Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013: The Worst of the Rant

As Stephen Sondheim once wrote: "Could it be? Yes it could". It was a line from a song from West Side Story called, "Something's Coming". In this particular case something's ending. I refer to the year 2013. From beginning to the end it sucked. I've never been superstitious but I'm starting to wonder about the number thirteen. Anyway, it's time once again, boys and girls, for us to skip merrily down memory lane for our annual look at the Worst of The Rant. Wasn't that a time?
January 9:

It's ironic but true enough: had Nixon come around today, his party wouldn't nominate him for any office - let alone the presidency. That is how far down the ideological sewer it has descended. Strange days indeed.

January 15

 Republican - and too many Democratic - congressmen have their lines perfectly scripted. They have all of the NRA talking points down pat. It's not the guns that are the problem, they would have us believe, it's all those nasty movies from Hollywood; it's all those dreadful video games - THAT'S THE REAL PROBLEM! But these films are shown in Europe. Those video games are played in Canada. Mass murders of little children don't happen in those countries. This is an American problem, folks. Wake up and smell the gun powder.  

January 21

[A]s the weeks leading up to his inauguration wore on, my excitement slowly dissipated. By Inauguration Day 2009 it was gone. That's when it hit me: "What's President Obama going to be doing for the next eight years?" I asked out loud, "The same thing that black people in this country have been doing for the last four centuries: Cleaning up the mess left behind by lazy and ignorant white people! WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL???

January 25

I am now more convinced than ever that the "Grand Old Party" will be extinct in ten years' time. Recently John Boehner told an audience of "moderate" Republicans (They still exist???) that the president was attempting to shove their party into "history's dust bin". That's an unfair accusation. Their mortal wound is self-inflicted. Unfortunately there is still time for them to do some serious damage to this country.

February 7

I don't envy Karl Rove and Eric Cantor. They're both walking on cracked eggshells these days and it's quite an amusing thing to watch. They have the tricky task of trying to make their extreme agenda appear more palatable to voters with IQ's above room temperature. That's the only course they have. They don't dare attempt to reposition their party even half-an-inch toward the center. Such a move would surely cause a massive freakout among the crazies, risking a third party uprising and dooming the Republican party in the process. Rove has been described by some as a "political genius". Hats off to him if he can slither his way out of this one

February 14

Barack Obama is on the right track, but he and his supporters need to make certain "adjustments" in their collective thinking. A few nights ago on his MSNBC program, Ed Schultz asked his viewers if they approved of this administration's policy of killing American citizens abroad whom they "suspect" of terrorist activities - without the constitutionally mandated due process. Astonishingly, a full seventy-eight percent of the participants in the poll responded that they were perfectly content with the policy. Ed was visibly shocked by the results. So was I. And remember, the bulk of Ed's audience are "liberals".

February 20

There are also a few economic advantages that come with mass murder. I imagine that there will be a few funeral homes and crematoriums that will do quite nicely. If your profession involves the sale of cemetery plots there are a few extra bucks in it for you as well. And the gun industry? Forget about it! As the mass paranoia multiplies, more-and-more people will be purchasing guns out of sheer terror. Expect the rate of deaths by firearms to skyrocket in the next decade. The gun industry will be making a killing - pun intended indeed.

March 4

There is now a sick form of revisionism that is trying to get us to swallow the nonsensical notion that [Franklin Roosevelt] destroyed America, that he made the Depression worse; that he was a dictator; that he was a racist; that he let the attack on Pearl Harbor happen....all of it bunk. The propagandists really need to keep to the facts. As I said - and I cannot emphasize this enough - Franklin Roosevelt saved this country. Deal with it.

March 22

In the meantime (very mean indeed) we really have to come face-to-face with the prospect of living in a nation in ruins. We need to understand that there are just too many people in this doomed country - too violent, too stupid, and too stone-cold crazy - to ever see the light of day. This is not a situation that can be cured overnight by some magical, sociological panacea. This is a condition that will take a century or more to remedy - if it is ever remedied at all. We might as well deal with it as best we can. We The People are diseased. Congress is an organized criminal enterprise. The media is beyond dysfunctional. The chickens are coming home to roost - and they're armed and dangerous.

March 26

There are a few things I'd like to see happen but I'm afraid that I've become too much of a cynic to think that we'll ever have meaningful change. Whenever the thought crosses my mind that there might be a brighter day down the road - not just for the United States but for everyone on the planet - I dismiss it as naive self-deception. Maybe it will happen; I hope so, but I'm convinced that not much will change in my lifetime. Degan men tend not to live too far into their sixties. I'm fifty-four. C'est la vie.
April 9

This is getting to be an awkward time for me, at least as far as memories are concerned. The teenaged icons of my early  childhood - not terribly far removed from me in terms of age - are beginning to fade into eternity. When I was a little boy they seemed eternally youthful and indestructible. They weren't, of course. They were (and are) as vulnerable as any of us in their grip on that brittle thread that binds us to this earth. Time keeps flowing like a river into the sea....Has anybody here seen my old friend Lennon?

April 18

What happened on the floor of the United States Senate on Wednesday made me murderously angry. In fact it put me into a blind rage from which I have yet to recover. Give me a day or two and a couple bottles of vodka and V8 juice - that'll do the trick! But it did not surprise me - far from it. I've come to expect nothing less (or nothing more) from these hideous bastards and bitches. The most insanely watered-down version of gun control legislation - mandatory background checks - was defeated by a minority of US senators yesterday - four of them Democrats. This was something that ninety percent of the American people wanted desperately. As Chris Matthews recently observed, it's next-to-impossible to get ninety percent of this insanely complicated populous to agree on anything.  This begs the musical question: Who the hell are these people representing?

April 25

The catastrophic explosion this week in West Texas that killed sixty-or-more people was pretty predictable, too. The more we allow corporate America to rape and denigrate the American infrastructure, the more we can expect this sort of thing to happen in the future. It's sort of like with guns: Less regulation means more deaths. Again, this is not terribly difficult to figure out; in fact it's kind of a no-brainer.

April 30

I live less than forty miles from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. I visit  there as often as I can because I really love the place. I always feel a little better about this doomed country whenever I leave there. It is truly a fitting memorial to a great American leader, arguably the greatest in history. I might be persuaded to visit the Bush Library someday - if only out of morbid curiosity you understand. I imagine any place that is designed for no other purpose than to put a sugar coating on the sick and twisted legacy of George W. Bush ought to be just oodles of fun to visit! I liken it to putting a smiley face on the carcass a decomposing pig. "Whoa! Lookie thar, Martha, ain't that purdy!"....One does not envy the people in charge of developing the exhibits for the Dubya Library. Whoever the poor bastards are I hope they're paid quite handsomely for their efforts. It takes real talent to turn a mountain of chickenshit into a tasty plate of chicken salad.

