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

Denver, Colorado


10/3/12 Presidential Debate Viewed By 67.2 Million 


President Obama on the Issues



US Supreme Court Cases


US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the United States. It has ultimate (but largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. The Court, which meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate.

A term of the Supreme Court commences on the first Monday of each October, and continues until June or early July of the following year. Each term consists of alternating periods of approximately two weeks known as “sittings” and “recesses.” Justices hear cases and deliver rulings during sittings; they discuss cases and write opinions during recesses.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Supreme_Court


Federal Judiciary Oaths

In the United States, federal judges are required to take two oaths. The first oath is this:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (office) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. [So help me God.]

The second is the same oath that members of Congress take:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]

Federal statute specifically says that the latter oath “does not affect other oaths required by law.”


The Supreme Court: Justices

The Supreme Court is made up of nine Justices. One of these is the Chief Justice. They are appointed by the President and must be approved by the Senate. Once a person has been approved by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, s/he remains in the job for life. The only way a Justice may leave the job is to resign, retire, die, or be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. No Justice has ever been removed by impeachment. There are no official qualifications in order to become a Justice, although all have been trained in the law and most pursued legal and political careers before serving on the Court. Several justices served as members of Congress, governors, or members of the Cabinet. One president, William Howard Taft, was later appointed chief justice.


Justices of the Supreme Court:

Hon. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. (age: 57, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Antonin Scalia (age: 76, apptd by R Regan)
Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy (age: 76, apptd by R Regan)
Hon. Clarence Thomas (age: 64, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age: 79, apptd by B Clinton)
Hon. Stephen G. Breyer (age: 74, apptd by B Clinton)
Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Jr. (age: 63, apptd by GW Bush)
Hon. Sonia Sotomayor  (age: 58, apptd by B Obama)
Hon. Elena Kagan (age: 52, apptd by B Obama)

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For More US Supreme Court Oral Arguments: http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/oral_arguments.aspx

President Obama put two new Supreme Court justices on the bench — Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who bring rich and diverse experience to the Court


Conservative Scholars Bullish That A Romney Supreme Court Could Reverse Longstanding Liberal Jurisprudence

OCTOBER 26, 2012, 6:51 AM SAHIL KAPUR – tpm
A potential Mitt Romney presidency carries huge implications for the Supreme Court that have conservatives excited and progressives fearful about the future.

Liberal-leaning Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, and Steven Breyer, 74, are likely candidates for retirement during a Romney administration, the GOP nominee has vowed to appoint staunch conservatives, and the influential conservative legal community will make sure he follows through.

Replacing even one of the liberal justices with a conservative, legal scholars and advocates across the ideological spectrum agree, would position conservatives to scale back the social safety net and abortion rights in the near term. Over time, if a robust five-vote conservative bloc prevails on the court for years, the right would have the potential opportunity to reverse nearly a century of progressive jurisprudence.

For all those reasons, conservative legal activists anticipate that a Romney win would be the culmination of their decades-long project to remake the country’s legal architecture.

For more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/mitt-romney-supreme-court.php?ref=fpnewsfeed


If you want a US Supreme court that consists of  judges that reflect the rich diversity of America then ELECT DEMOCRAT PRESIDENTS!!!

2012 Presidential Candidates on the Issues



Mitt Romney

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.

China- He said he would formally declare China a currency manipulator and would get tougher with China on human rights, religious freedom and intellectual property rights; wants more military capabilities in the Pacific to counter Beijing’s growing influence in East Asia. His company, Bain Capital shipped American jobs overseas to counties like China.

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.

Immigration – Favors US – Mexico border fence; opposes education benefits to illegal immigrants; opposes offering legal status to illegal immigrants who attend college, but would do so for those who serve in the military; would establish an immigration – status verification system for employers.

Mideast- Appears to present a clearer US military threat to Iran; has spoken in favor of coveret action by the US in Syria but not military invervention; said “”Palestinians do not want peace and are committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”

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.

Terrorism – Says foreign terrorism suspects should have no constitutional rights; in 2007 refused to rule out use of waterboarding to interrogate terrorist suspects; his campaign has said he doe not consider waterboarding to be torture. Said that Russia is the current biggest threat to the US.

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.




.President Barack Obama

Birth Control – Pro-Choice; believes in women’s right to choose.

China – Opposes citing China as a currency manipulator, which could lead to broad trade sanctions, instead pressing the matter through diplomacy and aggressively burnt unfair-trade cases to the WTO.

Debt – Promises to cut deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years, a goal that will require Congress to raise the capital gains tax, boost a taxes on households earning more than $250,000 a year, impose a minimum 30 percent tax on incomes above $1million.

Economy – Term marked by high unemployment, a deep recession that began in the previous administration and gradual recovery; responded to recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan, expanded auto bailout begun under Bush; inherited and carried forward Wall Street bailout.

Education – Has approved waivers freeing states from the most onerous requirements of the Bush – era ‘No Child Left Behind‘ law; “ Race to the Top’ competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursing education policies Obama supports.

