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Media First ROFL Spin On a Paul Ryan Veep Pick: Too Inexperienced to Be President?
NewsBusters.org ^ | August 11, 2012 | Tim Graham

Posted on 08/11/2012 6:01:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Drudge Report singled out political writer Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker as having the unintentionally hilarious first spin on the reported pick of Paul Ryan to be Romney's running mate. Lizza immediately started to "tally the risks."

"For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience," he wrote. He wrote this with zero ackowledgment of Obama's private-sector experience scooping mint-chip at Baskin-Robbins. If the rest of the media follows this line, this is going to be shamelessly biased:

Besides summer jobs working at McDonald’s or at his family’s construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.

But that wasn't blind, deaf, and dumb to Obama's resume enough: he also didn't have enough Washington experience:

But Ryan’s Washington experience is also light, at least for a potential President—which, after all, is the main job description of a Vice-President. Ryan has worked as a think-tank staffer and Congressman, but he’s never been in charge of a large organization, and he has little experience with foreign policy. Given how Sarah Palin was criticized for her lack of such experience, I’m surprised that Romney would pick someone whose ability to immediately step into the top job is open to question.

And the experience that Ryan does have is not exactly what voters are clamoring for at the moment. The bulk of Ryan’s House career coincided with the Presidency of George W. Bush, during which he was a reliable vote for many Bush policies that have not aged well: Medicare Part D; the Iraq War; and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Ryan told me that voting for all of that spending, which added trillions to the deficit, made him “miserable,” but he’ll need a better explanation in his October debate with Joe Biden.

Presumably, Romney’s main reason for picking Ryan is not his early deficit-busting record but his more recent rise to celebrity as a crusading policy wonk determined to tame the federal government. Romney, who has been extremely vague about what he would do if elected, will now own Paul Ryan’s ideas, which include privatizing Social Security, turning Medicare into a voucher program, bloc-granting and drastically cutting Medicaid, and reducing discretionary spending to levels that would affect every popular government program. This Ryan agenda will now fill the vacuum created by Romney’s unwillingness to lay out the specifics of his own plan. Even before this (apparent) announcement, Democrats were planning on tying Romney to Ryan’s policy platform. Now Romney has done it for them.

Lizza could only say that Romney deserves credit for turning this into a strong ideological choice for voters -- as if Obama's extremely liberal record hasn't already done that:

Romney’s choice of Ryan will undoubtedly be criticized as capitulation to the right, and this pick does seem to demonstrate that Romney is not able or willing to distance himself from the base of his party. But the good thing about the Ryan pick is that the Presidential campaign will instantly turn into a very clear choice between two distinct ideologies that genuinely reflect the core beliefs of the two parties. And in that sense, Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is good news for voters.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2012veep; massachusetts; mediawingofthednc; mittromney; partisanmediashills; paulryan; wisconsin
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To: Kaslin

Get ready folks.

And away we go. The Obama Media Group is off and running.....

Paul Ryan: A Good Choice, but Please, Not a ‘Serious’ One
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/paul-ryan-a-good-choice-but-please-not-a-serious-one/261020/

Paul Ryan, ‘Brown Noser’? The Wikipedia Edit Wars Begin for Romney’s Running Mate
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/paul-ryan-brown-noser-wikipedia-131308008.html

Paul Ryan: Romney’s (Near) Worst VP Choice
by David Frum Aug 9, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/09/paul-ryan.html

5 reasons Paul Ryan shouldn’t be Mitt Romney’s VP pick
http://theweek.com/article/index/231746/5-reasons-paul-ryan-shouldnt-be-mitt-romneys-vp

Is Paul Ryan (Social Security Killer) a good Choice for Romney’s VP?
http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120810111306AAvxEty

Prospect of Paul Ryan as VP pick splits GOP

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/08/08/20120808romney-vice-president-pick-ryan-gop-politico.html#ixzz23FLk1fjs

Paul Ryan for VP? Not So Fast
http://politix.topix.com/homepage/1712-paul-ryan-for-vp-not-so-fast


51 posted on 08/11/2012 7:10:12 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: MondoQueen

Anybody but Obama! Ryan is young but he already has more experience then odummy. We are going to hear much comparison of Ryan to a young JFK (youthful, Catholic etc)Ryan is a breath of fresh air after years of stagnation. I have to say it....

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012


52 posted on 08/11/2012 7:11:29 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: MediaMole

“If anything, Ryan should be at the top of the ticket.”

Romney introduced Ryan as the “first President”....


