Hometown: Northern California
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Hometown: Northern California
Member since: Mon Oct 13, 2003, 06:47 PM
Number of posts: 68,497
I cook, paint, write, read, decorate, garden, and volunteer. I'm also a business owner, a mother and a wife. I love you.....no matter what you think of me.
This list is long and not all encompassing. Please feel free to add to it, so that I can have a more complete list.
Apart from getting rid of "No Child Left Behind", Liberating our Gay Brother and Sisters from a life of discrimination and on a Federal level, as well as the work done by Michelle in relation to school lunch nutrition and her "The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.", as well as her Let's Move campaign.....
and let us not forget, just rescuing the economy in general, and did it without any Republican help!
But most important of all, he has represented the African-American community superbly in how he has carried out his duties in the office, coming off as one of the most blemish free administration in recent history! And don't get me started with the role models that Michelle and the girls have been! Personally, I couldn't asked for better!
This is my partial list:
1) Passed Health Care Reform (Affordable Care Act)
More than 19 percent of African Americans did not have health care. When the highly debated health care reform bill was signed into law in March of 2010, millions of African Americans benefited. The ACA is Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: The Affordable Care Act moves toward eliminating disparities that African Americans currently face both in their health and in their health care by investing in data collection and research about health disparities. The law also promotes increased racial and ethnic diversity of health care professionals and strengthens cultural competency training among health care providers. Building upon these provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched two strategic plans aimed at reducing health disparities
2) Expanded Funding For HBCUs
President Obama signed an executive order increasing funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to $850 million over the next 10 years. The funding is being administered through the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities that was, ironically, started by the late Ronald Reagan.
3) Awarded $1.2 Billion To Black Farmers
President Obama’s administration oversaw the $1.2 billion settlement awarded to Black farmers who have been denied loans and assistance by the Agricultural Dept. for decades.
4) Signed The Crack Cocaine Bill (Fair Sentencing Act)
Crack users are disproportionately sentenced to longer jail terms than those who use powder. This unfair sentencing practice punished African Americans more severely than their white counterparts. With the signing of the Fair Sentencing Act, though, President Obama narrowed that disparity significantly.
5) Created The Civil Rights Division Of The Justice Department
The U.S. Justice Department is leading one of the most aggressive defenses of civil rights in recent memory. Whether it is clamping down on Arizona for its bias against Latinos or fighting unjust state voter ID laws, this Justice Department has been fully engaged in fighting for the rights of all minorities. When President Obama chose Eric Holder to lead the department, he picked a true champion of civil rights. For a rundown of how powerful the Civil Rights Division has become.
6) Set up "My Brother's Keeper", an organization that seeks to promote and help implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
7) Introduced the Modification loan program, that helped millions of African-Americans save their home during the Housing Crash.
8) Reduced unemployment by creating millions of jobs all over America. In addition, wages have increased in many sectors of all job areas.
9) Saved the Auto Industry in Detroit, Michigan, thereby again saving thousand if not millions of jobs in the industry and all of those directly connected to it. An industry know to employ large numbers of African Americans.
10) Appointed a large number of African-American to Judicial posts throughout the United States. Named two Black Attorney Generals of the United States, back to back.
11) Via Executive Order, established a White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Providing a complete and competitive education for all Americans – from cradle to career – a top priority. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans works across Federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. The Initiative aims to ensure that all African American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion, and productive careers.
12) Help lower Gas prices, which has a direct impact on all Americans, including African-Americans
13) Provided Tax Relief for African American Families: In December 2010, the President signed a bipartisan tax cut agreement that not only secured vital tax relief and investments for our workers, but is also creating jobs and accelerating economic growth. Building off the Recovery Act, the tax agreement extended key expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that are benefitting an estimated 2.2 million African American families.
14) Expanded Access to Federal Contracting for Minority-Owned Businesses: More than 20 Cabinet and Senate-confirmed Obama Administration officials have participated in 19 small business matchmaking events around the country, which has helped more than 10,000 small, minority- and women-owned businesses by promoting access to capital and access to Federal government contracting opportunities. These efforts are part of the President’s broader agenda to support small businesses, including his signing of 17 small business tax cuts into law and taking action to expand access to credit.
15) Established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and in so doing, protected Families from Financial Abuses, Hidden Fees, and Deceptive Practices: Too many responsible African Americans have paid the price for an outdated regulatory system that has left families without adequate protections against financial abuses and deceptive practices. That’s why President Obama fought to overcome a furious lobbying campaign by big banks to pass the most far reaching Wall Street reform in history which created the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to prevent mortgage companies, credit card lenders, and payday loan companies from exploiting consumers with hidden fees and other deceptive practices.
