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American Banana Republic
National Review ^ | 9/20/13 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 09/22/2013 10:54:40 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The decay of a free society doesn’t happen overnight, but we’re getting there.

"This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Mo., on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.”

He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, which glorious American tradition seems to come round earlier every year. “This is not a deadbeat nation,” President Obama continued. “We don’t run out on our tab.” True. But we don’t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, “Mebbe you’ve had enough, pal,” we protest, “Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ’em up, Joe.” And he gives you that look that kinda says he wishes you’d run out on your tab back when it was $23.68.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bananarepublic; freedom; liberty; marksteyn; totalitarianism

Our fight for freedom MATTERS!

Do not give up.

1 posted on 09/22/2013 10:54:40 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
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2 posted on 09/22/2013 11:08:14 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is not bliss. It is the road to serfdom.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
‘This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Mo., on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.”

OK, so latinos may grow bananas but they're not idiots.  America's the one figuring out how to pay the $trillion yearly interest payments.

3 posted on 09/22/2013 11:22:37 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: SoFloFreeper
Another brilliant column by Steyn.
4 posted on 09/22/2013 11:28:33 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Proximity to state power is now the best way to make money.

Says it all. Everyone else suffers, but the looters are on top of the world.

5 posted on 09/22/2013 11:40:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! O! Daaaaaaaaaaaay. O!


6 posted on 09/22/2013 11:49:22 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
The FDA has been trying to decide how to appropriately label children's and infants' Tylenol since the 1980s. Because they have not formulated a rule, the bottle instruct parents to "call your doctor" for dosage. Here is the link: http://www.tylenol.com/children/subchild

Steyn says: "Is all this spending necessary? Every day, the foot-of-page-37 news stories reveal government programs it would never occur to your dimestore caudillo to blow money on. On Thursday, it was the Food and Drug Administration blowing just shy of $200 grand to find out whether its Twitter and Facebook presence is “well-received.” A fifth of a million dollars isn’t even a rounding error in most departmental budgets, so nobody cares. But the FDA is one of those sclerotic American institutions that has near to entirely seized up. In October 1920, it occurred to an Ontario doctor called Frederick Banting that insulin might be isolated and purified and used to treat diabetes; by January 1923, Eli Lilly & Co were selling insulin to American pharmacies: A little over two years from concept to market. Now the FDA adds at least half-a-decade to the process, and your chances of making it through are far slimmer: As recently as the late Nineties, they were approving 157 new drugs per half-decade. Today it’s less than half that.

"But they’ve got $182,000 to splash around on finding out whether people really like them on Facebook, or they’re just saying that. So they’ve given the dough to a company run by Dan Beckmann, a former “new media aide” to President Obama. That has the whiff of the banana republic about it, too...."

7 posted on 09/22/2013 11:56:34 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: SoFloFreeper

Maybe not overnight but this isn’t the country it was just 4 years ago.


8 posted on 09/22/2013 12:53:38 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“This is not a deadbeat nation,” President Obama continued. “We don’t run out on our tab.” True. But we don’t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, “Mebbe you’ve had enough, pal,” we protest, “Jush another couple trillion for the road. Set ’em up, Joe.” And he gives you that look that kinda says he wishes you’d run out on your tab back when it was $23.68.

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Actually, Obama is exactly like the mob and the Joe Pesci character in “Goodfellas”. Pesci owes a $7000 tab in a restaurant and when the owner asks for payment, he gets smashed in the face for the temerity to bring it up. Then, the mob takes over the restaurant when the owner goes to the Capo to ask for “protection”. The mob loots the place to the point of bankruptcy then sets it on fire for the insurance money.

Is that not the perfect example for what the SCUMBAG politicians are doing to this country?


9 posted on 09/22/2013 1:02:27 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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Just saw LeBoutilier (sp) former congressman from NY, on Fox. I imagine he’s former because he cashed in and retired. He said Cruz and the other “rock stars” aren’t stars for long. He said to look at Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. He said “If you want to come up here and stay, you have to do things that work.” That’s their mindset. They go to DC to stay. Doing what they were sent to do never enters their minds.


10 posted on 09/22/2013 1:11:04 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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I followed LeBoutilier for a few years, he was the guy who was putting out predictions of a huge scandal every year, something that was sure to bring the entire system down. Newsmax put his articles out, several years ago.

Outside of Obama being elected (which is certainly bringing the system down), I never heard what the big scandal was. Something that had to do with higher-ups in both parties that had been going on for many years.


11 posted on 09/22/2013 1:28:46 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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To: SoFloFreeper
“We’re not some banana republic.”

Not from where I'm sittin'! :O

12 posted on 09/22/2013 5:15:31 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: SoFloFreeper
His hubris is boundless and the irony of his statement is colossal.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

13 posted on 09/22/2013 6:00:55 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Ma<center> <table backgrines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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