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The Game Is Rigged
Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Dan Holler

Posted on 12/31/2012 10:03:23 AM PST by Kaslin

Matt Damon, the actor who once gave $2,000 to Dennis Kucinich, is giving up on politics. He told Playboy, “It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”

Liberal Hollywood elites are not the only ones disappointed with failure of President Obama to deliver on his 2008 promise to change Washington. Heck, even left-leaning newspapers are blaming – albeit inadvertently – his Washington for the fiscal cliff fallout. When consumer confidence took a sharper than expected dive last week, the New York Times attributed it to the “looming fiscal impasse in Washington.”

Amazingly, the Times is on to something. This so-called fiscal cliff is nothing more than congressionally designed geography with a presidential signature.

Let’s review. In August 2011, President Obama signed a bill that arbitrarily cut defense spending. In December 2010, President Obama signed a bill to extend the current tax rates for two years. And in March 2010, President Obama signed $500 billion in tax hikes into law as part of Obamacare.

Americans will get the bill for all of this starting in 2013.

Blame for the forthcoming economic pain should be placed squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. Sure, he had bipartisan help for some of his cliff creation, but as President and the guy who promised to change Washington, he owns the outcome.

President Obama’s reckless approach to the cliff negotiations should make that much clearer. In the Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel explained, “Mr. Obama won't willingly agree to any serious cuts, to any meaningful entitlement reform, ever. He will risk everything—the ‘middle class’ he claims to want to protect, his economic legacy—to continue growing government.”

The word risk is appropriate, because President Obama’s strategy is creating uncertainty over the future. RBS Securities economist Guy Berger told the New York Times, “So far consumers are worried about the future. Once they start worrying about the present, we’re in trouble.”

In August, the House – Republicans and some Democrats – attempted to head off the uncertainty by passing H.R.8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012. It was straightforward – extend the current tax rates for everyone. It was a position many Democrats held in December 2010.

But, like Matt Damon said, the game is rigged. Harry Reid will not even bring H.R.8 up for a full debate. For five months, the leader of the “world’s greatest deliberative body” has stonewalled any effort to avert Barack’s Bluff.

Charles Krauthammer believes the explanation is as simple as it is cynical: “Obama was never interested in solving the fiscal issue. He wanted to break the Republicans…”

Rather than allow Harry Reid and President Obama to divide them, Republicans could put up a united front, which they are finally doing by refocusing on H.R.8. Again, as Strassel said:

“They can continue the folly of believing this president will compromise. Or they can realize that he will never be reasonable on taxes—and so they can't give anything away. They can realize that he won't hold hands with them on entitlement reform—and so they'll have to state their own big demands and force him to explain his lack of leadership. They can realize that backroom talks are a sucker's game.”

In short, don’t play an away game. As Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham said, “It will never be enough for the political left.” He continued:

“Conservatives should rally around ideas and principles that unite them, not tactics that create exploitable divisions. As we move to the next phase of the fiscal cliff debate, conservatives, especially those elected to represent the American people, must recommit to explaining and fighting for pro-growth policies that advance freedom and create opportunity.”

That may not be good enough for Matt Damon, but it’d be good for the country.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; debtnegotiations; fff; fiscalcliff; harryreid; jobsandeconomy; mattdamon; taxrates

1 posted on 12/31/2012 10:03:30 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Of course it’s fixed. It’s always been fixed.


2 posted on 12/31/2012 10:11:56 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Kaslin
Matt Damon plays a lot of intelligent men in his movies...

...best damn actor that ever lived.

3 posted on 12/31/2012 10:14:14 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Outlawing guns because of Adam Lanza would be like outlawing free speech because of Bill Maher.")
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To: Happy Rain

Just another Hollywood brat with too much time on his hands.

Didn’t help that he was raised to think his diapers didn’t stink.


4 posted on 12/31/2012 10:21:11 AM PST by LadyBuck (I've read so much about the evils of drinking & smoking that I've given up reading.)
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To: Happy Rain

{snicker} Took me a moment or two....


5 posted on 12/31/2012 10:23:32 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: bgill
and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”

Where has he been the last 4 years??- tom

6 posted on 12/31/2012 10:23:57 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: Kaslin

Let’s be glad Mr Damon’s political wishes are not coming true. He leans a little to the left of Fidel Castro.


