Why it Matters: Civil Rights

Oct 18, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Northern Michigan News

In areas such as mortgages, voter identification and immigration enforcement, the presidential candidates differ over how to use laws that guarantee equality and how far the Justice Department's civil rights division, which exerts strong influence on issues of race and ethnicity, should go to ensure all Americans are treated fairly.

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Obama had 4 years to change the country for the better.

Seriously, can anyone name one good thing this guy's done for America?

I need not explain how he and his corrupt guttertrash Chicago mafia handlers have made everything worse. Simply look around with your own lying eyes for proof.

We need real jobs, not McWalmart jobs.

We also don't need the Obama Administration continuing on it's current path to oblivion without having to worry about re-election. This would be dangerous to our constitution's survival and our pocketbooks.

Romney is owned by the same international bankers as Obama destroying America from overseas.

However by hittig the reset button on the corrupt, power crazed, Obama administration it gives more Americans time to wake up to what is presently happening to America.

Obama may be likeable but he is incompetent.

In some aspects Obama is right when he says ((("you didn't build/create that, government did.")))

Let's look at what this administration has created in 4 short years and imagine what he can do with 8:

- Socialist eugenics based health care (((Obamacare)))

-NDAA (((National Defense Authorization Act))) where Americans can now be disappeared without a jury

- Out of control (((Crony Capitalism))) where government picks winners and losers based on payouts -not the free market eg. Solyndra, GM, MF Global, Numerous Bank Bailouts, No Prosecution of criminal Banksters

-(((Fast and Furious))) and other suspected domestic false flags to argue for abolishing the 2nd ammendmant

- Massive (((TSA expansion))) onto America's streets and armed (((survellance drones/now blimps))) operating over US territory.

-(((UN control of U.S. military troops to invade))) Egypt, Syria, parts of Africa, etc. for offshore bankers aka Nazism

-(((Trickle Down Government))) The idea that nothing can be built without (((more government bureaucrats and global warming regulations/taxes))) getting in the way

-(((Throwing Israel -an important ally- under the bus))) by destabalizing all the county's around it but not offering them any assurances of protection

- A (((continuation of Bush's failed policies))), like not getting out of Iraq, Afghanastan, and no closing of Guantanamo torture camps

-(((Polaraized race relations))) eg. Disrespectful hadling of the Treyvon Martin family after his murder -opportunistic my son would have looked like Treyvon soundbite- and media staged racial infighting between Americans setting up for social conflict right before the 2012 election

-(((No Proof Obama supposedly got Osama)))) America was never really allowed to see the body/proof ; -)

-(((Defunding of NASA))) No exploration of the stars for the U.S., leave that to countries that are exceptional

-(((No Plan/ or Budget to Fix Anything going forward if he is re-elected )))-always says what you want to hear, then does the exact opposite hoping you''ll forget by the next speech -(((Sociopathic Liar)))

-(((Obamaphone)))-Massive expansion of this program for his dependant voting base

-(((Unlimited QE3 leading to hyperinflation/ monopoly money))) Dollar is rapidly losing purchasing power resulting in skyrocketing food and GAS PRICES (especially for "green gas" in CA)

-(((Needed a tainted Creepy Crawley moderator to hold his hand during the second debate))) who helped him dodge hard questions he couldn't answer -a (((weak affirmative action President)))

- And of course my personal favorite (((legalizing the illegals))) temporarily until the election is over but not once addressing true immigration reform

- The list goes on.

Is this change you can believe in? Is this what you really want another 4 years of?

As Donald Trump would say: Obama you're fired:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Too bad Ron Paul chickened out. I'd still vote for him if he changed his mind however.

http://www.topix.com/forum/news/immigration/T...
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1. Passed Health Care Reform
2. Passed the Stimulus
3. Passed Wall Street Reform
4. Ended the War in Iraq
5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry
8. Recapitalized Banks
9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
10.Toppled Moammar Gaddafi
11. Told Mubarak to Go
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies
13. Improved America’s Image Abroad
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending
15. Created Race to the Top
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis
18. Passed Mini Stimuli
19. Began Asia “Pivot”
20. Increased Support for Veterans
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court
26. Improved Food Safety System
27. Achieved New START Treaty
28. Expanded National Service
29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection
30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco
31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders
32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act
33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense
34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown
35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission
36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology
37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests
38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges
39. Improved School Nutrition
40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections
41. Avoided Scandal
42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill
43. Created Recovery.gov
44. Pushed Broadband Coverage
45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children
46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide
47. Expanded Stem Cell Research
48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers
49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence
50. Killed the F-22
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The question was "can anyone name one GOOD THING this guy's done for AMERICA?"

