“It's adorable and very sweet. Just for the record, I don't think "this photo happened." One friend helped out another and someone happened to get a picture, lol. Dogs are the best. After seeing this photo, Deaf Betty and Little Bill want to try this at home.”
“Cutting "entitlements," those things we've all worked for our entire lives, isn't Obama's reluctantly offered compromise, it's his goal.
A sane country, given economic realities such as the loss of private pensions, decimation of retirement accounts thanks to our thieving corporate overlords, would allow all us little people to pay additional money into Social Security rather than trying to destroy the thing.
But then we are not a sane country, just a wholly owned subsudiary of Exxon-BOA-GE-Goldman etc etc etc ad nauseam. All empires are doomed. I just didn't imagine this one would fall in my lifetime.”
“Oklahoma! We are freeeeeee too! Free to be among the national leaders in virtually every social problem from domestic violence to incarcerated women to child abuse to drunkenness and drug addiction and on and on and on. And while we're busy living it up, freely messing up our lives, we're also free to fail in education, feeding our kids, live in poverty and more. Freeeeeeedom!!!! It looks a whole lot like stupid in some states.”
“"More than 60 percent of employers said in an August survey that they expect to pay more for their workers health insurance when President Obama’s health care reform law takes effect in 2014."
OF COURSE they expect health insurance costs to rise, AS THEY'VE RISEN forever and ever. This is the first year in five that our insurance premium hasn't increased by double digits. So increasing insurance costs is a no-brainer. They will increase because the insurance companies can raise costs for no reason at all.
One provision in the healthcare bill may help at reduce costs: the provision that insurance companies MUST spend a certain percentage of their take on actual health care.
Without Obamacare, there is nothing to rein in the insurance companies ~ or the health care industry ~ and prevent, or slow down, the ever increasing toll the exact from each of us.
A sane country would place cost controls on healthcare, just as we do with utilities in most states.”
VPN on Mar 20, 2013 at 14:58:06
Young adults and people for whom coverage would otherwise be unaffordable will have access to a catastrophic plan in the individual market. Catastrophic plans generally will have lower premiums, protect against high out-of-pocket costs, and cover recommended preventive services without cost sharing.
(Quoted from a KOS article titled 'Rules finalized for the good stuff in Obamacare')”
MyrtleJune on Mar 20, 2013 at 14:57:39
“Indeed. Sane countries would do just that. And sane countries would also remove the employer form health insurance structures and issue health insurance directly to the person. The employer would still pay into the national fund per employee and that's all they would do. Their costs would come down since every employer would pay the same amount per person. Every person would pay the same amount and that would also make that less for them.”
VPN on Mar 20, 2013 at 14:57:31
“The Insurance Companies are trying to run their premiumn costs up to get all they can before these things take affect in 14.
Nearly all health insurance companies offering coverage to individuals and employers will be required to sell health insurance policies to all consumers. No one can be denied health insurance because they have or had an illness.
Fair Health Insurance Premiums
Health insurance companies offering coverage to individuals and small employers will only be allowed to vary premiums based on age, tobacco use, family size, and geography. Basing premiums on other factors will be illegal. The factors that are no longer permitted in 2014 include health status, past insurance claims, gender, occupation, how long an individual has held a policy, or size of the small employer.
Health insurance companies will no longer refuse to renew coverage because an individual or an employee has become sick. You may renew your coverage at your option.
Single Risk Pool
Health insurance companies will no longer be able to charge higher premiums to higher cost enrollees by moving them into separate risk pools. Insurers are required to maintain a single state-wide risk pool for the individual market and single state-wide risk pool for the small group market.
(Quoted from a KOS article titled 'Rules finalized for the good stuff in Obamacare')
“The baby boomers have been paying higher social security taxes since the '80s in order to cover our great big cohort. The cause of our current economic malaise? Are you serious? What about the neocons and their insistence on endless war, on pointless and unnecessary tax cuts for people who didn't want or need them. Any effect from that? "Let the boomers feel some of the effects of their decades of greed and mismanagement" ... jiminy Christmas, guy. EVERYONE was on a roll for 20-30 years, it's only since the crash, fueled by endless and destructive greed of Wall Street, and over which NONE OF US had any control, that the economy's fallen into a hole. And those baby boomers you despise so, they're the ones most hurt by that crash, the one constructed and perpetrated by a select few already ridiculously wealthy sociopaths. We've been paying for our social security at higher rates for more than 30 years. To change the agreement now is a breach of contract. It's just more theft, and again, to benefit the ultra wealthy who cry into their silk covered pillows at the thought of a few thousand more $$ in taxes every year.”
“And who will ultimately cover that pension fund's obligations? That would be us, the taxpayers. Because we continue to allow unbridled, out of control, cowboy capitalism to operate in this country, enriching a very select, special few, at the expense of the vast majority of us.
It's a neat trick when corporations paying little, if any, tax, manage to steal from their workers and leave the average citizen holding the bag and making things right ~ or at least sort of right. Last I read, the federal agency charged with salvaging bankrupt pension funds was dangerously underfunded.
Can we just admit that too many of our corporate "citizens" are sociopathic entities we'd probably like to see imprisoned if they were living breathing in-the-skin humans?”
DougNTexas on Dec 10, 2012 at 20:09:22
“They (managers in charge) should all be jailed for stealing the Pension Funds.”
99er2049er on Dec 10, 2012 at 18:05:18
“When I heard about Bain capital doing this to workers pensions, it was bad enough they robbed these workers of their entitled pension plans they had agreed to and earned, but then to stick us the taxpayers with this under a debt loaded / Bain profited maneuver just blew my mind. How on Earth is this legal and how on Earth do we keep allowing this thievery to continue?”
