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Obama, Clinton, and Cialis

Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 4, 2013

So funny.  Obama and Hillary Clinton in a Cialis commercial.

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Inherently Setting up the Government for Failure: The U.S. Political System

Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 26, 2012

The U.S. political system is inherently setting up for the government failure.  Why?

How do we select candidates?

There are primaries and caucuses.  Candidates spend their time and money campaigning to win these events.

Who votes in the primaries and caucuses?

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Typically, the people voting have very strong political opinions.  They are quite often “the extreme right” and “the extreme left”.  As a result, we end up with candidates such as Incumbent President Obama (extreme left), perhaps Santorum (extreme right), and perhaps Gingrich (extreme right).

Who are “We The People?”  

The majority of the general public considers themselves Independent, Republican or Democrat.  Let’s refer to the majority of the country as “We The People”.  “We The People”, in general, are open-minded to listening to logical ideas; ideas that fit the current situation and environment.

Remember, “We The People”  are not the typical people voting in a primary or caucus.“We The People”  hear a concept and determine if it makes sense to them.  “We The People”  don’t automatically label the idea a republican or democratic idea.  “We The People”  think of ideas in terms like

  • Does this make sense?
  • How would this affect me?
  • Is it good for the country?

What happens after the candidate gets the nomination?

The candidate’s party consolidates behind the candidate for fundraising and strategic purposes.

They, this political organization,  know (a) they needed the votes of the “extreme right or left” to get the nomination, but (b) now they  need to win over “We The People” to win the general election.  In other words, they now need to give the appearance of being somewhat moderate to win the votes of   “We The People” .

And, as we all know, they also need to posture and lobby big spenders to contribute to their campaigns. Wall Street. CEOs. Big business.  The top 1%.

So what happens after the win the general election?

We now have another President or Congressman whose TRUE views are Liberal (extreme Left) or Conservative (extreme Right).

They put their extreme political views before what is best for the country.

They are so extreme and closed-minded, they won’t agree with any ideas backed by “the other side of the aisle”.  And nothing gets accomplished.

And here we are… Again!

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Let’s clarify something here – BUDGET? TAXES. COMPROMISE. (Go KRS)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 28, 2012

My friend KRS posted a great image on fb…. (I hope you don’t mind I borrowed it.)  Love it!  The people commenting on her wall spurred some thought…

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Change is painful.  You may say the USA has been experiencing change since 2007-2008. Perhaps it’s permanent?  Who knows?

* * * * * * *

Let’s clarify something right here. REVENUE = TAXES.

Replacing the word TAXES with the word REVENUE is a brilliant marketing spin created by the Obama Administration .  It is still TAXES. . We are still paying these TAXES. And the government is still wasting our TAXES.  And we all know there is a tremendous amount of waste in spending our TAXES.

And by trying to increase TAXES (or as people drinking their “Kool Aid” say Revenue) it’s wasting even more TAX money.

The government is broken. Can it be made any simpler? Would you keep pouring water into a cracked bottle?  “… Oh let’s compromise… let’s only pour less water into the cracked bottle…”  The bottle is still leaking and we are still wasting water!

It’s painful but it is time to stop “kicking the can down the road” and not getting anything accomplished.  The government collects plenty of TAXES.  We are spending more than we bring in.

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* * * * * *  *

I love it when the average citizen, drinks the Washington DC Kool Aid, and makes a reference about compromise.

The Obama Administration has been given the positive-media-created-label that they have “reached across the aisle” and “have been willing to compromise”.  This is strictly media spin.   And when you, the average citizen, hears something 10, 20, or 100 times, you start believing it.

This is a common format for President Obama reaching across the aisle:

  • Obama:  The drink for the meeting will be Hot Chocolate.
  • Republican:  We are allergic to chocolate so we disagree.
  • Obama: In that case we shall have Hot Cocoa.
  • Republican:  Hot Cocoa is also chocolate so we disagree with Hot Cocoa.
  • Obama: OK. In that case we shall have Swiss Miss.
  • Republican:  Swiss Miss is also chocolate so we disagree with Swiss Miss.

And then the Political Machine spreads the news that they have “reached across the aisle” and the other side is “unwilling to compromise”.

Get it?

Tea Party Politics Democrats Republicans

* * * * * * *

The Tea Party.  Domestic terrorists? You may hate them. You may say they are too extreme. I personally do not agree with them, but I respect their willingness to be the bad guys to achieve the common good.

Look closer at what they did. They were the only “group” willing to take a stand for change.

