What Liberals Can Expect if Republicans Retake the Senate

cruz-idiotSince many signs point to liberals sitting this year’s election out, allowing Republicans to gain even more power in Congress, it seems that there’s a very real possibility that the GOP will control both the House and Senate starting in January.

And if that happens, liberals only have themselves to blame.

So I thought I’d paint a little picture of a few things we should prepare ourselves to expect if Republicans do take back control of the Senate in January.


The first thing they’ll undoubtedly target is the Affordable Care Act. See, they still won’t be able to repeal “Obamacare,” but they will have more power to sabotage the law. And what better way to make Americans oppose something that’s good for them, than by sabotaging it as much as possible so that Americans will have no choice but to oppose the law. After all, that’s why we have the Affordable Care Act in the first place. It’s really just a watered down version of the real health care law President Obama wanted passed. Many of its flaws are due in large part to the compromises with Republicans that Democrats had to make in order to get the law passed. So get ready for a full-on sabotage of the ACA.

You also might want to buckle your belt and get ready for President Obama’s impeachment. While they won’t be able to convict him in the Senate (which would be necessary to remove him from office), the House can still vote to impeach him, which I fully believe that they will do. See, most Americans oppose impeaching the president so you haven’t seen many mainstream Republicans openly support the idea – even though they actually do. In fact, you’ve seen even the more radical ones who’ve often pushed for Obama’s impeachment suddenly go silent these last couple of months. After all, why risk losing support heading into an election where all signs point to nothing but good news for your party? But I can almost guarantee that not too long after election day the “impeachment talk” will begin to churn once again among Republicans. Only this time, they’ll actually vote to do it.

We should all prepare ourselves for the passage of numerous jobs bills that have no intention of creating jobs. It’ll just be one “jobs bill” after another that are nothing more than Bush era economic policies all over again. Tax cuts, deregulations and promises for wealth, prosperity and a balanced budget – that will never be delivered. Honestly the Republican economic slogan should look something like this:

For nearly four decades we’ve been promising to grow the middle class, balance the budget and increase wages – and you’ve all been dumb enough to believe us. Now let’s cut some more taxes for the rich.. uh, we mean job creators.

If you had even the slightest hope that the president and a Democratic-controlled Senate might be able to push through sensible immigration reform, you can kiss those faint hopes goodbye.


The same goes for any outside shot at raising our minimum wage.

Then there’s always the endless hyped-up propaganda you’re going to hear from Republicans. It’ll go something like this:

Congress has sent (insert number) bills to (insert right-wing talking point) that will (insert right-wing propaganda) that the president refuses to sign. Congress has shown a willingness to come together to work with the president on bipartisan bills (because about three total Democrats voted for them) but he simply refuses to listen to the American people.

And something along those lines will be repeated over and over and over and over and over and over… you get the point. Granted, they’ve said things like this already, but they never had control of the Senate to really hammer home this b.s.

You can be sure that we’ll see a host of bills aimed at “protecting traditional marriage” and I can almost guarantee you we’ll see our second government shutdown.

It’ll be nearly everything we’ve seen from Republicans these last 5+ years, only more amplified because they’ll have even more power in Congress.

But it’s not too late. There’s still time for liberals to get out, vote and prevent Republicans from taking back the Senate. Because if that happens the next two years are going to be an absolute Republican-controlled nightmare.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • reciprocalhokie

    They didn’t “Have To” compromise with republicans. After all the compromise it passed without a single republican vote. Obamacare is the dog shit it is because of weak sauce democrats trying to be the adults in the room who everyone likes. It should have been single payer from the get-go if Obama had any stones at all. But he’s the consummate corporatist.

    • Jim Bean

      I’d venture a guess that the name of the ‘single payer’ you have in mind is – Someone Else.

      • RINOVirus

        It’s all wrongbadevil when it’s someone else. When it’s your turn it’s something you “earned”. Maybe you’ll be lucky and “the America” will happen to you too. We can’t all be healthy and strong forever.

      • reciprocalhokie

        Um, no. The USA is the *ONLY* modern society to not socialize medicine, it’s a disgrace. There are just some things that shouldn’t be profited upon, specifically, health insurance.

      • Jim Bean

        Yeah, its a disgrace alright – most notably when Ebola victims fly over those first rate socialized medicine countries and land here to partake of our third rate system.

      • ChiTownArkie

        Once again, a conservative doesn’t quite get the difference between health care and health care management. No wonder we’re such a screwed up country.

      • Charles Vincent

        You must mean defining what procedures are needed and which are not needed and the wait lists that accompany that.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        It appears that neither does all those elected officials who exclaimed “We have to pass it to know what’s in it”

      • Daddycool67

        “We have to pass it to know what’s in it.”
        Is another Fox, out of context newsclip that knucklehead conservative swallowed hook line & sinker.

        It was actually said by Pelosi as she was making fun of republicans who refused to vote for it. When she asked repubs to read the bill and consider it carefully before deciding how to vote …they told her they might read it later if she could actually manage to get it to pass. But they were NEVER going to vote yes on it. And therefore had no reason to waste their time studying it. And true to their word …they refused to vote for it or read it. So they had no idea what was in it. Why? Because they DON’T CARE what’s in it.

        So we got it done without them.
        Just like eventually we will get EVERYTHING done without conservative help. Because the truth is …. America no longer needs conservatives. Maybe the confederacy needs them. But America doesn’t.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Wait, so you’re saying that each and every DINO read all 1800 some odd pages? Every Page? Seriously? It was a ‘Bind’ vote. Except for Ezekiel Emanuel, no one knew what horrors the Bill contained. and in 2015, when the Employer Mandates finely kick in after being ‘pushed off’ by Our Dear Leader, will the populous revolt.

      • Ross Presser

        Or “populace”, as some might say.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and ” finally”……………. he blew that difficult word spelling also
        =======================================
        he is an idiot

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I guess I am in comparison to you. You are without a doubt, the apex of Homo-sapiens evolution. Congratulations are in order

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ape X
        ==================================
        is that ” ape 10″ ?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        More like an Apogee. But if the shoe fits, be my guest.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        12 nikes basketball hightops,,,
        10? maybe in 8th grade

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Felony Shoes without laces?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        seems U are well versed in “felonies”……which explains your hatred for minorities and your abysmal spelling

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Why you be hatin the black man? Why did you relate Felony to African Americans? Have you no shame? Have you not witnessed suburban white youths having no laces in their sneakers to better slip free from an ankle grab by the Mall Cop? What’s your problem with the Black Man?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        did I mention African americans?
        no? geeee———- your attempted transposition fails BEEEEE-UUUUTIFULLY

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Golly gosh, was I suppose to spell check on my Android phone that was made by non-union Chinese labor being paid $200 a month? It’s not like I hold a PhD, like you. So what brand is your computing device? Are you exploiting a third worlder too?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        thy egregious misspelling of FINALLY ( see: finely) usurps any attempt to implicate your phone
        ========================================
        >>> you should be dictating as I am; with my pet Argentine TEGU using his quadruped typing skills perspicuously <<<

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Me implicate my Taiwanese-made cell phone? Never.
        But even Albert Einstein was an awful speller.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I suspect strongly his mind was filled with more probative thoughts than your maladroit ineptitude
        ========================================
        then again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, he was dust and celluloid well before I was born

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Unlike you, I’ve never had my I.Q. tested. What di you say yours was again?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I didn’t,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but based upon an average of 3 tests done whilst annoying America in my youth–
        >>>>>>>>>>>> 1 5 1 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Wow, you’ve got me and you’re smarter than Bill Clinton & JFK. and yet you turn to me for the answers in life you can’t find.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        the only bromide I turn 2 U 4 is when I am bored—
        your ” answers” are picaresque; at best

      • J. REX CROUCH

        They ended up giving me 3 tests, too – within two months (I was in a “special school for the weird” – ‘Emotionally Disturbed’). The first test, I can’t remember, the second was the Wechsler, and the ’59 Binet was the the most fun I’d had up till then…

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I was a kid and don’t remember a lot other than it was fun as it was NOT the same as school and we didn’t have 2 study for it- plus it included drawing recognition and comparisons.

      • Ross Presser

        No, you were supposed to study hard in school, to the point where seeing spelling errors on your own becomes automatic. If, as you say, Albert Einstein was an awful speller — even in his native German — then he should have been ashamed of that also.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Sorry, I had some commitments to my country that I had to take care of first.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        such as,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        shooting quail? fishing? praising Ronald Reagan and Robert w welch? complaining about gays and minorities WANTING Americas equality??

      • Ross Presser

        During K-12 primary education, you had commitments to your country? Wow, a real spy kid.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he models himself after “spy VS spy” in mad magazine

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        OK?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you are atrophying,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        have a snickers

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You can tell that from there? If you’re a Doctor, do you accept ACA payments?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        not a doctor— but witnessing your inscrutability can be experienced by even my ( now sleeping) TEGU
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      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Wow, you are an amazing individual, even to you.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        well,,,,,,,,,,,,,im glad U enjoy my abusing you!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I’ve always forgiven you your sins against God. And I’ve always extended to you when I pray. I’ve got you covered.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        cure an amputee———
        until then ( and having it documented) U have nothing covered
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, c’ept wasting time ” talking to the wind”
        ( see: KING CRIMSON 1st album – song ” I TALK T THE WIND”)

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Is that so strange? Calvin Leon Graham did it at 12.
        I never finished my senior year. Is that a bad thing? You don’t hate me for doing it do you? I was, after all, a baby killer according to your fathers.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I doubt U know what any of our ‘fathers’ accorded in that social realm
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        sounds to me U are an apologist of some sort

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Yes, My apologies for the sins I’ve committed.

      • Ross Presser

        My previous comment seems to have vanished. Oh well, without the link: I concede your point. I have grown up in an era when military service was voluntary; I forgot that it has not always been so. Very stupid of me to forget, since I got my middle name from Lance Cpl Joel Bernstein, Line 35 Panel 10E, died Quang Tri, South Vietnam, 8/25/66.

