Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1510410 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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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#983257 Sep 15, 2013
The Annual Republican Crisis

The fiscal year is about to end, so the annual awakening of Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate is about to begin. Most of the time they sit around and do virtually nothing but gripe (they have made the current Congress the least productive ever), but a new fiscal year finally gives them a chance to govern the only way they know how: by creating a false crisis in order to tear down a piece of the government.

This year, as has been the case so often in the past, their target is President Obama’s health care reform law. If it is not repealed or defunded or delayed or otherwise left bleeding in the public square, they will not pass a spending bill needed to keep the government open past Sept. 30. And if that doesn’t cripple the health law (which it won’t), they will resort to the far more serious threat of default, refusing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, no matter the catastrophe that would cause.

It has been clear for months that House Republicans are not going to agree to the Senate’s reasonable spending plan for 2014, one that replaces the damage of the sequester with a mix of revenue increases and less-harmful cuts. The House budget, in fact, calls for cuts to below the sequester level. The best that can be hoped for is a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, to keep the government running through mid-December at this year’s inadequate level.

But on Wednesday, with time running out, House leaders announced they couldn’t manage even something as simple as that. Speaker John Boehner and Eric Cantor, the majority leader, had come up with a far-fetched scheme to placate the radicals in their coalition by attaching a provision to the spending resolution that would force the Senate to vote on defunding health reform. The Senate would, of course, instantly reject the health care language, but it could then approve the spending measure to prevent a shutdown.

The Republican extremists killed the idea, leaving the scheme without enough votes. They are no longer interested in symbolic blows against the health law; there have already been scores of those votes. They actually think they can get the Senate, and ultimately the president, to approve the defunding of the health law — Mr. Obama’s most important achievement — by threatening to harm the nation and the economy.

This is pure delusion. Democrats are never going to undo the law, especially knowing the size of the self-inflicted wound Republicans would suffer if they really did force a shutdown or, far worse, a default. But the powerful forces on the right don’t care about reality. The Club for Growth, a conservative group, announced it would use its dreaded ratings system against any Republican who supported a continuing resolution that did not “defund Obamacare.”

According to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an activist group,“House Republican leaders have chickened out and decided to fund a program that will destroy our country.” The group, founded by former Senator Jim DeMint, promised to run primary challengers against those who don’t vote to destroy the law.

Mr. Boehner, too, bears responsibility for the chaos that engulfs him. On Thursday, he demanded health-law concessions from Democrats, even as he announced that “we’ll continue to do everything we can to repeal, dismantle and defund Obamacare.” This only raises expectations on the right that the impossible might be achieved, as Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, put it,“in an alternative universe.”

What the speaker should be doing is the only thing that will spare the economy this unnecessary trauma: putting a clean spending bill and debt-ceiling increase before the full House for a vote, making it clear that the shrill voices of extremists have been silenced.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/opinion/sun...

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#983258 Sep 15, 2013
Here for the reading challenged and libtards. Whoops same thing.

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Yeah

Mililani, HI

#983259 Sep 15, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Dong, do you squint-eyes eat breakfast?
Are you using this definition as a racist description son?
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#983261 Sep 15, 2013
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
dude, I don't dispute the fact that since the recession started in 2007, the income of middle class and poor Americans has gone down, my point was why just look at the last four years or so
The income of middle class and poor Americans has been steadily declining since 1980
those links showed both income and wealth, which are interconnected
Okay, I'm following

It is throwing money down a rabbit hole to try revive the past era of the industrial revolution using stimulus money.

Simply put, society needs to adjust to changing work force needs.

Our children need to excel in math and science which the US has been lagging behind in since Carter's Dept of Education began.

