Isle housing bottom seen - Business

Isle housing bottom seen - Business

There are 62109 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 3, 2009, titled Isle housing bottom seen - Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The worst could be over for Oahu's slumping housing market even though slower conditions are expected to persist until there is better economic news in the state.

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Guru Nightmare

Ewa Beach, HI

#53084 Dec 2, 2012
Gringrich mocks GOP on Leno!
LOL!
Guru Nightmare

Ewa Beach, HI

#53085 Dec 3, 2012
The GOP is self destructing.
KABOOOM!
LOL!
Leeward LOLO

Honolulu, HI

#53086 Dec 3, 2012
Danielle Tucker @dt808trafficRT
@IntheHale
Makai Portions of H-1, H-3 freeways will be closed for HPD escort training tomorrow afternoon and again Tuesday Dec. 4.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#53087 Dec 3, 2012
Leeward LOLO wrote:
Danielle Tucker @dt808trafficRT
@IntheHale
Makai Portions of H-1, H-3 freeways will be closed for HPD escort training tomorrow afternoon and again Tuesday Dec. 4.
They're getting ready for Michelle's daily trips to Red Lobster and I'm not kidding! Ought to make those windward commuters an townies happy, shouldn't it? I hear Her Blackness wants a private H-4 built as a direct route through the mountains, and wants it to be coated with cherry blossoms every day, and the DNC approves!
Leeward LOLO

Honolulu, HI

#53088 Dec 3, 2012
Joe Balls wrote:
<quoted text> They're getting ready for Michelle's daily trips to Red Lobster and I'm not kidding! Ought to make those windward commuters an townies happy, shouldn't it? I hear Her Blackness wants a private H-4 built as a direct route through the mountains, and wants it to be coated with cherry blossoms every day, and the DNC approves!
Funny, it took me a few days to remember what/who this escort training was all about. It was on the traffic report the day of the Makaha water pipe event. I was getting phone calls at 5 am about miles of traffic in/out of Makaha backed up. lol

Maybe she can intervene on our behalf and get KoleKole opened up so we can head to North Shore for the margarita bar advertised on the radio constantly.
Leeward LOLO

Honolulu, HI

#53089 Dec 3, 2012
Intended to mention the entertainer's white house events seem to have resumed recently.
They must have been so bored during the campaigning days.
Sammy

Kihei, HI

#53090 Dec 3, 2012
Joe Balls wrote:
<quoted text> They're getting ready for Michelle's daily trips to Red Lobster and I'm not kidding! Ought to make those windward commuters an townies happy, shouldn't it? I hear Her Blackness wants a private H-4 built as a direct route through the mountains, and wants it to be coated with cherry blossoms every day, and the DNC approves!
More pathological liar comments coming from the broke azz haole living in an area where most people are poverty stricken locals. Michelle Obama has never stepped into a Red Lobster or taken the motorcade out to eat so as to create a traffic jam azzhole. That 450 lb tita BYTCH you live with would, but you are to cheap to give her any money. You live on low incomes food stamps which you hustle from drug addicted women. Your such a lowlife azzhole filled with nothing but bullshyt stories Cannot stand that a BLACK MAN has surpassed you and most haoles and has become president of the USA because your a little bigmouth PONK..
Leeward LOLO

Honolulu, HI

#53091 Dec 3, 2012
Sammy wrote:
<quoted text>More pathological liar comments coming from the broke azz haole living in an area where most people are poverty stricken locals. Michelle Obama has never stepped into a Red Lobster or taken the motorcade out to eat so as to create a traffic jam azzhole. That 450 lb tita BYTCH you live with would, but you are to cheap to give her any money. You live on low incomes food stamps which you hustle from drug addicted women. Your such a lowlife azzhole filled with nothing but bullshyt stories Cannot stand that a BLACK MAN has surpassed you and most haoles and has become president of the USA because your a little bigmouth PONK..
If the roach boy (by its own admission) had won the election by honest methods maybe a little respect would be due.
Are you better off than you were five years ago?
Guru

United States

#53092 Dec 3, 2012
Sammy wrote:
<quoted text>More pathological liar comments coming from the broke azz haole living in an area where most people are poverty stricken locals. Michelle Obama has never stepped into a Red Lobster or taken the motorcade out to eat so as to create a traffic jam azzhole. That 450 lb tita BYTCH you live with would, but you are to cheap to give her any money. You live on low incomes food stamps which you hustle from drug addicted women. Your such a lowlife azzhole filled with nothing but bullshyt stories Cannot stand that a BLACK MAN has surpassed you and most haoles and has become president of the USA because your a little bigmouth PONK..
...dude, stop drinking your bath water you moron.
Guru

United States

#53093 Dec 3, 2012
get ready for your self-flogging and asskicking by obama you dumb morons who voted for this pig...

