Barack Obama, our next President

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"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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Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1046823 Dec 23, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>Gibberish, Robertson was not censored by his network, he was suspended likely for violating policy, procedure or his contract. It's become a rightwing issue thus Laura Ingrahm making room on her show.
Reality TV stars can't be real__that's a fact.
Once they become real viewers lose interest__that's another fact.
Good old Fox retards, I wonder if they remember the Dixie Chicks? They persecuted the crap out of them, even telling people not to buy their record or attend their shows. Now all of the hypocrites that did that are now so concerned about their right to speak. What the idiot Robertson said was far worse and filled with the right wing hatred, bigotry and racism...But as usual they make up their own version thus showing their sheep like mentality while avoiding at all cost the facts, common sense and reality. Good little baggers. What a pathetic lot.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1046824 Dec 23, 2013
Waxman wrote:
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You VPN service go unpaid WIlhelm?
Doesn't a sniveling devious moron like you have anything better to do?
He Waxnuts, I see you still live and post from the U.K.[AKA] Urgent Kare mobil home park for the lame.. It's simply amazing what a desperate freak like you will go too in order to pretend. I love your misery you wear it sooooo well while being so very transparent.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046825 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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President Bush remained committed to ensuring all veterans receive the care and support they need from the Federal government. Under his leadership, the Administration has:
Dramatically Increased Funding To Support And Care For Those Who Have Served Our Nation
•Increased funding for veterans' medical care by more than 115 percent since 2001.
•FY 2009 funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) totals more than $97 billion, nearly double the level of funding when the President took office and the highest level of support for veterans in history.
•Provided more than $6 billion to modernize and expand VA medical facilities and more than $1 billion over the past three years to support traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and research.
•Honored our veterans with a hallowed, final resting place by implementing and fully funding the largest expansion in the national cemetery system since the Civil War.
Improved Care And Services For Wounded Warriors
•Created the Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors – co-chaired by former Senator Bob Dole and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala – to ensure that wounded service members and veterans receive quality care and services and can live lives of hope, promise, and dignity. Nearly all of the Commission's recommendations have already been implemented, such as:
&#9702;Expanded training, screening, and staff resources to help service members and veterans suffering from mental health disorders.
&#9702;Created a joint Recovery Coordinator Program for seriously injured service members.
&#9702;Initiated a pilot program to replace the cumbersome system of two separate disability examinations with a single, comprehensive medical exam.
•Established a Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and expanded VA's polytrauma system of care to 21 network sites and clinic support teams to provide state-of-the-art treatment to injured veterans at facilities closer to their homes.
Ensured Those Who Have Served Our Country Receive The Benefits They Deserve
•Called for and signed a GI Bill for the 21st century, which expanded education benefits for service members and veterans and made it easier for those who defend our Nation to transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children.
•Increased career counseling services for returning veterans, particularly those wounded in combat.
•Signed legislation that increased from two to five years a combat veteran's eligibility to enroll for lifetime VA medical care and allowed family members of injured service members to take additional time away from their jobs to care for their loved ones.
•Signed legislation to ensure military retirees with severe disabilities receive both their military retired pay and their VA disability compensation.
•Helped more than 1.9 million veterans enroll in the VA health care system since 2001.
•Reduced the average length of time to process a veteran's disability claim to under 180 days, down from 230 days when the President took office.
Worked To Decrease The Number Of Homeless Veterans
•Expanded Federal grants and worked extensively with faith-based and community organizations to help homeless veterans.
Pure balderdash Carol, Bush's record with regard to veteran's and returning military was abysmal.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046826 Dec 23, 2013
The budget increases that have occurred mostly were enacted over Bush’s opposition or related to the fact that injuries from the Iraq War far exceeded the administration’s rosy projections in early 2003. The Bush team especially underestimated how many cases of post-traumatic stress disorder to anticipate as well as the number of brain injuries, which have been endemic to the Iraq War where insurgents made effective use of “improvised explosive devices,” or IEDs.
Before Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, documents released by the Department of Veterans Affairs said it expected a maximum of 8,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.
However, according to a study released last year by the RAND Institute, there are more than 320,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars suffering from major depression, PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury. The report found that the VA has been and continues to be ill-equipped to deal with these cases when soldiers return from combat, especially after multiple tours.
An Army task force last year also found major flaws in the way the VA treated and cared for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
For his part, Bush stacked the VA with political cronies, such as former Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, who as VA Secretary defended a budget measure that sought major cuts in staffing for healthcare and at the Board of Veterans Appeals; slashed funding for nursing home care; and blocked four legislative measures aimed at streamlining the backlog of veterans benefits claims.
Of the 84,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by VA, only half, about 42,000, had their disability claim approved by VA. Instead of expediting PTSD claims, Bush's political appointees at VA actively fought against mental health claims.

