Let’s Fix California
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Do you like the way things have been going in California for the last 20 years?

This state is a political mess. For too long we the people have allowed our government to run wild. We have not been guiding our elected representatives in how to conduct the state’s business. We have allowed special interests to corrupt our government for their own benefit.

In the movie The American President, Michael Douglas makes a statement that is so true. “America is advanced citizenship; you’ve got to want it bad…”

To take back control of our state and local government, we must start being more active citizens.

The first step is making sure you are registered to vote.
In a few days all registered voters will begin receiving their sample ballots for the June 5 primary election. You can start by finding out who is running for the local, state and federal offices. Then, you need to find out where the candidates stand on the issues. Contact the campaigns and ask them where the candidates stand on the issues important to you. Don’t let them brush you off.

Then take that information and use it to decide who you will vote for. These people are supposed to work for us. It is time we started taking a more active role in supervising our elected representatives.

After the election, we need to hold our elected representatives responsible for doing their jobs. At the state level, that means fixing the state’s broken budget system and getting the state on sound financial footing. This must be done while at the same time maintain public safety and health, providing top notch public education, and maintaining our public infrastructure.


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TheSovereign commented on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 14:52 PM

There is the old saying, "You get the government that you deserve," and this statement is more true now than ever before.

We live in a society that is always looking for the easy way out, and we are paying the price for that everyday. Whether it is convenience food that is supposedly healthy, or the exercise machine that does the workout for you, or the politician who has the simple answers, we don't want to work for what we need. It appears that we vote for people who say what we want to hear, yet we never look into who they really are, or what they have done.

"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?" - Thomas Jefferson

Ol' Tom was on to something here, why do we keep electing lawyers, and salesmen to run our government? Lawyers don't look to improve the system, they are hired to work around the system for their clients. They look for loopholes and ways to keep their client from abiding by the process. Salesmen are always trying to sell you on the benefits of what they are selling, yet the benefits that they are actually selling you on are theirs.

Has prosperity "trickled down" upon us, has spending trillions of dollars on defense made us safer, has giving big tax cuts to Pro Bass brought in the multitude of jobs that we were sold on?

I come from an Operations background. We are the people who make the system work. We are the people who take the promises that the sales people sell you on and make it happen in the time frame promised and with the efficiency that will make this promise profitable. We are the one's who hire and train the people who will in turn make the operation run smoothly. We are also the people who develop, manage, and maintain the processes and procedures that make the system work. So why aren't we electing people whose profession it is to make things work, and instead we elect those who appeal to what we want to hear, with no long term benefits?

I suggest to anyone who intends to vote this year, to look at what the candidate's profession is, and not what their political affiliation is. If you intend to vote for someone solely because they claim to be a Conservative, Liberal, or possibly a Libertarian, you may not get what the package claims. Most processed food that claims to be "Healthy" actually aren't. It may be slightly better for you than the one that isn't marketed as "Healthy" but you would be settling for the "lesser of the two evils." Over the last 50 years we have been raised on television, and TV is funded through advertisement. So the generations that can and will vote have been conditioned to believe what they are sold on. Advertisers have made it and art form to put you, and the product they promote into categories, and to sell you on those categories.

TheSovereign commented on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 14:53 PM

JFK was a "Liberal" who stated, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Sounds like what we are sold to believe a "Conservative" is. Reagan is portrayed as the model for a Conservative, yet he signed legislation that raised taxes 7 of the 8 years that he was in office. Sounds like what we are sold to believe a "Liberal" is. Nixon claimed to represent the "Moral Majority", yet he was run out of office for cheating.

Look at what the candidates did in the past, and who they surround themselves with. I hear that we need business people in office in order to run this country or state. That is a broad stroke, what role in business are we looking the candidate to have served? Are we looking for someone who takes over a company and strips its wealth for their own benefit, or do you want someone who actually runs a business that has longevity? Are you looking for someone who hires hardworking people who make the business thrive, or do you want someone who hires people who take care of them? I heard it said once, "I am not a smart person, but I surround myself with smart people." Does anyone think that putting Michael Brown in charge of FEMA was the best management decision? I don't think the people of New Orleans will support that decision. Walmart was on site with relief quicker than FEMA.

When you vote this year, vote for those who actually run things, whether it's a small business like a store, a factory, or a farm, these people are the one's who actually make things work. Lawyers and salesmen have their purpose, but making our country, our state, our county, our town, or our schools work properly is not it. Unless they can personally get something out of it, rarely do these professions create systems that benefit the many, and have longevity.

Let's start electing people who can get things done, and not the lesser of two evils anymore.

