BIG GOVERNMENT - Looking Out For You

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BIG GOVERNMENT - Looking Out For You
Thu, 05-06-2010 - 11:48am

Looks like Big Government is batting a thousand on "taking care of us", , ,social security, medicare, medicaid,


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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:10pm

Big government:

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Tue, 06-15-2010 - 2:28pm


Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal

By Jason Groves
Last updated at 8:24 AM on 15th June 2010

  • EU begin emergency billion-pound bailout of Spain
  • Countries in debt may fall to dictators, EC chief warns
  • 'Apocalyptic' vision as some states run out of money

Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

In an extraordinary briefing to trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their governments run out of money.

The stark warning came as it emerged that EU chiefs have begun work on an emergency bailout package for Spain which is likely to run into hundreds of billions of pounds.

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 9:24pm
and you know what - Nixon
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Fri, 06-18-2010 - 3:48pm

Whoever loved whom. . .the point is that socialistic governments that made cradle to grave promises to their citizens are failing.

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Fri, 06-18-2010 - 3:57pm

Teachers are being laid off; infrastructure is aging; oil slick is spreading

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Sat, 06-19-2010 - 4:10pm
It's our obligation as citizens and taxpayers to do what we can for the rich indians.
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Sat, 06-19-2010 - 5:05pm

Just how inept can the Obama administration get????. . .I hate to think about it!

BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard
60 Days Into Oil Crisis, Gulf Coast Governors Say Feds Are Failing Them

June 18, 2010—

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has spent the past week and half fighting to get working barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. By Thursday morning, against the governor's wishes, those barges still were sitting idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.

"It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor told ABC News while visiting Buras, La. "Literally, morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."

Watch "World News" for David Muir's report from Louisiana tonight.

Sixteen barges sat stationary Thursday, although they had been sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

"These barges work. You've seen them work. You've seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.

Coast Guard Orders Barges to Stop

So why stop now?

"The Coast Guard came and shut them down," Jindal said. "You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, 'Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'"

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News that it shares the same goal as the governor.

"We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

Louisiana Governor Couldn't Overrule Coast Guard

The governor said he didn't have the authority to overrule the Coast Guard's decision, though he said he tried to reach the White House to raise his concerns.

"They promised us they were going to get it done as quickly as possible," he said. But "every time you talk to someone different at the Coast Guard, you get a different answer."

After Jindal strenuously made his case, the barges finally got the go-ahead Thursday to return to the Gulf and get back to work, after more than 24 hours of sitting idle.

Along Gulf Coast, Governors Ask, 'Who's In Charge?'

Sixty days into the crisis, it still can be tough to figure out who is in charge in Louisiana, and the problem appears to be the same in other Gulf Coast states.

In Alabama Thursday, Gov. Bob Riley said that he's had problems with the Coast Guard, too.

Riley, R-Ala., asked the Coast Guard to find ocean boom tall enough to handle strong waves and protect his shoreline.

The Coast Guard went all the way to Bahrain to find it, but when it came time to deploy it?

"It was picked up and moved to Louisiana," Riley said.

The governor said the problem is there's still no single person giving a "yes" or "no." While the Gulf Coast governors have developed plans with the Coast Guard's command center in the Gulf, things begin to shift when other agencies start weighing in, like the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"It's like this huge committee down there," Riley said, "and every decision that we try to implement, any one person on that committee has absolute veto power."

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Mon, 06-21-2010 - 3:50pm

BP Oil Spill: As Pay Czar Promises Money, Workers Turned Away From BP Claims Center
Feinberg Says Money is on the Way; Coast Guard Defends Spill Response, Saying Regulations Got in the Way

June 18, 2010—

Kenneth Feinberg arrived at the Louisiana State Capitol today in Baton Rouge with a mandate from President Obama -- get the money flowing to the people of the Gulf.

Millions of dollars worth of claims have been filed by businesses and people who've lost their livelihoods because of the BP oil spill, but 60 days into the crisis, lawmakers say the company has paid only 12 percent of them.

Feinberg promised that will soon change and encouraged workers to file their claims. President Obama this week named Feinberg as his "pay czar" for BP's oil spill escrow account.

"We'll decide who will get paid," he promised, saying "we're going to get them paid immediately. A matter of days."

But even as Feinberg made that promise today, ABC News watched as BP turned workers away from a claims center in Mobile, Alabama. They were told they didn't have the right paperwork -- the trip tickets, deposit slips, bank statements and tax returns needed.

Feinberg said he can fix the problem.

"We're going to make sure people get emergency money and accelerate the process," he said.

For Gulf Coast workers like deckhand Dan Wolfer, the relief can't come soon enough. He filed a claim a month ago but, so far, hasn't received a single check. Wolfer had to give up the family car after they couldn't make payments, and his wife is now walking to work.

For business owners who have received checks, like charter fishing captain Dave Joachim, the payments that have come have not covered their losses. He said he's lost more than $40,000 already, but his check from BP was for $5,000.

The average payment from BP is just $3,000, but Feinberg said today that those checks will soon get "much higher."

"Even BP has admitted to me that these are emergency payments," he said, promising that people will be paid in full on his timeline.

If you are looking to contact the claims facility please call 1-800-440-0858

Exclusive: Coast Guard Captain Defends Decisions

In a helicopter off the coast over the site of the BP spill today, Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere defended the government's response while acknowledging problems in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

"We could do better and we are doing better," said Laferriere, who is number-two in charge of the federal response, under Adm. Thad Allen.

Laferriere is the man who temporarily ordered Gov. Bobby Jindal's oil-sucking barges stopped two days ago, a decision that outraged many when they heard the news.

"Safety is my number one priority," he said, arguing that the Coast Guard is fighting the spill with everything it has.

Up to 14 controlled fires are being conducted every day, and they've already burned 125,000 barrels that would otherwise have drifted toward shore. At the site of the accident, two tankers now collect oil that is being siphoned from the leak. And huge ocean skimmers, the largest of their kind, are scooping up 8,000 barrels of oil per day.

"We have exhausted all our east coast supply of skimming vessels. We are now looking at Norway, France, Spain and other European vessels," Laferriere said. "Got to get them out to sea."

Regulations Hold Up Needed Supplies

But why aren't those larger skimmers already here, eight weeks into the disaster?

"One of the challenges we have is the regulatory scheme," said Laferriere.

A law from the 1920s called the Jones Act stands in the way, declaring that the Coast Guard has to use only American vessels. The Coast Guard ran into the same problem after Hurricane Katrina, but it took just a week to get around it.

"We had to work with the president and Adm. Allen to get the Jones Act waived," said Laferriere.

The international skimmers are now expected to arrive on the Gulf Coast in July.

Judy Isikow, Glen Dacy, Christine Romo and James Wang contributed to this story.

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Fri, 07-02-2010 - 4:52pm

Health overhaul may mean longer ER waits, crowdingAP

In this May 27, 2010 photo, a patient is transferred to Hope Children's Hospital from Advocate Trinity Hospital's emergency room in Chicago. EmergencyAP
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Sat, 07-03-2010 - 4:22pm

Imagine it, THIS is the administration that