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Originally posted by nivekronnoco
reply to post by Gakus
That's not at all what I said...I said this post was racist disinfo because there is no truth here just hate...Their making stuff up for no good reason.
Originally posted by warequalsmurder
Bush was the card that was used to sucker in the NASCAR daddies of the USA.
Obama is just the latest ploy to trick the masses of the USA into temporary compliance using the race card.
The next ploy will probably be to bring in a lady and then use the sex card as a temporary compliance measure.
The result will be the same.... No improvements for the people of the USA and the people of the world for that matter.
[edit on 21-6-2010 by warequalsmurder]
Originally posted by aravoth
reply to post by piddles
1. Health care : Getting the government involved in transmitting my medical records and becoming a third party in a doctor patient relationship is an outstanding achievment! Who wouldn't want a politician knowing about problems with your fleshy bits.
2. Communications : The president has a blog. Wow, this is earth shattering. Obama now joins the entire world in making his very own website. Groundbreaking, yippee....
3. Transportation : Sweet! Temporary jobs on borrowed money! NOW WE'RE TALKIN'!
4. Education : a $2,500 government tax credit to offset the cost of rising tuition caused by relentless money creation rsulted from the US Government's student loan program. Good for people who are not smart enough to see the irony.
5. Cars : Nationalize the auto industry in order to prevent it from going bankrupt. Then it goes bankrupt, and has a 2 billion dollar bonus to develop a special battery. They can't even make sideview mirrors that don't fall apart, yet they are going to invent a "super-battery". K...
6. Pakistan : Bails out a foreign economy with money he got on loan. Looks like it's working out real well!
7. Cities : 2 billion for grants that fund "anti-gang" and "anti-gun" task forces. In other news, 8 dead among 52 shot across city over weekend Chicago..... who would've thought....
8. Engaging the Muslim World : You got that right! Sending 30k troops to Afgahnistan, bombing Pakistan, not leaving Iraq, every bit as engaging as President Bush was I'd say, bravo for the leader of hope and change....
9. Forests : Ah yes, I being from a state that relied heavily on the timber industry to fund it's schools and pay for it's social programs I can only stare with amazement at this. He single handedly managed to wreck half the timber industry and bankrupt state services with the stroke of his pen. Fantastic job Mr. President. Logging companies out of business, mills shutting down, schools shutting down early, and the enviornmentalists are claiming victory. Typical day in America.
10. Tone : Yes he is so calm, especially when he's looking for an "ass to kick".
Thanks for showing me these, I haven't laughed like that in a long time.
[edit on 21-6-2010 by aravoth]
Originally posted by minute2midnight
The cold reality is, the United States of America has been without a President since January 20, 2009. We are a nation without a leader.
Originally posted by VitriolAndAngst
I consider that a strong possibility -- but I'm not totally convinced.
The BIG PROBLEM, I see; is how so many are not trying to get consensus; "Government is non-functional" and instead try and rub noses in the failure. Democrats did NOT vote for Obama to cover up for corporations and did NOT vote for him to let Bush off the hook -- I don't know anyone who isn't angry about that.
Originally posted by nivekronnoco
It's not really interesting because it's a lie...no aid was turned down....this is racist disinfo.
Cleanup aid from overseas comes with a price tag
WASHINGTON — At least 22 nations — including Britain, where BP is based — have offered oil-collecting skimmers, boom, technical experts and more to help the U.S. cope with its worst-ever environmental disaster. But their generosity comes with a price tag.
The State Department confirmed that nearly every offer of equipment or expertise from a foreign government since the April 20 oil rig explosion would require the U.S. to reimburse that country.
The offers reveal a hard truth about the United States’ international friendships: With the U.S. widely regarded as the world’s wealthiest nation, there is a double standard regarding foreign aid after a crisis, especially with offers from relatively poor countries.
U.S. disaster aid is almost always free of charge; other nations expect the U.S. to pay for help.
“These offers are not typically offers of aid,” said Lt. Erik Halvorson, a Coast Guard spokesman. “Normally, they are offers to sell resources to BP or the U.S. government.”
Only Mexico, with wide swaths of poverty among its population, offered the U.S. anything for free. It said it would give the U.S. government some containment boom. BP separately purchased 13,780 feet of boom and two skimmers from Mexico in early May, according to the State Department.
“We’re not disappointed,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday. “We’re quite pleased with the international offers of assistance. What we’re concerned with right now is getting these types of assistance as they become available, as they are useful to our cleanup operations, getting them into action so they can clean up the Gulf.”
The offers include:
—Britain, America’s closest ally and headquarters to London-based BP, said it would sell chemical dispersants and containment boom for use cleaning up the spill. London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has previously complained about what he called “buck-passing and name-calling” in the U.S. against BP.
—Russia, which received $70.5 million in U.S. aid last year and $78 million in 2008, said it could send boom, oil containers and ships if the U.S. paid for them.
—China offered containment boom for a price. When a major earthquake struck in northwest China in April, the U.S. quickly gave $100,000 for relief supplies, and after another major earthquake in southwestern China in 2008, the U.S. donated $500,000 through the U.S. embassy in Beijing to the Red Cross to buy and deliver emergency supplies there. Congressional researchers estimate the U.S. spends roughly $30 million on foreign aid to China each year, including educational exchanges and health programs.
—Israel, which receives roughly $3 billion in U.S. military aid and other assistance, also said it would send containment boom, if the U.S. paid for it.
—France offered to send chemical dispersants and equipment to clean oil off birds but only for a price.
—Kenya, which received more than $24 million in U.S. aid last year and $11 million in 2008 for humanitarian aid, offered to send fire boom but only if the Obama administration paid.
—Vietnam offered a ship with oil-collecting sweep arms if the U.S. paid for it. The U.S. spent $102 million in all types of aid to Vietnam in 2008. When Typhoon Ketsana hit that country last fall, affecting 3 million people, the U.S. spent $100,000 on relief operations.
—Romania made a “general offer of support” but asked the U.S. government for payment. After heavy rains sent in July 2008 sent four major rivers over their banks and killed five people, the U.S. gave $50,000 for emergency supplies.
—Croatia offered to send technical experts and plans, for a price. The U.S. gave Croatia $50,000 to buy local firefighting equipment in 2007 when more than 800 wildfires broke out during an unusually hot and dry summer.
HOUSTON - In Louisiana and other states on the Gulf of Mexico there is frustration over what many residents see as a slow response by the U.S. government to protecting coastal areas. Some critics of the Obama administration cite offers by the Netherlands in April to supply sophisticated skimmers and dredging devices, and the administration’s failure to accept the offer. The issue is as murky as the oil slick now threatening regional beaches.
A Houston-based company is now cleaning oil off surface water in the Gulf of Mexico using sweeping arms that attach to a boat and help gather large amounts of oil. These sophisticated devices were provided by a Dutch company with years of experience in such operations, but instead of using the Dutch ships and crews immediately, when The Netherlands offered help in April, the operation was delayed until U.S. crews could be trained.
The Obama administration declined the Dutch offer partly because of the Jones Act, which restricts foreign ships from certain activities in U.S. waters. During the Hurricane Katrina crisis five years ago, the Bush administration waived the Jones Act in order to facilitate some foreign assistance, but such a waiver was not given in this case.
The Dutch also offered assistance with building sand berms (barriers) along the coast of Louisiana to protect sensitive marshlands, but that offer was also rejected, even though Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had been requesting such protective barriers.
A spokesman for the Dutch embassy in Washington, Floris Van Hovell, tells VOA his country stands ready to help in the Gulf.