Barack Obama, our next President

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

"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 ...
Comments
965,401 - 965,420 of 1,083,813 Comments Last updated 3 min ago
Whatever

Scottsbluff, NE

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049573
Dec 29, 2013
 
Chechen Islamist rebel leader Umarov likely behind all 3 Volgograd bombings; he called to derail Sochi Olympics.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049574
Dec 29, 2013
 

Judged:

3

3

2

So it's January 30. After tomorrow, ker-plop...the other shoe is going to drop.

Already over 5 million have had cancellations of private insurance. Wait until the first 5 million lose employer-based insurance and the sparks start flying again when they realize how much more they have to pay for coverage they don't want or need too.

Then the next 5 or 10 million...etc., etc., etc.

It's really going to get interesting.

Wonder how long it's going to take to find out insurers are still receiving inaccurate information and identity thefts are the newest glitch.

But we'll have to wait with bated breath to see if 2 to 3 million young healthy adults agree to pay more for insurance they didn't want to afford before - much less now.

All the excitement and suspense starts in just two more days.

“talk to the kitteh”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049575
Dec 29, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
?
Send proof, photos preferably, otherwise we trolls must believe the postulating poofter. >:}

xD
angel

Boise, ID

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049576
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

EasyEed wrote:
<quoted text>
"uselesssinceforever00 "
blah.....blah, blah, blah. Your specialty. You are the one with no substance. I asked why hairless will not allow any of the bills passed by the house to be voted on. You know and i know the answer, he is afraid some or all of them would pass. One question, you are denying that bills passed by the house are dead on arrival in the senate.
Some refer to liberals like you as progressives, that is wrong, you are regressives, you love the fact that our loser president bows to your every wish by filling all the hands of the losers, with food stamps, millions more on food stamps since the boy president nobama took office. You love free health care, paid for by taxes. You hate the fact that the tax rate on the successful is less than 90%.
You are a leech and a moocher.
Peace
KMA
Happy New Year
Hah! YES!!!! PLEASE keep singing that 'Every one is a Parasite but us Teabaggers and the Filthy Rich' ditty from the ROOFTOPS!!!!
All the way to 2016!! LMAO!
angel

Boise, ID

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049577
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

5

3

3

Frank wrote:
<quoted text> The past several years have been very bad for our country,too bad there is no way to back the clock up six years and change the direction of this disaster. Tens of millions of uneducated Obama supporters voted the wrong way and 315 million people suffer.
Fortunatly the only ones that feel that way are Teabaggers who have been thwarted from ramming their neo fascist agenda down the throats of everyone else....for which the Majority of Americans are grateful.
Which is why the Right has been judged Unfit to Lead twice and will be again in 2016.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049578
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

3

3

3

LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Not only has Obama increased the poverty rate but has increased the use of food stamps by leaps and bounds.
Shouldn't you be more worried about feeding this problem and our becoming a nanny state?
What good does it do anyone if more and more people have no jobs and no money to feed themselves?
Obama hasn't increased the poverty level you goddamned liar! It's because those like the Walton family maintain their wealthy status by paying their employees crap wages. It's because the GOP is resisting any attempts to raise the minimum wage to a level that would pull the working poor out of poverty and not be dependent on public assistance programs like SNAP.
Guess what president's policies did increase poverty in this country Carol? It was your hero Ronald Reagan. The number of people living beneath the federal poverty line rose from 26.1 million in 1979 to 32.7 million in 1988. Meanwhile, the rich got much richer. By the end of the decade, the richest 1 percent of Americans had 39 percent of the nation’s wealth.
Stop calling yourself a Christian Carol because you're not. You're an Ayn Randian corporatist sociopath.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049579
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
WTH were we doing in Libya anyway-aside from breaching the War Powers Act and aiding and abetting terrorist failed statehoodism?
Failed Foreign policy.
T.E.A. Independents--counting down the days till 2016!
Leadership and voters that address ISSUES...not herd packs of blind lemming partisanship...FOR America..not against it!
Since when is having an Ambassador and diplomatic personnel in a foreign country a violation of the War Powers Act moron? The military action we took was largely supportive and logistical and fully in compliance with our treaty obligations as a NATO member.
You're an idiot!
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049580
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
And single payer never even made it to the "tables of consideration" shoved off with disdain and disregard, our favor of COMMUNISM.
PeeeYew!!
Things to be thankful for this Christmas-
Am actual B-U-D-G-E-T agreement of sorts-derived of the more rational ADULT, non-commie sectors of America representation in the DC realms.
GOOD.
Now they can focus closer on fixing the MESS of the monstrosity of the healthcarelessness act of megalomaniacal poliTical self exaultation!
Sure imbecile, the ACA which was built from a blueprint drawn by the Heritage Foundation and depends on the private sector insurance industry, private sector hospitals and doctors and gave them even more customers is Communism. Let's also not forget that Mitt Romney signed almost identical legislation into law as Governor of Massachusetts.
You're an idiot!
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049581
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

