L.I. Woman Convinces Government She's Alive

EAST QUOGUE, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — She was declared dead – but she’s as alive as you and I.

Carol Combes is the official historian for the village of East Quogue, Long Island. She cares for headstones and writes local obituaries.

In June, she was aghast to learn that she was dead. In fact, she had been declared dead for more than a month.

“I’m on the computer and am in the Social Security death index, and I’m scanning down and all of the sudden, whoa!” she said. “There’s my name, Carol Combes, where I was born, when I died.”

Combes was quickly cut off from bank accounts, medicare and more.

Ancestry Web sites even publicly listed her presumably ‘dearly departed’ Social Security number – that was still active. 

“Every account I had was frozen, no matter where it was at,” she said. “I was left with just pocket change.”

 Since then she and her husband Rich have collected hundreds of documents, made endless trips to social security officers, and spent hours on the phone with government workers who finally solved the riddle.

 They traced the error to a clerk in Alabama typing  in the wrong nine digit number.

A spokesman for Social Security says Combes’ record has been corrected. They’ve since apologized, but Combes thinks it’s something that could’ve easily been avoided.

 “To the Social Security Administration, you’re nothing but a number,” Combes said. “And when that number goes in, they should research it a little better.”

Even so, and despite being stuck swimming upstream against the government, Combes, along with family and friends, are finding humor in it all.

“I’m glad you’re alive,” said Richard Combes to his wife. “I’m glad I didn’t miss your funeral.”

 Carol also gets a good laugh out of it. 

“They say to me, ‘you look pretty good for dead’,” she said.

 The Social Security Administration tells CBS 2 that they will continue to monitor Carol’s situation because the IRS, VA Hospital and banks may be slow in getting the correction.

 Some of Carol’s assets remain frozen.

  • rich

    2 indisputable FACTS:
    1. Unemployment was at 4.9% in November 2006.
    2. 2006 spending was about 468 Billion.
    (the Democrats took over both houses in Jan 2007) Look where we are now!
    Unemployment at 9.5%%
    So far this year we have spent 1.7 TRILLION.
    Do you miss George Bush yet? I sure do.
    Also remember how obama stood in front of the cameras and said that if we didn’t give him 876 Billion to spend right now, that unemployment could get as high as 8%? He got his way and unemployment is at 9.5% and getting worse every day…That’s a fact, Jack. No mater how you libs try to fudge the numbers, they don’t have any basis in facts.
    YA, I DO MISS BUSH! 4.9 % unemployment and budget for year of les than 1/3 of Obama’s budget.

  • Rick Z

    This is your government.

    We have automated all data flow.

    Computers process it all flawlessly.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

    Nothing can go wrong.

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    Nothing can go wrong.

    Gothin nac og grown.

    Wnoth ognac gointh.

  • J Allen

    So, there is life after death!

  • Old

    The constitution used to work. BEFORE there were politicians. A supreme deity used to work. BEFORE there was “organized” religion. And people wonder why both want separation of “church” and “state”.

  • Linda Rasa

    Dear Carol,

    You should throw a “NEW BABY” party including baby presents you can donate to a charity and a specialty baby shower cake. Congratulations on your 2nd life.

  • Jay

    “Here’s a good way to shut up Tea-Party Clowns… Ask them what their plan is to creat jobs, or anything for that matter LOL.”

    It’s all so clear now! Businesses aren’t hiring because they aren’t paying enough taxes!

    People need to understand that as long as the private sector has money, they will continue to use it to not create jobs! It is only when private businesses have gone out of business that they will be able to start hiring again!

    • David

      Your a Moron, about 40% of the Stimulus package was TAX CUTS to businesses.

    • R. T. Tidwell

      JAY: What courses did you take anywhere that gives you that view of the economy?! Also, do you have a job? If so, it must be with the government! I have never read such garbage as you wrote! It sounds like something Obama would say,….and, actually he has said that: “Government is our only hope”. He said that during his 2008 campaign. Looks as if you have bought into his economic ideas that are leading us down to the levell or a third world nation!

