Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1000948 Oct 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP)— The government's new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out.

Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll.

While that's a small percentage, it could represent more than 20 million people.

Three-fourths of those who tried to sign up reported problems, though, and that's reflected in the underwhelming reviews.

Overall, just 7 percent of Americans say the rollout of the health exchanges has gone well. Far more deem it a flop.

George Spinner, 60, a retired government worker from Ruther Glen, Va., said he managed to create an online account and password before he got stuck.

"It kept telling me there was an error," he said.

Reynol Rodriguez, a computer technician from San Antonio, said he was able to do some comparison shopping online but computer glitches kept him from signing up.

"I was very much looking forward to it," said Rodriguez, 51. "That's what this country needs — affordable health care."

Rodriguez pledged to keep trying — just what President Barack Obama has been recommending to those who've run into trouble.

Count Janice Brown, a semiretired travel agent from Prather, Calif., among those who had a positive experience.

After some initial trouble on the website, she got through to a help line and downloaded an application to buy a plan for $1,500 a month for herself and her husband. That's $1,000 less than her current private plan.

"I'm thrilled," said Brown, 61. "The coverage is better. It's fantastic."
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1000949 Oct 11, 2013
Gov shutdown!

No money for Veterans...

Kids will starve...

where did the money go?

It went here...

'$2.5 million for potato research.'

http://www.investinganswers.com/education/glo...

McDonalds French Fries??????

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1000950 Oct 11, 2013
Among those who've actually tested out the system, three-quarters of those polled said they've experienced problems trying to sign up. Only about 1 in 10 succeeded in buying health insurance.

Overall, the poll found, 40 percent of Americans said the launch of the insurance markets hasn't gone well, 20 percent said it's gone somewhat well and 30 percent didn't know what to say. Just 7 percent said the launch had gone "very well" or "somewhat well."

Even among those who support the president's health care overhaul law, just 19 percent think the rollout has gone extremely well or very well. Forty percent say it's gone somewhat well, and 18 percent think not too well or not well at all.

The survey offers an early snapshot on use of the new health insurance exchanges set up by states and the federal government under Obama's Affordable Care Act. Thirty-six states are using the federal government's site, HealthCare.gov , which the Obama administration says has had millions of unique visitors. The administration has declined to release enrollment statistics, saying that will be done monthly.

White House senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness said the administration is working around the clock "to improve the consumer experience," and she stressed that the poll was taken just six days into a six-month campaign to educate people about their options.

She added, "The overwhelming attention from millions of Americans checking out HealthCare.gov during the first few days is a good testament to the interest of Americans in new affordable health options."

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that about 7 million uninsured people will gain coverage through the online insurance marketplaces next year, but the role of the markets is actually much bigger than that.

They were intended to be a 21st century portal to coverage for people who do not have access to health insurance on the job. And that includes insured people as well as the uninsured.

There are three big groups of potential customers for the markets: uninsured middle-class people who now will be able to get government-subsidized private coverage; people who currently purchase their own individual policies and are looking for better deals; and low-income people who will be steered by the marketplace to an expanded version of Medicaid in states that agree to expand that safety net program.

The Census estimates that about 48 million Americans lacked coverage in 2012, or more than 15 percent of the population.

Starting next year, the law requires virtually all Americans to have insurance or face a tax penalty after a coverage gap of three months.

Opinions are sharply divided on the overall framework of the law: 28 percent of Americans support it, 38 percent are opposed, and 32 percent don't have an opinion either way, the poll found. When asked specifically whether the government should be able to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a fine, only about 3 in 10 Americans agreed, and 68 percent were opposed.

The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Oct. 3-7 using KnowledgePanel, GfK's probability-based online panel. It involved online interviews with 1,227 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all respondents. For results among the 76 respondents who attempted to use health insurance markets, the margin of error is plus or minus 13.5 percentage points.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1000951 Oct 11, 2013
Gov shutdown!

No money for Veterans...

Kids will starve...

where did the money go?

It went here...

Ireland!!!!

Oh Danny Boy!.....me Irish eyes are smilin'

"$17 million for the International Fund for Ireland (IFI)"

http://www.investinganswers.com/education/glo...
Whatever

Gering, NE

#1000952 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.
"It's time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama's health care law: "It never had a chance."
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.
Now, they're lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they're laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/establishme...
I know this makes you mad but opinion pieces will be marked as spam by me.

