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Cantor Caves? Tweets Supprt for 'Smart' infrastructure spending.
http://twitter.com/#!/EricCantor ^ | 9-10-2011 | Eric Cantor

Posted on 09/10/2011 8:20:35 AM PDT by Maelstorm

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What in the hell is this? These are the same guys who gave Obama the blank check which let the Democrats basically have complete control of the debt limit increases. They sent one through this week with hardly a peep for a half a trillion dollars. Now we have this stupid talk about 'smart' infrastructure? We just spent billions out of the original stimulus on infrastructure so parroting the President's FDR style language on this 'jobs' bill is just crazy. Right now there is a potential economic abyss approaching. These guys know it. The Bank of America job cuts are not the end but the beggining of a nationwide scale back as the banking industry is devastated by Frank/Dodd. This is like shooting a bb gun at an elephant its stupid and will do nothing but make the country even weaker with even higher risk of futher credit downgrades.
1 posted on 09/10/2011 8:20:40 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

“Infrastructure spending” is code for union jobs.


2 posted on 09/10/2011 8:22:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Maelstorm

Yeah he’s been tweeting similar crap since immediately following the speech.

I really have to wonder what the GOP game is. They threw fits about Bachmann having the audacity to speak out against it.


3 posted on 09/10/2011 8:23:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Maelstorm

Cantor has always been the whiney weak link.

Expect him to be as big a caver as McCain. At least McCain doesn’t whine.


4 posted on 09/10/2011 8:25:04 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Maelstorm

I trust Eric Cantor about as far as I can throw an NFL lineman.


5 posted on 09/10/2011 8:25:40 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: cripplecreek

Bachmann is a trooper, Cantor is a pooper.


6 posted on 09/10/2011 8:26:00 AM PDT by dforest
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Pretty much. It’s the Republican bone thrown to these lefties.


7 posted on 09/10/2011 8:26:21 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: cripplecreek
"I really have to wonder what the GOP game is. They threw fits about Bachmann having the audacity to speak out against it."

The GOP leadership is more comfortable with the Democrats than much of the Republican base. Michelle Bachmann is more of a threat to them than Nancy Pelosi.

8 posted on 09/10/2011 8:26:37 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Maelstorm

This is the entrenched ruling political class Sarah was talking about in her Labor Day Speech.


9 posted on 09/10/2011 8:27:43 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: Maelstorm

Another jackass republican.


10 posted on 09/10/2011 8:28:51 AM PDT by Diggity
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To: indylindy

I think this is the transportation bill 6 year that is up
But what is up with this namby pamby response to the President?

The Republicans can’t just say no. Why not? Cause they got their
feelings hurt in the debt ceiling debate. They won!

also
Cantor wants money for his own district because of the VA earthquake

Why is the federal government in charge of transportation?

that’s the corruption. remember when they took away Rick Scott’s
money to give to a Democrat state bedcause he wouldn’t do high speed
train?

We should have states rights for transportation funds


11 posted on 09/10/2011 8:29:18 AM PDT by preamble
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To: indylindy

I’ve met Cantor and though usually he is solid he is most certainly a career politician and intends on remaining solidly in the establishment camp or maintaining a wide straddle of the divide. I don’t understand this guy. They need to think outside of the Washington box.


12 posted on 09/10/2011 8:30:13 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: Maelstorm

They are afraid of sounding like they absolutely oppose Obama, since that would be kicking a man when he is down. We might disagree, but it is part of their PR campaign. They will probably agree to some insignificant sort of spending, especially on things that have to be spent on sometime anyway, like infrastructure.


13 posted on 09/10/2011 8:32:48 AM PDT by Paradox (Democrats on Obama, They can't deny him, He is them.)
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To: Maelstorm

Dear Readers strategery was counting on Cantor and all of the Republicans to poo-poo his “plan” before he was even finished talking.

This doesn’t give the White House the fodder that they had hoped and planned to use against us.


14 posted on 09/10/2011 8:33:33 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Maelstorm
Psyops maybe? I'm wondering if they are putting a little fear into Bambi. He pulled this thing out of his @ss pretty much knowing that it wouldn't pass and he would be given a free pass in blaming the "obstructionist Republicans" for the trashy economy.

Everyone, including President "Pass this Bill" knows this thing isn't going to do diddly jack squat to improve employment, so I think the Pubs best option might be to go along to get along and let the results fall squarely where they belong.

