Mr. 'O' has got to go

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In all my years of living in this great nation, I have never been as concerned for the direction in which it is heading as I am at this moment.

My recollections of past elections cast them in a more benign light where it seemingly made little difference, other than philosophical, as to which party prevailed. The direction of the country never wavered significantly from its focus on personal freedoms, individual responsibility and opportunity, rendering America the preferred place to live among all the peoples of the world.

A gradual erosion of our political system has occurred in which irresponsible social spending has become the means by which politicians manage to remain in office, with little consideration of how to pay for it. Both Republicans and Democrats have been party to the massive spending binge that recently has accelerated out of control and threatens the very survival of the republic.

A little history: In 1980, the beginning of the Reagan years, the national debt was right at $2 trillion, accumulated over some 200 years. Deficit spending continued at an average of $250 billion annually until the year 2000, at which time the debt had grown to about $7 trillion. The George W. Bush administration added another $2.5 trillion to the debt over its eight years, a deficit spending rate of $312 billion per year.

Enter President Obama. Inheriting a total debt now of some $9.5 trillion, his administration astonishingly upped the ante to the tune of $6.2 trillion in just over three years, an average of nearly $2 trillion per year – nearly six times the previously highest rate!

Our country now faces a total debt of $15.8 trillion and counting. The interest we pay on this debt is $225 billion this year, which amounts to slightly more than we spend on education and homeland security combined.

By 2017, the interest is estimated to be $570 billion at our current trend. If this trend is not arrested, we are facing certain fiscal disaster, comparable to what is taking place in Greece. We are seeing warning signs such as our recent national credit downgrade – an unprecedented, abject humiliation.

It comes down to a choice between (1) President Obama, in a continuation of the same spending policies, misguided stimulus, more taxes and regulations on small business; or (2) Mitt Romney, in a serious effort to reduce spending (U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan), and less constraint on small business for job creation.

It’s absolute crunch time. Our country can ill afford this guy anymore. Mr. “O” must go!

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/01/12 - 01:34 am
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You got that right Terrence.

You got that right Terrence. Not only do we need to send Obama back to Chicago but we have to send Harry Reid to a little office down the hall. Obamacare being upheld has put us into full blown socialism and the court decision opens it up for Congress to use the TAX weapon for micro-social engineering. They can use TAXES to punish us for ANYTHING that happens to be the nutcase "cause" of the day. The SCOTUS decision upholds that they literally can TAX us for not eating brocolli. We can no longer depend on our president or our Supreme Court to protect us. Our ONLY hope is to elect representatives to the presidency, the House, and the Senate who actually believe in individual freedom, smaller and less intrusive government, and a more literal interpretation of the Constitution and the intent of the people who wrote it. Believe me, the OBAMACARE TAX was never envisioned or intended by the founders of our Republic. They would have been the first in line to take up arms against what we have become.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 07/01/12 - 02:11 am
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The President didn't lie.
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The President didn't lie. It's not a tax. If you don't pay taxes.

specsta
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specsta 07/01/12 - 02:23 am
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Plane Ticket?

Here are few countries where the government does not mandate ANY access to ANY form of healthcare (and most other necessities) - Haiti, Turkmenistan, Liberia (and most of Africa), and Bangladesh, among others.

Most of the world, apart from the US, decided a long time ago that it was best to look out for the health of all its citizens, not just the wealthy.

Planes leave every day to the countries listed above.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/01/12 - 07:36 am
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I'm not sure where Mr. Bedell

I'm not sure where Mr. Bedell got his numbers, but he's not even close to correct. US Debt Jan 19, 2001 (Bush's innauguration day was a Saturday)-$5,727,776,738,304.64
US Debt Jan 20, 2009 (Obama's innauguration)-
$10,626,877,048,913.08

You need to add 50%. The debt increase under Bush was 86%, not 36%.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/01/12 - 07:55 am
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Also, the debt was under $1

Also, the debt was under $1 trillion when Reagan became President. In his 8 years it grew roughly 190%. Another innacuracy in the LTE is, on Dec 31, 1999, total US debt was $5,610,117,000,000, off again by almost a trillion and a half. I don't know if the LTE has made up numbers, or just used very bad source material.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 07/01/12 - 07:57 am
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"A little history..."

