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So since you have been in office you have managed to reduce unemployment in our state by just 2 percent? Does that include the drug testing you'r company is imposing on our civil servants? Bringing jobs into our state was your primary campaign promise. Where are the jobs?
ajm: Your comments about freedom of speech are simply an attempt at misdirection. Corporations are not citizens. Money is an instrument of trade not a form of speech. How much money you donate to a political party may be leverage to move that party or elected official in the direction the donor desires. Like dangling a carrot in front of a horse. The changes in political views to the extreme right of the Republican party make this all too evident. My 15 dollar check cannot possibly buy the enfluence a check from the Koch brothers for 1 million can buy. My donation cannot move the Obama administration further to the left. My small business cannot offer the elected official a lucrative retirement job. I cannot afford to establish a foundation or think tank to write policy for elected incompetant officials. I cannot afford to send a lobyist to advance my wishes as to how government must work. I cannot afford to buy a media outlet to advance my candidates. I cannot afford massive political donations to ensure a union in my state continues to exist. Nor can I threaten a union with the closure of my shop and move to another state unless they promise to not strike. I have no extra money to give to run a union out of my state or county for that matter. Unlike a corporation who hires many, my asking my one employee to vote for the candidate of my choice will likely land me in court and not advance my cause. I am just a single citizen. Simply put, I am like the majority of Americans, I am allowed to speak with only one vote as the founders intended. The Supremes got it wrong.
Drill baby drill. Let's add somemore oil to the mix of enviornmental negatives in our Gulf. Phosphates and all the other man made agri pollutants flushed down the Mississippi River can't possibly do the necessary damage alone. We need to double and triple the dead zone. Join the Koch brothers and buy their political claptrap. Oil and coal is the answer to all our problems.
Ajm: The people who so efficiently manage our Social Security accounts are not employees of President Obama. They are Civil Servants that received their appointments via a competitive process. They work for the American people and do not enjoy a high paying political appointment. Their knowledge of the job, dedication and continuity of service is what makes them so efficient. They work hard and do so for a lot less than a politican receives. Most Americans have never acquired the skills to manage their own retirement accounts, that's why if they can, they hire investment specialists to do it for them. The rest of us believed our savings and the increased value of our homes would be sufficient, failing that we held out hope that mom and dad left us some money or property. Unfortunatly, investing for most Americans has the same result as those of us who go into business for ourselves, we fail to achieve our goals. That is why our country has Social Security. It is not just the Republicans under the enfluence of the Koch brothers who are "evil" as you say, but any politician that is enfluenced by money even if it comes from Soros. Why should anyone believe that people who spread money around to various candidates are doing anything but projecting and protecting their own agendas?
Fear not ajm. Did I mention that the money we are getting back is money we put into it? Funny thing is many of us don't even make it to 65. It is not our generation that lacks empathy for our fellow citizens. Long before year 26 several tweaks will be enacted into law insuring that you too will get yours. Afterall, that is the purpose of the annual report you provided the link for. It is a report card and the grades are good for the short term. We have time to improve it for the long term. The report proposes a variety of remedies. During the history of Social Security it has been changed to maintain it's benefit payments. By the way, did you read the article that stated 70 some percent of Americans do not fully understand their mortgages, car loans, credit card obligations and school loans? I wonder how many of those same Americans are fully capable of managing their own nest eggs? I also wonder Wall Street has any plans to tweak their investments to absorb the effects of recessions, depressions or just bad years? Don't gamble with the future of America. Leave Social Security alone. It is a good thing.
islandeye1#236971: I really don't care what you think of me. I write hoping to remind people inundated with right wing claptrap that they have the ability to think for themselves and life experiences to look back on. I know there is no hope to sway an idiolog. I'm not trying to convince you that you are wrong and that I am right. Only that there is another point of view. Keep believing whatever it is you believe in, just don't vote for something because some rich fellow has dumped a lot of money promoting their version of the "truth". Because rich fellows rarely are thinking of you and I. You will know the truth when you see it. Like the lie that Social Security is in trouble. If you study this issue you will know that this is untrue. Social Security is the most effective program the government has ever established. It is a responsible program. The program is self-funded by it's own dedicated revenue stream. It DOES NOT contribute to the deficit. It's administrative cost is .09 percent. It returns more than 99 cents on every dollar collected. Can a private annuity do that? Interest earned on the trust fund balances will expand to almost 4 trillion at the end of 2022. Reserves are sufficient to pay full benefits through 2036. This program is solvant for another 25 years. The program is not broke or going broke. Even in year 26 and thereafter it will still fund 77 percent of benefits. So, study, learn and believe whatever you like.
It is becoming apparent that responsiblity for the country's continuing unemployment problems are in the House of Representatives. The inaction of the Republican party has caused the loss of many more jobs then the President has been able to bring about. Politics and misguided interpretations of federal policy have caused Governor's to refuse money designed to save public sector jobs and new infrastructure development jobs. The people of Florida will make our Governor pay for his rejection of federal funds and denial of alternate transportation plans for central Florida. He will also pay for the increase in our classroom size and the loss of public safety on our streets. Where are the jobs the Republicans promised during the last election?
Ronald Reagan proposed that the nation accept a theory called "Trickle down economics". That was a long time ago. Republicans have been telling us ever since, that if you lower the taxes of the wealthy they will in turn, hire more people. Every campaign we hear that same mantra from the Republicans, they tell us we have a spending problem and not a revenue problem. We need to shrink the government so that we may lower the taxes of the rich so that they have more confidence and invest more of their capital in the economy. Every Republican candidate repeats the same talking points, "to fix the economy, you needto lower taxes." So today, we have the lowest tax rates imposed on the wealthy since Ronald Reagan's time. Yet, we never see a sufficient increase in jobs during a Republican's presidency. At least not enough to cover the annual increases required to achieve 5% unemployemnt. That percentage is a number the Republican "Ryan" budget has set as doable and hopes to achieve and necessary to make his budget add up. Today, we have a group of Republicans in the House that simply refuse to make jobs a priority. They have worked to disapprove of every jobs bill the Democrats have attempted. They won't even consider a jobs bill without a tax decrease and corresponding spending cuts. We have had a lot of Presidents since Ronald Reagan and the country has continued to grow it's population. The government has more responsibity to serve that ever increasing population, yet the same people want to continue downsizing the government and reduce services. What is the definition of insanity? Didn't someone once say that even though something didn't achieve the results expected, continuing to repeat the same mistakes over and over again is insane? Some say the government has grown too large. Of course the government has grown. The government's responsibility has grown to provide the services it's citizens demand, like Social Security and Medicare. Was it done in a propotionate manner, who knows? We have had two wars, unpaid for drug programs, inefficient programs and a giant new agency called Homeland something or other, to contend with. Don't forget the natural disasters we have had since then. Oh, and we haven't collected taxes from the wealthy yet. What is it that Republicans and those of the conservative persuasion don't get? Should we reduce our population? Should the government reduce it's obligations to that population? Should the government tell the people it serves that Social Security and Medicare are not really what they want? Or should we just reopen the institutions for the insane? What was it that Ronald Reagan believed would eventually "trickle down" on us?
