Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1618095 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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John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1123238 Apr 21, 2014
Jesus Christ wrote:
Scarooing? Is this some sort of midwestern adaptation? You get the right woman and you'll be dippin' that rascal in the sand as the big purple head bobs expectantly at the Jade Gate...
no, Realslime just talks like all the other old farts down at the Elks Lodge.....
Nostrilis Waxman

Simsbury, CT

#1123239 Apr 22, 2014
WHILE 8 MILLION have enrolled in ObamaCare's federal exchanges, the Congressional Budget Office says only 6 million are newly insured and that there will still be 42 million uninsured and 31 million without insurance in ten years.

What a useless law the UCA is.

We need to stick a fork in this pig. It's done.
angel

Boise, ID

#1123240 Apr 22, 2014
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>Just another guy who needs a gun to be a bully to steal from Americans...
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/apr/06/r...
"Rancher in land dispute is a bully, not a hero
By Alan O’Neill
Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 2:03 a.m.
View more of the Sun's opinion section
I have been following the news on the proposed roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle that are grazing illegally on federal lands in Gold Butte managed on behalf of the public by the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.
I am familiar with the situation, as I served as superintendent of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area for the National Park Service from 1987 to 2000. In 1993, we reduced the number of cows that could be grazed on the Bunkerville allotment to 150 because of the emergency listing of the desert tortoise as an endangered species.
Because Bundy refused to remove his cattle to meet the 150 level and ignored repeated requests to do so, his permit was canceled in 1994 and the allotment was closed to grazing.
As the news coverage has reported, Bundy continues to graze his cattle and has refused to pay the BLM a grazing fee. The figure he owes the government exceeds $300,000. The estimate of cattle being grazed illegally since 1994 on the old Bunkerville allotment have ranged from 550 to more than 900.
It is unfathomable to me that 20 years after the Bunkerville allotment was canceled in 1994, we are still wrestling with getting his cattle off the range. And there were issues of overgrazing that allotment before 1994. It is my opinion that the BLM and the Park Service have done everything possible administratively to try to resolve the issue amicably. In addition, there are two federal court rulings upholding the agencies’ position, and the most recent ruling demanded Bundy not physically interfere with any seizure or impoundment operation.
Bundy is a bully who has used his threat of a range war and to do “whatever it takes” to stop the government from impounding his cattle to scare public officials.
The implications are that he would resort to a gunbattle. And who wants to see another Waco? I was one of those public officials who were told to back off at one point because of concern for violence...."
It never fails to amaze how many of these Anti-Socialists and guardians of sacred Tax Payer Money champion thieving 'businessmen' like Bundy who masters the art of Socializing thier operating expenses onto the Tax Payer while privatizing the profits.
Must be pretty sweet to be in the cattle business and get your DECADES of grazing free of charge not a bit of which comes off your bottom line while the Tax Payers picks up the tab.
Then to watch a bunch of Racist Reactionary Cammo Bubbas try and rally around this thief as if he's some kind patriot totem all egged on by Fox.
Its only by the Grace of God and the cool heads of Law Enforcement and the Govt Agency involved these morons werent able to escalate this into some kind of Tea Bag Blood Bath media event our Topix 'Conservative' Whack Brigade could have spent the next year howling about (blaming Obama of course).
Stupid Venal Hypocrites.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1123241 Apr 22, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Once again (comma, moron) dumbass, the CRA created an artificial demand for housing that would never have existed if the CRA didn't exist. Besides, what idiot would loan money to anyone that obviously would not be able to repay the loan.... answer to that question: Democrats.
I also noticed you failed to mention the prime criminals in this matter, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I also noticed you failed to mention that the CRA applied to underwriters, and not to the lending institutions.
