“Despite grossly misleading claims of economic "recovery", most citizens face increasing hardship.
Crime and drug use are increasing. Personal and national debt are increasing. Student loan defaults are increasing since many grads can't find decent jobs since many are being outsourced to other countries because of bad trade deals.
Many older workers suffer long-term unemployment. Total unemployment (U-6) is FAR higher than claimed. More citizens and cities face bankruptcy like Detroit. Wall Street firms are gambling FAR more now than just before our near economic collapse in 2008.
The middle class is disintegrating.
We cannot avoid devastating economic collapse. if we keep accumulating overwhelming debt and not growing anywhere near enough good jobs for most citizens to prosper.
Citizens should be angry since politicians are failing most which threatens our future.
Republicans and democrats (controlled by big special interests who oppose reforms) are not getting the job done. It's long past time to replace them all or we are headed for catastrophe.”
litchfieldholt on Dec 10, 2013 at 06:38:30
“And the doctor no longer comes to your house.
We should have as many doctors as lawyers and as many lawyers as dogcatchers.
(My apologizes to dogcatchers.)
The single income family is no more the norm.
You have to lock your doors.
Kids can no longer walk to school.
If you own a gun your a bad guy.
Too many people brag about waiting for their settlement.
Too many municipalities are bankrupt.
Day time TV commercials feature slip and fall sue masters.
With the Moms working kids are raised by strangers.
Strangers do not teach integrity to children.
The young are disrespectful.
Young women go to class to learn how to kick someone in the chest instead of attending much needed charm schools.
You can't get a good 5cent cigar anymore.
thanks for letting me vent.”
Walter Lampton on Dec 9, 2013 at 18:50:59
“A balanced economy works best.
Control comes either from govt or industry. Industry is out to get obama .They are not cooperating with Obama . Youve noticed ?”
“Exactly. But citizens DO (except for eight states) have another choice - voting for a candidate as a write-in.
I know many who would be far better representatives than the political puppets now in office. But it requires that citizens do a fair amount of work to talk anyone (family members, friends, co-workers, etc.) to find someone who wants to run for political office.
I've been told many times that this is completely unrealistic to expect voters to do this and some point out that perhaps even if voters ALL did this (most have a very low opinion of Congress), the results would be manipulated anyway and republicans and democrats would remain in place - controlled by big special interests.
Here's the bottom-line. If most citizens keep re-electing the same politicians and most keep facing ever more hardship and poverty, at what point do they stand up for themselves instead of allowing themselves to be exploited and have their lives destroyed?
Real reform or exploitation. Which do citizens want?”
“Whether it's the power of big corporations or anything else that undermines citizen's ability to prosper, no one has any right to complain about this or lack of opportunity to find good jobs, expensive healthcare, government mismanagement, or anything else if they keep re-electing the same republicans and democrats controlled by the same big special interests whose influence is destroying the middle class.”
fedup2much on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:58:32
“You are given two choices: a) a corrupt person who clearly doesn't represent you B) a corrupt person who says what you want to hear. In the end, the choice lies elsewhere.”
ChicanoBear on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:09:03
“sadly the only candidates we are exposed to are the ones with big corporate donors. so we hit the ballot box knowing with the "most popular" candidate not the one with our best interest.”
“There are currency wars going on over the world financial system. Many countries are devaluing their money. Some believe this is to try to inflate away their debt among other things but this only causes more problems.
The bottom-line is what I repeat with slight variation almost every time I post. No country including ours can expect to avoid economic collapse if it keeps accumulating massive debt while not growing anywhere near enough decent jobs for most citizens to prosper.
The federal reserve has devalued our dollar over 20% in the last 15 years and it doesn't take a economist to understand that besides lack of good jobs and enormous debt, making our dollar worth less only helps bring about economic catastrophe from inflation (which I believe is being grossly understated by the Fed)/
If the objective is to transition to some universal world currency economic problems would still keep getting worse as long as debt keeps accumulating and most can't find decent jobs.”
wolverine771 on Dec 9, 2013 at 19:06:32
“I can't keep tract of how much the dollar has devalued in the last 5 years or compare it to 1990. It has gone unnoticed.”