16) Improved the Quality of Education and Expanding Access to College: President Obama has improved the quality of education – particularly in our lowest-performing schools – and has expanded access to college because every child deserves an education that equips them with the skills to find a good-paying job and succeed in the workforce.
17) Fixing Our Lowest-Performing Schools: The Obama Administration has dedicated to challenge states and districts to transform the lowest-performing schools in America. School Improvement Grants have provided millions per school for 1,000 schools to change them into safe environments where students can learn.
18) Helped Students Pay For College: By re-directing subsidies from private lenders to students, the Administration has already raised the maximum Pell Grant awards and increased the number of Pell Grant recipients . Also, for families struggling with the cost of college, we have created the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)—a partially refundable tax credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college.
19) Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Community Colleges: The student loan reform bill signed by President Obama provided $2 billion for community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education to improve education and career training programs.
20) Transformed Distressed areas through Choice Neighborhoods: The Choice Neighborhoods program provided $126 million to 22 communities to plan and implement the transformation of high-poverty areas where distressed HUD-assisted housing is . The Recovery Act provided $7 billion in funding to communities to manage the vacant and foreclosed residential properties that are creating blight and bringing down local home values.
21) Ensuring Access to Healthy Food: The Administration is committed to ensuring families have access to healthy food through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Several food retailers have agreed to build or expand over 1,500 grocery stores in underserved communities.
22) Combatted Racial Discrimination: The Department of Justice (DOJ) is vigorously enforcing the law to combat racial discrimination in schools, housing, and the workplace. President Obama provided two years of double-digit budget increases to the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, which was previously hamstrung by drastic budget cuts. DOJ has also reached three multi-million dollar settlements, including the largest rental discrimination and fair lending settlements in its history.
23) Proposed to provide two years of free community-college tuition to students who maintain good grades.
24) Deal with Iran counts, since nukes do not discriminate about where they land
25) Climate change pledge in Paris, because again, if the general population is positively affected, then the Black Population is affected 10X fold, as we know.
26) Restrictions on distribution of military-style equipment to police, banning local police departments from receiving a range of military-style equipment from the federal government -- from grenade launchers to bayonets to certain armored vehicles -- as he implements the recommendations of a panel that examined the controversial gear giveaways in the wake of the Ferguson riots.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sat Feb 6, 2016, 08:12 PM (41 replies)
Bernie Sanders announced clearly in his Campaign announcement that he would run a Clean campaign. He said,
“As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be driven by issues and serious debate; not political gossip, not reckless personal attacks or character assassination.”
But since, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has indeed been one that invites and includes political gossip, reckless personal attacks and character assassination at every turn. In fact and unfortunately, it has been shocking to many as to the depth of negativity and the frequency of unfounded name calling Bernie’s supporters have pushed. Even non-partisan bistanders are calling it one of the most negative campaigns in Democratic primary history.
Day in, and day out, the comments made on internet, at the end of every blog and positive articles are both vile and extreme. Clinton endorsers are met with personal verbal abuse normally only found on Republican hate sites The tweets of Ms. Clinton’s lack of honesty, the insinuations that she is in the pocket of big banks, are a daily refrain. Comments on her appearance, her demeanor, and even the sound of her voice liter the discussions of her debate performances and town halls. The politics of guilt by association run rampant and unchecked. The intentional personal smears that she is untrustworthy and unlikable, are pointed to as evidence that she could never win a general election. The request of her speech transcripts (the video is out there, and has been for some time) reminds one of the email attacks pursued by corporate media and Republicans.
In so doing, the Bernie campaign, its surrogates and supporters have rightfully earned a reputation of savaging Hillary Clinton in every way deemed possible, rivaling only that of the Republicans 25 years of smears in its intensity. For proof, one only needs to peruse social media to verify the Sander’s campaign of personal destruction; both on a personal and a policy level against Sanders’ rival.
During the nationally televised speech Sanders gave on the eve of the Iowa Caucus, the hate fermented by those in the Sanders’ camp was in full display. The supporters’ chants of “Liar” referring to Hillary Clinton, as Sen. Sanders spoke, and were clearly auditable, and were not hushed in anyway.
