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OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

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Afton, OK

#59115 Jan 25, 2014
Medicare is underfunded by $23+ trillion...

2006 -- Trustees said Medicare insolvent in 2018
2011 -- Obama's Trustees said insolvent in 2017

Medicare Bound to Bust as First Boomers Hit 65

Starting New Year's Day 2011 10,000 Will Reach
Eligibility for Program Every Day for 19 Years, Risking Its Bankruptcy by 2017

• The number of people eligible will nearly double from 46 million to 80 million by the time all the boomers reach 65.
• It's estimated the cost will grow from $500 billion a year today to $929 billion by 2020.
• The number of workers supporting each senior will fall.

Medicare is already underfunded by at least $23 trillion. That's the difference between the benefits promised and the taxes actually being paid into Medicare. It could go bankrupt as early as 2017.



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Medicare will run out of money in 8 years.


A nearly identical forecast was released in May 2006:

Medicare's trust fund will run out of money in 2018, two years earlier than previously expected, the program's trustees reported Monday.

It's already operating in the red because it spends more on those services than it brings in. But the fund is now expected to be mostly depleted by 2018 unless Congress acts to lower spending or raise taxes.


United States

#59116 Jan 25, 2014
Video: AZ GOP Censures John McCain





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by AWR Hawkins 25 Jan 2014, 9:20 AM PDT 746 post a comment

UPDATE 12:43 PM PST: McCain has been censured by a voice vote at the Arizona Republican Party State Committeemen meeting. This is his second censure by the Arizona GOP this month and the sixth of Arizona's fifteen counties to censure McCain.

ORIGINAL STORY: A group of Arizona GOP Committeemen are pushing for a censure of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at the mandatory meeting of Arizona Republican Party State Committeemen on January 25th.

The meeting is being held in Phoenix and is expected to last all day, perhaps even late into the night.

Republican chairman Timothy Schwartz (Dist. 30) is sponsoring the censure, which follows the passage of a censure of McCain by Maricopa County Republicans on January 11, 2014.

The Maricopa County Republican censure cited a list of grievances, including McCain's "long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees,[and] assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment."

The censure is not on the docket for the January 25th mandatory meeting but will be offered as a "Resolution to Censure John McCain" from the floor.

United States

#59117 Jan 25, 2014
oops sorry about the extra junk.

United States

#59118 Jan 25, 2014
Day 7: Wendy Davis Official Bio Still Contains falsehoods.

by John Nolte 23 Jan 2014 1490 post a comment

Note: It has been seven days since the Dallas Morning News revealed that contrary to her official State Senate bio, Wendy Davis was never a single teenage mother.

As if to underline the fact that Wendy Davis is comfortable in the knowledge that she has little to fear from a national media that (with few exceptions) has downplayed and only grudgingly reported on her litany of biography fabrications and omissions, the Democrat Texas gubernatorial candidate has yet to correct her State Senate bio. In the second paragraph, as of this writing, the false claim of her being a teenage single mother remains.

As the Dallas Morning News reported, "Davis was 21, not 19, when she was divorced. She lived only a few months in the family mobile home while separated from her husband before moving into an apartment with her daughter."

Davis might have separated from her first husband at age 19, but she was not "single" until she was 21. But "teenage single mother" is obviously a much better hardscrabble political talking point than the truth.

Davis's self-made single mother story also took a hit after the Dallas Morning News discovered that her second husband took care of her kids while she attended Harvard Law. He also cashed in his 401K to help pay for her schooling and claims that she walked out on him the day after he made the final payment on her student loan. In the divorce papers, Davis was accused of adultery.

Davis has spent almost all of her time in the national spotlight making the claim that her story of life as a teenage single mother is one many women can relate to. As she spun the story, that is correct. But how many women dumped their kids on their second husband to attend Harvard Law on his dime?

Davis's self-mythmaking might have extended to perjury over a statement the rising Democrat star made while under oath in a federal court,“I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old.”

Facts matter. Just ask the hoards of Republicans who have been pecked to death or near-death over anything our national media chooses to define as a misstatement or gaffe.


Edmond, OK

#59119 Jan 25, 2014
no problem!

United States

#59120 Jan 25, 2014
According to an email invitation sent out by the Writers Guild East and obtained by Breitbart News, members of the Hollywood elite and the Obama Administration will be gathering in the middle of next month for a panel titled, "The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama & Reality - Portraying ObamaCare in TV & Film." Julie Green Bataille, a director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will represent the Obama administration.

