Showing posts with label BARACK OBAMA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BARACK OBAMA. Show all posts

Monday, January 08, 2018


My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

David Letterman is out of retirement and returning to television with a six-episode, 60-minute Netflix series -- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. The first episode will premiere on Friday, January 12, 2018 with each subsequent episode streaming monthly from February to June. Dave’s lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern and President Barack Obama.

The interviews take place both inside and outside a studio setting, with Letterman traveling to "locations far and wide," according to a Netflix press release. The episodes will take an in-depth look at Letterman's guests.

When Letterman announced the new show, he said in a statement, "I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here's what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely."

He also told the New York Times that the new series "feels like exactly what I want at this stage of my life." Letterman said he plans to keep his outgrown beard.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


President Barack Obama

NEW YORK -  Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, can confirm that President Obama, yesterday shattered the record for Fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter, after his new verified account @POTUS reached the figure in less than 5 hours.

Obama's latest social media achievement beats a record previously held by Ironman star Robert Downey Jr., a feat the movie star achieved in 23 hours and 22 minutes in April 2014. Downey Jr.'s Twitter debut was recognised in the 2015 edition of the Guinness World Records book.

The US President already has the account @BarackObama, which has amassed nearly 60 million followers. However, the new @POTUS account is associated with the presidential office - or as Obama puts it: "The handle comes with the house."

"The @POTUS Twitter account will serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him," wrote the White House Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, Alex Wall, in a blog post.

Twitter's official account for government and politics statistics earlier this morning released an animated diagram showing how the President's new account quickly amassed followers across the globe. To view the diagram, click here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014



Jesse Ventura On Cuba

Jesse Ventura agrees with President Obama: it is time to end an outdated approach.

On his online-only show, "Off The Grid," the former Minnesota governor explains --

"The embargo was put in place [in 1962].They felt hopefully the citizens of Cuba would rise up and overthrow Fidel and his dictatorship," said Ventura. "Well, clearly it hasn't happened. It's been 50 years. All we are doing is hurting the Cuban people through this whole ordeal. Do you think Fidel has missed one sandwich? I don't think so."

Jesse Ventura explained that 52 percent of the American people support ending the embargo. In Florida, where there is the highest percentage of Cuban-Americans, 64 percent of adults said it's time for the embargo to be lifted. Even Governor Rick Scott feels that normalizing economic ties with Cuba will bring greater financial gains to Florida.

If lifting the embargo "helps both of our economies, how do you turn away a win-win?" remarked Jesse Ventura, who noted the United States trades with other communist and socialist countries all the time.

"What has Cuba ever done to us? We've been practicing terrorism against them! We've:

Blown up ships in their harbor

We've tried to destroy their monetary system

We've attempted to destroy their cane fields

We've tried to assassinate their president on multiple occasions

And we've even blown up one of their airliners with civilian passengers on board.

Is that not terrorism?" He asked. "We have no right telling another country what to do. It's not our call -- it's the Cuban people's call."

Jesse Ventura also explained that he is "for open borders. Take down these borders. You don't need barbed wire fences for a great place to live."

"If I get elected president, not only would I be shutting down Guantanamo within a year, I would give it back to Cuba - where it belongs," said Ventura.

"This is probably why I won't be elected president," he continued, expressing how he feels it is wrong to indefinitely detain prisoners of war. "Why do we occupy Cuban land? For what ungodly purpose besides to hold prisoners so they can't be tried in a regular court of law."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


President Of The United States Barack Obama

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke at the 'Cities as labs of Innovation' Plenary Session during the third day of the Clinton Global Initiative's 10th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers today in New York City.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Barack Obama

Despite Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s threat this week to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders, the president refused to apologize for his actions during an exclusive interview with ABC News and took the Republican Party to task for what he described as its attempt to interfere with the basic functions of government.

“You notice that he didn't specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” the president said when asked about the suit by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview Thursday in Minnesota.

