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#999525 Oct 9, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>She grew up on the one that forced her to eat oatmeal and potatoes but didn't have shoes without the 1950's. But she had insurance--ROTFLMAO-at the steel mill. The lies just keep rolling for usmsince1947.
Listening to those little voices in your head again I see. I love oatmeal and potatoes!!! Growing up without "things" made me respect and care for those who struggle. When my parents came into money they never failed to help those less fortunate. Too bad your parents didn't raise you to be a responsible adult or a selfless rather than selfish one.

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#999527 Oct 9, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>if you really believe this, I suggest you do what your grandmother did.
Oh, the whole lot of them will move to Costa Rica as soon as they are done feeding off of America's teet.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#999528 Oct 9, 2013
Our fearless Leader, commander and chief executive obama approval rating is 37 percent...

It's the culture...

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#999529 Oct 9, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Funding will come from:
1 - The reduction in medical cost the Federal government now picks up for the uninsured.
2 - The increase on the tax rate of earnings from capital gains, rental properties, taxable annuities and other investment income for those filers whose TAXABLE INCOME is more than $200,000, or married joint filers whose TAXABLE INCOME exceeds $250,000.
3 - The 0.9% increase in the Medicare payroll taxes for that same group.
4 - Tax on people who don't sign up for health insurance.
5 - An increase in the threshold for deductions for medical expenses from 7.5% to 10% of adjusted gross income for those under 65*.
*Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ALL taxpayers may deduct only the amount of the total unreimbursed allowable medical care expenses for the year that exceeds 10% of their adjusted gross income.
6 - Excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
7 - Inclusion of cost of employer-sponsored health coverage on W-2.
8 - Distributions for medicine qualified only if for prescribed drug or insulin. Taxpayers will no longer pick up the tab for OTC medications.
9 - Increase in additional tax on distributions from HSAs and Archer MSAs not used for qualified medical expenses.
10.- Limitation on health flexible spending arrangements under cafeteria plans.
11.- Imposition of annual fee on branded prescription pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers.
12. Imposition of annual fee on medical device manufacturers and importers.
13. Imposition of annual fee on health insurance providers.
14. Elimination of deduction for expenses allocable to Medicare Part D subsidy.
15. Modification of itemized deduction for medical expenses.
16. Additional hospital insurance tax on high-income taxpayers.
17. Excise tax on elective cosmetic medical procedures.
Obama's “Not A Single Dime” tax pledge broken yet again.

You just listed a plethora of tax increases, most on the middle class seeing how nearly half of the population pays no income tax.

BTW, your number one states "...cost the Federal government now picks up...".

The government "picks up" nothing. We, the taxpayers do.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#999530 Oct 9, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
It’s Time to Throw the Tea Party One Ring into Mount Doom
Robert Costa reports this morning:
In the coming days, the House will likely consider legislation that would establish a bipartisan negotiating group to resolve the current fiscal impasse. It’d include select members from both chambers, and once passed, it’d start immediately.
This sounds alarmingly similar to 2011’s deficit-reduction supercommittee, which could not reach bipartisan agreement of any kind and whose miserable failure led indirectly to the creation of the budget sequestration that nearly everyone hates, but is kept in place by Republicans who enjoy mutilating their nose to spite their face.
It seems increasingly clear that the House leadership is playing out the string in the hopes that Obama or Senate Democrats will crack.
Yet consider another report (also from the indispensable Costa) on the implacability of the Houses kamikaze-cons:
“They may try to throw the kitchen sink at the debt limit, but I don’t think our conference will be amenable for settling for a collection of things after we’ve fought so hard,” says Representative Scott Garrett (R., N.J.).“If it doesn’t have a full delay or defund of Obamacare, I know I and many others will not be able to support whatever the leadership proposes. If it’s just a repeal of the medical-device tax, or chained CPI, that won’t be enough.”
Representative Paul Broun (R., Ga.) agrees, and says Boehner risks an internal rebellion if he decides to broker a compromise.“America is going to be destroyed by Obamacare, so whatever deal is put together must at least reschedule the implementation of Obamacare,” he says.“This law is going to destroy America and everything in America, and we need to stop it.”
Does this sound to you like there’s even a remote possibility that any deal, big or small, could pass muster with both Senate Democrats and 218 Republicans? If not, why are we putting the country through this? Why are Republicans inflicting real, immediate, and tangible harm on the economy in order to accomplish the impossible (delay or defund Obamacare) address an abstract future threat (debt) or merely to save face? Why isn’t the majority of the House majority isolating its rightmost faction and ending this pointlessly asinine pissing match?
Contra the conventional wisdom, I maintain that no one in leadership will lose his job. The very nature of Tea Party opposition, whether it issues from the likes of Bazooka Ted and His Gang in the Senate or the unappeasable Jacobins in the House, is to throw weight without consequence. They evince no interest in actually wielding power from the inside, which would require restraint, conciliation, and moderation. They are hysterics on the brink of utter demoralization. The danger they pose to democratic norms, institutional comity, and political functionality is precisely why they can’t be bargained with; they must be marginalized.
It’s time, Republicans: it’s time to throw the One Ring into Mount Doom.
Bernard Forand

