Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Blessing or Curse

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of same sex marriage.  
I’ve begun to wonder whether religion is a blessing or a curse for mankind.  Many of us believe that America’s places of worship contribute to higher rates of suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth. 
Versions of golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” is shared by 21 world religions.  This rule is also referred to as the ethic of reciprocity and is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights.
Based on the belief that homosexuality is a choice, many Christians insist same sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to enjoyed the benefits of marriage.  If it were a choice, people would’ve had to at sometime in their life made the decision to be “straight.”  I doubt that homosexual couples were ever provided an opportunity to make that choice.  In fact, a persons sexuality is not a choice, any more than our son made a conscious decision to be pre-dominantly left handed. 
President Obama's opinion has been evolving on this topic for years, he’s explained: “You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.  There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we're talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently.”
In fact, my opinion regarding marriage for gay, lesbian, and transgender couples has also been evolving during the last 20 years.  After nearly 50 years of marriage, I’ve come to recognize that it would be terribly unfair to deny the benefits and happiness that marriage can provide to those of a different sexual orientation.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Law of the Land

House Speaker John Boehner insisted in an editorial for the Cincinnati Enquirer: "The presidents health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy.  We can’t afford to leave it intact.  That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge."

Actually, the Congressional Budget Office estimates show that Obamacare will actually reduce the deficit.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense to get rid of a deficit reduction program, as part of a deficit reduction deal.

The White House rejected Boehner’s idea by making it clear that Obamacare will not be part of debt negotiations.

On ABC News, Diane Sawyer ask: “You had said, next year, that you would repeal the health care vote.  That’s still your mission?

John Boehner answered: “Well, I think the election changes that.  It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected.  Obamacare is the law of the land.  I think there are parts of the health care law that are going to be very difficult to implement and very expensive.  And at a time where we’re trying to find a way to create a path toward a balanced budget, everything has to be on the table.”

Speaker Boehner backed up that quote with a tweet to the Tea Party fanatics in his caucus. "Obamacare is the law of the land.  But it is rising costs and threatening our goals.  Our goal has been and will remain full repeal."

Obviously, Boehner is trying to do keep Tea Partiers on his side by taking a hard line on Obamacare.  But, he’s also trying to muddy the negotiations by putting Obamacare on the table.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Petitions of Secession

Professor James Peterson of Lehigh University wrote: “In 1859, the South and a number of Western states were either pro-slavery or open to slavery.  This same collection of states was legally open to and/or required by statute to be racially segregated.  And it just so happens that these are the states that house the largest concentration of Republican voters and the highest number of those citizens that have signed petitions for secession."

The seven states, that have collected more than 30,000 signatures each on petitions to secede from the union are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  Texas leads the pack with more than 115,000 signatures.

Those states have been described as "the confederacy of takers," because they typically get more federal money as a whole than they pay in taxes as a whole.

In fact, 89 percent of the white voters of Alabama voted against President Obama, and 85 percent of Louisiana whites voted against him.  It would be very unwise for those 2 states to secede from the Union, since Alabama gets $1.71 from the federal government for every dollar it’s citizens and corporations pay in taxes.  Louisiana also enjoys a very good deal because it gets $1.45 in federal aid for each dollar it pays in taxes.  On the other hand, New Jersey receives only 61 cents back for every dollar their citizens pay in federal taxes.  

When LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act, he predicted, that the Democrats would loose the South for a generation.  He clearly underestimated the animosity of the white voters.  The white voters in the South overwhelmingly voted against Obama.  They don’t want an African-American president.  The reason is racial hostility, and I suspect that many Republicans in the north may find that embarrassing.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Latino Vote

Regarding the recent election, President Obama pointed out: “Well, I think what was incredibly encouraging was to see a significant increase in Latino turnout.  It is the fastest-growing group in the country.  And historically what you’ve seen is the Latino vote, vote at lower rates than the broader population, and that's beginning to change.  You're starting to see a sense of empowerment and civic participation that I think is going to be powerful and good for the country.”
Historically, immigration reform hasn’t been a partisan issue.  President George W. Bush and Senator McCain supported comprehensive immigration reform in the past.  Some conversations are already taking place among senators, congressmen and Obama’s staff with regards to what comprehensive immigration reform would look like.
It’s expected to include a continuation of the strong border security measures that Obama administration has taken to secure our borders.  It should, also contain serious penalties for companies that are purposely hiring undocumented workers and taking advantage of them.  And, there must be a pathway for legal status for those who are living in this country, are not engaged in criminal activity, and here simply to work.
If foreign students at our universities earned a PhD in physics or computer science and wants to stay in our country to start a business, we should provide a path to citizenship. 
However, the first step should be to making sure that the DREAM Act is passed by Congress.  Obama has made clear that children who are brought to our country through no fault of their own, attended our school, pledged allegiance to our flag, want to serve in our military, want to go to school and contribute to our society, shouldn’t be under the cloud of deportation.  They should be give every opportunity to earn their American citizenship.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Manhattan Blue

