Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Since: May 11

Gettysburg, PA

#982235 Sep 13, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
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You'd better get used to it, chimpy dave. As Harry Reid was whining about yesterday the tea party has taken over congress, and it will have an even greater stranglehold after the mid-terms. Enjoy!!:-)
Stranglehold is a good word for Republicans as they try to choke the life out of our recovery because they think it helps their chances in the next election.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#982236 Sep 13, 2013
America’s inequality;
“Rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”
Illumination of this can be viewed within our USA. Increasing wealth, disproportional to the impoverished who are unable to maintain an
equitable ratio in gains. Impoverished, at their best, stagnation of their share in laborers productivity. Increasingly eroding of their portions of share to their labors productivity. Increasing to the inequality and accelerating negatively to the impoverished.
Three decades of low wages, to the 90%, with a growth of 15%. Earnings increase to the 1% have been cruising at 150% increases as to the 0.1% are racing at 300% Greater acceleration of wealth accumulation has affected the wealth at the bottom.
Middle class bastion of secured wealth accumulation has been severely oppressed. Homes lost their values. Top 1% lost wealth but it was soon recovered. Middle class years later are just now experiencing a strangulated loss gain to their investments if not a total loss. Typical 1% held 225 times the wealth of the typical middle class household. Doubling the ratio experienced as they were in 1962 and 1983.
Prior to 2007 the 1% enjoyed accumulating 57% of the nations wealth. Producing an increase in capital income after 1979 some 7/8 while those in the 95% received less than 3% of the increment.
Consider for an example; Walton’s family of the Wal-Mart empire commands a wealth of 69.7 Billion. Compare this to the total wealth of the 30% of the entire population, of the impoverished within the USA.
“Good” middle class jobs have been eviscerated that required moderate skills, like autoworkers’ jobs, in ratio to the unskilled laborers. Where in at the top greater skill levels were required.
Polarization of the labor force. Collapse of good jobs has been in affect for the last 25 years. Wages have gone down, increasing disparity of inequality in favor of the 1%. Creating a downward spiral for the middle class laborer.
Presently as an example; Single earner of family of two children, in good health, manages to work 40 hours per week,{Presently Average working hours for Americans is at 34 hours} at a wage above minimum {$8.50/hr} Pays S.S. which reduces his earnings to $8.00. Yearly income is $16,640 for 2080 hr’s of labor.
Pays no income tax but his employer charges him $200 a month for health insurance, to cover entire family and employer picks up remaining $550 cost per month of the cost to health insurance. This results in a take home pay $14,240 a year. Luck on his side, finds an apartment for $700 month with all utilities included. Now this reduces yearly earnings to $5,840 to cover all family cost for the year. Add in a car with fuel, insurance and maintenance at $3,000 per year and what remains is $2840. Under $3.00 per individual per day. No entertainment and no buffer zone for accidents or lost of wages.
Along comes the “Great Recession” Safety nets cut! Miss rent due to loss wages and homelessness looms.
One Example of nets being cut and their affect; Many states cut child care. Average monthly child care for two children $1,433 per month to be subtracted from the $2,840 a month families income. Results in $1.30 per, person per day!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#982237 Sep 13, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
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Noticed your disdain for liberalism. I’m liberal as you are not. So lets take a simple look at what I represent and what you represent.
Liberal adj
1. broad-minded: tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others
2. progressive politically or socially: favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, distribute wealth more evenly, and protect the personal freedom of the individual
3. generous: freely giving money, time, or some other asset
My great-aunt was liberal in her bequests.
4. generous in quantity: large in size or amount
a liberal helping
5. not literal: not limited to the literal meaning in translation or interpretation
a liberal interpretation of the rules
6. culturally oriented: concerned with general cultural matters and broadening of the mind rather than professional or technical study
a liberal education
7. of political liberalism: relating to a political ideology of liberalism
n (plural lib·er·als)
liberal person: somebody who favors tolerance or open-mindedness
[14th century. Via French < Latin liberalis < liber "free"]
Word Key: Synonyms
See generous.
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Now to define your state of existence we just have to access the acronyms of these definitions. For example “Broad Minded” acronym “Closed Minded”
“ tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others” acronym; Intolerant of the views of others and standards of behavior in others. LOL That sure sounds like a BIGOT to me. Now think you can do the rest all by yourself and expose yourself as to what you really are…?
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” Winston Churchill. LOL sounds like a liberal…
You people are big government Fascists, not liberals.

You have zero "tolerance of different views and standards of behavior in others."
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#982239 Sep 13, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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Keep being the idiot that thinks WW I et al did not have a declaration of war or the modern equivalent of approving military use.
Prove this statement as not true or be still Ghost.
lol! Sorry son. WWI wasn't mentioned. Neither was WWII.

