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America’s next great president: Why Obama’s departure paves the way for the next FDR

America’s next great president: Why Obama’s departure paves the way for the next FDR

Russ Feingold, Sherrod Brown, Elizabeth Warren (Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing/AP/Tony Dejak/Joshua Roberts)

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Why can’t Barack Obama be more like Lyndon Johnson? The fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, commemorated by living presidents at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas, last week, has renewed interest in comparisons between the two presidents. Critics of Obama complain that he might have been a more effective president had he been less aloof and more willing to bewitch, bully and bribe members of Congress as Johnson did. Defenders of Obama compare the Affordable Care Act to Johnson’s Medicare and Medicaid, and point out that Obama after 2010 had to face a divided Congress, unlike Johnson, with his Democratic supermajorities.

The discussion is superficial, reflecting a focus on personalities and short-term electoral considerations. It’s worth viewing the differences between Johnson and Obama in a broader historical context.

In the 1930s, as a young member of Congress from Texas, Lyndon Johnson became a favorite protégé of President Franklin Roosevelt. On becoming president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson saw his task in domestic politics as completing the New Deal (even as, in foreign policy, he sought, with disastrous results in Vietnam, to carry out the liberal Cold War containment policy inherited from Harry Truman). From the perspective of 2014, we can view Roosevelt’s New Deal and Johnson’s Great Society as a single era of reform, interrupted by the “conservative coalition” of right-wing Southern Democrats and northern Republicans that dominated Congress in the 1950s. From civil rights to universal health care, most of the programs that Johnson managed to get enacted in the 1960s had been proposed in the 1930s or 1940s, if not earlier. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to the New Deal-Great Society combination as “the New Deal.”

The New Deal was the American version of the social reforms that transformed other advanced industrial democracies in the twentieth century. All of the other English-speaking countries as well as the democracies of Western Europe at some point adopted worker-protective legislation, social safety nets and — following World War II and the horrors of Nazi racism — the outlawing of white supremacy. In this wave of twentieth-century reform, the U.S. was mostly a laggard, not a leader. In the late nineteenth century, Imperial Germany pioneered workers’ compensation and Social Security, and before World War I Britain adopted many reforms that were delayed in the U.S. until the 1930s.

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US President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Networks 16th Annual Convention in New York City on April 11 , 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama addresses the National Action Networks 16th Annual Convention in New York City on April 11 , 2014 | (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama delivered a fiery speech against Republicans on Friday, charging that the GOP is threatening voting rights in America.

Appearing at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, Obama cited a 2006 DOJ analysis showing that out of 197,000,000 votes cast for federal elections between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for fraud.

“For those of you who are math majors, that is a percentage that is 0.00002 percent,” Obama said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Obama then pointed to who he considers to be the real perpetrators: the people behind these “bogus” claims.

“Let’s be clear,” Obama said. “The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud.”

More from the Associated Press below:

The election-year warning comes as Obama seeks to mobilize Democratic voters to fight back against state voting requirements and early balloting restrictions that many in his party fear will curb turnout in November. The president vowed that he would not let the attacks on voting rights go unchallenged, but offered no new announcements of specific actions his administration planned to take.

The president pinned efforts to curb access to the ballot box directly on the GOP, declaring that the effort “has not been led by both parties. It’s been led by the Republican Party.”

For the remainder of the year, no political issue stands out more prominently for Democrats than their ability to motivate voters to turn out at the polls in November. Control of the Senate, now in the hands of Democrats, is at stake, as is Obama’s already limited ability to push his agenda through Congress.

But traditionally weak midterm turnout by Democrats coupled with efforts in some states to limit early voting and to enact voter identification requirements have prompted the president and his party to raise alarms and step up their get-out-the-vote efforts.

Republicans have long argued that identification requirements and other voting controls are reasonable measures designed to safeguard the balloting process, not to suppress voter turnout. Democrats say photo identification requirements especially affect minority or low-income voters who may not drive and thus wouldn’t have an official government ID.


