2012 Presidential Debate – Domestic Policy

Moderator Jim Lehrer, (L), Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and President Barack Obama, (R), on stage during their first debate at the University of Denver, 10/3/12, in Denver. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

October 3, 2012

9:00 – 10:30 PM ET

Presidential Debate at University of Denver - Domestic Policy

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President Obama on the Issues

CIVIL RIGHTS
DEFENSE
DISABILITIES 
ECONOMY
EDUCATION
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
ETHICS
FAMILY
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
FOREIGN POLICY
HEALTH CARE
HOMELAND SECURITY
IMMIGRATION
POVERTY 
RURAL
SENIORS & SOCIAL SECURITY
TAXES
TECHNOLOGY
URBAN POLICY
VETERANS
WOMEN
ADDITIONAL ISSUES 

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, October 3,, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    Vice President Biden meets with senior advisors.

    Dr Jill Biden attends a celebration at George Mason University highlighting progress made on “Operation Educate the Educators.”

    7:00 AM
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    First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to grassroots supporters
    University of Nevada – Reno, The Quad, Reno, NV

    2:25 PM
    President Obama departs Henderson, Nev.

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    President Obama arrives in Denver, Colo.

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    President Obama participates in the 2012 Presidential Candidates Debate on Domestic Policy
    University of Denver, CO

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    President Obama and the First Lady Michelle remain overnight in Denver, CO

  2. CR says:

    First Presidential Debate – Domestic Policy

    President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney
    University of Denver in Denver, CO

    • CR says:

      Stephanie Cutter on Tonight’s Presidential Debate

      Published on Oct 3, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      Stephanie Cutter breaks down how we’ll need you to help get the facts out for tonight’s Presidential debate. We’ll be monitoring each and every word Romney says. And every time he lies or takes a cheap shot get online and help set the record straight.

  3. CR says:

    President Barack Obama on the issues

    CIVIL RIGHTS
    * Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
    * Support for “Respect for Marriage Act
    * Supports Same-Sex Marriage
    * Signed the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 for the settlement agreements in the Cobell lawsuit
    * Signed the Fair Sentencing Act
    * Protected Women’s Right to Choose by reversing the Global Gag Rule
    * Presidential Memorandum directing hospitals receiving Medicare & Medicaid to give LGBT, widows/widowers with no children and others to visit and make decisions on the patient’s behalf in case of incapacitation<
    * Signed the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
    * Signed Presidential Memorandum expanding federal benefits for the same-sex partners of Foreign Service and executive branch government employees
    * Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    DEFENSE

    * Kept his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq by December 2011
    * Worked with other democratic nations to secure our America’s borders and defeating terrorists like Al-Quaeda that threatened America.

    DISABILITIES
    ECONOMY:
    * Helping the Middle Class
    * Support for Job Seekers
    * Promoting Entrepreneurship
    * Implemented an economic recovery program that has created nearly 3 million jobs
    * Saved the auto industry from collapse preventing the loss of 3 million jobs and thus ensuring the resurgence of the American Auto Industry
    * Passed the Wall Street Reform to protect Americans from unfair lending practices
    EDUCATION:
    * Made college education accessible to hundreds of thousands more students via Pell Grants

    ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
    ETHICS
    FAMILY
    FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
    FOREIGN POLICY
    HEALTH CARE:

    * Expanded affordable health care to all Americans

    HOMELAND SECURITY
    IMMIGRATION
    POVERTY
    RURAL
    SENIORS & SOCIAL SECURITY
    TAXES
    TECHNOLOGY

    * Made substantial investments in clean energy manufacturing for personal and commercial vehicles thus reducing dependence on foreign oil

    URBAN POLICY
    VETERANS
    WOMEN
    ADDITIONAL ISSUES

    • CR says:

      The Choice

      Published on Sep 12, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

      Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/MX3Ss8

      “Over the next few months you have a choice to make. Not just between two political parties or even two people. It’s a choice between two very different plans for our country.

      Governor Romney’s plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top, roll back regulations on big banks, and he says that if we do our economy will grow and everyone will benefit.

      But you know what? We tried that top-down approach. It’s what caused the mess in the first place.

      I believe the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class. Asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. So that we can afford to invest in education, manufacturing, and homegrown American energy for good middle class jobs. Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face, it couldn’t be bigger.”

    • CR says:

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      We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.

      We can’t bring every job back that’s left our shore. But right now, it’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive.

      So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.

      We should start with our tax code. Right now, companies get tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas. Meanwhile, companies that choose to stay in America get hit with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and everyone knows it. So let’s change it.

      First, if you’re a business that wants to outsource jobs, you shouldn’t get a tax deduction for doing it.

      That money should be used to cover moving expenses for companies like Master Lock that decide to bring jobs home.

      Second, no American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas.

      From now on, every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here in America.

      Third, if you’re an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making your products here. And if you want to relocate in a community that was hit hard when a factory left town, you should get help financing a new plant, equipment, or training for new workers.

      So my message is simple. It is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. (Congress) Send me these tax reforms, and I will sign them right away.”

      President Obama – January 24, 2012 State of the Union Address

    • CR says:

      Factory Job Gains Under Obama Best Since Clinton: BGOV Barometer

      Sep 25, 2012 9:00 PM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

      In an election focused on jobs, President Barack Obama can boast of crossing one milestone: the longest stretch of employment gains in manufacturing in almost two decades.

      The BGOV Barometer shows U.S. factory positions have grown since early 2010, arresting a slide that began toward the end of the 1990s. It’s the best showing since the era of Bill Clinton, the only president in the last 30 years to leave office with more factory jobs than when he began.

      “The gain in manufacturing jobs is certainly helpful, it is one way to show we’re moving forward,” said Terry Madonna, a political science professor and director of the Franklin & Marshall College poll in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “President Obama has to create a psychology all over the country that things are getting better. This is a piece explaining that idea.”

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-26/factory-job-gains-under-obama-best-since-clinton-bgov-barometer.html

    • CR says:

      Table

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

      Read the President’s plan: http://OFA.BO/SAzDgd

      During the last weeks of this campaign there will be debates, speeches and more ads. But if I could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table here’s what I’d say:

      When I took office we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in Iraq. Today I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. But we have much more to do to get folks back to work and make the middle class secure again.

      Now, Governor Romney believes that with that even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall Street all of us will prosper. In other words he’d double down on the same trickle down policies that led to the crisis in the first place. So what’s my plan?

      First, we create a million new manufacturing jobs and help businesses double their exports. Give tax breaks to companies that invest in America, not that ship jobs overseas.

      Second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more American-made energy, oil, clean-coal, natural gas, and new resources like wind, solar and bio-fuels—all while doubling the fuel efficiencies of cars and trucks.

      Third, we insure that we maintain the best workforce in the world by preparing 100,000 additional math and science teachers. Training 2 million Americans with the job skills they need at our community colleges. Cutting the growth of tuition in half and expanding student aid so more Americans can afford it.

      Fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade on top of the trillion in spending we’ve already cut, I’d ask the wealthy to pay a little more. And as we end the war in Afghanistan let’s apply half the savings to pay down our debt and use the rest for some nation building right here at home.

      It’s time for a new economic patriotism. Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Read my plan. Compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide for yourself. Thanks for listening.

      Read the President’s plan: http://OFA.BO/SAzDgd

    • CR says:

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      FORWARD

      President Obama is taking a balanced approach to cutting the deficit without sacrificing investments needed to grow the economy and create jobs

      President Obama has a long-term economic plan, investing in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure, and tax cuts for companies that bring jobs back to the U.S.

      President Obama is calling on millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, and believes no family earning less than $250,000 should face higher taxes – compare the tax plans
      President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq, is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit

      President Obama has improved Medicare by adding benefits like free mammograms, is closing the “donut hole” and saving seniors an average of $600 a year on prescription drugs, and extending Medicare’s life by eight years

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      GOP WRONG WAY

      NOT BACKWARD

      Mitt Romney opposes asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and instead wants to reward them with even more tax breaks, paid for by raising middle class taxes

      Mitt Romney’s plan would add $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed to the rich, either increasing the deficit or requiring tax increases on the middle-class

      Mitt Romney would slash middle class investments like education, Social Security, and Medicare

      Mitt Romney criticized the end of the Iraq war as “tragic,” and has offered no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan

      Mitt Romney would let Medicare go bankrupt by the end of his first term, and then turn it into a voucher

      • CR says:

        Larry Summers: Deficit reduction isn’t enough to drive growth

        October 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

        Avoiding the fiscal cliff will prevent the U.S. economy from falling backwards into a recession. But it won’t be enough to propel us forward into growth, according to Larry Summers, former economic adviser to President Obama.

        The current debate over the fiscal cliff suggests that legislators are hoping to replace the year-end contraction with a deficit-reduction package that would be enacted in the long term. But Summers suggested that even if they succeed in doing so, it wouldn’t be enough to jump start business investment and job-growth necessary for the United States to truly recover. ”The idea that somehow announcing that something’s going to be different about Social Security and Medicare 20 years from now is going to suddenly spur people into a renaissance of investment is unlikely,” Summers said.

        Why not? In the past, Summers explained, the economic upside of fiscal consolidation was that it helped drive down interest rates, spurring growth, as during the Clinton years. Right now, however, interest rates are already at historic lows, and driving them down any further won’t make much of a difference, concluded Summers, who served as Treasury secretary under President Clinton. So while it’s urgently necessary to prevent the sharp, sudden fiscal contraction at the end of the year, that won’t be enough to pull the economy out of the doldrums, Summers said.

        For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/11/larry-summers-deficit-reduction-isnt-enough-to-drive-growth/

    • CR says:

      Let’s Talk About Values

      Published on Sep 14, 2012 by DemRapidResponse

      With Paul Ryan speaking at the 2012 Values Voters Summit, its time to really “Talk About Values”

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      Transcript:

      Paul Ryan will be speaking at the Values Voter Summit

      Let’s talk about values

      Education:

      Student: I was just curious, if elected, what you do in regards to college tuition and making it easier for me and my classmates

      Mitt Romney: The best thing I can do for you, is to tell you to shop around

      Student: I’m a recipient of Pell Grants, I come from a very middle class family, under your plan you cut it by 15% , I was just curious as to why you would cut a grant that goes directly to the middle and lower class people that need it the most

      Paul Ryan: Because Pell Grants have been unsustainable

      President Obama: Education was the gateway to opportunity for me, it was the gateway for Michelle, it was the gateway for most of you. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle class life. No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don’t have the money

      The Auto Industry:

      Mitt Romney: That’s exactly what I said, the headline you read, which said let Detroit go bankrupt

      President Obama: I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they’d never build another American car, and today they can’t build them fast enough because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world

      Vice President Biden: This wasn’t just about cars. It was about the people who built and made those cars, and about the America those people build!

      Medicare:

      Reporter: Ryan has proposed slowing the growth of Medicare and providing future retirees with something like a voucher, to buy private health insurance

      Paul Ryan: You can call it a voucher, whatever you want

      President Obama: I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies

      The DREAM Act:

      Mitt Romney: If I were elected and Congress were to pass the DREAM Act would I veto it and the answer is yes

      Vice President Biden: President Obama believes that even though those DREAMers, those kids didn’t choose to come here, they have chosen to do right by America and it’s time for us to do right by them

      Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

      Bob Schieffer: You actually want to lower taxes on the wealthy, even lower than the Bush tax cuts

      President Obama: I refused to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids, just to pay for another millionaires tax cut

      Vice President Biden: For the values that define us, for the ideals that inspire us, there is only one choice, that choice is to move forward.

    • CR says:

      James Kvaal: Romney’s Misleading Claims on the National Debt

      Published on Oct 2, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      James Kvaal, Policy Director for Obama for America, breaks down Mitt Romney’s misleading claims on the national debt and how President Obama took action to stop this economic free fall inherited from the previous administration.

    • CR says:

      American Energy

      President Obama understands the that prices at the pump, driven by increased world oil prices, are too high and the impact this has on families and businesses on a tight budget. He also knows there’s no silver bullet to bring down the price at the pump. That is why he continues to invest in a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to American energy, increasing the efficiency of the vehicles we drive, investing in advanced technologies and alternative fuels, and expanding responsible domestic oil and gas production.

