“I couldn't agree more, but unfortunately we only had a 53% turnout in the last election. Too many voters feel their vote doesn't count because their district is Gerry-mandered. They are of course wrong because NO candidate is absolutely safe against a "determined voter base". People have to be the change they want to see.”
“And unfortunately, since these banks ARE larger now, they believe they are in fact "too big to JAIL" ...... and guess who is going to get stuck with the bailout again if taxpayers don't start demanding action from their political leaders. The LEAST that should be done is reinstatement of Glass-Steagall and the real solution lies in breaking up these huge banks NOW.”
“I admire Elizabeth Warren very much and I would vote for her because she is the ONLY politician who stands up for average citizens and isn't afraid to call Corporate titans out for their inability to do the right thing for America. Bring their cash back from the Caymans and start creating some full-time jobs that pay a decent wage. I definitely think income equality will be a driving force in the next election and candidates including Hillary Clinton will do well to promote that message. People are pretty fed up with the Corporate welfare tax loopholes and the lack of Justice as it relates to these jailing the "Too Big to Fail" crooks.”
“This is truly disgusting and I'm glad somebody had the guts to tell the REAL truth about these "poor family farmers". Subsidies are supposed to help people who NEED help; not these type of Corporate Welfare looters. Thats all they are; they pay for lobbyists to protect their tax LOOPHOLES like these subsidies.
This practice needs revision now to eliminate anyone other than SMALL family farms [if those even still exist].”
“There is only ONE way to stop this nonsense, whether it be KMart, Walmart, Target. All these big corporations would have us believe that they are so "family and community oriented" when clearly, they put more importance on profits than on allowing employees time to spend with their families on these holidays. There is absolutely NO reason why stores cannot open those doors on the DAY AFTER and still reap the benefits of all their lower pricing gimmicks to get people in the door. Believe me..... lower the price and "they will come". Buyers need to stop showing up on these holidays. That's when real change will happen.”
d1anaw on Nov 7, 2013 at 16:45:10
“There is no reason why you get to dictate what we do on any particular holiday.”
DC Pirate 28 on Nov 7, 2013 at 16:35:00
“So lets say you own a resturant do you think people might want to eat out on a holiday? The importance of making a profit allows them to keep their doors open. If you dont make money the first thing that gets cut is labor as that is the biggest expense. If I worked for a Professional baseball team how busy would I expect to be in December compared to April when the season opens. Bottom line its part of the industry YOU CHOOSE. If you dont like it apply elsewhere.”
“Its appropriate to means-test social security for those at the top of the economic ladder and other sensible, easy solutions like paying social security taxes on income "over" the current $101,000 of income. Wage earners making an average of $50,000 a year pay social security taxes all year, while those making $1,000,000.00 a year only pay the social security taxes on the first $101,000. That's not right. Those that make more should pay more. To lower benefits for seniors who are living on $15,000 a year is pretty ridiculous. Seniors already pay at least $104.00 a month that comes out of their social security check to cover their Medicare premium. On top of that, they get a tiny COLA of 1.5% which is supposed to cover the cost of living increase the past year in things like housing, food and prescription drugs and NOW politicians want to use a calculation known as "Chained CPI" which will lower COLA increases even FURTHER. I don't know what planet these people are living on, but the cost of living increased a LOT more than that. In addition, many seniors make NOTHING on the earnings off any savings that they "thought" might supplement their retirement income. Why should Corporations get away with paying NO taxes of any kind? That's NOT how you decrease the deficit. Thank you Senator Sanders for standing "in the truth".”
Bienville on Oct 29, 2013 at 06:40:38
“Raise the cap.”
bigstring7 on Oct 29, 2013 at 05:32:54
“The solution to the social security disparity you mention is indeed a sound policy and is one promised by the current 'resident teleprompter reader in chief when he was running for office.
“Congrats and kudos to you Corey and the "sensible" voters of New Jersey that said loud and clear that the last thing we needed in Washington was another tea party wing nut. Good riddance to Lonegan and his little friend "Sarah".”
“What planet is Cruz living on? IF the members of the House HAD listened to the American people, they would have heard them say by a 75% margin, that they wanted the government reopened - NOT shutdown. They just throw this crap against the wall and figure the lies will stick. Well, not THIS TIME. AND I will be seeing little blue men from Mars before I see the day Ted Cruz gets elected President. We the People will put a stop to that pipe dream.”
