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kcf_07757 273 posts  |  Last Activity: Jan 29, 2015 11:50 AM Member since: Apr 18, 2008
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  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 29, 2015 11:50 AM Flag

    donna z....

    LOL.... are you equating the `school yard bullies` to the science community, Al Gore, the Pentagon, the global Insurance industry, the World Bank, Occidental Oil, the UN, etc, ....

    versus ...

    ...... the Oil Companies (exxon, chevron, shell, BP, etc..., Countries(Saudis, Russia, Kuwaites, Venezula, Iran, Canada, Mexico, China, etc ) and services (Hallburton, Schlumberge,etc) and the Coal industry/countries (US, china, Russia, india, australia, EU, etc) .....

    Hope you understand how stupid you sound.... especially since the oil industries/countries are mostly the richest countries in the world....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 27, 2015 12:53 PM Flag

    joenoboma,

    You make a great case for ---National Healthcare system .....

    especially since NAFTA sandwiches the USA between Canada and Mexico - both of whom have National Healthcare systems and their corporations don`t have to supply it to their labor forces which can if they desire, keep their prices lower than ours.... And why should a CEO stay in the USA with his workforce and be forced to supply benefits -- an act that takes his company`s time and money and doesn`t produce a profit for them... When he can move over the border and save millions of Dollars per year -- year after year--- to boost managements bonuses, stockholders value, etc... And .. if he does it -- his company under NAFTA rules can still freely trade here with out any blowback from abandoning the USA as a manufacturing base.... Win/ Win for the company and managment/ shareholders....

    And since the USA under our pre-Obamacare health insurance system saw yearly double digit jumps in costs for years.. to the point that corporations were begging the Fed gov to do something about it.... While to survive in that environment the CEO`s cut benes, passed off costs by raising premiums to workers- consistently-, or hiring temps and subcontractors so they didn`t have to supply them expensive benefits....

    Under that situation -- and if the Supreme Crt -- winds up killing off Obamacare ---- It just makes all the more sense for companies to fire their American workers and move over the border --- even just for the healthcare costs savings they get by letting those governments pay for it....

  • Came across this while trying to find out what the % is that Texas contributes to American GDP..

    From Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

    The Texas Economic Model: Hard for Other States to Follow and Not All It Seems

    By Elizabeth McNichol and Nicholas Johnson

    April 3, 2012

    Whatever its boosters may say, Texas is not a helpful model for economic growth for the rest of the country. True, the number of people and jobs in Texas has been expanding, causing other states to wonder whether Texas holds important lessons for state policies that can generate similar growth elsewhere. The answer is no.

    Texas has unique geographic and demographic characteristics that have helped lift its economy in recent years. Its border location encourages trade and immigration and helps fuel population and job growth.
    A combination of available land and lending regulations have kept housing prices comparatively low and helped Texas avoid the real estate depression that dragged down many other state economies.
    Though Texas' economy has diversified in recent decades, the state's abundant oil and gas resources remain a valuable asset - especially when prices for those commodities are high - that most other states lack.
    Even if it were possible for other states to replicate these features, the fact that so many Texans have failed to benefit from them - with poverty, low-wage jobs and lack of health insurance all above the national average - makes Texas a less-than-desirable model to follow....``

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 23, 2015 6:11 PM Flag

    I remember paying $4+ in San Diego under Bush....

    Just paid $1.80 yesterday....

    Obviously depends on the region but... your post is total BS... since it`s going down due to the Saudis trying to collapse the market to knock out the tar/shale/fracking players ....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 23, 2015 6:08 PM Flag

    herman....

    Your post shows you as either a liar or ignorant of what the news is...

  • Reply to

    Netanyahu to address Congress

    by garroty Jan 23, 2015 4:11 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 23, 2015 6:02 PM Flag

    garroty...

    Republicans in Congress invited Netanyahu to speak.... which considering that there is a Israeli election within the next few weeks it`s US policy to usually not influence a foreign country`s elections by talking to their politicians just prior -- in order to not be seen as influencing it.... that being said -- It`s probably BS...LOL..

    But here`s something that is really important -- that the Israeli right and Netanyahu are at odds with Obama about ----

    From Bloomberg- 1/21/15

    ...`..... Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions
    1194 Jan 21, 2015 7:26 PM EST
    By Josh Rogin & Eli Lake

    The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations.

    Already, the Barack Obama administration and some leading Republican senators are using the Israeli internal disagreement to undermine support for the bill, authored by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menendez, which would enact new sanctions if current negotiations falter.

    ... Israeli intelligence officials have been briefing both Obama administration officials and visiting U.S. senators about their concerns on the Kirk-Menendez bill, which would increase sanctions on Iran only if the Iranian government can't strike a deal with the so-called P5+1 countries by a June 30 deadline or fails to live up to its commitments. Meanwhile, the Israeli prime minister’s office has been supporting the Kirk-Menendez bill, as does the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ahead of what will be a major foreign policy confrontation between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government in coming weeks.