ajm: I heard on a TV program the other day that the Koch brothers may have actually been the cause of the recent rise in fuel prices. Seems they are the largest speculaters on the oil market. Are these not the same fellows that financed the Tea Party. Why would a good American during a recession or at any time for that matter, use their personal wealth to cause the price of gasoline to rise? The use of personal wealth to extract more money from the society they live in is reprehensible. Is it true that selfishness is considered a virtue of liberterian thought? Sounds to me like a bunch of people that wrap themselves in the flag to justify their mischief and vast accumulation of wealth.
ajm: Let me add a few more ways to help our government get out of the hole. Let's drop the subsidies we give to corporate farmers, drop the oil and coal subsidies. Fine polluters if they don't clean up their mess. Ruger, you got it wrong. The southern European countries have the same underlying problem we have here. Corrupt politicians, laws that permit corporate entities to purchase votes in their governments and too many wealthy people that simply do not pay taxes. In Italy the most efficient way to collect taxes is via user fees. A recent editorial in a Roman newspaper asked how long it be before tolls would be collected for the privlege of walking on the sidewalks. As salaried employees have thier taxes collected at the source, it is not the working class that isn't paying their fair share. Let's also stop paying the 2 billion dollars a week we spend in Afraganistan. How long do we have to wait to get out of Iraq? Let's send the Bush administration over to Iraq to get back the money they owe us for liberating them. There are so many things we can do. Why do the Republicans insist on finding the savings from Social Security and Medicare? Why must we pay on the backs of the elderly and the sick?
ajm: read the following real carefully: Social Security and Medicare are NOT going anywhere. There are too many baby boomers coming of age and they want what is theirs. They paid for it and they will get it. If the nation has to reduce the Defence budget, the salaries of our Congressman, inact tariffs to match those of the nations we trade with, make the wealthiest of us pay a fair tax and inact an amendment changing the status of corporations so that recent rulings of the Supremes no longer consider GE a person. These things will be done. Why am I so sure? Becuase the people of this country set the priorities not idiologues. The young educated people of today are idealists, they travel and know what other countries give their citizens. They helped place Obama in power and they will support their grandparents when it comes to voting to keep these programs. We also know that a 401k doesn't cut it for a working class stiff. The banks and the market just doesn't provide a big enough return for our hard work. Get it? Oh, and don't forget all the minorities (soon to be a majority), that also helped place this fellow in the hat seat.
ajm: The solutions are in the the report. There is adequate funding for quite some time and the program is not a burden on todays debt. The shortages can be easily be adjusted simply by reapportionment of the payroll tax to make up any shortages in revenue. If you don't want to pay the tax then move to a country that doesn't have a retirement system. Now I wonder where that would be?
We have been listening to right wing propaganda for too long. They claim we have a spending problem when in fact it's the other way around. We have a revenue problem. Taxes are lower today then they were during Ronald Reagan's presidency. Our population has increased, the number of elderly has increased, our obligations to our military adventures has had a toll, an unpaid drug program cropped up, a tax increase for the wealthy has been deferred (although money was spent based on the expectation that it would be payed when it expired), TARP threw money at the banks, stimulas money was given out without expectation of any earnings on that debt, the cost of living has increased, the cost of fuel has increased and now we have a situation in which the economy is so over burdened because revenue has not been keeping pace, we find ourselves in the greatest recession ever. When a family is only two, they can get by on a single salary and afford to live in a small apartment. Ten to twelve years later, that family has increased to four. Expenses have also increased, the family's income has has not increased and the one financial obligation that has been consistent is their tax obligation. What should they do? The first thing that comes to mind is to cut back on expenses. But how can they maintain the health and welfare of a family of four yet only have sufficient revenue to support two? During this period their expenses have increased a hundred fold. The correct answer is they had better find a way to increase their income. Maybe the wife should find a job and the husband should be updating his resume. Why is all this so hard for Republicans to understand? If you don't have enough money to maintain your standard of living, you better cut back where you can but you must find a way to increase your revenue or you will find yourself on the street. Another story the Republicans like to spread is that Social Security is a burden on the country. That is absolutely false. Social Security has no effect on the deficit and it has plenty of money. Health Care Reform also is deficit neutral. Or how about medicare? They claim that Congressman Ryan's plan can fix it. Destroy it they mean. The numbers don't add up. SS and Medicare are entitlements that we all have paid into throughout our working lives. What the Republicans want to do is like a bank suddenly repossessing your car after you have made payments for four years and telling you that they have cancelled their auto loan program. The bank suggests you make do with a lease arrangement for an older car and pay double what you paid previously. They even offer vouchers to help you offset the additional costs. But the biggest falsehood is that if you don't tax the wealthy they will increase job availability. When? They have been decreasing the tax liability of the rich since Ronald Reagan first proposed it and we still have no jobs. When is this going to happen?
