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There are 460 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 20, 2008, titled Letter. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Sep 20, 2008
"We can’t afford more Republican spending"

Cynthia Fritts - Did you go to school? Better yet did you pay attention in government class?

The president doesn't get to authorize spending, the congress does that and guess what, it has been in the hands of the Democrats the last few years when spending went right through the roof...

If you really want to see spending take off like a moon shot add up all the program costs Obama wants...that is spending....Oh yeah he promised a tax break for the middle\lower class..great except when he dumps that burden on corporate America I will bet you dollars to doughnuts they jack up their prices to make up the difference meaning, you spend your tax break and more for daily living expenses. Talk about voodoo economics.
dargent77

AOL

#2 Sep 20, 2008
That bastion of Republican support, all in the face of unmitigated disaster, Thom1s, emergers from his dwelling, to lend support to Sarah "Perhaps So" Palin.
Behind the great looks is a woman who's resume is 50's thinking all the way.
She'll, with grandpa McSame, turn back all the human evolutionary clocks to the mid-50's.
Want another war America? With Russia?
Vote for these two archaic intellects and undo all the good Reagan accomplished.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#3 Sep 20, 2008
dargent77 wrote:
That bastion of Republican support, all in the face of unmitigated disaster, Thom1s, emergers from his dwelling, to lend support to Sarah "Perhaps So" Palin.
Behind the great looks is a woman who's resume is 50's thinking all the way.
She'll, with grandpa McSame, turn back all the human evolutionary clocks to the mid-50's.
Want another war America? With Russia?
Vote for these two archaic intellects and undo all the good Reagan accomplished.
No sweat, goes great with Obama's 1930's economic models...

Weather nice in Nashville this weekend?
thom1s

United States

#4 Sep 20, 2008
willie wrote:
"We can’t afford more Republican spending"
Cynthia Fritts - Did you go to school? Better yet did you pay attention in government class?
The president doesn't get to authorize spending, the congress does that and guess what, it has been in the hands of the Democrats the last few years when spending went right through the roof...
If you really want to see spending take off like a moon shot add up all the program costs Obama wants...that is spending....Oh yeah he promised a tax break for the middle\lower class..great except when he dumps that burden on corporate America I will bet you dollars to doughnuts they jack up their prices to make up the difference meaning, you spend your tax break and more for daily living expenses. Talk about voodoo economics.
Fred Thompson's parody of Obama's make believe tax "cut" for the middle class was dead on.

"Raise YOUR taxes? Oh heavens no! We'll only raise the taxes of the RICH and the eeeevil corporations, never YOU. So unless you happen to be one of those rare people who buy clothing or food or gasoline from these businesses or unless you get your paycheck from one of these business, why you have ABSOLUTELY nothing to worry about. TRUST us. We'll take GOOOOOOOOD care of YOU. We won't take ANY water from YOUR side of the bucket, only from the OTHER side of the bucket, donchasee."

Phineas T.("there's a sucker born every minute") Barnum would have LOVED this Obama slickster and the teleprompted line of snake oil he is peddling.

Unfortunately for Obama, there are a lot of Americans who have already decoded his message and realize anew TANSTAAFL -- there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
thom1s

United States

#5 Sep 20, 2008
dargent77 wrote:
That bastion of Republican support, all in the face of unmitigated disaster, Thom1s, emergers from his dwelling, to lend support to Sarah "Perhaps So" Palin.
Behind the great looks is a woman who's resume is 50's thinking all the way.
She'll, with grandpa McSame, turn back all the human evolutionary clocks to the mid-50's.
Want another war America? With Russia?
Vote for these two archaic intellects and undo all the good Reagan accomplished.
Fido, you have AGAIN demonstrated unfailing obedience to the command of yours truly to make a fool of yourself in a public forum. Good doggie. Here is your cyber-biscuit.

BTW WHAT "unmitigated disaster"? McCain was right on the mark to remind America that the fundamentals of our economy remain [1] unchanged and [2] strong. You doubt that? Wade through the sludge of your memory bank and dredge up that file marked "multibillion dollar Resolution Trust Corporation bail out of the S&L melt down" of a quarter century ago. Or you file about the calamitous stock market CRASH of 1987. Or the staggering deficit we incurred by 1945 as the price of turning America into the greatest weapon production machine the planet has ever seen .... and ALL of it fueled by massive DEBT.

IN each and every instance we survived the calamity du jour. How? We GREW our way out of it. How could that happen? Because we were and remain the land of the free in which our citizens make the most of their unparalleled opportunity and engage in CAPITALISM. We are a nation of wealth CREATORS.

But don't worry your fuzzy dog little head, Fido. This is all WAY above YOUR meager cognitive abilities.
pohaku

Salt Lake City, UT

#6 Sep 20, 2008
Many other states have banned smoking in public buildings, restaurants, bars etc. and still they come.