        I only had one father, born 1931, died 1976, and he never called anyone a baby killer in his life. He did not serve, but would have willingly, if they’d called him up.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        When I returned the first time, I was referenced as such. When I returned the second time I was referenced in words too harsh to repeat.

        Again, I willing walked in and signed. I didn’t wait for the Lottery. I was young and thought at the time that our leaders actually intended to ‘Win’. After two, I now realize that what Our Dear Leader is doing in the Euphrates River Valley and the Horan Valley is just an extension of what Johnson started.

        It took quite a while, but when I found the CCCU as did Alvin Cullum York, I found God and accepted what I did, in the name of a false God.
        Am I really that bad a person as you think?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        why is your “god” real(???) and everyone elses NOT real/phony/ non existent?
        because some outdated book written by woman hating sheepherders says so?
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        to quote MR SPOCK–
        ” fascinating”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey!!! YOUCANTGETRIDOF him THATEASY !!!
        ==========================================
        give him more time,,,,he sinks himself rather quickly!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        and yet you haven’t succeeded in chasing me away yet.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        chasing U away??
        Im your magnet!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You think too highly of yourself. I’ve adopted Steffy already.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        gravity cannot be ignored.
        ================================
        U remain my puppet

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Isn’t that cute. Yet I hold your cat toy. Here, let me drop a few more crumbs on the floor for you Kitty.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you forget quickly; the sign of an oligophrenial fabulist:
        I am a TEGU; not some smelly sneeze-inducing feline
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        T..E..G..U..————– look it up: great pet; chick magnet ( here in SE FLORIDA)

      • J. REX CROUCH

        I think the word you’re BOTH trying for is “populist” – look it up – see if it “works”…

      • strayaway

        Q. What does a stool sample have in common with the (un)ACA?
        A. “We have to pass it to know what’s in it”

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Oh SNAP…..

      • Daddycool67

        They don’t know the difference between climate and weather either.

        Do you know why?

        Because they “aren’t scientists.”

      • Bill Adair

        Jim Bean …
        The majority of people who flew here were US citizens…missionaries ,doctors and nurses. They were US citizens …why would they NOT come home. The poor Liberian who DID throw himself on “your” mercy….how’d the first world medical treatment work for him?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        That poor Liberian was, in fact, visiting family in the US. So, he too had no reason to go to a different country.

      • strayaway

        He was engaged to the woman he was staying with. They previously had a child together. Once married, he could stay here. It is unlikely he was just planning to visit.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Why does Obama send Soldiers and Cuba sends Doctors?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        because Obama likes to annoy rightwing trash and give them something to cry about?
        ” Benghazi”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”Kenya birth”..”spending”…..” golf/vacations”…………

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “annoy” ?? Seriously? He doesn’t even know they are alive. His head is down and he’s charging forward to destroy the Republic your father’s father knew.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and when exactly did this ” destruction” START occurring? give me a detailed date–
        ( would that PRIOR republic include such Jeffersonian- style “pursuits of happiness” including blacks getting in back of a bus/ separate bathrooms/ gays getting beat up for being gay/ women NOT voting/ soldiers getting killed in useless wars such as nam and Iraq?)

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You’d have to ask George Wallace about that. And of course Robert Byrd and Lyndon B. Johnson. I think they’d have better first hand knowledge.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        as U are better prepared for that VOODOO( see: religion) afterlife,,,,,,,,shouldn’t YOU be ‘talking’ 2 dead guys? after all…….U BEG JEEEESUS often-

      • strayaway

        An average of 150 people a day arrive in the US from the three ebola epidemic countries. Most are visa holders. Australia and Canada have now stopped the free flow of people from those three countries.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And is government service also one of those “things that shouldn’t be profited from”? What was Obama’s net worth before Tony Rezko’s Home Loan and what is it today? Jack Welch & George Soros love Barack Hussein Obama II. Everyone gets to wet their beak at the Taxpayer trough.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        again,,,,,,,,,,,for the substantially Unenlightened–
        jack welch is a staunch liberal hating republican– everyone ( who knows anything) knows this-
        **********************************************************
        shall we review the pedigrees of the patriotic KOCH family?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Really? so why is he a butt-buddy of Our Dear Leader and was the one who suggested Jeff Immelt for the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I cannot answer that but rest assured: I have seen him suckling up to joe kernan ( another CNBC stock market morning righty) as they share duality in admonishing Obama policies and decrying obamas “tendencies” to stifle the economy which is doing a lot better ,,,,

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So Progressives don’t hold market share? Bill Gates?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you———again————– attempted spinning away from your evident stupidity of NOT knowing that jack welch is a regressive rightwing republican; and when I plastered U with that U started digging for worms next to your dead carcass

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Lets examine your statement; “Republican” hasn’t meant what you claim it means for a very long time. I’m at a loss at your inability to see that their similarities with Democrats are so extensive that they occupy the other side of the same coin. Both want to keep their jobs in spite of silly things like Campaign promises and Voting Records. Power, Money and Elitism is the Politician’s inevitability. It’s impossible to differentiate RINO’s & DINO’s. Just the fact that you refuse to see it, does not mean it’s not there. The world wasn’t flat, was it?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you are spinning ( fred Astaire) away from the topic-
        TOPIC; jack welch “loves” obama
        refute- ( by me) welch is a dyed ion the wool conservative republican
        YOU– not recognizing your ( twice) error and attempting to swim past the sinking vessel of your own implosion upon said topic
        *****************************************************
        …also– ” republican ” when used in a sentence is NOT a statement. For it 2 be a statement is must BE the sentence; to stand alone as the sentence— it was NOT used that way– ergo U blather again and err.
        U really are deserving of the lashes we give U upon this thread– are U a masochist?

      • Dave Cleveland

        As long as you have yours …… right?

      • Jim Bean

        I’ve already provided for mine and several others. Don’t mind helping those doing their best. Do mind helping those doing their best to piggy back on others. That includes at least one family member.

      • And you did that providing with everyone else’s help, whether you will ever admit that or not.

      • Under Dog

        Sure, with a third of my income over my entire working career – often more. When I was laid off and presented with a modest severance for over thirty years of service, the government not only took that, but I had to pay AMT.
        Tell me again how much other people helped me.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So you’ve fallen through the cracks in this ‘Progressive’ America? But wasn’t Obama holding all the cards during his first two years? Are you saying he never had your wellbeing on his mind at all, when he was ‘feeding’ his political cronies?

      • Daddycool67

        Yes Obama had all the cards and also all the record setting filibusters by racist, sexist, pig, anti-American conservative radicals in both houses of Congress.

        In fact there were more filibusters in Congress from Jan. 2009 through Jan.2011 than by all previous Congresses COMBINED.

        TRY AGAIN s**t for brains!

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        But he owned both Houses for his first 2 years did he not?
        Speaking of houses, he never paid back that Tony Rezko Home Loan did he?

      • Mrs_oatmeal

        Judge not lest you be judged. Everyone has different circumstances. Don’t paint everyone one the same…

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Are there lesser degrees of Progressivism? ‘In for a penny, in for a pound’. I can’t be a ‘partial’ Christian.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        partial ‘christian’? ok,,i will bite;
        tell me————- what did jesus say about the poor and infirm and elderly?

      • Wrabble

        Wonderful Canada has the LONGEST ER waiting time in the world with some hospitals hitting 21 hours.

        And the wait times for surgeries and tests like MRIs and CT scans are measured in weeks. In some Toronto provincial hospitals, the wait time for a scan is 7 weeks (which can be the difference between Stage 2 and Stage 4 cancer).

      • Jillz

        I pay for my own “single payer” health care – it’s called taxes.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        and whom else’s? I pay for your ‘Women’s Reproductive Care’ in my premiums. why is that again?

      • Jillz

        See, that’s the thing when your tax dollars pay for your healthcare – you really don’t worry too much about what care others are getting, you can just breathe easy knowing that when YOU need it, you got it 😉

        One day, when the USA has a single payer system, you will wonder why you were so against it.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        But if my dollars go to subsidize Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood I should just shut my Christian mouth?
        And remember, whatever the gov’t gives, it can also take away.

      • BB-Mystic

        Right. Just like I shut my mouth when my tax dollars go to finance foreign wars I do not in any way agree with, and weapons systems the Pentagon says it doesn’t even want. I would much rather direct my tax dollars to Planned Parenthood (and repeal the Hyde Amendment while I’m at it), but I don’t get that choice, do I?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Have you researched the woman and her purpose behind Planned Parenthood?
        From Margaret Sanger to Kermit Gosnell, the ideology behind what they do has never changed. Only the sycophants are blinded to it’s origins. Social Engineering & Eugenics on a grand scale. I’m sorry, I don’t hate the Black Man nor his unborn babies.

      • BB-Mystic

        Dude! Are you really going to hurl that stale old canard at me?

        [stands back and watches it go splat]

        I’ve known that ever since I started contributing to Planned Parenthood, years ago. Ask me the number of fucks I give about it:

        ZERO

        Eugenics was a pretty common philosophy back then; Margaret Sanger was not the only one to hold to it. (en DOT wikipedia DOT org/wiki/Eugenics) It’s fallen out of favor now, as it should. But whether she was a proponent of it or not, it’s irrelevant because a) Margaret Sanger is now dead; b) she supported eugenics 80 years ago; and c) it has nothing to do with the fact that abortion is a legal, common medical procedure, and Planned Parenthood is a worthy organization that I support.

        What Kermit Gosnell did was completely illegal according to Roe v. Wade, and he got his ass handed to him, as he should. Again, it has nothing to do with the fact that abortion is a legal, common medical procedure, and 1 in 3 American women have had one.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice he didn’t respond to your umbrage regarding tax dollars going 2 our ” war machine” IE; dead and maimed soldiers and a chaotic middle east as a result?
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        I love how these chowderheads cherry pick facts to obfuscate the truth

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice how his phony religious voodoo ass did NOT reply to that? I guess ( to creeps such as he) killing soldiers– and civilians– is “gods” loving work; but if a woman aborts an unborn fetus ,,,,,wel!!

