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Foreign policy

April 4, 2014

An opinion of one, foreign policy is foreign to our current president. This is a true false statement, please select the correct answer. John T....

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LauriH

Apr-06-14 9:51 PM

Boobie,No my daughters have been brought up in a loving and understanding 2 parent home unlike you who evidently was not. You are probably correct my daughter would be wasting her time trying to teach an "old and dirty dog" like you new tricks. Nice try at being demeaning, why don't you crawl back into the hole or sewer grate in which you came from. I see you must of morphed into one of your other "alias's" so you could agree with yourself,you are a stupid boob.

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0futm2

Apr-06-14 1:21 PM

"I will check and see if my 9 year old has some free time and she could sit down and have a talk with you about being a bully and acting like a lady."

Perhaps a home course in her present domicile should be a prerequisite.

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LauriH

Apr-06-14 9:21 AM

I knew you would be crawling out of your hole at some point Bobbi or whatever your "handle" is. Yes I guess I set myself up for that one. I refuse to defend anything to you. I'll bet you are all shriveled up and wrinkled from all the hate and anger in your body you can't carry on a normal conversation with anyone all you do is call names and leave your short one lined verbage that you take from your news source, you are a joke to me. Why such the interest in me Bobbi? Why do you seem to follow me when I post? Do you aspire to be a real human being? I will check and see if my 9 year old has some free time and she could sit down and have a talk with you about being a bully and acting like a lady. You try to have a good day.

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0futm2

Apr-06-14 12:05 AM

LauriH Apr-05-14 12:34 PM Agree | Disagree

Capricorn1 yes I am a brainwashed liberal liar who labels everyone who does not agree with me.

Ah yes LauriH, recognizing your problem is a good first step.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 12:54 PM

With regards to timing, I don't see any type of reform coming anytime soon, Democrats have successfully labeled anyone that supports reform as having no compassion. The last time we had successful reform was during the Clinton Administration when he worked with Republicans in passing welfare reform. That reform has since been gutted.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 12:49 PM

Lauri, I never called you a brain washed liberal liar. Believe it or not, we agree more than you think. We both want reform and we both want those that truly need the assistance, to get it. But the current system as designed, is unsustainable.

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LauriH

Apr-05-14 12:34 PM

Capricorn1 yes I am a brainwashed liberal liar who labels everyone who does not agree with me. My whole point which you just don't seem to grasp is the timing of cuts of any kind to these programs while we as a country are still in recovery. So I will take my hand wringing self and enjoy the day with my liberal loving family and you have a good day.PS. I worked at a federally funded VA and low income clinic so I do know about waste and fraud not to mention the prison system but we can save that for another day.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 12:17 PM

Lauri, I am not defending either party, I always have been, and always will be a supporter of government reform to reduce the massive amount of waste, fraud and abuse in all departments and programs, and across all levels of government. If this would actually occur, the money needed would be readily available for the people you mention that need some added assistance to get back on their feet. The problem is our government has become so massive that it is impossible to provide proper oversight for all of the departments and programs. I saw the level of waste just in defense contracts and it was one of the reasons I left the industry.

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LauriH

Apr-05-14 11:47 AM

Capricorn1 I agree with what you say about restructuring the whole program, but what should happen to the ones who are not commiting fraud and really actually are trying to find work or are underemployed? Those people exist to. Extend the benefits for 3 months at that time hash out total reform and move on. Meanwhile there are believe it or not people just like you who have been cut off totally of any benefits since Dec.28th. and they had only collected 26 weeks just at the point of needing an extension. These people were not "weened" off the system they were put out, and that is not morally right no matter who you are. I listen to what Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz say and thats the impression they leave with me as uncaring, that in fact may not be you personally but the party you defend, that is how they are seen by me. Regarding this situation I blame both sides and the President equally.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 11:25 AM

Lauri, you can play the veterans card all you want. Yes they are a small percentage of the unemployed but liberals are using it as a talking point to make it look like republicans have no compassion for our vets. What do you say to the tens of thousands of veterans that will soon be out of a job because of the massive personnel cuts that democratic leadership has planned? My point was that if they reform the system and get control of the waste, fraud and abuse, they would save billions of dollars and no cuts to these programs would be necessary. Why do you seem to have a problem with that? Have you ever researched the amount of waste, fraud and abuse in these programs? It's staggering. In Medicare/Medicaid alone its over 100 billion dollars annually.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 11:15 AM

I absolutely consider my niece and my neighbor lazy. They made NO effort to find employment and my niece also applied for SNAP and got it. Like it or not, there are many people out there that would just as soon draw a government check than work and the system allows it. You can be in denial if you want and think that these people don't exist but it's a reported fact that there are billions of dollars in fraud and abuse in all these programs each year. SNAP alone reports 3 billion annually. And it will continue to happen because if anyone even mentions reform, they get labeled as uncaring. Exactly what you are doing. What you fail to realize is that all the money being wasted and fraudulently obtained, is money that could be going to those that truly need it and to programs designed to help give people a hand up and not a hand out.

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LauriH

Apr-05-14 11:13 AM

If the only thing holding up the passing in the senate is requirements then install said requirements and pass it. They were all given 3 different ways to pass it 1. pass the extension with retroactive payments 2.pass the extension with retroactive payments only to certain people whose claim met a certain criteria 3. pass the extension with no retroactive payments to anyone. They voted on that and guess what they agreed on #1 even the republicans. So why now is it being held hostage by both sides while we can write checks and send it to other countries to help them but this issue they have to argue about. What is more important to you Capricorn1 helping out or veterans or sending money to help everyone else. Veterans are homeless and unemployed to.

