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Vanishing workforce
weighs on growth

Washington Post, by Jim Tankersley

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 4/6/2013 11:28:59 PM

Put out an all-points bulletin: Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce. Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth. The vanishing trend is more than a decade old, but it accelerated during the Great Recession. Throughout 2012, economists held out hope that it had stopped. But then came Friday’s jobs report, and hopes were dashed. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. labor force — everyone who has a job or is looking for one — shrank

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scribelus, 4/6/2013 11:41:36 PM     (No. 9263400)

They won´t come back so long as Uncle Sugar suckles them in such splendor.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/6/2013 11:50:03 PM     (No. 9263405)

It´s just government lying.

10,000,000 jobs have been shipped to China, we *know* where the *jobs* are, so we just conveniently don´t count the unemployed, wot a mystery.

I´ve been doing mostly contract IT work for twenty years, and hardly ever count as either employed or unemployed. I suppose there are a lot like me, by choice or oherwise.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 4/7/2013 12:11:11 AM     (No. 9263414)

Purpose of this article is to link declining labor force, including the 500,000 plus who dropped out in March, to a "decade long trend" rather than to the delusional Obama who promised change. There is no mention of Obama in article. Nor is there any mention of how Obama´s anti-job, anti-growth administration is the cause of the current malaise. Also note that in the first 40 or so WaPo reader comments, there is no mention of Obama.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: smcchk, 4/7/2013 12:19:17 AM     (No. 9263418)

Once again, the MSM turns "the economy" or the "vanishing workforce" into animate objects, with uncooperative wills of their own, that make for the bad news. Since they can´t mention Obama, or any Democrat, in connection with these stories, and they can only blame the GOP so many times, they have to fault the economy or the workforce.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bedub, 4/7/2013 1:10:14 AM     (No. 9263423)

Workforce Collapse Disorder. Vanished, just like the bees.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/7/2013 1:32:03 AM     (No. 9263432)

Free trade, however you wish to define it, is not an unmixed blessing.
I have been a degreed process/manufacturing engineer for nearly 30 years, working with and for some organizations all here would recognize, and others that were (once) leaders in their fields. Have worked with some wonderful people along with the usual assortment of dullards, creeps, and liars. To include most accountants and all bums in the Legal Departments. We have done some good work, developing products, processes, and materials that have been a benefit to many of you, whether you know it or not.
And with the exception of my current assignment, ALL of these, the work of over a quarter century, are now located in places like Mexico, China, Honduras, etc. I have known, personally, too many whose lives, livelihoods, families, and communities have been demolished. I know of too many who have taken early retirements, committed suicide, or wangled SSDI in an attempt to eat regularly. Not just manufacturing - how many of those call centers are in Bangalore or Mumbai? Even menial jobs are now occupied by illegal aliens, enabled by people like W.
It did not begin with Obumble. Several of these matters happened in W´s tour and Carter´s and even in Reagan´s, in states where the nominal Pubbies held sway.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: steveW, 4/7/2013 1:53:08 AM     (No. 9263442)

Mission: Protect Dear Leader

Dear Leader never said "at some point you´ve made enough money"
Dear Leader never said "you didn´t build that"
Dear Leader never said "it´s good to spread the wealth around"
Dear leader never appointed communists to help run the economy
Dear Leader never increased the rate of poverty then said "voting is the best revenge"

Mission: Protect Dear Leader

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 4/7/2013 1:57:23 AM     (No. 9263446)

I live in a rural SoCal town, home to many immigrants - both legal and otherwise. Most have no desire to join the workforce and climb the income ladder. All they need to get through life is a steady hand-out that will pay the rent, put gas in the very used car, and buy groceries. We´re approaching another crossroad of American history.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/7/2013 6:42:33 AM     (No. 9263502)

It´s a perfect Barry plot. Vanish the workforce so he can import more muzzies and low-skilled foreigners.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/7/2013 7:27:56 AM     (No. 9263534)

Is it any wonder that GDP stinks?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 4/7/2013 8:05:19 AM     (No. 9263562)

What No. 6 said! This slide into the abyss has been slowly happening for a long time. There are a LOT of people who voted for BO & the current crop of dem criminals because they were angry about the job base moving out of this country. I know some of them. They don´t have a sophisticated understanding of why the manufacturing job that they performed so well, for so long, was taken away. They only know that the rug was jerked out from under their sense of pride & independence . Some of them were old enough that no one wanted to retrain them. Naturally, they blame "Corporate America." This is one reason they distrust Republicans because they tend to be the business owners. They aren´t really, at heart, socialist/communists - but the Republican party is going to HAVE to address this issue better than they have been doing.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bubby, 4/7/2013 8:16:01 AM     (No. 9263586)

