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Obama coming to Palo Alto Thursday

Original post made on May 22, 2012

President Barack Obama will be returning to the Bay Area this week to raise more money for his re-election campaign with three events on the Peninsula.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 9:28 AM

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

Excellent! Welcome back! Take plenty of money with you!

There is no more important reason to re-elect President Obama than the prospect that one or more (lifetime) Supreme Court nominations will be made during the next presidential term.

Consider what issues will be decided by the court in the next decades. Consider the current balance of the court.

Shall our country move forward or backward? Shall we increase the power of its citizens, or the power of its corporations and special interests? Shall we embrace civil rights, or shall we continue to limit them unconscionably? Shall we protect reproductive freedom, or return to the benighted days of the 1950s?

Enough said.


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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

Here it comes - too much traffic, wahhhh, costs too much, wahhhh, where's his birth certificate, wahhhh, and on and on.

It's the President of the United States of America, ferchrissakes. be a proud American, a proud Californian and Palo Alto resident to host him, or go whine somewhere else.

If you're bummed about the raising of cash for TV ads, support public financing of elections.

If you complain about it, please include the links to your post complaining about Romney's visits, or a link to your previous post complaining about Bush's vivisects. Otherwise, you're just a partisan hack.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

>>>> DD --

Love your comments! I concur.

And, I hope they will head off some of the whining you predict.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

I think we must all acknowledge that, since President Obama has been elected, the sea levels - as promised - have continued to fall.

In addition, as the President has stated, it is unpatriotic to continue to amass debt. During President Obama's tenure, the national debt continues to plummet. If only California's governor could learn to apply the President's skills, California's budget shortfall would be even smaller.

Also, lest we forget - upon adoption of the stimulus - unemployment has never - not once - gone above 8%.

Welcome, President Obama!


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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

"In addition, as the President has stated, it is unpatriotic to continue to amass debt. "

Gnome: Guess you're staying home in November, since Romney's plan adds TRILLIONS of debt and requires multiple raises of the debt ceiling. As does the GOP House budget, the 'Ryan' plan, adds trillions in debt. Both weaken Medicare unimaginably, so you can spend this November planning for a new way to cover your healthcare when you're in your 60's and 70's and 80's.

They'll give you a voucher to go shopping with. Good luck buying private healthcare in your 80's with a coupon voucher. Imagine how fun that will be!


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Downtown North
on May 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

Everybody, let's get excited! Don your liberal hats and open your wallets, so good for the economy. Do we really need this? How exciting NOT . . .


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Posted by mutti
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

$35,800!!! I guess there may be some wealthy Chinese who will pay this, but I'd be surprised to see one Pacific Islander in the group. Again, politicians of all parties don't really care about the diverse community that is Silicon Valley, except as their local 'cash cow.' There is no meeting for Latinos or African Americans at this price, or at all. And it isn't just Obama. Romney will be here next week, and charging the same prices.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

My Dearest Neighbor DD,

I wasn't planning on discussing alternative budgets and healthcare proposals in this brief email.

But, since you brought it up... I am sure you are on board (as am I!) with the President's budget, which received a unanimous vote in both houses of Congress only last week.

Although I am not altogether familiar with the details, I am certain that his budget, just like the budget nearly proposed by our Democratic-party controlled Senate, won't add any debt, and will not weaken Medicare whatsoever.

Regarding healthcare...as promised, healthcare costs have undoubtedly gone down since the adoption of the Affordable Care Act. And I'm confident they'll continue to go down with no reduction in service or quality.

As you can expect, I will not - I repeat, not - be staying home in November. I plan to be dancing with you in the streets of Palo Alto, as we celebrate the start of four more years, as the President continues to pursue policies that will only enhance America's growth, success, and prestige.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Palo Alto should be proud to host an Asian fundraiser.
Now, it should work on getting an Asian market.


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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Gnome: Sweet.

You ignored it, so you must agree that Romney is adding trillions in debt with his plan, requiring the debt ceiling to be raised numerous times (as does the Ryan plan.) Funny that Romney stands in front of a 'debt clock' these days when his plans will have it twirling just as fast.

You also agree that the GOP budget and Romney's plans end Medicare as we know it.

