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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Tue Dec 06th 2011, 06:55 AM
It is obvious he is part of the problem. Payroll taxes are separate from general revenue funds for this very reason. And now they are being commingled anyway. That is only one of the real reasons for the payroll tax cuts and not what we are being lead to believe. In other words, these payroll tax cuts while sellable in the short run, they are very bad for us in the long run.
Ever notice how the talking points for the payroll tax cuts are similar to the talking points for not taxing he rich? Yeah, jobs again. We already know what not taxing the rich did for job creation. Now we are being sold the same lies for keeping the payroll tax cuts.
We are being had again.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Thu Dec 01st 2011, 08:36 AM
1 - Tax Holiday's
2 - The loss of our Living Wage Jobs

No other reason. All the rest we do about this are just distractions that only diddle with the symptoms. This country is going down the tubes because we only diddle with the symptoms instead of dealing with the root cause of anything.
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Posted by RC in Editorials & Other Articles
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 08:58 AM
We have the Right to Privacy both inside our homes and outside, either in our vehicles or just walking down the street. That Right is being denied to us and from the other posts, not enough know we have a Right to Privacy.

The OP question is "Do We Have Any Right to Privacy Outside Our Homes?" The correct answer is "YES!" We are just being deigned that Right.
Too many people do not know their Rights and think because someone passes a law or says there is a law denying that Right, that's OK. No it ain't. No wonder this country is fast becoming a police state.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Mon Nov 21st 2011, 11:13 AM
Is it any wonder this panel is admitting failure? After all, they have not addressed the root cause of any of the real problems in any realistic way.
With six Republicans and six hand picked DINO's to stack the deck, this was to be expected. That was the plan.

We had a surplus in 2000 and were setup to pay off the debt in 10 years. Our economy was booming. Jobs were plentiful. All that needed to be done was... Nothing. Just let it ride.

9/11 should have been a cost shared, international police action. Not invade and destroy a country that had nothing to do with either 9/11 or with terrorism. And then ship them Billion of dollars on shrink wrapped pallets to bribe those left with the power in Iraq, to silence their opposition to their country's destruction and to grease the theft of their oil.

What did bush and the republicans do here? They Cut taxes. They Outsourced good Living Wage Jobs. They Started two unnecessary wars on our children's credit card. They deregulated the big banks, financial institutions and Wall Street, allowing them to not only gamble with our money, but to keep the winnings from their gambling and to socialize their losses at our expense.
The financial institutions got bailed out, but Main Street did not. Main Street is too close to the people for the Republicans to help. In other words the Republicans bailed on and not out of Main Street. The Republicns blamed the ballooning deficit on government spending for well run programs. Programs that actually helped American citizens. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment insurance, and a host of smaller programs that benefited the 99%. Programs that the Well-To-Do don't need.

This panel ignored the Republican tax cuts, except for lying to us, US by trying to tell us less government revenue generated more money for the government to spend. They all but ignored the Pentagon Defense budget. A defense budget as large as the rest of the world combined. It got only a token "cut". They all but ignored the deregulation of our financial institutions that are at the root of the recession/depression we are currently enjoying. This panel ignored the cost of the ongoing wars.

And don't forget Grover Norquest's treasonous "No New Tax pledge". A pledge that most Republicans in Congress signed.
However, everyone in Congress also took a oath to uphold the Constitution. An oath that overrides any other oaths or pledges they may have taken.

Oath of Office:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Does this Oath sound like what the Republicans are living up to? They would be hard pressed to prove it.
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Posted by RC in Latest Breaking News
Wed Nov 09th 2011, 06:04 AM
"Retailers have been exempted from collecting taxes on sales in states where they do not have a physical presence since a 1992 Supreme Court case -- before the advent of e-commerce."

What this means is is they want to collect sales tax from you that would be charged in the state where the on-line site is located.
You buy something from a business in say, New Jersey, you get charged New Jersey sales tax. Never mind you are in South Dakota or Texas or where ever.

This idea keeps dying only because it is a major hardship on smaller on-line businesses to keep track of all the various state and maybe even city sales taxes tables across the country. And what is and is not taxed in EACH local!

In other words, you go to another state and buy something, you get charged a sales tax, they want this to apply the same way to on-line stores also, even if you live in a state with no sales tax, you will pay the sales tax of the location of the on-line site.
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Posted by RC in Environment/Energy
Wed Oct 26th 2011, 08:51 AM
campaigning the first time. What I have a problem with is his continuing so many of bu$h the lesser policies. His appointing so many republicans, conservatives and bu$h hold overs to his Cabinet. His bailouts and supporting of the financial sector over "Main Street", i.e., "We the People, the 99%.
Do you really think OWS would have gained any traction if Obama was really governing from the Center or better yet from the Left or Liberal prospective?
His caving to the party of NO! Putting Social Security on the table up front instead of maintaining Social Security and Medicare were off the table and any bill that negatively impacted them would be subject to a veto. No COLA's his first two years, based on the bu$h administration's faulty math on what constitutes inflation for seniors. (impacts money in circulation)
His administration going after marijuana over states rights.

