Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam
President Obama visits Hoover Dam on Tuesday October 2, 2012
October 2nd, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam

LAS VEGAS (CNN) – For the second day in a row, President Barack Obama took an afternoon break from preparing for Wednesday night’s debate with a field trip. Tuesday's trip was a visit to the Hoover Dam.

The president’s motorcade drove 30 minutes to Boulder City, Nevada, where he stopped at the site ofa heliport overlooking the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge.

"Its spectacular and I've never seen it before. I didn't realize it was so close by,” Obama told reporters along for the trip. Marvin [Nicholson] said we were only 15 miles away and I said well we've got to go check it out.”

Obama was led on a short tour by Rob Skordas, Assistant Dam Manager for History and Operational Logistics, and Janel Brawner-Potucek from the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior.

The president was surprised to learn the dam didn’t provide water and electricity to Las Vegas. Curious about the history of the construction, he spent slightly more than an hour viewing various parts of the dam, including the transformer deck and the power house.

On Monday, the president ventured out to visit a local campaign office and thank volunteers. While speaking with one worker, he commented on being at his hotel while he practiced for the debate. “Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. It’s a drag,” he joked. “They're making me do my homework."

Campaign officials attributed in part the president's pre-debate Nevada swing to a desireto speak to voters and focus on early voting in the state, which begins on October 20th. But in his stops for the past two days, interactions with voters have mostly been limited to campaign volunteers during Monday's stop, followed by officials at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday.


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  1. bobwhite

    une in to D R U D G E report to watch the Obama "I hate white people video" from his Rev Wright days

    October 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Howard

      OUR AMBASSADOR DIED ... AND, OBAMA LIED.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard the only thing lying is your constant misinformed posts.

        October 3, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • Lionel

        Great Job Mr. Obama. You represent ALL Americans unlike the other guy who does not care or worry about half of the country including Seniors, Veterans and Students.

        The Republicans left this country in an economic mess and two wars. They have given 5 trillion in tax cuts to the super wealthy. Now they are complaining that Obama did not clean up their mess fast enough.

        Obama 2012

        October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am |
      • Lionel

        @Howard - Why didn't the Republicans in Congress pass the Jobs Bill, Veterans Bill and Farm Bill.

        Americans are not stupid. We have seen what they have done to this country.

        October 3, 2012 at 9:38 am |
      • JS

        Lionel, You dem talking points are making you look like an idiot. Both parties voted against Obama's job bill BECAUSE IT RAISED TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS. It was bipatisan.
        The middle class has been buried over the past 4 years said Joe Biden and I agree, and so do most Americans (other than libs). Obama's taliking heads are out this morning blaming Bush for what Biden said. You lib blind followers will buy it – I am sure of that. The liar con man is at it again.
        As an independent I see lins from libs like "you repos are desperate". The fact is, Obama has put the working people of this country in a desperate state and you libs support this. Stupid libs now want to repeal all of the bush tax cuts? It will take billions from working Americans for what? To gamble the money on Solindra or other business takeovers ?
        As we all know now, when things got tough Obama sat and did nothing and Americans died. He skips he briefings before and after the terror attacks then he takes off to Vegas – of all places given Obama's history w/Vegas.
        You libs can buy the lies Obama is telling you and keep following blindly, especially when they feed you the "out of context" line. That is your choice to make. If that is your choice, given what we know, shame on you.

        October 3, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • California Democrat

        Lionel – Because it was a bad bill. Nearly as bad as the joke of a budget Obama got ZERO votes on including none from his own party.

        October 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • Howard

        TO ALL YOU OBAMA STOOGES ... like jean ... Your blind devotion to 'Dear Leader' ... your Fuhrer, is touching ... but it's time for you to leave the Obama cult. Defending Obama, who lost, and who can't loose like a good sport, just makes you ALL look like sore loosers. Obama was given a chance ... and, in the past 4 years, he has nearly destroyed America. NOW, it's time for Barack and Michelle to abdicate their throne, so Mitt Romney can begin repairing the excessive damage caused by Obama's terrible policies. Good bye Barack, Michelle, Nancy, Harry, Jarret, and Axelrod ... and, GOOD RIDDANCE !!!

