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America has become a Nation of Hardship for many. The American Dream has morphed into a fairytale and those diehards, who still believe in it, most likely also believe in the list of fantasies we had fed our children from day one such as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. When 2% of a Nation is seized with greed they becomes sociopathic (without a conscience) and Aristotle’s quote: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, for the 2%, the whole is their assets and profits, and that's greater than the sum of its parts, we-the-people… (power and $$$ being the only bottom-line). But they still need the hoi polloi to feed their capital, they cannot maintain their political strength without them, so they continue to propagandize the delusion that the proletariat can also become rich and live the American Dream, no matter how low on the income scale they may be. We the huddled masses of this country are the majority but that holds no water because we behave as though we, more than life itself, need the 2%, they take care of us, they are our protectors our guardians and they will help make us rich. It’s an old story that’s been told and retold before, think, Pinocchio who was lured into slavery by promises of prosperity …

“Pinocchio faces another challenge when he is lured to Pleasure Island by the promise of games, toys, and all the candy he can eat. As a result of his unconscionable actions, he turns into a donkey.” (LINK)
That says it all… thinkingblue

PS: If only those who lure us into compliance had noses that would grow longer with each lie, we then would know where the sociopaths were hiding… but at present, we only have our common-sense to rely on. USE IT!

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” ~John Steinbeck~
This quote should be at the entrance of The Capital Building! thinkingblue

STOP THE GAMES
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Conservatives Split Over Strategy on Health Law

By ERIC LIPTON and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
Published: October 10, 2013

WASHINGTON — Under attack for the government shutdown, some of the most vocal elements of the conservative wing of the Republican Party are publicly splintering, a sign of growing concerns among even hard-core conservatives that the defeat-health-care-at-any-cost strategy may have backfired.

The dispute centers on the best way to oppose President Obama’s health care plan: to immediately try to bring it down by blocking any federal budget deal that includes funding for it, or to gradually build public opposition until Congress and the White House are controlled by elected officials willing to repeal the law.

On Thursday, the divisions were on display as conservative groups like the Heritage Action for America said they would not fight a short-term increase in the debt ceiling while Americans for Prosperity insisted just a few days ago that any increase be tied to cuts in social programs.

Their actions followed an unusual public statement on Wednesday by the Koch Companies, the conglomerate controlled by the billionaire conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, who sent a letter to the Senate stating that they did not support the effort led by Heritage Action to force the partial closing of federal government as a way to eliminate funding for the health care program.

“We want to set the record straight and correct this misinformation,” the letter said.

The conflicting opinions, which had been kept mostly private for months as the budget conflict in Washington escalated, reflect a growing fear that the Republicans will be blamed for fallout from the government shutdown without anything to show for it.

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