteed they’ll slither out every four years to ensure the trough doesn’t run dry – as happened yesterday. Until the Republican rank-and-file can break the special interest lock on the Party’s hierarchy, and get the party back to the people it belonged to, we’ll continue to see half-assed campaigns that are secondary to the Insiders use of the Party as an ATM. Bad part is that it may a gone pecan – after the POtuS II gets into a position to flood the country with South of the Border potential Democrats during his next reign we may find ourselves too few and too late. Farewell, America, was nice to know ya’.

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    • Coast says:

      Hold on…I think Romney ran a great campaign. Strong messages, excellent results in the debates, etc, etc. The fault lies with the voters, not the GOP and not Romney. This was the first time I gave money, posted yard signs, had bumper stickers, talked to people, etc. I saw almost no excitment on the Obama side. But those people were going to vote for “themselves” regardless of the message.

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      • ragnar says:

        Me too. But the demographics can no longer be overcome. It will get worse. Not better. Not in my lifetime. This is the straw that broke the Camels back.

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        • churchladyiowa says:

          Demographics is a key word here. Most whitebread US citizens aren’t having more than two, possibly three children. As the boomers die off (of which I’m one), our adult children simply can’t afford/don’t want more than one or two kids. In contrast, the Hispanics & Muslims are having 5-7+ offspring. In another ten plus years, Hispanics are predicted to be 40% of the population. And I’m sorry . . . their culture knows little about what it really takes to keep a town safe/clean/orderly. Every single one of my Hispanic neighbors are letting their homes slowly deteriorate, have 10 to 25 people crammed into a house, and appear to have a surreptitious drug business. We’ve passed an ordinance against packing homes with people, but all they have to say is “extended family” and law & code enforcement backs away. One group has used our Lutheran church for 12 years now, to hold afternoon services. ONE TIME they gave us $250 after holding a fundraiser, only because several members at our voters’ meeting wanted a timeline for what these folks intend to do about membership. We pay so they can gather on Sundays & Thursday evenings; their pastor (white, who is funded by the district) told me they have absolutely no idea how a church runs financially, and that they will NEVER build their own facility. Now, they don’t worship with us either and the consensus is they have no desire to assimilate. To keep peace, we’ve declared them our “mission”—although district has come out and said that within two years, support will end because there simply isn’t enough money.

          Non-citizen illegals & many legal citizens getting everything “FREE! FREE! FREE!”—as in welfare benefits, food stamps, healthcare, foodbanks, daycare through HeadStart—makes a permanent welfare state of takers. Political correctness has backed us into this position and Obama will continue granting illegals & non-workers largesse from the shrinking public treasury. Obama won’t be satisfied until the white population is bled dry, with everyone universally poor. As Lamar Alexander used to say, “there are too danged many people sitting in the wagon and not enough pulling!”

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          • Sharon says:

            During the 18 years we lived in MN (DH’s b irthplace) it drove me absolutely up the wall–the Lutheran churches and groups are massive enablers. Lutheran is heritage for both of us. Makes me sick that the “leaders” don’t seem to be able to grasp the reality of dishonest people using them.

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            • churchladyiowa says:

              Sharon, I always say . . . just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I’m a sap.
              Jesus did NOT preach the government (read “taxpayer”) was responsible for helping the poor. He said individuals had a responsibility for helping the poor. Oh, yeah . . . and He also said “the poor shall always be with you.” Obviously, He didn’t buy into LBJ’s Great Society!

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    • apachetears says:

      The democrats are the evil party the republicans are the stupid party.
      The libertarians are vote vampires.
      The fix was always in, most likely the republican’s were in on the fix.
      Good news?
      Benghazi will not go away, the winner may yet do a frog march but I doubt that.
      Obama will over reach and fail again and again until his utter incompetence will be impossible to hide.

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      • Sharon says:

        Hiding his incompetence isn’t necessary as long he has his strongmen and enablers functioning well. His utter incompetence has been impossible to hide for a very long time. What, exactly, does having his utter incompetence standing in sunlight accomplish? Nothing. Putin has issued a press release welcoming the re-election of His Utter Incompetence and the third world nations are happy as clams.