7 posted on 12/31/2012 10:23:57 AM PST by lurk
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To: Kaslin

“Blame for the forthcoming economic pain should be placed squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. Sure, he had bipartisan help for some of his cliff creation, but as President and the guy who promised to change Washington, he owns the outcome.”

But, guess what?

The Republicans (and Bush) are going to get the blame for the economy! Most Americans believe that Bush and Republican policies led to the 2008 economic crisis that was the worst since the Great Depression, and in November 2008, most Americans chose not to return to those policies.

Just like the blame for the Great Depression was hung on the Republican Party for two generations, so too will blame for the current economic situation.


8 posted on 12/31/2012 10:25:23 AM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2012 = Whigs 1856)
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To: Happy Rain

Almost too subtle...


9 posted on 12/31/2012 10:25:48 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Kaslin

>>“It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”<<

It’s not your fault.


10 posted on 12/31/2012 10:27:36 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: Kaslin

Here's a lead role for ya Matster - you'd be perfect for the part:

"The "idiot," I have said, is at times close to that boundary line where every idea and its opposite are recognized as true. That is, he has an intuition that no idea, no law, no character or order exists that is true and right except as seen from one pole – and for every pole there is an opposite pole. Settling upon a pole, adopting a position from which the world is viewed and arranged, this is the first principle of every order, every culture, every society and morality. Whoever feels, if only for an instant, that spirit and nature, good and evil are interchangeable is the most dangerous enemy of all forms of order. For that is where the opposite order is, and there chaos begins.

A way of thought that leads back to the unconscious, to chaos, destroys all forms of human organization. In conversation someone says to the "idiot" that he only speaks the truth, nothing more, and that this is deplorable. So it is. Everything is true, "Yes" can be said to anything. To bring order into the world, to attain goals, to make possible law, society, organization, culture, morality, "No" must be added to the "Yes," the world must be separated into opposites, into good and evil. However arbitrary the first establishment of each "No," each prohibition, may be, it becomes sacrosanct the instant it becomes law, produces results, becomes the foundation for a point of view and system of order.

The highest reality in the eyes of human culture lies in this dividing up of the world into bright and dark, good and evil, permissible and forbidden.

For Myshkin the highest reality, however, is the magical experience of the reversibility of all fixed rules, of the equal justification for the existence of both poles.

The Idiot, thought to its logical conclusion, leads to a matriarchy of the unconscious and annihilates culture. It does not break the tables of the law, it reverses them and shows their opposites written on the back."

--Thoughts on The Idiot, by Dostoevsky
--Hermann Hesse, 1919
http://www.gss.ucsb.edu/projects/hesse/works/idiot.pdf

 

 

11 posted on 12/31/2012 10:28:06 AM PST by TArcher
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To: Kaslin
"If things don't change, they'll stay the same." /s
12 posted on 12/31/2012 10:28:29 AM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: Happy Rain

“...best damn actor that ever lived.”

:)


13 posted on 12/31/2012 10:32:36 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Partisan Media Shills ping. Thanks Kaslin.


14 posted on 12/31/2012 10:37:38 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Happy Rain

“Damning with faint praise”?


15 posted on 12/31/2012 10:40:40 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Happy Rain
Matt Damon plays a lot of intelligent men in his movies...

...best damn actor that ever lived.

I will never understand the people who take the opinions of professional deceivers as meaningful information.

Actor's greatest skill is making you believe a false situation is true.

16 posted on 12/31/2012 10:44:05 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ILS21R

LOL!


17 posted on 12/31/2012 10:44:25 AM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Perkalong
Most Americans believe that Bush and Republican policies led to the 2008 economic crisis that was the worst since the Great Depression, and in November 2008, most Americans chose not to return to those policies.

Most Ignorant Americans believe that Bush and Republican policies led to the 2008 economic crisis that was the worst since the Great Depression, and in November 2008, most Americans chose not to return to those policies.

I fixed it

Study Confirms That Democrats Destroyed the Economy

Home - by BigFurHat - December 28, 2012 - 11:30 America/New_York - 20 Comments

The reason you hear Obama repeat over and over the stupid refrain ” why go back to the policies that got us in this mess?” is because he is employing typical progtardian behavior – projection.

