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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Barack Obama Elected President of the United States | One Year Later...What's Changed?

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

He's succeeded in being an even worse president than jimmy (mao) carter!!! Unemployment thru the roof, twice the norm. Driven the deficit higher than 8 years of George Bush. Trying to drive and ruin a health care system into the ground, instead of looking for solutions to the actual problem, tort reform. Won't get his friends, the ambulance chasers, hands out of the pocket books. Emasculated Our soldiers to advance his socialist agenda!!!

Anonymous said...

And the end of the the day I HOPE I still have CHANGE in bank account!

Anonymous said...

This guy is and utter failure,

we are less safe,
our economy sucks,
he is trying to destroy the health care system
our education system is worse,
he is attempting to ruin the best nation in the world by eliminating our free market,
He has big brother hands in every aspect of our lives!

I have had enough of this Hope and Change Crap, Give me back Bush any day of the week!

Anonymous said...

Looks like this in your face socialist crap is rapidly coming to an end. Loss in NJ. and VA. and no viable health care bill. Vote all encumbants out next election.

ward 9 resident said...

Believe it or not, the country HAS changed...for the worse, that is.

And the same people who voted for this bum are waking up and wisening up to all his hopey/changey rhetoric...

Socialism will not be accepted in the US of A !!!

Anonymous said...

What happened - simple, Obama is revealed for what he is, a boy rather than a man, a socialist rather than a capitalist, America hating rather than America loving, a racist in a country that wants to put race behind it, effeminate in a world that wants strong leadership, style over substance.

Here is hoping he is a one termer.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to see the "change" of politics as usual Obama promised.

I didn't vote for Obama, but I wish he really would bring "change." I just don't see how when surround yourself with Chicago's culture of corruption with Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod.

Anonymous said...

Obama has made some big blunders in his first year and he underestimated one big problem. Democrats are not ready for change anymore than Republicans. This goes the heart of the problem...the established parties.

Anonymous said...

As fast as Obama rose, he can equally fall just as fast

Anonymous said...

Look at the standard of living rankings.


1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland

The top four are Socialist governments. Socialism has nothing to do with it.

We are failing on all fronts. The U.S. is no longer inovative. We no longer have the best educational system. We are not competitve with manufacturing. A majority of U.S. firms are investing in other countries and moving technical, engineering and manufacturing out of the US. That is capitalist greed.

Anonymous said...

Good ol' openlineblog. Where the douchiest of GOP members hang out and make comments they don't have the balls to say in real life. Yea, your party is thriving?! haha- and the dems? they are just as lame but at least they have the decency to not be racist pieces of shit.

LIBERTARIANS UNITE!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

5:50 post the criteria they judged the standard of living by.

You will find it is B.S. because the criteria is not listed. It is an Internet myth loosely tied to the 2003-2204 Human development report put out by the UN.

Being tied to the UN gives it no credibility unless you are some sort of fag or something then it probably seems relevant.

Anonymous said...

11/4/09 8:56 PM

Typical Republican response to facts. The name calling is mature too. I bet you live in Aurora...nice

Anonymous said...

Here is the 2009 report

1. Norway 0.971 (▬)
2. Australia 0.970 (▬)
3. Iceland 0.969 (▬)
4. Canada 0.966 (▬)
5. Ireland 0.965 (▬)
6. Netherlands 0.964 (▲ 1)
7. Sweden 0.963 (▼ 1)
8. France 0.961 (▲ 3)
9. Switzerland 0.960 (▬)
10. Japan 0.960 (▬)
11. Luxembourg 0.960 (▼ 3)
12. Finland 0.959 (▲ 1)
13. United States 0.956 (▼ 1)

Anonymous said...

Like he said, cough up the report and the basis for it.

Anonymous said...

Nope, not a Republican, and I don't live in Aurora. And the point is the UN measures things on the criteria of socialists in the first place: Narrow income distributions, health care access to all, literacy rate, level of educational attainment.

In the end you could have a country filled with unemployed PHds who live 4 to an apartment and all have healthcare in antiquated facilities that are understaffed and have people dying in the streets and it would score highly simply because people were equally poor, they had the promise of healthcare they just could not access it, they all had homes even though they lived in squalor, and they had a high literacy rate.

According to the UN, that would be a utopia. They also strongly measure things such as equality between the sexes and how those who are confused about the proper role of the sexes are treated.

So once again, what is the criteria used to rank the countries?

Anonymous said...

Well, this blog is still just as retarded as it was last year, so that hasn't changed.

Anonymous said...

TO all you people who seem to like the UN and all the "European Utopia" I would suggest you run, not walk or crawl as fast as you can to get to the country of your choice other than the USA. As I said to an Albanian who thought that Clintons Health Care would be the greatest. " If you like the socialist ideas so much why did you come here and why don't you immediately go back to where you came from?" Same goes for anyone else that thinks their homelands are better than here...there are no anchors on your ass....go.

