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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Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1049626 Dec 30, 2013
flack wrote:
Cathy Smith, who’d hoped she’d qualify for a subsidy and made just a little too much money, had tears in her eyes. "You don't make that much money to begin with,” she said,“and the prescriptions are going to kill me."
Insurance broker Michael Harp said small businesses, part of what’s known in the industry as the “small group market,” are used to seeing health insurance premiums climb about 10 percent a year, but it’s never before been this dramatic. For Extreme Dodge to have kept deductibles and out-of-pocket costs at last year’s levels, he said, would have cost the dealership almost 50 percent more than last year.
Harp says what is happening at this dealership is representative of the other small businesses he deals with. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees currently provide health insurance to about 17 million U.S. workers, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
He said the biggest surprise to him in how the law impacts small business clients is “how many people are losers versus winners.… There are some people who do come out ahead, but I would say the overwhelming majority, they’re paying much higher rates and they have lower benefits.”
Some small businesses have been able to extend their current policies and delay the deadline for complying with the new law until sometime next year.
The Obama administration disputes the notion that the ACA puts small businesses at a disadvantage or forces them to shed health insurance. It cites a program created by the law – the Small Business Health Options Program or SHOP -- that enables businesses with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees to shop for group health plans and notes that many small businesses can qualify for tax credits to help pay for employee premiums.
Beyond higher out-of-pocket costs, some workers at the dealership face higher premiums. Premiums vary because of age and family size. Some end up paying slightly less or about the same for premiums. But older workers with families pay significantly more.
Among the hardest hit is Campbell, a salesman with a wife and three young children, all of whom are active in athletics. The premium payments currently deducted weekly from his paycheck will increase $77, to a total of $221 per week.“That’s a huge part of the budget,” he said.“We feel betrayed, lied to, and we're pissed off.”
Four younger workers opted not to sign up for any health insurance at all, according to a company official.
Lutz, the dealership owner, said he believes that his company is maintaining its commitment to provide health care to its workers through the $2,400 stipend.
“I think everybody should have health care, so as a company, we’ve always provided (it),” he said.“Going forward, I still want to do that. It’s just the format’s different.”
Added General Manager Marc Trudell,“The important part is to take care of the people that need it the most, and by doing it this way, I think it's what we're able to accomplish.”
But Steve Williams, a service adviser with a daughter who’s active in sports, said the switch feels like the end of an era to him.
“The days of low deductibles and all that stuff are gone,” he said.“It’s not going to get any better. It ‘s just going to get worse.”
What a crock of sh*t.

An employer decides to f*ck his employees & its the ACA'a fault.

Either the insurance offered previously was really crap, the insurance company they have is trying to screw them, or these people are liars.

I have been on the exchanges, studied the policies offered in both the individual & "Shop" portions as well have received offers both personally & for my business from private insurers.

You people are just plain full of sh*t.
LCNin

United States

#1049627 Dec 30, 2013
Whatever wrote:
For anyone who may be interested Volgograd is former Stalingrad
Second bombing today
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1049628 Dec 30, 2013
tell it like it is wrote:
<quoted text>
Anecdotes are 'real'...doophus...
an·ec·dote
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noun: anecdote; plural noun: anecdotes
1.
a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person
https://www.google.com/search...
like a fake story in a right wing chain email?

and i've been wondering how many email addresses each of you nutjobs has to have to make it look like 1.8 million people 'liked' Phil Robertson.
Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049629 Dec 30, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>If you were to change you loser ways, move up into the real world, you would not be forever lost, crying, chained whining about your failed and bad choices you have made living your hopeless and meaningless life forever a minimum wage dumbass you idiot.....
Emeem forever enslaved to this ignorance and bad choices, trying to cheat life, made living his failed lifestyle...
It's the cullure...
True self sufficiency is key but don't you think that government policies encourage dependence on government?
Don't you also agree that government stifles competition in many market sectors?
No Surprize

Largo, FL

#1049631 Dec 30, 2013
Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
There's nothing to comprehend in the spam you've cut and pasted here. You've proven nothing except you are incapable of original thought.
sonicfilter??

It's the culture...

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#1049632 Dec 30, 2013
Abolish The Fed wrote:
<quoted text>
I suppose you think that the less fortunate mostly just have bad luck?
If you've never been in a situation where you couldn't find a job then you wouldn't understand. Being out of work and having a family to support is a horrendous experience. I've been there and was "lucky" enough to recover and now I'm doing great. I concede there are abusers, you don't concede there are good people that need help.

