“It's refreshing that the American people have an accurate picture of Obama's civil liberties record. I would agree that is no to ever so slightly better than GWs. The Patriot Act was and is a travesty - hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their lives to protect civil liberties here and abroad; and because a dozen lunatics killed 3,000 America's on 9/11 we've thrown away much that was fought for. My dear Dad, who was both a WWII and Korean War vet is turning over in his grave :-(”
Lchey05 on Feb 12, 2013 at 07:01:33
“Assassinations of American citizens is not better than what G.W. was doing. You're fooling yourself into thinking so.”
“Not a problem; just ask the high school graduate experts on climate science - Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck - they'll explain to you that global warming is a left-wing conspiracy built on the liberally biased scientific method.”
“By far the biggest drain on American ingenuity and risk-taking is still our health care system. How many millions of American's would strike out on their own or join a smaller, riskier venture, even at a lower salary if they, and particularly any dependents they had, didn't have to depend, life and death, and bankruptcy vs economic security, on an employer based group health insurance plan?... The US and its brightest citizens are at a distinct economic disadvantage compared to other advanced nations where health care is a guaranteed right vs a fortunate privilege.”
mannapat on Jan 21, 2013 at 23:48:44
“You are SO right! Medicare for all with cheaper but adequate premiums = more people quitting their jobs to strike it out on their own, and possibly succeeding and hiring even more people. Meantime, younger people fill those vacant jobs. The other huge + is that Medicare covers more and more younger and healthier people, making Medicare even more viable. There are a lot of people in 40s and 50s who don't like their jobs and would gladly try something else, but they are locked into the company-provided health care.”
“"We no longer have free-enterprise capitalism in health care," and it's worked so well for us, most expensive health care system in the world, 1/6th of our economy, and around 30th in quality of care. Just think about the concept of 'for-profit insurance' and what an oxymoron it is if you are the insured individual whose life depends on reduced profits.”
jk2001 on Jan 18, 2013 at 00:29:33
“We don't have free-enterprise capitalism in health care. We have the FDA and private AMA and medical schools. We have government funded research. The system is heavily socialized or corporatized already.
Back before all this institutionalization, medicine was community knowledge about plants, or snake oil, or faith healing, or grave robbers. Capitalism wasn't as well developed either.”
hoppidoug on Jan 17, 2013 at 23:58:53
“Exactly... health care insurance that is provided only to those who work for companies that provide it... with the ultimate goal to make lots of $$$ for the "investors". Oxymoron indeed.”
“Never been, never will be, a Whole Foods customer. You may call it fascism - there are many countries with higher standards of living, and higher rates of economic growth for all its citizens and not just CEOs; that think our current health care system is cruel, costly, ineffective, and boneheaded. I trust their judgement, and my own, much more than I that of John Mackey.”
“More wonderful initiatives from a Republican majority elected by a minority of the popular vote - all thanks to gerrymandering. Wait til they stop allowing even more of us to vote; minorities, college students, working poor that have a hard time getting to the polls, etc... It's time to start getting angrier than we all ready are!”
“There is nothing more tragic than the wasted and under-utilized talent that is a result of this 'corporations prefer higher unemployment to hold down wages and benefits to the lowest percentage of GDP in history' economy. I'm not a communist; but Marx and Engels were dead on in a too many areas...”
“Since economic growth tanked between 2000 and 2008 at a time of record (wartime) tax cuts - low taxes clearly aren't the answer either. Especially considering most economies with higher average income and standard of living than the US have higher tax rates then us...”
“Biggest problem with the deal is that if you are median income in the US, somewhere around 30K, your taxes went up by 2% of your total income (FICA). But if you make $400K (top 1%) your taxes only went up by .5%. What else is new...
I agree FICA taxes should have readjusted back up; but tax rates should have increased on income well below the 400K/450K cutoff.”
Fit2betied on Jan 2, 2013 at 23:50:24
The bush tax cuts for all income levels should have been retired as well. Then we could end deficits and pay for what is actually needed for a healthy future. With the agreements just made there will be no choice, but to cut entitlements or the military. You and I both know there will be no cuts in military spending. Get ready for across the board cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The only other choice is more deficits and runaway national debt.
If we want a healthy USA we must all pay for it. If we want the biggest, baddest military we must all pay for it.”
