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  • America’s middle class is headed toward extinction

    05/12/2016 7:40:32 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 37 replies
    In cities across America, the middle class is hollowing out. A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. In nearly one-quarter of metro areas, middle-class adults no longer make up a majority, the Pew analysis found. That’s up from fewer than 10 percent of metro areas in 2000. Pew defines the middle class as households with incomes between two-thirds of median income and twice the median, adjusted for household size and the local...
  • Middle Class Incomes Yet To Recover From Crisis As Wealth Gap Widens

    06/18/2015 7:08:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/18/15 | Tyler Durden
    “First, widening inequality is a very long-term trend, one that has been decades in the making. The degree of inequality we see today is primarily the result of deep structural changes in our economy that have taken place over many years, including globalization, technological progress, demographic trends, and institutional change in the labor market and elsewhere. By comparison to the influence of these long-term factors, the effects of monetary policy on inequality are almost certainly modest and transient.” That’s what Blogger Ben Bernanke (who is of course distinct from PIMCO advisor Ben and Citadel co-conspirator Ben) had to say earlier...
  • Biden: In D.C., 'Being Middle Class...Means You’re Not Sophisticated'

    03/12/2015 9:47:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/12/15 | Ali Meyer
    ( - "In this town, being middle class is not viewed as a compliment -- it means you’re not sophisticated," Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering in Washington on Wednesday. He was touting the virtues of middle-class economics when he made the comment at the National Press Club. "Today, not only have we walked the long road back, but we’ve built the foundations, in my view, on which our economic futures continue to be built and that has to be a future where the middle class is dealt back into the deal, where there’s really opportunity and jobs you...
  • Preparing For War!?

    02/09/2015 2:36:25 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 16 replies
    Putin is spending big on military modernization despite Russia's economic woes — Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) February 4, 2015 Russian Air Force And Navy To Receive 200 New Aircraft In 2015, More Than Most World Air Forces Have Russia is proceeding with an ambitious plan to bolster its air force, at a time when its military aircraft are conducting more and more flights probing the air defenses of its neighbors and raising fears of a new Cold War. It will receive more than 200 new airplanes and helicopters this year, a staggeringly high number considering that most of the world’s...
  • The Upper Middle Class Is Ruining America

    01/31/2015 9:42:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Slate ^ | January 30, 2015 | Reihan Salam
    I first encountered the upper middle class when I attended a big magnet high school in Manhattan that attracted a decent number of brainy, better-off kids whose parents preferred not to pay private-school tuition. Growing up in an immigrant household, I’d felt largely immune to class distinctions. Before high school, some of the kids I knew were somewhat worse off, and others were somewhat better off than most, but we generally all fell into the same lower-middle- or middle-middle-class milieu. So high school was a revelation. Status distinctions that had been entirely obscure to me came into focus. Everything about...
  • The devalued American worker: The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs

    12/15/2014 7:13:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jim Tankersley
    Midway through the last game of the 2013 Carolina League season, after he’d swept peanut shells and mopped soda off the concourse, Ed Green lumbered upstairs to the box seats to dump the garbage. Green was already 12 hours into his workday. He rose at dawn to lay tar on the highway. As the sun sank, he switched uniforms and drove to BB&T Ballpark, where he runs the custodial crew for a minor-league baseball team. Now it was dark and his radio was crackling. It was his boss, asking him to head back downstairs. Green walked onto the first-base line...
  • Why America’s middle class is lost

    12/13/2014 6:44:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2014 | Jim Tankersley
    One day in 1967, Bob Thompson sprayed foam on a hunk of metal in a cavernous factory south of Los Angeles. And then another day, not too long after, he sat at a long wood bar with a black-and-white television hanging over it, and he watched that hunk of metal land a man on the moon. On July 20, 1969 — the day of the landing — Thompson sipped his Budweiser and thought about all the people who had ever stared at that moon. Kings and queens and Jesus Christ himself. He marveled at how when it came time to...
  • Biden: Middle Class Label Not a Compliment in DC, ‘It Means You’re Not Sophisticated’

    11/12/2014 7:27:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/12/14 | staff
    Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that people in Washington don’t think it’s a good thing to be labeled as middle class. Speaking at the American Association of Port Authorities convention in Houston, Biden reminded attendees of his nickname, “Middle-Class Joe.” “In Washington, that’s not meant as a compliment–it means you’re not sophisticated,” Biden said.
  • Things In The Middle East Are About To Get Much Worse