    Evidence of the Israeli rift surfaced Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry said that an unnamed Israeli intelligence official had said the new sanctions bill would be “like throwing a grenade into the process.”

  • Reply to

    WOW! MORE senate amendments in 2 weeks

    by demseatshit Jan 23, 2015 5:18 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 23, 2015 5:46 PM Flag

    LOL... Yea... but they`re all krap .....!!!!

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 23, 2015 5:42 PM Flag

    Also forgot to mention another factor in keeping a lid on blue collar wages had been -- the 18 million illegals that the Bush admin let cross our borders from 2000 to 2007 .... illegal labor that was more than happy to work for $5 an hour ... under the table.... without benefits... --- how does an American worker compete against that and still be able to live on it and pay his taxes...?????

    Which would mean -- that if an American accepted the same $5 hr with out benes... BUT ... still paid taxes like a responsible American --- He`d be making less than the Mexican illegal....

  • New study shows if the Supreme Crt backs the court case the Repubs have bought before it ... 60% of the people who would lose their insurance would be from the south.... and they are `white, lower/middle class and working`.... typical Republican voter.... OUCH....

    ... `.... The people who could lose their health insurance as a result of a Supreme Court decision this year are predominantly white, Southern, employed and middle-aged, according to an Urban Institute analysis. […]

    The new Urban study finds that the biggest regional loser from the court case would be the South. More than 60 percent of people who would lose their individual health insurance live there. Among different income groups, the largest reductions would come for those earning between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level—or between about $40,000 and $80,000 for a family of three. Forty-seven percent of the people who would lose insurance have full-time jobs, and 34 percent have part-time jobs. Sixty-one percent are white. Forty-seven percent have attended at least some college. Ninety-two percent would probably describe their health as better than fair.

    This is a deeper look into the group that would lose insurance if the court strikes down subsidies. RAND Corp. estimates it will be 9.6 million losing subsidies, and Urban estimates it's 9.3 million, based on their varied projections for 2015 enrollments. Of those 9.3 million, Urban estimate two-thirds will go uninsured—that's this predominantly white, middle class, Southern group. On top of that, there's about 4.9 million who don't receive the subsidies because of their higher incomes, and Urban estimates that about a quarter of them would become uninsured because they wouldn't be able to afford the 35 percent hike their premiums would take when all those subsidy-receiving people drop out of the market and insurers have to make up for their loss.

    Now they hurt their voting base...`

  • Betcha didn`t see this on Fox last night or today... LOL..

    ...`....The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 98-1 to approve a resolution stating that “it is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Then, about 15 minutes later, the Senate rejected a second resolution that said climate change is real and caused by humans.

    The first resolution was approved — and co-sponsored — by one of the most outspoken climate deniers in the Senate, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a man who literally wrote a book about how climate change is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated.” The only Senator to vote against the resolution was Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

    Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because it is. At the last minute, right before a vote was taken, Inhofe took the floor to state that he would be co-sponsoring and approving the amendment on the grounds that yes, climate change is real, but human-caused climate change is not. “Man cannot change climate,” Inhofe said. ...`

    Now all they have to do is spend another 30 yrs debating if billions of people on the earth burning carbon speeds up climate change and makes it more dangerous... !!!

    Title of that article should have been ...` Science almost wins....`

  • On Tuesday the Republicans got to vote on amendments to the Keystone Pipeline .... Here`s 2 that were offered up that would have definitely had Keystone helping the USA...

    ...`...Republicans like to point to Keystone XL as one of their signature jobs bills and, when oil prices are high, like to imply that it would mean cheap oil flowing free in America. But Tuesday afternoon they voted down two Democratic amendments aimed at just those issues.

    Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey's amendment to the Keystone bill would have prohibited oil shipped through the pipeline from being exported. It was killed by a 57 to 42 vote. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's amendment would have required that the pipeline be built with American steel. It was killed by a 53 to 46 vote....`

  • Reply to

    There Can't be A Middle Class Tax Cut!

    by barryobama881 Jan 20, 2015 3:27 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:47 PM Flag

    LOL.... Grover Norquist must be krapping a massive brick out his back end over what`s happening in Kansas with his tea party friend Gov Brownback and the huge deficits he`s built up with his tax cuts.... Especially after Brownback announced last week that he has to now RAISE TAXES to dig out of that hole he created....

    Just goes to show --- if you can`t cut services .... than don`t cut taxes, or the alligator will eat you into deficitHell...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:42 PM Flag

    Under REagan Admin the Real Estate deductions were advanced/front loaded which drove a massive RE bubble.... add to that the thing he did with the CD`s that the banks ran into the ground and you had a massive fiscal crisis... based on bad government policies.. All policy that was pushed by Republicans....

    And no I don`t blame Bush for that ... LOL....