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Obama’s opening ”fiscal cliff” bid seeks debt limit hike, stimulus

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WASHINGTON | Mon Dec 3, 2012 6:14pm EST

(Reuters)- The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.

The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.

The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI.

The tax applies to a broad range of investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives.

The 159 pages of rules spell out when the tax applies to trusts and annuities, as well as to individual securities traders.

Released late on Friday, the new regulations include a 0.9 percent healthcare tax on wages for high-income individuals.

Both sets of rules will be published on Wednesday in the Federal Register.

The proposed rules are effective starting January 1. Before making the rules final, the IRS will take public comments and hold hearings in April.

Together, the two taxes are estimated to raise $317.7 billion over 10 years, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation analysis released in June.

To illustrate when the tax applies, the IRS offered an example of a taxpayer filing as a single individual who makes $180,000 in wage income plus $90,000 from investment income. The individual's modified adjusted gross income is $270,000.

The 3.8 percent tax applies to the $70,000, and the individual would pay $2,660 in surtaxes, the IRS said.

The IRS plans to release a new form for taxpayers to fill out for this tax when filing 2013 returns.

The new rules leave some questions unanswered, tax experts said. It was unclear how rental income will be treated under the new rules, said Michael Grace, managing director at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP law firm in Washington.

"The proposed regulations surely will increase tax compliance burdens for individuals," said Grace, a former IRS official. "There's clearly some drafting left to be done."

(Reporting by Patrick Temple-West; Editing by Howard Goller and Jan Paschal)
Guru

United States

#53094 Dec 3, 2012
On CBS, Cheesecake Factory CEO Warns ObamaCare Will Be 'Very Costly'

By Matthew Balan | December 03, 2012 | 15:33

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton spotlighted the looming economic impact of Obamacare's implementation, especially on small enterprises: "For those businesses that don't cover their employees, they'll be in for a very expensive situation." Overton also warned that the cost of the law would be passed on to customers.

Anchor Norah O'Donnell raised the issue of the still-controversial health care law: "One of the things that's going to change, of course, in the new year is ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. How do you implement that at Cheesecake Factory, and how will you pay for health care for all of your employees?" [audio clips available here; video below the jump]

The restaurant chain executive pointed out that, unlike many businesses, The Cheesecake Factory is "already...paying a great deal in health care. So, we're not sure how much more it will be - or how much less - or what exactly we'll do. So, for us, it won't be as bad as it will be for others, which it will be very costly."

O'Donnell followed up by asking about the possibility increased prices for customers: "When you say it will be very costly, it will be passed on to who - the customers?" Overton confirmed that this would be the case: "Well, I believe most people will have to do that or cheapen their product."

It's surprising that the liberal morning newscast would bring on a critic of ObamaCare. The decision could be explained by anchor Charlie Rose mentioning ex-Al Gore adviser Dr. Atul Gawande's compliment of The Cheesecake Factory in a recent article in The New Yorker.

Rose later rephrased his co-anchor's earlier question: "Are you worried about this - ObamaCare - and how you provide the health care?" The CEO replied by again pointing out the high cost to businesses:

David Overton, Cheesecake Factory CEO; & Charlie Rose, CBS News Anchor; Screen Cap From 3 December 2012 Edition of CBS This Morning | NewsBusters.org DAVID OVERTON: Not worried yet - and, when I hear the numbers, I might be. But, again, because we spend millions and millions of dollars today on health care, we don't know exactly how much more we'll pay. For those businesses that don't cover their employees, they'll be in for a very expensive situation.

When Papa John's CEO John Schnatter sounded the same warning earlier in 2012, liberals called for a boycott of the pizza chain. Conservatives responded by organizing a National Papa John's Appreciation Day online. It shouldn't be a surprise if left-of-center activists target The Cheesecake Factory next.