    07/24/2014 5:30:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Sky News and twitter via zero hedge ^ | 7/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    There are major clashes occurring currently in The West Bank tonight as claims of 10s of thousands and Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers. Sadly, as the photos below reveal taken moments ago show, things appear set to get very much worse. Rami de Ramallah @Ramideramallah Follow Qalandia now. 7 injured 1 serious. Israelis soldiers use life bullets #48Kmarch #GazaUnderAttack #BDS فلسطين i @iFalasteen Follow RIGHT NOW: thousands of people are clashing in Qalandya with live amo used and kids using rocks... #PalestineResists 1:09 PM - 24 Jul 2014 RIGHT NOW: thousands of people are clashing with Israeli soldiers in...
  • Podcast: Obama's Middle East Peace Push Has Backfired

    07/09/2014 10:15:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/9/14 | staff
    The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on his recent Tablet column "America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East." 
  • The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America

    04/23/2014 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/23/2014 | Tyler Durden
    For most of Canada's existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans. Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift. At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are. The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking. If current trends continue, a whole bunch...
  • The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

    04/22/2014 10:49:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
    The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • 28 Signs That The Middle Class Is Heading Towards Extinction

    02/06/2014 5:34:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 2/6/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, The death of the middle class in America has become so painfully obvious that now even the New York Times is doing stories about it. Millions of middle class jobs have disappeared, incomes are steadily decreasing, the rate of homeownership has declined for eight years in a row and U.S. consumers have accumulated record-setting levels of debt. Being independent is at the heart of what it means to be "middle class", and unfortunately the percentage of Americans that are able to take care of themselves without government assistance continues to decline....
  • What World War I Did to the Middle East

    02/03/2014 8:59:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Spiegel ^ | January 31, 2014 | Bernhard Zand
    Damascus, year three of the civil war: The 4th Division of the Syrian army has entrenched itself on Kassioun Mountain, the place where Cain is said to have slain his brother Abel. United Nations ballistics experts say the poison gas projectiles that landed in the Damascus suburbs of Muadamiya and Ain Tarma in the morning hours of Aug. 21, 2013 were fired from somewhere up on the mountain. Some 1,400 people died in the attack -- 1,400 of the more than 100,000 people who have lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict. ........................................................ That, though, is likely only...
  • Two “Middle Eastern Soldiers” Arrested for Trying to Abduct 12 Year-Old Missouri Girl for Sex

    10/24/2013 1:04:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    Two “Middle Eastern soldiers” training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri were arrested for trying to abduct a 12 year-old local girl for sex.KHOU reported, via Free Republic: Two men training at Fort Leonard Wood are in custody after deputies say they tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in Pulaski County Friday afternoon.Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, 34, and Antoine Clela, 31, were charged with enticement of a child and harassment.The victim told police she was playing with a sibling in her yard when Mefleh and Clela approached her several times and tried to lure her into their vehicle. She told...
  • Poll: Obama No Help to the Middle Class

    08/01/2013 3:52:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    USNews ^ | 8/1/13 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Despite his ongoing campaign to promote his economic agenda, President Obama is having trouble persuading the country that his policies are helping the middle class. The latest Monmouth University poll finds that a plurality of Americans think Wall Street and other elites have been served better than the middle class by the president. Only 12 percent of Americans said middle class families have greatly benefited from Obama's policies, while 46 percent said they haven't benefited at all and an additional 39 percent say they have benefited only a "little." [READ: GOP Strategist: Obama in a 'World of Hurt'] There is...
  • Obama Among The Middle Class: The Photo Album So Far

    07/30/2013 6:52:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/30/13 | Tyler Durden
    First, the middle class organizer-in-chief was channeling the TOTUS from Knox College in Illinois. He sounded very persuasive and his speech had all the right accents and dramatic pauses.  Then, the TOTUS used its now traditional presidential vessel to deliver even more remarks in Jacksonville, Florida.  The speech was full of climaxes and denouements, protagonists and antagonists, and applause and laughter breaks interspersed with virtuoso precision. Today, the wealth redistributor par excellence came to us live from an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, TN where with dramatically rolled-up sleeves, Obama praised a vision of a full-time middle class to a fulfillment center...
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • Obama visits Baltimore, tries to turn focus to efforts to help middle class

