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  •  If central government... (0+ / 0-) the solution... needs to accept Verizon and OWS monitoring!

    In a country with almost 316M people, most of whom could not find Washington DC on a map or compute compound annual interest over 30 years at 2% per annum, most of these folks don't understand national, let alone global, finance and politics, what should one expect in a representative democracy?

    Bush and Obama happily ignored the notion of civil rights. Frankly, Bush was caught up in history (9/11) and had never promised anything else. Obama did - and, here we are many years later, with our calls still being tracked.

    One can defend Obama (for the same reason I didn't understand why anyone thought he was qualified to be POTUS) by "he was idealistic and didn't understand the reality of it" -- but there are tens of millions of people in the United States who were as qualified, why pick Obama?

    When vetting startup companies that court me, I look at the CEO and primary investors and look their experience and background. I do the same in the ballot box. Dreams are cheap, delivery is what I look for.

    •  Why pick Obama? Well, let's see.... (1+ / 0-)
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      there were John McCain and Sarah Palin running against Obama and Joe Biden.  Well, given that choice, I guess I'll vote for Obama!  Tens of milliions of other equally qualified people weren't running.

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 03:16:42 AM PDT

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