“My grandmother fed hobos at her door for most of the early 20th century. She was known by those in need. Yes, we all know of stories of people in desperate states of all kinds, mentally ill, drug addicts, alcoholics, and even criminal. Food stamps are a Progressive bandaid not a solution. . If you think those things aren't happening today you are blinded by socialist euphoria. If you want to talk about sad, let's look at how the Progressives have gone after charities across the country, especially in NYC, and forced them to stop feeding the poor and hungry. (I'm guessing you don't know about that.) The Progressives only want to control everything, even if that means stopping charity. My grandmother would be a criminal today. The bigger the government the smaller the citizen. Progressives believe they can take better care of people than they can themselves. Yet, government takes the wealth from the citizens, squanders it, wraps themselves in the cloak of luxury, misuses and abuses our tax payments and then tries to hide the ugly truth. Gov. gets bigger, more powerful and elite and people get poorer.
While I appreciate your earnest emotions, again I have to say you are misguided and have stayed on the path of your emotions and blind trust in government to the degree that you don't really know what is going on in your own country. SAD. Truth is out there. Be brave today. Learn something today without bias.”
“Honestly, people are so used to comments like yours from people who continue to deny what is going on in this country that it isn't worth the time to discuss anything with you. Your not interested in facts. It's all out there. You drank the denial kool-aid or you are just promoting a Progressive agenda. You are a dictator's dream citizen. Either way, facts never enter into your head. Truth has no agenda.”
“I'd start with the Constitution. By your definition, our founders would be traitors. I guess the King of England might have sided with you. You call it tearing the nation apart piece by piece. Those who voted for the secession in CO probably call it taking back their country piece by piece. It all comes down to whether you side with the Progressives of both parties or not.”
“Actually, I absolutely do lay the blame for where we are today with the Progressives, most of which fly under the banner of Democrats but there are many on the Right as well. Those who know history in America understand the who, how and why of where we are today. The debate is only whether one sides with the Progressives or not. Most don't care to know history or fact. That's why we are such a low information society today in the USA. The information is readily available.”
farkinaround on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:42:59
“If you think one particular party is more to blame than the other, or if you trust one more than the other, you have definitely got your head in the sand. There was a time, within the last two decades, that I consistently voted across party lines,,,that won't be happening again any time soon. The right sometimes has been a little left, and the left has sometimes been a little right, but they always met in the middle (usually over cocktails) and worked it out. Not anymore. The reason this country is changing faster than folks can keep up with is BECAUSE we have information readily available. And these kids today are smart, and open, and ready for it, and we have to help them. But that won't happen unless some of us realizes that freedom is just that,,,,freedom. Freedom from religion, or persecutions on any level, and yes, I mean the LGBT community, and I mean minimum wage, and I mean healthcare. This country is stuck on 'greed mode' right now, and if we don't change that 'haves and have nots' attitude, we shall surely sink as fast as the Titanic.”
“It is wonderful that citizens of states are standing with strong voice to send messages to their elected officials. This type of action speaks more to elections than anything else. Remember the money Bloomberg was putting into the race in CO. He was the mayor of NYC for goodness sake. We should be looking at election reform that keeps billionaires and unions from pumping money into a state they don't belong to. We should be looking at how states are being manipulated by outsiders such as Hollywood elites that want to enjoy the beauty of a state built by hardworking Americans while they try to force their liberal agenda on the citizens of that state.
How is it that we have so many elected officials that don't represent the people? The governor is right. It's time to learn and discuss the system and how far it has strayed from the citizens of his state. This is one big wake up call for Colorado. It will only get worse since the current administration has bungled more and more issues and tainted the Democrats with scandals, hidden agendas and defiance of the American working people who fund their extravagant lifestyles in the bubble called D.C. Can't blame people of CO for wanting to opt out. Many states and Americans across this country feel the same way after the pummeling they've taken from the Progressives over the last 6 years. I think they've finally had enough.”
shadylady on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:29:01
“SCANDALS? Seriously? Like …. what.. have you not read all the proof that the 'scandals' were NOT?”
n82mk on Dec 5, 2013 at 07:38:27
“No where will you find the definition of "good American" as someone who wants to breakup this great nation piece by piece. They are traitors by definition.”
farkinaround on Dec 5, 2013 at 07:22:32
“It isn't only Democrats tainted with scandals, or have the universal rights to hidden agendas. They ALL do it. An area of CO just wanted to secede from their own state. You can call it right, left, progressive, or independent, but you can't lay the blame at the feet of Democrats or Progressives. We didn't get here to this point in time by osmosis.”
