Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1278750 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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WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008366 Oct 21, 2013
THIS IS REALLY IRONIC lolololhahaha Source Of Liberia's Revenue: Consumers Tax And, Or More Debt
If Liberia is to maintain the fragile peace and spur economic prosperity then the government cannot continue to rely on consumption tax and, or more debt. However, the announcements from a Liberian lawmaker, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s economic adviser and the chart below indicate that Liberia might be in trouble. A few weeks after the Liberian Senator, Mr. Isaac Nyenabo announced that his Senate Committee has discovered a half billion-dollar debt that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government did not disclose to lawmakers and the general public, the Finance Minister declared that there was shortfall in projected revenue. The news of the shortfall in projected revenue was not a surprise since the government has and continues to make frequent adjustments to its revenue since 2006 - the government's annual budget grew 400% from $80 million to $400 million in 2011.

Part of the reason they’ve had to make frequent adjustments is because a significant portion (67%) of the projected revenue is based on consumption tax; a tax revenue that does not only fluctuate as consumer spending goes up and down, but also increases the cost of living.

However, while Liberians have whispered about the reliability of the projected revenue, the supposedly hidden $500 million debt was a different issue. It was a surprise since many people have been rejoicing over the news of the cancellation of the onerous $4.7 billion dollar debt. Now, the question is, did President Sirleaf make up the shortfall in revenue projection by borrowing money? Borrowing money to make up for the shortfall in projected revenue might be a good story, but let us look at why government is relying on an additional cost to consumers to pay high salaries

What are the components of Government Revenue, excluding grants, debts or donations? Government's core revenue = its Share from the profits of the natural resources + Tax levied on Business profits+ Royalty Fees + Payroll Tax + Real Estate Tax + Consumption Tax + Tax on Export.

Current Liberia Core Revenue= Payroll Tax (37.1)+ Tax on Business (26.1)+ Tax on Real Estate (1.3)+ Consumption Tax (42+88)+ Tax on Others (13)

Since 2006 through 2011, Liberia has received about 13%(26.1/197) its revenue from Firestone, Mittal Steel, Diamond, and Gold, while it received 67% from consumption tax. Shifting the tax burden from a country’s share of its resources to involuntary taxation (consumption tax) is not limited to Liberia. In America, Public reports say the Federal government owes trillion of dollars all because it borrowed money to make up the shortfall in projected revenue. Why?

Just like Liberia, the US government does not receive any share of the profits from its natural resources since the US government has zero shares in corporations. To add salt to injury, the government collects only about 26% in taxes from the $1.75 corporate profits, made in 2011, for example, but collects 80% of its revenue from personal income tax and payroll tax.(James Livingston, Professor of History at Rutgers University; NY times, April 15, 2013). And to make up the shortfall in its revenue projection, the US borrows $2 trillion dollars from China, a country that earns revenue from its resources.
THAT WORD IRONIC IRONY SEEMS TO WORK TODAY THANKS SONICFILTH

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1008367 Oct 21, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama was all for a war with Afghanistan. He called it the "right war", don't you remember?
Giving those with "bad credit histories" a home was a bad idea shared by both parties.
Tax cuts, also known as putting more money into the hands of those who earn it, is ALWAYS a better idea. Anyone with a functioning brain knows that a "budget surplus" is a fantasy.
Obama doesn't care about the country. He cares only about destroying any and all opposition to his party's socialist ideologies by any means necessary.
Oh Ray , you are so full of crap.

That poster wad obviously referring to the Iraq War, dumbass.

No one was giving people with bad credit histories a home.

Tax cuts for all that earn money are NOT always a better options.

Only to you right whiners is a budget surplus a fantasy.

The only people puttying their party ahead of this country are Republicans.
TSM

El Paso, TX

#1008368 Oct 21, 2013
I’m waiting for Ed Schultz or some other Looney Liberal saying the System was Sabotage because Obama is Black!!
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008369 Oct 21, 2013
Millionaire on food stamps?

Within the Liberal Mind it is ok...

"In June of 2010 Leroy Fick won $2 million in a Michigan state lottery TV show. In May of 2011, the Detroit News noted that, according to Fick's attorney, Michigan's state "Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps."

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/walmar...
WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008370 Oct 21, 2013
It IRONIC OBAMA BEGGED SO MUCH MONEY FROM THESE PEOPLE Chief executives use money to influence lawmakers and the public. Ironically, the money used to buy lawmakers and concerned parties is generated from a country’s lucrative resources such as diamond, oil, iron ore, etc. With lawmakers in the pockets of investors, corporate tax rate is on the decline, of course that means minuscule government revenue.

