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Quiet long enough
by Bill Kennedy Portland
Apr 11, 2013 | 2413 views | 28 28 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor:

I’ve been quiet long enough-- too quiet...in my most profound praise of President Barack Obama. He’s only straightening out our beloved country, that’s all!!

I am prompted to write this following no them insignificant gestures as most monumental tributes usually one is rited by miniscule occurrences.

My impetus comes in learning he is voluntarily giving back to our government 50% of his salary.

Naturally, my GOP “friends” pooh-poohed this apparently “minor” contribution, but I look at it as a gigantic symbolize gesture to our nation that this President outs his “money where his mouth is tells us a universal sacrifice is needed by all to make the United States of America as great as it was while under Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Truman, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Carter has been criticized beyond belief as Rupert Murdoch (who’d like to be a replica of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hernot) leads a vicious right wing effect to take over our future. If Murdoch is ever successful, and he has plenty of help from legislators (like the gentleman now representing over our district!) Who hate his (Obama’s guts). But, by his sensible, methodical, humanistic, brilliantly conceived programs, our nation is on the way back in the right direction.

Domestically, the Bush recession is being overcome, unemployment is lessening, and interest rates remain absurdly (but necessarily) low.

On the foreign front, he inherited a terrible mess. Three miserable “wars” that never should have been fought, and died for. With Hagel and Kerry, we’ll finesse alliances that will force aggressively-evil nations to behave themselves.

So, folks, let’s just relax (if only for a day or so)and thank our lucky stars we have a most wonderful, most successful, most gentle and generous, President we could possibly ask for in these troubled, but on the way back, times.

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Dubious4Ever
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April 18, 2013
The hardheads are biting, baited, hooked & gutted...and all they are good for is cut bait.

I'm HAPPY!, HAPPY!, HAPPY!
Dubious4Ever
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April 18, 2013
Since obamanation there is no first amendment. That has been proved. The fact is bk is a very old fart that for decades has written letters to the our local paper with his distorted views and biased bs.

And once again...you fools have been baited, hooked & gutted. Thanks for the cut bait. Easy fishing in these stank water.
DubiousForever
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April 18, 2013
My point is proven copycat. You have nothing but hate and anger. How sad and pathetic...
ABOBCAT4EVER
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May 16, 2013
Socialism.....here we come. And now, now what with the IRS fiasco, wiretapping the AP reporters, etc. And....the president says, "I didn't know about that," "I heard about that in the news."........But, when Osama was murdered, oh the prez say, "yup, I ran that operation." Give me a break Bill K. Don't you watch tv, listen to radio, anything.....But now, I'm loving it......might even be some impeachment proceedings.....hope so....but wait, crap, Biden would be Prez. We're screwed.
DifferentView2
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May 16, 2013
Click the play button for info about ABOBCAT4EVER.

https://twitter.com/RockyMntnMike/status/332990486354751489
DifferentView2
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May 16, 2013
ABOBCAT4EVER,

GOP Rep Claims Responsibility For AP Surveillance

Just when you thought another event was about to be added to the growing list of Obama ‘scandals’ – what with the Benghazi ‘cover-up’ (debunked by a single e-mail), the IRS surveillance of Tea Party-supporting groups (which flame-throwers like Allen West attempted to conflate into ‘conspiracies’ with no success), and the continuing heat on the military for its policies on sexual abuse – the Department of Justice investigation of Associated Press telephone records, widely expected to be another partisan blowtorch, has just been defended by a Republican congressman who claims it was the Republicans themselves who demanded the investigation last year.

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren about the issue, one libertarians, journalists, and freedom of information advocates all believe demands review and reform, and instead of using it to bludgeon the administration for overstepping (which most of his party, the media, and even the President’s own party are doing), he instead claimed it was the natural evolution of a GOP demand for a probe. From Think Progress:

“Greta, you were an attorney. There are lots of privileges — husband-wife, priest-penitent, attorney-client, none of them unqualified. So when you have a major national security leak, which is a compelling issue, and you juxtapose that with the right of the media to do its job and provide oversight, there’s a conflict. And there’s no federal statute on point. But the Supreme Court has said if there is a compelling interest, which there certainly is in national security cases, and the information is relevant which it has to be to justify a subpoena, and you have no alternative means of getting the information, then the Department of Justice had no choice. . . .

