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24 Statistics To Show To Anyone Who Believes That America Has A Bright Economic Future
The Economic Collapse ^ | 01/12/2012 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 01/12/2012 3:14:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Beware of bubbles of false hope. Right now there is a lot of talk about how the U.S. economy is improving, but it is all a lie. The mainstream media can be very seductive. When you sit down to watch television your brain tends to go into a very relaxed mode. In such a state, it becomes easy to slip thoughts and ideas past your defenses. Sometimes when I am watching television I realize what the media is trying to do and yet I can still feel it happening to me. In this day and age, it is absolutely critical that we all think for ourselves. When you look at the long-term trends and the long-term numbers, a much different picture of the U.S economy emerges than the one that is painted for us on television. Over the long-term, the number of good jobs in America has been steadily going down. Over the long-term, the number of Americans living in poverty and living on food stamps has been steadily going up. Over the past couple of decades, tens of thousands of businesses, millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth have gone out of the country. Our debt is nearly 15 times larger than it was 30 years ago, and U.S. consumer debt has soared by 1700% over the past 40 years. Year after year the rate of inflation goes up faster than our incomes do, and this is absolutely devastating the middle class. Anyone who believes that we can keep doing the same things that we have been doing and yet America will still have a bright economic future is delusional. Until the long-term trends which are taking the U.S. economy straight into the toilet are reversed, any talk of a bright economic future is absolute nonsense.

In America today, we have such a short-term focus. We are all so caught up with what is happening right now. Our attention spans seem to get shorter every single year. At this point it would not be hard to argue that kittens have longer attention spans than most of us do. (If you have ever owned a kitten you know how short their attention spans can be.) Things have gotten so bad that most of our high school students cannot even answer the most basic questions about our history. If people are not talking about it on Facebook or Twitter it is almost as if it does not even matter.

But any serious student of history knows that is is absolutely crucial to examine long-term trends. And when you look at the long-term trends, it rapidly becomes apparent that the U.S. economy is in the midst of a nightmarish long-term decline.

The following are 24 statistics to show to anyone who believes that America has a bright economic future....

#1 Inflation is a silent tax that steals wealth from all of us. We continue to shell out increasing amounts of money for the basic things that we need, and yet our incomes are not keeping pace. Just check out the following example. Gasoline prices have been trending higher for several years in a row as one blogger recently noted....

January 2009 $1.65

January 2010 $2.57

January 2011 $3.04

January 2012 $3.29

#2 If you can believe it, the average American household spent approximately $4,155 on gasoline during 2011.

#3 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#4 Health care costs continue to rise at a very alarming pace. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#5 Getting a college education has also become insanely expensive in America. After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#6 To get the same purchasing power that you got out of $20.00 back in 1970 you would have to have more than $116 today.

#7 To get the same purchasing power that you got out of $20.00 back in 1913 you would have to have more than $457 today.

#8 There are fewer payroll jobs in the United States today than there were back in 2000 even though we have added more than 30 million extra people to the population since then.

#9 The U.S. economy is bleeding millions of good jobs. Greedy CEOs are systematically shipping them overseas and our politicians are standing around and doing nothing about it. This has gone on year after year after year. The following is from a recent article by Paul Craig Roberts....

In the first decade of the 21st century, Americans lost 5,500,000 manufacturing jobs. US employment in the manufacture of computer and electronic products fell by 40%; in the production of machinery by 30%, in motor vehicles and and parts by 44%, and in the manufacture of clothing by 66%.

#10 Our economic infrastructure is being torn apart right in front of our eyes. In 2010, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States. Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

We have made it legal for big corporations to send millions of jobs to countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages, where the tax burden is much lighter and where there are barely any regulations. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article posted on Economy in Crisis....

Back in the ‘80s, I called my friend Walter in California and asked: “On your next expansion we need a plant in South Carolina.” Walter replied: “We don’t produce anything in the United States. It’s all in China. China furnishes you the plant on a year-to-year basis. If your investment works out, you don’t have to pay any corporate tax; just reinvest it for another plant and more profit. If it doesn’t work out, you can walk away with no legacy costs. I send a quality controller to watch production. I check on it every day. I don’t have any labor, health, safety, or environmental concerns, and have time to play a round of golf.” The bleeding of jobs off-shore started in the ‘80s — now hemorrhages under Bush and Obama. Waiting for the economy to bounce back; calling this “the worst recession” is a bum rap. The reason the economy hasn’t bounced back since 2008 is because the economy is being off-shored.

