Obama: “Private Sector is Doing Fine”

In February 2009 President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus program was supposed to create 5 million new jobs and reduce unemployment below 8% by the end of 2010.  He missed both projections by wide margins.

Now, at the end of May 2012, unemployment is still above 8% and only 69,000 new jobs were created in May, the fewest in a year.  When we add in people who have stopped looking for work the real unemployment rate is closer to 13%.

During Obama’s term the national debt has increased by $5 trillion to over $15 trillion, and is increasing.  The flailing administration has created extreme uncertainty in the private sector, which has depressed manufacturing activity and inhibited hiring.

Obama’s policies and programs have had a negative impact on the work force.  He has obstructed job creation by putting the Keystone pipeline project on hold.  The Congressional Budget Office stated Obama’s healthcare bill will cost 850,000 jobs.

The latest reports show we could be in a stagnant economy and could possibly fall back into another recession.  President Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he owns the faltering economy.  As President Truman said, “the buck stops here”.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

Don Moskowitz is a well known prolific writer on subjects of the nation and the world that spark his interest. Retiring from the US Navy in 1967 as a Lieutenant, he often writes on military and political maters he is very active in the Londonderry American Legion. A long career in corporate management he retired after developing a successful business with multiple locations in southern New Hampshire.

He lives in Londonderry, New Hampshire with his wife Betty, they have three children and four grandchildren.

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  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Harry Calahan

    To Don Moskowitz. I read your article on Obama Stimulus Plan in The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I wrote an article similar to that about two years ago, basically a prediction. I kept a copy. You might find it interesting. I think you should see it. I’m on Facebook. Or, you can email me. Harry

  2. Hi Don. Next on Obama’s, Pelosi’s and the U S Supreme court’s agenda…
    all American’s with driver’s licences will have to drive chartreuse Smart
    cars, all veterans will be disallowed V A health benefits and put on the
    Obama healthcare plan, ownership of guns, ammo, silver and gold will
    be outlawed. And the stars on the flag will be changed to creascent moons.

  3. -9 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Don,

    I think the article is at best a one sided view. The afforadale care act is a good thing. It’s not Obama’s plan it’s the peoples plan. It is aimed at fixing a broken system. Getting millions insured and stop spiraling out of control heatlhcare costs. I know the idea is some 60 plus years old now. Imaging Insurance compaines actually having to spend 80-85% of premiums collected on healthcare costs, unheard of. It will actullay lower premiums moving forward. A much needed help to the crushing healthcare costs today. I understand the poke at raise the debt. If you check most companies that have got themselfs into financial trouble they usually end up borrowing more money to fix the sins of the past. You may already know the Supreme Court upheld the Healthcare law. That goodness is all I can say.

  4. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    Hey Steve. All you do is complain about taxes. Are you willing to pay this one? Without complaint.

  5. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Fred,

    It may seem that way but almost everything written here is misrepresented. Ask any Rebulican what will happen to the proported 100 Million that will be without health insurance and all you will here is crickets. I have heard the speachs and I believe you have as well: “Small business is, will be the backbone of our economy. I agree, suprize, suprize. But ask any small business what is hurting them and the answer is Escalating healthcare costs. They can’t afford it and there employess can’t. So which is it? Do we want to help grow the ecomomy or kill the very thing which will help it suceed? The complaints are really about half truths and the smoke and mirror campaign.

    If anyone wants to lay it on the table I’m all for it. I’ll tell you what it costs me, and a work for a small business and share what it cost our employess.

    In the interest of Disclosure (I know that a foreign word to most here) most my family works in the Healthcare arena. So I just might have a little more information than the average bear. And to answer your question, if I didn’t have to pay the huge number I do for premiums, Yes.

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      The non partisan CBO says, after reading and analysing the whole bill, that it will COST 800,00 jobs and 2 trillion, yes trillion, dollars over the next ten years. Then again if the country keeps spending they way we are, the good ol USA will be bankrupt by then. So it won’t matter.

    2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

      Steve,

      I am so sorry that you do not understand the ramifications of this policy. Your taxes, your premiums will go up. Your medical care and opportunities will go down. Small business owner too. Not one of my vendors, customers or clients are looking forward to this bill.

  6. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mac

    I wish I could give a good honest opinion on the whole Obamacare thing. But I can’t because the debate, on both sides of the issue, is loaded with misinformation. The law is confusing and it’s very diffucult to really understand a lot of it. The promises of lower costs and better coverage are just pie-in-the-sky. until we see the real results, these promises are shallow. And as far as heathcare coverage growing the economy, that too is a shot in the dark promise that we cannot rely on.