I voted for a Liberal. We got instead a Right of Center republican and sometimes not so lite at that.
Do not be confused about what is going on by comparing Obama (right of center) to the loons on the Right (charging over the cliff) that are bent on destroying this country. Obama is only better because he is to the Left of the opposition, but not far enough by far.

Obama is not doing all that much to rectify things, to get us out of this recession/depression. We are still sliding down hill economically. Where are Obama's plans for re-regulation of our financial sectors? His plans for a workable solution to get money circulating in the economy? To get our Living Wage Jobs back into this country. To raise taxes on those most able to pay them? To repair our crumbling infrastructure? (Jobs)

Right now he is in Campaign Mode. Is he repeating the tactics of his last campaign? Campaign for the Center, so he can govern front the Right again? I really believe he is.
Obama's defenders say he can't do much because of the republican loons and Congress blocking him? B.S., Where is Obama's bully pulpit? It has only been lightly used.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Mon Oct 17th 2011, 11:42 AM
What is really needed is to get the "Your Money or Your Life" health insurance companies out of dictating who lives and who dies, based on their bottom line, their profits.

Every other civilized country has gone to some form of Single Payer, Universal Health Care. We have not. Is it because we are not actually as civilized as we think we are? Our acts of aggression against other countries says no, we are not.

So, here we sit with the cost of health care well up on the J curve and the best we could do was a mandated purchasing of health insurance from private companies?

The bill was so bad, no one, not even the the 'profits first over your life' health insurance companies who helped write the bill liked it, because it would cut into their profits too much.
Get the private, greedy, for profit, Your Money or Your Life health insurance companies out of the Star Chamber business, where your health is concerned.

Single Payer, Universal Health Care is the Civilized way for a nation to care for its citizens.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Wed Aug 24th 2011, 09:24 AM

Answer: The Bush Administration tax cuts on the well to do and corporations. Then right after that, the two unnecessary wars the GW Bush Administration started, that were off the books. (What did Iraq have to do with anything?)
Now why would they do that unless they wanted to bankrupt this country?
And don't forget all the financial business deregulation the Bush Administration did.

Is it not obvious the fix is to undo everything that the Republican Bush Administration did?

Social Security is self funded and has absolutely nothing to do with the debt or the deficit.

Stop the wars. Rescind the Bush tax cuts on those most able to pay them.
The highest tax rate under Eisenhower (R) was 91% and the country did fine.
Clinton raised the tax rates and the economy took off again.
Bush cut taxes and the economy collapsed - twice... so far.

Our economy is still struggling because we are not doing anything to fix the root problem. We are just diddling with the symptoms and putting the cost of not doing the correct thing on those least able to afford it, you and me.

The reason given for the tax cuts were to boost employment. Why then did the unemployment rate go from 5.5% in 2000 to over 10% in 2010? The tax cuts did the opposite of the Republicans stated reason.

To get the economy going again, it is the job of the government to INCREASE spending in this country. To get the money to increase spending we need to increase revenue, we need to raise taxes and stop the wasteful wars.

We need to get money into circulation. Starving the economy as the Republicans are doing is a recipe for total collapses of our country.

Stop the wars. Put that money we are wasting on killing innocents, into rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. That will mean jobs, lots of new, Living Wage Jobs. People will start having money to spend again. Business will pick up, hire more people to handle the increased number of their customers that can now afford their products and services.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion: Presidency
Tue Aug 16th 2011, 06:03 PM
You know actually try to find equable solutions, instead of using bombs & bullets as the answer for everything?
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Posted by RC in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Aug 15th 2011, 11:49 AM
Living Wage Jobs are what drives the economy. A thriving economy is what generates taxes. Healthy, balanced tax collection by the Federal government allows it to function for "We the people..." and pay to its debts.

Nobody on the verge of bankruptcy can afford to cut their income even further. And yet that is the solution that is being offered to escape bankruptcy. I do not understand, about what's not to understand.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Mon Aug 15th 2011, 11:26 AM
The more the middle class and lower are squeezed by a flat or sinking economy, the more business will start to feel the pinch.
The root cause? Not enough Living Wage Jobs. Not enough jobs means not enough demand. Not enough demand means businesses cut back. They can only cut back until they themselves go out of business, adding to the lack of Living Wage Jobs. Decreasing the demand, domino style, taking other business with them.

