@proftom: "why would our esteemed legislature waste time grandstanding with moves such as Rep.Spencer is doing (other than it being election season)"
I believe your statement applies to our esteemed President also. I'd venture to say that everyone is confused by now, whether you are for or against Obamacare. There have been so many changes and postponements to this law since it's inception, it's become laughable, most of them solely by the President himself.
Perhaps after the 2014/2016 elections, it will become clearer. Do they really think citizens are that stupid? The answer is, yes, they do! Don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain.posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:55
@cyou299: What "details", what "reality"? You mean the details that have yet to emerge from Lois Lerner, who continues to refuse to testify by taking the fifth? What is she afraid of saying that would incriminate her, and why would she need immunity from prosecution, if she, or anyone else is not culpable?
I'd venture to say the the foot dragging and evasive tactics we've witnessed since this investigation began, is the true sad and scary part. There are currently multiple investigations being held over the IRS targeting groups for their political beliefs, yet not one has reached a definitive conclusion. Evidently you, like the President, have. Where is the logic in that?posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:36
Excellent Op-Ed Mr. Thomas!!
@cyou299: Evidently there are those minorities that are convinced that charter schools help their kids. Just ask the parents of those who are outraged at New York's Mayor deBlasio, who is choosing to close them. Results don't lie.posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:17
"That is politically and substantively a much harder sell than the one we've got — a much harder sell," she told congressional Democrats in September 1993, predicting it could send "shock waves" through the "currently insured population."
Fast forward to 2014: It could, and has.
"A Clinton-era memo noted that the policy promised people could "'pick the health plan and the doctor of your choice.' This sounds great and I know that it's just what people want to hear. But can we get away with it?"
Once again, fast forward to 2014: It might have been what citizens wanted to hear, but it is not what they got. Obviously, the Obama Administration, and the Democrats had no qualms getting caught red handed deceiving the American public. Sad!
Talk about de javu!posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:09
Teddy Roosevelt's admonition to the American people: "Speak softly, but carry a big stick."
Barack Obama's admonition to the American people: Threaten loudly, but assure your enemies that you have no stick.posted @ Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:48
@mpd0.59: "The military should focus on increasing special forces, combating and waging cyberwarfare, constructing deeper intelligence gathering networks, and developing the abiity to fight battles from afar."
You mean like the NSA Intelligence gathering, or the Drone Program? Once again I don't disagree with what you are saying, but we can't have it both ways.
Many Americans want an open door immigration policy, but balk at efforts by the NSA to track those who have entered here with the intent on doing us harm. Tracking U.S. to overseas phone calls and E-Mails that could provide information on terrorists. Many Americans are against boots on the ground, but balk the at the drone program, which is "fighting battles from afar". Once again, you can't have it both ways.
Nonetheless, whether it's fighting wars with technology, planes, tanks or combat troops, all cost money, money that we are quickly running out of.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:17
@Ben Had: "Our military was intended to be used to protect our borders from invasion, right?"
Right! How's that working our for us so far? Mention putting Military presence on the borders of this country, and wait for the outcry.
I agree with you that we should not be the World's Police force, and that the Military could and should be used to protect our borders. However, with the lax immigration policies we have, that's not happening. The perpetrators of the attacks on 911 were here legally. The perpetrators of the Boston massacre were here legally, and they were being supported on the taxpayers dime, and on and on.
Let's be honest here. The reason our Military is being cut is that we can no long afford it. The number one priority of our forefathers was the protection of it's people from it's enemies both foreign and domestic. That's why the military was created in the first place.
That has now become unsustainable. A huge percentage of our gross national product, soon to reach 100% if something does not change, goes for interest on our massive and growing debt, and for entitlement and social programs to do for citizens what they used to do for themselves.
Couple that with the intent of some to disarm individual Americans, the vulnerability that results is frightening. I predict this is a decision we will all come to regret.