Friendo commented on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 20:01 PM

...And come election time let us remember that community organizers make terrible presidents because they only create and structure programs that sustain and often cripple those who suckle from the public teat, while at the same time provide huge political paybacks to the organizations that ensure individuals will remain governmentally dependent.

Let's start electing people and presidents that are competent, capable and refrain from polarizing our nation. If we have learned anything these past three and a half years, it's that community organizers will polarize a nation if it advances an ill advised community organization styled agenda and provides grotesque political payback to those who helped get him elected.

canative62 commented on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 20:40 PM

Lets also begin to recognize that organizations that contribute $80 million to on Party's election campaign ARE IN FACT SPECIAL INTERESTS even if they are Unions, Or in the case of the large contributions from Planned Parenthood they expect and recieve favors for their contributions.

canative62 commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Sov

YES youo got it right this time...
When has Obama ever run a business?
His experience is as limited to being a Community Organizer.
It looks like the only Candidate with business and CEO experience this time is Romney

TheSovereign commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yes, Romney, a master at draining the wealth out of companies for his own benefit.

So sad that there is no conservative candidate for you in this election. Just two Liberals who started their own publicly funded healthcare programs. I guess the country is not ready for a conservative yet.

canative62 commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Your comments

When you vote this year, vote for those who actually run things, whether it's a small business like a store, a factory, or a farm, these people are the one's who actually make things work. Lawyers and salesmen have their purpose, but making our country, our state, our county, our town, or our schools work properly is not it. Unless they can personally get something out of it, rarely do these professions create systems that benefit the many, and have longevity.

Has Obama been anything other than a lawyer who acted as a salesman???

Friendo commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 13:15 PM

canative62,
Community Organizers make indecisive Presidents that are unable to deliver on campaign promises. Community Organizers only know how to get elected...and reward those who helped make it possible. The definition of stupid would be to reelect a community organizer.

TheSovereign commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 14:22 PM

Isn't it funny how those recent politicians from Massachusetts are such flip floppers? They are for it before they were against it.

Flip flop, flip flop, so what are you for????? Me too!!!!

canative62 commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 14:52 PM

Notice how there is no response to the comments about lawyers which Sov made, EXCEPT TO attack Romney who actually does have the experience SOv was talking about.

canative62 commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 14:52 PM

Notice how there is no response to the comments about lawyers which Sov made, EXCEPT TO attack Romney who actually does have the experience SOv was talking about.

TheSovereign commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 14:55 PM

"Romney who actually does have the experience SOv was talking about." - Yes, he does have experience in draining capital out of businesses for his own gain, and leaving many unemployed in his wake. Sounds like a winner.

Flip Flop, flip flop, so what are you for????? Me too!!!!

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 22:27 PM

Oh yeah, what we need more is businesspeople.*sarcasm*

Voting people into office because of their job is a horrible idea, it doesn't adequately tell anything about their consciousness or about their organizational/leadership skills. You'd think every CEO,manager, or business leader is good at that, but you'd be surprised.

Friendo commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 00:36 AM

Sov prefers the proven track record of a community organizer skilled in presidential indecisiveness, deflection through blame, and failed promises.

Uh Valerie??...VALERIE??...What should I do now Valerie? Uh Ok, I got it.
IT'S ALL GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT! IT'S ALL GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT!

Thanks Val.

canative62 commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM

Some would vote people in because of their percieved ideology, you know swing this around to Socialism, with out being "socialist".. Even with all the failures of socialism as examples of what not to do.

DLangdon commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM

As the California Presidential Primary is moot. Romney will be the GOP Nominee and Obama wil be the Democrat Nominee. The Presidential Primary is of no impotrance. The other races on the Primary ballot are. Specifically for the US Senate, House, State Senate and Assembly. This along with the local races are where we should be focused. Lets start with ans easy one.

Who are the candidates for the House of Representatives in the District where you live?

I live in the 9th congression district. The candidates are

John McDonald
Ricky Gill
Jerry McNerney

leo_in_lathrop commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I believe the way to get politicians that are worthy at the state and federal level is to elect worthy local officials. This is what feeds candidates to higher office. Character is one of the main qualities a candidate should have.
Here in Lathrop we have the city council directing the city attorney to file papers with the grand jury at the recommendation of an investigator. Supposedly our b.s. (bbq sauce) mayor has been paying way too much attention to a female city employee. According to the Record she was " creeped out" by the b.s. mayor's repeated advances.
Having known this man for about 12 yrs. it is not surprising. He is a bully and many got fooled because he threw a little cash around before his 2nd attempt to be mayor. He also got evolved in the largest Church in Lathrop through Cory Mateo before his 2nd attempt at mayor. Just like Mateo did.
According to the quote in the record he told this female city employee that he would bring her to Sacramento when he was elected governor. To bad the bulletin didn't investigate this guy when he spit in the face of Arnita Montiel at city hall. Maybe he would have never gotten into office. But per my conversation with Arnita the bulletin never called her on the "growling" incident. They have had her phone number for many years.

canative62 commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Leo
You bring up a major problem in this country. Too often the media has lost its neutrality. As a high school Journalism student we were trained to NOT be biased and to report as a disinterested third party.
Too bad we can't get all our news that is neutral. The opinion page SHOULD be the only page where personal opinions are expressed..

