Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weekly Address: American Auto Industry Comeback

In this week’s address, Vice President Biden highlighted the resurgence of the American automobile industry. This week, Chrysler Corporation repaid its U.S. government loans six years ahead of schedule, and GM announced its Detroit Hamtramck plant was taking on three shifts for the first time in its 26-year history. In a visit to a Chrysler dealership in Manchester, NH, the Vice President spoke with the hard-working Americans who have helped rebuild one of America’s great manufacturers.

Just a few days ago, on Tuesday, Chrysler Corporation announced that they were repaying the taxpayers for the loans we gave them when we came into office.

And this announcement came six years ahead of schedule – and just two years after Chrysler Corporation emerged from bankruptcy. You know, and it’s a sign of what’s happening throughout the American automobile industry.

It’s not just Chrysler. Also this week, GM announced that its Detroit Hamtramck factory will run three shifts for the first time its 26-year history. You know, that’s 2,500 more good, paying jobs.

When President Barack Obama and I came into office, we faced an auto industry on the brink of extinction. Total collapse.

At the time, many people thought the Obama should just let GM and Chrysler go under. They didn’t think the automobile industry was essential to America’s future.

Barack Obama disagreed – and, in addition, he wasn’t willing to walk away from the thousands of hardworking UAW members who worked at GM and Chrysler – and in many cases, not only all their lives, but as second and third generation employees. And he certainly wasn’t going to abandon an industry that had meant so much to our economy, and so much to so many for so long.

So, he said if GM and Chrysler, and their management, and all their shareholders were willing to do the difficult work of making themselves more competitive, we would support giving them another chance.

And because of what we did, the auto industry is rising again. Manufacturing is coming back. And our economy is recovering and it’s gaining traction.

Read the full transcript:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Republicans: Give Palin a chance. She'll be fine against Obama in 2012

Sarah Palin is scheduling a bus tour on Sunday in Washington. As soon as this was announced, everybody was buzzing about a possible presidential run against Barack Obama in 2012. CNN again has the story covered, without any bias as always!
Palin announced on the SarahPAC website that she has laid the groundwork for a nationwide tour, beginning this weekend in the nation's capital, that will once again thrust her into the national spotlight as she decides whether to seek the GOP nomination.

"As we look to the future, we are propelled by America's past. It's imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward," she said, in a statement.

"A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we'll do in the coming weeks on our "One Nation" tour.

The multi-city journey will take the former Alaska governor to a series of historical sites along the East Coast "that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America," a Palin source told CNN.

Palin's political action committee would not confirm the purchase or speculate on where a potential campaign would be based.

While political observers have dismissed her chances by pointing out her lack of activity in the early states that typically vault candidates the presidential nomination, her supporters insist that claim overlooks Palin's political mojo.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GOP on defensive over Medicare after special election loss - CNN

CNN Politics has article exploring why Republicans going to lose big time in 2012 election because of the Ryan Medicare plan. Barack Obama also has a definite advantage over this issue. All Obama has to do is attack Republicans on their Medicare plan, and spend less time talking about economy and national debt. :-)

Highlights for CNN Politics article:

Has the Republican Medicare plan undermined the GOP's 2012 election hopes?

Republicans say no.

Under the plan, originally put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Medicare would be overhauled starting in 2022. The government would no longer directly pay bills for senior citizens in the program. Instead, recipients would choose a plan from a list of private providers, which the federal government would subsidize.

Democrats have all but sworn to make the proposal, passed with near unanimous support by House Republicans, a focal point of their campaign efforts next year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, is forcing Senate Republicans to go on record by forcing a vote on the plan later this week.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced that the Republicans have been "served notice ... that we will fight them anywhere in America when it comes to defending and strengthening Medicare."

On Wednesday morning, Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released a statement arguing that the results "provide clear evidence that Senate Democrats will be able to play offense in Senate races across the country by remaining focused on the Republican effort to end Medicare."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama is looking like a 2008 Republican

Photo curtsey of CNN
James Carville, an alien from Mars ( joke :-0 ), wrote a piece on CNN about Obama begin like a Republican.
The fact that Obama promoted the individual mandate health-care plan previously endorsed by Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty had the GOP up in arms.

But then again, it's hard to to top the doomsday predictions that resulted when the chairman of the Federal Reserve (who, by the way, was appointed by George W. Bush) instituted a program that was advocated by Ronald Reagan's favorite economist, the late Milton Friedman, who is universally acknowledged to be the most influential conservative economist of the 20th century.