#11 As a result of our insane economic policies, our trade balances are absolutely exploding. For example, the U.S. trade deficit with China in 2010 was 27 times larger than it was back in 1990.

#12 As you read this, there are millions of Americans out there wondering why they can't find any jobs. According to Reuters, 23.7 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now.

#13 The number of good jobs has been steadily shrinking in America. Since the year 2000, the United States has lost 10% of its middle class jobs. In the year 2000 there were about 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

#14 Over the last three decades, the percentage of low income jobs has consistently risen. Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.

#15 The number of middle class neighborhoods also continues to decline. In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods". By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods".

#16 A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.

#17 Our incomes continue to go down. Since December 2007, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation.

#18 Unfortunately, middle class Americans have been seeing their incomes decline for a very long time. According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

#19 Since 1971, consumer debt in the United States has increased by a whopping 1700%. Unfortunately, U.S. consumers have still not learned how to stay out of debt. According to a recent article posted on Financial Armageddon, the rate of personal savings in the United States is rapidly falling right now at the same time that the total amount of consumer credit is absolutely skyrocketing.

#20 The number of children living in poverty in America keeps rising year after year. The percentage of children living in poverty in the United States increased from 16.9 percent in 2006 to nearly 22 percent in 2010.

#21 The number of Americans on food stamps continues to set new all-time records. Just check out the following progression....

October 2008: 30.8 million Americans on food stamps

October 2009: 37.6 million Americans on food stamps

October 2010: 43.2 million Americans on food stamps

October 2011: 46.2 million Americans on food stamps

#22 The U.S. debt problem has gotten completely and totally out of control. Recently, the debt of the federal government surpassed 100% of GDP for the first time ever.

#23 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#24 Barack Obama's proposed 2012 budget projects that the national debt will rise to 26 trillion dollars a decade from now. And his budget numbers are ridiculously optimistic.

Are you starting to get the picture?

All of the long-term economic numbers are progressively getting worse.

As the economy continues to crumble, large numbers of Americans are becoming really desperate. For example, a recent Mother Jones article detailed how large numbers of formerly middle class Americans are now actually growing marijuana in an effort to make ends meet.

As things continue to get worse, people will become even more desperate. There are millions of people out there that find themselves unable to pay the mortgage and put food on the table for their families. When people hit rock bottom, they often find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that they would do.

Meanwhile, the big Wall Street banks just keep getting larger and more powerful. We have allowed the "too big to fail" banks to become much bigger than they have ever been before. The total assets of the six largest U.S. banks increased by 39 percent between September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2011.

Wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated at the very top even as the overall economic pie in America continues to get smaller.

As our economic problems become worse, more Americans than ever are trying to find ways to "escape".

For example, according to one new government report one out of every six adults in America is a binge drinker.

Other Americans "tune out" by watching endless hours of television, by playing endless hours of video games or by indulging in endless hours of other forms of entertainment.

There are even some Americans that are giving up completely. For example, one elderly man actually robbed a bank just so that he could get arrested and be taken to prison where he would get free health care.

But as I have written about previously, now is not the time to give up. Instead, now is the time to prepare for the great challenges that are ahead.

Almost every generation in history has been faced with great challenges and great hardships at some point.

Yes, there will be some incredibly hard times ahead, but that also means that there will be a need for some great heroes.

Just because the U.S. economy is falling apart does not mean that life is over.

We are living during one of the most exciting times in all of human history. Instead of cowering in fear, let us embrace these times and focus on becoming the people that we were created to be.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; chickenlittle; debt; democrats; doommonger; economy; elections; kookstuff; nobama2012; nodemocrats2012; obama; obamadepression; socialism; usa

1 posted on 01/12/2012 3:14:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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2 posted on 01/12/2012 3:16:41 PM PST by GiovannaNicoletta ("....in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking... (2 Peter 3:3))
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To: Kartographer

Ping


3 posted on 01/12/2012 3:19:33 PM PST by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if you do mange to come out ahead the chances of you actually keeping everything such as your home, your vehicles and personal property is slim.

The newest training programs for the IRS and a couple of other agencies is to actively hunt for accounts that will bring in the most revenue when liquidated the quickest. To find any reason to put liens out.

Am I paranoid?

