Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1252106 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: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1006052 Oct 17, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Cost to medicaid for new sign ups per year for Obamacare is, tada!,$1.3 to $1.8 trillion.
"If all states implement the ACA Medicaid expansion, the federal government will fund the vast majority of increased Medicaid costs. The Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA would lead state Medicaid spending to increase by $76 billion over 2013-2022 (an increase of less than 3%), while federal Medicaid spending would increase by $952 billion (a 26% increase). Some states will reduce their own Medicaid spending as they transition already covered populations to the ACA expansion. States with the largest coverage gains will see relatively small increases in their own spending compared to increases in federal funds."


Totals over 2013-2022

States: 76 Billion
Federal 952 Billion

Not per year.

My God people. Get a GD grip.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1006053 Oct 17, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't worry, I stopped reading after the first totally fcked up "fact": the Dems took over the House (the pursestrings) in January, 2007 you fckin' moron. Can't you get anything right?
and this???

2.9 Health Care

We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1006054 Oct 17, 2013
WOW wrote:
Obamacare and the Assault on Workers’ Health Benefits
Developments in two major US cities underscore the anti-working class agenda underlying the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.
On Monday, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced that health insurance is being eliminated for retired city workers under age 65 and replaced with a $125 monthly stipend to use toward purchasing coverage on the insurance exchanges set up under the ACA. Retirees over 65 will be moved to Medicare.
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will go forward with a plan to eliminate health insurance subsidies for retired city workers by the end of 2016.
Orr and Emanuel wasted no time in seizing on the launch of the Obamacare exchanges, which opened for business October 1, to announce their assault on retirees’ health care. In both Detroit and Chicago, workers who labored for decades with the promise that health care would be provided for them and their families in retirement are being robbed of their benefits and forced to purchase individual plans from private insurers on the Obamacare exchanges.
The essential aim of the ACA is rapidly emerging. Behind the talk of providing coverage for the uninsured, Obamacare was devised from the outset as a means of dismantling the employer-based system of health insurance that for decades guaranteed a basic level of health care for tens of millions of workers in the US. While Obama’s counter-reform will still leave some 31 million people uninsured, it will dramatically reduce health care costs for private and public employers by hiking workers’ out-of-pocket costs and slashing their benefits.
Health care coverage for their employees will cease to be the accepted norm for large and medium-sized businesses. Instead, workers will be left to their own devices, forced to confront gigantic health insurance corporations as individuals, with minimal subsidies from the government or their private employers that will do little to offset huge increases in premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
In essence, a voucher-type system is being instituted, and the principle will inevitably be extended to Medicare and Medicaid, the government-run health programs for retirees and poor people, respectively. This will provide the means for privatizing and dismantling these basic social programs
Let's see, what important FACTS were left out of your "World Socialist" website cut and paste:( )

(1) Detroit has filed for bankruptcy and can no longer afford the $605 per month health care coverage, which the city has provided to retired individuals, and $1,834 monthly benefit for retired families. This is what happens when a city goes bankrupt.

"The moves were unilaterally imposed by Orr who, under the state’s anti-democratic emergency manager law, has virtual dictatorial powers to tear up labor agreements, slash city services and sell off public assets to pay back the Wall Street banks and big bondholders that control the Detroit’s debt."

2. Chicago's four pension systems have about $20 billion in unfunded liabilities. The panel appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to review taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for retired government workers was "required under a 10-year legal settlement agreement in the Korshak case."

Neither had anything to do with the Affordable Care Act but the ACA may provide an escape from bankruptcy for both cities.

Bethlehem, PA

#1006055 Oct 17, 2013
flack wrote:
There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance
A planet of play things
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
'The stars aren't aligned
Or the gods are malign...'
Blame is better to give than receive
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill
There are those who think
That they were dealt a losing hand
The cards were stacked against them
They weren't born in Lotusland
All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate
Kicked in the face
You can't pray for a place
In heaven's unearthly estate
Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet
Liberals writing liberal lyrics

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1006056 Oct 17, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> As I said moran they voted to stay home. Which means that almost more people decided to stay home than voted for both candidates. Such has the sad state of affairs this country has fallen to.
Did they fill out a ballot & mark the "stay at home" square.\?

Bronx, NY

#1006057 Oct 17, 2013
How party donations drive German politics
Angela Merkel's party received a big donation from major BMW shareholders - just as her government is lobbying the EU against stricter emissions limits. Many think it's time that party donation rules were reformed.Bärbel Höhn stopped believing in coincidence long ago. The Green party politician says she rubbed her eyes when she first read of the large donation made by major BMW shareholders to the Christian Democratic Union, the governing party led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Less than three weeks after the general election, three members of the Quandt and Klatten families transferred some 690,000 euros ($930,000) to the CDU. As is legally required of any donation over 50,000 euros, the figure was published on the German parliament's website.

Cash for lax emissions limits?

