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I know the election is over, but check out this site: iSidewith.com


And then, when you're done, post your results here. Here's my results:
Candidates I side with by percentages:
Barack Obama 86%
Jill Stein 82%
Gary Johnson 70%
Rocky Anderson 59%
Mitt Romney 30%
Virgil Goode 24%
Oregon Voters 49%
American Voters 55%

Who I side with party-wise:
Democratic Party 90%
Green Party 78%
Libertarian Party 41%
Republican Party 36%

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Political hot potato: GOP trades blame with Obama for looming sequester

Amid a growing sense that the drastic and automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” are likely to take effect at the beginning of March, House Republicans have spent the last few weeks pinning the blame squarely on President Barack Obama if these cuts take place.

“We’re weeks away from the president’s sequester,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. “And the president laid out no plan to eliminate the sequester and the harmful cuts that will come of it.”

Yet it’s not as though Obama has embraced the cuts, which economists warn could not only cost thousands of American jobs, but also threaten to weaken the national defense because a large portion of them fall disproportionately upon the Pentagon’s budget. Rather, he mimicked Republicans, and pointed fingers.

Advertise | AdChoices“In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year,” the president said in his State of the Union address.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by the fellow House GOP leadership, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Feb. 5, 2013, to urge President Barack Obama to offer ideas to replace the looming, automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.
The blame game reflects the unpopularity of those cuts; a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month found that 43 percent of Americans oppose letting the sequester take effect, versus 22 percent who favor the automatic cuts. Almost a third of Americans expressed no opinion, though that number would almost certainly drop if the cuts are swiftly implemented.

But the mere fact that sequestration continues to hover over Washington’s budget battles is a direct result of the dysfunction that has come to characterize negotiations between Obama and congressional Republicans over the past two years. Despite both sides’ work to absolve themselves of responsibility for these cuts, there is more than enough blame to spread around.

The sequester was the byproduct of the last-minute deal forged in August of 2011 to raise the nation’s debt limit. As the deadline for default neared, Obama and Boehner struggled to reach an agreement that would give House Republicans the spending cuts they wanted, and allow Obama to prevent a default on the national debt.

That fight itself was somewhat unusual. Republicans, in their zest to extract spending cuts from the president, took the unusual step of demanding cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit, a congressional prerogative that had been largely routine in modern history.

According to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s book “The Price of Politics,” it was the White House that first suggested some kind of triggered spending cuts as part of a compromise to extract more borrowing authority. This is the primary evidence by which Republicans make their charge.

But GOP leaders also no longer acknowledge their own role in pushing the measure through Congress. Boehner told CBS News at the time of the deal that he was happy with the agreement, and “got 98 percent of what I wanted.”

“No one said it's his responsibility alone. We've just pointed out accurately that the only reason it exists is his insistence on it,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said Wednesday. “Given that fact, he, more than anyone, has responsibility to do something about it. And they've done nothing.”

Advertise | AdChoicesBlame game
The whole point of the sequester, though, was its design – fashioned to be so reckless and deep in its cuts that it would be politically distasteful to lawmakers in both parties, forcing the administration and congressional Republicans to reach an agreement.

In fact, the 2011 agreement also created the so-called “super committee,” the bipartisan, bicameral panel that was intended to generate a comprehensive proposal to replace the sequester with a series of spending cuts, new tax revenue and entitlement reforms.

Their work failed because Republicans and Democrats couldn’t reach an agreement – a prime example of the strident divisions that characterized the last Congress.

President Barack Obama explains his view on what a sequester would do to the U.S. economy while delivering the State of the Union on Tuesday.
Sequestration, of course, was the other prong of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” the economically catastrophic combination of those spending cuts and the automatic spending hikes that were set to take place at the beginning of this year. Lawmakers addressed part of the tax component when they passed legislation allowing taxes to rise on household income over $450,000.

But they punted on the sequester for another two months, setting up the end-of-February deadline before these spending cuts take place. And as the onset of the sequester seems more and more like a fait accompli, Republicans and Democrats are now scrambling to assign blame.

GOP lawmakers’ central argument now is that they have passed an alternative to the sequester, though it leans solely on spending cuts and was regarded as dead in the Democratic-controlled Senate before the House even passed the proposal.

That’s at least better, Republicans argue, than the administration. The president has not formally debuted a detailed legislative alternative to the sequester, relying instead on outlining broad parameters and leaving the work to lawmakers.

“If Congress can’t act immediately on a bigger package … then I believe that they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effects of the sequester for a few more months until Congress finds a way to replace these cuts with a smarter solution,” Obama said on Feb. 5.

He outlined more specific parameters – tax reform, entitlement savings and spending cuts – in Wednesday’s State of the Union that, Obama argued, would make up a more “balanced” replacement for the sequester.

Advertise | AdChoicesThat wasn’t enough for Boehner.

“Republicans have twice passed bills to replace the sequester,” the top Republican said on Wednesday. “It’s incumbent upon the president and Senate Democrats to show us their plan to stop the sequester from going into effect.”

Until then, more buck-passing.


Rubio JUST finished paying his $100,000 in college funds a few years ago? Bullshit!

And he STILL lives in the same neighborhood when he was young, even though he is now a rich politician. Sorry, Rubio. Don't believe. If you're protecting your neighbors because they're rich, at least admit it. Don't make shit up!

GOP Warns Obama's Minimum Wage Plan a Bad Idea

President Obama is launching a new campaign to hike the federal minimum wage. In his State of the Union address he said he wants it raised from $7.25 to $9 an hour.

The president talked up his most controversial new proposal in Ashville, N.C., Wednesday.

"It's time for an increase in the minimum wage because if you work full-time, you shouldn't be in poverty," he said.

The White House said raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour would boost wages for 15 million Americans making the minimum or just above, lifting many of them out of poverty and helping to revive the economy.

Henderson County, N.C., resident Lukas Case, who makes minimum wage, is on board with the president's plan.

"Well, it's not fun living paycheck to paycheck," Case said. "[I'd] be able to do more things; have a better life."

The boost would be enough to lift at least some people out of poverty.

A full-time minimum wage worker earns $14,500 a year. For a single parent with a child, that's below the federal poverty line. Making $9 an hour would mean an annual salary of $18,000 -- slightly above the poverty level.

Critics say, however, the move would hurt the unemployment rate because employers won't be able to hire as many workers.

"When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. "Why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?"

North Carolina small business owner Daniel Robinson agreed with Boehner's assessment of the president's plan.

"With me, I'd just have to cut employees; it'd be me," Robinson said. "I'd have to come down here and work, open and close by myself and just do everything because that's the only way you can afford it."

Opponents of raising the minimum wage point to the unemployment rate among young people.

Youth unemployment increased to 15 percent after the minimum wage went up in 2007. Now it's at nearly 24 percent, much higher than the overall unemployment rate.

The president faces a tough battle from Congress on raising the minimum wage. Republicans say increasing it will only send the unemployment rate higher when hiring people becomes more expensive for employers.


Gov. Kitzhaber at Obama SOtU

There he is at the very top left.


Anyone remember this?


This could only happen to Dubya

I watched W. last night

Has anyone else seen it? It's about George W. Bush and his life and presidency, but it is actually pretty good. For those who haven't seen it, check it out

Earth 2100

Has anyone ever seen this? I saw this on History Channel a couple of months ago. It was pretty interesting. Conservative critics hated it for its "liberal message".
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