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kcf_07757 120 posts  |  Last Activity: Aug 19, 2014 12:51 PM Member since: Apr 18, 2008
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  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 19, 2014 12:51 PM Flag

    I can`t believe that 2 dimwitted idiots gave you a thumbs up on this post....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 19, 2014 12:50 PM Flag

    LOL ... YEA.... I believe that..!!!!!! LOL...

    Some rich Saudi Prince..... 30 yrs or so ago ... targeted some half white/half black kid with a single mom... to give $20 mil to Harvard Law for Obama !!!!!

    Question : --- What kind of crystal ball did he use to discover if Obama would even make it into college??? much less Harvard???

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 6:23 PM Flag

    We the public already pay for a hidden national healthcare --- because US corporations tack that expense on to their products they sell --- meaning that their buyers (the American public) -- when we buy help reimburse that company for their upfront money they spent... Hopefully the company recoups that money spent on healthcare in full --- which means in a way they are playing a zero sum game...since they get repaid down the road.... So who eventually pays --- the American public --- ... So why not let the Government take it over and negotiate cheaper rates, etc... and consolidate it...

    Otherwise --- it`s just one more reason for CEO`s to move offshore... and Americans watch their living standards drop... as we lose jobs and take lower paying jobs....

    And if you think I`m wrong --- in 2004 Toyota announced they were turning down lucrative offers from AL, SC, GA in our SE region to open a new Rav4 plant in Ontario instead... the reasons they gave --- 1) didn`t have to pay healthcare costs which they figured would save them millions in the first year... 2) better educated work force than those states had... -- this they learned from the Honda start up which took longer than anticipated in the SE due to the extensive training that was required...

    That Toyota announcement was what triggered me thinking that our current healthcare system was hurting us with our NAFTA partners.. and causing massive job losess..

  • NAFTA passed in 1992-3... tied the USA with our healthcare benefit system supplied to us by our employers..... to.... 2 trade partners - Canada and Mexico --- that both pay for their citizens healthcare via their national governments....

    Which means :
    1) Our trade partners pricing would naturally be cheaper for the product they sell since they don`t include the cost of supplying healthcare benes to their employees...

    2) Any American company that moves 3 ft over our Mexican or CAnadian borders would automatically save Millions of $$$$ over 1, 5, 10, 20 40 yrs being an EX PAT American firm.... Since most of these firms employee 300 to 1000 employees this savings is enormous...

    3) Our current healthcare benefit distribution system via our workplace ---- is now anti-capitalistic when it hinders our US based manufacturers from being competitive with trade partners we have been legally bound to since the early 1990`s....

    4) Obamacare doesn`t correct this anti-competitive aspect of our current healthcare benefit system -- just expands it....

    5) When/ If Obama 0r the next President (Repub or Dem) finally signs that 12 country Pacific Pact trade agreement that creates a massive NAFTA style trade pact (it`s based on NAFTA ) ... countries like Japan, S Korea, Singapore,etc that already have national healthcare paid via their governments will just make this situation much worse for Americans workers ... Also the admin is pushing to do the same with a new trade pact with the EU where most of those countries also have national healthcare benefit systems.... So we will lose more jobs --- not gain new jobs... Since the incentive is to get rid of the expense of having to supply AMerican workers with health benefits -- whcih is the US corporations major expense relating to their labor forces...

    America is better off going to a National Healthcare system having the government pay for it than having our corporations do it...

  • Reply to

    To All Republicans on this board...

    by kcf_07757 Aug 14, 2014 7:01 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:50 PM Flag

    got heap...

    That was a heapOfBullshitt you just posted...

  • Reply to

    CIA expert: ofama, Osama share Mideast goal

    by hacker.boob Aug 14, 2014 8:46 AM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:48 PM Flag

    Sounds like that Expert was making excuses for CheneyBush and the neocons for thinking they could put American troops in the middle of a region that has ancient warring religious sectors.... and we could walk away clean....

    Real life kinda kicked the krap out of that idea... didn`t it.