      Obama Administration’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

      * Develop and secure America’s energy supplies:  We need to deploy American assets, innovation, and technology so that we can safely and responsibly develop more energy here at home and be a leader in the global energy economy.  To get there, we need to:

      1) Expand Safe and Responsible Domestic Oil and Gas Development and Production

      2) Lead the World Toward Safer and More Secure Energy Supplies

      * Provide consumers with choices to reduce costs and save energy:  Volatile gasoline prices reinforce the need for innovation that will make it easier and more affordable for consumers to buy more advanced and fuel-efficient vehicles, use alternative means of transportation, weatherize their homes and workplaces, and in doing so, save money and protect the environment. These measures help families’ pocketbooks, reduce our dependence on finite energy sources and help create good jobs here in the United States.  So, we’re implementing policies that:

      1) Reduce Consumers Costs at the Pump with More Efficient Cars and Trucks

      2) Cut Energy Bills with More Efficient Homes and Buildings

      * Innovate our way to a clean energy future:  Leading the world in clean energy is critical to strengthening the American economy and winning the future.  We can get there by creating markets for innovative clean technologies that are ready to deploy, and by funding cutting-edge research to produce the next generation of technologies.  And as new, better, and more efficient technologies hit the market, the Federal government needs to put words into action and lead by example.  That’s why we need to:

      1) Harness America’s Clean Energy Potential so that 80 percent of electricity will come from clean energy sources by 2035

      2) Win the future through Clean Energy Research and Development

      3) Lead by Example so that the Federal Government models best practices and clean energy technologies

      Read the full Blueprint (pdf).

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      American Energy

      Published on Oct 4, 2012 by whitehouse

      “We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future — an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.” – President Barack Obama, March 15, 2012

    • CR says:

      National Wildlife Federation interview with President Obama on the topic of Conservation

      9/19/12 nwf.org

      The following are President Obama’s unedited responses:

      NWF: Please describe a personal experience or motivation that has shaped the way you value wildlife and America’s great outdoors.

      Obama: I still remember traveling up to Yellowstone as a child, coming over a hill, and suddenly there were just hundreds of deer. I remember seeing bison and Old Faithful for the first time. That trip gave me a sense of just how immense and how grand this country was, and how diverse it was. It gave me a sense of just what it is that makes America special. When I went back to Yellowstone with my daughters, I was not only thinking about their first impression of this wonder, but I was also remembering back to when my grandmother and my mother had shown me this amazing landscape and this amazing country so many years before. That is part of what I believe we have to fight for. We have to make sure that we can bequeath this gift of nature to the next generation. I promise to do everything I can to help protect this amazing planet that we love and this great country that we’ve been blessed with.

      NWF: What steps will you take to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change?

      Obama: Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits. Since taking office I have developed historic fuel efficiency standards that set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles for the first time in history. My administration has made unprecedented investments in clean energy, proposed the first-ever carbon pollution limits for new fossil-fuel-fired power plants, and helped lower the government’s own carbon emissions. The U.S. is importing an average of 2.6 million fewer barrels of oil every day, and our dependence on foreign oil hit a 16-year low. We are also showing international leadership on climate change, reaching historic agreements with both developed and developing countries to reduce emissions. I will continue these efforts to create an economy built to last—investing in clean energy, holding polluters accountable, and reducing the harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.

      NWF: Federal investments in protecting wildlife, clean air and water, and public lands help boost the nation’s economy and represent just 1 percent of overall federal spending, but have suffered severe budget cuts recently in Congress. Conservation investments boost our economy, and America’s outdoor-recreation industry supports more than 6 million jobs and $49 billion in federal tax revenues. Will you work to restore these federal investments?

      Obama: I am committed to protecting our natural resources while creating jobs, preserving habitats, and ensuring that future generations can enjoy our nation’s outdoor heritage. We are taking important steps to restore treasured landscapes that support recreation across the country. We are making the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades, and are helping restore tens of thousands of acres in the Everglades. We are directing additional funding to Gulf Coast restoration to address the decades-long decline in its coastal ecosystems and help improve the natural resources and economy, impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill. We are restoring wetlands and fish habitats in ecosystems across the country, including the Upper Mississippi River basin, Chesapeake Bay, and California Bay-Delta. My administration has fought to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is helping to implement conservation practices on more than 2 million acres of land. These conservation actions protect our cherished natural resources and help restore habitat, open more lands for hunting, fishing and other recreation, and bolster local economies across the country, which is good for communities today, and generations down the line.

      NWF: What steps will you take to enhance the protection of America’s public lands—from national parks and forests to wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management lands—for this and future generations?

      Obama: We’ve got to protect the places that help define who we are as a nation. Places that help attract visitors and create jobs, but that also give something to our kids that is irreplaceable. One of the first laws I signed after taking office was one of the largest expansions of protected wilderness in a generation, protecting more than a thousand miles of rivers and millions of acres of landscapes across the country, and establishing new national parks and trails. And two years ago, we kicked off the America’s Great Outdoors initiative to support conservation projects happening in all 50 states. I’ve designated new national monuments at Fort Monroe and Fort Ord, an action that will not only preserve national landmarks, but help to create jobs and grow the local economy. And my administration is expanding access to public lands so that more Americans have access to spaces where they can cast a rod or teach their children how to hunt. I am committed to ensuring that our public lands and federal treasures are here for all Americans to enjoy our shared national heritage.

      NWF: What will you do to ensure the continued health and recovery of the Great Lakes and other water resources in this country?

      Obama: I am committed to ensuring that our nation’s vast natural resources are used responsibly, and that we maintain healthy oceans and coasts. We kicked off the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades, which is targeting ecological problems such as invasive species, toxic hot spots, polluted runoff from farms and cities and declining wildlife habitat. We are also working tirelessly on an unprecedented effort to halt the spread of Asian carp, which are threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem. Around the country, we have created or enhanced more than 540 public coastal recreation access sites, protected more than 54,000 acres of coastlines and restored over 5,200 acres of coastal habitat. And we are working to ensure the integrity of the waters Americans rely on every day for drinking, swimming and fishing, by supporting initiatives that restore our rivers and watersheds. These investments are revitalizing communities and economies by improving water quality, encouraging water efficiency, and restoring rivers and critical watersheds.

      NWF: Research shows that children today spend an average of just seven minutes in unstructured outdoor play in nature each day, compared with seven and a half hours each day in front of an electronic screen, yielding harmful impacts to their health. What efforts will you undertake to help reverse this trend?

      Obama: Countless Americans enrich their lives and their health by getting active. I am proud of Michelle’s “Let’s Move” initiative. As of this month over 3,800 schools were going the extra mile to promote physical activity and healthy eating and hundreds of communities across America have signed up for Let’s Move Cities and Towns. Through this program, local leaders are bringing “Let’s Move!” to their community and making commitments that make their communities healthier, including increasing the number of safe places for families to play and supporting expansion of playgrounds. As kids become more active, we are increasing their options for outdoor activities. My administration has been working to revitalize a new generation of urban parks, increasing access to open spaces in urban areas. We launched an initiative to increase access to and use of national parks, expand programs that use public lands as outdoor classrooms, and employ thousands of youth to protect and restore our environment and communities. We’re helping to provide children with access to the outdoors and encouraging hands-on learning about nature and conservation. And there is still more that can be done. We need to continue promoting physical activity, and making the outdoors an accessible tool for education and recreation.

      NWF: In light of recent onshore and offshore spills into waters such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Yellowstone River and the Kalamazoo River, what steps will you take to ensure safer and more responsible development of oil and gas?

      Obama: I am committed to making sure that domestic production of natural resources like oil and gas is done in a safe and responsible manner that protects the environment and human health. In response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, we launched the most aggressive and comprehensive reforms to the safety and environmental regulations governing offshore drilling in U.S. history, improving oversight, and putting in place commonsense new safety requirements to prevent a similar disaster from happening again. Heightened safety requirements and considerations are being carefully integrated into all decisions being made about expanded drilling. While some in Congress are irresponsibly advocating for opening up offshore drilling on all U.S. coasts without the proper environmental assessments or infrastructure to respond to spills in place, my administration is working toward a balanced and careful approach to development that accounts for resource potential, environmental concerns, and the social, cultural, and subsistence needs of local communities.

    • CR says:

      democrat-donkey

      Economy has grown the most when Democrats have been in power

      4/09/2012 Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

      Earlier today, I linked to a Goldman Sachs research note arguing that the most fiscally conservative outcome in the 2012 election would be an Obama victory and Republican control of Congress. But their analysis was limited to deficit reduction.

      Last week, JPMorgan looked at this question using a broader lens: what happens to the economy under Democratic and Republican presidents, and Democratic and Republican Congresses?

      The economy has grown the most when Democrats have been in total control of Washington. But, interestingly, it’s grown the least when there’s been a Democratic president and a GOP-controlled Congress–our current scenario. But those are precisely the political conditions under which the stock market tends to perform the best, as well as the scenario that Goldman Sachs believes would lead to the most deficit reduction in 2013.

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      Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/economy-has-grown-the-most-when-democrats-have-been-in-power/2012/04/09/gIQA1VhS6S_blog.html#pagebreak

    • CR says:

      Cherokee Nation chief calls President Obama best president ever for American Indians

      Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker is a delegate at the Democratic National Convention and says the president has kept the promises he made to Indian Country. His mother is one of Oklahoma’s electors who cast votes for president in the Electoral College after the national popular vote.

      By Chris Casteel | Published: September 4, 2012

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is here to help nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, and he doesn’t hold anything back in his praise for the president.

      Obama, Baker said here Tuesday, “is the best president for Indian Country in the history of the United States.”’

      Through the years, Indian tribal chiefs have met a lot of U.S. presidents, but the meetings with Obama have been more than just superficial photo opportunities, Baker said.

      “This president has made promises to Indian Country, and he’s kept them,” Baker said.

      “He is a promise keeper. And that needs to be recognized and rewarded.”

      Baker, who was elected principal chief last year to the largest Indian tribe in the nation, is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention this week

      Read more: http://newsok.com/cherokee-nation-chief-calls-president-obama-best-president-ever-for-american-indians/article/3707011#ixzz25wMfeaf6

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      Chief Bill John Baker on Native Americans, Elizabeth Warren, and the DNC

      Published on Sep 5, 2012 by WatchdogOrg

    • CR says:

      Yeah!

      DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS!


      REPUBLICANS LOOK DOWN AT THE MIDDLE CLASS!

  4. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Mitt Romney on Domestic Policy Issues

    Birth Control – Opposes abortion rights, though he previously supported them; states state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe vs Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court ruling; said he would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood.

    Debt – Promises to cut $500 billion per year from the federal budget by 2016 and to balance it by 2020, but vital specifics are lacking; at same time would increase military spending , reverse $716 billion in Medicare cuts and cut taxes; favors constitutional balanced budget amendment.

    Economy – Lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budget, more trade deals to spur growth replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts; proposes repeal of the law toughening financial – industry regulations after the meltdown that sector.

    Education – Supported federal accountability standards of “No Child Left Behind Law; has said student testing, charter-school incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition “makes sense” though the federal government should have less control of education.

    Energy – Pledges US will become independent to energy sources outside of North America by 2020; supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves, Western Lands, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska to drilling; wants to reduce obstacles to energy development by weakening the EPA’s rules.

    Environment – Says green power has yet to become viable and the causes of climate change are unknown; opposes “ cap and trade” policy that limits emissions; proposes to remove carbon dioxide from lists of pollutants regulated by the  Clean Air Act.

    Gay Rights - Opposes legal recognition of same-sex marriage, says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment; opposes civil unions but says states should decide which rights and benefits should be allowed under those unions; would not seek to restore the ban on openly gay military members.

    Guns- Opposes stricter gun control law; suggested he favors tougher enforcement of existing gun laws; as MA governor, vowed in 2002 to protect the state’s “tough guns laws” and in 2004 signed a MA ban on assault weapons.

    Health Care – Promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act that was modeled after his MA universal health care ; saying that states should drive policy on the uninsured; would expand individual tax-advantaged medical saving accounts and let saving be used for premiums and medical costs. Said that he would make Medicare a voucher system.

    Social Security – Says he would protect the status quo for people 55 and older but , for the next generation of retirees would raise the retirement age for full benefits by one or two years and reduce inflation increase in benefits fot wealthier recipients.

