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  • Al Gore Leaves The Light On For Ya

    03/29/2009 12:19:39 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 28 replies · 2,005+ views
    Even during Earth Hour. President of the Tennessee Center For Policy Research Drew Johnson takes a Saturday drive by Al Gore’s during the time most environmentalists went dark: I pulled up to Al’s house, located in the posh Belle Meade section of Nashville, at 8:48pm – right in the middle of Earth Hour. I found that the main spotlights that usually illuminate his 9,000 square foot mansion were dark, but several of the lights inside the house were on. In fact, most of the windows were lit by the familiar blue-ish hue indicating that floor lamps and ceiling fixtures were...
  • Al Gore To Write [new] Book On Climate Change

    03/24/2009 1:01:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies · 872+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2009 | by Michelle Levi
    Environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore plans to release a new book, “Our Choice,” in November of 2009. The book will “answer the call” for “urgent action” on a “comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis,” according to a press release. Gore hopes that the book will “unquestionably inspire and rally those ready to fight for solutions that were deemed impossible only a short time ago.” He plans to lay out the conclusions he has reached after attending a number of “Solutions Summits” focused on the climate attended by policy experts, scientists and engineers. In keeping...
  • Gore Pulls Slide of Disaster Trends

    02/24/2009 11:22:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,039+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2009 | Andrew C. Revkin
    Former Vice President Al Gore is pulling a dramatic slide from his ever-evolving global warming presentation. When Mr. Gore addressed a packed, cheering hall at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago earlier this month, his climate slide show contained a startling graph showing a ceiling-high spike in disasters in recent years. The data came from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (also called CRED) at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels. The graph, which was added to his talk last year, came just after a sequence of images...
  • Gore Pulls Slide of Disaster Trends

    02/23/2009 3:02:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies · 837+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 23, 2009 | By Andrew C. Revkin
    Former Vice President Al Gore is pulling a dramatic slide from his ever-evolving global warming presentation. When Mr. Gore addressed a packed, cheering hall at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago earlier this month, his climate slide show contained a startling graph showing a ceiling-high spike in disasters in recent years. The data came from the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (also called CRED) at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels. [snip] Now Mr. Gore is dropping the graph, his office said today. Here’s why. Two days after...
  • Al Gore urges scientists to be political to face a threat to 'the entirety of human civilization'

    02/20/2009 6:35:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies · 757+ views
    Denver Weather Examiner ^ | February 19, 2009 | by Tony Hake
    Speaking this past Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, former Vice President Al Gore urged scientists to get involved politically to push the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) theory. Touting the need for swift and immediate action to avert what he believes is a climate crisis, Gore urged scientists to use what he feels is a changing political environment to push the agenda of those that believe man is on the brink of destruction. During his 50 minute presentation, the self-appointed head of the AGW movement spoke to a “rapt” audience describing a scary...
  • Hunger Activists Want Al Gore to Make Another Movie [auto-barf]

    02/13/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 413+ views
    TIME ^ | February 13, 1999 | By Lisa Abend / Madrid
    From a distance, it looks like an ordinary movie poster. Pasted to a bus shelter wall along Madrid's central Calle Segovia, it depicts a thin child, looking upward toward credits printed in that look-at-me font that film publicity posters always seem to use. It's only when you get close enough to read the title credits that you realize something is amiss. "'Ask Al Gore,"" one passerby queried his companion. "That's the name of a movie?" Not exactly. It's the name of an advertising campaign designed to get Al Gore to make a movie — only not about what you think....
  • NAACP Honoree: Al Gore

    02/12/2009 10:19:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 576+ views
    Variety ^ | February 12, 2009 | By ANNA STEWART
    There is urgency in the unmistakable voice. "There are new scientific studies coming out every week now. All of them point in the same direction," says Al Gore. "Global warming is occurring far more rapidly than anyone thought. The damage being done to the integrity of the Earth's ecological system is quite severe. It is a true planetary emergency. [snip] Gore brightens up a bit when asked about the impact of Hollywood in raising the alarm on the urgency of the issue. "I'm very impressed with how many men and women in the entertainment industry have taken action to spread...
  • Inhofe Calls Gore's Climate Message 'Desperate'

