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Voter Thoughts On Missouri 08/05/14 Ballot Questions

From Missouri Voter Jason:

Here are my thoughts about the proposed constitutional amendments.

#1. “Right to Farm.”  The language is so broad that it is, to me, meaningless.  There are statutes on the books (Section 537.295 of the Missouri Revised Statutes) that address the issue of “nuisance suits” that seem to be the core argument in favor of the amendment.  I’m leaning against the amendment, but am open to argument in favor.

#5 “Unalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”  While I think the language of this amendment has been poorly drafted, it aims to solidify the right to keep and bear arms and removes an impediment to concealed carry. I favor the amendment.

#7 “Increase Sales and Use Tax for Transportation.” I am opposed to this tax increase.  I’m taxed enough already.  More philosophically, I question whether sales tax should be used for transportation expenditures.  I generally prefer charging service users, and a fuel or tire or other ratable tax more directly associates the funding source with the expenditure purpose. (The advent of hybrid and electric vehicles, however, foils the purpose of the gasoline tax in making road users pay for roads; so, another (fair) way of apportioning the cost of roads to users needs to be developed.)  If more money is needed for roads (and I must be persuaded of the need), then a roads-related tax needs to be proposed.  I am opposed to using road-related funds for mass transit projects, aviation, ports, and the other transporation systems that would be funded by the proposed sales and use tax amendment. Again, philosophically, I would generate funding for these type projects from the users of those modes of transporation.

#8. “Veterans Lottery Ticket.”  I am opposed to the state operating a lottery, so the specification of a particular kind of lottery ticket to fund the state veterans homes, etc., is not something I support.  I believe these expenditures should be covered by everyone in the state (which means sales and/or income tax sources), not just those who gamble.

#9. “Security of Electronic Communications and Data.”  I support the amendment to include “electronic communications and data” in the list of protections against unreasonable search or seizure.  This amendment, incidentally, is consistent with the recent US Supreme Court ruling (Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie) that held a warrant was required before a cell phone could be searched by the authorities.  This ruling essentially extends Fourth Amendment (US Constitution) protections to at least some forms of electronic communications and data.  Amending the Missouri constitution to explicitly include electronic communications and data brings the state constitution into the modern world where we have not only papers and effects that are safe from warrantless search, but electronic information as well.

 

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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Amendments, Election, Freedom

 

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Real Work Force – 06/30/14

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for June 2014 showing an decrease in the unemployment rate from 6.3% to 6.1% with a better than expected 228,000  jobs created.

The Gray Lady’s cheerleaders applauded:

The economy accelerated in June, with employers adding 288,000 jobs, well above the rate of hiring recorded in the first five months of 2014 and another sign that growth is finally rebounding.The Labor Department also said on Thursday that the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point, to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008, when the economy’s fortunes turned sharply lower as Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis ensued.Nearly six years later, some of the scars remain — like a historically low rate of Americans in the work force. But the job market has been showing signs of health, even as the overall economic growth rate has been anemic.

A -2.9% GDP is “anemic”??  I’m sure Reagan’s 7.9% GDP was anemic as well.

At Forbes, a pin was stuck in the silver lining:

The labor force participation rate, however, was stagnant at 62.8% for the third month in a row. At 59% the employment-population ratio was little changed from the prior month. “Perhaps the only disappointment might be that average hourly earnings growth remains subdued,” wrote RBS’ Sharif. Hourly earnings gained just 0.2% in June, bringing the year-over-year rate to 2.0%. The workweek was steady at 34.5 hours.

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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After the April nosedive, the rate is struggling to rise back to the levels of the prior year.  There was little change in the labor force number this month, so while 288,000 jobs is a good headline, only 81,000 net jobs were added.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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Vote NO On Missouri August 5th Tax Increases!

By Jan Farrar and Brian Bollmann:

On August 5th, you are being asked by the Missouri Legislature to increase your sales taxes.  Amendment 7, which is the MoDOT Sales tax that plans to bring in more than they need over the 10 year period to spend on projects they propose now. In the meantime, MoDOT has spent the stimulus money on the purchase of the billboard signs all across MO to “Inform you of road conditions and tell you that MoDOT Cares.”