        October 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl8swyOP-V8&w=640&h=390]

      October 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • mcskadittle

      does this mean he isn't a mu slam?

      October 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
      • Lionel

        Can't believe the racist, homophobic comments from the far right.

        Not all Republicans are racist but most racist are Republicans. People do you really want to vote for a Party that harbors this group. I will never vote Republican again.

        Latinos for Obama 2012

        October 3, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • California Democrat

      Hussein Obama is a disgraceful racist that needs to be stopped.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Howard

      When Obama assumed the Presidency in 2008, the economy began to rebound, BEFORE he squandered a TRILLION dollars, in the name of saving our economy. Obama conned the American people, in order to grab power. Much of the money has gone to Obama cronies, to buy campaign contributions, and to buy Obama votes. Obama's entire Presidency has been a campaign for reelection. Obama is destroying America. If he gets a second term, he will finish the job. Obama, and the Obama stooges love Obama more than they love America. America is more important than Obama. Obama is expendable, and replaceable ... America is not. In November, save America ... Dump Obama !!!

      October 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • CA Liberal

      Hates White People????? You know his mother was white.

      October 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  2. WolfGal

    Never been there before? One of the largest construction projects in the history of the USA which involved many hours of hard labor. If Michelle can go on so many trips around the world, I suppose he can go to Hoover Dam.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Jamie

    Romney ....... No honesty no integrity

    October 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • paulstewart2

      Exactly, its the dishonesty, Stupid!

      http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13017922-its-the-dishonesty-stupid

      October 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • LTNN7890

      Romney has a few problems ....... I would not want a man in the White house thats a member of a Religious Cult , this Cult will cause a lot of problems, they are being very quiet right now about this , some say its no different than the Catholics or other Christian Religions but it would be very big problems for America , And Americans would lose so much , badly needed Hospital care , medicare S.S.A. S.S.I . It would resemble a 3 rd world country .

      October 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Liberals are not tolerant.

        October 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • mcskadittle

        Jay in NC: Jesus is the Original Liberal, so what are you saying about Jesus?

        October 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jesus told his followers to "give THEIR cloak." Liberals believe that Rome should take the cloak from one guy and give it to another. Send the poor away, to the government,

        Liberals are intolerant. Consider this, notice on this blog, how many Liberals call someone a name, or call for radio host to be taken off the air, simply because of what they said. A differences in ideas is one thing, but to squelch out their right to speak is intolerance.

        Liberals like to label people, African-American, Latino-American, etc, They will slice and dice you into a social cubbyhole, You get this government hand out because you are this or that, you get free school if you are the other. Liberals only see your gender, race, eye color, tall and short. They do not see you as an individual. They are intolerant of you if you do not fit their flavor of the month.

        October 3, 2012 at 5:30 am |
      • jean2009

        Luke 12:33 . "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys."
        Mt. 19:20ff. The young man said to Him, "All these commands I have kept; what am I still lacking?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

        Frankly Jay, I don't think asking the rich to pay a few cents more on the dollar in taxes, are being asked to destitute themselves nearly to the point of the above injunctions from Luke and Matthew. Those pretty much ask the person to give up everything and be destitute themselves..

        October 3, 2012 at 9:06 am |
      • Caramon

        Americans would lose so much , badly needed Hospital care , medicare S.S.A. S.S.I

        Why do you think this is true?

        October 3, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • JS

        Jay, libs are tolerant as long as you do not have a different opinion than they do. If you do they hate you.

        October 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • California Democrat

        mcskadittle – Please provide proof he was a liberal. YOU CAN'T

        Thanks for playing.

