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Obama’s Worst Week Yet(Column: The second-term train wreck may be only beginning)
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 19, 2013 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 04/19/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned speech Thursday at the memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. But that was to be expected. We all know Obama can give a stem-winder. What wasn’t expected was that this would be by far the toughest week of the Obama presidency—the first time I can remember the president being dealt an unequivocal policy defeat. Only the “shellacking” of the 2010 midterm comes close, and even there a case can be made that achieving the decades-old progressive dream of universal health care was worth losing the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

The flurry of developments in the investigation into the Boston attack, as well as into the Ricin-laced letters sent to the president and Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), as well as the devastating fertilizer explosion in Texas Wednesday night, as well as whatever other craziness happens in the next 24 hours, may obscure the significance of these past few days for the Obama presidency. But that would be a (somewhat understandable) mistake. Obama’s remarkable run of political luck has come to an end—and by his own hand.

The president has, time and again, seen events unfold to his advantage. He used the liberal moment of his first two years in office to expand the federal government dramatically. He has, by and large, achieved what he then set out to accomplish: health care reform, additional spending on education and alternative energy, a tax increase, defense cuts, and withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’s been blessed with incompetent rivals. The opponents he faced in 2008 and 2012 were weak candidates, and in both of his elections the economy favored his position (depression brought him to office; slow but steady reductions in unemployment kept him there). A flock of wacko birds in 2010 and 2012 helped keep the Senate Democratic.

The combination of policy success and coddling by the media was sure to affect the president’s judgment. His ego never has been what one could call petite. “Phil, what’s my name,” the president is said to have asked his legislative director one day in the first term. “President Obama,” the aide replied. And Obama said, “Of course I’m feeling lucky.”

Such words are usually delivered at the moment in the play when Nemesis appears onstage, ready to correct the hubris of a tragic hero. And though Obama is neither a tragic figure nor a heroic one, he definitely suffers from a case of misplaced confidence. He clearly assumed that the power of his oratory, his charisma, and national shock at the horror in Newtown, Conn., would allow him to sign the first significant gun legislation in a quarter of a century. He was wrong.

The president entered the gunfight with three priorities: reinstating the assault weapons ban, banning high-capacity magazines,and universal background checks. By the beginning of this week it was clear that the assault weapons and high-capacity magazine amendments could not pass the Senate and that the background check language would have to be riddled with loopholes and concessions to have any chance. The amendment cobbled together by Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) was a misshapen shadow of the original proposal.The president hoped it would earn the requisite 60 votes. It did not.

Hence the genuine frustration and anger the president displayed Wednesday evening during his statement on the failure of his gun initiatives. Obama’s words may have been a futile protest directed at the Senate and the NRA, but they also carried the weight of shock at his own inability to convince four Democratic senators to support Manchin-Toomey. Once more, in Obama’s view, “politics” had conspired to frustrate his will. But even he would have to acknowledge that this happened only because he chose to fight over gun control.

The public did not want a fight. It has consistently prioritized the economy and the deficit over gun control. Nor had Obama campaigned on gun regulations in 2012. If there was any substance to his reelection, it was the promise he made in the Des Moines Register interview to push for amnesty for illegal immigrants. But the president went ahead anyway, deluded by the polls and by the misperception that the politics of the gun issue had changed.

And so any objective spectator would have to ask: What exactly has the president accomplished in the first 100 days of his second term? And here the only answer can be that Obama won Chuck Hagel confirmation as secretary of defense despite only four Republican senators voting for him and having Hagel recant all of the positions that endeared him to the antiwar left and right. Some accomplishment.

Almost forgot: Obama has also made the Bush tax rates permanent for 98 percent of Americans and signed the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester into law. And I suppose you can also credit him for signing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Here is a presidency for which expectations are completely disproportionate to actual or possible achievements. The world conjured by Beyoncé and Richard Blanco and Barack Obama at the presidential inauguration in January is still some ways from coming into being. The president and his allies must now turn to the immigration deal agreed to by the so-called “Gang of Eight” in the Senate if they are to have any substantive legislative accomplishment prior to the onset of the 2014 campaign. But the success of that compromise depends on the extent to which Obama resists becoming involved in it. Which is a funny place to be for a transformational president.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) said at a committee hearing a few hours before he voted against Manchin-Toomey. He was referring to Obamacare, but the metaphor seems an apt description of the president’s second term. Indeed the confusion and cost increases that will accompany the implementation of Obamacare will redistribute the president’s political capital to Republican candidates in 2014. A decision by the president not to approve the Keystone pipeline would do the same.

