"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
Join the discussion below, or Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com.
#91412 Apr 1, 2013
Wow, repukes haven't jumped on this yet. The PRESDIENT recognizing EASTER. hahaha
Obama: Easter, Passover a time to pray, reflect
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the President said the Easter and Passover holidays give millions of Christians, Jews and people of other faiths a chance to reconnect with their faith.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is wishing a joyful Easter to those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said the Easter and Passover holidays give millions of Christians, Jews and people of other faiths a chance to slow down and recommit themselves to loving their neighbors and seeing everyone as a child of God.
Jews celebrated Passover at sundown Monday. Easter is Sunday.
In the Republican address, Rep. Terry Lee of Nebraska called for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada's tar sands to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. Lee says the project would help create tens of thousands of jobs.
The Obama administration is considering whether to approve the project, which would run through Lee's home state.
DENIAL, DENIAL, DENIAL, oh no, he claims he is a Christian...again.
Inspiring video imagines a world without hate
What if Martin Luther King Jr. hadn't been killed? Or Anne Frank? Or Harvey Milk? What more might they have accomplished for good in the world? The Anti-Defamation League would like us to imagine it, so for its 100th anniversary it produced this "Imagine a World Without Hate." We bet you can't watch it without singing along.
Nice concept, but while recently proven by repukes, hate lives so deep in them they can't help themselves, letting all their racism surface. Even in the face of the grand old party trying to revamp their outreach of minorities. So transparent.
#91413 Apr 1, 2013
"Baby boomers' aging would have boosted enrollment in the DI program even if no other factors had changed," the report said.
Social Security Disability Enrollment Rising Due To Demographic Trends, Not Obama 'Slavery' Plot: CBO
O'Reilly's rant and The World According To Allen West
WASHINGTON -- Some members of Congress have begun leveling accusations that rising enrollment in Social Security's disability insurance program is evidence of growing American dependence on the government, and even a "slave" mentality.
But a new report out Monday says the rise in America's ranks of disabled to 8.3 million in 2011 stems from an aging population, a surge in women workers, changes in the law in the 1980s and a terrible economy in which disabled people can't find jobs.
The study, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, found that the biggest jumps in the disabled population came from aging Baby Boomers.
From 1996 through 2009 -- "the approximate period during which the baby-boom generation entered their 50s -- the share of disabled worker benefits awarded to older workers (age 45 and older) rose from 67 percent to 76 percent," the report said.
Meanwhile, the share of benefits going to younger workers -- between the ages of 25 to 44 -- fell from 31 percent to 22 percent.
"Baby boomers' aging would have boosted enrollment in the DI program even if no other factors had changed," the report said.
A change in the law during the Reagan administration that allowed more people with mental disabilities and musculoskeletal problems to qualify also increased the number of people on disability. In 1990, such people accounted for 38 percent of workers in the SSDI program. In 2010, the number had risen to 54 percent.
Conservative Fox News firebrand Bill O'Reilly is among the many commentators suggesting the rise in disability enrollees is another sign of President Barack Obama's scheme to increase dependency.
"Once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery,” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said recently. West and other conservatives noted that 85,000 people were awarded disability benefits in June while the economy added just 80,000 jobs.
Repukes just don't get it. Half or more fall into the baby boomer catagory and fight to cut their own throats. How ignorant is that. Typical repukes.
#91414 Apr 1, 2013
Mister O'Reilly was 100% wrong on all of his bogus claims.
But still...there aren't 14 million as the NPR claimed...and it's not up 100% as Bill O'Reilly had claimed. And the sky isn't falling either.
The number of people who are receiving Social Security benefits did not "skyrocket" under Obama, although SSDI CLAIMS have risen since the recession. But the actual number of people who are actually being AWARDED SSDI benefits is no greater number (either as a percentage or as a total) under Obama than under any other President (except under Ronald Reagan, when claims actually decreased).
And it's not necessarily just BECAUSE of high unemployment that more Social Security disability CLAIMS are being filed, but also (and mostly) because of the aging demographics of our workforce. Not to mention, we also have a much higher population than when Jimmy Carter was our President (we now have 100 million more people). Let's look back at the last 30 years that Chana Joffe-Walt wrote about for the NPR:
There were 2,861,253 American receiving SSDI benefits when President Jimmy Carter left office --- but only 2,830,284 working-aged Americans were receiving SSDI benefits when Ronald Reagan left office (that's 30,969 LESS than when Reagan first entered office). Only 381,000 SSDI claims were awarded under Reagan, for an average of only 47,625 a year.