I don’t care but I can see and the smell it coming.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 3:21:59 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The U.S. economy is bleeding millions of good jobs. Greedy CEOs are systematically shipping them overseas and our politicians are standing around and doing nothing about it.

Stopped reading there.

5 posted on 01/12/2012 3:22:45 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: SeekAndFind

We will never return to what we once knew - unfortunately


6 posted on 01/12/2012 3:26:58 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SeekAndFind

This could be the foundation of a possible second American revolution.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 3:31:05 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

25 - Demographics - Game over ‘nuff said

26 - This quote

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

“The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

27 - The above quote soon to be modified

“The danger to America is not Mitt Romney but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Republican nomination. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Mitt Romney nomination than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to nominate such a man to run for their president.

“The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Romney, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

“Republicans can survive a Mitt Romney who is, after all, merely a fool. They are less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their nominee.”


8 posted on 01/12/2012 3:32:09 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nope, I'm not overly optimistic, particularly for the next year. That becomes permanent if socialism wins again in November.

9 posted on 01/12/2012 3:34:25 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SeekAndFind
#15 The number of middle class neighborhoods also continues to decline. In 1970, 65 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods". By 2007, only 44 percent of all Americans lived in "middle class neighborhoods".

Going back to the original study, it looks like that is because more people are living in areas based on income rather than there being less middle class people. Instead of the rich, middle and poor being more likely to live in neighborhoods together giving a "nice" middle average income, the rich move into their own neighborhoods and the middle move away from the poor (less likely that the poor move away from the middle). So while there are fewer "middle class" neighborhoods, there are more both rich and poor neighborhoods.

This also could come from statistical anomalies like having more finely split neighborhoods now that were in 1970. If Country Club Estates and Wrong Side of the Tracks were both in the same census grouping in 1970 but are now in two different blocks you would have changed one big "middle-class" neighborhood into one rich and one poor neighborhood.

10 posted on 01/12/2012 3:37:23 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: SeekAndFind
#25 - Coming medical crisis - By 2013, less than one-third of U.S. physicians are expected to remain in private practice...small practice settings may be a thing of the past. The influx of aging baby boomers, less physicians available because of low payments, high insurance and high amount of paperwork will cause more problems than we can handle.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/06/14/More-physicians-leaving-private-practices/UPI-84191308100918/#ixzz1jHwfFeTl

- Article on Frederick M. Barken, M.D.,book, Out of Practice -

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/10/08/Medical-Crisis-in-America-Why-One-Doctor-Quit.aspx#page1

- Article on more women working parttime as MDs so they can raise children and since they are the ones who most likely work as primary care physicians....there will be a lot less of them to go around. This article also speaks to the residency bottleneck problem which is rarely addressed -

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/opinion/12sibert.html?pagewanted=all

11 posted on 01/12/2012 3:38:53 PM PST by BossLady (Where There's A Shill...There's A Pay.......)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sales presentation factoids.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 3:39:13 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: SeekAndFind

Ping for later.


13 posted on 01/12/2012 3:46:43 PM PST by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: qam1
to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.
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Question: What happens when a nation sends generations of children into socialist-entitlement and compulsory schools?

Answer: It produces citizens who have learned that government, and the voting mob, has great power to take money from their neighbor for tuition-free schooling. Well?..Gee!..Why not use government and the voting mob to get **lots** of socialist goodies?

Question: At best, our earliest modern socialist schools offered the students a lukewarm generic Protestantism. What did the children learn?

Answer: To be lukewarm and generic about their faith. ( By the way, Christ spits the lukewarm out of His mouth!)

Question: What is the religious worldview taught in every government owned and run socialist K-12 school in this nation?

Answer: Utter godlessness! Simply to cooperate in the classroom the child must think and reason godlessly. How could it be otherwise?

Question: Why did citizens vote in Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lydon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and now the flaming Marxist, Obama?

Answer: Godless socialist schools taught them to see government as their Redeemer and Savior and to worship at the altar of big government.

14 posted on 01/12/2012 3:51:01 PM PST by wintertime (I am a Co nstitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Eye of Unk

>The newest training programs for the IRS and a couple of other agencies is to actively hunt for accounts that will bring in the most revenue when liquidated the quickest. To find any reason to put liens out.

So, are you saying that America’s Kristallnacht is rapidly approaching?


