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AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner with $400,000 tax hike threshold

www.politico.com/story/2012/12/obama-fiscal-cliff-85211.html

Awesomeness! 'He Had The Courage To Say No'

Love This... found on fb

Scarborough Questions Gun Stance: ‘Ideologies Of My Past Career’ No Longer ‘Relevant’

Looking forward to the Scarborough is an idiot comments.... I say 'no shit' to that.... I just wanted to add him to the list of influential conservatives that are changing their view points after what happened:

Joe Scarborough reflected on the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Monday with a monologue urging a search for answers. The MSNBC host said he stood by his libertarian beliefs — when it came to Hollywood and the First Amendment, and gun collectors and the Second Amendment — after past shootings. But after Newtown, “the ideologies of my past career,” he said, are “no longer relevant” to the future he wants and demands for his children.

Scarborough spoke of the “random acts of violence that seem to be getting less random by the day.” The violence we’ve seen “is being spawned by the toxic brew of a violent popular culture, a growing mental health crisis, and the proliferation of combat-styled weapons,” Scarborough detailed, noting the need to tackle each one of these causes, and bidding good luck to gun lobbyists and Hollywood lawyers.

“I am a conservative Republican who received the NRA’s highest ratings over four terms in Congress,” Scarborough said. “I come to you this morning with a heavy heart and no easy answers. Still, I’ve spent the past few days grasping for solutions and struggling for answers — while daring to question my own long-held belief on these subjects.”

Touching upon his “libertarian’s approach,” Scarborough urged action:



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With all The Sadness Going Around... I thought you might like this (Best Surprise Ever!)





found on Being Liberal FB Page

Image: President Obama Holds The Granddaughter Of Sandy Hook's Slain Principal

found on buzzfeed

I'm taking a break, I can't deal with all this weird energy around all this gun talk...

I tried posting a few things that I thought would be welcomed on DU.... but the energy behind the responses was starting to weird me out.

I Don't like guns! I don't get along with those that love them, and I don't even come close to understanding why people do love them.

A friend of mine handed me his gun once for me to hold and I immediately wanted to put it down. There is a strange vibe that comes along with guns... they are more than just chunks of metal. They have a dark, dark history and they represent to me a violence that I am not comfortable with. I have no right trying to hold a conversation with anybody that has an obsession with guns... my responses are naive and uneducated.

I think I will take a break from DU for a while... at least until things start to calm down regarding the gun stuff -

Peace!!

update: Wow now over 170 thousand Signatures for WH Petition Resulting from the CT tragedy (link)

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Tearful Obama mourns 'beautiful kids'

Source: aap

US President Barack Obama wiped away tears and struggled to compose himself on Friday as he mourned the dead in the Connecticut school shooting, and promised "meaningful" action to stop gun tragedies.

"The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old," Obama said. "They had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."

Obama paused for several seconds, and breathed heavily, several times wiping a tear from the corner of his eye, as he gave his first reaction to the killing of at least 27 people, including 18 children, in the White House briefing room.

"Among the fallen, were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams," Obama said.

"Our hearts are broken today, for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of those who are lost.

"As a country we have been through this too many times," Obama said, mentioning earlier shooting massacres, in Colorado, Oregon and Wisconsin.

"These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, these children are our children.

"We are going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics.

Read more: http://news.msn.co.nz/worldnews/8580619/tearful-obama-mourns-beautiful-kids



Reich: Why is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?


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Why is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the President’s reelection campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs.

That’s what Americans care about — jobs with good wages.

And that’s part of why Obama and the Democrats were victorious on Election Day.

It seems forever ago, but it’s worth recalling that President Obama won reelection by more than 4 million votes, a million more than George W. Bush when he was reelected — and an electoral college majority of 332 to Romney’s 206, again larger than Bush’s electoral majority over Kerry in 2004 (286 to 251).The Democratic caucus in the Senate now has 55 members (up from 53 before Election Day), and Republicans have 8 fewer seats in the House than before.

So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits? Why is almost all the news coming out of our nation’s capital about whether the Democrats or Republicans have the best plan to reduce the budget deficit? Why are we back to showdowns over the deficit?

It makes no sense economically. Cutting the budget deficit — either by reducing public spending or raising taxes on the middle class, or both — will slow the economy and increase unemployment. That’s why the so-called “fiscal cliff” is so dangerous.

In the foreseeable future our government has to spend more rather than less. Businesses won’t hire because they still don’t have enough consumers to justify additional hires. So to get jobs back at the rate and scale needed, government has to be the spender of last resort.

The job situation is still horrendous. Twenty-three million Americans can’t find full-time work. Less than 59 percent of the working-age population of the nation is employed, almost the lowest percent in three decades. 4.8 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months. The 40-week average spell of joblessness is almost three times the post-1948 average.

And even those who have jobs are finding it harder to make ends meet. Jobs created since the trough of the recession pay less than jobs that were lost. The median wage is 8 percent below what it was in 2000, adjusted for inflation. And wages are still heading downward: Average hourly earnings in October were 3.1 percent below what they were in October, 2010.

This isn’t just an ongoing tragedy for 23 million Americans and their families. It also robs all of us of what these people would produce if they were fully employed – roughly $2 trillion worth of goods and services that won’t be created this year.

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Madeleine Albright On Susan Rice's Withdrawal: 'It's Appalling What Happened Here'

Source: huffpo

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she found the treatment of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice by Republican senators "appalling," arguing that her consideration to be the next Secretary of State became a "political football" that had very little to do with her actual career and record as a public servant.

"I just think it's appalling what happened here. Appalling," she told The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday morning, noting she had known Rice since she was 4 years old. "I think there are many aspects to this which ... are just completely fabricated and unfair, and just not the right way to treat someone who has dedicated her life to serving the United States."

On Thursday, Rice called President Barack Obama and formally took herself out of the running to be the next secretary of state. In a Washington Post op-ed, Rice said she decided to withdraw after "it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle."

"I think it was a political attack, in many ways, that had not much to do with her," said Albright on Friday, saying Rice had become a "political football."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/madeleine-albright-susan-rice-secretary-of-state_n_2299529.html?utm_hp_ref=politics
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