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All Roads Lead to Rome . . . and Then Athens

by Keith Koffler on April 25, 2012, 11:12 am

We are acting like ancient Rome. And soon we will be modern Greece.

I thought you might appreciate this video as President Obama embarks on Day Five of his campaign for lower student loan rates, which will cost the government $6 billion a year.

Mitt Romney has agreed to it, and the congressional Republicans appear to be falling into line.

Is there any politician out there, who is in a position of leadership, with the guts to tell us we can’t have everything we want?

HELLO? IS ANYBODY HOME? THE HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN! HELLO?

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Andy from Beaverton April 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

A balanced budget by 2085. I’m not kidding. Go to section “5. LONG TERM BUDGET OUTLOOK” on page 71 on a pdf reader or page 57 actual. No where in that 10 page section do they talk about a balancing the budget in 75 years. Only the best of three trend projections in the economy will balance the budget by 2085. We all know how no one can project accurately what an economy will do in just 4 years, they are making projections for 75 years out. I really doubt FDR had any budget projections for today and I doubt they were even close.

To download the Analytical Perspectives as a single PDF, click here (510 pages, 8.1 MB) http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/spec.pdf

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Eric Tyson April 25, 2012 at 11:39 am

Keith – stop asking such sensible questions…otherwise, you may wake too many folks up from their stupor of enjoying so many government perks paid for by “someone else.”

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LASSIE April 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Meanwhile, Obama slow jams the news (actually it wasn’t news it was a pander) on Jimmy Fallon (WARNING: watch on empty stomach):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/obama-slow-jams-the-news-with-fallon_n_1450968.html

BONUS: In case you forgot, Jimmy Fallon’s house band is the Roots who played “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” when Bachman made an appearance in Nov. 2011.

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Quintis Arrius April 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks for the 411. Kinda hoping that Fallow would have had a Credit card Parody with Obama in a high chair screaming he wants more money from Fallon, but alas, the Left (Progressives) like their comedy edgy only when its served up with conservatives. :(

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William April 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

Go two articles down…

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DeniseVB April 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm
William April 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

We know this. That’s why the smart people are stocking up on supplies for the coming governmental collapse.

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AFVET April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I also heard that congress is considering an 11 billion bailout for the Post Office.
Call Bernanke, fire up the presses.

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Susan April 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

“which will cost the government taxpayers $6 billion a year.” FIFY
The government doesn’t make money…it only spends ours. Although I guess the funny money Uncle Ben prints could be considered making money.

We are in deep financial trouble and there is nobody who is willing to tell the American people the truth. When our boys were young and they wanted the latest, coolest, most popular item on the market my husband would sing a phrase from a Rolling Stones song – “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need…” We would always have a great laugh about it and the boys always knew he wasn’t going to cave to them.

I’m afraid there are no statesmen on the horizon who are willing to tell the people the truth. We are broke! Our politicians can no longer afford to buy the support of the laziest among us by promising to pay their way through life.

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Moe April 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

We did the same, my son was often asked “What is that song from a famous English band”? Then we would sing it and laugh, hell he’s eighteen and we still use the tune.

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Girly1 April 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Nancy Pelosi: “I wish they (the poor) could earn more so that they could pay more (taxes)”.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/pelosi-i-wish-poor-would-earn-more-so-they-could-pay-more-taxes/

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MT for re-redistribution April 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Agree, let’s lower taxes and increase spending. We can just borrow mnore from China. :-o WTF?!? That’s why we need a constitutional amendment to have a balanced budget. Oh wait, we don’t have a budget at all… ???

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JD Bandit April 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

“HELLO? IS ANYBODY HOME? THE HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN! HELLO?”
This line reminded me of two songs. Pink Floyd’s song “Comfortably Numb”

Hello? Hello? Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?

And the Talking Heads’ song “Burning Down the House”

Hold tight, wait till the party’s over.
Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather.
There has got to be a way.
Burning down the house.

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JD Bandit April 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Oops, I messed up the “Burning Down the House” lyrics.
The third line should read. “There has got to be a BETTER way.”
Sorry.

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langley barfly April 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I have been reading “Rubicon: The Last Days of the Roman Republic” by Tom Holland…
This “Republic” (USA) will be weak & pathetic over the next few decades thanks to these scumbag ‘politicans’ (D/R)…

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Susan Benton April 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

NO, NO, NO to student loans – it has been well documented that government interference in education not only has dumbed it down but made it more expensive. We already have too many ‘educated’ in the unemployment lines.

I got a Ph.D. without borrowing a penny, good thing too because I was in competition with a lot of people who borrowed money, got the job (which I should have had) and are spending much of their salary on replaying loans. The whole thing should be determined by the market.

And one other thing – education is not mentioned in the Constitution for those you who can read.

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gracepmc April 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

Nobody home.

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