ajm: As for the country being on the hook for billions of dollars for rescuing the auto industry. The portion of the stimulas package that developed prior to the Obama administration had no accountability attached to it. It was free money given to the banks to make them whole again. When Obama took over he looked at the remaining amount or not yet obligated amount, and decided that some of that money could be used to help out Chrysler. The rest of the money was the second stimulas package established by the current administration. That package had interest attached to it. Thus when the government sold it's shares of Chrysler last week, money was actually earned. The losses are attributed to the free money offerred up by the last administration. That is another example of leadership and good stewardship over the taxpayher's money. Your view of history also leaves out the fact that over 1 million jobs were saved and thousands of economists attribute the automobile bailout as one reason our country is not in a depression today. As for Ronald Reagan's prior experiences, you are correct. He was a governor and later a President that increased taxes. So now being the leader of the actor's guild is a qualifying factor? Since when did the Republican party pay any attention to what an actor had say? Oh, yea, Ronnie was the last one because he found so many communists hiding under all those mattresses in Hollywood. Notwithstanding that fault, President Reagan was an honorable man and a leader. That said, not all Governor's should be considered eligible to represent all the people, simply by serving. Governors of large states with large populations are a valid factors for consideration. That said, one needs to look at their record. A Governor, who says he left the state in good financial shape in spite of the record stating otherwise is dishonest. A Governor that reduces services yet does not reduce the state's debt is nothing to toot about. Neither is a Governor who skips out in midterm and becomes a propagandist. Governor's who rock the boat during their term, can expected to displease their constitutents and that should be considered as perhaps why they are seeking another job. Some citizens of his/her state may be happy to send them to Washington just to be rid of them. As for your comments regarding the Southern European's economic problems, you and I do see eye to eye. The populace of Greece blames their economic problems on greedy bankers, corrupt politicians and wealthy tax cheats buying their Democracy as the real culprets. Whatever the reason, it is the middle class and the poor that bearing the burden, same as here. Sounds familiar doesn't it? They like me, do not see their problems as spending problems but lack of revenue problems.
ajm: I do not "despise" businessmen. I just do not subscribe to the idea that businessmen have the answers to every problem. Businessmen do not have extrodinary skills that translate into what it takes to run a government. Business is risky and a gamble at best. Most businessmen experience failure. How many busnesses have failed on Marco Island alone during the last 10 years? Nor do I believe the most successful ply their trade with any sense of morality. I might add that contemporary business practices appear to be exempt from any ethical standards. Applying business models to government makes no sense. Although a business runs on a budget, failure does not result in the same consequences as an underfunded government. A business can go bankrupt and the owners and managers can escape personal responsibility simply by declaring bankruptcy. When a business goes bankrupt, stockholders loose money, employees loose their jobs and a product is no longer produced or sold. That said, someone else will buy their patents and produce and sell the same product. When a government runs out of money and is held to the same consequences as a business, citizens suffer much more severe consequences. Their children go without an education, food, housing, health care and their elderly parents may die. Financiers in our modern society do subscribe to an ethic of selfishness and it is astonishing to observe them abusing the largest consummer society on the planet. This behavior is not new to our country and that is why the government has regulated banking and business practices for years. President Andrew Jackson recoginized this when he went after the bankers of his time: “You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the grace of the Eternal God, will rout you out.” Because of the lack of regulation today, they are back in business and destroying our economy. They were considered immoral during Jackson's time and their lack of morality has enjoyed a recent resurgence. So much money and so little investment or job creation by those who have harvested so much from so many to enrich so few. These are not patriots that care about a nation body, these are businessmen making money. They hold more than 90 percent of all our wealth. They see the nation and it's citizens as simply a means to acheive wealth. They offer to make no sacrifices or to share their bounty. They believe their successes entitles them and so should be excluded from paying their fair share. They care only about the accumulation of wealth and personal gain. Now they want to rule us? They want the advantage of owning our democracy by purchase? And you want to put them in charge?
You say Obama has no experience? What experience is he lacking? He proved to you that he and the government is better at managing the automobile industry. He saved well over 1 million jobs. His experience certainly is better then what GW had. Was it two or three bankruptcies that fellow endured? He wrecked a professional baseball franchise by chasing off their only star. What experience did Ronald Reagan have? Oh, he was a movie star and possibly that helped him? The most expenrienced President we have had in modern history was George H. Bush and look what a mess he made. No, Obama proved himself as a leader when he got Osama ben laden. He also proved himself when he was successful at reforming health care (something many Presidents had tried to do before him). He saved the country from falling into a depression. You want us to place a businessman in charge? Why? Government isn't a business. It's not designed to make a profit. It's not desinged to manufacture anything. Considering the bad record businessman have had in leading government, I suggest you look elsewhere. Being a leader in government requires leadership and responsiblity. These are not virtues found in great abundance in our business community. At least not in the the current crop of bussinessmen you find meeting at the local Chamber of Commerce. Methinks you want another businessman like our current Governor? Someone who shirked represponsibility when his company was fined hundreds of millions of dollars for ripping off Medicare funds? What was he said? "I didn't know about it?" That's not leadership or reponsibility. Look at the records of recent Presidents. Republicans spend our country into debt and Democrats are elected to balance the budget or get us out. Not the other way around. Problem is, this President was presented with a mess like no other has experienced and he has a mionority party that would rather work to hurt the nation then compromise and fix it. That is new too. Your views of what is occurring in Europe are way too simplistic and represent the scare views found on fox.
Some folks will never change. If they can't have their way, they just collapse on their backs scream and kick their heels until they get attention. If this country wants to go back to being run by a bunch of drunk sailors with a credit card, so be it. I have more faith in our people. I think they have had enough of children being in charge and that's why they will again elect President Obama, the only adult in the field. What other choice do they have? Even 32 percent of registered Republicans won't vote for any of the candidates they have.
Ocram you believe in everything Rush Limpbug tells you? Do you actually believe that welfare votes put Obama into office? You don't really believe he refused to wear that pin do you? I say that because he wears one today and many Republican Presidents didn't wear them in the past. Who says his wife hated America? I remember her saying only that she was never so proud to be an American when we elected her husband President. How do you read such extreme distortions in her statements? You are correct about the Reverend Wright. He is no better then that idiot religious nut that burned the Koran. But that's what happens when a teacher of religion wonders off his path. The President has never been one to attend religious services on a regular basis and many members of that congregation stated that they had never heard Reverand Wright speak as he did in that video clip. Wake up and look at yourself in the mirror. We are not all believers in the hate propaganda and some of us do look for the best in people. I would like to believe that you too would have come to the truth by now.
