Monday, April 09, 2012
Introducing the iReport Debate

This November, Americans will cast their votes for the president of the United States. As with every election, issues are going to be front and center in the minds of voters as they make their pick for the next commander in chief.


Pinpointing the top issues is crucial, so we’re asking you to make your voice heard. We want to hear straight from you, the voters, on the issue that matters most to you in the coming election, whether it's health care, economy, national security or something else. To help us get a better sense of what’s important to you, we're launching a first-of-its-kind project called the iReport Debate.


In the run-up to November, the iReport Debate will unfold in three main stages: One, name your issue. Two, debate it out. And three, make people listen.


Starting today, we invite you to share your number-one issue and spell out exactly why it’s got you fired up to cast your vote. Put yourself on video to explain your issue, or write it out in text.


The issues you share on iReport will directly affect CNN's election coverage. Once we have a full list, we'll ask you to help us rank the top 20 issues this election. And from there, we will whittle the list down to a handful of topics, based on your votes.


And here's our promise to you: We'll do everything we can to put your issues in front of the right people.


So with that, we step down from the soap box, and invite you to speak up. Upload your top issue to iReport, and get the conversation started. Let the debating begin!

April 9, 2012
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Sounds like a great idea and assignment, zdan. I'll start formulating a report over the next day or so and will definitely be participating.


Thanks for this opportunity.

April 9, 2012
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There is ONE issue that COMPLETELY DWARFS every other, and nobody knows how bad it really is:


We are TODAY 50 years of Income AND Social Security taxes short for our unfunded liabilities!


- our unfunded liabilities are > $120T,

- and ALL federal revenue from income AND Social Security taxes is less than $2.4T/yr!!!

     please realize $120T / $2.4T = 50x,

     so every taxpayer owes 50 years of taxes TODAY just to get us back to even!!!

- We have a 100% debt to GDP ratio,

     going up ~10%/yr with >$1.2T deficits, so it's a right now problem,

- 60% of public debt matures in less than 3yrs,

- astronomical money supply growth

- the coming loss of the US Dollar's status as the world's reserve currency


April 9, 2012
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My issues are:


1) the economy


2) full legalization of marijuana


Actually, the two are connected:  legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana would increase revenue and jobs, while decreasing the billions spent on fighting the drug war.  It would also decrease the cost of housing all the people languishing in jail because they smoked marijuana.


I will vote for the man who legalizes marijuana.

April 9, 2012
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Oil, and steel are examples of commodities that are bought and sold on the world market for the lowest price. It is not right that labor is treated a commodity.  Outsourcing should be illegal, unless the country is at full employment and there is no other labor source available. Manufacturing workers are consumers, tax payers who help to balance budgets, and pay for roads and school. Unless we are at full employment, outsourcing should be illegal.

April 9, 2012
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It's the economy, once again.

April 9, 2012
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My long-term issue is that we, as a government, have committed to more than we can afford with both social security and now Obamacare.  Both these programs need  to be fixed in real, not emotional ways. My short-term issue is that my daughter is upside down on her house and is, but all definitions, trapped in a house that her family is outgrowing.  Frank Dodd, in my opinion, did more to hurt her chances of selling her home and is keeping the housing market depressed.

April 9, 2012
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The number one issue as far as I am concerned is getting government spending under control. That is going to mean making very politically unpopular decisions, like reducing entitlements (which are the bulk of government spending). Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid are the #1 train on our future, with over $100T in promised future benefits and no way to pay for them.


This is a problem of astronomical proportion and nobody seems to be taking it seriously, because so many are completely dependent upon government for everything. Of course they won't vote to decrease their own entitlements.


My big fear is that we are already too far down Rome Boulevard, with more than half of our population taking out more than they put in, voting themselves bread and circuses. Scary times, we live in.

April 9, 2012
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All of our problems are dwarfed by another issue - those we elect to office are not doing their jobs! They lie, omit information, tell people what they want to hear and pursue personal agendas. It will not be until they are truly accountable to us will things ever change. We need single term politicians at all levels, no corporate campaign funding, no "PACs" etc. We need people to be elected by people who will act for the people and then quickly return to being one of the people.

April 9, 2012
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As a mother and a grandmother, I am fearful and appalled regarding the recent hate-precipitated gun murders in our country. I do not feel that my family is safe in our own neighborhood. I worry about my children and grandchildren's safety in schools and on campuses. There are too many guns in the hands of 'psychologically wacked' people. This problem needs to be addressed ASAP. Like SC2Pilot said, scary times we live in.

April 9, 2012
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We need the A.C.ACT , OUR SENIORS NEED, S.S.I. AND S.S.A, With A.C.ACT, WE WONT NEED ,medicare , that would be the elimination of a host of fraud by hospitals and doctors , the A.C.A. WOULD TAKE CARE OF THAT , We need to cut back on military spending , by 30% and tax all millionairs  30% with out the privalege of right/offs . We need  drill for oil in our own country a long with research for new ways to power homes and transportation . limit election funding . Lets get back to American Democracy and stop REPUBLICANISM.

April 9, 2012
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I, along with thousands of retirees who worked for one of Americas largest companies are loosing our health insurance so the company can pay for the present employees. No fail safe in obamacare for retirees.

Run your dog as a republican and I'll vote for him.

April 9, 2012
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Many People are talking about themselves or legalization! when we all know were it starts off at! Not once i heard tany candidates about scenerios on what would happen if problems increase with n.korea or iran! hello! if something does happen! guess what! thats first on there list to take care of instead of s.s or taxes and shit! we spent so much money in iraq and afganistan. well imagine the spending cost again if we get into another altercation with another country! i believe that should be first in most agendas!

April 9, 2012
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Renewable energy should be the main focus. If I didn't have to pay $300 a month to heat my home and $400 a month to transport to work, my home's budget would be just fine. Imagine if we took some of the weight of our basic needs off our shoulders.

April 9, 2012
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The number one thing that we should be all looking at is the Main street Media and the powers that be, picking who they want us to vote for. And Just WHY is no one that caused this economic break down not in jail.?? Just you try to write a 5$ bad check and see who knock's at the door for you!!! The world thinks we are bullies and you all know what bullies get in the end. How can I vote for someone that makes 18 million dollars? They are not here for me.  You cannot have a country full of crooks and bullies and have freedom.  Vote wise America or get ready for a revolution.


Ron Paul 2012

April 9, 2012
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The economy and jobs. I find it laughable that I make more money now than I did in 2008 and yet take home less, and have less to spend and what I do spend I get a lot less for my dollar. Groceries, fuel, utilities, and insurance has done nothing but gone up and yet there is no inflation? The new math seems flawed.

April 9, 2012
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The most important thing we urgently need in this country for the current and the future generation is job creation. Big multi-billion dollar corporations such as Apple, Mircosoft, IBM, DELL, HP, GE, and so on have created jobs for the chinese, Indians, Malaysians, and other nations but get their tax credits form the United States government in Americans' expense. I am not against the government giving the big corporations tax credit as long as they creat jobs for the Americans and as long as they have their produts "MADE IN USA". Are there any law makers in this nation who has the gut to bring the jobs back home or increase the corporate taxes to 50%?

April 9, 2012
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Economic justice.


Accountability for the vast economic crimes committed in the last decade.


Passage of the ERA.


The full spectrum of reproductive choice.

April 9, 2012
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I would like politicians to have limited perks.  They should not have any options besides Social Security, and their retirement plans should be prorated according to their length of service.


I do not think they should be limited to one term, providing they are producing.  Why kick out the best politicians simply because their limit is up ???  The best person for the job suits me.


But I don't ever see any of these issues getting resolved so long as Democrats & Republicans remain so polarized.


Until they start working together, it's the same old ... and I will continue to adapt as always.



April 9, 2012
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Regardless the level of individual or national pain, we simply MUST stop spending more than we take in.


And we must return to the Constitution and Bill of Rights as the basis for all governmental actions.


If we get those two things right, we can, possibly, survive as and remain the greatest Nation ever.  The alternative is too painful to contemplate.

April 9, 2012
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I think some the most important issues is as follows:


1)the constant dependency on foreign oil, especially those coming from the Middle East and the uncertain relationship between Iran and Israel. Iran is one of the contributing factors in the increase of oil prices. I think there should be more consideration for use of domestic energy and diversify other sources of energy such as renewable energy.


2) The relationship corporations have with the government, the Citizens United ruling has unleashed an unprecedented amount of money corporations have with the government. Although I doubt the ruling will be overturned anytime soon, I think there should be more regulations on the flow of campaign finance during elections.


3) The unemployment rate, although it has decreased, it has decreased slowly, there should be more ways to explore how to lower the unemployment rate.


4) explore ways to prevent another financial crises. I think neither Wall Street nor Washington alone were responsible for the financial crisis, but a combination of the two and many other factors.            

April 9, 2012
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Voter Fraud! We need a  Federal Voter ID law!!

April 9, 2012
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the national debt and women's equality.  so, based on how the GOP has been behaving you probably know how I plan to vote.

April 9, 2012
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My concern, pure and simple, is our National Debt.  As of now, the national Debt stands at nearly $50,000 for every man, woman and child in our country.  At $200,000 just for my family of four, I am terrified of what this will mean for my children, and their future children.  No other issue is as potentially damaging to our nation as this.  I will vote for the candidate who makes this far an away their number one priority, above all else.

April 9, 2012
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April 9, 2012
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National healthcare is my number one issue. I do not like the version of "healthcare insurance" that is passed currently. I sincerely hope the supreme court eliminates the whole law and than congress creates real nationalized healthcare. Americans deserve national healthcare like the programs in Europe or Canada.

My number two most important issue is ending all foreign wars. Using our military to "police" every outbreak of violence and civil war on the planet has everyone hating Americans. Other large countries need to step up and do their part. We showed them how, now they need to take "police" roll for awhile.

My number three most important issue is the UN trying to force Agenda 21. I did not get to vote on this entire world plan yet it effects my life and future. Either get rid of Agenda 21 or pull America from the UN.

April 9, 2012
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Washington has already gone too far for the economy to be fixed in the next several years. Does'nt mater who is in charge.

1.Lower gas prices will help more than anything now.....Glad I don't have children.

April 9, 2012
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#1: Retain a woman's right to choose

#2: Unemployment rates

April 9, 2012
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We have MAJOR issues with the legitimacy of the vote and at this point cannot trust that the elections are not rigged, for EITHER party. Without accountability and the requirement of some sort of Identification at the polls, the elections have no more credibility for either party than those elections in Russia or North Korea.

April 9, 2012
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Voter Fraud is by far my biggest concern right now. Then followed by Government spending.

We do not need the United Nations to help Obama cheat on the election. Voter laws are by a State by State and not Federal legislation. We need to stick to our guns and tell the fed to back the f*** off. I can not even rent an apartment without an ID card. So why should I expect to be able to vote without one.

April 9, 2012
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The economy and job market has to improve. What is the incentive for acquiring an advanced education if a college /master's graduate has to settle for mediocre paying jobs (>30K) and face tens of thousands of dollars in loans, all to compete for the same job with people with an associate's degree or high school diploma. While settling for low pay, without raises, the rent, gas, groceries, heating, electric, insurance co-pays, everything increases. Its absurd that our parents, who were at times less educated had more income and resources to provide a better life than we currently can. At 30 my father had bought a home and was raising 2 children all with a factory paying job in 1994. Today I have a masters degree, can't barely make my $855 rent in a safe neighborhood of New York State, while college loans eat me up alive.

April 9, 2012
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The biggest issue is the exclusive role that the US assigns it self, it is not participating in World Bodies such as the International Court of Justice, and it starts wars without legal basis such as the Iraq War. So the US acts like a criminal, while the rest of the world has left this behind a long time ago.

April 9, 2012
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#1. Sacrificing freedom for safety. I hate the idea and so should every single american, republican, democrat or independent. I dont know about you but i dont wanna accidentaly make my neighbor angry because i grabbed his newspaper instead of mine and have him anonymously call the fbi and tell them im a terrorist threat of some kind, then they come lock me up forever without trial, bail or a lawyer. War on terror is fundamental, not an actual war, much like the war on drugs.


#2. Alcohol and tobacco are drugs. they regulated, taxed and sold. There are programs to get people to stop using these things if they become a harm to themselves or others. There are no dangerous gang wars affiliated with these products, and the economy is better for having them. As should be the same for all drugs. If a person wants to kill themselves with drugs, it their body and their choice. It doesn't say in the bible we have to force our beliefs on others or save them from themselves. It is our choice to believe in Him. It is our responsibilty to spread the word but not force the word.


#3 Corporations are not people. They are big business's owned by people but they do not breath, eat, sleep, or have a soul. they do not bleed. they are not people. Corporate greed is out of control. no one person needs 50 billion dollars. In my opinion cap net worth at 50 million, the rest gets sent to the government.


#4. Stop government waste. Seriously we dont need a department of education. education was doing just fine until the federal government jumped in. so what if some school in alabama is teaching that the south won the civil war. They're all probably staying there to help with the farms anyway, and if not, wherever they go, they will probably be corrected anyway. Stop nation building, get in, blow it up and get out.


April 9, 2012
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One of my greatest concerns is VOTER ACCESSIBILITY...I see the Republic Party through their PACs trying to limit the vote...they are targeting the old, people of color and the young. They have managed to pass bills in the South and key states so that photo ideas are required but hard to get. In Tennessee a 96 year old...went three times with all the 'requirements' to learn that her birth certificate was not enough..she needed her marriage license...which she could not get. She did not get to vote. In Texas a NRA license works but not ones birth certificate. It gets worse in Wisconsin. Are we a democracy? Get will take every one who wants to live in a democracy to help with this....

April 9, 2012
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Jesse Ventura has the best solution - Dump both corporate-bought-and-owned Parties.  Vote for the best Independant candidate.

Additionally, the voting system is deliberately corrupted and rigged.  If you can get a reciept and track a candybar, why can't you do the same with a vote, to see if it was entered properly, or just vanished.  Bush buds build the voting booths.

April 9, 2012
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Two major issues are facing this country: the economy, and health care.  Health care should be something everyone can afford.  Yes, everyone needs to assume some responsibility - we should all be doing all we can to prevent health care problems, by eating well, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight.  But sometimes you need medical care and you shouldn't go bankrupt because of it, neither should your insurance provider deny you coverage.  As for the economy, it's time EVERYONE tightened their belts.  Not just the government and the middle and lower class.  NO ONE deserves million dollar salaries, I don't care who you are or what you do for a living, whether it's throwing a ball around or managing a big company.  The government can't just cut spending, either, it has to raise taxes.  Yes, that's tough, but it's also common sense. I also think the elected legislature all need to foot more of their own bills, especially if their idea of working is doing nothing but arguing and blaming.

April 9, 2012
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The restricting off voter regerstation by the Republician ran states. This is a Federal election so States should not be allow to restrict regerstration in the Presidential election, and Congressional elections.

April 9, 2012
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The 2012 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The 57th quadrennial presidential election will be held on this date, coinciding with Senate elections where 33 races will occur, as well as House of Representatives elections to elect the members for the 113th Congress. This election year will also encompass thirteen state and territorial governors' races, many state and territorial legislature races, special elections, and various other state, territorial, and local races.

Quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, April 9, 2012




Now is the time for real term limits. Now is the time the career politicians are telling us how great they are. What they do not tell is the fact that the long term members of Congress are the ones who all the special interest groups court for their own motives. Now is the time for us to tell them we have the power to change the political landscape.

As we all know it will take a Congressional Bill to make term limits a reality. And we all know those career politicians especially in Washington are not going to do anything which might end their lucrative positions.

Wake up America!!! We have the awesome power to make term limits a reality. Simply vote the rascals out!!! Never vote for any incumbent on the local, state or national level. That is the ONLY way term limits will become the "peoples" law. The power is in the hands of the voters. Use it!!!



April 9, 2012
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My issues are basically the same as of our dollar......getting into wars and police actions that should not involve us....taking care of our own and not the world.....illegal are very important.

April 9, 2012
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I have read all posts on this board and I agree with many. However, I think it's important to look at the overall resounding issue with our nation's current struggle.


To me, the number one priority is to elect representatives whom, upon entering the halls of Congress, will actually act on their duty to represent the constituents who elected them and govern this country responsibly - as opposed to simply representing their party's best interests for the sake of buying votes. Or lobbyists. Or special interests. Politics has spun this mess out of control and it's only getting worse. It's blatant corruption. And the politicians are playing it for everything it's worth.


Our country has become polarized and the climate is downright toxic. To the point you don't even listen to the words coming out of the candidates mouth or bother to research his/her policies and ideologies - you simply vote based on the letter behind their names.


If ever there were a desperate, eleventh hour opportunity to send our elected officials a very strong message, it would be now.


And, though it's not a number one issue to me, term limits need to be addressed - the sooner, the better.

April 9, 2012
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My biggest issues are:


1.  The rising cost of healthcare, and what government intends to do about it long-term.  I don't see any solutions.  Even the Affordable Care Act, which is probably going to get shot down, is only a band-aid.


2.  The demonizing of our government employees and teachers.  This issue doesn't seem to be a major issue to most people, but I have seen plenty of comments on forums from people saying things like, "I pay your salary!"  As a state employee myself, I take offense to this.  Try telling that to the cop that gives you a speeding ticket and see how it goes.  Despite popular opinion, most government employees do not have "Cadillac benefits and pay", and in fact, the average retirement income for my state is $20,400.  Government employment is not a "calling" and we didn't take a vow of poverty in order to accept the job.  It needs to pay competitively, just like any other job out there.