Pay attention.
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conservative crapola wrote:
1. Passed Health Care Reform
2. Passed the Stimulus
3. Passed Wall Street Reform
4. Ended the War in Iraq
5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan
6. Eliminated Osama bin laden
7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry
8. Recapitalized Banks
9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
10.Toppled Moammar Gaddafi
11. Told Mubarak to Go
12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies
13. Improved America’s Image Abroad
14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending
15. Created Race to the Top
16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards
17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis
18. Passed Mini Stimuli
19. Began Asia “Pivot”
20. Increased Support for Veterans
21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran
22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants
23. Passed Credit Card Reforms
24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws
25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court
26. Improved Food Safety System
27. Achieved New START Treaty
28. Expanded National Service
29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection
30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco
31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders
32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act
33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense
34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown
35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission
36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology
37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests
38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges
39. Improved School Nutrition
40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections
41. Avoided Scandal
42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill
43. Created Recovery.gov
44. Pushed Broadband Coverage
45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children
46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide
47. Expanded Stem Cell Research
48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers
49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence
50. Killed the F-22
Nice response to dumb one track minded Republicans.
Job well done.
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Dee Dee Dee wrote:
The question was "can anyone name one GOOD THING this guy's done for AMERICA?"
Pay attention.
Your not being an American explains your not understanding.
Dee Dee Dee

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conservative crapola wrote:
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Your not being an American explains your not understanding.
Actually being an educated, honest and intelligent citizen of the United States is exactly why I understand the question. You answer proves you do not.

“Conservatism is a Disease.”

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Dee Dee Dee wrote:
The question was "can anyone name one GOOD THING this guy's done for AMERICA?"
Pay attention.
I'm voting for Obama because he......

Extended child tax credits and marriage-penalty fixes
Created an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes
Required economic justification for tax changes
Implemented “Women Owned Business” contracting program
Changed standards for determining broadband access
Established a credit card bill of rights
Expanded loan programs for small businesses
Extended the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes
Extended the 2007 Alternative MinimumTax patch
Closed the “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription drug plan
Expanded the Senior Corps volunteer program
Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
Gave tax credits to those who need help to pay health premiums
Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan
Required children to have health insurance coverage
Expanded eligibility for Medicaid
Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP)
Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
Established an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
In non-competitive markets, forced insurers to pay out a reasonable share of their premiums for patient care
Eliminated the higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans
Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners
Increased funding to expand community based prevention programs
Reinstated executive order to hire an additional 100,000 federal employees with disabilities within five years.
Increased the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
Expanded the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care
Appointed a special adviser to the president on violence against women
Fully funded the Violence Against Women Act
Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq
Began removing combat brigades from Iraq
Created a military families advisory board
Ended the abuse of supplemental budgets for war
Made U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional on anti-terror efforts
Opened “America Houses” in Islamic cities around the globe
Allocated Homeland Security funding according to risk
Created a real National Infrastructure Protection Plan
Increased funding for local emergency planning
Extended monitoring and verification provisions of the START I Treaty
Appointed a White House Coordinator for Nuclear Security
Initiated a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime
Improved relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds
Launched an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)
Created a rapid response fund for emerging democracies
Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba
Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program
Established an Energy Partnership for the Americas
Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers
Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.
Provided affordable, high-quality child care
Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
Reduced subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers
Encouraged water-conservation efforts in the West
Increased funding for national parks and forests
Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Encouraged farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient
Expanded Pell grants for low-income students
Pursued a wildfire management plan
Removed more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires
Expanded access to places to hunt and fish
Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors

“Conservatism is a Disease.”

