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



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  1. WH

    Monday, September 24,, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    11:15 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    12:15 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch

    1:00 PM
    President Obama departs the White House for Joint Base Andrews

    1:20 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    2:15 PM
    President Obama arrives in New York

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:10 PM
    President Obama and First Lady tape an appearance on “The View.”

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:20 PM
    President Obama attends a reception for visiting hears of State and Government
    Waldorf Astoria, New York City, NY

    9:00 PM
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  2. President Obama on the Issues

    * Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
    * Support for “Respect for Marriage Act” & 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

    * 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.

    * Helping the Middle Class
    * Support for Job Seekers 
    * Promoting Entrepreneurship
    * Signed the CARS Program
    * 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
    * Made college education accessible to hundreds of thousands more students via Pell Grants
    * Expanded affordable health care to all Americans
    * Made substantial investments in clean energy manufacturing for personal and commercial vehicles thus reducing dependence on foreign oil

  3. romney_flip-flop

    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

    • 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/

    • GOP Romney: Policy

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      “Reckless” – Tampa Bay Times 7/31/12
      “Amateurish” – National Journal 8/27/12
      “Romney Trip Begins in Shambles” – CNN 7/27/12
      “Mitt Romney Showed an Extraordinary Lack of Presidential Character” The New York Times 9/12/12
      “The Worst Possible Reaction” Anthony Cordesman, Former McCain Foreign Policy Advisor TIME 9/12/12

      “Reckless, amateurish—that’s what news media and fellow Republicans called Mitt Romney’s gaffe-filled July tour of England, Israel and Poland. When our U.S. diplomats were attacked in Libya. The New York Times said Romney’s knee-jerk response ‘showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character.’ And even Republican experts said Romney’s remarks were ‘the worst possible reaction to what happened.’ If this is how he handles the world now just think what Mitt Romney might do as president.”

  4. Little Rock Nine

    Sept 24, 1957 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation.

    The Little Rock Nine were a group of African-American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The ensuing Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, and then attended after the intervention of President Eisenhower, is considered to be one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483, on May 17, 1954. The decision declared all laws establishing segregated schools to be unconstitutional, and it called for the desegregation of all schools throughout the nation.[2] After the decision the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attempted to register black students in previously all-white schools in cities throughout the South. In Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas, the Little Rock School Board agreed to comply with the high court’s ruling.

    For more; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Rock_Nine

  5. Obama camp sees ‘pathways to victory’

    9/22/12 07:26 PM ET By Amie Parnes – TheHill

    Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says he sees the “pathways to victory” in the presidential race through the battleground states.

    Speaking to reporters in Wisconsin as President Obama campaigned there on Saturday, Messina appeared to believe that while the national polls continue to be tight, the battleground state polls are tilting in their favor with six weeks till the election.

    “We’re either tied or in the lead in every battleground state 45 days out,’ Messina said. “I think you will see a tightening in the national polls going forward. What I care way more about is Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin etc. In those states, I feel our pathways to victory are there. There are two different campaigns, one in battlegrounds and one everywhere else. That’s why the national polls aren’t relevant to this campaign.

    Messina also said Obama has a “strategic advantage” in Wisconsin because of longstanding grassroots efforts, even as Republicans have also strengthened their ground operation because of the recall election earlier this year.

    “This is one where … because of the recall election, they test drove their car whereas in other states they haven’t. It would make sense they’re strong here, as are we. They are stronger than McCain was in ’08, no question, on the ground. But we have a strategic advantage” because of their field operation.

    Rich Beeson, the Romney campaign political director, said states like Wisconsin, which Republicans haven’t won since 1984, are now in play.

    “We’ve had more people come out to knock on doors and make phone calls in support of Governor Romney because they understand we can’t afford four more years of policies that increase our debt, don’t create jobs, and have people working more for less,” Beeson said.