ajm: We will have to wait until November 2012 to see who is correct. With 52% popularity numbers and the Republican push to dismantle Medicare and Social Security - My money is on our President. Although he ran for change (he did give us health care reform insuring 13 million citizens who had no health insurance), he has been hindered at every turn by a minority determined to not compromise on any issue. A minority that believes change is abhorent (kinda like you and electric cars). A minority that insists on reducing taxes for the rich. On destroying the Environmental Agency and any Agency designed to protect the Consummer. A minority that believes regulations to inhibit criminals in the financial world is bad for business;. A minority that presents two page economic plans that simply reduces taxes and tell us that business will make jobs. Well, taxes are at their lowest level since before Ronald Reagan and business still hasn't produced any jobs. Why should any sane person believe reducing their taxes will help? As for the price of oil; it's cost is in excess of $100.00 yet the production of a single barrel of oil is only $60.00! I didn't say that. An oil company CEO said it under oath before a Congressional Committee. Keep twisting the facts. People are starting to understand that the wing-nuts are loose with the truth. When is Governor Scott going to give us jobs? When is he going to stop tearing down Republican initiated polices? Has he forgotten that Republicans ran this state for years and years? Jobs and the health of our nation are a lot more important then the silly things the Republicans are working on. Why is it that 37% OF ALL REPUBLICAN VOTERS have a negative view of your candidates? Wha is it with Ran Paul? He recently said he is against the assembly of citizens to listen to radical speakers. What happens if we go to listen to a Libertararian speak? Many of us believe their politics are radical. No more freedom of assembly? What's with that?
Ruger, posturing by our POTUS is bad for the market? Why? I thought you supported "exceptionalism". I would think you would be proud that the POTUS postures. He is the leader of the greatest nation on earh and he has the support of an electorate that is spread across the entire nation. Isn't that something worth respecting? The man who made getting Osma a first national priority and effectively achieved that goal, should posture. He has put fear the hearts of terrorists everywhere. He is exceptional. Why don't you join with your fellow Americans? Vote for America's favorite candidate once again in 2012. You know he can't lose. How is that for posturing? Exceptional enough for you? By the way, when are you wing-nuts going to fix the jobs thing you all ran on?
ajm: You and I both know that electric power eventually will move all of us from point A to point B. As to purchasing an electric vehicle today, it is not practical for all of us. It is expensive and there isn't sufficient infrastructue to support them. Is it silly? No more then using electricity to power every other item we hold dear. Imagine using gasoline to power the everyday things you depend on. From the alarm clark and coffee maker that wakes you up to the cell phone charger and laptop computer you carry with you. All our household appliances, municipal rail, etc. If gasoline was used to power those things that would be silly. So why would it be a streach to use electric power to power our cars? With a modern grid, nuclear reactors to supply the power, plugin stations readily available and longer range batteries it would would be silly to continue to use fossil fuels. The technolgy exists. All we require to make it happen is political will. The only thing holding us back is bad energy policy, billionair owners of oil rights and people like you that continue to vote against your own self interest. That's the future and you can put your money on it. We all will soon be driving electric vehicles or hydrogyn powered vehicles within our lifetime. Your buddies at Kock industries are whistling in the wind and will soon loose their investments in traditional dirty energy. Coal energy plants have no future. It is the Koch brother's world view that is self interest based, out of touch and silly. Owning an electric car today is not silly and will not cause more pollution.
Facts? Here is one: The price to produce a single barrel of oil today is still just $60.00. Recently an Oil company CEO confirmed this fact before Congress. When he was asked to explain why the price of oil is now in excess of $100.00 per barrel? His response: "The price of oil is driven by speculators on Wall Street". Take this one step further in an effort to find out why this is happening. Speculation on the market is made possible and encuraged by the lack of regulation. Wall Street and the free market is still functioning in a lawless enviornment. Why? Because the elected officials WE put in office do not see regulation as beneficial to business or to their campaign contributions. Soooo, the next time you get angry at the $75.00 bill to fill up your SUV - look in the mirror. It is the voter that puts these officials into office (no matter what political party). It is the voter that drives the priorities our elected officials support. President Obama has little to do with the price of oil on the free market. When President Obama ran for office, he once stated: "if you want me to do something, make me". What he meant was; hit the streets folks. Demonstrate, write your congressman write the President and demand action to control this speculation. In other words politicians make most decisions based on OUR input and political pressure. When that is nonexistent they then take orders from their contributors. Demand regulation of our financial and energy instititions. Or, if you can afford it, buy an electric car. The someone who is responsible for all the economic problems we have today is identifiable and they are US. It is WE the voter who votes with our heart and not our mind. We love the good looking politician, the charmer, the fast talker, the rich one and the sound bites they repeat over and over on the campaign trail. Be smarter, study the issues before you vote. Don't vote against your own self interests. Make them do it.
Thank the voters for the high price of fuel. A recent Congressional hearing asked an oil barron what was the actual cost of producing one barrel of oil: his response: $60.00. When the CEO was asked why it sells in excess of $100.00? His response was to blame speculators on Wall Street. So, who do we blame for allowing the free market to rape the very consumers who feed it? We have only ourselves to blame for voting in politicians who care only about appeasing the companies who throw cash at them. We have too many politicians of both parties that are bought and paid for by the corperate financial world and the energy companies. Too many of our policitians care little about our country and it's citizens. Too many of them just want to be re-elected and will sell their vote to the highest bidder. Next time you fill up at the pump and feel the pinch, remember which party you contributed to, remember who you voted for. Stop listening to campaign slogans and false feel good promises. Educate yourselves, stop voting against your own self interests. WE are the only reason the price of fuel is so high. Those of us who do not vote, have no right to complain when our SUVs and pickup trucks cost $75.00 or more to fill, you should reflect on your lack of responsibility and vote in the next election.
Who even cares? Why was this written in the first place? He runs hotels and and hosts a loser TV show of no redeeming value. A show in which he features other failed celebrities. His life success was enabled by his father's fortune. Without it he would likely be selling used cars or running a run-down backstreet hotel. Billionaire? Show us the cash, I don't believe it.
ajm, I agree with you on your analysis. Marcofriend, your account of our recent history is completly accurate and your conclusions are correct. It is obvious to me, that the same people who proposed the STRP are the same ones behind this study. The Chamber of Commerce. One thing is for certain, this study is NOT fair and is designed to put the Council back on track to skim the bulk of STRP costs directly from the homeowners.
