Blackburn Target of Thursday Forum by "The Action"

Former Shelby County congresswoman (now redistricted) hit for "Pushing the Middle Class Off the Fiscal Cliff"

Posted by Jackson Baker on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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This one’s off our beaten path — literally. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who used to represent generous sections of eastern Shelby County and of Memphis itself, now serves in a congressional district that has been re-drawn to end a county line or two away.

Even so, a press release has been dropped into our email by “The Action — TN ,” evidently the Middle Tennessee chapter of a national advocacy group, and those locals who well remember the congressman (her preferred term) from Brentwood, might be interested to learn of the following event, taking place on Thursday of this week (today, as we speak) and entered here without comment:

Local Taxpayers to Hold Rally Delivering Letters Calling On Rep. Marsha Blackburn to “Stop Pushing the Middle Class Off the Fiscal Cliff,” Avert Looming $2,200 Tax Hike on Middle-Class Families

Among those delivering letters will be Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Washko and local small business owner, Earik Beann. Both will deliver remarks calling on Congresswoman Rep. Marsha Blackburn to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class , stop blocking the middle class tax cut extension that would avert a looming tax hike on Middle-Class families and small businesses.

Franklin, TN — On Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 pm., local taxpaying constituents will hold a “Don’t Drop the Ball on the Middle Class” rally outside of Rep. Blackburn’s office in Franklin, asking Congresswoman Blackburn to stop pushing the Middle Class off the Fiscal Cliff by blocking the extension of Middle Class Tax Cut Extension that would avert tax increases on 98% of Americans beginning in January. If Rep. Blackbnurn fails to act immediately, taxes will go up on every family in America at the beginning of next year. In fact, a typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200. That means less money to buy groceries or fill a prescription. That means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition. That means fewer goods and services being purchased and as a consequence, jobs eliminated.

Laura Beann, a local volunteer organizer of the rally: “All I want for the holiday season is to not ring in the New Year with a huge tax hike, and I’m definitely not alone. Congresswoman Blackburn needs to do her job before a lot of people in Franklin lose theirs or are forced to make sacrifices with thousands of dollars less in their pockets. Congresswoman Blackburn needs to stop holding middle class tax relief hostage to protect tax breaks for the richest 2%, folks like Donald Trump and Paris Hilton that don’t need another tax break. All Congresswoman Blackburn has to do is approve the bill already passed in the Senate bill to immediately extend tax relief to 98% of the American people and 97% of small businesses.”

Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Washko: “I’ve served my county my entire life, I’m asking Rep. Marsha Blackburn to start serving the middle class instead of millionaires. Stop this attempt to put more of a burden on the middle class, seniors, students, veterans and the most vulnerable Americans while asking too little of the wealthiest Americans. I’m asking Rep. Blackburn to pass the middle class tax cut extension and end the Bush Tax Cuts for the richest 2% so we are all paying our fair share and pulling our weight.”

Earik Beann, Small Business Owner: “Any real small business owner will tell you they don’t need tax cuts to make their businesses grow, they need customers. That’s why passing the middle class tax cuts immediately is what’s important.”

Middle class families want action — and will blame Congresswoman Blackburn and her Republican colleagues for inaction. A recent Washington-Post poll found that a majority [53 percent] of Americans say that if the country goes over the fiscal cliff on Dec. 31, congressional Republicans should bear the brunt of the blame. Thursday’s rally follows a string of similar events happening all across Tennessee asking every elected official to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is no exception, she too has local constituents holding her accountable if taxes go up in January because of her failure to act. [Media coverage across Tennessee highlights mounting pressure on Republicans to stop putting millionaires ahead of the middle class:]

Small businesses want action: An American Sustainable Business Council survey in February found a majority of small business owners believe Congress should let tax cuts on taxable income over $250,000 a year expire as scheduled on December 31, 2012, while only 40% said they should be extended.

• What: Local Taxpayers to Hold Rally Calling On Congresswoman Blackburn to “Stop Pushing the Middle Class off the Fiscal Cliff,” Avert Looming $2,200 Tax Hike on Middle-Class Families

• Who: Groups of volunteer activists and tax paying constituents from Franklin

• When: Thursday, December 27th at 2:00 p.m. CT

• Where: Office of Marsha Blackburn 305 Public Square Suite 212, Franklin, TN 37064

The Action — TN is one of over 150 national, state and local organizations part of The Action — a grassroots movement calling for the end of the Bush-era tax breaks for the richest 2 percent that have for too long shortchanged critical investments that create and sustain jobs. December 1 marked the first major national day of action of the movement, with over 100 events taking place in 30 states pressuring Members of Congress to put middle class before millionaires.