      • J. REX CROUCH

        Even CHRISTIANS are allowed to VOTE and SPEAK (and write!) as they please. Just like “ordinary” citizens…

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        and have the ability to exempt from their tax bill, that portion which goes to violate their beliefs? You defending Christians? How ’bout condemning the slaughter of Christians by Islamic fighters across the globe? Sorry, for a moment I though you were a rational thinker who cared. If Arabs were killing wholesale, Atheists and agnostics, would your rage over it prod you to express your opinion to Washington and the powers within? Mine does.

      • J. REX CROUCH

        In a Real DEMOcracy no individual will ever be ever be “totally happy”- in order that no people (or groups) should be “totally miserable”. That’s how COMPROMISE works. (Why should I HAVE TO PAY TAXES TO BENEFIT BIG ENERGY AS THEY INTENTIONALLY DESTROY THE HABITABILITY OF OUR PLANET?)
        That’s WHY we have separation of Church and State. Your Church demands TOTAL commitment and dedication, WITHOUT COMPROMISE! Unfortunately DEMOCRACY WORKS BY COMPROMISE. (You guys need a country like Iran, or something like ISIS is trying to “stake out” – you guys need your own THEOCRACY – quit messing with OUR constitution!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        to quote “saint” Reagan–
        “,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there U go again………………..”
        —————————-,,,,,,,annoying a regressive with facts

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey brain dead— arabs kill EVERYONE: including other arabs.
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        tax bill? does your voodoo belief ( see: religion) allow U to continue paying HUGE gobs of TAX dollars to wars which kill americans as well as civilians and kids and women and even little puppies??
        =======================================
        NOTE: we do condemn arabs for what they do–
        ya’ mustve missed that one also

      • Jillz

        As I said, I don’t worry about things like that. Under the single payer system, my tax dollars go toward supporting the health care needs of others as well and I accept this knowing that the tax dollars of others help to pay for MY specific healthcare needs. You keep making it about women’s healthcare, but in fact, my tax dollars (under the single payer system) also pay for diabetic care for diabetics (I’m not diabetic); for chemo treatments for cancer patients (which, thank God I also do not need) and other treatments for other people in my society, in my community, that I don’t need myself.

        Take your religious beliefs out of your political beliefs and perhaps you will better understand what it is I’m saying.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Sorry, the intertwining is far too great. I vote for Life. I vote as a Christian (lower case ‘c’ is deliberate.)
        Thanks for asking though.

      • Jillz

        “Sorry, the intertwining is far too great”

        Of course it is 🙂

        I am long past expecting right wing Christian “values” to understand the golden rule though so no surprise.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        Christian? what did CHRIST say about gays??? about abortion???
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        about helping the poor and sick and elderly?
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        ( ya’ mustve missed that sunday school eh?

      • BB-Mystic

        Well, yes, Jim. That’s how all insurance works, remember? Home, car, health, what have you. The people who aren’t currently using it are paying into the risk pool and financing those who are using it.

        Unless you have a million dollars set aside just in case of a heart attack or a cancer diagnosis. I can’t afford that. Few people can. So why are you slamming something that allows us to collectively afford what we could not separately pay for?

      • Jim Bean

        No, that’s not ‘how all insurance works.’ Home, car, and previously – health – worked by everyone paying in. No one has car insurance but pays nothing in. No one has home insurance but doesn’t pay anything towards it. That’s the way it was with healthcare, but now some people get it by paying nothing towards it. Remember.

  • MrLightRail

    Once Democrats realized that Republicans were not going to even give one vote towards the ACA, all compromises should have been struck from the bill. We blew it on this one, for the same reason Democratic priorities always get watered down…Democrats in general have NO SPINE.

    • Steve Brains

      They generally have divergent agendas, as all coalition governments have.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        .358 WCF Henry Lever Rifle with a Gold Plated Action?

      • Steve Brains

        Not WCF

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        .358 BFG?
        .358BR?
        .358 WSSM?
        In a lever gun?
        Seriously? Who re-chambered your rifle?

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      RINO’s & DINO’s will still be in charge no matter which or whom wins.
      The nation will continue to loose no matter what.
      It doesn’t matter what anyone says or does, the Republic is broken and can never be repaired. Just the fact that 51% of those who voted last time, can’t even see the fractures in the pillars upon ‘which it stands’, is the harbinger of the apex being crested.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        so then why are U here??? just to cry?

      • Ross Presser

        He’s also here to piss off people by writing “loose” when he means “lose”.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Wow, that’s all it takes to ‘get under your skin’? But 56 million murdered unborn babies since 1973 has no affect? Interesting.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        “unborn” means NOT alive means NOT murdered. MURDER is a capital offense.Do U have any proof of anyone being convicted of MURDER regarding your MIS-use of that word?
        ========================================
        The BIBLE says that LIFE happens when the infant BREATHES- go yell at the BIBLE authors
        ********************************************************
        now– about your cognizable eschewal of spelling simple words INNNN-correctly::::::::

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So in the world of the Atheists and Agnostics, there is no such thing as a ‘soul’? Really? That doesn’t stop me from praying for yours anyway.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        soul? its all yours- im into tangibles such as here and now; bodies; assets/ avoidance of problems.
        =======================================
        PRAYING??? duuuude,,,,,,,,,, that’s BEGGING!
        U really ” think” that ‘god’ can be influenced by PRAYERS??? really? OK! lemme see ur “god” cure an amputee

      • john_willow

        While he’s at it, he should ask his god why he created amputees, tsunamis, AIDS, cancer, the violence gene humans obviously have, etc. Or ask Mr.Divine creator why he amused himself watching dinosaurs rip each other apart for a few hundred million years before our little species came along.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        notice he doesn’t reply?
        ,,,,,,,,must be drunk with last nights republican ” success”
        ===================================
        PRAISE ( white aging male hetero) JEEEESUS!

      • mukesh cara

        So according to the bible like commences at the first breath and this solidifies your anti abortion argument. Now explain to me as to why the fuss about Obamacare which is so very essential in keeping that child healthy and protected when born and in the growing phase into an adult.The republicans are dead against the ACA. This tells me that by repealing the ACA that very child will be on its own. This is downright Hypocrisy.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I think –based upon my limited intellect– that I agree with your post: the BIBLE does make the claim about “1st breath/ life” so it does –through expostulation- claim that its NOT “alive” until birth.
        I cannot explain the regressive fuss over the ACA except perhaps repubs don’t want that success part of Obamas legacy as social security was part of FDRs legacy. Repubs fought stiffly against SSecurity in the 1930’s claiming is was ‘ socialism”…… I wonder how many repub voters since then have praised the virtues of having that when they or their parents got old??

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I like it when you squirm from my mis-spells. Remember, I only possess a late-in-life G.E.D.. It’s not like I have a PhD like you and Ross.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        your being an opsimath has yet to begin,,,,,,,,,,based upon your quotidian sciamachies on these political blobs

  • Mainah

    After everything these nuts have done, and people are not willing to get out to vote, regardless of whether your blue in a heavily red area, says that you weren’t upset enough. They’ve wasted time and money on, what is it now … 50 votes to repeal something that the SCOTUS says is constitutional and that most of us want. They’ve shut down the government, they triggered the sequester which hurt our economic growth …. I could go on and on. This is the first year I will be voting straight Dem. I’ve received 7 letters from the Maine Republican Party to try to get me to vote for Ginzler because I normally voted for Olympia Snowe and have always registered as an Independent. This is the first year I’ve ever even heard from the MRP. Handwritten envelopes, even. So, get out and vote!!!!!

    • Steve Brains

      Well, it seemed easier that TYPING 17 personal notes… LOL. I thought all Mainiacs were independent? or was that those syrupy maple monkeys from Vermont.

      • Mainah

        Oh, the notes are typed but handwriting an envelope is a tactic I’ve used to get people to open an envelope while marketing a business. Most people see a preprinted envelope will just pitch it in the circular file. Handwrite an envelope without any preprint on the envelope and people will open it.
        We are quite the mix here in Maine, besides our syrup is just as good as Vermont’s! LOL

      • Steve Brains

        Me 2. I lived in a condo right next to a Community College. I arranged 4 internships as Marketing Assistants. Hired one girl for calligraphy (actually that was just a bonus) on ad copy and correspondence, another to set appointments by phone, another to do it in person, business to business and a 4th to take calls evenings and weekends while doing the filing and mail processing.

        I sold Bankcard processing and between them, I didn’t need to do anything but CLOSE! I gave then each a bonus under the table and they got 3 credits a semester and about $200/wk. WAS the BEST gig for 15 months. Then the company sold out wholesale to banks and that was the death of the golden Goose job.

        But for a long year i made 3 months salary a week and helped 12 girls graduate early, fatten and gloss up their resume` AND learn a lifelong, useful skill. But that was 20 years ago.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “under the table”? So the IRS didn’t get their share to hand to your Congressperson to use to ‘make or save’ their own job? Shame on you. You’re not a Progressive Team Player.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        u will LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE me– I have 2 LLCs in florida- one is 100% cash ( see:
        “under the table”) an the other is about 80% the same
        ========================================
        please note- I paid around 17K in taxes last year with capital gains ( stock /option sales) and 4 property rental incomes
        =======================================
        I guess Im also not a “team” player???

