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Allen West: Stewardship and Shutdown

Congress and the president are stewards of our tax dollars, not owners, and this calls for integrity.

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Allen B. West

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October 6, 2013 - 12:00 am
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In this next phase of my life I have lots more time to get out across America to meet and speak with great people. This past weekend was the beginning of that trek, and it started in Atlanta where I addressed Dr. Michael Youssef’s 25th anniversary luncheon for his “Leading The Way” ministry.

As always, it is special to be home. I even had the chance to drop by my old stomping grounds, Henry Grady HS, and to visit with the JROTC Cadet Battalion staff. What a treasure it was to gaze into the eyes of those who continue a legacy I was able to be part of from 1976 to 1979. (The Allen West Foundation has established a scholarship fund for the Cadet Corps.)

After speaking in Atlanta, and watching a classic SEC football game between Georgia and LSU, I flew to Lafayette, Louisiana, on Sunday. Being a good southern fella, I arranged to attend church services Sunday morning at the First Baptist Church of Lafayette. Before the service, I met with Pastor Steve, who told me the sermon would not be terribly exciting because it would be about stewardship. Well, he was wrong. The service was lovely, the hymns were uplifting, and I found Pastor Steve’s terrific sermon worth sharing here.

The topic was “Five Principles of Christian Stewardship,” and the accompanying biblical reference came from the Book of Acts 4:32-5:11. He succinctly articulated these principles: unity, generosity, necessity, personal integrity, and accountability.

I recall thinking this was a message every single person on Capitol Hill, including the occupant of the White House, should hear.

We elect individuals to represent us at every level of government. We also trust these individuals to be solid stewards of the vital resource we entrust to them — our taxpayer dollars. As I sit here, we are involved in a partial government shutdown. The last time this occurred I was a young Army major assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey Korea. I remember holding meetings to assure our younger soldiers that they would be paid.

Stewardship requires unity — not among the members of Congress, but between the represented and those representing. Thomas Jefferson referred to this as the “consent of the governed.” I long for a government which makes decisions with tax dollars understanding they belong to the governed, and not to them.

I am willing to be generous with my giving and meeting my tax obligations, as all Americans are, but we need to know that our resources support items of necessity and not of ideological wanting.

Furthermore, Americans would appreciate personal integrity from members of Congress and the president. The president of the United States should never be receiving a “4 Pinocchios” rating in the Washington Post. We all know that telling falsehoods is a regular occurrence, especially in Washington.

We need more accountability, and not to special interests or self-interest, but to God and the American interest. Pastor Steve did not realize it, but he delivered a most timely sermon that all Americans should hear. I believe that oft times God places us right where we need to be, and I certainly needed to be right there at First Baptist Church of Lafayette.

When I took civics as a youth — and I remember the ABC Schoolhouse Rock! segments that taught us how a bill became a law — I learned that a law applied to everyone. The House and Senate debate and pass bills; when a bill has passed both Houses of Congress, it is sent to the president for signature to be a law. In a constitutional republic, a law is applicable to all citizens … unless the president is Barack Obama.

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A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy:
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but
is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses
but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest
big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America!
46 weeks ago
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The fact that Obama was elected and remains our president becomes more astonishing to me with every passing day. Lawlessness and chaos will be his legacies, not the ACA or the killing of Bin Laden. Astonishing, too, is that the mainstream press and his fellow Democrats are complicit in the criminality of this president. The Founders created a system meant to protect us from tyranny but the system doesn't work when the administration in office is able to reward their friends and punish their enemies, both within and without the law, and the citizens simply look the other way. What does Obama have to do, what horrendous crime must he commit, before people say that a line has been crossed and he must be removed from office? To state the obvious, if he were a Republican, he would have been driven from office long ago. But, then, I don't think a Republican exists who could stride into the White House bent on destroying our system, and destroying our system has been his goal from the first day. Is anyone capable of stopping him?
46 weeks ago
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I don't think I'm listening to Allen West much anymore anyway. I got the following in a mass emailing from him a few days ago.

"Fellow Patriot,

Shutting down the government is the most unpatriotic thing Congress could do.

We elected the 535 men and women who serve in the House and Senate to do a job – and that job does not include such extreme partisan bickering that they become incapable of rectifying their differences to keep the government running.

Congress has a deadline: 11:59 PM EDT tonight. If they fail to meet it and the government shuts down, every single one of the 535 members should be voted out in their next election."