Hmmm.... looks like you're trying to twist that truth again to get out of the jam you created son!

SNAFU!
Whatever

Gering, NE

#982240 Sep 13, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! You should follow your own advice and FOCUS son.
Geez you're a strong advocate of being a hypocrite!
That was dumb. Any moron can willy nilly throw stones.

Hey Ghost, how are you doing at proving all the wars the Dems have started were illegal -lacking War Declarations or authorization for use of military force.

Not only have most wars occurred under Dems, but according to you the Dems went cowboy without any Congressional support.

WOW!
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#982241 Sep 13, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
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Yup. And, an economic crisis they caused.
lol! Still won't let facts get in the way of your opinions.

I love this comedy channel.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#982242 Sep 13, 2013
Republicans desire to further tear apart the torn safety nets is the nature of the inequality beast of the 1 %.
Let us now consider those who lost their jobs. Full time employment dropped by 8.7 million during November 2007 to November 2011. Just as 7 million were entering the workforce for jobs. Deficit to laborers employment can be calculated at 15 million. USA’s unemployment insurance one of the least in the western civilized nations. A safety net in dire need of repair overflowed and tore apart. Generally unemployment insurance was for 6
Months. In the “Great Recession” that was severely underestimated. Unemployment of 1 to 2 years more the norm and growing. Eligibility was used to eliminate sectors of the unemployed resulting in late 2011 inadequacies of only 38% of the unemployed were receiving benefits. 44% never received any benefits. Those receiving benefits, 70% of them, realized their benefits would not sustain them to the next employment. More than 50% of those receiving unemployment benefits, suffered emotional and health problems. Health Care is unavailable to the unemployed, compounding the seriousness of the issue. Middle aged unemployed lost hope of ever finding work. Optimism still high on 70% of all unemployed that they would find work within the next 12 months.. Alas American unemployment is emulating Europe’s long intervals of unemployment scenarios. Affect of lifelong earnings dwindling with every passing day of unemployment.
Insecurity enters the fray. Employed work with visions of pink slips being forth coming. Observing low levels of social protection administered to their fellow laborers exacerbated their insecurities and trust in a failed system. Pensions and health to be offered onto the altars of Wall Street!
Once it was a security to know your pension was secured through government policies that regulated corporations bearing the risk of stock markets investments and or the S.S. net of the government. Now this is under siege to transfer the pensions responsibilities to the laborers at an age where inexperience or a failing of comprehension is to decide and secure their pensions. Been there done that. Does not work out for the average retiree. Failure of that ideology was prevalent during the years before F.D.R.
Imagine had the laborer adhered to the analyst of Wall Street as the “Great Recession” started to blossom. Predatory schemes eating up all their life savings, with no nets to catch them from their fall, to the streets of desolation row. Just as what republicans advocate for our already polarizing labor forces and the increasing inequality of wealth. Note the millions that lost their life savings and or their homes, shelter, health, security with the minimal regulations that was able to blunt the full measure the full scope of the disaster. Now we are to remove even these weak and unreliable safety nets.
Weakness and disrepair to these nets produced losses to retirement accounts.$6.5 trillion loss in housing valuations. Minorities and those that fell prey to the predatory lending schemes were hit even harder. Predatory loans on individuals blew away the American dream for all of them, for decades if ever to return, to one more chance at the American dream. African Americans household lost 53% of their wealth. Hispanics lost 66% of their household wealth. Rendering their assets to less than 5% of the average white American’s. Average white American lost substantially, to $113,149 in 2009. A 16% loss of wealth.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#982243 Sep 13, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text> Stranglehold is a good word for Republicans as they try to choke the life out of our recovery because they think it helps their chances in the next election.
One man's stangle hold whine is the other man's -Why don't the Dems try to get along, compromise and act like adults?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#982244 Sep 13, 2013
RealDave wrote:
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Those 4 member families with both parents working FT time would no longer qualify for food stamps.
Any inflation that might cause would still have those minimum wage earners ahead of the game,
I thought you hated subsidies? Here you are arguing for them & agreeing with Dumbwaiter whose salary is subsidized.
Do you honestly believe that all salaries would not increase as the minimum wage increases, leaving those beginner employees exactly where they were before?