    I work for a small business (less that 30 people). I had a talk with my boss the other day and he gave me a lot of insight in to what he is dealing with on the skyrocketing costs and reduced coverage we have had to deal with in the past couple of years. He told me that he may have to drop insurance coverage and push the employees over to the government program or let them buy insurance on their own. So if this is true, I will become one of the many that will thrown to the government wolves and hope that things are close to what the politicians say they will be. I can tell you I am not looking forward to it. Politicans making decisions that affect my healthcare is not something I trust.

  7. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    And the alternative plan was? Oh, what was that, I couldn’t hear… I thought so. Maybe if they didn’t spend 3 years throwing rock and complaining there may have come up with something else? It’s not perfect, what is? It’s a step in the right direction. I don’t want to get all Michael Moore on you; But you can’t let capitalism run amuck on things that can be deemed human neccessities. ie; Healthcare, fuel, food etc. It doesn’t WORK!

    1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Larry

      Steve, I’d defer to Winston Churchill for the best response to both you and Mr. Moore.

      The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
      Speech in the House of Commons, October 22, 1945 “Demobilisation”

    2. +8 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      Yup, can’t let capitalism run amok. Oh wait. Capitalism was only allowed to run amok for over 200 years. In those 200 years what happens? Only the greatest and most free nation the world has ever known. For most of those 200 years there was little or no government involvement in health care, food, fuel etc. So I guess that means we need radical change. I agree that some of the “systems” are broke and need fixing. Yes fixing, not radical change. What are the causes for these problems? In my opinion it is the fact that the governmet has inserted themselves into areas that they have screwed up. Handouts beget more hand outs. It feeds upon itself.

      Health Care- the largest problem with health care is the costs involved. The dramatic rise in health care costs can be traced to the governments involvement with subsidies. When the government subsidizes anything it creates an environment where more people look to take advantage of it because it is of little cost to them. Then the cost is bourne by the rest of us. There is no incentive for the providers to control costs because they know that the government will continue to provide subsidies to millions of people.

  8. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Mac, Bravo you are correct. It is a bear to get your head around. One side says it will cost money and cost jobs, absolutely right. The other says this is far outweighed by the benefits and vital to the nations health, both physically and for continued viability. One is forced to wonder if these job losses will be in the Insurance industry. I am hopeful many more Healthcare jobs will be created to offset. An Interesting point is when it announced; Insurance companies stock went down and Healthcare stocks went up. Possibly revising profit margins? I am going to list below what are the considered the chief benefits, from research. Also, one of the best (in my opinion) written comments on the issue. Things you will never see here! I know the campaign is on to continue the fight. I actually received a call last night asking for my help “fighting the disastrous Supreme Court ruling”. That’s one fellow who wishes he didn’t make the call. I suppose it’s too much to ask to work within the system to effect change. If we need to call something an absolute disaster it’s what are two party system has become.
    1. Small Business Tax Credits
    Offers tax credits to small businesses to make employee coverage more affordable. Tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums will be available to firms that choose to offer coverage. Effective beginning calendar year 2010. (Beginning 2014, the small business tax credits will cover 50 percent of premiums.)
    2. No Discrimination Against Children with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Prohibits new health plans in all markets plus grandfathered group health plans from denying coverage to children with pre‐existing conditions. Effective 6 months after enactment. (Beginning in 2014, this prohibition would apply to all persons.)
    3. Help for Uninsured American with Pre-Existing Conditions until Exchange is Available (Interim High-Risk Pool)
    Provides access to affordable insurance for Americans who are uninsured because of a pre‐existing condition through a temporary subsidized high‐risk pool. Effective in 2010.
    4. Ends Rescissions
    Bans insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    5. Begins to Close the Medicare Part D Donut Hole
    Provides a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the donut hole in 2010. Effective for calendar year 2010. (Beginning in 2011, institutes a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs in the donut hole; also completely closes the donut hole by 2020.)
    6. Free Preventive Care under Medicare
    Eliminates co‐payments for preventive services and exempts preventive services from deductibles under the Medicare program. Effective beginning January 1, 2011.
    7. Extends Coverage for Young People up to 26th Birthday through Parents’ Insurance
    Requires new health plans and certain grandfathered plans to allow young people up to their 26th birthday to remain on their parents’ insurance policy, at the parents’ choice. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    8. Help for Early Retirees
    Creates a temporary re‐insurance program (until the Exchanges are available) to help offset the costs of expensive premiums for employers and retirees for health benefits for retirees age 55‐64. Effective in 2010.
    9. Bans Lifetime Limits on Coverage
    Prohibits health insurance companies from placing lifetime caps on coverage. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    10. Bans Restrictive Annual Limits on Coverage
    Tightly restricts the use of annual limits to ensure access to needed care in all new plans and grandfathered group health plans. These tight restrictions will be defined by HHS. Effective 6 months after enactment. (Beginning in 2014, the use of any annual limits would be prohibited for all new plans and grandfathered group health plans.)
    11. Free Preventive Care under New Private Plans
    Requires new private plans to cover preventive services with no co‐payments and with preventive services being exempt from deductibles. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    12. New, Independent Appeals Process
    Ensures consumers in new plans have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    13. Ensures Value for Premium Payments
    Requires plans in the individual and small group market to spend 80 percent of premium dollars on medical services, and plans in the large group market to spend 85 percent. Insurers that do not meet these thresholds must provide rebates to policyholders. Effective on January 1, 2011.
    14. Community Health Centers
    Increases funding for Community Health Centers to allow for nearly a doubling of the number of patients seen by the centers over the next 5 years. Effective beginning in fiscal year 2011.
    15. Increases the Number of Primary Care Practitioners
    Provides new investments to increase the number of primary care practitioners, including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Effective beginning in fiscal year 2011.
    16. Prohibits Discrimination Based on Salary
    Prohibits new group health plans from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that have the effect of discriminating in favor of higher wage employees. Effective 6 months after enactment.
    17. Health Insurance Consumer Information
    Provides aid to states in establishing offices of health insurance consumer assistance in order to help individuals with the filing of complaints and appeals. Effective beginning in fiscal year 2010.
    18. Holds Insurance Companies Accountable for Unreasonable Rate Hikes
    Creates a grant program to support States in requiring health insurance companies to submit justification for all requested premium increases, and insurance companies with excessive or unjustified premium exchanges may not be able to participate in the new Health Insurance Exchanges. Starting in plan year 2011.