    Taxes – Wants to keep Bush – era tax cuts for all and drop all tax rates by 20 percent ; would curtail deductions, credits, exemptions for the wealthiest, end for individual, end capital gains tax for those Alternative Minimum Tax making below $200,000 , cut corporate tax to 25 percent.

    War – Endorse 2014 end to US combat in Afghanistan, subject to conditions at the time; would increase strength of armed forces, including number of troops and warships, addition almost $100 billion to the defense budget in 2016.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-romney-where-stand-issues-211840370.html

    • CR says:

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      Romney’s New Tax Incentive for Outsourcing U.S. Jobs

      How Romney’s Plan Would Reward Foreign Outsourcing

      By Seth Hanlon | July 16, 2012

      The Washington Post recently reported that some of the companies Mitt Romney’s firm Bain Capital invested in were “pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories.” Even more troubling than his business record is his platform as Republican presidential candidate, which includes a policy that would encourage and further accelerate the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

      The former Massachusetts governor would make U.S. corporations’ overseas profits exempt from U.S. taxes. These profits are already treated favorably under the tax code compared to corporate profits that are earned and reported domestically, creating an inefficient bias toward investment offshore. The favorable treatment of profits that are reported offshore also creates rewards for corporations that shift profits (on paper) out of the United States to foreign countries, including tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

      Romney’s proposed exemption for foreign profits would exacerbate the worst features of our current tax system. It would:

      * Enhance the tax code’s rewards for moving jobs and investments overseas

      * Provide a gratuitous windfall to some of the very companies that have already shifted jobs and profits overseas

      * Further invite the offshore tax haven abuse that deprives the U.S. Treasury of tens of billions of dollars in revenue every year

      For more: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2012/07/hanlon_outsourcing.html/print.html

      • CR says:

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        Mitt Romney, Man Without A Conscience

        AMPAD – July 1992
        With American Pad & Paper (Ampad), Mitt Romney and his partners took a small but successful paper products business and merged it with other companies in the industry, piling up debt as they went. Ultimately, the company was unable to keep up with the interest payments on its debt and was forced into bankruptcy, but not before Romney and his partners were able to squeeze out more than $100 million for themselves.

        Filed for bankruptcy

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        GST Steel – 1993
        Bankruptcy and bailouts
        Kansas City’s GST Steel was a successful company that had been making steel rods for 105 years when Mitt Romney and his partners took control in 1993. They cut corners and extracted profit from the business at every turn, placing it deeply in debt. When the company eventually declared bankruptcy, workers were denied their full pensions and health insurance, and the federal government was forced to step in and bail out the pension fund.

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        Dade – 1994
        Profiting from debt
        With Dade Behring, Mitt Romney and his investors took over a healthy company and loaded it with debt. Rather than sell the company, they then had Dade take out even more loans to buy out their shares, driving the company into bankruptcy. Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs, while Romney and his partners made more than $250 million in profit.

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        Modus Media

        Jobs outsourced to Mexico and China

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        SMEC Company

        Jobs outsourced to Mexico

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        Stage Stores

        Filed for bankruptcy

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        GS Industries

        Filed for bankruptcy

      • CR says:

        Tires

        Published on Sep 17, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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        Mitt Romney:
        “It’s time to stand up to the cheaters.”

        Voiceover:
        “Tough on China? Not Mitt Romney.”

        “When a flood of Chinese tires threatened a thousand American jobs. It was President Obama who stood up to China and protected American workers. Mitt Romney attacked Obama’s decision…said standing up to China was ‘bad for the nation and our workers.'”

        “How can Mitt Romney take on the cheaters when he’s taking their side?”

      • CR says:

        The Cheaters

        Published on Sep 14, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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        Mitt Romney tough on China? Romney’s companies were called pioneers in shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas.

        He invested in firms that specialized in relocating jobs to low wadge countries like China.

        Even today part of Romney’s fortune is invested in China.

        Romney’s never stood up to China. All he’s done is send them our jobs.

      • CR says:

        Romney’s Party Isn’t Fiscally Responsible

        Oct 8, 2012 3:30 PM PT By Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers – bloomberg

        Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he will get the U.S. government’s finances in order and make life better for business. It’s a classic Republican pitch, but to what extent does it correspond to what he might really do as president?

        Not so much, if you believe — as Republicans traditionally do — in the wisdom of markets.

        One way to assess the benefits of Republican presidencies is to look at how markets have responded to them over the years. The most reliable method is an “event study,” which analyzes the response of market prices to rapid shifts in the likelihood of a Republican in the White House. Fortunately, history has blessed us with many such natural experiments.

        Let’s take the 2004 election as a particularly stark case study. In the middle of Election Day, flawed exit-poll numbers suggested that John Kerry would win in a landslide. For the next few hours, financial markets believed that there would be a Democrat in the White House. Then, by late evening, the votes were counted, and it became clear that President George W. Bush, the Republican, had won re-election.

        The incident is a social scientist’s dream. It led financial markets to believe that the country was switching from a Republican to a Democratic administration — a shift in beliefs that was completely unconnected to other factors, such as specific political promises or the state of the economy.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-08/romney-s-party-isn-t-fiscally-responsible.html

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a campaign event on 47 percent of Americans

      5/17/12

      Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a campaign event saying that 47 percent of Americans “who pay no income tax” and “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

      “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. Andy they will vote fro this president no matter what.

      And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about no tax cuts for the rich.

      I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my jobs is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not. “

      5/17/12 Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a private campaign event

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney: Those People

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by DemRapidResponse

      Mitt Romney released a new ad to try and recover after dismissing half of America, but Mitt Romney’s words speak for themselves

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      Transcript:

      Mitt Romney: Too many Americans are struggling to find work in today’s economy

      Romney: I like being able to fire people

      Romney: Too many of those who are working are living paycheck to paycheck

      Romney: I’ll tell you what, ten thousand bucks?

      Romney: President Obama and I both care about poor and middle class families

      Romney: I’m not concerned about the very poor

      Romney: The difference is, my policies will make things better for them

      Romney: And my job is not to worry about those people – I’ll never convince them to take personal responsibility and care for their lives

      Romney: I’m Mitt Romney, and I approve this message

    • CR says:

      Report: Mitt Romney plan leaves 72M uninsured

      10/2/12 7:43 AM EDT By BRETT NORMAN – tpm

      Mitt Romney’s health care plan wouldn’t just insure fewer people than “Obamacare” — it would make the uninsured problem worse than it would have been if the law had never passed, according to a comparison of the two plans released Tuesday morning.

      The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, found that under Romney’s health care plan, the uninsured population would soar to 72 million by 2022 — 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all.

      By contrast, if President Barack Obama’s health care law is fully implemented — including complete state participation in the now voluntary Medicaid expansion — the number of uninsured people would drop from 47.9 million in 2011 to about 27.1 million people in 2022, the report estimated.

      The Commonwealth Fund produces studies that often cast the national health care law in a favorable light, and spotlight the shortcomings of the American health care system compared to other countries.

      The number of insured Americans would rise in every age group under the Affordable Care Act and fall in every group under Romney’s plan, Sara Collins, vice president for Commonwealth’s affordable health insurance program, told reporters in a conference call Monday.

      The report says most of the difference is due to Romney’s plans for Medicaid, which he would turn into block grants, and the expansion of Medicaid that’s planned under the ACA. The gap between those two proposals accounts for about 80 percent of the difference in their impact on the uninsured, according to the analysis.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/81900.html?hp=r2

    • CR says:

      Mandatory

      Published on Oct 2, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Voiceover:

      “Seen the coal miners in these ads? Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney’s rally was ‘mandatory’. Their mine was closed, lost the pay they needed—all to be props in Romney’s commercial.”

      WWVA News Radio 1170, Host David Blomquist:
      “Employees feel they were forced to go, they had to take the day off without pay. They took a roll call. And they had a list of who was there and who wasn’t. And felt that they wouldn’t have had a job if they did not attend.”

    • CR says:

      Who’s likely to be hit by Romney’s deduction cap? The rich and middle-class urbanites.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm Posted by Suzy Khimm – bloomberg

      There’s a lot we still don’t know about Mitt Romney’s idea to cap itemized deductions at $17,000 as a possible way to help pay for his tax cuts. We don’t know what, precisely, it includes. We don’t know if it’s just itemized deductions or, as Romney hinted, it also includes exclusions like health care. We don’t even know if Romney actually supports it. His campaign said it’s just an “illustrative example.”

      But here’s what we do know: Cutting deductions at that level would predominantly target the wealthy, as well as middle-class homeowners in states and urban areas with high property values, says Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

      “This is going to disproportionately hit high-income people,” Williams says. “It is very progressive.” Overall, about 30 percent of all taxpayers itemized their deductions, and they’re more likely to be taxpayers in higher income brackets for two reasons: 1) Wealthier taxpayers are more likely to have deductible expenses from mortgages and charitable contributions; 2) Each tax dollar deducted has greater value when you have a higher tax rate.

      As such, 80 percent of tax savings from itemization goes to the top 20 percent of Americans households, and 25 percent of the savings goes to the 1 percent, Williams explains. Much of those savings come from the mortgage interest deduction, as well as deducting state and local taxes paid, with an average total deduction of $26,344 in 2009, according to a TPC report.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/03/whos-likely-to-be-hit-by-romneys-deduction-cap-the-rich-and-middle-class-urbanites/

    • CR says:

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      Mitt Romney Flip Flops

      I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” Source

      “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” Source

      “I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source

      “I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source

      “I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source

      “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source

      “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source

      “I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source

      “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source

      “I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source

      “I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source

      “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source

      “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source

      “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source

      “I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source

      “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source

      “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source

      “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source

      “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source

      “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source

      “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source

      “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source

      “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source

      “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” Source

      “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source

      “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source

      “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source

      “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source

      “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source

      “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source

      “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source

      “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source

      “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source

      “He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source

      “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source

      “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source

      “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.” Source

      “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source

      “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source

      “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source

      “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source

      ‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source

      “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source

      “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source

      “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source

      “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source

      • CR says:

        Mitt “The Lubricated Weathervane Candidate” Romney’s 18 Flip Flop Positions with Videos. Who is Mitt Romney and Can You Really Trust Him to be Your President?

        Posted: 13 Aug 2012 01:20 PM PDT TiMT

        Crossposted from ThisIsOurTime Blog

        How could one respect a candidate who is always opportunistic and an expert in double talking simply to win an election? I can respect a person who has conviction and dignity with a principle that is grounded even if it is different than my ideology but how could anyone truly think Mitt Romney who engage in over the top veiled deceit and absolute deception is a leader material?

        Mitt Romney has a truth problem and in fact he has said so many things through out his political career, I don’t think he has any position that can define who he really is which is a reason why I personally feel Mitt Romney is a very untrustworthy man. Not so long ago, his former 2012 presidential rival, Gov. John Hunstman called Romney, a “perfectly lubricated weathervane” accusing him of changing positions depending on which direction the wind blows.

        A must see Rachel Maddow program has picked up on Mitt Romney’s misleadership as shown below and I hope the rest of the MSM will catch up with her.

        For more: http://timtpost.com/2012/08/13/mitt-the-lubricated-weathervane-candidate-romneys-18-flip-flop-positions-with-videos-who-is-mitt-romney-and-can-you-really-trust-him-to-be-your-president/

      • CR says:

        Mitt Romney’s Pregnancy Problem
        Mormon women’s recollections of Bishop Romney’s advice raise questions about how moderate he really is

        October 10, 2012 – by Geoffrey Dunn – metro

        THE SUMMER of 1983 was blistering hot in New England. A record heat wave saw temperatures soar toward the 100-degree mark from June well into September. July had been the hottest month ever recorded at Boston’s Logan Airport.

        The region’s beloved Boston Red Sox, full of hope and promise early in spring and claiming first place in the American League East as late as June 1, apparently melted in the heat, losing game after game and tumbling to last place by mid-July, where they were to remain the rest of the season.

        It was also during the sweltering summer of 1983 that the family of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made its celebrated escape from the oppressive New England heat for the cooler climes of Beach O’Pines, Ontario, where the Romney family owns a beachfront cottage in a gated community on the shores of Lake Huron. Prior to departure, Mitt Romney placed the family dog—an Irish setter named Seamus—into a dog carrier and lashed it to the roof of the family’s Chevy station wagon for the 12-hour drive into Canada.