It isn't that it's the high cost of gas everywhere, Higher airline fares, Ridiculous airline surcharges etc. that are keeping the tourists away.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#7 Sep 20, 2008
thom1s wrote:
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Fred Thompson's parody of Obama's make believe tax "cut" for the middle class was dead on.
"Raise YOUR taxes? Oh heavens no! We'll only raise the taxes of the RICH and the eeeevil corporations, never YOU. So unless you happen to be one of those rare people who buy clothing or food or gasoline from these businesses or unless you get your paycheck from one of these business, why you have ABSOLUTELY nothing to worry about. TRUST us. We'll take GOOOOOOOOD care of YOU. We won't take ANY water from YOUR side of the bucket, only from the OTHER side of the bucket, donchasee."
Phineas T.("there's a sucker born every minute") Barnum would have LOVED this Obama slickster and the teleprompted line of snake oil he is peddling.
Unfortunately for Obama, there are a lot of Americans who have already decoded his message and realize anew TANSTAAFL -- there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
Loved the bucket analogy. If Obamasan keeps your taxes low and raises the taxes of companies and corporations, does anyone think or believe that those entities will eat their higher taxes? Think again citizens! Those higher cost will be passed on to you.
Pau

Long Beach, CA

#9 Sep 20, 2008
What Obama is proposing is indeed a substantial tax increase for some, but not for most. Overall, Obama says he would raise income, capital gains and dividend taxes only for taxpayers with family income above $250,000 or singles making more than $200,000. He would also raise corporate taxes through selective loophole closings.

For most taxpayers rates would go down. When it comes to assessing the effect that a tax change will have on the economy, the single most relevant figure is the size of the increase or cut in relation to the size of the overall economy. And by that yardstick, Obama’s increase is hardly a history-maker.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#10 Sep 20, 2008
The bottom line is Pau, even though he plans to decrease individual taxes unless you never buy ANYTHING you will still be spending that savings due to increased costs by the companies shouldering this "change" in where taxes come from. Do you agree with that?
taxpayer

United States

#11 Sep 20, 2008
The Democrats Have Not and still Do Not Control Congress. With a Pin Head Rebublican President, the Democrats do not have enough votes to overide a veto. Bush has Vetoed more than any president in history and threatens to veto any bill he does not agree with. Spending went out of control when the Republicans were in control of Congress and has continued because of the War in Iraq and the Democrats inability to overide a veto. Just like Gov. Palin has increased government spending in Alaska 65% since taking office, the Myth of Republicans making government smaller and spending less continues.
taxpayer

United States

#12 Sep 20, 2008
I will not go to a Restaurant or Bar that permits smoking even if the law permits. Wake up, this is 2008, not 1958.
Kent Dorfman

Honolulu, HI

#13 Sep 20, 2008
Vote for Flounder Prevedouros, not Snake Face Kobayashi!
Pat

San Diego, CA

#14 Sep 20, 2008
Phil, we are bankrupt! The insanity has been going on for a long time.There are 700 U.S. military bases in foreign countries. Why is that? That is a lot of expenditure. The Iraq War began in 1991 with Bush senior. Tax cuts to the rich with trickle down ecomonics is a cruel joke on America's middle class and poor.Isn't it time for America voters to stop playing the victim role? Turn off Fox News etc. and do some critical thinking and research on ALL the Candidates for President 2008. It is not to late.
Aiea Independent

Willow Grove, PA

#15 Sep 20, 2008
Here's a commentary article posted at Rasmussen Report, the independent poll watchers:

So the economic argument may focus on something voters do understand -- taxes. Here, Barack Obama can argue that he represents change. He wants higher taxes on high earners and promises "tax cuts" to 95 percent of taxpayers. Actually, they're refundable tax credits, which means cash payments to the 40 percent or so of households that don't pay income tax.

But those refundable tax credits are phased out as incomes rise, so his proposal amounts to, as my American Enterprise Institute colleagues Alex Brill and Alan Viard have written, "marginal rate hikes in disguise" on those with incomes as low as $27,000.

The best argument against higher rates on high earners has come from Sarah Palin in her acceptance speech, in a line obviously not written by her speechwriter.

"My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business -- like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up?" Note that she doesn't say that Heather and her husband will be paying higher taxes themselves. She's arguing that higher taxes will hurt the economy and will hurt the little gal and guy.

That argument may be gaining some traction. The recent Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey, which showed Barack Obama leading John McCain by only 3 percentage points in a high-income state carried easily by John Kerry and Al Gore, found that 54 percent of likely voters believe their taxes will go up if Obama is elected. When asked whether they believe Obama when he says that he'll cut taxes for 95 percent of working families, or McCain when he says Obama will raise taxes on most families, 44 percent say they believe McCain, and 40 percent say they believe Obama.

Interestingly, post-convention polls show McCain running at least as well as Bush in 2004 in Michigan and Ohio, where recent state tax increases have signally failed to bolster ailing economies. Gallup shows Democrats with only a 3 percentage-point edge in the generic House vote; it used to be double digits. And the Rasmussen poll shows Democrats ahead only 5 percentage points in party identification.