May 7

She [Sarah Palin] criticized President Obama for using the grieving families of the Newtown victims as "backdrops" in order to appeal to our emotions. I guess it never occurred to this brain-damaged bitch that these poor people are willing participants in these media events, that they might want to prevent the unspeakable tragedy that imploded their lives in December from being visited upon other mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. 

May 14

Ted Cruz is against any legislation that would prevent the next massacre of innocent children? That's fine. I wouldn't expect a reactionary putz like Ted to do the right thing in the wake of such unspeakable carnage. What could you possibly hope for from someone who recently stated that he wants all of America to be more like his beloved Texas - a state that (with the merciful exception of Mississippi) every survey shows to be the worst place in this dying nation in which to live. Gosh, these surely are weird and wonderful times to be alive, aren't they? 

May 20

Show me a person who is seriously alarmed by these conjured-up "scandals" and I'll show you someone who isn't paying attention - or who is watching way-too-much Fox Noise. That's not to imply that there isn't policy to be reassessed or personnel to discipline, but let's put things in their proper perspective, okay? To refer to this administration (as many Republicans are curiously doing) as "Nixonian" is bit over the top, don'cha think? Comparing Barack Obama to Dick Nixon makes about as much sense as comparing the sniffles to an advanced case of terminal brain cancer. Let's get a grip here.

May 28

There have been nearly three-thousand gun-related deaths in this diseased land of ours since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14 of last year. Three of them occurred one night a couple of weeks ago less than twenty-five miles from where I sit - when an unknown gunman entered a house in Newburgh, NY and shot and killed a woman and two men. Although a relatively small city, Newburgh's homicide rate is ridiculously high. That holds true for the rest of the country. As long as the victims are proportionately poor and non-white nothing is going to change. Our "representatives" will see to that. Maybe when a few of their children are sacrificed on the alter of greed and stupidity it'll wake them up. Maybe.

May 31

 Washington will be a bit less weird when [Michelle Bachmann] heads off into the sunset in January of 2015, which is a good thing - for your purposes - not for mine. Michele is the gift that keeps giving. She won't be going away from the national stage, you can count on that. But one can't blame her for wanting to leave DC. As the District of You-Know-Where gets nuttier by the hour it's difficult for a real media whore to stand out. As bat-shit-crazy as this Congresswoman undeniably is, she's got some serious competition. Insanity junkies are a dime a dozen in Washington these days. The time has come for our gal to strike out on her own. Service to the people doesn't mean a goddamned thing to the likes of Michele Bachmann.

June 8

Sarah Palin sabotaged John McCain's decades-long quest to be commander-and-chief - for no other reason than to put her "brand" on the market. She did it by "Going Rogue" the title of her 2009 book. She realized that there was a fortune that could be made outside of the Governor's Mansion - which she cheerfully vacated in the summer of that year. She became a highly-paid commentator on Fox Noise and joined the ranks of Honey Boo Boo as a star of reality TV. Fox finally dumped her last year. The revelations in Game Change had rendered her too embarrassing even for them I suppose. 

June 19

PREDICTION: Unless those voter ID laws are successfully implemented between now and then, a Democratic administration will succeed another Democratic administration on Inauguration Day 2017. Do you know when the last time that happened? When Franklin Pierce handed over the reigns of power to stuffy old James Buchanan on March 4, 1857. It hasn't happened since - check the history books. And it might very well be that the first black president bequeaths the office to the first woman president. The juiciest irony of all is that most of the Democrats of 1857 were ingrained racists and (it goes without saying) sexist. Had they known of this possibility they would have disbanded the party then and there. Life is funny that way, you know?

June 26

The forces of reaction and and suppression have been in a full-tilt FREAK OUT ever since the American people elected the first African American to the White House five years ago. That was something that was never supposed to happen. They had no other choice but to declare a full-scale, state of emergency. Within a matter of months the Republicans were whining about "voter fraud" - an epidemic that was non-existent. Their scheme was to make it as difficult as humanly possible for the traditional Democratic constituency to cast their precious ballots by forcing them to purchase ID cards. That is what is known as a "poll tax". 

July 3

You've got to hand it to the Republicans. They've got nearly a century-and-a-half of some heavy duty scandals behind them. From Iran/Contra to Watergate to Teapot Dome; jaw-dropping debacles going all the way back to the administration of Ulysses S Grant. That's not to mention the reign of the village idiot from Crawford, Texas, whose entire eight-year-run was one rolling scandal. About the best they could ever pin on the Democrats was the spectacle of the Bill Clinton years - and that was only after years of trying in vain to pin something on the guy. They had to trick him into lying under oath about a fling with a half-witted intern - something that was totally unrelated to what he was testifying about at the time. I think it's interesting that of all these presidents mired in corruption and shame, Clinton is the only one of the lot who had impeachment proceedings brought against him. The history of this nation is just drenched in dandy little ironies like that one.

July 8

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did indeed have a perfectly radical idea. It was their belief that the whole purpose of representation in Washington was not merely to declare war and pass bad laws. They wanted a government that was in partnership with the people. As a result of their vision, they changed the sociological face of the United States forever. Today the right wing wants us to swallow the notion that "government is the problem" and that it should be done away with. We should be seeking the perfection of government - not its abolition.

July 20

First and foremost: Fuck Florida. There ought to be a nationwide tourism boycott of what must be the most overrated peninsula on this planet. You want to take your kids to a nice spot for a vacation? Try a mountain lake resort or a national park. To hell with Disney World. 

July 27

With the creation of the Prison Industrial Complex, you will now see a new breed of lobbyists befouling the halls of congress. They will go there to bribe our "lawmakers" into passing more-and-more punitive laws in order to ensure that those prisons will be doing VERY BIG BUSINESS. We already have the highest percentage of citizens incarcerated than any other country in the world (Land of the free my ass). Expect a prison population explosion in the next decade. This is going to get interesting.

August 3

A question to ponder for the ages: It a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound if Mitch McConnell is there to deny that a sound was made? I wonder.... 
August 17
One of the reasons - and it's the main reason - that America is in decline is because we long ago lost our thirst for knowledge. The people that run this place do not want the masses educated. They want them indoctrinated. In too many American schools, children are not being taught to think. They're being taught to memorize and recite. And if the half-witted right wing has its way, in ten years every public school in this country will be offered up to the highest corporate bidder. Keep voting with the Conservatives. You'll deserve everything that happens to you.

