Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1482851 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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Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1039319 Dec 10, 2013
Amazing! Up to $100M in subsidies!!!!

And cons aren't against it! Heavens to betsy!!!

"Christian Science Monitor

Budget hawks: Does US need to give gas and oil companies $41 billion a year?

As President Obama and Congress look for budget cuts, some experts say federal energy subsidies are ripe for trimming. Among oil companies, nuclear power, and coal, who gets what from US taxpayers?

By Mark Clayton, Staff writer / March 9, 2011

The full moon sets behind a wind farm in the Mojave Desert in California in this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo. President Obama is urging Congress to eliminate billions of dollars in subsidies for oil companies.

Toby Melville/Reuters/File
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Desperately seeking fiscal savings, Congress and President Obama are scrambling to find anything in the federal budget that can be thrown overboard, from child nutrition aid to funding for military bands.

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But the American people might be on to something. In a poll conducted for NBC and the Wall Street Journal, three-quarters of respondents favored "eliminating tax credits for the oil and gas industries." Specifically, 47 percent said they found such cuts "totally acceptable" and 27 percent said they found it "mostly acceptable."

To some budget hawks cutting subsidies to mature and profitable energy industries is an inevitable part of any budget deficit solution. "Clearly most of the attention has been focused on non-security discretionary budget,” says Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington.“But even if we eliminated every dime of that, we would still have a trillion-dollar deficit. So these issues like subsidies for the oil and gas industry – and the tax code – are going to have to be tackled."

Are you smarter than Al Gore? Take our energy quiz.

Finding and tallying federal energy subsidies, however, can be fiendishly difficult. Doug Koplow of the energy-consulting firm Earth Track in Cambridge, Mass., is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic.

He estimates that the US spent between $49 billion and $100 billion on energy subsidies in 2007 – numbers Mr. Koplow says are still accurate if adjusted for inflation. The handouts cover a broad range of activities, from federal loan guarantees and funding for energy research and development to special tax exemptions.

Here is how the subsidies break down by category, adjusted for inflation, according to Koplow.
Oil and gas:$41 billion

President Obama wants Congress to chop $3.6 billion in 2012 oil and gas tax breaks for a total of $46.2 billion over the next decade. Among Mr. Obama’s targets: a nearly century-old oil and gas industry tax deduction for the costs of preparing drill sites and a manufacturer's tax break granted the oil industry in 2004...."
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1039320 Dec 10, 2013
Yeah wrote:
Amazing! Up to $100M in subsidies!!!!
And cons aren't against it! Heavens to betsy!!!
"Christian Science Monitor
Budget hawks: Does US need to give gas and oil companies $41 billion a year?
As President Obama and Congress look for budget cuts, some experts say federal energy subsidies are ripe for trimming. Among oil companies, nuclear power, and coal, who gets what from US taxpayers?
By Mark Clayton, Staff writer / March 9, 2011
The full moon sets behind a wind farm in the Mojave Desert in California in this Jan. 8, 2004, file photo. President Obama is urging Congress to eliminate billions of dollars in subsidies for oil companies.
Toby Melville/Reuters/File
Enlarge
Desperately seeking fiscal savings, Congress and President Obama are scrambling to find anything in the federal budget that can be thrown overboard, from child nutrition aid to funding for military bands.
In Pictures Solar power: Harnessing the sun's energy
But the American people might be on to something. In a poll conducted for NBC and the Wall Street Journal, three-quarters of respondents favored "eliminating tax credits for the oil and gas industries." Specifically, 47 percent said they found such cuts "totally acceptable" and 27 percent said they found it "mostly acceptable."
To some budget hawks cutting subsidies to mature and profitable energy industries is an inevitable part of any budget deficit solution. "Clearly most of the attention has been focused on non-security discretionary budget,” says Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington.“But even if we eliminated every dime of that, we would still have a trillion-dollar deficit. So these issues like subsidies for the oil and gas industry – and the tax code – are going to have to be tackled."
Are you smarter than Al Gore? Take our energy quiz.
Finding and tallying federal energy subsidies, however, can be fiendishly difficult. Doug Koplow of the energy-consulting firm Earth Track in Cambridge, Mass., is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic.
He estimates that the US spent between $49 billion and $100 billion on energy subsidies in 2007 – numbers Mr. Koplow says are still accurate if adjusted for inflation. The handouts cover a broad range of activities, from federal loan guarantees and funding for energy research and development to special tax exemptions.
Here is how the subsidies break down by category, adjusted for inflation, according to Koplow.
Oil and gas:$41 billion
President Obama wants Congress to chop $3.6 billion in 2012 oil and gas tax breaks for a total of $46.2 billion over the next decade. Among Mr. Obama’s targets: a nearly century-old oil and gas industry tax deduction for the costs of preparing drill sites and a manufacturer's tax break granted the oil industry in 2004...."
lol! Oh wait! My mistake!

It's $100 BILLION!!!

