Funny how the Obama haters can't say exactly why they hate him


By Patrick   Follow   Wed, 9 Nov 2011, 2:45pm   26,016 views   292 comments
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Is it the 15 cent Christmas tree tax?

I don't think so.

Hate for Obama is something they can't explain by anything Obama has done or not done.

Just they hate him because... well, you know.

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  1. John McDonald


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    133   4:11pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    To Bellingham Bill

    A. I agree with you that Bush has a beautiful opportunity to help re-direct our country away from foreign oil and accomplished almost nothing. Sad.
    B. Nuclear energy is the only viable alternative in the long run. Thankfully, there is a small but growing number of left wingers starting to come to this realization. A left wing organization in CA put on a report calling for 30 new nuclear plants in CA before 2050. So I'm a little encouraged, but still doubtful that all the insane chicken little leftist propaganda about the dangers of nuclear power for the past 30 years can be overcome quickly. But for kids economic future I hope so.
    C. I dropped my Republican registration because of massive overspending on the part of G. Bush. But since there are only two viable parties in the US. I rejoined once Obama made Bush look frugal.

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    134   4:12pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    To Bellingham Bill,

    Completely agree with your last statement

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    135   4:21pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    To Bellingham Bill,

    Social Security is an interesting issue.

    If Social Security were a stand alone program, then your statement is entirely correct.

    However, it is not a stand alone program ... financially it is recorded as just another part of the general budget, so it rest entirely upon the ability of the US to pay it's bills just like any other program -- thus it is in just as bad of shape as any other government program which means it is in bad shape.

    I think Social Security really should be pulled out of the budget, and then most of SSI dropped, and then a guaranteed return of at least 2 to 3% applied, and then stop Congress from re-defining what a cost of living adjustment means. Today social security essentially will pay you back exactly what you put in over 40 years with 0% interest. Congress swiped the interest on all that money. The return is likely to go negative in the years to come.

    No one would ever sign up for a program like Social Security in the private sector who made an average income given the choice. So we are coerced into sending nearly 13% of our income to the government for a retirement program that pays 0% interest. What a bad deal.

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    136   5:05pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    John McDonald says

    financially it is recorded as just another part of the general budget

    No it's not.

    so it rest entirely upon the ability of the US to pay it's bills just like any other program

    No it doesn't. Even if you conservatives succeed in hand-waving away the $2.5T+ you owe FICA payers, SS could just moderately raise FICA contributions to remain in the black going forward.

    SS is not broken, and thus does not need to be fixed.

    So we are coerced into sending nearly 13% of our income to the government for a retirement program that pays 0% interest. What a bad deal.

    SS is genius in that it provides a baseline security. As a pay-as-you-go program, Congress has not swiped anything, yet.

    Since 1957, there has been $12.8T paid into the program and $11.7T disbursed to enrollees.

    "Interest" is not a free lunch -- for someone to receive interest someone else must pay it. The magic of SS is that it avoids this idea of interest altogether, relying on future productivity increases to be able to give the retired population a better standard of living than they woud get from their contributions alone.

    No other modern economy worth the name doesn't have a solid social pension foundation. Other than China and Japan I guess, but the former will be hitting that wall soon and the latter's economy is moribund partially because it does not have its fiscal house in order that well.

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    137   5:10pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  
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    138   5:16pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  

    John McDonald says

    The USA was always taking in enough money to cover the debt payments

    yes, but to pay off maturing Treasury debt somebody else would get shafted, like military contractors, granny's social security, etc.

    Or we could push off debt payments and keep our military functioning and granny's checking account from going empty.

    That was the choice the insane republican coalition was putting the Administration in. Obama was perfectly within his rights to warn them not to force him to whack Granny, or default on the debt.

    The Republicans had no business pulling this crap to begin with. Obama played it about as well as he could.

    S&P warned very clearly that if the US did not cut at least $4 Trillion over 10 years it would lose it's AAA rating. We didn't and we lost the rating.

    S&P is just a private corporation. The US Government is bigger than them. It's the biggest thing on this planet, and we could get our act together if we worked together.

    Since the S&P downgrade the TNX has lost 30%

    S&P should keep on downgrading our debt, LOL.

    Unfortunately, the ideological divide is just too great in this country.

    You and me are lightyears apart. And we're going to move further apart as shit goes down.

