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January 15, 2013

Our dysfunctional government is at it again. With the NFL playoffs starting, it seems only fitting to describe Washington’s handling of the fiscal cliff in football terms....

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-15-13 2:43 AM

Great letter! All I would ad is that those of us in the "cheap seats" are paying higher ticket prices so they can give away all the "A" section seats to non paying fans.

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MrShaman

Jan-15-13 6:09 AM

"Unfortunately, your advice is a little late. The political Super Bowl was played on November 6, 2012, and it ended in a tie." - Francine

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...And, as usual, you folks...who (typically) gather in the "kitchen"...have no idea what actually happened.

Ignore all the excuses you've heard. Your team still lost.

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wwhickok

Jan-15-13 6:27 AM

The letter was long winded and inaccurate. First of all, whether readers like it or not, we lived through four years of rising national debt, escalating unemployment, ridiculous spending in places not needed, spending cuts in places where spending was needed the most, possibly one of the worst health care plans I've ever seen or heard of, and then a fiscal cliff that let us feel as though we had no hope. Yet Barack Obama was reelected. Then came the bill that was proposed by Democrats, btw, I'm a registered Democrat, which included all the right things EXCEPT for cuts in spending. Republicans watned to alter the bill but knew that Democrats wouldn't have it, so didn't even try. So really, this was a situation of not both teams 'kneeling down' but one team running up the score in a classless regard to a team that knew from the moment the clock started running it didn't stand a chance because America has no idea what it really needs or wants. Voters can only blame themselves.

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enigma

Jan-15-13 6:29 AM

This letter was a giant waste of time. I should have known better than to read another stupid sports analogy.

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-15-13 6:30 AM

Mr. Shamman said"Ignore all the excuses you've heard. Your team still lost." We know what happened, the whole country lost...

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wwhickok

Jan-15-13 6:31 AM

Want change in America? Vote for it. The majority of voters didn't do that this time around so those of you who didn't, stop ********. Can't blame the government when you're not voting for change within it. Was Mitt Romney the answer? I don't believe so but we knew Obama wasn't, we knew what we were getting in him. When are people going to wake up and learn to sift through the lies of campaigning. Campaigning is a show, obviously they are telling you what you WANT to hear. Call me a conservative, call me whatever you want. I don't consider myself anything I vote not per party but per issue and the issue now, is spending and the Democrats clearly have no problem doing a lot of that. In case you missed it the first time, I'm registered Democrat, I just didn't vote that way this year. Obama is going to run this country into the ground and it's because 60% of America wants to sit on their ass and collect welfare 30% of America doesn't have a choice, and 10% of America makes enoug

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wwhickok

Jan-15-13 6:34 AM

money to not have to. Everyone screams that they want independence, rights, and freedom, yet when they vote, they vote based on who is going to give them the most assistance. Where is the independence in that? Give me a break. Btw, if you're wondering where i got those %'s from, those were 'exaggerated guesses' but I bet they're not far off. Sure the unemployment rate has something to do with it, but so does laziness and the knowledge that in todays world, there are too many people that would rather sit home and collect food stamps than get a job. Want the government to change? Start changing the people they are representing. Starting with yourself. If you want a better America you have to start with making a better you.

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wwhickok

Jan-15-13 6:36 AM

The whole country lost because the whole country has become riddled with immigrants, laziness, and unemployed, aka the public assistance collection crowd. 50% of them might actually need it, the other 50% get it because they are too lazy to get a job or keep one.

The whole country lost because people are too cowardly to vote for real change.

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MrShaman

Jan-15-13 8:09 AM

"First of all, whether readers like it or not, we lived through four years of rising national debt...ridiculous spending in places not needed, spending cuts in places where spending was needed the most...and then a fiscal cliff that let us feel as though we had no hope." - wwhickok

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...Much like the previous EIGHT years.

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MrShaman

Jan-15-13 8:11 AM

"Great letter! All I would ad is that those of us in the "cheap seats" are paying higher ticket prices so they can give away all the "A" section seats to non paying fans." - Tgrammiex4

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Aw, c'mon...even YOU have to admit...lobbyi$t$ pay PLENTY!!!

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MrShaman

Jan-15-13 8:15 AM

"Was Mitt Romney the answer? I don't believe so but we knew Obama wasn't, we knew what we were getting in him." - wwhickok

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Absolutely, but...to be fair...after eight years o' George Jr., there was nowhere TO go, but UP!!!!!!!!

You're welcome, anyhow.

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MrShaman

Jan-15-13 8:17 AM

"The whole country lost because the whole country has become riddled with immigrants, laziness, and unemployed, aka the public assistance collection crowd. 50% of them might actually need it, the other 50% get it because they are too lazy to get a job or keep one." - wwhickok

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That's what Porky Limbaugh says, huh??

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-15-13 8:17 AM

@ Mr. Shaman: It appears your mind reading skills are fading. I wasn't refering to lobbyists...

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CMReeder

Jan-15-13 8:45 AM

They are not playing football in Congress, more like 'tug of war' without a rope.

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-15-13 8:51 AM

LOL Mr. Reeder, I agree with you! (kicking myself)LOL

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Tgrammiex4

Jan-15-13 9:37 AM

Absolutely, but...to be fair...after eight years o' George Jr., there was nowhere TO go, but UP!!!!!!!! Finally, a TRUE statement from Mr. Shaman. Things that went up with Obama: The Deficit The cost of living The debt we owe China Goverment Spending The amt. of people on welfare/food stamps The cost of Healthcare/medicare And this is a "good" thing?

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philunderwood

Jan-15-13 10:17 AM

Mr. Shade’s analogy is great, but Chuck’s is even better.

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mikekerstetter

Jan-15-13 5:55 PM

2006: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

2013: Not rising it would be a "self-inflicted wound on the economy." He adds, "To even entertain the idea (of not raising the debt ceiling), it's absurd."

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