Yes, a little history indeed, and you can look it up. The hyperventilating on the political right--see David Caudle's letter today about government health care as another Commie plot--has a long history. Right Wing opposition to the ACA is almost exactly the same as opposition to Social Security in the 1930s and Medicare in the 1960s. A little history: after howling for a few years about "losing our freedoms," and yes, "the Commies are coming," Right Wingers today howl equally as loudly over losing their "government" benefits. Remember Tea Party banners saying "Keep your hands off our Social Security" and conservative concerns over potential Medicare cuts? It would be funny if it were not so pathetically predictable. And remember that Bush II passed the senior prescription
drug benefit plan, and even his fellow conservatives turned on him when he tried to "privatize" Social Security. So, yes, a little history. This too shall pass.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/01/12 - 07:58 am
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Only in the AC would you get

Only in the AC would you get thumbs down for providing accurate information. Try Treasury Direct and you can see the numbers for yourself.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/01/12 - 10:02 am
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Who controlled the purse

Who controlled the purse strings in Reagan's presidence and where do all spending bills originate? Oh my!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/01/12 - 10:25 am
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Techfan - According to

Techfan - According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_debt when Bush took office in 2000 US debt was (in billions) 5,628. When Bush left Office in 2008 Debt was 10,011 ( in billions) n increase of 4,383 (in billions) As of end of 2011 Debt was 14,120 (in billions) an increase of 4,109 (in billions) So in essence Obama has spent as much in over three years as Bush did in 8.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/01/12 - 10:41 am
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And here are a few

"Here are few countries where the government does not mandate ANY access to ANY form of healthcare"

And here are a few that DO mandate access and are collapsing financially as we speak and are backpedaling rapidly trying to cut back on the nanny state benefits.....Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, France, Ireland. And then there is Cananda, whose citizens come to the U.S. if they really need to get something done with modern procedures and equipment, and get it done in a timely manner (something less than 9 months to a year). Canada's healthcare system is in the process of a financial collapse but they still provide fairly good care if you can manage to live long enough to see a specialist and then wait another few months to actually get a procedure done.

The countries you mentioned, Haiti, Turkmenistan, Liberia (and most of Africa), and Bangladesh, are what we will look like after Obamacare drags us into financial collapse.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/01/12 - 10:43 am
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Smoke and mirrors..

Along with a bit of history, how about a bit of opinion....
This has never, I repeat, NEVER been about healthcare OR health insurance. It has been from day one designed to destroy the private healthcare industry in America in order to force everyone into a government run single-payer system.
Obama himself was quoted saying this exact thing in 2007. He predicted that it may take 10 or 15 years to accomplish.
Mission accomplished (albeit temporarily).
What really ticks me off about the whole thing though is private sector solutions were NEVER considered by the left. Such as allowing people to shop across state lines or enacting some sort of tort reform so insurance companies could keep their expenses down.
This whole healthcare bogey-man was intended from the very beginning as a way for the left to gain more power by buying the votes of the ignorant ,the poor and illegals by telling them once this monstrosity was enacted, "Don't vote for the Republican, he wants to take away your healthcare".
As far as the SCOTUS ruling, it will either turn out to be a good thing (which I seriously doubt) or it will turn out to be the final nail in the coffin the left has been building for years......Mission accomplished indeed.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 07/01/12 - 11:58 am
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smoke and mirrors

CM: why haven't Republican Presidents with Republican Congresses passed "tort reform" or cross state lines insurance sales?

One answer is that neither really would work. Just try googling with search terms such as "tort reform would not significantly lower insurance costs" or "cross state sales of health insurance means race to the bottom" to see the arguments. I just did (along with a few variations of search terms), and found numerous cites which undermine these conservative myths. Go on, I dare you!

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/01/12 - 12:29 pm
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The last time Repubs had the

The last time Repubs had the White House and both houses of Congress the left hadn't had time to "gin up" the issue. That's okay. We'll have both next year and this WILL be repealed. Enjoy it while you can lefties, but after November,"Our Dear Leaders'" greatest accomplishment will be, being the second term of Jimmy Carter....

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/01/12 - 01:39 pm
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come on now

LBJ raised the national debt with his war on poverty and his war on southeast asia sadly we survived as a nation noone bought us out nor asked for debt in full yet here we are today saying the end is near
If the President proposes and congress enacts who is the blame for all the screaming and yelling CONGRESS passes the NATIONAL DEBT
the Presidents serve 4/8 years the NATIONAL DEBT stays and the next?will He allow the default? and wonder what mr Mc cain would do? default or no default?Blaming the debt on the president is not putting blame where it belongs
WE the people elect them and We the people don't expect to default on OUR debtsEvery President since LBJ has asked and gotten DEBT CEILING RAISED FEW ?? ASKED IF Mr ROMNEY is elected will he ask for a debt limit raise or find a way to avoid ??? do we blame him for a 17?trillion debt? or do we give him a pass and just 3 trillion he added
we are not dictatorship so any president D/R cannot raise nor spend without ??Approval and congress takes this role very responsible
yet blame everyone else for the taxes and debt I SAID THE NEXT president O/R should present a budget of 100'00$ taxing only congress
than let the screams begin as to who raises what

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/01/12 - 01:44 pm
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terrace

terrace BET you 15 trillion after all is said and done they raise the limit again If it is Republ Pres it's neccessary If it's DEM president Here we go again we ve said this since the late 60 70 80 90

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/01/12 - 02:21 pm
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extex, calling people

extex, calling people "bigots" does nothing to further your case. Also because you're new here I'll let this one go, as you obviously have no clue about the rules in this forum. But in the future you will likely receive warnings from Sean Moores.
Now onto your comment. As much as you may find this hard to believe, I actually oppose this joke of President NOT because of the color of his skin but because of his ruinous policies. Period. I've worked my whole life for what I have with very little help from the government. As to date I'm pretty sure Barack has never done anything to help ME. I know my taxes will go up because of this stupid law. And I'm in the lower middle class...
Also, race was never mentioned in this thread until YOU brought it up. Hmmmm. Makes you wonder who the REAL racist is?