    As for the national debt, I think we need to cut the military 50% over the next 10 years, convert Medicare into Canadian-style single-payer for everyone (with Canada's ~$4000 per-capita cost structure, too), raise taxes back to pre-Reagan levels over 5 years, and tariff the shit out of China, Japan and the Eurozone.

    None of these things are going to happen, so this country will continue to circle the bowl.

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    139   5:31pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike (1)  

    John McDonald says

    To mdovell,

    Natural Gas production is way up because of Fracking Technology not because of Obama policies. And in fact, Obama's EPA and Environmentalists are all over the issue now working on new regulations to slow down the production improvements and hurt our economy further.

    But nice try.

    I wasn't trying to say that Obama was responsible for it but to ignore natural gas as being part of energy is like saying that steroids should be ignored in professional sports. Here's your asterisk.

    To bellingham. How would tarrifs sell to the lower class though? They are the ones that would pay more of any regressive form of taxation.

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    140   6:01pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  

    The funny thing about SS is that I've actually done the math on it, comparing putting FICA in treasuries vs. the expected payout from SS after I hit retirement age.

    Also comparing market performance vs. treasuries.

    Someone making the FICA cap 1990-2011 would have contributed $215,000 to FICA on $1.7M in income.

    If they had been buying an S&P index fund they'd have ~$400,000 today and ~$350,000 if they'd been buying 10-year treasuries.

    Extrapolating out another 20 years, this will be $4M in earnings, $500,000 in FICA payments, the index fund would have $1M while the treasury fund would have $800,000.

    Now, yes, at age 65 people would naturally choose to have $1M in SPY or $800,000 in treasuries vs. the ~$2300/mo for life maximum that SS pays.

    But few us magically teleport from age 21 to retirement age without dips and disasters. SS isn't designed to give a maximum payout to all retirees, it's designed to establish guaranteed minimums.

    Giving every retiree that maximal interest return is mathematically impossible, if you think about it enough.

    This is not to say that SS is optimal; Germans actually pay 20% of their wages to social pensions. Wonder how their system works.

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    141   6:34pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    adultsupervision says

    Kevin what does being rich have to do with an understanding of economics?..Obama gets support from people in these positions because they will get something in return.

    E C O N O M I S T S and C O R P O R A T E C E O S.

    You know, people who's entire job it is is to understand macro or micro economic trends, create jobs, and generally do business.

    You have failed to provide any argument for how Obama doesn't understand economics, and people who really, deeply, truly understand Economics, along with the princes of capitalism, all support the man. Your definition of "doesn't understand economics" is apparently "does not agree with my view of the economy, which is that nothing at all should be different compared to 1850".

    John McDonald says

    Let's look at Obama's Cairo speech in 2009.

    Holy fucking shit balls, you have an entire list of outright lies. Here's the complete text of the actual speech: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/politics/04obama.text.html?pagewanted=all

    Let me guess: You've never actually read the transcript, and didn't watch it when it was actually on TV? Every thing in your list is either a gross distortion of what was said, is something that was never even implied, or is just an outright lie. Did you get this list from a republican chain letter or something?

    John McDonald says

    Any new insurance program will just become another entitlement with politicians promising more than can be delivered to get elected.

    You apparently don't know what "Obamacare" is either! It's not a "new insurance program!" Jesus fucking christ, how can anyone be so misinformed when you could just google this shit?

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    142   7:39pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Hi Kevin,

    I read his entire speech twice before I posted that. Here are the exact quotes.

    A. "fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims" -- lumping the US in with accused.
    B. "a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations"
    C. " It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment." -- I don't know of any credible historian that agrees.
    D. "I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. (Applause.) Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.""
    E. "Nine-eleven was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals." -- a completely inappropriate comment in a foreign country.
    F. "For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding." -- forgot the Civil War.
    G. "And Israel must also live up to its obligation to ensure that Palestinians can live and work and develop their society. Just as it devastates Palestinian families, the continuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza does not serve Israel's security;"
    H. " In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government." -- by the way it was not in the middle of the cold war, it was right at the beginning in 1953. But why bring it up at all, except to make the US look bad, the coop happened before most in the audience were alive 58 years ago?
    I. "For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat." -- What rules?
    J. "Meanwhile the struggle for women's equality continues in many aspects of American life" -- equating American women's rights with Muslim women's rights seems like a major stretch.