The left-wing Norman Lear Center is co-sponsoring the event.

Two powerful left-wing Hollywood organizations combining with the federal government's powerful CMS is not something to be taken lightly. The intent here is obvious and deadly serious, and the American people should brace themselves for a propaganda push in their film and television entertainment that is meant only to aid and abet Obama's federal government.

This invitation should serve as a reminder that, with rare exceptions (that only prove the rule), Hollywood is not filled with brave rebels, iconoclasts, and individual thinkers; but rather they are servants eager to do their government's bidding and who understand that success in the entertainment business means never coloring outside the lines of left-wing conformity.

And let's remember this invitation the next time Hollywood and its subservient media try to tell us -- as a friend of mine so aptly put it -- "that the sh*t we show in the movies has NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER on anybody’s behavior."

Hollywood media blitz to follow in the days ahead. Obama and the liberals intend to sell ObamaCare to as many unsuspecting Americans as possible. Hawking wares to the ignorant public? It's so important that Americans who have educated themselves about the law tell others so they can be informed as well. This law will hurt Americans while the wealthy elitist and their families will never be touched by the effects of a law that harms everyone else.

Send a clear message to Congress and this administration as Americans we revolt against this bad law destroying our healthcare. Dr. Ben Carson world renowned neurological surgeon recently retired from John Hopkins Medical Center, who has been in the fore front warning Americans how this laws will effect them and their healthcare causing a third world experience for millions.

The website already gave millions a third world experience. Cases all over America are being reported of patients who can't get their insurance coverage verified, delays for care, out of pocket expenses patients never imagine they would be facing.


United States

#59121 Jan 25, 2014
Poll: 99% Don't Care About Obama/Media Pet 2014 Issues

by John Nolte 25 Jan 2014, 8:44 AM PDT 303 post a comment

A Quinnipiac poll released last week is a stark reminder of just how out of touch President Obama and the mainstream media are when it comes to the concerns and priorities of everyday Americans. Anyone at all familiar with the issues Obama and his media intend to push in 2014, knows that it is going to be a year all about income inequality, the minimum wage, immigration, and guns. This, even though 99% of the public do not consider those issues a priority.
When Quinnipiac asked voters "What do you think should be the top priority for President Obama and Congress in 2014?" -- income inequality earned 1%, class inequality earned 1%, gun issues earned 1%, and immigration earned only 2%.

More bad news for a media desperate to further their Global Warming hoax through the dark art of portraying everyday weather as The Worst Ever, is that only 2% of the public see the environment as a priority.

Issues the American people unsurprisingly do list as top priorities are the economy (15%), jobs/unemployment (16%), and healthcare (18%). And it is in all three of those areas where Obama's standing with the American people is in the dumpster. On the economy and healthcare, the president is upside down on approval 39-56% and 36-59%, respectively.

Just like they did with gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, to set Obama up for a win, the media will ignore what truly matters to the American people and fabricate a reality that claims the minimum wage, immigration, and income inequality are the most important issues in the history of the Republic. More than setting up Obama for a win, this tactic also seeks to intimidate Republicans into caving by way of the idea that THIS matters and America is against them.

It certainly makes sense for a failed president to stick to issues no one cares about because he thinks he can pull out a much-needed win. That's politics. But for a media that poses as objective to provide air cover is nothing short of propagandizing for your government.


United States

#59122 Jan 25, 2014
John Hudson of Foreign Policy pours scorn (Update: see below) on the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) for raising questions about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opposition to new sanctions on Iran (to take effect if and when the interim nuclear deal fails). How is it possible, Hudson wonders, that a Jewish Democrat who prides herself on her pro-Israel record is now being targeted by AIPAC? The implication, reinforced by choice quotes from former AIPAC lobbyist is that AIPAC is becoming a more partisan, i.e. Republican, outfit.

Rubbish. If anything, AIPAC has bent over backwards to avoid antagonizing the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. The organization sat on its hands during the Hagel nomination, for example, and recently faced accusations that it had not been active enough on the issue of new Iran sanctions, which Obama has said he will veto. The risk to its traditional partisanship has been entirely in the opposite direction--i.e. it has been unusually charitable to Democrats in their increasingly creative definitions of what it means to be "pro-Israel."

