#709 May 3, 2014
The stock market also hit a new record high, nothing from O'Reilly. A federal judge struck down the Wisconsin voter ID law, nothing from O'Reilly. And the Republicans blocked a vote on raising the minimum wage, even though when Democrats had control of the House they said everything should at least get an up or down vote, nothing from O'Reilly.
So what is O'Reilly doing, spending half the show every night reporting on the 2 year old Benghazi story that we already know about and nobody cares about, while ignoring all these current important news stories, as he complains that the rest of the media is biased by ignoring Benghazi. Which is total hypocrisy and bias, from O'Reilly.
Republicans are so crushed by the news that total Obamacare enrollment has reached 17.8 million that they are immediately trying to forget Obamacare, and are changing the subject to Benghazi. Including O'Reilly who is now wasting the first half hour of his show every night talking Benghazi.
More importantly, 2.2 million (28 percent) of those who selected a Marketplace plan were young adults ages 18 to 34 -- a number that grows to 2.7 million when counting ages 0 to 34, the report found. The report also shows, for the first time, the race and ethnicity of the 69 percent of enrollees in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces who voluntarily reported this information.
HHS also announced today that more than 4.8 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through the end of March 2014, compared to enrollment before the Marketplace opened last October.
And it would be a lot more, but some Republican Governors are refusing to take federal money to give more people in their states medicaid. Which Obama and the Democrats called an outrage.
"More than eight million Americans signed up through the Marketplace, exceeding expectations and demonstrating brisk demand for quality, affordable coverage," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
"In addition, over 4.8 million more people have been covered by states through Medicaid and CHIP programs, around 3 million more Americans under 26 are covered under their parents plans, and recent estimates show that an additional 5 million people have purchased coverage outside of the Marketplace in Affordable Care Act-compliant plans."
Together we are ensuring that health coverage is more accessible than ever before, which is important for families, for businesses and for the nation's health and wellbeing.
If we exempt the three million kids who stayed on their parents plan, because they didn't enroll, the total number of people who now have coverage thanks to the ACA is 17.8 million. The majority of ACA enrollees are white (62.3%) and female (54%). Thirty-four percent of those who enrolled are under age 35, and 28% are age 18-34.
Republicans have reacted to the fact that they were completely wrong about the ACA, by changing the subject to Benghazi.
All Speaker Boehner wants to talk about is Benghazi emails.
And it isn't just John Boehner and the Republican Party. From Fox News to Rush Limbaugh, nobody is talking about their crushing defeat on the ACA. The word is Benghazi. The news is so bad that Republicans aren't even trying to spin it. They have resorted to pretending that it doesn't exist.
#711 May 27, 2014
Another reason to cheer for President Obama.
Obama rallied U.S. troops during a speech vowing to bring a "responsible end" to the war by the end of the year.
"For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan," he told nearly 3,000 troops.
His surprise trip on Memorial Day weekend came as the president and the Department of Veterans Affairs face criticism of long wait times and mismanagement in the VA that could have led to deaths at some clinics in the United States.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the White House wanted to make the trip about the troops and not Afghanistan politics. Rhodes said the VA scandal was not a “factor into the planning for the trip.”
On the trip, Obama received a briefing from top commanders in Afghanistan and visited wounded military personnel at a base hospital.
The trip marks Obama's fourth to the country and the first in his second term. More than 32,000 U.S. troops remain in the country and most are expected to return home later this year.
"We want to preserve the gains that you have helped to win,” he said in his speech.“And we are going to make sure that Afghanistan can never again, ever be used again to launch an attack against our country."
Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai before leaving Bagram, according to a White House pool report that quoted an administration official who said Obama praised Karzai for the progress being made by the Afghan security forces and for the successful first round of the presidential elections.
Obama also expressed support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process with the Taliban, the official said.
#712 Jun 7, 2014
Another Reason to cheer for President Obama!!!!!!!!!!
President Obama on Thursday stood by his decision to negotiate for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
"We have a basic principle. We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated and we were deeply concerned about, and we saw an opportunity and we seized it, and I make no apologies for that," Obama said when asked about the controversy surrounding the prisoner swap at a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels.
"We had discussed with Congress the possibility that something like this might occur, but because of the nature of the folks that we were dealing with and the fragile nature of these negotiations," he continued. "We felt it was important to go ahead and do what we did, and we're now explaining to Congress the details of how we move forward. But this basic principle that we don't leave anybody behind and this basic recognition that often means prisoner exchanges with enemies is not unique to my administration."
Obama explained that the release of Bergdahl should not be a "political football," but said he wasn't surprised that it became a controversy in Washington.
"I'm never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington, right? That's par for the course," he said.
"I make absolutely no apologies for making sure that we get back a young man to his parents, and that the American people understand that this is somebody's child, and that we don't condition whether or not we make the effort to try to get them back," Obama concluded.