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LauriH

Apr-05-14 10:33 AM

Capricorn1, what you said was it promotes laziness meaning to me you think that people who collect unemployment are just so satisfied with unemployment that they just hunker down and smile all the way to the bank. That is exactly why the extension will not pass the senate because the unemployed are already labeled as lazy or entitled or just riding the gravy train. The mentality of some of the people on this site is the same of the republicans in my opinion, how can someone disagree with someones elses interaction with unemployment? Do you know why because it is the mentality of "I have mine screw you" its your fault you are in that situation. Did you ever asked your neighbor why he collected benefits for 99 weeks? Why did he not take 2 or 3 part time jobs isn't that what you believe he should of done? Do you consider your niece or neighbor lazy? I am just curious.

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Capricorn1

Apr-05-14 9:55 AM

I think you have been programed to think that everyone who collects unemployment are all there because of laziness or lack of motivation. So not true. -Lauri

Nowhere did I state that everyone on unemployment must be lazy. For you, and many others, you see anyone that points out abuses in the system that need attention as being against everyone that is in the system. The point I was trying to make is that anyone drawing money from the system, whether it be welfare or unemployment, should be required to show physical proof that they are in fact actively searching for employment. Job training should also be made available and temporary tax incentives should be given to businesses that hire those drawing unemployment or welfare that pays them to a degree where government assistance is no longer required. As long as you have a system that is designed in a way that makes it comfortable and easy for those that choose to abuse it, they will. Not everyone is honest as yourself.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 10:29 PM

Yes and GW Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation at tax payers expense and he had soldiers dying daily during his last 6 years, meanwhile back at the ranch there is our leader on vacation, so what is your point there bobbi?

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0futm2

Apr-04-14 9:41 PM

"Mr. Underwood I appreciate that but why now in this moment in a time of recovery is that something that needs to be cut right now? There is nothing else that could be sacrificed for the sake of struggling families. That in my opinion is a crock."

Without precedent” is how one member of Congress described it. Another member announced it was “nearly unbelievable.” No, they weren’t talking about the latest Obama girls’ outing to China. They were talking of the more than $1 billion spent on travel every year by Obama and his family.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 9:15 PM

Not sure why I waste my time posting on a site with people who disagree with a persons life experience. Have a good night.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 8:48 PM

Mr. Underwood I appreciate that but why now in this moment in a time of recovery is that something that needs to be cut right now? There is nothing else that could be sacrificed for the sake of struggling families. That in my opinion is a crock.

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underwood

Apr-04-14 8:34 PM

Lauri, if by social issues, you mean like who marries whom or other positions with religious underpinnings, I agree with you. As for helping fellow citizens, I like LBJ’s stated intention when he signed the war on poverty that it was intended to give a hand up, not a hand out.

I don’t see Republicans cutting those programs so much as trying to put a limit on them.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 8:33 PM

Capricorn1 let me just say that being on unemployment was motivation enough for me to find another job as quickly as I could. However many are just like me, but not as lucky. I do not understand your thought that people really enjoy being on it and refrain from job hunting because they are making out so good on unemployment. While I was collecting my husband was working full time and we were stretched to the limit, you know that you only get a portion of what you were truly making,my family was losing 900.00 a month how does one lavish being on unemployment I think you have been programed to think that everyone who collects unemployment are all there because of laziness or lack of motivation. So not true.

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Capricorn1

Apr-04-14 8:12 PM

Lauri, I agree. The system should be designed so that it's mandatory to do all the things you had to do. As it is, it promotes laziness. I have NO problem with safety nets being in place to assist people in a time of need, but it should not be designed so that it makes it too easy to lose motivation or a desire to work. There is no reason our country should have half of it's citizens dependent on government. That was not the intention of these programs when they were put in place but policies have changed, eligibility requirements have been expanded and enrollments have become so huge that proper oversight is impossible. The whole system needs to be reformed.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 8:05 PM

The problem with the right is that the only things they seem interested in cutting are the programs that help their fellow citizens. I can see that plain as day,I form my opinions on what I see and what I hear just as you do and I will guarantee that if the republicans do not change their thinking as to social issues and cutting spending via food stamps and unemployment they can pretty much kiss 2016 bye-bye in my opinion and that is fine with me.

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LauriH

Apr-04-14 7:31 PM

Capricorn1 you are correct to file your bi-weekly claims you can do it over the phone or online, that is just to file. I and others that I know were not as lucky as your niece. We were mandated to attend these meetings and also record our job serches. Like I said before I also had classes on re-entering the work force because I was in a certain job for so long. How unfair is that others had to do all of these things to get the minimum benefits and some can benefit for 99 weeks with no record of job serches or any classes.

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Capricorn1

Apr-04-14 6:25 PM

Lauri, I just checked the Pa website and you are still required to file bi-weekly claims online or by phoning in to the automated PAT system. I received benefits several years ago and that was the system in place and my niece drew benefits recently and it was the same system. I have a neighbor that drew benefits for 99 weeks and never did one job search. No proof of job search was required and you just had to answer a few questions regarding whether you received any money that week from working and that you were actively seeking employment. The steps you had to take is what should be required by everyone, but unless the Pa website is wrong, I don't think that is the case.

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underwood

Apr-04-14 6:17 PM

Lauri, government has no resources of it’s own; it can only take them from taxpayers, print more money, or borrow against future generations. Therefore it can’t put anything back into the economy, it can only take from the economy.

The left has created an advantage in that anyone trying to control government spending is portrayed as a selfish, cruel, obstructionist, right wing extremist.

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