Archive for September 30th, 2012

Remember the daily reminders of troop deaths when Bush was president? Remember ABC, CBS and NBC running “In Memorium”  spots at the end of their nightly news segments? That quickly stopped once Obama became president and you hardly hear a peep about troop deaths ever since. Over 70% of US troop deaths in Afghanistan have happened under Obama’s presidency, yet the media ignores these facts.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

It was major news anytime troops were killed under Bush. Under Obama, the media has lost interest.

The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police against American and NATO troops, and questions about whether allied countries will achieve their aim of helping the Afghan government and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

A U.S. official confirmed the latest death Sunday, saying that an international service member killed in an apparent insider attack by Afghan forces in the east of the country late Saturday was American. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of those killed had not been formally released.

A civilian contractor with NATO and at least two Afghan soldiers also died in the attack, according to a coalition statement and Afghan provincial officials. The nationality of the civilian was not disclosed.

At least 1,190 more coalition troops have also died in the Afghanistan war, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization.

According to the Afghanistan index kept by the Brookings Institution, 40.2 percent of the deaths were caused by improvised explosive devices, with the majority of those after 2009 when President Barack Obama ordered a surge of 33,000 troops to combat heightened Taliban activity. According to the Washington-based research center, the second highest cause, 30.6 percent, was hostile fire.

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Nothing except location.

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Vegas bets on sure things and things that are common sense.

From LiveTradingNews:

A Las Vegas “odds maker” gives his reasons for big win by Romney in November. Interesting analysis.

Most political predictions are made by biased pollsters, pundits, or prognosticators who are either rooting for Republicans or Democrats.

I am neither. I am a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, and a well-known Vegas odds maker with one of the most accurate records of predicting political races.

But as an odds maker with a pretty remarkable track record of picking political races, I play no favorites. I simply use common sense to call them as I see them. Back in late December I released my New Year’s

Predictions. I predicted back then- before a single GOP primary had been held, with Romney trailing for months to almost every GOP competitor from Rick Perry to Herman Cain to Newt- that Romney would easily rout his competition to win the GOP nomination by a landslide. I also predicted that the Presidential race between Obama and Romney would be very close until election day. But that on election day Romney would win by a landslide similar to Reagan-Carter in 1980.

Understanding history, today I am even more convinced of a resounding Romney victory. 32 years ago at this moment in time, Reagan was losing by 9 points to Carter. Romney is right now running even in polls. So why do most pollsters give Obama the edge?

First, most pollsters are missing one ingredient- common sense. Here is my gut instinct. Not one American who voted for McCain 4 years ago will switch to Obama. Not one in all the land. But many millions of people who voted for an unknown Obama 4 years ago are angry, disillusioned, turned off, or scared about the future. Voters know Obama now- and that is a bad harbinger.

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Every time I hear a lame-brained liberal claim that the Bush tax cuts were only for the wealth, I want to punch them in the mouth. The Bush tax rates from 2003 cut taxes across the board for everyone. What would happen if these loud-mouth liberals got their wish and the Bush tax cuts ended? EVERYONE’S taxes would go UP!

From CNBC:

Americans would shell out as much as $5,700 more a year if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of 2012, according to a new analysis that highlights the perils and political consequences of the nation’s fiscal cliff.

Connecticut residents would get rocked the worst, with an additional cost of $5,783 a year while New Yorkers would get hit $5,542 on average, the study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation states.

Mississippi residents get the least impact, at $1,310 on average, but 29 of the 50 states will see taxpayers get hit at least $2,000.

Find out where your state ranks here.

“It’s pretty dramatic…This is the biggest tax increase that would happen since World War II,” said Will McBride, chief economist at the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation. “I can’t think of anyone who’s really seriously thinking we should go through this. It would almost certainly result in another recession.”

What’s funny is blue states benefit more from those evil Bush tax cuts for the wealth..

New Jersey residents would take the third-highest hit at $5,030, with Massachusetts ($4,277) fourth and California ($4,242) fifth. On the other side, states least hit, besides Mississippi, are New Mexico ($1,465) 49th, Alabama ($1,496) 48th, Tennessee ($1,522) 47th, and West Virginia ($1,530) 46th.

Interestingly, the most-hit states are generally considered Democratic strongholds, while the least-hit are mostly Republican.