That is......$100,000,000,000!!!!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1039321 Dec 10, 2013
lol! Dang! I can't enjoy my beer anymore.

No more reich wing whining!!!!

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039322 Dec 10, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
No, but you seem to have major issues.
I am talking about Tax LAWS not rules silly- you know those things that apply to all in business and manufacturing.
Writing a law eliminating the oil industry from using these tax credits has a high probability of being unconstitutional!
Trust me NO one wants to pay $15.00 plus for a gallon of gas which would be the result of your non-thinking nonsense.
We would paid a small fortune to maintain the Strategic Reserve, if at all, and it would be too bad for those receiving energy assistance-get a fireplace.
Your overwhelming hate of a US business is irrational and harmful to even yourself.
READ THE BILL!!! I'm not making this stuff up. I'm telling you want the "End Polluter Welfare Act" is all about. It changes the TAX LAWS so that oil companies will not be treated the same as other business and manufacturing. There is nothing unconstitutional about it.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039323 Dec 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
sane people can't see any reason for the government to get involved at all...
Insane people don't comprehend the importance of health insurance.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039324 Dec 10, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
What BILL before congress? This is where you keep going off the rails. You think if some congressman supports a law created by a green energy group then bam it is in congress. Not the way it works.
The bill hasn't even gone into committee has it?
NOPE
It has very little chance of being voted on in committee let alone brought to the floor.
Twiddle Dum Dum
Yes, the bill has gone to committee.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr...
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#1039325 Dec 10, 2013
Ooop!!!!

http://www.examiner.com/article/74-of-america...

"74% of Americans polled favor eliminating big oil's $4 billion annual subsidies
May 7, 2011

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 74% of Americans favor eliminating the $4 billion annual subsidies to oil companies given the deficit and the huge profits oil companies make. Americans realize that subsidies are not effective in reducing gas prices at the pump.

At Town Hall meetings during Easter break, many Congressmen heard constituents tell them to eliminate the subsidies, and in front of their constituents, at least 17 Republicans -- including Speaker of the House, John Boehner -- said they would at least “be open to look at” eliminating subsidies and went as far as to say they would vote to do so.

For example, one constituent at a Town Hall meeting asked Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL): "How about reforming the laws that give away our tax dollars to giant oil companies making record-breaking profits?" Rep. Walsh responded: "Get rid of subsidies for oil companies. Absolutely." (Click on the video on the left.).."

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039326 Dec 10, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Why would they take Medicaid when they don't like the nonsense attached to the insurance?
You already stated 57% refuse Medicaid patients prior to the bill and now you want to blow smoke and say no no that is not true!
Doctors who take medicaid patients do so knowing that they will make money off of their other patients. They are not willing to accept Medicaid patients in great numbers as it's not profitable. IF (and I don't know that it's true) insurance companies on the exchange are using the same fee schedule to pay doctors as Medicaid, then it's against a doctor's best interest to accept patients from the exchange. They have to make money somewhere.

I said in 2008 57% refused to accept Medicaid patients and I mistakenly thought it was reported that 70% were now saying they wouldn't accept Medicaid patients. I didn't realize until later that the 70% figure wasn't about Medicaid at all....it was about the exchanges. It is a confusing issue.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039327 Dec 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
Castro is a war criminal and mass murderer, due no respect whatsoever...
trash like you would kiss Hitler's ass...
Some countries have said the same thing about Bush but I still would want a foreign leader disrespecting him by refusing to shake his hand.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039328 Dec 10, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
a bill that will never have a committee hearing, let alone a vote on the floor...
nothing but toilet paper...
What difference does that make? Now we can't discuss a bill until it gets out of committee? Nice to know.

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#1039329 Dec 10, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
They know they'll get bailed out too if worse comes to worse - at our expense - again. They're also under the same decree from on high just like the rest of us.
I'd rather see them bailed out than Wall Street brokers and gamblers.

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1039330 Dec 10, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Son, how can you possibly say you support a 'smaller' government while increasing the military?
What you mean is you want to be selective about which part of government is smaller!
Show me the post where I said anything about expanding the military, then we'll talk.

Since: Aug 13

Bozeman, MT

#1039331 Dec 10, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Some countries have said the same thing about Bush but I still would want a foreign leader disrespecting him by refusing to shake his hand.
If Bush is a war criminal, so is Obama. Can't have one without the other.

