What you are describing is the deliberate all time historic record of Republican sabotage of jobs and the recovery. They have been blocking the presidents solutions for over five years. It is like your blaming yourself because I slashed your tires, logic failure.
And since you wingnutters love Reagan explain this:
REAGAN CUT AND RUN, OBAMA DIDN'T COWER
Remember when the GOP loved to say "cut and run" as an excuse to keep our troops in Iraq forever? Even after they said "Mission Accomplished"? But who invented cut and run?
Our troops were repeatedly attacked in Afghanistan, yet when Obama came into office, he increased troop strength by 68,000. (Along with an actual plan, unlike his predecessor.) His track record of killing terrorists far outweighs his predecessors.
Reagan retreated from Lebanon immediately after the 1983 terror attack by Hezbollah that resulted in the murder of 243 Marines. According to the 9/11 Commission Report (p. 96), Reagan's cut and run INSPIRED Bin Laden, who viewed the United States as a “paper tiger” because of its rapid withdrawal after the attack.
OBAMA KILLED TERRORISTS, REAGAN GAVE THEM WEAPONS
Gave the naval commander the go ahead to kill several pirates, which resulted in saving the life of Captain Richard Phillips. (PS--Even though terrorists were killed and the captain rescued, f--king Rush Limbaugh, who originally accused Obama of dithering on saving Capt. Phillips, then cried that Obama killed teenagers when the snipers took out the pirates. Obama-Derangement-Syndrome.)
OH! And there was also that whole killing of Osama thing you might of heard about. Obama went against the advice of his own vice president and Defense Secretary Gates and ordered the assault. He is even responsible for ordering the two backup helicopters in case of problems, which was a good thing since one of the assault choppers crashed outside the compound.
I would also like to point out that Obama's military intervention thru a multi-state coalition resulted in the death of Muammar Gaddafi and ended his regime without the death of one American soldier. Reagan tried a unilateral action against Gaddafi and failed miserably. You're welcome.
Reagan APPEASED terrorists. He ignored their atrocities and spent taxpayer dollars to train, arm, equip, fund and overall coddle Islamist mujahidin fighters in Afghanistan for his proxy war with the Soviets. He is directly responsible for making a terrorist kingpin out of Osama Bin Laden. Reagan loved him some Taliban:
Reagan meeting with leaders of the Islamic Jihad at the White House 1985
But all I really need to say is two words: IRAN-CONTRA. Reagan was so bad he SECRETLY TRADED F*^KING arms for HOSTAGES! DO I really need to say more?? Can you just imagine the wingnut explosion if Obama did that?
Reagan also met with our enemies without preconditions (1985, Soviet Union)... something that Obama was attacked for saying he just wanted to do. But again, giving weapons to terrorists pretty much takes the cake.
AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS:
This drives the GOP NUTS when I point this out. Who knew?
I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally.
-Ronald Reagan 10/28/1984
No matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these law should be held accountable.
-Barack Obama July 2010
Made that up, did I? Watch it yourself
REAGAN RAISED INCOME TAXES 11 TIMES, OBAMA NEVER
In fact, wound up being the largest tax-cutter in presidential history cutting $654 billion in 2011 and 2012 alone. He was in favor of letting the Bush tax cuts EXPIRE for the super wealthy, (which no, is not the same as a tax hike), but even that didn't come to pass. Romney in 2012 even admitted Obama didn't raise taxes.
Obama has consistently CUT taxes, not raised them.
He got through a big tax cut once he took office. But to hear conservatives talk, that's where the story ends. They forget he raised income taxes in 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Actually, he raised taxes 11 times to include four MASSIVE tax increases!
Whether you are looking at the economic policies of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush, reining in the deficit was clearly of no concern. Reagan tripled the Gross Federal Debt, from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion. Ford and Carter in their combined terms could only double it. It took 31 years to accomplish the first postwar debt tripling, yet Reagan did it in eight. Reagan soared the spending, Clinton brought in back down a bit, and W. took it way back up. To be fair to the Gipper, NO ONE did deficit like W. He spent the Clinton surplus like a drunken sailor. And by the way, Obama's spending initiatives were less than half of his predecessor.
Even though Obama inherited a huge debt from W., and focused on a stimulus that benefited the people instead of Bush's stimulus for Wall Street, he still has a much better record on spending than the Gipper and much better than W. Obama did not triple the gross federal debt like Reagan did. Obama is following the Clinton model of spending up front and then focusing on deficit reduction. I predict at the end of Obama's term in 2016, the deficit will be cut drastically--but it can't be anywhere close to what Reagan or Bush had at the end of their two terms. Why? Because the GOP loves to throw money at their base...tax cuts for Big Oil and the wealthiest amongst us which add hundreds of billions to the debt but create nothing. That ain't happening--you are welcome teabaggers.