There is a simple explanation for AIPAC's behavior--and probably the one AIPAC would give itself, were it inclined to comment on such stories: namely, that the organization does not focus on parties or personalities, but on policies. AIPAC's most important policy for the past fifteen years has been preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Wasserman Schultz is in the crosshairs precisely because she is one of the few standing in the way of a strong bipartisan consensus on that policy. Those arguing otherwise likely prefer its recent Democratic drift.

United States

#59123 Jan 25, 2014
It is a safe bet that Tom Coburn will not have a big federal building named for him. He is not likely to get a monument erected around here honoring him. He won’t be sitting for an official portrait — striking that generous pose of the longtime, greasy politicians — anytime soon.

No. The news from Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, that he is retiring and will not finish his second term, will come as a huge relief to people around here and all across the sprawling federal bureaucracy.

But for America, those who cherish freedom and voters who believe in responsible, honest and limited government, one can scarcely think of a greater blow to the republic.

Mr. Coburn’s good constituents back home surely will find a satisfactory new senator. But, simply put, Tom Coburn is irreplaceable.

He is not the most visible politician in Washington. You would never catch him between Chuck Schumer and a television camera. There isn’t much pretty or flashy about the guy. He doesn’t hold forth for hours on end waxing poetic on the Senate floor about humble beginnings or overcoming personal strife or foolishness like that.

If you call him “Senator,” he might correct you and tell you to call him “Doctor.” And he is not joking.

Tom Coburn is one of the most serious, determined and hardest-working people in Congress. And he expects the same from those who work for him.

He has dedicated his time here in the federal city to rooting out wasteful spending and goring every bloated, sacred ox he could find — no matter whose party had been the patron of it. He and his staff do the really hard and tedious work of scouring budgets and expense reports to find the corrupt, wasteful, or simply duplicative spending in far-flung agencies you have never heard of. And then he calls the perpetrators up from the bowels of the bureaucracy, hauls them before his committee, and gives them a good ole bipartisan public shellacking.

Another reason Tom Coburn is something of an oddity around here is that he cannot be lumped neatly into any partisan camp. A lot of Republicans around here just love the idea of tax cuts. But the second you mention actual spending cuts, they take off running like a bunch of screaming weenies.

Mr. Coburn loves tax cuts. But he loves smart spending cuts even more. He is a true fiscal conservative in a town filled with fiscal suicide bombers.

No one in Congress today works as hard as Mr. Coburn does to reach across the aisle and coax others to join his fight for honest government and fiscal sanity.

The only successful bill Barack Obama was ever chief sponsor of during his years in the U.S. Senate was one Tom Coburn cobbled together with him. The law aims to force greater transparency on federal spending.

So, what kind of thanks does a strenuously bipartisan, serious, good-government, common-sense lawmaker get around here?

He gets investigated by the Senate ethics committee for violating the august body’s stringent rules on avoiding the appearance of conflicts of interest. His crime?

Being a dedicated doctor who refused to give up on his loyal patients and devoted nurses. For years, the committee dogged Mr. Coburn, fixated on the notion that delivering babies would somehow coerce Mr. Coburn into bribery. This charade was led by the Senate’s Javert himself, Harry “Casino” Reid — surely an expert on bribery.

After years of funhouse-mirror investigation, the Senate gave up and allowed Mr. Coburn to continue seeing patients — but only if he doesn’t charge a fee.

Unlike Mr. Reid and his “ethics” syndicate, Mr. Coburn understands that holding a private job and doing it well is a much higher calling in America than being a senator. Public service is a “service” precisely because it is such a lowly and humble task in a great, vibrant country with boundless opportunity.

Few principles were more important to the Founding Fathers, and, sadly, Mr. Coburn is one of the few in Congress who still believes it.

United States

#59125 Jan 25, 2014
by Christopher Whalen 25 Jan 2014, 3:58 PM PDT

Last week, I spent a very enjoyable hour with my friend Barry Ritholtz, an American author, newspaper columnist, blogger, equities analyst, CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, and guest commentator on Bloomberg Television. He is just starting a new radio program on Bloomberg Radio which airs next month, and I am honored to be his first guest.

Barry is a center-left New York liberal, a very smart man who understands finance, markets, and economics very well – yet still pays homage to the idea of Keynesian economics. As a center-right Republican who is comfortable in the libertarian wing of the Grand Old Party, Barry and I always have some spirited debates over economic policy and the role of government, and especially the trendy topic of income inequality.

During our discussion, Barry commented that he thought Washington should be providing more stimulus to help boost consumer demand and job growth, a familiar argument of from every dollar of deficit spending is just about nil and the neo-Keynesian creed. I describe Keynesian economics, especially today’s variety, as a coward’s road to socialism, because this liberal creed has pretty much run out of runway in terms of economic efficacy.

