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Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice
UK Mail Online ^ | 20 Feb 2011 | David Gardner

Posted on 02/20/2011 9:54:50 AM PST by Innovative

Full title: Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays (shortenend to fit within word limit)

President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are said to be on a 'private family trip' to Colorado for Presidents' Day Weekend...

Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the costs.

'I don't know whether to laugh or cry,' said one of the president's most outspoken critics, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. 'He's got the single largest deficit in the history of the country and he's trying to tell us that we really cut back here.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: colorado; flotus; mobama; obama; sacrifice; skiing; vacation; vail
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To: OldDeckHand
I'm sure if you looked at the travel itineraries of First Ladies going back to Teddy R, you'd see similar vacations.

But dog gone it, that interferes with a good rant!

51 posted on 02/20/2011 11:05:22 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: OldDeckHand
"I'm not a fair-weather conservative"No you are a fool. If you can not understand the hypocrisy of a leader telling his people that they need to sacrifice and then he/his family goes on an expensive vacation using the people money, you are beyond help.
52 posted on 02/20/2011 11:09:24 AM PST by jpsb
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To: RWGinger
'But not ONE dime of taxpayer money should go for her to go anywhere."

She's a member of the First Family. By statutory law, she's entitled to Secret Service protection - which means travel on government aircraft, caravan by government motor vehicle etc. Are you saying, then, that this family and every family that comes after them, should have to foot the bill for their own Secret Service protection whenever they leave the confines of the White House? To me, that sounds exactly like what you're saying.

Of course, you might imagine it also sounds absurd to me.

Pettiness and hypocrisy doesn't suit conservatism, ever.

53 posted on 02/20/2011 11:09:34 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Innovative

Cut Obama some slack. Destroying the economy, military, democracy, free markets, allies and a nation is hard work. He deserves some recreational time.


54 posted on 02/20/2011 11:13:33 AM PST by trubolotta
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Liberals are all about living off other people’s money.


55 posted on 02/20/2011 11:15:42 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: OldDeckHand

When the potus tells people they MUST sacrifice including giving up vacations then YES she should not spend one taxpayer dime for her pleasure.
He set the standard but clearly it doesn’t seem to apply to his own family.
If other Presidents have come out and told people they may have to sacrifice and give up their vacations then at that time I would expect none of that POTUS family to use our taxpayer money for a vacation.
0dumbo can spend his money how he wishes but he is a pos to tell us to not on on vacation and then expect us to pay for his POS wife to go.

Now if YOU have links showing any other POTUS in history has admonished the people to sacrifice and not take vacations while the first families did that would alter thinking.

But 0dumbo is such a complete hypocrit I don’t think you can find any other POTUS who has acted in the same manner about the taxpayer and vacations.


56 posted on 02/20/2011 11:17:28 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: RWGinger
Well, that was quite a rant, but I don't believe you answered the question - "Should this First Family, and every First Family after them not be entitled to Secret Service protection?" Or, do you just not one that protection to extend to Presidential families that you think are (your word) POS?

That's certainly a position you can take. Of course, right now it would be a position that is in violation of 18 USC § 3056. You'll have to change that. Good luck.

57 posted on 02/20/2011 11:23:34 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Starboard
Bush, IMHO, got a kick out of spending his vacations in Crawford, partly because it's 100+ in the summer and the press HATED being there. No high dollar night clubs, no strip clubs (well there are in Waco, but there's NOTHING uglier than a small town stripper.) As a central Texas resident, trust me. When you're going to WACO for your night life, you're fishing in a dry well.

One of the nicest things here in Crawford is that since Bush left, all the moonbats have moved on. The "Crawford Peace House" went bankrupt, & since there's no gubmint housing projects in Crawford, it's back to being a nice country town.

58 posted on 02/20/2011 11:26:18 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: BenLurkin

Who’s the boy behind Obama?


59 posted on 02/20/2011 11:26:25 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: OldDeckHand

The first lady should be offered ss protection at taxpayer expense in DC, yes
If after the POTUS admonishes people to sacrifice and to not take vacations and the wife still wants to go on vacation then he should use his money to pay for it all INCLUDING giving us taxpayers the money paid for SS.

That is quite fair and equitiable and sends a message to the people that 0dumbo understands when he asks us all to sacrifice he includes himself and the POS wife.


