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U.S. Senator Cruz catapults to fame with marathon anti-Obamacare speech

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bottlecap

Orlando, FL

#65 Sep 27, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
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"High inflation and unemployment of the Carter years"?
Reagan was WORSE.
The Federal Reserve uses the Federal funds rate to control the interest rate banks charge for loans and pay for deposits.
It deposits credit onto the banks' balance sheets, giving them more reserves than they need. That means the banks need to lower the Fed funds rate to lend out the extra funds to each other. When the Fed wants rates higher, it does the opposite. It sells its securities to banks, removing funds from their balance sheet, giving them less reserves. This allows them to raise rates.
A higher Fed funds rate means banks are less able to borrow money to keep their reserves at the mandated level. This means they will lend less money out, and the money they do lend will be at a higher rate since. That's because they themselves are borrowing money at a higher Fed funds rate to maintain their reserves. Since loans are more difficult to get and more expensive, businesses will be less likely to borrow, thus slowing the economy. When the Fed raises rates, it's called contractionary monetary policy.
Historically, the Fed funds rate is usually between 2-5%. That's because the Federal Reserve has found that a healthy economy functions best with an inflation target of 2%.
Reagan raised it to 20%.
Then came the 10.1% unemployment.
18 million NET jobs.
Were those the ones he sent overseas or "you want fries with that"?
Bushes, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld?
All Reagan's boys.
Poor teabagger.
http://www.inflationdata.com/inflation/inflat...

Reagan took office in Jan 1981 and the inflationary rate was double digits, 11.83%, and had been for the previous 22 Months.

In two years the inflationary rate under Raegan had dropped to 3.71%. From that point on the inflationary rate never went above 5%, it being 4.67% in Jan 1989, when he left office.

I'm not sure how much control the President even has over the Federal Reserve as it took an Amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders, to the Dodd/Frank Bill, just to get a 2 1/2 peek into their dealings.

Bush is a blue blood Rockefeller Republican and not one of Raegan's boys. Politics makes strange bedfellows----remember JFK/LBJ?
bottlecap

Orlando, FL

#66 Sep 27, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>

Mythical surplus?

There was a surplus, in the budget.

A $70 billion Surplus -- The First In A Generation. In 1992, the deficit was $290 billion -- the biggest dollar deficit in American history. Last year, the surplus was $70 billion -- the first surplus since 1969, the biggest dollar surplus in history, and the largest budget surplus as a share of the Gross Domestic Product since the 1950's;

• A Surplus Estimated To Reach $150 Billion By 2002. President Clinton promised to balance the budget by 2002. The budget is not only balanced four years ahead of schedule, but is in surplus, which will grow to $148 billion by 2002, as projected by the Administration?s mid-session review;
First, the Republicans came to power in the House because of Clinton's handling of the economy sucked. It was Newt that got the economy going. Sadly, for Obama, John Boehner lack's Newt's GENIUS and John cannot save Barack like Newt saved Bill.

Second, like the information you posted said------there was a BUDGET Surplus. That is not an ACTUAL Surplus. The fact IS that there were NO ACTUAL Surpluses under Clinton.

And let's be REALISTIC too----the Tech Boom of the 90's, led by Bill Gates, brought in TRILLIONS to the economy, which neither Party can claim to have caused.

Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#67 Sep 27, 2013
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
Ted Cruz is a pompous jerk who is hated by his fellow republicans… he is just another tea-bagging fool who is using the tea-bagger’s hatred of and deep-seeded racist feelings towards anything Obama to gain political standing among the small insignificant numbers in the tea-Party.
But the best part was when everyone pointed out that he didn’t get the whole point of the children’s book “Green Eggs and Ham”. Ironically, once OBMACARE is implemented the people will love it because it saves millions bringing down cost and covering millions more with preventative treatment and free medication.
Blah, blah, blah, racist, blah, blah, blah, racist.
It is my understanding that Sen. McCain stated that the people have spoken, and Obamacare is the law of the land.
It is my understanding that before this law was passed, that our representives did not read, the people did not want this law passed.
Jobs are having hours cut, according to news, mates of employees are losing healthcare, taxes and healthcare costs will rise, with more cost going to "we the people".
Yup it's better. I hope you are well paid.
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#68 Sep 27, 2013
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
BREAKING NEWS ON MSNBC RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!
U.N. Security Council agrees to deal on Syria Chemical Weapons… WOW! No one expected the Obama Administration to pull this off.
And… the U.S. and Iran met for the first time in over 30 years and shook hands as talks begin… even bigger WOW!!!!!!!!!
Obama is a genius: first Osama bin Laden, then Kaddafi and now Iran… just WOW!
Thank God ‘We the People elected this great and historic African American President.
Oh please! A fail discribed as a win????
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#69 Sep 27, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>but but but what about the tizzy lizzy in Texas that you libs and the liberal press touted as a great person and speaker for doing the same thing.
Did she read Green Eggs and Ham too? No comparison and you know it, jumbles.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#70 Sep 27, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
<quoted text>
"High inflation and unemployment of the Carter years"?
Reagan was WORSE.
The Federal Reserve uses the Federal funds rate to control the interest rate banks charge for loans and pay for deposits.
It deposits credit onto the banks' balance sheets, giving them more reserves than they need. That means the banks need to lower the Fed funds rate to lend out the extra funds to each other. When the Fed wants rates higher, it does the opposite. It sells its securities to banks, removing funds from their balance sheet, giving them less reserves. This allows them to raise rates.
A higher Fed funds rate means banks are less able to borrow money to keep their reserves at the mandated level. This means they will lend less money out, and the money they do lend will be at a higher rate since. That's because they themselves are borrowing money at a higher Fed funds rate to maintain their reserves. Since loans are more difficult to get and more expensive, businesses will be less likely to borrow, thus slowing the economy. When the Fed raises rates, it's called contractionary monetary policy.
Historically, the Fed funds rate is usually between 2-5%. That's because the Federal Reserve has found that a healthy economy functions best with an inflation target of 2%.
Reagan raised it to 20%.
Then came the 10.1% unemployment.
18 million NET jobs.
Were those the ones he sent overseas or "you want fries with that"?
Bushes, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld?
All Reagan's boys.
Poor teabagger.
That 20% figure you mentioned, would that be the inflation rate or the prime interest rate (you called it Fed funds rate)? The Fed funds rate did go to 20%, but that was in 1979 and 1980 to curb the inflation rate. Nixon created an economic mess. The inflation rate went up to 9.6%. I recall an oil embargo about that time. That may of had something to do with it.

The unemployment rate did go up to about 10% in Reagan's first term before Reaganomics was put into place. Obama isn't the only president that inherited a mess. The unemployment steadily decreased to 5.4% when he left office.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#71 Sep 27, 2013
Responsibility wrote:
<quoted text>
Did she read Green Eggs and Ham too? No comparison and you know it, jumbles.
I recall a political cartoon back when the Democrats were filibustering the civil rights legislation. The cartoon was one person speaking to another saying, we should listen to the filibuster, you get the best recipes there. You can go on about Green Eggs and Ham if you want. That just illustrates you don't know the purpose of keeping the floor and eating time.
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#72 Sep 27, 2013
Teaman wrote:
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You can go on about Green Eggs and Ham if you want. That just illustrates you don't know the purpose of keeping the floor and eating time.
Dear, we get the purpose but, you see dear friend, words matter and reading Green Eggs and Ham seems strange, odd, and "eating" our intelligence - and his own party.

Seems Ted (Jessie Helms) Cruz latest kabuki dance was not too favorable to his own party - or his comments - especially to McCain
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#73 Sep 27, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
I recall a political cartoon back when the Democrats were filibustering the civil rights legislation. The cartoon was one person speaking to another saying, we should listen to the filibuster, you get the best recipes there. You can go on about Green Eggs and Ham if you want. That just illustrates you don't know the purpose of keeping the floor and eating time.
obviously you do not. He can eat as much time as he wants because the vote still went ahead as planned. He didnt kill time to stop a vote, he just got up there to talk about green eggs and ham. The same outcome regardless of whether he talked or not. The only time he killed was to allow others to talk about actual meaningful things. Why ddo you think everyone is calling it a faux fillibuster?