What is it about people that they would allow themselves to be manipulated, controlled, made financially dependent, and exploited and simply accept this instead of getting angry and completely overhauling government (replacing republicans and democrats) to prosper FAR more by making major reforms that would allow them to find good jobs?”
parlimentMike on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:00:03
“Corporate ownership and control of the information sources, expanded with the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 helped a lot. When they now hear the Democrats and Republicans argue over how best to serve the corporations, they think they're hearing both sides of the story. How many folks have responded to you when told something outrageous the government is doing have responded, "well how come I haven't heard about it on the news?" Rachel Maddow is considered to be the far edge now, and even she holds up the 9/11 Commission comic book and tells is this is the definitive story.”
“I agree. I consider our country in about the same circumstances we were in before the Revolutionary War - perhaps worse in some ways.
I would prefer citizens at least attempting to replace both of our two major political parties at election time but as I've mentioned before most won't do this AND even if they did, those who hold the reins of power likely wouldn't allow mere citizens to replace the corrupt status quo. Even if everyone voted for independents, the results would probably be manipulated to keep republicans and democrats in place.
So this leaves the military coup option. I would like to believe that most who serve our country despite their oath as military personnel are even more loyal to their families especially since most earn very little. Unless many could be "won over" via large financial incentive, I can't imagine why someone would forsake their own families and most citizens for authoritarian rule.
Regardless, either citizens stand up for themselves (and hopefully retain the support of their sons and daughters in the military) or we end up as slaves. Most are already economic slaves right now.”
OldTulsan on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:16:55
“"The best slaves are the ones who don't know they're slaves" -- unknown”
“The big special interests who control republicans and democrats don't want reforms. Voters don't want reforms either so they keep re-electing republicans and democrats - even as the middle class disintegrates from increasing debt and lack of opportunity to have good jobs.
Since no one wants reforms, things will get worse for most citizens, our economy, and country.
No reforms plus increasingly overwhelming debt plus lack of good jobs equals economic collapse.”
parlimentMike on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:03:27
“Yes, that's the risk of a democracy with citizens who don't take their rulership role seriously.”
Unfortunately, market gains are not based on the real economy. Instead, gains happen only because the federal reserve keeps interest rates near zero and buys $85 billion government bonds every month. Stock gains artificially produced like this mean the market is grossly overvalued - another bubble threatening to burst from extreme Wall Street gambling far worse than in 2008.
Most citizens don't benefit from market gains and keeping interest rates extremely low doesn't help anyone save money. This severely hurts citizens and our economy.
The media claim market rallies are because of increased hiring but this is woefully misleading. Most jobs being created are low-wage temporary service sector jobs that will be eliminated next year.
In truth, our economy is a charade propped up by the federal reserve and dangerously misleading economic propaganda. It's like a big tent that's lost of of its inner support poles and almost collapsed but is held up by the main center post by the federal reserve. Except right at this main support pole, the tent is drooping onto most citizen's heads.
Despite stock market gains since we aren't growing anywhere near enough GOOD jobs for most citizens to prosper while we keep accumulating more overwhelming personal and national debt, we are headed for economic collapse as the middle class disintegrates fro the failure of politicians controlled by by special interests (and too many citizens) who oppose reforms.
Nothing but self-destruction.”
wolverine771 on Dec 7, 2013 at 18:39:20
“agreed ant the dollar will not be the worlds standard norm.”
“If those who call themselves "citizens" today were around in colonial times, we would never have won our independence as a country because they wouldn't have the courage to stand up for themselves.
This isn't just about education. It's about self-respect and self worth. Of course there are also a fair percentage of citizens (other than retirees who paid into the system) who like being subsidized by taxpayers without having to work at all. They too easily accept monthly government checks even though they could prosper FAR MORE by forcing reforms so they could find decent jobs.