  6. Sweet times for cows as gummy worms replace costly corn feed

    9/23/12 By Carey Gillam | Reuters – 12 hrs ago

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – Mike Yoder’s herd of dairy cattle are living the sweet life. With corn feed scarcer and costlier than ever, Yoder increasingly is looking for cheaper alternatives — and this summer he found a good deal on ice cream sprinkles.

    “It’s a pretty colorful load,” said Yoder, who operates about 450 dairy cows on his farm in northern Indiana. “Anything that keeps the feed costs down.”

    As the worst drought in half a century has ravaged this year’s U.S. corn crop and driven corn prices sky high, the market for alternative feed rations for beef and dairy cows has also skyrocketed. Brokers are gathering up discarded food products and putting them out for the highest bid to feed lot operators and dairy producers, who are scrambling to keep their animals fed.

    In the mix are cookies, gummy worms, marshmallows, fruit loops, orange peels, even dried cranberries. Cattlemen are feeding virtually anything they can get their hands on that will replace the starchy sugar content traditionally delivered to the animals through corn.

    “Everybody is looking for alternatives,” said Ki Fanning, a nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting in Eagle, Nebraska. “It’s kind of funny the first time you see it but it works well. The big advantage to that is you can turn something you normally throw away into something that can be consumed. The amazing thing about a ruminant, a cow, you can take those type of ingredients and turn them into food.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/sweet-times-cows-gummy-worms-replace-costly-corn-121437982.html

  7. Consumer Optimism Advancing With Stocks Boosts Obama’s Prospects

    Sep 24, 2012 4:09 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra, Mike Dorning and Elizabeth Dexheimer – bloomberg

    Chris Creech, a website consultant from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, said he’s feeling good enough about his job security and the economy to make an offer to buy his first home.

    With sales rising at his employer, which develops websites for small businesses, “I feel a little more free to spend money instead of worrying about, ‘Will I have a job?’ ” said Creech, who is 24.

    Creech’s optimism is reflected in surveys of confidence such as the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which showed that Americans’ view of the economic outlook climbed to a four-month high in September. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary sentiment index rose in September to the second- highest level in five years.

    Improving consumer moods bolster President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects in a campaign that has been largely fought on economic issues, said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center in Washington.

    “If the public feels better about the economy, they’re going to feel better about Barack Obama,” Kohut said.

    A survey by the Pew center conducted Sept. 12-16 showed Obama with a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Republican Mitt Romney among likely voters, a bigger September gap than the last three candidates who went on to win in November. The survey of 2,192 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

    A Sept. 11-17 USA Today/Gallup poll of registered voters in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, put Obama ahead by two points, 48 percent to 46 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-24/consumer-optimism-advancing-with-stocks-boosts-obama-s-prospects.html

    • Remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative

      Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Secretary of State
      Sheraton Midtown Hotel
      New York City

      September 24, 2012

      PRESIDENT CLINTON: Thank you very much. Of all the useless introductions I’ve ever given, this would top the list. (Laughter.)
      We’ve already had a good morning laughing and talking about what happened yesterday, getting a report from Chelsea about a dinner she attended last night. I just wanted to say one thing to set this little talk the Secretary of State’s going to give up. More than 40 years ago when I met Hillary, she was already sort of a walking NGO. (Laughter.) She was doing all this stuff before most of the rest of us discovered it was a fruitful way to spend a life.

      And as Secretary of State, she has done an enormous amount to extend the diplomatic efforts of the United States into not just stopping bad things from happening or diffusing crises or dealing with all the things that she’ll have to deal with today as soon as she leaves us, which means she may drag out her remarks a little bit to avoid having to face some of them. She tries to make good things happen, especially in this space we’re discussing today. I don’t think any American official has ever done more to try to raise the issues of girls and women around the world and what dealing with this means for the future of peace and security and prosperity of the world. And for that reason more than any other, I am very glad that she could join us here this morning.

      Thank you very much. (Applause.)

      SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. Good morning. Thank you all very, very much. Good morning. It is – (applause) – thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

      Well, it’s good to be amongst so many friends. (Laughter.) And I look out at this audience and I see so many of you whom I have worked with and known for such a long time. It is so good to be here at the Clinton Global Initiative. I would be absolutely crazy to try to recognize anyone in this audience, but I do want to say how pleased we are to see John and Annie Glenn here today. (Applause.) I am thrilled to see them, and talk about a lifetime of service, both on the Earth and in the galaxy. Thank you.

      I look forward to CGI, much as you do, because I always learn something new, and I’m always inspired by what each of you is doing to help solve problems and seize opportunities around the world. And for me, I usually get it second, third, and fourth-hand from all of the people who are participating. But I know the impact that CGI has because it certainly has had an impact on how I’ve tried to think about the development work and the partnerships that the United States needs to have around the world.

      For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/09/198094.htm

  8. Romney’s behind-the-scenes ‘tantrum’ at Univision

    Sep 24, 2012 10:36 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    It wasn’t much of a surprise when the New York Times reported recently that Mitt Romney’s public events are “highly polished and hyper-scripted.” The Republican campaign doesn’t like surprises or circumstances outside of their control, so the candidate’s gatherings are tightly-controlled affairs.

    But occasionally, Romney participates in events sponsored and organized by others, which makes campaign control more complicated. How does the Republican campaign deal with something like the Univision town-hall event in Miami last week? Apparently, by making ridiculous demands.

    Mitt Romney’s campaign took a hard line with the Spanish-language network Univision, making last-minute demands in the run-up to last week’s town hall that helped insure his success in the forum, sources familiar with the broadcast told BuzzFeed.

    When the Republican took his place Wednesday night in the first of two back-to-back candidate forums televised on the mega-network, he was greeted by an adoring, raucous crowd that cheered his every word, and booed many of the moderators’ questions. The next night, President Obama was treated to stone cold silence from the audience as he was aggressively grilled on his lackluster immigration record.

    The contrast was widely noted by observers who watched both forums — and it was glaring enough to evoke some boasting from the Romney campaign in the immediate aftermath.

    But the game was rigged. President Obama and his campaign team simply accepted the terms of the event, and agreed to follow Univision’s rules, including prioritizing the role of students at the University of Miami event, without incident.

    Romney and his team had a different idea — when they couldn’t find enough University of Miami students who liked Romney, the campaign demanded that Univision drop its “students-only” rule and allow Team Romney to bus in hand-picked supporters to fill the seats.

    The campaign threatened to cancel the televised event unless Univision and organizers met Romney’s demands. Organizers backed down (the University of Miami forum was coordinated by a local Romney campaign official). The bused-in Republican activists proceeded to ignore Univision requests to hold their applause, turning the forum into more of a pro-Romney rally.

    Wait, it gets worse.

    Continue reading this entry: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/09/24/14068455-romneys-behind-the-scenes-tantrum-at-univision?lite

  9. 8:20 PM ET
    President Obama attends a reception for visiting hears of State and Government
    Waldorf Astoria, New York City, NY

  10. To Be Presidential, Romney Must First Be Truthful

    Sep 13, 2012 1:15 PM PT By Jonathan Alter – bloomberg

    Presidential campaigns sometimes turn on big moments that help voters ponder the central question they have about every challenger: What would this person actually be like as president?
    These aren’t the same as gaffes, which are slips of the tongue that may be politically damaging but say little about the candidates except that they misspoke.

    I’m talking instead about critical moments of miscalculation — often made in desperation — that illuminate important truths about a politician.

    In 1964, Barry Goldwater ardently defended extremism. In 1984, Walter Mondale said he would raise taxes. In 2008, John McCain suspended his campaign to work on the economic crisis and then offered no solutions for it. They all lost.

    Now we have Mitt Romney, with astonishingly poor timing, trying to profit politically from tragic events in the Middle East. His remarks on Libya and Egypt at a news conference in Jacksonville, Florida, might or might not hurt his chances with pivotal independent voters in November. But we do know that he has managed to be simultaneously unpresidential, untruthful and unwise.

