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Political battle lines of 2014
December 23rd, 2013
05:55 PM ET

Political battle lines of 2014

Looking beyond the holidays, where are the political battle lines for 2014? Who should we keep our eyes on? What will be the biggest issues?

In the Crossfire tonight, conservative commentator Will Cain and former Obama adviser Neera Tanden join S.E. Cupp and guest host Marc Lamont Hill for a debate.

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  1. REGinAZ

    The likes of Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and so very many other “puppets” are really prime examples of what is wrong with today’s GOP, as they simply get their strong support and their “strings pulled” by those who hide behind the term “conservative” while aggressively pressuring for and being stubbornly concerned only with feeding their (“the money’s”) insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite. Obama and the Democrats definitely have their faults and there is that abundant biased propaganda constantly pushed to con and sway the people, but at the bottom line today’s GOP is owned and controlled by “the money” and as such, is totally incapable of ever honestly and responsibly governing for the people. The proof can be seen in their constant efforts at manipulation: like in the implementing, funding and directing to dupe and use the conservative Christian; then with the Swift-boat propaganda; and with the Tea Party movement, all aimed to move voters in the same single direction and to constantly provide “more” for “the money” (as clearly evidenced in who benefits and in the aggressively growing spread between the very wealthy and the majority). The need isn’t to redistribute the wealth, it is to establish and enforce a level (fair) playing field.

    It would be nice to have a strong third party of “moderates” representing the majority, including the total middle-class, to realistically compete and pressure the other two parties, but that isn’t today’s reality (the Supreme Court, voting 5 to 4 along party lines, has even ruled favoring the money, making it very difficult for quality candidates to ever compete without selling out to “the money”, let alone to allow the rise of a quality third party). In the final analysis it is up to the voters to put the propaganda completely aside, along with biases, prejudices, emotions and misplaced loyalties, in order to objectively and rationally choose to totally reject the “puppets”, who won’t ever benefit the people, and to pressure the others to serve the people, the majority, especially the total middle-class. The people really can’t individually compete with the influence of the many mega-million dollar contributions but when they simply become insulted and refuse to be taken for granted, refuse to be duped, used and abused as “pawns”, then their votes can count.

    January 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  2. janemarion

    As more and more Americans sign up for and experience the benefits of coverage under the ACA, the Republican contrived boogeyman will come crashing to earth.
    They will have no where to hide and their time will be spent attempting to walk back the most insidious claims of the last 5 years.
    Those on the extreme right fringe of their party will scream bloody murder as they are the ones who were taken in...hook, line and sinker. They will be left to wonder why nobody is talking anymore about repealing the socialist plan to destroy America.
    LOL.......
    Memo to the Republicans.....YOU LOSE !
    Again.

    January 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      And you can keep your doctor period. LOL

      January 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  3. dmf

    The GOP for years followed a strategy to do nothing , obstructionists and political gamesmanship in Congress . Their huge defeat in 2012 presidential elections in popular votes and Electoral College votes , loss of five seats in Senate and a few House seats House , tells it all ! The GOP establishment including Gov. Romney 's presidential election campaign either ignored 47 per cent and under estimated substantial changes in demography , worsening economy and huge expectations of voters in main stream U. S. A . Again GOP in Congress have fallen short , particularly after going on for demands of 20 – 50 members' minority faction of GOP , for a 16 day Government shut down , and allowing 46 attempts to repeal Affordable Care Act. , without presenting any alternative Health Care plan in Congress . The neglect and delays in immigration reforms , huge cuts in programs for 47 million under poverty line , Job creation programs for 23 million unemployed and under employed , the Fiscal policy reforms , targeted tax codes and regulatory reforms are on hold ! These combined are urgently needed for investments by businesses and in economic growth rate , to enable combat unemployment rate hovering at 7.0 – 7.3 per cent for months . These GOP non actions in Congress , would not be forgiven and forgotten by voters in 2014 mid term elections .

    December 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  4. Steve Hamilton

    To summarize regarding 2014: the biggest issues for 2014 will be an Executive Order that ends gerrymandering, a two level downgrade in the US credit rating because of the far right shutdown and default threat, and the related growth of the deficit by $100 billion. This will cause the severing of all support by the business community for far right candidates.

