I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 because, like Travis Smiley, I believed Barack Obama was the right person in the right place, at the right time to lead America, but it didn't take long for me to realize that Barack Obama was just another spineless pragmatic politician lacking the backbone to take on the special interest, like Wall Street, that came close to taking America down the drain in 2008.
I voted for Barack Obama again in 2012 not because I believed he would reach his potential of being a great leader, but only because I felt he was a better choice than Mitt Romney.
In his attempt to sway Republicans to reach some "grand bargain" the President has made a few mistakes. First, you cannot compromise with the unwilling and Republicans have shown no matter what the President does to "reach out" to them they are going to hate him nonetheless. Also, no matter what "compromise" is offered one thing Republicans will never do willingly. Allow themselves or those they truly represent to sacrifice one red cent towards the problems they caused with their own idiocy and greed.
President Obama just will not learn. The more he tries to "reach out" to the modern Republican Party the worse he looks. These folks are simply never going to accept anything that includes any sacrifice from themselves or their selfish ilk to cure the ills their policies of greed and trickle-down have caused this country. They simply do not care how many people suffer as long as they do not contribute one red cent to anything. In fact, they take his need for a "grand bargain" as nothing but a weakness for them to exploit to steal more from the very folks who have already made all the sacrifices.
For a long time we have been telling the President and all Democrats one thing. There is no need to try and compromise or "reach out" to the modern Republican Party led by such "people" as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Indeed reaching out to these folks only leads to one thing. Pulling back a bloody nub. And now for a President that seems all to willing to sell his base and his beliefs down the river for some "grand bargain" to create some sort of legacy to be "proud" of we can only ask this. Ready to fight yet?
President Obama is at it again. In "reaching out" to Republicans he is simply giving them too much power and too much say in deficit negotiations. These are after all the same Republicans who have lost the last two elections on their "ideals" and offer nothing of substance to millions of working Americans. Their only solution is to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, veterans, the working poor, and children. Their goal is to destroy our social safety net and take billions of dollars out of our pockets. Now, not only is President Obama helping them do it he is actually trying to convince Democrats who oppose such measures to back him up.
For a long time in America one thing for Progressives has rung true. In elections and the public discourse it seems to always be heads they win and tails we lose. I mean, what else must happen before Progressive vision is enacted to deal with the problems that have beset our nation? That is the one thing that is needed and never tried. True Progressive vision.
It is probably the best thing that has happened in the whole "fiscal cliff" fiasco. The Prince of Orange John Boehner suffered a humiliating defeat to his own radical caucus and left Washington without doing his job in disgrace. And while the Republican "Plan B" was shot down in flames the President and his post re-election ideas are just about as bad. And of course since its best for America that both Boehner and Obama's latest "compromises" are rejected the Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell is calling for something he hasn't wanted for four years. For the Senate to pass a bill.
The news today if true about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations is not only quite disturbing, but equally as much perplexing. I guess it should not be. The modern Democratic Party with a few exceptions has long been very good at this. Through cowardice or complicity or whatever reason you might believe the Democratic Party always seems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No wonder they can never keep power for too long and can never enact an agenda to stop decades of trickle-down economics. Americans believe they talk a good game but are too cowardly to do anything about it. And you know something? They are for the most part spot on.
No matter what party controls the White House or Congress one thing is ringing true time and time again. The politicians in Washington care little about the will of the American people and instead hope to impose their own elitist will upon the rest of us. These "fiscal cliff" negotiations are becoming the latest example of the "screw you" attitudes of politicians in both parties. Because although the American people have spoken, and continue to speak loud and clear on this issue Washington politicians simply refuse to listen.
Across America a funny thing appears to be happening. Far-Right wing zealots who for decades have been telling us all how much they love their country and have constantly lectured us about their own patriotism are having their true feelings and hypocrisy shown to all. Was it some Pulitzer winning expose' that did this? Did Geraldo Rivera open a vault of knowledge that had something in it this time? No, it was the words and actions of these un-American zealots that exposed them.
