Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1314793 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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Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#985841 Sep 19, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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...better a "grumpy old prick" than a grungy old p***y like you...
"John Galt"
Just a little harsh? Nah, I guess not.

Bronx, NY

#985842 Sep 19, 2013
US Census Report Shows Entrenched Poverty and Declining Living Standards
A US Census Bureau report released Tuesday, entitled “Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012,” makes a mockery of President Barack Obama’s claims to be restoring “security and opportunity for the middle class” in the wake of the 2008 financial breakdown.

The report provides a snapshot of a society in immense crisis. Poverty is at a near-generation high of 15 percent, close to the high point since the 1965 War on Poverty, the 15.2 percent rate reached in 1983. According to Tuesday’s report, 46.5 million Americans, including 9.5 million families, live in poverty.

Some 20.4 million people live on an income less than 50 percent of the official poverty line, 7.1 million of these being children under 18. More than 48 million remain without health insurance.

More than 31 percent of the population experienced some period of impoverishment during the years 2009-2011. Median household income, at $51,017, was slightly lower than in 2011, and down by 8.3 percent from 2007. The number of people 65 and older living in poverty increased from 3.6 million to 3.9 million between 2011 and 2012.

Despite more than four years of so-called “recovery,” American society remains plagued by mass deprivation and entrenched poverty. The “recovery” under Obama is limited to the wealthy and the super-rich, who have recovered all of the losses they suffered in the immediate aftermath of the Wall Street crash of September 2008 and grown richer than they were before the financial crisis. Social inequality has deepened as a result of policies designed to further redistribute wealth from the bottom of society to the top.

On Tuesday, one day before the release of the Census Bureau report, Forbes magazine published its annual list of the 400 richest Americans. The combined wealth of these 400 individuals rose substantially from the previous year—from $1.7 trillion to $2.2 trillion. This staggering figure is equal to 12 percent of the total annual gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States and two-thirds of the tax revenues collected in the US in 2013.

The personal holdings of this modern-day aristocracy are sufficient to cover the total deficits of the federal, state and local governments of the US, with many billions to spare. Their $2.2 trillion is greater than the wealth of the bottom 50 percent of Americans—150 million people. It is larger than the GDP of such countries as Italy, Canada and Mexico.
these democrats are dirt poor
Prominent billionaires on the Forbes list include Bill Gates ($72 billion), Warren Buffett ($58.5 billion), Michael Bloomberg ($31 billion) and Mark Zuckerberg ($19 billion).

Bronx, NY

#985843 Sep 19, 2013
On Fifth Anniversary of Wall Street Crash, Obama Tries the Big Lie Technique
On Monday, US President Barack Obama marked the fifth anniversary of the Wall Street crash of September 15, 2008 with a White House speech that only underscored the unbridgeable chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the broad mass of working people.

Even as he spoke, the stock market was soaring to new highs on the news that Obama’s expected choice to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Lawrence Summers, had removed himself from consideration because of opposition from Wall Street.

Forbes magazine reported that the wealth of the 400 richest Americans had climbed to $2 trillion, a jump from $1.7 trillion in 2012.

With corporate profits at record highs, CEO pay once again hitting the tens and hundreds of millions, and the concentration of wealth the greatest since 1928, Obama boasted of the great success of his economic policies in restoring “security and opportunity for the middle class.”

With breathtaking cynicism—and contempt for the intelligence of the American people—Obama presented himself as single-mindedly focused on “my number one priority since the day I took office”: fighting for the so-called “middle class.”(There is, according to the mythology of the American ruling class, no working class in the United States, even though America is the most economically unequal of all industrialized countries).

Employing the technique of the Big Lie, Obama described his response to the financial crisis as follows:“We put people back to work repairing roads and bridges, to keep teachers in our classrooms, our first responders on the streets. We helped responsible homeowners modify their mortgages so that more of them could keep their homes. We helped jumpstart the flow of credit to help more small businesses keep their doors open. We saved the American auto industry… we took on a broken health care system … We put in place tough new rules on big banks … And what all this means is we’ve cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis and we’ve begun to lay a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity.”