    December 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  5. ProtectAmericanJobs

    We STILL need to Stop ILLEGAL immigration! They're not just doing jobs that Americans don't want. Do they pay state and federal income taxes? Don't get me wrong most of these people work hard, but are a drain on the system if they don't pay income taxes, have healthcare coverage, learn the language or get paid wages that are in line with their American counterparts. We all know that the health care provided to uninsured illegals here in the states is being averaged into our hospital costs and our insurance premiums, which have PROPORTIONATELY increased along with illegal immigration over the last 20 years? These costs are also being passed along to Medicaid and Medicare, which means that not only are they increasing our insurance premiums, but that we're paying for them again with our tax dollars. Our tax dollars and insurance premiums should not be used to recoup the cost of healthcare given to illegal aliens, who shouldn't even be here in our country in the first place.

    Just look around and you'll see who's doing 90% of the residential renovations, construction and property maintenance jobs. That's certainly what we're seeing in the northeast. These are not just jobs that Americans don't want.

    The hiring of cheap illegal labor causes a chain reaction. The contractors who hire cheap, uninsured, non-income-taxpaying, ILLEGAL aliens undercut the contractors who hire US Citizens or Legal immigrants. Even if the contractor wants to continue to employ US Citizens or Legal tax-paying immigrants, they end up replacing their Legal employees with illegals just to be able to get the work. Unfortunately unions and the old "that's not my job" union attitudes here in the USA have also contributed to this problem.

    Also when these Non-income-tax-paying Illegal Aliens take American Citizens jobs they also are taking away the income tax revenue that those working American Citizens would be providing to our government. In addition, the American Citizens who have their jobs taken away by these Illegal Aliens then have to be paid unemployment and usually have no healthcare insurance either because they can't afford COBRA, which adds even more to our deficit and further increases our healthcare costs.

    Let's face it – Over the last 2-3 decades, both parties have been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

    I run a business that does it the right way and employs 20 US Citizens and 1 Legal Immigrant and I believe that the use of Workplace Raids is a perfectly realistic way to put a stop to this BS. Plus we should publish the results of these workplace raids and fines to the public, so American Citizens and customers could see which companies are employing illegals.

    Let's get the good productive illegal immigrants into the system and paying federal and state income tax or get them out and NOT Let Any More Come In unless they come in as Legal Immigrants. Make them apply for legal visas and or U.S. citizenship and if they don't, then get them out. If they get rejected get them out or give them one quick appeal and if they still get rejected, then get them out. And let's send the bad ILLEGAL Aliens back to where they came in and let's STOP ANYMORE ILLEGAL ALIENS from getting in.

    I also think we should start using our military to Start Keeping ILLEGAL Aliens Out.

    How About Hiring some of our Unemployed Veterans as Additional Border Patrol Officers, ICE and INS agents?

    ps: Most illegal aliens are paid off the books and if they're employer says that they're deducting income tax they're lying. And the few that are being paid on the books, using fake IDs, claim a huge number of dependents, etc................ And could you or I get away with not filling income tax returns? And what about the ballsy ones that do file and claim a ridiculous amount of deductions to get big refunds. There are even sleazy accounts that specialize in helping them game the system.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  6. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Americans still need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together on actually trying to fix the real problems in our country like outsourcing, illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

    Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    If our leaders would really start making decisions based on the fact that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the best interests of those citizens and the country itself, we'd all be better off. * The American people just need them start remembering that they are NOT elected to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyists or Foreign citizens! *

    The extended unemployment benefits need to be renewed until the Real American Economy actually starts to improve. *** If over the last 2-3 decades, both parties hadn't been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the outsourcing floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide, this wouldn't have been necessary. ***

    Let's face it – Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 15-20 years, but the economy was kept going by middle class Americans tapping into the equity on their homes until they were completely tapped out.

    Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

    We need to make smart cuts, but massive cutting just puts more people on unemployment, which just depresses the economy even further.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to Raise Revenue, by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  7. Kurt

    Obamacare will only be an issue if it's having problems.

    Right now, Obamacare is being judged by the process of signing up. But in reality, that is an extremely unimportant factor in the long term. What matters is how people feel about the insurance they get once they have it.