Bush's appointees also obstructed scientific research into the causes of Gulf War illnesses dating back 18 years to Operation Desert Storm and opposed medical research on treatment for 210,000 of those veterans.
As for funding, Bush proposed a 0.5 percent budget increase for the VA for fiscal year 2006, which amounted to a “cruel mockery” of Bush’s promises to do everything to support veterans and soldiers, Rep. Lane Evans, D-Illinois, said at the time.
Evans called Bush’s proposed budget increase for the VA “grossly inadequate,” saying it would force the VA to “ration” healthcare to veterans.
VA officials had testified in 2005 that the agency needed at least a 13 percent increase to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of war veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and others who needed long-term mental health care.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046827 Dec 23, 2013
In early 2007, the Washington Post put a spotlight on the human consequences resulting from the combination of Bush’s wars and the budget squeeze.
The Post published a series of articles documenting the substandard conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which is located only 4.7 miles from the White House. Wounded vets were housed in rooms with moldy walls, leaky plumage and an infestation of vermin, underscoring how out of touch Bush had become regarding the nation’s veterans.

In response to complaints that some veterans under VA care were being neglected, Nicholson said in March 2007 that such cases were “anecdotal exceptions.”

“When you are treating so many people there is always going to be a linen towel left somewhere,” he said.

In May 2007, the AP revealed that while Nicholson was pinching pennies on treatment costs and coping with a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, he awarded “$3.8 million in bonuses to top executives in fiscal 2006&#8243; — many as much as $33,000.
Simultaneously, Bush was resisting congressional efforts to beef up the VA’s budget. In May 2007, Bush threatened to veto legislation that sought a 10 percent—$3.2 billion—increase, calling it too expensive. Bush proposed a 2 percent increase, far below what lawmakers and VA officials said was needed to treat a dramatic increase in traumatic brain injury and PTSD cases.
After Congress passed the legislation with the higher VA spending, Bush backed down on his veto threat but that was largely due to the fact that every Republican in the Senate with the exception of Jim DeMint of South Carolina, supported the measure.
Amid the growing scandals about substandard VA treatment and inept management, Nicholson resigned in July 2007.
Even after Nicholson’s resignation, the Department of Veterans Affairs continued to be buffeted by scandals, including a cover-up in an epidemic of veterans’ suicides and attempted suicides.
Last year, internal VA e-mails surfaced that showed how top agency officials tried to conceal the information from the public about the sudden increase in suicides and attempted suicides among veterans that were treated or sought help at VA hospitals around the country.

And last November, internal watchdogs discovered 500 benefits claims in shredding bins at the 41 of the 57 regional VA offices around the country.

Paul Sullivan, the executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, a veterans’ advocacy group that sued the VA in federal court, said attempts by the White House to portray Bush as an advocate for veterans is beyond shameful.

“Bush is the worst failure for our veterans since Hoover,” Sullivan said, expressing shock that the President “would shamefully continue his legacy of lies to the American people as he and his political cronies are forced to leave office on Jan. 20.”
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1046828 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
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First, Bush never lied. He had the same Intel the UN and the Democrats had including Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi lied, however, saying Bush lied. And then a lot of Democrats lied because she lied. They lied to you.
Obamacare is going to adversely affect millions of lives.
Not true__actually stupid on your part to believe that the POTUS wouldn't have much better intel than members of congress. One problem was that Bush was not being briefed regularly or properly by the likes of Condi Rice and Peter Goss and another one was that Cheney, Wolfowitz and the neocons were feeding W bogus intel.

