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Street fighting man

Let's see: the courts say Detroit can renege on pension promises, Chicago says it wants to do the same thing: Where is this going to stop? Anyone who receives a government pension should be worried.

Fast food workers are protesting because they're not being paid a living wage (which means you and I pay for the public benefits they need to just eat), a Wal-Mart holds a food drive for its own employees, corporate cash reserves are at an all-time high, college graduates can't find work and suffer under suffocating debt, Obamacare is a sugar-teat for the insurance industry, Wall Street piracy continues virtually unchecked, hunger is our nation shames us in the eyes of the world, people can't afford their medicine, our "improving economy" is good for the 1 percent and squat for the rest of us—that's enough to vent about for now.

My brother-in-law says if the Detroit pension breakdown is the first domino, we could see riots. It's not as far-fetched an idea as it sound.

I need a drink.

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"Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere." – E.M. Forster

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