60 posted on 02/20/2011 11:28:19 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: Innovative

““Let them eat cake” — Queen Michelle Marie Antoinette Obama”

Nah, that would be fattening.


61 posted on 02/20/2011 11:30:34 AM PST by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Innovative

That photo pose is still der Fuehrer’s best Mussolini pose.

FUBO & FAD


62 posted on 02/20/2011 11:31:47 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: OldDeckHand

Probably right. However, we have a President telling Americans “we have to make sacrifices, forego that vacation, not eat out for dinner, etc”. While he and his family never blink an eye at jaunting off for vacation. Bush if you remember spent xmas holidays at camp david so the agents and others who protect the pres, could spend it with their own families.

Not this Pres. Tell me what has he sacrificed for this country? Has he cut back on the 28 balls he has held at Christmas in lieu of the deficit, the unemployed, people losing their homes, not being able to afford presents?

I want a President to “sacrifice” and “walk with us” during our hardships. Mr. Obama has not sacrificed for his country....


63 posted on 02/20/2011 11:32:39 AM PST by Engedi
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

And yet they won’t go to church because it creates too much chaos.


64 posted on 02/20/2011 11:32:52 AM PST by Calm_Cool_and_Elected ("The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." --Flannery O'Connor)
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To: RWGinger
"...vacation then he should use his money to pay for it all INCLUDING giving us taxpayers the money paid for SS."

That's fine. Of course, that then means that the only people who will be able to run for and actually function as President will be the mega-wealthy - the Romneys, the Trumps, etc, etc. Not exactly what I want or what I think would be good for the country, but I certainly understand your position, now.

65 posted on 02/20/2011 11:33:27 AM PST by OldDeckHand (So long as we have SEIU, who needs al-Qaeda?)
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To: Innovative; All
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66 posted on 02/20/2011 11:37:48 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Innovative
Report: "Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice

Response: No he is not being inconsistent. Those who charge him with inconsistency either do not know American history or because of the current rules regarding Political Correctness ignore or are afraid to report the truth.

67 posted on 02/20/2011 11:38:09 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: PA-RIVER

Could it be O’s lover boy, Regie Love?

While Moochelle away, wonder what Barry is going to do, play basket ball?

Since many of us feel Barry is a Muslim..just wonder if O has mulitiple wives or at least one or two on the back burner?


68 posted on 02/20/2011 11:39:21 AM PST by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: OldDeckHand

So you fail to point out the hypocrisy of our current President to ‘sacrifice and forego vacations and dinners out” while he fails to do the same.

Presidents do take vacations, I have no problem with that. But this President smacks all of us in the face during one of the of most critical financial times in our history(next to the depression).

If he said, we are foregoing vactions, or cutting back vacations out of respect for Americans who are going through difficult times, he would get my praise. But he has failed to do so....

I don’t recall Bush asking folks to forego vacations, dinners out, etc during hard-times. Most of his vacations were at the Ranch, where he also worked as President. he also gave up Golf during the war.

Name one thing Obama has sacrificed for Americans citizens and the debt of this country?


69 posted on 02/20/2011 11:43:26 AM PST by Engedi
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To: Graybeard58

“The unfortunate older girl in the picture looks just like daddy.”

The more unfortunate younger girl in the picture looks just like mommy.

NBCCH!

[no birth certificate controversy here!]


70 posted on 02/20/2011 11:46:33 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Which has more wrinkles? Helen Thomas' face or Lawrence O'Donnells' panties?)
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To: Starboard

Had an analogous thing like that happen to me. In my old job, my manager, a liberal democrat gave me a rash of $h!t when I wanted to take two weeks off. He was against me taking two weeks and even didn’t like it when I took a week. I was told that he preferred me to take a day here and a day there. Of course the @$$hole took two weeks and went to Cape Cod.

Hypocrisy is their middle name. Do as I say and not as I do !

> Imagine the attacks from the liberal media if the Bush family had vacationed like the Obamas do.


71 posted on 02/20/2011 11:49:00 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Dilbert San Diego

As yet unmentioned? What is the Carbon Footprint of this trip?


