Romney-Ryan Debate - Pennington Gap, VA

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Country Club

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Aug 14, 2012
 
This is the winning ticket because they will defeat Obama on the job market and the Medicare debate. It is about time that we have a ticket that is willing to take on Medicare in the right way. Obama is cuttint some 8 billion dollars out of medicare for the current senior citizens in order to fund Obama care. Paul Ryne's plan does not affect those 55 and over in any way other than give them a choice to not have Medicare. By law you must take Medicare even if you don't want it. For those under 55 it will be restructed so that it can surrive. Obam's plan does nothing for the future.
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Aug 14, 2012
 
Country Club wrote:
This is the winning ticket because they will defeat Obama on the job market and the Medicare debate. It is about time that we have a ticket that is willing to take on Medicare in the right way. Obama is cuttint some 8 billion dollars out of medicare for the current senior citizens in order to fund Obama care. Paul Ryne's plan does not affect those 55 and over in any way other than give them a choice to not have Medicare. By law you must take Medicare even if you don't want it. For those under 55 it will be restructed so that it can surrive. Obam's plan does nothing for the future.
Again, another who only listens to Faux News and repeats their talking points, is rambling on. You are so misinformed but I doubt you will ever care to think on your own.

I think you will be shocked on election day and in shock many days thereafter.
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Aug 14, 2012
 
a true fiscal conservative
Country Club

Johnson City, TN

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Aug 15, 2012
 
duh wrote:
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Again, another who only listens to Faux News and repeats their talking points, is rambling on. You are so misinformed but I doubt you will ever care to think on your own.
I think you will be shocked on election day and in shock many days thereafter.
What is your excuse for being so misinformed?
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Lawndale, NC

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Aug 15, 2012
 
Obama's plan for Medicare is included in the Healthcare Package. The cuts he has proprosed will not effect the services that the recipients receive. His plan will keep the cost to Medicare reipients down and give them free preventive services. He will also close the doughnut hole in part D ensuring that the medicines are all covered. His cuts will come for waste and fraud. NOT from any service to the recipients. You all have access to the truth. Turn off your tv and remove your blinders. And do some research on your own. Use your www to research and read the truth. If you must watch tv, watch CSpan and you can actually witness who votes for your interests. Just this past year, Boehner and McConnell(Republican leaders) wanted to allow the Gov't to close to keep the rich Bush tax cuts while their plan was to cut Military, Social Security and SSI checks each by 20%. Go read about McCain venting Romney for VP. Mr McCain couldn't choose Romney because of all of the discrepancies and instead picked Palin. McCain knows about Romney's flip flops and tax problems and the whole 200 pages is on the net straight from McCain's files.
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Lawndale, NC

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#6
Aug 15, 2012
 
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Jobs_... . Go read the American Jobs Act proposed by President Obama. It was voted against by our Republican lead Congress. It would have helped Teachers, Policemen, Construction workers, business owners, and several others. It would have made our infrastructure much safer too.
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Aug 15, 2012
 
In 2009, Obama said that he was taking $700 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. That is a fact! Look it up.

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Christiansburg, VA

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#8
Aug 15, 2012
 
Country Club wrote:
In 2009, Obama said that he was taking $700 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. That is a fact! Look it up.
Not sure where you are getting your "facts" from, but the truth of the matter is as follows:

A Congressional Budget Office report that said that repealing Obamacare would increase Medicare spending by about $716 billion through 2022 — but keeping it would not cut Medicare spending either.

“The TruckerTwotimes Show”

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Peanut Gap VA

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#9
Aug 15, 2012
 
Paul Ryan another rich boy that has had life handed to him on a golden plate wants to rob from the poor and give to the rich, someone that does not have to live in this world doesn't have any business trying to run it.
R and R

San Antonio, TX

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Aug 15, 2012
 
Don't care, but...
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”
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Lawndale, NC

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#11
Aug 15, 2012
 
http://qvga.factcheck.org/2012/08/obama-not-t...