Since: May 11

Chambersburg, PA

#1049633 Dec 30, 2013
flack wrote:
Report says Valerie Jarrett gave the order to stand down in Benghazi
See alsoGovernment Topics Benghazi Scandal Valerie Jarrett Rush
August 8, 2013
A post at the Conservative Report Online made the shocking claim that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett gave the order to stand down in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 terror attack that saw four Americans killed, citing only unnamed "confidential sources." The report was discussed by Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday and an editorial at the Investor's Business Daily said Wednesday that it would not have been the first time Jarrett issued such an order.
"The military-order, not to initiate action, saving our men in Benghazi, was issued by the President's Advisor, Valerie Jarrett," Chip Jones wrote.
Limbaugh said that if the story is true, it would explain "all of the serial lies and the cover-ups and the obfuscation and all of the efforts that were made to distract people's attention from this."
"Somebody had to give the order, and Obama was off the grid. That has always, to me, been one of the most interesting aspects of Benghazi. Five o'clock he tells Panetta and whoever else -- we were originally told that Hillary, secretary of state, was there, too," he added.
Naturally, the ultra-left wing Media Matters weighed in, attacking Limbaugh for mentioning the story.
Others also reported on Jones' account, but did not get scrutinized by Media Matters.
The Blaze said the allegations are worth noting for two main reasons:
The White House hasn’t been forthcoming with details about the deadly terror attack. In fact, the administration has gone out of its way to craft blatantly false narratives involving a YouTube video; and
It’s been widely reported that Jarrett’s influence has shaped our management of international crises, specifically her role in convincing President Obama to call off the planned raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout three separate times.
Meredith Jessup said she is taking the report with a grain of salt, but added that the burden of proof is on the White House, since it "has worked overtime to muddy the water and obfuscate the truth."
Now the administration is claiming the entire scandal is "phony," a mere distraction cooked up by Republicans to keep Congress from acting on Obama's economic plans.
"Until the Obama administration is forthright and truthful with the American people, the rumor mill will continue churning out reports from unnamed sources," Jessup added.
So I see you fricken morons are still using the deaths of 4 Americans to try to make up a scandal for political gain,.

You right whiners have no limit to how pathetic you people are.

Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049634 Dec 30, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
You and the conservative Hoover Institute are both full of crap Carol. The Hoover Institute is aptly named for the president along with a Republican controlled Congress were in charge when the country plunged into the Great Depression.
Let's see what your state of Florida lost because the GOP blocked the legislation;
410,000 companies in your state would have gotten a payroll tax cut on the first $5 million in wages.
$1,578,600,000for infrastructure repairs and improvement that would support a minimum of 20,500 local jobs.
$1,669,500,000 in funds to Florida to support up to 25,900 educator jobs.
$1,280,300,000 in funding for school infrastructure that would support as many as 16,600 jobs.
$2,701,800,000 to revitalize and refurbish local communities, in addition to funds that would be available through a competitive application.
$288,400,000 in funding for its community colleges.
Pathways Back to Work would have placed 8,800 adults and 35,600 youths in jobs in Florida.
There's nothing about increased regulation which at any case isn't the thing strangling the economy, it's the GOP's austerity policies and refusal to invest in infrastructure and education. No one in the history of civilization has ever cut their way to prosperity.
The only one here with a juvenile intellectual quality is you.
Government oversight has gotten the country in the position that it is in, why do you look to government for a solution? Is it Stockholm syndrome?
No Surprize

Largo, FL

#1049635 Dec 30, 2013
Abolish The Fed wrote:
<quoted text>
True self sufficiency is key but don't you think that government policies encourage dependence on government?
Don't you also agree that government stifles competition in many market sectors?
As long as demokRats continue to support a President - no matter what he does, no matter his views, policies, beliefs, food stamps, welfare, etc.- then poverty and ignorance is certainly not a thing of the past...

AND... It bothers me that so many liberals have been deceived into supporting socialist programs and Marxist policies that kill America..

It's the culture....
Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049636 Dec 30, 2013
Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
America's resources belong to us all. Taking back what is yours is not theft. The greedy wealthy better learn to share some of the cake.
So you do not believe in the concept of private property?
And if I mow my neighbors lawn for $5 that money is yours?
Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049637 Dec 30, 2013
Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
If you've never been in a situation where you couldn't find a job then you wouldn't understand. Being out of work and having a family to support is a horrendous experience. I've been there and was "lucky" enough to recover and now I'm doing great. I concede there are abusers, you don't concede there are good people that need help.
Yes good people that need help should get the voluntary support of those that want to help them, do you agree?
No Surprize

Largo, FL

#1049638 Dec 30, 2013
Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
If you've never been in a situation where you couldn't find a job then you wouldn't understand. Being out of work and having a family to support is a horrendous experience. I've been there and was "lucky" enough to recover and now I'm doing great. I concede there are abusers, you don't concede there are good people that need help.
You and all the other encumbered liberals, stop whining and looking for a handout..

Go start your own corporation or business, hire some people you loser and contribute to yours and others pocket books and pay some taxes you idiot...

OWS 99Percenter always spewing mindless anti-American crap...