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      • ragnar says:

        BOR let the cat out of the bag. The whole media establishment knew before the shows even started. The whole night of broadcast was just a Dog and Pony show. I am done with it.

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        • Ms.Tee says:

          I posted this yesterday and, sadly, I knew it was a sign.

          One, big scam! Now, so-called “right” leaning pundits on TV and online will try to get us “ready” for the mid-term election, so we can put more money in their pockets!

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  13. texan59 says:

    “Game Called on Account of Darkness”

    http://tiny.cc/f1qenw

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  14. ragnar says:

    How to fight back. Found this on FR.
    We obviously can’t isolate ourselves in a secret commune, but we sure as hell can isolate ourselves from the economy as much as humanly possible. 12 ways to isolate yourself:
    1. Buy used or new via secondary markets. You can use Craigslist to find a lot of new stuff at less than retail. Added bonus – you pay no taxes into the system. You could argue that someone does to get the item the first time, but I’m not so sure. I see a lot of new stuff on Craigslist at a considerable discount to retail. Something tells me it wasn’t bought at a register or the seller would be taking a huge loss.

    2. Contribute to the secondary market by selling the stuff just sitting around your house.

    3. Buy *down*. Sure, you can afford that nice new Mercedes, but you’ll pay more in taxes on it. Find a lesser vehicle that makes you happy that feeds the beast less.

    4. Invest and hold. Avoid paying capital gains at all costs.

    5. FIX YOUR STUFF instead of replacing it. So many people look at durable possessions as disposable. Take those pants to the tailor, or better yet, get a used sewing machine and fix them yourself. Find someone with a welding machine to fix that patio chair.

    6. Maintain your possessions properly. Clean the dust out of your computer. Sand the rust off your trailer and paint it.

    7. Plant a garden.

    8. Enjoy life more simply. Choose a day at the park over an afternoon at the movies. Attend a church cookout instead of going to Chili’s. Keep your eye out for church events, even if it is not yours. Lots of churches have some really fun stuff going on!

    9. Speaking of things like the movies – stop going. Wait for the DVD and rent it for $1 at Redbox. If there is a cheaper option to do something, take that option. Get rid of cable and get Hulu+. Watch your shows a few days or weeks late. Do you really need to see it THAT DAY? Hulu+ is cheaper. Netflix streaming is cheaper. The amount of content is acceptable. You may even find shows you never knew existed that become your new favorites. Or – here’s a radical idea – buy used books dirt cheap and READ.

    10. Set up two days a week to run errands. Run them all at once and efficiently instead of wasting money (and taxes) on fuel. If your workplace offers a work-from-home option, TAKE IT. (The anti-oil libtards will love this one, but I’m talking about an opportunity to NOT pay taxes into the system.)

    11. Make gifts instead of buying them.

    12. I hate to say this one, but… watch your charitable giving. Give locally – like to your church or to someone you *personally* know that is in distress. You can also give to certain charities where you know the giving goes to those actually in need: such as Operation Christmas Child. Stop giving to places where the money is wasted, that includes fundraisers for your local school. If you want your child to learn more, spend an extra 30-60 minutes a night with them doing something educational. They’ll get more benefit out of that than they will from buying cookies through the fund raiser. Trust me.

    There’s probably a dozen more ways to disconnect from the beast, but those are the first that come to mind.

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    • g8rmom7 says:

      Great tips here…thanks!

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Don’t leave cash in the bank, buy hard/durable assets and hold.

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Get your children out of the public schools while you still have that option. Families in Europe are routinely threatened/sued for daring to homeschool their children, and more often than not it is devote Christian families that are targeted. Make sure your children have a REAL education – the ability to read, research, critically think and analyse. The curriculum changes coming will continue to erode that base of instruction and pivot more to soft social justice indoctrination.

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Use their tactics against them. They now control the levers of power. File lawsuits asserting your rights. Grind the wheels of their “justice” system down. Make them live up to their myriad of regulations/controls, etc.

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      • Sharon says:

        I don’t think they are required to live up to their regulations, are they? They changed the seasonal fuel requirements in California the minute it was necessary to get the political pressure off them a couple of months ago when their EPA regs created “somewhat artificial” shortages, didn’t they? I think they’d be able to find judges who would declare that that such lawsuits did not have standing.