In 1992, Bill Clinton famously proclaimed himself to be an Eisenhower Republican. By that measure, I'd say President Obama is a pre-2008 John McCain Republican.

But this much is sure: The policies of the eventual Republican nominee, that is, anybody left running for it by the time of the vote, will be right in line with those of Sarah Palin. It's pretty remarkable that the next election is going to boil down to a competition between the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and his vice presidential nominee.

It's not that Obama is a socialist born somewhere other than Hawaii, or that he possesses a Kenyan anti-colonial mentality -- but that some Republican needs to stand up and say, with some legitimacy, that Obama is taking all of the GOP's ideas.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekly Address: Congress Should Reform No Child Left Behind This Year

In his weekly address, President Obama praised the progress that schools like Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis have made, and he called on Congress to fix No Child Left Behind this year. To strengthen education in this country, we need to encourage reforms not driven by Washington, but by principals and parents so schools can determine what is best for their kids. And that is why it is so important that Congress replace No Child Left Behind this year, so that schools have that flexibility. Reform just cannot wait.

The idea is simple: if states show that they’re serious about reform, we’ll show them the money. And it’s already making a difference throughout the country. In Tennessee, where I met those students, they’ve launched an innovative residency program so that new teachers can be mentored by veteran educators. In Oregon, Michigan and elsewhere, grants are supporting the work of teachers who are lengthening the school day, offering more specialized classes, and making the changes necessary to improve struggling schools.

Our challenge now is to allow all fifty states to benefit from the success of Race to the Top. We need to promote reform that gets results while encouraging communities to figure out what’s best for their kids. That why it’s so important that Congress replace No Child Left Behind this year – so schools have that flexibility. Reform just can’t wait.

And if anyone doubts this, they ought to head to Booker T. Washington High. They ought to meet the inspiring young people who overcame so much, and worked so hard, to earn their diplomas – in a school that believed in their promise and gave them the opportunity to succeed. We need to give every child in America that chance. That’s why education reform matters.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Michelle Obama talking to supporters about Pres. Obama's 2012 re-election

First lady Mrs. Obama, speaking from a podium decorated with 2012 signage, in her first formal speech of the reelection campaign, said President Barack Obama needs supporters to stick with him and “be in this with him for the long haul.”
Here's the thing about my husband: even in the toughest moments, when it seems like all is lost, Barack Obama never loses sight of the end goal. He never lets himself get distracted by the chatter and the noise, even if it comes from some of his best supporters. He just keeps moving forward.

And in those moments when we're all sweating it, when we're worried that the bill won't pass or the negotiation will fall through, Barack always reminds me that we're playing a long game here. He reminds me that change is slow—it doesn't happen overnight.

If we keep showing up, if we keep fighting the good fight and doing what we know is right, then eventually we will get there.

We always have.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gingrich Opposes Republican Medicare Plan, Calls it "right-wing social engineering"

Strangely enough, 2012 presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich opposed Paul Ryan backed GOP medicare plan. He called it "right-wing social engineering". As soon as he said, there was a wildfire on the Republican isle. "Gingrich re-opens this issue in a way that gives a perfect sound bite to every Democrat that voted against the budget. Now Republicans will be forced to explain why their position on Medicare is not radical social engineering," told one GOP House campaigns strategist.

Newt, in hurry to erase the damage he had done, came out swinging at the media, saying it was "gotcha" journalism. This sounds more like Sarah Palin, doesn't it? May be he's the grandpa of Sarah Palin :-)

"If you want to dig deep into what this tells us about Newt, it's that he's lost a sense of the conservative constituency in the party. Why doesn't he know that these issues [the House GOP budget and Obama's health care mandate] have become the Holy Grail for GOP primary voters? He used to get the pulse of the Republican Party better than anyone," said one GOP ally.

If anyone played "gotcha" here, it was Gingrich -- on himself, and on the Republican Party. Either way Newt, good luck telling the truth, because Republican Medicare plan is all about radical social engineering. In fact, those who voted for the plan too have a hard-time back in their districts selling it to their constituents.

To Obama's 2012 supporters: make this one of your primary talking-points when talking your friends, family and neighbors about Medicare. It's time to get back the House in 2012 Election.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Trump announces he won't run for president

CNN just broke the news, disappointing many Obama'12 supporters :-)

Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.

"After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency," Trump said in a statement.

With his typical bravado, Trump maintained that he would have won the Republican primary and the general election, but recognized that "running for public office cannot be done half-heartedly."

"Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector," Trump said in the statement.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

President Obama on Expanding Responsible Oil Production in America

In this week’s address, President Obama laid out his strategy to continue to expand responsible and safe domestic oil production, leveraging existing authorities as part of his long-term plan to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. He is directing the Department of the Interior to conduct annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve – while respecting sensitive areas, to speed up the evaluation of oil and gas resources in the mid and south Atlantic, and to create new incentives for industry to develop their unused leases both on and offshore. Also, to give companies more time to meet higher safety standard for exploration and drilling, the administration is extending drilling leases in areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were impacted by the temporary moratorium, as well as certain leases off the coast of Alaska. And, he is establishing a new interagency working group to ensure that Arctic development projects meet health, safety and environmental standards. The past few months, rising gas prices have put an added strain on American families. While there are no quick fixes to the problem, these are steps, along with eliminating taxpayer subsidies for oil companies and rooting out fraud and manipulation in the markets, that are worth taking.

First, we should make sure that no one is taking advantage of consumers at the pump. That’s why we’ve launched a task force led by the Attorney General that has one job: rooting out cases of fraud or manipulation in the markets that might affect gas prices, including any illegal activity by traders and speculators.

Second, we should increase safe and responsible oil production here at home. Last year, America’s oil production reached its highest level since 2003. But I believe that we should expand oil production in America – even as we increase safety and environmental standards.

To do this, I am directing the Department of Interior to conduct annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, while respecting sensitive areas, and to speed up the evaluation of oil and gas resources in the mid and south Atlantic. We plan to lease new areas in the Gulf of Mexico as well, and work to create new incentives for industry to develop their unused leases both on and offshore.

We’re also taking steps to give companies time to meet higher safety standards when it comes to exploration and drilling. That’s why my Administration is extending drilling leases in areas of the Gulf that were impacted by the temporary moratorium, as well as certain areas off the coast of Alaska. And to streamline that permitting process, I am establishing a new team to coordinate work on Alaska drilling permits.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Newt Gingrich to Challenge President Barack Obama in 2012.

3 time married, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has declared that he will run for 2012 presidential election. This should come as no surprise since he formed a presidential expository committee in March, and has been raising and campaigning again President Obama since then. In fact, so far, he has constantly disagree with Pres. Obama. He even had to flip-flop on Libya in order to remain an Obama-antagonist!
Gingrich has made no secret of his White House ambitions. He has been raising money and assembling a campaign team for months and has traveled frequently to states that hold early presidential primary elections or caucuses. Doing well in early primaries is considered necessary for a candidacy to prosper.

"I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run," Gingrich wrote Monday in his official announcement on Facebook and Twitter. He said he would talk more about his bid Wednesday on Fox News.

Gingrich is dogged by extramarital affairs and having been married three times. He has been working to make inroads with social conservatives critical to the Republican primary base, highlighting his conversion to Roman Catholicism after marrying his third wife, Callista.


CNN poll suggests Dems could take back House

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, the Democrats have a four-point margin over the Republicans in the battle for control of Congress. The poll indicates that 50 percent registered voters say if the election for Congress was held today, they would vote for the Democrat in their district, with 46 percent saying they would cast a ballot for the Republican in their district. The Democrats' four-point margin is within the poll's sampling error.

The GOP won 63 seats in last year's midterm elections, taking back control of the House for the first time in four years. CNN's last poll conducted before the midterms indicated the Republicans had a six-point advantage over the Democrats.

GOP victories in 2010 were due to some major historical shifts. More women voted for Republican candidates than Democratic candidates in 2010 for the first time since exit polling began in the early 1970s. Voters who never attended college - generally considered to be the bulk of the blue-collar vote - voted Republican in House races for the first time since 1994. And 56 percent of independents voted Republican in 2010, the highest that figure has ever been in exit polls.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Barack Obama's Clean Energy Plan to Out-Innovate the Rest of the World

Speaking to the American people from Indianapolis, Indiana, President Obama said that clean energy companies like Allison Transmissions will keep the economy growing, create new jobs, and make sure America remains the most prosperous nation on Earth.  Clean energy is also part of the ultimate solution to high gas prices.  Until we reduce our dependence on oil, we will be held hostage to the ups and downs of the oil markets.  That means we need to continue to invest in clean, alternative sources of energy – like advanced biofuels and natural gas – and more efficient cars, buses and trucks.  See an infographic explaining the President's short and long term approach to high gas prices HERE.