“I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing,” the president added later.

Boehner said Wednesday during the announcement of the lawsuit that the president had “not faithfully executed the laws,” but Obama sharply disagreed during his interview with ABC News.

“The suit is a stunt,” he said.

As for immigration overhaul, the president cited public support for it, insisting he was open to compromise with the Ohio Republican during his interview with Stephanopoulos.

“What I've told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you're really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don't you try getting something done through Congress?’” the president said.

"You're going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you're not doing anything?" Obama said, directing his comments toward Republicans.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Why Refusing to Raise the Debt Ceiling Will Not Result in Default on American Debt

By: Brian Woodward

 Barack Obama

The media, members of Congress, and the President of the United States have gleefully disseminated misinformation about what would happen if we do not raise the debt ceiling by October 17th. The biggest blow these lies encountered was when Moody’s, one of the nation's top credit rating agencies, released a memo on October 7th stating:

“We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact...The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default...The budget deficit was considerably larger in 2011 than it is currently, so the magnitude of the necessary spending cuts needed after 17 October is lower now than it was then”

What that means is that almost everything you have heard in any form of media from whatever slant it comes from (in regards to not raising the debt ceiling) has been absolutely wrong.

It is amazing to me that both parties in Congress, according to the polling data, are the ones that American’s blame the most. Americans have always hated Congress, at least in terms of the approval ratings they give, but it is the President who is supposed to lead, and he more than anyone else has been unwilling to be forthright about the situation.

Forget about the outlandish strategy of the Republicans to try to pass a Continuing Resolution that “defunds” the Affordable Care Act.

That is not the real issue here.

This fight is about America’s spending problem. It was then Senator Obama who voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006 who said this "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here’.” He seems to have forgotten that he made this statement, because his remarks last week conveyed the complete opposite sentiment asserting, “Everybody should say one of the most valuable things we have is America's creditworthiness. This is not something we should even come close to fooling around with.”

Not only is he completely wrong about what would happen to the United States credit rating (see Moody’s research note), he has for political purposes reversed his rhetoric, apparently discrediting his views when he was a United States Senator. Individuals are of course afforded the right to change their mind due to changes in data, but at the least he should be willing to say he was wrong in 2006. Instead, he presses on as if he never put up that fight and made those statements about raising the debt ceiling.

He admonishes Speaker Boehner for his actions, but it can be easily argued that the Speaker is simply taking Obama’s 2006 remarks to heart -- “Leadership means that the buck stops here.”

Economists, excluding the rogue Paul Krugman, are laughing at the panic perpetrated by the politicos. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) put it slightly vulgarly, and somewhat incomplete, but nonetheless made an effective point in stating "I'm not as concerned as the president is on the debt ceiling, because the only people buying our bonds right now is the Federal Reserve. So it's like scaring ourselves."

What most people do not comprehend is that the majority of the United States debt is owed to itself, meaning individuals and institutions that purchase treasury notes, the social security trust fund, civilians retirement funds, and of course as the Senator mentioned, the Federal Reserve are the largest holders of the debt. In totality, as of last year, entities of the United States own 65.8% of the national debt. Furthermore, contrary to what many of you have been told, China only owns 8.1% of our debt. The notion that they will or do “own us” is fallacious, their commitment to our currency is much more of a problem for them than us.

This is a fight for fiscal responsibility cloaked in the media as an attempt to repeal Obamacare. It is true that Senator Ted Cruz seized his opportunity at fame, or if you like, notoriety. It is also true that Speaker Boehner (due to the pressure applied by the “Tea Party”) has continually spoken about negotiating the terms of Obamacare. No thinking person anticipates any major, or for all intents and purposes, minor concessions on the health care law. However, individuals like our own Senator Tom Coburn understand the importance of fiscal responsibility.

