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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday


REPOST

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. – 1929-1968

AN ALL AMERICAN HERO

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Dr. KIng and his loving wife, Coretta Scott King. Y’all R.I.P.!

“Obama on fighting ISIS, America’s role in the world”


CBS NEWS

In wide-ranging interview, president discusses battle against Islamic extremists, U.S.-Russia relations and the upcoming midterm elections

In wide-ranging interview, president discusses battle against Islamic extremists, U.S.-Russia relations and the upcoming midterm elections

Happy Presidents Day, Barack Obama!


RE-POST #2

THE FIRST FAMILY

Today’s holiday is for celebrating all of the US Presidents, but, I dedicate this post to President Barack Obama, the 44th President and the first African-American President of the United States.  When we first met Barack Obama, he was delivering a memorable speech at the Democratic Convention.  It was a great speech that was delivered quite effectively.  We knew that this attractive Democrat would/could have a significant place in the Party. Little did we know that Barack would quickly seek the highest office in the land. His campaign blazed new trails and showed us how, the “little people” can use a grassroots inspired to get a win for their champion who later anointed himself, “The Warrior of the Middle-Class.” The issues of the poor and “very poor” are always on his mind unlike the Republican Party!

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It has been hard for our president. I think for the first time in his life, Barack Obama personally experienced the ugliness of racism in America.  Heretofore, this smart bi-racial man had lived a life without overt racism, as far as I know. Barack’s very birth was attacked in a campaign whose most ardent attacker was a so-called “birther” and real estate mogul from New York who failed in his bid to run for the nomination as a Republican for the office Barack Obama now enjoys.  The 112th Congress had began with an announcement that Republicans in The Congress would wage a campaign to make Barack a one-term President.  Those marching orders came from sour, Republican and “Poor-Johnny-One-Note,” Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the Senate:

President Obama tried in vain to negotiate with the Republican leaders in The Congress as previous white presidents had done.  They departed from history and  blocked his every step, bringing the government twice to the brink of shutdown.  The people did not approve of this entrenched gridlock. [Today that Congress has the distinction of having the lowest approval-rating of any Congress in history: “10”.  This Congress has been dubbed a “do-nothing Congress.”]  Slow to overreach, President Obama could not let Congress’ inaction leave us without governance.  He decided to use all of the Executive Powers given to him by The US Constitution to advance his agenda and to keep the country running for all the people.  In small measure, this blog has spoken of the accomplishments of President Obama.  The economy is steadily improving and the so-called “job creators” are beginning to hire. The Republican primary has shown us that their candidates have no answers to our problems.  We witness them resorting—as they always do—to the political footballs of social division: abortion, race, religion, gays, etc. I think that Barack Obama deserves a second term to finish cleaning up the mess, (e.g., 2 wars) of the previous president, to see the success of his own agenda and to secure a distinguished and exemplary place in history.  This November 6, 2012 is the day all fair-minded Americans will get a chance to say, “Yes, President Obama. I vote for your re-election because it is the right and American thing to do. ‘Changing horses in midstream is not a good idea.’ Be our president for another 4 years!”    —GoodOleWoody

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is s...

Swearing in of President Barack H. Obama with Mrs. Obama at his side.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday


REPOST

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. – 1929-1968

AN ALL AMERICAN HERO

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Dr. KIng and his loving wife, Coretta Scott King. Y’all R.I.P.!

“The Quiet Death Of Long-Term Unemployment Insurance In 2013”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein and Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON — The looming expiration of federal unemployment benefits raises the question of whether Democratic lawmakers bungled the debate.

Though Congress can still act retroactively, Democrats‘ goal had been to pass an extension of the benefits before Dec. 28, when they are set to expire. The administration and allies on the Hill tried to attach a provision to the budget deal passed in mid-December. But by the time they began engaging the fight, few Democrats seemed particularly attentive and Republicans were more than comfortable running out the clock.

Now, with Congress in recess, long-term unemployment insurance will come to an end for 1.3 million Americans, potentially costing 240,000 jobs, according to the White House‘s Council of Economic Advisers. Was it inevitable? Or was it a case of political mismanagement?

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“Inequality isn’t important? That’s just wrong”


MSNBC

By Timothy Noah

President Obama observed, in a December 4 speech, that “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” are “the defining challenge of our time.” This seemingly self-evidentstatement prompted many people—not all of them conservative—to argue that all this talk about income inequality is overblown. They happen to be wrong, but the inequality backlash has gathered sufficient strength that it’s worth reviewing their arguments.

…President Obama’s insistence on talking about inequality is not only apt; it is, given the especially direturn this trend has taken during his presidency, pretty brave. The problem was one-third of a century in the making and won’t be halted overnight. But isn’t it time to start trying?

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“A Democratic Contract With America: How to Retake the House and Combat Economic Inequality”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

Ian Reifowitz

Author of ‘Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity’

WHY WE PROPOSE TO DO THIS:
This bold plan will restore equality of opportunity in our country. It enshrines the central value of the American Dream, that every American child should have an equal chance at achieving the good life: a job that allows him or her to support a family, and eventually enjoy a safe, secure retirement.

Our plan is fiscally responsible. First of all, increasing the minimum wage will directly save our government money by leaving fewer working people in need of government support. Today, millions of people who work full-time still need Medicaid, food stamps, and other aid because the minimum wage is too low to bring them out of poverty. McDonald’s is even telling its employees to seek out government assistance.

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