If anything Baucus was speaking too late. This train wreck has already begun. And it is just getting started.


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1 posted on 04/19/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Not only that, but he lost two voters in Boston this week:

Even though they'll be able to vote in elections in the future.

2 posted on 04/19/2013 7:12:16 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: Kaslin

Whatever happened to North Korea???? Little dictator just go away?


3 posted on 04/19/2013 7:12:38 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t wait to hear how he spins this. The only time he condemns is when Christians hurt his co-religionists. When his buddies kill Christians, he never condemns it.

Will he call on his “justice” department to let this guy off lightly?


4 posted on 04/19/2013 7:14:28 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Kaslin

After his worse week ev’a, I guess he will have to either take a vacation or go for a round or two of golf ... or both. And the stress, oh the stress, on the wookie and her children will only be remedied by a vacation to some exotic destiny for a week or so.


5 posted on 04/19/2013 7:16:18 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: I want the USA back

If Republicans have any sense (Ha ha Ha ...) they will hammer home a stricter immigration policy than gang of 8 and the failure of Homeland Security/ intelligence gathering. Do it now, before BO twists it around.


6 posted on 04/19/2013 7:17:30 PM PDT by madameguinot
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To: Kaslin

He’ll skate out of it like a frog on ice. He always does. He has 99.9% of the media, academia, bureaucracy, Hollywood, the art establishment, musicians, Broadway, Cable TV, the nutroots, IT, Silicon Valley, Muslims, etc.


7 posted on 04/19/2013 7:17:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Kaslin
And the 2014 midterm elections are not to far off and all this will be still fresh in people's memories.
Oh yes he is a weakened preisident with that bill ran out of Congress, but, they won't give this up without a fight.
All the events that have taken place this week has not helped Obama, his administraion, and the main stream media at all, actually ? it has hurt their crediblity.
8 posted on 04/19/2013 7:18:08 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: MuttTheHoople

Figures… Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Supported Obama
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/figures-boston-bomber-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-supported-obama/


9 posted on 04/19/2013 7:18:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: ealgeone

I guess he has to do some more saber rattling again because no one is playing attention to him now.


10 posted on 04/19/2013 7:19:11 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: MuttTheHoople
Even though they'll be able to vote in elections in the future.

And knowing what Obama supporters are about, they'll each vote 4 or 5 times each, even though one is dead.

11 posted on 04/19/2013 7:19:19 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, but the main stream media took a great big black eye in crediblity in all this and they do not look good at all.
It gave the independents and moderates a closer look at them.
12 posted on 04/19/2013 7:21:35 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: ealgeone
Whatever happened to North Korea???? Little dictator just go away?

My thoughts exactly. Could the Kim Jong Un's threats be just Obama administration propaganda?

13 posted on 04/19/2013 7:24:10 PM PDT by Prolixus (Summum ius summa inuria.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

bozo has to deal with this now, will he push for death seeing as the left is against it?


14 posted on 04/19/2013 7:28:42 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” He always does. He has 99.9% of the media, academia, bureaucracy, Hollywood, the art establishment, musicians, Broadway, Cable TV, the nutroots, IT, Silicon Valley, Muslims, etc.”
______________________________________________________

You left out the 50+% of the American public which is, thanks to the Marxist MSM and public education, BRAIN DEAD.
It is very unlikely that the country will recover.
I do not expect to return, even for a visit.
The reelection of Obumbo proves what I say.


15 posted on 04/19/2013 7:33:11 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Prolixus; ealgeone

It is strange that North Korea dropped off the media radar right after the Boston terrorist attacks.


16 posted on 04/19/2013 7:34:46 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Kaslin

Obama should be impeached and Holder imprisoned. Obama/Holder/FBI was warned about the older brother being an Islamic radical by another country (Russia?) - and nothing was done.

First bombing on US soil in 20 years.

Oh, forgot.

There is no one in our government to hold them accountable.


17 posted on 04/19/2013 7:40:32 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: Kaslin

Ya think BENGHAZI won’t help the Dictator In Chief and Ms. Hillary when the truth comes out???