August 26

My problem is that this site is an outlet for my anger. Anger isn't as good a motivation as sorrow. The problem is that I'm more angry than sorrowful. In fact I'm in a blind freakin' rage. Also I don't claim to be what I'm not. I've never said that I have a hot line to the Almighty. He has never spoken to me (as He seems to "speak" to so many Republicans these days - Have you noticed that?) I'm not a perfect Christian but I will tell you this: If Mitch McConnell showed up at my doorstep one cold and stormy night - hungry and homeless - I would take him in, feed him and give him a warm bed to sleep on. Were the rolls reversed I don't think old Mitch would reciprocate. In fact I'm certain the old bugger would have me arrested - or shot

August 29

Fifty years ago yesterday, Jim Crow died and went to hell. This year, right around the fiftieth anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers, the United States Supreme Court raised the old bastard from the dead. Let's put the forces of oppression on notice: There is no way in hell we're going to turn back the clock. They can try to stop the tide from coming in. They can try to stop the moon from rising in the eastern sky at twilight. As a matter of fact, they just might have an easier time of it.

September 8

 Note to the rest of the world: Planning on a sweet and cozy vacation for the spouse and kiddies? Here's some sound advice you'd be smart to heed: Stay out of the this place. We here in the good ol' USA want you dead. And if we catch you in the wrong place at the wrong time you're a goner, Buster. Of course the odds are much better than fifty/fifty that you'll get out of here alive but why on earth would you want to take such a chance - particularly when your loved ones are involved? Go out and hug a tree during a thunderstorm. It's much safer than visiting the United States of America. Think I'm kidding? Don't mess with us. Stay away from here if you know what's good for you. I'm not kidding.

September 14

It is now obvious that the Canadian-born [Ted] Cruz wants to take his weird act nationwide. He's planning on throwing his tinfoil-hat into the ring. It will probably be at least another two years before it's official, but Teddy Boy is planning on becoming president on January 20, 2017. Oh, thank you, fate.

September 21

You can expect at least one more mass killing before the year is out. And as more and more people are increasingly able to gain access do these dangerous, rapid-fire, people-killing machines, the carnage will only multiply. Until we wake the hell up, this is the way it's gonna be from now on, kids. Get used to it. Deal with it. Why get all bent-out-of-shape over the inevitable? I'm not. I long ago adjusted to living in a nation in ruins. You ought to, too. Don't worry. Be happy.

October 1

The one beautiful thing about this entire mess is that - for all the damage that's being done to the United States - it surely is an amusing spectacle to behold. I'm sure that watching Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned all around him must have been a funny thing to witness as well. You can say anything you want about the times in  which we live, but you can't say that they're boring. Anything but. In fact I cannot recall an era more entertaining - in terms of pure ideological insanity -  than this one. The ancient Chinese used to say, "May you live in interesting times". It was a blessing and a curse.

October 8

If I had been walking this earth one-hundred years ago, I might very well have been a registered Republican. Back in those bygone days they had a Progressive wing that was decades ahead of its time. Kiss those days goodbye forever. The party of Teddy Roosevelt has morphed into the party of Uncle Fester. That's okay. Soon they'll be gone forever. While the Democrats are useless and impotent, there is still a molecule of hope for them. The Republicans, on the other hand, are beyond redemption. The very fact that a bloviating dingbat like Ted Cruz is today one of their most recognizable spokesmen is all the proof you need that this is a party that has lost its mind. All of Boehner's horses and all of Boehner's men will not be able to put that party together again. Farewell, and good riddance.

October 14

How ironic that a political party founded on the principal that the black man should be liberated from bondage would commit suicide over the first African American being elected president.

October 22

"Obamacare" (The right wing doesn't dare call it by its real name: "Affordable Care") is now the law of the land - passed in both houses of Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court. It's certainly not perfect, but as this country moves further to the left in the years to come (it's already happening - deal with it) it can be improved upon and it will be. Bringing it into existence, making it a reality, are merely baby-steps on the path to the bill's ultimate improvement (I can't bring myself to use the word "perfection". It's becoming clearer to me each day that perfection is an illusion).

November 8

Unless the Democrats really screw up this golden political moment (as they're not unknown to do) they have nothing to fear from the good fortune of Chris Christie. 2016 will be the the equivalent of shooting a school of brain-damaged fish in a leaky barrel. Their luck is hard to believe. For a right-winger, Chris is as decent as one could ever hope for. That is why he doesn't stand a chance in the Republican primaries. If he is the Dem's "worst nightmare", they should be quite grateful. With nightmares like that, who needs daydreams?

November 14

When I was a kid (in my household at least) whenever a major story broke, you went to CBS News no questions asked. Back in the day, that organization was known as "the diamond of  the Tiffany Network". Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end; but end they certainly did. That rumbling that you can hear in the faint distance is the sound of Edward R. Murrow, Eric Sevareid and Walter Cronkite doing somersaults in their graves.
November 22

Something wonderful ended on November 22nd 1963, not only Jack Kennedy's life, but our sweet optimism. My generation still has faded memories of that America, but we were so young that it seems to us now as a ghost-like dream, a mental daguerreotype. By the time we came of age a decade or so later, this place was damaged - cynical and jaded. Maybe one day the United States will recover from what happened on November 22nd 1963, but I suppose it won't be until the last survivor with a conscious memory of those four dark days passes from the scene.

December 1
Conservative Catholics should be grateful. All Catholics should be grateful. This pope - and a whole lot of pesky nuns riding around on buses - are the ones who will save Catholicism. The last twenty years have been the darkest ones in centuries for the Church of Rome (I'll spare you the details - you know what I'm talking about). Francis is resuscitating it. Who was the last pope to take his vow of poverty as seriously as this one? I like this dude! 

December 14
The NRA types love to jabber away - like diseased little myna birds - about "freedom". We need to came face-to-face with some extremely unpleasant realities: A people who live in a chronic state of mortal terror - wondering when and where the next massacre of innocent little boys and girls will take place may indeed be many things - no argument there! "Free" they are not. Let's just stop kidding ourselves here and now, okay? 

December 25

This planet is such a dark and unhappy place. At times it can seem unbearable. There is not one of us who couldn't stand a little more love. Not one of us is incapable of giving a little more as well. Rather than cursing the darkness - and each other - let us, instead, light some candles tonight.


So that's it for 2013, my friends. Good riddance. Goodbye.

Happy New Year....(Please, God).

Tom Degan 
Goshen, NY


I never use a photograph more than once, but the one at the top of this diatribe of mine got such a nice response when I used it back in August, I figured I'd have another go at it.