You're an idiot (comma, moron) peedupe.
CRA didn't create a market for anything moron; its purpose was to prevent discrimination on the basis of where someone lived, also known as redlining. It did not force anybody to make unsafe loans. Section 802 specifically states:
(b) It is the purpose of this title to require each appropriate Federal financial supervisory agency to use its authority when examining financial institutions, to encourage such institutions to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered consistent with the safe and sound operation of such institutions.
The Community Reinvestment Act, passed in 1977, requires banks to lend in the low-income neighborhoods where they take deposits. Just the idea that a lending crisis created from 2004 to 2007 was caused by a 1977 law is silly. But it’s even more ridiculous when you consider that most subprime loans were made by firms that aren’t subject to the CRA. University of Michigan law professor Michael Barr testified back in February before the House Committee on Financial Services that 50% of subprime loans were made by mortgage service companies not subject comprehensive federal supervision and another 30% were made by affiliates of banks or thrifts which are not subject to routine supervision or examinations.
Given the higher degree of supervision, loans made under the CRA program were made in a more responsible way than other subprime loans. CRA loans carried lower rates than other subprime loans and were less likely to end up securitized into the mortgage-backed securities that have caused so many losses, according to a recent study by the law firm Traiger & Hinckley.
Better targets for blame in government circles might be the 2000 law which ensured that credit default swaps would remain unregulated, the SEC’s puzzling 2004 decision to allow the largest brokerage firms to borrow upwards of 30 times their capital and that same agency’s failure to oversee those brokerage firms in subsequent years as many gorged on subprime debt.
If you want to see an idiot DB; look in the mirror.
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1123242 Apr 22, 2014
Nostrilis Waxman wrote:
WHILE 8 MILLION have enrolled in ObamaCare's federal exchanges, the Congressional Budget Office says only 6 million are newly insured and that there will still be 42 million uninsured and 31 million without insurance in ten years.
What a useless law the UCA is.
We need to stick a fork in this pig. It's done.
Just a suggestion while you have that fork out dumbo jab your self a few times. You Republican's obsession with anything that is helpful for fellow Americans in any capacity is revolting. But I will admit that you will go to whatever length for the very wealthy. All parrot heads you are, just not as smart. Repetitive cretins, most of you have proven over and over that you haven't a clue other than what you are told and most of that has shown to be fabricated andha applies to most every thing but especially Obama care. Hell I had a parrot that was smarter than most on the right an all of you baggers. He would only say part of what he was told and would refuse to say most things. Ignorance and lies will only work for a while, and that has already starting to show. So cry me a river , FOOL.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1123243 Apr 22, 2014
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Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1123244 Apr 22, 2014
angel wrote:
<quoted text>It never fails to amaze how many of these Anti-Socialists and guardians of sacred Tax Payer Money champion thieving 'businessmen' like Bundy who masters the art of Socializing thier operating expenses onto the Tax Payer while privatizing the profits.
Must be pretty sweet to be in the cattle business and get your DECADES of grazing free of charge not a bit of which comes off your bottom line while the Tax Payers picks up the tab.
Then to watch a bunch of Racist Reactionary Cammo Bubbas try and rally around this thief as if he's some kind patriot totem all egged on by Fox.
Its only by the Grace of God and the cool heads of Law Enforcement and the Govt Agency involved these morons werent able to escalate this into some kind of Tea Bag Blood Bath media event our Topix 'Conservative' Whack Brigade could have spent the next year howling about (blaming Obama of course).
Stupid Venal Hypocrites.
Well said and so true Angel. How any law abiding citizen and "NORMAL" American sees it different is beyond me although we are mostly all aware that it is politically motivated by the obsessed racist on the right, fueled on by Fox with their sole objective in mind. We read those idiots on here daily, repetitive sheep.
Rahm Jizzbucket Emanuel

