Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!' Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). Base of the Statue of liberty.

The many accomplishments Of Barry Obama inflicted on the American people:
By the numbers:
"Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do” – B Obama
10.4 million: Americans unemployed.
721,000: Construction jobs lost under Obama.
528,000: Manufacturing jobs lost under Obama.
63%: Labor force participation rate as of January 2014 under Obama.
1978: The last time the labor force participation rate was this low.
7.8 million: Americans working part-time who would like to work full-time.

"We also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce, by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education." - B. Obama
44%: Recent college graduates in jobs that do not require a college degree.

46%: 18- to 34-year-old Americans unemployed under Obama (many of whom voted for him).

"For decades, few things exposed hard-working families to economic hardship more than a broken health care system." – B Obama
46.5 million: Americans now living in poverty.
6.7 million: Americans who have fallen into poverty under Obama.
47.6 million: Americans receiving food stamps.
19.4 million: Americans added to food stamp rolls under Obama.
$3,827: Decline in median household income under Obama.

"When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq. More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan.” - B Obama
The national rate of homelessness was 20 homeless people per 10,000 people in the general population.

The rate for Veterans was 29 homeless Veterans per 10,000 Veterans in the general population.
A majority of persons identified as homeless were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but 38% were unsheltered, living on the streets, or in cars, abandoned buildings, or other places not intended for human habitation. The size of the unsheltered population remained basically unchanged between 2011 and 2012.
The number of people in homeless families increased by 1.4% between 2011 and 2012; however, there was no change in the number of homeless families.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be supported by the Government, I will make them democrats”- Obama -Reid – Pelosi the Democrat trifecta

God Bless
Just my thoughts for today.

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Comment by Denis Byrne on February 7, 2014 at 1:42pm

John T: I was quoting govt statistics as available on the web...there is always some wiggle room with dept of labor, CBO et al..  We have seen many blogs about the disappearance of the middle class...  Wages have simply not kept up with inflation, and govt figures on inflation have much more than wiggles...perhaps a dirty dance would better describe them...ITA with your saying that the budget deficits and national debt are strangling growth in the US econ..  Most of that debt can be traced to the wars in Iraq and Afghan.   what results, what defense of US interests....We help Taliban defeat Russian occupation and the T use those weapons against us....We help Saddam Hussein gas Kurds and Iranians, then turn on him when he invades Kuwait...Two months ago with the fracking revolution there was a stated surplus of nat. gas and a shortage...  Finally, the govt realizes that its borrowing power is limited...Raise interest rates and the cost of the natl debt becomes prohibitive...The real estate bubble could have been somewhat curtailed by a raise in interest rates...Greenspan did not have the backing of congress on that....I watched the hearings... That bubble was a grandaddy...Banksters, stupid speculators buying high with intent to sell higher,   Brokers making fat commissions any way they could, title companies charging excess fees as did loan officers...Ordinary people without the simple knowledge as how to fix a plumbing problem owning three houses for rent-negative cash flow--then bankruptcy...I now rent to one of them, and she has said that many of her friends were doing the same speculation... So bottom line is that there is plenty of blame for the bubble...And real estate is a cornerstone of the US economy....Food clothing and shelter....Well sir, we can make our own t-shirts and not buy from china...We produce a lot of food-- but we cannot import housing of any value, although there was a post about manufactured housing recently coming in from china....Watch out for a windy day on that one...We have not had a credible president since RR...Even he had the Iran-contra scandal, and he also stated medicare was suspicious and would lead to socialism...Nevertheless, RR and Ike remain the only two decent presidents in my lifetime..

Some talk about voter apathy...yes  many qualified and educated voters did not vote--and the percentages show that... I say that so called apathy is not that voters care less....they look at the candidates and do not give a hoot for either unless there is a lively race on local level---they find something else to do on election day..  I voted for McLame in 08 because I knew without doubt that BO was fully unqualified...and who cares about first black president...What happened to Colin P.  It certainly now looks like the present field of presidential hopefuls is several cuts above the past bunch of bozos...Yes both JFK and slick willy C were fiscally conservative---much preferred over others who call themselves conservative but increase the natl debt by trillions...Those credit card issues could never be beneficial...All the govt in washdc needs to do is stop waste, stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and stop meddlin in the free enterprise of this great country...  The chickens have come home to roost....With 17trillion in national debt there is no more juice room... They might be able to wiggle it --but no more juicin it...

Comment by Norma J. Sears on February 7, 2014 at 8:45am

Thanks, John.  We're grateful for your responses when you are able to get on participate.

Comment by John Tripp on February 6, 2014 at 10:10pm

Wiggle room,  seriously ?   How can we be complaining of outsourcing so many of our jobs and still claim 97% increase in productivity ?  This is another leftist statistic that has been twisted to meet their demented definitions.  On top of these inane lies is the fact that all of the renenues for the welfare state have come from the printing presses of the Fed,  either directly or indirectly.   8 trillion dollars printed under Obama since he took office,  and the debt will be doubled under his watch by the end of the summer months.   That is more than all other Presidents combined !   Every single issue he claims are beneficial to America has been paid for by credit card,  and the real new taxation from Dodd - Frank regs and the postponed Obamacare regs have yet to hit hope !  Now - throw in the sure-to-be bailouts of every business in the nation and most others outside of our borders and a real blizzard of broken glass and poison pills will show the nation the true results of this administration.

