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Barak Obama Campaign Promises

Updated on July 1, 2017

How did President Obama complete his first year as president in the opinion of the people? Let us look back to Obama, the candidate and the President who now occupies the Whitehouse. For some answers.

During the 2008 presidential election campaign for the presidency, candidate Obama promised hope and change will be coming to Washington. The reform legislation that Obama and the majority Democrat party are pushing for have confirmed his intentions of changing the economic systems in the American government.

In November 2008 Barak Obama was elected President by the people to serve all the people in governing our great nation. Obama was elected either because of his color, because of his political parties affiliation or because of promises to bring change to Washington.

Each of these suggested reasons helped him to become the nations 44th President and the first black President in US history.Let us look back to what candidate Obama pledged to the American people if elected.

President Barak Obama pledged

1.To bring back the jobs lost in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the nations unemployment went from 7% in 2008 to 10%( in some areas 17% ). Obama’s administration bailed out the auto industry, banking industry, saved the union workforce and even helped the unions get ownership in the companies by forcing the creditors to lose their financial investments in the companies.

The Obama administration has increased the size of government by 10%, added more union jobs and commissions. Government unemployment stands at 3% and government employees and Congress did get a raise. in 2009 while the deficit increased.

2.To fix the economic problems by passing the $787 billion Tarp bill (Congress passed the bill without reading or debating the bill as required by constitutional rules.), promised that unemployment would not exceed 8% and shovel ready jobs were available to jump start the economy.

As of today approximately 60% of Tarp has not been spent and unemployment remains at 10%. Recently the CBO projected Tarp will need $85 billion more added to the $787 billion bill. One should note that all of the above is borrowed money adding to the nations skyrocketing debt.

3.To have fiscal responsibility and control spending, Barak Obama promised to go line for line and strike out pork in the Tarp bill. The President signed the Tarp bill without cutting any pork out of the bill.

On wed.1/27/10 in the state of the union speech Obama stated he would put a freeze on spending. Congress on 1/29/10 passed legislation to raise the national debt by another $1.9 billion, the second increase in 60 days, raising the debt ceiling to$14.5 trillion.

4.To rid Washington of lobbyist and special interest groups. Presently in his administration Barak Obama has at least 30 lobbyist, some appointments are know as czars. Obama has been meeting with union officials ( special interest )at the white house on a regular basis.

5.To surround himself with experienced and capable people, like tax cheaters, Marxist, communist and socialist. known as czars. These employees were not background investigated as required by the FBI. The question remains as to why the procedure was exempted. .

6.To have an open transparent government and to allow C-Span to televise the debates and Congressional meetings. Folks it didn’t happen, C-Span was denied access (that is called censorship.)

The President and the Democrats met behind closed doors denying the minority party’s participation in the negotiations. By the way the minority party was elected by the people to represent the people. Essentially the people were locked out and ignored.

7 To close Gitmo last year. The President sent some prisoners to Bermuda, a terrific propaganda move. More could be said but for now a continuing story to be told. Gitmo is still open.

8.To end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the President and his advisers are talking in the whitehouse. To be continued .

9.To give 95% of the people a tax break and not to tax anyone below $250,000, by the way according to some officials the ceiling has dropped down to $100,000 with a possibility to $85,000 due to lack of money coming into the US Treasury.

Check this out, President Obama and Congress will tax the rich. If 2 or 3% are the rich and they pay 50% of federal taxes, according to Obama 50% of the nation don’t pay federal taxes, I wonder who will be paying the taxes. ( the middle class )?FUZZY MATH?

10.To not allow no bid contracts in his administration. A major news source reported that Obama approved a $25 million no bid contract to a donor of his campaign. The contract recently was cancelled after being exposed by the media..

11. To reduce the deficit by 50% in his first term. The fact is that the Obama administration has triple the deficit in his first year in office. The proposed budget for 2011($3.85 trillion )given to Congress will be the largest ever in our history if passed by Congress.

The above information you will not see in the bias press or reported on ABC,CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, or other liberal news medias. Watch C-Span or Fox News, they report and broadcast the actual uncensored news

The President's rating is ‘’F’’ in his first year ?

In summary, let us be fair when President Obama talks about what his administration and Congress was left with after the past administration. The simple facts are that then Senator Obama and the present Democrat party took control of Congress in January 2007 and 2008 with a lame duck President George W. Bush.

Surely it is irresponsible to blame the Bush administration for all the present problems without noting that the Democrat majority controlled Congress in 2007 and 2008. President Obama and the Democrats should be accepting their political parties share of the blame for their part in the recession.

President Obama and the Democrat super majority had full control of the economy in 2009 and 2010 . The President has yet to fulfill many of his election promises of which unemployment remains the highest priority. One should note that no President can spend any money without the approval of Congress.

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      JON EWALL 23 months ago from usa

      Hubbers

      the present after 7 years

      Pay Go Act of 2010 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAYGO

      10/16/12 The Federal Budget 1992 2012 http://www.heritage.org/multimedia/infographic/201... ongoing $trillion deficits

      4/30/14 GOP House on Track to Save Taxpayers Nearly $600 Million - See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/general/gop-house-track-sav...

      Obama's debt crisis https://hubpages.com/politics/PRESIDENTBARACKOBAMA... … cut cap

      and balance Reid NO VOTE Senator exposes WASTE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      10/2/14 Obama in 2006: ‘ Increasing America’s Debt Weakens US Domestically & Internationally’ http://www.speaker.gov/general/obama-2006-increasi...

      10/3/15 How 7 years of Obama brought the world from Kumbaya to chaos http://nypost.com/2015/10/03/how-7-years-of-obama-...

      to be continued?

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      L W

      Yes, we are done only to have the hub continue into the future.

      J E

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      I thought we were finished.

      You Tube does not count as a legitimate news source.

      Unless a Youtube video was doing something to endanger the national defense, the First Amendment would prevent it from being banned. It was banned, those that offered it were not willing to fight for their right to free speech, and since it is available on You Tube, it is not banned. You have something of a paradox to face.

      Now I will agree that the media takes the easy way out sometimes. Unfortunately, we have a generation of news executives and reporters who are not following in the footsteps of Edward R. Murrow, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, Frank McGee, Drew Person, Maggie Higgins, just to name a few. The failure in the news not being reported completely and fairly does the rest of the media, which is so concerned with filling up 24 hours every single day, they need to make every demand they can to the government for the details behind the headlines.. I do not watch the 24-hour stations, with a few minor exceptions. I read newspapers off the Internet, but they are going downhill. Things will turn around and when they do, some of the claims you are making may be proved and others may be debunked.

      As a reporter, I stopped corruption before it happened. I kept a library in a minority area opened, before the lawmakers could close it. I started the editorial campaign at the paper where I work to establish a new form of parish (county) government. I wrote the story that led to a police chief being arrested for theft, and I covered a serial killer, who killed four children. I never call the parents to ask how they felt. I call the police several times a day to find if there was anything new. I do not want to get on a soapbox, but everything you see or read is not news. Much of it lacks the basic ingredients of reliable and identifiable sources, accurate reporting of the information and seeking comments from leaders who may have an opposing opinion.

      Just because it made it to You Tube, does not give it any value. Something important may surface on You Tube, but until a proper follow-up is made, it is not news, it is something less.

      I left my newspaper job in a small town because my son needed medical attention not available in a thereand after 13 years of reporting and writing pages of news and two opinion columns each week, I needed a position that would require fewer hours. I got a PR job. The pay was good, but my newspaper career was my greatest job.

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

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      He is who he is

      3/10/12

      The Obama's don't want this video to be seen in 2012

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_2s4tob5U8

      Obama admits he is

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY

      Obama tells Egyptian Foreign Minister Ghett

      http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/20...

      OBAMA BANNED THIS VIDEO

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHSkYG-Y&fea...

      SHARED AGENDAS BARACK OBAMA http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewsubcategory...

      Where is/was the media to report?

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. I helped my mother and my mother-in-law navigate Medicare. I am beginning to start my own search. Based on what my former secretary has told me, one of the advantage plans will work best for me. My wife will go on first and I will have to wait seven months. I will make it work. I had my Obama insurance raise the copay on a prescription from $30 to $70. We had a discussion. I am now paying $10. You just have to learn how to work the system. The secret is not to wait to the last minute. Start planning early and learn as much as you can and if you do not understand it, ask for help. It is not perfect. I got caught on the errors made regarding how much aid I was entitled too and now owe $1,000. I share part of the blame because I inaccurately estimated my 2014 income when I applied in 2013 and did not report the change--forgot that I needed to. I am paying the difference this year.

      Like I said, a good debate and I extend to you and your family a joyous Easter.

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      L Wall

      A terrific response and I do respect your opinions.

      '' possibly being the first to enact a health-care bill'' A fraud on the American people.

      1/25/12 Just Facts Obamacare http://www.justfacts.com/healthcare.asp#politics-2...

      11/21/13 How Obamacare Became LAW http://www.briansussman.com/politics/how-obamacare... Senate Leader Harry Reid cut a deal with Pelosi:’’ reconciliation

      8/6/14 Affordable Care Act Exemptions 90%of 30 million Americans expected to be uninsured in 2016 WON’T PAY a penalty under the Affordable Care Act http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/08/06/affordable...

