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Mr. President Your Speech To Congress was a Home Run

Mr. President, you  stood up to the Republicans in Congress tonight.  You made it awfully hard for Republicans to ignore your plea ” To Pass This Plan Now.”  I am with you and proud of your response.  I believe the response was right on time!   This is what the country needed from you.  They needed this speech desperately from you.  You will see your poll numbers rise rapidly as a result of this speech.

The American people needed you to fight for them and you certainly did that for us tonight.  We are with you, Mr. President!  We know that you will continue to be passionate about helping the American people.   This speech was a home run and  when your Poll numbers rise, it will be because the American people truly believe that you are really fighting for them.

Yes, it was high stakes, and you rose to the moment and delivered. Congratulations!

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President Obama To Congress : “Use Should Pass it Right Away”

From Fox News

Seeking to boost a slumping economy along with his hopes for re-election, President Obama on Thursday night implored Congress to pass a $450 billion jobs plan that he says will give an array of tax cuts to small businesses that hire while reforming the corporate tax code and investing in infrastructure projects.

In a highly-anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama repeatedly called on lawmakers to pass his plan “right away,” saying “there should be nothing controversial” about the American Jobs Act. Obama said all the proposals are paid for with spending cuts although he won’t detail them until next week.

 “Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight,” he said. “The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.”

Obama also called on Congress to “stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy.”

The biggest element in Obama’s plan calls for increasing and extending a payroll tax cut for workers that goes to Social Security, while providing the tax cut to employers, too. For workers, the tax that has been cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for this year would fall to 3.1 percent under Obama’s plan — a $175 billion cost. The tax will go back up to 6.2 percent without congressional action by the end of the year.

The president’s plan would also spend $25 billion on school infrastructure to modernize at least 35,000 public schools, including spending on computer labs and on emergency repairs. He would spend an additional $35 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers and support the hiring of thousands more.

Senior administration officials wouldn’t say how many job the plan would create but noted that it could have an immediate impact.

The idea is to have an effect “within the year,” one official said.

Obama’s plan strikes the “right balance” and contains the “right mix” of elements to get people back working again, an official said. But the officials added there’s no “magic here.”

Republicans didn’t rule out support for Obama’s plan but noted that they had their own proposals too.

“The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. “We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

Obama wanted to convey a deep sense of urgency about the economy in his speech and try to back Republicans into a corner, said top Democrats who spoke to the president about his speech.

But top Republicans wonder why it took nearly three years to convey this urgency. They suspect the timing has more to do with the president now trying to save his own job.

“The president’s so-called jobs plan is to try those very same policies again and then accuse anyone who doesn’t support them this time around of being political or overtly partisan, of not doing what’s needed in this moment of crisis,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. “This isn’t a jobs plan. It’s a re-election plan.”

A key audience is the all-important independent voters who helped elected the president in 2008 but have been fleeing. One year ago, 40 percent of independents approved of his job performance. Now it’s down to 31 percent, according to the latest Fox News poll.

The president is gambling that since Congress has an approval rating of only 10 percent, Republicans will feel election pressure to work with him. But passage of the plan may rest on how the president plans to pay for it.

Obama Unveils $300 Billion Jobs Package

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will roll out a jobs package on Thursday that strives to lift the ailing economy through $300 billion worth of tax credits,  and $300 Billion in new cuts.  The jobs package will include school renovation projects, job training for the unemployed and a program to prevent teacher layoffs, according to a person familiar with the administration’s plans.

In his speech before a joint session of Congress, Obama also will ask lawmakers to renew the 2 percent payroll tax cut that was approved last December and to extend jobless benefits, said the person, who requested anonymity to talk more freely about White House internal deliberations.

The White House would not confirm specifically what is in the plan. And details could change as White House advisers fine-tune the package.

The address being written by chief White House speechwriter Jon Favreau looms as one of the most important of Obama’s presidency. Unemployment stands at 9.1 percent and the fragile economic recovery appears to have stalled.

A new wave of polling this week shows that people are deeply pessimistic about the country’s future and dissatisfied with Obama’s management of the economy.

A survey by The Washington Post-ABC News showed that 77 percent believe the country is on the wrong track.

Obama is under pressure from his Democratic base to submit a “bold” package that would put a real dent in the jobless rate — and revive his re-election prospects.

