“anyone ever noticed?..........that when Obama wants to fix almost any problem.......the "fix" always includes higher taxes?? The reason? When government has more money they can institute programs that are essentially vote-buying schemes.......”
gkingthomas on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:36:14
“anyone ever notice how nice and civil and informed it is in the early morning BEFORE WORK? No insults, no name calling, no Liberal Trolls. Funny how the higher taxes advocates never seen to be up in the morning. Hmmm. why do you suppose that is?”
Foxrocks on Aug 9, 2011 at 06:21:27
“And spending. Now he's talking about handing out loans. Where is the money coming from?”
“If an amendment had passed requiring a balanced budget then this would not have happened. Wonder why Obama and the dems don't want this? As for all of you libs who insist that Bush caused this with his "tax cuts for the rich" I have a little word for you. Total tax receipts WENT UP every year Bush was in office......take that in and look it up. SPENDING was the problem. Most of Bush's deficits were in his last two years......while the dems controlled congress.....again, look it up. While I am on a roll, please note that Obama already has more deficit spending piled up in THREE years than Bush did in 8 years.....again, look it up.
If this president does not stop spending then no one will be able to borrow money for a new home. Liberals! Please wake Up!”
ram6968 on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:01:08
“republicans controlled congress under clinton....no mention of a BBA......bush was in office for 8 years, controlled congress for 6 yrs.....not even a whisper of BBA.....smell the coffee, NO ONE wants a BBA....except the ignorant and uneducated”
USA Radical on Aug 6, 2011 at 10:53:29
wutzurbeef on Aug 6, 2011 at 10:53:17
“Yes spending was the problem...fibbing about WMD to start a war. Ol' Bushie's family is a WAR machine family. Look it UP. His relatives helped build the NAZI war machine by selling them all the steel they needed. And profited off the human misery.
In fact the right has been profiting from it for close to 30 years.
Now its 'lets crash the economy and the market, so we can buy the broken pieces cheap, and make more money'. Guaranteed.”
mrupp002 on Aug 6, 2011 at 10:52:22
“Too blind to see, they will never understand. The "intelligent" here know everything, and when you know everything why bother doing any research, why look outside their little box. They know, they will tell you. "You just need to do as we say and don't worry about facts". " We will read the bill after it passes", San Fran Nan, and Frank said about health care.”
rhd21 on Aug 6, 2011 at 10:50:08
“Yeah, TARP and a bailout of the too big to fail banks, off-book wars, etc. etc. etc. were the fault of the dem controlled congress. Get real.”
“It will be interesting to see the "exceptions" and who gets them.......after all, large trucks will still have to deliver food, furniture, and all manner of goods around the country......those babies won't haul using batteries.......I might have to apply for a "shipping" permit......cost?”
she343 on Jul 30, 2011 at 15:49:27
“trucks can see at 40% increase in mileage just from better design.
what runs trains? better do some reading before writing?”
aligatorhardt on Jul 30, 2011 at 07:21:24
“Visit www.H4gas.com Hybrid hydrogen systems on large trucks, buses and ships are seeing mileage go from 6mpg to 16.5 mpg. That is 250% improvement. Greater use of hybrid technology can make all vehicles much more efficient.”
“"ruining the country economically"??? What do you think the present administration has been doing? In 8 yrs of Bush (not my favorite either) the debt increased by a total of 4.5 trillion. In THREE years of Obama it has increased over 5 trillion. I am positive that liberals can add and subtract so explain that one please.......”
pat50n on Jul 29, 2011 at 13:47:09
“Please quit adding Bushes bills that came due to Obama. Go get the facts from the CBO”
“if all of the whiners about this ladies memo were serving in the armed forces then we might be better off.”
chocolate cherries on Jul 24, 2011 at 00:23:55
“Well, my son has been to Iraq...twice. My grandfather fought with his 3 brothers in WW1, my father and 3 of his brothers fought in WW2, my 2 brothers both fought in Nam, and my son has been to Iraq twice...and I still think she is a disgrace to the uniform, and to the country.”
MassTeacher on Jul 23, 2011 at 11:57:02
“Many of us did. And I seem to remember that before we ever looked downrange at BRM we were taught weapon safety. And before we were taught weapon safety we were taught respect for the Constitution of the United States and for all the people we would be protecting.”
