Thursday, September 18, 2008
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CNN is looking to start something new this weekend, and it all begins right here on iReport.com. Anchor Don Lemon wants to talk with you, the iReport community, about how you're weathering this week's dismal news from Wall Street. Here's his invite: I was out running errands with my mom the other day. She needed some help after losing power for over a week because of Hurricane Gustav. When I stopped to buy coffee at the local coffee house she said, "You sure you want to pay that much for a cup of coffee? Times are tough." And that's when it hit me. No matter who you are or how much money you make, times are tough. They're getting tougher with the recent collapse of so many Wall Street mainstays. What in the world is going on? I didn't buy the coffee. I stopped buying bottled water too. And like many of our viewers and iReporters I've been cutting back and checking my investments, including my 401k. I haven't looked at my 401k in years. I know it's there. I just feel like as long as I keep putting money into it I'll be fine. But I'm not so sure lately. I need some advice. Am I putting my money in the right place? Should I even put it in a 401k? Lots of questions. And I'm sure you have some too. If you had the chance what would you ask a financial expert? Or maybe you have a personal story to share about how your life has been impacted by the economy. Send us your video iReport and we'll try to get it on CNN on Saturday and Sunday night. Why not, it's free advice? So what are you waiting for? Post your iReport today , then tune in Saturday and Sunday night on CNN to join the conversation.

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September 18, 2008
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attention, wolf blitzer, ohio is at it again, i am a citizen of ohio and voter suppression is alive and well. the republicans that run this state have selectivly taken regersterd voters off the registration list...

be aware if your not registerd then you can not vote, i thought that i was registerd, i voted in march, and now my name is not listed with the government. for the people by the people my ..................

September 18, 2008
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The only thing I do that is give my alms consistently every month. I also have donated to Obama campaign which is something I have never done before. I made a promise

that I would donate to Feed the Children all my life and that was over 20 years ago, I believe.

 

What bothers me is the comment from Palin and McCain that

PAYING TAXES IS NOT PATRIOTIC. What morons would say that

 

1.TAXES ARE PAYING FOR THE WAR.

2 TAXES ARE PAYING FOR THE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

3.TAXES ARE PAYING FOR VETERANS MEDICAL CARE.

4.TAXES ARE PAYING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY (THIS IS THE MONEY

THAT THE GOVERNMENT USES TO PAY FOR ALL THOSE TAX CUTS!!!!!

 

I remember when JFK said "Dont ask what your country can

do for you but what you can do for your country."

The country applauded him for it.

 

IT IS THE SELF-SERVE GREEDY ATTITUDES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THEIR CORPORATE GRIFTERS THAT HAVE GOTTEN US INTO THIS PLACE.

 

I am a senior citizen but I paid my taxes when working for 40 years. I do not regret that.

 

I FEEL THAT SINCE I AM NOT LITERALLY FIGHTING FOR MY COUNTRY I OUGHT TO AT LEASE PAY FOR THOSE THAT DO.!!!!!

 

I feel sorry for the likes of McCain and Palin and I will

feel more sorry if these two UNPATRIOTIC TIGHTWADS ARE ELECTED.

 

JESUS SAID TO GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR'S AND TO GOD

WHAT IS GOD'S. HE BADE IS DISCIPLE TO GOT GET A COIN FROM

A FISH AND PAY THEIR TAXES.

 

TOO BAD SARAH PALIN IS ONLY A SPEAKER OF THE WORD AND NOT A DOER. THINK JESUS WOULD TELL JOE BIDEN "WELL DONE

MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT."

September 18, 2008
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I will have to give up a little in this republican economy, but NEVER would I give up my dogs or birds

It would be like giving up your children.. Animals

have not caused this crisis, the BUSH ADMINISTATION

did. I would NEVER vote for any position that included

Sarah Palin ( the animal killer) unless I could shoot republicans fron a helicopter!!!!

September 18, 2008
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I'm glad to know the iReport staff are still going strong on the weekend! I have some amazing footage which I will upload on Saturday...

September 18, 2008
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Hey Anderson,

Thought you would like to know that I just got done watching a show on the public channel here in Southwestern PA and I must tell you that I am very alarmed. You should check out the poisioning of all the people in West Virginia caused by the big coal companies stripping the mountain tops and leaving the run off of the disturbed land and the pools of polluted water seep into their wells. They said that the well water was tested and they found lead, and in some cases arsnic in the water and the EPA isn't doing anything about it. People have died from this and I think something should be done about it. Isn't just as important to safely mine the coal as it is to figure out how to make it burn clean?

Please help the people.

 

Thank you

September 18, 2008
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McCain Tax Plan.

Tax Cut of 4.4% for people making above $2.87 Million Dollars a year.

Tax Cut of 3.4% for people making above $603,403 up to $2.87 Million Dollars a year.

Tax Cut of 3.1% for people making between $226,982 to $603,403 a year.

Tax Cut of 3% for people making between $160,973 to $226,981 a year.

Tax Cut of 2.5% for people making between $111,646 to $160,972 a year.

Tax Cut of 1.4% for people making between $66,355 to $111,645 a year.

 

(The Average American salary falls below here of wich constitutes as the largest percentage of tax payers of over 90% of Americas earnings)

 

Tax Cut of 0.7% for people making between $37,596 to $66,354 a year.

Tax Cut of 0.5% for people making between $18,982 to 37,595 a year.

Tax Cut of 0.2% for people making less then $18,892 a year.

 

Thats great that we are giving everyone a Tax break but who is covering the deficit? Who is paying down our Counties debt. Also who benefits most from these tax cuts? Will any of the American people besides the wealthiest ever see a portion of the $269,364 or will this go to Italy, Germany, France and One single construction firm with purchases of large houses, BMW's, Ferrari's and Audi's and Rolls Royces, and above and beyond the cost of Armani Suits and other italian designers?

 

Obama Tax Plan:

Tax Increase of 11.5% for people making above $2.87 million dollars a year.

Tax Increase of 8.7% for people making between $603,403 to $2.87 million dollars a year

No Tax Change for people making between $226,982 to $603,403 a year.

Tax Cut of 1.9% for people making between $160,973 to $226.981 a year.

Tax Cut of 2.1% for people making between $111,646 to $160.972 a year.

Tax Cut of 1.8% for people making between $66,355 to $111,645 a year.

 

(The Average American salary falls below here of wich constitutes as the largest percentage of tax payers of over 90% of Americas earnings)

 

Tax Cut of 2.4% for people making between $37,596 to $66,354 a year.

Tax Cut of 3.6% for people making between $18,982 to 37,595 a year.

Tax Cut of 5.5% for people making upto $18,982 a year.

September 19, 2008
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There is another conversation I thank we should address which is in Indiana the republicans are trying to stop the people that have lost there house through foreclosure from voting. These are mostly lower income people. If their address is different then their registered address they will be removed from the list.   The republicans campaign is sending letters to the foreclosed address and when it came back returned mailed these people are removed from the voting list.  This is because Obama is trying to change the map to Democratic.

 

There are SO MANY DISCLOCATED PEOPLE that have lost there homes either by:

1. Foreclosure

2. Hurricane Katrina

3. Hurricane Ike

 

Right now, Texas and Louisiana is the hardest hit, will these people not be able to vote because their homes have been destroyed and now living at an address where they are not registered?  I believe right now these people are thinking more about surviving instead of changing the address to vote. 

 

What do you think?

September 19, 2008
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"You sure you want to pay that much for a cup of coffee? Times are tough." 

That's quite right, times are tough, and millions of people on the planet are in desperate hunger now, what a cup of coffee costs for you, can buy a lot of food for those starving people. They do need our help. I'm not saying that everyone should or must donate, but we can help, we can help them by paying attention to this problem of global starvation.

MY friends and i organized a Worldwide Video-Synchronization Program(www.wvsp.net), having invited over a thousand web video producers to make film over the world famine, to help make the world pay attention to this problem.

So, everyone could help those poor starving people with just a click (www.wvsp.net). They need your attention.

If you wanna join us, you can also email: wvsp2008@gmail.com

or MSN: wvsp@msn.com

Please, Help !

September 19, 2008
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The rich get richer....

 

At the beginning of this week as the market crashed, I took every available dollar I had, and could afford to lose (only about $5000) and bought bank stocks.  As of today, ne of those is up 50%, the other is up 30% in just a couple of days. I only wish I could have risked more!! My thought was that over the long term I would probably gain.  I can only imagine the bets that some of the weathier people in our country were taking.....people who could afford to gamble with $100K or $100M.  I will bet Warren Buffett and Donald Trump may have just made ENORMOUS gains this week.

 

Meanwhile, the other 99% of us have all our money tied up in funds that have been going down, down, down for months.

 

I predict that in just a few months, the rest of us will hear that the wealthiest 1% of Americans just got a whole lot wealthier.

 

Tanya M in Atlanta

September 19, 2008
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TDD

My home in Oklahoma - tornado alley - is built using the ICF method.

 

The house that survived the Katrina disaster was built using ICF Conctruction (Insulated Concrete Forms).

 

I would be very interested in knowing what material this structure was built with that survived Ike. Looks like steel colums and special roofing, siding, etc.

September 19, 2008
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I lost $40,000.00 in the last 12 months in the stock market. the stocks i had were very conservative so they were not high risk stocks. What do we need to do to get a check from the govt. for the losses the stock holders have lost? There bailing out poorly managed companys and over paid CEO's They should be bailing out the people who have life savings in the market also.

September 19, 2008
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Gov. Palin is a nice lady.  In the beginning she appeared to be the great VP for McCain.  Once she started to allow the media to question her, she has not been able to answer not one of the questions that has been asked.  Larry would you please tell her to ANSWER the questions asked. regarding the plane, the bridge,her experience over seas.  She appears to not know very much. And she should learn about the Bush doctorine . I pray she and McCain does not win.  I like having the freedom to choose what I want to do with my body.  After all it is MY BODY not Palin or McCain's.  We are not trying to go backwards in the world. I'm afraid slavery may be voted back if these guys are voted to office. I'm glad Woopie brought this up on the View, she made a great point. I'm voting for Barack ! And this is the first time in my 52 years that I'm helping to register as many people as I can

September 20, 2008
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Gov.Sarah Palin is a very professionally person and the best Gov. Alaska has had in a long time. She is for the people and has done more for AK in two years then Gov. Murkowski did in 4 years.(One of the good old boy from Washington)Sarah started the investigation on our senators. As you know 9 are in jail now. I'm sure a few more are going to join them if the Judiciary commmittee don't get their way to get her out of office. Sen.Lyda Green,Sen.French,Sen.Kim Elton has been after her since the 1st day in office.(From the good old boys club and the oil money days)Sen.Green hates her so bad with her jealousy because Sarah stands up to her and let her know she doesn't run the State for the people.Sen.Green would sell her morther to get her out of office.Why?? for doing her job as our Gov.I hope to see the day when Sen.Green get the smirk wipe off her face she has at all the meetings on this.Sen.French who picked Branchflower to over see this investigation are good friends with Walt Monegan. Blanchflower's wife work for Monegan with very big wage. And this is going to be a fair trail.NO WAY. The Personal Broad is the only way the true will be know and they are all willing to work with them. Thank God Sen.Codhill Started this for a fair trial and the rest of the Senator's to get it out of thier hands. Sen.Green know the corrupstion is here and is trying to stop her clearing it up.Wake up Amercan and see the light.Sen.French is so bias he's talking Potential impeachment since day one this come out to cover up WHAT?? his skin.This has to come out of the Juiciary Committee's hands to be fair.Kick out the good old boy club.Its the locally people who want this.We will welcome her back as Gov.Palin 200% to our State so we won't lose. Obama's wife said she was tired of hearing to vote for McCain & Palin because they are "he's so nice and she's so cute"Why is she calling us whitety on the todays show and to vote because he's black. I don't vote for color I want the best team to win. Its going to be a close race and its got to be fair and right now its NOT. Keep a open mind to the issues. Yes I'm voting for the McCain & Palin ticket as I know they will work for the people and not just a lot of talk.

Thank you for reading this.

September 20, 2008
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Any one watch Larry King tonight?

 

It was a little disturbing. Four spokeswomen, two for each side, yelling at each other. Some valid points made, but ultimately the new McCain campaign strategist GEORGETTE MOSBACHER made the campaign look horrible. She came off very ignorant and uninformed.

This particular exchange shocked and saddened me:

 

<< MOSBACHER: But the important thing is that Americans want to believe and believe they are winners. As a proud American, I refuse to accept the fact that we're losers. We're not losers. And she just spoke what most Americans believe. They want to believe we are the best. We have the best military and while we made some mistakes, we corrected them. And we're winning now and it's much better to go out as a winner than it is to go out as a loser.

 

WOLF: Georgette, I have to jump in. As a patriotic American myself, I have to point out that over 4,000 brave young men and women have been murdered in a war of choice that was unnecessary.

 

MOSBACHER: They were volunteers. We had a volunteer army.>>

 

I know she wasn't intending to call us losers when she said she refuses to accept the FACT that we are losers. (poor choice of words) I can overlook that. But replying to 4000+ troops dying in an unnecessary way by saying "they volunteered" is rude and ridiculous. That is not what they volunteered for.

