“While they are revising entitilements, might as well get rid of the SS death benefit which is like $180.00 and replace it with real life insurance for 10K. Then when SS places the policy with an insurance company, write the policy for 20K. When the insured dies, return all the moneys to SS to offset future deficits. It creates a new revenue stream and a middle class benefit.”
CJCalgirl on Jul 20, 2011 at 23:41:24
“Quaker, Fanned, BUT i would be concerned about it working SO well, they'll want to privatize the whole thing, and the banksters ARE going to crash again, so I don't want to GO THERE. IF we could LIMIT this to ONLY death bennies, I'm ALL for it!.”
SisterAnn on Jul 20, 2011 at 15:18:41
“It may be $250 now. Back when it started $180 was a lot of money. Now it isn't.”
Billyguitar on Jul 20, 2011 at 14:57:55
“Good, common sense, idea. I guess that means it won't happen!”
AndrewHuff on Jul 20, 2011 at 14:57:49
“It also creates a new cost to pay the premiums on "real insurance".
On average Social Security would lose money. If they wanted a death benefit, it would be more efficient for Social Security to run it themselves for their millions of beneficiaries.”
“Obama did the right thing and got as much as he could. I must be the only person in America who understands this man after campaigniung for him for 2 years. He is NOT the POTUS of the Progressives, he is THE POTUS of the USA, the we, the people. I wonder whether he should have done getting rid of Bush tax cuts right off when elected. However, REMEMBER back then? The Reps were screaming for the banks to fail, the car industry to go bankrupt and screw the states' shortfalls. He bailed out the banks (almost all paid back), salvaged the auto industry (in healthy recovery) and saved the states' budgets. ALLL the states.
Unless you understand how government works, you won't understand politics. He is a lot tougher than you think - even though he speaks calmly and deliberatively and realistically.”
mad catter on Dec 6, 2010 at 22:42:55
“I find it hard to believe that anyone can still apologize for this man. He is tough that's for sure, against his own base. But in front of a Republican? This man is milquetoast.”
Pucifer on Dec 6, 2010 at 22:42:48
“Probably should cut back on the kool-aid.”
ladybugmagic on Dec 6, 2010 at 22:39:57
“If he is not the president of the Progressives, he can count on them going elsewhere in two years.
Something interesting would have been an extension of the tax cuts for the wealthy, and an extension for unemployment insurance, for one year for both.
Just so we could prove these trickle-down, "job-creating" tax cuts don't work.
Oh, but REMEMBER back then, when they were in place under Bush? And no jobs were created?”
“Elizabeth - you are a classy lady who tackles life's most rendering times with heart, touching spirit and style. "You can go your own way..." Girlfriend, so many hearts and spirits are with you, God sees your shining light. Thank you for your wonderful essence and staunch support of we, the real people, the middle class and embolding our Democratic values. God Bless you - and it wiil be.”
“Afghanistan is where we should have been fighting from years ago -9. We had Ben Laden injured and holed up at Tora Bora, after we let him escape the mountains. Obama, Biden and Clinton are applying the right pressure and measures in a very dicey situation. Bush 43 flat out said he wouldn't fight in Afghanistan - not possible to win. So says the biggest loser and biggest spender ever to hit the American economy. I know that a lot of people are tired of war - as am I - I really think deeply about why we fight. I asked my Dad after 9/11 - should Bush attack Afghanistan? He replied, "He has to, Honey, the terrorists were supported by that country." Reluctantly, I agreed. Because I hate war. I think it is male testosterone on steroids that has to happen every generation or so. Maybe viagra will dull this tendancy. So I supported the war efforts against Afghanistan. Suddenly, we were in Iraq. For 9 years. With thousands dead.
Obama is doing the right thing and I support him. He is focusing like a laser on the Afghan/Pakistan/India/Iran relationships. I am sorry all of you are tired of war. How many of you have served? What are you tired of? These brave soldiers are fighting a war that has the most major consequences for our future. How we wage it is very important.”
blutigeroo on Jul 26, 2010 at 00:15:30
“There were the good warlords, which he funded and gave power to and they helped us fight the bad warlords, otherwise known as terrorists. But, then the good warlords realized that we had given them power which in fact we had not and thus they automatically became the bad warlords. Perhaps the first set of bad warlords were actually the real good warlords and the first set of good warlords were just pretending to be good. Now we must rethink our strategy because we are the the original good warlords. "Good warlords" is euphemism for "real humanitarians".”
chuck prebys on Jul 26, 2010 at 00:14:47
“Pretty much true, but you need the details.
