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2013-05-23 09:13:08 AM  
God and Republicans.
 
2013-05-23 09:25:30 AM  
We have a system that encourages rewarding our inherently selfish nature.
 
2013-05-23 09:44:48 AM  
Tea Party or Fox News?
 
2013-05-23 09:45:17 AM  
What is that, French? I ain't readin' no pinko Frenchie bullshiat. USA! USA!
 
2013-05-23 09:48:10 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: God and Republicans.


Sorry, we're not accepting any answers other than "Democrats" for the next 3 years
Facts be damned!
 
2013-05-23 09:50:14 AM  
I read the first paragraph and stopped. If I wanted to read shiatty fiction about a dystopian America, I'm sure I could pick up the Hunger games or something similar.
 
2013-05-23 09:51:13 AM  

Citrate1007: Tea Party or Fox News?


'Or?'
 
2013-05-23 09:51:15 AM  
I still maintain it started with Reagan, who dragged the crazy-old-bastard school of Republican thinking back into the mainstream after it had been consigned to the attic for a couple decades.
 
2013-05-23 09:51:57 AM  

www.reagan.utexas.edu

 
2013-05-23 09:52:12 AM  
*Insert subjective blame here knowing full well that subjective blame is reason we are in a vortex of stupid.*
 
2013-05-23 09:52:24 AM  
Sequestion is certainly the wrong way to go about fixing the budget but the article is a little overly dramatic for something that reduces spending increases by 0.01% over 10 years.
 
2013-05-23 09:52:54 AM  
The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.
 
2013-05-23 09:53:03 AM  

redmid17: I read the first paragraph and stopped. If I wanted to read shiatty fiction about a dystopian America, I'm sure I could pick up the Hunger games or something similar.


Agreed.  Ain't gonna happen.  The only thing I despise more than religious zealots and teabaggers is "Sky is falling!" fear mongering.
 
2013-05-23 09:53:25 AM  
Sequestration is going to turn American into a 3rd World Country?!?

Sure, if the "starve the beast" mentality took over just about every aspect of civic life we could end up there.  But as soon as people started having problems with the TeeVee or Internets getting interrupted that would change real fast.
 
2013-05-23 09:54:20 AM  
America had been a vortex of stupid since 1607. There have been brief periods where we managed to pull our heads out of the muck, but our base condition is stupidity.
 
2013-05-23 09:55:04 AM  
For those that didn't read the whole story, it ends with the guy realizing that the ghouls were actually sentient and simply trying to rescue one of their comrades.
 
2013-05-23 09:57:46 AM  
nice to see LMD linked here.
i don't love their politics, but it's certainly a change from the MSM/rightwing brainwash.
 
2013-05-23 09:59:58 AM  

Uranus Is Huge!: For those that didn't read the whole story, it ends with the guy realizing that the ghouls were actually sentient and simply trying to rescue one of their comrades.


and you find out the bald guy with glasses was Bruce Willis the whole time
 
2013-05-23 10:00:00 AM  

that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.


Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?
 
2013-05-23 10:00:23 AM  
I, for one, blame Gavrilo Princip.
 
2013-05-23 10:00:56 AM  
Being lectured about economics from Le Monde?

Geesh, I give up.
 
2013-05-23 10:01:54 AM  
perhaps because yellow journalism became the national standard of journalism?
 
2013-05-23 10:02:09 AM  
THANKS O'REAGAN!

In all honesty, this is alarmism at it's finest.
 
2013-05-23 10:03:56 AM  

Philip Francis Queeg: America had been a vortex of stupid since 1607. There have been brief periods where we managed to pull our heads out of the muck, but our base condition is stupidity.


"My compatriots, I dare say before you here in these hallowed halls: let's start a society based upon John Locke - except if he was gun crazy and loved reality shows about toddlers being objectified."
 
2013-05-23 10:04:16 AM  

Almost Everybody Poops: THANKS O'REAGAN!

In all honesty, this is alarmism at it's finest.


The author is cute. Alarmingly so.
 
2013-05-23 10:04:26 AM  

Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?


Which country are you referring to?
 
2013-05-23 10:04:39 AM  
Austerity is the rich oligarchy's new trickle-down economics.  It is designed to further concentrate money and power.
 
2013-05-23 10:05:02 AM  

phaseolus: I still maintain it started with Reagan, who dragged the crazy-old-bastard school of Republican thinking back into the mainstream after it had been consigned to the attic for a couple decades.


Yeah, who ran the Rockefeller Republicans out of the party on a rail again?
 
2013-05-23 10:05:07 AM  
Votre blog suce.

/or something.
 
2013-05-23 10:06:41 AM  
How America got sucked into a vortex of stupid  troll
 
2013-05-23 10:07:06 AM  

that1guy77: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?

Which country are you referring to?


France. The country you mentioned. The one with better healthcare, better worker's rights and better quality of life than the US.
 
2013-05-23 10:08:20 AM  

Citrate1007: Austerity is the rich oligarchy's new trickle-down economics.  It is designed to further concentrate money and power.


Yup.
 
2013-05-23 10:12:06 AM  

Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?

Which country are you referring to?

France. The country you mentioned. The one with better healthcare, better worker's rights and better quality of life than the US.


And an unemployment rate that was at an all time high a month ago.
 
