Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1291246 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"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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Indianapolis, IN

#817960 Dec 7, 2012
The GOP Establishment Has Done Far More Damage Than the Tea Party

It's a mistake to blame powerless insurgents, however unhinged, for the dismal record of the Republican Party.

What the right needs now is another William F. Buckley, says former Republican National Committee staffer David Welch. "In the 1960s, Buckley, largely through his position at the helm of National Review, displayed political courage and sanity by taking on the John Birch Society, an influential anti-Communist group whose members saw conspiracies everywhere they looked," he writes. "Fast forward half a century. The modern-day Birchers are the Tea Party. By loudly espousing extreme rhetoric, yet holding untenable beliefs, they have run virtually unchallenged by the Republican leadership, aided by irresponsible radio talk-show hosts and right-wing pundits. While the Tea Party grew, respected moderate voices in the party were further pushed toward extinction."

This is mistaken analysis.

As a critic of Tea Party excesses and right-wing talk radio, I'm often approached with this sort of suggestion as if I'll be sympathetic to it. But ready as I am to attack "untenable beliefs" wherever they may be found, the notion that the Tea Party is responsible for the right's woes is perilously wrongheaded, for it ignores the ruinous role the GOP establishment has played in recent years.

The GOP establishment has failed conservatives and the country alike.

It made George W. Bush's nomination a fait accompli in the run-up to the 2000 primaries. Members of the establishment presided over the Bush Administration's ruinous foreign policy. In Congress, it was establishment Republicans who pushed the Iraq War, gave us the K Street Project, and signed off on a fiscal course that combined two costly wars, the budget-busting Medicare Part D, and tax cuts paid for with borrowed money. The Tea Party arose in part as a response to some of those failures, along with the giveaway of taxpayer money to many of the people most culpable for causing the financial crisis. Among the Tea Party's many flaws is the fact that many of its members are too slavishly loyal in their partisan attachments, which is why they've done so little to effect actual change.

That isn't to excuse the idiocy found daily on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh's radio show, and the WorldNetDaily constellation of right-wing websites, all of which do tremendous damage to the conservative movement. Nor is it to excuse the Tea Party's flaws or its laughable field of presidential candidates in the 2012 cycle. It's just to say that the failures of the conservative movement and the grassroots right are consequential because it renders them unable to reform a failed establishment which, by virtue of wielding power, has itself been the cause of many woes.

“I'm here with bells on.”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#817961 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Many school systems are too small to afford a separate "alternative school."
What should be done with a student selling drugs in school?
Prosecute them for sales of illicit substances.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#817962 Dec 7, 2012
Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
... as opposed to being indoctrinated by Fox "News" propaganda?
Hmmm ...
whether or not you think anyone is ‘indoctrinated by Fox "News" propaganda’ is irrelevant to what is to come:

a lot of shock, awe and dumbfounded looks evolving into anger when companies roll out their 2014 healthcare benefit plans at the end of 2013.

because the election showed that the average person evidently doesn’t care about or pay attention to the economy or perhaps that they are willing to settle for less in exchange for more “free stuff” that they think will be funded by the evil rich.

when there is less $$ in their paychecks because all the Bush tax cuts have expired, probably all that will surface is the classwar rhetoric about the evil rich spouted by Obama and given a platform by the MSM.

Obama’s ideology is far left and redistributionist. Amnesty for millions of unskilled, government dependent illegal aliens will lead to more illegal immigration.

and whether one watches Fox News or not doesn’t change the above.

I predict that Honey Boo Boo will remain more important to many Americans than paying attention to politics
– until they suddenly have less take home pay,
- or they can’t get a job without speaking Spanish
- or their state and local taxes have skyrocketed because of the cost of millions of more poor immigrants exhausting government and charitable systems.

Obama was re-elected. the worst is yet to come.

