“I'm an independent voter so it is not just republicans that find being lied to unacceptable! Just as weapons of mass destruction was unacceptable, manufacturing a lie in order to get re elected then covering up the lie is just as unacceptable! Enough using our service people lives as political pawns! We want the truth! I don't give a rats patooty if it is a democrat or a republican doing the lying. They should be held accountable. I thought that was what the last elections were about. Where is the change you can believe in. It sounds the same to me! This bunch is just as corrupt as the last!”
“wow. so the weapons of mass destruction was also based on the best intelligence at the time! Give me a break. Democrats and republicans sing the same song when their party and presidents get caught in a LIE! It is a massive lie. They knew it was a lie that was manufactured to give them political cover to help the president get re elected! A lie is a lie! I watched a live press conference of the Libyan president on Al Jazeera days after the attack and he said the same thing as the senate report that took our government two years to release. It was a well planned attack by well armed militants affiliated with Al Qaeda to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th. It is not okay to lie. It is not okay to threat those in service lives as expendable. When reporters have no problem having a chat and coffee with the militants responsible for the attack that have arrest warrants on them and our government "cannot locate them" something is seriously wrong!”
“Benghazi matters...why you may say as we listen to the usual partisan shrill cries from both sides...four reasons. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. These men served their country, not the political aspirations and ambitions of self absorbed politicians. Remember "the weapons of mass destruction" well now we have a manufactured spontaneous uprising over a video when they watched it on real time from the situation room and KNEW it was a terrorist attack. Now instead of republicans saying the weapons of mass destruction was based on the best intelligence at the time, the democrats are saying the same exact thing for the bogus claim of the u tube video protest to cover for their own incompetence. A lie is a lie. Our young men and women's lives are not expendable to get them re elected or further their own political careers. Something is wrong when there are warrants out for the militants responsible and the media can find them easily and sit with them over a coffee and chat when our own investigators "can't find them". We demand that our politicians stop lying to us! We demand justice for the lives of those four men. Enough partisan politics! The media, and our politicians are not working for us anymore. It is time to tell the truth!”
blacksmithn on May 6, 2014 at 13:15:10
“Let's assume for the sake of argument that you are correct (in other words, let's put aside all the facts unearthed from all the investigations to date) and the administration knew from the get-go that this was a terrorist attack, yet chose for some cockamamie reason to call it a spontaneous assault based on a video. Let's assume all that nonsense is absolutely true, all evidence to the contrary. So what? The four guys were still dead. Nothing was going to alter that, was it? If they called it a terrorist attack immediately, would they be somehow less dead?
Now assuming they made a misrepresentation, did more Americans die because of that alleged misrepresentation? Was more American treasure wasted because of that alleged misrepresentation? Were more countries laid to waste and more of their civilian population killed because of that misrepresentation? Yeah, the answer to all those questions is "not so much."
Unlike the answers that would be found if those questions were to be posed to the previous administration concerning another, arguably more tragic terrorist attack with immeasurably more dire consequences. So, where's your outrage?”
“Yo Dollie, Bush and company had Intel, which was known months in advance of 9/11 detailing the plans of terror groups to hijack and crash airliners. They made the decision not to warn the airlines, deeming the threats to lack credability. Guess what 3,000+ died, including 5 friends, and my Best Man from my wedding. In addition, Over 10,000 soldiers have died, and over 220,000 have been wounded in the Bush Wars following the attack. So drop your rant, every major investigation, including Congress, has found the fault to be with the CIA, and Private Security Contractors.”
Jennifer Mann on May 6, 2014 at 11:35:36
“What about David Foy? You left him off your list. How come?”
“Sharing your wage information with other employees would cause a lot of problems in the workplace. It would create animosity and green eye as well as undermine teamwork. There are already enough laws with teeth that can be enforced to ensure women are not discriminated against.People always think they are working harder than their co workers when in truth while they know what they are doing work wise they do not know all the particulars of what their co workers are doing work wise. It is human nature. This is just a bogus attempt to demonize the opposing party to try to hang on to a majority in the senate.They are trying to build the perception that the opposing party do not care about women. I really wish they would stop smearing each other and actually do their jobs instead. We need the problems with this sluggish recovery and the dismal labor participation rate addressed. If any of these politicians really cared about us instead of maintaining their cushy jobs, they would be working together to try to figure out how to make it easier for businesses so they can hire more workers.It is all smoke, mirrors, and distractions instead of actually doing anything of value to help us. We already have the laws in place.”
