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Letter: Obama praise

February 4, 2014

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To the editor:

Contrary to the Jan. 31 editorial on the State of the Union Address, I think that President Obama provided calm, reasoned and sensible solutions to our government gridlock. I disagree with the statement that this situation stems from the president’s “inability to forge respectful and workable relations with Republican leaders.” It is useless to “schmooze” with insincerity.

On Inauguration Day 2009, GOP leaders met with pollster Frank Luntz and decided to fake public bipartisanship, while vowing to block EVERY bipartisan proposal made by this president. This has gone on for five years, and the GOP has filibustered more bills than any other Congress in history. President Obama, however, has risen above their intransigence and has led our nation through crisis after crisis. He now proposes new jobs, more training, quality education for all, and a living wage for both men and women. He will work on these efforts with or without the help of Congress. Will the American people stand by and let Congress shirk their responsibility for another three years?

For a good analysis of the SOTU address check out The American Prospect Magazine website, http://prospect.org/ in a Jan. 31 article by Steve Erickson entitled, “Reports of Obama’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” One sentence summed it up for me: “the Barack Obama that appeared before Congress a few nights ago is going for broke one more time, and you can keep your memos.”

Comments

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

" It is useless to “schmooze” with insincerity." Absolutely which IMO Obama has been spending to much of his political capitol doing.

From the first day of a new administration this right wing party posing as republicans began their agenda of making a democrat a first term president. == disaster for the economy.

Who wants a party in office that consistently crashes the economy and kills millions of jobs at the same time? = disaster for the economy.

GOP Brings Economic Nightmares as member of the anti American ALEC Right Wing Party. Truth is irrelevant. Damage is the objective.

WHY Did The GOP Deliberately Crash The Economy? = disaster for the economy. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill = disaster for the economy.

Debunked The Harvard Study That The GOP Used to Push Austerity http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/24/debunked-the-harvard-study-that-republicans-used-to-push-austerity/

--- Reagan/Bush Home Loan Fraud Fiasco by way of the Savings and Loan Industry = disaster for the economy.

--- Bush/Cheney Home Loan Fraud Fiasco by way of America's Big Bank Industry = disaster for the economy.

--- The ENTITLEMENT Program for the 1% aka Bush Tax Cuts = disaster for the economy.

--- The GOP Still wanting to kill Medicare Insurance and Social Security Insurance = disaster for the economy.

--- Remodeled the College Loan Program that is also killing the economy and burying students in mountains of debt. Where did the college loan program go that was once practical and affordable? = disaster for the economy. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/everything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financial-scandal-yet-20130425

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The USA need the democrats to step and demonstrate how to be fiscal responsible and smart.

--- Stop giving investors a sweetheart deal_Additional revenue: $533 billion over 10 years.

--- Quit subsidizing mansions and vacation homes_Additional revenue: $214.6 billion over 10 years.

--- End the "step up" giveaway on inherited stocks_Additional revenue: $764 billion over 10 years.

--- End the "step up" giveaway on inherited stocks_Additional revenue: $764 billion over 10 years.

--- Heed America's favorite investment guru_Additional revenue: $171 billion over 10 years.

--- Reset back to Clinton-era tax rates for upper incomes_Additional revenue: $442 billion over 10 years.

--- Take agribusiness giants off the federal teat_Additional revenue: $112 billion over 10 years.

--- End oil and gas drilling in Washington, DC_Additional revenue: $158 billion over 10 years.

--- Forget cap and trade: Impose a carbon tax instead_Additional revenue: $1.25 trillion over 10 years.

--- Stop giving corporations an excuse to hide profits and send jobs abroad_Additional revenue: $583 billion over 10 years. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/11/10-easy-ways-avoid-fiscal-cliff

Next Bring on the Fiscally intelligent “Robin Hood Tax” which in realty is an insurance fee according to my perspective. http://www.robinhoodtax.org/how-it-works

CLEAN UP the College Loan Program that is also killing the economy and burying students in mountains of debt. Where did the college loan program go that was once practical and affordable? http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/everything-is-rigged-the-biggest-financial-scandal-yet-20130425

Cut off funding to the war going nowhere. 33 years is 32 years too long.

Gerald Kerr 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Richard, do you know why your children home school their children? They don't want them to be driven insane by the utter nonsense and lies of canned Progressive talking points.

Beator 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Reports of Obama’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” by Steve Erickson

Obamacare will push 2 million workers out of labor market: CBO

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/4/cbo-obamacare-push-2m-workers-out-labor-market/

Jim Slade 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Mostly false as reported by Politifact.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/feb/05/john-boehner/john-boehner-says-obamacare-expected-destroy-23-mi/

"These changes, CBO said, would not result in "an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week)."

To be clear, the report predicts that total employment will still rise. It just won’t rise as much as it would if the ACA did not exist."

Gerald Kerr 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Liars lie, Jim. 2.5 million are incentivized to work less, thus will work less. 70% of our economy is based on consumer spending. Less work means less consuming'. Less consuming' means lower GDP, lower taxes, fewer widgets made and services produced. More will stay home and contemplate their navels. More will surrender their integrity for the government dole.