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President Obama Slams Congress As ‘Least Productive’ in HIstory


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We all know this, but now it will be recorded in the history books…

TPM LiveWire

“We have to have a Congress that works — not one that is — march in lockstep, not one that agrees with every proposal I put forward, but a Congress that is serious about governance and is thinking about the next generation and not just the next election,” Obama told roughly 60 guests at a Democratic fundraiser in Houston, according to a transcript of his remarks.

The President expressed frustration that Senate Republicans uniformly blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have made it easier for a woman to sue an employer if she was paid less than a male colleague for the same work. He made reference to former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land (R), a candidate for U.S. Senate, who recently said that women would rather have flexibility in their jobs than an equal salary.

“I think there was a candidate for the Senate, a Republican in Michigan, who voiced the opinion that women make other choices,” he said, according to the transcript of his remarks. “And I think that’s certainly true; every individual makes other choices. Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job.”

On immigration reform, Obama criticized the House for holding up a vote on the issue after the Senate already tackled it with bipartisan support.

“It’s not because it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “It’s not because there’s some serious dispute or technical difference in terms of policy. It has to do with politics. We’ve got to stop that.”

The President also circled back to his midterm rallying cry, warning donors that they need to get out the Democratic vote in the face of an influx of money from super PACs and increased efforts to “discourage people from voting.”


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(Throwback Thursday) – Barack Obama’s 2004 DemConvention Speech

I ran across this video while exploring You Tube on my Roku device.   Looking back at the following speech I was so floored with his keynote speech then and now…so I wanted to share it with my TFC friends…

When Barack Obama launched into his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was still an obscure state senator from Illinois. By the time he finished 17 minutes later, he had captured the nation’s attention and opened the way for a run at the presidency. A behind-the-scenes look at the politicking, plotting, and preparation that went into Obama’s breakthrough moment ~ David Bernstein



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Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine Crisis


NBC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine, according to a White House readout of the phone conversation.

Putin called to deliberate a U.S. proposal for a diplomatic solution to ease international tensions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Both leaders agreed that Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, should meet to discuss the next steps of the process.

The phone conversation followed a proposal from Kerry to Lavrov presented during talks in the Netherlands earlier this week, according to the White House. Though the administration has not yet released the details of the proposal.

Obama has publicly called for a diplomatic solution that includes Russian forces pulling back from Crimea and making no further intrusions into Ukraine.

The president asked for Putin to put a “concrete response in writing” to the U.S. proposal, according to the administration.

Obama “urged Russia to support this process and avoid further provocations, including the buildup of forces on its border with Ukraine,” according to the readout.

According a Russian readout of the call, Putin drew Obama’s attention to the “continued rampage of extremists” in Ukraine and urged the president to work with the global community “to stabilize the situation.”


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Sunday Talk: Can’t get fooled again

Daily Kos

Call me crazy, but…I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that: the 11th anniversary of the Iraq War; the fourth anniversary of ObamacareTwitter’s eighth birthday ; Republicans’ first re-birthday; the start of the NCAA basketball tournament; the end of Fred Phelps; and, the Vernal Equinox, all occurred this week.If I was a religious person, I’d be building an ark right about now.Disclosure: I am not a marine biologist, and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night; I don’t claim to know exactly who and/or what is behind this neo-confluence of events, or what it all means.

That being said, it would be irresponsible not to speculate.

My sixth sense is telling me that Barack Obama’s explosion onto the scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention caused a ripple in the space-time continuum, and sent shockwaves through our young Earth.

Then, when Obama was subsequently elected president four years later, a black hole formed over Real America, and Vladimir Putin stepped into the leadership vacuum—establishing a New World Order.

And that’s where babies come from.

If you agree with my theory, please click here; if not, click here.

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former Secretary of Homeland SecurityMichael Chertoff; Former President Jimmy Carter (D); NCAA Roundtable: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NCAA President Mark Emmert and Former “Body Man” to President Obama/Duke University Football & Basketball Player Reggie LovePolitics RoundtableDavid Brooks (New York Times), Rich Lowry (National Review), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).Face The Nation: 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney; Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley SullenbergerDavid Gallo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution); Roundtable:Clarissa Ward (CBS News), Leigh Gallagher (Fortune) and David Sanger (New York Times).

