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Banks Foreclose While Soldiers at War

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Opinion of the Editor 'Obama in the White House Blog'

In a report by the 'Financial Times', the reality of the times appears ever so strongly in the display below that shows what happens when you go away to war but still owe your mortgage company/bank money on your home. If you happened to be the only moneymaker in the home, or the main moneymaker but had to go to war, you may have turned into a statistic of a homeowner that lost his/her home while at war fighting for your country. Notice at the top of the list is Bank of America, followed by Wells Fargo, then CitiBank. Over 4,500 home foreclosures with just those banks considered.
What happened with protecting our soldiers who were out fighting a war on a foreign land who didn't have a viable way to protect their home. With recent withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, soldiers are coming home without a job to come home to, nor a home to live in in an attempt to pickup their lives as a result of a war that our previous President George W. Bush started.

Thank you very much, the likes of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, CitiBank, OneWest Bank, HSBC, USBankcorp, AuroraBank, Metlife, Soverign, and EverBank, for taking care of the families of the soldiers fighting a war in a foreign land.  


Barack Obama's Religious Beliefs & Background: What Does Barack Obama Believe?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Barack Obama has a More Religiously Diverse & Secular Background than Most

By , Guide

Barack Obama's religious background is more diverse than that of most prominent politicians, but it may prove to be representative of future generations of Americans who grow up in an increasingly diverse America. His mother was raised by non-practicing Christians; his father was raised a Muslim but was an atheist by the time he had married Obama's mother. Obama's step-father was also Muslim, but of an eclectic kind who could make room for animist and Hindu beliefs. Neither Obama nor his mother were ever atheists, but she raised him in a relatively secular household where he learned about religion.

In his book The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama writes:
I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology.
On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.
As a child in Indonesia, Obama studied for two years at one Muslim school and then two years at a Catholic school. In both places he experienced religious indoctrination, but in neither case did the indoctrination take hold: during Quranic studies he made faces and during Catholic prayers he would look around the room. Eventually, Barack Obama abandoned this non-conformism and skepticism to be baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ.

The United Church of Christ emphasizes the freedom of the individual conscience over adherence to creeds or hierarchical authority. This is similar to traditional Baptist Christianity and something that is honored more in theory than in practice when it comes to the Southern Baptist Convention. Several historical creeds and catechisms are used by the United Church of Christ as statements of what their faith, but none are used as "tests of faith" which a person must swear upon.

A 2001 study by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research found the denomination's churches are fairly evenly split between conservative and liberal/progressive beliefs. Official policy statements from the church leaders tend to be more liberal than conservative, but the denomination is organized in such a way that disagreements by individuals churches are allowed. For example, the United Church of Christ is the largest Christian denomination to come out in favor of "equal marriage rights for all," which means full marriage rights for gay couples, but there are many individual churches which do not support this.

Other famous members of the United Church of Christ include Barry Lynn, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, Howard Dean, and Jim Jeffords.


Mitt vs. Mitt - Trapped in his 'flip-flopper' Status

President Obama and the people that support him seem not to be so concerned about the rise of Newt Gingrich, and are aiming at Mitt Romney instead. As stated in a prior article, Mitt Romney wavers on important issues like abortion and health care.
The Democratic committee has another ad used in an attempt to paint the former Massachusetts governor as inconsistent, but with national Democrats they would surely like to see Romney run against President Obama next year. In an 30-second ad, called "Trapped," which is runing in a targeted audience of New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington,D.C., and Wisconsin.

The video is immediately below....


President Obama to Run against Romney Or Gingrich?

Almost a month ago, President Obama made the assessment that he would be running against Mitt Romney. With all that has been happening in the Republican race, especially with the revelation of possible new accusations against Romneys rival in the Republican race, Herman Cain. Many are saying that it is now only a matter of time before Cain drops out of the race. He is now re-assessing his candidacy.
Meanwhile Romney and Gingrich both seem to be benefiting from the flack coming out of the Cain campaign. Gingrich is now leading in the Republican race, even though he too has an extra marital affair in his past. At least temporarily, the Republicans have chosen their latest choice Newt Gingrich to run on the Conservative ticket instead of Mitt Romney, but how long do you think this fling with the front runner Newt Gingrich will last?!. President Barack Obama is putting his chips on Mitt Romney to be he opponent in the 2012 election, even if the Rublicans don't necessarily like the idea and want to support Newt Gingrich.
What chances do Mitt Romney actually have to run against Barack Obama? If you were to ask me, a liberal and an avid supporter of the Democratic ticket and President Barack Obama, I would say that Mitt Romney has no chance. An again, you don't have to believe me, as my statement is a matter of opinion. But what is not just a matter of opinion concerning Romney is the fact that he is considered a 'flip-flopper'. Check out the video below that explains in detail the characterization of Mitt Romney and how he 'flip-flops' on the issues.