All these naysayers are the very people who don't want to pay taxes. They scream out in protest when a professional football player offers to share what he has learned during his career with our young people. The reason this school is necessary, is because the State and the County has been unable to fulfill it's obligations to our city. The naysayers would do better to volunteer their time and offer their skills to the Academy to help them be successful rather then complain. You people really don't realize how selfish you come across. Good choice Academy, a man who was trained by the best and is willing to share that experience with OUR kids will make a great athletic instructor. Ocram, I would rather my child learn how to drive from an uneducated professional successful autocross rally competitor then a certified school driving instructor with all their book learned experiences. There are some things you must actually do to be the best and those experiences are not always obtained in a classroom. Support OUR school, be generous with your time and money and stop being argumentive saps.
Hey Gov, where are the jobs you promised?
ajm: I agree, union members should ask their membership who to support. But that inititive should be made by the membership. Shareholders have no rights to say anything to their boards. I think it is wrong for industry to dictate to the government anything, much less the wording of regulations. It is not the inherent responsilbity of government to work to advance one private enterprise over another. The pupose of regualtions are to protect the consumer and maintain level playing fields. I also am not a supporter of industry making national policy. Recent history has proven illustrated the dangers of unbridled free market influence to consummers. We cannot afford another 30 years of rampent deregulation and non-accountablity. Lehman Brothers should have received the same consideration as the other large banks. Once saved adequate regulations should have been written forcing the breakup of all the too big to fail banks and restricting them to traditional banking activities. Allowing them to diversify into the investment world was a big mistake. I don't believe government should control pricing but it should control the type of business a company is involved in and ensure the product they are selling is not harmful to the consumer or greater good of the nation. If regulators were doing their jobs, some of the imaginative investments schemes the fianancial investors practiced and still practice today wouldn't put our money at risk. The tea party does what it is told. Few of their members even know what they want. They have shown us that their represpentatives like Ryan are there to do the bidding of others. Ryan sponsors a plan that makes false assumptions and uses figures that do not add up. His plan is dishonest. His effort comes from a Koch brothers foundation's effort and on the face of it, it is un-American because it is destructive to our society. It is their first salvo to destroy Medicare and Social Security, not to mention Medicaid. His proposal wants to throw my son and my grandchildren under the bus. 3 trillion dollars of the deficit is directly attributable to Social Security earnings and investment in U.S. Treasuries. Social Security is not in trouble. Medicare can be tweaked and easily saved. Health care costs must be brought under control. Much of the rest of it is a revenue problem and not just spending. The rich should be excluded from receiving social benefits and required to pay more to live in our community. If the Koch brothers succeed in their efforts, we might even see a migration of Americans north to Canada to attain health care and pensions. What fun would that be for the wealthy to have no one around to do their bidding?
RayPray: You send me to a right wing rag to read an editorial by Mary Kendall, a career right wing hack. If Obama said banks could do whatever they wanted, she still would find fault with him. Her editorial is about an international conference on regulating banks and financial institutions. A conferenced funded by Soros. The vast majority of people on this planet more regulation is missing. I own stock in several corporations and although I am asked to give a proxy vote, I do so only because my vote won't be recognized otherwise. Never have I been asked to give permission to support any party. That is not facilitation, that's a shut out.
George Soros has not funded or donated funding to any political entity for years now. Ray Pay, please don't lie. What this country requires is a prohibition of contributions by corporatations without first obtaining the approval of a majority of stock-holders. Why would a stock-holder even consider sharing money they have invested for the purpose of increasing their own wealth? That is un-American and a violation of one's freedom to earn a livlyhood. I repeat: Today, the corporate elite is buying our government and the votes of our respresentatives. This activity is a form of economic slavery over the the middle class. The world knows it and they are laughing at us.
I can't believe anything ajm said. Here is a little piece of truth in the middle of all these lies: Our country is in trouble because the corporate elite refuse to pay their fair share. The corporate elite is buying our government and the votes of our representatives. The Corporate elite has been telling a BIG lie for 30 years. That the poor, elderly and sick among us are parasites and cost too much. That it is better to spend money in unjust wars then on our citizens. That and the other lie that; if the rich have more money they will hire more people and crumbs will fall to the rest of us. Well, we are still waiting for that to happen. How much money do they require before they fullfill the promise? They pay for and offer financial support to the most extreme and least knowledgable among us to advance their agenda. The country deserves better. There is nothing American about this scenario. This is the tactic other wealthy men did in the 30's. They knew that they could force strong men on society who could appeal to the masses. All they had to do was advance someone with a burr in their pants to make the masses believe there was something to fear in the world and then they were ready to be told who to hate. The Republican Party has been trying to make President Obama a failure by fighting him at every turn, even when it is detrimental to the nation. That is not American. The country is poorer because of the lack of regulations, lack of revenue and the deliberate shift of wealth from the middle class to the elite. The recent behavior of the Republican party to push their idiological agenda on the rest of us during this budget crises is an example of what they are capable of and what their priorities are. If you don't like them, they will force you to obey or they won't pay our troops, meet the country's obligations to our elderly, care for the sick. They attempt to destroy Planed Parenthood under the lie that it promotes abortion. Why do they lie? Did you think that the things Senetor Kyl says aloud about Planned Parenthood on television and that go into the Congressional Record and that he attaches his name to are meant to be true facts or something? His lie? That 90 percent of all Planned Parenthood funds are used to promote abortions. The truth being, it is against the law for federal funds to fund abortions. Are we to hate poor women now? along with illegals, Muslims and Black People? Republican intellectuals believe that only the successful deserve power and wealth and the rest of us deserve whatever is left. They would prefer that the least of us just disappear. The people of this country will not forget this behavior. A day of retribution will come on November 6, 2012.
I guess you didn't hear the SecDef announce that the pay of ALL military will be delayed for the duration of the shut down. If you think the Republicans will not be held accountable for this, I have a bridge to sell you. We are all learning what the Repubiclans are really about. It's not good news. The only arguments left are about social issues. The riders are a gift to the Democrats. There will be a day of retribution. Most independant voters do not care about Planned Parenthood, EPA and the NPR. They care about jobs and the welfare of their families. Republicans are about to be marginalized and it will be many years before they recover from this. Big Bird, non-existant abortions and green house gases are not important to the American people and not worth shutting down the their government. The message was NOT about spending, it was about JOBS!