Rather than people discussing their opinions, cluttering the forum with opinion pieces from both sides (if you want an opinion piece info war) would reduce this to nothing but a sad version of Real Clear.

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“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1000953 Oct 11, 2013
Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
No one is arguing with most of your 5/6 point list but #4, get a job, shows how clueless you are. You show zero concern or compassion for people that follow all your criteria but that one. You whine about the economy being weak but fail to recognize that jobs that can support a family have been disappearing as automation replaces humans. Your hardass fuck'mall attitude is why your teabagger friends are losing support. People are too smart to buy into your "anyone that helps a fellow American is a communist" mantra.
So re-write your list to provide for Americans that can't find work through no fault of their own. And please don't cop out and say there are jobs out there that you can support a family on for everyone if you just look hard enough. That's just plain stupid.
Get a job. All you have to do to get a job is get off your lazy ass and start looking for one. It helps if the potential employer is actually convinced you actually want to be someone who will work for a living.
There are more than 30 million illegal aliens here. If you can't find a job, take one of those jobs.
Coincidentally, the government is paying about that same number of people to not do the work the illegal aliens are here doing. If I had my way, I'd trade with the countries the illegal aliens are coming from. We'll take the people who want to work for a living, and they can have the people who won't work for a living in exchange.

Get a job. Work, or be content to live on what charity provides for you. There is no excuse for not working in a country like the United States of America.
Well, that used to be true. Now, Obama's "recovery" is creating 5 part time jobs for every full time job created. A part time job is poverty. A full time job is a living wage. Obama's "recovery" is putting 5 times as many people into poverty as it is allowing someone a living wage.

Get a job. No excuses. If there isn't a full time job available for you, stop voting for the people who are eliminating those full time jobs. Stop voting for Democrats. Stop voting for Obama.
That will fix the problem you complain about.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1000954 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.
"It's time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama's health care law: "It never had a chance."
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.
Now, they're lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they're laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/establishme...
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sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1000955 Oct 11, 2013
As the Shutdown Continues, the GOP Bleeds Support

Notably, only 13 percent of self-identified Democrats view their own party unfavorably while 27 percent of Republicans view their own party unfavorably. Does this reflect the fact that a growing number of Republicans are convinced that the congressional GOP is going to surrender on Obamacare? It doesn’t look like it:

The GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans is up eight points from September, compared with a one-point rise in Democratic Party unfavorables among Democrats. These findings may be consistent with the widely circulated narrative that the Republican Party is internally splintered on how best to handle the budgetary negotiations.

Granted, the GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans was already a high 19 percent before the current budget confrontation commenced, and at least some Republicans were disgruntled because they felt the party wasn’t sufficiently conservative. But the Republican willingness to embrace confrontation doesn’t seem to have yielded any net gains in support among Republican voters. One can imagine a scenario in which the composition of GOP voters with an unfavorable view of the party has changed. That is, the number of Tea Party Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be shrinking as the number of somewhat conservative and moderate Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be growing. Yet any gains from the former have been more than outweighed by losses from the latter.

http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/360909/s...
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1000956 Oct 11, 2013
Gov shutdown!

No money for Veterans...

Kids will starve...

where did the money go?

It went here...

Oysters!

"$3 million for Chesapeake Bay Oyster restoration in Maryland."