Knowitall on Jul 23, 2011 at 10:14:46
“I know you're trying to be cute, but I actually Agree with you. I too wish the "whiners" were serving in the armed forces so that people like this woman could be weeded out. It's when we get people in the service who think it's all about the weapons and the tanks, and scaring and intimidating other people (especially UNARMED people) that we get war crimes like Abu Graib.
So, I agree get her OUT of our army, and put the "whiners" in.”
yellowdoggie on Jul 23, 2011 at 10:01:35
“Translation: She said something really hard to defend, so I'm going to imply that all the people she offended are somehow cowardly for not being in the military, even though it appears that many of them are or were.”
“Interesting thing is......Bush tax cuts began in 2003. 2003 thru 2007 TOTAL TAX INCOME RECEIVED by the government WENT UP a substantial amount. If you guys don't believe it then look it up. The government's own chart shows this. Deficits didn't rise because of a lack of income. They rose because of too much stupid spending. Time to trim our government down to a proper size regardless of who is in the White House and congress.”
“It is quite obvious that this president plans to keep spending. As for more taxes.......why would we give more money to a government that has already proven it cannot stay within a budget??”
NotStarvingArtist on Jul 18, 2011 at 19:01:59
“Are you one of the extremely wealthy CEO's of a corporation that doesn't pay taxes on your corporate jet? If not, no one is asking you to give more money to the government. Show me one government anywhere in the world that always stays within its budget. The last time the US budget was truly balanced was 1957. Here's a very good website that explains that very well: http://www.geldpress.com/2008/07/us-budget-reporting-deception/. Now, why is it that all of a sudden it is imperative for the US to balance its budget?”
ghostrider57 on Jul 18, 2011 at 18:14:49
“Well yes, he kind of needs to keep spending. Unless of course you want to shut everything down. I do believe he is just continuing to spend on all of the expenditures that his predecessors put in place before he came into office. I don't believe he has come up with new ways to spend money. But, please correct me if I am wrong.
As for more taxes, well ya we do need to increase our revenue. Our last President drastically cut our revenue while increasing our spending by starting 2 wars and taking on additional medical expenses without budgeting for them. That would be like me going out and spending more money while telling my employer he can reduce my salary. After all the government works for us. We are its' employer.”
asta1968 on Jul 18, 2011 at 18:08:52
“Willful ignorance, pure and simple.........
Here, then, are 10 Inconvenient (for the Teabagging GOP) Truths About the Debt Ceiling:
1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a "Financial Disaster"
2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn't Pay for Themselves or Spur "Job Creators"
7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling - Repeatedly
9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid
We know how much you guys LOVE living in the dark, but America has to be able to keep up with the rest of the world (not just the 3rd one like conservatives would like). Jr. snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, just like he did with every other financial situation he was EVER put in charge of. That's FACT.”
mamasilverhair on Jul 18, 2011 at 18:06:09
“Well of course the schools, and police departments, The government hospitols, the forest rangers, The teachers, the sewer systems, the garbage collections will go on. you don't like that stuff?”
“Now we know the type of thinking that got us into this mess.......overspending got us here, not a lack of money.....I see it every day at the state, county and municipal level as well. It seems that we have raised a generation that believes that government is the answer to everything, even tho the sharpest minds ARE NOT in government.”
“Obviously, spending and "stimulus" programs do not work. Is debt good for you personally? Of course not, and it's not good for our government either. Cutting spending SUBSTANTIALLY is absolutely necessary, not only now, but in "good times" as well.
As for businesses creating more jobs and hiring? It ain't gonna happen until Obamacare is repealed. There are so many directives in that bill that have nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with UNIONS, that business is afraid to invest now because of what will happen later when all of the obamacare directives are written into even more regulations.”
“I have a novel idea.....how about requiring the education system to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of PEOPLE without mentioning sexual orientation?? You know, since all Americans are the same.”
Gennaphyr on Jul 6, 2011 at 23:57:11
“So with that logic shall we will teach about MLK and not mention he is black?”
Callyson on Jul 6, 2011 at 23:30:40
“Kind of hard to talk about Harvey Milk without mentioning his sexual orientation.
And kind of hard to give a quality education about the history of California without mentioning Milk.
As for your last sentence, my response would be that all Americans are *equal*, but we're not all the *same*.”
Angel1999 on Jul 6, 2011 at 23:07:45
“Because it's intended to be in opposition to the commonly held opinion of right wingers that gay people are deviants and perverts. As long as the homophobes are spouting that nonsense, it's important to point out that gay people have made important contributions.”
valkygrrl on Jul 6, 2011 at 22:52:01
“How do you talk about Roy Cohn or Alan Turing and leave something that had such a profound affect on them out?