  • Dustin

    The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
    [a man puts a body on the cart]
    Large Man with Dead Body: Here’s one.
    The Dead Collector: That’ll be ninepence.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
    The Dead Collector: What?
    Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There’s your ninepence.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
    The Dead Collector: ‘Ere, he says he’s not dead.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not.
    The Dead Collector: He isn’t.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m getting better.
    Large Man with Dead Body: No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
    The Dead Collector: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I don’t want to go on the cart.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
    The Dead Collector: I can’t take him.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel fine.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
    The Dead Collector: I can’t.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.
    The Dead Collector: I promised I’d be at the Robinsons’. They’ve lost nine today.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when’s your next round?
    The Dead Collector: Thursday.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I think I’ll go for a walk.
    Large Man with Dead Body: You’re not fooling anyone, you know. Isn’t there anything you could do?
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel happy. I feel happy.
    [the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
    Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
    The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

  • Insight

    These are the same government clowns that will be in charge of our health care?

  • SAWB

    The ninnies at Social Security have declared me “dead”, too. I told them: “Fine, let the IRS know I’m dead, too.” Man! Talk about being resurrected in a hurry!!!

    • Kjell

      LMAO!! :))

  • Patrick

    What a great opportunity to work and to not pay taxes… I would have left things as is and stayed dead…

  • Dona Burke

    About the Social Security problem. This has been ages ago when a child could get benefits off their father if they were in college and under a certain age. I had a check stolen from my mailbox and it took 2 years with my going in to the office every month to get it cleared up. Finally they requested a copy of the particular signed check and compared it with my handwriting and determined I had not signed it. That should have been the FIRST thing they did. And now with everything I have paid in over the years, not only do I have to wait until 67 to draw, but I am looking at it not even being there. How fair is that???

  • AtillaTheHun

    Remember in November: “Any government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you’ve got”. Including your life! Vot for smaller government!

  • Scott

    To Stephen

    Absolutely fabulous!!!

    What you have stated should be REQUIRED READING for all High School students in the USA.

  • John Bader

    What about the people that work here and then go to another country to live. How do we know for sure when they die. i would imangine that we pay social security for many, many people that are DEAD.

  • Stephen

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ

    If they do not receive social security, but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

    Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

  • Stephen

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

    Never have SO FEW, done SO MUCH, to DESTROY the lives of SO MANY.

    • Marvin L. Zinn

      I absolutely agree!

      If you want it fixed, vote for me. My primary project is to cut the federal government in half, repeated each of the next three years.

    • ivote

      Right on! Have you wondered why every Bill of this administration is at least 2000 pages long; not ready to be read by Congress (even if they would) and not fully disclosed to voters; is on the fast track of “absolute EMERGENCY LEGISLATION”; and, the finances don’t necessarily add up.
      Do you suppose that any of the very wealthy men and women in Congress got where they are financially by NOT reading contracts they signed for their personal transactions?
      Yet according to PELOSI, they “had to sign Health Care Reform TO SEE WHAT WAS IN IT” Cap and Trade will be the same IF we allow a Lame Duck Session.
      We taxpayers end up on the hook to pay for it! Pelosi is draining the nation’s finances, instead of the swamp in D.C.!
      What is wrong with this picture?
      Maybe a complete change-out in Washington is due in November AND term limits

  • himoses

    I call BS on part of this reporting. All the woman had to do is come into her local office with valid identification. Bingo..two or three days later she is resurrected. This is typical of shoddy journalism that is done. Did the journalist contact Social Security to find out the policy to “bring someone back from the dead?” No.

    This happens frequently due to antiquated systems containing CABALT programming that allow for easy human error. With workloads more than doubling ebery 7 years due to the aging populace, new government entitlements, law changes, court cases, and brain draining from the agency, unfortunately, accidents like this will happen more frequently.

    Signed: Social Security employee fed up with poor journalism

    • GraceUnderFire, US

      CABALT programming?

      It’s COBOL programming.

      I certainly agree with the “brain draining” comment.

    • ivote

      The problem is the person supposed to be “dead” doesn’t know there was mistake on their SS records for at least a full month when no check comes or until the repercussions start — like bank accounts being frozen, checks bouncing and all the attached fees start ! This woman just happened to see her own SS record. In other words, you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken ! And as another person this happened to said, the government couldn’t figure out how to reimburse him thousands of $ in such fees–which also resulted in tanking his credit!
      Granted the journalist should research what he/she is writing about and I can sympathize with anyone working within the maze of government bureaucracy,
      HOWEVER, the problem caused by this “mistake” is very real when it happens to you personally.