https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-mccain/we...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1000957 Oct 11, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>The Republican party has become fractured and dysfunctional__just like Islam.
Looks like they need to flush some more RINOs down the toilet.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#1000958 Oct 11, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
How Talk Radio and Fox News Brainwashed My Dad
A filmmaker's father came to believe the extreme right-wing lies of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media mavens.
October 10, 2013
Jen Senko is a filmmaker who watched in horror as her father slowly came to believe the extreme right-wing lies of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media mavens. Now she’s making a documentary about it called The Brainwashing of My Dad.
So when Rush Limbaugh told him that poor people and Mexicans and blacks and feminazis were to blame for well, everything, he got mad too and took it up as his cause. He would get super-angry and bite the middle of his tongue and look like he was going to explode.
ROC: How exactly did his behavior change?
JS: When I was growing up my dad seemed to love everybody. I never heard any kind of talk against any race or ethnicity. He was funny and goofy and talked to anybody....When I was in college I knew a lot of gays, and he was friendly and even gregarious and even thought them "cultured." He wasn't prejudiced at all. It wasn't until later that he underwent a radical change.
When my dad changed, he became obsessive. He got angrier. After he retired, he would sit in the kitchen and eat his lunch and listen to Rush Limbaugh for three full hours a day. God forbid you interrupt Rush.
You couldn’t argue with him. He was one angry, whirling, right-wing dervish. He even got mail from and gave money to the NRA though never owned a gun in his life. My mother found he wrote all these checks to various right-wing causes.
Rush's audience is 72% men and most are white over the age of 65, and with Fox and other outlets, it’s similar stats.
ROC: If you had 30 seconds to speak to Rush Limbaugh, what would you say?
JS: I guess I’d ask him a number of “why”s. Why do you do what you do? Is it the money? Do you believe what you say? Do you realize you have been a party to the destruction of families all across America by tearing them apart into “Dittoheads” versus non-Rushies? How do you feel about yourself? Are you proud of yourself? Then I would call him a Fat Fuck (not that there’s anything wrong with being fat).
http://www.alternet.org/media/how-talk-radio-...
If we want to read opinion pieces we would use Real Clear Politics.

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LCNLin

United States

#1000959 Oct 11, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
The actual number of people who really couldn't afford health care was included with those who could but chose not to in the total number of the "uninsured".
How is that going to be any different now?
How many will just pay the penalty until they get sick and then sign up? How many will not pay the penalty OR sign up and just go to the ER as they've always done?
Even if millions sign up, unless young working males between the ages of 21 and 39 and those who live in states where premiums have doubled and tripled are willing to pay the brunt of the costs, who is going to end up paying for this?
All the IRS can do is write nasty letters and threaten to garnish wages if penalties aren't paid. Will they garnish the wages of the poor or turn them away from ERs?
The possible scenarios of this being an abject failure are endless.
More yarns in the morning.
LCNLin

United States

#1000960 Oct 11, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing that's dysfunctional is Obama and Reid demanding complete ownership of this law because they think it belongs to them and because their plan is for a single-payer system down the road and their dogged determination to discredit Republicans no matter how many people are made to suffer in the process.
And, of course, liberal socialists such as yourself who are more than willing to hand Obama and Reid the control they so desire on a silver platter using the strong arm of a biased and dysfunctional IRS.
Republicans are divided temporarily on how best to save the country from Reid and Obama - and you.
No credibility after thousands of anti American posts.
for the win

Birmingham, UK

#1000961 Oct 11, 2013
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1000962 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.
"It's time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama's health care law: "It never had a chance."
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.
Now, they're lashing out with polls showing Republicans bearing most of the blame for the federal shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. In some places, they're laying the groundwork to take action against the tea party in the 2014 congressional elections.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/establishme...
<spam>
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1000963 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
As the Shutdown Continues, the GOP Bleeds Support
Notably, only 13 percent of self-identified Democrats view their own party unfavorably while 27 percent of Republicans view their own party unfavorably. Does this reflect the fact that a growing number of Republicans are convinced that the congressional GOP is going to surrender on Obamacare? It doesn’t look like it:
The GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans is up eight points from September, compared with a one-point rise in Democratic Party unfavorables among Democrats. These findings may be consistent with the widely circulated narrative that the Republican Party is internally splintered on how best to handle the budgetary negotiations.
Granted, the GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans was already a high 19 percent before the current budget confrontation commenced, and at least some Republicans were disgruntled because they felt the party wasn’t sufficiently conservative. But the Republican willingness to embrace confrontation doesn’t seem to have yielded any net gains in support among Republican voters. One can imagine a scenario in which the composition of GOP voters with an unfavorable view of the party has changed. That is, the number of Tea Party Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be shrinking as the number of somewhat conservative and moderate Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be growing. Yet any gains from the former have been more than outweighed by losses from the latter.
http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/360909/s...
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LCNLin