April 9, 2012
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Thanks for sharing your top issues, everyone! I encourage you to upload your thoughts to the iReport Debate assignment. Put yourself on video to explain your issue, or write it out in text. You can upload here:
April 9, 2012
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Unemployment and underemployment.   My two children have bachelor degrees in engineering and one (civil engineer) is working as a cook in a restaurant.  I hear the similar stories about several other graduates in other fields and in other states. 


My high-tech company would prefer to hire experienced people from overseas than train a college hire or bring on an intern. 


When I started my career, there were many jobs to be had.  I then saw manufacturing,IT, and some engineering  jobs move overseas.  Still businesses stated that US people would remain in management and only the developer jobs would go overseas.  Now that many of us in management are retiring, businesses are now looking to India (or other countries) to fulfill the gap.  We must invest in our own citizens.


Even with unemployment rates going down, it doesn't mean that our citizens are doing well.  We have some young adults doing everything right and they still aren't living the "American" dream. 

April 9, 2012
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(1). We are no longer in control of our own government. Before we can get anything done about any of our problems we need to find a way to get the Corporate Plutocrat's money out of our system. As long as people like the Koch brothers can buy our politicians and target and terrify the ones they can't buy we will continue to deteriorate to a third rate feudalistic Oligarchy.


(2). Bring our massive bloated military budget under control. Right now we spend 45.7% of all the entire military budgets for every country in the world Only NATO comes close at 7.8% and we fund the biggest chunk of that. We could use most of that money to rebuild our own infastructure intead of blowing up everbody elses and then rebuilding it for them.


(3). Make Medicare and Social Security sound by taking off or raising the current cap of $106.000, Once again the rich get a free ride on most of the money they make.


(4). Eliminate Corporate loopholes and start using the tax system to penalize Corporations who ship jobs overseas. I personaly think these Corporate Plutocrat's should be charged with treason and given the maximum punishment, but we know they can buy their way out of that.


(5). Unless we can accomplish number (1). It doesn't matter what anybody has posted on this blog, because nothing is going to get done except for the will of a handful of corrupt Plutocrat's. Somehow, I don't think thats what the countries founders had in mind.

April 9, 2012
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We need to increase our tax base, raise taxes on the wealthy and eliminate a lot of the loopholes which allow millionairs to pay less taxes than I do.  We need to close loopholes in the corporate tax structure and make sure that EVERYONE pays their fair share.  As for SSI and medicare, I paid into all of this for 53 years.  This is not an entitlement, it is something I have paid for.  We need to make sure that it is there for the young people coming up and that it is secure.  The government needs to stop borrowing from Social Security and pay back what it has taken in the past.  Get us out of ALL wars and bring our boys home, put them to work rebuilding ou infrastructures.  Let's get America moving again, let's improve education so we can compete with China and Europe and India.  We need to clean up Washington politicians and throw the ones that are holding our country back.  Let's sweep the Congress clean and start all over.

April 9, 2012
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The economy is #1 on my list. Reforming immigration is #2 and by reforming I mean make if easier to enter the county the legal way to avoid breaking the law. Have illegals come forward to pay a fine and in return they can be put on the path to obtaining a green card rather than deported. #3 No more bailouts! #4 Have a mandate to require a photo I.D. to vote.

April 9, 2012
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Economy , Economy, Economy - that is JOBS!!


Obama failed to act to pleas for creating a Jobs emergency policy, that led to double digit unemployment. None of his programs offers any incentive that are attractive for employers to re-hire the worker who had been layedoff.


Obama hired a Chief (Immelt) for jobs creation who had been laying off hundreds of people in his own company every few months. This shows the old chicago style deals.


Go Romney !!

April 9, 2012
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Just to coin the old phrase, "It's the Econonmy, Stupid!" Many of the other problems get fixed by fixing this one issue. But don't try to tell me Food Stamps help the economy. Even I am not THAT stupid!!

April 9, 2012
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The National Debt for one is the biggest problem.  We need to quit giving my money away to every Country.  If there is a tragedy in another Country let me decide what amount I would like to donate.  No more freebies for the millions of Illegals coming to this Country. They need to be deported not encourage them by giving them more benifits than a Legal Citizen gets,,,No Dream Act,,if they want to go to College they need to pay outstate tuition just like my kids do.  no Welfare,no food stamps would be cheaper to put them on a plane than all the services this Country provides for all these parasites...Anyone on Welfare that is able bodied needss to work for their Welfare check..they can pick trash up off the streets or something..Can you imagine how clean our Cities would be.  I also believe we need to bring our National Guard and military back home and protect our Borders..also our Cities...We have so many Gang related shootings daily and we shut our eyes to that WHY?  Please I don't like working 107 days a year to pay my taxes...No wonder people are on Welfare..they have the better Health Care ,,section 8 houses, food stamps ...I could go on and on. Welfare should be a temporary fix not a life long occupation ..That includes Obama's Aunt....Get her back to Kenya and quit sucking off my dollars..Good Lord

April 9, 2012
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Any chance the government could care more about human life than they do about taxes?


This government assumes every human will want to work their whole life and pay taxes.


I dont know about you, but god didnt put me on this earth for monetary gain.......

April 9, 2012
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Hatred in America.


When did we become so anti-one another?

April 9, 2012
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My issues according to importance:

1. end to abortion (it is akin to what the Nazi's did, in fact the founder of Planned Parenthood supported eugenics).


2. healthcare (every American should have healthcare, but taxpayers should not have to pay for things that are of ethical concern like sterilization or abortion)


3. social security (many working Americans can NOT afford to save up for retirement, thus the system needs to be fixed and be available for everyone when they are too old to work) We all know that it is not practical to assume people working well into their late 60's and beyond, as the body has problems and people get tired faster. It would be cruel, inhumane to force people, especially in the manual labor area, to work as elders. We need to respect our elders.

April 9, 2012
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I say the system is broken.....what's the point.  Every time we vote, we vote for liars and our society has accepted this as just the way it is.  It's all a joke.  I only vote to use my vote against someone I really do not like, and because women fought so hard for the right.  Other then's pointless and waste of all of our time.

April 9, 2012
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I'm disturbed that our election results are now counted by the foreign company SCYTL which has ties to George Soros, an international convicted felon and Obama donor.

April 9, 2012
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Legalize hemp. It is a native plant and more American than applie pie. American farmers are missing out on a cash bonanza crop. Hemp can be used for fuel and food and paper, grows 20 feet a year without the need for pesticides or herbicides, and it is drought resistant. Legalize industrial hemp!

April 9, 2012

Trillion Dollar Deficits and Our Government NOT adhereing to the US Constitution is the BIGGEST by far topics that will need to be debated.  Further more, We need to establish what are real rights versus a perk of a prosperous society..HEALTHCARE IS NOT A RIGHT!! Lastly we need to return to the fact that rights are endowed to individuals, NOT GROUPS.. So there are no Women's rights, Men's right, Black rights, White Rights, Latino rights, Indian rights, etc. 

April 9, 2012
Click to view snowplow's profile

1. Our government has pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever had.  I paid cash for my social security and medicare insurance. It’s not an entitlement.  Just because government  borrowed the money from the fund and never paid it back, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout.


We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless. What is going to happen to our generations next in line or after them?  Our government and religious organizations pour money to aid Haiti, Chile, Turkey, Egypt & Pakistan. Why doesn’t our government support our own people?


2.  Retired senior’s cannot afford to pay for mandatory Obamacare.

3.  We need single term politicians at all levels, no corporate campaign funding, no PAC’s.

4.  We need to eliminate the electorial vote and voting should be done by the popular vote instead. We want to be heard.

5.  During recessions we need to close all outsourcing beginning with the bridge work currently contracted to China. 


April 9, 2012
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Stop and reverse the erosion of our constitutional protections:  Restore U.S. law so that government must obtain warrants prior to conducting electronic surveillance on U.S. citizens and so that all U.S. citizens receive due process and cannot be held indefinitely in secret without representation. 


Abolish "free speech zones" to restore the right to unabridged freedom of speech and assembly.  Enact laws that limit the use of swat teams or similarly armed law enforcement units and tactics at peaceful protests (they should be allowed to be stationed nearby in case they are needed but should not be deployed before hand when less force is required.  Issue strict controls on the use of things like pepper spray and barriers.  Remove time limitations on protests.


Pass a constitutional amendment reversing the Citizens United decision and revoking corporate personhood.


Companies that lobby members of Congress should be banned from making political contributions in excess of the current amount that private individuals can make.


Reinstate the fairness doctrine.


Reward companies for creating jobs in the U.S.  Companies that wish to manufacture goods overseas to be competitive in those markets should be able to do so. However if they are selling goods in the U.S. market and overseas, the percentage of their employees in the U.S. should at least match the percentage of their global profit made in the U.S.  Their tax rate should decrease or increase by a percentage point depending on whether their U.S. employment rate exceeds or falls below that mark.    For example:  If the company employs 10,000 people worldwide and 60% of their profit is made off U.S. sales, they should employ at least 6,000 of their 10,000 employees in the U.S.  If they employ more U.S. citizens than that, their tax rate should go down.  If they employ fewer U.S. citizens than that, their tax rate should go up.


Businesses who request visas to bring in foreign workers to fulfill their needs claiming they cannot find U.S. workers to fill their needs should pay a special tax to support education of U.S. citizens in those fields while they are employing foreign workers in those jobs.  As they replace those foreign workers with U.S. citizens, that tax should be reduced or removed.


There should be a greater investment in public education.  A stronger curriculum should be developed, better teachers should be hired and poor teachers should be let go.  Mandatory study halls with tutors should be required for students who are performing below C average.  A longer school year should be instituted.  Truancy laws should be enforced.  No child should be allowed to drop out before finishing high school.  Students who are consistently too disruptive should attend school at juvenile detention centers and return home after study hall. 


Equal pay for equal work should be enforced.


Profits made from the export of domestic oil and refined products made from domestic oil should be taxed at a higher rate than profits made from their sale in the U.S. and the proceeds from that tax increase should go to support the development of alternative energy.


There should be no no-bid government contracts and all work done under government contracts should be carefully monitored to ensure quality and prevent waste and abuse. 


Companies that flout the law should be banned from receiving government contracts until they can prove they have been in compliance with the law for 5 years.  The executives who encourage and allow non-compliance with the law should be tried and jailed if found guilty.


The government should be required to repay monies borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund and should be banned from raiding it in the future.


Single-payer healthcare should be enacted.


Environmental laws should be retained but streamlined.
















April 9, 2012
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Two things:


Put defense spending on the chopping block just like every other budget item.  Corporate welfare is no different than public welfare EXCEPT that most Americans have already paid into SSI and Medicare.  They are not entitlements in the strictest sense in that they have been paid for.  We need to return the Department of DEFENSE back into a DEFENSIVE force, not an OFFENSIVE force.


two:  The current trend of congress and the President passing unconstitutional laws restricting our freedoms (NDAA, etc) needs to stop and be reversed.  Some estimates placed the number killed by auto accidents of people avoiding the TSA grope-fest as around 500 a year.  This dwarfs the supposed number "saved" by the TSA.  For instance, there were no airplanes hijacked in the usa for 20 years before 911, and none since.  That makes 30 years of safe air travel of which the TSA can claim none of it.  All hijackings occurred outside the USA.  Even the "underwear bomber" was escorted on the plane in Amsterdam.

April 9, 2012
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Jobs- unemployment numbers are not being responsibly reported in the media, 88 million are no longer in the jobs market and the government/media does not count them.


E-verify bill, a record 7 million illegals now hold jobs with fake ID's and SSN's. FOrce employers to hire legal job applicants.


Economy is much worse than the government/media is reporting.

April 9, 2012
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Throw the oBUMa out!

April 9, 2012
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One more thing:  Speculation on commodity items needs much higher regulation.  For instance, anyone wanting to speculate on oil should be required to take delivery of the product. 


One thing that is rising up to destroy the monetary system is derivatives.  The true debt due to derivatives is in the QUADRILLIONS!  That's what got us in trouble in 2008 and that was the tip of the iceberg.

April 9, 2012

People should really be more aware of their statements about wanting to return to the constitution only to turn around and state that the government should institute this and that when those things have no place according to the constitution at the Federal Level.. Dont talk out of both sides of your mouth!!

April 9, 2012
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1) Americans pay 50% more for the same prescriptions as ANY other nation. Why is nothing being done?

2) Oil Speculators clearly threaten the economy. Why not remove oil from the futures market -as it was a generation ago- and stabilize the world's economies?

3) 99% of us teachers know No Child has wrecked America's educational system. What will replace it? When will science & math be strengthened? When will vocational studies (auto repair, carpentry, etc.) be restored to "we need them" status?

April 9, 2012
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It seems clear to me that the core issue is eliminating the direct influence of Big Money in elections and legislation. Until we consciously and skillfully reverse the direct influence of big corporations, PACs, SuperPACs, wealthy individuals, etc. in financing elections (and therefore buying access to elected officials) and lobbying (thereby gerrymandering legislation), this nation is headed toward economic serfdom. At one time, the big US corporations and the wealthy tended to act out of a sense of "noblesse oblige" - noble purpose - sharing in financial sacrifices and displaying patriotic action, but now, with multinational corporations and stockholder fixations on next quarter's earnings, top executives are pretty much obliged to take advantage of the (few) rules any way they can to their companies' advantage - and, because they see how transient and fragile the system has become, to get as much personally and for their families as soon as they can ("get while the gettin's good").


The first step is a comprehensive Constitutional Amendment specifying that corporations and organizations are not people and do not have the rights of natural persons. A related issue is radically limiting the amount any individual, organization, corporation, or group may contribute to political campaigns (it is an incredible waste of money - and destructive to our nation - for both individuals and corporations to throw massive amounts of money into negative and often misleading political advertising).


The question to ask is: will you support a constitutional amendment to get Big Money out of the electoral and legislative processes?

April 9, 2012
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Barack Hussein Obama should be impeached. 

April 9, 2012
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1) curbing the corruption of our politicians and our system altogether.

2) get some kind of viable healthcare system for everyone.

3)Continue to explore and invest energy sources and technologies other than oil

4) invest in the upkeep and maintenance of our existing infrastructure.

5) invest in becoming a global leader education, not 37th.


April 9, 2012
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I'm glad I registered to vote today.  Eric Holder will be alive and voting in my town....

April 9, 2012
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Out of control government spending.  Part of that is the cost of the illegal alien population.  Sure, many of them produce something, but it's an overall drain on our resources.  You don't reward someone who breaks into your home.


Education is paramount to ensure our future.  People talk about the great economic divide in this country.  Get these kids in school and motivate them to want more for themselves. 


Come down on the gangs.  It's ridiculous that gangs thrive all over the country. 


Reward producers, not those who whine and milk the system.  At some levels there seems to be a disdain for those who hard...provide.  Incent those who create jobs.

April 9, 2012
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In order of priority:

1) Jobs...particularly good jobs, not fry cook positions at fast food joints or other service jobs, we need to actively compete for the jobs that can be done from anywhere in the global economy.  The US has been dead last among industrialized nations in globally competitive job creation for more than 25 years.

2) Budget: must be balanced, WITHOUT mortgaging the future of America by cutting off research and education programs...yes, this will require higher taxes, PERIOD.  However, Americans will be able to afford it if we create good jobs!  This would also include eliminating overlap of government agencies and streamlining their operational efficiency.

3) Education reform: our education system is the joke of the civilized world.  We can't create many good jobs when half our high school students are less educated than I was by the 3rd grade.

4) Healthcare reform: abolish the for-profit healthcare industry entirely and create a universal healthcare system that cares for all Americans.  Not saying doctors shouldn't get paid, but executives sitting in an office somewhere should not be making money off the illness and injury of others.

5) Alternative energy: The US NEEDS to break its dependency on fossil fuels like oil and coal.  We have the wind, solar, domestic oil, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, methane and tidal resources to be completely energy independent if we would but put in the effort to develop the technology and infrastructure.

6) Give up the empire: We have troops in 140 countries and a navy that has the combat tonnage of the next 13 largest navies in the world combined.  We can save a ton of money, and generate a lot of global good will by getting the heck out of places that we don't need to be.

7) Uphold the constitution by repealing ALL laws that violate the civil rights of US citizens and granting federal recognition of gay marriage in all 50 states and US territories. 

8) End cannabis prohibition: Medically cannabis is no worse for you than alcohol.  Unlike the other schedule 1 substances which can kill you with a small dose, you would have to smoke over 1000 pounds of weed in an hour to die from it.  It's easier to kill yourself (or others, i.e. drunk drivers) with beer.  Prohibition creates crime, the cartels, the violence, all of it only exists because of the black market created by prohibition (just look at what happened in the US when alcohol was banned).  We could generate huge tax revenues, save tons of money on law enforcement, and let thousands of people out of jail that are guilty of nothing more than having a personal use baggie of weed, making room for the rapists, murderers, and corporate vampires that deserve to be there.

8) Abortion: It's legal, get over it.  The government has no right to interfere with a woman's right to choice, END OF STORY.

9) Religion: It's like a penis, it's okay to have one, it's okay to be proud of it, but under no circumstances should you ever wave it around in public or try to put it into schools.  END OF STORY.


April 9, 2012
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10 months after Obama went into office my company went under and I have been un employed since. My savings are now gone. I dont know who is worst.

