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sunnystarr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 08:49 AM
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A farewell to my Obama Avatar
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I still remember the feeling of hope and pride when I first supported Obama and changed my Avatar to one of his uplifting pics. I remember the sacrifices I made when I sent him $50 a month from my meager Social Security income. The meetings of local supporters, the yard signs, the bumper stickers, the phone calls. I had never been this involved in the political process. The tears of unbridled JOY when he won!

Then came the sticking up for my President. The excuses. He did campaign on bringing Washington together and ending the political divide after all. He had to make compromises. Look at what he walked into after Bush the Destroyer! I even stuck up for him when he failed to back the single payer option. He's a pragmatist I told his critics. I understood that. I so firmly believed that in his heart he supported the Democratic principles that I so intensely believed in.

No more.

Social Security being decreased - and for those of you who have been saying that the chained COLA is such a small amount and therefore acceptable, you're not understanding how this rises exponentially.

But those "small" reductions accumulate. After 5 years of the "chained COLA", benefits would be 1.5 % behind price increases; after ten years, 3%. After 20 years, the benefit reduction would be a whopping 6%.

This is a cut in benefits make no mistake about that. Offered up by a Democratic President so that the rich can keep their Bush tax cuts on the backs of the poorest most vulnerable among us. I am certain that in spite of the protests by the Democratic leadership they will capitulate and do Obama's bidding in the end. I'm just waiting for other shoe to drop in Medicare/Medicaid cuts as well.

The pundits noted this morning that Obama wasn't concerned about losing support from his Democratic base. After all where can they go? His concern is gaining Independent voters. We, his base, have no currency for him. He doesn't need our contributions - he can now rely on the corporations he's been pleasing. It's his last campaign. WE don't matter. He's betrayed us on every important campaign promise and now I feel personally like I've been conned.

So my new Avatar is The Scream since that's what I'm doing every day.

While we recognize that the Republican Party has been hijacked by right wing extremists, the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the old Republicans who needed a place to go.

