Thursday, March 31, 2011

CRITICAL FEC DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

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You only get one chance at a first impression.

Since taking the Majority in January, House Republicans have chosen time and time again to engage in an all-out assault on the middle class on behalf of their special interest backers.

Now is our chance to respond.

Midnight tonight marks the first FEC quarterly filing deadline since the Republicans took control of the House. All eyes will be on House Democrats’ totals to judge our response to the Republicans’ radical agenda. We are just $41,866 short of reaching our ambitious million dollar grassroots goal.

We must make a resounding statement of Democratic strength and unity.

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Contribute $3 or more before the FEC deadline passes at Midnight Tonight. My fellow House Democrats and I will match every dollar you give with two of our own -- tripling the impact of your gift.

The Republican majority’s “So Be It” assault on the middle class is clear:

If women are denied access to lifesaving reproductive health care so Republicans can pander to their base -- So be it.
If thousands of homeless veterans and children in pre-school are forced to sacrifice so Big Oil companies can keep their taxpayer subsidies -- So be it.
If seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare suddenly have this critical safety net torn apart -- So be it.
We must respond with the full force of our grassroots strength.

Contribute $3 or more before the FEC deadline passes at Midnight Tonight. My fellow House Democrats and I will match every dollar you give with two of our own -- tripling the impact of your gift.

Let us take this opportunity to rededicate ourselves to standing together on behalf of the American people.

Thank you.

Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader

P.S. The first FEC quarterly deadline of the year is tonight at midnight. We must exceed our $1 Million grassroots goal to show the world that Democrats are strong and determined to fight back against the radical Republican agenda. Contribute today.


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Monday, March 28, 2011

President Barack Obama’s Speech on Libya

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Monday, March 28, 2011, the President delivers an address at the National Defense University in Washington, DC to update the American people on the situation in Libya, including the actions we’ve taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Qaddafi, the transition to NATO command and control, and our policy going forward.


To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and -– more profoundly -– our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.

The task that I assigned our forces -– to protect the Libyan people from immediate danger, and to establish a no-fly zone -– carries with it a U.N. mandate and international support. It’s also what the Libyan opposition asked us to do. If we tried to overthrow Qaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground to accomplish that mission, or risk killing many civilians from the air. The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater. So would the costs and our share of the responsibility for what comes next.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Barack Obama vs Republicans on American Economy and Debt Crisis

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President Obama stands for the middle class
The Republicans stand for the rich
There's an excellent article on CNNMoney.com outlining that Republican proposals are hurting America's economy for the most part, and that what President Barack Obama stood for, while he was a candidate, would have help the US economy and reduce debt had they been implemented. For example, Barack Obama campaigned on eliminating Bush Tax Cuts for the rich in 2008. His underline position on this issue hasn't changed to this date, but somehow Bush tax cuts still exists thanks to the Republicans.

The Republicans have always stood for less spending. They know giving away tax cuts for the rich means MORE government spending. However last year, they forced President Obama to extend Bush tax cuts. That's perplexing, isn't it? The reason being that Republicans have never publicly said they also stand for the rich, not the American working class. They want to protect the rich at the middle class' expense.

President Obama clearly said, when the current Bush tax cuts are set to expire in 2012, he will make a strong case against taxes for the rich. This issue definitely going to play a huge role in 2012 presidential race. If you're going to vote Republican in the 2012 presidential race, then you clearly haven't understood what this article's trying to tell you: the Republicans don't care about the middle class. They lie when they say cutting taxes for the rich would help American economy.
While Republicans portray President Obama as the biggest of big spenders, in fact the driving force behind the big deficits in his 2012 budget proposal isn't spending. It's his proposed tax cuts, and the increased interest costs that result, according to an analysis by the independent Congressional Budget Office.

The $1 trillion in annual tax breaks also exacerbate the spending problem and have the perverse effect of pushing some rates higher.

The president's bipartisan debt commission called this phenomenon out.

"Instead of promoting economic growth and competitiveness, our current code drives up health care costs and provides special treatment to special interests. The code presents individuals and businesses with perverse economic incentives instead of a level playing field," the commission wrote in its final report.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/25/news/economy/tax_increase/

Saturday, March 26, 2011

President Barack Obama on US Mission in Libya

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In his weekly address, President Barack Obama talks about the military mission in Libya and the progress that has been made—and he praises the bravery of our men and women in uniform. The President Obama says that thanks to our men and women in uniform, the military mission in Libya is succeeding even as responsibility is transferred to our NATO allies and partners.


"Every American can be proud of the lives we’ve saved in Libya and of the service of our men and women in uniform who once again have stood up for our interests and our ideals. And people in Libya and around the world are seeing that the United States of America stands with those who hope for a future where they can determine their own destiny."