Obama? or Rick Scott for not doing his job and making things realy hard for the unemployed.

April 9, 2012
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The defeat of communist in chief, prez obuma

April 9, 2012
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1. Concerned that our elected officials are out of touch with the real world and obsessed with their election or re-election, along with personal gain. What happened to the concept of the welfare of the country and its people?


2. Who to vote for - none of the above! Disappointing that we cannot get a true statesman to run for office. But, that one unknown person probably doesn't have the stomach for the dirty politics.


3. Why do the Republicans want to re-open the right to choice? Excuse me - all this talk about family values is a disgrace. Who will support the unwanted children who would be brought into the world? Why do they want to send women into back alleys?


4. The budget - I believe every politician needs to take an economic course as a requirement.


5. Why are the banks not being prosecuted for their fraudulent banking/loan practices, their inabilitiy to respond to offers on short sales, etc. It's a disgrace. If I behaved the way the banks behave - I would be in jail. Our politicians are doing a thing about these major issues that have helped destroy our economy.


6. I suggest the politicians be sent home, without pay, without benefits, if they are unable to do their job.


What does it take to get their attention? If we can't get evolution - are we forced to revolution?




April 9, 2012
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Our Government is so corrupt and broken that is is unfixable except by revolution, "We The People" have no say in how our country or our lives are run, the only thing that we do is post our complaints on some blog somewhere and go on with whatever life the government allows you to have, posting our complaints for each other to read is pointless, no one that can make a change cares.

April 9, 2012
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This is easy.  Does money even matter anymore?  It seems to me that the counties with the biggest sticks, get to enforce their lifestyle so maybe that is why the status quo ignores the fact that we have a National Debt.  I mean as long as you have a nuke, and you can enforce your resource domination, than who cares about a little thing called debt?


So what am I getting at?  What is our solution for balancing the debt, bringing workers back to the United States, and stopping more wars that will cost us trillions?

April 9, 2012
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We should stop being so serious about our politics - as they say laughter is the best medicine. How many of us baby boomers will be sent to the hospital due to high blood pressure - thinking its all or nothing of who wins the Presidency. Second, we should see the beautiful things in life - it will help us obtain better health. I have heard exercising, walking and biking, outdoors, is the best way to manage your weight. Sunshine in moderation can prevent many diseases. This is due to elevated levels of vitamin D created in your body from that sunshine; especially if you exercise outdoors. Third, I have read if we had the obesity rate of that of 1980, millions of new jobs could be created. Perhaps, if we stop being so serious and start moving; we all will obtain better health. No matter who wins the Presidency...

April 9, 2012
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I wish we had Like buttons on here.

Maybe a Dislike button might be even better.


On some sites, you can even vote. That way the most agreed upon ideas here could float to the top. Wouldn't that be nice?

April 9, 2012
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We need to transform the "American Way of Life"!


You see, it is only American to make as much money as possible.  and then of course it is only american to outsource jobs to mkae more profit, which makes me more American, right?


The goal in life should not be attainment of wealth.  It should be attainment of health and finding ways to live longer.  And then it is to find a way to stop devouring resources with impunity.


Education is the key.  It is a scary world we live in when we have citizens who have not made it past the eighth grade, but they can legally carry a gun around.  Talk about scary.  And these same folks vote, and unfortunately breed.  So yes education should be our number one focus.



April 9, 2012
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It's the economy, once again. Congress is bought and paid for, as Jefferson said replant the tree of liberty ever 20 years. Don't re-elect anyone, get all the crooks out!


April 9, 2012
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Our problems are so vast and complicated...a CNN forum is only for amusement purposes. 


The economy sucks, corporations are greedy, pot is illegal, more wars are inevitable, mother nature isn't even close to being done kicking our asses, too many people suck off the government tit, and politicians are all liars and puppets.


The future is'd better be able to take care of yourselves and family when the music stops...screw this country, it's screwing you.

April 9, 2012
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Medical Cannabis


For those who are unfamiliar with its uses and history, one of the biggest concerns about cannabis is how it relates to health.  Since the beginning of cannabis prohibition, many claims have been made about its negative (or for that matter positive) consequences.  And while it is true that cannabis is not for everyone, the same can be said for any item found in medicine cabinet or in a grocery store.

It is of our opinion that the best decisions are well-informed decisions. We invite you to educate yourself and seek out unbiased answers to your questions.

We've listed a few basic facts below that you may not have known about cannabis and health, and we've included links to a few of the largest medical cannabis organizations in the country where you will find numerous studies and articles.


Cannabis is safer than alcohol, safer than prescription painkillers and safer than tobacco.  Cannabis has no known toxicity in humans, and no one has ever died from consuming cannabis.


Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated not only the safety of cannabis, but also the efficacy in treating a number of very serious diseases and illnesses.  Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating relief of cancer and the side effects of its treatment, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia (FMS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's Disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), opioid dependence, stroke and spinal injury among others.


The federal government currently provides cannabis as medicine to four living patients under the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program, and in 2003 approved patents for pharmaceutical development of cannabis constituents called cannabinoids.  Meanwhile, federal agencies simultaneously and vigorously tout cannabis as highly addictive and of no medical value to the American public, despite overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating its safety and efficacy.

Patients Out of Time

Americans for Safe Access

National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws

Sensible Missouri



Agricultural Hemp


Many people are not aware of the many environmental benefits and industrial applications of the cannabis plant.  Here are a few things you probably never knew about its history and uses:


Cannabis is known to have been grown in China at least 6,500 years ago for household purposes such as cloth, paper, oil for food and industry, and for medicine.  Founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both large producers of industrial cannabis, and Benjamin Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper.


Before cannabis was made illegal in 1937, Missouri was one of the top hemp-producing states in the country, and was even noted in the government-produced film, "Hemp for Victory" as an ideal place for its production. ("Hemp for Victory" was produced by the federal government in 1942 and circulated to promote cannabis farming as part of the war effort due to hemp's value as an industrial crop.)


Henry Ford experimented with agricultural cannabis when creating his first cars and intended for the diesel engine to be run on hemp-based fuel. Today, carmakers Ford, GM, Chrysler, Saturn, BMW, Honda and Mercedes all use hemp-composites for many of their door panels, columns and other internal and external components.


In 2009 over $300 million dollars flowed out of the United States to meet the consumer demands of a booming agricultural hemp industry.  The overwhelming majority of that money went to China.

Vote Hemp

Hemp Industries Association

April 9, 2012
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How about the biggest "Entitlement Program" of them all, although it's not an officially government sponsored one? It's more of a "government deliberately looking the other way" entitlement program.


This unofficial entitlement program is the 12 million illegal Latinos here, stealing people's I.D.s and jobs, bilking the taxpayer for stolen social services, and driving up the cost of healhtcare by getting it for free. In other words, going to hospital emergency rooms and then skipping out on the bills.


Also, there is the cost passed on to legal citizens of illegals driving without insurance or a real driver's license and many other abuses that the citizens are forced to pay for in terms of higher costs for everyone.


Also there is the huge cost of added crime these lawless people bring with them. Not only the crime illegals bring directly into this country, but how many of today's gangbangers are anchor babies? That's another law that is being abused and should be rescinded!


I really want to see this entitlement program that is 100% due to the government deliberatley refusing to enforce the laws, come to an end! - And I'm not alone in wanting this! Oh no! I'm most certainly not alone!

April 9, 2012
Click to view Voice4Libert's profile

Obama's Campaign has been the opposite of what unifies and brings civility to the masses.

It's like his Top 10 Campaign objectives are:

1. Look to Government for all your needs.

2. Post Images of Obama and his Elite everywhere.

3. Do not say bad things about Obama and his Czars.

4. Make everyday a Tribute to the Obama.

5. Children are to Honor Obama and his Government Sanctioned Indoctinators.

6. Look away when Obama's Community Organizers Intimidate or Murder.

7. Infidelity assures Government Dependency.

8. Spread the wealth by Government Seizure.

9. The Ends Justifies the Means.

10. Malign those that have what the Government has not given them.


And for those friendly to Obama; Give them Privilege in or Exemption from Obama's imposed government controls. Then the rest get bullied into compliance.

April 9, 2012
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The Occupy Movement - and the fact that it does NOT support either legacy party.  Both the Republicans and the Democrats are in the pay of corporate America and this must change!


When this changes and we put honest representatives of the people in office, then policies will reflect our needs and this country can start to rebuild.

April 9, 2012
Click to view Voice4Libert's profile

There are social programs that help people 'succeed'. But there are programs that pander for votes.

We need a credible 'people founded' organization that can make the distinctions between these and root out the ones designed to pander.

April 9, 2012
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I only see one issue for this election. That is to allow ALL registered voters to vote. There will be polls that will not allow young people and older to vote due to a newly enacted "law" that one must have a picture ID and it must be Government issued. The Republicans have pushed this thru to screen Democrats from voting for Obama.

April 9, 2012
Click to view Venturer's profile

First, do not vote for any incumbants for Congress or state legislatures.

Second, we need a complete federaltax reform removing the special loopholes for business.

Third, reform social security and medicare by raising the entry age for those under age 50, and entending the age of eligability to 69.

Fourth, shut our borders and reform our immigration laws, dealing with the problem of those already in the country illegally.

April 9, 2012
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My main issue is the jobs in the U.S. is a serious problem especially for people over age 50.


I apply for hundreds of jobs that fit my qualifications and/or experience. The problem I have noticed is that employers are requiring a 4 year degree or higher for most any positions (other than a trade )plus work experience. If you have an associates degree you are overlooked or you cannot even apply for the position regardless if you have 15 or more years experience. I am to close to retirement age to go back to school to achieve a higher degree plus the time lost in earnings and the unsurity of not knowing if you can recoup the costs of education and if anyone will hire you years later once you obtain the higher degree.


I know a lot more jobs will be filled if employers not require a minimum Bachelors degree and concentrate on previous experience and skills!

April 9, 2012
Click to view Annexian's profile

I want us to improve the country by ending the "False economies".


1.  Get RID of illegals, not by fences, profiling, etc. but by enforcing existing laws and having the "Health inspector" randomly check every employer frequently, starting with the low/median income jobs.  Fully fine, close down for weeks, reverse any and all government subsidies and refer for prosecution if any illegals are found.



2.  End tax breaks and subsidies to companies that export jobs.  If it's cheaper to make something overseas, they don't need a tax break to compensate for bribery, piracy, low quality and the cost of transport then...



3.  Monopolies.  We have too few companies that make, sell, control too much.  Thus we have higher prices and lower wages and less choice.  Thus we have more corruption of government and small companies outright blocked from markets illegally controlled.

April 9, 2012
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I want to see voter ID laws enacted before this next important election.

April 9, 2012
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#1  Get out  of afghanistan.

#2  Keep Obamacare intact.

#3  Pass the "Buffet tax" law.

#4  Support President Obama

April 9, 2012
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1. Start paying off our national debt;

2. Get out of Afghanistan;

3. Give gay people the same civil rights afforded everyone else in America;

4. Stop the war on Marijuana, or else start a war on Alcohol.

April 9, 2012
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The Obama's have destroyed so much that had been accomplished in this Country.  For decades, generations have pulled together to end racial division.  And, in the short time the Obama's have been in office they have taken us back years.  How sad it is for both black and white races that moved forward for equality, now find themselves shaking their heads and wondering what happened to the harmony that we desired.  Obama has an agenda that definitely is not in the best interest of  America as we have known it.  He needs to get out of public office in this Country, because I do honestly believe that he is not an American at heart.  Whoever is backing him, is trying to destroy us.  And, if he is given another term, it just may happen.  Once we have the right leadership, our many problems can be solved. 

April 9, 2012
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Ron Paul 2012!

April 9, 2012
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a. Strictly enforce penalties to outsourcing companies. That will retain jobs back to Americans (hopefully).

b. Come up with proposals to reduce skyrocketing higher education costs, so that american companies don't have to depend on foreign skilled employees.

c. "Buffet Law" must be enforced.

d. stop medlling in unnecessary international affairs, till we get unemployment rate down to 5%

e. All members of congress should be subjected to the same rules & regulations as common citizens. Introduce term limits to the congressmen.

April 9, 2012
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If you didn't have to seek approval from Congress what are the top 3 issues/items you would enact immediately and why. 

April 9, 2012
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Why can't Congress move beyond partisanship? If the President encouraged the spirit of cooperation instead of conflict, perhaps the world wouldn't be in such chaos. It seems as though Washington is fueling all the chaos around the world - explain to me why Congress can't get along, and why and how does it prosper from world chaos?

April 9, 2012
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keep Obama and get rid of the clown show.4 more years it not broke. let' do it again.

April 9, 2012
Click to view knarf51's profile

My issues are the polarization of the American society and the establishment of greed as the nation's most widespread characteristic.Must one be as Romney defines Obama a proponet of a government centerist society? Or a backer of aposition which places our government as a special interest group for the economic elite? Do not both positions indicate a type of greediness? Websters defines greed as; excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.The so called 1%'s are clearly guilty of this "sin". Isn't it also true that those who would create a dependent class living on the achievements and effort of others,are also just as greedy? When did the aquisition of wealth and material objects, dwarf the desire to aspire to a life of compassion and some measure of altruism. Is every American down on his luck a scheming cheating welfare cheat? I think not. Is every American capatalist an insatiable hoarder of unneeded wealth? I say no to both sides of this thesis. It may sound naieve but to me the great issue of this election and of our times is this. Who is going to represent the electorate of real people with real concerns about the future. Who is going to help create a world that we would want our children to live in? Do we really want the world and the America of the future to be sharply cut betweens haves and have not's with no way to breach the gap with civil liberties and political equality? Likewise shall we deed our children an America devoid of incentive, fiscally enslaved to the bidding of a torpid dependent and ultimately underserved underclass? These pictures of the future are both troubling and unacceptable. My issue is the recognition of polarized extreme views as a guarantee of failure. We must put forth the effort it will take for reason and humanistic values to replace our futile and ineffective present environment.

April 9, 2012
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Economy, long term health care solutions for seniors, health care in general, oil, and education.

April 9, 2012
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Along with several major issues facing the country this year, there is one enormous issue that absolutely needs to be taken care of this fall.  Obama represents the most destructive force and greatest danger this country has ever faced.  He must be defeated.  Only then can we focus on the economic and social issues plaguing the nation.

April 9, 2012
Click to view jht83168's profile

It is the ECONOMY stupid!! Thanks to this good for nothing President who feels that he has to use RACE-BAITING to try to distract all of the brain-dead Americans from it, in hopes for their vote. He cannot run on his abysmal record.


I thought he was supposed to be the next JFK, ha, what a joke. He could not hold a candle for Jimmy Carter for God's sake. Wasn't he going to bring the red and blue States together instead of dividing the two? He has no moral compass whatsoever, he will do and say what ever it takes to get elected. He is just another low-life, sleazy, slick unethical Chicago politician. He is a first class HYPOCRITE.

April 9, 2012
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I order for America to progress, we need to change the game of politics.    




Too much influence from outsiders slows our progress.        






The 2 major parties have become parasites along with 99.99% of the politicians.    







Politicians top 5 reasons to be in office:

1. What can I get for me$

2. What can I get for my friends, family and business associates$

3. What can I get for my party$

4. What can I do for the people so I can get re-elected$

5. When in doubt----

see #1   










Who will change the game?    

April 9, 2012
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We need to put the United States of America back on top of the priority list. Professional, lifetime politicians have proven time and again that their actions are primarily motivated by what it will take to get them re-elected. That is not good for America and the results are indisputable. Will there be any movement toward imposing term limits on politicians in congress so they can focus on doing what's right for America instead of what's right for their next campaign? 

April 9, 2012
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In other words, iReport will do exactly what every political opinion poll does, only way more inefficiently and unscientifically. What a glorious waste of time in the name of slacktivism.

April 9, 2012
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When did the Left bullying fat people, and then proclaiming everyone stupid become acceptable. To me the vile disgusting manner the Left treat everyone is the single most important issue. I don't want to live in an America so petty and vile.

April 9, 2012
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Number one is to remove Obama from office and take control of Congress and all that just to end Obamacare.

April 9, 2012
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The economy may recover but our 410ks have been gutted. No one talks about it, that we will be delayed retirement for years because of it.


Beyond that, another GOP presidency will destroy America. Remember GWB.

April 10, 2012
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My issue has to do with the military.  It is unbelievable that while our troops are defending our nation in hostile territory their average salary is $38,000.  While the average Congressman and other government officials salaries average $200,000. This doesn't make sense.  I understand that they need to be paid a high salary but sometimes this amounts are well over what the rest of the country wins.  I think that we should start lowering the salaries of the congress and other government officials (maybe this will help with the quality of our nominees) and then put some of that to help our increasing debt.   


See that I'm not suggesting to raise the salary of the military, which will benefit me, but I think that the military pays enough for you to have a simple way of life, after all you are doing a service for your country and shouldn't expect to be paid tons of money for doing it.  

April 10, 2012
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Absolute #1 is abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning us to a sound currency.


-the debt/cut spending now

-End the wars and use resources on southern boarder.

-let the states handle drug laws so there is no conflict between state and federal law.

- abolish the TSA, NDAA, ACTA, The "patriot" act.


the only candidate willing to cut spending and anything unconstitutional is Ron Paul.