“You don't know that without paying all those taxes they wouldn't be able to sustain their own communities. The poor didn't starve before food stamps. And in fact the dependency on food stamps has grown substantially and the poverty rate is far from good. Not being regulated by a greedy, controlling federal government might do wonders for the economy of their state. You don't know what the people of Colorado might be capable of. Having said that, it was a symbolic vote which speaks volumes to their elected officials and the rest of the country. The six counties that voted "no" might well have a lot of people also upset with the new laws. Their state has changed drastically and they have a right to voice their opinion. Hopefully, those who don't like the direction their state and country are going to get out and vote strong in 2014 to start taking back their state.”
shadylady on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:59:24
“The poor did not starve before food stamps? Seriously! Have you not studied the 30's??? Read Water for Elephants, or any of the other books about that era, before SS and welfare..I personally know from my childhood many elderly lived over on Miami Beach (before it became 'deco') who ate dog and cat food for protein, mixed with rice. THAT was their diet. They lived in rat infested apartments, no hot water, no air conditioning… thus the pictures of all of them sitting out on the porches all day. No money to go anywhere, not even a doctor.. and too hot to be inside. It was SAD. I was but a pre-teen and even THEN, I felt great sadness for them. I thought THAT was what happened to you when you got 'old'. Thank God it has changed mightily in the last 55 years!”
“Bans on this and bans on that. Too bad Congress can't ban hate, violence (think the new craze Knock Out), working the system and living off of tax payers, five day work weeks, skyrocketing tuition, politicians that lie, control over citizens, driving up the debt and wasting tax payer money. Now that would be true public service.
Maybe we should send them all home, have more local government and have a council of 1 rep per state that gets together bi-annually just to confer on keeping our country safe and free. Then maybe states would compete to be the best place to live. Wouldn't that be something. Being able to chose where you want to live based on what you value and being the change in your own life instead of living under an ever increasing controlling government with mandates, regulations and bans.
We had something like that once until Progressives started giving freedom away piece by piece in the early 20th century. One control after another. Nothing they did ever worked out right in the end. Life wasn't perfect but who knows where we would be today if they hadn't taken us down that path of an ever expanding central government ; sucking up the fruits of our labors, dictating how we should live and foolishly trying to legislate morality. We had smart students, respect for others, and a sense that we could achieve. We learned life lessons instead of what the government could do for us.”
“Why doesn't CFPB look into the absolutely staggering, skyrocketing student loan debt since Obama took over student loan services. Oh, right. That would be like investigating your boss and then reporting on your boss to your boss!!
I'd like to have a loan business where I am the only source provider and then start a campaign to convince everyone that they need to go to college so more people will borrow from me. All of this while I do nothing to stop the price of college going up 25%+. Wow! I'd be rich. Then, since I've done nothing to create jobs when they graduate, the interest rate will increase what they owe and I'll be even richer! ! Oh, but that would probably be illegal or something if I did it.
And we are suppose to think that the current administration is some kind of hero because they are going to monitor Sallie Mae. Is this what you call a smoke screen? Once again, the press can't see the forest for the trees. Forget the fact that there are no jobs, forget the fact that many of those indebted students could be making good money in skilled labor jobs if they hadn't gone to "college" because someone convinced them it was what was "best" for them. Let's focus on student debt and it's impact on our economy.