"Our message is clear and unwavering: Gadhafi’s attacks against civilians must stop. His forces must pull back. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach those in need. Those responsible for violence must be held accountable.”

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weekly Address: American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America

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In his weekly address, President Obama discussed his trip to Latin America and the importance of strengthening our economic partnership with the region to create good jobs at home. He expressed a need to open more global markets and increase exports as a way of expanding the U.S. economy.


Here’s a statistic to explain why this is important. Every $1 billion of goods and services we export supports more than 5,000 jobs in the United States. So, the more we sell overseas, the more jobs we create on our shores. That’s why, last year, I set a goal for this country: to double our exports by 2014. And it’s a goal we’re on track to meet.

Part of the reason why is the rapid growth of Latin America, and their openness to American business. We now export more than three times as much to Latin America as we do to China, and our exports to the region will soon support more than two million jobs here in the United States. Brazil, the first stop on our trip, is a great example.

In 2010, America’s exports to Brazil supported more than 250,000 American jobs. These are jobs at places like Capstone Turbine in California, which recently sold $2 million worth of high-tech energy equipment to Brazil. Another company is Rhino Assembly, a small business in Charlotte, North Carolina that sells and repairs tools for building cars and planes. A deal with a distributor in Brazil has resulted in new sales and new employees at that firm. And we can point to large companies like Sikorsky, whose helicopter sales to Brazil help sustain a large, skilled workforce in Connecticut, Alabama, and Pennsylvania.

Today, Brazil imports more goods from the United States than from any other nation. And I’ll be meeting with business leaders from both countries to talk about how we can create even more jobs by deepening these economic ties. After Brazil, I’ll also visit Chile, a country with a growing economy, and increasing demand for American goods. In fact, since 2004, our exports there are up 300 percent, and now support about 70,000 jobs in the United States. Finally, we’ll head to El Salvador, a nation with so much promise for growth with the potential to benefit both of our nations.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Glenn Beck and Republicans Making Fun of Japanese Tsunami

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Some crazy right-wingers - Glen Beck and Mississippi Gov Harley Barber to name a few - have been sending out absolutely disgusting messages about Japan's Tsunami.

Mississippi Governor's press secretary Dan Turner has resigned after sending out an outrageous email on Tsunami. In his email, he joked on that day in 1968, "OTIS REDDING POSTHUMOUSLY RECEIVED A GOLD RECORD FOR HIS SINGLE, ( SITING'ON ) THE DOCK OF THE BAY. (NOT A BIG HIT IN JAPAN NOW.)" This is obviously not exactly the type of jokes people in Japan expect from someone who works for a Governor of United States. This surely upsets a lot Japanese-Americans in US. Barber might decide to run for president, so he fired his press secretary.

But it's doesn't end there. Glen Beck also had some stupid things to say, as usual. He said that God punished Japan! "I'm not saying God is causing earthquakes, well... I'm not not saying that either. What God does is God's business." He continued, " Hey you know that stuff we're doing [ in Japan ] not really working out real well. May be we should stop doing some of it. I'm just saying [laughing]."

What Glen beck is saying God kills hundreds of thousands of people - men, women and children - because they angered him. Anybody with sane have to wonder what Japanese people have done to receive these kind of ridiculous comments from the Republicans. This is just another example of the hatred Republicans have towards Asians. Clearly they don't like China; they figured Japan is almost like China! IDIOTS.

Monday, March 14, 2011

President Obama: "It’s Not Enough to Leave No Child Behind. We Need to Help Every Child Get Ahead."

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President Obama called on Congress today to send him a bill to reform education before the start of the next school year.

Speaking at a middle school in Arlington, Virginia, the President set out his ambitions for reforming No Child Left Behind—the Bush-era education policy—and for ensuring that every child graduates high school with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at college and in the 21st century workplace.


It’s the right thing to do for our economy, because the best jobs program out there is a good education. The best economic policy is one that produces more college graduates. And that’s why, for the sake of our children and our economy and America’s future, we’re going to have to do a better job educating every single one of our sons and daughters—all of them.

The goals of No Child Left Behind were the right goals: Making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher—that’s the right thing to do, that’s the right goal. Higher standards are right. Accountability is right. Shining a light on the achievement gap between students of different races and backgrounds, and those with and without disabilities, that’s the right thing to do.

But what hasn’t worked is denying teachers, schools, and states what they need to meet these goals. That’s why we need to fix No Child Left Behind.

[W]e need a better way of figuring out which schools are deeply in trouble, which schools aren’t, and how we get not only the schools that are in really bad shape back on track, how do we help provide the tools to schools that want to get even better to get better.