Mitch McConnell is doing what he does best. Around here, we call him the Senator for Communist China for a reason. That is because he thinks America should be much more like the oppressive Communist regime in China. That way, no matter what people think or what Americans want McConnell can feel justified in destroying Democracy. Now, after this election Mitch McConnell is planning to do just that again.
It seems as if as much as any President ever, Barack Obama has had plenty of myths swirling around him and his rise to prominence. While right-wing loonies are always going to hate anyone that does not agree with their stone-age vision of the world Barack Obama seems to have his fair share of folks that just simply hate him no matter what. Since this is America, these folks are entitled to their own opinion. However, as I have stated before they are not entitled to their own truth, or myths about the President and what he has and hasn't done in the White House.
Before Americans step into the voting booth on election day they need to bear one thing in mind. While Republicans are certainly entitled to their own opinions and vote, they are not entitled to their own truth. And while I realize that both sides engage in untruths and misinformation in campaigns it seems as if Barack Obama has faced more than his share of untruths directed at him. We all know that the collapse that crippled this economy ocurred before he was elected and that as soon as he took office he was faced with a huge mess to clean up. The big lie is that his policies were enacted to do so and failed.
Tonight we watched a Republican candidate get schooled in a debate by an incumbent President. So much to the point that he started just mostly agreeing with that President to milk the clock out. However, when Mitt Romney wasn't learning about nuclear submarines and that the Army does not have Calvary anymore he tried to resort to what he has used this whole campaign. Lies. However, one lie regurgitated from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity just does not stand up to scrutiny.
One trend of the last few decades completely perplexes me. How Southerners, and rural Americans in general insist on voting against the interests of themselves and their families by voting for the Republican Party. You see, most rural and small-town voters are hard-working people. The very folks who have seen their livelihoods decimated by the trickle-down idiocy Republican policies create. Never before has the effect of an election been more important to them.
The battle is heating up once again on extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the very wealthy. This time it appears as if the President might actually fight on this issue. The facts bear out that the very wealthy just have not been paying their fair share. They speak of patriotism, but refuse to sacrifice one thing for the betterment of our country as a whole. Now today, the argument between President Obama and Mitt Romney is heating up again.
In a videotaped message to the fourth Netroots Nation conference of his administration President Obama had a simple message to Progressive activists that had hoped his election would signal a change in the direction of our country. His message? "Change is hard". Indeed, for a man elected with such soaring "hopes" for "change" by a country that was starved for a leader that would simply fight for the interests of our country as a whole and not the selfish very few, change has been coming very "hard". In fact, we have seen little change at all.
Now that the Presidential election is set to kick into high gear Mitt Romney may be the least of President Obama's worries. The sad irony of this campaign may simply be this. Because of cowardice and complacency in fighting for what our country really needed, Progressive vision President Obama is going to be stuck running for a second term on a Republican economy. Yes, a Republican economy. The simple fact is this economy was crashed by Republicans, created by Republicans and fostered by Republicans that want anything but an economic recovery which would insure an Obama victory and second term.
One thing is for certain. In the last several decades corporate America has had plenty of representation in Washington. They have succeeded in buying out politicians who in turn have used their power to tilt the tables in favor of Corporate America over the average working American. As a result as union membership has dwindled so have wages and benefits for Americans that do the actual work. Now Corporate America and their stooges in Washington D.C. are crying foul and trying to overturn rules that barely tilted the table back the other way, towards workers.
Social Conservatives are always railing against the theory of evolution. While there are some parts of evolution that I too can question one thing is clear. Conservatives in this country do indeed believe in one of the main tenets of evolution. "The Law of the Jungle" in which the strongest prey on and feed upon the weak is definately a staple in Conservative thought. They have been preying on and feeding off all of us now for the better part of three decades.
The Prince of Orange has spent so much time in the tanning bed it has cooked his brain. After being so instrumental in the last decade enacting the policies of greed that crashed our economy teamed with the worst President in American history it has definately fried out his brain cells that generate memory. You see, just like every other Republican these days the Prince of Orange either suffers from memory loss due to excessive crack use, to many UV rays or hypocritical selective memory.