15 posted on 09/10/2011 8:35:11 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Am I too old to ask for emancipation from the "Federal Family"?? Sarah Palin)
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To: Maelstorm
Not a surprise... cantor... just like boner... simply play like they are Conservatives but are in reality... big government progressives.

LLS

16 posted on 09/10/2011 8:36:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Maelstorm

If a person sounds like a whiner, chances are they are a self absorbed whiner. Looking out for themself. This guy has nothing I would support because he flip flops around. Everytime I hear him speak, I want to puke. He could not wait to get to the mic and talk compromise. Yuck

I have no respect for him.


17 posted on 09/10/2011 8:37:16 AM PDT by dforest
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To: digger48

I agree. This was simple strategy to give nothing to Obama and it worked.


18 posted on 09/10/2011 8:38:15 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: indylindy

Cantor is a rino and should be replaced in leadership by a tea partier.


19 posted on 09/10/2011 8:40:11 AM PDT by GreaterSwiss
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To: Mygirlsmom

They are not that smart or tactical in their thinking.

LLS


20 posted on 09/10/2011 8:40:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Maelstorm
career politician

That is becoming a treasonous term of language. These people are just as dependent on the government as those on welfare or other social programs. In fact some of these "career politicians" have never had a job outside of the government so how do they really know what the people that they are to represent really need or want?

21 posted on 09/10/2011 8:41:10 AM PDT by clove (God, Family and Country, the truth will live!)
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To: Maelstorm

I don’t really see many tweets, but those two crack me up. It’s why Twitter is such a waste of space. You cannot say anything of substance in such a short space. And if you actually CAN, you’ve created a famous quote. That’s why they’re famous.

His comments remind me of George Carlin talking about earth shattering revelations when stoned. He wrote one down. It would be a good tweet:

“The survival of the human race is the responsibility of everyone.”

Deep. Very deep.


22 posted on 09/10/2011 8:45:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Maelstorm
This is exactly what Sarah Palin talked about in her recent speech.

Did Sarah Palin really say that? Wow.

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).

For photographic proof, see: Caption more pictures from Barry's address to congress



23 posted on 09/10/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: cripplecreek

The GOP game is, they can’t be trusted. They are no better than the other side of the aisle.

Conservatives, the time is coming to divorce the republican party. How much more abuse are we going to take before it’s too late?


24 posted on 09/10/2011 8:50:33 AM PDT by CSI007
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To: Maelstorm

Reads like professional political bullshit to me. He doesn’t say anything committal, just says something. It’s the way of the professional politico.

I’ll worry about what he says IF he says something definitive in favor of Obama’s parroting of his strategist(s).

Keeping the powder dry here.


25 posted on 09/10/2011 8:51:32 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Paradox

Yep...

This is a ploy (either cynical or clever, depending on your viewpoint) to disarm the media idiots who have already written their articles chock full of Obama and DNC talking points about Republicans sabotaging Dear Leader’s plan to fix the economy. The MFM sincerely wants to blame the Repubs for all of Obama’s failings. They are counting on being able to use the phony narrative that Obama has scripted for them. Cantor is not going to let them get away with it that easily.

It’s Cantor’s way of appearing to be “bipartisan”, as a direct response to neuter Obama’s pretense at being bipartisan. This allows the Republicans to say “yes, of course we are doing exactly what Obama called for in his ‘historic’ speech before both houses of Congress”, to take all the wind out of Obama’s sails as he campaigns around the country on the theme of “bad Republicans are destroying your future”. I can guarantee that Cantor’s view of what are smart infrastructure investments differs completely from the phony Dem/Obama view of what are smart “investments”. It allows the Republicans to actually get on with the business of cutting the legs out of the Obama policies that are gutting the economy, while seemingly working hand in hand with Dear Leader.

In other words, this is Kabuki theater, staged for the benefit of the leftist idiots in the MSM and for “moderates” who don’t know what to think until somebody tells them what to think. It does not make any sense for FR posters to become overwrought about this...


26 posted on 09/10/2011 8:52:19 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah he’s been tweeting similar crap since immediately following the speech.

I really have to wonder what the GOP game is. They threw fits about Bachmann having the audacity to speak out against it.

The Republican game plan is to give 0bama about 90% of what he wants in that bill. They will hold back on the 10% which is the worst. They will make sure that there are just enough Republican votes to pass the bill (ensuring that every Democrat must vote for it).

The Republicans know that departmental infighting will ensure that very little of the money is spent before next November's election and that the program will fail. But...by passing it, the Republicans will be able to claim that 0bama and the Democrats own the economy (which will be no better off in November 2012). Its an election ploy to show that 0bama and the Democrats have no idea how to straighten out the economy.