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Both parties, Democrats and Republicans, have been irresponsible with our economy and our great grandkids money. Please, by all means, continue to encourage them to be irresponsible by ignoring the debt, created in your name and heaped upon your kids, by pushing for the continued extension of the Bush Tax cuts.

Continue to allow them to pour money down the rat hole they refer to as earned entitlements so we can reach the financial status of Greece as quickly as possible.
Keep adding newer and greater financial burdens to those who are not yet born. Push them to continue in the direction that you would never allow for yourself or any family member because you and everyone else know it is the road to ruin.

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Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2012 at 11:23 AM

In a July 2011 news conference the president said:

“And what I’ve also said to Republicans is, if you don’t like [raising tax rates], then I’m happy to work with you on tax reform that could potentially lower everybody’s rates and broaden the base…. So I have bent over backwards to work with the Republicans to try to come up with a formulation that doesn’t require them to vote sometime in the next month to increase taxes.”

I can't speak for the Republicans, but from what I've read they would probably go along with this. I wonder why the president is now demanding rate increases? Probably something to do with the next (mid term) election.

(The quote is from a piece on The Market Watch web site.)

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Posted by Drift Boat on 12/27/2012 at 12:09 PM

Tennessee, like so many red states, is racing to the bottom in slashing budgets and services. Rep. Blackburn led the charge as a state legislator to slash and burn. When will Tennesseans ever learn? You should have seen it coming. The fact that UT Knoxvilles athletic department was "tithing" to the university general fund should have been a clue.

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Posted by jrgolden on 12/27/2012 at 12:11 PM

The House has already passed a bill that would continue the Bush tax cuts for everyone. It is the President and the Senate who are holding things up over their obsession with taxes on the well off/rich that will do almost nothing to improve the future overall financial picture of the United States.

It would be a good idea for the media to start reporting the truth about what is going on with our debt and deficit. The idea that taxing the rich will fix our financial problems is just stupid.

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Posted by GWCarver on 12/27/2012 at 12:21 PM

That photo of Marsha is one for the album. Awesome.

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Posted by Jeff on 12/27/2012 at 12:43 PM

I was standing behind the reporters naked. Blew her mind.

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Posted by Phlo on 12/27/2012 at 1:24 PM


There you go again without the facts. You are just throwing something out, whether true or not, as long as it justifies your way of thinking.

Why should we continue the tax cuts for the rich/wealthy when it was tilted overwhelmingly in their favor since it's inception? Under Bush's tax cuts, the rich, a perosn making 1 million bucks per year got a tax cut of 250,000 dollars while the typical middle tax family got a 2,200 dollar cut.

Don't try to give that bull about the rich being the job creators. Mitt Romney made 23 million dollars in 2 years; how many jobs did he create in the U. S.? Oprah is worth over 2 billion dollars, how many did she create? Warren Buffet is perhaps the only one that invest exclusively in domestic companies.

Just raising, no, not raising, but allowing the tax rates to go back to whence they came from, the Clinton era, will save the treasury 1 trillion dollars over 10 years. That is real money; we only owe China 1.164 Trillion. Yes, most of the debt that the U. S. owes is to the Federal Reserves, the Treasury Department, other government agencis, 401k and private U. S. pension funds, holders of U. S. Bonds, saving bonds, treasury certificants, by U. S. citizens. The next foreign county that the U. S. owes is Japan, 1.6 trillion dollars. These facts are easily checked online. You, like so many others, especially conservative republicans have been mislead about the debt for years. All you had to do was go online and check for yourself.

The other lie that you and other republicans say is, these entitlements are killing us. Do you have any idea what an entitlement is? I bet you don't. An entitlement is a program funded by the individual taxpayer now that can be redeemed at a later date, social security, medicare, etc. It is the taxpayers money saved for them. In other words, since it was their money put up for them, they are entitled to it.

Welfare programs, food stamps, rent subsidies, etc are not entitlements. Medicaid is not even an entitlement. All of the programs for the poor and low income only make up 6.4% of the federal budget. Surely that small amount is not the cause of the deficit. That is also easily checked online.

Btw, Social Security and Medicare are not technically a part of the federal budget for they were legislated to be self funded. I also forgot to tell you that the biggest holder of the U. S. Debt is none other than the SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND. I know you didn't know that, even though it is also available online.

Obama is not just for letting the tax cuts go away for the rich, but he has also proposed 1.4 trillion dollars in discretionary and defense expenditures.