        October 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
      • Howard

        LTNN7890 ... You're the one with a problem. Stupid bigots like you, tried to stir up fear against John F. Kennedy, for being a Catholic. The one valuable thing you provide, is an example of the kind of hate mongers who support a charlatan, like Barack Hussein Obama. It's time for Americans to TAKE BACK America, from the dregs of society, like you, who have rallied behind Obama ... for the free ride he has promised you, in exchange for your votes.

        October 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay try Matthew 19:20 and Luke 12:33. I really don't think asking the rich to pay a few more cents in taxes on the dollar will destitute them to the extent of either of the injunctions of those biblical texts.

        October 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
      • CA Liberal

        Jay in NC......Liberals are not tolerant of ignorance and hatred.

        October 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean the operative phrase is "Sell your possessions", not sell someone else possessions.

        October 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • LTNN7890

      Most habitual liers dont have integerity .

      October 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
      • JS

        Who are liars and what are their lies?

        October 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Romneyhood .... Give to the Rich take from the poor

    October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Howard

      OBAMA THE CHICAGO HOOD ... PARTY WITH THE RICH ... MAKE AMERICA POOR !!!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
      • Lionel

        Repo loonies are at it again. They need to go to Faux News and spew their hatred. Chose love over hate.

        Unfortunately Faux News does not allow comments to be posted. What a commie network. All the right wing loonies have to come to CNN to preach their lies.

        October 3, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • JS

        Lionel, try to name a dem who has not appeared on Fox. Unlike the stations you watch (MSDNC, NBC) who were caught doctoring tapes twice over the past year Fox actually tries to give both points of view. I totally understand why a lib would take issue with any opinion other than Obama's. You libs claim to be tolerant of others, but we see every day from you and others like you that hate from you toward others who think differently than you.
        As an independent I do not like Romney, but we have see Obama for 4 years and he has failed. Even Biden said the middle class has been getting buried for the past 4 years – I agree. I see Obama's talking heads are out blaming Bush for what Biden said – classic. But we know the blind followers, like you Lionel, will buy this lie jut like you buy all of the other lies from this administration.

        October 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Jamie

    Romney and Ryan .......... Laurel and Hardy of the 2012 Presidential campaign

    October 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Howard

      OBAMA AND BIDEN ... the Manchurian Candidate, and his pet Baffoon.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THAT'S FUNNY BECAUSE IT'S MITT ROMNEY WHO'S BEEN TO CHINA AND WAS PROBABLY REPLACED BY A ROBOT.

        October 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  6. Dan B

    I hope Obama loses NV and every other state.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • LTNN7890

      Most bigots do .

      October 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Lionel

      It is not going to happen Dan.

      Most Americans have seen how the Republicans in Congress have sabotaged the economic recovery so that they can get back in power. Why didn't congress pass the Jobs Bills, Veterans Bills, Farm Bill. Ha...

      October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  7. Bootstomper

    Dan b sorry buddy.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  8. Dan B

    Why are you sorry? I am the one that lives in a blue state. It is hell.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU CAN ALWAYS SELF DEPORT TO ARIZONA. I HOPE YOU HAVE ID.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  9. ptown

    Dan B- We won. Get over it

    October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Howard

      You may have won in 2008 ... but, America LOST !!!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
      • LTNN7890

        We will win again in 2012 and 2016 and 2020. The Republicans are not a political party , they the employees of the billionaires ,

        October 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU MUST FORGIVE HIM. HE HAILS FROM AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE BIZARRO AMERICA WHERE NEWT GINGRICH IS HIS ZOOKEEPER.

        October 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
      • JS

        Throbbing Member 2012 – bizzaroworld is where the Leader Of the Free World rather follow. Now we all know Obama knew of the terror attack as it was happening and OBAMA LET THOSE PEOPLE DIE. We know they asked for additional security and did not get it. We know of multiple attacks that this administration did not tell us about. We know this administration sent people out with lies to cover their ARS because the terror attack did not fit their political agenda. Do you not see what Obama has done? You have no problem when people lie to your face? Shame on you libs who still support this con man in the white house.
        Did you see the video? WHo was that? It sure didn't sound like the Obama we have seen. Who is this guy really? He is the most divisive president this country has ever seen.