"We" didn't let OBL go in Torah Bora......the order came straight from Rummy to let him go when forces had him in visual view and were prepared to take him down.
And why is Rummy walking the streets freely and not swinging from a rope?”
Gore4Pres on Jul 26, 2010 at 00:12:51
“You are assuming OBL was responsible for 9/11.
A story, may I remind you, you were told by the Govt and the media.
Whether you chose to believe what they say is up to you.
“SC Dem Party Chair - how did this happen? Who welcomed him? Who vetted him? Who offered him boots on ground? Who monitored his website or lack of? Seems like SC politics is very screwy. Get it together SC Dems!”
“That's it. After the healtchare vote, take the Homeland Security Charimanship from him and let him vote and filibuster with the Republicans. We, the people, are tired of being held hostage by a man so completely owned by the lobbyists that he doesn't even listen to the people of his own state who
indicate overwhelmingly (56%) that they want a public option. Otherwise he is going to pull this crap every bill. People of CT - PLZ help our nation - get rid of this chum!”
“It is refreshing to have our President take a very calculated assessment of what we can accomplish in Afghanistan. Without a true partner in that country - we are Vietnam screwed. God Bless this President for continuing to reassess our position and not sending American lives into unnecessary death like we did in Iraq.”
Mahmoud B on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:50:27
“It is fascinating how much Afghanistan (specifically) is a symbol of historical shortsight. Empire after Empire (News from the Mideast: America is now an Empire) kept trying to control it by military might with disastrous consequences. President Obama's words seem to capture the solution being the conquest not of lands but of hearts and minds but his actions definetely lack the resolve of realizing this (moral and pragmatic) visions. Just a thought: what if the billions poured into the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were directed towards the average Afghan and Iraqi (schools, hospitals, social security and yes UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE), i can't help thinking that the result would be success in countering terrorism and gaining an important friend (and not just ally) to the US. Even if the military operations are a success (which in military terms i truly do not see how it can be realized) Taliba, Al Qaeda or any similar group would just relocate to a new place where popular sentiment sees the US as the Empire it is slowly but surely becoming rather than the "liberator" (from ignorance and poverty) we would all want to see. Just a thought.”
“WAY TO GO PRESIDENT OBAMA! I opened my door and shouted out to my neighborhood your name many times tonight. Ted Kennedy did pass the torch to the right person. You are going to make lives better for millions of people and - I already know some- friends hanging onto unemployment benefits and COBRA are so thankful to you. Please move foreward with this Mr, President. I am with you all the way. God Bless you Mr. President and God Bless the USA!!!”
cdub1991 on Sep 9, 2009 at 22:44:00
“Ted saw something during the primaries. It was Kennedy's endorsement that truly changed the game. He may have had the last say in the matter by having the first say in the choice in our leadership.”
“Because he said he would reach across the aisle - in action. Sorry it is hard to take - don't like it either - Obama is setting the stage for his agenda. He plans to do "the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people." (John Stuart Mills). He is appealing to the social conservatives, that's all. So that they can can get onboard, too. We' all hurting. Maybe it will work, maybe not. So far, no rapid fire dissent from the right. They seem quite stunned and pleased. Meantime, ole Rick been revising his website and apologizing across Hollywood. And that is how change begins. God Bless Obama.”
brandon102 on Dec 30, 2008 at 12:10:05
“Obama calculated Warren could help him soften up the hard-fundamentalist opposition, maybe even get a few % of the vote next time, by sacrificing LGBT. Why do people overlook that Warren makes it quite clear he believes: women are dumber than men (have your husband explain it to you), have no rights over their bodies; he opposes to cord blood & stem cell research, contraception, Jews, believes queers disprove Evolution (it's so true), and is offensive to so many groups it's ALMOST hard to see why people focus on the Gay issue with Warren, but you can figure it out.
