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SunsetDreams

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I live in deep red country, and like to see myself as a bright shining blue star in a sky full of red hues. It\'s not easy living in an area surrounded by Republicans, but I truly believe in my role of changing a heart and mind one person at a time. DU for me has became a safe haven, where I can come in gather knowledge and fellowship with Democrats, and be refueled to go out and fight yet another day.

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Obama: ‘I Intend To Fight Obstruction With Action’ (SOTU Full Text & Full Video)




It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag. In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect.

Those are the facts. But so are these. In the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the late 1990s. Together, we’ve agreed to cut the deficit by more than $2 trillion. And we’ve put in place new rules to hold Wall Street accountable, so a crisis like that never happens again.

The state of our Union is getting stronger. And we’ve come too far to turn back now. As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.

No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last - an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.


Full Transcript of SOTU here: http://news.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/obama-i-intend-to-fight-obstruction-with-action.php

Full Video here:

The Main (But Not The Only) Reason To Vote Democratic; The Current GOP Sucks; Here’s Proof



The Main (But Not The Only) Reason To Vote Democratic; The Current GOP Sucks; Here’s Proof

You’ve heard this from me many times over the years, but both parties are NOT the same, and anyone who says such a thing is not an “expert,” no matter how he/she portray themselves.

The 2012 election is a crucial one for progressives. This is our tipping point; if we don’t make our mark now, we risk becoming a historical asterisk. We have allowed the right wing to pretty much run the show for the last 32 years, and it’s time to take the country back. I’m not talking about marching and singing and playing political theater. I’m talking about opening our eyes and seeing the real problem with our politics and getting rid of it.

Whether you like it or not, the economy will always be the number one issue, regardless of the year. But the Republican Party still touts economic policies which were proven wrong many years ago, like supply-side economics, which is often called “trickle-down.” Unless we’re comparing the economy to molasses, a lot more should have “trickled down” to us by now, don’t you think? It has been 32 years, after all.

And need I mention our tax policy? The Republican Party actually touts the virtues of low taxes, even as they scream and carry on about the budget deficit. Yet, they won’t even agree to common-sense budget cuts, because, apparently, billionaires and millionaires are somehow hurting, financially, regardless of actual statistics which show the opposite occurring.


Much more at link: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/23/the-main-but-not-the-only-reason-to-vote-democratic-the-current-gop-sucks-heres-proof/

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What If Obama Loses?
Imagining The Consequences Of A GOP Victory


It’s a common complaint—we’ve certainly made it over the years—that too much political campaign coverage focuses on the horse race. The packed debate schedule in the current GOP nomination battle has put a bit more focus than usual on the substance of what the candidates are saying, which is good. But even so, most of this coverage has wound up being about whether a given policy position might help or hurt a candidate’s chances of winning. What’s most important has been left largely unexamined: if one of these candidates actually becomes president and advances his or her policies, what would be the consequences for the nation?

Part of the reason this question is seldom addressed is that it’s genuinely hard to do; it requires thinking three steps ahead and accounting for numerous variables. But there’s also a widespread assumption that extreme positions taken in the primaries will fade in the general election as candidates “move to the center,” and will disappear entirely once the serious business of governing begins. Surely President Newt Gingrich would not get rid of child labor laws. Surely President Perry would not seek to eliminate three cabinet departments.

We don’t think that this year, with this GOP, those assumptions are warranted. And so we asked a distinguished group of reporters and scholars to think through the hitherto unthinkable: What if one of these people actually wins?


Follow the Links to the reporters articles here(Very Insightful): http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january_february_2012/features/what_if_he_loses034501.php#

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Obama/Biden 2012

"If Gitmo is anyone’s legacy, it is the legacy of George W. Bush and of the US Senate"

Obama’s Failure To Close Gitmo Does Not Make Him The Worst Democratic President


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Many years ago, when I first learned of the Japanese internment camps, which were the result of an executive order by the progressive icon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, I became deeply conflicted. How can someone who I’ve come to revere make such an unjust decision? How would I have reacted had I been alive during WWII?

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Need I remind you that George W. Bush bogged us down in two of the longest wars in American history? He indefinitely detained people with no hope of trials. His administration advocated and used torture. During his administration, our tax money was stolen and handed over to cronies. He left us with the worst economy since the Great Depression and the complete lack of respect from the rest of the world. Obviously, I could go on.

