The U.S. economy picked up speed at the end of 2011, as consumers increased their spending.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, grew at a 2.8% annual rate in the last three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s up from a 1.8% growth rate in the prior quarter and the strongest reading since the second quarter of 2010.
Still, economists had expected higher growth in the fourth quarter.
Growth of at least 3% is considered enough to prompt hiring by employers. During the quarter, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in December from 9% in September. [Quote:CNN]
Republicans have a lot to say when it comes to attacking President Obama’s agenda, but are silent when it comes to defending LGBT youth who continue to face discrimination in schools. All too often, the bullying and discrimination ends tragically. Enough is enough.
GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor hasn’t even brought my “Student Non-Discrimination Act” to a vote on the House floor. Meanwhile, right-wing special interests are already campaigning to block this common-sense measure by calling gay Americans “sexual deviants.”
I’m not surprised by their reckless actions, but I sure am sick of it. We’re just days away from the critical January Federal Election Commission deadline, the first big reporting deadline of 2012. Help me send an unmistakable message to the Republicans that Democrats will fight back.
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Together we can take a stand in defense of LGBT youth and send a clear message to House Republicans that we’re fighting back.
Here’s what it comes down to: what kind of nation do we want to be? There are vulnerable children across the country right now waiting to see if we will take a stand on their behalf.
I’m asking you to stand up:
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IT HAS TAKEN ME AWHILE, BUT, NOW CAN LAUGH AT THIS:
ODD. A WHITE CONGRESSMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WHO FOUGHT FOR BLACK SLAVERY INSULTS OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND THEN SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTS AN INDIAN-AMERICAN FOR GOVERNOR. AH, THE NEW SOUTH(?) YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!
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SLAVERY IN TENNESSEE
Tennessee Stored Her Stolen African Slaves (Property) in Cabins Similar to This One
“Slavery in America is a horrifying part of our nation’s history–there’s no arguing with that. Even the painful parts of our history are important, though, because we can learn how to prevent the same mistakes. But now the Tennessee Tea Party is trying to erase all mentions of slavery from the state’s history books. »
According to the Tennessee Tea Party, the image of our founding fathers must not become tarnished. But pretending that the years of slavery and genocide in our nation’s history never happened isn’t protecting anyone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s basically racism.
Omitting slavery from history is equivalent to erasing segregation, Jim Crow laws, and the entire Civil War! Slavery is a huge part of American history whether the Tennessee Tea Party wants to admit it or not.”
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BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NEXT WEEK’S SOTU REVIEW PROJECT. SEE YESTERDAY’S POST HERE.
Everyone is familiar with the following video from Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the US Senate. Mitch is from Kentucky. You never hear anything good from him. No brilliant ideas. No positive approaches to government. All he has is an obsession to defeat the first black president: [Another George W. Bush in the Whitehouse?]
A lot has happened over the last 1000 days. 1000 days ago, no one could have imagined the rise of the Tea Party and the historic political change it brought about in 2010. 1000 days ago, no one could have conceived of the historic upheaval in the Middle East and financial crisis in Europe. 1000 days ago, no one had heard of the iPad yet. And 1000 days ago, no one could have imagined that our economy would still be stalled, with unemployment over 8%
Yes, the world has changed a lot over the past 1000 days, but with all that’s happened in that time, there’s one thing that we haven’t seen: It’s been 1001 days since Obama and the Senate Democrats have passed a budget.
That’s 1000 days of runaway spending. 1000 days without even attempting to balance the books. And now, Obama and the Democrats have the audacity to tell Americans that we need more big government regulation and more failed economic “stimulus”
Last night, President Obama addressed the nation during his third State of the Union to advocate for more of the same – more discredited, failed economic policies, more big government solutions, more divisive rhetoric designed to turn Americans against each other.
We’ve seen what 1000 days of Obama policies can do. That’s why my Republican colleagues in the Senate and I have worked so hard to stop the runaway spending and government overreach that Obama and the Democrats have tried to push through, but we can’t do it without your help.
That’s why this year’s elections are so important. Senate Democrats have had 1001 days to put our country’s fiscal house in order, and they have failed to make the hard choices we need to restore fiscal sanity to Washington. If we are going to put our nation back on the road to a prosperous future, we need a conservative Republican majority in the Senate…
We need your support to ensure that this country never goes another 1001 days without a budget…
Mitch, what is more serious and far-reaching is Republican President George W. Bush started, not one, but, two foreign wars, one of which President Obama has ended and the other he finally will end by 2014 (when we hope you will retire.] These Republican wars were never included in a budget. You funded them with CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS which are funding the government today. You need to be honest and include Republican failings and short-coming when you attack Democrats who trying to run our country with a “do-nothing Congress.” To the American people “obstruction” and “Republican Party” are synonymous! Compare President Obama’s approval record with yours (Congress). The people are not the fools you need them to be to win in November and in ’14.
Sen. Mitch McConnell Meets with President Obama
The State of the Union and Your Questions
Last night, President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address and laid out his plan for an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, new skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.
Throughout the speech, the President discussed ideas for building an America that lasts. He called it a blueprint for the future and talked about ways to make his vision reality.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the video of the enhanced State of the Union:
Over the next few days there are plenty of ways to get involved and ask your questions about the President’s speech.
On Monday, January 30, President Obama will answer your questions about the State of the Union in a first-ever Google+ Hangout from the White House. You can submit your questions and vote for your favorite questions on YouTube.com/WhiteHouse.
On Thursday, January 26, Vice President Biden will answer questions submitted by people from across the country in his first Twitter interview. You can submit your questions now using the #SOTU and #WHChat hashtags and be sure to follow @VP to see his responses.
In addition, senior White House officials will be answering your questions about the speech through a series of Office Hours on Twitter. Checkout the full lineup of over 30 White House officials below, and start submitting your questions using the hashtag #WHChat and follow along at @WHLive.
Learn more about these events and find out how to get involved:
In last night’s State of the Union, President Obama delivered exactly the message Americans needed to hear.
He said this is the make or break moment for the middle class, and that we have a choice:
- Fight for less opportunity and less fairness.
- Fight to build an economy that works for everyone.
The Republicans have made their choice. From Republican presidential candidates like Romney and Gingrich, and Republican governors like Scott Walker, all we hear about are plans that give big giveaways to billionaires on the backs of middle-class families.
But we’ve made our choice – we’re standing with President Obama. He needs to know that across the country we are standing with him, not the Tea Party Republicans.
Click here this minute to make sure President Obama knows that you stand for building an economy that works for everyone.
Congress is set to make crucial budget decisions in the next few weeks about what we’re going to do on issues like cutting the deficit and getting this economy going. Those same issues are being tackled by governors across the country.
They need to know that we support the President’s plan – we need to build our economy, create good paying jobs and return to real American values like fairness to all.
Take action immediately and stand with the Democratic Governors Association to support President Obama today.
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