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Posted 11/21/2012 10:16 AM


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   Hey i confess to tuning into Limbaugh schedule permitting. It's NON STOP negative vibes, bitching and moaning , crying wailing and grinding of what i am sure are fake dentures on his part. My goodness this is a man who makes more $$ then anyone in the history of talk radio and can't stop reminding folks of the fabulous pad he lives in the Palm Beach area and you would think the sky was literally falling

It's hilarious to listen to as he gets his " base " all sad and angry about " freedom lost " fake scandal, talking up the riduclously lousy group of GOP's who ran for POTUS, HOW they are the party of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness when in fact they are the party desperatly trying to hold on to the 40's and 50's of mid century America when racism, misogony and a woman's choice was really a man's choice. Go along to get along was the order of the day and the old " boys club " had a certain look and feel to it at the exclusion of most.

Here you have a president willing to pass tax certainity with no change to 98 percent of America with the top 2 percent paying in a little more to the card game of life and you would think it means one less trip to Belize or putting off the purchase of that GULFSTREAM i always wanted for xmas the way the fux and limpaugh crowd is swooning.... "GUBMENT out of my life" , as long as medicare, SS, SAFE ROADS, COPS firemen, schools , mail is all included in my vaction package. The hysteria of the right is damm entertaining, and the look on Karl Roves rather Limabughesqe jowly cheeks was priceless when the magnificent Megyn Kelly told him GAME OVER !!!

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Posted 11/21/2012 11:59 AM


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If Obama does well I will be the first to congratulate him.

I don't know how old you are Sylvester, but Social Security and Medicare are going to have to be revamped...sooner rather than later. Too early to tell what unintended consequences of Obamacare will occur.

And as for "SAFE ROADS, COPS firemen, schools, (don't forget the teachers) you do realize that these entities are LOCAL...city, county, state. The Federal government has no place in being involved these organizations and institutions. I don't want the taxes I pay for these services to go all the way to Washington, and then be handed back with strings attached. When Obama finds out that taxing the top 2% won't work in his grand scheme, then he will have no choice but to tax the middle class and perhaps the poor. Will you still love him then.

You still haven't told us what specifically Obama has done to boost consumer confidence or help the various parts of the economy. As long as he doesn't overtax and over regulate, business might come back. But the manufacturing jobs have left the country and are never coming back. Doesn't bode well for the younger people these days, who will never be as well off as their parents. Thankfully, my kids are grown and are all doing well. Hope yours are too.

Seriously, you demean the right too much. We don't want to go back to the 50's and such. The great majority of us are just ordinary taxpaying hard working people of moderate beliefs. The ones you are talking about the religious nuts and the hard right conservatives like Limbaugh, who are becoming less relevant everyday. I think you'll quit gloating so much when you accept the fact that we are down for a bit, but not out.

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Posted 11/22/2012 2:02 AM


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    SS AND Medicare should get a close look to see if revamping can bring down deficits. Nothing, nothing should be immune to the cutters scissors when it comes to the budget. But you can see when it comes to hedge fund mgrs. at XYZ BROCKERAGE buying a Lamborgini with the xmas bonus and someone who throws TD's for a living sheltering income and paying a similar tax rate of the schoolteacher making 50k who can't shelter income, somethings amiss here. Something, somebody at GUBMENT brainstorm central should be able to figure out a tax system that is fair and simple.

Line item vetos and term limits, two things that would improve how Gubment works should be enacted but won't. The too few in power ( BOTH parties ) DON'T want to end the train ride. All aboard.

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Posted 11/22/2012 2:15 AM


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  Just what the 21ST century POTUS points at, the future is looking up in places like Chattanooga because of stimulus money invested at home in American cities that spins off growth everywhere in the community.

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BROADBAND : Driving economic development

In order to develop an informed perspective on infrastructure and the potential for
incorporating it into the Living Cities agenda, we are investigating a number of sectors in the infrastructure field. Part of this exploration includes assessing the potential role of impact investment as a new source of capital that can help cash-strapped municipalities fund infrastructure projects. This discovery process has recently led us to look at broadband where some exciting developments are taking place.

