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Why the Chicago teacherís strike is bad news for President Obama
The Washington Post ^ | 10Sep 2012 | Chris Cillizza

Posted on 09/10/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT by mandaladon

For the first time in nearly three decades, Chicago public school teachers went on strike this morning. At first glance, you might be tempted to think that what happens in Chicago has little to no effect on the politics of Washington and the presidential race. But, you’d be wrong. There are several reasons to believe that what happens in Chicago could have a real — and negative — impact on President Obama and the broader race for the White House this fall. We list the three biggest reasons below.

* It’s Chicago: Yes, we know that President Obama has no role — either way — in the strike. But, that the strike is happening in Chicago, the town where President Obama made his political name doesn’t help him. And that the current Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was Obama’s first presidential chief of staff isn’t much help either. Remember that Republicans are doing everything they can to link Obama to Chicago and Chicago-style politics — thinking that it will turn off independents in the middle of the country. That the teachers strike will be at (or close to) the top of every evening news show until it ends allows Republicans a daily news peg to remind people that Obama is from the Windy City.

* Labor, distracted: Organized labor has experienced a series of major setbacks over the past few years — from losing a Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 57states; chicago; democrats; election2012; emanuel; illinois; kenyanbornmuzzie; mediawingofthednc; mittromney; mymuslimfaith; obama; partisanmediashills; rahmemanuel; strike; teachers; unions
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Gov. Scott Walker in the 2012 recall race. Those losses make it very difficult for labor’s credibility to weather ANOTHER high profile defeat in Chicago. If labor loses this fight it may be a sort of death blow to its longstanding image as the big bully (in a good way) in politics. With stakes that high, the showdown in Chicago is going to be a top-of-the-mind issue for labor strategists and allies until it’s resolved. And that means that labor’s attention is divided, which isn’t a good thing for the Obama campaign who need unions’ full attention this fall....................................It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
1 posted on 09/10/2012 10:41:40 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

What? The strike in Chicago is Romney’s fault.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 10:44:03 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: mandaladon

Chicago Mayor’s Kids’ School Remains Open

The school attended by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s children remains open, even though public school teachers are striking in Chicago resulting in school closures across the city.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel has decided to send his three children to the University of Chicago Lab Schools rather than put them in the financially strapped Chicago Public Schools he’s trying desperately to reform,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported last year.

A phone call to the Lab Schools confirmed that it remains open. It is, after all, a private institution—and strikes are taking place in public schools.

The director’s office, however, was not yet able immediately to confirm whether Emanuel’s three children were in attendance today. (UPDATE: The school called back to say it wouldn’t comment.) Emanuel’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chicago-mayors-kids-school-remains-open_652113.html


3 posted on 09/10/2012 10:45:11 AM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: mandaladon

All one has to do is look at the online images of these striking teachers and the reasons for the poor state of American education becomes obvious. Most of these losers wouldn’t last one week in a position where they were held accountable for ANYTHING.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 10:46:06 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: mandaladon

If Obama were to have a “Sister Soljah moment” by publicly denouncing the union’s demands, then it perversely could HELP him. Sure, he’d lose some union goon support/ turnout. But he’d get major props from impressionable swing voters. JMO.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 10:46:41 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: mandaladon

Limbaugh’s take is that this is all a setup so that Obama can ride in on a white horse and appear to be the problem solver.


6 posted on 09/10/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mandaladon

Rush suspects this is a set-up with Emmanuel and the teachers’ union so that BO will come riding to the rescue and fix the strike “for the children.” Great PR that would show he cares and can solve all our problems, a typical Democrat ploy.

In the contract on the table, the average teacher is getting a $16000 raise (in spite of IL being broke), so it can’t be a pay dispute.


7 posted on 09/10/2012 10:47:46 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: mandaladon

I think Rush nailed it today.

This is a setup for Obama to come in and save the day. Lib media will spend days peeing their pants over how wonderful he is.

Rush is right with these things about 95 percent of the time. Given that Rhamfish, teachers in general, and unions are in the tank of Zero, it makes perfect sense.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 10:48:45 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: mandaladon

9 posted on 09/10/2012 10:48:47 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: mandaladon

Maybe, finally, we will hang public education on the left’s neck as an albatross.

