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Written on Romney releases 2011 tax returns; paid $1.9 million, 14.1% rate:

Obama's time as president has been the longest period of high unemployment since the great depression

6 million Americans added to Fed SS Disability Benefits under Obama

Far more Americans have signed on to SS Disability than have founds jobs under Obama

Median incomes have fallen 7.3% under Obama

The poverty rate climbed to 15.7% last year, highest since the 1960's

The Misery Index (combo of unemployment and inflation) has risen from 7.83 to 9.71 under Obama

Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the National Debt in just 3.5 years, which is much more than Bush added in 8 years

Food stamp spending is up 100% under Obama

Gas prices have gone up 100% under Obama

Food prices have gone up 25% under Obama

The recession was a result of the Mortgage Meltdown which was caused by democrats like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, ACORN and their attorney Barack Obama that forced financial institutions to pass out mortgages like candy to folks without the means to pay back the loans.

Now we have elected a president that not only helped cause the original mess, but has made that mess much, much worse.

Written on Obama hits Romney with new Medicare study:

Obamacare's Gross Costs Double to $1.76 Trillion, CBO Projects

The gross costs of the national healthcare law rammed through Congress by President Barack Obama will reach an estimated $1.76 trillion over 10 years – nearly twice the amount originally projected.

Written on Obama: Recovery path hard, challenge 'can be met':

Obama says "the road is longer". . .

How can the road be "longer" when we've been traveling down Obama's road for nearly 4 years?

Romney / Ryan 2012

Written on Obama hits Romney with new Medicare study:

"study by a Democratic leaning group" ???

Obama broke his promise to not force Americans to buy health insurance.

Obama broke his promise that obamacare would not be a tax.

Obama broke his promise that Obamacare will reduce healthcare costs.

Obama broke his promise that that if you like their current health plan you can keep it.

Obama broke his promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

Written on Obama: Recovery path hard, challenge 'can be met':

Obama can't talk about accomplishments, because he has none. Sure, he passed the Stimulus and Obamacare and Dodd Frank, but it is hard to sell any of this as success when it is all hugely unpopular and terrible policy. To most Americans, it doesn't compute.

The stimulus was a pork-laden exercise in rewarding backers of Barack through investment in crony capitalist green-energy pipe dreams and transfer payments to cities and states to help avoid having to reckon with their bloated public union payrolls (big Obama supporters). Because if you vote Barack, you should never have to go back, to a day when government wasn't bleeding the taxpayer dry with exorbitant salaries and pensions for public sector employees -- if there ever was such a time.

So...he didn't talk about the Stimulus, but he did mention his bailout of GM and Chrysler and how they can't make cars fast enough. Yet...surprisingly, saving GM -- or more precisely the UAW, has cost taxpayers more than $25 billion and GM is headed for bankruptcy, yet again. He didn't mention that. But then, why would he?

Obamacare, a multiple thousand page legislation destroying medical care in America, is ever more unpopular by the day. It turns out, you can't keep your insurance provider, even if you like it, and taking $716 billion out of Medicare cannot be portrayed as good for seniors. And...shock of all shocks, premiums will not go down and Obama's dream of transformation will cost taxpayers trillions to implement.

Dodd Frank, another multiple thousand page legislation, has solved nothing, except making it nearly impossible for people to get mortgages and businesses to get financing. He didn't mention Dodd Frank, but he did mention greedy banks. They ruined everything – after Frank, Dodd, ACORN and Obama forced them to hand out mortgages like candy to folks that couldn't afford them – thereby triggering the great mortgage meltdown which caused the great recession.

Written on FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts :

Just Some Democrats That Took Us To War After Bush took Office:

"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
--Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
--Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout
his country."
--Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
--Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of
mass destruction."
--Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
--Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
--Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
--Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al
Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
--Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

Written on FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts :

The Afghanistan War Belongs to Obama. . .

During Obama's 2008 campaign he declared Afghanistan the "good war" and the "justified war" and promised to double down on America's war efforts in Afghanistan.

Two-thirds of U.S. military fatalities in the decade-long Afghan war have occurred since May 15, 2009, when the first wave of the troop surge ordered by President Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan.

The United States spent $43 billion on the war in 2008, seven years after hostilities began, according to a Congressional Research Service report. After Obama's massive surge, spending hit $118 billion in 2011. There were 33,000 troops on the ground in 2009. After Obama's surge there were 102,000.

