Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1396261 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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Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1036516 Dec 7, 2013
killtaker wrote:
Progressives know their business models and " We only want you if you have no proof customers want what you are selling."
California...
"Prop. G obligates the Planning Commission to conduct a hearing for any chain store (also
known as "formula retail") proposed in neighborhood commercial districts.
Formula retail is defined as any retail sales establishment with 11 or more stores in the United States that maintains two or more standardized features, including decor, facade, color scheme, uniforms, signage or a trademark."
http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2007/09...
Only approved décor that doesn't offend their sensibility should happen in the sales district. Logical -no?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036517 Dec 7, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Worse is when the Left illogically throws out the race card and end up as a laughing stock.
lol! I know.

Reich wingers keep throwing it out to remind themselves!

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#1036518 Dec 7, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Cons hate national sovereignty unless it conforms to their desires... just like their 1930's German masters!
'...the moral obligation of states (is) to do their best for their own citizens...'

Weiner, M.(1996).'Ethics, National Sovereignty and the Control of Immigration'. International Immigration Review, Vol xxx, No. 1, page 171

Now what has anyone done to protect our borders since Ike's "operation wetback"?

'In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing'

http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/tim...

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1036519 Dec 7, 2013
flack wrote:
Remember Pearl Harbor!!!
Yes, the true grit of America was revived and was instrumental in restoring liberty and reshaping democracy on the world stage after that day. Many on here know first-hand the sacrifices made in the years following because our parents were among the "greatest generation".

There were injustices even so - blacks soldiers were not integrated with whites - but the racial undertones of the deep south hadn't released its stronghold on society yet.

It's unfortunate that this and even worse atrocities of war are also part of our history.

But the unbelievable bravery and courageousness of both blacks and whites in that war is why some of us feel so strongly about a president who has no connection or understanding of the American spirit. Rather, he believes this country is his to transform into a radically distorted and biased version of what was a proud and patriotic nation and surrounds himself with radically biased incompetents who share the same disconnect.

Americans owe a great deal to those who laid down their lives. We owe it to them to stand against anyone who has forgotten those sacrifices and what they mean to our freedoms.

(Sorry about the mini speech. But this is a day to remember who and what we are - and not to forget.)
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036520 Dec 7, 2013
Whatever wrote:
No generation in American history has let the government get by with so much!
Where are the Liberals screaming for freedom-all reduced to giving the flavor-of-the-moment spin on what they "really" support until they don't.
lol! Curious isn't it?

Since all I hear is reich wingers screaming about 'taking back America' to their way of life and beliefs!
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1036521 Dec 7, 2013
Karma is a_______ wrote:
<quoted text>
the gap between rich & poor has been widing since the Reagan administraation, & usually worsens under GOP Presidents.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/i...
A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us?$31,244.
http://www.motherjones.com/files/outofbalance...
http://www.motherjones.com/files/averagehouse...
http://www.motherjones.com/files/changeinshar...
http://www.motherjones.com/files/yourloss.pdf
as for raising the minimum wage, there are numerous opinions on that:
Economists disagree on whether the minimum wage kills jobs. Why?
What happens when the minimum wage goes up? In theory, this should be simple. A hike in the minimum wage raises the cost of low-wage workers. That should make firms less likely to hire those people. Unemployment should rise. Basic Econ 101, right?
Okay, we've hiked the minimum wage. Now who's going to take care of these fries?(The Washington Post)
Except that the real world seems to be much murkier. Yes, a number of studies have found a link between a higher minimum wage and higher unemployment. But many others, such as this recent paper from U.C. Berkeley that exploited differences across state borders, have found no effect at all. Quite often, hiking the minimum wage by a buck or two doesn't appear to worsen unemployment in any noticeable way.
This poses a conundrum. Why might the basic theory be wrong? That's a question that John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explores in this new paper (pdf). He runs through a slew of theories for why a modest minimum-wage hike might not affect employment levels much. Basically, there are a variety of ways that labor markets can respond — and they don't all involve more unemployment:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
Mother Jones and an editorial? And Homer has nerve to complain about Washington Post and WSJ.

I guess the Left have succumbed to reading only the Progressive sites.
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1036522 Dec 7, 2013
killtaker wrote:
<quoted text>
'...the moral obligation of states (is) to do their best for their own citizens...'
Weiner, M.(1996).'Ethics, National Sovereignty and the Control of Immigration'. International Immigration Review, Vol xxx, No. 1, page 171
Now what has anyone done to protect our borders since Ike's "operation wetback"?
'In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing'
http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/tim...
Nothing could be so moronic as dumb Yeah screaming National sovereignty as a reason for Iran to have a nuc.

I am glad the international community isn't so brain dead to think owning a nuc is the Right of a nation.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036523 Dec 7, 2013
killtaker wrote:
<quoted text>
'...the moral obligation of states (is) to do their best for their own citizens...'
Weiner, M.(1996).'Ethics, National Sovereignty and the Control of Immigration'. International Immigration Review, Vol xxx, No. 1, page 171
Now what has anyone done to protect our borders since Ike's "operation wetback"?
'In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing'
http://www.pbs.org/kpbs/theborder/history/tim...
And the net flow of illegal immigration is out, not in to the United States.