72 posted on 02/20/2011 11:49:37 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: OldDeckHand

Now you are just fishing for something that makes sense but this is NOT it
“Of course, that then means that the only people who will be able to run for and actually function as President will be the mega-wealthy “

Why? Who said a POTUS after he tells us all to sacrifice and not go on vacation MUST let his pos wife go?
You were the one telling us how great it is for 0dumbo to make 400k so let 0dumbo pay for his wife’s vacation. not me

seriously top digging.

this thread is about the POS 0dumbo and his wife for telling us we have to cut back and then rubbing their lack of concern for the American people in our faces by jetting off to expensive vacations and charging us.


73 posted on 02/20/2011 11:54:54 AM PST by RWGinger
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To: PennsylvaniaMom; OldDeckHand
No thanks. I have no interest in defending Obama, or his personal daily entertainment and/or scheduling decisions.

But, I will point out simple hypocrisy when it presents itself.

Didn't take him long to forget that post did it? LOL

74 posted on 02/20/2011 11:58:12 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Innovative
Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the costs.

Yeah, I'll bet they MAY HAVE paid for their own skiing outfits but WE TAXPAYERS paid for everything else. And I hope we aren't subjected to any pictures of MO on the ski lift. (shudder)

75 posted on 02/20/2011 11:59:27 AM PST by azishot (Everyone is entitled to my opinion.)
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To: Innovative

Rooms start at $650 - $2,400 a night.


76 posted on 02/20/2011 11:59:51 AM PST by kcvl
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To: OldDeckHand
This isn't a scam that was crafted by the Obamas,

I don't recall referring it to as a "scam."

As should be patently obvious to even a casual observer, Obama is a creature to whom image is everything. His careful crafting of himself as a messiah is the essence of the arrogant SOB. When it comes to image, nothing happens by accident with him.

He figuratively and literally extends his middle finger to his great unwashed detractors at every opportunity.

Rather than remove themselves to safety during the London blitz in WWII, the British royal family chose to stay in London and thus earned the undying respect of the Brits.

This classless Great Mistake doesn't even rise to the level of a loyal family dog.

77 posted on 02/20/2011 12:01:30 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Innovative
sacrifice
78 posted on 02/20/2011 12:04:01 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Innovative

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are set to stay at Buckingham Palace when they visit the UK later this year.
The Queen will host the Obamas when they make an official state visit to Britain from May 24 to May 26.

The Queen’s press secretary confirmed the news to UsMagazine.com.
It will be the first state visit to the UK from an American president since George W.Bush visited eight years ago in 2003.

Michelle Obama recently admitted on US show Live! With Regis and Kelly that she is set to receive an invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding later this year.


79 posted on 02/20/2011 12:05:08 PM PST by kcvl
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To: FrankR

Does anyone really listen to anything these arrogant nobama grifters say about anything????? Less than 2 years until these America-hating, American-hating, Freedom-hating equal opportunity grifters are sent packing. The nobama family makes me vomit.


80 posted on 02/20/2011 12:07:13 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: kcvl

They (you may have noted in another article that MO took along a “group” of friends in addition to her daughters) will probably just all bed down (sleeping bags and stuff) in one of the cheaper rooms to “spread the cost” all around! /s


81 posted on 02/20/2011 12:10:57 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: kcvl
What do you think they will give for a wedding present?

Some fine dinnerware?

Or maybe a bust for the mantle?


82 posted on 02/20/2011 12:20:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: jennings2004

They always take a few hundred ‘friends’ to mooch off the taxpayers as well! I don’t remember Pres Bush wagging a bunch of people along on any of his trips.

I want to put a stop to ANY Pres being allowed to drag a bunch of people along on trips where taxpayers are FORCED to pay for it! I don’t care if they pay a tiny portion of a plane ticket, I want them to STOP allowing anyone to tag along on taxpayer’s money, period!

If I pay for anyone’s vacation, I want it to be MINE!


83 posted on 02/20/2011 12:21:41 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Innovative

"If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation."


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84 posted on 02/20/2011 12:25:09 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: BenLurkin
Here's on of MO on her first run yesterday. I guess that pretty much everyone was impressed by how fast she took to it...


85 posted on 02/20/2011 12:29:42 PM PST by skimbell
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To: OldDeckHand

Obama’s net worth is $5M

You can check the net worth of all US presidents here — most were quite wealthy.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2010/05/the-net-worth-of-the-us-presidents-from-washington-to-obama/57020/

With all your posts just on this thread you win the “Obama apologist of the year award”.


86 posted on 02/20/2011 12:30:26 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: TigersEye

LOL...

I didn’t think they received an invitation!


