Sarah Palin Calls out Obama & Co on Giving Billions of your Dollars to Develop Oil Fields In Brazil instead of the USA

obama socialism jokerObama, the Mr Ohhh Noesss Don’t Drill!!! Global Warming!!! Sky will Fall!!! Bad for People!!! Go Electric!!! Windmills should replace everything!!!  has just agreed to ship Billions of American Tax Payer Dollars to the Country of Brazil… TO DEVELOP FREEKING OIL FIELDS AND DRILLING.

Oh Really, Obama? Going to help out your Whitey Hating Pal, President “Lets Blame White Blue Eyed People for Everything” Lula? And use White Blued Eyed Money to boot?

Why does this not shock me?

Obama the Socialist is a full blown Racist Politician who resides in the Wright House.

We Americans need to develop more domestic oil sources and you are giving away the money needed to do it… WHAT F’ing PLANET ARE YOU FROM?

If you voted for this ASSHAT… this is your fault. The least you could do is help stop them.

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Let’s See what Sarah Palin has to say to the MOONBAT HORDE which is running amok in the Federal Government…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 3:10am
by Sarah Palin

Today’s Wall Street Journal contains some puzzling news for all Americans who are impacted by high energy prices and who share the goal of moving us toward energy independence.

For years, states rich with an abundance of oil and natural gas have been begging Washington, DC politicians for the right to develop their own natural resources on federal lands and off shore. Such development would mean good paying jobs here in the United States (with health benefits) and the resulting royalties and taxes would provide money for federal coffers that would potentially off-set the need for higher income taxes, reduce the federal debt and deficits, or even help fund a trillion dollar health care plan if one were so inclined to support such a plan.

So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That’s all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.

I’ll speak for the talent I have personally witnessed on the oil fields in Alaska when I say no other country in the world has a stronger workforce than America, no other country in the world has better safety standards than America, and no other country in the world has stricter environmental standards than America. Come to Alaska to witness how oil and gas can be developed simultaneously with the preservation of our eco-system. America has the resources. We deserve the opportunity to develop our resources no less than the Brazilians. Millions of Americans know it is true: “Drill, baby, drill.” Alaska is proof you can drill and develop, and preserve nature, with its magnificent caribou herds passing by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), completely unaffected. One has to wonder if Obama is playing politics and perhaps refusing a “win” for some states just to play to the left with our money.

The new Gulf of Mexico lease sales tomorrow sound promising and perhaps will move some states in the right direction, but we all know that the extreme environmentalists who serve to block progress elsewhere, including in Alaska, continue to block opportunities. These environmentalists are putting our nation in peril and forcing us to rely on unstable and hostile foreign countries. Mr. Obama can stop the extreme tactics and exert proper government authority to encourage resource development and create jobs and health benefits in the U.S.; instead, he chooses to use American dollars in Brazil that will help to pay the salaries and benefits for Brazilians to drill for resources when the need and desire is great in America.

Buy American is a wonderful slogan, but you can’t say in one breath that you want to strengthen our economy and stimulate it, and then in another ship our much-needed dollars to a nation desperate to drill while depriving us of the same opportunity.

- Sarah Palin

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237 Responses to Sarah Palin Calls out Obama & Co on Giving Billions of your Dollars to Develop Oil Fields In Brazil instead of the USA

  1. m2 says:

    1 Sarah Palin is worth all of the Republican Leadership put together. Thank you Ms. Palin for your commitment to LEADERSHIP and TRUTH.

  2. tellitlikeitis says:

    The Soros connection.

    Petrobras: Buy and Sit Tight Like Soros

    As reported at Bloomberg.com, George Soros purchased an $811 million stake in Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), (better known as Petrobras) in Q2. The Brazilian oil company is now the largest holding in his fund, amounting to 22 percent of the total $3.68 billion of stocks and American depositary receipts held by Soros Fund Management LLC. Of course, crude oil has taken a dive in the last month, helping to push Petrobras down 28 percent since his purchase and costing Soros $235 million. I guess we would all like to be in a position to lose nearly a quarter billion dollars and still be “OK”. Then again, if Soros holds tight, he could end up doing well.

    While the timing for Soros may not be perfect for this trade, a number of other people are also betting on Petrobras. As quoted by Ricardo Kobayashi from UBS Pactual SA: “Petrobras has something that other oil companies don’t have: oil – lots of it and they’re going to find more. If you can buy now and hang on, if you have the staying power, it’s great.”

    As written in a previous post , estimates have the Tupi-area fields in Brazil costing between $200-$240 billion to develop, in part due to deepwater rigs causing $600,000 a day to rent, forcing Petrobras to look for capital. Yet the cost might eventually be worth it given that the offshore fields are expected to hold up to 50 billion barrels. Petrobras has already leased approximately 80% of the deepest-drilling offshore rigs (see post). The company is also buying new rigs and production platforms.

    If oil prices stabilize, companies to consider would be Transocean (RIG), Nobel (NE), and Nabors (NBR), each of which have sold off with lower crude prices, but each of which are also near some key support levels. For longer-term investment, some capital-intensive E&P oil companies such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) should do well, even without direct investment. Of course, this all requires crude oil to stabilize, probably stay over $100 a barrel, and potentially continue its march higher. If not, you may be experiencing the short-term returns of Soros, and not necessarily the longer-term ones.

  3. m2 says:

    OBAMA IS A JOKE.
    AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS A JOKE.

  4. VotingFemale says:

    Someone want to go do a blog post on this one?

    Faith in Obama Drops As Reform Fears Rise
    Health-Care Effort Is Major Factor, Poll Finds

    By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, August 21, 2009

    excerpt: Public confidence in President Obama’s leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll….

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  6. VotingFemale says:

    The Strategy is to KILL ANY REMAINING SUPPORT FOR THE ObamaCare PUBLIC OPTION

    And call out that the Socialist “CO-OP” = PUBLIC OPTION

  7. m2 says:

    VF, sorry had logging in out issues…

    Hi Foxwood!

    Yes this health debaucle is ridiculous. We only need “reform” of the industry and lifting of various regulations to create real competition and targeted-regulation by gov’t to insurance pre-existing, etc. Tort reform….
    and we could have the best healthcare even after already having the best of 1st world care.

    but Democrats want ALL CONTROL and BANKRUPTCY. Even though we are already BROKE. And all that is needed is real reform. Even though they let Obama loan 2-10 billion to Soros’ Petrobras. Even though they let Obama spend a trillion dollars on NOTHING.

    Even though they let Obama KILL our economy.

    On purpose.

    They are clearly in need of Psychiatric intervention. Democrats are.

  8. tellitlikeitis says:

    Inside the Beltway: Is Obama creating a civil war in America, Voight asks?
    By Jennifer Harper INSIDE THE BELTWAY (Contact)

    CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

    A Hollywood conservative has headed East. It’s “Freedom Concert” time for Jon Voight. The Academy Award winner will join Sean Hannity in Cincinnati and Atlanta this weekend to honor fallen soldiers and present college scholarships to surviving children. Mr. Voight — a warrior himself in many ways — has been cogitating about the state of America, meanwhile.

    “There’s a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?” Mr. Voight tells Inside the Beltway.

    “We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can’t see this is probably hoping it isn’t true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation.”

    Be outraged, Mr. Voight advises.

    “Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don’t know what that method is, I implore you to get the book ‘Rules for Radicals,’ by Saul Alinsky . Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods,” he continues, citing a television campaign critical of the Republican Party and contentious town-hall meetings about health care reform.

    “The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don’t want a government-run health care plan forced upon them,” Mr. Voight says. “So I ask again. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?”

  9. m2 says:

    VF, I could probably do a blog post on the WaPo article, but it would have to be later this afternoon.
    I have an appt. in 40 min. and will be leaving shortly to get ready for that… :D

  10. m2 says:

    That’s Angelina Jolie’s daddy….

  11. tellitlikeitis says:

    Again good morning everyone!

  12. tellitlikeitis says:

    M2, Can you believe John Voit is Angelinas dad?

  13. m2 says:

    I know, he almost had her ‘turned’ during the election… and especially b/c she went to Iraq and saw that American Forces weren’t creating Gulags and slaughter innocents… she saw democracy and happy Iraqi’s…

    but then Brad Pitt turned her back to Democrat-side… b/c Hollywood stars fall into the brain-dead category most of the time… and feel if they’re rich and fabulous, they should be “liberal”… all that superficial shit Liberals love.

  14. tellitlikeitis says:

    So far the only thing Obama’s done well is give pay backs to the ones that helped get him in office.
    I think John Voit is right that Obama wants to cause an insurrection in this country so he can declare martial law.

  15. m2 says:

    I’ve got to get ready… will bbl!

  16. tellitlikeitis says:

    People should read this!!! And you want these incompeteant morons running your healthcare.

    Op-ed: Reducing veteran disability claims backlog, one step at a time

    Dispatch-Argus

    When director of the Illinois Department of Veteran’s Affairs Tammy Duckworth returned from Iraq missing both legs, the VA asked her for paperwork to prove the severity of her injuries. The utter lack of common sense in this one case is emblematic of a department that in recent years has too often overlooked the health care and disability needs of our veterans.

    Nowhere is this failure more evident than in the backlog of 600,000 disability claims. Last week, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee took an important step toward reducing this backlog once and for all. On Wednesday, the committee passed the Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act of 2008. This legislation would require the VA to instantly pay partial claims for severely wounded veterans, remove unnecessary hurdles to proof of service in a combat zone, completely overhaul the prehistoric ratings schedule which has contributed to the size and scope of the backlog, and repair the flawed and broken system of processing claims.

    In an editorial board meeting with The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus last year, I advocated erring on the side of the veteran by paying part of their claim up front. I was pleased that a form of this concept was included in our legislation.

    Returning service members with an unequivocal service connected injury, like Director Duckworth, currently have to wait for all of their other injuries (including minor ones) to be processed before receiving payment. Our legislation would award partial claims to severely and very severely injured veterans right away for their most critical injuries while the rest of the claim is processed. I believe this is a step in the right direction.

    Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are also having a very difficult time proving that they “were engaged in combat with the enemy” a requirement to receive service-connected disability benefits. Our wounded warriors are expected to produce incident reports, buddy statements, medals, or other items that are often difficult to obtain.

    Our legislation would expand the definition of “combat with the enemy” to include active service in a combat theater during a period of war. So if a soldier from Moline or Rock Island who served in Baghdad is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the VA would be required to process their claim. This would essentially stop the VA from making veterans search for evidence that is nonexistent, classified or missing from official records and ease the burden of proof on the veteran.

    Finally, our legislation would completely overhaul the outdated ratings system which is contributing to an already massive disability claims backlog.

    The Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD), last comprehensively updated over 60 years ago, does not coincide with current medical practices and guidelines, especially in the area of mental health. As a result, many veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions are not being properly rated based upon the most appropriate and current standards. Our legislation requires the VA to readjust the VASRD using current medical and technological concepts, practices, and standards in no less than 3 years. We also require additional training for claims adjudicators and improvements to the work credit system where currently VA staff is rewarded for the quantity of claims they process instead of the quality of their work. These employees are trapped in a failed system and our legislation will help rescue them.

    I have long said that the disability claims backlog is a moral black eye on our nation. No veteran that served in harms way should ever have to stand in line to receive the care they deserve. This problem is complex and it cannot be fixed overnight. It takes a forward looking plan that demands reform at every corner of the VA and begins giving our wounded warriors the benefit of the doubt again. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act of 2008 is not perfect, but I believe it is a good start. I, for one, will not rest until the backlog is reduced to zero.