TheIndependentMajority wrote:
<quoted text>
Keystone XL Pipeline Project
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.
Along with transporting crude oil from Canada, the Keystone XL Pipeline will also support the significant growth of crude oil production in the United States by allowing American oil producers more access to the large refining markets found in the American Midwest and along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
------
Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Keystone XL Pipeline will be the safest and most advanced pipeline operation in North America. It will not only bring essential infrastructure to North American oil producers, but it will also provide jobs, long-term energy independence and an economic boost to Americans.
- See more at: http://keystone-xl.com/#sthash.jCFLbllZ.dpuf
FOR America-NOT against it!!
Sure dumbass the Keystone site paints such a rosy picture but even Fox News isn't buying it.
1. Keystone XL Would Not Reduce Foreign Oil Dependency
The oil to be sent through Keystone XL pipeline was never destined for US markets. In its own presentation to investors about the proposed pipeline extension, TransCanada (the company behind Keystone XL) boasted that most if not all of the extracted and refined oil would be exported --- sold in oversees markets where oil fetches a higher price (and thus turns a higher profit for the company).
2. Keystone XL Would Have Increased Domestic Oil Prices
Currently, Canadian oil reserves stored in the Midwest help suppress gas prices in the United States, particularly for farmers in our nation’s heartland.
In its permit application for the pipeline, TransCanada noted that the Keystone XL pipeline would allow the company to drain these reserves and export that fuel as well. According to TransCanada’s own statements , this would raise gas prices in the United States, especially in the Midwest.
3. Keystone XL Overstated Number of Jobs to be Created
In 2008, TransCanada’s original permit application to the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline would create “a peak workforce of approximately 3,500 to 4,200 construction personnel” in temporary jobs building the pipeline.
By 2011, now facing growing opposition to the pipeline, TransCanada had inflated these numbers (using undisclosed formulas) to 20,000. Supporters of the proposal, backed by big oil, have since trumpeted these trumped up numbers.
4. Current Keystone Pipeline Leaked 12 Times in Last Year
The pipeline that the Obama administration has rejected the permit for would be an extension of a pipeline that has already leaked -- not just once, but 12 times in the last year.
While TransCanada tried to dismiss these leaks as “minor” averaging “just five to 10 gallons of oil” each, the leak on May 7, 2011 near Millner, N.D., spilled about 21,000 gallons of oil in total.
5. The Environmental Concerns About Oil Leaks Are Justified
Nebraska’s Republican Governor Dave Heineman strongly opposed the Keystone XL project because the pipeline would run through a massive and vital aquifer in his state the supplies clean drinking water to over 2 million Americans plus water that fuels the region’s agriculture industry.

Meanwhile, in Michigan where a similar tar sands pipeline spilled over 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, residents are still complaining of headaches, dizziness and nausea while studies continue to look at the long-term effects of just being near such an oil spill when it happens.
www.foxnews.com/.../six-reasons-keystone-xl-w...
You're an idiot!