At 9:58 AM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Hey Tom,

I don't know about you and Dave Dubya, but I am not getting a tingle up my leg anymore when Obama gives a speech.

The tingles stopped when Gloria and I found out our premiums and deductibles went up in price under ObamaCare.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I will vote for assault weapons ban because maintaining law and order and saving lives is more important than preventing imagined tyranny.”
Harry Reid

4.1 million as of November – have been out of work for more than 26 weeks.

A new poll has found that the number of Americans who think President Barack Obama is “one of the worst presidents” in history has increased by 5 percent over the past year. A record high of 28 percent, believe he’ll go down as one of the worst. In a similar survey taken last December, 23 percent of respondents felt that way.

"I’m sure you’ve heard by now that a 27-year-old white male who punched out a black 79-year-old man while videotaping it has been brought up on Federal Hate Crimes charges by the Eric Holder Justice Department.

The two thugs who beat a World War II vet to death in Spokane earlier this year were not.

And they never will be.

Because they were black and their victim was white.

Justice in America in the Age of Obama is not blind.

It is most assuredly not color blind."

Obama's top 11 failures

1.Spying on Americans
2.Second Amendment
3.Dividing the Nation
4.The Economy
6.Building Consensus
8.The Middle East
9.Al Qaeda
10.Relations with China and Russia
11.US Retaliation Against Syria's Assad

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

And the usual Fox news inspired WHINERS chime in, apparantly having not even read the blog.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Harry said...

Al Gore predicted to a German audience in December 2008 that the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice free in five years.

Al said “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”

Last I heard there is still ice at the North pole and it has grown 50 percent since 2012.

Maybe its time for Al the junk scientist to dust off his 'global cooling' propaganda books!

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

Hey Harry, what you "heard" is wrong. Have you ever read an article about climate science? If not here is a decent one for starters.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Harry, the polar ice cap has not "grown" except maybe in winter.It shrinks again in summer. The Russians are trying to claim the north pole and surrounding ares because NOW they can get to places there might be oil. Just because it still gets cold does not mean the mean temp of the Earth is not rising. Stop letting Fox news do your thinking for you.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Read all of you rants. Pretty much agree with everything. I think you're a bit to optimistic about the Republican party's impending demise. Lots of stupid people in this country and the GOP is an unholy conspiracy between the greedy and the stupid.
The one good thing this year was the realization of Obamacare. I got a really good policy for $80 a month. Was paying $388 for a policy that covered nothing.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Al Gore never said that the polar ice cap would disappear in five years - and it has not grown by fifty percent since 2012. As Pat Moynahan once said, you're entitled to your own opinion but not your own "facts", Harry.

Robin, I believe that the GOP will survive in the senate and the house for some time to come - but as a national party it's over for them. They will never win the White House again.


At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

During a discussion about the media’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act rollout, a Media Buzz panel noted that the media focus was beginning to shift toward positive news stories of uninsured receiving health coverage, and that stories of lost coverage will soon be forgotten.

Right on cue we have Robin's post.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Mozart zero said...

Policy's and idea's so good they are

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Policies so bad they brought us the Great Bush Recession, a war based on lies, and exploding debt. Mandatory deaths for thousands of innocents. Mandatory job losses. Mandatory decline of the middle class.

Obamacare and trade agreements with con-servative Heritage Foundation and corporate roots.

A concept alien to trolls feeble understanding and Bubble Cult indoctrination.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add this to your worst of 2013

"Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) joined MSNBC host Richard Lui on Monday to discuss the number of Affordable Care Act beneficiaries released by the Department of Health and Human Services over the weekend. She offered a novel suggestion for why enrollment figures fell short of projections: the GOP successfully convinced the public that the law was repealed.

While 1.1 million have enrolled, 3 million enrollees were expected at this point and 7 million are needed by March 31, 2014, in order to ensure the program is financially viable. Norton posited that the enrollment figure is lower than expected for a number of reasons, including the fact that millions believe the Republican Party succeeded in repealing the law. [...]

“What we have been battling now is, first, every time the House couldn’t think of anything else to do, it had a big debate on repealing Obamacare,” Norton continued. “So, there are millions of people out there who think it was repealed.”

If the GOP goes away like Tom desires and predicts, it will be due to idiots believing lies like this one from by Eleanor Holmes Norton and
"If you like your Dr. you can keep them. Period."

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

I just can't believe George Bush is now polling higher than Obama!

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I can't believe liberals are telling the same lies.

Michael, the key to the future of the liberal agenda is giving illegals the vote ASAP. Without that vote their agenda will be destroyed or set back in 2014 and 2016, regardless what Tom wants or thinks.
The immigration laws we have now are not being obeyed, not for the humanitarian reasons that liberals would lead you to believe, but for the vote of the illegal aliens(for the sensitive call them undocumented workers) . Democrat's and their liberal base know unless they can create a new voting block they can not win on their track record of the past five years.

My prediction's are:

A complete whitewash of the facts surrounding the events of Benghazi attack and the resulting murder of 4 American citizens. Helps Hillary.

Continued use of the IRS to subvert the conservative or even moderate vote in 2014 and beyond. Any report or claim will be mocked.

As in the the most recent election, future unemployment numbers will be perverted.
Helps the 2014 elections.

Positive reports surrounding the ACA will continue in awe inspiring numbers. They will be false. Helps the 2014 elections.

Of course this does not exclude the use of the race and sexual preference cards, the question is how effective will their use be.

At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Confused Progressive said...

I agree with Tom,

Al Gore never said in 2008 that the Polar Ice Cap on the North Pole would disappear in 5 years, just like Obama never said the average AmeriKan family would save up to $2500 with ObamaCare.

But it is an Inconvenient Truth that youtube videos of Al's 2008 speech in Germany about polar ice caps have been removed.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Chuckie’s memory is failing again.

their track record of the past five years.

The GOP gave Democrats the Great Bush Recession five years ago, didn’t they? The Dow was in three digits and unemployment was skyrocketing. Thanks to Obama for the stimulus to ease the GOP’s damage.

Chuckie whines “Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!” and offers zero facts. Big surprise. Tell us what happened there Chuckie. LOL!

What exactly did Gore say, Chuckie? You won’t answer of course. You can’t honestly answer any questions.

Chuckie lied, “Al said “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.”

What’s the rest of the sentence, Chuckie? Cult got your tongue?

Chuckie lies again. He “forgot” a couple key words like “may” and “could”. He forgets a lot of things.

"The entire north polar ice cap may be completely gone in five years"

“Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,”

Chuckie "forgot" liberal groups were also audited by the IRs. In fact, no conservative group lost its tax exempt status. Just liberals. Chuckie is such an idiot and liar.

