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Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary on Saturday giving him a much needed boost following a stinging loss in the Illinois primary to Mitt Romney.

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Results for Louisiana Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Mar 24, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 91,305 49%
Mitt Romney 49,749 26.7%
Newt Gingrich 29,655 15.9%
Ron Paul 11,460 6.1%
Other 4,208 2.3%

Report from WTVQ:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Rick Santorum is vowing to press forward with his presidential bid after a victory in Louisiana.

The former Pennsylvania senator on Saturday said he is “still here” and “still fighting,” even as front-runner Mitt Romney was far ahead in the critical race for delegates.

In a victory speech, Santorum insisted his conservative principles are “sketched on our hearts,” a jab at the former Massachusetts governor. A top Romney aide this week compared the move from a primary into a general election to an Etch A Sketch toy, implying they could be erased and redrawn.

Santorum soundly beat Romney in Louisiana Saturday, adding another Southern win on top of victories in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

But he was campaigning in Wisconsin, the next critical battleground. Wisconsin votes April 3rd.

Even with the Louisiana win, it will be an uphill battle over the month of April. There will be some tough contests for Santorum where Romney is clearly favored, especially in the Northeast.

82 COMMENTS

  1. Why are the delegate trackers showing the estimate of 10 to 5 (Santorum vs. Romney) for LA. The votes are in. The first round votes of the vast majority of these delegates should be pretty clear. These same delegate counts have full estimates for states where it’s literally impossible to know who the delegates will vote for (because the delegates are unbound and/or they haven’t been chosen yet).

    If you’re going to give estimates, why not in LA? What gives?

    • Ryan Belcher —

      Spot on! Should read: 2012 SPECULATIVE Delegate Tracker…in order to be correct….

      LOL

  2. Whats the big deal. Every one knew Santorum would win. The only surprise is that Romney beat out Newt. I thought he was favored for 2nd. Goes to show, all Santorum has is the etch a sketch. Get over it already! He grabs on to something and doesn’t let go. Maybe he should concentrate on his campaign. Can’t even get delegates in certain states because he is so disorganized. Can’t believe people vote for him!

    • The big deal is that almost 3/4 of the people in LA voted against Romney. Romney is the only candidate that can clinch the nomination before the convention. He’s the “presumptive nominee.” But in some solidly red states he’s being overwhelmingly rejected.

      That’s a big deal, and a big problem for the GOP.

      • A vote for Santorum or Ginrich is not necessarily a vote against Romney. It simply a vote for Santorum or Ginrich. The only way you would know if it is a vote against Romney is if you asked each individual voter.

        • I’m not saying every single vote not cast for Romney is “against” him. But Romney should be seeing a significant boost from being the front-runner this late, from all the party leaders saying it’s time to unite behind the front-runner and focus on Obama. But that’s not happening in some states.

          It’s significant because it stands out from the norm.

        • The only way you would know if it is a vote against Romney is if you asked each individual voter.

          Don’t think so. Oh a few die hard GOPs will still get out and vote if there man doesn’t get the nomination but nothing like the Ron Paul people as they see no difference between Romney and Obama.

          • I know a bunch of Ron Paul people who will support Romney. I think, if you listen to Ron that he is much easier on Romney than the other candidates. He wants his say at the convention.. that is what keeps him in.. and other than most of his foreign policy stance (I do agree with his on Cuba), I am right in step with him. But I can’t say I want him leading my country. I think we need someone a little more mainstream. I actually think Rand will be one of the next GOP rising stars. It will be interesting if Romney wins and has Rubio for VP..gets re-elected, then it will be Rand and Marco who will duke it out for the next nomination.

            • and other than most of his foreign policy stance

              That’s 1/2 of his entire platform. Start handing out Christmas cards in place of bombs.

              Now if you think the bombs are working you got the chosen three. The corporate raider, the prince of pork and family man of the year all support sending bombs over seas. They each have Iran in the cross hairs.

      • But in some solidly red states he’s being overwhelmingly rejected.

        That’s why he can’t go up against Obama. Too many GOPs will stay home.

      • The big deal is that 1 out of every 2 people voted for anybody but Santorum in LA. Nationaly, Romney has 1.7 more votes than Santorum on a popular vote and over 2 times the delegates. The public has voted and they want Romney.

        • The public has voted and they want Romney.

          I agree and they no doubt think he can beat Obama but they are wrong as they have been time and time again.