This WeekNate Silver (FiveThrityEight.com); Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep.Keith Ellison (D-MN), Cokie Roberts (ABC News) and Republican Strategist Dan Senor.

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Former NTSB Investigator Dr. Alan Diehl; Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R); Roundtable: Radio Host Laura IngrahamBob Woodward (Washington Post), Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz andJuan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Underwater Search & Rescue Expert Curt NewportReverend Earl Johnson (Formerly of the Red Cross); Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Former Secretary of State Madeline AlbrightRoundtable: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA),Susan Page(USA Today) and Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: interviews with the federal agents in charge of the Boston bombing task force (preview); a report on the “Pink Panther” theieves, who have stolen more than $500 million in valuables over 20 years (preview); and, an interview with David Remick, the editor of The New Yorker, about the magazine’s cartoons (preview).

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Obama: ‘If Men Were Having Babies, We’d Have Different Policies’


On Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared at a college in Orlando, Fla., to pressure Congress into passing legislation aimed at easing the burden on women in the workforce. Flanked by a female audience members, the president said that women deserve paid sick days and equal pay with men. “If men were having babies, we’d have different policies,” he observed.

“Women are still earning just 77 cents on every dollar that a man does,” Obama said. “Women with college degrees may earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less over the course of her career than a man at the same educational level, and that’s wrong.”

“This isn’t 1958,” he added. “It’s 2014.” He said that he was pressuring Republicans to support The Paycheck Fairness Act, which he said they continue to block. “We’ve got to get them to change their minds and join us in this century because a woman deserves equal pay for equal work,” Obama said to applause.

“A woman deserves to take a day off to care for a sick child or a parent without running into hardship,” the president continued. “A woman deserves work place policies that protect her right to have a baby without losing her job.”

“It’s pretty clear that, you know, if men were having babies, we’d have different policies,” Obama said. “Right?”

Watch the clip:




Filed under Barack Obama, War On Women

18 Crazy Right-Wing Myths About Obama, Debunked

Obamageddon! GOP vision for America. We scare because we care. This message brought to you by Fox News and the Koch brothers.

Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But look at the lying racists, gun nuts, and hypocrites he’s up against. Meme by Elisabeth Parker for AI.

Someone took the time to compile this list and I wanted to share it…(H/t: DB)

Addicting Info

1) Obama takes too many vacations.

 FACT: As of August 16th of 2013, Obama had taken 92 days of vacation vs 367 for George W. Bush.

2) Obama has divided the nation.

FACT: Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But he’s up against a phalanx of 21st Century separatists, racists and neo-fascists, some of whom have openly proposed seceding. Here… let me hold that door for you. Besides; who’s dividing the Republican party into right wing and ultra-far right wings? Is Obama doing that too? Nope. Look in a mirror Teabigots.

3) Obama’s policies are bankrupting America.

FACT: Reagan added $1.9 trillion to the debt. Bush Sr. added an additional $1.5. Clinton added $1.4. Dubbya added $6.1. Obama has added less than $3.0, the bulk of which was to offset the effects of the Bush recession. Who holds that debt? China; $1.2 trillion. Japan; $900 billion. The Fed; $1.6 trillion. The public; $3.6 trillion. Government trusts; $1.9 trillion. Social Security; $2.7 trillion. So nice try, but no Kewpie doll for you

4) Obama’s a socialist.

 FACT: Hardly. Obama’s economic and social policies are to the right of Kennedy’s, Eisenhower’s, Nixon’s, and even some of Reagan’s. If Obama’s a socialist, then Eisenhower, who had a 91% top tax rate, was a Republican Marxist.

5) Obama lied about keeping your present healthcare insurance.

FACT: Lying and being wrong are two different things. Obama turned out to be wrong, but he didn’t lie. He appeared before the cameras 28 times, repeating the exact same words — “If you like your present policy, you can keep it,” knowing full well he was being recorded each time. If you believe any president would deliberately set himself up like that, then Fox News is indeed the place for you.

6) Obama’s weak on foreign policy.

FACT: Osama bin Laden, the man who murdered 3,000+ Americans on 9/11 is dead. Muammar Khaddafi, the man who blew 300+ Americans out of the sky is dead. More al Qaeda terrorists were taken out under just Obama’s first three years than during the entire 8 years of Bush’s “War on Terrorism,” where we somehow managed to wind up in Iraq; a country that offered asylum to zero terrorists. ‘Nuff said.