18 posted on 04/19/2013 7:41:40 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Kaslin

>The second-term train wreck may be only beginning)<

.
For this country.


19 posted on 04/19/2013 7:42:50 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Getting involved in the immigration debate following the terror attack and all the extraneous details will mire him down more. Maybe he will just hole up in the White House and leave all of us alone.


20 posted on 04/19/2013 7:50:46 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think that Barry is skating anywhere on this. Benghazi is too far away...the Boston terror attacks have captured America’s attention and the folks will demand answers.


21 posted on 04/19/2013 7:50:51 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Kaslin

May get worse if there is more to the Saudi national story


22 posted on 04/19/2013 7:54:10 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: American Constitutionalist

“Yeah, but the main stream media took a great big black eye in crediblity in all this and they do not look good at all.”

In my humble opinion the MSM has looked like/sounded like/acted like crap for a long time now. This episode won’t cause them to soul-search or look at policies. They always think they do a terrific job.


23 posted on 04/19/2013 7:54:59 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: taterjay

Not only immigration but I don’t think this helped the gun debate either. If I had been told to lock my doors and stay inside I damn sure would be armed.


24 posted on 04/19/2013 8:01:20 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Even though they'll be able to vote in elections in the future.

Conceivably the surviving one could. Convicted felons in Massachusetts can vote and they have no death penalty. He might very well vote in another election.

25 posted on 04/19/2013 8:08:28 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I was thinking the same. How many good little liberal men were huddling in their homes last night with no fire arms to protect their wives and children wouldn’t of giving their eye teeth for an AR15 with a 30 round clip.


26 posted on 04/19/2013 8:08:48 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I guess these senators remember what happened to Pelosi in 2010. They all voted for his healthcare bill. But now they’re starting to back track. Baucus wants more than 36 years of being treated like royalty.


27 posted on 04/19/2013 8:20:49 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Kaslin

BO needs a ton of lipstick for this pig...a Khardashian amount of lipstick.


28 posted on 04/19/2013 8:37:46 PM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Kaslin

from my point of view this is revisionist and pure bs. sounds like establishment “history” in the making.

the conservative people of America have been fighting obama with prayer and political opposition for 5 years. we were in the streets with the tea party in his first spring. we were knowledgeable about him before he was even elected, especially after the deal between goldman and bush, obama and mccain. we knew exactly who he was, a marxist, liberation theology spawned thug from chicago. an alinsky educated, frank marshal accolyte, and “community” organizer. we have altered or beaten him on everything he has tried when the republicans or libertarians didn’t stab us in the back. and the bad news for obama is that we “haven’t yet begun to fight.”

and not just on guns. just off the top of my head. 2010 national elections and 2014, our meat and potatoes, an off year election is coming up. local and state we’ve walloped him and his unions. remember, card check was stopped by us. remeber scott walker! we stopped him on his carbon tax, based on the global warming tax. we’ve beaten him on muslim acceptance and cowing us on the united nations (yes he got that start treaty through thanks to the republicans). yes he won in the supreme court again thanks to a republican (benedict roberts). we’ve limited him on abortion and his religious attack against religion (yes us bitter clingers). we altered and harrassed him on obamacare so much that this is the reason it’s so full of holes. remember christmas eve how they had to ram it through. we’ve limited his attacks on the internet.

no. we’ve beaten him plenty of times, against all odds, and with little or no help from the establisment d.c. one party system. and we’re not going to quit. ever.

just us, the little old American people.


29 posted on 04/19/2013 8:45:07 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: Kaslin

Very good article! I agree with most everything stated. Thanks for posting it, Kaslin!


30 posted on 04/19/2013 11:53:57 PM PDT by octex
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To: American Constitutionalist

Wait, My crystal ball says more scandals are on the way. We have not gotten to the bottom of Benghazi. More corruption will hit as the big ball starts to untangle. The MSM is losing their faith in Obama. Watch and wait—2014 will be a referendum on Obama and his weak rule. We must rally the tea Party! Gather the Patriots! support those who would re-establish the rule of the Constitution.


31 posted on 04/20/2013 12:15:39 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Yes indeed , there are people willing to come forward in the Bengazhi case and new evidense.
Perhaps ? Fast & Furious case can be reopened again to.
32 posted on 04/20/2013 3:51:49 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Arlis

The entire administration should be impeached


33 posted on 04/20/2013 4:14:08 AM PDT 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

“The second-term train wreck may be only beginning.”

