Weekly Address 09-21-13

 Posted by at 09:54  Politics
Sep 212013
 

“Congress Must Act Now to Pass a Budget and Raise the Debt Ceiling”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama said that the economy is making progress five years after the worst recession since the Great Depression, but to avoid another crisis, Congress must meet two deadlines in the coming weeks: pass a budget by the end of the month to keep the government open, and raise the debt ceiling so America can pay its bills. Congress should vote to do these now, so that we can keep creating new jobs and expanding opportunity for the middle class.

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Weekly Address 09-14-13

 Posted by at 11:37  Politics
Sep 142013
 

“Pursuing a Diplomatic Solution in Syria”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama followed up on his speech to the nation on Tuesday and said there is the possibility for a diplomatic solution in Syria, partially because of the credible threat of U.S. military force. Russia has joined the international community in pushing Syria to give up its chemical weapons—which were used to kill more than 1,000 people on August 21 —and the U.S. will take steps to ensure this is not a stalling tactic. We will also maintain our military posture in the region and remain prepared to act if diplomacy fails. This allows us to achieve our goal of deterring the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons, degrade their ability to use them, and make it clear to the world that we won’t tolerate their use, in order to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons for our children.

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Sep 102013
 

President Obama addressed the nation on Syria tonight. You should have watched, but in case you did not or would just like to watch again…

America must now decide how we want to move forward as a nation. Do we want to continue in a leadership role or are we to be content with sitting back and being a follower and a has-been? I believe the President very clearly laid out tonight which path he would choose.

Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used.

America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.

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Weekly Address 09-07-13

 Posted by at 10:08  General
Sep 072013
 

“Calling for Limited Military Action in Syria”

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In his weekly address, President Obama makes the case for limited and targeted military action to hold the Assad regime accountable for its violation of international norms prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. The President realizes the American people are weary after a decade of war, which is why U.S. action would not include U.S. boots on the ground. Instead, the President has put forward a proposed authorization that is focused on his clearly stated objectives – preventing and deterring the use and proliferation of chemical weapons (CW) within, to, or from Syria, degrading the Assad regime’s capacity to carry out future CW attacks, and deterring this behavior in others who would otherwise feel emboldened to use such weapons. The President acknowledged it is not a decision he made lightly, but failing to respond to such actions poses a serious threat to our national security.

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Sep 062013
 

Not many cartoons this week. Most of our cartoonists were fixated on Syria. You know what they say — if you’ve seen one you’ve pretty much seen them all.

      

      

      

   

Must Read 09-03-13

 Posted by at 09:50  Politics
Sep 032013
 

Today’s must read article comes to use via Joshua Holland and Moyers & Company.

Understanding the Right’s Obamacare Obsession

This summer’s heated battles over the implementation of “Obamacare” are a microcosm of a much larger and longstanding ideological clash over the role of the government in society.

The hard-right is taking a scorched-earth approach, obstructing the law’s implementation by any means necessary and spinning the hiccups and glitches that are inevitable with any complex new system as an unmitigated disaster.

It’s a perfect example of a structural advantage enjoyed by politicians who rail against “big government”: they claim that government is, by definition, hopelessly inept and can’t do anything to improve people’s lives, and when they get into power they have the opportunity to obstruct, cause havoc and ultimately prove the claim.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration, officials in around half of the states and a network of the program’s supporters are desperate to get the new health insurance scheme up and running. It’s shaping up as a particularly ugly fight in an era that’s come to be defined by “crisis governance.”

What does no-hold-barred warfare against a law that’s been settled for three years look like? Some tea party activists are urging Republican lawmakers to shut down the government — or even default on the debt Congress itself ran up — in a quixotic effort to “defund” Obamacare. In refusing to expand Medicaid, legislators in 21 states, most of them “red,” are not only denying their poorest citizens coverage, but also turning away billions of dollars from the federal government. Some members of Congress are refusing to help their own constituents navigate the new exchanges to get the benefits available to them. According to the Washington Post, some state legislators are getting quite creative, “refusing to enforce consumer protections, for example, and restricting federally funded workers hired to help people enroll in coverage.” In Missouri, “officials have been barred from doing anything to help put the law into place.”

That’s just the beginning. Click on the article’s title to read the whole thing.

In this writer’s opinion, the real reason the Republicans are so opposed to Obamacare is that they know that if it is successful it will only further lead to their own obscurity. Once people realize how much the new health care law benefits them and their families, they are likely to never vote for another Republican as long as they live. It will be several generations before the Republicans and their rich benefactors again enjoy the power they so crave.