TheSovereign commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 12:21 PM

What seems to be missing is individual thought, and escaping set paradigms of a two party system.

As you can see from the fringe, you are either for what ever they can scrape together and call Conservative, or they attack the sitting President from the other major party. I am still on the fence leaning towards Gary Johnson. He is a moderate Libertarian, which has always been my leanings. After 35 years of waiting for a strong candidate from this party, and with the contentious race that will take place between the two major parties, Johnson may have a chance to draw enough attention to make it competitive.

Leo is saying something in line to what I was saying, and all Native can do is paint everyone as part of a great conspiracy against his beliefs. There is a major imbalance in our country right now, and through all of the propaganda that people have been fed, there is a fog that keeps things from becoming clearer. People need to walk through the fog and participate. If the best you can do is try and make yourself look better by making someone else look bad, then yours is no better.

I am just pointing out the hypocrisy of the right because they are more obvious in their gaming of the system. They have done it so much that it has become their motive operandi even on themselves. Ron Paul is gaming the delegate system in the Republican Party as we speak. Its how that party works, there is no integrity or credibility. The Dems may be just as bad, but they aren't as obvious.

Leo is correct about the mayor of his town. He is a bully, and because he talked tough, the people of Lathrop voted for him thinking tough meant smart. He sucked as a restaurant owner, degrading customers when they were in his place. That's why it closed.

If you think there is a covert socialism/Communism take over planned by this president or his party, then you shouldn't vote, you are being played a fool. History shows that your type has always been played a fool by those who wish to take advantage when times are tough. Get out of your bunker, and get away from the fear mongers and see what is going on. Turn the TV off, and speak with people. Go walk the bike path as say hello to everyone, and maybe strike up a conversation. You will find that what you fear is in your head, and not in the people around you.

TheSovereign commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The thing that has always amazed me is that the two major parties project what their game plan is by telling the press what they are going to do and what they want the people to think, and then the people fall in line and think that. Talk about lemmings. If you vote solely on party lines, and things aren't working well, then you get the government you deserve. Look at what the candidate star they are going to do and then see if that what they have done. McNerney has run on veterans issues, see if he has, and if the veterans have positive things to say about him. That one example, see who thing line up with the others running. Do they say what they do, or what you want to hear.

canative62 commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 14:14 PM

So being sneeaky is better than being bold and up fron about your ideology...

Yet somehow native is up front and he is according to Sov. "Leo is saying something in line to what I was saying, and all Native can do is paint everyone as part of a great conspiracy against his beliefs.". In other words pointing differences and their errors in his point of view..

Maybe I would be more acceptable if I faked it and talked about how we could all get along taking this country right into nothingness.

DLangdon commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 14:27 PM

We need to support candidate for state office that are more interested in solving the problems than promoting their Ideology

Friendo commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 16:02 PM

I agree. We need to support and elect local state and federal candidiates who are productive and can actully implement solutions that effectively solve problems. We need to support candidates who are genuine leaders that can conquer the challenges they face without resorting to blaming their predecessors for their own ineptitude.

On a national level this begs the question would our country be in the sad situation it finds itself in today if we had elected a results driven competent problem solver as president in November 2008?

Will you fall victim to Sov's constant scare tactics directed toward the political opposition? Ask yourself if a repeat of the past four years is something you are willing to endure? How has our country benefitted from ineffective presidential leadership which includes having enjoyed the current added advantage of a House and Senate majority?