On Election Day, Trump Tower earned a special distinction of being a tiny island of Mitt Romney supporters amid Manhattan’s sea of Obama supporters.
The tower is where the building’s developer Donald Trump is the most recognizable resident.  It was one of only two electoral district in Manhattan where Romney earned at least 50% of the in-person vote.  (These tallies do not include absentee-ballot results, which were not available at the time The New York Times analyzed the vote results.)
Trump remains a fierce opponent of Obama.  He posted on Twitter that the election results were: “a total sham and a travesty.”  Trumps couldn’t even carry the precinct for his chosen candidate.  Romney and Obama tied with 110 votes apiece.
Romney did win a stretch of Park Avenue near the Waldorf Astoria, where six voters showed up and four voted for Romney.  He suffered an astonishing defeat in NYC, in 91 of the city’s 5,286 precincts, Obama received 100 percent of the vote.
Romney enjoyed strong support in neighborhoods with large populations of Orthodox Jews, regardless of income level.  He narrowly missed a victory on Staten Island, traditionally the city’s most conservative borough, but Obama won with 50.2 percent of the vote.
Support for President Obama was particularly strong in predominantly black neighborhoods, including Harlem, Brownsville, Brooklyn, and parts of southeastern Queens.  Across 66 precincts of East New York, Brooklyn, Romney received 300 votes out of more than 21,000 cast, or about 1.4 percent.
That pattern persisted in many Hispanic neighborhoods. Obama won 93 percent of the vote in 17 precincts of Washington Heights, a predominantly Dominican area of Upper Manhattan.  Of the 91 precincts that handed unanimous victories to Obama, the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, delivered the highest number of votes: 550 to zero.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Broken Pledge

Recently, Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss repudiated the Taxpayer Protection Pledge he signed years ago as a rite of passage into right-wing politics.  Chambliss symbolizes the political dilemma facing GOP leaders after Obama's overwhelming re-election.

After decades of opposing higher taxes, congressional Republicans are under pressure to work out a comprehensive agreement to reduce our nation's chronic federal deficits and debt.  That means a compromise with Obama and congressional Democrats, who insist on more tax revenue being part of a package that includes spending cuts and entitlement reform.  

A few congressional Democratic wins have delivered a slightly stronger Democratic majority in the Senate and a slightly weaker Republican majority in the House.  A majority of voters agreed with Obama’s main campaign proposal of raising more tax revenue from the rich as part of a deficit-reduction package.

Obama and Democrats insist that wealthy Americans, who are presently identified as those with income higher than $200,000 for individuals or $250,000 for families, should pay more taxes, so that tax rates for everyone else can stay the same.

The new Congress to be seated in January includes 39 senators, and 219 House members who have signed the anti-tax pledge pushed by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. 

Senator Chambliss insists: "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge."  Referring to Norquist, Chambliss said that "if we do it his way, then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that."

In response to the remark by Chambliss, Norquist pointed out that Chambliss: "wrote a commitment to the voters of Georgia.  If the senator wants to change his mind and become a tax increaser, he needs to have that conversation with the people of Georgia."

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Oil Spill

The Department of Justice announced, that British Petroleum will pay a record fine to settle criminal claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In April 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and contaminated the Louisiana coastline and other parts of the Gulf with millions of barrels of oil.  It was one of the worst oil spills in history.

Attorney General Eric Holder joined federal and local officials in New Orleans for an announcement.  The London-based oil giant BP has agreed to plead guilty numerous charges including lying to Congress, and pay a record fine of $4.5 billion.  Three of their employees were charged, two of them with manslaughter in the death of 11 workers killed, when the drilling rig exploded and set off the nation’s largest oil spill. 

The settlement would not absolve the company of any civil claims.  BP still faces a potential fine from the U.S. federal government tied to environmental damages in the Gulf.

British Petroleum is the fourth largest corporation in the world. It has 100-year history of buying off politicians, beginning with Winston Churchill in 1925.  It has a quarter of a trillion dollars a year in annual revenues.  They view most governments that they deal with as appendages of their enterprise.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, British Petroleum spent almost $16 million lobbying Congress in 2000.  Fifty-seven percent of BP's contributions went to Republicans, while forty-three percent went to Democrats.

On June 17, 2010, Republican Congressman Joe Barton accused the White House of a “$20 billion shakedown” of British Petroleum after the company agreed to establish an escrow account to pay the claims of people harmed by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the outset of a House hearing where BP's chief executive officer appeared for the first time before Congress, the Texas congressman said: “I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown, with the attorney general of the United States.  But I apologize.  I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure.”

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Key Issue

President Obama was asked: “Would closing loopholes instead of raising rates for them satisfy you?”
He answered: “I think that there are loopholes that can be closed, and we should look at how we can make the process of deductions, the filing process easier, simpler.  But when it comes to the top 2 percent, what I’m not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don’t need it, which would cost close to a trillion dollars.” 
Most economist agreed, that it would be very difficult to make up a trillion dollars by just closing loopholes, because the math doesn’t work.  That issue was debated extensively during the presidential campaign.  Votes understood, that the big difference between Obama and Romney came down to how we reduce our deficit.  Obama argued for a balanced approach, that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans paid more. 
Voter understood that was a key issue in the debate, and a majority of  the voters obviously agreed with Obama.  A majority of the American people recognized that if Congress was serious about deficit reduction, they had to do it in a balanced way. 
Two question remains.  Will the House Republicans again hold the middle class hostage.    Will they agree not to allow middle-class taxes to go up?   Not allowing middle class taxes to go up would be good for consumers, businesses, and it will take our economy off the edge of a fiscal cliff. 
Obama wants a comprehensive deal, in order to provide certainty.  A deal that make sure that taxes on 98% of middle-class families and 97% of small businesses don’t go up. The Senate has already passed a comprehensive bill that provides certainty.  Now, all that we need is for the House to pass the same bill.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

One Year Ago

A year ago, Congress handed it’s responsibility to come up with a deficit reduction plan over to a so-called super-committee.  However, that committee announced, that it couldn’t reach a deal.

Obama responsed: “As you all know, last summer, I signed a law that will cut nearly $1 trillion of spending over the next ten years.  Part of that law also required Congress to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion by the end of this year.  In September, I sent them a detailed plan that would have gone above and beyond that goal.  It’s a plan that would reduce the deficit by an additional $3 trillion, by cutting spending, slowing the growth in Medicare and Medicaid, and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.

“In addition to my plan, there were a number of other bipartisan plans for them to consider from both Democrats and Republicans.  All of which promoted a balanced approach.  This kind of balanced approach to reducing our deficit, an approach where everybody gives a little bit, and everyone does their fair share is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans -- Democrats, independents, and Republicans.  It’s supported by experts and economists from all across the political spectrum.  And to their credit, many Democrats in Congress were willing to put politics aside and commit to reasonable adjustments that would have reduced the cost of Medicare, as long as they were part of a balanced approach.
“But despite the broad disagreement that exists for such an approach, there are still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington.  They continue to insist on protecting the $100 billion worth of tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, at any cost, even if it means reducing the deficit with deep cuts to things like education and medical research.  Even it if means deep cuts in Medicare.

“So, at this point, at least, they simply will not budge from that negotiating position.  And so far, that refusal continues to be the main stumbling block that has prevented Congress from reaching an agreement to further reduce our deficit.

“Now, we are not in the same situation that we were in -- that we were in in August.  There’s no imminent threat to us defaulting on the debt that we owe.  There are already $1 trillion worth of spending cuts that are locked in.  And part of the law that I signed this summer stated that if Congress could not reach an agreement on the deficit, there would be another $1.2 trillion of automatic cuts in 2013, divided equally between domestic spending and defense spending.

“One way or another, we will be trimming the deficit by a total of at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years.  That’s going to happen, one way or another.  We’ve got $1 trillion locked in and either Congress comes up with $1.2 trillion, which so far they’ve failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an additional $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.

“Now, the question right now is whether we can reduce the deficit in a way that helps the economy grow, that operates with a scalpel, not with a hatchet, and if not, whether Congress is willing to stick to the painful deal that we made in August for the automatic cuts.”

Republican’s seem to prefer using a hatchet.  Earlier this month, the American voters re-elected President Obama, but congressional Republicans still won’t agree to a balanced approached.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Recently, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed: “What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote.

“What the president did is he gave them two things.  One, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the DREAM Act amnesty program.  Number two, put in place Obamacare which basically is $10,000 a family.  I mean, it’s a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money from the government to a group and guess what?  They’ll vote for you”

In my opinion, demonstrating that you actually care about those Americans that are struggling will always be a winning strategy. 

Basically, Romney is arguing that government is nothing more than a transaction of government giving you things in exchange for votes.  If that’s really what he thinks that government comes down to, he’s unfit in my opinion to hold public office.  The things Romney describe, that the Obama administration did, is called governing.

Romney has suggested that votes were bought off, and that Obama won their votes through bribery.  He’s portraying himself as a victim, and apparently considers the people, who voted for Obama to be a bunch moochers, who are only looking at who will pay them the most.  He may have forgotten that some of the people who receive from government includes his own base.  Seniors citizens are possibly the largest recipients of government programs.

Ironically, the states, who are getting back the most federal money per dollar taxed are all traditionally Republican states.  New Mexico is getting the most back $2.03, for every dollar.  South Carolina is getting back $1.35 per dollar more than it’s citizens and corporations send to our federal government in taxes.  Other leading states include Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Virginia. 
The 10 states getting the least money back for each dollar they pay in federal taxes are usually states that vote Democratic.  They include New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware, California, New York, and Colorado.  
New Jersey receives only 61 cents back for every dollar their citizens pay in federal taxes. Apparently, most of the moochers live in states that typically vote Republican.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Susan Rice

Sen. John McCain claimed: “Susan Rice should have known better.  And if she didn’t know better, she’s not qualified.  She should have known better.  I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States secretary of state.”

Obama struck back: “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me.  But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

Obama insists: Susan Rice has done exemplary work, and has been representing the United States and our interests in the United Nations “with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace.”  

At Obama’s request, Susan Rice appeared on national television to give her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her.  Obama agrees: “it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in Benghazi... We have provided every bit of information that we have, and we will continue to provide information.  And we’ve got a full-blown investigation, and all that information will be disgorged to Congress.” 

“And I don't think there’s any debate in this country that when you have four Americans killed, that's a problem.  And we’ve got to get to the bottom of it, and there needs to be accountability.  We’ve got to bring those who carried it out to justice.  They won’t get any debate from me on that.”

McCain wants to have a Watergate-style hearings on the attack, but he didn’t attend a meeting to question former CIA Director, General Petraeus.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff sits on the House Intelligence Committee, and asked Petraeus, if the talking points Rice was given was their best intelligence assessment they could do without disclosing classified information.

Petraeus testified that the intelligence community got it wrong, and acknowledged that they thought initially that this was a protest that was either hijacked or got out of control, that certainly, terrorists and extremists were involved in, but that it began with a protest. 

Congressional Republicans voted against $300 million request by Hillary Clinton to beef up embassy and consulate security.  That is a questions those Republicans who opposed that request need to answer.  It’s also one of the reasons that people lost their lives in Benghazi.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gary Caso Rebuttal

In a letter published in the Oneonta Daily Star, Gary Caso ignores the reality that redistribution of wealth works both ways.
In 2005, billionaire Warren Buffett warned: "The rich people are doing so well in this county, I mean we never had it so good... It's class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn't be...Corporate taxes as a percentage of total taxes raised are very close to the historical low."
Roughly, 50% of the borrowing that will be needed over the next decade stems from Bush’s refusal to pay for the 2001 tax cut, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the prescription-drug benefit program for Medicare recipients.
One in four profitable corporations don't pay any taxes.  Oil industry subsidies were originally meant to bolster an “emerging” industry a 100 years ago.  Cumulatively, oil companies have benefitted from trillions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies over the last century.  Today, these subsidies are insignificant for a corporation like ExxonMobil, who earned 31 billion in the first quarter of 2011.  The subsidies amount to about 1% of oil company profits, which amounted to 900 billion in the last two years.
Senator Alan Simpson, who was the Fiscal Commissions, Republican Co-chairman pointed out: “Only 10% of the wealthiest people in America, use them, because they’re the ones that can hire the best lobbyists.  The little guy does the standard deduction and walks away.  We found the top 400 income earners in the United States pay an average of 16% income tax, and it’s absolutely absurd.”

Nick Hanauer is a billionaire venture capitalist, who insists: “If there was no one around who could afford to buy what we had to sell, all those companies and all those jobs would have evaporated.  That’s why I can say with confidence that rich people don’t create jobs.  Nor do businesses large or small.”

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Off The Sidelines

The following is an excerpt from “A Historic Election For Women” by Kirsten Gillibrand 
“This week saw a historic election for women, both on the ballot and at the ballot box. Women knew what was at stake and showed up at the polls in 2008-level numbers, making up 53% of the electorate.  Not only were women decisive in re-electing President Obama to a second term, but they helped usher in a record number of women into the halls of Congress.
“In 2012, a record number of women were off the sidelines and running for Congress. 184 women were on the ballot.  It's looking likely that we'll see women's representation in Congress rise from under 17% to almost 19% with a record 81 women elected to the House (and counting) and 2o elected to the U.S. Senate.
“Included in that group are Mazie Hirono in Hawaii, who will be the first Asian-American woman, and the first Buddhist, Senator.  We'll also have Tammy Baldwin, the U.S. Senate's first openly gay member.  And it's worth noting that Hirono in Hawaii, Baldwin in Wisconsin, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota are all the first women to serve in the U.S. Senate from their respective states.
“This wave of women was disproportionately Democratic, powered by an electorate galvanized behind President Obama (women supported him 55%-44% and Democratic Senate candidates in support of the expansion of economic opportunity for women as well as access to health care and trust in women to make their own health decisions. Single women in particular turned out for Democrats, making up 23% of the electorate (up from 20% in 2008,) 67% of whom voted for President Obama.
“When I started “Off The Sidelines” to encourage women to make their voices heard in their communities and participate in politics, whether by voting or running for office themselves, one of the goals was to increase the number of women in elected office. More women means more diverse views that represent a wider swath of the electorate. Women bring different experiences and perspectives to bear on decision making, so I truly believe that as more women are elected, the better the outcomes will be for everyone.
“To that end, I was proud to be able to help raise more than $1 million for women candidates all over the country this cycle, including many who won including our 4 new female Democratic Senators elect, House candidates and Iraq War veterans Tulsi Gabbard in Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, as well as New York's first female Asian-American member of the House, Grace Meng.”

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reasons Obama Won

President Obama won because 55 percent of women voted for him.  Republicans are dealing with a new reality, but many of the white males in the Republican Party don’t want to deal with the new demographic situation.  

The election came down to demographics.  The U.S. Census says more than half of the growth in the total population over the last 10 years was due to the increase in the Hispanic population in America.  Hispanics, Latinos, African Americans and Asians enabled this President to win reelection.  Their votes made the difference.

Romney lost the non- white vote by a massive margin.  Whites make up 72 percent of the vote, and most of them voted for Romney.  However, thirteen percent of voters are African Americans and 93 percent of them voted for President Obama.  Ten percent of voters are Hispanic or Latino and 71 percent of them voted for the president.  Plus, 73 percent of Asian Americans voted for the president.  Romney barely cleared 25 percent among all of those minority groups. 

With the exception of Nevada, the 10 states that had the the highest percentage of residents 25 or older with a college degree all voted for President Obama.  The 10 states with the lowest percentage of residents 25 or older with a college degree all voted for Romney.

Nevertheless, in the end a single ad entitled “Stage” made for the Obama super PAC Priorities USA, may have been the determining factor.  That ad seems to have effectively framed the narrative on Romney as a heartless corporate tycoon, who doesn’t care about the working man.

Mike Earnest recalled: “Out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30 foot stage.  Gathered the guys and we built that 30 foot stage, not knowing what it was for.  Just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse.  A group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired.  I looked both ways, I looked at the crowd, and we all just lost our jobs.  We don’t have an income.

“Mitt Romney made over $100 million by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives.  It turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin.  And it just made me sick.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

An Extraordinary Victory

On Nov. 10th, President Obama's electoral vote total reached 332, well above the 270 required to win the presidency.  Romney finish with 206 electoral votes.  The election was not just an electoral college victory for Obama.  He also was the popular vote winner, with more than 60 million people choosing him, despite all deceitful negativity, that was expressed against him.  Obama was the first Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to be re- elected with more than 50% of the vote.

When you look at the numbers it becomes obvious that the Latino vote is increasingly moving towards Democratic candidates.  President Obama benefitted from 71% of the vote compared to Romney’s 27%.  Four years ago, Obama earned 67% of the Latino vote compared to McCain’s 31%.  Clearly the Latino vote continues to go to the Democrats because of this hard line position on immigration reform that Tea Party Republicans hold.

Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich admitted: “The president won an extraordinary victory, and the fact is, we owe him the respect of trying to understand what they did and how they did it.  But if you had said to me three weeks ago Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain, and it looks like he’ll be 2 million fewer, I would have been dumbfounded.”

On Fox News, Bill Kristol suggested: “It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires.  It really won’t, I don’t think.  I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer to freeze taxes for everyone below $250,000 -- make it $500,000, make it a million.  Really?  The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword for a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic, and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile to Republicans.”

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tax Code Reform

In May 2005, Warren Buffett warned: “The rich people are doing so well in this county, It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.”

The Republican Party is an extreme right-wing party, and owned by their millionaires and billionaires campaign contributors.  Voters have made it abundantly clear on the issue of deficit reduction.  Every single poll indicates that a large majority of voters said, no to cutting Social Security or Medicare.  We’re in the midst of a horrendous recession caused by Wall Street greed.  Today, the wealthiest people in our country are doing phenomenally well, and their taxes rates are at an all time low.

One out of four of profitable corporations are paying nothing in taxes.  We’re losing over $100 billion a year because of tax havens in the Cayman Islands, that corporate America and the wealthy take advantage of. 

Senate Democrats must continue to insist, that the very rich, and corporate America begin to pay more.  After this election, President Obama and congressional Democrats must not allow Tea Party Republicans in the House to balance the budget on the backs of children, the sick, the poor, and elderly,  

Obama is prepared to go to every state in this country and ask the people, no matter how conservative that state is, if they really believe we should give tax breaks to billionaires and make cut in Social Security and Medicare. 

Obama said: “I want to reform the tax code so that simple, fair and ask the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 -- the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president, the same rate we had when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history, and a whole lot of millionaires to boot.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

James Ryan O’Leary

Regarding a column published in The New York Times by David Brooks, my nephew James Ryan O’Leary submitted the following rebuttal to the “Times.”

To the editor:

“Enterprise” has nothing to do with the actual differences between the parties—who on the Left or Right doesn’t believe in enterprise?

Something else is going on.  As Brooks praises Hispanics and Asian Americans for sharing his work ethic, ask yourself why, say, African Americans don’t make the list. (Don’t they work hard, too?)  Underneath his article lies a familiar us-versus-them mentality: Brooks’s Puritan frontiersman versus everybody else.  “Personal initiative” is a moralistic disguise that Republicans have lent their conservative social agenda.  Falsely attributing inequality to “work ethic” allows Republicans to justify poverty as a necessary evil.

“Work ethic” doesn’t begin to describe the problems of sheer survival many people face. It is easy for an armchair philosopher to speak of “work ethic” when the stakes are low.  Actual poverty is harder.  Very few politicians have been able to look somebody in the eye and say, “you deserve your suffering.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Robin O’Leary

Our daughter Robin O’Leary alerted her friends of Facebook of the following comments made recently by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.  

Maddow pointed out: “Ohio really did go to President Obama last night.  And he really did win.  And he really was born in Hawaii.  And he really is legitimately president of the United States, again.  And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month.  And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.  And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats.  And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad.  Nate Silver was doing math.  And climate change is real.  And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.  And evolution is a thing.  And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us.  And nobody is taking away anyone’s guns.  And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually.  And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.  And the moon landing was real.  And FEMA is not building concentration camps.  And U.N. election observers are not taking over Texas.  And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.”

In a two-party system of government, both sides propose possible solutions to our problems.  Those possible solutions are then debated, and voters pick the best idea.  But, when the Republican Party and the conservative media keep telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate regarding feasible ideas about real problems.

Monday, November 12, 2012

They Want Action

The following is a continuation of Obama’s speech posted yesterday.
“And I just want to point out this was a central question during the election.  It was debated over and over again.  And on Tuesday night, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach -- and that includes Democrats, independents, and a lot of Republicans across the country, as well as independent economists and budget experts.  That’s how you reduce the deficit -- with a balanced approach.   

“So our job now is to get a majority in Congress to reflect the will of the American people.  And I believe we can get that majority.  I was encouraged to hear Speaker Boehner agree that tax revenue has to be part of this equation -- so I look forward to hearing his ideas when I see him next week.  

“And let me make one final point that every American needs to hear.  Right now, if Congress fails to come to an agreement on an overall deficit reduction package by the end of the year, everybody’s taxes will automatically go up on January 1st -- everybody’s -- including the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year.  And that makes no sense.  It would be bad for the economy and would hit families that are already struggling to make ends meet.  

“Now, fortunately, we shouldn’t need long negotiations or drama to solve that part of the problem.  While there may be disagreement in Congress over whether or not to raise taxes on folks making over $250,000 a year, nobody -- not Republicans, not Democrats -- want taxes to go up for folks making under $250,000 a year.  So let’s not wait.  Even as we’re negotiating a broader deficit reduction package, let’s extend the middle-class tax cuts right now.  Let's do that right now.  

“That one step -- that one step -- would give millions of families -- 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses -- the certainty that they need going into the new year.  It would immediately take a huge chunk of the economic uncertainty off the table, and that will lead to new jobs and faster growth.  Business will know that consumers, they're not going to see a big tax increase.  They'll know that most small businesses won't see a tax increase.  And so a lot of the uncertainty that you're reading about, that will be removed. 

“In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill doing exactly this, so all we need is action from the House.  And I’ve got the pen ready to sign the bill right away.  I'm ready to do it. I'm ready to do it.       

“The American people understand that we’re going to have differences and disagreements in the months to come.  They get that.  But on Tuesday, they said loud and clear that they won’t tolerate dysfunction.  They won’t tolerate politicians who view compromise as a dirty word.  Not when so many Americans are still out of work.  Not when so many families and small business owners are still struggling to pay the bills.  

“What the American people are looking for is cooperation.  They're looking for consensus.  They're looking for common sense.  Most of all, they want action.  I intend to deliver for them in my second term, and I expect to find willing partners in both parties to make that happen.  So let’s get to work.”  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Obama’s Top Priority

Obama pointed out:  “As I said on Tuesday night, the American people voted for action, not politics as usual.  You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.  And in that spirit, I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together.  And I also intend to bring in business and labor and civic leaders from all across the country here to Washington to get their ideas and input as well.     

“At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth.  That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign.  It’s a plan to reward small businesses and manufacturers that create jobs here, not overseas.  It’s a plan to give people the chance to get the education and training that businesses are looking for right now.  It’s a plan to make sure this country is a global leader in research and technology and clean energy, which will attract new companies and high-wage jobs to America.  It’s a plan to put folks back to work, including our veterans, rebuilding our roads and our bridges, and other infrastructure. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.  

“Our work is made that much more urgent because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay our deficit down -- decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, both now and in the future.  Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending that we just couldn’t afford.  I intend to work with both parties to do more -- and that includes making reforms that will bring down the cost of health care so we can strengthen programs like Medicaid and Medicare for the long haul.  

But as I’ve said before, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity.  If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue -- and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.  That’s how we did it in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was President.  That’s how we can reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need to build a strong middle class and a strong economy. That’s the only way we can still afford to train our workers, or help our kids pay for college, or make sure that good jobs in clean energy or high-tech manufacturing don’t end up in countries like China.  

Now, already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.  I want to be clear -- I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan.  I’m open to compromise.  I’m open to new ideas.  I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges.  But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced.  I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes.  I'm not going to do that.” 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fiscal Cliff

Both political parties have agreed, that there is a mandate to find compromise and avoid the so called fiscal cliff.  However, congressional leaders also continued to sharply disagree over the key issue of whether top tax rates should be raised to help resolve the looming crisis.

Congress faces an end of the year deadline before massive spending cuts kick in and Bush era tax breaks begin to expire.  The fiscal cliff includes a sequestration process of automatic across the board spending cuts set to trigger at the beginning of 2013 if Congress fails to create a deficit-reduction plan.

In nationally televised speech, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that he hopes an agreement can be reached with congressional Democrats, "that sends a signal to our economy, and to the world, that after years of punting on the major fiscal challenges we face, 2013 is going to be different."

Boehner announced: "For the purposes of forging a bipartisan agreement that begins to solve the problem, we're willing to accept new revenue, under the right conditions."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reinforced Boehner's opposition to higher tax rates and argued it's up to President Obama to "propose a way for both parties to work together in avoiding the fiscal cliff without harming a weak and fragile economy."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly insisted that raising taxes on wealthier Americans has to be part of any compromise to resolve the debt crisis.  Reid said: "There was a message sent to us by the American people, based on the campaign, that people making all this money have to contribute a little bit more."

Yesterday, Obama made it clear that tax increases for wealthy Americans need to be part of any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and reduce the debt.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Rachel Maddow

The day after the election, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reminded us that: “We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe versus Wade.  There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.

“We’re not going to repeal health reform.  Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance.  We are not going to do that.

“We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.

“We’re not going to have to clear it with the boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on.

“We are not going to redefine rape.  We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married.

“We are not going to double the size of Guantanamo.

“We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of  Education or housing at the federal level.

“We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want. 

“We are not scaling back on student loans, because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.

“We are not vetoing the DREAM Act.  We are not self-deporting.  

“We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.  We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January... 

“We are not going to do it.  We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country.  And we said no, last night, loudly.”

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Foreseeable Future

Steve Rattner was the person, that Obama picked to head up a team of experts to save the American auto industry.

Rattner admitted: “Of course there was a broad question of whether government should intervene at all in the private sector and the industrial sector, which even those of us who are Democrats, are very loathe to see happen.  Once we crossed that threshold, the really tough decision the president had to make was whether to save Chrysler or not.  Chrysler was the number three company.  It was only operating in North America.  It didn’t have a single car on the "Consumer Reports" most recommended list.

Many of the president’s advisers felt that the government should not be in the business of saving losing companies and I agreed with that view.  And the reason the president came down the other way was because we had available to us this partnership with Fiat.  And specifically, the CEO of Fiat, Sergio Marchionne, who we thought was a world class, and the fit between the two companies was fabulous, and we thought that he could turn around Chrysler, and he has done all of those things.  So, I think all of us who are involved with this could not be more delighted about the partnership with Fiat, as opposed to being critical of it.”

The Chinese government requires any automaker that’s making cars there, to have a partner in China, and discourages imports into China, by slapping large tariffs on cars.  If Chrysler wants to sell Jeeps in China they need to be made there.  All global manufacturers, whether General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, or VW build in the markets in which they sell.

Sergio Marchionne is committed to the Jeep Wranglers, and it will only be made in Toledo for the foreseeable future. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Victory Speech

The following excerpts are from Obama’s speech thanking his supporters:

“But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future.  We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened up by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.
“We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this world has ever known but also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.
“Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there.  As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts.  It's not always a straight line.  It's not always a smooth path.  By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock, resolve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
“But that common bond is where we must begin.  Our economy is recovering.  A decade of war is ending.  A long campaign is now over.  And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you.  I have learned from you.  And you've made me a better president.  And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.
“But that doesn't mean your work is done.  The role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote.  America's never been about what can be done for us; it's about what can be done by us together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self- government.  That's the principle we were founded on.
“This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich.  We have the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us strong.  Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores.  What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations, so that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism.  That's what makes America great.
“I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path.  I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight.  I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
“America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunities and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like.  It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight.  You can make it here in America if you're willing to try.
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.”

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Romney Campaign Ad

A deceitful Romney campaign ad features a narrator saying: “Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy and sold Chrysler to Italians, who are going to build Jeeps in China.  Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.”

A General Motors spokesman insisted: "We have clearly entered some parallel universe during these last few days.  No amount of campaign politics at its cynical worst will diminish our record of creating jobs in the United States and repatriating profits back to this country."

The CEO of Chrysler sent an e-mail to all of its employees stating: “Chrysler Group’s production plans for the Jeep brand have become the focus of public debate.  I feel obliged to unambiguously restate our position.  Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China.  It’s inaccurate to suggest anything different."

Bill Vlasic the Detroit Bureau Chief for “The New York Times” pointed out: “Well, it’s very unusual for General Motors and Chrysler, first off, to respond to a political ad.  Both companies were bailed out and have turned their fortunes around since their bankruptcies.  And I think they both took a vow of silence during this political campaign and to try and stay as far away from the partisan politics at possible.

“But, as one GM executive told me, this ad crossed a line.  It was, as they said, too outrageous and misleading for them not to respond to.  The fact is, General Motors has been building vehicles in China for many years.  It’s one of the largest carmakers in China.  But no automakers sell cars made in the United States into China because of import duties and the costs associated with that.  

“On the Chrysler side, it’s troubling that they would attack Jeep, which has sort of been the cornerstone of Chrysler’s comeback, and Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan, where they are adding jobs, shifts in the plants, and making more Jeeps than ever before and can’t keep them in stock long enough.  So, to suggest that they need to go elsewhere to build their Jeeps is false.  

“And the fact of the matter is, in the global auto industry today, particularly in China, the mantra is: build them where you sell them.  So this idea that somehow American jobs are at risk because of Chinese production, really doesn’t add up.”

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Role of Government

The federal government can and should play a positive role in our lives.  There are a lot of people, whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  This election is about trying to use government for its highest purpose, which is to help people when they’re in trouble.  When most people lose their homes, they feel like they have lost everything and they don’t know where to turn.  It usually affects their emotions on how they view the role of government.

President Obama announced: “When you see neighbors helping neighbors, then you’re reminded about what America is all about.  We go through tough times, but we bounce back.  And the reason we bounce back is because we look out for one another.  And we don’t leave anybody behind.”

“I’ve instituted a 15-minute rule, essentially, on my team.  You return everybody’s phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it’s the mayor’s, the governor’s, the county officials.  If they need something, we figure out a way to say yes.”

New Jersey, Governor Christie has recognized a different role of government, after seeing the destruction, that has ravaged his state  He knows that he needs to have a better relationship with the Obama administration to get the help that he needs.  He wants a very responsive federal government.

The damage created by Hurricane Sandy reinforces one of the most important themes of this election.  Do Americans believe in government? 