Examiner -

A new study from the widely respected National Bureau of Economic Research released this week has confirmed beyond question that the left’s race-baiting attacks on the housing market (the Community Reinvestment Act–enacted under Carter, made shockingly more aggressive under Clinton) is directly responsible for imploding the housing market and destroying the economy.

The study painstakingly sorted through failed home loans that caused the housing market collapse and identified an overwhelming connection between them and CRA mortgages.

Again, let’s review:

-President Bush went to Congress repeatedly for years warning them that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were going to destroy the economy (17 times in 2008 alone). Democrats continuously ignored him, shut down his proposals along party lines and continued raiding the institutions for campaign contributions on their way down.

more

18 posted on 12/31/2012 10:46:28 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Most People Here on this site already know That Obama had No intentions of Cooperating on Sensible Reforms other than Transforming the United States into a Marxist Paradise.
The surprising thing is that Republicans as a whole REFUSE to make a Case,and as this article states,no one challenges Obama on anything,He makes statements on issues that Hours or days or weeks ago he made the exact opposite of.
The Rinos in the party are destroying the Hope of any opposition,they are cowards and only want to perpetuate the Country club down there. Unfortunately unless the Conservatives gain some sort of Power we are all screwed.


19 posted on 12/31/2012 10:50:17 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Kaslin

Damon has arrived at his Epiphany a little late in the dance. Could it be possible that he is not a student of history?

___


20 posted on 12/31/2012 10:55:09 AM PST by fightu4it (conquest by immigration and subversion spells the end of US.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Over Matt Moron's head for sure...
21 posted on 12/31/2012 10:57:00 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Outlawing guns because of Adam Lanza would be like outlawing free speech because of Bill Maher.")
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To: Kaslin

“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia, Matt”; .........


22 posted on 12/31/2012 11:06:52 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kaslin
Funny thing about reality is that "more than one thing can be true" .... it is the mark of an ideologue that only certain things can be true, other things must be false, or if not obviously false, falsifiable by propaganda (which the MSM does constantly).

It's true that downs create the ups, and ups the downs: it's called "boom and bust".

It's true that Alan Greenspan busted the Reagan-era boom by slamming the brakes on in 1999-2000. It's true that the markets began to decline in 2000, before Mr. Bush was elected (not "selected"), because of Greenspan's backroom necromancy.

It's true that the stock market has been in a primary bear market since 2000 despite Greenspan's and Bernanke's efforts to b.s. their way out of it, by printing money and taking on bad debts of others to help "work out" the bad credit they helped create.

It's true that on tax policy, the Wall Street crowd achieved an intellectual, moral, political, and practical ascendancy over all other schools of thought during the 90's, and that their "highest good" was ..... "pay me, give me ALL the money." It's what they do. "All money in the universe is mine, always was, and what we need to negotiate is how fast you can get it to me, so I can ....do creative things with it. Or whatever." These propositions rest on the ancient "con man's inequation": "The constant I is always greater than the variable U."

It's also true that Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd busted the housing market and, in Obama's case, got rich doing it .... while he wasn't running the Shirley Sherrod Ag Department scam.

It's also true that the major money-center banks and investment banks invented the Credit Default Swaps (CDS's) which now constitute 70 or 80% of the $100 trillion or so in public + private debt.

It's true there is plenty of blame to go 'round, but that Barack Obama is uniquely responsible for the fiscal mess of the last four years, and for trying to ruin the U.S. economy, break the middle class to poverty deliberately, and do every other thing he could think of, to work manifest injury to the People of the United States, because he is a black racist and hates them utterly.

23 posted on 12/31/2012 11:40:14 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

Matt thinks the game is rigged? Clever fellow that Matt.


24 posted on 12/31/2012 11:52:46 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Kaslin

Is there anything in the works to fix the AMT?

Regards,
GtG


25 posted on 12/31/2012 11:53:16 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Kaslin

ping


26 posted on 12/31/2012 12:11:25 PM PST by Jude in WV
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To: Kaslin

No kidding.


27 posted on 12/31/2012 3:30:10 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Happy Rain




28 posted on 01/01/2013 11:29:27 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Happy Rain




29 posted on 01/01/2013 11:29:45 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I love this.


30 posted on 01/01/2013 11:38:14 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: Lazamataz

You may fire it at will, my dear.


31 posted on 01/01/2013 6:31:49 PM PST by TheOldLady
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