        The infamous dog ride (dubbed the “Seamus incident”) was to become a full-blown issue in the 2012 presidential primaries, as Romney’s chief Republican opponent, Rick Santorum, invoked the incident to attack Romney’s “character.”

        Political cartoonists and late-night comedians had a field day with the story. The incident inspired a New Yorker cover, while the punk band Devo recorded a song entitled, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro.” ABC’s Diane Sawyer, in an interview with Romney during the primaries, dubbed it the “most wounding thing in the campaign so far.”

        A far more ominous tale in the Romney canon also took place that summer, one that has been largely swept under the rug as the former governor of Massachusetts challenges incumbent Barack Obama for the presidency. There have been no songs written about it, no cartoons, no gags on late-night television, no magazine covers.

        It was in August of that year, shortly after the Romney family returned from their vacation to Lake Huron, that a pregnant woman in her late 30s—Carrel Hilton Sheldon—was informed by her doctor that she had a life-threatening blood clot lodged in her pelvic region.

        In treating the clot, Sheldon was administered an overdose of the blood thinner Heparin, an overdose that not only resulted in significant internal bleeding, but also extensive damage to her kidneys, to the point where she was on the verge of needing a transplant. Her life was clearly in peril.

        Sheldon’s doctor advised her that the overdose of Heparin might have also harmed her 8-week-old fetus and, given the possible fatal repercussions to her, he recommended that she abort her pregnancy.

        Sheldon, a mother of four at the time (a fifth child had died as an infant), was then a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), outside of Boston. The LDS leader in Massachusetts at that time, called the “stake president,” was a Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Gordon Williams, and he counseled Sheldon to follow her doctor’s advice to terminate the pregnancy and protect her own life, so that she could continue caring for her four living children.

        “Of course, you should have the abortion,” she recalled him saying.

        According to an account later written anonymously by Sheldon for the LDS women’s journal, Exponent II, it was after receiving this counsel from her Williams supporting the potentially life-saving procedure that she experienced an uninvited visit in her hospital from her Mormon bishop at the time, 36-year-old Mitt Romney, who adamantly opposed the abortion.

        “He regaled me with stories of his sister and her retarded child and what a blessing the child had been to the family,” Sheldon wrote of the incident. “He told me that ‘as your bishop, my concern is with the child.'”

        Mitt Bishop

        Mormon congregations are called “wards” or “branches,” depending on their size. There are no full-time “priests” or “ministers,” as there are in most Protestant and Catholic churches, but rather lay “bishops,” chosen to serve as the spiritual leaders of their wards.

        Larger amalgamations of LDS churches are called “stakes,” and their leaders, also lay members of the church, are called “stake presidents,” something akin, according to the official LDS website, to the position of a bishop in a Catholic diocese.

        By the time of his visit to Sheldon’s hospital room, Romney was a rising star in Mormon circles. In the early 1970s, while completing both his MBA and his law degree at Harvard, he served in his LDS ward as a bishop’s assistant, a religious instructor for teens, and as a “church elder.”

        In 1981, when he was only 34-years-old, he was named bishop of a ward just outside of Boston and was serving in that capacity when he confronted Sheldon about her pending abortion.

        There was no empathy forthcoming from Romney, according to Sheldon, no warmth or sympathy. Moreover, Sheldon contends, Romney cast doubt on her story about the stake president’s approval. He simply didn’t believe her. He threatened to call him and track him down. He didn’t seem to care a lick about her personal well-being.

        “At a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends,” Sheldon wrote, “I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection.”

        For more: http://www.metroactive.com/features/Mitt-Romney-Mormon-pregnancy-counselor.html

    • CR says:

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      Nuns On The Bus

      Catholic Sisters 

      Every hour of each day, Catholic Sisters stand in solidarity with all who live in poverty, and we confront injustice and systems that cause suffering.

      “We cannot stand by silently when the U.S. Congress considers further enriching the wealthiest Americans at the expense of struggling, impoverished families.

      “As part of our campaign for budget fairness we are taking a bus trip. Our bus will travel to places in many states where Sisters actively serve people in need. For they are our best witnesses to the suffering our federal government must not ignore.

      We ask all who visit this website to join us in prayer and to support our work to defeat government actions that would add to the suffering of already struggling families.”

      .

      The Ryan Budget

      The Catholic Sisters are speaking out against the current House Republican budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan that harms people who are already suffering.

      THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD:

      * Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.

      * Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.

      * Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 30 million off health care.

      NETWORK’s Executive Director, Sister Simone Campbell, said in a recent media interview that Catholic Sisters “know the real-life struggles of real-life Americans.”  It is this knowledge that impelled us to organize this bus trip. When the federal government cuts funding to programs that serve people in poverty, we see the effects in our daily work. Simply put, real people suffer. That is immoral. Click on the links below to see how the Ryan budget affects people in your state.

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Illinois

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Indiana

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Iowa

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Michigan

      How the Ryan budget Hurts Ohio

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Pennsylvania

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Virginia

      How the Ryan Budget Hurts Wisconsin

      To learn more about Nuns on the Bushttp://nunsonthebus.com/

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      Catholics For Obama – Biden http://catholicsforobama.blogspot.com/2012/06/nuns-on-bus.html

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      FACT CHECK: PAUL RYAN FALSELY CLAIMS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD FIX THE DEFICIT

      APR 01, 2012 dccc.org

      On CNN State of the Union today, House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) falsely claimed the House Republican budget reduces the deficit, saying, “we put solutions that actually fix the problem.” He also made a similar claim during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, by stating “we’re doing something about” the deficit.

      In reality, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House Republican budget would add $3.1 trillion to the deficit, greater what the deficit would be under current law, while it ends Medicare and raises health care costs for seniors. Ryan’s plan fails to reduce the debt as it gives a $394,000 tax cut for people making over $1 million a year according to the Tax Policy Center.

      FACT CHECK

      Congressional Budget Office: Ryan’s Plan Adds $3.1 Trillion to the Deficit; Adds More to the Deficit than Under Current Law.
      ( The Hill, 3/20/12,/a>)

      Ryan’s Plan Proposes Nearly $10 Trillion in Tax Cuts
      [
      Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/22/12; see also: Tax Policy Center Table T12-0075]

      House Republican Budget Would Give People Making Over $1 Million Per Year a $394,000 Tax Cut
      [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]

      Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil’s Pockets with Senseless Subsidies
      [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

      Tax Expert Called Ryan’s Budget Plan Phony
      [Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/20/12]

      Star-Ledger: Ryan Punts on Deficit Reduction
      [Star-Ledger Editorial, 3/22/12

      Ledger: Ryan’s Budget Simply Isn’t Serious
      [The Ledger Editorial, 3/28/12]

      For the entire article: http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/fact_check_paul_ryan_falsely_claims_republican_budget_would_fix_the_deficit/

  5. CR says:

    Wake the F**K Up (NSFW)

    Published on Sep 27, 2012 by SchlepLabs

    http://WTFU2012.com

    Starring: Samuel L. Jackson
    Directed by: Boaz Yakin and Kitao Sakurai
    Written by: Adam Mansbach
    Produced by: Jesse Schiller
    Executive Producer: Mik Moore

  6. CR says:

    The National to Play Two Get-Out-the-Vote Concerts in Support of Obama Campaign

    October 2, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. By Carrie Battan – POLITICO44

    The National very much want to encourage you to vote. They’ll play two “Gotta Vote” concerts in conjunction with the Obama campaign to “remind everyone how important it is to vote in the November 6th election,” according to their website. Both shows take place in Ohio, a swing state where the voter participation of a bunch of (probably) left-leaning indie kids can make a difference. (Ohio is also the National’s home state.)

    The first show will take place at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus tomorrow, October 3, and the second at the Emery Theater in Cincinnati on Thursday, October 4. In order to gain access to the shows, register here (for Columbus) or here (or Cincinnati), at which point you’ll receive pick-up information. The band will alert fans via Twitter once all the tickets have been distributed.

    Below, watch the band open for President Obama at a rally in Iowa last month, followed by a performance of “Terrible Love” on Pitchfork.tv:

  7. CR says:

    ADP Says U.S. Companies Added 162,000 Workers to Payrolls

    Oct 3, 2012 3:21 PM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Companies added more workers than projected in September, evidence the labor market may be perking up, a private report based on payrolls showed.

    The 162,000 increase in employment followed a revised 189,000 jump in August, figures from Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Employer Services showed today. The median forecast of 38 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 140,000 advance.

    Continued employment gains will help shore up consumer confidence and spending, in turn bolstering economic growth in the U.S. A Labor Department report on Oct. 5 may show private payrolls increased by 128,000 in September and unemployment rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent the prior month, according to the Bloomberg survey median.

    “The U.S. labor market continues to show modest improvement,” Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics LLC. in Austin, Texas, said before the report. “Conditions are more conducive to hiring.”

    Estimates for the ADP employment figures ranged from 90,000 to 190,000 in the Bloomberg survey.

    Over the two years ended August, ADP’s initial release has understated or overstated the Labor Department’s initial private payroll figure by an average of 66,000, according to Bloomberg calculations. The average miss by economists in the Bloomberg survey over the same period was 58,000.

  8. CR says:

    US auto sales stay strong in September

    10/2/12 By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER | Associated Press

    DETROIT (AP) — Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.

    Total U.S. sales rose 13 percent from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. Analysts think sales could hit 14.3 million this year, up from 12.8 million last year.

    Low interest rates, aging vehicles that need replacement and appealing new models are fueling this year’s consistently strong sales, says Jessica Caldwell, an analyst for the Edmunds.com automotive website.
    “That’s a good combination to get people shopping again,” Caldwell says. “That’s really what sells cars.”

    Here’s why auto sales were strong in September:
    — FINANCING. Low-interest loans are easy to get again, now that banks have loosened lending. New car loans carried an average interest rate of 4.05 percent in September, the second-lowest rate after December 2011, according to Edmunds.com, which started collecting data in 2002. People with good credit can get a 2-percent rate from a bank or credit union.

    The cost of some models could fall further if automakers try to undercut each other in the small and midsize car markets, says Tom Libby, lead North American forecasting analyst for the Polk research firm.
    “You have these couple of segments where there’s brutal competition,” Libby says.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-auto-sales-stay-strong-september-204845188–finance.html;_ylt=A2KJjbwCMmxQHBMArAXQtDMD

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney’s idea

      4/28/12 By Brendan Sasso – TheHill

      One of Mitt Romney’s top advisers said Saturday that President Obama’s decision to bailout Chrysler and General Motors was actually Romney’s idea.

      “[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that,” Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, said.

      “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”

      The claim appears to be a shift from Mitt Romney’s November 2008 op-ed in The New York Times, headlined, “Let Detroit go bankrupt.”

      But on Saturday, Fehrnstrom pointed out that in the op-ed, Romney called for a “managed bankruptcy” to get the auto companies back on stable financial footing.

      “The fact that the auto companies today are profitable is because they’ve shed costs,” Fehrnstrom said. “The reason they shed those costs and have got their employee labor contracts less expensive is because they went through that managed bankruptcy process. It is exactly what Mitt Romney told them to do.”

      But during the primary campaign, Romney repeatedly attacked Obama for lending billions of dollars in government money to the auto companies.

      In a February op-ed in The Detroit News, Romney called Obama’s auto bailout “crony capitalism on a grand scale.”

      “The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse,” Romney wrote. “I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

      Lis Smith, an Obama campaign spokeswoman, accused Fehrnstrom of distorting Romney’s record.

      “GM and Chrysler are in existence, creating jobs, and posting some of their most profitable quarters in history today because President Obama bet on American workers,” Smith said in a statement to The Hill. “If Mitt Romney had had his way, the American auto industry and the millions of jobs it supports would cease to exist. Dishonesty and distortions are nothing new for the Romney campaign, but they can’t change this simple fact.”

      Fehrnstrom made the comments during a panel discussion Saturday morning hosted by The Washington Post.

