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Forget Bain, Let's Talk about Massachusetts

  1. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    Finally.
    Let's talk about financial experience for the job of POTUS.


    Mitt Romney talks a lot about his time as a corporate buyout specialist, but you know what we don't hear very much about?

    His experience as governor of Massachusetts.

    That may be because he made promises to the people of his state during his '02 campaign that sound an awful lot like the ones he's making to the country today -- and he failed to deliver on them.

    Just like now, he claimed his success in the private sector meant he'd be able to create jobs, cut taxes, and bring down the debt.

    He did the opposite.

    Even as the rest of the country was enjoying a brightening economy, during Romney's term Massachusetts plummeted to 47th out of 50 states in job creation; manufacturing jobs declined at twice the national average; and for the first time since 1995, its unemployment rate was above the national average.

    Long-term debt ballooned by more than $2.6 billion -- leaving the people of Massachusetts with the highest per capita debt of any state in the nation. State spending increased every single year, and Romney raised taxes and fees by $750 million per year -- leading to a higher state and local tax burden of $1,200 for every Bay Stater. Over his term, fees at public colleges skyrocketed by 63 percent, and during his first year, K-12 schools saw the second-largest percentage cuts, per student, in the nation.

    All that in just four years.

    Mitt Romney promised more jobs, less debt, and smaller government for Massachusetts based solely on his experience as a corporate buyout specialist. Turns out that being good at maximizing profits for yourself and your investors, but leaving companies bankrupt and workers without jobs, doesn't exactly prepare you to lead a state -- or a country.

    Yet Romney's out there making the same empty promises all over again.
    The bottom line? Romney Economics didn't work for Massachusetts then, and it won't work for America now.

    1. ylime120 profile image59
      ylime120posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow that opened my eyes quite a bit! I think Obama has a bit of the same thing going on, but more experience. Experience! I think that is what would have to guide my vote on this election year.  Obama has, hopefully, learned how to better lead the nation. I also think that he did not realize how bad the economy was going to get before he joined office. But then again four years should've been enough to change things at least a bit!

      1. Mighty Mom profile image91
        Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I dare say four years have opened Obama's eyes quite a bit, too!
        smile

    2. Josak profile image61
      Josakposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hardly stellar is it.

    3. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      "Romney stated that Massachusetts finished fiscal 2004 with a $700 million surplus.[23] Official state figures said that fiscal 2005 finished with a $594.4 million surplus.[3][24] For fiscal 2006, the surplus was $720.9 million according to official figures.[24] The state's "rainy day fund", more formally known as the Stabilization Fund, was replenished through government consolidation and reform. At the close of fiscal year 2006, the fund enjoyed a $2.155 billion balance.[24]"

      Yeah, 4 billion in debt when he entered office and turned it into  a surpluss in four years. I would love to see that kind of failurein Washington

      1. Fuller-Life profile image82
        Fuller-Lifeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        surplus with the jobless record of third last in the nation within four years, and the highest school fees? How about outsourcing the government?

        1. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          You know how small Mass is? It can only employ so many people. When he took office unemplyment was 6.6 % when he left was 4.7%. Hmmm Wonder why unemployment went down if he did not put people to work.

          1. Cagsil profile image59
            Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            And the homeless rate? and poverty level?

            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              When Romney was Govenor, .25% now 2.6%, an all time high and has steadily grown over the last 2 years .Poverty was 8.9%(2007) and is now 11.9%

              1. Cagsil profile image59
                Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Thank you. Much appreciated.

                Interesting side effects for Romney's governorship.

              2. lovemychris profile image80
                lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                The result of GOP policy. Started for me in 03....

                Took longer for some to catch up...they had more to lose.

                1. American View profile image60
                  American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  LMC

                  What caught up to you under Romney? I'm real curious, isn't the fact the unemployment rate went down under Romney, or that the homeless rate went down, or that the poverty rate held level while the rest of the countries rose. Notice from the numbers I posted for CASGIL how much the homeless rate and the poverty level has risen after Romney was governor, the biggest rise within the last two years, long after Romney was gone.

                  Yeah I guess you don't like the result of GOP policies, I guess you like high unemployment, high poverty levels, higher homeless rates, out-of-control spending, budget deficits, and since that's what it was not going on in 2003 it happened much later like you said it took time to catch up. You had to get a Democratic governor back in office to get those things you like to happen

                  1. lovemychris profile image80
                    lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    "Poverty was 8.9%(2007) and is now 11.9%"

                    Mine began in 03. Simple to understand.