Real prosperity is about having a good job not being helpless and financially dependent on government.
We could discuss this for a long time but let me repeat what I always emphasize in my posts that we can't expect to avoid economic collapse (sooner than later) if we keep accumulating endless massive debt and not growing anywhere near enough GOOD jobs for most citizens to prosper.
I just don't see how the federal reserve can prop things up forever while devaluing our dollar via their enormous money creation every year. The gambling on Wall Street that almost collapsed our economy in 2008 is FAR WORSE today - the bets equal 18 times the GDP of the entire world!
When these bets go bad along with more debt and lack of growth of millions of good jobs, our American Experiment is over.
Many will never understand until after this self-destruction happens.”
OldTulsan on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:30:44
“It takes courage, and a sense that there is no other option, to engage even in civil disobedience. More than that would put friends and family at risk of imprisonment or execution.
The elites are on the verge of a global corporate government through TPP and TAFTA. their first step is to get transnational corporations out from governance by nation states.
The next step is to transnationalize the elite class and the serf class. The wealth of the middle classes would naturally go to the elite class.
A collapse or military coup d'état isn't out of the question.”
“I cannot imagine how we as a country (and others as well) can keep accumulating massive debt while not growing enough good jobs for most to earn a decent living and expect to avoid economic collapse especially when resource depletion, climate issues, overpopulation, etc, are included.
In my view, our economy and the world economy is nothing more than a charade or perhaps a Ponzi Scheme to some degree. I don't fall for the propaganda of economic "recovery". I've never claimed to be "all knowledgeable" about anything but with the information I've gathered over the last ten years, I suspect economic collapse (or close to it) could happen in a decade.
It's absurd to believe we can accumulate endless debt while not growing anywhere near enough good jobs for most citizens and expect all to turn out just fine. Government is buying many citizen's loyalty and votes via subsidies (excluding retirees who paid into the system).
This is sheer bribery yet many accept it and because they are grateful, they keep re-electing the same politicians while government lies about the true level of unemployment and revises the way data is calculated to make the data (and themselves) look better.
Most are too uninformed to get angry even though they would be FAR more prosperous with good jobs instead of being helplessly dependent on the federal government. This is our most serious problem - citizens who accept dependency rather than fight for reform to gain real opportunity to prosper.”
OldTulsan on Dec 6, 2013 at 00:48:25
“Nelson Mandela had an apartheid opposition that was brazenly open about their agenda.
The U.S. has a mirage democracy that owns thew corporate media. The Koch brothers and others want to control the U.S. through money.
Some citizens don't want to know the truth, some others feel powerless.
Perhaps when "Made in USA" and "Made in China" labels become "Made in the World", they might notice.”
“You and I have agreed on many things especially regarding those who truly control the government - mostly very wealthy individuals and the biggest special interests (big banks, Wall Street, Oil, the biggest defense contractors.) After all, there are many security clearances above that of the President, our highest elected official.
I often wonder what it would take to make citizens finally decide to act. Many seem to too easily accept whatever government (big special interests) does to them as if they lack self-respect and self-worth to such a degree that they simply don't have the will or courage to stand up for themselves.
Many have also been made to be financially dependent on government and fear losing any subsidies they receive if they were to engage in civil unrest.
On the other hand, I truly believe our economy is getting weaker from increasing personal and national debt, costly wars, and appalling lack of growth of decent jobs because bad trade deals send most to other countries. Extreme Wall Street gambling (Derivative bets 18 times the GDP of the entire world) will destroy all when the bets go bad.
Citizens shouldn't tolerate being exploited and prevented from prospering by being unable to have decent jobs. They should be angry and toss out all politicians of both parties but instead many accept a monthly check from the government and go back to watching sports and entertainment.
Those who allow themselves to be exploited and impoverished have only themselves to blame.”
OldTulsan on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:21:05
“Years ago, a UN organization released a study whose conclusion was the best defense against terrorism was a full stomach, my words, not the study's.