    05/17/2013 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/17/13 | David Nakamura
    BALTIMORE — President Obama insisted Friday that he is focused on improving the lives of middle-class Americans, despite being buffeted in Washington by a trio of controversies that have threatened to distract him from his second-term agenda. Capping one of the most difficult weeks of his tenure, Obama left the Beltway for this city 40 miles north to try to change the subject from the problems of his administration and refocus attention on his efforts to create middle-class jobs. He toured an elementary school, manufacturing plant
  • ‘Obama policy will lead region to war,’ warns ex-Iraqi MP who’s paid heavy price for dissent

    05/13/2013 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/10/13 | Elhanan Miller
    Mithal Al-Alusi, whose two sons were killed in a Baghdad ambush soon after he visited Israel, tells The Times of Israel he feels betrayed by the superpower which allowed him to return to his homeland Mithal Al-Alusi is angry. He is angry with Iran for supporting global terrorism. He is angry with Syrian President Bashar Assad for oppressing and killing his own people. He is angry with his own prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, for colluding with the two. But most of all, he is angry with US President Barack Obama for allowing this all to happen. “Obama has...
  • The Vanishing Middle Class And The Fed's War on Savers

    03/14/2013 12:07:20 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 19 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/14/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The good news: Initial jobless claims declined to 332,000 for the most recent week ending March 9. The expectations were for an increase to 350,000. The bad news: Initial jobless claims are back to where we were in March 2012. Remember, there are still 12,032,000 unemployment people in the USA. And we are back to the peak of the Carter-era recession. Continuing jobless claims fell as well. But this time it is back to the end of March 2012 levels. In terms of occupational growth rates, mid-wage growth remains negative leaving growth in only high-wage and low-wage occupations. Ah, the...
  • Middle Class Taxes Just Went Up

    01/03/2013 9:38:08 PM PST · by RC one · 13 replies
    USNews ^ | January 2, 2013 | Rick Newman
    Obama Breaks Promise to Not Raise Taxes on the Middle Class. The headline news from the recent deal to avert the fiscal cliff is that Congress is raising tax rates on wealthy individuals for the first time in nearly two decades. Less noticed is something that may be equally momentous: Congress just raised taxes on the middle class as well.virtually every worker will still get a smaller paycheck in 2013, because of another tax measure that expired. Beginning in 2009, Congress cut the payroll tax—which helps finance Social Security—to put a bit of extra spending money in workers' pockets. The...
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/23/2012 7:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/23/12 | Pamela Geller
    Why? It's a question the media never asks because they know the answer and they work furiously to obfuscate and cover up the why and the who. Everywhere Islam goes, everything and everyone must submit or .... die. Dhimmitude may be percevied as a third choice, but it is merely a slow and painful death. And all these churches and synagogues twinning with mosques. Why aren't these Pastors and Rabbis addressing with with Islamic clergy. Because these quislings are afraid to speak the truth. "Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East" Telegraph Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical...
  • MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Residents Put Onus on Government to Help the Poor

    11/29/2012 8:08:33 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 27, 2012 | Joana Silva, Victoria Levin, Matteo Morgandi, and Cynthia English
    This article is the first in a two-part series on social assistance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region based on data collected for the forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report, "Inclusion and Resilience: The Way Forward for Social Safety Nets in the Middle East and North Africa." WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At least eight in 10 adults in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia say their respective governments should bear the primary responsibility for helping the poor in their countries, according to a forthcoming World Bank MENA flagship report. Far fewer residents identified other social actors, such as religious...
  • Another Leftist Admits the Real Goal Is Taxing the Middle Class (The Truth is coming out)

    11/16/2012 8:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 16, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Obama has staked out a very dogmatic and inflexible position on class-warfare tax hikes and he obviously wants all of us to think only the “rich” will be impacted. I think it’s foolish to penalize investors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and other upper-income taxpayers. What nation, after all, has ever prospered by placing obstacles in front of those who create jobs? France? Don’t make me laugh.But I’m also amazed that anyone believes Obama isn’t going to screw the middle class as well. The simple reality is that there aren’t enough rich people to finance big government.There are some honest folks...
  • Obama’s Nightmare

    11/15/2012 12:55:07 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Thomas L. Friedman
    The scandal engulfing two of our top military and intelligence officers could not be coming at a worse time: the Middle East has never been more unstable and closer to multiple, interconnected explosions. Virtually every American president since Dwight Eisenhower has had a Middle Eastern country that brought him grief. For Ike, it was Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton,...
  • The 10 most expensive cities for middle class Americans revealed (Mega Hurl)

