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Is anyone else here a little concerned about our new President and how he is handling issues?
March 13, 2009
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Does he seem a little socialistic to you? I just wonder if there is an ulterior motive for what he is doing that will cause us to lose more of our rights...as in where did our constitution go, etc?

And releasing prisoners from Guantuanamo Bay and making whoopee with the Taliban??? Does this make sense to you? While I like him, not sure I trust him.

March 13, 2009
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Not really sure what you mean. Wanna elaborate on why you think our constitution has gone somewhere?? What are you talking about?

March 13, 2009
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Maybe it's more about what I am sensing from him. I really get the sense that he is just going to take over, and make one executive order after another. He seems to be a 'parental' president who is making decisions, the one's he believes are best, for the people. Bush was not the smartest individual in the White House, but now we have a man who seems to be making many changees, very fast on his own, and is determined to keep doing so. I think I am probably to a point where I need to have my American pride re-vitalized, I am so disappointed in our system right now. And while we are a free world, I really see us losing that freedom, and I hate to say it, but I think it is down-hill from this point forward. I don't think I have ever seen our two parties so divided on issues. I don't know that I trust Obama to keep our best interests at heart. Time will tell I guess. I didn't vote for him, but changed my mind rather quickly in the beginning. I decidd that I liked him, but now I question his ability to do what is best.

March 13, 2009
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Well at first I wasnt sure. I didnt vote but if I did I wouldnt have voted for him.

I have not been making payments on my home for a year. Thanks to President Obama, the bank put a moratorium on foreclosures and I was saved. The bank is not going to put my home in foreclosure and work out a plan to modify my home. If it wasnt for OBAMA I would have lost my home. This is the first time I have ever had a president do something that benefitted me in such a huge way.

Maybe change is good. I didnt trust him at first either.

March 13, 2009
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The first thought that comes to my mind, I guess because of the type of forum this is, is -- wow, we had a dry drunk, and now we have somewhat of a codependent, leading our nation.

I've never had a lot. I just got my monthly paycheck yesterday and it contained $40 extra on top of my $35k salary -- that's the $400 reduction in withholding, divided by the ten remaining months in the year. It sure as hell will help me, a renter who is going for her court date next Monday to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

On the flipside, I work with stockbrokers who have a lot of money, and whose clients have a lot of money. They think BO is a socialist who is stealing from them to give to people who "don't try." Now one of these stockbrokers has become a friend, and I read him the riot act about the "people who don't try" remark because I don't think it's 100% right. Still, though -- it does make me incredibly sad to see a person who amassed, say, a million in their account and now it's down to half that. That doesn't seem right either. And to have that person taxed more on top of that -- especially if they're close to 60 -- that also makes me sad.

Regarding Guantanamo -- I do not believe that anyone should be tortured no matter what he/she did. I just can't wrap myself around that. At the same time, I saw the towers fall down through a window, not on TV, because I was in NY that day. That someone would cheer for such a thing is pure evil to me.

Simply put, I'm torn. i know there are no answers in my post, onmyway...but thanks for bringing up the topic to share on.

March 16, 2009
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you wrote:

"...where did our constitution go?"

Are you serious? Why don't you ask George W. Bush? If anyone had a clear disregard for our constitution it was George W. Bush. So maybe that's what has left you so weary...

This man has only eight years to clean up the disaster that W left us with. Don't expect a complete job, that would take a miracle. But I think we have a great man to do the best with what is there.

Yes, I trust our president. I'm sure he'll make his mistakes, as all presidents- and human's do. But I couldn't be happier with the choice of person in office and can't imagine why anyone would be complaining already...

well, actually, I have my theories about that.

March 16, 2009
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Check out this article, "The US is Facing a Weimar Moment"

http://www.commondreams.org/vi.....2009/03/15

"Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it"

March 16, 2009
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Mzrella said:

"On My Way-

you wrote:

"...where did our constitution go?"

Are you serious? Why don't you ask George W. Bush? If anyone had a clear disregard for our constitution it was George W. Bush."

LOL. That's exactly what I was thinking but I didn't want to start a fight!!!

March 16, 2009
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Well, I did say in my other post that Bush wasn't the smartest president that we have had..in fact sometimes I wondered what tree he fell out of at times, The "Patriot Act" comes to mind!! and...Obama is quick to remind us "where" the problem originated from. Truthfully I don't mean to be critical of Obama, he just worries me a bit, more than Bush actually ever did. Bush was a horrible president, Obama is very intelligent and a strong leader, but something about him bothers me. I appreciate all of the replies though. I was curious to see what people here thought.