    As for 2008 --- Clinton did 2 massive blunders on his watch -- went along with legislation that killed Glass Stegal Act and Phil Grahams (R) legislation that let loose rules regarding deriviatives.... But... BUSH screwed up by pushing for deregulation and cutting back of enforcement particularly of the financial area with the banks/Wall St.... Which over a 7 1/2 yr period lead to a RE crash and massive financial crisis.... That put the banks are risk and to save them -- put the government and the taxpayers at risk....

    And even today --- the big banks can make massive bets using money that is deposit money that the Fed Gov has guaranteed ... Meaning if the banks lose with the bet with that money -- the gov refills the hole... And the Republicans refused to reverse that legislation just recently....

    So iwacked.ge --- you and every other American with a savings account in a bank are ph ucked should the gov eventually stop guaranteeing that bet.... AND ... your not even aware that your savings are being used for those bets....

  • Reply to

    Remember, a rising tide lifts All boats

    by drstone8 Jan 20, 2015 2:37 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:24 PM Flag

    Hate to say it... but the debt is too big.... the Bush jr tax cuts should have been a tiny fraction of what they were-- just enough to get the economy pushed in the right direction... As it was it created a massive deficit that was compounded badly by wars, oil price jumps, etc... Leaving this country in a massive hole....

    Which means 1) Rich have to pay more in taxes...2) middle class has to pay more.. and 3) the lower classes have to pay more.... AND.... we have to export more.... (which will be tough since our manufacturing base is depleted, due to NAFTA and the other trade agreements... which has basicly turned the USA into a Consumer driven economy loaded with Debt)....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:16 PM Flag

    The Atheists are the Blessed Ones....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:15 PM Flag

    Yup... we always hear bout how great REagan was.... but that was only in his first 6 yrs in office --- cause the REpubs never --EVER ... talk about his last 2 yrs in office that saw the collapse of 1100 banks and the biggest recession since 1929 (up to that date... Naturally the other Republcan Bush Jr out did even the REagan collapse by magnatudes more)...

    Repubs all sang ...`What a Wonderful world``... put to 1987... Than they sang...` Brother Can You Lend a Dime`... until 1991...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:09 PM Flag

    Hey don`t forget that commercial Palin did with the Turkey farmer in back of her cutting off the turkey`s head while she was talking....

    It was disgustingly funny....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 3:01 PM Flag

    LOL... Do you really think the Republicans can straighten anything out ???? At this point ... they can`t even figure out how to tie their shoes without someone of them crying about it...

    Repubs are going to have to lose ANOTHER 2 Presidential elections before they even begin to figure out how to turn their party around to be able to manage this country....

    Don`t get me wrong -- they are the greatest party anywhere when it comes to complaining.... But governing is a different animal.... and consider that BushCheney were supposedly the best that his New Republican party was suppose to give the USA.... --- They have a long, LONG ..way to go before they can really represent the `real` America...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 20, 2015 2:53 PM Flag

    And as far as this effects the USA ---- consider that Congress is fighting over whether to raise the gas tax to help a depleteing fund that is losing money to help maintain our roads systems...

    The main reason given for the drop in funding for highway maintanence funding was 1) the recession/depression and 2) less fuel consumption by cars... But... consider that our unemployment rate is now below 6% --- lower than when Obama took office in Oct 2009... So that part of the argument should hold less weight regarding the drop off in the gas tax talk...

    All of which means that the oil producers are facing --- 3 major head wins.... 1) over supply / new supply, and except for letting the market collapse have no way to control it.... 2) The science behind climate change being effected by CO2 is overwhelming and more governments are taking it seriously which means more rules limiting CO2 output in the future.... and 3).... the golden handcuffs that tied the auto manufacturers and the oil industry together (meaning gas guzzling engines) has been broken..cars now get 25 miles+++ up to 50 with the Prius and even the gas guzzling hogs like a Dodge Ram pickup that got 10.5 mpg in 1995 now get over 15 mpg as of 2010...

  • This goes with my theory that Republicans tell you to vote for them because they believe in Shrinking Government, Shrinking Deficit and maintaining a strong defence.... All good sound bites that every American would back....

    But in reality once in power we get - Growing Government, Growing Deficit and growing defence -- all of which adds up to a ponzi scheme economy that always collapses ... Reagan`s in Oct 1987, Bush Jr in Oct 2008... Results that have driven this country into massive debt....

    So here`s the article that triggered this post..

    ...` 9. Obama has increased government spending less than any president in at least a generation.

    Republican campaign strategists may lie, but the numbers don’t. Government spending, when adjusted for inflation, has increased during his administration (to date) by 1.4%. Under George W. Bush, the increases were 7.3% (first term) and 8.1% (second term). Bill Clinton, in his two terms, comes in at 3.2% and 3.9%. George H. W. Bush increased government spending by 5.4%, while Ronald Reagan added 8.7% and 4.9% in his two terms.

    Not only does Obama turn out to be the most thrifty president in recent memory, but the evidence shows that Republican administrations consistently increased government spending significantly more than any Democratic administration. Go figure....`

    ... LOL... Yea.. Go Figure...

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