 

They did not volunteer to be sent into a war with no declaration, no plan, no armor, and no end in sight.

 

They did not volunteer to train contractors who get 5 times the salary our soldiers get for those very same jobs.

 

They did not volunteer to be poisoned because of the neglect of KBR to actually inspect the areas agreed to in their NO BID CONTRACT. Or to have contractors knowingly drop nerve agents on them at crowded checkpoints.

 

They did not volunteer be demoralized by the neo-conservative war hawks telling them we don't support them. When in fact we just want our brave men and women home with their families, where they belong, protecting our borders.

 

Our brave troops swear to defend the constitution from enemies at home and abroad. Afghanistan was defense. Iraq was not. While they are gone fighting, this administration has destroyed the very document our troops are defending. This war in Iraq has dire consequences for generations to come.

 

It makes me ashamed to be a Republican. I'm not claiming Obama's campaign is always truthful, but they at least seem informed. I think I just became an independent.

September 20, 2008
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You know what Candidates/Government needs to say, I haven't heard, is how he is going to jump start funding innovation and NEW BUSINESS' since all of the capital is gone... They need to put the CAPCO program back in place and also revert the SEC rules which were the cause of the dot.com bust back regarding revenue recognition and companies who invest in another company having to deduct a dollar in revenue for every dollar in investment. This caused the economy downturn to start with. What should have been done was that instead of stopping this practice due to the belief that company were being overvalued for inflated revenues is mandated that the investor had to be a affiliate with a board seat for oversight to make sure they had skin in the game. This FUELED CLINTONS ECONOMY and is the only way I see to fix this mess... The country needs money to grow and wealth comes from innovation!

September 20, 2008
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Sarah Palin's grandchild, News must check out.

 

This is circling around the internet. This is a young man, African American man, posted a video claiming that he is the father of Palin's teenage daugther. This something that we all need to see. Reason, let this been a black candiates child, this would not be socially embraced. This country still has a double standard. As a woman, I don't care what gender that you are. What I care about is how can you make this country better and productive for my family. So Obama didn't pick Sen. Clinton. Believe me, all you Clinton supporters it is not over. I believe that Obama will have Clinton working with him in the White House. The economy has not been good since the Democrats left office. You might not like Michael Moore's movie, but the truth has come to life. President Bush has ran this country down, just like he did his company in Texas. Maybe you will admit it since you are losing your homes and 401K. This is a sign that it is time for a change, and not four more years of the same.

 

 

http://www.blackbottom.com/watch.php?v=WdBJd9b9i8A&feature=active_sharin

September 20, 2008
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BAIL OUT THE BABY BOOMERS!

 

As a member of one of the largest consumer groups in the US, I'd like to know when WE are going to be bailed out.

 

We have worked for 40 plus years, paid our taxes every year, and contributed to charities and our communities.

 

Now, because of health problems, many of us have lost most of what we worked for over the last 40 years.

 

In spite of the current "rhetoric" from both presidentil candidates about health care reform, I am not feeling too confident that we will get the help we need before we lose everything we have left.

 

With billions going to bail out Wall street and greedy insurance companies, what, if anything will be left over for health care reform and other needed services?

 

I'm sure our story is not unusual. I know of many people our age or older who have gone through similar trials.

 

2 years ago, we lived in a beautiful 2400 sq. ft. home, with a pool, in AZ.

 

Now, we live in a 1300 sq. ft. 1976 mobile home in Colorado.

 

I don't think you would call this "fighting back". I would call it just "trying to stay alive".

 

2 years ago, my husband and I were both working, making close to $100,000 a year. We had 2 newer cars, went out to dinner once a week, and paid our bills on time. We spent a week evey year in Mexico on vacation and thought we were living the American dream.

 

In late 2005, I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on my left lung. The tumor was removed and I was assured that it was "unlikely" to return, but there is always the possibility that it might.

 

Luckily, at that time, we had health insurance that paid for "most" of the expenses.

 

However, after my surgery, we spent most of our savings paying medical bills that were not covered under our insurance plan.

 

I was unable to work for about 6 months and we got behind on our bills and could not catch up. We were forced into bankruptcy and sold our house to move back to Colorado to be closer to our family and try to get our life back.

 

We took the money from our sold home and bought an older mobile home and tried to start over.

 

We quickly learned that it is not easy to start over at this stage in life. My husband, 65 years old at the time could not find a job here - even with over 40 years of experience - no one would hire him.

 

I am a Realtor, and when the market went down the tubes, I wasn't able to  make a living at my job either.

 

My husband filed for his social security benefits and for two years, we  lived on that and our small savings from the sale of our house.

 

This year, I turned 62, and filed for early social security. Even though I had to give up a large portion of my benefits for filing early, we saw no choice. Our savings had run out, and we could not live on my husband's benefits alone.

 

So, now we live much more simply.  We are still driving the same car and we clipping coupons to save on groceries. We "go out to eat" at Taco Bell occasionally.

 

We don't go on vacation anymore. We worry about having enough gas to go to the grocery store.

 

But, you know what? It's OK. We have adjusted. We miss our trips to Mexico. I miss my beautiful home with the pool. But, we feel lucky that we have what we do.

 

However, we live in constant fear that I will get sick again and we will lose what little that we have because now I can not get insurance because of my pre-existing condition.

 

I have applied to every major insurance company and been turned down by each one. Colorado has a program for people who can't get regular insurance but it would cost about $500 to $1000 a month for the coverage.

 

There is no way we can afford this amount, so we just pray that I can stay well for another two years until I turn 65 and can get Medicare coverage.

 

IF- Medicare is still available at that time. IF - the government doesn't decide to do away with Medicare benefits to bail out the auto industry or the oil industry or some other greedy fat cats.

 

I'm sure that the CEO's of Wall street, who ran their companies into the ground, didn't trade in their mansions for a mobile home. I bet they still have health insurance.

 

With their millions from their "golden parachutes, they can still live the good life.

 

What about the rest of us?

 

I think it's time for a bail out for the hard working people who have contributed the most to this country.

 

We are not asking for "golden parachutes". We are just asking for reasonable health care costs and the opportunity to live our the rest of our lives with a small amount of dignity.

 

Oh yes, and it would be really nice if we could keep what little we have so we can at least leave something to our kids and grandkids when we leave this earth.

September 20, 2008
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I believe the CEO's and others with the "golden parachutes" money should be "frozen". They should be prosecuted and put in jail just like those from ENRON.

We need to let everyone know they cannot steal money and then let the company collapse destroying everyones lives and get away with it.

Regarding taxes. No new taxes is how I feel. Cutting federal funding to ALL other countries by 75% would save all of us BILLIONS of dollars within the first year!!!

This is money that will pay down the deficit and help to make the American dollar stronger. Cut the House of Representatives to 100 members (like the senate). Currentlly there are 433 useless members creating a clog in getting anything done. We keep the best 100 and the rest are "FIRED" with NO pensions, they go on unemployment like the rest of us do when we lose our jobs.

CUtting out 333 House Members we save on their salaries, full pensions at their retirements, healthcare for them and their families, the cost of their offices, phones, cable, stationery, staff and rent. WE PAY FOR THIS STUFF FOLKS!! And yet, they have done nothing to help us. THe savings on all of these expenses of 333 members over the years will again save of Billions of dollars covering all of the above, and get rid of GOVERNMENT WASTE.

Taxes are not a PRIVILEDGE, I hate them. Our money for programs we need should come from the above listed savings our tax dollars are currently paying for. We need to keep the money here for us. Further, our income should come from TARIFFS, for all products that enter our country for US to buy. That's REAL income from other countries totaling, again, billions of dollars throughtout the year. If they don't want to pay it, fine, we won't buy it. There's nothing we really need from them to SURVIVE. Buy AMERICAN, and boycotte foreign products.

We don't need tax increases. We need to keep the taxes we currently pay IN OUR COUNTRY IN THE FIRST PLACE. We also need to COLLECT the money owed to us from countries we loaned money to. These are the first steps we need to take before we put any tax burdens on any american family. Get back to the basics, this country was founded on, that's why everyone wanted to come here in the first place.

September 20, 2008
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When I listen to the news and when I read the paper, magazine, or a blog I wonder how we all live in the same country, but have such different views on the world. 

I am a Democrat.  This is how I vote.  No exceptions.

 

Why you ask?  I am not going to Washington, but I get to vote for someone who is going.  Someone who is going to represent me.  I want that someone to understand my day to day struggles.  I want that someone to understand the American Dream.  Who could best do this?  A Democrat.

 

Obama understands what the American Dream is because he has lived it.  He was raised by a single mother who had to work hard and even receive government help to survive.  That is how millions of Americans are living each and every day.  Working hard and receiving government help in some form to survive.  Middle class American wants to survive.  We deserve to survive.

 

I am a teacher (Math not English, so do not say anything about my poor grammer) my husband of 24 years a farmer.  We have 4 wonderful children.  The oldest will be graduating with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in December.  We do not have an income of $5 million dollars or even $250 thousand dollars.  We make less than $50 thousand dollars a year and every single day it is a struggle to make ends meet.  I need someone in Washington who understands my struggle.

 

Poor people have smart kids that deserve an excellent

education just like rich people.  Poor people have health issues that deserve the best health care just like rich people.  Poor people need retirement benefits just like rich people.  Poor people get hungry just like rich people.  Poor people must drive to work just like rich people. 

 

The American Dream promises to everyone that if you work hard you can make your live better.  Under this administration no one's live is getting better except the wealthy.  Can't you see that!!!!!!!!!

 

Obama is the only way that this country is going to get any better.  It will be a struggle and it is not going to improve over night.  It will take months, even years to undo the damage that has occured over the past 8 years.  You know the truth, vote with the truth.

September 21, 2008
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one candidate promises this, the other promises that.  both are focused on the middle class, which is cool, but there are other people out there and neither have lowered their "class" to reach out to them.  I am one of them that fall in the class other than middle.  I am living on 641.00 monthly SSI and SSD.  I am forced to feed myself with 36.00 monthly government Food Stamp program.  What about my vote?  do you think my vote counts?  I have thought about this for some time.  along with other people that are in the same class of people as myself and we have decided that we aren't going to vote.  Every news cast consists of what the candidates are going to do for the middle class.  Don't they get it that there are other people in the this country that carry the ability to vote.  Here in the appalachian region we are poor.  alot work and still fall below the poverty line.  they don't vote.  constantly I hear, "why should we vote? the government don't recognize us as part of the country".  People instantly think of "deliverance" when you say appalachian region.  Isn't that sad? I may not be the smartest person in the world, I may not be the richest person in the world but I am a person.  A person that cares about his country, about the economy, the cost of gas and the cost of food.  but Not one reporter, not one anchorman, not one candidate, not one senator, not one representative will return my letters or emails.  I had one Senator that answered my letter with a simple "thank you for writing my office".  i didn't write their office i wrote them.  I am a proud person, I cry when i see our colors blowiing in the breeze.  I pray for our troops in harms way.  i suffer daily economically.  i have trouble making ends met right along the side of the middle class.  yet not one person will address these issues. I can't speak for the whole "lower class" of people but i can speak for me.  I am shaking my head and waiting to see how the "middle class" votes this November.

September 21, 2008
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character or cartoon character

 

In this election, our choice is  between a man who experimented with illegal drugs and an adulterer, between a long time public servant who was once accused of plagiarism and a shrill voice which panders to the witch hunter vote, between a man who has a friend in jail and one of the Keating Five, and between a son of a single mother who worked his way up from the bottom to excite a nation and a son privilege who worked his way down from the top to graduate near the bottom of his class. Will we choose character or cartoon character?

September 22, 2008
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For over 4 years, I've been sending faxes to Rep. Nancy Pelosiand others-regarding the impending financial and economic crisis we now seethis is proveable. I've done volunteer work with her office off and on since 1989.  I even have documents of what happened with my subprime ARM and going through two declared disasters (wildfiresthat ruined my business) and the result of asking for lawful temporary disaster deferrals of mortgage payments back in 2002-2003.  I was actually LIED to by Henry Paulson Jr. and his top legal counsel, Steven Vincent at Goldman Sachs about the ownership of my mortgage notes.  Without knowing your lender you can't get disaster relief, or lawful set-offs or anything else.  They lied and committed fraud just to try to steal a little duet home next to an expressway.  Paulson is lying now.  Congress needs to buy the mortgage NOTES, DEEDS OF TRUST and the TRUSTS, not just the "debt securities" or it's buying the piga cancerous pig and not even wearing lipstick.  Congress also needs to make the CEO's and other high paid officers of these failed companies pay toward the debts themselves: all the money they've taken out in the last 2 years at least, and they need to be put in foreclosure along with their companies and all their personal assets sold to pay off at least some of the debts and penalties for frauds they've racked up.

September 23, 2008
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About the "Southern Gas Shortages"-Has anyone considered the possibility that some of these "empty" stations actually have gas in their tanks and are just waiting 'til the price climbs to re-open their pumps? I wouldn't have thought of this normally, however, in light of the recent evidence of gas price gouging, who really knows?

