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  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 26, 2014 6:22 PM Flag

    and have succeeded in shifting their tax burden to citizens while at the same time --- undermining the middle class workers by outsourcing -- the same middle class that the government is depending on to raise those taxes from...

    Results --- American is now listed in the bottom of the industrial countries that allows/ helps it`s citizens rise up into higher social brackets... It`s in the bottom of industrial and some small countries that don`t supply national healthcare for it`s citizens... It spends more on defense than the top 11 industrial countries combined yet has less to show for it regarding it`s citizens...

    Which is why early this year Canada announced that for the first time in history -- the canadian middle class is richer than the US middle class....

    This goes way back -- before Obama .... way way back...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 26, 2014 6:15 PM Flag

    Are your taxes too high ???

    do you support our trade agreements??

    do you support our military ???

    1960`s Corporate taxes made up 32% of GDP... 2013 they made up 6%... and even with a 26% drop there are still numerous corporations that pay if not 0 than close to it...

    Which means that the citizens have to make up for that lost tax revenue... But.... Reagan, Clinton, Bush Sr and even Obama --- have all cut taxes on the upper levels... Which means more of that tax burden has been shifted to the middle class since the lower class really can`t spend much more...

    But since the 1970`s middle class and lower class jobs have been outsourced with a lost in the millions as our trade agreements have opened the doors to corporations shifting manufacturing to Mexico, Gutalmala, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, etc, etc...-- Never see these jobs being shifted to a industrialized country -- just some shithole with dictators or corrupt gov`s that are more than happy to send out troops or night raiders to beat the krap out of workers who try to ask for higher wages or some safety protections.... stuff that doesn`t really hit the news in the USA unless it`s dramatic like when workers started to set themselves on fire to protest conditions at Foxconn Contractors in China in 2009 and 2012...(Foxconn does Apple etc)

    which leads up to the American family income being stagnant since 1985, banks shifting to pushing subprime loans by 1993 due to drop off in credit worthy Americans cutting into their profits on vanilla loans, and the Wall St sharks and banks greedily and fraudulantly bundling these krap loans and selling it to pensions funds for cops and teachers, etc, etc.... nearly taking down the US economic system in 2008 -- requiring a Republican President to act like a Socialist and bail out the banking sector.....

    Comes down to that the corporations have written the tax laws via their Congressional pay backs with the politicians

  • Here`s a couple of notes from the mid term election from a Republican on the Houston Chronicle...

    c) Voter turnout was awful. It was more awful for the Democrats but the GOP won 52 percent of 35 percent of the vote: in other words their mandate is 17 percent of the registered electorate (and 13 percent of those eligible to vote).

    d) Good news for the Democrats: They have consolidated their power behind the sections of the country that generate the overwhelming bulk of America’s wealth outside the energy industry.

    e) Voter suppression is working remarkably well, but that won’t last. They key is voter ID. Eventually Democrats will top whining and will help people get the documentation they need to meet confusing new requirements and obstructions. The whole “voter integrity” sham may have given Republicans a one or maybe two-election boost in low-turnout races, but the message to minority (but growing) groups is clear. We GOP don’t give a damn about you.

    f) Every major Democratic ballot initiative was successful, including every minimum wage increase, even in the red states. AND every personhood amendment failed.

    g) Half of the Republican Congressional delegation now comes from the former Confederacy. There are no more white Democrats from the South. All of the Dixiecrats are now GOP.

    *** I particularly like that statement that voter turn out was terrible--- which means the GOP won just over half (52%) of only 35 percent of the vote.... or ... just 17% of the registered electorate ...

    All of which adds up to the fact that the national election should be another wipe out for the GOP....
    Which means -- more grid lock in Congress with a next President using more of the power of the executive privalege to get his/her programs through ....

    All of which points to what I predicted back in 2008... The GOP with the Tea Party driving it will continue to win the midterms -- but will lose the next 3-4 Presidential elections...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 17, 2014 9:49 AM Flag

    That`s the Republican push for Keystone -- it`s a jobs creator.... !!! Temp jobs not really permanent jobs...

    But what they don`t talk about is --- that Canadian oil it transports across the USA -- gets shipped overseas for foreign consumption.. not USA consumption...

    And when oil is selling at $80 a barrel when the Keystone oil needs to be produced at a range of 90 to 110... economically right now it doesn`t make sense for any of that oil not out of the ground yet... Especially when there`s an oil glut globally...