you should educate yourself before you try calling others out on it.
conservative crapola

Bethlehem, PA

#74 Sep 27, 2013
Responsibility wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear, we get the purpose but, you see dear friend, words matter and reading Green Eggs and Ham seems strange, odd, and "eating" our intelligence - and his own party.
Seems Ted (Jessie Helms) Cruz latest kabuki dance was not too favorable to his own party - or his comments - especially to McCain
Some dunce posted that the greasy canadian, rafael, spoke w/o notes. Having green eggs and ham memorized, must've really taxed his 1 teabagging con braincell.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#75 Sep 27, 2013
Lamer wrote:
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obviously you do not. He can eat as much time as he wants because the vote still went ahead as planned. He didnt kill time to stop a vote, he just got up there to talk about green eggs and ham. The same outcome regardless of whether he talked or not. The only time he killed was to allow others to talk about actual meaningful things. Why ddo you think everyone is calling it a faux fillibuster?
you should educate yourself before you try calling others out on it.
It wasn't a filibuster, per se. It wasn't meant to block anything like the democrat filibuster against civil rights. It worked in the sense you are all here talking about it. That is, if you can talk about it instead of name calling and focusing on green eggs and ham.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#76 Sep 27, 2013
Responsibility wrote:
<quoted text>
Dear, we get the purpose but, you see dear friend, words matter and reading Green Eggs and Ham seems strange, odd, and "eating" our intelligence - and his own party.
Seems Ted (Jessie Helms) Cruz latest kabuki dance was not too favorable to his own party - or his comments - especially to McCain
One can talk about anything and everything while keeping the floor. The story was to his daughters.

McCain, let's bomb Syria, is a neocon RINO who would be a democrat if the party hadn't turned so far left. As is most of the republicans since Nixon.
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#77 Sep 27, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
It wasn't a filibuster, per se. It wasn't meant to block anything like the democrat filibuster against civil rights. It worked in the sense you are all here talking about it. That is, if you can talk about it instead of name calling and focusing on green eggs and ham.
We are focusing on the nutjob that is wasting time all the while he goes on about the sky falling. And just as you said above, i guess you do not understand the purpose of having the floor and eating up time. What purpose was it? He didnt lay out any plan of action, do anything to organize anything, he simply got up there to make the gov even less useful than what is already is.

And then after all that huffin and puffin, the nutjob still fell in line and voted along with everyone else 100-0. So please, elaborate on just what the purpose of all that was for us then....because to me it seems he's just an attention whore who wants more donations for doing nothing. Was that the purpose of all that?

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#78 Sep 27, 2013
Lamer wrote:
<quoted text>
We are focusing on the nutjob that is wasting time all the while he goes on about the sky falling. And just as you said above, i guess you do not understand the purpose of having the floor and eating up time. What purpose was it? He didnt lay out any plan of action, do anything to organize anything, he simply got up there to make the gov even less useful than what is already is.
And then after all that huffin and puffin, the nutjob still fell in line and voted along with everyone else 100-0. So please, elaborate on just what the purpose of all that was for us then....because to me it seems he's just an attention whore who wants more donations for doing nothing. Was that the purpose of all that?
The purpose was to bring some awareness to the public, create a stunt to get people to talk about it. And, we are. No one expects to win in the end. The president has a veto power if by some miracle it survives the senate. There is no two thirds vote that is required to overcome a veto.

The 100-0 vote was on cloture to continue the debate. Why wouldn't Cruz want to continue the debate?

There are a number of proposals out there concerning health care. I don't think a national one size fits all bill will work. Poverty levels differ from state to state. What might be decent money in Mississippi would probably be chump change in my state.

“BILLARY 2016 ”

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#79 Sep 27, 2013
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
<quoted text>
And you know what’s coming next… how we are all afraid of Ted Cruz because he can beat Hillary. The same desperate stupidity they were saying for over a year before 2012 about Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Herman (the token buffoon) Cain and Mitt Romney, LOL!
We sure did have to fear all of them didn’t we, LOL!
Fear thrives in the ignorant.
Enjoy your bliss, Patty.
Bahahahahhaha
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bahahahahahahahahah

Yes, Teddy Cruz, the man who talks about government waste AD NAUSEUM, wasted 21 hours of time on the taxpayer dime and then voted for the very bill he filibustered for 21 hours.