      • Todd, I don’t look at it that 1 out of 2 voted for anybody but Santorum. The republican party has commited voters. They vote who they would rather have rather than who has the best chance of beating Obama. However, Billy is just wishfully thinking that too many GOP’s will stay home. This is media driven “Can Romeny Win?” (Name your state). It doesn’t have a hill of beans to do if Romeny can win Ga, or La, or Ms. Does anyone really believe that someone who voted for Santorum or Gingrich would rather have Obama again? I have friends who voted for Gingrich and others for Santorum and they have all said that they will vote for the GOP nominee whoever it is.

        • Voter turnout was down from 2008 in five out of seven states that held their Republican presidential primaries on Super Tuesday,

          What, you think I just post out of thin air?? Although I may not always be right I do have back-up for most of what I post.

  3. can’t believe Newt did so poorly. He is the one candidate that knows how the system works from all sides. He’d mane a great VP as he is a can do guy. Problem is no one knows what he would do.

    • Good News!

      One thing is certain — Newt is now finished!

      Even if Newt continues, it is obvious by now he won’t be able to cinch any but a negligent amount of delegates away from Mitt. Therefore, no need to keep him around as far as Ron Paul’s chances are concerned.
      ——————————————————–

      Once Newt is gone — a 3-way race would benefit Ron Paul (his message may actually begin to be broadcast). Also, it would be interesting if Santorum gets more votes over Romney (with Newt gone, would he get most of them).

      Comments?

      • Santorum gets more votes over Romney

        Like I have posted before the tar pot is still warm in Pa. Then the 11 point difference in Illinois. Chicago (Illinois) will go Obama, as will Calif & NY.

    • We already knoew what Newt can do. At least years ago! Nobody liked him. He is a smart man. Too bad his ego and temper get in the way. Of course, Santorum has just shown his temper and I don’t think he’s as smart.

      About LA not being a big deal, I would have liked Romney to win. But, the born again and evangalist are voiting for Santorum. Funny, as he is Catholic, and Romney is getting that vote!

      As for Obama winning, it scares me that people will vote him back in. Guess people might just ignore the debt and everything elese he has done as long as he gives out handouts. Things will start looking better now at election time but he can’t make the debt look better!

      • He (Newt) is a smart man. (Santorum) I don’t think he’s as smart. As for Obama winning, it scares me that people will vote him back in. Guess people might just ignore the debt and everything else he has done as long as he gives out handouts. Things will start looking better now at election time but he can’t make the debt look better!

        You think the people on food stamps & welfare care about the national debt?

        Just a little editing and …………well my word exactly. Close enough to perfect for me. Well done Carmen!

        • OK Billy, I owe you an apology for an above post. I thought you as I put it, were “wishfully thinking” that GOP would stay home if Romney was the nominee. I agree with you that people on food stamps and welfare for the most part, do not care about the national debt, unless of course they think it might affect their payments. I really think Obama will be hurt more, not by the people who voted for him last time, who will vote for the GOP nominee this time… but rather by the ones who, because of the economy and lack of work, and less govt money than they were anticipating, will stay home.

          I think gas prices will drive (no pun intended) quite a few voters to the GOP.

          • 29,000,000 Welfare recipients and dependents!
            28,000,000 Unemployed and dependents!
            11,000,000 Federal Government Employees and dependents!
            2,800,000 Military and dependent (conservatively)!
            54,000,000 Social Security recipients!

            Don’t know how the military will go but the rest are for OBAMA

  4. Unless Ron Paul wins….

    *Our Republic to end in 2012 (if BO or similar parasite wins)?*

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
    A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
    From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

    The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.
    During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.”
    ———————————————————–

    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

    “Number of States won by: Obama: 19 — McCain: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 — McCain: 2,427,000.
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million — McCain: 143 million. Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 — McCain: 2.1
    In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”.

    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
    “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than four years.
    ———————————————————-

    I believe Our Republic has finally been perverted into an unqualified ‘Democracy’ — The Rule of the Mob (the Ignorant and Gluttonous Many dictating what the rest must do!) — this main concern our Founding Fathers tried to ABSOLUTELY avoid when drafting the US Constitution!

    Interested in your views (if you find merit above — pass it on!)

    • p.s. — after researching — the 2008 data given is incorrect (the Number of States won by: Obama: 19 — McCain: 29
      Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 — McCain: 2,427,000.; etc. was for Gore-Bush election). Sorry for the faux pas.

      Here it is revised:

      *Our Republic to end in 2012 (if BO or similar parasite wins)?*

      In 1787 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenians some 2,000 years prior:

      “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
      From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

      The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

      From bondage to spiritual faith;
      From spiritual faith to great courage;
      From courage to liberty;
      From liberty to abundance;
      From abundance to complacency;
      From complacency to apathy;
      From apathy to dependence;
      From dependence back into bondage.”
      ———————————————————–

      In 1841 in ‘The American Democracy’ Alexis d’Tocqueville warned:

      “The American Republic will endure until the politicians learn they can bribe the people with their own money.”