  • The truth behind the Keystone Pipeline jobs numbers..... From the CEO of Keystone himself... 11/16/14

    Seeming overlooked during yesterday's (11/16/14) interview on ABC's "ThisWeek", Russ Girling, current CEO of "TransCanada"... the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline... conceded a claim by the Associated Press last year that, once constructed, the Keystone XL would produce as few as "FIFTY permanent jobs." But, he went on to argue, that the number did not take into account the nearly "9,000 temporary construction jobs"

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 17, 2014 9:40 AM Flag

    LOL... climate change is not just about warming... it also includes unusual cooling, droughts, rain, etc...

    Your ignorance of the subject is truly mind blowing....

    Get out of your trailer and start doing some research beyond Fox....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 2:46 AM Flag

    The flip side of Chinese growth .. is the collapse of American manufacturing jobs in this country... and the massive amount of profit that corporations hold off shore instead of investing back in their homeland...

    Obviously this manufacturing loss has been going on since the 1970`s .. and by 1985 the average American family income went stagnant --- helping to lead to the growth of subprime lending by 1993 and the following massive economic crisis of 2008 due to the greed of Wall St and the bankers...

    But that subprime growth would not have taken place if we did not have trade agreements in place with foreign countries that lowered tariffs for imports that threatened our industries....

    The thinking behind that was both political -- trade binds nations and eliminates wars -- and greed of our CEO`s who wanted cheap labor with no rules binding their hands....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 2:38 AM Flag

    1998 I attended a speech given by a security analyst on China... he stated that the Chinese had a long range plan that by 2015 they would confront the USA ...

    Here we are 2014 and China is now confronting Japan (US proxy in the Pacific region) over islands in the China sea, Vietnam, and the Philippines ....

    How did China achieve that growth and power and schutzpa to do something like this ---

    1) Invited US CEO`s to move their manufacturing to China --if they agreed to hire Chinese managers and share trade secrets .. in exchange for a shot at selling to billion Chinese... The USA has now lost millions of jobs to China....

    2) China has consistently manipulated it`s currency to stay below the dollar and drive their exports... so that no matter how well the US economy does -- there is still a growing trade deficit with China overhanging our growth...

    3) China has consistently spied and stole from our firms -- trade secrets, broken patents, etc, etc...

    In 2010 US manufacturer Association complained that China was violating our trade agreements with her by the government quietly putting pressure on it`s citizens to by Chinese made products over the expat American,etc made products....

    In other words the Chinese had gotten our greedy CEO`s to give away their trade secrets, train Chinese managers to make their products and now were trying to shut them out of their market...

    What the Chinese have done is brilliant... they took the greed of Capitalism and turned it against itself... and in less than 2 decades took a country that`s main source of transportation was bicycles and has now made it into the 2d largest economy in the world...

    Wonder what they`ll look like in another 2 decades ???? And what America will look like than.

  • From MIT Technology Review, 11/14/14

    `... A startup has started selling a battery that helps solar and wind power operate in remote locations.

    By Kevin Bullis on November 14, 2014

    Why It Matters

    The intermittency of renewable energy remains one of the obstacles to widespread use of the technologies.

    A battery module built at Aquion’s plant in Pennsylvania.

    A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy sources.

    Aquion Energy, a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon University, recently delivered the first of its batteries to operators of small power grids, or “microgrids,” that can operate independently of the centralized grid.

    Microgrids, which typically use local energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower, could help hundreds of millions of people who live beyond conventional grids get reliable electricity. Batteries can store power from solar panels or wind turbines to provide round-the-clock power. Alternatively, diesel generators can be used.

    Aquion’s batteries use sodium ions from saltwater as their electrolyte. Electrical current moves through this brackish liquid from positive electrodes based on manganese oxide to negative ones based on carbon. The batteries are large and operate slowly, but they are also manufactured cheaply, using repurposed manufacturing equipment. Last week Aquion announced $34.6 million in funding to help it scale up production.

    The batteries cost about as much as lead-acid ones, which are sometimes used now, but they last twice as long, effectively cutting the long-term costs in half (see “Demo: Storing the Sun”). Other long-lived batteries exist, but they cost far more than lead-acid batteries.

    The new energy storage technology could be crucial to making renewable energy more viable....``

  • Reply to

    Keystone Passes In The House

    by sdmiller4747 Nov 14, 2014 4:47 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 1:09 AM Flag

    Obama earlier this year opened up Atlantic coast oil leases for test drilling --- something never done before... THAT WOULD BE DOMESTIC ENERGY...

    kEYSTONE IS NOT... IT GETS SHIPPED OVERSEAS....