A number of cities have invested in high speed broadband, providing the infrastructure to deliver speeds up to I gig – 100 times faster than most available networks in
the U.S. Cities like Chattanooga; Lafayette, LA; and Bristol, VA have installed I gig broadband throughout the City which is owned by the City and built and operated by a public power utility. While many people may not appreciate the benefits of this enhanced broadband capacity, it has the potential to be a strong economic development driver where it’s available. New applications and content that require high speed broadband could significantly change the nature of medical care, education and entertainment, just to name a few. Health care, which has been an early adopter, will use the fiber optic network to diagnose and monitor patients in remote locations. Greater interactive capacity is also leading to new approaches in customized learning
and job training. One report, published by GovTech.com, quoted the COO of the Chattanooga Electric Power Board who suggested that high speed broadband has the potential to be an economic driver on the order that the interstate highway system and air travel was generations ago.

According to some reports, Chattanooga, which used stimulus money to install its high speed fiber optic network, was the first to initiate gigabit broadband service. Originally intended as a means of improving the reliability of the electric grid, the benefits have grown far beyond expectations. Not only are they now able to detect and fix power outages almost instantly, they have also improved power delivery overall. The City is using its high speed capacity to improve public services across the board, most notably in the area of public safety. In the private realm, the availability of high speed internet is attracting new businesses and residents to Chattanooga, and it’s also causing young people to stay in the City, circumventing the “brain drain” of the past. And Chattanooga is but one example. Over 130 community-owned fiber networks are operating across the
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Posted 11/22/2012 7:51 AM


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RE: Your first post.    Nothing will get done and any serious decisions will be kicked further down the road.

RE: Your second post.   A good portion of the country is already wired up, particularly, in the urban and suburban areas, less so in the rural ones. The "stimulus" plan perhaps might have helped connect up a few more municipalities, and organizations like schools, but the evidence is inconclusive. A greater portion of that process was done by ISP's like Century Link and companies like Level 3. A large percentage of the construction was financed by rate payers, not taxpayers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Recovery_and_Reinvestment_Act_of_2009

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Posted 11/22/2012 9:05 AM


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   I read where Chattanooga looked at it self a as southern example of " rust belt " decay happening in the north and the stimulus pumped 111 million into the city to get the Broadband project further assistance. Eisenhower was behind the the interstate highway boom in the 50's and now 21st century technology advances are behind the new " interstate " miracle the internet and how that effects everything from schools to hospitals to commerce ( lezlovevideo, mmm ) to how gubment is delivered....Chattanooga city officials are stating the broadband advances have led to a spur in economic growth and a lessening of the brain drain, younger citizens leaving for greener pastures now consider the city a place to stay.

The stimulus has taken so many hits from the right that examples such as this need the light of day to show where some of the gubment funds went and how it effects and improves the economy. If all your news outlets are fux and talk radio you would think Obama was the second coming of Hugo Chaves hitting cleanup in Caracas instead of the dynamic 21st century POTUS this country desperatly needed after 8 yrs of middle east furniture breaking and " your doing a heck of a job Brownie " in the wake of Katrina ....

Look if Obama was so bad why did the gop's ( small caps  run Romney who lost to McCain 4 yrs ago...? Come up with better candiates with a fresh perpsectives and i'm all ears. Safe to say thankfully, both the dems and gops are turning over a generational leaf and two fresh faces should be vying for Penn Ave. in 16, that's what makes Hilary talk in 4 yrs laughable.  

 

Forward Queen Isabella, a new world awaits....THAT Chris Columbus, such a vision.

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Posted 11/24/2012 10:59 AM


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    Excerpts from a NYTimes column by N. Kristof 11/23/12

 

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Trickle-down economics is the longest failed experiment in modern American history


These folks ain’t waiting in line for fuel for their cars

" In upper-middle-class suburbs on the East Coast, the newest must-have isn’t a $7,500 Sub-Zero refrigerator. It’s a standby generator that automatically flips on backup power to an entire house when the electrical grid goes out.

In part, that’s a legacy of Hurricane Sandy. Such a system can cost well over $10,000, but many families are fed up with losing power again and again…

More broadly, the lust for generators is a reflection of our antiquated electrical grid and failure to address climate change. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our grid, prone to bottlenecks and blackouts, a grade of D+ in 2009…

That’s how things often work in America. Half-a-century of tax cuts focused on the wealthiest Americans leave us with third-rate public services, leading the wealthy to develop inefficient private workarounds.