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    143   7:53pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)  

    Hi Bellingham Bill,

    Great... Here's the deal. I did not say privatize it etc. you extrapolated that from your bias onto me. I said SS should pay at least 2 to 3% interest. Today SS pays ~0% after paying in for 40 years. That is a total ripoff. The reason is: Social Security pays for all the SSI fraud and massive government management overhead, etc.

    This is why I think the US Government should pay into SS and ensure the retirees get an average 2 to 3% on their money. This would double the average Social Security payout. Any investment strategy should pay at least 2 to 3% interest which is still ridiculously low after 40 years. Even that minor change would nearly double the benefit to the average retiree.

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    144   8:00pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    mdovell,

    The Obama Administration has done virtually nothing in ACTUAL energy production since they took office. The made a huge deal out of green energy plans and pumped billions of loan guarantees into dozens of green energy companies most of which are now in serious trouble having a net negative impact on electricity cost while producing very little energy. My energy bill went up 20% last month in the annual rate increase.

    Anyone with even a small mind for mathematics, physics, or chemistry can quickly figure out that wind, solar, ethanol, etc. are fringe technologies that will not have a serious impact on CO2 production, energy costs, or energy MWH production.

    Even worse, Obama's buddies in the enviro movement are aggressively trying to blow up dams on the west coast (just did the Condit dam), working the lower 4 on the Snake River, and working on the Klamath dam. It's sort of like the Great Depression Democrats in reverse ... let's all the possible negative things we can do for the economy as opposed to help things along. They even argue that blowing up dams and reducing the electricity production will create 1700 jobs in the case of the Klamath dam. These folks are just insane.

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    145   8:06pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Hi Bellingham Bill,

    Krugman's argument is not valid because it is not right to arbitrary exclude spending items and then conclude spending is low. Greece sort of did that --- ah let's not count this spending and hide that spending. Stimulus spending is Obama spending. In fact, that is another major problem with how the US is financing items (some are on-budget, some are off-budget). That kind of thinking is very dangerous financially speaking. Everything should be on-budget and counted including 1 time stimulus payments and payments that are higher than normal due to a bad economy.

    One of the reasons to insist on this is because I don't see the catalyst to get this economy moving anytime soon. Therefore, government needs to downsize to the new normal.

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    146   8:10pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Hi Bellingham Bill,

    On the issue of default, I'm glad you agree with me. We had no chance of defaulting because by law we had to pay our debts first and we had money coming in to do that.

    So you switched your point to -- other folks who work for the government not getting paid. I agree some of those folks would not have been paid. But that wasn't your original point. You were spouting the "We are going to default" line which was not true and that's what I mean by Political theater -- we need to start telling the truth accurately and not just working on talking points to make a Democrat look bad or a Republican look bad.

    Anyways, thanks

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    147   8:13pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    John McDonald says

    "fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims" -- lumping the US in with accused.

    WHERE? He does not use the word "US" "United States" "America" AT ALL when discussing colonialism. He's clearly referring to the legacy of European and Asian colonialism. Why do you feel the need to lie?

    John McDonald says

    B. "a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations"

    Yes, this ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Are you going to claim that the U.S. stuck around to help out after we used Afghanistan to fight the soviets? It wasn't just muslim countries either. Vietnam and Korea also got to be victims of a war between two big countries.

    John McDonald says

    " It was Islam -- at places like Al-Azhar -- that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment." -- I don't know of any credible historian that agrees.

    I'm willing to bet you don't know any credible historians.

    John McDonald says

    "I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible. (Applause.) Indeed, we can recall the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said: "I hope that our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.""

    That's probably because it was unwise to go into Iraq, something the majority of the United States population agrees with. It was a mistake, period, end of story. There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting to a mistake, even to a foreign audience.

    [ditto for E]

    F is unequivocally a true statement. If you're actually going to suggest that Black people had "full and equal rights" after the Civil war, you clearly know nothing about American history (even recent history).

    G. I really don't understand your argument. Because he didn't mention aid to Gaza it somehow makes the factually correct statement about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza wrong?

    H. Nice way to remove context from that one. Obama was clearly reciting the history of U.S. / Iranian conflict. He also talked about Iranian hostages. He then said that we need to move on from past mistakes. Learn to read entire paragraphs maybe?

