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Interesting Times on the Potomac

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There once was a Robber Baron who lead a crime family that became powerful through corruption but successfully hid their sources of wealth. They were lead by an aging man that liked to gamble with other people’s money. He sat at the poker table, drinking heavily in spike of his deteriorating mind, and losing badly. As he lost, he signed yet another marker and took yet another loan against the industry that kept his town in jobs.

The bartender was also happy to extend him house credit as long as he thought he’d get paid at the end of the month, but it was pretty obvious that not only was The Baron in his cups, but he was losing badly and didn’t have a clue. The Baron looked to the bar for another bottle, but - with the welfare of the entire town at stake, as well as a pretty substantial bar bill, the bartender finally cut him off, shaking his head slowly.

Just back from an overseas trip, The Baron, corrupt to his core, was beyond angry. As he fumed sitting at the table, he lost yet another round of poker to another bad hand, and began to suspect that the dealer wasn’t really on the level even though this was his town, and his game. As he shakily tried to stand, looking through the fog that was once his mind and turning over the table, he realized that he’d gambled away everything. His business, the job of every worker in the town that trusted him, the scraps he threw to the drunks on the street, and the business itself.

Still, standing there in the mess, he looked to the bartender and asked for another drink on his tab, and the bartender shook his head slowly because the robber baron was cut off for good.

Still The Baron didn’t give up. He wanted another drink and didn’t care where or how he got it. He walked over to the bar, drew his finely made Colt from it’s crafted holster and shot the bartender, knowing that nobody in town would stop him or even arrest him. As the bartender fell, The Baron started to reach for a bottle over the bar.

This time, other patrons in the bar took notice. The ones that did work knew that they were out of jobs. The ones that didn’t have jobs knew that there would be no more “credit”. Even the professional gamblers knew that the game was up.

What do you think happened next?

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Fool me once (2020).... Fool me twice (2024)?

The polling is interesting...

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The appeal to the 14th Amendment is interesting because it relies on the American People being ignorant of it's true meaning.

The media clamors, "well... The Robber Baron will just use the 14th Amendment to get his drinks"...

But the truth is that the 14th Amendment backs up the house: the bartender and the dealer. If you run out of credit, you stop spending money because you don't get any more loans... your ability to spend has been cutoff. You may have shot the bartender and overturned the gaming table, but that doesn't get you more trust and confidence nor the ability to keep playing and drinking even if you are completely out of control...
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The Leftists' biggest problem is other people's money running out...

Watch for the Leftists to spread widespread panic as the budget "deal" fails to come together.

What we've really been dealing with in this country is a new and novel sequential recession where different industries are experiencing the financial issues at different times instead of all at once.

You cannot spend our economy into prosperity with government transfer payments which come from nothing (fantasy money). The burdens being placed on our economy don't create wealth or efficiency. Just don't fail to watch for opportunity in the next few months.

Here's an overview:

Here's what they are not telling you on the Leftist controlled media:

Here's what's in it;

  • The deal raises the debt ceiling by roughly $4 trillion for two years, and is consistent with the structure of budget deals struck in 2015, 2018 and 2019 which simultaneously raised the debt limit.
  • According to a GOP one-pager on the deal, it includes a rollback of non-defense discretionary spending to FY2022 levels, while capping topline federal spending to 1% annual growth for six years.
  • After 2025 there are no budget caps, only "non-enforceable appropriations targets."
  • Defense spending would be in-line with what Biden requested in his 2024 budget proposal - roughly $900 billion.
  • The deal fully funds medical care for veterans, including the Toxic Exposure Fund through the bipartisan PACT Act.
  • The agreement increases the age for which food stamp recipients must seek work to be eligible, from 49 to 54, but also includes reforms to expand who is eligible.
  • Claws back "tens of billions" in unspent COVID-19 funds
  • Cuts IRS funding 'without nixing the full $80 billion' approved last year. According to the GOP, the deal will "nix the total FY23 staffing funding request for new IRS agents."
  • The deal includes energy permitting reform demanded by Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
  • No new taxes, according to McCarthy.
There are a number of conservative Republicans that are not going to go for this bill. It will take the United States to approximately $37 Trillion in debt.

But the Leftists are not in lockstep with their dear leader either:

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And in the background is one truth... Power...

"Do as I say... not as I do..."

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