#713 Jun 7, 2014
The haters keep forgetting that he is the President of the United States of America.
He can do those things whether they like it or not.
#714 Jun 13, 2014
Another Reason to cheer!!!!!!!!
President Obama responded to Tuesday’s school shooting in Oregon by lamenting the lack of sensible gun safety laws and calling on Congress to pass background checks for all gun purchases.
“We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens,” Obama said during a question-and-answer session on Tumblr.“And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.” Obama described Congress’ failure to enact gun regulations in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary as “my biggest frustration so far,” noting that gun violence in America is “off the charts.”
Indeed, the United States is the most violent of all the developed nations, experiencing 74 school shootings in the 18 months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in December of 2012 — an average of almost one school shooting a week. According to data compiled by USA Today, a mass shooting in which 4 or more people are injured or die occurs every two weeks, with most of the violence going unreported in the press.
Almost 65 percent of the killers are white and most use guns purchased legally. Three-fourths of weapons used in mass shootings were legally purchased and between 1982 and 2012,“more than half of all mass shooters possessed high capacity magazines, assault weapons, or both.”
On Tuesday, a student opened fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, killing one student before ultimately taking his own life. The incident comes just days after a married couple in Las Vegas, Nevada killed three people and a young gunman murdered six in a California college town.
“This is becoming the norm,” Obama said, in ways that,“as a parent, are terrifying to me.”“We should be ashamed.” Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have hinted that the Senate will hold another vote to extend background checks to most gun purchases, though Reid has yet to announce a strategy to successfully move the measure forward.
#715 Jun 13, 2014
President Obama was correct in his response to the spate of recent shooting sprees by unhinged wackjobs.
#717 Jun 13, 2014
Stay on topic.
#719 Jun 13, 2014
And, if the mainstream media told you Hitler and the Holocaust never existed, you'd believe that too.#13 is the biggest joke of all. The rich have gotten richer, there's more poor people and the middle class has shrunk since Obama took office. Get a brain transplant.
#720 Jun 13, 2014
Sure let's ban guns. That way nobody will use them anymore just like nobody uses drugs. Hello!!
#721 Jun 20, 2014
Another reason to cheer for President Obama!!!!!!!!!!
A new poll released Tuesday by PPP found that by a nearly two to one margin (54%-28%), the American people are strongly siding with President Obama's decision not to have sent combat troops back into Iraq.
Only 16% of Americans would support sending combat troops to help deal with the crisis in Iraq, compared to 74% who are opposed. There's a bipartisan consensus on that issue with with Republicans (28/57), Democrats (10/86), and independents (9/86) all strongly opposed to sending combat troops.
Asked specifically whose vision they agreed with more about having US troops in Iraq between Obama (no troops under any circumstances) and John McCain (troops should have remained in Iraq after 2011), voters side with Obama by a 54/28 spread. In addition to Democrats strongly siding with Obama's perspective, independents (53/28) and Republicans (49/30) do as well.
O'Reilly also has the same position as McCain on leaving troops in Iraq, so the majority of Americans also disagree with Bill O'Reilly.
People aren't buying what O'Reilly and the Republicans are selling on Iraq. They are blaming the violence on the withdrawal of American troops, but 67% of Americans think the conflict is rooted in centuries of internal conflict that was exacerbated by the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq.
Americans overwhelmingly support providing intelligence to the Iraqi government (56%-30%), and a major international diplomatic effort (52%-30%) to stabilize Iraq.
It turns out that the American people aren't about to get fooled again by the same lies that got the country into Iraq in the first place. O'Reilly and the Republican Party are playing a politically dangerous game by trying to blame President Obama for the wave of violence in Iraq. Instead of blaming Obama, their attacks are reminding the American people that it was the GOP who lied to them and got the nation into a war of choice.
A war Bill O'Reilly supported 100 percent, and even called people who opposed it un-American traitors.
The American people don't want combat troops back in Iraq because Iraq belongs to the Iraqis. President Obama did not lose Iraq because Iraq never belonged to the United States. It is up to the Iraqis to stabilize their country, and resolve their internal differences. The neo-con war agenda has never been less popular than it is today.
The 275 troops that Obama sent to Iraq to secure US facilities and personnel was a smart decision. If the president didn't send the extra security and something happened, Republicans would be screaming about another Benghazi. However, there is a big difference between sending a few hundred troops to keep Americans secure, and sending hundreds of thousands of troops to do the Iraqi government's fighting for them.
The Republican era of war is over, and Obama's decision to not send combat troops back to Iraq is a reminder of why so Americans voted twice for him to be president.
#722 Jun 22, 2014
#723 Jun 22, 2014
The 2nd amendment consists of one sentence :
"A well regulated militia, being nececessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
#726 Jul 7, 2014
I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn't call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn't call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.
You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don't know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.
Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been. We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.
You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate em.