Further, the politics of guilt by association are lobbed at those who have the temerity of supporting Hillary Clinton. A picture of Howard Dean sitting next to a Goldman Sachs employee provokes derision of Howard Dean as a stooge, a two-faced corporatist, and a lackey. Hillary Clinton is held to a level of scrutiny normally only seen in a general election. The request for her speech transcripts reminds one of the email attacks pursued by the media and Republicans.
So how does a man running on honesty and integrity, and who promised a positive campaign allow his campaign to become as toxic as his as become, against someone he publicly claims to respect and admire? Because Bernie Sanders is, regardless of what he claims, first and foremost a politician. Anyone fooled that this isn’t a campaign that will say and do whatever is required to get it done, hasn’t been hanging out on the Internet.
Far from Sen. Sanders’ first promise that he would run a positive campaign, his campaign has been artfully doing anything but. Make no mistake, Bernie Sanders is well aware of what his supporters are doing, even as they will claim that he has no control over what they are saying and doing. This may very well be the case, but as the leader of his Revolution, he is responsible for not calling out his supporters and reminding them that he has promised to run a campaign devoid of politics as usual. Having others do one’s dirty work, does not absolve the man or his campaign of accountability, nor should it allow Sen. Bernie Sanders to claim that he is fulfilling one of his first campaign promise, because clearly, that promise has been broken.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sat Feb 6, 2016, 03:15 PM (87 replies)
My understanding is that the Bernie political revolution starts by getting people who might normally NOT vote
go to the polls.
This would be the disaffected, the disenchanted, the 3rd party folks, and the first time voting youth.
The point made is that there are millions who don't vote every election, and these are the votes which will make the
difference in the election outcome, and only Bernie can get those votes.
I'll give you that in a national election, this could possibly happen....
It would mean that as many or more who came out to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012
would come out and vote for Bernie in 2016 from all of the key states needed.
FYI: We know that Republican Voting is up thus far....
but that is only after one primary, so these numbers are not written in stone.
Some Voting information by party affiliation in Iowa: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=1146153
So say the Revolution happens, and now we have a President Bernie.
One of the criticism against Sen. Bernie Sanders is that he is promising a lot of big massive changes, but he won't be able to keep these promises, and that he is aware of that; and in so doing is being misleading and disingenuous, while being called honest by his supporters. On the other hand, his opponent is being called dishonest and calculating, and is only asking for incremental change. Sanders Supporter call her the the "no I can't" candidate.
Those skeptical of HOW Pres. Sanders could actual pass into law, legislation needed to have his promises fulfilled want to know how it will be done. They are called incrimentalist, conservatives, status quo foks, etc, et, etc.
Still the question remains: HOW will Single Payer health care, the raising of taxes that would be needed, the breaking up of banks, the getting big money out of politics, and the making of all public colleges free be passed into law?
And then same Sanders critics bring up
What is it?
Its like this map of each district in the US, redrawn in weird ass ways to guarantee that there are enough district drawn to insure a Republican majority in the house. Many laughed at some of the mapping as it was like a tiny square at the top narrowly winding its way to the left only to zigzag back into a little circle.
The mapping drawn by Republicans make sure that various neighborhood that are overwhelming Republican
have nearly no democratic voters in them, or at the very least, not enough,
i.e., the additional democratic votes to turn that district from red to blue do not exist in said district.
Of course, now we all know better than ever before why election 2010 was so important.
manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.
achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency:
"a total freedom to gerrymander the results they want"
“The Gerry-mander,” political cartoon in U.S. politics, drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over its rivals. The term is derived from the name of Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, whose administration enacted a law in 1812 defining new state senatorial districts. The law consolidated the Federalist Party vote in a few districts and thus gave disproportionate representation to Democratic-Republicans. The outline of one of these districts was thought to resemble a salamander. A satirical cartoon by Elkanah Tisdale appeared in the Boston Gazette; it graphically transformed the districts into a fabulous animal, “The Gerry-mander,” fixing the term in the popular imagination.
its use achieving desired electoral results for a particular party, gerrymandering may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, or class group, such as in U.S. federal voting district boundaries that produce a majority of constituents representative of African-American or other racial minorities, known as "majority-minority districts."
The 2012 election provides a number of examples as to how partisan gerrymandering can adversely affect the descriptive function of states' congressional delegations. In Pennsylvania, for example, Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives received 83,000 more votes than Republican candidates, yet the Republican-controlled redistricting process in 2010 resulted in Democrats losing to their Republican counterparts in 13 out of Pennsylvania’s 18 districts.