The left has been running public education in this country for 50 years. They built the current system; they benefit by keeping the system just as it is.

And yet, we let them get away with talking about how they care about public education and how THEY are the ones to trust.

THEY aren’t going to change a thing. THEY built it; THEY created the problems; and THEY aren’t going to change a ****** thing.


10 posted on 09/10/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT by Brookhaven (The Democratic Party has become the Beclowning Party)
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To: mandaladon

This from the Washington ComPost? As Rush would say, “A random act of journalism!”


11 posted on 09/10/2012 10:49:28 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - 1984)
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To: massmike

financially strapped?

please.

The problem is that all of the money goes to benefits and pensions that were over promised.


12 posted on 09/10/2012 10:51:13 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: mandaladon

The average teacher in Chicago makes $75,000. per year income (before benefits are added in), and are the highest paid teachers in the nation. They are confronting the most recently elected Democratic official despite being offered a 16% salary increase.

NPR states that the strike is for: air-conditioning , computers, pencils, etc.

So this being regarded by the Libtards as “ For The Children” , and not as a union power struggle. Rite ... /s


13 posted on 09/10/2012 10:51:23 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: bigheadfred

It is actually being blamed on Bush. What I am hearing here ( live in Chicago) is that it is Bush’s “unfunded mandates” (NCLB) that are forcing the cuts that won’t allow teachers to live above the poverty line.

Yes, that’s right. The highest paid teachers in the nation. What they are using is a number of 1st year teachers, saying they make below the poverty line in wages, and that layoffs and overcrowding are a result of republicans.

Watch now, the strike will go on for 10 days or thereabouts, and Obama will ride in and have a “beer summit” of sorts, and work it all out, proving his credentials, and propping him up as the great centrist. The media will lap it up, and it will be broadcast all over how he was the greatest negotiator since Kissinger.

It’s all a set up. Rope-a-dope. Us few conservatives in Chicagoland can smell it a mile away.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 10:51:49 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: bigheadfred

Reports say the strike is not about salary,but health benefits? Don’t they know Obama are is now the law of the land?


15 posted on 09/10/2012 10:52:06 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: mandaladon

If it hurts Obama, I’m all for it...

Go Chicago teachers.. You are getting ripped off. Keep striking. Fight the man. Workers unite... Don’t give in!


16 posted on 09/10/2012 10:52:54 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: mandaladon

I disagree. This was most likely planned so that Obama can intervene near the end of October with successful negotiations and BE THE HERO WHO SAVED THE KIDS!!!!


17 posted on 09/10/2012 10:54:10 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Limbaugh’s take is that this is all a setup so that Obama can ride in on a white horse and appear to be the problem solver.”

Yup, this is exactly what I wrote last night. Watch for it. It will happen!


18 posted on 09/10/2012 10:55:47 AM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: txrefugee

$16,000? or $1,600?


19 posted on 09/10/2012 10:55:47 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Lee'sGhost

Lee’sGhost~” Rush is right with these things about 95 percent of the time. Given that Rhamfish, teachers in general, and unions are in the tank of Zero, it makes perfect sense.”

Yup . Rush is right again.
And Zero needs Illinois.


20 posted on 09/10/2012 10:56:18 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

With all respect to those who think this is a setup for Obama to save the day, I just don’t think this will happen. Obama cannot negotiate his way out of a paper bag, even if he is negotiating with friends.

The man is a disaster to all he touches. It is quite possible he will try to be the white knight and save the children, only to make it all worse.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 10:58:36 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: mandaladon
Greedy Unions!

They just don't care about those children!

22 posted on 09/10/2012 10:59:06 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GeronL

GeronL~ “$16,000? or $1,600?”

On the table ,prior to the strike being initiated is a 16 % increase of salary ,over 4 years of the contract.

The rest is just political theatre .


23 posted on 09/10/2012 11:01:09 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: 43north
One Chicago teacher was asked by a reporter what she did at school. Her reply, "I teaches English."

That kind of talent certainly deserves a big raise.

24 posted on 09/10/2012 11:01:11 AM PDT by JPG (Make it happen.)
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To: ballplayer

They rejected a 16% raise??

