Barack Obama, our next President

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"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...
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I get it...blaming someone else is ingrained in you liberals.
kind of like not taking credit for voting in republicans that conservatives don't like after they start acting like republicans?
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Why Isn't Closing 129 Chicago Public Schools National News?It's an obvious question, with an easy answer. Our nation's bipartisan political elite have decided to privatize public education. They know the only way they can execute this deeply unpopular policy is to do it on the down-low, with a minimum of coverage, and no mention of the p-word, especially of growing civic resistance to it.It's not news because school closings and school privatization, the end game of the bipartisan policies the Obama administration, Wall Street, the US Chamber of Commerce, a host of right wing foundations and deep pockets and hordes of politicians in both parties from the president down are pushing down the throats of communities across the country, are deeply unpopular. The American people, and especially the parents, teachers, grandparents, and other residents of poorer neighborhoods where closings and privatization are happening emphatically don't want these things.

Even the word describing their policy,“privatization” is so vastly unpopular that they've taken it out of circulation altogether. The best way, our leaders imagine, to contain and curtail resistance to their deeply unpopular policies is to avoid naming them for what they are, to keep them on the down low, to not report on their implementation, and certainly to not cover any civic resistance to them.

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<quoted text>The guy is only one for four in political races, he and Mamie should be used to the criticism by now.
He's not who I would have picked. That quote was the first sentence in sonic link.
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Obama’s Drone Wars are “Evil,” Says Black Church Group

President Obama’s drone assassination policy is “evil” and should be condemned by all Christian clergy, said Rev. Anthony Evans, executive director of the Washington-based National Black Church Initiative. Black political figures such as Reverends Jesse Jackson Sr. and Al Sharpton and NAACP chief Ben Jealous “have replaced their loyalty to God and serving the African American people with serving President Obama, who can do no wrong.” Al Sharpton, said Rev. Evans, has become the White House “gatekeeper,” and “you can buy the NAACP, these days.”
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By the time his term is over, President Obama and his Race To The Top program will have forced the closure and privatization of thousands of inner-city schools, a feat no white Republican or Democrat could have accomplished. But he'll only be president 4 more years. If we can stop this now, his successors won't be able to do this again. Can we? Will we?
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The Expansion of Black American Misery under Barack Obama’s Watch
Black folks are not only far worse off “since 2009 under President Obama’s economic and job creation policies”– Africans Americans are the only group that “has taken a definitive step backwards since then.” The main reason:“lack of attention to employment in urban and rural geographic areas where Blacks reside.”“Obama has declined to even put forth the idea that ‘low income Black people need targeted help.’”

Here are two facts that may surprise many people.

1. Black misery has been growing since 2009 under President Obama’s economic and job creation policies. Black folks participation in the labor market has been steadily moving DOWNWARD during the Obama presidency – since 2009 when he was first inaugurated.

2. ALL other major racial groups have moved up, albeit moderately, since 2009! Blacks are the only group that has taken a definitive step BACKWARDS since then. Why? This article will argue that it is because for the past 4 years, until last week, Obama has declined to even put forth the idea that "low income Black people need targeted help too!!! Needless to say, has not designed any job creation strategies or policies that would do something for the Blacks who supported him the most.

One indicator of this downward spiral for Blacks is the underemployment rate. Underemployment is measured by the extent to which people who “usually work full time” cannot find full time employment. These include people who are unemployed completely and people who work less than full time (i.e. less than 35 hours a week) due to their inability to find more employment. The underemployment rate does not include the millions of U.S. citizens (mostly Black) who are institutionalized in prisons.
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New State of the Black family report disheartening,A new report on the state of the Black family finds that by almost every measure African-Americans families have declined since the 1960s — a trend followed by families across all demographics.

The new report, released by the Urban Institute, revisits a 1965 report by the late New York Sen. Daniel Moynihan. In the original report, titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” Moynihan — at the time the assistant labor secretary — laid out a series of statistics on Black families.

Moynihan, in his report’s conclusion declared,“at the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.”

Not much has changed, according to the new report’s findings.