  9. CR says:

    U.S. Mortgage Application Volume Grows 17%

    10/2/12 nasdaq

    The total number of mortgage applications filed in the U.S. last week jumped 17% as mortgage rates dropped to new record lows, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

    The refinance index climbed 20% from the previous week to its highest level since April 2009, according to the MBA’s weekly survey, which covers more than three-quarters of all U.S. retail-residential-mortgage applications. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the purchasing index rose 3.9% from a week earlier, MBA said.

    Record-low interest rates have attracted new buyers and convinced many homeowners to refinance, though potential market participants face tightened credit restrictions.

    “Financial markets continue to adjust to QE3, as the ongoing presence of the Federal Reserve as a significant buyer of mortgage-backed securities applies downward pressure on rates,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Vice President of Research and Economics.

    The share of applications filed to refinance an existing mortgage represented about 83% of total applications, up from 81% in the previous week. Adjustable-rate mortgages made up 4% of activity.

    For more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-mortgage-application-volume-grows-17-20121003-00195

  10. CR says:

    Services in U.S. Expanded More in September Than Forecast

    Oct 3, 2012 By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    The Institute for Supply Management’s index of U.S. non-manufacturing businesses, which covers about 90 percent of the economy, rose to 55.1 in September from the prior month’s 53.7, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today.

    The median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected 53.4. Estimates ranged from 51.5 to 54.7. Readings above 50 signal expansion. The ISM services survey covers industries ranging from utilities and retailing to housing, health care and finance.

    The figures follow Oct. 1 data that showed manufacturing expanded in September for the first time in four months. The ISM factory index climbed to 51.5 from 49.6 a month earlier.

    Companies added more workers than forecast in September, according to a report today from Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Employer Services. The 162,000 gain followed a revised 189,000 rise the prior month that was smaller than initially estimated. The median estimate of 38 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 140,000 advance.

  11. CR says:

    obama_wedding

    Happy 20th Anniversary

    The Obamas were married on October 3, 1992

    • CR says:

      PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA & FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

      • CR says:

        Happy 20th Anniversary Barack and Michelle

        Published on Oct 3, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

        Sign Barack and Michelle’s 20th anniversary card: http://OFA.BO/ewL3tH

        Today is President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary. Take a look as the President and First Lady describe the first moment they met, their first date and their first kiss.

        They share how the little moments keep their love strong and how their family inspires them every day

    • CR says:

      The Obamas Move to the White House – Join Parents for Obama

      Published on Jul 25, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Join Parents for Obama: http://OFA.BO/saSmY1

      First Lady Michelle Obama shares what it was like moving into the White House with two young daughters.

    • CR says:

      Obamas mark 20th wedding anniversary

      10/6/12 8:37 PM EDT By ELIZABETH TITUS – POLITICO44

      The president and first lady celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Saturday night in Washington — without Mitt Romney, Jim Lehrer or a television audience in tow.

      The Obamas went to Bourbon Steak, a restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, around 7:30 p.m., according to a White House pool report.

      It came after their anniversary Wednesday, when the president gave an on-stage nod to his wife before debating the Republican presidential nominee in Denver.

      “There are a lot of points I want to make tonight, but the most important one is that 20 years ago I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me,” the president said in Denver. “And so I just want to wish, Sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people.”

      For more: http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/10/obamas-mark-th-wedding-anniversary-137706.html

  12. CR says:

    Bill Clinton to tout president at UNH

    10/2/12 By Joey Cresta – seacoastonline

    DURHAM — The Obama for America campaign is hoping that former President Bill Clinton brings a credible voice when he stumps for President Barack Obama during Wednesday’s campaign stop at the University of New Hampshire.

    Obama for America — New Hampshire provided additional details about the 42nd president’s upcoming visit as a key surrogate to the current commander in chief. Clinton is expected to deliver a familiar refrain during the grass-roots event at the Lundholm Gymnasium inside the UNH Field House, that voters have a stark choice between Obama’s and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visions for building the economy.

    A campaign official said Clinton will lay out what is at stake for middle-class families in New Hampshire in this election, and contrast Obama’s vision of building the economy from the middle out with Romney’s top-down policies. Clinton’s remarks are expected to elaborate on many of the themes he highlighted during a well-received speech in September at the Democratic National Convention.

    For more: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121002-NEWS-210020346

  13. CR says:

    October 03, 2012

    AACTE, MCEC Join Dr. Jill Biden to Celebrate Milestone for Joining Forces Commitment ‘Operation Educate the Educators’

    More than 100 colleges and universities commit to prepare educators for unique challenges facing military children

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Dr. Jill Biden and Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, along with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), are celebrating a milestone achievement for Joining Forces’ “Operation Educate the Educators.”

    More than 100 colleges and universities have signed on to the Joining Forces commitment that will help prepare educators to lead classrooms and develop school cultures that are more responsive to the social, emotional and academic needs of children in military families. Joining Forces is the national initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden which aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the recognition and support they have earned.

    “As a military mom and as Second Lady, I have heard over and over from military families just how important it is that school be a supportive environment for children. Military children on average attend six to nine different school systems. Through each transition, they are faced with leaving their friends, and adjusting to new schools and new surroundings, all of which can affect a student’s opportunity to achieve academic success,” said Dr. Jill Biden. “As a teacher, this issue is particularly close to my heart. Through Operation Educate the Educators, I know future educators across the country will be better prepared to make a difference in the life of a military child.”

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/03/aacte-mcec-join-dr-jill-biden-celebrate-milestone-joining-forces-commitm

  14. CR says:

    USDA’s Merrigan: Obama Administration Committed To New School Meal Guidelines

    OCTOBER 03, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    By Jerry Hagstrom
    Founding Editor, The Hagstrom Report

    The Obama Administration will stand behind the new school meal nutrition guidelines because they are based on science, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said on Tuesday while also reviewing budget issues at USDA.

    “We feel very strongly our new school food [rules] are backed by science,” Merrigan said in response to a question at the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association public policy conference in Washington.

    Noting that the meals are based on the 2010 dietary guidelines and that USDA’s “My Plate” system recommends that half a meal plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, Merrigan added, “That is where the science is and that’s where this administration is at.”

    The new rules, hailed by First Lady Michelle Obama as a crucial part of the Let’s Move! campaign, require more fruits and vegetables, lean meat and low-fat dairy products and less salt and sugar. In an attempt to deal with childhood obesity, the rules also specify the calorie counts of meals for elementary and high school students.

    Some students have said they are hungry and Republicans have introduced bills in Congress to repeal the rule, which the Agriculture Department wrote to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010. The issue has also been satirized by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart and in a video starring high school students from a tiny district in Kansas, singing to a tune written by their English teacher.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/10/usdas-merrigan-obama-administration.html

  15. CR says:

    Good Wednesday Debate Day! HOPE POTUS buries Mitts!

    Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary to our Wonderful First Couple!

    HOPE you have a good day!

  16. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to grassroots supporters
    University of Nevada – Reno, The Quad, Reno, NV

  17. CR says:

    Jill Biden attends a celebration highlighting the progress made on “Operation Educate the Educators.”
    George Mason University, Fairfax County, VA

    • CR says:

      Joining Forces: “Operation Educate the Educators” Celebration

      Published on Oct 3, 2012 by whitehouse

      Dr. Jill Biden and Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, join the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Military Child Education Coalition for a Joining Forces celebration at George Mason University highlighting progress made on “Operation Educate the Educators.”

      The initiative encourages colleges and universities nationwide to adopt a set of guiding principles that will help better prepare educators to meet the needs of military-connected children. There are currently more than two million military-connected students whose parents are active duty, members of the National Guard or Reserves, or veterans.

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Wednesday and Debate Day, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  19. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle our President, Vice President, their families and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  20. CR says:

    Next Up..

    9:00 PM ET
    First Presidential Debate – Domestic Policy
    President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney
    University of Denver in Denver, CO

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Debates/Events/Pres-Obama-Mitt-Romney-Meet-in-First-Presidential-Debate/10737434292/

    • CR says:

      October 04, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Governor Romney in the First Presidential Debate

      Magness Arena
      University of Denver
      Denver, Colorado

      7:00 P.M. MDT

      MR. LEHRER: Good evening from the Magness Arena at the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado. I’m Jim Lehrer of the PBS News Hour, and I welcome you to the first of the 2012 Presidential Debates between President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.

      This debate and the next three — two presidential, one vice presidential — are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Tonight’s 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the Commission. There will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with 2-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment.

      Thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the Internet and other means. But I made the final selections. And for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the Commission or the candidates.

      The segments, as I announced in advance, will be three on the economy, and one each on health care, the role of government, and governing, with an emphasis throughout on differences, specifics, and choices. Both candidates will also have 2-minute closing statements.

      The audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. No cheers, applause, boos, hisses, among other noisy, distracting things, so we may all concentrate on what the candidates have to say.

      There is a noise exception right now, though, as we welcome President Obama and Governor Romney. (Applause.)

      Gentlemen, welcome to you both. Let’s start with the economy, segment one, and let’s begin with jobs. What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs? You have two minutes — each of you have two minutes to start. A coin toss has determined, Mr. President, you go first.

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Jim, for this opportunity. I want to thank Governor Romney, and the University of Denver for your hospitality.

      There are a lot of points I want to make tonight, but the most important one is that 20 years ago I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me. (Laughter.) And so I just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary, and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. (Laughter.)

      Four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs were lost. The auto industry was on the brink of collapse. The financial system had frozen up. And because of the resilience and the determination of the American people, we’ve begun to fight our way back. Over the last 30 months, we’ve seen 5 million jobs in the private sector created. The auto industry has come roaring back and housing has begun to rise.

      But we all know that we’ve still got a lot of work to do. And so the question here tonight is not where we’ve been, but where we’re going.

      Governor Romney has a perspective that says if we cut taxes skewed towards the wealthy and roll back regulations that we’ll be better off. I’ve got a different view. I think we’ve got to invest in education and training. I think it’s important for us to develop new sources of energy here in America; that we change our tax code to make sure that we’re helping small businesses and companies that are investing here in the United States; that we take some of the money that we’re saving as we wind down two wars to rebuild America; and that we reduce our deficit in a balanced way that allows us to make these critical investments.

      Now, ultimately, it’s going to be up to the voters — to you — which path we should take. Are we going to double down on the top-down economic policies that helped to get us into this mess? Or do we embrace a new economic patriotism that says America does best when the middle class does best? And I’m looking forward to having that debate.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/04/remarks-president-and-governor-romney-first-presidential-debate

      ———–

      First Presidential Debate: Obama vs. Romney (Complete HD)

      Published on Oct 3, 2012 by TheDailyConversation

      President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney discuss domestic policy in the first debate of the 2012 presidential election from Denver, Colorado.

    • CR says:

      Five studies showing Mitt Romney’s tax plan would increase taxes on the middle class. These people can do the math. bit.ly/RdZxV2 – Stephanie Cutter _ obama campaign

    • CR says:

      .@MittRomney has not been able to find any independent economist to validate that he won’t raise taxes on middle class. – Ben Labolt

    • CR says:

      Fact check: Romney ignores the key drivers of the debt that were put in place before President Obama took office. OFA.BO/tZJyFv – @Obama2012

    • CR says:

      FACT: The President’s budget plan includes $2.50 in cuts for every $1 in new revenue; would cut deficit in half by the end of 2014 – Obama 2012

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Social Security and Medicare
      9:52 p.m. ET

      “I want to talk about the values behind Social Security and Medicare … My grandmother, some of you know, helped to raise me. My grandparents died—my grandfather died a while back, my grandmother three days before I was elected president. And she was fiercely independent. She worked her way up, only had a high school education, started as a secretary, ended up being the vice president of a local bank. And she ended up living alone by choice, and the reason she could be independent was because of Social Security and Medicare.

      “She had worked all her life, put in this money, and understood that there was a basic guarantee, a floor under which she could not go. And that’s the perspective I bring when I think about what are called ‘entitlements.’ You know, the name itself implies some sense of dependency on the part of these folks. These are folks who are worked hard, like my grandmother. And there are millions of people out there who are counting on this, so my approach is to say, how do we strengthen the system over the long term?”

    • CR says:

      FACT: Under Obamacare, the average Medicare beneficiary will save approximately $5,000 by 2022. #ForwardNotBack – @LatinosforObama

    • CR says:

      President Obama addresses Mitt Romney on Medicare
      9:59 p.m. ET

      “If you’re 54 or 55, you might want to listen, because this will affect you.