"Shutting down the government is the most unpatriotic thing Congress could do"? WTF !!?? Never minding that the government is not shut down and to the extent that it is shut down, like the WWII memorial with their Barrycades against WWII vetrens, it's the Democrat Senate and Obama that are doing it, who could think that this so called "shutting down the government s the most unpatriotic thing Congress could do" anyway? The government is not the country. That's Barack Obama and his "Government uber alles" fascism. This is not patriotic.

As to "extreme partisan bickering", this is being deaf and blind to what has been going on which has been Republicans bending over backwards and Obama and Democrats wanting to rule like Obama was a Pharaoh. Submitting to him is not patriotic, Well, maybe on the Russian plan but not at all on the American plan.

As to Allen West's " If they fail to meet it and the government shuts down, every single one of the 535 members should be voted out in their next election", this is collective quilt on crack and insane blindness, not anything at all like patriotism.

And this statist email on top of his facebook Al Sharton like rant against George Zimmerman and for the poor little innocent Travon from last year. What the hell has happened to Allen West anyway? He seems to be going 3200 mils out.
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46 weeks ago
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No better case can be made against giving government control over healthcare than the case they are making right now by showing their abuse of the populace through the “shutdown” and the directives to "make it hurt".

Today they are closing parks. How long will it be before they are denying access to hospitals, emergency rooms, etc?
Fully repeal Obamacare.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy:
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but
is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses
but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest
big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America!
46 weeks ago
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This post is so "on the mark" it is frightening while I am LMAO. Thanks!! You are dead-on RIGHT!
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
Please tell me you'll be running for office again. We need straight-shooting legislators more than we need pundits.
46 weeks ago
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let's not forget that muslims have also been exempted from 0-care. everybody keeps naming groups and leaves them out of the list for some reason. hmmm?

indioviejo is 100% correct. this pending nightmare is not the pending nightmare that was originally deemed as having been passed. tens of thousands of pages to rule our lives. commander zero editing it and giving exemptions/$$$ to his 'friends' at a whim is just the beginning. getting anybody who disagrees w/ him audited by the i.r.s.? listening (illegally) to what everybody (worldwide) has to say? selling assault weapons to mex. drug cartels and getting hundreds killed, allowing us to be overrun by 3rd world peoples who have shown Americans nothing but contempt? completely hiding his cred's and then laughing at those who ask to see? and please don't forget Benghazi.

I sincerely doubt this pile of manure intends to live around us if and when he 'retires'. he has broken so many laws against so many people he would never get out of court. as soon as his frauds are presented as fact, everything he has signed, everybody he has pardoned, must (by law) go back to zero. that has always been the cure for fraud under the law. commit fraud against a child, for instance, and when found out all must be restored as before. personally, i'm still waiting to see how much people's $$$ has been stolen and hidden from view. lawless is where he came in the door. just wait until his really, really bad acts are brought to life when he is no more. I look forward to seeing the man hunt begin.

makes one wonder what his future plans entail.
46 weeks ago
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Frankly, neither the congress nor our foolish president have a shred of integrity.
46 weeks ago
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From my vantage point, the days of theorizing on topics like "our system of government" and constitutional limitations on power are over and we've descended into the pit of trench warfare.

The Left is hellbent on sufficiently transforming the country by growing a voting base (illegals ? convicted felons ? come one come all), and creating dependencies such that it ensures its own perpetual power. A recent poll reported that some 80% of Americans believes the government is in charge of the people, not the other way around, so the Left is well on its way to cementing this completely false vision of the citizen's relationship to his government.

All that will be required of you as a citizen under this new regime, this new world order (cf Obamacare) is "pay and obey".
46 weeks ago
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I am unsure what the poll where 80% of the people think the government is in charge of the people actually tells. What percent is OK with that and what percent want to change it back to We The People are in charge.

If a large majority are OK with that, we are toast. If a large percent want to get back to Constitutional government, that is a good thing.
46 weeks ago
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The problem is that not one of the players on the Left, from Obama/Biden and immediate surrogates on down through Reid, Pelosi, Shumer et al and etc. has even a passing acquaintance of what "integrity" is.

Only bashing, prevailing and lying in service to optics & perception drive them while the derelict, near criminal, agenda media backs them up.