While Barack Obama has definately been a disappointment for those of us around here who wanted a more Progressive direction in this country there is one thing we cannot allow. Republicans to pin the blame for their failed policies crashing the economy on him. Under the worst President in American history in the last decade rubber-stamped by a disgraceful, do-nothing good Congress all the policies that caused all the pain we all now feel were enacted. Then, just weeks after taking over Republicans were already blaming Obama for the economy they themselves with their policies of greed and idiocy had crashed.
While it is hard to imagine someone out of the current crop of rejects that make up the Republican freakshow for President calling anyone a stooge it appears that is what has happened. Yes, Republican "leader" Mitt Romney apparently is aghast that folks on the National Labor Relations Board will actually try and give workers some kind of voice in labor law. He has called the folks on the NLRB "stooges". However when the truth is known it is easy to see who the real stooge is.
The modern Republican Party and it's rigid greed and uncaring conservatism did not always dominate Republican politics. As hard as it may be to believe after listening to the zealots that "occupy" the Republican establishment and base there actually once was a Progressive Republican President. His name was Teddy Roosevelt. In 1910 he gave a speech calling for a "new nationalism" to deal with the problems our nation faced at the time. Over a hundred years later Barack Obama tried to steal some of that fire to adress the problems our nation now face and to refute the Conservative gospel of "trickle-down" economics.
While I have been very disappointed in President Obama at times and wish he would embrace a much more Progressive vision when you look at what will be America's alternatives to him it is quite scary. It seems no matter which Republican you listen to their vision for America is the same. Take Dick Cheney and George W. Bush after a lengthy spell of smoking crack and allow them to make policy. It seems as if ever Republican running for the White House offers only a radical, insane version of all the failed policies of the last decade rolled into one. Yes the Republican vision for our country can only be described as the greater of two evils.
One constant theme Republicans always harp on is what they call "American exceptionalism". To them, as long as America is letting the 1% make out like bandits and the 99% suffer this country is the greatest land on earth. However, when it comes to challenging the elites in the establishment who have been waging class war upon us all or our country taking the lead in a brave new world of possibilities they quickly change their tune. Now, Republicans are waving a white flag in surrender to Communist China.
So here we are. Our jobs are gone, Wall Street has robbed us and the two political parties that guided us into this mess are seeking our favor by telling us they can get us out of the mess they've put us in, and the problem is, the average American is buying into that empty, phony rhetoric. Like President Barack Obama standing near a bridge to promote his Jobs Bill, pretending he's speaking for the people, while the Wall Street crooks feel the President's safety net from being prosecuted. Is this the new America? Not really, it's just new to those that haven't been paying attention to what's been going on for the last 35 or 40 years.
It's become obvious to me that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party want to take us to the same place. The Republicans want to take us there, to poverty, quick and the Democrats want to slow walk us there. Well the walk is about over and poverty for the American people is in sight.
What happens to a government when it decides to screw it's people and protect the crooks? Nothing because this is America. The land of the free fleeced and the home of the brave slave.
After acting like the selfish, greedy ideologues they are for a almost three years now Republicans are talking about "common ground". Yes before President Obama's jobs speech now John Boehner and Eric Cantor want to talk about "bi-partisanship". However, when you look close at the area of "agreement" you quickly see one thing. To Republicans "compromise" means them getting all their greedy policies that do not benefit Americans besides themselves passed while ignoring the problems that have beset real Americans.
It is just a sign of the times. Once again Progressives and those of us who are serious about making our country a light of hope for all again are being stabbed in the back in the interests of those who have raped the middle-class, stagnated wages and crashed the economy to get bailed out as we all sacrifice. For those of us who really believed in the opposition to the Bush Administration in the last decade and really believed in the hope for real change in 2006 and 2008 it is another bitter pill to swallow and another insult that should bring about a stark realization. Right now we are the only people in this country who have had absolutely no representation in Washington in the last thirty years and worse yet the election of 2012 offers no hope whatsoever that we will be heard until at least 2016.