    10/22/2012 4:15:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 22, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    New Yorkers love to complain about how expensive their city is, but a new study reveals that the Big Apple is more affordable for middle class families than places like Cincinnati, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, or Portland, Oregon. New York is the tenth most affordable major city for middle-income homes -- thanks to high median incomes and the city's expansive transportation system, according to a report by the Center for Housing Policy and Center for Neighborhood Technology. New York wasn't the only surprise on the list. The most affordable city, according to the study, was Washington, DC, which is another notoriously...
  • Obama’s Middle-Class Tax Hike

    10/04/2012 5:29:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2012 | The Editors
    Democrats have been saying — or, in the case of Joe Biden, trying to say — that Mitt Romney plans to raise taxes on the middle class. This claim is flatly untrue. The word “lie” probably is thrown around too casually in our politics, but this qualifies. Romney has no such plan, has forsworn taking such a course of action, and has in fact proposed to cut tax rates for the middle class — and everybody else who pays the federal income tax — by reducing all brackets by 20 percent. Romney’s plan would be revenue-neutral, making up for forgone...
  • Under Obama, Poor, Middle Class Incomes Fall Sharply

    10/02/2012 9:43:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Despite repeated promises that he would build prosperity from the bottom up, President Obama has presided over three years of income losses for the middle class, according to the latest household income data from the Census Bureau. Since 2009, the middle 20% of American households saw their average incomes drop 4%. In 2011 alone, they fell 1.7%. The poorest 20% have fared even worse under Obama, Census data show. Their incomes have dropped more than 7% since 2009, and are now lower than they've been at any time since 1985, after adjusting for inflation.
  • Republican poll analysis: Romney winning with middle-class families

    09/24/2012 7:38:10 AM PDT · by rawhide · 39 replies ^ | By ED GOEAS and BRIAN NIENABER
    Overall, Obama leads Romney by just 3 points on the ballot (50 percent to 47 percent)–which before we rounded up, is actually a 2.6 point lead and only up a half-a-percentage point from the 2.1 point lead for Obama in our last Battleground poll in early August. In our latest POLITICO-George Washington University Battleground Poll with middle-class families,which comprise about 54 percent of the total American electorate and usually split in their vote behavior between Republicans and Democrats, Romney holds a 14-point advantage (55 percent to 41 percent). Middle-class families are more inclined to believe the country is on the...
  • Tungsten-Filled 10 Oz Gold Bar Found In The Middle Of Manhattan's Jewelry District

    09/18/2012 7:08:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 95 replies
    It is one thing for tungsten-filled gold bars to appear in the UK, or in Germany: after all out of sight, and across the Atlantic, certainly must mean out of mind, and out of the safe. However, when a 10 ounce 999.9 gold bar bearing the stamp of the reputable Swiss Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP, with owner MTP) and a serial number (serial #038892, likely rehypothecated in at least 10 gold ETFs across the world but that's a different story), mysteriously emerges in the heart of the world's jewerly district located on 47th street in Manhattan, things get real...
  • Decline of Middle Class Not Obama's Fault

    09/09/2012 1:15:24 PM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | September 5, 2012 | LZ Granderson
    This is why Pew found that "85% of self-described middle-class adults say it is more difficult now than it was a decade ago for middle-class people to maintain their standard of living." We're working just as hard as in years past, but we're behind the 8-ball because for most of the country, wages are not even set to meet the cost of living. Indeed, some of us are closer to being poor than middle class and don't know it. The 2011 middle class median income started at $39,418 for a family of three. Yet Pew found some families making less...
  • Obama's True Agenda For the Middle East Revealed

    09/03/2012 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/3/12 | Richard N. Weltz
    The Obama administration is taking steps it hopes will force Iran to reconsider almost stalemated nuclear negotiations - and forestall an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. So begins the lead article in the Labor Day edition of the New York Times, and part of that article is a repeat of the litany we've all become used to in the White House attempts to explain just how President Obama "has Israel's back" in the face of an Iran rapidly developing the capability to create nuclear weaponry and repeatedly stating it's deep desire to "wipe Israel off the face of the...
  • What is the Middle Class?(Flashback 2008-More Than $97,000 a Year, It's Upper Class)