If you increase the minimum wage to $15, how much do you pay the guy now earning $15/hour, given that he currently earns roughly twice the minimum wage?
WAKE UP MIDDLE CLASS

Winterville, NC

#982245 Sep 13, 2013
In 35 states Welfare pays more than work



THIS IS THE REASON DEM GET VOTES!
THEY HAVE GOT THE VOTERS PAID OFF!
POOR GREEDY PEOPLE THAT CAN WORK GET PAID NOT TO WORK!THE POOR AND RICH HAVE GOT IT MADE!THE MIDDLE
CLASS PAYING MOST OF THE TAXES!WHEN ARE YOU MIDDLE
CLASS PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WAKE UP??????????LOOK AT YOUR CHECK
THE DEM ARE TAXING THE HELL OUT OF YOU!!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#982246 Sep 13, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
Republican chasm widens.
Bipartisan is in demand with republicans. This Syria issue will illuminate even further the rift fraction amongst the republicans. The chasm widens.
Well its good to know that Tea is going off the menu. Red Herring delicacies of the republicans will remain. Boehner, Lindsey and McCain on board are but a few examples of the divide.
On July 16th 2013 Tea favorite Senator McConnell of Kentucky, senate minority leaders was admonished by the core conservative republican party. McConnell’s offer to Obama of having only 7 of his nominations, will be allowed an up and down vote.
Senator Harry Reid frustrated with these obstreperous hindering tactics, which have only achieved to having the least productive House senate in history. Harry put forth the measure that they would hold the republicans accountable to the abuses to the filibuster rules as set in 2005. Citing the “Extraordinary Circumstances” passage. This will be the bulwark of his accusations to remove all filibuster rights from the republicans.
Senators John McCain, Arizona {R} Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina {R} and Senator Ayotte New Hampshire formed an alliance to organize action against such extremist agenda’s of Senators McConnell, their senate minority Tea republican leader.
They delivered a proposal, bypassing Senator McConnell’s naive attempts at leadership, to Senator Harry Reid that assured all of the Obama nominees will be confirmed except for two. Senator Harry Reid easily changed those two and all was acceptable by both parties. Passing with a 66 yays to 34 nays.
Senator Harry Reid now declines to pursue the actions that would have held the republicans accountable to corruptive exploitation of the filibuster rule of 2005.
Senator Lindsey Graham was quoted as saying,“ That’s no reason to deny someone their appointment. We were Wrong!” He was referring to the unreasonable holding up of the nomination of Mr. Corday to the Consumer Protective Agency that was constructed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, back in 2010, under the Obama’s administration. An agency that is to hold the executives’ of Wall Street and Bankers accountable for their investments after the 2008 debacle.
Traditionalist Conservative are now distancing themselves from their insidious extremist elements within their party. This is but one example of this ever increasing rift / chasm that is now fracturing through out the nation.
Meanwhile, the DEmoKKKrats are united behind Obama in favor of pro-Islamic wars.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#982247 Sep 13, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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yes, white on white crime.
only 16% of whites who were murdered in 2010 weren't killed by other white folks. that means a whole lot of white people were killed by white people.
come on man. you guys show here incessantly talking about black on black, or black on white crime while ignoring the fact the every crime stat is lead by white people.
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in...
i think i'll email that to O'Reilly.
Another miss. No one is arguing white on white crime is occurring. That is a straw man you created.

Show that white on white crime has increased proportionally to the increase of black on black crime.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#982250 Sep 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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I wish he'd drop a drone on Awaziri
nice, but a meaningless gesture...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#982251 Sep 13, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
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Noticed your disdain for liberalism. I’m liberal as you are not. So lets take a simple look at what I represent and what you represent.
Liberal adj
n (plural lib·er·als)
liberal person: somebody who favors tolerance or open-mindedness
[14th century. Via French < Latin liberalis < liber "free"]
Word Key: Synonyms
See generous.
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Now to define your state of existence we just have to access the acronyms of these definitions. For example “Broad Minded” acronym “Closed Minded”
“ tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others” acronym; Intolerant of the views of others and standards of behavior in others. LOL That sure sounds like a BIGOT to me. Now think you can do the rest all by yourself and expose yourself as to what you really are…?
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” Winston Churchill. LOL sounds like a liberal…
1. broad-minded: tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others

So, you join the Wahhabist Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, and help them expand their control. LOL.

2. progressive politically or socially: favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, distribute wealth more evenly, and protect the personal freedom of the individual

So, you promote unlimited totalitarian government control of everything, and ignore the individual liberties (liberty > liberal) mandated in the Constitution. LOL.

3. generous: freely giving money, time, or some other asset
My great-aunt was liberal in her bequests.

BWAAAAWW HAAAAAAAAWWW HAAAAAAAAAAAWWWW
Tell us about the "generous" contributions of, oh, say, Joe Biden and the person we are told is Barack Obama.

