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Cutting costs cannot be at expense of our future

Published 10:08am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Congressman Bill Johnson has been touring our area with Congressman Paul Ryan, architect of the Ryan Budget, a bill Congressman Johnson has voted in favor of twice.

This vote will take drastic steps to cut the Medicare guarantee that many of our seniors in the Ohio River Valley depend upon. How is this putting the thoughts and concerns of your district first?

The Ryan Budget would force 9,800 seniors back into the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ on the first day. Costing these seniors $96 million dollars in additional prescription drug costs of a 10-year period. The seniors of our area don’t have this kind of money, how will they pay for these increased costs?

Seniors who have paid into Medicare with a lifetime of hard work deserve to know they’ll receive the benefits they’ve earned. But, at every opportunity, Johnson and House Republicans have chosen to protect tax breaks for billionaires rather than Medicare for seniors.

We need to reduce spending and get the deficit under control, but we have to do it the right way. Cutting Medicare and protecting millionaires is not right.

Douglas Scott

Chesapeake

 

Seniors must be concerned about Romney, Ryan plan

I have heard Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney say that no changes will be made to Medicare for seniors and those 55 and older. But the question that hasn’t been answered is, what will seniors do when Medicare funds run out as a result of the changes they want to make?

While the change to a voucher system may not immediately affect seniors, I understand that it would mean that young people would be contributing less to the Medicare trust fund.

What happens to seniors when the trust fund runs out, as soon as 2016? Will we then receive vouchers? Will insurance companies still be required to take on those with preexisting conditions? What rates will seniors pay for private insurance? How will we make up the difference between the voucher and the cost of this insurance?

I have been retired for 12 years and won’t be working again. I rely on Medicare and Social Security, and the idea that these programs could be privatized makes me fear for my livelihood. I know a lot of people in Ironton are in the same position.

We have worked all our lives and been guaranteed some security in retirement. We aren’t moochers, or victims, or dependent on government for any reason other than that we were compelled to pay into Social Security and Medicare.

If Romney and Ryan are elected, will they just leave seniors in the cold? What will happen if we lose these benefits?

Bernard Hackworth

Ironton

  • Noesis

    The effects of increasing taxes on Treasury receipts can be seen in the Clinton and Democrat-controlled congressional tax increase of 1993, one of the largest in history. Despite a more robust job market following a recession, the 1993 tax increase didn’t accomplish what Democrats expected. The tax increases added very little to treasury receipts despite their magnitude. Reports from the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Internal Revenue Service all agree.

    In fact, the balanced budgets of the Clinton years didn’t occur until after a Republican Congress passed and the president reluctantly signed a 1997 tax bill that lowered the capital gains rate from 28% to 20%, added a child tax credit, and established higher limits on tax exclusion for IRAs and estates.

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    • Noesis

      or anyone willing to read it, the January 2007 Congressional Budget Office annual report settles any debate. Citing the original CBO forecasts of capital gains tax revenue of $42 billion in 2003, $46 billion in 2004, $52 billion in 2005, and $57 billion in 2006, Democrats who opposed the rate reduction in 2003 claimed that the capital gains tax cut would “cost” the federal treasury $5.4 billion in fiscal years 2003-2006.

      Those forecasts were embarrassingly wrong. The 2007 CBO report revealed that capital gains and dividends tax collections were actually $51 billion in 2003, $72 billion in 2004, $97 billion in 2005, and $110 billion in 2006, the last two years nearly doubling initial forecasts.

      In other words, forecasts in earlier CBO reports were low by a total of $133 billion for the four-year period. This tax rate reduction stimulated enough additional economic activity to more than offset forecasted losses.

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; Your comment in regard to Democratic enthusiasm as pertaining to Obama bumper stickers and yard signs, I have noticed a decline here in St. Augustine also.

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  • indieVoter

    Obama’s Weekly Address: Wall Street Crisis
    abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/obamas-weekly-address-wall-street-crisis-17580015

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    This is effects everyone who owns a home, has credit and a lot of other stuff.

    “We created 22 million new jobs and turned deficits into surpluses,” Clinton says of his record in the latest TV ad he taped for the Obama campaign. “President Obama’s got it right. We should invest in the middle class, education and innovation, and pay down our debt with spending restraint and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. Sound familiar?”