Barrel Bob can be seen at construction sites across Missouri; signs advertise upcoming roadwork, and of course, “MoDOT Cares” is up in lights all across the state. Maybe MoDOT should get out of the advertising business with our tax dollars. The Missouri General Assembly claims that this tax will spur job growth. Is MoDOT in the job growth business? Our tax dollars already support the US Dept of Labor, the US Division of Employment Security. We need another redundant Department of Job Growth Department? Additionally, Amendment 7 will create a county and city slush fund for politicians to dole out to favored projects, and there’s no wording in the bill to prevent the construction of warehouses near the St. Louis Airport – the China Hub.

On one hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax cut and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. On the other hand, Missouri legislators have passed a tax increase (to the ballot) and tell us it will spur the economy and job growth. Which one is it? It can’t be both.

Please vote ‘NO’ on Amendment 7.

In Cape Girardeau County only, Proposition K is on the ballot:

On the August 5th ballot, voters of Cape Girardeau County will be asked to approve yet another tax to be added to our current list of taxes. You will have another chance to give the government more of you hard earned money.

Proposition K is a tax that gives control of up to $3,000,000 of your money to an UNELECTED board to dole out to selected people as they see fit – many of whom have made very bad choices of their own accord. We’re getting taxed to pay for the bad choices of other people. Oftentimes, such taxes are tied with Federal Government money and programs that will come with strings attached and remove the control of our tax money from the county.

This is a tax with NO oversight, and it is all about emotion. There are over a dozen programs in the area including social workers in nearly every Missouri school to refer these children to existing programs that can be tweaked if necessary to “help the children.”

Please vote ‘NO’ on Proposition K.

 

Barrel Bob… …a testament to Wants vs. Needs:

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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Government Waste, Miscellaneous, Taxes

 

American Healthcare: A Product Of Our Self-Governance

 

By Helen Gelhot:

American Healthcare Must be a Product by, of and for its People and Our Self Governance

People worldwide have long sought US health care. Under the likes of ObamaCare – centralized healthcare (CHC), many US doctors are leaving our profession rather than deal with regulation onslaught.

To maintain CHC expenses, with the rolls adding 10-20M more patients, the Independent Patient Advisory Boards (IPABs), aka “death panels” must restrict to whom and when care is allotted. With government inefficiency and corporate greed, costs and taxes will surely rise.

CHC destroys the sacred doctor patient relationship. Doctors must now follow heavy dictates, even denying care. And why has Congress exempted itself from CHC?

If CHC’s purpose is to build a better system, it would dictate interstate competition for insurance companies and as tort reform to limit recovery in nonphysical damage claims. We Missourians can find alternatives to both the downward spiral in actual healthcare and the disastrous trajectory of costs.

One alternative example can be found at the New Jersey medical clinic, Zaraphath. Started by the Doctors Eck in 2003, it has had great success providing healthcare without big government involvement.

Patient costs per clinic visit are as low as $13 compared to $160 at a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) or $1000 at an ER. Costs are kept low; the all-volunteer facility physicians are protected without high malpractice insurance costs under the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1996. Additionally, ancillary services and most pharmaceutical medications are donated.

The indigent patient does not need full-coverage insurance; they need good, basic healthcare. Missouri could adopt NJ-like policies to reduce ER and FQHC visits and their Medicare and Medicaid costs. Affordable clinic visits could be free or sliding scale, utilizing insurance only for medical catastrophes.

The Drs. Eck plan to grow this model by having physicians volunteer four hours weekly in exchange for malpractice protection at their primary practices. The NJ Volunteer Physicians Protection Act, currently being considered in NJ, VA, and soon PA. Physicians could offer common-sense care without expensive, “CYA” testing; medical practice would be affordable despite shrinking reimbursements.

The NJ figures below from FY2012 demonstrate the success of this free clinic model.     Note: NJ & MO budgets / Medicaid costs are similar in magnitude and proportion.