      7/14/14 The White House Is Bribing Health Insurance Companies http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/07/...

      Supreme 12/18/14 HHS Stalling Release Of Documents About Obamacare Subsides Ahead Of Court Case http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/18/hhs-stalling-rel...

      6/6/14 CBO Gives Up Trying to Figure Out How Much Obamacare Costs https://www.uschamber.com/blog/cbo-gives-trying-fi...

      L W, Obamacare law

      10/8/14 Nonprofit health insurance pioneer closes it’s doors due to Obamacare costs http://washingtonexaminer.com/nonprofit-health-ins...

      1/6/13 Carondelet hospitals se $90 M in loses http://tucson.com/business/local/carondelet-hospit...

      10/7/14 Wal-Mart cutting Health Benefits to Some Part-Time Employees http://www.bloomberg.com

      L W thank you for your replys. There are many citizens that have been helped by Obamacare, you are part of a minority. Your next eye opener will be Medicare.

      Wishing you and your family a blessed and happy easter.

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      I am not going to debate this forever. You do not care for the lack of accomplishments of Mr. Obama. Your opinion of the man as an individual is not so clear and not totally relevant just as my opinion of the individual.

      Congress misuse rules to block nominations, keep good legislation from getting out of committee and to extend the time for voting while a little congressional arm twisting takes place. The President has a right to lobby the members of Congress. If he does not talk to them, how will he learn and how will the congressmen learn. That is a nice theory, but if reality it does not exist because as George Washington warned in his farewell address, the development of political parties was not in the best interest of the country (I am paraphrasing from memory.) Partisan politics have help get some good projects through and has halted some that were less desirable. Some good appointments have been scuttled by party loyalty or more accurately by party leadership, offering perks such as committee assignments, better offices, promising to let their bill get out of a committee and so on.

      I will not say the system is broken. It is just not being used as the founding fathers envisioned. I support the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, if you rather. I am in favor of the Keystone pipeline. I do not think it presents an unreasonable environmental hazard as some may believe. I think Congress can enact laws restricting the use and ownership of some types of weapons, without infringing upon the right to bear arms. I had a discussion with another hubber that the right to bear arms may not actually give individuals the absolute freedom to fire those arms. Yes, it is a word game, and that is what government is about, the manipulation of words, intent, and ideas. There are many ways of getting something through Congress and there are many ways to stall them. Allowing congressment to put holds on Presidential appointment nominees. without the congressman being identified is a horrible practice, but it is allowed. No one cares because it does not hit them directly.

      We send soldiers into combat, and people are concern--some agree and some do not.

      A law was enacted requiring everyone to have insurance that everyone does not like or feel is necessary. I have probably spent more than $300,000 on insurance money on hospital stays and surgeries over the past 15 years. My son who was in a near-fatal auto accident, caused by the other car that hit and ran, has incurred medical bills over $500,000. When he was on the policy at my former job, he was covered. Now because of the injuries and some physical disabilities (he is legally blind--not borderline blind, but must enlarge type on his computer to 18 points to read it at a distance of four inches. We need insurance reform in this country. We need younger people who are healthy to start paying premiums that will provide coverage when they are older and the process needs to continue generation to generation.

      Frankly, I have forgotten what the original discussion is about. I believe you do not care for Mr. Obama. Looking back you mentioned scandals in the Obama administration. Do they exceed Nixon's Watergate, Reagan's Iran-Contra dealings, Jimmy Carter's inability to free the hostages in Iran, and the lack in protecting the USS Cole in the Clinton years? Lincoln suspended the right of habeas corpus, and the list goes on.

      Obama is president. He will finish his term, write another book, will have a library dedicated to him and in 20 to 30 years be remembered as the first black President and possibly being the first president to enact a health-care bill. Clinton tried and failed. They have one thing in common, both are Democrats.

      I do not belong to any political party, thus I am free to make my own decisions...

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      L Wall

      '' Thus those rules can be altered, interpreted as desired and sometimes ignored ''. Yes they can but not by one man without a vote from the members except in a Obama administration and other party members not interested in following the rules of Congress or the US Constitution.

      The agreement issues are not finalized as yet . the President's announcement today will need to be verified.to be continued

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      L Wall

      '' Thus those rules can be altered, interpreted as desired and sometimes ignored.'' yes but not by one man! That is how our government functions best .

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      My only comment is that there are rules in Congress that are not part of the constitution or even statutory law. Thus those rules can be altered, interpreted as desired and sometimes ignored. It is the rules in Congress, in my humble opinion, that causes the log jams, help long-time members, thwart new members and frustrate the public. The time for casting a vote is often extended, even though there is no rule to allow it.

      However, through all of this imperfection, our nation has survived and flourished more so than any other country. We had our rough spots, but even with a misuse of cumbersome rules, I will take our system over any other system.

      Now if you want to touch on a new subject, do you think Sen. Cotton, the man who wrote but never mailed the letter to the Iranians explaining in detail the limitations of the President in negotiating a treaty and implying that a treaty was unlikely, and an executive order could be overturned with the next Congress in two years. Now the atomic material that was going to Russia, which already has nuclear bombs, is going to stay in Iran, where they might decide they want to be a part of the nuclear club. Sen. Cotton is starting his campaign to be president, though he has not announced it. It is unlikely that he will get my vote.

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      Larry Wall

      Thank you for a great response . We don’t need to debate Obamacare, just need to understand what and how Obamacare law has been enforced by President Obama and Congress.

      The foundation of our government is the US Constitution and the LAWS of the land. ‘’ we are a nation of the rule of law’’, that’s a fact.

      Your health ,age and income issues situation is covered in the ACA LAW, special conditions, of which has helped . My links written by me are actual watching of what occurred on the floor of Congress. The rules of Congress were not followed in passing the bill. This information is in the links, if you cared to view,

      The checks and balances provided in our Constitution were not followed by the SUPER MAORITY Democrats and the President . When voting on a bill , the bill is required to be on the floor. After looking for the bill for some 20 or so minutes, the chairman said the bill was in another building. The voting commenced against the objection of a minority member. Amendments by the minority members were not allowed hence 0 aye votes from the minority.

      There is so much that the public is un aware of what changes are being made to the law without Congressional approval. President Obama not following our laws and the Constitution should be a matter of impeachment.

      '' it is actually working very well.''

      6/6/14 CBO Gives Up Trying to Figure Out How Much Obamacare Costs https://www.uschamber.com/blog/cbo-gives-trying-fi...

      2/16/15 Increased FY 2015 Spending Almost Entirely Due To Obamacare http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/16/obamacare-budget...

      3/5/15 Obamacare channels Orwell http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obamacare-channe...

      12/5/14 The Obama Administration’s Transparency Website Fails to Report $619 B in Federal Spending http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/05/the-oba...

      -spending/

      GAO reports $619B missing from 302 federal programs

      3/31/15 The Payday Loan President http://www.speaker.gov/general/payday-loan-preside...

      Have a good day, looking forward to our conversation

      JE

      An independent with an open mind who knows right from wrong, who cannot except that wrong is right.

      6/4/12 Obama’s Acts Of Treason & Violations Of Federal Laws http://www.nationalwriterssyndicate.com/content/vi... Congress D’s refuse to act?

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      A lot of the sources you quote are opinions, and everyone is entitled to an opinion.

      If the law is not perfect, (tell me about any that are perfect) it will be amended over the years as needed. After I lost my job of 23 years without being given a cause, (severance pay was too good to risk on a multi-year court battle) I lost my company group policy. I could not buy insurance because of my age and prior health conditions. I had to buy my medications from Canada and ended up paying $16,000 out-of-pocket (line of credit that I have to repay) to get the care I needed. Last year, I had several hospital stays. I had treatment that corrected a voice problem that has been misdiagnosed for decades. I pay about $800 in premiums. I get a subsidy. In little more than a year, I will be on Medicare, another health plan that was knocked around for years. Obamacare works for me. Three of the links you provided are your personal opinions or your "own research" The rests were written before the law was fully implemented. The cries of doom are disappearing. People are learning about the policies and the benefits. The law is working, whether you want to accept it or not. I have told my story in other hubs, but I am not bothering to link them because you will disagree, and I do not want to get into an exchange of opinion with you beyond this point.

      However, one last thing needs to be noted. You stated, "Republicans were shut out of the debate, the actions of the 60 super majority Senate, the House and the majority members were NOT the way our government was intended to work on behalf of the people." When did the majority vote become contrary to they way our government works. If the other party could have come up with a two-thirds vote in each house, they could have overturned the law. The Supreme Court, whether or not you agree, ruled it was constitutional. Prior presidents in the past have tried packing the court but were unable. If you do not like the law, write one you like. Take it to your senator or representative and see whether they will introduce it. I am assuming you are a Republican so finding an author should be easy. Finding agreement between the party members is going to be just as difficult.

      I do not like the way the second amendment is being used to allow any person to own military-style weapons or possibly allow college students to carry concealed weapons on campus. I am not pleased with the Income Tax rules and regulations. I object to the Supreme Court rule on Abortion (my son is adopted) I got tired of Mitt Romney saying "I have a plan" but never revealing the plan. Our system of government is not perfect because we are not perfect.