Thanks.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

How fortunate we are to live here and Obama only gets an occasional visit. I only hope we compare well with all the other places he travels worldwide. Unfortunate that security must be so tight these days. I remember watching Charles de Gaulle driven up Cowper Street in an open top convertible.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Dearest DD,

Why do you keep bringing up Romney and Ryan, and why do you impute to me positions regarding the GOP budget and Medicare?

Why can't we simply celebrate the success of our current President, and look forward to four more years of similar achievements?



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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Dearest Gnome: Absolutely.

You brought up debt in your first post; hence I was offering factual comparison. Look up the debt to be added by Romney, posted on his website.

An analysis of what Mitt has promised: "Romney Budget Proposals Would Require Massive Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Programs" Web Link


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Posted by 3rd party
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Obama is incompetent. Romney is a finger-wagging religious guy. Way too far left, way too far right. We need a 3rd centrist party - I so wish NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg would run for president...


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Dearest DD,

Here's what I previously wrote about debt: "In addition, as the President has stated, it is unpatriotic to continue to amass debt. During President Obama's tenure, the national debt continues to plummet. If only California's governor could learn to apply the President's skills, California's budget shortfall would be even smaller."

Who cares about Romney?

Did President Obama NOT say this it is unpatriotic to continue to amass debt? (Web Link)

Has the national debt NOT continued to plummet since President Obama took office? (Web Link)

Do you dispute the notion that, if Governor Brown were to adopt the President's approach, California would be in even better shape? (Web Link)

I only wish I had $38,500 to attend the President's Palo Alto event, and another $38,500 so you could join me.


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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Dearest Gnome:

Well done.

Hijacked a Presidential visit thread and brought up debt, global climate change, the Affordable Care Act, Democratic-party controlled Senate, the Stimulus and unemployment.

But you are shocked, just shocked, that someone will bring up the other choice and the absurd policies he subscribes to.

So let's just agree on something - a balanced budget, proven to be possible: Clinton era spending levels, Clinton era tax rates.

Peace, prosperity and a balanced budget - the Democratic Way.

Clinton proved it, the republicans have never done so.


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Posted by Janice
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

"The last of Obama's three fundraising events in the Bay Area is a campaign roundtable with the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community"

My niece is a Pacific Islander, and I can assure one and all that this is a disinformation statement. Pacifc Islanders are very poor, unless they are bought off by the Chinese or rich American interests. If Obama wants to meet with the Chinese, then meet with them, and provide the guest list, with donations provided. It is disgusting to include Pacific Islanders as part of this money-grubbing ruse.

I voted for Obama, hoping for something better. I was wrong. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by Hi Prez
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

$38,500 for 45 minutes of Obama's time at Atherton party - that's insane!!! But,I guess the 1 percenters will get a tax deduction next year.


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Posted by Barbara Montgomery
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Dearest DD,

I am certainly not shocked (nor just shocked) that someone would bring up a different option for president. I was just hoping we could focus on the wonders of the current Administration without distraction.

Now you're switching from a prospective Administration to one from the previous millennium. This is no time to look back. As Vice President Biden is fond of saying, "this is a big f***ing deal."

Be progressive!

Lean forward!


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

GG: Yours is one of the funniest thread lines I have ever read. Good job!! I have learned something from you, thank you.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

>> 3rd party <<

IF Bloomberg ran,

He could be his own super PAC.

IF Bloomberg won, he could write a check to pay down the debt. However, I'll bet he wouldn't raise the 1%'s taxes.

I still say welcome back, Mr. Obama. I was proud to be there as your motorcade drove by last year.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I would say this regardless of who was running around town looking for money for electioneering.

Too much money is spent on election campaigns. It is pretty disgusting to see how this money is misspent when there is so much need in the world.

I would cut the election period to a few months, put caps on election campaign spending, and simplify the whole process. Most other countries have elections that run for a couple of weeks, not even months. Their elections are free, open and democratic and don't waste the money that is wasted here. A long election process may have been necessary due to the size of the country when transportation and communication was poor. Now it is just much too long for no reason other than to give gutter press and gutter politics a free hand.

