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President Obama Gives Us Hope and Inspiration


Watching President Obama address the joint session of Congress and the American People made me proud. For the first time in years, we have a president who is intelligent, articulate and focused on the needs of the people. He is exactly the transformational president I voted for last November. I feel more safe now than ever. We are in good hands.

I’m so sorry that Bobby Jindal came out swinging, giving the entire Republican Party one big black eye. He had the nerve to blame the government for its poor response to Katrina, the Republican government! He concludes that government [under his own party] was broken, so let’s not try to fix it?

Don’t worry, Barack Obama is in charge, and he will fix this government.

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Say Yes to Stimulus, No To Tax Cuts


Why has this bill become so polarizing? Because the republicans want more tax cuts and less spending. But tax cuts are fiscally irresponsible.   There is so much history and evidence that demonstrates what tax cuts really to do the economy: anywhere from not much to nothing.  When taxes are cut, the per person benefit comes to several hundreds dollars per year at the most. So how does that stimulate the economy for future growth? It doesn’t.  In fact, it reduces the revenue of this country so much that the economy suffers and jobs are lost. What good is a tax cut to the unemployed? No good.

On July 25, 2006, the Treasury Department released a study entitled “A Dynamic Analysis of Permanent Extension of the President’s Tax Relief.” It sighted that tax cuts, contrary to popular belief, do not have the ability to stimulate growth or create jobs. It states the contrary, that if the tax cuts at issue in 2006 were to remain permanent, the rate of investment would be lowered and eventual job loss would ensue.

In September, 2006, a non-partisan Congressional Research Service stated that “at the current time, as the stimulus effects have faded and the effect of added debt has grown, the 2001-2004 tax cuts are probably costing more than their estimated revenue cost.”

So why do republicans want them? Maybe just out of habit. And it sounds simple, easy, and it makes their constituents feel good.  Don’t you think it is time that republicans look into the true affects of tax cuts? There is just too much at stake.

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And the U.S. Senate Votes Tonight


The Senate is voting tonight, but only on an amendment that could have paved the way for President Obama’s Stimulus Package to go through. It would appear that the no votes on the amendment are coming from the moderate and more liberal democrats.  I am deeply perplexed that we cannot get this package through for Obama.  Do these Senators understand what they are doing by standing in the way of this crucial legislation?  Can they possibly understand this bill as well as the man to whom we gave our trust when we voted for Barack Obama?  Have these senators been a part of the detailed meetings and discussions which developed the bill? No!  If we don’t get this bill through, America is in big trouble.  

I am beginning to wonder if the Republicans are not really listening to Rush Limbaugh when he expressed his hope that Barack Obama will fail.  They had better not be playing politics with our American lives!

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The Economist endorses Barack Obama!


The Economist? For Barack Obama?  This is a must read, especially if you think you might vote for John McCain. This is a “reprint” of the entire article endorsing Barack Obama for President.  Click here to go to the original article

It’s time

Oct 30th 2008
From The Economist print edition

America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world

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IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be. Back in 2000 America stood tall as the undisputed superpower, at peace with a generally admiring world. The main argument was over what to do with the federal government’s huge budget surplus. Nobody foresaw the seismic events of the next eight years. When Americans go to the polls next week the mood will be very different. The United States is unhappy, divided and foundering both at home and abroad. Its self-belief and values are under attack.

For all the shortcomings of the campaign, both John McCain and Barack Obama offer hope of national redemption. Now America has to choose between them. The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly: the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence. But we acknowledge it is a gamble. Given Mr Obama’s inexperience, the lack of clarity about some of his beliefs and the prospect of a stridently Democratic Congress, voting for him is a risk. Yet it is one America should take, given the steep road ahead.

Thinking about 2009 and 2017

The immediate focus, which has dominated the campaign, looks daunting enough: repairing America’s economy and its international reputation. The financial crisis is far from finished. The United States is at the start of a painful recession. Some form of further fiscal stimulus is needed, though estimates of the budget deficit next year already spiral above $1 trillion. Some 50m Americans have negligible health-care cover. Abroad, even though troops are dying in two countries, the cack-handed way in which George Bush has prosecuted his war on terror has left America less feared by its enemies and less admired by its friends than it once was.