    01/28/2009 4:47:53 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 26 replies · 909+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 28, 2009 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate's Environment & Public Works Committee, had sharp criticism for former Vice President Al Gore's testimony Wednesday before the Foreign Relations Committee. Gore, a former Tennessee senator and Nobel Peace Prize winner, spoke on the dangers of global warming, urging senators to pursue a treaty to lower carbon emissions at a United Nations conference in Copenhagen in December. Inhofe called Gore's message "desperate," and noted the irony of it being delivered on such an icy day in D.C. "They almost had to cancel it because of freezing weather, and last year they...
  • Gore Sings Same Old Song to Sympathetic Senate

    01/28/2009 2:44:57 PM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 504+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | January 28, 2009 | Marc Sheppard
    Al Gore addressed a friendly Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to help sell both Obama's cap-and-trade plans and American commitment to the pending Copenhagen emissions reduction treaty.  Of course, he also retold a number of his formula apocalyptic "tipping-point" horror-stories in an effort to sell himself as still relevant while catapulting his hysterical plans to the top of the national agenda.  He's even come up with a new slogan to help him along the way: "We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet.  Every bit of that's...
  • Gore Pushes for Climate Change Commitment ("The science is screaming at us" - Kerry)

    01/28/2009 2:46:26 PM PST · by Shermy · 34 replies · 772+ views
    ABC ^ | January 28, 2009 | Z. Biron Wolf, Teri Fineman
    ...Gore showed up on Capitol Hill with an updated version of his 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," including time-lapsed photos of melting glaciers.. He also urged Congress to consider a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions, whereby the government caps the amount of carbon that can be emitted by businesses. Those that produce less carbon earn credits that can be sold to businesses that produce more carbon. Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who holds the Tennessee Senate seat once held by Gore, suggested that a carbon tax, refunded to companies that produce less carbon, would be a better avenue. Gore...
  • Shivering Gore: Stimulus package will help curb climate change

    01/28/2009 1:33:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 432+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2009 | By Eoin O'Carroll
    Former Vice President Al Gore urged Congress to back President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, calling it an important step toward solving the climate crisis. In his prepared testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Gore said that climate change, the economic crisis, and the threat of Islamic militancy are “linked by a common thread – our dangerous overreliance on carbon-based fuels.” “We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change,” he said. Gore dismissed concerns that efforts to limit...
  • Gore Calls On Lawmakers To Curb Carbon Emissions, Support Fiscal Stimulus

    01/28/2009 11:05:06 AM PST · by shielagolden · 22 replies · 778+ views ^ | 1/28/2009 |
    Gore Calls On Lawmakers To Curb Carbon Emissions, Support Fiscal Stimulus 1/28/2009 1:03 PM ET Gore Calls On Lawmakers To Curb Carbon Emissions, Support Fiscal Stimulus (RTTNews) - Always willing to speak up on the issue of global warming, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore testified before former Senate colleagues Wednesday, urging action on carbon emissions. The former Vice President told lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that actions must be taken "this year" to cut down on carbon emissions. Gore expressed his concern that efforts to fight global warming could take a backseat in light of the severe recession...
  • Gore to make climate change case to US Senate

    01/22/2009 9:36:44 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 898+ views
    Gore to make climate change case to US Senate Jan 22 01:11 PM US/Eastern Former US vice president and Nobel prize winner Al Gore will testify on climate change to the US Senate next week ahead of a critical December UN meeting, a leading lawmakers said Thursday. Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry said in a statement that Gore, who also won an Oscar for his green documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," would come before his panel on January 28. "Al Gore has been sounding the alarm on climate change for over three decades, and he understands the urgent...
  • Al Gore ice sculpture unveiled in Fairbanks

    01/19/2009 2:35:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 3,217+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, AK ^ | January 19, 2009 | By Christopher Eshleman
    FAIRBANKS — Al Gore can thank the Nobel Committee for honoring him with last winter’s Nobel Peace Prize. He can also thank Fairbanks businessman Craig Compeau for what could be the farthest-north likeness of the former vice president: A 5-ton ice sculpture of a “shivering” Gore, created during a recent spell of bitterly cold weather in Alaska and aimed at confronting global-warming theories. Compeau described himself as a "moderate" critic of those who "rabidly" believe that man-made emissions are contributing to a rise in global temperatures. Gore won his Nobel for raising awareness of global warming as one of the...
  • Schwab Offers Six Tips For 401(k) Investing in Today's Volatile Market (#6 treat it like a lockbox?)