John Maynard Keynes, we should all remember, was a conservative man who understood and operated in the financial markets during awful economic times. His idea for using government spending to boost consumer demand in times of deflation was tempered by his fiscal conservatism. That is, he expected governments that ran deficits (or printed fiat money) in bad times to pay back the debt in good times. Unfortunately, American liberals never studied that section of the macroeconomics textbook. Neither have most Republicans, for that matter.

Gary North, in his excellent critique of the socialist tendencies of Huffington Post blogger Ellen Brown, notes that in the depth of the Great Depression in 1934, Keynes was a supporter of the same money-printing policies that have been followed by the Federal Open Market Committee since 2008. But what Keynes saw as a necessary expedient for truly horrendous economic times has now become accepted policy today in Washington.

Observers like Brown, with her limited understanding of economics or history, celebrate the idea of the Fed printing money to accommodate deficit spending. Her latest “big idea” is for states to sponsor public banks and essentially give money away, another form of deficit spending. Brown’s Public Banking Institute encourages the notion that public banks backed with tax dollars can boost economic growth, but this is hardly a new idea.


United States

#59126 Jan 25, 2014

Like most of American liberalism since FDR, the idea of public banks comes from the authoritarian economic models of 1920s Europe, the cradle of fascism a la Hitler and Mussolini.“Parastatal” entities such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration, and even the Federal Reserve System already represent a layer of publicly funded leverage in the US economy. Brown’s big idea is to simply add another, new layer of public finance at the state level.

Neither Brown nor Paul Krugman nor my market savvy friend Barry Ritholtz seem able to accept the fact that by pulling tomorrow’s spending into the present day via inflation and public debt, and accommodating these policies with low interest rates from the Fed, we are slowly killing the economic hopes of all Americans, especially those of working people.

Since 1980, the real, inflation adjusted value of the dollar has fallen by nearly 75%. Over this same period, the wages of working people have been relatively flat, meaning that American families have lost enormous ground in terms of what their dollar will buy for housing, food, and other necessities. Over those three decades, Congress under both parties has happily voted for ever increasing federal budget deficits, based largely on the belief that deficit spending is good for Americans. These same luminaries now fret that “income inequality” is a public policy concern.

But the unspoken truth is that big deficits and easy-money policies from the Fed are ultimately paid for with higher inflation and low dollar purchasing power. When you look today at the US housing market, for example, the one thing that stands out is that in many states cash buyers represent the majority of purchasers.

In Florida, for example, an astounding 60% of home buyers paid cash for homes in December. Nationally the average was over 40%. Many of these purchases were made either by institutional investors trying to escape the fed’s financial repression or foreign nationals seeking economic haven in the US. But the one group that is not participating in the housing market is first time home buyers. New American families lack the income and assets to qualify for a mortgage in today’s tough economic environment.

At the end of the day, the slow corrosive effect of inflation in terms of rising prices for housing, health care, and basic necessities on American consumers is the cause of income inequality. When we talk about income inequality and the increasing gap between rich and poor in America, one of the first things we need to address is ending federal budget deficits and eliminating the inflationary bias of the US economy.

Once we take the pressure off of the Federal Open Market Committee to facilitate government deficit spending and debt issuance we can start to create an economy where inflation is not robbing consumers of purchasing power every year. Remember that even a one or two percent inflation rate, compounded over 30 years, is a disaster for all Americans, rich and poor. It is time to realize that the problem of “income inequality” is a largely self-inflicted predicament that starts with federal deficits and ever-rising public debt.

United States

#59127 Jan 25, 2014
2 minutes ago

Groundhog Day....

In this New Year, 2014, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This is an ironic juxtaposition of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.

The other involves a groundhog.


Sad because it's true and funny because without humor we'd all go postal...

United States

#59128 Jan 25, 2014
Pussay please

United States

#59129 Jan 26, 2014

Banks restricting access to your money? Requiring 'proof' of what you're using your money for as in receipts from a contractor or booking for travel?

Ridiculous you say? It's already happened to some unfortunate customers.

What happens overseas can also happen here since so many of our financial entities have branches and connections globally. I found this article interesting because I had an experience here when the bank I use questioned me after I made several large transactions paying off accounts and yes some were over 10,000 dollars. But instead of notifying the IRS as is required my bank took it further. One day I walked in to access my personal bank account which holds my personal money and the branch manager requested I come to his office where he asked me a number of questions.