That number jumped to 637,499 SSDI claims that were awarded under George H.W. Bush (An average of 159,374 a year), up a whopping 90.1% annual average (or 81.6% in actual claims awarded) since Ronald Reagan. There were 3,467,783 working-aged Americans who were receiving SSDI benefits at the end of George H.W. Bush's 4 years in office.
1.6 million SSDI claims were awarded under Bill Clinton (An average of 196,818 a year), up 19% a year from George H.W. Bush. There were 5,042,334 working-aged Americans who were receiving SSDI benefits at the end of Bill Clinton's two terms in office.
Then there were 2.4 million SSDI claims that were awarded under George W. Bush (An average of 298,108 per year), up 34% a year from Bill Clinton. There were 7,427,203 working-aged Americans who were receiving SSDI benefits at the end of 2008.
Now we've had 1.4 million SSDI claims that were awarded under Barack Obama over his first 4 years (An average of 350,148 per year), up a mere 15% a year from George W. Bush.--- although Obama still has 4 years left in office).
Of course most of us already know that Bill O'Reilly doesn't want his taxes going up, and that he's only pushing his ideological agenda of less government spending in a growing (and older) population, while cutting taxes for the increasingluy richer "top one percent" (like himself). And Bill O'Reilly's claim of disability awards rising 100% is just as bogus as anything else we've ever heard from him.
Currently 8,827,795 working-aged Americans receive SSDI benefits as of Obama's first term in office. You can go here for all the data I collected with direct links to the original government sources.
So in conclusion, either Bill O'Reilly is just an uber-rich con artist and a liar, or an ignorant and incompetent "journalist". But you can stop crying now Bill. There's no need to worry, you'll still be a very rich man when you die.
O'Reilly and the rest of the GOP and their high dollar Corps.
"And Bill O'Reilly's claim of disability awards rising 100% is just as bogus as anything else we've ever heard from him." ....and the rest of the repukes. Hilarious how they hang on fauxbox pundits words everyday. They need their gloom and doom fix.
#91416 Apr 1, 2013
Poll: Top knock on GOP -- inflexible
Democrats, Republicans and independents all had the same top complaint about the GOP in a Gallup poll released Monday: It’s inflexible.
The poll asked respondents to name two things they liked and disliked about the nation’s political parties. More cited inflexibility andunwillingness to compromise than anything else — 21 percent overall, including 26 percent of Republicans. Twelve percent said the party was “for the rich.”
Inflexible and the party for the rich. Yep, that's them. We won't forget!!!
#91417 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! Yes it is funny, but it doesn't mean I can't post the truth as it is written in the Constitution.
#91418 Apr 1, 2013
Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan wars will keep mounting
Together they'll be the most expensive in U.S. history, costing as much as $6 trillion over time, a new analysis says. Veterans' care will probably be the biggest future expense.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, with medical care and disability benefits weighing heavily for decades to come, according to a new analysis.
The bill to taxpayers so far has been $2 trillion, plus $260 billion in interest on the resulting debt. By comparison, the current federal budget is $3.8 trillion.
The government has already spent $134 billion on medical care and disability benefits for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bilmes estimated that in coming decades these benefits would cost an additional $836 billion.
hmmmmm, now who started those TWO wars that just keep costing us at home and abroad. Wow, that's right the REPUKES.
#91419 Apr 1, 2013
Lady Gaga Turned Down $1 Million to Perform at RNC
Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/rnc/2013/04/01/lady...
HAHA, millions and millions they spend and still can't win an election. hahaha
#91420 Apr 1, 2013
Exactly. That laugh is typical of the joke that she is. I think they were calling the BIG GULP. haha
#91422 Apr 1, 2013
Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In
The ex-governor and VP pick railed against political consultants at CPAC. But her latest FEC filings show they took millions of dollars from her in the last election cycle.
Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called “Loaded for Bear,” which presented the former Alaska governor as the new kingmaker for conservative populists in the GOP.
The video riffed off her speech at CPAC, in which Palin railed against “the big consultants, the big money men, and the big bad media.” But there’s an irony alert ahead: the current stated purpose of SarahPAC is to raise money ahead of the 2014 election—most of which will be spent on conservative consultants.
Don't believe me? Well, this is a perfect time to page through SarahPAC’s Federal Election Commission filings, which—helpfully enough—were just released yesterday.
Seen through the lens of the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics, Palin’s PAC spent $5.1 million in the last election cycle (more than it raised in that time period, raising some questions about Palin’s claims of fiscal responsibility).
But the real news comes when you look at how donors’ money was actually doled out: just $298,500 to candidates. The bulk of the rest of it, more than $4.8 million, went to—you guessed it—consultants.
That’s some seriously hypocritical overhead.