StopHyperbole on Dec 10, 2012 at 17:58:49
“"Cowboy Capitalism" .. I like that phrase!! The picture that paints is priceless.”
“"...foreign policy that gives other nations equal status to America." Oh, the outrage! The horror! Because "America" OWNS the planet. Goddess help us, the American Empire lives and breathes to the detriment of the peons inhabiting the rest of the world.”
dvm on Nov 20, 2012 at 11:44:50
“My exact thought when I read his ridiculous statement. They think extreme nationalism=patriotism
Thank goodness these folks are no longer so powerful.
ash1987 on Nov 20, 2012 at 11:42:33
“Whats worse is that it's rather nonsensical.
The US, in terms of GDP, -is- leaps and bounds above any other country. But here is the thing, we are living in an interconnected, modern, nation. If something happens in China that negatively effects their economy, it effects us. There is no getting around the fact that the planet is interconnected, lest we find a way to become self-sufficient.”
goijra on Nov 20, 2012 at 11:35:43
“Tell that to the British, French, Spain, Dutch, The Mongols, Tartars, Romans, Greeks, Persians, and Egyptians all who came before us.”
“Women are not allowed to age. We are not allowed to show our faces in public sans makeup. Goddess forbid that we add pounds over the years, or show any evidence of frailty or the accumulation of years. For women who are in the public eye, it's 100x worse. Goldie is a marvelous, funny, smart, talented woman who is growing older. It happens to all of us if we're lucky.”
“It's tragic that the media, which could have been doing what Clinton did last night all along, focuses on the thing that matters least of all: the interaction between Obama and Clinton.
So Bill Clinton wanted to shake a few hands after his triumphant speech. And Mr. Obama preceded him by "a few seconds." This is news because ... why?
It IS NOT news. News would be the media holding the liars to account. News would be the usual talking heads blathering at one another, with the media then investigating FOR THE PEOPLE and telling the truth.
The gossipy bits of infotainment that pass for news today are contributing to the destruction of this democracy. People are not informed about real issues. Too many could discuss in detail the private lives of participants in Jersey Shore, but know zip about economics.
Try just giving us the news, media people. Plain news with verification of the truth of your sources. That's your job. You're the fourth estate, the supposed-to-be guardians of democracy, not gossip columnists. Please, please start acting like it.”
eatmebeatme on Sep 6, 2012 at 13:47:47
“It's a shame they all have to worry about ratings, and delivering non-biased facts unfortunately doesn't draw viewers in. Very sad.”
“Wall Street thieves sold and marketed mortgage backed securities to pension funds and other fairly conservative investors as low risk options for investment. They rated these as top notch, secure investments, when they were, in fact, very high risk bundled securities that were based on extremely risky loans to homeowners. Read up on the history of the financial collapse. It's all there, and the behavior of Wall Street investment banks had everything to do with the collapse.”
Sandpower on Sep 2, 2012 at 12:25:13
“I don't totally disagree. My point is, it's not just Wall Street....no one had a problem until their portfolio decreased in value”
“If current pension fund managers are invested in "mortgage backed securities and real estate investment trusts," they're insane. Based on Wall Street assurances of the absolute safety and security of MBS back in the day, pension funds and retirement systems were heavily invested in those vehicles. If they're still there at this point, given the proven dishonesty of Wall Street investment banks, they're mismanaging the money.
Why is it okay for Wall Street to seize the investment monies of pension funds and private investors all around the world ~ an act that amounts of eminent domain, only without compensation ~ when it's not okay for government to do so?
I completely disagree with your premise. The slippery slope argument doesn't work in this case. These Wall Street thieves used every manner of trickery to bilk millions of people of their savings, investments, and homes. This is just desserts, and none to soon in my view.”
Sandpower on Sep 1, 2012 at 21:34:25
“Wall Street portfolio managers were invested in mortgage backed securities because it's a long-term investment vehicle. Investments for pensions must be structured for short and long-term. How is Wall Street seizing funds when people and organizations voluntarily invest the funds? When you invest there is a risk reward premise. Most don't care about the risk and want to only share in the reward. The investment vehicles designed to maximize the reward failed leaving everyone holding the bag including "Wall Street" employees that had nothing to do with the market collapse. I understand the anger directed at Wall Street. Reality is, most of had our hands in the pie too.”
“"The group from the East Coast, representatives of the mortgage finance industry, don't like this idea much at all."
Oh. Boo hoo. They've had four years to come up with a solution and have done nothing. Federal government's doing nothing. So San Bernardino is attempting to solve its own problem and good for them.
I have never understood why this disaster wasn't handled in the same way as the savings & loan crisis in the '80s. Well, it's clear why: we've been indoctrinated with the belief that all government is bad for so long that duplicating that effort is politically impossible.
So nothing has happened beyond a few miniscule efforts insufficient to address this national crisis, and all of us are bearing the burden of people losing their homes. Meanwhile, our elected "leaders" are wringing their hands over the moral hazard of helping people who borrowed and/or bought too much house.
Where's the concomitant agonizing over the moral hazard of allowing Wall Street to walk away from this debacle?
In the absence of a serious, coordinated effort to hold to account the thugs on Wall Street who created this nightmare, San Bernardino's doing something on its own.
Good for them. This is American ingenuity as its best. And if the folks who caused this horrific problem are weeping and gnashing their teeth over San Bernardino's solution, all the better. It's long past time for the architects of this crisis to suffer.”