The transcript of the relevant portion of the David Overton interview from Monday's CBS This Morning:

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/20...
Guru

United States

#53095 Dec 3, 2012
$3 TRILLION in new taxes coming to the middle class thanks to obama...
http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/coming-3-trillion-...

...morons are free to whine...get used to it...because you are all going to be crapping in your momma's diapers soon!

lol!!!
Guru

United States

#53096 Dec 3, 2012
obama's morons just FK'd themselves again and they don't even know it:

"tonyinmo

I find it ironic that the Obama backers are all smirking and raucously cheering their "messiah" on to raise the taxes of those "evil rich people". When in reality, they can't see far enough down the road to realize that, in the near future, everyone's taxes will be drastically raised, regardless of income level. It just goes to show you that some people can be fooled time and time again, by slick snake-oil salesmen like Obama. Within a year, when the "takers" will outnumber the "makers", the economic slide down the hill to bankruptcy for this country will turn into a runaway locomotive and we'll all end up in the poor house.

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Guru

United States

#53097 Dec 3, 2012
WND EXCLUSIVE
Coming:'$3 trillion tax increase on middle class'

part 1/2-

Norquist: Dems offer distractions before making demands for 'serious revenue'
Published: 4 hours ago
author-image by Jerome R. Corsi Email

WASHINGTON – Getting Republicans to agree to a tax increase on “the rich” is not the ultimate aim of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, says noted tax activist Grover Norquist.

“This is just the first act of a two- or three-act play,” Norquist said in an exclusive interview with WND.

Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, said the first act “is to get congressional Republicans to put their fingerprints on what amounts to a minor tax increase.”

“After raising taxes on the rich a little bit, the Democrats will come back for serious tax revenue,” he said.

“In acts two and three, the Democrats will come back for the real money – an energy tax and a value-added tax that will impact everybody, especially the middle class.”

Norquist insisted Democrats in Congress and the establishment press are playing an elaborate game designed to blame Republicans for budget deficits and keep serious discussion of spending cuts and entitlement reform off the table.

“Congressional Democrats know raising taxes on the rich will not produce enough tax revenue to reduce significantly the trillion-dollar annual budget deficits being run by the Obama White House,” he said.

“The reason the Democrats scream ‘tax the rich, tax the rich,’ is because they are going to pivot very soon to place a 3 trillion-dollar tax increase on the middle class, and they want ringing in the public’s ears that there wouldn’t have had to do this if the Republicans in Congress had acted right away to place a decent size tax on the rich.”

Norquist believes the Democrat strategy risks a tax revolt.

“The size of Tea Party Two is going to dwarf Tea Party One,” he predicted.

Norquist contends Obama is “overstating his mandate.”

“Four years ago, he was convinced he was king,” Norquist said.“He took a 70-percent approval down to 50 percent and lost a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives in the process. Now, Obama starts at 52 percent and he is going not only to spend too much but also too tax too much.”

Nevertheless, in the current “fiscal cliff” negotiations regarding the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, Norquist has been criticized in the establishment press as a hindrance to reaching an agreement.

At the center of criticism is the anti-tax pledge that Norquist has persuaded 95 percent of Republican lawmakers to sign.

“Attacking me and the anti-tax pledge is the same old tactic the Democrats used two years ago in the debate over the debt ceiling,” he said.

The difference this time, however, is that Democrats “have no intention, whatsoever, in seriously talking about spending restraint.”

“So this time,” he said,“it becomes even more important to misdirect the attention of the American people, to say the only reason Republicans preventing a grand bargain by opposing tax increases is because Grover Norquist is telling Republicans what to do.”

In a front page article last Tuesday, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake claimed Norquist and his anti-tax pledge are “in danger of becoming Washington relics as more and more defectors inch toward accepting tax increases” to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.

“Week after week, Democratic leaders have bashed Republicans for pledging fealty to Norquist rather than working independently,” Blake wrote.

Norquist dismissed such statements as an attempt to misdirect the attention of the American public ...

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Guru

United States

#53098 Dec 3, 2012
part 2/2-

"...from the real issue at hand: runaway federal spending, not a failure to raise taxes.

He doesn’t see any evidence his anti-tax pledge is losing its potency. The Washington Post article, he noted, produced as evidence a claim House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had suggested that the anti-tax pledge would not dictate GOP strategy on the fiscal cliff.