Until we do somehow (magically) get statesmen and women back into service (not reigning) in our federal government, this perpetually contentious, ongoing charade of government will continue

It's ironic everyone screams about the desperate need to change the culture of corruption in Washington DC but when some guys come along who do have integrity and work to do that, they're attacked even by their own side.
46 weeks ago
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Does Obama realize he is going down the same path the Confederates went down after the Civil War—this group has rights that those people don't?

The shutdown is collective bargaining at its finest. You would think Democrats and socialists would applaud their principles at work:

They offer us a deal. We don't like it. They say, "Tough luck." We walk out on strike.

In America, no one person or group holds the power. It is shared. Anyone in government with a bit of power has that power because others gave it—and the others can take it away. No one branch or half of a third has the right to dictate law or grant special charters granting special rights to some. The South tried that after the Civil War. There are dozens of court cases that have outlawed special treatment for some over others.

46 weeks ago
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Except that in collective bargaining, you do have to actually bargain, or at least do a credible job of making it look like you're bargaining. What Comrades Obama and Reid are doing is what their union friends would call Boulwarism, named for a Mr. Boulware who was the head of labor relations for GE back in the '50s or early '60s. Boulware was an adherent to "scientific management" and didn't much like unions, so he came up with what he styled fair but firm offers. He put them on the table and refused to budge or even contemplate budging. Now, no bargaining law compels either party to make a concession, but you do have to give consideration to any proposal and you can't take positions that are calculated to result in rejection. Ultimately, GE was found guilty of various unfair labor practices over Boulware's "fair but firm" positions and his refusal to consider union counters and his name lives on in collective bargaining jargon.

Were, for example, Obama and Reid in the role of employer and Boehner et al. in the role of the union and bargaining under the federal Labor - Management Relations Act or most state bargaining laws, Obama and Reid are guilty of at least two per se unfair labor practices in that they have refused to bargain in good faith both by the open refusal to negotiate and the refusal to consider House proposal and they are guilty of the unfair labor practice of interfering with the formation and operation of the union (House) by their denigration of the House Majority as a group and their vilification of various members of the House.

Of course, since the communist SOB gave the NLRB to the unions, they'd find a way to rule in the government's favor no matter the plain language of the bargaining law.
46 weeks ago
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I just think it is funny how they whine and screech when tactics they think sacred (if anything this side of the Styx and Pandemonium is sacred to them) are being used against them.
46 weeks ago
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I also think it is ironic how they would be beside themselves to punish anyone who based compliance with a law on race, but they are perfectly okay with giving free passes to those who have the right politics and connections.
46 weeks ago
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The fact that Obama was elected and remains our president becomes more astonishing to me with every passing day. Lawlessness and chaos will be his legacies, not the ACA or the killing of Bin Laden. Astonishing, too, is that the mainstream press and his fellow Democrats are complicit in the criminality of this president. The Founders created a system meant to protect us from tyranny but the system doesn't work when the administration in office is able to reward their friends and punish their enemies, both within and without the law, and the citizens simply look the other way. What does Obama have to do, what horrendous crime must he commit, before people say that a line has been crossed and he must be removed from office? To state the obvious, if he were a Republican, he would have been driven from office long ago. But, then, I don't think a Republican exists who could stride into the White House bent on destroying our system, and destroying our system has been his goal from the first day. Is anyone capable of stopping him?
46 weeks ago
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WE THE PEOPLE can stop him. Massive civil disobedience. They can't force a whole country to do what they want. They could not do that in Chicago, they won't do it here, not even if they bring Palestinian troops to support their take over of the US. Wake up. The time for words is passed. It is time for action and that word: NO. Gather the Governors at once and fire the federal government, repudiate the national debt, create a new mint authority and tell the world the US dollar is no longer valid for the 50 states. Once all they have is a contested currency they can pay no army, they can't buy no escape. Beat them at collapsing the economy and you have them all trapped. The rest is easy. Think of it: you'll have to rebuild the country anyway.
46 weeks ago
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Welcome to the power of Affirmative Action. When you stop to think to what degree a double standard is practiced routinely regarding the beneficiaries of AA, the current state of affairs as they relate to Obama & his administration should not come across as a huge surprise. All they want to do in DC is see to it that Obama coasts to the end of his second term as a "successful" POTUS; the absolution of the heavy burden of being a "racist bigot" rests upon this.
46 weeks ago
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I wish it were merely Affirmative Action at work but I'm morally certain that it is far more sinister. I have no doubt that his grandfather Dunham was a Soviet asset as was his mother, who may have been a double employed by an infiltrated unit of the CIA. Nothing else explains their life and lifestyle and it isn't coincident that their migrations took them to two of Harry Bridges' towns, Seattle and Honolulu, both politically dominated by Bridges' Longshoreman's union. It isn't coincidental that Bridges' was last seen with his comrades on the Kremlin balcony.