2013-05-23 10:14:03 AM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Seen hovering over Kansas.
 
2013-05-23 10:14:41 AM  

Citrate1007: Tea Party or Fox News?


i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-23 10:17:20 AM  

Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?

Which country are you referring to?

France. The country you mentioned. The one with better healthcare, better worker's rights and better quality of life than the US.


Well then, it looks as if you answered your own loaded question. Adieu, Pierre... Adieu.
 
2013-05-23 10:18:17 AM  

phaseolus: I still maintain it started with Reagan, who dragged the crazy-old-bastard school of Republican thinking back into the mainstream after it had been consigned to the attic for a couple decades.


A bit.

But there are a lot of factors.  Another big one is the increasingly infirm batch of oldsters that require more and more to keep alive but produce less and less.  It ain't nice, but there it is.
 
2013-05-23 10:18:59 AM  
In light of the 37th Obamacare repeal vote in the House, it's time for voters to put a penny on the tone-arm of Congress (or whack the CD player, if you're not old enough to get it).
 
2013-05-23 10:20:51 AM  

pheelix: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?

Which country are you referring to?

France. The country you mentioned. The one with better healthcare, better worker's rights and better quality of life than the US.

And an unemployment rate that was at an all time high a month ago.


Which only marginally hinders quality of life when you have a adequate support system in place. Imagine that. Setting up a public system that helps instead of shames. It's...it's UnAmerican!!
 
2013-05-23 10:22:38 AM  
I, for one, feel stupider having read that.
 
2013-05-23 10:23:14 AM  

Citrate1007: Fox News


This is my answer.  the Tea Party was a creation of FOX News.
 
2013-05-23 10:25:47 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: God and Republicans.


We're done here.
 
2013-05-23 10:26:29 AM  

Malicious Bastard: FirstNationalBastard: God and Republicans.

Sorry, we're not accepting any answers other than "Democrats" for the next 3 years
Facts be damned!


And yet they wonder why Romney lost...

/still enjoy those days...
 
2013-05-23 10:30:06 AM  

Witty_Retort: [www.reagan.utexas.edu image 551x820]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-23 10:31:18 AM  

Epoch_Zero: pheelix: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: Epoch_Zero: that1guy77: The USA might be heading down that path, but the French have been and will arrive at destination first.

Which path would that be: better working conditions and worker's rights? Better access to healthcare? Better quality of life?

Which country are you referring to?

France. The country you mentioned. The one with better healthcare, better worker's rights and better quality of life than the US.

And an unemployment rate that was at an all time high a month ago.

Which only marginally hinders quality of life when you have a adequate support system in place. Imagine that. Setting up a public system that helps instead of shames. It's...it's UnAmerican!!


I don't think those down on their luck should be shamed, and I agree that we should have measures in place to temporarily help those who fall on bad times, and permanently help those who cannot otherwise help themselves.  But how long will that be sustainable when people realize that it's better to just rely on government to take care of them, than to at least do a little for themselves?  "What's that, you say?  I can still eat, have a home, and be healthy - but I don't need to work?  Where do I sign up?"  Sooner than later the people that support the others will have had enough and go somewhere else.  I honestly don't think you'd have as many folks calling themselves Republicans and marching in lockstep with Rush Limbaugh if some actions were taken to ensure that flat out lazy people couldn't take advantage of the system.
 
2013-05-23 10:36:22 AM  

Johnny Bananapeel: Witty_Retort: [www.reagan.utexas.edu image 551x820]

[i.imgur.com image 640x426]


Nancy does not seem to be into this key party.
 
2013-05-23 10:38:49 AM  
www.pbs.org
 
2013-05-23 10:38:50 AM  
Guess who feels austerity.

Hint: not anyone that actually caused the problems to begin with.
 
2013-05-23 10:40:02 AM  

FilmBELOH20: I don't think those down on their luck should be shamed, and I agree that we should have measures in place to temporarily help those who fall on bad times, and permanently help those who cannot otherwise help themselves.  But how long will that be sustainable when people realize that it's better to just rely on government to take care of them, than to at least do a little for themselves?  "What's that, you say?  I can still eat, have a home, and be healthy - but I don't need to work?  Where do I sign up?"  Sooner than later the people that support the others will have had enough and go somewhere else.  I honestly don't think you'd have as many folks calling themselves Republicans and marching in lockstep with Rush Limbaugh if some actions were taken to ensure that flat out lazy people couldn't take advantage of the system.



Under the 2009 accord the following requirements must be met,

Claimants must be actively seeking work or be in an approved training programme.Claimants must not be of retirement ageClaimants must be physically apt for workClaimants must not have resigned voluntarily from his last job unless he can prove that after resigning he has effectively contributed for 91 days or has worked at least 455 hours.Claimants must reside within Metropolitain France,Claimants must have contributed 122 days or 610 hours in the last 28 to 36 months (depending on claimants age.
Just like in the US, there are requirements and limits.
 
2013-05-23 10:41:28 AM  

FilmBELOH20:  I honestly don't think you'd have as many folks calling themselves Republicans and marching in lockstep with Rush Limbaugh if some actions were taken to ensure that flat out lazy people couldn't take advantage of the system.


You mean we should take action against those at the top of our corporate system who do minimal labor, and grant themselves the majority of the rewards? I agree.
 
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