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Mountain Home, AR

#25814 Jul 12, 2013
Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas have both claimed that the so-called “Gang of Eight” immigration bill in the Senate would give legal status to 11 million people currently living in the U.S. illegally. The CBO says "approximately 8 million of the unauthorized residents already in the country would obtain legal status" under the bill. That’s because the Senate bill requires those living in the U.S. illegally to meet certain criteria before they can gain legal status.

For more about this and other misleading claims about the immigration bill, please read our July 10 item "Rep. Labrador Spins Immigration Bill."
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Mountain Home, AR

#25815 Jul 12, 2013
A new TV ad by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity features a young mother, Julie, who asks, "What am I getting in exchange for higher premiums and a smaller paycheck?" When family premiums for employer plans jumped 9 percent from 2010 to 2011, experts told us the Affordable Care Act was responsible for a 1 percent to 3 percent hike, with the remainder due to higher medical costs, the usual culprit for increasing premiums. The law’s provisions that caused the bump were the elimination of preexisting condition exclusions for children, the requirement that dependents be covered on their parents’ plan to age 26, free coverage of preventive care, and the increase in caps on annual coverage. For 2012, employer-based insurance went up a much smaller 4 percent on average.
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Mountain Home, AR

#25816 Jul 12, 2013
The conservative GOPUSA website carried a story with this headline: "More People Getting Government Food than Actually Working." But that's not true. The number of adults "actually working" was just under 136 million in April, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the number of adults — and children — getting any form of federal food assistance was put at 101 million by a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General.

http://factcheck.org/survey-page/
OH NO HATERS

Mountain Home, AR

#25817 Jul 12, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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How do you know when a liberal knows he's being beaten? They focus on things totally unrelated to the topic at hand. Barney's post above is a great example.
things like this?

Things are looking great for President Obama’s economic legacy. Even better than anyone could have hoped, frankly.

On Thursday July 11th, two economic records were set. The first record shattered was the U.S. government posted a ‘huge’ budget surplus for June, in fact the largest for that month on record at $117 billion.

The second record was the Dow, which rallied above its all-time closing high this morning after Bernake assured investors that the central bank would be keeping stimulus measures in place.

Reuters led with this headline today,“Surprise! Huge US Budget Surplus Shatters Record”. Reuters attributed the huge surplus to,“An improving economy and tax hikes enacted earlier in the year led government receipts to rise to $287 billion, up 10 percent from a year earlier.”
Reality Check

Lonoke, AR

#25818 Jul 13, 2013
OH NO HATERS wrote:
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things like this?
Things are looking great for President Obama’s economic legacy. Even better than anyone could have hoped, frankly.
On Thursday July 11th, two economic records were set. The first record shattered was the U.S. government posted a ‘huge’ budget surplus for June, in fact the largest for that month on record at $117 billion.
The second record was the Dow, which rallied above its all-time closing high this morning after Bernake assured investors that the central bank would be keeping stimulus measures in place.
Reuters led with this headline today,“Surprise! Huge US Budget Surplus Shatters Record”. Reuters attributed the huge surplus to,“An improving economy and tax hikes enacted earlier in the year led government receipts to rise to $287 billion, up 10 percent from a year earlier.”
First off, the surplus is great news, BUT let's not get too excited just yet. We still are on pace to have over $800 billion in deficit spending for this fiscal year. That means that we still have to reduce the deficit by more than $800 billion before we can even begin to pay back our debt of almost $17 trillion. I don't put it past this administration to do what's right for a short time in hopes that they will win the House in 2014. Only time will tell about that. I'm sorry, but nothing Obama has done has encouraged me to trust him any farther than I can throw him. But kudos to Obama for doing the right thing. If I ever hoped I was wrong, it's about this.
xxoo