87 posted on 02/20/2011 12:38:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: TigersEye

Snub for Obamas as Royal sources reveal they will not be invited to Prince William’s wedding

President Obama and his wife Michelle will not be invited to Prince William’s wedding next year.

Because Prince William is not yet heir to the throne, his wedding to Kate Middleton is not classed as a ‘state occasion’ – and the couple feel under no pressure to fill the 2,000-strong guest list with heads of state, the Mail understands.

They are more eager to ask ordinary citizens and charity workers than foreign dignitaries and VIPs to what will be the first royal ‘people’s wedding’, courtiers suggested.

A handful of heads of state are likely to be invited in line with previous royal weddings, possibly including France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni.


88 posted on 02/20/2011 12:42:12 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Innovative
"Do as I say, not as I do".

*****

Please, leave poor Obama alone and let his family enjoy the ski trip.

Remember, in a couple of years Obama and his family will once again be private citizens, and they won't be able to enjoy such pleasures at taxpayers' expense.

So please leave the Obama family alone and let them enjoy the good life as long as they can for the next two years.

89 posted on 02/20/2011 1:06:50 PM PST by john mirse
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To: Innovative

Exactly! Might add “while looking down on you”!


90 posted on 02/20/2011 1:07:26 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Would have been great had Sarah Palin coach the opposing team.


91 posted on 02/20/2011 1:10:34 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: OldDeckHand

Not to begrudge them their precious vacations while millions are suffering and can’t afford vacations much along with rent, food etc. I would have thought with the winter snowfall being what it has been in the northeast, they might have found plenty of good skiing more locally, this would have reduced the travel expense for her much needed vacation.


92 posted on 02/20/2011 1:15:29 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: mplsconservative

She could have chose cross country skiing if they are so concerned with their kids weight.


93 posted on 02/20/2011 1:16:55 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: kcvl

They will probably show up anyway with a DVD of “Wedding Crashers” in North American format for a gift. heh


94 posted on 02/20/2011 1:18:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: kcvl

What a bargain. The rooms at the world class Spanish resort hotel Michelle luxuriated in go for $5,000 a night—and she booked sixty of them. Don’t forget they booked every room in the Taj Mahal hotel for their India junket. And he had that special, air-conditioned, one mile long tunnel built for him to use just once, while he was there; then it was torn down again.

But they’re just like the Bushes; never forget that one simple fact. /s


95 posted on 02/20/2011 1:19:29 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: OldDeckHand
I have no objection to the president spending his own money for vacations for himself, his family and anyone else he wishes. Nor do I have any objection to reasonable and moderate expenditures for security and other statutorily mandated things.

However, in very lean times for the nation, when there is claimed to be a need to extend the debt limit to avoid a default, President Obama and/or his Senate colleagues say they plan to shut down the government because even more funding than the House approved last week is claimed to be needed, and after asking others to consider taking not taking expensive vacations, not eating in fancy restaurants and the like, unmitigated gall is required to do as he and his family continue to do.

Symbolism is important and showing leadership is one of the functions of a president; if President Obama's entreaties to the "little people" are to be heeded, President Obama should be first in line.

I wish I could say that President Obama should stick around the White House, attend to the business of government and at least be up to date on explosions and implosions taking place or incipient in the Middle East, Korea and elsewhere. However, I think that the less he gets involved the better. Vacations may well be the highest and best use of his time and energy.
96 posted on 02/20/2011 2:54:02 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Response: No he is not being inconsistent. Those who charge him with inconsistency either do not know American history or because of the current rules regarding Political Correctness ignore or are afraid to report the truth

What do you mean?


97 posted on 02/20/2011 3:23:00 PM PST by Chickensoup (“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.” Orwell)
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To: COBOL2Java

Goodness, they are so common.


98 posted on 02/20/2011 3:25:25 PM PST by Chickensoup (“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.” Orwell)
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To: Madame Dufarge

“This classless Great Mistake doesn’t even rise to the level of a loyal family dog.”


Woof ! :-)


99 posted on 02/20/2011 3:41:20 PM PST by Mears
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To: nascarnation

[. . .I expect them to milk the system full bore up to that point.]

As the Clinton’s did. Hillary visited every country that had an airfield. She and Bill were forced to return valuable items they stole when they left the White House.


100 posted on 02/20/2011 3:49:44 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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