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Critics overlook Obama’s hard-fought victories

Published 9:25am Friday, October 5, 2012

With Election Day rapidly approaching, I would like to remind folks of some of the achievements of President Barack Obama.

These are achievements that have been made despite the stated aims of Republican leaders that their top national priority was to ensure he would be a one-term president.

Theor goals were not to save the economy, not to defend the country, not to put people back to work and definitely not to promote the general welfare of the American people.

President Obama inherited an economy that even his predecessor said was heading for a meltdown. Obama’s stimulus package helped stabilize the economy. Republicans in Congress opposed a larger stimulus recommended by many economists, and, predictably, later blamed the President because his stimulus did not do “enough” for the economy.

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed to more than 13,000 from a low of 6,547 in early 2009, shortly after President Obama took office.

Prompt action from the president saved the American auto industry and more than a million jobs around the country, thousands and thousands in Ohio alone. You may recall Mr. Romney’s advice for the auto industry: Let them fail.

Millions of Americans now have a chance for health care. Children and their families can no longer be refused health insurance because of real or imagined preexisting conditions and can no longer be dropped if they get sick. Young adults can now remain on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26.

Women are now entitled to the same pay as men for the same work.

Combat troops have been brought home from Iraq. Actions against Al-Qaeda and its supporters have been aggressive and highly productive. Osama Bin Laden and many of his top lieutenants have been brought to justice.

I suspect if George W. Bush had some of these accomplishments on his resume, his supporters would be measuring him for a spot on Mount Rushmore.

Merlyn Marten

Proctorville

  1. Noesis

    indieVoter

    I appreciate the comments directed at me but I only came back to share the good news:

    Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in September
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    Jeez, now your even imitating Obambi’s debating style… pretty anemic!

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  2. mikehaney

    Remember movie Red Dawn? Commentary on fox.
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    Here is what we say in “Black Helicopters” that Obama, Hillary, and the UN are planning for us:

    A “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions. Every time you buy or sell a stock or a bond or exchange money while travelling, you’d be hit with a financial transactions tax (a percentage of your transaction) that would go to the UN.

    A global tobacco tax with the funds to flow to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    A UN-imposed tax on billionaires all over the world. And don’t delude yourself for a moment that it is only the 1600 current billionaires who will be hit. Once the precedent of a UN tax on US citizens is approved, it will gradually grow downwards to cover more and more Americans. Again the funds will go to the UN.

    Under the Law of the Sea Treaty – up for Senate ratification in December of the lame duck session – offshore oil and gas wells would have to pay a proportion of their revenues to the International Seabed Authority, a UN-sponsored organization, which would distribute the loot to the third world.

    A carbon tax on all U.S. or other foreign commercial or passenger aircraft flying to Europe. Nominally to fight climate change, these revenues would also go to the third world.

    A mandatory assessment to be imposed on the U.S. to compensate third world nations for the costs of reducing their carbon output.

    These taxes are, of course, only the first steps. Once the principle is established of UN taxation of American citizens, the sky is the limit.

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  3. Noesis

    Speaking of good news:

    The scale of Obama’s humiliation revealed:
    Romney scores 52-point debate victory -
    the Biggest in Gallup poll history

    PEW POLL: Mitt Romney Storms Into The Lead Over Obama

    Leading From the Front:
    Romney shreds Obama’s foreign policy legacy.

    More polls: Romney now within three
    points in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania

    Romney 49%, Obama 47%
    Among Likely Voters
    Gallup, by Frank Newport

    Foreign Funds: Obama campaign under fire for possible
    overseas donations

    Ohio: Romney Beats Obama
    In D+9 Poll; Wins
    Indies By 20 Points

    Obama Is Crumbling In
    Two Previous ‘Safe’ States

    Obama Raises $181 Million In
    September As ‘Foreign-Donor-Gate’
    Heats Up
    CBS Washington

    Polls: Romney within striking
    distance in Michigan, Pennsylvania
    The Hill

    Polls: Romney grabs leads in Ohio and Colorado
    The Hill

    Surge: Romney Leads In All 11 Swing States

    Romney erases Obama advantage among women in new poll

    Romney Holds 40-Point Lead With Military Voters

    Obama Campaign Scrambles to Kill Illegal Online
    Fundraising Story

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  4. mikehaney

    And Obama walked out of the debate thinking he had won.
    He needs to stay out of his home brew.

