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#12644 Jul 6, 2012
I just received my tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!! They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?" I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate." 1 useless President. Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?
Old Man

Little Rock, AR

#12645 Jul 6, 2012
from the washington post wrote:
Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal
● Raser Technologies. In 2010, the Obama administration gave Raser a $33 million taxpayer-funded grant to build a power plant in Beaver Creek, Utah. After burning through our tax dollars, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012. The plant now has fewer than 10 employees, and Raser owes $1.5 million in back taxes.
● ECOtality. The Obama administration gave ECOtality $126.2 million in taxpayer money in 2009 for, among other things, the installation of 14,000 electric car chargers in five states. Obama even hosted the company’s president, Don Karner, in the first lady’s box during the 2010 State of the Union address as an example> of a stimulus success story. According to ECOtality’s own SEC filings, the company has since incurred more than $45 million in losses and has told the federal government,“We may not achieve or sustain profitability on a quarterly or annual basis in the future.” CBS News: the company is “under investigation for insider trading,” and Karner has been subpoenaed “for any and all documentation surrounding the public announcement of the first Department of Energy grant to the company.”
● Nevada Geothermal Power (NGP). Obama gave NGP a $98.5 million taxpayer loan guarantee in 2010. The New York Times reported last October that the company is in “financial turmoil” and that “[a]fter a> series of technical missteps that are draining Nevada Geothermal’s cash reserves, its own auditor concluded in a filing released last week that there was ‘significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.’ ”
● First Solar. Obama provided First Solar with more than $3 billion in loan guarantees for power plants in Arizona and California. According

● Abound Solar, Inc. Obama gave Abound Solar a $400 million> loan guarantee to build photovoltaic panel factories. According to Forbes, in February the company halted production and laid off 180 employees.
● Beacon Power. Obama gave Beacon — a green-energy storage company — a $43 million loan guarantee. According to CBS News, at the time of the loan,“Standard and Poor’s had confidentially given the project a dismal outlook of ‘CCC-plus.’” In the fall of 2011, Beacon received a delisting notice from Nasdaq and filed for bankruptcy.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. A company called SunPower got a $1.2 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, and as of January, the company owed more than it was worth. Brightsource got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee and posted a string of net losses totaling $177 million. And, of course, let’s not forget Solyndra — the solar panel manufacturer that received $535 million in taxpayer-funded loan guarantees and went bankrupt, leaving taxpayers on the hook.
Amazingly, Obama has declared that all the projects received funding “based solely on their merits.” But as Hoover Institution scholar Peter Schweizer reported in his book,“Throw Them All Out,” fully 71 percent of the Obama Energy Department’s grants and loans went to “individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.” Collectively, these Obama cronies raised $457,834 for his campaign, and they were in turn approved for grants or loans of nearly $11.35 billion. Obama said this week it’s not the president’s job “to make a lot of money for investors.” Obama sure seems to have made a lot of (taxpayer) money for investors in his political machine. All that cronyism and corruption is catching up with him. According to Politico,“The Energy Department’s inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations” related to the department’s green-energy programs.
I am pretty sure that Bain and Romney had something to do with all these transactions and I am certain that Obama knows of a scenario where it can all be blamed on Bush.
Old Army

Rose Bud, AR

#12646 Jul 6, 2012
guest wrote:
I just received my tax return for 2011 back from the IRS. It puzzles me!!! They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?" I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; Half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate." 1 useless President. Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.
I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?
Bill and Hillary.
Hog Heaven

United States

#12647 Jul 6, 2012
Old Man wrote:
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I am pretty sure that Bain and Romney had something to do with all these transactions and I am certain that Obama knows of a scenario where it can all be blamed on Bush.
Yes, he'll try to look back and blame Bush but then tell us in a commercial to "Look Forward."
Obama's slogan should be more like, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
Reality Check

United States

#12648 Jul 7, 2012
Hog Heaven wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, he'll try to look back and blame Bush but then tell us in a commercial to "Look Forward."
Obama's slogan should be more like, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
Obama is America's most ineffective, hypocritical and divisive president in our nations short history. He has done more damage to our country in 3 1/2 short years than any other president. Some of his damage may never be undone like the socialization of our healthcare which might lead to socialization of our whole country. The racial division he has caused has probably set America back decades in the healing process between blacks and whites while introducing tensions between socioeconomic classes as well. Other things like the debt will take decades of fiscal discipline that I'm not sure we possess anymore. I hope this presidency is a lesson to America to not put their trust in politicians to fix all of our problems because that simply cannot be done. We the people are responsible for America's rise to the greatest country in the world, it was we the people's fault for giving politicians so much power, and it will be we the people that will fix this mess we are in if it is to be fixed.
ROBERT E LEE