Meanwhile, the student debt load keeps ticking upward. Obama will swear he didn't know about it until he read it in the paper.”
wolverine771 on Dec 3, 2013 at 08:40:35
“Most of these democratic idolizers are that way because of gratitude. Their benefits would not be affected if they voted differently. altho democrats threaten it would.”
“Would you want to hire someone or live next to someone who storms our border agents and throws rocks (that's what they do in the middle east, stone people to death) and threatens them with mob rule?
Those border agents are our neighbors and family and we should have their backs not turn around and give a pass and free anything they need to illegals who come here to take from our working people and give nothing back.”
hcinhawi on Nov 27, 2013 at 22:08:55
“if they work, they actually pay taxes and get nothing back in return for the taxes they pay.”
“You are so intent on making the Republicans look bad (not that hard to do these days) that it seems you care little of how Obamacare is impacting people of the working class, all races and all political persuasions. You just want a chance to bash the GOP. Nobody cares about that anymore. Congress and the House and the President all have numbers in the tank. Most of us think they are all soon to be defunct. So try moving past your political agenda and actually look at what is happening to your fellow Americans and this country. It isn't the rose colored glass view you've been fed.”
readinamazement on Nov 22, 2013 at 11:41:54
“Thanks for the view from the libertoon 17th century.
The GOP does a great job of alienating demographics other than fat old white bigot males - women, minorities, gays, youth and moderates.
Want to look at what is happening in America in the context of health care (the subject of the article)?
We have the worst system in the industrialized world - highest cost, lowest quality - the ACA is addressing that to the extent the GOP would allow -
“Permission to make a law does not in anyway possible ensure that the content of the law is good or that it is morally right. Republicans and Democrats voted to go to war in Iraq. Most politicians were on board because we just had to act and do something. Sound familiar? That's Obamacare today only the Democrats did this single handed.. They can't point to the Republicans and blame them like they do over their votes on the Iraq war.
I hope that in 2014 people will vote for ideas and candidates not the party that will give them the most bailouts, a party that feels empowered to do anything they want because their is no court that will stop them.”
Kathy Green Orazio on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:26:21
“Most politicians were on board in Iraq because the President and friends insisted they had proof Iraq had wmd. Even Bush has since apologized for his "faulty information". Trying to compare an unnecessary war and healthcare reform isn't realistic. We know how the war turned out and the healthcare reform is only in it's infancy.”
leob112 on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:26:14
“Yes, and that party is the Libertarian Party read here www.lp.org”
“Well said. Their media campaign to show as much deliberate pain as possible had an effect. It should a crime for the press to deliberately mislead or knowingly withhold information from the public. Otherwise, they are just a tool of whoever is in power.”
“Turns out Cruz was right. If they had been able to exclude Obamacare from the rest of the governing budget as he wanted, the chaos we have today with this mess of a health care plan wouldn't be rolling out. It was never right and most Americans never wanted it. It is crystal clear that those who crafted this bill didn't have a clue what they were doing. They did understand the magnitude of consequences (intended or not) even though professionals in business, health care and yes, the Republicans, were saying whoa, wait, there are problems here. Don't rush this thing. But the Democrats did it anyway. They passed the bill so they could see what was in it. Well, here it is. Everybody can see now and it just keeps getting worse.
The poison will soon be so prevalent in the system that the patient (our economy and health care) will be on life support for the rest of their life (draining the working people through higher costs and taxation) if they don't die from the malpractice we call Obamacare. Those in charge care more about control, building a dependent base and their political agendas than health care. Doctors take an oath to do no harm when trying to heal someone. Too bad our governing body and elected officials didn't take that same oath.”
Keith Bryson on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:13:08
“Most Americans voted for Obama and the ACA(Romneycare).”
dantdon4 on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:07:19
“A good portion of the US believe that the ACA doesn't go far enough. Many want a single payer system.”
Wildkitty on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:04:49
“Are you REALLY suggesting that the original health care system DID NO HARM?
Are you suggesting that Insurance Companies DON'T NEED to live by that same rule that the medical society does?
