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Citing economic progress and other achievements, President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the contention that 2013 was the worst year of his presidency. FULL STORY
The President gave a very optimistic outlook for 2014. "We head into next year with an economy that's stronger than it was at the start of the year," Obama said. "I firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America."
Republican strategist John Feehery and Democratic strategist Penny Lee join hosts Van Jones and Newt Gingrich for a debate about President Obama's next year.
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just remember those who will like ACA are the highly subsidized folks…those who are decent wage earners will pay more for less…and they will not be happy. Most of the sign ups for medicaid won't vote, and the medicare (older voters) are beginning to understand what the 700 billion stolen from them means in their care. The insurance industry gets it now they have been manipulated and so has the AMA and big pharma…so good luck to those leftist who supported this mess and are running in 2014. Obama is declassifying Bush documents associated with the iraq war to demean the GOP as a distraction, that is how desperate he is…will the voters see this for what it is?
Smitty: Hate to disappoint you pal, but there's no need for point and blame because the far right has already sowed the seeds of its own destruction. Look for the words "updated US credit report" in my other posts. Also, look for no change in the Senate and a massive change in the House in the mid terms.
cmml: Once again, you're wrong. By mid year 2014, over 50% of those eligible for ACA will have enrolled; 80% of them will like it and 20% won't. The ACA hullabaloo will be 2013's news because a crisis for the far right will have pushed it aside. What crisis? The updated US credit rating revised for the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat. The rating, issued by mid year, will drop two levels and increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points, adding about $100 billion to the deficit. At this point, the business community will likely make good on its threat to withdraw all support for far right candidates. In addition, you should expect an Executive Order by March 31 that will eliminate gerrymandering
The lowered credit rating and deficit increase will be the defining issues in the mid terms. Expect no change in the Senate and a sea change in the House.
think if the President brings the fact of reducing full time jobs and an economy where many Americans are working 2 and 3 part time jobs with less benefits such as medical coverage he'll sell his idea quickly. That is the reality of this country now. If your not blessed with a full time job many are working part time. Then even to add with the cost of living and the reducing salaries Americans cannot depend on charities and other people to live their American Dream. American needs more full time jobs and better paying jobs quickly.
I think if the President brings the fact of reducing full time jobs and an economy where many Americans are working 2 and 3 part time jobs with less benefits such as medical coverage he'll sell his idea quickly. That is the reality of this country now. If your not blessed with a full time job many are working part time. Then even to add with the cost of living and the reducing salaries Americans cannot depend on charities and other people to live their American Dream. American needs more full time jobs and better paying jobs quickly.
Sorry to all but this is post is targeted to Ben Ferguson, a political analyst on CNN. Every time I see his bent perception of facts being uttered by him I am inclined to pot a scotch and watch Fox (HA). He is rude, singlemindedly to the right politically fellow, bent on attacking Obama at any cost. WHy he is on CNN, well I for one will turn the channel when I see this guy roam the CNN show circuit babbling his brand of personal hatred, biased commentary, and just plain unprofessional demeanor.
The federal court's recent decision states that the constitution is null and void since our war on terror declaration. The court is saying we loss the first battle, 911. We should at least have a constitutional convention and officially remove the amendments that we can not keep. What NSA has been given the geen light for is nothing less than treason.NSA is the caboose car at the end of a long train of governmental abuses.Our fore fathers were more than leaders, they were prophets. Their prophecy was written in their declaration of independence. Thomas and the gang predicted the toposition that we the people are in today. After a long train of governmental abuse, we were pretty much told that the ball is in our court, the citizenry.To throw off the current form of government and build a new one. With the current technology, we can demonstrate to the world, a peaceful, non violent change thru deconstruction and not destruction. Peace Citizen Nord man from Flint
citizen Bernard Nord: good luck to you. Read Article 5 of the Constitution; it would take 2/3's of Congress and 38 states to enact an Amendment. right now, you couldn't get 2/3's of Congress to agree on what day of the week it is.
At least now we know it's the products of a failed educational system that make up the *twitterverse.* 2014 will start to look like a nightmare real soon. Whatever happened to the student loan trillion dollar debt? Hope everyone will love paying for Medicaid.
Who cares if it is better or worse for Obama – they real question will it be better or worse for America.
Dump Obamacare or it will be much worse.