Oswego, IL

#1123245 Apr 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day my fellow progressives! I plan on burning some plastic bags today for you and your children. Keep celebrating the lies and failures of the democratic party. Those turds are bound to come clean soon if you keep polishing them!
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1123246 Apr 22, 2014
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
CRA didn't create a market for anything moron; its purpose was to prevent discrimination on the basis of where someone lived, also known as redlining. It did not force anybody to make unsafe loans. Section 802 specifically states:
(b) It is the purpose of this title to require each appropriate Federal financial supervisory agency to use its authority when examining financial institutions, to encourage such institutions to help meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered consistent with the safe and sound operation of such institutions.
The Community Reinvestment Act, passed in 1977, requires banks to lend in the low-income neighborhoods where they take deposits. Just the idea that a lending crisis created from 2004 to 2007 was caused by a 1977 law is silly. But it’s even more ridiculous when you consider that most subprime loans were made by firms that aren’t subject to the CRA. University of Michigan law professor Michael Barr testified back in February before the House Committee on Financial Services that 50% of subprime loans were made by mortgage service companies not subject comprehensive federal supervision and another 30% were made by affiliates of banks or thrifts which are not subject to routine supervision or examinations.
Given the higher degree of supervision, loans made under the CRA program were made in a more responsible way than other subprime loans. CRA loans carried lower rates than other subprime loans and were less likely to end up securitized into the mortgage-backed securities that have caused so many losses, according to a recent study by the law firm Traiger & Hinckley.
Better targets for blame in government circles might be the 2000 law which ensured that credit default swaps would remain unregulated, the SEC’s puzzling 2004 decision to allow the largest brokerage firms to borrow upwards of 30 times their capital and that same agency’s failure to oversee those brokerage firms in subsequent years as many gorged on subprime debt.
If you want to see an idiot DB; look in the mirror.


trying to hide the Bush years(homeownership for those with "bad credit histories") has become a right wing cottage industry.

too bad no one is buying.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1123247 Apr 22, 2014
Out of Ammo? The Eroding Power of Central Banks

By Michael Sauga and Anne Seith

The skyline of Frankfurt with the new ECB building in the background: "Exhausting the policy room for manoeuver."Zoom
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The skyline of Frankfurt with the new ECB building in the background: "Exhausting the policy room for manoeuver."
Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds and bailed out banks. Now, though, their influence appears to be on the wane with measures producing paltry results. Do they still have control?

Once every six weeks, the most powerful players in the global economy meet on the 18th floor of an ugly office building near the train station in the Swiss city of Basel. The group includes United States Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her counterpart at the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, along with 16 other top monetary policy officials from Beijing, Frankfurt, Paris and elsewhere.

The attendees spend almost two hours exchanging views in a debate chaired by Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens. Waiters serve an exquisite meal and expensive wine as the central bankers talk about the economy, growth and market prices. No one keeps minutes, but the world's most influential money managers are convinced that the meetings help expand their knowledge in important ways. "We learn what makes our counterparts tick," says one attendee.
These closed-door meetings, which are held on Sunday evenings, have a long tradition. But ever since many central banks lowered their interest rates to almost zero, bought up sovereign debt and rescued banks, a new, critical undertone has crept into the dinner conversations. Monetary experts from emerging economies complain that the measures taken by Europeans and Americans are pushing unwanted speculative money their way. Western central bankers say they have come under growing political pressure. And recently, when the host of the meetings -- head of the Basel-based Bank for International Settlements Jaime Caruana -- speaks in one of his rare public appearances, he talks about "chronic post-crisis weakness" and "risk." Monetary institutions, says Caruana, are at "serious risk of exhausting the policy room for manoeuver over time."

These are unusual words, especially now that the world's central bankers, five years after the Lehman crash, are more powerful than ever. They set interest rates and control the money supply, oversee governments and banks and, like Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, are treated a bit like movie stars by the public.

To an extent unprecedented in postwar history, monetary watchdogs -- who are not elected and are usually independent of their countries' governments -- determine what happens in politics and on the markets. They are the new "masters of the universe." Yet their internal discussions on the effects of their power do not give the impression of resounding success. Growth is limping along in the world's major economies; banks, households and governments are deeply in debt; and the bankers' so-called unconventional monetary policy is running up against its limits everywhere.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1123248 Apr 22, 2014
Holding onto the Wheel

In the United States, the members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors are grappling with the question of when they should stop spending trillions to buy up treasury bonds. In the United Kingdom, the central bank is confusing the public with contradictory announcements about future interest-rate decisions. And in Europe, the divided monetary watchdogs on the ECB Council are searching for a way to combat low inflation rates.