Tyrants, dictators and murderers deserve ZERO respect.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1039332 Dec 11, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
The Magic Negro lied, Candy Crowley lied and now you are lying.
60 Minutes: yes, America, the Obama Administration lied to you about Benghazi: http://tinyurl.com/lutajsb
CBS Busts Obama--and Itself--in Benghazi Cover-Up: http://tinyurl.com/9rpa4dt
Candy Crowley is a Liberalmediajournalisticwhore.
The lying continues to this moment.
HEY STUPID! That 60 Minutes piece blew up in CBS' face. Turns out the guy they interviewed was a bald faced liar who wasn't even there.
You're an idiot!
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1039333 Dec 11, 2013
Frank wrote:
<quoted text>Obama DOJ dropped the charges because Obama is a racist.
WRONG AGAIN STUPID! The charges were dropped before Obama was inaugurated and well before Holder was confirmed. They were dropped by the Bush DOJ.
You're an idiot Frank!
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1039334 Dec 11, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
There's no global warming, Homer. Sorry your Al Gore picture has to come down over the mantle. But the Artic is covered with ice. Thick ice. Lots of ice.
And global temperatures haven't risen for a while now.
According to the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), 2008 was the ninth warmest year in the period of instrumental measurements which extends back to 1880...and the ten warmest years all occurred within the 12-year period 1997-2008.
The natural pattern of climate has changed again.
Maybe you can sell your picture of Al on EBay. Or give it a proper burial.
Yes Carol, global warming is a reality despite what delusional deniers like you want to believe. Here's a statement by Richard Muller, who directed a Koch-funded climate change project;
“Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”
The Goddard Institute for Space Studies monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis compared temperatures around the World in 2012 to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century, analyzing data that shows that the Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.
The average temperature in 2012 was about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.0 F hotter than the mid-20th century baseline. The average global temperature has risen about 1.4 F since 1880.
Weather patterns normally cause fluctuations in average temperature on a year to year basis, but the continued increase in greenhouse gas levels in the Earth’s atmosphere most assuredly will manifest itself in a long-term rise in global temperatures.
Each successive year will not necessarily be warmer than the year before, but on the current course of greenhouse gas increases, scientists expect each successive decade to be warmer than the previous decade.
“One more year of numbers isn’t in itself significant,” Goddard climatologist Gavin Schmidt said.“What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it’s warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat and is a major risk factor for the increase in the Earth’s climate. It occurs naturally and also is emitted by the burning of the different fossil fuels for the energy needs of the world. Driven by increasing man-made emissions, the level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has been rising consistently for decades.
By the way Carol, this year the North Pole became a lake without any ice cover at all. There's significantly less ice in the arctic regions then there has been in the past. That's a fact.
angel

Boise, ID

#1039335 Dec 11, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
WRONG AGAIN STUPID! The charges were dropped before Obama was inaugurated and well before Holder was confirmed. They were dropped by the Bush DOJ.
You're an idiot Frank!
Frank is the Right's Ideal 'True Beleiver'dont confuse him with facts.
Fox is GOSPEL to him.
No Surprize

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1039336 Dec 11, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
WRONG AGAIN STUPID! The charges were dropped before Obama was inaugurated and well before Holder was confirmed. They were dropped by the Bush DOJ.
You're an idiot Frank!
Holder's Black Panther Stonewall

Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142...

You are a dumbass RealDave sock PDUPONT...

It's the culture...
angel

Boise, ID

#1039337 Dec 11, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes Carol, global warming is a reality despite what delusional deniers like you want to believe. Here's a statement by Richard Muller, who directed a Koch-funded climate change project;
“Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”
The Goddard Institute for Space Studies monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis compared temperatures around the World in 2012 to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century, analyzing data that shows that the Earth continues to experience warmer temperatures than several decades ago.
The average temperature in 2012 was about 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.0 F hotter than the mid-20th century baseline. The average global temperature has risen about 1.4 F since 1880.
Weather patterns normally cause fluctuations in average temperature on a year to year basis, but the continued increase in greenhouse gas levels in the Earth’s atmosphere most assuredly will manifest itself in a long-term rise in global temperatures.
Each successive year will not necessarily be warmer than the year before, but on the current course of greenhouse gas increases, scientists expect each successive decade to be warmer than the previous decade.
“One more year of numbers isn’t in itself significant,” Goddard climatologist Gavin Schmidt said.“What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it’s warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that traps heat and is a major risk factor for the increase in the Earth’s climate. It occurs naturally and also is emitted by the burning of the different fossil fuels for the energy needs of the world. Driven by increasing man-made emissions, the level of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has been rising consistently for decades.
By the way Carol, this year the North Pole became a lake without any ice cover at all. There's significantly less ice in the arctic regions then there has been in the past. That's a fact.
LOVED how the Koch-Cultists and Teatards went from quoting him and holding him up like a cross to ward off vampires whenever the subject of Global Warming came up...to turning on him like Dirty Dogs and ripping him to shreds the second he didnt tell them what they wanted to hear.

Since: May 11

Newville, PA

#1039338 Dec 11, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Wish they had too.
A lot of people are going to be remembering Ted Cruz filibustering ObamaCare - if they're not already.
Ted Cruz did not filibuster the ACA.

He filibustered the funding of our country which cost 24 billion to our economy to try to make a political point to further his own self interest.

Just think, if it were Ted Cruz meeting Raul Castro, Castro would have thanked Cruz for his family's service to the Castro family.

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