    11/07/2008 5:41:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1,204+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/07/08 | Mark W. Riepe
    Schwab Offers Six Tips For 401(k) Investing in Today's Volatile MarketFriday November 7, 3:13 pm ET 6. Treat your account like a lockbox This year has been tough for many working families. In times like this, it's tempting to tap into your retirement savings accounts but the penalties and taxes will cost you in the short and long term. Treat your retirement accounts as a lockbox, only to be opened when you reach retirement. Every one of us encounters unexpected financial difficulties at one point or another during our lives, including unexpected medical bills. In order to build sufficient wealth...
  • Al Gore Warns That 2000 Could Repeat Itself

    10/28/2008 1:34:35 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 839+ views
    Al Gore Warns That 2000 Could Repeat Itself @ 4:11 pm by Chris Good Former Vice President Al Gore today warned that Democrats could see another candidate fall just short of the White House if supporters do not work hard to push Barack Obama toward victory between now and Nov. 4 Gore sent an e-mail to supporters this afternoon, urging them to volunteer for Obama's campaign and using 2000 as a cautionary tale. "Barack Obama is rising up to unite America behind his vision of progressive change. Yet we know from 2000 that progress is not inevitable. Victory can...
  • Gore endorses Obama

    06/16/2008 12:21:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 110 replies · 145+ views
    Gore endorses Obama By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago Al Gore says he is backing Barack Obama and will do whatever he can to help him get to the White House. In a letter to be e-mailed to Obama supporters, Gore says Obama has united a movement over the past year and a half.
  • Recount: New Docudrama Could Influence Election

    05/08/2008 4:22:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies · 86+ views
    TIME ^ | May 8, 2008 | By JAMES PONIEWOZIK
    After George W. Bush won Florida in 2000--O.K., I apologize to my Democrat readers for legitimizing Bush by using the word won. Also, I apologize to the Republicans for delegitimizing Bush by apologizing to the Democrats ... This is what Florida has done to us. Nearly eight years after Bush--um, "became President"? Can we agree on that?--the Florida recount still grips our politics, down to its semantics. To choose a verb is to take sides. Florida is not just a state but a state of mind: the widely held attitude that the game is rigged (by the courts, the media,...
  • Gore speaks on Democratic race

    05/06/2008 1:35:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies · 117+ views ^ | May 6, 2008 | Foon Rhee
    Al Gore did not rule out an endorsement in the Democratic presidential race, but all but ruled out a speculative scenario some have spun out as the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama goes on and on -- namely, that he would emerge as a compromise nominee with either Clinton or Obama as his running mate. In an interview today on National Public Radio, Gore at first laughed and was somewhat at a loss for words when he was asked about the scenario. "In a year of remote contingencies, that's about as remote as you could possibly imagine," he...
  • Al Gore: 'Assault on Reason' Endangers Democracy

    05/06/2008 10:25:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies · 121+ views
    NPR ^ | May 6, 2008 | Terry Gross
    Al Gore, who galvanized public opinion with his advocacy on global warming, sees danger in another poisoned environment, this one metaphorical: In his book The Assault on Reason, just published in paperback, he argues that what used to be called civil discourse is threatened by a combination of public apathy and political cynicism. In our infotainment-mad culture, Gore writes, the public attention span is short, the media are easily distracted, and a politics driven by fear and uninterested in facts has undermined the essential functions of democracy. "When evidence that any reasonable person can see and understand is completely ignored...
  • Gore calls for quick action on warming

    05/05/2008 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 84 replies · 115+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 5, 2008 | JENNIFER SMITH RICHARDS
    Last night, Al Gore preached to the choir. The polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, droughts are dragging on, floods are getting stronger and today alone, an additional 170 million tons of carbon dioxide has been dumped into the Earth's atmosphere, he told a crowd of believers at Value City Arena. "The planet has a fever," he said. It needs to be saved, to be fixed immediately. "This is our home. We don't have another planet to go to. Don't let anybody tell you we're going to get on rocket ships and go to a new planet....
  • Toughest issue facing the nation