      I like Obamacare. I expect changes to be made. We have two major general hospitals in my city. The emergency room of one closed yesterday--not because of Obamacare, but because Obamacare was not enacted soon enough to help cover the cost of all the indigent patients, they saw in the portion of the city it has served for decades. White flight in the 60s took jobs and opportunities out of that area and the remaining residents did not have access to insurance because companies started offering part-time jobs and thus made those people ineligible for group insurance. I will not debate this with you. The links you presented are your own research and opinions. The other are opinions from newspapers and not objective news coverage--I know the difference. Partisan politics are a bigger issue than the actual law. Find something better and I will support it. Until then, let's work with what we have--it is actually working very well.

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      L W

      Thank you for your comments and opinions of Obamacare.I have written some hub articles on the subject. Healthcare reform https://hubpages.com/politics/GOVERNMENTHEALTREFOR... … Healthcare Summit https://hubpages.com/politics/BARAKOBAMAHEALTHCARE... … Obama Health Reform https://hubpages.com/politics/ObamaHealthReformIns... … your comments would be appreciated. check out these links

      1/25/12 Just Facts Obamacare http://www.justfacts.com/healthcare.asp#politics-2...

      11/21/13 How Obamacare Became LAW http://www.briansussman.com/politics/how-obamacare... Senate Leader Harry Reid cut a deal with Pelosi:’’ reconciliation

      3/22/15 Obamacare’s five years of failure http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/22/lo...

      It is a bad law simply because of the actions of the president ignoring the will of the people and the law as written. Republicans were shut out of the debate, the actions of the 60 super majority Senate, the House and the majority members was NOT the way our government was intended to work on behalf of the people.

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      Larry Wall 2 years ago

      Jon Ewall:

      I am not going to debate, but will offer these observations.

      As a former news reporter, I refuse to watch Fox. I am not crazy about the all news networks, Fox is at the bottom of the list.

      My IRA (former 401K) has increased in value.

      Before the Affordable Care Act, I was unable to secure health insurance because of my age and prior health history. I had good insurance but los by job in 2010 without explanation--nice package, but insurance only lasted a year.

      While I was without credible I had several hospital stays and cataract surgery on both eyes (could not be delayed)

      My hospital wrote off one stay that cost $36,000. The $16,000 out of pocket was for co-pays, buying medicine from Canada and some low grade insurance that covered minor issues..

      With my ACA coverage, I paid $700 a month in premiums, but all the medical bills were paid and I even paid all the co-pays and deductibles in about 9 months, so all coverage after that was 10 percent.

      Mr. Obama is not the best President we ever had and certainly not the worse. He deserves some credit.

      Those that want to repeal the ACA have not offered any meaningful alternatives that I have seen.

      He made mistakes. All presidents have. Kennedy had the Bay of Pigs, Johnson expanded our presence in Vietnam, Nixon gave us Watergate, Ford kept the chair warm, Carter was not ready for foreign affairs, Reagan gave us the Iran-Contra affair, Clinton never had sex with that woman and let the USS Cole be captured, George H.W. Bush promised no new taxes then added 1 cent to the gasoline tax, George W. Bush and the gang were useless during Hurricane Katrina (I live in Louisiana).

      The odd thing is I could take that same list and note the accomplishments of each. It is all a matter of attitude.

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      JON EWALL 2 years ago from usa

      Junko

      Here's a link

      6/2/14 rev What has President Obama Done Right in Five Years? LOTS! https://hubpages.com/politics/What-has-President-O... by author My Esoteric on Hubpages NOT MINE

      President Barak Obama Campaign Failed Promises In The First Year https://hubpages.com/politics/obamacampaignfailedp...

      OLD LINKS

      I will update for you to be continued

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      junko 2 years ago

      Jon, as you noted the President was opposed and obstructed his first year almost a year before the Tea Party was born. I suggest you revise your 10 points of reference of 2009 and update your points to include 2014.

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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      yeah, it's now called baracketeering. His legacy to future generations.

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      JON EWALL 3 years ago from usa

      tsadjatko

      just some additional information GOV

      STATUS Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal Year: 2014

      http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app14.html

      10/01/13

      ObamaCare Enriches Only The Health Insurance Giants and Their Shareholders

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2013/10/...

      The Health Reform Bill’s intention was to provide health insurance for the uninsured, reduce healthcare costs and make it more affordable to more citizens

      12/27/09 GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE REFORM

      https://hubpages.com/politics/GOVERNMENTHEALTREFOR...

      Healthcare bill proceeded upon objections from the minority Republican members GOP HEALTH PLAN rejected by the Democrat majority**none of some very important amendments proposed by the Republican minority was not allowed to be debated and voted on.

      10/01/13

      Obama owns this shutdown now

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/01/b...

      The World is watching Obama expose himself as arrogant and a master of a distortion of the truth

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      TSAD 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      A Racketeer is a person who engages in dishonest and fraudulent business dealings.

      Welcome to the age of the BARACKETEER - An elected official who engages in dishonest and fraudulent political practices and policies. (and lies every time he opens his mouth)

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      6/9/13 and update

      The scandals in the Obama administration continue, the latest is spying on American citizens by collectiing phone numbers and other personal information.The President , arrogant and defiant, continues to ignor Congress's request for information.The Benghazi attacks are somewhat in the open, resolve of who denied help remains a mystery.Benghazi Whistle blower Hearing on C-Span3 live and un edited!

      POTUS ‘’ to tell the TRUTH ‘’ Benghazi A MEDIA COVER UP

      PART 1 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SConsulat

      PART 2 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/LibyaPar

      The start of Obama's second term is exposing his administration of a government not as he promised in 2008 but one of a lack of leadership.

      To be continued

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      4/26/13 AN UPDATE the budget battle is in progress.

      1/11/13 Obama State of the Union Refocuses Agenda on Jobs

      http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/state-union-ob...

      President Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Plan “Balance” not true

      http://www.speaker.gov/general/president-obama-s-f...

      2/25/13 Sequester - The Three Things you need to know

      http://www.gop.gov/sequester/

      President Obama Proposed the Sequester

      3/21/13

      House and Senate budget proposals compare?

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/how-do-house-and-se...

      Senate Democratic and House Republican budget proposals.

      4/18/13

      Bowles and Simpson offer a modified budget plan

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57580377/bowle...

      12 April 2013 10:33

      Obama's 2014 Budget Proposal

      http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/15094-ob...

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Credence2

      ''The GOP are obstructionists ''

      3/22/13

      SENATE BUDGET DEBATE

      http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

      Paul Ryan, R- Wis., details the GOP plan BUDGET

      http://www.kmbz.com/GOP-Weekly-Address-Rep-Paul-Ry...

      ‘’ Back In Black’’ finds $9 trillion waste inside WASHINGTON

      CUT WASTE

      Wake up America your Senator needs a wake up CALL.

      ‘’Cut, Cap and Balance ‘

      https://hubpages.com/politics/PRESIDENTBARACKOBAMA...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

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      Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Did you really think that Romney and the GOP had a better plan? Waiting for the job creators to shower us all with their charity and largesse AKA Undercover Boss?

      I doubt it. The GOP are obstructionists and are the aristocrats in the American politcal scene and as such need to be removed

      I don't trust the GOP nor the conservative mindset as far as i could throw either one of them.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      3/14/13

      ''5.To surround himself with experienced and capable people, like tax cheaters''''I heard that President Obama wants more Revenue to Spend '' Senator Coburn found $9 trillion in government WASTE inside Washington.There is a lot of $$$ right in the administration and the government. It was reported that there are 312,000 federal employees owe the IRS ,$3.5 BILLION. In the Obama administration there are 40 staffers owing over $330,000.Another schocking statistic, 3.2% of federal employees are delinquent. Employees of the USPO ,22,000,OWE $216 MILLION.

      Something is truly wrong in Washington.Shamefully, the people's house is still closed for tours of the Whitehouse

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      HUBBERS

      An update on Sequestration.FINALLY, Bob Woodward had the nerve to report the TRUTH about SEQUESTRATION.

      2/22/13

      Obama’s sequester deal-changer

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bob-woodwar...

      It is apparent that some sources for information lack the truth about Washington and the President. Let’s not forget that the Democrats have controlled 2/3s our government since 2007 up to the present. The 1/3 ( Republican House) of the government is working in spite of the Senate’s obstructionism and the President’s distortions of the truth. The Obama Administration credibility has been exposed. For many ‘’ the bubble ‘’ has been broken and what is being exposed is the TRUTH.

      GOVERNMENT WASTE, the past 5 years, the Social Security Trust fund has paid $400 billion to dead federal employees.

      TARP PAYBACK FUNDS

      McCarthy Joins Colleagues Asking Administration to Clarify Contradictory TARP Repayment Plans

      http://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/index.php?option=co...

      9/2/12

      Audit of the Federal Reserve Reveals $16 Trillion in Secret Bailouts

      http://theintelhub.com/2012/09/02/audit-of-the-fed...

      2/21/13

      Stocks drop following Fed doubts about stimulus

      http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_22628016/st...

      Our public officials need a ''WAKE UP CALL!''before it's too late!

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      2/17/13

      Finding the truth.

