Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52821 Sep 16, 2013
Oh Look, There Goes The Deficit

A funny thing happened on the way to the debt-ceiling battle: a big chunk of our annual budget quietly melted away. Daniel Gross on the good news you didn’t see coming.

…. we’ve long argued that we live in a Golden Age of Deficit Reduction. The August Treasury Monthly statement, released Thursday, and a Congressional Budget Office report released earlier this week, show just how far we’ve come in the space of a year.

In August, revenues were $185 billion, up 3.4 percent from $178.9 billion in August 2012. Spending was $333 billion, down 9.7 percent from $369 billion. The result: the deficit for the month of August was $147 billion, down 22 percent from $190 billion in August 2012.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52823 Sep 16, 2013
US-Russia Agreement On Syria Weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reached agreement Saturday on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and said they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions — short of military action — if President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply. The deal calls for international inspectors to be on the ground in Syria by November and to complete their initial work by the end of that that month. All of Syria’s chemical weapons stocks, material and equipment would have to be destroyed or removed by mid-2014.

The resolution would allow for punitive measures for non-compliance, but stop short of military action, if the 16-nation Security Council approves them. The U.S. and Russia are two of the five permanent Security Council members with a veto. The others are Britain, China, and France. Another major feature of the agreement is that the U.S. and Russia plan to give Syria one week, until Sept. 21, to submit “a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and local and form of storage, production, and research and development facilities.”

In addition, the U.S. and Russia have agreed that international inspectors should be on the ground in Syria by November and complete their initial work by the end of the month. They must be given “immediate and unfettered” access to inspect all sites. Notably, Kerry said they had agreed on grounds under which they might request a Security Council “Chapter 7″ resolution at the United Nations, which is a measure that could include military and non-military sanctions.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52824 Sep 16, 2013
Obama’s Magnificent Stealth Negotiation with Putin

With nearly 30 years’ experience as a negotiation coach, I have what I call an excellent “negotiation radar.” I can spot a negotiation a mile away, even when it doesn’t call itself one. And these negotiations-in-disguise are what I’ve termed “stealth negotiations.”

….. the stealth ones are, well, pretty hidden from the layperson’s eye. For negotiation professionals, pinning such a negotiation down is often a tremendous source of pleasure. That’s because these arrangements are supposed to be under the radar and appear as something else entirely, such as a discussion.

And if you think that it was only a “discussion” President Barack Obama had with Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 6, you’ve missed one of the greatest “stealth negotiations” ever conducted.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimcamp/2013/09/1...

“Comfort the afflicted”

Since: May 13

Afflict the comfortable

#52826 Sep 16, 2013
The BHO Legacy wrote:
Fraud at Obamaphone, Inc.
A provider of government-subsidized cell phones cuts plenty of corners in its applications.
September 16, 2013
Street-level vendors for TerraCom, Inc., a provider of government-subsidized phone service, were trained to forge signatures and falsify data, a former employee has told National Review Online and the Scripps National Investigative Team.
The federal government’s $2.189 billion Lifeline program, which is supposed to provide subsidized phone service to the poor, has become notorious for fraud and abuse. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission reported the results of an audit of the top five Lifeline providers: It found 41 percent of beneficiaries — approximately 6 million subscribers — hadn’t proven their eligibility....
Reginald Strode began working on commission for TerraCom in the late spring of this year, earning $3 for each Lifeline phone he distributed. Strode, a three-time felon, says he was not required to pass a background check before he began work handing out subsidized mobile phones.
“Part of the problem is that we were taught go, go, go, go, go, as many clients — like 25 to 45 people a day,” Strode tells National Review Online.“You gotta get that money.... Basically, we were rushing through the process. That’s another reason I believe we were never taught to have the client fill out that information.”
Strode says managers instructed him to sign Lifeline applications himself, rather than allow the prospective subscribers to sign.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/358501/...
Bush started the free cell phone program, not Obama. Try to get your news from places whose goal isn't to keep you stupid. Don't you realize that all of your posts are from the National Review or Fox News, neither of which have any credibility among media? Then they're proven wrong through the events (Syria), and you just move on to another bullshit article. I know that you dumb tea baggers don't realize how much people laugh at you, but you should be able to realize that your methods are counter-productive after losing 5 of the last 6 elections and 41 failed votes on Obamacare.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52827 Sep 16, 2013
Vladimir Putin, Meet Niccolo Machiavelli

