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33 Shocking Facts Which Show How Badly The Economy Has Tanked Under Obama
Zero Hedge ^ | 8-21-13 | Michael Snyder

Posted on 08/21/2013 5:27:31 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat

Barack Obama has been running around the country taking credit for an "economic recovery", but the truth is that things have not gotten better under Obama. Compared to when he first took office, a smaller percentage of the working age population is employed, the quality of our jobs has declined substantially and the middle class has been absolutely shredded. If we are really in the middle of an "economic recovery", why is the homeownership rate the lowest that it has been in 18 years? Why has the number of Americans on food stamps increased by nearly 50 percent while Obama has been in the White House? Why has the national debt gotten more than 6 trillion dollars larger during the Obama era? Obama should not be "taking credit" for anything when it comes to the economy. In fact, he should be deeply apologizing to the American people.

And of course Obama is being delusional if he thinks that he is actually "running the economy". The Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system than he does. But the mainstream media loves to fixate on the presidency, so presidents always get far too much credit or far too much blame for economic conditions.

But if you do want to focus on "the change" that has taken place since Barack Obama entered the White House, there is no way in the world that you can claim that things have actually gotten better during that time frame. The cold, hard reality of the matter is that the U.S. economy has been steadily declining for over a decade, and this decline has continued while Obama has been living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is getting very tiring listening to Obama supporters try to claim that Obama has improved the economy. That is a false claim that is not even remotely close to reality. The following are 33 shocking facts which show how badly the U.S. economy has tanked since Obama became president...

#1 When Barack Obama entered the White House, 60.6 percent of working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.7 percent of working age Americans have a job.

#2 Since Obama has been president, seven out of every eight jobs that have been "created" in the U.S. economy have been part-time jobs.

#3 The number of full-time workers in the United States is still nearly 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.

#4 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers now make less than $30,000 a year.

#5 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

#6 When the Obama era began, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks. Today, it is 36.6 weeks.

#7 During the first four years of Obama, the number of Americans "not in the labor force" soared by an astounding 8,332,000. That far exceeds any previous four year total.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#9 When Obama was elected, the homeownership rate in the United States was 67.5 percent. Today, it is 65.0 percent. That is the lowest that it has been in 18 years.

#10 When Obama entered the White House, the mortgage delinquency rate was 7.85 percent. Today, it is 9.72 percent.

#11 In 2008, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 268 billion dollars. Last year, it was 315 billion dollars.

#12 When Obama first became president, 12.5 million Americans had manufacturing jobs. Today, only 11.9 million Americans have manufacturing jobs.

#13 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

#14 The poverty rate has shot up to 16.1 percent. That is actually higher than when the War on Poverty began in 1965.

#15 During Obama's first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.

#16 When Barack Obama entered the White House, there were about 32 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 47 million Americans on food stamps.

#17 At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#18 When Barack Obama took office, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.85. Today, it is $3.53.

#19 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#20 Health insurance costs have risen by 29 percent since Barack Obama became president, and Obamacare is going to make things far worse.

#21 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

#22 According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration...

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

#23 In 2008, that total amount of student loan debt in this country was 440 billion dollars. At this point, it has shot up to about a trillion dollars.

#24 According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

#25 During Obama's first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance rose by more than 18 percent.

#26 The total amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has grown by 32 percent since Barack Obama became president.

#27 According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

#28 As I wrote about the other day, American households are now receiving more money directly from the federal government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#29 Under Barack Obama, the velocity of money (a very important indicator of economic health) has plunged to a post-World War II low.

#30 At the end of 2008, the Federal Reserve held $475.9 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. Today, Fed holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds have skyrocketed past the 2 trillion dollar mark.

#31 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is up to 101 percent.

#32 During Obama's first term, the federal government accumulated more new debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.

