Weekly Address 03-30-13

 Posted by at 10:03  Politics
Mar 302013
 

“President Obama Offers Easter and Passover Greetings”

From the White House weblog:

President Obama uses his weekly address to mark a sacred time for the millions of Americans celebrating Easter and Passover, and he calls on everyone to use this time to reflect on the common values we share as a nation. The President says that this is a chance to embrace loved ones, give thanks for our blessings, and help those less fortunate as we celebrate our individual traditions as well as the thread of humanity that connects us all.

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A child will teach them

 Posted by at 11:26  Politics
Mar 232013
 

Watch and listen as Matthew Lannon, 12, a sixth-grader at Wheeler School in Providence testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday evening at the Rhode Island State House about marriage equality…

If there’s one thing you don’t mess with in life, it’s love. My parents and all the other gay and lesbian people here want to be happy, just like you. All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours. This year, you have the opportunity to change that. I say, choose love.

The United States is changing, and it’s the youngsters who will change it. I only wish my generation could have seen the light.
 

Weekly Address 03-23-13

 Posted by at 10:54  Politics
Mar 232013
 

“Helping Protect Our Kids by Reducing Gun Violence ”

From the White House weblog:

Three months after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama says that the Senate has taken important steps forward to help protect our kids by reducing gun violence. The American people made their voices heard, and the Senate made progress to make it harder for criminals and people with serious mental illnesses to get guns, to crack down on anyone trying to funnel guns to criminals, and to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. Each of these ideas deserves a vote. The President urges Congress to pass these commonsense measures while affirming our nation’s tradition of responsible gun ownership.

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Mar 222013
 

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Weekly Address 03-16-03

 Posted by at 10:45  Politics
Mar 162013
 

“Time to Create the Energy Security Trust”

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President Obama discusses the need to harness American energy in order to reduce our dependence on oil and make the United States a magnet for new jobs. He highlights his all-of-the-above approach to American energy — including a proposal to establish an Energy Security Trust, which invests in research that will help shift our cars and trucks off of oil.

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Weekly Address 03-09-13

 Posted by at 08:51  Politics
Mar 092013
 

“End the Sequester to Keep Growing the Economy”

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In his weekly address, President Obama says that businesses have created jobs every month for three years straight – nearly 6.4 million altogether, and have added 246,000 new jobs in February. We must keep this momentum going, and that’s why the President recently met with Republican leaders to discuss how we can replace the harmful, arbitrary budget cuts, called the “sequester,” with balanced deficit reduction.

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DOMA must go

 Posted by at 10:38  Politics
Mar 082013
 

From the president who signed DOMA into law:

It’s time to overturn DOMA

In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian. As a bipartisan group of former senators stated in their March 1 amicus brief to the Supreme Court, many supporters of the bill known as DOMA believed that its passage “would defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.” It was under these circumstances that DOMA came to my desk, opposed by only 81 of the 535 members of Congress.

On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.

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