When The Tea Party wouldn’t blindly raise the debt ceiling and insisted on budget cuts, they were doing the right thing.  Everyone hated them. The media made them out to be villains. But they were the only ones not allowing Washington to “kick the can down the road” and continue on our path to bankruptcy.  Think about it.

Change is painful. Often there needs to be a “bad guy” to get things done.

* * * * * *
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I have to go now.  We are contesting our PROPERTY REVENUE, and I need to complete the paperwork…

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Is this True? US Government invests $737 Million in Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law’s company?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 2, 2011

Is this true?

Is Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law in the second in command at Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve?

I love listening to Bob. He’s definitely one-sided but, love him or hate him, you need to at least make a note what he is saying…  (Links below)

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Obama, Netanyahu, Israel borders, USA borders, cartoon

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 26, 2011

Obama, Netanyahu, Israel borders, USA borders, cartoon…..

Interesting ….

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Here’s $5.9 billion to help with the U.S. budget

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2011

These are numbers from 2008, and old, but you will get the point.

Why are  we looking to cut domestic programs to get under the debt ceiling and get closer (he he) to a balanced budget? Why are we so quick to cut domestic programs when we pay out all this foreign aid? Are we the world’s martyrs?

Why not simply cut 10% of the US foreign Aid to each country we support?  Don’t touch their military aid. We don’t want to hurt their sovereignty. Cut the economic aid.  We Americans are tightening our belts, why shouldn’t they share in the tightening?

We simply don’t have the money!

If we cut 10% of our foreign aid (economic aid only), we save $5.9 billion!

Table 1298. U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2008

 

Cutting only Economic Aid.  Leaving Military Aid Untouched.

[In millions of dollars (16,836 represents $16,836,000,000). 2008.

 

2008

 

Region/Country

Total Economic & Military

Economic

Military

Cut Economic Aid by 10%

Savings to U.S. Budget (in $ millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

$                     53,243

$ 5,915.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit indicator

 




 

Afghanistan

8,892

2,880

6,012

$                        2,592

$                     288.00

Albania

46

43

3

$                             39

$                          4.30

Algeria

13

12

1

$                             11

$                          1.20

Angola

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Antigua and Barbuda

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Argentina

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Armenia

221

217

4

$                           195

$                        21.70

Austria

11

11

0

$                             10

$                          1.10

Azerbaijan

37

33

4

$                             30

$                          3.30

Bahamas

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Bahrain

6

1

5

$                               1

$                          0.10

Bangladesh

171

170

1

$                           153

$                        17.00

Barbados

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Belarus

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Belgium

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Belize

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Benin

94

94

0

$                             85

$                          9.40

Bhutan

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Bolivia

128

128

0

$                           115

$                        12.80

Bosnia and Herzegovina

36

32

4

$                             29

$                          3.20

Botswana

211

210

1

$                           189

$                        21.00

Brazil

38

38

0

$                             34

$                          3.80

Bulgaria

26

18

8

$                             16

$                          1.80

Burkina Faso

42

42

0

$                             38

$                          4.20

Burma (Myanmar)

83

83

0

$                             75

$                          8.30

Burundi

46

46

0

$                             41

$                          4.60

Cambodia

76

75

1

$                             68

$                          7.50

Cameroon

20

20

0

$                             18

$                          2.00

Cape Verde

18

18

0

$                             16

$                          1.80

Central African Republic

31

31

0

$                             28

$                          3.10

Chad

127

127

0

$                           114

$                        12.70

Chile

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

China (P.R. Hong Kong)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China (P.R.C.)

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

China (Tibet)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China, Republic of (Taiwan)

21

21

0

$                             19

$                          2.10

Colombia

888

834

54

$                           751

$                        83.40

Comoros

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Congo (Brazzaville)

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Congo (Kinshasa) \2

255

249

6

$                           224

$                        24.90

Costa Rica

9

9

0

$                               8

$                          0.90

Cote d’Ivoire

79

79

0

$                             71

$                          7.90

Croatia

5

5

0

$                               5

$                          0.50

Cuba

32

32

0

$                             29

$                          3.20

Cyprus

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Czech Republic

8

4

4

$                               4

$                          0.40

Djibouti

10

8

2

$                               7

$                          0.80

Dominican Republic

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Ecuador

51

51

0

$                             46

$                          5.10

Egypt

1,492

201

1,291

$                           181

$                        20.10

El Salvador

223

216

7

$                           194

$                        21.60

Equatorial Guinea

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Eritrea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Estonia