#33 When you break it down, the amount of new debt accumulated by the U.S. government during Obama's first term comes to approximately $50,521 for every single household in the United States. Are you able to pay your share?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoeconomy; bhofascism; corruption; criminalpresident; democrats; economy; fascism; hopeandchange; layoffs; obama; obamacare; scandals; top10; unemployment
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1 posted on 08/21/2013 5:27:31 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: RKBA Democrat

But his new designer dog is just so CUTE!


2 posted on 08/21/2013 5:31:07 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: RKBA Democrat
34. My liberal friends are no longer posting pro-Obama articles on Facebook.
3 posted on 08/21/2013 5:32:21 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: madprof98

“But his new designer dog is just so CUTE!”

And what’s up with the Kardashians? You think they’ll have another baby?


4 posted on 08/21/2013 5:32:29 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Huskrrrr

35. The only growth industry out there is beggary.


5 posted on 08/21/2013 5:33:05 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: RKBA Democrat

6 posted on 08/21/2013 5:35:57 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: RKBA Democrat

Buggery, also. What with all the fag marriage and stuff.


7 posted on 08/21/2013 5:36:05 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: RKBA Democrat

Here’s a look at the economy from a mom’s perspective: When my son was born in September 2008, a box of generic Walmart dipes was $12.89 while a box of Pampers was $19.99. My daughter was born in August 2011 and a box of generic Walmart dipes was $14.99 while the Pampers were $23.99. Our second daughter will arrive any day now and generic Walmart dipes are $19.99. I don’t know what Pampers are, although looking at the price might send me into labor. We’re in the middle of an addition and remodel and we found some stuff packed away in dipe boxes from 2008. There were more dipes per box than in today’s box. Price up, quantity down in five short years. Wipes are about the same price, but the quantity has been cut in half.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 5:43:19 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

The whole point of Obama has been to destroy the last superpower.

This means economically and industrially.

It also means destroying the middle class, where the heart of the country is - the people that actually get things done. Make things. Move things. Build things. Service things. Repair things. Keep things moving.

The middle class is the class that can prevent the destruction of the country, because together they have NUMBERS and enough combined power to force physical change, if necessary. Once all that’s left is a 1-5% elite class, a 5-10% protector class, and a 85% poor class (inner party/outer party) system, even though they are vastly numbered, they don’t have power and means to overturn the well armed, well-fed and taken care of protector class and elites.

That’s what Obama’s doing.


9 posted on 08/21/2013 5:44:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: goodwithagun

use cloth. I raised four on plain cloth diapers, with pins and ripstop waterproof pants.


10 posted on 08/21/2013 5:47:14 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Secret Agent Man

The whole point of Obama has been to destroy the last superpower.

__________________

He is Soros-puppet.

Soros hates the States


11 posted on 08/21/2013 5:48:01 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: goodwithagun

I’ve noticed the same trend. When I started the “surviving socialism” ping list some years back, it was somewhat tongue in cheek. It isn’t tongue in cheek anymore.

Links to money saving threads:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3054819/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2948036/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2132670/posts


12 posted on 08/21/2013 5:49:57 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: RKBA Democrat
In my earlier days this kind of performance would have had a POTUS kicked to the curb by a landslide after his first term.

Problem now is that the scales of society have severely tilted from a success based populus to one in love with entitlements. When you add Minorites (20%) + Moonbat liberals (15%) + Labor (5%) + Moderate Low info, Low IQ voters (10%), you may have perpetual success for the socialist party (dim) in this country.

It will be a scary day of reckoning when those living of the left hind teat of the tax payer finally loses it after the tax payers revolt.

13 posted on 08/21/2013 5:52:46 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Chickensoup

While I understand that and I can still afford disposable, the point of the post was that we see the economy tanking every day. The next time your at the store take a look at the ice-cream. A half-gallon is no longer a half-gallon. Check out the one pound container of coffee and then squint at the weight- it’s only 12 ounces now. Its the same with the Cream of Wheat my kids eat each morning. Take a bathroom break and check out how wide your roll of toilet paper is compared to the width of the toilet paper holder. The tp used to stretch end to end. Now it’s more costly for less product. I have a huge garden and can and freeze as much as I can. The cost of canning jars has skyrocketed because more people are getting back to that.