  17. tellitlikeitis says:

    see ya

  18. VotingFemale says:

    Obama wants excuses to wave the “They Are Racist” flag… and use the Ninja Racist Card Throwing Weapon

    The defeat of it is simple… do not react to any charge of racism and instead call them the Racists they are…

    SOCISLIST RACISM – a scourage on the Nation and in the Wright House

  19. rosehips says:

    hey peeps. I see you’ve all been tearing up the blogosphere. wtg!!!

    I oppose Obama lending money to Brazil or building a pipeline to carry oil from Canada’s oil sands, which is what was approved by the Obama admin. Shame, shame.

    I still think we need to focus on decreasing our energy consumption and developing clean and renewable energy sources. Anything else will be bad for the environment, our health, and the economy.

    Here’s an article about the oil pipeline:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1c8499e4-8de1-11de-93df-00144feabdc0.html

    How’s everyone been???

  20. rosehips says:

    VF, the Wright House?

  21. Foxwood says:

    I’m going to pass out for a couple of hours… BBL.

  22. rosehips says:

    This is for all my radical friends from one of my favorite cd’s:

  23. tellitlikeitis says:

    PRUDEN: A dread disease, no known cure

    Somewhere betwixt swine and swindle, we’ve got a flu crisis. Well, maybe not a real crisis, or even a semi-convincing phony crisis, but the government is working on it. What we have, actually, is a crisis of hysteria promoted in certain government precincts.

    Swine flu, even with its scientific-sounding new name, H1N1, has only disappointed the crisis-mongers since it was identified in the spring. The virus sprang from Mexico, currently regarded as the source of everything bad or even suspicious, and it quickly jumped the Rio Grande. Then, after a fortnight in the petri dish of the mainstream media, leaped across the Atlantic.

    A virus that could swim a salty ocean would certainly be enough to kill us all quicker than a federal bureaucrat could say AIDS, or SARS, bird flu, Hong Kong flu, killer tomatoes, poisoned peanut butter, global warming or strangulation by kudzu, earlier doomsday threats to the planet. By early summer, even a polite cough or an innocent sneeze was reason enough to call the undertaker to reserve a comfortable coffin. Then, probably due to media inattention, flu subsided to 11th place on one pollster’s list of things Americans worry about.

    This week the Commerce Department, alarmed and chagrined to see one of its concerns sink so low in public fears, put on an impressive dog-and-pony show in Washington to dispense detailed guidelines to business firms for dealing with approaching doom (or at least severe annoyance). The story made large headlines in the newspapers, and of course provided the usual fuel for high-decibel TV news noise.

    The government bureaucrats, with no experience in running a business as large as a lemonade stand or a hot-dog cart, were free with expensive advice: Plans should be put in place now for “tele-working and cross-training,” the secretary, Gary Locke, said. “The key is for every business to put into place on how to continue with perhaps a severely reduced work force.” The government even supplies a helpful “tool kit” to instruct businesses on how to prevent disease from “drastically affecting business operations.”

    Though no advice is yet available for how to quiet hysteria, the government has a few hints to live by: Everybody should wash his (or her) hands frequently and cover his (or her) mouth when coughing and nose when sneezing. If that doesn’t stop it, a conscientious citizen should avoid putting contaminated beans up his nose, spitting in public or putting coins in his mouth. This is the advice we pay for, so we might as well use it.

    The mainstream media, which learns slowly, nevertheless seems to be making a little progress. Largely missing from the coverage this time is the obligatory morbid reminder, usually placed no lower than the second paragraph, that swine flu may, or could, or might, you never know, mutate into the Spanish flu virus that killed millions across the world in 1918. But the crucial fact, relegated as usual to the 28th paragraph (if reported at all), is that so far swine flu strikes with an unusually soft punch.

    “The [swine-flu] virus has not changed at lot,” a spokesman for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases concedes. The symptoms are nearly always mild, usually milder than the symptoms of a flu with no name.

    This year’s swine flu is so far much less serious than the previous swine flu of 1976, when more people died in America from the vaccine than from the flu. Britain’s Health Protection Agency, similar to the U.S. Public Health Service, earlier this week sent a confidential letter to 600 British neurologists warning that the new swine flu vaccine may be linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which attacks the lining of the brain, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and is sometimes fatal. A similar vaccine in 1976 was withdrawn by U.S. health authorities after several patients died.

    Our British cousins are ahead of us this time, both in attention paid to the flu and in succumbing to hysteria. To avoid overwhelming the National Health Service, which offers “free” medicine to anyone willing to get in line and is held up as a model of “the public option,” is offering mostly diagnosis by telephone.

    Sarah Standing, a columnist for the London Spectator, writes of her 19-year-old daughter’s bout of not-so-bad swine flu. After a telephone diagnosis, “we were firmly instructed not to bring her anywhere near [the doctor's office], and my husband – her designated ‘flu friend’ – was sent scurrying off to Boots to pick up a prescription.”

    Forty-eight hours later, the flu had disappeared. But not the government hysteria, for which there is no known cure.

    Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.

  24. tellitlikeitis says:

    Hi Rose!

  25. rosehips says:

    hey tellit. how you doing?

  26. tellitlikeitis says:

    This is the nightmare Obama has in store for the US.

    Ian Birrell: Why I don’t believe that the NHS is sacrosanct

    In this heartfelt polemic, based on his family’s experiences in the health service, our writer argues that it suffers from deep flaws – and we are wrong to ignore them

    It was a simple thing. Another blood test, some more investigations into whatever flawed gene or missing protein might be the cause of my daughter’s troubled life, with her terrible seizures, her blindness, her inability to walk or talk or eat unaided. Over the past 15 years, there have been many such attempts to identify her condition.

    One year later, we asked the doctor, a top geneticist at one of the world’s most famous hospitals, what had happened to the results. His office told us a rambling story about financial restrictions and the need to send such tests to a laboratory in Germany. They said there was little he could do but promised to pursue our case.

    It was a bare-faced lie. The precious vial of blood had been dumped in storage and forgotten. The following day it was despatched to a laboratory in Wales and 40 days later the specialists came up trumps. They identified her condition, an obscure genetic mutation called CDKL5
    The breakthrough was rather mind-blowing, giving us some peace of mind and the chance to talk to families of the hundred or so other children worldwide identified with the condition. It was also life-changing, since it means our other child and close relatives are in no danger of passing on the condition. Indeed, had we known sooner we might have even tried for more children.

    But the most shocking thing was not the lying. Nor even the incompetence. It was our total lack of surprise at the turn of events, since after 15 years suffering from the failings of the National Health Service we are prepared for almost any ineptitude.

    Of course, everyone loves the NHS now. It is officially sacrosanct. Our doctors are deities, our health care the envy of the world. And anyone who says anything different is an unpatriotic schmuck who should go and join those losers in the United States. (Although American doctors terrified of litigation would have done all the tests possible on my daughter if I’d sufficient insurance, and would think twice about lying to patients.)

    So forgive a harsh dose of reality. I used to share these delusional views, wrapped in a comforting blanket of national pride over Bevan’s legacy. But that was before the birth of our daughter sent us hurtling into the hell of our health service. Since then, hours and days and months and years have been spent battling bureaucracy, fighting lethargy and observing inefficiency while all the time guarding against the latest outbreak of incompetence.

    Despite my daughter being under palliative care, my wife currently spends two hours a day struggling against the system, to say nothing of the other endless appointments that go with being primary carer of a severely disabled child. Right now, following some dramatic hormonal and physical changes, we are waiting to talk to one of our daughter’s doctors: the first call went in three weeks ago, followed by three more phone calls and one email. No reply yet.

    Or take the request for a bigger size of nappies, urgently needed because of our daughter’s sudden weight spurt. A simple thing to sort, you might think. Not in the parallel universe of the NHS. It has taken four weeks, three phone calls, two home visits from community nurses to assess our needs and fill in the requisite forms – and still looks like being one more week before there is any hope of delivery. It may seem comical, but the result is a distressed child and endless extra laundry.

    The warning signs of what lay ahead came on our first visit to Great Ormond Street, when there was a young couple who had travelled down from the north-east of England in front of us, their tiny sick baby almost lost in its blankets. “Didn’t anyone tell you – your appointment’s been cancelled?” the receptionist told them breezily. They looked at each other despairingly.

    Such insensitivity is all too typical. When my daughter was seven she underwent a major review at a specialised unit in Surrey, spending three days and nights with sensors connected to brain-scanning devices glued to her head, under constant video surveillance while my exhausted wife comforted her and stopped her ripping off the electronic pads. A huge strain, but worth it given the hope of a breakthrough. When we went to get the results a few weeks later, there was the usual wait. After eventually summoning us, the neurologist asked why we were there. Then she opened our daughter’s notes and asked what was wrong with her. Then she couldn’t find the results. We stormed out, me in fury, my wife in tears.

    There are countless other examples. The celebrated neurologist who measured our heads before blithely asserting that our daughter – suffering up to 30 fits a day – would just have a slightly lower IQ than the average person. The GP who gave her an MMR injection against our wishes, despite warnings it might prove fatal. The nurse who, having been told our daughter was blind, asked if she would like to watch a video. And that is to say nothing of the endless minor irritations: the over-crowded waiting rooms, the blasé receptionists, the unanswered emails, the blinkered attitudes to people with disabilities.

    It used to be said money was the problem, but that fails to explain why American health outcomes are not drastically better, given their profligacy. Or indeed, why Scottish death rates from heart disease, cancer and strokes were so much worse when spending levels were one-fifth higher than in England; it cannot be blamed entirely on haggis suppers. And it is striking that for all the money poured in recently, there is little evidence of further improvement in cancer survival rates, for example, or of solving the postcode lottery.

    There is no doubt that nearly tripling the health budget in a decade has led to visible advances, especially in the infrastructure. Some of the new hospitals are vast improvements on the crumbling Victorian buildings they replaced, and seemingly small things such as spruced-up waiting rooms and toys for children make a big difference. Unfortunately, it is equally clear that billions have been wasted, poured into a centralised monopoly that focuses on the manipulation of a target culture rather than delivery and innovation. It was little surprise to learn that more managers than doctors were hired last year. And all too often these managers seem to reinforce rather than challenge the patronising attitudes that often predominate, while failing to tackle glaring waste.

    One visit to the gastroenterology department of a major teaching hospital summed up many of the enduring problems. Like any hospital regulars, we booked the first appointment to ensure the wait would not be too long. The young consultant was courteous and empathetic, going out of his way to explain the pros and cons of the invasive surgery under discussion. At one point he needed to call a colleague, so picked up the receiver of an old phone on his desk rather than the high-tech device jutting out of his computer screen. He explained that the new system cost £3m but didn’t work properly, so no one in the hospital bothered to use it.

    After 10 minutes, we left his consulting room. The waiting area felt tense, with harassed parents, bored children, raised voices and too few seats. This unfortunate doctor had to see more than 50 patients during his two-and-a-half hour clinic – or one patient every three minutes, with no time for reading notes, let alone a break. And we had already ruined his schedule. No wonder people were getting exasperated.