Follow the link to another Romney lie. Romney stated that Obama was trying to curb military voting rights....Not true...Obama has a lawsuit to allow the same rights for the rest of the US citizens.
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Lawndale, NC

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Aug 15, 2012
 
Out West

Reno, NV

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#15
Aug 16, 2012
 
CNN= Communist News Network
Country Club

Johnson City, TN

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#16
Aug 16, 2012
 
After four year of Obama anyone with an ounce of knowledge can see were this country is headed.
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Aug 17, 2012
 
Country Club wrote:
After four year of Obama anyone with an ounce of knowledge can see were this country is headed.
I agree, it's just too bad so many people don't have an ounce of knowledge. They don't vote for the person, they vote the politics,(good or bad and take our country to hell in a bread basket.) I vote the lesser of the two evils, Dems. or Rep.
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Monroe, NC

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#18
Aug 17, 2012
 
Romney's tax plan is impossible.

http://factcheck.org/2012/08/romneys-impossib ...

Ryan's tax plan would reduce taxes for the wealthiest.

http://www.factcheck.org/2012/03/does-house-b ...
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Aug 17, 2012
 
AARP distances itself from the Obama campaign, insisting the group had no involvement in an ad that says they approve of Obama's plan and they have not endorsed Obama. AARP senior vice president John Hishta exhorts both candidates to engage in “straight talk, not just 30-second ads” when it comes to debating the future of Medicare. This tells you that they realize that Obama has cut amlmost 8 billion dollars from Medicare and they will lose out on United Health Care. AARP has been a big backer of Obama in the past. This should speak volumes to Seniors who have United Healt Care Insurance.
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#20
Aug 17, 2012
 
From the AARP site:
AARP supported passage of the Affordable Care Act because the law contains numerous protections that benefit our members, their families and other Americans age 50 and over, for whom the lack of health insurance coverage — or affordable coverage — is a serious challenge.

By starting to close the coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole," 5.3 million people with Medicare Part D have saved $3.7 billion since the law was enacted. In the first five months of 2012, 745,000 people with Medicare saved a total of $485.3 million on prescription drugs in the doughnut hole for an average of $651 in savings per person this year. Over 32.5 million Americans in Medicare used one or more free preventive services in 2011. And, over 2.2 million people with traditional Medicare benefited from the new Annual Wellness Visit in 2011.

 

We are analyzing the entire decision, including the Medicaid portion of the Supreme Court’s decision, to understand what it means for affordable health care coverage moving forward.

Many parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect and in use. The Supreme Court decision ensures that the provisions will stay in force. AARP remains focused on helping our members and the public understand the many benefits in the law that are specifically designed to protect older people and their families. These include:

If you have a private or employer-based insurance plan:
As long as you pay your premiums, an insurance company can no longer drop your coverage if you become sick or disabled;

An insurance company can no longer place lifetime dollar limits on your health coverage;

Many private health insurance plans must now cover more preventive care services, such as mammograms and other screenings, at no additional cost to you.
If you are uninsured or have a preexisting condition:
The Affordable Care Act provides a way for many adults with preexisting medical conditions who have been denied coverage to purchase health insurance, and insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children up to age 19 who have preexisting conditions; 

The law enables young adults up to age 26 to be covered under a parent's health insurance plan, reducing the number of uninsured young adults and helping ease parental worries. In the past, young people were typically forced off their family's health plan upon turning 18 or 21, or graduating from college; 
Starting in 2014, insurers may no longer deny coverage to anyone with a preexisting health condition. Also in 2014, new health insurance "exchanges" will provide better insurance access and more options to self-employed people, small businesses and others who have been denied coverage or were unable to find affordable coverage.
If you have Medicare:
Annual wellness visits are provided at no additional cost to you, as are certain preventive care services, such as immunizations and screenings for cancer or diabetes. In 2011, more than 1 million people took advantage of Medicare's new annual wellness visit and more than 32.5 million Americans in traditional Medicare used one or more of the program's free preventive services;

People with Medicare Part D now receive discounts on prescription drugs while in the doughnut hole.(In 2011, this provision resulted in a savings of $2.1 billion or an average of $604 per person, on prescription drugs for 3.6 million people in Medicare.) The Part D discounts will gradually increase until 2020, when the doughnut hole will disappear;

The law provides new resources to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program and adds about 10 years to the solvency of Medicare.
See the AARP Health Law Guide tool to learn more about what the law means for you and your family, and how you can access the law’s benefits now and in the future.
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#21
Aug 17, 2012
 
