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  • Jorg Aadahl 11:18 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Premonition Republican style 

    The claim now is that Republican leadership knew what the newly elected President Obama was up to, and that’s why they already on day one conspired to obstruct everything he would ever set out to do.
    So, they must have known back then that he would create millions of jobs, cut the deficit, rescue the auto industry and the economy, get the stock market up to record highs and the jobless rate down more and faster than even Romney had “promised”, besides getting bin Laden and improving health care to cover millions more, – not to mention getting us out of, instead of into, wars.
    And, heaven forbid, – outlaw torture, a Republican favorite!

    Of course, that would be really embarrassing on background of George W. Bush’ eight years of tanking the economy, letting preventable 9/11 happen, starting a couple of unnecessary wars that we lost, losing millions of jobs and wasting the surplus left by President Clinton on tax cuts for the already rich.

    Such a glaring and historic contrast would indeed be very embarrassing for the Republicans, so it had to be prevented at all cost, regardless of the consequences. Quite logical, actually.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:36 pm on October 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Mitt lost, – again! 

    During the 2012 campaign, Republican presidential hopeless Mitt Romney promised that he would get the unemployment rate down to 6% in 4 years, by 2016, if he were elected, heaven forbid.
    Not only did the incumbent Obama beat Romney in the presidential race, but he got the unemployment rate down to 5.9% in less than 2 years, or half the time promised by Romney. While Romney promised, Obama delivered. Big difference!
    However, the caveat is that Republicans only give Republican presidents credit for declining unemployment figures, while they only hold Democratic presidents accountable if the rate goes up.
    That’s just the way it is, – in today’s less than honest political environment.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:33 pm on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE IN NOVEMBER! DEMOCRATIC! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 10:00 am on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    IMAGINE! 

    Despite compact opposition and extreme obstruction from Congressional Republicans, the Obama administration has been able to:
    Cut the deficit, reduce unemployment from 10% to 6.1%, save 1.5 million auto jobs, almost triple the stock market, and create over 200,000 private sector jobs for each of the last 5 months, 288,000 in June alone.

    Imagine what could have been done with just a little bit of support and cooperation, – for the good of the nation and in the spirit of patriotism!

     
    • Al Ward 12:58 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      it takes no imagination to understand that much of this apparent prosperity is riding on the backs of America’s seniors. While the lying government declares that inflation is less than 2% (Ha), they are being robbed by government caused interest rates below 1/2% on their prudent Conservative investments.

      • Jorg Aadahl 1:15 pm on July 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        So, – that’s why Republican congress is sabotaging Obama’s presidency, – instead of doing the job they were elected to do? I fail to understand the logic, or the connection, but let the comment above stand as an example of the thinking so often experienced from the “other” side.

    • Al Ward 12:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My point has nothing to do with Republican cooperation or opposition ( although that of course is the point of having an opposition party).
      My point is that much of the accomplishment cited in the above article is wishful Progressive BALONEY.

      IMAGINE: How much imagination does it take to believe that the Dept. of Labor’s unemployment number of 6.1% has anything to do with the real rate of unemployment? The statistic disregards those who have given up looking for work. And thanks to gov’t policies, for an incredibly large number of people, those policies make living on the dole more attractive than working. Percentage of working age people who are not in the labor force is at a decades high high.
      A major contributing factor to this is gov’t policies ( eg Obamacare) that are contributing to a huge part of the jobs created being less than full time. Jobs held mostly by lower paid workers carrying a load of this IMAGINED prosperity on their backs, along with the conservatively investing seniors being fleeced.

    • Al Ward 4:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      A little more re Progressive BALONEY.
      Mark Twain said “Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure.”.
      Per numbers (figures) in today’s WSJ, here are the figures the Progressive liars are using to promote the great economic progress under Obama’s leadership.
      I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the figures, but the orders of magnitude regarding them are probably in the ballpark.
      In June 2014, 288,000 jobs added.
      The arithmetic is as follows:
      799,000 part time jobs added
      12,000 full time jobs added
      523,000 full time jobs lost
      Net gain 288,000
      Whoopee !! Progressive BALONEY triumphs.
      IMAGINE what the gullible voting public might think if they understood what is really happening.