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And you’ve personified what it means to be a ‘Progressive’. Thank you for that expose’.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        actually,,,,,,its called being a “libertarian” or some morphed TEA PARTY “patriot” by your myopic standards.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So you’re a Right winger? If the extreme Left is the domain of the Nationalist-Socialist and the extreme Right is the residence of the Libertarian Free Market Capitalists, you say you’re that Libertarian?
        Are you sure?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ive already informed you—- so it seems thy “on display” stupidity remains:
        I am a registered independent who is a liberal centrist progressive agnostic
        =====================================
        did U bring your pencil?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Please don’t feed the troll.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        dude,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hes so fun!!! so easy to refute and annoy!!
        >I feel like Im at the zoo feeding hot sauce to the bears<

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I feel like I’m poking a dead bear with a sharp pointy stick. No response worth mentioning.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would that dead bear be the ersatz comment you made TWICE- ( showing stupidity and ignorance more than one time) about your claim that jack welch LOVES Obama??
        =====================================
        that dead Kodiak?
        ,,,,and trust me– your a dull stick- dull and lacking indge about what U blather

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        My claim? Mr. Welsh, a true Progressive, knows full well who’s buttering both sides of his bread. If you choose to blind yourself to it because of your political idealism, I can’t help you. But you must agree that Warren Buffet and T. Boone Pickens and Bill Gates are all pulling Obama’s strings, right? George Soros and his Tides Foundation? And you have to agree that both the brothers and KOCH Industries have profited greatly thanks to Our Dear Leader’s dealing from top and bottom of his deck of cards.
        If you are self-deceiving, I can’t make you see.
        You want to continue your attempts to chase me off, please continue. But if you want to debate, put away your perceptions and debate in a reasoned manner. I’ve always been game for that.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you are spinning again off topic; creating sub texts within the topic.
        ======================================
        do U say Reagan is(was) a progressive?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey kreskin; did U create a new profile>? we miss taunting and abuuuuuusing you!!
        ” shane; come back”

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Who?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        your ability to assimilate Americana history is underwhelming————

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        and yet they can’t help themselves.

      • Steve Brains

        Casual pay is less than $250 a week and can not be for more than 4 consecutive weeks or amount to more than 2500 per individual annually. or at least that was in 1996.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        You asking or telling? You do your own payroll or hire out to a Payroll company?
        Why are you stealing from your employee’s Social Security deposits?
        Unless you think Social Security is a bankrupt joke?

      • Steve Brains

        ONIK

      • Steve Brains

        I am not. READ the Casual PAY rules in the tax code. Employers are exempt from FICA for minimum time labor.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Did you know there are printers that can write a “handwritten” message or envelope (whattheythink.
        com/video/55781-handwriting-its-not-just-humans-anymore/), as well handwriting fonts for standard printers (www. dafont. com/theme.php?cat=603)?

      • Mainah

        Yes, I do. But the fonts don’t write with a Bic. The inks are different.

    • Under Dog

      Most of who wants the ACA?
      At no time has a majority of the public ever been in favor of the ACA. Remember, it was passed by a lame duck Senate on Christmas Eve, using a procedural trick called “reconciliation.”
      You guys are great at revising history.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        The ACA was passed by the House on 11/9/2009, passed by the Senate on 3/21/2010, and signed into law on March 23, 2010.

        Interesting that you consider the Senate to have been a “lame duck” more than 7 months before the 2010 election. Normally, people consider the lame duck period to be the time between the election and when the new administration/legislature/whatever takes over.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        there U go again,,annoying a regressive with facts

    • john_willow

      They cannot repeal the ACA over Obama’s veto
      We must wait and vote, as a majority will, for a Dem president – I think it will be Hillary.

  • Nancy Snead

    i dispise the radical communist facist people haters if I had my way they would all just disappear but there are so many idiots dicks and pussys out there they follow the rats they are brainwashed fools they will soon find out but it will b too late WE WILL ALL B DEAD

    • felipe63

      Do you hate punctuation too?

      • Nancy Snead

        I can do as I please for now when the conservadicks become kings I will loose that right even the right for LIFE

      • felipe63

        fair enough, you go Nancy!

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        I’m curious, are the “radical communist facist people haters” and the “conservadicks” the same people?

      • Charles Vincent

        The answer to that is painfully obvious.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        I may be thick as a whale omelet, but it is not obvious to me.

      • Charles Vincent

        Nancy sees them as one and the same.

        One only needs to take a peek at her previous comments to deduce this here is and example from her profile;

        “Nancy Snead•4 months ago
        chucky the ducky I am not dead but I am a democrat repukes and tpukes are people haters racist and want the rest of the country
        to DIE”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I wonder if nancy and jim bean drink together– they both seem to love ” spirit”

      • Charles Vincent

        That would make an odd couple, except not nearly as funny.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        be even funnier if “nancy” is a guy….as in my opinion “nancy” writes as a man does; so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      • Charles Vincent

        Well Jack Lemon needed Walter Mathau in the odd couple or it wouldn’t have been nearly as funny.

  • Jim Bean

    Pubs don’t need to sabotage Obamacare. All they need to do is let it fully take effect. When next years premium increases are fully revealed and when the IRS reaches out and touches base with all those who didn’t enroll, it’ll sabotage itself.

    Pubs have nothing to gain by impeaching Obama. They have much to gain by letting him in office where he can cause further harm to the Democratic Party prior to 2016.

    We’ve been seeing a bit of wealth and prosperity trickle down already, but only in the private sector areas (oil & gas production) where Obama & Libs were unsuccessful in their efforts to prevent it. Obama will still have the power of his pen and phone to keep his boot on the neck (to some extent) of the private sector.

    The illegal immigrants that come here bring no wealth with them. Upon arrival, they begin taking a share of the limited wealth that already exists here. Yes, many work and pay taxes but they simply displace the other person who would have worked that job. Either way, its one more hungry mouth for taxpayers to feed. If Pubs can limit the pressure placed on the job market by the illegals, all of us will be a little more prosperous.

    Raising the minimum wage clobbers those on fixed incomes because they too, must pay the higher prices that result. A better way to increase they buying power of the lower economic class is to complete the XL Pipeline, increase oil, coal, and gas exports, block the carbon tax scheme and keep the energy prices that everyone must pay as low as possible. That’s part of the Publican plan.

    Its already starting to work. Don’t be foolish enough to vote to derail it. And don’t ever think the Dems have a burning desire to make more people as prosperous as those who traditionally vote Pub.

    • SluttyMary

      Republican policies fail over and over again…. that trickle-down never worked and never will. See Kansas.

      • Jim Bean

        See ‘Top Ten Fastest Growing State Economies’ and tell me how many are blues states. (Hint: zero)

      • Greg Weaver

        Now compare “growing economy” to “median income” growth. Isn’t that strange..why, it’s almost like the economies increased but the vast majority of people’s incomes shrank. Where did all that money go?

        I was a Republican for 15 years until I realized that their end-goal is to turn us into Russia–an oligopoly, where wealth is redistributed from the poor and vanishing middle class to the wealthy until you’ve got a vast under class and small elite that control everything. Which isn’t all that far off.

        That “trickling down” is them pissing on you. The sooner you and the rest of their deluded base realize, the sooner we can have an honest conversation about fixing this country.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he will never answer to that as hes a stultified regressive republican who CLAIMS he is/was a democrat
        ==================================
        he hates facts———

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Says you.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read my facts –to regressive jim bean–based upon California deficit/surplus since 2011 ( democrat gov takes over) and get back 2 me on that with the same alacrity as your infantile reply here above
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        or,,,,,,,,should I quote them here also?

      • Jim Bean

        When you come with a plan that will effectively get some of that money away from them I will switch to your side. To do that, you’ll need to figure out how to stop them from investing in automation, foreign labor, and foreign markets and how to prevent them from raising prices to offset tax hikes. (They current cave-man Democratic Party strategy of clubbing them over the head with taxes isn’t going to do it)

        When you come up with something, let me know.

      • Greg Weaver

        Easy mothafuggin’ peasy: increase tariffs on imports from the 3rd world countries that labor keeps getting shipped over to. The goal of tariffs(on goods that we can produce for ourselves) is to inspire two-way trade, and we certainly don’t have that with China or India at this time. There’s your stick.

        Incentivize manufacturing over here by giving corporate tax breaks to countries that base themselves in the US, and allow them to deduct expenditures on US wages at 150%. So there’s your carrot.

        And when China bitches, tell ’em to sod off and fix their human rights situation. That’ll never happen in that plutocratic hellhole, so we’ll have an excuse to limit trade with them for a long, long time. Same with India.
        Besides the fact that china has long been manipulating the yuan, which is conveniently overlooked because it benefits the .01% in this country as well as theirs.

      • Jim Bean

        I’m on board with the tariffs to an extent. Problem is, while it would create more jobs, it was also drive up domestic prices. That standard of living for most of us commoners would drop a tad but it would be worth it for the jobs IMO.

        As for China manipulating the yuan, that’s a problem but we’ve been manipulating the dollar with QE since 2008. We don’t have much of an argument on that.

      • Under Dog

        Yes, let’s increase tariffs.
        Last time that was tried, it caused the Great Depression. Google “Smoot-Hawley” to find out.
        Obama’s been handing out corporate tax breaks right and left to his friends and campaign contributors already. How has that been working out?
        As for human rights, China just has to point out that every phone call and email that you make is now scrutinized by the NSA and the IRS regularly targets enemies of the administration. Glass houses and all that….

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark..

      • strayaway

        When President Wilson won support for the income tax, much of the tax liability that had been paid by import companies was transferred to the middle class.If we went back to more dependence on import taxes, money so raised could be used to reduce middle class income taxes. So while domestically manufactured items would cost more, Americans would have more money to spend. Also, a shortage of labor would develop. Consequently, labor could demand a larger share of the national economic pie. More Americans would be paying taxes and fewer Americans would be on the dole. Unfortunately, a Republican Senate cannot be expected to make such a change.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        “Where did all that money go?”; Turtle Tunnels.
        “White House Electrician ran up a $1,550 phone bill on federal phone while working”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and ted cruz and associates blasted 24.1 B..I..L..L..I..O..N.. on a useless- and publicly laughed at– govt shutdown.
        ,,,,shall we discuss the 2 parties spending proclivities???

      • felipe63

        When based strictly on economic strength, the bottom 20 states are all R, while 6 of the top 10 are D.

        Growth as a percentage isn’t that hard when your economy isn’t that great to begin with. It’s a little more difficult when your economy is booming.