    These are, of course, just snapshots over more than a decade. We may have been desperately unlucky, and friends who have suffered heart problems, cycling accidents or had very premature babies will testify to flawless treatment. But then I know of other friends with equally terrible experiences of arrogant doctors, disinterested nurses, lost files and suchlike. I could tell you of the single mother in Scotland rung in the middle of the night and asked if she would like doctors to resuscitate her profoundly-disabled child – and then they did nothing until the mother reached the hospital and berated them. Or the parents of another child with a life-threatening tumour whose care was a litany of mistakes, but when they complained to the hospital’s chief executive the notes went mysteriously missing. Or the elderly cancer patient constantly ignored by her doctors. And so on and so on.

    For all the rhetoric, this is daily reality in our health service. This is not to denigrate the many fine workers, both on the frontline and behind the scenes. We have come across doctors, nurses, paramedics, therapists and many others who have been supportive, caring and inspirational. Some have gone way beyond the call of duty to help in times of distress or difficulty, such as our palliative care team and the community nurses. But equally, we have come across too many ground down by a sclerotic system that crushes out the idealism or caring nature that presumably made them join the health service.

    Clearly there is systemic failure. And it is a question of management, not money. Some of the worst problems encountered have been at the hallowed Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, which uses the strength of its brand to suck up money and increase its reach. Many in the medical world are infuriated by its endless growth, but scared to take on the behemoth. But behind the soft-focus fund-raising and cuddly image lurks inefficiency and, all too often, needless insensitivity.

    Indeed, should you feel moved to give money to help sick children, I would advise you to give to the children’s hospice movement instead. As I write, my daughter is at Shooting Star in Hampton, Middlesex, a particularly deserving recipient. It is interesting to note that this sector, which derives a paltry five per cent of its income from statutory sources, does not seem bedevilled with the woes that afflicts so much of the public sector.

    Anyone who has used health services in other Western nations knows that visiting the doctor or a hospital does not always have to be a frustrating experience. It is possible to run a health service around the needs of the patients, with appointments kept, notes read and consultations in a pleasant, friendly environment.

    Given the swelling black hole in public finances, ageing population and rising costs of health care, Britain needs a serious debate about the future of the NHS. Sadly, the indications of the past fortnight are that we are too infantile to have such a discourse. A deranged Tory MEP became engulfed in the crossfire over Obama’s reforms after some fatuous remarks in the US media, and back home – in a depressing foretaste of the election campaign – Labour uses it to smear the Conservatives, and panicked Tories rush to pay homage at the altar of Aneurin Bevan.

    For all the supposed cost-effectiveness of the NHS, no other country has followed our model, despite what some Republicans might claim. Instead, we should be looking at what we can learn from abroad. No one in their right mind would want to import the American system here. But there are elements to admire: their popular community hospitals, the emphasis on effective diagnosis, even aspects of the much-derided compensation culture. And turning to Europe, there are systems that enshrine consumer choice, meld public and private systems, are cheaper than our own and have better health outcomes.

    France is famous for its centralised approach to government. It also performs well on almost all health rankings, and has been top-ranked by the World Health Organisation. Its insurance-based scheme appears a chaotic blend of public and private partnership, but in reality is a sensible solution that blends the interests of patients with the need for some centralised direction, professional autonomy and safeguards for the poor. Like elsewhere in Europe, it has found a way that for all its faults harnesses the benefits of competition within a universal, patient-centred system. We are fumbling our way there, but it is one step forward and three back.

    So what should be done here? I can only offer a few suggestions towards a wider debate. Firstly, it seems obvious that any organisation employing 1.5 million people is going to struggle with the concept of dynamism. I suspect the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Indian Railways – two other similarly-sized employers – suffer from similar deficiencies. Surely it makes sense to break up the monolith, thereby introducing genuinely competitive elements while retaining the principle of state-financed care that is free at the point of use. The more patient choice, the better the service will be. And trust me, patients can make highly-complex choices when it comes to their own health.

    Secondly, the target culture should be made less proscriptive and the quality of managers raised. I don’t mind managers, just bad managers. Thirdly, these managers and all the medical staff should be given greater freedom to experiment and innovate. This means some failures, but it is vital in any giant organisation. And the Government provides a safety net. Fourthly, there needs to be as much transparency as possible, covering everything from spending to surgical outcomes. This is the information age, after all – and it is our money and our health service.

    Fifth, health workers must all realise they are meant to be serving the public. I wonder if medical schools should place greater emphasis on personal skills rather than just narrow academic criteria. And has the drive towards graduate nurses necessarily been a total boon for the care of patients? Finally, politicians should stop trying to micro-manage the NHS – and in return voters and, yes, the media should stop blaming them for everything that goes wrong.

    Over the years, I have raised these issues with many politicians. I suggested to William Hague when he was Tory leader that he just tell the truth to the electorate and admit the NHS was a disaster zone. He laughed, and replied that he couldn’t possibly say such a thing: “You’re far too right-wing on health for us.”

    Later, I wrote an article for a weekly journal that ended with a challenge to the then Chancellor, Gordon Brown, at the time that Tony Blair and Alan Milburn were coming to terms with the need for root-and-branch reform. Unfortunately it was delayed a couple of weeks, coming out on the day of a group breakfast at Number 11. As I entered the dining room, Mr Brown gave me a wolfish smile and ushered me to sit down between him and Ed Balls, before the pair took me to task for the next half hour. Both seemed unabashed statists when it came to health, who saw more money as the answer to all problems and had little sympathy for the idea of introducing competitive or patient-led elements.

    Likewise, David Cameron’s experiences have turned him into a cheerleader for the NHS. He is angered by the failures of specialist education and shortfalls in respite provision, but was genuinely moved by the healthcare offered to his late son, as I know from many discussions with him. Days after becoming leader of his party we met for dinner. “I am not going to do what you want on the NHS,” he said. “I will reform it if I get the chance, but I won’t rip it apart.”

    Then there was the senior Labour Cabinet minister who told me about the nightmare he was enduring with his elderly relative. “I used to think you had been driven a bit nuts on the health service,” he concluded. “Now I think you don’t go far enough. It’s awful. Absolutely bloody awful. We’ve got to do something about it.”

    I won’t hold my breath.

    Like the health secretary, I am an Everton fan. And like Andy Burnham, the national health service and Everton are among the most cherished institutions in my life. My daughter is still alive, for which I give thanks to the support, dedication and friendship of many in the health service. But it is precisely because I am such a fervent admirer that I believe it is so shameful that the NHS is allowed to limp on in its current state. For too many people, especially many of those most in need of its help, it is something of a disaster zone. The NHS is a sick institution, and cheap political point-scoring will do nothing to solve the problems. We need to find a cure.

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  28. tellitlikeitis says:

    Doing fine Rose. Thanks for asking.

  29. rosehips says:

    I think that saying the US is giving billions of our dollars a bit misleading. This is a loan we are talking about, no?

  30. rosehips says:

    wonderful east coast weather we are having…don’t know if there is more moisture in the air or dripping from my brow. geesh. now I remember why I left….

    I got to get back to watching the news with my dad. Betty Nguyen is anchoring. She the bitch who dissed me for my hideous Christmas sweater. grrrrrr….I guess I’m still not over it. lol

  31. tellitlikeitis says:

    Rose it might be a loan but we won’t get payed back. There are dozens of countries around the world that owe us money and never pay.

  32. Foxwood says:

    I had to get out of bed to get a drink and…

    Damn! I was having such a good week…

    Hi Rose… :(

  33. tellitlikeitis says:

    The economy just keeps getting better.

    Las Vegas jobless rate hits all-time high of 13.1 percent

    The local jobless rate has continued its monthly march to new records, with unemployment in Las Vegas reaching 13.1 percent in July. That’s up from 12.3 percent in June.

    Joblessness statewide rose from 12 percent to 12.5 percent between June and July, according to new numbers from the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

    Both rates surpass all records since the state began tracking the numbers in 1976.

    Since April, the state’s unemployment rate has increased 1.9 percentage points, with 27,600 Nevadans joining the ranks of the jobless. That includes a loss of 15,000 jobs from June to July alone. Las Vegas lost 11,900 jobs in the period.

    The national jobless rate was 9.4 percent in June

  34. tellitlikeitis says:

    Hi Foxwood!

  35. Foxwood says:

    “I still think we need to focus on decreasing our energy consumption and developing clean and renewable energy sources. Anything else will be bad for the environment, our health, and the economy.”

    Well, Obutthole is spending the money on the wrong country for one, but I give him credit for drilling, just the wrong country (what a hypocrite).

    We need to spur our country’s economy. Drill here, Drill now! Pollute pollute pollute, give our people more jobs and increase the green house gases. I love warmer climates…

  36. Foxwood says:

    Morning Tellit, Rose…

  37. Foxwood says:

    I had to rib you before I went back to bed Rose. Talk to you later.

  38. samiam60 says:

    Good to see Rose back with us. Hi Rose, or High Rose either way Hi. :)

    Being that the Country is in so much trouble with Obama dismantling all that is America I have decided that the time has come to throw my hat into the ring for 2012. Well wait, 2010, cause I should become a Senator first, right?

  39. rosehips says:

    lol foxy. I’ve missed the ribbings. sweet dreams.

  40. samiam60 says:

    This is the Platform I would run on as an Independent:

    “My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime
    has been completed.

    Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war,
    our mission in Iraq is complete.

    This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American
    forces from Iraq .. This action will be complete within 30 days. It
    is now time to begin the reckoning.

    Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of
    countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict.
    This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria ,
    Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

    The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the
    world’s nations are on that list. My press secretary will be
    distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

    Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to
    those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The
    money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the
    costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THERE AFTER IT’ll GO TO OUR
    SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WON’T GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.

    The American people are no longer going to pour money into third
    world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on
    corruption.

    Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

    In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this
    money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at
    home . On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with
    us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends
    from the face of the earth.

    Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe
    China.

    I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with
    France , Germany , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades.
    We are retiring from NATO as well. Bonne chance, mes amies.

    I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the
    many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two
    unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be
    stripped, shredded, and crushed. I don’t care about whatever treaty
    pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid
    tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes,
    Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in
    the world. I love New York

    A special note to our neighbors : Canada is on List 2. Since we are
    likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want
    to try not pissing us off for a change.

    Mexico is also on List 2 its president and his entire corrupt
    government really needs an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple
    extra thousand tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess
    where I am going to put ‘em? Yep, border security.

    Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty –
    starting now.

    We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we’ll be drilling
    for oil in Alaska- which will take care of this country’s oil needs
    for decades to come. If you’re an environmentalist who opposes this
    decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move
    there.

    It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own
    citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by
    saying, ‘darn tootin..’

    Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around
    the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about
    everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America It
    is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on
    List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won’t
    forget.

    To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn
    to speak Arabic.

    God bless America .. Thank you and good night. ”

    If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in
    English, thank a soldier.

  41. samiam60 says:

    Hey Foxwood they have naked pole dancers on the New York City Subways now. I’ll meet you there!

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/offbeat/2009/08/20/moos.naked.new.yorkers.cnn

  42. samiam60 says:

    Rose how did you get loose? I went to do laundry and come back and your gone.

  43. rosehips says:

    sami, who you calling loose? You trying to ruin my good reputation???

  44. samiam60 says:

    Naw Rose, on the last blog post everyone wanted to know where you were and I told them I had you at my place heat duct taped to a chair watching Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan Videos.

  45. samiam60 says:

    Woman why would you ask me a question and then leave the blog?

  46. Foxwood says:

    I told him to put on Bedtime for Bonzo.