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    • Noesis

      Makes you wonder what he was smoking before the debate…

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  5. mikehaney

    Romney with 20 pt lead among independents.
    Apparently some independents don’t believe everything they read. Some drink the kool aid, some don’t.

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  6. I appreciate the comments directed at me but I only came back to share the good news:

    Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in September
    October 06, 2012|By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

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    • Noesis

      It’s only good news Indie if people believe it.

      They don’t.

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  7. mikehaney

    Stefan had been in a cast for six weeks and was anxiously awaiting the moment to have it removed. I promised to take him to the emergency room by car instead of the usual bus. The county hospital had not changed from the hospital I knew in the seventies. It looked just as dingy, dirty, and poorly lit. The low wattage CFL bulbs cast an eerie glow that gave me a headache. The paint was chipping everywhere, there were suspect stains on the linoleum floor which had seen better days and the walls were soiled by filth and bloody emergencies. The littered yard was occupied by several stray and mangy dogs.

    After waiting hours in the crowded and sweltering hospital, Stefan was seen by a gruff doctor whose demeanor was less than friendly. The emergency room doctor called in a nurse to help him cut the cast. From the cloud of white dust, Stefan’s toe emerged. It was swollen, twisted, and the inexperienced stitching looked like the patchwork of Frankenstein’s monster. The doctor dismissed Stefan, telling him to stay off the foot for two more weeks and to walk on his heel. No advice to assist him cope with the swelling, no therapy, no boot to help him walk for two weeks, nothing. I was shocked! I tried to ask questions, the doc looked at me dismissively, and walked out of the room.
    Dr. Paugh(Romania)
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    Our health care future?
    Just as soon go to the DMV for medical needs. May get better treatment.

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  8. Noesis

    Hey Indie…. did you read what liberal Andrew Sullivan wrote?

    Did Obama Just Throw The Entire Election Away?

    The Pew poll is devastating, just devastating. Before the debate, Obama had a 51 – 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 – 45 lead. That’s a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama’s performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing.

    Romney’s favorables are above Obama’s now. Yes, you read that right. Romney’s favorables are higher than Obama’s right now. That gender gap that was Obama’s firewall? Over in one night…

    Panic time Indie…

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  9. mikehaney

    Overall, “[economic] output is expected to remain sluggish in advanced economies but still relatively solid in many emerging markets and developing economies,” the IMF said.

    It said much would depend on action taken by policymakers in Europe and the US.
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    hint,hint–we know what the last four were like in the US(spend,spend,spend borrowed money), same as next four if Obambi wins in nov.

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  10. mikehaney

    EUREKA! A miracle has been delivered just in time for the election. Somehow, the federal government has shown that with the addition of 1,000 jobs above a formerly low estimate, and we added 873,000 improbable and unsubstantiated self-employed Warren Buffetts, we now approach economic solvency.

    Only in Americas could an imagination be so boundless as to trust we’ll swallow the opportunistic and fabricated numbers presented by an administration desperately struggling to prove its non-existent worth.

    Ain’t Modern Math wonderful? It’s positively magical in its Washingtonian application.

    Thanks for listening
    Richard J. “Sarge” Garwood

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  11. Noesis

    Indie: Haney, you’re desperate. I can’t say I’m surprised to find you or one of your cohorts here trying to pitch a conspiracy theory to refute the good news that Obama has gotten the unemployment rate down under 8% AS PROMISED.
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    Uh Indie… Obambi never promised to get unemployment down below 8%.

    We were told that we had to pass the Stimulus to prevent unemployment from going ABOVE 8%, What we got was what… 44 months of unemployment above 8%.

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  12. Noesis

    …Republicans naturally claimed that something was fishy about the jobs report. Just as naturally, the Obama administrations maintained that the BLS statistics are compiled by non-partisan professional bureaucrats. So, what’s the answer?

    They are both right. The BLS numbers may be honestly compiled, but they are based on abstractions and sampling assumptions, and are frequently corrected long after their original release. Furthermore, the numbers being argued about are the U3 data, which is an incomplete measure of unemployment in the U.S. economy. The more reliable U6 data, which includes part-time workers unable to find full-time employment, is still well into double-digit figures.

    The more interesting aspect of the latest LBS data is this: Even if the 114,000 new jobs figure is correct, it is below the level required to match new entries into the labor force. In other words, the U3 (and U6) rate should have risen instead of declined. Why didn’t it? Simple explanation: the long-term unemployed are being “removed” from the statistical measurement of the labor force. If the BLS considers you a “discouraged” worker, you are no longer compiled under the data for unemployed workers. This may look more positive for the upcoming presidential election if you are President Barack Obama, but it does nothing to facilitate economic growth.
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    Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know you hate stuff from Fox news!