    On the morning of Sept. 12, the world learned of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979. Stevens died when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At the same time, angry mobs breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

    Obvious Posture
    The obvious and proper posture for a serious presidential candidate at that moment of shock and sadness would have been to show the country he could inhabit the role of mourner-in-chief, an important part of being president. Vows of justice are also welcome. Even if Romney couldn’t compete with President Barack Obama on this terrain, he needed to at least appear to be above partisan politics for a day or two.

    Instead, Romney doubled down on a scorching statement issued the night before by his campaign that said: “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

    In Jacksonville, Romney compounded his campaign’s slur with one of his own. “I also believe the administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions,” he said.

    Accusations that the Obama administration is somehow “sympathizing” with terrorists are false and, well, pathetic.

    Here’s what the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, run by the Bush-era Ambassador Anne Patterson, wrote after mobs gathered outside in protest against a virulently anti-Muslim film associated with Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones:

    The embassy “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions,” it said. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”
    This is “disgraceful”? Really?

    Read dispassionately, the statement is merely an effort by prudent diplomats to prevent a riot and bodily harm to Americans. It is almost identical to what the Bush administration said in 2006 after cartoons denigrating the Prophet Mohammad appeared in European newspapers: “We find them offensive, and we certainly understand why Muslims would find these images offensive.”

    Was that also “akin to apology,” as Romney deemed the statement from the embassy in Cairo?

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-13/to-be-presidential-romney-must-first-be-truthful.html


    Mitt Romney admits he’ll need to raise taxes on the middle class

    September 24, 2012 at 8:59 am Posted by Ezra Klein – washingtonpost’

    On “60 Minutes” last night, Mitt Romney said it again. “I want to keep the current progressivity in the code. There should be no tax reduction for high income people.”

    You’ve heard Romney say this — or some variant of it –dozens of times before. What’s changed since then is that Romney has admitted that his tax cuts, if they’re not going to add to the deficit, will have to increase taxes on people he defines as middle income and cut them on people he defines as high income.

    Before we get to that admission, a quick refresher. Romney’s tax plan proposes to cut tax rates by 20 percent. That would cost trillions of dollars, and mean a particularly big tax cut for the rich.
    But Romney promises his tax cut won’t cost anything, won’t raise taxes on the middle class, won’t cut taxes on the rich, and won’t end the tax breaks for savings and investment.

    The Tax Policy Center, the gold standard in nonpartisan tax wonkery, looked at the tax cut and these promises and declared the proposal “not mathematically possible.” Since Romney doesn’t want to touch tax breaks for savings and investment like the capital gains cut — a position he reiterated last night on “60 Minutes” — there just isn’t enough money in the remaining tax breaks for people making over $250,000 to pay for their tax cuts.

    For awhile, the Romney campaign had no answer to this. They just said they didn’t believe the Tax Policy Center — called it biased, even though it’s run by one of George W. Bush’s top economists.
    Then, slowly, right-leaning economists and outlets began releasing their own studies showing that, if you made some really, really questionable assumptions, you could kinda sorta make Romney’s math look like it might add up. And so you might have heard Romney say this to David Gregory on “Meet the Press”:

    The good news is that five different economic studies, including one at Harvard and Princeton and AEI and a couple at The Wall Street Journal all show that if we bring down our top rates and actually go across the board, bring down rates for everyone in America, but also limit deductions and exemptions for people at the high end, while you can keep the progressivity in the code, you could remain revenue neutral and you create an enormous incentive for growth in the economy.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/24/even-mitt-romney-admits-hell-need-to-raise-taxes-on-the-middle-class/

  12. WH

    Tuesday, September 25 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:10 AM
    President Obama deliver remarks to the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); First Lady Michelle also attends

    10:45 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    Exhibition Hall, Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Chesterfield, VA

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:10 PM
    President Obama speaks at Clinton Global Initiative
    New York, NY

    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    President Obama departs New York City en route Washington, D.C.