  47. Foxwood says:

    I got thirsty again…

  48. samiam60 says:

    Obamaland Cinema’s presents:

  49. tellitlikeitis says:

    Obama Care for our seniors.

    Euthanasia (from the Greek ευθανασία meaning “good death”: ευ-, eu- (well or good) + θάνατος, thanatos (death)) refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner.

  50. Foxwood says:

    Do you know how you know your really tired?

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    .

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    When you thought you bought vodka and instead bought gin…

    Blah! I wasn’t expecting that!

  51. Foxwood says:

    I thought McCormick was an odd name for Vodka…

  52. m2 says:

    The Death Book for Veterans
    Ex-soldiers don’t need to be told they’re a burden to society.

    WSJ
    By JIM TOWEY

    If President Obama wants to better understand why America’s discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

    Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated “Your Life, Your Choices.”

    Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.

    “Your Life, Your Choices” presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political “push poll.” For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be “not worth living.”

    The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to “shake the blues.” There is a section which provocatively asks, “Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘If I’m a vegetable, pull the plug’?” There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as “I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being,” “I am a severe financial burden on my family” and that the vet’s situation “causes severe emotional burden for my family.”

    When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?

    One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran’s health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.

    I was not surprised to learn that the VA panel of experts that sought to update “Your Life, Your Choices” between 2007-2008 did not include any representatives of faith groups or disability rights advocates. And as you might guess, only one organization was listed in the new version as a resource on advance directives: the Hemlock Society (now euphemistically known as “Compassion and Choices”).

    This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to “Your Life, Your Choices.” Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America’s 24 million veterans deserve better.

    Many years ago I created an advance care planning document called “Five Wishes” that is today the most widely used living will in America, with 13 million copies in national circulation. Unlike the VA’s document, this one does not contain the standard bias to withdraw or withhold medical care. It meets the legal requirements of at least 43 states, and it runs exactly 12 pages.

    After a decade of observing end-of-life discussions, I can attest to the great fear that many patients have, particularly those with few family members and financial resources. I lived and worked in an AIDS home in the mid-1980s and saw first-hand how the dying wanted more than health care—they wanted someone to care.

    If President Obama is sincere in stating that he is not trying to cut costs by pressuring the disabled to forgo critical care, one good way to show that commitment is to walk two blocks from the Oval Office and pull the plug on “Your Life, Your Choices.” He should make sure in the future that VA decisions are guided by values that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens.

  53. m2 says:

    After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated “Your Life, Your Choices.”

  54. Foxwood says:

    Just saw that on Fox… It’s sad.

  55. m2 says:

    54 percent say that passing no healthcare reform is better than passing a congressional plan.

  56. tellitlikeitis says:

    More pissed off voters.

  57. tellitlikeitis says:

    If you want to see how government health care works look no further than the VA. Our soldiers deserve better!!!!

  58. m2 says:

    that 54% is a testament to how bad the Democrats are at leading.

    ALL people want reform, torte reform, insurance reform… (not overhaul). BUT the majority now think Congress is so inept and liars they don’t trust them to do anything right.

    lol.

  59. Foxwood says:

    The saying at the Indian Hospital is “don’t get sick after July”. The government budget runs out after July.

    I can’t wait for single payer myself…

  60. m2 says:

    Just as soon as President Barack Obama uttered the words Thursday afternoon, the reaction was nearly universal.

    On Twitter, The Hill’s Sam Youngman asked: “WTF does wee-weed up mean and how do you spell it?”

    Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli: “I don’t know what that means.”

    The Associated Press’ Phil Elliott: “Did the president just say Washington gets all “wee-wee-ed up” in August? Really?”

    FOX News’ Greta van Susteren would later say, “I don’t know what that means.”

    What had happened? During Obama’s remarks at a national health care forum, Obama said: “There’s something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up. I don’t know what it is. But that’s what happens.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26328.html#ixzz0OpxwtBUK

  61. tellitlikeitis says:

    Dumbass doesn’t even know what’s in the constitution.

  62. Foxwood says:

    M2,
    Cash for Clunker – Dealers aren’t getting paid.
    Post Office – Not making money, keeps raising prices, inefficiency.
    VA and Indian Hospitals – Death traps.
    Amtrack – Continues to get bailouts every year.
    Medicare and Medicade – Inefficient, does not take care of all needs (as advertised).

    DO NOT TRUST GOVERNMENT!

  63. tellitlikeitis says:

    Wee -weed up really means piss on the American people.

  64. tellitlikeitis says:

    Foxwood I never did.

  65. Foxwood says:

    “The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights.”
    — H.L. Mencken

  66. m2 says:

    I prefer to call Obamacare – “Obamacide”

    I prefer to call Obama Governing of America – “Obamacide”

    I prefer to call what he’s done to our economy, – “Obamacide”

    The term is universal, under Barack Obama.

  67. m2 says:

    The Upchuck Factor is, quite simply, the length of time it takes the US voter to decide that s/he’s “had enough” of the Democrats. And it looks like this year it is hitting a new record.

    You may have been taught in school, for instance, that the American people loved Franklin Delano Roosevelt so much that they would have gone on voting for him forever. In fact the American people demonstrated in the mid-term election of 1938 that they were ready to upchuck him and all his works. The 1938 elections featured an 81-seat gain in the House of Representatives for the Republicans. Figure that FDR’s Upchuck Factor was 6.

    What was the problem in 1938? It wasn’t that complicated. After six years of political bombast and war on the private sector — and after FDR gunned the economy into the red zone in 1936 with unprecedented stimulus — the economy collapsed in 1937 and the American people decided that they had had enough. They determined to upchuck the New York machine politics of FDR. But then along came World War II and saved his political skin.

    The 1960s is another era in which we are taught that Americans loved their government. They basked in the sun of JFK and LBJ, and loved the exciting space programs and wars on poverty. But in fact, the American people decided they had had enough after six years of it. In 1966, well before the Summer of Love, American voters upchucked and gave the Republicans 47 additional seats in the House. Two years later they sent the very un-sunny Richard Nixon to the White House. Give the JFK/LBJ Democrats an Upchuck Factor of 6.

    In the late 1970s President Jimmy Carter came into office promising that he’d never lie to the American people. Maybe he didn’t, but he wrecked the economy and this time the American people didn’t wait six or eight years before upchucking.

    It was then that the voters’ digestion really started to go south. They vomited up Carter and the Democrats after four years in 1980 and elected a man that “everyone” agreed was little more than an amiable dunce. Things must have been really bad for the American people to go to that extreme. President Carter moved the Upchuck Factor to 4.

    Now we come to the modern era. After twelve years of Reagan and Bush, Bill Clinton won the 1992 election for the Democrats, with the help of Ross Perot. Democrats thought that with Bill Clinton that they were really on their way. But they were wrong. The Upchuck Factor was getting stronger, and the American voters in 1994 recorded an Upchuck Factor of 2. They vomited up the Democrats in the first off-year election after 1992 and sent 54 new Republicans to the House. The distress among Democratic voters must have been extreme, but Post-election Stress Disorder hadn’t been invented yet, so the mental health problems of the liberal community went undiagnosed and unfunded.

    Bill Clinton was the best gut politician of his time, so he managed to avoid defeat in 1996 by passing welfare reform and seducing naïve young soccer moms into supporting him for another term. But he didn’t do his party much good. An unimpressive George W. Bush managed to eke out wins against an angry, but unfocused Democratic Party in 2000 and 2004.

    But now, after the solid Democratic win of 2008, it looks like the Upchuck Factor has shortened again. Now it is pegging at 6 months!

    The ominous thing is that Americans are not expressing their indigestion at the ballot box in a mid-term election in their usual sensible way. Their gastric reaction to a single dose of Obama’s Chicago politics is so extreme that they are heading to the nation’s vomitoria already. They are spewing out their rage at politicians’ town halls and even in the street.

    Let’s stop right there and clear away all the fun and frivolity.

    This is the first time that the American middle class has taken to the streets in living memory.

    Back in the 1930s street politics featured the workers in the Battle of the Overpass between Ford’s striking workers and its security guards. In the 1960s it was African American marchers being set upon by Bull Connor and the KKK. In the late 1960s and early 1970s it was elite liberal youths refusing to go to war. Now all of a sudden average middle-class Americans are organizing Tea Parties and street protests. The old politics of the liberal “teach-in” has been replaced by the new politics of the town-hall “shout-in.”

    Liberals are beside themselves with rage. They are recounting how their parents lost their jobs during the McCarthy period, and telling each other that opposition to the president’s program is all about racism.

  68. Foxwood says:

    I used to trust the Republicans… I don’t trust any politician.

  69. tellitlikeitis says:

    The assholes don’t know or understand the constitution and don’t even read the bills they vote on. How did this country vote for such an incompetant buch of idiots. “You reap what you sow” I am somewhat glad that Obama was elected now because we are now peeling the scabs off these jerks and watching the puss ooze out. We have really been learning a lot about our so called representitives lately. IT JUST CONFIRMS WHAT I HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG. THAY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF TRAITORS AND SHOULD BE JAILED FOR TREASON.

  70. m2 says:

    all the more reason to limit the size and reach of the Federal government.

    Thomas Jeff!

  71. m2 says:

    They’d be luck to get to go to Gitmo….

  72. m2 says:

    funny thing is the only argument libs have against my side of healthcare is to speak of McCarthyism and call me a racist.

    SAD.

    When people lose, or never find their “critical thinking” skills…

  73. m2 says:

    my rep is avoiding us…

    coward.

  74. tellitlikeitis says:

  75. m2 says:

    “American Lie”

    Click the above. It’s the best.

  76. samiam60 says:

    DEMS R DONE

  77. samiam60 says:

    M2 American Lie was too good

  78. tellitlikeitis says:

  79. m2 says:

    I know!!

    I love it.

  80. m2 says:

    “Somewhere down in heeellllll… is where my numbers fell!”

    LOL

  81. tellitlikeitis says:

    Sorry I can’t watch it. It requires media player 10.

  82. Foxwood says:

    Must be listening to Limbaugh, M2.

    “THAY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF TRAITORS AND SHOULD BE JAILED FOR TREASON.”

    Firing squad used to be the prescription.

  83. m2 says:

    tellit, mine shows up as an audio file… in quicktime but that’s cause I’m on a mac.

    I think it will come on youtube in a few days…
    :D

  84. m2 says:

    « The Revolution Has Not Been Publicized (a poem) | Blog Home Page | Spy Agency Fiasco » EMAIL FRIEND | PRINT ARTICLE | 26 COMMENTS | SHARE
    August 21, 2009
    Another Even Vaster Right Wing Conspiracy
    Larrey Anderson
    Just when we thought no one could top Hillary Clinton’s vast right wing conspiracy concoction, along comes President Obama with an even bigger whopper.

    Guess what? The vast right wing conspiracy of 2009 has exactly the same purpose it had in 1993 and 1994: to destroy the Democrat’s plan to socialize America’s health care system.

    As reported late yesterday in the Washington Times:

    President Obama took to the conservative airwaves Thursday to charge that Republican leaders are engaged in a vast right-wing conspiracy to kill health care reform in order to repeat the 1994 mid-term takeover of Congress, which followed the defeat of President Clinton’s reform plan.

    According to the Washington Times, Obama made the following remarks on the Michael Smerconish radio show:

    “I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, ‘Look, let’s not give him a victory, maybe we can have a replay of 1993, ’94, when Clinton came in, he failed on health care and then we won in the mid-term elections and we got the majority. And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out that playbook,” the president said.

