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“I am not horrified by the rhetoric and love of violence on the far right because I have some attachment to the Democrats. I am horrified because it is horrifying, because for years now, this kind of thing has become commonplace at the very top of the conservative political apparatus, and because the invocation of violence in a political context is inherently corrosive of democratic values. When you add to this a party committed to the use of military force as almost a first option, and to torture as a legal method of interrogation, it is irresponsible not to worry about where this is headed.”
~Andrew Sullivan

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“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are all the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

“This is known as ‘bad luck’. “

~Robert A. Heinlein

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This is pretty cool:

You can read the rest – background, explanations – here.

Think about it: here’s what you pay. Here’s the amounts/percentages.

Budget dollars aren’t being gobbled up by foreign aid, by NASA, NIH, or the National Parks …

… and, look how much is being “wasted” on the arts …

It’s all about Entitlements and Defense.

And no one in elected office dare suggest cutting any of it, ’cause all those people out there frothing at the mouth over “getting government out of lives” would shit a collective cow when they did … and vote them out of office.

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“… it was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. … Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising … Our true genius is for compromise … Our whole government is founded on it … and it failed.”

~Shelby Foote, speaking on the causes of the Civil War …

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