The msm and the Democrats will use this to explain the need for amnesty. We really need those 11-30 million illegals to join the workforce! What a bunch of bs it the vanishing jobs that vanishes the workers. It´s as simple as that but to the far left msm and Democrats their hatred of Capitalism blinds them to simple truths.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: krause, 4/7/2013 8:24:51 AM     (No. 9263596)

Anyone who really thinks Obama is trying to improve the economy is either dishonest, incredibly naive, or just plain dumb.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 4/7/2013 8:29:28 AM     (No. 9263603)

I remember that W had picked up on this during his second term in 2006. Google the American Competitive Initiative. But, since then, many subsequent policy mistakes after W left office have undermined the country´s ablity to restore its competitiveness in the global market place. We have a long road ahead of us, and can get there. But, I feel for our young people who lap up everything Obie says and does while they are being screwed by the gummint at the same time with zero hope of enjoying the life style us, let´s say us 60-somethings have had.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 4/7/2013 8:51:30 AM     (No. 9263626)

Obama´s goal to destroy America is moving along smoothly.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: strike3, 4/7/2013 9:09:53 AM     (No. 9263655)

I agree with most of your assessment, #6, except that we know the main reason for firms moving overseas is cost cutting, ie, cheap labor. If they did not move, they could not compete and would soon close their doors. If union plants did not move their operations elsewhere we would see $60,000 Fords and Chevys that still wouldn´t be as good as a Toyota or Honda. We can´t blame it all on obama but he is a proponent of inflated unskilled labor wages, diversity, OSHA, EPA, Sarbanes Oxley, which are all government mandates that have conributed to our demise.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: EnsignO, 4/7/2013 9:17:41 AM     (No. 9263668)

FTA:Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”

Can anyone say Atlas Shrugged?


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Reply 18 - Posted by: LZK, 4/7/2013 9:26:44 AM     (No. 9263680)

Oh brother -- the wash/com/post is dooming and glooming this morning....

Duhhhh -- it´s obamanomics -- duhhh!!

LZK

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NancyD, 4/7/2013 9:29:50 AM     (No. 9263684)

Pat Buchanan was right, there would be a giant sucking sound of jobs leaving the USA.

Rather than start their own business, find work, they decided to go on disability. More people go on disability than those who find jobs. I can´t figure out if some of these people are lazy OR if this is the only way they can survive because the Fed´s have created a disaster?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pindarjr, 4/7/2013 9:38:09 AM     (No. 9263700)

If Mr. Tankersley were truly interested in finding out where so many Americans have gone, he would drag his lazy butt out of the richest city in the country and take a look around. The workforce has not vanished if you open your eyes. As the author notes, some (a rather large number, actually) have developed injuries (real or feigned), and have gone on disability. But many of today´s jobless are still busy people. In my county and those surrounding, here is where many of them can be found:

Auctions, yard sales and flea markets are thriving as people gather to sell or barter the stuff they still have. Those with manual skills have glutted the handyman market so getting something repaired or painted has become cheaper for us home owners and there has been an increase in the traditional gypsy trades where people go door to door selling plants and trees and whatever. ("We prefer cash, thank you.") Over the past four years, too, the local rag has reported a steady increase in arrests for robbery and burglary.






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Reply 21 - Posted by: gone2pot, 4/7/2013 9:45:38 AM     (No. 9263714)

Here´s why kids and it has nothing to do with work force participation rates. That´s merely a symptom. Read Deuteronomy 28. Mock, roll your eyes at your own peril but that is us and we´re WAY into it and unless we do what it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14; say goodnight, Dick.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 4/7/2013 9:50:40 AM     (No. 9263719)

forgive 2nd post please
to a previous poster, that was Ross Perot re the "sucking sound", not Pat. Ross was right. Haven´t heard any apologies, though.
To the poster citing labor costs, that is not always the case. I have been at ground Zero in three cases in 10 years (in three states) where the operation being closed was non-union. And one more prior to that. It´s also the overall operating cost and environment. I still recall one (closed) operation that had me filing reports to state EPA estimating the amount of motor oil and antifreeze leaking from employee´s cars in the lot. Medium-size operation FAR from a ´navigable waterway´. You think the operations in Mexico have to do this sort of idiocy? Or file reports proving ´diversity´, including of the transgendered? MANY factors go into operating costs, and in some cases labor is smaller component than in others. Cost of stupid regulations is also huge and growing and idiotic and with no end in sight. And much of it under the Bush eyes.
Now you want to talk about age discrimination for those over 47?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/7/2013 9:55:24 AM     (No. 9263724)