BO: You want to dump him; come up with an impeachable offense he has committed, send the evidence to your Representative and DEMAND that he begin impeachment proceedings, which takes only a simple majority. If your Representative is successful, the matter will move to the Senate for a trial supervised by the Chief Justice. conviction requires 67 votes, so 22 Democrats would have to vote with the Republican Senators to find the president guilty of the impeachment charges. If he were convicted, Biden would take over his job.
So, give it a try – although you might be going from the frying pan into the fire. And if he were acquitted, voter reaction against GOP overreach would be severe.
Considering his integrity and level of relevant experience won't improve...2014 will be just as bad as the last 6.
We need to wake up. the Democrat Party has been hijacked. This Comrade and Chief has hijacked our system and now paints anyone with any opposing views as an enemy. Obama has failed us, the Democrat Senate has failed us. The Democrat Senate rammed through this Health Bill without even considering the ramifications. They accused all those who wanted to slow down and consider this Health Care Bill as racist. We now see the voice of Republicans as a voice of Wisdom and he people will remember this in midterm elections.. Fire Reid! Fire Pelosi.. and the rest and start over!!
Start over from what. If you think the AHCA/ Obama care will be repealed, you got another think coming. This law will not be repealed even if the republicans take over the Senate. You know why, the republicans will only try to tweak the law and call it something else. In reality it will still be Obama Care. You can take that to the bank.
Jjr67: Just as bad for whom? Actually, 2014 will be great for the Democrats and horrible for right wing radicals. Why? Within the next 90 days, look for an Executive Order that will eliminate gerrymandering, and the release of the updated US credit rating, downgraded by two levels to reflect the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat. This will raise the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points and grow the deficit by about $100 billion. This event will likely precipitate the business community into withdrawing all support for far right candidates, as previously threatened.
We will be luckuy to have a nation when 2014 coloses then alone worry about if this puppet of the money lenders is still chirping from his soap box. The deluded house of cards will crumble, if not in 2014 then soon there after. QE3 will end and the market bubbles will pop on a scale never seen before. The enemies of the United States will then move and their allies will not. The money lenders will not bail us out because they own stakes in all the players and will milk the demise of the West as they segway to the east only to support the next power that be in their path to wealth domination. The reigns of power will not be released and one godo deed of the guy on our twenty dolalr bill will prove genius. Jackson part deux where are you?
cmml: Please give me a cite from a nonpartisan source for your 20% prediction. Or, like many of your radical cohorts, did you just make it up?
We have the most Partisan Radical and Leftist President ever and its amazing that He has the audacity, along with his Worshipers, to call anyone with a voice of concern or question as radical and extremist. As a Democrat...I am sad that our Party has been hijacked by extremist from the left!! He has demonized Democrats who differ with his views, he has demonized the only check to his power, the Republican Congress,. Obama wants total unchecked power, and this should scare all of us!! Republicans and Democrats and Independents!!
You are no democrat or you have been watching to many RWNJ comentators. Obama is a moderate. If you like those republicans then call yourself a republican.
With the arrogance and ignorance of Reid passing the Nuclear Option, and thus the Senate only needing 50 votes to pass bills, this is going to bite the dems in the backside come Jan 2015. Remember Biden's warning of this back when the dems were in the minority. Karma's a witch.
Dave: Man, are you ignorant! The nuclear option only applies to presidential appointees. There are no changes related to legislation, which BTW, requires 51 votes, not 50 – unless there is a filibuster. And I don't think the Dems are too worried bout the reins changing hands. In the mid terms, look for no change in the Senate and a Sea change in the House. I have written why that will happen in other posts – look for the words "US credit rating downgrade". The far right has sowed the seeds of its own destruction.
Then in 2016, look for the election of the first woman president of America. Why? Because women comprise 53% of the voting pool. So, the earliest that the liberals would have to worry about the nuclear option wold be in 2020.
I believe Obama "jumped the shark" one too many times with the media and then this complete failure of the "Obamacare" (his words) roll-out. The overall negative number of individuals insured come Jan 1, 2014 will be stunning.
Imagine if you will! Jan 5th, (or thereabouts), 2015. Obama sitting in the Oval Office. Alone. Terribly alone. A Republican Senate of 60+ Senators. A House of Representatives, over 2/3rds Republican. Looking through a stack, (or two or three), of "resignations", from key posts within his administration of "rats leaving a sinking ship" (as it were). Alone, feeling blue, defeated and "whupped". Having gone down to the biggest, most humiliating political defeat as a party in modern American Politics. Faced with the realization, that as a "lame duck", nothing – absolutely nothing will save Obama Care. Nothing will be vetoed, as a small delay will occur in sending "vetoed" bills back to the heavily weighted Congress that will unanimously pass all of those vetoed bills into law. Yup! That's got to be the loneliest feeling in the world. Being President. Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Leader of the nation. Totally emasculated. Powerless and without any hope of having a legacy at all, save for being the 1st Black President and little else. Too bad. It could all have been very different. Almost "up there with Washington and Lincoln" in respect, honor and a "true legacy", if he just had not lied, did as he promised. But no! As the old adage goes: "Power corrupts! Absolute power corrupts absolutely!" That is the "true" Obama Administration Legacy".