 

4heavensake, Chattanooga

September 23, 2008

Mr Lemon,

Just because 60 MINUTES hasn't done a story on your missing 401k; doesn't mean it's still there  - CHECK ON YOUR LOOT Man  

 

FINANCIAL SUGGESTIONS:

 

Divert 1/3 of your hard assets and portfolio to your pillowcase.

Liquidate 1/3 of all you have and get it out the way of institutional corruption and stash-it  away yourself.

Mz. Ella @ Ladies' Hood Journal reporting.

September 23, 2008
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What hypocrisy on the part of CNN! Here’s a fair and balanced question. “What percentages of blacks will only vote for Obama because he’s black, 80, 90%? Oh, please don’t tell me about white racism!

September 24, 2008
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I don't even know where to start.  Not so long ago, I read an article on cnn's website about the top 10 CEO's and their bonuses.  Now, today, look where we are.  I cannot believe this bailout.  I think it is a bunch of BS and I sent a nice message to my local State Rep.  Someone in this Blog mentioned about freezing the accounts of these greedy CEOs.  I most definetly agree.  Why should we, the Middle to Lower Middle Class, Bail these Donkeys out?  I don't see any bail out for people like RockyMtnLady or any other average Joe. 

 

If I would file for bankruptcy, their would be repercussions for that.  My credit would go into the toilet and I would be paying for that for the next seven yrs.  Are these companies, or better yet, the people who created this mess going to get their credit scores pumeled into the ground.  I doubt it.  They got their 10 to 50 million dollar bonuses and people said that they deserved it. 

 

I could go on and on about this, and they say your vote can make a difference, BS on that too.  Personally, I don't like either one of them, I don't see either one of them getting us out of this mess.

September 24, 2008
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I was a stay at home wife 6 years ago, when I decided to get a real estate license. I began investing in real estate and becoming a land lord. Since then a divorce, death in the family, violent mugging that left me in the hospital, and a downturn in the housing market, I am losing everything! I was worth several million on paper two years ago. Now I owe that! I have been foreclosed on several times over. I applied for a job in my area of expertise that would have been worth 160K per year plus benefits. I was turned down because the company is governed by the SEC and my poor credit was unacceptable. Not only has this housing and financial crisis stripped me of everything I own, it is keeping me from earning a living. I have sent out hundreds of resumes and gone on numerous job interviews. I am finding myself competing for jobs against lawyers, ex CEO's, and many others with more qualifications than I, who are desperate for work. What no one is considering is this...with all of these homeowners being foreclosed on, they will be unable to re-enter the homeownership market again for years. Not to mention how hard it will be to rent, since a credit check is required. WHERE IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I LEARNED ABOUT GROWING UP? What no one is saying about this bail out is that it will be in place to bail out ALL banks who do business in this country. SOUNDS LIKE THE BEGINING OF A GLOBAL BAILOUT...Dare we be paranoid of the "One World Economy"?

September 24, 2008
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I am confused about the direction we are taking with this bailout.  Only in this sense, if the major instability is caused by the mortgage crisis, because low interest loans now are high due to adjustable rates kicking in, why cant the government just fix all of the interest rates for these risky mortgages to 2% or some low level. (Un fair for us who are paying normal rates but beats bailing everyone out).

 

These people could afford the low interest prior to the adjustment, hence reset it low for 5 years, to give us more time to address the issue properly.

 

Wouldnt this keep people in their houses, reduce foreclosures, and change the junk status of these bundled mortgages that securities brought up, and give the market time to stabilize?

 

Why cant we just fix the root cause?

September 24, 2008
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It is absolutely dispicable that anyone would say this! Has it occurred to ANYONE else that maybe the reason people are having a hard time paying their mortgages is because of job losses and the price of gas?>?>? We bought our home 5 years ago and never had missed or late payment until gas hit over $4 a gallon! We own a retail business, have for over 8 years, and have seen our sales plummet, our over head skyrocket & our bills at home increase... ALL AT THE SAME TIME! NEWS FLASH FOLKS! The budget we had when we got our mortgage has COMPLETELY CHANGED due to no fault of our own! We have begun selling our furniture to pay our bills! Hopefully the leaders in Congress will have more compassion than some I have seen on T.V..

 

Tiff

 

 

Mobile, ALABAMA

September 25, 2008
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Iam very much concerned about this Bail-out.As I reember,in late sixties or early seventies there was a company named Equity Funding Corporation which declared bankruptcy within three days of disclosing by an insider that they were writing insurance policies with fictitious name and address thereby increasing their stock price almost overnight with the assumption that their revenue will be astronomical. Now I am concerned if some of those wallstreet geniuses pulled on us the same thing by creating fictitious mortgage notes and packaged them to sell as mortgage securities. Then that will be a real pig with lip-stick on it that our Government will buy with our tax dollers. Please let us discuss if our Government is really buying that pig with lip-stick on it.Then we the tax payer will be out of luck and our leaders will still brag what a good job they did for us.

September 25, 2008
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This economic bail-out is easy to do.  Bail out the American economy; NOT the companies that created this mess.  It is our tax dollars;let us borrow it. Give me and the rest of American taxpayers a low interest loan that can only be used to pay off our mortgages. Use a real standardized format that qualifies you by your income. If someone can not afford the house they are in, then put them in one of the many empty forclosed homes that fits their income. Then take all of the forclosed homes that are left and allow American taxpayers to borrow at a low interest rate money to buy these homes as a first time or primary residence. No monies for residential business development.  Out of $700 Billion, a majority of American citizens would be able to use THEIR tax money to keep their home. A low interest mortgage would also give American citizens a lower house payment so they would have extra monies to stimulate/strengthen the economy. I would rather use my tax dollars to improve my quality of life, not some big company that made poor choices and squandered their profits and savings. With American citizens paying off the high interest mortgages held by these poor performing companies; that would  fix the financial burden these companies have got themselves in to. Then you fire every person in these companies that hold positions above middle-management. No severance package and no retirement. These people should never be allowed to hold any job at this level again. These people have done things that are affecting the American economy and every American citizen. That should be viewed as treason. People need a place to live so it is far more likely that these monies will me repayed. A big company has no incentive or motivation to repay these monies. We would just be giving them the opportunity to eat the cookie after we caught them with their hand in the cookie jar.

September 25, 2008
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BAIL OUT AMERICA…

 

 

Here is an interesting approach to help get the wealthiest nation on earth back on its feet again:

 

 

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a 'We Deserve It Dividend'. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 actual U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 /- counting every man, woman, and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up. So divide 200 million adults 18 into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00.

 

 

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a 'We Deserve It Dividend'. Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%, which is on the high side but still doable. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife would have $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

 

 

Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

 

Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads.

 

Put away money for college - it'll be there, no problem.

 

Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

 

Buy a new car, helping create new jobs.

 

Invest in the market - capital drives growth.

 

Pay for your parent's medical insurance – health care improves.

 

Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else!

 

 

Remember this is for every adult US Citizen 18, including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back, and of course, those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do I, instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ('vote buy') economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18!

 

 

As for AIG, liquidate it, sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate, let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.' But can you imagine the “Coast-To-Coast Block Party” that would ensue after the money was distributed! Can you say, ECONOMIC BOOOOOOOOOM!!!

 

 

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 billion, unlike my complete lack of confidence in AIG to get back in the black and remain profitable. Americans in general deserve the 'We Deserve It Dividend' more than the greedy ignoramuses running AIG or similar dead wood in Washington DC. And remember, The Family Plan would actually only cost $59.5 billion, because $25.5 billion would be returned to Uncle Sam, or just not sent out at all, to cover taxes on each American receiving a payment.

 

 

And for the cherry on top to help bail out the dwindling funds in the Social Security Program at the same time, for each US Citizen receiving a single or joint “Dividend”, deduct a percentage or all of what they have contributed to Social Security to date, and let them make there own investments for retirement. This would beef up the sinking coffers of the Social Security Program, and leave funds available for those that did not take part in the “Dividend” distribution, didn’t work enough to cover retirement, or other hardships that would make it nearly impossible to retire at a reasonable age. Thus ensuring each American the ability to enjoy their “Golden Years” following a lifetime of work, accumulating wealth, financial stability, and the best possible healthcare as our life comes to a close. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sign up today

September 25, 2008
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Bailout will not repay taxpayers !

The bailout will not repay taxpayers!  Nonperforming assets are defaulted loans on which the borrowers are in default for at least 90 days. Why will defaulted borrowers suddenly start paying their loans when the Treasury buys them from Wall Street and banks?  Treasury will have to foreclose homes, repo cars and boats and send credit card accounts to collections to recover just a fraction of the book value of the nonperforming loans. Holding defaulted loans long term will not make them perform. The bailout is a huge loss to tax payers!

September 25, 2008
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“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

     The preamble of The Constitution of the United States of America.  Written when our country was new and struggling to form it’s own identity.  Written to outline what it would mean to be the country called “The United States”. 

     “We the people” affirms that our government derives it’s authority from the people.  It all comes back to us, the people.  Or does it? 

     Where were our Representatives when the lenders were engaging in the so called “Liar Loans”?  Where have they been while our economy was steadily rolling towards financial nightmare?  Are we really expected to believe that no one in our government had any idea that we were heading towards a collapsing Wall Street long before it got this bad?  What about promoting the general welfare of “We the people”?  Our stocks are losing money by the bucketfuls, Social Security is in dire straits, we are running out of oil, our homes are losing their values, insurance companies are letting people die and Credit Card companies are fleecing their customers.  While we are overseas minding other countries businesses, our boarders are leaking like sieves.  While our Government is spending billions of dollars to make Iraqi citizens feel safe in their towns, the Chief Financial Officers of company after company are pocketing millions and leaving both their employees and our economy twisting in the wind. 

     Now the onus is placed squarely on the back of “we the people” to bail out Wall Street.  How did that happen?  Why is our Government penalizing the people who did everything right, everything they were supposed to do financially in order to fix a problem that the Government should have dealt with long ago.  Are we only “we the people” when things are bad?  The Government turns to the citizens it is supposed to represent when the financial chips are down.  Where was the representing when the Big Banks were gambling like Vegas tourists?  What about all the people who are living within their budgets, paying off their Credit Cards on time, never defaulting on their loans and never taking out loans that they know they can’t afford?  Who is bailing them out now that their homes are worth less than when they were purchased?  Are they going to be reimbursed for the loss to their retirement? 

     While the CEOs are relaxing in their multimillion dollar homes sipping their cocktails, their employees are facing uncertain futures.  Homes are being foreclosed upon, lifetime savings are dwindling away.  Where is the accountability?  Who can make our Government accountable for allowing this mess to get as far as it has?  There is no way Capitol Hill can convince us that they were not aware of what was going on long before Lehman Brothers and WAMU started to crumble.  That kind of financial avalanche does not just suddenly happen, there had to have been signs that even Washington DC could have seen.  So now what?  Stocks are plummeting, homes are losing value like used cars and everyone is pointing their fingers at everyone else.  Like children on a playground, “He did it”, “No, he did it!”  Until finally all the fingers swing around and are pointing at “we the people”. They gambled and stole and lied and cooked the books all while Congress looked the other way, and now we have to pick up the $700 million tab. 

     Why aren’t the CEO’s in jail right now?  Why aren’t they being forced to return all that money?  Why are we being forced to bail out those companies?  We are being forced, we apparently don’t have any say in the matter, Congress will vote and that will be that.  Is that really representing us?  Somewhere along the way, there was a disconnect between those on The Hill and those they are supposed to speak for.  Politics has gotten in the way of government.        The answer is that it is not going to stop because there is no reason for it to do so. The people who work on Capitol Hill are so far removed from "We the People" that there is no way they could be capable of actually representing us. Not anymore. The politicians who walk those hallowed halls do not have to wonder how to make their paychecks stretch. They don't worry about sending their children to college, they certainly don't worry about their children's safety when they send them off to public schools. Are they concerned with filling their tanks? Nope. Health care? Nope. Do they worry about making a choice between prescriptions and the light bill? No way.  They have no idea what real life is all about. How can they understand our needs and concerns when they don't share them?

     They are more in touch with those overpaid CEOs and their political ways than they could ever be with John Q Public.  That is why the American taxpayer is being held to the fire and there has been no talk of punishing the people who drove everything into the ditch in the first place.  There is apparently nothing we can do about it, either.  No one asked us what we wanted.  So much for Representation.