Indianapolis, IN

#817963 Dec 7, 2012
December 6, 2012 - U.S. Voters Trust Obama, Dems To Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Tax The Rich, But Don't Touch Medicare, Voters Say

Deltona, FL

#817964 Dec 7, 2012
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>We have alternative schools in my area as well. They're mostly full of dedicated teachers, who actually give a damn, and who regularly turn out students with higher than average ACT scores. Many of these are not tax-funded, however - the ones in our town are funded by private donors, and they are excellent. My elder son was skipping his high school classes regularly, until I enrolled him in the Project XII program here, and he graduated with a 5K scholarship. If not for the alternative program, he'd have dropped out or been expelled for absence, because he HATED public school.
In some areas students can enroll in community colleges in programs that allow them to complete high school and take college hours at the same time.
Jane Says

New York, NY

#817965 Dec 7, 2012
ole_47 wrote:
<quoted text>
as long as I am under $57K AND get the Clinton 15% tax rate....
I'll flip burgers all day-like you!
those who actually pay taxes have already started reducing their economic footprint. all the adjectives used as insults here by the Obamatrons like "pasty, old, white...." are also associated with the Protestant Work Ethic. sadly, that has been voted against this past November.

Bethlehem, PA

#817966 Dec 7, 2012
carol wrote:
<quoted text>
In the 1980s, Iraq invaded Iran with the support of the Arab states, the United States and Europe. Saddam Hussein was then considered "the defender of the Arab world" against a revolutionary Iran.
The entire international community shares the blame for Saddam's genocide against the Iraqi Kurds. For the duration of the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam was an important bulwark against the spread of Iranian-style Islamic fundamentalism.
Saddam also massacred 8000 men and young boys from the Barzani in 1983.
We and they were wrong. And we will reap what we have sown.
As usual most of are problems today can be traced back to the Reagan administration. Nothing new there.

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#817967 Dec 7, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Its a graduated income tax.
We all pay from the same chart.
I pay more on some of my income as others. I am not being punished at all.
I support my country. I don't whine about it like you & consider supporting your government as punishment.
Anti-American Azzholes like you should be thrown out of this country if you don't want to support it.
"real dumb"
One more time you prove your self to be a coward. You dance and dodge and do not answer questions posed to you. You try to change the subject. One more time here is the question. Please forget about tax charts, they have nothing to do with the question. Why should any American pay a higher or lower rate than you do?
No BULLMANURE, just answer the question.
Nj raider 1

United States

#817969 Dec 7, 2012
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>What was your question again?
I have one for you: Who decided to commit the crimes putting them in prison in the first place?
Poverty does not give anyone the right to steal.
Anger does not give anyone the right to assault or batter anyone else.
Frustration does not give anyone the right to vandalize.
Youth does not give anyone the right to flaunt the law.
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Prison isn't for sissies.
Evidently you can't read. I said black crimes not common crimes & if you were born to a crackhead that sold their food stamps you would sell drugs or steal or do what you have to do for you and your siblings to survive. Don't sit up here self righteous talking about something you know nothing about. The the system been skewed since the beginning. nobody told the Wall Street bankers to run a scam on the American people sacrificing all their hard earned savings either, but you don't see not 1 of them locked up, yet a black kid gets caught with a $20 bag off rock & gets 5 to 10 yrs. I dont got to explain this to you unless your retarded. Anybody with a brain knows what I'm saying is true.

Bethlehem, PA

#817970 Dec 7, 2012
Chicagoan by Birth wrote:
<quoted text>Homer & Lincoln, two 'ignorant on the subject' posters, spreading total BS and ignorance. By the way, what students score higher in the ACT's?
I can only go by my own experiences when dealing with children/people that have been home schooled, social retards. I feel bad for them, it's going to be very tough getting by in the real world later in life.

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#817971 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
No. Excess spending on government programs like Porkulus.
Yep, that's it. The stimulus bill did it all.

Maybe Mr Galt would explain why we were discussing the need for a stimulus action????

Ummmmmm,what could it be???

Let me think.........


Indianapolis, IN

#817972 Dec 7, 2012
David Brooks:

Over the past month, the Republican Party has changed far more than I expected. First, the people at the ideological extremes of the party have begun to self-ghettoize. The Tea Party movement attracted many people who are drawn to black and white certainties and lock-step unity. People like that have a tendency to migrate from mainstream politics, which is inevitably messy and impure, to ever more marginal oases of purity.

Jim DeMint, for example, is leaving the Senate to go lead the Heritage Foundation. He is leaving the center of the action, where immigration, tax and other reforms will be crafted, for a political advocacy organization known more for ideological purity and fund-raising prowess than for creativity, curiosity or intellectual innovation.