In the seven states where Republicans had complete control over the redistricting process, Republican House candidates received 16.7 million votes and Democratic House candidates received 16.4 million votes. The redistricting resulted in Republican victories in 73 out of the 107 affected seats; in those 7 states, Republicans received 50.4% of the votes but won in over 68% of the congressional districts. While it is but one example of how gerrymandering can have a significant impact on election outcomes, this kind of disproportional representation of the public will seems to be problematic for the legitimacy of democratic systems, regardless of one's political affiliation.
RESULTS AND IMPLICATIONS:
We get a Pres. Bernie, but we don't get Pres. Bernie's promises,
because the gerrymandered Congress won't pass the many laws required
to enact any of what he's proposing.
Means that Pres. Bernie most likely can't get much of the promises accomplished
in his first term. Instead he would be forced to either compromise to get anything done
or hangs tough to his principles and therefore causes a stalemate. Congress passes bills, and he
The Republicans decide the day of his election, that Bernie Sanders will get NADA, ZERO, ZILCH, Nothing from them,
because they know that Bernie cannot really compromise too much with Republicans,
in fear that he will be letting go of his principles and possibly getting worse treatment than other Presidents (Clinton & Obama who didn't overpromise) have, especially from his own Liberal Wing of the Democratic party and 3rd party voters.
You see, these are the folks that say it can't wait, and that progress doesn't have to take long.
So President Bernie will have to opt more often on not budging than giving Republicans even an inch.
so instead, nothing at all gets done.....
Basic result = Status Quo
The disaffected, the disenchanted, and the first time voting youth have long become impatient, not only because
now its been 4 years into a Sanders term, and none of what they were promised has happened.
They resent that no one laid out what was really going to happen, because they didn't want to doom Sanders chance
of winning the election, except for those awful Hillirians (that's the term, no?)
And sadder still, they start to realize that they were lied to ,
cause no one in 2016, including Bernie Sanders actually told them that they weren't gonna get what they wanted,
even if they marched, and twitted, and voted in polls for 4 years.
Then here comes the 2020 elections, which is the next Census election.
It is also a presidential election year (good for us),
but unfortunately, the disappointed folks aren't buying the promises anymore,
cause thus far President has done very little other than to talk on what we need done.
They decide not to vote, since their last vote didn't get them all of the goodies the Revolution
We lose said 2020 Census election, and Mr. Gerrymandered doesn't get to move on....
And the next book that will be written will be titled,
How President Bernie Sanders let progressives down.
Posted by FrenchieCat | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 10:41 PM (134 replies)
Look, I like both candidates, but believe that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified, bar none, and due to her Foreign policy chops, is also the best well rounded, even when comparing her to anyone on the Republican field. Her qualifications allows to knock down any unforeseen and unplanned foreign policy disaster that may occur anytime between now and November. We do not control these occurrences, so we certainly shouldn't naively act like nothing will happen, because one can only win if one is totally prepared in case it does.
I am quite concerned with those on Bernie's side who constantly sell the notion that Republicans will come out just to vote against Hillary....as many don't apparently want to understand that what would invigorate a large Republican turnout EVEN MORE than Hillary Clinton running, is a Radical Socialist calling for revolution and running on the premise of redistributing the wealth by taxing for spending and growing government bigger than ever before seen (which is exactly how they will frame Bernie Sanders, most likely even worse....unfortunately) and it would be true.
Also, I find that Bernie's approach of continuously holding up all other European countries as the shining beacon as to what the US should be, is flawed, as it incites the opposition (as much as they seem to be down in America) to become that much more nationalistic. That is not the best approach to get more Americans to vote for you.
The person who will win the presidency, is the person who isn't downing this country so much, and instead provides an optimistic message that, under Obama we have done much better considering where we were, and that we should build on that, as we can make this country even better. A positive frame, much more worthy than day in, day out, highlighting only how terrible this country has become...which is already the GOP's message. As well, Sanders proposing to re-fight healthcare, an issue that has so divided this country is chancy at best, and a dangerous calculation at worse. It only generates that much more zeal for Republicans to come out in droves....because now they are fighting a real government type healthcare like what they attempted to say Obamacare is, when it ain't.
The bottomline is that this a much more important election than some want to admit, which is why so I don't understand the so many who are saying if it ain't Sanders, I'm not voting. They are more invested in teaching everyone a lesson, than caring about how their action will only directly hurt the exact people that Bernie Sanders is supposed to be so passionate about helping. In addition, it is a divisive statement that almost sounds like blackmail. Of course voting or not voting is everyone's right, but to use it as a bludgeon is totally unhelpful to Sanders' cause d'etre!