      SEQUESTRATION IS THE OBAMA PLAN. The Republicans have a simple solution:

      1.CUT WASTE in gov. FIRST

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      2.FISCAL CLIFF, why? 2/13/10 Pay Go Law

      The President lied? Follow the law

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      3.The House passed their 2012 budget in Feb as require by House rules.

      Where are the jobs? Check this site. http://majorityleader.gov/JobsTracker/

      Reid wouldn’t allow a vote. Meaning the President don’t need to do anything.

      To be continued?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      hubbers

      Compare the state of the union speeches.1/25/11

      President Barak Obama delivers the State of The Union speech

      https://hubpages.com/politics/PresidentBarakObamaT...

      2/24/09

      President Barack Obama – [ F ] Address to Joint Session of Congress

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks

      2/12/13

      AP Fact Check: Obama Overreaches in State of the Union Speech

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/12/ap-fact...

      Some what the same story.Senator Coburn reports 9 million ways to balance the budget CUT WASTE

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      A solution to Sequestration?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      hubber

      President Obama is now serving his second term in office starting on Jan 20,2013.The mainstream media is commenting on Obama's accomplishments of the past 4 years. Somehow their facts seem to be a little brighter than the facts.

      2009 unemployment 7.8%, today 7.8%. there are 8.3 million less workers than Jan. 2009. the Obama investments, $1 trillion stimulus, $700 billion tarp and $6 trillion deficit spending in 4 years. The Senate and the President have yet to pass a budget in 4 years.

      1/19/13

      First-Term Promises Made, Kept and Broken

      http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/20/us/p...

      May God Bless our country?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      My Esoteric

      ‘’If the Democrats had such control since 2007’’ DEMOCRAT CONTROL OF CONGRESS. The House, Speaker Pelosi 2007-2010 - the Senate, Senator Reid 2007-2013

      President Barak Obama 2009-2012 + 4 more years. The filibuster gives the minority party some muscle in deciding bills.*** in 2009 and 2010 the Democrats had a super majority control of the government. OBAMACARE, 0 Republican votes . The law continues to be written as we write.https://hubpages.com/politics/Obamacare-Anatomy-of...

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/04/09/study-c... study

      ‘’the conservatives been so successful, via the filibuster, of blocking every major Democratic imitative’’ you really NEED to be more specific only because what was blocked had EVERY THING TO DO WITH PAY-GO LAW 12/01.11

      Extend The Payroll Tax Deduction

      https://hubpages.com/politics/SenateDemocratsVoteN...

      The Tarp bill was to save the financial sector. The Obama administration was in charge of the distribution since Bush was not around. THE MONIES were borrowed and added to the Bush deficits. Any funds returned to the treasury were to repay down the deficits , that‘s the issue.http://www.investingdaily.com/15645/aig-stock-sale...

      http://gaanderson.hubpages.com/hub/Obama-General-M... taxpayers could lose $ 25 billion on the deal, that's a poor investment with our money

      If you read the articles, the treasurer secretary has NOT done so. Let’s remember it is only Congress’s authority to spend money as approved by Congress.

      A similar situation happened in stimulus funds that were not used or issues to a certain date. The Obama administration and the Democrats are spending and that is the major problems with the deficits.

      ‘’If Congress doesn't like it, they can change it, after all, isn't that why they ‘’ All sounds good but that hasn’t happened, so it appears what is today, is.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      ib radmasters

      Both sides are to blame, if we need to place blame on someone, let’s blame the voters.

      ‘’Congress has failed the people and they continue to fail‘’.

      ‘’the solution’’ is simple, cut waste and follow pay-go law. Wake up America,

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/paygo_description/

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      ‘’The stimulus money was spent, ‘’ try to find out where the money went and one will be surprised.Renewable energy money still going abroad, despite criticism from Congress

      http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investig...

      That’s only a part of it, see recovery.gov

      The Republican House since taking control in 2011 is passing legislation to solve the problems. Without the Senate debating and voting, nothing can proceed. The President threatens the House repeatedly against House bills.

      One half on Congress is not working hence nothing will get to the President to sign.

      House passed 40 Jobs bills http://www.majorityleader.gov/JobsTracker/

      Who is our President? http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_31606...

      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.a...

      Obama was elected by the people to serve a second term hence he will be living in the whitehouse for 4 more years.

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      ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

      John TARP is not the issue, it is the stimulus plan

      TARP gave the institutions that created the economic collapse a financial reward for their incompetence and corruption.

      The stimulus money was spent, and yet the economy still had 23 million people out of work, forty seven million people on food stamps.

      Last year the Federal Reserve Board was infusing $40 billion dollars a month into the Mortgage Bases Securities and they said they would continue it every month until the economy started to recover. The securities were also one of the reasons that the economy collapsed in the first place.

      Congress has failed the people and they continue to fail. Neither party has the solution, but the democrats have done the most damage to the country in the last one hundred years.

      Democrat presidents created the red ink programs we call entitlements. They created it but congress didn't stop it or change it, so now they are being blamed for the failure of the economy not recovering.

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Try www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/An-Update-on-the-Wind-Down-of-the-TARP's-Bank-Programs.aspx.

      The one above got truncated. Otherwise you will need to Google it.

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      For a more current update on TARP (12/18/12 vice your 1/26/12 link) see http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/An-Upda...

      The bank TARP program has apparently turned a $22 billion profit so far.

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      If the Democrats had such control since 2007 (meaning to use your argument, the Conservatives had control from 2004 - 2012, save for 2009 and 2010, since they either "controlled" at least one chamber through all of that period, both chambers through much of that period, and both chambers plus the Presidency for 8 of those years) then why have the conservatives been so successful, via the filibuster, of blocking every major Democratice iniative they didn't agree wholeheartedly with (at least until the point they saw the Republican Party disappearing before their eyes if they didn't allow a vote)?

      No, CCB is not better than the sequester. The sequester can be changed by an act of Congress, just as it might be today by the House, if they go along with the Senate bill. Even if the sequester is allowed to happen, it is a one time bad deal that the economy will ultimately recover from. The same can't be said of a BBA, the B in CCB. The BBA lives on in perpetuity, unless changed by another amendment, periodically wreaking economic havoc anytime an emergency comes along.

      Are you saying, by offering up the anecdote of stimulus money going to a district that didn't exist, that this is the way the vast majority of stimulus money was spent? If not, why bother with the anecdote if it simply represents a program that doesn't work 100% perfectly, which every reasonable minded person knows there are going to be some level of waste, fraud, and abuse.

      I certainly wish the humans which run private sector businesses could be as perfect as you appear to expect civil servants to be; performing their job with zero waste, fraud, and abuse. Unfortunately for conservatives, the people hired or elected to be civil servants come from the same pool of flawed humanity that those who work for private business who end up stealing and wasting billions of dollars annually while at the same time occasionally destroying the lives of virtually powerless consumers and employees.

      What is contradictory about the TARP repayment program, or is McCain simply using literary license since he knows very well that the the TARP program is a revolving fund, that had an initial capitalization of $700 B. Until Congress changes the law, any repayments, which I understand has exceeded the amount lent out now, sit there with authority to be used again, if the criteria of the TARP law plus amendments, are met.

      Why blame it on the administration? If Congress doesn't like it, they can change it, after all, isn't that why they were elected?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      My Esoteri

      ''that is a reciepe for national disaster.'' Is Cut, Cap, and Balance better than sequestation? If the House bill was taken up by the Senate in 2011, the problems today could have been worked out. The President and the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, 2/3s control since 2007.The spending of Tarp and the Stimulus was controled and distributed by Obama and Co.Obama once said if you need to know where the stimulus money is going, click on a gov. website

      It was reported that money was going to districts that did not exist, money waste?The tarp bill required any funds that were returned was to go back to the treasury to pay down the nat'l debt, not to be respent!

      TARP PAYBACK FUNDS

      McCarthy Joins Colleagues Asking Administration to Clarify Contradictory TARP Repayment Plans

      http://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/index.php?option=co...

      1/26/12

      The incredibly shrinking bill for TARP

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/post/...

      Troubled Asset Relief Program

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubled_Asset_Relief...

      The mainstream media fails to report!

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      1. Did Obama say he would bring back 10 million jobs in 2009, that is eleven months, even though the legacy of Bush was losing almost a million a month when Obama took office? Even Bush wasn't that dumb. What he did say was his stimulus would save or create about 4 million jobs over a few years, which it has.

      2. Obama never signed the TARP, Bush did. Obama signed a $787 B stimulus. Both were needed to prevent a depression according to almost all economists of all stripes ... and they did.

      3. Beyond having to spend to fix Bush's legacy, Obama HAS controlled spending. $3 T of today's debt is solely attributable the near depression itself, meaning the debt would have increased AT LEAST that much even if McCain had won.

      4. Obama was naïve, but he has greatly deminished the role of lobbiest.

      6. Obama was again naïve, but he probably has the most open administration of any President.

      7. He would have closed Gitmo if Congress had let him, but, as we saw, Congressmen of both Parties were chicken; he is President, not King.

      8. He did and he is, along the time table he set up.

      9. That makes no sense.

      11. I wonder if he could have if the conservatives weren't so concerned with defeating him rather than thinking of the good of the nation?