Remember some fans weren't so excited when Obama ran like a castrated puppy to Warren's command "values debate" performance, pandering (oh, excuse me, "inclusiving") right alongside McCain, and the real Barak showed himself. Many Obama voters would like to think Warren 'only offends Gays,' which is kind of OK, so Obama's only being inclusive, without realizing Rick goes back with his enormous ego and need for fame satiated and then insults, well, basically everyone. Personally, I'd have prefer he practice his inclusion with a more honest speaker, in the old-time Jesse Helms/David Duke mold. But Barak's too smart for that.”
fitconnection on Dec 30, 2008 at 07:41:07
“That's easy to say when you're not one of the gay community. I feel bad for my gay friends who pushed hard for Obama - only to be slapped in the face like this.
You don't see Obama bringing a neo-Nazi or KKK member into the fold saying "We need to stretch across the aisle."
The only reason Obama can bring in Warren is because the gay community remains the only minority group who can be openly bashed without a massive uproar.
I don't care what Warren removes from his website - backwards-thinkers can stay on the outside, looking in. Much the same way the Democrats haven't had much to do with Aryan groups these past decades.”
“Maybe I missed something in this article - I didn't see African-Americans as a demographic Republicans are interested in pursuing. I saw Hispanics, Asians, Pakistanis, Muslims and Mormons (they don't have this group already?). No matter what they say, the only ethnic group I expect to see them going after are the Hispanics. Because Bush 43 got 44% of their vote 8 years ago. Which is ancient history compared to where we are today. I don't see how they can court the Hispanic vote with their vile attitude toward immigration. Or their attitude toward the middle class - the workers - the other vote they plan on courting.
I will be intently interested in the outcome of these early January meetings. Michael Duncan has instituted the CRR (Center for Republican Renewal) charged with these principles: strong national defense, growth-focused economy, constitutionally-limited government and defense of traditional values (why do they have to defend them? Are they under attack?). This is supposed to be new and different?
“Republicans are so out of material - this CD says it all. Look at those who sponsor this CD. Wannabes. Keep taking the path of divide and watch how small your world becomes. Keep doing the same thing to achieve the same results. Keep a-going. You are the drama queens now. And you are actually comedy.”
“A few months ago, HP published a list of the countries and dignataries Biden has met with on behalf of our country. Heck, I didn't even know some of the countries listed!
He will be an advisor to Obama and and he will influence Cap Hill. He doesn't have to meet with the Dems to browbeat them as Cheney did to the Reps. It's really not the VP role anyway. LBJ found that out when he became VP for Kennedy. He was banned by the Dems from caucusing. A little more constitution leads to a lot less aggravation.”
SparkyDash on Dec 9, 2008 at 04:54:48
“Biden has a big job ahead of him, which he js taking on with gusto.
The Senate in in his rearview mirror.”
“Chris nailed Todd today. I like the 3 of these guys together - it has made for some really good discussion over the past months. Todd does it want it both ways.
What is going to be hard is that Obama is going to have to spend money to invest in the economy and get people - especially through jobs - back on their feet. Once the economy is jump started, he can move on to the rest of the agenda. Reps are going to jump up and down on his spending - just remind them - what do they have to show for their rampant spending of the last 8 years?”
“There we go again - the real John McCain - the one is has a sense of wry, satirical humor and willing to poke fun at himself. More than that - he poked fun at his strategic campaign advisors (for their handling of him - that was what Weekend Update was all about) and he poked fun at his VP (selling Sarah 2012 t-shirts).
“This is so disgustingly sad. She has absolutely no clear understanding of either the Bill of Rights or the Constitution. This can't even be given a passable interpretation allowence. She is speaking on conservative radio to an audience who believes she knows what she is talking about. And now she is playing the victim - what lipstick pitbull with no teethes?
Okay everbody, REALLLY, PLEASE get out there and vote. Young people are either being under reported or used mail-in ballots. It's about actionable CHANGE people!!!! Current polls are PROJECTIONS based on intended support. Now make it real.”
“The Mavericks at work - from separate camps. McCain gets his due by actually being a maverick 8 years ago and then ends up embracing all things Bush, including his election team. Palin explodes on the campaign scene as a fellow maverick only to become a rogue in the campaign she is supposedly supporting.
