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Now retired and living on Kaua'i. :)

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"The Left and Right Are Both Wrong About Obama’s Bergdahl Prison Swap"

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"But the Bergdahl release has resurrected an attack from the anti-Gitmo left, the notion that, if the President can use a signing statement to justify the release of these five prisoners, then he can do so for all of the Gitmo detainees. If the President can “ignore the law” in this case, then why not do the same for the rest of the detainees? MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked that very question, on behalf of anti-Gitmo activists, on his All In program Monday night, but the premise of that question relies on the same fundamental misunderstanding about signing statements that the right relies on. They’re both asserting that the President is using the signing statement to ignore the law. Here is what President Obama said about using signing statements in 2007, at a Montana town hall campaign event:

When Hayes played that clip last night, he cut it off when Obama said “we’re not going to use signing statements,” but the rest of that sentence is “as a way of doing an end-run around Congress.”

The President’s NDAA signing statement doesn’t do that, it seeks to preserve the will of Congress, with a very narrow, well-defined exception. The test of that exception isn’t settled by the signing statement, it is settled by the U.S. Constitution, and if it is challenged, by the Supreme Court. No one has said that the Bergdahl swap would not withstand such a challenge, but a wholesale release of Gitmo detainees likely would not.

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/06/right-left-attack-obama-signing-statement-rationale-bowe-bergdahl-swap/

I've been saying the same thing, MrScorpio.. it's one of those things that's claimed by the

profiteering left and repeated enough that it's established by those who don't bother to do their own research.

"Obama ordered the closure of the prison camp as one of his first acts as president, but the Congress overrode him by prohibiting the use of federal funds to transfer detainees."

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/please-tell-me-more-about-how-it-was-obama

Mahalo Liberal_Stalwart.. If a lie is repeated often enough they think it's true..

"It was DEREGULATION that led to many legal actions on Wall Street that were formerly illegal. Rampant speculation, overturning of Glass-Stegall, lax oversight over the banks. If there's little illegal activity, then there's nothing to throw folks in jail over."

Mahalo, EarlG.. another Vivek Hallegere Murthy/NRA graphic going around..

Hey, thanks for suppporting our President, Old and In the Way(which I'm sure you are not!)



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"There's a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ''posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.'' They're outraged that Wall Street hasn't been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ''neoliberal'' economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It's hard to take such claims seriously."

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zappaman http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025644404

Thank you, BtA.. this needs exposure!

Oh man, that should be at the top of the fuckin' greatest page!




Lewis Black.. "Elected Officials shouldn't get to choose who gets to choose elected officials!"

Thanks Ellipsis! Epic!

That's your opinion.. I'll take Paul Krugman's analysis.. in spite of all the raging on President

Obama about how he's not doing this and he's not doing that to yours or anyone else's expectation, he's managed to secure high marks from Paul Krugman.


The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success

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"There's a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ''posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.'' They're outraged that Wall Street hasn't been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ''neoliberal'' economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It's hard to take such claims seriously."

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zappaman http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025644404

Wtf are you even talking about "Jeb Bush" for?

Thank you, EarlG!

I say to each his/her own. We certainly don't have to all eat alike..

I've been a vegan for 25 years and couldn't care less what other people eat.

I do it for my health.

Just 'cause I wanted a colorful pic.
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