Posts Tagged ‘democrats

24
Apr
15

After All This, Has He Earned Nothing?

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“I take this personally.”

Those were President Barack Obama’s words yesterday at an Organizing for America meeting as he fought back against his critics over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The criticism from supposed “allies” like Elizabeth Warren, Allan Grayson, and the labor movement has increased in vitriol and volume.

“Show us the bill!”

“Why is it secret!?”

“This is NAFTA 2!!”

Everyone agrees that no one has seen anything of the deal aside from the summary. And, in perusing the summary, I don’t see anything which approaches an excuse for the Gotterdammerung levels of hysteria.

“It’s being negotiated in secret! It must be bad!”

Name me one treaty which has been negotiated live on C-SPAN.

“NAFTA was awful, so all trade pacts are awful!”

This is a very parochial view. Without growing trade, the economy won’t grow. And NAFTA provides lessons in how not to forge a trade pact, which Pres. Obama is following.

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“There are no wage/labor/environmental protections!”

That’s just false. The summary shows this. You can only believe this if you, without evidence, assume the summary is false propaganda.

And that last point leads into the meat of the essay.

Continue reading ‘After All This, Has He Earned Nothing?’

23
Apr
15

President Barack Obama: A Phenomenal President That History Will Remember Well

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President Barack Obama addresses an Organizing for Action (OFA) summit in Washington

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A powerful speech full of facts. Shame on the Democrats fundraising against President Obama. That includes you, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He has proven himself over and over and over again. He brought us back from the brink of a depression and saved the economy; which has been creating jobs month after month. Over 16 million people have comprehensive and affordable insurance thanks to him. He saved the auto industry. He has been a champion for the environment. He put two women on the Supreme Court. He nominated Loretta Lynch; who is the first Black female Attorney General. He fought for credit card and Wall Street Reform. The first bill he signed was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. He cut taxes for over 98% of middle and working class families. He is proposing free community college.

He increased Pell Grants for millions of students. He reformed the student loan program. He righted the wrong of the crack cocaine and powder cocaine sentencing laws. He created an effective and comprehensive task force to curb the surge of police violence against citizens. He has put money into job training so that millions can have a better future. He has made sure Native Americans have a seat at the table and have a hand in creating policies that protect and make sure their communities flourish. He has been fighting for economic fairness and against income inequality years before these so called Democrats considered it an issue. He has fought for LGBT rights. What more must he do to prove that he is ALWAYS and has ALWAYS been on the side of working, middle class, and marginalized folks?

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Shame on any Democrat who distances himself or herself from President Barack Obama. Shame on any Democrat saying this trade agreement would destroy America. That includes you, Sen. Warren. He campaigned hard for her. That he has to defend himself like this is abhorrent. Shame on them. They are not fit to shine his shoes. He has been a phenomenal president and history will remember him well.

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A supporter holds up a sign for President Barack Obama to see after he addressed an Organizing for Action (OFA) summit in Washington

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29
Jan
15

A Tweet Or Two

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One more reason why everyone should be watching a Shonda Rhimes show. She has GREAT shows that include diverse faces, voices, and stories front and center. TGIT is back tonight!

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19
Nov
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a “ConnectED to the Future” conference with school district supervisers and educators in the East Room of the White House

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A member of the audience signs the digital Future Ready District Pledge during the ‘ConnectED to the Future’ event hosted by President Barack Obama. The conference is with superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho

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President Barack Obama greets audience members

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President Barack Obama signs S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, into law in the Oval Office of the White House. Among the things the act intneds to do is strengthen health and safety requirements for child care programs and providers, expand eligibility to child care programs for families and train providers

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President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, in the Oval Office of the White House. From left are, Rep, Richard Hanna, R-NY., Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa., Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC., and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

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18
Nov
14

The Future Rewards Those Who Press On

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Ever since then Senator Obama decided to run for president in 2007, he has been modelling the behavior he would wish all of us and, particularly all Democrats, to follow. He never panicked or over dramatized anything, but patiently, methodically built an organization that was bigger, better and infinitely more effective than the existing Democratic Party. And he did it with finesse and courtesy, never once publicly criticizing the Democratic establishment or embarrassing any individual, no matter how much he was insulted by them. He showed us how to have immense grace under pressure, how to press forward on difficult days, how to shut out the naysayers, how to respect our skills and empower each other. As president he has showed us optimism combined with pragmatism and realism. He has never stooped to the level of his enemies and has tried to seek a common ground, even as he worked against the most massive obstruction in history. After the midterms, he literally went in front of the cameras and taught us how to act– not to cower or despair, but to lift our heads with pride and a sense of optimism and move forward. He told us by his actions alone to give nothing to our critics, waste no sorrow on our enemies, remain undaunted at our prospects and just keep moving forward bringing light and honesty into the darkest hate. If Democrats in this country–and that includes you, Jon Tester–opened their eyes and realized how much this incredible president is teaching us every day we would not only become better human beings, we would never lose another election.

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10
Nov
14

A Different Take On The Election

A different take on the election

by @zizii2

Much handwringing over the Democratic party’s electoral fortunes has taken place this past week. Teabaggers are ecstatic. The most loathesome wingnuts are going to make our lives even more miserable than we have already endured. Some young people justify young voter apathy by saying Democrats did not give them what they wanted, as shown below in the Carl Gibson piece titled:

Open Letter to Democrats From a Disillusioned Young Voter

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And Democratic Party leaders will probably learn the wrong lessons and move further repub-lite.

I think differently about what happened. I believe what we are seeing is the brick wall that Coalition Politics slams into when the regular institutions of Democracy have been irreparably subverted and perverted by oligarchs and their political minions who have convinced many Americans that nihilism is their birthright. What do I mean?

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Normally, in a democracy, aspiring politicians and party platforms woo voters with promises of what they will DO for said voters, and the campaigns go full steam ahead in competition. And whoever wins tries to maintain voter approval and possible reelection based on their ability to account to the voter. Otherwise how do you win power again, right?

Wrong. Voters? What voters? GOP-Oligarchs’ answer to electoral imperatives and demographic change, is to shrink the electorate till they could “drown it in a bathtub”!

Continue reading ‘A Different Take On The Election’

07
Nov
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the news media before a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House

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President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leadership in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House. Also pictured is (L-R) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senator Charles Schumer.

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02
Nov
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks in support of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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President Barack Obama with Governor Dan Malloy

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Supporters cheer as President Barack Obama speaks during a rally for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s reelection campaign at Central High School

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Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, greets President Barack Obama

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02
Nov
14

Your Vote, Your Voice. Exercise It

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28
Oct
14

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media about Ebola after a conference call with USAID workers in West Africa before leaving the White House en route to Wisconsin. The president said the US can’t be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. President Obama did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to Ebola needs to be sensible and “based on science,” while supporting health care workers going overseas to fight the disease.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands after arriving at Gen. Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee

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Democratic challenger for Wisconsin Governor Mary Burke is greeted by President Obama at a campaign rally at North Division High School

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Full video here

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President Barack Obama with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke during a rally at the North Division High School

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President Barack Obama and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke in the overflow room

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