      Cut, Cap, and Balance - I have shown in antother hub where that is a reciepe for national disaster.

      I appreciate the opportunity, Jon, you to.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      My Esoteric

      The facts are that Obama isn't who he proclaims to be as by his actions. The hub states what Obama promised to do and be if elected. Obama gets an ''f''.

      1.To bring back the jobs lost in 2007 and 2008. In 2009

      2.To fix the economic problems by passing the $787 billion Tarp

      3.To have fiscal responsibility and control spending,

      4.To rid Washington of lobbyist and special interest groups.

      6.To have an open transparent government and to allow C-Span

      7 To close Gitmo last year.

      8.To end the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

      9.To give 95% of the people a tax break and not to tax anyone below $250,000

      11. To reduce the deficit by 50% in his first term.

      12/30/12, The President promised to not tax anyone below %250,000. Please understand and get by the propaganda of the day.

      The Bush tax cuts were in 2001 and 2003, today they are tax rates. If Congress votes to allow the tax rates to expire, there will be a tax increase on everyone not a tax cut.

      Falling Over the Fiscal Cliff comparable taxes

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014241278873247...

      Study Questions Tax Breaks’ Effect on Retirement Savings

      http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/study...

      2/13/10 Pay Go Law

      The President lied?

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      The President was elected to an office just as many others in our government. The people have finished their job and have nothing to do with legislation now. The US Constitution is the guide for elected officials, need I mention the oath of office. The President has broken his promises on many occasions prior to the debate on the ‘’fiscal cliff’. Presidents don’t make legislation, Congress makes legislation. After Congress passes legislation, legislation becomes law after the President signs the legislation.

      Obama signed PAY-GO into law in 2010.The Senate needs to follow the law. The House has passed a bill to resolve the fiscal cliff.

      ’Cut, Cap and Balance ‘’bill that was sent to the Senate on July 19,2011. https://hubpages.com/politics/PRESIDENTBARACKOBAMA...

      Your comments are always welcomed, have a great day.

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      You know what, I can put together snippets like that to show Bush II was a Muslim as well, in addition, to being illiterate, a bigot, and most any other trait you want to consider improper. That is what taking things out of context is designed for and you know it.

      What mainstream media reported was the words that came before and after what your U-tube propaganda portrayed. I bet I could turn you into an atheist (assuming you are very religious) if I have enough footage of you making speeches and interviews.

      Besides that, it is my understanding of the Constitution that religious tests are not allowed in order to hold public federal office.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      ''4 years ago

      Barack Obama claims he has never been a Muslim. Obama Spokesman Robert Gibbs Issued A Statement Explaining that "Senator Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, Was Not Raised As A Muslim, And Is A Committed Christian."

      Obama admits he is a Muslin

      Know who http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t...

      OBAMA BANNED THIS VIDEO

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHSkYG-Y&fea...

      Why didn’t the mainstream media report

      A fraud on the American people?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      On friday,12/28/12, Obama has a closed door meeting with Congressional leaders of the Senate and the House. The President will attempt to forge an agreement of both sides to avoid the oncoming fiscal cliff.

      Prior to President Obama's election, the President promised transparency in his administration. Obama has broken his promise many times since he was elected.

      The ''fiscal cliff'' debate should be a public event in open Congress session for all the people to witness. Senators have not been given their right to debate,amend and vote on the HOUSE BILL, recently passed by a majority vote.Let us remember the President's promise to allow C-Span to broadcast the vote.

      6.To have an open transparent government and to allow C-Span to televise the debates and Congressional meetings

      A simple solution is to follow the PAY-GO LAW and cut waste. Any tax increase requires a cut in today's budget( not in 10 years ) which equals a deficit neutral.

      The HOUSE has accomplished that, the Senate needs to step up and pass a bill that Congress can get to the President for signature.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

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      ON 2/13/10, the majority controlled Congress (the House and Senate) passed PAY-GO. law. The President signed the legislation into law. The economical problems are that the government is spending more than what the treasury takes in.

      Why is it that the DEMOCRATS ignore the law? The Republican plan denies the rich their write offs hence they pay more in taxes. The President wants $ 1 trillion in revenue, he hasn't offered $1 trillion in cuts. The House passed a bill that accomplishes both revenue and cuts to comply with the law. The solution is simple, cut waste and follow the law.

      Any one with a half of a brain understands the arithmetic? AGAIN THE LINKS

      Senator Coburn reports 9 million ways to balance the budget CUT WASTE

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      FISCAL CLIFF, why? 2/13/10 Pay Go Law

      The President lied?

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      http://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/index.php?option=co...

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/post/...

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/17/senator...

      past 5 years, the Social Security Trust fund has paid $400 billion to dead federal employees.

      Lest we forgot!

      https://hubpages.com/politics/barakobamacampaignpr...

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      My Esoteric 4 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Won't compromise on taxes? It seems he did, $250K to $400K when 68% of the country want the $250K. Why is it the conservatives won't listen to the people and raise taxes on the rich?

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

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      ''Entrenchment in ideology is the enemy of compromise. ''

      The past 5 years, the Social Security Trust fund has paid $400 billion to dead federal employees. Who are the progressives in the government?

      http://commieblaster.com/progressives/index.html

      Congressional Progressive Caucus

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Progres...

      How Washington's failure to reach a tax deal could spoil your 2013

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/25/how-was...

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/partial-list-taxes-...

      http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_31606...

      Obama Fiscal Cliff Speech: I 'Won't Compromise' On Taxes

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/obama-fis... "won't compromise" on his demands that the wealthiest Americans pay higher tax rates

      In the end both sides will come to an agreement that will be good for some and bad for others. There is a simple solution, cut waste and follow the law. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      FISCAL CLIFF, why? 2/13/10 Pay Go Law

      The President lied?

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      The House has passed a bill that will require the rich to pay more taxes without increasing the tax rate. The President and the Senate need to get going on their bill ASAP.

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

      Hubbers

      Today, 12/21/12, an update near the end of President Barak Obama’s first term.

      Obama has failed to correct the economy and to increase job opportunities for 23 million unemployed workers as promised. Today unemployment is 7.7% when not including those looking for work. The national debt has risen to $16 trillion on $5.4 trillion deficits for the past 4 years. Many of the President’s promises have yet to be accomplished.

      In Nov, President Obama was elected to a second term by the people. The control of the Senate will remain Democrat. The House will remain in the Republican control. The ’’fiscal cliff’’ budget restrains scheduled to start on Jan. 2,2013 are a major problem for the President and Congress. The President continues to blame Congress, distorting the fact that ½ of Congress, the House, has already passed a bill to remedy the ’’fiscal cliff’’ problem. The Senate will be forced to take action on the bill to forestall the Jan 2013 calamity. In the past, Senator Reid’s refusal to put the passed House bills on the floor for a debate, amend and pass/reject should be noted. Denying the people’s elected Senators their rights to vote on legislation is a violation of the Senator’s oath of office and the Constitution

      The solutions are simple. Cut wasteful spending and follow the law and the Constitution..

      Senator Coburn reports 9 million ways to balance the budget CUT WASTE

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVJ2gqqKWs

      ‘’ Back In Black’’ Fiscal Cliff, WHY?

      GOVERNMENT WASTE,who should be held responsible and lose their job? It was reported that for the past 5 years, the Social Security Trust fund has paid $400 billion to dead federal employees.

      TO BE CONTINUED

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      JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

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      10/05/12

      The first presidential debate is history. Polls taken in the media reported that Mitt Romney had been the winner because of his strong performance. In my humble opinion, it was the American people who truly are the winners. They had the opportunity to see both candidates in an open discussion , live and uncut as to what each candidate had to offer to the American people. The next debate will be the Vice President candidates debate on Oct. 11, 2012 followed by the 2nd presidential debate on Oct 16,2012..

      The moderator, Jim Lehrer allowed President Obama 42 minutes and Mitt Romney 38 minutes in the debate, hardly fair and balanced. The President disregarded the time to respond on many occasions. Mitt Romney refused to allow the moderator to respond many times , referring to time limits.

      Paul Ryan VP nominee previews first presidential debate 10/3/12

      recent poll numbers and talks foreign policy and the economy

      http://video.foxnews.com/v/1869261696001/exclusive...

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

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      8/25/12

      An update on the 2012 presidential campaign

      .Obama chief strategist David Axelrod

      Live and uncut, scare tactics?

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012...

      Paul Ryan on 'Hannity'

      http://video.foxnews.com/v/1797716109001/exclusive...

      vision for the future

      Hope and Change IS COMING?

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      It is sort "How" you tell the American people the truth isn't it? In his opening speech as a VP candidate. standing next to Romney in Viginia, Ryan told the "Truth" when he said "The median income in America has dropped in the last four years."; that is definitely true. In fact, I will go Ryan one better and say that one year from now, he can say the same thing, regardless of who is President.

