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  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: How Romney’s extreme policies insult us all

    10/15/2012 10:52:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2012 | By Katrina vanden Heuvel
    At first glance, it might seem as if Mitt Romney’s path — from voting in the 1992 Democratic presidential primary to being the 2012 Republican presidential nominee — was linear. But over the past, winding, 20 years, Romney has held every possible view on every possible issue — often at the same time. When it comes to policy, he’s been downright promiscuous. Jolted with a fresh shot of post-debate energy, Romney is just doing more of what he’s always done — whatever it takes to get elected. This comes naturally because he is, fundamentally, a cipher. The only thing he...
  • In second debate, Obama faces challenges on key issues

    10/14/2012 4:06:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2012 | By John Whitesides
    Losing ground to Republican Mitt Romney on a host of issues, President Barack Obama faces a serious challenge to put his re-election bid back on track when the two men face off on Tuesday in their second debate. With Romney having virtually erased Obama's lead in national polls just three weeks before the November 6 election, Obama is hoping to take advantage of the town hall-style format in Tuesday's debate to make a direct pitch to voters. On Sunday, Reuters/Ipsos surveys of likely voters indicated Romney had closed the gap or overtaken Obama in the past two weeks on a...
  • Obama is best choice for president

    10/14/2012 9:03:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | October 14, 2012 | Editorial
    Americans have a clear choice between two presidential candidates with starkly different ideas for spurring the economy, providing for the health of our people, defending our interests abroad, educating our children and protecting our environment. We believe that President Barack Obama’s progress on these issues merits him a second term in the White House. Four years ago on this page, we endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona over Obama. We wrote that we were impressed with Obama, but McCain would “bring the Iraq war to a successful conclusion, work to end American dependence on foreign oil, reduce America's...
  • Few young illegal immigrants take advantage of Obama's deferred action plan

    10/14/2012 7:21:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 14, 2012 | By Laura C. Morel
    Less than 15 percent of eligible young immigrants have applied for a program that would allow them to remain in the country for two years, with the possibility of getting a work permit. Why the tepid response from 1.3 million people, about 100,000 of them in Florida? Fear and politics, say immigration attorneys. Under deferred action — a program of the Obama administration that took effect in August — immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16, graduated from high school or served in the military and do not have an extensive criminal record can stay for two...
  • Food fight in the school lunchroom

    10/14/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | October 14, 2012 | by: MARIA ELENA BACA and HERON MARQUEZ
    They may be good for you, but some students are having a tough time swallowing the new, healthier school lunches. Across the United States, students are protesting new federal guidelines that have school lunches packing more fruits and vegetables, fewer carbohydrates and less meat. About 120 students at Jordan Middle School boycotted the lunch program to show their distaste, as did students in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Michigan. "The federal government is trying to solve a problem that every kid doesn't have," said Jacob Taxdahl, an eighth-grade football player at Jordan Middle School who started the three-day boycott via a...
  • Endorsements: Barack Obama for president

    10/14/2012 5:55:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 14, 2012 | Editorial
    Voters often say they want their elected leaders to keep their promises and, at crucial moments, show real political backbone. President Barack Obama deserves a second term largely because he has delivered on both of these fronts. ... Obama – unruffled by Looney Tunes claims that he is a "socialist" and a "Marxist" – has pursued a consistent, moderate path that has pulled this country back from the brink and put it on a path toward recovery. In a second term, with just a little help from Congress, he could finish the job and pursue other priorities, including upgrading transportation...
  • Inquirer Editorial: Obama will do a better job

    10/14/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 14, 2012 | Editorial
    Like a carnival barker cajoling a mark into spending the last bills in his wallet, the Republican Party is counting on Americans' not remembering that they've seen this trick before. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wants voters to forget their familiarity with the prize he's dangling before their eyes - a return to the disastrous economic policies that preceded the recession. Given that context, Romney's prize is no better than a fake pearl. ... Obama deserves more than the grudging credit Republicans are giving him for being the commander in chief who finally got Osama bin Laden. America is safer...
  • Obama touts benefits of auto bailout as debate looms