AND from both candidates, we need to hear much more on the "HOWs" they plan on making the changes they promise. Anytime Bernie highlights a problem, and promises what he'll give us, I always scream at my TV screen....BUT HOW will you do this? Yes, I know; Sanders' offerings sound awfully good, but it simply isn't enough to propose what's wrong and what would be better, if one cannot specifically provide a reasonable plan of HOW all of this legislation would occur to make these awesome changes, besides an unreliable Radical Revolution.
As for this Revolution...it could certainly continue regardless of who the nominee is, and in fact encouraged, as it shouldn't be solely about Bernie having to be President in order to change things.
AND, we should be taking note that, in Iowa anyways, voting was down by 30% for Democrats and up 50% for the Republicans, and that was with the Radical Revolutionary guy on the ticket....so there's that.
I'm thinking that young people, the most unreliable voting bloc there is, have only experienced how easy it is to win, but that's because they primarily remember Obama; but neither Sanders nor Clinton are Obama.
If you want to know my opinion about who will be the GOP Candidate, something I wrote some time back, and have been saying for months, here it is: http://www.democraticunderground.com/110738863
Posted by FrenchieCat | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 07:32 PM (18 replies)
Those same current Bernie Supporters who discuss Hillary's "judgement" due to her Iraq vote,
BUT who just looooved them some John Edwards, who made the exact same vote she did while in the Senate, but only with more gusto as his speech wasn't even close to lukewarm on the idea of going into Iraq.
Hillary said at the time that it was a hard vote, and certainly didn't sound anything like the Republicans in her speech deciding to vote for it. In fact, she said it was the hardest vote that she had ever had to make, meaning she wasn't zealous about voting the way that she did.
In comparison....John Edwards spoke of being sure that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destructions, and that America was in danger. In fact, his speech sounded like a speech George W. Bush would have given! Just Listen. That speech was on YouTube in 2008.....and yet....
So Why did Lefties-Liberals support John Edwards who was running, at the same time that Barack Obama was also running, Obama being the guy who had spoken out against the Iraq War in 2003? Because they had decided that Obama was a Corporatists....was the most frequent answer.
Edwards came in 2nd in the Iowa caucus.
John Edwards gave a super duper speech on the Two Americas, that's why!
Don't get me wrong, it was a great speech....and said all of the things that the Left wanted to hear! Didn't matter that John Edwards had worked for a Hedgefund Group - http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20070509/NEWS/705090381
Didn't matter that John Edwards "Foundation" to help the poor was nothing but a sham
CAUSE apparently "saying stuff about class division" works everytime when it comes to gaining Left Left Liberal Support to become the President. One doesn't have to really "accomplish" anything in that realm....but if its said, that means everything! His words sound eerily familiar in this video....
Here's a DU conversation about how John Edwards beats the (then thought to be who would win the GOP nom) Republican, back in November of 2007. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2287124
SOOOO, Why should I bring up old history of John Edwards.... who isn't even running (thank goodness)?
As we all know, Bernie is not Edwards. Bernie isn't just making promises as to what he will do as President, although I believe that he does know full well that he probably won't be able to get anything close to pass through congress!
Because I just wanted to demonstrate how easily some folks fall for the unelectable cause they are saying cool stuff, as politicians know that its easier to get voters to vote from their Hearts, than to vote with their Heads.
JOHN EDWARDS, THE LAST UP TILL NOW, GREATLY REVERED POPULIST ON DU!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 07:18 PM (22 replies)
He wouldn't have won Iowa....
or any other state for that matter,
even if the country was in financial freefall!
Obama would have been put under the floorboards about 8 months before any votes,
that's about all he would have got.
President Obama had to be
perfect is so many ways just to win the election
and get elected....
had to be tall, dark (but not too dark), young, handsome,
Harvard educated, First Black President of the Harvard Law Review,
have a beautiful young family,
Best selling winning author,
Senator from one of the biggest state,
have center left policies,
sense of humor,
be a really cool guy,
and a super election organizer,
Keynote speaker of the 2004 National Convention,
win all of the newspaper endorsements,
have folks like Teddy Kennedy endorse him,
and prove both his patriotism and
his religious beliefs,
etc, etc, etc,
While Bernie can walk around being 75 years old,
at times appear disheveled,
have a family history that's quite complicated,
be non religious (even if he is Jewish)
have only a BA in Political science,
with Socialist affiliations going back decades
as he talks about redistributing the wealth,
and simply promises everything,
The guy can literally walk around any old way, and he's just great!
and don't let me get started as to what Hillary has to have done and been....
hell, from looking at Bernie, perhaps she's just too damn qualified!