Since: May 13

Location hidden

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049582
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama hasn't increased the poverty level you goddamned liar! It's because those like the Walton family maintain their wealthy status by paying their employees crap wages. It's because the GOP is resisting any attempts to raise the minimum wage to a level that would pull the working poor out of poverty and not be dependent on public assistance programs like SNAP.
Guess what president's policies did increase poverty in this country Carol? It was your hero Ronald Reagan. The number of people living beneath the federal poverty line rose from 26.1 million in 1979 to 32.7 million in 1988. Meanwhile, the rich got much richer. By the end of the decade, the richest 1 percent of Americans had 39 percent of the nation’s wealth.
Stop calling yourself a Christian Carol because you're not. You're an Ayn Randian corporatist sociopath.
Its also important to mention the conservative assault on unions that helped transfer America's wealth from the middle class to the richest 1%. Organized labor is necessary to pull the wage scale up for non-union jobs. Reagan and his phony trickle down scam and his attack on the air traffic controller union gave cover for the greedy rich to get richer.
No Surprize

Largo, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049583
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

Emeem wrote:
<quoted text>
Its also important to mention the conservative assault on unions that helped transfer America's wealth from the middle class to the richest 1%. Organized labor is necessary to pull the wage scale up for non-union jobs. Reagan and his phony trickle down scam and his attack on the air traffic controller union gave cover for the greedy rich to get richer.
Unions are like governments, they don't exist without other peoples money...

It's the culture...
Realtime

Deltona, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049584
Dec 30, 2013
 
AP Impact The world braces for the retirement crises.
No Surprize

Largo, FL

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049585
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

Realtime wrote:
AP Impact The world braces for the retirement crises.
Meanwhile, Realtime all the time down at the penitentiary visiting mama ...

It's the culture..
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049586
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

LoisLane59 wrote:
(If this posts twice, it's worth repeating anyway.)
In the ideology of secular humanism, which the most prominent Western form of secularism advances, moral values are highly subject to change, being based upon the presumed superior reasoning of man, who is set forth as the supreme lawgiver. Being basically atheistic, it operates out of a materialistic foundation, and lacking an objective, transcendent moral authority and its moral absolutes, it offers no assurance of moral stability, and is prone to extremes of moral relativism.
~A summation of "Darwin on Trial", p. 126, by Philip Johnson
It is also the basic summation of the moral decline in this country and the cause of the political maneuvering that has divided us.
We no longer share a basic mutual moral standard with mere political policy differences dividing us. It's a total lack thereof along party lines. Progressive secularism is now the guiding force behind the Democratic Party's policies - "basically atheistic", "materialistic foundation", "lacking an objective", "offering no assurance of moral stability", "prone to extremes of moral relativism".
So we've taken sides - on one side or the other - to either preserve traditional values and a once shared basic moral standard or replacing it with progressive secularism and assuming our "superior reasoning" makes us the "supreme lawgivers".
This is where we are and precisely why we are here. Many Democrats, i.e. progressive secularist liberals, think of themselves as "superior". Just like the Roman Emperors did before the fall of the Roman Empire.
(Even though it's Christmas Eve, a clearer perspective is needed and even necessary.)
The Founding Fathers were "progressive secularists" bonehead. If you want to talk about morality then how about this;
Is it moral for some individuals to maintain their wealth by paying their employees such low wages that they are forced to seek public assistance to make ends meet? No.
Was the proposed Romney/Ryan budget that would have further enriched the already wealthy on the backs of the poor and middle class? No, and even the Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced it as failing the basic moral test.
Was it moral for Mitt Romney as head of Bain Capital to take over a company, load it with debt, forcing it into bankruptcy and costing workers their jobs and pensions? No.
No, your only "moral" concerns are abortion and denying gays and lesbians equal rights and protections under the law based purely on religious bias.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049587
Dec 30, 2013
 
angel wrote:
<quoted text>Kentucky is just FULL of Teabaggin' sock puppets!
Empty bobble headed bagger lickers too !!!

"It duh cult-ure"...of the national plague of entitlementalcase, ozombie obammerphone drooling, occupy anyone else's anything, libuttrulTics!

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049588
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

And so it begins!!!

orkers at auto dealership come face to face with Obamacare trade-offs

Before the new health care law, a Michigan car dealership offered employees a company health insurance plan. Things are different now. Lisa Myers reports.
By Lisa Myers, Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
The 41 employees of Extreme Dodge in Jackson, Mich., are very familiar with trade-ins, but this year they’re learning about trade-offs as they come face to face with the new realities of health care. A few workers say they’re getting a great deal, but most have a severe case of sticker shock.