Who offered that in this economy?

The taxpayers should riot.


25 posted on 09/10/2012 11:02:07 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
The average teacher salary in Chicago was $74,839 for the 2011-12 school year, according to the district. The total salary increase would equal $380 million over four years. That includes "modified step increases that both reward experience and provides better incentives for mid-career teachers to help keep them serving in the Chicago Public School system," according to a news release from the school system.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/10/what-are-key-issues-in-chicago-public-school-strike/

26 posted on 09/10/2012 11:02:08 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: bigheadfred

The Chicago Teachers’ Union is the face of American labor.

Nice!


27 posted on 09/10/2012 11:02:17 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

They should get a 16% pay cut in this economy


28 posted on 09/10/2012 11:03:18 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 43north
"All one has to do is look at the online images of these striking teachers..."

I could only find one black face in the photo on Drudge. Don't they have diversity in their hiring of teachers? I wonder what the racial and gender break-down is on the employed teachers. The Dems are always so big on minority hiring, it would be interesting to know how diverse this really group is.

29 posted on 09/10/2012 11:04:08 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I don’t think so.

If it doesn’t get solved in the coming week it will be nothing but a negative for Obama. It really is a damned if you do/don’t situation for him and I’m betting he’s not too pleased this has come up right now.

The unions got Rahm and Barry over the barrel (even though they may like the position)and no union is going to back down when they have an opportunity to not only strengthen their position now but strengthen their position for the future.

They will not let what happened in WI happen to them...they’ll want to show how the big boys do it.

If I’m completely wrong and Obama comes in on his white horse to save the day it will be so obvious politically even to the dumbest among this country that it was staged.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 11:09:22 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
"They are confronting the most recently elected Democratic official despite being offered a 16% salary increase."

And here I thought that the three year contracts of 0-0-3 percent that were offered us by NY State were generous. Having worked in uniform in Corrections for 25 years, it ticked me off that the union always went for more money and benefits. My argument was to push for safer working conditions, which over the years had deteriorated greatly. What's the sense of making more money, and having more benefits, if you weren't alive to enjoy them.

31 posted on 09/10/2012 11:11:38 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: bigheadfred
What? The strike in Chicago is Romney’s fault.

Don't be silly - it's George Bush's fault.

32 posted on 09/10/2012 11:13:09 AM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: JPG

That reply can only come from a person (thing) who cannot be anything but a gov-mint thug teacher!


33 posted on 09/10/2012 11:19:01 AM PDT by tiger63
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To: mandaladon

Why the Chicago teacher’s strike is bad news for President Obama
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Its not...

Willard opened his big ugly mouth again and made it all about him instead...

The heats off Obama before it even got warm...


34 posted on 09/10/2012 11:22:59 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: mandaladon
Here's how I predict this will go down:

Obama will remain silent while the strike goes on for a few days. Obama will be “forced” to “help.” Obama will speak, the unions will bend with a “little less than they wanted.” The problem will be solved and a HUGE savings to the Illinois state budget will be reported as a sign of how effective these negotiations were.

Then the DNC and the media will start reporting how effective collective bargaining can be. We don't need the draconian state legislation enacted like in Wisconsin and Indiana. The unions are “helping” the states and the kids.

Obama looks like a savior. Rahm is praised by the unions and Obama. And the sheeple are led to believe there is some alternative to renegotiating ridiculous government employee union contracts.

The sheeple of Chicago laud their progressive city and are none the wiser about the foolery that is hammered upon them. I'm reminded of that old commercial back in the 90s....the young entrepreneurs are so excited with one kid running in circles cheering “IPO,...IPO,...IPO,....”

35 posted on 09/10/2012 11:36:08 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: esoxmagnum
What they are using is a number of 1st year teachers, saying they make below the poverty line in wages, and that layoffs and overcrowding are a result of republicans.

There are no republicans with any influence of significance that could possibly effect Education in Illinois. And there hasn't been in my lifetime.

36 posted on 09/10/2012 11:42:57 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: sickoflibs
its not like bambams brats are going to be affected...

anyhow, the bam can make a few statements, and the union can back down, and accept the pay raise, and everybody will swoon that he took on his union base, and mittens will still look like a mean ole big money union breaker that hates the lil guy, and his kids...

the rest of the 'R' talking heads will be trippin over their own johnsons making stupid statements...