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    • Josh says:

      Gardens are soon to be disallowed unless they are “community” gardens.

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  15. ytz4mee says:

    Agree with the analysis and about the goal to “repatriate” off shore cash.
    However, they have guaranteed that the US is now a “part time Nation” in an effort to avoid the most onerous of the regulatory demands of Obamacare and similar legislation.

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    • ragnar says:

      Obamacare is worse than anyone knows. It is locked in now. There will be no full time jobs. Layoffs and reduced work weeks will explode. When it sinks in that Obama is in for another 4 1/2 years look out. I do not have that much time to wait for another GOP-E to lose.

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      • churchladyiowa says:

        Ragnar, I was told by one of my local hospital employees that in years to come Obamacare would have ALL hospital employees UNIONIZED. From the janitors/cooks/aides/nurses/lab techs . . . they would join doctors in holding our healthcare in their hands.

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        • ragnar says:

          It will be so. And even worse. My Doc is moving to Costa Rica to practice.

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          • John Galt says:

            Me too, I think I can do it in two years.

            Book: Christopher Howard – The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica, 636 pages

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            • Sharon says:

              Better move all your money before January. The executive order preventing anyone from taking money with them or receiving money from us-based accounts after they’ve left is just waiting to be signed.

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              • ytz4mee says:

                Yep. You already have to pay a tax penalty to move money. “Currency Controls” were one of the first things the first Obama Administration did, as it typical of communist regimes.

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            • ragnar says:

              Cool. Surfs up all the time. Everyone I know who has been there liked it.

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              • allhail2 says:

                Been going down for years, Pacific side. Original plan was to have house in NC mountains and house in beach town CR. May look to sell NC and bug out. Trust me, when I hit CR, I will vanish.

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        • Patriot Dreamer says:

          Yes! This is why the unions pushed Obamacare so much. They want to unionize all healthcare workers. More union workers = more union dues $$$ And that dues money goes to the union bosses and then gets funneled to the (mostly Democrat) politicians.

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  16. rejoicenhim says:

    Love the tips ragnar!!

    Okay… It would be nice if citizens were required to have to care about our country and the constitution in order to vote for the person who is suppose to uphold our constitution and protect our country. Here at an Obama rally these supporters knew NOTHING about Benghazi!!

    http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2012/10/stupid-obama-voters-on-benghazi-2506662.html

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    • lovemygirl says:

      Benghazi attack interviews.
      To me the scariest comment was not those that had no idea but the kid that said:
      “He didn’t care, he just brushed it off his sholders. That’s real leadership right there”

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  17. apachetears says:

    My country is and always has been Georgia, one of the United States. My loyalty goes to my State not this collection of states. certainly not the current regime in power nor it’s many czars and leaders the system is as bankrupt as it’s policies. The leaders corrupt and evil.
    Those other states can keep their United because we are not.
    The idea that everyone around you is of the same mind and can change a bad President for a good one through a legal vote is expired.

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  18. Cyrano says:

    We need to get busy drafting a “Red County Constitution”. Think about it. If all the red counties on that election map could come together and work in unison, it would be a powerful force. Mainly because we would control most of the land. Only we here at the Treehouse can accomplish this, so get busy. Maybe we SHOULD eat a little crow first…the pollsters had it right.

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    • Sharon says:

      Will the red counties control the military and be able to access the billions of bullets purchased recently by the regulatory agencies? That needs to be written into the Red County Constitution, I think, that we will control the military and be able to take all those bullets.

      I’m all for fighting. I’m not going to cooperate with illusions.

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      • Cyrano says:

        You would be the perfect person to draft our constitution, Sharon. I’ve been reading your Sunday morning stories, and have been wondering how we could put such talent to good use. You are the very embodiment of the principles we stand for. You must be our Thomas Jefferson! Your country needs you! Your assignment is simply to figure out how we can use the control we have over land to regain political control of the country, then present it in the form of a novel. Something on the scale of “Atlas Shrugged” will do. Following the novel will come the actual constitution, which you will write as after collaborating with other treepers. Good luck and God’s speed.