The Iraq war vote passed in 2002 with overwhelming democrat support.

The Democrats That Took Us To War Against Iraq before Bush took office:

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
--President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
--Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
--Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
--Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
--Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and
palaces for his cronies."
--Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

Written on FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts :

"But he never mentions the explosion of debt that occurred under Obama's predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, nor the 2008 global financial crisis that provoked a shock to the U.S. economy"

Fact: Obama has added more debt in less than 4 years than Bush did in 8 years and the 2008 financial crisis was caused by the mortgage meltdown where democrats forced financial institutions to pass out mortgages like candy.

Bush -- 2001 $127.3 Billion Budget Surplus
Bush -- 2002 $157.8 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2003 $374 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2004 $413 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2005 $319 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2006 $248 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2007 $162 Billion Budget Deficit
Bush -- 2008 $455 Billion Budget Deficit
Obama - 2009 $1.416 Trillion Budget Deficit
Obama - 2010 $1.294 Trillion Budget Deficit
Obama - 2011 $1.299 Trillion Budget Deficit
Obama - 2012 $1.330 Trillion Budget Deficit

Written on Independent voters on the rise in Southwest Florida, battleground states :

Liberals and progressives are becoming extinct. Today only 20% of America identity themselves as liberal.

Gallup poll: Conservatives outnumber liberals 2 to 1

The Gallup survey found that 40 percent of Americans consider themselves conservative; 35 percent consider themselves moderate; and 21 percent see themselves as liberal. The figures did not change from 2010.

However, because the extremist left has hijacked the media, the minority is forcing their radical agenda on the majority decent normal Americans.

Written on Obama urges tax cuts for families under $250,000:

Thank you President Bush. Since this is the 2nd time Obama has extended your tax cuts, it certainly validates your policies. However I'm sure this will not stop Obama from blaming the Bush tax cuts for . . . everything.

President Obama is making it obvious how shamefully dishonest and deceptive he is.

Written on How do you feel about the DREAM Act?:

Every classroom desk that DREAM act supporters give to an illegal alien (subsidized by American taxpayers) deprives an American kid the same opportunity to attend that college.

There are only so many desks available and it's already very difficult to be accepted in most colleges.

The preferential treatment of illegal alien kids over American kids is wrong, and unfair.

Written on Obama administration to stop deporting younger illegal immigrants:

The government's primary role is to protect its citizens. Why then, with millions of Americans out of work, is Obama giving work permits to illegal aliens, making it even more difficult for Americans to find work? Isn't the government's responsibility to make it harder for businesses to hire illegal aliens - not easier?

Written on Sen. Marco Rubio says his immigration plan is 'humanitarian mission':

in response to Donefortheday:

We will get our way in 2012. Tax the rich, share the wealth, free the illegals and p-a-r-t-y!!!!!!

Conservatives want to make poor people rich instead of making rich people poor.

Liberals want to make rich people poor instead of making poor people rich.

Conservatives say: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Liberals say: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you lose a Democrat voter."

Some of the most important lessons our parents taught us were work hard to get ahead, there are no free hand outs and life’s not fair.

One of the most important speeches ever given by a political leader was given by John F. Kennedy: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you: Ask what you can do for your country."

All of the above are anti-socialist (i.e. anti-contemporary liberal/progressive) ideals. Today John F. Kennedy would literally be rejected from the Democrat party for just that one speech.

Socialism is supposed to level the playing field but it attempts to do so by knocking people down as opposed to lifting other people up.

The only thing that can level the playing field and maintain a truly free society is education, hard work and the avoidance of career ending choices in life both at and away from work.

Written on Sen. Marco Rubio says his immigration plan is 'humanitarian mission':

Every classroom desk that DREAM act supporters give to an illegal alien (subsidized by American taxpayers) deprives an American kid the same opportunity to attend that college.

There are only so many desks available and it's already very difficult to be accepted in most colleges.

The preferential treatment of illegal alien kids over American kids is wrong and unfair.

Unlike democrats, if Sen. Rubio can find a way that does not favor illegal alien kids over American kids, then I suspect he would find much more support.

Written on TripAdvisor touts free parking at south beach; Marco Island Planning Board says swale parking must stop:

The quality of our life and the value of our property are dropping every day, but understandably nobody really cares as long as it's happening to someone else.