Now.....that's some White Male Privilege!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Wed Feb 3, 2016, 01:02 AM (15 replies)
I think that it is some of Bernie's supporters that will do him in. Currently I'm understanding that they are looking for the Black vote! I'm seeing movies posted of how great Bernie will be for Black people, and how we (Blacks) really don't understand what's good for us, because we just don't know Bernie! It is like Black folks aren't informed, and we just need to come around to understanding that Bernie will give us everything, but those really mean Clintons took away our welfare, and jailed all of the Black people. Plus she's a this$$$ and she's a that$$$! BTW, Remember 2008...oh and here's the video!
They continue to throw guilt by association, and red meat name calling without understanding that many of us simply don't believe that rainbows and Unicorns will be handed to us if we simply start to feel the Bern, cause first there's a serious election that would need to be won!
Clinton has already been vetted for like 25+ years, so I certainly already know exactly what I'll get. Sanders has yet to be vetted by the opposition, but when the Republicans get around to it, it will be a blood bath. Some Black folks just happen to know this, cause we've been paying attention to elections and how it all works! Most damn well know that the Supreme Court is at stake, along with both houses of congress, and most know the ramifications of losing this election! That means Affirmative Action, Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Gun laws. There will be cases brought on due to Police Brutality, Abortions, and on and on! That is not anything that most of us are unaware of! And don't let me get started on how a lost election would affect this First Black President's legacy, and the 8 hard years he will have put in. A lot of what he did was via executive order, meaning it can all be reversed on DAY one! They would also repeal ObamaCare...and that's a lot of Black folks finding themselves uninsured all of the sudden...again! They will also shut down Planned Parenthood, and a myriad of other services that enough Black folks use often. "Some say" they will never repeal the ACA, but they've already passed 60 bills to do just that!
As far as policies (which are important to me), there's enough similarities, although Clinton's plans are more detailed and achievable. That's what I want! Not grand promises of 40 acres and a mule! Rather, I would certainly want the details of how these policies can be achieved in this specific political atmosphere of GOP Lock on the legislative abilities to pass any laws.
If Bernie is relying on a Revolution to get it done, but only after he is elected, than I'm figuring he can still do that even if he is not. I don't have a problem with that plan. Just sayin'.....
Posted by FrenchieCat | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 11:57 PM (55 replies)
The media was running from tarmac to tarmac on the landing strips, asking questions of both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns; questions that appear to have been crafted to get the two into a "Counting the Chads" type of situation.
It was very clear, that MSNBC reporters were prodding with their stick, looking for their next big story.
Eventually, once they felt they had raised enough issues of doubt that the Sanders campaign might object to, they moved onto covering the Republican Party showing first third-place finisher Marco Rubio kissing his wife.
I didn't appreciate the tone of the corporate media as it appeared to be baiting, and in fact, I resent it. The results were Close, so I'm not jumping up-and-down with my big victory banner. This is not the general election, this is not a primary that matters, to the extent that we should distract ourselves at the very start. I have friends that are Bernie supporters, and this is simply not worth anything! Certainly not me arguing with them about, what.....exactly?
I think that if the party divides too much, the GOP will win. So although we could call names, get mad, and be passionate… The bottom line is what we learned in this Iowa primary, The demographics of the types of voters each candidate attracts. that was good information, and at the end of the day we've only just begun.
As a Clinton supporter, I am proud Hillary bettered her position this year, then when she came in third place in 2008 She improved her numbers greatly; That's a good thing! It demonstrates the phenomenon that was Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
As for the Sanders campaign I congratulate them for their efforts. They did outstanding...but there won't be any big victory banner that I think they will waive either.
Now back to Marco Rubio coverage...
Posted by FrenchieCat | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 07:28 AM (11 replies)
why the Republicans Party Hate the Democratic Party so much
The GOP has always been deathly afraid, that one day, too many Americans would realize without a doubt, that this country does exponentially better under Democratic Party rule. In contrast, Republicans appear to only excel at stealing the American peoples' money and funneling it to their rich cronies, via tax cuts, corporate subsidies, pork, defense and war spending. Their special talent is giving to the wealthy more than they can spend, while cutting programs set aside to assist the poorest Americans.