“I feel like I’ve been taken to the cleaners,” said Neal Campbell, a salesman.
The news was presented at the company’s annual benefits meeting earlier this month, when employees were told that the health insurance plan that the auto dealership had provided its workers was canceled because it doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Rather than officially sponsor a new policy, the company -- voted one of the 100 best car dealerships to work for in the country last year -- will instead provide its employees with $2,400 apiece to buy their own insurance, or to pocket and pay the new federal penalty if they elect to go without it.
That’s a little bit more than the company says it spent on health insurance this year. Dealership owner Wesley Lutz said his decision to go in a new direction was driven by the fact that health insurance is “incredibly expensive” and getting more so. He says he needs to be able to control his future costs.
“As a business owner, we have to be viable first and then provide services,” he said. Lutz is not required to provide health insurance to workers, but has done so for 35 years.

Joe Raedle / Getty Images
A computer displays the HealthCare.gov website.

By not sponsoring a company plan, Lutz also enables workers to shop around and see if they do better buying insurance through the health insurance exchanges established by the new law, where some qualify for subsidies, or through buying a new group plan recommended by the company.
A handful of the Extreme Dodge workers came out winners -- mostly low-wage earners who qualify for subsidies and therefore pay very little for insurance. The biggest winner is Brandon Chisholm, a detailer with two daughters, who will get health insurance for the first time, and will have to pay virtually nothing for it because he qualifies for a big government subsidy. That means he can bank the $200 a month the company is giving workers to replace the health insurance it previously provided.
Asked if he was excited at the prospect of getting nearly free coverage on top of the cash stipend, he replied,“Oh yeah! Anything that can help me and my family out, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Twenty-six of the dealership's workers had been covered this year under the old company plan. Twenty-one have now decided to go with the new group plan recommended by the company for next year, though they realize that they face sharply higher out-of-pocket costs next year.
Their deductibles will go from $1,125 this year to $3,000 next year, and maximum out-of-pocket costs jump from $2,250 to $6,350. And for families, those numbers double: to a $6,000 deductible and $12,700 out-of-pocket maximum.
“How is this helping the average American that’s working 40 to 50 hours per week?” said Terry Hardcastle, a salesperson.“How are we supposed to live?”
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049589
Dec 30, 2013
 
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Progressive Rule-it is only true when a Progressive wants it to be true and its' truthfulness may expire at anytime at the convenience of the Progressive no longer wanting it to be true.
wit the fell swoop of a feather-headed, porkypined quilled pen?

lol

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049590
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

1

1

1

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.”

Since: May 13

Location hidden

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049591
Dec 30, 2013
 

Judged:

2

2

2

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.”
There isn't room in Topix comment space to provide examples of the millions of people that will be helped by Obamacare to counter these few anecdotal special cases.
TheIndependentMa jority

London, KY

|
Report Abuse
|
Judge it!
|
#1049592
Dec 30, 2013
 
angel wrote:
<quoted text>Yes for THREE MORE YEARS!!!!!
Then we get the Epic Mutually Fatal Act of Auto Erotic Strangulation between Teabaggers and the GOP establishment that will be the Republican Primaries ...then probably at least four years of Hillary!
The toxic plague poison of the libuttrulTics, entielementalcase one plut one eeekwells three diseases and occupy anyone elses anything ghetto street disorders.

Have your handlers give ya peabrain cell a bleach bath as well, while they're trying to teach you to count to five.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

Type in your comments below
Name
(appears on your post)
Comments
Characters left: 4000
Type the numbers you see in the image on the right:

Please note by clicking on "Post Comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

73 Users are viewing the Chicago Forum right now

Search the Chicago Forum:
Title Updated Last By Comments
BARACK OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE: Suit contesting... (Jan '09) 5 min Rogue Scholar 05 175,144
Ill. House Approves Legalizing Same-Sex Civil U... (Dec '10) 9 min truthrconsequences 49,014
IL Illinois Governor Recall Amendment (Oct '10) 15 min Chicagobunny 1,869
Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel (Jun '08) 15 min scirocco 68,441
Once slow-moving threat, global warming speeds ... (Dec '08) 1 hr Community Disorganizer 45,894
Israeli troops begin Gaza pullout as Hamas decl... (Jan '09) 1 hr ILfighter 68,060
Topix Chitown Regulars (Aug '09) 1 hr edogxxx 97,578
•••
•••
•••

Chicago Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Chicago People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Chicago News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Chicago
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••