Thursday morning buffet

If you’ve got an appetite this morning, grab a plate.

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69 responses to “Thursday morning buffet

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    Dark Horses…..see in Tennessee we have all sorts of shades of horse that are dark, some are darker than others.

    I hope Ben Dukes is not delusional, but then hope, by its ownself is a form of delusion is it not?

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  2. Vol Fan

    Heath Shuler. That’s a name I recognize. He should be our next athletic director.

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    • Macallanlover

      Yeah, he is brilliant. Check his voting record to see what kind of lackey he is really is. Compare his voting position to that of his constituency, the guy is a puppet whose strings are being pulled by the Bad Guys bent on destroying this country. If he is an example of how bright UT grads are, perhaps your football team lines up with the student population better than other SEC schools. He makes Hammy look ethical.

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      • Dog in Fla

        “the guy is a puppet whose strings are being pulled by the Bad Guys bent on destroying this country”

        Amen. He fell in, marched in step with, and voted along with the Bad Guy lackeys bent on destroying this country:

        “Shuler was one of five Democrats to vote for the House Republican’s “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill on Tuesday….

        http://www.christianpost.com/news/heath-shuler-talks-debt-ceiling-religion-and-pro-life-dems-52667/country.”

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        • HackerDog

          Balanced budgets will destroy the country.
          +1 for the laugh.

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          • Dawgpa12

            You got to hate someone who votes for a balanced budget. I hate common sense!

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          • Dog in Fla

            Laughs aplenty for everyone

            “Dick Cheney was right –
            Deficits don’t matter — and Republicans who are complaining about Barack Obama’s spending are hypocrites.”

            “In our time, the Republican Party has compiled an impressive history of talking about fiscal responsibility while running up unrivaled deficits and debt. Of the roughly $11 trillion in federal debt accumulated to date, more than 90 percent can be attributed to the tenure of three presidents: Ronald Reagan, who used to complain constantly about runaway spending; George Herbert Walker Bush, reputed to be one of those old-fashioned green-eyeshade Republicans; and his spendthrift son George “Dubya” Bush, whose trillion-dollar war and irresponsible tax cuts accounted for nearly half the entire burden. Only Bill Clinton temporarily reversed the trend with surpluses and started to pay down the debt (by raising rates on the wealthiest taxpayers)….

            Republicans in Congress likewise demanded balanced budgets in their propaganda (as featured in the 1993 Contract with America), but then proceeded to despoil the Treasury with useless spending and tax cuts for those who needed them least….

            As for the Republicans, it is difficult to listen to their doomsaying predictions without laughing.”

            http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/joe_conason/2009/03/27/deficits

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            • Mayor of Dawgtown

              I hold the Democrats and the Republicans in equal contempt, but perhaps the Republicans in a bit more because of their hypocrisy. Dubya’s last budget had about an $800 Billion deficit. He averaged $500 Billion deficits for his entire time in office. All those Republican Senators and Congressmen that now carry on about being fiscal conservatives voted for those budgets without making a peep.

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              • Dog in Fla

                “I hold the Democrats and the Republicans in equal contempt,”

                but “Only Nixon can go to Nixonland” *

                * “The title of this post is sadly facetious: Nixon would of course be considered a filthy Commie Liberal by the monster his strategies created and would have to carry Pat Buchanan in front of him like the Ark of the Wingnut Covenant if he wanted to get into CPAC.”

                http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2011/07/only-nixon-can-go-to-nixonland.html

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              • Hackerdog

                I don’t understand the hypocrisy argument. How is a Republican who drives the country toward bankruptcy while claiming to be fiscally responsible somehow worse than a Democrat who drives the country toward bankruptcy twice as fast while also claiming to be fiscally responsible?

                I agree that GWB certainly wasn’t fiscally conservative. But I long for the days of puny $800 billion deficits. The deficit for 2011 is around $1.65 trillion. Of course, that’s not Obama’s fault. I think it’s Taft’s, … or something.