Second, politics is being reborn. For a time, Republican candidates like Richard Mourdock of Indiana proudly declared that they didn’t believe in compromise. Political activists spent more time purging deviationists than in trying to attract new converts.

But that mania has passed. There are increasing signs that House Republicans are willing to unite behind Speaker John Boehner so he can cut a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” There has been an epidemic of open-mindedness as Republicans try to win minority votes and create a version of their party that can be competitive in states like Connecticut and California.

Finally, there has even been some shifting of economic values, or at least in how the party presents those values. The other speaker at the Kemp dinner was Representative Paul Ryan, who spoke about how to alleviate poverty. He didn’t abandon any of his fundamental beliefs, but he framed those beliefs in a more welcoming way and opened up room for growth and new thinking.

The obligations to combat poverty, Ryan said, are beyond dispute.“The real debate is how best we can meet them. It’s whether they are better met by private groups or by government — by voluntary action or by government action. The truth is, there has to be a balance. Government must act for the common good, while leaving private groups free to do the work that only they can do.”

Like Rubio, Ryan projected a more balanced and attractive vision. He spoke with passion about those who long to rise.

The Republicans may still blow it. If President Obama is flexible and they don’t meet him partway, Republicans would contribute to a recession that would discredit them for a decade. But they are moving in the right direction and moving fast. These are first steps, and encouraging ones.

Bethlehem, PA

#817974 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes. Nobody would need to work and we could all sit on the beach drinking beer. Mitt Romney and the "Walmarts" would be required to serve the beer. Black folks would get the best seats and the best beer.
So instead we have the exact opposite. How about finding some middle ground or do the Waltons need a few more billion?
Lincoln Duncan

United States

#817975 Dec 7, 2012
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I don't know about other towns, but that is done here. They get expelled and then have to go to an alternative school. However, if that school is filled with troublemakers, I'm not sure how that turns out, maybe some get worse, maybe others have parents who put them into private schools.
Good News for the Democrats
The unexpectedly strong performance brought the unemployment rate down to
a four-year low of 7.7% of the workforce.


#817976 Dec 7, 2012
Patriot wrote:
Watch: US gov’t charges nun, anti-nuclear activists with sabotage
Three anti-nuclear activists, inclue of injuring national-defense premises under the Sabotage Arepresenting the three.[...]
Rice said she was unmoved by the additional years in federal prison she and her fellow demonstrators now face.“We have considered all of that long before we went in,” she said.“We feel this is something to give our lives for.”
[...] As the case proceeds it will likely remain an embarrassment for the federal government, which failed to secure the enrichment facility against three aging pec that has largely ignored the movement since the end of the Cold War.[...]
In response to a question about whether the protesters did “willfully injure, destroy and contaminate, and attempt to injure, destroy and contaminate national-defense premises,” as the indictment charges, Rice said,“Each of the verbs you have repeated would apply to what the government would do in the nuclear weapons industry alone.”lear-actsts-with-sabota ge-video

Bethlehem, PA

#817977 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
The Obama FEMA response in New York and New Jersey has been a total failure, worse than Katrina, which is no surprise.
LOL! Simply not true. I have friends, family, co-workers living in all of the effected areas, they will all tell you the fantastic job that has been done. Can you actually ever speak the truth? Just once? Come on give it a shot, I dare ya.
Lincoln Duncan

United States

#817978 Dec 7, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Correct. Limbaugh's business model is to provide the program content to the stations in exchange for advertising time that he markets.
..... plus sinking the chances of the republicans in 2012.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#817979 Dec 7, 2012
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>Prosecute them for sales of illicit substances.
Except that rarely happens, and even if it does, there may be no jail time involved for juveniles. So they remain in school.

“I'm here with bells on.”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#817980 Dec 7, 2012
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>In some areas students can enroll in community colleges in programs that allow them to complete high school and take college hours at the same time.
I like that idea. Many of our regular high schools are implementing it as well. I also support some type of community service requirement for graduation from high school.

Bethlehem, PA

#817981 Dec 7, 2012
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Pure stupid.

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