    It’s not the destruction of the world’s greatest medical system that Americans should be worried about. It’s those underhanded manipulative Republicans (who don’t have enough votes to stop passage of any bill in either the house or the senate) who are somehow magically bringing the entire legislative process to a halt.

    Anyone who believes that pack of Obama’s lies … deserves socialized medicine.

  85. Foxwood says:

    Put them up against the wall!

  86. tellitlikeitis says:

    The truth about the housing market.

    Existing Homes: What’s Really Selling

    Existing home sales rose for the fourth straight month in a row, now to the highest pace in two years. Excellent news that buyers are getting off the fence, but they’re only getting off at a certain price point. Just like in retail, where the big bargain stores are showing gains, only the low end of the housing market is moving. As I did last month, I asked the Realtors to break down sales for me by price point. Take a look:

    U.S. Existing Home Sales Yr/Yr
    $0 – $100,000 Up 38.8%
    100,000 – $250,000 Up 8.7%
    $250,000 – $500,000 Down 6.2%
    $500,000 – $750,000 Down 8.9%
    $750,000 – $1,000,000 Down 10.6%
    $1,000,000 – $2,000,000 Down 23.3%
    $2,000,000 + Down 32.4%
    Source: National Association of Realtors

    A full one third of all sales in July were of foreclosed properties, and as more foreclosures hit the market, you can only expect more downward pressure on prices. I spoke with Spencer Rascoff of Zillow.com today, who claims, “this is not a real recovery.” Higher sales on one end of the market do not a full recovery make. Until foreclosures peak and prices bottom, we can’t say housing is on its way back up. That’s not to say that increased sales aren’t good. Just think of where we’d be if sales were still falling on the low end, and nobody was eating up all those distressed properties?

    This pricing scenario seems like a no-brainer argument for extending the first time homebuyer tax credit. Now anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I am not a big fan of government bailouts in the housing market. But if something’s working, which this credit clearly is (30 percent of buyers in July were first timers), then we should give it a little more time. Foreclosures are only increasing, as we saw from yesterday’s Mortgage Bankers Association report, and that will mean more inventory at the low end. Let’s keep it moving.

  87. m2 says:

    Obama is a wee-wee-er….

    booo hoooo boo hoooo!!
    I’ve got my own private Lobbyists in the white house spamming America, Axelrod gaining millions from drug lobbies, Soros channeling money and communist support organizations, 99% media control and I can’t pass my plan… WHAAAAH

    - that’s my imitation of Barry.

  88. m2 says:

    Time for other work projects!
    See everybody later!!

  89. Foxwood says:

    Someone say Assholerod?

  90. tellitlikeitis says:

  91. Foxwood says:

    I’m thinking Frank and Assholerod need to get together…

  92. LisaInTX says:

    I wouldn’t TRUST this admin to install a county dog catcher, muchless, FIX ANYTHING related to our government or laws!!
    Their arrogance, disregard and demonization of the American people is outrageous and insulting!
    Here is what the ObamaSheep have to offer!!!

  93. LisaInTX says:

    This is from a TRUE REAL AMERICAN Patriot!!!
    A man before his time and saw this day coming and tried to warn us!!!

  94. Foxwood says:

    Leon Russel and Glenn Campbell were members of the Crypt Kicker 5.

  95. Foxwood says:

    Ronald Reagan was in “Bedtime for Bonzo”.

  96. LisaInTX says:

    Tellit
    We had a saying, It is easier to sell 5 homes priced under $100,000 than to sell ONE priced in the million dollar price range. Supply and demand…

    The market share has always been better for those in the lower price range than that in the upper price ranges.
    Of course, those government programs would love to see really poor folks in these homes, and do not care about the private sector when they could not pay back the loans…..it was just too bad for them…..and NOW we know WHY they did it—–to gain control of those lending institutions and NATIONALIZE them!!!

  97. LisaInTX says:

    Hi ya Foxwood….I’m trying to catch up here….my internet has been down for two days….that lightening strike really messed up his towers and service!!!
    Hope you are having a great day!!:-P

  98. LisaInTX says:

    Thank you Tellit for the song played to the Pope!!!
    Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
    his truth is marching on!!!!
    It gave me glorious goosebumps…..well done!!

  99. LisaInTX says:

    Foxwood
    The Monster Mash is exactly how I feel when I hear the word “Democrat”…..the party that has tuned into one of MONSTERS!!

  100. Foxwood says:

    My weekend started at 8:00 am. I’ve been on call. It’s rough drinking Gin at 8:00 when you meant to buy Vodka…

    I still have some JB later, but since I bought the Gin, I’m not going to waste it. YUCK!

  101. Foxwood says:

    I had to take care of a few cell sites that took lightning hits… What fun.

  102. Foxwood says:

    I was just on a blog called “Stranger in a Strange Land” and it reminded me of Leon Russel. I so love Tulsa artists.

  103. tellitlikeitis says:

    Hi Lisa, check out some of my vids.

  104. LisaInTX says:

    He admits that his plan is to bankrupt the coal industry, now he is going for the AMERICAN oil industry by using OUR TAX DOLLARS to fund Brazil!! My head is EXPLODING in this latest outrage!!!!!!!!!!

    Who didn’t see this coming? I sure saw the writing on the wall—-IMO—he wants to destroy our Nation from within to impliment his RADICAL and Anti-American MARXIST agenda!!

  105. tellitlikeitis says:

    More Shoppers Thinking Twice in the Checkout Line

    Penny-pinching Americans are getting cold feet at the checkout — thinking twice about spending and ditching items before they’re rung up.

    They’re leaving sweaters in the dress department, dumping cookies near the grocery cashier and waiting until the last minute to judge needs versus wants. Online, shoppers are consumers are abandoning their virtual carts as they search for better deals.

    People “want to be in the act of shopping, but they don’t want to be in the act of buying,” said Joel Bines, a director at AlixPartners, a turnaround consultant.

    It means more lost sales for stores at a time when there are already fewer customers because of the recession. For bricks-and-mortar shops already working with fewer staff, it also means higher labor costs because orphaned items have to be restocked.

    Hard numbers are difficult to come by, but Burt P. Flickinger III, a retail consultant, estimates that in 25 percent of shoppers’ trips to the store, they’re ditching at least one item. In the recession of the early 1990s, it was 15 to 20 percent. In good times, it’s more like 10 percent.

    Ashley Nichols Guttuso of Midlothian, Va., dumped a red cardigan last week at the counter at the local Limited [LTD 15.36 1.01 (+7.04%) ] store after she found out she couldn’t use a $15 store coupon on the $15 sweater.

    Guttoso says she could have afforded it, but she has focused on necessities since losing her job as a copywriter for Circuit City in January, as the chain was preparing to go out of business.

    “I went in there thinking I could get something for free,” said the 27-year-old. “I couldn’t rationalize it — even spending $15 to $20. I am watching everything now.”

    Customers are asking cashiers to provide a total while they’re still scanning items to see where they stand, or to have necessities like health care basics scanned first, said Dan Fishback, chief executive of DemandTec, a retail technology company. When they hit their limit, they forgo what’s left in the basket.

    Lower credit limits are also contributing to the abandonment. Shoppers say credit card transactions are being denied if they go over their limit just a bit, said Ben Woosley, director of marketing and consumer research at CreditCards.com. In the past, issuers would often approve purchases up to 10 percent over the limit.

    Bricks-and-mortar stores can’t do much but clarify prices on products to prevent sticker shock in the checkout aisle. Web stores are taking bolder actions, including sending e-mails to remind customers about abandoned items, simplifying the online checkout process and offering extra discounts to lasso would-be quitters.

    Web retailers have always grappled with high abandonment rates because of confusion and technology glitches. Plus shoppers are less invested in the process because they didn’t have to drive anywhere. But even online stores say orphaning has escalated.

    Internet research company Forrester Research estimates as much as 59 percent of online purchases are being dumped during checkout. Those rates had ranged from 47 percent to 53 percent in the past six years, according to industry surveys.

    The Container Store, which sells storage items, has seen its online abandonment rate rise to 68 percent. The company has launched an e-mail campaign and a service that lets shoppers pick up online purchases at the store to avoid shipping costs.

    And SkyMall.com has cut its abandonment rate to 49 percent from 56 percent by reducing the steps in the checkout process and sending out e-mail reminders, online marketing manager Shea Beck said.

    Online, small irritations can make a big difference.

    Eric Younan, 35, of Farmington Hills, Mich., who said he had never quit during the checkout process, has abandoned online shopping carts four times in recent weeks because he discovered extra charges late in the game.

    “Two years ago, a $10 handling charge wouldn’t have fazed me, but now I would just drop it,” said Younan, a publicist. “Back then, I had more disposable income, and my time was worth money.”

  106. Foxwood says:

    Originally performed by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, 1960.
    Here’s The Guess Who’s version 1965

  107. Foxwood says:

    Speaking or drilling in the United States, Lisa, Rose is back.

  108. tellitlikeitis says:

  109. LisaInTX says:

    Tellit
    HSBC just closed our Mastercard because we PAID OFF the card and haven’t used it in a couple of month’s….”Account closed, Due to lack of use”!

    Of course they closed it because it was only at 13% interest—–now if we applied again, I’m sure the interest rate will double to get the same amount of credit…..no thanks—we’ll just pay CASH as my father did……he NEVER bought anything on credit, to him, it was a sign you were really “poor”…..
    IMO, More folks need to get back to BASICS…..

  110. LisaInTX says:

    HI ya ROSIE girl!!!!
    Glad to have you back. :-P

  111. LisaInTX says:

    Tellit
    I made those on Icry whine like babies when I said Obama was holding his “private region” in that video…LMAO…Boy did that piss them off…Hahahaaa…….The TRUTH really DOES hurt!!! hahaaa

  112. tellitlikeitis says:

    Lisa , I had a couple of accounts closed too and my fixed rate accounts went to variable. The cc companies are just trying to screw people.

  113. Foxwood says:

    I’m trying to figure out how to make payments without a debit card and bank account. After healthcare get’s passed, they will have access to your account. Not going to happen with me.

    Trying to get checks from my job (again) so I can hide my money in a jar in my backyard.

  114. tellitlikeitis says:

  115. tellitlikeitis says:

    Foxwood if you don’t have checks you can use money orders.

  116. tellitlikeitis says:

  117. Foxwood says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    It’s been a while since I lived on the poor side of town…

  118. LisaInTX says:

    Tellit
    Stern is Right on!!!
    Democrat today = COMMUNISM

    Speaking as a former Blue Dog, I can HONESTLY say without a doubt based on the “Democrat” attacks on myself, that…..Thomas Jefferson is DEAD in that party and has been replaced by Karl Marx!!!

  119. LisaInTX says:

    Doxwood
    My dad was really touchy about the ‘credit’ thing…I remember it as a child. If he could not afford to pay cash for something, we did NOT need it! The end of discussion, period!
    I’m so glad he was my dad and taught me so much!

  120. tellitlikeitis says:

    This is a good story.

    Cancer survivor provides free health care for uninsured

    BUNNELL, Florida (CNN) — Faith Coleman had no health insurance when she learned she had cancer, but she describes her battle with the illness as “one of the absolute greatest blessings” of her life.

    Faith Coleman’s ordeal as an uninsured cancer patient drove her to help others without health insurance.

