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Speak Out 8/24/11

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rural post offices

THANK you, Jo Ann Emerson, for working to keep rural post offices open. Everyone needs to read the article in The Banner Press from Aug. 17 by Emerson. Thank you, Rep. Emerson, for this and everything you do for Southeast Missouri.

Birds Point

THE people of Birds Point are asking the wrong people why the levee isn't getting built back. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn't have the money. They have less money now than they ever had. They should be asking Jo Ann Emerson. Why is she letting all the rich people have the tax breaks while everyone else is suffering? If they were paying the taxes like they did before Bush's tax cuts, there might be money to build the levee back to 62 feet.

Cape Splash

I visited Cape Splash for the first time recently and found it to be quite enjoyable. The facilities were well maintained and the staff was friendly and committed to making sure all safety rules were followed. The admission and concession prices were also reasonable. I visited with a gentleman who was from out of state who was quite impressed that it was a city owned attraction and not privately owned and operated. Yet another great attraction for the community.

City lied

MY city utility bill almost doubled after we were told the average bill would only rise about $20. I know firsthand that one gas station's bill more than doubled. The people of Cape Girardeau have been misled again. I didn't vote to be lied to.

Foreign outsourcing

A local concrete contractor working on city streets paid with tax dollars buys equipment made in Japan; Missouri Department of Labor buys promotional key chains made in China to promote Missouri jobs; California contracts with a Chinese company to build bridges. These stories are all true examples of why we have an economic and employment crisis in this country.

Obama's change

CHANGE is what Mr. Obama promised and change is what we got. He changed the deficit to the worst its ever been, and it may not ever recover. He changed the S&P rating from AAA-plus to AA-plus. He changed to lower the value of the U.S. dollar.

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-- Posted by voyager on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 7:39 AM

Enemy of the State: Good to hear from you again. What city are you living in now....I won't tell the FBI. Small business is like the middle class...hard working tax paying Americans. Whereas big business is like the Blood Sucking Freeloaders on handouts.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 9:01 AM

Foreign outsourcing

Just Curious, what computer or telephone did you use to make the complaint?

Obama's change

Actually, that is not true. It was the worst it has ever been when he took office. So he didn't change that. He only made it worse.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 10:25 AM

I think the city of Cape officials should not let the construction of the 177/big bend road go any further than roberts street until they get the area around the bridge on the other end of the road done. If the construction goes past bertling then everyone on the east side of big bend rd. will not have a easy way to get out off that area. I have talk to a lot of people who live in that area and they say the same thing i do. Also they say they would not be happy to have to go long distance out off there way.

-- Posted by dad2011 on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 1:39 PM

Not the worst Lumber... perhaps in your lifetime, but not the worst ever.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 11:55 AM

In terms of total amount.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 4:03 PM

don't give up "Hope" , Mr.Obama still has time.

Posted by Rick** on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 1:09 PM

St. Jude should be the patron saint for the USA....he's the saint for hopeless causes. Pres. Obama still has one year and three months left to turn the USA around....since I'm an Independent, I hope that he does it and the sooner the better. I'll take that $1/donut bet with you and if I lose we will be even.

Actually, that is not true. It was the worst it has ever been when he took office. So he didn't change that. He only made it worse.

-- Posted by lumbrgfktr on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 10:25 AM

I once heard an old saying that said "cheer up it could be worst". I cheered up and sure enough it did get worst.

even when Congress runs away from Washington DC for a month , Mr.Obama runs away too...

Posted by Rick** on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 11:43 AM

Not that I'm standing up for Pres. Obama, but without Congress to pass the bills, Obama couldn't get anything done even if he wanted to. The one thing he could have done while Congress was out for a month was to rent their offices out for the month and put the proceeds against the debt.

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 4:10 PM

Working with the Republicans is like trying to run on quick sand. You cannot call yourself an American if you are in a position of power and put another oath in front of the Constitution.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all voted for major drivers of the nation's debt during the past decade: Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and Medicare prescription drug benefits. They also voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, that rescued financial institutions and the auto industry. Together, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News, these initiatives added $3.4 trillion to the nation's accumulated debt and to its current annual budget deficit of $1.5 trillion. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-26...

The President is doing a good job in the face of constant and unrelenting sabotage, treason and obstruction. Here's just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President:

Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries.

Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice.

Subpoena Power for the Committee investigating the BP Oil Spill -- Give subpoena power to the independent committee responsible for investigating BP's roll in the oil spill. Republicans attempted to block this.

The Small Business Jobs Act -would give LOCAL, community banks access to billions of dollars to loan to small businesses. Republicans blocked this, then attempted to block it a second time and failed.

The DREAM Act- Gives immigrant youth who were brought here as children a path to citizenship by earning a college degree or serving the military for 2 years. Republicans blocked this.

Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"- Would have repealed the law that forces gay and lesbian services members to lie about their sexuality and gives the military the right to discharge soldiers based on their sexuality. Republicans

blocked this.

No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.

Protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.

Improvements to Department of Defense domestic violence programs.

Department of Defense recognition of spouses of members of the Armed Forces.

Department of Defense recognition of children of members of the Armed Forces.

Enhancements to the Troops-to-Teachers Program.

Fiscal year 2011 increase in military basic pay.

Improving aural protection for members of the Armed Forces. Comprehensive policy on neurocognitive assessment by the military health care system.

Authority to make excess nonlethal supplies available for domestic emergency assistance.

Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Prohibition on the use of funds to modify or construct facilities in the United States to house detainees transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Prohibition on use of funds to give Miranda warnings to Al Qaeda terrorists.

Senator Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill - Makes it so that women raped overseas while working for foreign contractors have the right to have their case heard in an American court instead of having

their case mediated by the company they work for. Only Republican men voted against this, but it passed.

Benefits for Homeless Veterans- Would have expanded benefits to homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children. Republicans blocked this.

Affordable Health Care For America Act- Prevents insurance companies from discriminating against you on the basis of "pre-existing conditions". Requires that insurance companies spend 85 cents of every dollar that you pay on your actual health care. Limits health insurance companies profit margins. Republicans blocked this for months before it finally passed and have vowed to repeal it if they are elected.

Health Care for the 9/11 First Responders who got sick from being at Ground Zero- Would provide billions of dollars in health care to help the 9/11 First Responders who were at Ground Zero on 9/11 and are now sick because of it. Republicans blocked this.

The Jobs Bill- Offsets the payroll tax for 1 year for companies that hire new employees, or people receiving unemployment insurance. Also gives other tax incentives to companies hiring new employees. Republicans attempted to block this.

Wall Street Reform- Puts stricter regulations on the banks, preventing them from becoming "too big to fail". Curbs reckless spending practices that caused the banking crisis. Republicans attempted to block this.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- Pumped billions of dollars into state and local Governments to prevent us from sinking into a second Great Depression. Republicans opposed this but now want to take credit for the parts of it that we know are successful.

Oil Spill Liability- Raises the liability on what companies can be made to pay to clean up after an oil spill. Republicans blocked this.

Immigration Reform- Republican suggested comprehensive immigration reform until Obama supported it. Now they're rabidly opposed to it and even voted against their own legislation. Republicans blocked this.

Unemployment extension bill HR-4213- Would provide additional aid to the millions of Americans still on unemployment who are just trying to support themselves and their families. Republicans blocked this bill for 8 weeks before

it finally passed.

Fair Pay Act of 2009- Also called the Lily Ledbetter bill. Requires that women receive equal compensation to men for doing the same work. Republicans attempted to block this.

The next time someone tells you that the Republicans care about the American people just give them this list of all the bill Republicans wanted to fail.

In 200+ Days The House GOP Has Voted To Kill 1.9 Million Jobs And Created 0 - http://www.politicususa.com/en/in-200-da....

Our political system is failing to tax the rich because the rich have fortunes large enough to buy off the political system. Today, the rich and their corporations no longer bear anything close to their rightful share of the nation's tax burden. The federal government, given this revenue shortfall, is having a harder and harder time funding initiatives that help average working families. The result: a "debt crisis." http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011...

Republicans hate President Obama because he gets the job done and they can't - Somali pirates - 3 shots, 3 kills; Osama Bin Ladin; The US car industry; and now Gadaffi.

-- Posted by joy6625 on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 7:18 PM

he's advertised he will have a master plan when he gets back from his millionaire's hideout vacation sanctuary .

-- Posted by Rick** on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 1:09 PM

Rick he is now saying instead of the big plan it will be a summery of what he is thinking.


Republicans hate President Obama because he gets the job done and they can't - Somali pirates - 3 shots, 3 kills; Osama Bin Ladin; The US car industry; and now Gadaffi.

-- Posted by joy6625 on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 7:18 PM

I didn't know he was the one that pulled the trigger. That right wing Fox must have covered it up. I knew he bought Chevrolet and Chrysler with your money though.

-- Posted by We Regret To Inform U on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 8:55 PM

Dear Joy,

When President Obama took office, his party had such a big majority in both Houses of the Congress that the Republican could not block any thing. Why didn't he and his party pass all of those wonderful things during that time.

Also if the American Public liked this setup, then why did they vote in enough Republicans to contol the House and finally slow down the Obama Depression?

I also notice that his poll numbers are under 40%. The Polls also show that 42% of the population claim to be Democrats, 39% claim to be Replubicans, and 19% are Independents and Other Parties. I guess this means that even people in his own party doesn't think much of his job in office. Maybe that had something to do with the Obama Tax Cuts for the Rich that he signed last December, before the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives.

-- Posted by CNN_MAN on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 9:44 PM

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