Yet there are also longer-term challenges, worth stressing if only because they have been so ignored on the campaign. Jump forward to 2017, when the next president will hope to relinquish office. A combination of demography and the rising costs of America’s huge entitlement programmes—Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—will be starting to bankrupt the country. Abroad a greater task is already evident: welding the new emerging powers to the West. That is not just a matter of handling the rise of India and China, drawing them into global efforts, such as curbs on climate change; it means reselling economic and political freedom to a world that too quickly associates American capitalism with Lehman Brothers and American justice with Guantánamo Bay. This will take patience, fortitude, salesmanship and strategy.

At the beginning of this election year, there were strong arguments against putting another Republican in the White House. A spell in opposition seemed apt punishment for the incompetence, cronyism and extremism of the Bush presidency. Conservative America also needs to recover its vim. Somehow Ronald Reagan’s party of western individualism and limited government has ended up not just increasing the size of the state but turning it into a tool of southern-fried moralism.

The selection of Mr McCain as the Republicans’ candidate was a powerful reason to reconsider. Mr McCain has his faults: he is an instinctive politician, quick to judge and with a sharp temper. And his age has long been a concern (how many global companies in distress would bring in a new 72-year-old boss?). Yet he has bravely taken unpopular positions—for free trade, immigration reform, the surge in Iraq, tackling climate change and campaign-finance reform. A western Republican in the Reagan mould, he has a long record of working with both Democrats and America’s allies.

If only the real John McCain had been running

That, however, was Senator McCain; the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated. The fiscal conservative who once tackled Mr Bush over his unaffordable tax cuts now proposes not just to keep the cuts, but to deepen them. The man who denounced the religious right as “agents of intolerance” now embraces theocratic culture warriors. The campaigner against ethanol subsidies (who had a better record on global warming than most Democrats) came out in favour of a petrol-tax holiday. It has not all disappeared: his support for free trade has never wavered. Yet rather than heading towards the centre after he won the nomination, Mr McCain moved to the right.

Meanwhile his temperament, always perhaps his weak spot, has been found wanting. Sometimes the seat-of-the-pants method still works: his gut reaction over Georgia—to warn Russia off immediately—was the right one. Yet on the great issue of the campaign, the financial crisis, he has seemed all at sea, emitting panic and indecision. Mr McCain has never been particularly interested in economics, but, unlike Mr Obama, he has made little effort to catch up or to bring in good advisers (Doug Holtz-Eakin being the impressive exception).

The choice of Sarah Palin epitomised the sloppiness. It is not just that she is an unconvincing stand-in, nor even that she seems to have been chosen partly for her views on divisive social issues, notably abortion. Mr McCain made his most important appointment having met her just twice.

Ironically, given that he first won over so many independents by speaking his mind, the case for Mr McCain comes down to a piece of artifice: vote for him on the assumption that he does not believe a word of what he has been saying. Once he reaches the White House, runs this argument, he will put Mrs Palin back in her box, throw away his unrealistic tax plan and begin negotiations with the Democratic Congress. That is plausible; but it is a long way from the convincing case that Mr McCain could have made. Had he become president in 2000 instead of Mr Bush, the world might have had fewer problems. But this time it is beset by problems, and Mr McCain has not proved that he knows how to deal with them.

Is Mr Obama any better? Most of the hoopla about him has been about what he is, rather than what he would do. His identity is not as irrelevant as it sounds. Merely by becoming president, he would dispel many of the myths built up about America: it would be far harder for the spreaders of hate in the Islamic world to denounce the Great Satan if it were led by a black man whose middle name is Hussein; and far harder for autocrats around the world to claim that American democracy is a sham. America’s allies would rally to him: the global electoral college on our website shows a landslide in his favour. At home he would salve, if not close, the ugly racial wound left by America’s history and lessen the tendency of American blacks to blame all their problems on racism.

So Mr Obama’s star quality will be useful to him as president. But that alone is not enough to earn him the job. Charisma will not fix Medicare nor deal with Iran. Can he govern well? Two doubts present themselves: his lack of executive experience; and the suspicion that he is too far to the left.