To the extent he follows this advice, though, he risks alienating Republicans and even conservative Democrats who want to avoid anything that smacks of another expensive stimulus package.

Briefing reporters on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that impartial economists will conclude that the new jobs plan would “have a direct, quick and positive impact on the economy and job creation.”

Carney also said the package would be “paid for,” not financed through deficit spending.

Whether it can pass the Republican-controlled House is no sure thing. Obama has said the jobs plan would include ideas that Republicans have traditionally embraced. One such proposal is a tax credit for businesses that hire new workers, an idea that fits within Republican economic doctrine. But the level of polarization in Congress doesn’t bode well for any new presidential initiatives.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky gave a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday predicting that Obama would unveil ideas that “represent more of the same failed approach that’s only made things worse over the past few years.”

The top-ranking House Republican leaders, meantime, sent Obama a letter Tuesday asking him to meet with congressional leaders of both parties and discuss his jobs package before laying it out in a nationally televised speech.

An aide to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that in crafting the jobs package, the White House has not consulted Boehner.

Republicans Want to Destroy President Obama and President Obama Wants To Compromise With Republicans

President Obama continually stumbles into  mishaps and he continually cave, gives in to Republicans.  The latest fiasco is the scheduling conflicts in his efforts to call a joint session of Congress to present his job plan speech. Someone said that America need a jobs plan, but the President needs a social secretary.

President Obama also needs to think about switching parties,  maybe he has a secret  desire to be a Republican.   The President  really has no basis or background to even begin to know what it means to be  an African American.  He was not raised in a black  household by black parents, so he has absolutely no reference point.  His reference point is primarily multi-racial.

We call him the first African- American President, primarily  because of lienage. He had an African father, who was in effect absent.

That hardly qualifies him to really know what it means to be a black man in America.  Any knowledge he gleamed came  second hand from any Black Man  or Woman he may have known.  President Obama is a good man, a very good man, however, he finds it awful hard  take a hard line against Republicans.

He most likely had to get along all his life growing up  as the only black in the neighborhood.  So he learned to compromise, no matter what the cost.  That’s a good thing, however Republicans have no good intentions toward  President Obama.  He needs to use the bully pulpit of the White House to get the lowly Republicans in line, to overcome,  quite frankly, their blatant racism toward the President.

Perry Lands Himself In Hot Water Less Than One Week of Entering The Race For President

The White House denounced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday for his threatening remarks toward the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve that represented some of the most inflammatory rhetoric of the 2012 election campaign.

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Texas governor said he would consider it “treasonous” if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election” in November 2012 — a fresh sign of the political heat the central bank faces as it tries to right the stumbling U.S. economy.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all will do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said to laughter from supporters in Iowa.

“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, treasonous in my opinion,” he said.

The White House responded by saying it is important for the Fed to remain independent, and jabbed back at Perry, who on Saturday entered the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama. Perry is already considered one of the strongest candidates for the Republican nomination.

“I certainly think threatening the Fed chairman is not a good idea,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“When you are president or running for president, you have to think about your words,” Carney said in Iowa, where Obama was on a campaign-style bus tour.

Perry, who succeeded former President George W. Bush as Texas governor, is known for strongly conservative social and fiscal views. In his first three days as a candidate, he has upset Democrats by questioning Obama’s patriotism and implying the U.S. military does not respect Obama as commander-in-chief. His remarks on Bernanke caused the biggest flap.

Another top-tier Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, also criticized the Fed. “The Federal Reserve is not subject to transparency. The Federal Reserve has made terrible, grievous errors,” Bachmann told reporters in South Carolina on Tuesday.

U.S. Representative Ron Paul, another Republican presidential candidate, also is a fierce critic of the Fed.

Bernanke was appointed in 2006 by Bush, a Republican, and reappointed by Obama. Under Bernanke, the Fed has embarked on one of the most extended periods of cheap money in U.S. history, keeping U.S. interest rates near zero since late 2008 and pledging to do so until mid-2013.

TARGETING THE FED

Perry, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, may have been trying to tap into the anti-Fed sentiment of some of the most right-leaning Republican voters, who deeply distrust the unelected, but powerful, officials of the central bank.

The Fed has faced fire in Congress over its emergency financial rescues and regulatory lapses. Defenders argue the central bank was right to act aggressively to stem the crisis, and they credit it with preventing a financial collapse.

In fact, some argue that with no appetite among politicians for more fiscal stimulus, Fed action could be the only avenue left for Washington to support the U.S. economic recovery.

While investors chalked up Perry’s comments to the campaign season, they said criticism of the Fed and threats to its political independence could multiply if the economy sours even more and the central bank takes further action to spur growth.

“Make no mistake, inflammatory comments like these are indicative of one thing — an election cycle,” said Keith Wirtz, the chief investment officer at Fifth Third Asset Management, with $18 billion in assets.

Financial markets increasingly expect the Fed to launch a third round of bond buying to provide liquidity if the economy continues to weaken.

“If correct, the noise will explode,” Wirtz said.

The Fed has already conducted two such programs, known as quantitative easing, since the financial crisis. Critics say that such programs are equivalent to the Fed running the printing presses faster and can lead to a long-term reduction in the value of the dollar.

‘NOT THE ANSWER’

Perry’s campaign did not back away from his comments. Campaign spokesman Mark Miner said the Texas governor was expressing frustration with the economic situation and “out of control spending” in Washington.

“Most Americans would agree that printing and spending more money is not the answer to the economic issues facing the country,” Miner said.

But his tone could turn off independent voters whose support will be needed to defeat Obama in the 2012 general election.

“When you say those things in the Lone Star State (Texas), you look colorful. When you say these things on a national stage … it’s going to come back and get you,” said Ford O’Connell, an advisor on Republican John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“You’ve got to be more like James Bond and less like Rambo,” he said.

Democrats have seized on the latest remarks by Perry, who caused a stir in 2009 when he said Texas might need to secede from the United States, to make their case that he is a loose-talking cowboy likely to act too hastily under pressure if he were to win the White House.

At a campaign event on Monday, Perry was asked if Obama loved the country, and replied, “You need to ask him.”

Asked whether Perry’s remarks were disrespectful, Obama said he would “cut him some slack” as a new candidate.

“Everybody who runs for president, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn’t like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress, and you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say,” Obama said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

President Obama Says He fed Up With Washington’s Gridlock

NEW YORK (AP) — Aligning himself with a public fed up with economic uncertainty and Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama declared Thursday: “There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics.”

His toughly worded message — he said there was frustration in his voice, in case anyone missed the point — came amid a series of polls showing that people are disgusted with political dysfunction and are dispensing blame all around, including on Obama.

Obama aired his frustration with the ways of Washington at an event in Michigan before pivoting to his re-election campaign and a pair of big-money fundraisers in New York City.

He delivered a condensed version of that message at a fundraiser at the lower Manhattan home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein, where celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Jimmy Fallon, were among the approximately 50 guests who paid $35,800 each to attend.

Obama said he told his Michigan audience that it deserves better than what it’s been getting from Washington.

“They look at what’s happening in Washington and they think these folks are really from outer space because they don’t seem to understand how critical it is for us all to work together, Republicans, Democrats, independents, in order to move this country forward,” Obama said.

He added that the country is realizing the need to get involved.

“We’re going to have to get engaged and we’re going to have to speak out,” Obama said. “We’re going to have to register the fact that we expect more and we expect better.”

Obama’s visit Thursday to Holland, Mich., and New York, was his first official trip outside Washington after spending more than a month in the nation’s capital dealing with the debt debate. Obama said Americans were right to be worried about the country’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate and fluctuations in the stock market. The contentious and partisan debt debate in Washington, he said, has done little to help.

“Unfortunately what we’ve seen in Washington in the last few months has been the worst kind of partisanship, the worst kind of gridlock, and that gridlock has undermined public confidence and impeded our efforts to take the steps we need for our economy,” Obama said after touring a Michigan factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles.

A Washington Post poll released this week showed widespread and deep discontent with Washington. Nearly 80 percent said they were dissatisfied with the way the country’s political system works, compared with 60 percent in November 2009. Seventy-one percent said the federal government is mostly focused on the wrong things, up from 55 percent in October 2010.

Both Obama and congressional Republicans were targets of unhappiness, with only 19 percent of people polled saying that Obama had made progress in solving the country’s major problems, and just 10 percent saying that about Republicans. At the same time, 28 percent said Obama had made things worse, while 35 percent said congressional Republicans had done that.