Case in point; the most loved and effective Presidents in the last part of the 20th Century were Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, JFK, Johnson, Clinton and now, Obama (21st Century once the history is written); all Democrats.
Unfortunately, the only Republican Presidents worth noting are Eisenhower (who would be a Democrat in this era, no doubt), and Reagan (after much historical rehabilitation).
I’m sure you notice the difference in the numbers.
So what does this have to do specifically with the Clintons?
The Republican Hate & Smear Machine have been trying to discredit Bill and Hillary Clinton for over 24+ years now, and as hard as they have tried, today, Republicans are still sweating.
It all began with the 1992 election which foiled the GOP’s grand master plan, and subtracted four years of theft they had already counted. Unfortunately, Bush Sr. (Reagan’s heir) had proven inept and brought about a premature recession. After one short term, a young and charming Bill Clinton unexpectedly defeated their War President Bush, who was forced to raise taxes due to his war. So, a three way race abruptly ended twelve years of Republican administrations. We must remember that after Nixon’s Watergate, Republicans weren’t quite sure they would ever see twelve straight years in the White House, and at some point had gotten very comfortable that the twelve would turn into sixteen years. Well that didn’t happen.
The GOP establishment's hate for Bill Clinton, and the start of the constant smearing started when Bill Clinton won his first Presidential election and succeeded in ending the 12 year Republican White House reign, but also changed the record held by Republicans prior to Clinton’s election; 20 years of holding down the Presidency vs. the Democrats’ 4 years (Pres. Jimmy Carter). He won by winning over what were then called Reagan Democrats who had supported Bush Sr. in the previous election, but switched their support to Clinton, who was moderate enough for them to pull the lever for, in contrast to Populist Ross Perot who was viewed as an unknown quantity and had showed signs of possible instability. He won by pointing to his Moderate record as Arkansas Governor, but in so doing, did alienate some in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
The rage and extreme jealousy the GOP projected due to Bill Clinton’s victory and Republican’s failure to steal four years of additional billions soon manifested itself into one simple goal;discredit the new charming President who possessed the gift of oratory, at all cost. They would make him feel the pain, and get him out of office after his first term. After all, if it had happened to President Carter and George H. Bush, it could happen to Bill Clinton, they figured.
Almost immediately, the scandals search started. Upon entering office, with a modest majority in both houses, Clinton signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 in August of that year, which passed Congress without a Republican vote. It cut taxes for fifteen million low-income families, made tax cuts available to 90 percent of small businesses, and raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2 percent of taxpayers. Additionally, through the implementation of spending restraints, it mandated the budget be balanced over a number of years (Paraphrased per Wikipedia/Bill Clinton).
President Clinton introduced to Congress his intentions to revamp the country’s healthcare plan on September 22, 1993 (9 months into office). The aim was to achieve universal coverage through a national health care plan. President Bill Clinton had made this the top priority on his agenda, and asked his very able wife, Hillary Clinton, to head the task force to put it all together. Until then, it had been unheard of, with the notable exception of Eleanor Roosevelt, for a wife of a President to insert herself into serious policy matters. The entire endeavor was eventually doomed by the well-organized opposition from conservatives, the American Medical Association, and the health insurance industry.
Clinton also helped pass the Brady Bill in November of 1993, which imposed a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases. He also expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit to subsidize low-income workers.
There were many accomplishment during Clinton’s first two years in office, but in the mid-term elections of 1994, less than two years into his first term, President Clinton lost his majorities in both the House and the Senate . He never regained majorities. In essence, he was made a lame duck for six years of his eight years in office.
In 1996, Bill Clinton, to the dismay of the Republicans and their scandal searching, won a 2nd term as President running against the much older Senator Dole, and in so doing, saved the nation from 100% Republican rule. His success was due to a booming Internet economy, and the tax increases he had imposed on the very rich filled the Government coffers. He left office with a 20 Billion surplus.
During Clinton's tenure, as mentioned, there were many failed Republican attempts at smearing the President, but most never totally quite hit their mark until 1996. At such time, their golden opportunity finally appeared in the form of a young Intern, who was discovered of having had an affair with the President. A scandal ensued of enormous proportion, and in 1998, the President was impeached by the House for lying under oath about the affair, but after much drama, in 1999, he was acquitted by the Senate. The vote was 50 Not Guilty, 50 Guilty on the obstruction of justice charge, and 55 Not Guilty, 45 Guilty on a perjury charge. The Republicans had failed again, as the vote tally did not meet the Constitutional two-thirds majority rule to convict and remove him. The voting was pretty much along party lines. None of the Democrats voted guilty, and a few Republicans went along.