Mountain Home, AR

#12649 Jul 7, 2012
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama is America's most ineffective, hypocritical and divisive president in our nations short history. He has done more damage to our country in 3 1/2 short years than any other president. Some of his damage may never be undone like the socialization of our healthcare which might lead to socialization of our whole country. The racial division he has caused has probably set America back decades in the healing process between blacks and whites while introducing tensions between socioeconomic classes as well. Other things like the debt will take decades of fiscal discipline that I'm not sure we possess anymore. I hope this presidency is a lesson to America to not put their trust in politicians to fix all of our problems because that simply cannot be done. We the people are responsible for America's rise to the greatest country in the world, it was we the people's fault for giving politicians so much power, and it will be we the people that will fix this mess we are in if it is to be fixed.
Dude, the South lost. Get over it already
HEAT WAVE

Mountain Home, AR

#12650 Jul 7, 2012
Five ways the GOP has sabotaged job growth:

Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killeda jobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. Multiple economic analysts predicted the bill would add around two million jobs and hailed it as defense against a double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office also scored it as a net deficit reducer over ten years, and the American public supported the bill.

2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. The Federal Reserve can do enormous good for a depressed economy through more aggressive monetary stimulus, and by tolerating a temporarily higher level of inflation. But with everything from Ron Paul’s anti-inflationary crusade to Rick Perry threatening to lynch Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans have browbeaten the Fed into not going down this path. Most damagingly, the GOP repeatedly held up President Obama’s nominations to the Federal Reserve Board during the critical months of the recession, leaving the board without the institutional clout it needed to help the economy.

3. Threatening a debt default. Even though the country didn’t actually hit its debt ceiling last summer, the Republican threat to default on the United States’ outstanding obligations was sufficient to spook financial markets anddo real damage to the economy.

4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. The deal the GOP extracted as the price for avoiding default imposed around $900 billion in cuts over ten years. It included $30.5 billion in discretionary cuts in 2012 alone, costing the country 0.3 percent in economic growth and 323,000 jobs, according to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. Starting in 2013, the deal will trigger another $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years.

5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal. While not as cataclysmic as the debt ceiling brinksmanship, Republicans also threatened a shutdown of the government in early 2011 if cuts were not made to that year’s budget. The deal they struck with the White House cut $38 billion from food stamps, health, education, law enforcement, and low-income programs among others, whilesparing defense almost entirely.

And when it comes to Mitt Romney, economists agree that his plans will actually make things worse and could cause another recession
guest

United States

#12651 Jul 7, 2012
HEAT WAVE wrote:
Five ways the GOP has sabotaged job growth:
Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killeda jobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. Multiple economic analysts predicted the bill would add around two million jobs and hailed it as defense against a double-dip recession. The Congressional Budget Office also scored it as a net deficit reducer over ten years, and the American public supported the bill.
2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. The Federal Reserve can do enormous good for a depressed economy through more aggressive monetary stimulus, and by tolerating a temporarily higher level of inflation. But with everything from Ron Paul’s anti-inflationary crusade to Rick Perry threatening to lynch Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans have browbeaten the Fed into not going down this path. Most damagingly, the GOP repeatedly held up President Obama’s nominations to the Federal Reserve Board during the critical months of the recession, leaving the board without the institutional clout it needed to help the economy.
3. Threatening a debt default. Even though the country didn’t actually hit its debt ceiling last summer, the Republican threat to default on the United States’ outstanding obligations was sufficient to spook financial markets anddo real damage to the economy.
4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. The deal the GOP extracted as the price for avoiding default imposed around $900 billion in cuts over ten years. It included $30.5 billion in discretionary cuts in 2012 alone, costing the country 0.3 percent in economic growth and 323,000 jobs, according to estimates from the Economic Policy Institute. Starting in 2013, the deal will trigger another $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years.
5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal. While not as cataclysmic as the debt ceiling brinksmanship, Republicans also threatened a shutdown of the government in early 2011 if cuts were not made to that year’s budget. The deal they struck with the White House cut $38 billion from food stamps, health, education, law enforcement, and low-income programs among others, whilesparing defense almost entirely.
And when it comes to Mitt Romney, economists agree that his plans will actually make things worse and could cause another recession
You're assuming those things would have actually increased job growth and done what the Obama administration promised and what your so-called "multiple economic analysts" said it would. Considering how his other failed policies fared, it was inspiring to finally see conservatives stand up to the scare tactics and lies of liberals and stop their madness.
guest