It was just a couple of nights ago that Keith Olbermann was challenging us, in one of his "Special Comments", to rise up in the streets and take back this country.
He pointed out that the only way those on the left were going to be able to fight against those who are looking to get all "Tea Party" is to be as angry and as organized and as aggressive as the Tea Party community, and if we're smart, we'll take him up on that challenge.
But if you really want to push "professional" Democrats to the left, most especially this President, and you want to do it in time to impact the '12 cycle, the only way to do it is to run a candidate in primary contests that either moves the conversation your way...or leaves you with a surprising new Candidate.
And right here, right now, we actually have a chance to do exactly that - and that's why, in today's discussion, I'm going to challenge Olbermann right back.
You know a funny thing has happened in the last several years. Republican Stooges, led by the "big three" Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell have railed against debts and deficits ran up by Democrats and President Obama. But wait just a minute, who really ran this debt up?? Yes, three Republican Stooges were there the whole time to cause the problem they now expect you to pay for.
With the spectacle last night of our President and Speaker of the House "appealing" to the American people one thing became quickly apparent. Our choices for raising the debt limit ceiling for working Americans boil down to this. Simply Horrifying on one side and Quite Terrible on the other.
President Obama has been guilty of many things and has done many things differently than needed. However, despite his mistakes he has taken a lot of blame from a lot of liars for things he did not do. Mostly, running up the debt, deficits and crashing the economy. Now, yet another right-wing liar is lying about the bad Obama had nothing to do with.
There is plenty of whining and gnashing of teeth among politicians about the problems that have beset our country in the last few decades. Problems of their own making that they now expect the working class to pay for even after being decimated. Decimated by the very people who have taken more huge tax cuts, rubber-stamped and continued costly wars while passing out Corporate Welfare like Rush Limbaugh popping Oxycontins. Now, in the midst of all this lunacy however America gets a real look today at what is really wrong with America.
With the news that America had finally brought terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden to justice one thing could be easily predicted. Despite the fact that George W. Bush failed for so long in doing just that you knew that every right-wing blowhard in America would be somehow calling this a vindication of his failed policies and misled agenda. Well, welcome to right-wing fantasy land. Today the right-wing lunatics at the Heritage Foundation are crediting George W. Bush and the Patriot Act for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Prince of Orange and his crony crooks in Washington are all too predictable. After rubber-stamping all the failed policies that created our debt in the last decade they rode a wave of short voter memories and downright ignorance to once again be able to poison the political process in Washington. Now with a capitulate or complacent Democratic President they have done what they set out to do. Protected themselves and the greediest and least patriotic among us from paying one cent towards the problems they caused after reaping the only rewards from the "trickle-down" policies of the last thirty years that somehow have never made it down.
One thing we, and Progressives like us all across the country have been wondering a long time now, when will President Obama fight over anything?? Even his signature accomplishment, healthcare reform was poisioned by cowardice to fight over single-payer or a public option. Since then, we have seen capitulation after capitulation and a complete refusal to fight for anything against the Republicans. Now the fact that everything the Republicans want is wrong for our country and every argument they make is a lie designed to allow the elites to continue to steal from the rest of us does not seem to matter. Sadly, the President's cowardice is emboldening Republicans to push for more destruction and convincing many Americans their arguments may have merit.
Kentucky.Com University of Kentucky officials are investigating two incidents in which someone hung signs that called President Barack Obama a racial epithet. Read more.
This is nothing new to us.
Hillbilly Reoprt July 2010 My journey documenting racism started, in Kentucky November 2008, with the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on behalf of Jordan Gruver, against "Imperial Wizard" Ron Edwards, and Jarred Hensley Vice President of Supreme White Alliance. I was blogging on my old site at the time and have since moved to our new site, partnering with Richard Dillon. While covering the trial I managed to get a video interview of "Imperial Wizard" Ron Edwards, and Jarred Hensley Vice President of Supreme White Alliance. I also got video interviews with Jordan Gruver, after he was awarded 2.5 million dollars, Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Center, and a short response from Jarred Hensley Vice President of the Supreme White Alliance. Read more.