        October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        JOHN, BIZARRO WORLD IS CLEARLY WHERE PEOPLE BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT APOLOGIZES TO TERRORISTS BECAUSE IN THE REAL WORLD, SUCH APOLOGIES WOULD BE LETHAL AS BIN LADEN REALIZED. IN YOUR WORLD, POLITICIANS JUMP AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY WHEN OUR COUNTY GETS ATTACKED TO THE UTTER DISGRACE OF US ALL. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF THAT SPILLED OVER TO THE REAL WORLD COURTESY OF MITT ROMNEY. ALSO, IN YOUR BIZARRO WORLD, 47 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE WELFARE ADDICTS WHERE IN THE REAL WORLD THEY ARE ACTUALLY MOSTLY THE WORKING POOR, THE ELDERLY, VETERANS, AND A FEW MILLIONAIRES. THANKS AGAIN TO MITT ROMNEY, THESE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO EXPRESS JUST HOW BIZARRE YOU REPUBLITARDS ARE THIS COMING ELECTION.

        October 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • JS

        Throbbing Member 2012 – I guess you would know bizzaroworld better than me given that you live there.
        What apology do you want me to talk about? Let's do the most recent – the apology for the movie. How bizarre was it that Obamas administration sent people out to say the terror attack was about a movie and we were "sorry this movie was made, but we didn't make it"? How bizarre is it that this administration falls on the side of attacking the person who made a movie? This is America right? The same place where libs support the "urine cross" because they say it is art?
        And BTW, I only had to look back a week to find something (the apology) you said didn't exist. Apparently, in the real world, where you seem not to live, where the Obamaunists are telling you things that happened actually did not – the apology tour did in fact happen AND IS STILL HAPPENING!!
        BTW, you misquoted Romney (again) -.
        Almost 50% of the population live of off the government. What % of those do you think – throbbing member 2012 – are able to work, but prefer not to work and are collecting some sort of financial assistance? 20%? 30%? 40%? My guess is around 30%, but none of us know. Either way, it isn't good.

        October 4, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  10. Howard

    47% of us dont' care about us ... like obama, they only care about themselves, even if it's at the cost of us ... and at the cost of the U.S. !!! It may not be politically correct, but it's true !!!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE 47 PERCENT IS MITT ROMNEY, IN HIS OWN PATHETIC WORDS. THEY ARE GOING TO PAY HIM BACK FOR HIS WORDS IN THE BATTLEGROUND STATES.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  11. DesertTripper

    "The president was surprised to learn the dam didn’t provide water and electricity to Las Vegas."

    This statement makes no sense. The dam is tied into the same southwestern US power grid that Vegas is, so of course some of the power from the dam makes it to Vegas. Plus, a minute or so of Google searching found that Vegas has been drawing water from Lake Mead since 1971. People in places where they might educate people like the President should get their facts straight.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  12. uncdig

    why should today be any different than any other "working" day for the prez. He is now on month 5 and has only work 3 full days & 1/2 day. This prez has not figured out (then again he might have figured out ) how to get paid by the tax dollars of hard working Americans for doing nothing but living off our tax dollars. I guess he is hooked on the free dollar just like the other welfarers.

    October 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • gc

      Hey uncdig, you think that he may have just decided to work smart? Now that works better almost all the time. Get It.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  13. november2012

    talked with someone from Vegas today...obama has traffic (car and air) all screwed up...what a mess. He's going to loose a bunch of votes over this BS.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • todbronson

      I live near Lake Las Vegas and waited for his motorcade. I'm voting for Obama. It is absurd that a dimwit would vote against someone due to traffic. Your silly "someone" wasn't going to vote for him anyway.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      JUST BE THANKFUL MITT ROMNEY WILL NEVER COMMIT SUCH AN 'OUTRAGE' ON ANY CITY... EVER.