Little Rock, AR

#12652 Jul 7, 2012
guest wrote:
<quoted text>You're assuming those things would have actually increased job growth and done what the Obama administration promised and what your so-called "multiple economic analysts" said it would. Considering how his other failed policies fared, it was inspiring to finally see conservatives stand up to the scare tactics and lies of liberals and stop their madness.
The other trillions of dollars thrown at these problems have brought about full employment. Had Obama's plan been implemented fully, so many jobs would have been created that we would not have had a sufficient work force and some of the stimulus money could have been used to create global jobs.
guest

United States

#12653 Jul 7, 2012
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
The other trillions of dollars thrown at these problems have brought about full employment. Had Obama's plan been implemented fully, so many jobs would have been created that we would not have had a sufficient work force and some of the stimulus money could have been used to create global jobs.
Full employment? I didn't realize that 8.2% unemployment meant "full employment." I know that the obama administration has us living in an era of lowered expectations, but that's ridiculous. You can no more say that his failed policies have worked then someone can say that had we done nothing at all, we'd be better off. Anyone who believes what you just said is either completely ignorant or a willing perpetrator of that ignorance.
HEAT WAVE

Mountain Home, AR

#12654 Jul 7, 2012
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
The other trillions of dollars thrown at these problems have brought about full employment. Had Obama's plan been implemented fully, so many jobs would have been created that we would not have had a sufficient work force and some of the stimulus money could have been used to create global jobs.
LMAO, I don't think your buddy understood your sarcasm.

guest

Little Rock, AR

#12655 Jul 7, 2012
HEAT WAVE wrote:
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LMAO, I don't think your buddy understood your sarcasm.
Sometimes a person just wastes a good line, some times a person just gets wasted.
Reality Check

United States

#12656 Jul 7, 2012
guest wrote:
<quoted text>You're assuming those things would have actually increased job growth and done what the Obama administration promised and what your so-called "multiple economic analysts" said it would. Considering how his other failed policies fared, it was inspiring to finally see conservatives stand up to the scare tactics and lies of liberals and stop their madness.
Given the record of Obama's "promises" I can't see why anyone would let him have another dime of taxpayer money to do anything with.

Since: Dec 11

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#12657 Jul 7, 2012
it is no big secret that the republicans re tryng to tank the economic system so they can get thier own flip flopping fool elected, congress and the senate have passd no jobs bills or anything that could help the economy since the mid term election. We the American people are paying the price not the super rich fat Cat republicans.
guest

Little Rock, AR

#12658 Jul 7, 2012
from hear me wrote:
it is no big secret that the republicans re tryng to tank the economic system so they can get thier own flip flopping fool elected, congress and the senate have passd no jobs bills or anything that could help the economy since the mid term election. We the American people are paying the price not the super rich fat Cat republicans.
If the don't handle their treachery any better than you spell and have mastered the English language, Obama has nothing to worry about.
Reality Check

United States

#12659 Jul 7, 2012
HEAT WAVE wrote:
Five ways the GOP has sabotaged job growth:
Filibustering the American Jobs Act. Last October, Senate Republicans killeda jobs bill proposed by President Obama that would have pumped $447 billion into the economy. 2. Stonewalling monetary stimulus. 3. Threatening a debt default. 4. Cutting discretionary spending in the debt ceiling deal. 5. Cutting discretionary spending in the budget deal.
1. When the president's last explination for one of his failed stimuluses was "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." I can see why the Republicans did all they could to stop another failure of an attempt by Obama.
2. Ben Bernanke was appointed by Obama so don't blame that on the Republicans. The Democrats still have 2 of the 3 legislative branches in their control.
3. Everyone, including the financial markets, knew the debt ceiling was going to be raised.
4. You and everyone else know the cuts were not real cuts but rather cuts against future spending. We are $16 trillion in debt because of real spending and to get out of this hole there will have to be trillions in real cuts to real spending.
5. Can't believe you even brought this up. You know that by the time all was said and done the actual cuts to current spending came out to be $30 million. The Republicans got screwed on that deal. That comes out to 1/53,333 of what we owe. Heck, even if they had gotten all $38 billion that still would have only been 1/421 of what we owe. Not near enough. The rest came out to be in future spending just like the rest of the cuts.
The government doesn't generate any revenue but rather depends on tax dollars from its citizens who work for businesses that do create revenue. A governments financial health is only as good as the financial health of the businesses within that country. This is a fact that you can't get around so the strength of businesses in America needs to be priority #1. Yes, that means there will be some very wealthy people but that is an unavoidable byproduct of successful businesses. It also means that the rest of the population will have more disposable income as well. A government can't tax and spend it's way to a prosperous country.
Reality Check