Well, there are several things we know will come out of the CPac Convention every year. Idiocy, lies and propoganda. Even by Conservative standards the garbage pushed by Mitt Romney this year is particularly foul and stinky. You see, despite the many disagreements we have here with President Obama one thing that Romney and the Republicans will attempt is simply lying, idiotic propoganda. Yesterday Mitt Romney actually tried to lay the economic collapse which began before Obama was elected under Bush on our current President.
Where is the Barack Obama that told us "Change you can believe in?" I voted for that Barack Obama but I haven't seen seen change I can believe in. All I see is Barack Obama caving in to folks like Senator Mitch McConnell.
Barack Obama, through his stooges Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Ex White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, let folks like me know where I stand.
We all know that major lobbying interests, banks etc., fund both sides of campaigns to ensure their interests no matter what the outcome. Now that Obama has become the darling of the right for moving from right of center to the fringes of wing-nut territory, bending over and and muttering " yassa', may I have another.." as they publicly humiliate him and denegrate the office of the presidency, perhaps it is time to reaccess the origins of his ascension.
Dear President Barack Hussein Obama, How are you doing today? OK I hope, but I gotta tell you things ain't going so well here.
I just left a Tea Party meeting and the Tea Party boss asked all of us to write you a letter. The Tea Party boss explained to us that our taxes are too high and the money we earn is ours and not the government's and we don't need to be paying all those taxes you and your Commie pals have imposed on us.
Rachel Maddow compares Democrat Barack Obama to Republican Dwight David Eisenhower and compared to Republican Dwight David Eisenhower Barack Obama looks like a Right Wing extremist. The video is after the fold.
As Progressives and working people in America continue to lose ground we are finding fewer and fewer politicians that will stand and fight for us. From the centrists in the Senate to the newly elected House of Hypocrites to DINO President Obama it seems as if the trendy thing is to defend Republican values of allowing big business to rape the American worker. Well, here we follow truth not trends and luckily there is one leader who does so too. Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will blast politicians who defend Corporate America and the very rich while they live in their own little elitist "Wonderland".
What kind of a fantasy world does the right-wing really live in?? I mean after turning a huge surplus into huge debts we are now dealing with, running up around $3 trillion on the credit card for their failed wars, and crashing the economy it seems as if they would want to keep their mouths shut about the size and scope of government. However, everywhere we hear them railing against spending and government intrusion and we must somehow keep a straight face. However, after today we must say that Dick Cheney lecturing anyone on debt and the size of government is about like Adolf Hitler lecturing you on anti-Semitism.
The confusion of President Obama continues. It seems every since he was elected he has been confused on whether he is a Democrat or Republican. From not fighting for single-payer healthcare or even a public option to freezing the pay of unionized workers and blaming them for the problems with the deficit it seems as if Barack Obama has joined the elitists and become part of the problem. He refuses compromise anything but Progressive ideals and real solutions.
A few hours before President Obama was scheduled to speak at the Tucson Memorial for those killed in the shooting tragedy on Saturday, Sarah Palin decided it was time to re-load. She posted a video on the InterWebs(tm) talking about what she thunk about the tragedy.
Since I'm a computer geek I love data. And it seems like everytime Palin opens her mouth she spits out tons of raw data. Just doing a quick time analysis of her video I noticed the following:
* 00:00 - 00:30 - Expressed condolences to the victims * 00:30 - 01:02 - "American exceptionalism" and politics * 01:03 - 01:22 - Heroes * 01:23 - ? - Started off with "they're blaming me, wahhh". I quickly lost interest.
After a couple of long tough years President Obama finally got a little bit of a chance to bask in some kind of glow for once. While we here at Hillbilly Report have been pretty tough on him of late, we do not do so because we want him to fail. Actually, we want him to fight for what is right and win. And while we admit readily that the President does have some victories to point to and should have some pride after the withering critisizm and unfair hatred he has suffered the simple fact of the matter is that at this point like many of our fellow Progressives who only want what is best for our country and EVERYONE within we feel nothing but disappointment with the state of our country. That is why I feel that it is ironic for the President to declare the recent "victories" a "Season of Progress".