    And the website has nothing to do with that part of it.

    It comes down to if people who have insurance through the exchanges like it or not. People have been confusing the internet portal with the actual policy. The portal doesn't have anything to do with the law that was written... it's simply how you sign up for the coverage provided. The policies people recieve would not have been any better if signing up was bug free... and the quality of those policies are what will determine if this is an issue in November or not.

    December 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Devastating annual health insurance increases were crushing our business and our employees for years before President Obama was elected.

      I didn't vote for President Obama, but at least he had the guts to take on the health-care insurance issue in the first place – Although it would have been better if both sides could have worked together to come up with a better plan in the first place. This whole thing is a mess and we should never have out-sourced the website.

      I don't care which side fixes it – Just fix it.

      Something had to be done about the ridiculously high health insurance premiums that are being paid by employers and their employees. Both of whom are paying an unfair share of the burden of costs for the uninsured, who's health-care costs are averaged in to the hospital's and health-care provider's costs and then passed onto the insurance companies premiums, plus Medicaid and Medicare. I run a business that employs 21 employees and our premiums were going up anywhere from 18-34% every year for the 12 years before they finally started trying to address this issue. Something had to be done, but we should've gotten it right, by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides.

      Wouldn't we be better off if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans/tea-whatevers!

      The American People have had it with this unproductive BS!

      And when will Both Parties finally Stop Ignoring the effect that uninsured illegal aliens have on our health care costs and our insurance premiums?

      December 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
      • Kurt

        The main issues with healthcare is pretty straight forward. But they are unpleasant.

        There are two sets of competing priorities that cause problems.

        1. We don't want people to die because they can't afford treatment... but we don't want to pay for their treatment. As long as our healthcare system allows for people who cannot pay and aren't insured to be treated, then the entire model is broken. The only way to handle this is for everyone to be insured (single payer or government provided healthcare), or to require healtcare providers to not treat those who cannot pay (let the poor people die). Many are not okay with either option... so we get the system where those who buy insurance subsidize the health coverage of those who don't have insurance and can't pay... but still get treatment.

        2. The goal of insurers and the goal of healthcare providers are not the same. Providers want to sell services. Buy drugs. See your doctor. Pay for x-rays. Insurers want to KEEP you from buying services so they can keep more of your premiums in their pockets instead of having them paid out to providers. The balancing of those two is what drives a large chunk of our healtcare prices. The problem is that NEITHER is actually fighting for the actual goal of healthcare... keeping people healthy. We're using a profit based model of competition to achieve a goal that is not based on profit.... that being HEALTH. A good healtcare system is one in which the most healthy populace is created by the least amount of dollars spent... not where the healthcare providers or insurers make the highest amount of profit.

        The ACA, while FAR from perfect did things to address both of those. The individual mandate was an attempt to get everyone insured. While many will not buy insurance, it will at least result in a smaller number of people getting treatment without paying for insurance, and thus limit the amount the rest of us bear for paying for the uninsured. IT also sets standards for insurance policies which at least attempt to take into account what will actually result in greater health for the insured rather then greater profits for either side of the provider/insurer equation.

        It's far from perfect... but it is a step.

        December 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
      • Norm

        I agree, skyrocketing healthcare costs are crushing the economy, this has been going on for years, long before President Obama entered office. It is particularly onerous for small business, the job creators. Not big business, they have the resources and the capital. As long as executive compensation is coupled and/or tied to stock price it will not change. The corporate executives will stop at nothing to meet Wall Street's expectations so they can collect their multi-million dollar bonuses, as long as the numbers continue to rise the healthcare/insurance companies will continue to raise their premiums to get their slice of the pie.

        Healthcare spending in the US is nearly 18% GDP (Approaching $8000 per person), In England, it is approximately 10% GDP ($4000 per person) and in Canada, it is approximately 11% GDP ($5000 per person). England and Canada have national healthcare. Why are our per capita expenditures almost double? Here’s why:

        Meet William McGuire, M.D. In 2006, when he stepped down as CEO of United Health Group, the largest healthcare organization in the US, he received the largest golden parachute in history: Nearly $1.6 BILLION dollars. This was due to back-dated stock options. As CEO, he enjoyed a multi-million dollar salary and many other corporate perks but he wanted more (unbridled greed!). I wonder what he charged for an office visit: $200,000 (I’m guessing!). He probably doesn’t see patients. The SEC recovered some of this money but he still walked away with about $800 million. Heal thyself, doctor.