It's time for a new party of US! The US Party. A place for Democrats to organize and fight for the people.
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  -A farewell to my Obama Avatar sunnystarr  Jul-08-11 08:49 AM   #0 
  - about sums it up  dembotoz   Jul-08-11 08:52 AM   #1 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-08-11 08:53 AM   #2 
  - The lessons of 2000 are quickly forgotton  Freddie Stubbs   Jul-08-11 09:02 AM   #7 
  - I would advise everyone to save their money and donate to a liberal/progressive.  Tatiana   Jul-08-11 08:56 AM   #3 
  - That's my plan as long as their votes match their rhetoric. (nt)  sunnystarr   Jul-08-11 09:00 AM   #4 
  - +1  xchrom   Jul-08-11 09:01 AM   #6 
  - My savings have taken a hit lately  Dokkie   Jul-08-11 10:15 PM   #85 
  - Like Kucinich? He gets so much done.  Palmer Eldritch   Jul-09-11 06:00 AM   #112 
  - You are expressing the feelings a lot us have experienced  Big Blue Marble   Jul-08-11 09:00 AM   #5 
  - He's counting on the fact that most people won't  sunnystarr   Jul-08-11 09:05 AM   #9 
     - They always count on enough us being too stupid to see what is going on.  Big Blue Marble   Jul-08-11 09:12 AM   #12 
  - Still haven't taken the "Got Hope?" sticker off my car. That depends upon what "The Deal" is.  leveymg   Jul-08-11 09:03 AM   #8 
  - Changing an avatar...  SidDithers   Jul-08-11 09:05 AM   #10 
  - Almost as bold as  JTFrog   Jul-08-11 09:11 AM   #11 
  - I sent the President an angry E-mail yesterday. I'm sure it was deleted by whatever intern gets  Erose999   Jul-08-11 09:35 AM   #17 
     - Did you go with "Fuck Obama"?...  SidDithers   Jul-08-11 11:39 AM   #28 
        - I didn't include that in my E-mail but I made it clear that I wouldn't be supporting his campaign,,  Erose999   Jul-08-11 12:00 PM   #31 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-09-11 06:28 AM   #115 
  - I'm guessing there's sarcasm in your comment  sunnystarr   Jul-08-11 09:12 AM   #13 
  - Expect the snark.  Big Blue Marble   Jul-08-11 09:18 AM   #15 
  - The offshore drilling did it for me too.  UnrepentantLiberal   Jul-09-11 04:21 AM   #108 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-09-11 06:41 AM   #119 
  - I got the same kind of replies when I changed mine back last year. Ignore them.  Viva_La_Revolution   Jul-08-11 10:12 AM   #22 
  - You are not alone. You changed your avatar tonite. I hung up on a  RaleighNCDUer   Jul-08-11 10:57 PM   #96 
  - But snarking at someone's obvious pain, that's visionary.  EFerrari   Jul-08-11 09:42 AM   #19 
  - You are so fanned.  SusanaMontana41   Jul-08-11 09:20 PM   #57 
  - Hollow snark is even bolder yet, sir!  Dept of Beer   Jul-08-11 10:23 AM   #23 
  - How about withholding a vote?  Maven   Jul-08-11 01:15 PM   #32 
  - ah, I didn't see your comment before I posted mine below you. these types that post snarky crap  Divine Discontent   Jul-08-11 10:30 PM   #92 
     - Romney, if we are lucky - gawd forbid it is Palin or Huckabee  RaleighNCDUer   Jul-08-11 10:59 PM   #97 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-09-11 06:44 AM   #120 
        - no.... he hates all progressives and liberals  fascisthunter   Jul-09-11 08:13 AM   #126 
  - lol n/t  Liberal_in_LA   Jul-08-11 09:21 PM   #59 
  - What is wrong with you? Rose colored glasses or a millionaire?  SammyWinstonJack   Jul-08-11 09:29 PM   #64 
  - Neither. Canadian. n/t  DeSwiss   Jul-08-11 09:54 PM   #79 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-08-11 09:59 PM   #80 
  - As a Canadian, Sid has WONDERFUL GOVT. SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE  Divernan   Jul-09-11 06:36 AM   #117 
  - it actually says a lot, because it's a lost vote - potentially one of millions.  Divine Discontent   Jul-08-11 10:28 PM   #91 
  - Why are you mocking her?  Beacool   Jul-08-11 10:37 PM   #95 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-09-11 06:21 AM   # 
  - I'm feeling the same way these days. Hope? Change? Bull. Shit.  Fly by night   Jul-08-11 09:15 AM   #14 
  - +1 nt  woo me with science   Jul-08-11 11:29 AM   #27 
  - There's always the option of adding an oiled pelican to your avatar  XemaSab   Jul-08-11 09:28 AM   #16 