At the most recent meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, financial policy experts and bank industry executives urged central banker governors to continue their policy of cheap money. More bond purchases were discussed, as were negative interest rates and central bank deals involving collateralized debt securities. It almost seems as though monetary policy officials are now being asked to come up with as many financial innovations as investment bankers once did.

The central bank heads aren't particularly impressed. They are more inclined to believe they have done enough already and wonder whether their actions might now be doing more harm than good. Interviews with central bankers and monetary theorists leave the impression of a vast cognitive divide: Whereas the public wants central banks to continue driving the economy, bank heads feel they are increasingly no longer the only ones holding onto the wheel.
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1123249 Apr 22, 2014
Eleanor Beaver wrote:
<quoted text>
Sure, and your ilk's ¨solution¨ is to keep people in victimized limbo, string them along with handouts, and blame republicans for everything wrong in the world.
I gotta hand it to the left -- they sure know how to manipulate and indoctrinate ignorant fks like you.
So you don't think healthcare was in need of an overhaul? Did any of you idiots on the right complain this way when Romney did basically the same? Exactly what program have you moron sheep on the right ever initiated of supported???I'll bet you are collecting some of the very same things you are whining about now, Hypocrite. If you are a party with no plans for anything other than bitching whining then the Republicans are for morons like you...Well you found it dumbo...Does the expression "I have found the enemy and it is I" mean anything to a doughnut hole like you?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1123250 Apr 22, 2014
Not Fit for the Next Crisis: Europe's Brittle Banking Union

An Analysis By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels

The Frankfurt skyline: Many have accused the German government of watering down the euro zone's new banking union.Zoom
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The Frankfurt skyline: Many have accused the German government of watering down the euro zone's new banking union.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has negotiated a European banking union suited perfectly to his country's tastes. It looks like a victory, but it could prove to be very expensive if Europe or Germany face another financial crisis.

Lawyers are often sharp people, but they sometimes live dangerously -- with a tendency to gloat so much that they lose track of what is actually right.

When German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a trained lawyer, announced an agreement on Wednesday night in Brussels on the long negotiated EU banking union, observers might have been left thinking that he is precisely this type of lawyer.
On paper, Schäuble and his negotiators are right about very many points. They succeeded in ensuring that in 2016, the Single Resolution Mechanism will go into effect alongside the European Union banking supervisory authority. The provision will mean that failing banks inside the euro zone can be liquidated in the future without requiring German taxpayers to cover the costs of mountains of debt built up by Italian or Spanish institutes.

They also backed the European Commission, which wanted to become the top decision-maker when it comes to liquidating banks. The Commission will now be allowed to make formal decisions, but only in close coordination with national ministers from the member states.

But it goes even farther. Negotiators from Berlin have also created an intergovernmental treaty, to be negotiated by the start of 2014, that they believe will protect Germany from any challenges at its Constitutional Court that might arise out of the banking union.

They also established a very strict "liability cascade" that will require bank shareholders, bond holders and depositors with assets of over €100,000 ($137,000) to cover the costs of a bank's liquidation before any other aid kicks in. The banks are also required to pay around €55 billion into an emergency fund over the next 10 years. Until that fund has been filled, in addition to national safeguards, the permanent euro bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, will also be available for aid. However, any funds would have to be borrowed by a national government on behalf of banks, and that country would also be liable for the loan. This provision is expected to be in place at least until 2026.