    11/19/2007 12:48:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 154+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 19, 2007 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    It's one of the toughest and most divisive issues facing the American people. And how we respond will have a profound impact on future generations. Yet many elected officials refuse to even talk about it. President Bush proposed a plan to deal with the issue but couldn't even get members of his own party to go along. Congress blew its shot at reform in a flurry of distortions, sound bites and fear-mongering. And most of the presidential candidates won't go anywhere near the subject, perhaps sensing that it could cost them votes. The issue, of course, is Social Security reform....
  • Artist Makes Busty Depiction of Hillary Clinton

    08/11/2006 7:17:57 PM PDT · by Cinnamon · 30 replies · 732+ views
    Fox News Network ^ | Friday, August 11, 2006 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — It's a bust of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — in more ways than one. Cast in resin and bearing ample cleavage, a bust of the New York Democrat was unveiled this week at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan. Calling his creation "The Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton: The First Woman President of the United States," artist Daniel Edwards said he wanted to depict the 58-year-old Clinton "with her head held high, a youthful spirit and a face matured by wisdom." Indeed, while the former first lady's face is shown with a few wrinkles, Edwards cast...
  • Who will be Gore's running mate? (Vanity)

    05/15/2006 6:24:18 AM PDT · by redfish53 · 26 replies · 477+ views
    me ^ | 05/15/06 | me
    I'm thinking this guy is going to be the one ala Nixon after JFK. Who will be his running mate?
  • Gore: No Plans to Run for President Again

    10/12/2005 6:35:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 846+ views
    Former Vice President Al Gore said Wednesday he had no intention of ever running for president again. "I have absolutely no plans and no expectations of ever being a candidate again," said Gore, who lost the 2000 election to President Bush.
  • Gore TV Lands In Central Park (Can you “sell out” a free event?)

    10/05/2005 7:29:32 AM PDT · by dead · 25 replies · 850+ views
    NY Post ^ | 10/5/5 | Adam Buckman
    October 5, 2005 -- A pep rally to be held tomorrow in Central Park for Al Gore's new cable channel for young people, Current TV, is sold out, according to the event's Web site. Tickets were free... Instructions on the site indicate that there might be some tickets at the entrance available to those who register online for a waiting list. The event, called "Take Back TV," is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield, best known as the site of SummerStage. Besides promoting the fledgling cable channel, Take Back TV is aimed...
  • If That Don't Beat Al (Algore Alert!)

    09/22/2005 5:19:46 AM PDT · by TheForceOfOne · 69 replies · 2,009+ views
    The New York Post ^ | September 22, 2005 | Deborah Orin
    AS SEN. Hillary Clinton ratchets up her attacks on Presi dent Bush, some Democrats think they smell an explanation: the threat of a 2008 Al Gore presidential bid that could come at her from the left on Iraq. The former vice president is suddenly re-emerging as a vocal and visible Bush-basher — he's slated to star at a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser for big donors in Washington next Tuesday. "He's keeping a very strong public profile. He was the first major Democrat to oppose the Iraq war. He's keeping in touch around the country and doing a lot of speeches....
  • DFU SONG: Beep Beep (yes, Algore really rode off in a Cadillac Escalade after Sierra Club speech)

    09/13/2005 7:21:26 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies · 2,515+ views
    DFU SONGS | 9-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    Background: Gore gives a speech about global warming at the Sierra Club Summit in San Francisco. He is driven away afterwards in a gigantic gas guzzling planet killing Cadillac Escalade SUV. ========================================================== MIDI - BEEP BEEP Al went to San Francisco to give a great big speech We do not know whether he hit all the bars that they have at North Beach Poor Al it seems was disappointed 'cause Carol Doda is there no more But, after all, she's old enough that they'd hang to the floor Bleep bleep...bleep bleep...what Al said we must bleep His driver parked the...
  • Al Gore blasts Bush; personally airlifted Katrina victims