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:43 PM Flag

    conventional loan volumes.... add the greed of the Wall St sharks and you can see our fiscal house of cards collapsing in 2008 in the biggest economic collapse since 1929.... with a follow up `jobless recovery`.. just really starting now to pick up -- 5 1/2 yrs after the crisis.... And I say Jobless Recovery because for 18 quarters there was growth in the existing US manufacturing sector -- BUT--- that sector was now so small here in the USA that unlike pass recessions/depressions it no longer created enough jobs to pull the country out of the collapse in a short or moderate rate of time as in the past... Which means that the consumer had to do it buy spending -- Which is why Bush Jr told us in 2008 for Americans to ` everything is under control , Americans just need to go out and spend...` (Consumer Economy)... except we had too much debt and were too fearful of what was coming.... to do that... Which forced the government to spend massive amounts of money to keep the economy stable until all this krap worked it`s way out of the system...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:35 PM Flag

    No.. they have a long way to go... but even Vietnam, Turkey, etc are raising rates.. and the Chinese have seen numerous protests over their wages.... but the whole idea behind these `Free Trade ` deals is -- go to the market with the cheapest labor ---- which means evenutally Africa after they do India, the SE Asian countries, etc... So we have literally a century or more before we get to that .... Which means -- As Ross Perot predicited in his 1992 Presidential debate with Pres Bush Sr and Gov Bill Clinton --- `..by the time the American wages fall down to meet the rising foreign wages moving up ... The American society as we know it will be broken...` (youtube that debate --- it`s an eye opener)...

    Seems impossible that the great society we grew up in could be broken --- but consider how strong the USA was back in the 1960`s with a massive manufacturing base and a strong and growing middle class that enabled millions of us to attend college, etc...--- That`s already changed since we are now a `Consumer Economy` since the mid 1990`s.. which means our manufacturing base is decimated here and we are dependent on consumers going into debt to support the economy... ---- The original sales pitch for moving manufactuing offshore was that the USA would upgrade our products and be selling high end tech stuff to a world that does the heavy dirty industrial stuff --- except in real life that`s krap since China graduates thousands of engineers every year-- more than what we do... And since the Chinese demand that any manufacturing plant that opens in their country has to share their trade secrets and hire middle management from Chinese ranks -- that means they quickly gain on us--- eventually will surpass us...

    And how do we know this has an effect on our society already ??? Consider that since 1985 the average Aemrican family income has been stagnant... which forced the banks in 1993 to start pushing subprime mortgages to make up in the drop off of their

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:15 PM Flag

    doubling work loads, etc... hiring temps, subcontractors, etc... than realizing that he can relocate to mexico and not only cut his labor expenses (biggy being healthcare costs)... but he`s not penalized for it... and his selling price is cheaper than his competitors who are still manfacturing in the USA...

    Obviously Wall St money is capitialistic... and should be... but Retirement funds ???? 401K that people invest in to retire safely in their old age--- now used to push their bosses to decide to fire them and hire Mexicans ....or Chinese instead... Seems more than ironic ... Seems demonic... and should be fixed...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 5:11 PM Flag

    automaticlly saves Millions of dollars over 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 40 yrs .... and since most of the companies moving to Mexico have 300 to 1000 workers --- those savings are monsterous... and is incentive enough to make that move out of the USA and fire Americans... Because --- the newly ExPat company no longer has to put out healthcare money for it`s employees since the Mexican government does it.... same with Canada...

    Which means that our USA healthcare system being administered and offered to Americans via their workplace is a massive NEGATIVE in a Global COMPETITIVE TRADE ENVIRONMENT... And since Obama only expanded the existing US system --- Obamacare hasn`t fixed this non-competitive problem with our trade partners... and it will only get worse as Obama (and if not him the next President) pushes the Pacific Rim Agreement which will bring in Japan, Singapore, S Korea, etc, etc...who have their own national healthcare systems in most of those countries... PLUS.... the EU trade Pact they are also trying to work out now with those countries and the USA...

    America`s antiquated pre-NAFTA healthcare system is helping to slowly kill off the American working class as US companies abandon the USA to move 3 ft over the Mexican border...

    Another thing that helps push US corporations overseas is ---- our 401K Retirement plans....
    That may not seem reasonable at first but --- unlike pensions that we have very few left anymore of.. since Reagan pushed the 401K to replace it-- telling us that `..we can now be responsible for our own futures..` The 401K funds go right to Wall St and are handled by Fund Managers buying company stock... in 2006 there was $3 Trillion in 401k money being invested on Wall St.... --- When a Fund Manager who has millions in a company calls a CEO and tells him he needs to see greater profits or he`s pulling his money or going to try and remove him.... the CEO begins to look at his operation -- most times cutting staff,

  • There`s a number of reasons jobs are moving out of the USA and we are seeing our standard of living decline (Canada announced this spring that their middle class is now Richer than America`s middle class -- first time in our history).... But here`s 2 you may not have thought of....