March 16, 2009
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In answer to the original thread here....time will tell won't it?

March 16, 2009
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Kroika-

Excellent article. Scary, but excellent.

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March 18, 2009
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Kroika,

Now this is interesting. While the content does not surprise me at all, what I found interesting is that in this article the Republicans are the ones who are said to be instigating failure for a prelude to a socialist govt. Many Americans think just the opposite, that Republicans are trying to save our gov't from a socialist front, and our current president is leading towards a socialist front. Bush made an Executive Order for the Patriot Act, I hope Obama destroys it! Great article Kroika.

March 19, 2009
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Of course on the other hand, do we really have 2 parties anymore? We know them as Republican/Democrat, but maybe they don't really exist.

Destinystar...that is so great about your home not going into foreclosure, that is very good news, I'm glad that it helped you save your home.

Regarding Guantanamo..me thinks Obama is pretty smart about that one. A President would not do such a thing unless he knew something we didn't...so he probably did or knows something we do not.

March 20, 2009
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I voted for the President, but I am concerned about where all of this money is coming from.

It is great that folks are getting some help, but that has to come with a price. Is it fair for me to be paying more taxes and losing future benefits for some folks who lived beyond their means and over-extended themselves?

Where does this end?

Cary

March 21, 2009
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Caraway-

You said:
"Is it fair for me to be paying more taxes and losing future benefits for some folks who lived beyond their means and over-extended themselves?"

That's not mostly what you are paying for. What about the huge deficit that was caused by the overspending by our last administration, their refusal to tax people who are well within the means to pay in proportion to their income, the enormous amount of debt we are in due to an unnecessary war that has gone on far too long and from which we have lost far too many precious lives, the cost of supporting these veterans when they return- which is money that barely compensates them for their sacrifices to begin with, all in all an administration that was lining the pockets of the rich and the corporations they work for or own. These are things Obama inherited not things he created.

It will cost money to rebuild this country, and maybe we will not see the benefits of this president's work until after he leaves office. That is bravery, that is patriotism. Not the greed and glory which have been sought after from the last president and his cabinet.

If everyone wants to blame this disaster on the few people who were encouraged to take out loans that they couldn't afford, by so called professionals who they should have been able to trust, well... if that makes you feel better about being led for eight years buy a president and a cabinet full of greedy crooks and war criminals, I guess I can understand not wanting to have a crisis in faith when it comes to your country's leadership. But let's look at where that originated, not blaming the victims and the individual who seeks to clean up the mess.

Let's be glad instead that finally those that got bail outs and misappropriated them into plush bonuses like AIG may actually pay the price... this is the sort of thing that we need to look at. Not some people who were hoodwinked by greedy bankers who are 100X more financially savvy than they are into borrowing into something high risk. That is not the whole picture, let's back up a little... and it becomes more clear.

Don't believe the hype.

March 21, 2009
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So now I ask:

What's so bad about a little more regulation folks?

March 27, 2009
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Mzrella,

I agree with much of what you said and all about the last administration.

What I struggle with is all of these folks who bought houses that they could not afford and now want someone to make them more affordable by lowering their interest rates and extending the lenght of their loans. I believe that most of of the people who bought with interest only loans understood the terms but greed and envy pushed them to go ahead and buy bigger nicer homes.

I just don't think that I should have to help them live above their means... in nicer houses than I live in. I didn't qualify for a stimulus refund check.... or any of this other stuff. I pay my bills on time, work hard, and believe that it isn't the governments job to bail everyone out.

Wall Street greed caused much of this.

Cary

March 27, 2009
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Cary,

It isn't just government overspending, it has to do a lot with the corporations and banking/lending institutions greed.

Too many (businesses, corporations and even banks) have gone outside this country because materials and LABOR are cheaper. They are only looking at the profit and loss statements. After all, why pay a worker even minimum wages in this country, when you can pay a fraction of that elsewhere? Keep a 'token' force here, lay them off when the expenses start taking a bite out of the profits!! Now, they only have to pay a portion in unemployment benefits compared to what they were paying in wages. Why, they could pay that...plus hire 3...4...maybe more people outside the country with the money minus what they pay for unemployment and those workers do not pay taxes in our country! OR they can just load more work on the people that they didn't lay off. No such thing as job security anymore.