September 25, 2008
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Finger pointing in the midst of a crisis solves little but accurately identifying a problem is the first step to solving it.   The Feds and congress are not identifying the problem but rather they are attempting to fix the symptoms with the 700 billion bailout .  Our financial and now economic failures has its taproot in a 10 year old trade imbalance of 60 billion dollars each month due to energy, auto, and product imports.  Our economy simply cannot function with 720 billion dollars leaking out of it each year.  It has been mandatory that we get that 720 billion dollars back each year from foreign shores to maintain a median of exchange in loosely circulating dollars which sustains our economy.  How?  Sell something to them.  Enter Freddie and Fannie;  who purchased from banks their housing mortgages, packaged them into bonds and sold them abroad.  The banks with newly recycled money from Freddie and Fannie made more loans to more borrowers for mortgages fueling the building boom.  What better way is there to plow 720 billion dollars into the economy but through housing?   It quickly replenished currency that had leaked out through trade imbalance.  Trade imbalance has led to money replenishing pressures which has led to the Freddy Fannie highway of selling bonds recycling trade deficit money through housing plowing it back into the economy quickly.  And it worked great until we lowered lending standards to replenish more money than the housing market could absorb.  The money circle of trade deficits and replenishment failed when the sub-primes failed to pay back their principle and interest and too many houses were "force built".  Who is to blame?  The to be expected corruption of  "man" who oversees vast amounts of money is not to blame even when we want to strangle someone for the corruption.  The responsible?  It is us.  We all are for creating trade deficits through the human characteristics of greed and wants beyond what our shores, country and economy could provide.  Solutions?  Lets get some incentives going to balance our trade deficits.  Our other problems will wither away when we kill that taproot.  The 700 billion bail out will only last as long as it takes us to fill up with gas over the next 6 months.  That is if we can somehow figure out how to get it from the banks to the economy through new borrowing amide recession.  We’ll be right back where we are now when that 700 billion leaks out again!

September 25, 2008
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I was left behind from a company that closed up shop and moved to China and Mexico. I worked for this company for 25 years. I got 2000.oo for my 25 years of service.I have no job now and can,t find one.I am barely holding on to my house as things are.How does the government think us tax payers can pick up the bill for bailing out these companies if we have no jobs???????? Instead of bailing out the big companies why don,t you bring the jobs back to the U.S.A.Use the 700 billion to bring us our jobs back. I feel the U,S, started going downhill when the free trade agreement came into play. I don,t think things will get any better until our jobs are back.Fix the jobless rate first and help out the little guys first. How can we contribute to an ecomony and pay taxes if we don,t have jobs???????? We,re not asking for handouts, we,re asking for jobs.Us little guys are what made this country. Why bail out the greedy first? All I,m asking for is a roof over my head and to be able to pay my bills and have insurance. Is that too much to ask for now days? And I,m willing to work for what I ask for.

September 26, 2008
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How is this Bail-out to affect me and my Family. I invested my entire retirement money into the AMERICAN Dream so as to leave some security for my children and grandchildren. I purchased a home with a $73,000 downpayment, 21,000 Closing Cost, another 29,000 for as new roof on the property to only to be told 6 months later thawt my house was being placed in Fraudelent Foreclosre for not making pwayments for 9 months which was a lie and to which have valid receipts in hand and rendered to court. However, we have still been held hostage under the threat of foreclosure and lose of my home and everything since 2003 to the Present(5 Years) My point is: Yes, some homeowners might legitmately should have been in Foreclosure,but not all homeowners. Now all my neighbors who have been supportive and encouraging have come back to me and state what I stated at the very offset of my delimmea "That something was going on" as being very true. 2. I Agree All Judges should be given more authority to rewrite Homeowners mortgages and more control.

September 26, 2008
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America, America, America,

were we can run wild and free as much as we wanna be, but at what price dose it cost you and me.  Price tags are what we usually see even if it's attach to our ecomnomy.  It's a shame to see American people losing their minds to me.  Have we come so far or have we stop short of it all.  We look like clowns to the countries, were fighting over money!!! You have so many people living on Main Street, Wall Street hasn't even stop to see if they need a bit to eat.  America, we've become so greedy, so prejustice, that we can't even see what's a head of us.  I feel when "Rodney King" spoke to every human being "Why can't we all just get along", But until that can happen there will surely be no satisfaction.  I've read recent comment's and blogs, I must say American people have said it all.  From racist to hatered, what can we make of it.  Until people can see it's not about just you and me, we have a young generation thats suppose to lead our nation. Us as a supernation we can't even handle a money situation.  Who brought us to this point??? That's not the question.  The question is how are we going to succeed beyound the greed.  Obama/McCain there are just two people who are playing this political game.  We can't lose site that this country is under a lot of stress and strife. We don't personally know these two people. All I can see is what they show me on TV.  So come on people were all about to lose the biggest fight for our lives. We must all come together through this stormy wheather.  I'm afraid if we don't we will difinetly have a race war.  And that will be the score.

 

Vote for the right thing.  It's your choice, Obama or McCain.

September 26, 2008
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America, America, America,

were we can run wild and free as much as we wanna be, but at what price dose it cost you and me.  Price tags are what we usually see even if it's attach to our ecomnomy.  It's a shame to see American people losing their minds to me.  Have we come so far or have we stop short of it all.  We look like clowns to the other countries, were fighting over money!!! You have so many people living on Main Street, Wall Street hasn't even stop to see if they need a bite to eat.  America, we've become so greedy, so prejustice, that we can't even see what's a head of us.  I feel when "Rodney King" spoke to every human being "Why can't we all just get along", But until that can happen there will surely be no satisfaction.  I've read recent comment's and blogs, I must say American people have said it all.  From racist to hatered, what can we make of it.  Until people can see it's not about just you and me, we have a young generation thats suppose to lead our nation. Us as a supernation we can't even handle a money situation.  Who brought us to this point??? That's not the question.  The question is how are we going to succeed beyound the greed.  Obama/McCain there are just two people who are playing this political game.  We can't lose site that this country is under a lot of stress and strife. We don't personally know these two people. All I can see is what they show me on TV.  So come on people were all about to lose the biggest fight for our lives. We must all come together through this stormy wheather.  I'm afraid if we don't we will difinetly have a race war.  And that will be the score.

 

Vote for the right thing.  It's your choice, Obama or McCain.

September 26, 2008
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Wow...Obama is really on tonight..McCain looks and sounds tired..he's breathing hard as he talks, he's sweating, and he looks like he is having a hard time keeping up, and memorized a lot of Obama responses.  Obama is right...the surge was a success because of the sacrifice of our troops..their blood is on people like McCain's hands. He's right..McCain was completely wrong. The suicide rate among veteran's is higher than the national average...that blood is on the President's hands and McCain's hands  McCain is almost in tears he is so frustrated.  Obama once again is walking all over him with his responses. McCain keeps giggling and when he responds sounds a little like a crazy old man.  McCain cannot get his story straight.  He keeps whining about Obama's responses like some sort of kid, and then goes into old man rants.  It's getting absolutely ridiculous.  Listen to him talk to us like babies.  Poor Jim Leher.  It's really really sad.  I cannot imagine how hard it is to live up to the nickname "No Drama" Obama too...he is getting really tired of McCain lecturing us and him, and talking to us like children.

September 26, 2008
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I have a question. I would like to know if either candidate is willing to do a full audit of the Gold Reserve at Fort Knox. which the name has been changed to Deep Gold Reserve. The last audit that has been done was in the 1950 and then that was only a parcial audit of "one vault". My concern is the conflicting reports put out by the Federal Reserve and the report from Fort Knox, as well as the name change of the gold Reserve to Deep Gold reserve. Also if either candidate is willing to authorize this FULL AUDIT are they willing to make the audit public and maybe even televised. i am finding it hard to trust any "supposed reports" being published from the Federal reserve and it's accuricy.

September 26, 2008
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Pakistan is on the table in my opinion.  McCain is chickening out of Pakistan even to talk about it.  More troops to Afganistan (Obama)..YES YES YES.  If they came out of Iraq, they could go to AFGANISTAN.  He (MCCAIN) keeps talking about what's going on in Pakistan but doesn't want to go there and deal with it. WTF are our troops doing there if they are not there to get OSAMA BIN LADIN??? He keeps talking about strategy. He does not know how to work(OH....SNAP..Obama pronounces Pakistan correctly too.) "Sung songs about bombing Iran"  Again, SNAP! Wow...this is fireworks I didn't expect from Obama and thank goodness they are there.  Coddled Mushareff, "May be a dictator but he's OUR dictator" IS what the current administration put forth as their policy!!..oh no..not MCCAIN's Record again...RONALD REAGAN..omg..he's really really really ticking me off.  WHAT THE HECK IS HE TALKING ABOUT? Why is it he can't talk about what's going on NOW?? Why can't he talk about IRAQ? He has no ideas of his own..he can only yammer on about what Petraeus. Obama is really doing a good job, and he is not letting McCain get to him. How come every time Barack says "Senator McCain is right" McCain starts laughing????

September 26, 2008
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McCain doesn't pronounce or even attempt to pronounce country names correctly or World Leaders correctly.  Total lack of respect for these people, and shows how inexperienced he is in talking to people in general with his lack of articulation. He sounds like he is trying to sound like Bush..with the long drawn out ssses. Let me guess..he forgot to put his "good dentures" in?

September 26, 2008
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Wow...I can't say I know exactly who won except for the fact that Obama held his own..and that Obama was more articulate, less emotional and more presidential.  I guess he won then Huh? McCain looked old, tired and a little off base on some of his claims. I bet Kissinger will have plenty to say to his "friend" of 35 years. After all he is an adviser. My bet would be his first response: "John, American heroes do not 'misrepresent" or "miss-characterize" their opponents. A knowledgeable candidate can find the opposing view and use it wisely. He states his position clearly, and doesn't speak to the people like they are three years old, or rant at the people as though they are the ones on the block here".

If I were Kissinger that is what I would say. Boy, my spelling really sucks tonight. McCain acted like he needed a nap through the whole thing. Obama acted a little tired too..exasperation was written all over his face, but he was very good-natured about it. I wanted to smack that smirk off McCain's face.  It was down right ugly to see and frankly I hope his advisers tell him to keep a straight face and not LAUGH AT his opponent. Bad form John McCain! BAD FORM!

September 27, 2008
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Tonight's debate clearly demonstrates that Obama is the right presidential candidate for our country, and for this century.

 

Unlike his counterpart who seems to thrive on attacks and simplistic emotional palates to deceive the world that he is in touch with the current America's paradox, Obama emerged as an intelligent and true partisan hero that this country badly needs. His analysis of the economic situation and the plan to fix it was just incredible. He provided excellent statistical evidence to demonstrate the seriousness of the financial situation that the country is facing, and its implications for our citizens in education, health care, employment etc. He made me trust him when he explained his stand on issues by listing his points clearly e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc. This not only drove home the message for ordinary folks to understand, but it also demonstrated that he cares. I came back feeling that Obama has impeccable organizational skills, he has simple graces of a civilized, spiritual, and down-to-earth individual particularly when he did not attack his counterpart even when he was repeatedly assaulted as being "naïve, out-of-touch and lacking experience".

 

Obama's quality to acknowledge some of his counterpart's points was an excellent virtue of a true civilized individual. It is a virtue that we have seen in some of the great leaders of this country notably, Abraham Lincoln. It is sad that some people would interpret this as a weakness, but perhaps, we should learn lessons that arrogance has not taken us anywhere. Perhaps, the semantics are in the cultural differences of our upbringing, which I find disturbing because we are all Christians, and being mean or ugly to each other has no place in this faith. Appreciating each other's strength while disagreeing with them on matters of principle is a virtue that we need to cultivate in this country. It is what will badly need to win back our allies and realize the American dream again. I like how he re-directed our attention to the "home ground war" of a declining economy, job losses, gas prices etc. etc., issues that matter most to the American people. These issues were not at all discussed by his opponent, which is very surprising!.

 

Where does one get the strength to argue that he is "fighting" for the American people when he cannot connect with the very fundamental issues affecting this country? What happened to the real concerns about the $700bn that Obama's opponent claims to be the key leading figure on? Is this issue not a crisis enough? Who should I expect to tell me about the future of my 401K and my grandchildren but the presidential hopefuls?

 

Though Obama did not demonstrate a mean, uncouth, and egoistic character' -- a cultural fashion that appears to appeal to some individuals, he exemplified strong ethical values that he was not prepared to compromise for the sake of sinning a popularity contest. It is that kind of judgment that we need in today's leadership more than ever before. Judgment, simplicity, smart, down-to-earth, organized and strong knowlegeability of both internal and foreign affairs are the strong virtues of leadership that I saw in Obama tonight. Obama gave a compelling and excellent debate. Bravo!

September 27, 2008
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I really thought Mccain was makeing some good points, but his blasted facial signs he kept doing got in the way. He kept snickering,laughing,snorting or smileing out of content on everything Obama had to say! It was undignified and condencending! I couldn't get past it all through the debate, I kept watching for it, instead of his answers, so I missed out on a lot! I also couldn't get past the point he wouldn't face Obama and really talk to the guy, and at him like he should have! It was as if he thought he was above Obama in some way! It was not presidential! while in turn, Obama looked right at Mccain when he answered him several times in response, and he did not laugh,snicker at mccains ans. He smiled a couple times, and did try to put him straight! He teated Mccain with respect and dignity. Even after it was over It had to be Obama and his wife who had to walk all the way accross the floor in a presidential manner to shake the mccains hands while they had turned their backs on the obamas and made no move to treat them in a dignified manner. Mccain ruined his good points last night! I went back and listened hard, and mccain did make some good points, but once again I found myself watching his face and manner instead and just gave up.

September 27, 2008
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I was in my prime age in the 60's.  Paul Neuman was an escape for me.  I knew I would see a beloved actor and humanitarian.  His acting was an example of compassion and love.  In Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, you felt as if you were riding the bicycle with him.  He was a hero.  Giving back his time and fortune to those in need.  What did he give me?  The feeling of hope.  Hope that others will follow in his path.

