Ms. Cathey, I hope that your laundry-list of “betters” is intentionally humorous, because it's laughable in the extreme. It’s this very sense of superiority (intellectual, physical, moral, etc.), and enlightenment when compared to the general populace and “trust us, we know what’s best for you” mentality (all demonstrably false), that keeps the far-Left in the minority nationwide. It must be especially sobering for you to realize that all the capital, labor, networking and such you’ve devoted to your realty business hasn’t actually contributed to its (or your) success according to the CINC. Fortunately, there are enough govt. created entitlement programs and socially-engineered safeguards to protect you should your exceptional physical and mental prowess somehow fail you.
Seems like Jeff Faltz has touched a nerve with Ms. Roth and Mr. Stahl, and thus generated another dose of the liberal clap-trap that is singularly indicative of their viewpoints. In the interest of brevity, I’ll simply direct them to recent comments posted here by myself and others regarding this thread, where factual, overwhelming evidence exists to rebuff their claims. Phil, I must say though, it’s nice that you cited Krugman, since a more partisan proponent of flawed Keynesian economics simply doesn’t exist and this truly underscores your mind-set, and Patricia, the choice to eliminate bin Laden and Gadaffi would have been authorized by any CINC without a second thought, and to suggest that this is indicative of BHO’s “resolve” is utterly ridiculous (you act as if he pulled the trigger) which is the extreme you seem to exist in most frequently.
Juanita, you would have us consider BHO's child-rearing methodology as a shining example of how to raise responsible, well-adjusted individuals? How fortunate we are, then, to have "The Life of Julia" as a primer on the cradle-to-grave governmental dependency that the administration is promoting. It's wonderful (and reassuring), to know that independent thought and individual action won't be required in this utopian vision, as the state will see to everyone's needs while creating a readily-available supply of automatons to do their bidding. "As the twig is bent, the tree is inclined", indeed.
Elaine, after reading numerous submissions of yours, the common-denominator I've noticed (besides shock and dismay regarding almost everything you encounter that runs counter to your worldview) is your vast knowledge of the "right-wing" media. This love/hate relationship must make for interesting viewing/listening in your household, but when published, it just makes you look hypersensitive and easily-rattled.
As for Obamacare, you can’t seriously cheer for it at this point, can you? Unconstitutionality aside, (according to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta), providing govt. with unfettered control over what should be an entirely personal decision, is as blatantly apparent a ploy to increase the influence and micro-managing of citizens lives by the administration as there could possibly be. But I digress, and since you want specifics, even the CBO projects the cost to be 1.76 trillion over ten years, almost double the 940 billion that Reid and Pelosi (such financial wizards!) suggested while pushing this albatross. Some other projections (since there is no way to currently know how spectacularly this will fail):
1. New taxes, penalties, and fees will discourage businesses from growing, lowering economic growth by $706 billion and costing 800,000 jobs.
2. The Federal government will force the 18 million of the uninsured to go under Medicaid, while others must accept another government program. Despite this, millions will still remain uninsured.
3. Each year, $125 million will go towards subsidizing school-based health centers and programs to reduce teen pregnancy, with no requirement to reduce abortions. Parents won't know what services their children will receive.
4. Half of those on Medicare Advantage will lose this coverage thank to rate increases.
5. Health care costs will rise thanks to $47 billion in new taxes on drug companies and medical device makers.
6. Nearly two-thirds of doctors are considering abandoning any kind of government-sponsored health care insurance, stating that regulations are too high and reimbursement too low.
7. By forcing States to accept federally-mandated health insurance, the Act violates States' rights.
8. Small businesses, the drivers of new job growth, will be especially penalized by $52 billion in new taxes and new IRS reporting requirements.
9. Despite $500 billion in new taxes, Obamacare will increase the deficit by $500 billion over the next 10 years.
Lastly, in the spirit of levity (but not brevity, I suppose), I offer you this (authorship unknown): “We're going to be ‘gifted’ with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that didn't read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a Treasury Chief who didn't pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke!!!!! What could possibly go wrong?”
Hyperbole? Absolutely, and yet, sadly accurate.
Mr. K, I could offer points and counterpoints to the phrasings and linguistics of Mr. Faltz’s letter ad nauseum, but since it (and mine below) are supposedly devoid of factual substance, let me provide more concrete, irrefutable evidence regarding the two biggest elephants in the Oval Office:
The most obvious and tangible issue confronting the Prez and his supporters is obviously the state of the economy, and his rampant deficit spending absolutely, irrefutably supports this claim. According to the Office of Management and Budget the current administration will spend $14,828M (2012 final budget projected) compared to $8327M under Dubya; an increase of $6501M. Classic BIG GOVT. (emphasis mine, obviously) by those who know what’s best for us, and who must thus step in and save us from ourselves due to their wisdom and largesse, and certainly a prelude to what would happen should a second-term be awarded (esp. since he would be a lame-duck, and thus unconcerned about re-election).
Unemployment is considered down by some, but those statistics are misleading (as many are) once you factor in those citizens that have dropped off of UI payrolls, or simply given up their search for employment. 8.2% nationwide unemployment in March, down from 8.3 in February, represents a paltry 120,000 jobs added, a much lower number than in the previous five months according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. This means that 12.7 million people are still unemployed, with 5.3 million of these considered long-term (27 weeks or greater), representing 42.5% still waiting on “Hope and Change” (and you condemn others vague, “gibberish and double-talk”?).
Peg, I commend you on your impressive, exhaustive sampling of those who find fault with the POTUS, a future in polling awaits you! The opinions of one individual (I assume this is the case, as you don’t state whether or not his companions agreed with him) are in no way indicative of the populace at large, and for you to suggest otherwise underscores how desperate and inappropriate the playing of the race card has become; truly, sadly, the last refuge of those with nothing left to say. I assure you that for the vast majority of the electorate, a candidate’s skin-color has nothing to do with the rationale of why one would or would not vote for them (as a Caucasian male I’d certainly consider voting for Condi Rice or Colin Powell depending on their stances and potential policies), and the numerous instances where someone would vote for Obama *just because* he’s black completely undermines your premise.
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