    2:00 PM
    2:20 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    2:35 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  13. Obama at the U.N.

    9/25/12 5:04 AM EDT POLITICO44

    In the morning, President Obama is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

    He will then speak at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in the afternoon.

  14. Home Prices in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast in Year to July

    Sep 25, 2012 6:06 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Home prices in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in July from a year earlier, adding to signs that housing will spur economic growth.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 1.2 percent from July 2011, the biggest 12-month advance since August 2010, a report from the group showed today in New York. The median forecast of 24 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 1.05 percent gain.

    The lowest mortgage rates on record are attracting buyers, helping absorb the supply of distressed properties that had depressed values. A stabilization in residential real estate may also be contributing to recent gains in consumer confidence that, combined with improving household wealth, will lead to a pickup in spending, the biggest part of the economy.

    “The fact that we are now seeing such broad-based strength in home prices leads us to believe the gains will be durable,” Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in New York, said before the report. “Rising homeowners’ equity is a key input into household buying power.”

    Stock-index futures held earlier gains after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in December rose 0.3 percent to 1,455.5 at 9:02 a.m. in New York.

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gains of 0.3 percent to 2.51 percent. The Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month average, which means the July data were influenced by transactions in May and June.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-25/home-prices-in-u-s-rose-more-than-forecast-in-year-ended-july.html

  15. Good Tuesday morning everyone! I am hosting a phone bank this morning and will be attending a team meeting tonight! I HOPE that you have a good day!

    • September 25, 2012

      Remarks by the President to the UN General Assembly

      United Nations Headquarters
      New York, New York

      10:22 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman: I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.

      Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the son of a lawyer and a musician. As a young man, Chris joined the Peace Corps, and taught English in Morocco. And he came to love and respect the people of North Africa and the Middle East. He would carry that commitment throughout his life. As a diplomat, he worked from Egypt to Syria, from Saudi Arabia to Libya. He was known for walking the streets of the cities where he worked — tasting the local food, meeting as many people as he could, speaking Arabic, listening with a broad smile.

      Chris went to Benghazi in the early days of the Libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. As America’s representative, he helped the Libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all Libyans would be respected. And after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as Libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship.

      Chris Stevens loved his work. He took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. And two weeks ago, he traveled to Benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. That’s when America’s compound came under attack. Along with three of his colleagues, Chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. He was 52 years old.

      I tell you this story because Chris Stevens embodied the best of America. Like his fellow Foreign Service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that the United Nations represents. He acted with humility, but he also stood up for a set of principles — a belief that individuals should be free to determine their own destiny, and live with liberty, dignity, justice, and opportunity.

      The attacks on the civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America. We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Libyan government and from the Libyan people. There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. And I also appreciate that in recent days, the leaders of other countries in the region — including Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen — have taken steps to secure our diplomatic facilities, and called for calm. And so have religious authorities around the globe.

      But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.

      If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-un-general-assembly

  16. 10:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    Exhibition Hall, Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Chesterfield, VA

  17. Consumer Confidence in U.S. Increases to a Seven-Month High

    Sep 25, 2012 7:06 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Confidence among American consumers rose more than forecast in September to a seven-month high, which may help support the largest part of the economy.

    The Conference Board’s index increased to 70.3 this month from 61.3 in August, figures from the New York-based private research group showed today. The September figure exceeded the most optimistic projection of economists, whose median estimate in a Bloomberg survey called for 63.1.

    Rising home values and higher stock prices are helping bolster sentiment, which may encourage households to boost the spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. At the same time, a jobless rate in excess of 8 percent and limited wage gains are acting as restraints.

    “We can expect a slow and steady increase in confidence,” Russell Price, senior economist at Ameriprise Financial Inc. in Detroit, said before the report. “The turn in housing is huge. Stock market gains are also significant. These two factors indicate improvement in net worth that’s really making people feel better about their finances.”