Cutting spending is the goal of the GOP in this fight. I suppose this is when Obama apologists assert that he has “cut spending in half” or “reduced deficits in a historical fashion”. Anyone that is familiar with big data and statistics knows that “numbers” are quite subject to manipulation. From when President Obama took office to now he has cut spending in relation to GDP. However, his spending in relation to GDP is also the highest in the history of the republic.

The research director at the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget explains how easy it is to manipulate the data. He used an example of incurring a deficit of one percent of GDP in the first year of office and .5 percent after the four year term. He states: "That would look like a 50 percent improvement in the level...However, a change in deficits that went from 10 percent of GDP to 5 percent of GDP would also register as a 50 percent improvement – despite being a much larger change in relation to the economy."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Bill Clinton With Barack Obama

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke along with President Barack Obama, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in New York City yesterday.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013



Editorial By Brian Woodward

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Barack Obama

Times like this are when no one can possibly imagine the pressure that the President (as well as other top military and cabinet members) are under. No matter what President Obama chooses to do, some will assert that blood is on his hands. Geopolitics is a dirty, dangerous, and violent arena at times. Syrians are human beings just like us and 100,000 of them have already died in this civil war. Chemical weapons have been used, although there seems to be uncertainty as to who used them and who is in control of all of these weapons. The United Nations Security Council of course came to no consensus with China and Russia urging restraint.

However, the United States seems to have made up it’s mind that sufficient evidence exists. All of the media reports indicate that a strike of some sort is imminent. President Obama unequivocally stated "We have looked at all the evidence and we do not believe the opposition possessed nuclear weapons on – or chemical weapons of that sort. We do not believe, given the delivery systems using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out, and if so, then there need to be international consequences."

Britain’s Parliament voted to restrain from military intervention in Syria. This occurred even though Britain presented a legal case that President Bashar Al Assad's Syrian regime was guilty of at least 14 chemical weapons attacks on the rebels since last year.

Our closest ally Britain, despite officially charging the Assad regime for using chemical weapons multiple times will not engage due to parliament’s vote. The Russians and Chinese, whose human rights records within their own countries reak of abuse, have no interest in protecting it anywhere else, and habitually act only if it is in their direct interest.

That leaves the United States, as it often does, to be the ultimate arbiter, the one who decides whether and how intervention will occur in the region. The American people are quite weary of any further war in the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan.. However, these people that are dying are human beings just like we all are. Can we as inhabitants of this earth stand by and allow these atrocities to continue? Can we stand by and watch the coverage of dead bodies, the pictures of corpses by the tens of thousands? We have many times before. When and why do we choose to intervene? Although the use of chemical weapons is unprecedented and against international law, it has not been the means causing the bulk of death and destruction. Conventional weapons eliminate targets and kill at a much greater rate than do the sorts of chemical attacks used in Syria.

War is a terrible thing and yet for too many it is a way of life. Civil war and other mass atrocities have plagued the people of many Arab and African nations over the past centuries. It is difficult to find a dog in the fight for the United States in Syria. It is a mangled web of fighting between factions, none of which are certain to be friends of the United States or the greater will of the Syrian people. The case for war has been made in this urgent way due to this particular evidence of chemical weapons use. Then the President, rightly so, announces that he will ask Congress to debate the measure before moving forward with any action. However, Congress does not return until September 9th at 2 P.M. How about asking, or more forwardly, demanding that Congress go into special session. Tell them to suspend their recess, if the use of military force is on the table, time is a prescient factor, a definite yes or no from Congress is needed as soon as possible.

It is an unfortunate reality of the world that unjust and oppressive force is most effectively countered with superior force. When the helpless are unable to overcome the injustice by themselves should America attempt to help or just sit back and let them die? Is civil war of the sort just a reality of political systems? Should the United States refrain from trying to direct the outcome? What is the purpose of the “United Nations”? Is it just a fiat body that writes reports and resolutions that it never has any authority or ability to uphold? If not constructed for the advancement of world peace than what is the United Nations for?

