Senate committee proposes less drastic budget cuts for NOAA

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:16 PM GMT on March 07, 2011

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Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a new budget (HR 1) for the remainder of the fiscal year that would slash funding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $454 million. This would mean a draconian 28% cut for the National Weather Service, the agency entrusted to protect us from natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Monday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released a proposed alternative to HR 1 that would make a $110 million reduction to NOAA operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. Of the $110 million cut, $104 million was from earmarks that are no longer funded. This effectively only cuts the NOAA budget by $6 million, and would allow NOAA to continue its efforts through the coming tornado, flood, and hurricane seasons to help protect lives and property without suffering from crippling budget cuts.

Now is the time to mobilize to ensure adequate funding for NOAA, and the National Weather Service Employees Organization issued these recommendations in a letter posted on their website today:

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Assuming the Senate adopts this proposal, the effort goes to convincing House Leadership of the important work of the NWS and fully funding NOAA. At this important stage, we ask you to contact Congressmen John Boehner and Eric Cantor and respectfully request that they support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. These congressmen hold the key to the future of the NWS.

To email or call Speaker John Boehner
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

To email or call Representative Eric Cantor
http://cantor.house.gov/contact/

You can also join the Protect the National Weather Service Facebook group, which was created for this cause. Our fan count is growing rapidly but we need more. We want Congress to take notice of how much support our fans have shown. Please share this message with your friends and ask them to click "like" directly on our page. We will have more information, some cool photos and interesting tidbits to share in the coming days.

Sample letters and talking points are available below. Please feel free to use these letters and also tailor them to the particular types of weather for your geographic area. The links below provide email addresses and phone numbers to help you in this effort.

Your support of the National Weather Service is greatly appreciated. You are making the difference in helping the agency continue their mission of saving lives and property. Thank you.


Dear Mr. Speaker (for Speaker John Boehner) OR
Dear Mr. Cantor (for Rep. Eric Cantor)

I am writing to ask you to support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. This proposal will help NOAA and the National Weather Service continue the mission of saving lives and property.

The Senate's proposal includes responsible funding levels in stark contrast to the draconian cuts included in HR1. HR1 would have resulted in the following impacts on the National Weather Service:

* Reduced staffing at Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers would result in incomplete forecast production which could prove disastrous in a significant weather event. Even in the best of cases, it will still mean incomplete forecast production at WFOs that have major product workloads for aviation, marine, tropical and public services.

* This is going to have a negative impact on the economy and on almost every aspect of our daily lives. There will be a large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and the cost shipping food and other products.

* Service backup of 24 Weather Forecasting Offices has never been tested and runs a very significant risk of a missed tornado, flood or severe weather warning. It is risking lives at the onset of both tornadoes and hurricane season. This is also doubling the area of responsibility for operations and adds the risk of degraded service delivery.

* The National Hurricane Center is not immune to these cuts as furloughs and staffing cuts will add strain to the program. The Hurricane Hunter Jet, which provides lifesaving data and helps determine a hurricane.s path, could also be eliminated.

* Information that is vital for weather modeling and accurate tornado watches and warnings will be reduced and in some cases lost. Reduced upper air observations currently made twice a day could be reduced to once every other day. Buoy and surface weather observations, the backbone of most of the weather and warning systems, may be temporarily or permanently discontinued.

Recent advances in aviation weather forecasting have resulted in as much as a 50 percent reduction in weather related flight delays. The Senate.s proposal for funding will help progressive programs such as these continue and may, in turn, prove beneficial to strengthening the economy.
For the safety of our citizens, the protection of property, and the large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and commerce, I am asking you to vote in support the Senate.s proposal for NOAA's budget.

Sincerely,
Your Name

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I encourage all of you to make your voices heard and help preserve funding for NOAA and the National Weather Service.

You can call or email your U.S. Senator using this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information /senators_cfm.cfm

You can call or email your U.S. House of Representatives member using this link: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

The National Weather Service Employees Organization web site has talking points and sample letters (printable) you can use to contact your Senators and Representative.

Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Whitfield have joined Democratic leaders in the U.S. House in authoring the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), a bill to block EPA’s controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak.

