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Little Rock, AR

#20445 Jan 7, 2013
Redd wrote:
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11. September 2003. Cheney states that when he became Vice President, he severed all ties with Halliburton, as required by law. This was a lie. Government accounting offices said that the compensation he continues to receive is a conflict of interest.
12. Dec 2003. Halliburton, without competitive bidding, is given a contract to restore the Iraqi oil sector. It is billed initially as a contract for putting out oil-well fires, something in which Halliburton has little expertise. It turns out that the contract is really for the full restoration of the oil business in Iraq. It is kept secret because of the "emergency conditions". It is one of the highest military logistics contracts in history.
13. June 2004. Cheney has said all along that he had no contact with government officials who coordinated Halliburtons many contracts with the military. A March 2003 Pentagon email refutes this claim. It says that action on a no-bid Halliburton contract to rebuild Iraq's oil industry was "coordinated" with Cheney's office. This has to do with a no-bid contract given to Halliburton for rebuilding Iraq.
14. August 2004. The SEC (Security Exchange Comission) levies a fine of $7.5 million on Halliburton for illegal accounting changes in 1998, when Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. Some people think that politics may have shielded Cheney and others from being held more accountable.
Serious doubts remain about whether a company with a record like Halliburton's should even be eligible to receive government contracts in the first place. This company has been accused of cost overruns, tax avoidance, and cooking the books and has a history of doing business in government-sanctioned countries like Iraq, Iran, and Libya. Many of Halliburton's no-bid contracts are allowed because of waivers by the Bush administration that allow government agencies to handpick companies for Iraqi reconstruction projects.
If you build a house and there is a particular builder that you like, can you simply hire that contractor without putting it out for bid? Don't go to the argument that it's taxpayers money that Halliburton got because we all get tax payer money. Some of us have to work for it and some don't. On that note, if we can get mad at the government for how they spend our tax dollars shouldn't we be mad about why the government doesn't put our tax dollars out for bid that go to the welfare system? Why should my tax dollars go there when I had rather them go somewhere else?
Old Army

Greenbrier, AR

#20446 Jan 7, 2013
Rick wrote:
Looks like Blanche Lincoln lives to fight another day. Did you vote in the June 8 election?
I believe you said there are 98 women in the new Congress (Senate and House). Aren't you glad Blanche Lincoln isn't among them?
Old Army

Greenbrier, AR

#20448 Jan 7, 2013
bang bang youRdead wrote:
Democrats have another trillion dollars of taxes coming your way
1/7/2013 10:24 AM
Democrats got the tax increases they crave, so they can no longer whine about how insufficiently high taxes are the reason for Washington’s financial distress while Obama lost some “bargaining power” by winning the first round of negotiations, but leaving the debt ceiling issue to be settled later.
But the more depressing view of the fiscal cliff settlement is that Democrats have actually established a beachhead for even more tax increases. They’ll interpret the Republican cave on tax hikes for couples earning over $450k as a confession of guilt on behalf of the Evil Rich, whose tax-cut “party” somehow “caused” Washington’s budget shortfall during the Bush era. Far from settling the question of high taxes, this “confession” will merely invite a further Inquisition. And since logic and reason have long since departed the stage – nobody with a functioning calculator can believe that even the highest tax increases of Barack Obama’s fevered dreams would “fix” more than 10 percent of the federal deficit – the emotional power of this argument will make the public eager for further looting of the Evil Rich.
This political battlespace is further shaped by the sad reality that nobody is really talking about “fixing” the federal deficit anyway. All proposals are for largely symbolic “cuts” of $2 trillion to $4 trillion in a ten-year deficit that will most likely push $10 trillion. Buy into the rosiest of scenarios, both for the 10-year deficit and all of these “deficit reduction” plans, and you’re still talking about slowing the government’s accumulation of debt to perhaps half of its current speed. That’s not terribly meaningful when we’re already hurtling towards the real “fiscal cliff” at 300 miles per hour.
So it’s a symbolic argument, not a realistic discussion of Washington’s fiscal health, and as The Hill reports, Democrats are already salivating at the thought of pushing for even more tax increases, rather than behaving as if the “tax” side of tax-and-spend “solutions” has been settled:
Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending.
Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next ten years.
The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of deficit reduction should reach $2 trillion and about half of it should come from higher taxes.
A lot of this will come from eliminating or capping deductions… a strategy the Democrats just finished telling us wouldn’t meaningfully reduce the deficit, because Republicans were proposing it as an alternative to rate increases. With rate increases in hand, the Democrats are now ready to stop pretending that deduction reforms can’t bring in more revenue… and they want those, too. All as part of a $2 trillion deal that wouldn’t even fully eliminate the next two years of madcap deficit spending.
And the new tax burden would be yet another sucker punch to an already battered economy, reducing or even eliminating the net gain in revenue to the Treasury. Tax simplification is a great idea, but only in the context of reduced rates – dramatic reform, rather than a thinly-disguised tax increase.
If this all goes Democrats’ way, it will be a powerful (and expensive) lesson in the folly of trying to win a political debate by granting the other side’s premises. Note the Democrats never do that – they weren’t about to come away from the fiscal cliff debate having conceded that out-of-control federal spending is the cause of the debt crisis. It doesn’t matter that it would have been a concession to reality. Modern politics is animated by the refusal to make such concessions.
Yep, that was Obama's plan all along and he executed it perfectly.
Old Army

