“Actually, this is the one and only Republican Obamacare change I support. The employer mandate should be scrapped altogether. In fact, we should go a step further than that and get rid of all government tax breaks for employer sponsored plans. The employer sponsored health insurance system we've been operating under since WW2 has been one of the most serious drags on both wages and attempts to move toward a universal HC system.
Instead of offering higher wages to workers, companies can just offer heavily subsidized health benefits. This is not only a drag on the individual insurance market since group plans are a separate pool, but also a drag on wage growth and hiring. Take away businesses' ability to offer standardized "benefits" in place of higher wages and they'll be forced to compete for workers' attention by actually paying them more. Or using that extra capital to hire more.
Moreover, moving people out of group policies and into the individual insurance market broadens the pool of the latter and drives down prices across the board. The employer mandate is the one part of Obamacare that absolutely needs to go - and hopefully it takes employer sponsored insurance along with it. Give people higher wages and let them buy their own health insurance instead.”
aballantine1 on Apr 3, 2014 at 13:28:00
“I would mostly agree. I don't think going about this in this way (half-hearted with the goal of hurting workers uppermost) is the way to do it.
A full law would be the better way to phase out the business subsidization of healthcare, mainly because the immediate problems would be huge. It would have to be phased out as a more widespread (single-payer?) system takes over from them. We wouldn't want any time where many people are unable or without healthcare.”
“Wow, just look at all these Innovative (TM) features that Android has had for years! Apple does it again!”
Loves all musik on Sep 19, 2013 at 17:26:33
“Well, Android did steal a lot from iOS when Google "Redid" its design in the first place. Anyways, Apple's been stealing features for a long time and spicing it up. They just haven't been so blatant with it before. And at least they acknowledged they liked the control center in Android. I mean, that's the only thing they stole, but still...”
“Umm...you do realize that ObamaCare was signed into law 3 years ago right? It was already passed. Democrats aren't bringing anything even related to ObamaCare up in Congress. The Republicans on the other hand, have now voted 40 times to repeal the law which was passed 3 years ago. And actually, everybody but you seems to know what's in it and what it does. It's pretty easy to find via a simple Google search.
Oh, and Obama has submitted a budget proposal every year. It's Congress that hasn't passed a budget in that time. The Senate passed their budget proposal a couple months ago, and now the Republicans in the House refuse to take it to conference in order to actually work out a budget. Instead of passing a budget the House just took it's 40th pointless vote to repeal ObamaCare. Boehner is a joke, and his caucus is filled with reckless psychopaths.”
Drkstorm on Aug 3, 2013 at 13:44:35
“March 2013 The House voted 221-207, largely along party lines, to advance the budget for the next government fiscal year
The HOUSE passed a budget for the senate to vote on,,
Do not let those pesky facts get in the way of your blame republicans agenda”
“Actually, Cheney decided that Cheney would make a good VP. Get this - Cheney was in charge of the Bush campaign's committee to find and vet possible VP candidates. Cheney chose himself, and was given a $20M severance package by Haliburton when he left to become VP.”
“I'm sure you would think that, given that conservatives are constantly trying to drag the rest of the country down to their despicable level. But no, some of us actually have a conscience. You might try looking into one. Of course you'd have to stop voting Republican.”
“Might wanna brush up on your history. By the end of FDR's first term unemployment had dropped from over 20% to around 12%. Then Morgenthau and the fiscal conservatives got their way and 1) spending was reduced and 2) many of the New Deal programs were overturned. Then unemployment shot back up to 18% within a year, and the conservatives started claiming what you just posted. That "we spent all this money and got nowhere", even though it was CUTTING that spending that sent the economy back into a tailspin.”
B O Bunionoe on Feb 13, 2013 at 13:01:13
“Thank you, Drew, but I am vastly informed on the FDR era.
Morganthau served as Secretary of the Treasury from January 1934 to July 22, 1945, over 11 years.
So you are insinuating that FDR was incompetent in not removing someone who, according to you, was politically motivated?
The facts and the excerpts of Morganthau's words are not in dispute. Sorry.”
“So if they released a "Girlfriend Trainer" app where you slap around a woman for looking at another man, would you consider that "good fun for men, and nothing else"?”
7daysuntil on Feb 1, 2013 at 19:53:16
“Have you played grand theft auto, where you can beat a prostitute. Did you ever cry about that? And to answer your question yes that would be good because I know better than to beat a woman in real life.”
“To be fair, the Senate was never intended to be the house of the people, and the switch to popularly elected senators pretty much poisoned the original intent of the Senate, which was to be the house that represents the states, not the people. The House of Reps is the house of the people. The Senate was supposed to be the house of the states.”
“The Founders were progressives. Lincoln was progressive. FDR was progressive. With the occasional exception of social policy, nearly every president from Washington to Reagan was "progressive". It wasn't until Reagan that this notion of "progress is bad and the old ways are better" took root. Nearly every president up until that point had a clearly "progressive" agenda in the sense that they were constantly pushing the country forward in terms of expansion or modernization. Only when the radical right ascended to power did we STOP progressing and start trying to turn the clock backwards in search of the fictional "golden days" of the past. And for the past 30 years the GOP has been trying their damndest to prevent progress. To prevent modernization. To prevent the United States from adapting to the realities of a modern world, and trying as hard as they can to keep us in the White Christian world of the 1950s (while simultaneously denying that the liberal policies of the 1930s-40s played an incredibly significant role in building the "utopia" of the 1950s).