  • Eugene Boyanton

    DMV style heath care can’t wait. Anyone ever been to Charity Hospital in New Orleans, government run, it not only looked and smelled like an unflushed tolit. This is the future of government heathcare.

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  • Malik

    Just keep repeating, “Anyone who opposes Obama and big gov’t is a racist.”

    ….see how that works come November.

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  • Jubal Harshaw

    “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you…”

    Just in case some of you young whippersnappers (& some older ones) didn’t know this. It’s easy to check out, if you don’t believe it. Be sure and show it to your kids. They need a little history lesson on what’s what and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. Facts are Facts!!!
    Social Security Cards up until the 1980s expressly stated the number and card were not to be used for identification purposes. Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the message was removed.
    Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
    1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary; No longer Voluntary
    2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program; Now 7.65% on the first $90,000
    3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year; No longer tax deductible
    4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program, and, Under Johnson the money was moved to The General Fund and Spent
    5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.
    Under Clinton & Gore Up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

    Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
    A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

    Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
    A: The Democratic Party.

    Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?
    A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US

    Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?
    A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

    Then, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!
    sure of what isn’t so.


    • Vicki

      Wonderful Jubal, you have provided us with a great deal of information that we have all forgotten! Thanks for posting!

  • daveC

    ” Some of Carol’s assets remain frozen.”

    Note -= always keep a significant amount of “resources” out of the system. Use the Bank of Mason Jar. PS, wrap it in plastic, moisture from the ground will rust the lid and band right quick…

  • http://thebackpackershandbook.com Kit Herring

    This woman had an unfortunate situation that was eventually corrected. What astonishes me is how most of the readers’ comments about her story are propaganda-based pablum dished out by manipulative right-wing “thinkers” who would like nothing better than to dumb down the American public in order to take real charge of our country for their own twisted agenda.

    • Al

      As opposed to your “propaganda-based pablum dished out by manipulative left-wing “thinkers” who would like nothing better than to dumb down the American public in order to take real charge of our country for their own twisted agenda.”

      And are doing it as we speak.

      Yeah, right… Tell us another story.

      • http://thebackpackershandbook.com Kit Herring

        But would you actually listen to a “story” or just reject it because your own views preclude intellectual discourse?

    • Bruce Boyd

      We still have the second amendment, and more guns and ammuntion in private citizen’s hands than the armies of China and India combined.
      When the time comes to push back agaainst these leftists, we will be ready.

      • Kjell

        We better stock up on ammo before the democrats tax it right out of our solar system!

  • fedupwithBO

    I had my birthday changed by the SSA without my knowledge. I only found out when the IRS notified me the info I provided on tax forms didn’t match that provided by the SSA.
    I went to the local SSA office, and they just couldnt correct the date. I had to re-apply for the same ssn.

  • les_gvt

    I winder if slobber realizes that it was Woodrow Wilsom, a Progressive Democrat that we have to thank for the Fed. Also , if he does a little research, he may find out that the Rockefellers have been not only embedded into the Fed, but are also Progressive democrats.

  • John

    “Every account I had was frozen, no matter where it was at,” she said. “I was left with just pocket change.”

    Just think what Congress or the Fed can do with your retirement and bank accounts anytime one of them wants.

    We are told to keep a three day supply of food and water for emergencies. About 30 days worth of money would be a good idea, too.

    • Carol Combes

      John, Good thinking. I think 3 months cash if possible would be better. Joint account are not really good when one passes. . Each person should have some kind of an emergency account in their name only for such emergencies…. iI can remember the old timer saying when a spouce passes away get to the bank imeadiatly and draw out all the money and say nothing…….Maybe we should come back to their way of telling it……
      Carol from East Quogue

  • The Grammarian

    Dear CBS New York editors:

    “…but she’s as alive as you and me.” is grammatically incorrect.

    It should be, “…but she’s as alive as you and I.” Break the clause into two parts and you’ll see: “She’s as alive as you (are)” and “She’s as alive as I (am)”. Ergo, “She’s as alive as you and I.”

    Please make a note of it.



    • momsaid

      The CBS guys probably had ‘Frosty the Snowman’ running through their heads on that one. Never rely on songwriters for correct grammar.

      English teacher at door: “Good afternoon, Johnny. Is your mother or your father at home?”
      Little Johnny: Naw, they ain’t here. They done left.”
      Etad: “My heavens, Johnny…where is your grammar?”
      LJ: Oh, she’s in the kitchen bakin’ cookies!”