Believes abortion should be safe, legal and rare. And they are. Abortions under Obama areat their lowest rate since 1973. Granted, as the article says it has more to do with advances in birth control than anything a politician does, but once again shows conservatives to be liars when they claimed abortions would skyrocket under Obama. Although Obama supports reproductive freedom, when the Dems controlled both houses of Congress, he proposed no legislation that would make abortion access easier (which would have been nice because of the constant assault from conservatives).
Stauchly forced-birth. Yet wingnuts never talk about his policies as governor. Reagan signed the "Therapeutic Abortion Act" only six months as California governor. There were 518 legal abortions in California in 1967, and the number of abortions would soar to an annual average of 100,000 in the remaining years of Reagan’s two terms. This was more abortions than in any U.S. state prior to the advent of Roe v. Wade. Just sayin'
(I give Reagan props for this, even though it was only because he got shot. But like his abortion law, conservatives sweep this under the rug:)
COMPLETELY supported the Brady Bill, the holy grail of gun control. Reagan even wrote an op-ed piece for it in the evil NY Times.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence flunked Obama on every single gun control issue. Proposed nothing for federal gun control laws when he had a super majority Dem Congress. When he had that Dem majority, in fact, federal gun rights EXPANDED by allowing guns on trains and in our national parks. Yet the NRA still told their idiot members that Obama was coming to take their guns.... and gun sales skyrocketed.
So what's the verdict? Conservatives love affair with Reagan and their hate affair with Obama seems to be bassackwards.
I submit it was REAGAN who was the illegal amnesty-supporting, gun control loving, deficit spending, tax raising, terrorist coddling coward. (As for support of "traditional family values", Obama has a great relationship with his family--Reagan was the first divorced president and was estranged from his children.)
Challenge a conservative to disprove anything I mentioned here. I supported it with the facts. Just be prepared for all kinds of name-calling.
And just to turn the screws... presidential scholars think Obama outranks Reagan as president. So in a few years I expect to be flying into Obama National in DC! Oh, it is going to happen.
Ohhh man, this is bad news. War is big profit; were it not a huge part of GDP, we would likely not wage war! How many countries whose economy has no basis in war profiteering do you see waging war. War is Putin's economic recovery plan and it's worked for him, sad to see Murrica no longer uses this strategy to boost GDP.
Now we rely on the wit and genius of our president.
The historic measure of any president has been whether the nation is better off when he left than when he entered office, and there is no doubt that America is better off today by every economic and social measure. No wonder he was awarded the Nobel, it should happen again considering president Obama is considered by Forbes as among the best economic presidents in history, outpacing Reagan, it can only go up from here.
Obama record like it or not:
1) 68 straight months of economic expansion
2) The Bush depression averted.
3) US deficit reduced by 2/3
4) National health care for 10 million more Americans and the program is working and actually lowering costs
5) 2 women on the Supreme Court
6) Bin Ladin DEAD
7) Stock Market at record heights
8) Unemployment rate down from 10.2% to 5.8%
9) Gas prices at a 4-year low.
10) Russia crumbling under sanctions.
11) Failed 52 year old Cuba policy changed to reflect what the great majority of Americans know is needed.
12) Agreement with China to curb pollution.
Funny story about two drunks:
In January 1992, while at a formal dinner in Japan, Bush became ill. He vomited on the Prime Minister of Japan, then fainted. Earlier in the evening, Bush had told his physician he was feeling unwell 1a. Bush disregarded Dr. Burton Lee's advice to skip the dinner 2 MORE.
It proved to be nothing more than "the flu," but coming on the heels of Bush's diagnoses of atrial fibrillation and Graves disease in the preceding 12 months, there was concern over his physical health BELOW.
Comment: During the episode Bush had the appearance of a man suffering an inferior-wall myocardial infarction. An electrocardiogram was, however, normal. It's not clear what the Japanese Prime Minister thought of all this. One is left to ponder the immortal line from the immortal movie Animal House: "Flounder, you didn't just throw up in front of Dean Wormer, you threw up on Dean Wormer!"
Interestingly, Bush's son George W. Bush also suffered a syncopal episode while President.
Good one, anyone remember Pretzledent Old Man Bush? Remember when that prick got so shitfaced drunk that he slipped in his own vomit and smashed his face on the floor of his toilet room?That was great stuff. Then he comes out the next day looking worse than the dentist dude from The Hangover, winks at the cameras and tells everyone that he "choked on a pretzel". Hilarious stuff this guy.
