Effect of Federal Government Shutdown on Insurance Industry

By | April 8, 2011

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    TAR says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Good. Government needs to shut down, this way they will stop spending money. Democrats and their so-called leadership had 15 months to pass a fiscal year 2011 budget, but they failed! They failed to lead! That is why Americans starting throwing them out in 2010. 2012 is the next wave, including the White House occupant!

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    Realist says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    I agree, TAR. Stop the WASTE, stop the STEALING, stop the ENTITLEMENTS that go against human nature and condone freeloading on the backs of people who work and have personal pride.

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    What are the odds that, if the gov’t shuts down for 10 days or more, that we will still pay all the workers who didn’t have to show up for those 10 days? That’s alot of tax dollars that could be saved by giving a forced, non-paid vacation, but I bet it won’t happen.

    • April 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm
      Wayne says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      I would put the odds at 90%.

      I also think the Republicans will cave. The media will blame them and all of the media’s biased pundits will criticize the Republican leadership for their actions and they will lose sight of who put them there and why.

      • April 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm
        TAR says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        The Media “WILL” blame them? The media is following Obama’s footsteps and “ARE” blaming them. Last week Sheik Obama’s teleprompter was working and talked tough; he said Congress had the last three months to put a budget together. Three months? Excuse me you moron, Congress had from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010 to craft a budget and “Failed”, then had a three more months from October 1, 2010 to December 21, 2010 to submit a budget and “Failed” again. Obama, Your democrats had a solid majority to pass anything, just as you, Pelosi and Reid shoved Obamacare down our throats!

        • April 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm
          Sarah says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          I think most Americans know now that CNN, MSNBC, NBC and CBS along with ABC are all in the tank for Obama and the Dems, that they discount anything they say. I think it is pretty easy to see, just try to tell the difference between Facts and Opinion. It is very easy if you have half a brain. Funny to watch the biaz media, they always revert to some factless ridicule and call it news. All I want from my news is facts, logic and common sense. You only get that from FOX, that is why their ratings are through the roof and advertisment on FOX News cost 3 times that of the other cable news networks. That is a fact!

          • April 13, 2011 at 8:17 am
            Why Bother says:
            Like or Dislike:
            Thumb up 0
            Thumb down 0

            Fox News……Not bias??? That is the funniest thing I have
            heard all day maybe even this week!!!! Thanks for the laugh!!

        • April 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm
          TAR says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Oops should have read December 31,2010

    • April 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm
      arch says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      yea, because it is the federal workers fault congress cannot pass a bill. MORON. I have a federal position that there is not a private sector equivalent. I have a mortgage, a wife, and a child to support. Why should I and my family be penalized because congress cannot work together?

      • April 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm
        Bill says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Arch, because we dont have the money to pay you! Our government has no money left.

  • April 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    John says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Cheetoh – I just read the furlough notice and furloughed employees do not get paid. Unfortunately, if they shut down,it’ll cost us more once they come back to work.

    Dems shoudl be ashamed. Look what they elected. A group of yokels that only tax and spend, but after 2 years were having so much fun spending,they forgot to do their first priority and tax.

    Now its time for them to step back and shut up. At least the Republicans are letting them sit at the table during the discussions. Go Boehner. Bring the Harry O to their knees!

  • April 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    GETREAL says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    All the more reason for less government control!!!

    If my family were in a deep financial crisis, we would eliminate almost everything that was not essential to survival. Then and only later if ever, would we perhaps start back on some less than essential bugetary items.

    Why is it that if the federal govt gets in a financial crisis, these spendaholic democrats (& a few RINO Republicans) can’t do the same?

  • April 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Sara says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Stop the insane spending! Shut it down! This country doesn’t have a taxing problem, it has a spending problem. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of working my *** off to pay for others to sit back and collect an entitlement check!

    • April 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm
      matt says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Hey Sara. Your rage needs to be directed one place and one place only: MILITARY EXPENDITURES. We are at war in: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and God only knows where else they’ve managed to keep secret. We spend One Trillion Dollars, every year, on the Pentagon.

      Have you ever heard the old slogans about “Guns and Butter”?? George Bush gave us Guns (and Guns, and Guns, and more Guns, oh using 100% borrowed money too), plus the largest unfunded entitlement in decades (medicate part D), plus unfunded tax cuts.

      Obama continued with the tax cuts, started more wars and broadened others, and generally is Bush times two.

      Sara, the ONLY ANSWER…the ONLY THING that will really, truly bring about change is something so very easy– Stop voting for Democrats AND Republicans. Vote for ANYONE ELSE.

      • April 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm
        Chris says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Matt:

        When looking at the revnues brought in as a percentage of GDP Bush’s tax cuts did not decrease tax revenues. Government funded organizations which put out numbers of “lost tax revenues” don’t know what the heck they are talking about. You should probably stop listening to the media cliches about “Bush’s” unfunded wars and tax cuts. I recall Hillary and Al Gore saying we had “Every intelligence” document available to state we should already be at war. So it wasn’t his war. He didn’t defund anything. His tax revenues as a percentage of GDP were higher than Clinton. We just had slower GDP growth which is why we didn’t have as high of tax revenues. “Bush” did not lower tax revenues.

      • April 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm
        Sarah says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        I am a libertarian. Not a republican or Democrat. A real libertarian believes strongly in the US Constitution, Freedom to express religion just not push it on people. Liberal with our rights to do anything that does not effect others. and very Conservative with our right to privacy. The only job for the Federal Government is to protect us for enemies both foreign and domestic. THAT IS IT! NO WELFARE, NO SOCIAL SECURITY, NO MEDICARE, NO MEDICAID, NO PELL GRANTS, NO FANNIE MAE, NO FREDDIE MAC, NO HHS TO TELL US WHAT TO EAT. etc.