United States

#12660 Jul 7, 2012
from hear me wrote:
it is no big secret that the republicans re tryng to tank the economic system so they can get thier own flip flopping fool elected, congress and the senate have passd no jobs bills or anything that could help the economy since the mid term election. We the American people are paying the price not the super rich fat Cat republicans.
Review of Federal Regulations
H.Res. 72 - Passed by the House (391-28) on February 11, 2011

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
H.R. 872 - Senate has taken no action to date

Energy Tax Prevention Act
H.R. 910 - Senate has taken no action to date

Disapproval of FCC's Net Neutrality Regulations
H.J.Res. 37 - Senate has blocked a companion measure by a vote of 46-52

Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act
H.R. 2018 - Senate has taken no action to date

Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act
H.R. 1315 - Senate has taken no action to date

Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act
H.R. 2587 - Senate has taken no action to date

Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on The Nation Act
H.R. 2401 - Senate has taken no action to date

Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2681 - Senate has taken no action to date

EPA Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2250 - Senate has taken no action to date

Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act
H.R. 2273 - Senate has taken no action to date

Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
H.R. 3094 - Senate has taken no action to date

Regulatory Accountability Act
H.R. 3010 - Senate has taken no action to date

Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
H.R. 527 - Senate has taken no action to date

REINS Act
H.R. 10 - Senate has taken no action to date

Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act
H.R. 1633 - Senate has taken no action to date

Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act
H.R. 1837 - Senate has taken no action to date

Land in Accomack County, Virginia
H.R. 2087 - Senate has taken no action to date

Everyone of these would either directly create jobs or ease regulations so companies would hire again. The end result would be money in the public's pockets and not the politicians. Looks like Harry Reid seems to be the problem and not the Republicans. If you have a problem with these bills then maybe you need to come the the realization that it's not that the Republicans are not trying to pass jobs bills but rather that you just don't like any of them and that's your problem. Please list all of the jobs bills the democrats have brought before the house that have been killed. Feel free to use as many posts as necessary. You probably won't need more than a couple of lines though.
guest

United States

#12661 Jul 7, 2012
Reality Check wrote:
<quoted text>
1. When the president's last explination for one of his failed stimuluses was "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." I can see why the Republicans did all they could to stop another failure of an attempt by Obama.
2. Ben Bernanke was appointed by Obama so don't blame that on the Republicans. The Democrats still have 2 of the 3 legislative branches in their control.
3. Everyone, including the financial markets, knew the debt ceiling was going to be raised.
4. You and everyone else know the cuts were not real cuts but rather cuts against future spending. We are $16 trillion in debt because of real spending and to get out of this hole there will have to be trillions in real cuts to real spending.
5. Can't believe you even brought this up. You know that by the time all was said and done the actual cuts to current spending came out to be $30 million. The Republicans got screwed on that deal. That comes out to 1/53,333 of what we owe. Heck, even if they had gotten all $38 billion that still would have only been 1/421 of what we owe. Not near enough. The rest came out to be in future spending just like the rest of the cuts.
The government doesn't generate any revenue but rather depends on tax dollars from its citizens who work for businesses that do create revenue. A governments financial health is only as good as the financial health of the businesses within that country. This is a fact that you can't get around so the strength of businesses in America needs to be priority #1. Yes, that means there will be some very wealthy people but that is an unavoidable byproduct of successful businesses. It also means that the rest of the population will have more disposable income as well. A government can't tax and spend it's way to a prosperous country.
HEAT WAVE's post is just another post with unsubstantiated information that started from a liberal blogger and has been making it's way through the net.
just asking

Fort Smith, AR

#12662 Jul 7, 2012
does anyone know when congress reconvenes?

what will come up for a vote before the election?

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#12663 Jul 7, 2012
just asking wrote:
does anyone know when congress reconvenes?
what will come up for a vote before the election?
nothing that will pass unless the lobbyist through a big party and hand out cash

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