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Guns and Pensions

Jimmy21 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:21 AM
and why not a $75.00 minimum wage to go along with a $26 trillion deficit?
Marie150 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:49 AM
That is the argument I use. That always knocks the commies on their fannies.
rickmcq Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 9:26 AM
Only $75.00?!?
The Left is correct that we Conservatives do not care for the poor.
/sarcasm off
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