      October 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Obama is all about himself 24/7/365. He doesn't care who gets delayed or what it costs taxpayers, it's always about fabricating an image that he can dupe the public with. Lefties lap it up like farm animals at a trough, the buy it hook, line and sinker.

      October 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE ONLY ONE WHO FABRICATES AN 'IMAGE' IS THE CHAMELON-LIKE FLIP FLOPPER MITT ROMNEY WHO CAN CHANGE HIS POSITION ON ANY ISSUE IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.

        October 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  14. Frank Marshall Davis

    CNN Headline "Obama puts left sock on first!", details at 11.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • jean2009

      Thank heavens it was not his RIGHT sock.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  15. EM

    POTUS will win the election this year. It will be an electoral landslide. GET USED TO IT.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  16. jturanobroker

    While Obama was in Las Vegas, I do wonder if he got to read this article by famous Las Vegas Oddsmaker.
    http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2012/05/30/why_obama_will_lose_in_a_landslide/page/full/

    October 3, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  17. jturanobroker

    While Obama was in Las Vegas, I do wonder if he read the article by famous Las Vegas Oddsmaker.
    http://townhall.com/columnists/wayneallynroot/2012/05/30/why_obama_will_lose_in_a_landslide/page/full/

    October 3, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  18. judy

    desperation on the part of repos. digging up an old alrady viewed tape. Like people care. This is the post for all the repo malcontents so surprizing that we hear how awful the pres is.? Too bad guys ol mitt is a lying trud and you all are backing a loosing wacko and you know it. The only thing you can do is lash out at the president to cover for the unpatriotic tax evading 47% forgetting rich whiner who lies about everything even his own medical policy . What a creep and this is the best the repos can do?? Party is in the toilet Lets flush away. Forward/

    October 3, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Jasoner

      The video was not viewed in it's entirety due to the mainstsream liberal media. The script from the 2007 video was released and only partially reported. However, Barry Soetoro was often off script and extremely divisive. How can anyone watch the video in it's entirety and honestly believe that he cares about the equality and fairness for all Americans. He is a racist divider – plain and simple. How about that salesman urban accent.

      October 3, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Well we know you don't care because you believe in the same marxist principles since you're radically left. Sheesh you probably think Bill Ayers is a moderate.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  19. Kool-Aid Police

    Obviously the blame is on President John Tyler (1841–1845, Whig).
    Hey, it makes as much sense as still blaming Bush.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  20. demwit

    WOW! That is a big DAMN!
    Whats it for anyways?? Oh yeah., all those Vegas lights!!

    October 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  21. California Democrat

    And this while Americans die in Benghazi.

    I can't vote for a racist persident (Hussein Obama).

    Romney/Ryan 2012 For those that have a brain.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Willis

      The chances of Racist Bishop Romney winning are the Same as Bishop Romney Appointing a Black Elder in the Lds Cult. Men of dark skin simply arent allowed. They think its still 1948. REVOKE THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF THIS BIGOTRY CULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        What you talkin' bout Willis?

        October 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      SO IF THE AMERICANS LOST IN BENGHAZI WERE NOT WHITE IT WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE FOR YOU? WHO IS THE RACIST NOW? YOU REPUBLITARDS KEEP TRYING TO PORTRAY OBAMA AS RACIST AND YOU FAIL EVERY TIME BUT SUCCEED ONLY IN SHOWING US HOW PATHETIC YOU ARE.

      October 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • California Democrat

        Come back when you can comprehend. Until then your posts are moot.

        October 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  22. California Democrat

    The ignorance of this administration got our ambassador killed in Libya.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  23. California Democrat

    The Pied Piper (Hussein Obama) will lead (FORWARD) his flock right off the cliff with their eyes wide open.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  24. California Democrat

    Top Five Obama-Biden Tax Hikes Burying the Middle ClassOn Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has ‘‘been buried the last four years.’’ Taxpayers agree.
    The following are the top five tax increases on the middle class signed into law by the Obama-Biden administration:

    1. The Obamacare Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax:

    Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services - must pay an income surtax to the IRS. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that six million American families will be liable for the tax, and as pointed out by the Associated Press: “Most would be in the middle class.”