A great American Patriot sent me this: "A government shutdown means: no more government-backed mortgages, which now account for 95% of the housing market. No more government student loans. No more government small-business loans. No pay for the troops, who are now embroiled in three wars. They still have to fight. They just won’t be paid for it. No tax refunds, just one week before taxes are due. No federal grants for roads, schools, or pretty much anything else. No new medical research at the National Institutes of Health. So there it is. When the Republicans shut down the government, health and safety, housing and even transportation are all at risk. The Party of No is now the Party of No Government. The Party of Anarchy. The Party of Chaos. And remember this: The White House and the Democratic Leadership have agreed (rightly or wrongly) to what the Republicans originally demanded for the 2011 budget -- $30 billion in social spending cuts. Yet now the Republicans are demanding twice as much: $60 billion in 2011 social spending cuts. But just three months ago, the Republicans insisted on $70 billion in 2011 in tax cuts for the rich. I’m pretty sure that $70 billion is more than $60 billion, any way you look at it. So except for those tax cuts for the rich, we wouldn’t be having this argument."
Children have taken over the House of Representatives. Pendinbg shutdown threatens to increase our nation's deblt. It threatens the welfare of our troops. All but one week of pay for our military will be held back during the shutdown. VA benefit payments will have to be delayed. Military familes living on low wages are about to loose subsistance funds while their husband or wife is fighting overseas for our country. If you are renting to a military family, you may have to wait for your rent payment. The tea party seems to either not care about those who serve or they are ignorent of the hurt they are about to cause. New Republicans serving in the House have shown that they do not understand how government works. They have shown complete lack of knowledge when describing how legislation becomes law during a recent national broadcast. As for our Republican friends saying the war effort, medicare and social security is not in danger, think again. In addition to the compensation and benfit delays the Pentagon has already warned about there are issues the elderly may consider. If you are just becoming eligible for either social security or midicare, your application will sit in an inbox until this over. If you are a doctor accepting medicare payments, those payments will be delayed until the Republicans agree to play nicely. You Republicans may have a problem with a black President, but don't play with the welfare of our militry and elderly. Are the tea party representatives going to let go all of their non-essential staff employees during the shutdown? Some of them have up to 30 employees working for them. If not, why not? 800,000 fellow government employees will be placed on an unpaid vacation. Who is going to pay for their bills? This is real money and real people you will be hurting. The Republican representatives need to grow up and learn to get along. Our government has 3 legs holding us up. Today, one of them is controlled by children.
There are busloads of folks south of the boarder waiting for the government shut-down. Millions of new citizens are about to arrive. This data-base will not be manned or updated during the shutdown. No ticky, no laundry. Hey Gov, where are all the jobs you promised?
Gov, where are the jobs you promised? Is it true the Gov's company has been selected to provide the state with the drug test kits being used in his policy to test all State employees? Florida has been hit with team of grifters pretending to be politicians. Hold on to your wallets folks.
I never said YOU were un-American because YOU believe in fossil fuels. Every time someone comes up with a better idea, those with mineral rights yet to be sold scream as loud as they can that the alternative is too expensive. They ask, why not use my product until I run out and can no longer profit? That malarky is getting old. Scandnavian countries and most European and Asian countries are using wind as an alternative and they will tell you that initially it was a losing proposition. However, today they will tell you that it's now beginning to pay for itself. Wind turbines and equipment are cheaper. Those countries now have the infrastructure to support alternative energy. China is manufacturing more wind turbines then GE can put out and they are selling them to the world. Solar power is being used in the middle east and Africa. Why? when they have so much fossil fuel to use? Coal is still plentiful in Europe, Asia and Africa. Oil is still in the ground in the North Sea, the middle east and Asia. Because they know that America will buy their oil and gas for far more money then they can make from gold or diamands. America is addicted and can't break the habit. They get it. Go and see if you don't believe me. There are wind farms all over the North Sea. Many small viallages in Germany have several windmills they have invested in as a community. That investment is subsidising their power requirements. They are making the investments necessary to break their habits. Stop believing what the Koch brothers tell you. Our nation desperately needs infastructure to develop and utilize alternative energy and improve transportation. Is the new infrasturcture expensive? Yes, but if we don't invest in it today, America will crumble and decay. We need an up to date grid to deliver the electricity that wind and solar energy can provide. We will join the third world if we don't start paying for this stuff. The majority of us cannot afford to put $100 dollars into our gas tank every week to get to work. We require massive investments in rail or get ready to pave the entire country. We cannot give so much of our treasure to so few and expect our lifestyle to stay the same. Fossil fuel is destroying this country and the planet. I said nothing about Nuclear energy because I believe safe nuclear energy is possible if properly regulated. As to the rest of the blah-blah you write about It means nothing to me. What I wrote is true and is history.
The crazies are at the forefront of the Republican party because they have their own media and financing. 4 to 6 billionairs are funding them. Bachman received 2.5 million dollars in two days last week! How many doners? Corporate Amercia pay for these people. Fox hires them to be employees prior to their announcement. That way they get maximum exposure. Palin, Huckaby and now Trump are all on the Fox payroll. They get media time that will not be charged against their campaigns. The more crazy their speech, the more more the national media covers them. Lies are repeated over and over again until they become truth in the minds of folks who have no time to research. They convinced the American electorate that oil in the gulf is good for the ecology and Florida beaches. That alternative energy is un-American. That global warming doesn't exist, that the middle class makes too much money, and when everyone wanted a single payer system for health care, they convinced us that it was bad for us. They tell you that business should be self-regulated, that consummers to do not require protection from credit card abuse, that Wall Street only has your best interest at heart. That mortgage banks require no regulations and that we should be able to buy a house we can't afford. We are told tha tthe price of gas at the pump is because of seasonal maintenance costs. That the oil industry deserves the subsidies they have been receiving and that a 15 per cent tax rate for corporations is too high. That the top 40 billionairs will hire more Americans if we don't tax the them. They have told you serving in the military is not smart but useful to protect global resources. Paying taxes are now an un-American activity. Hiding profits in foreign banks is patriotic. Politicians accept 6 figure salaries promptly take negotiated benefits from public employees while reducing taxes to business. We have learned that teachers are to blame for the recession and that only Democrats spend too much money. Soon we will believe that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaide is bad for us and that we should volunteer to give them up. They say the country is broke, but we have enough to buy really expensive fighter jets we don't use and send our troops all over the world. The sad thing is, you believe them too.