Are you also suggesting that it's OK for Insurance companies keeping UP TO HALF their customer's premiums for their corporate uses? (meaning they make 100% profit BEFORE providing any services!
Do you believe that children, born with debilitating problems SHOULD NOT be covered - EVER - even if the parents were covered at the time of that birth, and the condition of the child was unknown prior to birth? By the way, it seems that poor women are FORCED to carry to term (with all the new rules in place in various states) even if they DO know the child will need constant care. Exactly WHAT options do you think those parents should have if their insurer refuses coverage?
Do you believe that Insurance Companies should be allowed to 'pull the plug' on someone diagnosed with a debilitating disease - leaving that individual without coverage when it is most needed - even though premiums were current?
And maybe you can explain WHY insurance companies should be allowed to raise their rates by double-digits - and give no reason? Do you believe that ONLY the wealthy and well connected should be able to have health care coverage?
Does the 'MORAL' issue NOT apply to corporations which accept payment for their service and then REFUSE to provide that service?”
kitcumbie on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:01:15
“Thanks for ignoring that millions and millions of Americans who couldn't get healthcare before now can. How noble.”
JamesFaehr on Nov 22, 2013 at 07:59:08
“We don't have patients and Drs any mote they are customers and providers it is all run by larg corp who only care about money not the person they test and give you drugs and keep you sick so they can make more money”
Anniebody on Nov 22, 2013 at 07:58:12
“" Most of Americans didn't want it?" Then why did Obama win in a landslide???”
nixwell on Nov 22, 2013 at 07:50:24
“Here is the malaise that permeates throughout America. They believe that the ACA is bad for America, they believe that Social Services are bad for America, they believe that restricting voters ability to vote by cutting back the days to vote is good for America, and worst of all, they believe that goverment should be small and not intrude into thier lives, yet insist that women should not have the right to an abortion, and they believe that guns are good. Just consider this: America is 34th in health care for its children, and the death rate for children is shameful.
And we are "Exseptional"?”
“The government wants control and power over the financial sector. If it cared about justice, they would have taken down Freddie and Fannie first. We all know that. While the banks are at fault for so many things, it "took a village" for the housing catastrophe to hit. From risk taking under qualified owners to greedy dishonest mortgage companies, to big banks and yes, to Freddie and Fannie which continues on as if nothing ever happened. The government and officials knew everything that was going on. But rather than be accountable, they just want to hang trophy heads on the walls in the White House and use the downfall of our country as a way to become rich and more powerful. Anytime they try to look like they are doing something for the people by going after whoever has the deepest pockets , that's when we really need to be paying attention and questioning.
If the government makes everyone else the bad guy, can they get away with anything. They continue to pick losers and winners. There is no way all of the people harmed are going to be made whole or that JP Morgan is the only culprit.. The people want justice from the top down then they will be made whole inside. Its not about the money. We are strong and can rebuild. We want the corruption to end and that starts in Washington D.C.
Have courage to vote for the right people not a party in 2014.”
Dad2three on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:11:12
“Start with the most basic fact of all: virtually none of the $1.5 trillion of cratering subprime mortgages were backed by Fannie or Freddie. That’s right — most subprime mortgages did not meet Fannie or Freddie’s strict lending standards. All those no money down, no interest for a year, low teaser rate loans? All the loans made without checking a borrower’s income or employment history? All made in the private sector, without any support from Fannie and Freddie.
Fannie and Freddie, the federally sponsored mortgage buyers, were bit players in this market. Together they bought about 3 percent of all subprime loans issued from 2004 through 2007, most of that in 2007 alone.
John Robbins, long-time industry executive and former chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association
During the lending boom, the industry developed products that were "extremely risky that were pushed by everybody up and down the food chain," Mr. Robbins said. "We forgot
about our customers, and making money and our commission checks were more important,"”
Nov 16, 2013 at 07:08:10
“Another tragic set of events. He should not have opened the door. But calling the police would have been useless. I tried to imagine what it would be like if someone came to my door like that at 4 in the morning. The good Samaritan usually gets shot. This time it's a man with a gun who opens his door and shoots. He should have shut the door and called 911 ( useless) but safer.