Lehigh Acres, FL

#999531 Oct 9, 2013
What is observed is the fragmentation of the republican party. Essentially the primary issue that is fragmentizing them is their stance on “Inequality For All”.
Globalization is demonstrating itself through out the world. Stimulating communication of the debt of “Inequality” within all national borders. Some to the extent of rebellion and others demanding change.
Republicans fragmentizing of their glass shell is demonstrating their inability to progress efficiently, in the brave new world that is emerging.
Shackled to archaic historical dogmatic Ideoloques. Fostering anger resentment, hatred, deceit, etc, etc,. Greasing the skids for their demise.
Gallup Poll has Congress at 11% approval rating of the 89% that disapprove 70% hold the GOP responsible. Oct. 9 2013
2014 coming up.. Be there for the fireworks…

Since: Nov 11

Westerville, OH

#999532 Oct 9, 2013
In the current fight over the government shutdown, Republicans are simply representing the views of the American people.

Americans didn't ask for Obamacare, they don't want it, but now their insurance premiums are going through the roof, their doctors aren't accepting it, and their employers are moving them into part-time work -- or firing them -- to avoid the law's mandates.

Contrary to Obama's promises, it turns out: You can't keep your doctor, you can't keep your insurance -- you can't even keep your job. In other words, it's a typical government program, but this one wrecks your health care.

Also, the president did raise taxes on the middle class in defiance of his well-worn campaign promise not to. Indeed, Obamacare is the largest tax hike in U.S. history.

Since: Nov 11

Westerville, OH

#999533 Oct 9, 2013

Among the other changes effected by this law are:

-- Obamacare will allow insurers to charge 50 percent higher premiums for smokers, but prohibits insurers from increasing premiums for those with HIV/AIDS.

-- Nationally, Obamacare will increase men's individual insurance premiums by an average of 99 percent and women's by 62 percent. In North Carolina, for example, individual insurance premiums will triple for women and quadruple for men.

-- Health plans valued at $27,500 or more for a family of four will be taxed at a rate of 40 percent.

-- No doctors who went to an American medical school will be accepting Obamacare.

-- A 62-year-old man earning $46,000 a year is entitled to a $7,836 government tax credit to buy health insurance. But if he earns an extra $22 in income, he loses the entire $7,836 credit. He will have more take-home pay by earning $46,000 than if he earns $55,000.(If he's lucky, he already works for one of the companies forced by Obamacare to reduce employees' hours!)

-- Merely to be eligible for millions of dollars in grants from the federal government under Obamacare, education and training programs are required to meet racial, ethnic, gender, linguistic and sexual orientation quotas. That's going to make health care MUCH better!

-- Obamacare is turning America into a part-time nation. According to a recent report by economist John Lott, 97 percent of all jobs added to the economy so far this year have been part-time jobs. Ninety-seven percent!

-- Obamacare is such a disaster that the people who wrote it refuse to live under it themselves. That's right, Congress won a waiver from Obamacare.

Since: Nov 11

Westerville, OH

#999534 Oct 9, 2013
Responding to the people's will, House Republicans first voted to fund all of government -- except Obamacare. Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.

Then the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but merely delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it.

Finally, the Republicans voted to fully fund the government, but added a requirement that everyone live under Obamacare. No more special waivers for Congress and their staff, and no waivers for big business without the same waivers for individuals.

Obama refused to negotiate and Senate Democrats refused to pass it. So as you can see, Republicans are the big holdup here.

A longtime Democratic operative, Karen Finney, explained the Democrats' intransigence on MSNBC to a delighted Joan Walsh (aka the most easily fooled person on TV) by comparing House Republicans to a teenager trying to borrow his mother's car. "No, I'm not negotiating!" Mother says. "It's MY CAR!"

This wasn't a stupid slip of the tongue that other Democrats quickly rejected. Finney had used the exact same metaphor to a panel of highly agreeable MSNBC guests the day before.(MSNBC books no other kind of guest.)

The left thinks the government is their car and the people's representatives are obstreperous teenagers trying to borrow the government. Which belongs to Democrats.

That's not how the Constitution views the House of Representatives. To the contrary, the House is considered most reflective of the people's will because its members are elected every two years.

As a matter of fact, the Republicans who mistakenly assume they have something to do with running the government represent most of the people who pay taxes to run it. So it's more like a teenager who is making the car payments, maintaining the car insurance and taking responsibility for registering the car being told: "It's not your car."