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  13. Noesis

    So Indie, what’s your explanation for Obambi getting creamed in the debate? Altitude sickness, having Kerry play Romney in the practice, having to defend his dismal record, worrying about all the illegal cash donations coming from overseas and the negative press coverage?

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  14. Noesis

    Yeah, it’s really amazing that unemployment drops from 8.1% down to 7.9% when we have an anemic GDP increase of 1.2%

    Nobody really believes that number… all they have to do is look around.

    The BLS reported that while only 114,000 jobs were created in September–which would have translated into a rise in unemployment from 8.1% to 8.2%–the unemployment rate fell dramatically to 7.8%. That unusual drop is the fastest in nearly three decades, and was unexpected even in the rosiest predictions.

    One reason for the rise was an upward revision of 86,000 to the July and August jobs numbers–all of which came from a 91,000 increase in the estimate of public sector jobs. Private sector job estimates were actually revised downward by 5,000.

    In addition, the BLS reported a large rise in the number of part-time jobs, adding 600,000 jobs to the total–a dramatic increase of 7.5%, not explained by any other economic indicators–and raising questions about whether the government had changed the way it counted part-time workers.

    Solis was adamant today in defending both the revisions and the BLS’s methodology for counting part-time workers–relying largely on the upwards revisions for July and August jobs.

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  15. Noesis

    From the BLS: The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as
    involuntary part-time workers) rose from 8.0 million in August to 8.6 million in September. These
    individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable
    to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)
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    And if the unemployment rate dropping below 8%, gave Obambi a boost, why do we see the following headlines:

    PEW: R 49% O 45%

    Was that from the 2% boost you predicted Obambi would get for thrashing that weak Romney in the debate?

    Boy, you sure were wrong on that one weren’t you. I was getting worried, I thought you had abandoned us completely after that humiliation.

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  16. mickakers

    indieVoter; Good to see you back in action. Have missed your comments and opinions. Your comment “Not much new here to read”, I found thought provoking. Everyday presents something new. We are fortunate to be here and have the opportunity to perceive this.

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    • If you recognized it as an indictment against the low quality of what we pass off as commentary then, not only was it thought provoking to you, but you also got it right.

      98% of the stuff typed in the comments section here is “gotcha” stuff, usually cut and pasted from something googled, and it’s never-ending.

      How many times did I mention all the jobs Obama created over the last 29 months just to be met by the canned (approved by Rush Limbaugh) response of “yeah, but why’s the unemployment RATE still over 8???”

      Now the unemployment rate IS under 8 and what happens? Do these people say “OK, hat’s off. He did it.” Of course not. They make up some conspiracy where the unemployment rate is “fixed”.

      I know where this is all going. When Obama wins, your right-wing buddies here will say THAT’S a conspiracy too. They will try to make BOTH terms of Barack Obama’s presidency “illegitimate.”

      Now I know how history will look back on this and I’m glad that I’ll be able to say I was on the right side of history.

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  17. Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in September
    October 06, 2012|By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

    “WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8% in September for the first time in 3½ years, giving President Obama a boost…

    Significantly, the unemployment rate for September didn’t fall because more people dropped out of the labor force, as in previous months. The average hours worked last month rose, as did workers’ hourly earnings. And the share of the working-age population with jobs — considered an important measure of labor-market health — reached the highest rate in more than two years…

    The jobs report, the next-to-last one before the Nov. 6 election, takes away one of Romney’s talking points — that, under Obama’s watch, the economy has struggled with more than 8% unemployment for 40-plus consecutive months…”
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    Haney, you’re desperate. I can’t say I’m surprised to find you or one of your cohorts here trying to pitch a conspiracy theory to refute the good news that Obama has gotten the unemployment rate down under 8% AS PROMISED.

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  18. mikehaney

    The numbers are being reported in such a way where the unemployment rate is actually doing the opposite of all of the other numbers.

    Ninety-nine weeks of unemployment was timed for the election. As we approach November, people’s unemployment benefits are running out. As they drop off the unemployment rolls, their status is being changed from “unemployed,” to “no longer searching for work.” These people still don’t have a job, still wish to be employed, but are no longer being counted as being unemployed.