      —————————————————————–
      Some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

      Square miles of land won by: Obama: 1,483,702 square miles — McCain: 2,310,315 square miles
      Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 6.56 — McCain: 3.6

      In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
      Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare.

      The United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

      If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than four years.
      ———————————————————-

      I believe Our Republic has finally been perverted into an unqualified ‘Democracy’ — The Rule of the Mob (the Ignorant and Gluttonous Many dictating what the rest must do!) — this main concern our Founding Fathers tried to ABSOLUTELY avoid when drafting the US Constitution!

      Interested in your views (if you find merit above — pass it on!)

      • I liked your rhetoric but you may want to find out what happened to the USA Constitution about 20 years after it was signed and why another version, with the word Corporation, was then written and signed.

        In short, the 13 States of the Republic ceased to exist after only 20 years, not your 200, but wasn’t replaced with a Democracy. That was the con you’ve all been sold. Why else would a people be asked to swear allegiance to a flag instead of a Country, or Constitution?

        Sorry, but Obomber is just the President of a corporation, not a country. Well, he would be if his birth certificate wasn’t fake and he was actually Elected and not Selected, like Obomney is being done now.

        From 13 States of the USA Country to
        USA Corporation to
        The Corporate Trust of America to
        The Corporate Trust

        Citizen = Corporate Asset = Slave worker

        If you were ‘free’ then why are you forced to have the TSA molest your children just to get on a plane? Are you sick or just crazy?

        Welcome to 1984 – please check RFID chip before take-off, slave.

        • Now take it easy, there is still time to turn things around. We still have guns and the youth for the most part is on our side. All we need is a Pied Piper.

          • Pied Piper? LOL I’ve been called that before. OK. where do I sign up and get the ball rolling so that the USA can get it’s Liberty back?

            Greece, the birth-place of Democracy, has fallen to IMF/EU banksters and there are riots in the streets. Some are even throwing themselves off buildings as they can’t cope with it any more. Ireland has gone the same way with an unelected puppet telling them what to do, as has Italy.

            With all this election/vote scandal going on in the States, it’s only a matter of time before the entire coast to coast realise they’ve been scammed out of their votes by corporate ‘counters’ deciding, instead of revealing, who’s got what numbers, before they too grab their guns and take back their country a la Constitution …

            “…the Right to bear arms against an Enemy, both foreign and Domestic…”

            And the States’ enemy is truly a Domestic one right now.
            – Wall ST.
            – Pharma
            – Oil
            – Plastics
            – Tobacco
            – Pseudo Government/Pseudo President
            – MSM
            – The Fed
            – IRS
            – TSA
            – CIA and their creation; al CIA-da
            – DEA
            – DHS
            – SWAT

            Need I go on?

            If you really want to live in the country you were told you lived in, instead of the lie of it, then maybe you’re going to have to fight for it… again. Afteral, if you really were in a ‘free’ country with ‘Liberty and Justice’ then WHY would you need all those alphabet gangs I’ve just mentioned?

            The point is… you don’t!

            Remember the line from the 2nd Gremlins movie…

            “I’m advising everyone to put their money into shotguns and canned foods!”

            LOL

            • Think you left out the fence that they are building that has two sides. Most Americans believe it has only one side but RP and his supporters know better.

        • Meeman

          “I liked your rhetoric but you may want to find out what happened to the USA Constitution about 20 years after it was signed and why another version, with the word Corporation, was then written and signed.
          In short, the 13 States of the Republic ceased to exist after only 20 years, not your 200, but wasn’t replaced with a Democracy. That was the con you’ve all been sold. Why else would a people be asked to swear allegiance to a flag instead of a Country, or Constitution?”

          Meeman, you hint at knowing a lot about the subject, why not share it? I think that you might do better to cite some websites and sources for more information in order to help bring forward more public awareness and dialogue about this. When this subject becomes a trending topic like “the Fed” has it will snowball into the newstream and then the vetting process will begin. Once this onion is peeled it may be the “last straw” and break-through that we need for a peaceful revolution, who knows. Step by step our Constitution has been stripped away and we need to unravel the matrix to put it right.

          For those interested, here is a randomly selected video-link about the topic and the “act of 1871”: http://youtu.be/lVsMUpPgdT0

          • Windisea

            Thank you for the reply.

            My point, in a nut-shell, is that the ‘USA’ people have been deliberately dumbed-down so that few of them even know what books to look up and read in a library. Don’t even get me started on their spelling or ‘big’ numbers.