Making accomplishments for good or ill isn't the whole story. What limits were placed on someone, how thy worked around or within those limits and how the story ended can't be left out if you want students to be educated instead of just fed a few factoids.
The what is information, they why leads to understanding. Understanding lets you make use of rather than just posses information.”
“Government overspending on entitlements and wars causes budget deficits, not a lack of tax money........”
cjjanis on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:22:30
“unfunded tax cuts and unfunded wars, coupled with tax cuts that pay companies to ship jobs over sea's caused the mess....................toss in some bad trade deals and a lack of banking and market regulation.................”
Mixguru on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:22:20
“No, all three do. Taxes are at a 60 year low and so is our economy. It's not just a coincidence. Hedge fund managers on average pay 15% income tax, while the rest of us pay 30% +.”
“I certainly didn't expect everyone to agree with me......after all, it IS the Huffington Post. As I mentioned before, gay unions and hetero unions ARE different......as anyone with common sense can ascertain. I do support both......just not the same name.”
“I have no problem with gays having the same "rights" as the rest of us.....however, I am getting very tired of all of the "marches"......."freedom rallies" etc.......let's just get on with our lives.....unless you want to have a "hetero rights March" . Also, the term "marriage".......is there a difference between a union of heteros and a union of homos? yes, one can reproduce and the other can't. So there IS a difference and, as such, only one can be a "marriage" in the sense that we have been using the term for thousands of years. The other "union" should use another term. Of course there are always those who prefer to re-write history and our language.”
aviandonn on Jun 18, 2011 at 11:32:03
“The term marriage isn't used for people who reproduce. It's used for adults who make comprehensive commitments to care for, provide for and support one another. Reproduction isn't necessary and the state, which issues marriage licenses, doesn't care if you reproduce or not. You don't even have to have sex or live together.
I love people who don't understand how concepts get translated into other languages. Marriage is just a word, an uttered sound, that we used to describe certain relationships we see. We use it to discribe the polygamous relationships in some cultures. We use it to describe the family agreements in some cultures that commit six year olds to one another, or 5 year old girls to 30 year old men. We use it figuratively to describe an intense commitment or joining between two things - married to the church, a marriage of ideas.
The word applies perfectly to the joining of two people in a lifelong commitment to one another in what we call 'marriage'. Procreation need not occur.
You are clearly not informed enough to be pontificating on either history or language.”
Cacey on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:56:50
“Actually, you should attend one of those marches and rallies and take your family. They are tons of fun with no violence and lots of fellowship being shared.”
virescentgirl on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:39:08
“Actually, the term marriage as I mentioned in another post is from the French and originated in the 1300s. Before then and even now in some countries, 'marriage' was actually a contract between two men - one the father, one the husband to trade a woman for cattle or other materials. This was a Dowry. Though in some societies, the father actually had to send materials with the woman so that the family taking her in was not inconvenienced by the extra mouth to feed.
Furthermore, I will say it again the ability to procreate has NOTHING to do with getting a civil marriage license. Procreation happens all the time and in too many cases unwantedly so. Arguing gays shouldn't get married or have the word marriage because they can't add to the already burgeoning population is not a valid argument. The rights of marriage, the secular legal document guaranteeing the contract of marriage is legally binding and confers all the rights and protections of that contract onto the people engaged in it has NOTHING to do with procreation or the ability to do so. It is a contract between two people who for whatever their reasons want to commit to each other for. IT is NOT governed by religious law. The term marriage is not OWNED by anyone - not in any language or any country. It is a word, used by many, which has different meanings for different people. You can't own a word.”
StevenM on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:36:25
“You are wrong on the facts. Just because two heterosexual people get married, that does not necessarily mean that they can have children. Infertility problems occur often among heterosexual couples. Furthermore, just because two homosexual people get married, that does not mean that they cannot have children. Lesbian couples have children all the time. And as for changing our language, it is done all the time. All words are made up words, and their meanings change on a regular basis. For example, in the 17th century the term "computer" referred to a person who computes, especially a person employed to make calculations in an observatory, or in surveying. Today, a computer usually refers to electronic box. In the 17th century, a mouse was an animal, today most people keep a mouse next to their computer keyboard. There is nothing wrong with using the term "marriage" to refer to same sex couples as well as heterosexual couples. Words change their meanings all the time.”