  - It seems my Chuckles the Sensible Woodchuck avatar is more relevant than ever..  Fumesucker   Jul-08-11 09:35 AM   #18 
  - I was thinking Obama would appoint Chuckles to replace Gibbs. I know when the new press secy' was  Erose999   Jul-08-11 09:57 AM   #20 
  - LA LA LA LA LA I can't HEARRRRR YOOUUU!  Dept of Beer   Jul-08-11 10:27 AM   #24 
  - I'm sure Chuckles understands that Americans' #1 priority is defecit reduction.  Ignis   Jul-08-11 03:08 PM   #33 
  - Ahhhh...he's too cute!! nt  laugle   Jul-08-11 08:57 PM   #52 
  - I just changed mine from Oregon to Chuckles. Seems appropriate  neverforget   Jul-08-11 10:30 PM   #93 
  - k and r  nashville_brook   Jul-08-11 10:12 AM   #21 
  - The quicker old school Dems understand just what you are saying --  Hell Hath No Fury   Jul-08-11 10:42 AM   #25 
  - Bold actions, indeed.  Ikonoklast   Jul-08-11 11:28 AM   #26 
  - HUGE K & R !!!  WillyT   Jul-08-11 11:42 AM   #29 
  - And replaced  tpsbmam   Jul-08-11 11:51 AM   #30 
  - As someone who hasn't had a raise in 4 years  Amaril   Jul-08-11 03:19 PM   #34 
  - well you had me until the last line  hfojvt   Jul-08-11 03:46 PM   #35 
  - I understand your frustration  sunnystarr   Jul-08-11 05:20 PM   #36 
  - and capitulate they did ... today  sunnystarr   Jul-08-11 08:12 PM   #37 
  - Thanks for that upsetting Update.... We seem to be truly "on our own" now...  KoKo   Jul-08-11 10:23 PM   #89 
  - I changed my username during the name-change-amnesty during a  Obamanaut   Jul-08-11 08:14 PM   #38 
  - What was your original username, if you don't mind my asking?  Hissyspit   Jul-08-11 08:23 PM   #41 
  - Hey, maybe you should change it to...  Flubadubya   Jul-08-11 08:32 PM   #43 
  - Hello!  Change has come   Jul-08-11 09:01 PM   #55 
  - I got rid of mine when he threw away the public option  Raine   Jul-08-11 08:20 PM   #39 
  - I feel the sadness and discouragement deep into my bones. -nt  democrat2thecore   Jul-08-11 08:22 PM   #40 
  - Well ...  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 08:53 PM   #50 
     - I couldn't agree more. Oil and Gas (and coal) Natural Gas is REALLY pouring the money on -nt  democrat2thecore   Jul-08-11 08:59 PM   #54 
  - Yeah... I Went With "The Scream" Too... Thanks...  WillyT   Jul-08-11 08:24 PM   #42 
  - +1000% --- can't imagine $50 a month to Obama ... Wow! Heartbreaking ... !!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 08:39 PM   #44 
  - Thank you Sunny  OwnedByFerrets   Jul-08-11 08:40 PM   #45 
  - Has the legislation passed to decrease or increase taxes on  Fire1   Jul-08-11 08:42 PM   #46 
  - Did you miss that Obama suspended COLA payments two years ago?  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 08:44 PM   #47 
     - SO!!! Pensioners haven't had a raise in FOUR YEARS!!!  Fire1   Jul-08-11 08:52 PM   #49 
        - Well, we should all help you celebrate that good news, then ... ?  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 08:57 PM   #51 
        - Yeah, you do that!! n/t  Fire1   Jul-08-11 09:01 PM   #56 
           - How fortunate for those pensioners !! Did just as well without raises -- !!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 09:30 PM   #66 
              - Let you tell it there won't be any to pass up! And yes, I've  Fire1   Jul-08-11 09:34 PM   #69 
                 - Great idea -- no raises for presidents or Congress, either -- !! Or CEO's!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 10:21 PM   #86 
        - Excuse me, I don't know what seniors you know, but I sure  Alameda   Jul-08-11 09:27 PM   #63 
           - CPI's should provide for twice the Social security payments ... Every pre-Bush $1 is worth 50 cents!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 09:31 PM   #68 
           - You're entitled to your opinion. I'm merely suggesting that  Fire1   Jul-08-11 09:36 PM   #70 
              - Tell it to the MIC ... !!! Maybe seniors can show them how to do it -- !!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 10:22 PM   #88 
              - It IS a cut  Alameda   Jul-09-11 01:26 AM   #104 
  - A very thoughtful and sincere post!  laugle   Jul-08-11 08:51 PM   #48 
  - We need to concentrate on Congressional elections anyway  lunatica   Jul-08-11 08:58 PM   #53 