Do you want a campaign promise driven president or an effective results driven president that can actually deliver?

canative62 commented on Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 20:08 PM

from Wikipedia
on Mitt Romney

Business career

Management consulting

Romney was recruited by several firms and chose to remain in Massachusetts to work for Boston Consulting Group (BCG), thinking that working as a management consultant to a variety of companies would prepare him for a future job as a chief executive.[20][49][53][nb 8] Romney was part of a 1970s wave of top graduates who chose to go into consulting rather than join a major company directly.[55] Romney's legal and business education proved useful in his job, and he became a rising star[49] while applying BCG principles such as the growth-share matrix.[56]

In 1977, he was hired away by Bain & Company, a management consulting firm in Boston that had been formed a few years earlier by Bill Bain and other former BCG employees.[56][49][57] Bain would later say of the thirty-year-old Romney, "He had the appearance of confidence of a guy who was maybe ten years older."[58] With Bain & Company, Romney learned the "Bain way", which consisted of immersing the firm in each client's business[49][58] and not just issuing recommendations but staying with the company until changes were put into place.[56][57][59] Romney became a vice president of the firm in 1978[14] and worked with clients such as the Monsanto Company, Outboard Marine Corporation, Burlington Industries, and Corning Incorporated.[53] Within a few years, he was one of Bain & Company's best consultants and one sought after by clients over more senior partners.[49][60]

their first big success came with a 1986 investment to help start Staples Inc., after founder Thomas G. Stemberg convinced Romney of the market size for office supplies and Romney convinced others; Bain Capital eventually reaped a nearly sevenfold return on its investment, and Romney sat on the Staples board of directors for over a decade.[49][62][63]

During the 14 years Romney headed the company, Bain Capital's average annual internal rate of return on realized investments was 113 percent.[53] Much of this profit was earned from a relatively small number of deals, with Bain Capital's overall success–to–failure ratio being about even.[nb 9]

The firm initially gave a cut of its profits to Bain & Company, but Romney persuaded Bain to give that up.[61] Within Bain Capital, Romney's wary instincts were still in force at times, and he was generally data-driven and averse to risk.[ He also personally opted out of the Artisan Entertainment deal, not wanting to profit from a studio that produced R-rated films.


In 1990, Romney was asked to return to Bain & Company, which was facing financial collapse.[59] He was announced as its new CEO in January 1991[71][72] (but drew only a symbolic salary of one dollar).[59] Romney managed an effort to restructure the firm's employee stock-ownership plan, real-estate deals and bank loans, while rallying the firm's thousand employees, imposing a new governing structure

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 11:35 AM

from
biography.com
After high school, Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York, graduating in 1983 with a degree in political science. After working in the business sector for two years, Obama moved to Chicago in 1985. There,
he worked on the South Side as a community organizer for low-income residents in the Roseland and the Altgeld Gardens communities.

Law Career

It was during this time that Obama, who said he "was not raised in a religious household," joined the Trinity United Church of Christ. He also visited relatives in Kenya, which included an emotional visit to the graves of his biological father and paternal grandfather. "For a long time I sat between the two graves and wept," Obama said. "I saw that my life in America—the black life, the white life, the sense of abandonment I felt as a boy, the frustration and hope I'd witnessed in Chicago—all of it was connected with this small plot of earth an ocean away."

Obama returned from Kenya with a sense of renewal, entering Harvard Law School in 1988. The next year, he met Michelle Robinson, an associate at Sidley & Austin law firm in Chicago. She was assigned to be Obama's adviser during a summer internship at the firm, and soon the couple began dating. In February 1990, Obama was elected the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, and he graduated magna cum laude in 1991.

After law school, Obama returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer, joining the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, and helped organize voter registration drives during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. On October 3, 1992, he and Michelle were married. They moved to Kenwood, on Chicago's South Side, and welcomed two daughters: Malia (born 1998) and Sasha (born 2001).

from
Sov comments above

"When you vote this year, vote for those who actually run things, whether it's a small business like a store, a factory, or a farm, these people are the one's who actually make things work. Lawyers and salesmen have their purpose, but making our country, our state, our county, our town, or our schools work properly is not it. Unless they can personally get something out of it, rarely do these professions create systems that benefit the many, and have longevity."

Friendo commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 14:38 PM

By employing Sov's criteria when electing qualified candidates we can clearly understand why Obama's presidency has failed. Again, by using Sov's insightful criteria as an electorial guideline, Obama's purpose is obviously not making our country work properly.

On November 6th 2012 I will remember Sov's advice as I cast my vote for a qualified president.

Sov your sage electorial advice is truly a public service as you have made a most effective case againt Obama's presidency and his reelections efforts. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. Thank You!

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:33 PM

Dailymail.co.uk released a report yesterday speaking to several current and former members of the US Navy SEALS about the ad, which came out to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“The decision was a no brainer. I applaud him for making it but I would not over pat myself on the back for making the right call. I think every president would have done the same. He is justified in saying it was his decision, but the preparation, the sacrifice – it was a broader team effort,” said former US Navy Commander Ryan Zinke. He added that he thought the Obama campaign was “positioning him as a war president using the SEALs as ammunition,” calling the move “predictable.”

