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President Barack said on Saturday that the automatic cuts in the budget, known as the sequester, have already started to "inflict pain on communities across the country." "These cuts are not smart.
All any sort of abuse can teach is, it is fine for a stronger person to inflict pain on a more vulnerable or weaker person.
But bullies seem to lack such empathy, possibly explaining why they can repeatedly inflict pain on others.
The married woman can't leave her husband, the cyber lovers inflict pain on each other, and the tone of their messages quickly devolves from overheated to maudlin.