        United Health Group is involved in litigation with a doctor in northern California. This doctor owns a string of small hospitals. Suddenly he cancelled all the insurance contracts so he could charge whatever he wanted and didn’t have to follow a fee schedule. A move right out of United Health’s own playbook. A cardiac consultation, which normally costs $800, jumped to $50,000. This is why our per capita expenditures are skyrocketing. Who pays? I do, you do, small businesses, big businesses. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, we all pay. The ACA (Obamacare) should help end these practices.

        The Sarbanes Oxley Act passed in 2002. This was supposed to curb corporate fraud. “Things haven’t changed.” Quote by Jack Grubman, the securities analyst who is banned for life from the industry. He said that earlier this year, 2013. Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs) just bought another mansion for $32.5 million in the Hamptons, this is in addition to his New York city apartment ($27 million). Dr. McGuire, Blankfein, and many others should be in prison with Bernie Madoff but nothing will happen to them.

        So today, between you and your doctor, there is a vast corporate apparatus, which causes premiums to skyrocket. United Health is one company, Dr. McGuire was one man, under him were layers of management, all earning multi-million dollar salaries, stock options and other perks. Multiply that one company hundreds of times. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of insurance companies, HMO’s, PPO’s etc. across the country, all standing between you and your doctor, all enjoying (perhaps to a lesser degree) the same perks.

        December 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Steve Hamilton

      Kurt: The ACA will not be a problem in the mid terms because it will be OBE (Overcome By Events). By the end of March the credit rating agencies will issue the revised US credit rating that reflects the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat. The rating will drop two levels, increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points and raise the deficit by about $100 billion. The lowered credit rating may very well trigger the business community to carry out its threat to withhold support for far right candidates. Those items will be the drivers in the mid terms. The ACA issues will be 2013 news.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  8. California

    Democrats, just do as you said you're going to do and RUN ON OBAMACARE.

    December 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      California: Well mt friend, the blue state of California is doing just fine.with a Democratic governor and legislature, it has a balanced budget and about $20 billion in a cash reserve. The current hullabaloo about the ACA isn't going to convince the state's liberals to vote for any Republicans. Why? Because here are the blocs that the GOP has alienated: women, hourly workers, government employees, union members, the elderly, the unemployed, the poor, voters with pre-existing conditions, moderates, fiscally responsible voters who will be upset about the US credit rating dropping two levels because of the far right House, people of color, Hispanics, Indian and Asia immigrants.

      In the mid terms, I see no change in the Senate and the House returning to the Democrats. I also expect that before mid year an Executive Order will end gerrymandering.

      December 29, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  9. Norm

    According to the New York Daily News Donald Trump may announce his candidacy in January. Rumors are circulating that Newt Gingrich will be his VP pick. Now that's the ticket!

    As a veteran and patriotic American I must keep an open mind as I mull over my choices for the next president of the United States in 2016. Focus on the issues, not the candidate, his bad hairpiece or the candidate’s political party. Honesty, integrity, business/financial acumen and patriotism are the desired character traits. But, I must make some assumptions.

    First assumption (business/financial acumen): The employee(s) at your annual staff holiday party that received a lump of coal (or nothing) must have made some poor business decisions on your behalf that cost you money this past year.

    Second Assumption (Honesty and Integrity): The real estate seminars that you sponsored by lending your good name to are just a misunderstanding. Blame it on the coal recipients in the first assumption. Smart decision and good PR is for you to refund all monies received by your defunct Trump University scam. Your ivy league boiler room cost many people a lot of money. The right thing to do is make them whole. Despite your many bankruptcies you still have enough money to do this.