Tom1940: Keep on dreaming until 1.) an early 2014 Executive Order eliminates gerrymandering, and 2.) America's credit rating drops two levels because of the shutdown and default threat. this latter action will increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points, an increase of over $100 billion to the deficit. At this point, the business community will carry through on its threat to withhold support from far right candidates.
Steve you are under arrest for Posting While Intoxicated on DNC Kool Aid.
Tom1940: Here's what I imagine. By the end of winter, the revised US credit rating, updated for the impact of the far right cause shutdown and default threat will have been issued. It will drop the rating two levels and cause an increase in the cost of borrowing of 200 basis points, which will grow the deficit by about $100 billion. I also imagine that an Executive Order that eliminates gerrymandering will have been issued, and that the business community will make good on its threat to withhold support for far right candidates.
Then, in the mid terms, I imagine no change in the Senate and a massive change in the House. In January 2015, I imagine the impeachment of Darrel Issa on the same charges as those that impeached Senator Joseph McCarthy 60 years ago.
2014 will be worse for Obama,,he will loose the senate and have no one to help fight for his Trickle Up Poverty agenda
the real quaestion should be "can it get much worse for Obama?"
2014 will be a worse year for Obama as Americans realize the increased costs of HC caused by Obamacare.
I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.
Bull timmy boy, VPs at Health Insurance companies make no where near $600k. And Yes, I know this from experience. Nice try though.
Depends on which house of congress you are talking about. Republicans will probably lose seats in the house, but keep a majority of the seats due to gerrymandering. They'll gain seats in the senate due to where the senate races are, but only have about a 40% chance of gaining the majority.
John Tarnofsky: Look for an Executive Order before June 30 that will end gerrymandering. Then reflect on the fact that the credit rating agencies have not revised the US rating to reflect the shutdown and default threat. This will probably be published in Q1 and drop the US rating by two levels, causing an increase of 200 basis points that the US will have to pay on borrowings, which could easily add $100 billion to the deficit. This bad news for the country will be real bad news for the far left because the business community will carry through on its threat to withhold support for the radicals. So, a year from now, in the mid-terms, we should have a lot of happy liberals and a similar amount of glum conservatives.
Steve you obviously want this to be true so very badly. Hate to disappoint you, but GOP is not going for another shut down. They are just going to stand back, let Obama desperately destroy the last shred of Obamacare's actuarial viability by legislating desperate political survival fixes from the White House.
The beneficiaries of Obamacare will be outnumbered 10:1 by those who are being tax hiked and premium jacked to pay for Democrats new voting block. Obama has been busted wide open in the first of many lies told to pass Obamacare. Premium will skyrocket just in time for mid terms as the Death Spiral of private insurance originally intended to make us
scream for single payer gets under way.
All the GOP has to do is stand by and watch, run 24/7 clips of all the Oh So Earnest promises Obama made to pass his signature legislation. Those clips won't even need a voice over for the desired effect.
Pharmgirl: We don't need another shutdown. The one we had this fall that was caused by the far right will be more than enough. S&P and the other credit rating agencies have not yet updated the US rating to reflect those actions. That report will be published before spring gets here and will be catastrophic for the far right.
Smitty: See my reply to damon. Don't count your chickens yet, but plan for a GOP disaster in a year; no Senate change – goodbye House. Oh, and the frosting on the cake: Hillary will decide to run by mid year, guaranteeing that the first chance of recovery for the GOP will be 2020. If you want to know why Hillary will win, post a question for me.
Im not smug as you put it. Just cause Obama has totally choked, why would I be rooting for the GOP. You people do not impress me. Does any one think for themselves anymore??? What is Hilly your Idol, you need something to hang on to ??? If she gets elected and does the job fine by me. I don't care who runs/ gets elected as long as they work and our honest, something the last the last three preses all lacked.
Steve, You ought to look at the senate races carefully. There is a chance that the senate becomes 50-50 in November. The House doesn't appear to be in jeopardy for the Republicans.
