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Hillary Clinton With Lots of Support, ready to Run in 2016

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It is now a known fact that Democrats are preparing for Hillary Clinton to run for President. Strategy sessions are being held to prepare for her bid to become President in 2016. Hundreds of financial backers and Clinton insiders are making themselves known in a go-ahead strategy to help Hillary with deciding to run. One of the workers is a gentleman by the name of Harold Ickes, who actually worked in Bill Clinton's White House many years ago. So far, he claims that he now has 3 million names that are supportive for Hillary Clinton, which hopefully will help make her decide to run for President.

  She may have some formidable challengers in her own party, to include Vice President Joe Biden, and outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and also Senator Jim Webb, who has already opened up a committee. Even with all of the planning, the insiders do not know if and when Hillary will actually announce she actually is running. She still has allot of time before she actually has to make the announcement if she really is running. Others may jump in the election earlier, in an attempt to gain some ground and become known by voters around the country, unlike Hillary who already has very strong name recognition by everyone in the U.S. and leaders throughout the world for that matter. Hillary is the most experienced and a best known candidate of any Republican or Democratic candidate. The election would be hers to loose. If she decides to run, many other want-to-be candidates most likely will not run because their chances of being successful would be slim next to none if Hillary runs.

  Regardless if she runs or not, many experts will say that her campaign will not be easy, as the Republicans most likely will have a formidable candidate to run against her. But at the end, Hillary will prevail, along with a Senate that will again cross over the divide and return under Democratic control. This will be possible because the Republicans now have two more years with a majority in the U.S. Senate to screw things up, and they will.


American Occupation in Afghanistan Extended by Obama

  In a not too surprising announcement by President Obama, a decision to pull out American combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 has been reversed. The international military force led by the Americans now will stay in Afghanistan throughout 2015.

  The main reason for the change of heart by the President may be that he sees the need to keep U.S. troops in the fight against the Taliban and other militant groups, the ones that threaten Americans and the Afghan government. With the rapid spread of ISIL after the withdrawal of U.S. occupation in Iraq, it will also serve to keep the ISIL rebels from committing a hostile takeover of Afghan territory. The President was adamant that U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan, but President Obama has taken another look of the possible reactions by terrorist groups in the surrounding countries. The President would be the first one to admit that by pulling troops out of Iraq was the single largest reason for the ISIL insurgence into the country of Iraq today. The main goal will be shifted to keep Americans safe, while they in turn keep fighting the Taliban or whomever provide direct support to al Qaeda.

  Still, the present plan to remove around 4,900 troops by the end of next year still stands. That is approximately half of the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan at the moment. With the change of heart, the action by the President will now allow for more air campaigns and the use of drones for support. It's been now 13 years and counting, the amount of time that American troops have occupied Afghanistan. So far there has been 2,351 American soldiers that have perished in the conflicts, holding the largest number of casualties amongst other nations at war in Afghanistan, to include the United Kingdom, but their totals of all other soldiers kills tops 1100, less than half of the total number of American casualties.

  Prior to the election of the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who now favors extended help from the United States, the dethroned leader, Hamid Karzai wanted American troops out of his country. Will all that is happening in that part of the world, to include Syria, the President is making a very conscious move, even if his will is to remove all American troops from battle in that part of the country before he leaves office. It now is highly unlikely that American troops will leave that region by 2016.


Polls Are Not the Tell-All Story When it Comes to Presidential Elections

Monday, November 24, 2014

 Is it a forgone conclusion that Hilary Clinton will be the next Democratic Candidate? Most people you ask say that is the case. But who will run against her? One of the people that will most likely not run WITH her is President Obama. Hilary most likely will distance herself from the President.
One of the gauges in politics that is used most often are the polls. In a surprising poll, a Bloomberg politics/At. Anselm poll, is in favor of Hilary Clinton over President Obama - 88% to 86%, and the President cannot even run. VP. Joe Biden comes in 3rd at 72% and Senator Elizabeth Warren comes in at 61%, even though Warren claims that she definitely is not going to run for President.
In the 2016 primary, Hilary overwhelming shadows her possible opponents and she hasn't even announced that she is running yet.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 62% to 13%, Sen. Bernie Sanders 6%, VP. Joe Biden 5%.