The hearing is open to the public and press. Opening statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online at http://energycommerce.house.gov

Jeff Masters

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Member Since: July 15, 2006 Posts: 169 Comments: 53296
Quoting weatherboy1992:
The Great Library of Alexandria was burned to the ground by a Christian mob.

We should ask Grothar; I hear he had one of the first cards issued...

That library, by the way, has a very Glenn Beck-ian past: for hundreds of years there was a myth passed around that said the library was intentionally destroyed upon the orders of a Muslim caliph; this served to stir up resentment towards Islam, and to help justify anti-Muslim bigotry. Sound familiar? ;-)

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Quoting weatherboy1992:
The Great Library of Alexandria was burned to the ground by a Christian mob.


wasn't that an episode of Futurama? an easy mistake to make, I'm sure....
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And the Romans through the christians to the lions.
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Kinda a quiet day on here. I've been out in Colorado, so that's the reason why I haven't been on so much. Now i'm back and looking to more fun on here.
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And in closing and no hard feelings towards anyone.To the indivuals who defend cuts to the military i say this.As a proud son of a WW vet, 2 uncles that were WW vets and best friend who has come back from IRAQ with more metal in him than I could imagine:why dont you go anywhere in the world our troops are fighting for us and tell them they don't need the best weapons and technology money can buy.If it means less for the rich and less for shiftless then so be it.This is one middle class taxpayer that would be more than willing to pay more for our vets,elderly and disabled, and under employed.So thier it is view of one dummy but not close minded to new ideas and direction.
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Quoting hcubed:


The idea of the "rich" not paying enough in taxes is questionable, too.

Take this, for example:

"...During 2008, the bottom 95 percent (AGI under $159,619) paid 41.3 percent of the total collected, a larger share than the 38.0 percent paid by the top 1 percent (AGI over $380,354).

The top-earning 5 percent of taxpayers (AGI over $159,619), however, still paid far more than the bottom 95 percent. The top 5 percent earned 34.7 percent of the nation's adjusted gross income, but paid approximately 58.7 percent of federal individual income taxes.

For the past few years, the IRS has also been presenting data on a small subset of the top 1 percent, the top 0.1 percent (the top 10 percent of the top 1 percent). In 2008, this top 0.1 percent filed 140,000 tax returns, reporting nearly 10 percent of all adjusted gross income earned and paying approximately 18.5 percent of the nation's federal individual income taxes..."

Taken from here:

taxfoundation.org

Lots more data there, split into different groups.

The facts remain the facts. While you are referring exclusively to income taxes, I'm talking about the entire tax burden. And where that's concerned, the bottom 95% far more than make up for the difference via consumption and payroll taxes. So, 'tis not questionable: the wealthiest do not pay their fair share of overall taxes. Period.

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To goose girl your family was not what I was talking about.It was the able bodied people who choose not to work and get the benefits they get me.I had a aunt like your father who was a single mother raising 5 children while she WORKED as a maid with a heart condition.She was also refused any gov aid but had to watch ones get it who chose not to work drive off in thier car while she rode the bus.And was to proud to ask family for handouts.Now the derogatory remarks to God is your choice, but I feel the rest of us who do believe should not be ridiculed for our beliefs.Despite the sarcasm i still humbly say to you God Bless.
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Quoting goosegirl1:
quoting Nea: *There's a lingering conservative fantasy that millions of able-bodied poor and struggling people are just sitting at home collecting fat welfare checks and driving Cadillacs around at the expense of the taxpayer. It's silly. While there are definitely cheaters all over the spectrum from richest to poorest, if any tears are to be shed for anyone's plight, it should be for the poorest among us (note: a group of which I am not a part).*


Not to wring any tears from any of you, but... I was a poster child for poor Appalachia (too many years ago!). When my dad, a union man who had worked since he was 12, would not cross a picket line to go to his job for a couple of weeks, we went hungry for a whle because he applied for food stamps but was denied. Lucky for us, it was summer so there was always the garden. But with 5 kids to take care of, I still have no idea how my parents got by as well as they did.

What Nea is saying is that if there are any groups that needs the help of government funding, it is the poor working-class heros like my dad; the new mom who has no partner to help her and no money for a sitter; the retired who have to choose between eating and having electricity. These are not lazy, mindless, godless people. They are you and me, in a different life situation.

