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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Obama's changes

HAS anyone researched unemployment? Nobody wants to hear it was President Bush's fault. Job growth ceased in January 2008. By the end of that year, unemployment increased from under 5 percent to over 7 percent, and it's continued to increase. Do you expect President Obama to undo eight years of Bush policies in 18 months? At the beginning of 2008, I received my first pay cut with my company of eight years. I received three more pay cuts by the end of 2008 before leaving. When filing our income tax this year, we were rewarded by my president for being working Americans with the working man's tax, and we received a couple of hundred dollars rather than having to pay a few. After my husband lost his job and benefits and drew an unemployment check that was less than half of his previous earnings, we were able to get help with our mortgage, and for that we are forever grateful. My husband finally found a job paying even less than his unemployment check. Bush said on Sept. 24, 2008: "Our entire economy is in danger." He urged Congress to pass a $700 billion bailout proposal. By the end of Bush's second term my family was in financial ruin. I was so ready for the changes that Obama was talking about.

Gambling worries

IN reading our mayor's comments about all the improvements he has planned for Cape Girardeau with all the millions we would receive from a casino, it sounds as though we'll have a first-rate city. But has he thought about where the those millions would come from? Picture those children who would go hungry because their parents took their food money to gamble. Or older people who would be trying to win money for their medicine. We would be making improvements on the backs of our own poor people. I know some individuals gamble for recreation and limit the amount they can lose, but for others it's an addiction.

No quarry

IT'S inappropriate that a rock quarry would be put at I-55 at Fruitland. We see what the rock quarry south of Cape Girardeau has done. There's already a rock quarry in the Neeley's Landing area. You can already feel the blasting from there. It would be unfair to ask people who live off Highway 177 to have another rock quarry.

British invasion

IF Michael Medved is right about middle-class Londoners suffering through harsher living conditions than poor Americans, why don't we see a wave of immigration from England? Surely those middle-class Brits would be smart enough to follow Medved's logic by selling their $625,000 homes (the average price in the greater London area) and buying houses in impoverished American communities.

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Obama's changes --- are like diapers...ya never know what you're gonna find until ya open one of them up..one thing's for sure , it's gonna stink...

Gambling worries --- has the state of Missouri's Gaming Commission awarded Cape a casino ? no...has the city of Cape voted to accept a casino ? no

No quarry --- these quarry issues are the pits !

British invasion --- the Beatles were the last good thing to come out of Britian...

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 4:26 AM

"Obamas Change"

I can only speak for my self. I wouldn't loose my house or be in financial ruin if I had to take a pay cut, and my wife went on unemployment. Maybe you should look at your actions which caused your problems rather then wining about who didn't give you what you want and praising who did. The Big problem is personal accountability of everyone.

-- Posted by ChiRho on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 6:18 AM

Obama's changes - And you're wiping your butt with crisp $100's now? I seriously doubt things have gotten better, or it's just a matter of time. My wife and I live below out means, we stay conservative with out money and save. We plan for the future and don't go out and spend what we have because we can. Wow, wish the governement would follow that thinking haha.

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 7:24 AM

Gambling worries- You people crying that if the boat comes here there will be lots of people blowing the money they should use on food and other things on the boat. Open your brains if you have one, they are already going to St Louis and other places that have gamblig boats and blowing it there. At least having the boat here will keep the money in our area.

-- Posted by newman90 on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 8:08 AM

vf43WRX ...you got that right ...people are saving money 'cause they're not sure what's gonna happen with the economy..

since people are holding on to their money , small company/corporate warehouses are sated , they have full inventories ....with full inventories , there's no need to produce more causing lay-offs and loss of jobs . for some reason Obama hasn't figured this out...his answer is to let tax cuts expire putting more onus on the small company/corporate who are already fighting huge inventories .

of course , these are just my opinions ..

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Obama's changes,

The Democrats were firmly in control of the Congress in January 2008, when unemployment ceased. The 'massive deficits' of the Republicans & President Bush have been dwarfed by the astronomical deficits of the Democrats, both under Presidents Bush & Obama.