27 posted on 09/10/2011 8:53:28 AM PDT by NRG1973
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To: Maelstorm

They always cave and wonder why we don’t trust them at least publicly.


28 posted on 09/10/2011 8:54:22 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Maelstorm

He must really want that bridge in his district.


29 posted on 09/10/2011 8:56:39 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: Maelstorm; E. Pluribus Unum; cripplecreek; indylindy; bwc2221; HiTech RedNeck; Truth29; ...

Read what Cantor actually said in context: http://www.ericcantor.com/2011/09/cantor-job-creation-a-priority-both-sides-can-agree-on/

Cantor was arguing that the Feds shouldn’t control the transportation money. He calls for taking transportation designated money out of the Feds hands and putting it in state hands.

Read it before you go off on Cantor. He’s a good guy. Sheesh!


30 posted on 09/10/2011 8:59:36 AM PDT by helpfulresearcher (Palin and Cain - Courageous leaders who can actually fire people and prosecute corruption!)
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To: Diggity
America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution By Angelo M. Codevilla from the July 2010 - August 2010 issue

Explains a lot....

31 posted on 09/10/2011 8:59:49 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
“Infrastructure spending” is code for union jobs.

Yup, that's all it is.

Still, getting hysterical over this tweet is ridiculous. The Republican strategy is to look like we take the jobs crisis as seriously as Hussein and appear reasonable and willing to consider what he's proposed.

Rejecting everything Obama said immediately would be to fall directly into the Democrats "do nothing congress" campaign strategy. Instead we will end up agreeing to some of the tax cuts and oppose most of the rest. Like it or not, polling almost always indicates people want the party's in government to "work together". Appear completely intransigent and Obama's claim that the Republicans won't work with him at all will gain traction and he goes from the failed President, to the President who has solutions but can't get the Republicans to help save the economy - at least in the minds of many in the mushy middle.

32 posted on 09/10/2011 9:03:21 AM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: helpfulresearcher

Up yours AH. I was defending the guy.


33 posted on 09/10/2011 9:04:54 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NRG1973
The Republican game plan is to give 0bama about 90% of what he wants in

400 billion worth? Total nonsense; whats the point of being the opposition party, then?

OTOH, Im assumng theyll give his the small business cuts and maybe the payroll tax offset with spending cuts.. I cant believe theyll buckle down the line.

34 posted on 09/10/2011 9:06:11 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: rockinqsranch; administrator

Just thought you would want to know. It didn’t seem like much of a defense.

No call for obscenity on your part.


35 posted on 09/10/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT by helpfulresearcher (Palin and Cain - Courageous leaders who can actually fire people and prosecute corruption!)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Cantor is a rino and should be replaced in leadership by a tea partier.

Seriously? He's got a 97% ACU lifetime rating, and scored a perfect 100 for 2010. There's maybe 10 Congressmen with a higher ACU lifetime rating. He's a solid, staunch Conservative...

36 posted on 09/10/2011 9:09:40 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Nonstatist
"The Republican game plan is to give 0bama about 90% of what he wants in"

400 billion worth? Total nonsense; whats the point of being the opposition party, then?

OTOH, Im assumng theyll give his the small business cuts and maybe the payroll tax offset with spending cuts.. I cant believe theyll buckle down the line.

The GOP will have their own items to throw in the bill so the final total will be close to the $450 billion.

They will proudly claim that they have only asked for 10% of the total so that when it fails they will still be able to pin that on 0bama. Additionally, since the money in the bill will need to go through the appropriations process the GOP can drag out the process for a few months ensuring very little of the money is spent before 0bama leaves office...then when a Republican president takes over he/she can ask Congress to re-apprpriate the money in a way that meets their goals.

37 posted on 09/10/2011 9:14:02 AM PDT by NRG1973
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To: Maelstorm

Surely no one is surprised by this. Watch for Boehner to follow suit. The Republicans will give the Dems 80% or more of this latest disaster of a so called jobs bill. They simply can’t help themselves.


38 posted on 09/10/2011 9:14:11 AM PDT by Graneros (The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. – Joseph Sobran)
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To: GreaterSwiss
"Cantor is a rino and should be replaced in leadership by a tea partier."

Get a grip. Cantor is a responsible conservative.