Friday, November 25, 2011

We have a responsibility to make sure that our troops can quickly rejoin the civilian workforce after they complete their service. That’s why President Obama is putting out a plan to encourage employers to hire veterans. Measures in the American Jobs Act will expand opportunities for unemployed veterans to re-enter the workforce, provide hiring incentives to businesses, and help create new job opportunities for returning servicemembers.

CREATE NEW TAX CREDITS FOR VETERANS. The plan includes a new Returning Heroes Tax Credit of up to $5,600 for business that hire veterans who have been unemployed six months or longer. A Wounded Warriors Tax Credit of up to $9,600 will also increase the existing tax credit for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed six months or longer.

PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF EVERY VETERAN IN THE WORKFORCE. The President is proposing to extend and expand the payroll tax cut passed last December, allowing families to keep more of what they earn. A household with $38,000 in income would typically pay about $2,350 in Social Security taxes. By expanding the payroll tax cut, that household will pay $1,100 less.

CREATE PATHWAYS BACK TO WORK FOR VETERANS LOOKING FOR JOBS. The plan offers targeted support to help the long-term unemployed get back to work, including up to $4,000 in tax credits for businesses that hire workers who have been looking for a job for more than six months. It also includes legislation prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers.

HELP VETERANS TRANSITION TO POST-SERVICE CAREERS. The plan will form a Department of Defense-led task force that will maximize the career-readiness of all servicemembers and enhance job search services through the Department of Labor for transitioning veterans.


Thanksgiving Day proclamation by President Obama

Thursday, November 24, 2011

President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation as released by the White House:
One of our nation's oldest and most cherished traditions, Thanksgiving Day brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives. The observance recalls the celebration of an autumn harvest centuries ago, when the Wampanoag tribe joined the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony to share in the fruits of a bountiful season. The feast honored the Wampanoag for generously extending their knowledge of local game and agriculture to the Pilgrims, and today we renew our gratitude to all American Indians and Alaska Natives. We take this time to remember the ways that the first Americans have enriched our nation's heritage, from their generosity centuries ago to the everyday contributions they make to all facets of American life. As we come together with friends, family and neighbors to celebrate, let us set aside our daily concerns and give thanks for the providence bestowed upon us.
Though our traditions have evolved, the spirit of grace and humility at the heart of Thanksgiving has persisted through every chapter of our story. When President George Washington proclaimed our country's first Thanksgiving, he praised a generous and knowing God for shepherding our young republic through its uncertain beginnings. Decades later, President Abraham Lincoln looked to the divine to protect those who had known the worst of civil war, and to restore the nation "to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union."
In times of adversity and times of plenty, we have lifted our hearts by giving humble thanks for the blessings we have received and for those who bring meaning to our lives. Today, let us offer gratitude to our men and women in uniform for their many sacrifices, and keep in our thoughts the families who save an empty seat at the table for a loved one stationed in harm's way. And as members of our American family make do with less, let us rededicate ourselves to our friends and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand.
As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come.
Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 2011, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to come together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 16th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2011, and of the independence of the United States of America the 236th.
Barack Obama


Obama's latest executive action: Thanksgiving turkey pardon

There was freedom for Liberty. President Obama pardoned the appropriately named turkey at the White House on Wednesday, an annual tradition before what the president said was "one of the best days of the year to be an American." (see video below).

Actually, two birds will be spared from the holiday dinner table, Liberty and Peace. But Liberty enjoyed the national spotlight during a brief ceremony at the North Portico on Wednesday morning, in which Obama made a priestly gesture over the bird before announcing: "You are hereby pardoned!"

Obama tied the event to a series of executive actions he's been taking in recent weeks to jump-start the economy, steps that don't need congressional approval.

"Well here's another one: We can't wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally!" Obama said. "Otherwise they'd wind up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing."

Daughters Malia and Sasha joined him for the event; the First Family will later participate in a service event in Washington.

There were 30 contestants for the designation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey. The two that won final pardons were raised by four students from Willmar High School in Minnesota. Now free, the birds will "retire to a life of leisure" at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, Obama said.

President George H.W. Bush was the first president to officially pardon a turkey in 1989, according to the White House, though some credit John F. Kennedy with starting the tradition in 1963.


Romney a 'liar'? Opinion of the Editor

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The 14th Republican Debate, or what one of the late night shows calls a "Political campaign ad", each debate seems to be such a show.

On the MSNBC show called "The Last Word" w/Lawrence O'Donnell, Mitt Romney has been proven to be what Lawrence calls an outright 'liar' and I agree.

I am copying Lawrence's script word for word here, as I very much agree with what he says about Romney, and I would like to share it with you.