GWC, why don't you republicans tell the truth? Why do you hate Obama so much? Yet, it was Bsh that screwed you by messing up the economy. Yes, he did it. Bill Clinton left office and left to Bush, a bal;anced budget, no deficit sp[ending and a surplus of almost one half trillion dollars. What happened under his watch? Of course we know that he did not keep the country safe under his watch. Remember that little attack on 9/11? Well, Bush had been president since the prior January 2oth. It happened on his watch. Who lied and trumped up allegations to justify a war against Iraq? Who went to war, all out war with Alfghanistan? I have no problem with attacking Alfghanistan, home of the terroist that attacked us, my only problem with both wars, one totally unecessary, IS THAT HE DIDN'T PAY FOR THEM. HE PUT IT ON THE FEDERAL CREDIT CARD. tHAT WAS 1 TRILLION DOLLARS AND STILL COUNTING.

So, GWCarver, I challenge you or anyone else to dispute what I have said with facts. If you can't do that, then you should, STFU!

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 6:07 PM


Answer this question for me?


Smaller question? How can social security and medicare be such a drag on the debt when these two programs are not a part of the budget?

How can 6.4% of the federal budget, programs for poor and low income people, be the prime reason that the country is in dire financial straits?

You are super intelligent, I know you will help an old man out by answering.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 6:17 PM

That, one, so far, dislike on my earlier post, person must be a coward. I say this because what I said is not in the context of likes or dislikes, it is merely the facts.

Instead of cowardly pushing a dislike button in secret, why won't you dispute my post with facts and/or plausible theories?

The cowardly republicans are quick to lie and spread misinformation, but, when confronted by the pure facts, they disappear.

What a political party!

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 7:15 PM


Another lie by you and other republicans. The Obama free phone is just an example of the giveaways that he has done to buy votes from the 50% that only take from the government and pay no taxes.

Well the free phone was originally passed under Ronald Reagan, in 1964. It was expanded by the passage of The Telecommunications Act of 1996, under Bill Clinton. Where was Obama then? The free phone is not a government giveaway. It is financed by a tax on everyone's phone bill, land and cellular to fund phones for people who can't get phones. The bill was originally sold as a way to provide phone service to rural, remote places that would have been too costly for the phone companies to invest in. Since most minorities live in urban areas, who do you think that bill was passed for; MOSTLY POOR WHITE PEOPLE THAT LIVED IN RURAL AND REMOTE AREAS.

Fact. The great Ronald Reagan raised taxes 19 times during his two terms in office.

Fact: Since Obama was elected, government has actually strunk. Federal spending is also down.

Fact: Under George Bush, the republicans passed a law forbidding medicare from negotiating with the drug companies for cheaper prices. VA was not affected by this law. The same drugs, because VA is allowed to use their clout and negotiate lower drug prices, the VA pays about 40% less for the sames drugs that medicare pays much more for. None of this was paid for by GW. Bush. The result is a 3 trillion dollar and still counting giveaway to big pharma.

Fact: The income tax, when passed and implemented in 1935 by FDR was never meant to be equal. It was always and still is based on income. It always had a minimum income amount that was subject to the tax. It was never intended for the poor and very low income people something they would have to pay. There have been many times that the gop controlled all three branches of government, why didn't they change it so everyone, regardless of how meagher their income was, was subject to the tax? The reason is simple. Whites are the majority and, raw numbers wise, not percentages, more poor and very low income whites would have been subject to the income tax. Same with food stamps. Since there were more whites, more whites would qualify for food stamps. Same with TVA. It was instituted to help poor appalachian whites. During those and subsequent years, blacks and other minorities didn't count; they were an afterthought. None of the poverty programs, welfare and other programs for the poor were instituted for minorities, they were instituted to help the majority, whites. Why do you think they passed, with whites being an overwheming majority then?

Hating Obama, why? Every major policy and bill that Obama and the democrats passed, Obamacare on down were, at one time, republican ideas. These things are easily fact-checked via the internet. What has Obama done that was so bad? Look at his response ot Sandy compared to Bush's response to Katrina? Obama has kept the country safe, but, Bush didn't, 9/11. If Bush and his administration had connected the dots that were reported prior to 9/11, it wouldn't have happened, especially on the scale that it did. Want to dispute it. Well go on line and google the caause and warnings prior to 9/11. It will speak for itself. Actually, Obama is a moderate democrat, close to what you used to call liberal republicans. He has never advocated leftist ideas, even when he was a state senator from Illinois. That information is also on line.

