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Squawk of the Day - Nov. 22, 2012

"America isn’t perfect, but it’s still something to be mighty thankful for."

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Your boat must have just arrived and you got your government phone, assisted housing, free medical, EBT card, Peach Care and welfare all free compliments of the Obama administrations vote buying package funded by taxing the 49% of us who still actually have to work.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Most of the freebies you index are from Republican administrations.

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alleebrin 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd say freebies are freebies! Wonder what will happen when the taxpayer finds he no longer has a job to pay for freebies? He, too, will join the line of handouts, the small business is put out of business and the American society goes right down the drain! At my age, I'm not likely to see that happen, but mark my word , OR IN OTHER WORDS, I TOLD YOU SO!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

allee, I'd say you are right but let's put the fruit in the street and see what's on the cart, in otherwords tell the truth about the source of these benefits. Otherwise it turns into a racial food fight. The democrats and GOP have been failures in so far as spending and taxing goes. Say that and we are on the same page. If we don't lay it out correctly we'll never fix it. The present day GOP is not about fixing the debt problem. They just want to slide into the direction of giant corporatism and faking it on Faux News as capitalism. Guess what, it aint. It's welfare to the giant corporations and uber-rich because the middle class is paying all the freight.

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow, no wonder Romney lost. You have no idea of the squawker's demographics, life situation, or personal and public experiences. Yet Bam! You went totally Mitt Romney on them.

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Roger879 1 year, 5 months ago

whodat....interesting that you show that webpage where they can go and get the truth about many of the things they are raging about but I don't think they will take the time. I think too many of them are too caught up in the reality that is Fox News (laughing so hard here I may pee myself) to even take the time to even want to find out the real truth. Thank you for the URL tho. I also enjoy the Pulitzer Prize winning page http://www.politifact.com/.,,,and here is a page full of stories about welfare truths and fictions and a few liar,liar, pants on fire.

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fcarroll 1 year, 5 months ago

I am a 64 yr old that has worked since the age of 14, no one gives me anything nor have they ever. I struggle to make ends meet monthly using my widows pension which leaves me 18.00 per month. But God has been very gracious to see that my needs are met. I too, think that we all in America should give praise and thanks for living in a wonderful country that allows us to go to church, read the bible etc. We could live in a country that never stops fighting a war that no one understands why. God Bless America!!!!!!!!!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

" . . . give praise and thanks for living in a wonderful country that allows us to go to church, read the bible etc. " or not. So yes, be thankful.

" We could live in a country that never stops fighting a war that no one understands why. " We need to stop fighting wars that have no relevance to US interest and safety. Pray for wisdom of leaders and statesmen to have the discernment to make these choices.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 5 months ago

America has a lot to be thankful for.....If you dont like it here, please leave.......

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

But pay your taxes before you leave.

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

Yeah Coach, what are you waiting for? if you left, America would have even more to be thankful for.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 5 months ago

Hopefully this will continue into the future. With the dishonesty that exists today, probably not. As far as the freebies go, they started under LBJ and I know for a fact he was a democrat. Even under him the runaway fraud was not nearly as bad as Obama allowed it. Get your facts straight!

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh no! Freebies started much, much earlier. The Dust Bowl, The Depression, The Marshall Plan, Eisenhower's farm policy all had programs designed to help people long before LBJ was president. Of course, the corporate and congressional blood suckers started much earlier. They were so bad that Lincoln had a couple imprisoned. You may remember reading of his Sect. of War Simon Cameron whose thievery of goods was legendary. Old Abe asked Thadeus Stevens, a congressman from Pennsylvania, if he thought it was true that Cameron would steal. Rep said that the only thing Cameron wouldn’t steal is a red hot stove. When Cameron got word of the allegation and demanded Stevens retract the statement, Stevens said, “I believe I told you he would not steal a red-hot stove. I will now take that back.”

Some of you folks spouting this stuff need to take stock of your values.

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Roger879 1 year, 5 months ago

Yes, the Germans loved the Marshall Plan. I was on a business trip in Germany several years ago and was talking with a phamaceutical rep in a small town near Hannover and admired the enthusiasm of the townspeople. They were having some sort of festival and a white asparagus was the star of the show. They tend to do things of this nature in villages in Europe. Once I attended a festival for bacon in Italy. But anyway, the rep was very proud of the city and of the people and said that none of it would be possible had it not been for the Marshall Plan after the close of WW 2, and the aid of the wonderful Americans. He said without the Plan his father would not have been a doctor, his aunt would not have become a pharmacist, and his uncle, who was a U-Boat commander, would not have been allowed to live out his life in peace. I could write forever some of the stories my Grandpa, a US Army Italian-American resistance fighter in the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) who was at Dongo by Lake Como in1945 when Mussolini and his lady were shot and hung in Milan...my grandpa had an old b/w photo of them hanging there. I am quite proud to be an American but an sorry to see that we are not the great nation that we once were. I am very proud and thankful for the freedoms I have, that I and others in my family fought for but there is so much wrong that needs to be fixed and my only wish is that in my lifetime, or what is left of it, and I am not a spring chicken, I can see it become the great place it used to be.