As for starters as O'Donnell says, "When you spend every day of your life lying about your first name, and quoted by Romney himself on the CNN debate, " Hello, my name is Mitt Romney, and yes Wolf that is my first name."  He openly lies about his name.

The mans first name is Willard, not Mitt, as everyone on this program has known for over a year now. If Willard will lie about that, then nothing Willard says probably feels like lying. If there is a pathological liar in the presidential campaign, it is Willard Romney. He was asked about his lying today, but the question was phrased of course, in the limp lamed language of the campaign press. The question to ask Mitt Romney and his despicably sleasy campaign staff is 'why did you lie'? But 'lie' is a word that campaign reporters are afraid of using face to face with lying candidates. Lie is the word that the New York Times and the Washington Post will never use on a political candidate which is why the mainstream media is speeding toward irrelevance in covering a process that involves constant lying by liars who are betting they can get away with it because the word 'lie' is just not in the vocabulary of the establishment media, the referees of the presidential campaigns. The one sound judgement Republican voters have registered this year is that they do not trust Mitt Romney. They recognize that he is a inveterate liar. They don't care that the establishment news media's definition of fairness never includes using the word 'lie' to describe a 'lie'. They know a liar when they see one and hear one. Mitt Romney and everyone working for him should, should be ashamed of themselves but of course they know no shame. They have now become professional campaign liars. But the mainstream media and of course Fox News continue to, accord the lying Romney team all the dignities they offer amongst the most honorable among us, like Romney deface our politics.

Liars like Romney depress voter turn out.
Liars like Romney turn people away from politics.
Liars like Romney are profoundly bad for this country, but the mainstream media will never call what Romney does - 'lying'.

And then they will run endless articles filled with the suprise and angst, the reason why the American voter turnout is as low as it is. But the American voters are dis-spirit and disinterested in voting. The mainstream media helps deliver candidates to the ballot by never calling them liars, then is suprised that the Americans do not want to stand in line to vote for the likes of Mitt Romney. If you want stronger voter interest in this country; if you want stronger voter participation, you should stop the lying in the campaigns. The candidates aren't going to stop the lying on their own, the news media has to make the candidates stop lying. But as long as the campaign press remains so afraid of calling a lie a lie, the candidates will never, ever be afraid to lie. And now, to all the sleasy liars of the Romney campaign, a thanksgiving gift. Here is what the Obama campaign will never do to you."

Lawrence O'Donnell then plays a clip of 'The Sayings of Mitt Romney', which is a parady of sayings by Willard 'Mitt' Romney. There is and never will be another reporter and host of any media or talk show problem or news outlet of the likes of Lawrence O'Donnell who reports the issues from his heart, and truly makes you think about the subjects he talks about.


Obama's Record on Foreign Policy and National Security Cannot be Touched by the Republican Candidates

Last night I took the opportunity to watch the CNN Republican debate, and I just wanted to hear the continued complaining from the candidates on President Barack Obama. The candidates did not let me down. What suprised me though was the difference in opinion on how to handle foreign policy. As expected most of the candidates seemed to put down President Obama even in light that he has shown a very strong record on national security. If you don't know, you may ask what has President Barack Obama done to have a strong record?

So far, here is what President Obama has done.

1) He ordered a daring raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and has taken out scores of top alQaeda leaders, including lead recruiter Anwar-al-Awlaki.

2) He brought the Iraq war to a close, as promised.

3) He has started a responsible withdrawal from Afghanistan.

President Obama is very popular on the way he has handled foreign policy, so it makes no difference what the Republican candidates say, President Obama gets an "A" on foreign policy.

As reported by CNN, "The Republican field has responded to the president's successful efforts abroad with what the New York Times editorial board called "bad analysis and worse solutions, nothing that suggests real understanding or new ideas." Instead of taking seriously the need for the commander in chief to have at least a basic knowledge of the world, Republicans have embraced their lack of experience on the issue. Herman Cain made a telling gaffe last week when he insisted that he is "not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.""


Congressional 'super committee' falling short on an Agreement

Monday, November 21, 2011

As just as everyone expected, the congressional 'super committee' that is supposed to come up with $1.2 trillion in budget cuts seem to be stalled out. The deadline for a compromise is today, Monday November 21, 2011. The actual deadline for the final vote is Wednesday, but a so called 'blueprint' must be made available 48 hours in advance of a committee vote and must be accompanied by a Congressional Budget Office analysis scoring how much it would reduce deficits.
There are 12 members in the 'Super Committee' and out of the 12, at least 7 must approve of a plan so that it could be sent to the Senate and House in the form of a bill to be voted on in Congress. A failure to pass any agreement would result in $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts across much of the federal budget starting in 2013, evenly divided between defense and non-defense spending. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress this week that such cuts could cripple the American military establishment.
So there you have it. Congress as a whole could not reach a viable debt deal, so the President of the United States formed this 'super committee, and out of the 12 people in it, not even a minimum of 7 needed to get a bill sent to the Congress could even come to an agreement. So what does this mean. Members of this super comittee agree that they didn't become part of the committee so that it would end in a "sequester" and there are still some last minute hopes. But an agreement must come up by the end of day today.