    Third Assumption (Patriotism): You must release the results of your “Birther” investigation. Was President Obama born in Hawaii? God forbid a foreigner occupying the White House. There’s no telling what type of harm that could bring to our nation. To prove your patriotism to the American people, use your power and influence (and money) by convincing Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and other high ranking Republicans to impeach and remove from office Senator Ted Cruz. After all, he is a admitted foreigner (from Canada) who did harm to our nation. Remember the government shutdown, brought my beloved country to nearly a standstill. I think that cost our economy $24 billion dollars, not to mention the 800,000 Americans who could not go to work every day. That event could be construed as unpatriotic AND a very poor business decision. If a regular citizen did this they would be charged with Treason or Sedition. He should also be stripped of his law degree and disbarred. Our fellow patriotic citizens in Texas feel the same way. March him to the Canadian or Mexican border and give him a lump of coal.

    Fourth Assumption (Running Mate): You will be a shoo-in for the oval office if you select Newt Gingrich as your vice presidential choice. His brilliant vision for the American economy will create millions of jobs. I particularly liked the speech he gave to the folks at NASA. We can colonize the MOON and make it our 51st. state. A few days ago the Chinese landed on the moon. God forbid, some commie pinko’s or worse, some truth seeking liberals beat us to it. My mind roils at thought of some pot smoking hippies setting up communes in every crater. You have the resources to get us there first! Trump’s Lunar Towers, I’ll rent a suite! Lot’s of land available too! You can resurrect your real estate seminars.

    YOU HAVE MY VOTE if you can accomplish these tasks by the next presidential election.

    Remember the mantra of the party, “HOORAY FOR US AND THE HELL WITH EVERYBODY ELSE”!

    December 25, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Redfan

      I always find it funny how you guys on the left slant the truth or just all out lie. Of course the right isnt any better. But how does it fill to have a president that got the biggest lie of the year award. I bet that fells great. As for your 24 billion that the gop cost the government what did they spend it on cause last time i checked it was just a number that someone made up. Thats all it is is just a made up number of what someone thinks it cost in businesses growing. As for the people that didnt work last time i checked they still got payed hard to fill sorry for people that got payed for not working oh man cry me a river. As for donald trump i think the republicans can do alot better than him.

      December 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
      • Steve Hamilton

        Redfan: The $24 billion was only the down payment. Before March 31, the long awaited US credit rating update that reflects the impact of the far right shutdown and default threat, will be published. America's rating will drop two levels, causing an increase in the cost of borrowing of 200 basis points and adding about $100 billion to the deficit. This drop in the US rating may well trigger the business community to make good on its threat to not support any far right candidates.

        December 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
      • Kurt

        Well... that "somebody" who came up with that number was Standard and Poor's. Moody's Analytics came up with a similar number (23 billion).

        "Somebody" comes up with any projection like this in every case. But those two sources are relatively respected sources of financial information. Not sure why you wouldn't believe them.

        December 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Steve Hamilton

      Norm: We can only hope that the Donald runs. He's the only one I know who is less electable than Paul or Cruz, and he will add a lot more fun to the GOP clown car of candidates. Maybe he can get a new dead squirrel for the photo ops, which would increase his appeal to his hardcore comb-over fans.

      December 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • Norm

        I don't think Donald will run, his theatrics are always over the top. Your "clown car" analogy was right on the money. But I think they will need at least a station wagon or perhaps a bus!. Let's see, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Congressman Ryan (Dracula) probably nitwit Newt too! I can visualize them at the 2016 debates, conservative dark blue or black suits and giant red clown shoes!

        December 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  10. Hector Slagg

    Obama Care, The National Debt, Jobs, and Fiscal Responsibility. With Obama Care killing jobs it may be the Number One Issue. The 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt and raising the National Debt is huge issue.

    After 100 years of Liberal's running the show this is where we are. Re-Visiting the 1930's.

    December 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Hector Slagg: You need to look forward not backwards. All of your 2013 concerns will be OBE in 2014 (Overcome By Events). Here are the three biggest: 1.) within 90 days, the US credit rating will be dropped two levels by the rating agencies, the result of the Far right shutdown and default threat, 2.) as a consequence, the US cost of borrowing will go up by 200 basis points and grow the deficit by $100 billion, 3.) also as a consequence the business community will make good on its threat to withhold support for far right candidates.

      And if that's not enough, here is #4; expect an Executive Order that will eliminate gerrymandering early in 2014.

      What will all this mean? No change in the Senate, and a sea change in the House in the mid terms.

