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sorry about the way that came out.... I had the paragraphs separated but somehow it didn't post that way.
well said. Nethercutt must be getting to the age where he simply forgets things that are inconvenient to his argument. let's take a look at some of the bills the GOP has filibustered or tried to block:http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/01/03/bills-republicans-have-blocked/Obama has been far from perfect but the Republicans (and even worse Tea Party members) that Obama has to currently deal with are a bunch of babies... hell, Boehner routinely cries like one. the GOP refuses to work with Obama on ANYTHING and then they step up to the microphone and say, "look at how bad the President is.... he isn't doing anything!". the GOP fires up the public about a healthcare plan that was created after their ideals. Palin screams death panels. Nethercutt screams that you won't be able to visit the doctor you want anymore. I guess the GOP strategy is to repeatedly scream enough absurdities that the public starts to believe them. healthcare is a HUGE problem in America... this bill is far from perfect but it's WAY better than the current system. the GOP wants to eliminate this bill and let the free market take care of itself. a free market that saw premiums raise 135% over the past ten years. a free market where 62% of all bankruptcies where because of medical bills (of those 62%, 75% of those people had health insurance). a free market that denied children who had diseases. and that's just the tip of the ice berg when speaking about the problems our current system has. did you know that Fortune 500 companies generated a combined $824 billion in profits last year! Lockheed Martin recorded $2.6 billion in profits and offered buyout plans for 6,000 employees. GE has paid an average federal tax rate of 2.3% for the past decade while shipping 20% of it's workforce overseas. GM amassed $9 billion in profits and froze the pay of 26,000 employees. greed is at an all-time high and if you dare mention it, you're creating "class warfare". the gap between rich and poor is at all-time highs. salaries for CEO's have never been better while the working class salaries have flatlined. the ONLY people that benefited while Bush was in office were the top 10% of income earners and they made that money while people were losing their jobs, homes and pensions. I want a president who fights for the average citizen, not one that fights for the wealthy... I mean the "job creators" which is a phrase that we now have to call the rich. has any theory been proven wrong more times than trickle down economics? Obama isn't perfect but at least he's fighting for the average american. Romney is far from perfect and the only people he will fight for are the ones that don't need any help.
Imagine my shock when the first article I read was of a rich, old, white person blasting Obama... thankfully I was sitting down at the time. This type of article filled with hyperbole and biased opinion is one of the major causes for how divisive our country is. Your close-minded, absurd opinion of Obama is unfortunately much too common amongst people in your demographic. The lack of respect you and your peers show the POTUS is nothing short of astonishing. Yes, Obama has failed on some of his promises but please stop acting as if this is the only president that has failed to deliver promises. In terms of uniting the nation and congress, the only way that would be possible is if people entered a discussion with an open mind, which is something the GOP (and even worse, the Tea Party members) have failed to do since Obama was sworn in. The GOP´s idea of negotiating is, "either you agree to give us what we want or we´ll filibuster". Let´s have a little history lesson shall we. When George W. Bush entered office he was handed a robust economy, a balanced budget, a projected surplus for the deficit, one of the strongest middle classes ever, the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years. When Obama entered office he was handed the worst economy since the Great Depression, an out of control debt problem, 2 wars that cost a lot of money (which he left off the books) and american lives, a housing market collapse, a completely corrupt Wall Street due to de-regulations, a stock market crash, an employment market that was losing 700,000 jobs a month and a health care system that pretty much squeezed out everyone except the upper middle class. The GOP set a ridiculous expectation that Obama needed to fix all of these things in 4 years... many of the problems caused by their policies i.e. cutting taxes in the middle of 2 expensive wars.The Affordable Health Care Act is far from perfect but it´s certainly a major step forward from our current system. I agree with your last statement that voters will have a chance to stand up for what they believe in, I just hope voters educate themselves and stay away from biased, obnoxious articles/commentaries like this piece. As far as deceptive federal leaders, I think Mr. Romney takes the gold medal for that as his history of flip-flopping has been well documented up to this point. Maybe Obama should get this guy to promote the Healthcare Bill:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7PG4j2K0dA
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