                    It started with the cost of food....that was the most noticeable. It was something like this: "What? $50.00 doesn't buy ANYTHING anymore!!"

                    and it has gradually gone on from there....

                    Higher cost of food
                    gas
                    heat
                    electricity
                    rent
                    products
                    necesstities

                    you name it.

                    And my wages.....after 11 years at job....good but not great. Certainly not enough to meet cost of living.

                    And YET....richy-rich's incomes have grown and grown and GROWN!

                    Listen to the people in Mass to find out about RMoney---not your stats on paper.
                    Wiz had a very good link. TRUTH to power!

          2. lovemychris profile image80
            lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            People left the state in droves.

            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Really LMC,

              How come the census reports shows an increase in population in Massachusetts? Did the people leave and come back?

  2. PrettyPanther profile image85
    PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago

    Mitt doesn't want to talk about his leadership in Massachusetts for several reasons, but the biggest reason of all is Romneycare, the plan upon which Obamacare is based.  It might upset the right-wingers.

    1. Mighty Mom profile image91
      Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So true PP.
      We need a separate thread chronicling all the "I was for it before I was against it" Romney flip-flops.
      He stands for whatever he thinks will appease whoever he's with at the moment.

      1. ylime120 profile image59
        ylime120posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I agree! He defiantly seems like the puppet type to me!

  3. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 4 years ago

    I find that his Romneycare is a violation of my rights. Forcing me to buy healthcare isn't something which should be allowed.

    So much for equal rights.

    1. Mighty Mom profile image91
      Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      That's why healthcare should be provided free like it is in other civilized countries worldwide.
      smile

      1. Cagsil profile image59
        Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I have no problem with healthcare being paid for. My understanding is that healthcare is nothing more than an industry, like that of making cars. To give government control over this particular industry isn't going to curb healthcare costs, that's pure BS/fiction.

        This example I'm going to use is not perfect, but is only an example.

        When a criminal in prison is executed for a crime, the drugs used come from the pharma companies- the pharma companies charge outrageous prices because and on purpose, government is flipping the bill through taxpayer revenue sources.

        These companies know they can charge whatever they want to because government is the primary source of the revenue.

        Same with healthcare when government is involved.

        1. Fuller-Life profile image82
          Fuller-Lifeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          And you think it would be cheaper if government is not involved, really? With all the sharks out there?

          1. Cagsil profile image59
            Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            If competition isn't greedily crushed by those who are so corrupted that they rather gouge every nickel and dime, from every citizen, then I'm sorry, that's not ethical business and they should be put out of business.
            There very, very, very few sharks out there. There are many people attempting to give a valuable product/goods or services to market.

            So, until you open your eyes about the world around and learn that EDUCATION of citizens is more important than anything else in the world.

            The last thing we need is a continuation of the willful ignorance in this country.

  4. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago

    Meanwhile . . . .

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    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      When I almost died a year and a half ago, forget the cost of the doctors, hospital, nurses and all the rest. I was on a ventalator in life support. Just that alone was $10,000 per day and I was on it for just over 2 months. Anyone want to pay my medical bills?

  5. Cody Hodge profile image86
    Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago

    AV,

    I'm curious as to where you are getting your stats from. From what I understand a lot of the Mass. turnaround actually occurred after Mitt left.

    1. lovemychris profile image80
      lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Good question. I think it's alter-reality news.
      Mass has improved greatly since Mittens left. Not while he was here

      1. I never go any kind of tax cut or rebate under Bush.....sorry av, you do not live my life.

      2. I don't believe you.

      3. No--what I stated is that before the ACA--insurance companies dumped patiens with pre-existing conditions because they cost too much to care for: bottom line, you know. They can't do that anymnore....by law. I think that's a good thing.

      You better tell Mitt to change his language then. He's out there as the second coming of you know who.

      but he's so much nastier.

      1. American View profile image60
        American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        LMC,

        You amaze me about how much you claim you know, but in reality it turns out to be very little.

        1.You should have received 2 rebate checks under Bush, the first was signed in 2001, the other in 2008.The one in 2008, Obama likes to try and take credit for, but he had nothing to do with it.