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        • Sharon says:

          Very nice of you to say…your appreciation is appreciated. At the moment, I’m just trying to decide when to start pulling the cash out of bank accounts and whether to spend it on hard/imperishables or stash it. I’m suspecting by January there will be limits on how much persons can withdraw in cash, so needs to be done before the end of the year.

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          • Definitely empty your accounts prior to 2013. The cost of everything is going to skyrocket because the dollar is going to lose value seriously. Remember 2008: Redistribution of wealth. Don’t lose sight of 2012: Revenge. Destroy the economy by exporting the wealth & now punish Americans. Obama hates all Americans, yet minorities believe he’s their pal, all Americans means Black, White & everybody inbetween. Obama’s hatred will be focused upon the USA & Americans rather than race or ethnicity.

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  19. churchladyiowa says:

    Thanks for this easy-to-understand explanation, Sundance. Your chronological timeline makes it very obvious what was being done behind the scenes to ensure liberal Democrat control for decades to come. Romney’s initial statement about the 47% was eerily accurate: they obviously came out in full force to cast a vote for more bread & circuses. And they most likely did not put up pro-Obama signage, which is another explanation why this pro-Obama surge flew under the radar. And I’m sure outsiders were bussed in to cast votes in the swing states.

    Hubby is retired Post Office letter carrier and we have a hefty deduction from his pension for healthcare (amount which spiked by $75 a month last year). Of course, postal workers were one of the categories given an Obamacare waiver until 2018, I believe. Obamacare is but one issue, as you pointed out, SD. In addition to your ten predictions of what is to come, I believe we will see:

    * Cap & Trade resurrected. Many of us aren’t held hostage by the threat of foreclosure because we own our homes outright. A way to keep us under the gubbmint thumb would be for government control of utilities.

    * Government ownership of 401ks, pension funds, IRAs, CDs. Little Timmy Geithner has already posited that this would be a way to boost the gubbmint balance sheet.

    * Charitable giving contributions no longer allowed on income tax forms. This would be a backdoor move to get people to abandon support of churches. Possibly churches no longer able to claim non-profit status; they would be taxed because, after all, they do own property and “aren’t paying their fair share.”

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    • ytz4mee says:

      Agreed. Nancy Pelosi, if anyone has been listening, has long stated that people shouldn’t have the “right” to control their own pensions in private investment accounts – she has been eyeing those for a good long while, but had to defer any grab of them until Obamacare was locked in.

      And the baked in the cake cuts coming to DOD will ensure the destruction of America as the world’s premier fighting force. It is also directly aimed at impoverishing the white middle class white collar workers whose paychecks are dependent upon DOD related contracts.

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      • John Galt says:

        “And the baked in the cake cuts coming to DOD will ensure the destruction of America as the world’s premier fighting force.”

        No big deal, Zero only uses the military to promote islamic domination of the world in any event.

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    • Sharon says:

      Maybe it’s just because we live fairly near the bottom of the financial magic, but I’ve never believed that giving was that highly influenced by its deductability at tax time. As they feel free-er and free-er to impose taxes, I don’t think they’ll feel compelled to give reasons for it anyway….like paying fair share.

      We’ve frequently referenced Zimbabwe and Venezuela as our apparent destination. I don’t think the leaders of either of those “nations” spend a whole of time trying to persuade the populace to their point of view. They just tell them what the rules are for this week, and everybody can just get in line.

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  20. Cyrano says:

    The one good thing that might come from this is the awakening of some of the more sedate to the “Great Divide” in the electorate. Even the MSM is giving it some play. They seem so amazed!

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    • Sharon says:

      Since normal Americans of the former USA are in the minority, the “more sedate” are a bit late waking up.

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      • Cyrano says:

        Normal Americans are not in the minority. It’s just that a lot of them are union members, and need sharp dose of reality to slap them out of their greed induced stupor.

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        • Sharon says:

          I always thought their greed was genuine greed at its core. You are suggesting their greed is a result of complete stupidity. I didn’t know anyone could be that stupid and still remember to breathe. You’re being far too generous. Their sin-rooted greed stands on its own, without the help of stupor or stupidity.