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1d2ec 1 year, 5 months ago

The Squawker is RIGHT. I was born in the 1930's as part of a family of 10. We didn't have a lot as tenant farmers but we survived. Most don't have all they want and never will but used properly most have their need met. The best way to feel really good is to is to do something worthwhile and be thankful.

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waltspecht 1 year, 5 months ago

If you can't appreciate what we have, even as annoying as it seems sometimes, you need to spend some time in other Countries. Not in the tourist areas, but where ther common citizen lives and dies. I don't like footing the bill for many of the programs out there, but you and I are the ones that allowed them to be put in place. As to fighting wars we do not understand, I fought in two, one called the Cold War and another involved an all expense paid tour of South-east Asia for thirteen months. I didn't understand either. However I believe Stephen Decatur said it best. "My Country, right or wrong, My Country." We as Citizens are responsible for what the people we allow to serve in Office do. Whether you like it or not, you are a part of any problem or situation that exists. I am thankful for what the Unites States has allowed me to accomplish, you should be also.

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oldster 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you Walt. You are right, WE allowed all of this to happen to our country, WE elected the good ones the bad ones and the ugly ones. It is time to man up and admit it. I served in Turkey during the Vietnam war. I grew up poor but had it much better than those people over there. My friend, don't you ever get tired of being right all the time?

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fcarroll 1 year, 5 months ago

Amen to all the wonderful comments.

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Bumpyjohnson 1 year, 5 months ago

There are so many people black, white and Hispanics who receive public assistance. Some need it while others are simply lazy. Let's stop talking about people driving BMW's but overlook all of the luxury SUV's all over the city. Trust me, I haven't seen any new BMW's in the city but lots of new Surburbans, Navigators and Escalades. I am thankful for my job, family, friends and living in a country where I have so many freedoms.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

This is America and I am thankful that, at least for a little while longer, we have the freedom to talk about people driving BMW's or whatever else we wish to talk about. Check back in 4 years....our freedoms are at risk these days.

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mnp317 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanking God for all that He has done and loving people for who they are! Mark 14:7 reads, "For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always." Just remember that when you die, God is not worrying about social security, your work ethic or the lack thereof, or the President that you elected but what you did while you are yet living here on Earth. (Remember Lazarus!) Be blessed EVERYONE - Republican, Democratic, Independent, purple, hateful, loving, prejudiced or not! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

Hitler was thankful for folks that believed what you wrote.

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mnp317 1 year, 5 months ago

I guess we'll wait to you go see Hitler to find out how thankful he is.

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Dear Fryatuk if you eliminate Capitalism as you seem to suggest then I guess the Socialist and or Communist Government/Economy will assign you some level of benefits, a food ration each month and assigned housing. All depending on how good of a communist you rank to be. Yea lets get rid of the big companies like the Bakers Union just did. The Union shut down big business now all 18000 employees will be unemployed and all or most drawing on those Cart of benefits you talk about. Benefits aint free somebody has to pay.

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Jax 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't think you comprehend what you read very well. Please tell us what the good Fryar has said that sounds so anti capitalist. Just because he's not gung ho republican doesn't mean he's communist.

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Im not republican that was Fryutuk word. Jax you dont comprehend wrtten words very well. Go back and read.

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Jax 1 year, 5 months ago

You still didn't respond to what I said, but that just reinforces the comprehension thing. What did he say that sounds so anti capitalist?

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Im not a republican and certainly not a socialist democrat. I think Im a hard working American thats tirdd of paying for all the freebies that people more and more seem to get in line for rather than actually work and take care of themselves and family.

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Jax 1 year, 5 months ago

What? The part about welfare? Or are you referring to the part where the author and other liberal commentators tried to turn it into a racial issue?

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Jax how much do you get a month on your EBT Card. Sounds like you are a little touchy about your freebies?

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Jax 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't have an EBT card. Sorry.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Amaze, nothing you've written is rational and it is totally inconsistent with my remarks. You are confusing coporatism and capitalism. As for the Twinkies, my goodness, you pulled that one out of your derryaire. You better have another snort and get somebody to throw another blanket on, with all your thrashing about your bound to uncover more naked spots.

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bigbob 1 year, 5 months ago

WALB had a perfect story on the free bee moochers the other night about the drive by handout in Valdosta. Did you notice 90% percent of those people were driving $30,000.00 vehicles which is way more than you should be able to get on welfare. Helping the needy is great but if you can drive a new Cady to get your free bees you don't need em.

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Red Lobster and Olive Garden nationwide are eliminating full time status for thousands of workers due to the new Federal Obama Care laws that go into effect shortly. Basically people will be 30 hour workers instead of 40 hour workers. This is what Obama Care accomplishes. Companies that maybe have 48 worker wont hire more full time and companies say with 52 or 55 will layoff or reduce some to part time status. Obama Care requires companies with 50 or more full time employees to pay for Obama Care. So same as in France there will be thousands of businesses here in the U S with 49 full time. They shrink they no incentive to grow.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Restaurant Chains, Walmart and other national brand stores have used this underhanded technique for years to avoid paying for insurance, retirement plans, vacation and sick leave etc., etc. There is still a lot to be thankful Amazed. Listen to somebody else other than Faux News and El Rushbo.

