West Wing Week: 3/2/2012 or “That’s Worth Fighting For”





MItch McConnell Puts Off Vote on Healthcare

McConnell shrinks from showdown on Obamacare repeal

McConnell shrinks from showdown on Obamacare repeal

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told his colleagues this week that he does not want to vote again on repealing President Obama’s health care reform law until after the November elections.Read & Comment

“The American Auto Industry is Back”Yesterday, President Obama spoke at the United Auto Workers Annual Conference to discuss the success of the American auto industry.

After nearly collapsing three years ago, our nation’s big three automakers are turning profits and opening new factories. The industry has added more than 200,000 jobs. And those workers aren’t just building cars again — they are building better, more fuel efficient automobiles that help Americans save money at the pump every time they fill up:

Three years later, the American auto industry is back. GM is back on top as the number-one automaker in the world — with the highest profits in its 100-year history. Chrysler is growing faster in America than any other car company. Ford is investing billions in American plants, American factories, and plans to bring thousands of jobs back to America.

See the President’s full remarks, and find out more about the cars Detroit is building.

POTUS addresses UAW

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

Making Medicare Stronger
Under health reform, we will reward doctors and hospitals that focus on spending time with patients, that better coordinate care, and that improve the quality of care patients are receiving while lowering costs

Following Through: Detention & Interrogation Consistent with our National Security, Our Laws, and Our Values
The Administration releases new details on the implementation of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Today’s Suspension of Payments and the Affordable Care Act
Today’s suspension of payments are part of efforts that recovered $4.1 billion in taxpayer dollars last year; recoveries over the last three years total $10.7 billion.

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CONGRESS: Reform Thyself! We Need Campaign Reform and We Need It Now!

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Huffington Post

RICK SANTORUM PLAYS MIND GAMES WITH POLITICO‘S CORRECTIONS DESK – “Rick Santorum on Thursday afternoon slipped away from the campaign trail to speak to a fundraiser for a supportive super PAC, despite denying previous reports that he planned to do so. The fundraiser drew between 20 and 25 donors to a gated country club in Dallas where Santorum spoke for about half-an-hour about the previous evening’s debate and the upcoming primaries, then chatted briefly with supporters, according to a source familiar with the event. It’s unclear how much money the event raised for the super PAC, which is called the Red, White and Blue Fund. But Santorum’s presence could help significantly with its fundraising going forward because it marks the first time that the candidate has bestowed something of a blessing on the super PAC…But Santorum’s campaign initially demanded a correction to a Politico report last week revealing his plans to speak at Thursday’s super PAC fundraiser. And Santorum himself after Wednesday’s debate appeared to deny he would be appearing at an event for the Red, White and Blue Fund, telling a Yahoo News reporter ‘I’m doing some fundraising. I’m not doing a Super PAC event.'” [Politico]

Ha ha, lying.

Iran Nuke Program and Rick Santorum’s Big Mouth

“Well…Isn’t That Special :)

Supreme Court To Take Up Affirmative Action


Supreme Court To Take Up Affirmative Action

Affirmative action policies are once again under scrutiny as the Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will revisit a 2003 decision that allows universities to consider race as a factor in admissions decisions.

In the case, Fisher v. University of Texas, a white student argues that the University’s affirmative action policy cost her a spot in the school. The policy provides admission for those in the top 10 percent of their Texas high schools. Abigail Noel Fisher did not make that cut and was put in a pool of applicants in which race is considered a factor in admissions, along with others like leadership qualities, test scores, community service and work experience. She still didn’t get in.

Fisher was able to enroll in Louisiana State University and is on track to graduate in four years.

Fisher argues goes beyond what the Court has said is acceptable in considering race in admissions because UT’s race-neutral policy for the top 10 percent already brings in higher percentages than those considered in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision. In Grutter, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor writing for the 5-4 majority said the University of Michigan’s law school could consider race as part of a holistic evaluation of an applicant. O’Connor said the government had a compelling interest in diversity, including seeking a “critical mass” of minority students.

The students that are automatically accepted to UT account for the vast majority of the freshman classes, with about 30 percent of enrolling students from underrepresented minorities. But, to their credit, UT officials do not feel that is enough for a state where there will soon be no majority race. After the Grutter decision, UT decided to start considering race along with other factors.

There’s reason to think affirmative action programs could be in trouble with the Roberts Court. Justice O’Connor, the key swing vote in Grutter, has been replaced with arch-conservative Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Elana Kagan has recused herself from this case, presumably because of her previous job as President Obama’s solicitor general. The Obama administration has supported Texas in the case and has advised colleges and universities that under the court’s 2003 decision they may still make some race-based decisions to expand campus diversity.

The Court will hear the case in the October term, meaning a decision will likely be an issue in the fall elections.

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News from The Hill:

Obama: Payroll tax cut extension will help with higher gas prices
By Amie Parnes

Basking in the glory of his recent payroll tax cut victory, President Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to move ahead on other policies he put forward that will help improve the economy and benefit middle class Americans

Fearing a repeat of their December defeat, Republicans retreated on the payroll tax extension. The GOP hopes to now pivot to gas prices, where they believe they can hammer the Obama administration, especially if drivers pay more and more at the pump through Labor Day.

Read the story here.

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POTUS and PM David Cameron from UK

“National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners”


Are Your Ministers, and Priests Preaching about Jesus’ Second Coming?

As I awoke this Sunday morning, the carnage continues in Syria. In protest        

I re-post my thoughts on the massacre there.

I am no Biblical scholar, but, I sense that the End of Days foretold in the New Testament is upon us .  We are told that in the days near Jesus’ Second Coming, “there will be war and rumors of war.” “Their will be signs in the heavens.” Look at your news sources and see what is going on in the world: Fighting, unusual phenomena in the weather and other unseasonal manifestations.  I awoke this morning to learn that in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad is using activists as human shields, tying them to his tanks as he wages war on his people.  Everyday there are reports of the number of innocents killed by the armed forces of Syria.  Correspondents and journalists are prevented from entering Syria to prevent them from reporting on the truth of genocide there.

Why has the Arab League not acted?  Have they no teeth?  One man running from harm, under attack in Syria, said, “Where is America?” It is time for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries in the world band together as NATO did to save the people of Libya.  Nations in the area have bought weapons of war from us and others. It is time to use those weapons to save the vulnerable people of Syria. Oil rich countries cannot just sit on their profits while the world goes to hell!  The United States is trying to get its house in order.  While some regard the US as the “Policemen of the World,” we are not.  We don’t have the resources to right all the wrong in the world. Witness the vote in the Security Council the other day when Russia and China vetoed action by the United Nations to help the people of Syria.  Any resolution by the General Assembly cannot help those suffering in Syria under artillery fire from their government. The Arab Spring must not die!  But, the Middle East cannot curse the West and then look to us to save them. (IMHO).  But, friends are concerned about the welfare of each other.  As we see the fighting and dying in Syria, we ask ourselves, “Who are our friends?”  Must we borrow money to fight a war in Syria? Perhaps the powers-that-be in the Middle East would pay the United States to police their sector of the world(?)  Whatever they do, countries of the Middle East must act to restore peace to their region. Genocide must not win!  Is fighting for liberty and democracy for all the people of the world God’s mission for the United States of America and her allies?  Must our youth shed their precious blood in the darkest theaters of war to assure global peace and freedom? Is this our cross to bear?  Is this our role in end of days? Heavenly Father, we pray that You will send Jesus soon to end our travail and take us to Glory!

Let the Fires of Liberty Burst Forth!

English: Map of Arabic-speaking countries.

Map of Arab Speaking Countries