You don't have to respond, but, I know that you are reading this. I also know, some of you that want to make me out of a lie are furiously going online to find facts to dispute what I have written. But, alas, you won't find those facts because they don't exist, only in your mind.

The good thing is that a majority of the electorate know the truth as evidenced by this past presidential election. They, unlike you, did their homework, separated lies and fiction from the truth and voted likewise. America is truly a wonderful place. Don't you think so? lol

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 10:01 PM

Sorry, the original free phoine was passed in 1984, not 1964, under Ronald Reagan.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 10:06 PM

OTP, would you PLEASE go back, re-read my post, and respond to what I actually said? It was a really simple post, and if there is anything erroneous in it I would be happy to correct it. But, there isn't, you know...

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Posted by GWCarver on 12/27/2012 at 10:14 PM


I read your post and it is like I said, misinformation. Information, with no surrounding facts to confuse the people.

Sure, the gop house passed a bill to keep the Bush tax cuts for everbody, August 1, 2012. I think the vote was 265 to 171.

Civic's lesson. It takes both houses and the signature of the president before a bill can become law.

What you failed to say is that Obama and the democrats had been campaigning for over 2 years that they would let the Bush era tax cuts on everyone making 200,000, individuals and 250,000 for families. As the house passed this sham of a bill, they knew that it was going nowhere for the senate had, prior to the gop house's vote, already passed a bill extending the Bush tax cuts for people 250,000 and below. As a matter of fact, before the house voted on their bill, the president and other democratic candidates were campaigning on the promise that only the taxes for people making 250,000 or less would be cut. So, all the house gop was doing is grandstanding.

Obama, in every stump speech that he gave alluded to this fact. The majority of americans must have agreed with him for he won. The only reason the house remained gop was their blatant use of gerrymanding, packing democtras into one of two urban areas of states. The democrates for the house received more total raw votes than the gop. This is only the 1st time since 1996 that a party got more total votes for the house and still didn't win the majority of the seats. So, you go figure on that. The senate actually picked up 2 seats and independents 2 seats for a total of 4 democratic seats. Result, 55 dems, 45 reps for the senate. So, Obama and the dems policies were overwhelmingly accepted by the electorate.

So, yes, the verdict. Your post was misleading. But that is the norm for republicans.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 11:21 PM


Btw, the house majority leader refused to even call a vote on the senates passed bill to keep the Bush era tax cuts for only people making 250,000 dollars or less.

These are the true facts.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/27/2012 at 11:23 PM

OTP, the President lied throughout the campaign, by letting Biden campaign using the number of 800 billion dollars over ten years without ever correcting it. Even PolitiFact has verified this. As soon as he was elected he doubled his ask for tax increases to 1.6 trillion to try to force the Republicans to raise tax rates which otherwise wouldn't have been required. He knew the smaller number could be reached without raising tax rates, because he said so in a speech in 2011.

By the way, you still haven't demonstrated anything in my initial post was incorrect. To do that, you will need to prove raising taxes by 160 billion dollars a year is going to jump-start the economy and get rid of the trillion dollar plus annual deficit. (You know, the very same deficit Obama promised to cut in half when he campaigned for President the first time. So, he lied about that, too.)

Maybe we should take it one step at a time. Please show in detail how taking 160 billion dollars a year out of the private sector and transferring it to the government will help get economic growth up to the 4% a year growth rate we need to start digging our way out of the deep economic hole in which we currently reside. After that, you can show how Obama is going to cut spending to balance the budget. Wait, I forgot - the Democrats don't believe in budgets, so you can show how Obama will cut spending to get deficit spending down to zero.

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Posted by GWCarver on 12/28/2012 at 11:12 AM


You are getting a little desperate now, aren't you? You are beginning to act like Mitt Romney, clawing at anything he could get his hands on to win the election, als, but, to no avail.

The economy didn't start to tank until October 2008. Obama was campaigning and was not the president then. He, nor anyone else had any idea how bad the economy would get. Under normal economic circumstances or a normal recession, it is quite possible that he could have ended deficit spending in his first term.

As far as what Vice President Biden said or didn't say on the campaign trail was strictly his business. The office of the Vice President is a constitutional office. He does not serve under the president but is an independement office holder. The president can't fire him or make him take orders or say what he wants him to say. Check your constitution. The vice president has ony 2 constitutional duties under the constitution, he is the president of the senate, only being able to cast a vote to break a tie. His other duty is to wait in the wings in case something happens to the sitting president. It is the best job in elected government.