    Meanwhile, the guess-ta-mation of how many jobs are available in the universe of jobs is also being manipulated. The total number of jobs available nationwide has been reduced by the Obama administration, and when you compare the number of jobs available to the number of people working, suddenly the unemployment number drops. The guess for figuring out the employment number is largely due to phone surveys – you know, like polls? And we know how accurate those can be, right? (That was sarcasm, for those of you that are, shall we say, less informed).
    Douglas v. Gibbs, Canada Free Press

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    • What part of this eluded you?

      “Significantly, the unemployment rate for September DIDN’T fall because more people dropped out of the labor force, as in previous months. The average hours worked last month rose, as did workers’ hourly earnings. And the share of the working-age population with jobs — considered an important measure of labor-market health — reached the highest rate in more than two years…”

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  19. Not much new here to read but I noticed a bit of news that goes perfectly with this article. Whether you like him or not, President Obama has been a class act as president and has delivered on campaign promises to the best of his ability. Here’s one more kept promise that seals the deal for the President’s re-election.
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    Unemployment rate drops to 7.8% in September
    October 06, 2012|By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

    “WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate fell below 8% in September for the first time in 3½ years, giving President Obama a boost…

    Significantly, the unemployment rate for September didn’t fall because more people dropped out of the labor force, as in previous months. The average hours worked last month rose, as did workers’ hourly earnings. And the share of the working-age population with jobs — considered an important measure of labor-market health — reached the highest rate in more than two years…

    The jobs report, the next-to-last one before the Nov. 6 election, takes away one of Romney’s talking points — that, under Obama’s watch, the economy has struggled with more than 8% unemployment for 40-plus consecutive months…”
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    Well there you go. The unemployment rate is under 8%, even after Bush job losses exploded up to 700,000+ per month (even more than expected) in his final moments before handing over power to Barack Obama.

    Barack Obama will go down in history as one of America’s great presidents. The vocal minority who hated him so badly will go down in history as neo-McCarthyites, racists and backwards people who were gullible enough to give their votes away to the rich under the pretense that social issues were somehow going to be addressed.

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    • mikehaney

      To believe these figures, one would have to be drinking an awful lot of cool aid.

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  20. mickakers

    Noesis; A rather shallow argument in promotion of abortion. The offspring of the more affluent members of our society are acceptable to failings and weaknesses as are their parents, this has been more than amply demonstrated. This is called the Human Condition. Affluence or lack of has no bearing. On second thought, the more affluent, do to their access to better education and environment may be held more accountable. I have observed throughout the years, the less affluent have a higher moral standard than the affluent. I think as a word of caution it would behoove us to think about the comment in St. Matthew’s Gospel writings, in particular chapter 19 verse 24 “And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. The more affluent, have grave responsibilities.

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  21. mickakers

    Geronimo; Please do a search on — president obama pro abortion record — once there, click on President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record-The Frederick. To address your other issues, such as his support of Gay Marriage (which he does support) and has said so. He also supports the disregard of freedom of conscience in regards to religious beliefs as demonstrated in “Obama Care”, please do a search on — relativism. A short definition of Relativism is; a denial of absolute truth and leads to moral license. Anyone who says they “hate abortion” or “I may not like abortion” (shades of Ted Kennedy) but yet, support those who promote it, are on sandy ground.

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  22. Geronimo

    mickakers,
    He supports abortion.(Wrong) he does not,but its a law and he supports the womans right to choose.He is sworn to uphold the Constitution and the Laws of the USA Abortion is legal according to the Supreme court,a constitutional right.As far as gay marriage , he has said he believes marriage is between a man and a woman,He supports civil unions according to state law. There is no federal law on gay marriage. Now,I may not like abortion(And I don’t) It’s a religeous thing with me,and I would not choose it,but I’m not a woman,so I pray for the woman and let her take it up with GOD ,He does the judging. With gays I’m the same way. They are also tax paying citizens with the same constitutional rights you and I have,again GOD will be their judge.

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  23. keta

    Analogy: Noun
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    Okay, pay attention. An analogy explains a concept by comparing it to something similar. “She has a mind like a steel trap”. “He felt like a fish out of water”. “Their child is a monster”. (Their child isn’t actually a monster, you see. The speaker is explaining his behavior by comparing him to one.)

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    • Noesis

      OK, I think I’ve got it… Here, let me practice…. During the debate, Romney had a mind like a steel trap while Obama felt like a fish out of water. Did that sound correct?