“An analysis of national data indicates that little progress has been made on the key issues Moynihan identified,” wrote Gregory Acs, of the Urban Institute, in a statement released with the report.“Further, many of the issues he identified for Black families are now prevalent among other families.”

Three major factors were at the heart of the Moynihan report: the number of Black children who lived in homes without a father, the number of unmarried women giving birth and the number of Black women married and living with their spouse.

In 1950, 17 percent of Black children lived in a home with their mother but not their father. By 2010 that had increased to 50 percent. In 1965, eight percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred among unmarried women. In 2010 that figure was 41 percent. The number of Black women married and living with their spouse was recorded as 53 percent in 1950. By 2010, it had dropped to 25 percent.

Overall, Black children are three times more likely than white children to grow up in poverty — 67 percent of African-American children grow up in poverty compared to 19 percent of white children.

The Urban Institute’s report also added to the original scope of the Moynihan report to include the number of African Americans behind bars, employment data and educational attainment.

Perhaps the most alarming trend over the last 45 years has been the skyrocketing rate of incarceration for Black men.

“Since the Moynihan report was released, another major social trend has put further strains on Black families — the mass incarceration of Black men,” Acs said.“By 2010, about one out of every six Black men had spent some time in prison, compared with about 1 out of 33 white men.”

A demographic breakdown by race was not available for 1965, but numbers beginning in 1974 showed disproportionate numbers of Black men being sent to prison. In 1974, it was nine percent of Black men compared to one percent of white men. By 2010, that had risen to 16 percent of Black men and three percent of white men.
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Unemployment among Black men remains more than twice as high as among white men.

For white men in 1954, unemployment was zero — for Black men it was about 4 percent. By 2010 it was 16.7 percent for Black men and 7.7 percent for white men.

In 1954, 79 percent of Black men were employed. By 2011 that had dipped to 57 percent. For Black women the numbers rose. In 1954, 43 percent of Black women had jobs. By 2011 that had risen to 54 percent. The trend among African Americans was mirrored among whites, but in both cases white men and women fared better in terms of employment.

The earnings gap between Blacks and their white peers has narrowed, but persists with Black men earning about 70 percent what white men do. In 1960, Black men earned about 60 percent what white men did.

In one area of improvement, a growing number of Black students have completed high school. In 1964, fewer than half of Black students finished high school. That compared to roughly 70 percent of white students. That has since risen to about 85 percent for both Blacks and whites.

But, the number of Black students that repeat grades or were suspended was higher than for whites. Half of Black male students have been suspended, compared to 21 percent of whites.

The report was released in December, but a video presentation including a roundtable with various experts was unveiled this week.

WHAT HAS VOTING DEMOCRAT DONE FOR YOU REALLY OBAMA THATS ALLL
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RealDave I’ve asked you two questions, One (The Last Budget Obama Sign) the other (Who Controlled the House/Senate in 2007) easy questions even a 5th grader could answer, how about you?
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TheIndependentMajority wrote:
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cluelesschitferbrainsobamaTicg ubbermintsuckinparasite spreading LIES again?
(or is it just your usual total state of ineptness)
Either way, get a braincell and learn to STFU when you have no idea of the bullchit you spew due to your own toaly abject IGNORANCE.
SocioILLogical, lifetime grubbermint fweeriding entitleMENTALly disabled Freak.
LOL! Right on cue! Tell us where you work.
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Participating in a gun buy back because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids!
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Here's your new hero
"The 72-year-old Philadephia physician is accused of running a "house of horrors" where he performed illegal abortions past the 24-week limit prescribed by law. He used scissors, authorities say, to sever the spinal cords of newborns who emerged from their mothers still alive."
Was he running for President?
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Someone please tell Hope to give up hope, no one is reading his diatribe.

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kind of like not taking credit for voting in republicans that conservatives don't like after they start acting like republicans?
Not like that at all...it's more like holding the people's feet you elect to the fire and getting rid of them when they don't deliver.

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Was he running for President?
No lily, you can't vote for him yet.

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As usual, Nobraina is completely full of shit and lies.

