“Straight out the gate, January 2004, GWB warned the country with a new Crisis: Social Security was going to fail. His solution was to shift individual SSI taxes to Wall Street, where he said they most certainly would grow faster and yield a better payout. Savings accounts he called them, as if it were a new idea. The country, ten thousand times more clever than GWB, said no, go away, please don't bring it up again.
What GWB never openly stated was that in his reform of SSI, the six percent contribution paid by employers would be abolished.
After the Market crash in 2008 and the resulting Great Recession, which we are still suffering, almost no one mentions GWB's plan to "save" Social Security. GWB's plan to "get a better return" would have destroyed SSI altogether.”
HopeWFaith on Dec 8, 2013 at 08:17:02
“Good to remind people of what the right wing has and is trying to pull over on us. Keep up the work. Very important to remind who did what.”
“What blind devotion are you talking about? Obama's numbers have been down and falling for three consecutive years. As for your list, we know. Better, show us the way out. Lay out the steps for reversing this trend of lawlessness.”
"Quite simply, there are tens of millions of uninsured people who want health insurance, a law in place to help them obtain it, and advocates on the ground making sure they know how to do it."
Money! You left out the money! The tens of millions of uninsured are uninsured for a very good reason: NO MONEY. The PP&ACA does not change that fact.”
Beatriz09 on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:43:42
“It does. The exchanges increase competition among insurers, a free market mechanism that is known to reduce prices. And Obamacare contains the biggest HC tax credits for families and small businesses in history ... ”
“"These are the kinds of differences that should not be addressed with threats or inflammatory language, but rather can and should be resolved diplomatically," he [White House spokesman, Josh Earnest] said.
Diplomatically means flying military aircraft over disputed airspace apparently.”
clark8642 on Nov 26, 2013 at 21:13:19
“Disputed airspace? Unilateral land grabs do not result in disputed airspace. We showed the Chinese that we did not accept their actions. And we will not. The issues must be resolved through diplomacy. In the meantime, illegal actions by the Chinese have been treated with the disdain those actions deserve.”
“Well, the owners of Walmart (or insert company name) couldn't care less, or they would have spoken up. The poll should be accompanied by another asking the Walmart laborers if they would rather be working or spending time with someone close to them. Offering them more money, double the pay someone below me said, only emphasizes how desperate the workers truly are to sell this precious time away for a few dollars.”
“The point is that you don't have a monopoly on information. It's presumptuous to think so. I can point you to a hundred sites where good investigative reporters are writing about the PP&ACA. Whipping out a link to a single article and believing you have found just the thing to show up liberals with says a lot more about your own limited reading.”
“The PP&ACA will do what it was originally designed to do, guarantee the healthcare insurance industry an unlimited supply of customers whose premium payments are guaranteed by the govt through the IRS. This was always the plan. It was not about health care or building more hospitals or training more doctors; it was always about more rent seeking. Bush gave big pharma its profits; Obama has given the insurance industry its profits. Capitalism, U.S.A., that's how it works.”
judibluiz on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:06:14
“The difference is, the insurance industry will be regulated on how much profit they can make with the 20/80 rule. Many of us got rebates on our health insurance this year because of that rule.”
reggieb on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:05:58
“My 62 year old family member's insurance is going from $800 per month to $40 per month.”
“We do not vote or decide on issues of national importance. We being the voter. We have no say over the govt's budget, the military, the secret services, the regulatory agencies, the courts.....we have no say. That is not democracy. What we do have however is a system which controls and loots the population, mollifying the citizens with carrots and even less. Your Representative, your two Senators, and your President all work for the inerests of the extremely wealthy and corporations. The current economic inequality in the U.S. proves this; we did not arrive at this juncture by accident. Both parties work for the moneyed interests, regardless who they are.
“As far as "Inverted Totalitarianism, that is an excellent description of the Modern Fascist/Corporatist Republican party. Excellent description.”
icesailor on Nov 21, 2013 at 18:49:07
“You're analogy has a slight flaw in it.
When one political party has such vast resources that it can buy anything they want, they own and control 99% of all media outlets, own the major portions of the judicial system, and can outspend the opposition at will. But in a situation where the obvious minority party can beat the moneyed candidate, it shows that Democracy and the little guy can win. In spite of Citizen's United and unlimited amounts of cash and misinformation.
My DNA makes me immediately suspicious of some ultra rich guy that could and would put me into the ground, when they tell me that they are doing something good for me, I immediately look around to see who they are talking to. It isn't me.”
“The legislating is appeasement. The congress person's primary objective is stashing away huge sums of money, not just the $178k a year, and the massive expense account and all the perks, but the profits made on Wall Street trading and many, many other opportunities created by their connections. The legislating is a side thing they do to stay in office. They don't want resolution on any issue at all because that would mean the end of their reason for having a job at all.”
icesailor on Nov 21, 2013 at 09:53:37
“Hey, YOU have been letting them get away with discounting your vote for cash from the wealthy. As long as you continue to vote in, the wealthiest with the most cash on hand that does the least for YOU and favors those that have your worst interest at heart.
Don't forget. A large segment of the population would like to see Congress thrown out of office. All of them. Except their own congress critter. They like him/her. It's everyone else they don't like. The voters that voted them in, like them. If you don't like someone and you didn't vote, then shut up. You have no say unless you vote. If you don't vote, one day you might find that you can't because porcine examples like McCrory and other GOP's will have taken it away.
If they can convince you that Health Care is bad for you, they can certainly convince you that voting is bad for you too.
It works like this: you vote for Republican or Democrat and you get the same results. No difference, none, zip. Oh, I know, they toss a bone to their "voters", their "constituents" once in a blue moon, and they produce pretty good theatre with the help of their friends in Media. But Democracy? Please.”
icesailor on Nov 21, 2013 at 09:43:54
“That's the attitude that was prevalent in Europe in the 1930's.
How many Dem's are trying to restrict voting?
How many MILLIIONS did the Wall Street Crime Syndicate donate to Willard M. Romney in 2012? Over 30 million?
How much did they donate to Pres. Obama's re-election campaign? Less than $70,000.
What was the Stock Market in 2007 under Bush? Under 7,000. What is it now under Obama? 16,000? I guess that we should have voted for Willard. He had more money. He wrecked the Massachusetts economy. But rich white guys don't really care about us 47%'ers.”
hobbesjd on Nov 21, 2013 at 08:51:16
“sorry, i used to think that they were the same but if you think they are after what the right's been doing for the last 6 years....then i'm sorry but you need to read some news.”
paulfromportland on Nov 21, 2013 at 08:50:09
“Yes, indeed. BTW, how did your vote for Nader work out?”
leticeberry on Nov 21, 2013 at 08:49:43
“Not true. Vote for republicans and you get nothing. Vote for democrats and they actually at least try to legislate. They did try to get everyone access to healthcare, even though the implementation has been sketchy. You get nothing with republicans but regressive laws, if they care to legislate at all.”