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Kurt Billing Remembered - Where is Kurt?

Where is Nature? Hitchhiking home from a week long skiing trip in Vermont with his friends; not because he didn't have a ride, just for the adventure of it." Feb 9, 09 1:33 PM

East Hampton man arrested, charged with fleeing scene of fatal accident

Not to mention, according the Justice Department "Roughly 17 percent of the prison population at the federal level are illegal aliens. That's a huge number since illegal aliens only account for about 3 percent of the total population."

Fewer than half the foreigners convicted of crimes in the U.S. -- most of whom are in the country illegally -- are deported after serving their sentences, according to the Homeland Security Department's inspector general.

You don't say....

" Apr 2, 09 2:00 PM

Colombian consulate makes service visit to East End

I think you'll find that to the person, the so called Racist Deushebags don't have any problem with legal immigration and have nothing but the utmost respect for those that adhere to the laws of the United States. " Apr 3, 09 12:42 PM

East Hampton residents rally for health care reform

moveon.org.... enough said. " Sep 5, 09 5:03 PM

UIRUDESO Wrote: A public health care option is an American proposal - it's not socialism any more than public fire departments and public police departments. This is the morally and fiscally responsible thing to do for this country.

Last I checked fire and police departments weren't private run entities in business to earn a profit. But let's say they were and that they didn't receive public funds... Do you really believe they would be able to complete with a government subsidized program and remain in business? They would be squeezed out of business until only the government run program remained. As costs sky rocketed due to the run on the system, service would be reduced to cut costs.

I suggest you recheck the definition of socialism.
" Sep 7, 09 6:01 PM

Health care reform passes House with Bishop's blessing

"Small businesses that currently offer coverage often pay significantly more per worker than larger employers do for the same coverage. Under all of the current bills, the smallest employers would gain quick access to new insurance exchanges — where plans would compete for their business...."

Compete for business... great!! Let's allow cross state competetion which would expand the possible options from five companies (in NY) to 1300 nationwide as identified in Republican health care overhaul.

"And many small businesses with low-wage workers would be eligible for substantial tax credits to subsidize their coverage"

Substantial tax credits adn subsidies - redistribution of wealth at its finest... funded by Mr. and Mrs. Tax Payer.

"If you are willing and able to accept the truth about reform, then you will embrace it instead of trying to pass it off as "socialism".

Socialism 101 - 1 : a: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods (or services?). b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state. A stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done. Unequal distribution according to work done? Sounds like a tax credt or subsidy to me.
" Nov 14, 09 11:57 AM

President signs historic health care legislation into law with Bishop's support

"Lies benefit none of us."

Where does the calculator factor in the lowering of premiums by an average of $2,500 per family per year as promised over and over and over and over again by O?" Mar 24, 10 8:24 PM

By the Numbers:

$1.3 trillion - Defecit savings by 2030 Democrats claim will result from health care reform,

$9 billion - Projected annual costs in 1990 when Medicare was enacted in 1965.

$67 billion - Actual cost of Medicare in 1990.

$472 million - Projected annual cost in 2008 when Massachusetts health care reform was enacted in 2006.

$628 million - Actual 2008 cost of Massachsetts health reform.

Source: weeklystandard.com

Anyone notice a pattern or want to guess how fulll of crap the dems claims of $1.3 trillion in savings will be?

" Mar 25, 10 6:39 PM

Don't worry, health care is coming to save the day...

From the Washington Times:

President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office reported Thursday.

In its 2011 budget, which the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released Feb. 1, the administration projected a 10-year deficit total of $8.53 trillion. After looking it over, CBO said in its final analysis, released Thursday, that the president's budget would generate a combined $9.75 trillion in deficits over the next decade.
" Mar 26, 10 12:52 PM

A simple google search will identify health plans proposed by the Republicans.

" Mar 29, 10 4:48 PM

To further add, all the items you mention such as "death panels", abortion coverage, coverage for illegal alienswere in one way shape or form included or proposed at one time in the dems plan. " Mar 29, 10 5:00 PM

Health care reform bill gets mixed reviews on East End

A history lesson is in order: In 2002, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1441 which called for Iraq to completely cooperate with UN weapon inspectors to verify that Iraq was not in possession of WMD and cruise missiles. The vote that authoized the war in Iraq officially gave President Bush the right to, “use the armed forces of the United States as he determines necessary and appropriate in order to defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq.” The bill passed decisively in the senate with much democratic support. The UN Security Council concluded that while Iraq was cooperating in terms of access, Iraq's declarations with regards to WMDs could not be verified. After investigation following the invasion, the U.S.-led Iraq Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its nuclear, chemical, and biological programs in 1991 and had no active programs at the time of the invasion, but that they intended to resume production if the Iraq sanctions were lifted. If you think that having WMDs potentiallyfalling into the hands of those that want to harm us is NONSENSICAL, you may have a point I suppose.