We need to make sure some of our best teachers are teaching in some of our worst schools. We need to reward schools that are doing the difficult work of turning themselves around. We’re going to have to take a series of steps across a broad range of measures to not only target our most troubled schools, but also raise expectations for all our schools.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Women's History Month Highlights the President's Resolve to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Women's History Month Highlights the President's Resolve to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

In his weekly address, President Obama focused on Women’s History Month and paid homage to the accomplishments of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the effort to increase the role of women in government. Despite the important strides that have been made to create a more equal society, he emphasized his resolve to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act as an important step towards achieving egalitarian status for women.
As I’ve traveled across the country, visiting schools and meeting young people, I’ve seen so many girls passionate about science and other subjects that were traditionally not as open to them. We even held a science fair at the White House, where I met a young woman named Amy Chyao. She was only 16 years old, but she was actually working on a treatment for cancer. She never thought, “Science isn’t for me.” She never thought, “Girls can’t do that.” She was just interested in solving a problem. And because someone was interested in giving her a chance, she has the potential to improve lives. - Pres. Obama

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"There's no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates with the skills they need to succeed"

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On a visit to TechBoston in Boston, Massachusetts, yesterday, President Obama called on everyone--parents, teachers, students, government, businesses and philanthropists—to get involved with improving educational outcomes across the country:
There's no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates with the skills they need to succeed—to start their own businesses, to create their own Microsoft, to create new industries. And that's why reforming education is the responsibility of every single American—every parent, every teacher, every business leader, every public official, and yes, every student.

We can't forget that every year, schools like TechBoston have to hold a lottery, because there just aren¹t enough spaces for all the students who want to go here. The reason they want to go here is because they know that if they go to some of the other schools in the area, they won't do as well. They know that they might drop out. They might not get the same reinforcement that they need. There might not be that same culture of excellence and performance. That means they may not go to college, and they know they may not succeed.

All of that shouldn't depend on a lottery. That can't be the system of education we settle for in America. No child's chance in life should be determined by the luck of a lottery. Not in this country. This is a place where everyone gets the chance to succeed, where everybody should have a chance to make it. The motto of this school is, "We rise and fall together". Well, that is true for America as well. That's true for America as well.

If we want to prosper in the 21st century, and if we want to keep the American Dream alive in our time, then we're going to rise together. We've all got to come together. We've got to give our children the same world-class education that you are getting right here at TechBoston. And as long as I am President, that's what I'm going to be fighting for right alongside you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

President Obama and Sen. Rand Paul Agree On One Thing!

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President Obama has tired to close Guantanamo Bay but each time the Republicans have blocked it. They said every time they hold President Obama back, they won.

There's one Republican senator who agrees with President Obama on Guantanamo Bay issue - Rand Paul. There are A LOT of differences between Senator Paul and Pres. Obama,but at least on this issue, it great to see him willing to break party-lines and side with the President.

Evey reasonable American agree that Guantanamo Bay prisoners should bring to justice. That's exactly what Rand Paul stated on FOX News:
"The thing is that justice should be a trial and to do something with the people who should be responsible for this. So indefinite detention, I don't think, is a good idea. Let's go ahead and have trials and justice." - Rand Paul (R-KY)
In the great history of our nation, we have tried numerous trials against anybody who committed crimes against US! They have been very successful. Now is the time to close Gitmo, because even tea-party Republicans agree with President Obama!

Do you think President Obama should close Guantanamo Bay? Share your opinion below.

Monday, March 7, 2011

4,000 jobs lost across West Virgina

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OFA sent out the following letter to supporters. If you are from West Virginia ( or anywhere else for that matter ), PLEASE READ THIS:
Over the next 11 days, the President will ask Republicans to make a choice:

Set aside party politics -- or risk 4,000 West Virgina jobs.

Because if a budget agreement isn't reached by next Friday, the government will shut down -- and the President has made clear that the current plan as proposed by congressional Republicans is not acceptable.

The final budget cannot be dictated solely by one party or a narrow set of interests -- it will affect every American.

That's why true leadership means making tough choices and putting people before party or ideology.

And that's the kind of leadership we need over the next 11 days.

The President is calling on both sides to come together, but it's up to us to show Republicans in Congress that we have his back. As negotiations heat up, we all need to speak out to make sure they get the message.

Stand with the President by signing your name today -- and OFA volunteers will deliver your signatures to House Republicans and make sure your voice is not ignored.

Congressional Republicans have less than two weeks to come to the table and help craft a responsible funding plan that won't derail economic growth.

President Obama has laid out a plan that reduces the deficit by a trillion dollars. He's committed to finding common ground to cut wasteful spending, but he won't go along with a plan that eliminates nearly a million jobs, guts investments in education and innovation, and ends protections that keep our food safe and air and water clean.

We simply cannot afford any proposal that weakens our country or sets us back.