    Americans became more optimistic about the prospects for employment, business conditions and incomes this month, today’s report showed.

    Stocks extended gains after the figures, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index advancing 0.2 percent to 1,460.71 at 10:04 a.m. in New York. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was little changed at 1.71 percent.

    Estimates for the Conference Board gauge ranged from 60 to 70 in the Bloomberg survey of 73 economists.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-25/consumer-confidence-in-u-s-increases-to-a-seven-month-high.html

  18. Home Prices in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast in Year to July

    Sep 25, 2012 6:30 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Home prices in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in July from a year earlier, adding to signs that housing will spur economic growth.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 1.2 percent from July 2011, the biggest 12-month advance since August 2010, a report from the group showed today in New York. The median forecast of 23 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 1.1 percent gain.

    The lowest mortgage rates on record are attracting buyers, helping absorb the supply of distressed properties that had depressed values. A stabilization in residential real estate may also be contributing to recent gains in consumer confidence that, combined with improving household wealth, will lead to a pickup in spending, the biggest part of the economy.

    “We’re finally seeing a more sustained and broad-based improvement in home prices,” said Millan Mulraine, senior U.S. strategist for TD Securities in New York, who correctly projected the year-over-year increase. “The housing sector has made an important turn here, and that is being sustained.”

    Stock-index futures held earlier gains after the report. The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index maturing in December rose 0.3 percent to 1,455 at 9:28 a.m. in New York.

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from gains of 0.3 percent to 2.51 percent. The Case-Shiller index is based on a three-month average, which means the July data were influenced by transactions in May and June.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-25/home-prices-in-u-s-rose-more-than-forecast-in-year-ended-july.html

    • September 25, 2012

      Remarks by the President to the Clinton Global Initiative

      Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers
      New York, New York

      12:34 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Appreciate it. Please, please, everybody have a seat.

      Well, good afternoon, everybody. And, President Clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction. Although I have to admit, I really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better. (Laughter.) Afterwards, somebody tweeted that somebody needs to make him “Secretary of Explaining Things.” (Laughter.) Although they didn’t use the word, “things.” (Laughter.)

      President Clinton, you are a tireless, passionate advocate on behalf of what’s best in our country. You have helped to improve and save the lives of millions of people around the world. I am grateful for your friendship and your extraordinary leadership. And I think I speak for the entire country when we say that you continue to be a great treasure for all of us. (Applause.)

      As always, I also have to thank President Clinton for being so understanding with the record-breaking number of countries visited by our Secretary of State. (Laughter and applause.) As we’ve seen again in recent days, Hillary Clinton is a leader of grace and grit — and I believe she will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State in American history. So we are grateful to her. (Applause.)

      To the dedicated CGI staff and every organization that’s made commitments and touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people, thank you for being an example of what we need more of in the world, especially in Washington — working together to actually solve problems.

      And that’s why I’m here. As Bill mentioned, I’ve come to CGI every year that I’ve been President, and I’ve talked with you about how we need to sustain the economic recovery, how we need to create more jobs. I’ve talked about the importance of development — from global health to our fight against HIV/AIDS to the growth that lifts nations to prosperity. We’ve talked about development and how it has to include women and girls — because by every benchmark, nations that educate their women and girls end up being more successful. (Applause.)

      And today, I want to discuss an issue that relates to each of these challenges. It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name — modern slavery. (Applause.)

      Now, I do not use that word, “slavery” lightly. It evokes obviously one of the most painful chapters in our nation’s history. But around the world, there’s no denying the awful reality. When a man, desperate for work, finds himself in a factory or on a fishing boat or in a field, working, toiling, for little or no pay, and beaten if he tries to escape — that is slavery. When a woman is locked in a sweatshop, or trapped in a home as a domestic servant, alone and abused and incapable of leaving — that’s slavery.

      When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery. When a little girl is sold by her impoverished family — girls my daughters’ age — runs away from home, or is lured by the false promises of a better life, and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists — that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-clinton-global-initiative

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