April 10, 2012
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The majority of these posts boil down to three things:


#1.  Fear.  X is/might happen, so we need to do Y!  And usually Y isn't a good thing, usually preemptively stomps on people's individual freedoms or some country's sovereignty.  You want to take away MY rights because you're scared of what somebody else might do?  You want to continue marching to war and sacrificing our young men and women because of your media-driven fears of what some other country might do?  America didn't become the great country it became because of people cowering in fear and trying to control everyone and everything around them.  Freedom.


#2.  Worry.  Worry over financials.  Worrying does about as much good as "hoping" or "wishing" or "wanting" or "praying".  It does nothing but make you miserable.  When Americans get truly sick of it, they'll end their government's ability to make constant and costly war, and foreign aid, and all the other expenditures being squandered with our hard-earned labor.  Worry is another word for "I don't like it, but I'm going to sit on my butt and do nothing about it except cry and complain."  Powerless.


The top concern of any red-blooded American should be the loss of individual freedoms and the utter complacency going on in our country today.  I read the IRS article, where no matter what argument a citizen came up with not to pay "The agency disregards and charges a $25,000 fine".  Your government and the people who run it see you as a joke, and at their mercy.  And people are concerned about "debt" and "war"???/?/


April 10, 2012
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Making votes count.

April 10, 2012
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Because the 9 justices on the Supreme Court do not always agree on what the Constitution’s limits are; the senators and representatives do not always agrees what is best for the country, the president is responsible for too many activities both domestic and foreign, independent agencies do not always do the best job – and the majority of the American people are not happy with all of them – Is it time to have a new Constitutional Convention to form a newer and better government that all parties will be happier with?

April 10, 2012
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What upsets me about every general election is that are voted don't even count. its the electoral college that counts. this is not a democracy this is hypocrasy. war is coming to american, my allegiance is to the american constitution, not the president are congress are the supreme court, but the constitution. we need to have a revolution and update the constitution!!

April 10, 2012
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First and foremost we must address our trade issues with Communist china. Americans cannot compete with slave wages, sweatshops  and zero environmental controls. Communist china is not a friend to freedom and its time we quit acting as if they were.


A strong middle class and healthy working class is not anti business. When workers make a good living they can buy the products that companies want to sell. America is the land of the free, people who must work two jobs to replace the one they lost are not free, they are wage slaves.


Second is Social security. It is not an entitlement it is a program that we paid into all of our lives with deductions from our wages. For those of us who work physically demanding jobs we cannot simply add years to the end of our careers, its physically impossible.  The suggested Ryan budget is a kick to the face for those of us just under 55. It is not acceptable and must be stopped at any cost. It is a complete sell out to the Americans who worked hard their entire lives and then just before they reach retirement it is pulled away in the exact fashion of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown and laughing when he falls on his back.



April 10, 2012
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WHATEVER Ron Paul has said has made perfect sense to me so far...I think he is the best person to get the country on the RIGHT track...I am not a "genetic" republican but I would vote for him...


NB: Check his youtube video where he accuses the RNC of fraud in primary vote counting.

April 10, 2012
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Illegal immigration




A great start to solving our problems.




get our of.




April 10, 2012
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Iam NOT voting for this PRES.

April 10, 2012
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The collapseing economy and what come's next is my concern, my late Father told me and my sibling's what the great depression was like to grow up in ( our Mother was a bit to young to fully appreciate it but remembers it well ) one of his favorites was the run on the bank's 10 - 15 cents on your dollar if you got there fast, he would end with thank God my folk's and your Mother's owned there home's and farm's, as if you could not repay your loan to the bank on demand you would end up thrown out on the street by the sheriff. While I hope we are smarter now than we were then I dont see it, if by some chance the economy stabilizes look at the gift we have given to our children debt after debt to pay off. As far as politicians go this republic is in need of the kind that understand the word NO and the phrase WHAT WILL IT COST not what will I get out of it.

April 10, 2012
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Constitutional drift.  The continuing trend to move away from our founding principles.  This impacts everything else we do.  It contributes to huge deficit spending.  Runaway use of military power (and more debt), increase presence of government in everyone's life and a significant loss of privacy.   The Government should support infrastructure between states, encourage business through tax reductions, and support our security (but not at the expense of our liberty).   The Executive should staty in its lane and the Legislative should do their job.   

April 10, 2012
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We need to restore constitutional government. Successive administrations have weakened constitutional limits on government power. This trend has culminated in an Obama administration that is in almost open defiance of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. This is extremely dangerous for liberals, conservatives, and moderates.

April 10, 2012
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Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." Abe Lincoln


This is no longer true.  We have a corrupt government controlled by big corporations.  US citizens have no say.  And it's no longer about the people.  We will see a revolution in New America before it becomes a third world country.

April 10, 2012
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1. Jobs

2. Government Corruption

April 10, 2012
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Outsourcing should be illegal unless we are at full employment. Labor should not be treated as a commodity that is bought and sold on the world market the way oil is.  Get the money out of politics. It is a tool of the rich to obstruct the will majority. The Republican party has been bought by money and serves only that interest. The only thing that will change that is a landslide Democratic victory in November. Once they are out of jobs, the Republican party can move back to where it was. 

April 10, 2012
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Less government involvement in one's personal life.  The government should not be allowed to tell me who I can marry.

April 10, 2012
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The Military Industrial Complex continues to pull money out of the economy.  The need for the United States to be in the middle of armed conflict worldwide is a major mistake.  We have created an education system that now ranks 23 among all industrialized nations, and the political solution for job creation is to build a larger military. 

April 10, 2012
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GREED  lets put the   blame where it really  belongs when is the last time a goverment official was out in the streets to  buy anthing they are all on a expense account we the people pay  for there rides  food  health care ect ect they live in a envirment that has no reality as far as the real world is concerned  GREED is  addiction like  a alcoholic  the stock market and goverment  suffers  from this. some one needs to reganize this and start doing somthing about it we  hear them all  talk about the debt  gas prices  ect ect  but what do they do  keep throwing  money at the problems  trouble is there is no  money to throw at the problems we are  broke doing the same thing over and  over will not solve  anyting I STILL HAVE  NOT SEEN ANYONE WHO IS  RUNNING FOR  PRESDENT THAT I WOULD VOTE FOR. AM HOPING SOMEONE WITH GUTS WILL STAND UP  AND FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE THESE LITTLE KIDS WE HAVE IN THERE NOW  JUST KEEP THROWING  STONES AT EA  OTHER IF THAT IS A COLLAGE  EDCATION  I DON'T  WANT  ONE

April 10, 2012
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Immigration Law Enforcement & Closing the 14th Loophole. I do not understand how enforcing America's Immigration Laws has been successfully distorted into a Civil Right's Issue, because it isn't. I am a non college educated laborer, and I am breaking under the weight of the illegal-undercutting labor force that descended upon New Orleans after already challenging Hurricane Katrina. It is as though America doesn't exist anymore. If a higher birthrate culture needs expansion and they will certainly spend more (earned or through welfare) at Walmart, then to hell with our borders -and this after 9-11?!

I am a lifelong Democrat, but will switch parties or not vote at all over this issue alone.

April 10, 2012
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My issue, I don't think 6 year old's should be sentenced to death due to pre-existing conditions. People gave up so many of our rights due to islamaphobia but are unwilling to pay for health insurance to make sure our kids get to live, I find it revolting.

April 10, 2012
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Gas prices, Unemployment/Economy, inflation, mandatory minimum sentancing, Defecit, outrageous spending from both parties, taxes, average wages to inflation ratio, and bills being crammed through behind closed doors along with executive orders being signed but not explained.

April 10, 2012
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I think my biggest issue is keeping the economy moving forward in ways that don't continue to drain the middle class. My biggest problem is that the GOP continues an attack on women's reproductive rights that could directly affect her economic stability. Lack of access to health care and birth control are part of a women's economic future. I am not going to vote for "smaller government" that fits in my uterus just so they can cram their religious views down our throats.

April 10, 2012
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1.  The creation of a flat tax rate whereby EVERYONE in this country pays into the system - we are a very hurting country and as Hillary Clinton's book implied, it's going to take us all to heal ourselves.


2.  Less government intrusion into our personal lives.  Also, a government willing to listen to the MAJORITY of what the country wants, not the other way around.


3.  The elimination of the current health reform keeping only what the vast majority of the people want - keeping children on their parents' policies and no penalties by an insurance company for pre-existing conditions.


4.  Made in America - more goods made in our country; less unions which drives cost up and businesses out.  

April 10, 2012
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My number one issue is a tie between the economy and the state of education in America. Nearly 30 years ago, the National Commission on Excellence in Education addressed the erosion of the educational system in the United States of America and proclaimed that the country’s mediocrity would threaten the future of its people and its standing as a world power. As a result, our country has pushed for educational reform by increasing the rigor of school curriculum, stressing the importance of standardized testing, and raising expectations and demands of students and teachers. In addition, the charter school movement has spread rapidly and laws such as No Child Left Behind Act have been implemented. However, these educational reforms, as much as some have been praised, have not significantly raised standardized test scores or increased graduation rates across the nation. In fact, over the past 30 years, the National Center on Education and the Economy reports that many countries have surpassed the United States with the proportion of their entering workforce having a high school diploma, and many more are on the verge of doing so. 30 years ago, the United States also represented 30 percent of the world’s population of college students, a number that has fallen to only 14 percent, and is expected to continue to decline. There are many brilliant and successful reform efforts implemented by states, individual school districts, and non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, most of these efforts, such as the Expanded Learning Time Initiative in Massachusetts, are limited in the number of schools they can impact because of the lack of funding in education. Any politician will tell you that the best financial investment we can make as a nation is an investment in our children and in our future, but actions speak much louder than words. I will go to the polls this year looking for the candidate who I believe will dedicate the most to the education of America.

April 10, 2012
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Inflation, and the economy.

April 10, 2012
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I would like to see the following:


1. A fair tax rate that makes the 1% pay their share to keep the gov't going, because there isn't a large enough middle class to it any more & we can thank their greed

2. Jobs, which do not compromise the workers safety now and in the future

3. Healthcare, including birth control, breast screenings, pap smears, and, yes, some abortions.  The right to life does not exclude the mother's right to life.  If she choses to risk her life to bring a child into the world, great; but if she choses (for whatever reason) to save her own life, that's fine, too.

4. A move to responsible gun ownership, a car is a weapon if you don't know how use it properly, why should an actual weapon be treated differently?  The NRA, for example, has excellent programs for this & why they don't seem to want to step up & insure that everyone carrying a gun knows how to do so appropriately is a mystery to me.

5. Justice for all.  Its time to take make everyone to pass drug tests for their continued employment, including judges, Congress, et al.  Loss of position and no pensions for those found guilty.

April 10, 2012
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Do we need a federal government? Let's face it, the federal experiment has failed. They are out of touch and out of control. The states are too diverse to be governed by a one-size-fits all federal government. There would be much less angry rhetoric and less fighting for a piece of the pie.

April 10, 2012
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We need to close our borders to the USA and only allow people here who are invited and have followed all the guidelines. Anyone here without that invitation should be deported. This would open up jobs to Americans. Also  would relieve our over burdened emergency rooms and our services to the poor Americans. 

April 10, 2012
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With regards to the "entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare". I am entitled to it because the government took that money from my paychecks as long as I worked without an option to not pay and save for myself. This used to be a trust fund, where this money was to be used for these programs only.  if we want to talk entitlements, let's look at the salary for life that our representatives get after serving. Did they pay into a fund for this? What about the free health care they get. If you want to reduce my social security, then also reduce benefits for those trying to reduce mine.


If we want to get rid of the Affordable Healthcare law, then get rid of the law that says the hospitals must treat everyone without regards to their ability to pay. This cost me money in higher healthcare costs. It's not hard to figure out that if you do not have insurance, you wait until the doctors offices are closed and go to the emergency room where they must treat you.


Let's stop giving the oil companies billions of dollars every year.


Let's do something about our borders, if there is illegal entry into our country from the South, I bet it is not just Mexicans but people from South America and would be an easy way from terrorists to get into our country.



April 10, 2012
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"This November, Americans will cast their votes for the president of the United States."


This November Republican vote for their nominee to run for president!

April 10, 2012
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My issues


1.) Fair elections, with media having neutral stand. It is evidently not the case of Ron Paul, who to this day is treated unfairly, including CNN. If he were, he would win.


2.) Personal privacy in real life, on-line, and at the airports.


3.) Abolish TSA, give airports back to port authority. They were doing better job and did not harass people, invading their privacy.


4.) Legalize marijuana, and release those who are imprisoned for it. This will help economy and will free up man power to strengthen our borders, instead of endlessly running after people who sell grass. 

April 10, 2012
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Adress the growing inequality, and restore critical investment in infrastructure, education and research. I.e. tax the rich to pay for rebuilding the pillars of the economy.

April 10, 2012
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Number one issue is to teach right wingers the word compromise. If they can't understand that then vote them out. Second most important issue is tax equality. The rich must pay an equal percentage of their total income in taxes, no loopholes. Third eliminate subsidies for corporations, esp. the oil industry.

April 10, 2012
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As with just about everyone else, #1 is the economy, and with that "free trade", job outsourcing, guest worker visas, foreign student visas, and the glut, the burden of Chinese cr*p dominating our store shelves. I, the vast majority of voters, want sky high trade tariffs on Chinese goods and services, if not outright embargoes. Likewise, we don't want their excess student load, their workers, or their dirty money mucking up our political process. And the same applies to India. #2 is black crime and the craven, criminal, tolerance of it by our present AG and President. Every day, I open my newspaper and see where a black flash mob has stolen everything from a small Asian grocery store, a gang of black men or youths have bean some white or Hispanic or Asia man to death with a hammer or fists "in payback for Trayvon Martin". Martin was a burglar and a thug. He got exactly what he deserved. Now, it's time to charge the Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, all of those black terror groups, gangs, and thugs, with comes, prosecute them, lock them up in prison.

April 10, 2012
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MY Issue isn't on the RADAR but its there anyway.  We have to turn around the DESTRUCTION of the Planet by Oil and Coal BILLIONAIRES. If my Grandchildren's World is GONE then what ELSE matters?

April 10, 2012
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I think my main issue is that we have a president who is competent, and is not driven by religious nor political purposes. I think it's a disgrace that Santorum is being considered a seriousl political candidate given his extreme religious views; and Romney (not only a Morman, which is extreme in itself), seems to change his mind based on what he thinks will win him the election - and right now, that's being as different from Obama as he can. The right wing has become an extreme party centralized around a very individualistic point of view, and that's not what this country needs. I think Obama stives to do the best for the good of the whole, and compromise if he must in order to get things done. The opposite of progressive is regressive, and the main issue is that we move FORWARD.

April 10, 2012
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The biggest danger to America is it's lack of fiscal responsibility.  Were broke and our Govt. makes no effort to reduce spending.  The candidates mention dream plans to correct over spending.  Raise taxes, cut domestic spending, reduce benefits, blah, blah, blah.  As they propose these measures, they raise their own pay and benefits, they approve billions in foreign aid, they plan conflicts worldwide and they donate 22% of the expenses of an entity that represents 180 nations (U.N.).  Only one candidate has even mentioned these off shore expenses.  Where does this money come from?  Who approves it's use? Who knows where it actually goes? Is there any accountability? Does any of it horseshoe back to American politicians.  How much of it winds up in the walls of some despots palace?  Does the tooth fairy (Ms. Clinton) have carte blanch authority to hand out these billions?  The GSA auctions off excess Govt. assets.  The census bureau is now selling five million personnel folders.  What kind of system could mis-count the number of needed supplies by this ridiculous amount.  This just touches the tip of America's spending problem.  To avoid the austerity measures that have Greek citizens committing suicide, America must initiate some control and accountability system on the FED.  All the candidates on the GOP side have tap danced around any commitment to reducing corrupt offshore spending and the DEM candidate has proven that he will do nothing but spend more.  With over 300 million people to choose from, it is amazing that the offering is the best we have.    

April 10, 2012
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Enemy #1:


Our own federal government.  It just can't stop spending.  The federal government is Enemy #1 to our economy.


Enemy #2:


Islam.  The leaders of this theo-political system will not be satisfied until the Imam's control every nation. There can be no 'moderate' Muslems because they provide funding for the leaders to spend on radicalization and expansion of Islam. 


Enemy #3:


Public education.  We spend huge sums of money and receive defective products from this system.  Huge numbers of children recognize that they are not going to be prepared for the future - so they drop out.  The success of the home school community also attests to the failure of the public school system.  A very high percentage of those that do graduate are woefully unprepared for the challenges of adulthood.



April 10, 2012
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I want to see a number of big things done.


1. I want serious campaign finance reform.  I want the Citizens United decision overturned and I want Super PACs made illegal.  Corporations should be unable to donate to political campaigns at all.


2. I want to see existing government entities made more accountable to the people.  I want lobbying made illegal and mandatory term limits for ALL elected and appointed officials (such as Supreme Court justices).  I also want the pay rate of all elected officials tied to the average pay rate of their constituents.  In other words, if the national average salary goes up by 5%, Congress' pay rates go up by 5% too.  If the national average salary goes down by 10%, so do Congress members' salaries. So if we prosper, they prosper.  If we suffer, they suffer. Furthermore, Congress should be completely unable to alter the terms of their pay and should not be able to have any other sources of income than their salary while in office(to prevent them from circumventing the rise/fall of their pay with outside money from investing and capital gains).  Finally, if Congress is ever unable to pass a budget at all due to partisan bickering, every single member should be immediately and automatically recalled.  At no other job in the world can you fail to do one of your most basic duties and keep your job.  Congress should be no different.