    10/13/2012 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 13, 2012 | By Mark Felsenthal
    President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to sustain momentum from Vice President Joe Biden's strong debate showing by touting the benefits of one of his signature actions, the rescue of the U.S. auto industry, as he prepared for his next debate with Republican Mitt Romney. "We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "We bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and three years later, that bet is paying off in a big way."
  • White House clarifies Biden on Libya security

    10/12/2012 1:53:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | October 12, 2012 | by Jessica Yellin
    ... A senior White House official, speaking anonymously, told CNN they recognize the president is responsible for the security of all U.S. personnel around the world. But their intent here is to make clear that the vice president was not misspeaking when he said that he and the president were not personally briefed on the security requests. The senior White House official also argued that while there were specific requests for additional security in Tripoli, there were none in Benghazi.
  • Axelrod: Romney does not have "big momentum"

    10/11/2012 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 11, 2012
    President Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, denied on "CBS This Morning" that Mr. Obama is sliding in the polls and that Mitt Romney is gaining momentum. "I don't think there's a slide in the polls; I think there was a bump after the debate," Axelrod said Thursday. "I don't think there's big momentum" for Romney, he said, allowing that the Republican challenger "collected a couple of points." On the morning of the first and only vice presidential debate, Axelrod said Vice President Joe Biden's challenge "is going to be to pin Congressman Ryan down." "The Romney campaign is running away...
  • California's renewable-energy plans may hinge on presidential race

    10/11/2012 5:27:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Evan Halper
    Players big and small in the state's rapidly growing industry worry a Romney win will strip them of federal subsidies they say are key to clean energy's future. SACRAMENTO — On 7,300 isolated acres in eastern Kern County, a plan for dozens of wind turbines 20 stories high to generate enough electricity for tens of thousands of homes may hinge on who is elected president. Millions of dollars have been spent laying the groundwork. Permits are in order, contractors are lined up, government planners are on board. But like many other green energy efforts in California, the Avalon Wind Project...
  • Barack Obama Tiptoes Around the Threat of Terrorism

    10/11/2012 5:15:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 11, 2012 | By Mary Kate Cary
    "I've come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world," President Barack Obama said in 2009, "one based on mutual interest and mutual respect." He went on to list the tensions between America and the Muslim world he sought to relieve—yet at the latest meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, he skipped meeting with any of his fellow world leaders for a taping of The View. It's hard to believe those snubbed leaders, who included Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, think the president is actually relieving any tensions in the Middle...
  • IRS says ‘tax avoidance’ at heart of Solyndra bankruptcy plan

    10/10/2012 4:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Jim McElhatton
    The Internal Revenue Service urged a bankruptcy judge to reject solar panel maker Solyndra LLC’s bankruptcy plan Wednesday, saying it amounts to little more than an avenue for owners of an empty corporate shell to avoid paying taxes. “The undeniable conclusion is that tax benefits drive this plan,” attorneys for the IRS wrote in a bankruptcy pleading. What’s more, government attorneys said that as far back as 2010, owners had “planned meticulously” to be able to use Solyndra’s net operating losses to offset future tax liabilities. “The only reason for the shell corporation to exist post-confirmation is to enable its...
  • U.S. official says superiors worked against effort to boost Benghazi security

    10/10/2012 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | October 10, 2012 | By the CNN Wire Staff
    The State Department's former point man on security in Libya told a congressional hearing Wednesday that his superiors worked against him as he tried to get more help for the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi in the months before it was overrun in a deadly terror attack. Eric Nordstrom, the one-time regional security officer, told the House Oversight Committee that he had a disheartening conversation with the regional director of the agency's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs when he requested additional manpower for the facility. "I said, 'Jim, you know what makes it most frustrating about this assignment? It's not...
  • Drop in Openings Signals Limited U.S. Job Growth: Economy

    10/10/2012 4:01:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Bloomberg | October 10, 2012 | By Alex Kowalski
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  • Obama’s Libya statements become ludicrous

    10/10/2012 2:06:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Bring on the racks of “pants on fire” fact checks. Unload an army of Pinocchios to debunk the most egregious of the many untruths we’ve heard since the 9-11-2012 attack in Libya. In what is surely the most jaw-dropping of the many fudges, misrepresentations and outright lies by the Obama administration in handling the Libya attack that killed four Americans, we now hear from the State Department that it never linked the attack and death of four Americans in Libya to the anti-Muslim movie. I bet this comes as a bit of a surprise since you saw U.S. officials say...
  • Carlos Slim, World’s Richest Man, Gets Richer Supplying ‘Obamaphones’ to Poor