It’s manifestly silly (and highly polluting) for every fine home to have a generator. It would make more sense to invest those resources in the electrical grid so that it wouldn’t fail in the first place…

The National Climatic Data Center has just reported that October was the 332nd month in a row of above-average global temperatures. As the environmental Web site Grist reported, that means that nobody younger than 27 has lived for a single month with colder-than-average global temperatures, yet climate change wasn’t even much of an issue in the 2012 campaign. Likewise, the World Economic Forum ranks American infrastructure 25th in the world, down from 8th in 2003-4, yet infrastructure is barely mentioned by politicians…

This question of public goods hovers in the backdrop as we confront the “fiscal cliff” and seek to reach a deal based on a mix of higher revenues and reduced benefits. It’s true that we have a problem with rising entitlement spending, especially in health care. But I also wonder if we’ve reached the end of a failed half-century experiment in ever-lower tax rates for the wealthy.

Since the 1950s, the top federal income tax rate has fallen from 90 percent or more to 35 percent. Capital gains tax rates have been cut by more than half since the late 1970s. Financial tycoons now often pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries.

All this has coincided with the decline of some public services and the emergence of staggering levels of inequality (granted, other factors are also at work) such that the top 1 percent of Americans now have greater collective net worth than the entire bottom 90 percent.  "

 

Get the picture. Sure entitlements need to be examined, the entire SS and Medicare system needs to be re-evaluated but tax revenue, how much and where the resources are being allocated should have a top to bottom look.  Without term limits and line item veto and with constant campaining to get re-elected i don't see any serious thought to say trading out what's given to places like Egypt and Pakistan in the form of bribes and spending it here in the U.S. ON upgrading the power grid, bridges, dams and cities in total decay.

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Posted 11/24/2012 11:21 AM


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    Cuts in defense spending, sending overseas " allies " less fighter jets and munitions can and should be offset in domestic projects in cities and power grid infrastructure. Transition less bomb making capability at Northrup Gruman and the like into projects at home that can actually benefit the populace in the U.S. Romney wanted to build more air craft carriers and battleships....that helps the folks in Staten Island without electricity....  Problem is Johnny McCain and the boyz are batting clean-up in the senate to pick up where Mitty left off. 

 

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Posted 11/24/2012 6:42 PM


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"Since the 1950s, the top federal income tax rate has fallen from 90 percent or more to 35 percent. Capital gains tax rates have been cut by more than half since the late 1970s. Financial tycoons now often pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries."

It would seem that confiscating 9/10th of a persons income would be excessively over the top. Even 35% is a bit much. Much of the middle class has capital gains too. No wonder people and companies put as many of their assets and investments out of the hands of the government as possible, and ship them out of the country.

Yes the power grids are antiquated, I am surprised they function as well as they do. A coordinated attack by terrorists against power plants, transmission lines, and switching stations could cause real havoc over the whole country. I'm wondering how the upgrades and repairs will be paid for.

And then there is the spectre of global warming. Some scientists predict awful doomsday scenarios if we (the United States) don't change our ways. The rest of world gets a pass because it is "developing". I wonder how the reversal and remediation of global warming will be paid for.

Some say we that if we raise taxes on the rich enough there should be plenty of money to bring the electrical grids up to date and turn back global warming. And maybe have enough left over to begin whittling down the debt. But I don't really think so.

What's happening in California now will likely spread over the rest of the country, probably sooner rather than later.

 

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Posted 11/24/2012 6:42 PM


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Sylvester wrote: "Trickle-down economics is the longest failed experiment in modern American history"

It's very possibly that ObamaCare could soon change that, Sylvester!

There's not one country on this entire planet where socialism hasn't strangled economic growth!  Not one!  Political-progressives like to point to the tiny economies of Scandinavian nations as proof that it can be successful, and if America's economy continues to shrink we may soon, in fact, match them on an equal basis!

"Cuts in defense spending, sending overseas " allies " less fighter jets and munitions can and should be offset in domestic projects in cities and power grid infrastructure."

Notice that there are STILL NO JOBS, Sylvester!  President Obama made the exact same promises this year that he made back in 2008 about jobs creation.  And the past four years have been STAGNANT.  America's debt continues to grow by billions of dollars each and every day.  President Obama won't fix it because he CAN'T fix it without crippling his party's strength, which is increasing federal entitlements.  He wants to raise taxes on the rich, despite the fact that it solves nothing.

Talk about "failed experiments!"

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