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  • mikehaney

    Nov 6th and it will be all over!!
    WE WILL SURVIVE!!
    No wait. What was that about a Myan prophecy? :)

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  • mikehaney

    The U.S. Labor Department reported this morning that the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October, but that the unemployment rate increased to 7.9% from 7.8%.
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    Plus we have thanksgiving,black friday, and Christmas coming up. Temporary jobs.
    Whole story please!

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  • indieVoter

    Good News in America!
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    Obama: Jobs Report Is ‘Real Progress’
    YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=5oTGX1OToek

    Published on Nov 2, 2012 by AssociatedPress
    “Speaking to supporters in Ohio, President Barack Obama hailed the October job numbers as ‘real progress’, but says there is more work to be done. U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October. (Nov. 2)”

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  • Noesis

    No Mick I don’t… It’s just I’ve heard too many stories where democrats are saying they that they won’t vote for Obama again. Here in Ohio, democratic voting was down 220,000 voters from the same day 4 years ago. Hardly any Obama bumper stickers or yard signs… No democratic enthusiasm unlike 4 years ago.

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; I feel your optimism is exaggerated. Do you have the crying towel handy?

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  • Noesis

    mikehaney,

    Here’s your cue for election night. Watch Virginia… must polls that don’t do this for a living (everybody except Gallup and Rasmussen) count the majority of “registered voters” as “likely voters”. This gives them large democratic numbers. This oversampling of democrats is ridiculous of course since republican enthusiasm is almost at the double digit lead. Democratic turnout is not going to be higher than in 2008.

    If Virginia is close or tied, it may be a long night. If however as is believed, Virginia goes to Romney +5 or higher, turn to MSNBC and watch them start squealing as the results come in. It should be entertaining.

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  • mickakers

    Noesis; Your comment “Much of it caused by Obama”, has merit.

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  • mikehaney

    latest polls
    dem, repubs split, Obama 46, Romney 46
    then throw in independants most likely to vote
    Obama 39
    Romney 51
    Thank goodness for independants

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  • indieVoter

    Saying that the lack of bipartisanship was Obama’s fault is ridiculous.

    The current storm crisis on the east coast shows the truth. Obama is doing, yet again, a great job. It took an “act of God” but, with the newly found honesty of 2012 Republican keynote speaker Chris Christie, we know what it takes for a republican to drop the games and “get real”…giving Obama FULL CREDIT for doing an outstanding job.

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    • Noesis

      Saying that the lack of bipartisanship was Obama’s fault is ridiculous.
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      Not at all… McConnell had a budget deal with Obama until Obama scared that his liberal friends would be outraged demanded $800 billion more.

      Ryan came up with a budget, the White House specifically invited Ryan to Obama speech and then Obama demonized Ryan’s plan after inviting him to attend.

      Republicans wanted some things in the stimulus Obama refused telling them “I won”

      He called republicans “the enemy”.

      He forced through health care without a single republican vote.

      At least Clinton was willing to work with Republicans. Obama isn’t.

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  • Noesis

    Mick: I think on all other issues he has done the best he could considering the dissension and bickering in Congress.
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    Much of it caused by Obama, Mick. Republicans had no problem working with Clinton when he became a moderate during his second term. They accomplished a lot. They lowered the dividend tax and lowered the number of people on welfare. This caused the economy to grow, increased revenue and got us a balanced budget.

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  • Noesis

    Indie, do you really expect anybody to take you seriously?:
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    “Now I don’t demonize either candidate so don’t take that literally. I’m just saying this… Romney looks to me like a guy who’ll sell out to whomever he has to for his own personal benefit.”
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    You don’t demonize… and yet you did.

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    • indieVoter

      Well, all I can say is that’s what he honestly looks like to me. I’ve been on the inside in the corporate world and I’ve seen his type before.

      What’s the #1 rule for a corporation? Is it to do what’s ethical? Is it to do what’s good for America. No, the #1 rule for corporations is to maximize profit. I’ll take it a step further and say that for most of them it’s to maximize SHORT TERM profit. To me, that’s a dead-on description of the mentality of Mitt Romney.

      Mitt Romney reminds me of that small-town mayor from the 80s version of the movie Red Dawn. You know, the one who sold out his citizens to the invading commies to save his own hide?

      Still, if he manages to somehow get elected and EARNS the title of President of the United States, I’ll show him respect and root for him to succeed.

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      • Noesis

        That’s funny. I’m also in the corporate world and our operating philosophy is in bullets. We have making a profit, operating ethically, being good stewards of the environment, the health and safety of our workers and the public and putting our customers first.