    09/09/2005 2:21:53 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 124 replies · 4,089+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 09. 2005 5:06PM | TERENCE CHEA
    Former Vice President Al Gore urged Americans on Friday to hold the Bush administration accountable for failing to adequately prepare for and respond to Hurricane Katrina. "When the corpses of American citizens are floating in toxic flood waters five days after a hurricane struck, it is time not only to respond directly to the victims of the catastrophe, but to hold ... the leaders of our nation accountable," Gore told environmentalists at the Sierra Club's national convention. Gore had been scheduled to give a speech to state insurance commissioners in New Orleans this weekend about the likelihood that global warming...
  • THE BOOB TUBE, INDEED -- Al Gore's Latest Flop!

    08/19/2005 7:20:47 AM PDT · by clintonbaiter · 69 replies · 3,320+ views
    Iconoclast ^ | by Marni Soupcoff
    It's a wonder you're even reading this piece. I mean, it's a compliment of course -- for which I'm grateful. But it's a surprise. I was certain that most of you would be spending the day glued to your television sets. August first was, after all, the debut of Al Gore's new television network, Current TV. Are you still with me? Or have I already lost you to your TV rooms and TiVos? It's okay. I'd understand. The prospect of an entertainment vehicle as fresh and lively as the former vice president is awfully hard to resist. That's why I'm...
  • The mind-blowing and clueless Current TV (Al Gore's venture)

    08/07/2005 2:04:13 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 50 replies · 2,123+ views
    Chicago Tribune via S. ^ | Aug. 5, 2005 | Maureen Ryan
    Ever have a teacher who tried way too hard to be "down" with the kids? Who never knew that he was using out-of-date lingo or patronizing the intelligence of the people he wanted to befriend? If you have a masochistic desire to spend hours with that kind of person, you could tune into Current TV, a new cable channel that debuted in 20 million homes nationwide Monday. (In South Florida, Current is available on DirecTV.) For a channel that is supposed to be aimed squarely at 18- to 34-year-olds and reflect their views and concerns, Current (whose chairman is Al...
  • For Gore, a Reincarnation on the Other Side of the Camera

    07/25/2005 4:27:52 AM PDT · by nj26 · 12 replies · 598+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/25/05 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    The day after President Bush announced his first Supreme Court nominee, his opponent in the hotly disputed 2000 election was a continent away from the White House, sitting in a darkened conference room in a converted coffee warehouse here. Surrounded by more than a dozen people in their 20's and 30's, Al Gore was screening prospective videos for a cable and satellite channel that he, along with several investors, is scheduled to introduce next Monday. It is called Current, and he is not only its co-founder and its chairman, he is also one of the people who has an occasional...
  • WSJ: A Surplus Idea - Congress should give workers back their extra Social Security taxes.

    06/23/2005 5:27:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 22 replies · 537+ views ^ | June 23, 2005 | Editorial
    The conventional Beltway wisdom says Social Security reform is dead, thanks to near-unanimous Democratic opposition. Well, not so fast. Republican reformers are introducing a new plan to invest Social Security surplus funds into personal accounts that has the potential to shake up the debate. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint are calling for legislation to bring an immediate halt to the ongoing political raid on the surplus payroll taxes.... Instead of spending this retirement money, the reformers would allow individual workers to divert every surplus Social Security dollar--from now until the extra cash runs out in...
  • Did President Bush Cave On Social Security?

    05/11/2005 6:24:32 AM PDT · by AgThorn · 17 replies · 546+ views
    Investors Insight ^ | May 10, 20005 | Gary Halbert
    Gary Halbert's Weekly E-LetterDelivered Every Wednesday5/10/2005Did President Bush Cave On Social Security?IN THIS ISSUE: Introduction Chalk One Up For The Democrats & The Press Bush Caves On The Issue Of "Means Testing" Give 'Em What They Want & They Still Object Washington Post: No Problem, So Do Nothing Disclaimer Introduction Last week, President Bush began a political process which gives him the option of abandoning his call for private savings accounts as a central point of his push for Social Security reform.  His nationwide push for private accounts has not been met with overwhelming support, and his poll ratings...
  • The Personal 'Lockbox' - How to break the logjam on Social Security reform ~ John Fund