The greedy are starting to get bit by their own policy of only looking at the next bottom line.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Thu Aug 11th 2011, 09:25 AM
You'd think by now someone would have a clue. Or maybe they do and this is the plan.
Riots and fires destroy parts of town, businesses and homes, leaving less resources to the masses to resist their subjugation.

"Freedom is just another name for nothing left to lose."

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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Tue Aug 09th 2011, 10:42 PM
I had dinner in a restaurant in a small town, 37 miles SE of Kansas City.
Not to knock the place or anything, but the food fit the decor. Fried and salty.

(It was near closing when I took the pictures. That is why the salad bar was being cleaned out.)








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Posted by RC in General Discussion
Tue Aug 09th 2011, 08:36 AM
Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Tim pawlenty, Eric Cantor, Grover Norquist and hordes of lesser known's.

Reality? Treason? Sedition? Wadat?

Swear to uphold the Constitution? How quaint, Grover Norquist's plan to destroy the government is more important than "We the people..." and the Constitution they all swore to uphold.

Gotta make those rich people richer. Let the poor die in the streets, they ain't got no money anyhow.
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Posted by RC in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Aug 08th 2011, 11:20 PM
it is nothing more than campaign rhetoric.
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The selfish freeloaders...

The selfish freeloaders are the big multinational corporations that do not pay any or very little taxes. The selfish freeloaders are those Well-To-Do that GW Bush gave the gift of the tax cuts to, those that got us into this economic mess in the first place. Along with the unpaid for Bush wars of choice.

The only way we are to recover from the Conservative Republican caused economic recession is to raise taxes on those most able to pay them - The big multinational corporations and the Well To Do.
Stop our wars of aggression.
Get our Living Wage Jobs back into this country.
The government needs to spend money in THIS country. Money that will help those in need of help, the middle and lower class.
Without money, people cannot buy anything. If they cannot buy anything, businesses cannot sell anything. If they cannot sell anything, they lay off their workers, making the situation worse.
Cutting Social security, Medicare and Medicaid is counter productive, as that only makes matters worse because that removes even more money from circulation. The fix is to get more money into circulation. You do not do that by giving tax cuts to the Rich. They will not spend it.
You do it by getting our Living Wage Jobs back into this country. You do it by COLA's for Social Security. You do it by Single Payer Universal Health Care. You do that by WPA style work programs, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. You do it by building high speed rail crisscrossing our once great county, as the Interstate highways were built.

Don't listen the the Republicans. Their way is what cause this recession in the first place and they are still working for the same old results, saying what was done to break it is the way to fix it. No, it ain't. The fix is to do the opposite of what got us in this economic mess.
Raise taxes on the Well to Do.
Stop the wars.
Get our Living Wage Jobs back into this country.
We are being sold down the river for the benefit of our corporate owners.


Any so-called solution by the Gang of Six, or who ever, that negatively effects the middle and lower classes, as this does, the Heart of America, is not any real solution. We are not the problem. We did not cause this economic mess.

What needs to be done is to stop our expensive high tech terrorism in the Middle East and else where and close over 800 military basses world wide.
Start taxing those who can most afford it.
During the Eisenhower years, the top tax rate was 91% and the economy soared. Each year that the top tax rate was cut, the economy got worse. After the corruption that was bush II's administration, we are now circling the drain and most of the ideas coming out of WDC, are designed to make things worse for the average citizens and better for our corporate owners.
Clinton managed to raise taxes on those who could most afford it to 35% and we as a nation, started doing pretty good. The accumulated debt would have been paid off in ten years, except for the appointment of Bush the lesser. He cut taxes, thereby decreasing revenue, then drastically increased spending, mostly on the credit card. Two needless wars and a prescription drug program, also on the credit card, finished the job.

Social Security and Medicare are line items on our pay stubs. Neither have anything to do with the debt or the deficit. So why are they on the table when the real problem is our military spending and lack of equable taxation? The Social Security and Medicare "problems" are cause by our loss of living wage jobs overseas. Get them back into this country, so those people can pay their share of taxes again, instead of being on unemployment and welfare.

Our representatives in Washington are not representing us, U.S. any more. They are not representing the best interest of the United States as a whole.
Our representatives are representing the corporations that have bought and paid for them. The so-called gang of 6 are not doing any of us any favors. They are working for others.

What is behind the real problem here? The real problem is because the Republicans don't want to improve government. They want it to be inefficient and corrupt so they can justify butchering the hell out of it, and that's why they do such a bang up job making government fail whenever they are elected. The party of NO! is working to bankrupt this country for their own benefit.