And whatever the American president can do to keep Putin in this triumphant mood the better. Roger Ailes was right. If the end-result is that Putin effectively gains responsibility and control over the civil war in Syria, then we should be willing to praise him to the skies.

Praise him, just as the far right praises him, for his mastery of power politics – compared with that ninny weakling Obama. Encourage him to think this is a personal and national triumph even more than he does today.

Don’t just allow him to seize the limelight – keep that light focused directly on him. If that also requires dumping all over the American president, calling him weak and useless and incapable of matching the chess master from Russia, so be it. Obama can take it. He’s gotten used to being a pinata.

All this apparent national humiliation is worth it. The price Russia will pay for this triumph is ownership of the problem. At some point, it may dawn on him that he hasn’t played Obama. Obama has played him.

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/09/12/vla...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52829 Sep 16, 2013
Obamacare Doublethink

I’m sure someone else has pointed this out, but there’s a fundamental contradiction at the heart of the right’s anti-Obamacare strategy — I mean, aside from the fact that it isn’t going to work, and may do immense damage both to America and to the Republican brand.

On one side, as Jonathan Cohn points out, inside the right-wing bubble it’s taken as gospel that Obamacare will be an utter, obvious disaster:
...
But if the right really believed this, it should be happy to let Obamacare come into existence, then collapse.
...
In fact, politically the right is acting as if it fears that Obamacare will, in reality, be highly popular — that once the exchanges and the Medicaid expansion go into effect, people will decide that they like the new system, and strongly oppose efforts to reverse course.(This is almost surely the more realistic view.)

So the law must be stopped at any cost before it goes into effect, and people learn first-hand that the anti-Obamacare propaganda was false.

So which is it? Are Republicans sure that disaster looms, or are they terrified because they suspect that things will be OK?

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/o...
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#52830 Sep 16, 2013
The lickers are out in full force trying to make the weakling idiot prez look good. He's been played like a sucker in a pond. LOL Bammy be Putin his foot in his lying mouth every time he opens it ... love it! LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52831 Sep 16, 2013
Boehner To Obama: Can I Please Take You Hostage?

House Republicans have spent weeks fending off right-wing demands that they shut down the government unless President Obama agrees to destroy his own health-care reform. They’re currently trying to wriggle out of this demand by promising instead to use the debt ceiling to force Obama to destroy his health-care reform, which is an even more dangerous threat. So how do House Republicans plan to wriggle out of that promise? By getting President Obama to help them. John Boehner is pleading with Obama to combine negotiations over the debt ceiling and the budget.

Boehner is desperately trying to combine two separate issues: negotiating over budget policy and negotiating over whether Congress should trigger a default on the national debt. Why negotiate the two together? So we have two arguments here. The first one is that there have been times in the past when Congress has lifted the debt ceiling and also passed changes to fiscal policy. That is true. It can be convenient to wrap up the automatic step of lifting the debt ceiling into bills that change levels of taxes and spending, because a separate vote is unnecessary in the first place…

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/09/...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52832 Sep 16, 2013
Boehner To Obama: Can I Please Take You Hostage?

House Republicans have spent weeks fending off right-wing demands that they shut down the government unless President Obama agrees to destroy his own health-care reform. They’re currently trying to wriggle out of this demand by promising instead to use the debt ceiling to force Obama to destroy his health-care reform, which is an even more dangerous threat. So how do House Republicans plan to wriggle out of that promise? By getting President Obama to help them. John Boehner is pleading with Obama to combine negotiations over the debt ceiling and the budget.