It's the culture..
PDUPONT

Belchertown, MA

#1049639 Dec 30, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps, but logic still demands thinking outside of ourselves as not being superior.
log-ic: 1.theory of reasoning: the branch of philosophy that deals with the theory of deductive and inductive arguments and aims to distinguish good from bad reasoning.
Secularists' thinking their reasoning is superior in order to be "superior lawmakers" based on a "materialistic foundation" and "extreme moral relativism" doesn't "distinguish between good and bad reasoning". It's just plain ole' bad reasoning.
Hopefully, your logic distinguishes between the two.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines secularism as: indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations.
So where's the part about being superior Carol? It's not there.
Secularism as a modern political and constitutional principle involves two basic propositions. The first is that people belonging to different faiths and sections of society are equal before the law, the Constitution and government policy. The second requirement is that there can be no mixing up of religion and politics. It follows therefore that there can be no discrimination against anyone on the basis of religion or faith nor is there room for the hegemony of one religion or majoritarian religious sentiments and aspirations. It is in this double sense--no discrimination against anyone on grounds of faith and separation of religion from politics. These political principles imply also the acceptance of a somewhat more general principle: that the realm of validity of religion in the public arena and society is necessarily limited. Religion, being above all a matter of personal faith, cannot be used as the basis of settling questions of the real world, or of man in society. While individuals in society may base their values on particular religious tenets, where such questions impinge on society as a whole the basis of discussion and social consensus cannot be religion--much less one particular religion. This larger principle does not conflict with the historical fact that certain values in a society may have their foundation in religion; these values are re-examined in a rational and humane spirit before they are accepted as the values that govern the functioning of a modern society, and new values indeed are created which are necessary for modern times.
tell it like it is

Norman, OK

#1049640 Dec 30, 2013
Well, well...well...and this guy speaks for Blacks and Native Americans/?

Progressive Pajama boy is from
Winnetka Illinois

http://thefederalist.com/2013/12/26/tale-two-...

What about Winnetka Illinois...

'Estimated median household income in 2011:$194,278'
'Estimated median house or condo value in 2011:$869,135'
'White alone - 10,975 (90.3%)'
'Over age 25 unemployment is only 4.4%.'
74 percent Obama....25 percent Romney...

http://www.city-data.com/city/Winnetka-Illino...
Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049641 Dec 30, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>As long as demokRats continue to support a President - no matter what he does, no matter his views, policies, beliefs, food stamps, welfare, etc.- then poverty and ignorance is certainly not a thing of the past...
AND... It bothers me that so many liberals have been deceived into supporting socialist programs and Marxist policies that kill America..
It's the culture....
Were you just as critical of George Bush?
If so please give an example.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1049642 Dec 30, 2013
No Surprize wrote:
<quoted text>sonicfilter??
It's the culture...
you're using the same stuff you used 2 years ago.

seems your brain has been pasted.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1049643 Dec 30, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
You and the conservative Hoover Institute are both full of crap Carol. The Hoover Institute is aptly named for the president along with a Republican controlled Congress were in charge when the country plunged into the Great Depression.
Let's see what your state of Florida lost because the GOP blocked the legislation;
410,000 companies in your state would have gotten a payroll tax cut on the first $5 million in wages.
$1,578,600,000for infrastructure repairs and improvement that would support a minimum of 20,500 local jobs.
$1,669,500,000 in funds to Florida to support up to 25,900 educator jobs.
$1,280,300,000 in funding for school infrastructure that would support as many as 16,600 jobs.
$2,701,800,000 to revitalize and refurbish local communities, in addition to funds that would be available through a competitive application.
$288,400,000 in funding for its community colleges.
Pathways Back to Work would have placed 8,800 adults and 35,600 youths in jobs in Florida.
There's nothing about increased regulation which at any case isn't the thing strangling the economy, it's the GOP's austerity policies and refusal to invest in infrastructure and education. No one in the history of civilization has ever cut their way to prosperity.
The only one here with a juvenile intellectual quality is you.
Since you didn't post a source, I can't take your word for it that any of the above is accurate.

We don't know the exact unemployment rate because too many people have stopped looking. Even what we do know, the unemployment rate is much too high after six years of this president's policies failing to address it. Just the increase in federal regulations placed on businesses and the medical profession under Obamacare is staggering.

No one in the history of civilization spent and taxed their way into prosperity either. You either think money grows on trees like all Democrats do or don't care if you run out of other people's money like European socialist democracies do.

It's common sense to stop spending and cut unnecessary things out of your budget when you don't have any more money.
Abolish The Fed

Baltimore, MD

#1049644 Dec 30, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So I see you fricken morons are still using the deaths of 4 Americans to try to make up a scandal for political gain,.
You right whiners have no limit to how pathetic you people are.
Is that any different than governments using the deaths of any number of Americans for world domination?
And a so called liberal getting into office and continuing to expand the military industrial complex?
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1049645 Dec 30, 2013
Poll: Obama, Clinton Most Admired Man And Woman

Obama led the second most admired man, former President George W. Bush, by 12 points.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama_m...

a republican will never top the list.

does anyone do a most hated poll?
LCNin

United States

#1049646 Dec 30, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
like a fake story in a right wing chain email?
and i've been wondering how many email addresses each of you nutjobs has to have to make it look like 1.8 million people 'liked' Phil Robertson.
as the topics flow away from President Obama the desperation seems to increase in the gop.

who cares what phil believes, there is the freedom of speech to be a bigot.

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