I think the Kenyan, Obama, is just a legend, quickly sourced and a marriage ginned up to cover from Frank Marshall Davis' impregnation of the young Miss Dunham. Somebody already felt the need to cover up parentage by an open communist and CPUSA member such as Davis. Somebody paid for an education for him far beyond his intellectual means or his families financial means. I don't know whose money it was but I'm willing to bet they weren't American, though they might have used American intermediaries. I'm reasonably certain he attended, to the extent that he actually attended, both Columbia and Harvard as a foreign student and that's why such pains have been taken to hide his records. Somehow the communist connections got him connected with the Ayers family in Chicago. Somehow Ayers and Obama got hooked up with the Gil Foundation and other radical homosexuals and leftist trusts and foundations, but they didn't have enough money and power to definitively dispose of HRC and replace her with Comrade Obama. Enter George Soros who found investors for his coup d'etat, probably using sovereign wealth of Middle Eastern origin, which I now believe to have been the Muslim Brotherhood and its sovereign supporters. If he weren't acting as an agent of hostile Middle Eastern powers, what would he do differently?
46 weeks ago
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I am absolutely astonished and bewildered myself. He has done more than enough damage to the country domestically and internationally to warrant being physically removed from office. Where are those who took the oath to defend the constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic ? Is the oath meaningless? Just a bunch of words? Where are the gangs with pitchforks and torches to march on Dracula's castle? For there's no doubt that is what the WH has become as this monster continues to suck away our life's blood.
46 weeks ago
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Geri A asks where are those who took the oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic? The problem today is that oaths have little or no meaning. As a nation, we have thrown integrity to the winds and what is happening in our nation's capital is merely the result of what has happened to America in general.

As an example, contracts used to be based on a handshake, Today, a 25 page contract takes the place of the handshake backed up by the integrity of the two parties. We are reaping what we have sown and it is not pretty.

Those responsible for the transition of America from what used to be to what it is now had a plan. They succeeded in taking God out of our schools thereby allowing the schools to become propaganda mills to create good little "citizens" of the new America, or as we are finding, subjects of the new Feral, nanny state government.

In addition to dumbing down the students by rewriting history and failing to teach students about the creation of America, the Founders, the Revolution and the Constitution, our voters have little or no foundation upon which to make informed decisions. This has allowed the politicians, who lack integrity and who are willing to do what is best for special interests rather than what is best for America, to be elected and reelected

Is it any wonder that a voter who lies whenever convenient has no problem with a Four Pinocchio president? Any attempts today at scaling back the Feral Government is merely trimming at the edges. America will never be what she was, good and great, until we have a revolution at some level. Hopefully it can be accomplished without bloodshed but the recklessness of the Progs makes me wonder. If Obama can Barrycade the WII memorial against WWII veterans, what next stupid move will he make next to prove he is "in control" and We The People are no longer in control?
46 weeks ago
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Having read the biographies, memoirs and writings of some of the Founding Fathers recently, I would say that our government is acting even more extreme and high-handed than the British government of 1760-1776: illegal grants and waivers, illegal arms dealing, shady deals and lies at remote consulates, and so much more. That is one reason I have been extremely vocal to my politicians about standing firm against PPACA. We need some strong momentum to turn things around. It is easier to get an existing political party to act, using praise and money or threats Pavlov's dog style, than to try to start a political party from scratch. I don't really think we will be able to slow and turn this behemoth around at this point, but the alternative involves either a "Concord and Lexington" or serfdom. No one but fools or the insane would welcome either outcome.
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Sharp post. We have allowed ourselves to sink to a level where lying, cheating are so commonplace, these things are now routinely expected. Ours is now a society that largely accepts illegitimacy & infidelity as a category one can describe as "it is what it is." I am certainly no Bible thumper but do lay a lot of blame for all this decadence (as a result of acceptance of the things I describe above) on a sharp decline in the spiritual health of way too many people. We are not the center of our own universe; there is something out there that is much larger & more significant than us. We have become our own worst enemies; things will certainly get much worse before they ever get better.
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