    In addition, 100 percent of Americans filing a tax return (140 million filers) will be forced to submit paperwork to the IRS showing they either had “qualifying” health insurance for every month of the tax year or they obtained an exemption to the mandate.

    Americans liable for the surtax will pay according to the following schedule:

    1 Adult
    2 Adults
    3+ Adults

    2014
    1% AGI/$95
    1% AGI/$190
    1% AGI/$285

    2015
    2% AGI/$325
    2% AGI/$650
    2% AGI/$975

    2016 +
    2.5% AGI/$695
    2.5% AGI/$1390
    2.5% AGI/$2085

    2. The Obamacare Tax on Union Member and Early Retiree Health Insurance Plans:

    Obamacare imposes a new 40 percent excise tax on high cost or “Cadillac” health insurance plans, effective in 2018. This tax increase will most directly affect union families and early retirees, who are likely to be covered by such plans. This Obamacare tax will be levied on insurance policies whose premiums exceed $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Middle class union members tend to be covered by such plans in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

    3. The Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Tax – a.k.a. “Special Needs Kids Tax”:

    The 30-35 million Americans who use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will, starting in 2013, face a new government cap of $2,500 (currently the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set their own cap).

    There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are several million middle class families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use pre-tax FSA dollars to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education. This $13 billion Obamacare tax hike will severely limit the options available to these families

    4. The Obamacare Medicine Cabinet Tax:

    This $20 billion Obamacare tax increase prevents Americans from being able to use their pre-tax health accounts to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines.

    According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 11 percent of Americans who receive health insurance from their workplace are enrolled in a Health Savings Account qualifying health insurance plan. This amounts to an estimated 16 million covered lives.

    Using data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, it is estimated that 30-35 million Americans take advantage of FSAs at work.

    The Obamacare Medicine Cabinet tax prevents these tens of millions of middle class families from being able to purchase everyday medicines using these accounts. Examples of items no longer able to be purchased with pre-tax dollars without a prescription include pain relievers, cold and flu medicines, antacids, nasal sprays, and children’s vitamins.

    5. The Obamacare High Medical Bills Tax:

    Currently, those Americans facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). Beginning in 2013, this $15 billion tax increase imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. By limiting this deduction, Obamacare widens the net of taxable income for the sickest Americans. This tax provision will most harm near retirees and middle class families with modest incomes but high medical bills.

    October 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      Block grant funding is like musical chairs—a risky game. You get a fixed number of chairs (block grant funding), regardless of how many people are in the game. Which means when times are bad more people will not be seated.

      Those are facts.

      When federal funding does not automatically increase in hard times, states can do only three things—
      1.) Cut the number of people who are eligible,
      2.) Cut the assistance each person gets or
      3.) Increase state spending to buy more services…meaning the state then needs to tax more.
      Which means states will cut services, or when times are good redirect their excess grant money for other uses…meaning those funds will not be available when needed, and in the end it will cost the federal government more…not less.

      I would rather trust the federal government to provide the funds when needed, rather than having 50 state governments squandering block grant money when times are good and then come back repeatedly hat-in-hand for a federal bail-out when times are bad.

      Look at the number of times the Federal Government has had to take a state to court for the mismanagement of federal grant monies?

      FOR EXAMPLE:
      Wisconsin: The Community Development HUD federal block grants which were misused. Milwaukee County had to repay the federal government for the misuse of block grant funds.

      New Hampshire: Is trying to find a way to cut its state budget by $35 million due to mismanagement of Medicaid block grant funds which they owe back to the Federal Government.

      New York: City of Buffalo-The Office of Housing and Urban Development defies anyone to grasp exactly what is happening to block grants that disappear down Buffalo's black hole:

      Detroit: Double billed the Michigan Human Services Department for $3 million or more, of block grant federal funds.