We all called him "Pretzeldent Bush" for a month.
We will have Wingnuttia assaults on "Obamacare" well into the next century. Eighty years after the fact, the Hooverites are still attacking Social Security, Soil Conservation Districts and other New Deal programs. A century later, they are still attacking Teddy Roosevelt's federal ownership of public lands. They are still attacking LBJ's war on poverty. Why would Obamacare be any different?
Obamacare/Romneycare is a Republican generated, market based program with private insurers and private healthcare providers.
1993 - GOP Healthcare Plan (their answer to HilaryCare) includes a Mandate.
2006 - RomneyCare includes a Mandate.
2008 - GOP Candidates McCain & Romney support a Mandate, Candidate Obama does not.
2010 - Pres. Obama's Health Plan, as a concession to Republicans, includes a Mandate.
2011 - Suddenly a Mandate is Socialism and UnConstitutional.
2013 - Rank and File Republicans are totally clueless that their votes have been supporting a mandate for
President Obama will rank among the most consequential Presidents in US history.
Definitely Top 10, in 50 years, he will be Top 5, and you will be dead!
Why do you think the market is at record highs? No wars? Gitmo closing? Immigrants relaxing? Normalizing relations with Cuba? 7.4 million new Murricans with Health Insurance? Deficits dropping like the USS Scorpion? Got more people assigned to Federal courts than any other president this far in office? Ended the failed useless Bush wars? Really embarassed wingnutters by exposing their EBOLA, ISIS, IRS, Grooberghazzi conspiracy theories. You want more?
That's cause he's a GENIUS, he should be awarded another Nobel just for strength of character. Hopefully he'll ask Fidel Castro to come up to the WH and give him some pointers on tweaking his foreign policy.
What about "Cooking the Books"?
First Order Of Business For New GOP-Led Congress: Cook The Books
By karoli December 26, 2014 8:00 am -
Republicans are rolling out changes to the way CBO calculates the cost of legislation to make tax cuts cost less and health care cost more.
Republicans are readying their plans for their new majority, but first they have some tweaks to make in order to cook the books a bit with the CBO. They call it "dynamic scoring", but it's really a way to make tax cuts look awesome while jacking the cost for health care.
Republicans, preparing to take full control of Congress, have said for weeks that they'll move to force the CBO to evaluate the macroeconomic impacts of fiscal proposals.
The resolution is part of a series of new changes submitted to the House Rules Committee Tuesday that the GOP wants the House to approve when the 114th Congress convenes early next month.
Under the new rule, the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) would be directed to incorporate any macroeconomic effects of legislation into their scoring if the bill is expected to have a significant effect on the economy. The House Rules Committee and the full chamber will likely approve the proposed changes.
Top Republicans have said that "dynamic" scoring is, in the words of incoming House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), "reality-based." Currently, congressional scorekeepers try to account for how tax legislation can change people's behavior.
But in their officials scores, Congress's nonpartisan analysts don't project that a broad overhaul to the tax code would spur economic growth — and thus more revenue for the Treasury.
“This change will allow CBO and Joint Tax to include the non-partisan economic analysis they are already doing into the official scores,” a spokesman for the Rules panel said. “When the House considers major legislation that will have a significant impact on our economy, Members of Congress and the American people deserve the full picture from our budget scorekeepers."
For major legislation, such as tax reform, the CBO and the JCT would need to assess the budgetary effects of changes in “economic output, employment, capital stock and other macroeconomic variables," the proposal says.
They're also blocking Doug Elmendorf's reappointment as head of the CBO. Evidently the guy who was just fine in 2010 isn't anymore, because Congressional conservaKochs want someone who embraces dynamic scoring.
This is a little like using the current year's interest rates to determine the value of pensions 30 years out from now. By introducing short-term factors into CBO scoring along with measurements that have no business in policymaking -- like impacts on capital markets -- the numbers can be massaged to the point where they're completely meaningless. That's already true to a certain extent now, but after they institute this change, the CBO estimates will be utterly meaningless to anyone but billionaires.
To quote Senator John Kerry: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
Here is what we do know about the 2016 Presidential election….Barack Obama will not be on the ballot. Whether that makes you happy or sad, it’s a fact. Now, it seems like every rumor in the political world is pointing towards New Jersey governor Chris Christie to win the Republican nod in 2016. Hillary Clinton looks to the current favorite for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2016.