3. I want the IRS to check each and every return BEFORE they issue a refund to help reduce fraud.  I don't care if it takes months to get my refund; it's ridiculous that they don't already do this.


4. I want welfare reform.  Welfare recipients should not be able to use their EBT cards at ATMs anywhere.  Welfare recipients should have to have a household income lower than a certain level (not an individual income lower than a certain level) to receive welfare (to prevent a wealthy but unemployed person from drawing welfare), and should have to prove to the government every month that they are actively seeking a job in order to keep receiving welfare.  Welfare recipients who already have children and have more while on welfare should immediately have their welfare revoked.  Welfare recipients who gamble away their welfare or spend it on luxuries instead of food, bills or rent should have it revoked.


5. I want serious economic reform.  I want market speculation of necessary commodities like food and oil made illegal.  Nobody should be able to artifically inflate the prices of necessities for personal gain.  I want both cuts in spending and increases in revenue.  We have one of the lowest tax rates and one of the largest budgets of all the rich countries in the world.  That is simply not sustainable.  At this point in time, I'm also thinking a proper flat tax might not be a bad idea so long as it applies to capital gains and investments as well as income, so that nobody can find ways of unfairly lessening their tax burden.


6. I want privacy laws that protect victims, not criminals.  Your personal information should legally belong to you and no one else, no matter whose server the data is stored on.  The sale or trade of personal information by a third party should be illegal.  If your SSN gets stolen, you should be able to make one phone call to find out who's using it, where, and what they used it for (once you prove you are who you say you are, of course).  You should also be able to block further uses of it and have the perpetrator arrested.  It shouldn't take months and months of phone calls and roadblocks to get your life back.


7. I want education reform.  No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top are both terrible ideas that don't address the actual cause of poor student performance (and neither idea came from actual educators, I guarantee you) - a lack of parental attention.  Chronically poor student performance should garner both a look at the classroom AND a look at the student's home life by social services.  If it is determined that the parents are not involved enough in their child's education, give them a warning first.  If, after a year, the student's performance hasn't improved and the parents are still deemed the cause, require the parents to take a mandatory parenting class and warn them that if their child's performance hasn't improved by next year, they will lose their child (again, only after review and only if it is determined that the parents haven't fixed their bad habits).  For bad teachers, the solution works along the same lines: a warning first, followed by mandatory training, then dismissal.

April 10, 2012
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End cannabis prohibition.  But know what?  No matter how many people want this issue addressed (not dodged) by the candidates, it won't make the final cut.  I wonder why?...

April 10, 2012
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I want to hear how they plan to fix the economy, and how they plan to reduce the national debt. Those are the only two issues that even need to be discussed. I don't want to hear about abortion, contraceptives, etc... I want to hear how they are going to get this country back on track.

April 10, 2012
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My #1 issue is definitely the national debt.  It worried me back in the 90's and then Clinton got it balanced and almost had it paid off before Bush threw that issue out the window.  I thought republicans were supposed to be fiscally conservative?  Bush and Reagen spent way more than democratic presidents ever do.  Small government my ass.  Now i hear the national debt may not be balanced again in my entire lifetime (I'm only 31).  All one has to do is look at what is happening in Greece right now to get a glimpse of what our future is going to be if the national debt is not dealt with.

April 10, 2012
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Why do Republicans think it is OK to force hospitals to pay for the uninsured, EMTALA Laws, and thus "forcing Hospitals to buy someone else a product or service" and think it is not OK to mandate people buy that for themselves, manadatory insurance purchase clause of healthCare reform? I thought the GOP was for people taking responsibility for themselves...isn't that what this part of health care reform does?

April 10, 2012
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State, county and local government employee pensions and other post employment benefits are bankrupting the US


My home state of Illinois is now struggling with floundering government employee retirement benefits generously doled out by elected officials in exchange for campaign contributions and labor peace.  The estimated debt is over $160 billion, including retirement healthcare benefits.  Federal employee retirement benefits are richer but the federal government can print money to pay while Illinois cannot. And the problem is popping up across the nation in California, Michigan, Alabama, Rhode Island and other states.


It appears that this fiscal time bomb will easily eclipse the housing debacle, energy costs and healthcare reform as the main money problem in America when states ratchet up taxes and decrease services to pay off their employees.


Enough about the Middle East, federal budget deficits, energy shortages and racism.  When states, counties and local government start an upward tax spiral and lowering services, federal issues will vanish in importance.

April 10, 2012
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Oh... Government for THE PEOPLE. Not corporations.

April 10, 2012
Click to view oldfan518's profile

To get Ron Paul in office.

April 10, 2012
Click to view BLKMan's profile

My 3 main issues are:


1. Jobs in America, now and in the future.

2. Racism in America.  It really is a huge problem in this country and while government might not change peoples behavior and attitudes it certianly can up-hold the civil rights laws in place and at the very least eliminate the "loop-holes" for those who choose to continue discriminating "legally".

3.  Education.  I have 5 grand-children and to think that their world would be less then what I have is horrifing to say the least.

April 10, 2012
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Elections come at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season...

Dear Santa,

I want:

1. Everyone who wants a full or part time job at decent pay in safe working conditions to get one.

2. Medicare For ALL

3. WORKABLE solutions to the current housing problem.

4. CRIMINAL CONSEQUENCES in any and all legislation governing Corporate America as well as those governing "we the people."  I don't think it reasonable that a business/businessman can rip off the public for billions, pay back pennies on the dollar and never see the inside of a jail cell.

5. World Peace.

April 10, 2012
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OH, and like BLKMan, I want an education system that helps our children strive for excellence  We cannot import intellect and knowledge, leaving our own in the dirt just because it is more cost efficient for Corporate America.

We have the ability and the opportunity to be the greatest gain, we just need the will and the cooperation of Government and Business.

April 10, 2012
Click to view VicofNY's profile

Top issues? 


1) Stop Republican Lying - Pass a law that every Republican lie must be substantiated in fact.  Whenever FOX distorts the truth it should be subjectable to lawsuits for "Public Deception"


2) Stop voter supression - Republicans like to give mouth to the "Constitution" while looking to suppress the very freedoms embodied in that document under the Red Herring argument that they are trying to prevent "voter fraud".  Thats like the Germans calling the Holocust the "Final Solution!"


3) Stop Paul Ryan from playing "Reverse Robin Hoood". I.e. stealing from the middleclass and giving it to the wealthy.  Under his plan people earning under $1 million would get a tolket tax break (avg 2.4%) while anyone earning over $1 million would get more than 9% greater tax break.  Meanwhile he's depriving students, small ventures, and regular Americans from opportunities that would be afforded by the government grants he's cheating to create all those phoney tax breaks!


Just like Americans tend to be too fat, some of us seem to have swollen brains between the ears and haven't figured out the snake-oil game Republicans are playing.

April 10, 2012
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The biggest issue for this country and for our country's future is women's health.  Women must be allowed access to all forms of health care, not just what Republican lawmakers allow or force on them.  Healthy women make for healthy babies which makes for a healthy, productive country. 

April 10, 2012
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My issues:

1.Ilegalize the PAC's and corporate funding to any candidate who is running for a position in the local, state, or Federal law, including the race for president.


2. Change the Constitution: For example eliminate the requirement for mandatory spending that has humiliated tax payers for decades.


3. Create as many jobs as possible.




5. A tax rate increase by 70% for anyone making over $250,000.


6. Change the judical system dramatically.


7. HAVE A DEBT OF $0 BY 2020!!







April 10, 2012
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I truly believe that if marijuana is fully legalized it would solve many issues. Increase jobs, decrease illegal drug traffic from Mexico, increase revenue, overall economic boost. It could be monitored the same way alcohol is now. I would be supportive of a candidate that honestly considered this option as a means to positive change.


I also would support a candidate that keeps church and state separate for a change. It is essential to leave personal faith out of the economy and we have worked so hard to get to this point. Decisions should be strictly to benefit the people financially and in a quality-of-life aspect. Making decisions based off of what one particular faith teaches is definitely not the way to go these days. There are far too many different beliefs and viewpoints to keep all groups in consideration.

April 10, 2012
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The biggest issue for Americans is the voting process is a sham.  Our votes don't matter.  The U.S. Government Corporation will control who gets to be a candidate and who "wins" irrespective of how the people vote.  The United States is not a country but a Corporation.  Even Farrakhan has finally figured it out and begun telling the black people they are still slaves along with everyone else in America, slaves of the Corporation instead of Plantation owners this time.

April 10, 2012
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1.  USA is on track to be over $20,000,000,000,000.00 in less than 4 years and senate won't even bring a budget to the floor to consider stopping this free fall.


2.  I have heard Medicare has been going bankrupt ever since I was in high school in the late 80's, and nothing has been done in that time to stop the insolvency.  Every time a politician brings up entitlements, that politician is slammed down by other politicians as not caring about the poor or elderly.  It is time we care about those groups by addressing the issues not avoiding them.

April 10, 2012
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Everyone agrees that we need jobs.

Everyone acknowledges that private sector jobs is our best bet. Republicans want to see private entities encouraged to participate; Democrats say we need to encourage small business (whihc are private, right?)

The Big issue to me is: Quit playing politics! Private entities and small business are AlL Private!  At the end of the days both sides agree and know what needs to be done. Quit playing politics and get down to real work.

I'm done supporting a candidate for the sake of supporting a particular party. I'll support someone who can break it down to me, in chewable bits, bring it down to my level and tell me: how are you going to get us out of the woods?

April 10, 2012
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I am voting a bit different this year.

I will vote for ANYONE currently NOT in office.

a bunch of rookies could not do worse than those we have in office.

Anyone voting for a current office holder is freakin crazy IMHO.


but that is just me... maybe some of you are happy with the way things are.  and that is how the current office holders think.

better to leave alone and die before the sh!t hits the fan than to try and make any kind of improvements.


but again.. just My humble opinion.


have a great day today



April 10, 2012
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Keep the GOP out of power.  They have no positive impact on the middle class.  Only erosion of the middle class standard of living comes from their policies.  They talk a good pro middle class rhetoric but in truth they aren't concerned about us except one day every 4 years.  This year it's November 6, 2012.

April 10, 2012
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I want to know why Eric Holder hasn't prosecuted the New Black Panthers who have put a bounty on Zimmerman. They have them on video, shouldn't be to hard to find them.

April 10, 2012
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Life is getting miserable for the foreign workers who holds and Advanced Degree in United States, as the Green Card (Permanent Resident) process has been taking too long. I believe this was all over the internet from a long time to provide Green Card to the foreign workers who hold Advanced Degree from USA.

This would help millions of students and will be very interesting to see some progress on this issue.



April 10, 2012
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There is only one issue - the corrupting influence of corporate money on our elections.  Money is the cancer that infects the entire public process from beginning to end.  Legislators are elected by corporate money, laws are written by corporate lobbyists, wars are perpetuated by corporate contractors, the tax code is maintained by corporate special interests and, after they have secured a position, our legislators leave office to feed at the corporate trough.  The Citizens United decision makes this problem exponentially worse.


Until we, the Citizens, take our democracy back, we will continue to be savaged by a political system that only serves the money.

April 10, 2012
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Politicians have to be held accountable.  The wool has to be pulled back from over peoples faces....


Why do politicians spends millions of their own money - for example to get elected for 1 term as Governor?  It doesn't make sense unless there's a big payoff for them....


Obama showed that no matter who is in the white house - they're a typical politician - not able to make any real change.  Obamacare - will get overturned.....


I want change - I want politicians to be held accountable for their promises.....until that happens - what else matters?  Policies, debt, etc.  If ultimately money only matters to them - and there's no accountability for promises they make to the public, then they can do whatever they want.


The majority of people don't care b/c the rich and the policians control this country - and they do just enough to keep the peasents quiet. 


I have family that doesn't work and lives off the tax payers - while my family lives paycheck to paycheck working full time jobs.  How does that make sense?  In this country it's better to be poor or Rich - the middle class is not the place to be....

April 10, 2012
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April 10, 2012
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#1 – Government Solvency and National Debt. Seriously people, do you really think that this county can continue to operate the way we are without a horrific economic event in our future, at the rate we’re going? At the risk of losing votes, our politicians have kicked this down the road for entirely too long. We have got to make some real compromises with respect to fiscal policy, and nonsensical ideas like capping assets of the top 5% isn’t going to get us there.


#2 – Term Limits. We allow the career “ruling class” to sit in Washington writing laws that apply to their subjects, which only promulgates self serving law-making. Anybody that doesn’t see the self-serving corruption of politicians is patently in denial. They pander constituent votes because there is no more powerful position in the world than a career US politician.


#3 – Voter Registration. A logical argument cannot be made against requiring a US citizen to provide evidence of being who they say they are when participating in the democratic process. In a civilized nation, it is akin to the fingerprint stamp of supervised elections in third world countries. We see the evidence of massive voter fraud but many are afraid of the implications of requiring one to provide demonstrable evidence of citizenship and identity verification. Are there extreme examples of citizens that could potentially be negatively affected (i.e. – 90 year old woman that can’t drive, etc)? Yes, but a more rigorous process ensures that the majority vote is not negated by fraud.


#4 – Government Regulation and Control. It amazes me that we are getting to the point where we’re willing to give away our rights, freedoms and individual choice to the politicians. I’m not convinced that the people supporting the big government ideology are  thinking down the road on this, or have actually taken the time to look at the European model and what it means to live under those forms of government. I think it’s one of those concepts that appeal to the self-proclaimed intellects (looks good on the surface and appeals to the purist) – but lacks substance and results in a demonstrable lower quality of life for everybody, not just the rich. Culture and beauty notwithstanding, is there anybody that has actually lived in France that believes the European Pseudo-Socialist way of life is a great way to live? Most of the people that I know from there say the place is falling apart…. and getting worse. Do we really want to be told we have to eat more broccoli and have to buy a certain kind of insurance or be penalized? Really? And are we willing to buy off on that because it benefits the majority, but we won’t endorse voter registration (which will clearly benefit the majority)? Really? How about a little honesty? How about somebody say “this is going to hurt most everybody (a lot), and it’s only going to benefit a minority of you, but it’s consistent with the idealistic, progressive, form of government that’s been tried everywhere and hasn’t worked - but we think we can pull it off here.”


April 10, 2012
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Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)


Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

April 10, 2012
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The two biggest issues are the National Debt and limiting the National Government. The powers of the National Government far exheed the powers given to it in the Constitution. We must quite making it about class warfare. All people should pay income tax. Right now only 51% pay income tax. We all benefit from living here we should ALL PAY. Free rides are unacceptable. If you are on welfare there are things you can do for the government to help reduce the cost of government. Why should I be forced to pay for YOU?

April 10, 2012
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Our votes mean nothing. You should know by now that lobbyists, special interests groups, and judges are the ones running the country. No legislation gets through without a lobbyist behind it.

April 10, 2012
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Honesty.  And recognition that problem-solving requires work, dialog, negotiation and compromise, not my-way-or-the-highway stubbornness and inflammatory rhetoric.  Without these, we'll be dreaming forever about getting a handle on the national debt, government overreach, global warming, and every other important issue that's on the minds of the public.

April 10, 2012
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How everyone has forgotten that the PUBLIC OPTION was taken off the table against the will of the majority  and the mandate put in its place as a Democratic concession to the Republican dominated Congress.  They had the intent to kill it from it's inception, yet they agreed to it at the time in order to kill the only real viable option... the PUBLIC ONE...WHY ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF GIVING US THE CHOICE?

I think the answer is obvious, the majority would have chosen and utilized the public option and put the health care crisis to bed forever...if the majority enrolled it would be sovent, efficient, and fair.

April 10, 2012
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I'm not amused by the marijuana debate this time or last time.  IT IS NOT A MAJOR ISSUE of CONCERN for the MAJORTY.  HEALTH CARE, the NATIONAL DEBT, and the OIL and MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXES are the real issues of the crisis point!  Putting frivolous issues into the conversation only wastes time, dilutes the urgency and causes more inefficiency and stalling of government action!


April 10, 2012
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The concern that should be #1 in this year's election, is how corporations are running Washington.  They spend millions on lobbyists that water down or kill helpful bills, they run ads on TV to destroy candidates they don't support,  they frankly cheat middle-America out of jobs, money and health.  When will we discover that America is the sum of its people and its states, and not the sum of it billionaires.

April 10, 2012
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A lot of good issues listed, however none of them will be solved under the current rules of congress.  Three things must be done, take out special interest money (do this by having public funded elections), impose term limits, and hold congress accountable to the laws you and I are held to (eliminate the capitol police). Then and only then, will you have people serving who have the good of the country a heart. Look how many people go into congress as "non-millionaires" and come out after a few terms set for life. Also, look at the crimes they commit and think "What if that were me? Would I just get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again?" No, you or I would be fired and/or put in jail.

April 10, 2012
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I will vote for the person that will do something to help the many prison inmates who are there for non-violent crimes. Those crimes can include having a substance not prescribed for you or failing to show up for a court date. Once these young men and women are released they need help finding a job. Few employers will hire someone with a felony record. That needs to changed. The fact they can't find a job sends them into the prison cycle again. 

April 10, 2012
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My Top Issue is how to get out of this debt hole once we kick Obama out of the White House.

April 10, 2012
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If there are no issues there is no need for a government.  Though it is quiet difficult to list common national/global issues, here are some that someone at the level of the President of United States may think debating on;

1) Control System:  How far and how much should the US hold control on other countries?