FSM bless you, too; may His Noodly Appendage touch you early and often. ;-)

Ramen!


Very well stated...
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quoting Nea: *There's a lingering conservative fantasy that millions of able-bodied poor and struggling people are just sitting at home collecting fat welfare checks and driving Cadillacs around at the expense of the taxpayer. It's silly. While there are definitely cheaters all over the spectrum from richest to poorest, if any tears are to be shed for anyone's plight, it should be for the poorest among us (note: a group of which I am not a part).*


Not to wring any tears from any of you, but... I was a poster child for poor Appalachia (too many years ago!). When my dad, a union man who had worked since he was 12, would not cross a picket line to go to his job for a couple of weeks, we went hungry for a whle because he applied for food stamps but was denied. Lucky for us, it was summer so there was always the garden. But with 5 kids to take care of, I still have no idea how my parents got by as well as they did.

What Nea is saying is that if there are any groups that needs the help of government funding, it is the poor working-class heros like my dad; the new mom who has no partner to help her and no money for a sitter; the retired who have to choose between eating and having electricity. These are not lazy, mindless, godless people. They are you and me, in a different life situation.

FSM bless you, too; may His Noodly Appendage touch you early and often. ;-)

Ramen!
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Post 298 I knew this to be fact to but did not post it for some that are so closed minded constantly preach my facts my facts.Interesting they only post facts that support thier own ideas.As Ive said many times,if people would have been this divided, and selfishly believing only thier ideas were right. We would have never won WWw2 and they would not have the oppurtunity they have today to be so self centered.
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303. beell
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SAINT... no need to apologize to me... keep on keepin' on.....
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Well unfortunately J.F. Im sorry my grammar offends you.But trust me from what I read you offend quite a few yourself.And the last time i checked the NAZI PARTY was called the NATIONAL SOCIALIST Party.While this ignorant ole countryboy was getting his dumb ole MBA in Industrial mgt, I took a course in NAZI GERMANY.IT was a socialist workers party founded by Hitler in 1922.He was arrested during what was called the beer hall putsch.In prison he wrote MIEN KIEMPH.Im sure I spelled that wrong.He became chancellor in 1933 after Hindenburg died h made hiself dictator.The group that aided him to his success was Ernest Rohm leader of the SA or brown shirts.He did away with them during what was called the night of the long knives,because the German army would not give thier support to him until he did away with them.This gave rise to the SS under the leadership of HIENRICH HIMMLER.I apologize to the rest of bloggers for this off topic post but due to the arrogance and closed mindedness of JF FLorida I thought he should know not to judge a book by its cover.And in the founding days of this country thier were a lot of people who discovered and invented better ways of life that could not read or write.Some had very little schooling.I guess you should have been there to tell them thier point did not matter and they were ignorant.Once again closed mindedness is blindness.One sided views and ideas are the way of ignorance and immaturity.For you jf i hope you find some peace and forgiveness for those evil folks who tend not to agree with everything you say.I hope you have a blessed day.
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Quoting cat5hurricane:

Capitalism is an economic system, not a government.


So is socialism and communism. But that doesn't stop people from using those terms synonymously with tyrannical authoritarian regimes (even though said regimes were not really communist or socialist).
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Quoting Neapolitan:
FWIW, it's not just meteorology that would be decimated; the GOP's budget would also:

  1. Destroy 700,000 jobs.
  2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.
  3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers%u2014which will deprive more than 3 million low-income people of health care over the next few months.
  4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.
  5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.
  6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.
  7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.
  8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would "send shockwaves" through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer%u2019s and Parkinson%u2019s research, and cause job losses.
  9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women%u2019s health care.
  10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.

All this, mind you, while tax cuts for the most wealthy are protected (that is, "The rich no longer need to carry their share of the load").

Now, if anyone can tell me how this is the way to more jobs and a better America, I'm dying to listen. I know we have a few on here who are convinced in their cold little hearts that the nation is in trouble because of all those low-rate welfare types "taking their money" and "living the life of Reilly", or because we're not spending enough on defense, so this isn't addressed to them; I'm directing it more at the dwindling few who still have the ability to think for themselves.