The elites have spent billions on keeping the working class people fighting each other, while supplying bread and circuses.
People will only act against the elites if they feel they have no other choice.”
“I used to be a republican but once I became informed enough about the corruption of money in politics and the extreme influence of big money special interests, I became a independent voter.
Most consider independents a "wasted" vote. This is insane. Do citizens believe republicans and democrats are the only "legitimate" candidates especially since they and big special interests (especially big banks, Wall Street, etc) almost destroyed our economy and country from extremely irresponsibly stock market gambling in 2008 which caused massive job losses and the ongoing disintegration of the middle class?
Democrats and republicans (controlled by big special interests who oppose reforms) are dragging the middle class, our economy, and country down.
If voters remain loyal to the current political - big special interest status quo, most only undermine themselves, their children, and future”
“Your last quote sums up my attitude. However, we all have the option to write in the candidate of our choice at election time. Besides the very difficult (impossible?) task of convincing voters to support many reforms is the subject of election fraud.
I believe that it's certainly possible/probable that if a majority of reform minded voters decided in advance to toss out both republicans and democrats and wrote in their independent candidates (not funded or controlled by any special interests), these votes could well be modified thereby nullifying the people's intent.
The effort must first be made by citizens to find and elect local candidates from among our own families, friends, co-workers to serve as short-term citizen-legislators. Just getting most citizens to do this is extremely difficult but it's in their best interest since more will face increasing hardship and poverty with the current political-big special interest status quo.
As I've told many previously, I'm not optimistic that citizens will drastically reform our political system this way - and most will suffer because of this.
If this suffering becomes painful enough, then citizens will rightly need to do much more than simply casting a vote to reform our political system.”
OldTulsan on Dec 3, 2013 at 02:13:46
“The elites will eventually do something to cause people to do more than sign petitions and vote for candidates from the corporate-controlled two-party duopoly.
These states don't allow Presidential write-in votes:
Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
I've lived in Texas since 1964, so I can and have used the write-in option.”
“What I've been suggesting for awhile now is finding and electing short-term citizen-legislators from among our own families, friends, co-workers (people we can trust) to make the reforms needed to turn our economy around. We all have the option to write-in candidates when we vote.
Many consider this a woefully unrealistic fantasy but if citizens aren't willing to make the effort to do this, then most will face ever increasing hardship, lack of opportunity to prosper, and poverty.
It's a matter of citizens taking charge by electing representatives from outside the political status quo who aren't funded, controlled, or corrupted by big money special interests or continuing to elect republicans and democrats and suffer the consequences.
I know a fair number of people who would make far better representatives than those now in office. But for crucial reforms to be made to grow millions of good jobs and get our debt under control to rebuild prosperity, voters would need to elect independents to the majority otherwise no reforms would ever be made.
Citizens seriously need to talk with each other about this and find those willing to run who understand the need to grow enough good jobs while reducing our debt to rescue our economy and future.
If voters keep re-electing republicans and democrats controlled by big special interests who oppose reforms, the middle class will keep disintegrating along with our country until eventual economic collapse - sooner than later.”
“Someone else suggested this to me and he was going to run himself as well. Since I've been urging others to run as citizen-legislators to break up the political status quo and make the reforms needed to turn our economy around, your idea is valid.
I've created a two page flyer outlining what I consider to be our most urgent problems most of which I mention almost every time I post on this site. This would provide voters with enough details to decide if they would support my platform of reforms.
I wouldn't run unless I could first determine if enough support existed among voters to allow me a decent chance of winning. This would require a mailer to be sent out to measure this.
If I based my decision on the amount of fans I've collected on this site, I wouldn't run. Of course this site (and others) is heavily used by voters who support the political status quo so it isn't a good measure of support.
Polls show most have a low approval rating of Congress so if true most should also want to support independent candidates - IF citizens are truly unhappy and want reforms to prosper.
The kind of reforms I envision would require everyone (wealthy or not minus our poorest citizens) to accept trade, spending, subsidy reductions, tax, regulatory reforms, etc.) to encourage growth of millions of good jobs and reduce our debt.
