Richard Remmele 
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Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

Look at all the comments from MomSaid, speaking from the safety of her suburban minivan. Ready to send the troops in to find someone, some people, somewhere.

How about figuring out who did it, get some intelligence on the ground, figure out where they are going to be and then kill them with Drones. That approach might actually work rather than declare war on someone somewhere.

Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

OK, jangno, National sales tax let's talk about that

To continue funding the bulk of existing federal programs, the new sales tax would have to be extremely high. An analysis by researchers at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that the sales tax rate required for revenue neutrality in 2005 would be between 45 and 53 percent, with higher sales tax rates in subsequent years. An analysis by the Brookings Institution found that matching expected federal revenues over the next decade with a national sales tax would require a sales tax rate of about 60 percent.

If the national sales tax were implemented for 2005, the middle-income fifth of Oregon taxpayers (where the analysis was done)(average income - $35,400) would pay $3,600 more in federal taxes than they'll pay with the current tax structure. Only the richest Oregonians would come out ahead. The richest one percent of Oregon taxpayers on average would save $164,000 in federal taxes next year.

It works out this way because the current federal tax system is progressive - it's based on your ability to pay. The current tax rates increase as your income increases. This principle is enshrined in our culture, and has Biblical roots.

Now let's talk about executive orders and the President not doing important things with Executive Orders. That is because Exec. Orders can only be used for certain things. There is separation of powers and the Constitution that gets in the way. If you want to make me King then we have something to talk about

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Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 2:19 PM

Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

Lamazoid - I am assuming you are talking about Clinton's signing Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act which effectively repealed the Glass -Steagall Act was legislation introduced by three Republicans.

It was part of the Republican philosophy that started with Reagan. Clinton's mistake was that he signed the law. He was a moderate Democrat that got things done by compromise with the Republicans when that was possible. It is funny to now in retrospect to think that was a time when Republicans would compromise.

Some financial historians say the repeal of the law paved the way for banks to invest in risky investments like mortgage-backed securities and colladteralize debt obligations that played a role in the 2008 financial meltdown. Others have argued that the activities linked to the financial crisis were not prohibited (or, in most cases, even regulated) by the Glass–Steagall Act.

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Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

To James Hughes, I am not saying I like the idea, I am laying out the facts that it is a large group of people who think that any slight against Mohammad or a Muslim, justifies revenge and the most of the Clerics support that view. So how are you going to fight that many people. Even the ones that won't fight will support those that do fight. It will escalate quickly into a World War with 30% of the worlds population increasingly against us. What is your solution. You would have to have a first strike against all the nuclear facilities in all the countries and then you would be off to the races.

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Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 12:19 PM

Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

In contrast to "Worried" who says Pay Your Bills, If you have money left over do other things like Health Insurance -

Read ANY economist aside from those paid for by the GOP and the stimulus did what it was supposed to do, but it was too small.

Since the ballooning part of the deficit is made up of the Bush Tax cuts, the unpaid for wars and the recession and recovery efforts, most of this balloon can go away. The base deficit is actually projected to decrease from 30% of GDP to 20% by 2019 (Google "What's Really Driving The National Debt?" to see the actual chart.) Add to that that the World is buying our Treasuries right now at a net zero Return on Investment. because of perceived safety.

So you can see why I think it makes sense to stimulated rather than do what the Republicans want and Herbert Hoover did that cause us, back then, to go into a Deep Great Depression when we were actually coming out of the 1929 recession.

In Tampa there was comment that they, in the beginning, wished him well.

First, there’s lots of evidence belying the Tampa argument that Republicans had wished Obama well, even though they had supported a George W. Bush stimulus in 2008 that was smaller but still represented the larger Keynesian idea that government should spend in a recession because frightened individuals and businesses won’t do so.

The first Obama stimulus was even cut back by $38 Billion by the Republicans. It only got 3 votes in Congress, from moderate Republicans that won't be coming back. Then the second Stimulus was killed by Republicans.

From the Economist Magazine:

"All throughout this crisis, American officials played it safe, and in doing so they almost certainly made the economic situation more painful than it needed to be. Four years since the recession began and two years into recovery, they still haven't learned their lessons."

This is what Catholic University of America - Institute for Policy Research had to say:
According to Romney and Ryan, The stimulus had no positive impact on the economy and on jobs.

"Please understand this. These assertions are so much at odds with the preponderance of evidence that they can reasonably be considered as outright lies. There have been some 14 analyses of the President’s stimulus plan, excluding the study conducted by the President’s own Council of Economic Advisors.

Eleven of these conclude that the stimulus worked, one concludes that it may or may not have worked, and the remaining two conclude that it did not work. Of the two concluding that the stimulus did not work, one bases its conclusion on statistically insignificant results while the other’s results could also be interpreted as evidence that the stimulus was too small and should have been weighted more heavily towards direct government purchases.

If you don’t want to bother with looking at studies, just look at the data. Since the end of the recession (June 2009) almost 2.7 million jobs have been created. Even if one (unjustifiably) assigns the blame for the jobs lost from March 2009 through June 2009 to President Obama, there’s still been a net gain of 316,000 jobs.

Now, should the recovery be proceeding at a more rapid pace? Absolutely. And it would be if (1) the ARRA had been larger are more targeted to direct government spending and aid to state and local governments and/or (2) had Congress enacted Obama’s second stimulus proposal the American Jobs Act. ”.

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Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 12:10 PM

Re: “The Rebranding of Obama, 2012

Wake up call to MomSaid - Sad to say and like it or not - There are 2 Billion Muslims in the World, that is almost 29% of the worlds population and growing fast. There are 7.6 Million in North America as of 2011 and 56 Million in Europe.

Among the Muslim Population the faith to their religion is ever increasing [CNN]. It is expected that if present rate of increase of Muslim population continues that by 2030 One out of Three person will be Muslim.

Ok, first you would have to take out all the nuclear sites in all the Muslim countries, that would wake the rest of the Muslims up and mobilize them against us. It is not like U.S. Japanese in the U.S. during WWII or any other containment situation.

Look at the numbers for WWII and look at the potential Muslim numbers. How do we have any option except to get along with Muslims. In a World War, I think it is a possibility that all of Europe would capitulate like France.

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Posted by Richard Remmele on 09/12/2012 at 10:32 AM

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