Well, here are the facts, Jack. If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it. If you hate gay people more than you love America than you should take your own advice and get the hell out. There are several countries that are openly hostile to gay people, but they are full of brown people and you don't like them much either from what I understand. It looks like you are screwed, but that's not what I am here to tell you.
More rant below the fold ...
Now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn't worked you are panicking. Obama's approval ratings are still near 50% despite your best efforts to undermine the economy and America's recovery at every step you can. You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its' debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed. You've used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders. You remember 9/11, don't you, it's that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail. You monsters. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950's musical.
Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me.
#727 Jul 7, 2014
he is a black liar married to a angry black women who hates America.there is one place for them both Uganda.
#728 Jul 7, 2014
That was very well stated.
I'm a old time conservative yet progressive Republican who has watch a once great party get hijacked by the right wing nuts with a mix of crazy religiousness mixed in.
They seemed to have went completely bonkers when a half black half white man became President. President Obama inherited to total mess created by Republican economics and wars. The country was in a depression and the financial market collapsed.
It with almost no help from Republican turned the economic ship around and brought us out of both the financial crash and economic depression.
#729 Jul 7, 2014
I agree with you about what happened to our good old Republican party, the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. I also agree that the mess Obama inherited was Republican-made, made by the "new" Republicans that is.
I have to disagree when you say Obama "turned the economic ship around and brought us out of both the financial crash and economic depression." He averted the disaster, but he has done nothing to change the structure of the economy, which is the real cause of the crash and depression. His efforts pumped the stock market back up, and saved GM from going out of business, but the economic ship is still basically unsound. The working middle class has not seen much recovery. Their standard of living and economic has declined.
I can't blame Obama for not fixing the structural problems in the economy. The tax and budget policies that led to the economy assuming the shape that it now has (too much of the wealth going to the top, too little left for everybody else to participate fully in the consumer economy) were put in place by the Republicans and the Republicans have blocked all attempts to undo the damage. They will continue to do so for as long as they have control of either house in Congress, and even if they lose control of both but retain enough votes to deadlock the Senate.
Like it or not (and I do not) we seem to be headed back to an economic structure like the one that the USA had 100 years ago, but with the big difference that we are no longer a great industrial manufacturing powerhouse. The rich will get richer. Everybody else will get poorer.
#730 Jul 7, 2014
angry black prez who wants revenge for slavery.a wife who hates white people and a ag who refuses to do his job and by the way he hates white people too.he is opening the southern boarder to Hispanics with no skills no money and in need of our services,which they will get for free.uganda please.
#731 Jul 7, 2014
I don’t t disagree with what you are saying and would add that everything is not perfect.
But first I have to stick up for my statement that the economy is a heck of lot better than what he was handed. Based on what he was handed and where we are today and with almost no help from Republican's he turned the economic ship around and brought us out of both the financial crash and economic depression. Is the economy just as I would like it to be? No.
Yet, I fully agree with your following statement:
“The tax and budget policies that led to the economy assuming the shape that it now has (too much of the wealth going to the top, too little left for everybody else to participate fully in the consumer economy) were put in place by the Republicans and the Republicans have blocked all attempts to undo the damage. They will continue to do so for as long as they have control of either house in Congress, and even if they lose control of both but retain enough votes to deadlock the Senate.
Like it or not (and I do not) we seem to be headed back to an economic structure like the one that the USA had 100 years ago, but with the big difference that we are no longer a great industrial manufacturing powerhouse. The rich will get richer. Everybody else will get poorer.”
The "trickle down" idea or let the rich get richer and the scraps will "trickle down" has never served the majority. Put the money and part of the wealth in the pockets of the average working American rather than just letting the wealthy sock it way and this economy would take off. He inherited this grand idea of “trickle down” that was sold to both Republican and some Democrats.
That is going to be tough to change, because the wealthy of this country are well organized now and have the Citizen’s United Decision. Plus they control & fund the major propaganda head packing so called news sources or TV and radio. Those who get their daily dose of head packing fall for the idea of “don’t tax the job’s creators”. Fact is demand creates jobs and demand happens when the average worker has extra jingle in his pocket to spend.
President Obama screwed up when he did not let the Bush tax cuts expire on the wealthy. He could have let them expire and then turned right around and pushed a tax cut for middle wage earners. I think we both agree that higher taxes on the top wealthy would greatly benefit.
I am also starting to consider the idea of taxing accumulated capital wealth after a certain amount of capital wealth. Capital wealth gathers up more wealth and at some point the wealth of a country does not need to be in the total hands of a permanent wealthy few.
Truman touched on this very subject:
#732 Jul 7, 2014
You have, based on your postings that I have read, just about enough intelligence to open your mouth when you want to eat, but certainly no more.
#733 Jul 8, 2014
yes the truth hurts--you liberals can't take the truth.the country is heading downhill fast.the quicker we get rid of the negro in the white house the better.they are not leaders they are entertainers.
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