“Clinton successfully raised taxes on income at a much lower threshold then Obama. Clinton was a much more capable politician then Obama as well and had a stronger spine. Has nothing to do with Obama being black,
Now, the emergence of the Tea Party going ballistic of a Heritage Foundation health care plan has everything to do with Obama being black...”
maninthebooth on Jan 2, 2013 at 23:31:28
“One problem with your premise, Brian. Clinton had a Democratic Senate AND Democratic House.
There were also few filibusters and many more moderate Republicans. It had nothing to do with spines.”
biznesschic on Jan 2, 2013 at 23:14:36
“Clinton raised taxes when he had both the house and senate. Obama did it with a hostile House of representatives. What's that you say about gutting welfare, and deregulating the finance industry? Oh, I forgot, wimps only apply to black presidents.”
“I work hard and my taxes just increased by 2% of my income (FICA increase). If I made $400,000 a year my taxes would only have gone up .5%. So, screwed again... I agree that FICA should have gone up; but the rates should have increased on the amount above $200,000; or even lower considering the average individual income in the US is south of 50K - which would classify 50K as middle income...”
“There is still hope that this won't pass the house. The biggest rip is that Dividend tax rates are capped way too low. Dividends and capital gins are the primary source of income for inheritors of wealth and the extremely wealthy. Also, making the Bush tax rates for any group permanent is a travesty - these tax rates were set before we entered two overseas wars and provide inadequate revenue.”
“As a liberal progressive, I also praise the TeaBaggers for triggering the fiscal cliff. I'm OK with paying a couple thousand more in taxes as long as though making over a million pay another $150,000 or so per million; especially on their investment income.
Most middle class folks like myself already have most of their savings in 401Ks we can't touch until we retire - and when we do we will have to pay ordinary income tax on the gains vs 15% rate...”
“Not a problem, just ask Glenn Beck Rush Limbaugh, the high school graduate experts on both environmental science and economics that tell too many Americans what to think. They will clarify you that this is all just alarmist and a left wing conspiracy...”
“How about cutting the huge post 9/11 defense and security budget; or perhaps asking the banks the middle class bailed out to pay back truly what they owe - which is closer to $3 trillion dollars in economic stimulus and government support payments caused by the great recession triggered by their corrupt and irresponsible greed!!”
pmoore40 on Dec 20, 2012 at 23:28:33
“Now now. Didn't you enjoy paying for those banks and car companies? It was our "civic duty" to help them. LOL”
Actually, if we do go over the cliff I will go back into stocks. If Obama caves and accepts a weak-knee'd compromise that coddles the wealthy at the expense of the middle class I will stay out of US stocks and look for other places (countries) to both invest my money (and probably retire) in...”
“If you trade away my retirement security (Medicare and Social Security) Barack then you can count on me downsizing even further, saving even more money (I prefer not to die in the street as an unemployed 65 year old holding a $7,000 voucher in my hand) with the plan to retire abroad.
In other words its going to really suck for the US economy - not that as an individual I will make much difference; but I can tell you I have several friends/peers talking the same way... Cutting retirement security for a middle class that has lost its pensions, has stagnant or falling wages, and is losing benefits is not a recipe for economic growth.”
“What's really frustrating about this is Republicans House candidates received over 10 million less votes than Democrats did; but of course with all the gerrymandering they retained a majority. Kind of like the Supreme Joke selecting the man with 540,000 fewer votes President of the US - and we all know how well that worked out...”
megwright on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:52:51
“This would be a very different country today if the Florida votes had all been counted, or if the Supreme Injustices hadn't created new law out of whole cloth in order to make the election turn out the way they wanted. Can you imagine how much different things would be?”
“I'm a lib that works 60 hours a week and I'm proud that I pay my fair share in taxes; twice the rate that Willard does. When Willard's dad George was Governor of Michigan he bragged that he paid over 40% of his income in taxes as a proud American that had benefited by the incredible opportunity and infrastructure the US provided him and his family.
I would have seriously considered voting for George, but no way am I going to vote his tax avoiding son that made most of his money bankrupting companies and shipping good paying jobs for hard working American's overseas.”
“Respected presidential historians have placed Barack Obama to the right of President Dwight Eisenhower. Also, under Obama the federal budget grew at the slowest rate during his first term of any modern President. Largest growth in Federal spending was under Ronald Reagan, and GW was number two.
The facts do matter; unless you listen to Faux news or are told what to think by Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, who both failed out of college...
If Obama is a socialist, then GW and Reagan were communists.”