While President Obama may be willing to let Republican idiotic ideologues run roughshod over him at least somebody is not amused with their idiocy. Yes, while President Obama and the Democrats seem willing to let Republicans hold the whole government and important things like nuclear arms treaties hostage even after they got their beloved tax cuts for the very rich the Russians are not buying. This should show everyone just how dangerous it is in today's world to have folks in power that just want to do anything to make a President, even one that has "reached out" to them at every turn look bad. Yes, it appears as if Republicans will even risk a new Cold War to make Obama a one-term President. Well, thank God that while Democrats and our President seem too cowardly to call them on their idiocy the Russians are not.
Boy, a lot of people have thought that George W. Bush was an idiot and Obama was really smart. However, in his dealings with the backstabbing Senator for Communist China Mitch McConnell it appears as if Obama may be the new President Gump. I mean, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that when you lie with snakes you are going to get bit. Which is troubling because either Obama is really not very smart, or he just wanted to give Tax Cuts to the very rich. You see, now the lowest snake in the American political grass, fresh off his lovefest "compromise" with the newest Republican President has turned around to bite Obama right where the sun don't shine.
This article was inspired by a comment made by, smartalek, on the Huffington Post.
It's amazing how the human body works. President Barack Obama is proof positive humans don't need all of their organs or all of their skeletal system to function. Barack Obama has proved gutless, spineless, heartless, ball-less humans can function and function well when confronted by rich folks, corporate interest and other gutless, spineless, heartless and ball-less humans like Mitch McConnell.
December 16, 2010 11:59pm EST H.R.4853 passed the House 277 to 148 after much arm twisting by Barack Obama. Now we know Barack Obama can fight for what he wants and it seems he wants to fight to cut funding for Social Security. Cut Social Security funding to spur the economy. Wow! This is a huge victory for those that want Social Security dead and buried. As you may or may not know H.R.4853 passed the senate December 15, 2010 81 To 19. Click here to see that Roll Call. Bye bye Social Security.
Around here we have gotten awfully tired of President Obama and his refusal to fight for Democratic ideals. From not fighting for a public option, to extending the costly Afghan War, to rolling over to Republicans on tax cuts for the rich Obama is making Democrats everywhere cringe. Now, a Democrat in Congress is standing up and saying what we all feel.
Disclaimer: Here at Hillbilly Report we do not condone the use of the Hillbilly Heroin. It makes you into Rush Limbaugh.
The Oxymoron is at in again. In another narcotic-induced rant he is once again attacking the unemployed. You know the folks who lost their jobs because Republicans crashed the economy?? Yes, and now in this economy where there are 5 unemployed for every job opening the Republican solution pushed by Limbaugh?? Keep the tax cuts for the very rich while leaving millions of unemployed in the cold at Christmastime. It appears as if the leader of the Republican Party's greed, idiocy, and heartlessness will never face reality. Of course reality means sacrifice from him which is unacceptable because he would have to sacrifice even when he can afford Oxycontin for every drug-addict in the world.
One of the most unfortunate things that Obama has done in caving to Republicans on taxes and just about everything else has been to attack those working Americans who have managed to achieve middle-class wages and benefits. Before the much publicized "compromise" which seeks to reward Mitch McConnell and the very folks who crashed the economy President Obama also froze the pay of unionized public workers. Now, predictably a Republican Presidential hopeful is following the lead of the current President in attacking workers who not only want, but have achieved the middle-class. However, these workers are not the real problem, the folks who President Obama and Tim Pawlently shamelessly whore for are.
It is only fitting. In a desperate attempt to sale his tax capitulation to disgusted Progressives President Obama has called the last Democratic President, a man that is still quite popular in Democratic circles into the fray. Yes, today Bill Clinton showed up in the press room for an impromptu visit with the White House press corps in an attempt to quell the Progressive rebellion against getting the failed policies of George W. Bush shoved back down our throats by President Obama. Perhaps it is fitting for the last two Democratic Presidents to team up and try to get this done. After all, they both seem more determined to attack their own than fight against the Republicans.
