Posts tagged "obama"


January 28th, 2014

We are the face of the unemployment crisis," she wrote. "I am not dependent on the government…Our country depends on people like us who build careers, contribute to society…care about our neighbors…I am confident that in time I will find a job…I will pay my taxes, and we will raise our children in their own home in the community we love. Please give us this chance.

— Misty DeMars to President Obama as quoted in the SotU 2014

January 28th, 2014

Federally-funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones. That’s why Congress should undo the damage done by last year’s cuts to basic research so we can unleash the next great American discovery – whether it’s vaccines that stay ahead of drug-resistant bacteria, or paper-thin material that’s stronger than steel. And let’s pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly, needless litigation.

- POTUS, SotU 2014

This is so important, but education should fuel innovation and imagination, instead of just testing, as well… 

January 28th, 2014

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.

- POTUS, SotU 2014

YES.  More of this, please.  PLEASE.  PLEASE.  

January 28th, 2014

So… according to a report from CNN…

Obama is going to announce retirement accounts.  

It’s shit like this that makes me side-eye him.  Doing so will give the GOP a blank check to completely raid a fully funded Social Security system and, in my lifetime, 90% of seniors will again die in poverty because of it. 

I don’t care if you say this is in addition to Social Security NOW.  It’s what will happen in a few years - once it’s the acceptable norm.

We have “retirement” accounts.  It’s called Social Security.  Period. 

Good God, Democrats do NOT bring POTUS on the campaign trail with you if this is what he’s going to propose.  

Is he seriously going to do this during the MIDTERM Election Year? 

If so, Christ we’re fucked, because to some extent he’s mitigating the minimum wage issue.  

Please tell me someone is trolling CNN.  Please.  

reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama will lay out a new go-it-alone approach in State of the Union address on Tuesday, in an effort to bypass congressional gridlock caused by political partisanship and the competition for voters’ approval. 
Among the topics expected to be addressed by the president are expanding pre-kindergarten education, income inequality, unemployment, raising the minimum hourly wage of federal contracted employees, and immigration reform. 
Reuters will have live video and blog with contributions from our Washington, DC bureau. You can watch the action starting in earnest at 8:00 p.m. ET, as lawmakers, family members, and other invited guests file in to take their seats and await the arrival of the president. 
The SOTU address begins at 9:00 p.m. ET. 
Photo: President Barack Obama gestures as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union Speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed 

All this fuss over ONE Executive Order?  Where was this fervor during any of the 291 Executive Orders that President George W. Bush ordered?   
January 28th, 2014

reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama will lay out a new go-it-alone approach in State of the Union address on Tuesday, in an effort to bypass congressional gridlock caused by political partisanship and the competition for voters’ approval.

Among the topics expected to be addressed by the president are expanding pre-kindergarten education, income inequality, unemployment, raising the minimum hourly wage of federal contracted employees, and immigration reform.

Reuters will have live video and blog with contributions from our Washington, DC bureau. You can watch the action starting in earnest at 8:00 p.m. ET, as lawmakers, family members, and other invited guests file in to take their seats and await the arrival of the president.

The SOTU address begins at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Photo: President Barack Obama gestures as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union Speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

All this fuss over ONE Executive Order?  Where was this fervor during any of the 291 Executive Orders that President George W. Bush ordered?   

January 28th, 2014

SotU

Matt Damon said something eternally profound a few months ago.  When asked about how he felt about President Obama he said, “Me and Obama… we broke up.”  

I kind of feel that way, as well.  

I championed Obama over Hillary.  I was one of the misguided people that didn’t think she could invigorate like Bill.   There was also a slight scandal in the 2008 Primary campaign, something along the lines of Bill stating that he felt he was the first Black President that led me to take a short-lived break from the Clintons, as a whole, as well.  Hillary in 2008 does not excite me like Hillary 2014 does.  If we could vote now, I’d be all over that and so looking forward to the fight in 2016.  

There’s a lot that I feel has gone by the way side because we haven’t had a strong negotiator in the Oval.  The Public Option missing from the ACA / Obamacare, Race to the Top being one of the worst Public Education policy decisions in recent memory - even worse than the No Child Left Behind Act it replaces, and don’t even get me started on the disturbing NSA stuff.  

(On a personal note: My Mom told my Dad that she was okay with the NSA having so much access to our private lives, because Obama.  My Dad told her he wasn’t.  To some extent, my Dad and I are now classified as “Republicans” because we’ve openly stated that we’re not thrilled with the choices our President has made.)

I agree that he would be better than the alternative, and I know more than most people how necessary it is to strike when it’s your time.  There was so much energy surrounding Obama in 2008 that was such a hold over from 2004, but I wish he could have had a few more years in the Senate to truly learn how to negotiate the intricacies of Washington D.C.’s power structure.   Maybe if Teddy had lived, he could have been the paternal Lion in the Senate.  

I mention all of this to say that while it’s a possibility I’ll be attending a SotU party (unlikely due to the weather) that you are welcome to follow my Twitter feed, when I get entertainingly snarky, especially towards the GOP,  the SCOTUS if Citizens U or Roe v. Wade is mentioned and when it comes to  policy decisions that I disagree with POTUS. 

Now… can anyone tell me what drinking game we’re playing tonight?