The idea of the "rich" not paying enough in taxes is questionable, too.

Take this, for example:

"...During 2008, the bottom 95 percent (AGI under $159,619) paid 41.3 percent of the total collected, a larger share than the 38.0 percent paid by the top 1 percent (AGI over $380,354).

The top-earning 5 percent of taxpayers (AGI over $159,619), however, still paid far more than the bottom 95 percent. The top 5 percent earned 34.7 percent of the nation's adjusted gross income, but paid approximately 58.7 percent of federal individual income taxes.

For the past few years, the IRS has also been presenting data on a small subset of the top 1 percent, the top 0.1 percent (the top 10 percent of the top 1 percent). In 2008, this top 0.1 percent filed 140,000 tax returns, reporting nearly 10 percent of all adjusted gross income earned and paying approximately 18.5 percent of the nation's federal individual income taxes..."

Taken from here:

taxfoundation.org

Lots more data there, split into different groups.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

If you want to make this a partisan issue, feel free--but the simple and unspinnable facts very clearly show that the robust and healthy nation Dubya inherited is not the one he left for Obama. (And Raygun--who likely wouldn't even be allowed into the GOP these days due to his "moderate" views--still managed to nearly drive the nation into the toilet, though Dubya wins the Gold Medal as far as that's concerned.)

At any rate, I was merely expanding upon a post talking about debt/GDP ratio. Spin that any way you want, but again facts are facts.
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295. beell
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Quoting jeffs713:


Just to address a few things:

1. True.
2. You have a better solution?
3. Gasoline and motor oil is considered hazardous waste, too.
4. A good chunk of the weight in the battery pack is offset by the decreased weight in the engine compartment. Also, many current battery packs rely on outdated technology (Ni-Cd and Ni-MH batteries), which are much heavier than other current battery technologies (Li-polymer, for example). The biggest hurdle for development of the new battery technologies is the car maker's resistance to investing in mass production of the new batteries. (and issues getting the raw materials, since they are not terribly common)
5. See #4. Also, think about how much it costs to replace a gasoline fuel system in a car. And to maintain said fuel system. Batteries are a bigger one-time cost, but over the long haul, tend to even out.

Right now, electric and hybrid vehicles are in their developmental stages. Think about it - whenever a new technology comes out, it doesn't get mass appeal right away. Remember back when mobile phones were gigantic, heavy, cumbersome things? (some of the younger generation may not remember those days) You have a cell phone now, don't you? Adoption of new technologies takes time. It takes several generations of the technology to gain mass market appeal. If you compare cell phones and electric vehicles, I would relate today's electric/hybrid technology to be at about the same stage as when cell phones first became completely hand-held, and you didn't need to carry a battery pack with you.


Hi Cutback USA,
WE regret hearing about your fund pruning but feel it a bit inappropriate to lobby your government about it, any suggestions about what we aliens can do to help? As we haven't yet achieved statehood,although we do have one of your bases nearby in Moron which operates heavier then air planes that make a lot of noise.
Here in my village a tornado last year blew off the weather vane on top of the church which hasn't been replaced due to town council cuts so we have to rely on rooftop washing and the TV for weather reports, the washing is reliable, the TV a bit obscure.

I assume you have small cars in the US? So why not remove their fossil fuel power and transmission units, then replace them with battery units. This should be about the same weight of approx 500 pounds and then will save the costs of buying the rest of the car, also with the spin off of not having to get rid of all of the old car and engine units are easy to recycle, being mostly metal.
Mount a support frame on the engine mountings for the battery/transmission unit and connect up the drive shafts, add a cable and plug socket. savings massive all round.