“Hmmm. maybe it is true but then maybe it is not! Just like you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan, every family will save $2500. per year, Al Qaeda is on the run, the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was from a spontaneous protest, etc, you have to wonder whether it is just another deception to try to help the people that voted for it remain in power in the next election or actually real. These days, it is hard to decipher what is real and what is a carefully crafted deception as with this white house it is all about the perpetual campaign! It is hard to believe that they have no idea how many in that number actually paid their premiums or just hit the enroll button. Part of that number are folks already on medicare but re enrolling. But since they have no idea beyond the number of folks that clicked the enroll button, it is hard to say if that number really means anything or not. I now have already paid more this year than all of last year by a couple thousand dollars and there are still eight more months to go. So far for me, the affordable healthcare Act has been anything but affordable.”
JJM1 on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:44:34
pattynken1 on Apr 2, 2014 at 14:34:34
“Benghazi was an act committed by our enemies who were protesting. Al Qaeda is on the run, due to their leadership being killed by drones. And MY middle class insurance premiums are going UP 30%, and I am going from no deductible to 2000/4000. And I am the democrats worst nightmare. A left leaning independent who, for the first time, is going to vote red right down the line. Those posting positives for the aca were already blue. Those post Benghazi were already red. Those getting subsidies were already blue. Those making six figures that won't see 20% of their take home pay go to healthcare are already red. It's the middle that's losing, and we are the ones that decide elections, not the two sides. And we are angry.”
“If our state department knew they didn't have the funding to beef up security then why didn't they close the consulate in Benghazi like the British and the Red Cross. It had clearly become like the wild west during the summer as the proliferation of militant extremists were behaving in an emboldened manner. Benghazi had become a lawless area. Our media has been silent on the conditions in Benghazi and they sure didn't report the press conference or the findings of the Libyan president. When the president and the Clinton's were saying Al Qaeda was on the run, why didn't the press point out the rapid expansion of Al Qaeda affiliates into Northern Africa. I could not believe it when they said that during the convention. Anyone that pays attention to what is going on in the world knew that Al Qaeda had transformed it's organization to a different business model more like loosely connected franchises. Don't get me wrong. I think the drone program has been very effective, but that does not change that their organization has adapted to a less centralized model. It is the job of the state department to keep the people that work for them safe. They did not choose to remove their people from harm or did they come to their aid when they were under attack. When the outer wall was bombed in June and they knew they didn't have the money to keep them secure, they should have closed the consulate period!”
“The white house is stonewalling. Four men died. The Libyan president gave a press conference 3 or 4 days after the attack and said it was a well planned attack by militants affiliated with Al Qaeda to coincide with the anniversary of September 11th. The news conference was aired live on Al Jazeera and I saw it. I also saw video on Al Jazeera of a LIVE Chris Stevens being drug through the streets. During the hearings General Ham said he told Leon Panetta it was a terrorist attack immediately. Leon Panetta then briefed the president. They knew it was a terrorist attack and yet they continue to lie. This is not right. Our government should not blatantly lie to us when they screw up. This is about people being left to die and then our government trying to cover up what they did when someone gave the order to stand down. There were units near by that could have come to their aid. It took the guys at the CIA annex to ignore the stand down order and go in to try to save them when no one else would. You do not leave people who work for our country unprotected to die while under attack then lie about it later. Those men's lives are more valuable then to be treated as collateral damage! You are very uninformed as most of this country is as our press will not report it.”
NoCaSoccerGuy on Mar 26, 2014 at 17:04:59
“So it was a terrorist attack and not the result of a spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand. As Hilary Clinton said: "SO WHAT!" Those are semantics that do nothing to get to the bottom of the tragedy.
What did matter was that the security for the embassy was too lax and this is because the GOP House members voted to reduce funding for embassy security.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) when asked: "Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?"
CHAFFETZ: "Absolutely. Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country...And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces? When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices how to prioritize this."
It is not that "no one else would" go to the aid of the embassy. As Leon Panetta said: “Very simply, although we had forces deployed to the region, time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”
The press is reporting every aspect of this investigation but you're simply not listening.
So, like I said, if you want to chastise someone for errors, let's bring "W', Cheney, Rove, and Rumsfeld in to justify the four thousand lives that were lost in Iraq.”
“I want to know WHO GAVE THE ORDER TO STAND DOWN! General Ham told Leon Panetta it was a terrorist attack immediately and Leon Panetta briefed the President. What did Leon Panetta tell the president? In June the wall of our consulate in Benghazi was bombed. An attempt on the British ambassadors life was made in Benghazi during the summer as well causing both the Red Cross and the British to close their consulate and move out of Benghazi in June because of the instability and the rise of militant activity in the area. Why didn't our government instead choose to either close the consulate or beef up security. The consulate was being secured with Libyans not our own security force, why? Why was the press conference given by the Libyan president given 3 or 4 days after the attack not covered by our press and only reported live on Al Jazeera. The Libyan president said it was a well planned attack by militants affiliated with Al Qaeda.to coincide with the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. He said the same thing it took the senate 2 years to place in a report! The spontaneous protest was a lie and it is clear they knew it was a lie and yet they continue to effectively stonewall the investigating committee. The press continues to ignore what happened and the obvious cover up. After the FBI investigated, a reporter found Chris Stevens journal among scattered papers on the floor. Weird.”