        The first check was in response to the devestated economy from 2001.
        http://articles.cnn.com/2001-06-07/poli … LLPOLITICS

        http://www.infoplease.com/spot/01taxrefund.html

        As I said, the credit you claim came from Obama was actuallly approved under Bush in 2008, and yet you recieved it so do not claim you did not. This was the second check you received from that bad old Bush.

        http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1969910/posts
        http://www.fantix.com/bushtaxrebate.htm
        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22725498/ns … 8zHxrCmh2A

        2. Isa not a lie but a fact, sorry if it does not fit your agenda. Just ask anyone who had kids that went to college and had a family insurance plan as you claim you have, before Obamacare  a student could stay on a parents policy till 24. Spew all you want, but it is a fact.

        3. No here is what you said "My older daughter's friend just had a baby with Down's Syndrome....thank GOD insurance can't count that against her anymore!"

        You are saying the policy was going to drop that kid because she was born with down syndrome, but thanks to Obamacare she would not. In reality she would not have been dropped.

        Spin, try to change the subject, try to change what you said. Did you think because you move the response down here instead of after my last comment I would not see it and address it?

        1. lovemychris profile image80
          lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          YOU stick to the subject!

          Are you saying insurance companies weren't dropping people for pre-existing conditions?

    2. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Cody,

      From the state of Massachusetts census, form their budget reports, from their statistic reports.

      Google and do some research and you too will find them.

  6. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago

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    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Corperate profits are at an all time high by percentages, but not in acutal numbers

      1. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
        Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Just more of your deceit, AV—percentages ARE numbers.  You don't care about anything but the bottom line, though you disguise it well with feigned concern for the middle class.

        Some people will eat their young for a buck while they preach family values . . .

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        1. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          No deciet Wiz, facts. Ge revenues dropped 8.2% in 2010 by $32.18 billion yet GE posted its highest profit by percentage posting an $14.2 billion dollar profit on 139 billion in revenues.

          In 2008 Ge revenues was 183 billion and had a profit of 11 billion.

          So as you can see, business is making record profits by percentage on profits yet the gross revenues are less today  than just 3 years ago.

          Wallmart, Target and many more are seeing less revenues, but due to the recession they streamlined, eliminated jobs, waste and now have a higher % profit on those less revenues.

          Wiz, you can just spew all you want, sorry what you rant does not align with the facts.

          1. Jeff Berndt profile image91
            Jeff Berndtposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Wallmart, Target and many more are seeing less revenues, but due to the recession they streamlined, eliminated jobs, waste and now have a higher % profit on those less revenues.
            So, low taxes  don't create jobs after all.

            Thank you for that excellent demonstration of this fact.

            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Lower taxes would have created jobs, remember, they eliminated jobs and steamlined do to lack of revenues. Lower taxes would increase revenues as business would invest in growth.

              1. lovemychris profile image80
                lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                How come it hasn't worked in 9 years and 3 cuts? It's bulloney, that's why.

                Gold plated Dung.

                Higher taxes would increase revenue for we the people.

                Lowering taxes eliminates jobs.--they send them overseas with their money.

                No US taxes, no US workers. Just US money in their pockets.

                1. American View profile image60
                  American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  It actually did, just that the Democratic controlled congress spent it all

                  1. lovemychris profile image80
                    lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Ahahaha!

                    That a joke?

                    I'll take it as one.

              2. Cody Hodge profile image86
                Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Maybe, but that is only if the businesses actually hire American workers. Companies these days are more inclined to hire third-world workers to save more money.

                1. American View profile image60
                  American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Good point Cody

              3. Jeff Berndt profile image91
                Jeff Berndtposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                But the businesses didn't invest in 'growth.' They're scaling back their workforces instead, which is the opposite of what the "low taxes=growth" fools are trying to tell us.

                Also, lower taxes haven't increased revenues.

                You can have your own opinions, but you don't get to make up your own facts.

                1. American View profile image60
                  American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Exactly Jeff, they are scaling back because they cannot invest in growth. If the taxes are lowered they would invest in growth and their revenues will be much larger than they are now.

                  Lower taxes where? Since Obama has come along all we see is higher taxes, taxes increases in sheeps clothing and higher regulations.