      The implication is, of course, is that Obama has really screwed things up and Conservatives can do better. Well, that is where he starts off his campaign by lying to the American people through omission. What he omitted was the following:

      -- from Sep 11 to now, median income has grown

      -- his start point is at the one of two high points for conservatives (about the same number)

      -- that from the start point in Mar 2008 to say Oct 2009, when the impact of the big job losses from the Conservative recession, median income also fell even more dramatically

      -- that the conservatives let median income fall for over 3 years, from Mar 2002 (the other high point) to Sep 2005 before climbing back up just to where it used to be in 2002

      -- that Conservatives let median income fall from Feb 2008 to the end of their reign in Jan 2009

      -- that a Conservative economy left median income lower than when it started

      -- that Conservatives, in 8 years, couldn't get median income to grow

      What Ryan didn't say was that maybe we don't think Obama knows how to grow median income but our record proves that we Conservatives don't know how to.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

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      The 2 links above regarding the Ryan budget is a starter to be debated between the candidates for the presidency in the public arena. That’s a good thing, the voters will get a clearer picture of really what the budget proposal includes. In Nov, the people, will decide and judge. Congressman Ryan said ‘’ we will tell the American people the truth ‘’, that’s what the people need to hear and expect for once.

      A dysfunctional Congress couldn't do the job in Washington and the President was nowhere in sight, he was AWOL, I assume..

      Ryan Budget

      http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/the-presid...

      The President's Speech Distorts the Truth to Distract From His Failed Record

      Why is Paul Ryan easy to defend Medicare?’’ The Truth ‘’

      http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/08/13/why-is-paul-ry...

      Ryan has also come under fire as “the end of Medicare as we know it.”

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I listened to your two politicians talking, and I heard two politicians talking. Then I searched for a report on the CBO findings, which were produced at Ryan's request, BTW, and the first one I looked at is from "The Hill": http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicare/2170...

      To summarize the summary, the Ryan budget would:

      -- increase the number of uninsured by repealing Obamacare

      -- add a private component to Medicare

      -- "possibly" increase costs to seniors

      -- [CBO report] 'said other possible side effects include “reduced access to health care; diminished quality of care; increased efficiency of health care delivery; less investment in new, high-cost technologies; or some combination of those outcomes.”'

      -- calls for deep cuts in Medicaid

      -- calls for deep cuts in the Children's Health Insurance Program

      There is no question the Ryan budget will cut spending by the government on health care in the long-term, 50% in 10 years and 75% by 2050, according the CBOs initial estimate, but at what cost in human misery for America's children, poor and elderly (unless you are well-off of course).

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      No, I think you are wrong; the Senate voted on the Ryan budget in May 2012, in memory serves; it lost with 5 Republican defectors. It goes without saying, but I am saying it anyway apparently, that any Democratic budget would suffer the same fate.

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      ''they simply won't vote for somebody who will take away their Medicare'' Medicare is not changed for those over 55.

      June3.2011 Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals 6/3/11 '' THE TRUTH ''

      http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/06/03/ryan-and-van-

      Somewhat a different story that Obama and the Democrats are telling the public.

      Republicans won control of the House in 2011 AND HAVE PASSED A BUDGET THE LAST 2 YEARS. Senator Reid (and his boss ) refuse to allow our duly elected Senators their rights to debate, amend or pass/no pass the House's budget. For the Democrats to call the Ryan budget radical and other distorted statements without due process is a disgrace. The people's voice in the Senate has been denied by the Democrat leadership. THE MEDIA fails to report as usual, wonder why

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The Ryan budget plan, regardless of how he tries to sugarcoat it, does away with Medicare as a single-payer plan and basically will privatize it. Seniors do not like that one bit and they can see behind the rhetoric. My feeling is, that issue will trump any bad feelings they may have about the economy; they simply won't vote for somebody who will take away their Medicare and you can bet your bottom dollar the Democrats are going to frame it just that way now that Ryan is on-board.

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      ''he just gave the election to Obama by giving him the edge in the over-65 vote'' REALLY,what do you base that remark on,distortions or fact?

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      While Ryan is a solid Conservative pick, he should do very well on the campaign trail, unlike his predecessor. I suspect, however, he just gave the election to Obama by giving him the edge in the over-65 vote. I think Pawlenty would have been a smarter choice, but, as an Obama supporter, I am very happy with this one.

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      Hubbers

      Today 8/11/12, Romney announced that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be the vice presidential candidate on the Romney ticket to win back the whitehouse on Nov 5, 2012.

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      8/03/12 Just a reminder of Feb. 2009.

      2/24/09 President Barack Obama – [ F ] Address to Joint Session of Congress

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks...

      One can be the judge if the President has performed.

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      I would appreciate comments on Obama's promises, that's the topic of the hub. What number refers to Obamacare?

      ''how unhappy you are that '' Who is you?

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I can just imagine how unhappy you are that so many poor people will now have better health and that free-loading healthy people will actually have to pay for their healthcare.

      BTW, given you don't care for the tax argument, would I be correct in stating you are against the Medicare and Social Security tax as well? Many of those on the political Right are, as we all know.

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      Today 6/28/12, the Supreme Court ruled that the Obamacare law is constitutional on the basis that the mandate to force citizens to purchase health care insurance is a TAX. During the Healthcare debates in 2009, President Obama said that the mandate IS NOT a tax. The President apparently lied.

      The President, shortly after hearing that the law is constitutional , appeared on television and said that the verdict by SCOTUS was ‘’ A victory for the American people’’. A massive tax is a victory? In 2014, the mandate will be in effect, it will be a massive TAX increase on the American people. The President and the Democrat leaders celebrated the win for the party in their efforts in passing the Healthcare legislation.

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      As of 6/22/12, the Supreme Court has not released a decision on the Healthcare Law.

      A recent article,

      Billions of Dollars Are in Play Over Health Care Law

      much of the money went to unions and state retirement plans as a way of rewarding “politically connected constituencies.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/health/billions-...

      Speaker Pelosi said it right, '' we need to pass the bill to see what's in it''. It APPEARS THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION took care of the public workers right under the eyes of CONGRESS.

      The law is far from being a bipartisan law worked on by both parties.

      The polls show that 80% of the people believe that the law will be revoked, as it should be because of how the bill was proposed and the unconventional way CONGRESS voted.

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      History

      The Senator Coburn report '' WASTE IN GOVERNMENT'' http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow...

      What will Congress do? Will the House act ? Will the Senate act ?

      We all know that nothing happens until the House and Senate agree to a bipartisan bill. Lastly the President needs to agree.

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      HUBBERS

      Past history will not change the economy and the need for jobs. Discussions on my hubs deal with the present and the future. My hubs go back about 4 years, whatever occurred than may have an impact on today but the people's concerns right now is centered on the present.

      Thanks to all of you hubbers who had added interesting posts related to the subject.

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      Your opinions are far from the TRUTH! The question still remains for voters to ask themselves, ARE YOU BETTER OFF TODAY THAN FOUR YEARS AGO? If the answer is YES, you will consider giving the President more time, if NO, THE VOTERS WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION to bring change to Washington.HOPEFULLY before the nation enters a deeper recession.

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      6/18/12

      When will the media rebut Democrats and the President when they refer to the mess they inherited in 2009. As the President says '' let me be clear'', it should be noted that the Democrats controlled Congress in 2007 and 2008.Speaker Pelosi (2007-2010), Senator Reid (2007-2012) controlled all legislation including all committees. Senator Obama also was a member of Congress voting on the Democrat legislation. Republicans had no control of anything except the chance to filibuster as best as they could.

      Hopefully the press and media will at least start to expose the hypocrisy and report the FACTS!

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      The President and the Democrats BELIEVE that taxing the rich will solve the countrys problems.

      5/09/12

      Obamacare, Taxing jobs out of existence

      WHY are companies not hiring?

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51364

      4/10/12

      Potential impact of Obama's 'Buffett rule ' President Obama’s

      2011 tax returns rate was . 20.5 % , a lot less than his secretary

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/20...

      Who owns big oil? Obama and the Democrats want to tax them?

      http://whoownsbigoil.org/

      Republicans want to cut the waste out of government, is hat the wrong approach?

      The President forgets the Pay-Go law.

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAYGO budget legislation

      PAYGO compels new spending or tax changes to not add to the federal deficit.

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Your article, Jon, demonstrate exactly why America needs to throw the Conservatives out and replace them with either rational Republicans or Democrats. If that happens, then, while may go ahead and force the country back into a recession on Dec 31, 2012, a more pragmatic and "America First" Congress can begin repairing the ideologically-caused damage in Jan 2013.

      I am hopefull, but not optimistic, that we can get back to the kind of Congress the signers of the Constitution had in mind, one that would compromise for the good of the country; like the one we had before 1994.

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      Not a conspiracy theorist 5 years ago

      Seems like you have nothing else to do then talk about what the prez is doing I think you need too cool down and stop saying things will be broke by a certain year it's like saying the world will end in 2012 or 2000 or every decade trends come and go by saying it will stay the same for 10 or 20 years is ridiculous

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      President Obama and Senator Reid have publically announced that jobs bills and the 2013 budget will not be addressed in the Senate prior to the Nov. election. Leader Boehner wants the President and the Senate to take actions to resolve the deficits, budgets and the tax hikes that will confront the Congress in Dec.2012.

      5/22/12

      Economy Could Tip Back Into Recession on Washington Impasse, Budget Office Says

      The Obama record to date.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/business/congres...

      WAKE UP AMERICA,Washinton needs NEW leadership to turn the government around.