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    • Hahahahaha yeah right! Don’t expect the Electorate nor the MSM to suddenly awaken because they’re wide awake, they’re aware of exactly what’s going on & they’re part of the problem as per our perspective. This election was our last chance to save the USA & we allowed them to steal it from us. The USA has just voted, whether knowingly or not, to become Progressive Socialists. Let’s face the fact that we stood by while foreign politics & foreign religion was imported into America, fifty one percent views us as the problem. We’re now officially the minority & we’d better get used to it because it’s going to get much worse. If you’ve convinced yourself this is a temporary setback then you’re in denial, this is the new norm & it’ll run for a couple centuries. We’re the enemy from which they’re going to seek their brutal revenge. It’s our own damn fault, we allowed the importation of foreign ideology & allowed a foreign ideology to be elected to the White House. Bottom line is that we became too tolerant, too passive, maybe it really is in the water LOL

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  21. Sharon says:

    The will of the people was the major, unique and effective firewall in this nation, and it has now been conclusively demonstrated that the will of the people is irrelevant and of no effect. If obamacare didn’t completely persuade us, yesterday should.

    Accepting that we can continually construct “one more fallback position” is not something I can persuade myself to do this morning.

    The last scene in Red Dawn is not one of victory, but a portrayal of acceptance that there are no more fallback positions, there are no more clever ruses against the invader, there is no more hope for a good ending. There’s only individual survival.

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    • ragnar says:

      Now is the time to prep. Time is short. Certainty is here. Be prepared.

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      • churchladyiowa says:

        On his live streaming election coverage last night, Glenn Beck said “buy guns & ammo” tomorrow. Because the Obama administration is going to make it much harder for future sales.

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        • Sharon says:

          I love guns, but all these people buying guns—aren’t they leaving a massive paper trail at this late date?

          If they seriously intend to keep the guns they buy, then I’m guessing we’re less than six months from a shooting civil war. If that’s the case, then it makes sense.

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        • ytz4mee says:

          The Obama Administration will just, with a flick of their pen, make owning them illegal and subject to confiscation. Just like they did with gold in 1933. Gold, guns and God will all now be “illegal”.

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          • mung says:

            Sorry don’t see it happening. I think they are smart enough to know that if they try to take guns there is going to be a civil war.

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            • Sharon says:

              Why would they consider that a reason to not do it? Actually, it would fit nicely into their intention to get rid of their enemies.

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            • Eliminate the U.S. Constitution & they’ve eliminated our right to bear arms because we’d no longer be entitled to have an armed militia. The U.S.Constitution is the only road block that currently stands in their way. Therefore: It makes sense that the progressive Libtards will immediately attack the validity of the constitution & attempt to have it voted null & void.

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          • ragnar says:

            Mandatory gun liability insurance to own one is next. John Roberts will approve.

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            • allhail2 says:

              Come and get my guns, fair warning, you are going to need some really, really, really, brave and/or stupid people to collect them. That is the great thing about the 2nd ammendment, you really don’t need it until they try and take it away. But hey, think about all the job openings that program would constantly create.

              Buying guns in a store leaves a paper trail…….

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              • Sharon says:

                ….and they’ll have the loophole you are referencing closed fairly simply.

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                • allhail2 says:

                  They still have to A. Ask for them, B. Find them, C. Take a look at my police report listing them as stolen during my breakin two years ago.

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              • “Buying guns in a store leaves a paper trail”. Then I’ve been leaving paper since the mid 80s, lots of paper. These people buying their “guns” are going to need parts & ammo. I’d recommend they buy an RCBS rig & become proficient at reloading. It’s cheaper & also more difficult for the gubbmint to trace the ammo back to an individual. I firmly believe they’ll organize Race riots during summer of 2014 & attempt to disarm us following the 2014 Senate election. How many people laughed at prepared survivalists, then labeled them paranoid misfits for constructing underground shelters?

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            • Well then I guess you’d better not stick around if you’re forced to shoot somebody in self defense. Look at what’s happening to the Zimmerman family! No: I don’t believe I’ll stick around to board that train, better to flee prior to being identified.

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  22. churchladyiowa says:

    Rush today, first thing out of the chute: “People would rather elect Santa Claus to give them what they want, rather than a candidate like Mitt Romney who talked about self-reliance.” Now THAT would be a potential Paul Shanklin parody! To that end, I googled “Santa Claus & Welfare” and found this little video that illustrates the point, even down to the Obambi Indonesian-like music:

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  23. It is done y’all. Prepare your family for hard times in the best way you know how. There is no return from here. Nations rise and fall…never thought I would see it with my own eyes, but so be it. Prepare as much as you can. Beans, bullet, bandaids, and I would add a way to heat your house discreetly.