The transaction was completely legal, but Höhn is outraged nevertheless, because it came just as Merkel's government was working to protect the interests of the German auto industry at the European Union.

Maybe for those intrested we can see things from a different angle
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1006058 Oct 17, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
Grey, if you DO want total government control over our health care, please give me an example where the government hasn't screwed up managing anything.
You can't use SS and Medicare. Even Democrats know it's unsustainable. Because the government screwed that up too.
And where would we be without either??? Why only when we get a Democratic president do all of you on the right get brain farts? Where were you when the two dictators Bush-Cheney were costing us trillions with their zillion lies and it's still adding up. Your positions on ever thing are very obvious to all but you it seems. Besides don't all you christians believe that all that happens is your Gods will...Or is it just those things that you approve of?

Bethlehem, PA

#1006059 Oct 17, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Why are you worried about providing identification, which will prevent others from stealing your vote?
I do not want my tax dollars paying for asinine ads on television.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1006060 Oct 17, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
I know what it'll be like, don't even have to imagine. Just have to look at the last time and expect bigger government, wars and more deficits.
Why did spending increase $300 billion once the teabaggers got control of the pursestrings?
this too???

2.6 Monopolies and Corporations

We defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of companies based on voluntary association. We seek to divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals. We oppose government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest. Industries should be governed by free markets.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1006061 Oct 17, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
same old O'bama crap from 2009-he is saying the thing-over 4 years later. Studder studder studder--no jobs-but we need immigration. What a loon o tic.
Since when has he been able to address any current issue or answer to the American people about anything of which he was responsible and/or was his responsibility to do?

He should be nicknamed "The Recycled President".

He just recycles the same old speech. Maybe someone should look into a string that has to be pulled.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1006062 Oct 17, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
I would like to second that.
ghost would join a street gang, sellout our America or war heroes and veterans if he believed it would make him popular you idiot.

It's the culture...
Laney F

New York, NY

#1006063 Oct 17, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for reminding me to vote early. That is if you lowlife baggers haven't removed that also. HOW was that crow sandwich this morning?
Don't you use your EBT card to buy yours?

Lost in the news shuffle of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate this week was the story progressives are quite happy you likely missed. But the story is important to note now, especially since we are on the verge of a massive expansion of the welfare state.

The Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down for a couple of days.

The EBT system replaced food stamps with a debit card to remove the stigma attached to using food stamps and is “reloaded” with a recipient’s government allotment once per month. When the money is gone, it’s gone, until the next month.

EBT users know how much they get from taxpayers every month and are generally acutely aware of how much they have left at any given time – it’s printed on the receipt they received when they last used it. But because they know their balance doesn’t mean anyone else does.

Enter the system breakdown.

EBT cards are run like credit cards to ensure the stores get paid, recipients don’t purchase restricted items such as alcohol and tobacco and they stay within their monthly limit.

When the system went down there was no way for stores to ensure they’d be paid for their goods, so they stopped accepting the cards for a few days. That meant EBT users either had to go without shopping for a couple of days or – gasp – use their own money for food purchases.

2 Walmart locations in Louisiana decided to be good community members and accept EBT cards “without limits,” essentially on the honor system, to help users in a time of need. That’s right, Walmart. The company routinely attacked by the Left for their greed, their pay and simply existing in a way they hate offered to help people (NOTE: They regularly help people, you don’t hear about it because it doesn’t fit the left-wing narrative.) That was a mistake.

Under normal circumstance, human beings wouldn’t abuse anyone willing to help them, be they a neighbor or a company. But the ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY is NOT a “NORMAL circumstance.” Well, actually after the Dems are finished importing millions more takers, it will be as normal as the new normal fat weight.

Word quickly spread throughout the community and EBT users flocked to the stores. With no limits on how much someone could get using an EBT card, those Walmart stores quickly began to resemble a zombie apocalypse.

“Shoppers” filled shopping carts with literally every item on the shelves of the grocery section of the store – freezers, refrigerators, canned goods, boxes, anything – the stores looked as if they had been looted. And, for all practical purposes, it had been.

You were probably there scoffing up crow.


Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1006064 Oct 17, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
So, you agree with this???
2.4 Government Finance and Spending
All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.
Hell yes!!! Think we can get 38 states to pass that amendment and just throw Congress and the president out on their collective ass?

Bethlehem, PA

#1006065 Oct 17, 2013
flack wrote:
If you ask me if I was one of them people paying $1000 a month I think I would just deposit that money every week, make some interest, and then get insurance if and when I got sick. Hell if you didn't get any major medical problems for 40 years, like me, that would add up to some serious dough. Plus you could use the money for any minor medical.
What if you incur a 100,000 medical bill within the first 5 years? You'll be paying for it the rest of your life or declare bankruptcy and the rest of us will be paying for it. You may as well walk around with a loaded gun pressed up against your temple every day.

