Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 comments on the Nov 5, 2008, Hampton Roads Daily Press story 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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El Paso, TX

#873392 Mar 13, 2013
I guess Carney going to be taken to the Wood Shed ‘WH did cancel Tours’ Obama: I didn’t do it another Pinocchio for the President!!

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

When's dawn?

#873393 Mar 13, 2013
We seem to have a new Pope. Name not given yet. I'm going to miss those red Pradas...well, probably not, but I couldn't think of anything else to say.

Bronx, NY

#873394 Mar 13, 2013
NOT YOUR CREAM PUFF NEWS LOLOLOLHAHAHAHA US Unemployment Figures are a Camouflage. Boom in Corporate Profits, Collapsing Wages
February employment report masks depth of US jobs crisis
The number of jobs in the US grew by 236,000 in February, and the official unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2008, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report released Friday.

The media jumped on the jobs total—significantly higher than the 165,000 that had been predicted—to proclaim an economic turnaround, while the Obama White House said the report indicated that “the recovery that began in mid-2009 is gaining traction.”

In reality, the jobs gained are a drop in the bucket compared to those lost during the recession. In the downturn that started in 2008, the US economy lost 8.9 million jobs, and if previous economic trends had continued, another 5.9 million jobs would have been added. Since the end of 2009, the economy has added only 5.7 million jobs.

At February’s rate of job growth, the US economy would not get back to the pre-recession level of unemployment until 2017.

By and large, the new jobs created pay much less than those lost during the crash. According to Friday’s figures, average hourly earnings for production workers have risen by only 2 percent over the past year, a figure wiped out by rising prices.

In addition to paying lower wages, an increasing number of new jobs are part time. Compared to late 2007, 5.8 million fewer people in the US are now working full time, but 2.8 million more are working part time. The share of people working part-time has grown from 16.9 percent at the start of the recession to 19.2 percent today.

Even as payrolls increased in February, a significant number of people simply stopped looking for work and dropped out of the labor force. With 130,000 people dropping out of the workforce, the labor force participation rate fell to 63.5 percent, the lowest level in over three decades.

The percentage of the population that is employed fell from 63.3 percent in February 2007 to 58.5 percent in February 2010. This figure has stayed essentially unchanged at that level since then, with the latest figure coming in at 58.5 percent.

Long-term unemployment has likewise increased significantly in the most recent report. The percentage of unemployed people who have been out of work for more than half a year hit 40.2 percent in February, up from 38.1 in January. At the end of December 2007, this figure stood at 17.4 percent.

new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#873395 Mar 13, 2013
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Newington, CT

#873397 Mar 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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7 years, you? It's not President Obama who wants to cut medicare, it's Paul Ryan and his merry band of munsters
What are you jivin' about bag jowl chin hag? Obama is stealing money from Medicare for Obamacare/socialism on steroids.

Idiot (and liar).


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#873398 Mar 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Do you need to have a registered weapon to buy ammo?
Registered weapon?

Bronx, NY

#873399 Mar 13, 2013
LOLOLOLOLFOR ALL THE INVESTORS IN THE HOOD The US public sector once again shed jobs in February, losing 10,000 positions. Since June 2009, 742,000 state, local, and federal jobs have been eliminated, half of those in public education.

The slashing of government jobs is only likely to intensify with last week’s passage of $1.2 trillion in ‘sequester’ job cuts. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the imposition of the sequester will result in 750,000 job losses, and significantly increase the unemployment rate.

Friday’s US jobs report appeared the same day the DOW Jones Industrial average hit the highest level in its history. The corporate cash hoard has likewise reached a new record, hitting an estimated $1.79 trillion in the fourth quarter of last year, up from $1.77 trillion in the previous quarter. Instead of investing the money, however, companies are using it to buy back their own stock and pay out record dividends.

Corporations have sharply increased dividend payments to investors. The New York Times reported Friday that S&P 500 companies are expected to pay over $300 billion in dividends this year, a sharp increase over last year’s payout of $282 billion. American corporations bought back $117.8 billion in their own stock last month, the highest total on records going back to 1985.

“Corporations are flush with cash and that cash sitting in the corporate coffers is earning next to nothing,” Rob Leiphart, an analyst at Birinyi, told the Times.“Companies have to do something with it.”

The rise in corporate stock buy-backs harkens back to the period prior to the 2008 crash. As the Times noted,“Similar buyback activity occurred the last time stocks hit record highs. During the housing boom that ended in 2007, S&P 500 companies ramped up their share buybacks to what were the highest levels in history.”

After four years of “recovery,” the US economy is nowhere near its pre-recession level of unemployment. Instead of investing in production, major corporations, flush with cash and with their stock at record levels, are paying out dividends and inflating their own stock values.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873400 Mar 13, 2013
Wow, that Ted Cruz is a nutjob
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873401 Mar 13, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
What are you jivin' about bag jowl chin hag? Obama is stealing money from Medicare for Obamacare/socialism on steroids.
Idiot (and liar).
gfy gunner
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873402 Mar 13, 2013
leosnana wrote:
We seem to have a new Pope. Name not given yet. I'm going to miss those red Pradas...well, probably not, but I couldn't think of anything else to say.
Hail to the New Chief Pedophile; will they all line up and get on their knees to kiss the ring?