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  24. Juan says:

    I guess Obama got the revenge vote he asked for. To return the revenge, economic measures need to be taken. There’s plenty of ways to withhold your money that eventually rewards those that support Obama’s agenda. One way would be to not consider a GM or Italian owned Chrysler (including Jeep) `auto that Obama “saved” with your money. In return it’s workers / Union spent lavishly to get Obama re-elected. Time to make them pay.

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  25. rumpole2 says:

    IMO striving now to attract various “groups of voters” by altering (compromising) principles is the wrong approach.
    If such groups are unlikely to vote for candidates with those principles.. then so be it. If, combined they outnumber you, then so be it. The country gets the government it deserves.
    I don’t see it as an improvement if the Republican party change to be more like the progressives in order to win the next election? That me means that those POLICIES and principals still win. Politics is reduced to merely contriving to be the party overseeing those (wrong) principals.

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  26. Popeyes spinach brand says:

    We didn’t really think we could get rid of bHo that quickly, did we? A niggly part of us saw how he swindled the 2008 election, Scotus on Obamacare, and insidiously manipulated every game in town. He and his enablers are not just small evil users of the masses, but Evil with a capital E.

    We can at least congratulate ourselves that we moved the electorate despite the media odds and cheating a good 31 points, or at the very least, against bHO and what he stands for. The job to turn America around for Romney was immense. Doable with Ryan as VP, but a huge task which would have turned both their hair grey prematurely.

    It’s the people’s will, not God’s will, and if we can’t do it, then he won’t pander to the masses like bHo does. The Demagogues play dirty. Do we want to do the same? I’m not sure we do. It takes dirty to win them. Hold your head high, we haven’t sold out. We have our souls to protect, the ultimate goal.

    We the People the new country is now the old country from which founders escaped. That’s how it went historically. But we are still purveyors of out future. Don’t lose faith. There is still a lot of good out there. Conservatives tend to be naive of how destructive those without God can be. Let’s not lose sight of both the good and bad. Let’s not be naive. Most of all, do not hurt yourselves and run from this last disappointment. But by all means, the election seems over, get your rest. And start again!

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  27. churchlady says:

    This morning my friend’s daughter, who attends Iowa State, called her mom about a curious classroom happening. ISU is pretty much populated with leftist profs, but somehow a few conservatives must have snuck in under the radar.One prof actually said in class today that another 4 years of BO will be disastrous. Students were then asked what they thought about the election and what potential solutions might be. One student raised his hand and said, “Impeachment!” Oooh-rahs pretty much all around! Friend’s daughter went on to say that the word impeachment was spray painted across remaining Obama signs today. It’s probably a splinter Young Republicans group behind it, but I say YAY!!!

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    • You say “YAY”…… I say “Wolverines”!!!

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    • Sam says:

      Impeachment sounds great until you remember that the House impeaches and the Senate convicts. Bill Clinton was impeached but managed to convince people that lying about sex under oath wasn’t really perjury since everybody does it. He was not convicted. The Senate is run by Dingy Harry Reid and won’t convict Obama either.

      Unfortunately most voters don’t understand impeachable offenses nor do they understand economics. If they understood economics, Obama would have lost. We’re toast.

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  28. brocahontas says:

    I think what it means is that Republicans will not win if they are socially conservative. They have to concede on gay marriage, immigration or abortion or any combo of those in order to make up the votes. Who the hell are these socially conservative Republicans? I know plenty and all of them are socially liberal. I’m basically Libertarian with a few very strong environmental beliefs(don’t poison your water, destroy your top soil, etc…). I talked to several “fiscally conservative” people who voted for Obama due to extreme right rhetoric on social issues.

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  29. elvischupacabra says:

    Fuck!

    Sums it all up.

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  30. JAS says:

    One thing I am certain about, the future of our country depends solely on how WE raise the future generations. I don’t say this lightly, I’ve done it by example. It has paid off in spades and we are proud of our children.