Obama sought to channel the public’s anger in order to avoid being sunk by it himself. He urged the public to tell Washington lawmakers they’d had enough with the bickering and stalemates.

“You’ve got to tell them you’ve had enough of the theatrics, you’ve had enough of the politics, stop sending out press releases. Start passing some bills that we all know will help the economy right now,” he said. “That’s what they need to do. They’ve got to hear from you.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, promptly responded with a news release, calling the president’s remarks “political grandstanding” and urging him to deliver on promises to outline recommendations to rein in the nation’s deficits.

Obama Is Not As Far Left As You Think

Published this article on one  of my blogs during the primary season in March. Obama’s Centrist ideology is  coming to fruition.

What’s up with Sean Hannity and the Fox network?  He is hard at work as a republican operative, trying his darnedest to bring down Obama. He’s working overtime at this and he is recruiting some very unlikely allies like Hillary Clinton for one, who seems to be keeping strange company to say the least, with republicans, no less. But this is standard operating procedure with the Clintons. Bill was outstanding at giving lip service to the left, but exposing through his actions, NAFTA not withstanding, republican platforms, that certainly appease the right. Hillary comes from the conservative middle of the road Democratic linage, the safe lane in American politics.

So Clinton will appeal to this segment, largely because it is safe, it is secure. Barack Obama is not far behind. He’s not at all the liberal that many Democrats and many Republicans seem to think he is. There’s  not much on Obama, because it is by design. When it came time for Obama to vote on legislative issues in the Senate, he was conveniently absence. So he has learned to play the political lane, and he has played it well. It was no coincidence that Obama failed to show up at the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Too much political fall out would occur. Remember Obama, knows he must have crossover appeal, so he will do nothing that will give the impression that he has far left leanings.

The point is, if any one thinks Obama, is too far to the left, think again, do your research; his voting record in the Senate, it will shed light on his cautionary nature, before he does anything. This says that he is quite adept at sizing up the political landscape before he acts and that he will choose middle ground more often than not, but when he makes a decision he will make it with decisiveness.

No one need worry about Reverend Wright’s influence on Barack Obama, he much too controversial for the senator, It does not fit his nature to follow such a man. So when people like Sean Hannity bring up things like Obama’s association with Reverend Wright, or Obama’s participation in the Million Man March, all of these things were part of a larger issue of Obama, struggling with his own identity. He had to find himself, before he could define himself, so it was a necessary journey. It’s a complicated notion and cannot be summed up in the short sentence: “ Obama is a leftist.” He’s not, he will in the end become a centrist democrat, who will make thoughtful, and well thought out decisions during his time in the Oval Office.

Scott Walker’s Policies Close to Defeat In Wisconsin Recall Election

I write this before the first returns are broadcast on MSNBC.  The Wisconsin State Senate Recall Elections are on and Democrats are betting that a win of 5 seats will turn the state senate back to Democratic hands.  It is literally Wisconsin’s Gettysburg.  It is a bold move that will shape the tone and the character of congressional, senate, and presidential races in the next year and a half.  This is not something that is normally done. But we will learn so much about the electoral process tonight.

We will perhaps finally be able to say, that the Tea Partiers, Republicans have done more that overstepped their boundaries, but have misjudged the wants and wishes of the majority of the American people. My guess is that because we are being led by Barack Obama, a cerebral President that prides himself on compromise, Democrats have nothing really to get excited about after Obama dialed up the excitement bar 100% during his winning election run for President of the United States only to dial down his performance in the White House.

It took an election to recall the state senators who passed the Mad Scientist, Governor  Scott Walker’s plan to destroy the labor unions in Wisconsin.

We The American Voters Are To Blame For Washington’s Gridlock

Great Article on why  Democrats and Republican can’t get anything done from  Associated press.  Give us all room to pause.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security?

Look in the mirror.

Americans gripe about cowardly, self-serving politicians, and Congress doubtlessly has its feckless moments and members. But voters are quick to overlook their own role in legislative impasses that keep the nation from resolving big, obvious, festering problems such as immigration, the long-term stability of Medicare, and now, the debt ceiling.

Here’s the truth: The overwhelming majority of senators and House members do what their constituents want them to do. Or, more to the point, they respond to people in their districts who bother to vote. Nothing is dearer to politicians than re-election, and most have a keen sense of when they are straying into dangerous waters.