If the cops had done their job (a person had a wreck after 1 a.m. and they don't think a bloody, disoriented person is a priority??!), she wouldn't have shown up at a person's home at 4 in the morning. Detroit has been ruined from within.
Had she not been DUI, she wouldn't have shown up in that condition. She could have killed someone.
All of these events went horribly wrong. She didn't set out to be a weapon behind the wheel of a car and he didn't go to bed expecting to use his gun 4 a.m. Both in altered states. However, he made a choice to open that door and for whatever reasons he fired his gun. Extremely poor judgement. She is forever gone and his life is forever ruined. He didn't go to bed wanting to kill someone and she didn't wake up that morning intending to destroy someones life.
Leave it at that.
Al Sharpton, always on the coattails of tragedy, using people to make himself look important, disgusts me.”
“Who is funding her? Then we'll know who's really running against McConnell.”
fatback65 on Nov 12, 2013 at 07:36:27
“Your mini-bio is a lie. You might trying being honest with us here so we know where you are coming from, but then that would not help your arguments would it? Be honest. You do know we can check your previous comments and you are no Independent. Be honest and change it to ConservativeForever. Be honest.”
sothbeach on Nov 12, 2013 at 07:34:18
“the question you should be asking and really wondering, WHO IS FUNDING THE FRAUD of McConnell”
“Austin is a sore loser. Wilson is right. It should be about the issues. Many people vote race first and never get to issues. He was smart, not deceptive. If people voted for him only because they thought he was black, that would be the real race story.”
“Huff Po in the gutter again. Anything to try and take this person down. He must be on to something powerful if the Leftist are so afraid of him that they have to try and destroy him. What is it about this guy that makes them hate him so. The fact that his father came here from Cuba? Are they racist against him and his father? How dare Cubans come here and talk about conservative economics? Is that it? Who do they think they are, Americans who believe in freedom and hard work.?! I can't help but like this guy and his dad is a great example of an American immigrant! The more they try to destroy him the more I want to hear what he has to say. If there's anything I've learned in the last 6 years, it's to look the opposite direction of where the Left is pointing.”
“Starting to see more and more mainstream commercials from the government on what they can "do" for people. It all comes with a price.
Sitting in airport in NYC last night my companion showed me a graph of the rate of student loans for college. Since Obama took office it has spiked drastically. Problem is the debt for college has too. Instead of working to keep costs down, he lets it spike up and then takes over the students loans and pushes them on young people. Then they graduate and there are no jobs.
There's a word for that on the street. You figure it out. Just one more way young people have been drawn into indebtedness that is dragging them down.
Hate to say it but she's right. Everything the Left does comes with a price of some kind to the recipient and the working taxpayers who pay for it. The Left is about appearances and gaining control over people, not about real solutions and letting people be free to fly on their own. I think people are just starting to get it but it may be too late. Obamacare may be the nail in the coffin.”
regalada on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:31:51
“And you think that all of that corporate welfare so popular with Republicans does not come with a price tag?
If you think that the Left is about gaining control over people, you have not been paying any attention at all. look at the onslaughts on womens' reproductive rights? What about the massive gerrymandering by mostly Republican legislatures to deny people, only certain people, the right to vote? And the spread of today's version of what were mostly restricted to the South, the new wave of Jim Crow laws?
You are uninformed and deluded and really need to do yourself a favor and educate yourself. And Fox watching does not count!”
“So you support the system where the younger generations will be taxed beyond belief and still there won't be enough to cover everyone. The workers of coming decades will see a tsunami of taxation as this thing becomes more and more defective. Remember, the gov you love so much can decide to tax you and take more of your money 1-5-10-20 years from now. This will be the reason they have to bleed the working people dry. It is an economic disaster already unleashed. Medicare hasn't exactly been a great model of economic sanity and Social Security wasn't thought through. It almost seems like your next statement was going to be "and money grows on trees so what's the big deal?"”