    “The Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but it does represent an attempt to break away from the abuses and manipulations of the free market health care conglomeration that Speaker O’Brien wants to return to. We should keep the positive money-saving elements of ACA and use those elements as a foundation for improvement. A truly workable, affordable and comprehensive health care system is not going to come from the Democrats or the Republicans, but by a concerted effort from members of both parties working together with all possibilities on the table — including governmental options and oversight. Private industry has made our nation strong, but so have our governmental leaders and workers. Our health care system needs the coordinated effort of both of these entities to break out of the bloated, expensive and wasteful mess it has become.”
    If the Affordable Care Act was hastily written, then we should take care not to make the same mistake in reforming or replacing it.
    Dr. James G. Fieseher MD practices family practice in Portsmouth.

  9. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Bill, I didn’t mean to neglect your post. Curious to what your point is? I mean assuming you know we’ve spent almost that much in war (s) over the last ten years. Does the below seem any less important? I mean were talking about surviving as a people, country…. I also assume you know it cost the average family $12,579 a year. (that’s a govenmnet number) I think it’s low. What a lot of people now have is something called catastrophic health insurance. You pay that amount and have a hefty 5K -8K dedeutable you have to meet. Not sustainable! They didn’t call it the Health care CRISIS for nothing.

  10. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Bill, obviously we have different views. If you mean that 2% of the population own 50% of the wealth; then I would agree, success. Unfortunately, we have too many recent incidents that show otherwise. I stand by my statement of not letting Capitalism run unchecked on what are Human necessities. But to stay on topic: Does anyone else wonder why the Governor of Massachusetts (that would be Romney) has had Mandatory health insurance since 2006? The other little tidbit it is already subsidized by the Federal Government. So he and his posse condemn the affordable care act??? That might need a little bit of an explanation.
    More facts, the cost of health insurance in Massachusetts has risen from 23 to 56 percent since its introduction. I’d say somebody is making a lot of money. I let in on a little secret; that’s what it’s all about. It is Capitalism at work right before your eyes. These people are at the Mercy of the current institutions already in place. Moreover, this insurance is tied to filing your State Taxes. Lastly, a nice little penalty of up to 900.00, if you don’t comply.

    The fact remains that insurance rates have risen steadily over the last 10 years. It is also a fact that 10% of families yearly are dropping insurance because of affordability (Gov. Data). Perhaps, that’s why the rates go up each year? With the median Family income in the US at 57K, New Hampshire 67K; paying 13K -20K (with deductible) it just not affordable.

    We had the discussion in my household. Having already payed some 40K in the last four years, looking at paying 40K+ in the next 4 years. I’ll throw one more on; having (will) pay some 45K in town taxes in the same time period. That’s 125k+ in 8 years. I’m told that’s a deal! Maybe so, however the discussion goes on regarding continued affordability. I am sure this is same discussion in 98% of household across the US. Although, perhaps not here in Londonderry?