In total, Palin’s PAC spent $980,000 on campaign expenses,$1.3 million on administrative costs (including almost a million dollars on postage), and three-quarters of a million on fundraising. Hidden in all of this—amid the direct mail and the media buys—is consultants’ cut of every dollar spent.
These are the top-line costs of life in PAC era. But the devilish details in expense reports are what makes it really come alive. Palin’s chief PAC consultant, Tim Crawford, pocketed more than $321,000 this election cycle in direct payments alone, according to the documents. Aries Petra Consulting was taking in between $6,000 and $8,000 a month for speechwriting and “grassroots consulting”—something that sounds like an oxymoron, but ended up costing north of $160,000.
C&M Transcontinental racked up $10,000 a month in management consulting, which is hard to imagine for a PAC whose job is simply to raise money and spend it on candidates. Inside SarahPAC, there were consultants for research and consultants for logistics and consultants for issues and on and on and on. It's hard to find any area where consultants weren’t employed.
So when Palin thundered at CPAC that “Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home and throw out the political scripts, because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us”—it was a riff written by speechwriters and informed by all tools she tried to diss.
#91423 Apr 1, 2013
Fantasies don't count.
#91424 Apr 1, 2013
Follow the money in politics and you get a glimpse of the truth. Sarah Palin wants to be a defender of the middle class while chartering $27,000 private plane flights and burning through enough cash on consultants to feed a small village for a year or two. As much as advancing a political cause, SarahPAC seems to be a lifestyle play, propping up an expensive ideological entourage.
Also buried in the report are signs of Palin’s decreasing popularity, which may explain the anxiety to raise a new round of cash now. Because the vast majority of the money she raised for SarahPAC this cycle came in 2011, when there was still feverish expectation that Palin would run for president. When she retreated, the citizen spigot dried up. After raising nearly $6 million in the 2010 Tea Party cycle, Palin’s PAC is down to “just” over $1 million cash on hand. While that’s impressive for a former governor and VP nominee, it’s not the kind of cash flow that a real party leader shows. Now she desperately needs to reload her donor dollars and so the Sarah Palin show is back online, trying to reassert her relevance. But don’t kid yourself—it’s all about the Benjamins.
I feel bad for all the Palin true believers who forked over their hard-won cash only to now find that the vast majority of it went into consultants’ coffers. It’s a reminder of Eric Hoffer’s immortal line that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
But it’s really only fair to let Sarah Palin have the last word, aiming unintentionally at herself:“If these experts keep losing elections, keep raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who should run in this party, they should buck up and run or stay in the truck.”
“Now is the time to furlough the consultants,...EXCEPT for mine, SARAHPAC. hahahaha
#91425 Apr 1, 2013
Off to meet friends for dinner and a movie. You repukes have fun spinning the truth and ranting.
C, Judgement, countrygirl, etc....keep schooling them. Major entertainment.
If not to late, I will check in for some laughs, I know the A Loser will still be ranting and her socks. Anonymous Troll will still be stealing everyone's name demonstrating how wacko these repukes are. Priceless
#91426 Apr 1, 2013
Says the kettle to the pot!!!
#91431 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! I have to laugh at people who don't know what they are talking about!
Since: Dec 11
#91434 Apr 1, 2013
As citizens of this Constitutional republic it IS our civic duty to interpret and exemplify the sprit of the law...The United States Constitution is "The Supreme Law of the Land"!
When we see our rights usurped or violated (Civil Rights?), it is EVERY Americans civic duty to DISOBEY any unconstitutional authority.
I am saying YOU are either too young to too weak minded to realize this fact.
#91436 Apr 1, 2013
Some of your CUT for space :)
Follow the money in politics and you get a glimpse of the truth... said the pUnk!
September 23, 2008
Watch the money flow. Obama dollars can tell us a lot.
Senator Obama received more political contribution money from now-collapsed mortgage banks Fannie Mae [Federal National Mortgage Association] and Freddie Mac [Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp] than all but one of the 353 other senators and congressmen who received political contributions from these two entities which were recently taken over by the federal government.
Almost unbelievably, but nevertheless true, on September 11, 2001, Mr. Ayers told the New York Times in an interview, "I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough."
People KNEW this in '08 ...
and STILL the 0 made it!
LYING lame stream media
did NOT put OUT the TRUTH!
#91437 Apr 1, 2013
Did he? I get it, you want the last word!
#91438 Apr 1, 2013
LMAO!!! I don't think it can get any funnier.
#91439 Apr 1, 2013
the 0 pastor for Easter Sunday!
Does politics have a place in pulpit?
Pastor's controversial Easter sermon under fire
#91440 Apr 1, 2013
Hope You & Yours are Good!
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