53 posted on 08/11/2012 7:12:10 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

The obama camp had better remember one thing....obamas failed record. He cannot run on his record. As for them trashing Ryan, let them. His record is even better than the dummy in the WH.


54 posted on 08/11/2012 7:15:42 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

You’re welcome


55 posted on 08/11/2012 7:15:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: mardi59
This Obama ad will be running again I assume...
56 posted on 08/11/2012 7:19:24 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Kaslin
After Obama anyone, ANYONE, can be president you media sycophants.
57 posted on 08/11/2012 7:22:01 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Kaslin

Reminds me of the press reaction to the woman who testified she couldn’t find a way downtown - to secure a photo ID so she could vote...

She flew from her home in Texas to Washington DC to testify to that effect.

The press bought the story. (for liberal lurkers: if she can ‘find’ Washington DC and get there to testify, she can probably find a court house in her home town)


58 posted on 08/11/2012 7:22:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced - you put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: KeyLargo

Obama is going to preach to his choir. Free condoms and abortions, more entitlements, gay marriage, and more promises to the elderly. What else can you do when you know your record sucks.


59 posted on 08/11/2012 7:23:28 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
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To: MondoQueen

I would vote for Elmer Fudd.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I would even vote for ‘The Road Runner’.

At least he has a plan for everything, and he can always blame “ACME CORP” for his shortcomings.

BO will be looking for his own “ACME CORP” if he is forced to inherit what he has sown these last 4 years, but he can still blame G. Bush - that is a winner.


60 posted on 08/11/2012 7:26:45 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Raycpa
Smart strategy. The Ryan pick will make the press attack Romney over fiscal policy and cause the voters to focus on the number one issue. No matter what they use to attack they keep Obama’s weakest track record in the news. Also, Romney can triangulate and say he is using Ryan’s smarts and his liberal leanings.

Good point. Ryan will focus the campaign and the MSM on 0boober's 4 years of failure on reigning in the deficit, no budget and runaway spending. Hopefully Mittens doesn't do to Ryan what McLame did to Palin anytime she got a good point in ..... Oh no my friends, you have nothing to fear from an 0bama presidency.

61 posted on 08/11/2012 7:27:31 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Kaslin
"For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience," he wrote. He wrote this with zero ackowledgment of Obama's private-sector experience scooping mint-chip at Baskin-Robbins.

Hey, he forgot to mention that 0 bummer has a lot of experience playing golf and campaigning.

62 posted on 08/11/2012 7:29:50 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Kaslin
Photobucket Preview of Biden/Ryan debate
63 posted on 08/11/2012 7:31:40 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: KeyLargo

“This Obama ad will be running again I assume..”

Definitely. Except this time there will be a tandem chair including grandpa.


64 posted on 08/11/2012 7:32:58 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: PrincessB

I certainly hope so.Wisconsin is looking like it has turned the corner back to sanity.


65 posted on 08/11/2012 7:33:07 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: arthurus
I think Ryan is a great choice for VP for a conservative presidential candidate except his value in the House probably outweighs his value as a VP as a VP has no duties other than tie-breaking in the Senate.

I have to disagree there. Ryan will be valuable in getting at least some of the "I'm sitting this election out because they both suck." conservative base out to vote. Even here on FR there's a lot of that sentiment. Sitting home, even voting down ticket, is a defacto vote for 4 more years. The choice is Mittens or 0boober, protest voting, teaching the GOP a lesson and 3rd parties is not an option in 2012. This so-called president is a clear and present danger to the country and frankly I doubt anyone can fix things after the Roberts sellout in June.

As Levin says, this president is not a nice man, and he's not incompetent. He knows EXACTLY what he's doing. A lifetime of Marxist training has taught him how to bring down a capitalist society.

66 posted on 08/11/2012 7:36:02 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: DAC21

“They’re running the same argument they used against Palin all over again.

Palin is still more qualified than all of this cycles and last cycles candidates put together.


67 posted on 08/11/2012 7:39:47 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Come on RNC, throw that socialist under the bus and nominate some one who can take it to the Marxist)
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To: Sioux-san
Maybe Romney will fool us all and actually help We the People get our country back. Any bets?

It all hangs on the congressional elections. If we have another 2010 we have a shot.

I agree with you , leftie/libs are about 20% of the population at best, but they control the message through academia and the media. We conservatives are probably about the same, and ours is a much harder message to promote (self reliance, less government etc). The vast majority are reflected in the dumbed down shows you see on TV. They don't know and they don't care. Once in a great while a snippit of political dialog seeps through the fog. Usually it's "The republicans want to deny you access to [some government program]", or "0bama is giving FREE healthcare and the GOP is against it."