15 posted on 01/12/2012 3:55:31 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

bfl


16 posted on 01/12/2012 4:03:43 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: SeekAndFind
The U.S. economy is bleeding millions of good jobs. Greedy CEOs are systematically shipping them overseas and our politicians are standing around and doing nothing about it.
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“Greedy” CEOs?

I would call them CEOs who are responsible to their shareholders and boards of directors. Why should shareholders prop up a political-economic-cultural-educational system that is beyond hope? Why should they take the whack in the wallet?

17 posted on 01/12/2012 4:05:33 PM PST by wintertime (I am a Co nstitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll show some of these stats and links to the many here on this forum who are for free trade with China.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 4:07:44 PM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: SeekAndFind
#4. Population is getting older. Older people need more health care.

Also healthcare is getting better things that you would just have to live with 30 years ago they can fix or soften.

19 posted on 01/12/2012 4:10:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: SeekAndFind
Other Americans "tune out" by watching endless hours of television, by playing endless hours of video games or by indulging in endless hours of other forms of entertainment.

I'm waiting for our local university to offer a Master's degree in studying "The Kardashians"

20 posted on 01/12/2012 4:21:48 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: SeekAndFind
Things have gotten so bad that most of our high school students cannot even answer the most basic questions about our history.
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Compulsory socialist-entitlement K-12 schooling is the origin of the “political-cultural-moral-educational” problem and abolishing it is the solution!

Since the mid-1800 our nation's children have attended compulsory socialist schools. While at first they presented a lukewarm and generic Protestant worldview they have been utterly godless since the mid-1960s.

Is it any wonder that we have produced generations of citizens that see government compulsion as their Redeemer and Savior, and worship at the altar of socialism?

Solution: Immediately begin the process of complete privatization of all K-12 schooling. Work toward complete separation of school and state.

21 posted on 01/12/2012 4:22:39 PM PST by wintertime (I am a Co nstitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: wintertime
since when did Conservatism equate to 'get all you can get' out of the system?

Do you people, that feel a CEOs job is to make as much money as possible from every single situation possible, think that's not the definition of greed?
its unbelievable how some here defend greed in the name of conservatism instead of capitalism.

IMO greedy conservative is an oxymoron...
< flamesuit on >

22 posted on 01/12/2012 4:32:31 PM PST by xhrist ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. " - C.S. Lewis)
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To: SeekAndFind
U.S. “free” trade with China is the main problem:

#10 Our economic infrastructure is being torn apart right in front of our eyes. In 2010, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States. Overall, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

All the cell phones that I have bought have “Made in China” on them.

How can we as a country survive if we don't make our own clothes,TVs, cameras, computers, cell phones, etc? Answer: we can't.

So STOP TRADING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND MAKE THINGS IN THE U.S.A. AGAIN.

99% of China people were peasants 20 years ago. Now they are making high tech smart phone, computers, machinery, steel etc while the U.S. declines.

23 posted on 01/12/2012 4:37:52 PM PST by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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A bunch of points without any explanations of what caused them. What the heck good is that. It’s like getting the punch line of a joke without getting the build-up. Okay to know, but, where’s the rest of the story?

How did the country get to the state we’re in? That’s the major points we’re missing in the story.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 5:45:17 PM PST by adorno (<)
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To: SeekAndFind
it's coming...
25 posted on 01/12/2012 6:02:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: OneWingedShark
So, are you saying that America’s Kristallnacht is rapidly approaching?

Think Lexington. Think Concord.

26 posted on 01/12/2012 8:01:09 PM PST by Prospero
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To: adorno
adorno said: "How did the country get to the state we’re in? That’s the major points we’re missing in the story."

It seems to me that there is an economic inevitability to much of what is happening to the US.

I can't imagine anything other than government interference which would explain how a billion Chinese and a billion Indians would have to accept standards of living which are just a fraction of what we have had in the US.

To the extent that the governments of China and India permit their people to engage in productive behavior, they are going to level the playing field. Until their standards of living equal ours or at least approach ours, there will not be a single thing that we can do to stop their progress. Anything that we try to do will backfire and harm us.

What created the wealth of the US was economic freedom and an economic meritocracy which rewarded the productive and punished the non-productive. The majority of Americans don't believe in that anymore and believe that they can vote themselves into wealth. China and India will punish us severely until the falsity of that belief becomes evident to our starving population.

Unfortunately, I think that is going to take quite a while. I'm concerned that so many Freepers don't get this.

27 posted on 01/12/2012 9:07:10 PM PST by William Tell
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