    When I took the responsibility of becoming a parent I made absolutely sure that my wife and I would have a greater influence on our children than any other persons on the planet. Here’s that story…

    We are a religious family. With much financial pain, I raised my daughters in private Catholic schools – locally the best of the best. Thankfully they are both very intelligent and rose up to the challenges. They were both altar servers in elementary school as well.

    My job demanded a lot of air travel and time away from home, so much so that I figured I was spending about 4-months out of the year in total away from home. This was unacceptable to the standards by which I wanted to raise mi kids, with a lot of personal love and attention. So, I retired early, again that financial pain, especially now that the economy is what it is.

    From the beginning we always rewarded our daughters by establishing baselines for excellence, and strict adherence to behavior standards. Whenever they tried to deviate from the guidelines, as all kids do, there were consequences. They learned quickly, and soon we had minimum supervision of their scholastic endeavors with absolutely no ill effects. When they got to High School, I told them both that if they maintained a 4-point average I would buy them a car for their senior year. Talk about an incentive – again with much financial pain.

    My oldest daughter kept a 4.3 average in high school and we surprised her on Christmas day two years ago with a little box under the tree, with a key to a new car inside it. I will ALWAYS remember that morning. The car was in the garage, with a huge red bow on top of the roof. She went through all the emotions: disbelief, jumping up and down, screaming, laughing, and finally crying. It was a very emotional moment that I will never forget. She is now in college with full scholarship (that pays for the car you see…) and bettering her high school average. There is no substitute for a good elementary and high school education with early and strong parental supervision when it comes to preparing kids for life and college.

    My younger daughter is following the same course and she will have her car this Christmas (OUCH!).

    The point of all this is: Raising our next generation is an incredible responsibility, to them and to our country. And it is a great financial burden. My wife and I made the sacrifices. No luxuries for us AT ALL. Everything we made and did we did for our children.

    Sadly, I don’t think this is the norm. There are too many selfish parents that want to have their toys, the kids be damned. It’s sad really. The future generations are what will define this country, and I think this is one of the biggest problems we face today.

    All the best,

    J.

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    • John Galt says:

      “Sadly, I don’t think this is the norm.”

      I don’t think so either. My son recently graduated from college with a biochemistry degree and is now enrolled in an MBA program at a respected university. Many of his classmates are substantially devoid of math skills, with the notable exception of the foreign students.

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  31. Sal Paradise says:

    I think what we need to do is promote the benefits of conservatism as a philosophy and not tied into one individual, good or bad, over the upcoming years. We need to convenience folks that liberal/social policies have not worked anywhere and promote the good features of being a conservative.

    I’m not sure any conservative candidate can win going forward. There will be too many people relying on gov’t assistance to campaign to cut welfare, foodstamps….etc….

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  32. The media refuses to call out the real rascist this election. To cast a vote based on skin color is rascist. I think it was 94-96% of registered black voters opted for “B”ody “O”dor. Could you imagine if 94-96% of registered white voters opted for Mitt?

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  33. Mikado Cat says:

    Romney did not lose to liberals, read the exit polls, Romney lost because he failed to get the full support of the far right. 110% of the far rights views and voice went in, and 80 to 90% supported Romney and voted. Arkin himself may have been enough to push Obama over the top. Whether you agree with him or not, how can anyone think it is essential to keep his voice in the party? His view is ideology, not anything that will ever be passed as legislation, so what is it doing in a campaign?

    I live in Calif and went to bed last night with Jerry Brown worried and Prop 30 losing, and woke up with him smiling and prop 30 won with 54% yes. Prop 30 is a 6 billion dollar temporary tax because the Democrats lied and didn’t really balance the budget. It basically allows full funding of teachers pensions with ZERO reforms on tenure etc.

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  34. myopiafree says:

    Romney would have been a GOOD PRESIDENT. I hope Obama “wakes up” and incorporates some of his ideas in his interaction with Congress.

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  35. Ron says:

    The old quote “Together we stand, divided we fall” has turned into “We all rise and fall together.” That was my clue that Obama is the fall guy for whatever comes down the pike now. And if things go from bad to worse, he’ll have to remain in office to pacify the rioters… or maybe to motivate them to riot harder.

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