    09/03/2012 5:43:46 AM PDT · by Son House · 3 replies
    American Public Media ^ | January 11, 2008 Transcript | Tess Vigeland
    So, is there a hard and fast number to define the middle class?United States government, you wanna help us out here? No? Not really?Well, at least there's an official poverty line. In 2007, it was an annual income under $20,650 for a family of four.As for middle class, well, the Congressional Research Service issued a report last year pegging middle class income as between $19,000 a year and $91,000 a year.But even the specialist in quantitative economics who put together that study said there is no consensus or official government definition.So we decided to ask around. First up; Brookings Institution...
  • "Middle Class Americans" is a made-up-term

    07/15/2012 10:11:01 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 33 replies
    google books ^ | 2012 | google
    Of the 300+ books on google books using the term, "middle class America", only one earliest is 1971, a few in 1980`s and 95% in 1990`s and 2000`s til now. I never heard the term "middle class Americans" in my youth, not even in college sociology classes in 1960`s. It appears to be a made-up-term borrowed from English social class structure as defined by Webster. These communist sociologists try to force an Englsh social model upon America which is impossible- to make a square peg fit a round hole in an fallacious attempt to define a fluid social dynamic of...
  • US Federal Individual Income Taxes by Income Level 2001-2009

    07/05/2012 8:10:52 PM PDT · by justlurking · 29 replies
    Internal Revenue Service ^ | July, 2011 | IRS
    Since the "soak the rich" rhetoric has begun again, I though it was a good time to make sure that everyone knows exactly how adjusted gross income and federal individual income taxes are distributed among the various income brackets. I hope the moderators will indulge me and leave this in front-page news. I encourage everyone to bookmark this thread or the original source of data, so that you can refer to it when someone claims that the rich aren't paying their fair share. First, let's start with the source of the data: That's an Excel workbook. If you don't...
  • 2008 Obama: Health Care Should "Never Be Purchased With Tax Increases On Middle Class Families."

    07/01/2012 9:33:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/28/12 | GOPICYMI
    At a Campaign rally in 2008, Obama said that health care should not purchased with a tax increase (October 4, 2008).
  • Biden: Republicans don’t understand ‘us’ in the middle class

    06/27/2012 3:47:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/27/12 | Charlie Spiering
    In spite of a conflicting narrative, Vice President Joe Biden identified himself with the middle class, while campaigning in Iowa this afternoon, insisting to the audience that Republicans don’t understand “us” in the middle class. Biden added that being middle class was more of a “way of life,” than an income level. “I love these other guys, they talk about us as a number, ‘Was it $49,270 or $52,719 dollars? What’s the definition of the middle class?’” Biden said. “The middle class, is a value set, the middle class is a way of life.”
  • Obama visits, calls election 'make or break' for middle class (then hits up 1%ers for cash)

    02/18/2012 6:28:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/17/12 | Jim Brunner, Dominic Gates
    Obama visits, calls election 'make or break' for middle classBy Jim Brunner and Dominic Gates Seattle Times staff reporters Originally published Friday, February 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM President Obama called the 2012 election a "make-or-break moment" for the middle class Friday during a campaign swing through the Seattle area, rallying supporters at two pricey Eastside fundraisers and touring Boeing's Everett plant to promote his plans to revive American manufacturing. Obama touched down at Paine Field in the morning and toured a United Airlines 787 at the end of the Dreamliner assembly line, pronouncing the dimmable windows in the plane...

    Congress caused the mortgage crisis, not the banks. Permit denied for Occupy Madison due to public masturbation. Cops: School worker asked student to pose nude for picture.
  • Obama talks Middle East, education with rabbis

    09/23/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    JTA ^ | 9/23/11 | Ron Kampeas
    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama discussed the Middle East and education policy in a pre-Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis. Close to 900 rabbis listened in on Obama's call Thursday afternoon, which was arranged by the Reform movement's Religious Action Center. Obama has made such calls since 2009, the first year of his presidency. He fielded two questions, one about what the changes of the Arab Spring mean for Israel, the other about funding for schools. Obama said the United States was committed to Israel. He noted close U.S.-Israel cooperation and his efforts to isolate Iran as long as it advances...
  • Obama: "I'm A Warrior For The Middle Class" (Barfus Maximus)

    09/22/2011 3:10:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9/22/11 | staff
    "Now the Republicans, you know when I, I talked about this earlier in the week. They said 'well, this is class warfare.' You know what? If asking a billionaire to pay their fair of taxes. To pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare, then you know what? I, I, I, I, I'm, I'm a warrior for the middle class. I'm happy to fight for the middle class," President Obama said at the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, OH.
  • The Biggest Middle Class Tax Increase In History Will Come In Five Months

    08/02/2011 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Business, Insider ^ | 8/2/11 | Bruce Krasting
    There is one aspect of the final debt deal from DC that took me by surprise. I was convinced the 2% reduction in payroll taxes would be extended through 2012. On July 12th I wrote about this and got it completely wrong. Not only did I think there would be a one year extension of the existing holiday; I forecast that the subsidy would actually be increased.