        • April 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm
          agent says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Sounds like you are a Ron Paul voter. I saw him on Hannity and he espouses much the same thing. Some of the Libertarian views just won’t work in this complex society. I do agree that the Feds need to be shorn of much of their nanny state entitlements and the budget needs to be balanced. We don’t have a revenue problem, but a spending problem. The Progressives on both sides of the aisle have created this massive gravy train for the lazy and the problem is now that we are broke and can’t continue it. Repulicans need to grow a spine and do the right thing or shut it down.

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    I say keep it shut down! The real question is not what the effect on our services is, but how much will we save if we continue to keep it shut down.

    No back wages for workers who do not work! No other industry pays people who do not show up for work, I really do not care that they didnt choose this, they chose to work for the federal government and maybe they will put preasure on the liberals to accept the cuts if they know that they will not be paid for back wages if they do not go back to work.

    KEEP IT SHUT DOWN!

    • April 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm
      arch says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Listen, we want to show up for work, but guess what, if we work we can be fired or terminated. I hope karma hits you really hard, I hope you lose your job and receive NOTHING!!!

      • April 11, 2011 at 11:09 am
        Sarah says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        arch, welcome to the private sector. We can be fired if we do nothing as well. I think about 80 of federal workers actually do nothing for their pay. Maybe we should have an annual review of all federal workers to see exactly what is the Tax payer getting for our money.

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Snoopmeister says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    If the government shut down, would AIG employees still get their paychecks? I think almost everybody would agree that they are non-essential government employees.

    • April 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm
      Sarah says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      What about The Union workers at (GM)Government Motors? do they get paid?, I think we most definately need to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and save that money too!

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    Ralph Kramden says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    The worst part of this whole thing, IMO, is our troops will not get paid. They are in these third world countries, putting their lives on the line for us and the idiot in the WH, and they won’t get a paycheck? This is unacceptable–from both sides of the aisle. We need to clean house in WA, the ENTIRE house, and get some people in there that actually have a pair of B.A.L.L.S.!!!!

    • April 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm
      arch says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      They are putting their lives on the line for OIL! We need to bring the troops home and remember it is the Department of Defense not Department of Offense. Since communism is dead, exactly what has the US gained by being the agressor for oil the last 30 years?

      • April 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Sorry Arch, you are not going to get a sympathetic ear on this post. It is a fact that the Federal Government is a huge monstrocity the country can no longer afford. We could eliminate half the departments and most of the agencies and sub agencies of the government and never miss them since they mostly do duplicative work. It is time to clean this government up and cut it in half. Paul Ryan has the formula to do it and the American People are behind him.

        • April 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm
          arch says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          I work in crop insurance. I have a very specific education that makes me very good at my job. It is not my fault the federal government administers the crop insurance program. I don’t need sympathy from you, if the governemnt reorganizes and my job is privatized, fine. I will easily get a job doing what I do now in the private sector. However, for people like you, how would you like your pay cut when two groups of cannot agree?

      • April 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm
        TAR says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Putting their lives on line for oil? Are you serious? Oil prices are $3.75 to $4.50 per gallon. Obama isn’t doing a darn thing about fuel prices in the U.S. This isn’t about oil. Heck we no longer know what this is about since we now let the Muslim Brotherhood dictate policy in Egypt, which is bad for oil. Arming the “rebels” in Libya, which are al-qaeda and bringing the Taliban to the table in Afghanistan, who are killing our men and women in the military.

        • April 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm
          arch says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Careful, the war in Iraq was started by Bush and was all about oil. If Bush would have focused on Afghanistan only (where the terrorists were training), we might have some stability in the region. Nonetheless, the military indutrial complex compelled Bush (puppet) and Cheney (master) to start as much action in the region as possible to help their business buddies. The US debt skyrocketed under Bush. I am a republican, but the republicans had absolute power for awhile and only made the country worse off.

          The true blame can be squarely put on the baby boomers. This country has been getting more and more screwed ever since the boomers gained and retained power. They have instituted an all for me, greed, greed atitude. It will take 2-3 generatinos to clean up their mess.

          • April 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm
            Agent says:
            Like or Dislike:
            Thumb up 0
            Thumb down 0

            Arch, If Iraq was all about oil, why haven’t we insisted they pay their debt to us in oil? I don’t think Iraq has remitted a red cent to the US for all the treasure we expended there. Libya is all about European interests since France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany got a lot of oil from them and we didn’t. Why are we helping them and spending close to a billion of taxpayer dollars when we gain nothing? By the way, even though the debt skyrocketed under Bush, Democrats were in charge of Congress. He just didn’t have the spine to veto their outrageous spending. Bush looks like a choir boy compared to the Campaigner in Chief on spending.

    • April 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm
      matt says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Ralph don’t you get it? That’s the WHOLE POINT. The fact that soldiers wouldn’t get paid is exactly the reason that BOTH the Democrats AND the Republicans used this issue as a political football.

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Harry says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    You would think Republicans are blameless in all this. But maybe, just maybe, the 2 Bush wars that weren’t paid for, the Medicare drug benefit that wasn’t paid for, and the tax cuts a time the government couldn’t afford them– all of these have had a little something to do with our deficit, doncha think? It’s not just Democrats who like to spend– both parties have their pet projects, earmarks and departments that can’t be touched. Did someone say Defense? We have BOTH a spending and a revenue problem. Dems are somewhat more willing to try to actually pay for the spending than Republicans. But of course the wealthy and corporations don’t want to pay their fair share. Democracy is messy. Democracy is not an accounting scheme. To make it work, especially on fiscal matters, it takes adults who are willing to compromise and put the country ahead of party and petty politics. These politicians think they are so courageous because they stand strong for tax cuts. Wow, now that takes courage! What we need is leaders with the courage to also talk about other solutions.