Bethlehem, PA

#1006066 Oct 17, 2013
This bears repeating -

The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s says that the shutdown has taken $24 billion out of the economy and cut 0.6% off of yearly fourth quarter GDP growth, the Business Insider reports.

Good job Tea Baggers. Azzholes!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1006067 Oct 17, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Apparently, a lot more than you do.
The IRS managing and overseeing our health care is not their job for one thing.
Providing affordable insurance and lowering the costs should have been the goal. It doesn't take the government or the IRS to achieve that goal. It just takes some common sense.
But you like being controlled so you don't have any.
The definition of a blockhead is someone who is repeatedly told something they are saying is just not true. Yet, you keep repeating the same lies over and over and over again. I don't understand how you can do this. The IRS is not managing and overseeing or administering your insurance. That's a lie.
All you have to do is provide the IRS proof of insurance when you file your taxes. Period. If you do not have insurance, you pay the $95.00 penalty.
That's how it's done in Mass and that's how it will be done everywhere.
Laney F

New York, NY

#1006068 Oct 17, 2013
EBT and the Taker Mentality

Lost in the news shuffle of the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate this week was the story progressives are quite happy you likely missed. But the story is important to note now, especially since we are on the verge of a massive expansion of the welfare state.

The Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down for a couple of days.

The EBT system replaced food stamps with a debit card to remove the stigma attached to using food stamps and is “reloaded” with a recipient’s government allotment once per month. When the money is gone, it’s gone, until the next month.

EBT users know how much they get from taxpayers every month and are generally acutely aware of how much they have left at any given time – it’s printed on the receipt they received when they last used it. But because they know their balance doesn’t mean anyone else does.

Enter the system breakdown.

Carts overflowing with food were simply abandoned in the aisles; left to rot, left to thaw, just left. The people who filled them like they were contestants on Supermarket Sweep knew they didn’t have the money on their EBT cards to pay for all that food, but they didn’t care. They saw “free stuff” in their minds because that’s what EBT represents – FREE STUFF!

They cared when the system designed to help them survive started to work again, and they ran.

One woman who didn’t run because she didn’t know the system was working again was caught trying to purchase $700 worth of food when she had only $.49 on her EBT card. She knew what she was doing, and she didn’t care. She is entitled.

This is what the entitlement culture creates – a lack of dignity and basic decency.

When you’re used to getting things for free, conditioned and trained to believe this is an acceptable way to live, taking advantage of that is hardly unthinkable.

If you depend on something other than yourself for your subsistence, and by extension your existence, why not exploit an opportunity that presents itself?

The government teat gives you enough to get by but not to thrive. Couple that with a political party telling you that if you’re born into poverty the system is stacked against you and you’ll never get ahead, you start to think you’ve “earned” what you’re given. That you deserve it.

If people think they deserve something for simply existing, something someone else earned, why not take more? Just some faceless company is being hurt, not a real person. Never mind that the company was trying to help EBT users – that hand was bitten.

The mentality exhibited by those EBT users would be replicated anywhere any company would allow it.

Race, age, gender – none of these variants would make a lick of difference.

It’s THE ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY. Most EBT users would not march into someone’s house and steal money from them, but they basically live that way only with the government as the middleman entering people’s houses for them. They don’t see it that way; they’re conditioned to not see it that way. But that’s how it is.

The EBT system is set up to help, to be a safety net for Americans in need. For far too many people that SAFETY NET HAS BECOME A HAMMOCK, a way of life.

Living off the labor of others, having their existence dependent upon others, perverts basic humanity.

With no requirements or expectations placed on welfare recipients to receive taxpayer money, an entitlement monster gets created. It was unleashed on Walmarts in Louisiana this week by a small segment of the population.

If Republicans can’t figure out how to message the importance and virtues of self-reliance and rugged individualism again, the things that made this country great, our very American Spirit, may well end up being the next thing looted. Not that Obama and the Dems would mind--it would be the new American "SUCCESS" story to them.

El Paso, TX

#1006069 Oct 17, 2013
Obamacare was never about Health Care!!

Obamacare and the Civil Rights Act have a lot in common getting people hooked and voting Democratic!! Like LBJ said about passing the Civil Rights Act:“I’ll have those n****rs voting Democratic for the next 200 years” LBJ was right on over 90% still voting for Democrats!!

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1006070 Oct 17, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>Really? You have a link for that claim son?
And no, linking to your thoughts and beliefs don't count son!
Who needs a link? You can see him walk off the podium with reporters shouting questions 99.9% of the time.

The other 0.1% is when reporters and Americans are "treated" to a real press conference when he bloviates after answering two or three questions from his adoring lapdogs before time is up.

Of course, no one asks him any hard questions because they might make him mad and he won't grace them with his presence anymore.

Honolulu, HI

#1006071 Oct 17, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
In small towns the people working at the polls are often your friends and neighbors and that kind of behavior has consequences.
Peer pressure... like minded individuals... no wonder Temecula is such a closed community with small minds.

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