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ustaknow 1 year, 5 months ago

Fryar Tuk, it doesn't matter if they have or have not been using these techniques for years, for in the end you deal with what is and to ignore reality is absurd.

The bottom line is that obamacare is disastrous to business's bottom line, hence, it becomes mandatory to react. Please explain why the Obama administration gave out over 1400 Obamacare waivers to various public unions if there was no negative consequences.

i mean if obamacare was preferable then certainly you would agree no need for a waiver.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

No one knows the impact Obamacare will have on businesses. Let's just ammend your statement to end at your first sentence: " . . . for in the end you deal with what is . . ."

If you want to react to a bottom line " what is," let's react to the bottom line that "W" handed to Big Pharma with part D medicare. It has caused acceleration of medical expenses tremendously. To say nothing of the cost in lives and money of the illegal wars he started. As far as Obamacare it's not an ideal system but it is the law.

And I agree with the squawker, there is still a lot for which to be thankful in America.

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ustaknow 1 year, 5 months ago

If I recall congress and the senate voted for these wars. The point being that it was a bi partisan war. As for medicare Part D, it was Bushes form of welfare and I didn't see Team Democrats ( who had total control all of 09 and 10 ) repeal it when they certainly had total control of congress. Your liberal talking points and Blaming Bush may work elsewhere but it is long on the tooth. As far as Obamacare and not being ideal- i am glad to see you recognize that. Now when you see the economy go to hell in a hand basket as a result of Obamacare then you can scream at Sanford Bishop and beg him to ask King obama to repeal it. I just hope we do not look like a third world country by then.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

You are just spouting blather. Deal with the bottom line of reality that exists. W, Rummy, Wolfie, Colin, Turd Blossom, Condi, Cheney created the lies about WMD. The Dems and GOP voted for it. My man Ron Paul voted against it as did Obama. The Iraq war was nothing short of betrayal of the oath to defend the US & Constitution. Presidents Bush & Cheney should be charged with treason. If you think I am a democrat or a liberal you don't know what a long tooth is. I am not a racist & that separates me from 99 per cent of t he southern GOP & so called conservatives. It's called Libertarian!

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VSU 1 year, 5 months ago

I just wonder in the coming years if we will still have a lot to be thankful for, but I have decided I was not going to press the panic button yet and will just see how things pan out. Meanwhile I plan to spend my money wisely and get my bills paid off.

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

Do you understand Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Health Act, which was recently passed by a bi-partisan Congress, has been in the makings for over 2 decades? It is not something that Obama brought to the White House in a little black bag and said "hehehe, this is the first thing I am going to do"...It actually made its political début in a 1989 Heritage Foundation brief titled “Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans,” and for the 2 decades was bounced around from president to president and just so happened to land in Obama's lap to be signed. It could have been Bushcare, or Cartercare or Clintoncare. You can read all about it, for those of you who can read read and comprehend, here at this URL.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/06/25/120625fa_fact_klein

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Jax 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't care who the hell thought it up. I don't care how bold or how large you type. I don't agree with forcing everyone to purchase health insurance. I think it is a bad law. I know you are probably addressing those that just want to bad mouth Obama no matter what, but there are those of us who don't like the law based no matter who conceived of it.

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

No I am not addressing those who are badmouthing Obama and I don't know why the thing ended up so big (it did that before and I don't know why). I just tried to make a point about the health care law. I don't think a lot of people understand it. I didn't agree with the law myself and it doesn't even have any effect on me or my health care. I am retired military and have Medicare and Tricare4Life so have the cushion of Tricare to fall back on and don't have to wander thru the maze of Rx plans and supplemental plans that most do. My main purpose was to let people know the battle was long fought and the war is not over yet. Sorry you misunderstood and for your obvious misplaced anger now towards me.

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Jax 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't be so sensitive. I'm not angry at you, Rog. I feel a lot better now, though, knowing that you weren't actually yelling at us.

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Sally_O 1 year, 4 months ago

Then why do they call it Obamacare?

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

Whjy did they call Romney's health care reform in Massachusetts Romneycare? Simply because some Editor in some newspaper office gave it the name or some reporter used it in a storyline....probably the same reason they called the Health Care Act of 2012 Obamacare. If someone else had been president I guess they would have stuck -care on the end of their name. Want to check the facts on both...here you go...

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/jun/18/checking-facts-romneycare-and-obamacare/

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

Dammnit it showed up big again.....grrrrrrrrrrr

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

Ohhhhhh it showed up normal......hoorayyyyyyyyy

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

I think AH should make this particular blog into a permanent one to keep Obama's healthcare plan in focus.

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Roger879 1 year, 4 months ago

Won't do any good. They won't take the time to read or research. They are too busy watching Fox News and believing everything they see. Pretty sad they get their news from a conglomerate some Australian married to someone with roots in Communist China holds 93% of ownership in and a Saudi Prince holds the other 7%. Yeah, I am sure that is "fair and impartial reporting". Do you know what LMAO means? That is what I am doing now.

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