There is no getting around the fact that Mr Obama’s résumé is thin for the world’s biggest job. But the exceptionally assured way in which he has run his campaign is a considerable comfort. It is not just that he has more than held his own against Mr McCain in the debates. A man who started with no money and few supporters has out-thought, out-organised and outfought the two mightiest machines in American politics—the Clintons and the conservative right.

Political fire, far from rattling Mr Obama, seems to bring out the best in him: the furore about his (admittedly ghastly) preacher prompted one of the most thoughtful speeches of the campaign. On the financial crisis his performance has been as assured as Mr McCain’s has been febrile. He seems a quick learner and has built up an impressive team of advisers, drawing in seasoned hands like Paul Volcker, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers. Of course, Mr Obama will make mistakes; but this is a man who listens, learns and manages well.

It is hard too nowadays to depict him as soft when it comes to dealing with America’s enemies. Part of Mr Obama’s original appeal to the Democratic left was his keenness to get American troops out of Iraq; but since the primaries he has moved to the centre, pragmatically saying the troops will leave only when the conditions are right. His determination to focus American power on Afghanistan, Pakistan and proliferation was prescient. He is keener to talk to Iran than Mr McCain is— but that makes sense, providing certain conditions are met.

Our main doubts about Mr Obama have to do with the damage a muddle-headed Democratic Congress might try to do to the economy. Despite the protectionist rhetoric that still sometimes seeps into his speeches, Mr Obama would not sponsor a China-bashing bill. But what happens if one appears out of Congress? Worryingly, he has a poor record of defying his party’s baronies, especially the unions. His advisers insist that Mr Obama is too clever to usher in a new age of over-regulation, that he will stop such nonsense getting out of Congress, that he is a political chameleon who would move to the centre in Washington. But the risk remains that on economic matters the centre that Mr Obama moves to would be that of his party, not that of the country as a whole.

He has earned it

So Mr Obama in that respect is a gamble. But the same goes for Mr McCain on at least as many counts, not least the possibility of President Palin. And this cannot be another election where the choice is based merely on fear. In terms of painting a brighter future for America and the world, Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait. He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent. Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.

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Sarah Palin supports Militants with ties to Iran: A verifiable true story


Everyone is talking about Bill Ayers and his militant activities while Obama was just child of 8 years old, but there is another militant group that is still active today. It is called the Alaskan Independence Party, also know as the “AIP,” and it is supported by Sarah Palin and her husband.

So who is the AIP?  Is it just another independence party, like Joe Lieberman? Not by a long shot.

The founder of the AIP was a man named Joe Vogler. Like Ayers, Vogler preached armed insurrection against the United States of America. Vogler was know for saying,

“when the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets.  In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion.  They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here.” Vogler continues, “I hope we dont’ have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, we’re ready to die.”

This is the same ideology that produced people like Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and later put to death for the Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There was Waco, Texas, where the “Branch Davidians” leader, David Koresh taught that the U.S. government was the enemy of the Davidians, and that they would have to defend themselves.

Voglar made an appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States’ “tryanny,” and in front of the entire world, demanded Alaska’s freedom. Now here is the kicker. He actually persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American cause.

Sarah Palin was not 8 years old. She was the Governor of Alaska, addressing the Alaskan Independence Party’s convention herself  just six months ago. She told them in her speech to “Keep up the good work” asking for God to bless them.  She wished the party luck on what she called its “inspiring convention.”

This is here and now and Sarah and Todd Palin show a deep involvement with this domestic terrorist organization. And we now see the buds of this kind of ideology at McCain’s rallies just this week!

At another town hall meeting on Friday, McCain gave the lady a microphone. She said she was afraid if Barack Obama would become president, because she said he was an Arab. The embarrassed McCain had no choice but to then defend Obama and say the truth, lest he be caught in a televised lie in the making.  The crowd booed McCain, but the sad thing is that this lady should be fearing the presidency of John McCain. I fear that the climate of this country could become more like McCain’s rallies.  I would fear for this country if John McCain was elected president.

John McCain pulls out the worst in people while Barack Obama continues to talk about hope and change.

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Flow Chart of Sarah Palin’s Brain during the debate


Click on flowchart to enlarge.