The treasonous Grover Norquist's "No New Tax pledge" is only one way they plan to bankrupt this country. The wars are off the table. The Pentagon budget, larger than the rest of the world combined, will suffer only minor token cuts at best. But programs that have proven to be of benefit to millions of middle and lower class citizens that depend on them, are on the table to be basically destroyed.

Our Constitution Starts out "We the people.." Where are the people in all this budget cutting? Where is the general welfare of the people the Constitution talks about?

How can we be the Greatest nation on earth,
if we can't/won't even take care of our own citizens?
The party of NO!

The party of NO! got us into this economic mess with two unnecessary, off budget wars and major tax cuts for those most able to pay. Now they want Social Security and Medicare recipients to shoulder the costs. Neither Social Security or Medicare has anything to do with the debt or the deficit. We pay for those with a line item out of each pay check.
When the Republicans are in control, deficits don't matter. Now suddenly they do? What changed besides the political affiliation of the President? With the change of the President, suddenly all that the Republicans said was good under the last Administration, now are bad?
Where is the welfare or the American people in this three ring circus that is our dysfunctional government? John Boehner never even hinted last night.
Why is there no talk of cutting the Pentagon budget, a budget as large as the rest of the world combined? Why is there no talk of stopping the 5 or 6 or however many wars we've started.
Where is the talk of changing the tax structure to bring our Living Wage Jobs back into this country again? Living Wage jobs that use to be the powerful engine for a booming economy.
Where is the talk on making the Well-To-Do pay their fair share of taxes again? Why do they think it is OK to make Social Security and Medicare recipients pay for the Republican's greed?
Why are we the only industrialized country without some form of Single Payer, Universal Health Care?
The Republicans have proven beyond a doubt, they don't want to improve government. They want it to be inefficient and corrupt so they can justify butchering the #e11 out of it, and that's why they do such a bang up job making government fail whenever they are elected.
Treason anyone?
Medical coverage is best if every one is covered
The answer to our high health costs is Single Payer, Universal Health Care. We as a country have the highest health cost in the world. Why? Because of the "Your Money or Your Life", profits first mentality of the health insurance companies. Millions have no coverage at all. 30 to 40% of our health insurance premiums goes for overhead and profits. Medicare is only 3% or so overhead, no profit involved. The money just goes to pay the bills. You lose your job, you lose your coverage. Or at the very least the premiums you pay go way up.
Medical coverage is best if every one is covered. Single Payer, Universal Health Care will do this. We are the last hold out. No other country wants what we have for health care in this country. Every other industrialized country has gone to some kind of universal health care. None are going back to private insurance coverage.

Why do we have such deplorable, expensive health care in this country? Why haven't we gone to a single payer payer health care plan as everyone else has?

It's because the Republicans don't want to improve government. They want it to be inefficient and corrupt so they can justify butchering the hell out of it, and that's why they do such a bang up job making government fail whenever they are elected. The party of NO! is working to bankrupt this country for their own benefit.
The treasonous Grover Norquist's "No New Tax pledge" is only one way they plan to bankrupt this country. The wars are off the table. The Pentagon budget, larger than the rest of the world combined, will suffer only minor token cuts at best. But programs that have proven to be of benefit to millions of middle and lower class American citizens that depend on them, are on the table to be basically destroyed.

Our Constitution Starts out "We the people.." Where are the people in all this budget cutting? How can we be the Greatest nation on earth, if we can't/won't even take care of our own citizens?
Except for the idiots...
Except for the idiots who keep voting for the treasonous Right wing criminals who are working to overthrow the United States government, how does a working mom, disabled veteran, a laborer who lives paycheck to paycheck bear the burden of blame for the mess that the George W. Bush Republicans created?
GOP motto: If it aint broke, fix it till it is.

Now that we've correctly laid the blame, how do we fix the mess the Republicans made?
Simple. Undo everything the Republicans have done. Rescind Bush's tax cuts on those most able to pay them. Stop the wars. Cut back the Pentagon budget and the military to what it was under Bill Clinton. We make our own enemies because war is profitable. Close most of our military bases around the world. Then slash the Pentagon budget another 50%. Change the laws to make it hurt to out-source our Living Wage Jobs.
Re-regulate Wall Street, the banks, our multinational corporations with head quarters in this country. Reenact the Glass-Steagall Act.
Pay a Living Wage. Enact Single Payer, Universal Health care in this country, as the rest of the world has gone to. Put the greedy, parasitic, useless, middlemen, "Your Money or Your Life" health insurance companies out of business.

In other words do absolutely everything the opposite the Treasonous Republicans and their DINO counter parts around the country want to do and then this country will recover, prosper and once again be a great country that we can be proud of.
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