Progress is good. Progress moves us forward. Progress helps us adapt to the realities of modernity. The world is not the same as it was 50 years ago. Hell, the world is vastly different from what it was 15 years ago. We must adapt in order to survive. First law of nature. And the Regressives are trying to the best of their abilities to prevent us from adapting.”
“"You have no argument" claims the man who failed to answer my question. First of all, I never once mentioned party affiliation, left/right, or anything of that nature. This is what we call projection on your part.
Second, I did not ask about what Republicans would not cut. I asked specifically what YOU think should be cut, since all you offered in place of an actual idea was "cut spending" which, as I said originally, means precisely nothing. So I'll ask again, and give you another chance to answer the question without resorting to a longwinded ad hominem attack based upon assumptions about party affiliation.
Like what? What spending? "Deficit hawks" love to use this phrase, but it means precisely nothing. So, tell us what spending should be cut oh wise grade school graduate.”
Allen Marples on Jan 20, 2013 at 16:53:09
“And therein lies your problem...The whole left/right thing.
If you had a clue, you would know that the only spending Republicans would not cut is spending on defense. We have to keep in mind that Democrat or Republican, the one thing all our representatives have in common is that they like being in office, and want to keep being there..This is the only thing that keeps Republicans from using the cheap money we can borrow to keep funding social programs so there will not be a voter backlash.
You don't know what you are talking about. If you had any intelligence, you would put down the Democratic Party Blue Papers and pick up a middle school civics text.
You are going to say something smarmy, but sarcasm is the last resort of the ones who have no argument.
You have no argument.”
Federal Deficit for Fiscal Year 2009 - $1.4 trillion
Federal Deficit for Fiscal Year 2010 - $1.29 trillion
Federal Deficit for Fiscal Year 2011 - $1.3 trillion
Federal Deficit for Fiscal Year 2012 - $1.089 trillion
Projected Deficit for Fiscal Year 2013 - $901 Billion
Yeah...sorry. Despite what Fox News and Limbaugh tell you, Obama actually cut the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars during his first term. And lest we forget, budgets are set a year in advance so the budget for 2009, Obama's first year in office, was set by President Bush. Thus you can see that under Obama the deficit has only increased in one year, by a minimal amount ($1.29 to $1.3 T) before dropping sharply.”
“Because Republican administrations have such a stellar track record on the debt and deficit right?
Reagan increased the national debt by 200%
Bush 2 increased the national debt by 100%
Ronald Reagan and Dick Cheney have both told us that "deficits don't matter".
Guess who the only president in the past 40 years to have a balanced budget and shrink the debt was? Bill Clinton - a Democrat. Democrats handle the economy better. This is a proven fact supported by history and data, and I sure would love for you to tell me otherwise.”
MerthinBuff on Jan 18, 2013 at 19:16:54
“You should probably read my post again. I wont call you ignorant, I wont say you have horrible comprehension skills, and I wont make fun of you.”
“1. Spending has already been cut (over $1T thus far)
2. Obama has been talking for close to a year now about wanting a long-term debt reduction package totaling $4T, which Republicans have rejected.
3. Reductions in spending in the short term would be disastrous. You. Don't. Cut. Spending. When. The. Economy. Isn't. Booming. Traditional Keynesian economics, practiced correctly under Clinton (cutting spending and raising taxes during a strong economy) led to the largest surplus in US history and a shrinking debt. I'm all for cutting spending, but for that to be a viable course of action we need to return to a strong economy first. Cutting spending right now will only make that more difficult.”
Wurkenstiff on Jan 18, 2013 at 15:18:59
“Where is this trillion dollars in reduced spending?
Please show me.
I see lots of articles about Obama's "budget proposal" that reduces spending by a trillion over ten years but seeing as we have not passed a single budget since he has been in office I fail to see how this actually means anything.
“If by "open for business" you mean "gutting worker wages to increase corporate profits" then sure! Paradise for all. Just look how well all those other right to work states are doing. They sure are doing great by earning nearly $7000 less per household and having far lower rates of those with health insurance!”
“Except this isn't socialism by any means, you have no idea what that term means, and if anything this is an instructive lesson on the greed and heinous practices of the corporate class who would rather punish their employees in order to protect their multi-million dollar bonuses than comply with the law which would actually help their businesses in the long run. Short sighted greed. Typical of corporate conservatism.”
“It includes the Microsoft Office suite, and has double the storage space of the base model iPad. I was disappointed at first, but I'm beginning to think that the price is a pretty good deal.”
Byron Miller on Oct 16, 2012 at 15:52:03
“USB 2.0, MicroHDMI and MicroSD card slots make this totally worth every penny. Can plug in my normal mouse & keyboard at home and use my 24" monitor as second screen and use Office 2013 like a pro.. (plus it has more ram, more cpu out of the box..)”
six seven on Oct 16, 2012 at 14:03:22
“You can also use the microSD slot to add an additional 64GB of storage. I pre-ordered the 32GB model because of this, and the fact that I have a grandfathered 25GB sykdrive,”