    J. There's no "equating American women's rights with Mulsim women's rights" here. Again, read the actual statements.

    If I apply the same standards that you did, here's what I'd get out of the speech:

    "I reject...the West"

    I can totally find those words in that order in the speech, and therefore Obama obviously hates America.

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    148   8:52pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Kevin says

    I'm willing to bet you don't know any credible historians.

    yeah, James Burke's _The Day the Universe Changed_ had a great episode on how western knowledge was kept in use by the Islamic world after our forebears fell to tribal and then feudal rule of the post-Roman ages.

    John McDonald says

    We had no chance of defaulting because by law we had to pay our debts first

    No we don't. The 14th Amendment is exceedingly vague on this point.

    John McDonald says

    Stimulus spending is Obama spending

    Stimulus spending is included in Krugman's graph. Read it again -- the bulk of increases since 2009 have nothing to do with Obama.

    Oh, who the hell am I kidding. You're welded to your Republican ideology and you're not budging -- you've got your bullshit stories and you're sticking to them.

    As for Obama's use of default, doing some more research I see what he was saying at the time:

    "If that happens, and we default, we would not have enough money to pay all of our bills – bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses."

    He did not threaten default on the debt.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/07/25/obamas-address-to-the-nation-on-debt-talks/

    You can't even find the right things to complain about.

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    149   9:03pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    John McDonald says

    I said SS should pay at least 2 to 3% interest. Today SS pays ~0% after paying in for 40 years.

    SS is not an investment program. It is insurance to guarantee ALL retirees have a basic standard of living upon retirement.

    12.4% was determined in the 1980s to be the magic number to get the baby boom through retirement.

    Congress is actually paying interest on excess FICA collections over what the pay-as-you-go requires.

    Well, actually, they're just printing more treasury notes as promises to pay.

    John McDonald says

    The reason is: Social Security pays for all the SSI fraud and massive government management overhead, etc.

    There is no massive government overhead in SS. This is just more of your bullshit conservative stories.

    As for SSI fraud, it is exceedingly difficult to qualify for SSI, and the benefits are minimal anyway.

    There are 8 million SSI beneficiaries, ~$80B/yr. Even if half of them are fraudulent this waste is an order of magnitude smaller than the waste of the DOD.

    But like I said above, I don't want to assert that the SS structure is a good deal for anyone. I like its goals and mechanisms, but I don't doubt we could devise a better program.

    But the problem is that it's so wide-ranging in its mission, it's hard comparing it to even a plain defined-benefit pension.

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    150   9:16pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Kevin,

    Obama in the speech selectively paints a very negative picture of America that is ignorant of actual American history.

    A. He lumps Western powers and America together in his critic. You separated them, Obama didn't. You made the point I was making -- what was America doing being lumped in with Colonial powers. Worse, Obama fails to mention the positive things the US did in the middle east. You see that is what a lot of liberals do, they only see the perception of negative in America. Does Obama mention the massive bribe we pay both Egypt and Israel to keep the peace each year? No.
    B. Most countries sought out the chance to be proxies ... it meant free weapons and money. Egypt played the proxy game big time against both the US and Soviet Union. Does Obama mention how we came to Egypt's aid against both the UK and France during the Canal crisis. No he doesn't. America was the primary player on one side in the cold war and we worked against Colonial expansion in WWII and beyond. Any credit? No, Obama just lumps us in with all that perception of bad stuff.

    And like said, all of that in just 1 speech. Obama seems to have a pattern of trying to establish his credibility to his foreign audience by first slamming America, then he brings up a point of disagreement now that he views himself an honest broker because he can be critical of his team, then talks about how we can all get along. He repeats this pattern over and over again. Except many times his slam on America simply is untrue, a partial truth leaving out really important details, or is a terrible reading of history. He really reaches to slam America, when he brought up Iran he reached way back to 1953 just to find something he could slam on America for.

    It's totally insane to equate American woman's rights with the right's of woman in the Middle East. Compare us with Canada, UK, France, Germnay, okay ... but the Middle East, please.

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    151   9:24pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Bellingham Bill,

    I did not say that the Islamic world did not have Algebra, Windmills, or Astronomy, etc. Obama made the claim that the Islamic world paved the way for the Renaissance. There is no credible evidence this is true. The Renaissance started in Florence and spread from there. Renaissance art looks nothing like Islamic art which bans images of people. Renaissance music is nothing like Islamic music. Please stick to the point, you are deviating into other points. Did the Islamic world pave the way for the Renaissance or not? I don't think credible historians would back that up.