Chris Mathews Talks about President Obama and the American People

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Opinion of the Editor of 'Obama in the White House'
and Chris Matthews with 'Hardball'

In a recent interview with Alex Witt of MSNBC, Chris Matthews with the 'Hardball' show explains his feeling about President Obama and his communication with the American people. 

Everyone knows that many supporters have left President Barack Obama. But Why? What should people say to President Obama to change their opinion of him? What I'm about to say here hits home with me and should with you. Noone - if you are Democrat or Republican no longer believe in their heart that President Obama cannot lead this country. He has taken down dictators and passed major legislation that no other President in modern times has done, and he did this in a short time of just 3 years. But now he's lost the Democratic majority in the House, and why do you think that this happened? Chris Matthews openly states his feeling on the matter, and tells us in an interview with Alex Witt on MSNBC the reasons why. He also tells us what the President needs to do to gain support. It's difficult to keep everyone from your own party, let alone trying to sway Republicans and Tea party supporters to support you. After all the Tea Party people do not like leaders. They seem to only be there to destroy leaders, and they have no political choice when they do so. They are 'haters' according to Chris Matthews. They don't want a President, but they are willing to take down a President. 

"Join Us" "Stop being the isolated President" says Chris Matthews..

"We didn't elect you to be Peter the Hermit"  says Chris Matthews..

He further tells Alex Witt on MSNBC that he should build a band of politcal conferates around the President, that he should activate the Cabinet, that the President should make them Democrats, run as one polital faction as the President and the Democratic leadership.
He claims that every Democrat in Congress should be an Obama guy, but they are not, because for starters, he hasn't asked them to. First he claims, you must ask them, as you must ask the politicians to join him then the people to join him. He is not with the American people, he claims that he doesn't lead us, but he talks to us, as if we are strangers. 

The mood of the conversation with Alex Witt is almost heartbreaking but true. Chris further explains that the President acts uncomforable in the office and so does the first lady. He says that they have the potential to be extremely popular people as he claims that people actually like them, or want to like them. He says that some of the politicians feel that they haven't even received a phone call from him since the last election. Many of the people that have supported him in the past as him to do these simple things, but some of these things they feel he hasn't done. The President never asks us to do anything, except to remind us that we have difficult times ahead. He never says to the American people to show up at a rally, or write to your Congressman.

Chris Matthews is preaching to the President. He wants him to change. He wants the President to join the American people and actually represent them. There needs to be a massive hiring progam. When soldiers come back for Iraq in the next couple of weeks, they do not need to hit the unemployment lines. They need to stay in their respective service, and do not dump them on the unemployment rolls. 

In the upcoming months, it will be extremely critical for the President to turn his popularity around or he stands a chance to loose the election. He may find out the hard way that winning just the popular vote cannot win you the election, as Al Gore found out when he ran for President against George W. Bush. 


