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Open Thread - 8/12/2012

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, Video )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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David C (131)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:03 pm
you said it all !

Kit B (276)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:16 pm

I have my doubts about that TomCat... I have heard from THEY that; if the gays are allowed to marry then the earth will stop rotating on it's axis, the sun will pack and move away, the moon will cry and ALL republicans will develop GIANT hemorrhoids. For sure the last is true or I hope so any way. I'm hoping I get a chance to introduce that kid Ryan to a very sweet guy I know.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 2:35 pm
Love the Bumper Sticker! They're already LYING like crazy - "preserve Medicare & Social Security".I just wanted to Scream at the radio & it's 2 second sound bite without Any questioning of such a Stupid & Decietful statement!!!:(

Carlene V (202)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:07 pm
Perfect bumper sticker Tom! I want one and it probably won't take long for something like it to be available. If gays get to marry, all of those things will happen according to faux noise, hannity, limbaugh, coulter, and the rest of those who find it necessary to delve into one's personal lives whether it's about gay marriage, abortions, birth control, etc. You know....all the REALLY important stuff! NOT!

Joe R (190)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 4:19 pm
Thanks TomCat. Noted.

Edith B (146)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 10:10 pm
Love the bumper sticker!

P A (117)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:53 am
I hate to sound like everyone else (well, here I am in good company!) - but I love the bumper sticker too! Couldn't be bettered!

Past Member (0)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:14 am
Noted. Thanks.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:59 am
Love the bumper sticker too, Tom. Just joining the choir friend! LOL

Arielle S (313)
Monday August 13, 2012, 7:02 am
The bumper sticker is PERFECT - Saw the interview on 60 Minutes last night where the repeated theme was that Obama doesn't know how to run the country and the untruths and deceptions flowed like water. It's like the return of Laurel and Hardy except that these two are not funny, just dangerous.

Reggie Thomas (5)
Monday August 13, 2012, 8:51 am
Cool sticker,I knew Mitt's VP pick long time ago that it was Ryan.If Condoleezza Rice ever ran,she would make both Mitt Romney & Ryan irrelevant.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 13, 2012, 11:23 am
Puzzle — 3:43 Would have been a second or two faster had I not lost a piece under the puzzle, no more. I wonder how Jerry and Patty will do?

MoveOn — Excellent representational pie chart of likely world and national events stemming from the legalisation of gay marriage! Now maybe other can understand that this is a phenomenal and important step forward for the LGBT community but not a big deal for anyone else. Suggest a self-help group such as Bigots Anonymous could be helpful for those who fail to adjust. Would Republican Supply-side Jesus cry, or what? For certain! But the real Jesus would be whooping for joy!

CBS — "Romney vowed the duo would "preserve" Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up." — So who is running for POTUS and who for VP?

Video — Just the picture of Ryan there at the beginning — what a smug, smarmy assed idiot without a trace of intelligence or compassion. If anyone doesn't love America, it is Rmoney and Ryan, not Mr Obama.

Cartoon — Oh what a bumper sticker and there will be more.


Brigitte Hughes (1)
Monday August 13, 2012, 12:45 pm
How can people not see that if we elected another inept person like Bush, namely Romney, we'd be in a world of hurt for sure? Grrrreat sticker by the way!!!!!

Monday August 13, 2012, 1:18 pm
All democraps will get a brain!!

Patty K (2)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:08 pm
Why do the democrats believe the lies, omg. Obama is ruining the country and he is the one is lies and lies. To get Obama out is the only chance we have to fix things.

Sheila D (28)
Monday August 13, 2012, 2:30 pm
Love the bumper sticker! Those who don't realize Romney is lying will soon find out who he supports most; himself and all those other rich people. The rest of us better be hoarding our money if they get into office. Thanks TomCat. Always appreciate your posts.

Mary T (178)
Monday August 13, 2012, 4:14 pm
Thanks Tom I love the bumper sticker, I thought it was bad to have Mittens running as president it just got worse with Ryan, They are both idiots.