“Think back a year ago. We had the attorney general and other Department of Justice employees, and we grilled them over national security leaks. And here they are doing what we asked them to do, investigate the leak.”

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/16/no-choice-gop-congressman-cites-national-security-defends-doj-investigation-of-ap-video/

obamasux
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April 18, 2013
Oh common Kennedy you have never been able to keep quiet. Back when you lived here there wasn't a week that went by that you didn't write a letter to the editor. Funny how you can expect us to all to just relax. Did you just relax when we had a GOP president? Probably not, don't preach what you were unable to practice yourself as I recall many of your rants during the GOP presidency. However this most recent letter is nothing more than hysterical seems your age is showing since most of this rant is unintelligible. So you just relax. Tomiko is waiting for you to join her.
DubiousForever
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April 18, 2013
So much for the First Amendment. Can you provide ANYTHING other than a personal attack in your responses?
DubiousForever
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April 17, 2013
It's sound like the return of jackbox, multiple postings that are not on subject and thinks it's spew is entertaining...Get a life fedhead, or put down the crack pipe...
feelark
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April 18, 2013
Whomever it is has resurfaced under multiple noms de plume. Either that, or it is reproducing itself. Perhaps a cup of chlorine added to its gene pool might be in order.
FeliciaMoore
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April 17, 2013
I stated that I pay car insurance on my 1994 Ford Escort. I have a valid drivers license I renew via the internet. I rent so I do not pay property tax. I do pay sales tax and taxes are taken from my payroll check. I even claim 2 on my W-4 because I would rather have that money throughout the year when I really need it rather than in one lump sum in March. I always pay my car insurance, rent, electricity, water & gas on time. I have had to get on a payment plan for electricity but I always pay it off. I am constantly sent credit card offers but I prefer to live within my means without debt or to be a burden on other taxpayers. I find it disturbing that people are willingly living off of public or government assistance. I proudly voted for the prez but I was not aware that I would be forced to get medical insurance. I know Bill Kennedy his family lived down the road from my Mother for many many years though we voted the same I do not agree with everything. I thought things were going to be different I thought I was going to reap the benefits of voting for a new prez. But, it seems people would rather bash each other rather than trying to help make our country a better place. As I said before I take pride in being financially independent and supporting my daughter on my income and though we could probably use more "things" we don't necessarily need them. As long as I pay my bills on time and owe no one and don't have to apply for assistance to get medical coverage I am happy. Maybe not as happy as those of you that make over a half a million dollars a year. Why force me to apply for medical insurance that I can't afford and don't want other taxpayers to pay for me to have. I am not stubborn, I am proud and I 'deserve' to be proud of myself.
DifferentView2
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April 17, 2013
Fe fi fo fum

I smell the excrement of tea party dumb
feelark
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April 17, 2013
How true DiffView, looks like the conversation has taken a southward turn.
DifferentView2
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April 17, 2013
God grant me the serenity of being upwind.
laselva
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April 17, 2013
I suppose you don't pay auto insurance (required), a driver's license (required), pay sales tax, property tax, etc., etc., either. Because that's what you are stating. There's many things we are obligated to pay for in order to run this place. Studies have shown that those with health care insurance, whether through private programs or as part of socialized medicine, have fewer medical problems. Those drastic medical issues drain billions of dollars in unnecessary treatment which could have been taken care of earlier had those individuals been part of a health care program.

I think you're missing the point on "health care." It's about being healthy with regular checkups for you and your children.