        So what you are saying is just your typical nonsense.

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  • mickakers

    mike; I concur with the Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, that it takes a combination of social structures and works of charity (they complement each other) in the expression of “loving personal concern”. My compliments to you in pointing this out.

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  • mickakers

    indie; There is a reality that supersedes “political reality”.

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    • indieVoter

      I agree Mick, and I don’t expect the “political reality” to handle every issue. Some things are just between you and God. Some problems only get fixed one person at a time, by people making good choices.

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  • mickakers

    mikehaney; Amtrak is a complete joke!!!, for very many and complex reasons. There is more profit in freight than passenger. The railroad barons did not want to continue passenger service, the devil with the public, the almighty dollar comes first you know. The government in their concern for the public did not want to see the demise of Rail Passenger service, therefore taking it over (halfheartedly) this is the crux of the problem. The vast majority if not all the roadbed that Amtrak’s trains travel on is owned and maintained by the various railroads. The primary concern of the railroads in maintaining these tracks is for freight service, therefore, they are not suitable for high speed passenger service and in many cases are not even suitable for “SNAIL RAIL”.

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    • indieVoter

      “… the devil with the public, the almighty dollar comes first…”

      Profoundly noteworthy observation. That’s why sometimes it’s not a good idea to privatize everything. There’s a place for government and, considering news of the last week, that does include FEMA.

      And I also think it’s somewhat appropriate to consider that old notion of “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.” Now I don’t demonize either candidate so don’t take that literally. I’m just saying this.

      We know what we get with Obama. He’s for things like high-speed rail. I could go on with the things he’s done but you already know that…

      We do not know what we get with Mitt Romney. I’m just going to talk plainly here. Romney looks to me like a guy who’ll sell out to whomever he has to for his own personal benefit.

      Maybe he’ll be the moral crusader who tries to overturn Roe v. Wade…maybe.

      Maybe he’ll be the elitist who does everything to cater to the rich like himself.

      Maybe he’ll move to the center right after getting your vote and be indistinguishable from Obama after that.

      Or maybe we’ll get “Bush Lite” who lets neocons like John Bolton talk him into sending our troops into Iran which, unless absolutely necessary, would be a devastating mistake. You wanna talk about running up our debt PLUS a thousand other problems? That’s it.

      I just don’t think we can afford to change horses mid-stream. I just saw Chris Christie on the same stage with President Obama from earlier today and THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE. These guys have plenty of room to work together on good ideas for America.

      As a voter, what we’re seeing right now from Christie and Obama is what I insist on. America first, political games get in the back seat.

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  • indieVoter

    Mick, I agree when you say of Obama “on all other issues he has done the best he could considering the dissension and bickering in Congress.”

    The part we differ on is the part you see as weakness. I see it as recognition of a political reality and I think Obama would get on board if, part of some larger deal, the republicans wanted to devote resources to lower the number of abortions in America and strive to get as close to zero as we can. It’s a pragmatic angle but I’d like to see them give it a try.

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  • mikehaney

    The popes didn’t know Obama, but the discussion on socialism began back with Pius IX 1846-1878.
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    BENEDICT XVI (2005 – present)

    We do not Need a State which Controls Everything

    “The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person – every person – needs: namely, loving personal concern. We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. … In the end, the claim that just social structures would make works of charity superfluous masks a materialist conception of man: the mistaken notion that man can live ‘by bread alone’ (Mt 4:4; cf. Dt 8:3) – a conviction that demeans man and ultimately disregards all that is specifically human.” (Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, December 25, 2005, n. 28)

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  • mickakers

    indie; My intention is not to make President Obama look like a monster. I feel there is a hierarchy of values. If it were not for his weakness in regard to these three issues, he would have my support. I think on all other issues he has done the best he could considering the dissension and bickering in Congress. You are wise in being an Independent.

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  • mikehaney

    From an 2008 study. Also,we can’t compare the US with other small european countries. Americans are married to the automoble and would be tough to change.
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    WASHINGTON — U.S. taxpayers spent about $32 subsidizing the cost of the typical Amtrak passenger in 2008, about four times the rail operator’s estimate, according to a private study.

    Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states. Forty-one of Amtrak’s 44 routes lost money in 2008, said the study by Subsidyscope, an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

    Stephen Van Beek, president of the Eno Transportation Foundation, a think tank, said the analysis could help guide decisions on how to spend $8 billion set aside for high-speed and intercity rail in a $787 billion economic stimulus bill. Rail planners may decide that spending the funds on high-speed rail makes more sense than slower intercity rail, which the Amtrak numbers show need higher subsidies.