    • DianeH

      DOES IT REALLY MATTER? That’s not what this is all about.

  • Marvin L. Zinn

    Hmmm. There is an advantage. If they think I am dead, I won’t have to pay any more taxes!

  • Diego Roswell

    I wish the federal government would declare me “dead” so my family could receive the social security benefits I have been fighting for over these past 5 years as a disabled American – the social security administration is quick to deny disability benefits despite mountains of medical evidence to the contrary, while they spend millions on “conferences” at 5-star resorts….in Arizona????

    Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    • Glenn beck's dad

      I’m with you Diego, Just go to to Escondido to see thousands of anchor brats getting your money.

  • Scrooge

    You just know DA minority made that mistake, because they don’t care

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  • Flannigan

    Get their attention:


  • Chicago Ray

    Fire em all in the Fall….

  • Kevin


    ‘I’m sorry m’am. We can’t help you. You are already dead.”

  • NYGlenn18

    Not to worry. She wont last long once Obummercare kicks in !!

  • The anti-obama

    Buck oFama…

  • Jeb

    Another reason to revolt against this administration and give our government and enema this November.

  • max

    It’s george Bush’s fault !

  • mcgonif

    So it’s that hard to prove you’re alive-

    But so easy for illegals to use fake social security numbers… What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Jeff Dege

    The fundamental problem is that SSN’s do not have internal checksums. A mis-typed credit card number is very unlikely to be a vaild credit card number, the internal checksum will almost always be invalid. SSN’s lack this check, so an mis-typed SSN is quite likely to be another valid number

  • dr. Veritas Paradigm

    If they can’t even accurately maitain simple data such as whether or not someone is dead or alive, how on earth can they successfully operate this health care monstrosity? The obvious answer is, or course, that they can’t. Government-run programs are neither ever efficient or effective.

    Come November we must try to find people to elect who will be statesmen, not politicians. Statesmen try to shape legislation to ensure that private industry is effective. Politicians, on the other hand, want to shape legislation that government control is increased, irregardless of effectiveness, because increased government control means those in the government have greater power- and that’s what politicians really want!

    • David

      2 words. Term Limits

      • bob

        that was finally something smart you said!

      • lalise

        First thing you said that makes any sense as long as it is accross the board with both house and congress.
        in addition, same social security benefits none of the priviledge retirement for life even after one term.
        Same medical benefits, what they think is good enough for us should be so for them.
        They are voted here to serve us not to serve themselves.
        I am disgusted with both parties but wouldn’t be stupid enough to vote for a 3rd party.

  • http://hammeroftruth.com/2010/220/ Hammer of Truth


  • Cliff

    Can’t wait until they run healthcare…

  • Immigration component

    PROBABLY the result of illegal aliens stealing her identity. It’s one of the hugest problems that never gets discussed when it comes to open borders. Arizona has horrible problems with identity theft. Usually it’s young kids that are the victims because they obviously don’t check their credit scores or have any use for the Social Security number until they are adults. That makes their number much more valuable to those stealing it — it can go on for years with no one detecting any problem.

    • David

      Did you even read the article?? It was a clerk that transposed some numbers.




    • obamaspajamas

      Yup, And Judge Susan Bolton – quisling for the mocha messiah ruled that WE THE PEOPLE”S overwhelming decision to make illegals illegal in AZ was illegal.
      So throw open the gates and the scourge of humanity will flock to the once great US of A and soon turn it into the sewers from which they escaped all with the help of the corrupt US gov’t.
      Sad times we live in.

  • Randy Ferris

    And for their next act. . . .

  • JJH

    And now her social security number is public for all to see. That ought to end well.

    • steverooni

      im sure obama can get her another SS#, i hear he knows a thing or two about having more than one.

  • Henry Bowman

    Wait, you ain’t seen nothing yet………….

    • obamaspajamas

      What kind of unintended consequences do you expect to occur?

  • Mark

    Yet the Federal Government will be able to handle all our medical decisions without error.

    Remember in November

    • Chip

      Scary to think just how they may decide to “fix the glitch”; surely the error wasn’t in the records, but in her still being alive.

      Please note – I’m not suggesting the government is evil: Never ascribe to malice that which can easily be explained by stupidity…

      • Johnny Johnson

        Excellent point. To err is human. To really screw things up, you need a computer.