Mitt Romney was ready to privatize FEMA.  Imagine what would happen to the people of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut if FEMA had been  privatized, or if it were run by incompetent political hacks like “Brownie.” 

Obama promoted a Republican from Florida, Craig Fugate to be the head of FEMA, in May of 2009,  and he has a solid record of  getting things done.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Bloomberg Endorses Obama

In the midst of New York City’s ongoing response to the damage by an unprecedented storm, the mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama for a second term.

Mayor Bloomberg admitted, that Hurricane Sandy had reshaped his thinking about the presidential campaign.  He is a political independent in this third term leading New York City, and had been sharply critical of both President Obama and Mitt Romney.  He had claimed, that both candidates had failed to frankly confront the problems afflicting the nation.  Nevertheless, over the last several days, he decided that Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change.  The mayor of NYC believes that climate change contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 37 New Yorkers and caused an estimated $60 billion in damages.

Bloomberg’s endorsement considered many issues such as education and marriage equality.  The mayor believes in science, and he doesn’t scoff at the idea of climate change.  He recognizes the role of government to take concrete action to combat it. 

In his endorsement Mayor Bloomberg said: “The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.
“Our climate is changing.  And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it may be — given the devastation it is wreaking — should be enough to compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.
"One (candidate) sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet.  One does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics."

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Alexis de Tocqueville

Long ago, Alexis de Tocqueville pointed out: “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve.”

“Mitigation” programs are measures taken in advance to minimize the damage done by natural disasters and is a crucial part of any strategy to save lives.  FEMA was deliberately downsized as part of Bush’s agenda to reduce the role of government.  After the Department of Homeland Security was created, FEMA’s mitigation budgets for New Orleans were slashed even though it was known to be one of the top three catastrophic disasters facing this country. 

Since, the New York City area has the 17th largest economy in the world, it’s also has been considered one of  the top potential catastrophic disaster area.  Hurricane Sandy’s impact was a predictable disaster.  What is possible has now been redefined by what has happened.  NYC lost about $200 million every day that the power was out and the transportation system didn’t work.  FEMA is going to have to decide do something, because the estimated to cost of the damage will be $60 billion.   

It would cost $5 billion per high tech surge barrier to protect NYC.  Investing in eight $5 billion surge barriers could save $20 billion and countless lives.

New York and New Jersey are among the states that have been short changed by our federal government.  New Jersey and New York are among the states getting the least money back from our federal government.  New Jersey taxpayers receives only 61 cents back for every dollar their citizens pay in federal taxes.

New Mexico is getting $2.03 for each dollar their citizens pay in federal taxes.  Other leading states, who are getting the most money back are all traditionally southern Republican states.

Nevertheless, Southern governors and members of Congress complain about federal spending, but they’re the ones, who are actually getting the most government spending per dollar. 

Friday, November 02, 2012

Doing Their Jobs

New Jersey Governor Christie: “We spent a significant afternoon together, surveying the damage up and down the New Jersey coastline.  We were on Marine One together, to be able to show the president that personally, had an opportunity to see it and discuss it at length, and going over to the shelter here, being able to meet with folks and see the president and his concern, the concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible.

“I discussed all those issues today with the president, and I’m pleased to report that he has sprung into action immediately, to help get us those things, while we were in the car riding together.

“So I want to thank him for that.  He has worked incredibly closely with me, since before the storm hit.  I think this is our sixth conversation since the weekend, and it’s been a great working relationship to make sure that we’re doing the jobs that people elected us to do.

“And I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and for the people of our state.  And I heard it in the phone conversations with him and I was able to witness it today, personally.”

Obama: “Governor Christie, throughout this process, has been responsive.  He’s been aggressive in making sure that the state got out in front of this incredible storm, and I think the people of New Jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of New Jersey bounce back, even stronger than before.  So I just want to thank him for his extraordinary leadership and partnership.”

Obama: “We are here for you.  And we will not forget.  We will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need, until you’ve rebuilt.”

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Powell’s Endorsement

Across party lines, Colin Powell remains one of the most respected names in politics.

In his endorsement of President Obama, Colin Powell noted: “I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war, and didn’t get us into any new wars.  And, finally, I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.  And, so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Obama acknowledged Powell’s endorsement by promising: “I was proud and humbled to learn that we have Colin Powell’s support in this campaign.  I’m grateful to him for his lifetime of service to his country, both as a soldier and as a diplomat.  And every brave American who wears this uniform of this country should know that as long as I’m your commander in chief we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known.”

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson was Secretary Powell’s chief of staff at the State Department.  Regarding, Powell’s endorsement of Obama, Wilkerson explain: “I thought he summed it up well.  The president inherited a catastrophic situation, banks failing, automobile industry collapsing, housing market tubing, and he steadied the ship.  He stabilized the ship.  He needs another term to do more.  There’s a lot to be done yet.  Unemployment is still too high, but he needs a second term to improve on the improvements he’s already perfected”.

If you want to know where Romney’s foreign policy would take our country, we need only to look at the people around him.  They’re the same neoconservatives who pushed to invade Iraq.  Neocons are always looking forward to another war, and Iran is their next target.  If you like war, Romney is your guy.