Greenbrier, AR

#20449 Jan 7, 2013
Roll Tide Roll
Guess Who

Horseshoe Bend, AR

#20451 Jan 7, 2013
January 7, 2013 – WORLD - The Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that Britain could face further riots as a result of the economic crisis. Yves Daccord also said he believes there is the prospect of further violence throughout Europe, drawing parallels with the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Speaking to The World At One, Mr Daccord said:“If the economic pressure on people goes on, yes it will have a social impact on people. And if young people especially don’t see any future, any options, you might be confronted also with unrest – like in 2011 – and there is no reason that this unrest will not repeat itself one day.”–BBC
Billy Bob

United States

#20452 Jan 7, 2013
Old Army wrote:
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Hey there lying Billy. Have you stopped beating your wife?
Hay there lying "Old Army". Have you stopped taking those welfare checks and doing drugs and molesting your grand kids?.... IDIOT
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20453 Jan 7, 2013
Billy Bob wrote:
<quoted text>I don't have to pick a side this is the USA. I have the freedom to do what i like polity.
Yes you can be a fence riding coward! I concur!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20454 Jan 7, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
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So now you think you are Glen Beck.
Gore is reported to gross about $70 million from the sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera is closely held and gets some funding from the government of Qatar, a small country on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula that gets almost half of its gross domestic product from oil and gas, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Now tell me, how that, translates to this;
"Gore just made more money off of big oil than Cheney ever did"
I don't know who this Beck is you speak of please explain!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20456 Jan 7, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
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Only one way to find to out for sure, BRING IT
If your physical abilities are as lacking as your mental abilities , I doubt would make anyone "cowar"
BTW, Its called completing the mission.
LMAO! All you libs are a like! I bet you throw a baseball like Obama! Maybe we can visit in a park of you choice one day!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20457 Jan 7, 2013
Redd wrote:
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Which side did Qatar fight on in the gulf war?
Which small gulf kingdom is a popular destination for tourists.
Which small gulf kingdom condemns the actions of Syria?
Which small gulf kingdom employs many Americans in their oil business and it's related industry?
Kellogg, Brown & Root.
So what is you point. Sounds like you want to live there! MOVE!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20458 Jan 7, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
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LOL, I was just showing you how easy it was to trace, even a Republican Monkey could have done it.
COULD HAVE!
LMAO! You never answer why Obama hasn't pulled us out of the Middle East yet! He has had FOUR YEARS! What a HYPOCRITE you are!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20459 Jan 7, 2013
Crystal Ball wrote:
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Straight from the old right winger playbook-- 1. Distort the facts or just make stuff up. 2. When countered-- deflect, deny, defend. 3. Disproved? Throw a tantrum. 4. Outsmarted? Name call. 5. Out of tactics? Enlist your troll cronies. 6. Last resort: retreat to your mama's basement to lick your wounds. LOL.
Prove me wrong! Nutt up or shut up tinkerbell!
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20460 Jan 7, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
Why does Obama still have us in the Middle East and other countries?
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20461 Jan 7, 2013
BARNEYII wrote:
When is Obama going to stop these Republican Wars and bring our children home?
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20462 Jan 7, 2013
Why does Obama want our fellow Americans killed over seas?
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20463 Jan 7, 2013
Obama has had 4 YEARS to bring our SONS, DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS and FATHERS home, why doesn't he do it! Republicans started this Obama should end it. He has had 4 years. What is taking so long?4161
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20464 Jan 7, 2013
Billy Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Hay there lying "Old Army". Have you stopped taking those welfare checks and doing drugs and molesting your grand kids?.... IDIOT
You must be a grandkid! LOL!
Redd

Little Rock, AR

#20465 Jan 7, 2013
Old Army wrote:
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I believe you said there are 98 women in the new Congress (Senate and House). Aren't you glad Blanche Lincoln isn't among them?
Actually, I voted for Halter..so yes, once I found out that Lincoln was no more than a mouthpiece for the Health Care industry and supported the allowing of unfettered environmental pollution within huge farming interests, I wanted her out.
Redd

Little Rock, AR

#20466 Jan 7, 2013
WARRIOR wrote:
<quoted text>So what is you point. Sounds like you want to live there! MOVE!
I see that Michele and Marcus Bachmann's same sex marriages favorite sperm bank baby is back.
WARRIOR

Alamogordo, NM

#20468 Jan 7, 2013
Redd wrote:
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I see that Michele and Marcus Bachmann's same sex marriages favorite sperm bank baby is back.
I guess you checked your underwear then!

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