            If you really are a decent ‘American’ and really want to know what’s been going on for the past few centuries then skip around websites if you want but I suggest going to a library with a large historical section and a large legal/law section.

            Ask yourself a few questions and find the answers. Like…

            Why are there two Constitutions?
            Who funded the ‘American Revolution’?
            Who has to pay that debt and to whom?
            Who and why printed the first American paper money?
            Why was the Federal Reserve Act created?
            Why does the Treasury print money for a private bank that then lends the money to the government at interest?
            Who profits from War?
            Who profited when the Cannabis plant was criminalised under the slang name ‘Marijuana’?
            Who grew the plant and what was it used for?
            Why was it considered a criminal offence NOT to grow it?
            If the Federal Reserve is a bank then why does it have no money or gold or silver?
            Why can you be arrested for paying bills in gold or silver coins?
            Why does Fort Knox have NO 24c gold?
            What is ‘The UNITED STATES of AMERICA CORPORATION’?
            What happened what it went bankrupt?
            What was it replaced by?
            Who owns the Fed Res Bank?
            Why did the Queen of England have to sign off on the ‘USA’ social security funding scheme when changes were made to it in the 1980’s?
            If the ‘USA’ is/was a Republic then why are there Commonwealth States?
            A $100 note costs 6.2 cents to print so how much is it worth?
            Why did Henry Kissinger go to the Arabs and tell them to put the price of oil up to $400 a barrel when it was less than $60 a barrel at the time?
            Why was the Patriot Act written a decade before Bush was elected/selected?
            Why, and by whom, were the twin towers blown up a decade Before 9/11?
            Why are the military so desperate to tell the people that Iran is a threat to them?
            Why is the ‘USA’ refusing to pump it’s own oil out of the ground?
            What happened to the Posse Comitatus?
            Lincoln and Kennedy both created Federal Bank notes. What happened to them and to the notes?(greenbacks and silverbacks)
            Why are all the GOP candidates saying the same things except Ron Paul?
            Why has the Fed Res never been audited?
            Why does it not pay taxes?
            Why is there rampant vote miscounting against Ron Paul and media bias against showing him in a good light, even when he wins?
            Why are his votes destroyed, misplaced or just not counted?
            Why did the CIA create,fund,train and give missions to al-CIA-da?
            Who was Bin Laden and why does his family own so much of America’s land, companies and military contracts?

            Who actually runs your country?

          • Windisea —

            The video ends before it’s finished….

            However, looking up the site given below, it is very informative (although poorly written — the author’s numerous repetitions, personal vitriolic comments and some questionable conclusions DETRACT from an otherwise powerful FACTUAL presentation). Still, worth reading!

            http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

          • Surfisher
            Thanks for the link I’ll check it out!

            Meeman
            Nice list of questionable activities, I’m familiar with many of the topics and just as we have been dumbed-down, I think that we’ve been fooled more.

            “Two constitutions and the United States Corporation” is relatively new for me and I don’t have a handle on it yet. I’ve been searching the topic on the internet but haven’t found any credible resources yet. You seem to be knowledgeable about it and I was hoping that you and perhaps others, (Darryl are you still here?), would expound on it by sharing what you know and what it means to us. It just may be the key that changes minds and ignites the people sitting on the line. Like Ron Paul I believe we should use knowledge proactively for peaceful revolution and change, while we still can…..

            I came on board with Ron Paul during the 2007 debates because he alone spoke my views and I thought he slam-dunked the others during the debates! I spent considerable time reading, vetting and scrutinizing his credibility to my satisfaction before making his message and election my passionate avocation. I wrote him in on the ballot in the 2008 election, supported his rerun for 2012, I’ll write him in again if necessary, donate to his campaign and have signed up to volunteer in my state when he moves the campaign here. So my commitment is real, and my request to you is sincere.

          • Windisea

            You and I could talk about this for hours but all you’d get from it would be anger from all the lies and manipulation the America people have been subjected to over the past 2 centuries. I would not like to be your bearer of bad news so I’ve suggested questions for you to find answers to.

            Here’s one you might like…

            Why is Ron Paul saying that he’ll repeal the 16th Amendment?

            As a Congressman he will already be aware that the 16th Amendment was never ratified as not enough people signed it!

            There is no Law demanding a private citizen to pay income tax!
            In the IRS’s own book, it’s listed as a Voluntary payment. No more mandatory than giving to charity. You are supposed to fill in your 1040 tax form with all zeros. If you fill it with numbers and the IRS accepts that, then you and they are parties to tax fraud!

