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Old 05-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #2141
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California is losing IT jobs to Texas, as Austin is becoming a Silicon Valley siphon. All other businesses that can move, are. Luckily they're being replaced by low-skill ESL immigrants. :(

As for education, half the state income and our state lottery go to education, but apparently Sacramento hasn't gotten the message that cash doesn't equal test scores--just more powerful teacher's unions.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:37 PM   #2142
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Obama has evolved to know more about Judaism than any other President.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:26 AM   #2143
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They are only winners if cutting the taxes actually spurs (or coincides with) growth.

Florida and Texas win as long as all those New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians and Californians do some big-ticket shopping in our states.
And only if you consider adding below minimum wage or minimum wage jobs as well as a great deal of government jobs (Yes guys, government jobs are the majority of Texas' additions) "job creation".

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/08/texas-size-recovery/

Busted.

P.S. Start advocating North Dakota if you really want to advocate impressive growth and employment. Texas can boast adding a lot of below minimum wage or minimum wage jobs - but ND? They actually have places where they pay fast food people $20 or more an hour with a ~3% unemployment rate. That's impressive.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:11 AM   #2144
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Obama has evolved to know more about Judaism than any other President.
Itz cuz all his homies from Chicago are jewz brah.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:05 AM   #2145
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And only if you consider adding below minimum wage or minimum wage jobs as well as a great deal of government jobs (Yes guys, government jobs are the majority of Texas' additions) "job creation".

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/08/texas-size-recovery/

Busted.

P.S. Start advocating North Dakota if you really want to advocate impressive growth and employment. Texas can boast adding a lot of below minimum wage or minimum wage jobs - but ND? They actually have places where they pay fast food people $20 or more an hour with a ~3% unemployment rate. That's impressive.
Where in that article are you seeing information regarding how many minimum wage jobs were added? I see information about government jobs added, and also information about total minimum wage jobs as a percentage of total jobs, but nothing about what percentage of new jobs added were minimum wage.

Also, how are government jobs "the majority" of Texas' added jobs when the only direct comparison made in the article is that government jobs account for "nearly 10%" of Texas' job growth since June 2009?
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:34 PM   #2146
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Hope this is new to someone:

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THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Two Versions:
The ANT and the GRASSHOPPER

This one is a little different.... Two Different Versions ...
Two Different Morals

OLD VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.



MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:


Be responsible for yourself!





NOW The Modern Version

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be
Allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to
Provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
Next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper
And everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not EasyBeing Green...'

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake,while he damns the ants.


President Obama condemns the ant and blames
President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's
Plight..

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry
King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the
Grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of
The summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number
Of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar
And given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.


MORAL OF THE STORY:


Be careful how you vote in 2012.



I've sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant
Not a grasshopper! Make sure that you pass this on to other ants.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:01 PM   #2147
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plus one for that
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #2148
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Man, I love this channel

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:15 AM   #2149
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nannynannynannynannynannynannynannynanny

When these guys fail--which is often--it's on a MASSIVE scale.

Don't forget the curly cue light bulbs we need to buy from China now. They should be sold with haz-mat suits, just in case you need to clean up a broken bulb. My wife has such a beautiful, Martian glow about her when the lights are on.
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:40 PM   #2150
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More on the NY exidus.

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Debating Whether States Should Impose Class-Warfare Tax Policy
June 4, 2012 by Dan Mitchell

I wrote last week about the destructive and self-defeating impact of high state taxes. Simply stated, when states such as California, Illinois, and New York get too greedy, the geese with the golden eggs fly across the border.

And that was one of my main points in this CNBC debate about state governments and class-warfare tax policy with Jared Bernstein.