    I think Obama was just pandering.

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    152   11:11pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike  

    "Obama made the claim that the Islamic world paved the way for the Renaissance. There is no credible evidence this is true. The Renaissance started in Florence and spread from there. "

    Skip to 6m for the good part.

    The Renaissance wasn't about art, or music.

    Now, Burke oversells the point, of course.

    Also part of the lead-up to the Renaissance was the sack of Constantinople in the early 15th century, and its final fall in the mid-15th century, both events produced a great movement of knowledge and/or scholars from the capital to Italy.

    Renaissance art looks nothing like Islamic art which bans images of people.

    You should get into a time machine and go tell the persians that:

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    153   11:15pm Sun 27 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    John McDonald says

    what was America doing being lumped in with Colonial powers.

    I assume you would have been happy if he added a line that said "Oh yeah, did I mention that the US wasn't one of those colonialists that I talked about before, even though I never implied such a thing and anyone who knows anything about history would not make that connection"?

    I mean, really, only in some deranged, ideologically twisted mind can you possibly think that Obama was trying to paint America as a colonialist power. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT A HISTORY OF PROBLEMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

    I give up.

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    154   9:12am Mon 28 Nov 2011   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike  

    "The constitution says plenty of things that the government CAN'T do. They CAN'T establish a state religion, they CAN'T force a person to condemn themselves, etc."

    OK

    "The constitution establishes up powers and limits, it does not set up laws."

    Huh? If a law is determined to be unconstitutional by the courts it is repealed. Ever hear of Brown vs Board of Ed?

    "Since there's no article barring forced purchase of a service, you're left with the framework that establishes laws."

    You are establishing the concept of prerogative. So you mean to tell me that the government can force us to do anything as long as it isn't banned specifically? That is way too open ended.

    "And yet the Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly on the issues, and past rulings argue strongly that the insurance mandate is well within the federal government's rights."

    Um no. Past ruling as I've illustrated clearly illustrate that there are limits to the commerce clause. States can do whatever they want with this but there is nothing within the Constitution that specifically allows the government to force a product onto anyone.

    In order for a "tax" to exist it has to be levied upon an action or a product. If you buy gasoline there are taxes on it. Same with tobacco and alcohol. If you have income there are taxes, if you have capital gains there are taxes.

    How much sense is there for taxation on a non activity? How is the proper rate even established? If we all pay the same amount then it is clear that some will have higher bills than others.

    "What do you mean "will not pass"? It's already passed, and becomes effective in a few years. The only thing that might change is if the supreme court rules that the mandata is unconstitutional, at which point only that specific part of the legislation becomes invalid. There's no "passing" to be done."

    Huh? Where did you study law? If the mandate is not allowed (not passed) by the courts then it is thrown out pure and simple.

    Also if the argument is that health care is to become a "right" how can that be enacted given that it is dependent on other people. What if those people do not want to go along with it? Having police and fire is a government service but it is not a right. If there are fires all over your town and they don't get to your house before it burns then that is a possibility. If a gangster takes hostilities at a bank downtown and you get mugged that is also a possibility. What specific "right" do you have to another persons labor?

    How can the government regulate a non economic activity? Would the actions of participating in boycott be next? What if the occupy groups boycott banks (which they have a bit with the withdrawal from bank of america and others). Should they be arrested for that non economic activity.

    This has to go to the supreme court because if it is legal in some states but illegal in others it runs aground of the equal protection clause. If the ballot measure passes next year in mass to withdraw romneycare that could also be a setback.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-usa-healthcare-idUSTRE77B4J320110812

    If the individual mandate is take off then the effectiveness gets weakened quite a bit. Younger people will opt out and create a rise in the cost of anyone else that is older (I'm generalizing here I'm sure there's plenty that are younger with aliments and older that are perfectly fine)

    One bit that hasn't been talked about is how some groups use their health care plans to woo potential employees. In Mass that changed. The Teamsters advertised a job near me that had full health and dental (but low pay). With romneycare why would anyone accept that if they can pay $1,000 or so to the state and get it for a year. We might actually do the same with sick time here and mandate that too. Unions are probably the most screwed in this since everything they've fought for pretty much is going to be given away by the left.