2016 ELECTION ODDS:
Hillary Clinton +180
Mitt Romney +1000
Jeb Bush +1500
Chris Christie +2000
Elizabeth Warren +2000
Marco Rubio +2000
Rand Paul +2000
Ben Carson +3000
Paul Ryan +3000
Scott Walker +3000
Joe Biden +4000
Andrew Cuomo +5000
John Kasich +5000
Jon Huntsman +5000
Rick Perry +5000
Scott Brown +5000
Ted Cruz +5000
Bobby Jindal +6000
Martin OMalley +6000
Tim Pawlenty +6000
Mitch Daniels +7000
Jim Webb +7500
Julian Castro +7500
Mark Warner +7500
Michael Bloomberg +7500
Mike Pence +7500
Tim Kaine +7500
Bernie Sanders +10000
Evan Bayh +10000
John Kerry +10000
Mike Huckabee +10000
Rahm Emanuel +10000
Rick Santorum +10000
Susana Martinez +12500
Antonio Villaraigosa +15000
Bob McDonnell +15000
Cory Booker +15000
Eric Cantor +15000
Newt Gingrich +15000
Nikki Haley +15000
Peter King +15000
Condoleeza Rice +20000
Al Gore +25000
Debbie Wasserman Schultz +25000
Deval Patrick +25000
John Bolton +25000
Russ Feingold +25000
Ed Rendell +30000
Janet Napolitano +30000
Michele Bachmann +50000
Sarah Palin +50000
Can you explain this quote by Faux Entertainment's Megyn Kelly?
"I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa"
Gonna be awfully embarassing when the FBI finally admits its conclusions were false and the hack was by a disgruntled ex-employee. Wingnuttia lappin it up!!
Brave, patriotic members of Congress insist on watching a movie
Sen. David Vitter and other lawmakers understand that their highest calling as leaders is to watch "The Interview"
Members of Congress who don’t have time to, say, vote to authorize a new war in two (2) Middle Eastern countries, but they do have time to watch a movie. And write letters about watching a movie. And publicize how they think that their watching of a movie would be about the purest expression in the defense of universal human rights on Earth.
Certain members are voicing their desire to screen the Seth Rogen-James Franco buddy film “The Interview,” either at their place or the president’s. Since Sony has given (limited) permission to theaters to air the film, the necessity of an official government screening has sort of diminished in importance. That doesn’t mean it’s still not perfect for members of Congress to think that watching a movie is the highest duty they have as statesmen.
California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, whose district represents much of the film industry, has taken the privilege of offering up the Capitol Visitors Center screening room to Sony Pictures for a screening. “As Chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus,” Sherman wrote in a letter to Sony Entertainment’s CEO Michael Lynton,“I believe we should stand in solidarity with Sony Pictures and the American film industry. Threats from a dictator in North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation.” A responsibility! Sherman added: “This is also about educating Members of Congress. Everyone is talking about The Interview. I think it’s important for Congress to know, and see, what we are talking about.”
Reader, we don’t have much interest in seeing “The Interview.” What we would love to watch, though, is members of Congress watching “The Interview.” Get as many of them in there as you can, and record their faces as Seth Rogen farts in James Franco’s mouth and then they also poop on each other, etc. The whole national legislature in shock as they wonder wait why did we fight so hard to watch this? except for Rep. Steve King, who’s pointing at the screen and repeating all the jokes, howling in laugh.
Sen. Mark Kirk, meanwhile, plans to screen the film at a fundraiser, for himself. That will both stick it to the North Koreans and raise money for Sen. Mark Kirk!
The winner, winner of the proverbial chicken dinner, though, is our old pal Sen. David Vitter. Ever since David Vitter was caught having sex with prostitutes all those years ago his congressional career has been limited to writing pandering letters. He’s done it again, written a letter, to President Obama. In this letter, he trashes the President’s foreign policy… and then asks to be invited over to the White House for a screening. Well, sure, David Vitter, anything you want! Put your feet on George Washington’s silver tea set or whatever, too, make yourself right at home! Some people are so rude.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today wrote to President Barack Obama regarding the Administration’s response to North Korea’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. Vitter says that because of the Administration’s continued actions and acquiescence to terrorist groups and hostile nations, the United States is facing serious safety concerns. Vitter also asks President Obama to host a screening of “The Interview” at the White House for Members of Congress followed by a serious discussion of the strong, substantive retaliatory measures we plan to take as a nation against cyber attacks.
The Obama administration has handled this Sony situation pretty well. It’s pushed Sony to allow screenings of the film on the original release date, and it (may have!) zapped of North Korea’s Internet for a while, just for kicks. Maybe there’s more to come. But the best part is that President Obama, while fighting to get it released, will not commit to watching this crappy movie, because why would he ever want to do that? Good for him, keeping it real.
“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.”