This is just a sign of decadence, not open politics.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I agree with GG: We must re-elect Obama. He is keeping his promise to skyrocket electricity prices. Barack Obama warned us under his plans, "electricity rates will necessary skyrocket…. Coal-powered plants, natural gas plants, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations, that will cost money, that they will pass that money on to consumers."

The assault on coal is working!! Electricity rates are skyrocketing! Hurray! Web Link

All those rich people paying more for their greedy use of electricity...serves them right. Who cares about the 99% paying more also?

GOBAMA 2012


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Resident, I agree. Sick to death of constant campaigning! Limit the timeline. But I don't agree with limit the amount spent. If millions of us "vote with our wallet" and send in money, I want whoever we support to be able to spend whatever he/she gets in donations to campaign.

Well, we wander from the point of the thread.


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Posted by cares
a resident of Green Acres
on May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

he dont care about you. if he did yu wuldnt be broke!


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Those of you who have a problem with the ridiculous amounts of money spent on (read: corrupting) the campaigns, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision certainly didn't help any. Indeed, it opened the vaults.

Want to see the decision overturned? Elect Obama so he can get another nominee on the Court.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Perspective:

Your Fox coal % dropping story is a STUPID, FALSE (ie.. Fox) argument. Turn off Fox or back it up with a real source of news.

Coal usage dropped because natural gas is CHEAPER.

"That stunning drop, which represented almost a 20 percent decline in coal generation over the last year, was primarily due to low natural gas prices. As EIA explains, natural gas generation will climb steadily this year, while coal will see a double-digit drop by the end of 2012"

"Who cares about the 99% paying more also?" You are NOT paying significantly more, suppliers have switched to a cheaper source. Or don't you pay your own utility bill?

But Perspective listens to Fox claim less coal is used, so the sky must be falling.

LIARS from Fox. And what shall we call those that listen to them and repeat Fox lies?

re: "if millions of us "vote with our wallet" and send in money"... Yeah, go ahead and get a million of your friends to send a couple bucks each. Soros or a union will then write a check for another two million. You still lose.


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Posted by GreatPresident
a resident of Midtown
on May 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I support Obama!!


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Garden Gnome, you brought up debt. You must be thrilled Obama has slowed the growth of government more than ANY PRESIDENT SINCE EISENHOWER.

Government spending under Obama is rising at a 1.4% annualized pace — slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.

"Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an "inferno" of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children's future.

But it didn't happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s. "

Facts are a stubborn thing. Fools like to scream loudest and hope no one checks the charts: Web Link

" • In the 2009 fiscal year — the last of George W. Bush's presidency — federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion.

• In fiscal 2010 — the first budget under Obama — spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 trillion.

• In fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 trillion.

• In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 trillion, according to the CBO.

• Finally in fiscal 2013 — the final budget of Obama's term — spending is scheduled to fall 1.3% to $3.58 trillion."

Over Obama's four budget years, federal spending is on track to rise from $3.52 trillion to $3.58 trillion, an annualized increase of just 0.4%. "

The big surge in federal spending happened in fiscal 2009, before Obama took office. Since then, spending growth has been relatively flat.

Garden Gnome, you ridicule Clinton's balanced budgets - name the last republican president to balance a budget, please.


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Posted by Jan
a resident of Downtown North
on May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Hope he brings his birth certificate with him and his college transcript. Anything to tie up traffic.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Dear St. Francis,

I would never ridicule anyone's balanced budget, regardless of party affiliation. After all, that would be just plain mean. Please consider rereading what I wrote.

If you are going to the $38,500 event, please consider waving to me as I stand forlornly outside the Garden Court. I'll be wearing my Hope t-shirt.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Garden Gnome, happy to hear it, as we both know Clinton's balanced budgets, leaving surpluses both years, were a mere dozen years ago, or as you call it - "from the previous millennium."

I'll look for your shirt. I'll be in a tie.



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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I'll be downtown Thursday morning as well, in the shop around the corner, wearing a red carnation. Note to Hi Prez: Political donations are not tax deductible.


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Posted by Carrie
a resident of Downtown North
on May 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Probably going to swing by Facebook to pick up some stock!


