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Why Travel?

Because when you leave behind the familiar, you can’t help but be changed by the foreign.

Because comfort zones become constricting zones over time.

Because the world was meant to be experienced, not imagined.

Because you’ll meet people who are different than you. (Are we all the same? Not really, but that’s OK.)

Because it will frustrate and annoy you at times, and you’ll be better because of it.

Because you are afraid, and it’s always good to make peace with your fears.

Where to?

That’s up to you—it’s a big world out there. The choice of destinations is far less important than the choice to depart.

When you return you’ll look back on your journey and think, Did that really happen? Was I really in the land of _____?

And then you’ll go through reentry and reverse culture shock, and then you’ll face a choice. Option 1: to reminisce, to think about those days when you were brave, and that time when dreaming was something you did wide awake.

Option 2: to take another look at the map, and start planning the next adventure.

Which will it be?

Thanks to Chris Guillebeau, that unconventional guy who never ceases to inspire: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/why-travel?awt_l=FQRDh&awt_m=J1Ca.AYbWsnt7W

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To be perfectly clear: the Executive branch has located 300,000 illegal aliens, currently working in our country. (Or worse, collecting welfare in our country!) Rather than deport them, they will allow them to stay in America, because they’re “not violent.”

That 300,000 number is the current equivalent of THREE MONTHS of job creation in America.

I wonder for whom those 300,000 illegal immigrants will cast their illegal votes in the next election.

The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow many illegal immigrants facing deportation the chance to stay in the U.S. and apply for a work permit, while it focuses on removing those who pose a danger to public safety.

Officials announced plans to review 300,000 pending immigration cases and halt the deportations of people deemed to be a “low priority” — those who have lived in the U.S. for years without committing serious crimes.
Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7703000.html#ixzz1VV6WTZrS

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What’s Wrong with Making Future Generations Pay for our Debt?
Unless they get so angry at us that they send terminators from the future to kill us.

Wow, that whole debt-ceiling debate was scary. For a while there, it looked like a few radical extremists were going to keep the country from going further into debt. And then where would we be? Without all the free stuff we like, because some people are stuck on the primitive notion that a budget should balance? I think you can say without hyperbole that people who think like that are literally terrorists, except a million times worse.

What makes people think the government should spend less money than it brings in? Probably racism. Also, a lust for violence. Because there is no logical reason for the government to spend less. None.

I do know one reason people keep bringing up as to why we should spend less: Because otherwise we leave the debt for future generations. But no one ever explains why that’s a problem.

Let’s look at this logically. There are three groups who could possibly pay our debt: People of the present, people of the past, and people of the future. Basically, the extremists are arguing that people of the present should pay for the debt, but that’s obviously insane. For one thing, the national debt is currently over 14 trillion dollars, and we don’t have that kind of money. If we were to even think of paying it down, we’d have to cut spending, when right now we need to be spending even more. That first trillion of stimulus money didn’t turn the economy around, so we clearly need to spend another trillion. And probably another trillion after that. Because that will create jobs by… well, I’m not sure how jobs are created. Ask Paul Krugman; he’ll explain it to you.

Anyway, the point is that it’s quite apparent that people of the present — us — just can’t pay down the debt. So let’s move on.

The other possibility is to have people of the past pay it down, but we can’t make them do it without a time machine. And even if we had a time machine and could go back and steal all their gold, that’s the exact sort of thing that would get you kicked in the face by Jean-Claude Van Damme. So let’s just give up on that idea.

That leaves only one possible group to pay down the debt: People of the future. We can leave the debt for them to pay without the use of time machines and without angering any time cops, so it’s perfect. The only objection I ever hear to it is that we should feel bad for leaving all this debt to our children and our children’s children. This is also stupid reasoning. Why, you ask?

Because future generations are a bunch of jerks.

Come on; we all know what future generations are like. They’re going to look back at us and say, “Oh, look at those people from 2011 with their backwards morals and primitive scientific knowledge! What a bunch of cavemen!” Yeah, that’s right; they’re going to make fun of us. And while they’re making fun of us, they’ll be playing around with their laser guns and jet packs and robot maids — all of which they’ll completely take for granted. Future generations are a bunch of arrogant, over-privileged punks! I hate them. And I don’t see any reason to feel bad for leaving such awful people tons of debt. Maybe that will wipe those smug smiles off their genetically altered faces.