Therefore, governments are not only receiving minuscule share of the profits from the natural resources, but governments are also receiving little or zero tax revenue because of lower tax rate. With minuscule revenue emerging from big business, governments are compelled to collect significant portion of their tax revenue from individual income tax, payroll and consumption tax (tax that increases the cost of living). And when consumption tax revenue is insufficient to finance the needs of society, governments borrow onerous debt, a recipe for instability.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1008371 Oct 21, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
"beaten into submission": you are totally whack
You've already submitted. So you wouldn't know the difference at this point.

Sadly, you're a top rank loyal follower.

A lot of people in oppressed countries don't know the difference either. They thought big government would help them too at first.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1008372 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Well if it wasn't hackers than it's quite an overwhelming response. Who knew Obamacare would be so popular? Take your pick.
Why can't you demokkkRats do something to hep this country, instead of your constant whining Homer about obamakkkare??..

If not for obamakare, the Tea Party would not have been a great success..

It's the culture....
Homer

Bethlehem, PA

#1008373 Oct 21, 2013
Uh oh -

Dems could retake House if voter anger carries into 2014, polls show

Democrats could win "a significant majority" in the House if the voter anger aimed at Republicans over the government shutdown carries into 2014, new surveys commissioned by a progressive group shows.

According to Public Policy Polling, which conducted 25 surveys in GOP-held House districts on behalf of MoveOn.org , incumbent Republicans now trail generic Democratic candidates in 15 of the 25 districts. The results, combined with two previous surveys, show Democrats leading in 37 of 61 districts polled since the beginning of the government shutdown.

And when voters were informed that the Republican candidates supported the government shutdown, Democrats took the lead in 11 additional districts (one race became tied).

"This means that our results indicate Democrats have pickup opportunities in an astounding 49 of the 61 districts surveyed," Public Policy Polling's Jim Williams wrote in a memo announcing the findings.

Democrats need to net 17 seats in order to retake the House in 2014.

The poll results are in line with other recent surveys that show most Americans blame the GOP for the 16-day government shutdown, which began after the Republican-controlled House refused to pass legislation to fund government services unless President Barack Obama's health care law was delayed or defunded.

But before Democrats start ordering bulk champagne for November 2014, there are some factors to consider. The midterm elections are more than a year away and the Public Policy Polling surveys were conducted in the middle of the shutdown debate.

"Moreover," Williams wrote, "generic Democratic candidates are not the same as actual candidates. Democrats must recruit strong candidates and run effective campaigns in individual districts if they are to capitalize on the vulnerability revealed by these surveys, and they must maintain a significant national advantage over Republicans."

http://news.yahoo.com/democrats-house-poll-14...

Well that certainly backfired for the Tea Baggers.

What can I do to help?