The clean energy jobs at this plant are the jobs of the future – jobs that pay well right here in America. And in the years ahead, it’s clean energy companies like this one that will keep our economy growing, create new jobs, and make sure America remains the most prosperous nation in the world.

Allison Transmissions is also part of the ultimate solution to high gas prices. We know there are no quick fixes to this problem. In the short term, we’re doing everything we can to boost safe and responsible oil production here at home – in fact, last year, American oil production reached its highest level since 2003.

But over the long term, the only way we can avoid being held hostage to the ups and downs of oil prices is if we reduce our dependence on oil. That means investing in clean, alternative sources of energy, like advanced biofuels and natural gas. And that means making cars and trucks and buses that use less oil.
Other countries know this, and they’re going all in to invest in clean energy technologies and clean energy jobs. But I don’t want other countries to win the competition for these technologies and these jobs. I want America to win that competition. I want America to win the future.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Donald Trump Has Made His Decision For 2012 Election

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Donald Trump signaled he's come to a decision on whether he plans to launch a campaign for the White House in 2012.

“In my mind, I have already decided," Trump said on Monday, suggesting he's prepared to jump into the race. “I am going to announce. But I can’t do anything until the show ends.”

Trump has said that he can be expected to make his plans known for the next election cycle by June 1. His "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show will conclude its season on May 22.

Partial source:

“The Auto Industry is Fighting Back”

The auto industry got some good news this week: On Monday, Chrysler announced its first quarterly profit since 2006, and this morning GM reported its fifth profitable quarter in a row.

It's a major turnaround from where these manufacturers were in 2009, when both companies were in danger of going under and taking hundreds of thousands of jobs with them.

We've been speaking to people like Harvey, a retired auto worker who has seen firsthand how things have changed in his industry and his community since President Obama decided two years ago to help the manufacturers stay afloat with government loans.
The American auto-industry has faced many, many difficult adversities over the years," Harvey says.

In 2008 the industry was in dire straits, but now the quality of the cars we make here can compete with anybody in the world.

Had the President not approved the money, this country would have suffered great losses and unemployment. In saving these companies, he did the right thing.

When [the] companies got the money, workers were determined to do the right thing—to prove Congress wrong, to build the best cars they can. They care about the American people. Working on an assembly line is really hard, but that doesn’t change their desire to do good job.

The future’s looking great, it really is. The quality of the cars is right up there with the best of them again.

We’re in great shape to improve—we’re in great shape to grow.

I remember a time when these companies were huge—they were growing by leaps and bounds. And now the car industry is fighting back.
Have you got a story to share about the impact the auto industry has had on you or your community? Let us know.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Saving Money by Selling Excess Property

As we look at our fiscal situation, the President understands that the Federal Government must do what American families are doing all across the country: find ways to live within our means and invest in the future. That means cracking down on waste and getting the most from taxpayer dollars.

Since President Obama took office, we’ve made unprecedented progress in reforming the way Washington works - saving billions of taxpayer dollars through IT reform, cut contracting spending, and eliminated duplicative and ineffective programs.

In his State of the Union address, the President discussed another area that is ripe for savings and reform -- the real estate footprint of the Federal government. For too long, the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars have gone to waste, funding empty buildings and holding on to valuable properties the government no longer needs. That is something that shouldn’t be tolerated at any time, but especially with this challenging fiscal environment, it’s unacceptable.

Today, we’re sending legislation to the Hill that will cut through red tape and politics to rid the government of the burden of excess property and save taxpayers at least $15 billion. We look forward to working with members of Congress to pass this legislation, the Civilian Property Realignment Act.

One of the most exciting aspects of the legislation is that it leverages the best practices of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program by empowering an independent board of experts to identify significant consolidation opportunities and bundle them for a swift up or down vote by Congress. This cuts through red tape and politics that too often slows down the process of getting rid of excess property and finding other savings in our real estate portfolio (click here to learn more about the legislation).


2012 Republicans to highlight economy after bin Laden

Potential Republican presidential candidates have little choice but to let President Barack Obama savor his Osama bin Laden victory before ramping up their criticism of his handling of the U.S. economy.

The successful raid that killed bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan has largely bumped to the background the Republican campaign to pick a successor to oppose him in 2012.

The first televised debate among several Republicans is planned for Thursday in South Carolina, the day Obama is to take a bin Laden victory lap at New York's Ground Zero.