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                • Dog in Fla

                  This person didn’t even have to go as far back as Taft to guess how the deficit got this big

                  http://titanicsailsatdawn.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-deficit-got-this-big.html

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                  • HackerDog

                    I know, I know. It’s GWB’s fault. Taxes can never be high enough, high taxes never inhibit economic growth, and if the economy starts to slow, we can always depend on the government to re-inflate the bubble that can never be allowed to pop.

                    The fact is that any analysis of debt and deficits that ignore entitlements, the untouchable love child of the left, is, by definition, laughable. The unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is about $100 trillion.

                    But, by all means, ignore that elephant in the room and tell me again how evil the Bush tax cuts are.

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                    • Dog in Fla

                      “untouchable love child of the left.”

                      The imaginary Left. I love it. While the Communists are taking over the country, don’t forget that the entitlements are untouchables for the Right also, too. Got to keep the old and disabled in line and voting that straight Republican ticket

                      “Never mind that each time the Republicans actually come into power, federal deficit spending explodes and these whippersnappers somehow never get around to touching Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. The key is that for the many years before that moment of truth, before these buffoons actually get a chance to put their money where their lipless little mouths are, they will stomp their feet and scream about how entitlements are bringing us to the edge of apocalypse.”

                      “The reason for this is always the same: the Republicans, quite smartly, recognize that there is great political hay to be made in the appearance of deficit reduction, and that white middle class voters will respond with overwhelming enthusiasm to any call for reductions in the “welfare state,” a term which said voters will instantly associate with black welfare moms and Mexicans sneaking over the border to visit American emergency rooms.”

                      “The problem, of course, is that to actually make significant cuts in what is left of the “welfare state,” one has to cut Medicare and Medicaid, programs overwhelmingly patronized by white people, and particularly white seniors. So when the time comes to actually pull the trigger on the proposed reductions, the whippersnappers are quietly removed from the stage and life goes on as usual, i.e. with massive deficit spending on defense, upper-class tax cuts, bailouts, corporate subsidies, and big handouts to Pharma and the insurance industries.”

                      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/tax-cuts-for-the-rich-on-the-backs-of-the-middle-class-or-paul-ryan-has-balls-20110407

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                    • HackerDog

                      I agree that incumbents with R after their names are just as anxious to keep their jobs as those with a D. But Democrats are the party responsible for instituting entitlements. GWB did institute Medicare part D, but the primary objection the Democrats had while it was passing was that it wasn’t expensive enough. So I certainly understand the appeal of playing hot potato with the $100 trillion bill the Democrats have left us with.

                      Obama and the Democrats have now passed Obamacare. They have admitted it was the first step in achieving the new entitlement of socialized medicine. And they did it without a single Republican vote.

                      The Ryan plan, endorsed by the Republican leadership and most Republican politicians, proposes entitlement reforms. Democrats are against any entitlement reforms.

                      So it seems clear that the Democrats are absolutely awful in terms of growing the government with entitlement programs and the Republicans are just a little bit better. I wouldn’t say good, just not as awful as Democrats, which is a low bar indeed.

                      I apologize for interrupting for rant on GWB. I’m sure he has some overdue library books that will be the ruin of us all.

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            • James Stephenson

              Wait, I am a little rusty on my civics, when did the President get both the budget and the purse strings. Did something change and no one tell me? Oh right, During the Reagan and Bush I years, who had the purse strings? Oh right Democrats. The only thing that even comes close to your point is the Bush II years when the Republicans had control. And boy did our representatives hear it during that period. Of course, his deficit got even worse once the Dems took control in 2006. And in the first 3 years of Obama he has spent more money then the whole 8 years of Bush.

              Oh and who had the purse strings the majority of the Clinton years? Oh yes Republicans, and oh that was no surplus. It was the old, we are only going to raise spending by less than normal, spending increased during those years as well.

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              • Dog in Fla

                “The only thing that even comes close to your point is the Bush II years when the Republicans had control.”

                Yeah, that comes pretty close. The only time the Republicans bitch and moan about the deficit is when they don’t have total control over exploding the deficit.