Obamacare Likely Here to Stay

Friday, November 18, 2011

November 3, 2011
To hear some Republican presidential candidates tell it, the president's pen is a magic wand that can make "Obamacare" vanish in one day and sweep in cheaper health care, economic growth and lots of jobs in businesses freed from the health care law's heavy hand.
But there is no such fairy dust in Washington.
Across the board, the contenders pledge to repeal the health law they denigrate as "Obamacare." In doing so, some are more realistic than others about what they can achieve and how fast.
The Republican case against the law comes with a dose of myth-making that may raise false hopes among voters who wish it could, in fact, simply go "poof." If the overhaul is to fall, it won't happen overnight with a new GOP administration. Any dismantling promises to be just as much of a slog as was its creation.
Mitt Romney has been the most persistent in claiming that as president, he would free states from the law's requirements with an executive order on his first day in charge, even though he would have no authority to do so. Rick Perry has held out the prospect of lower health insurance premiums once the law is gone, citing research that actually tells a mostly different story.
Herman Cain would like to turn repeal into a birthday present of sorts. He says if Congress moves fast enough he'd sign the repeal March 23, 2013 — his son's birthday and the third anniversary of the law's signing.
All place the law's repeal as a chief component of their plans to grow the economy and jobs, rightly noting the overhaul's myriad regulations but overselling the ability of one act of legislative subtraction to lift all boats.
A look at some of the claims in the Republican campaign and how they compare with the facts:
ROMNEY: "One thing I'd do on Day One if I'm elected president is direct my secretary of health and human services to put an executive order granting a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. It is bad law. It will not work. And I'll get that done on Day One." — Claim in Sept. 7 debate, which he echoed in most other debates.
PERRY: "And I'll promise you, on Day One, as the president of the United States, that executive order will be signed and Obamacare will be wiped out as much as it can be." — Sept. 7 debate.
CAIN: "I'm going to un-pass it on my son's birthday." — Nov. 2 forum with the GOP's Congressional Health Care Caucus.
MICHELE BACHMANN: "With all due respect ... issuing an executive order will not overturn this massive law." — Sept. 7 debate.
THE FACTS: Bachmann is right, and it's not the first time she corrected her rivals on the matter.
A president cannot overturn a law with an executive order. Moreover, the health law lays out an onerous process for letting individual states off the hook from its requirements; that process cannot begin until 2017.
For a state to be granted a waiver, it must show that it will provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as under the federal law. Also, a state has to insure a comparable number of its residents, and its plan must not add to the federal deficit by shifting costs to Washington. Finally, a state has to enact its own health law setting up the system envisioned in its waiver request.
Romney's assertion also implies that all states would want to get out of the health care law. That's a doubtful proposition for Democratic-leaning states.
Cain recognizes that for the law to be repealed, Congress must act. But presidents don't set the congressional calendar, and even if Republicans can secure a 60-vote majority that gives them control of the Senate, the train of legislation seldom runs on schedule.
ROMNEY: "On Day One, granting a waiver to all 50 states doesn't stop in its tracks entirely Obamacare. That's why I also say we have to repeal Obamacare, and I will do that on Day Two with a reconciliation bill, because, as you know, it was passed by reconciliation, 51 votes. We can get rid of it with 51 votes." — Oct. 11 debate.
THE FACTS: This is a strategy to undermine the law by starving it of money. Its only real chance is if Republicans win congressional majorities as well as the presidency or at the very least a rash of improbable Democratic defections in Congress.
Although not a single-day project, it represents one threat to Obama's law, if one with political risk and tough odds. Some core parts of the law are not dependent on annual budgeting.
Going beyond the budget process to repeal the law in full is an even steeper climb. It would require a larger Republican congressional majority to move forward and to clinch 60 votes in the Senate — all this as the law increasingly takes root in the nation's medical and insurance system.
The law extends coverage to uninsured citizens and legal immigrants by providing tax credits to help middle-class households buy a policy and by expanding Medicaid for low-income people. It would require almost all people to carry health insurance, either through an employer, a government program or by individual purchase. It would set up health insurance markets in every state to make it easier for individuals and small business to buy coverage. It's financed through tax increases and Medicare cuts.
PERRY: "According to CBO's own calculations, repealing Obamacare will reduce the cost of health insurance premiums and reduce federal spending on health care." — His economic plan.
THE FACTS: No one can be sure what would happen with premiums absent the health care law, but Perry's use of a Congressional Budget Office analysis was selective, at best.
The nonpartisan congressional accountants forecast that repeal of the law would raise premiums for people who get coverage from large-employer plans, not lower them, and that premiums could go either way for small-employer plans. About half the population is covered by such work-based insurance.
The CBO says repeal of the law probably would result in lower premiums in the individual insurance market, which covers about 4 percent of the population.
But there are important caveats. Many policyholders would probably end up paying more because they would not get the insurance subsidies provided under the law, the analysis says.
Individual insurance policies on average would provide fewer benefits, and cover less of an enrollee's health care expenses, than will be provided by the insurance exchanges coming into effect under the law.
The analysis also projected that repealing the law would increase the federal deficit.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


