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Top 10 Coming Disasters in 2016 If America Picks Romney


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Mitt Romney, usa, obama, Paul Ryan, republicans, elections, dishonesty, americans, government, candidates, media, news, politics, lies )

Cal
- 663 days ago - alternet.org
There's plenty of evidence about what kind of a "direction" Romney might take the country.



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Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:02 am
Lets pray he doesn't win today.
 

John S. (301)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:42 am
I'm pretty certain the world will not end if Obama or Romney is elected.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:43 am
Thanks for the information.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:40 am
The final two paragraphs of the article sum it up very nicely:

"So these are the contours of the America of 2016 under Romney. Unemployment could remain stubbornly high under austerity policies, and the budget deficit could grow, causing the US credit rating to be further cut and increasing the cost of borrowing money. The country could be at war in Iran and Syria (a further drain on the national budget). Israel would be turned decisively into an Apartheid state with the end of any possibility of a two-state solution, promoting further trouble for the US with the Muslim world. Tens of millions of Americans will be without health insurance. Social Security benefits could be taxed, and Medicare could be cut (voucherized), costing individuals thousands of dollars a year. Women’s rights will be chipped away at. Climate change will accelerate and dirty sources of energy like coal will be encouraged. Hot, dry summers could produce dust bowls in some parts of the US, while hurricanes will increase in their ferocity. And, public trust in democracy will be deeply undermined, since the president will repeatedly be caught in lies, and because the 47% will be effectively disenfranchised.

The US will be hotter, with more violent weather, will be poorer save for the 400 billionaires, will be a virtual nation of hobos, and will end up a brutal plutocracy where those too poor to afford private insurance will simply die in the tens of thousands each year, and where elections and legislation are openly bought and paid for."

Is there anything positive about a Mitt Romney presidency? Only if you're among the 1%!
 

TomCat S. (286)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 6:58 am
The biggest disaster is Willard himself!
 

NicoleAWAY W. (625)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 7:00 am
thank you Cal.
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 7:11 am
"The US will be hotter, with more violent weather, will be poorer save for the 400 billionaires, will be a virtual nation of hobos, and will end up a brutal plutocracy where those too poor to afford private insurance will simply die in the tens of thousands each year, and where elections and legislation are openly bought and paid for."

Yeah, that all sounds about right. Romney would be disaster, but not one confined to the United States, he'll take the world down with him. Right after he crashes the American economy as point 1 clearly states, austerity is the opposite of what should be happening now. History has proven this repeatedly. Nixon, Reagan and both Bush's used Keynesian economics to bring the nation out of recession, it is only now repudiated by republican's because it is a Democrat proposing what THEY have always done. Partisanship at its ugliest, putting politics before the welfare of people is immoral. As are most of the other points made in that article. This coming from the people who claim to hold a lock on morality is nothing more than the worst bad joke ever. As are the teapublican's in general.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 9:31 am

What did Obama do for you?

The list is still growing. Let me know if I missed anything.

1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry

2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along

3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world

4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay

5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation

6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part.

7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize

8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues.

13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales

16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

17. Closed offshore tax safe havens

18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information

20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB.

22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09).

26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology.

30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

34. Established a new cyber security office

35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

36. Expanding vaccination programs

37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses

38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans.

39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti

42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy.

44. Improved housing for military personnel

45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan.

47. Improving benefits for veterans

48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect

49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits.

50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market.

52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

53. Increasing student loans

54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones

55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers.

56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House

58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost.

59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured.

61. Lower drug costs for seniors

62. Making more loans available to small businesses

63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis

65. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

66. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

67. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care.

68. New federal funding for science and research labs

69. New funds for school construction

70. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

71. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

72. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.

73. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

74. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

75. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

76. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

77. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

78. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24

79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

80. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

81. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles.

82. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

83. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

84. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner.

85. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

86. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

87. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

88. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

89. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

90. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.

91. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

92. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

93. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

94. US financial and banking rescue plan

95. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

96. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.

97. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

98. Improved relations with Iran

99. Improved U.S. policy on climate change

100. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops)

101. Improved relations with Russia

102. Improved relations with the Islamic World

103. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation

104. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing)

105. Drastically slowed down the recession

106. Saved Wall Street

107. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Ledbetter_Fair_Pay_Act_of_2009

108. HEALTH CARE REFORM

Once again, this is a lot to accomplish in such a short amount of time. He was elected President, he wasn’t elected Jesus.
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 10:32 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the Juan Cole article. I'm positive Obama will be the victor tonight and those disasters won't be happening. Read and noted.
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 11:32 am
I could add a dozen others if Mr. Mittens wins....cautiously optimistic....
 