Chuckie is one loyal servant of the Great Deceiver. He’s a servant of mammon, if there ever was one.

Hope you like it hot, Chuckie.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


I just read Davey Dubya's moronic post in which he claims I said a word about global warming. This reminded me that if Dave wasn't so filled with hate for me personally (good liberal that he is, open to diversity in life styles, and ideas, NOT) he would have read what I said. He would have seen that in following the theme of Tom's post I out lining the future actions of the liberal base of the DNC in 2014, as Tom shared his view of the worst of 2013. Note for the record I didn't mention his name in my post. I think Davey has a man crush on me.

Anyway, what Davey reminded me was that in 2014, Bush will still be the reason used most often by liberals to excuse their failed policy's. Great example of the total lack of original idea liberals are cursed with. I guess he is over looking your post of 5:04 p.m. Don't take it personal, he "overlooks" anything that might cause him to question his position.
Instead he rolled out his same little minded response that he has used against anyone who dares to point out his hero's and his party's object failures and lies. Now he will claim he doesn't support Obama, even thought he stupidly voted for him twice, cause Obama is a really a closet capitalist, conservative
corporatist IE Fascist. You read it here first Mr. Stivic.

It wouldn't surprise me that in his liberal minded blind rage to find he thinks you, Confused Progressive and I are the same person. Thank goodness he doesn't think I'm Mozart 1220! (BTW Mozart, have you and your wife signed up for the Obamacare insurance program that best fits your needs like you said you were going to do in the Fall? Or was that just a "mistruth"?)

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

It wouldn't surprise me that in his liberal minded blind rage to find he thinks you, Confused Progressive and I are the same person.

We already know your game, Confused Chuckie Stivic. Your dialogue with yourself is plain to see.

Your hateful projection of "moronic" is funny, in that YOU are so paranoid and out of touch from reality that you actually believe liberals are commies out to destroy America. All you have is the fear, hate and lies of your Bubble Cult.

And the only way to make your wild and crazy hate spew is to play your multiple ID game of lies.

Why can't you answer questions and respond to the facts I gave? What happened in Benghazi? If it's so important to you, why don't you enlighten us?


That's OK, we already know.

As a false Christian, tell us, what did Jesus say about paying taxes? How about the rich getting into heaven? What did he say about hypocrites and serving mammon, Confused Chuckie Stivic?

As you are such a devoted loyal servant of lies and mammon I hope you like it hot.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


Just figured this out. Davey thinks that it's the duty of govt to tax the rich so they can go to heaven.

Does that mean the 47% of Americans who owe no taxes to the govt and in fact get money from the govt are going to Hell? A larger question for another time would be where does the govt get the dollars in the first place to give to the going to Hell non rich?

Does it make you wonder if Kerry, Rangel and THE very Rev's Sharpton and Jackson are going to heaven with their history's of not paying the taxes Jesus and Davey says the rich must pay or go to hell. Nah, they're liberals, they get a get out of Hell card automatically. Go ask Davey, after his psychotropic medications kick in, when he's "ten feet tall".

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Just figured this out. Davey thinks...

LOL! And there he goes again. That's some real good figgerin' there. Same figgerin' that says liberals are commies out to destroy America.

What else ya been figggerin' out, Chuckie?

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Michael Stivic said...

Dave Dubya,

I have been staying away from Tom's blog mostly because too many of your posts are filled with rage and anger. I too voted for Obama and also feel very angry that Obama has turned out to be nothing but a smooth talking salesman who has failed as a leader. Even Rev Al Sharptoon admits Obama has blueberry all over his face about his ObamaCare lies of saying you will be able to keep your plan and doctor.

I just want to say Dave I am not feeling the love here with your foaming at the mouth rants.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Let the record show you said it not me.
"Same figgerin' that says liberals are commies out to destroy America."
Same ole Davey, any criticism of liberalism brings out his you're saying I'm a commie" defense. Guess he's still trying to get his head around the position he has taken that those who don't pay taxes are going to hell.
Maybe it's time you defended your remark, if you can tie two sentences together to make a complete cogent thought.

No Davey, liberals are not commies, but their policy's are destroying capitalistic America. They are useful tools of the commie doctrine. "In Marxist theory, socialism, lower-stage communism or the socialist mode of production refers to a specific historical phase of economic development and its corresponding set of social relations that eventually supersede capitalism in the schema of historical materialism."

Isn't it time for you to use the race card defense?

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Thanks, Confused Chuckie Stivic,

I just knew you'd enlighten us with some more of your fancy figgerin'.

"any criticism of liberalism"... to be valid, must display some understanding of what liberalism is. All you see is Marxism. That's your Bubble Cult programming. Along with a corporation is a "person" with more cash as "free speech" than most Americans will ever see; and the corporate media are "liberal persons".


So Liberals are not commies, but they love commie policies that are destroying America, right? Sounds like they're commies, but just need your enlightened fancy figgerin' to get it. Right?

Otherwise, why would you link your "Confused Progressive" to a commie site?

Want to explain that for us?

Didn't think so.

Want to see the race card? Why do embrace lies of the radical Right, and so much hate for the human race?

It must send a tingle up your leg, right?

Right. As in radical far Right.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


I'll make this simple for you.

I did not link to a commie site.(btw, what did you find on the commie site that you disagreed with?)
I am not the poster named Confused Progressive.
I am not the poster named Michael Stivic

You use the term "fancy figgerin" then become upset for my quoting you using the term.
Can you deny you want to end American Capitalism?
You are a perfect example of a low information liberal voter.
You claim the rich are not following Christ's instructions to pay taxes but then dodge the fact that the poor aren't paying any taxes. Are Kerry, Sharpeton Jackson, and Rangel following the instructions to pay taxes as Jesus told us to? Quite a dilemma for you, one that you walked into blindly all by your self. Sort of like believing a word that comes out of this White House and it's supporters.

Happy New Year Davey, I hope your rehab goes well for you.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Thanks, again, Confused Chuckie Stivic,

We don't care what you say. You lie.

Your MO and language are all the same under various IDs. Speaking of MO, Your "Moduspropagandi" ID is more of your "Chuck Morre" style of dishonesty, only directed at Modusoperandi in addition to the real Charles Moore.

Your use of "Sharptoon" and other disrespectful names are consistent with all your IDs.

And you lie, just like the other IDs. We've all seen your dishonest hateful style for some time now. You are a proven liar.

But for now let's just look at the lies that are only in your latest post.

"You use the term "fancy figgerin" then become upset for my quoting you using the term."

Show us. You can't. Liar.

"Can you deny you want to end American Capitalism?"

Calling me a commie again, eh? Yawn.