    • April 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Oh come on don’t go down the class warfare road – It’s the Wealthy and Corporations fault. Please. There was absolutely no reason for Congress not to pass a budget, none! Democrats had solid veto proof control, even a willing accomplice in the White House and they put “petty” politics ahead of their responsibility to the American people. They failed! Blame Bush, Blame Reagan, Blame Eisenhower or Jefferson. At this point the Democratically Controlled House, SEnate and White House have failed the American people. And the notion – at least the democrats pay for their spending is crap. That’s a fallacy. Santa Claus is more real than the democrats paying for anything. We got Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of control and helping to collapse the housing market, when Repubs were demanding audits. Both FAnnie and Freddie chiefs today are making over $10 million per year in salary. Thanks Barney Frank. How was the 1099 rule going to pay for squat? Except cost all businesses (evil businesses both large and small. but there is an allotment from the democrats to hire 14,000 new IRS agents. That’s fiscally responsible. All these incentives to open a business and grow your business that eminate from Obama and the democrats gives a tingle up my leg…

      • April 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Excellent post TAR. I couldn’t have said it any better.

      • April 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm
        matt says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        TAR you sound like a typical Glenn Beck listener– full of rage at the “Other”.

        I suggest you re-read Harry’s comment, since he doesn’t mention class warfare, corporations or anything like that. He merely stated facts. Facts like:

        –Medicare Part D was the biggest (and ONE HUNDRED PERCENT UNFUNDED) government entitlement program enacted in decades. Unfunded. Enacted by Republicans.

        –Iraq and Afghanistan are the two longest wars in US History. We fund both by borring money.

        –We spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS per annum on the Pentagon. One. Trillion. Dollars.

        –Obama is even more of a warmonger than Bush and won’t curb spending either

        What was Harry’s point? His point was BOTH parties spend obscene amounts of BORROWED money. His point was that the issue isn’t US versus THEM, or Republicans versus Democrats. The issue is Democrats AND Republicans are bad. And until you, I, and everyone else stops voting for ALL democrats AND republicans that nothing will change.

        • April 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm
          TAR says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Matt, you’re stereo typing as well. Nice try on the Glenn Beck thing, don’t watch or read him, but nice try. I’ve read and re-read Harry’s points. Oh contraire, Harry’s points were not bad up until he started with the wealthy and corporation nonsense. You cannot continue to demonize the “wealthy” and “corporations” of America. Are there bad corps yes, but there are just as many if not more good ones. They are the engine that keeps this economy going. When you continually bash corps and think that taxing them is the way to prosperity, you are wrong. Harry tried to make valid points but then spewed the liberal talking points – corporations and the wealthy, you lose it in my book. You, on the otherhand Matt, I think you make good points – Part D biggest appeasement issue by Bush thinking he could reach across the aisle and be the good guy, when in effect both parties adopted more socialistic principals that are adding to the deficit and damning to America making more people dependent upon government. Speaking of “Rage” and “Anger” your jets are a little hostile as well. One Trillion dollars, we get it. The system is broken, Power has overcome our elected officials. There is a movement to take this country Socialistic and it is now being met with resistance and rightly so. Obama has done a good job in speeding up the socialism process for America, with willing accomplices in Congress. Money from powerful special interests and enemies of America who want to destroy our way of life, have perverted our elected officials. Phase I of taking back America occurred in 2010. Phase II continues in 2012, including a change in the White House!

          • April 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm
            Why Bother says:
            Like or Dislike:
            Thumb up 0
            Thumb down 0

            TAR – you must have some money in the bank and are scared that the government might take a little extra away from you to help out the country! You know what…..there are people out there that are not as lucky as you (including myself)….I have been working a decent job (insurance), 50 hours a week for the past 25 years and am totally self sufficient (I do not take advantage of any government programs at all…never have never will). Yet, I keep getting taxed more, pay higher prices for fuel, food and just about everything else that are basic necessities for me to continue living (not to mention the constant fear of loosing my home). I cant save any money and have to go without basic things for myself so that my kids can contiune to have food and shelter. It has become so bad that I had to burn some old furniture this winter in order to keep the house warm because $$ just simply wasnt there for fuel. I dont want to see the wealthy Americans get taxed more in order to support lazy people who take advantage of the system (which many many do). I would never try to demonize the welthy…because most of them have worked hard too! However, I DO think that some people can afford a little extra in our current times, before we see the total destruction of the Middle Class, which is comming if people dont take a little responsibility. I honestly never wanted this to be my opinion….but this is what things have come down to. America wont seem like a great place to live when the time comes where 2% of Americans are ultra welthy people/corporations and loving life and 98% of Americans will live in complete and total poverty.

        • April 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm
          Sarah says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Well there you go again Matt aka Harry, Harry? Was doing fine until he said democracy is not an accounting scheme and that we have a revenue ( taxing) problem. Well the Obama debt commission report explicitly states that we do not have a revenue problem actually I am a little wrong with that statement, they state that the higher earners should pay less and the there should be a bottom tax rate of 8% and the top rate should be reduced from 39% to 23%. How about the president pay attention to his own debt commission.

          MATT WE ARE BROKE, WE CURRENTLY BORROW 40 CENTS FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND. WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM!

          • April 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm
            TAR says:
            Like or Dislike:
            Thumb up 0
            Thumb down 0