            Just out of curiosity, you may want to ask why so-called laws in the ‘USA’ are listed as U.S.C. What does the C stand for? Why not L for Law?

            Countries have Laws. Corporations have Codes.

            Sorry, but the ‘country’ you think you’re living in doesn’t actually, legally or lawfully, exist, and hasn’t done for about 2 centuries. The ‘President’ is merely a president of a corporation. But which one? The USA CORPORATION, which only existed within the ten square mile District of Columbia (NOT part of the original 13 States) went bankrupt.

            The ‘American’ cult of ‘buy more, be free, buy more, be happy’ since the 1950’s, was and is a deliberate programme created by ‘special interests’ to control the thoughts of individuality, questioning of authority and self-reliance. Just look at the manipulated education system that ‘teaches’, with the help of harmful pharma drugs like Ritalin, to obey, buy, think the way we want you to, anything that has the word ‘Education’ after it. Afteral, why don’t they say Maths Ed or Geography Ed? It’s the same as ‘War on…’ when it really is a ‘War of…’

            Time to start thinking for yourselves. Turn off the TV Media BS and be self-taught, while there’s still time. Stop buying ‘new and improved’ rubbish you don’t need. Stop believing ‘politicians’ that say they’ve come up with an idea about something. It’s all been decided for them before hand by people you didn’t vote for, scheming behind closed doors.

            It’s a sad state of affairs but there’s still hope. Don’t believe you’re free because someone tells you that you are. Be free by just being free. Free to think, say or do whatever you want; just try not to hurt anyone or anything in the process.

            Crime = loss, damage or harm

            Now look at the 1 Million civilian dead Iraqi people and the Afghan people, the Vietnamese people and the Libyan people. Who’s the bad guys? The one’s pulling the strings behind the scenes and lying about it through ‘presidents’ with every breath they can muster.

            Welcome to 1984. Please check RFID chips before take-off.

  5. Billy

    One side to keep people out and the other to keep people in?

    Sounds like an old ‘fictional’ story where a disruptive community were given new employment and materials to build new safe and secure homes. It wasn’t until they’d finished that they realised they had built themselves their own prison from within.

    Welcome to America?

    • Peruse this:

      by Ron Paul

      “This week, my congressional committee will hold a hearing to examine how the Federal Reserve bails out European banks, propping up spendthrift European governments in the process. Unfortunately this bailout comes at the expense of American citizens, in the form of higher prices and diminished savings down the road.

      A good analysis of the Fed’s “swap” scheme first appeared in the Wall Street Journal back in December, in an article by Gerald O’Driscoll entitled, “The Federal Reserve’s Covert Bailout of Europe.” Essentially, beginning late last year the Fed provided U.S. dollars to the European Central Bank in exchange for Euros– sometimes as much as $100 billion at a time. The ECB then funneled those dollars to European banks to provide liquidity and prevent crises from bank insolvencies. Since the currency swap was not technically a loan, the Fed did not have to embarrass itself by openly showing foreign bank debt on its balance sheet. The ECB meanwhile did not have to print new Euros and expose the true fragility of big European banks.

      The entire purpose of this unholy arrangement was to obscure the truth: namely that the Fed was bailing out Europe with U.S. dollars.

      But why is it the business of the Federal Reserve to bail out European banks that find themselves short of dollars to pay their dollar-denominated contracts? After all, those contracts often were hedges taken to protect banks against weakness of the Euro. Hedges are supposed to reduce risk, but banks that miscalculate should suffer their own losses accordingly. It’s not our business if the ECB chooses to create moral hazards by providing liquidity to European banks, but why should the Fed prop up Europe’s bad decisions!

      The Fed has promised to provide unlimited amounts of dollars to the ECB, should circumstances require it. It boggles the mind. Of course when Fed officials first entered into these swap agreements with the ECB last September, they did so quietly. The American public only found out via websites of the ECB, the Bank of England, or the Swiss Central Bank.

      The Fed already has pumped trillions of dollars into the economy since 2008, and US banks currently hold $1.5 trillion of excess reserves. So why don’t American banks lend those excess trillions to European banks if they really need dollars? If US banks could earn 1 or 2 percent on those loans, they might just be interested. But they can’t compete with the ½ percent interest rate charged by the Fed to the ECB. That’s one glaring example of the harm caused by the Fed’s ability to create money and loan it at below-market interest rates.

      The Fed argues that these loans will be temporary, merely providing a little boost to get Europe over the hump. But that’s what they thought a few years ago when such lines of credit to the ECB were set to expire, only to see the Fed reauthorize them. What happens if the European financial system collapses? Will the Fed be left holding a bunch of worthless Euros? Will the ECB simply shrug and turn over the collateral it received from European banks, maybe in the form of bonds from Ireland, Italy, or Greece? Have the 17 individual central banks backing the ECB pledged their gold holdings as collateral?

