Even in the event of a pending default, the Treasury will not be selling any of its gold reserves to pay the government’s bills.

“We got our mops and our brooms out here and were cleaning stuff out and they're sitting there saying, ‘Hold the broom better, that's not how you mop,’ ” claimed Obama in 2010, mocking those who questioned his stimulus-based approach and redistributionist ideology for economic recovery. “Don't tell me how to mop! Pick up a mop!”

Well, it's more than three years since Obama said those words and here's what he's saying now: “The average American earns less than he or she did in 1999,” he declared last month at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

The federal government entered into a partial shutdown at midnight October 1 as congressional leaders were unable to agree upon a “continuing resolution” appropriations bill to fund programs in the new fiscal year.

A dozen public opinion polls and two studies by conservative think tanks show that more and more Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

What has lifted more people out of poverty, charity or economic freedom? It’s not even close.

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