Anybody know whats happening to that 'blob' which Skye said was coming out of the 'armpit of Africa' yesterday? It looks very hot down there on the surface! And we cant see their washing!
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Quoting SAINTHURRIFAN:
Well nea I guess I was wrong.I thought you were one that even though ideas were different you could at least have a civil adult debate without namecalling and ridicule sad.Well I guess we now know you have no open mindedness and are strictly the extreme left way are the highway.I struck a chord it seems with you because you think that people who want a free ride at others expense is perfectly ok.But someone that runs a business or gets up everyday and works is stupid in your opinion.Well like Amy said this is weather blog and being that some people no matter what can be open minded or act in a adult manner with manners is a shame.Now Ive stated I can see both sides of the view not just one.Its called being objective and well rounded.Raised on the belief this is the greatest country in the world and IF YOU WORK HARD you can do whatever you set your mind too .Sure you can lay around waddling in your misfortune, blaming one paticular group for your problems.I have many faults, and many ways to get better,but I first look in the mirror and blame the person I see first.I do not know where you work nea; but maybe you need a carreer change for maybe thats why you are bitter.Or do you not work .The way you defend laziness and seem to hate prosperity I wonder. Anyway sorry Amy God Bless aquak, sorry for the abrubtness but being human Im not fond of the same constant ridicule from someone in return you try to treat with respect. Nea have a BLESSED DAY I think a lot of us need to reach out for the blessing.

"...you think that people who want a free ride at others expense is perfectly ok" No, not at all. In fact, that's what I'm ranting about: the wealthiest 1% in this country seem to have forgotten all about the American ideal of shared sacrifice/shared rewards. Now they want to pay no taxes while stripping all benefits from those they see as "beneath" them (a group which includes, well, pretty much anyone but themselves); they want tro engorge themselves off the fat of the land and give nothing back. If that's not the very definition of "wanting a free ride", I'm not sure what is.

"But someone that runs a business or gets up everyday and works is stupid in your opinion". Never said that. I am a small business owner. My beef is with the HUGE money people who have criminally lifted their wealth from the pockets of us, the hoi polloi.

"IF YOU WORK HARD you can do whatever you set your mind too" Again, my complaint is that this isn't so true anymore. There are very few seats at the big table these days, and the average Joe's chances of getting one are very, very slim. The game is stacked.

"...maybe you need a carreer change for maybe thats why you are bitter.Or do you not work .The way you defend laziness and seem to hate prosperity I wonder" Do I seem bitter? No, it's anger. Righteous indignation. Patriotism and love for my fellow man. Neither do I "hate prosperity"; I just believe the American way is to gain it without intentionally screwing over anyone who isn't a member of your elite club.

There's a lingering conservative fantasy that millions of able-bodied poor and struggling people are just sitting at home collecting fat welfare checks and driving Cadillacs around at the expense of the taxpayer. It's silly. While there are definitely cheaters all over the spectrum from richest to poorest, if any tears are to be shed for anyone's plight, it should be for the poorest among us (note: a group of which I am not a part).

FSM bless you, too; may His Noodly Appendage touch you early and often. ;-)
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Quoting Skyepony:


Land taxpayers payed alot for during the boons to keep it from getting developed so now we can sell it off during this bust of a real estate market? This pitch that it is costing the state is crap. Land is a resource that the state makes money off of (public & private sectors). Someone is going to profit big & it isn't the Average Joe that payed the taxes that bought it in the first place.

That prank call to the Wisconsin Gov, Where he thought he was taking to Koch.. He mentioned scott~ gave a glimpse of what we are in for in FL. Wonder if he'll be trying to sell/lease off our energy plants, no bid..like Walker is trying to pass. Certainly killed highspeed rail.. sold our planes.

Guess who scott appointed to oversee the state department charged with managing growth? Billy Buzzett, vice president of the St. Joe Co., one of Florida's largest land development companies... There's plans for closing 53 parks..maybe even selling some.



My gosh, it makes me upset that people bought into voting for Rick Scott. People need to wake up, a businessman should not be able to by himself a the governors seat because he is rich and advertises the most. Advertisement gets my attention about a candidate, but it causes me to do research about them more. As a result, that just made me all the less likely to vote for Rick Scott.

Sadly, I can't say the same about the lemming nature of the general public.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

How about cutting oil company subsidies? In fact, how about stopping corporate welfare of all kinds? And how about the wealthiest again being made to pay their fair share in the once-upon-a-time American spirit of shared sacrifice?