“So we get this headline,‘Cantor Denounces Pledge,’ but that’s not what Cantor said,” Norquist countered.“What Cantor really said was that even without the pledge, the Republicans in Congress would be against raising taxes. Why? Because raising taxes would be bad for the economy.”

Norquist argued Republicans in Congress learned it is risky to increase taxes when President George H. W. Bush went down to defeat in 1992 after violating his “read my lips” pledge.

He insists the anti-tax pledge he promotes through Americans for Tax Reform is not the real issue in the fiscal cliff debate.

“If I became a Buddhist monk, it wouldn’t change anything,” he said, arguing it’s a pledge congressional Republicans make to voters, not to him.

“Republicans in Congress would still be against raising taxes because raising taxes never works,” he said.

Democrats are playing a game of three-card monte, Norquist asserted.

“Because the Democrats in Congress have no intention of talking about entitlement reform,” he said,“the liberal press rolls out the usual list of Republican compromisers who will say raising taxes would be acceptable if the Democrats engage in spending cuts the Democrats have no intention of ever making.”

Norquist predicts Congress will not raise taxes to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, because the Republican majority in the House is the last line of defense.

“The Republicans in House of Representatives are survivors,” he said.“The Democrats have already thrown at them everything you can imagine, and the Republicans in the House are still a majority, serving in districts that will not be redrawn for another 10 years. The Republicans in the House can defend themselves against everything the Democrats throw against them.”

Norquist suggested in the final analysis, the House Republicans could simply pass the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., proving to the American public that federal budget deficits can be reduced without raising taxes on the rich.

The Ryan plan was passed by the House April 15 by a vote of 235 to 193, with no votes from Democrats. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted it down a month later, 57–40. The bill sought to reduce the 10-year federal deficit by capping discretionary spending and dismantling Obamacare."
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Pau

Since: Jan 11

Honolulu, HI

#53099 Dec 3, 2012
Leeward LOLO wrote:
<quoted text>
If the roach boy (by its own admission) had won the election by honest methods maybe a little respect would be due.
Are you better off than you were five years ago?
Those who triumphed on the landmark day of November 6, 2012 are not looking for "respect" from a minority group of bigots. You and your ilk have been deemed irrelevant, as evidence of what occurred November 6, 2012.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#53100 Dec 3, 2012
Most Obama voters read Guru's true comments and say, "GOOD, GOOD, more free stuff for me while it lasts!"
Guru

United States

#53101 Dec 3, 2012
Pau wrote:
<quoted text>
Those who triumphed on the landmark day of November 6, 2012 are not looking for "respect" from a minority group of bigots. You and your ilk have been deemed irrelevant, as evidence of what occurred November 6, 2012.
what happened on that date is that obama's trolls stole 400,000 votes in the swing states with Soro's rigged computers. That was enough to steal the election.

Doesn't matter though, because I have raised my rents. Now your kind will be paying me through the nose, and then some. Thanks obama! I didn't have an excuse to raise them before, but now I have the best excuse in the world..."it is all obama's fault!"

:)))
Jack

Phoenix, AZ

#53102 Dec 3, 2012
Leeward LOLO wrote:
<quoted text>
Funny, it took me a few days to remember what/who this escort training was all about. It was on the traffic report the day of the Makaha water pipe event. I was getting phone calls at 5 am about miles of traffic in/out of Makaha backed up. lol
Maybe she can intervene on our behalf and get KoleKole opened up so we can head to North Shore for the margarita bar advertised on the radio constantly.
Need to keep the leeward LOLO's on the Waianae coast for obvious reasons.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#53103 Dec 3, 2012
Guru, had a great day today! Probably five years ago I did a small job for a guy and he never paid his bill. I dogged him a few times for the money and finally figured to hell with it, just another deadbeat that I'll never see again. Now come to today. I'm sitting in my garage thinking about the new TV my grand-daughter asked for and how I can't afford it, and about all the other things I want to buy for the kids for Christmas, when I hear a woman's voice calling me. It's the wife of the guy I did the work for, and she hugs me and hands me the $800 cash that her husband owes me! Shes apologized and said she didn't like what he did and all. I'm spending every dime of it on my kids this week because this is something that is meant to be, I'm sure.

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