In 1974 REPUBLICAN Richard Nixon proposed a health care overhaul which was summarily defeated by the democrats. It would appear that the so called compassionate democrats let chilldren, the elderly and American families suffer for 36 years for political purposes. The problem with todays overhaul is that we should have learned by now that the government can't run anything right as evident by Medicare and social security, not to mention the American public trusted its government to do the right thing much more than they do today. The bigger the government, the smaller the liberities and freedoms. we all have. T.axed E.nough. A.lready... drink up. " Mar 31, 10 8:34 PM

Any relevence of the UN 18th resolution is moot given the House and Senate vote that overwhelmingly approved the use of force against Iraq. Clearly there were many interests at stake and no doubt France and the other UN nations were looking out for theirs, much like they did leading to the second gulf war. President Clinton is on record stating the same conclusions made by Bush and other world leaders. Blix reported had mixed reports on Iraq's cooperation; some indicated cooperative and others that admonished Saddam for the decade of "cat and mouse" games leading to the war. But mostly he could not verify Iraq's documentation for the disposal of banned weapons. PNAC was a dime a dozen Washigton think tank. Go figure, a Washington think tank focusing on how to deal with Iraq after its 10 years of breaking UN resolutions. Who would have ever thought... " Apr 1, 10 1:10 PM

Local Tea Party movement holds two rallies on Tax Day

The average tax burden and Tax Freedom Day both measure the average over the whole economy, rather than for any individual. With countless tax credits, bailouts, the recession and yes, there were some tax decrease when BO first took office, they are lower, as defined. But, with W's tax cuts expiring (aka a tax increase), tax increases built into health care, we WILL see increases in the future. Most increases will affect those over $250K, but many under 250K will see them also and will take affect after BO is booted from the white house. " Apr 21, 10 10:29 PM

Well, without much to go on other than blanket general statements I'll have to say that is incorrect. If you are referring to the housing bubble the following happended.

Deregulation in the late 1990's didn't mean that banks would no longer be regulated and it didn't mean that regulators would go away. It simply meant that banks could enter brokerage, insurance, and other businesses to a modest degree, with restrictions. This deregulation had nothing to do with the mortgage businesses of any bank or non-bank financial lending company. Enter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Not only did Fannie and Freddie have an appetite for mortgage paper with lower credit requirements, they also had an appetite for lower equity requirements. Thus the subprime mortgage lending business was born. The Achilles Heel of the subprime business was value of collateral. As long as the collateral remained valued at or higher than the loan, it could be liquidated easily with minimum loss.

As the subprime lending business began to not only heat up, but to overheat, the demand for homes began to become intense, raising the sale prices and values precipitously. Lenders using collateral guidelines began to anticipate the future value of homes and created zero down lending with borrowed down payments, via a line of credit – ingenious, except that if the value of real estate faltered with a faltering economy, the house of cards would come tumbling down. It happened. This problem became so accute that the Bush administration five years ago asked Congress to reign in their twin prodigies, Fannie and Freddie, with regulation – the Democrats in the House and Senate blocked the effort. Democrats were in love and some were in bed with Fannie and Freddie. Barack Obama cannot explain away the league leading MVP type of the size of contributions his campaigns received - now and in the past, from both of the these institutions and their leadership. Chris Dodd has much explaining to do about his personal sweetheart mortgage, especially considering his position on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
" Apr 28, 10 3:06 PM

Agreed, I misinterpreted your post. Bill Clinton’s deregulation and passing of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act directly contributed to the mortgage crisis. A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible. Is it perfect? No, of course not. When the federal government steps in to attempt to make the playground fair for everyone, then the system breaks down. A free market economy is not about each state having the same rules or each business having the same opportunities. It's about hard-working Americans choosing where they want to live and how they will earn and spend their money. Most Tea Partiers probably agree that the federal government does have a role in driving the free markets." Apr 28, 10 9:49 PM