Forget the Military protecting our citizens. We need someone to protect us from ourselves.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:27
@JanetEHill: The only people President Obama is attempting to appease are voters who have seen their insurance canceled, premium costs go up, and benefits go down.
With all due respect, you don't have to be a mind reader to see that this latest delay is purely political. The negative affects this healthcare bill has had on many individuals, families and businesses is non-partisan.
Watching this Administration fumble and hem-haw each time a non biased report surfaces on the negative affects Obamacare is having. and will have, on jobs, individuals and businesses economic bottom line, would be amusing if it were not so pathetic.
The latest report from CMS is that 65% of all small businesses will see their premiums increase, not decrease. Counter argument from Dems: Don't forget the subsidies. Yep, subsidies that will come from the tax revenue collected from the very people who are being negatively affected by this law. Like it or not, for millions of Americans, this is a no-win.posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 09:18
Just one question here out of basic curiosity. If Obamacare is as profitable as some would have us believe, why did the President feel the need to postpone the mandate for small businesses until past the 2014 election?
Obviously, Ms. Hill is in the minority among the small business community, and the President knows it.posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:44
"He made no direct mention of China or Russia, but both are investing heavily in their military capabilities."
Enough said. Discounting the increasing terror groups throughout the Middle East, bent on doing us harm, the above statement should be enough to convince everyone that reducing our fighting forces to pre-WWII levels is a huge mistake.posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:19
Many on this forum have assumed since day one, that a death penalty verdict is a given in this case. It is not. As much as I would love to see that happen, it will be a miracle if it does.
Clarke County is among, if not the most, liberal county in Georgia. Unless this case is tried elsewhere, I don't see the death penalty being given in this, or any other case here. All it takes is one hold out
It has been three years since the murder of Officer Christian, and the wounding of Officer Howard. Their families and the citizens of this county have been forced to witness and endure his attention getting antics before the Court, and his spewing of ridiculous accusations against Officer Howard. He is reveling in this, and will continue to do so.
The best thing that could happen in this case, would be for him to change his plea to guilty, and be put away for life. If not, I'm afraid all of this has been for naught. As cocky as he has shown himself to be, someone in the prison population would do the job for us before too long.
Three years of this is enough. No matter how, it is time for it to end, and bring some closure to the families of these Officers and the community that shared in their tragedy.posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:13
"Let’s support ‘trickle-up economics’ ".
Support it or not, the concept of "trickle-up economics", was put into place, and continues to be touted by the Obama Administration going on six years ago now. Their entire economic policy has been based on that concept.
The "rich" are richer, the "poor" are poorer, and growing in numbers, and the "middle class" is slowly disappearing. So please, tell us again how it's working out for us so far?posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:56
"There will be consequences if people step over the line," Obama said. . . .
Could this line be red I wonder?
Boy, I'll bet they are shaking in their little Ukrainian shoes!!posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 09:54
"But to be precise, millions of workers will choose to cut their working hours. What’s bad about that if that’s what they want?"
What's so bad about that?
Those who "choose" to cut their working hours will be able to do so, on the backs of those who are seeing their insurance premiums rise, and their coverage shrink, due to Obamacare.
The majority of those, I would assume, will not have the luxury of cutting their work hours. Many will have to increase them, or cut back sharply on other expenses in order to pay their higher premiums, deductible and co-pays.
This is the ever-present theory of "spreading the wealth around" that the President and his minions love to tout. The sad irony is, however, that it is not the wealth of the rich that is being spread, but the wealth of the shrinking middle class. For a President who constantly laments this shrinking middle class, he has done more to achieve it than any of his predecessors.
Ms. Harrop fails to mention how many of those who will see their jobs decrease to part-time, are not happy, and simply cannot afford the revenue cut. She also fails to mention how the loss of tax revenue will affect the economy as a whole.
@marshalld: You are correct, the President did give us a dose of reality during his State of the Union Message, and it was, in my humble opinion, an indictment of his very own Presidency. Five years in office, the first two under total Democratic control, billions of dollars spent in "stimulating" the economy, and we continue to live the reality of a weak economy. Obviously his policies and programs have resulted in little improvement, as you so stated, by his own admission.