The old rule that economic distress moves voters toward Democrats doesn't seem to be operating.
Aiea Independent

Willow Grove, PA

#16 Sep 20, 2008
Pau wrote:
What Obama is proposing is indeed a substantial tax increase for some, but not for most. Overall, Obama says he would raise income, capital gains and dividend taxes only for taxpayers with family income above $250,000 or singles making more than $200,000. He would also raise corporate taxes through selective loophole closings.
For most taxpayers rates would go down. When it comes to assessing the effect that a tax change will have on the economy, the single most relevant figure is the size of the increase or cut in relation to the size of the overall economy. And by that yardstick, Obama’s increase is hardly a history-maker.
Pau, the largest employers of this country are small businesses that earn more than $250,000. So, if Obama passes his tax increases, the cost of doing business will go up. What do businesses usually do when their operating costs go up and their profit margins are reduced? They layoff staff and they raise prices. Therefore, you could be paying more and your neighbors could be getting laid off work.

As witnessed by the recent financial news, corporate greed does need to be put into check, but we don't want to hamper economic growth and development by putting a greater burden on employers. Coupled with that, we need to rein in on government spending. If you look at John McCain's record in the Senate (available on the Senate's web sit: www.senate.gov ), you'll see he has consistetly fought hard, for years, against the pork-barrel spending of both parties, and has warned of future economic/financial disaster. That's a firmly established record only disputed by those who want Obama to win.
Aiea Independent

Willow Grove, PA

#17 Sep 20, 2008
dargent77 wrote:
That bastion of Republican support, all in the face of unmitigated disaster, Thom1s, emergers from his dwelling, to lend support to Sarah "Perhaps So" Palin.
Behind the great looks is a woman who's resume is 50's thinking all the way.
She'll, with grandpa McSame, turn back all the human evolutionary clocks to the mid-50's.
Want another war America? With Russia?
Vote for these two archaic intellects and undo all the good Reagan accomplished.
Dargent, your posts are generally too filled with vile and hatred to be considered any kind of serious argument. It's OK that you have an ideological difference with the GOP ticket. That's your constitutional right as an American -- a right I defended for you through my 23 years of military service. I don't have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with, is your constant vicious attacks against people who have a sincere desire to serve our country. Your viciousness serves not to contribute to intelligent debate and conversation, but to be divisive and destructive.

You should respect ideological differences while trying to make your point (and show a little aloha).
Oh the Irony

Wailuku, HI

#18 Sep 20, 2008
"Nattering nabobs of negativism" is of course a famous quote from Spiro Agnew, Republican & the only Vice-President of the US to resign in disgrace due to corruption & bribery charges brought against him during his time as governor of Maryland.
Here's how his Wikipedia article describes Agnew: " He is noted for his quick rise in politics - going in six years from County Executive to Vice President of the United States."
Thom1s - do you see any parallels here?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#19 Sep 20, 2008
willie wrote:
"We can’t afford more Republican spending"
Cynthia Fritts - Did you go to school? Better yet did you pay attention in government class?
The president doesn't get to authorize spending, the congress does that and guess what, it has been in the hands of the Democrats the last few years when spending went right through the roof...
If you really want to see spending take off like a moon shot add up all the program costs Obama wants...that is spending....Oh yeah he promised a tax break for the middle\lower class..great except when he dumps that burden on corporate America I will bet you dollars to doughnuts they jack up their prices to make up the difference meaning, you spend your tax break and more for daily living expenses. Talk about voodoo economics.
You haven't been paying attention to current events, have you?
Aiea Independent

Willow Grove, PA

#21 Sep 20, 2008
Pat wrote:
Phil, we are bankrupt! The insanity has been going on for a long time.There are 700 U.S. military bases in foreign countries. Why is that? That is a lot of expenditure. The Iraq War began in 1991 with Bush senior. Tax cuts to the rich with trickle down ecomonics is a cruel joke on America's middle class and poor.Isn't it time for America voters to stop playing the victim role? Turn off Fox News etc. and do some critical thinking and research on ALL the Candidates for President 2008. It is not to late.
Pat, I'm not sure if you're count of 700 military bases in foreign countries is correct. I believe that is a very over-stated figure. Regardless, the US does not pay for all of our overseas bases. For instance, in Japan, the Japanese government pay for most of the US base's operating costs and infrastructural improvements there.

The 1991 Iraq War, in which I served, was a necessary war since Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait, and was seriously threatening Saudi Arabia. That war was overwhelmingly supported by the UN Security Council and many other member nations.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#22 Sep 20, 2008
willie wrote:
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No sweat, goes great with Obama's 1930's economic models...
Weather nice in Nashville this weekend?
Actually, the 1930's legislation would have been working great until GLB overturned it.

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