    “Having kidney cancer was one of the best things that ever happened to me … because I can truly empathize with patients,” said Coleman, 54.

    That compassion inspired Coleman to open a free clinic in her Florida community to help other uninsured people in need of medical care.

    In July 2003, Coleman, a nurse practitioner, learned she had a malignant tumor growing on her right kidney. But as a contract worker for several doctors, she did not receive health insurance. Coleman’s treatment totaled about $35,000, and she was forced to take out a mortgage on her house to help pay for it.

    “I [fell] through the crack … and I [had] a great job and a good education,” said Coleman, a mother of six.

    Realizing that her financial and health woes were not unique, Coleman — now in remission — became determined to help those in similar situations access medical treatment.

    “I have been given another chance, and I felt that it was important for me to make a difference and to help other people,” she said.

    So after her recovery in 2004, Coleman approached Dr. John Canakaris. The local physician with 60 years of experience had been treating the indigent population for years. Canakaris was eager to reach more patients in need.

    The two worked together to establish the Flagler County Free Clinic in Bunnell, Florida, which provides medical care for the uninsured. It has treated more than 6,700 patients.

    The clinic opened its doors in February 2005, with eight volunteers treating eight patients. Since then, it has expanded to 120 volunteers who see about 80 patients every other weekend. Coleman said she’s seen an increase in the number of patients at the clinic, which serves people who meet federal poverty guidelines.

    “If you see 100 cars in the parking lot, that’s us!” Coleman said, describing how she tells people the way to find the clinic. “We have what I call ‘controlled chaos.’ It’s just busy, busy, busy, go, go, go.” Watch the “controlled chaos” at the clinic »

    Health insurance: ‘Nebulous, fairy-like thing’

    Flagler County has a 15.5 percent unemployment rate — the highest in Florida — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Living without medical insurance often is the only way for some local struggling families to make ends meet, Coleman said.

    “When your health insurance [premium] is the same or more than your mortgage payment on your home, which one do you think they’re going to choose?” Coleman asked.

    “They have to live. They have to eat. Insurance becomes the nebulous fairy-like thing that’s flying around out here. It would be nice to have because it’s silver and shiny and pretty, but it’s too expensive to hold on to. So it has to go,” she said.

    The clinic, which operates out of a building donated by Canakaris and other doctors for use on the weekends, is not affiliated with any hospitals, Coleman said. The local Rotary Club, churches and private contributions help fund the operation. In addition, physicians volunteer to see patients recommended by the clinic, and an imaging center donates two X-rays and two CAT scans per month.

    Coleman says she and her team generally treat common illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases, but adds “we’ve also found a lot of cancers.” Many diagnoses have led to life-saving treatments. Watch Coleman interact with patients at her clinic »

    “I had this lump growing in my throat on the right side and it just kept getting bigger and bigger, and I didn’t have any insurance,” said Franklin Dias, a cancer survivor. “Ms. Coleman called in one of her buddies who said this is an emergency … [then] I was in the hospital.”

    Today, Dias is cancer-free. And to show his appreciation of the clinic, he bakes.

    “I paid them in banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread,” Dias said.

    Emilio Viera, a Cuban immigrant, also credits Coleman with saving his life.

  121. LisaInTX says:

    Sorry about the typo FOXWOOD……I tried to catch it but had already hit send….

  122. LisaInTX says:

    BTW: I really like Doxwood trees…..:-P hahhaa

  123. karmahd says:

    Dogwood, LOL, such a pretty tree!!

  124. LisaInTX says:

    Tellit
    I have a liberal-socialist friend and she went to the doctor and asked if he gave discounts for those that paid in cash who did not have insurance…..and he agreed and gave her 1/3rd off the visit!
    Now why can’t more do that?

  125. tellitlikeitis says:

    No death panels really.

    Our Veterans deserve better than Obama’s VA ‘Death Book’ directive.

    In the article, ‘Death Book for Veterans’, written by Jim Towey for the Wall Street Journal on August 18, Mr. Towey briefly explains the ‘Your Life, Your Choices’ document that is given to veterans regarding their ‘end of life care.’ From the article:

    “Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated “Your Life, Your Choices.”

    This ‘end-of-life’ planning document is now being distributed to all Veterans receiving care:

    “…a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to “Your Life, Your Choices.” Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America’s 24 million veterans deserve better.”

    I downloaded a copy of the ‘Your Life, Your Choices’ document and for the most part it seems like a typical document discussing Healthcare proxies etc. The things that are discussed with elderly parents or even husbands and wives in planning their futures; however, there is a check list in the middle of the document that specifically asks questions about “What makes your life worth living?”. It is a checklist that doesn’t just include needing a feeding tube or being on permanent life support, the questions are absolutely, in my opinion, insane. These questions are being asked to all Veterans receiving treatment, including 20 year olds who have been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan. I have listed all of the questions below so you can see for yourself:

    a. I can no longer walk but get around in a wheelchair.
    b. I can no longer get outside—I spend all day at home.
    c. I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being.
    d. I am in severe pain most of the time.
    e. I have severe discomfort most of the time (such as nausea, diarrhea, or shortness of breath).
    f. I rely on a feeding tube to keep me alive.
    g. I rely on a kidney dialysis machine to keep me alive.
    h. I rely on a breathing machine to keep me alive.
    i. I need someone to help take care of me all of time.
    j. I can no longer control my bladder.
    k. I can no longer control my bowels.
    l. I live in a nursing home.
    m. I can no longer think clearly-I am confused all the time.
    n. I can no longer recognize family/friends
    o. I can no longer talk and be understood by others.
    p. My situation causes severe emotional burden for my family (such as feeling worried or stressed all the time).
    q. I am a severe financial burden on my family.
    r. I cannot seem to “shake the blues.”

    These questions are followed by the questions below:

    “If you checked “worth living, but just barely” for more than one factor, would a combination of these factors make your life “not worth living?” If so, which factors?

    If you checked “not worth living,” does this mean that you would rather die than be kept alive?

    If you checked “can’t answer now,” what information or people do you need to help you decide?”

    What the hell kind of questions are these to be asking Veterans who have just risked their lives to keep America safe from terrorists? What kind of person would ask a 20 year old quadriplegic if they would rather die than be in a wheelchair or a burden to his/her family or if they have the blues? Of course they would have the blues in this case and of course no one wants to be in a wheelchair and of course no one wants to be a burden on their family but to suggest to a Veteran that these answers possibly mean they would ‘rather die than be kept alive’ is atrocious, outrageous, disgusting, immoral, unethical and one of the most un-American things I have ever read in my entire life.

    To even suggest the above questions to ANY Veteran is outrageous or to any person for that matter. I understand the ‘Do not resuscitate’ questions and the ‘brain dead’ type questions but as you can see above the majority of the questions are not pointing to those scenarios. People live completely full lives in wheelchairs and nursing homes. Some people choose to never go outside. Many people are alive today because of kidney dialysis and they too live full lives. And my God, question ‘p’ incites me the most. I watched my own Mother die of cancer, I was emotionally stressed and worried but it was by no means a burden. To suggest that the care of someone you love is a burden is atrocious.

    Our Veterans deserve better than Obama’s directive to hand out this questionnaire. Our men and women of the armed forces sign up to protect and serve America knowing the potential risks that are involved. They do not hesitate to risk their lives for our freedoms. Their care should never be considered a burden by any member of our society. For anyone to ever suggest to someone who just risked his or her life that they may want to die rather than be in a wheelchair or nursing home is abominable. Our Veterans deserve better than this and this directive should be stopped immediately. If Obama is willing to treat our Veterans this way, how do you think he will treat the rest of America?

  126. Foxwood says:

    “Dogwood, LOL, such a pretty tree!!”

  127. karmahd says:

    OHHHHH SO PRETTTTTTTYYYYYYYYY

  128. tellitlikeitis says:

    Lisa, There will be more like that because they will be forced to lower their prices. Current health care costs are not sustainable and that is the next bubble waiting to burst but Obamacare is not the answer.

  129. karmahd says:

    Fox you gotta see the picture I put on my current post, I could not stop laughing!!

  130. tellitlikeitis says:

  131. Foxwood says:

    ROFLMAO That is good. Someone has to get Rahm doing that one.

  132. karmahd says:

    He is soooooo pretty, so so prettyyyyyyy, and The Barney is funny too…

  133. Foxwood says:

    Got to get Barney and David Assholerod together…

  134. tellitlikeitis says:

    Rahm, Barney,and Assholerod are having a circle jerk and looking for a pivot man.

  135. tellitlikeitis says:

    Barack is a LONG LEGGED MAC DADDY!!!

  136. Amen brother! hahaha

    It’s not about making health care better, it’s not about controlling costs, it’s about CONTROL.

    Straight up.

  137. Foxwood says:

    Did someone say Assholerod was a d!ck strait up?

  138. tellitlikeitis says:

  139. tellitlikeitis says:

    Obama pimps both black and white women!

  140. Blogwood! hahaha

    Did my copy of your “Vent your Spleen” page just get you going? I’m referring to your commebnt above.

    aaaahahah

  141. arlenearmy says:

    foxwood said:
    “Did someone say Assholerod was a d!ck strait up?”

    —————————–

    At 1st glance I thought you said dick strap.

  142. karmahd says:

    Arlene that works too!!

  143. samiam60 says:

    I have said this before and heard it again from someone else but ya know somethin. There is nothing more powerful than the American Woman!
    Thank God the smart ones are all conservatives :)

  144. samhenry says:

    Hey, you guys talking dirty with Arlene? She’s got the finest mind among us and you are sullying it with sh*t?

  145. samiam60 says:

    Dah,, wrong song

  146. samiam60 says:

    SamH, Arlene could make a Marine Blush if she wanted too. lol

  147. karmahd says:

    Samhenry I think it is called humor???

  148. samiam60 says:

    And by the way SamH where have you been lately?
    We hired you full time not part time, lol

  149. samhenry says:

    Arlene make a Marine blush? I have no doubt. You copy that kind of behavior and make it the norm – OK – I just hate to see a “tit” for tat exercise.

    Sami – I have had company the past two days and I have had to tend to the shape on this house – Baaaaad. I’ve also been called down by a couple of commentators on my post in the other world. My self esteem is in the trunk of my car.

  150. samiam60 says:

    SamH you are more than tuff enough to let anyone from the dark side of the internet bring you down.
    Kick but Nice Lady.

  151. samiam60 says:

    Here is the American Women video I meant to post. ackhmmmmm. {:

  152. samhenry says:

    Thanks for the pup talk, Sami. It means a lot. woof

  153. rosehips says:

    sami, the power went off here just after my last comment. I did not blow you off!

    thanks lisa for acknowledging me. to everyone who ignored me, that’s ok. I still love you all. lol

    hey to sh, karma, arlene and all my friends and adversaries.

    I am off to have fun with my six sibs and spouses.

    Keep on keeping on….

  154. karmahd says:

    SamHenry, Ireport is a bunch of nuts, mixed nuts, there is not middle ground of reason. If you are looking for validation from that type of individual you will be disappointed more often than not. You have a home here and your opinion is always welcomed with open arms. Samiam and me and Foxwood act like little boys at times, because we are little boys at times, none of us ever would disrespect any of the ladies on here, if they do I have an attack weenier dog that will chew the toes off of anyone who does!!