  Now in the Republican Poll, Bloomberg shows Mitt Romney over Senator Rand Paul - 30% to 11%, then Governor Chris Christie at 9% and Jeb Bush at 8%. So is Mitt Romney going to pursue the White House for the third time? Most people seem to be talking again about Mitt Romney, as he could be the Republican candidate that could actually compete against Hilary Clinton to win the White House in 2016. Maybe it's just the state of New Hampshire, because Mitt Romney is very popular there.

  One thing is for sure, the Republican party is definitely in need of a nominee. Romney for allot of people is the guy who can raise money, and who has the experience of running a presidential election. Even with all this said, it's almost meaningless to speculate as it is definitely too early to make such projections. That's why I believe that poll numbers are most likely not realistic, especially in presidential elections this early in the game.
Now for those Romneyites. Do you think that Romney will get in the race one more time? He definitely is stupid enough to. He has the money to waste.  He does happen to be a clear choice for allot of people. The one deciding factor might be if Jeb Bush runs or not. If he does not run, then I think Mitt Romney will go at it one more time. The question is whether he would be willing to put up with the sure to come criticism that will be hot and heavy by his contenders this go around. Mitt's problem is that all of his contenders, both Democratic and Republican already know what he is all about, and know just about everything about him that can help him or hurt him in the election. Mitt Romney has an advantage because he's done this before.

  Now, the polls do show that if Romney did run, he would be neck in neck against Hilary Clinton, as Clinton shows that Hilary is only up by one point 46% to 45% over Romney in the general election. Without Romney in play, the general election has Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul running side by side in the polls at 16%, 2 points over Job Bush at 16%. Others that might run are Mike Huckabee, Rep. Paul Ryan, and Senator Ted Cruz.
The field of contenders don't seem to be that very good for Republicans. Their stance on immigration is not good either. Their stance regarding equal pay for men vs. women are not good. Their stance for raising the minimum wage and help support the middle class are not good. Republican ideas most definitely favor the rich, so the Republicans will have a difficult time running against any Democratic candidate in 2016.
Until the Republicans change their ideas concerning immigration to say the least, they will not win the Presidency. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination to run for President will win the White House this year. If Elizabeth Warren decided to run if Hilary did not, she would beat Mitt Romney hands down in the General election, regardless of what the polls say at the moment. Obviously polls are not that convincing to me.


The Legality of the Presidents Executive Action

  A good talking point today would be the legality of the Presidents Executive action. The main question, is it constitutional? What the President did was to make a whole new class of beneficiaries.  It appears that the one thing that makes President Obama's action legal, is that it is considered 'deferred action'. The President is not saying that he is changing the status of anyone, but what he is saying is that for these particular applicants, we are going to defer action. It appears to be for an indefinite period of time, as up front he states for 3 years, well after the next general election, but the catcher here is that the action can renew. People who fall under deferred action can get a drivers license. What this does not bring is a path to citizenship. Now going back in history, according to the 1986 law, if you have deferred action, you can work. The agency has the authority to issue work permits to anyone who has deferred action. This authority has been around for decades. Reagan used this authority, George W. Bush used it, and it's pretty clear stuff. It appears that the President did do his homework before announcing his plan for illegal immigrants. So there is a little history for you.

  Some will say that it is not that clear. First, the President does have broad discretion. But the problem may be just how the President went about this. If the President would have said for example, that we have 11.3 million illegal immigrants, and the department of Homeland Security tells me that I can only deport 400,000 per year but we just don't have the resources, so if the President would have focused on border security, national security or on public safety, stating his case as a resource issue, then maybe that would have been a better way to approach this issue. The President clearly left those ideas out of his speech, and was likely told to do exactly that with his legal council.