Since you never get the opportunity to make all your points in an interview, here are a few additional thoughts.
  • Jared admits that tax rates can get too high, but then he claims that the Laffer Curve only exists “in the heads of people like Dan and Arthur Laffer.” Those are mutually inconsistent statements.
  • Jared seems to think it’s important that big business is siding with big government in Oklahoma and supporting the income tax. But that’s hardly a surprise since large companies often prefer corporatism.
  • Jared actually cited Massachusetts and New Jersey as low-tax states, a point that even the host thought was a bit kooky. I guess this means France is a low-tax country in Jared’s fantasy world.
  • But I also think I made a mistake. When asked how states can get rid of their income taxes, I mentioned that sales taxes do less damage – per dollar raised – than income taxes. That’s true, but I should have stated first and foremost that states should reduce the burden of government spending.

P.S. Jared was the co-author of the infamous study claiming that Obama’s so-called stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. Look at this chart and draw your own conclusions.
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As predicted in 1958:

The Surrender Of American Sovereignty, Piece By Piece Via The ‘International Communist Plot’

10 Steps
1. Greatly expanded government spending for every conceivable means of getting rid of ever larger sums of American money as wastefully as possible.
2. Higher and then much higher taxes.
3. An increasingly unbalanced budget despite the higher taxes.
4. Wild inflation of our currency.
5. Government controls of prices, wages and materials supposedly to combat inflation.
6. Greatly increased socialistic controls over every operation of our economy and every activity of our daily lives. This is to be accompanied naturally and automatically by a correspondently huge increase in the size of our bureaucracy and the cost and reach of our domestic government.
7. Far more centralization of power in Washington and the practical elimination of our state lines. There is a many faceted drive at work to have our state lines to mean no more within our nation as our county lines do now within the states.
8. The steady advance of federal aid to and control over our educational system leading to complete federalization of our public education.
9. A constant hammering into the American consciousness of the horror of modern warfare. The beauties and the absolute necessities of peach, peace always on communist terms of course.
10. The constant willingness of the American people to allow the steps of appeasement by our government that amount to a piece meal surrender of the rest of the free world and the United States itself.
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IRONING:






and for those who would like to "read" it:

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down with unions:

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Sidebar: I've been in Detroit all week. Went to a grocery store (Meijer) this evening to pick up a single tube of toothpaste. Before I could even object, the cashier placed my one tube of toothpase into a large plastic bag and handed it to me.

I removed the toothpaste from the large plastic bag and handed the bag back to her, which apparently caused her great confusion. Her expression seemed to say "What? How can you possibly carry that tube of toothpaste out of the store without a plastic bag? Admittedly, you managed to get it from the shelf in the back of this store all the way to this checkout stand without the assistance of a bag, but surely you don't expect to be able to carry it all the way out the door and to your car without one!"
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We always ask our customers if they'd like a bag. It is funny, however, how many of them respond, "Nah, save a tree," as we hand them the book(s) they just purchased.
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Sidebar: I've been in Detroit all week. Went to a grocery store (Meijer) this evening to pick up a single tube of toothpaste. Before I could even object, the cashier placed my one tube of toothpase into a large plastic bag and handed it to me.

I removed the toothpaste from the large plastic bag and handed the bag back to her, which apparently caused her great confusion. Her expression seemed to say "What? How can you possibly carry that tube of toothpaste out of the store without a plastic bag? Admittedly, you managed to get it from the shelf in the back of this store all the way to this checkout stand without the assistance of a bag, but surely you don't expect to be able to carry it all the way out the door and to your car without one!"
When I lived in Ireland, we'd have to buy plastic bags for 10 cents each. While I know these bags are generally pretty shitty, I don't think I'm ready to start carrying around those faggy canvas totes.
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http://www.nationalreview.com/articl...-stanley-kurtz

Nobody really knew what a jack-*** Reverend Wright was, even though Obama was in the pews for 20 years and had his kid's baptized by this racist.

Now it seems that he happily signed on as a member of a Socialist group in Chicago.

My question--unless liberals are ready to turn a blind eye to ALL this peripheral evidence of Obama's past, would they really CHOOSE to vote for a Socialist--in deed if not in name?
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