Everyone appreciates those who play fairly and don't abuse the system, and it sounds like you're an honorable person who thinks they're doing the right thing. In this case however, I would argue that you're just being stubborn.
FeliciaMoore
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April 17, 2013
My daughter and I not living in poverty! And I am not making a half a million dollars a year. I refuse public & government assistance because I choose to make it on my own. It is shameful in my view for others to think they 'deserve' it. I was only expressing my opinion on the prez giving back 5% and imposing medical insurance on me when I can't afford it, don't need it or want it. It should be my right to refuse it, just as it is my right not to take 'freebies'
arstyhart
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April 16, 2013
I HAVE 3 KIDS HAVE ALL THEIR MEDICAL AND DENTAL FOR FREE WITH CHIP. I TAKE ADVANTAGE ALL OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE I CAN GET FOR US. I HAVEN'T HAD TO PAY FOR FOOD FOR 4 YEARS. I HAVEN'T HAD TO PAY RENT. THANKS TO PUBLIC HOUSING. AND SINCE THE STATE STOPPED PROVIDING BIRTH CONTROL. I USED TO GET THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL FOR FREE BUT THEY WANTED TO CHARGE ME FOR THEM BACK IN 2011. SO I HAD A BABY IN EARLY 2012 AND LAST MONTH AND I DID NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR PRENATAL OR FOR THEIR BIRTHS. I DON'T WORK SINCE I HAVE 3 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5. I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU DON'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FREEBIES THAT WE DESERVE. AT INCOME TAX TIME I GET ALMOST 3, 000. THERE IS A PROGRAM THAT YOU CAN GET YOUR KIDS SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR FREE. AND WIC HELPS TO YOU CAN GET MILK, EGGS CHEESE, CEREAL, FRUIT LOTS OF GOOD STUFF AND WITH THE LONE STAR CARD YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE YOUR MONEY. I MEAN THAT IS WHY PEOPLE PAY TAXES AND IF YOU DESERVE THE ASSISTANCE THAN YOU SHOULD GET IT TOO! STOP STRUGGLING!
DifferentView2
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April 16, 2013
And you type in ALL CAPS like a 70 year old man. You're not fooling anyone.
DubiousForever
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April 16, 2013
Change of name, change of tactics, same hateful nonsense. Nice try bagger (baggette?)
FeliciaMoore
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April 16, 2013
Being a single mother my yearly income is just under the 5% the prez is offering to give back of his over 600 thousand dollar income. It must be like chump change compared to still having over 500 thousand dollars. My daughter and I are not on any public or government assistance. I am fortunate that I have a family doctor that only charges me and my daughter (both uninsured) 50 dollars a visit. I am worried about how I am suppose to afford medical insurance imposed by the prez, when we barely make it as it is. I count on my income tax return to get caught up on my electricity, car insurance (1994 ford escort wagon), buy clothes, shoes and school supplies for my daughter for the new school year. After that there is nothing for any extras. Now I hear that I will be penalized financially if I do not get medical insurance. I pride myself on being independent and financially supporting my daughter and myself without help from family or friends. I'm sorry but I do not see how the prez's 5% is going to help me, all I see is a prez that is imposing a debt on me that I can't afford, don't need or want.
laselva
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April 16, 2013
The facts are is that as someone living below the poverty line as you claim to be, your health care costs under "Obamacare" would not cost you anything. You most likely will have medical costs taken care of by Medicare, or your health premium would be subsidized. I'm sorry if you see this as an incursion into your independence of anything from the government, but our present health care system is the most expensive on earth, and is also one of the least effective systems in preventing expensive medical procedures because the poor can't afford to take care of minor early stage health issues.
feelark
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April 15, 2013
feedyourwhatever, if agreeing with someone statement constitutes eating something you appear to be already full of, then so be it.

It is my policy not to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person.
laselva
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April 12, 2013
Mr. Kennedy- Keep talking..and writing. I agree that Obama has done a good job in spite of the right wing's hatred. Imagine if we had a congress who put America's interests before the interests of their biggest campaign contributors, just how much we could accomplish.
feelark
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April 14, 2013
laselva--spot on right. I suppose these right-wingers aren't quite capable of wrapping their heads around such a concept, so they immediately default to their nasty dispositions as a cover for their shortcomings.
donschmidt
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April 12, 2013
you haven't kept quiet long enough....as far as that obamanation giving back 50%..believe it when I see it.
DifferentView2
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April 12, 2013
Don:

You are correct in that President Obama isn't giving back 50% of his salary. The correct amount that he is returning is 5% which is roughly equivalent to the pay cut that other federal employees are facing if furloughed due to the budget sequestration. As you can see in the link AG Holder and Secretary of Defense are also returning portions of their salary to the US Treasury.

I'll give the writer of this LTTE the benefit of the doubt and attribute it to a typo as to why 5% became 50%.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291907-holder-joins-obama-hagel-in-taking-sequester-pay-cut
feelark
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April 13, 2013
My my, Schmidt....why turn it into a Donny-brook?