Energy – Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall; achieved historic increases in fuel economy standards expect to save money at the pump while raising the code of new vehicles.

Environment – Achieved regulations on – heat-tapping gases blamed for global warming and on mercury pollution from power plants; spent heavily on green energy and has embraced nuclear power as a clean source; failed to persuade a Democratic congress tin 2009 to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions.

Gay Rights- Supports legal recognition of same- sex marriage; achieved repeal of the military ban on openly gay members; has not achieved repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Guns – Has not pushed for stricter gun laws as president; signed laws letting people carry concealed weapons in national parks and in checked bags on Amtrak trains; voices support for renewed ban on assault-type weapons; previously backed stronger gun controls.

Health Care – Achieved landmark overhaul with the Affordable Care Act
including a Medicaid expansion and a mandate for almost everyone to obtain insurance; under the law, insurers may not deny coverage to people with pre-existing illness, tax credits will subsidize premiums, people can seek insurance in new marks and young adults can stay on their parent’s health care plan until age 26.

Immigration – Issued directive that immigrants brought illegally to the US as children be exempted from deportation and granted work permits if they apply; has failed to deliver on promised immigration overhaul but says he is still committed to it.

Mideast – Opposes near-term military strike on Iran except as last resort to stop it from getting nuclear weapons,; seeks international pressure against Syrian government rather then military aid for oppositions.

Social Security – Has not proposed a comprehensive plan to address Social Security’s long-term financial problems; proposed a new way of measuring inflation that would reduce annual increase in Social Security’s benefits, which would reduce the long-term shortfall be a bout 25 percent.

Taxes – Would raise taxes on the wealthy and ensure they pay at least 30 percent of their income; would extend Bush-era tax cuts for those making under ›200,000 ($250,000 for couples), let top two tax rates go back up on 396 percent and 36 percent, raise rates on capital gains and dividends for the wealthy.

Terrorism – Approved the raid that killed Osama bin Laden ; set policy that the US would no longer use harsh interrogation techniques; expanded use of drone strikes against terrorist targets abroad.

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


Oregon State University 2012 Commencement


Oregon State University

2012 University Commencement Ceremony
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker

LIVE Broadcast: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/streaming-video

Sunday, June 17
6:30 PM ET

3:00 .

Joplin High School 2012 Graduation


President Obama delivers the 2012 commencement address

 Joplin High School

May 21, 2012  at  9:15 PM ET

Joplin, MO


Langston Hughes, the poet and civil rights activist who knew some tough times, was born here in Joplin. In a poem called “Youth,” he wrote,

We have tomorrow
Bright before us
Like a flame.
A night-gone thing,
A sun-down name.
And dawn-today. Broad arch above the road we came.
We march.

To the people of Joplin, and the class of 2012:

The road has been hard. The day has been long. But we have tomorrow, and so we march. We march, together, and you are leading the way. Congratulations. May God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.”

President Obama
Joplin High School 2012 Commencement


Joplin Day of Unity

May 22, 2012 –   3:00 PM ET

“The Day of Unity is simply that – a day to come together as we are – and recognize the historic year that we’ve been through together,” said Rohr. “As the event committee has said before, we’re not inviting anyone – we’re inviting EVERYONE to be a part of these events.”

On Tuesday, May 22, residents and officials from Duquesne will walk west toward Joplin, starting the Walk of Unity at 2 p.m. CDT from the round-about at 20th Street and Duquesne Road. They will then join a larger group waiting at Wal-Mart,17th and Range Line, to begin their walk at 2:30 p.m. . CDT  Walkers will head west and wind through the path of the tornado until reaching the final destination set at Cunningham Park.

The Day of Unity Program begins at approximately 5:15 p.m. . CDT in Cunningham Park. There will be a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m. CDT  for one minute to honor those who died due to the May 22, 2011 tornado. The program consists of remembrance activities of music, prayer, and reflections.

For those who may not be able to participate, Zimmer Radio’s News Talk KZRG will broadcast live updates from the Walk of Unity & the concluding program at Cunningham Park. It will be aired live just as it was one year ago on KZRG. Listeners can turn their radios to FM 102.9 or AM 1310 News Talk KZRG, log on to http://www.NewsTalkKZRG.com or download the free KZRG app for their Apple or Droid devices to join Joplin in this Day of Unity.

For more information about this event or other activities recognizing the one-year anniversary, go to http://www.joplintornadoanniversary.com.

Joplin’s Inspirational WordsRemember.  Rejoice.  Rebuild.


Barnard College 2012 Graduation & Natl Peace Officers Memorial Service


President Obama delivered the commencement address at Barnard College 

New York,  NY

May 14 at 12:30 PM EST

 Live Braodcast: http://barnard.edu/commencement/webcast


President Obama Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers- May 15, 2010

National Peace Officers Memorial Service

May 15, 2012
Washington, DC

Going Forward



US Economic Meltdown

4.4 Million Jobs Loss

US Economy Spirals Down

2009 -2012

Jan 20, 2012 Senator Barack Obama takes the oath as President Of The United States of America

America starts to recover.