Written on Editorial Cartoons: May 2, 2012:

Bush announces $17.4 billion auto bailout

President George W. Bush stepped in Friday to keep America's auto industry afloat, announcing a $17.4 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler, with the terms of the loans requiring that the firms radically restructure and show they can become profitable soon.

Written on Comedian Bill Maher brings his brand of funny to Fort Myers on Sunday, April 29:

Do not allow this lowlife scum ball in SW FL.

Written on Overflow parking at South Marco beach has city leaders seeking solutions :

The swale parking the city has allowed along Swallow has not only significantly reduced the property value of the condos in that area but also the area residents are forced to deal with their bad behavior including all kinds of trash left behind, loud noises, loud music, screaming babies, arguments, etc.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Anyone but Obama:

Obama broke his promise to cut spending. (instead, he added $5 trillion to our debt)

Obama broke his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.

Obama broke his promise to lessen our dependency on Middle East oil by getting more oil from our neighbors.

Obama broke his promise for a new era of bipartisan cooperation in all matters.

Obama broke his promise to not force Americans to buy health insurance.

Obama broke his promise that 90% of the stimulus jobs created would be in the private sector.

Obama broke his promise that that if you like their current health plan you can keep it.

Obama broke his promise to put all bills on the White House web site for five days before signing them.

Obama broke his promise to have the congressional health care negotiations broadcast live on C-SPAN.

Obama broke his promise to end earmarks.

Obama broke his promise to keep unemployment from rising above 8 percent.

Obama broke his promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo in the first year.

Obama broke his promise to make peace with direct, no precondition talks with America 's most hate-filled enemies during his first year in office, ushering in a new era of global cooperation.

Obama broke his promise to never allow Iran the ability to create nuclear weapons.

Obama broke his promise to end the hiring of former lobbyists into high White House jobs.

Obama broke his promise to end no-compete contracts with the government.

Obama broke his promise to disclose the names of all attendees at closed White House meetings.

Written on Ex-NBC-2 anchor Craig Wolf sues over firing; former boss calls claims 'preposterous' :

It's unfortunate that so many folks are filthy these days.

Written on At the pump: Marco Island residents feel the pinch a bit more than some tourists:

June 11, 2008 - According to Barack Obama, high gas prices don’t really constitute a problem for Americans. He stated yesterday that the reason for our anger is the rapid increase in prices, not the prices themselves. Obama claimed that Americans would have accepted a “gradual adjustment” to the current cost.

Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe”

Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.

Written on Letter to the Editor: The good ole days of medical care:

Obama promised that the Obamacare would save us money after its first year. Now we know that was not true. Costs have risen by nearly 10% after 1 year and it's going to get much worse.

Last weekend it was revealed that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the chief architect of ObamaCare, backtracked on the analysis he performed two years ago. He told officials in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado the price of insurance premiums will “dramatically increase” under the reforms.

Also a recent study by the insurance regulators in Ohio showed that Obamacare will push health insurance premiums up by 55% to 85% once the thing — monstrosity? — catastrophe? — abomination? — becomes fully operational in 2014.

Written on Oliverio arrest ordeal on Marco Island ends in apology from and police demotion:

I hope the MarcoEagle keeps this story on the front page for a couple weeks.

Written on Marco ex-cop still hopes to get job back despite careless driving conviction:

It would appear that the vast majority of Marco residents would feel more comfortable and secure with permanently taking away his badge.

Written on Obama challenges: Shrink gap between rich, poor :

In the last 3 years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.

Over 27 times as fast. . . Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH!

Written on Obama challenges: Shrink gap between rich, poor :

Encouraging kids to finish high school would be an excellent start. Obama now has over half the nation on some form of welfare while he demonizes being a success and all businesses.

Written on Would you cut back on driving if gas reaches $4 a gallon?:

While campaigning for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama spoke to the $4 a gallon gasoline prices Americans were facing by making it clear he had no problem with gas prices at that level.

Obama said gas prices would "skyrocket" under his energy plan.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s future! Really?:

Marco Island's proverbial welcome mat, Collier Blvd from the Jolly Bridge to Elkcam Circle, needs to be cleaned at any cost.