      The Fed has placed a hundred-billion dollar bet on the future of the Euro, with the strength of the dollar on the line. This is absolutely irresponsible, and directly contrary to market discipline. Let private banks, European or otherwise, take their own risks. Let foreign central banks inflate their own currencies and suffer the consequences. In other words, it’s time to apply market principles to banks and money.”

      Comments?

      • If you think $100Bn to the EU banks is a lot then you’re going to hate hearing that the US Fed Res sent $5Tn to the Royal Bank of Scotland THREE TIMES recently. That’s $15Tn!

        Remind me… what’s the US’s national debt? $16Tn?
        Fed has $1.5Tn left on hand?

        Hmm… some banking genius, that Bernanke.

        I wonder how many banks around the world actually have ANY money in them at all. Jeez… at least you get a board game with Monopoly money!

      • Not on your topic but the fact that:

        “Presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s new proposal to slash federal spending would wipe out large chunks of the government’s research portfolio. The congressman from Texas and Republican candidate has unveiled a budget plan to reduce the deficit that would eliminate five federal departments: Energy, Commerce, Interior, Education, and Housing and Urban Development. In one fell swoop, such a step would erase, among other programs, the Energy Department’s $5-billion Office of Science, the $4.5-billion National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the $750-million National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the $1.1-billion U.S. Geological Survey.”

  6. Predicting the Future (after consulting with Madam Hitlery, reading the tea-leafs in my coffee cup, talking to an eunuch in the hope that Mitt will restore his manhood, throwing the chicken bones of the buffalo wings ate last night, shooting loaded dice, asking the Feds for a few million dollars—and them responding: “Sure, where in Europe do you live, so we can send you the money”, and many more such dependable oracles) I can now definitely post what will transpire:

    1) Mitt Romney steals the nomination.
    2) Obama crushes This Flippy-Floppidy GOP Marionette and gets reelected.
    3) More Laws get quickly passed, where citizens can’t even sneeze without permission.
    4) BO uses the US Military (per Law he passed) to shoot all US Citizens who dared sneeze in the wrong direction.
    5) Money gets printed on one side of the note only — to save ink (ala 1919 Germany).
    6) The People are forced to parade monthly in front of the White House, chanting: “We can do without the Sun, but not without Obama”; “We can do without Air, but not without Obama” (ala 1950’s Stalin parades).

    Hey, time for us to start practicing these chants…if we want to be fed.

      • We all hope you are right Trollstar, we all hope you are right.

        Even Ron Paul stated in his 2002 predictions that he hoped he would be wrong but he wasn’t now was he ?

        • Perhaps the new American Anthem will be the Russian classic, theme for the Common Man. The music from 2001 A Space Odyssey. lol

  7. NDAA — how it affects YOU, the US Citizen!

    Prior to this 2012 infamy — BO signing the NDAA — no US military force could be Constitutionally used to WAGE WAR against US Citizens within the USA!
    The reason Clinton used in 1993 in Waco, TX — the FBI, BATF, SWAT to kill men (who may have broken the Law), and also kill and burn to death innocent women and children, that had different religious beliefs — NOT the US Military, which only stood by and did not participate.

    Now, BO, has the POWER to determine that ANY US CITIZEN disagreeing in a “confrontational manner” is a TERRORIST! So, go ahead and start A Peaceful Revolution — your exercise of FREEDOM of Speech may be deemed “Detrimental to National Security”, and thus your actions termed as those of Terrorists, to be crushed by the greatest Military Power on Earth — OUR OWN ARMED FORCES — obeying the dictates of the Commander-In-Chief (our current and FUTURE occupier of the White House)!

  8. Billy – you keep saying that Mitt can not beat Obamass and that GOP voters will stay home. What are you going to do come election day when Mitt is our candidate running against the “Evil Empire”? Are you going to stay home? For those who will write RP on the ballot…will that prove anything the day following election day? Even if by some miracle RP had more “write-in” votes than anyone else.l…HE WOULD STILL LOSE. It doesnt count.

    I’m still undecided by the GOP candidates. (Too bad Chris Cristie wont run) However, come election day I will cast my vote for whoever the GOP nominee is and I would hope you all would do the same.

    • Are Republicans pleased with Romney’s open support of NDAA’s indefinite detainment of Americans without trial? This guy looking out for my rights? Just too much like Obama for me thank you.