Anonymous said...

Whats changed is the minds of all those younger voters who were duped by the slick talking flim flam man. They are now finding out the reality of voting for an idea and not substanance like JOBS and security that we had with BUSH. How is that job search going bunky? Don't have one yet? Just BLAME OBAMA he is the cause of all this unemployment. Caused by his devisive ways and plans. Why not ask OBMAMA to open that famous poke that the dumb lady in DETROIT thinks he has and ask OBAMA for some of that poke. While your at it ask him for a new house and a new car and a JOB. Next time don't be so eager to vote for change as you now see you can get it and it isn't always pretty.

Anonymous said...

A little off the subject but did you see where Mark Kirk is looking for Palins endorsement....this guy is a scumbag in the mold of HASTERT. Keep an eye on him he VOTED TO SPEND YOUR MONIES by supporting the clean air act so he could help his friend ALGORE and the boys from the pits in chicago. A definate no go for Illinois unless your a DEMOCRAT.

JefferyClark said...

11/4/09 5:50 PM

Companies moving operations overseas is not capitalist greed. It is smart because the US has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, behind Japan by a few percent.

Honestly, if property taxes in your area went through the roof to the point where it starts making your life difficult and sucking money that could have gone to your retirement account, would you not look to move to an area where the property taxes allow you to continue to grow your savings?

The businesses are doing the same thing... they can't continue to grow when they are taxed into oblivion, so they move where the tax climate is more favorable.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, if property taxes in your area went through the roof to the point where it starts making your life difficult and sucking money that could have gone to your retirement account, would you not look to move to an area where the property taxes allow you to continue to grow your savings?

Yep, and the minute mom passes on we are out of here. Fortunately my job is all travel so I'll be headed to a low property tax, low to zero income tax state that has its long term obligations under control (unlike IL) :)

Anonymous said...

Well, let's see... My mother and sister-in-law have since become employed, my stocks have risen quite a bit, my brother-in-law is home safe from Iraq, and I'm not spending $80 every time I pull into a gas station...

Thanks Barack. Too bad there's term limits.

Anonymous said...

I suppose unions have nothing to do with companies moving operations out of the good 'ol US of A.

Anonymous said...

http://nationaljuggernaut.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-cartoon-seemed-far-fetched-in-1948.html

Anonymous said...

My mother and sister-in-law have since become employed

Turning tricks on LaSalle street for $15 may be a job, but is hardly the global economy jobs most figured Obama’s reign would usher in. But what the heck, his mother was a whore too.

my stocks have risen quite a bit

My mining shares have risen too. It is the reaction to the uncontrolled printing of money and artificially low interest rates that punish seniors and savers who are trying to live off of fixed income portfolios. Too bad they did not see the obvious effect this fools policies would have on mining shares.

my brother-in-law is home safe from Iraq

Good, maybe he will take up arms at home an patrol the open border that is even more ominous now that the weak, effeminate leadership of Obama is inviting an attack at home.
and I'm not spending $80 every time I pull into a gas station...

Yes, lower gas prices are one consequences when people are unemployed and no longer have to drive to work or cannot afford to go to the grocery store for food and hence have no need for gas.

shawn said...

We are not less safe. If that's true, where's your proof.

The health care system is more or less, a large monopoly that takes your money, and changes your terms, at will. And you are worried about what the government takes?

The free market that we once backed as Americans, is now solely on our backs, and frankly it hurts.

The cost to produce in the United States has gone up because corporations realized just how much money they could make. Then, when we got tired of being paid little for all the work, the corporations said, 'Yep, you're right. We'll just let you go and find somewhere cheaper to make the same goods that you will buy for a higher price to support our shareholders and executives.'

Sure taxes are high. We like freshly paved roads. Bridges that support the weight of more than a donkey cart. A military that is second to none anywhere in the world. Medicare. Medicaid. Social Security. Educational Funding. Various other programs designed to enhance and make better, our daily lives.

President Bush is a good man. But he allowed us to be lied to, often. It was during his administration that the employment and economic meltdowns began. His administration was given a surplus of cash and they screamed through it like a 12 year old in a Toys-R-Us.

There's more. Read the rest here... if you dare... http://ratman.com/?p=707

Anonymous said...

Shawn- 13 dead at Fort Hood, at the hands of a muslim, just like the one in the "Crib"....

Anonymous said...

Shawn- unemployment is now 10.2%!!!
Hasn't been that high since "peanut boy" was in the White House...

shawn said...

Religion kills. So do others. Think Oklahoma. Think Jim Jones.

Of what I understand, true Muslim Religion doesn't support harm to others.

It is sad. Very sad. I feel for the people that were killed or injured in the attack. And I can't imagine what their families are feeling right now. But I do not blame the religion. I blame the man.