            @Why Bother – Thank you for being judgemental! I too have been in the insurance business for over 25 years, actually 30 yrs last month – March. No, don’t take home six figures, work 6 days week on average 9 to 10 hrs day M-F, 5 hours on Saturday. Unfortunately due to economic downturn laid off 2 employees and do not intend on replacing them. Uncertainty over economy, taxes (UCT tax up over 1,200% in 2011), Obamacare to name a few – there is absolutely no incentive to hire new employees. As for money in the bank, nope depleted 50% of savings in 2009 and first part of 2010 paying salaries, wanting to keep long time employees (single moms) employed thinking business will turn around (my bad). It did and has not turned around. I don’t blame the wealthy or corporations. Actually don’t blame them for hoarding cash. There is an anti-business mentality in Washington DC and if I’m a Fortune 500 company, I’m not hiring new employees, I will be investing in technology to do more with less people.
            The wealthy are not the problem in the United States. Corporations are not the problem in the United States.
            The people we have sent to represent us in government are the problem! Men like Obama who despise capitalism, dismantling the very fabric that made this country great, are the problem! Spending is the problem in Washington DC and in each and every state in the Union. Liberals take the easy way out, demonize the wealthy and corporations. But when you need them, stick your hand out for that hand out. But what mentality can you expect from a Community ORganizer? Here’s a guy that received government and corporate grants & subsidies. Funny thing it’s the same corporations he rails against today. Government has created a dependency mentality, 40% of Americans do not pay taxes? Wow, that means 60% of taxpayers (you and me) are supporting almost half of Americans and illegals on top of that? The liberal socialmarxist mentality is diametrically opposed to the Free Enterprise Capitalistic system. Pitting the rich against the poor does this country absolutely no good. Frankly if it were not for two “Wealthy” individuals, I would have spent the past 30 years working for Disneyworld (guess a bit Goofy for working in insurance), they took a chance and in my opinion it paid off. Am I rich – not by any means. But I feel each and every day that the opportunity to be successful in my business is in front of me. Unfortunately the “Hope” and “Change” words of Obama, are just that words, slogans to appease the masses. Not inspire, but appease and tease. So Why Bother you took a shot to embarass me, but you missed. Thanks for trying.

  • April 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    arch says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Agent: Bush had house and senate control for 4 years and he did nothing. Iraq is not paying the US in oil, Bush and Cheney companies are taking over oil operations. Hence, they make the money! If a few companies have control of oil, what better way to make more money than keep the region unstable?

    • April 11, 2011 at 10:56 am
      Sarah says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Maybe you have not heard arch, Bush and Cheney are out of office now. LOL…. get a grip dude, That drum has been beat to death.

      Funny how Obama leads by the WWBD method. What Would Bush Do.

      Iraq, – Still there
      Afganistan – Still there
      Bush Tax Cuts – Still there
      Gitmo trials – Still there
      Patriot Act – Still there
      War on Terror – Still there Libya.
      This week Obama is going to address cutting Medicare and Medicaid? LOL……. He keeps asking himeself WWBD!

      • April 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm
        matt says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Thank you for making my argument for me!

        The equation is simple:

        Democrats = Republicans != Your Interests

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm
      Ralph Kramden says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Where are you getting this C.R.A.P. from!?!?!!!?!???

      • April 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm
        Sarah says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Again, another emotional outburst of factless ridicule from a liberal? Its a fact! Obama has continued almost all of Bush, Cheneys policies. Oh and I forgot, I guess transparency means twice as many freedom of information requests denied as under Bush and Cheney.(That is “Change you can believe in”) LOL……. Because Obama’s only executive experience is a community organizer it just makes sense that he adopt a proven leaders philosophy, What Would Bush Do (WWBD)

    • April 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Blaming Bush and Cheney is an easy copout. You don’t have to think, just repeat the liberal mantra – Cheney profited. Irrespective of the fact that while serving as Pres and VP, your money/investments are placed in Blind Trusts. Secondly, Haliburton, that evil company, was the only company willing to put their as*es on the line while a war was going on, to move tankers and infrastructure. You’re not going to get just any construction or Florida Rock to drive transport in Iraq during a war. The region is unstable because that is islam! It’s not because Bushy is calling some warlord to destablize the region, that’s islam. We are not going to change the hearts and minds of islamists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Libya or any other Middle Eastern Islamic nation. That is wishful thinking!

      • April 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        You are right TAR about Muslims. The Progressive Liberals don’t seem to think we have a Muslim problem. Muslims think we are the evil infidel who should be eradicated. You can’t be touchy feely with them. They would just as soon cut off your head and they have the machete to do it with. Liberals can’t even call Terrorists Terrorists. It all seems to be our fault for making them angry with us. Hello! They have thought this way for several hundred years. Now that they have infiltrated Europe and the US, they are now acting on this belief while we are still in denial.

  • April 11, 2011 at 10:51 am
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Talking to liberals is like talking to 13 year old girls at the mall.

    What about WE ARE BROKE! dont you get?

    • April 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
      Agent says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Actually Sarah, talking to a Progressive Liberal is like talking to a brick wall. They don’t use logic in their words. To them, it’s their way or the highway. They don’t get it and don’t choose to ever get it. They just resort to emotional outbursts and name calling when presented with the facts. This is what Obama is counting on for the next election. Do a catchy slogan and ask thes mindless people to hire him for another 4 years.

  • April 11, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Agent says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Aren’t we so proud that our lawmakers decided to keep the government operating for a 39 Billion cut in spending? That is about a weeks worth of interest on the debt. The real fight is about to start on extending the debt limit and the next year’s budget. I hope Ryan, Cantor and Boehner has the stomach for it because they haven’t seen anything yet. Progressives will seek to wear them down just like they did Friday.

    • April 11, 2011 at 11:48 am
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      You know Agent, I am waiting for this new battle regarding the debt limit. The GOP was in a no win situation in my opinion. This entire 2011 fiscal year budget debacle was solely on the hands of the democrats! They left this mess because they knew they were going to get beat in November. $39 billion is dimple on a gnats butt, however everytime a continuing resolution was passed that was $2billion per week in cuts. Amazing how the GOP takes over and suddenly $2 billion per week in cuts are found. Democrats don’t care about cutting, they spend to appease the electorate and to regain power and control. $39 billion plus the $20+billion cuts already passed for the remainder of 2011, a good start. Pelosi/Reid/Obama are to blame for this fiasco and them only!

      • April 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        If we combine the IQ of Reid & Pelosi, it wouldn’t add up to much more than imbecile level. I am not sure they knew they were going to get beat in November. They thought they had a mandate to ram one Progressive bill after another and to h—- with a budget when they could just do a continuing resolution each time. I am sure they were horrified at the results of the election. Their chickens came home to roost and all they can do is fear monger now and tell the public that seniors will be eating dog food and Republicans will kill millions of babies.