      December 26, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. You are dreaming, aren't you Steve. Um, question, Steve. if the liberal Mantra is so good, why is the Country in the mess it is in. The 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt is no Mirage. And, Steve, you will pay for it, like it, or not.

        December 27, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Michael Murphy

      a 100 yrs of Liberals running the show, man you are just crazy. I guess you think Ronald Reagan was a liberal, Newt Gingrich, George Bush senior and junior. The first , Reagan has done more to hurt the middle class in this country then anyone with his Trickle Down economics that never worked for the middle class

      December 26, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        Michael,
        The Liberal's, read that democrats, put every big spending bill in play. All the Republicans could do was try to hold the line. The Liberal's, read that democrats had the Congress for 40 years. So, Michael, why isn't everything fixed by now. Why are we in worse shape than the 1930's. CLUE. We have made NO Progress since the 1930's. But, don't pull your head out of the sand, you won't like what you see !

        December 27, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • Steve Hamilton

        Hector Slagg: Forget Shakespeare and study some 20th century American History. Hoover was president when the great depression started on the 20's ( I' pretty sure that's within the last 100 years). Eisenhower followed Truman in the 1950's. Nixon served during the 60's and 70's, Reagan in the 80's, and two Bushes.

        Frankly, my conclusion is that you are just one more right wing radical gasbag who doesn't know beans about anything but just makes up "facts" when he wants some. It's people like you who are killing a once great party and who will cause it to get crushed in the mid terms. Here's a new quote for you "stupid id as stupid does".

        December 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Canuckle

      For a country ran only by Liberals their seems to be have been allot of Republicans who have been president. I mean the Bush's, Reagan, Roosevelt were all Republican.... Hector you really need to stop watching Fox News and the right wing media and realign yourself with the middle.

      December 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  11. Charles

    Crossfire is one of the few shows on television which offers and opportunity to both sides of the political spectrum to express their views.

    December 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  12. Steve Hamilton

    ProtectAmericanJobs: I agree with your major point; the real solution is to grow the economy out of the problem, which is what any experienced businessman would do in a cyclical business. And, as you say, we need to grow the domestic labor force. Here's a thought for you; the IRS code could be modified so that only 50% of an international company's offshore costs would be deductible in the calculation of taxable income, but 100% of domestic costs would continue to be deductible. This easily implemented change (there are shrink wrapped accounting systems that could handle the change) should incent companies to repatriate jobs.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Yes – Incentives are and important part as well, but we can't eliminate the need for tariffs as well.

      December 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply
      • Steve Hamilton

        Protect American Jobs: If you study the last 300 years of history, you will learn that tariffs have never solved anything. Read some of the books of Thomas Friedman to understand how today's economic interests operate internationally. Here's another item for you to understand: there are no simple solutions to complex problems.

        December 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  13. Steve Hamilton

    Nobody has commented on what will be the two biggest political issues for 2014. the first will be an Executive Order that eliminates gerrymandering. the second, and more significant will be the updated credit rating of the US that reflects the impact of the shutdown and default threat. America's rating will drop two levels and increase the cost of borrowing by 200 basis points – which will raise the deficit about $100 billion.This downgrade will likely cause the business community to withhold all support to far right candidates, as previously threatened.

    Because of this massive new problem, the ACA issues will probably be relegated to last year's news.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
  14. Yuck

    "actions speaks louder than false words."

    December 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
    • Steve Hamilton

      Yuck: What on God's green earth is that supposed to mean, and to whom is it addressed? Whose actions? Whose words? You should get some remedial instruction in expository writing.

      December 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  15. rtmalartie

    I do think Obamacare will be a big issue, because even though the initial glitches have been fixed and people have been able to sign up, the administration's lie about keeping your plan will linger. There will also be new issues, such as my own; I'm on disability and was counting on being on Medicaid until I became eligible for Medicare. With the Healthcare Act, my Medicaid was discontinued and I was directed to go to Healthcare.gov to reapply. For some reason my Medicaid eligibility, without a change in income, is gone. I'm expected to enroll in health insurance that, at minimum, would cost me $350.00 a month plus copays. How am I supposed to afford that while on SSDI? Instead of assistance, I'll be getting a penalty at tax time. I guess it's the lesser of two evils. I'll be living in fear of a major medical incident until I can apply for Medicare, and now I'm unsure I'll qualify for that when the time comes. I think issues like this will come to the fore and Obamacare will ultimately be seen as a failure. It certainly failed this Democrat. Hope the GOP can finally find a way to repeal the whole thing, because this situation was enough for me to consider switching parties. The Republicans just need to get a viable candidate out there who can work in bipartisan fashion, not some nutjob like Cruz. Let's hope they have the sense to nominate a common sense guy like Christy. Otherwise, it's another lost cause in 2016.