    The issue is as serious as a heart attack. I fully understand there has been a 3 year campaign of largely hate, don’t agree no matter what. It’s really scary; for me our future is at stake and it’s caught up in a political war machine. I implore you to analyze ALL the facts (yourself), look at the situation, past and present. Recognize that something needed to be done. Can it (we) succeed if nothing is done?

    Written by someone who actually does “Believe in America”.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      Steve, You’re somewhat making my point. As you say health insurance in Mass has gone up. In fact it has gone up faster than any state in the US. Why? Could it be because the state got involved in health care and told the insurers what they had to do as far as who and what to cover? The State of Mass currently spends over $1 billion per year to cover those that can’t afford the insurance that the state itself mandated. It’s gobbling up more of the state budget each year. It is projected that within 5 years it will make up 20% of the state budget. Stretch that out for all 50 states and you can see that there is NO WAY the country can afford it. Why did Romney stupidly do this? He was a Repub governor with an overwhelmingly Dem legislature. It was going to pass both houses with or with out his support. It would have even withstood a veto.He was looking to the future to run for prez and thought it would be a good idea. How’s that working out for him?

      You’re the one that brought up the capitalism run amoke subject. So it is on point. You say that recent examples show that this is so. Could you please state a couple? I agree that quite a few people are struggling. Costs for everything go up while our own personal revenues stay the same (I haven’t had a raise in 6 years) or are down dramtically. The free markets over time have always adjusted based upon peoples ability to pay.

      As far as our town taxes, I also agree. They are to high and getting higher. No capitalism run amok there. People in town continue to vote (or not vote at all) for higher budgets and union contracts. Until the majority of the taxpayers are unable to pay this will continue to happen.

  11. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7qROytmKqU if your interested. And for fun, you guessed it Michael Moore’s view (A bit suprizing to me): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmHwAb68-YU (oh couldn’t do anything about the 20 second policital ad, you’ll have to bear with it)

  12. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    hello Bill,

    I have read your post but have to fly. I’ll get back as soon as I can

  13. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Bill, I’ll touch on each of these, as I do not want to stray too far off topic.

    What I am referring to is something that has been termed “gangster” capitalism. Companies, or entities that go forth with the full known intent of causing harm to employees, the general public or the country as a whole, all in the name if PROFIT. Some examples of these are: The insurance industry we have today. Past would be companies like Enron. Entities; the deregulation of the banking industry. All these were driven by greed with disastrous results.

    Romney, lots to say but again I don’t want to make this post about him. I close on this with comments from Don’s letter: “President Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he owns the faltering economy. As President Truman said, “the buck stops here”. So, I would have to which to you agree with??

    But to the topic at hand: Great news! Reuters reports a ground swell of support for the Affordable Care Act, both in Independents and a small number of Republicans. Although, in Republicans case I believe the term is “distancing” themselves from the issue. Honestly, I don’t care the reason, grown a conscience, got in tough with their humanity, self-preservation, Welcome!

    I had a conversation with a staunch Republican yesterday, which I will share. Label as R and S. R- I don’t want Government involved in my care. S- Well, what you have now is an escalating cost, pure profit driven companies controlling your care now. R- OK, right. S- You mentioned your going to retire in 5 years, do you plan on using Medicaid and Social Security? R- Of course, and I get the point your trying to make. S – You remember all the millions of Layoffs you read about, which are still happening by the way. R-Yes, and it’s terrible. S- Agree, what do you think is the first thing they loose (after the job)? R- their insurance? S- Bingo. S- what do these people do, their spouses, children? R-they have the option to continue. S- really? You know the cost of going it alone and with no job. R- well, there are places they can go. (I have to tell you that reminded me of the old Ebenezer Scrooge line: Are there no work- houses, are there no prisons?) S – You mean they will go to Hospitals. R – Yes. S- and that brings us to the crisis we have today. R- Agree, something has to change.

    For me it’s kind of spiritual. People are opening their eyes, many for the first time. It’s like watching a tree bud after a long winter; I can’t see the leaves but I can see the process happening. It’s classic good against evil stuff.

    Bill, I can’t tell if you’re just playing here or seriously arguing against the Affordable Care Act? I have found there are only 3 reasons you find most people arguing against this: They are ones which already participate in Medicare & Social security (which I find astounding) or in the 2%, or, I have been told it’s bad and I’m OK so everyone else must be mentality.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Steve, Would Solyndra be considered an example of “gangsta capitalism” ?