September 27, 2008
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I felt like Senator John mccane was the overall leader in this first debate.But aside from this debate ,Im quite disturbed at the bail-outs being at the tax payers expense and a waumu bank executive only in office for three weeks can get a 18 million dollar severence check.This person probably doesnt know what a real hard days work is for a american working man or woman.when a corp. or buisnes goes under ,there shouldnt show any overhead payouts therein!

The foundation of this nation of states was based upon the structure of a republic..Just as you sang in your classroom (AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS).And the greatly evolving socialism that was initiated from russia is a systemic flaw.The framework of american economics is premised upon CAPITALISM which ideals itself on taking advantage of the weak, nieve, and innocent to provide personal monetary gains, at your expense of sweat and government dependance.The democrats were the ones that created the maes and macs for pork barrel spending as well as earmarks to in a better term embezzle your sweaty money back into their own pockets.

So, to blame the republicans for the recent episodes of economic disaster is unfair to the right.George W.Bush was just the new driver of a bus that was aready leaning into the ditch!Rocker Ted Nugent was right as he spoke saturday sept.27 about how fed/gov is a pig.The the pork barrel  that the pig can no longer pay, is what I say.Remember when Chrysler Corp. received it's bailout?

Well, they paid back every dime (plus interest).Lets see if the following rescue efforts pan out the same, or if you the tax payor,will be paying it.

The chineese are laughing their little behinds off at our economic dilemma. And Russia is wanting to eat up surrounding properties to be more effective in its upcomming plan to assist our enemies in the destruction of Israel. Israel needs to step up NOW and,target Iran, as Iran is already planning to destroy Our covenant property.It is my opinion that the U.S.A. needs to initiate a reconfigurement of our shoreline and property herein. This would include taking mexico and canada,and this gives a greater population for needed service members for all branches of our military, to carry out all the eastern conflicts needed to democratize the world.We do not have sufficient levels to take on the upcomming events. Plus, If we was to be a whole continent ,our borders would be more secure, and nafta would no longer be an issue, and our jobs would again be available with raw materials more accessable for stability and growth for our nation. We could then have a totally secure shoreline, and we could kill'em as they swim here!

Respectfully,

Zzzoney

September 28, 2008
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I was suspicious of the house Republicans "insurance plan" for Wall St. until I heard Wall St. suggested it. Now I get it. Merrill Lynch sold $6 billion of MBS for 22 cents on the dollar just before they were forced to sell out to Bank of America. Now, suppose you are Wall St. with $6 trillion in MBS and I am the government. Would you rather I buy them for 22 cents on the dollar, or would you rather I charge you 10 cents on the dollar to insure them (make you whole)? With insurance, your haircut just dropped from 78 cents on the dollar to 10 cents on the dollar, and we are all happy, right?

September 28, 2008
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How does bailing out a bunch of huge multi-million dollar coprorations help me?-the lower to middle class person out here struggling to survive?! I struggle paycheck to paycheck with the rising cost of everything & making my unchanging pay go the distance. A real boost to the economy would be to bail out the people. We are all struggling out here & it is harder & harder to make ends meet...Send us a REAL stimulus check for all the hard work we do & the taxes we pay! Give every taxpayer a check based on their income from last year-half or more of what they earned up to a certain amount (put a cap on it-like no stimulus check to exceed 50,000). Allow people to get out of debt, put real food on their tables, catch up on mortgage payments, clean up their credit, recover from the hard times Bush has imposed on us-the little people. I shudder at what the economy will be like come this Christmas season. How many households will have hardly anything (if anything) under their trees this year-not to mention what this will do to our economy when retailers feel the crunch. The prev stimulus check was a joke. I know noone who went out spending-instead we all tried to pay bills. It would cost far less that $700B to give to the people rather than the big corporations. The banks would get a big boost-the economy would get a huge boost-more people would spend & possibly qualify for more loans & less homes may be forclosed on. If they insist on spending $700B-then give the corporations the balance after we are all bailed out instead-make them make do with what ever's left over once we the people are bailed out. Let everyone benefit from our tax dollars!

September 28, 2008
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Don

The real sleeper in the Act is the "insurance". It says if the secretary buys "any" MBS, he must set up an insurance fund. If he sets premiums at 10 cents on the dollar, we will make everyone who buys insurance whole (100 cents/dollar) on stuff worth maybe now 22 cents on the dollar. Merrill sold $6 billion for 22 cents on the dollar

Its reprehensible

September 29, 2008
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I honestly think this proves once and for all that there are two Americas. One for the top wealthiest one percent and one for the rest of us.They can make all the claims they want about banks clogged with foreclosed mortgages cant survive but the root cause is the industrial base of this country has been transfered overseas and the US government legislates solely based on campaign contributions by pacs. It is not something to contest everone who understands politics knows it.Sadly the Bush admnistration did the same thing to the FDA and all the tainted foreign food and drugs are just starting to show up. There are some in the medical community who suspect this massive rise in diabetes may be linked to years of melamine tainted products from China. What did the FDA and this Government do to protect us.Cave to big business  and Block strict labeling of origin requirements. The biggest threat to the health and National security of this country is the selfish greedy People running it.

September 29, 2008
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I thought part of being a capitalistic society meant businesses were free to succeed and fail on their own. Maybe I was wrong. But, I'm pretty sure that the same government that put us in this choke hold, shouldn't be the ones telling us that we must approve this money or perish. I'm not even against the bailout concept, just how we ended up here, and the way its written. But what is 100 times worse that the $700 billion bailout, is the lack of attention paid to the other $634 billion spending bill. In one session of Congress, while most were either sleeping or paying homage to the football Gods, Congress agreed to spend 1.4 Trillion dollars. Where is the news coverage? Where is the outrage? Where is the fiscal responsibility of our elected leaders? Where is the sensibility of our nation? Where are our News Reporters... the eyes and ears of the people? Maybe if we didn't spend, nay, waste so much time and waste so much money on trying to figure out which overpaid athlete used steroids, we wouldn't have missed the coming of the "Apocalypse". Whether or not the bailout is passed, whether or not it works (and even of those that agree we need it, most also agree it won't work), we are going to need, as a country and as individuals, to take more responsibility for our actions. Right now, do you really care if Clemens juiced?

September 29, 2008
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I have to tell you, I am completely undone by what is happening to our economy. My heart is filled with fear an trepidation, as to what this will mean to our country. How can we survive? How can our children survive? All I can think is may God be with us. Please, pray for our country, pray for our government. We are bleeding to death!!

September 29, 2008
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O.K. media take notice neither Republicans or Democrats want this bailout.Well some politicians do and the upper class, and the media do.The majority of Americans don't!We understand what this bailout means and we don't want it.I think we weighed the downside of doing vs. the downside of not doing.Neither choice would be good but we have decided that this is a bad idea.In spite of that he media has decided either that we don't understand or that we just are to stupid to figure this out.This kind of attitude by the media is probably the reason there approval rating is even lower than the Presidents and even Congress!Why don't you do us a favor and start to represent us some of the time!The medias part in this has done more harm than anyone!

September 29, 2008
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I do not admit to understanding all of the intricacies of this financial crisis.  I do believe there are three areas that should be included in the bail out.

 

1.     All existing mortgages should be set at a flat rate of interest between 6% and 7% to help stop the bleeding. 

2.     There should be a substantial long-term tax break for US citizens to encourage spending and confidence.  This would recycle the funds rather than benefit a few.  This would also have an immediate and sustainable positive reaction.

3.     A large portion of the 700 billion dollars should go to conventional banks for commercial lending at a fair rate to allow local businesses to sustain.  Banks should also make some of this money available for consumer lending, again at a livable rate to encourage spending.  This would help them recover loses the old fashion way.  They do not deserve an instant fix.  Besides, isn’t this how banks used to make most of their money, lending it? 

 

I believe the financial institutions should bear the weight of their actions and work their way out of this dilemma through their own efforts.  The same way every small and medium size business in America must do when they struggling.

September 30, 2008
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Well, this "crisis" hit home this weekend.  I almost lost my job.  I am a sales executive.  We are a small company, but successful, always liquid.  Over the weekend, our CEO realized all our funds were in Wachovia.  Had Wachovia gone belly up, we would have had to shut down our business.  Most businesses have more than 100,000 in a fund

September 30, 2008
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Is it sexist to say Biden has to be careful when debating Palin? Why does he need to be careful because she is a women? No one said McCain had to go easy on Obama, remember he is a minority. McCain with all his experience could not knock out Obama beauce he is quaified to run for president. Biden should go at Palin with all his experience and anyone that thinks he was picking on her because she is a dump "blonde" is in fact being sexist. They needed an excuse not to vote for Obama.Biden go at the candidate for VP with reckless abandon it doesn't matter if that candidate is a man or woman, it is qualifications..

September 30, 2008
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WOW...Financial Bombs affecting our WORLD...Nature Bombs (natural disasters)affecting our World....Poverty affecting our WORLD, etc. and all of it is coming closer and closer to everyone living on this planet...Are we waking up yet or do we really have to wait for that metaphoric atomic bomb to go off? STOP wasting time trying to place blame. We are ALL to blame on some level. Of course the people with the most power had the biggest availability to be GREEDY and control. Now I hope that most of us are waking up to see that...so please don't get lullabied back to sleep with the same lies, cover-ups and indirect destructive behavior.  It's time to have plan A,B,C and D for all situations....and stop taking for granted that plan A or B will work Washington because you can't control everything or play with the lives and lively-hoods of people. Everything and Everybody has their braking point.

September 30, 2008
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This mess we find ourselves in with Wall Street just shows that the average American has NOTHING in common with the banking and finance world, and has been ignored and taken advantage of by the same people who want our help now.

 

The entire industry has been on a frenzy to see who could get the most from their customers, and now those customers don’t want to help them. Wow, surprise! How can a group who has taken so much from the people even be asking us for help?  We could be doing great without their “help”.

 

From crazy interest rates they have charged to us (BTW, did you see that the gov’t charging AIG 11% on the loans WE gave them was “extraordinarily high”? WE, the people,  pay that every single day!), to fees charged because things were processed out of order to make more money, to being the “bank”, instead of Jim, the neighbor, who happens to run the bank, the banking industry has acted against US, not as helping US. 

 

Does Washington  and the banking industry think we don’t see them cutting rates to banks to nearly nothing, while we all still pay $1000 a month INTEREST on our homes? Or half our car payment is INTEREST?

 

Washington needs to start working for the people, not scheming on the people.

 

700 Billion is a good start, and we have bought up several banking firms to give us branches, its time for the US FEDERAL BANK to be restarted….

Loans for Americans, to Americans, not for any ones profit, but to everyones benefit….

Set up a decent plan that we can invest our retirement funds in though the new US FEDERAL Bank, wave withdrawal penalties for retirement funds moved to the new US FEDERAL BANK, help the people to get out of the stock and banking industries,   and let them loan to business from business.

 

Here we are 80 years after the “BIG CRASH”, and if we don’t change, we haven’t learned a thing….

September 30, 2008
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If anyone yells loud enough about anything they will be heard or silenced.  I have a challenge for anyone in Washington or the News Media. Give Straight ,no bull stats.  Who and how will this affected the most?  Because in reality we all are.  Give us wage brackets, who owns what and where.  Inform all the little people who have been yelling and got results, more in-depth detail now the bailout failed. Put everyone that has really been screwed in a indirect way, FIRST...I wonder if the answer will be anyone making over 250,000-$400,000 yearly and if so...that is not the majority of America. Anyone I would think making less and lives within their means, is normally use to bouncing back from hard times and will continue to do so.

October 1, 2008
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I believe that any elected official in the Senate or Congress; that is coming up for re-election! They should take a real hard look at how they vote and the effects that it will have on them, when their election time rolls around. I personally will vote against any of our elected officials from Texas that support this "Bail-Out" plan. This is truly a subject that most Americans that vote are watching and it has all of the earmarks of a way for our political leaders to support and protect their own money and their wealthy friends. What our political leaders don't get; is that most Americans on main street are already in a depression and no longer a status of recession. Unless Congress passes a bill to get the money back to the taxpayers, there will be no taxpayers, no jobs, no income, lots of refund checks at tax time, and a loss of the most basic needs for Americans. The Social Security network will fail, Medicare/Medicaid will suffer, and most moderate or low income families will lose out completely. The Salvation Army should start stocking up on their soup kitchens and the law enforcement agencies should be looking at a repeat of crimes that were committed during the Great Depression. Wealth people should be ashamed to even mention that they have any money and definitely restructure their aid packages to the United States and forget about helping second and third world entities that don't lie Americans anyway. Keep it at home! Buddyvon

October 2, 2008
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It is obvious that everyone is trying to come up with a great plan to help our wonderful little Nation in this economic crisis but I must question why the big questions have not been spoken.  Are people oblivious to some of the other alternatives or is there a lack of understanding as to what our country is involved in? 