United States

#25819 Jul 13, 2013
No
John

Jonesboro, AR

#25820 Jul 13, 2013
xxoo wrote:
No
good answer
fine wine

Ashburn, VA

#25821 Jul 13, 2013
Oneford wrote:
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Since you relate yourself so closely to Mr. Reality Check, I will extend you the same courtesy, and good luck to you too.
You are thinking way too highly of yourself, Barney. Trust me...it is not flattering on you.
Some people can pull it off, but you are simply not one of those people.
You have ruined your chances to boastfully pat yourself on the back, and strut around with you feathers out...because you continue to share what's on your mind.
Awe...such a simple little mind...
Yes

United States

#25822 Jul 14, 2013
Yes yes yes
OH NO HATERS

Mountain Home, AR

#25823 Jul 14, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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First off, the surplus is great news, BUT let's not get too excited just yet. We still are on pace to have over $800 billion in deficit spending for this fiscal year. That means that we still have to reduce the deficit by more than $800 billion before we can even begin to pay back our debt of almost $17 trillion. I don't put it past this administration to do what's right for a short time in hopes that they will win the House in 2014. Only time will tell about that. I'm sorry, but nothing Obama has done has encouraged me to trust him any farther than I can throw him. But kudos to Obama for doing the right thing. If I ever hoped I was wrong, it's about this.
Not saying you are off base here a little, but if I was to say that, here is why I would say it.

The White House reduced its projections for the current fiscal year's federal deficit by more than $200 billion to $759 billion, thanks to additional revenues from an improving economy and recent across-the-board spending cuts.

In March, automatic budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect, lowering outlays this year by $43 billion.

Further spending has been reduced because the government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paid dividends to the Treasury.

The budget office said the new revised estimates show that the budget "achieves the core goal of fiscal sustainability by putting Federal debt on a declining path as a share of the economy."
Sam I Am

Brockwell, AR

#25824 Jul 14, 2013
KiKi Von Dom wrote:
<quoted text>Truth is your a Obama Kneegrooee.
Don't ever call me an Obama Kneegrooee, Boy.
tertty

Pittsburgh, PA

#25825 Jul 14, 2013
youtube.com/watch... … About Time,vote Bush
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Lonoke, AR

#25826 Jul 14, 2013
OH NO HATERS wrote:
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Not saying you are off base here a little, but if I was to say that, here is why I would say it.
The White House reduced its projections for the current fiscal year's federal deficit by more than $200 billion to $759 billion, thanks to additional revenues from an improving economy and recent across-the-board spending cuts.
In March, automatic budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect, lowering outlays this year by $43 billion.
Further spending has been reduced because the government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paid dividends to the Treasury.
The budget office said the new revised estimates show that the budget "achieves the core goal of fiscal sustainability by putting Federal debt on a declining path as a share of the economy."
Two things. First, we have a LONG way to go before we even break even. We not only have to balance the budget but we also have to spend less than we take in to pay down the debt. The $759 billion is a little more than half of what we need to get to a balanced budget. Second, projections from the government are rarely correct. I still remain highly skeptical of Obama's ability to lead this nation. As a business owner who has to make sure my company takes in more than it pays out, I see tons of problems with the way our government handles our money and not much resolve to change it's ways. Democratic leaders tend to not be bothered by spending way more than they take in and see it as a necessity to make the economy grow. If I did that in my business, I would be out of business before the year ran out. Why should the government be any less responsible?
OH NO HATERS

Mountain Home, AR

#25827 Jul 14, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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Two things. First, we have a LONG way to go before we even break even. We not only have to balance the budget but we also have to spend less than we take in to pay down the debt. The $759 billion is a little more than half of what we need to get to a balanced budget. Second, projections from the government are rarely correct. I still remain highly skeptical of Obama's ability to lead this nation. As a business owner who has to make sure my company takes in more than it pays out, I see tons of problems with the way our government handles our money and not much resolve to change it's ways. Democratic leaders tend to not be bothered by spending way more than they take in and see it as a necessity to make the economy grow. If I did that in my business, I would be out of business before the year ran out. Why should the government be any less responsible?
"As a business owner who has to make sure my company takes in more than it pays out"

Does not every household and business in the United States or Government in the world have to do that.