Nah.

His hardcore supporters, formidable and growing, will never allow this administation to become a train wreck.
They will turn it into a phoenix. (Just about
fifty-percent now, about sixty-percent when they pass amnesty.)

IMHO

IMHO


34 posted on 04/20/2013 5:11:45 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Funny how the MSM is no longer speculating on why the terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon.

They just can’t seem to speak the words “For the Greater Glory of allah” that the infidels had to be killed.

We are going to learn that the muslims terrorists and terrorist mosque were well know to police but due to the current administration (both in Boston and Washington) were left alone.

That the muslim terrorists and all around them were big obama supporters.

That the failure to enforce CURRENT immigration law contributed to the bombings.

I wonder if the Republicans will use bombing victims as props as a rebuttal to an obama speech to achieve their political ends? Or would they have more class than that?


35 posted on 04/20/2013 6:26:57 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.
...the first time I can remember the president being dealt an unequivocal policy defeat. Only the “shellacking” of the 2010 midterm comes close, and even there a case can be made that achieving the decades-old progressive dream of universal health care was worth losing the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The flurry of developments in the investigation into the Boston attack, as well as into the Ricin-laced letters sent to the president and Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.)...
by a liberal Democrat: The reason the Demwit did his amateurish Ricin terrorist-wannabee thing *may* have been his strict anti-war pacifist stance and never-ending work for the civil liberties of the victims of US imperialism heinously imprisoned without trial at Gitmo. /s
...as well as the devastating fertilizer explosion in Texas Wednesday night, as well as whatever other craziness happens in the next 24 hours, may obscure the significance of these past few days for the Obama presidency. But that would be a (somewhat understandable) mistake. Obama’s remarkable run of political luck has come to an end -- and by his own hand.
Funny thing, I didn't see anything about Zero's push to run roughshod over the Constitution with an illegal gun confiscation scheme.


36 posted on 04/20/2013 7:15:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Almost forgot: Obama has also made the Bush tax rates permanent for 98 percent of Americans and signed the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester into law. And I suppose you can also credit him for signing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act... The world conjured by Beyoncé and Richard Blanco and Barack Obama at the presidential inauguration in January is still some ways from coming into being. The president and his allies must now turn to the immigration deal agreed to by the so-called “Gang of Eight” in the Senate if they are to have any substantive legislative accomplishment prior to the onset of the 2014 campaign. But the success of that compromise depends on the extent to which Obama resists becoming involved in it. Which is a funny place to be for a transformational president.

37 posted on 04/20/2013 7:32:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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in [Zero]’s view, “politics” had conspired to frustrate his will. But even he would have to acknowledge that this happened only because he chose to fight over gun control. The public did not want a fight. It has consistently prioritized the economy and the deficit over gun control. Nor had Obama campaigned on gun regulations in 2012. If there was any substance to his reelection, it was the promise he made in the Des Moines Register interview to push for amnesty for illegal immigrants... What exactly has [Zero] accomplished in the first 100 days of his second term? ...won Chuck Hagel confirmation as secretary of defense despite only four Republican senators voting for him and having Hagel recant all of the positions that endeared him to the antiwar left and right. Some accomplishment.
Quibble -- there is no antiwar right.


38 posted on 04/20/2013 7:35:11 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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WE Hate Pakistan(porkistan) oink oink

WE Hate Pakistan(porkistan) oink oink

39 posted on 04/20/2013 7:37:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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The Obama Tax Hikes

to go with

The Obama Recession


40 posted on 04/20/2013 7:37:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: All
His sap-happy speech after the bomber was caught cautioned Americans not to rush to judgement that diversity was "our strength" (or some nonsense like that).

IOW...he said, hey, I gotta get control of the Congress---"diversity" will get Dems reelected. So, you stupid Americans, just relax, lay back, and enjoy it as the terrorists come to kill you.

41 posted on 04/20/2013 7:42:24 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Kaslin

42 posted on 04/20/2013 2:52:55 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

43 posted on 04/20/2013 2:59:07 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: American Constitutionalist

44 posted on 04/20/2013 3:01:24 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: 4Liberty

love it, ain’t that the truth.


45 posted on 04/20/2013 8:17:17 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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