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Downtown North
on May 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

It figures Obama would meet with the Asian community in Palo Alto.
The city is now about 50% Asian, and climbing. Just look at the demographics of the public schools.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

musical, why don't we meet up for a snack at Il Fornaio (no, people, I'm not hitting on musical)? I can take the free shuttle to avoid traffic - I'm sure it'll be easy peasy getting downtown. I'll be the one talking into my armpit.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm



Obama has been to Palo alto rattling his tin cup at taxpayers expenses and massive inconvenience to Palo Alto residents.

But he has never visited East Palo Alto-never-not once

Why is that?


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Posted by guest
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 23, 2012 at 4:44 am

I'd feel better about Obama visiting if the visits weren't always selling access-for-money.


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Posted by Hank
a resident of College Terrace
on May 23, 2012 at 4:54 am

What- no Facebook visit? Not going to hangout with his hoodie friend?


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

St Francis: So..um...somehow the following facts are irrelevant in your desire to support the greatest president ever? Obama took office January 2009..promptly added almost a trillion in spending ( remember "stimulus"??) which has be re-authorized every year since.

We now owe 16 trillion, and our country makes 15 trillion. In other words, we are at over 100% debt to GDP. Lost of zeros in a trillion. In other words, our grandchildren will paying for the debt we are incurring. (Please see Greece, Spain, and soon coming to a theater near you, France, for what happens with this kind of debt).

So, somehow Obama and the Dems added the most debt ever, but at the same time "grew" our spending at the slowest?

Wow...

Go Obama!!


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

It looks like the Republicans think that if they make enough noise -- complete doublespeak and fiction right out of George Orwell -- that they'll erase Bush from the books.

Bush's stupidity and viciousness nearly destroyed the country. Remember the manufactured Iraq/9-11 connection? Remember the 2008 stock market crash in the Spring/Summer BEFORE the election?

Right, let's bring the Republicans back to finish destroying the country.



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Posted by Bayarea is ATM
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

Obama visited bayarea too often. It costs too much to the cities - police' overtime pays. President, please stop thinking bayarea is your ATM.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

Perspective's falsehood - "promptly added almost a trillion in spending ( remember "stimulus"??) which has be re-authorized every year since."

WRONG.

Read the link. It's staring you in the face. From Marketwatch Web Link

Spending - another source, the OMB Web Link

2007 2,728,686 Bush
2008 2,982,544 Bush
2009 3,517,677 Bush
2010 3,456,213 Obama
2011 3,603,061 Obama
2012 3,795,547 Obama

Shoots down a whole lot of Fox noise, doesn't it.

Spending has grown more slowly under Obama than any recent republican. Don't confuse spending with debt, Perspective, it's only one component.

Seems silly that I have to tell you how spending is only part of the debt equation.... aren't you the one who posted this week: "I truly wish that every high school student was required to take an economics class." Fox is rotting your brain. Studies show that.

Debt is separate discussion. You are very wrong in some of the things you said there, also. The US will never be like Greece - you were asked in the other thread - why is the world lining up to loan America money at RECORD LOW INTEREST RATES if our debt isn't manageable? Japan's debt to GDP is twice as bad, and the world is lining up to loan Japan money at near record low rates as well.



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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Fox rots brains.

Multiple studies show that to be true. The latest:

"According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all.
...

"The study concludes that media sources have a significant impact on the number of questions that people were able to answer correctly," wrote Cassino and his colleagues. "The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly—a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all."

Fox makes you dumber.

Fact.

Web Link


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Well, the "Obama Cancels" thread got locked. And I was looking forward to seeing the commotion tomorrow morning. Snacks at Il Fornaio may not have been feasible anyway under the circumstances.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Agreed, musical. We probably would've had to get there for breakfast & stayed.


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Posted by DD
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

This thread got quiet since perspective and gnome read the Wall St Journal declaration someone noted above

"Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an "inferno" of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children's future.

But it didn't happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s. "

Obama spending at slowest pace since Eisenhower.

Perspective, gnome?

Y'all got spanked. your Fox lies got punked in the Wall St J, which is funny cuz Murdoch owns both.

Punked. ha!


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