Only an idiotic state like TexASS could elect an idiot like Cruz and then actually believe a Canadian born horses-ass could actually become President. For a bunch of so-called "constitutional experts", y'all sure are clueless.
Lamer

Hopkins, MN

#80 Sep 27, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
The purpose was to bring some awareness to the public, create a stunt to get people to talk about it. And, we are. No one expects to win in the end. The president has a veto power if by some miracle it survives the senate. There is no two thirds vote that is required to overcome a veto.
The 100-0 vote was on cloture to continue the debate. Why wouldn't Cruz want to continue the debate?
There are a number of proposals out there concerning health care. I don't think a national one size fits all bill will work. Poverty levels differ from state to state. What might be decent money in Mississippi would probably be chump change in my state.
Poeple have been talking about Obamacare long before this. Please check your local news, internet, hell even topix. But here's the intersting part:

So you dont expect to win in the end but lets raise all the awerness we can for what purpose?

and no the vote wed was not a cloture vote; that bill is now waiting on the house to take it up. That is the bill that will keep the gov from shutting down and includes all the provision for Obama care and Cruz still voted for it. The house has until monday to do somethign with it or we will have; yet again, another republican gov shutdown.

Do you even have a clue? I ask because in the 3 post from you, you:

already know you lost but want to raise awareness to your loss? Think the vote cruz voted on is to continue discussion when in reality he just voted to continue funding for obama care and the federal gov as a whole; along with everyone else in the senate. And you think cruz is doing a good job too right?

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#81 Sep 27, 2013
x0x0x wrote:
<quoted text>Fear thrives in the ignorant.
Enjoy your bliss, Patty.
Bahahahahhaha
bahahahahahhahaha
bahahahahahahahahah
Yes, Teddy Cruz, the man who talks about government waste AD NAUSEUM, wasted 21 hours of time on the taxpayer dime and then voted for the very bill he filibustered for 21 hours.
Only an idiotic state like TexASS could elect an idiot like Cruz and then actually believe a Canadian born horses-ass could actually become President. For a bunch of so-called "constitutional experts", y'all sure are clueless.
He voted to continue the debate. The vote to move the bill forward is going on right now. More votes to come in reference to procedures that would allow Reid to strip Obamacare defunding language out of the bill.

http://www.businessinsider.com/government-shu...

Oh, but you're the constitutional expert.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#82 Sep 27, 2013
Lamer wrote:
<quoted text>
Poeple have been talking about Obamacare long before this. Please check your local news, internet, hell even topix. But here's the intersting part:
So you dont expect to win in the end but lets raise all the awerness we can for what purpose?
and no the vote wed was not a cloture vote; that bill is now waiting on the house to take it up. That is the bill that will keep the gov from shutting down and includes all the provision for Obama care and Cruz still voted for it. The house has until monday to do somethign with it or we will have; yet again, another republican gov shutdown.
Do you even have a clue? I ask because in the 3 post from you, you:
already know you lost but want to raise awareness to your loss? Think the vote cruz voted on is to continue discussion when in reality he just voted to continue funding for obama care and the federal gov as a whole; along with everyone else in the senate. And you think cruz is doing a good job too right?
That's curious. I'm watching the vote to remove language defunding Obamacare in the Senate right now.

Since: Jan 11

Abingdon, VA

#83 Sep 27, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
That's curious. I'm watching the vote to remove language defunding Obamacare in the Senate right now.
For the idiot who judged me with peanuts and a blue bulb, the senate just passed the Reid amendment that strips the language on defunding Obamacare was passed and the second vote funding the government until Nov. 15th also passed. Now, it goes to the house with government funding until Nov. 15th and Obamacare funding.

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#84 Sep 27, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>...Totally Agree....and despite the treachery of teaparty, House republicans....
Mommy be home soon commiecrat.

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