  9. Maybe so, but imo I’d rather have Mitt over Obamass. I’d rather have almost anyone than Obamass. If he is re-elected, I can see his true colors come out and destroys this nation, worse than he already has. but I’m jus sayin

    • My daughter is married to an x-marine Sgt. First off I learned there is no such thing as an x marine. He isn’t political or religious but he is stockpiling guns, massive amounts of ammunition and packages of food and water. He tells me I got ready my may (stocks and gold) he’s getting ready his way (guns and ammo). Ready for what I asked ? For whatever may come was the answer.

      Now I know things are bad but I didn’t think they were that bad.

      • Every generation there are groups of people that stockpile guns, ammo and food and claim the government is ‘the beast’ or some such thing. The government agencies then track these people down, call them crazed, with the help of the media, and then shoot them all dead.

        Next generation, the groups appear again. It’s not a thread of insanity, it’s just that some people see the way things used to be, the way things should be and compare them with the way governments and big businesses are.

        They’re not crazy for being prepared, they’re just being prepared for the crazy!

        • Will I’ll keep an eye on him as they live just across the lake from me. I thought that kind of stuff existed only in the news. Easy enough for the government to track them though as I think you need ID just to buy bullets. I see lots of guns and ammo at the flea markets though down here in Florida.

          • I thought everyone left Florida a few years ago due to the poisonous oil and cancer-inducing chemical crap dumped on it in the surrounding ocean.

            There’s an old expression… don’t drink the water. Well, in Florida, people were being told, don’t touch the water or breathe the air… just leave now!

            And you’re worried about a few bullets when the air itself is killing people. Now that’s bizarre!

  10. Obama’s IQ less than 100…!!!

    “Nation in a Crisis to force Obama to take another IQ test today….”

    TODAY’s (4-1-2012) BREAKING NEWS:

    Reported from an acquaintance whose cousin’s friends went to Harvard with Obama — and they stated that on a college dare they all took an IQ test. Obama tore up his result upon receiving it in disgust…but they were able to see the number 93 on one of the torn pieces!

    If true — than we have a near Idiot for President.
    If you don’t believe Obama’s IQ is LESS than 100 — than force Obama to take an IQ test IN PUBLIC (so all can see what’s the World “Leader’s” actual mental capacity)!

    Other IQ test reported today (4-1-2012):

    Romney — 87 (so low only because he gave 2 possible answers on each question — one For, and the other Against…)

    Ron Paul — 155 (actual score)

    Newt — 210, making him the smartest person on the planet (but he cheated on the test, just like he cheated on his wives….)

    Santorum — 0 (may have done better, but answered all: “Jesus saves”….)

  11. Other BREAKING NEWS FOR TODAY (4-1-2012):

    “Hitlery Clinton moves to Unified Germany TODAY declaring: “I think I have a chance of becoming Germany’s next Chancellor (as long as I stop shaving my small mustache)…”.

    • 14 out of 51 Ref: how long people in the USA live by state. Florida ranks 14th meaning there are 13 states where people live longer. You stated: I thought everyone left Florida a few years ago due to the poisonous oil and cancer-inducing chemical crap dumped on it in the surrounding ocean.

      • Ah. Does that take into account the high number of elderly people that moved to Florida after they’d had a long life? Does it also take into account the number of college students/graduates that come from other States then leave to live a long life somewhere else?

        I’d be careful of ‘official’ statistics, if I were you. They are never accurate and are only mentioned by people that want them to show what they want others to believe; regardless of the truth.

        • I don’t mind being off topic for a post of two but this has gone a little too far off the beaten path>

          I have been on other blogs and the Ron Paul people do kind of dominate all of them. Other than those parers from many years gone bye, well let’s say he travels light. (little baggage) Mitt has a record and it ain’t good.

  12. Meeman, I think Einsteins IQ of 120 is too generous. If we adhered to his advise, we’d still be using typewriters. So what do you think is the IQ of the voting public?

    • So what do you think is the IQ of the voting public? The fact state 100 but with a 16 trillion dollar debt I’d say 100 is just not enough.

    • GJohn

      IQ is a measure of how many variously differing types of logical problems a person can solve. It is not an actual true representation of how intelligent someone is as such a thing has never been truly defined or quantified.

      Afteral, how many ‘Christians’ do you know that are aware of the point that Revelations is actually a metaphorical depiction of sexual interaction and ‘war’ of sperm versus female anti-bodies protecting the unfertilised egg?

      The average voter would be more than capable of making the best decision possible, given the facts. Sadly, though, they rarely are.

      With Ron Paul you can Liberty again.

      With anyone else, all you’ll be is another corporate slave worker drone.