      Block grants, only opens the door for more greed and fraud…instead of less hogs at the trough the problem is compounded by 50 states worth of State hogs having access. It will be another mismanaged pork laden feeding frenzy.

      Why would states be interested? For one quick cash, as they face the worst fiscal crises in two generations brought on by deregulations of safety nets and unwarranted federal tax cuts, many state leaders such as governors who will be long out of office, and who might be tempted to take the money now and let someone else worry about the future later.

      Funding for the proposed changes in Medicaid, for example, would be front-loaded, giving states more money in the first years, but would reduce funding for health care coverage in the later years. Guess who suffers when that happens?
      May I say does that remind you of George W. Bush and the mess he left?

      States in the past have been worse at shepherding taxpayer funds from the federal government than the federal government.

      Once block grants free the federal government from its obligations to administer, set standards, and fund social programs, there’s one thing you can count on—fewer chairs and more families cut out of the game. But this is no game…since it will result in . More hunger, more homelessness, more inequality, and more destitute citizens.

      What is a block grant and why is it a bad idea? A block grant is simply a lump sum grant of money Congress sends to states to use for a specific purpose. RESULTS volunteers are quite familiar with block grants because of work with the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is a pool of money Congress allocates to the states each year designated for child care assistance. While block grants are appropriate in some cases, when it comes to low-income programs like SNAP and Medicaid, they could be disastrous.

      Ironically, one of the criticisms of SNAP by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (D-WI-1) is that its costs have skyrocketed. That's exactly what is supposed to happen in a bad economy. More people lose jobs, their incomes go down, and so they turn to public assistance for help. Because of this, enrollment for safety net programs increases as do the costs of covering more people. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that SNAP kept 4.4 million people out of poverty in 2010. What Chairman Ryan seems to ignore is that, when the economy fully recovers and people's income rises, they no longer need public services and costs once again go down.

      Block granting SNAP and Medicaid would undo these protections. Transforming these guaranteed benefits to a system where benefits are contingent on a fixed amount of funding each year would inevitably result in cuts to enrollment and services. First, block grant funding would likely fail to increase at the same pace, if at all, as food and health care inflation, thus forcing cuts. We’ve seen this happen with welfare when it was block-granted in the 1990s as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF). Second, SNAP and Medicaid would also not be able to adequately respond in economic downturns, as they have recently. When more and more people need services but you have a fixed grant of funding that is unlikely to be increased during a recession, people will be turned away to fend for themselves. Finally, states could also be tempted to redirect block grant funds to other areas, putting further strain on already scare resources.

      As a result, millions of people would fall into poverty with their government essentially abandoning them. This is not the America we want.

      October 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  25. judy

    desperation. Cal democrat must be a biggot.Look how hw keeps trying to use the muslim card. probably a good ol christian biggot. Howard has a tiny weenie much like his brain and a big mouth and dimwit didnt bother to read the artical or he would know about the electrical power.Desperation the repo party has become the party of fools and liers. kool aid police is drinking something much stronger than kool aid thats why his brain is mush. Try AA.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Did you forget the Midol judy?

      October 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
      • jean2009

        All Midol contains is caffeine and a diuretic....a strong "Cup of Joe" should cure the problem.

        October 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • California Democrat

      Keep screaming bigot, racist when it doesn't apply. It's all you pathetic liberals have.

      Hussein is his middle name so if you have a problem with it talk to your messiah.

      Have a nice day.

      October 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  26. California Democrat

    The liberals screaming racist apparently are ignorant to the fact that Hussein Obama himself is a racist.

    The irony of their hypocrisy is sad in a pathetic sort of way.

    October 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      HOW IS HE RACIST? CAN YOU GIVE ONE GOOD EXAMPLE IN HIS OWN WORDS?

      October 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • California Democrat

        Go watch the video and don't let your ignorance run your life.