    December 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  16. Thor

    I think that the crux of his statement is exactly how most business owners treat their employees,like a cell phone, which is a tool for enhancing your life and/or lifestyle.
    American workers are not tools to be USED for your benefit. They are the reason your company is alive

    December 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  17. Thor

    If Will Cain's thinking is aligned in any way of that of the republican party, you guys are doomed. He just compared a commodity (Cell phone) to that of a hard working American who just wants more money for his efforts. He said, "if I raise the price of this phone they will sell less phones, If we raise the price of labor, we will get less... HUH?
    If we paid people more, they will buy more products. Perhaps they will buy more AMERICAN MADE products and stop buying the cheep stuff made oversees and destroying our economy.

    December 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  18. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Unfortunately most of our politicians are a frigging joke – Only it's not so funny, because for the past 2-3 decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

    Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

    The outsourcing is not just limited to unskilled and skilled blue-collar manufacturing jobs either. It's also impacting white-collar jobs like, plant managers, engineers, IT jobs, purchasing, customer service, etc........... being outsourced to India, China................. When will it stop?

    Foreigners will be coming here and buying our houses after we all foreclose. They'll also be taking over our government too, after it defaults from lack income tax revenue, due to businesses in the USA shutting down and or US jobs being outsourced and everyone being out of work.

    Just the other day a friend that works in the IT department of a major paint company found out that 90% of their IT department in the USA is being laid off and will be replaced by IT techs in India. He has until February and he's gone, but not until he helps train and transition the job to those that are replacing him.

    This summer I learned from a highly educated engineer that their company had recently displaced 100 of their 105 engineers here in the USA by replacing them with engineers in India. He was fortunate enough to be one of the 5 out 105 American engineers that they kept.

    This is eventually going to effect even the few Americans who are championing outsourcing. – It's all about cheaper employees.

    Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

    December 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  19. ProtectAmericanJobs

    On the US Department of Commerce's US Census Bureau website there's a graphic showing how our trade imbalance has gotten progressively worse over the entire period from 1989 to the present and how it's really accelerated at an increasingly greater rate each year since 1999. We can thank "our leaders" and the WTO for that.

    See for yourself: www(dot)census(dot)gov(slash)foreign-trade(slash)balance(slash)c0004(dot)html

    Check it out and figure it out for yourself.

    If these "free trade" agreements were so good us, why did our trade deficit keep getting larger and larger during this span of time.

    *** Increasingly way more money going out versus coming in every year. ***

    And how has this been working out for the American people and the Real American Economy?

    It's not rocket science.

    While our politicians have been bickering for years like idiotic fools, China has been crushing the USA in an economic war that we don't even know we're in and without even firing a shot.

    Bringing manufacturing back home to the USA is going to end up being not only a key to restoring our economy, but to maintaining our national security as well.

    * Chinese firms and state agencies have been implicated in a host of hacking attacks, on targets ranging from leading industrial and technology firms, to the Pentagon and other US government agencies, to the New York Times, Coca-Cola and numerous other companies and industries.

    * Oct 2012: The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said U.S. telecommunications operators should not be allowed do business with China's top network equipment makers because potential Chinese state influence on the companies poses a security threat.

    * Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

    * Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

    The so called “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world’s customer base out of work. I'm not a lefty or member of any union. I run a business that employs over 20 people and produces products that are purchased by customers that do manufacturing and packaging. I'm just an average Joe, but I've been saying this for more than 15 years now. If I can see it, so can our so called leaders (political leaders) who are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

    Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

    Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

    The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Jobs to Tax-Paying US Citizens.

    Our leaders better wake up and put some sensible measures in to stem the tide or this is going to have a devastating effect on America and the American citizens.

    The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

    December 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply

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