Without this, our economy will fail sooner than later.”
Tbone2014 on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:29:02
“You've just lost the republican vote. They would never agree to reforms to subsidies, or regulatory. Oh well......nice try.”
“I agree completely regarding education but I don't see this happening because frankly, a educated populace isn't in the best interest of the political/big special interest status quo which more easily exploits citizens if they remain uninformed.
Contrary to government, federal reserve, and media propaganda, our economy is not "recovering" - no matter how often they claim this.
1. Record numbers of citizens struggling on food stamps or facing long-term unemployment.
2. Rising personal and national debt.
3. Student loan defaults rising since many grads can't find decent jobs since so many are being outsourced to other countries because of bad trade deals (NAFTA, KORUS, Transpacific Partnership, etc.)
4. Lowest labor participation rate (62%) in 30 years - and declining.
5. The government claims total unemployment is 13.5%. According to many sources I've looked at (I try to get a consensus), the actual total (U-6) is closer to 23%.
As things get worse, the government simply revises the way the data is calculated to make things look better.
We need 300,000 GOOD jobs created every month to substantially reduce unemployment. We are nowhere near this.
Since politicians (controlled by big special interests) are failing to create the conditions for most to prosper, they subsidize many to buy their vote (and keep them from getting angry and demanding reform). This pacifies most and keeps them loyal but along with costly wars, government waste, fraud, etc. only accumulates more debt that with lack of good jobs, is dragging us down.”
“It's not just these people who allow dysfunctional government by electing republicans and democrats (controlled by big money special interests), it's almost every voter in the country.
Things are getting worse for most citizens despite endless claims of economic "recovery" yet voters keep re-electing republicans and democrats anyway.
We all have the option to write in political candidates to truly reform our political system to grow enough good jobs for most to prosper while getting our enormous debt under control but few want reform.
So things will just keep getting worse. This is nothing less than self-destruction.”
“I agree. Also agree that poverty isn't simply a matter of economics. Obviously we don't live in a "ideal" world.
The structural problems are many but if not dealt with only guarantee our country's failure. Yes, I understand that all nations fall at some point. But it shouldn't be because of the too often repeated theme in history of a wealthy and powerful minority exploiting everyone else.
Perhaps I'm wrong to believe that a person doesn't need to be intelligent to know when they are being prevented from achieving prosperity. I would like to believe that a certain level of natural instinct to know one is being cheated or exploited is more important.
Even is this were true, citizens still must be motivated enough to act. Too many too easily accept a monthly government check (in my view nothing more than a bribe to pacify citizens) rather than reforming government to gain FAR more opportunity to prosper by having decent jobs.
Regardless of people's capabilities, if they allow themselves to be exploited and be treated as sacrificial commodities, they only undermine themselves. So perhaps many also lack self-respect? This doesn't help them to prosper either.
It's very difficult for me to accept that we may very well be on auto-pilot to collapse. People have free will but they must be willing to use this to force reforms otherwise they forfeit any hope of prosperity and set themselves up for catastrophe.”
rtx47 on Dec 1, 2013 at 17:57:05
“Painful as it will be it will be a slow process of recovery just as it was a slow process to get here.
The secret is education!
Start with common core standards in school with testing. End social promotion.
Give folks a choice of schools.
Encourage (tax breaks if needed) single income family home. It makes no sense to see a child(ren) fail education while the second parent toil at a minmum wage job.
Let's stopping finding someone else (rich or immigrants) to scapegoat for our problem.
20 million out-of-the-shadow residents will be the best stimulus (consumer demand) for our econoomy; without any govt expenditures.”
Fixing healthcare (and the damage to people's lives and our economy because of healthcare costs) is extremely important.
However, while the debate over affordable healthcare continues, the big picture is far more frightening - we are not growing anywhere near enough decent jobs for most citizens to prosper while ever increasing personal and national debt are dragging our country down as the middle class disintegrates.