Yup, crackpots. You vote for them. I know who caused this recession and it wasn't Obama. He wasn't in office long enough. The Republicans have not participated in the recovery except for Bush's stimulas package. Why? Because they are spending all their energy and money making trouble for those who are working to keep this country strong. Job recovery is now occurring in spite of Repulican efforts to hinder Obama's efforts. What are you guys going to say when the taxpayer throws you all out? Crackpots. Your friends the Koch brothers, Waltons, Hunts and Erik Prince are financing every single nut job they can collar, to destroy this country. ajam let's agree to disagree. Your ideas about smaller government will never work. Our country has a growing economy, growing population and growing world responsibilties. We do not live like we did 200 years ago and we cant go back. So stop the propaganda about smaller government. It's an unworkable effort. It is an unrealistic philosophy that ignores too many realalities and can only weaken our nation. Why don't you spend your time promoting something useful like alternative energy for our country? Take a trip to the Nordic countries and see what can be done. You might be surprised to see that alternatives are available today. Work on something that can make our country strong for 200 more years.
ajm: You are spinning and I'm not buying. Many people who voted last November are having second thoughts and their disappointment has nothing to do with Democrats. Tea Party candidates go to Washington, accept a six figure pay check and government health care, retirement, etc. and as newly elected officials, promtply submit a budget to throw thousands of folks out of work. If they don't get their way, they promise to add 800,000 federal employees to the unemployment rolls. What's that all about? How is that going to improve the job outlook? Cut or make SS and Medicare useless and watch the old white men jump ship. Instead of building coalitions those associated with the Republican Party are losing support. Republicans can now say goodbye to our heroes, their families and supporters, Cops and Firefighters are not happy in the midwest. By the way, where are all the jobs these fellows promised to work on? When are these Republican Governor's going to come forward with fixes for Health Care they ran on? What's with GE not paying any taxes in 2010? Didn't they just announce their profits exceeded 15 billiion? GE is just one example, there are many more. Maybe this is why the Republican candidate list is so poor. You have to be a crackpot to expect the large number of unemployed, homeless, uninsured sick and broken promises to vote for you. Unless, of course you are a crackpot. Psst, do you still like our new Governor? A grifter - imagine that.
I do not like current conservative thought. I once was a conservative but I believe today it is far too extreme and weird. When the Republican Party aligned itself with identified un-American activists, I have to draw a line. Conservatives today are not good citizens. They do not believe in compromise, they don't believe negotiating or debate. It is their way or the highway. When the Republican party sold itself to the Chamber of Commerce and agreed to support off the wall candidates to represent all of us, it changed. William F. Buckley wouldn't recognize the hypocracy of such a party today. The party has been taken over by it's current darlings, the Birchers and Libertarians who believe in a weakened central government allowing profiteering without regulation. It's time for the party of the right to purge itself of those who are paying for it. Disassociate yourselves from the Koch and Hunt brothers, the Waltons and Erik Prince of Blackwater. These are the people who select your candidates, write and dictate policies. People who want to take away freedoms and safety nets that make our country a modern community. These people want only to make a lot of money and they would rather spend their money to advance their personal agenda then pay taxes. They believe in global corporations having complete political control. These are not people I wish to be associated with. That is what I don't like about today's conservative movement. They are not true conservatives but use conservatives because true conservatives have no champions. The list of current conservative candidates interested in running for President do not share the same values I have. They never served their country, they have weird religious ideas or backgrounds. Two or three of them claim to have daily conversations with God. Three of them are employees of Rubert Murdock a known rightwing immigrant that can never be Presendent himself. All were crazy Birthers at some point in their political careers and at least two of them still are. All have flip flopped on severl major issues. Two women and two of the male candidates do not understand the Constitution nor do they have any basic knowledge of American history. One elected representative doesn't understand her own function in the the House of Representitives. One candidate believes being wealthy makes him likable and probably tells himself that every morning when he wakes up. How can any serious thinking rational citizen vote for any of these people? That's what I don't like about the conservative movement today. It's full of nuts.
I can interpret the rules of golf but I do not have the "authority" to impose my interpretation on any player. The Supreme Court has the "authority" given to them from the Articles of the Constitution to do that. Mr. Levin by "Profession" says blah-blah. What Profession? He is a talking head and a writer of populist political opinion. Do you mean that profession? What specialized experience has he acquired that gives him the knowledge and experiences to make any determination as to if someone is a Bircher or not? What would you say if a Bircher owned the media (radio or publisher) to advance this determination? Is the Cato Institution a Bircher tool? Probably. Again it is very hard to distinguish who these people are because most of them don't even know that their ideas and understanding of Constitutional checks and balances are not a result of their own thought processess but are the result of very careful exposure to someone elses. Someone who has been promoting an agenda for the past 40 years. The Institute certainly advances the philosophy that the Koch brothers are advancing among Conservatives. Just look at what a Conservative thought 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. Those Conservatives would be labled librals today.
Is radio celebraty Mark Levin a Bircher? He says he is not. Who cares? Does he hold elected office? What is a "Conservative Constitutionalist"? The U.S.Constitution stands on it's own notwithstanding the personal political beliefs of Conservatives or Liberals. Only the U.S. Supreme Court has the Constitutional authority to interpret the U.S.Constitution.
If your family was a founding member of the John Birch Society and you finance political action groups that share the Bircher's philosophy, then yes you are a Bircher. Same applies to ducks who act and look like ducks. Ron Paul is todays most promenent Libertarian and Ron Paul actively supports the JBS (another duck). The Koch brothers are supporting libertarian and Tea Party candidates (more ducks). As for the rank and file Tea Party members, they don't care if they are acting on behalf of the JBS. Most of them don't even know who those folks are or what the JBS stands for. For that matter, they don't even know what the Boston Tea Party was about. If they did, they would question the contradictiion of taking corporate money from the very people the original "Indians" were protesting about. The original Tea Party Protest was attended by colonists who covered their faces, massed in the streets, and destroyed the property of a giant global corporation. A trans global (the first) corporation that was exempt from paying taxes and threatened the small shops who's product selling tea had to pay a tax increase to make up the losses. The historical links between the Koch family and the JBS are clear and factual. The Hunt Brothers have been paronoid about communists being everywhere since the day they were born. One of them is a documented member of the JBS. The JBS today is using the conservative movement as cover because without the Republicans they would be ignored for the sick paranoid right wing extremists they are. People like you justify your interpretation of the Constituion based the writings of the Federalists Papers. Where in the Constitution is it denoted the writings of the Federalists and their opinions are the guardians of the Constitution. When conservatives lack a sound constitutional rationale for their own constitutional activism they always revert to the Federalists Papers because there is more ambiguity there that they can cherry pick from to make whatever case they want to make. It's the same trick fundamental Christians use when cherry picking Bibical selections to justify their favorite political and moral causes and beliefs. I had no idea the American labor Union movement supported Islamic fundamentals. Did you just make that up? Never mind, religious fundamentalists exist in all religions and are not dangerous. It is the paranoid extremists and fanatics who use fear as a motivator and promote violance and hate to advance their agendas who are dangerous to a society. The JBS are extremists and are they are dangerous to America. So much so, the FBI has been monitoring them form more than 40 years. The JBS are paranoid fanatical right wing nut jobs. They were denounced by William F. Buckley, the father of Conservatism and they are now openly supporting right wing nuts under the banner of the Republican Party.