“wow. You don't get it. Businesses have to stay in budget. They do not have the federal reserve to print money so they can borrow if their expenditures exceed their income. So, they either have to cut benefits to get the price down or have fewer employees. Businesses have cut and slimmed down as much as they can to be prepared to endure this slow economic period. They have to remain conservative until the economy turns around. There is so much uncertainty with the Dodd Frank bill and the ACA taxes that are coming that it is very difficult to create a plan going forward. You really do not grasp how businesses work. They have to be prepared for the unexpected if they are to survive and remain viable. Blaming the negative effects of the ACA bill on employers when they are priced out of their health care plans is not logical. Shifting blame instead of accepting responsibility and fixing the problem is what we should be discussing. Things will never get better if the problem is never acknowledged.”
Landfall on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:21:57
“No, if you are in business in America you have a moral obligation to provide insurance for your employees, period.”
“No, they manage. This guy never knows what is going on. He seems like he really does not know what is going on with any of the government agencies. He does not seem to have good management skills or he would have known what was going on with his signature healthcare law before the roll out of the ACA website!.”
merrymico on Mar 12, 2014 at 11:02:19
“Yea and THAT would be why he was elected TWICE! 332/206. Sorry try again.”
“We need jobs! All they seem to come up with is a way to put more burden on employers at a time when we need employers to be hiring more workers. They keep doing initiatives that while sound great really don't address the underlying problem. Our workforce is shrinking and those on some form of assistance are expanding. There aren't enough people working to sustain the machine! We need a plan to help businesses so they can hire more workers and expand their businesses.”
“It has to do with the escalating costs of the plans. They are no longer affordable. It is leaving employers with terrible choices of either dropping the plans for their employees or purchasing plans with high deductibles. The Affordable Healthcare Act has not had the desired effect of lowing premiums but rather has had the opposite effect. Calling people liars when they are suffering from sticker shock caused by this atrocious bill will only make them angrier. This bill is a stinker and does not work. It is apparent our president is on some level beginning to figure it out as he is legislating from the white house with delays and changes. Unfortunately I believe that the bill is fundamentally flawed and no matter how many changes are made it will continue to not function as they had envisioned! Just because you have remained unaffected by this bill does not mean that others have not been affected in a negative manner.”
Landfall on Mar 8, 2014 at 13:33:36
“" It is leaving employers with terrible choices of either dropping the plans for their employees or purchasing plans with high deductibles."
“I have already spent more on healthcare this year because of the high deductible than I did over the course of last year and it has only been two months! The Affordable healthcare Act has been a lot of things but affordable is not one of them! He keeps trying to make a sows ear into a silk purse. If they really cared about us they would cut this stinker loose and start over!”
“What are you talking about? I would like to see the bad apples cleaned out of the IRS as you can't have people in that agency targeting people. The emails are pretty damning and whether the "they" could just be what she thinks her political party or president wants her to do or whether there is an actual"they" applying pressure for her to take action remains to be determined. I'm hopeful it is just her and some underlings. I don't give a darn about ISSA or Cummings. I just want the bad apples gone. It is my understanding she said she would testify then changed her mind once she got there. She is still getting her pension. The IRS has too much power to allow any targeting of individuals or groups by employees. Who are you folks that you are referring to? Don't you want someone who abuses her or his position out of there? The other thing is she made a statement the first time she testified before she plead the 5th so legally she may have already violated her right in the first place.”
“We gave the democrats the house, senate, and white house so they could clean up the corruption and instead the minute they got the power they succumbed to the same behavior we voted them in to clean up! The last group had weapons of mass destruction, this group has the u tube video and you can keep your doctor and healthcare plan whopper. Each party defends the corruption done by their party and supporters as the other party did it to so that makes it okay. It is not okay. So the question is what do we do now? Do we vote them all out and try the other group again and hope they will follow through this time? Do we demand integrity from our political candidates and politicians and media? Or do we just give up on both parties and start over with a new party and hope they won't be corrupted by the system and the power? We deserve better than being lied to, spied on, and treated in a condescending manner by being told what a great thing they are doing for us when it stinks! I don't think we have to keep excepting the same old same, old from both parties. I just don't know how to change the culture of corruption in the beltway political elite. Any ideas?”