      “The idea, which was originally presented by Congressman Ryan, your running mate, is that we would give a voucher to seniors, and they could go out into a private marketplace and buy their own health insurance.

      “The problem is that because the voucher wouldn’t necessarily keep up with health care inflation, it was estimated that this would cost the average senior about $6,000 a year.”

    • CR says:

      Romney has vowed to repeal Wall Street reform, which would leave American consumers vulnerable and big banks unaccountable. – @truthteam2012

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Wall Street reform
      10:10 p.m. ET

      “The reason we have been in such an enormous economic crisis was prompted by reckless behavior across the board… So what did we do? We stepped in and passed the toughest reforms on Wall Street since the 1930s.

      “… In the past, Governor Romney has said he just wants to repeal [Wall Street reform], roll it back. So the question is does anybody out there think that the big problem we had is that there was too much oversight and regulation of Wall Street? Because if you do, then Governor Romney is your candidate. But that’s not what I believe.”

    • CR says:

      Number of people without health insurance would rise to 72 million under Romney bit.ly/PrDLLt – @AriBerman

    • CR says:

      Romney just said he’d repeal Obamacare. I wonder what he’d do for the young people who now have coverage. #ForwardNotBack – @Students4Obama

    • CR says:

      President Obama on the role of government
      10:24 p.m. ET

      “The first role of the federal government is to keep the American people safe. That’s its most basic function, and as commander in chief, that is something that I have worked on and thought about every single day that I’ve been in the Oval Office.

      “But I also believe that … the federal government has the capacity to help open up opportunity, and create ladders of opportunity, and to create frameworks where the American people can succeed.

      “The genius of America is the free enterprise system … and the fact that people can go out there and start a business, work on an idea, make their own decisions.

      “But as Abraham Lincoln understood, there are also some things we do better together, so in the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said, let’s help to finance the Transcontinental Railroad. Let’s start the National Academy of Sciences. Let’s start land-grant colleges, because we want to give these gateways of opportunity for all Americans. Because if all American are getting opportunity, we’re all going to be better off. That doesn’t restrict people’s freedom, that enhances it.”

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney says insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions: OFA.BO/rUULrB – @truthteam2012

    • CR says:

      FACT: President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative has benefited 22 million students. – @truthteam2012

    • CR says:

      President Obama on investing in education
      10:29 p.m. ET

      “Governor Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers. I do, because I think that that is the kind of investment where the federal government can help. It can’t do it all, but it can make a difference, and as a consequence, we’ll have a better trained workforce, and that will create jobs because companies want to locate in places where we’ve got a skilled workforce.”

    • CR says:

      FACT: The Romney-Ryan budget could slash Pell Grants by about $1,000 for nearly 10 million students. – @Obama2012

    • CR says:

      President Obama on moving our country forward
      10:35 p.m. ET

      “But ultimately, part of being principled and part of being a leader is … being able to describe exactly what it is you intend to do, not just saying I’ll sit down, but you have to have a plan.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s closing statement
      10:49 p.m. ET

      “The question now is how do we build on those strengths. And everything that I’ve tried to do, and everything that I’m now proposing for the next four years in terms of improving our education system or developing American energy or making sure that we’re closing loopholes for companies that are shipping jobs overseas and focusing on small businesses and companies creating jobs in the United States, or closing our deficit in a responsible, balanced way that allows us to invest in our future—all those things are designed to make sure that the American people, their genius, their determination, is channeled, and they have an opportunity to succeed and everybody’s getting a fair shot and … everybody’s doing a fair share and everybody’s playing by the same rules.

      “You know, four years ago, I said that I’m not a perfect man and I wouldn’t be a perfect president … but I also promised that I’d fight every single day on behalf of the American people, the middle class, and all of those driving to get into the middle class. I’ve kept that promise … and if you’ll vote for me, I promise I’ll fight for you just as hard in the second term.”

    • CR says:

      How far we’ve come: A look at the last four years. OFA.BO/yVwmHd #Debate2012 – @Obama2012

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney failed on the facts tonight. CNN’s David Gergen: Romney was “sort of flat out lying.” OFA.BO/RkNb3G – @truthteam2012

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      The Romney campaign’s job math is just as bad as its tax math

      Posted by Ezra Klein on October 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      My colleague Glenn Kessler asked the Romney campaign to substantiate their claim that his policies will create 12 million jobs during his first term. The results were, as the kids say, LOL-worthy.

      One study said a Romney-like tax plan could create 7 million jobs. The only problem? That was over 10 years, not four years. Worse, the study assumed that a Romney-like tax plan would be completely paid for and would happen in an economy at full employment. Neither is likely.

      The next study was a Citigroup Global Markets effort that projected 3 million energy-related jobs. The only problems? It was over eight years, not four. Oh, and it wasn’t evaluating any of Romney’s policies at all. It was actually looking at current trends and policies — which is to say, Obama’s policies.

      Then there’s the 2 million jobs that a 2011 International Trade Commission report estimated we could create if China stopped violating our intellectual property rights. This study wasn’t looking at either Obama or Romney’s policies, and no one thinks that any U.S. president could get Chinese businesses to respect American patents.

      So Romney’s claim of 12 million jobs over four years breaks down to 7 million jobs over 10 years in an economy that’s already at full employment, 3 million jobs over eight years that have nothing to do with any of Romney’s policies, and 2 million jobs if China suddenly became very, very respectful of U.S. intellectual property laws.

      This is a lot of misreading studies to get to a number that’s pretty easy to reach: According to Moody’s Analytics, the economy is set to add 12 million jobs over the next four years anyway. Romney’s goal might sound ambitious, but it’s actually what we expect will happen if policy stays more or less stable over the next few years.

      But rather than say their goal wasn’t actually that ambitious, and they simply planned to not mess anything up, the Romney campaign tried to make it sound ambitious by misusing a bunch of studies.

      This isn’t the first time the Romney campaign has had some trouble getting studies to persuasively prove their point. Their recent white paper and op-ed on the economy either misquoted, selectively quoted, or misread most of the research they mentioned. In fact, it relied heavily on the work of Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff, and Reinhart and Rogoff were so concerned about the misrepresentations that they wrote a whole new paper rebutting the Romney campaign’s arguments.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/16/the-romney-campaigns-job-math-is-just-as-bad-as-its-tax-math/

  21. Kat 4 Obama says:
  22. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:05 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, CO

    1:00 PM
    1:35 PM
    President Obama departs Denver, CO

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA

    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama arrives in Madison, WI

    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama attends a grassroots event
    University of Wisconsin, Bascom Mall, Madison, WI

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:05 PM
    President Obama departs Madison, WI

    7:00 PM
    7:55 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    8:00 PM
    8:05 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  23. CR says:

    I’m Voting Democratic Because I Have A Memory The Music Video

    Published on Jul 13, 2012 by Barry Davis

    Ever since President Obama has taken office, the GOP has created their own version of American history, and people have started believing them. Well, we remember how it really was under Republican leadership.

    Join this campaign, and remind the world how much better we have it now.

  24. CR says:

    World Animal Day

    World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists.

    On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October the 4th with a Blessing for the Animals.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Animal_Day

    • CR says:

      pet_lovers_for_obama.

      DOGS FOR OBAMA

      Pet Lovers for Obama: First Dog rides in, not on cars

      January 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm by Sarah Hinman Ryan, News Research Director – timesunion.com

      Like one of my favorite journalists, New York Times columnist Gail Collins, I just can’t seem to get enough of the Seamus Romney storyline. (For more on Gail’s fixation on Seamus, see here.)

      You know, Seamus, the Romney family dog who literally had the poop scared out of him — and onto the car window — when Mitt made him ride in a crate on top of the car.

      And so I got a good chuckle out of the below photo, tweeted today by David Axelrod, President Obama’s senior campaign strategist, with the caption: “How loving owners transport their dogs.” The tweet was in tandem with the launch of the Pet Lovers for Obama Facebook page.

      How loving owners transport their dogs.
      How loving owners transport their dogs.

    • CR says:

      Romney's dog Seamus

      Romney and Seamus the Dog

      December 21, 2011, 7:09 PM By Neil King Jr. – wsj

      It’s a question that has dogged him for years. Why did Mitt Romney once strap the family dog in its carrier to the roof of the car and then set off on a summer vacation to Canada?

      The story of the family pet, Seamus, appeared in a 2007 Boston Globe piece.

      “As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ‘Dad!’ he yelled. ‘Gross!’ A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

      As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”

      New York Times columnist Gail Collins has famously skewered Mr. Romney for the episode, so much so that some might call it an obsession.

      In an interview ranging from the candidate’s shift to a general election tone to the causes of the financial crisis, The Wall Street Journal asked Mr. Romney to give his side of the Seamus story.

      “Uh…,” Mr. Romney said, clearly at a loss for words. “Love my dog.”

      “That’s all I’ve got for ya,” he added.

      But asked to rebut Ms. Collins’ insinuations that he had been mean to his dog, Mr. Romney said, “Oh please. I’ve had a lot of dogs and love them and care for them very deeply.”

      At which point his aide said: “We’ve gotta get running.”

      Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/12/21/romney-and-seamus-the-dog/

      ———–

      Romney ties his dog to the roof of his car in an airtight kennel?!

      Uploaded by Levernius on Dec 14, 2011
      Mitt Romney admits on Fox News to tying his dog (in an air tight kennel) to the roof of this car for 12 hour hour car ride.

      • CR says:

        Devo-Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)

        Published on Aug 31, 2012 by benravensfan02

        Devo’s Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro,” isn’t meant as a partisan statement — even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.

        “This isn’t a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,” he says. “But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It’s just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don’t feel that Mitt does.”

  25. Kat 4 Obama says:
    • CR says:

      obama-for-muppets

      I AM AN NPR & PBS FAN

    • CR says:

      FIGHT CLUB ELMO: How Elmo prevents budget cuts!

      Uploaded by FAILocracy on Feb 23, 2011

      Republicans want to cut federal funding to PBS and NPR. Elmo isn’t happy. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49651.html

    • CR says:

      Obama: No Need To Defund Public Broadcasting

      Uploaded by whitehousebrief on Mar 11, 2011

      • COS says:

        I am sure Robney really lost some votes tonight when he talked about getting rid of funding for PBS.

    • CR says:

      PBS president: ‘Stunning’ that Big Bird being debated

      10/4/12 12:01 PM EDT By MACKENZIE WEINGER – POLITICO

      PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said Thursday she found it “unbelievable” and “stunning” that Big Bird became a focal point of last night’s debate.

      Kerger told CNN Newsroom’s Carol Costello that Mitt Romney singling out Big Bird and PBS funding (“I like PBS, I love Big Bird … but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China”) was a “stunning moment.” The debate about public broadcasting funding “is not about the budget — it has to be about politics,” Kerger said.

      “With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me, particularly given the fact that at another part of the debate, both candidates talked about the importance of education,” she said. “We’re America’s biggest classroom. We touch children across the country in every home, whether you have books in your home or computer or not, almost everyone has a television set. And so we’re able to bring kids across the country not just enjoyable programs, but programs that help them prepare and get ready for school, with core curriculum in math and science and literacy.”

      Kerger blasted Romney’s entire premise on government funding for PBS, telling Costello that “actually, Big Bird doesn’t get any money from the government.”

      “In fact, the money that comes from the government into the Corporation for Public Broadcasting actually doesn’t even come to PBS, it goes to our member stations. So that is actually what is at risk if, in fact, we are defunded because the money is going to stations across the country,” Kerger said.

      And for some stations in rural areas, she added, cutting government money will mean “those stations will go off the air.”

      “We’re educational television,” she added. “The fact we are in this debate at all, to me, is just incomprehensible.”

      And as for Romney’s “well-rehearsed remark,” Kerger said it just doesn’t stand up to the research she’s seen.

      “The thing that is ironic, though, is that there has been a lot of research done over the last couple of years about public media. In fact, last year, Hart Research and American Viewpoint did some research and found 70 percent of Americans oppose proposals to cut funding of public broadcasting,” Kerger said. “It may have been a well-rehearsed remark, but it doesn’t tie into any research that I have seen about the role that public broadcasting plays in this country or in the hearts and minds of Americans.”