The Birchers are alive and well and continue to support extremist conservative actions. One of their supportors is Ron Paul of Texas who recently argued: "The beneficial, educational impact of the John Birch Society over the past four decades would be hard to overestimate. It is certainly far more than most people realize. Anyone who has been in the trenches over the years battling on any of the major issues - whether it’s pro-life, gun rights, property rights, taxes, government spending, regulation, national security, privacy, national sovereignty, the United Nations, foreign aid - knows that members of the John Birch Society are always in there doing the heavy lifting. And most importantly, they approach all of these issues from a strong moral and constitutional perspective. Lots of people pay lip service to the Constitution, but Birchers study it, understand it, apply it, and are serious about protecting it and holding public officials accountable to it."The JBS was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC, ending its decades-long exile from the mainstream conservative movement. The father of the Koch brothers: Fred Chase Koch (September 23, 1900 – November 17, 1967) was an American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries, the second-largest privately-held company in the United States a supportor and member of the JBS frequently spoke disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement." Don't believe his sons are of the same mind? One of Hunt brothers of Texas is actually a National Council Member of the JBS along with many other Energy Industry moguls. The JBS has one of the heaviest files in the FBI you can believe they are un-American. You conservatives really don't go all the way to the top floor do you? Check it all out, you can even Google most of the FBI files on this group. Much of it is public information. You might be surprised to learn how far out these folks are and how much money they have pumped into the Republican party and how many Republican elected officials owe their offices to their supporters. Libertarians and Birchers are so intertwined that it's hard to tell them apart. Google the the John Birch Society and learn who their members include. You might be surprised.
Yes, women also benefit from quota advantages. So, if you include them in your list of so called minorities, then the minorities become the majority. Both minorities you demean are Americans and deserve more respect then you offer. Birchers are not obsolete, they are just operating a little differently today. The Koch brothers and their relatives have a history with the John Birch Society and they my friend, are big financial supporters of Tea Party candidates. Those two scoundrals also buy enfluence from Federal and State Representatives. Now they are even buying up as many Governors as they can. The Klan's war against minorities, civil rights, immigrants, Catholics and Jews and their belief in states rights and religiuos superiority are ideas that are compatible with the libertarian points of view. Yes, they are naughty and have many FBI agents embedded in them. Sorry, I meant Ron's son Rand. As for who in our society pay the largest ratio of taxes related to income, I and the majority of working Americans know who is paying. Average rates for the wealthy are around 15 % or less. For the rest of us they exceed 20% or more. Most large corporations like GE didn't pay any taxes in 2010. The state of Florida doesn't even tax corporations anymore! You live in a world full of faux facts and the rest of us are beginning to get it. Again, get with the progrman RayPray, open your eyes to the real world. This is America and we aren't all stupid all of the time. Our country deserves so much better then bimbos, shutins and Corporate barons with comb overs.
So why isn't this fellow first working to overturn all the politicians in his home state? Seems to me he ought to cleans his own house before he comes to mine. As for the results of the last election, I agree with him but would add that there are zero candidates sent to Washington meeting his critia. All of the new House and Senate members accepted money from special interest folks. As for ordinary citizens governing, I have no problem with that idea either. However, reality has shown us that real and oridinary people do not step up. It is has been my observation that we have a lot of kooks who are presnting themselves as "ordinary".
I'm not saying that the opponents of the left are irretrievably dumb. I am saying that some of their leadership is. I do find it interesting that you claim blue collar workers rank at the bottom of our national IQ ladder and that only minorities are prospering off quotas (got something against women too?) Not quite sure what it is that makes you so hateful towards a group that combined equals a majority of our population. You don't think too much of Americans do you? I might agree with you that the notions of Obama and Hillary have bankrupted the country if I ignored the excessive spending of the Republican party since Bill Clinton. Seems to me that when you include 30 years of trickle down economics, two unfunded and uncalled for military adventures, the GW excesses and GW/Obama stimulas spending, and the fact that those of us controlling 90 percent of wealth of this nation are exempt from paying their fair share, but I won't. So, my conclusions are different from yours. As for Ron and Rand's ideas and gymnastic reading of the Federalist's Papers. Federalist's Papers are an interesting read but so is Moby Dick. The Federalist's Papers were never ratified nor are there any clauses in the Constitution denoting them as a guide to the Constitution. The Consitution stands alone. The ideas of the Libertarians are old and similiar to those of seperatists and Birchers. That's why the KKK supports Rand Paul and his son. The Birchers and KKK share the Libertarian belief in a weak central government and more power to the states. Probably explains why those ideas are popular mostely in the South. This may all be moot as the demographics of our population as demonstrated in the last census reveals you and I may already be a minority. That's what makes our country unique and great. Everytime we began to stagnate and loose focus of the future and sight of the greater good, a new group of immigrants arrives and sets us straight. Get with the program RayPray or find a different country to live in.
Democrats everywhere hope that Palin's prayers are answered soonest. Chances are good she will be on stage when her God sends it. Hopefully, we will be able to witness the event on television. We all want to share in her glory. Personally I hope that Ms. Bachman also receives her instructions to run at the same time. Does it hurt bad when one is struck by lightning? Does the lightning go out into the audience and light up everyone's head? Go girls, the press and Dems are rooting for you. Hopefully Trump will run too. We look forward to a three ring circus staring a comb over corporate mogul that has the personality of third world racist dictator that loves gold gilt furniture and two over the hill bimbos that will say and do just about anything to get what they want. 2012 can't come soon enough for me.
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