United States

#1000964 Oct 11, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
How Talk Radio and Fox News Brainwashed My Dad
A filmmaker's father came to believe the extreme right-wing lies of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media mavens.
October 10, 2013
Jen Senko is a filmmaker who watched in horror as her father slowly came to believe the extreme right-wing lies of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media mavens. Now she’s making a documentary about it called The Brainwashing of My Dad.
So when Rush Limbaugh told him that poor people and Mexicans and blacks and feminazis were to blame for well, everything, he got mad too and took it up as his cause. He would get super-angry and bite the middle of his tongue and look like he was going to explode.
ROC: How exactly did his behavior change?
JS: When I was growing up my dad seemed to love everybody. I never heard any kind of talk against any race or ethnicity. He was funny and goofy and talked to anybody....When I was in college I knew a lot of gays, and he was friendly and even gregarious and even thought them "cultured." He wasn't prejudiced at all. It wasn't until later that he underwent a radical change.
When my dad changed, he became obsessive. He got angrier. After he retired, he would sit in the kitchen and eat his lunch and listen to Rush Limbaugh for three full hours a day. God forbid you interrupt Rush.
You couldn’t argue with him. He was one angry, whirling, right-wing dervish. He even got mail from and gave money to the NRA though never owned a gun in his life. My mother found he wrote all these checks to various right-wing causes.
Rush's audience is 72% men and most are white over the age of 65, and with Fox and other outlets, it’s similar stats.
ROC: If you had 30 seconds to speak to Rush Limbaugh, what would you say?
JS: I guess I’d ask him a number of “why”s. Why do you do what you do? Is it the money? Do you believe what you say? Do you realize you have been a party to the destruction of families all across America by tearing them apart into “Dittoheads” versus non-Rushies? How do you feel about yourself? Are you proud of yourself? Then I would call him a Fat Fuck (not that there’s anything wrong with being fat).
http://www.alternet.org/media/how-talk-radio-...
nobama is posting a lot of repeats,
carol off except for the repeat post.
Just dropped by to see if the tea party people continue to talk to each other :-)
Still warm here
LCNLin

United States

#1000965 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
As the Shutdown Continues, the GOP Bleeds Support
Notably, only 13 percent of self-identified Democrats view their own party unfavorably while 27 percent of Republicans view their own party unfavorably. Does this reflect the fact that a growing number of Republicans are convinced that the congressional GOP is going to surrender on Obamacare? It doesn’t look like it:
The GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans is up eight points from September, compared with a one-point rise in Democratic Party unfavorables among Democrats. These findings may be consistent with the widely circulated narrative that the Republican Party is internally splintered on how best to handle the budgetary negotiations.
Granted, the GOP’s unfavorable rating among Republicans was already a high 19 percent before the current budget confrontation commenced, and at least some Republicans were disgruntled because they felt the party wasn’t sufficiently conservative. But the Republican willingness to embrace confrontation doesn’t seem to have yielded any net gains in support among Republican voters. One can imagine a scenario in which the composition of GOP voters with an unfavorable view of the party has changed. That is, the number of Tea Party Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be shrinking as the number of somewhat conservative and moderate Republicans disappointed in the GOP might be growing. Yet any gains from the former have been more than outweighed by losses from the latter.
http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/360909/s...
Tea Party seems to be destroying the republican party
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1000966 Oct 11, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
I know this makes you mad but opinion pieces will be marked as spam by me.
Rather than people discussing their opinions, cluttering the forum with opinion pieces from both sides (if you want an opinion piece info war) would reduce this to nothing but a sad version of Real Clear.
<spam>
opinions....

"It's time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,"

"It never had a chance."

An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday showed why these party loyalists are so concerned: More Republicans told pollsters that the GOP is mishandling the shutdown than is handling it well. And among those who say it's being poorly handled, twice as many Republicans say the party is not doing enough to negotiate with Obama than those who say the party is doing too much.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/establishme...

spin any way you need to, but those are facts. which i will keep presenting no matter the Topix right wing nutjob state of denial.

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1000967 Oct 11, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conten...
on the rise.
and btw....republicans vote and they're not happy with republicans.
Many Republican respondents were unsparing in their view of what their representatives have been doing:
More than a third of Republicans disapproved of how their party’s members in Congress are doing their job, while nearly 40% said congressional Republicans were putting the party’s agenda above the good of the country [bold mine-DL].
When that many people in your own party are against what you’ve been doing, it is absurd to believe that you are in a position to “win” anything.
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/lariso...
Obama(Care) who?
"53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it." AP

37 percent approve of Obama. That's not much more than the 35 percent that would vote for Ming the Merciless if he were the Democrat running for president.

Without that built-in 35 percent that would vote for the corpse of a dead dog if it were the Democrat, Obama's job approval rating is at 2 percent.
... 2 percent.

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