    Subsidyscope says its review counted certain capital expenses that Amtrak doesn’t consider when calculating the financial performance of its routes, namely wear and tear on equipment, or depreciation.

    Leading the list was the train traveling between New Orleans and Los Angeles – the Sunset Limited – which lost $462 per passenger. Taxpayers subsidize the losses to keep the passenger train service running.

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  • indieVoter

    As for the high speed rail Mike, I believe we can still do exceptional things in America and that includes high-speed rail that will ultimately be connected up like the interstate highway system.

    I do not side with the naysayers who don’t believe we can do something on a world-class scale like, say, Japan has already done. I believe America can still be the best in the world at whatever it sets its mind to.

    I hope we get enough democrats and sensible-minded republicans in office to really push this program in Obama’s second term. Progress. It’s part of the American spirit.

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  • mickakers

    indie; The only problem Sandy caused here in St. Augustine was two cloudy and windy days with very little rain (which we need) and a cold spell. Down into the 40′s the past two nights and that’s cold here. A lot of problems in NY and NJ. We need to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. I have experienced four hurricanes and it is not pretty. Mother Nature can be a hard taskmaster.

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    • indieVoter

      Wow, that’s pretty cold for you guys. As for those who were hit directly and suffered loss, it’s really just one of those things in life where you have to say “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” None of us know when it will be US who’ll be next, and who will actually be looking to that “big government” to be there when it happens.

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  • indieVoter

    OK, Mick. I’m just going to agree to disagree with you on this one. We’ve talked this issue to death and it is what it is. I still think you’re making out Obama to be some sort of monster on this issue that he’s really not, but whatever.

    We’re both anti-abortion but I see it as an issue of faith to be decided upon by the woman (preferably, with good counsel) and you see it as a matter that should be legislated.

    The good news for you is that the latest version of Romney is hinting and intimating that Roe v. Wade actually will be in the balance in this election and Romney wants to outlaw abortion one way or the other.

    That’s where the issue sits. People can vote accordingly.

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  • mickakers

    President Barack Obama supports the killing of the unborn (abortion), same sex marriage and the disregard of freedom of conscience when it comes to religious beliefs. These are the three primary issues, thinking short or long term. He is the only president in the history of this country that has taken this radical of a stand.

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  • indieVoter

    “And the Obama campaign ran a commercial falsely suggesting that Mr. Romney opposes abortion even in cases or rape or incest; he says he supports such exceptions. ”

    How can you assert what Mitt Romney is for or against?

    The fact is we don’t know which Mitt Romney we’d get if he were to win. He’s already surrounding himself with neocons from the Bush administration like John Bolton who’ll have Romney putting our troops into Iran within a year. Romney is like “Bush Lite” and he’d leave America in even worse shape than President George W. Bush did.

    As for the fact checkers, it was Mitt who went OUT OF HIS WAY to say his campaign wouldn’t be dictated to by fact checkers. Romney has a demonstrated pattern of stating a lie about Obama…being called out on the lie…then Mitt, instead of correcting himself, doubles down on the lie by featuring it in the ad. After getting called out on that, Mitt doubles down again by creating radio ads on the same lie.

    Then again, I’m responding to a guy who can’t even commit to no name-calling or disrespecting the office of the presidency. That reality overshadows anything else you say.

    If people here wanted your opinion, really, they could get it first-hand by listening to Rush Limbaugh…in my opinion. If we were to elevate the discussion here a little it would make some folks feel like a fish out of water…they couldn’t get their answers by running to Rush, Fox and google searches of the right wing blogs. Since there’s so little bipartisanship, we’d be in uncharted territory sometimes and they’d be forced to think for themselves. I get it.

    I’ve got a lot more faith in the people who almost never post but do come here to see what people are saying. I think the “average guy” ultimately wants all the political bull put aside and to see our elected officials to work together on the best ideas for America’s present and future.

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  • mickakers

    indieVoter; My compliments to you on your insight and foresight in regard to High Speed Rail Passenger Transport. This is the most economical, efficient, comfortable and safest means of passenger transportation. We are the only major country in the world lacking in decent Rail Passenger service. This is in part do to the lobby of the Airline, Oil, Automobile and Trucking industries.

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    • indieVoter

      Thank you Mick. I was glad to hear you all down in Florida made it through Sandy and were spared a direct hit.