DreamSpinner on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:31:55
“The root of the situation is religion. Marriage used to be a religious practice that only the followers of that religion could get married. It has now become a term to mean legally binding a pair of consenting adults so they can have rights usually not awarded to those couples who are not legally bound to each other.”
Rev David Huber on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:29:48
“So only a marriage that produces children is a legitimate marriage? Gonna be sad news to the people who choose not to have children, or who cannot for biological reasons.
So, what do we do, then - give a couple a year to have a baby, and if they don't, have the government come in and dissolve the marriage? Two years? Three years? What should be the limit of our tolerance for people who so flagrantly defy God's law by getting married and then not having children?”
EmmaDarian on Jun 18, 2011 at 10:26:28
“Why would anyone who is heterosexual want a rights march when we have all the rights we could ever want? I sure don't need a pride movement, but if someone said that as a heterosexual, I was sinful and evil and sick and couldn't marry the person I love and that everyone else got to vote to deny me that right, I might. If politicians campaigned on denying me rights, and my parents kicked me out of the house and my pastor said I was going to hell, I might. If I walked down the street hand in hand with my husband and instead of smiles I got slurs screamed at me and things thrown at me, I would sure want a pride
And if you 're going to pretend you support equality, you really need to stop putting rights in quotation marks. There are so many dead giveaways in comments like these, but that's the most obvious. And "homos?" Please. Why even try to pretend you are what you are not?”
“just a footnote.....the Bahamas have NO welfare system at all. zilch. NADA. They seem to get along just fine......imagine that. When someone DOES need help it is usually the churches (the Bahamas has the most churches per capita of any country in the world) that do the work and offer the help.....the same as here 50 yrs ago.......sometimes you have to look BACK to go forward. I think it is called history.”
“Finally, someone is trying to cut wasteful spending.......and I hope this is just the beginning. More than likely the 13% cut will affect illegals and others who "play" the system. Fraud is rampant and this bill should help a bit. Don't just look at the "headlines" folks, look a little deeper.”
daradams on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:52:10
“roodnep - Excellent post - FANNED AND FAVED”
calsibert on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:31:39
“Democrats specialize in headlines, not substance.”
“you could STILL do all of that if the government would quit wasting money on other programs and their overall inefficiency. the problem is NOT the amount of money the government gets.....the problem is HOW they spend what they do get.”
lageorgia on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:31:02
“un no not quite. The Repub's are ending all help except funding of more wars. This is what the ten years of tax revenue lost could have done.”
taddles on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:28:43
“What programs should we cut? Just the programs that don't benefit you personally?”
“Even WITH the Bush tax cuts, the richest 1% pay, BY FAR, the highest percentage in income tax. It's like punishing those who work hard and smart. When are others going to be required to pay "their fair share"? By the way, I am NOT in the 1%.”
madgrrl on Jun 7, 2011 at 16:24:25
“Who doesn't work hard? Why are we punishing the middle class? Who are these "others" I see a bunch of unemployed people, poor, and middle class. Do you think the rising gas and food prices are affecting these people? What about those who inherited their wealth - is Paris Hilton a super hard worker?
When you are working poor you pay tax on all your income - it's called sales tax.”
taddles on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:44:34
“No one becomes wealthy in a vacuum, they got wealthy because our society affords them the ability to do so. They should pay back to the society that allows them the opportunity to become rich.”
anelder on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:39:19
“And own 40 percent of the nation's wealth. For crying out loud your usage of the word punish is laughable. Does it sound even remotely like these guys would suffer. Or maybe your like the kid who wouldn't share his toys no matter what. I'll bet your mother tried to break you of that habit, faling that is not her fault it's yours.”
BlackbirdHighway on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:31:22
“They are paying a 16% tax rate. Many middle class working Americans would love to have a tax rate that low.”
lageorgia on Jun 7, 2011 at 15:20:13
“They pay a lower percentage of tax. Most of the super wealthy ( incomes of 50 million or more per year) wind up paying no tax. Interest on investments is taxed at a much lower rate than the same amount if income. i.e. you earn 100,000 per year. I have 100,000 interest off trust fund. You pay 33% I pay 5% thanks to Bush. I am on my way to greater and greater wealth you are on your way to a falling middle class lifestyle. By the way,we (my husband and I ) are in the top 5% and we probably pay a much smaller % of income tax than you. My parents are in the top .5% and they pay even less than us. Bush did a number on the middle class and then convinced you all that it was for your benefit.”