Gerald Kerr 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Richard, quit it. You're going to hurt yourself pushing that big big rock up that big big mountain. A promethium hernia is painful and isn't covered under Obamacare.

Mike Ford 10 months, 2 weeks ago

since I actually have obamacare insurance and came home from working a full time job in this weather today I will call balderdash on any and all faux informed nonsense that usually is passed as truth on here.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Only employers can put employees out of work ....... my guess is Obamacare will ultimately create new jobs in the Health Care industry. This industry seems to be the fastest growing in the USA.

Beator 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You are correct Mr. Heckler. "Only employers can put employees out of work" but you forgot to add Because of Obamacare,..."Only...."

But, like Carney and Pelosi said, these 2.3 million people will now have more quality time to spend with their famlies. Take up art or writing. Build relationships.

Gerald Kerr 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Richard, yes new jobs in healthcare industry. Thannatologist's to ease us into the great beyond. Interpreters to explain to us how past deceptions about keeping our own doctors, and coverages, and decreased costs of 25000.00 per family per year were not just a tiny lie but a mistranslation of obama speech where word meanings are frequently plastic and counterintuitive.

Cille King 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Factcheck;

"CBO, Feb. 4: The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week)."

Scott Burkhart 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, Cille, the quote is correct. What you are not getting from it is workers will stop working because they have been incentivized to do so. They continue working, their income increases, and not only do they lose their ACA subsidies but suddenly they are now paying for other's subsidies. Pure liberal, big government garbage. What in the world is good about a program that encourages people to stop working?

Beator 10 months, 2 weeks ago

so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation

Thanks. I just knew it couldn't be Obama's fault.

Steve King 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So true Mike. What's overlooked is these 2.5 million people who have been forced to continue working to maintain their expensive health insurance costs can now retire or take less stressful part time employment and begin to enjoy their twilight years.

Steve King 10 months, 2 weeks ago

We'll Scott the program is called aging. More are retiring than starting. Baby Boomers you know.

John McCoy 10 months, 2 weeks ago

My daughters have health insurance after doing without it for several years. Now they can go to the doctor. Thank you, Mr. President, for Obamacare.

Beator 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Pointing out other regional hub opinions avoiding job lock during a polar vortex.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"the agency has found Obamacare, quote, "spurs employment and would reduce unemployment over the next few years"

Meanwhile it appears FOX News was misrepresenting the truth aka lying ……….

LOU DOBBS: Nonpartisan as it gets, Bill, as you’re saying. And what we’re looking at are just another round of devastating numbers for—for all Americans, because the result of this is there will be fewer jobs.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: That was a Fox News report on Tuesday. Many other media organizations and right-wing pundits quickly claimed the CBO report proved the Affordable Care Act is a job killer. Many outlets claim the report found Obamacare would result in the loss of about 2.5 million full-time jobs. On the Washington Post website, Jennifer Rubin wrote the CBO report, quote, "confirms what critics have been saying all along: Obamacare is killing jobs and squelching growth."

AMY GOODMAN: But it turns out these initial media coverage misinterpreted the report’s actual findings. On Wednesday, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, Director Douglas Elmendorf, said the agency has found Obamacare, quote, "spurs employment and would reduce unemployment over the next few years."

Our first guest today, Michael Hiltzik, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Earlier this week, he wrote a piece titled "Why the New CBO Report on Obamacare is Good News." He’s also argued many of the health law’s ailments could be cured by a single-payer system.

We’ll get to that in a moment, but, Michael Hiltzik, well, welcome to Democracy Now! Start off by just explaining what exactly this Congressional Budget Office report says.

MICHAEL HILTZIK: Well, it had a number of elements about the Affordable Care Act. It said, number one, that it found that the cost of providing affordable coverage and accessible coverage to Americans was lower than it had initially estimated. It found that the cost of insuring against risk by insurance companies that are participating in the Affordable Care Act is lower than it expected. In fact, that will—risk management will actually return a profit to the U.S. government. And it reaffirmed that this act is going to bring coverage to as many as 25 million Americans a year who might not otherwise have it. So, all of those elements obviously are great for Americans. It really shows that the ACA is working as it was anticipated to work.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: But what about this confusion of the initial reports and the take that they had on the report, and this issue of the two-and-a-half million people who might choose to leave their jobs? Could you talk about that?

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/6/job_killer_how_media_spin_got

Richard Heckler 10 months, 2 weeks ago

No one will be forced to retire or leave their position. The point being made is that a lot of individuals stay on payrolls forever in order to keep or afford medical insurance due to a lot of insurance industry BS. ObamaCare has eliminated the need of people to keep working beyond retirement IF they do not wish to do so. Medical insurance will still be within their reach.

In essence what this does is open up job positions for new faces instead of a person staying on the jobs until he or she is 101 years old for the sake of medical insurance. It is what could be labeled as "turnover".

Now folks can retire and go fart around…… with medical insurance no longer at risk.

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