I do know that, while not explicit giving a concrete figure, Obama did campaign on letting the Bush era tax cuts expire for the top tw percent of the taxpayers. He never said that he would raise taxes, he din't have to. George Bush used budget reconcillation to get the tax cuts to pass. Reconcillation is related to budget and specifically taz items that only require a simple majority of affirmative votes by both houses. Under reconcillation, there can be no filibuster in the senate. The caveat to that is, all laws passed under reconcilation has to expire in 10 years. Bush and the gop that passed the tax cuts knew this at the time they passed it. So, Obama is not raising taxes on anyone, he is simply letting the law run its course like it was spelled out when it was passed under reconcilation.

As for taking money out of the private sector and giving it to the government, you asked how that will help. First, Bush took over a trillion dollars out of the public sector, government, and gave it to the private sector. Let us see how that worked. Bush had the lowest number of jobs created under his two terms as president than any other president in modern history. Under his watch, after giving the private sector over 1 trillion dollars, the economy tanked, very few jobs were created and unemployment skyrocketed and the deficit grew faster than any other president. As a matter of fact, banks in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, etc grew by quite a bit with the money, mostly to the rich, given back to the private sector with his tax cuts. Explain that? So, we have over ten years of records that show giving large tax cuts to the rich don't create jobs, at least, not in the U. S.

The money going back into the treasury by letting the tax cuts expire on the rich, plus the savings from cuts in discretionary spending will do two thinks. It will make more money available for domestic job projects, road building, infra structure repaid and/or job training. It will bring sown the debt because there will be more money available to pay it down and there will be enough money to keep the U. S. from having to borrow to stay afloat.

The federal government running a deficit is one of the biggest misleading misinformation that the gop does. The federal government is not like a business nor is it like a state and/or local government. Certain things, the fedes are responsible for all of the 50 states, while each individual state is only responsible for itself. In times of peril, crisis, natural diasters, etc, the U. S. government has to come to any and all states aid. So, technically, you can never balance the federal budget with certainty. Why do you think there is no provision in the constitution requiring the federal government to balance it's budget?

It is a proven fact, when the economy gets in trouble, it is up to the federal government to spend and do what it can to stimulate the economy, even if it means deficit spending. Please google: is deficit spending by the federal government a bad thing?. Ther is a definate upside of deficit spending that transcends the bad part. You can also look that up too.

So, GWCarver, explain why giving those tax cuts that mostly benefitted the rich didn't do anything for this economy? If you can do that with facts, you are really, really good!

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/28/2012 at 3:00 PM

OTP, I see you are busy trying to change the subject again. This year the Federal Government took in roughly 2.5 trillion dollars in revenue and spent roughly 3.5 trillion dollars. The difference is called "the deficit" (1.2 trillion dollars in the last fiscal year), and the total of all deficits to date - minus whatever we've paid back, if any - is called the "national debt", which is 16.3 trillion dollars and climbing as we speak.

The current President and Congress have to deal with this. What happened in the past does not matter, so you need to quit talking about Bush, and we don't need to hear about Hoover or Fillmore, either. What we need to hear is what Obama's plan is beside raising taxes, and I haven't heard him say anything. Harry Reid won't say anything, either. He won't even put up a budget because he and the President want all proposed cuts to come from the Republicans, so they can be used against them in the 2014 mid-term elections. Democrats are only interested in maintaining power and taking over the House, not in fixing our economic problems, and are throwing the country under the bus in the process. How can we cut spending if the Democrats continue to pretend they are the good guys by opposing cutting anything, with the full support of their lapdogs in the mainstream press? The answer is, we can't, so we are on a steady course to follow the Europeans into a financial dumpster, and we are too big for anyone to bail us out.

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Posted by GWCarver on 12/28/2012 at 4:23 PM


This is pointless. You have given no facts in rebuttal.

I will solve this quickly.

Obama campaigned on what he would do about taxes, etc and he won, case closed. The majority of the voters chose his way instead of Romney and the republicans.

When will and how long will it take this to sink in.

Fact: What you say does not matter; the majority of americans in the most recent polls blame Bush for the deficits, even today, and blame the gop for the economic mess that we are in. I side with the majority of the electorate.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/28/2012 at 6:26 PM

Would you two please get a room, your constant spooning is annoying most of the rest of us.

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Posted by Fred Flintsone on 12/29/2012 at 9:46 AM

The, most of us, don't have to read it. Just skip over it.

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 12/29/2012 at 11:41 AM

Ain't no skippin', baby. We flat-out pole vault over this stuff.

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Posted by Phlo on 12/29/2012 at 5:41 PM

You might have to combine the triple jump with your excellent pole vault idea in order to get by some of the interminably long opinion posts.

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