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      ''plenty of examples of bills Obama/Reid put forward for a vote, and the Conservatives stopped ''

      If you research the reasons why the Republicans filibustered the Senate bills you will discover that the Democrats wanted to raise taxes on a SELECT GROUP of taxpayers and refused to abide by the PAY-GO LAW. The President signed the PAY-GO LAW passed by the super majority Democrat Congress ( the House and the Senate).

      2/13/10 2.04 pm est.

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAYGO budget legislation

      PAYGO compels new spending or tax changes to not add to the federal deficit.

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      The DEMOCRATS WANT TO TAX, the REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT SPENDING. One must try to understand how Congress works to resolve a bypass. A simple solution is for any bills passed in either House goes to the other House for debate, amend and negotiate a bi partisan agreement. Afterward the join approved bills are negotiated together by all members of Congress, as per the requires of the Constitution. The FINAL bill than goes to the President to sign into law. Up until the time when the President signs a law, he has to be impartial in the debate. This President has publicly on many occasions told Congress that he will veto a bill if it don’t meet his demands. Some kind of leadership to defend?

      American Government 101

      A Mystery No More

      https://hubpages.com/politics/American-Government-...

      Presently the House has passed legislation, the Senate leadership refuses to allow the House bills to be debated. The President has not provided the truthful leadership to push the Senate to stop the delays in passing jobs bills. President Obama is in campaign mode at this time. Senator Reid has publicly said that he will not allow the House bills to be taken up before the election, just wondering why? Maybe the truth of how the present administration is running the economy into the ground?

      Senator Coburn reports that there is $9 trillion in waste in the government today. Surely Congress can cut out enough today to reduce the deficit by the $ 5+ trillion that the Obama Administration has placed upon future generations.

      The Senator Coburn report '' WASTE IN GOVERNMENT'' http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow...

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Two things,

      1. Give me a few examples of bills that truly create jobs that DON't have a poison pill in them that Conservatives know the Dems can't accept without caving into their beliefs.

      Now, I have't counted since Oct, but the House was NOWHERE near the number of "true" jobs bills they were claiming at that point in time. If fact, I enumerated all of the bills they had voted on in a hub dedicated to that topic.

      However, there are plenty of examples of bills Obama/Reid put forward for a vote, and the Conservatives stopped virtually all of them via the filabuster. I think the last one was helping veterans obtain jobs.

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      '' Conservatives have simply stopped Obama from implementing his,'' YES and NO

      The Senate is delaying the House jobs bills. Senator Reid will not allow those bills to advance to the floor as is the normal route, hence President Obama cannot sign or reject passage of jobs bills. it's all of the Obama plan for the 2012 election.

      House passed 27 Jobs bills and have sent them to the Senate for LEGISLATION action .

      , Obama or Reid telling the truth?

      http://www.majorityleader.gov/JobsTracker/

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      It is interesting to note that Conservatives have simply stopped Obama from implementing his, so we will never know if it would have worked. The mechanics of the Ryan plan guarantee his will take several years to bear any fruit; there is nothing in the Ryan plan that immediately gets the economy to improve faster than it is already.

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      An update on the 2013 budget, check these sites.Comments are welcomed!

      Ryan / Goolsbee debate on Ryan budget.

      Who has the best plan to put Americans back to work?

      http://video.foxnews.com/v/1647909607001/ryan-gool...

      Meet the Press 5/20/12

      The Ryan/ Durbin 2013 budget discussion

      http://video.msnbc.msn.com/meet-the-press/47494280...

      Really, something to think about in Nov.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      You are certainly right, I should have done that, my apologies.

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      Thank you for your response.Consider the issue a closed matter.Maybe in the future drop me a note.

      JE

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Actually, I think (not totally sure though) that this is their attempt to prevent abuse in using links. This isn't saying your duplicative link was abusive in any manner, which I don't think it is and is why I didn't "Deny" it in the first place, but others apparently have abused the privilige of posting multiple links to the same site. Consequently, their search engine identifies such cases and, in my case, put a skull and crossbone icon on my hub.

      I would rather not have that icon on my hub, so I "Denied" the offending comment with the duplication in it. If you want to copy your post without the one duplicate link, you had the same one in another comment, I will be more than happy to "Undeny" it.

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      SORRY,It's called censorship.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Yes I did, sorry, but I didn't have a choice; it was causing a "duplicate link" error that upset Hubpages. If the error will not appear, I will repost it.

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      I HAVE MADE POSTS ON SOME OF YOUR HUBS that apparently you have decided to not allow. just a kind note that what goes around , comes around. have a good day!

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      The President's budget was voted on YEA 0- NAY 99, doesn't that say something? All the bull about Reid not allowing a 2013 budget to be debated on is TO COVER THE REAL TRUTH.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      "budget" is a broad term and my meaning is all parts of the process that ends up as an appropriation sent to the President for signature. It doesn't just mean the physical document that is supposed, not required, to be passed every March or April. As I understand, the "budget" was set last year in the negotiations over the debt ceiling, a time where it shouldn't have been done. You and I both know that if Reid did put forward a budget, it would never be passed anyway, the Conservatives would filibuster it into non-existance, it would be a massive waste of time given the kind of no-compromise Republicans who are in the Senate; one might consider it fraud, waste, and abuse of government funds, lol.

      As you know, all a budget does is set "not to exceed" limits, in broad terms, that the appropriators use as guidelines to come up with the final budget for any given fiscal year. It is the appropriation discussions where the fight ought to take place, not during the decision on whether to default on America's obligations or not.

      You are quite wrong in saying businesses only have one choice when they are losing money - cut costs. In my business, I will try to raise revenues first rather than destroy peoples lives as my first choice. Doesn't that make more sense?

      Of course the government is the largest employer in the country, they have the military to manage. Take DoD and other national security agencies out of the equation, then there are several companies bigger than the remaining federal government; Walmart, for example.

      How much of that $9 billion is the same waste that Obamacare is trying to get rid of in Medicare and Medicaid; $5 billion is it? If you take the best run companies in America, you are going to find a minimum of 5% of their operating costs can be tied to waste and inefficiency; it is endimic and will always exist because perfection is impossible to obtain. So, even if the federal government was 99% efficient, there would still be $13 billion in waste.

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      ''Budget negotiations'', the House passed a 2012 and 2013 budget. The Senate hasn't passed a budget in 3+ years. the Senate will not put a budget on the floor, that's what you call ''Budget negotiations''.

      There is a simple solution if the President and Congress follows the PAY-GO law. CHECK OUT THESE LINKS!

      2/13/10 2.04 pm est.

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAYGO budget legislation

      PAYGO compels new spending or tax changes to not add to the federal deficit.

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

      On CBS

      the Ryan budget by Congressman Van Hollen

      http://republicanredefined.com/2012/04/01/contrast

      The Senator Coburn report '' WASTE IN GOVERNMENT'' http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow...

      It's all too simple, just stop spending money we do not have. The government is the largest employer in the country. When businesses lose money, they have no other choice but to cut cost. To be fair with the people who pay for government, government needs to put some skin in the game. Senator Coburn has found $9 trillion of waste. Cutting wastes in government before entitlements seem quite reasonable. Why won't the President and the Democrat Senate listen to the other side of the isle and the people?

      Almost 4 years ago, the President spoke differently.

      Campaign Promises During the 2008 presidential election campaign https://hubpages.com/politics/barakobamacampaignpr...

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Jon, you do understand that increasing the debt limit to pay bills already incurred is not the same thing as PAY-GO; instead, it is an entirely different issue where Conservatives, having already been burned by a lowering of our national credit rating because of their antics, want to do it again.

      Budget negotiations are where you discuss things like PAY-GO, not brinksmanship over whether to default on our debt or not.

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      To increase the national debt limits will be an issue ih the Nov. elections. Just a reminder of the past for President Obama and the Democrats who pushed PAY-GO legislation in 2010. We are a nation of the rule of law,President Obama and our elected Congressional Representatives tell us.

      2/13/10 2.04 pm est.

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAYGO budget legislation

      PAYGO compels new spending or tax changes to not add to the federal deficit.

      http://chicagoconsultant.com/page2.php?category=2&...

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      As to the pipeline, Conservatives continue to circumvent the truth and rational decision-making in order to demonize Obama.

      FACT - OBAMA supports the Keystone pipeline in theory

      FACT - The Mebraska Repulican governor was opposed to the route chosen through is state and their Republican legislature PASSED A LAW prohibiting the current route of the pipeline

      FACT - Conservatives gave up their belief in State's Rights in their efforts to thwart the decision of the Nebraska government..

      FACT - Pipelines can cause environmental disasters

      FACT - Conservatives apparently don't care, as proven by their insistance of building the pipeline now, rather than waiting until a safer route is found and researched and approved in a rational manner.

      FACT - When a safe route is found (apparently one has been) that satifies the Republicans in Nebraska and the State Department, Obama will give the go ahead.

      FACT - Obama did give the go-ahead on part of the pipeline South of Nebraska.

      FACT - the US will NOT see a decline in gas prices once the pipeline is complete and oil is flowing for almost ALL of it will be sold overseas.

      Conservatives need to get their FACTS straight.