Herman Cain to be Gone Soon - Rick Perry may Win the Nomination

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It looks like more and more that the Democratic Party will not have to worry about one of the Republican contenders, specifically speaking about Herman Cain. Why? Because he is successfully isolating himself from his own party. Why? Because who can remember someone running as a presidential candidate that seemed more out of touch with the prerequisites of the President of the United States more than Herman Cain. As a few examples.....
He based his who plan on idea called the 9-9-9 tax system. But one thing in it that the Conservative party doesn't like is his so called national sales tax system. When he wasn't popular in the polls, the mainstream republicans did not mind him, and paid him no attention. But now that he managed to get to the top since the Texas Governor Rick Perry slipped up on national TV during a debate, now all of a sudden what he says matters.
Then came the sexual harrassment charges by more than one woman. It's one thing to make a mistake, but it's another to openly deny the charges and blame someone else. Even if Cain was right, what right does he have by saying in public that a specific person or organization is responsible, especially if he doesn't any solid facts. But that is exact what Herman Cain is all about. He truly doesn't care what he says or who he embarasses or ridicules. He originally said that he wouldn't allow any Muslims to serve at high levels of government. Republicans were still willing to put up with him, but they are not wanting to put up with him now, especially since he made it to the top of the polls. Now that can has slipped down because of his sexual harassment issue, and the fact that he doesn't know much about Libya and even professes not to care to know, saying "I'm not supposed to know anything about foreigh policy period. Just thought I'd throw that out," as he told a Milwaukee paper this past week. Oh my!! That statement alone should disqualify him from running from office. How can he blatently state that he doesn't need to know about foreign policy. As much as I despise President George W. Bush, I thought I never say a kind word for him, but I will say it now. At least George W. Bush did know about foreign policy, and was familiar with Libya, and Afghanistan and Iraq and Iran and other states that needed his attention. On the other hand Mitt Romney definitely can run rings around Herman Cain. Right now, I'll go out on a limb and state that Herman Cain now does not have a chance to win the Republican nomination.
Now, peoples attention are now centering around Newt Gingrich. But why??!! He's got the Fanny and Freddie issue circling his head, blaming the Democrats for the issues of Fanny and Freddie who gave out loans to people who didn't deserve them. But it was OK for him to receive more than a million dollars from that organization, meaning he was part of it. But he also puts them down and acts like a flipflopper on that issue.  Why is it that Mitt Romney can not gain any more momentum with the Republican constituants. Maybe that's because he has been around for such a long time trying to become President, and the Republicans know everything they need to know about him. Maybe he can't seem to gain more momentum because he is a confirmed flip-flopper on the issues. Whatever the reason, the field of Republican contenders for the Presidential race in 2012 will be slimming down soon. It won't be long now that Herman Cain will be out, and Rick Perry will soon follow. How long can the contenders at the bottom hang in there. Santorum, Bachmann, Paul all should drop out soon. Maybe the field will be clear on who may be left. President Obama is banking on Mitt Romney, as he is expected to nudge out Newt Gingrich for the nomination. Only time will tell, but I believe that the answers we are waiting for will be known very soon.


Obama travels to Australia - Meets Prime Minister

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

President Obama continues his travel abroad and landed in the country of Australia. There, he met with the Australian prime Minister Julia Gillard in Canberra, in the capital of Australia. He is on a two day trip to Aussie-land, and this happens to be his very first trip as commander-in-chief to the country.
While visiting, President Obama made an agreement to send 250 U.S. Marines to Darwin and the northern region of Australia for military exercises and training. The U.S. forces are expected to climb to 2,500 Marines, which is a full ground task force.
The reason.... According to U.S. officials, there is a need to respond to regional natural disasters, as President Obama commented over his concern for Chinese military expansion, and also citing that "China is obviously a piece of the Asia Pacific region, an emerging power". Surprisingly this visit to Australia came directly after the yearly 19-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which highlighted the need for new measures supporting job growth.
When President Obama leaves Australia, his destination will be another Pacific stop in Indonesia, which is a country that he spend several years as a child.


Obama gaining in the polls - and hasn't even debated yet!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Opinion of "James" editor of Obama in the White House 'blog'

People seem to blame President Obama for everything these days, but it's no wonder why he's unable to get things done in Washington, due to a "do-nothing" Congress. The Republicans seem to have put a lockdown on passing any good legislation this year. Expect more of the same up until the elections in 2012.
Regardless of which party you belong to, it is important to pass a jobs bill now. People are hurting, and in the not so long distant past, people blamed President Obama. Lately with the "do-nothing" Congress, people are realizing that the problem is not with President Obama, but the lawmakers in Washington, who seem to care less about the people out of work, about teachers that are getting laid-off, or about the deteriorating bridges all over the country. Jobs are there for the taking if funded, only when Congress passes a bill so that people can go to work. Republicans know that this is all it will take, but they do not want President Obama to take the credit on his watch. Republicans know if things get better on Obama's, he will gain popularity and most likely an easy road to a second term. They do not care to tax the rich to pay for anything. But they also don't care if the poor and middle class pay more. They don't care that people are not working, or that they are homeless.  Millionaires and Billionaires are laughing at the bank, as they continuously pay low taxes, and in many cases, less than people that make so much less than they do.
Now, these same Republicans who want to help noone, are now trying to put their candidate in the running to go against Barack Obama in 2012. But there are so many candidates still running on the Republican side, that there seems to be no unity amongst the supporters of the Republican candidates, and most of the registered candidates have no clue on who they want to vote for. And how can we not know some of the reasons why. For starters, many of the candidates have issues that would keep them receiving the majority of the vote from people belonging to the Republican party. Recently with Rick Perry's disaster performance in a recent debate, most will say, even from the Republican side of the House, that Rick Perry is now "burnt toast". He doesn't have much of a chance to win the Republican nomination. And then there is Herman Cain. He has just recently been accused of sexual misconduct with at least two women who have not come forward to state their case. But he calls them "liars". Nothing but very shrude comments have been spilling out of Cain's mouth recently, and more and more people now do not know what to think. Cain is experiencing a lead in the polls now, but the only direction he seems to be heading is in a downward slide.
Mitt Romney seems to be the one candidate who has it all together, and out of all of the candidates, he is the best speaker and communicator of all the Republican candidates. Personally, I would love to see President Obama debate Romney as the Republican nominee for President. But Mitt has baggage too. First and foremost, he is considered a "flip-flopper". Then he is a believer of the Morman faith.
Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann pretty much do not stand a chance against the other candidates. Rick Santorum is no-where close in the nomination.
Now let's step back for one moment and observe President Obama. First and foremost, he is now leading in the polls, and he hasn't even debated, not even once. But he will debate against the winning Republican candidate. He and Mitt Romney have the best chance for an even debate in the future, but I also believe that Mitt Romney does not have a chance to win or even compete with president Obama.
Even with President Obama not being able to get people back to work, he seems to be gaining strength against the Republican competition. If the elections were held today, most likely President Obama would win. There is still a year to go, but President Obama is steadily regaining the confidence of the people.