      • Jorg Aadahl 10:33 am on July 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        OK, – so the employment figures and unemployment rates may not be as rosy as initially published.
        However, how sick and unpatriotic do Republicans have to be to cheer for slower economic improvement than necessary to get us out of the dump left by “their” Supreme Court selected man in the White House?
        Letting blind hatred for our duly elected President Obama trump the nation’s economic health exposes a mindset so un-American and destructive that it boggles my mind. Then again, that is directly in line with the consistent Republican efforts to prevent new jobs from being created, fighting even badly needed governmental projects, like improving the infra structure of bridges and roads.

        Indeed, let’s hope that “the gullible voting public” you refer to, will wake up to reality and understand that keeping Republican majority in Congress will only delay recovery and make things even worse. And another Republican president, heaven forbid, whether duly elected, selected by the courts, or lured into the WH through voter suppression and other trickery, would just push us further behind more progressive, enlightened nations, with both predictable and unforeseeable consequences.

  • Jorg Aadahl 7:38 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN NOVEMBER! 

    This post will be updated regularly with  reasons why it is so important to get out and vote this coming November.

    Voting is important not only for yourself, but for all those who may suffer even more if the Republicans keep control of the House, and, Heaven forbid, gain control of the Senate!

    We have seen what they’ll do if we let them! So, don’t, – for the sake of our country!

    Republican track record a disaster!

    After letting the predictable and preventable terror attacks on 9/11/2001 happen, Republicans lied us into unnecessary wars, with disastrous results.
    Then they tried to lie us out of necessary affordable health care for all, obstructed attempts at job creation and projects aimed at getting the economy going again after the failurs of the Bush administration.

    Now they are suing the president and threatening impeachment, – for going on his own, doing the job they refused to do.
    What a track record! Still any voters out there who don’t understand we’ll get more of the same if Republicans are given the chance? So go out and vote in November to prevent them from doing even greater damage than they have already done!

    Wonder if it would be the end of GOP if Republican voters were better informed, if Republicans stopped lying both about themselves and the Democrats, and if voters were not prevented from voting through restrictions and manipulation.

    Don’t hide – get out and vote

    Will Democrats hibernate this November and complain later? Midterm elections might not be sexy or hold the prestige of presidential elections, but their congressional outcomes have the power to undo years of progress. I can think of millions of people who can’t afford to hibernate this November: those who now have health insurance. Depending on the outcome of this election, many could be at risk of losing their insurance, along with women who want equal pay and want to keep their right to make personal life choices, immigrants who want reform, underserved minorities who are caught on minimum-wage treadmills, young people who want affordable degrees and gender equality, and seniors who depend and count on Social Security. Voting is the new sexy in November. Let it be you who votes, not complains in December.

    Betty Lucas, San Francisco

    (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2014)

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:18 pm on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Koch tax attack 

    According to the NY Times editorial April 27, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state governments have found a new tax they can support: a tax on solar energy panels.

    The Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive. If that’s not the epitome of reckless selfishness, I don’t know what is. It is not enough for the Koch brothers to already be super-rich beyond anyone’s imagination. Not only do they want more, but at the expense of the rest of us, and to the detriment of the environment.

    The only ones worse would be politicians who let themselves be bought off to support such insane endeavors, – not to mention voters gullible enough to keep voting for such unpatriotic, despicable reps.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 8:09 am on April 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Hard-earned money, – really? 

    Republicans keep referring to the “hard-earned” money of the rich.
    Really?
    It should not be so hard to realize that beyond a certain income level, it becomes
    progressively easier to make more, – whether your financial base was inherited or
    actually a result of your own labor, investment, or ingenuity. The incremental effort
    clearly diminishes with rising income level.
    Someone making a hundred million a year doesn’t work a hundred times harder
    than someone making a mere million, and the million-maker doesn’t work ten times
    harder than someone making a hundred grand. On the other hand, very low-income
    workers often work harder than those making a more comfortable living, and usually under
    far less pleasant conditions.
    Also, the more you have accumulated, the more likely it is that your money works for
    you, rather than sweating it yourself.
    Is enough ever enough for many of those making the most, – and who also often complain the most?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 7:34 am on March 30, 2014 Permalink  

    Obamacare a killer? 

    If the Republicans really believe that Obamacare kills jobs, why don’t they enthusiastically support implementation, – in line with their agenda since Obama took office?

     
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