  Posted in the last article was the President's speech. There were no legal arguments stated in the speech. What do you think? Should President Obama  have added legal grounds within his speech for his case for executive action in favor of illegal immigrants? Everyone in the country had the same question in mind before he actually made the speech, including me; "IS this legal?" He did not answer that question in his speech, but let's face it, the President did do his homework here. He is an attorney, a scholar of law, previously serving as a professor in one of the most prestigious schools in the nation - Harvard. The polls may state that he is not doing the will of the people, at least that is what many Republicans are claiming, just to discredit the President. But why didn't he state the reasoning that his own justice department gave him before he decided to go forward with deferred action? I believe that President Obama then would have been completely in the clear, because there is allot of case law that confirms what he is doing is right, but it just begs the proof that it is just, which the Republican party will now bring up over and over again.

  The President of the United States is obviously a very smart man. He knows what is coming. He has already played out in his mind all the different kinds of reactions by the Republican party and his opponents. Still, he was given the advice to move forward by his legal counsel, and that is exactly what he did. Will the Supreme Court hear complaints made by Republicans regarding the legality of the Presidents actions. Most likely they will, and this is exactly what the President wants to see happen. Why, because he wants to further point out that he is for the Hispanics and illegals who now have the right to "leave the shadows', as President Obama stated in his speech. The Democratic party will gain this minority vote for the 2016 election, which is something that the winning party MUST have to win the election.

  The President gave a speech completely disconnected from the legal grounding, but now I do not believe that it makes any difference, because popular opinion is growing about this Executive Action, and it will definitely be something for the next Democratic candidate for President to run on, and that is immigration.


President Obama - Executive Action on Immigration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

  In a 10 minute speech this evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama did exactly what he said he would do 2 years ago, and that is to do something that the Congress failed to do, act on immigration. He will sign the Executive action tomorrow.  As the president has mentioned the transcript of his speech will be attached to this post,  the President gave Congress ample time to pass a bill. They didn't have to dream one up. One was previously presented to them. The U.S. Senate has previously passed a bi-partisan immigration bill and passed it along to the House, but Congressional leaders in the House, under the leadership of John Boehner, has decided not to even let the bill reach the House floor for a vote.

  This evening, the President in a bold action made the announcement about immigration from the East Room of the White House. He even expanded his speech talking about the scripture of man. His speech was that of a two part speech. He did get extremely specific on what the deal is, and about politics,  about members of Congress that question his authority to make the immigration system work better, or to question his wisdom when in fact the Congress has again failed to act. The actions by the President are no means the stated law in this country, as only Congress can pass laws that all must adhere to, but as the President says, all they (Congress) has to do is "pass a bill" and their law would become the law of the land.

  In similar fashion in the past, the President championed 'ObamaCare', a health plan that now benefits millions of Americans, but the Republican caucus is totally against Obamacare, and they want to dismantle it, at the expense of millions of Americans that now depend on it. The Republicans actually don't care on who they hurt, but they in their own greedy wisdom, have decided against the will of the people that 'ObamaCare' is bad for the country. But if it were that bad, they would have a plan of their own, but of course, just like their plans for immigration, they have no plan.
The President realized that the Republican caucus had no plans to ever pass an immigration bill that would benefit millions of undocumented workers who are actually born citizens of this country, and their family in hiding because of the fear of being deported.