Ok..... So your point is?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036524 Dec 7, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing could be so moronic as dumb Yeah screaming National sovereignty as a reason for Iran to have a nuc.
I am glad the international community isn't so brain dead to think owning a nuc is the Right of a nation.
lol! Moronic is when a reich wingers tries to associate themselves with Stalin, Mao, Marx and in deed, to Hitler!

It's interesting to watch the stumbling, bumbing idiocy they create!
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

#1036525 Dec 7, 2013
Out of here. Y'all have a good day!
TSM

United States

#1036526 Dec 7, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>why does texass hate women?
It’s hard for Liberals/Democrats to distance themselves from all those Obamacare Lies ‘ If you like your plan you can keep it, if you like your doctor you can keep him/her’ these Lies impact Women…Period!!
Hey; if you haven’t notice women support for Obama is Dropping like a Rock!! Ouch
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036527 Dec 7, 2013
Whatever wrote:
Out of here. Y'all have a good day!
From a mental perspective, that's normal!

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1036528 Dec 7, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
So what happens to wages across the board if minimum wage starts out at what many skilled jobs pay now?
Wages will go up across the board and prices will go up with them. Taxes will also go up as long as the Democrats think there's more checks in the checkbook so there has to be money in the bank.
And then there's ObamaCare...
And too many people still unemployed...
Higher prices, higher taxes and not enough jobs...a great combination for a government takeover.
Higher wages is about one thing and one thing only. Since prices will rise to cover the the cost of labor, a net zero gain, what is the reason behind the push for higher wages? Higher wages means higher withholding tax revenue. Plain and simple. You think the government cares about you! LMAO!!!!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1036529 Dec 7, 2013
TSM wrote:
<quoted text>
It’s hard for Liberals/Democrats to distance themselves from all those Obamacare Lies ‘ If you like your plan you can keep it, if you like your doctor you can keep him/her’ these Lies impact Women…Period!!
Hey; if you haven’t notice women support for Obama is Dropping like a Rock!! Ouch
lol! I know, son.

Since reich wingers keep trying to pin it on them like everything else to make their case!

But that's ok. It's normal for you to work that way.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1036530 Dec 7, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, the true grit of America was revived and was instrumental in restoring liberty and reshaping democracy on the world stage after that day. Many on here know first-hand the sacrifices made in the years following because our parents were among the "greatest generation".
There were injustices even so - blacks soldiers were not integrated with whites - but the racial undertones of the deep south hadn't released its stronghold on society yet.
It's unfortunate that this and even worse atrocities of war are also part of our history.
But the unbelievable bravery and courageousness of both blacks and whites in that war is why some of us feel so strongly about a president who has no connection or understanding of the American spirit. Rather, he believes this country is his to transform into a radically distorted and biased version of what was a proud and patriotic nation and surrounds himself with radically biased incompetents who share the same disconnect.
Americans owe a great deal to those who laid down their lives. We owe it to them to stand against anyone who has forgotten those sacrifices and what they mean to our freedoms.
(Sorry about the mini speech. But this is a day to remember who and what we are - and not to forget.)
It was a good one.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1036531 Dec 7, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, the true grit of America was revived and was instrumental in restoring liberty and reshaping democracy on the world stage after that day. Many on here know first-hand the sacrifices made in the years following because our parents were among the "greatest generation".
There were injustices even so - blacks soldiers were not integrated with whites - but the racial undertones of the deep south hadn't released its stronghold on society yet.
It's unfortunate that this and even worse atrocities of war are also part of our history.
But the unbelievable bravery and courageousness of both blacks and whites in that war is why some of us feel so strongly about a president who has no connection or understanding of the American spirit. Rather, he believes this country is his to transform into a radically distorted and biased version of what was a proud and patriotic nation and surrounds himself with radically biased incompetents who share the same disconnect.
Americans owe a great deal to those who laid down their lives. We owe it to them to stand against anyone who has forgotten those sacrifices and what they mean to our freedoms.
(Sorry about the mini speech. But this is a day to remember who and what we are - and not to forget.)
I always think of the wife's mom and her aunt talking about watching the torpedoed ships burning at night off the Virginia coast on this day. Her dad was at Normandy and her uncle was a destroyer captain in the Pacific. My uncles was at Normandy but my dad was in the hospital due to a car wreck. Still walks with a limp.
TSM

United States

#1036532 Dec 7, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! I know, son.
Since reich wingers keep trying to pin it on them like everything else to make their case!
But that's ok. It's normal for you to work that way.
Under Obama’s presidency Women have felt the impact of Obama’s fail leadership from Jobs/Health Care now that’s the Facts!!