Boehner is desperately trying to combine two separate issues: negotiating over budget policy and negotiating over whether Congress should trigger a default on the national debt. Why negotiate the two together? So we have two arguments here. The first one is that there have been times in the past when Congress has lifted the debt ceiling and also passed changes to fiscal policy. That is true. It can be convenient to wrap up the automatic step of lifting the debt ceiling into bills that change levels of taxes and spending, because a separate vote is unnecessary in the first place
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#52833 Sep 16, 2013
... and that says it all.
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#52834 Sep 16, 2013
Many who managed to escape in the early minutes of the episode recalled panic and fear after a shooter — described as a tall, African-American man with an AR-15 — opened fire.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/16/active-s...
mmm ... mmm ... mmm
Chamber Pot

United States

#52836 Sep 16, 2013
Dan the Man had better stop dumping his pro-bama zhit all over this forum.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52837 Sep 16, 2013
Don’t Worry, Young People Won’t Avoid Signing Up For Obamacare

Uninsured young people are eager to sign up for health care coverage, a new Reuters survey finds, suggesting that the new health care exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act could attract enough healthy people to “offset the costs of covering sicker Americans and keep the system afloat financially.”

Half of Americans between the ages of 18 through 34 support the health care law, the poll found, while one-third of “young adults in the poll said they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to buy insurance through their state’s exchange.” As Sharon Begley writes, if half of that population follows through and purchases coverage,“the White House would easily meet its goal of getting 2.7 million young adults – out of about 16 million uninsured 19-to-29-year-olds – to buy Obamacare insurance for 2014.”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/09/10/25...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#52838 Sep 16, 2013
Poll shows healthy young adults may keep Obamacare afloat

While four in 10 of the uninsured of all ages support the 2010 law, according to the poll, the result indicated half of those 18 through 34 do so. Among the younger respondents, a little more than one-third have attempted to buy health insurance in the past, suggesting pent-up demand for the insurance plans to be sold through online exchanges in each state beginning October 1.

One-third of young adults in the poll said they are "very" or "somewhat" likely to buy insurance through their state's exchange.

If half of that proportion of the nation's young and healthy follow through, the White House would easily meet its goal of getting 2.7 million young adults - out of about 16 million uninsured 19-to-29-year-olds - to buy Obamacare insurance for 2014.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/10/us-...
Michelle

West Mifflin, PA

#52839 Sep 16, 2013
Democrats believe in paying for the services government provides. Republicans don't. That is why when Republicans added Medicare Part D, it was entirely deficit-financed. And when Democrats passed Obamacare, it reduced the deficit.
Ronald R

West Mifflin, PA

#52841 Sep 16, 2013
Q: Has the Obama administration started a program to use "taxpayer money" to give free cell phones to welfare recipients?

A: No. Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it.

Welfare recipients, and others, can receive a free cell phone, but the program is not funded by the government or taxpayer money, as the e-mail alleges. And it’s hardly new.

The president has no direct impact on the program, and one could hardly call these devices "Obama Phones," This specific program, SafeLink, started under President George Bush

The discounted, sometimes free, wireless services that started to become available to low income households in 2005, under George W. Bush’s administration, is an expanded and updated version of the Lifeline telephone service program that launched in 1985, under Ronald Reagan’s administration.
Linda

West Mifflin, PA

#52842 Sep 16, 2013
I do not support Corbett
?!?

Scranton, PA

#52843 Sep 16, 2013
Why are people still commenting on this sh*t this happen 3 years ago
philmore

Pittsburgh, PA

#52845 Sep 16, 2013
Didn't get a chance to vote. No way Corbett could be ahead! This is a farce.
bobby6464

Portland, OR

#52846 Sep 16, 2013
How can TEA BAGS prevent president Obama care from going into full effect? They can't. It's as simple as that. When these racial hating tea bags on that limbaugh nut juice they must really feel like they running something, ha ha ha HA HA HA.

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