No one knows or can know what the best action to take is in Syria, or if the best action is to take none at all. The American people overwhelmingly disapprove of intervention in the latest Reuters polls. However, President Obama stated “This attack is an assault on human dignity. It also presents a serious danger to our national security. . . . It could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons, or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm.” He went on to ask, “Here’s my question for every member of Congress and every member of the global community: What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?”

It seems Congress will ultimately decide, and it seems it is likely we will use some sort of force towards Syria. Let us hope that the resolution be swift and as peaceful as possible. Nevertheless, I’m afraid no one really believes those words will apply to what will happen if we take action. Let us hope that this President and this Congress will not repeat the mistakes of the past but instead triumph through this turbulent time. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013



By: Brian Woodward

Al Sharpton

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” ― Booker T. Washington

Trayvon Martin should not be dead, but the reason that he is, does not have to do with the color of his skin. Other than pure speculation, there is no evidence to suggest that this incident had anything to do with race. However, as the prior quote asserts, men like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan love to swoop in and soak up the media attention. It does not matter to them whether they are right (remember the Duke lacrosse rape case?), just as long as they get their publicity and fame. They are dividers not uniters. Tell me in what way is it helpful to tweet, as Louis Farrakhan did “Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Soon the law of retaliation may very well be applied. #Trayvon”. Sounds to me like someone attempting to incite upheaval. It also seems to deviate from what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, peaceful protest. Furthermore, when the F.B.I looked into the shooting death, their investigation concluded Zimmerman was not a racist. Nevertheless playing the race card always brings in the ratings and thats what most news networks did.

President Barack Obama


Jesse Jackson
President Barack Obama spoke these words in his famous 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention, “There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America—there's the United States of America.” They were eloquent words and a reflection of America’s progress towards equality for all citizens. In the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the President made statements that ran counter to his 2004 assertion. While addressing the press he stated, “if a white male teen were involved in the same kind of scenario, that from top to bottom both the outcome and aftermath might have been different.” Not only is that an insinuation that the shooting was racially motivated but it also asserts that the six jurors and the judicial system of Florida applies justice unequally. 

Glenn Garvin from the Miami Herald gave some insight that probably did not make it to most of the cable news shows, that air time is reserved for doctored 911 calls, and misleading photos. Mr. Garvin wrote in his column, “There is no war on black men, at least not by white men. Last year, the Scripps-Howard News Service studied half a million homicide reports and found that killings of black victims by white attackers have actually dropped over the past 30 years, from 4,745 during the 1980s to 4,380 during the first decade of the 2000s. There were nearly twice as many white victims killed by black assailants: 8,503 in the 1980s, and 8,530 in the 2000s.”

Wednesday, July 03, 2013



Barack Obama

Following is a statement by the Communications Workers of America on Cablevision’s attempt to stop the National Labor Relations Board hearing scheduled for July 8.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant Cablevision Systems Corp.’s request for a stay of the National Labor Relations Board hearing set to begin July 8 in Manhattan.

Cablevision’s actions are clear evidence of why workers need a fully functional NLRB. It’s the only agency that can enforce federal labor law for 80 million workers.

“The Senate minority and their U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporters don’t want a functional NLRB. That’s why it’s up to the Senate majority, to change the rules if necessary, so that these and other nominations can have an up or down vote,” said CWA President Larry Cohen.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Global Zero

President Obama will meet with President Putin on the side of the June 17-18 G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland, with nuclear weapons on the agenda. In the lead-up to this critical decision point, an eminent group of artists – including Alec Baldwin, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Kravitz, Martin Sheen, Christoph Waltz and Naomi Watts – issued a stirring call for a world without nuclear weapons in a powerful new video released by Global Zero.

The video is part of an international campaign urging President Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons by negotiating further cuts in the massive U.S.-Russian Cold War stockpiles and bringing other leading nuclear powers into international nuclear arms negotiations for the first time in history.