And it's the Romneyites exposing her to the press. Delicious.
She'll have to go back to AK and handle stuff, get the First Dude out of her office and be further groomed by the religious right and - face Romney.
The Rep party is in tatters. Personally, I like alll the expelled people. They are fiscally conservative and socially moderate. They have good ideas and worth a healthy debate without hard feelings. The uncurious maniaclly ambitious Palin is a big tempest in the teapot for the Reps - not Dems.”
“Palin sounds like Bush to me. I'll take a stand on the Plame leak -said Bush - he doesn't and pardons Libby. Same for Palin. The big, bad corruption over-turning maverick from Alaska is just a squeaky little mouse when it comes to Stevens because he still wields power in AK.
You had your chance Palin. Or should I say la squeaka pobrecita?”
“As a VP, the easiest way to answer the question would have been to cite an example - McCain wants Iran to do this before a meeting is conducted, Obama doesn't/or wants to do that and here is why McCain is right. The fact that she can't grasp simple, political techniques is appalling. Surely she knows what the differences are between McCain's position and Obama's. (Hint: the answer you gave Gov. is wrong).
“I was stunned when I heard Chuck Todd's comments, as he is fairly reticent and objective in his statements. I got the comments BEFORE I saw a lot more of the interview. Wow. McCain was clearly uncomfortable or uptight or angry. He didn't have a happy face on when extolling Palin's credentials and then was looking like he was about to explode at the point where he talks about how people love her.
Well, he has lost his lovefest with the press, she can't answer a simple question and he probably doesn't make it any easier fuming at her side. Plus, she goes on to expound on what McCain says and she was probably trying to support him, but it didn't come across that way. The answer to preconditions is not strategy. It is an agreement as to what standards will be adhered to, what actions must come first in order for the meeting to take place. Clearly a small town girl, from a small town world, governor of a small town state now on the world stage and WAY out of her element.
This interview goes on for 2 more nights. This has all the makings of a Couric Redux.”
377thCSH on Oct 23, 2008 at 02:28:53
“did you see how he looked when she interuppted him? i thought he was gonna blow his stack!!!!”
“Call your Senators - Rep and Dem - and tell them exactly what you are posting. The escalating rhetoric is danngerous and malicious and no good can come from it. Email the news programs - all sites have a "contact us" location. There is another article on Huff that talks about how appalled moderate Reps are with McCain's campaign. If they are coming out against him, it is really bad.”
“This is the McCain that wanted to manage a campaign that wasn't negative? Even Cindi said it wouldn't, never ever be so. In one day of McCain/Palin combined barrage of character attack, Obama is both a domestic terrorist and an American citizen who should lose his life while working hard in a campaign for the highest office in our country.
McCain has carried this out beyond words. Americans are frightened, scared and worried about their economic future, their jobs, their hopes and plans. For some of us, it brings out the worst in us.
This is what negative campaigning with no other plan - no economic recovery plan McCain - gets you. Thank God there is a debate tonight and you might have a modecum of redemption. You are beyond dispicable. So much for honor and country - first last or even at all.”
“Wow - you really make some well thought out, straight talk here. My Dad just came back from visiting friends and family in NH and he said Reps and Indies were really disappointed in McCain. And as for seniors like him, they didn't like the winking at the VP debate. They did not think that was very presidential. Mostly, though, the focus on McCain was disappointment ands that is what you addressed. It is very clear you feel a sense of loss and betrayal. We all feel it - even those of us who are not going to vote for McCain - do not see the character of the man of 2000.”
justobserve on Oct 5, 2008 at 19:06:19
“Even for not-so-seniors, the winky winky manner is too cheap for words!”
“Ridley is a McCain water carrier. Today's new articles on Huffington state that McCain will go negative and attack Obama's character, associations, portray him as a huge taxer and spender. Well, here is your evidence - Ridley's article.”
hp blogger Stephen C. Rose on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:16:56
“I was going to call this a troll post, thought better of it, then glanced at the comments. When Barack wins he will have done what Dukakis, Gore and Kerry could not do -- add in Carter's second run. And I believe the word for the stance that won it will be -- proactivity. Or decisiveness. Of being able to outwit the opposition.
Whatever. Thanks for the comment (s) S”