Show us where I said that. You can't. You are a liar.

You are a perfect example of a low information liberal voter.

I've shown your falsehoods innumerable times. See above for the latest. You lie again.

"You claim the rich are not following Christ's instructions to pay taxes but then dodge the fact that the poor aren't paying any taxes."

Double lie from a very low information voter. No such claim was made. The poor actually pay taxes for safety nets along with sales taxes and gas taxes.

You lie again.

All this shows us that you are the perfect example of...A hateful ignorant, radical, far Right liar.

Too bad that's the best thing we can say about you.

So go ahead, Confused Chuckie Stivic, spew some more lies and hate. It's all you can do.

Hope you like it hot.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"The poor actually pay taxes for safety nets along with sales taxes and gas taxes."

Tell us ole wizard of smart, what is their percentile bracket for their IRS filling?
of adjusted income?

"Sharptoon" that's good, wish I had thought it up.

You need to check out the info on this website, if you do you will see what a fool you are for thinking I'm all the people you claim me to be.

Just remember Davey, Christians are told to love their neighbors, and you never know, I might just be one of you neighbors.

At 7:20 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

You're asking me a question, expecting an answer? After all your lies and evasions. LOL!

How do you sleep?

At 12:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

A pro abortion liberal as your self has a weak sense of irony in asking me how I sleep.

If you like your insurance you can keep it. Period!
If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Period!

How can you support anything that comes out of our liar in chiefs mouth?
Based on the map, you've turned in for the night.

At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Ron Baldwin said...

My comment is “on topic” because Tom’s Rant on October 22 concerned “Obamacare.”

My 55 year old daughter is a breast cancer survivor (7 years) and had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. She has limited earnings because of other ailments. For years she has been trapped in her existing health insurance plan because of her pre-existing conditions, and its cost had risen to more than $1,700 a month (plus deductibles and co-pays). In December she enrolled in a Cigna “Gold” PPO Obamacare plan whose basic cost is $659 a month with a $1,900 deductible and an annual $6,350 maximum out-of-pocket cost. Because of her limited income her monthly cost will be $232 a month. And she can still see her present health care providers.

We downloaded information about various plans and studied the options. We then went back online and enrolled in about 20 minutes.

Can someone tell me why we should repeal Obamacare?

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Confused Progressive said...

What can I tell my Climate Denier friends why global warming researcher Chris Turney's research ship has been stuck in ice in Antartica for weeks?

Should I tell them it must be Global Cooling?

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


Glad you daughter has been able to sign up for Obamacare. I hope her health continues to stabilize if not improve.
What was her secret in getting signed up? Did she do it by paper, on line, through a State website or the Federal website? Did she qualify for subsides due to her limited income? Has she tried to get S.S. disability?

If the only ones who sign up for Obamacare, are like you daughter IE her age and condition, there will be no need to repeal it, it will collapse on on it's on.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Thoughts and prayers sent for your daughter.

Can someone tell me why we should repeal Obamacare?

Only assholes would want to deny her that demonstrated by Chuckie.

Speaking of assholes...

Chuckie's making accusations again.

A pro abortion liberal?

Since when have I performed or advocated any abortions, liar?

Lies? Yes, you lied. Obama lied, nobody died. Bush lied, thousands died.

And you still lied.

Nothing changes the fact YOU are a liar.

Based on the map, you've turned in for the night.

You have a magic map? I was up having fun all night. I guess you like to tell lies and antagonize people for fun. You are more than a liar, you are a loser.

At least you got to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your precious hate and anger for other people, if nothing or nobody else. No surprise.

Yes, ice in the Antarctic means there’s a Conspiracy of Evil Climate Scientists in your Bubble Cult. Any excuse to hate others, right? Far Right.

I hope her health continues to stabilize if not improve.

Yet you want to deny her Obamacare.

What you want is: If the only ones who sign up for Obamacare, are like you daughter IE her age and condition, there will be no need to repeal it, it will collapse on on it's on.

That’s some more real hate there. Without hate, lies and hypocrisy, what else you got, Bubble Boy?

So to answer my question, because you never answer other people’s questions, as you demand answers to yours...

Assholes sleep well, It’s easy to sleep when one is too big a jerk to understand what everyone else knows about them.

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Ron Baldwin said...

In response to my comment at 5:09 AM Chuck Moore asked at 10:38 AM:

“What was her secret in getting signed up? Did she do it by paper, on line, through a State website or the Federal website?"

We live in Florida, which refused to set up a State Exchange. Therefore we used the Federal Exchange. We decided to wait until December to allow time to fix the usual glitches likely in any such massive program.

Early in December I went online and had no trouble downloading all the information we needed to understand the Obamacare program and all the insurance options (more than 100 insurance plans). The actual online signup took only about 20 minutes, as I said in my comment at 5:09 AM.

Before we jump on Obamacare’s implementation of the Federal Exchange, which is a massive Exchange to handle the people in 24 states, I would like to point out that our Florida Republican leaders (our Governor and both houses of the Legislature) have had just as much trouble implementing an online program for unemployment filings just for the state of Florida. Even had difficulties and glitches when first rolled out. Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.

Chuck Moore also asked, “Did she qualify for subsides due to her limited income?” In my 5:09 AM comment I cited the basic monthly cost ($659 a month) of the policy we chose, and also what she will pay ($232 a month) “because of her limited income.” Obviously I did not realize the difficulty of calculating the difference between those monthly costs as her subsidy “due to her limited income.”

Chuck Moore also asked, “Has she tried to get S.S. disability?” That is a question that is quite off-topic both in Tom’s Rant and my comment.

While I appreciated Chuck Moore’s kind comments on my daughter’s health prognosis I must take him to task in speculating that Obamacare will implode if “the only ones who sign up for Obamacare” exactly mirror my daughter’s “age and condition.” All the insurance companies that offer Obamacare health insurance policies would seem to not share that idea.

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


I guess we will just have to disagree on the impact of the young and healthy not signing up for Obamacare as is needed to make it work and was hoped for.

Sorry about the babybrain Davey, he seems to get his panty's in a knot any time he thinks I post on Tom's blog.

I'm glad for your daughter's sucess.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Opps, didn't see this coming.

A study of patients in Oregon has found that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion actually might not persuade the newly insured to seek care outside the emergency room. The government has argued that insuring more Americans through the healthcare law would encourage covered individuals to seek primary care, instead.

“When you cover the uninsured, emergency room use goes up by a large magnitude,” Amy Finkelstein, the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and one of the study’s principal investigators, said.