Just as an aside, let's also take a moment to compare administrations. Obama, in just the last two years, has accepted $2.4 trillion in debt reduction through multiple proposals. How many debt-reduction proposals did Republicans approve during the Bush/Cheney era? None. Even when there was a Republican-led House, Republican-led Senate, and Republican-led White House? Yep, even then.
city worker

Trumann, AR

#25828 Jul 14, 2013
This thread is nothing but a bunch of BS need to delete the whole Damm thing
Reality Check

Lonoke, AR

#25829 Jul 14, 2013
OH NO HATERS wrote:
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"As a business owner who has to make sure my company takes in more than it pays out"
Does not every household and business in the United States or Government in the world have to do that.
Just as an aside, let's also take a moment to compare administrations. Obama, in just the last two years, has accepted $2.4 trillion in debt reduction through multiple proposals. How many debt-reduction proposals did Republicans approve during the Bush/Cheney era? None. Even when there was a Republican-led House, Republican-led Senate, and Republican-led White House? Yep, even then.
If Obama has accepted 2.4 trillion in debt reduction then how have we had deficits in the past two years as large as we have had? Probably because the cuts are "reductions" are in future spending which aren't real cuts. They're theoretical plain and simple. As for praising Obama, not so fast. Bush had average tax revenues of $1.96 trillion over his 8 years with an average of $1.76 trillion in expenditures for an average difference of a $200 billion shortfall. Obama on the other hand has had revenues of $1.53 trillion and expenditures of $2.40 trillion for an average difference of $870 billion annually. You see, it's all in how you look at it. Bush never reduced the deficit one time during his presidency but I would take the outcome of his 8 years any day of the week over Obama's current 4 1/2 year record. So get all fuzzy feeling inside if you want but like I said before, we have a LONG way to go and I don't believe Obama has what it takes to get us there.
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Lonoke, AR

#25830 Jul 14, 2013
OH NO HATERS wrote:
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"As a business owner who has to make sure my company takes in more than it pays out"
Does not every household and business in the United States or Government in the world have to do that.
Well, it doesn't seem as though our government has to follow that rule thus the reason we are in the shape we are in. It's exactly why I can't understand why people who DO have to follow that principle would elect a president and congress who won't even try. I'll never understand it.
John

Jonesboro, AR

#25831 Jul 14, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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Well, it doesn't seem as though our government has to follow that rule thus the reason we are in the shape we are in. It's exactly why I can't understand why people who DO have to follow that principle would elect a president and congress who won't even try. I'll never understand it.
lesser of two evils. when Romney said he didn't care about the 47% that done it for me.
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Lonoke, AR

#25832 Jul 14, 2013
John wrote:
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lesser of two evils. when Romney said he didn't care about the 47% that done it for me.
So he says he doesn't care about the 47% BUT probably would have at the least, put us on a path to getting our financial house in order. Obama, on the other hand, said a lot of things that a lot of people liked BUT has turned a bad situation much worse. That's the problem here in America. We only care about what a person says to make us feel good regardless of if their actions match what they say. It's no wonder we're in such bad shape as a country.
Guest

Fort Smith, AR

#25833 Jul 14, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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So he says he doesn't care about the 47% BUT probably would have at the least, put us on a path to getting our financial house in order. Obama, on the other hand, said a lot of things that a lot of people liked BUT has turned a bad situation much worse. That's the problem here in America. We only care about what a person says to make us feel good regardless of if their actions match what they say. It's no wonder we're in such bad shape as a country.
I wasn't crazy about Mike Huckabee but I think this country needs to look at a national tax. Eliminate national taxes and pay a flat sales tax. I also absolutely HATE sales tax and have to charge it in my business. I really don't want to give the state that kind of leeway and maybe there could be some kind of ceiling but the way it is now, the more you earn the richer you are.

It's killin% small business and small people.

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