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  •  There is no point in reducing the deficit. (0+ / 0-)

    We "sacrifice" , and they "spend".  

    If money is speech, then speech must be money. Call your mortgage company and pay your rent now.

    by dkmich on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:00:37 AM PST

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    •  Money exists to be spent. (3+ / 0-)
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      Your sig line is unnecessarily sarcastic. Money is not speech; it is a symbolic representation of an obligation, just as the written word is a symbolic and tangible representation of the spoken word and, for that matter, of the unspoken word. Writing is "the word made flesh," -- i.e. sound rendered in material, tangible and visible form.
      Money is also a tangible representation of an idea, of intent, of obligation. Self-centered, instinct-driven people who have no sense of connection simply don't get the connection between money and obligation because they don't get obligation to begin with. They don't get owing; only owning. They are isolates to whom things adhere and the mere prospect of letting something go is frightening.
      I've often said that self-centered people are like a spinning top, having no awareness that it is about to stop spinning and topple over. Perhaps this spinning metaphor can also serve to explain their relationship to things sucked into their orbit, like the moon around the earth is held in place by the gravitational force. So the self-centered accumulate assets to give them more weight and the prospect of giving some up is devastating. In other words, they can't help accumulating and habit makes it obsessive.
      Whence comes the obsessive need to accumulate? An insatiable sense of neediness? The old codger we rescued from his clutter explained that he accumulated things because they were more reliable, in his experience, than relatives. Then his house started to fall in around him.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:27:22 AM PST

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      •  You have a point? (0+ / 0-)

        Who are you lecturing on the merits of obligation and duty?  

        We didn't trash the hotel room, and I'm not going to be happy if I have to pay for it.   If I had wanted austerity and tax cuts, I would have voted for Romney.   Obama cutting a deal at the expense of his voters is unacceptable.   It is time for Obama to meet his obligations to the people who elected him, not the people who want to destroy him and us.   I am sick of Republicans, corporations, and red states mooching off the rest of us and calling us the welfare queens.    

        If money is speech, then speech must be money. Call your mortgage company and pay your rent now.

        by dkmich on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:37:17 PM PST

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