      • Jim Bean

        Economic strength in raw numbers means nothing when you have 15 times the population as the state you’re comparing yourself to – not to mention the tourism and commerce that comes with having ocean front property.

      • felipe63

        None of that applies to Washington. The WA coast is pretty undeveloped. Try again.

      • Jim Bean

        Geographic location and length of time in the union.

      • felipe63

        Excuses, excuses…….
        All those southern states at the bottom have been in the union a lot longer than WA. Hell #46 & 45, SC & WV were part of the original 13 colonies, and both have port access. Try again.

      • Jim Bean

        The fish all died out there WA? Columbia River dried up? You’re no longer serving as the ‘gateway to east Asia’ in the form of shipping? You’re no long the fourth leading exporting state? What happened. Do you even live there?

      • felipe63

        I did for 7 years until I moved to OR a year ago. I watched the crash of ’08 devastate the rest of the country while us Seattle-ites rode it out with barely a hiccup in our local economy.

        The Columbia River dried up? That is news to those of us that see it on a regular basis.

        So what about the exporting issue, what does that have to do with anything (if it’s even true)? You seem to have issues with objective reality (See Columbia River nonsense above). WA is still has the 5th strongest economy in the country without it, so I’m not really sure what your point is, except your under the wrong impression that continually moving the goalpost when you’re called out on spouting BS is a viable debate strategy

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        October 20th. 2014

        Federal funding cuts lead to reductions in
        Columbia River hatchery coho, steelhead

        OLYMPIA – Federal budget cuts and higher operating costs have forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to reduce salmon and steelhead production at three of its lower Columbia River fish hatchery facilities and plant juvenile coho into a regional lake this fall.

        A funding gap of about $500,000 in federal Mitchell Act funds will reduce fish production at WDFW’s North Toutle, Kalama Falls and Skamania hatcheries. Those cuts will result in 600,000 fewer coho released annually into the Kalama River and Deep River net pens and 24,000 fewer steelhead released each year into lower Columbia River tributaries beginning in 2015.
        —————————————————————–
        So GE mercury laced Tuna will just have to substitute. Thanks Jack Welch-Obama Friend Extraordinaire.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        jack welch is a FLAMING republican,,,,,everyone who knows stocks– and BIG COMPANIES– knows this
        =====================================
        do U enjoy looking ignorant?

      • felipe63

        Dude you had you’d chance to have a civil discussion with me. You opted to be an asshole instead. Piss off.

      • Jim Bean

        You’re looking for a kindergarten level answer to a complex question.

        Population centers originally grew up around transportations systems – initially waterways. Populations grew in those areas (childbirth) and economic development grew there accordingly. This continued for centuries. By contrast, the Midwest states only offered agriculture which requires most land be vacant for cultivation and few people to manage the process. You have to be pretty unknowledgeable of the nations history and geography to harbor the notion that an areas high prosperity is a associated with its politics.

        Its much easier to equate the lack of prosperity in select areas to its political clout – specifically, their lack of electoral votes in Presidential elections. For example, ND has 3 votes while California has 55 and NY has 31. Washington money and investment flows to where it buys the most votes. Those getting the short end of the stick tend to blame the Democrats for that.

      • felipe63

        Given your prior answers it is pretty appearant that kindergarten level answers are all you’re capable of. You’re not nearly as smart as you think you are. Have a nice night.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        irrelevant–
        stats? repub GOV hands DEM gov ( in jan 2011) a 60 BILLION deficit…..now its a 4.4 BILLION SURPLUS– ( I personally believe 1.4 BILLION)
        =====================================
        stats jimbo?? U still here….? jimbo??

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        So politics is what feeds and clothes a state? 20 states that could be doing far better if they were referenced as ‘Blue’??? And you let it happen? You have all the answers, so why are you not in there with your guns, stretching the necks of those responsible? Why not have your President demand that Virginia raise 3 Regiments to march on those rebelling states and quell this rebellion against the Statist cause?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        sounds like THOSE statistics trouble you

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        If you’re raising that Civilian Army that Obama talked about, to force those states that do not bend to the will of Our Dear Leader, into capitulation, who wouldn’t find it troubling.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that made no sense……. its the repub white trash creeps in white trash states who claim to want2 secede and garner a militia against our federal troops ,,,,,,
        that would be fun 2 watch– rednecks with rifles and shotguns and 4 wheelers against our near invisible troops
        ====================================
        ” bang”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he will not like that as it is a numerical fact
        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        ask him to look at California under the repub governor and now under a democrat governor

      • Under Dog

        California?
        Lovely people, perfect weather and businesses racing for the borders,
        Wonder why?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Because the ground is shaking? And that’s why Colorado flipped and Nevada is pink.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        check out the repub DEFICIT 3 yrs ago ( 60 billion) and the 4.4 billion surplus now in CALIF
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        I personally think it is 1.4 BILLION, not 4.4 billion

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What did they spend that surplus on? Bottled water from Maine?
        ————————————————————————————
        Without help from the heavens, Joe Del Bosque figures that 2014 will be the last year before many family farmers in California’s vast San Joaquin Valley begin to go bankrupt.

        And 2014 is going to be bad. Really bad. Del Bosque has 2,000 acres scattered across several farms west of Fresno, near Firebaugh. He will leave 500 to 700 acres unplanted because there is no water for his crops.

        That’s about 650,000 boxes of cantaloupe, regular and organic, he won’t be harvesting come July — about $3 million worth of produce, he estimated. It’s a few hundred workers, most of them migrants, he won’t be hiring. It’s money that won’t be spent in grocery and hardware stores in small towns across the region that produces half of the country’s homegrown fruits and vegetables. It’s a lot of schools with empty seats as farm workers looking for jobs move on with their families.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        that’s some serious spinning !!!! I guess u claim the drought is the dems fault?
        keep spinning away from the facts little man,,,,,,,keep spinning

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Drought the fault of California Democrats? You mean the ones who’ve been the majority in the state since the mid ’70’s?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ahem,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, shall we attempt 2 stay on topic?
        repubs– HUGE deficit
        democrats- 4.4BILLION surplus( see: 1.4 billion)
        ************************************************************
        or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, was a democrat governor in power just prior to jan 2011???

      • Sandy Greer

        California:

        Lovely people, perfect weather. San Francisco, Wine Country, Yosemite and Tahoe. What’s not to like? Ski in the morning, beach in the afternoon – Life’s too short to drink bad wine.

        Nice enough when the ground is shaking – We just ride those waves. 😉

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What’s with San Fran and the Public Employee’s getting taxpayer paid Gender-reassignment surgery? Is that a real medical problem there in the Haight-Ashbury District? Does not the coverage attract out-of-towners to ably for all the Civil Service jobs? What of the locals who aren’t gender-questioning? are they locked out of Public Service? Who covers their salaries during rehabilitation from the procedure?
        I have no need for the procedure but, what of the Heterosexual City Employees? What were they offered in kind to offset the preferential treatment of the gender confused?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        if that was VOTED on by the SF voters; whats your problem?
        funny how THAT brand of CONSTITUTIONAL patriotism eludes U when it doesn’t fit you
        ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      • Sandy Greer

        California is my home. It’s not perfect, and not for everyone. As in a marriage – the rare problem I have with California I share in California – with other
        Californians. I don’t air dirty laundry, and I’m loyal to a fault. Good qualities, wherever one makes home.

        I can afford to live where I please. I call California home because I’m happy here. Life is good for me, beneath the Purple Haze of the Golden State. But she’s not for everyone, that’s for sure.

        Good news is – so long as I’m in California – your state is safe. 😉

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        South Dakota? With an unemployment rate of 3.4%?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        one state? lets look at all the repub states; get back 2 me on those numbers

      • Steve Brains

        Seriously!!!! If you are taking in 9 dollars of subsidy and welfare from the TAXPAYERS when you pay only $8, you are scamming the system. Red States ARE Welfare Queens!!!

      • reciprocalhokie

        The reason they’re the “fastest growing” is because they’ve been languishing at the bottom. Look at the rankings of the economies and you’ll find that blue states predominate.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        when thay all populate the bottom they have no where to go but up—-in stock trading parlance that’s called a “dead cat” bounce
        ======================================
        shall we look at California under repubs VS democrats recently?? deficit VS surplus?

      • Jim Bean

        Where’s my stats?

      • Greg Weaver

        Where’s yours?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        jimbo doesn’t like true facts— his are rightwing glenn beck facts

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        “Where’s my stats?”
        Jim Bean, I searched twice but I don’t see where you requested any statistics.

      • Jim Bean

        Heh, heh. This started weeks ago when this dude-of-many-aliases tried to sell me a short bill of sales on some stats he presented. He wants to move on. I won’t let him.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read my reply fraught with facts jimbo————- cry me a river with the facts

      • Jim Bean

        The stats, dude. You’re up.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read them under fuzzybunnyfeets posts.
        =======================================
        when GOP gov lest calif office in jan 2011 he handed DEM gov a nice 60 BILLION deficit
        ******************************************************
        now? 4.4 BILLION surplus ( I think its 1.4 billion surplus; but numbers vary)
        stats jimbo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,stats–

        you still there?? jimbo?? jimbo? drunk again already?

      • Jim Bean

        Nice try, buckaroo. Its the stats on the percentage of votes screened for fraud that you shortchanged me on. Go on and git er done, now.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        well; since that was YOUR claim U provide them,,,,,,,,,,,, I provided mine; you back up YOUR claim- that’s how the game works there jimbo–
        >>nice how U attempt to spin away from this one<<
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      • Steve Brains

        Since Voter fraud is 0.0000004%, I guess it would be … DO YOUR OWN FRIGGIN’ MATH PINHEAD!