Techfan
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Techfan 07/01/12 - 02:22 pm
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Debt

Debt 1/19/2001-$5,727,776,738,304.64
Debt 1/20/2009-$10,626,877,048,913.08
Revenue 2006-$2406.87 in trillions
2007-$2567.98
2008-$2523.99
2009-$2104.99
2010-$2162.72
2011-$2303.47

I understand now. If things go well with a GOP President, it's due to the President. If they go bad, it's due to Congress. If things go well for a Democrat President, it's due to Congress. If they go bad, it's due to the President. Bush's, 2 wars, tax cuts, and deregulation crash the economy, it's the fault of the next President. It's the Republican MO. The US lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008. Add to that:
January 2009 - 741,000 jobs lost
February 2009 – 681,000 jobs lost
March 2009 – 652,000 jobs lost
April 2009 – 519,000 jobs lost
May 2009 – 303,000 jobs lost
June 2009 – 463,000 jobs lost
July 2009 – 276,000 jobs lost
August 2009 – 201,000 jobs lost
September 2009 – 263,000 jobs lost
October 2009 – 111,000 jobs lost
November 2009 - 64,000 jobs created
December 2009 - 109,000 jobs lost
January 2010 - 14,000 jobs created
February 2010 - 39,000 jobs created
March 2010 - 208,000 jobs created
April 2010 - 290,000 jobs created
May 2010 - 413,000 jobs created
June 2010 - 125,000 jobs lost
July 2010 - 131,000 jobs lost (143,000 Federal Census jobs lost)
August 2010 - 54,000 jobs lost
September 2010 - 95,000 jobs lost (According to U.S. Labor Department, 64,000 private sector jobs are added but a net loss of 95,000 jobs are due to government layoffs)
October 2010 - 159,000 gained (Private sector jobs net increase)
November 2010 - 93,000 gained
December 2010 - 121,000 gained
January 2011 - 68,000 gained
February 2011 - 235,000 gained
March 2011 - 221,000 gained
April 2011 - 244,000 gained
2008 (September 2008 – December 2008) – 2.6 million jobs lost
2009 (January 2009 – December 2009) – 4.2 million jobs lost
2010 (January 2010-December 2010) - 863,000 jobs created

Note: Job losses in June and July 2010 are largely attributed to US census worker jobs lost. Private sector jobs have increased during those months.
From:Wiki, original source:BLS

KSL
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KSL 07/01/12 - 03:04 pm
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I care more about people who

I care more about people who are looking and can't find jobs.

Freeatlast
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Freeatlast 07/01/12 - 05:27 pm
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Mitt Romney would be a

Mitt Romney would be a terrible president. The more people know about Mitt Romney's economic plans - tax breaks for the rich, layoffs and cutbacks for the most of us - the less bolster he ets.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/01/12 - 05:34 pm
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Techfan Unemployment Still

Techfan Unemployment Still above 8%! I remember someone, umm, ummm, ummm who could that have been said unemployment would never reach 8% if we passed the $800 billion stimulus? Is it a lie, incompetence, or Obama 's ignorance? Remember Obama said this was the worst economy since the great depression. Now he claims he didn't know how bad the economy was! Well was he lying then or now.

KSL
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KSL 07/01/12 - 06:25 pm
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Don't forget, a lot of

Don't forget, a lot of economists were saying the stimulus would actually lengthen the recession and the economy would improve if left alone. Guess they were right.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/01/12 - 07:37 pm
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freeatlast- Romney graduated

freeatlast- Romney graduated with both a Havard law degree and a Harvard MBA, he was in both programs at the same time. Romney gave his inheritence from his father to BYU. Romney served as Governor and did not collect a salary while serving as Governor. Romney saved the Olympics in Utah and did not accept a salary while serving as CEO of the Olympics. Romney saved or help build multiple companies such as Sports Authority and Staples. Meanwhile Obama keeps trying to get his hands on a Staples reset button...LOL

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/01/12 - 08:43 pm
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RE: my 2:21 post.

It was in response to a post by someone obviously new to the AC forums....
We all get a bit passionate here...that's a good thing. But making it personal can sometimes be not so cool....I know. i've done it myself....
extex, post again, we all love the discussion. Just be a bit more careful next time....

Southern Leslie
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Southern Leslie 07/02/12 - 01:07 pm
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Why should I believe
Unpublished

Why should I believe Techfan's numbers when he, himself stated that a country that has all of the materials necessary to build a reactor has "uranium that they can't use."

It makes no sense.

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