        • April 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm
          Bill says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          I have to believe that these liberal Senators actually do not believe their own partisan rants. They have to be smarter than that or they never ever would have been elected. They have no actual character or authenticity in their beliefs. I think that the level hypocracy is amazing with the likes of Multi millionaires like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, or John Edwards standing up and saying they represent the working class is extremely laughable and any idiot who believes them should have their heads examined. I think John Edwards actually showed his true nature, it is just easier if your not having an affair to hide the others true belief systems. They give the unions what they want and take money from their bosses to give them a tax break and spend money we do not have on anyone willing to give them money or support in an election.

  • April 11, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    I love this argument with the democrats. It is so funny to watch Harry Ried get up there adnd say his wife and daughters will not get the healthcare they need.

    Maybe he should check his congressional health insurance policy as well as his bank account filled with payoffs from the Las Vegas Casino Mob’s before he makes such a ridiculus statement!

    WE ARE BROKE! argue with that Harry Ried!

    • April 11, 2011 at 11:58 am
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      You Go Girl!

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm
      matt says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Yes!! We are BROKE. And our situation is a matter of priorities. What are yours?

      Which would you prefer– a $100 billion reduction (less than 10%) in defense expenditures or a much more significant cut (percentage-wise) to things like education, pell grants, parks & rec, Click & Clack, the EPA etc?

      If you were retiring in 2008 would you rather Social Security have been government-backed or invested in the markets like a 401(k)?? On this subject, on a scale of 1 to 10 how badly do you suppose the big investment houses want to get control of the social security trust fund for fee income? Have you ever asked someone in Australia if they like the privatization of their system?

      We spend many multiples per capita on prisons than we do on education. Why? Do you think a publicly-traded for-profit stock company ought to be in the business of keeping people in cages?

      Do you remember the teachers that almost melted down the global financial markets and had to borrow trillions of dollars from the Fed? Neither do I….

  • April 11, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    I also heard from democrats that republicans are killing people. COMON MAN! give me a break. Do liberals actually believe this crap. I do know that the Tea Partiers and GOP know better than to fall for this horse sh*t. We can count, and we know WE ARE BROKE!

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm
      Hillsborough agent says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      You forgot about the ‘tornado through the nursing homes,’ clubbing baby seals, kicking puppies, and making adorable little babies cry.

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm
      matt says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      The rhetoric is too extreme on both sides of the aisle. I believe you’re referencing the Democrats statements defending funding of Planned Parenthood.

      On one side you have respected Republican senators publicly making absurd statements like “90% of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions” — the real number is less than 3%. And the senator defended himself by saying “his statement was not intended to be factually interpreted.”

      And on the other side you have Democrats saying that Republicans “want to kill women.”

      I think the fact that they even had to debate shutting down the government over a Planned Parenthood budget rider shows just how ridiculously screwed up our political system is. Ten years ago that headline would seem to outrageous to even use as satire in The Onion.

      In fact, almost everything the government does these days seems too outrageous to even be satirical. Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize and then doubling down on the wars? Obama accepting a transparency award… in a closed meeting with no press allowed? Ryan’s idea on how to eliminate the deficit…by cutting all programs serving the poor and reducing tax rates for corporations and the rich? Obama “protects” civilians in Libya….while allowing the Saudi army to “quell” protests in Bahrain. Obama chastising China on human rights….while keeping Bradley Manning in solitary confinement, naked, for over six months without trial. And on, and on, and on it goes.

      Just look at the list of proposed GOP budget riders! It is total, complete insanity. I am ALL for reducing the national debt. But did anyone actually read the actual list of proposed cuts? It was all stuff like “prevent all funding for the EPA to regulate coal ash residue as a toxic substance.” Call me a socialist but “regulating coal ash residue as a toxic substance” is actually one of the things I want my government to do!

  • April 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    matt says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    The GOP wants to:

    –Eliminate Medicare
    –Eliminate Social Security
    –Deep cuts to Medicaid
    –Deep cuts to education
    –Eliminate environmental regulation
    –Reduce corporate tax rates
    –Reduce tax rates for top 2% of wage earners
    –Increase tax rates for the poor and middle class
    –Roll back women’s rights
    –Continue privatization of all prisons and eventually schools
    –Continue privatization of the military

    The GOP front runners for president include:

    –A twice divorced guy that had an affair with a staffer while attempting to impeach the president for having an affair with a staffer, who runs on a platform of conservative family values and intolerance of gays

    –A businessman who has filed for bankruptcy several times and most recently refused to pay a business debt citing the financial crisis as an “Act of God”, who runs on a platform of questioning the current president’s country of birth

    –A woman who quit her job as an elected governor so that she could take a high-dollar TV commentator job and go on a speaking tour, who runs on a platform of being a victim

    and

    –A Christian “Paladin” who is the American equivalent of the Taliban, who runs on merging church and state and intolerance of others

    And Obama and the Democrats are just as bad! Look at Obama’s promises — unemployment is as high as ever, Guantanamo is open, we’re at war in more countries than we were under Bush and none of them have ended, the Patriot Act I & II are still in force, we still practice “indefinite preventative detention” as a valid legal concept, lobbyists have even more influence over the political process, and the government still keeps everything secret from its own citizens.

    We all need to shout from the mountaintops “ENOUGH!” and refuse to cast a single ballot for a Democrat OR a Republican ever again. The two party system has brought us to the edge of the precipice. Will we follow one another to our deaths like Lemmings, or will we use our intelligence to evaluate the realities of our environment and react accordingly?

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm
      Agent says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      What would you have the American People do Matt? We kicked a bunch of them out of office last November. Remember the shellacking the Demwits got? The Progressive Socialists on both sides of the aisle are responsible for the mess this country is in. As bad as you think the Republicans are, they can’t hold a candle to the Campaigner in Chief and his Marxist Czars and his minions in Congress. They mean to take this country down and create their own Socialist state and make all of us slaves to the government ala Chavez in Venezuela. At least we now have some good Republicans like Ryan, Cantor, Rubio etc who have a vision to reign in this monstrocity or defund it to get government back to a controllable level. There is no one in the Democratic Party who is advocating reduction of the government or getting rid of waste and corruption. They want to keep everything they have installed.