As part of these efforts, Global Zero delivered to the White House a letter to President Obama from approximately 75 former prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers and military commanders, an official declaration recently adopted by the European Parliament endorsing Global Zero’s plan to eliminate nuclear weapons, and a global grassroots petition – all urging Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons. Over the last several weeks, a host of artists, musicians and bands have promoted the campaign on social media, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Tom Morello, Yoko Ono, Serj Tankian, Pearl Jam and R.E.M., among many others. 

Monday, May 13, 2013



President Barack Obama

This evening, hundreds of New Yorkers will march to a rally outside President Obama's fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on 49th and Park to protest the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Activists from CREDO,, the Sierra Club and others are demanding that the president reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and other oil pipelines that will accelerate the climate crisis.

CREDO recently launched a campaign calling on activists to pledge to risk arrest if President Obama moves forward with a plan to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Nearly 60,000 people who have signed the pledge to risk arrest in peaceful dignified civil disobedience in their local communities, in front of OFA meetings, State Department offices, TransCanada's corporate lobbies, banks that are financing tar sands oil development, areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and along the pipeline route.

Read more about CREDO's pledge HERE:

Tuesday, May 07, 2013


President Barack Obama

Over 100 high profile artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, comedians, directors, producers, and performers are calling on President Obama and Congress to acknowledge the hope and dignity of the American immigrant story by passing just, fair, and inclusive immigration reform.

Members of the creative community who are speaking out for humane reform include Russell Banks, W. Kamau Bell, Ross Bleckner, Margaret Cho, Teju Cole, Chuck D, Rosario Dawson, Zack De La Rocha, Junot Díaz, Abigail E. Disney, Dave Eggers, Shepard Fairey, Eric Fischl, John Leguizamo, Yo-Yo Ma, Mira Nair, Robert Redford, R.E.M., The Roots, Sarah Silverman, Jose Antonio Vargas, Colson Whitehead, and many others.

Published on, the Artists’ Statement on Immigration Reform says, “Creating a just and humane immigration process is a moral and cultural imperative that secures the future of a vibrant nation. Immigration reform should reflect our shared belief in fairness and inclusion.”

“Our American cultural life would be considerably diminished without the contributions of immigrant artists,” said Jeff Chang, Executive Director of Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts and founding member of The Culture Group and CultureStrike. “Audrey Hepburn, Igor Stravinsky, Claude McKay, Gertrude Stein, Bruce Lee, and Celia Cruz are among the innumerable immigrants who have helped to shape our vibrant nation. We are all stronger when we celebrate our diversity and welcome those who are seeking the American dream of inclusion and opportunity.”

“Almost any American can trace their family roots to immigrants,” added visual artist Shepard Fairey. “Often our ancestors migrated to escape prejudices in their homeland and to find a better life. Current immigration laws do not reflect our shared values, nor do they reflect the realities of our modern world. They all too often separate parents from their children and criminalize those seeking a better way of life.”

As Congress marks up the immigration bill this week, these artists want to remind lawmakers of the positive cultural and economic impacts of immigration, and to call on elected officials to pass legislation that:

• Ends the detentions and deportations that cause separation and suffering for families;

• Preserves families by expediting the visa process and retaining long standing policies that reunite

• and stabilize families;

• Ensures all immigrants have basic workers’ rights;

• Provides equal immigration rights to LGBTQ individuals and families; and

• Creates a clear roadmap to citizenship that includes all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Says Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli, “Our unique American history is based on the continued contributions of hardworking people from all walks of life. An immigration reform bill that leaves no one out, keeps families together, and provides a roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants is the opportunity to live up to our highest ideals of democracy and freedom that attract so many people worldwide.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama delivered remarks on immigration policy at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013



First Lady Michelle Obama With President Barack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama sparkled in Forevermark Diamonds at the 57th Inaugural Ball last night in Washington, DC. 


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Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is recovering after an inauguration weekend fall, and said she expects to be released from the hospital soon.

"Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration. She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy," Whoopi Goldberg said on "The View" today.

In a statement, Walters, 83, said she wanted to "thank all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me".

"I am running a low grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal. I'm pleased to say that it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon," the veteran ABC News journalist said.

Sunday, January 20, 2013



Barack And Michelle Obama

Barack Obama once again took the oath of office at the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington DC today. Administering the oath was Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts. 

 White House Pool Photo


Interview By: George Stephanopoulos / ABC News

Eva Longoria

Award-winning actress and emerging Washington power player Eva Longoria told ABC News on “This Week” that immigration reform should be a top priority in President Obama’s second term.

“People say, ‘Oh, get in the back of the line,’ [but] people don’t realize there’s a hundred lines to get into,” said Longoria of the immigration process. ”It’s a very broken system.”

Just this week, the Wall Street Journal labeled the former “Desperate Housewives” star a “Hispanic activist and power player in Washington, D.C.” She’s been a top supporter of President Obama, serving as a co-chair of his reelection campaign and taking center stage last September for a speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013



Barack Obama

Statement of Executive Director Justin Ruben:

"MoveOn cannot support the deal that was announced last night.

“We just finished an election in which the American people made clear that they want the wealthiest 2% to finally pay their fair share of taxes, but this agreement fails to meet that test. Voters gave President Obama a mandate to end the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000. He has not delivered.

“We are also deeply concerned about the short-term nature of the sequester extension, which means that in just two months, the country will yet again face a situation in which the GOP tries to hold our economy hostage as it seeks policies that benefit the rich.

“It is important to note that there are no Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid cuts in this agreement – and that’s a good thing. MoveOn members and allies have fought hard to prevent social insurance benefit cuts, which would harm the poor and middle class and which the public strongly opposes. This weekend, when Republicans tried to inject Social Security benefit cuts into these eleventh-hour negotiations, Democrats forced those cuts off the table.

“The agreement includes some good provisions, including an extension of unemployment insurance as well as tax credits that benefit poor and middle class Americans. But at the end of the day, poor and middle class families deserve a better deal than more tax cuts for the rich and the potential for another hostage situation in two months.

“As budget debates continue, MoveOn members will continue to fight for a more equitable tax code in which the wealthy finally pay their fair share, and to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from any benefit cuts.”

Friday, December 14, 2012



Bitching By: James Edstrom

Barack Obama After Sandy Hook Shooting

I like everyone else in this country are in shock. The murder in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, is a horror.

President Obama had this to say as he became very emotional as he delivered remarks on the Newtown elementary school shooting.

"I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every resource he needs to investigate," Obama said, noting the country has had "too many of these tragedies in the last few years."

"Each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anyone else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today," Obama said. "I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."

"They had their entire lives ahead of them -- birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own," Obama said of the children who were killed, tearing up. "Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping children fulfill their dreams."

Police reported 27 deaths, including 20 children, six adults and the shooter, according to the Associated Press. 

Following hours of uncertainty during which many media outlets reported the shooter's identity as Ryan Lanza, an official identified the suspected gunman as Adam Lanza, Ryan's 20 year old brother, according to the Associated Press. Ryan Lanza, 24, is now being questioned by the police in New Jersey.

On a personal note, I have lived in New York City for many years now. I lived here when the crime rate was very high. Never in my life did I ever think I should get a gun. I have walked through the worst neighborhoods at night, and still I never even considered the idea. 

The NRA for too long has controlled the politicians.  I don't want to hear the arguments that guns do not kill, that people do. If guns were illegal and some nut case walked into a school with a knife, he could not do the damage that guns do. It is time to put a stop to this. Guns do kill and more people are being killed like this in mass murders. It's not going to change until we have a Constitution Amendment banning guns. Sandy Hook Elementary School will not be the last mass murder, until the laws are changed to protect the innocent. How would members of the NRA feel if these were their children?  It's time to stop the insanity!