Finkelstein and Harvard University’s Katherine Baicker examined emergency room records for about 25,000 Oregonians subsequent to the state’s own Medicaid expansion five years ago, and found that the new Medicaid enrollees visited the ER 40 percent more than the uninsured. So all of that talk about increased coverage under the healthcare law automatically curing the problem of overcrowded emergency rooms and costs? Not so much, considering that Medicaid expansion has been one of Obamacare’s ‘success’ stories — nearly twice as many individuals are newly eligible for Medicaid under the law than have actually enrolled on the exchange, according to the administration’s numbers.

The report, which was published Thursday in the journal Science, has major statistics implications from a couple of angles. One, the findings hold “across a range of demographic groups,” a press release accompanying the study noted, making them easier to tie to Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.

“In no case were we able to find any subpopulations, or type of conditions, for which Medicaid caused a significant decrease in emergency department use,” Finkelstein said. “Although one always needs to be careful generalizing to other settings, these results suggest that other Medicaid expansions are unlikely to decrease emergency room use.”


At 1:07 AM, Blogger De_Bill said...

Oops, actually they did see that coming. The passing of Romneycare in Massachusetts had the same initial effect, people who had never had health insurance before first went to E.R's until they established a relationship with a primary care physician.
Also oops, when those people did go to the E.R., their visit was paid for by their insurance, instead of not being paid for at all, or being paid for by raising the rates charged to patients who have insurance. Double oops.
Anything else new from the Faux Noise scream machine?

At 7:09 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I guess you set me straight, it's all Romney's fault.
Why didn't I see that coming? Or better still, since Obamacare is a duplicate of Romneycare, and knowing ahead of time the problems Romneycare
had at the start, why wasn't Obamacare designed to avoid those problems? Oops!
How many changes did Romney make after the bill was passed in an attempt to fix or delay Romneycare? Were changes done with the approval of the Mass House and Senate? Oops?

At 2:08 PM, Blogger De_Bill said...

Let me see if I can explain this in terms simple enough even for you: before the ACA and Romney's program, people went to the E.R. as their source of primary care, and the hospital either absorbed the loss, or passed the costs on to others.
Now, through the ACA and Medicare expansion, they pay for their own care. People are creatures of habit, so initially yes, they'll still go to the E.R. until they realize they can make an appointment to see a doctor in his office instead of waiting in the E.R. all day to get treatment for their chronic, but non-emergency problems.

And guess what, genius? It's now paid for. You'll have to explain why that's a bad thing. Or don't, because it will be a load of crap, anyway.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"And guess what, genius?"

When Obamacare premiums are subsidized, does that mean I'm not paying for others care like I was before Obamacare? Like in the case of Mr. Ballwin's daughter. He has reported that there is a monthly difference of $427 a month between what is charged and she is required to pay. Who is paying the difference?

If you put your cup of Obamacare koolaid you will discover that those who have gone to the ER with Obamacare are being told there is no record of them being insured through Obamacare, that they will have to pay the bill. If they cant pay the bill, does this mean somebody else will pay the bill? I was told that with Obamacare, that would no longer happen, that the medical costs would go down?

I wasn't lied to was I? Since I'm so stupid, would you care to explain?

And I still dont understand if Obamacare is modeled after Romneycare, why the problems with Romneycare were not addressed in Obamacare before it was mandated on us.

If liberal ideas are so great,
how come they have to be mandated?

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Smokey Lagumski said...

I have no illusions regarding elections.

we've seen over the last 2 presidential elections the dregs, parasites and takers out vote the decent members of society.

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous HarleyA said...

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." - Tocqueville

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

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At 6:42 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"The American Republic will endure until the day Wall Street, the Big Time "dregs, parasites and takers", discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." - Dave Dubya

Conservative mandate: Deny sick people health care for pre-existing conditions.

"Let 'em die."

Good idea from "decent members of society"?

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hang on a minute,
Didn't De__Bill just say that with ACA people were no longer going to get their healthcare free at the ER as they did in the past? That with Obamacare, they were going to have to pay? Which would reduce the cost of medical care to those who have insurance.

Now someone is saying that people were denied health care and left to die.

Which one is it? How many Americans have died because they didn't get the health care they needed that ACA now provides?

Ive never know anyone who has died because they denied health care because they had pre-existing conditions. Haven t seen in the news papers or on the local news in my fairly large city that is has actually happen. Is that being called the reason for death on larger cities?

How many Americans with chronic illnesses are really THREATENED by pre-existing conditions?

According to the latest Census Bureau data, 309 million Americans have health insurance. Of these 4 percent are covered by directly purchased insurance alone. The remaining 96 percent are covered by government or company insurance or some combination. Government health insurance does not allow discrimination based on preexisting conditions. Company insurance typically does not either, insofar as the risk pool is already incorporated in the premiums, and there are portability requirements in moving from company to company.

According to "Dying for Coverage," the latest report by Families USA, 72 Americans die each day, 500 Americans die every week and approximately Americans 2,175 die each month, due to lack of health insurance.

What is that number now since ACA has removed the coverage people had before the law went into effect? The irony in all this is the ACA covers the cost of abortion in which the is a near 100% rate of death for one of the two people who get this covered health care service..

Liberal Abortion Mandates, one human will die every time it's performed.

Liberal compassion, make someone else pay for the murder of your baby.

Sounds like a winning slogan in 2014 and 2016 elections

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Ive never know anyone who has died because they denied health care because they had pre-existing conditions.

According to "Dying for Coverage," the latest report by Families USA, 72 Americans die each day, 500 Americans die every week and approximately Americans 2,175 die each month, due to lack of health insurance.

Cognitive dissonance.

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Confused Progressive said...

Hey Dave Dubya,

If Obama said "if you sign up for ObamaCare and are under 30, you will get a free ObamaPhone with an unlimited data plan", do you think the young like Pajama Boy will begin to enroll?

Unless we get the young to sign up, ObamaCare may implode.

I think its a plan Dave to help support our cause.

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Confused Progressive said...

Hey Dave Dubya,

Are you doing anything special to celebrate the victory of LBJ's "War On Poverty" which is having its 50th anniversary next week?

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Chuckie, kind of folks:

Beth Reinhold exposes yet again the politically destructive reality that many poor whites -- particularly in the South -- will vote for candidates opposing government safety net programs, all the while accepting or living off those programs.

To understand Kentucky's conflicted relationship with the federal government, 50 years after hosting President Johnson's launch of the "War on Poverty," is to meet Terry Rupe. The 63-year-old widower can't remember the last time he voted for a Democrat, and he's got nothing nice to say about President Obama. He's also never had health insurance, although he started working at age 9. Since his wife's death four years ago, he's been taking care of their 40-year-old, severely disabled daughter full time. She gets Medicaid and Medicare assistance.