An anonymous serving SEAL said, “Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because his speechwriters are smart. But the more he tries to take credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, ‘Come on, man!’ It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.”

And I see this to be a very valid point. You never hear the coach of an NBA team saying he did something special when a buzzer-beater wins the game, and you certainly never hear a swing coach of a PGA player taking credit when a player wins the Masters, so why is the President and his campaign taking credit for a killing that happened on the opposite side of the globe in a war he didn’t start?

TheSovereign commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 18:57 PM

Who says Obama's administration has failed, other than the fringe on the right? But then, who would know better as to what a failed administration would look like then the conservatives, they have produced enough failed examples to measure by.

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:51 PM

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

September 14, 2011

The Treasury Department’s inspector gen*eral has opened a new front in the investigation of the government loan to Solyndra, the now bankrupt company that had been touted as a model of President Obama’s ambitious green energy program, the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News have learned.

As part of the 2009 job-creating stimulus, the government has committed nearly $40 billion to clean energy projects. The first loan guarantee went to Solyndra Inc., a California solar firm backed by an Obama fundraiser. But instead of picking a winner, the government backed a loser. The firm failed, putting more than 1,000 people out of work and taxpayers on the hook for $535 million. Among questions now: Did the White House unduly in*fluence the process? Did the Energy Department rush its first commitment, ignoring warning signs about the company's viability? Will this failed project cost Obama?

Skipping safeguards, officials rushed benefit to a politically-connected energy company
Departmentent of Energy knew of Solyndra risks, former FBI agent finds

As part of the 2009 job-creating stimulus, the government has committed nearly $40 billion to clean energy projects. The first loan guarantee went to Solyndra Inc., a California solar firm backed by an Obama fundraiser. But instead of picking a winner, the government backed a loser. The firm failed, putting more than 1,000 people out of work and taxpayers on the hook for $535 million.

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:54 PM

heres more

Mort Zuckerman: President Obama's Economic Programs Have Failed

The recovery has not yielded job vacancies, but here are five ways to cure our labor woes

By Mortimer B. Zuckerman

America has long been a country where almost everyone, including the poor and unskilled, could get a job. Given the will to do a reasonable day's work, a job was a passport to economic and social well-being; it was the fount of self-esteem and the foundation of family life. Indeed, work was Life.

More than 15 million Americans no longer have that passport to Life. Think of it as roughly the entire population of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Arkansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma, all standing idle—every man, woman, and child. The traditional breadwinners, namely men between the ages of 25 and 54, are among those hardest hit. According to an Investor's Business Daily/TIPP poll, some 25 percent of households include someone who is unemployed and looking for work. As well as laying waste to work, to the equivalent of losing every job created in the last decade, the Great Recession has visited us with reduced incomes, declining home equity, and a growing contraction in credit.
Read more at usnews.com

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/obama-admin...

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 19:59 PM

then theres this from
huffingtonpost.com
President Barack Obama's signature plan to combat the housing crisis has fallen short of its goals -- rather than significantly and permanently reducing home foreclosures, it is only delaying them.

The administration unveiled its Making Home Affordable plan in February 2009. Obama vowed in front of an audience gathered at Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz., that MHA's signature effort, the Home Affordable Modification Program, would "enable as many as three to four million homeowners to modify the terms of their mortgages to avoid foreclosure."

The $75 billion initiative -- $50 billion from the bank bailout, $25 billion from government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- was designed to induce lenders, servicers and investors to modify distressed mortgages through a series of cash incentives.

It's not working.

In its first year, 1.5 million people were invited to try HAMP. About 40 percent of those who tried it have been kicked out of the program; fewer than that have been given an actual shot at keeping their homes.

When President Obama took office, it took an average of 319 days to complete a foreclosure, according to Jacksonville, Fla.-based data provider Lender Processing Services. Now it takes 461 days.

Extending the process by which homes enter foreclosure allows banks to continue carrying the loans on their books at full value, delaying loss recognition. That allows unhealthy banks to appear healthy, staving off costly bank failures.

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:01 PM

Former AG Michael Mukasey: Obama Officials Drafted Memo to Blame Military If OBL Mission Failed (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:39 PM

Leadership: Obama Administration Drafted Memo to Blame Military if OBL Mission Failed

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted a memo to protect the president from blame if the mission to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden would have failed. That way Obama could blame the general instead of taking the blame himself. Mukasey wrote about it this week in The Wall Street Journal.