45 Million on unemployment...and few jobs to be had. But people losing their jobs has gone on for a long time now....these were honest hard working people...who thought they would be working, earning a living...and bought homes when the banks lowered their requirements, were given credit freely and bought material stuff, etc...before they were laid off or lost their jobs. What happened when they couldn't find jobs and their unemployment benefits ended? They couldn't meet the payments on their mortgages and bills? Houses were sold or went into foreclosure...many are homeless, just dropped through the cracks. (One school janitorial job - part time? - had over 700 applicants in Ohio!!!)

This didn't 'just' happen!...were we just 'too busy' or 'too distracted' to notice? Still in shock and terror from 9/11? Distracted by the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq? Hurricane Katrina?

And this downsizing is happening now in other countries as well...look what the French workers who went on strike did....held the manager (US) of the 3M company there (US business) hostage for two days because of layoffs, work hours and wages cut!)

And a country that imports (buys) almost twice the amount it exports (sells) is in deep trouble.

Obama just inherited these problems. What would YOU do if YOU were in the position that Obama is in?

Blaming the 'consumers' for not buying things that they can no longer afford solves nothing.

Sorry, I am just venting and I am not yelling or being judgemental ... I am just voicing my own opinion ... because I am one of those people looking for a job after the place that I worked for closed end of October and things are getting tight and scary and very discouraging with no income coming in and a mortgage, car loan and bills to pay. Plus, one of my beloved kitties died from not ever recovering properly from the contaminated pet food of March 2007 ... when pet food companies were buying food products from other countries ... just feel that no one has really been minding the store (USA)! (I live in one of those double digit unemployment states.)

Peace

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March 27, 2009
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First time I have watched Glenn Beck, but a friend sent me this link to a short You-Tube video. I appreciate Obama's can-do, go-get em' attitude, but you kind of wonder how we got into this mess. This brief video tells how.

March 27, 2009
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Red,

Cool with sharing. As I said, I did vote for the President and don't think he has been in office long enough to do much and it really is more about Congress and Lobbyist anyway.

I still believe that it has to be the responsibility of each person, and not the government, to pay our bills. Everyone isn't entititled to home ownership, etc.

I could easily get caught up in all of this, but it isn't someone elses fault that I didn't save enough, or that I bought a more expensive house or car than I could afford; IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY.

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March 28, 2009
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I agree, Cary, it is the responsiblity of each person to pay their bills.

But... there are other extenuating circumstances to be considered. Not everyone bought houses that were more expensive, or a car, that they could not afford nor were living beyond their means.

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I agree with Cary on this and the others as well. I know of two family's that knew exactly what they were signing when the refinanced their homes a couple years ago, and took out the equity too.. spent it without blinking an eye as to how they were going to pay it back... I think a lot of us saw this downward spiral coming a couple years ago, so why would some just go out and take advantage of no regulations to speak of in regard to these home mortgage loans... now sit back and say they can't afford their home anymore, and the govn., should bail them out of their own mess.

I'm not saying everyone refinanced and got in over their heads but shouldn't a person be responsible for reading what they signed, and be responsible for their own debpt... I just don't feel it is right for those of us that have been paying our mortagage and bills, and didn't let greed come into play when we could have very well refinanced and spent all the equity in our homes at an escalated appraised value to have to end up paying for all these mortgage bail outs... We didn't sign the papers between a bank and another person, they did, so why should we have to pay for the Jone's or Smith's home with our tax dollars.

I say let the Arrogant Ignorant Greedy (AIG) fall... no matter what we are paying so why have to pay for them again and again.

Just my take in short of what I feel about all this, I am concerned how our President is handling issues, but not as concerned as I was when Bush was in office. I think no matter whom took office this term would have had their hands full of problems.

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FINALLY some of the Muslim world shows some cooperative attitude towards Western initiatives:

Karzai Says US War Strategy 'Better Than Expected' :

The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan welcomed the Obama administration's new plan for the conflict in the region on Saturday, with each highlighting key parts of the strategy for praise.

March 28, 2009
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Obama rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Healing and Cary

This isn't just affecting homeowners or people who were living beyond their means...this has affected (small to medium) businesses as well as state governments! (look at CA!)
I have seen many businesses close and/or go out of business in my area...even DOCTOR's offices!

Went to a job fair last week...only places hiring...Hooter's and Mary Kay! Duh! And a new Walmart that is opening wanting 47 employees and taking in applications in every day for the last week (5 days) between 12 and 4 ... each day there were several hundreds of applicants in line wrapped around the open shopping center...a BIG shopping center. And those who they couldn't get to one day had to join the lines again the next day....some slept in their cars to get in line early the next day!

This is very sad and very scary.

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