But the Democrats refuse to even negotiate. It's their government -- and if you Republicans think you're going out dressed like that, you've got another thing coming! Needless to say, they absolutely will not consider the Republicans' demand that Democrats merely live under Obamacare themselves.

Instead, Democrats say "the Koch brothers" are behind the effort to defund Obamacare.

They say Republicans are trying to "burn the whole house down" (Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz); "have lost their minds" (Sen. Harry Reid); are trying to negotiate "with a bomb strapped to their chest" (senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer); are "legislative arsonists" (Rep. Nancy Pelosi); and are engaging in "blatant extortion" (White House press secretary Jay Carney).

Since: Sep 08

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#999535 Oct 9, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
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Where's "USAsince1680" when the foul mouthed, racist democrats like you show up?
You need to take that up with "whatever". She's the "foul language" police.

Since: Nov 11

Westerville, OH

#999536 Oct 9, 2013
The MSNBC crowd calls Republicans "arsonists" every 15 minutes. They ought to check with fellow MSNBC host Al Sharpton. He knows his arsonists! In 1995, Sharpton whipped up a mob outside the Jewish-owned Freddy's Fashion Mart with an anti-Semitic speech. Sometime later, a member of the mob torched the store, killing seven Hispanic employees.

Every single Democrat in the country uses the exact same talking point: We "refuse to negotiate with a gun being held to our head."

Which means that the Democrats will engage in no negotiation at all -- not now, not ever. House Republicans have already passed three-dozen bills defunding, or otherwise modifying, Obamacare. Senate Democrats and liberal commentators had a good laugh at Republicans for passing them. Now they're paying attention!

If you are in the minority of Americans not already unalterably opposed to Obamacare, keep in mind that the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare.

That's how good it is!


Since: Nov 11

Westerville, OH

#999537 Oct 9, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
What the Shutdown Has Achieved
Gallup finds that the GOP’s unfavorability rating has spiked in the last month:.....
An unfavorability rating of 62% passes the worst number for Republicans in the last twenty years, and that came at the nadir of the Bush era in the midst of the financial crisis. The party’s favorability rating (28%) is also an all-time low since Gallup began asking the question in 1992. It is even lower than the party’s favorability after Clinton’s impeachment. Post-Bush Republicans have managed to achieve what I thought couldn’t be done–they have made their party even more unattractive to the country than it was at the lowest ebb of Bush’s last years in office. The ratings for the Democrats aren’t great (43% fav/49% unfav), but the gap between the parties has widened significantly in just the last month.
Do you believe Gallup?

Since: Sep 08

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#999538 Oct 9, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Kaiser is an HMO...almost a religious cult for the true believers...but not top quality medicine....
Kaiser doesn't hesitate to send patients to UCLA if there is a specialist there that can help one of their patients. They are great that way. But, you'll never know, you don't need insurance.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#999539 Oct 9, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
You need to take that up with "whatever". She's the "foul language" police.
When the Tea Party Patriots take back the country in 2014, you commies, brown shirt liberals and moochers will need to learn and fish or cut bait...

It's the culture...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#999541 Oct 9, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
"The federal government's strategy for making health coverage affordable next year for middle-income Americans largely depends on a new federal tax credit.
Health care experts prefer to describe it as a subsidy or discount on health insurance premiums."
Your problem that you are too stupid to think that providing financial,support means giving money and not including instruments such as tax breaks.
a tax credit for people who pay no taxes???

Since: Sep 08

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#999542 Oct 9, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>You loser all the time bent over and punked by No Surprize Fetch, obama, Fox News, Tea Party, someone or something always something or someone up in your deranged ass, you loser eating someone elses shit, looking like an ignorant ass-clown idiot you dumbass....
The hazards of being eggplant demokRat you loser...
It's the culture...
Oh, what a mature (manure) post. "Whatever" will be so proud of your "social discourse".
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#999543 Oct 9, 2013
Obama's government shutdown proves just how brown shirt the USA has become since comrade obama, denying peoples freedom, controlling peoples lives, and denying people their rights..

Tear down this Wall Obama...

When the Tea Party Patriots take back the country in 2014, you commies, brown shirt liberals and moochers will need to learn and fish or cut bait...

It's the culture...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#999544 Oct 9, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
But very little difference between dead and "brain dead". People should be allowed to die with dignity..without tubes and machines keeping them alive.
depends on what the family wants...government has no place in the decision...

Since: Sep 08

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#999545 Oct 9, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you really expect to be taken seriously?
Doesn't matter where the FACTS are reported as long as they are FACTS. I don't expect you to understand that since FACTS are lost on Faux News. All they report is propaganda, lies and personal opinions.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#999546 Oct 9, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Delaying it a year just puts off the inevitable...glitches in the system. Might as work them out now rather than later. Don't worry about it. It will all work out.
the problem is the system, not a computer program....

"glitches" do not exist...

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