7) Obama has taken sides with the Arabs against Israel.

FACT: “I think that from my point of view as defense minister they (American/Israeli relations) are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the state of Israel and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people. But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past. In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I’ve found their support for our defense very stable.” ~ Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel

But what would he know?

8) America is less safe under Obama than ever before. FACT:

3,000 Americans killed by al Qaeda on 9/11, when George W. Bush was president. Zero successful al Qaeda attacks on America under Obama. Do the math.

9) Benghazi is Obama’s 9/11.

FACT: There were 13 attacks on American embassies during the Bush years, resulting in some 100 deaths. But Fox News and their reich-wing cohorts has never mentioned them. Benghazi is something that happened to us, not something the administration did. I’m sorry you haven’t gotten the memo, but Benghazi is just another Fox non-story. Same with the IRS “scandal.”

10) ObamaCare is Obama’s 9/11.

 See #9.

11) Sandy Hook was Obama’s 9/11.

See a shrink.

12) Solyndra!

FACT: Solyndra was a $500 million loan that didn’t pay off. How much is $500 million? That’s how much the Bush administration spent every 18 hours on the Iraq War for five years – an expense no Republican ever complains about. And what was our reward? 4,500 Americans killed, at least 100,000 Iraqis killed, another 2 million Iraqis driven from their homes, the emergence of the Shia awakening, and our reputation in a shambles. Thanks Republicans. And you’re upset about half a billion spent on Solyndra.

13) Iraq is falling to al Qaeda due to Obama’s policies.

FACT: Had we not invaded Iraq in the first place, a war Obama opposed 12 years ago, we wouldn’t be seeing Falluja falling to al Qaeda. And who was it that wrote the timetable for our Iraq exit two years ago? Oh, yeah; the Bush administration. You might just as well blame Obama for Bush’s recession. Oh, wait — you do that too!

14) Obama’s policies are anti-business.

FACT: The Dow Jones when Clinton entered office in January 1993 was at 3,300. When he left office in January 2001: 10,662. Dow Jones when Bush left office in January 2009: 9,034. Dow Jones today: 16,437. The Dow has more than doubled in just the first five years of the Obama administration. Yes…. Businessmen just hate that.

15) Obama’s policies have resulted in massive unemployment.

FACT: When George W. Bush stumbled into office in January 2001, he inherited a 4.3% unemployment rate from Bill Clinton. When he left office 8 years later, the unemployment rate was 9.7% and rising fast. As of today, that number is 6.7%, no thanks to the Republicans in Congress who’ve done everything within their power to sabotage the recovery.

During the eight years under George W. Bush, his policies created just 1 million jobs (with another 2 million in the military). Since Barack Obama was sworn in five years ago, 7.6 million jobs have been created, and there are still three years left in his term. So, nice try.

16) Fast & Furious.

FACT: Another poorly conceived program left over from the Bush administration that the GOP is trying to pin on Obama. Move along.

17) Liberals always try to deflect from Obama’s record by bringing up Bush.

FACT: Wrong-o, Bozo. We just like to rub your noses in your hypocrisy. By intentionally ignoring, or even lying about Bush’s record and focusing instead on the above Fox News lies, you’ve liberated yourselves once again from those pesky facts. So it’s become incumbent upon us to set the record straight. To the contrary, conservatives are always trying to deflect from the failures of the Bush years by telling the aforementioned lies.

18) The deficit has skyrocketed under Obama.

FACT: The budget was balanced when Clinton left office in 2001 (in fact, he left Dubbya with a $300,000,000,000 surplus).

Eight years later, Bush left Obama with a $1,413,000,000,000 deficit and a 9.8% deficit/GDP ratio. Most of which was due to Bush’s deficit-spending on the Iraq War, Medicare Part D and the two tax cuts that largely went to the wealthy.

“Remember what Reagan taught us. Deficits don’t matter.” ~ Dick Cheney.