"I don't have any use for the federal government," Rupe said, even though his household's $13,000 yearly income comes exclusively from Washington.

There's Chuckie's fellow Low Information Voter.

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww, Davey plays the race card again.
What a surprise, no where in the posts before his latest one is the race of any person or group brought up.
Can't have that, must make everything about race.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Chuckie's playing the Nitwit Card again.

He mentioned the war on poverty...and my comment also mentioned the war on poverty, and his fellow Low Information Voter.

Why not talk about him, Chuckie?

Too Chicken? Bwaack!

The Nitwit Fringe can't comprehend the fact more whites are on safety nets than any other race.

They're too busy hating brown people collecting benefits. It drives them nuts. But it's altogether different for dumb whites on welfare. They vote Republican.

Isn't that Right, Chuckie? Yes, very far Right.

At 2:32 PM, Anonymous just some facts said...

Electricity prices are skyrocketing to all-time highs, according to the government’s own official statistics.

The Electricity Price Index of the Bureau of Labor Statistics hit an all-time record in November, 20% higher than 6 years ago. That is another loss for the middle class, further reducing real incomes.

That is due to Obama’s runaway overregulation, pursuing the President’s War on Coal, and other manipulative, fairy tale delusions.

Those skyrocketing electricity prices are another loss for the poor too.

Under the ultraliberal Barack Obama, and his “progressive” Democrats, poverty has soared while he has been President to nearly 50 million Americans, more than at any other time in the more than 50 years that the Census Bureau has been tracking poverty.

The poverty rate has also jumped by over 30% to 16.1%, about the same as when the War on Poverty started $5 trillion and almost 50 years ago. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

So energy companies with record profits didn't raise prices? LOL!

Better blame the Black Guy for rising prices.

Obama has been a great president for the elites. The rich are getting extremely richer, as Washington DC is locked down by the GOP and other corporatists.

Seems the coal industry CEOs are big welfare bums too:

Coal Industry Profits

For centuries the federal government has been in the business of providing billions in subsidies to coal companies in order to ensure company profits. Modern day subsidies to the coal industry began in 1932, when the federal government allowed companies to deduct a portion of their income to help recover initial capital investments. While many coal companies continue to reap higher profits than before, thanks to increasing coal prices, taxpayers still continue to shell out billions of dollars in federal subsidies to these successful companies

• Coal prices have steadily increased since 2002. Moreover, prices of coal bought by electric utilities rose nearly 38.6% from 2004 to 2009. Although coal prices and production dipped in 2009, they rebounded in 2010, and in 2011 prices increased another 5.7%.
• Top producers have reaped increasing profits. In 2011, CONSOL Energy Inc. earned $632.5 million and Arch Coal Inc. earned $205.2 million. Furthermore, Peabody Energy Corp., another top coal supplier, has increased its net income 113% since 2009.
• Alliance Resource Partners, L.P., one of the largest coal suppliers in the country, even managed to increase its net annual income more than 290% from 2008 to 2011.

• Today, top executives at top coal companies are also sharing in the industry’s successes. CONSOL Energy’s CEO took home $17.2 million in 2011, over $5 million more than in 2008.
• Peabody Energy’s Chairman and CEO received over $10.2 million in compensation in 2011.
• The President and CEO of Cloud Peak Energy Inc., owns more than 220,000 shares of stock equaling more than $3.5 million in value in addition to his annual salary of nearly $1 million.

"He is not a socialist. He is a corporatist." - Ron Paul’s description of Obama at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference

Chuckie is still too Chicken to discuss his fellow low information voter.

Bwaack, buck, buck.

Better go copy and paste more Right Wing propaganda, Chuckie. Nitwit chickens can't think for themselves.

At 2:57 PM, Anonymous cleetus said...

The greatest lesson that we have learned form Mr. Obama’s tenure is that Democracy is based on the flawed assumption that the public is informed and understands the problems on which they are voting. Realizing that the black community has suffered far worse than any other demographic and given how badly Mr. Obama has lied repeatedly to the public, one can see the flaw in this assumption by the 85% approval rating and the 82% rating of truthfulness given to Mr. Obama by the black community. If it wasn’t for the blind, ignorant support by the black community, Mr. Obama’s approval rating would be closer to 30% than where it is now. What is even more mystifying is the continued blind support of failed Obama policies by much of the mainstream press to the point of defending Mr. Obama for Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS and other scandals where the use of pretzel logic as a defense has become the norm. This is the same press that is actually defending Mr. Obama’s violating the Constitution by running the government by edict instead of the normal law making process. Between the dishonesty of the press and so much of the public evaluating Mr. Obama solely on the color of his skin, democracy has failed us over the last 5 years.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Feeling racist are we, cleetus?

If it wasn’t for the blind, ignorant support by the black community

How about your buddy: "I don't have any use for the federal government," Rupe said, even though his household's $13,000 yearly income comes exclusively from Washington.

Well? ...Chicken. Time for:

Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!


What happened in Benghazi that you want to blame on the black guy?

And say, did any Right Winger have their tax exempt status changed by the IRS? NO, not even the politically active ones.

What about liberal groups?

IRS targeting included liberal groups

continued blind support of failed Obama policies by much of the mainstream press to the point of defending Mr. Obama for Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS

Yeah, Rush, we can trust you. LOL!

Racist Nitwit City (RNC) Cult troll.

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

So talking about the never ending war on poverty is talking about race? So accurately reporting the 85% approval rating of Obama by black Americans is racism, when the rest of the country rates Obama under 40%? Are the 60% plus Americans who do not approve of Obama racists? Calling that support as ignorant in light of the lies told to all of us by Obama and the decline in the standard of living for black Americans under Obama is racist?

Ive been told many times that I was not voting in my best interest if I didn't vote democrat. How smart is it for black Americans to vote for the party whose policy's have not produced for them what was promised, not once but continually? How smart is for 95% of black Americans to continue to reward the people who have yet to produce on one promise made to get their vote?

And saying these things is racist?

Off your meds again Davey?

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Chuckie says, "And saying these things is racist?"

Try to wrap this around your anger and hate. If racists agree with what YOU say, then YOU sound like a racist. It's not complicated, sport.

If it wasn’t for the blind, ignorant support by the black community

Saying this while IGNORING the even MORE ignorant white welfare sucking GOP voters IS RACIST.

Ask some black people if they have more or less access to the voting booth as rich whites. Why can't the League of Women voters register voters like before? Ask some black people, or even white people, if they have the same political free speech rights and representation as the Kochs.

Seems I can go "off my meds" a lot easier than you can go off your ignorance and hate.


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