The government in Berlin put a strong emphasis on preventing the ESM, with its billions in funding, from being used to recapitalize debt-ridden European banks. Schäuble was alone with this position during negotiations, completely isolating himself from the other 16 finance ministers from euro-zone countries. Brussels insiders report that it was "extremely unusual because normally at least a few countries share Germany's position."
Grey Ghost

Bumpass, VA

#1123251 Apr 22, 2014
Rahm Jizzbucket Emanuel wrote:
Happy Earth Day my fellow progressives! I plan on burning some plastic bags today for you and your children. Keep celebrating the lies and failures of the democratic party. Those turds are bound to come clean soon if you keep polishing them!
Foxbot say what?/So we have an admitted turd polisher giving advice...Too funny... Surely there's a law against your kind burning anything or having access to matches.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1123252 Apr 22, 2014
German Minister:'US Operating Without any Kind of Boundaries'

Interview Conducted By Jörg Schindler, Alfred Weinzierl and Peter Müller

German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere. Zoom
Christian Thiel/ DER SPIEGEL
German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere.
In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become "boundless" and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany.

The following is an excerpt from a longer interview conducted with German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière.

SPIEGEL: Minister de Maizière, nine weeks ago at the Munich Security Conference you demanded that the United States provide detailed information about its spying activities in Germany. Have you received anything from them yet?
De Maizière: The information we have received thus far is insufficient. That remains my opinion. The US' surveillance measures are largely a result of its security needs, but they are being implemented in an excessive, boundless fashion.
SPIEGEL: How did you come to this conclusion?

De Maizière: If even two-thirds of what Edward Snowden has presented or what has been presented with his name cited as the source is true, then I would conclude that the USA is operating without any kind of boundaries.

SPIEGEL: Are you hopeful that anything will change in the near future -- perhaps when Chancellor Angela Merkel visits President Barack Obama in May?

De Maizière: I have low expectations that further talks will prove to be successful. But of course these talks are continuing.

SPIEGEL: So you don't expect a no-spy agreement to result from these discussions?

De Maizière: Going by everything that I've heard, that's the case.

SPIEGEL: If you'll allow us: We've been learning about the NSA's activities through Snowden for 10 months now and none of the pledges made by the Americans have been fulfilled. Why not just use Germany's own counterintelligence authority to uncover the extent of the Americans' activity?

De Maizière: Counterespionage work cannot be the subject of an interview with SPIEGEL. Please understand that. If all of our suspicions are correct, everything that we are discussing right now isn't even taking place on German soil. That also makes it difficult to assess. However, I do want state again that cooperation between the intelligence services of the United States, Great Britain and Germany is indispensable to us. It is in our national interest and it cannot be allowed to be harmed -- not even through the parliament's investigative committee.

SPIEGEL: Where is there a threat that damage will be done?

De Maizière: I am thinking of the foreign policy damage. Because the greater damage has actually been inflicted by the Americans and not the Germans. And I say this as a staunch trans-Atlanticist. Approval ratings for Americans in German polls are lower right now than they have been in a long time. The last time this was the case was during a certain phase of the policies of George W. Bush. It saddens me. Even if Obama's initial popularity may have been exaggerated, the US cannot be apathetic to the fact that approval ratings have shifted to such a degree within just one year. America should have an interest in improving them. Words alone will not suffice.
sonicfilter

Fishers, IN

#1123253 Apr 22, 2014
Comedian Jon Stewart ripped into Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday's "The Daily Show" for taking up the banner of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

Bundy was locked in a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management earlier this month over unpaid grazing fees. Hannity gave Bundy a platform to explain his side of the dispute, and strongly implied last week that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the federal government were planning to raid Bundy's ranch. No raid has since taken place.

"The law isn't on Bundy's side, the court isn't on Bundy's side, even the Nevada state constitution, which Bundy claims to abide, isn't on Bundy's side. Who the hell is on this guy's side?" Stewart wondered. "Hannity. I still don't get it."

The Fox News host's "puffery" on the Bundy ranch conflict doesn't mesh with the way he's approached other news stories about people "scammin' off the taxpayers," like the California surfer on food stamps, Stewart said.

"So apparently Sean Hannity thinks laws are served buffet-style, in that you can pick and choose the ones that you like best. The ones you don't like, you don't have to abide," he added. "Well that's not going to sit well with Fox's immigration-healthcare-law-exp ert-pundit … a Mr. Sean Hannity."