                “And in the first 3 years of Obama he has spent more money then the whole 8 years of Bush.”

                I don’t think that’s the case but even if it is, it’s because of the collapse of the economy under the Cheney Regency. I don’t know where you live but I can tell you that in Florida there are a lot of people who wish that limited Obama stimulus money had not run out. Not only are the unemployed but our teabagger governor is working as hard as he can to cut their unemployment compensation.

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                • James Stephenson

                  Dude, I did bitch and moan, and you can ask my Senators and Representative, how many emails I sent them about the damned spending and told them that the R’s were going to get their asses kicked in 06 because of their crazy spending. I sent those emails once a month until Oct of 06. And guess what happened. So please, the only problem I ever had with Bush was his stupid drunken sailor spending and you can not fix an economy with more borrowing, spending sure, but borrowing is not the answer. Even Keynes would say so.

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                  • Even Keynes would say so.

                    No he wouldn’t.

                    Especially after he saw today’s economic news.

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                    • James Stephenson

                      Except he would, he hated deficits, more than I do. And beside government spending is not the problem right now. Companies are deathly afraid of what our President will do, and are holding on to large sums of cash because they do not know what he is going to do. Raise taxes, yes probably, except for GE who made a buttload of money and paid no taxes (but then again their CEO is a friend of the President’s so), force more taxes on them via healthcare reform, probably. So you have all of this uncertainty, which borrowing more money than you can pay back adds to that as well.

                      If tomorrow he came out and said, listen, we are going to cap spending at 80% of previous years government take. Put the healthcare on the back burner until we can get the budget under control. Raise tax rates so the highest rate is 40%, I mean really over 40, when you included state, local and hidden taxes(when you buy goods, you pay the corporations taxes) you are basically a slave to the government at that point, no thanks. Make every American pay some tax, even if only 100 bucks. We are out of this recession, why, because then businesses would know what to expect and that 20% paid on the deficit every year would help keep inflation in check.

                      Never happen, the tax system is designed to punish the successful, not generate revenue. And to ask people to pay taxes is just too much I guess. Over 40% of Americans do not pay taxes now, that is crazy. And the health care would never move to the backburner, because even though we are 14 trillion dollars in debt, we need to spend more money.

                      Instead, we will just kick the can on down the road and let our children worry about it.

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                    • Companies are deathly afraid of what our President will do, and are holding on to large sums of cash because they do not know what he is going to do.

                      Companies are holding on to their cash because there’s no demand in the suck-ass economy.

                      Over 40% of Americans do not pay taxes now, that is crazy.

                      You mean other than those pesky sales taxes, payroll taxes, property taxes and state income taxes they pay, right?

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                    • Mayor of Dawgtown

                      Er…sales tax–yes. Property tax–not unless they own a house and the people JS was talking about live in apartments mostly. Got to pay for that car tag but that’s only a couple hundred. State income tax? Not unless they have to pay federal and anyway that is only tops 6% in Georgia, plus no federal income tax as long as you don’t make over a certain amount–and the folks JS was talking about don’t. Payroll tax? See the state and federal answer above. They do have to pay Social Security, though, as if anybody younger than 60 is ever going to get anything out of that. I guess JS could have also been referring in the 40% to those who make LOTS of money and pay little or no taxes. Certainly those should be counted in the 40%, too.

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                    • Then he’s wrong, isn’t he?

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                    • Hackerdog

                      In the context of a discussion on deficits, he’s not wrong. City, county, and state taxes don’t have anything to do with federal government deficits. Payroll taxes go to the federal government, but they’re for entitlement programs and the taxes are inadequate to pay for those. So stating that a significant portion of the population contribute little or no taxes that could be used to eliminate deficits is absolutely accurate.

                      Arguing against that point is just picking nits.

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                  • Dog in Fla

                    Maybe I should have written “elected Republicans” instead of “Republicans.” I have no problem whatsoever believing that you and many others, even those who voted Republican, were less than thrilled about what W. and the Republican Congress did, and did not, do.