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    155   10:38pm Sat 3 Mar 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    Folks, I don't know of anyone who hates President Obama for his mixed race, Afro-American ethnic. I hate his policies, not the man. I don't want to live in Hugo Chavez style United States, nor do I wish to be like the Europeans. We can create jobs and stimulate the economy right here. There is no resource exploitation allowed here in Alaska, unless it is by a Canadian firm. What in the Hell is wrong with you people? We pick ourselves up and get in done here, in my lifetime. You all want to lie about and get Government checks.

    Seriously, I don't understand the mindset that elected Mr. Obama and continues to support him.

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    You should get into a time machine and go tell the persians that:

    Something about Alexander the Great, and the dynasty that followed and its science and art influences. The "answer" is Greek and the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great is where it all started, ended, and was rediscovered by Europeans.

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    I think he's a nice guy myself as a person. I don't respect the title of "President" at all no matter who has it. That "title" derives its respect in a sly way from Christian writings or any "title" of a person that is supposed to be the "authority".

    Its like Officer "Doughnut hole". Hes got 15 other buddies riding around in cars with guns and a radio. They can convene on someone very quickly and wrestle them to the ground. It means nothing. They have no authority. What they have is "muscle". After all you wouldn't fuck with the Hell's Angels either.

    There is no "authority". No one believes that the earth takes care of these things. Than again no one in in "our" society gives a flying fuck about the earth. The earth and the "things of it". What they do. What they do for you. Is something the "Debt merchant" information outlets treats like its information for a 4 year old.

    People wonder why their lives are so "fucked up". They wonder why they are stressed every waking hour. Why everything is such a fucking mess in their lives with no end. Sure there are "good month" but MoFO's you just know the bad stuff is on the way.

    A lot that of it is being plain stupid about what is being "ripped" out of the ground. Never being taught in any class you "ever" went to about "any" of the things of the earth and what they do. On there own. Without being "fucked with". That stuff they are ripping out of the ground keeps things in line.

    Heres one example 35,000 auto deaths a year. Now they aren't telling you much. Deal is ripping iron out of the ground. The "seperation" used to create steal. Iron is very dangerous stuff. To begin with. They know that. They aren't telling you that of course. Iron "does" something in the earth. Its not supposed to mined and used in these ways. See. You have absoulutly no understanding of what is being said. Because you have absoulutly no knowledge of what Iron does in the earth. IRON actually "protects" you. Ripped out of the earth used an object moving at a high rate of speed is dangerous. Not to mention the guns, bullets, cannons, mortars, land mines. etc. See its ignorance of what it actually does on its own without being messed with. I'll leave it there. See if you can discover what iron actually does in the earth. Your going to have a really hard time. Because this is a society made "ignorant" by taking them through school and not teaching them one fucking thing of any fucking use. Except to be used by others.

    You pay for 30 years on a house that took 3 months to build. Most people live in those kind of 3 bedroom houses. Someone that would do that to you isn't your fucking friend. In fact its a malicious thing to do to a person. Simple enough to see. Then your made confused enough to do something like that. They think your stupid for doing it to. Stay away from me. Cause I don't need someone that dense around me. They aren't telling you things in your little schoolie about a lot of stuff. Thats obvious. Take some time to learn it on your own. You just may wind up having a "nice life" instead of being someones "debt slave" or someones "lackey" and pretending to like it, those things just aren't a natural life. In short, DON'T BE SOMEONES FOOL.

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    fatrick says

    There is no resource exploitation allowed here in Alaska, unless it is by a Canadian firm.

    I don't think that's true. Do you have any evidence for that?

    fatrick says

    You all want to lie about and get Government checks.

    Isn't Alaska the one state where everyone actually does get government checks?

    fatrick says

    I don't want to live in Hugo Chavez style United States, nor do I wish to be like the Europeans.

    In what way is Obama like Chavez? And you don't want the higher incomes, more job security, and better health care that they have in Germany?

    fatrick says

    I don't know of anyone who hates President Obama for his mixed race, Afro-American ethnic

    Unless you come up with some specific reasons, my conclusion has to be that you too hate him simply because he's black.

    Here are my reasons for disliking Obama:

    * He continued Bush's policy of taxing the middle class at much higher tax rates than the 1%.
    * He continued the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and didn't close Guantanamo.
    * His cabinet is full of Wall Streeters.
    * He signed the NDAA.

    * He sold us out to the insurance companies, making it mandatory to pay the insurance cartel unlimited premiums.