“That was a highly lawyered memo (designed to protect the president politically)… I think there’s going to be more that’s going to be tumbling out about that escapade but so far that memo is enough.“

And, of course, this surprises no one who is familiar with Obama’s leadership style.

canative62 commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 20:36 PM

Published: 1/23/2012 11:49 AM ET

By Geoffrey Dickens
By many measures, Barack Obama has left the State of the Union in tatters, but the liberal media, led by the highly rated Big Three network (ABC, CBS, NBC) news shows, have attempted to cover up those holes in the Union by mostly ignoring the Obama administration's greatest failings. From record numbers of people on food stamps, to the administration's support of failed energy companies while rejecting an oil pipeline that would result in thousands of jobs, the Big Three networks haven't told their viewers the full story of Obama's pathetic track record.

The following are just a few of the glaring examples of Obama's failed administration and the coverage, or lack thereof, the Big Three networks on their evening news shows (ABC's World News, CBS's Evening News, NBC's Nightly News), morning shows (ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's The Early Show, recently re-titled This Morning, NBC's Today) and Sunday political roundtable shows (ABC's This Week, CBS's Face the Nation, NBC's Meet the Press) have given them.

Record Number of People On Food Stamps

As of October 2011, the federal government reported that 46,224,722 persons were receiving food assistance payment (Food Stamps), down slightly from the record highs earlier in that year but still more than one out of every seven Americans (14.7% of the population). Yet network coverage of this human tragedy has been paltry - just 15 mentions on ABC (3), CBS (2) and NBC (10) since January of 2011. For the most part, the President went blameless for this sorry state of affairs. In those 15 mentions, only twice did a network reporter link the Obama administration to the sad statistic:

On the August 14, 2011 edition of CBS's Face the Nation, Norah O'Donnell brought up the stat in a list of problems that plagued the economy as she prodded Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'You have said repeatedly that we are in much better shape than we were when President Obama took office...13.5 million more people are on food stamps today. How are we in quote/unquote 'much better shape,' as you argue?

Underplaying Importance of Keystone Pipeline

Of course, a key way to get some of those Americans off food stamps is the creation of more jobs, something approval of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada through the United States would have accomplished. According to the American Petroleum Institute an approval from the administration could have resulted in as many as 500,000 new U.S. jobs. However, the Big Three networks gave the Keystone decision very short shrift as from November 10, 2011 (when Obama initially delayed his decision) up through January 19, 2012 (a day after Obama officially rejected the move) there were a total of just five full stories on ABC (1), CBS (3) and NBC (1) with 25 other mentions on ABC (3), CBS (9) and NBC (13).

Friendo commented on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 22:07 PM

By Sov's own criteria posted here Obama should not have been elected. And now we all know exactly why.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 00:35 AM

canative, out of everybody here you're going to talk about how the bad thing about the media is they lost all neutrality? Seriously? That's too funny.

canative62 commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 10:43 AM

It says the guys name is Geoffery Dickens... I guess thats funny to you..

TheSovereign commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 13:05 PM

"Underplaying Importance of Keystone Pipeline" - Get real, its a pipe line that takes extremely dirty oil, pipes it down through our country over many aquifers, through many states, to refineries that are adjacent to ports so that the refined gasoline can be exported out of this country at a profit. Your propaganda of "drill-baby-drill" does not benefit the American people in any way. There can't be too much of an oil shortage out there if they can export that much GASOLINE everyday. It takes a true follower, someone who has suspended the ability to reason and think to believe that there is any benefit to anyone but the oil corporations, and the congressmen who benefit from their lobbying money.

We export over a half a million gallons of gasoline a day from this country. So how does that benefit the American people at the pump? The reality is that we as a people use less gasoline than we did in the past through conservation and more fuel efficient automobiles. There is more profit in selling the refined gasoline overseas than it is here.

As I have stated before, if you really believe that this pipeline, bringing in Canadian oil to this country is solely for our benefit, then utilize the money to build refineries at the source, away from the ports that can be used to export the end product. That is not what the goal is, and it takes propagandists to play to our needs to try and make it sound as if this is for our benefit. Actions do not equal the words being used.

Quit looking for bumper sticker policies, and get involved in looking for the reason. Participate in the discussion, and don't let others do it for you! This is why they try to divide us, so we fight over minutia, and they go about their business ripping us off.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 13:07 PM

No it's funny that you complain about the media not being neutral enough but conveniently leave out any mention of FOX "News". So are you really upset about media neutrality or are you just a partisan hack who wishes every station was conservative like FOX? My guess is the latter.

TheSovereign commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 13:36 PM

Native here wants us to believe that there is a Liberal media undermining us. So which corporations are Liberal? The media is owned by corporations, this isn't the good ol' days when there was a multitude of media outlets ran by small businessmen. "Ninety percent of the media is now controlled by just six companies, down from 50 in 1983." So which of these 6 corporations are the Liberal ones?