                  So lower tax rates do not increase revenues, are you sure about that. Let's take a look shall we

                  Federal Government Revenues in Billions

                  2000  Clinton  $1992.
                  2001   Bush    $1863
                  2002   Bush    $1782
                  2003   Bush    $1782-Bush Tax cuts
                  2004   Bush    $1889
                  2005   Bush    $2153- is that increased revenues I see
                  2006   Bush    $2409
                  2007   Bush    $2569_Increased?
                  2008   Bush    $2524
                  2009   Obama    $2105  first year tax increase and regulations
                  2010   Obama    $2167
                  2011   Obama    $2300

                  Lower taxes have indeed increased revenues.

                  1. Cody Hodge profile image86
                    Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    That graph doesn't prove that it was tax cuts that increased revenues. That is simply one possibility.

          2. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
            Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            And your point is what—conglomerates should be making even higher profits so the serfs can get  a few more crumbs?

            You're just another cheerleader for profiteers and exploiters of resources—human and otherwise.

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            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I had no point other than to correct you when you claimed profits were at an all time high.

              And how is your 401K if profits are at an all time high? Should you not have a killer 401K if there were record dollars in profits? Do not forget the left wants to tax the 401K

      2. Jeff Berndt profile image91
        Jeff Berndtposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        So, what are the actual numbers, then? I'm sure you can demonstrate the difference for us, and show how corporate profits are actually down.

  7. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 4 years ago

    I did not recieve any rebate check from W. Don't believe me--I don't care!

    I'm not spinning anything. You are trying to convince me that Bush was good for me.

    I lived it.....you didn't.
    Bushco was a horror show.

    Sadistic and bad for the economy. In that order.

  8. Cody Hodge profile image86
    Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago

    Romney was apparently able to turn things around with a mixture of spending cuts and fee increases.

    Unfortunately, he won't be able to do that if elected president. The GOP will demand that he make sure that tax cuts for the rich stay in place while giving him little leverage to do anything else.

    Or..

    The GOP will allow him to enact a plan that mixes decreased spending with increased taxes on the wealthy. The same plan that Barack Obama wanted to try during the latest debt crisis. In fact, it was the same plan that reportedly was endorsed by several GOP leaders in private during the debate. However, the Tea Party hawks wouldn't hear of it.

    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You know Cody, not one Republican ever said they where not in favor of a tax hike, they said after you make all the cuts you can, eliminate all the waste and eliminate job duplication, then and only then should a tax increase be on the table.

      Cody, I have said why not give Obama just what he wants and tax the 1%ers. Collect all that money for 1 year, lets sit down with all that money and pay the bills. We can pay the interest on the national debt for 10 days. Well there is 355 days of interest left to pay not to mention all the rest of the bills, now what?

      1. PrettyPanther profile image85
        PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        "not one Republican ever said they where not in favor of a tax hike, they said after you make all the cuts you can, eliminate all the waste and eliminate job duplication, then and only then should a tax increase be on the table."

        Really?  Then why did 238 representatives and 41 senators from the 112th Congress sign Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge.  Did you somehow miss that tidbit of important information?

        http://www.atr.org/taxpayer-protection-pledge

        1. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
          Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Smooch!

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          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Back atcha!

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            1. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
              Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              LOL! 

              I'll raise you . . .

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        2. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Yea, again nothing like only giving half the story

          Her is the actual pledge.

          " ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
            TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and  credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates. "
          Notice the pledge does not say no tax hikes ever, it gives a condition before approving tax increases.

          Again, no tax hikes without eliminating waste, wonder where I heard that before.

          1. PrettyPanther profile image85
            PrettyPantherposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Here is the pledge in its entirety:

            Taxpayer Protection Pledge
            I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____
            district of the) state of ______ and to the American
            people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts
            to increase the marginal income tax rate for
            individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any
            net reduction or elimination of deductions and
            credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further
            reducing tax rates.

            It says nothing about eliminating waste.  It states that increases in marginal income tax rate will be opposed without condition.  It also states that reduction or elimination of deductions will be opposed "unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

            Where do you see anything about eliminating waste?  Do I need new contact lenses?

      2. Cody Hodge profile image86
        Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Wow, we're being a little dramatic here.

        No one ever said it would wipe out the debt. However, it would go a long way toward making that first dent in reducing the deficit. And you have to remember we're not talking about going back to the days of Reagan and before when the top tax brackets were 70-90 percent. No, we're merely talking about going back to top brackets as they were in the 90's.