That's the fog and misinformation the average voter votes on. Frankly, it's a wonder conservatives are as large a group as we are.

68 posted on 08/11/2012 7:46:29 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Kaslin

-Perfect-


69 posted on 08/11/2012 7:48:41 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: duckman

Obama Campaign Starts Attacking Ryan
By Katrina Trinko
August 11, 2012 9:41 A.M.

Even before Paul Ryan has finished his speech, the Obama campaign is blasting him. Statement from Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on Ryan pick:

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/313712


70 posted on 08/11/2012 7:59:11 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
How long before Tina Fey spouts “Ryan can see Canada from his house”?

Well, I certainly can!

71 posted on 08/11/2012 8:06:56 AM PDT by danielmryan
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To: PrincessB

I understand your points but don’t agree that it is any good. Romney has to present Big Ideas forcefully and waste minimal time responding to the Murderer! charges. Romney does methodical very well. Methodical doesn’t get you elected. He also wastes entirely too much time refuting stuff. It makes all the scurrility the center part of the campaign and with MSM lovingly repeating and expanding on the charges they become the only thing people hear. And all his demonstrated competence and business sense just shows what he can bring to the table, efficiently administered socialism. He defends Romneycare and shows no inclination to actually change anything, just run it all better. He says he will repeal Obamacare. He has also said more than once that there are good features of it that shouldn’t be thrown out. Frankly, I don’t think it much matters who wins this election in the long run, the managerial socialist or the more revolutionary one. We are still charging straight into socialism and the end result is the same. The ultimate socialist bloodshed will be the same. The only way I can see that Romney is better is with the thought that he is “our” socialist rather than “their socialist” as it is in European elections. Dynastic wars can be bloody and fervently fought but the outcome is irrelevant to the non ruling class.


72 posted on 08/11/2012 8:16:09 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: duckman

Democrats Already Fundraising Off Ryan VP Pick: “Yeah – THAT Paul Ryan”…

http://weaselzippers.us/


73 posted on 08/11/2012 8:20:21 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: bandleader

The media is nothing more than a big f’n joke!!!


74 posted on 08/11/2012 8:40:32 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: randita; Raycpa; Kozak
[raycpa] Romney can triangulate and say he is using Ryan’s smarts and his liberal leanings.

[randita] We wanted a conservative pick. We got a solid one. (Emphasis added.)

Why don't you two guys caucus between you and decide finally whether Paul Ryan is liberal or "solid" conservative?

The whining Freepers among us ..... (Emphasis added.)

That your new term of art for Reagan conservatives? "Whining FReepers"?

Would that include everyone on this board who "whines" about Obozo and his Communist czars?

75 posted on 08/11/2012 8:44:41 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: YankeeReb

Those who vote in November will vote for four more years of socialist progress except the few who vote third party and their vote is inconsequential unless somehow it is 30% or so which is not terribly likely. The Cripps and the Bloods fought out turf wars a while ago. Did it matter, really who won those turf wars in the locales where they were fought? This election is a turf war. It is not about free markets or socialism, liberty or collectivism. Those things were decided in the Republican primaries and we opted for socialism. We are going to choose the boss for the socialist machine and think it better if he wears our colors.


76 posted on 08/11/2012 8:47:24 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: lentulusgracchus; randita; Raycpa; Kozak

his liberal leanings refers to Romney


77 posted on 08/11/2012 8:50:36 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: lentulusgracchus

My reference to the whining Freepers refers to those who hoist the white flag of surrender whenever the DBM starts to beat up on our candidates. They’d rather whine than fight.

It has nothing to do with Reagan.

“His liberal leanings” refers to Romney.


78 posted on 08/11/2012 8:54:40 AM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: randita
What, btw, is "DBM"? I thought it was an old Aston-Martin.

"Double-barrel Media"?

"Double-Bourbon Media"?

"Democrat-Ballast Media"?

"Douche Bag Media"?

"Dumbass Boor Media"? Whatever it is, I assume we're talking serious Clymers here.

79 posted on 08/11/2012 9:16:36 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

It’s Drive By Media, a phrase coined by Rush.


80 posted on 08/11/2012 9:25:40 AM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: Kaslin
"...Ryan’s Washington experience is also light..."