For a growing number of senators and representatives, the only risk is in their party’s primary, not in the general election. Most voters, and many news outlets, ignore primaries. That gives control to a relative handful of motivated, hard-core liberals (in Democratic contests) and full-bore conservatives (in GOP primaries).

In politically balanced districts, a hard-right or hard-left nominee may have trouble in the general election, when many independent and centrist voters turn out. But many House districts today aren’t balanced, thanks largely to legislative gerrymandering and Americans’ inclination to live and work near people who share their views and values.

The result is districts so solidly conservative that no GOP nominee can possibly lose, or so firmly liberal that any Democratic nominee is certain to win. In these districts, the primary is the whole ball game.

Republican lawmakers are under constant pressure to drift to the right, to make sure no fire-breathing conservative outflanks them in a light-turnout primary dominated by ideologues. The same goes for Democrats on the left.

So who turns up on Capitol Hill for freshman orientation? Democrats and Republicans who can barely comprehend each other’s political viewpoints, let alone embrace them enough to pursue a possible compromise on big issues.

But what if a Republican and Democrat do decide to meet halfway in hopes of finding, say, a path to shore up Social Security for decades to come. What can they expect?

In some states and districts, they can expect to be drummed out of their party for the crime of engaging with “the enemy.” That’s what happened last year to Bob Bennett of Utah, a mainstream conservative Republican senator. A relatively small number of conservative activists, led by tea partyers, bounced him from the ticket at a GOP convention. They taunted Bennett with chants of “TARP, TARP.” He had voted for the bipartisan bank bailout legislation pushed by Republican President George W. Bush. The Senate’s GOP leaders also voted for the bill. But it was an unacceptable compromise in the eyes of Utah Republicans picking their Senate nominee.

In Alaska, GOP primary voters also kicked Sen. Lisa Murkowski off their ballot. She barely saved her seat with a scrappy write-in candidacy. Murkowski supported the bank bailout and, admittedly, is more moderate than the average congressional Republican. But her improbable write-in victory proved she is popular with Alaskans in general, even if her own party rejected her in the primary.

Tea party leaders spell out a warning in their periodic Washington rallies.

“The message is that we’re watching, and we want you to vote based on our core values,” Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said at one such event.

When Democratic leaders were struggling earlier this year to strike a budget deal and avert a government shutdown, Phil Kerpen of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity said sharply, “No Republican better help them.” The crowd cheered loudly.

Such threats are mainly aimed at Republicans for now, largely because of the tea party’s rapid rise. But Democratic lawmakers also know liberal discontent might undo them if they stray too far to the center.

“It’s astounding how often some Democratic leaders sacrifice principles when critical issues are at stake,” said a writer for the liberal AmericaBlog. The column rebuked Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., for working with the bipartisan “Gang of Six” on a debt-reduction plan.

A McClatchy-Marist poll this year found that 71 percent of registered voters want political leaders in Washington to compromise to get things done. If those voters skip key primaries, however, they may have little say in the matter. Political enthusiasts, whether they wear peace signs or “Don’t Tread On Me” T-shirts, will determine who gets elected in many districts before a wide swath of Americans even notice it’s an election year.

Except for a recently appointed senator from Nevada, every member of Congress got there the same way: American voters elected them.

People may bristle at the notion that we get the government we deserve. But there’s no denying we get the government we elect.

Trump Needs to Mend Fences And Strategically Pick His Battles

Theses are high stakes wars that Mr. Trump is waging.  He seems to want to attack President Obama and then Bill Cosby for coming to the President’s defense.  Any sane person would not go there.  But Trump would not stop there, he had to have the last word, so he comes out punching about Cosby’s  rant on the Today show.

Trump took a  real estate business and grew it into a successful worldwide organization. Apartments, Convention Centers, Casinos, you name it Trump branded it.  He does have a knack for business and particularly real estate.  He  deserves credit for what we has done in the business world.

Mr. Trump, for whom much is given, much is expected. That includes the ability to navigate above the fray, and not involve yourself in every little war of words  with  people who express opinions that really don’t matter. If Donald Trump were elected President, he would be too distracted trying to one up all his detractors in the US and around the world.

Success in the business world does  not translate into success in the political world. Trump will need to learn that lesson and make a few friends long the way. By attacking President Obama, he is effectively creating a number of enemies. That is not smart politics.