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  24. mickakers

    keta, Noesis; Would you care to comment on The Life at Conception Act, H.R. 374 and S.91 (this is before the House & Senate at the present time)? In Harry Blackmun’s 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, he wrote that “if personhood is established, the appellant’s case (i.e., ‘Roe’), of course collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the (14th) amendment.”

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    • Noesis

      Mick I hate abortion but I support it. If parents don’t want kids and are forced to “raise” those kids, how dysfunctional are those kids going to be? How likely are they going to be supervised outside of the house? How many are going to join gangs, do drugs, commit massive amounts of crime and end up in prison? Just look at inner city youth, the number of them in gangs and how many end up killing each other or those ending up in prison. And abortion is allowed and supposedly these kids are wanted by their parents.

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  25. keta

    Using your feeble analogy
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    My comment didn’t include an analogy, Noises.

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    • Noesis

      Anology : Noun
      A comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
      A correspondence or partial similarity.
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      You weren’t comparing the actions that would have occurred if Bush had doubled the stock market to those of Obsmbi?

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  26. keta

    measuring him for a spot on Mount Rushmore
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    If all Dubyah had done was double the Dow, as Obama has, they’d be carrying him through the streets on their shoulders. Since Obama was the president who did it….big deal! LOL

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    • Noesis

      Using your feeble analogy Keta… A doctor that used a defibrillator to bring a patient back to life gets to claim God status… I mean when the body got there… there was no life, no pulse and by his hands alone he brought life into that body!

      Hey… are you guys sending out search parties for Indie yet? I fear she might have suffered a psychotic break Wednesday night after the Obambi beatdown. I mean here she was just a few weeks ago predicting how we wouldn’t show up on this site after an Obama victory and she can’t even handle a debate defeat.

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  27. mickakers

    President Barack Obama’s shortcomings far exceed his accomplishments. His support of the killing of the unborn (abortion), his support of same sex marriage (deviant behavior), his support of the disregard of freedom of conscience when it comes to religious beliefs are demonstrative of this. President Barack Obama, his administration and the Democratic Party are lacking in basic morality and are a disgrace to the American people. President George W. Bush was a credit in comparison and I might add, also the Republican Party. That being said, the Grand Old Party also has it’s shortcomings when it comes to representing the less affluent members of our society. The lessor of two evils? Governor Mitt Romney and the Republican Party.

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    • rambo

      Amen Mick you seem to have hit the nail on the head about both parties.

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  28. Noesis

    These are achievements that have been made despite the stated aims of Republican leaders that their top national priority was to ensure he would be a one-term president.
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    It’s amazing that liberals never complete what else was said in that interview… and lets remember, this wasn’t said at the beginning of Obambi’s term… it was after the 2010 elections when the voters had overwhelmingly rejected Obambi’s policies by electing record number of republicans.

    McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election (2010) is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

    National Journal: What’s the job?

    McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

    NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?

    McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.

    NJ: What are the big issues?

    McConnell: It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I imagine, find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party. I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.
    ——

    Even the Washington Post called Obama a liar:

    “When I first came into office, the head of the Senate Republicans said, ‘my number one priority is making sure president Obama’s a one-term president.’ Now, after the election, either he will have succeeded in that goal or he will have failed at that goal.”

    — President Obama, interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” recorded on Sept. 12, 2012, and aired on Sept. 23

    The Facts

    McConnell made his remarks in an interview that appeared in the National Journal on Oct. 23, 2010 — nearly two years after Obama was elected president. The interview took place on the eve the of the midterm elections.

    When seen in full context, McConnell’s quote is not really as shocking as the snippet that is frequently repeated by Democrats.

    Generally, Democrats suggest that McConnell believed that no problem is bigger than getting rid of Obama, but it is clear that he is speaking in a political context — that the goals of Republicans could not be achieved unless Obama is defeated in his race for reelection. A case in point: the health care law could not be overturned unless Obama is defeated.

    Moreover, McConnell goes on to say that he does “not want the president to fail” and cooperation was possible “if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues.” McConnell in fact cited an extension of the Bush tax cuts — and Obama did strike such a deal shortly after the midterm elections.

    The Pinocchio Test

    There is no doubt that McConnell said he wanted to make Obama a one-term president. But he did not say it at the start of Obama’s term; instead, he made his comments at the midpoint, after Obama had enacted many of his preferred policies.

    Perhaps, in Obama’s memory, McConnell was always uncooperative. But that does not give him and other Democrats the license to rearrange the chronology to suit the party’s talking points.

    Two Pinocchios

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