With Perry's "Oops" and Cain's 'Sexual Predator" Obama Will Now Run against Mitt Romney

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Recently in another debate, Rick Perry did everything except formally leave the race for President with his "Oops" remark during the debate. He was trying to make a point on 3 government agencies that he would abolish if he were elected president. Unable to remember his 3rd choice, he ended his comment with "oops". It most likely will be the "oops" that will be responsible for him leaving the race.
On another front, Herman Cain's campaign has been temporarily sidelined because of two woman stepping forward with sexual allegations against Cain' He has been adamantly denying that the statements made by these two women are true, and he also has incriminated the "democratic machine" and "Politico" of being guilty of spreading the lie. Herman Cain can do no wrong, at least not in his eyes. But he will soon realize that not coming forward with the details regarding the incidents with the women will be just as damaging as lying about the fact that anything took place. Herman Cain can be called anything, but one thing for sure, he is a shrude candidate. With his 9-9-9 plan to his "hard right" type of thinking, unable to come to center and at least entertain the Democrats that he would be a fair and open minded President if elected, he will now soon be eliminated from the Republican slate as a candidate of the Republican party to run against Barack Obama next year.
So many candidates still actively running, Santorum, Baachman, Cain, Paul, Perry, Gingrich, and Huntsman. But while the race can still be anyone's guess as the field seems to be wide open, I am predicting that the one candidate that will run against Barack Obama in 2012 will be Mitt Romney.


Poll: Tight races between Obama and Romney in three swing states

(CNN) - A new poll shows razor-thin margins in potential matchups between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in three critical battleground states.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday shows tight races between Obama and Romney, as well as former restaurant executive Herman Cain, in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Obama narrowly won all three of those states in 2008, and all carry large numbers of electoral votes.
In Florida, Romney beats Obama 45%-42%. The poll's sampling error was 2.9% Obama eked out a narrow victory against Sen. John McCain in the Sunshine State in 2008 and will need to win the state again in 2012. Florida carries 29 electoral votes.
In a matchup with Cain, Obama edges the former Godfather's Pizza executive 45%-41%. The Quinnipiac poll was taken October 31-November 7 while Cain was battling accusations of sexual misconduct during his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
In Ohio, 45% of likely voters chose Obama while 42% picked Romney. That is outside the poll's sampling error of 2.7%. Obama also beats Cain, 48%-38%. Obama won Ohio by a narrow margin in 2008.
The race in Pennsylvania between Obama and Romney is in a statistical dead heat with Obama at 44% and Romney 43%, within the poll's sampling error of 2.6%. Obama holds a more commanding lead over Cain, 48%-38%. Obama won Pennsylvania by nearly 10 points in 2008.
The Quinnipiac poll also asked Republican voters their choice for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. In Florida, which holds an early primary on January 31, Cain leads Romney 27%-21%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in third with 17%. The rest of the candidates registered in the single digits.
Cain was also at the top of the poll in Ohio, beating Romney by five points. In Pennsylvania, Cain and Romney are tied at 17% each.
A majority of voters in all three states say the economy is the most important issue going into the 2012 election, with health care and immigration issues coming in distant second and third places.
The telephone poll of adult voters surveyed 1,185 voters in Florida, 1,312 in Ohio and 1,436 in Pennsylvania.


Cain rejects latest allegations as debate nears

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- Herman Cain is scheduled to take part in a Republican presidential debate in Michigan on Wednesday, a day after he vehemently denied all sexual harassment allegations against him.

Cain said Tuesday he has no memory of the first accuser to publicly describe misconduct by the GOP presidential hopeful, and he rejected the growing number of allegations as a politically motivated attempt to discredit his front-running campaign.

"They simply didn't happen. They simply did not happen," Cain insisted of the alleged incidents of inappropriate sexual behavior, and at least one alleged incident of sexual groping, when he was head of the National Restaurant Association from 1996 to 1999.