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(see the timeline of what has happened with trying to close Gitmo at the link)

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Guantanamo Bay will go down in history as a sad chapter in a history of American civil rights abuses. If I could manufacture my perfect President, he would have held his breath till he was blue in the face and have taken Congress hostage while demanding that they fund the closure of Gitmo.

Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. President Obama chose not to commit political suicide over an issue he might not have (in fact, arguably wouldn’t have) won. Personally, I believe him when he says the intention is still there. Perhaps our political pressure is misdirected when focused solely on the President. The Senate is the direct reason Gitmo isn’t closed. If Gitmo is anyone’s legacy, it is the legacy of George W. Bush and of the US Senate.


More at link: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/10/obamas-failure-to-close-gitmo-does-not-make-him-the-worst-democratic-president/

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The fact of the matter is Obama signed an executive order to close Gitmo within a year on January 22, 2009. Congress voted 90-6 against providing funds in order to close it. Many Americans wanted and still want Gitmo closed but don't want the Prisoners in their "backyards". The matter is where to move them, and in order to move them, Congress needs to provide the funding in order to do so. While this is a campaign promise broken, Obama didn't break it. Congress did. He still reiterates wanting to close it. The executive order is there, but no funding to do it.

President Obama Singing ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Now A Campaign Ringtone

President Obama Singing ‘Let’s Stay Together’ Now A Campaign Ringtone

President Obama‘s surprisingly soulful rendition of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together,” is now available for download on his campaign website.

RELATED: President Obama Takes Apollo Crowd To Church With Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’

Obama briefly crooned the classic soul jam during a fundraiser at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. “I – I – I — I’m so in love with you…” Obama sang. “Don’t worry, Rev. I cannot sing like you, I just wanted to show my appreciation.”

“Those guys thought I wouldn’t do it. I told you I was going to do it!” Obama exclaimed. “The Sandman did not come out!”

Watch Obama sing below via CNN: (video at link)


http://www.mediaite.com/online/president-obama-singing-lets-stay-together-now-a-ringtone/

POTUS On Your Phone: http://www.barackobama.com/ringtone?utm_source=content&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=20120121_bo_tw_ringtone

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Call To Action: S.2003 - Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011 RE: NDAA

S.2003 - Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011

A bill to clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority shall not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and for other purposes.


http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2003/actions_votes

This bill was introduced by Dianne Feinstein on December 14th, and is now at the Committee on the Judiciary for review.

Please contact Congressional members and demand that they support and vote for this bill. Put the pressure on in the way that I know that DU can!

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?myzip=27310

Here is another link if you prefer:

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

GO DU!

King Of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came To Town

Mitt Romney. Was he a job creator or a corporate raider?

That's the question this film answers.

And it’s not pretty.

Mitt Romney was not a capitalist during his reign at Bain. He was a predatory corporate raider. His firm didn't seek to create value. Instead, like a scavenger, Romney looked for businesses he could pick apart. Indeed, he represented the worst possible kind of predator, operating within the law but well outside the bounds of what most real capitalists consider ethical.

*snip*

Mitt Romney and his cronies pioneered ‘deindustrialization,’ a process by which they searched out vulnerable companies, took them over, loaded them with debt, and collected obscene fees while doing so. He sent jobs overseas or killed them altogether, and then picked apart the remains - including pension funds - before the companies went bankrupt.

Some might call that the free market. Most of us think its just plain wrong.

If you wonder why America has lost so many manufacturing jobs overseas, look no further than Mitt Romney – the King of Bain.

Think you know Mitt?

Think again . . .






Can be found at www.kingofbain.com


Wow that is powerful! Keep his hands off the Whitehouse!

Oh, Look Pretty Bow!




Have you ever received a gift and were afraid to rip the package to look inside, because you didn't want to rip that beautiful paper or bow?

You decide that you will be careful, and peek inside only to find the ugliest shirt you ever saw that was not even the size you wore.

So you take it back to the store where it came from, and exchange it for something you want. Even though I liked that Bow, I'm still throwing it in the trash.

This is how I see one or two issue/slogan voters. "Oh Look Pretty Bow" The wrapping/bow might be pretty on the outside but what's inside is still ugly. It's too late to exchange it for something you want, so you are stuck with that ugly shirt that's not even your size.

Ron Paul may be against wars and for legalizing marijuana on the surface but on the inside his policies are ugly, and definitely not my cup of tea. I'm throwing it in the trash. This goes for all the Republicans.

Democratic Party is more to my tastes, and it fits, sometimes a little snug, but I can stretch it out if need be.
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