Just because The Obamunist wants infrastructure doesn't automatically make it a bad idea. There are bridges, tunnels, etc. that need maintenance and replacement Not every state is going to hand the work to Union Slugs - just the dump ones.
39 posted on 09/10/2011 9:16:21 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: helpfulresearcher

You should have read it without prejudice prior to including myself in your response.


40 posted on 09/10/2011 9:20:16 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Maelstorm
A few things to consider:

1. The first stimulus spent $30 billion on highways. That's it - of $840 billion, just 3.6% was spent on actual infrastructure. And of that amount allocated, just 1/3rd has actually been spent so far - basically nothing has actually been spent on infrastructure.

It was a union/State bailout package, NOT an infrastructure package no matter how it was pitched.

2. We have deteriorating highways, airports, and bridges, and with the floods and damage from earlier this year we have a lot more. IF the Government is going to spend any funds, then spend it on something that will actually keep our economy rolling - roads and bridges. They need to be maintained, they need to be rebuilt - it's part of what keeps what little economic activity we have actually rolling.

Cantor's right - SMART spending on infrastructure - replacing damaged roads and bridges, expanding airports - is a good use of any spending the Government's going to do. That's what Government is SUPPOSED to do - not spend it on welfare, or unemployment insurance, or subsidized housing.

41 posted on 09/10/2011 9:20:28 AM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Maelstorm

Democrat sleeper cells within the Republican Party? Operatives laying low until they get their orders?


42 posted on 09/10/2011 9:23:55 AM PDT by Leep
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To: Maelstorm

Is the cyclical big-a$$ Highway Bill up for a vote soon anyhow? Both parties love that bill and pile crap high and wide onto it.


43 posted on 09/10/2011 9:28:47 AM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.phawkins.com)
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To: helpfulresearcher

Sheesh... what part of no new stimulus spending period, do you not understand? keynesian economics is a lie... just like marxism. cantor is a progressive... so he cannot be a good guy.

LLS


44 posted on 09/10/2011 9:30:45 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Maelstorm

I really don’t think that it’s so dang hard for the Republicans to craft a response to Obama’s “Jobs Bill” along the lines of.......We will study the legislation when it is written and scored by the budget office. We will attempt to find common ground on as much as possible, providing that all American’s will benefit and that long term job growth will be assured with it’s passage.


45 posted on 09/10/2011 9:32:06 AM PDT by Kahuna
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To: Maelstorm

Fool me once, shame on you..............


46 posted on 09/10/2011 9:32:26 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Leep
Not surprising!
A lot of local GOP “crony capitalists” benefit from this kind of spending. Go to a local GOP meeting, you will be amazed at the number of supposed “conservatives” there trying to tilt government their way. Usually they run the local party, at least that's been my experience. It was a stampede of pigs to the trough for road contracts, zoning easements, special permits for this & that, special sole source procurements, etc. It was disgusting, a RAT local meeting must be GAWD AWFUL by comparison !!!
Cantor is probably being overwhelmed by these types of “supporters and friends”.
47 posted on 09/10/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Maelstorm

Actually, we spent very little of the original stimulus on infrastructure. I’m going entirely from memory here, but I think a few days ago I read that there was $50 billion, of which they only spent about $30 billion.

Infrastructure spending isn’t a GREAT way to stimulate the economy. But it has one advantage, assuming you don’t make up projects — when you are done, you’ve actually got something you needed to show for it.

Then, you don’t have to fix it later, so you save money later. It is actually an “investment”, or put a different way, an acceleration of spending you’d have to do anyway. So you borrow the money to do it, you have to pay back the money, but you have the bridge you needed, or the new lane of road.

This requires that the infrastructure be something that was needed, and would have been done eventually anyway.

As an illustration, if you are afraid of the money system collapsing, and you have money now, and don’t want to invest it, one way you CAN prepare is to go buy assets that you will need, and that will last. Like, if you didn’t have a home, you could buy a home. No matter what else happens, you’ll have a place to live. You can buy long-term food, you can buy clothing you’d need next year, etc.


48 posted on 09/10/2011 9:35:26 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Cantor is an A-Hole,another Rino Sellout.
Where is Sarah Palin we need her to Get into the Race and Expose the whole Corrupt mess down there INCLUDING REPUBLICANS! Hey Cantor I dont know How Smart any of this Crap is but we DONT have the Money and we dont all Build Roads and Bridges


49 posted on 09/10/2011 9:36:07 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Longbow1969
Still, getting hysterical over this tweet is ridiculous.

I wasn't getting hysterical.

I was just pointing out the obvious.

50 posted on 09/10/2011 9:37:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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