    10/10/2012 1:53:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Perry Chiaramonte
    A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program. The...
  • GM Picks a “Government Guy” to Run Cadillac

    10/09/2012 3:06:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 9, 2012 | By Joseph B. White
    Robert Ferguson, named today by General Motors Co. to the new position of “vice president, global Cadillac,” is not a “car guy,” in the Detroit parlance. He’s a government guy, and before that, a deal guy and a phone guy. This is a sign of how things are changing at GM as it tries to rebuild itself post-bankruptcy. Mr. Ferguson, 53, joined GM in 2010 and until today was GM’s vice president for public policy, aka chief lobbyist in Washington. He led GM’s negotiations with Obama administration officials over the details of the president’s plan to nearly double the fuel...
  • Obama signals new urgency as race tightens

    10/09/2012 6:45:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO -- With each passing day, it seems that President Obama has increasingly absorbed the impact of his weak debate showing against Mitt Romney. And as he's eager for his supporters to know that he knows it's time to step up his game.</p>
  • Greece's Debt Nightmare Just Got Worse

    10/09/2012 6:38:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    CNBC via Yahoo! News ^ | October 9, 2012 | By Holly Ellyatt
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is landing in Greece to show her solidarity with her Greek counterpart, prime minister Antonis Samaras. Seven thousand police officers have been scrambled to clear the streets of central Athens along with rooftop snipers and commandos to protect the German leader. Greece's two largest unions threatened to defy a ban imposed on protesting in the city center, calling on their members to convene at Syntagma square. But economists told CNBC that Merkel was the least of Greece's problems. According to the latest economic forecasts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), released on Tuesday, Greece will miss...
  • Post-debate polling shows substantial Romney bounce

    10/08/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2012 | By Paul West
    Mitt Romney’s commanding performance on the debate stage last week has generated a significant bounce for his presidential candidacy, according to national polls released Monday. The Republican nominee opened up a 4-point lead over President Obama, 49% to 45% among likely voters, in the latest national opinion survey by the independent Pew Research Center. In mid-September, Obama led by 8 points, 51% to 43%. Post-debate interviews with 1,201 voters found that the debate had lifted Romney’s standing among a wide range of voter groups. His overall personal image improved, with the percentage of voters holding a favorable opinion of the...
  • A Historic Debate Failure

    10/06/2012 3:28:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 6. 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    By the time of Thursday night's debate between Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan, the polls will reflect the early consequences of President Obama's disastrous debate performance from Wednesday night. Mitt Romney had a superb night and the contrast between his calm and in-command performance and that of a flailing, rambling president could not have been sharper, and indeed it could not have been more disorienting for the Chicago Gang running the president's re-election campaign. The day after the president's face-plant in front of 67 million viewers, the geniuses behind the nation's dismal economy instructed the president to go ugly,...
  • U.S. Pulls All Its Staff Out of Benghazi

    10/02/2012 5:58:33 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 2 Oct 2012 | Dashiell Bennett
    The State Department has officially removed all government personnel from the Libyan city of Benghazi, closing the consulate building and possibly ending any chance of an on-site investigation of the attack there. Although it has been three weeks since the assault there that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other embassy employees, the FBI has still not been able to visit the compound, set up any operations in the city, or even interview any witnesses who were present during the terrorist attack.
  • John Kerry defends Susan Rice

    09/29/2012 8:56:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    politico44 ^ | 9/28/12 | BYRON TAU
    "I'm deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate," Kerry said in a Friday statement. "I’m particularly troubled by calls for Ambassador Rice’s resignation. She is a remarkable public servant for whom the liberation of the Libyan people has been a personal issue and a public mission," Kerry said. "She's an enormously capable person who has represented us at the United Nations with strength and character."
  • New institute’s kickoff event calls for change [Gathering of LOSERS praise each other]

    09/25/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Daily Trojan ^ | 9/24/12
    In a departure from typical political discussions along party lines, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium kicked off the center’s first semester with a bipartisan look forward into political change... Veteran political journalist Cokie Roberts delved into the politics of partisan government while moderating a panel of political experts including Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida; Tom Daschle, former senator and senate majority leader; Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania; Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico; and McCain.
  • Advanced Copy of the President's UN Address