    • David

      The Federal Government also handles the worlds largest arsenal of Atomic Weapons. What’s your point? Did they ever say they were infallable? Heck!! MY insurance company sure isn’t!!!

      I’ll remember in November! To keep the same Repug Jokers out who wrecked the Economy!

      Here’s a good way to shut up Tea-Party Clowns… Ask them what their plan is to creat jobs, or anything for that matter LOL.

      Cutting down the size of government, (Except the military) repealing the Healthcare law, that’s pretty much as far as they’ve got. That, I guess, will calm their Beck/Chainletter fed rage.

      • peter

        David is completely wrong
        He is looking for some one else or some group to provide a plan to create jobs…
        sorry the only way that we ar going to get new jobs is if we allow indivduals and businesses to be unfettered by government encumberances… that also means taxes need to be reduced.

      • slubbor

        “Here’s a good way to shut up Tea-Party Clowns… Ask them what their plan is to creat jobs, or anything for that matter LOL.”

        You mean the people who studied history enough to know the actual history of central banking? The people who know the money needs a solid backing and needs to be issued by the Congress not borrowed at interest from the private mega-bank owned Federal reserve?

        Well you’re good at name-calling… not so good with the topic.

      • ef

        David , go ahead and follow the demonic democrats. I am looking forward to see your wicked party creamed. Your party has a history of failure and terror.

      • Charles Hunt

        So, did you actually have a comment on the topic at hand, or are you only capable of raging on the one topic your tiny mind can grasp at one time?

      • Kingfish

        Another liberal a$$ hole heard from

      • Reunite Gondwanaland

        How about reduce the tax burden on the people that are creating jobs, eliminating the monopoly exclusion for health insurance companies, allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines, tort reform (not elimination, just reform), less government intrusion into the daily life of citizens, properly regulating immigration (simplify legal immigration and enforce the laws against illegal immigration), reduce the deficit (yeah, Bush didn’t help, but Clinton didn’t really either despite common perceptions), and a whole lot more. If government follows reasonable monetary policy and does not create onerous taxes on income, the economy will improve. Also, stop mandating that banks must loan to those that don’t qualify. (That goes back to the Carter days). I am not a tea partier, but I do share some sympathies.

      • DavidInStLouis

        No, that will NOT “calm down the ‘rage’ ” We’ve expressed our plan for more jobs – allow the private sector to WORK. Stop the moratorium actions in the gulf; quit taking over companies – allow them to fail if they’re failing so that OTHERS CAN PICK UP THE PIECES and CONTINUE. Don’t frighten small business with UNCERTAINTY on TAXES and the HEALTHCARE so that they can PLAN their businesses.

        AND, remember, it was the DEMS – Clinton, Dodd and B. Frank that MADE the banks and FANNY AND FREDDIE give loans to those WHO COULD NOT PAY that was the major cause of the economic failure, David.

      • R0bert

        wow! what a spoon-fed lamb you are. you better look to Barney Frank and his cohorts before you open your ill-informed mouth. please refrain from voting, its isiots like you that justify an electoral college.

      • chetnapier

        Cut taxes across the board that will stimulate hiring, gut the EPA that will allow businesses to operate without punitive regulation blocking every move, cut federal employee pensions Stop spending stop spending stop spending

      • michael mudge

        Completely off point.
        More of the same inane socialist BS.

      • bob

        you are an idiot don’t you realize that obama destroying the country along with his henchman!? The yneed to be gone!

      • Posterboy

        Plan to create jobs? Here it is. Cut taxes to small business so they have money to hire. Cut taxes to individuals so they have money to spend. Cut the dividend and capital gains taxes to individuals so they have even more money to spend. That spending will drive small businesses to create more products and services which will require more personnel. Sounds like a plan to me. Just because you might not agree with that plan doesn’t mean they have no plan. Stop being a simpleton and say something constructive instead of being an ideological hack.

      • Al

        It was Democrats that ruined the economy. Go check the timeline.

        People who use the term “repug” ought to look in the mirror first.

      • 'BB

        I have no affiliation with the Tea Party or any other group, but I do have a mind of my own and I am not blind.

        Ask them what their plan is to creat jobs…
        We can start by buying ONLY American made.

      • linden

        David don’t play the fool! The democrats (with the help of too many republicans) caused this depression by forcing banks to make loans they could not hope to recover. See Barney, Christopher, Jimmy and Bill among others. And it’s easy to unleash our economy and all the tea party people know how. Lower taxes!!! It has never, not worked. The government cannot spend our way to prosperity unless you mean prosperity for all that live off the taxes of the private sector!