      Make your choice.

      • Meeman —

        An IQ test is not a prerequisite to vote — as long as only those that are gainfully employed by the private sector and those poor youngsters that are in the military are the ONLY ones allowed to vote! REAL US CITIZENS!

        The rest are the GOVERNMENT Trash that is destroying our Nation!

        • The rest are the GOVERNMENT Trash that is destroying our Nation!

          Been awhile but I’ll drink to that.

      • With Ron Paul you can . . .? . . Liberty again.

        Sorry, I do it too.

        There are some people who need someone else doing all their thinking so maybe liberty isn’t for everyone. However: there are government programs for those kinds of people.

        • Billy

          I see that now. I missed out the word ‘have’. I was thinking faster than I was typing.

          Yeah, it gets comfortable to let a government do the thinking for you. It’s not the way to be ‘Free and Independent’ as JFK put it. At times I have found myself guilty of letting others do things for me too. It makes for an easy or lazy life being waited on. That’s not the way it should be for anyone except babies and small children.

          • JFK put it. At times I have found myself guilty of letting others do things for me too.

            Interesting as JFK said something like that concerning the Bay of Pig fiasco.

  13. See I just left the letter “s” off of pigs. No big deal. They have a word for people that call you on it but if I printed it I’d get flagged.

  14. “Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson could pull as much as 6% of the vote in a hypothetical three-way match-up with Mitt Romney and President Obama. Johnson began the 2012 race running for the Republican nomination but has wound up carrying the libertarian banner and could gain ballot access in several states.”

    If the above transpires, it is a certainty that Mitt will not defeat BO (with his flip-flopping, he couldn’t defeat him anyway, now this would assure it).

    So he needs to withdraw now in favor of Ron Paul!

    Ron Paul WILL become President in 2012 — IF, Romney becomes a Patriot, and forgoes his ego, for the Good of the People!

    Mitt Romney could become one of the greatest Statesmen in US History! He’d be the Savior of our Nation — the one that generations to come would tell their children: “Look at this statue, this is Mitt Romney, he saved America”!

    Or, he can reduce himself to just a tiny footnote…what is amazing is that his fate rests in his own hands (a very rare occurrence throughout the history of the world)!

    All Romney has to do, is to take advantage of this rarest of historical moments, and make a SINGLE DECISION!!!

    Withdraw his candidacy IN FAVOR of Ron Paul, with the following grandiose and heart-wrenching patriotic speech (to save his political skin):

    “I, Mitt Romney, will sacrifice my political goals for the Good of the People. Now I understand that only Ron Paul that can save our Nation. I agree with all he stands for, therefore, I have deemed that our Nation’s salvation can only be accomplished when Ron Paul is elected as President of the United States of America. Without regret, but with joy, I do the most honorable and patriotic deed I can — I withdraw myself from this election, and give my full support to Ron Paul!”

    One honest person is needed to bring these logical conclusions to Romney’s PERSONAL ATTENTION (not the myopic sycophants surrounding him and stroking his ego by chanting wishful thinking as ‘fact’: “You gonna win Boss, you gonna win Boss….).

    Regardless how egotistical, arrogant and narcissistic Romney may be, some semblance of reasoning of what’s best for him, should still remain in his skull. The instinct for self preservation dictates that even the smallest of minds will chose the path that leads to safety, not the one leading to disaster.

    An honest realist needs to talk to Romney one-on-one — and explain the following to him, so Mitt can comprehend it:

    1) If you don’t win the nomination, than your political career is over (you’ll become just a tiny footnote in US History as a failure).

    2) If you win the nomination, and don’t defeat Obama — which is the most probable outcome (you’ll become just a tiny footnote in US History as an even LARGER failure).

    Therefore, Dear Mitt, whichever gamble you take from the above, may lead to total disaster for your political career (and probably will)!

    However, here is an action you can take, Dear Mitt, that guarantees you’ll become immortalized in the annals of US History — becoming the 21st Century Savior of America (surely this carrot of success will entice Romney’s egotism to go for it — over the probable political beatings he’d receive otherwise)!

    All one needs to do, to assure Mitt’s Historical Greatness of Sacrifice for the Good of the Nation, is to present the above to Romney’s eyes alone! I urge all able to do so, to place this document in front of him!

    Send this to Mitt Romney — as an Open Letter, e-mails, etc. — the more you send, the greater the chance he’ll get to read it!

    • BO is a shoo-in if Mitt is elected to run against him.

      So, concentrate to have Rmoney withdraw from the election in favor of Ron Paul.

      At this stage only Ron Paul can defeat BO — and no-one else!

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