This corporate consolidation has happened in many aspects of our lives, "Likewise, 37 banks merged to become JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and CitiGroup in a little over two decades." Too big to fail now, aren't they, where do you fall back to if they do fail? Which of these corporations are the Liberal ones?

Go to this web site and see how many of the everyday consumer products you buy are controlled by 10 corporations, it has a neat little graph that shows who owns whom: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04...

Which of these 10 corporations are the Liberal ones? Procter and Gamble (P&G) are owned by the Koch brothers, so we know they aren't the Liberal ones.

So which of these corporations are the Liberals controlling what you hear, what you buy, or where you bank? The purpose of our Federal Government is to regulate so as we have choices and competition. I am sure there was much more competition and many more choices when there was 37 banks as opposed to just 4. I am sure there was far more competition, and choices amongst the media when there was 50 different owners as opposed to 6. Just look at the number of companies that were individually ran in the graph on the web site I provided before they were all consolidated into 10 corporations.

Quit believing the propaganda that is being shoveled at you from those who are protecting the corporations and big money. Look at the actions instead of the words. Follow the money, and participate in your government. The Boston Tea Party was as much a protest against a corporation as it was against taxes.

TheSovereign commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 14:26 PM

So where is the modern day Teddy Roosevelt (a Republican before they were conservative) to bust up these trusts that are controlling everything?

It sure isn't on the right..... and I am not seeing mush of it on the left either. Get the Lobbyists and the big money out of our politics before its too far gone to repair!!!

canative62 commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 16:37 PM

Oil and Jobs, By The Numbers

Depending on where you go to get your news, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the effect that the Oil and Gas industry has on creating jobs in America. Once you sift through the political and environmental-based rhetoric, which has been even more pronounced as we head toward the Presidential election, you can see the truth in every drop of oil that comes out of the ground…

First, a few numbers on American oil production and consumption:
•America produced approximately 2.08 billion barrels of crude oil in 2010, or just over 5.4 million barrels per day.
•America consumed 6.9 billion barrels of crude oil in 2010, or a little more than 19 million barrels per day. This represents roughly 22% of the entire world’s crude oil consumption.
•Of the total amount of oil produced in America, only a small amount, roughly 5%, is exported, and most of that is to Canada.

Some revealing numbers on the jobs created by the Oil and Gas industry:
•America’s Oil and Gas industry directly creates, or intrinsically supports, 9.2 million jobs in the USA. This represents about 7.5 percent of our Gross Domestic Product. Shale exploration could increase that number by close to 4000
•U.S. government data show that the oil and gas industry is one of the few industries in the U.S. actually creating jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. oil and gas industry created more than 4,700 jobs between July and August – a period when the U.S. economy as whole created virtually no jobs overall.
•The jobs noted as being created by the Oil and Gas industry doesn’t even take into account the supportive effect that oil and gas exploration has on other industries, like the steel working industry, where hundreds of thousands of jobs are created by the need for oil derricks, pumps and other oil equipment. It also doesn’t factor in the $58 billion invested into new low-carbon and zero-carbon emissions technology, or the $1.7 trillion invested by the industry in capital gains projects involving all forms of energy.

Who profits from Oil and Gas exploration?:

The short answer…”you do!” Contrary to media spinning, American oil companies aren’t owned by a small group of wealthy citizens. Only 1.5 percent of the industry shares are owned by corporate management. The other 98.5 percent is owned by tens of millions of US residents. Additionally, the majority of the 55 million American households who have invested in a mutual fund are actively investing in Oil and Gas stocks. Same goes for the 45 million Americans with personal retirement accounts.

TheSovereign commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 18:07 PM

So we should sell our souls for these promised jobs? What other fascist ideas do you have?

How about good paying long term jobs that don't ruin our environment and moves this country forward. Start looking for the web sites that show the devastation to the wild life post gulf oil leak.

I thought the goal of every American is to leave the country better than we found it. Oh wait, that was a saying from the last generation who actually made it great.

canative62 commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 20:39 PM

15% higher wages than similar non-union jobs and benefit from $80, million in campaign contributions to the Democratic Party, is not selling your soul to thhe devil?

Just maybe moving ahead Means getting past the gulf spill and moving forward witih better safety instead of handicapping the future with the past.

Friendo commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 20:56 PM

HOW THE LUNATIC FRINGE SEES THINGS UNDER AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Two dollar gas under Bush...BAAAAAADDDD. Bush is making money for his oil buddies.

