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Washington Hypocrisy in Action

There is a country where the people feel so oppressed and alienated that they take to the streets in protest of the corrupt government and financial systems. They camp out for months. Government agents beat them, trash their tents and use chemical warfare against their own people. This is not a distant land across the globe. This is here. This is how the international media is reporting on the U.S.

So, there are some who want change; they’ve proven they can organize and capture the nation’s attention, but will they really do anything about it or just have a weeks-long camp out and make a bunch of noise?

Obama has shown that he is not interested in change. He talked a big game in the campaign, but surprise, surprise, it’s business as usual from the White House, a continuation of the hawkish Bush years. It’s proven once again there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat. It’s those in power vs. the 99 percent. Do not let elected officials forget that they work for you.

Didn’t Obama talk about ending wars and hope for a better future about three years ago?

Hypocrite! Vote him out. Iraq is forcing foreign forces to leave their country. Now Obama can talk about ending a war, after he was backed into a corner, three years after he promised to do so.

I say raise the pay for the U.S. president (though I could find billions to cut elsewhere). For a multimillionaire, the president’s salary is of little consequence. But there are probably plenty of talented business leaders out there who would not want to pursue the presidency and take the pay cut. Raise it to $1,000,000 a year. Make Congressional and Presidential salaries incentive based. Slash government spending, save our future generations some money and keep a little for your own pockets, a bonus system based on performance. Keep driving up the debt, find your own way to pay for it.

By the way, all you people who care so deeply about not running up the national debt, if the U.S. did not participate militarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, we could have knocked out 25 percent of the debt out over the past 10 years.

Do we see how these two are related?

Want to end war?

Vote Paul.

Want to cut spending?

Vote Paul.

For whatever reason, the media elite hate him and his views, but millions of the people agree. He’s leading in some Iowa polls just a month from their caucuses. Amazing. Real people support him.

How many real people support Perry or Romney? It seems their primary supporters are within the military/industrial/financial complex that the 99 percent hate. Corporations are indeed made up of people too, Mr. Romney, but those peoples’ votes don’t count any more than those of the Paul supporters, and I believe there are more Paul supporters out there.

I say avoid Mr. 9-9-9 Cain at all costs. A 9 percent federal sales tax? That’s crazy. That would mean the tax we’d pay for goods bought in Rutherford County would be nearly 20 percent! This, in combination with Cain’s blatant contempt for any knowledge of what’s going on in other countries, should put his campaign to rest in short order.

Now this is rich: our Congressional Representative says it’s time to curb government spending, but just a few short months ago voted for the legislation that made it possible for the debt to reach these unprecedented new heights.

Hypocrite! Vote her out. Does she think people are stupid? That they won’t notice you say one thing and do another?

I have to have a little more respect for the Democrats lately. They will say they want high taxes and want to redistribute the wealth and act to do so. But Republicans will say they are for limiting government, cutting taxes, cutting spending, and then, time after time, do the opposite!

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About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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