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The AP has more from the signing statement: “My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation.
President Barrack Obama signed legislation Thursday evening extending several key provisions of the Patriot Act shortly before they were set to expire at midnight.
Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qaddafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.
Acorn uses various affiliated groups to agitate for "a living wage," for "affordable housing," for "tax justice" and union and environmental goals, as well as against school choice and welfare reform. It was a major contributor to the subprime meltdown by pushing lenders to make home loans on easy terms, conducting "strikes" against banks so they'd lower credit standards.
Democrats are split on how to deal with Acorn, the liberal "community organizing" group that deployed thousands of get-out-the-vote workers last election. State and city Democratic officials -- who've been contending with its many scandals -- are moving against it. Washington Democrats are still sweeping Acorn abuses under a rug.
* Signals lower business standards for giant companies by incentivizing risk
* Creates moral hazard through the assurance of safety nets
* Promotes centralized bureaucracy by allowing government powers to choose the terms of the bailout
* Instills a corporatist style of government in which businesses use the state's power to forcibly extract money from taxpayers.
The European debt crisis, says the president, is of “huge importance” to the United States, and the Obama administration is “ready to do our part” in keeping the economy overseas afloat.
To put that into perspective, when President George W. Bush took office, our national debt was $5.768 trillion. By the time Bush left office, it had nearly doubled, to $10.626 trillion. So Bush’s record on deficit spending was not good at all: During his presidency, the national debt rose by an average of $607 billion a year. How does that compare to Obama? During Obama’s presidency to date, the national debt has risen by an average of $1.723 trillion a year — or by a jaw-dropping $1.116 trillion more, per year, than it rose even under Bush.
Everything we fought for during the last election is at stake in this election. The very core of what this country stands for is on the line — the basic promise that no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, this is a place where you could make it if you try.
Originally posted by Zanti Misfit
reply to post by Wookiep
He tells alot of Untruths even for a Politician . I cannot Recall any of his Presidential Addresses to the Nation since he took Office where he Actually said something that was Truthful , can you ? To me Personally , People like that should be Confronted Directly for their Dishonesty and Suffer the Consequences.....
The latest scandal involves the theft of over half a million dollars by the program director of Chicago’s Black Nurses Association. The woman in question, Margaret Davis, is charged with defrauding a variety of state agencies for her own personal benefit. The man who funneled taxpayer money to Ms. Davis is Dr. Eric Whitaker of the Illinois Department of Public Health. On Sept. 26, journalist Jim Kouri described Whitaker as “Barack Obama’s close personal friend, adviser and campaign contributor.” The two met in 1992 at Harvard Law School, becoming so close that Whitaker joined Obama during his 2008 Midwest presidential bus tour. But their history of cronyism extends much deeper. In 2003, while serving as a state senator, Obama had his political fixer Tony Rezko, now a convicted felon, suggest to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, himself impeached and a convicted felon, to appoint Whitaker as state health director. In this position, Whitaker directed funds to Ms. Davis that supposedly were earmarked for low-income inner city blacks. Further, according to an Oct. 28, 2008 article by Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun Times, Whitaker “approved medical construction projects [while] Rezko and his associates controlled that board, which they used to solicit kickbacks and payoffs.” Interestingly, Obama personally introduced Rezko to banker Alexi Giannoulias, who proceeded to lend Rezko’s mobsters $22 million. Connections to the president don’t end there. After leaving his government post, Whitaker signed on with Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he pulls $670,000 per year at what is called a “no-show job.”
When Obama addressed the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 25, one of the decade’s greatest Freudian slips went virtually unreported. While beating his class warfare mantra like a dead horse, the president suddenly experienced an inopportune teleprompter moment. “If asking a billionaire to pay the same rate as a Jew, uh, as a janitor, makes me a warrior for the working class. . . .” Now certain disgruntled loyalists are whispering that the president sounds more like Jesse Jackson when he called New York City “Hymie Town.” Or did Obama’s comment more closely resemble Louis Farrakhan’s remark about Judaism being a “gutter religion” and the rhetoric of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president’s former spiritual adviser? Jews aren’t the only ones seething. Many of Obama’s strongest base supporters—blacks—were incensed that Obama found it necessary to slip into a stereotypical ghetto dialect during his speech. Worse, their great oratorical hope chided blacks by telling them to “take off their bedroom slippers, stop complainin’, stop grumblin’ and stop cryin’.” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) was particularly annoyed, saying that Obama wouldn’t approach Hispanics or gays in the same fashion. Nor would he tell Jews to quit whining about Israel.