    EVERYONE KNOWS THIS ---- HOW COME YOU DON`T ?????

  • Reply to

    Keystone Passes In The House

    by sdmiller4747 Nov 14, 2014 4:47 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 1:06 AM Flag

    It`s going to create 2-4000 temporary jobs as they lay that pipeline ... and as to the refinery that it goes to -- it already is existing so it just needs an expansion of the existing plant--- which will create another 100 to 200 permanent jobs....

    That 20000 job number was shown as full of krap --- early last year when the news organizations started to break down that number that was being thrown around by the oil company and the pipeline people...

  • Reply to

    Keystone Passes In The House

    by sdmiller4747 Nov 14, 2014 4:47 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 1:02 AM Flag

    sdmiller...

    You are right -- domestic energy is best for America...

    The problem is Keystone is sending Canadian oil to be refined in Texas and than shipped overseas --- KEYSTONE OIL IS NOT FOR DOMESTIC USE IN THE USA....

    This has been explained in the news consistently --- yet we still see people like you who don`t understand that simple fact....

    GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND.... and do some reading beyond Fox News....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 15, 2014 12:56 AM Flag

    Huh... The War College uses Iraq as an example how not to run a war...

    That should tell you something right there...

    Since Truman US presidents have done their best to avoid getting tangled in mideast wars directly... except when we get to BushCheney..

    Whether you like it or not --- in Foreign polices dictators have their uses... and we see that explicitly when you take out someone like Saddam who in his vicious way -- kept the lid on an ancient religious civil war within his country... which we are seeing spreading beyond those borders and threatening the rest of the region..

    So in hindsight is the world better off without him now... or were we better off when he was boxed in with no fly zones, etc...

    No doubt this is something that the Chinese have learn successfully over their 5000 yr history that they still follow today and I believe that American planners will re-evaluate going forward , especially after this disasterous outcome in the mideast -- the oil region that feeds the west...

  • Repubs first legislation to be worked on in the new Congress -- Keystone Pipeline passage.. but as a CNBC story today points out -- the economics might not make it viable any longer... Especially since we are in a surplus of oil and since 2012 have been an exporter of oil (first time since the early 1960`s) ...

    So what economic sense will it make to help refine the dirtiest oil in the world... and even though the Repubs claim that climate change is a hoax... the Pentagon, the Insurance Industry, the World Bank and every major scientific organization globally all agree that it isn`t and poses a danger to not only the USA but to global stability.... --- LOL... But what do they know ??? as compared to Imhofe , Barton and the rest of the Repubs from oil states...

    From the article: ...`As Congress rushes to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, it is questionable whether or not the project will make as much of a difference as proponents expect. Since June, crude oil has declined by 28 percent, pushing the price that oil from new wells in Canada may command below what the expected cost will be to produce it. The so-called "heavy oil" extracted from sand in Alberta, which the proposed pipeline would carry to Nebraska, en route to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will cost between $85 and $110 to produce, depending on which drilling technology is used, according to a report in July by the Canadian Energy Research Institute, a nonprofit whose work is often cited by Keystone proponents. West Texas Intermediate crude oil traded today at $76.67. "Anything not under construction [is] at risk of being delayed or canceled altogether," said Dinara Millington, vice president for research at Calgary-based CERI. Her cost estimates include the price of drilling new wells, meaning that existing wells that have already been paid for can continue to pump oil profitably, she said. CERI' s analysis squares with the views of other experts....`

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 12, 2014 6:00 PM Flag

    Wonder how many people realize that this is the same scenario that took place during the Clinton admin.... when he took over from the Geo Bush Sr Admin that was trying to dig out from the massive recession that hit the Reagan admin in Oct 1987 when 1100 banks failed... Again the stock market rose to record highs under a Democrat, the economy healed, and the citizens actually saw growth in the average American family`s income....

    All the GOP did was follow the same play book they did to take down Clinton --- death by a thousand cuts over every little thing they could gin up to keep a negative view in the media,, a repub Congress that did everything possible to block any efforts the Dem Pres tried to fight the biggest recession/Depression since the 1929 Depression (even bigger than Reagans)... and the constant drum beat of weak on defense as he pulled us out of Iraq and tried to keep us out to help America heal economically and our armed forces get a break and scale back... after the massive foreign policy failures of the prior Repub admin in the middle East...

    Bush gave America the Vietnam that we`ve been trying to stay away from for the last 40 yrs.... Thanks Repubs... you`ve done the country bad... Now after the last 8 yrs of trying to heal America over the biggest debacle since Vietnam ... lets see how badly you screw it up --- again.....