11

8

3

$                               7

$                          0.80

Ethiopia

1,008

1,007

1

$                           906

$                     100.70

Fiji

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

France

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Gabon

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Gambia

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Georgia

274

264

10

$                           238

$                        26.40

Germany

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Ghana

230

229

1

$                           206

$                        22.90

Greece

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Grenada

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Guatemala

111

111

0

$                           100

$                        11.10

Guinea

26

26

0

$                             23

$                          2.60

Guinea-Bissau

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Guyana

29

29

0

$                             26

$                          2.90

Haiti

310

309

1

$                           278

$                        30.90

Honduras

74

72

2

$                             65

$                          7.20

Hungary

30

28

2

$                             25

$                          2.80

India

147

146

1

$                           131

$                        14.60

Indonesia

208

194

14

$                           175

$                        19.40

Iran

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Iraq

7,452

3,083

4,369

$                        2,775

$                     308.30

Ireland

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Israel

2,425

44

2,381

$                             40

$                          4.40

Jamaica

22

21

1

$                             19

$                          2.10

Japan

4

4

0

$                               4

$                          0.40

Jordan

833

532

301

$                           479

$                        53.20

Kazakhstan

111

109

2

$                             98

$                        10.90

Kenya

719

718

1

$                           646

$                        71.80

Kiribati

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Korea Republic

6

6

0

$                               5

$                          0.60

Korea, Democratic Republic

188

188

0

$                           169

$                        18.80

Kosovo

207

207

0

$                           186

$                        20.70

Kuwait

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Kyrgyzstan

76

74

2

$                             67

$                          7.40

Laos

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Latvia

9

6

3

$                               5

$                          0.60

Lebanon

195

187

8

$                           168

$                        18.70

Lesotho

362

362

0

$                           326

$                        36.20

Liberia

221

133

88

$                           120

$                        13.30

Libya

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Lithuania

5

2

3

$                               2

$                          0.20

Macedonia

31

28

3

$                             25

$                          2.80

Madagascar

119

119

0

$                           107

$                        11.90

Malawi

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

Malaysia

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Maldives

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mali

142

142

0

$                           128

$                        14.20

Malta

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Marshall Islands

47

47

0

$                             42

$                          4.70

Mauritania

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Mauritius

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mexico

95

95

0

$                             86

$                          9.50

Micronesia (Federated States)

