Interviews with six demographers who closely track poverty trends found wide consensus that 2009 figures are likely to show a significant rate increase to the range of 14.7 percent to 15 percent.
Should those estimates hold true, some 45 million people in this country, or more than 1 in 7, were poor last year. It would be the highest single-year increase since the government began calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high was in 1980 when the rate jumped 1.3 percentage points to 13 percent during the energy crisis.
Among the 18-64 working-age population, the demographers expect a rise beyond 12.4 percent, up from 11.7 percent. That would make it the highest since at least 1965, when another Democratic president, Lyndon B. Johnson, launched the war on poverty that expanded the federal government’s role in social welfare programs from education to health care.
LBJ’s “war on poverty” did more to entrench poverty than any other action in American history. By the 80s and 90s LBJ’s Great Society programs were being dismantled and poverty was in retreat. Now Obama, having never learned history, is repeating the mistakes of the past. We are being forced to relearn a basic fact of life: You can’t cure poverty by giving people money.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Baghdad Bob Tim Kaine appeared on the Daily Show and couldn’t even convince Jon Stewart that the Democrats had accomplished anything. In fact, Stewart pretty much told him the Democrats were going to get their asses handed to them in November. Sure, Stewart is rooting for the Democrats but he has accepted as inevitable that they are going to screw the pooch on election day. Hell, Kaine couldn’t even convince the sympathetic Stewart that Obamacare has done anything for the American people.
They are losing Stewart but he seems to think their problem is messaging. Several times he asks Kaine why they aren’t getting people to see all the Democrats have accomplished. Of course Stewart’s analysis is flawed.
Barack “Tap Dancing” Obama on health care costs. The backpedaling begins. We knew their claims were false. We knew it with every ounce of our intellects. We knew it was an absolute certainty. In fact, Obama and Pelosi insulted our intelligence when they told us they would extend health insurance to 31 million people and still reduce costs. Did they think we were stupid enough to believe that weapons grade bullshit? It was a metaphysical certitude that it would either raise the cost of medical care, reduce its quality or both.
They knew it too but they persisted with the lies and, when they met resistance from the majority of the American people, they forced their plan through with bribes, extortion, distortions, midnight votes and parliamentary tricks. They did it and now that the inevitable increases begin, they are back-pedaling like mad. Even the toady media at the AP has take notice.
President Barack Obama told voters repeatedly during the health care debate that the overhaul legislation would bring down fast-rising health care costs and save them money. Now, he’s hemming and hawing on that.
So far, the law he signed earlier this year hasn’t had the desired effect. An analysis from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary this week said that the nation’s health care tab will go up – not down – through 2019 as a result of Obama’s sweeping law, though the increase is modest.
Obama offered some caveats when asked in his news conference Friday about the apparent discrepancy between what he promised and what’s actually happening so far. On several other topics, too, his rhetoric fell short of a full accounting.
They can hear us but they don’t care. Time to speak a little louder.
RD posted a piece about remembering the feelings you had that fateful autumn day. The replies prompted me to think of this song. It put in tears for months, every time I heard it. My daughter died the Sunday after 11SEP01 (16SEP01). I don’t think I ever got to fully digest what happened that day. The verse “did you just stay home and cling tight to your family… thank God you had somebody to love” still gets me to this day.
I wonder if there is anything positive that can come from writing about September 11th 2001. The way I have perceived the world and reacted to it on that day and every day since are not things to be proud of. It is fair to say that I have my own personality quirks. Some of them that haven’t been seen in years came to the forefront after 9-11.
To this day and probably forevermore, certain sights and sounds from nine years ago will cause me to instantly become emotional, many times to the point of tears. In the days after September 11th 2001 I could not quit crying. I could not sleep. I knew that as bad as what just happened was, what would follow would be even more deadly. I knew that before this was over that millions of people were going to die.
An odd little church in Florida touched off a global controversy by threatening to burn a Koran on September 11. They announced the burning had been postponed, but there have already been riots in Indonesia, and injuries in Afghanistan. Naturally, these riots have been accompanied by the burning of American flags. When rage and hatred blaze in the dark corners of the Earth, the symbol of American freedom is usually the first thing to catch fire.
American flags were burned on September 11, 2001 as well. They dissolved into ash while Palestinians danced around them, singing and passing out candy to celebrate the fall of the Twin Towers. They were vaporized in the blasts of superheated jet fuel that ripped through the corridors of those towers, and the Pentagon. They melted on the shoulders of heroic firefighters who ran into a million tons of cascading rubble and never came back.
That grand old American flag has seen her share of abuse. The sight of her riding the winds of dawn, her beauty unspoiled by a night of cannon fire, inspired the poetry which became our national anthem. She was made to march along the Trail of Tears, where brave men died of exhaustion in her shadow. She was carried into battle against her own sons, and drifted sadly over ground soaked with their blood at Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg. She greeted the morning of December 7, 1941 above the decks of eighteen doomed ships, warmed by their last gorgeous Hawaiian sunrise. She was burned and spat upon as an insult to the men who carried her honor into the jungles of Vietnam.