On Wednesday, the lawyer for one of the accusers told CNN that a possible joint news conference by all the women who have claimed sexual misbehavior by Cain would "lay out all the facts" about what happened.

Joel Bennett, who represents former association employee Karen Kraushaar, said that his client and Sharon Bialek -- the only accuser to publicly detail her complaint against Cain -- have agreed to participate in the as-yet unscheduled news conference.

"There is safety in numbers," Kraushaar told CNN on Tuesday night. "It is important that it happen in one conference."

At a news conference Tuesday to respond to the latest accusation made by Bialek, a Chicago woman who once worked at the restaurant group, Cain described her as a "troubled" woman put up to making false allegations by forces trying to derail his presidential bid.

"As far as these accusations causing me to back off and maybe withdraw from this presidential primary race? Ain't going to happen," Cain said.Cain said the "Democrat machine" could be behind the allegations but added that he didn't know for sure. He also said he expects further attempts to smear his name and reputation and vowed that he would not be deterred.

It is unclear how the controversy will affect the debate, scheduled to be held at Oakland University Wednesday night. The topic of the debate is supposed to be the economy, but lately all the headlines about Cain have been about the sexual harassment allegations.

Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour said he hopes the subject matter can change.

"I hope for Republicans' sake we can get back to talking about the economy, about jobs, deficit, debt, taxes," Barbour said.

The sexual harassment accusations have dominated Cain's campaign since they were first reported October 30 by Politico.

Kraushaar, one of the women cited in the original Politico report, told CNN on Tuesday night that Cain is a "serial denier." While declining to comment on Cain's Tuesday remarks, Kraushaar said she wants to meet with the other accusers about their cases.

Kraushaar and another woman, who remains unidentified, received payouts upon leaving the restaurant association after complaining about alleged sexual harassment by Cain.

Bennett said Tuesday that Kraushaar, who has worked in communications for the federal government since her departure from the association, complained of "multiple incidents over multiple days" in 1999 "that constituted sexual harassment."

In addition, Bennett challenged Cain's contention that he was unable to remember what Kraushaar had accused him of doing 12 years earlier. The restaurant association said at the time that it investigated the accusations and Cain denied them, Bennett noted.

Bialek held a news conference Monday to detail an alleged unwanted sexual advance by Cain shortly after she was laid off by the association in 1997. She said Cain reached up her dress and shoved her head toward his crotch.

Cain told her, "You want a job, right?" but stopped when she protested, Bialek said.

In a Tuesday interview with ABC News, Cain responded "yes" when asked whether Bialek was lying about the alleged incident.

Saying he didn't remember Bialek or the alleged incident, Cain added, "I have absolutely not acted inappropriately with this woman or anyone else in my entire life."

Cain said the only complaint he could recall regarding Kraushaar involved a comment he made that she was about the same height as his wife, as he held his hand up to his chin.

He said Kraushaar's complaints had been found to be baseless at the time, and the restaurant association negotiated a severance agreement with her rather than a legal settlement regarding any sexual harassment charges.

However, Kraushaar told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that the height remark was not the basis for her complaint. And, Kraushaar told CNN, she received a $46,000 sexual harassment settlement, rather than a severance agreement.

Kraushaar also lodged a workplace complaint against her next employer-- the Immigration and Naturalization Service. In the CNN interview Tuesday night, she called it a "minor incident" in which she complained she was not allowed to telecommute while recovering from a car accident, something a colleague was doing.

Knowing her life story is now under a microscope, she admitted she might not have been a perfect employee but said she was a good and hard worker.

"They're looking under every rock trying to dig up dirt," Kraushaar said. "There really isn't much."

At his news conference Tuesday, Cain was introduced by Georgia attorney Lin Wood, who said the candidate is having to respond to hearsay, not admissible evidence, in the "court of public opinion."

"He comes before you today to defend his reputation," said Wood, who previously represented vindicated Olympic Park bombing suspect Richard Jewell and John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of child murder victim JonBenet Ramsey. "A reputation that he has built over 40 years of being a good and decent man and a successful business person. I ask you at least afford him fairness."

Bialek said earlier Tuesday that a reason she came forward with her account of Cain's alleged misbehavior 14 years after the fact was encouragement from her 13-year-old son.

"He said, 'Mom, I think you need to do the right thing. I think you need to tell on him,' " Bialek said on CNN's "American Morning." "That confirmed it for me. If my son is saying it, I want to be the role model for him and other kids growing up."

Bialek's story was the first public, detailed account of alleged misbehavior by Cain.

"I respected him. I looked up to him. And it just was shocking to me that he would use that power in such a way," Bialek said.

She didn't file a complaint at the time because she no longer worked for the association, said Bialek, who also denied wanting any money for going public, despite a bankruptcy stemming from costs related to her late mother's medical bills.


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