The Republican budget:

     -- Prevents the government from implementing health reform, rolling back critical patient protections and cost savings, and returning control of your health care to insurance companies;

     -- Slashes funding for preventive health services that millions of American women depend on through Planned Parenthood -- and eliminates 3,000 community health center jobs across West Virgina;

     -- Guts investments in education and infrastructure that will grow the economy and create jobs;

     -- Cuts West Virgina homeland security investments by $800,000, hindering local law enforcement's ability to keep our families safe; and

     -- Drops 1,795 West Virgina children from Head Start, an early-education program proven to help students thrive later on.

And it could mean nearly 1 million American jobs lost -- all without making a dent in the deficit.

With a shutdown looming, we're approaching a critical moment that could quickly become a crisis.

Organizing for America will make sure Americans know that millions of people -- from every district in this country -- will be affected by these cuts.

And we'll show lawmakers that we're paying attention, we're organizing, and we're not going to stop. That we refuse to accept partisan games that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs -- or a government shutdown that puts our economy at risk.

Please add your name in support of the President today:

http://my.barackobama.com/Stand-Up-For-Jobs

Thanks,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

Stand Up For American Jobs - Add Your Name

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President Obama is committed to working with both parties to find common ground on a budget that allows us to live within our means while still investing in our future.

But he can't go along with a Republican plan that costs nearly 1 million American jobs, guts investments in education and innovation, and pursues a divisive social agenda.

If congressional Republicans won't come to the table ready to find a reasonable solution before March 18th, the federal government will shut down. That's an outcome we can—and must—avoid.

Add your name today to show Republicans in Congress we stand behind the President’s call to come together

Saturday, March 5, 2011

February Employment Report - Good News and Better News

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The Labor Department today said that the economy added 192,000 jobs last month. Employment in the private sector grew by 222,000 jobs, and while there were a small number of state and local jobs lost, this new report marks 12 consecutive months of private-sector growth and 1.5 million jobs total. The unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, representing the largest percentage drop over a three-month period since 1983 and the first time it dipped below 9 percent since April 2009.
Initial claims for unemployment insurance in the U.S. dropped to 368,000 in the week ending February 26, a decrease of 20,000 compared to the previous week figure of 388,000, the U.S. Labor Department said on Thursday.

http://wireupdate.com/wires/15563/u-s-unemployment-insurance-claims-falls-20000-to-368000/
We had a very solid job report today which clearly shows that the private sector standing back up and that a lot of the initiatives like the bi-partisan tax deal of December are laying the ground work that we can grow. - AUSTAN GOOLSBEE
The nation's economy finally appears to be reaching "escape velocity," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York. He pointed out that Friday's solid jobs report followed encouraging data on auto sales, chain store revenue and other economic barometers.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-us-jobs-20110305,0,5193184.story

Friday, March 4, 2011

unemployment benefits requesting hits three-year low

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The New York Times reports that the number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week dropped to nearly a three-year low.
The government said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000. It was the third decline in the four weeks. Applications are now at their lowest level since late May 2008.

The four-week average for applications, a less volatile figure, fell last week to 388,500. That was the lowest level since July 2008, the last time the four-week average was below 400,000.

The downward trend suggests that companies are easing the pace of layoffs now that the economy is gaining momentum. During the recession, companies slashed work forces, cut or froze workers’ pay and took other aggressive steps to reduce costs.

Companies are expected to increase hiring in the month ahead.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stupid Huckabee Thinks President Barack Obama Grew Up In Kenya

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A really retarded Mike Huckabee
Yeah you read it right. Here comes another misleading comment made by Mike Huckabee. This guy is just stupid, given the fact that he's a former and potential presidential candidate of a major party in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Needless to say there are plenty of idiots in Republican Party.

As usual, Huckabee was on a radio program. That's what almost all the republicans do in their spare time: mislead people by spreading lies on radio waves. He talked about American's economy, unemployment, and health care insurance. But when he was asked by the host about President Obama's background, Mick Hukabee said, "I would love to know more[ about Obama's background]. What I know is troubling enough." he didn't stop there. He even went on to say that Obama was actually born and raised in Kenya.
One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American ... his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British are a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.
Here's an interesting expert of the the exchange he had with the radio host:
MALZBERG: Don't you think it's fair also to ask him, I know your stance on this. How come we don't have a health record, we don't have a college record, we don't have a birth cer - why Mr. Obama did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate. It's one thing to say, I've -- you've seen it, goodbye. But why go to court and send lawyers to defend against having to show it? Don't you think we deserve to know more about this man?

HUCKABEE: I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American. When he gave the bust back to the Brits --

MALZBERG: Of Winston Churchill.

HUCKABEE: The bust of Winston Churchill, a great insult to the British. But then if you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.
Set the record straight. Take the battle to Mick Huckabee's facebook and twitter accounts!
http://www.facebook.com/mikehuckabee?sk=wall
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