  Unlike my strong belief on what the President is doing is right, there will be a vast number of Americans that believe that the President is not doing right. Starting off with the Republican caucus, lead by the tea party, will now attempt to do whatever they can to limit Obama's powers, and will either try to impeach him, or sue him for abusing his power. Let's be clear, the President did not abuse his power. He was very specific on what he was doing. He did not grant amnesty to the population of undocumented people who have been in this country for years. Several Presidents before Obama has also passed some form of immigration bill, to include Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Even though Republicans did not accept President Bush's bill on immigration, as it failed in Congress and never became law, you might wonder why that President as did every President for the last 50 years, introduce legislation to address immigration. Still, there were never threats against the Republican Presidents for doing the same kind of thing concerning undocumented people in this country as there are now against President Obama, who is not dictating law, but exercising his right as President of the United States, in matters that he has total legality in.

This blog for the most part has been very liberal in nature, but there are several people whom I know that disagree with my ideas. One such person, a friend at work, has decided that I may not know enough about history to be able to form my opinions on the Government, so I have invited him to contribute to this blog and write some articles so that I may see his side of the story. The fact may be that I may not know as much about history as he may know, but what gives him the right to state that because he thinks I don't know enough about history? He thinks that I may be too ignorant regarding the issues that we face in politics today, and I am here to challenge him to the task. 

I invite him and others to refute my articles as they see fit, and their writing will be published as they are provided. The articles will be published in their original form, but I as the author of this blog have the right to refute anything that they say. I encourage others to do the same. If interested in contributing to this blog, all you have to do is contact me via, send an article that you desire to be published, and your words will be read by thousands of other readers of this blog. The articles must be well thought out, written in good English, and the author of the article must be able to accept criticism from me. 

  Back on topic, the President no doubt has made his life a little more difficult when it comes with communicating with the Congress and getting things done, but likewise, the Republican led Congress needs to realize that they must get their billed passed through in the Executive branch of government, or everything that they produce as far as bills are concerned will be a total waste of time, as they will just be veto'd by the President. The only way to eliminate a Presidential veto is to get the Senate to get a two thirds total Senate vote in favor of the bill for the President not to have veto power.

  Not withholding the speech that President Obama gave this evening concerning immigration,