Barry Obama had sooooooo much experience....izat right? Noooo, Barry is Black - that is his ACE in the hole along with the Anti-Capitalists who want him in power to reduce America to a Third World Nation....not a leader among nations. Obama The Crooked has the lead in the inexperienced politicians....he is more like a bank robber or jewel thief - what Barry really is is, among other things, he is not a leader in any sense of the word.

NO TO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S SECOND TERM!!

81 posted on 08/11/2012 9:27:29 AM PDT by yoe (Vote for your Country, not a political party.)
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To: randita
Darn it, I knew that one. Guess I need a Coke and a sandwich. Blood sugar getting low, or slow, or something.
82 posted on 08/11/2012 9:38:04 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: arthurus
We are going to choose the boss for the socialist machine and think it better if he wears our colors.

I'm under no illusions,it's the lesser of two evils, but almost any election boils down to that choice.

It took the socialists about 100 years to get us to this point, and one or even 5 elections won't fix things. Maybe, we're too far gone, but that doesn't mean we sit back let the out and out Marxist in and complain for the next four years. We have to work with what we've got.

83 posted on 08/11/2012 11:24:42 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: W. W. SMITH
Palin is still more qualified than all of this cycles and last cycles candidates put together.

Truer words never spoken. God bless Sarah and all her house.

84 posted on 08/11/2012 12:02:18 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: KeyLargo
But Biden was quick to add, “I I think his ideas are not nearly as fine as he is a man.”

Geez, did this guy even take an English class in high school? Yikes! What does this even mean?

85 posted on 08/11/2012 2:20:23 PM PDT by America_Right (Remember, Republicans have a lot more in common with Democrats than they do with Tea Partiers.)
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To: randita
Right off hand what happened to that attack piece by the part-time Mittbot about Ryan causing an 8 percent loss in votes?

Was that dumped because it was a blog piece or are we now protecting Ryan?

Seriously ~ there's no problem maintaining a drum beat on the faithless Romney and his lackeys, but what's the top end position on Ryan?

86 posted on 08/11/2012 7:42:44 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: YankeeReb; arthurus

How quickly people forget ~ ALL commies are commies. There’s no lesser of two evils when it comes to commies. They are evil all the time.


87 posted on 08/11/2012 7:44:58 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: YankeeReb
So far Communism has failed to bring down any country that wasn't already devastated by extensive warfare.

But never mind, Obama is simply stupid ~ and is further handicapped by his lack of experience and education.

Levin and others who want you to imagine Obama to be a smart guy with an agenda are doing no one any favors ~ and Mark knows it.

88 posted on 08/11/2012 7:48:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: arthurus
I decided Mitt had been little more than a face man at Bain when he publicly said there were some good elements to ObamaKKKare.

Fascist methods have no good elements ~

Some day I hope to see another President who is a smart guy and not a head case. Looks like that won't be all that soon.

89 posted on 08/11/2012 7:52:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: YankeeReb
The Conservative base is at least 40% of total Republican voting strength. No one wins without it.

Romney's Massachusetts crowd, and Romney himself, seem to be totally oblivious to that fact.

Plus, you have to fire up the Fiscal Conservatives, Religious Conservatives, Social Conservatives, and Cultural Conservatives. Usually one candidate is unable to do all of that. Romney is singularly unprepared to deal with any of those groups, and Ryan has some limitations here.

Romney could easily have made a worse choice ~

90 posted on 08/11/2012 7:58:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: TexasCajun
Biden, you have to debate this man -- a REAL Catholic.

 
Paul Ryan, Family Man and proud of it!
And he knows how to write too:

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness (Paul Ryan)

91 posted on 08/11/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: YankeeReb

We are at the stage where if we don’t fix things pretty radically and fast then socialism is inevitable and because we are the last bastion of liberty when we are socialist we won’t have the world hegemon to defend us and financially cushion our socialist fantasies and the economic results will go from dire to famine in less than a generation, perhaps a lot less. In other words, I suspect we are well past the point of no return. We are probably at the stage that we will be referring to when we turn to our spouses and moan, “ Why didn’t we get out when we still could?” but then, where would we have gone? Switzerland?


92 posted on 08/11/2012 8:49:42 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: YankeeReb

Also included in that Middle group are the disenchanted who see no point in voting when the choices stink and the one you settle on as “the lesser of two evils” turns out to be pretty dang evil as well. I am praying that all the negatives I hear about Romney will not come to pass and that he wants a legacy of “Saving America” — surely there are some big wigs out there who do still love their country and don’t want to see the world’s Golden Goose go down the Chute? I can dream...


93 posted on 08/12/2012 7:35:12 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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