Today America’s auto industry is back.

Our enemy brought to justice by our greatest heroes.

Our troops are home from Iraq.

Instead of losing jobs America is creating jobs.

President Obama believes in America and fights for America.

We have more to do but we are coming back.

Because America’s greatness comes from a strong Middle Class.

Because you don’t quit and neither does he…


Call Congress to STOP Student Interest Rates from Doubling



President Obama is calling on Congress to act before student loan interest rates double for more than 7.4 million students, adding an average of $1000 to their debt.

Having a college education has never been more important, but it’s also never been more expensive. While the Obama administration has taken historic steps to provide Americans with a fair shot at an affordable college education, Republicans in Congress have instead prioritized huge new tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Congress has a chance to take action on what should be an area of bipartisan agreement to prevent this unnecessary and damaging increase in interest rates and give our young people a chance to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.

At a time when the average student loan debt is $25,000 and tuition prices continue to rise, students are borrowing more than ever to complete their degrees.

On July 1, 2012, the interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans are slated to double from 3.4% to 6.8%. To out-educate our global competitors and make college more affordable, Congress needs to stop the interest rate on these student loans from doubling.

For each year that Congress doesn’t act, students rack up an additional $1,000 in debt over the life of their loans.


Everything you need to know about the student loan rate hike

June 13, 2013 By Dylan Matthews, washingtonpost

[Note: The interest rate on subsidized federal Stafford loans for college students doubled on Monday, July 1, rising from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. It's still unclear whether Congress will allow the increase to stand before the new school year gets under way. Below is our earlier explainer on the topic.]

Congress is, as ever, facing a deadline. Rates on some student loans are set to double on July 1 if it doesn’t act. How much does this matter, and to whom? Let’s break it down.

What exactly is happening on July 1?

The interest rate charged on subsidized Stafford loans is doubling, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Back up. What’s a Stafford loan?

It’s a kind of loan product the federal government offers to college and university students.

It comes in two flavors. Subsidized Stafford loans are only available to students with financial need (that is, students for whom the cost of attendance exceeds what their family can contribute), and the government pays student interest on the loans for as long as they’re in school.
They are also limited to $3,500 for freshman year, $4,500 for the next year, and $5,500 thereafter. A student can’t receive more than $23,000 in subsidized loans in total.

Unsubsidized Stafford loans currently have an interest rate double that of subsidized loans (6.8 percent), aren’t limited to low-income students, don’t include the government-paid-interest perk, but do have caps on how much you can borrow.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/13/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-student-loan-rate-hike/


Contact your legislator Contact your Congress person to fix the Student Interest Rates Hike!!

U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Tweet a Message to Your Representatives #DontDoubleMyRate

White House Forum on Women and the Economy


Today, more than ever before, women are a driving force behind the success of the American economy. Expanding economic opportunities for women and ending discriminatory practices is critical to building an economy that restores security for middle class families, one where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, and where everyone who wants to can find a good job.

On April 6th, the White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting a Forum on Women and the Economy. President Obama will deliver remarks at the Forum to highlight ways the Administration has helped create economic security for women and recognizes that women are key to economic growth and competitiveness. Starting at 8:30 AM EDT, the half-day forum will also include a panel discussion with Senior Administration officials, followed by breakout sessions on: Women at Work, Education, Health, Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Violence Against Women and Girls.

People from across the country can watch the event live at www.wh.gov/live. During the Forum, Administration officials will answer questions from a live audience and also take questions submitted through a form on WhiteHouse.gov and via Twitter with the hashtag #WomenEconForum.

As part of today’s Forum the White House released a new report entitled Keeping America’s Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last, which examines the ways in which the Administration has worked to ensure women’s economic security through all stages of life – from young women furthering their education and beginning their careers, to working women who create jobs and provide for their families, to seniors in retirement or getting ready for retirement. View the report HERE.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Right now, you can ask the White House your questions about women and the economy through a web form or on Twitter with the hashtag #WomenEconForum
  •  8:45 AM EDT  12:30 PM EDT watch the forum live at wh.gov/live.
  • 10:15 AM EDT President Obama will deliver remarks.
  • Join the discussion live on Twitter and follow what others are saying with the hashtag #WomenEconForum
  • If you miss the live event, the full video will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov

CA Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012


Summary: The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 will make California’s tax system more fair. It is only right to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share.

The following is an email from Gov Jerry Brown:

Earlier this week, a USC/LA Times poll was released that shows my proposed Education and Public Safety Initiative has a good chance of winning in November.

But only if you, and people like you, join the cause.

Please sign the petition

We need to gather 1.2 million signatures by early May to qualify for the ballot (signed document must be received before April 27, 2012).

I really need your support.

Jerry Brown

P.S. – after signing the petition, please forward this message to your friends and encourage them to do the same.



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