2) Dollar Value:  What will the President do to increase the value of the global exchange currency, US Dollar?

3) Natural Resources: How much of Natural geological resources will be utilized in the next four years to strengthen the US economy?

4) Per-Capita Income: What will be the money in my pocket at the end of the day?

5) Living my Life:  Just as anyone, I do have the right to live.  How will the President help control crime.

6) Age Matters:  I helped the economy when I was young,  Does the economy help me when I am old?

7) Next Generation:  Will the President think of my kids and their kids in their planning.

8) ......CNN, call me if you need more.

April 10, 2012
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Term Limits on those in congress.  These people are so out of touch with the average American it is unbelieveable. 


Also, how to make sure everyone pays their fair share in taxes, the tax disparity is so annoying to everyone that has to really work for a living and see more of their income go to pay for governemnt spending, when those with millions who would not even miss paying more in taxes are sitting back reaping the winfall.


Go Obama.....Four More Years!!

April 10, 2012
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Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?


Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike

a black person, we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government

spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach

that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it

is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist

and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem

protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if

you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.


You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during

Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus

for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.


We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the

Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we

are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity

is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither

president did anything to help.


And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then

threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their

reelection campaign.


What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?


- Ken Huber

Tawas City





April 10, 2012
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You're dead on Ken Huber, right on the money!

April 10, 2012
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Welfare and government assistance programs reform.

1.)     If you receive assistance (i.e. housing, Section 8, SSDI, SSI, cash, food stamps, fuel assistance, etc.) you have to be illegal drug free. Period. If you test positive you lose your benefits. You can re-apply if you stop using and test clean.


2.)     Encourage and reward those that do well for themselves by slowly reducing benefits at a rate that is related to the economy and realistic. The ‘cut-offs’ are way too low right now and discourage from people from making more money at the risk of losing benefits and lowering their standard of living.


3.)     Reform child care assistance guidelines. There are un-employed welfare recipients who can send their children to day-care for free, while working single parents make ‘too much’ to access assistance. Single parents will choose to stay under employed in order to acquire childcare, rather than work more, make more (which means they are paying more taxes) and end up with less money because of the cost to compensate for the extra hours of childcare.


April 10, 2012
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Ford has his name on his product, Microsoft was Gates, Apple was...and so on - Romney built a personal fortune on the Reagan tax cuts - trickle down foundation - what did Romney build except a personal fortune ?

My son had a failing stair foundation and got a permit to rebuild it - the building inspector said that the old code permitted a foundation that turned out to fail over time so there is now a new way to put an outside stair foundation in to follow that should not fail over time. I think the 'trickle down tax cuts for the wealthy was a 'foundation up to old tax code' that has evidently failed over time - the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer - no trickle down - old code - needs a new tax code .

I am intent on not electing Romney or any other Republican that supports that old code that has turned out to fail over time and experience.

Romney built a personal fortune and it will trickle down to his children not the country -

April 10, 2012
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The easy thing to say is "#1 issue is Jobs" but we all know that there is nothing we can do to make corporations or wealthy individuals invest in our economy. These individuals have earned all the money they need. Now they invest their money in the stock market. They still earn loads of money and pay lower taxes in comparison. So the "#2 issue is Tax reform". Increase taxes across the board. Have the most wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes. This will give them an incentive to produce more money since they now have to pay more to the government. Produce incentives for companies that create jobs in America and eliminate benefits for those companies that export jobs. This will start to reduce our national deficit. Issue "#3 Reduce government spending" #1 Reduce Military, #2 End Wars, #3 End Foreign Subsidies, Curb Entitlements. Issue "#4 Develop a National Medical Plan" by fixing the so called Romney/Obama Care. Issue "#5 Boarder Control".

April 10, 2012
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Education - it's the most important issue far and above any others.  These idiot politicians are trying to take over public schools and impose some sort of voucher system, which, by the way, has been shown not to work over and over again.  I'm voting for candidates who understand that public education is important to fund and support for everyone.  By the way, CNN, the negative coverage of public education and teachers shows how conservative your board and editors really are.  Public schools are not failing and your negative coverage makes it look as if the only way to educate your child is through private or home schools.  None of this is true.  The last time I looked, reporting the news was supposed to be unbiased.

April 10, 2012
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I am concerned that corporations are getting too much power and the middle class is struggling more and more.  Our debt crisis is a big thing but the republicans don't know how to fix that.  They know how to generate more wealth for the already wealthy.  Under Clinton before W took office we had a surplus on our debt.  I understand that some of it may have been slipping.  When the republicans took over if they would have focused on keeping it going instead of putting it in a spiral down we would be in much better shape today.  It's a strong middle class that is going to grow our economy.  Catering so much to the wealthy does not create jobs.  The middle class that works for a Corporation know that Corporations are about profit.  We keep losing ground and now the republicans are moving the fireman and teachers down to match corporate employees instead of working with corporations to move this group up to what firemen and teachers worked for and  deserve.

April 10, 2012
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One ignored issue is restoring power over our currency or currencies to the people. In particular, I would like to hear from each candidate, including Jill Stein, whether they will bring back the greenbacks -- United States Notes -- to pay for current accounts deficits instead of the Treasuries.

April 10, 2012
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Media bias should be big issue in the coming election.

April 10, 2012
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1) Health care - why would one believe that not every American citizen should not be guaranteed high quality healthcare that provides full coverage and covers all pre-existing conditions?


2) The Middle Class - What is being done to prevent it from disappearing?

April 10, 2012
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April 10, 2012
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I just want the nastiness to go away. The partisan bickering, the my way or the highway attitudes. I want the anger and greed in go away   I want both political parties to get over themselves and cease insisting  they are "the only right way" to givern our nation. I want openmindedness and a governmental environment that invites new and creative ways to resolve our problems and challenges. Right now, all we are doing is arguing over the same issues and demanding a partisan solution; and then wondering why we keep getting the same results regardless of what political party is in office, or has the majority in congress.  The changes have to come from within all of us.

April 10, 2012
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My three top issues are;

1. The Debt.

2. The Debt.

3. The Debt.

Unless our government quits spending money we do not have we are doomed to collapse.  History is full of examples that we are ignoring from Ancient Rome to Modern day Greece.  Do our elected officials not see this?  Or is it that they are willing to destroy our country for their own selfish political gains?

April 10, 2012
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Why can't we get healthcare costs under control?  The free market system has not effectively regulated itself when it comes to healthcare.  The costs are inflated 100%.  If the Healthcare law is repealed what do they plan to do with people who have pre-existing conditions or dependents over 18?


Cutting waste and downsizing programs are just one way of raising revenue.  How do these candidates plan on raising revenue if they are against raising taxes?  Once or if the debt becomes more managable and under control, how do you plan on ensuring the fiscal stability so we no longer have to face these types of situations?

April 10, 2012
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The Federal government MUST have a Balance Budget Amendment to the Constitution!

April 10, 2012
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1.  The lack of a common goal within our government.  Our current situation prohibits our country from achieving just about anything.  We have an environment where neither party is willing to cooperate as it would be considered by one of the parties as a defeat and the other a victory.  As a result we accomplish almost nothing. 

2.  What needs to be improved the economy and medical care. 


April 10, 2012
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My most important issue is AFFORDABLE health care.  If you don't live then what does the rest of this matter?  I would like to see Medicare, Medicaid and Obama Care all rolled into one program (which is what I feel will eventually happen anyway). 

April 10, 2012
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1.  Civil rights--women's rights, gay rights

2.  Effective regulation of Wall St. and the finance industry, like Glass-Steagall

3.  Government for real people, not corporations or millionaires

4.  Revise the tax code so that big money corporations and people pay their fair share--why do I pay nearly 40% when Mitt Romney pays only 15%?

5.  Continued reform of healthcare--Obamacare is a start but it doesn't go far enough. We need true single-payer health care.  Keep employers out of it.

6.  Continued effort on an economic recovery that helps workers.  So far, the recovery has been great for corporations (biggest profits ever) and millionaires (the Dow is at all time highs), but pretty tough for the rest of us.  Our wages need to increase faster than the costs of everything we have to pay for, and that hasn't happened since Clinton.

7.  Education reform--our country was once at the top of the world.  Now our kids can't compete on the world stage in basic subjects.  We need to radically change the system, the pedagogical approach, and the calendar.

April 10, 2012
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The debt load is crushing everything in its path.


Think of all the money we would have if debt was under control.  I will vote for anyone that understands fiscal responsibility.


April 10, 2012
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add my voice to the many for full legalization of marijuana.  It never should have been made illegal and needs to be fixed at the Federal level.  As with the ammendment ending prohibition - congress has exceeded it's rights given by the constitution by Prohibiting what a person can or cannot consume.  It is directly inviolation of my personal freedoms and interfers with my personal happiness.

April 10, 2012
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I'd have to say the outsourcing of American jobs.

Hell, even Sasquatch has been replace by undocumented Yetti and unemployed circus midgets...

April 10, 2012
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Gr8 synopsis Ken Huber!

April 10, 2012
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I have 3 issues I want addressed.


The first is health insurance.  Prior to the 1980s the health insurance industry was non-profit.  Now, it’s a for-profit industry.  It’s unique among industries because it can ONLY make a profit if it does NOT provide the service that its customers pay for.  I want to know how the candidates propose to deal with that in a way that makes health insurance affordable and equitable.  Health care is a human right.


The second is the budget.  Before you can balance it, you have to know where the money is being spent.  The General Accounting Office says the Defense Department accounting practices are so bad that it (alone of all departments) is “unauditable”.  I want to know why the Defense Dept. never has to account for the money it spends and I want to see an accounting of how all government departments are spending our money before we decide where to cut and what to cut. My gut feel is that the DOD is the place to start.


The third is campaign finance reform.  Our legislative branch is paralyzed by the search for campaign money, which makes Congress beholden to the highest bidder.   They spend more time working for campaign funds than doing the job they were sent to do.  I defy you to find a single American who thinks Congress is there to serve the American people.  We know they are there to make themselves powerful and rich.  315 million people can’t ALL be wrong about that.


April 10, 2012
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My number one priority is finding a government that can work together to make change.  Not an "I won't support whatever comes out of the President's mouth just because he's the President" type of government.


Nationalized healthcare.  One system for all.  You want or are able to pay for more, than you can.  But, you wake up one day to have no job and have no benefits, an option will exist for you.


Women's rights.  Please, I can't even believe how much this is an issue this year!  We are going backwards 50 years.  Stop limiting a woman's choice.  Every person, male or female has the right to make bad choices.  Doesn't mean we have to make those same choices or agree with those choices.  But, let us have our choice!!!


Putting value in what is important - our children's education.  Teachers should be paid far more.  Our children's days in schools should not be cut back.  No, I am not a teacher but I value them and I value my childrens' education.


So many things are important but I would really I have to say women's choice should be top.  Think of your mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend.  Do you agree with all of their choices?  Probably not.  But please tell me you agree they should be allowed a choice.

April 10, 2012
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Please stop subsidizing corporate agriculture companies via federal subsidies for corn. By feeding all of our livestock corn and making everything with corn and corn syrup, we are making everyone fat. Fat people make health costs go up because of heart disease, diabetes and other weight-related problems. They are also a drain on productivity. AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE PROBLEM IS THAT WE ARE ALL TOO FAT BECAUSE OF THE TYPE OF FOOD THAT THE FEDS SUBSIDIZE.

April 10, 2012
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I want a complete hard-stop on the insanity of the Congressional DIVIDE!!! I don't care what the Conservative Party feels about religion...I want them to work hand in hand - HOLDING HANDS with the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to get us moving forward.

The Conservative Leadership has intentionally blocked and divided every initiative and that is the REAL problem here. COMPROMISE AND THINK. DON'T STONEWALL.

April 10, 2012
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  Whoever wins, put Fareed Zakariah in a cabinet level position with weekly news conferences, and some clout.

April 10, 2012
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Please stop the division in this country! Our worst enemy is the division within our own walls. Senators and congressmen Stop with the disrespect of our country's President. Work on a fair tax system that includes a fair percentage rate for all not just the top 10%. Bring jobs back to America, and work on reducing the high cost of healthcare charged by insurance and  Pharmaceutical companies. Reduce the debt by working together with compromise, not by my way or the highway.

April 10, 2012
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Two major issues that everyone should care about, but few ever think of, or even know of..


  1. 1


The United States government, as it is today and has become and has been for decades  by and for corporate and the wealthy. (case in point, the mortgage meltdown). NPR reported that our members of congress accepted over 39 million $ in the twelve months prior to the meltdown, and another 40 million $ DURING the investigation. Our congress persons ( while I watched the hearing ) asked, "Could you have sold loans people could afford," answered the broker, "Yes, but we were given huge bonuses to sell the loan packages we knew they could not afford"  Also somewhere are people who  bought insurance against these loans ( without having owned them ) and made billions while putting millions of American's on the street.  Get the lobby money OUT of Washington and every other level of "Public" office.


  1. 2


Child slavery exists in every major city in our nation. tens of thousands of people are missing involuntarily every year. Over 80,000 open missing persons files are posted along with numbers of teens, 15,000 average, 18 + 80,000 average every year, listed as endangered. 6,000 teens are listed as missing involuntarily, 80,000 18 + are as well. Only a very small percentage are "stranger" average 350 a year.....NCIC (FBI)look for yourself...    

April 10, 2012
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Unlike most countries the USA is in election mode 24/7/12/365.


Even while votes are being counted for the presidential and house election media are already talking about who will run in the next election. Campaigning never ends.


What a waste of money and what a joke. No wonder you can't make any progress in fixing your country. All you do is campaign for the next election.

April 10, 2012
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I'm really concerned about Iran and North Korea. Their recent actions remind me of World War II and how the world didn't know Hitler was so dangerous until it was too late. I just have a bad feeling inside about the future in respect to those two countries and I hope we don't drop the ball if it turns out that we need to take a stand!

April 10, 2012
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Another huge problem next to the Economy is Education!!!. Americans are the least educated from all civilized nations. What is really scary is the complete lack of a basic understanding of biology and natural science. Big part of American's can drop those subjects from their school curriculum after the age of 14. At the same time those ignorant people can vote against a critical issues concerning climate change, green energy, depletion of natural resources etc. In Europe nobody questions global warming, because Europeans are much better educated. It is really scary to be surrounded by so much ignorance here in US.

April 10, 2012
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1. End all foreign wars. NOW! We have enough problems right here in the US. Bombing other people doesn't make them like us more. Cut defense (ie. war) spending by 50%. That would still leave us with as much as the next 6 countries combined, namely China, UK, France, Russia and Japan.

2. We whine about high oil prices and we have more natural gas than we know what to do with. Please find a politician intelligent enough to connect the dots, it's not rocket science. Mr. Pickens had an idea along those lines a few years back. Also SAFE nuclear and renewables.

3. Overturn Obamacare and give us a health insurance that is not written by insurance lobbyists. Cut the fraud, the lawyers, the insurances companies and all other parasites from our health care system.

4. End all bailouts/guarantees/subsidies (name it what you want) of private companies at tax payer expense. Yes, I mean ALL of them, including Wall Street.

5. End the FED and put the money under control of Congress instead of a bunch of bankster gone wild. Why sould we pay interest on money they conjured out of thin air?

6. Don't spend more money than you take in, its as simple as that. Of course that's hard to understand for a politician on a vote buying spree.

April 10, 2012
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It's time for our Politicians to be accountable.  How do we think we are going to get our Country straight, when not one of our leaders even values us enough to tell us the truth?  Social programs are only 6.9% of our GDP, where is the rest of our money?  Not one banker got arrested for the scheme they pulled off, but if i went and stole a pack of gum i would never work in this town again.  Dear Politicians, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE, GIVE IT BACK OR WE TAKE IT BACK.  REVOLUTION IS COMING, CHOOSE YOUR SIDE, CHOOSE WISELY.  FOR YOU MAY HAVE MONEY BUT WE TRULY HOLD THE POWER!!

April 10, 2012
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The biggest issue we have to deal with today is not the economy, but the politics of economics. Everybody says we have to grow the economy, provide jobs and pay off the debt. However, they forget that this requires resources and those resources are finite. It's a different world today, with many more mouths to feed than after WWII, when the economy grew like gang busters. We are almost at the tipping point. The more we consume the quicker will be our demise. In the 70's we understood this and talked about sustainable growth, but our attention got diverted.


The first politician who comes up with policies that state that everyone has a right to make a decent living at a fair wage (the Ma/Pa grocery stores, the entreprenuers, the family businesses), and advocates fat cats pay for the privilege of being rich, will have my vote. Unfortunately, all of our politicians are well entrenched and have been bought and paid for by big business. But hopefully the American people will wake up and realize we have been brain washed (by experts) into beliving the answer for the US is economic growth. As we have seen in the past, we will see in the future, this is a concept that will only benefit the rich and powerful and the middle class will continue to struggle to make ends meet.

April 10, 2012
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April 10, 2012
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Change the Congress back to the seniority system and get rid of pay to play, which is corrupting our government.  Get rid of Citizens United.  Get money out of politics so the people are represented.  Go back to the IRS filing check off to donate to campaigns so the people are truly represented.  No more lobbyists writing legislation.