Saying you can balance a budget merely by making cuts that affect the least fortunate among us is something spineless politicians throw out like red meat to the lions. The only sensible--and, face it, patriotic--way to balance is to both cut spending and raise revenues. The Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000--subsequently extended by Obama--was about as shortsightedly and destructively stupid a program that has ever been put in place. Stupid, stupid, stupid...


I actually agree with this post very much so.
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Quoting McBill:


Without science, there would be no economy.



haha, so true
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Quoting hcubed:


As long as they allow me to print out more money as I need it, shouldn't be a problem.
           LOL. Good one!
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Well nea I guess I was wrong.I thought you were one that even though ideas were different you could at least have a civil adult debate without namecalling and ridicule sad.Well I guess we now know you have no open mindedness and are strictly the extreme left way are the highway.I struck a chord it seems with you because you think that people who want a free ride at others expense is perfectly ok.But someone that runs a business or gets up everyday and works is stupid in your opinion.Well like Amy said this is weather blog and being that some people no matter what can be open minded or act in a adult manner with manners is a shame.Now Ive stated I can see both sides of the view not just one.Its called being objective and well rounded.Raised on the belief this is the greatest country in the world and IF YOU WORK HARD you can do whatever you set your mind too .Sure you can lay around waddling in your misfortune, blaming one paticular group for your problems.I have many faults, and many ways to get better,but I first look in the mirror and blame the person I see first.I do not know where you work nea; but maybe you need a carreer change for maybe thats why you are bitter.Or do you not work .The way you defend laziness and seem to hate prosperity I wonder. Anyway sorry Amy God Bless aquak, sorry for the abrubtness but being human Im not fond of the same constant ridicule from someone in return you try to treat with respect. Nea have a BLESSED DAY I think a lot of us need to reach out for the blessing.
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Quoting overwash12:
 Run your household finances like the Gov't runs theirs and see how long you last!


As long as they allow me to print out more money as I need it, shouldn't be a problem.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
FWIW, it's not just meteorology that would be decimated; the GOP's budget would also:

  1. Destroy 700,000 jobs.

  2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.

  3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers%u2014which will deprive more than 3 million low-income people of health care over the next few months.

  4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.

  5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.

  6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.

  7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.

  8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would "send shockwaves" through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer%u2019s and Parkinson%u2019s research, and cause job losses.

  9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women%u2019s health care.

  10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.

All this, mind you, while tax cuts for the most wealthy are protected (that is, "The rich no longer need to carry their share of the load").

Now, if anyone can tell me how this is the way to more jobs and a better America, I'm dying to listen. I know we have a few on here who are convinced in their cold little hearts that the nation is in trouble because of all those low-rate welfare types "taking their money" and "living the life of Reilly", or because we're not spending enough on defense, so this isn't addressed to them; I'm directing it more at the dwindling few who still have the ability to think for themselves.


Come to Wisconsin and find out how many people actually want what the legislature is proposing! Nea, we are not a dwindling population up here.
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FWIW, it's not just meteorology that would be decimated; the GOP's budget would also:
  1. Destroy 700,000 jobs.
  2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.
  3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers%u2014which will deprive more than 3 million low-income people of health care over the next few months.
  4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.
  5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.
  6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.
  7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.
  8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would "send shockwaves" through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer%u2019s and Parkinson%u2019s research, and cause job losses.
  9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women%u2019s health care.
  10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.

All this, mind you, while tax cuts for the most wealthy are protected (that is, "The rich no longer need to carry their share of the load").

Now, if anyone can tell me how this is the way to more jobs and a better America, I'm dying to listen. I know we have a few on here who are convinced in their cold little hearts that the nation is in trouble because of all those low-rate welfare types "taking their money" and "living the life of Reilly", or because we're not spending enough on defense, so this isn't addressed to them; I'm directing it more at the dwindling few who still have the ability to think for themselves.
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"Crammer"?

you just made my point....

:)
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we love your singing, aqua!!!!

:)
Member Since: January 24, 2007 Posts: 317 Comments: 31946
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
much more as afternoon wears on and early evening approaches a strong to severe line will form and sweep out the air mass as it lifts n and e


Do ya think the worse will be over by nightfall?
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keeper

I like the new avatar

now will you please send us some rain? I have been singing this song for 5 years now, every spring...don't you like my singing?
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