Want some Cheese with that Whine?

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How many people remember all the names that the liberal Democrats called George W. Bush? Heck, how many times has Obama blamed him for everything that’s gone wrong in his administration? When Katrina happened, they even blamed him for that.  There was also a movie made about President Bush’s assassination.  So, who really caused the backlash?  Now, it’s Sarah Palin. Come on Dem’s, you’ve boasted you’re in charge, you had ALL the trump cards that passed the ObamaCare debacle, so pull up your pants and take it like big boys and girls.  Quit searching for someone to blame…and talk about taking words out of context…Sarah Palin has NEVER encouraged violence, she’s always said change is made at the ballot box.

Rep. Weiner: Palin Is Stoking Liberal Hate

White Powder Sent To N.Y. Congressman Not Hazardous; Former GOP VP Candidate’s Twitter, Web Site Under Fire

Reporting
Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK (CBS) ―

Democratic Representative from New York Anthony WeinerTim Sloan/Getty Images

At least 10 congressmen who voted for health care reform are finding it came with a liberal dose of health care hate.

A rash of vandalism, violence and threats are being investigated by the FBI.

Threats against a congressman who voted for the health care bill were tuned up a notch Thursday when Rep. Anthony Weiner’s office received a letter containing white powder.

Hazmat teams rushed to Weiner’s Kew Gardens office after the letter containing the powder was received Thursday afternoon. At least nine people were decontaminated as a precaution.

The NYPD’s field tests ruled the white powder was not hazardous.

The FBI was also on the scene. It is investigating vandalism and threats to almost a dozen congressmen across the country.

“The FBI is here opening up what is called a threat case against the congressman, to investigate the threat,” said FBI Agent Richard Kolko.

Weiner issued a statement saying: “Earlier today an envelope containing white powder and a threatening letter was delivered to my community office in Kew Gardens. The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Hazmat team. Any questions related to their response should be directed to the NYPD. My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation.”

Earlier CBS 2 HD spoke via satellite to the congressman about letters he received earlier containing profanity and anti-Semitic slurs — all payback for his support of health care reform.

“When someone sends me a postcard signed with a swastika or sends mail threatening violence it’s obviously jarring,” Weiner said.

Others were also threatened in New York, including Reps. Steve Israel and Carolyn Maloney.

“We received several dozen that really crossed the line. Anti-Semitic expressions, really gross expressions to young, Congressional staffers, and of those, one required referral to the Capitol police,” said Rep. Israel (D-Long Island).

Niagara Congresswoman Louise Slaughters had a brick thrown through her office window and the threat to “kill the children of members who voted yes.”

Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, who is against abortion, was getting threats from pro-life callers.

“You will rue the day you did this, Mr. Stupak,” one caller said.

“I hope you die,” said another.

As the violence grew, the FBI said it would investigate about a dozen incidents, including shots fired at the Richmond, Va. office of Republican Eric Canter, who said the threats were due partially to the fact that he’s Jewish.

“By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels. Enough is enough, it has to stop,” he said.

Some Democrats charged Republican Sarah Palin with throwing gas on the flames. Palin tweeted her followers, saying: “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: ‘Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!'”

Palin also used her Web site to target 20 House Democrats who voted yes on health care. There was a map with gunsights on the districts.

“When Sarah Palin uses gun analogies and gun imagery when she makes her political point, she may believe that she’s engaging in metaphor. But there are too many people who have twisted minds who might think that she’s being literal,” said Weiner. “What might seem as an obvious metaphor for some people may seem like an invitation for someone else.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned vandalism and threats of violence against members of Congress in connection with the health care issue, saying such reprisals “must be rejected.”

She told a news conference Thursday that “I don’t want this to be a distraction,” but also said that such behavior has “no place in a civil debate in our country.”

The Kew Gardens office will be closed until the investigation is complete.

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Really…who’s paying for Obamacare????

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Boy, I know it’s hard to say I told you so, but I told you so.  Why is it so hard to imagine why folks are up in arms?  Why is it so hard to understand that the majority of people didn’t want this crap poked down our throats? Well, those who bought that aren’t going to believe how businesses make this stuff up. Remember when gas went up? You saw all businesses increase their prices to cover the extra costs, right?  So, where is the savings?  Remember, they said those “bad” ol corporations were going to bear the brunt, all those rich people were going to be taxed more, etc., etc. Well, read this from Business Week and Bloomberg, and then tell me…WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE?March 26, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

More From Businessweek

By Amy Thomson and Ian King

March 26 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. will book $1 billion in first-quarter costs related to the health-care law signed this week by President Barack Obama, the most of any U.S. company so far.