    US corporations have stated for decades that healthcare costs are killing them... so they have to control this expense had their employees pay higher premiums, or cut benefits, or hired temps and sub contractors who would not have to be covered by the company benefits plan... that last part has seen a massive wave of hires using those methods over the last 20 yrs..

    CEO`s tell us that US labor is too costly, but the biggest cost factor is their healthcare benefits, which has seen double digit upward spirals over the years... And like any cost that a company faces to produce a product or service they sell --- those healthcare costs get tacked on to the price of the product so they can be recouped when it`s sold and reimburse the firm for their expense. Hopefully they charge enough for their product that they fully recover these expenses and make a profit for the owners, shareholders, workers....

    When a CEO gets a call from a Fund Manager saying that he has millions in his stock and wants quick short term results- now... or else .... or when a business owner sees that his price isn`t competitive with his old competitor that made the move to Mexico --- than the first thing that CEO does is look at expenses -- and labor is the biggest expense most times. So he cuts staff and doubles up on the work load...

    BUT --- we are in a changed word ---- since 1993 NAFTA has legally bound Canada and Mexico and the USA into a trade partnership unlike any other in the world... ANd since both Canada and Mexico have National Healthcare Systems that pay for their citizens health benes ---- any company that moves from the USA to either of those 2 spots --- automaticlly saves

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 15, 2014 4:32 PM Flag

    Guess that must be why BushJr let in 18 million illegals between 2000 and 2007... Ironically this was also the same time that the government was warning us about infiltration by bad guys via their light system warning signals we`d see on the news....

    Could never figure out how you can let in 18 million in the back door while telling us to keep the front door locked to keep out the bad guys... Never seemed to make sense.... and none of my Republican friends seem to have a clear answer to it either --- that`s if they even bother.... cause to think about usually causes their ears to smoke... as they search for the logic to it that makes sense...

    Most of them just rather not even think about it....just rush to the next point of telling me how much liberals are messing up the country....

  • HOW`S THAT BOOMING OBAMA MARKET TREATING YOU ????

    FORD AT 17.50 UP FROM 2...

    YEA... YOU GOT A LOT TO CRY ABOUT!!!!

  • If REpublicans think that Obama is that bad.... the worst President in history....

    Does that mean that if they could --- they`d prefer another BushCheney admin ....

    LOL..... Some of these posters keep saying that Bush is better than OBama... YET... the GOP has refused to even mention Bush Jr`s name during the last PResidential election... and they aren`t doing it again now either..... And when is the last time we had a major political party refuse to even acknowledge their fellow Republican Administration ---- Hoover..... 1929.... JUST like.... Bush.... 2008...

    And yet some of these idiot posters are comparing Obama to that failure...

    when Obama has seen the

    Dow -- 6600 climb to 17,000

    Unemployment -- has now seen it drop to below the number that Bush handed to him on Jan 10 2008

    Ford -- was at $2 is now -- $17...


    Is Obama perfect... HECK NO.... not by a long shot.... but is he worst than Bush Jr... Heck no.... not by a moon shot...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 14, 2014 12:00 PM Flag

    Whether you thought he was the Devil or not --- old Saddam kept these competing religious groups in line...
    Since he had Sunnis, Sh ittes, Drues, Christians, etc working for him... #$%$ him off or break his peace and you got gassed, or you and your family went missing.... etc...

    Now --- you take away his power and create a political vacuum and the US tells all these competing interests to form a Demcractic government where everyone gets a vote (in a country that never did that before) and you get Maliki- the Shi itte prime minister creating a massive hate among the other `partners` by blocking them out.... Which means they just back the Sunni fundamentalists (ISIS ) when they come to town....

    Should of, Could of, would of........ No do overs... or wishing thinks were back to the old ways where we had Saddam blocked in by air zones and limiting his power outside his country -- at the cost of only - $2 Billion per year... as compared to our now projected costs of $10+ Trillion when the last vet gets his last VA benefit paid off...

    But yea ---- maybe there was a better way than what BushCheney lead us into ... to late now... have to play the hand we`re dealt... Which means Obama has to correct -if he can the mess he was handed on his first day in office --- a failing war, and a collapsing economy.... and a Republican party that vows to stop his every move....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 12, 2014 1:46 PM Flag

    Decades.... at least...