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1036533 Dec 7, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text>Higher wages is about one thing and one thing only. Since prices will rise to cover the the cost of labor, a net zero gain, what is the reason behind the push for higher wages? Higher wages means higher withholding tax revenue. Plain and simple. You think the government cares about you! LMAO!!!!
The present government doesn't care about anyone except their own party and themselves - and their power and control over us.

Nothing wrong with raising the minimum wage by a dollar or two. Doubling it is ridiculous - and selfish - when you think about it.

But selfishness is the underlying liberal motive that's driving us onto the wrong track. Gimmee mine...now!

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1036534 Dec 7, 2013
Merrill MatthewsMerrill Matthews Contributor
I explore public policy and politics and expose foolish ideas.
OP/ED 11/25/2013 @ 4:53PM 11,329 views
When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients?
Patient access to doctors is approaching a perfect storm of decreased physician supply, more demand for medical care—especially after Obamacare kicks in—and doctors increasingly refusing to see low-paying Medicare or Medicaid patients. If the “promise” of Obamacare’s access to health care is to be kept, government will eventually have to force doctors to accept Obamacare-covered patients. Because such a step would represent such a radical departure from physician autonomy, you might call it the “medical nuclear option.”
To begin with, the U.S. is already facing a doctor shortage. The Association of American Medical Colleges warns that the nation will face a shortage of 91,500 physicians by 2020. With respect to family physicians, a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine predicted a primary care physician shortage of 52,000 by 2025.
There are several reasons for the shortages. An aging population needs more medical care. Doctors are retiring in large numbers, fed up with the bureaucratic challenges and red tape imposed by government and health insurance. Plus, federal funds for training doctors can lead to shortages in some areas of the country.
Second, the implementation of Obamacare will likely exacerbate the doctor shortage. People who have been uninsured for a while who then get coverage tend to use significantly more health care for the first few years. If Obamacare results in an extra 30 million-plus people getting coverage—though at this point it isn’t clear whether, given the cancelations, higher premiums and the young and healthy potentially not enrolling, more people will ultimately have coverage—the demand for doctors will grow significantly, even as the relative number of doctors declines.
Third, a growing number of doctors are refusing to take new Medicaid or Medicare patients, and there is every reason to think the same will happen under Obamacare.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently reported that 9,500 doctors who had previously accepted Medicare patients refused to do so in 2012. And the American Academy of Family Physicians says that doctors willing to accept new Medicare patients declined from 83 percent to 81 percent (most will continue to see Medicare patients they currently treat).
With respect to Medicaid, a study in the health policy journal Health Affairs found that 33 percent of primary care physicians weren’t accepting new Medicaid patients. But that figure can vary significantly by state. The Texas Medical Association says that only about a third of Texas doctors are willing to take all new Medicaid patients.
Why are doctors increasingly rejecting Medicare and Medicaid patients? Low government reimbursement rates. And that is where Obamacare comes in. News stories are already emerging that doctors will be paid significantly less for treating Obamacare patients than they would make from non-Obamacare private insurance, and perhaps even Medicare.
The New York Post recently reported on a very troubling survey from the New York State Medical Society, which found that 44 percent of New York doctors are not participating in Obamacare. Worse yet, three-fourths of those who are participating are being forced to because of existing insurance contracts. Only one-forth of those participating volunteered to do so.
One reason Obamacare is cutting reimbursement levels is to keep premiums as low as possible in a futile effort to reduce the premium “sticker shock” that has already hit the country. As Kaiser Health News writes,“Insurance officials acknowledge they have reduced rates in some plans, saying they are under enormous pressure to keep premiums affordable.” And we haven’t even hit the “death spiral” of exploding premiums yet.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1036535 Dec 7, 2013
If Obamacare is not repealed and too many doctors refuse to take Obamacare coverage, the government will eventually have to find some way to force doctors to participate, but how? As long as Republicans control at least one house of Congress (or eventually the White House), it’s very unlikely Congress would go along with a forced-participation law.

Could Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius use regulations or financial incentives to get physicians to participate? As one example, Obamacare included $230 million to increase the number of medical residents, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Those or future grants could come with Obamacare-participation strings attached.

States could also play a role in forced participation. States license physicians and oversee insurance contracts. Many Democratically controlled states are just as invested in the success of Obamacare as the president. Thus a blue-state governor and state legislature could mandate all of the state’s doctors accept Obamacare as a condition of practicing in the state, or require doctors accepting private insurance to accept Obamacare coverage also. It may be the only way to ensure Obama’s promise that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor—or at least “some doctor.”

Invoking this medical nuclear option would surely exacerbate the doctor-shortage problem, as those unwilling to be shackled by the government retire or perhaps try to switch to a cash-only basis. But HHS and the states are already gearing up to fill some of that gap with physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

Democrats at both the federal and state levels are trying and make one of the country’s biggest policy disasters work. They have already committed trillions of taxpayer dollars to get their government-controlled health care system up and running (sort of); it is very unlikely that they will let doctors’ unwillingness to take Obamacare coverage stand in their way.

Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas. http://twitter.com/MerrillMatthews

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