 

A bailout?  From where I sit, not many people are to keen on this idea and I am one of them.  How come our government is not thinking long term?  How come they haven't been?  You want my suggestions?  To me it's pretty obvious but before I give them to you I must say that 10 yrs ago I mentioned to my mother that we are headed for financial disaster and sure enough look where we are.  I depicted that WAMU was going to fold, look where it is.  I knew we would have a major stock market issue and as soon as the hype about green cars started coming forth I knew our gas & utilities would skyrocket. All of these items and more, I spoke of 10 yrs ago, have now hit an unprepared Nation and I must wonder why if I could see them then why the government and others did not? Or if they did why wasn't the word finances and creativity dealt with then?  I liken our current situation to a 4 lane hwy at high speeds and that means we are all at fault.  If this started yrs ago why wasn't a plan implemented then to avoid now?

 

So lets start with some current issues.  We have foreign aid.  If a percentage of that is pulled back and redirected back into the US then that would mean more jobs here, less monies out to other countries, more of an ability to help support our own Country.

 

Our free trade agreement; what is so free about it anyway?  We pay exorbitant costs for transportation alone.  What exactly are we trading that we can't get or produce right here?  Oil, cheap labor, foods and the like.  Hey I have an idea, lets rethink our trades and policies and use some of our own resources.  The cost saved in just transportation alone would bring millions back to our Nation, provide additional jobs, put more back into our market and then hey we would have had a bit more stability.  The cost of cheap labor coupled with exhorbitant transportation costs, actually become more expensive than if we just have some of that trade right back home.

 

Then we have Regan's Administrative policy on welfare reform.  Talk about an ignorant reform.  For 7 yrs I have contacted the Whitehouse via email re: this and of course I get the cursory thanks for contacting us letter. Our welfare reform should have also included that those who get a cash grant be made to pay back a portion, if nothing else, of the monies received.  This could have easily been setup as a garnishment/loan like almost any other financial transaction.  This would have helped not only individual states but our federal government as well.  Hand in hand with this is the education sector and foodstamps.  It has been told time and again to get an education.  Now I know that the Regan Administration did not foresee the ability to be able to work and go to school, especially online, both full time.  For anyone who is on foodstamps, they are not allowed to get an education because if they go to school they cannot work.  This means even if you do 1 hr of formal education a week you are ineligible for foodstamps.  Now someone please tell me where that 1 hour a week interrupts a 40 hr work week?  I, as a single mother, have shown time and again where I was able to work even 50 hrs a week, attend school fulltime, and still come home to my kids.  I was on food stamps at one time and as soon as I decided to finish my education, even though I was currently working fulltime and was enrolled online, at night, I lost my foodstamps and suddenly my house suffered all because I was not only trying to better myself but also show value and ethics to my kids.  Thankfully I had 1 person I could go to, who helped me to pay for schooling and some necessities as needed.  Not many have this option.  Because of this additional help I am fortunate to say I am educated, own everything I have with no payments and have no credit cards.

 

So to yet another facet of government spending...our social security.  In brief those who are not citizens of our country are suddenly allowed to file taxes, obtain welfare programs and receive social security that we have all paid into at some point or another.  Whose brilliant idea was this?  It must be foreign aid within our own country.

 

Then of course our 4th lane is the people in general.  The greediness, overspending, bad parenting, lack of education and I could go on but we all know and have our opinions as to what we do or not do.

 

So tie all of this together, actually make a plan for all of this and a few others and wow, visualize the implications, the US has just pulled billions back into our own country and our economy actually does gain some solid ground.  What a concept.  How come I didn't think of this?  It is not a hard thing to renegotiate our foreing aid, our welfare programs, our social security should have been left alone entirely from helping non citizens and we should be helping our own country first and foremost.   Come back home and help our people here first because if we do then not only would our markets and economies stabilize but with what we would have left in the foreign markets would.  Maybe people wouldn't get rich as quick but get rid of the greed and do long term saving and you are better off.  No wonder I want to move to a more stable country.

October 2, 2008
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It is obvious that everyone is trying to come up with a great plan to help our wonderful little Nation in this economic crisis but I must question why the big questions have not been spoken.  Are people oblivious to some of the other alternatives or is there a lack of understanding as to what our country is involved in? 

 

A bailout?  From where I sit, not many people are to keen on this idea and I am one of them.  How come our government is not thinking long term?  How come they haven't been?  You want my suggestions?  To me it's pretty obvious but before I give them to you I must say that 10 yrs ago I mentioned to my mother that we are headed for financial disaster and sure enough look where we are.  I depicted that WAMU was going to fold, look where it is.  I knew we would have a major stock market issue and as soon as the hype about green cars started coming forth I knew our gas & utilities would skyrocket. All of these items and more, I spoke of 10 yrs ago, have now hit an unprepared Nation and I must wonder why if I could see them then why the government and others did not? Or if they did why wasn't the word finances and creativity dealt with then?  I liken our current situation to a 4 lane hwy at high speeds and that means we are all at fault.  If this started yrs ago why wasn't a plan implemented then to avoid now?

 

So lets start with some current issues.  We have foreign aid.  If a percentage of that is pulled back and redirected back into the US then that would mean more jobs here, less monies out to other countries, more of an ability to help support our own Country.

 

Our free trade agreement; what is so free about it anyway?  We pay exorbitant costs for transportation alone.  What exactly are we trading that we can't get or produce right here?  Oil, cheap labor, foods and the like.  Hey I have an idea, lets rethink our trades and policies and use some of our own resources.  The cost saved in just transportation alone would bring millions back to our Nation, provide additional jobs, put more back into our market and then hey we would have had a bit more stability.  The cost of cheap labor coupled with exhorbitant transportation costs, actually become more expensive than if we just have some of that trade right back home.

 

Then we have Regan's Administrative policy on welfare reform.  Talk about an ignorant reform.  For 7 yrs I have contacted the Whitehouse via email re: this and of course I get the cursory thanks for contacting us letter. Our welfare reform should have also included that those who get a cash grant be made to pay back a portion, if nothing else, of the monies received.  This could have easily been setup as a garnishment/loan like almost any other financial transaction.  This would have helped not only individual states but our federal government as well.  Hand in hand with this is the education sector and foodstamps.  It has been told time and again to get an education.  Now I know that the Regan Administration did not foresee the ability to be able to work and go to school, especially online, both full time.  For anyone who is on foodstamps, they are not allowed to get an education because if they go to school they cannot work.  This means even if you do 1 hr of formal education a week you are ineligible for foodstamps.  Now someone please tell me where that 1 hour a week interrupts a 40 hr work week?  I, as a single mother, have shown time and again where I was able to work even 50 hrs a week, attend school fulltime, and still come home to my kids.  I was on food stamps at one time and as soon as I decided to finish my education, even though I was currently working fulltime and was enrolled online, at night, I lost my foodstamps and suddenly my house suffered all because I was not only trying to better myself but also show value and ethics to my kids.  Thankfully I had 1 person I could go to, who helped me to pay for schooling and some necessities as needed.  Not many have this option.  Because of this additional help I am fortunate to say I am educated, own everything I have with no payments and have no credit cards.

 

So to yet another facet of government spending...our social security.  In brief those who are not citizens of our country are suddenly allowed to file taxes, obtain welfare programs and receive social security that we have all paid into at some point or another.  Whose brilliant idea was this?  It must be foreign aid within our own country.

 

Then of course our 4th lane is the people in general.  The greediness, overspending, bad parenting, lack of education and I could go on but we all know and have our opinions as to what we do or not do.

 

So tie all of this together, actually make a plan for all of this and a few others and wow, visualize the implications, the US has just pulled billions back into our own country and our economy actually does gain some solid ground.  What a concept.  How come I didn't think of this?  It is not a hard thing to renegotiate our foreing aid, our welfare programs, our social security should have been left alone entirely from helping non citizens and we should be helping our own country first and foremost.   Come back home and help our people here first because if we do then not only would our markets and economies stabilize but with what we would have left in the foreign markets would.  Maybe people wouldn't get rich as quick but get rid of the greed and do long term saving and you are better off.  No wonder I want to move to a more stable country.

October 2, 2008
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The sweeteners the new bail-out plan includes are like a twisted person giving candy to a child to pull them in for the rape and abuse.

 

Just heard that NEW Plan to be voted on October 3. WILL ALLOW WALL STREET TO KEEP their million dollar PAYCHECKS and even pay them more. This came from Congressman Sherman who read the New Bail-Out plan for October 3rd vote.

 

Make them keep working on it the only thing falling quick are the crooks that put us here in the first place.

October 3, 2008
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DID I HEAR RIGHT LAST NIGHT FROM BIDEN THAT PART OF OBAMA'S BAILOUT PLAN WOULD "forgive principal" on these adjustable mortgages?????? HOW CAN THIS BE FAIR TO THE MIDDLE AMERICA THAT DID NOT FALL FOR THE ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGE SCHEMES?  I am middle America who works and lives from paycheck to paycheck.  I have a small home with a fixed mortgage. (I would like a bigger home but know that I can't afford one). The price of food, gas and medical care is at an all time high.  I think that it is unfair for those of us who "live within our means" to have to pay for a bailout for the Americans that took the bait of "get rich quick schemes" and the "lets keep up with Jones" philosophy and the "buy now pay later" philosophy.  I don't get why people would sign up for adjustable rates when they knew they were taking a gamble--and now because THEY took the risk, (that responsible consumers knew better than to do), WE now have to bail them out when I can barley afford to live simply and within my means.  WHEN CAN PEOPLE LIKE ME FIND RELIEF??????

 

It really gets to me, that I waited and scrimped and saved every nickle and dime I could and avoided many luxuries in life--to do the right thing in our lives financially.  And others who take financial risks and fail depend on the government to rescue them, who in turn depends on the middle class workers to pay the bill for them!!!!!!!!!

I am sick to death and taxed to the max already to provide "freebies" and I don't want to have to do it anymore!!!!!

October 3, 2008
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I would like to know if this package HAD to be passed, and all these extras were placed in the package that seemingly had benefited one state head’s interest or another.  Why every state head couldn’t just insist something be worded in the package in the interest of their individual states.   Was there blackmail, pay-offs, promises made for their votes or non-vote?  I will never understand. 

 

At least if tax payers could not get individual relief of some sort.  Our residing states could have benefited from it as whole.  Like police force care, corrections care this, big sisters big brothers, more this, and more that.  Allow everyone to benefit somehow, someway.  At least we wouldn't feel so abused by our government.

 

I will never understand that.... but, I understand that something crooked happened someplace with some people.  I ask now, were they really thinking about all tax-payers or themselves and the select few of their own choices to only directly or indirectly benefit them now, and in the long run?

 

I question is there really anyone in Washington putting Country First other than our current family in the Military and the lost soldiers which are our children, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, Our family, that have died.  Washington, they gave their lives for things to be better in our Country and you currently do them no honor.  Shame on all of you Washington...Shame on you!

October 4, 2008
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To whom it may concern,

     My name is Arlyn Smith. I am a 27 year old female and reside in Williamsburg, VA. I very recently started a local council of Moveon for my area. The way to enroll is to go to this link http://pol.moveon.org/team/index.html . I am also a member of Facebook and Myspace and do a great deal of networking online. It was recently brought to my attention that due to my great amount of political action, certain personal rights are now possibly being interfered with. Friends cannot access simple postings, youtube links disappear within hours. Now I am having difficulties with online registration for events. I fear that voting can easily be tampered with, too. This is extremely underhanded and those  found to be doing this should be gravely punished. I and others work very hard in our fields and for this to occur is truly shameful. I have no idea what is happening, but  at the very least want to ensure voting safety.

Other concerns lie with basic issues, such as viewing societal member expendable based on gender , race, or ethnic orientation. Let us not forget the concept of ageism or discrimination against the mentally ill, drug addicts, or handicapped.Many of the articles I post have to do with mental illness. The Iraq war has been an unprecedented cause of mental degradation, the likes of which are astounding. According to official documents, the Army suicide rate will reach its highest point this year since Vietnam. The rate of PTSD has doubled. Men, women, and innocent civilians must live as amputees. I am sorry, but this is so far fro successful it’s ridiculous. My good friends in the military write to me saying how frustrated they are. These are people IN the military. They see articles and read reports; they fear becoming a simple statistic.

Yes, this is all over the place, but I watched last weeks Presidential debates, this week’s VP debates and have seen this country’s economy turn into a “crap sandwich”. I am disenfranchised; tired of the niceties and falseness that has come to permeate our government. I do not for the life of me see why anyone would not want a drastic change and quick.

                                                        Arlyn Smith

October 4, 2008
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Congress passes the bailout laws with all this pork.

 

Well I see it this way. Law are made to be changed.

 

I think that when congress come back from where ever

 

they went, the American people should call their congress person and tell them

 

they want congress to remove the pork that was put in this bill, this is not impossible.

 

If congress can't do what the people want, why do we have them? WHY?

 

I say go back and remove the fat along with a few congress persons like the ones

 

that wanted the pork. I would like to know how far the pork would go if a congress person name was put on it.

 

I want to know who induced this PORK and get rid of them...

 

 

 

Jamie, MI

October 4, 2008
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@HonestAbbie -- you and others from the "old school" deserve to be commended for reflecting on the right lessons from leaders past.