We must create affordable healthcare but this alone won't stop our country's decline since politicians (controlled by big special interests) are not making the many other crucial reforms needed to rescue our economy and future
Outsourcing millions of good jobs to other countries because of bad trade deals, costly wars, wasteful government spending, fraud, mismanagement, illegal immigration, etc. are all pushing us toward economic destruction.
Stock market gains don't benefit most citizens.
Ignoring all of this and pretending all is well doesn't solve the problem. Neither does re-electing republicans and democrats since they won't make reforms because of special interest opposition.
While many argue, cast blame, and automatically accept claims of economic "recovery", most citizens face increasing hardship and poverty.
If voters keep re-electing republicans and democrats, they only undermine themselves, their children, and future.”
AMZ on Dec 9, 2013 at 21:07:53
“One of the dangers, as I understand it, of the Trans Pacific Partnership is corporations in all of the countries involved will be able to set the prices on goods such as pharmaceuticals which will be of great benefit to them and what benefits them will not benefit any of us little people. It's all so secret which is very alarming!”
OldTulsan on Dec 1, 2013 at 22:11:39
“Continued voting for the corporate-controlled two-party duopoly sure isn't going to end the tsunami of money that has washed over the political landscape. Those in power will not work against their own interests.
Third-party and independent candidates have three problems:
o name recognition, i.e. "Who's Jill Stein?"
o lack of campaign funds
o rigged ballot access laws, not even the Green Party has ballot access in all 50 states
I signed the MoveToAmend petition, but those advocating a constitutional amendment to overturn the SCOTUS "Citizens United" decision need to recognize that such an amendment requires the bill to pass both Houses of Congress by a two-thirds majority in each House. If the amendment bill passes both houses by a two-thirds majority, it is sent to the state legislatures.
That's asking those who benefit from the status quo to work against their own interests.
Already, Senator Mitch McConnell has called the idea of a constitutional amendment to overturn "Citizens United" "absurd".
A Constitutional Convention can be called by two-thirds of the legislatures. But the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) would stop that dead.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy”
Tiger Taylor on Dec 1, 2013 at 19:21:58
“If we do not elect republicans or democrats, who do you suggest? We only have a two party system.”
Tbone2014 on Dec 1, 2013 at 18:37:44
“Perhaps we should vote for you..........and you are?”
“This doesn't surprise me though I wasn't aware of the exact numbers.
Here's the strongest argument I can possibly make. The middle class is disintegrating. As the middle class disintegrates from increasing debt and lack of opportunity to find decent jobs, so does our country.
Facts are used to support arguments - record numbers struggling on food stamps, more facing long-term unemployment and poverty, etc.
Prosperity can't be built on lies about economic "recovery" and pretending all is well. Prosperity can only be built on financial solvency first then creating enough decent jobs for most citizens to prosper while reducing our massive debt.
No country including ours can avoid economic collapse if it keeps accumulating overwhelming debt while not growing enough good jobs.
All we are doing is accumulating ever more debt while the federal reserve keeps artificially pumping up the stock market via monthly bond-buying. Most citizens don't benefit from stock gains anyway.
Since the big special interests who control republicans and democrats oppose reforms, the middle class will keep getting weaker, more will suffer hardship, and our country will keep grinding down.
No one from the very wealthy to most everyone else is willing to compromise to rescue our economy and future. So we will pave the way to economic catastrophe - sooner than later.”
rtx47 on Dec 1, 2013 at 16:03:12
“I submit the poor and the rapidly disintegrating middle class has structural problems of their own beyond economics which is contributing to their deteriorating economic situation.
Divorce doubles the cost of living - two homes, mortgages, insurances, adds to the instability, education and health for the individuals involved and their extended family.
However much money the Federal govt pumps to maintain the economy (federal and state govts' social programs for the poor and low interest rates to creat middle income jobs) the money will end up flowing to the rich in a "trickle up" manner.”