    So you can see that Obama is actually just running Bush's third term for him.

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    I don't hate him. But I do think he was responsible for a lot of corrupt government spending with no oversight, like Carter.

    And let's be realistic, Democrats screwed up. They were spending like drunken sailors when they swept into power in 08, so Obama doesn't get all the blame there, entire party does.

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    FortWayne says

    And let's be realistic, Democrats screwed up. They were spending like drunken sailors when they swept into power in 08, so Obama doesn't get all the blame there, entire party does.

    Not even close. Democrats are responsible for a single stimulus bill costing $1 trillion and the military spending required to bring Iraq and hopefully Afghanistan to a close. If it's ever implemented, Obamacare isn't going to cost anything and will probably result in a small net revenue gain according to the CBO.

    Compared to Republicans, Democrats are the pinnacle of fiscal responsibility. In fact the contrast is so massive when you consider Medicare D, two wars, and insane no-bid contracts, that it stuns me that anyone could make the claim that Democrats spend like drunken sailors.

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    fatrick says

    I hate his policies, not the man.

    Name a single policy that you hate besides Obamacare. I'm guessing you hate the policies attributed to him via Newscorp and no actual policies.

    fatrick says

    What in the Hell is wrong with you people? We pick ourselves up and get in done here, in my lifetime. You all want to lie about and get Government checks.

    There may be a couple of retired people on this board who receive government checks, but I certainly don't and I'd bet nearly everyone who posts here has a job and pays taxes. In fact my tax bill to help support Republican-voting red states is six figures.

    Again we see the creation of alternate reality to fuel your rage.

    fatrick says

    There is no resource exploitation allowed here in Alaska, unless it is by a Canadian firm.

    You're probably talking about oil in ANWR. Oil elsewhere is being extracted from Alaska as fast as they can pump it. Gold is being removed from Alaska with few restrictions. Anyone can hunt nearly anything. Fishing is a huge industry there.

    Is there a resource in Alaska that's NOT being exploited besides ANWR? Name it.

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    Patrick says

    So you can see that Obama is actually just running Bush's third term for him.

    Every one of them is "Bush" running for his third term. The ignorance is astounding. You would think the guy would be "liberal" with sweeping changes. It NEVER EVER WORKED LIKE THAT. I gave up at Clinton. I said to myself. Its all just fuckin business bullshit. Nothing to do with me. So I stopped voting. That was at Bush 1. 41 or 69 or whatever they called him. When I gave up on all of that. Then actually started doing well in my life. I never believed in it again. Or Merica. The United gates or whatever you want to call it. I pledged allegence to the "gag" because it was one more brief moment I did not have to do school work. I never paid attention in school. Learned how to add, subtract - some english. I chased girls, drank beer, smoked pot sports were ok. Was indoctinated into the biggest "user" system to ever hit the planet. If you want to be someones piss boy (you get to empty the pan when your boss wants) its a great place to believe in. Took me close to 18 years to get over. Finally figuring out small change and fixed salaries and working for someone is really fucking stupid. Got into where large amounts of "paper" really were. With no one to stop me or tell me what to do or what not to do. I never "dawns" on many people. Its just paper. Not an asset. Some hold "paper" in high esteem (its even biblical folks). Never realizing it you can't eat it live in it or does it have much use as it is. They picked the easiest thing to make in mass quantity and made it the only legal means of trade. Its a swindlers game is what "paper" really is. Once you "get" that its a swindel. You know to concentrate on the "asset" NOT the paper.

    Too smart to go for the "swindel". I got into real estate. Cause simply it's bails of paper. So I beat the swindlers. With the rules they had written for the game. Paper became no big deal. The asset (like your house which you think is a big deal) Became everything. If you concentrate on the "paper" in your life your a mark and you are going to loose. A lot of people just won't figure another way. They don't figure they are only in debt letting swindlers use "paper" to measure their time and labor. Its a colossal rip off. The "paper" is simply a "fixed" measurement of your time and labor. Which means they can adjust that measurement for however long they want your labor just so you can get food. Which is really fucking easy to grow. So basically your bowing and scraping giving them all your time for food and shelter is what it comes out to be.

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    He's the consumate poster boy (poster guy, poster man, posterperson, poster image...screw political correctness - poster boy!) for the "Joker"

    This is a guy who tells us over and over in another thread how "color blind" he is.