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#1008374 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>No doubt.
Hackers blamed for NY’s ObamaCare breakdown
The numbers just don’t add up.
The “abnormally high traffic” that crippled New York’s ObamaCare Web site for two days may have resulted from a malicious attack by hackers, computer-security experts said Wednesday.
The NY State of Health site recorded an astounding 10 million visits after opening for business Tuesday — although there are only about 1.1 million state residents without health insurance and just 330,000 are expected to buy ObamaCare for next year.
By comparison, the federal government’s heavily promoted HealthCare.gov site — a portal to the sites for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and America’s territories and commonwealths — drew just 4.7 million visitors the first day.
Late Tuesday, NY State of Health Executive Director Donna Frescatore said technicians were “looking into the cause of this abnormally high traffic.”
Darien Kindlund, manager of threat intelligence for the FireEye network-security company, said “the sheer volume” of visits to New York’s site pointed to a possible “distributed denial of service,” or DDoS attack, in which virus-infected computers bombard a site with traffic.
“The numbers are fairly compelling,” Kindlund said.
Hemant Jain, vice president of engineering for Fortinet, a network-security firm, said that “because [ObamaCare] is such a political issue, it could very well be a DDoS attack.”
“Certainly, you don’t expect everyone to wake up and access a Web site like that, so I have a feeling it may be an attack,” he said.
Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, another security firm, said that while there wasn’t yet enough evidence to prove an attack,“it does not take a lot of technical resources” and hackers can be hired to disrupt a site for just a couple thousand dollars a day.
“There have to be people who disagree with [ObamaCare] enough to do that,” he added.
Throughout the day, the Web site displayed a banner message telling users to return later.
Freelance writer Cristina Gibson, 29, of Union Square, wanted to see how ObamaCare premiums compare to the $345 a month she currently pays for health insurance, but gave up in frustration after spending 40 minutes trying to navigate the site during a lunch break from jury duty.
“I’m interested in this, but not interested enough to be behind on stuff in my life,” she said.
Lawyer Greg Crawford, 50, of suburban Katonah, said he has Crohn’s disease and is hoping that ObamaCare will slash the “burdensome” cost of his current coverage.
But after creating an account Tuesday, Crawford got booted off the site and was unable to log in during a half-dozen attempts Wednesday.
“I’m not a big fan of the government taking over all this stuff politically, but I’m going to benefit from it tremendously as an individual, and I just wish it would work,” he said.
http://nypost.com/2013/10/03/hackers-blamed-f...
someone needs to get fired if a ddos kept that site down for 2 days.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#1008375 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Well if it wasn't hackers than it's quite an overwhelming response. Who knew Obamacare would be so popular? Take your pick.
its just human nature to be curious about train wreck.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008376 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>No doubt.
Hackers blamed for NY’s ObamaCare breakdown
The numbers just don’t add up.
The “abnormally high traffic” that crippled New York’s ObamaCare Web site for two days may have resulted from a malicious attack by hackers, computer-security experts said Wednesday.
So what you are saying is:
A White, Tea Party Man, driving a 4X4, with a Stars and Bars Flag waving in the back, Praying to God, holding a rifle, and with the initial R L hacked into and f up the ACA website?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008377 Oct 21, 2013
It's IRONIC WHAT GOES ON in the LIBERIAN GOvernment happens Here In AMERICA only difference you CAN'T BE CALLED A RACISTS FOR VOICING AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA IRONIC but in AMERICA AFRICAN AMERICANS use RACISM much the same way the JIM CROW DEMOCRATS did IRONIC
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1008378 Oct 21, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> Oh Ray , you are so full of crap.
That poster wad obviously referring to the Iraq War, dumbass.
No one was giving people with bad credit histories a home.
Tax cuts for all that earn money are NOT always a better options.
Only to you right whiners is a budget surplus a fantasy.
The only people puttying their party ahead of this country are Republicans.
Dumbass Dave telling a another lie to justify another lie, blaming others because of another lie....

God. What a sorry ass life you've had you miserable little old man...

If not for obamakare, the Tea Party would not have been a great success..

It's the culture....
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008379 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Well if it wasn't hackers than it's quite an overwhelming response. Who knew Obamacare would be so popular? Take your pick.
If Republicans kill Granny every time they shut down the Government...

Make yourself useful...
Give us a run down on how any Grandpa's Obama has killed since his stoopid ACA website is not running correctly3734?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1008380 Oct 21, 2013
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>Well if it wasn't hackers than it's quite an overwhelming response. Who knew Obamacare would be so popular? Take your pick.
It's government screwing up everything it touches. At our expense.

No other choices.

Do you think they will implement Obamacare a lot more smoothly once the IRS is involved?
WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008381 Oct 21, 2013
MORE IRONY The Normal Liberian Excuse
In response to the U S state department’s Human Rights reports on Liberia in which the Johnson-Sirleaf government was indicted for the lack of transparency and impunity on the part of corruption officials, the attorney general of Liberia said “ I have not seen the report”. Is this new? No, this is what they always say in addition to “considering we are post conflict, we are doing well”. The Attorney General went on to say “our people know where we were and what we have done and where we are and that well-meaning Liberians and our foreign partners” know we are improving. This is what you get from the chief protector of public and private property as well as public safety when one of the government’s prime benefactors, the U S charges it with malfeasance and misfeasance. Who are these well-meaning Liberians and foreign partners? When you do not legitimize the bad Johnson-Sirleaf government then you are deemed not well-meaning. The Americans are reporting this as a violation of human rights and the AG is playing cheap politics to gain her boss’ approval.

This brings me to a very important national security issue and that is Liberian’s immigration and nationality laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of the Liberian AG. According to the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) Research Assessment office in Monrovia the current laws were modeled on the 1952 U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, and have not been updated since 1974. Further the ABA ROLI, upon the request of the Immigration Administration undertook, completed, and presented an analysis and assessement of the Immigration and Nationality Laws of Liberia in 2009. The analysis was undertaken to assist the government in redrafting and modernizing the immigration and nationality laws of the country. The 1974 law and its analysis and assessment are available on the ABA LORI’s website. I have not been able to confirm if any further actions were taken to move the law along since that time.