    Dow was 6600 now 17,000...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 12, 2014 5:48 PM Flag

    No where in that article I posted does it say anything about me --the poster of an article I pulled off the internet- being a Canadian.... In fact I was a Republican from 1972 to 1997 before becoming an Independent ...

    And as for Canada --- earlier this spring they announced that their middle class for the first time in their history is now richer than American middle class... part of that is due to 1) they get more for their taxes there-- national healthcare which has also placed Canada ahead of the USA regarding overall citizen health in the global rankings... which attributes to a lot less stress for them since the #1 reason for bankruptcy by Americans is for medical reasons... above all else...

    Another thing about Canada is -- last year they voted against voiding their version of the Fairness Doctrine that we use to have for our media.... They still have it ... which means that they still do get a better version of `fair and balanced` reporting from their media and their politics isn`t fucekd up as ours is--- especially with Scotus passing Citizens United and McCutheon and flooding our election process with mega millions....from corporations...

    So --kansasbadman--- how`s your state doing ..?? Hear that conservative paradise of tax cuts,etc that Brownback put in place has done wonders for your bottom line.... with Kansas sinking deeper into debt while the surrounding states are doing good.... Some day youdumbfukers are going to look back and ask yourselves what the he ll happened.... and ask for a Federal bailout....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 11, 2014 3:45 PM Flag

    Climate Change means weather patterns off from norm.... includes heat and cold as well as drought and floods....

    Stop posting like some mindless 3 yr old and learn some science....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 11, 2014 3:42 PM Flag

    I`m in AL -- 70 and cloudy today.. but expecting a drop to 28 at night by Thursday....

    So how bad is the snow where your posting from...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 11, 2014 3:36 PM Flag

    If your a CEO with a 500 to 5000 manufacturing force --- by moving over the border to Mexico and letting their governemnt supply healthcare benes.... over a 5, 10, 20 , 40 yr period -- that savings could added up to a hundreds of millions of $$$.... All of which goes to the bottom line...

    So even though Repubs and Dems fight over Obamacare -- the truth of the matter is --- It`s still supports a failed healthcare insurance delivery system that burdens our corporations with something that doesn`t make them money but which they are forced (kind of) to supply any way....

    All of which means our system that you guys are fighting for --- IS A JOBS KILLER..... As it will continue to drive American jobs out of this country... And when the Repubs and the Dems (Obama) sign off on that Pacific Rim trade agreement -- it will be introducing 12 new countries under NAFTA copied rules which will just drive more jobs out of this country...

    NAFTA was sold to Americans as giving us 177,000 new jobs a month.. Instead we have lost 1 million jobs directly to it and near 3 million indirectly effected by it.... While it helps undermine our consumer driven economy since in combo with our trickle down economic policies and corporate tax breaks -- it places more burden on the middle class taxpayers while at the same time helps to undermine their salaries ....

    A sure formula for failure...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Nov 11, 2014 3:27 PM Flag

    Yup.... Another post of can`t see the forest for the trees.....

    Obamacare only helped reform the already failing US healthcare insurance delivery system that had left nearly 50 million Americans without coverage and was driving hospital emergency wards to near bankruptcy... while forcing US corporations to try to get out from paying outrageous healthcare insurance fees by pushing more of those costs onto their workers with higher premiums.. Plus it pushed business owners to increase their temps and subcontractors so they wouldn`t have to give them healthcare insurance..

    Here`s where your really missing the point... NAFTA was signed in 1993... legally tying Canada, Mexico and the USA together in trade laws... that let the 3 countries drop tariff barriers and have an open trade system... But what it also did was sandwich the USA between 2 major trade partners who both have National Healthcare Systems for their citizens (Mexico declared in 2013 that they were near achieving universal coverage- better in urban less so in rural) ...

    So what does this mean --- Here`s an example from 2005 from Toyota... when they made the announcement that they were turning down opening their new RAV4 manufacturing plant in our SE region (GA, AL, SC) who offered major concessions -- and instead wold be opening in Ontario Canada ... Their reasons -- 1) they would save multi millions every year due to not having to supply healthcare to their workers since the Canadian Government did that... & 2) better educated work force.... Since that move to Ontario -- that plant has expanded 3 seperate times...

    When a CEO gets pressured by his shareholders to be more short /long term profitable -- the first thing they look at is their biggest expense which is usually labor costs.. and the biggest expense in labor sector is healthcare costs which for decades expanded at double digit numbers (except for the last 6) ...

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