It is no secret that I am quite disgusted with President Obama and the Administration right now. However, as always no matter how bad I feel about some Democrats the Republicans can always boil my blood. Yes, after politicizing the attacks of 9-11 for years in attacking others that did not believe in their idiocy and fighting for huge tax cuts for the rich while whining like spoiled children over the deficit, the Republicans successfully show at every opportunity just how hypocritical, unpatriotic, greedy and downright mean spirited their party actually is.
Will keeping the Bush tax cuts in place help create jobs? Probably not, at least not in the United States. The very wealthy tend to save money rather than spend it because they have already accumulated much more money than they need to live and buy luxuries with. This does not add to consumption, does not spur productivity, nor does it create jobs in our economy. I would prefer to let the Bush tax cuts expire and disallow companies to write off foreign tax liabilities as operating expenses on their United States tax liabilities. We need to use this additional revenue to pay down the public debt.
One of the worst things that ever happened to this country was when the Republican Party elected a stooge to office and then rubber-stamped his every failed, idiotic idea. Yes, Republican rubber-stamping of the worst President in history, George W. Bush can be credited for much disaster. From failed wars to debt and deficits, to the dismantling of the Constitution the list goes on. Republicans rubber-stamped their failed President as he destroyed our economy, divided our country and made us the laughing-stock of the world.
President Obama needs to just stop. He needs to realize just because he is too cowardly to fight the Republican agenda we all are not. You know, many of us will not be recieving a huge tax cut for the rich like he is. Now, instead of admitting his own betrayals to his base due to cowardice, or even worse complicity he is attacking his base instead of addressing his own huge failures as President, a failure to fight.
Dear Mrs. First Lady: Can Barack please have his balls back? He is in desperate need of a pair right now to stand up to the issues that threaten our domestic tranquility today and for generations yet born of this battle. Tough decisions need to be made; tough, but correct answers, not easy and wrong ones. I do not envy your husband; the situation he finds himself in requires focus, patience and fortitude. I do not presume to have the entire answer ma'am, but I am convinced that if he had his balls back he could play with a little more stamina to reach the end-game.
Barack Obama negotiated with the Republicans to extend the Bush era, 2001 and 2003, tax cuts for the rich, click here and here to read more about those tax cuts, but what's going unnoticed by most people in this deal with Republicans is the Social Security funding cut for a year to put extra money into the economy (Barack Obama just gave the right wing neocons what they've been wanting for many years). I suggest this is the beginning of the end of Social Security as we know it.
Compromising on the Bush Tax Cuts for high-end earners is wrong on many levels. The main reason is having been enacted for ten years they have simply done much more harm than good. Our country ran up huge deficits. Our economy crashed and millions of jobs were lost. Simply put, these tax cuts in retrospect have been a disaster for this country as many of us knew they would.
With the announcement that the Administration will indeed roll over to Republicans once again one thing is ringing true. In the political arena when these "compromises" are reached the only folks that are expected to give anything up are Progressives, and working America. When we had huge majorities in Congress and the White House still Progressives were expected to concede everything. Now it has become apparent that once again we are the only ones to sacrifice. One begins to wonder if this is not the way it was meant all along.
When it comes to taking care of the rich the difference between Democrats and Republicans is this: Republicans openly stand up and fight for their rich pals and Democrats take care of their rich pals while pretending to fight for the middle class.
September 14, 2006 I arrived at Slugger Field with my camera, camcorder and a press pass to shoot video and photos of Barack Obama. To tell you the truth I didn't know who Barack Obama really was, but while shooting the video I was moved, energize and inspired by what this man had to say and I couldn't wait to put up video clips of what Barack Obama had to say for the world to see. It was on that fall evening in Louisville, Kentucky that I decided to do what I could to help get Barack Obama elected President of the United States of America.
Here we go again. President Obama is "reaching out" in an attempt to compromise with Republicans on something. This time, the deficit. Sadly for this President it is becoming his main glaring weakness. He desperately attempts to look "bi-partisan" but the problem is he is the only one that ever concedes anything as with the Public Option and he constantly blames the wrong folks for the problems we face. Most disturbingly he seems more than willing to reinforce false Repubican stereotypes to the American people.