Four Dollar gas under Obama...GOOOOODDD. Gas is Four dollars a gallon? Oh, I didn't know.

Military action during Bush term...BAAADDD. Bush is a war monger and he is doing it all for oil!

Military action during Obama term...GOOODDDDDD. Were involved in war?

Unemployment during Bush term...BAADDDD. He doesn't care, he's out of touch.

Unemployment during Obama term...GOOODDD. Obama has sent millions back to work... at McDonalds.

National Deficit during Bush term...BAAAADDD. Look what he allowed to happen to our national economy.

Increased National Deficit under Obama...GOOOODDD. The only way to make it better is by making it worse...anyway China will bail us out..they like us!

GITMO under Bush...BAAADDD. Bush is EVIL!!!

GITMO under Obama...GOOOOODDD. GITMO?...What is GITMO?

TheSovereign commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:09 PM

So, you are saying that the radical conservatives in Congress is in favor of closing Gitmo, and will not stand in the way of closing it? That's news to the rest of the country.

I haven't heard anyone on the center or the Left say that $4.00 a gallon for gas is good, but based on supply and demand, if the gas corporations, who are protected by the conservatives in Congress were to stop exporting a half a million gallons of gas overseas DAILY, the additional supply will reduce the cost per gallon at the pump.

Per the Constitution, the only part of the government that can spend money is the Congress, and in our case for the last two years has been conservative, and when Bush was President for his first 6 years was Conservative.

We must also remember that the foolish tax cuts known as the Bush tax cuts will sunset this year, which will reverse any deficit spending, unless the conservatively led Congress finds a way to keep us short of revenue.

Friendo commented on Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:13 PM

THE ABOVE POST IS KNOWN AS LUNATIC FRINGE PARTY DEFLECTION DENIAL AND BLAME BLAME BLAME BLAME BLAME!!! GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW.

Friendo commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM

Looks like the Lunatic Fringe's answer for eliminating a recession is to TAX US INTO A DEPRESSION. The Lunatic Fringe Party never met a tax that they didn't like...or extend...or make permanent. I guess the Lunatic Fringe Party also believes that we can tax our way out of an economic depression. Give Obama four more years and we will all find out.

Friendo commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 02:08 AM

So three short years ago our Fearless leader Obama loved by all and the most popular president of all time, or so I'am told, held the advantage with a House and Senate majority FAILED to get a budget, vital to the economic health of our nation, PASSED? Can you tell me a little more about his excellent presidential leadership? Remind me, who did he blame for that critical presidential failure?

"So, you are saying that the radical conservatives in Congress is in favor of closing Gitmo, and will not stand in the way of closing it? That's news to the rest of the country."

No. What I am saying is that then presidential candidate obama spoke foolishly about closing down GITMO before he could understand and appreciate it's actual value to our nation. He certified himself as a political novice with his GITMO campaign babble. Thats what I'am saying.

Friendo commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM

Psssssst...Sov, I've got a big secret for you...Some presidential candidates will say anything to get themselves elected. Their Lunatic fringe supporters will continue to support them even after knowing that they were duped. Heck, the Lunatic Fringe supporters will make up lame excuses for presidential failure. You can read the excuses in this blog section everyday. Nighty nite Sov.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 05:17 AM

Friendo repeating words that aren't true to try and make it stick like a fascist would to cover up his own horrible debate skills. The fact of the matter is Obama has done a good job of maintaining the capitalist class in America from the imperialist bombings in the Middle East and Africa, to the fact that businesses are now making record profits when they were all going under at the beginning of his term. He's done a good job of maintaing the rotten capitalist system and the status quo. To watch people fight over it is pretty funny too, who's really the lunatic fringe when your side wouldn't have done much else difference in power anyways?

TheSovereign commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 11:11 AM

It's all a matter of perception, isn't it C_N. When you have a duopoly any time you counter perception, you are perceived to favor the other's view. There are more answers than just two, but when we are told there are just two, people become bewildered when a new one is presented since it doesn't fit the paradigm.

TheSovereign commented on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 14:17 PM

"He certified himself as a political novice" - Isn't this what America wants? I keep hearing that they are tired of political insiders and the corruption that they bring. This is and was the main reasoning of the Tea Party, to run off the political insiders, the ones who has been in to long and are the game players. Just about every, if not all of those elected to congress under the Tea Party banner are and were "political novices".

You are a supporter of the Tea Party, so you don't see the hypocrisy in claiming the President to be a novice yet that requirement is what represents your movement? Maybe you are more like Romney, or McCain, or even Kerry for that fact and you will continue to "Flip Flop" on your stance.


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