14 posted on 08/21/2013 5:54:45 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Phony economy...


15 posted on 08/21/2013 5:55:15 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: RKBA Democrat

“The Great ObamaNation” promised that he was going to fundamentally change our nation. All this proves just how successful he has been.


16 posted on 08/21/2013 5:58:14 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: RKBA Democrat

Ping for distribution tomorrow


17 posted on 08/21/2013 6:05:30 PM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: RKBA Democrat
So.. LET'S RE-ELECT HIM! LOL!

A president's record does not matter when he has the females of America under his 'sexual fantasy with a gay black man' spell thing goin' on. Yeeeee'ah baby, mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmm (Enter Barry White music)

18 posted on 08/21/2013 6:05:40 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: goodwithagun

Ahhh. A canner! So tell me, do you think it’s worth the time? Would you get a pressure cooker setup or just stick with the hot water bath? Who has the best deal on jars? I’m thinking about taking it up.

Thanks in advance. RD


19 posted on 08/21/2013 6:06:35 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: goodwithagun

Oh I understand how much less value my money has in the past 6 years.


20 posted on 08/21/2013 6:10:16 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: goodwithagun
As a retailer that's what we've been seeing. Smaller quantities per same sized container, clearly labeled but with an obvious trend towards higher prices for everything. Prices are going up and have been for some time now. Marketers are doing their best to fool you.

We noticed great prices on quart and 10 oz tubes of caulk that were actually 20% less product. For that matter, check out what has been going on with a bag of charcoal.

It's buyer beware. Mom & Pops like us are just as outraged, but that doesn't help or make it any better.

21 posted on 08/21/2013 6:12:13 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: RKBA Democrat


22 posted on 08/21/2013 6:15:08 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

This is where the culture has devolved down to. It really isn’t about his politics AS MUCH AS IT IS about our culture - the pResident has to be ‘kool’. Remember Klintoon playing his sax on Letterman with the youts and females going nuts? Of course Klintoon’s oval orifice activity made him ‘kool’ to his followers also - if I remember correctly Klintoon’s approval rating actually went up during his impeachment.


23 posted on 08/21/2013 6:23:16 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: RKBA Democrat

If you garden it’s most definitely worth the time. If you purchase fresh from a farmers market for health reasons (non-gmo, organic, etc.) it’s still cheaper than buying those items canned or frozen at the store. Start with water bath and high acid foods until you establish a canning routine, then move onto pressure canning and low acid foods. Check with your county extension to see if there are any pressure canning classes. Youtube probably has some great vids as well. As for jars, Walmart price rules around here.


24 posted on 08/21/2013 6:24:35 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Cheerio

There are people who can’t pay their rent anymore (and have to move in with other people) and who can’t afford to own a car anymore and have to take the bus, and they STILL voted for this imposter.


25 posted on 08/21/2013 6:27:46 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Secret Agent Man

Exactly! Collapse the system by overloading it.

The communists goals were clear about the strong middle class. The rich or course control whatever system there is and the poor are the useful idiots who use their vote to beg for more handouts.

What is shocking is how well the stated objectives of the communists had succeeded under their black teflon skinned salesman. Any objections are immediately called a name. I can’t believe it. Sticks and stones. How many lives have been ruined by the fear of a stupid word - racist?


26 posted on 08/21/2013 6:29:12 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Phony accomplishments


27 posted on 08/21/2013 6:30:24 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Thank you for that article, depressing though it was.


28 posted on 08/21/2013 6:31:25 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Chickensoup

plain cloth diapers...”

And once the baby is out of diapers, they make the best dust cloths ever.


29 posted on 08/21/2013 6:32:05 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: thecodont

Of course they vote for this imposter - they’re desperate thanks to the imposter. They don’t see the cause and effect of the communist. They are exactly what he wants.

“When the people get hungry enough they’ll take anything you give them”


30 posted on 08/21/2013 6:32:17 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Grams A

And once the baby is out of diapers, they make the best dust cloths ever

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they do they do!