  155. samhenry says:

    Great exercise for the, uh, upper part of the body

    But you know the cat, I ‘m glad she isn’t here to see it. Hey, I’ll help you out. I’ll put a little something up to cover for you.

  156. karmahd says:

    did not want to let tellitlikeitis off the hook he is one of the boys!!

  157. karmahd says:

    Hey Rose sorry I meeeeeissed you!!! Hey

  158. samhenry says:

    Karm, you are so thoughtful. I’m sure Tellit is just waiting for a smooch.

  159. karmahd says:

    I am busy cleaning myself when I am done I will LOL.

    Samiam: Karmahd’s greatest fear, a woman who can shoot!!

  160. karmahd says:

    Obama quote “we don’t want everyone getting we we’ed up” Hearkens back to the great orators of past does in not!!

  161. samhenry says:

    Thanks, Karm. I like hanging out with the boys. I get to hang out with the girls enough. Aye. That’s why I bought SamHenry – for Imp and me, poor boy.

    I grew up with two brothers and only one woman, Mom the narcissist-in-Chief. But Dad loved her so I did too. He was my first best friend. He was a test pilot but a down to earth hugger.

  162. samhenry says:

    However, all men are alike about spending money so when Mom and I would go shopping (usually for clothes), as we returned and drove into our driveway she’d say, “Just leave what we bought in the car until dark.”

    Do you guys know about car trunks? Without them, 1/2 half of American women would be homeless. Perhaps those are the statistics now lol.

  163. samhenry says:

    DOG OVERBOARD for Dinner.

  164. Foxwood says:

    I remember in Judo class, we had some Aussies visit. All the guys where lining up to ge thrown by this one girl. Reminds me of a song.

  165. LisaInTX says:

    I just received an email stating this ad was banned/rejected by ABC news channels!!!
    Please FORWARD to EVERYONE YOU KNOW and let’s help get the word out!!!

  166. LisaInTX says:

    Just wanted y’all to know…if I am online and suddenly disappear without saying goodbye….know that my internet took another nose dive—-he is still trying to repair the lightening damage and it is proving to be a REAL PITA !!!!

  167. samhenry says:

    I cannot believe this. It’s like barring freedom of speech. We should be able to complain to the FCC.

  168. samhenry says:

    Lisa – who produced this ad?

  169. LisaInTX says:

    News From the Swamp: Intimidation Time

    “In a move some fear is a reprisal for opposing President Obama’s health care plan, Democrats sent 52 letters to health insurers requesting financial records for a House committee’s investigation,” Fox News reports. “Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Bart Stupak, D-Mich., sent a letter warning health insurers that the House Energy and Commerce Committee is ‘examining executive compensation and other business practices of the health industry.’” Politico has a list of the 52 companies targeted. Health insurers have until Sept. 4 to provide information on all employees who earned more than $1 million a year between 2003 and 2008, as well as documents about transportation, food, lodging, entertainment, conferences and events held on company property, and even gifts. Waxman’s letter gives no indication as to what or why the information is being requested, but the message is clear: Cough up the info or else. “This is using the raw power of the Congress to extort information and humiliate citizens,” says former Speaker Newt Gingrich. “It is a chilling example of intimidation.” Indeed.

  170. LisaInTX says:

    From the ‘Non Compos Mentis’ File

    The Leftmedia continue to portray town hall protestors as right-wing, gun-toting racist nutjobs, even when the shoe clearly doesn’t fit. As we noted last week, some “protestors” are carrying signs with Barack Obama sporting a Hitler mustache and the message “I’ve changed.” Of course, the media dutifully highlights the signs, while ignoring that they are distributed by and bear the Web site name of LaRouche PAC, the political action committee of seven-time Democrat presidential aspirant and committed socialist conspiracy nut Lyndon LaRouche. That doesn’t fit the template.

    Protestors with guns are also a target. The Leftmedia frets that citizens can carry guns near some of these town halls, including outside one held by the president in Phoenix, Arizona. MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer commented, “A man at a pro-health care reform rally … wore a semiautomatic assault rifle on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip…. [T]here are questions about whether this has racial overtones. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency, and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists or onto their legs.” What Brewer failed to mention is that the man carrying the rifle was black. In addition, the video shown on MSNBC was carefully cropped to avoid showing that the man was black — it only showed the man’s back and waist, not his face.

    Of course, the anti-gun narrative is not new to MSNBC or Contessa Brewer, and neither is the racial double standard mentioned Thursday by Mark Alexander. Truth, unfortunately, is kicked to the curb.

  171. LisaInTX says:

    Abortion Will Be Part of ObamaCare

    It should come as no surprise that the health care overhaul being designed by congressional Democrats include provisions for federally mandated coverage of abortions by insurance providers. After all, liberals embrace what President Obama has called “reproductive justice,” which apparently includes killing unborn children. (The “justice” aspect has us scratching our heads.) Some members of Congress and the president himself on occasion have stated publicly that no such mandate exists, but they are lying.

    The word abortion does not appear in the draft legislation, but several provisions would not only force insurance companies to cover abortions, they would override several state laws and would ultimately lead to taxpayer funded abortions. This is what groups like Planned Parenthood have worked for all along, but the secret is out now, thanks in part to some liberal members of Congress who brazenly admit their stance that taxpayers should pay for abortions, regardless of their moral stance on the issue. “Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the health care plans available to Americans,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), “and I think it should be.” Naturally, a broad cross-section of the public is opposed to this idea, but that’s never stopped liberals before.

  172. LisaInTX says:

    Immigration Front: Border Corruption

    Last Sunday, the Mexican government fired 1,100 customs officials in a move to wipe out rampant corruption in the agency charged with securing the transport of goods and people across the U.S.-Mexican border. Army troops temporarily took control of the ports of entry (POE’s) along the 2,000-mile border.

    Using more than 36,00 Mexican Army troops, President Felipe Calderon continues his war on the barbaric drug cartels that control and ravage much of Mexico. Last year, 5,600 people died at the hands of the cartels. The focus on the POE’s is not just the interdiction of human and drug smuggling but also of the flow of firearms into Mexico where they are tightly controlled. Calderon has complained frequently that guns from the United States provide the cartels with most of their firepower, though we have noted the dubious nature of this claim on more than one occasion.

    During his visit to Mexico last week, Barack Obama praised Calderon’s efforts, but the Apologizer in Chief also readily blamed his own country for the violence. He pledged to dry up the flow of weapons into Mexico as well as to cut American demand for drugs. His strategy to stop the movement of guns includes reinstating (and, no doubt, enhancing) the 1994 ban on so-called “assault weapons” that expired in 2004. In addition, he promised an additional $1.6 billion for the Merida Initiative, a joint effort to fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes in Mexico and Central America.

    But according to recent reports by the National Drug Intelligence Center, the Mexican cartels have been regulating “traffic” into and out of Mexico for some time, both at the POE’s and the virtually uncontrolled borderlands from San Ysidro, California to Brownsville, Texas. The problem always comes back to our wide-open border that four successive administrations have made little attempt to control. Calderon’s willingness to wage war on the cartels is truly admirable, but all things considered, it could end up as tilting at windmills.

  173. LisaInTX says:

    Income Redistribution: Cost of Government Day

    Thomas Jefferson warned against “labor[ing] sixteen hours in the twenty-four” just to “give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government….” Apparently, the memo didn’t get to Washington, DC. According to the Cost of Government Day (COGD) report, prepared by Monika Ciesielska for the Center for Fiscal Accountability, a project of Americans for Tax Reform, Americans this year worked from Jan. 1 to Aug. 12 — a staggering 224 days — just to cover the cost of government. This is nearly one month more than last year (July 16) and the first time COGD has pressed into August.

    Of course, Cost of Government Day is only a national average. Some states are worse than others. Connecticut, New Jersey and New York had the highest cost of government. In Connecticut, COGD is Sept. 7 — Labor Day, appropriately enough. Meanwhile, Alaska had the earliest COGD — July 11.

    Given that spending through July skyrocketed by 21 percent ($530 billion) over 2008 and that Washington has amassed a revised 2009 budget deficit of $1.6 trillion — almost quadruple 2008′s $459 billion — the taxpayer overtime hardly comes as a surprise. The government will burn through 61 percent of national income this year just to fuel itself. Hardly a bright dawn to the promised “new era of responsibility.”

  174. NEWS FLASH!

    Subject: Congress Must Accept The Same Level of Health Care for Themselves.
    (credit to Bob Bray of Resist.Net)

    Congressman John Fleming ( Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition (very simple – just first name, last name and email). I have immediately done just that at:

    http://fleming.house.gov/ DO IT PEOPLE!

    Please urge as many people as you can to do the same! If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.

    If enough Americans support this proposal there will be REAL healthcare reform or the current Obama Healthcare Bill will be DOA.
    H.Res 615 (Love this One! Insisting Members that vote for Government Health Care USE IT!) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.

  175. samhenry says:

    Here is the background for the Video that ABC won’s air.

    Ad to protect American healthcare paid for by The League of American Voters. Donate to have this ad air across America. Go to: https://www.newsmaxstore.com/contribu… For more information, go to: http://www.leagueofamericanvoters.com/
    Category: News & Politics
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    Dick Morris political commentary analysis

  176. LisaInTX says:

    Hi SamH
    Sorry I was checking email and writing another rant report…LOL
    Thanks for posting the info about the ad…..

    I have a new report here….

    http://lisaintx.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/perverted-tyranny/

  177. samhenry says:

    http://www.snopes.com: Neutral of these conclusions!

    Charles Krauthammer

    Dr. Krauthammer is on Fox News. He is an M.D. and a lawyer and is paralyzed from the neck down. A friend went to hear Charles Krauthammer. He listened with 25 others in a closed room. What he says here, is NOT 2nd-hand but 1st. The ramifications are staggering for us, our children and their children.

    Last Monday was a profound evening, hearing Dr. Charles Krauthammer speak to the Center for the American Experiment. He is brilliant intellectual, seasoned & articulate. He is forthright and careful in his analysis, and never resorts to emotions or personal insults. He is NOT a fear monger nor an extremist in his comments and views. He is a fiscal conservative, and has received a Pulitzer Prize for writing. He is a frequent contributor to Fox News and writes weekly for the Washington Post. The entire room was held spellbound during his talk. I have summarized his comments, as we are living in uncharted waters economically and internationally. Even 2 Dems at my table agreed with everything he said! If you feel like forwarding this to those who are open minded and have not drunk the Kool-Aid, feel free.

    Summary of his comments:

    1. Mr. Obama is a very intellectual, charming individual. He is not to be underestimated. He is a cool customer who doesn’t show his emotions. It’s very hard to know what’s behind the mask. The taking down of the Clinton dynasty by a political neophyte was an amazing accomplishment. The Clintons still do not understand what hit them. Obama was in the perfect place at the perfect time.

    2. Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he SAYS; rather, watch what he DOES!

    3. Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can’t be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the USA to Great Britain or Canada .

    4. His three main goals are to control ENERGY, PUBLIC EDUCATION, and NATIONAL HEALTHCARE by the Federal government. He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for FREE college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it FREE and add 46,000,000 people to a Medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive RATIONING of services, like in Canada . God forbid!

    5. He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can’t work in the long run. Obama is not a socialist; rather he’s a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.

    6. Obama doesn’t really see himself as President of the United States , but more as a ruler over the world. He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate & coordinate various countries and their agendas. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures. His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America , as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors. This is the first President ever who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies!