Can't wait until the employer mandate kicks in... That will tip the scales strongly to the righ
cmml: Are you familiar with the acronym "OBE"? It means overcome by events, and that's what the brouhaha about the ACA will be by mid 2014. Why? Because early next year the credit rating agencies will issue their updated US credit ratings, revised to reflect the impact of the shutdown and default threat. The US rating will probably drop two levels, causing an increase in borrowing costs of 200 basis points, which in turn will increase the deficit by over $100 billion. When this becomes known, look for the business community to carry through on its threat to not support right wing radical candidates.
cmml: Read my other posts about the far right having planted the seeds for a $100 billion increase in the deficit. I am not the least concerned about the Senate for reasons previously stated in other posts, plus the Executive Order that will end gerrymandering.
Yes...Hope for the GOP To lose all power then you will have a President with absolutely no check to his desire for absolute authority!! You foolish and deceived people. You let this man deceive you into believing that any resistance is bad.. Not that the resistance from the GOP is actually the only protection from this Power mad President!!
vmb: Have you ever read the first tow Articles of the Constitution? Apparently not, because loads of checks and balances in that document make it impossible for any president to do what you allege.
Read it some time. It has 7 Articles and 27 Amendments and if you have decent reading speed you should be able to get through it in 4 or 5 hours.
Smitty: See my reply to Damon before you get too smug.
Hard to be worse, but as corruption continues to be revealed, he has no where to go but down.
Might go down as one of the worst ever
That is for sure!
"Tricky Dick's" End Justifies the Means Lies and Dirty Tricks combined with Carters ineptitude.
Got to be better can't be any worse,
You mean he will be around the whole year of 2014 too? Are you serious?
lela: Of course he will. Read Article 2 of the Constitution. the sitting president has the same rights as any other president, past or future. You'll just have to suck it up until Hillary replaces him in three years, or unless he gets impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. Of Course, if he were to be convicted, he would be replaced by Biden. So, it's likely that the first chance you have for any real relief will be in 2020.
The only reason he is still in office is because people shudder to think of Biden as POTUS. God helps us!! We are already a laughing stock of the World. We have already sold out our allies! The Democrat Senate needs a Shake up in 2014! Reid and Pelosi and the rest need to be Made examples of for pushing the an agenda that has been a disaster!
Right Steve. You say this about a president with a high 30s approval rating, who just won Lie of the Year, with a rapidly imploding signature legislation opposed 2:1 by the people.
You are free to return to your Obamatemple to resume your ritual.
How about we talk about the small amount of gays in this country. You know the 1%. Because that's way more important than Obamacare's epic failure. Real important matters don't seem to get a segment anymore.
A valid point
worse, way worse
damon: You're wrong and here's why. by mid year, 2/3's of those eligible will have enrolled in the ACA;80% will like it and 20% won't. but the big reason will be bad news for the country and Republicans, but good news for all Democrats. Within 90 days, the credit rating agencies like S&P and Fitch will issue revised credit ratings for the country that reflect the impact of the shutdown and default threat. the rating will drop two levels, causing a 200 basis points increase in the cost of borrowing; this, in turn will add $100 billion+ to the deficit.
Look for the business community to formally sever its relationship with the far right. Also, before the end of March, look for an Executive Order that ends gerrymandering. 2014 will be a great year for Democrats and terrible for far right radicals
Wow, nice fantasy. Obamacare has crippled the country, dude look around it don't work
Steve, You're wrong and here's why. By mid year, less than 20% of those between 27 and 32 will have signed up for Obamacare and all the insurance companies in the market will announce dramatic increases in premiums for those who have signed up. The Fed will cease quantitative easing and the markets will tumble and it will be blamed on the new Chairperson of the Fed who will be an Obama appointee, so America will blame Obama. There will be no budget controversy next year because that deal has been made. Republicans around the country will simply campaign against the increased cost of HC and the lies that have been told by democrats in the Congress.
Sounds like a scared Boy whistling in the dark. Obamacare is an absolute disaster and to still defend it as a Positive reflects a level of denial I find unbelievable!! Get out of denial!! You support one of the biggest legislative disaster I have ever seen in my 40 years of voting!!! I am not defending this Senate and President anymore!! I voted for Obama.. but I am not supporting him and this Senate again!
Better, now that's rich. Liar of the year, Solyndrea, NSA, Fast and Furious. etc, etc What does the rest of the world think when the president of the USA wins liar of the year. Yeah nothing but sugarplums. All Obama fans start now with the point and blame.
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