31 posted on 08/21/2013 6:34:06 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: goodwithagun

I also notice it when using one of my old recipes that calls for one can or box of something as one of the ingredients. Never used to have to measure anything because it was all standard 16 ounce or one pound. Nothing is 16 ounces any more. That extra ounce does make a difference in consistency and taste on occasion. For some things I would rather they’d leave the size alone and just increase the price. Nobody is being fooled because the price always ends up being more for less.


32 posted on 08/21/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Just leaves me gasping. This economy is hardly breathing. If it were a human you’d have to put a mirror up to it to see if it is actually breathing.

The number of people making less than $30,000 a year is staggering. These people could make more on the dole and that is the shame of it. Just plain humiliating.


33 posted on 08/21/2013 6:38:55 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Secret Agent Man

“...The middle class is the class that can prevent the destruction of the country, ...”

Not when half of them are too stupid to realize what a hardcore Marxist asshole is... and votes one into the highest office.


34 posted on 08/21/2013 6:39:26 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Save


35 posted on 08/21/2013 6:44:00 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Standing Wolf

You’re welcome. And it is depressing as hell.


36 posted on 08/21/2013 6:44:03 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: goodwithagun
I Got a vacuum sealer. Not the food saver kind but a commercial chamber sealer. With it I can put up way more in less time than running a batch of jars. Takes me less than a minute to seal a bag.

With a chamber sealer you can also do liquids or powders with out messing up the vacuum pump. I will marinate meat in a bag all day because it will suck the liquid into the meat.

What I have is a vacmaster and it cost about $550 on amazon. Because it is a chamber sealer the bags are not the expensive bags for the other sealers. They cost about 8-10 cents each which is less than the cost of canning jar lids.

In addition I picked up a power inverter for about $35 dollars for my freezer. It allows me to run two freezers from my car battery if the power goes out.

I still can but it is when I make broth during the winter. This way the heat from canning heats my house and adds humidity to the air in the winter.

37 posted on 08/21/2013 6:45:36 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: RKBA Democrat

If the economy is so bad, how can Pres—ent Screwtape afford to spend 1.5 billion a year on vacations?


38 posted on 08/21/2013 6:49:26 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Huskrrrr

<< 34. My liberal friends are no longer posting pro-Obama articles on Facebook. >>

Haha! Same here.


39 posted on 08/21/2013 6:50:33 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists!)
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To: Chickensoup
Soros hates the States

Obama hates white people.

40 posted on 08/21/2013 7:00:24 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I know some girls who fell for this.. one even called him her new boyfriend. Now her husband has left and she is miserable. And I think she had too many abortions to ever have kids...so she is alone. Aren’t liberals a great friend to women???


41 posted on 08/21/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

This is no longer a recession... this is the Great O’pression


42 posted on 08/21/2013 7:10:32 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

43 posted on 08/21/2013 7:16:38 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Huskrrrr

if you still have liberal friends... you’re doing it wrong


44 posted on 08/21/2013 7:18:13 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Texas Eagle

is that how much his nonstop vacations have cost?

I have to admit I’m torn... would I really want him ‘working’ more?


45 posted on 08/21/2013 7:22:49 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Ping for later


46 posted on 08/21/2013 7:23:56 PM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: goodwithagun

Thanks lots for the advice!


47 posted on 08/21/2013 7:24:55 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: sten
I have to admit I’m torn... would I really want him ‘working’ more?

It is a conundrum.

48 posted on 08/21/2013 7:25:07 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Really? Women fantasize about him?

Ewww.

On that note, I think it’s time for a shower. G’night all.


49 posted on 08/21/2013 7:29:58 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: RKBA Democrat
At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

Even stranger - the MSM - a group that luvs the homeless - isn't doing stories about them anymore... Any guess as to why?

50 posted on 08/21/2013 7:31:44 PM PDT by GOPJ (- - NSA - The only part of government that actually listens...Joe Kovacs)
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