 

I urge you all to watch this video about Lillian, a 99 year old woman from the Boston area... she's got a very unique take on the American Dream and why people like McCain are threatening it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVoJGYnVtJ4

October 5, 2008
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BLACKMAIL, PAY-OFFS, PROMISES, CORRUPTION ALL OVER WASHINGTON.  The only thing that Washington on both sides has done is adopt a Bill called “Save my own Ass and make everyone else think we are saving them too.”  Washington, Wall Street, and Foreigners, they count on Americans living beyond their means and since we have that “Want it Now Charge, Charge, Charge” attitude, they know that we have a greater tendency to get out of control which allows them to cover-up their own corruption even more and us to destroy ourselves financially.

 

It is time for America to change their attitude and ways to "Cash and Carry Only" which will force us to live within our means and a smaller place for corruption to hide.  It is not only time just to use our mouths but our intelligence as well to take charge of our own futures & the futures of our children.

October 9, 2008
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Well just watching the DOW DROP again!!  I do not know what the problem is but here is my SOLUTION!!!

Give ME the $700 BILLION + and I guarentee that I will fix most of these problems.  #1  NONE of it would go to WALL STREET!!  SCREW EM!!  And NO POLITICAN would get anything or the LOBBISIST'S!!!!  At this point it would seem that all of those SMART PEOPLE, do not have a clue!!

October 10, 2008
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I would call my huband and I very fortunate at this time.  We were living in NV in the very heart of the mortgage meltdown when it hit.  We just happened to have all the things that a buyer wanted in a home when we sold it earlier this year.  Even though we sold it at a loss, were made money on it and were able to pay cash for our new place and also pay off our credit cards and are now debt free.  Earlier this year we rolled our 401k's into a safe holding area. Where even though they are not earning really anything but intrest, they are not losing. My brother and his wife have just about lost everything and we are now trying to help them out. For just a note on this, we are not conservative republicans, we are democrats. We were just fortunate enough to read the writing on the wall and were willing to take some small losses in order to gain some peace of mind now.

October 10, 2008
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****

 

>>>>>>>>

 

*Palin, 44, lists in a March financial disclosure form an annual income of $125,000 as governor of Alaska. Her husband, Todd, earned $47,000 as an oil production supervisor for BP Alaska in 2007 and $46,000 as commercial fisherman. They also list no credit card debt.

 

McCain's has assets of between $34 million and $49 million and liabilities of between $4.3 million and $5.8 million, according CFRP.

 

Those liabilities include American Express platinum and Chase Bank credit cards held by Cindy McCain and some of the McCain children.

 

The McCains' assets include real estate holdings in Sedona, Phoenix and elsewhere, investment funds, Anheuser Busch Companies Inc. (NYSE: BUD ) stock, ownership stakes in the Hensley beer distribution company and Cindy McCain's inheritance from a family trust. Cindy McCain, 54, and the McCain children are also partners in a number of limited liability partnerships and corporations that own real estate in Arizona and California . The McCains file separate tax forms but U.S. Senate financial disclosure protocols combine spousal wealth. Hensley is one of the largest Anheuser Busch distributors in the country. ******888888888888

 

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''All Arizonans should be proud and supportive of this remarkable woman,'' he said.

 

I don't want to be rude, but: Why?

 

Not, I think, because she's a drug addict and an admitted thief.

 

McCain revealed this week that she was addicted to pain pills for two years. She also said she stole drugs from an organization she created to provide emergency medical services around the world.

 

McCain said she started taking pills - eventually up to 15 or 20 a day - in 1989 after surgery left her in pain. She was also bearing the stress of the harsh publicity over the McCains' link to convicted financier Charles Keating Jr.

 

She said she's remained drug-free since 1992, with one brief lapse.

 

Hers is a sad tale, but hardly distinctive; addiction and thievery are pretty common these days.

 

In fact, about one of every four inmates in Arizona 's bloated, fantastically expensive prison system is locked up on drug charges. That, by the way, is thanks to mindlessly punitive anti-drug policies supported by officials like, well, like Sen. McCain and Gov. Symington.

 

But don't worry, Cindy McCain won't go to prison. Prison is for bad people, not for those with ''health problems.''

 

So. Maybe we're supposed to be proud of McCain simply for admitting her misdeeds.

 

Maybe. Except that her addiction apparently was something a lot of people knew about and that was likely to become broad public knowledge soon anyway.

 

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration had been investigating, and a former employee of McCain's medical team had filed a lawsuit against her over the issue.

 

McCain herself reportedly said that her motive in going public was to beat the rumor mill.

 

So it can't be that either. Should we be proud at the bold way McCain went public?

 

Don't think so. Guided by an entourage of advisers, McCain cleverly pre-empted bad publicity by breaking the news through a selected handful of media outlets.

 

She did this only after completing private treatment, and only after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office that ensured she would not be prosecuted if she entered a diversion program.

 

So why are we supposed to be proud of Cindy McCain?

 

Answer: We're not.

 

Sympathetic, supportive, tolerant - sure. I don't doubt McCain's physical and mental pain, the power of her addiction, the remorse she feels.

 

But proud? Sorry.

 

That suggestion, I'm afraid, is the product of ''spin,'' of a careful campaign to deflect public attention away from the awkward facts of addiction and theft, and onto the appealing made-for-TV drama of confession.

 

A campaign, in other words, to limit the political damage.

 

It is, once again, the ritualized praising of a celebrity criminal - based upon the murky idea that members of the elite ''suffer'' enough merely by admitting guilt.

 

To which I say: No sale.

 

Not that I want Cindy McCain to go to jail. I'm not even sure she should be punished; if we imprisoned all the secret addicts among Arizona 's privileged classes, we'd need more prisons than even Sam Lewis could dream of.

 

I just wonder why we should be praising her while siccing the cops and the media and the child-welfare workers on all the poor Jane Does who turn to crack to cope with their stresses - stresses perhaps worse even than bad press.

 

I wonder why I couldn't hear our leaders' calls for sympathy and tolerance amid their shouts for heavier weapons and harsher attacks in the War on Drugs.

 

I wonder about the thousands of noncelebrity wretches struggling alone against alcohol or heroin or whichever ''health problem'' plagues them, ignored if not punished by society.

 

I wish Cindy McCain well, but I'll save my cheers for them.

 

MCCAIN'S WIFE LIKELY WON'T BE PROSECUTED

 

STOLE DRUGS FROM CHARITY

 

Published on Tuesday, August 23, 1994

 

© 1994 The Arizona Republic

October 10, 2008
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Does anyone care when talented black leadership is murdered? what does it take to get media or law inforcement envolved or to take high profile cover-up seriously? How is it that corperate threats on paper and a dead body can still be covered up in today's scientifical community? Moreover, why is it that when evidence proves fowl play that no law informent agency will examine the records.... I say high profile racism

October 11, 2008
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If I had the chance, I would ask a financial expert a couple of questions. One of my questions would be that in the last week or so, the stock market lost over 2 trillion dollars. Now, my question is where did the money go? I know it didn't disappear into thin air! SO, does it mean that because investors are selling instead of buying stocks, it means they or getting rid of 2 trillion potential cash that could have been made if that selling was reversed to buying? If so, how  does that money become stored and saved? Is it not money in the air also and that you collect on it based on paper work you bought into it and you actually pay the brokers cash and everything else,like your stock value,is basically credit? Just wanted a clear answer on this septic pool of a system which have basically been running the world's economy!

October 11, 2008
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Life is so short and all we have is the "present".  As such, it as been so unfortunate to see how the tone of the Presidential campaign has turned even more 'ugly' & angry to the point of racial slurs and bigotry being boldly expressed by some.  America has been the Leader of the Free World, promoting DEMOCRACY & encouraging other Nations to follow suit.  Yet, we are devouring each other with such rage. 

 

Through all the years of struggling to overcome bigotry and intolerance of our varied multi-cultural differences, how could we actually begin to move backward and embrace the 'days of terror' of yesterday?  Emotions and FEAR has begun to consume many.  Fear is often considerd as FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL!  Unfortunately, we have been seeing a market crises on Wall Street right down to Main Street... Foreclosures, High GAS, No Gas, Loss Pensions and Retirements (401K funds), Bailouts and Failures in the Economy, nine months of continued loss of Jobs, Unemployment at a all time high...No health care or underinsured...

 

PEOPLE are generally A F R A I D!

 

The mood of Americans is tenuous at best... Then the Republican Presidential ticket plays on the hearts of people with more fear rhetoric suggesting that even Sen. Obama can't be trusted because he has links to other shady characters and domestic terrorists.  FEAR feeds on Fear! NOW the Republican rallies have stirred racial fears that were seemingly settled. Race baiting provoking more pain and disgust in the hearts of many who are simply AFRAID...  Senior's can't retire or worry if they can make it now that their retirement funds have dwindled... the last thing they need to hear is that one of our LEADERs is a TERRORIST...  Hate emails are being sent out to scare people... This is absolutely appauling.

 

America at her best embraces all peoples.  Too much blood, sweat and tears has been shed to throw away all our progress. We have chosen a path that allows us NOT to judge by the color of skin. A STAND that is vital to our future. RACIAL Reconciliation is key to our ability to continue to lead the free world. A leader must be able to reach out to all peoples.  Knowing the wisdom of being able to disagree without being disagreeable.

 

A House divided against itself can not stand.  If we continue to devour and tear each other,N-O-W, will make it just that much more difficult for the next President to move us forward.  America, LAND of the FREE... Lets work together to enjoy the Freedoms that make our Nation Great and not to continue the Words that divide. Finding the common ground that UNITES us... FOR we are No Longer Red States and Blue States but the UNITED STATES.

 

A STRONG and PROUD NATION.  Resilent and able to come together for the good of the whole Country.

October 13, 2008
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Was Barack Obama Planted?

From J. Hansen

10-9-8

This is long, but very important and worth the time to read it.

 

This election has me very worried. So many things to consider.

 

I watch all the news channels, jumping from one to another. I must say this drives my husband crazy. But, I feel if you view MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, you might get some middle ground to work with. About six months ago, I started thinking--- "where did the money come from for Obama". I have four daughters who went to College, and we were middle class, and money was tight. We (including my girls) worked hard and there were lots of student loans.

 

I started looking into Obama's life.

 

Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California. He is very open about his two years at Occidental; he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies.

 

"Barry" (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan.

 

During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a "round the world" trip. Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia, next Hyderabad in India, three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate's family, then off to Africa to visit his father's family.

 

My question - Where did he get the money for this trip? Nether I, nor any one of my children would have had money for a trip like this when they where in college. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York. It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack - not Barry.

 

Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia? It's not cheap! to say the least. Where did he get money for tuition? Student Loans? Maybe. After Columbia, he went to Chicago to work as a Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Why Chicago? Why not New York? He was already living in New York.

 

By "chance" he met Antoin "Tony" Rezko, born in Aleppo Syria, and a real estate developer in Chicago. Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery this year. Rezko, was named "Entrepreneur of the Decade" by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association".

 

About two years later, Obama entered Harvard Law School. Do you have any idea what tuition is for Harvard Law School? Where did he get the money for Law School? More student loans? After Law school, he went back to Chicago. Rezko offered him a job, which he turned down. But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Guess what? They represented "Rezar" which is Rezko's firm. Rezko was one of Obama's first major financial contributors when he ran for office in Chicago. In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with "seed money" for his U.S. Senate race.

 

In 2005, Obama purchased a new home in Kenwood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price). With ALL those Student Loans - Where did he get the money for the property? On the same day Rezko's wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price. The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama's new home was purchased. Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko.

 

Now, we have Obama running for President. Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama's boss. She is now Obama's chief advisor and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first. Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this? Shiraz, Iran.  Do we see a pattern here? Or, am I going crazy?

 

On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was "sacked" after the press found out he was having regular contacts with "Hamas ", which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran. This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama's visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will "Take care of things".

 

Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that where born in Pakistan? They are in charge of all those "small" Internet campaign contributions for Obama. Where is that money coming from? The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East?

 

And the final bit of news. On September 7, 2008, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on "This Week" with George Stephanapoulos. Obama on talking about his religion said, "My Muslim faith". When questioned, "he made a mistake". Some mistake!

 

All of the above information I got on line. If you would like to check it - Wikipedia, encyclopedia, Barack Obama; Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett: Daily Times - Obama visited Pakistan in 1981; The Washington Times - September 7, 2008; The Times May 10, 2008.

 

Now the BIG question - If I found out all this information on my own, why haven't all of our "intelligent" members of the press been reporting this?

 

A phrase that keeps ringing in my ear - "Beware of the enemy from within."

October 16, 2008
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As for Joee the Plumber, i don't think him meeting Barack was accidental, i think it was a plan ploy to give John McCain a new talking point. That all McCain is is talking about now, I don't trust Joe Or John McCain.

October 17, 2008
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I won't worry about Joe the Plumber. But I would worry about the story about you here . Rightlight Thank you for posting all your findings. Obama scares the hell out of me. He sounds to good and will not deliver.Your right on the Muslim faith he went to that church for over 20 years. Its funny he seen the light now. My bother-in-law is black and he says not to trust him. With his Muslim faith. Its hated and its deep. So thank you again. I know now I won't be voting for him.