My second suggestion would be to stop over regulating industries that require technical workers as this is the industry with the most jobs to offer.
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#983262 Sep 15, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
Dong, do you squint-eyes eat breakfast?
A Capitalist Adventure….
History has demonstrated how hazardous toxic waste was disposed of. One considered the “Dirty Way”. WWII , after the war U.S. disposed of these hazardous Toxic materials , in Germany dumped them into the Baltic Sea and Japan’s ended up in the Pacific. Two examples of hundreds of the “Dirty Way”.
Syria is being forced to dispose of their hazardous toxic waste in a very short amount of time. Leaving them with little options than to incorporate the “Dirty Way”.
USA has for the past 28 years, at a cost of $35 Billion, has developed a safer solution. Constructing of “Special Furnaces”. Infrastructure of scrubbers and chemical reactive agents neutralize or render the hazardous waste inert.
Presently the USA harbors 7 of these plants. To name a few; Johnston Atoll in the Pacific and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and it is in the process of building two more, at Richmond, Ky., and Pueblo, Colo. The private sector is as well contributing to erecting similar plants competing with the government to produce a profit.
Take it one step further and the question emerges as to why do we not have “Special Furnaces” with their infrastructures, to convert our land field waste,“Dirty Way”, into a profitable source of energy.
Perhaps other nations have questioned that and do have such plants. Sweden, Netherlands, Israel, etc. etc. All the while the USA prefers the “Dirty Way”.….There’s gold in them thar land fields..
You may be saying to yourself what has that got to do with what I said. Simple as it is with your callow big bad wolf nonsense, that has no substance, no facts and no value, just some foggy cloud drifting about consider this is just the tip of an iceberg of solid reality, that this fog has drifted up upon.

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Frank

Spokane, WA

#983263 Sep 15, 2013
Nat Turner wrote:
<quoted text>Can you blame them?
No one should be racist. You do not think that that every person on Earth today is responsible for the misdeeds of people that were here six generations ago or three thousand or five thousand years ago? People need to take personal responsibility and society needs to take social responsibility not vise versa.
Bernard Forand

Cape Coral, FL

#983264 Sep 15, 2013
Right wing nuts have no conception of the various shades of anything. They are colorblind to merely see only the shadows of extremes. Little wonder why they continuously stumble about.
It is well known that equality will not work. Just as has been proven that total inequality will not work. What does work is more equitable distribution of the laborers productivity.
Governments are limited by their use of force upon their constituents. A more prevailing force is the Liberal International Free Trade Markets. This force or motivating ideology is what sculptors the various sovereignties through out the world.
Various degrees of inequality within a sovereignty demonstrates their ability to exist securely with their competitors.
Presently USA’s inequality merits us more equivalent to sovereignties such as Iran and Turkey. Diminishing our strengths to the Free Trade Markets of our competitors.
http://neweconomy.net/content/wealth-inequali... video chart USA wealth Distributions..
For more precise information suggest reading a book,, on more specifics of internal inequality of economics and their results would be; Joseph E. Stiglitz One of his books just released “ The Price Of Inequality”. He is also has a history an economic advisor on the presidents councils. Nobel Prize in Economics.

Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#983265 Sep 15, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Now, now son.
That's another lie of yours!
I haven't disputed that.
All I've asked for is the declaration of wars you claim exist. If you think about it (and clearly you haven't), just by proving that simple proof would make that claim of yours true.
So far, all you're proving is you want to duck, dodge, run and hide from your original point.
In other words, you lied! I'm simply trying to help you prove YOUR case son. I shouldn't have to but it seems you're having a lot of difficulty with yourself!
This is your most dumb ass post to date.

I stated they were in office when the wars started.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#983267 Sep 15, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
I wish I was kidding but...
Obama again is complaining about technology taking away jobs such as bank tellers.
Raise your hand if you want to drive to a bank and wait on line every time you need cash, and most likely during your working hours.

Think about all the jobs casinos eliminated by dumping coin-operated slots.

Time to ban automated car washes.

Or buying airline tickets and renting cars online instead of using a travel agent.

Think of all the jobs fiberglass shower inserts took away from tile masons.

And on and on.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#983269 Sep 15, 2013
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
they've been losing ground since 1980...you and your alter ego whatever, claimed was that their incomes had been going up in the 80's, 90's and under bush. I just provided links that provided evidence that statement was not accurate.
The world economy is changing and those who do not change with it will fall behind. No government program can change that.

Galt knows a computer scientist that spent 30 years working for the same company, earning a six-figure salary. About a year ago he was laid off at age 57, mainly because the computer language he had worked with all his career was obsolete and he had failed to move on. He was unable to find another job in his field, which is flooded with immigrants.

He now works in an Ace Hardware store primarily for medical benefits, desperately hoping that he will not lose his benefits because of ObamaKKKare. The irony is that he is a big Obama fan.

Such is life in Obama's America.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#983270 Sep 15, 2013
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe for you it is, but for everyone else, it is related to income and wealth
"One plausible definition of "middle-class" is those households in the middle quintile of the income distribution, or between the 40th and 60th percentiles. Under this view, 0-20th percentile is lower class, 20th-40th is lower-middle class, 40th-60th is middle class, 60th-80th is upper middle class, and 80th to 99th is upper class. The lower classes make under $20,262, in this view, and the upper classes above $101,582, according to the latest Census data. How do the classes compare, then? Let's compare the five classes, as well as what we'll call the Romney/Obama upper class, defined as those making over $200,000 a year. Here's how much each group makes, on average:"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
here's the result of googling middle class definition
They confuse income with class, a common mistake.