April 10, 2012
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The United States imprisons more people than any other country. Besides the obvious immorality of imprisoning our citizens for victimless crimes, it is a huge waste of money. Legalize marijuana to stop senseless spending on the "war" on drugs. But better yet, legalize industrial hemp. Hemp is a native plant that can be used for fuel, food and hundreds of other things. Hemp grows 20 feet a year without the use of pesticides or herbicides, and it is drought-resistant. Every politician in America should be asked one question: Why isn't industrial hemp legal? It is a cash crop just waiting to be grown. Currently, it is a felony to grow this beneficial plant. If any politician can give me one good reason why, in 2012, industrial hemp is still illegal to grow, I would like to hear it.

April 10, 2012
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Eliminate the payroll tax cap so that wealthy people pay in the same percentage of their income as the rest of us.  This would help tremendously in keeping social security sound for all future generations.


In addition move the early retirement benefit to 63 and stop letting people on soc. sec. retirement draw the same amount as if they retired at full soc. sec. age.  These two solutions should make soc. sec. permanently solvent as long as the government pays back all the FICA taxes they used up in the budget.  Soc. Sec. is supposed to be an off budget item.  Soc. Sec. does not contribute one dime to the deficit as it is funded by workers & their employers.

April 10, 2012
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My top ten list -


1.  Repeal ObamaCare NOW!

2.  Bring our troops home from Afghanistan, Europe and Korea

3.  Return schools and curriculums to the states

4.  Build the damn fence and enforce immigration laws

5.  Drill for natural gas and petroleum as fast as the commercial industrial base can.

6.  Create a Flat Tax for federal funding, at the same time REQUIREING that Congress and the President can only spend projected revenues unless we are in a state of declared war.

7.  Defund PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and all other non-federal responsibilities currently funded.

8.  Permit a lock box for social security and the ability of those 30 and under to opt out.

9.  Lower the cost of the military by reinstating the draft and reducing first term salaries to bare minimum.

10.  Term limits for the House of three terms of three years, Senate to two four-year terms with extremely limited benefits afterward.  Salary to be commensurate with those defined as “upper middle income” at the time by GAO.


April 10, 2012
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My Number...........

#1  Economy

#2  Jobs

#3  Taxes change tax system

#4  Obamacare repeal if the Supreme Court doesn't

#5  Illegal immigration.


Obama has failed on all Five of my most important issues.  I do not trust Obama.....No trust = No vote

April 10, 2012
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#1 Obama needs to stop cowering down to Republicans. Republicans obviously do not like him and have no interest in bipartisanship. Time to use some muscle and tell them like it is.

April 10, 2012
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The issues?


Let's stop being so slow on the uptake here.

Your vote doesn't matter if you live in a state that votes the other way. You are not voting for a president, you are voting because it makes you feel powerful. The truth is that you are not. The powers that be are distracting you from the fact that your life is not yours to do with as you wish. You must give your money to the wealthy and try to act like you matter, without getting upset.

Get upset. Get angry.

Your #1 priority is jobs, as it always has been. The only people that don't worry about jobs are the people that have enough money not to HAVE to work.

April 10, 2012
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Fair taxation and ending hunger in America.


I work with a woman who is worth $5million.  She mentioned that along with a complaint that she pays too many taxes.  We compared.  I'm am no where worth that and I still pay close to 5% higher taxes.


As a middle class american I'd like to see taxation balanced out to help reduce the number of people already below the poverty level and perhaps prevent more from falling below it.


As for hunger in America - we donate millions every year to other countries to aid with hunger.  We need to clean up our own back yard.

April 10, 2012
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Can anyone tell me where I can get a copy of the actual Ryan budget, not analysis nor opinion! I want the actual document. Contrary to the believes of politicians, we the people have brains and can digest the information and form our own conclusions using the facts. Hey CNN maybe this is something you should do? The facts please, only the facts! This is the top issue, someone else reads things, and then tells us what they mean. 

April 10, 2012
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finally the end of obama's disgrace of a presidency is in sight!clearly the biggest failure in america's history.

April 10, 2012
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I worry about the middle class/poor/disabled/elderly being disenfranchised. The Bush Tax cuts and the wealthy a fair amount and putting the burden on the middle class/poor/disabled/elderly. They already gave gas oil Co subsidies, even while cutting school lunches for poor children.


Two wars, Wall Street, big banks caused this deficit and depression. Why do the elderly/poor/middle class have to carry the burden?

April 10, 2012
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You can't trust the Republicans because of their track record of lies, deceit, misinformation spreading, propaganda inflaming, hate and anger rhetoric that we have seen over the last 20 years or so.  They have been caught in the biggest lies and hypocrisy by far.  They pander toward hate groups and movements.  They have failed policies which they hide behind a guise of creating those too ignorant or blinded to see it.


This is the biggest thing to me and many others I know and we are just starting to raise our voices at this.  Injustice, corruption, bigotry, cronyism, authoritativeness, etc.  Yes, although both sides are guilty to some extent The Republicans BY FAR hold the lead several times over.  All you have to have is memory, knowledge of history, and objectivity to know this.  This is why it's about not giving Republicans another chance to hurt the country AS THEY HAVE. And to emphasize what they have to offer--HELL, just look at Romney and the amazingly intelligence insulting, ridiculous circus that brought him to light.

April 10, 2012
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I'm approaching retirement.  Truth be told, I originally expected to already be retired.  But I have watched as my pension was gutted by corporate greed and the stock market wiped out a good chunk of my 401k.  So I'm not sure when I will get to retire.  Therefore, I will be actively defending any programs aimed at seniors and retired people.  That includes Social Security, Medicare and so forth.  They are about all I have left.  And that will be reflected in every vote I cast.

April 10, 2012
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Racism....I think that this President has sent race relations back 50 years. He had a perfect opportunity to end race bickering forever, instead he uses racism as a political tool....very sad!

April 10, 2012
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First and foremost, Our President needs to start ignoring the noise that has been put forth by the so-called candidates. He needs to return and start focusing on the economy once again since the other candidates have been unable to sell their message to the public; their job has been merely to make us afraid of it, similar, if you will, to the movie, "The American President"! Many companies have favored and continue to support the Party of No but to no avail as they have seen their stock price tumble 30-40% since 2011! If those GOPers have actually been helpful, these companies' stock prices would have made far more progress since 2011, but regrettably, they haven't and these companies have their GOPers to thank for! Do remember that numbers don't lie. A classical example is certain companies have endorsed Snyder of Michigan openly, only to have him put a fork in their share price since he took office!

April 10, 2012
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Five years ago I was finishing my electrical engineering degree.  In my power classes we discussed the condition of the electrical grid.  I imagined myself as one of the many employed to revamp the nation's grid, but I have found myself doing work hardly resembling electrical engineering.


Every election in debates the candidates touch on the 'decaying infrastructure' topic, but it is never uttered again until the next election season.  You want jobs?  You want to stimulate the economy?  Every state needs to update their electrical grid (as well as other infrastructure).  It isn't an easy job either.  It could take 20-30 years of solid employment for thousands in EVERY SINGLE STATE!!

Watch and listen.  They will use it to their advantage in a debate, yet the next four years will see no change.  Good luck America.

April 10, 2012
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My two greatest concerns:

1. Keep the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) in place. Strengthen it. I've lived in Europe. Everyone has health care, everyone likes it. We need to move closer to that.

2. Do not hand the keys to the idiots who drove the economy into the ditch in the first place.


April 10, 2012
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I will vote for the person who takes our nation back. We can hardly recognize America. We do not demand respect for her and allow illegals to pour in unchecked. We have old diseases coming back that we had irricated already. We do not demand that the people coming here speak our language. We have to learn theirs to get employment. I am ashamed of the USA as it is now.

April 10, 2012
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1. Balance the budget

2. Energy

3. Social Security

4. Defense

5. Decriminalize marijuana

April 10, 2012
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No more immunity for politicians


What is going to happen to the accountability act?

April 10, 2012
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Help low income people and people on social security by improving their economic conditions, before we help anyone else.


April 10, 2012
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The importance of Marijuana legalization has several facets. 

- First, and probably the most attractive aspect of legalization would be the thousands and potentially tens of thousands of jobs created through the marijuana industry that is poised and ready to explode into legitimacy. 

- Second, US prisons are more expensive than US higher education institutions because of the high number of marijuana based arrests and convictions. 

- Third, since the laws in place making marijuana illegal are based off of untrusted research and for the well being of few quiet entities, it seems outrageous that it remain illegal through an outcry of US citizens.  Is it constitutional to prevent people from doing anything in this country that harms no one else?  I think no.


Starting a new industry will spark part of the next step to our economic recovery,  and by not legalizing it we are continuing to drain money into the prison system to keep prisoners charged with marijuana based non-violent crimes.   Most importantly, it is hard to accept the title of "free country" When the US imprisons people for doing what they believe, especially when it harms nobody.

April 10, 2012
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Marijuana Decriminalization: I live in a border state (Arizona) I know first hand that marijuana is THE BIGGEST revenue source for the drug cartels.  Instead of mexico banking off of our patients and experimental youth we should generate our own medicine. It is the most effective anti-depressant out there and it is natural. When we decide to completely cut our dependency of this money rich plant from mexico and tax our own people is when we start growing our own plants in america. Its going to happen at some point. The person who commits to this issue is who i will be voting for. lets speed up this process and lead the world in this issue instead of follow.

April 10, 2012
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First and foremost the BASIC, CIVIL right  of same-sex couples to marry!! EVERY monogamous adult has the right to share in the protected, government-sanctioned institution of marriage. Secondly, GET MONEY OUT OF ELECTIONS! Corporations are NOT people!! Donations should not be permitted to cross state lines for state and local elections nor should anyone be able to contribute more than $1000 to any presidential candidate. Finally, America should have a single-payer health care system. Call it "socialism", call it "satanism", I don't care! Basic health care should NEVER be a luxury or an option.

April 10, 2012
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1. Repeal Obamacare - It will forever change our relationship with our government.

2. Open up drilling for oil, natural gas, etc.

3. Adopt a budget!!!

4. Make government leaner.

5. Adopt the flat tax - 9 - 9 - 9 would be fine

6. Congress and Senate should only work part time.  Go home and get intouch with your people.

7. Forgive college loans because of how the government has messed everyone up.  Yes, this mess is a government mess!

8. Bring all troops home but strengthen the military beyond world belief.

9. Allow the free market to determine when "green initiatives" are ready for the world.

10. All representatives must appear on Dancing With the Stars.  I believe this would humble them...


April 10, 2012
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Government corruption and printing counterfeit money. 

April 10, 2012
Click to view brett46's profile

11. Build the fence and man it!

12. No food stamps or help if you are not drug free and legal.

13. Term limits!!!

14. Respect all religions.

15. Drill and keep it at home.

16. Solve oil crisis by - Whatever OPEC charges for a barrell of oil, we will charge the same price per bushel of corn, wheat, oats, barley, and all grains.

17. Disolve the Federal Department of Education - Power to the states.

18. Start technology training in 9th grade for those not interested (or capable) in college.

19. Pay teachers.

20. Get rid of regulations that are bad for small business.


April 10, 2012
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I most certainly will not give you private information you douchebag.

April 10, 2012
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What will each candidate do to make sure America is best positioned for success economically in the 21st century?


We only have finite natural resources - what plans does each candidate have to properly use our country's natural resources to prepare our economy for the future when natural resources (particularly oil / natural gas / water) are less abundant?

April 10, 2012
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The press telling me what is important. 


The candidates need to stop stumping on "soft" issues.  Why does abortion and religion play such a big part of our political process?  Here's why.  You are either on one side of the fence or the other; example: pro-choice or pro-life; another example: christian or not christian.  All a candidate has to do is pick a side and they are assured almost half the vote, then all they have to do is convince the few voters in the middle. Don't believe me?  Why do they not stick to a specific idea of balancing the budget?  Because they will only appease a small slice of the voters and piss off everybody else.  Same with welfare, social security, military, highways, post offices etc etc........


None of these people have our best interests at heart, none of them.

April 10, 2012
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Our real economic problem is balance. Sure entitlements need to be reformed but thats only 1/3 of the problem. The OWSer's kind of alluded to it but the message was muddled. The real problem is that a hugely disproportionate share of the nations capital resources are aggregated in three areas 1) Wall Street, 2) The Pentagon, 3) Entitlement Spending.


Wall Street sucks up a a huge amount of capital that should be redeployed on Main Street. We spend 7- 10 TIMES what the next 10 NATIONS do on defense. That is simply unsustainable and is the 800 pound budegetary gorilla in the room that all the politicians are afraid to talk about (Eisenhower was right). The growth in entitlements spending is also out of wack and they should be reformed.

I'm not talking about redistributing wealth, but redeploying the nations capital resources in a way that is accretative to the nation as a whole. All would  benefit.

April 10, 2012
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1) Eliminate the quota/visa system at the Northern and Southern border. If you want in, let the dogs sniff your stuff, then get in the Ellis Island-style line. Once you get done with all that, welcome to the US. Frankly, long-run economic growth requires increasing the US population.


2) Direct the Department of Energy to focus more funding on nuclear fusion research; we are lagging behind China in this area; if the US wishes to remain top dog, the US needs to develop fusion-based energy first.


3) Retool our STEM curriculum to not only make it more effective at teaching scientific and mathematical techniques, but show how it is relevant to those outside of industry and academia. Have it be our goal that all high school graduates have exposure to first semester calculus (calculus is what makes algebra useful for real life anyway).


3a) Require literacy in one programming language as a requirement for High School graduation. Historians of Science are declaring the time period we're going through right now as the Information Revolution; our curriculum should reflect that.


4) Let the unskilled manufacturing jobs go to China and India; conversely, subsidize 2-year vocational schools to improve the skilled labor force; embrace globalization as something which will benefit the US first and foremost.


5) Raise NASA's budget, and start paving the way for mining resources in the asteroid belt sooner rather than later.


6) Actually fund higher education; There is a tangible economic multiplier effect when higher education is figured in.


7) Create a new facility within the Federal Reserve with limited fiscal policy control, so that counter-cyclical polices can be enacted without the politicians getting involved.


8) I would really like it if the politicians would also stop pretending that the gold standard exists; the United States Government can run deficits as much as it wants, so long as long run GDP growth tracks or outpaces growth of the National Debt.


9) And above all, encourage research and development into ways to completely eliminate human dependency on hydrocarbon combustion as a means of energy generation. Global warming is real, and the supply of hydrocarbons available for burning is finite in the medium run.

April 11, 2012
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My priority (as justified by the overabundance of ignorant, stupid posts above)is to see Americans get educated. A previous poster was appalled that Romney pays only 15% tax where she pays "almost 40". I hate to break it to you Lady, but THAT'S THE LAW. But, typical, you crucify Romney when he is doing absolutely nothing wrong. Answer truthfully, if you made that much money (as Mitt) due to your successful investments, you'd pay 15% PER THE LAW as well wouldn't you?? Or would you donate up to 40% to feel BETTER about yourself?

April 11, 2012
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Why is pot illegal?

April 11, 2012
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My issues are HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and doing what's right by the American people for the sake of doing the right thing no matter what.  $$$$ at the expense of the people, their lives, their jobs, their security, their health, their education is the driving force in this country all controlled by big corporations.  It's no longer a government "for the people, by the people."  The constitution used to be the leading power in this country.  It's manipulated and changed through "payoffs".  This country is doomed.

April 11, 2012
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Healthcare for profit is a sin, should be illegal, it falls under "LIFE" in "life, liberty & justice for all."  As a 30 yr nurse, I can attest that all the wrong people are getting rich off the pain & suffering of others. It's sad.

Keep to the law of the land, that Roe V Wade comes from. Reproductive rights for women & stop the GOP war on women. End bigotry & hatred, especially by legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states & territories. 

Stop corporate greed & force banks, wall street & insurance companies to cease gouging the Americans pockets.  Let the Buffet rule become law.  End the Bush tax cuts. Keep church & state separate. Stop the presidential vote until 3 months before the election. End corporate financing of all elections.  Clean up the Supreme court from it's radical right leanings, how many of them are in the pockets of big business & oil?  Then legalize Pot, it'll be a huge money maker & end the criminal aspect of it.  And the person that passes sentence on a death penalty case must be the one to end that life, if a governor denies appeal, he should pull the switch.

April 11, 2012
Click to view MIRTED's profile

1.  Debt Reduction

2.  Unproductive Spending of Tax Dollars

3.  No Energy Policy toward Independence

4.  Entitlement Attitudes

5.  Government Malfeasance

April 11, 2012
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Get someone to run for President that has a clue about how to stimulate the middle class.  Romney has no clue and neither does Obama.  We need someone that can stand up for and understand the middle class.  This campaign is like a train wreck and it's not going to be pretty when it crashes and burns.

April 11, 2012
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In a democracy, what the government is and does should have something to do with what the people want.

April 11, 2012
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make the rich pay more taxes and if heads of corporations break the law send them to jail like everybody else.there should not be two seperate laws of the land one for the rich one for the poor.bring more jobs home here to america and stop sending all our jobs away overseas.

April 11, 2012
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Personally, we in this country have lost the moral fiber that made us so naively great from our country’s inception to right after WWII, then we became the “everything” that other countries hate; greedy, corrupt, contentious, self-indulgent, uncaring, un-feeling and pompously arrogant! Politicians and their “deserved it” attitude haven’t helped much either.