    • CR says:

      gop-against-pbs

      gop-calls-emergency-session-to-defund-npr

      Mean ol’ GOP & Mean Romney wants to do away with NPR & PBS.

    • CR says:

      Big Bird in the crosshairs

      Oct 4, 2012 11:27 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      Fairly early on last night, debate moderator Jim Lehrer asked Mitt Romney about deficit reduction. It’s an issue the Republican talks quite a bit about, but he’s offered no details and presented no plan on how he’d address the problem.

      Romney replied:

      “What things would I cut from spending? Well, first of all, I will eliminate all programs by this test, if they don’t pass it: Is the program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I’ll get rid of it. Obamacare’s on my list.

      “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

      For now, let’s put aside the fact that China only holds about 8% of the nation’s debt, and Romney’s suggestion to the contrary is dishonest. Instead, let’s consider the proposal at face value — Romney intends to lower the deficit, and here are two specific ways he intends to make that happen.

      First, he’ll destroy the Affordable Care Act. In terms of fiscal responsibility, this is insane — “Obamacare” cuts the deficit to the tune of about $109 billion over the next decade. It’s simply incoherent to say you’ll cut the deficit by eliminating a law, which would in turn increase the deficit. That’s like promising to put out a fire by using more kerosene.

      Second, he’ll cut off the Public Broadcasting System. How much does PBS get from Congress? In the most recent budget, $444 million. That’s “million” with an “m.” The deficit is $1.1 trillion with a “t.” PBS, in other words, is a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the federal budget.

      There’s a very strong case to be made it’s in the nation’s interest to keep PBS intact, but even if we overlook the merit of the system, claiming we can balance the budget this way is plainly ridiculous.

    • CR says:

      PBS CEO: We are America’s biggest classroom

      Published on Oct 4, 2012 by CNN

      PBS CEO Paula Kerger stunned at PBS funding mention during debate in light of the big issues facing the country.

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney: Protect Big Oil, Fire Big Bird

      Published on Oct 5, 2012 by DemRapidResponse

      New DNC Video – Mitt Romney: Protect Big Oil, Fire Big Bird

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  26. COS says:

    Hey /CR and friends. Romney told enough lies tonight to fill a room. He acted like the bully who threw the young man on the floor and cut his hair. All of the folks who are saying he won, need to step back and ask themselves if it is more important to be the loudest person in the room with lies and flip flops or the calm, honest, substantive, factual candidate? I will take the latter anyday. This so-called victory for Robney will be short lived. As someone said, the Obama camp are already preparing ads from the lies he told tonight.

  27. CR says:

    UPDATE 1-U.S. retailers’ September sales up before holiday rush

    Chain Store GuideTrusted Retail and Restaurant Industry Data for B2B Leads. ChainStoreGuide.com/MoreLeads

    * Same-store sales seen up 3.6 percent at 17 chains

    * Sales from Costco, Limited, Zumiez top expectations

    * Macy’s, Target sales miss analysts’ forecasts

    8:01 a.m. CDT, October 4, 2012 By Jessica Wohl – Reuters

    Oct 4 (Reuters) – September sales at U.S. retailers looked
    solid, not stellar, on Thursday as shoppers finished up their
    back-to-school buying and put the brakes on more big spending
    before the holiday season.

    While higher gasoline prices and uncertainty about the
    upcoming election may weigh on shoppers’ minds, consumer
    sentiment has ticked higher, hitting a four-month peak in
    September.

    Retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp,
    Victoria’s Secret operator Limited Brands Inc and teen
    chain Zumiez Inc posted bigger-than-expected gains in
    September sales at stores open at least a year.

    Target Corp and Macy’s Inc posted same-store
    sales increases that missed analysts’ expectations.

    For more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/sns-rt-usa-retailsales-update-1l1e8l44w6-20121004,0,7086995.story

  28. CR says:

    Romney Tax Plan Needs Growth to Add Up: Reality Check

    October 04, 2012 By Bloomberg News

    President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney made competing assertions in their debate last night in Denver. How did they square with the facts?

    Romney’s Tax Plan
    The Claim: Romney’s tax plan can’t add up, Obama said. “It’s math,” he said. “It’s arithmetic.”

    The Background: Romney has proposed reducing income tax rates by 20 percent and eliminating the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. He says his plan would boost growth, while avoiding an expansion of the federal budget deficit because he would curtail deductions, exemptions and credits. He also says there are enough tax breaks for top earners that he would eliminate to avoid shifting the burden to the middle class.

    The Facts: Romney’s tax plan can’t add up under congressional budget-scoring rules that don’t let him assume that economic growth will generate higher tax revenue.

    Obama’s argument rests on an August analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington. That group sought to see if it was simultaneously possible to meet all of Romney’s principles: Cut tax rates, avoid shifting the tax burden to the middle class, don’t increase the budget deficit, and keep tax benefits for savings and investment.

    The study found that, in 2015, $86 billion of the tax burden would be shifted to the middle class to keep the plan from increasing the deficit.

    Romney’s advisers contested that analysis. They maintain they would consider some changes that the Tax Policy Center kept off the table, such as the tax exemption for municipal bonds. Those changes make the plan more arithmetically possible, though still politically difficult. Romney’s campaign hasn’t provided enough detail about what he’s proposing for deductions and exemptions to be able to analyze it completely.

    Romney said in the debate that his plan wouldn’t cut enough tax breaks to offset all of his tax cuts. Economic growth, he said, would be generated by his tax plan and make up the difference. He hasn’t specified how much.

    Congressional budget-scoring rules are conservative about anticipated growth from tax cuts because economists disagree over how much they spur the economy. If Romney’s plan goes to Congress, where those rules apply, it wouldn’t add up.

    Medicare Vouchers
    The Claim: Obama said that Romney’s Medicare plan “is that we would give a voucher to seniors, and they could go out in the private marketplace and buy their own health insurance.”

    Background: Romney says on his website that he would reform Medicare as a “premium support” system, in which a “fixed- amount benefit” is provided to people over age 65 that they can use to purchase insurance. His plan would not affect anyone over age 55, he says. Those individuals would continue to be covered by Medicare as it is today.

    The Facts: Obama over-simplified Romney’s plan. The term “voucher” suggests that seniors would receive a coupon or check to purchase insurance on their own. While Romney’s Medicare plan lacks detail, his campaign says that’s not what he intends. Instead, seniors would select among private plans vetted and approved by the government, similar to the way health insurance exchanges will work under Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The plans would have to cover at a minimum “what Medicare provides today,” Romney’s website says, and traditional Medicare would remain as a choice. The government’s premium subsidy would be sent directly to the plan a beneficiary selects. Seniors and disabled people on Medicare could wind up paying more out of pocket if the plans’ premiums grow faster than the government’s subsidy, and traditional Medicare might not remain an affordable option if it attracts older, less healthy beneficiaries than the private plans, driving up costs.

    For more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-03/romney-tax-plan-needs-growth-to-add-up-reality-check

  29. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Advanced for a Sixth Consecutive Week

    Oct 4, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. climbed for a sixth straight week, the longest upswing since the end of 2005 into early 2006, as Americans grew more secure about their finances.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose in the week ended Sept. 30 to minus 36.9, a three-month high, from minus 39.6 in the previous period. The pickup also included less pessimism among households in their views on the buying climate and the economy.

    Americans are feeling a bit more optimistic given the strong increase in equity prices, the modest bounce in home prices and the paring down of debt,” said Joseph Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York.

    Fifty percent of those surveyed had “positive” views of their finances, the most since July and a sign consumers will maintain their pace of spending.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-04/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-advanced-for-a-sixth-consecutive-week.html

  30. CR says:

    Mitt Romney’s Debate Performance: “Mostly Fiction”

    Published on Oct 4, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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    The results are in: Mitt Romney played fast and loose with the facts.

    • CR says:

      10 Pieces Of Proof That Mitt Romney Thinks You’re Stupid

      Posted on October 4, 2012 by Angie – MoveOn.org

      He talked a great game during the first debate. But as Think Progress revealed, a lot of it was just bald-faced lying. Here are 10 of the worst:

      1) “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.” A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney’s proposal for a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut in all federal income tax rates, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, eliminating the estate tax and other tax reductions, would reduce federal revenue $480 billion in 2015. This amount to $5 trillion over the decade.

      2) “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people.” If Romney hopes to provide tax relief to the middle class, then his $5 trillion tax cut would add to the deficit. There are not enough deductions in the tax code that primarily benefit rich people to make his math work.

      3) “The president’s put it in place as much public debt — almost as much debt held by the public as all prior presidents combined.” This is not even close to being true. When Obama took office, the national debt stood at $10.626 trillion. Now the national debt is over $16 trillion. That $5.374 trillion increase is nowhere near as much debt as all the other presidents combined.

      4) “What we do have right now is a setting where I’d like to bring money from overseas back to this country.” Romney’s plan to shift the country to a territorial tax system would allow corporations to do business and make profits overseas without ever being taxed on it in the United States. This encourages American companies to invest abroad and could cost the country up to 800,000 jobs.

      5) “I want to take that $716 billion you’ve cut and put it back into Medicare…. But the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of Obamacare is, in my opinion, a mistake. There’s that number again. Romney is claiming that Obamacare siphons off $716 billion from Medicare, to the detriment of beneficiaries. In actuality, that money is saved primarily through reducing over-payments to insurance companies under Medicare Advantage, not payments to beneficiaries. Paul Ryan’s budget plan keeps those same cuts, but directs them toward tax cuts for the rich and deficit reduction.

      6) “What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare.” Here is how Romney’s Medicare plan will affect current seniors: 1) by repealing Obamacare, the 16 million seniors receiving preventive benefits without deductibles or co-pays and are saving $3.9 billion on prescription drugs will see a cost increase, 2) “premium support” will increase premiums for existing beneficiaries as private insurers lure healthier seniors out of the traditional Medicare program, 3) Romney/Ryan would also lower Medicaid spending significantly beginning next year, shifting federal spending to states and beneficiaries, and increasing costs for the 9 million Medicare recipients who are dependent on Medicaid.

      7) “Well, I would repeal and replace it. We’re not going to get rid of all regulation. You have to have regulation. And there are some parts of Dodd-Frank that make all the sense in the world.” Romney has previously called for full repeal of Dodd-Frank, a law whose specific purpose is to regulate banks. MF Global’s use of customer funds to pay for its own trading losses is just one bit of proof that the financial industry isn’t responsible enough to protect consumers without regulation.

      8) “But I wouldn’t designate five banks as too big to fail and give them a blank check. That’s one of the unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank… We need to get rid of that provision because it’s killing regional and small banks. They’re getting hurt.” The law merely says that the biggest, systemically risky banks need to abide by more stringent regulations. If those banks fail, they will be unwound by a new process in the Dodd-Frank law that protects taxpayers from having to pony up for a bailout.

      9) “I like the way we did it [health care] in Massachusetts…What were some differences? We didn’t raise taxes.” Romney raised fees, but he can claim that he didn’t increase taxes because the federal government funded almost half of his reforms.

      10) “Preexisting conditions are covered under my plan.” Only people who are continuously insured would not be discriminated against because they suffer from pre-existing conditions. This protection would not be extended to people who are currently uninsured.

    • CR says:

      Fact Check: Romney Told 27 Myths in 38 Minutes During the Debate

      Romney won praise for his performance but only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.

      October 4, 2012 Think Progress / By Igor Volsky

      Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama’s policies and accomplishments. But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers. He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths:

      1) “[G]et us energy independent, North American energy independent. That creates about 4

      2) “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.”

      3) “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people.”

      4) “My — my number-one principal is, there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. I want to underline that: no tax cut that adds to the deficit.”

      5) “I will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. I will lower taxes on middle-income families. Now, you cite a study. There are six other studies that looked at the study you describe and say it’s completely wrong.”

      6) “I saw a study that came out today that said you’re going to raise taxes by $3,000 to $4,000 on middle-income families.”

      7) “And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America’s workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate….97 percent of the businesses are not — not taxed at the 35 percent tax rate, they’re taxed at a lower rate. But those businesses that are in the last 3 percent of businesses happen to employ half — half of all the people who work in small business.”

      8) “Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half.”