My fellow Americans,

Tonight I'd like to talk with you about immigration.  For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It's kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities, people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.  But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it.  Families who enter our country the right way and played by the rules watch others flout the rules.  Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. Undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities, see little option but remain in the shadows, or risk their families be torn apart. It's been this way for decades, and for decades we haven't done much about it.
  When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system, and I began to do what I could to secure our borders. Today we have more agents and technology to secure the southern border than anytime in our history, and over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half, although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border. The number of such children is actually lower in nearly two years. Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970's.  Those are the facts. Meanwhile I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix, and last year 68 Democrats, Republicans and Independents, came together to pass a bi-partisan bill in the Senate. It wasn't perfect. It was a compromise.  But it reflected common sense. It would have doubled the number of border control agents, while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line. Independent experts said that it would help grow our economy, and shrink our deficit, had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes or no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law.  But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote. Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of comman sense law.  But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President, the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me. They will help make our our immigration system more fair and more just. 
Tonight I'm announcing those actions.  First, we'll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel, so that they can stem the flow if illegal crossings and speed the return of those who do cross over. Second, I'll make it easier and faster for high skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders had proposed.  Third, we will take steps to deal responsibility with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country. I want to say more about this third issue  because it generates the most passion and controversy. Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That's why over the past 6 years, deportations of criminals are up 80%, and that's why we are going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children, gang members, not a mom that is working hard to provide for her kids. We'll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day. But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is that millions of immigrants in every state, in every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let's be honest. Tracking down, rounding up and deporting millions of people isn't realistic.  Anyone who suggests otherwise isn't being straight with you.  It's also not who we are as Americans.  After all most of these immigrants have been here a long time.  They work hard, often in tough, low paying jobs.  They support their families. They worship at our churches.  Many of their kids are American born and spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams and patriotism are just like ours. As my predecessor, President Bush once put it, they are a part of American life.  Now here's the thing.  We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules.  We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. So we are offering the following deal. If you been in America for more than 5 years, if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents, if you registered, pass a criminal background check and you are willing to pay your fair share of taxes, your will be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right wih the law.  That's what this deal is. Now let's be clear about what it isn't.  This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future.  It does not grant citizenship or the right to stay here permanently or offer the same benefits that citizen receive. Only Congress can do that. All we're saying is, we are not going to deport you. 
  I know some of the critics of this action call this amnesty.  Well, it's not. Amnesty is the immigration system that we have today. Millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. That's the real amnesty, leaving this broken system the way that it is.  Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character.  What I'd describing is accountability, a common sense middle ground approach. If you meet the criterea, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you are a criminal, you will be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up. The actions I'm taking are not only lawful, they are the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.  To those members of Congress that question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or questioning the wisdom of me acting while Congress has failed, I have one answer.  PASS A BILL. I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution, and the day that I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary.  Meanwhile, don't let a disagreement over a single be a deal breaker on every issue.  That is not how our democracy works, an Congress surely shouldn't shut down our government again just because we disagree on this. Americans are tired of gridlock.  What our country needs from us right now is a common purpose, a higher purpose.  Most Americans support the types of reforms I talked about tonight.  But I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home.  Millions of us, myself included go back generations in this country with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens.  So we don't like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship. I know some worried immigration will change the fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle class families in a time where they already feel that the have gotten the wrong deal for over a decade. I hear those concerns. But that's not what these steps would do. Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society. I believe that it's important that all of us have this debate with not impugning each others character. Because for all of the back and forth from Washington, we have to remember that this debate is about something bigger. It's about who we are as a country and who we want to be for future generations. Are we a nation who tolerates the hippocracy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds, never have a chance to get right with the law? Or, are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility and give their kids a better future. Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping their children from their parents arms or are we a nation that values families, and works together to keep them together? Are we a nation that educates the worlds best and brightest at Universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or, are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs here, create businesses here, create industries right here in America. That's what this debate is all about. We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration.  We need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears. I know the politics of this issue are tough.  But let me tell you why I've come to feel so strongly about it. 
  Over the past years, I've seen the determination of immigrant fathers who worked two or three jobs without taking a dime from the government and at risk at any moment of loosing it all, just to build a better life for their kids. I've seen the heartbreak and the anxiety of children of whose mothers might be taken away from them, just because they didn't have the right papers.  I've seen the courage of students who except for the circumstances of their birth, are as American as Milia or Sausha, students who bravely come out as undocumented in hopes that they can make a difference in the country they love.  These people are neighbors, our classmates, our friends. They did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life. They came to work, and study and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America's success. 
   Now tomorrow, I'll travel to Las Vegas, and meet with some of these students, including a young woman named Astrid Silva. Astrid was brought to America when she was four years old.  Her only possessions were a cross, her doll and the furley dress she had on.  When she started school, she didn't speak any  English. She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers watching PBS, and she became a good student.  Her father worked in landscaping. Her mom cleaned other peoples homes. They wouldn't let Astra to apply to a technology magnet school, not because they didn't love her, but they were afraid the paperwork would out her as an undocumented immigrant.  So she applied behind their back and got in. Still, she mostly lived in the shadows, until her grandmother who visited every year from Mexico, passed away. And she couldn't travel to the funeral without risk of being found out and deported. It was around that time that she decided in advocating for herself and others like her and today, Astrid Silva is a college student working on her third degree. Are we a nation that kicks out a striving hopeful immigrant like Astra?Or, are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in. 
  Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once too.  My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too.  And whether our fore-bearers or strangers that crossed the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Rio Grande, we are here only because the country welcomed them in, and taught them to be an American is about something more that what we look like, or what our last names are or how we worship.  What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal, that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives of what we will.  That's the country our parents and grandparents and generations before them built for us. That's the tradition we must uphold.  That's he legacy that we must leave for those yet to come.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless this country we love.