    Consider some of the little things we never really read about that effects us ...
    1) back in 2005-6 the Bush admin cut funding to the new weather satelites that were suppose to give us updated reports ... the US weather reporting system is so bad now that we subcontract with the EU`s weather system to fill in the gaps... Why was this done ??? It`s only a guess but more info on climate change puts more pressure on oil industry...

    2) between 2001 and 2006 Bush devalued the US dollar by 1/3rd... this was done in order to increase exports... but the people who benefit from exports are a small percent of the total population ... And it was the total population that saw 1/3rd of their wealth slip away out of their wallets by the move.... Which left us weaker finanically....

    3) over the period from 2004-06 we saw gas prices rise... part of this was due to refiners going through a consolidation -either being bought up by the big oil firms or being bought up and than closed -- which resulted by 2002 a suit bought by the FTC against them where it was quoted by one of the big oil companies in their reports that `..production manipulation is significant part of our strategy ...` ) prices topped in 06 at $150 per barrel for oil... basicly draining billions if not a trillion out of the American consumers pocket to the big oil firms (Exxon was rated the #1 most profitable company in world history at the time)... again -- lack of oversight/regulation... leads to this and leaves Americans financially weaker especially in combo with the dollar devaluation...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 11, 2014 10:04 PM Flag

    sdmiller 4747

    So if the consumer is paying for that employee healthcare insurance ---- and the company eventually recoups all of it`s healthcare expenses over time.... Than the question comes down to --- Why burden the corporations with doing it in the first place????? Adding a whole layer of paperwork that they don`t really need ??? And that has been shown to be a burden to them since it gets added to their product`s cost vs the costs of their Mexican / Canadian competitors that are free of that expense....

    So why not acknowledge what the Canadians and Mexicans already have discovered and let the Federal Government handle that cost.... Since the Federal Government is made up of all of us... Whereas the corporations to get out from under that burden have been cutting back on permanent hires and substituting Temps and sub contractors to avoid putting up that upfront cost.... Which is why our healthcare system has left stranded 50 million uninsured Americans ....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 11, 2014 9:57 PM Flag

    sdmiller4747....
    `...I don`t believe the American middle class should have to pay for someone else`s health insurnace...`....

    sd ----- But we already do pay for that healthcare --- you just don`t realize it...

    When a company has to factor in their costs of healthcare insurance for their employees into the costs of the products/services they sell.... --- Than the consumer of that product pays a % of that cost of employee healthcare in the product he bought... Naturally a company is going to try and have all their healthcare costs recouped back to them via passing it off to their customers -- otherwise they lose money....

    So whether you know it or not --- the American middle class as well as any other class that buys that product --- is paying for someone else`s health insurance....

    And when you give it some thought --- by adding that cost to their product`s price and than recouping that expense down the road in the volume of product they sell.... --- American corporations are actually playing a near zero sum game... Excepting that they have to put up the money up front and they have a time lapse before it`s recouped... Which means --- the final payer of the employee`s health care insurance is ---- the consumers (public)....

  • Reply to

    Future of GOP over next few decades looks -- grim

    by kcf_07757 Aug 5, 2014 11:53 AM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 8, 2014 6:20 PM Flag

    12 thumbs down... wonder if they were upset when the article refered to them using `gimmicks` to stay in office???

    Wonder if they ever read up on the `software problems ` in the voting machines in Ohio back in 2004... or that the software guru that the Repubs used during that time inconvienently died in a single engine plane crash, 1 week before he was to testify in a Senate investigation committee... Or how about the Texas Democratic Legislatores having to leave the state to hide from Tom DeLay and his buddies who were gerrymandering the krap out of the texas voter landscape... during the early Bush years to lock in their seats...
    Or how about all the `Voter ID` laws passed in the Red states because of the problem of voter fraud (of which they have found only 31 situations since 1970`s - which included voters signing their names one line below where they should have by mistake, etc..) out of the hundreds of millions of votes that have been cast since than... --- kinda#$%$ing ridicululess... Or last year NC announcing that they were cutting back voting booths for college campuses and cutting back the number of booths in the heavier `urban` areas... ( in other words -- cutting out the youth vote and the black vote)...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Aug 8, 2014 6:06 PM Flag

    6 thumbs down ----- must be a biotch to have your balloon busted....

    So what now do you blame Obama for ---- bad economy??? Oh wait --- unemployment is lower now than the day Obama took office on Jan 10, 09... when Bush handed him an economy that was imploding...

    How about the need to bomb ISIS in Iraq... Oh wait... how about we should never had gone there in the first place....and it was Bush that set the time table for withdrawal... that Obama followed...

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