Since Obama’s election:

  • 2010 — $1,294,000,000,000 8.7% deficit/GDP
  • 2011 — $1,300,000,000,000 8.4% deficit/GDP
  • 2012 — $1,087,000,000,000 6.8% deficit/GDP
  • 2013 — $680,000,000,000 4.1% deficit/GDP
  • 2014 — $560,000,000,000 3.3% deficit/GDP

See a pattern developing? Furthermore, the United States is now producing more oil than we import. Our overall trade deficit is at a four year low, as imported oil continues to decline. GM, Ford and Chrysler are all chugging along nicely, no thanks to a unified Republican/Teabigot party, who were eager to sacrifice 2 million American jobs on their altar of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

The trade gap has fallen 12.9% to $34.3 billion as Obama’s policies have made American products and services more available abroad, while Americans are increasingly buying more domestic products. The trade imbalance is now lower than at any time since the beginning of the recession, and the offshoring of American jobs has (finally) slowed to a trickle.

Our trade gap with China is down 6.7% (largely based on their taste for American cars — see above), our trade gap with Japan is down 8.4% and our trade gap with the European Union has dropped a whopping 29.4%.

Are things perfect? No. There’s still much to be done. But the rumors of Barack Obama’s “failures” have been greatly exaggerated, and it’s time to call these talking points what they are… lies. This president will go down in history as a man who achieved some amazing accomplishments, especially considering the unified opposition he’s had to endure since Day One.

So there you have it Fox News “patriots,” all your talking points shot to hell in one FACT-based document. How do you like them apples, bitches?


Filed under Obama Derangement Syndrome, Right-wing disinformation campaign, Right-Wing Obamaphobia

Michele Bachmann Is Disappointed That American Jews ‘Sold Out’ By Supporting Obama


AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster

Tea Party Caucus leader, Michele Bachmann is at it again…

TPM LiveWire

Michele Bachmann is deeply disappointed with the American Jewish community for supporting President Barack Obama, whose policies she believes will reduce Israel to “rubble.”

The Minnesota Republican on Monday took particular issue with President Obama’s recent deal with Iran, after he successfully lobbied Congress to temporarily hold off on additional sanctions in hopes of reaching a larger deal on nuclear weapons. Bachmann also chided the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which boosted Obama by backing off its push for a swift vote on new sanctions.

“The Jewish community gave him their votes, their support, their financial support and as recently as last week, 48 Jewish donors who are big contributors to the president wrote a letter to the Democrat senators in the U.S. Senate to tell them to not advance sanctions against Iran,” Bachmann told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, as quoted by Right Wing Watch.

“This is clearly against Israel’s best interest. What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the political ambitions of the President over the best interests of Israel,” she added. “So in some respects, they sold out Israel.”


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Romney Still Isn’t Over That Benghazi Debate

TPM LiveWire

He may have suffered a resounding defeat to President Obama in 2012, but Mitt Romney still can’t quite get over a debate in which he says the moderator improperly fact checked one his statements about the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show Monday, the former governor of Massachusetts said that CNN’s Candy Crowley shouldn’t have waded into an exchange about whether the President called the attack an act of terror the following morning in a statement in the White House Rose Garden.

“Well, I don’t think it’s the role of the moderator in a debate to insert themselves into the debate and to declare a winner or a loser on a particular point,” Romney said of the October, 2012 debate, as quoted by Mediaite. “And I must admit that, at that stage, I was getting a little upset at Candy, because in a prior setting where I was to have had the last word, she decided that Barack Obama was to get the last word despite the rules that we had.”

While Obama did refer to “acts of terror” in the statement, his administration later attributed the attack to a spontaneous protest against an inflammatory video.

“Please proceed, governor,” is how Obama put it at the time, before Crowley interjected.

“So, she obviously thought it was her job to play a more active role in the debate than was agreed upon by the two candidates,” Romney added, “and I thought her jumping into the interaction I was having with the president was also a mistake on her part and one I would have preferred to carry out between the two of us, because I was prepared to go after him for misrepresenting to the American people that the nature of the attack.”

Crowley drew heavy fire from conservatives in the immediate aftermath, and a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates subsequently called her selection as a moderator a “mistake.”

Watch the moment below:

H/t: DB


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