Why was I accessing the amount of cash I requested and what was I using it for did I have any documentation? As a American I wasn't expecting anyone but maybe the IRS requiring documentation but now my personal banker is asking what I'm doing with my money before he will release my money to me.

Does anyone see anything wrong with this? Why would that even be necessary? Is the fed so nervous people will pull their money from banks that they are requiring bankers to 'interview' customers BEFORE they either give a approval or hold these customers personal money denying a customer to cash?

Are we Greece?

United States

#59130 Jan 26, 2014
To conservatives who have wondered why certain republicans seem to get in bed constantly with big spending liberals on legislation time and time again only to hurt our economy, businesses and jobs there frustration is warranted. Many have stated there is no real differences between the republicans or democrats. Some have suggested it long past due to clean out the republican power elite and one senator's name has come up time and time again for back room 'deals' that march our country toward total socialism which we are truly only a half step away.

Sen. John McCain time and time again has been guilty of back room deals which hurt our country and hurt the working person in America. Do you know McCain has been censured in Arizona for failing to adhere to the principals he says he will follow alienating republicans who got him elected in the first place to represent the good folks of Arizona?

Guess where McCain is now? Davos, Switzerland. After all a picture is really worth a thousand words. McCain working with George Soros? George Soros, billionaire who was responsible for crashing the British Sterling twisting a country's finances. Yes, this man is strong enough to attack entire countries pushing his agenda of socialism and guess which country he has steadfastly been 'changing' to socialism? Which party and who is his Trojan horse candidate who is implementing his desires for a new fundamentally changed America?

A. United States of America
B. The Democratic Party through the Progressive Liberals wing
C. Barack Hussein Obama


Rowlett, TX

#59131 Jan 26, 2014
Jenks wrote:
I made several large transactions paying off accounts and yes some were over 10,000 dollars. But instead of notifying the IRS as is required my bank took it further. One day I walked in to access my personal bank account which holds my personal money and the branch manager requested I come to his office where he asked me a number of questions.
Why was I accessing the amount of cash I requested and what was I using it for did I have any documentation?
No big surprise here. If you don't look the part (i.e. you have to told
not to spit on the floor) and you are obviously lower class, then
yes there are questions that should be asked. No bank wants to
finance a drug dealer or thief.

At least quit spitting on the floor.
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Afton, OK

#59132 Jan 26, 2014
WarForOil wrote:
<quoted text> aka: Chester
No big surprise here. If you don't look the part (i.e. you have to told
not to spit on the floor) and you are obviously lower class, then
yes there are questions that should be asked. No bank wants to
finance a drug dealer or thief.
At least quit spitting on the floor.

And yet, you're like dog sh!t on a shoe...

The world only cares enough to scrape you off... then forget all about you.

Just when I think he can't post anything more stupid, you post again and prove me wrong.

Now Get Lost Troll!

United States

#59133 Jan 26, 2014
WarForOil wrote:
<quoted text>
No big surprise here. If you don't look the part (i.e. you have to told
not to spit on the floor) and you are obviously lower class, then
yes there are questions that should be asked. No bank wants to
finance a drug dealer or thief.
At least quit spitting on the floor.
W.F.O.(Wrongheaded Fools Opine) the next time you polish my shoes please make sure the clothe is freshly laundered.

Your tip remains the same.
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Afton, OK

#59134 Jan 26, 2014
A few months ago Hillary's Head was so broken she could not talk or testify in Benghazie hearings.

Can we really TRUST this same broken head with Nuclear Codes?

What if she has another HOT FLASH while holding"THE KEYS'?

Will she be a better liar than Obama?

Is this our new measurement for president?
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Afton, OK

#59135 Jan 26, 2014
We're the battling boys of Benghazi

No fame, no glory, no paparazzi

Just a fiery death in a blazing hell

Defending our country we loved so well

It wasn't our job, but we answered the call

fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall

We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate

Led them to safety and stood at the gate

Just the two of us and foes by the score

But we stood fast to bar the door

Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied

So we fought, and we fought, and we fought til we died

We gave our all for our Uncle Sam

But Barack Obama didn't give a damn

Just two dead seals who carried the load

No thanks to us... we were just "Bumps In The Road"

Lets remember the incompetent people who literally sat there in the White House and watched the Seals execution on live streaming video and did absolutely nothing? And then to add insult to injury, Hillary Clintons statement, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

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