President Barack Obama - A Most Successful President, for ALL TIME.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Republicans may not like this, but compared to President George W. Bush in likability and ability to perform his job as President of the United States, many will likely agree on the following statement.... Compare his leadership role against that of his Congress. He has created his signature bill called "the Affordable Care Act" also famously dubbed as "ObamaCare" by the Republicans. He has killed the number one terrorist of all time, Osama bin Laden, He is about the legalize millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. who have been born here, he has fought hard for the middle class and poor and against the rich, just to name a few. His last two years in Office will seal his place in history as the first black President of the United States. He will always and forever represent CHANGE in America.


Senator Elizabeth Warren with a New Leading Role in the U.S. Senate


Senator Elizabeth Warren dressed in red

As Congressional Senators within both houses of Congress approved their leaders for the next Congress, Mitch McConnell for Senate and John Boehner again as Speaker of the House, the Democratic Caucus admits that they also need new leadership, to confront such right wing ideas that now will be pouring out of the House and Senate.
  There is now a new leadership role in place in the Senate, namely with a  Senator from Massachusetts -  Elizabeth Warren. She will act as an informal liaison to the party's liberal base, a job that was just newly created.
  So it now appears that the Republicans in the Senate, starting with Mitch McConnell, will not only have to put up with the minority leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid who has also been confirmed, but also will have to put up with the likes of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who plans to drive home liberal ideas in the Senate. This will also help prepare her for a possible 2016 Presidential run if she were to decide to change her mind. She has already stated that she does not plan to run for President of the United States, but many are hoping that she may change her mind as she definitely will become front and center with every Senate vote until the 2016 Presidential election.


Veto Pen 'FRESH WITH INK' as Republicans try to create laws without Executive Branch Approvals

  President Obama is returning from his Asian trip on Sunday. He will be facing several issues that have risen since he was gone for just a short time. To head up this list is the Alaskan Pipeline, a resolution to be taken today, Friday November 14th, 2014, that is fully expected to pass the House and then expected to pass the 'lame duck' Senate on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. By now, President Obama has pulled out his veto pen from his desk, and loading it up with fresh ink, as he is fully expected to veto this bill sometime next week.
  While away on his trip, President Obama has come to a historical agreement with China, regarding air pollution, and the implementation of controls that will affect both the United States and China. The Speaker of the House Elect Senator Mitch McConnell, is now threatening the President along with the Speaker of the House John Boehner, that they will make it difficult for President Obama if he implements the laws as agreed with China, but again, this agreement is proof that President Obama, a lame duck President, plans to stay as active as possible during his last two years in office. He plans to force the 'do nothing' Congress to now pass laws, since they now own Congress with the upcoming Senate now to be in Republican control. The Congress now will run out of reasons why they are not passing bills, not just for the mere fact that they do not like President Obama, and that they will do EVERYTHING in their power to not pass legislation, even if it were to hurt the country, just so that the President will not receive any credit for them as President.
President Obama, as promised since June of this year to act on immigration on his own, if the Congress cannot get their act together and pass a bill to at a minimum, legalize illegal immigrants, those who now have been born in this country and has family here with them. The Republican Caucus is totally against this plan, and John Boehner has stated publicly, just a day after the mid-term elections that the President will "poison the well", indicating that the Congress will work totally against him in the remainder of his term as President if he takes Executive action regarding immigration.
  Let me ask all who read this blog. Does anyone think for a moment that President Obama is scared of the 'do nothing Congress'. They themselves do not have a leg to stand on, as historically, they will be known as the least productive Congress of the United States since the beginning a Congress, hundreds of years ago. The Republican Caucus is now threatening 'IMPEACHMENT' if the President acts. In other words, if he proceeds to do what he lawfully has the ability to do, just because they do not want him to do it, they are not only going to introduce impeachment, but they will also implement a 'second lawsuit' against him. By the way, the first lawsuit still has not gone forward.
Is impeachment of the President what the main Republican body wants to do. I do not believe so, but again the far 'right-wing', known as the 'tea party', will force the Republicans to act, which will definitely hurt them in 2016 for an election for the next President. If this was not enough for the start of the new Republican controlled Congress, members are now tossing around the idea of a 'government shutdown', as money needed to be acquired and made available to keep it running will be needed next month. A bill will have to be passed to do just that. Are the Republicans capable of passing a bill to fund the government before they go on recess for the holidays. They only have just a few weeks total of scheduled work for the rest of this month and December before they are gone until the new Congress convenes in January, 2015.
  The outlook of the new Congress is very haunting to say the least, but now it will be up them to actually save their own Republican party, but if history is going to repeat itself, they will not do what is right. They will continue to do what they think is best for them, and not what is best for their constituents, and again, they will not only loose the Presidential race in 2016, but they will also loose control of the Republican controlled Senate in 2016.
  Then, do you think they will finally wake up and do what the people want?  Even then, I still do not think that they will be capable to change direction, as long as the 'tea party' has so much effect on the mainstream Republican party. Until the Republicans can pull in support from immigrants, from Mexican decent, to include women and blacks, the right wing of government will NEVER see another Republican President.