Comment by John Tripp on February 6, 2014 at 9:50pm

Denis - In 2006,  before the democrats took both the House and Senate majorities,  the Federal Reserve threatened several times to raise interest rates because the economy was too good,  growing at a five and a half percent increase yearly.  It was not the friends of W on Wall Street who caused the banking crisis,  it was Obama's inner circle which he kept in top positions during his first term.  Even when Bush did have the majorities in both House and Senate they were too small to rule as Obama and other Democrats have had the privilege of having.   What about Clinton you ask ?  Welfare reform and a balanced budget law are his two most prized works,  according to his own words.  Hardly a progressive agenda victory dance !

Comment by John Tripp on February 6, 2014 at 9:38pm

Patricia - with all due respect,  all raising the minimum wage does is help the lowest class of ground feeders for a very short time.   The vast majority of workers that stay at the same location are given raises after 6 months on average,  and when the Minimum wage is hiked,  years of hard working but low educated workforces are punished.  Their wages do not go uip with the minimum standards,  all that happens is the rungs on the bottom third of the ladder come down to meet the lowest wage earners after less than a year of inflation.   All product prices must be raised to keep a company's profit margins the same as before,  and this is a must especially for publically owned companies.   The wall is fast approaching that will stop the cash flow to the point of bankruptcies on an epidemic level.   Our poor live like middle class citizens living in Western Europe.  That is the rich half of Europe !   When will the obesity crisis pre-empt the food shortage crisis ?   How much must our youth endure - having to use PS2s and year old computer games ?   Why must our children drive used cars ?  Imagine an age where the wearing of  hand-me-down cloths is an accepted practice !   It is a lack of tough love and taking the easy route with our spawn,  not the wages being brought home by even mimimum wage earners.   According to government studies,  only 3% of all who work in places where the starting wage is the minimum stay on that level.  All others move on or move up.  The left uses the same liquid stats to push homeless lies as well.

Comment by John Tripp on February 6, 2014 at 9:17pm

Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your message Norma.   All I would argue for is the all powerful human emotion that is in almost all parents.  When the children start to go hungry in earnest,  there will be no party affilliation that can stop the retribution coming.  This is what I meant when I said the pain must hit home before anything will be done,  and this action is in our genes.  Desperate people learn quickly how to react and there will be plenty of teachers to push their efforts.   I would refer to the latest figures on the CBO's findings concerniong job losses and Obama's lame attempts at trying to make lemonade out of the problem he is responsible for.   " Thank God we have Obamacare to catch those who are losing their jobs - thanks to Obamacare !  There is no level of indoctrination that can cover so much BS.

Comment by Denis Byrne on February 6, 2014 at 1:45pm

Hugh:  what is the income level which defines poverty...Only amount I have been able to find so far is 21,300 for a fam of four in year 2008.. Much seems to depend on which state...COLalways much higher in the liberal states along the coasts... The article also stated that the average fam of four really needed around 40k to be called middle class...  I also heard an interesting statistic on NPR radio this morning...Productivity of the US worker has risen 97% since 1996 while wages have gone up around three percent....  No doubt there is some wiggle room in those statistics...but this is exactly why the middle class has gotten the shaft in the past twenty years....Work hard to succeed but its chicken and hot dogs on the barbie instead of a nice T-Bone steak...


Comment by Denis Byrne on February 6, 2014 at 1:22pm

PG: Yes for sure, Riparian rights have been sliced and diced in recent years....It is always best to get solid legal advice when buying properties...We in Reno are very fortunate...There is enough water in Lake Tahoe to cover the entire state of TX with over eight inches of water...We might need to protect ourselves from Cali theft of that water... Regarding the Saudis and other occupants of a very large sand dune...I have always believed that God gave them the black oil for a reason, and for the most part they have managed resources in a credible manner....BUT?  How many desalinization plants have they built with that money....???   Forget about the hot-blondes from Las Vegas---think about your future water supply...A camel might be able to take in a three week water supply.  But a human is lucky to survive two or three days without water...No turtle blood to drink over there....

Comment by Denis Byrne on February 5, 2014 at 3:10pm

PG we can ride a bike to work...but we would still need a drink of water... I think the Sautis and their neighbors are overstating their reserves.... There is a great economic law which cannot be neglected----that is the law of diminishing return....You can betchurbippi the saudis trained at harvard know about that....

Comment by Patricia Gillenwater on February 5, 2014 at 3:00pm

Denis, Your points true. Water is one of the next war over issues. Its already occurring in degrees in the US. Companies have already for years claimed rights on the ground under peoples homes. They certainly done that as well for oil and gas.

Not sure what the Saudi's will do when Yemen does not have a drop left for Yemen is almost totally dry.

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