        October 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I WATCHED IT, AND SO WHAT? BECAUSE HE SOUNDED ANGRY? WHO WASN'T ANGRY ABOUT THE MISHANDLING OF KATRINA? YOU MUST BE VERY NEW TO THIS COUNTRY.

        October 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • About what we expect

        How about his racist attack on his own grandmother where he went off on her, calling her just a "typical white woman"

        October 4, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  27. jean2009

    Out and about today....took in an art exhibit. Couldn't help but notice all the new home construction.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Jean, you have said that you are in Ohio, right? I like Ohio, a wonderful state, am glad that things are going well there.
      As I understand it you have a Republican Gov., Republican Senator Rob Portman, 13 Republicans in the House, (out of 23).
      They must be doing the right thing creating local jobs, lots of homes being built.

      October 4, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  28. Frank Marshall Davis

    Obama got carved up at the debate, he looked like he didn't even want to be there.

    October 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  29. Matt

    Because the Hoover Dam is worth so many electoral votes....

    October 4, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • JS

      LOL, You are not a dem.

      October 4, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  30. demwit

    Where's CNN's daily presidential schedule today? Debate preperations should be 1st of the schedule...

    October 4, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  31. Steveo

    WHERE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BLOG ABOUT THE DEBATE? COME ON,CNN!

    October 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • JS

      What's up Steveo. John here. You know by now the libs need time to hear their talking points and figure out what ones will stick tot he wall.
      SO far this morning the talking heads have given us "Romney acted like an attack dog, who wants an attack dog for president". Hey libs, we need an attack dog to attack the problems Obama (and Bush) have caused over the past 12 years.
      We also hear that Romney's "budget numbers do not make sense". He libs, Obama's budget got zero votes – do you think that was better? How about NO BUDGET FOR OUR COUNTRY FOR YEARS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION?
      Another thing we hear is "Romney lied". Hey libs, they both lied, but Romney was sharp enough to call Obama on his lies. Obama was clueless and didn't call Romney out on anything.
      There are several more lib clowns on the air that look like someone just died. MSDNC last night was great for a laugh. Even comrade Chis, who has said he gets a chill down his leg when Obama talks, had nothing positive to say about Obama and actually said Romney won hands down.
      Steveo, This is CNN... And the libs say CNN is not bias. We both know if Obama won CNN would have posted something last night. Is there any wonder Fox is cleaning their clock?

      October 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • Steveo

        Hey John, What's up. Not one debate story, not one! I expected more from CNN! I truly did! I still haven't been on Fox.com for a reason. I wanted to get a balanced read from CNN. Looks like that does not exist!

        October 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  32. JS

    Just watching Obama talking this morning in Denver. Once again he is bashing Romney. Obama spends 250 million creating an image of Romney. Last night the American people saw the lie Obama has been telling and the real Romney. We also saw the real Obama, as Sununu called him "a bumbler".
    Many of the libs are still spewing the party line lies Obama has fooled his blind followers with. Axlerod says Obama was satisfied with his performance. What a bunch of clowns. So much for Obama being brilliant. We all saw what happened when the teleprompter was not there.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  33. jean2009

    WHY THE VOUCHER SYSTEM IS WRONG:

    You have to remember, Paul Ryan: Has the kind of logic that allows him to be a part of a system that transfers billions in wealth to the richest one percent and engages in useless wars. But when it’s time to stop an economic catastrophe he wants you to know he’s offended. TARP came after a long series of crimes and blunders that led to the financial crisis. But it’s important to remember that the worst decisions of that era — from the repeal of Glass-Steagall to the tax breaks that incentivized financial fraud — all bear Paul Ryan’s stamp of approval.

    YES…he voted for the repeal of Glass-Steagall that caused the mortgage mess.
    Despite the hardship in his district, Ryan voted against extending unemployment benefits in November on the pretext that it would add more than “one dime to the deficit.”

    October 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  34. gemini33

    Might have better spent the time in debate prep, but then he only seems to work when he has goofed up and needs to prove a point.

    October 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm |