01
Nov 12

Bloomberg Endorsement Ignores Obama’s Poor Record on Global Warming

It was a laughable endorsement by the New York Mayor. Bloomberg decided after 3+ years that Obama deserves to be re-elected based on his record on global warming. President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisisApparently the Mayor hasn’t been doing his homework. The President’s record on dealing with global warming is dismal at best. You don’t have to believe me. Just listen to those who have been following this issue.

Former Vice President, Al Gore, is famous for his vastly influential pro-environment film “An Inconvenient Truth.” What does he think of Obama’s stand on global warming:

“President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore says. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

MotherJones is a well known leftist news outlet: “Obama Strikes Out on Global Warming”

Here’s what the NationalJournal has to say:

President Obama and presumptive GOP opponent Mitt Romney seem to have “reached a point of détente on the issue,” said Dirk Forrister, who worked on climate issues in the Clinton administration and now heads the International Emissions Trading Association. “Neither of the presidential candidates seems to want to talk about it, and yet it is an issue that both of them would have to deal with.”

Raw Story is another principled left-wing news outlet. They’ve chosen to be fooled by Obama’s last minute election ploy:

The invitation to the White House in the spring of 2009 struck Barack Obama’s allies in the environmental movement as a big moment: a clear sign that climate change was on his radar and that the president was eager to get to work.

The event was indeed a turning point, but not the one campaigners expected. Instead, it marked a strategic decision by the White House to downplay climate change – avoiding the very word – a decision some campaigners on the guestlist say produced the strange absence of climate change from the 2012 campaign, until hurricane Sandy blew it right back on the political agenda.

[...]There was no mention of climate change during six hours of televised debate. Moderators failed to bring up the question, and Obama and Mitt Romney made no effort to fill in the gaps – even during a long and heated exchange about offshore drilling and coal.

David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle:

Global warming may be the biggest topic that neither President Barack Obama nor GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to touch.

Obama devoted all of four sentences to climate change in his speech at the Democratic National Convention last month. Romney rarely mentions it at all.

It’s a stark change from the 2008 presidential race, when both Obama and his Republican opponent, John McCain, preached the need to reduce greenhouse gases. And environmentalists are furious the issue is largely ignored.

“The silence of Governor Romney and President Obama on climate change is deafening,” said Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth Action.

Michael Mann is a climate scientist. And he is…’Disappointed’ In Obama’s Global Warming Record’

This article appears in the HuffingtonPost:

McKibben was, of course, referring to climate change. His exasperation echoes a wider movement that by now has grown not just weary, but vaguely astounded at the lack of high-level dialogue on a topic that, as they see it, fundamentally influences — and therefore ought to trump — all others, particularly at a time when the nation is preparing to elect a president.

Earlier this month, two activist groups launched a website, ClimateSilence.org, which tracks the candidates’ public statements on global warming over the years. By any measure, President Barack Obama fares far better than his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, who has morphed from an early supporter of clean energy, fuel efficiency and emissions caps to a climate change agnostic given to openly ridiculing the issue.

But the activists also indict Obama, under whose leadership, they say, climate change has gone from an urgent matter to a mere afterthought.

This is how ThinkProgress, another thoughtful  left-wing news outlet, sees the issue. Here’s a headline:

Challenged By MTV, Obama Says He Is ‘Surprised’ By His Own Climate Silence*

Here’s how the NY Times sees it:

Even after a year of record-smashing temperatures, drought and Arctic ice melt, none of the moderators of the four general-election debates asked about climate change, nor did either of the candidates broach the topic.

Throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney have seemed most intent on trying to outdo each other as lovers of coal, oil and natural gas — the very fuels most responsible for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

ThinkProgress mocks the President’s lack of presence on the question of global warming:

JR: Very funny. Yes, carbon pollution is invisible, just like you. But its effects have become painfully visible now — a climate system on steroids with record-smashing extreme weather, including droughts, heat waves, wildfires and deluges. Why is no one talking about that?

IO:

JR: Just as I suspected. I knew the White House communications team had muzzled just about everyone in the administration on the subject — and had been telling major progressive political leaders not to talk about climate change during the debate about the climate bill. So they still are. As you must know, however, that’s just nutty. Pretty much every major poll and every major social scientist makes clear that climate action and clean energy are wedge issues, ones that split the tea party extremists from Independents  and even many moderate Republicans:


31
Oct 12

Obama-Romney Race Makes Little Girl Cry

This little girl speaks for a lot of Americans:


25
Oct 12

$2 Billion Raised to Buy the Presidency in 2012

All this money being raised to buy the White House has nothing to do with democracy. Elections should be ideas, ability and experience. Since neither party has any of the above to offer they instead try to buy your vote:

The 2012 presidential campaign was expected Thursday to pass the $2 billion mark in fundraising, according to accounting statements submitted to the government, thanks to an outpouring of cash from both ordinary citizens and the wealthiest Americans hoping to influence the selection of the country’s next leader.

The eye-popping figure puts this election on track to be the costliest in history, fueled by a campaign finance system vastly altered by the proliferation of “super” political committees that are bankrolling a barrage of TV ads in battleground states.


25
Oct 12

Wal-Mart Heir Made Big Donations to Obama SuperPac

Why would the notorious anti-labor Wal-Mart be giving to the Obama campaign? Because he is anti-labor. The President refused to support the Wisconsin struggle against Scott Walker. He has not mentioned the word minimum-wage or poverty during his 3.5 years in the White House. Obama even signed a free-trade agreement, which have been devastating to American workers:

Can we stop pretending that Barack Obama’s candidacy is some grass-roots uprising?

source: Newser.com

Obama’s campaign has outspent Romney’s campaign. The Democratic National Committee has outspent the Republican National Committee. While Romney’s SuperPAC (Restore our Future), has outspent Obama’s SuperPAC (Priorities USA), that $40 million Romney SuperPAC edge doesn’t come close to making up for the Obama campaign’s $180 million edge.

There is legally undisclosed spending going on here, and there’s reason to believe Romney benefits from more of it than Obama, but that’s not conclusive, and we don’t know how big Romney’s edge is in that category.

Obama argues that his fundraising success comes from small donors, but that’s not really true. One out of every five Obama dollars comes from the campaign’s biggest bundlers, the Center for Public Integrity reports. Those bundlers include the likes of Pfizer lobbying chief Sally Susman and financier Michael Kempner of the MWW group.

A full 85 percent of Obama’s SuperPAC money comes from his 20 largest donors (compared to 70 percent of the money raised by Romney’s SuperPAC), according to Russ Choma at the Center for Responsive Politics.

[...]So, yes, Mitt Romney is cozy with Big Business and big donors. But don’t pretend Obama is any different.


24
Oct 12

Video: Third Party Presidential Debate (10-23-12)


21
Oct 12

Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America

Is any wonder why Americans can’t get a loan while bank profits are all-time highs. Who do you think Obama will be serving in his second term. But no change there:

Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.


19
Sep 12

Silence on U.S. Housing Doldrums Makes Obama, Romney Sound Alike

Source:

Jerry Howard, chief executive officer of the National Association of Homebuilders, says he wants to know when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are going to outline plans for reviving the U.S. residential property market.

He’s not the only one. So far, discussions about housing by Obama and Romney on the campaign trail have been limited and vague, which makes the two politicians sound like they support most of the same ideas.

[...]While the housing market is showing signs of recovery, the improvement is still meager compared to the damage. New home sales are still 50 percent below the average rate over the past 40 years. Almost 11 million families are “underwater” — saddled with more debt than their homes are worth after five years of declining home prices.

After nearly four years in the White House, Obama is facing criticism that his relief programs for borrowers have lacked broad and aggressive measures and have reached fewer families than intended.

source: Bloomberg.com


04
Sep 12

Democratic Party Platform Omits the Word ‘God,’

This is a mistake. Religious freedom is fundamental to our Constitution and way of life. Nevertheless, omitting God shows an indifference to traditional recognition of faith throughout government. It is a misstep that will only inflame the intolerant:

In an interview broadcast tonight, CNN asked Obama adviser Robert Gibbs about the DNC platform dropping the word “God,” which has been included in previous platforms.

The question, which asked if it was a deliberate decision to drop the word, was somewhat dodged by Gibbs. He said the platform mentions “faith and religion” and cited the “thousands of God-fearing Democrats in this building here tonight.”

Since the platform was released, the lack of the word “God” has become a rallying cry among some conservatives, especially those who believe that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion. The Republican platform, released last week, made at least a dozen references to God and included a section on religious liberty.


27
Aug 12

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Happy With His Campaign

Source:

Gary Johnson is serene. Sitting down to a lunch of grilled shrimp and tomato salad at a Latin restaurant in historic Ybor City, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee says his less-government philosophy is gradually spreading across the country and that many pundits and political strategists will be surprised at his showing on election day.

He didn’t make any predictions on exactly how well he will do. But he expressed confidence that his campaign will “exceed expectations,” which could mean that anything upward of 1 or 2 per cent could be considered a successful outcome. The current Rasmussen Reports poll gives President Obama 48 per cent, Republican challenger Mitt Romney 48 per cent, and Johnson 1 per cent. But Johnson says simply being listed by name in the poll is progress.

In any case, he says, a leader needs to be optimistic. “The majority of Americans in this country are fiscally responsible and socially accepting,” which is his own political philosophy, Johnson explains.

Source: http://www.usnews.com


26
Aug 12

Poll: Less Than 50% Think Romney, Obama are “Honest and Trustworthy”

This says it all. The American people think Presidential candidates of both dominant parties are essentially unworthy of the office. So why are 95 percent of us voting for these two turkeys?:

  • 53% of likely voters say Obama cares about the needs of people, with 39% feeling the same way about the former Massachusetts governor.
  • Forty-nine percent say the president is honest and trustworthy, with 42% saying the same thing about Romney.
  • The survey also indicates that 43% say Obama doesn’t change his mind for political reasons, with 39% saying the same thing about Romney.

Source: Sodahead.com

 


23
Aug 12

Obama Campaign to start Accepting text Message Donations

This President seems intent on matching Bill Clinton’s tawdry fundraising tactics:

In a U.S. election dominated by multimillion-dollar donations, Democratic President Barack Obama’s campaign is about to give small donors a new weapon by starting to accept text message donations for the first time in history.

It seems nothing is out of bounds (pun intended):

Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points.

Not be outdone, Romney is bragging about his fundraising prowess. That’s what this campaign has come to. They are busy bragging about who’s better at selling themselves when they should talking about to save the economy:

“You’ve perhaps noticed in the paper, we’re a little wiser in our spending of dollars than the other side, apparently,” said Romney. “I’m not managing their campaign for them, but we’re going to spend our money wisely, we’re going to spend it to win.”

Romney’s remark comes after financial documents filed Monday by the two campaigns showed that for the third straight month, Obama’s campaign has spent more than he brought in. In July, for example, Obama’s campaign raised $49.1 million but spent $58.8 million. The Obama campaign also has $2.8 million in debt.

source: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

 


18
Aug 12

Romney: Obama Forcing Me to Raise Lots of Campaign Money

What a lame excuse. The Republicans are raising much more than the Democrats, and Obama. And Romney has the nerve to complain. He would prefer to be with the people and discuss the issues:

Mitt Romney’s raised roughly $7 million at weekend fundraising events –  money that Romney said Saturday he needs and “appreciates” but that such efforts curtail the campaigning he must do in battleground states.

Romney had two events Friday night in the Hamptons, in New York, and one each Saturday in Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod, all in Massachusetts, said Spencer Zwick, Romney’s campaign finance chairman.

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17
Aug 12

Obama offer to Romney: Release your Taxes and I won’t Criticize You

The Obama campaign is biting on that bone real hard. Don’t talk about how to rescue the economy. Instead the administration has gone completely negative. They will spend as much time trashing the Republican opponent as possible. That makes them just as irresponsible as the GOP. Republicans have said since 2009 that they won’t do the people’s work instead they’ll spend all their time attacking Obama. That is job one for them. Democrats are doing the same now. Notice how Obama supporters have stopped complaining about Republican negativity:

President Barack Obama’s campaign is offering Mitt Romney a deal: if he releases five years of tax returns, Obama’s team won’t criticize him for not releasing any more.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina made the offer to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a letter Friday. Messina says he is taking the step because Romney “apparently fears the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide.”

Romney released his 2010 taxes and plans to release his 2011 returns. Messina says he wants Romney to provide three more years of returns.

Obama’s campaign has questioned whether there are years when Romney paid no taxes. Romney said Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade.


17
Aug 12

Ryan Denies Taking Stimulus, Then Admits He Did

Paul Ryan voted against President Obama’s federal stimulus bill, and has repeatedly attacked the legislation, calling it a “wasteful spending spree” and “a monstrosity.” Thus, the revelation that he and several other Republicans asked for stimulus funds for companies in their district caused a minor stir when it was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in 2010. The issue was revived this week when the Boston Globe reported that Ryan wrote four letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu requesting stimulus money for two companies in his district to develop green jobs, which were both eventually awarded. In a 2010 interview and again on Thursday, Ryan indignantly declared that he’d never do such a thing. Then he admitted several hours later that upon further investigation, he definitely did ask for stimulus funds.

via Ryan Denies Taking Stimulus, Then Admits He Did — Daily Intel.


24
Jul 12

Obama’s Anti-Romney Ad Barrage Only Buys Him a Dead Heat

Obama’s Anti-Romney Ad Barrage Only Buys Him a Dead Heat – Peter Roff (usnews.com).