    09/25/2012 5:41:08 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 14 replies
    "I'm sorry."
  • Obama’s embassy cover story dissolves

    09/21/2012 10:04:58 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/21/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    It is a measure of how skewed the reporting is and how intellectually inconsistent is most of the “analysis” from the mainstream media that while Mitt Romney’s comment on the embassy attacks held the attention of the press for days (when in fact he had correctly surmised that the administration was trying to make excuses for the embassy attack by expressing regret over an anti-Muslim video)), there has been comparatively little concern with a much more critical story: Did the Obama team intentionally lie to voters (or just shoot first and aim later) for a week about what it knew,...
  • Op-Ed: Those Self Destructive American Apologies

    09/20/2012 9:25:55 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | September 20, 2012 12:35 AM | MP Fiamma Nirenstein
    American embassies are burning across the Middle East and further afield. Jihadist Islam bites the hand which helped it during the revolutions. Embracing the idea that this mass murderous frenzy is due to a negligible film on Muhammad on the web is pathetic. It is never only about cartoons, videos, films, or statements. **SNIP** It is self-destructive that Hillary Clinton rather than blasting as expected from a Foreign Minister after the loss of her ambassador, briefly labeled the moronic film as “reprehensible”, as if this implied violent consequences. It is despicable that Obama, the appointed advocate of freedoms of the...
  • Special Operations Speaks calls for Panetta's resignation

    09/16/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by lward99 · 32 replies
    Special Operations Speaks ^ | 09-16-12 | Larry Bailey, Captain (SEAL), USN (Retired)
    WASHINGTON, DC – Special Operations Speaks (SOS) today called upon Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to resign from office for his claim that Barack Obama had special authority to provide classified information about the Navy SEAL attack on Osama bin Laden to Hollywood filmmakers and others with no security clearance. Panetta made the claim in a September 10th interview on CBS This Morning. As he threatened to punish former Navy SEAL “Mark Owen” for revealing details about the assault on the bin Laden compound in his book No Easy Day, he stated that Department of Defense release of top secret information...
  • Congress was warned about Libya last month

    09/13/2012 7:10:53 PM PDT · by barryobi · 22 replies
    fp ^ | 09/13/2012 | kevin baron
    While Washington vacationed in August, the non-partisan Congressional Research Service issued a now prescient-sounding report warning that Libya's security concerns were an "immediate priority" that might require far more attention and resources than the United States had given it. That self-restraint broke down severely this week as, according to U.S. officials, an apparently coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi emerged from a crowded protest, leading to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and others. It was the apex of a string of concerning violent incidents dating back months. The author of the report, Christopher Blanchard, specialist in...
  • Revealed: inside story of US envoy's assassination

    09/13/2012 5:20:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 128 replies
    Independent/UK/Drudge (link only) ^ | 9/13/12 | Kim Sengupta
  • Obama: "I will stand with the Muslims..."

    09/13/2012 4:10:23 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | September 13, 2012 | me
    In his ghost-written (by William Ayers) 'autobiography', "Dreams of My Father", Barack Hussein Obama said, "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction..."
  • State Department: Hillary Responsible For Security Failures

    09/12/2012 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Justaham · 49 replies ^ | 9/12/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, speaking about the despicable and stomach-wrenching attacks by Islamists on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and our embassy in Cairo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked: “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?” That single line is the most damning indictment of Hillary Clinton’s State Department that could ever be penned. It demonstrates her complete lack of knowledge about the region, her failure to anticipate security threats, and worst of all, her willful ignorance about the Islamists that she and President Obama trusted to take over Libya and...
  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW BEGINNING, Cairo University, June 4, 2009 Cairo, Egypt

    09/12/2012 9:07:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies ^ | Junr 9, 2009 | President Barack Hussein Obama
    PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon.  I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions... The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights.  All this has bred more fear and more mistrust... Just as America can never tolerate violence by extremists, we must never alter or forget our principles.  Nine-eleven was an enormous...
  • Obama misses deadline for report to Congress on planned defense cuts