      • Steve Brains

        Caveat Emptor. SUKAH!!!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read my reply to him,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its being held up by the idiot moderators as its probably too long for their tastes

      • regressive teaparty trash

        twice I tried to post these stats– moderators are holding them up– dont know why
        ******************************************************
        1.4 billion surplus projected by democrat governor
        4.4 billion projected by independent analyst
        ( 4.4 billion underreports employee monies paid)
        =========================================
        this comes 3 yrs after 60 BILLION dollar deficit by repubs was handed to democrat jerry brown, NOW a healthy SURPLUS–
        please inform my goooooood man jimbo beano that the facts are available online,,,but he already knows and will not look as it doesn’t suit his crying

      • Steve Brains

        WOW 3 YEARS!!

      • Sandy Greer

        washingtonpost DOT com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/15/after-years-of-cuts-state-budgets-show-surpluses/

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I don’t go to .com blogs etc— what does that one say statistically?

      • Sandy Greer

        Oh geez. It bears you out. What did you think?

        >$1.9 billion left over
        >$4.2 billion surplus

        ^^^Close enough. But if I’d known I’d have to do double the work to back you up – I’d have stayed hidden in my hole.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        the facts I read were ( a) governor said 1.4 billion surplus (b) independent financialist said 4.4 billion. Underreporting employee payouts are what mitigates the number– no matter: you and I agree that a SURPLUS exists in your great state
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        nice to hear from you again– and yes; im too lazy so thank U for being “shovel ready” 🙂

      • regressive teaparty trash

        read my reply to fuzzyfeet below- I tried twice to place that with you but it was held up for “review” by the site
        ======================================
        so———– I subverted them by placing it elsewhere. Lemme know how those facts taste– and give harridan SANDY a big “upvote” from me

      • Steve Brains

        You have been batting .000 for so long Jim, I put the pencil down.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        Koufax ,,,,,,, maddux ,,,,,,,, Kershaw and addie joss are pitching
        ================================
        look up addie joss stats,,,,,,,,unreal- and how he died

      • Steve Brains

        🙁 Ed Delahanty 2

      • regressive teaparty trash

        (3 stooges) ” niagra falls”

      • Under Dog

        California hasn’t seen the GOP in charge since Reagan. Every statewide office has a Democrat in it and has for decades,

      • regressive teaparty trash

        “ahhhhnold ” was a democrat???
        wow!!! maria shriver DID have him by the balls

      • Steve Brains

        BULLLLLLLLLLLLSCHWARTZENEGGER!!!!! WHo BTW, BANKRUPTED the State by taking it up the ass for Enron and Bush!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Then cross that list with STATES that take IN more FED WELFARE than they pay in taxes. hint: LMAO!!!

      • Jim Bean

        Have you made all the new adjustments necessary to account for all the blue states that signed up for the new Fed Welfare they’ll be sucking up for Medicaid under Obamacare? Bet not!

      • Under Dog

        ….don’t forget the ACA premium subsidies. It was worth $800 a month to us.

      • Steve Brains

        Medicaid was written in as FULLY FUNDED. That whole crapsack is a RED frightwinger MYTH!

      • Under Dog

        Really?
        I remember the eighties. The US was kicking ass.
        Where were you?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Seriously? Millennial’s are all being taught by ’60’s Hippie Professors. They know nothing of history prior to the last episode of ‘The Voice’.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        maybe we should all be taught by Christian ( see: VOODOO) teachers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, like: men and dinosaurs waljed and lived together; or the earth is 6100 yrs old?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        No, the history of Progressivism in America from the days of Teddy to the remaining days of Barry.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        wow– fdr included?
        bring it on!

      • regressive teaparty trash

        not all of the 80’s there dog; and Reagan tripling our deficit was a great accomplishment- as was star wars and the scandals that rocked his administration——- shall I mention how he started HUGELY selling our debt to asia? outsourcing our manufacturing jobs? that’s turned out splendid for American paychecks

      • Steve Brains

        Watching the debt double, NOT paying 11% mortgages.

      • Steve Brains

        See USA. See Texas.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Works for me, and thanks to Obama, it’s still working for me.

      • SluttyMary

        Let’s look at the last 50 years.
        28 under republican and 22 under democrats.
        total jobs created: 24M (R) 42M(D)
        stock market return: 109% (R) 992% (D)
        stock mkt return annualized: 2.7% (R) 11% (D)
        GDP: 2.6% (R) 4.1% (D)
        income growth: 0.6% (R) 2.2% (D)

        If republican policies are so good, how come democrat leadership always is better? Pesky facts just won’t go away.

    • reciprocalhokie

      Wrong again Jim. Check out the story on business insider that the mods won’t let me link here. Rates of premium increases are lower than ever.

      • felipe63

        I had the same problem with that link too. Are links verboten here?

      • BB-Mystic

        You just have to know how to post them. Use this template: www DOT linkie DOT com/article-name/
        This won’t generate an actual html link, but you can copy/paste & remove DOTs.

      • felipe63

        Thanks!

      • Jim Bean

        I was promised I’d pay $2500/yr less. Besides, they enrolled far less than half the number they claimed they would.

        (They won’t let me post links either. What’s up with that? You’d think any author would be confident enough in a story before he posts it to now worry that someone could post a link to anything that effectively refutes it.).

      • Steve Brains

        You also said you were honest and actually would provide your sources and data.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he was honest— and did provide sources and data
        =========================================
        he just didn’t say WHEN …… :))

      • Steve Brains

        yeah. I read the “18 minutes transcripts”

      • Charles Vincent

        You have to modify links to fool the site.

        Like so;

        http://www DOT nytimes DOT com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus DOT html?_r=1&

    • ziggywiggy

      about those ACA increases- Writes Alex Wayne in Bloomberg:
      “Obamacare premiums, once predicted to skyrocket in the second year under the government’s marketplace, have risen about 6 percent for 2015, according to an analysis of preliminary state filings. While foes of the Affordable Care Act warned of double-digit rate increases, the costs of premiums seen so far is more modest for the new year. One reason may be that insurers who came in high in 2014 found themselves beaten out for enrollments. At the same time, 77 new insurance plans will be competing for customers in 2015, U.S. officials say.”

      • Jim Bean

        The ‘good news’ you are talking about is the CBO’s recent prediction that, over the next ten years, the cost of Obamacare will be 1.4 trillion – not 1.5 trillion as originally predicted (for a program that was promised to lower the cost of healthcare for everyone.) Your threshold for ‘good’ has to be awfully low to see the good in that.

      • BB-Mystic

        I dunno, when you think about the millions of people who can now get insurance who couldn’t before (because of pre-existing conditions etc.) it sounds pretty damn good to me. But I believe in helping out my fellow citizens like that.

      • Jim Bean

        I’m sure there are some infrequent exceptions, but those (the majority) who can only afford the 60/40 (Bronze) plan might have an insurance policy they can afford but they can’t afford to use it because of the out-of-pocket costs.

      • Steve Brains

        Like 20 million INFREQUENT EXCEPTIONS!!!! Even Medicaid is coming in under budget and far below the RED Frightwinger projections

      • And it delivered, compared to what the costs would have been. Problem?

      • Charles Vincent

        The unseen costs of the new ACA that you sheeple can’t see yet.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        until they are here,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,aren’t they NOT here Charles????

      • Charles Vincent

        I am seeing some already.

    • Premiums went up wildly before the ACA, and if people remember that, your gloom/doom won’t come to pass. Of course, gloom/doom is all you frightwingers have.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yeah and now we have a government subsidized one that makes the prior version look cheap.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        “Despite the cries of the Obamacare bashers that insurance companies would leave the exchanges in droves once they discovered how much money they are losing, it turns out that competition and choice are increasing as we head into 2015.”

        “While 65 percent of existing policies will see an increase in premium costs for 2015, the medium increase will be just 4 percent. … When was the last time we saw insurance premiums experience an annual increase of less than 5 percent? I cannot remember such a time and doubt that you can either.”

        www. forbes. com/sites/rickungar/2014/10/31/key-study-on-obamacare-2015-premium-rates-is-out-and-you-wont-believe-whats-going-to-happen/

      • Charles Vincent

        That’s the visible cost. It doesnt calculate the cost people pay in for the subsidies via the tax increase to cover those subsidies. It also doesn not caluculate the people who will get robbed by the ACA because their state let the Federal government run the exchanges which is written into the law explicitly stating that only state run exchanges get the subsidy.

        https://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=bOXP9Juia_U

        The Forbes article also over looks that this is a Insurance providers monopoly they wouldn’t ever run from a cash cow that the government just handed them

        https://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=n_IODlKV4Ow

      • Steve Brains

        Just as with Unemployment Rates, let’s talk IMAGINARY #’s.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Since subsidies are applied to premiums, the fact that there are subsidies does not affect the calculation for the percentage increase of the premiums. That’s math.

        When there are multiple insurers competing for customers, and the number of participating insurers is increasing, it is not a monopoly. That’s English word definition.

      • Charles Vincent

        the tax that people pay to create the subsidy is a cost it doesn’t matter where it’s applied its still a cost. i pay once for a premium and once for the subsidy for other people that’s 2 costs for the same premium. Incase you didn’t read it we all have to have insurance by law we cannot opt out and not pay a cost because of the tax penalty the IRS can assess on each of us that is a form of monopoly, also some areas only have 1 insurance provider in their market. We are force to contract that makes it a monopoly for the insurance racket and we are a captive audience. below are the definitions and the first one fist this situation as does number 2

        Monopoly
        noun, plural monopolies.
        1. exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market, or a control that makes possible the manipulation of prices. Compare duopoly, oligopoly.

        2. an exclusive privilege to carry on a business, traffic, or service, granted by a government.

        3. the exclusive possession or control of something.
        4 something that is the subject of such control, as a commodity or service.
        5. a company or group that has such control.
        6. the market condition that exists when there is only one seller.
        7. (initial capital letter) a board game in which a player attempts to gain a monopoly of real estate by advancing around the board and purchasing property, acquiring capital by collecting rent from other players whose pieces land on that property.

      • Steve Brains

        not in My lifetime. It’s ALWAYS been 9-14%.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        “Frightwingers” I like that. I’ll probably steal it.

      • Steve Brains

        Happy HellHoleen !!!!