Hannity's position on the Bundy ranch conflict is so "out there" compared to that of other conservatives, Stewart said, he's "now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jon-ste...
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1123254 Apr 22, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
This corrupt and deceptive administration with an agenda is playing us like violins. And hitting sour notes every single time.
We've become a nation with no scruples and no clue. So they think they're the Philharmonic and we're just tone deaf.
That's just more right wing crap Carol;
The recent changes to the Current Population Survey's questions related to health insurance coverage is the culmination of 14 years of research and two national tests in 2010 and 2013 clearly showing the revised questions provide more precise measures of health insurance through improved respondent recall.
This change was announced in September 2013 and implemented because the evidence showed that reengineering the questions provides demonstrably more accurate results. The Census Bureau only implements changes in survey methodology based on research, testing, and evidence presented for peer review.
The revised questions were implemented in the Current Population Survey beginning in February 2014 in time for data collection covering calendar year 2013, and thus will provide a more accurate baseline for assessments of changes in insurance coverage, including that of the Affordable Care Act.[Census Bureau, 4/15/14 via PR Newswire]
Got that? These changes have been in the works for 14 years!
The Census Bureau reports the health insurance rate with a one-year delay; in September 2013, for example, the agency reported the percent of Americans without coverage in 2012. It will most likely report the uninsured rate for 2013 sometime this coming fall.
In other words: The survey will make it difficult to compare the uninsured rate for 2012, the last year for the old questions, and 2013, the first year for the new questions. But making the change now means that 2013 and 2014 -- the year before and after Obamacare's big programs started -- are using the same question set.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1123255 Apr 22, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
The Democrats are largely responsible for the housing market collapse and the ensuing economic crisis. Obama and ObamaCare is just more fuel being added to the already existing fire they created.
So stop roasting marshmallows and grab an extinguisher.
REALLY STUPID? Was it the Democrats who didn't want the markets in mortgage backed securities and credit default swaps regulated? Also what party controlled Congress and the White House when the housing bubble expanded beyond sustainability? That would be your GOP.
It was Republican laissez faire policies that allowed this to happen lamebrain.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#1123256 Apr 22, 2014
flack wrote:
Finally, government spending produces dependency. When government spends, people and companies sit around contemplating how to get the next handout. Instead of looking for a job, people tend to look in the mailbox. Rather than putting their time to productive use finding what people want to buy and selling it to them, companies focus on government grants and cost cutting.
Even if governments print money to give away without any strings to everyone (so the right people are sure to get it), the result is dependency. Don't take my word for it. Look around.
We have not tried cutting spending, slashing the bureaucracy, allowing markets to define technology and prices, or encouraging people and companies to make it on their own. Until we do, the economic morass will continue.
Government spending doesn't cause dependency, but when Government becomes partisan in rewarding the very rich with tax cuts, tax shelters, subsidies, minimum penalties for breaking the law, rigging the election process in their favor(giving the rich more voting power(paid lobbyists, freedom to offer unlimited campaign donations, etc.) at the expense of the poor and middle class then you do build a culture of corporate welfare skewed towards the most wealthiest Americans receiving the most benefits of society.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#1123257 Apr 22, 2014
flack wrote:
German Minister:'US Operating Without any Kind of Boundaries'
Interview Conducted By Jörg Schindler, Alfred Weinzierl and Peter Müller
German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere. Zoom
Christian Thiel/ DER SPIEGEL
German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere.
In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become "boundless" and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany.
The following is an excerpt from a longer interview conducted with German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière.
.
United States President Barack Obama welcomed Angela Merkel for a two-day state visit this week that included awarding the German chancellor America's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. He also lavished her with praise, calling her journey from growing up in communist East Germany to becoming the first woman to lead Germany an "inspiration." Ahead of the visit, he also described her as "a good friend and one of my closest global partners." The World from Berlin: Merkel and Obama 'More Similar than They Like to Admit' http://spon.de/adnRZ via @SPIEGELONLINE

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