Yvonne White (231)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 11:40 am
They left out the Worst Disaster - the Overlords would take complete control of the Internet so that we could not find out where they live & start rioting there! That's what I'd do if'n I was a Billionaire Boss of the World!;)
 

Jane H. (133)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 12:09 pm
noted..... disasterous---I'm praying the American people are not fooled by Rmoney.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 12:55 pm
Thanks Cal and Kit.

Given Kit's list I'm surprised Obama got any sleep.
 

jan b. (3)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:02 pm
I'm getting out of the stock market if Romney gets elected by some evil force working. IF Obama isn't re-elected ......we had better PRAY loudly that the Congress isn't lost to the Republicans. Otherwise, this country is going to be in a deep depression within a matter of a year or shortly after when GOP--- takes over the government again.
ME? Too late for an exodus into Canada who may not even take me. This country wouldn't be fit to live in after the Republicans had total control for a year or so and I hate the cold. . We will see life for the common folks back to the 1920's again. Do I trust ANY of the Republicans? Yeah about as far as I can throw Newt Gingrich and I have COPD so have no strength.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:28 pm
Hey Kit, you missed one......he ordered the SEALs to get Bin Laden, even though he was being kept safe by those back-stabbing "allies" in Pakistan; something that Bush and the GOP was unwilling to do.
 

cecily w. (0)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:40 pm
Here is another of Obama's achievements: Fostering the Contraceptive Mandate and Medicaid Expansion.
These programs will enable more women to prevent unintended pregnancies--without coercion. Stabilization of population growth will ease future unemployment, will give us breathing space to tackle environmental issues, and a whole lot more. (In fact, this accomplishment will contribute the solution of so many of our problems that it should be considered to be several achievements, not just one.)
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:51 pm
Thank you.
 

David Menard (43)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 2:17 pm
The world might not end if Obama or Romney win but it will surely suck far beyond the telling. Screwed either way its only a matter of degrees.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 2:39 pm
janice, I work in the wealth management field and if you pull out of the stock market once Mitt wins you are a fool. But, go ahead and pull out....and then get back to us in six months. Romney will energize the country. Corporations are sitting on nearly four years of saving money because they are down on hires and expanding their businesses. Americans have been saving and paying off debt since Obama has been in office. That's why the economy is still sluggish. Obama delivered uncertainty and a healthcare penalty and no real help to our small businesses. Once we elect a REAL leader who will put Americans back to work....we'll see the 401k's regain what they've lost under Obama and soar. So, yes, take your own good advice, as a liberal should, and do the wrong thing.
 

Diane O. (149)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 2:46 pm
Obama was not emotionally or intellectually involved in the bin Laden hit. He was playing nine holes of golf while everyone else was in the ready room or whatever they call "the" room watching play by play what was going down. Obama apologized to his golf buddies that he could only play nine holes and then jumped on the helicopter. As you can see from the way he was dressed in the "photo op" he was dressed in his golf clothes. Obama "leads from behind" he is not a leader. He showed up for the pictures.

I will say this...it was good that bin Laden is gone. I believe the previous administration laid the ground work for his capture and ultimate demise. Obama had three chances to get bin Laden in 2011 and Valerie Jarratt said "don't do it." Obama didn't. He listens to Valerie Jarratt. However, even though advised by Valerie Jarratt not to do it....Obama, who was given intel information in "the room" said to go ahead. So, he went ahead with it and the country scored. This wasn't about Obama scoring....Obama put little or no time in finding bin Laden...other people did. But you can bet Obama took all the credit....and then he went out and leaked classified information over what was recovered at the compound.....like I said, dumb, dumb, and dumb.
 

Michela m. (3894)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 3:30 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Michela m. (3894)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 3:59 pm
I sincerely believe that stating that Obama wasn’t able to solve ALL the U.S. problems is….let’s say “silly”.
Asking to wait more time to solve ALL the problems the US HAVE
& HAD when he was elected is REALISTIC.

Expecting to have ALL the problems the US was encountering already BEFORE his election is not REALISTIC!!!!!!!
He is only a Politician, & a good Politician, NOT a SAINT that can make MIRACLES!!!! In order to solve ALL PREVIOUS American problems that he was facing when just elected: this NEEDED someone capable to do MIRACLES, not Politics!!!!!
Above all because he got too many interferences & boycotting by Republicans & Corporation Lobbies.
 

Michela m. (3894)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:01 pm
I SINCERELY HOPE THAT BARACK OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED!!!!