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Matt, you’d rather keep a socialmarxist who does not espouse American values? Has no moral leadership and his highest accomplishment was voting “Present” in the U.S. Senate? Anyone of the GOP candidates would be a better choice than the current incumbent! Are they perfect no, but if you find a “Perfect” person they will probably not run as they will be assailed, assaulted, besmirched and castrated by the media and partisan sychophants. Followed your points until you got to the “Christian Taliban” (lol) and who might that be? Taliban is a strong label for a GOP candidate, however one must paint the GOP as extreme. So guess it’s a bad thing to express your religious views if you are a Christian. My personal preference is REp. Allen West. He’s one of those radical Janet Napolitano “Man Caused Disasters”.

      • April 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Good one TAR. I like Col Allen West too. He can run circles around the Campaigner in Chief. We need people like him and Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and others who will replace the elitist Republicans currently in office. Boehner seems to be reluctant to pick a fight and is worn down by the maneuverings of the professional left who have the upper hand right now. One more election cycle and we may have some results. The only question is whether the country as we know it will still be there in 12.

      • April 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm
        matt says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Yeah, since by saying “stop voting for Republicans AND Democrats” I so clearly meant “I think we should re-elect the sociomarxist we have in office”…… I guess reading comprehension isn’t a universal skill.

        Mike Huckabee is the “American Taliban” — he isn’t a modest Christian who would cherish his own values while respecting those of others. He is a self-appointed Paladin who aims to transform the U.S. into a “Christian Nation” complete with Creationism and the Bible taught in our schools. I am not saying it is bad to express your religious views if you are Christian. I am absolutely saying it is an atrocity to endeavor to use the violent power of the State to impose those religious views on others against their will.

        I’ll go even farther– Mike Huckabee is exactly the kind of false prophet that the Bible warns us about. I received my religious and earthly education from eastern european monks who live in absolute poverty by their own vows. Mike Huckabee is the antithesis of those great men and he shames those who live true Christian values every time he opens his mouth.

        • April 12, 2011 at 9:23 am
          TAR says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Man who’s being extreme here? You radical thought process of Huckabee is frightening in some ways, but you’ve made your disdain for Huckabee pretty clear. Seems to me the country was in far better shape when the Bible was taught in school. So you probably do not have much regard for our Founding Fathers who used their religious and spiritual values to guide them and craft a Constitution? Their belief system had to be flawed in your opinion? However flawed it was, you’ve been exercising perhaps their greatest foresight, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Freedom of Speech!

        • April 13, 2011 at 10:05 am
          Agent says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Huckabee the American Taliban? What a silly statement to make. What have you been smoking Matt? No one is perfect, but if one compares him to the Campaigner in Chief, he looks like a choir boy, excuse the pun.

    • April 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm
      Ralph Kramden says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      And, we now have a president who won’t show us his birth certificate. What’s your point, Matt? At least the other guys, immoral as they may be or seem to be, are Americans…

      • April 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm
        matt says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Really? That’s all you’ve got? Are we now selecting our presidential candidates based on criteria like “well, they’re immoral but at least they’re American?”

        How about a novel idea– if you think Obama sucks and you also think the field of GOP nominees sucks, why not do the unthinkable and VOTE FOR SOMEBODY ELSE.

        Like I replied to Sarah– why, election after election, do you make the choice between two flavors of turds? It’s like America is deciding what to have for dinner and thinks to itself “Hmm… I really want chicken and rice…. so I better order the Moldy Turd instead”

    • April 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm
      Sarah says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      OH Matt!

      What about, WE ARE BROKE THAT YOU DO NOT GET?

      Yes and your far left liberal president is coming out this week with a smoke and mirror way to cut medicare and Medicaid. He already has said we have to tackle Social Security. I guess he has awakened to the fact he has added 5 Trillion, thats 5 thousand Billions to our debt. Kind of makes the 38 billion in cuts this for the remainder of this year put in perspective, HUH….

      MATT ALL OF YOUR LIBERAL IDEAS ARE OUT THE WINDOW NOW, WE ARE BROKE!

      • April 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm
        matt says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Another lemming who doesn’t know how to read….

        Bush rang up trillions in debt. Obama rang up trillions of debt.

        I think that people should not be so forgetful. You forget how much Bush borrowed without any good reason. Now you put all of the blame on Obama. In a few years we’ll all be back to blaming the Republicans. And then the Democrats, and then the Republicans, and then the Democrats, and then the Republicans…. you get the point (hopefully…one can’t be too sure these days).

        In case you don’t, the point is thus: Both political parties behave in exactly the same way– they run up huge deficits and blame whatever party is in power for them.

        If you want that to continue, then by all means go vote on election day and cast a straight party lines vote– the Democrats AND the Republicans want nothing more than for this very trend to continue indefinitely. When you vote this way the Status Quo always wins.

        I am saying turn off your TV, turn off your radio, do your own research, make your own decisions, and never cast another vote for a “major party” candidate ever again. Nothing will change until you and millions of other Americans come to this realization.

        Would you rather eat a human turd or a cow patty? Neither, right? So then why do you keep voting for either Democrats or Republicans? That’s the choice they give you– two flavors of something you really don’t like. Start making your own choices.

        • April 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm
          Ralph Kramden says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Matt–would you prefer Ralph Nader? Would you have preferred Ross Perot? Just whom/what party are you suggesting? You can apparently put sentences together, but just exactly what are you saying???!?!!!

  • April 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    Edith says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Harry had some good points, even his criticism of tax breaks for rich and corporations. I don’t think he was bashing, just asking that wealthy people and big business pay fair their share. The last time taxes were raised for the wealthy was under Clinton and the economy took off. The economy crashed in the wake of the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Tax cuts for the wealthy do not help the economy or create jobs. Look it up. Isn’t that supposed to be the #1 concern?
    As for corporations, the notion that they are people with first amendment rights would have the Founders turning over in their graves. Corporate special interests have hijacked our political system and people need to take it back. Corporations, not Reps, not Dems, not even the Tea Party, control politics now. The rest is just noise to keep us busy.