Did Mitt Romney Commit Voter Fraud In Massachusetts in 2010?
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This question has been asked before, but it takes on new significance now that Romney has all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination and Stratfor emails accuse Barack Obama's 2008 campaign of stuffing ballot boxes.
The issue arises from the ballot Romney cast for Republican Scott Brown in January 2010 in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
The former Massachusetts governor did not own property in the state in 2010 and registered to vote from an address in the unfinished basement of an 8,000 square-foot Belmont mansion owned by his son Tagg.
Last June GOP political consultant Fred Karger filed a complaint with Massachusetts state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state.
Karger spoke with members of the Mormon Temple and Meetinghouse in Belmont — where the Romney's attended weekly church services when they lived there — and one told Karger that she "hadn’t seen the Romneys since 2008."
The Romneys' former realtor told Krugar that they moved to California and allegedly Ann Romney told him the same when he saw her at a conference in Las Vegas where Romney was speaking.
The Romneys bought a $12.5 million home in La Jolla, Calif., in May 2008 and sold their home in Belmont in April 2009 (for $3.5 million). In May 2009 the Romneys began describing their $10 million estate in New Hampshire as their primary residence (presumably to prepare for the 2012 election).
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#22
Aug 17, 2012
 
Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands
By MATTHEW MOSK, BRIAN ROSS and MEGAN CHUCHMACHJanuary 18, 2012

Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven.

A spokesperson for the Romney campaign says Romney follows all tax laws and he would pay the same in taxes regardless of where the funds are based.

As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, Mitt Romney is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a shroud of secrecy around the details about his vast personal wealth, including, as ABC News has discovered, his investment in funds located offshore and his ability to pay a lower tax rate.

"His personal finances are a poster child of what's wrong with the American tax system," said Jack Blum, a Washington lawyer who is an authority on tax enforcement and offshore banking.

On Tuesday, Romney disclosed that he has been paying a far lower percentage in taxes than most Americans, around 15 percent of his annual earnings. It has been Romney's Republican rivals who have driven the tax issue onto center stage. For weeks, Romney has cited a desire for privacy as his reason for not sharing his tax returns -- a gesture of transparency that is now expected from presidential contenders.

"I can tell you we follow the tax laws," he said recently while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. "And if there's an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity."

But tax experts tell ABC News there are other reasons Romney may not want the public viewing his returns. As one of the wealthiest candidates to run for president in recent times, Romney has used a variety of techniques to help minimize the taxes on his estimated $250 million fortune. In addition to paying the lower tax rate on his investment income, Romney has as much as $8 million invested in at least 12 funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry. Another investment, which Romney reports as being worth between $5 million and $25 million, shows up on securities records as having been domiciled in the Caymans.

Romney campaign officials and those at Bain Capital tell ABC News that the purpose of setting up those accounts in the Cayman Islands is to help attract money from foreign investors, and that the accounts provide no tax advantage to American investors like Romney. Romney, the campaign said, has paid all U.S. taxes on income derived from those investments.

"The tax consequences to the Romneys are the very same whether the fund is domiciled here or another country," a campaign official said in response to questions. "Gov. and Mrs. Romney have money invested in funds that the trustee has determined to be attractive investment opportunities, and those funds are domiciled wherever the fund sponsors happen to organize the funds."

Bain officials called the decision to locate some funds offshore routine, and a benefit only to foreign investors who do not want to be subjected to U.S. taxes.

Tax experts agree that Romney remains subject to American taxes. But they say the offshore accounts have provided him -- and Bain -- with other potential financial benefits, such as higher management fees and greater foreign interest, all at the expense of the U.S. Treasury. Rebecca J. Wilkins, a tax policy expert with Citizens for Tax Justice, said the federal government loses an estimated $100 billion a year because of tax havens.

Blum, the D.C. tax lawyer, said working through an offshore investment vehicle allows the investor to "avoid a whole series of small traps in the tax code that ordinary people would face if they paid tax on an onshore basis."

Wilkins agreed, saying the "primary advantage to setting those funds up in an offshore jurisdiction like the Cayman Islands or Bermuda is it helps the investors avoid tax."

Via ABC news

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