    Amazing. AS if someone was going to give him a hard time for using the word boy in that context. As if it would even occur to anyone else but him.

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    iwog says

    Compared to Republicans, Democrats are the pinnacle of fiscal responsibility. In fact the contrast is so massive when you consider Medicare D, two wars, and insane no-bid contracts, that it stuns me that anyone could make the claim that Democrats spend like drunken sailors.

    I don't need to compare here Iwog. Elections are not about picking who is less corrupt. Politicians on both sides are responsible for enormous spending and corruption. Whoever is in charge always ends up looting this country. Lately it were Democrats, prior it were Republicans.

    This government needs to have more regulation and oversight over itself and it's own corruption, not over our lives.

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    iwog says

    Compared to Republicans, Democrats are the pinnacle of fiscal responsibility.

    So the bar is now being less bad than bush? How about setting the standard as doing a good job? Obama is a long way from that, as is most of the Democratic party. I do agree at this point they are less bad than the Republicans, but your pinnacle started a long long way under water and hasn't even come close to surfaced yet.

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    FortWayne says

    I don't need to compare here Iwog. Elections are not about picking who is less corrupt. Politicians on both sides are responsible for enormous spending and corruption. Whoever is in charge always ends up looting this country. Lately it were Democrats, prior it were Republicans.

    You're logic is flawed. It's not a close thing. Democrats are FAR more fiscally responsible than Republicans, in fact this discrepancy goes back to Reagan who tripled the national debt after running on a platform of no more deficit spending. Clinton vetoed 13 Republican budgets without being overridden once to finally reach a balanced budget in 1999.

    I'm not saying you're going to vote Republican, in fact I think you said you're going to sit this one out, however saying one is going to vote for Republicans because Democrats were the latest group to spend too much money is like saying you're going to go back to shooting heroin because the marijuana you switched to made you gain weight.

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    Because he lies like a rug.
    Because he is Bush 2.0.
    Because he gives Comedy Central style monologues while he chastises half of the nation.
    Because he's a disingenuous douche bag.
    Because he has the innate ability to change the rules for his rich buddies, that are detrimental to our democracy and competitiveness of small business, but his hands are always tied for the touchy feely things he promised his Changebots.

    People have plenty of reasons, just the Liberals don't want to listen.

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    TPB says

    Because he lies like a rug.

    Who cares. I only care what a president does, not what he says he's going to do.

    TPB says

    Because he is Bush 2.0.

    No he's not.

    TPB says

    Because he gives Comedy Central style monologues while he chastises half of the nation.

    Comedy Central is one of the last bastions of reality left in this country, and half the nation is so stupid they voted for Bush's second term.

    TPB says

    Because he's a disingenuous douche bag.

    Who cares. See point #1. This isn't a high school popularity contest.

    TPB says

    Because he has the innate ability to change the rules for his rich buddies, that are detrimental to our democracy and competitiveness of small business, but his hands are always tied for the touchy feely things he promised his Changebots.

    Oh bullshit. Did you make this same argument when Haliburton was taking billions to Dubai? Did you make this same argument when an oil company won the contract to provide pre-packaged meals in Iraq? You only care about your team, you don't really care about cronyism.

    Give me an example of Obama changing the rules for his rich buddies. Be specific, and see if you can do it without mentioning the insolvent GM. 50/50 you mention something that happened under Bush anyway.

    TPB says

    People have plenty of reasons, just the Liberals don't want to listen.

    I listened to every reason you gave.

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    TPB says

    Because he lies like a rug.
    Because he is Bush 2.0.
    Because he gives Comedy Central style monologues while he chastises half of the nation.
    Because he's a disingenuous douche bag.

    This sounds like a lot of...

    Patrick says

    Just they hate him because... well, you know.

    TPB says

    Because he has the innate ability to change the rules for his rich buddies, that are detrimental to our democracy and competitiveness of small business

    Could you be more specific about this? You have any particular rules in mind?

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    it's because he's black...duh...

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    iwog says

    I'm not saying you're going to vote Republican, in fact I think you said you're going to sit this one out, however saying one is going to vote for Republicans because Democrats were the latest group to spend too much money is like saying you're going to go back to shooting heroin because the marijuana you switched to made you gain weight.

    I did say I was going to sit this one out. And I most likely will, no reason to vote.

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    It's up to you Comrade FortWayne, but at this rate, you might not have a choice or the right to vote the next time around.

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