JamesScott on Mar 6, 2014 at 16:38:27
“There is only one way: dictatorship by a Caesar, a Napoleon, a Hitler, in which corruption is punishable by summary execution. Otherwise, just live with it.”
“Then lets flush out the bad apples and get rid of them. Aren't you tired of being lied to and the attitude that they did so we can to? The last group had weapons of mass destruction and this group has the bogus u tube video and the you get to keep your doctor and healthcare plan period. We voted in the democrats and gave them the house, senate, and white house because they promised to drain the swamp but they have proven to be just as bad. Our president has gone nuts with the executive orders and bypassing congress not threat the last president didn't do that too but this guy is now altering laws which is troubling because now the next guy or gal will do the same. It creates uncertainty for people and businesses as laws can now be changed on a whim. So the question is how do we clean this mess up? Do we demand integrity from our politicians and news media? Do we vote them all out and start over? Do we give the other political party a chance again? Or do we just form a new political party since neither party will clean up the corruption but succumb to it the minute they get power?”
“The emails she wrote were pretty damning. Whether the "they" were just that she thought it was what her political party or president wanted her to do or whether the "they" were others applying pressure on her remains to be seen. I'm hopeful it is just her and some underlings. We gave the democrats the house, senate and executive branch because they promised to clean house but instead they are just as bad as the last bunch. The last bunch had weapons of mass destruction, this group has the u tube video and the you get to keep your doctor and health plan whopper. I'm tired of each party defending the status quot of corrupt business as usual. Time for a new party or should we just demand integrity from our slimy politicians? It seems with each passing year their behavior becomes more corrupt and everyone's actions are to defend their parties behavior with the other political party did it so it's okay for them to do it! So as a nation what do we do to rein in our selfish self absorbed politicians? Any ideas?”
“I didn't say it was Obama's fault but it would be great if he was helpful after all he did promise us he was going to clean out the corruption. I don't care who appointed her. She was targeting people and groups she didn't agree with which is not in her job description. The IRS must be non partisan as it has too much power.”
“That is why government agencies must be nonpartisan. We do not want our government agencies trying to help the party of their choice by harassing citizens who support the opposing party. So by saying they did it too does not correct the problem. Next time when there is a shift back to the other party which will happen as it always does then democrat supporting organizations and large donors will be targeted. Lets just clean out the bad apples and stop the corruption as it benefits all of us!”
JamesScott on Mar 5, 2014 at 15:46:49
“Well, as it was explained to me by Republicans, "Isn't that tough? The winners can do whatever they like."”
“Bruce, you don't want the IRS targeting people. It is a problem. there have been emails that have been released that show certain groups were targeted. Why the cover up? We need to flush the bad apples out and clean house. The IRS needs to be non partisan. The president for some reason or another wants to pretend it didn't happen and the media is backing him up. This is another example where he promised us one thing and he does another. He promised to clean up Washington and yet the corruption remains.”
MGBBHC on Mar 5, 2014 at 15:56:56
“This was the action of a few rogue lower-level IRS staffers, neither the President nor the entire administration. As for 'cleaning up the government', no President has ever been able to accomplish that.
GWB promised us that there were WMDs in Iraq, Americans would be welcomed as heroes and the oil money would pay for the war. NONE OF THIS WAS TRUE.”
“I'm tired of Lois Lerner not answering the questions and the IRS which through the investigation has showed that it targeted conservative groups being allowed to stonewall. President Obama promised us he would change the corrupt practices in Washington. We voted him in and he holds no one accountable and on top of it helps them cover it up! All he has to do is tell his supporters in his own party and the IRS he wants to hold people accountable and to allow the investigation to flush out the bad apples and it would happen. This woman said she would testify and then changed her mind! Now one must ask why? The emails released from her are pretty damning.”
Suzanne Klump on Mar 5, 2014 at 15:41:13
“he has not helped anyone do anything you folks are amazing. constitutional rights to bear arms but not for someone to not testify. Further, Issa went on national tv and said she would ttestify and her attorney immediately said that was incorrect. Your trust of Issa is a joke.”
duhuh on Mar 5, 2014 at 15:29:49
“Those pesky details right. Who cares that Bush league appointed her, it's still Obama's fault. And how dare someone choose to use their constitutional rights, we certainly don't want to put up with that nonsense here.”
“It is as if no one has learned from history. This is a very scary time we are living in. I am not comfortable with the drastic cuts to our military. This is not the time to weaken our military force when there are so much instability throughout the world and enemies focused on our demise.”
“Actually what she says is true. Adolf Hitler used the excuse he was protecting Germans as a reason to grab more territory. Europe did nothing just as they are today in response to Putin.. I'm upset about how she handled her job as secretary of state and her part in the deception after the tragedy in Benghazi but as far as her comments she is 100% correct.”