I don’t know who is more at fault in our current national and global economy, politicians with their continually insufferable contentious bickering or the greedy corrupt wall street bankers and money launderers! I am sick of all of them. ALL this bickering among the Democrats and Republicans… I believe that we ought to do away with ALL political parties. Have everybody run as “NO PARTY”, then all those politicos would have to PROVE that they are the best person to represent their constituents! (And it would certainly eliminate all the crap, stalling along “party” lines and dirty dealing in order to get legislation done!!! Any time our “elected representatives” do anything once they get to Washington, we, the downtrodden masses get it in the rear! I will do my part in writing them and telling them what worthless jerks they are! George Washington expressed his doubts on a “Party” system; where this country that he was in the process of establishing, would fall into the trap of being a slave to the party instead of to the idea of a representative government! I thought that that remark was totally appropriate to what is (and has been) happening for years now! If you absolutely have to have a crutch, have a New Mexico “party”, or a Maine party, or a California party… you get the idea… YOU are supposed to be representing “We, the people”, NOT a “Party”!!! Politicians only pay attention to us when they need our votes to get elected. Then they are only interested in the special interests and lobbyists that lined their pockets! They never represented US!


During all the canvassing before the last election, I stupefied the canvassing callers by responding that I intended to "write in" Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Donald Trump for President on my ballot. I felt, as I have for the last 12 years that this country needed a "businessman" to be President. Someone who had run a successful company would be better qualified to run a successful country!


Our leaders don’t seem to be interested in anything other than lining their own pockets with the pork offered by lobbyists!


In review, the economy, health care, social issues, moral issues, war and diplomacy will never change, regardless of which “party” is in power, unless our representatives work toward our “more perfect union” rather than their own self interests!


April 11, 2012
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North American Free Trade Agreement,

In 1980, the year before Reagan became president, Americans spent a total of $334 billion on imported goods and services and payments on foreign investment in the United States. By 1988, his last year in office, The American People were spending in the global economy had nearly doubled, to $663 billion. In 2011 2.239 Trillion. Thanks to Reagan we now have no jobs in America.

Little George Bush left The American People with a 1.3 Trillion deficit and growing like a weed higher. Also started two wars that Obama has to deal with.

April 11, 2012
Click to view alloyd2459's profile

Hello. Thank you for the opportunity. Here are the issue that are very important to me.


Remove radioactive body scanning x-ray machines from airports. They already proved that x-rays at the dentist most likely the cause of brain tumors. So it only makes sense to keep people save from x-ray machines at the airport. Especially those who fly frequently.



April 11, 2012
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I want the Church removed from my State. I don't want the government to be able to tell me what is morally right or wrong. It simply isn't their place. Complete separation. If I wanted to live in a country dominated by religious beliefs (Theocracy), then I would move to Iran, Italy, or Israel. There is no place for that garbage in the government of the Untied States of America. Our government is by the People and for the People, not by God and for God. Get these nutballs out of here!


It's all Reagen's fault!

April 11, 2012
Click to view TexasExpat1's profile

"Little George Bush?" You were making good points and had a credible argument until, like so many typical, biased people, you lower yourself to such petty labeling...


And once agin, party affiliation dictates ignorance as it does on both sides. Just as many blind conservatives wrongly attempt to 'saddle' the Obama administration with the current economic situation, so too do blind liberals throw out ignorant generalizations - such as squealing that Bush created, by himself, a 1.3 trillion dollar deficit.


Until Americans truly try to rise above the party politic and really educate themselves to the realities that we are facing and stop swinging solely for the purpose of 'hitting something', we will continue to be a gullible nation, prone to settling for arguing and infighting without really looking proactively at the challenges that face us...

April 11, 2012
Click to view Willie12345's profile

Culling the political landscape of the socialists that have taken over the once loyal Democratic Party.

April 11, 2012
Click to view wmcritter's profile

1) Freedom

2) Freedom

3) Freedom


We are supposed to be the "land of the free". But when the government uses a gun to force me to buy retirement insurance, poverty insurance, health insurance, prescription drug insurance, bad public schools, failed solar panel companies, etc. then we are not free.


Look at any problem we have in this country and I can promise you that the root cause is government interference.


Debt is slavery. Our government has forced every man, woman, and CHILD in this country into $50,000 of debt (and growing). It's time for a new government, this one has failed.

April 11, 2012
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I'll vote for the Candidate that chooses the United States over Israel!! I am sick and tired of giving our tax dollars to Israel which is in the BILLIONS while Israel has half the unemployment we have in the United States and where Israel has continued spying on the United States all the while we have to do what Israel tells us to do.. I dont like that Israel is allowed to give bribes"campaign contributions" in the hundreds of Millions to candidates who are supposed to represent the United States but instead end up representing Israel because of the money... ISRAEL SHOULD STAY OUT OF U.S. POLITICS

April 11, 2012
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Debt. The exorbitant costs of higher education. The lessening standard of living in the US as the gap between upper class and middle class grows larger and larger.

April 11, 2012
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I would say we need to be focusing and spending more on education. We have allowed this country to drop down to #34 in the international IQ ranking... while helping to improve other countries Silicone Valleys!!! We spend trillions on international aid, wars, and bogus establishments like the TSA (who haven't stopped anything) while we cut cut cut education like its not important!!! We need an educated and innovative new generation to even have a chance in the future!

April 11, 2012
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It's the economy, stupid.

April 11, 2012
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An important issue is the respect for all ways of thinking and creeds, as long as they do not violate our established laws. So far in the campaign, a double standard has been implemented:  evangelical Christians and Catholics are the only groups permitted to present themselves as established Christianity... All Christian groups should be respected- not needing approval from any single other group... The views and goals of other religious groups should also be respected... Most likely there is plenty of common ground- commonality of values around which to rally, and clearly, the separation between Church and state is meant not to eliminate values from America but to prevent any religious group from dominating.  This may seem like an irrelevant issue, but it is not, really.  To beat Obama, Republicans and Independents of all faiths need to knock off the religion-bashing and focus on shared values.

April 11, 2012
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While the problems facing America today are legion, for the purposes of this discussion, I wish to focus on one issue that I feel is of a prime and critical nature: the fact that our infrastructure in nearly all its forms is aging at best and at worst, is already crumbling literally beneath our feet and car wheels.


The American Society of Civil Engineers has found in surveys of critical infrastructure such as bridges, freeway over and under passes, locks and dams, the power grid and many others all are to some degree suffering from deficiencies, if not facing outright failure such as the interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis a few years ago.


I say that in order to help keep America not only economically competitive, but viable as a desirable place to live a good life, we need to face up to this situation NOW, not later.


I would propose that as a nation and as a people, we should set out on a campaign much like that of "The Marshall Plan" that we came up with to help rebuild Europe in the aftermath of WWII or President John F. Kennedy's bold proposal in the early days of the 1960s to get a "man on the moon before the decade is out!" Both of which were government programs that did work and helped to build a much greater and prosperous America.


In addition to that program, to help along and set the stage for the next wave of American growth and prosperity, I would also suggest that we embark upon a program along the lines of "the GI Bill" that provided funds for returning WWII vets to do things like go earn a college degree or get loans to start a business. This was also a government program that helped to "make America great!"


With this new plan though, the program would not be limited to only those who have served in our military, it would be a plan open to all Americans and of all ages with money going to let people do one of several options. The first option would be to allow people to go earn an initial college degree or advanced degree in areas of critical need, obtain training at a vocational or technical program or help fund the start up of businesses. Along those lines, extend the money even to those whose credit ratings are not so good, in such cases, require those individuals to attend programs to help them learn proper budgeting, financial planning and set on a program to re-establish a good credit rating.


I know that some will call these proposals either "pie in the sky" or perhaps even socialist or communist dreams, well so be it. I really do hate that the concept of "the commonweal" today is something that is derided as being something that is "unAmerican."


For anyone to think that there really is such a thing as the totally "self made man" No man, or person, is an island and without the help and support of others, none of us would get very far in life at all.


We need to rekindle the sense that as Americans, no matter our ethnic or other origins, our religious faith, sexual orientation,the political party we belong to, etc., we are "all in this together" and we need to put aside our differences in order to pull together to get this country back on track.


It does seem that the highly polarized positions that so many hold these days helps to make sure that instead of "united we stand" (and prosper) what is going to happen is that "divided we will fall."


In the past times when times were bleakest and things unsure and damn scary, it took people of bold and great vision to propose BIG THINGS and then go out to do what it took to make those things happen. Sure, sometimes there were failures, but very often these efforts lead to great success. We are not going to grow and prosper nor retain our "greatness" by being meek, timid or "fiscally prudent." We need to THINK and ACT BIG and to do that sooner than later.

April 11, 2012
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I do have one other issue and other people have mentioned it, that is the issue of campaign financing.


We do need to find some mechanism to overturn what truly is the WORST SCOTUS decision of all time, the Citizen's United decision and the entire body of case law that laid the foundation for that abominable decision which basically holds that "money equals free speech."


What a totally preposterous and dangerous notion. For those who are "strict constructionists" to argue that they can find this in our Constitution, I really do have to question either their sanity or their trustworthiness and qualifications as "Constitutional Scholars."


I have read and re-read my copy of the Constitution a number of times since that ruling came down a few years ago and I find nothing in that document that "clearly enumerates" any such a concept.


This ruling in my view, its is short time in opening the flood gates of unaccountable money into political campaigns, it is helping to undermine and destroy our representative form of democracy that had stood the test of time for over 200 years prior to this repugnant ruling.

April 12, 2012
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Well, I have read the largest pile of political short-sightedness list I could possible had imagined. It just goes to show that there is no solution to the problem. Starting over won't help because there is no way a consensus could be reached. So we are doomed! The supporters of the various factions do not know the true extent of what has taken place in the US Congress. That is where everything is controlled in this country. Education reform has been one of the keystone issues of the left half of Congress.  So much so that our schools are now 37th world wide. We were better off without Congress involved. Congress sent the jobs overseas by the legislation they passed. The price of oil is going up quicker than it should because key construction to use our own recorces have been blocked in Congress. Warren Buffet has made big profits by the oil line shutdown. He also recommended that it be shutdown to our leader. The "not in my back yard" attitude sent the jobs out of country also. Let's promote alternative energy died because of no resources placed into research. "Education institutions lack of science funding." The left side of the isle having no idea that technology is based on true science. Cost of alternatives being kept higher than reasonable. Too much emphasis placed on non-profitable sources. Lack of adoption of renewable energy by our own governments, Fed, State, and local gavernments. The greed of the occupy movement overlooked. Think about that one for a bit. The want more for less. The very companies the slam, they support by buying their products. Little hipocriticable would you not say? The gotta take care of 12 million illegals crowd wanting their illegal votes. Voting is a privilege of a Citizen not an illegal! How many people pay absolutely no taxes and get subsidies like, income tax credits for children. They get more back then they paid into the system. And you talk about the rich getting tax breaks. Then there is the really off the wall let's legalize something dangerous movements. Pot does kill, intoxication from pot and the use of an automobile. Just to name a few outlandish ideas here. This whole thing is just another smoke screen to divert your attention from the real threat to Ameerican, IT IS THE ECONOMY STUPID. NO ECONOMY RESULTS IN  NO COUNTRY! No education no healthcare no nothing. That is what you will have if you do not vote these bums out, ALL OF THEM OUT!

April 13, 2012
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So very sick of the extreme right, they put their personal moral issues into our politics too much.

The damage continues, and they all march to a cult like Teabaggers death march, dragging us down with guns and toxic translations of the Chistian bible.

Enough already!

They are so rightous, and callous to those who have less, or have a different religion than them.

Most of them that get on the news come across as so very judgemental, and intolerant of others, I cringe when I hear the mainstream media label some evangelicals, I thought that was what I was.

Very disturbing, these so called evangelical Christians, they do not live what the bible says.


Most importantly,

we need to focus on jobs, and a new tax law, that is fair for all.

Women, Independents, and Hispanics will decide the 2012 election, I have 2 out of three, and I will vote again for OBAMA!

April 15, 2012
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Actually, the election may be decided not by side shows such as race, gender, religious views, guns, the economy, etc., but by chosing between a socialist state, where the gov't controls all, and a free market system, where merit and free will are paramount. It really is that simple, regardless of your passions for the issues. Before I was proud of being a woman and Hispanic, I would be proud to be free of an overbearing government. Don't be fooled, even if you hate the white, Mormon, rich, stiff vehicle that keeps you free. 

April 17, 2012
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The trade deficit is so obviously the number one factor bleeding our economy dry, and it is the number one issue to be avoided and swept under the rug in political debates. It is an indisputable measure of net loss in jobs and productive capacity. Trade imbalance in the global economy is what fueled the financial meltdown, the mortgage backed securities mess and the European debt crisis.

President Obama wants to "double exports" with more bad trade deals that have a track record of increasing imports of high value manufactured goods while dumping low value commodities and worsening our trade deficit and losing exactly the kind of manufacturing/high tech jobs that we cannot afford to lose. While some of the right wing so-called national security hawks have no problem at all with offshoring our entire industrial base to China while the multinationals import counterfeit parts made in China that end up in our sensitive military hardware.

It is all in the cause of "FREE TRADE" while there is nothing free about a $300 billion yearly trade deficit with China alone. The glaring contradictions in all political ideology across the spectrum makes us all madder than hell at Washington. The financial engineers on Wall Street get mega bonuses while real engineers down in the trenches get pinks slips and CEO's bitch and whine about a phony "skilled worker" shortage. Worst of all the World Trade Organization is a religious order dedicated to maximizing systemic risk and contagion in the global economy in the name of optimizing "efficiency" - yes, efficiency of crashing and burning and melting down.

What happens to whistleblowers who dare to touch the untouchable issue? Candidate Buddy Roemer gave the "Big Bear in the room eating our jobs" speech in front of the Chinese Embassy and got blackballed from the GOP debates and a media blackout too. CNN used-to-be Lou Dobbs routinely bashed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as Un American for promoting offshore outsourcing of American jobs as well as onshore replacement/displacement of American workers by H-1B's/illegals, All the media cave in to BIG MONEY interests.

April 18, 2012
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Sick of the extreme right, and the TeaParty group, I'am ready to hear REAL issues, like JOBS, JOBS and MORE JOBS!

Keep your morals & religions OUT OF MY POLITICS!

Look out right, were comming to vote you all out soon, hold tight to your fake interpertations of my bible, and your vile guns, were not buying it for one moment that God is on your side!


The GOP is like a clown car on the loose trying to collect all the fools before they throw one at us, the middle class to vote for, are they really that stupid? Yes, I guess they are!

I'am an Independent, woman voter that cannot stand Mitt (surprise?)



April 24, 2012
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How about answering this question correctly to begin with. It says spell out your #1 issue, not list 3 - 10 and put a quick blurb by each...and people wonder why we're in such trouble.

April 26, 2012
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In this electronic age, we have the technology to put all social issues (abortion, gay marriage, prayer in school, etc.) up for a straight popular vote, and let the chips fall for each issue where they may. Let the American people decide these issues!

Our politicians need to be elected for their ability to run the country effectively, less these issues,  and to manage foreign policy-- not for their opinion on abortion, their personal view on gun control, or even just because "daddy" was president too. That should thin out the herd dramatically and get rid of the one-social-issue dildos that we have to choose from lately. Our politics are an embarassment--Candidates berating each other on worldwide networks for every country to see just because they have no accomplishments or achievements to brag about. I guess if you're an idiot, the only way to look good is to make your opponent look like a bigger idiot! Whatever happened to electing the best and brightest? 

April 27, 2012
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Forgive student loans.... dont just cut interest rates. You would have my vote if you could do that.

April 27, 2012
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I am tired of a BLAMER IN CHIEF, time for a real LEADER to take the Presidency. He has had two years of a Democratic Controlled Congress to make a significant difference when he first took office; in that two years all he could turn out was a single Partisan healthcare plan that is not what it could have been.

My $40,000 student loan which is at 7.5% since Obama has taken office, has gotten me a 50% less wages than I was making when Bush was President and a miserable job to boot. I have applied for over 300 jobs, of which the majority I have performed successfully in the past, so I am well qualified with a masters; it seems like every time I get an interview Obama opens his mouth and the job gets cancelled or I just never hear from the company.

I would like to see decent jobs again with good wages and an economy that truly is on the upswing.

April 28, 2012
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I'm not a one-issue voter. Life is not that simple.

April 29, 2012
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How about lets get all riled up about the economy and jobs, and when we have their ears or they put us in the driver's seat, we get crazy about a Muslim in the White House or a birth certificate again!

April 30, 2012
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1) Jobs and the high unemployment rate

2) Ending the war in Afghanistan, and NOT beginning another war in Iran.

3) Congress & President need to take a stance against Citizens United, and distance themselves from corporate pay-offs. Currently our politicians votes & actions are all bought and paid for by corporations and their money

4) Won't vote for any member for house or President that passed laws against women, minorities, voter suppression, or basic rights.

5) Keep religion out of laws. Religion shouldn't dictate American laws or bills. 

May 2, 2012
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Since consumers are about 75% of the economy & job creators, what specifically will be done to increase their low purchasing power? The following 2, can be used to prevent the majority from losing their purchasing power & making sure they also benefit from a reviving economy, unlike the present time, in which only the very wealthy are benefitting. 1)require mandatory profit sharing for all in the company & 2)require a Living Wage Law instead of a minimum wage law. A LIVING WAGE LAW is already in place in several states. One place that has a LIVING WAGE LAW is at the Los Angeles Airport area, for hotel workers & the hotels are still doing business & making money as usual but now these workers can support their families & can contribute to the U.S. economy as consumers. This will help stabilize the economy with their consumer spending, since businesses are still clamoring for consumer spending (retail sales).  

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