NJ Medicaid – $10.7B of a $33B state budget

(MO Medicaid – $8B of a $24B state budget during the same period)

$5.4B (of $10.7B) is for acute care in NJ;

  • $2.4B (of the $5.4B) – hospitals and outpatient facilities
  • $2B – managed care
  • $500M -administrators (20%)

$90M – Doctors, labs, all imaging, etc. Only about 1/60 (1.67%) –These costs are what we traditionally think of as healthcare costs; however, they received the smallest monies in the acute care budget of $5.4B.

$500M (20cents of each dollar) for administrators who never touch a patient? The jig is up! Americans know this is unacceptable. For example; OK City’s cash surgery center (The Surgery Center of Oklahoma) sinus surgery is $4.8K-$7K. Integris Hospital, nearby, features the same surgery for $30K+; a $9K pace-maker insertion is $100K at Integris.

Why? Perhaps it is because Integris Hospital employs approximately 18 “suits” with annual salaries of $400K+; surprise!

If our goal is truly to help those without care, legislators need to get out of bed with the insurance companies and free them to compete across state lines.

Practices’ overhead would be manageable without huge malpractice premiums; doctors could see patients longer without charge.

Medicaid could be augmented by a more personalized, charitable network of non-government free clinics (NGFCs). As churches and civic groups start more NGFCs, supply would meet demand.

Multiple MO legislators contend this true change would not work – it would upset both the trial lawyers (the most powerful lobby in Jefferson City) with fewer cases, and the insurance industry with less premium revenues.

Stop immoral Managed Care and profiteering from our bloated Medicaid budget while riding physician’s backs. Physicians cannot serve two masters. Is incentivizing physicians, clinics or hospitals to give less care to Missouri patients reasonable? Missouri’s own venerable Dr. Arthur Gale addresses this in his books: “The Hijacking of American Medicine by the FTC” and “The Hijacking of American Medicine by Managed Care.”

Will legislators and some puppet masters allow meaningful change outlined herein? This includes ending perks and promises, promoting Missouri’s “blanketing of Managed Care.” Will Medicaid expansion attempts stop?

These healthcare budget issues and their feasible answers deserve consideration. Anything less is poor stewardship.

Citizen lobbyists are awakened. Let Self Governance prevail!

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Health Care, Self-Governance

 

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Keep The Republic (This Saturday)

It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?

We are.

I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats.  A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.

Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.

What do we do?

We save the republic.

How?

Ask Thomas Jefferson…

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]

The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society.  It’s time to take it back.  And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.

What have you done to Keep The Republic?

Isn’t it about time YOU did something?

Join other patriots this Saturday April 26th 10:00am – 6:30pm in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles!  Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory.  This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.

For more information on the Saturday April 26th class, click here.

For more information, on the Center for Self-Governance, click here.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Activism, Education, Freedom

 

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Real Work Force – 02/28/14

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for February 2014 showing an increase in the unemployment rate from 6.6% to 6.7% with a better than expected 175,000 jobs created.

The Gray Lady’s cheerleaders applauded:

As Job Creation Increases in February, Economists See Signs of a Spring Thaw

…The American economy appeared to emerge from a winter hibernation in February, creating more jobs than in either of the previous two months and suggesting that momentum in the labor market might gradually build with the arrival of spring.

…but still included this sober statement:

…the payroll gain in February was still well short of the pace needed to return the economy to full employment anytime soon or to quickly reduce the ranks of the long-term unemployed.

At Forbes, the somber discussion

The total number of out-of-work Americans held steady at about 10.5 million, the Labor Department reported. The [FedGov version] labor participation rate, a key gauge of the percentage of working-age Americans currently employed, held steady at 63%, its lowest level in four decades.

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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No change in the headline number this month, so while 175,000 jobs is good, many Americans tried to re-enter the work force with no luck.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Population Estimate from census.gov

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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I’m Moving To Mexico

Received via E-mail:

Dear Mr. Obama, Senate and Congress:

I’m planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

We’re planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we’ll need your help to make a few arrangements.

We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws.

I’m sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, the President of Mexico , that I’m on my way over?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking Government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. Please print all Mexican Government forms in English.

4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bi-lingual) teachers.

5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.

7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver’s license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don’t plan to purchase car insurance, and I probably won’t make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my housetop, put U.S. flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. �I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may start.