Agree w/ #21. The people quoted in the article are sitting around sipping Chablis wondering what´s going on ´´out there´´. Stop by a Wal-Mart on the 1st day of the month and interview some of them.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: M2, 4/7/2013 10:24:55 AM     (No. 9263781)

This isn´t rocket surgery:

“Prime-aged people are working less, and we don’t know why,” said Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”

When free money is so easily available, and when taxes are high and working is harder than leeching off the public teat, people think, "Why should I work when I can sleep, watch TV, play and generally screw off?"

Don´t forget that the work ethic so many of us grew up with is essentially not there any more for a good percentage of Americans. Work isn´t honorable any more, it´s for suckers.

There is good reason there are so many radio and TV ads for SNAP programs and other free money; this Administration and its liberal buddies in Hollywood and the media don´t want people working because they vote Democrat to get the free money. At least they think it´s free. When the economy collapses under the weight of a dying tax base and Galt-goners, people MAY wake up.

Or not.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Arby, 4/7/2013 10:29:46 AM     (No. 9263786)

Vanishing workforce = Obamanomics

Hopefully we´ll be able to recover from eight years of incompetent socialism.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sixtiesdude, 4/7/2013 10:41:02 AM     (No. 9263802)

#23 is right on the money: Making a product is hardly all of the cost of putting it on the market. Not saying we should allow mfrs. to dump cleaning solutions into the stream out back, but all of the diversity/gender bender/Sarbanes junk hardly makes us competitive with China.

Companies DO HAVE to pay attention to stockholders and the bottom line. Just ask Kodak.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Grambo, 4/7/2013 11:13:05 AM     (No. 9263837)

Two things:

First, #6 is spot on. And it’s not completely a sinister plot. Companies are competing against one another to be cost effective, and it’s cheaper to do some things off shore. When the competition does that, you follow suit or lose in the market place. That’s just the way it is, and until we find ways to deal with that, it will continue. But, we’re smart people, we can figure this out.

Second, and this is where the evil plot does come in, Obama’s handlers and his ideology unashamedly believe the capitalist economy in America (and everywhere) must be destroyed in order for the socialist revolution to arise from the ashes, and they are in the process of doing just that. Bill Ayers goes so far as to predict that as many as 20 million Americans, who cannot be converted to the socialist ideology, insisting instead on clinging to capitalist beliefs, will have to be killed. These people are as bloody-minded in this ideological struggle as the radical Islamists are in eliminating infidels.

So here we are, with two problems on our hands; a job drain that we must find a way to counter — a serious problem even in peaceful times, and president in the White House fronting for the Marxist shadow government of insurrectionists bent on destroying capitalism, and doing a good job of it so far, (with the enthusiastic support of Hollywood and the MSM, lest we forget.)

Until the public becomes absolutely clear about what we are dealing with, the economic drain of job loss and the insidious agenda destruction of the economy by the Marxist insurrection will continue and our once free nation under God will perish from the earth.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 4/7/2013 12:18:47 PM     (No. 9263919)

...standing in line for their free obamaphones & checks ...and then "working" for cash only...the new american way...liars, leeches, users and obamavoters.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chicodon, 4/7/2013 12:46:46 PM     (No. 9263960)

Let´s not forget the role of government and unions in all of this. Most of us are old enough to remember a strong and vibrant electronics, textile and steel industry. IIRC they were the first ones to vanish in the 1980´s move to a banker driven "global" economy. We simply couldn´t compete. The unions´ intransigence over wages didn´t help either. Just my opinion.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Black Knight, 4/7/2013 12:54:28 PM     (No. 9263970)

The "decade trend" is a useless observation that purposely distracts ignorant readers from the three Root Causes that Liberals in Congress and Obama in chief have relentlessly propagated:

- Massive numbers of illegal immigrants who displace citizens from their jobs.
- Suffocating growth in litigation and regulation of industries that consequently cut jobs when they would otherwise be adding them.
- Stifling explosion in non-workers dependent on government for welfare, food stamps, disability, retirement, health care, etc.

For solutions, let´s start with the sole Righteous Case for Immigration Policy:

Immigration and Citizenship must do no harm to current citizens´ employment. Here´s How:

- Limit immigrants to those who bring job-creating investment.

- Freeze citizenship at current levels until the percentage of Americans working exceeds what it was in 2000 (encompassing both is the past 2 administrations).