    05/09/2005 2:00:47 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 8 replies · 604+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | May 9, 2005 | John Fund
    Many supporters of Social Security reform are already declaring it a lost cause. Columnist Charles Krauthammer says the idea "isn't dead, but it's pretty sick." Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard says President Bush needs an "exit strategy" because "it's hard to see how a reform measure can pass." Bill Kristol, editor of the Standard, says that if the White House is "willing to unwind the Social Security proposal and accept defeat sometime this year, it won't do them any damage" in next year's elections.
  • 2004 Annual Report on the United States Government (no surprise to some)

    04/29/2005 9:48:55 AM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 1 replies · 287+ views
    US Congressman Christopher Cox ^ | April 29, 2005 | Kerretarded
    Annual Report on the United States Government When Republicans took control of Congress in 1994, the federal government was spending $200 billion per year more than it took in, and was borrowing more than $100 billion per year from the Social Security Trust Fund. Republicans ushered in an era of fiscal restraint, and balanced the federal budget for the first time since 1969. This enabled us to change the nation's deficits to surpluses, so that we borrowed less and lowered interest rates. Lower interest rates, in turn, produced greater investment and, greater investment produced more jobs and higher take home...
  • There Is No Trust Fund

    04/26/2005 6:36:49 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 56 replies · 1,112+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-25-05 | Samuel Burkeen
    "The Trust Fund is a debt, not an asset" (refers to "AARP's Double Game," Wall Street Journal, Review & Outlook, April 18). Amen, you said it. It is the biggest component of the nonpublic debt. You might also mention that the Social Security "trust fund" is not a trust fund, but a reserve account in the U.S. Treasury. And the "trustees" are not really trustees because there is no trust fund. And the actuaries are not really actuaries because there is no insurance policy to analyze. And all those references to insurance in the Social Securities Act really mean "tax-and-transfer,"...
  • A Demographic Tsunami

    02/21/2005 11:24:48 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 16 replies · 667+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 21, 2005 | Ralph. R. Reiland
    [snip] What is guaranteed about Social Security is that it's facing a demographic tsunami. In 1940, there were 42 workers per retiree. The ratio today is down to 3-to-1 and it'll be 2-to-1 before today's 20-year-olds are eligible for Early Birds. More young immigrants would help, but a recent report by Stuart Anderson, a senior official at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in President Bush's first term, concludes that a hefty 33 percent jump in immigration over the next 75 years would only trim Social Security's impending multitrillion-dollar deficit by 10 percent. More domestic babies would also help, but there...
  • Question About Social Secuirty (Vanity)

    02/18/2005 11:30:14 AM PST · by RSmithOpt · 45 replies · 678+ views
    none ^ | 02/18/05 | self
  • Coming Soon: Liberals Support Flat Tax

    02/09/2005 8:00:39 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 612+ views
    IT MUST BE stressful to be a Democrat. You never know what wars to oppose, what government bureaucracies to support, what lies to tell; everything changes everyday. Also, increasingly, it’s really hard to find friends. One reason for this may be Iraq, the country that was going to be just fine with Saddam, in which containment would do wonders, and in which there were no WMD because George Bush is a big fat stupid liar. All we heard from liberals for years was how risky and precarious and implausible elections were for that country, but now, like magic, the Left...
  • DNC Accuses Bush of Deceiving America on Social Security Issue

    02/02/2005 12:55:35 PM PST · by Prost1 · 38 replies · 619+ views ^ | February 02, 2005 |
    ( - Before President Bush delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday night, the Democratic Party blasted his planned speech in an email to supporters, accusing Bush of exaggerating the current condition of Social Security and deceiving them about his plan to fix it. The Democratic National Committee warned supporters that Bush will use "hard-sell tactics" to attempt to build support for his plan to privatize Social Security. "He will try to create a sense of crisis -- even though Social Security is secure for decades to come. And he will disguise the risks involved in his dangerous plan...
  • UN chief warns of 'megadisaster'