Once again your ignorance is on display__don't you ever tire of being wrong>

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1046829 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
The Democrats beat Bush in wanting to overthrow Saddam when Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. It was 9/11 that made the decision for Bush and 111 Democrats went along with him until they turned into political weasels.
Clinton wanted to over throw Sadam through economic means & through supporting opposition groups.

Bush INVADED & got over 4,000 soldiers killed.

It is really sad that you ignore that aspect. Don't you care about our soldiers that you would dismiss their deaths so easily?
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1046830 Dec 23, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Pure balderdash Carol, Bush's record with regard to veteran's and returning military was abysmal.
That is very true, Bush and most righties have a professed love for all Americans but unfortunately it's all based on politics,power and greed, their deeds don't match their words. History shows that to be true. Bush and Cheney were no friends of the Military men and women that they needlessly sacrificed. They were about the same level as having Waxman and sleazy Eed as our nations leaders..

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1046831 Dec 23, 2013
John Galt wrote:
Yesterday it was revealed one company, Cracker Barrel had dropped the Louisiana family. But after threats of a boycott they almost immediately reversed their decision, releasing a statement, saying:
‘You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you.’
Yet anther reason to never eat at Cracker Barrel.(other than really crappy over priced food)

They were sorry their objection to a bigot POS offended the other bigoted POSs

f*ck Cracker Barrel.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046832 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Compare Bush's record of funding veterans to this:
WASHINGTON -- The majority of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging his "direct and public involvement" in fixing the disability claims backlog plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs.
"In the last four years, the number of claims pending for over a year has grown by over 2000%, despite a 40% increase in the VA's budget," read the letter, which was signed by 67 senators, led by Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.)....Solving this problem is critical for veterans of all generations. We need direct and public involvement from you to establish a clear plan to end the backlog once and for all."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/obam...
This administration is too busy creating this president's legacy.
Bush stacked the VA with political cronies, such as former Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, who as VA Secretary defended a budget measure that sought major cuts in staffing for healthcare and at the Board of Veterans Appeals; slashed funding for nursing home care; and blocked four legislative measures aimed at streamlining the backlog of veterans benefits claims.
Of the 84,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by VA, only half, about 42,000, had their disability claim approved by VA. Instead of expediting PTSD claims, Bush's political appointees at VA actively fought against mental health claims.
In May 2007, the AP revealed that while Nicholson was pinching pennies on treatment costs and coping with a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, he awarded “$3.8 million in bonuses to top executives in fiscal 2006&#8243; — many as much as $33,000.
Simultaneously, Bush was resisting congressional efforts to beef up the VA’s budget. In May 2007, Bush threatened to veto legislation that sought a 10 percent—$3.2 billion—increase, calling it too expensive. Bush proposed a 2 percent increase, far below what lawmakers and VA officials said was needed to treat a dramatic increase in traumatic brain injury and PTSD cases.
Even after Nicholson’s resignation, the Department of Veterans Affairs continued to be buffeted by scandals, including a cover-up in an epidemic of veterans’ suicides and attempted suicides.
Last year, internal VA e-mails surfaced that showed how top agency officials tried to conceal the information from the public about the sudden increase in suicides and attempted suicides among veterans that were treated or sought help at VA hospitals around the country.

And last November, internal watchdogs discovered 500 benefits claims in shredding bins at the 41 of the 57 regional VA offices around the country.
Bush was the worst president in regards to veterans and returning military since Herbert Hoover.

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1046833 Dec 23, 2013
Ray Donovan wrote:
<quoted text>
Make sure you read that last sentence 2 or 3 times, dumbfk.
"The Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping health care program created in a half century, is expected to extend coverage to 25 million Americans over the next decade, according to the most recent government estimates. But that will still leave a projected 31 million people without insurance by 2023."
So, you tell me...what about them?
Those are a combination of non citizen residents, those whop choose not to have insurance & pay the fine, those who should qualify for the medicaid extension but their state laws prohibit it, etc.

Ray, you never gave a sh*t abut the uninsured to begin with so why do you care now?