Linda h (86)
Monday August 13, 2012, 5:43 pm
The puzzle was fun! My first time trying it. I'll better I'm sure with some more practice. Thanks for being here for us. I love the bumper sticker.

Patricia E. G (54)
Monday August 13, 2012, 6:24 pm
I am not fond of Mitt Romney, but I think this Paul Ryan is a lousy choice.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday August 14, 2012, 12:06 am
@ Dave D --- I find your comment racist and inappriate. While I don't share your opinion on Romney vs Obama, you should have left it at that and not brought in the racism. There is no place in a civil society for racism.

Debra Holliday (38)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 11:49 am
President Obama cut Medicare by over $716 billion to pay for Obamacare -- a travesty his campaign now is touting as an achievement.
Seniors will be hit with higher costs and fewer benefits because of Obamacare's Medicare cuts. Beginning in 2013, Obamacare will cut over $100 billion from Medicare Advantage, a vital program that benefits one in four seniors.
And Obamacare created the Independent Payment Advisory Board to create even steeper cuts in Medicare benefits, which could lead to reduced access to care.
“Rather than work together to advance solutions, the President has opted to play politics with seniors’ care. The President and his party’s leaders continue to distort efforts to save and strengthen Medicare in an effort to distract seniors from the consequences of their health care law. The massive health care law raids over $500 billion from Medicare to finance a new health care entitlement, and hands Medicare’s fate over to an unaccountable board of 15 unelected bureaucrats. This board of bureaucrats will be empowered to cut Medicare in ways that will result in restricted access and denied care for current seniors, while still leaving the program bankrupt for future generations.
“Seniors deserve better from President Obama. To prevent the President’s empty promises from becoming broken promises, Medicare and Social Security – critical programs designed in the mid-20th century – must be strengthened for the 21st century. I remain committed to advancing principled, bipartisan reforms that fulfill the missions of these important programs.”
Key findings from the Trustees’ Report:
Social Security’s 75-year unfunded liability equals $8.6 trillion. Medicare’s 75-year unfunded liability equals $26.4 trillion. By refusing to advance sensible reforms, Washington is making tens of trillions of dollars of empty promises to Americans.
Social Security remains in a period of permanent cash deficits, with slower economic growth moving the looming bankruptcy date up to 2033. When its trust fund is exhausted, seniors can expect a 25 percent cut in their benefits.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund is expected to go insolvent by 2016, jeopardizing assistance for Americans with disabilities.
Medicare remains on a collision course with the reality of demographics and health inflation, as the trustees warn that Medicare’s Part A Trust Fund will reach insolvency in 2024. Absent reform, correcting Medicare’s financial imbalance would require an immediate 26 percent benefit cut for current seniors or a 47 percent tax increase on workers.
This year’s report includes another funding warning from Medicare’s trustees, which triggers a requirement for the President to submit a plan to bring Medicare’s finances into balance. President Obama continues to ignore his statutory requirement to strengthen Medicare’s financial health.
Medicare’s Chief Actuary Richard Foster again submitted an appendix to the report’s finding, providing alarming context for Medicare’s fate. Making clear the pain of price controls on government health programs, the following key passages can be found in Chief Actuary Richard Foster’s Statement of Actuarial Opinion:
“By the end of the long-range projection period, Medicare prices for hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, ambulatory surgical center, diagnostic laboratory, and many other services would be less than half of their level under the prior law.”
“Medicare prices would be considerably below the current relative level of Medicaid prices, which have already led to access problems for Medicaid enrollees, and far below the levels paid by private health insurance.”
“For these reasons, the financial projections shown in this report for Medicare do not represent a reasonable expectation for actual program operations in either the short range (as a result of the unsustainable reductions in physician payment rates) or the long range (because of the strong likelihood that the statutory reductions in price updates for most categories of Medicare provider services will not be viable).”

pam montgomery (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:16 am
that sounds right

pam montgomery (0)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 1:18 am
thats a good one

Carol H (229)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 4:17 am
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