No. The Obama administration categorically rejected any program of public works to hire the unemployed and refused to aid bankrupt state and local governments, resulting in the layoff of hundreds of thousands of teachers, firefighters and other public employees. As a result, mass unemployment is a permanent fixture, and the labor force participation rate is the lowest in 35 years. Moreover, the vast majority of new jobs created under Obama—still 2 million below the total before the crisis—are low-wage and part-time.

The administration refused to halt home foreclosures or force banks to reduce loan principals, allowing the banks to throw millions of families out onto the street.

While continuing and vastly expanding the bank bailout begun under Bush, Obama refused to impose any conditions on the money stolen from taxpayers, allowing the bankers to use government funds to speculate rather than provide loans to small businesses. The result was a wave of small business failures that continues to the present.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#985844 Sep 19, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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I said we did not have combat troops in Iraq. You really are as dumb as people say.
There was no help top save those at Benghazi. My God when will you people quit lying about Benghazi.
"real dumb"
Two commanders on the ground in the Benghazi area when the attacks took place testified before congress that they had the manpower and the assets to react and save American lives. They were told to stand down.
Quit being such a lying little boy.

Deltona, FL

#985845 Sep 19, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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Well, I think he was 28 or so, nevertheless; he was an adult and can choose to play video games if he wanted to, he's not a child.
He obviously had mental illness issues, told people he was hearing voices etc. however, what can the police do? Pick up everyone who may have a mental illness? No one could predict that he would become a mass murderer.
I agree that it is weird to play these games and I agree that the violence depicted in them is horrible. Why are young men so attracted to this? I think it desensitizes indiscriminate killing; and the more people you kill in the games, the more points you have. Its sick to be sure; but, do we want to live in a country with censorship? Notice that most of these mass killers seem to be the quiet loner types, isolated from the world around them. It's sad.
He was a qualified IT specialist__ all his employer cared about was providing bodies for billings.

Probably need to fix that eh?

Does anyone here know who his actual employer was?


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#985846 Sep 19, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Well, to misquote Donne, any man's death has no effect at all on you because you are concerned only with yourself?
Ok I went and looked. He has lived at the homeless shelter since 2005. So either he is stashing his money and living and eating for free or he has some problem. If the first he will stash the cash and carry on. If the second he will blow it on whatever his vice is and return to the shelter. Some people you just can't help until they want it. Some people like living at the bottom. Send it a lot.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#985847 Sep 19, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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this is an opinion site, you washed-up used car dealer...
sources are not required...
but "report" all you want, you phaggot...
"John Galt"
"realtime" is a dumbshit. No doubt about it. Maybe he will make a report to Topix that no source was listed.

Bronx, NY

#985848 Sep 19, 2013
Black America More Pro-War Than Ever
During President Obama’s run-up to war with Syria,“African Americans were, for the first time in polling history, the most bellicose major ethnicity in the United States.” How could such a political role-reversal come to pass?“The progressive, peace-seeking African American worldview is out of sync with the deep imperative to support the First Black President.”
Have Black Americans undergone some accelerated ideological mutation?”

Barack Obama has proven to be a warmongering thug for global capital, many times over. The question is: Have African Americans, his most loyal supporters, joined the bi-partisan War Party, rejecting the historical Black consensus on social justice and peace (or, at least, the “peace” part)?

Ever since national pollsters began tracking African American public opinion, surveys have shown Blacks to be consistently clustered at the left side of the national political spectrum. More than any other ethnicity, African Americans have opposed U.S. military adventures abroad, by wide margins. Indeed, the sheer size of the “blood lust” gap between the races indicates that the Black international worldview differs quite radically from white Americans and, to a lesser but marked degree, from Hispanics.

That is, until the advent of Obama.