Loretta Lynch Nomination for Attorney General of the U.S.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

There was an announcement on Friday night from the office of the White House Press Secretary regarding President Obama's pick for the new Attorney General nomination to replace the outgoing Attorney General of the United States - Eric Holder. The question is after the recent mid-term elections with the Republicans now taking over the Senate, whether the nominee will be confirmed or not. The nominee - Loretta Lynch, a US attorney from the eastern district of New York. She oversees prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. She is what many would call the perfect choice, and should get confirmed before the new U.S. Senate takes hold in Congress in January who oversees these types of confirmations. The President made the announcment official at the White House yesterday. Loretta was previously confirmed by Congress in 2000, and again in 2010. Both times it was by acclaimation, as there were no votes cast, and she sailed through. Will she get through as easily this time.
Eric Holder became the first black Attorney General of the United States, and Loretta would be the first woman to ever become the highest ranked attorney of the country, serving as Attorney General to replace Eric Holder. But since those acclaimated nominiations, she has been involved with one specific felony indictment in New York City against a serving Republican Congressman named Michel Grimm, from District 11 - Staten Island, who has just re-elected against a Democratic challenger named Domenic Recchia. Go figure that one. The Republicans from that district choose someone who has 20 felony charges pending against him. Do you think that there may be some resentment votes against Loretta now from the Republican party. A party that elects someone with felony charges pending must be a party who is in favor of people who break laws.
President Obama has nothing less than an uphill battle with the U.S. Congress for his last two years in office, and this may be an uphill battle too, an issue that hasn't ever been an issue before, but just because she did her job in her districts, which happened to be work against Republicans in this one instance with Michael Grimm, she may not get the nomination. This is how corrupt the thinking is in Washington these days, thanks to Republicans and the tea party who legislates ideas as if they are on a stuper all the time.
Follow the news this coming week and see if Loretta gets confirmed as the new Attorney General of the United States. It most likely will happen, but if not confirmed by the Senate before the new Senate takes over in January, this time there should be a fight to get her nominated


Republicans Take Over U.S. Senate - What's Next?