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            • Hackerdog

              I thought the Democrats were straining credibility by continuing to blame GWB for Obama’s failed policies after 2.5 years. But going all the way back to Reagan is certainly rich.

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          • Bill Clinton

            I remember a bunch of folks who hated a guy who balanced the budget. Thank goodness “honor and dignity” got restored to the office!

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        • Joe

          So he got one right, don’t take take that away from him.

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      • NRBQ

        Scotchdrinker: Knee cocked and loaded at 9:34 a.m.

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    Oh, and after a little research, I hope we are beyond the planning stages for replacing Jarvis Jones…and into the implementation of alternatives stage.

    Sho don’t look good to me.

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  4. TennesseeDawg

    Mitchell just may shock the world in his debut against Boise.

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  5. Irishdawg

    Anyone surprised by the Thomas Brown bit? Me neither.

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  6. Damn Good Dawg

    Based on the rules (as I understand from AJ’s debacle last year), JJ got the money from somebody that is a “father-figure” type. Not and agent, not a booster for UGA, a “father-figure”. That in itself could be the saving grace.

    The thing is, where Adams got the money from is in question, but what does that have to do with JJ. Can he make the argument that he didn’t know where the money was coming from?

    Even if Adams had taken that money out illegally, what does that have to do with JJ’s eligibility? Its not like HE took the money from the account.

    Right? Right? Anyone? Bueller?

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    • Dawgfan Will

      After the recent examples set in NCAA investigations, our compliance staff ought to hammer on his ignorance of the source of the money.

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      • Scott W.

        After the recent example by our compliance staff they’ll lay everything out on the line and hope for mercy from the NCAA.

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        • 69Dawg

          Actually our compliance staff will recommend he be suspended indefinitely because we love to get punished. We never heard of appealing or asking for a one day Cam Newton reinstatement.

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            How come you could be a pro basketball player and still play college football, yet if your AAU basketball coach/mentor gives you money for a trip to the west coast illegally then you can be suspended years later from playing college football? Only using NCAA logic could that happen.

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    • BenG

      I think the only potential issue with which account the money came from is that the account might have been accessible by more people than just the “father figure.” That means it’s possible that someone else — someone with no preexisting relationship with Jarvis — withdrew the money on his behalf. If that were the case then the father figure defense would not apply.

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      • Biggity Ben

        I think that if someone other than a ‘father figure’ was giving him money, it wouldn’t matter where the money was coming from. That, from what I’ve read, doesn’t seem to be the case in this situation…but I’ve been waaaay wrong before.

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  7. Coweta Dawg

    One of the comments to Emerson’s article mentions a point of concern: the veterans are heaping prasie on Mitchell and a few others, but not much about Crowell. I don’t want to read too much into that, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t troubling.

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    • Reggie Cunningham

      Hopefully it’s just a way of senior leadership keeping his ego in check.

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      • mp

        Could be that, could also be lack of veterans at his position to offer the opinion?

        The ability for WR’s/DB’s to offer an immediate critique is understandable since these guys are going one-on-one during drills. It’s clear who’s “winning” a match-up. What’s the equivalent for a RB?

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    • 69Dawg

      I think the leadership is trying to give Richard a lot of support because he took one for the team. By not praising IC they have leveled the playing field so to speak.

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  8. Will Trane

    I think the Dawgs were very explosive last year. Thus, they finished 2010 at six wins and seven losses. Ten yards per target…and you are an explosive and reliable weapon. I vividly remember one of those ten yards per target in Sanford last year against the Dawg secondary. I completely understood how that lapse on defense added to that. Good deal, but what does it mean. After all we lost to an Arkansas team in a game for those who watched thought we could have won. How did those ten yards per target factor into those “chum” games the Hawgs had before they played the Dawgs Bill C. I like stats like this because I’m sure CMR has spent hours trying to get his offense there. Ratios are great…like pitchers with K/BB and “groundball outs”. Guys with the former are always “in”. Arkansas had the line, the QB, for those numbers…but they just could not get it done…even to a Big 10 team in the Sug. I like those won / loss numbers big time…along with championships…those are my ratios.