13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say critical things about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

14. I want to receive free food stamps.

15. Naturally, I’ll expect free rent subsidies.

16. I’ll need income tax credits so that although I don’t pay Mexican taxes, I’ll receive money from the government.

17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Government pays $4,500.00 to help me buy a new car.

18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the Mexican Social Security program so that I’ll get a monthly income in retirement.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all of his people who walk over to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that the President of Mexico won’t mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Do you see how stupid this looks when you put it in writing????

 

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8 Buck Mike… …and The House Appropriations Committee for Education

One thing that seems to be lost in the kerfuffle over Missouri Representative Mike Lair’s amendment to purchase $8.00 of tin-foil for the “Common Core paranoia” is that “The Kansas City Star reported that the House Appropriations committee approved an amendment for $8 for tin foil in next year’s Education Budget.”

[Emphasis added]

Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems to me that a committee is more than one person, and that for a committee to approve such an amendment, a majority of the committee members must vote in its favor.  So, my question, who else voted for Lair’s high-priced Reynolds Wrap?

The members of the committee are:

So, has anyone asked these representatives why they voted for Lair’s amendment?  Was the amendment read aloud? Was it provided on paper?  Was there a big laugh in the committee?  Was there any debate?  Any hyperbole?

I will e-mail these questions to the list of folks above, but to me, a vote for this amendment makes them as guilty of ridiculing their constituents and elitist hubris as Representative Mike Lair.  Maybe you should be asking your representative these questions too.

When they start ridiculing you, they’re using Alinsky tactics… …but that also means you’re winning!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Education, Republican

 

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Real Work Force – 01/31/14

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for January 2014 showing another drop in the unemployment rate from 6.7% to 6.6% with below expectations 113,000 jobs created.

The “Drum”beat leftists at Mother Jones believe austerity was madness:

This is the price of austerity. If public sector employment had been growing normally during this period, we’d have about a million more jobs than we do now and the unemployment rate would probably be below 6 percent. We are our own worst enemies.

At HotAir, soberly…

Still, we need to add 150,000 jobs a month to keep pace with population growth. We’re closer to it than in December, which was upgraded to 75,000 jobs added, but still far off the pace for even stagnation.

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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A bit of a bump this month, but note that the Labor Force in January of 2014 is SMALLER than the Labor Force in January 2013.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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Real Work Force – 12/31/13

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The FedGov released its unemployment propaganda for December 2013 showing a massive 0.3% drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7% with measly 74,000 jobs created.

The Liberal Cheerleaders at ThinkProgress could only muster a matter-of-fact tone:

Retail added 55,000 jobs in December and food service and drinking places added 9,000 jobs, while professional and business services added 19,000 jobs. Government employment fell by 13,000

Heritage finds a trend:

This continues a long-term trend over the year of unemployment falling because of fewer Americans looking for work. The employment-to-population ratio has not improved over the past year despite a 1.2 percentage point drop in the unemployment rate. Long-term unemployment also persists at historically high rates despite the large decline in the number of unemployed. Almost two-fifths of the unemployed—3.9 million workers—have been out of work for over six months. The proportion of jobless in long-term unemployment has barely improved over the course of the recovery. Most of December’s drop in unemployment came from those out of work for less than six months.

FedGov calculations still don’t really show the true picture of employment in America.  They don’t answer this question:

Ignoring all demographics, who is in the wagon versus who is pulling the wagon?

How many people are working as a percent of all the people in the United States?  Here’s the trend…

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Down she goes to the lowest Real Work Force of the Century.

At the end of Clinton’s administration, over 50% of the population in America were in the labor force!  That number stayed mostly the same and then increased through through the early parts of 2007.  That percentage has decreased since the beginning of 2007 and is now down by fully 2%.  You’re welcome to comment below as to what happened in early 2007 to turn the trend around.

In today’s numbers, that’s a reduction of almost 6,000,000 jobs.

Below is the percentage of change from month-to-month

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Labor Force Data from bls.gov:

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Things won’t get better in this country until millions more people are pulling the wagon!

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Economy, Unemployment

 

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