    7. He is now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not come due until after he is reelected in 2012. He would like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Dr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.

    8. Republicans are in the wilderness for a while, but will emerge strong. Republicans are pining for another Reagan, but there will never be another like him. Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty & Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party. Newt Gingrich is brilliant, but has baggage. Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent, but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she is to be a serious candidate in the future. We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense, and state’s rights.

    9. The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous. We are spending trillions that we don’t have. This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse. No country has ever spent themselves into prosperity. The media is giving Obama, Reid and Pelosi a pass because they love their agenda. But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn’t work, nor will the stimulus package. These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama’s allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for #4 above.

    10. The election was over in mid-September when Lehman brothers failed, fear and panic swept in, we had an unpopular President, and the war was grinding on indefinitely without a clear outcome. The people are in pain, and the mantra of change caused people to act emotionally. Any Dem would have won this election; it was surprising it was as close as it was.

    11. In 2012, if the unemployment rate is over 10%, Republicans will be swept back into power. If it’s under 8%, the Dems continue to roll. If it’s between 8-10%, it will be a dogfight. It will all be about the economy. I hope this gets you really thinking about what’s happening in Washington and Congress. There is a left-wing revolution going on, according to Krauthammer, and he encourages us to keep the faith and join the loyal resistance. The work will be hard, but we’re right on most issues and can reclaim our country, before it’s far too late.

    Do yourself a long term favor, send this to all who will listen to an intelligent assessment of the big picture. All our futures and children’s futures depend on our good understanding of what is really going on in DC, and our action pursuant to that understanding!! It really IS up to each of us to take individual action!! Start with educating your friends and neighbors!!!

  178. arlenearmy says:

    SH
    I didn’t know that Krauthammer is an MD. I do know that he’s real smart. In your comment you say that he’s paralyzed from neck down. I think I saw him move his hand.. but not for certain. The reason why I think I saw this is because a house guest commented that she thought he was paralized. So I kept watching to see if he moved his hand & I think he did.

    Is he in a wheel chair?

  179. karmahd says:

    “Distorting history is not truth-telling but the telling of soft lies. Creating false equivalencies is not moral leadership but moral abdication. And hovering above it all, above country and history, is a sign not of transcendence but of a disturbing ambivalence toward one’s own country”.

    Krauthammer on Obama

  180. LisaInTX says:

    Samh
    Thank you for Charles’s summary! He is very intelligent and a political savvy extremist!! ;-p
    I agree with his insight and have since the election as all my research pointed to Obama being a Radical Marxist EXTREMELY bent on dismantling our nation as we love and know it to be!

  181. LisaInTX says:

    Arlene
    Yes, I’m sure of it, that he is in a wheelchair…..Seems I heard he had a stroke several years ago which left him paralyzed, not sure about the extent though???

  182. LisaInTX says:

    Nope—I was incorrect per Karma’s link…..

    Charles Suffered a paralyzing accident in his first year of medical school when he jumped into a waterless pool,[5] he was hospitalized for a year, during which time he continued his medical studies.[6] He graduated with his class, earning an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975, and then began working as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In October 1984, he became board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  183. LisaInTX says:

    “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” –Declaration of Independence

  184. samhenry says:

    Arlene, I did not realize he was in a wheelchair until today when Lisa mentioned him. I have always loved his commentary and did not realize he had gone over to FOX. I will look for him there. I am sorry I missed you, Karm, Arlene and Lisa. I’ll see you “tamarrah” as Scarlet would say
    “why fiddle de dee.”

  185. LisaInTX says:

    Holy cow!!! This link is about drugging Americans and labeling them ‘Mentally ill”
    They did this to BOTH of my sons in junior high…..
    One was ‘termed” ADHD, the other ADD..
    Later the one termed ADHD was labeled Bi-polar….
    I recalled a few years ago, that I too had a ‘focus’ problem in school, but was NOT labeled as our kids are today….I also remember that in school, the FIRST thing we did after taking roll call, was go outside and EXERCISE BEFORE hitting the books…..seems that really helps focus the and makes it easier to focus on the books.

    http://www.cchr.org/#/home

  186. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Early Birds!

    Great reading on the comment log… WOW!

    You are all ALIVE… but then ObamaCare is not yet law…

    The Time is NOW The Place is Here

    Obama Defeat is an Imperitive; Your Life Depends on it. He will kill us all with…

    Dealth By Rationing

    After emptying your bank account.

    There is no place for us in his “Changed America”

    You are responsible for Slavery… and you will be dealt a death blow for it.

  187. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning VF here is one to start our day :)

  188. samiam60 says:

    Well don’t get me started this morning on the sorrows of Slavery. I have had it up to my eye balls with this crap. I lived through Affirmative Action and Busing that accomplished nothing more than white flight and billions wasted on integration. I lost a job to affirmative action while raising a young family.

    Now the call for Reparations! Ok, fine. lets pay the damn reparations already but include a one way ticket back to the homeland for those who seem to hate our way of life and our unfair racial practices. Lets see if life and opportunity are better over there.

    Its all bullshit and I for one am sick and tired of walking on egg shells over this ridiculous subject.

    LOVE AMERICA OR LEAVE IT ! I am sick of paying for Socialist Welfare.

  189. Foxwood says:

    “LOVE AMERICA OR LEAVE IT ! I am sick of paying for Socialist Welfare.”

    Amen Brother!

    If you like socialism so much, Venezuela and Cuba have nice weather.

  190. Foxwood says:

    “I am sick of paying for Socialist Welfare.”

  191. VotingFemale says:

    Morning Samiam and Foxwood!!

  192. Foxwood says:

    Morning VF, Sami.

  193. VotingFemale says:

    I have the source material for this morning’s blog post…

    be back as soon as I finish it and publish it…

    hint: Sarah Palin Strikes a Blow to Obama once again

  194. VotingFemale says:

    This woman is not going to stop… and Obama is too arrogant to admit he is hosing himself and his Socialist Dream of American Conquest

  195. samiam60 says:

    Morning Foxwood :)

    In my life time I have watched as the City I grew up in ( a once thriving metropolis) become a Ghetto. No one can tell me no different. Opportunity was given and wasted. PERIOD

  196. samiam60 says:

    Fire the Cannon Foxwood

  197. Foxwood says:

    I was gonna give it a rest this morning, but if you insist.

    Sieg Heil und Gutten Morgan fellow unAmerican Nazis!
    It’s time to unfurl the Confederate Swastika and wake up!

  198. Foxwood says:

    I guess now that I’ve woke everyone up…
    I’ve got the coffee and breakfast burritos.

  199. samiam60 says:

    Aha hahahahaha, good one Foxwood. Our Civil War Cemeteries are Filled with brave souls who Paid In Full the Reparations of Slavery. End of Story folks.

  200. Foxwood says:

    “In my life time I have watched as the City I grew up in ( a once thriving metropolis) become a Ghetto. No one can tell me no different. Opportunity was given and wasted.”

  201. samiam60 says:

    The American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history, causing 620,000 soldier deaths and an undetermined number of civilian casualties. Its legacy includes ending slavery in the United States, restoring the Union, and strengthening the role of the federal government. The social, political, economic and racial issues of the war decisively shaped the reconstruction era that lasted to 1877, and brought changes that helped make the country a united superpower.

  202. samiam60 says:

    Reparations: PAID IN FULL !

  203. Foxwood says:

    Check out this high school girl on Fox and Friends. She was getting flack at school for wearing a t-shirt that said:
    “RIP Constitution”
    and a Reagan quote.

    http://matternow.org

  204. Foxwood says:

    Well… I tried to type it correctly and I swear that is how I heard it… Dunno…

  205. samiam60 says:

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — While hundreds of thousands of disability claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of technology employees at the department received $24 million in bonuses, a new report says.
    Lawmakers want to know why some IT workers in the VA Department have received millions in bonuses.

    Lawmakers want to know why some IT workers in the VA Department have received millions in bonuses.

    A report issued by the VA’s Office of Inspector General said the department issued millions of dollars in awards over a two-year period in 2007 and 2008.

    “The frequent and large dollar amount awards given to employees were unusual and often absurd,” the report stated.

    The reports also called the payments “not fiscally responsible.”

    Four high-level employees received about $60,000, $73,000, $58,000, and $59,000, respectively, according to the report, without sufficient justification. Another employee received a $4,500 performance award within the first 90 days of her employment from a manager who said that she did not even remember her.

    The annual average award per employee was about $2,500 for both years, according to the report. About 4,700 awards and bonuses were issued in 2007, and about 5,000 in 2008.

    The inspector general said one recently retired official, Jennifer S. Duncan, improperly approved numerous bonuses and “acted as if she was given a blank checkbook to write unlimited monetary awards.”

    During the two years in question, Duncan received over $60,000 in bonuses, according to the report.

    In addition, the report concluded that the Office of Information and Technology managers were fiscally irresponsible when authorizing nearly $140,000 in improper academic degree funding, some of which went to Duncan’s family and friends. The inspector general recommended the money be repaid.

    The VA said it is pursuing a thorough review of the situation and it “does not condone misconduct by its employees and will take the appropriate corrective actions for those who violate VA policy,” according to a statement provided to CNN.

    Duncan could not be reached for comment.

    Lawmakers in Washington have taken notice.

    “I am extremely troubled by the Inspector General’s findings,” said Richard Burr, R-NC, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “I believe Congress should use its oversight authority to further investigate these matters,” he said in an e-mail to CNN.

    President Obama has told Congress it is a priority to reduce the number of backlogged claims at the VA, where claims are coming in at a faster rate than they can be processed.

    According to a Government Accountability Office report, the VA processed 60 percent more claims from 1999 to 2008 than it did a decade earlier, but the number of claims still pending jumped 65 percent.

  206. samiam60 says:

    GOVERNMENT RUN ANYTHING IS BAD NEWS

  207. Foxwood says:

    “The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights.” — H.L. Mencken

  208. samhenry says:

    Morning Sami and Fox – patriots all. I have only a short time on before I have to go to the grocery store to get the doggies something to eat for breakfast. I am a bad mother. Someone should fire a canon AT me this AM.

    Your comments gentlemen make me want to go back to bed with a pillow over my head. Tell me the last 7 months have been a bad dream.

  209. samiam60 says:

    BEIJING (AP) — As many as 12 million people in China who are looking for jobs will not be able to find employment this year, an official newspaper reported Saturday.

    China’s top employment official said even if the country achieved this year’s 8 percent economic growth target, only about half the 24 million jobseekers in the country would likely find work, the China Daily said.

    “The shortfall between supply and demand (for jobs) will become larger than last year due to the failure to create enough job opportunities,” the paper quoted Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security, as saying.

    Employment is especially sensitive for the government, which bases its claim to rule on delivering economic gains and is worried about unrest among unemployed workers.

    Thirty-million migrants lost jobs when factories closed as global demand for exports collapsed last year, said the government, which has given no details of overall unemployment or how many new jobs have been created.

    Chinese officials have said Beijing is confident it can keep official urban unemployment below 4.5 percent this year after it hit 4.3 percent in the first two quarters. That rate measures only a narrow segment of the economy, focusing largely on big and state-owned companies.

    Officials have warned that China’s recovery is not firmly established, despite an acceleration in economic growth last quarter to 7.9 percent over a year earlier, up from 6.1 percent the previous quarter. That was boosted by Beijing’s 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus package, which is pumping money into the economy through building highways and other public works that have created construction jobs.

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