Orlando, FL

#873403 Mar 13, 2013
Restaurant owners haven't exactly checked their disdain for the new law requiring employers with more than 50 full-time workers to provide health care coverage for them or be fined $3,000 per worker. Chief executives and franchise owners for Denny's (DENN +1.40%), Papa John's (PZZA +2.58%), DineEquity's (DINE) Applebee's, Wendy's (WEN +0.55%), Darden Restaurants (DRI +2.02%), Whole Foods Market (WFM +2.58%) and others have all bemoaned the new expenses and have publicly suggested that they will cut employee hours to avoid the mandate. A Denny's franchisee in Florida went so far as to suggest that customers pay a surcharge for it and deduct the amount from servers' tips.

This is just the beginning folks...

Indianapolis, IN

#873404 Mar 13, 2013
Count Rick Santorum among the Republicans who will not "stand with Rand."

The former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 GOP presidential candidate said Tuesday he disagrees with the approach to national security advocated by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who staged an epic 13-hour filibuster last week in protest of John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA.

"I disagree with Sen. Paul’s isolationist policies and believe that the most important role of our president is to keep us safe," Santorum told Politico.

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#873405 Mar 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
"Revenue generating aspects" is government-speak for humongous taxes.
You can generate revenue for a program by either raising or creating new taxes or reducing costs in other areas & sifting tht avings to help pay for that program.

Revenue generation. A term Bush knew nothing about. He just kept spending & ignoring how to pay for it.

Bronx, NY

#873406 Mar 13, 2013
OBAMA THE RICH PEOPLES PRESIDENT THE POOR PEOPLES MYTH the financial elite, which has seen its wealth increase dramatically with the rise of the stock market. This is made possible in large measure by the US Federal Reserve’s vastly expansionary monetary policy, which is throwing $85 billion a year into financial markets and ultimately into the coffers of the super-rich.

The unprecedented combination of mass unemployment, falling wages and an influx of free money from the Federal Reserve has led to a boom in corporate profits, which have set records for three years in a row. In the third quarter of 2012, corporate profits as a percentage of the total economy were 14.2 percent, the highest level on record going back to 1950, while the share of national income that went to workers, 61.7 percent, was at its lowest level in nearly five decades

Newington, CT

#873407 Mar 13, 2013
leosnana wrote:
We seem to have a new Pope. Name not given yet. I'm going to miss those red Pradas...well, probably not, but I couldn't think of anything else to say.
Don't they have red flags with a star in your Church of Liberal Socialism where you worship Obama? Just take one of those and stick it on your back to match your prada, bonehead.

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#873408 Mar 13, 2013
Eman wrote:
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That pretty much sums up anything madcow has to say. Great job capturing her essence.
Sp you think Pail Ryan looks like Rachael Maddow??

I mean, I know how much you right whiners hate intelligent women.

Orlando, FL

#873409 Mar 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
7 years, you? It's not President Obama who wants to cut medicare, it's Paul Ryan and his merry band of munsters
3-1/2. The GOP wants to "reform" Medicare. That word seems to trip up a lot of you liberal types.

If we keep going down the path of thinking the status quo is acceptable, a lot of people on your side of the fence are in for a rude awakening.

Bronx, NY

#873410 Mar 13, 2013
Throughout his tenure, Obama waged war on labor. Perez won’t change things. He’ll replace Hilda Solis. She resigned in January. She accomplished little in four years.

She’s the daughter of immigrant union members. She failed to deliver as promised. She pledged to make a difference and didn’t. Expect little change from Perez. More on him below.

Organized labor in America’s in disarray. In January, union membership reached a near-century low. Only 11.3% of US workers are organized.

Private sector unionization’s down to 6.6%. It’s the lowest percentage in over 100 years. It’s headed perhaps for extinction.

Union bosses bear much responsibility. They side more with management than rank and file members. They conspire against their own.

They abandoned their most effective weapon. They rarely strike. They block collective struggle. They betray promises made.

They’re self-serving. They prioritize their own welfare. They place it above rank and file interests. They’re complicit in supporting the divine right of capital. They’ve been that way for decades.

The UAW reflects organized labor’s decline. At about 380,000, its membership barely exceeds one-third its total eight years ago.

In the 1950s, about 35% of workers were organized. In 1979, it was around 24%. At the end of the Reagan era, it was 16.8%. In 2007, it was 12%. In 2011, it was 11.8%. It continues declining annually.

Obama, other Democrats, Republicans and union bosses conspire. They do so unconscionably. They want workers to live or die by market-based rules. They’re rigged against them. They haven’t got a chance. They’re on their own sink or swim.

Boerne, TX

#873411 Mar 13, 2013
carol wrote:
CNBC - Drop Coverage or Cut Hours? Big Companies Grapple With Obamacare
I'm curious as to what it's going to take for some people to figure out we're about to get hit by a freight train.
Obama knows:
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt
limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US
Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that,'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans
deserve better."

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Funny how the bamster felt when former President Bush was in office.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#873412 Mar 13, 2013
Little League in Atwood, Illinois is holding a raffle to raise money for new equipment. The prize is a military-style AR-15 rifle — the weapon of choice for Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook Elementary Hook shooting and James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting last year.

The assault rifle is from Atwood Armory, which partnered with the Atwood-Hammond Little League to help them improve last year’s dismal fundraising record of ten dollars. Since the raffle launched on Tuesday, the armory has apparently been flooded with calls:

You rightwingers are truly sickening.

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