A change in the tax treatment of Medicare subsidies triggered the non-cash expense, and the company will consider changes to the benefits it offers current and retired workers, Dallas-based AT&T said today in a regulatory filing.

AT&T, the biggest U.S. phone company, joins Caterpillar Inc., AK Steel Holding Corp. and 3M Co. in recording non-cash expenses against earnings as a result of the law. Health-care costs may shave as much as $14 billion from U.S. corporate profits, according to an estimate by benefits consulting firm Towers Watson. AT&T employed about 281,000 people as of the end of January.

“Companies like AT&T, that have large employee bases, are going to have higher health-care costs and, therefore, lower earnings unless they can negotiate something or offer less to their employees,” said Chris Larsen, an analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. in New York, who rates AT&T shares “overweight” and doesn’t own any himself.

AT&T previously received a tax-free benefit from the government to subsidize health-care costs for retirees, who would otherwise be on a Medicare Part D plan. Under the new bill, AT&T will no longer be able to deduct that subsidy.

“As a result of this legislation, including the additional tax burden, AT&T will be evaluating prospective changes to the active and retiree health-care benefits offered by the company,” the carrier said in the filing.

3M Cost

AT&T’s announcement was followed about an hour later by 3M, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based maker of products ranging from Post-It Notes to respiratory masks. 3M said it expects a one-time expense of $85 million to $90 million after tax, or about 12 cents a share, in the first quarter because of the new law, according to a statement. 3M had about 75,000 employees as of Feb. 5.

Michael Coe, a spokesman for the carrier, declined to comment. Peter Thonis, a spokesman for Verizon Communications Inc., which also employs more than 200,000 people, declined to comment.

New York-based Verizon, the second-largest U.S. phone company, told employees in a note after the law was signed that the tax will make the subsidy less valuable to employers like Verizon and so “may have significant implications for both retirees and employers.”

AT&T rose 9 cents to $26.24 at 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares have fallen 6.4 percent this year.

Union Contracts

AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America union have health benefits locked in via contracts that don’t expire until 2012 and 2013, Candice Johnson, a spokeswoman for the union, said in an interview. About 58 percent of the carrier’s workforce is represented by the union, AT&T said in a filing.

Obama signed the health-care reform policy into law on March 23 after a year of pushing the legislation through Congress without a single Republican vote. The new law will be phased in over several years and gives tens of millions of uninsured Americans health coverage. The bill, projected to cost almost $1 trillion, also calls for new taxes on the highest earners and fees on health-care companies.

Much of the public is still unsure about the plan with four in 10 Americans in favor of it, according to a Bloomberg National Poll. Obama is planning a follow-up campaign to sell the law — the biggest change to the health system since Medicare was enacted in 1965 — to the public.

Obama demands Netanyahu’s peace answers by Saturday

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I have to ask the question, who does Obama think he is?   Telling the Prime Minister of Israel to stop building settlements in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.

Netanyahu Says Jerusalem is our Capital-Not a Settlement

US hopes to get immediate Arab League approval for proximity talks; PA official: DC meetings ended without progress on east Jerusalem construction freeze.

// // Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will convene his senior ministers on Friday to discuss the demands made by US President Barack Obama and his overall trip to Washington – a trip that, because of negative atmospherics and amid a paucity of hard information, has been widely characterized as among the most difficult in recent memory.

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office continued to throw a blackout on the Netanyahu-Obama meeting, as well as give only very sketchy information about the commitments that the US is demanding of Israel as a precursor to starting the proximity talks with the Palestinians. The US, according to officials, wants these commitments by Saturday so it can take them to the Arab League meeting in Libya and receive that organization’s backing for starting proximity talks.

According to a Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah, the US administration on Thursday informed the PA that the Netanyahu meetings in Washington did not produce any agreement on the issue of construction in east Jerusalem.

The official said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas met in Amman with David Hale, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, who briefed him on the outcome of Netanyahu’s talks with Obama.

“The American envoy said that the two sides failed to reach agreement on settlement construction in Jerusalem,” the PA official said.

Hale also told Abbas that the US administration would continue its discussions with the Israeli government in the next few days and weeks, in an attempt to solve the crisis that has erupted between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government.

Prior to leaving Washington late on Wednesday night, Netanyahu tried to put a positive spin on the meetings, saying that the two sides had made progress in finding a “middle path” between the “traditional policy of all Israeli governments [regarding building in east Jerusalem], and our will to also find a way to renew the peace process.”