  14. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Steve,

    FYI I’m not playing. I am 100% against the Affordable (is that a joke?) Care act. The primary reason is that the country simply can’t afford it. In your response you make no comment on what is happening in Mass regarding the rise in premiums and cost of health care. Do you honestly believe that our costs will be going down? If so why is it that the very first state (hawaii) to have a form of universal health care dismantled most of it a few years back because of the costs?

    Right up there next to cost is that it’s just another thing that the government is imposing on our lives. The NH state motto should read “Live As Free As We Let You Or Die”.

    Reuters reports? Now there’s a totally unbiased organization with no agenda. Just like CBS, NBC, MSNBC and the NY Times and yes Fox on the other side. We will tuely know come Nov 6th whether the country supports it. I’m not talking so much about the prez election but more about the house and senate. Let’s just see how many of those that voted for it are thrown out of office.

    One last thing. If this was such a great idea and will be great for the country, why was it written that most mandates happen after the next election? When the effects are felt Ombama will be out of office.

  15. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Bill, (and Ken I’m not ignoring your comment, I just to want to go backwards) I understand you’ll never be for it. That’s your choice. But you’re OK with Social Security, Medicare, your local Police and Fire? All these things are put in place for safety and security. Interesting… Also, I assume the next time there a State which has a Crisis you’ll be lobbying hard for Government aid? hmmm…

    I have to believe you cannot recognize there is a Healthcare Crisis? It is real and killing people both financially and literally, and it has to STOP. I am not sure what else to say to you so I will leave you with a true story:

    Perhaps you are aware of Wendell Potter? A retired Cigna Healthcare Exec, after 20 years. He has spoken before congress (just so you don’t immediately dismiss it.) What has happened is he is now informing of what really took place, spilling the beans so to speak. Mr. Potter is always asked if this is some kind of vendetta. His answer is always the same. He feels he has to because he will be judged for his actions here on earth. You see Cigna didn’t know they hired a religious man. He believes in Heaven and Hell, right and wrong, morality, helping his fellow man. Further, he also believes when judged; the excuse” I was just doing my job” will bear no weight on judgment. When he retired he had nothing but time to think. Something most of us rarely do these days. He realized that he violated the laws of God and man. That in his mind he allowed the suffering and deaths of thousands perhaps millions by not speaking out then. Atonement!

    I think this is a wonderful story. It speaks to say many problems we have in our society. Also, I believe you are going to see much more of this when those in the know realize their own mortality. How many of these will it take to open your eyes?

    The position your taking please ask yourself, is it personal, is it political or is it in the best interest of my fellow man. I know that each of us will have own Day of Atonement, I guarantee it. Perhaps this is why I myself have been writing so much on this topic. I guess you can always hope this will not be question asked of you.

    Enjoy the 4th. We truly have something to celebrate!

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      Steve,

      Sorry I was away for a couple of days. First of all you don’t know me or what type of person that I am. Just to let you know I am a devout christian that can’t wait for my day of atonement. One of the teachings we are given is that we are to be good stewards of Gods money. It is after all his money. Sorry for the spiritual references but you brought it up.The reason that I’m opposed to this act is that the country can’t afford it. Plain and simple. What difference does it make if everyone has insurance and the government goes broke and can’t pay? What good is having insurance when you can’t find a doctor to treat you because no one will be going into the profession? Why does the government feel it necessary to ORDER people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Paul Allen to get insurance when they can surely pay ANY medical bill that comes their way? One size doesn’t fit all, but that’s what this plan tries to accomplish. There are other less onerous ways to address the problem. What to lower costs? Two things come to mind that would have an immediate affect. 1- allow for competition. Eliminate the monopolies by state. Let people shop around to other states, or countries, for insurance. Competition always brings down costs and improves the product. 2-cap awards for malprctice suits. I’m no genious but numerous economists agree that this would bring down costs.

  16. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1deborah nowicki

    I was a Senior Corporate Analyst for JP Morgan Chase, while pursuing my second Master’s Degree in International Economics in the 2007-2009 time-frames. I recall one day walking into my boss’s office and saying, we are headed for a total collapse of the global economy. He said, the economy is great, what are you talking about and laughed. You see, I did the underwriting for the large global clients who were leveraged to the max! That leveraging is unsustainable. Everyone in Washington and Wall Street knew it, but in their quest for greed, they continued the path, despite the consequences. As I studied for my International Economics Degree, with a fascination on China, I studied the indebtness the United States has with China. Again, in the relationship of U.S. debt to China and the decline in the U.S. economy, the U.S. continued and continues to accept imports from China that are far inferior to the regulations encumbered upon them, i.e. approximately 65% of the imported tuna is contaminated. The U.S. accepts and distributes it knowingly, as it can’t divulge such knowns of its “banking life-line” indiscretions. One consequence of a contaminated food supply is Cancer, which has been on the rise, is a huge money-maker for U.S. business. Are you getting the correlation of- on the rise at the cost of our demise yet?