  - Many of us share the 'feeling of awful dread' captured by Munch  FailureToCommunicate   Jul-08-11 09:21 PM   #58 
  - Let's discuss where you are going to find liberal candidates in a party which has  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 09:39 PM   #72 
  - Never forgot Biden for his championing of bankruptcy 'reform'  999998th word   Jul-09-11 12:42 AM   #103 
     - True ... but I remember Biden best for Clarence Thomas ... and his most recent ...  defendandprotect   Jul-09-11 02:10 AM   #106 
  - Feeling of awful dread hits the nail on the head  Still Waters   Jul-08-11 10:21 PM   #87 
  - K&R....n/t  unkachuck   Jul-08-11 09:22 PM   #60 
  - K&R!  SammyWinstonJack   Jul-08-11 09:24 PM   #61 
  - K&R!  SammyWinstonJack   Jul-08-11 09:24 PM   #62 
  - Thanks - 'cuz when I see a picture of him pop up here (or anywhere else) I have to turn my head  kath   Jul-08-11 09:30 PM   #65 
  - Same here  MissDeeds   Jul-09-11 06:21 AM   #114 
  - Don't you want to wait and find out if he supports a chained COLA  mzmolly   Jul-08-11 09:31 PM   #67 
  - Oh Noooooo!! And when he DOES support a chained COLA  Fire1   Jul-08-11 09:39 PM   #71 
     - What did we hear when he put forward a cost of living increase?  mzmolly   Jul-08-11 09:51 PM   #77 
  - Purge the DLC out of our party!!!! We should have done it after Clinton.  TNLib   Jul-08-11 09:45 PM   # 
  - Purge the DLC out of our party!!!! We should have done it after Clinton.  TNLib   Jul-08-11 09:45 PM   # 
  - Purge the DLC out of our party!!!! We should have done it after Clinton.  TNLib   Jul-08-11 09:45 PM   #73 
  - And according to Al Gore in Rolling Store Congress is controlled by Oil and Coal industry ... !!  defendandprotect   Jul-08-11 10:24 PM   #90 
  - I Am Actively Doing that  fascisthunter   Jul-09-11 08:16 AM   #127 
  - Well said  mochajava666   Jul-08-11 09:45 PM   #74 
  - War on Terror $3 Trillion.. more than WW-II  lib2DaBone   Jul-08-11 09:49 PM   #75 
  - Thanks for pointing this out  lordsummerisle   Jul-08-11 11:01 PM   #98 
  - K&R  DeSwiss   Jul-08-11 09:51 PM   #76 
  - Those who claim to love the president  Jakes Progress   Jul-08-11 09:54 PM   #78 
  - It was a scam from the outset.  Jack Sprat   Jul-08-11 09:59 PM   #81 
  - That's the bottom line. I knew something was up when he backed off  neoralme   Jul-08-11 10:14 PM   #83 
  - That's the bottom line. I knew something was up when he backed off  neoralme   Jul-08-11 10:14 PM   #84 
  - I remember in the primaries, some of my fellow dems  demigoddess   Jul-08-11 10:12 PM   #82 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-08-11 10:32 PM   #94 
  - I'm sorry for your loss - and my loss.  man4allcats   Jul-08-11 11:04 PM   #99 
  - on that election...  awoke_in_2003   Jul-08-11 11:32 PM   #100 
  - Jumping the gun. I don't think there will be SS cuts  PBass   Jul-08-11 11:59 PM   #101 
  - And Obama really thinks that Independent voters want to cut Social Security?  Lydia Leftcoast   Jul-09-11 12:01 AM   #102 
  - Recommended  somone   Jul-09-11 01:48 AM   #105 
  - Obushma change for the worse :( K&R  pam4water   Jul-09-11 02:44 AM   #107 
  - Damn right.  blkmusclmachine   Jul-09-11 04:23 AM   #109 
  - ((((( sunnystarr ))))).  BlueIris   Jul-09-11 04:42 AM   #110 
  - You're not a Democrat if you want a 3rd Party.  Palmer Eldritch   Jul-09-11 06:00 AM   #111 
  - OMG!! I'm so BLUE I look like a SMURF lol  sunnystarr   Jul-09-11 06:40 AM   #118 
  - too simplistic. but easy to eat up, for sure.  Palmer Eldritch   Jul-09-11 07:07 AM   #122 
  - You don't realize how simplistic your statement is...  fascisthunter   Jul-09-11 08:17 AM   #128 
  - And a farewell to you  madokie   Jul-09-11 06:04 AM   #113 
  - Go hang with Sid Dithers from Ontario, Canada - you two think alike.  Divernan   Jul-09-11 06:49 AM   #121 
  - That will leave a hole in her life--not. nt  eilen   Jul-09-11 07:54 AM   #125 
  - Well said, sunnystarr  MissDeeds   Jul-09-11 06:29 AM   #116 
  - TY! I love your avatar btw ... I wish we could clone him for the Dems (nt)  sunnystarr   Jul-09-11 07:47 AM   #123 
  - I saw an earlier post from you and wondered at the change...  eilen   Jul-09-11 07:53 AM   #124 
  - locking  cally   Jul-09-11 08:26 AM   #129 

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