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Good assessment. Let the citizenry rise up and petition the government for a redress of grievances. I just fear that the Office of Printing & Engraving is out of the Complaint forms thanks to Obama’s Sequestration.

    • Steve Brains

      Uh,it’s November. The 2015 rates have been out since August. LMAO! About 7% less than expected.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        annoying jimbo with facts will NOT get his vote for you today 🙂

  • David Jennings

    Just vote Democrat and avoid the free fall to catastrophe. Block the GOP.

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Yes please do. That way both parties will be angry over what Our Dear Leader has planned for the next 2 years. The last thing I want is for Harry Reid to step back and let the GOP pound away at the President in non-bipartisan anger. If it’s just the GOP, after Obama finishes his planned actions, Mrs. Clinton will come forward as the Moderate who rejected the Obama Doctrine and is the only one who can save what’s left of the Republic. And who’s gonna stop her? Jeb Bush? Libber-Please. Gorge Soros is a political genius. He gets what he’s wanted all alone…
      ================================
      So please all you Progressives, vote early and often. Stop Hillary’s assentation to the throne that Soros has decreed is hers. Keep Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        sorry 2 annoy thee———- Bernie sanders gets my vote

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Nice but that’s still a vote for the DNC. The Vermont senator has given out more than $200,000 through his two PACs, Friends of Bernie and Progressive Voters of America. The PVA, in turn, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to embattled red-state Democrats like Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.
        Did I say Thank You? You’re helping to stop Hillary.
        You didn’t know your campaign donations were going to rank & file Democrats? (insert belly laugh here).

      • regressive teaparty trash

        and your “best/better” candidate is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ( studio audience; watch that monitor 4 the answer)

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        NONE. It’s too late. Wait for it.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        then,,,,,,by extrapolating your superb ” intellect” VIA its too late,,,,,,,,,shouldn’t you be ready willing and able ( see: willing!!) to end your jejune “life” and go meet JEEEESUS???? after all;
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, its TOO LATE !

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I’ll wait for him to call me. In the mean time I’ll continue to contend with you. After all, as you said, I’m of lesser I.Q. than you (paraphrased).

      • regressive teaparty trash

        news flash– jesus ( who very easily could’ve been homosexual– see: no wife/ no kids/ all male apostles) is dead and dust–
        ===================================
        people of higher IQs than I have readily been foolish; people of lower IQs than I have been less foolish than I–
        …………….. your smarmy inverted aggrandization is typical of your ostensible limits —

  • Billbow

    If the GOP re-takes the Senate, the door for the racists, homophobes, sexists, and xenophobes will be thrown wide open.

    • It will definitely be the most hateful two years most of us have ever seen.

      • Charles Vincent

        Apparently you are oblivious to the history of our government.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I wonder what children of the interned Japanese-Americans would say about Roosevelt.

      • Charles Vincent

        Oh what about how our government treated native Americans? Or perhaps German and Italian Americans who were also sent to internment camps? Some how I suspect they would say the same thing that people who don’t like bush or Obama would say.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        now that I can agree with– be wary of “youcantgetridofmethateasy” Charles; he seems a wee bit rebarbative–

      • Charles Vincent

        So am I if you remember correctly.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        you occasionally make sense- ive seen him never follow your desideratum

      • Charles Vincent

        We all march to a different drummer.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        his drummer is a metronome.
        mine? carl palmer,,,,, billy cobham,,,,, neil peart
        ==========================================
        but maybe buddy rich is best of all time.

      • Charles Vincent

        I am partial to John Bonham.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        watch the 1973(?) video of carl palmer live with ELP –its about a 12 min drum solo–
        breathtaking
        ===================================
        Bonham was great,,,,but different style- I like fast drummers who can incorporate time changes at will

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What would they say? That both men are raging Progressives? Both have done more to expand and encompass the citizenry in the malevolent -benevolent folds of federal governance excess, than Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, Clinton combined. You have to agree that the Patriot Act was pure Progressive Genius. Some might say better than the ACA.

      • Charles Vincent

        The patriot act is well one price of wanting big government. Government is also rarely benevolent and more often than not they are more like a cancerous blight on societies and generally prevent progression of said societies.

      • Steve Brains

        ButGovernment gives you your food and Section * housing.

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Crumbs meant to control and mollify that segment of society that are purposely disenfranchised by the Progressive.

      • Steve Brains

        molly ringwald if I’da ???????????????????

      • Steve Brains

        Are you dEAD? Have you been BOOTED?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And once established, become bastardized in the Elite’s efforts to ‘modify’ the ‘Original Intent’ to better serve their assentation to Statist.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        Reagan was a progressive by todays white trash regressive tea party idiocies
        =====================================
        or; should I quote the KOCH brothers libertarian platform of 1980?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        and the Koch Brothers are not Progressive? are they not Statists? Are they not ‘in it’ for themselves? That’s the cornerstone of a true Progressive. Bill Gates agrees.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        they KOCHs want white males in power exclusively; preferring Christians ones. Kochs want minorities and woman and gays to remain secondary; to the point in many cases of subjugation.
        =====================================
        that is statism but NOT progressive- it is elitism.
        Bill gates is NOT a KOCH brothers fan by any means,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and as U have shown in your inept assumptions regarding people of power ( see: jack welch) all U do is blather without confirming; U are a voice with no discipline-

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he has ever seen,,,,,,,,,”SEEN” chuckles,,,,not ever BEEN
        ======================================
        comprehension failing U again?

      • Charles Vincent

        Irrelevant history exists despite one being ignorant of it. Ignorance is no excuse as the saying goes.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        nice try; but that does NOT discount that mans post. I agree that I have never SEEn this type of political assassinations ( verbal and written) as I have seen upon OBAMA; and the stuff GW bush put up with was pretty bad; as was Clintons. It seems to be escalating as people know that no price is to be paid for lying as they do

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        And you’re the sole arbiter? Who exactly are you again?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        im the paranomasiac who enjoys rattling your cage
        =========================================
        > as easy as feeding my pet TEGU a common anole<

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Are you incapable of interpersonal contact? What is it about me that frightens you so much? Without ad hominem, are you possessing the ability to debate?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        why would I want2 debate a fool who ”thinks” that prayer has merit….. a fool who claims gw bush is a progressive,,,,,,,a fool who ignores/avoids when I slap u silly with CBO & US treasury backed facts (socio-economic)………a fool who aspersively asks if ” im the sole arbiter”……….a fool who conflates agnostics with atheists — not KNOWING that an atheist is more closely resembling a RELIGIOUS person ( see: believing staunchly in something) than resembling an agnostic…………a FOOl who lemming-steps the parroting of humans possessing a SOUL ( which; according to you) in need of teteological ‘ salvation”??
        why would I care to debate you?
        ==================================
        you have shown no cognition towards a healthy extrapolation- thus my mockery of U will remain

      • Steve Brains

        You don’t recognize your twin sitar? You know, that annoying incessant string menagerie?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        I absorbed that parasitic twin long ago.

      • Steve Brains

        So you A) admit to being annoying AND
        B) doing it in STEREO!!!

      • Charles Vincent

        I think it comes with the job.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,, but not good for america

      • Charles Vincent

        This is true but its really big government that drives this current wave of shenanigans coming from the body politic. as they saying goes all things in moderation.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        funny how this administration has culled GOVT jobs to the lowest PCT% since the late 1960’s yet NO ONE on the right ( see: FOX “news”,,,et al) ever mentions this fact
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,”BIG GOVT”

      • Charles Vincent

        http://www DOT factcheck DOT org/2013/04/obamas-numbers-quarterly-update/

      • regressive teaparty trash

        quote me numbers,,,,,,im not wasting time visiting sites which run me around or want me to download crap

      • Charles Vincent

        NO down load and the numbers are on the page they even ding bush.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        not the site I went to
        quote them here Charles–

      • Charles Vincent

        “Summary

        Reviewing some key statistical measures of Barack Obama’s presidency so far, we find:

        The economy has added more jobs since Obama took office than it did in his predecessor’s entire eight years in office.

        Despite the improved economy, the number of people receiving
        food-stamp assistance has continued to grow, and now more people have been added to the food-stamp rolls under Obama than under any single previous president.

        Federal spending under Obama has grown faster than inflation, but far more slowly than it did under President Bush.

        Federal debt held by the public has grown by 90 percent since Obama took office.

        Obama has ordered seven times more drone strikes than Bush in the
        covert conflicts in Pakistan and Yemen, according to independent
        estimates.

        Domestic oil production has soared; oil imports have dropped by
        one-third; new cars are getting 17 percent better mileage; and wind and solar power have increased 157 percent.”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        sounds like a mixed bag to me,,,,,,,,,,,,,and done with so much republican “help”—-
        will be fun 2 watch repubs do their best 2 wreck America( and make it seem dems faults) so they can attempt a 2016 jeb bush run

      • Charles Vincent

        Federal Debt: Nearly Doubled

        The federal debt has risen even more since our initial reports. During the four years of Obama’s first term, the debt owed to the public rose 83.5 percent.
        And it has continued to rise during the first weeks of his second term.
        As of April 15, it stood 90 percent higher than it did when Obama took
        office in 2009.

        Total federal debt — counting intergovernmental borrowings, such as
        the Social Security trust funds — rose by nearly 55 percent during the
        first term, and is now 58 percent higher than it was on Jan. 20, 2009,
        when Obama was first sworn in.

        But at least the red ink is accumulating a bit more slowly. CBO estimates
        the current fiscal year (which ends Sept. 30) will see a deficit of
        $845 billion — the first time in five years that the yearly shortfall
        will be below $1 trillion. That assumes that current law remains in
        place, including the automatic spending cuts that began to take effect
        March 1. Or, alternatively, that Congress implements different spending
        cuts of the same amount.

        Federal Spending

        For all the talk of spending “cuts,” the fact is that spending by the
        federal government has continued to rise under Obama. But it has gone
        up far less rapidly than it did under Bush.

        The Office of Management and Budget
        projects federal spending in the current fiscal year (which ends Sept.
        30) to be just under $3.7 trillion — or 4 percent more than it was in
        2012.