So there’s really no downside to leaving debt to those horrible jerks in the future. None.

…Unless they get so angry at us that they send terminators from the future to kill us. That’s definitely a possibility, but if they try that, we can easily fight back. For instance, we could bury a bunch of time capsules that are not to be opened for fifty years. Then when future generations open them — BOOM!

Yes, some might label this “terrorism,” but the true terrorism is the notion that we should be paying this debt now, and we’re not going to stand for it. We need to send the message to future generations that he who controls the present controls the future, and that means we can easily hurt them — much more easily than they can get to us. And if those arrogant scumbags think that we’re going to pay for that debt here in the present, well, we have a few violent messages for them. They should just be happy that debt is the only thing we’re leaving for them, because it could be a lot worse.

So, to any future generations reading this in the internet archives on your holographic screens — or perhaps downloading it directly to your brains — I have this to tell you: It would be nothing for us to destroy everything you hold dear. Why, we can just nuke this whole world now, and that’s the end of you. And you can’t stop us. So that’s why you’re going to pay all of our debt and like it.

Or you can just leave the debt to your children as well. I don’t see any problem with that. Frankly, I think we should all just keep passing it on until society collapses under it and the apes takeover. Then they can pay down the debt. Big hairy jerks.

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/whats-wrong-with-making-future-generations-pay-for-our-debt/?singlepage=true

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We The Stupid

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/08/we_the_stupid.html

The Obama regime is not a failure. The Obama regime is not incompetent. The Obama regime has achieved more in two and a half years than anyone could have possibly foreseen. It has debased the currency by 50% of the GDP and guaranteed that our economy will collapse. It has looted the Treasury for more than the size of a top-ten economy and embezzled that wealth into the hands of their fellow Marxists in preparation for the final collapse of the United States. It has ground the economy of the United States to a screeching halt. It has destabilized the entire Muslim world and ensured that there will be a nuclear war centered around Israel within the decade.

The Obama regime has no interest whatsoever in "stimulus" or "getting folks back to work." How can you not understand this? How can we possibly win this war if we refuse to come to terms with the fact that we are in fact fighting a war.

God save the United States of America, because the people are far too stupid to do it themselves.

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OK, that’s not completely fair. 

They’re ALL lying.

  1. Cut government spending
  2. Cap future spending
  3. Balance the budget

This agreement does none of these things. 

The “cuts” to governement spending are doing nothing but making future growth smaller.  It’s the fat man dilemma: He’s 300 lb overweight and is gaining 50 lb per year.  He realizes he has a problem, and “cuts” his weight gain to just 25 lb next year.  The ugly truth in this agreement is that it projects spending to INCREASE every year for the next ten years.  THERE ARE NO CUTS.

There’s no cap on future spending.  In fact there are no “cuts” ( on growth) until 2013.  What happens in 2013?  We get a new Congress and a new President.  Congratulations on kicking the can.

Balanced budget?  Not even close.  We’re currently on track to spend $4.1 T this year, on $2.5 T of income.  That’s $1.6 TRILLION in NEW DEBT, this year.  The plan put forth wants to reduce spending growth by $917B, starting in 2013, spread out over TEN YEARS.   This means that in year ten, our deficit will have gone all the way down from $1.6 T to $1.5 T. 

It’s all lies.  They’ve cut nothing, they’ve capped nothing, and nothing is balanced.  We spend 62% more than we earn, and the “cuts” will bring that “down” to the mid 60’s by 2021.

What if the federal government were an American family?  I’ll run the numbers, scaling everything back to a family bringing home $100,000 per year after tax:

Income:  $100K
Spending: $162K
New 2011 Debt: $62K
Total Credit Card Debt: $564K

Spending by category:

Medicare/Medicaid: $48K
Social Security: $35K
Debt Pmts: $19K
Food Stamps & Unemployment: $10K
Everything Else: $51K

Kicking the can is not a solution.  The only solution is to stop spending more than we earn.

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