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    • mikehaney

      So, we spend billions on a ghost train from cincinnati to columbus to cleveland to canada.
      And if it wasn’t for lobbyists we would be building our snail train/ghost train?
      So a trip to columbus from cincinnati one would either catch a bus,taxi,park your car,bum a ride to the terminal. Wait to board the train,wait to get moving up to speed sometimes,80 mph(maybe) then arrive in columbus. Then to get to your destination,catch a bus,cab,rent a car. Then do it all over again to return.
      Now we consider the cost of a train ticket,or subsidize with tax dollars. If it would work,amtrak would have proven it.
      Or,drive your car,cin to cols in an hour,cheaper.

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  • Noesis

    Ah Indie… it was republicans who wrote the budget and got us the surplus. Also helping get a surplus and the economy running, lowering the dividend tax and slashing the welfare role… things that Obambi are totally against… so why is it you are comparing them when they are totally different?

    Colin Powell? Like the majority of African-Americans, they vote for Obambi because of his skin color. Big whoop.

    And Obambi should thank Christie for doing a great job… or won’t Obambi’s large ego allow him to do that.

    “He reverses his political positions anytime it’s convenient and he openly admitted that the truth’s out the door by saying his campaign wouldn’t be dictated to by fact-checkers.”
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    Lets do a “fact-check” on another one of your numerous false statements:

    So you said Romney made that statement? Lets see:

    “We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Neil Newhouse, the Romney campaign’s pollster, said this week during a breakfast discussion at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    I’ll give you three Pinocchio’s for that one Keta, Romney never said that.

    Lets see what else the NYTimes says on the subject:

    Brooks Jackson, the director of FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, said that at various points this year both sides have blithely gone on repeating statements that were found false.

    The truth-twisting has not been limited to Republicans. Democrats gleefully repeated an out-of-context quote that made it sound as if Mr. Romney enjoys firing people. An outside group supporting Mr. Obama ran an advertisement giving the unfair impression that Mr. Romney was responsible for the death of the wife of a steelworker who lost his job and his health insurance when Mr. Romney’s old company, Bain Capital, closed down the plant where he worked.

    And the Obama campaign ran a commercial falsely suggesting that Mr. Romney opposes abortion even in cases or rape or incest; he says he supports such exceptions.

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  • indieVoter

    No, Noesis, it’s pretty simple really. In one way or another, reality always sets in. In this case, Christie’s neck and that of his people are on the line. It’s go time and there’s no room for playing around. Under those circumstances when they came knocking on his own front door, he gives Obama an A+.

    Add that to Republican Colin Powell who says that Mitt Romney’s lack of core convictions and his stated position on various national security issues cause for concern so Colin Powell endorses Obama.

    Add that to former President Bill Clinton who led America during its greatest peacetime economic expansion and handed off a budget surplus when he left the White House. Clinton actually did all the homework on Obama’s policies and their results before giving that great speech in Charlotte at the DNC…so he knows Obama’s record inside-out. Clinton knows what works for America and he’s out on the campaign trail for Obama.

    Mitt Romney on the other hand is one of those people eager to evolve into whatever is expedient for his own personal benefit. He reverses his political positions anytime it’s convenient and he openly admitted that the truth’s out the door by saying his campaign wouldn’t be dictated to by fact-checkers.

    That means he doesn’t care if he gets caught lying. He thinks the end justifies the means.

    I rarely ever use this example but it’s fair here. Romney’s knack for lying…then doubling down on the lie and then tripling down on that lie…is the kind of pathology you’d find in an “American Hitler.” Even people like Noesis admitted along the way they had no idea what Romney stood for or would do if elected. I think it’s a coin toss as to whether it’s draconian…even up to and including a military state. Romney’s already started by surrounding himself with Bush neo-cons like John Bolton see the Patriot Act as…just a start.

    Mitt Romney would stand for nothing, fall for anything and cost America everything.

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  • mickakers

    Douglas Scott & Bernard Hackworth; I sympathize with your comments and concerns. This whole Medical (Doctors, Hospital) & Prescription situation has become ludicrous. The average person cannot figure it out do to it’s complexity. The most appropriate and simplified solution is a One Payer Plan or Socialized Medicine. We The People are allowing the Drug and Medical industry to lead us around by the noise. We deserve what we get by our compliancy.