Who would have ever believed that the Republicans would have taken over the Senate? It is an interesting question, but if you were of following politics during the first 6 years of the Obama presidency, you would have guessed that the Republicans were destined to take over the Senate in 2014. It happened to George W Bush, and it happened to Bill Clinton. During the Bill Clinton years, the Republican Congress also actually voted to impeach President Clinton, but they didn't get it done. What are the chances that President Obama will be impleached? Actually, it is my believe that there is a very good chance that President Obama will face impeachment. Will he likely get impeached? I actually think that he will face it and actually get impeached if he goes through with the amnesty for illegal aliens. He promised that he would do such a thing if the Congress did not get the job done on their own. He is giving Congress every chance to get an immigration policy through. President Obama claimed prior that since the Congress could not get anything done, including to handle the immigration bill that was signed by a bipartasan group of Senators in the U.S. Senate over a year ago. John Boehner and his House decided to sit on the bill and not act. Will they act on it now? With their record for getting things done, most likely they will not act on it nowThey never wanted to in the first place, and now it is time for the bluff from the Republicans to President Obama. The President claims that if they continue to stall regarding immigration legislation, that he alone will act and push legislation through that would legalize millions of immigrants. If the President carries this out, then surely after the threats from John Boehner just one day after the election of Republican Senators to their party to gain control of it during the new session to start in January, Obama will face impeachment. Regardless if the Republican House and John Boehner gets away with obstruction of laws, as they failed to even vote on many bills to approach them even if they were signed by a bipartisan group of Senators from the Senate, President Obama will now enact on his own, and then he will be impeached.
After they rid themselves of the President, who do they have to answer too. Would it be Vice President Biden. I think this is how this works, so I really do not see the benefit to the Republican party to impeach the President. If the Republican party thinks they did something good for their party if they were to rid themselves of President Obama, then they have no idea what is in for them if Biden becomes Commander and Chief.
There are reprocussions from most of the Asian, Black, and Hispanic communities if the Republican party goes through with impeachment. One thing is for sure. Regardless of who is sitting in the Oval office, ObamaCare is here to stay. As John Boehner claims, the House will introduce legislation to repeal Obamacare again this year, but for what purpose. No Democratic President setting in the Oval Office would ever sign a bill that would scrap Obama's legislation.
During the election time, I received tons of email asking me to donate to the Democratic cause, even though I virtually knew as did most other Democrats that the Republicans would win out in the off-year elections. There always is a low Democratic turnout, and no matter how much money is thrown in the ring to gather voters to vote, this year it was going to be impossible to overcome and the elections proved it handily. Why should I give any amount of money to a loosing cause, just because I'm a registered Democrat?
The Republicans now think that they have the upper hand as far as Congress and legislative law making, and for the most part they do. But if any bill is to become law, it must go by President Obama's desk for him to sign. He has only veto'd only 2 bills so far during his Presidency, but the President will now show the Republicans how the veto pen is used. Can they override their Veto? I'm sure by now that he's dusted it off and even shined it up a little. In some cases they can overturn a Presidential veto, but it most likely would take a ruling from the Supreme Court to override the Presidential veto. I will find out more information of overriding a Presidential veto and report it here in the near future.

So does the outcome effect me regardless of who is in or out of the Whitehouse? Of course it does, but the elections in 2016 are almost called even before the candidates declare themselves. Regardless of how may Republican Senators there are in the House and Senate, there WILL be another Democratic President in the WhiteHouse in 2016. Then what will Congress do. Most likely, they will continue to obstruct justice and despise the new President, who most likely will be Hilary Clinton, and if she does not run, it may be Joe Biden. During the same year, I predict that the Senate is taken back by the Democrats, but not necessarily the House. So there will be the same Congressional divide as we had since 2012. But this time I think the people will come out and vote as they do during every major Presidential election.

Until the Republicans stop thinking about only lowering taxes for the rich, until the Republicans realize that preventing people from voting, until the Republicans realize that middle class workers deserve a pay raise, until they realize that ObamaCare is here to stay and that they need to stop fooling with it, until their tea party who seems to be totally against the will of the mainstream Republican party decides to join in with normal Republicans, until Ted Cruz is finally out of office and other far right Representitives are dealt with, it will not be until all of these things are met before there will ever be a Republican President in the Whitehouse.

Why is this right wing party so blind? Are they not able to predict the future? Do they not see that if they do not change that what happened in 2008 and 2012 will happen again in 2016? One of the qualifications to be amongst the ranks of the Republican party is that you must be ignorant first. Intentianal ignorance is almost a crime against their own party.


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