    06/02/2011 4:09:10 AM PDT · by massmike · 88 replies ^ | 06/02/2011 | Billy Hallowell
    A quasi-scandal has broken out at Arkansas’ Russellville Middle School. The school’s yearbook featured a list of the “Top 5 Worst People of All Time.” Some of the world’s most horrific murderers and maniacs were included: Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Charles Manson… Few people would argue that these individuals don’t deserve a spot on that roster. Each went on murderous rampages and were, arguably, mentally-imbalanced. However, it‘s the list’s last two names that are causing a stir: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The former president and vice-president don’t seem to share many characteristics with the other men they...

    05/19/2011 12:39:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 5/19/11 | staff
    In a region already marked by terror and uneasy alliances between tribal conflicts dating back thousands of years, PRESIDENT OBAMA backed a Palestinian demand to Israel: “GET OUT!” Trying to advance debate, Barack Obama endorsed a key Palestinian demand for the borders of its future state, prodding Israel to withdraw back to borders established in 1967. He also prodded Israel to accept the demand because it can never have a truly peaceful nation based on "permanent occupation." Obama urged that a permanent Palestinian state be based on 1967 borders – the ones that existed prior to the Six Day War...
  • Morning Bell: The Middle East’s Third Wave

    03/01/2011 2:44:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    In a private phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, almost two weeks after the unrest began, President Barack Obama finally called for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi to step down. While the President’s inertia may have been mitigated by the need to get Americans out of the country so Qadhafi could not take any hostages, the incident demonstrates again that the wave of revolution currently sweeping North Africa and the Middle East took the Obama Administration completely by surprise. And for good reason: President Obama’s “engagement” strategy toward the “Islamic world” is thoroughly outdated and irrelevant. The first wave of...
  • Our So-Called 'Centrist' President

    01/25/2011 8:10:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials Editorial: Our So-Called 'Centrist' President Posted 01/24/2011 06:59 PM ET Politics: Will the man who conned the public into believing he was a moderate, but who has governed as the most immoderate leftist in the country's history, now try to pull the same con so he can be elected again? How naive does he think we are? Well, pretty darn naive, given the polls that everyone is bending over backward to cite. They show President Obama's approval rating turning up in large part because he didn't let the Bush tax cuts expire, enlisted cronies to help him appear...
  • Democrats to hold votes on middle class tax cuts

    11/18/2010 5:25:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 18, 2010 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - After meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday, Democratic leaders in Congress said they plan to hold a series of politically charged votes to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting tax cuts for the wealthy expire. Excerpted per FR posting rules.
  • The Mythical Middle: Why moderates are Dangerous.

    10/01/2010 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 27 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 10-01-10 | SouthernMan
    The Mythical Middle: Why moderates are dangerous. What is a moderate? Who, exactly, lives in the middle of the political spectrum? More importantly, why does anyone care? In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who is not extreme, partisan or radical. Politicians are always seeking out the votes of the mythical moderates, independents and undecided. We hear how politicians move to the “middle” to garner votes or stem a tide of resentment towards their policies. We hear politicians admonished to tone down the rhetoric less they scare away moderate voters. President Clinton comes to mind, most recently, utilizing...
  • Obama begins move to the middle

    08/12/2010 6:15:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/12/10 | KEITH KOFFLER
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, known for his smoothness and precision, seems to have erred egregiously twice in just weeks. First, he speculated on TV that Democrats might lose the House, an inexcusable blunder because it is his job to omit the truth — not lie, just omit the truth — when the truth hurts. Then, there he was in print this week, deriding “professional liberals” who label President Barack Obama too moderate, saying they need “to be drug tested.” Gibbs should have expected this would enrage liberals. Maybe that’s just what he planned. Facing reporters Wednesday, Gibbs neither...