Written on Mixed reaction, emotions to Marco Island's speed limit change:

Everybody tends to hide what they're doing when they know they're doing something wrong.

Written on PHOTOS: Eddie Griffin delivers funny but controversial set at Marco's Off the Hook comedy club:

Not all liberals are slime balls but Eddie shows us that way too many are.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Seeking info on attack:

in response to GorchFock:

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No reasonable person would dispute that this was a major crime by Marco Island standards.

The story should have been on the front page, but for some mysterious reason it wasn't even covered. Why???

Written on Letter to the Editor: Seeking info on attack:

If this is a media cover-up, that's very disturbing. Is the reason the story was suppressed more important than the public's safety?

Written on Occupy Fort Myers draws 150 to organize against wealthy Americans:

We are going to stand in solidarity with the 99%ers by boycotting all professional sports, Hollywood movies and TV. Today's athletes, movie stars and actors are not just wealthy, they are filthy rich and greedy. Obama is right, no one should be allowed to make that much money.

Written on Marco officer fired for role in August car crash:

I can't be certain but Ed looks similar to the cop that pulled me over for (supposedly) not coming to a complete stop when actually I had been stopped for about 15 seconds while I had waved another car through in the opposing direction. Hopefully it is.

Written on Marco Island increases tax rate, decreases utility surcharges:

in response to marcofriend:

Where did the money go? Some went to bury the single phase wiring at Veterans Park, and some more went for new lights at the Softball Park on Winterberry (I think that was only $160,000), and then some more went for some lighting at Mackle Park. It went right where everyone expected......everywhere but where it was supposed to.

Redirecting the money for political "favors"? Corruption?

Written on POLL: Obama to seek a new tax rate for wealthy:

FACT CHECK: Are the rich really taxed less than their secretaries?

President Barack Obama makes it sound like there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries, however the president is being less than honest and seems to be intentionally misleading his audience.

The data tells a different story. On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

There may be a few individual millionaires who pay taxes at rates lower than middle-income workers. In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service. That, however, was less than 1 percent of the nearly 237,000 returns with incomes above $1 million.

Written on 17-year-old pushed another driver into U.S. 41 intersection, deputies say:

I don't feel safe sharing the road with Tyler.

Written on Poll: Views sour on economy, President Obama's role :

During Obama's presidency to date, the national debt has risen by an average of $1.723 trillion a year -- or by a jaw-dropping $1.116 trillion more per year than it rose under Bush.

Clearly, Bush was a big spender, however, there's no comparison of Obama to Bush whatsoever ... Obama makes Bush look responsible.

Total federal debt was $10.7 trillion at the end of 2008 and in a brief 2.5 years Obama has added another $4 trillion making our debt a whopping $14.6 trillion. Debt as a percentage of GDP was a painful 69 percent at the end of the Bush years, but Mr. Obama is now pushing it over 100 percent, another disgraceful historic milestone.”

As long as democrats continue to refer to sane and responsible fiscal policies as "terrorism" then there is no doubt our credit worthiness will continue to nosedive.

Written on Collier teachers want salary adjustments to offset retirement contribution mandate:

As a federal employee for 35 years, I made a 7% contribution towards my retirement and still considered it a very good deal on our part.

Some of these union entitlement demands are just pure greed.

Written on New Marco police chief to be announced Monday:

Recently I was pulled over by a Marco cop for "not coming to a complete stop" at a 3 way Stop sign. This was absolutely not true. Not only had I come to a complete stop, but I had allowed the adjacent car to proceed by waving him to go ahead. The driver of that car then gave me a "thank you" wave as he drove through the intersection. Afterwards, after having been completely stopped for 7 – 10 seconds did I proceed to go through the intersection.

When the cop pulled me over and I told him how the above events had actually occurred, I could see by the expression in his face that he knew he had been caught in a lie. After checking my license and registration he then let me go... Without a ticket of course.

Afterwards I couldn’t help but wonder if this was the action of a single corrupt cop or if it was actually part of a larger scheme encouraged by Marco police leadership.

Written on Lush landscaping will adorn Jolley Bridge improvements on Marco Island:

in response to garyOfTheGulf:

How can we afford this right now? When with the GOV. (local, State and Fed. relize WE are broke!!! There is no more money!! Quit Spending what we don't have..

Obama funded this as part of the stimulus.