        Instead, the GOP would rather cut social security, a program that the American people pay into. Although, it's apparently an "entitlement." That's like saying your car is an entitlement after you spend 60 months paying it off.

        1. Cagsil profile image59
          Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Having a license to drive said car is a privilege according to political figures of Mass. This means, it's a granted privilege for you to drive. It's not a right.

          Which is something I find ridiculous.

        2. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Cody,

          I understand the tax rate you are talking about from the 90s, is the same rate Obama is touting. I'm sorry that you find the facts to be dramatic, but that's the fact. The 4% tax increase that were talking about on the top 1%ers does not add up to a lot of money to make a difference of any kind in the budget. That is a part the Democrats are missing out on. They would much rather raise taxes than cut waste out of the budget. I asked a question earlier and actually in several other forums and not one person has answered.

          The sewer line on your street has broken. Your house is full to the top with sewage. So what would you do, raise the roof on the house what you pump out the shit?

          Your making a claim that the GOP would rather cut Social Security. In reality they are not looking to cut Social Security benefits for anybody. What they're looking to do is eliminate waste and fraud and by doing so will save Social Security billions of dollars. If you read the proposals that been put forth by the Republicans you would see that to be true, however you don't get to see that because Harry Reid tables the bills they die and don't get the light of day. Then Harry Reid and the Democrats run up and say the Republicans have no plan to go to cut your benefits. Shame on them for lying to the American people because they know better.

          And if you truly worried about Social Security and the health of it why are you not pissed off with what Obama has done to the Social Security program? The last audit for Social Security which was made public just a month ago shows that because of Obama's cuts to Social Security, the Social Security trust fund will now go broke Three years earlier and the Social Security disability fund will go broke in 2016. Yes you read it correctly 2016.

          1. Cody Hodge profile image86
            Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxy4eJxx … re=related

            Its a video of Office Space re-cut to be portrayed as a drama.

            My point is that you can take your facts, cherry-pick them, spin them and a your conspiracy theory becomes reality.

            And social security being somehow insolvent by 2016. Oh boy....you actually believe that?

            1. American View profile image60
              American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Cody,

              You really can't read can you.

              " Social Security disability fund will go broke in 2016"

              Notice the word disability, you do see it right? You do understand that Social Security and Social Security disability are two different funds? How many more times are you going to publish a half truth? I find it funny that you talk about spending and trying to create a reality because you are by far the biggest offender I have ever seen here on hub pages or in the forums.

              This is from the latest report that you claim is a spin,

              "After 2020, Treasury will redeem trust fund assets in amounts that exceed interest earnings until exhaustion of trust fund reserves in 2033, three years earlier than projected last year."

              "However, the Disability Insurance (DI) program satisfies neither the long-range test nor the short-range test. DI costs have exceeded non-interest income since 2005, and the Trustees project trust fund exhaustion in 2016, two years earlier than projected last year. The DI program faces the most immediate financing shortfall of any of the separate trust funds; thus lawmakers need to act soon to avoid reduced payments to DI beneficiaries four years from now."

              http://www.ssa.gov/oact/trsum/index.html

              Cody, take some serious advice. Stop following Democratic talking points, stop watching MSNBC, I suggest strongly that you do some real honest research on your own.

              By the way you do know why Social Security is going broke three years earlier right? It is because of the payroll tax cut Obama put in place and I want everybody was going to harm Social Security, and you all mocked me, well here's me saying told you so.

              1. Cody Hodge profile image86
                Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                That last paragraph makes you sound like some sort of villian in a comic book or something.

                Anyways...

                That report said nothing about social security going broke. It just said there was less money going into it right now. As for SS, since they are projecting it to still be around in 2086, I assume its not in any real danger. Also, making projections for anything more than a couple of years is an inexact science. You don't know how the economy will actually perform over the next 75 years. The payroll tax cut will also be repealed at some point, I'm sure.

                As for the SSDI, I'm sure the government will figure something out.

                In conclusion, the sky is not falling. I also don't watch MSNBC, but if I did, I'm sure the reporting is much better than on Fox News.

                1. American View profile image60
                  American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Cody,

                  I knew you would do this, so now you and only you are blowing off the Social Security audited report that Social Security is going to go broke. I suggest you go back and read about what they truly said about 2086.