And yet, the American flag has never been desecrated.
“There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to the insurance lobby.
“Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections,” Sebelius said. She warned that bad actors may be excluded from new health insurance markets that will open in 2014 under the law. They’d lose out on a big pool of customers, as many as 30 million people nationwide.
Obama is in charge now. Insubordination will not be tolerated. Obedience is mandatory,
Good if you can get access. None of us can… except #10.
While many may scoff at the thought of preparing for the end of the world, there are thousands of people worldwide who are doing just that. They’re stockpiling canned food, planting gardens, installing solar panels, buying up ammunition and building survival bunkers.
You may think these people are crazy, but if the apocalypse happened tomorrow, where would you go? Check out our list of the top places in the U.S. to wait out the apocalypse and maybe we’ll see you in 2013.
I am proud to say SSG Salvatore A. Giunta was a student in the same public school district I attended. We are always proud when a hometown boy does well. You should get to know Sergeant Giunta. He will be the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Here is what he did…
Then-Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan on October 25, 2007.
When an insurgent force ambush split Specialist Giunta’s squad into two groups, he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a comrade back to cover. Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.
Okay, first things first. I hate this f*king story! Some douchebag gins up a global furor over his intention to burn Korans. I think it’s dangerous and stupid. It will cause has already caused unneccessary violence to be perpetrated against Christians who have nothing to do with it (Baghdad). It’s a cheap charade, but it’s working.
Next, and more importantly for me to address, is the leftist outrage that someone would burn a “holy book”. It’s stupid, but it is their right as a free human. Where was the outrage when the US Military burned bibles written in Pashtu last year to keep from upsetting the religion of peace? Where is the leftist indignation over the attack on the Christian Church in Baghdad? Where is the “righteous anger” at the calls for the murder of white children by the NBPP? Or the threats of death and violence from all sectors of the religion of peace we’ve been hearing all week?
“if this happens then the first and most important reaction afterwards is that wherever Americans are seen, they will be killed, no matter where they will be in the World, they will be killed”
In what universe does burning a book equivocate to murder? The ‘Religion of Peace’ universe. Where is the condemnation? It isn’t there. Which, segues nicely into my third point. This ‘outrage’ and massive leftist response is not about tolerance. It is about fear. They aren’t supporting Islam. They’re afraid of it. Does this picture make you quiver and wet yourself like a scared school girl?
It should piss you off. It’s offensive and deplorable. It’s also a Bible (Pashtu), burned in Karachi, last month by Towel-ban attackers. I don’t think any books should be burned. Regardless of their content. The bigger issue here becomes the response from the left and other useless, cowering dhimmi’s who take the side of the Religion of Fear and allow terrorists the globe over,to win by not allowing these retarded Americans to express themselves, no matter how stupid their form of expression may be.
The best response to ass-hattery of this caliber is the same as when you were a child. Ignore it.
Just in time to energize the debate and distract a weary populace with nonsense before a crucial election. Federal activist Judge Virginia Phillips has declared as unconstitutional, the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on the grounds that it infringes on the first and fifth amendment rights of gay servicemembers.
the plaintiffs were trying to force a federal court to overstep its bounds and halt the policy as it is being debated by federal lawmakers.
The real liability facing our government is $70 trillion. This represents the present value difference between all the government’s projected future spending obligations and all its projected future tax receipts. This fiscal gap takes into account Uncle Sam’s need to service official debt–outstanding U.S. government bonds. But it also recognizes all our government’s unofficial debts, including its obligation to the soon-to-be-retired baby boomers to pay their Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Given current policies, each of the 78 million boomers can expect, on average, to receive $50,000, in today’s dollars, from these programs in each and every year of retirement. Multiply 78 million boomers by a $50,000 annual payment and you get close to $4 trillion per year. This helps you see why our nation’s true indebtedness is so extraordinarily high.
Currently the global money supply stands about $60 trillion. Simple subtraction, therefore shows that all the money in the world won’t pay off the US real national debt.
Mad Brad is REAL damn angry this week. I have been looking forward to an event that was supposed to have taken place last Tuesday night but just like the folks in Gainesville, Florida I’ve been all dressed up for a Koran Burning, metaphorically speaking and have no place to go. It’s my own fault and it’s what I get for allowing a woman to gain my attention.
As most of you know, having been made aware of this fact by RD, a new action series will be playing on the SyFy Channel. “Sharktopus” will make its debut in a few weeks and I am all excited. I have already upgraded my service to include a DVR, so that I may not miss a single episode. In the meantime, due to my passion for ringside photography and love of watching artisans execute the craft of working large live audiences, I have examined the programming lineup of the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment.
We know that the first step to reversing direction is to remove from office those that will advocate for growth in the size and scope of the federal government. Washington DC is broken and the only way to fix it is to send people there that understand the proper role of government and the power that regular citizens should have. We are dedicated to doing our part to help by letting every single Nevadan know what damage Harry has done to our State and our Country.”