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Why Obama should run on the success of the stimulus
Everything you think you know about it is wrong: stimulus saved the US economy, and only Republicans stopped it working better.

"That conclusion may seem odd to the casual observer of US politics. In the more than three years since it passed, the stimulus has been tagged as a boondoggle that exploded the debt and did precious little to turn around the country's economic malaise. It is derided en masse by Republicans and largely ignored by Democrats.

But, in exhaustive detail, Grunwald points out how everything you think you know about the stimulus is wrong. While the Recovery Act created 2.5 million jobs, stopped the country's economic hemorrhaging and launched a weak recovery, its long-term, transformative impact is the real story.

According to Grunwald, the stimulus measure was "the biggest and most transformative energy bill in history", and "the biggest and most transformative education reform bill since the Great Society". It was also a "transformative healthcare bill", the "biggest foray into industrial policy since FDR", the "biggest expansion of antipoverty initiatives since Lyndon Johnson", and – ironically, for a president oft-accused of raising taxes – the "biggest middle-class tax cut since Reagan". It rebuilt bridges and paved roads; weatherized and retrofitted homes; and spurred the move toward high-speed rail.

It pumped an extraordinary $90bn into the clean energy industry, propelled the US battery industry and expanded rural broadband adoption. It revamped the country's unemployment system, tackled the challenges of homelessness, began the digitizing of millions of health records, and fostered education reform through the innovative Race To The Top program. It doubled renewable power generation, significantly expanded solar production and basically birthed the country's transition to a low-carbon economy.

In short, while Republicans blast the bill as socialist government spending run amok, the stimulus has, in just a few years, transformed America and laid the foundation for future economic growth. To paraphrase Vice-president Biden, that's "a big fucking deal". So, the question is: why is the first we're hearing about it?

Although Grunwald is himself a card-carrying member of the mainstream media, he takes his fellow scribes to task on this point. By focusing on picayune stories of fraud (the stimulus was, amazingly, almost completely graft-free) and "gotcha" reporting on projects that sounded like boondoggles, major media outlets have largely ignored the bill's seismic impact. That, three and a half years after it was passed into law, most Americans simply have no idea what the Recovery Act wrought is a truly damning indictment of the US media."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/...

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The Interstate Highway System and the St. Lawrence Seaway were useful projects that still produce dividends.
Porkulus spent $1 trillion and produced nothing of value. In fact, produced nothing at all.

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Eman wrote:
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"There’s nothing easier than criticizing a guy who’s just lost the presidency,"
That's stupid.

The reality is, nitwits like you have a far easier time criticizing the guy who won the Presidency.

This entire thread is evidence of that, your lame attempts to say otherwise notwithstanding..
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Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays

In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.

Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-...
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Three-Fifths Clause: Why Its Taint Persists
A college president's blunder reminds us how a compromise over slavery still affects U.S. politics.
The three-fifths clause -- frequently called the three-fifths compromise -- was actually not much of a compromise at all. The provision was a huge victory for slavery and gave nothing to those who favored freedom.The three-fifths clause was just one of a number of provisions put into the Constitution to specifically protect slavery. But it provided the slave states with the political muscle to implement the other clauses and protect the master class of the South. Other proslavery provisions included an explicit protection for the slave trade, the promise to suppress domestic insurrections (including slave revolts) and the fugitive-slave clause. By requiring three-quarters of the states in order to ratify a constitutional amendment, the document gave the slave states a perpetual veto over any amendments.

It is no wonder that the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison considered the Constitution "a covenant with death, and an agreement in Hell."

As William Paterson, a delegate from New Jersey, noted, slaves are "property." He observed that they were not "free agents, have no personal liberty, no faculty of acquiring property, but on the contrary are themselves property, and like other property entirely at the will of the Master." Paterson pointedly asked, "Has a man in Virginia a number of votes in proportion to the number of his slaves?"

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That's stupid.
The reality is, nitwits like you have a far easier time criticizing the guy who won the Presidency.
This entire thread is evidence of that, your lame attempts to say otherwise notwithstanding..
take it up with sonic, it was from his article.

the guy who won the presidency is relevant, Romney isn't.

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