“This far from the mark. The sources I've used state closer to 50% of all college grads can't find decent jobs. Perhaps IT graduates do better but 4% isn't accurate.
If you use government data, you likely believe all is well and economic recovery is steaming along. If so, why are record number of citizens on food stamps? Why is the federal reserve still buying $85 billion in government bonds every month? Why are student loan defaults rising (another bubble threatening to burst)? Why is our labor-participation rate at 62% (a 30 year low) - and declining? Why is personal and national debt rising?
Maybe you are doing well but increasing numbers of others are not. Derivatives gambling in the stock market almost collapsed our economy in 2008. Do you realize how much MORE gambling is going on on Wall Street with Derivatives (mostly credit default swaps?). The total amount of the bets equals 18 times the GDP of the ENTIRE WORLD. Can you imagine what this will do to the world economy when the bad bets come due?
It's great that you are working but don't lose sight of the big picture of more citizens who face increasing hardship and lack of opportunity. Believing in government propaganda is always dangerous. The 2008 economic meltdown proved this.”
rtx47 on Nov 30, 2013 at 14:27:58
“Dropping a whole lot of unrelated factoids does not make a stronger argument.
This may surprise you (or not if you do the research). Half of students do not graduate with a high school diploma. Of those that go to college, only half graduated with a college degree.
And less than 5% of 20+ yr olds graduate with a STEM degree.”
“Healthcare "reform" isn't just about getting everyone into the healthcare market to help those with preexisting conditions or those who can't afford healthcare.
It's even more about forcing everyone to subsidize the profits of the big HMO's who heavily influence republicans and democrats. The HMO's built their profits into the ACA well beforehand or they wouldn't agree to participate.
Regardless of healthcare "reforms", many still can't afford healthcare coverage because they don't have a job or work only part-time or have a low-paying job.
If politicians of both parties were creating the conditions in which most citizens could find a decent job, more could actually afford healthcare - and other things while enjoying prosperity.
This isn't happening because the big special interests who control republicans an democrats oppose reforms so as most citizens face increasing hardship and poverty because of debt and lack of opportunity to find good jobs, our country becomes weaker.
Unless we grow millions of desperately needed good jobs, ever increasing debt will drag most citizens and our country down.
Citizens who keep re-electing republicans and democrats (controlled by big special interests) only undermine themselves and their future.”
Payne G on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:35:02
“Not only can they not afford it, they will now have to pay a fine for not being able to afford it. Some great healthcare, huh?”
rtx47 on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28:13
“Americans with college degrees have a 4% unemployment rate.
With IT degree, the unemployment rate is non-existent.”
“It's the corruption of our political system by money that's largely destroying the middle class, our economy, and country as more citizens face hardship, poverty, and lack of opportunity to find decent jobs and prosper.
So citizens who keep re-electing republicans or democrats (controlled by big money special interests whose influence is making most citizen's lives worse) only undermine themselves, their children, and future.”
“No reform will ever happen as long as the current political big special interest status quo remains in place. We all have the option to write-in candidates at election time but few even consider this. I know many who would be far more capable than the political puppets now in office.
The path we are on (ever more overwhelming debt and lack of growth of millions of desperately needed good jobs) will drag our country down regardless of stock market gains. The middle class is still getting weaker/poorer.
If voters remain loyal to democrats and republicans (controlled by big money special interests), they only undermine themselves, their children, and future.”
“No real reforms will ever be made to help most citizens gain opportunity to prosper because of big money special interest control of both republicans and democrats. Big special interests won't allow major reforms because reforms would negatively affect them (financially).
Both republicans and democrats receive huge amounts of money from big special interest donors. So neither party will make the reforms needed to help most citizens because they don't want to go against their big financial donors who oppose reforms.
Our political system is corrupted by money and operates to benefit big financial donors at the expense of most citizens. The middle class is disintegrating. As the middle class goes down, so does our country.
So if voters keep re-electing our two major political parties, most will face increasing hardship and poverty since they will continue to be exploited by the big special interests who control republicans and democrats.”