As I am an ENVIRONMENTALIST
& being an ANIMALIST
& being free of PREJUDICES against GAYS
& being CONVINCED that WOMEN have the right to DECIDE IF they want a Child
& being OPEN-MINDED
& being AGAINST RACISM
& being AGAINST WAR
& being AGAINST LIES
& being AGAINST CORPORATIONS GREED$$$
& being AGAINST PLUTOCRACY$$$$$$$$
& being CONVINCED that $$$ MONEY IS NOT the ULTIMATE GOAL
& being CONVINCED that GMOs Corporations LIES$$$ are a THREAT to OUR EXISTENCE
& being CONVINCED that BIG PHARMA Corporations$$$ are a THREAT to OUR EXISTENCE
& being CONVINCED that BIG OIL/GAS Corporations are a THREAT to OUR EXISTENCE
& being CONVINCED that PALM OIL/LOGGING/PULP WOOD Corporations are a THREAT to OUR EXISTENCE
& being CONVINCED that whatever ECONOMIC PROBLEM is LESS important than OUR FUTURE as HUMAN RACE on this Earth (Mitt Romney lies about Global Warming, because of his Lobby friends supporting him & paying his campaign)
& THINKING of the FUTURE of my CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN
....I am sincerely PREOCCUPIED & WORRIED & UPSET if Mitt Romney wins!!!
 

Michela m. (3894)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:05 pm


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Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:52 pm
Thanks, Cal. And, Kit...Wow! That's a great list...and I'm wondering with Mary how Obama got any sleep. Some people have forgotten how far in the toilet we were when Dubya left office...losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. Obama turned that around, but was only battered by the GOP who swore to do him in from Day One...which should be considered an Act of Treason. But, as of now, things are looking pretty good for him to remain Pres. despite all the mean-spirited lying by the entire GOP. I will say that I wonder if Diane, commenting above here, had any idea that she was pushing people away from Romney and toward Obama with all her ignorant comments.....
 

Robert B. (57)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 6:56 pm
Gee, Diane, funny how the stock market almost crashed in 2008, yet has RECOVERED under Obama. Gee, we were also LOSING over 700,000 jobs a month before Obama and now are GAINING JOBS.
 

jo M. (3)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 7:37 pm
How true, John, the world didn't end with Obama elected and it would not end if Romney were elected. They are both decent men, but I don't particularly want either one. I will miss all the crybabies whining about "stolen elections" though if Romney were to win.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 8:04 pm
"they are down on hires and expanding their businesses"

Now there's an oxymoron! Consumers no longer have any money because bush crashed the world economy. Let's expand! OMG!
 

Mm M. (449)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 4:39 am
Well Care2 and all of you got your President...Now I dearly don't want to hear it is Bush's fault, since Obama has had 4 years and in another four 4 years goodness he doesn't walk on water. It is what it is and I did have one Care2 person in a debate with me with Obama I said I am not happy with either choice but did not want Obama please do not talk politics with me I respect your feelings please respect mine, she did not and I hung up! Last night called to say Ain't life Grand sounding like she was in s stooper, well she lives off the government and IS able to work, takes walks on the beach and goes on trips...Obama's future...Disaster...do believe we are in one.

Oh well, I lost $ when tech stocks dived, kinda roll with the punches...The Nation Spoke, while I am not happy like so many of you are, I will never rub something that upsets you in your face and make you feel like you were a fool ~ I have respect for my friends no matter what they believe in, when they show me the same respect.

The next 4 years are going to be interesting...Oh Well, I just feel sad for the children that get this debt!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 8:54 am
You still have the major obstructionist, Paul Ryan, Mm M. I don't want to hear another word from you until you learn how government works.
Don't talk politics!!!!? How are you going to learn then? Fox will do the opposite of informing you.

Puleeeez!
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 11:42 am
ITS HARD TO CHOOSE BTW TOO REALLY BAD ONES...
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 2:59 pm
Not at all, Marianna...

CBO: Ending High-Income Tax Cuts Would Save Almost $1 Trillion

http://www.offthechartsblog.org/cbo-ending-high-income-tax-cuts-would-save-almost-1-trillion/

Excerpt: " The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) new report shows that allowing President Bush’s 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts on income over $250,000 to expire on schedule at the end of 2012 would save $823 billion in revenue and $127 billion on interest on the nation’s debt, compared to permanently extending all of the Bush tax cuts.

Overall, this would mean $950 billion in ten-year deficit reduction, a significant step in the direction of fiscal stability.
 

Melania Padilla (178)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:14 pm
Very interesting article, good he did not win. I am sure there is no turning back when it comes to global warming, but I think Obama can do better than Romney on several issues.
 

Arthur S. (88)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:21 am
Thank you Cal....But, reading through some of the above comments I already see Deaf, Dumbest, and Blind as a BAT...If not one else sees that, then there are one of the Pied Pipers children being laid down ready to be run over or put into an animals factory that Obama wanted and Good Grief, Obama is over it, Thus and a heap load of DUNG flinged across the room at them.
 
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