Black Americans supporting republican john mccain wars never

Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#985849 Sep 19, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> During WWII Roosevelt froze wages. To get around this companies started offering insurance as a way to attract talent. Screwed once again by a democrat.
You mean "screed again by corporations". Roosevelt did not start health insurance as a benefit, companies did.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#985850 Sep 19, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Cashing the traveler's checks would have been both difficult and illegal, so all he gave up was the cash.
"john Galt"
"silly" is silly. Those travelers could easily of been fenced to those who are experts at cashing lost and stolen travelers checks.

El Paso, TX

#985851 Sep 19, 2013
Kerry to hold press conference on Syria, hopefully Kerry/Obama’s on the same page!!

Bethlehem, PA

#985852 Sep 19, 2013
Seriously there is not one decent rightwinger left on this thread, you're all despicable, lowlife scumbags, well except for maybe Eman.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#985853 Sep 19, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Most plans have published rates.
Under Covered California, for the Silver plan, the annual deductible is $2000 and the copays are:
Primary care office visit -$45
Specialist office visit -$65
Emergency room visit -$250
I know, I was trying to get realdave to post it himself in the hopes that maybe he'd see just how expensive this is going to be for folks.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#985854 Sep 19, 2013
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah, but...violent video games as increasingly popular all over the world. Japan, India, and China, I believe, have already surpassed US in sales, so why does it seem that only in America (with a few exceptions like the Norway shooter) do we keep having these "crazies" committing mass murder for no discernible reasons?
'It's the culture'

"Before Adam Lanza walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and shot to death 20 children, six adults and then himself, Scotland was home to the worst-ever non-political shooting rampage in a public school."

Bronx, NY

#985855 Sep 19, 2013
There is no doubt that this apparent decline in Black aversion to U.S. foreign aggressions has everything to do with the color (and party) of the commander-in-chief. For all the right historical reasons, African Americans have always been highly skeptical of U.S. motives abroad. With Obama nominally in charge, such righteous Black skepticism of “American”(meaning, white) motives is less operative.

“This apparent decline in Black aversion to U.S. foreign aggressions has everything to do with the color (and party) of the commander-in-chief.”

Only ten years ago, a Zogby poll revealed the vast chasm that existed between Blacks and the two other major ethnic groups on issues of war and peace. The Black Commentator for February 13, 2003, reported:

“An Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Zogby America poll released this past weekend shows that less than a quarter of Blacks (23 percent) support Bush's war against Iraq, versus 62 percent of the white public. 64 percent of Blacks surveyed ‘somewhat or strongly oppose" the planned attack, while 13 percent ‘aren't sure’ what to think.

“The bloodthirstiness of white American males is astounding: 68 percent of men surveyed are gung ho, indicating that the white male pro-war cohort soars somewhere in the high seventies. Less than half of all women favor war.

“Hispanics polled nearly as warlike as whites. When asked the general question on war, 60 percent support it.

“The lack of empathy with Iraqis as human beings marks white American males as a collective danger to the species. Zogby pollsters asked: Would you support or oppose a war against Iraq if it meant thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties? A solid majority of white men answered in the affirmative, as did more than a third of white women. Only seven percent of African Americans favored a war that would kill thousands.

“Hispanics lost some of their bloodlust when confronted with the prospect of mass Iraqi civilian casualties; only 16 percent are willing to support such an outcome.”

The fact that only a marginal proportion of Blacks (7 percent) favored an invasion in which thousands of Iraqi civilians would die – less than half the proportion of Hispanics and a small fraction of white belligerents of both sexes – speaks to African Americans’ relatively deep empathy for other peoples as well as their disdain for U.S. militarism. It is central to the African American political-cultural legacy.

In the decade since the Iraq invasion, the general American populace has grown more wary of Washington’s wars in the Mideast. Why, then, would the least militaristic ethnic group suddenly become relatively more warlike than whites? Have Black Americans undergone some accelerated ideological mutation in the intervening years?

