Fortune Cookie During Debt Ceiling Negotiations: “You may be spending too much money.”

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    Aug 02, 2011 11:50 AM GMT
    A funny anecdote from the debt negotiations -

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/us/politics/02deal.html?pagewanted=2&hp

    When Mr. Reid returned to the Senate after 5 p.m., he went to the floor and angrily contradicted Mr. McConnell’s and Mr. Boehner’s earlier claims that a deal was near. Back in his office, Mr. Reid and top aides began canvassing other Democratic senators, but with no receptionists working on the weekend, they fumbled to operate the complicated Capitol phone system.

    Mr. McConnell, meanwhile, spoke three more times that day with Mr. Biden. That night he strategized with his staff between a series of phone calls, including one with Mr. Boehner. The group ordered Chinese food, and laughed when one fortune cookie advised: “You may be spending too much money.”
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    Oh, that's an adorable little anecdote. I'm sure it will comfort the people who lose their unemployment benefits so McConnell's campaign contributors don't have to pay 2% more in taxes. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 02, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    Here's the thing that doesn't add up for me.
    -$$$ for a horribly mismanaged and unnecessary Iraq war = no problem / the sky's the limit.
    -$$$ for a horribly mismanaged occupation and reconstruction of Afghanistan = no problem / sky's the limit (until just recently).
    -$$$ to bail out the banks, many of which caused the recent global financial near-collapse and defrauded millions of homeowners = no problem / sky's the limit.
    -$$$ for tax cuts to the extreme upper end of the tax bracket and for corporations, to the point that GE actually pays NO taxes on record profits = no problem / sky's the limit.

    But when it comes to funding social security, medicare, social programs and government spending which is desperately needed to keep people alive and the money flowing in the economy until it can (I hope) recover, oh, NO NO NO, it's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY to expensive! Give me a freakn' break!
    It's not that it's too expensive, it's that a certain right wing political party doesn't like those programs and doesn't care about the human consequences of getting rid of them.
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    Aug 02, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Mmmmmmmm, Chinese food!
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    Aug 03, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    O for Pete's sake.... what is wrong with the rulers of that country.... I am usually more diplomatic in how I phrase my thoughts, but what they are doing is just plain imbecilic...