    After JPMorgan had enormous layoffs, I then moved on to be a fraud investigator with NH Employment Security, which since has also had huge layoffs themselves. You guessed it, including the fraud investigators and yes including my position. You do not have to be a “rocket scientist” to figure out the unemployed far exceeds 8%. The rapid closing of large and small businesses, the foreclosures, the breakdowns of the American family units, the rise in violent crimes and robberies, and the laundry list clearly reflects the current status of our beloved Country & middle-class, where English has become a second language to the rapid influx of illegals who are provided all the free benefits we have paid for and yet cannot obtain ourselves.

    The Federal Government, the States and Towns say cut, cut, cut and they are broke. When you simply look at the compensation the 1% continues to make in our Government, School Administration and Publicly Traded Stock Exchange Corporations, while middle-class Americans sets up their “tent-camps”. Yes, even here in Londonderry! You simply look at the “lunacy” of how the “absurdity becomes normalcy in time and how we are bombarded in the media that we are on the upswing”? Really! When people with one or two Master’s Degrees are making $10/hour on temp assignments, with no health benefits for their families…When more than 50% of this year’s college grads with an average of $100K in loans cannot even find a job at Market Basket at $8/hr. for part-time openings. Really! As for the 4.3 Million jobs created (?), would that 4.3M be the part-time $10/hr. temp assignments? Do the simple math, 30Million full time with benefits jobs, minus 4.3 Million part-time jobs with no benefits = 26Million + out of work with no benefits. Oh yes, you can obtain Cobra at say $1000-2500/month for your family…Really? You can spend 1-2 years searching online for the “fictitious” “phishing” job postings.

    In doing one of my Master’s theses, I researched the Great Depression and what were some of the key components to its “turnaround? Do you know some of America’s finest businesses were founded then? Google it…very interesting! I learned my favorite, the consumption of chocolate, was on the rise in the Great Depression! Have you seen the price of it lately? Yes, a bag of chocolate is more expensive than the fictional shortage of gasoline prices per gallon we pay. One thing you CANNOT do is stop believing in the people that worked their tails off and believed there is a better tomorrow and we can be a day closer to our dreams! Come on Baby Boomers…as the famous words spoken on 911 are remembered…Let’s do this…Let’s Roll! That doesn’t mean on our backs, it means let’s roll over all the B.S. propaganda we are being fed and get back to a REALITY check!

    America, yes let’s celebrate today what our forefather’s and troops fought for and sacrificed their lives for our FREEDOM. After we celebrate today, let’s work in a positive direction to regain our freedom and our DIGNITY that we appear to have been robbed of. Every person does make a difference! Use your social media and your voice and say, as a great movie line from Network is recalled…”I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!”

    God Bless this GREAT Country and its people!
    Keep the Faith! ~Deb Shimkonis Nowicki 7/04/12

  17. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

    Good insight into what has happened since 07, but many fail to see the connection with NAFTA (remember that giant sucking sound?) and the current President and congress to keep giving away our manufacturing base and jobs.
    As we transition to a knowledge based economy what are we to do with all the high school diploma’s?
    Too often our leaders are putting the world ahead of the American people, only way to change is to run for office and don’t vote in (again) the fools who got us here!!

  18. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Martin, yes, I remember. I remember Ross Perot: “NAFTA will kill this country”. But he was a kook right? So was the guy that said the repeal of the Glass Steagall act could cause the finacial collapse of the banking industry, Crazy guy too. How bout Bush trying to privitizing Social Security? Dodged a bullet there. Yup, everyones looking out for Americas interest. As far as the current President, the US has been “for sale” (outsourcing) for a long time now. Just ask Romeny he’s the expert. And that’s why I have been posting. Yet again Obama is trying to make a differnece in loosing up the strangle hold the insurance companies have had on not only every american, but small business as well. But we can all see the results the shock and internal terror campaign have had. Guess that’s what 4 Insurance lobbyists for every member of Congress (buys) gets you. Perhaps we need to view our two party system as the real threat it has become?