“Unfortunately, its a State that clearly does not put any value on good teachers or on the importance of educating its youth. I guess they're too ignorant to realize those kids are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. Instead, I guess the State better prepare for more public assistance. I'm certain when good teachers start moving to other States, North Carolina might wake up. Judging from the other idiotic laws that have been passed lately, I wouldn't hold my breath for much improvement. TEACHERS UNITE.”
“The grandstanding at the WWII Memorial is typical of these hypocritical republicans. They are all about standing up for the "vets" unless it involves fighting to stop the cuts to Social Security and Veterans benefits, or voting against the "chained CPI" cuts, or protesting against the Veterans Administration's policy of over-prescribing dangerous prescription drugs to treat Vets with mental health and PTSD issues. Instead of being so pious about reopening the War Memorial, why not think about the thousands of American taxpayers whose Federal and State taxes go to KEEP THEIR PARKS OPEN so when they plan their once a year, two-week vacation to one of the parks, they actually get to GO TO ONE. "Regular folks" don't get 5 or 6 months off WITH PAY and then have the audacity to talk about "wasteful government spending". IT BEGINS WITH THEM!!!”
“These politicians need to "feel the pain too" and they have no right to a salary when they opt to shut the government down and force 800,000 workers to be furloughed. These workers have bills to pay and its not fair for their credit to be ruined because of something they have no control over. I doubt seriously that banks will waive over-charge fees, or stop charging late fees on mortgage payments or car payments, etc. that can't be paid on time.
These politicians need to start living in the "real world".”
“Republicans are happy that the mandate has been delayed for a year for businesses. They could care less about that. Their goal is stop the "access to healthcare" for the millions of sick people who have been DENIED the right to purchase affordable coverage.
President Obama is not about to delay the healthcare law for a year and CERTAINLY not for a two month extension on the debt limit. He would just end up having the same fight two months from now. Duh..... He knows that will accomplish nothing because at the end of next year, the republicans would just demand another years delay to push it into an election year issue. The President WANTS all the desperate people who have been denied insurance in the past to FINALLY have access to healthcare and I'm certain there are PLENTY of people out there who have been desperately waiting for these exchanges to open and THAT is why the President will not delay the implementation of this law. Now, the insurance companies CANNOT deny care to the critically ill and THAT is what the republicans are trying to stop because they know once people can't be turned down for some "pre-existing condition" people will fight to keep that coverage. Parents with critically ill children don't want to see coverage stop for them either. Illness shouldn't prevent anyone from being able to purchase affordable insurance coverage and THAT is what is about to change FINALLY.”
“This should absolutely be a priority in Washington. Thank God there is someone like Elizabeth there to advocate for our students who are facing crushing debt because Washington lobbyists advocate for programs that lenders make millions from. Politicians who rant about saddling our future generations with crushing debt should seize this opportunity to stop the practice NOW by supporting Elizabeth Warren in her efforts.”
“A "Bronze plan" may be is less expensive but It also ONLY covers 60% of covered expenses, so if you end up needing hospitalization for a surgery or major illness, you are still going to be bankrupt!
Politicians have a hard time realizing that MANY people don't have an extra $250 a month for ANYTHING. Too many people are working longer hours for LESS pay. Look at the graphs showing that most middle class Americans are making less now than they did 30 years ago. The cost of EVERYTHING goes up except the wages employers are paying their people.
I also don't like this trend of Corporations like Target, Trader Joes, and the Airlines opting to discontinue the health insurance they were providing and instead they will give the employee a set amount a month and send them to the exchanges. That is DEFINITELY a bad situation for older employees because the premiums for any plan that pays at least 80% of covered expenses will be prohibitively expensive for anyone in that age group. The employer will benefit because they will be able to "control" their healthcare costs and be immune to RISING costs because they will start out giving a "set amount" per month and that subsidy will not change with rising healthcare costs. There will be nothing to protect employees from future annual healthcare premium increases, and corporations will once again be the only ones who benefit. Whats new?”
drray23 on Sep 25, 2013 at 06:05:13
“it covers 100 % after you pay the deductible. Works like current insurances. Only thing is now with ACA, there is no upper limit. So if you have a serious problem like cancer or the like and it costs $1M to treat you, you will still be out just a few thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, the lower your income, the smaller that deductible because you get subsidies.”
OneInEveryFamily on Sep 25, 2013 at 04:26:41
“You forgot that the max out of pocket is $6,350.00 for medical expenses.
That pretty much makes your comment moot, doesn't it?”
Softnsweet on Sep 25, 2013 at 04:05:38
“You forgot about the subsidies they will receive.”