With the unemployment at 9.2%. The U.S. The National Debt at $13.7 trillion. Senator Mitch McConnell's top priority's are to repeal the The Affordable Care Act, defeat Barack Obama in 2012 and continue the $730 billion tax break for his rich pals. I guess Mitch doesn't realize the USA needs some of that $730 billion to pay for his gaudy earmark habit.
Boy, if you ever need a new commercial on the effects of drug abuse on your mind to show to young people in America you just got one. Conservative talk show host and Oxycontin addict Rush Limbaugh has recently shown the horrible effects drugs can have on your brain capacity. The Oxymoron, with a fresh dose of Obama hatred and under the effects of an extreme Oxycontin high is now hallucinating and seeing demons.
Today, the local anti-Obama nutcases have come out in droves against a positive speech geared to encouraging children to do better in school, or to them, a propaganda speech geared towards indoctrinating youth.
With the slow recovery of the job market and Republicans tactics to keep anything that will help Main St. America recover, President Obama is set to tout new spending on public works to create jobs. The $50 billion dollar package would seek to do what many have felt we should be doing for a long time, putting America to work rebuilding America for once. This proposal will be part of a broader economic recovery package which Obama will unveil on Wednesday and because it is not Corporate Welfare or tax cuts for the rich will undoubtedly be opposed by Republicans who have been hoping to score cheap political points by keeping the economy from recovering.
You know, with this ground zero mosque issue and new polls coming out right-wingers are jumping to the front to convince the American people that Obama is a Muslim, or whatever they can convince them. But, as the old adage goes "judge not yet ye be judged yourself" and when so many go so vehemently it leads one to wonder just what they believe and who they are to make such lofty judgments. In the case of two of them you wonder just what the hell gives them the authority to speak.
On Aug. 9th Barack Obama will be in Texas to raise money for Democratic candidates. While details are still in the works, the classy folks in the Texas Republican Party are working on a special "welcome" for him. Of course, when considering what might constitute a "welcome" one need only look into the past to see what the Texas Republican Party is all about.
You know for most of my life being a Democrat in a red area, I have constantly heard one thing. A lot of people here believe in a lot of the Democratic Party's ideals, but always state how they are too cowardly to fight for them when asked why they vote Republican. Well as much during the last few election cycles I have tried to convince them otherwise, this current crop of Democratic leadership who take their base for granted and cater to Republicans seems to prove their point. Now, the President is asking us to keep up the fight. All I can say is President Obama, back at ya...
Mr. President have you forgotten that we are your base and Fox News is your enemy? Hell I really thought you were fired up and ready to go back in 2008 and maybe you was, and I just didn't understand that you was planning to go wherever Fox News led you.
Somebody has to ask the question, so let it be me: Are you really fired up and ready to go after Progressive ideals or are you fired up and ready to slow, slow down the Progressive agenda?
Mr. President, it's kinda like watching a old time Cowboy movie, when it comes to how you have handled the Shirley Sherrod debacle, you see a lot of horses but you never see them take a sh*t.
So Mr. President do you want us with ya or do you want us to start looking for someone that's really fired up and ready to go? The choice is yours and yours alone.
It is no big secret that in the last several decades millions of women have been forced to enter the workforce. For the most part in working America due to stagnant wages and decreased opportunity households are forced to subsist on two incomes. Essentially gone are the days when the father worked to support the family and the mother stayed home to raise the children and tend the house. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with women wanting to work, what is really wrong is the fact that when they do work they have consistently been paid less than men on average.
The President blasts Republicans in the Senate who are blocking unemployment insurance and small business tax breaks to create jobs -- even as they push for permanent, massive tax cuts for the richest Americans.
Congressional candidate Ed Martin, Missouri's 3rd congressional district, seems to think that Barack Obama And His Administration are taking away your freedom "to find your salvation, to get your salvation and to find Christ, for me and you." The audio of his interview is below. Read more here.