37 posted on 09/10/2012 12:07:57 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: MNlurker

Don’t underestimate the dumbness of the dumbest.


38 posted on 09/10/2012 12:18:25 PM PDT by GnL
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”its not like bambams brats are going to be affected...
anyhow, the bam can make a few statements, and the union can back down, and accept the pay raise, and everybody will swoon that he took on his union base, and mittens will still look like a mean ole big money union breaker that hates the lil guy, and his kids...
the rest of the ‘R’ talking heads will be trippin over their own johnsons making stupid statements...

The trick is to get the progressives mad at Obama, make him take a stand and go after him from both ends.

Given Rs track record its hard to argue with you.

Obama would likely call for another teachers union stimulus and they will swoon over him and Romney will step in it. Or some dumb Republican candidate will say “We need to shutdown all public schools” then the fingerpointing and apologizing continues with another circular firing squad.

39 posted on 09/10/2012 12:23:04 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Lee'sGhost

I think Rush overestimates the ability of Obama and the Democrats.


40 posted on 09/10/2012 12:26:23 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

CNN seemed to indicate this morning that the real issue is the annual performance evlautions, which, if implemented, could cost 6,000 teachers, who are performing poorly, to lose their jobs.

The horror.


41 posted on 09/10/2012 12:56:01 PM PDT by NOVACPA
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Limbaugh’s take is that this is all a setup so that Obama can ride in on a white horse and appear to be the problem solver.

I don't know if it's a setup, but I'll bet the "white horse" idea has crossed Obama's perverted mind.

42 posted on 09/10/2012 1:00:23 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: bigheadfred

“What? The strike in Chicago is Romney’s fault.”

I’m thinking it was Bush using the CIA and the Mossad to cover for a secret inside-9/11 thingy using alien ships piloted by Bigfoot.

Meanwhile, Bigfoot is controlling Obama’s brainwaves, keeping him from helping, from one of Calypso Louie’s mile-wide spaceships, all at the direction of RR.

They’ve also been scrambling Debbie WassupWithHerHairMan Schmooz so she can’t remember what lie she told yesterday.

It’s all part of TheMasterPlan(tm).


43 posted on 09/10/2012 1:53:16 PM PDT 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: ScottinVA

If a white horse has crossed his mind, it’s probably the one from Revelation 6:2.


44 posted on 09/10/2012 1:54:56 PM PDT 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: mandaladon

It might actually be good news for Rahm in 2016. Might win some moderate fans if he can get concessions from the teachers.


45 posted on 09/10/2012 1:57:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

$75k/year up bennies so 21% of 8th graders can read (per Drudge) “See the dog. See the dog run...”. Where do I sign up for this gig? I’d be willing to dodge bullets for that dough for what, seven month work per year.


46 posted on 09/10/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by newbie 10-21-00
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To: mandaladon

Labor is not going to lose this “fight” in Chicago unless the hard-working suckers who actually pay taxes in that city finally stand up and march against the thugs who are stealing their money.

I really want to know how the city conjures up all this extra money to pay the teachers? Chicago is already bankrupt.


47 posted on 09/10/2012 2:30:55 PM PDT by major1971
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To: F15Eagle; ALPAPilot

Just looking towards the future.


48 posted on 09/10/2012 2:40:49 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: mandaladon

Why doesn’t Michelle Obama step in and solve the crisis? She’s spent the last three years ranting and raving about school children not getting healthy-enough lunches, yet the many poor children of Chicago who qualify for free school lunches will not be getting ANY lunches during the strike.

Surely, a lecture from Mrs. Obama about the harm the strike is doing to the favorite objects of the Democrats’ bleeding-heart outpourings — ‘’the children’’ — would save the day.


49 posted on 09/10/2012 2:41:43 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: bigheadfred

Yeah I was aware you were posting in sarcasm.

;)

We all know that Obama does only wonderful and great things.

In the minds of his lemmings, that is.


50 posted on 09/10/2012 3:06:15 PM PDT 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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