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    • James Stephenson

      I believe they are talking about the Dawgs offense here, not defense. But really, we lost that game because Ealey, I believe completely whiffed on a block on the 3rd down play for the Dawgs.

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      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        It’s easy to blame Ealey for missing the crucial block but Ealey was known to be a weak blocker. Why would an OC call a slow developing pass play which required the RB to block a DE on 3rd and 5, with the game on the line, particularly when the RB can’t block? The call should have been a quick slant thrown on timing. Three steps dropped back and boom the ball is gone. Bad call Bobo. That’s what really cost us the game. That and a bad call by the refs for not calling a helmet to helmet hit on the Arkansas DE for ear-holing Murray with the top of his helmet. If the refs drop that flag we kick a field goal 3 plays later and win the game.

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        • James Stephenson

          It is one thing to be a poor blocker, I don’t even think he touched the guy, and you have to call plays expecting your guys to do their jobs. Ealey was epic fail on that play. And you also have to take into consideration the Defense, could have taken away the 3 step drop throws.

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          • Scott W.

            He did fall down and have the guy jump over him. I mean what do you want him to do?

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          • Mayor of Dawgtown

            I have watched that play a dozen times or more. Not defending Ealey but the DE ran through the block and threw Ealey away like he was a rag doll. It wasn’t like Ealey whiffed and didn’t make contact–he did. His contact just wasn’t enough to stop or even really slow down the DE. A quick pass and the ball is gone before the DE gets to Murray, though. Bad call offensively in that situation.

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            • Scott W.

              I think you need to go watch it again. There is no block and the DE doesn’t even touch him until his knees are almost on the ground. Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSHLJeeHvww

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              • Mayor of Dawgtown

                Bad block by Ealey no doubt. I agree with that. However, did you listen to the commentary of the TV guys covering the game? “No pass routes less than 20 yards.” The announcers could not understand then and I still cannot understand why Bobo called a slow developing pass play in that situation. It’s a BAD CALL man.

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                • Ausdawg85

                  Arky came strong on the weak side knowing Charles was going to release as a receiver. They are also stacking the short zone throws, forcing us to go over the top…a smart risk because of exactly what happened…it took too much time to develop. If WE chip blocks and goes out to the flats, he’s isolated on a LB and has an angle to the sideline. Not the best call by CMB, and great D by Arky, but have got to wonder if AM, the receivers and WE all executed correctly. I’ll bet there were some multiple breakdowns in reads and assignments under pressure.

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      • Garageflowers

        No game is decided on one play.

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  9. Will Trane

    Wondering. By chance is Jarvis Jones a compensated player with an agent? Has the appearance. But we ain’t Auburn and I do not see a church intermediary in the exchange. And if he is, has the statute of limitations expired before he arrived in Athens. Where is USC in this? Surely, the SEC and the NCAA are not going to punish a young man trying to get an education and poorly informed before signing with the Dawgs. But this is UGA, not USC and Auburn, meaning harsher, stricter…

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    “Georgia’s offense last season may have been more explosive than you thought.”

    I’m pretty sure we’ll see a repeat in 2011. Dawg fans can have any flavor offense they want, as long as it’s vanilla.

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  11. Dog in Fla

    @ HackerDog
    July 29, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t blame W for everything. I’d like to have a beer with him and talk about SERE treaining.

    I do agree with this comment though

    “Reply July 29, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    Dausuul said…

    …On closer reading, I see the complaint against Obama’s statement is that he implies the whole deficit is the result of Bush-era mismanagement, when the recession/housing bust are in fact the biggest causes. Fair point. But Bush-era mismanagement is still responsible for a sizeable portion of the deficit, enough that I think Obama’s statements are justifiable.

    http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2011/07/president-obama-doesnt-understand-the-origins-of-the-deficit-beat-the-press.html

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