        By our calculations, spending has risen a total of 11.2 percent since
        Obama first took office — counting $203 billion in new spending added
        under Obama in fiscal 2009. That’s the most we figure Obama can fairly
        be credited with adding to the FY2009 spending levels he inherited from
        Bush after he took office nearly four months into the fiscal year. For
        details on how we arrived at that figure, see our June 4 “Obama’s Spending” article.

        By comparison, federal outlays increased by 33 percent in Bush’s
        first term (comparing actual spending for fiscal 2005 with that for
        fiscal 2001, which was the last year for which Bill Clinton set spending
        levels). And spending rose another 34 percent in Bush’s final term,
        even after subtracting Obama’s $203 billion from fiscal 2009.

        As we pointed out in our June article, one Republican analyst has
        credited Obama with adding somewhat less spending than we do to Bush’s
        fiscal 2009 levels. So it could be argued that spending rose a bit more
        in Bush’s last term, and has risen a bit less since then, than our
        figures indicate. But even so, federal spending rose at least three
        times faster under Bush than it has so far under Obama.

        Food Stamps

        The rise in food-stamp recipients has continued despite the improving economy. What Newt Gingrich claimed
        — prematurely — during his 2012 presidential campaign has now come
        true: More persons have been added to the food-stamp rolls under Obama
        than under any single previous president.

        As of January, the most recent month for which the Department of Agriculture has released figures,
        nearly 47.8 million persons were receiving aid through the Supplemental
        Nutrition Assistance Program. That’s a rise of nearly 15.8 million
        under Obama, more than the 14.7 million that were added during Bush’s
        eight years in office.

        The total is now 49 percent higher than when Obama first took office,
        and 3 percentage points higher than it was when we issued our first
        “Obama’s Numbers” scorecard last year, based on figures from July.

        The average monthly benefit was $274.04 per household as of January,
        and the program is distributing over $6.3 billion per month in benefits.

      • Steve Brains

        That’s BY the public, and 65% of that is owed to ourselves. It sits in Retirement accounts in the major brokerages.

        So we owe the Chinese a Trillion point two. they wanna cash in, they get the tariff door CLAMMED in their face. Imagine 700 million unemployed overnight!!!!

        Imagine every loaf of junk in cargo ships turned away @ all American ports.

        The Debt is like voter fraud, a boogeyman the REDS use to terrorize their masturbatory base.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        close enough for me not to dispute certain numbers which are slightly off.

      • Charles Vincent

        It’s also following the CBO’s predictions for obamas budget and in 2015 if it holds the debt will start rising again and hit 20 trillion by the end of his time in office.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        at least when I chat with you U are smart enough and educated enough with numbers to know that debt and deficit are non related
        =========================================
        U should see ( read actually) how many regressives here do not know the diff!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and where O where did my folly IVAN the RENKO go???

      • Charles Vincent

        Some progressives here don’t know either.

        This guy for instance;
        JerryS57 a day ago
        Your ignorance shows through, as does your lack of solid information. The initial accumulated under the President was a result of the tanking of the economy that started before he took office. Since then the deficit has been reduced every year, from 9.2% of GDP to just over 4% of GDP, in spite of the Bush era tax cuts. But then again, you likely know this.

      • Charles Vincent

        Unemployment Rate: Still High

        Despite the job gains, the unemployment rate remains high by historical standards. It was 7.6 percent
        in March, which is 0.2 percentage points lower than when Obama took
        office in 2009. But it was still well above the 5.3 percent average
        monthly unemployment rate during the Bush years, or the under 5.2
        percent average for the years when Bill Clinton was president.

        Worse, economists expect the jobless rate to remain high for years to
        come. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, for one, predicts
        that the rate will remain above 7.5 percent through next year. “If
        that happens, 2014 will be the sixth consecutive year with unemployment
        exceeding 7-½ percent of the labor force — the longest such period in the past 70 years,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf stated in Senate testimony Feb. 25.

        Modest Inflation, Stagnant Wages

        Inflation has remained modest, but wages have remained stagnant
        during Obama’s presidency. As of the release of March figures on April
        16, the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers had risen 9.6 percent since Obama first took office.

        Wages, however, have not quite kept up with the rise in the price of
        consumer goods. The BLS reported that “real” average weekly earnings for
        rank-and-file workers, as measured by the monthly national payroll survey, had actually declined 0.2 percent over Obama’s time in office.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        unemployment numbers vary according to what metric is used,,,,but I agree 100% about wages; that’s why I remain self employed,,,,, no one will pay me what Im worth if I re enter work force ( im a very very good chef) ,,,,
        NOTE: a very widely used ‘metric’ for unemployment has it NOW sitting at 5.8875% ,,,,, but I do understand the REAL unemployment picture factoring in ” part time” and UNDER employed americans
        it has been a slow decay exacerbated by no real wage increase in relation to inflation ( lately foods) and it started in the 1980’s,,,,,,,, slow slow decay of American middle class

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        No one referenced the head-count, they referenced the assumption of additional ‘powers’ beyond those enumerated.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would BIG govt include states BIG govt telling woman what to do with their OWN bodies? states crushing voting rights? states ( repub) bitching about Obama “handouts” and then begging for money–from the federal GOVT— to THEIR crybaby states? maybe states BIG govt TRYING to bring voodoo( see: religion) into state legislation??
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        that type of BIG GOVT enrages you?

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        But as they persisted asking him, he stood up and he said to them, “He among you who is without sin, let him first cast a stone upon her.”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        would that include You as HERE all U do is cast stones?
        shouldn’t U be begging ( see: praying) JEEEEESUS to cure an amputee?

      • Steve Brains

        Nonsense.other than the Obamahate Years, what years as the average ( The median age of U.S. residents grew from 35.3 years in 2000 to 37.2 years in 2010, according to recently released Census Bureau data. In some communities, more than half of the population is over age 40.) American experienced this much Political HATE?

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Well, all those Progressives as you’ve described them, will still need a place to stay. How about your spare room or that pull-out couch.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        what EXACTLY are regressives ( conservatives) actually “conserving”? please be specific with your answer- no generalities

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        Where is your response to my previous multiple queries of what your Progressive Principals are in Bullet Points? Bueller? Bueller?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        as I asked him and U answered with interruption; U again have proven thy operose– and nugatory- lacking of any elenchi (Q.V.)

      • youcantgetridofmethateasy

        What a true talent you possess. It’s very impressive, even to yourself.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        awww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, attempted umbrage!
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        U are so fun to destroy–
        ………….from all of us libtards here!

      • Steve Brains

        YOu never learn

      • regressive teaparty trash

        I know—————— I do NOT know why I play with these idiotic regressive trolls,,,,

      • Steve Brains

        kind private, a semi vicious , anti bully…

      • regressive teaparty trash

        !!!

  • Rudewaitress

    Democrats are the Democrats major problem!!!

    • youcantgetridofmethateasy

      Nice

    • Steve Brains

      YEP!

  • edneedham

    I’m sorry, but aren’t all of those things we can expect either way? dems have done a poor job of highlighting what could change with a GOP controlled senate, but truthfully, in practical terms, there isn’t much that would change anyway. most of the politicos I’ve talked to are just short of welcoming a leadership flip in senate, mainly because of where it will put the party poised for 2016.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      What changes is that if the Senate changes hands, those people voted into the Senate will be there for 6 years. I.e., they are there until the end of the next president’s first 4 years. They can do a lot of damage in that time.

      • edneedham

        the majority would be unlikely to hold in 2016 if historical pattern continues, and how much more damage they could do is a a matter of degree and an arguable one at that.

      • Steve Brains

        A SLEW of REDS are up for DEATH in 2016. I think 9.

  • Steve Brains

    There IS a possibility that most people have missed. A 50/50 Senate where Joe Biden is the deciding vote!!! HAHAHAAHAA the Cruelest of fates for the REDS.

    I do think it’ll be 51/49 though. Landrieu either kills it upfront or loses. I think we are stuck with Cotton and McConnell. AR and KY are just too stupid to NOT vote RED again. Hagen will keep NC, Brown will lose NH, SD will go to the CLOSET MONKEY. Leaves Udall/Gardner and Perdue/Nunn.. Ernst is in in IA. She’s just too slick for Braley to beat.

    The rest are already finished but the counting. 4 of 7 leaves 49/51. 5 0f 7 is the SPLIT!!!

    I can see it now, Live on C-Span, straight partyline vote and Joe gets on the cell phone, “Mr B? Do you wanna veto it, or should I just kill it now so you get in 9 before that dinner with the Muslim Terrorist Communist allies tonight?”

  • Nick Wride

    Don’t forget, more laws passed favoring the insanity of Christianity.

  • Caryl Darby

    Frankly, I think democrats gave up and gave in because democrats were totally ineffective against the republican obstructionism. Jaded is a term that comes to mind. I’m a lifelong Democrat and I was initially mortified at the thought of the Republicans controlling BOTH houses. But once I had time to really think about it, I concluded that there would be nothing new to see. It will be business as usual. They really “controlled” both houses all along. NOTHING AT ALL happening accept spending $$$ on some lame attempt to Impeach Obama. No real business as they are only good at doing NOTHING. They certainly will do nothing about their key issues as those are THE issues they use to stir their base into a frenzy. Sad, it is just f—-ing SAD.

  • Dominic Van Divner

    Holy shit, did the retard who wrote this piece really just try to say Obamacare was good for the American people? I’ve never seen someone try so hard to deny something when faced with a mountain of contradictory evidence.

  • Robert Easterling

    Nate that’s an outright LIE. More than 1.5 million Americans were flatly denied of their RIGHT to vote. Go look at what Voter Protection has said about it. The actual fact here is that Democratic candidates bailed out, ran and hid and disassociated themselves from President Obama’s stellar accomplishments! If they had boldly stood on them this would have been a landslide victory for most of them. A third party is definitely in order here as I am DONE supporting these spineless fucks!