If allowing over two million people to "stay at home", because "that's what they want", is one result of having the Federal Government take over one-sixth of our economy, discounting the other negative effects Obamacare is producing, then it becomes even less appealing as time goes by.
The Administration should have taken a little more time and thought in attempting to paint the CBO's report on Obamacare's affect on jobs in a positive light. Their current attempt to do so, is lame at best.posted @ Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:13
@Jim Thompson: No apology necessary! Obviously I was right when I suggested that I had missed your point of humor.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:14
@Jim Thompson: Nope, didn't post anything yesterday. You must have me confused with someone else.
I did respond to Mr. Sikora's op-ed of January 26th, titled the same as this one, resulting in my "Groundhog day" remark. That was my last post here. Perhaps that is what you are referring to, or else I am missing a point of humor here?posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:34
Is it "Groundhog Day" at the ABH? I'll give Mr. Sikora this, he doesn't give up easily. The old saying, "Thou doth protest too much", comes to mind.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:44
While I am the last one to defend government on any level, this is a classic example of why citizens shouldn't wait for "Government" to tell you how, and when to act. It's also a classic example of how so many of us have become unable or unwilling to think for ourselves, and blame others for the outcome. It seems the Mayor and Governor aren't the only ones attempting to shift blame.
No doubt, schools should have been closed, but as to telling people whether to go about their daily routines, at some point, you must use a little common sense, and make your own decisions. Schools don't have to be closed to keep your child at home.
Had the state and local officials told everyone to stay at home on Tuesday a.m., would the outcome have been different?
Government officials on all levels, do bear the responsibility of warning citizens of impending bad weather, and to treat roadways once they become impassable. However, let's be honest, everyone going about their daily routines, then attempting to leave all at the same time in a huge city, where the interstate is the main route of travel, was a disaster waiting to happen.
Future lesson to be learned here: When in doubt, don't wait for a weather report from the Mayor or Governor, use your head, and stay at home.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:40
@Used2baFreeCountry: "A senior State dept official acknowledged that in congressional testimony:"
Bingo!! In the future, Mr. Sikora should avail himself of the facts before offering an opinion.
He also fails to mention that the State Department had the option of pulling our personnel from Benghazi, as the British and the International Red Cross did, as they saw the situation there rapidly deteriorating.
The fact that they didn't, and then subsequently lied to the American people regarding cause, was blatant proof from the beginning, that this was a decision based on politics rather than security, or lack thereof.posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 11:11
"• Why would you give such publicity to people who have broken the law, and where is our national news, I always enjoyed the paper first thing in the morning, we want news, not just local chit chat."
I, for one, am glad to see an expanded law enforcement section. Reporting on the criminal activities of those who choose to break the law, when, where and the amount of criminal activity in this county should be paramount to all citizens. Burying our heads in the sand regarding crime statistics doesn't make us safer, it makes us more vulnerable.
There are numerous media outlets available to all regarding state and national news. Your local newspaper is the only outlet available to stay informed on political, governmental, social, and public safety issues that directly effect us as citizens. That is the only reason I decided to continue with the on line site.
Having said that, I agree with those who have opined that if we are to be charged for access to this website, we have the right to expect better service. Whether or not that occurs, will be the deciding factor in my continuing to subscribe.posted @ Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:57
@cyou299: Excellent post. Not often do I find myself agreeing with you, but here I do.
May I add to this, however, by saying much of what you said also applies to today's Black Americans.
We have a black President, black Cabinet members, Ambassadors, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Mayors, CEO's, successful businessmen, Bankers, Doctors, Lawyers, Public Safety personnel of all stripes, and on, and on and on.
There are advantages abundant for those of any minority, willing to obtain the education and skills to achieve them.