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Death Panel = ObamaCare’s IPAB that consists of 15 non-elected members who decides what will and won’t be paid for and what procedures and medicines are appropriate for YOU! Steve Rattner is the crook that helped Obama with the auto-bailouts and is now discussing the needs for rationing in order to keep health care cost low…mainly by letting senior citizens suffer and die.

From NYTimes:

WE need death panels.

Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.

But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.

Rattner sounds eerily like Obama, when he told the lady that her mom should take the pill instead of the expensive surgery.

Most notably, President Obama’s estimable Affordable Care Act regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries. In 2009, Sarah Palin’s rant about death panels even forced elimination from the bill of a provision to offer end-of-life consultations.

The IPAB is the death panel and who liberal want because liberals believe in population control. How do you kill off the elderly? Stop giving them the medications and surgeries needed to sustain life.

…Let’s not forget that with the elderly population growing rapidly, even if cost increases for each beneficiary can be contained, Medicare would still claim a rising share of the American economy.

Medicare needs to take a cue from Willie Sutton, who reportedly said he robbed banks because that’s where the money was. The big money in Medicare is not to be found in Mr. Ryan’s competition or Mr. Obama’s innovation, but in reducing the cost of treating people in the last year of life, which consumes more than a quarter of the program’s budget.

No one wants to lose an aging parent. And with price out of the equation, it’s natural for patients and their families to try every treatment, regardless of expense or efficacy. But that imposes an enormous societal cost that few other nations have been willing to bear. Many countries whose health care systems are regularly extolled — including Canada, Australia and New Zealand — have systems for rationing care.

So does America know that ObamaCare is law of the land.

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Just can’t help themselves. Team Obama has to bold-face lie because they can’t run on their horrible record.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Vice President Joe Biden placed the blame for the ballooning deficit on the Bush administration today, arguing that the previous administration saddled the country with the burden of trillions of dollars in debt.

You see, those who voted for Obama/Biden don’t know civics and don’t know Obama/Biden were Senators who helped Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are the party who passed the budgets that caused trillions of debt. Shhh, they still are just as clueless today.

“Let’s get serious here! How did we get this debt? Ladies and gentlemen, they put two wars on a credit card. Not paying a penny, not paying a penny, even though I introduced legislation to pay for that war. They voted against it,” Biden said at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center. “Two, they voted for a new entitlement program without paying one penny for it, and that was clear. Number 3, they added another trillion dollars in the tax cut for the very wealthy, so what’s the result? These are the facts, folks, these are the facts.

They? Does Biden mean the bipartisan Congress that passed the Medicare D plan? Biden also doesn’t want voters to know about the appropriation bills that funded the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars. The Bush tax cuts of 2001 & 2003 cut taxes for everyone, not just the “very wealthy.” Biden probably doesn’t know that Obama and the Democrats extended these same tax rates in 2010. Are they only for the wealthy?

“The result was by the time the reins got turned back over to Barack [Obama] and me, they had doubled the national debt in eight years, doubled the national debt in eight years,” Biden added.

Bullshit, look at all the budgets passed from 2001-2006 and then look at what party tripled the deficit by 2009. What Obama inherited he inherited it from his party. Then after complaining about Bush adding $4.9 Trillion to the national debt in 8 years, Obama added over $5 trillion in just 3.5 years.

Biden recounted that within the first week of being in office, Larry Summers, a top economic adviser to the president, warned newly inaugurated President Obama of the deficit the country faced.

“We were sitting in the oval office, and Larry Summers, the chief economic adviser, and the economic team came in and said ‘Mr. President, looking at this year’s budget you are going to have a trilliondollar deficit.’ He said, ‘I haven’t done anything yet,'” Biden said. “I’m serious. They said, ‘No, Mr. President, the budget they passed, the budget they passed in October of last year guarantees no matter what you do you’re going to have a trillion dollar debt this year in the budget.’ A trillion dollar deficit to be precise.”

That would be the trillion dollar deficit Obama and Democrats left for President Obama. Then Obama went bat-shit crazy and added another $1 trillion plus in his 1st year in office with his $830 billion stimulus, $350 billion in TARP funds, $410 omnibus bill just to name a few big spending sprees.

Earlier in the week, the Washington Post fact checked President Obama’s claim that the Bush administration’s policies accounted for 90 percent of the country’s current deficit and rated the assertion as false, since the president also pushed spending increases and tax cuts that added to the deficit.

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