    01/19/2005 2:26:43 PM PST · by thegreatbeast · 29 replies · 867+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 18 January, 2005 | NA
    The UN's disaster chief has outlined a 10-year plan of investment to avert a natural disaster that could be 100 times worse than the Asian tsunami. Jan Egeland proposed diverting 10% of what is currently spent on emergency relief to tackle disaster prevention.
  • Pretty Ugly, Pretty Fast (Social Security Reform Debate)

    01/05/2005 2:23:02 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 58 replies · 1,179+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2005 | Howard Kurtz
    Prediction: The Social Security debate is going to turn pretty ugly pretty fast. It's quite civilized at the moment, with reporters and op-ed types jousting over economic assumptions and actuarial rates. But New Year's Day brought a Washington Post report that the coming campaign over Bush's privatization plan will take on the coloration of a full-fledged political war, complete with television ads. Such groups as Progress for America (which spent millions on Bush's reelection), the Club for Growth and the National Association of Manufacturers are planning big-budget campaigns, and the AARP is already spending 5 mil on full-page opposition ads...
  • Al Gore goes into fund management [or, Where Not to Invest Your Hard-Earned Cash]

    12/03/2004 11:17:54 AM PST · by mountaineer · 30 replies · 696+ views
    Lafferty ^ | Dec. 3, 2004 | Funds International
    If politics does not work all that well for you, go into mutual fund management. At least that’s what many of Al Gore’s detractors may be thinking of the announcement in November that the former US vice-president under Bill Clinton and loser in the 2000 presidential race, has co-founded a private partnership asset management firm, Generation Investment Management (GIM). GIM, headquartered in London, has named Gore as chairman and another co-founder, David Blood, a past chief executive at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), as its managing partner. Also in the line-up of founders are Mark Ferguson, a former GASM co-head...
  • Caption This Photo (11-18-04 Pic) of a BLOATED Al Gore

    11/18/2004 2:54:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 196 replies · 7,464+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 18, 2004 | PJ-Comix
    Caption this photo of an INCREDIBLY BLOATED Algore. BTW, this photo is from TODAY!

    11/08/2004 1:05:02 AM PST · by kattracks · 27 replies · 1,223+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/08/04 | Richard Wilner
    Al Gore is looking for your hard-earned investment dollar. The former vice president is starting a mutual-fund management company that will invest in companies that combine environmental friendliness and social accountability with profitability, according to a published report. Gore believes companies that are able to excel in all three areas hold promise for greater investment return than traditional investments. [snip] Gore wrote the book "Earth in the Balance," chaired President Bill Clinton's council for business and sustainable development and helped gain agreement on the Kyoto protocol, the convention on climate change.
  • Al Gore in Hawaii

    10/30/2004 2:10:06 AM PDT · by kcvl · 99 replies · 5,714+ views
  • Gore returns to preach the gospel of revenge

    10/25/2004 2:45:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 578+ views
    The Times of London ^ | 10-25-04 | Tim Reid
    ALBERT GORE III and John Forbes Kerry, two of America’s most blue-blooded and buttoned-up white politicians, swayed awkwardly to gospel music and preached a message of black revenge in churches across Florida yesterday, imploring African-Americans to turn out in their droves on election day and defeat President Bush. Mr Gore, returning to the state that destroyed his presidential hopes four years ago after its bitterly disputed 36-day recount drama, delivered a gospel of civil rights and anger, acutely aware that without a massive turnout from African-American voters on November 2, Mr Kerry has virtually no chance of defeating President Bush....
  • `President' Gore rallies black Florida voters

    10/25/2004 2:39:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 536+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | 10-25-04 | TIM HARPER
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — He was introduced as the president-elect, or more simply the president. He sat stoically as he was described as the man who would be in the White House today had the Republicans not "spit on the graves'' of African American civil rights leaders. But in a potential hothouse of anger, Al Gore yesterday stood before the congregation at the Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church and told angry black voters to channel their frustration constructively so they will never be disenfranchised again. "Love thy neighbour,'' said Gore, during a highly symbolic swing through Florida nine days before the...
  • **Caption Time** Former Vice President Al Gore at

    10/18/2004 11:50:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies · 3,045+ views
      Former Vice President Al Gore gestures while discussing the Bush presidency during an address at Georgetown University in Washington, Monday, Oct. 18, 2004. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)