    09/07/2012 6:15:00 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    He’s been busy with more important stuff. He’ll get to it when he gets to it, even though (a) he signed a bill just last month setting today as the deadline, and (b) the whole idea of a defense sequester came from Democrats as a poison pill for the GOP in last year’s debt-ceiling deal. "One month ago, the PRESIDENT SIGNED the “Sequestration Transparency Act,” a law that IMPOSED UPON HIM a 30 day deadline to outline what Pentagon spending will be cut. That deadline was last night." "White House press secretary Jay Carney today said White House officials would...
  • FAIL. Unemployment Rate Above 8.0% for 43rd Straight Month – 368,000 Drop Out of Workforce

    09/07/2012 7:06:50 AM PDT · by Qbert · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Unemployment remains above 8.0%. Lowest unemployment rate during Obama term was his first month in office.Unemployment rate drops ONLY because more people quit looking for work. 368,000 Americans left the labor force. This is devastating news for the Obama White House. The AP reported: U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, the Labor Department said Friday. But that was only because more people gave up looking...
  • Obama's absence at APEC summit triggers unfit reset in U.S.-Russia ties

    09/05/2012 4:45:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Xinhua ^ | September 5, 2012
    VLADIVOSTOK, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to dodge the upcoming APEC summit, people from around the world, the Pacific rim in particular, are witnessing a mal-functioned reset of the relationship between such world powers as the U.S. and Russia. The push-button to initiate the reset was done in 2009 by Obama and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the London G20 Summit. But the resetting process since then has not been faring well. To sit up alongside APEC leaders will only be U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has just skipped the regular...
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney en route Charlotte, NC, 9/5/2012

    09/05/2012 3:00:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    White ^ | September 5, 2012 | Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One
    Q: Did the President have any role in the decision to move his speech from the stadium to the arena? And was he disappointed by the outcome there? Q: How does that square, though, with what you said yesterday when we asked about the concerns about weather and you said, we plan to go ahead -- I think you had even mentioned that sporting events happen there, and now you’re saying this isn’t a sporting event. Q: Can I ask you, Jen, about the -- or even Jay -- about the change in the platform regarding Jerusalem from 2008. This...
  • Obama nomination speech moved indoors to smaller venue, thousands left out

    09/05/2012 7:07:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 124 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 5, 2012 | Fox News
    <p>The obvious comment is that they couldn't fill the outdoor stadium.</p> <p>Fox is discussing all those planners, volunteers, etc. whose hours of labor have been futile.</p>
  • Failed President Gives Himself “Incomplete” on the Economy

    09/04/2012 7:34:53 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    JWF ^ | Sep 04, 2012 | Jammie
    Incomplete typically is reserved for people who don’t show up for class.  Leaving an empty chair. How appropriate. President Obama gave himself an “incomplete” when asked in Colorado over the weekend to grade his first term. “I would say incomplete,” Obama told Colorado’s KKTV 11, in an interview aired Monday evening. “But what I would say is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow...
  • Obama courts labor voters in auto industry's footprint

    09/03/2012 9:19:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 3, 2012 | by Ali Weinberg
    TOLEDO, OH -- President Barack Obama decried Republican opponent Mitt Romney's opposition to the 2009 auto industry bailout before a crowd full of autoworkers gathered here for Labor Day. Surrounded by some 3,000 supporters - many of whom were sporting United Auto Worker t-shirts - in a high school gym, Obama said he had made sure to stop in Toledo, a major auto industry hub as part of his campaign across the country in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. "I wanted to stop here in Toledo to spend this day with you," he said as the...
  • Meet "Barack The Plumber" (Royal Flush On Hold)

    08/29/2012 5:34:16 AM PDT · by suspects · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 29, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Dear Better Business Bureau: I’m writing about a plumber I hired in 2008 to fix my pipes. The name of his business is Barack H. Obama & Co. Despite many assurances on Mr. Obama’s part, and despite spending far beyond what I wanted on the project, my toilets are still full of . . . well, they’re not fixed. And now I’m told there’s some question as to whether I can fire him. I want to say, right up front, that Mr. Obama inherited a real mess in my house. The plumbing was in worse shape than it had been since, gosh, the...