I just spent time on another post that, IMHO describes the fact that this 'train' got underway long before President Obama was elected into office. It will take a while to slow down. It was fast moving and out of control.

I am very grateful that I am still employed. I was unemployed for 2 and a half years and remember very well how hard it was to keep everything together with my and my families life.

But I, like this country, made it back and believe that even though this is hard, we, as a country will be even stronger than before.

Anonymous said...

Notice how the liberals can never resort to real facts. When you look at them like this U.N. living standards stuff you find the manipulation. Note how the source was never cited because he knew those numbers are derived by a bunch of liberals rating standards on how they think it should be.

When a liberal is called out they just change the topics or post a new series of exaggerations and lies.

shawn said...

I find the point of the rankings list to be that we have lost what we once led as far as our leadership in the World is concerned.

Our ability for innovation.

Our once honored leadership in the system of education.

Our inability to be competitive in engineering and manufacturing.

And though I wish it were untrue, it seems that these are factual, unless you can show where they miss the mark.

The report just seems to be a way to look at numbers, and can be read in various ways, depending on how you want to read it, as with almost everything.

I wonder how many of you remember Walmart's original claim to fame? It was essentially an American Company selling American Products.

No more.

Anonymous said...

Our ability for innovation.

Uh, the Government stifles innovation by ramming standards and all sort of bureaucracy on the innovators. It would not be so bad if these tests were actually based on science or some objective measure but they are usually exercises in bureaucratic futility. The proof can be found in the patent office that routinely issues patents for concepts that cannot be credible.


Our once honored leadership in the system of education.


That is because equality of outcomes, the pressure to dumb down the performers to diminish the gap with the laggards and the focus on diversity, inclusiveness and multi-multiculturalism has eclipsed education.

Our inability to be competitive in engineering and manufacturing.

Is directly tied to a culture that celebrates deviants and sports stars over scientist, inventors, and entrepreneurs and a school system that does not reward achievement.

Anonymous said...

And for the third time, exactly where is the ranking criteria found for this report. In the past I looked at the U.N. criteria and is was socialist B.S. about income spread, health care access, and education which once again simply means that a society where everyone is poor, everyone has the right to health care but does not have a way to access it, and everyone has access to education but there are no jobs to utilize the populace would score very well.

shawn said...

The HDI data can be found here http://bit.ly/2XScNk on Wikipedia. Not that the wiki is the cure all for all, as it is written by the combined minds of all, but it does give one a start.

And after I read it, I am also somewhat skeptical of the validity of the formula that is used. But it is a start.

Now. As to innovation, education, engineering and manufacturing.

Again. All valid points.

Innovation: I do think that we are still able to retake the lead, and have proven that with the likes of Google, Twitter, Facebook and other electronic frontier breakthroughs. But we need to take the lead with green energy and other new, and yes American patented ideas and technologies.

Dumb Down: Well. That would suggest, at least to me, that a mind is no longer able to think or demand on its own. And I just don't believe that. But let's start with the President Bush era No Child Left Behind Act that leaves little to be desired. And that opinion is shared by educators and parents alike. Does it need to be changed? Yes. And soon.

Engineering and Manufacturing: We no longer produce steel. Cars that we produce are less relevant in the world economy than in anytime in history. Other prominent manufacturing has turned to other parts of the world because of a cheaper labor force and lower cost of raw materials. If it weren't for the agricultural aspect of the United States, we would be in real trouble, and even then, we again, aren't as relevant as we once were.

There is no doubt, however, that there is an artificial importance placed on sports stars. We have always liked to back winners, and when all else around you is down, we turn to things where a clear winner is evident. Sports offers that.

Me? I am working with my children to become scientists and entrepreneurs. I want nothing more for them than that type of life! It would be a very proud moment for me if that's what they choose to become. And my wife and I will continue to move them along in that direction. But, I will back them in any decision that they decide to make.

shawn said...

And.

Why is everyone on this board named Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone on this board named Anonymous?
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Because this is Aurora, a city where homes are vandalized, car tires are slashed etc all because you neighbors do not like the candidates sign you have in your front yard or because you neighbors are criminals and you are in fear for your families safety. Many people worry that there will be retaliation. The Weisner administration is known fro it toward public employees who do not play the game their way, the Aurora police department is known fro harassing citizens who speak out over abuses, and the school district actively keeps tab son home schoolers who are vocal and seek to punish their children when they try and enroll in any public school activities or at the community college and Obama wanted people to monitor websites and report opposition to his propaganda.

Given this, you wonder why anonymous is a popular name?

Anonymous said...

Jeez, 4:01, after reading that response I certainly hope that you are not homeschooling anyone! At least not the English language...

Anyway, most posters here keep an anonymous profile because they like to spew ignorant, racist rants that they would be afraid to have their names attached to. Not because of retaliation, but because they know just how ignorant it makes them sound.