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Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
Restored funding to the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Reformed mandatory minimum sentences
Created a White House Office on Urban Policy
Fully funded the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Established program to convert manufacturing centers into clean technology leaders
Established ‘Promise Neighborhoods’ for areas of concentrated poverty
Worked toward deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system
Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps
Created a Social Investment Fund Network
Bolstered the military’s ability to speak differentlanguages
Appointed the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer
Provided grants to early-career researchers
Worked to overturn Ledbetter vs. Goodyear
Created a national declassification center
Appointed an American Indian policy adviser
Created new financial regulations
Increased funding for land-grant colleges
Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees
Signed a “universal” health care bill
Created new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud
Required 10 percent renewable energy by 2012
Released oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Raised fuel economy standards
Invested in all types of alternative energy
Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars
Asked people and businesses to conserve electricity
Required more energy-efficient appliances
Created a ‘Green Vet Initiative’ to promote environmental jobs for veterans
Created job training programs for clean technologies
Required states to provide incentives for utilities to reduce energy consumption
Supported high-speed rail
Supported airline service in small towns
Invested in public transportation
Equalized tax breaks for driving and public transit
Considered “smart growth” in transportation funding
Shared environmental technology with other countries
Doubled federal spending for research on clean fuels
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes
Increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency
Raised the small business investment expensing limit to $250,000 through the end of 2009
Extended unemployment insurance benefits and
temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits
Supported network neutrality on the Internet
Reversed restrictions on stem cell research
Killed Osama bin Laden
Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that encourages manufacturing efficiency
Included environmental and labor standards in trade agreements
Created an international tax haven watch list
Made permanent the Research & Development tax credit
Required automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans
Required automatic enrollment in IRA plans
Created a consumer-friendly credit card rating system
Created a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges
Required full disclosure of company pension investments to employees
Provided easy-to-understand comparisons of the Medicare prescription drug plans

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Invested in electronic health information systems
Phased in requirements for health information technology
Required that health plans utilize disease management programs
Required providers to report measures of health care costs and quality
Held hospitals and health plans accountable for disparities in care
Implemented and funded proven health intervention programs
Prevented drug companies from blocking generic drugs
Allowed Medicare to negotiate for cheaper drug prices
Worked with schools to create more healthful environments for children
Improved recruitment of public health workers
Mandated insurance coverage of autism treatment
Fully funded the Combating Autism Act and Federal Autism Research Initiatives
Doubled federal funding for cancer research
Increased participation in cancer-related clinical trials
Fully funded the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Set a national goal to provide re-screening for all 2-year-olds for developmental disorders
Commissioned a study on students with disabilities and their transition to jobs or higher education
Set goals and timetables for implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
Created a best practices list for private businesses in accommodating workers with disabilities
Launched educational initiative for employers on tax benefits of hiring employees with disabilities
Reduced the threshhold for the Family and Medical Leave Act from companies with 50 employees to companies with 25 employees
Provided a $1.5 billion fund to help states launch programs for paid family and medical leave
Required employers to provide seven paid sick days per year
Streamlined the Social Security disability approval process
Expanded Veterans Centers in rural areas
Established standards of care for traumatic brain injury treatment
Made the Veterans Administration a national leader in health reform
Reduced the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog
Instituted electronic record-keeping for the Veterans Benefits Administration
Expanded housing vouchers program for homeless veterans
Launched a supportive services-housing program for veterans to prevent homelessness
Expanded the Family Medical Leave Act to include leave for domestic violence or sexual assault
Fully funded debt cancellation for heavily indebted poor countries
Created a fund for international small and medium enterprises (SME)
Launched robust diplomatic effort with Iraq and its neighbors
Provided $30 billion over 10 years to Israel
Limited Guard and Reserve deployments to one year for every six years
Ended the “Stop-Loss” program of forcing troops to stay in service beyond their expected commitments
Fully and properly equipped troops
Created a Civilian Assistance Corps that would organize private sector professionals to help in times of need
Included humanitarian international missions in long-term budgeting
Reviewed weapons programs
Modernized ships and invested more in small vessels
Set standards for when the government should hire defense contractors
Restored the government’s ability to manage contracts by rebuilding our contract officer corps
Created a system of incentives and penalties for defense contracts
Establish a Global Education Fund
Strengthened the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) aimed at stopping spread of weapons of mass destruction
Organized successful Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010
Expanded federal bioforensics program for tracking biological weapons
Developed a comprehensive cyber security and response strategy
Mandated standards for securing personal data
Required companies to disclose personal information data breaches
Worked to persuade the European Union to end credit guarantees to Iran
Seek to negotiate a political agreement on Cyprus
Restructured and streamlined USAID