    Hey regular poster Sara who regularly questions whether federal workers do enough to earn their salaries: what do you do? You seem to have a lot of time on your hands. Are you a politician?

    • April 12, 2011 at 11:45 am
      Sarah says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Edith, “fair share” If it were an insurance definition it would go something like this:

      Being taxed your “fair share” means when you pay more than others. The top 2% of tax payers pay over 40% of the tax collected by the federal government and this is indeed paying their fair share. The bottom 40% that do not pay any FICA and get it all back and then get even some “welfare” (another definition)in the form of tax credits is not paying their “fair share”.

      OBSERVE OBAMA’S DEBT COMMISSION (WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS IGNORED) TOP TAX RATE REDUCED TO 23% BOTTOM TAX RATE RAISED TO 8%. IF THIS IS DONE OUR REVENUE WOULD INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY. PAYING NOTHING IS NOT PAYING YOUR “FAIR SHARE”

  • April 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Matt, read your rant again It is probabaly one of the best examples of a total emotional outburst of factless ridicule. That is the only way a liberal can argue. They have to ignore the facts.

    FACT MATT, WE ARE BROKE BECAUSE OF SPENDING – AND WE WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR WE WILL SUFFER A HUGE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE. I HOPE YOU LIBERALS ENJOYED THE PARTY BECAUSE IT IS OVER NOW!

    • April 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm
      matt says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Sarah I have never voted for “Liberals.” I did not vote for Obama. I did not vote for McCain. I encourage you to do the same and quit voting for the leaders that the establishment chooses for you.

      I am truly a Libertarian. I espouse TRUE conservative values. The current-day Republican party has strayed so far from conservative values it is absurd. When they claim they “learned their lesson” from the Bush-era excesses… I DON’T BELIEVE THEM!

      So join me! Never cast another ballot for a Republican, Democrat, or any other party-affiliated candidate, EVER AGAIN.

      • April 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm
        Agent says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Matt, like it or not, we just have a two party system in this country. I agree that most politicians in both parties have ripped off the Amercian taxpayer by creating the monstrocity of the Federal Government. If the Tea Party or a new Conservative Party were formed and became a force, I think most of the Progressive Liberals in both parties would be toast. That is how angry we are at them. The thing to do in the meantime is find candidates who are truly conservatives and elect them. Good luck in finding any conservative democrats. We thought the Blue Dogs were more conservative, but they ended up walking the plank for Pelosi/Reid and were promptly dispatched last November.

      • April 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm
        Sarah says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Hey Matt, It appears that you have read the presidents debt commission report which states the best way to reduce debt and grow the economy is to take entitlements head on and drastically reduce the payouts to money sucking losers who need the government for their existence as well as reduce the highest tax rate for the higher earners to 23% and create a bottom /minimum tax rate for the bottom earners who pay nothing towards their own benefits to 8%. hey Matt I think you are pretty much correct about what the GOP wants problem is it is what economist want as well as Obamas own debt commission.

        • April 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm
          Agent says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Until we have a Conservative Congress and Conservative President, there will be nothing done to institute a flat or fair tax and eliminate all the loopholes in our sorry 5,600 page tax code. There is no way GE should be allowed to pay nothing on 5Bil in profit for their operation. Many other large corportations do the same thing. Everyone should have skin in the game. I don’t mind paying my fair share, but I am outraged that less than 50% pay income taxes in this country and the crony capitalists at the very top pay nothing while us small businesses and individuals pay through the nose all the while government waste and corruption spends our tax dollars very unwisely. Time for a change of leadership.

      • April 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm
        Sarah says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Matt you are not a Libertarian. libertarians believe that governments only role is defense, and if it does not involve or affect others you should be allowed to do it. From your progressive liberal posts regarding government spending, healthcare, Medicare, social Security. Either you do not know what the libertarian party is all about or you are sadly mistaken about your political affiliation.

        Funny how one minute you state that the GOP is the devil , which actually from a fiscal stand point much more closely aligned with the libertarian party. And then you go on to talk about priorities of spending. The 14 trillion debt has exploded in the last 2 years. WE ARE BROKE!

  • April 12, 2011 at 9:38 am
    Agent says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    It is a good thing when America finally awoke from its slumber and did something about many of the Progressive Socialist politicians last November. There is much work remaining to do and in 12, perhaps we can sweep out the remaining Senators and the current President so the country can be restored to a Constiutional Representative Republic which is responsible to the people who elect them. The country allowed itself to be misled into believing big government was the solution to every problem we face. The only thing big government is good at is spending money we don’t have and they don’t solve problems, they make them worse.

  • April 12, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    It is time we get back to the basics in the way we view Government. Our government was not created to provide anything for us unless we were starving for food. It does not owe us anything except to get out of our way and allow an oportunity to succeed, not provide us with a level of success.

    CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING TO 1990 LEVELS AND LEVEL THE TAX SYSTEM SO EVERYONE PAYS SOMETHING IN TOWARDS THEIR GOVERNMENT. JUST LIKE OBAMA’S DEBT COMMISSION CALLED FOR. (WHICH HE HAS IGNORED)

    • April 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
      Agent says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      I am sure the Campaigner in Chief will have many pearls of wisdom when he speaks to the debt problem. I am sure the idea will be to soak the rich who are not paying their fair share. The top 5% pay over half the taxes right now, but they need to pay even more. I am in favor of Jeffrey Imelt paying his fair share on 5 Billion in profit instead of nothing. If we had a flat tax or fair tax without all the loopholes, we wouldn’t have a revenue problem. The main problem we have is a government who spends money they don’t have and keeps adding to the debt. This debt problems has been brought on by Progressive Socialists on both sides of the aisle who think spending more will solve all the problems, but it has led the country to the brink of insolvency.