- Then limit new citizenships to those who do not displace existing citizens.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Aud, 4/7/2013 1:02:23 PM     (No. 9263987)

FTA: "Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce."

Let´s have that again in U.S. English:
"Millions of Americans are missing from the workforce."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: DaBigGuy, 4/7/2013 1:19:05 PM     (No. 9264002)

I know doctors who tell me that people are constantly coming to them wanting them to sign off on minor ailments being disabilities. They won´t sign them, as they value their medical licenses.

If I remember right, there was at least one month last year where the number of people going on disability exceeded the number of people supposedly hired. More of the vanishing workforce.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: garyhope, 4/7/2013 1:58:47 PM     (No. 9264048)

#3, I hope you don´t mind that I quoted your comment and posted it on Facebook along with the link to the Wa Po article.

Now if I can just get my "friends" to read and digest the article and your quote.

Thank you. I´ll take it down if you object.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Swo, 4/7/2013 2:06:53 PM     (No. 9264062)

The answer to Dreadnaught´s question is: This worker, at 62 years old and 40 years in "real" jobs, is driving 18-wheelers over the road and barely making minimum wage. Any ideas out there for a disability claim?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Grambo, 4/7/2013 2:34:39 PM     (No. 9264112)

#34, I´m one of those doctors, and it´s true.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/7/2013 7:11:20 PM     (No. 9264374)

Why work, merely to aid millions of moochers?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/7/2013 8:49:59 PM     (No. 9264461)

#27, actually...that is MOST corporations must be accountable to their shareholders. The chosen mega multi-nationals in bed with the politicians and big government are NOT accountable to anyone. And they are given all the unfair advantages over all their competition with special exemptions, subsidies, bailouts, etc. while their fat cat executives bleed the business for their own personal growth, power, and wealth. The rest of the companies out there have to comply with excessive regulations and higher costs which makes it impossible to compete, let alone survive. Not only do we end up with fewer businesses, we get worse quality, higher prices, fewer jobs, etc.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/7/2013 10:17:56 PM     (No. 9264515)

#36, how´s your vision? (said with a smile)

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Safari Man, 4/7/2013 10:37:31 PM     (No. 9264534)

#38 is spot on. I resigned my very high paying, very highly skilled job last year as I simply refuse to pay into the greedy socialist´s system any more and I don´t want to do anything that helps the economy recover as long as we have Marxists at the helm. I am still young, but will find a way to survive the rest of my life on savings and probably doing some cash transactions under the radar. I could not live with myself if I felt like I was helping the Obama economy prevail. I am making a sacrifice, but its the least I can do. Who is John Galt?


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Reply 40 - Posted by: TXknitter, 4/8/2013 12:51:02 AM     (No. 9264638)

#34 is right. However, there are tens of thousands finding doctors who are willing to just sign off on these phony disabilities.

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Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless public incidents. Those killings, however, are only a fragment of the total harm caused by the misuse of firearms. Each year, more than 30,000 people die in the United States in firearm-related incidents. Many of those deaths involve handguns. The adoption of rules that will lessen the number of those incidents should be a matter of primary concern to both federal and state legislators. Legislatures are in a far better position than judges to assess the

U.S. blocks Iran’s pick as envoy to
U.N., setting up new confrontation
Washington Post, by Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:32:08 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that it would block Iran’s nominee as ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States, setting up a new confrontation with Tehran just as relations with the Islamic republic appeared to be improving. The decision to bar entry to the diplomat, who was allegedly involved in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, followed intense political pressure on the administration from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. But it also marked a rare instance in which Washington has effectively vetoed another country’s preferred choice as envoy to the United Nations. Iran

Distressed homeowners seeking
mortgage relief could get
stuck with a big tax bill
Washington Post, by Dina ElBoghdady    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/11/2014 10:28:52 PM     Post Reply
Struggling homeowners across the country could face significant new tax bills if they receive mortgage relief from their banks, a prospect that threatens to slow the housing recovery and put further strain on distressed borrowers. The collapse of the housing market and plunging home prices left millions of people stuck owing more on their mortgages than their homes were worth. Some have worked with their banks to reduce the loan amount to avoid foreclosure or enable a sale. In 2007, Congress adopted a law that spared those homeowners from being taxed on the amount of the loan that was forgiven. But



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White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
child could give Hillary Clinton a boost in
the polls if she runs for president in 2016

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

You lie! Reporters accuse Obama
of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/18/2014 9:28:24 PM     Post Reply
Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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