  19. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

    Who cares how many lobbyist there are for every congressman! I don’t vote for the congressman with the most lobbyists. The lobbyists don’t as a group out vote the American people, we have only to blame ourselves for what is going on today. We voted these people in time after time even when we know they are not looking out for our interest.
    I am not interested in going toward a socialist or neo-marxist type of government (which is what Obama and his comrades want). Why do we have to suffer for the next 50-70 years as this Ameican version of socialism/neo-maxism will eventually collapse on its own.
    Hasn’t anyone learned the lessons from the collapse of Russia, and the current euro-socialism?
    Regulated capitalism worked, it had worked from the 50′s to the 90′s when deregulation was the business idea of the month! Remember it was Bill Clinton who sign the law getting rid of Glass/Steagall!
    The only thing Bush is guilty of, is trying to out Democrat the Democrats.

  20. -4 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Oh Martin, that’s republican propoganda at it’s finest. It is part of the agenda drawn up by the Insurance companies to be paroted by the Republican to be spewed out on pages like these to fool the american public.

    And I believe that was one of the agenda items “Impress dangers of moving to a solicist society”. So what are you saying? you too want to condem americans to the same old system. Stop the very thing that help the economy grow? All because you’ve been told “Ohhhh It’s bad” You should care, along with the lobbyist came Billions of dollars of your and my insurance premiums to ‘fight” healtcare refrom. You want to talk about Bush; now there someone that was on a mission to to destroy this country.

    I’ll do you a favor, Take a look and be informed. And then do the right thing. Stop being part of the problem, become part of the solution!
    30 Minutes, Bill Moyer PBS with Wendell Potter to become informed. I think that’s a deal. And goes for the rest of the Blind here!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmEwhakknkk&feature=player_detailpage Part: 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMSk4nfnce8&feature=player_detailpage Part:2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAKtW1W6Y74&feature=player_detailpage Part: 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxT8xHlIZt4&feature=player_detailpage Part: 4

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Larry

      Hi Steve -

      Just a question regarding your apparent disdain for the “same old system” — American entrepreneurship and capitalism.

      Do you believe that a more socialist model gives the citizens a better social system? If so, how do you feel about the current European issues regarding sustainability of their heavy social plan expenditures? Which country in that continent would you point to as being the best example of how America has lost the battle of economics and sociology?

      Additionally, given your comment regarding the lunacy of the idea of privatization of social security (a move I strongly support) I assume that you believe the government (in all of its embodiments) needs to raise its revenues dramatically to support the huge financial obligation that social security, medicare, medicaid and the interest on the national debt represent? What percentage of your earned income do you believe should be passed on to the government?

      I won’t insult you, as you do others, by implying that my perspective is the only correct viewpoint into the multitude of issues that we face. I am truly interested in what you see as a viable alternative to the old-school American standard – which, in my opinion, is not a perfect system by any means, but a system designed to allow for perfect opportunities for all its citizens who were willing to work toward their dream.

  21. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Here it is all in one URL Don’t know how much easier I can make it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7QwX_soZ1GI

  22. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Larry thanks for the comment. It is really two different things. There are those lobbying hard that a capitalist system on something that is a human necessity works. It does not work! All the evidence confirms this. This particular issue is as clear as day to me. This is very different from Capitalism overall. It is really intended to confuse people on the issue.

    My comment of Privatization of Social Security was simply based on if we had done it, (ie Invested in it) It would have gotten Flushed away. If you want to privatize, I am not sure how without taking away the human element of greed and corruption, as this can be deemed as a Human Necessity as well. But that’s another topic.

    Again, I do want to take this away for the Human Crisis Issue. It is of upmost importance to me. Great boost to the economy is only a side benefit. The reality is Most people are ONE paycheck away from joining the ranks of the uninsured.

    I hear you on the insult thing. It is very difficult when it a “you against the world” thing. Like Deborah posted. “I’m mad as hell”. I live in REAL World. My attempts are to open people’s eyes. Expose what’s happening. Make them look at reality; look at who’s pulling the strings. If everyone wants to buy into Parroted information PAID for by insurance dollars, that’s their choice. But that’s real.

    Larry, I won’t insult you either on the last bit. But please know the system you are talking about is purely a PROFIT driven system, which has dictated who and who won’t receive healthcare. It has (is) breaking the backs of the Fabric of America. It controls both parties in Washington. Either we start to break away and move forward as county or we don’t.

    I encourage you to watch the link.

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Larry

      Thanks for the reply Steve.

      I would like to discuss the capitalism aspect first – and then move to the current problems.

      I would propose that our system (the American capitalist system) worked very, very well for over one hundred and fifty years of our country’s life. This system that you detest is the same system (with, in my opinion, few notable changes) that made the 20th century known around the world as the “American century”. Prior to the introduction of large scale welfare systems (I’m primarily thinking of the “Great Society” programs here) in the 60′s, the idea that the government was there to correct all wrongs and mend all ills was laughable.