Tables like that are skewed to the low end because almost half the people in the country do not work.

Galt's definition:

under $50K; poor

$50K-$75K: lower middle income

$75K-$125K: middle income

$125K-$200K: upper middle income

$200K-$500K: professional income level

over $500K; high income
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#983271 Sep 15, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The Annual Republican Crisis

It has been clear for months that House Republicans are not going to agree to the Senate’s reasonable spending plan for 2014, one that replaces the damage of the sequester with a mix of revenue increases and less-harmful cuts. The House budget, in fact, calls for cuts to below the sequester level. The best that can be hoped for is a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, to keep the government running through mid-December at this year’s inadequate level.
Any revenue increase (tax increase) is completely unacceptable.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#983272 Sep 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
nor any punishment for alleged use of chemical weapons...
and "international" means Russia...
September 8,2013: Putin's phone call to the White House, a possible scenario:

Putin: Hello, Barack. I just wanted to touch bases with you in regards to what I have been trying to do to address the concerns you expressed during our last conversation. As you said, Assad is not going to cooperate with you or those who stand with you but, as his staunchest ally, he was willing to listen to me.

Obama: Good to hear from you, Vladamir. I was confident you would see it my way. As we discussed, a peaceful solution is really up to you. I and the international community will not just sit back and ignore what happened. I'm glad to hear you have been making an effort to avoid a confrontation. What has been the outcome of your conversations with Assad so far? Any luck?

Putin: Well, as a matter of fact, that is why I called. Assad has agreed to declare his chemical weapons and hand over control to international monitors as long as you and others stop threatening him.

Obama: That's great news! Just getting Assad to admit he has chemical weapons is a terrific move forward. I will, of course, postpone the vote and will see that our advisors get together immediately to work out the details. I'm pleased you took my advice to heart and I want to thank you, Vladimir, for your cooperation and congratulate you on your successful diplomacy.

Putin: Thank you. However, you really didn't leave me much choice. Although I do not agree that Assad was responsible, I certainly agree with you when you say it is our responsibility to put an end to the use of chemical weapons. I look forward to seeing this through. I'll talk to you soon.

Obama: Looking forward to it. Good bye.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#983273 Sep 15, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Blaming Obama yet again for the effects of the Bush recession.
"real dumb"
You remain true to form. You blame Bush. When will you get ti thru your thick head that Bush is no longer president. The boy nobama is president and he has proven in 4+ years he is not the answer. All economic indicators have declined during his watch. Be a man admit it, nobama is a failure.
Peace
KMA

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#983274 Sep 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
So, Dumbass Dave would be happy to take a 12.5% income reduction for the glory of ObamaKKKare.
"John Galt"
"real dumb" will not be affected, 12.5% of nothing is nothing. He would see no reduction.
Peace

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#983275 Sep 15, 2013
Whatever wrote:
Obama, in an ABC interview airing now, is blaming ATMs again for the bad job market.
LMAO. Just like a low information reich wingnut not to grasp the FACT that "businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers." Looking stupid just comes seems to come natural to you.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#983276 Sep 15, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
I wish I was kidding but...
Obama again is complaining about technology taking away jobs such as bank tellers.
He's not "complaining". He is being factual about a trend that began years ago. Something you and yours just can't comprehend.

"...when you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don't go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate, Obama said."
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#983277 Sep 15, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
LMAO. Just like a low information reich wingnut not to grasp the FACT that "businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers." Looking stupid just comes seems to come natural to you.
Hey, skippy, it is Obama who is trying to claim new technology such as ATMs is a new flanged thing.

We have been moving into the age of technology now for several decades and it is not something new to the Obama era.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#983278 Sep 15, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
He's not "complaining". He is being factual about a trend that began years ago. Something you and yours just can't comprehend.
"...when you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don't go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate, Obama said."
Yes, began years ago.

That is the problem with his statement. This trend is not new and makes for a poor excuse.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#983281 Sep 15, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Any revenue increase (tax increase) is completely unacceptable.
so Obama shouldn't be a Reagan?

though at this point the deficit is going down. as for Reagan.....

Defending the Reagan Deficits

http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2...

a poor effort of defending his record(no mention of when he raised taxes 11 times), but you get the idea.

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