      FACT -

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Jon, regarding the over=generalization you made about Obamacare taxing jobs out of existance; your source needs to get his facts correct. He said:

      "In 2010, however, Congress, ravenous for revenues to fund Obamacare, included in the legislation a 2.3 percent tax on gross revenues -- which generally amounts to about a 15 percent tax on most manufacturers' profits -- from U.S. sales of medical devices beginning in 2013. This will be piled on top of the 35 percent federal corporate tax, and state and local taxes. The 2.3 percent tax will be a $20 billion blow to an industry that employs more than 400,000, and $20 billion is almost double the industry's annual investment in research and development."

      The problem with his theory is the 2.3% EXCISE tax does not impact a company's bottom line, it is a tax on the product which is passed on to the consumer; your telephone bill has several of them in it was does what you pay for gas at the pump. That is why you haven't heard any of these companies squawking. This tax doesn't impact jobs one iota.

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      Where are the jobs?

      5/09/12

      Obamacare, Taxing jobs out of existence

      WHY are companies not hiring?

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51364

      April 19, 2012

      Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Keystone Pipeline approval

      Obama has said he would veto. The bill passed 293 to 127,

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/us/politics/demo...

      The President says that the government must invest in the country.A $1 trillion investment with borrowed money with NO RETURN equals a bad return.How come the government is not being investigated for fraud and abuse of taxpayer money?

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      With due respect for your opinions, I must say that you truly are misguided.Thank you for ALL of your posts to my hub.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      The fact that the Dems had finally regained control of Congress after losing it to the Conservatives 12 years earlier is mute in regards to the Great Conservative Recession of 2008. The downturn that became the near Depression was already under way when the Dems got control. Further, while they may have gained the majority as the recession began, it doesn't mean they were capable of doing anything about it, even if they had the time to effect the outcome, which they didn't. Remember, that is when the Conservatives began abusing the power of the filabuster in the Senate; in addition, the Conservatives held the Presidency.

      No, the fact that Dems got control in 2007 means absolutely nothing, given they were not able to do anything to stop it from happening.

      THEY WERE, however, able to help stop it from becoming a Depression because, without the Democratic majority, TARP, one of the underpinnings of mitigating what was happening, would likely have gone down in defeat if the Conservatives were still in control.

      The 2008 Recession was totally a Conservative-sponsored downturn because, as I have clearly shown in another hub, that the Conservative economic philolophy, the Austrian School, simple doesn't work in the real world, it never has.

      By the way, it WAS that supermajority that allowed the Obama stimulus to pass; without it, this country would still be in a depression, not recovering from the biggest recession since 1937. Do you honestly think that without that supermajority, the Conservatives wouldn't have abused the filabuster some more and blocked the stimulus in the Senate? You know they would have have because Conservatives believe a good depression is needed once in awhile to "cleanse" the National soul.

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      5/08/12

      The President often says '' let me be clear''. The President says that his administration inherited a mess. What is funny is that he fails to tell the American people that he and his party , Democrats, were in majority control of Congress, the House and the Senate, from Jan.2007 to Dec. 2008. Obama’s statements are a distortion of the true facts or that he and his party forgot that they were a part of the 2008 recession.

      The President is on the campaign trail blaming the Republicans, the do nothing Republicans, who had no legislation that they proposed be allowed to go to committee by majority leader Pelosi or Senate leader Reid. The mainstream media reporting on the Presidents actions are really biased, don’t you agree?

      From Jan. 2009 to 2010, the President and his party had a super majority congress, 100% control of the government. Blaming Republicans for holding up legislation is disingenuous if anything. JOBS, JOBS JOBS, the country is waiting.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      What surprises me about that chart is that even in the best of recent times, Clinton's Presidency, participation rate only gets to 67%. By comparison, it is 64% today, down from 66% when Bush left office but at which time, the rate was already plummeting because the effects of the Conservative recession were just beginning to visit itself on the American public. The question is, without Obama's actions, how much lower would that number be?

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

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      Found this link of tweeter, check it out.

      Obama's Orwellian Unemployment Numbers: Today's numbers are truly bad- Chart 1 attached. http://eib.tw/KAaStX for more. http://pic.twitter.com/eX9SsVYh

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      Today 5/04/12, the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% after a job report of 116,000 new jobs in April. Hocus pokus with the numbers? Another million droped out of the workforce, could that be an answer.Maybe they stopped looking because they didn't have the money to pay for gas?

      HOPE and CHANGE is coming home to roost?

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      hmmmm, how do get a "half-truth" when the assertion is Obama said "solely" and he actually said "the Republican minority got together as a group to block ...". That is quite different than saying something like, "100% of the Republican minority voted to block ... and received no help from Democrats or Independents." Now, in the latter case, Obama is saying "soley".

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      They didn't lie as you proclaim, they just reported a HALF TRUTH AS LIKE OBAMA publically does quite often.

      ''preventing Obama from doing good for America.''

      5/02/12

      Lies, Damned Lies and Government Jobs Data

      The truth, The U.S. economy is creating jobs

      http://www.foxbusiness.com/investing/2012/05/02/em...

      4/10/12

      Potential impact of Obama's 'Buffett rule'

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/in.../v/1555656093001/potential-impact-of-obamas-buffett-rule/?playlist_id=86929

      The President's Speech Distorts the Truth to Distract From His Failed Record

      http://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-ryan/the-presid...

      What has Obama done for the middle class and the poor? JOBS JOBS ????

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      As to your other link, the Weekly Standard starts of Distorting their Distoriong article by saying:

      "Last night, two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president's jobs bill. That hasn't stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate WHO ARE SOLEY responsible for holding up his bill's movement."

      They are trying to chatise Obama for lying to the public because two conservative Democrats (a party who encompasses a wide spectrum of political beliefs) joined all, or most of the conservative Republicans (who almost always, with one exception every so often, vote in lock-step with what ever their Minority Leader says). Well, in fact, Obama DIDN'T lie, the Weekly Standard is. They went on to report, to back up their claim, that Obama said:

      "... a Republican minority got together as a group to block ..."

      Do you see the word "soley" in there, or any other word like it? No you don't. In fact, even if the two conservative Democratic Senators Had voted with their party, the Republicans would have still accomplished their goal of preventing Obama from doing good for America.

      The American Standard not only distorted, they lied.

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I think both are usefull, depending on context.

      I looked at your Big Oil blog and considered the words you tagged on the end "... want to tax them..." Would you consider that a distortion? In fact, the Democrats don't want to "tax" them at all, meaning add on new taxes that weren't ever there before, instead, they want to remove what has become a "tax give-away", one of the causes of the national deficit and debt. From my point of view, removing a "subsidy", something I thought conservatives hated, is not a tax hike, it is simply ending a program they feel is no longer needed.

      Now, if you want to argue, as some have, that the "tax give-away" or subsidy is still somehow needed by a company whose Net Profit after taxes is $43 billion, that is a different story altogether and doesn't fall in the realm of distortion.

      I then looked at a few of things claimed in the blog you offered.

      Claim: Net Profit of around 8%; Exxon's 2011 Net Profit, after taxes was 9%, so close, but his graph that he provides stops there, it doesn't continue on down to say the retail food industry which is normally in the 3% range, or my industry where I find myself at around 5%. (Isn't that Deception by ommission?)

      Claim: Since 1981, the Industry paid out more in Taxes than [Net] Profit; Exxon's 20011 Net Profit was $42 billion and taxes were $31 billion, so, may not be true any more.

      Claim: The blogger says oil companies have invested more than $25 billion to drill for shale oil in the US in 2011, with such investment creating 20,000+ jobs since 2008. Exxon, invests between $-10 billion (I am not sure how they managed to go negative in 2007, but that is what their balance sheet shows) to $70 billion in 2009; it looks like Exxon's normal annual investment, however is around $20 - 25 billion with $10 - 12 billion being offset in depreciation deductions. Now, I applaud the oil industry for investing $25 billion in America in 2011, but the blogger once again distorts his message by omitting "which is x% of the total they invested world-wide" from his statement. He was trying to make it seem like Big Oil was doing America a huge favor when, in fact, it might be just a tiny one.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      My Esoteric

      ''when I do, I report '' Don't get me wrong, I respect your words of wisdom, even when we on on different tracks.

      ''says, they all lie,'' I DISCOVERED A NEW PHRASE, instead of half truths, I'm going to use the word ''DISTORTS and/or DISTORTIONS''.

      Which one do you prefer?

      Who owns big oil? Obama and the Democrats want to tax them?

      http://whoownsbigoil.org/

      Oct 12,2011

      Obama Misleads on Opposition to Jobs Bill

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-misleads...

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      My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      To tell the truth, I don't believe a word of what either side says, they all lie, or at least greatly exagerate. All their words do is give me something to look at, if it peaks my interest. I just look at what my research shows, and that is what I report (unless, of course, it is a matter of principle and cannot be researched, but only reasoned through). That should make debate simple; all anyone needs to do to prove me wrong, is present the data or logic to back up their claim.

      Believe it or not, I have been known to change my opinion once I dig into the facts of the matter and when I do, I report that as well.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      My Esoteric

      A STEADY diet of Obama propaganda has destroyed your brain.As technical as you are, you truly need to research the truth about what the Obama gang is all about.