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  • Noesis

    I’m just glad the keynote speaker of the Republican National Convention has credited President Obama with doing an exceptional job during this time of crisis on the east coast.
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    He was pleasantly surprised after seeing all the other botched jobs Obambi has done.

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  • Noesis

    Like I said, those guys would have been against the interstate highway system as being “excessive spending” and “big government”.
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    Says who? Your imagination? Interstate highways increase production and is good for the capitalistic system.

    Next invalid argument?

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  • indieVoter

    Bush took us to war with the wrong country. How much did that cost? Were you for that???

    Let me guess….you were for Bush who spent all the money for the wars by starting them in the first place AND you’re against Obama actually getting the job done by bringing Bin Laden (who Bush gave up on) to justice and ending the war in Iraq.

    It’s one thing to just hate on Obama. I understand where that comes from with you guys. It’s just disappointing that you guys sell out on progress in your own home state…wait, I forgot. Half of you guys who post here don’t even live here.

    Like I said, those guys would have been against the interstate highway system as being “excessive spending” and “big government”.

    I’m just glad the keynote speaker of the Republican National Convention has credited President Obama with doing an exceptional job during this time of crisis on the east coast. Hats off to Chris Christie for setting an example that his fellow republicans can follow.

    Maybe it would take a hurricane to wake up you guys too but it’s enough for me to see Christie demonstrate the true nature of things.

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    • Noesis

      If you don’t believe Saddam is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn’t vote for me. – John Kerry

      Who did you vote for Indie?

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  • mikehaney

    Passenger transit

    The initial startup cost is currently projected to be in the $500 million range. This does not include the cost of trains or the preparations needed for high-speed service. Currently, two high-speed train systems are being explored. The first, a 79 mph (127 km/h) system, is expected to cost $2.7 billion, or $3.5 million per mile. The second option, a 110 mph (180 km/h) high-speed system is estimated to cost $3.32 billion, or $4.5 million per mile.[2]
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    SNAIL RAIL? No thanks, Obambi.
    Thank you John Kasich!!

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    • Noesis

      …Ohio’s version was even slower, with trains on an upgraded freight-rail track topping out at 79 mph. With stops, the trip from Cincinnati to Cleveland would have been significantly slower by rail than by car. Who would ride such a thing?

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  • Noesis

    Think long-term, people.
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    They did. That’s why they rejected it. There isn’t enough people riding trains to make it profitable. Even if it’s faster there won’t be enough riders.

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  • indieVoter

    Well, as some of my right-wing friends here like to point out now and then, voters made a statement and elected a bunch of republicans in 2010. I think the real statement is really just how darned impatient we are but, suffice it to say, we put the GOP in control here in Ohio in 2010.

    By electing John Kasich we lost out on a high-speed rail system on the “3C Corridor” which runs from Cincy to Cols to Cleveland. These initial high speed systems are being set up in other states right now…but not in Ohio.

    Why?

    Our esteemed governor John Kasich said “no thanks.” He postured himself politically to suggest he was saying NO to big government but what he was really saying NO to was doing something good for Ohio that might help Obama.

    Interestingly, we have a few who frown on the idea of high-speed rail and I have to guess that these same folks would have been against the interstate highway system too. Actually, some of them (if they’re old as their ideas) probably were around at the time and probably DID oppose the interstate highway system. No big government for these guys, right?

    Of course that idea sounds stupid just at face value now.

    One day the same will be said of those who opposed high-speed rail. You see, not only is this a better way for many to commute along the 3C Corridor.

    Think long-term, people.

    Eventually these high speed rail systems will be connected up. For example, I could see Ashland or Huntington eventually being added on as a southern gateway to our high-speed rail system (which we’ll have to wait for until AFTER we’ve voted out Kasich).

    How nice would it be to have the option of high-speed rail to get around this great country? Go see a night baseball game in Cincy and nap on your (high-speed) ride home. How about hopping on the train for a long weekend at the beach??? Taking away the hassle of driving and the high cost of flying, this is now a more feasible option. Of course a lot of business people would benefit from this too and that means it’s good for business.

    People who automatically have a knee-jerk reaction to this as excessive spending or “big government” just don’t get it.

    We do not balance budgets by fearing progress, we do it by embracing progress. There will come a day when we no longer need that oil from the middle east. There’ll also come a day when few jobs actually require humans. New technologies in the coming decades are, to a degree, beyond anything we could even guess now.

    Being ahead of the curve on these new technologies is what will best serve America. This is what will put us in a position to not only lead the free world but also to balance budgets in the process.

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