Like you, much of the tirade over those who see themselves as disadvantaged due to sex or race, has grown old, and as I see it, is mostly political in nature. There are just too many success stories among them to suggest otherwise.posted @ Monday, December 30, 2013 - 15:39
Amen, Mr. Costa!posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 09:15
@As I See It: Believe me, I'm not in the business of defending insurance companies, as I've had my share of fights with them over the years.
However, these companies are dropping coverage because they are mandated by the Obamacare law to provide coverage that most current polices do not cover. How many current policies in effect, be they individual or those provided by employers, provide FREE birth control for example. This is just one of many other requirements mandated under this law that most policies do not provide, and in fact many do not need, which is in turn, causing costs to rise, and individuals to lose coverage. It will eventually affect employer based coverage as well, once the business mandate goes into effect.
Your accusation of "historically inadequate coverage over the past decades", is an interesting one. How many people did you hear complaining about their coverage before this law was enacted? Insurance companies provided the coverage their policy holders dictated they cover, at the price they wanted to pay. It seems only reasonable to me, that you should be able to purchase only the coverage you want or need. It's called free market, allowing choice. That, it seems, is now gone.
Like it or not, Insurance companies are a for profit entity. They don't make a profit, they go out of business. Their costs rise, their coverage costs rise. As healthcare costs rise, their costs rise. There is nothing in the Obamacare law that lowers the cost of healthcare. The one thing that might have achieved that was Tort Reform, which was nixed by the Democrats.
I don't know of anything that Republicans pushed for that they actually got, except for the avoidance of socialized medicine, and they had the backing of most of the American people on that one. I say good on them for that.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:50
@As I See It: You are correct, I do not speak for you, nor is that my intent. I do believe, however, that I speak for many.
The simple fact that more people are losing insurance coverage than are gaining it, speaks for itself. Whether that changes in the near, or distant future, is anyone's guess.
Also, whether those who will be helped, offsets those who will be hurt, is also yet to be determined. It is important to note that those who may gain from this, will do so because of those who will lose from it.
People losing their insurance coverage, forcing them into coverage they do not want or need, costing them thousands of more dollars out of pocket, is not what they expected, or more importantly, were told.
It is also yet to be determined just how this added expense to families will reverberate throughout the economy. Don't forget the fact that just because an individual or family may not qualify for a subsidy, that does not make them wealthy. It will be interesting to watch, and sad, I believe.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:03
"Did you know about either of those things?"
Yes, Mr. Grimes I am aware of both of these issues, as I am quite sure many Americans are. Those who are not, are obviously not paying close attention, or are busy focusing on how to retrieve their lost insurance coverage, which they are so generously being "allowed" to keep for one more year.
I am reserving judgment on the issues you mention, until the time I see inspectors conclude that Iran's nuclear program has been dismantled, and what happens if, and when, the U.S. lifts it's economic sanctions against them, which is the obvious reason for their desire to "negotiate":
As to Syria, I don't believe military action was ever seriously considered, and they are still, and will continue to be a terrorist nation. One question I have, is why we are continuing to fight terrorists in Afghanistan, while negotiating with terrorist nations elsewhere.
As to the drop in the deficit, I see this as a result of two things. One, the tax increases both parties agreed to, and the sequestration cuts, one party fought tooth and nail.
Last but not least, the Stock Market. Once again, anyone paying attention knows the pumping of billions of dollars into the economy by the Fed is feeding this buying frenzy. Ever notice how it drops like a rock any time Bernanke mentions raising interest rates? It will be interesting to see what happens when, or if, they ever raise rates. In the mean time, those near or in retirement, who depend upon the interest earned on their hard earned savings to offset the cost of living, are not nearly as celebratory.
In closing, let me add that human nature dictates that Americans pay close attention to the issues that affect them personally, as well as their financial bottom line. Right now, that issue is the disaster that is Obamacare, and the negative effect it is having on them and their families, as well as the deception that continues to come from the Obama Administration.
Attempting to change the subject won't make that go away.posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:04
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more