“Perhaps the most problematic of the cuts implemented so far for the Obama administration was the decision to withhold death benefits for the families of more than two-dozen military service members. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week said the president was “very disturbed to learn of this problem” and that he expected it to be fixed that day. However, the administration later determined it didn’t have the authority to pay the money, and a charity group would cover the cost. The president, though, then reversed course and signed a bill authorizing the payments.”
Rollback of cuts fuels claims that government inflated impact of partial shutdown | Fox News
This is so misleading. The shutdown basically meant death benefits would not be paid, since the legislation to pay them was stalled in Congress. The White House does not have the ability to unilaterally issue death benefits, so they worked with a charity group to cover the benefits. In the meantime, Congress passed a separate bill for the government to cover the death benefits, which the president signed.
Obama did not just decide he was shutting down the part of the government that pays death benefits to military families and he did not just decide he was/was not going to have the government fund them on his own. This is actually something Congress has to sort out. All Obama can do is sign or not sign the bills Congress passes when they get to his desk. In this case, he signed the bill to fund death benefits when he got it.
The sad thing is, most Americans don’t even have a 3rd grade level comprehension of how our government works, so they won’t be able to see this for the bullshit it is.
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Ed Shultz video.
Wait wait wait…. I thought the US economy has been adding jobs since Obama took over? According too the White House, and progressive bloggers have claimed Obama is doing good, and creating jobs. Ed’s saying they’ve lost 900k??? Bahahah these idiots just lie lie lie.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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