    08/18/2012 10:30:42 AM PDT · by bramps · 2 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 08/18/12 | OLIVER NORTH
    Obama planted the seeds for all this when he publicly announced a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. His deadline is fertile ground for jihadis who know that their "window of opportunity" for murder is closing. We should expect the bitter harvest of "green on blue attacks" to produce a bumper crop of American casualties -- unless we hire a new commander in chief who knows how to fight a war and win. --- Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes in...
  • More California cities at risk of bankruptcy, Moody's says

    08/17/2012 5:05:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 17, 2012
    One of the nation's top credit rating agencies said Friday that it would begin a wide-ranging review of municipal finances in California because of what it sees is a growing threat of increased city bankruptcies and bond defaults. The report also noted the potential for ratings downgrades to fiscally distressed cities, counties, school districts and special districts throughout the state. Moody's Investors Service issued a report saying that the growing fiscal distress in many cities in the nation's most populous state was putting bondholders at risk.
  • Why There Is Nothing Obama Won't Say About Romney...

    08/15/2012 4:11:32 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-15-12 | The Looking Spoon
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  • Joe Biden clarifies "in chains" remark

    08/14/2012 4:55:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 14, 2012 | by Brian Montopoli
    Vice President Joe Biden has clarified a comment he made earlier today in which he said presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney would "put you all back in chains" by unshackling Wall Street. "And I'm told when I made that comment earlier today in Danville, Virginia, the Romney Campaign put out a Tweet, you know Tweets, and went on the air, went on the airwaves saying 'Biden's outrageous in saying that - I think I said, instead of unshackled, unchained or - anyway, outrageous to say that, that's what we meant. I'm using their own words. I got a message for...
  • Obama: GOP economic plan 'trickle down fairy dust'

    08/12/2012 3:19:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 12, 2012 | By Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia
    President Barack Obama today criticized the newly minted Republican team of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, telling a hometown crowd the pair is trying to sell an economic plan of "trickle down fairy dust" that doesn't work. When talking about Ryan, Obama first said "no, no, no, no" to the boos that came from the crowd of about 1,000 younger supporters at the Bridgeport Art Center. "My opponent and Congressman Ryan and their allies in Congress, they all believe that if we just get rid of more regulations on big corporations and we give more tax breaks to the...
  • Yes, More Solyndras for Clean Energy (Vacation on Planet Gore Alert)

    08/10/2012 12:10:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Time ^ | 8/9/2012 | Michael "Embrace the Failure" Grunwald
    The Solyndra “scandal” is trotted out every few months as part of the big-vs.-small-government debate in this country, but it is not and never was a scandal. The federal clean-energy loan program that the infamous solar-panel maker was a part of was designed to finance risky ventures, and Solyndra was a reasonable risk: an innovative manufacturer with huge private backing and an opportunity to transform the industry. But the industry transformed itself first. Silicon prices plunged, Solyndra’s advantages vanished, and the firm went bust. It happens. The Bush and Obama Administrations both selected Solyndra from 143 applicants for the program’s...
  • The case against reelection

    08/10/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/9/12 | Charles Krauthammer
    There are two ways to run against Barack Obama: stewardship or ideology. You can run against his record or you can run against his ideas.The stewardship case is pretty straightforward: the worst recovery in U.S. history, 42 consecutive months of 8-plus percent unemployment, declining economic growth — all achieved at a price of an additional $5 trillion of accumulated debt.The ideological case is also simple. Just play in toto (and therefore in context) Obama’s Roanoke riff telling small-business owners: “You didn’t build that.” Real credit for your success belongs not to you — you think you did well because of...
  • A123 Goes Chinese -- Will Washington Learn It Can't Mandate A Market?

    08/08/2012 11:56:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Forbes ^ | August 8, 2012 | by Bob Lutz
    A Chinese auto parts company, Wanxiang, has come to the rescue of cash-strapped A123 Systems, an American high-tech lithium-ion battery maker and centerpiece of the Obama administration’s “green jobs” revolution. Wanxiang can acquire up to an 80% of the company in return for an investment of up to $450 million. The recipient of a $249 million “green technology” grant from our federal government, A123, believing their own (and everyone else’s) hype about the millions of electric vehicles that would soon be filling the nation’s highways (it will happen, but not soon) set about proving an old adage: stupidity and waste...