      From my memories of that time, private charities and religious groups were the primary support structure for those disenfranchised or disadvantaged citizens who had fallen on bad times (for whatever reason) and needed a helping hand. Being on the public dole was embarrassing and shameful for many, which seemed to reinforce the positive aspects of working and becoming a productive member of our society.

      This attitude toward government welfare systems, in all of their forms, has changed dramatically in the past 40-50 years. Not only is the shame gone from needing assistance – it is now common to hear of folks that have several children, with multiple partners, all of whom don’t work and for whom we continue to pay off the backs of the productive citizens. This, of course, is unsustainable at its root. (To put this in perspective, when Social Security was enacted there were 159 workers for every beneficiary… now there are less than 2.9 workers for every beneficiary. Note the 400% increase in beneficiaries between 1955 and 1975 in this government data. http://www.ssa.gov/history/ratios.html)

      Although you would seem to consider that the evil in the present system is profit – I’d offer a perspective that the true evil in the system is the belief that somebody else owes you something you didn’t earn. This basic “entitlement” philosophy has been tried many times in many countries, but it never seems to last very long.

      I traveled extensively prior to my retirement the end of last year, and having experienced both the Soviet and Chinese systems (prior to the fall of the Soviet system) as well as many Eastern European countries – I’d defy anybody to point out how to motivate folks to produce for whom “success” has no meaning?

      There’s a very old joke about a man who has been approved to buy a Soviet-built vehicle and went to the dealer to setup the purchase. The dealer tells him the car will be delivered 6 years later on July 14th. The buyer asks whether the delivery will be in the morning or afternoon – and the dealer says the morning.

      The buyer says – “that’s a good thing, because the plumber is coming that afternoon”.

      And please don’t think this premise doesn’t apply to medical care. As Canada’s Danny Wilson (premier of Newfoundland and Labrador) remarked when asked why he came to Florida for his heart surgery instead of having the procedure done in Canada – “I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics”.

      Let me know your thoughts on capitalism. (Also, I retired from a company who manufactures products around the world – so I am interested in your perspective on outsourcing and its impact.)

  23. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Larry, I gogng to have to postpone that conversation. I have been writing my head off about Affordable Health care lately. In addition to phone calls. I do work however which makes it tough. As soon I get beyond this topic, we will.

  24. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hello Bill, thanks for sharing you are a devout Christian. I will share that I was raised in the Catholic Faith. However, I cannot agree that “we need to be good stewards of God’s money”. I believe be need to be good stewards of our fellow man, without expecting anything in return. Yes, I do know that is anti-Capitalism statement, sorry. I have to tell you that would be a tough sell; we can spend vast amounts of money to fight wars, but spending money to help my fellow man is was not a good use of your money?

    Since you have been away perhaps you haven’t seen the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7QwX_soZ1GI

    What you will discover is that most of the American public has been fooled. Meaning, they are parroting phrases they have been taught, much like actors on stage. Ask any of them why are you saying that; and the truth will be revealed. I understand as it is difficult for me realize as well, that independent thinking is a thing of the past. Most only respond to fear tactics.

    I have to say: I do feel like kicking in the doors of every church in town and yelling “practice what you preach”. And to borrow the Dante quote: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality”. Believe, don’t believe, that is up to you. I do however ask if there is a way to strip away the 3 year propaganda campaign, take off the political hat, look with eyes other than how does this affect ME, that you give it a try. Perhaps we still have a chance.
    Good Luck!

  25. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    Hi Steve,

    You think this thing is great! Not a tax. Remember everyone, thanks to POTUS we need pay 3% of the sale of our property to pay for his entirely free health care for the masses.

    Steve, you complain about Londonderry. $300,000 dollar home sold means you pay your friend Obamanation for the “lower joke cost health care”.

  26. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Steve Homsey

    Hi Fred2, I have to be honest, I didn’t know what POTUS was and had
    to look it up. So much as your information goes; either purposley misleading or misinformed. Here’s how I read it:

    After January 2013, those individuals making over $200,000 (or $250,000 for married couples filing jointly) who sell their home will pay a 3.8% tax after the first $250,000 on PROFITS from a personal residence – or after the first 500,000 in the case of a married couple.

    Since it’s based on profit, I’d say at least in the short term most don’t have anything to worry about.

    If you got that from someone on TV, remember they are just parroting things they been told to say based on half truths designed to spread fear. As I said before: Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution!

    As for complaining about Londonderry, I complain about what has happened to Londonderry mostly.

  27. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    Steve,

    Check the law you support. There is a 3% tax that will go to POTUS when ever (including you) sell your home to pay for this obamanation.

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