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#1046834 Dec 23, 2013
In this holiday season we need to take a moment and give thanks for blessings of the past year. Teabaggers have pulled the Republican party so far to the right they can't win national elections. Thank you morons.
God bless Ted Cruz.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1046835 Dec 23, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Yet anther reason to never eat at Cracker Barrel.(other than really crappy over priced food)
They were sorry their objection to a bigot POS offended the other bigoted POSs
f*ck Cracker Barrel.
At least now we know why they named it "CRACKER" Barrel.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046836 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't think the National Journal or a survey conducted in 2006 will write the history and legacy of George W. Bush.
If Iraq ends up being a lost cause, history will blame Obama for withdrawing residual troops meant to stay and train Iraqi military and keep the peace too soon - against the advise of Iraqi generals on the ground.
This president is all too eager to negotiate with Iran and Russia but caves at the drop of the hat with Iraq to negotiate an agreement allowing residual troops to remain so Iraq would not become a lost cause.
He wants it to be a lost cause. Just so he can say he was right. Nevermind the blood and treasure that were sacrificed or Iraq as a stabilizing country in the Middle East.
Why do you lie so much Carol? In 2008, the American and Iraqi governments signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement which stipulates that all American forces should withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 and from Iraqi territory altogether by 31 December 2011. On 14 December 2008, then-U.S. President George W. Bush signed the security pact with Iraq.
Do you know what "all" means Carol? There was no mention of any residual troops.
Bush is going to be the one who history will judge harshly for putting our troops into that hell hole in the first place.
Grey Ghost

Partlow, VA

#1046837 Dec 23, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you lie so much Carol? In 2008, the American and Iraqi governments signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement which stipulates that all American forces should withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 and from Iraqi territory altogether by 31 December 2011. On 14 December 2008, then-U.S. President George W. Bush signed the security pact with Iraq.
Do you know what "all" means Carol? There was no mention of any residual troops.
Bush is going to be the one who history will judge harshly for putting our troops into that hell hole in the first place.
There you go confusing Carol with the facts again, which will simply be ignored and her search for more lies to fuel her obsessed behavior will continue.
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1046838 Dec 23, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
My head explodes, figuratively speaking, on a daily basis.
But since you mentioned Homer's culottes, this might also be a nice look on him.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cd_player/811946...
Or this....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40861494 @N03/11190186515/in/pool-menin skirts
...if he ditches the socks.
What do you think?
I think you're an idiot.
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1046839 Dec 23, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
At least now we know why they named it "CRACKER" Barrel.
Cracker Barrel has had it's own problems with gays__really surprising that the company chimed in on the DD frackas.

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1046840 Dec 23, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
That is very true, Bush and most righties have a professed love for all Americans but unfortunately it's all based on politics,power and greed, their deeds don't match their words. History shows that to be true. Bush and Cheney were no friends of the Military men and women that they needlessly sacrificed. They were about the same level as having Waxman and sleazy Eed as our nations leaders..
In the 2008 election, Obama had a much better voting record for supporting veterans than John McCain.
TheIndpendentMaj ority

Manchester, KY

#1046841 Dec 23, 2013
Grey Ghost wrote:
<quoted text>
He Waxnuts, I see you still live and post from the U.K.[AKA] Urgent Kare mobil home park for the lame.. It's simply amazing what a desperate freak like you will go too in order to pretend. I love your misery you wear it sooooo well while being so very transparent.
AGAIN you vpn deliquent Ghost?

LMAO
Realtime

Deltona, FL

#1046842 Dec 23, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you lie so much Carol? In 2008, the American and Iraqi governments signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement which stipulates that all American forces should withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 and from Iraqi territory altogether by 31 December 2011. On 14 December 2008, then-U.S. President George W. Bush signed the security pact with Iraq.
Do you know what "all" means Carol? There was no mention of any residual troops.
Bush is going to be the one who history will judge harshly for putting our troops into that hell hole in the first place.
$25 billion tops slam dunk, they'll be throwing rose petals, the oil will pay for the reconstruction yada yada yada! BushCo had no idea what they were getting the US into.

Stupid fks had to go to China for loans to continue fighting.

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