                  The payroll tax cut will be repealed at some point, really that's your argument, not that the payroll tax cut is currently hurting the trust fund. Of course there will repeal, probably the day before the fun goes broke

                  As for SSDI I'm sure the government will figure something out

                  Again that your argument. Well, if the government could figure it out, there would be no national debt, the budget would be balanced, Medicaid would not be in trouble, Medicare would not be in trouble, Social Security would not be in trouble, disability would not be in trouble, gas prices would be lower, electricity rates would not be skyrocketing, we wouldn't have electric cars paid for by Obama that could go more than 40 miles...

                  In other words all is right with the world.

                  1. Cody Hodge profile image86
                    Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    You really think we can project out to 2086 in any reliable manner? Do you think that back in 1937 they could have predicted what the economy would look like today? Ironically enough, there was also a severe economic downturn and were just years away from fighting two wars at once. Sound familiar?

                    As for "The government will figure it out..

                    That means they aren't going to let the thing go broke even if it were actually going to do so.

                    And yes, the payroll tax cut will be repealed at some point. It is just one of many different variables that make it possible to know what things will look like in 2033, 2086 or even 2016. Again, the sky is not falling.

  9. lovemychris profile image80
    lovemychrisposted 4 years ago

    Hmm, here's another who co-signs my Filibuster claim, which you say is not true.

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201206040010

    1. American View profile image60
      American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh yea Media Matters, what a real credible source. You believe them over the records of the US Senate.  The records that are in the Library of Congress.

      Yea keep doing that LMC. no wonder you sound just like MSNBC, since Media Matters writes their scripts for them

      1. lovemychris profile image80
        lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        "Fox Contributor Christopher Hahn Again Calls Out GOP's Constant Obstructionism"

        1. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Read the GOVERNMENT report showing Reid envokes clotures on the same day which means there was no filibuster, go to the link I provided above of Reid and company accussing the GOP of fillerbustering on May 8th, but the bill they were accused of filerbustering  did not get to the Senate floor till May 16th.

          Keep on the blinders LMC, they serve you well

          1. lovemychris profile image80
            lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Oh NOW you trust a gvt report? I though they were the problem? I thought they lied?

            You diss me when you think it's msnbc. When the info comes from fox---you gotta believe!

            Sorry--I listen to you as much as you listen to me.

            And I only wish Reid and Dems had fought back harder and stronger. They won, after all. Everything has been done to please the Baggers.

            And it's never enough.

  10. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/598455_3266469100903_1284069808_n.jpg

  11. Wizard Of Whimsy profile image59
    Wizard Of Whimsyposted 4 years ago

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/179411_10150865259471275_1092010675_n.jpg

    1. lovemychris profile image80
      lovemychrisposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's so obvious, even a blind person can see it....

      Those with sight lack eye to see. Inner eye. Soul-tuition.

  12. Mighty Mom profile image91
    Mighty Momposted 4 years ago

    Love these "rock and a hard place" corners the GOP stallwarts just love to paint Obama into.
    Had he NOT enacted the payroll tax cuts, he would be getting even more flak (like that"s possible) for not helping businesses enough in a down economy.
    But since he chose to do that to stimulate the economy, now he's getting heckled (notice not by Dems) for the ricochet effect on SSI.

    How hypocritical of the GOP to suddenly be worried about Social Security disability, or any "entitlement fund" that rewards slackers -- running out of money.
    Reminds me of the sudden and equally disingenuous concern over JOBS which they have patently obfuscated on for Obama's first 3 years.

    Go ahead and talk out of both sides of your mouths.
    Doesn't make anything you say any more believable.

    1. Cody Hodge profile image86
      Cody Hodgeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wait...that can't be right.

      The GOP has told us over and over again that Obama is the worst president ever. Don't you know he is a socialist who hates America?

      And the GOP is never wrong!

      (:

      1. Mighty Mom profile image91
        Mighty Momposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well those are well established FACTS, Cody.
        You know as well as I do.
        Obama IS the worst president ever.
        He hates America.
        But it appears the GOP has their "ists" confused. Again. roll
        If he were truly a socialist he would never in a million years jeopardize a public welfare program like SSI, now would he?
        Maybe he is a fascist, instead.
        Or maybe (God forbid) he is a cleverly disguised capitalist who lowered taxes on businesses so they could better survive this sucko economy of ours.
        Then again, maybe it doesn't matter what label we give him.
        Because no matter what we say, and no matter what he does, Obama is still the worst president ever. He hates America.

 
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