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Monday, January 28, 2008

Local lady a guest at State of Union tonight

The White House this morning announced the list of guests sitting in the First Lady's box.

These tend to be "real people" the President uses to emphasize a point in his speech. Looks like Ms. Ball will illustrate efforts to fight foreclosure.

Here's the White House release:


Mrs. Laura Bush

Barbara Bush

Jenna Bush

Mrs. Lynne Cheney

Lori Ball, Homemaker (Brookville, Indiana)
Lori Ball is a stay-at-home mom of four children, two of whom still live with her in Brookville, Indiana. In 2005, her husband, Carey Ball, had back surgery and was out of work for six months recovering.

Shortly after, Mr. Ball lost his job as his company was downsizing, and the Balls began to fall behind on their house payments. Creditors began to call frequently, and Mrs. Ball and her husband did not know where to turn. Carey and Lori Ball then received in the mail an information package from their mortgage provider, Wells Fargo, and from HOPE NOW, an alliance of counselors, servicers, investors, and other mortgage market participants whose aim is to help homeowners stay in their homes.

In addition, Lori Ball saw President Bush speak on television about the HOPE NOW Alliance. The President communicated to Americans that help could be a phone call away. Mr. Ball called the number, and their family received the help needed to restructure their mortgage and save their home. Mrs. Ball is appreciative for the help the HOPE NOW Alliance provided her family, and she encourages other Americans facing troubles with their mortgage to contact their lender or a credit counselor at 888-995-HOPE.

See the full list here


at 10:58 AM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Imagine someone taking self reliance and self responsibility to make their plight better without a government handout.

There is still hope out there for people.

I applaud them for choosing not to be enslaved by the bondage of welfare.

at 11:18 AM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:58 You stole my thunder. I second your comment

at 11:47 AM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, someone harmed by Repug policies is shown off as an example of virtue by a Repug President.

That'd be like the Germans showing off an Auschwitz survivor.

at 12:05 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brookville is 45 miles from Cincinnati.

If this is "local", then what's the cutoff for something becoming "distant"?

at 12:12 PM, January 28, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Third...motion past

at 12:37 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Like Lemmings To The Sea said...

So this woman, who's family has been devastated by the Bush polocies which have only helped the top 1% income earners, is allowing herself to be used for Bush's political gain? What a pathetic dupe.

Brooksvile, In is NOT local, by the way. Another sad fishwrap posting.

at 6:33 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares if it's "local" but I don't understand the 1st 2 posts. She gutted it out herself??

at 9:59 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Reverse Robin Hood said...

Leave it to good old Carl, whose effusive, gushing minute-by-minute "reporting" of each and every iota of Bush's motorcade making it's way through town made him a laughing stock, to find a "local" connect to the SOTU excessive in futility. Even though she's not local. Even though this foolish woman is being used and manipulated by the very man who is a major cause of her current crisis. How pathetic for all involved.

She probably couldn't declare bankruptcy thanks to Bush's bankruptcy "reform", and there's no so-called "welfare" (to use ignorant republican poster #1's term) available for middle or lower middle-class families. We are simply screwed, while the richest 1% get richer, pay 15% on their fat capital gains and earn it all on the backs of the middle classes. It's time to bring back the guillotine folks.

at 6:22 AM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only helped the top 1%...? Can you Dems find a new lie- you've worn this one out.

This 99%-er didn't mind the tax relief Bush gave. You know... it was my money anyway.

at 3:09 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous CincyCapell said...

I guess that's why billionaire Warren Buffet recently commented about the unfairness of the Bush tax cuts. He stated that he is taxed at 17.7% on the $46 million he made last year, without trying to avoid paying higher taxes, while his secretary, who earned $60,000, was taxed at 30%.


The middle class did not receive any real tax relief from the Bush tax cuts. The cuts went almost exclusively to the top 1-2% income earners.

I bet that Anon 6:22 is one of the pretend rich who are living on their credit cards and now extinct home equity. It's amazing how these people drink the right wing kool aid and think that they are going to be rich one day. dream on Anon, dream on. What are you going to do when that home equity disappears?

at 8:14 PM, January 29, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:22 >> You're absolutely correct but the others on here don't have a clue about what you said.

Question: If you work for a wage/salary, pay taxes on that & then invest a little leftover in the stock market >> why should you then have to pay more taxes on any gains? Aka, double taxation.

But the real answer is "I don't have any money in the stock market so let's soak anyone who does (aka "the rich")."

Anyone who thinks Warren "made" only $46 Million on his 30 billion fortune last year is clueless. I believe/hope you're smarter than that.

at 4:10 PM, January 30, 2008 Anonymous Billionaires For Bush said...

The profit from that investment is is income, and you haven't been taxed on that income at all. You paid taxes on the principle amount you initially invested, but any profit above that amount should be taxed as regular income, because that's what it is.

Buffet's comments speaks for itself. Bush's tax cuts have only benefited the top income earners. The middle class gets hosed.

at 5:05 PM, January 30, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati loves President George W. Bush!

Thank you for guiding our country through the last 8 years. History will be kind to you. And thank God we never had sore losers Gore and Kerry running America.

at 10:27 AM, January 31, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Anon 5:05PM had been a German in Germany in April 1945, as the Russians closed in on the Fuhrerbunker, they would have wrote the following in their local newspaper:

"Thank you, Adolf. We love you! Seig Heil!"

at 8:57 PM, February 05, 2008 Anonymous Vox Populi said...

Ah, yes...the always predictable Nazi reference by a liberal moonbat. Here's a history lesson for you lib: the Nazis were socialists and had more in common with liberals like you.

Here's your homework assignment: Read "Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left." Come back when you're more informed.

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