      9) “The president’s put it in place as much public debt — almost as much debt held by the public

      10) “That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses said your plan will kill 700,000 jobs. I don’t want to kill jobs in this environment.”

      11) “What we do have right now is a setting where I’d like to bring money from overseas back to this country.”

      12) “I would like to take the Medicaid dollars that go to states and say to a state, you’re going to get what you got last year, plus inflation, plus 1 percent, and then you’re going to manage your care for your poor in the way you think best.”

      13) “I want to take that $716 billion you’ve cut and put it back into Medicare…. But the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of Obamacare is, in my opinion, a mistake.

      14) “What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare.”

      15) “Number two is for people coming along that are young, what I do to make sure that we can keep Medicare in place for them is to allow them either to choose the current Medicare program or a private plan. Their choice. They get to choose — and they’ll have at least two plans that will be entirely at no cost to them.”

      16) “And, by the way the idea came not even from Paul Ryan or — or Senator Wyden, who’s the co-author of the bill with — with Paul Ryan in the Senate, but also it came from Bill — Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.”

      17) “Well, I would repeal and replace it. We’re not going to get rid of all regulation. You have to have regulation. And there are some parts of Dodd-Frank that make all the sense in the world.”

      18) “But I wouldn’t designate five banks as too big to fail and give them a blank check. That’s one of the unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank… We need to get rid of that provision because it’s killing regional and small banks. They’re getting hurt.”

      19) “And, unfortunately, when — when — when you look at Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office has said it will cost $2,500 a year more than traditional insurance. So it’s adding to cost.”

      20) “[I]t puts in place an unelected board that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don’t like that idea.”

      21) “Right now, the CBO says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year. And likewise, a study by McKinsey and Company of American businesses said 30 percent of them are anticipating dropping people from coverage.”

      22) “I like the way we did it [health care] in Massachusetts…What were some differences? We didn’t raise taxes.”

      23) “It’s why Republicans said, do not do this, and the Republicans had — had the plan. They put a plan out. They put out a plan, a bipartisan plan. It was swept aside.”

      24) “Preexisting conditions are covered under my plan.”

      25) “In one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world. Now, I like green energy as well, but that’s about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.”

      26) “I think about half of [the green firms Obama invested in], of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.”

      27) “If the president’s reelected you’ll see dramatic cuts to our military.”

      For the entire article: 27) “If the president’s reelected you’ll see dramatic cuts to our military.”
      Fact Check: Romney Told 27 Myths in 38 Minutes During the Debate

      Romney won praise for his performance but only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers.

      October 4, 2012 Think Progress / By Igor Volsky

      Pundits from both sides of the aisle have lauded Mitt Romney’s strong debate performance, praising his preparedness and ability to challenge President Obama’s policies and accomplishments. But Romney only accomplished this goal by repeatedly misleading viewers. He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths:

      1) “[G]et us energy independent, North American energy independent. That creates about 4

      2) “I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.”

      3) “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people.”

      4) “My — my number-one principal is, there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. I want to underline that: no tax cut that adds to the deficit.”

      5) “I will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. I will lower taxes on middle-income families. Now, you cite a study. There are six other studies that looked at the study you describe and say it’s completely wrong.”

      6) “I saw a study that came out today that said you’re going to raise taxes by $3,000 to $4,000 on middle-income families.”

      7) “And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America’s workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate….97 percent of the businesses are not — not taxed at the 35 percent tax rate, they’re taxed at a lower rate. But those businesses that are in the last 3 percent of businesses happen to employ half — half of all the people who work in small business.”

      8) “Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half.”

      9) “The president’s put it in place as much public debt — almost as much debt held by the public

      10) “That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses said your plan will kill 700,000 jobs. I don’t want to kill jobs in this environment.”

      11) “What we do have right now is a setting where I’d like to bring money from overseas back to this country.”

      12) “I would like to take the Medicaid dollars that go to states and say to a state, you’re going to get what you got last year, plus inflation, plus 1 percent, and then you’re going to manage your care for your poor in the way you think best.”

      13) “I want to take that $716 billion you’ve cut and put it back into Medicare…. But the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of Obamacare is, in my opinion, a mistake.

      14) “What I support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to Medicare.”

      15) “Number two is for people coming along that are young, what I do to make sure that we can keep Medicare in place for them is to allow them either to choose the current Medicare program or a private plan. Their choice. They get to choose — and they’ll have at least two plans that will be entirely at no cost to them.”

      16) “And, by the way the idea came not even from Paul Ryan or — or Senator Wyden, who’s the co-author of the bill with — with Paul Ryan in the Senate, but also it came from Bill — Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.”

      17) “Well, I would repeal and replace it. We’re not going to get rid of all regulation. You have to have regulation. And there are some parts of Dodd-Frank that make all the sense in the world.”

      18) “But I wouldn’t designate five banks as too big to fail and give them a blank check. That’s one of the unintended consequences of Dodd-Frank… We need to get rid of that provision because it’s killing regional and small banks. They’re getting hurt.”

      19) “And, unfortunately, when — when — when you look at Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office has said it will cost $2,500 a year more than traditional insurance. So it’s adding to cost.”

      20) “[I]t puts in place an unelected board that’s going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don’t like that idea.”

      21) “Right now, the CBO says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year. And likewise, a study by McKinsey and Company of American businesses said 30 percent of them are anticipating dropping people from coverage.”

      22) “I like the way we did it [health care] in Massachusetts…What were some differences? We didn’t raise taxes.”

      23) “It’s why Republicans said, do not do this, and the Republicans had — had the plan. They put a plan out. They put out a plan, a bipartisan plan. It was swept aside.”

      24) “Preexisting conditions are covered under my plan.”

      25) “In one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world. Now, I like green energy as well, but that’s about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.”

      26) “I think about half of [the green firms Obama invested in], of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business. A number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.”

      27) “If the president’s reelected you’ll see dramatic cuts to our military.”

      For the entire article: 27) “If the president’s reelected you’ll see dramatic cuts to our military.”

  31. CR says:

    Good Thursday morning everyone. I HOPE that you have a good day.

  32. CR says:

    12:05 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, CO

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Pres-Obama-Campaign-Rally-in-Denver/10737434626/

    • CR says:

      October 04, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Denver, CO

      Sloan’s Lake Park
      Denver, Colorado

      10:30 A.M. MDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Colorado! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Denver! (Applause.) Can everybody please give Lily a big round of applause for the great introduction. (Applause.) We’ve got so many dignitaries I can’t name them all. But we’ve got your outstanding senators in the house. (Applause.) Your terrific members of Congress are here. (Applause.) Got our campaign co-chairs. Got Will.I.Am. (Applause.) Most importantly, we’ve got all of you. (Applause.) Even though you had to get the winter coats out a little quicker than you expected. (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: (Laughter.) I love you back. (Applause.)

      Now, the reason I was in Denver, obviously, is to see all of you, and it’s always pretty. (Laughter.) But we also had our first debate last night. (Applause.) And when I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. (Laughter.) But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney — because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that. (Laughter.)

      The real Mitt Romney said we don’t need any more teachers in our classrooms.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE PRESIDENT: Don’t boo — vote. (Laughter and applause.)

      But the fellow on stage last night, he loves teachers — can’t get enough of them. (Laughter.) The Mitt Romney we all know invested in companies that were called “pioneers” of outsourcing jobs to other countries. But the guy on stage last night, he said that he doesn’t even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing — he’s never heard of them. Never heard of them. Never heard of tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. He said that if it’s true, he must need a new accountant. (Laughter.)

      Now, we know for sure it was not the real Mitt Romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. (Laughter.) So you see, the man on stage last night, he does not want to be held accountable for the real Mitt Romney’s decisions and what he’s been saying for the last year. And that’s because he knows full well that we don’t want what he’s been selling for the last year. (Applause.) So Governor Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be President, you owe the American people the truth. (Applause.)

      So here’s the truth: Governor Romney cannot pay for his $5 trillion tax plan without blowing up the deficit or sticking it to the middle class. That’s the math. We can’t afford to go down that road again. We can’t afford another round of budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy. We can’t afford to gut our investments in education or clean energy or research and technology. We can’t afford to roll back regulations on Wall Street, or on big oil companies or insurance companies. We cannot afford to double down on the same top-down economic policies that got us into this mess. That is not a plan to create jobs. That is not a plan to grow the economy. That is not change — that is a relapse. (Applause.) We don’t want to go back there. We’ve tried it, it didn’t work. And we are not going back, we are going forward. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/04/remarks-president-campaign-event-denver-co

  33. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a grassroots event
    Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA

  34. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle our President, Vice President, their families and the Nation

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  35. CR says:

    4:40 PM ET
    President Obama attends a grassroots event
    University of Wisconsin, Bascom Mall, Madison, WI

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

  36. CR says:

    Elections 2012: High Stakes for Wildlife

    A small number of votes on Capitol Hill could decide the outcome of some big conservation and environmental issues in the coming months

    09-19-2012 // By Jeremy Symons and Adam Kolton – nwf.org

    THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL AND CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS will have far-reaching consequences for America’s wildlife. Policy and funding decisions made in Congress and by federal agencies in the months to come will shape the fate of key wildlife habitat and the environment from coast to coast.

    At a time when elected officials should be uniting to promptly tackle the serious threats facing the nation’s wildlife, lawmakers have become more divided than ever. The past two years have seen an unprecedented tug-of-war between those who think we aren’t doing enough to conserve habitat and our environment, and those who think we have gone too far.

    Since 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted more than 280 times to weaken clean air, clean water and wildlife protections. Many of these measures were designed to halt progress being made to safeguard wildlife by the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal entities. Because of opposition from Congress, the president or both, few of these bills have become law. More often than not, only a handful of votes on Capitol Hill determined whether or not the measures passed, which is why the upcoming elections are especially important for the future of wildlife.

    As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the National Wildlife Federation is not permitted by law to endorse, support or oppose candidates for public office. However, we can provide information to help you make informed decisions.

    Following is NWF’s take on some key conservation issues at stake as voters go to the polls on November 6:

    Budget

    America’s Waters

    Endangered Species

    Climate and Energy

    Great Western Landscapes

    Kids and Nature

    For the entire article: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2012/Elections-2012-and-Wildlife.aspx

  37. CR says:

    As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Reemerges

    October 7, 2012 NPR

    “Simpson Bowles,” the name of the much-touted plan to rein in the national debt, rang out repeatedly during Wednesday’s presidential debate. Host Rachel Martin speaks with former Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, to see what they make of the candidates’ plans for spending cuts and tax reforms.

    RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

    This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I’m Rachel Martin. Simpson Bowles – the names flew by eight times without explanation during Wednesday’s presidential debate. Google reported that Simpson Bowles was among the most searched-for terms online that night. The reference was to Republican elder statesman Alan Simpson and his Democratic counterpart Erskine Bowles. The two headed a 2010 commission on the national debt. The commission’s proposals never went to Congress for a vote. But now, the nation is facing the threat of the so-called fiscal cliff next year when automatic spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect. So, Washington policymakers are taking another look at Simpson Bowles. And the two gentlemen are making the rounds on Capitol Hill trying again to gin up support for their plan. Senator Simpson and Mr. Bowles join me now to talk about what they’re hearing from lawmakers and from President Obama and Mitt Romney. Welcome to the program.

    SENATOR ALAN SIMPSON: Thank you.

    ERSKINE BOWLES: Thank you so much.

    MARTIN: So, both candidates now talking about embracing parts of this plan. I’d like to hear from both of you – first Mr. Bowles – which candidate’s deficit reduction proposal comes closer to what you have both recommended.

    BOWLES: Well, you know, I think it’s fair to say that neither plan, you know, embraces the total of what we have recommended. We recommend one dollar of revenue and three dollars of spending cuts to get a $4 trillion deficit reduction package. Of the two plans, the only one that is a balanced plan is the one presented by President Obama. I will say that, you know, while he has revenue in his plan, the way he achieves that revenue is not what either Al or I or anyone on our commission felt was the best way to do it, the best way to make American globally competitive. Governor Romney, on the other hand, doesn’t have any revenue in his proposal. He actually increases spending on defense by about two trillion dollars.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/07/162461953/as-fiscal-cliff-nears-simpson-bowles-reemerges

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