The Democrat congress passed the $700 billion bailout, but President Bush spent only half of that, leaving the other half to the discretion of his successor. Most of the monies lent by President Bush have been paid back. At the time bailout package was passed, the returned monies were to be used for debt reduction. They weren't, since Mr. Obama and the Democrats have decided to 're-invest' those monies.

Mr. Obama pressed for, and received, a 'stimulus package' of nearly a trillion dollars. He said at the time the package was needed to keep unemployment from exceeding 8%. It has gone over 10% since.

I've had enough of this change. Give me the policies of Mr. Bush and the Republicans over this nightmare any day. Sure, it had its warts, but at least there was growth.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 8:55 AM

that is , of course , if there is anything left to save after inflation , higher taxes , etc...

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 10:38 AM


Sorry but you're wrong about the money from a casino staying in the area. Casino's don't even bank locally. After counting all monies collected go to an armored car which takes it to a courier plane that goes straight to Las Vegas. The local government has to take their word on how much is actually taken in.

-- Posted by Data48 on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 11:46 AM

Data, that is not true at all. Where did you get that piece of information?

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 1:13 PM

And how do you know it's not true? I used to make deliveries to the casino in Caruthersville and was all over the boat from one end to the other. I changed the mats in the count room, had to have a security guard accompany me when I went in there. I was told by employeees there that shipping the money to Vegas via armored car and courier plane was a standard practice, no casinos bank the money locally.

-- Posted by Data48 on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 4:11 PM

Hold onto your hats, folks -

"PSC approves $71.6 million increase for AmerenUE", from http://www.stltoday.com/business/energy/...

"The increase will amount to about $2.37 a month for the typical residential customer."

-- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 4:42 PM

The 787 billion stimulus package I thought the majority was going to go towards infrastucture over haul to put people back to work, well by the time the bill got to Nancy Pelosi the infrastucture funding dropped off a cliff, and the social programs increased such as increased funding for food stamps, extended unemployment benefits (99 wks plus), pell grants to a tune of 21 billion dollars for one year alone, increased welfare benefits so that is where a lot of this money went too and that is the reason we are sitting at nearly ten percent unemployment because very few went to work they stayed on the front porch drawing that weekly unemployment check for over 99 weeks which is un-heard of and working cash jobs on the side. The stimulus money was sallowed up by increased social programs and here we sit still with a crumbling infrastucture and 787 billion dollars tossed out the window and than the establishment want to know both parties why working middle class and small business people both democrats and republicans a like are joining the tea party they have had enough.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 5:45 PM

good news !


btw , my electric bill for Aug was $261 dollars...how these folks need more funds is beyond me..

-- Posted by ad..man on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 7:30 PM

Unemployment was 4.8% when Nancy Reid took over...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Thu, Sep 16, 2010, at 9:38 PM

Dear Obama's Changes: You reflect the silent majority, so do not be insulted by the idiots who are still on top of the oil slick. They are catching the nasty stuff too, just don't think so or admit it. They speak about their neighbors in the typical conservative-type personal assaults that blame everyone for their fate. That it is easy to get on this bandwagon and feel superior is understandable, but as times keep worsening I think more of these people will find themselves in our boat, whereas we have moved on they will be realizing in the quiet of defeat and ruin what it feels like to be hit by the 2008 US Economic Robbery, and maybe they will be in the Depression some fear is coming. No one ever thanks or recognizes the contribution of the Silent Majority of working and working-poor Americans for keeping the economy going before, now and in the future.

-- Posted by rollastjames on Fri, Sep 17, 2010, at 9:34 AM


Obama's Changes doesn't sound like a 'silent' anything. He/she seems to reflect a very vocal minority that still clings to the idea that Mr. Obama is really about improving conditions for anyone other than elected Democrats.

Obama's Changes ignores reality and posts the same tired nonsense the Democrats have been shouting for years. As I noted, it was six years of Bush/Republican Control, and that ended in January of 2007, before the downturn began. The Democrats have had nearly four years to turn enact changes, not eighteen months. If they truly had ideas of how to bring about such change, we should have been seeing the benefits of those ideas by now. Instead, conditions continue to deteriorate, and all we get from them is the same old same old: spend more, tax more, blame Republicans.

If Obama's Changes had actually researched unemployment, they would know better than to make such claims.

-- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Fri, Sep 17, 2010, at 10:37 AM

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