October 18, 2008
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This election is so important to so many of our grandparents and ancestor. Please don't let this great opportunity pass you bye. You have the chance to be involved in something that is so bigger than Obama/McCain. God has given us the opportunity to vote for the first time ever in an election that could decide our future and your children's future. For 8 years the Republican Party/Bush/McCain has all but destroyed our lives. And if you have listened to Obama and McCain's message you tell me which one do you hear talk about the little people the most, (middle class). Which message is talking about bringing people together and not dividing us as people, but one nation under God. Which message talks more about helping our children attend college and making it more affordable. Which message talks about paying our teachers more money. Which message talks more about building this country from the bottom up. Which campaign is saying we need to fund more early childhood education. Which campaign has stressed more about bringing our troops home. There is a clear difference in John McCain and Barack Obama. And when that one perfect day comes and it's time for us to make that very important decision please remember and think about this, If John McCain passed away before his term is up Sarah Palin would become our next President. And do you believe she is capable enough to lead this country in the right direction. Do you think she can handle the foreign leaders in other countries. Will she be able to handle this bad economy of ours. When she was governor of Alaska the population was only 5,000 people. She has never been outside this country only to Mexico. She would be in charge of the C.I.A. Don't get me wrong I believe a women can handle this position. But I would like a women that's been around the sharks for a while. Someone thats been in Washington and knows how it operates. Someone that's been on the Senate floor. Please everyone pray that this election is not stolen from us like so many before. Please pray that everyone makes the best decisions not based on Obama's race but on his abilities to bring our country out of this recession. Please pray that ever American will decide that this country is in dyer need of CHANGE!!! I pray that the Obama campaign has the strength to deal with whats coming next. The Republicans are going to get real dirty. They will throw everything including the house at Obama. They will question his character and his life. What we have to do is fight with Obama, help him when you hear negativity. Let's stand up America. Let our voices be heard for the first time in History. Let's say "No" to the old Washington and "Yes" to Barack Obama.

October 18, 2008

since the government is only willing to bail the super rich and big banks at our expense I have a plan how average americans can bail out average americans. Now keep in mind with 400,000,000 people in this country I'm limited to my sad sad story but I feel this basic concept applies nation wide. Now I feel 95% of us bring somthing to the table and heres what I bring. I have 25 acres 13 or 14 of it was supposed to be my view from my custome house that was going to be nestled in the timber. I bought some equiptment (backhoe, small tractor, storage container for all my tools) things were going in the right direction. Then very quickly not good as I'm sure this part of my story can be repeted many millions of times for many millions of family's across the U.S. one good thing is that I was taught if you want it pay cash if you can. So all my toys, tools, equiptment, paid for! How did I do it well fixers (ugly houses that I bought and sold and like I said things were looking pretty good for us our plan was in motion then well you can guess the rest. Not one to piss and moan, OK I piss and moan ... alot ... but I watch way too much news so what do you expect. So I'm thinking what am I gunna do now and after about 3 weeks of pissing and moaning and way too much sleeping

(depression induced) I said what do I bring to the table? well 14 acres that sees alot of sun. NOW HERES THE PART YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.... I'm going to turn that 14 view acres that sees alot of sun into a mini solar farm yes CLEAN ENERGY. 0 emmisions good for all of us in so many ways. Now America if you think this is a good idea then let my know and if you do I will post it in great detail. I think I'm on to somthing DO YOU?

thanks for the read

October 19, 2008
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Regarding the effect of american's various forms of predjudice and its effect on this race, I thought I would share a few of my personal experiences in just the past month - I am a 25 year old white male from SW Virginia.  In my fathers eyes, Obama is "just another arab".  My brother's girl friend the other day said "his middle name is hussain...he is not an American."  Also, my in-laws stated that his name suggested to them that he is not pro-American.  I met a nurse at work the other day that showed me a text from a friend that stated something along the lines of "...are you F*%#ing with me, it is the WHITE house N#%@er".  The contractor that worked on my house told me the other day that Hitler inspired people, much like Obama - he also makes racist comments fairly often talking about his resentment for the "blacks"(he refers to the poor black community). I am not sure how race/predjudice will effect this race, but I am hopeful that we can grow to be a more open-minded, tolerant, and more intellectual United States of America.  Because of this hope that I have, I have certainly not liked the tactics of the McCain campaign lately.  I believe that John McCain does not really support these tactics, but that he has lowered himself to allow these tactics out of a despiration to become president.  It saddens me....I am hopeful America will see through it.

October 19, 2008
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I am curious to know how African American vote will influence the outcome of tossup and some southern red states? Thank you!

October 22, 2008
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I HAVE NOTICED THAT MCCANN HAS A MAN THAT WORKS FOR HIM THAT HAS PAID 4 AND 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SIGN UP VOTERS AND USING FRAUD TO DO IT, ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CHEATED TO GET BUSH IN OFFICE AND NOW THEY WILL CHEAT TO GET MCCANN IN CAUSE THAT IS THE ONLY WAY HE CAN WIN. THEY HAD FOLKS VOTING IN FLORIDA THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA AND THE MACHINE SWITCHED IT TO MCCANN, ALSO THEY HAVE SOME BULLCHIT THINGS GOING ON TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM VOTING AND GUESS WHAT THEY ARE BLACK. SO FOLKS THE REPUBLICANS ARE BACK AT  BEING DISHONEST, CHEATING AND DESPERATE. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN WIN AS ALWAYS, THEY HAVE DONE IT FOR YEARS AND THEY ARE DOING IT AGAIN. WATCH OUT IF YOU ARE VOTING FOR OBAMA YOU MIGHT BE VOTING FOR THOSE 2 FOOLS NAMED MCCANN AND PILAN. SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE VP IS SUPPOSE TO DO, WHAT A HORRIBLE PRESIDENT SHE WOULD BE. WOW AMAZING LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER RECOUNT ELECTION.

October 22, 2008
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ALSO PILAN AND HUBBY FISHERMAN BELONGS TO AIP WHICH HATES THE USA SO IF THAT DON'T TELL YOU HOW DANGEROUS SHE WOULD BE NOTHING WILL. THE THOUGHT OF HER TAKING THAT OLD MAN'S PLACE IS JUST TO SCARY TO THINK ABOUT.

October 23, 2008
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Is Obama born here in the America  or is he an indonisia were he went to school. check this out.

 

www.youtupe.comwatch?V=gA6_K3nTxZs

October 24, 2008

I would like to invite you to a new forum called http://www.viewmyviews.com

 

Thank you

April

October 26, 2008
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hello don. The Mississippi Delta is suffering very bad. We already don't have hardly any jobs here. we have job openings but no college that offer good programs to help you get what is needed for the job. i've been unemployed for eight months now. I don't know what to do but pray. whoever the next president is, needs to tax the hell out of these manufacturing companies that are moving US jobs out of the US for cheap labor. I think if the prices go down on most of our goods and other products, the economy will get better. the gas is going down so that's good and the minimum wage needs to go up and that will help also.

October 27, 2008
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john mcCain at the back door of the Whitehouse trying to get in the front,he is so out of touch

November 9, 2008
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This question is for Campbell Brown, no bias no bull. During an interveiw with Sarah Palin on November 7, the governor told a reporter that sexism played a role in the way she was treated in the 49 States as compared to equal rights for the women in Alaska.

 

Is sexism/equal rights a concernment for women in America?

 

Let's take a look at some of those states agencies where women are employed in male dominant position.

 

Thanks, Adriana

December 7, 2008
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I agree that one of the many options for auto industry workers is to take a pay cut, but this should be top down.  For three reasons; 1. Management and CEOs make a larger chunk of the wages payed in the company. 2. They can handle this better than factory workers because they have more savings, since they make more wages.  3. It is through their own ineficiencies that the industry is in trouble now, not the factory worker.

I'll go on to say that this sort of thinking should be applied to the government.  If they are really concerned with Main Street and our economy that supports all of their large wages and fringe benefits then they should do the patriotic thing and share in the pain we are all feeling right now.

December 8, 2008
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Worried about Riots (Athens) here in the US?  How about paying the farmers to grow crops, instead of paying them not to, and flood the market thereby lowering the value of basic food necessities and letting the efficiencies of the agricultural industry run free.  Offset the farmers' losses by giving them tax breaks and interest free loans.

It is my belief that people when confronted by a situation such as this will revert to the basic necessities that every human needs; food and shelter, the job and the pride that comes with it will have to wait.  Also if you are fed and sheltered you can train yourself in the skills necessary to work in the new industries that will spring up like say Green Building Technologies.  Intricate minds will innovate the comming economy, we just need stability.

December 8, 2008
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Angry at the miss treatment of the factory workers by Bank of America?  Boycott them.

December 19, 2008
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I have been trying to delete my I report account and all the videos that are on it. But there is no delte button.

 

what happened was, I actualy read the terms of use, and did you know Ireport can distribute your creations with out you knowledge and even make money from your creations with out even giving you credit?

 

so, How can I delete my videos?

how can I delete my account?

I have written Ireport hundreds of times asking to be deleted from theif dreadful piss poor website, but all I get are computer generated replies telling me about how great Ireport is..

 

what does a guy have to do do to get his account deleted and to retain back all of the ownership of the content that was posted on this crummy site?

 

I don't wish to flood Ireport with Porn videos, but if that's what it takes to have my account ended... I will resort to this..

 

I will post porn uo on every page possible till you suspend me, But what of my ownership of my films that I worked so hard to create. they do not belong to ireport and I do not agree to let ireport distribute them.

 

first will come the porn, then will come the law suits..

 

can any one help?

January 9, 2009
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February 15, 2009
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Okay, so I try to keep my blogs about mundane stuff and keep my frustrations with the Army out of it. And let me say first and foremost that I do appreciate the Army as a whole and how the Army has helped me, which is a lot. However, the way that the system works can hurt you sometimes. For example, you sign away your life on a contract that can send you to Iraq or Afghanistan to die for your country. I see that enlistment contract as you giving yourself to your country...putting your life in her hands...well, not the Army. The Army sees it as you signing up for a particular MOS (job) and if you can't learn to do whatever job you or (in many cases) the Army chose for you, then that's your problem. Sometimes the MOS that you sign up for has a bonus that sometimes goes with it. When I signed up, my college work and the length of time I enlisted for (5 years) and the job I agreed to learn (linguist) came with a $20,000 cash bonus. I would have gotten that bonus after about a year of serving in the "real" Army. That is to say after serving the Army while doing the job I was trained to do. Unfortunately, I didn't complete my training in that job. I wasn't very good at it and eventually had to reclassify my job into something more compatible with my ability...a job that I was better suited to do. I was given a list to choose from and I chose paralegala job that I'm very good at and serving the Army in that position is very fulfilling. Well, the Army considers that job change a BREACH OF CONTRACT. Let me say that again as it infuriates me; they consider it a BREACH OF CONTRACT. Can't you feel the bile rising in your throat?! The Army then revokes any and all bonuses or deals they've made with you (like paying back your student loans), but makes you serve out your promised timein my case, that was 5 years. 5 long years. This will piss you off and break your spirit. Worst of all, you lose all motivation to work hard and pursue a career in the Army. Why? Because you feel betrayed. You feel betrayed because you tried your best, failed, and are being punished severely for that failure. What makes the pain even deeper is that use of the phrase BREACH OF CONTRACT. That phrase sounds like we've committed a criminal act. It's infuriating! Of course, then perhaps the patriot in you takes over and you serve faithfully anyway. This is my case. I know the Army didn't intend to screw me because the Army is a corporation built to defend this nation and doesn't harbor any personal feelings toward me or anyone else...hero or not. So, I swallowed my hatred for what happened to me and, although very bitter about that lost money(a small fortune to a poor boy from the swamps of South Carolina)I drive on and fully intend to serve this Great Nation's Army through to retirement as a Sergeant (now) and an Officer (later). I love this country and her Armed Forces, don't misunderstand my frustration, but I sure wish they would change the absolutely ridiculous policy above, which is a financial rape of her Soldiers. In fact, if the news of this hit the airwaves in mass, I'm sure the Army would find itself in some hot water and have to change the policy or back-pay all who've been hurt by it or both. I hope both. I bought a car based on my excitement about the bonus that I was "sure" to receive...I have been burdened with the payment for the last three years. It's a monthly reminder of how the system hurt me--my family. This ridiculous policy should be changed immediately. It would renew my faith in the goodness of the system and go a long way in erasing the bitterness I have over losing that cash bonus. Thanks for reading my rant.

February 20, 2009
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I was a employee for a company called anderson news, and we were all layed off without notice and that now there is a class action law suit for the warn act.  please do some massive research on this asap.  Thousands of us are worried about a job,  rumor has it anderson sold out but we are not getting info from anyone in managerment.  PLease help us...

March 18, 2009
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That is not what the economy wont's to hear after the economy is in bad shape.

 

They get bonus at AIG when the economy is in bad shape. At other jobs we don't get bonus, raises, we don't get our 5 days no more that's not fare.

March 19, 2009
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While this week's economic news was dismal, I got a great surprise in my paycheck today.  The Obama tax cuts took affect and I will have an extra $35.00 or so each month take home pay.  This is due to a reduction in my federal taxes.  This is such as relief, and this $35.00 will help so much!  Thank you President Obama.  Also, this makes me feel more confident that he really is doing everything he can to turn the economy around!

December 4, 2009
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