If Sarah Palin cannot speak to the American people with a profound knowledge and complete understanding of the issues facing our nation, how can we possibly trust her to speak to foreign leaders in these most delicate times of war and nuclear proliferation.

She cannot rely on a script, change the subject or avoid the questions.  And one thing is certain, a wink will not help her.

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Who is really going to raise your taxes?


Barack Obama will cut taxes for families making $250,000 or less.  McCain continues to say that Barack Obama will raise taxes.  Why does the media keep saying this and why do the American people keep falling for McCain’s distorted attacks on Barack Obama?

When John McCain says “I am going to put our country first!” Great. But what does that mean?

When John McCain says “We need more reform,” Great. But for 26 years, he has been calling for deregulation “I am a deregulator!” he exclaims, proudly. Now that he sees that Wall street cannot be trusted, he now calls for more regulation, after the fact! Hindsight is 20/20 my friend. Everybody is calling for regulation now.  Why weren’t you able to make that good judgement before the crises!

In defense, the Republicans like to say “Barack Obama has done nothing.” This one is a bold faced lie, but if you keep on saying it, it will become true in the minds of the American voter. So do you want to just keep saying it and win the election on a lie. What has Barack Obama done?

Obama introduced 2006 legislation aimed at ending home loans based on fraud, abuse or excessive risk. He has long warned against financial losses because of insufficient oversight of high-risk areas, particularly those involving sub-prime mortgages and loans that exceed what borrowers are able to bear.

When John McCain says “Barack Obama is going to raise your taxes. I am not.” Nice try, but I know that Barack Obama is not going to raise my taxes, and I am a member of the middle class, or what once was the middle class. I have a mortgage to pay and I live paycheck to paycheck.  We no longer eat at restaurants and every purchase we make needs to be justified.

John McCain will raise my taxes. He will force employees to pay taxes on their health care benefits.  My taxable income will increase.  He plans to give every family something like $2,600 to purchase their own health insurance, which will become the health insurance for the healthy, while the unhealthy will pay higher taxes because they won’t be able to afford private insurance.  So John McCain is introducing a new kind of tax “cut off” that is not based on how much you make, but how healthy you are!

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Keith Olbermann Apologizes For RNC’s Graphic 9/11 Tribute (VIDEO)



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The RNC Convention: They’ll say anything, ANYTHING to get elected


Palin says that “Obama has authored two books but has never authored a bill.” Can they really just make stuff up like that and get away with it?  While Barack Obama was in the State Senate of Illinois, for 8 years,  he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced:

  • 233 for healthcare reform
  • 125 about poverty and public assistance, in a way to get people off of public assistance
  • 112 crime fighting bills that lowered the rate of false imprisionnment while at the same time, actually reduced crime and increased the rate of conviction
  • 97 bills for the economy
  • 60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills
  • 21 ethics reform bills
  • 15 gun control
  • 6 veterans affairs

And that’s not all.

When he became a U.S. Senator from Illinois, in only two years, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.

  • Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006, which became law
  • Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, which became law
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, which passed in the Senate
  • 2007 Government Ethics Bill, which is now law
  • Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee,

to name just a few!

In all, since entering the State/U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

Now let’s look at some facts about Palin’s State of Alaska.

She complains about big spending, and boasts about her lean governent, but Alaska is number 1 in the amount paid out in welfare, while Illinois has among the lowest welfare rates in the country:

Alaska: No. 1, paying $3699 per person
Illinois: No. 40 at $1176 per person

This means that Alaska receives 3.15 times the amount of federal aid per person as Illinois!

And how large is their government? Alaska’s government is the second largest in the country, while Illinois has the smallest size government in the entire nation:

State governmental full-time employment per 10,000 residents:

Illlinois: 104, no. 50–The smallest state government in the United States!

Alaska: 370, no. 2! Second largest government in the  in the nation in the size of its government!

Now let’s look at their taxes! The State of Alaska receives more money from its citizens than any other state in the union!

Alaska: Receives $13,446 per person. Number 1 nationally.
Illinois: $4819, no. 37 nationally.

Alaska extracts 2.78 times as much revenue from its citizens as Illinois!

This has got to be exposed. We cannot let them get away with this. Do something!!

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What is the difference between Sarah Palin and George W. Bush?


Lipstick.

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