The foreign policy victory comes at a time when the Republican field is unsettled and slow to start, with no White House hopeful seen as a front-runner and some voters clamoring for more big-name choices.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Big Oil Fights President Obama to Keep Tax Subsidies

CNNMoney has an excellent article outlining oil companies' vicious attacks against the Democrats desire to end billions of tax subsidies.
The industry's chief lobbyist in Washington, Jack Gerard, president and chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, said raising taxes on the oil and gas companies would stifle job growth and do nothing to lower gasoline prices.

"It's not right that Montanans are paying anywhere from $3.50 to $4 a gallon for gas at the pump while big oil companies are raking in near record profits," Max Baucus, Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance committee, said last week.

Doc Hastings, the Washington Republican who is chairman of the House Natural Resources committee, blamed the Obama administration last week for high gas prices, saying the energy policies of the last two years have blocked access to domestic energy sources.

It's amusing that the Republicans blame President Barack Obama in this issue, while they do absolutely nothing to force oil companies to play their game fairly. We all our supporters be aware of the Republicans approach as this issue's going to play huge role in 2012 presidential campaign. If you enjoy high fuel prices at the pump, keep voting Republican because they are elected to serve big oil and gas companies, not the average American families.

Everybody Except Sarah Palin Praises President Obama's Efforts

While many potential Republican presidential candidates for 2012 election gave some credit to President Barack Obama on his successful mission in killing Osama Bin Laden, Sarah Palin yet again took the low road. She made no mention of President Obama's name or his administration; instead she praised former president George Bush! Though then president Bush did his best - although questionable - to capture or kill Bin Laden, it's worth-nothing that it was president Obama who made a lot of tough decisions in actually getting the job done.

Sarah Palin's statement reads:
Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible.  It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy.

This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people of the world.

May God bless our troops and our intelligence services, and God bless America!

Tim Pawlenty, another candidate for president in 2012, at least had the decency to give credit where credit is due. In a statement, he said:
This is terrific news for freedom and justice. In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush promised that America would bring Osama bin Laden to justice — and we did. I want to congratulate America's armed forces and President Obama for a job well done. Let history show that the perseverance of the US military and the American people never wavered. America will never shrink from the fight and ultimately those who seek to harm us face only defeat. Today, justice is done, but the fight against radical Islamic terrorism is not yet over.

Similarly Mitt Romney acknowledged president Obama's efforts in a statement:
This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere.
Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden's many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist.

Former presidents Bush and Clinton also released statements congratulating President Obama and administration.

Monday, May 2, 2011

President Obama Announces Osama bin Laden Dead

Tonight, President Obama addressed the Nation to announce that the United States has killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda.

"It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction. - President Obama


UPDATE: It's up to the grassroots supporters to build on this momentum to re-elect President Obama in 2012 election. The Republicans are giving minimum credit to Barack Obama in his efforts, and it'll like that come 2012 election. Share this with your friend and family.

Congratulations President Obama!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Barack Obama vs Speaker John Boehner on Oil Subsidies

Boehner looks orange because he drinks oil!
There has been a lot of talk about oil companies recently - as it should because the American Public is pay a lot of what they earn at the gas pump. The Republicans, as usual, renew their call for $4 billion in tax subsidies for big oil and gas companies, hoping that it somehow helps YOU. It doesn't, does it? If it's not clear, ask your self how much paid at the gas pump last week to fill-up you tank. President Barack Obama made his stance on the issue several times over the past few days. ( watch this week's Weekly Address: Ending Taxpayer Subsidies for oil companies ). This issue is going to play a huge role in 2012 election, and we want everybody to be clear on Barack Obama and the Republican's position.

While this debate is going on House Speaker John Boehner said last week that he was for ENDING those oil subsidies. As soon as he said that, there was huge wildfire in the Republican Party. People like Rush Limbaugh and others bashed Boehner ( they had to remind Boehner who's writing checks his and giving political contributions in each election ). As a result, not surprisingly, John Boehner has changed his mind about oil and gas subsidies.

To clarify that he has not flip-floped, Boehner sent out as statement stating,
"The Speaker wants to increase the supply of American energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and he is only interested in reforms that actually lower energy costs and create American jobs. Unfortuna­tely, what the president has suggested so far would simply raise taxes and increase the price at the pump."
If you voted for Republicans in 2010, and now feeling the pain at the gas pump, good for you - because that's what you get when vote Republican in almost all the issues. If you enjoy the pain you're experiencing right now, continue to vote Republican in 2012. If not, you might seriously want to consider voting for someone who actually care about the average folk - not just big oil and gas companies.
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