80

80

0

$                             72

$                          8.00

Moldova

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Mongolia

326

324

2

$                           292

$                        32.40

Montenegro

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Morocco

696

691

5

$                           622

$                        69.10

Mozambique

799

799

0

$                           719

$                        79.90

Namibia

129

129

0

$                           116

$                        12.90

Nepal

106

105

1

$                             95

$                        10.50

Netherlands

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Nicaragua

145

143

2

$                           129

$                        14.30

Niger

49

49

0

$                             44

$                          4.90

Nigeria

485

483

2

$                           435

$                        48.30

Oman

23

17

6

$                             15

$                          1.70

Pakistan

963

605

358

$                           545

$                        60.50

Palau

27

27

0

$                             24

$                          2.70

Panama

17

16

1

$                             14

$                          1.60

Papua New Guinea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Paraguay

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Peru

159

159

0

$                           143

$                        15.90

Philippines

161

132

29

$                           119

$                        13.20

Poland

31

2

29

$                               2

$                          0.20

Portugal

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Qatar

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Romania

26

13

13

$                             12

$                          1.30

Russia

1,261

1,261

0

$                        1,135

$                     126.10

Rwanda

172

172

0

$                           155

$                        17.20

Samoa

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Sao Tome and Principe

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Senegal

78

77

1

$                             69

$                          7.70

Serbia

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Serbia and Montenegro \3

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Seychelles

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sierra Leone

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Singapore

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Slovak Republic

7

5

2

$                               5

$                          0.50

Slovenia

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Somalia

351

303

48

$                           273

$                        30.30

South Africa

568

567

1

$                           510

$                        56.70

Spain

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sri Lanka

69

68

1

$                             61

$                          6.80

St. Kitts and Nevis

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

St. Lucia

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sudan

1,196

997

199

$                           897

$                        99.70

Suriname

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Swaziland

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Syria

36

36

0

$                             32

$                          3.60

Tajikistan

70

69

1

$                             62

$                          6.90

Tanzania

1,061

1,061

0

$                           955

$                     106.10

Thailand

55

53

2

$                             48

$                          5.30

Timor-Leste

35

35

0

$                             32

$                          3.50

Togo

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Tonga

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Trinidad and Tobago

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Tunisia

11

1

10

$                               1

$                          0.10

Turkey

22

12

10

$                             11

$                          1.20

Turkmenistan

22

22

0

$                             20

$                          2.20

Uganda

456

455

1

$                           410

$                        45.50

Ukraine

111

103

8

$                             93

$                        10.30

United Arab Emirates

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

United Kingdom

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Uruguay

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Uzbekistan

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Vanuatu

13

13

0

$                             12

$                          1.30

Venezuela

19

19

0

$                             17

$                          1.90

Vietnam

87

87

0

$                             78

$                          8.70

West Bank/Gaza \4

575

575

0

$                           518

$                        57.50

Yemen

37

32

5

$                             29

$                          3.20

Zambia

262

262

0

$                           236

$                        26.20

Zimbabwe

234

234

0

$                           211

$                        23.40

Other

49,057

33,611

15,446

$                     30,250

$                  3,361.10

source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/foreign_commerce_aid/foreign_aid.html

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Sports is an escape – vs – Obama’s invasiveness

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 21, 2010

Right now the world is pretty tough.  Wars. High unemployment.  Bad economy.  Major government and political decisions (like health care reform) being made behind closed doors which is creating a feeling of helplessness in the US.  Promises being broken to the citizens of the US (such as transparency).

How do we escape this madness for a few minutes?

Some of us watch sports.

Turn off CNN. Turn off MSNBC. Turn off Fox News.

Turn on ESPN. Watch a game. Watch SportsCenter.

The problem is Obama and politics are  now invading that “arena”.

It’s not the orientation. I agree with him on some topics. I disagree with him on other topics.  I resent when he has to stick his nose into sports. He has done it many times. A couple of examples… He inserted himself into a broadcast of a Jets game in September.  He fills out an NCAA Hoops bracket. Millions of people do it. Who cares?

Please cut it out.   Please,  please give us somewhere, a safe-haven, to have a little peace and not think about politics and the economy. Sports was it.

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Health Care – Transparency — The SAT Word of the Day

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 7, 2010

I’m glad I am not taking the SAT’s in the near future because I would have a problem with the definitions of certain words.

<from nypost.com>

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that the health care overhaul would take place in a public forum, most notably on C-SPAN …

In a video montage posted on Breitbart.tv, Obama is seen promising voters — on eight different occasions — that the health care debate would be transparent.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that the health care overhaul would take place in a public forum, most notably on C-SPAN, …..

In a video montage posted on Breitbart.tv, Obama is seen promising voters — on eight different occasions — that the health care debate would be transparent…

According to thefreedictionary.com…
Transparent –
adj. — frank, open, direct, straight, straightforward, candid, forthright, unequivocal, unambiguous, plain-spoken striving to establish a transparent parliamentary democracy frank
Ant — mysterious, vague, unclear, ambiguous, deceptive, disingenuous

Unless there is a new definition of transparent / transparency, there is no transparency taking place during the health care reform process.

Now The House and The Senate are getting together behind closed doors trying to push through health care reform. C-Span has requested to broadcast the meetings. It appears the administration is denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the meetings.

Why the lack of transparency? They already seem to have the votes, so what is the problem?

Hopefully whatever is passed will help the country. Seriously, what is the problem letting us see these meetings? It was promised to us during the campaign on many occasions.

You are making it into a bigger issue (than it is) by denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the proceedings.

Transparency Health Care Reform Obama C-Span

Click to see campaign promises of Transparency

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Happy New Year – 2010 – The last decade in 7 minutes

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 31, 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Take a look at this video summary of the last decade in 7 minutes.  A lot has happened in those years… It has been a tough 10 years but a lot of good things also happened. Happy New Year to everyone.

Happy New Year - The Decade in Review in 7 minutes

Click here -- The Decade in Review in 7 minutes

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The Health Care Reform “Two-Step”

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 7, 2009

We all know Health Care Reform is a major issue in the United States. The Obama Administration is making it a top priority.

Why can’t we simply try this?

  1. Tort reform – If we get rid of the frivolous lawsuits, everyone wins. Insurers.  Doctors. Consumers.
  2. Let health insurers cross states – this will immediately create competition without the government expanding and, in reality, creating unfair competition.  How will a private insurer compete with the government?  … And  the competition will drive rates down!

Easy. Let’s try it.  And it can probably be easily implemented within a reasonable amount of time.

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