Of course not, but Blacks have for almost six years been in the grip of a fundamentally unsettling experience for which African American history provides no defenses: the presence of a Black man at the helm of the Empire. The progressive, peace-seeking African American worldview is out of sync with the deep imperative to support the First Black President. Black skepticism of U.S. government motives is short-circuited by the fervent desire for Obama to succeed – since his success or failure is seen as Black America’s collective legacy. Black politics crumbles under the weight of this massive contradiction – which is why Black America is in its deepest political crisis since Emancipation, unable to defend Black domestic interests or to be a force for peace in the world.

“Why would the least militaristic ethnic group suddenly become relatively more warlike than whites?”

Deltona, FL

#985856 Sep 19, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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Unfortunately, many people's lives have been ruined by winning lotteries.
Ever watch that show about people who did win the lottery? With few exceptions, most of them lost either their families, squandered their fortune and some even lost their minds. One man had cameras set up all over his property and lived in the basement watching the monitors fearful that people wanted to rob him. Another man ended up committing suicide.
Money doesn't make you happy unless you can use it to help others or wisely invest for the benefit of others. It can actually make you very unhappy.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, you must have watched the same "show" Flacko watched and like that dumbazz can't fit it into today's world.

The big winners of old topped off at a million bucks and many, but not most, of those folks did wind up in the poor house.

This century's big winners are really big winners.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#985858 Sep 19, 2013
Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn't intervene, a new study calculates.

But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar system's habitable zone and into the "hot zone," new research indicates.

'If we ever needed to move to another planet, Mars is probably our best bet.'

- Andrew Rushby, of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom

These zones are defined by water. In the habitable zone, a planet (whether in this solar system or an alien one) is just the right distance from its star to have liquid water. Closer to the sun, in the "hot zone," the Earth's oceans would evaporate. Of course, conditions for complex life including humans would become untenable before the planet entered the hot zone
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#985859 Sep 19, 2013
"Social Scientists: What they do"

"Historians research, analyze, and interpret the past...."


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#985860 Sep 19, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>He was a qualified IT specialist__ all his employer cared about was providing bodies for billings.
Probably need to fix that eh?
Does anyone here know who his actual employer was?
HP is what I heard.
Sgt Friday

Bronx, NY

#985861 Sep 19, 2013
Black elected officials, overwhelmingly Democrats, act as role models of impotence, eunuchs in Obama’s harem and, when required, cheerleaders in his wars. Had Obama not “postponed” his attack on Syria, there is every reason to believe that he would have gotten the support of about half the Congressional Black Caucus – just as when his war against Libya was challenged, in June of 2011. Even after Obama is gone, the great task of Black progressives will be to sever the chains that bind Blacks to the Wall Street-run Democratic Party, the incubator of future Obamas and, therefore, unending Black political crises.
It is true that Black folks have lost their political bearings, if not their minds, in the Age of Obama, but that doesn’t mean they can’t recover their sanity and humanity, once the maddening presence in the White House is gone. Mental breakdowns are not irreversible; otherwise, all the world’s peoples would be permanently brain-damaged.
Perhaps the most curious and, in a sense, encouraging aspect of Obama-whipped Black political behavior is that most of those afflicted pay little attention to the First Black President’s actual policies. The topic of Black conversation is usually not “What is Obama doing,” but, rather,“How is Obama doing?” His fans aren’t concerned about his legislative agenda, and are often shocked when informed that their icon engineered preventive detention laws and wants to cut Social Security. You are liable to be called a lying bastard, or even attacked, simply for citing his political record in Black settings where, typically, it is never debated or scrutinized. Instead, the subject of constant discussion is: Who is making trouble for Obama? What are they doing now to smear the man? In short, Black people aren’t expressing their political convictions when giving tacit or active support to Obama, on the foreign or domestic fronts. They are, in fact, ignoring their own convictions in favor of upholding the icon.
As a result, what Cornel West calls the “Black prophetic tradition” slips into a coma. We know it will awake, but not without damage.

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