The American people were dismayed of the affair, but they were even more dismayed by Congress’ response to it. That's why Democrats who actually know history understand that the Clintons saved our beacon for 8 years straight.
And what about Hillary? She can win, and the Republicans know that damn well!
I can't wait to see her sitting in the Oval office,
while the Republicans establishment shit all over themselves and their heads explode!
Not only a Democrat,
not only a Woman,
but a Clinton!
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 04:35 AM (22 replies)
I.e., who our Democratic Nominee will face in the general election.
Those of us who believe that Donald Trump will be the eventual nominee are more than likely mistaken. Those of us who believe that the primary race is between The Donald and Cruz, I believe are also incorrect.
The way I see it, both of these men have been a distraction and a media shield for who will be the eventual nominee; Senator Marco Rubio.
If you haven’t noticed, Rubio has been in the middle of the pack all year. The review of his debates performances have been glowing, and although he has been polling 3rd in Iowa and New Hampshire for some time, the media has been oddly silent about him until very recently, while they discuss Trump and Cruz ad nauseas.
Rubio is the GOP establishment pick. He is the one that can bring in Latino Voters (so they think), excite enough of the Republican party youth, and win Florida (as he has already won statewide there).
He is a decent looking young guy; a mix between Rickie Ricardo and Frank Sinatra in appearance, has a cute family, a compelling life story, and can talk up an awfully good word salad (I've watched him on C-Span) that will leave many unclear without noticing. You will note how tough he's sounded on Foreign policy; the exact thing Republicans love to hear, as for them, that connotes strength. His only Tea Party failure is his noticeable participation on immigration policies, as he was 1 in the gang of 8 who attempted to fashion a bi-partisan somewhat reasonable policy. This may not play well in the primaries, but will play much better in the general election. Additionally, he is not another Bush aka Jeb.
The current strategy is to have him come in strong third in Iowa, and then, we will see him surging in New Hampshire, a state that dislikes Cruz, and although Trump is currently leading, the establishment will be working hard at bringing Trump down. I doubt Trump survives, as his intended use will have expired; to keep the country distracted during most of the pre-primaries.
After Iowa, some of the other losing establishment candidates will leave the race. More will quit after New Hampshire. This will consolidate the non-tea- party vote to Rubio, who polls show as 2nd or 3rd pick on most GOP voters' list.
If Rubio wins the primaries, he will most likely select former Ohio Governor John Kasich as his Vice President. That's why Kasich is even in the race. The Republicans need Ohio, and they need someone on the ticket that has not only won statewide there, is still liked by many, and almost sounds reasonable, especially after what has taken place during the Primaries…plus a la Biden, he will be more reassuring to Middle America quasi racists to have Kasich on the ticket, when there is a Cuban as the head of it. Please also note that Between Rubio and Kasich, the two have won almost all of the newspaper endorsements.
Rubio, they believe, is their Obama, and Kasich is their Biden.
The GOP Establishment does not believe that Republicans will vote for Hillary (that's why Rubio has to win, cause if Trump win, they just may), But they are worried about Women (who may stand in line for 7 hours to vote for the first woman Prez, including those single woman voters who have not bothered to vote as of yet), Minorities, and Middle of the road Independents (socially liberal, but fiscally conservative) who remember the 1990s as great economic years.
They also know for a fact that the country, in the majority, will not vote for a Green Party/Naderite/Democratic Socialist old guy screaming revolution from Vermont while demanding tax hikes, and another fight on health care, and free college (GOP will term that over and over again as the redistribution of wealth to give out free stuff and government controlled health care); not in Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Florida (and some other states as well). They also know that any National Security "October Surprise" will be the end of Sanders for sure, as long as they can present a somewhat "reasonable" alternative. If they can run against Sanders, far as they are concerned, they will end up winning and achieving their long awaited wet dream; a GOP Trifecta! That's why the GOP is (not so) silently rooting for Bernie Sanders to win the Primaries.
That's my analysis backing up my prediction.
(updated 2/11/16 - My Prediction was incorrect, as Robot Rubio proved to be nothing more than a lightweight, as GOP candidates normally are, but it showed early with this one - I'll write another one of these when I have a better inkling! LOL)
(updated 2/24/16 -= My Prediction may still be correct, as Rubio has been rehabilitated, and now is "bad boy Rubio". He is their last chance! So we shall see)
Posted by FrenchieCat | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 03:10 AM (15 replies)