This is a very important matter because in the past with the assistance of their influential friends, churches and political connections foreigners from neighboring countries like Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, USA, Guinea and the Caribbean Islands enjoyed access, privilege and good jobs in the public and private at the expense of the indigenous Liberians. Most of these people their children and extended families assumed citizenship and can now boast of Liberian citizenship and heritage. Something no Liberians could have accomplished then and now in those countries. As poor as the 1974 laws were the power elite still violated their own laws.

When in high school the chief of the LAMCO Buchanan plant protection force was a Ghanaian. When I graduated college and went to work for a public corporation about eighty percent of the staff in my department was a foreigner (Ghanaians, Sierra Leoneans, and Indians). Sadly the only part-time student was a Ghanaian. They were all over the place at the expense and disadvantage of the indigenous Liberian.LOLOLOLHAHAHAH IRONIC
THEY DONT CARE ABOUT RACE IN LIBERIA BORDERS LANGUAGE CULTURE IN LIBERIA hahahahahhahahaahahbama

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1008382 Oct 21, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ray Donovan asked you a question. Why won't Sebelius testify at the congressional hearings?
Here's the answer you should have given: Because this administration has perfected the art of stonewalling and sweeping dirt under the rug, and the liberal media doesn't give a damn.
It has nothing to do with Republicans expecting to be included in the political process.
I answered.

Because it is a waste of time.

More dumbass Republicans yelling at people.

Republicans should hold hearing on how they cost the economy out of 24 billion dollars in an debt ceiling fiasco.
No Surprize

Seminole, FL

#1008383 Oct 21, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
You've already submitted. So you wouldn't know the difference at this point.
Sadly, you're a top rank loyal follower.
A lot of people in oppressed countries don't know the difference either. They thought big government would help them too at first.
In Nazi Germany, lily would gladly take a job throwing bodies into the furnaces and think she were on the "Left Side" of Liberalism, until the Elites shoot and throw her in last...

It' the culture...
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008384 Oct 21, 2013
Buroc Millhouse Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
This from a clueless know-it-all. All he needs is Google and the libtard is an expert on every subject!
lol! Unlike you who goes to a single source!
WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008385 Oct 21, 2013
MORE IRONY FROM LIBERIA Our Imperative For Coexistence: Countering Looming Distrust And Tensions;Liberia is a deeply divided society: politically, socially, economically, religiously, and even culturally. We have yet not learned the necessary and essential craft of taking optimal advantage of its diversity. Discrimination and inequality are serious and pervasive problems when large segments of the population still live in abject poverty. Common courtesies are quite scarce in daily life.

These are not surprising, since we are just emerging from a prolonged civil war that crystallized our divisions along many superficial lines, ethnicity being most prominent. We have now normalized difference, denigration of difference, disagreements, anger, and conflicts in our way of life. The tension from unspoken hurt that people feel is still latent. Tremendous energy is being spent holding onto wounds from the past. Unfortunately, our political discourse has become mired by repeated disagreements across various aisles: the executive, the legislative, within political parties, religious entities, etc. And with an abounding number of vulnerable populations (ranging from illiterate to mis-educated people), those Liberians who enjoy and benefit from conflicts have easy preys to exploit. The call-in shows have a tendency to provide listeners a good gauge, although not exclusively. In many quarters, our national conversation seems short on substantive content.

After nearly two decades of bloodshed, distrust, and uneasy coexistence, we have realized peace, although fragile. How can we atone for the injustices that we meted out at one another so that we can bring about a Liberian sense of nationhood? How can we sustain the emerging peace that we have managed to build; and avoid the steps that rendered our country a failed state; and made us second class citizens around the world clamoring for livelihood?

In recent times, the theme that has grasped the popular imagination is the debate whether or not Liberia is a Christian nation. Zealots on one side or the other (Christians and Moslems alike) have tended to scuffle over the question – Should Liberia remain a secular state or not? Time has come for keen observers to sit up and notice. Time has come to add sensible voice to this national debate of grave concern.

In my mind, there is no greater offence to our peaceful sensibilities than when we want to falsely implicate religion in our country’s quest to overcome its divided past. Adding a religious dimension to our social and political problems will fan the fires without end. Recall that our conflict had a regional dimension. Most of all, were we Christians (this writer being one), to invite a religious quarrel, we will not be able to sustain it until the end. There are more Moslems in the region than there are Christians, and the experience of our colleagues in Nigeria should teach us a serious lesson not to engage in any diatribe that will divide us further and even instigate religious violence.

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