      • Jcall

        Not quite…the US MILITARY handles those weapons. If you can’t discern the difference between the bloated federal bureaucracy and the professionals who guard our freedom I suggest you stop voting. You can’t possibly make a good decision at the ballot box.

      • bob

        Take a look at our brilliant congress. Social Security was a viable operation well capable of paying for current retirees plus those well into the future. But congress who suddenly ran out of money in the 60s suddenly decided to remove the spending shield from Social Security and put billions of dollars insto the general fund.

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      • Hal

        Bush spent too much money. And because of that Obama is spending gargantuan amounts of money. You lefties are really stupid.

      • David 2

        Actually, it wasn’t the Republicans who wrecked the economy. The Demoncrats were in complete control of the economy since November 2006, when everything was going great. It didn’t start going downhill untill after Nazi Pelosi and Dingy Harry took over.

      • Charley

        What’s your plan to create more jobs? More taxes? More socilaized services?

      • bill


        Keep in mind, the LAST TWO YEARS of Bush (where the spending REALLY exploded) were all voted for by Obama as part of the DEMOCRAT controlled legislature. He voted for every budget buster out there.

        The last year of Republican budgets had the lowest deficit in a LONG time. I apparently remember more than you do.

      • george

        Here’s a way to shut up tea party clowns? Friend have you looked at how many jobs have been lost under this democrat filled congress and the democrat at the white house? Besides, there is no shutting up you left wing nutcases, you just lie and continue to talk (see the lying figures on jobs lost for July). You should contact your local tea party and see what you have to do to join them because…..if you can’t beat them, join them…hee hee.

      • nickel

        The Tea Parties plan to recharge the stagnant economy is to lay off all the union hacks and their political enablers and retake the country. First on the block will be the ObamaCare disaster. Next will be the various entitlements that have been handed out to all the identity groups that make up the Democratic/Progressive/Communist party. Then we start building a thousand new nuclear plants, drilling in ANWAR and every other location that the nut job enviromentalists have made off bounds for decades and then we throw a tariff on every import from China and the Far East and start making things here in American again. After we have attained full employment and retired the national debt we will move onward toward deporting all liberal activists and cry babies to the communist are pits and he11 holes of their choice. ANY MORE QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE INPUT ON?

      • Stan

        It is better for people to think you a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. David, you opened your mouth.

      • Peter

        David , the democrats have controlled congress for almost four years, that is who controls the economy, and that is when things started to go down hill. It was the democrats that insisted the banks lend money to people who couldnt repay it, that is what caused the wreck.

      • Susan Grant

        If you look up the comment left by “DAVID” on 8/6/2010 in the dictionary, you will find his picture along side the definition of ‘A Brainless Liberal’, which incidently can also be viewed live at your local zoo.

      • RUDOLF


      • Teagan

        Actually, David, there are “plans” promoted, if you know your sources and take time to look. The backbone of the economy happens to be the free market and enterprising individuals who have built up small businesses. When the current system makes it harder for these smaller businesses to operate, and bails out the “too big to fail” corporations, then we are cutting the legs out from underneath the table, and putting it on the backs of the people. I know, because I have been of those enterprising small businesses, who pays out more percentage wise in taxes, fees, licenses, and other “operational expenses” that are regulated by the government than most corporations and large institutions do. When attempting to hire an employee, there are more regulated expenses that are higher percentage wise for small businesses, than there are for those larger institutions. Let’s fix the regulatory “system” that further burdens the small business entrepreneur and creates loop holes or bails out larger ones. The more employed, the better the economy. How’s that for a plan, eh?

      • SunnyJ

        My goodness David, you are really good at cherry picking and parsing the issues to support your zealot left ideology. I guess the Dem Congress and Frank/Dodd had nothing to do with Fannie/Freddie, or proposing and delivering the bills to GW’s desk. Don’t get me wrong, GW was trying so hard to be liked after years of your tongue lashings, he forgot to say NO. The Tea Party candidates have a plan. You don’t want to hear it, and like a good leftie you keep your hands over your ears and sing loudly…la la la I can’t hear you. Besides, as far as rage goes, your the one that sounds pretty darn cranky…and that’s while you got your wish and your guys are fully…note I said fully…in charge. How’s that working out anyway?