4. generous in quantity: large in size or amount
a liberal helping

Tell us about the Big Gulp ban in New York by Mayor BloomingIdiot.

5. not literal: not limited to the literal meaning in translation or interpretation(;) a liberal interpretation of the rules

So, the constitution is worth not much more than toilet paper, right? And, the terxt of written laws mean nothing.

6. culturally oriented: concerned with general cultural matters and broadening of the mind rather than professional or technical study (;) a liberal education

Where is your concern about the so-called "progressives" destroying the education system and generating the most ignorant workforce in the industrialized world? Who's going to support that population?
Wasting money and time studying things with no practical value to the economy. How about becoming both technically AND philosophically educated, dumbass?

7. of political liberalism: relating to a political ideology of liberalism

The frauds that call themselves "liberal" are promoting medieval conservative concepts of unlimited and all-powerful governments dictating priviledges subjectively distributed in society, and GIVE LEGITIMACY TO MARXIST COMMUNISM, THE MOST LETHAL SOCIAL CANCER THAT HAS EVER INFECTED HUMANITY IN THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION.

You are a joke. Come back when you begin to make sense, and you can actually define terms like "liberal" and "conservative".

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#982252 Sep 13, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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no leaders, no ideas, no power.
no wonder they whine so much.
Only liberals need to be lead.

The tea party has the power to stop your agenda. Is that why you guus whine about them?
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#982253 Sep 13, 2013


Noticed the right wing’s disdain for liberalism. I’m liberal as they are not. So lets take a simple look at what I represent and what they represent.
Liberal adj
1. broad-minded: tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others

2. progressive politically or socially: favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, distribute wealth more evenly, and protect the personal freedom of the individual

3. generous: freely giving money, time, or some other asset
My great-aunt was liberal in her bequests.

4. generous in quantity: large in size or amount
a liberal helping

5. not literal: not limited to the literal meaning in translation or interpretation
a liberal interpretation of the rules

6. culturally oriented: concerned with general cultural matters and broadening of the mind rather than professional or technical study
a liberal education

7. of political liberalism: relating to a political ideology of liberalism

n (plural lib·er·als)
liberal person: somebody who favors tolerance or open-mindedness

[14th century. Via French < Latin liberalis < liber "free"]

Word Key: Synonyms

See generous.
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Now to define your state of existence we just have to access the acronyms of these definitions. For example “Broad Minded” acronym “Closed Minded”
“ tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others” acronym; Intolerant of the views of others and standards of behavior in others.
LOL That sure sounds like a BIGOT to me. Now think you can do the rest all by yourself and expose yourself as to what you really are…
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.” Winston Churchill. LOL sounds like a liberal…
forks_make_us_fa t

Oklahoma City, OK

#982254 Sep 13, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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innocents in fear of their life.
Annan: Iraq was safer under Saddam
Life for ordinary Iraqis is now more dangerous than under Saddam Hussein as the country descends into violence "much worse" than civil war, according to the outgoing secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
Mr Annan gave his hardest-hitting assessment yet, saying Iraq was the toughest issue he had dealt with during his 10 years in office, and he believed "we could have stopped the war" if weapons inspectors had been given more time.
"If I was an average Iraqi, I would make the same comparison [about life under Saddam]," he told the BBC.
"They had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets.
"They could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying 'Am I going to see my child again?'
"A society needs minimum security and a secure environment for it to get on. Without security, not much can be done."
Mr Annan gave no statistics but the latest UN report on human rights in Iraq says that 3,000 civilians are dying every month. There is also an accelerating exodus of Iraqis, with some 100,000 leaving each month for the safety of Syria, Jordan, and the Gulf states.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/dec/04/...
now compare drones to that.
What is preventing California from 'invading' Oklahoma and killing all the same-sex marriage haters?
Whatever

Gering, NE

#982255 Sep 13, 2013
dem wrote:
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Morning you ignorant beitch.
Uh, your dem persona is leaking out.

Hey, have you proved the Dems engaged in illegal wars since WW I

“Gloria Ad Caput Venire”

Since: Jan 08

Yellowknife NT

#982256 Sep 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
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Meanwhile, the DEmoKKKrats are united behind Obama in favor of pro-Islamic wars.
Concur.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#982257 Sep 13, 2013
Whatever wrote:
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The fact that beheadings have occurred repeatedly is washed away with a case of autocracies of the other side is your claim?
The Jihadist culture is debased and violent throughout. It isn't a case of isolated incidents.
That is their culture and their perverted right, one would suppose...but not with our tax dollars and the sanction of the US government.

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