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Increased the size of the foreign service
Urged China to stop manipulation of its currency value
Pressed China to end its support for regimes in Sudan, Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe
Created a public “Contracts and Influence” database
Required Cabinet officials to host Internet town hall meetings
Conducted regulatory agency business in public
Promoted more pre-school education
Expanded Early Head Start and Head Start
Reformed No Child Left Behind
Doubled funding for Federal Charter School Program and require more accountability
Addressed the dropout crisis by giving schools incentives for more dropout prevention
Created Teacher Residency Programs that will send teachers to high-need schools
Expanded teacher mentoring programs and provide incentives for more planning time
Promoted innovative ways to reward good teachers
Simplified the application process for financial aid
Increased the number of high school students taking college-level courses
Created incentives for tree planting and promote carbon sequestration
Improved water quality
Regulated pollution from major livestock operations
Strengthened federal environmental justice programs
Increased funding for organic and sustainable agriculture
Partnered with landowners to conserve private lands
Created a community college partnership program
Increased funding for progams that conserve lands and habitat for select species such as the Osceola turkey
Supported wetlands protection
Promoted economic development in Mexico
Supported repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Vigorously pursued hate crimes and civil rights abuses
Signed the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act into law
Supported regional innovation clusters
Helped low-income areas get phone and Internet service
Created a Homeowner Obligation Made Explicit (HOME) score for mortgage comparisons
Increased the supply of affordable housing throughout metropolitan regions
Invested in transitional jobs and career pathway programs
Fully funded the COPS program
Improved emergency response plans
Capped interest rates on payday loans and improve disclosure
Expanded public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations
Improved climate change data records
Supported improved weather prediction program
Offered prizes for advances in consumer technology
Encouraged contests and programs to interest students in science
Increased research opportunities for college students
Strengthened the levees in New Orleans
Directed revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling to increased coastal hurricane protection
Shook loose federal money for rebuilding the Gulf Coast
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You are awesome Rico
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Logical wrote:
You are awesome Rico
no Rico is a complete idiot nothing he posted Obama did he just "expanded".lol Obama will lose in a landslide. Posting whole chapters of shit Rico didn't even read is not going to keep his boy in the white house.the economy is in the toilet and he wants to legalize 25 million parasites that alone is a failed term. You and Rico can console each other during romney's inauguration.
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Obama Accomplishment List wrote:
Obama had 4 years to change the country for the better.
Seriously, can anyone name one good thing this guy's done for America?
It looks like nobody was able to name one good thing this guy's done for America.
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I support Obama and he has my vote
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Obama is a gentleman and likable. Willard is not!
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Juan wrote:
I support Obama and he has my vote
really!!!
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To get back to the original thread:

Civil Right DO matter
But outcomes and opportunity are not the same
Disparate outcomes MAY be symptomatic of opportunities, but correlation does not imply causation.
If Group A avails themselves of an opportunity while Group B does not, that is not de facto proof that Group A denied Group B anything. Just that Group B had differing priorities.
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As for the specifics mentioned in the article:

Eric Holder has applied the law in an unequal manner, in an attempt to rectify perceived past wrongs, which is discriminatory in itself. Two wrongs do NOT make a right.

On immigration, Congress writes the law, and the Executive branch applies the law, AS WRITTEN. The law is not subject to interpretation by the Executive branch, unless it is thought unConstitutional, in which case SCOTUS is the arbiter. Until SCOTUS declares a law unConstitutional, the law is applicable as written.

On voter ID, voter eligibility is up to the individual States, not the Feds. Without a current pattern of Civil Rights abuses, the Feds need to keep their noses out of State business. If anything, voter ID, which is inexpensive, if not free, is a minimal requirement to assure the Rights of legitimate voters
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Juan wrote:
I support Obama and he has my vote
Don't you mean votes?

Vote temprano y con frecuencia votar.

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Civil rights are very important..TO BAD THE FAR RIGHT CHRISTIAN NAZI FASCIST DONT THINK SO..

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