      • Obllama

        REALLY…..How many real jobs has your party “created”?? Please name ONE thing that has improved since your president took office. Please remember that BOTH parties were in office when the economy tanked, and many of the loose regulations were put into place by YOUR PARTY. You are a nutbar

      • Jim in Houston

        David: Are you still drinking the Kool Aide?

      • Dean from Ohio


        Learning how to spell would add credibility to your featherweight comments.

      • vince

        We told you liberal lunatics a million times HOW to create jobs. Here we go again: 1) CUT TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES so that they will have the MONEY to HIRE PEOPLE. 2) Get RID of that ridiculous minimum wage requirement so that companies can afford to hire people to do work that doesn’t command a high salary. 3) CUT THE CAPITAL GAINS TAX so that investors will invest in companies without being penalized if they profit from their investment. Just those 3 things alone would generate a big spurt in job creation. But you’ll just ignore this and continue your blind talking point that conservatives have no ideas.

      • Frank

        No, you really do not get it do you johnny come lately, the military, run by competent individuals handles the arsenal. Even with mistakes the military does it right. Yet when you look at social security, medicare, welfare, VA hospitals, etc, we have the incompetent bureaucracy that we will see with Obamacare. So, get off your liberal anti-american high horse. Oh, it was the democrats with the power of the purse who won the house in 2006 and their buddies like Ann Gorlick who worked at the Freddie & Fannie show that caused the bubble to burst. I suggest you start reading and re-educate yourself. Note I do have a master of science degree and run a small business. I guess that with my 20 years of service in the military makes me your evil enemy. Read the Constitution and implement the rules and we will make it, ignore it like Barry Sotero and we will perish like the Roman Empire.

      • Elvis

        Here’s an idea on how to create jobs: Whatever Obama is doing, do the opposite. That should work because his policies are only making things worse.

      • Spotlight

        David, exactly how did the Republicans wreck the economy? I guess you have overlooked that the democrats have controlled the House, where spending bills originate, the majority of the past 50 years. I guess you have also overlooked that the democrats wrote spending bills that President Bush could not veto because of the interlinked content. The former President Bush tried this and shut down the government. The liberal news media went apoplectic.

      • http://reinkefj.wordpress.com/ reinkefj

        As someone who identified with the tea parties, I suggest that cutting taxes on small business, and repealing Obamacare, will go a huge way in restarting the economy. It’s the uncertainty that is paralyzing small business. Every dollar (whatever that is) wasted in a Gooferment program is a dollar that can’t be used by private enterprise to invest.

      • Ray

        Moron. Cutting back the size of government an repealing Obamacare will create jobs. The private sector is not creating jobs because government is soaking up nearly all cash and future costs of Obamacare make it impossible to hire. Obama can continue to pi$$ away our children’s future but it will not help the economy.

      • Tom

        Well David, I’m sure that you have all the answers…….let’s see. How many times has socialism worked? Just a second, I’m counting! Ah, the answer is….NONE!!

        When does getting out of the way of capitalism and reducing taxes worked to energize an economy? Ah, Yes! EVERY TIME!!!! Open your eyes my friend……

      • R. T. Tidwell

        DAVID: Do you have an idea for creating jobs? I doubt it, because you can’t even spell “create” correctly! The tea party people are more involved with far better ideas for every area of society than what we are experiencing now!
        Also, the people who are now ruining America are doing things that I wish were jokes, but, unfortunately, they aren’t! America may be in for a long period of suffering because of what Obama and the Dummycrats are doing!

    • andyk

      the insurance companies do far worse, fool

    • Smiles

      Oh ya because the entire federal system is run by one guy in Alabama. Go fear monger somewhere else.

    • FD LEMAH

      My mom had a similar experience. She told the SS staffer that she would drop her drawers at his desk and let him determine if she was dead. Well, she hobbled down to the SS office in Bakersfileld, CA and found this public servant. When she offered to drop the pants, he folded!

    • steve

      oh shut the hell up idiot.

    • toneyal

      Look at:


      Be sure to look at the Archives

      Will there be an election in 2010?

    • Bill

      To some people, EVERY story is a chance to be political.


    • Old Gentleman

      Did she vote as a Republican ?

      That explains it all to well

    • Michael Simek

      Well, that’s not being done privately now.

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