The Obama campaign team hasn’t hit the panic button but they almost certainly have to be thinking about it. After spending, according to some estimates, nearly $30 million on television ads designed to drive up Republican Mitt Romney’s negatives, the best they can manage is a tie.

By any measure, $30 million is a lot of money—not, perhaps, as much as is spent in an average week advertising new movies or potato chips, but as political spending goes, it’s considerable.

[...]Part of this is cheerleading by the media, who like Obama and want to see him win four more years in the White House. He doesn’t get the kind if scrutiny that Romney does—and he never has. In fact, the media repeats the charges made by the Obama attack ads as though they are news, in stark contrast to the skepticism with which anti-Obama allegations are met by supposedly neutral fact-checkers and other arbiters of what is and what is not truth.


12
Jul 12

Former VP Cheney Hosting Romney Fundraiser

Romney does not speak much about the most recent Republican president, George W. Bush, but has had kind words for Bush’s vice president, Cheney.

Tonight’s fundraiser at Cheney’s place is another way for Romney to improve relations with the Republican Party’s conservative base, which reveres the ex-vice president.

via Cheney is back, hosting Romney event.


07
Jul 12

Despite Facts, new Obama ad calls Romney an ‘Outsourcer’

The fact is they are both ‘outsourcers.’  This article is decent enough to point out the Obama campaign’s duplicity. That’s what happens when you have no record to run on. You start making stuff up. The Republicans pioneered this form of campaigning. Now the Democrats are using them:

Undeterred by independent fact-checkers that have debunked the thrust of their claims, the Obama campaign is redoubling attacks on Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer” in a new TV ad airing in eight battleground states.

The 30-second spot — titled “The Problem” — claims Romney condoned the Chinese “taking our jobs and taking a lot of our future.”

“He made a fortune letting it happen,” the narrator says, focusing on Bain Capital outsourcing to China, a country Romney has vowed to challenge as president.

It’s the latest in a steady drumbeat of negative attacks on Romney’s record as a corporate buyout specialist, alleging he profited off of deliberately bankrupting companies and sending jobs overseas.

[...]“We found no evidence to support the claim that Romney — while he was still running Bain Capital — shipped American jobs overseas,” FactCheck.org concluded in a report last month.

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler also concluded that while Bain-owned companies may have engaged in outsourcing, Romney’s ties to the practice are tenuous.


06
Jul 12

Obama administration repeats same jobs line—for the 30th month

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the nation’s latest national employment figures Friday, the Obama administration stressed that people should not “read too much” into the data.

Mitt Romney’s campaign pounced, and flagged the fact that the White House has repeated that same line nearly every month since November 2009.

via Obama administration repeats same jobs line—for the 30th month | The Ticket – Yahoo! News.


05
Jul 12

Poll: Americans Think the 2012 Presidential Campaign is “Too Long and Dull”

Apparently, it isn’t just campaign reporters who are suffering from repetitive-message fatigue in 2012.

The presidential race between President Obama and Mitt Romney has been far less of a thrill ride than 2008 — with its heated Obama-Hillary Clinton battles, freewheeling commentary by John McCain and the rogue antics of Sarah Palin. Four years later, Americans are watching a race between two candidates with exceptional message control and are, in a word, bored.

A Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey of more than 2,000 adults in early June shows that while an overwhelming majority believe the 2012 race is important, 56% said it has been “too long and dull.” Clearly missing the days of more spirited Republican candidates such as Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, 60% of Republicans and a whopping two-thirds of independents described the race as dull.

via Americans on Campaign 2012: Zzzzzzzz – latimes.com.


05
Jul 12

Wall St. has Contributed More to Obama than Romney

This President has been very loyal to big business. Wall St. is doing better than ever and have not been held accountable for the criminality that almost destroyed the economy.  And they won’t be as long as they continue to pay-off the government:

Currently the securities and investment industry is not investing into the Obama campaign, the way it did back in 2008. However the industry is still a generous donor of the re-election campaign of the President. According to the report of Wall Street Journal, using data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, the Democratic National Committee and President Obama have together raised an amount of more than $14 million from the industry by the end of April.

These figures make it the third most generously donating industry to the re-election efforts of the President, behind the lawyers and retirees. This data proves that the industry is not going to back away from President Obama any time soon, however, this election campaign, the populist rhetoric adopted by Obama, maybe having some influence.

According to the Journal, the rival of President Obama, Mitt Romney has raised nearly $9.5 million from the industry by the end of May, which is more than the campaign raised from any other industry, besides retired donors. The figure is especially impressive, considering the fact that it does not include the Wall Street donations given to the Republican National Committee.