      • April 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm
        TAR says:
        Like or Dislike:
        Thumb up 0
        Thumb down 0

        Right on Agent! Obama is in campaign mode and he must again find a way to appease his base. Playing the class warfare card is a must in order to get re-elected. Moving to the so-called “middle” (cough cough) is a tough thing for this extreme thinker, condsidering all of the missteps and trip ups. It’s safe for the socialmarxist to go after “Wall Street” and the “Wealthy”. But isn’t it funny, he demonizes Wall Street and the Wealthy then holds $25,000 per plate fund raisers for his campaign, as well as hiring Wall Streeters into is Cabinet Advisory positions. Obama’s presidency is such a failure it makes Carter look somewhat competent. Obama’s new campaign slogan – “One and Done!”

        • April 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm
          Agent says:
          Like or Dislike:
          Thumb up 0
          Thumb down 0

          Anyone who falls for a catchy slogan in the next campaign will be dumber than the first time. Obviously, all the free loaders who enjoy the entitlement benefits will vote for him and the 99 week unemployed who don’t have to work for a living and are not even looking for work will like him. These fund raising dinners where the donors shell out the exhorbitant amounts of money are the same dudes that don’t pay any taxes due to loopholes in the tax law and crony capitalism. All of the real Americans who do have to work and see all the bad stuff going on will vote in opposition. I just hope the Independents who went conservative in the mid terms will not be misled like sheep by this Campaigner in Chief. If so, they will be extremely sorry.

          • April 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm
            Bill says:
            Like or Dislike:
            Thumb up 0
            Thumb down 0

            Agent, too funny how about this slogan.

            “Hope We Change Back” or “Yes we Did, and I dont like it”

            You are so right if we fall for another community organizer who can give a good motivational speach using “dumby boards” Walter Mondale (Teleprompters) Then we deserve everything we get.

            I want some old boring guy who is smart and has run a company at somepoint in their lives and understands that we can not continue down the road we are on. Please no more professors who couldnt make it in the private sector.

  • April 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm
    Agent says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    I saw a very good cartoon the other day and had the original “Hope & Change” poster with his likeness. Next to it was the new one with wide eyes and saying “Hope you don’t change”. This guy is in big trouble and no amount of smooth talking will change what he has done in the past 2+ years. The decline in the economy and prestige of this country is palpable.

  • April 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Agent says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Good post TAR. It expresses the sentiment of many agents who are struggling in this business climate. I have been at this for 35 years and have never seen anything like it. The insurance cycles were a piece of cake compared to what our government is doing. They are so anti business, anti success and seek to tax and spend us out of existence. We too have not hired anyone else and actually got rid of an unproductive employee. We have made up for it with improved technology and have smart employees. Having said that, this President and his minions are seeking to destroy private enterprise and small business with their tax and spend philosophy. Everytime he says invest, it means spend and he has no concept of how this economy works. He is allowing gasoline prices to escalate while denying drilling to find our own energy. This is all to promote his green energy agenda. Hopefully, impeachment proceedings will begin soon. We can’t afford this guy.

  • April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Here is one speech to keep in mind over the next few months, EVERYONE REMEMBER WHO SAID THIS AND WHEN THEY SAID IT!

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

    Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion.That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.

    Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the Federal Government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than we’ll spend on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation, and veterans benefits combined. It is more money in one year than we are likely to spend to rebuild the devastated gulf coast in a way that honors the best of America.

    And the cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the Federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and States of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on.

    Every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in America’s priorities.”

    Senator Barack Obama
    Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
    March 16, 2006

    I DONT THINK ANYONE COULD HAVE SAID IT BETTER THAN HE DID IN 2006!

    • April 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm
      TAR says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Well Done Sarah! Nice find. Words mean nothing to President Blowhard. Just how can he exploit a crisis. Crux of his speech, increase taxes on those making over $250,000 yr and create yet another commission. The previous debt commission led by Bowles and Simpson wasn’t good enough. 20 months and 6 days remaining with Commander Blowhard.

  • April 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    Mr. President it is now 2011 that you talked about in your speach, and our debt is 14 trillion. why has it gone from 8 Trillion in a Democratic lead Congress since 2006 to 14 Trillion in 2011, Thats with a T, Mr President. 5 Trillion additional spending in 3 years of the new administration.

    TIME FOR A “CHANGE”

    • April 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm
      Agent says:
      Like or Dislike:
      Thumb up 0
      Thumb down 0

      Sarah, You make good points. Everyone needs to understand that a committed Progressive Socialist seeks to destroy Capitalism and install Socialism/Marxism as the model of the economy. This is all part of the plan from Cloward & Pivin to bring this country down so that a Chavez style country will emerge from the ashes. Our Republican friends don’t have the backbone to pick a fight so they are getting trumped with everything they try to do to bring the budget under control. This 38 Bil deal they did last week will end up at 352 million due to all the financial shenanigans. We can’t really trust politicians in either party to do the right thing. Most of them should be cashiered out of their jobs right away including the Campaigner in Chief while we still have a country.

  • April 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    Sarah says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN!

    I dont think I had planned on going to any National Park soon anyway. I dont even think I would notice it being shut down. The liberals keep talking about Wall Street, Who cares? The Stock Market went up when Japan had and Earthquake and Nuclear rain. Go figure? I think the markets would go up, when this country as well as the rest of the world see’s that we are serious about cutting our debt and again being the economic leader of the free World.

  • April 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    Agent says:
    Like or Dislike:
    Thumb up 0
    Thumb down 0

    The markets went up after the 11-2-10 election because they welcomed the defeat of the Progressives and could see a more positive business environment developing in the future. Small business was also encouraged that the shellacking the Demwits received was a positive sign that we had a chance to slow the agenda down and start getting rid of some of this insane spending by the Feds. It is going to be a very tough fight. These Progressives are just about as determined to get their way as the Muslims who want to destroy us.



Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*