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  • Jorg Aadahl 1:42 pm on September 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Guest post: DACA denial – a Moral Nightmare, by Barack Obama 

    Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
    But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.
    Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill.
    That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up. Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result.
    But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
    Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
    It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel.
    Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.
    What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.

     
    • Al Ward 2:37 pm on September 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Marvelously crafted remarks, as usual, by Barack Obama the Hypocrite in Chief. When he was president and had both houses of Congress controlled by the Democrats he did nothing about this issue. Then when an election was pending, presto, a cynical, known to be temporary executive order.
      How fortunate all those young people are to have President Trump throw this issue back to Congress for lawmaking as it should be.

      • Jorg Aadahl 12:13 pm on September 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We should not forget all the even more pressing issues facing the newly elected president Obama, – elected by both electoral college and popular vote advantages. Much had to be done to rescue the nation after a disastrous Bush administration that nearly drove us into the ditch. The mistake Obama made, was to believe that Congressional Republicans would cooperate for the good of the country, – as they were elected to do. Quite the opposite, on day 1 Republican leaders got together and decided to fight against anything and everything President Obama tried to do, to make sure he would not be credited with any accomplishments, and preferably, become a one-term president. Despite that compact obstruction, which only became worse after the mid-term elections in 2010, Obama accomplished a lot of potentially lasting value. He rescued the economy, regained respect in the rest of the world, and did his best to get us out of the ill-conceived, non-winnable wars that Bush foolishly lied us into. When Republicans retook both House and Senate after the 2010 election, Obama tried to get some kind of support for comprehensive immigration reform, without any success, despite that being a high-priority issue for the Republicans as well, – before Obama took office. So, as a short-term, stop-gap solution, he issued a perfectly legal executive order called DACA, just to give those children of immigrants some peace of mind until the issue was fully resolved. They were promised safety if they came forward and disclosed their situation, – an honorary promise that heartless Trumpy had no trouble reneging on. The only decent thing to do, is to honor the DACA conditions by establishing a permanent law to that effect, but why create an uncertainty that must be more than upsetting for the people involved, – aside of the uncertainty associated with Republicans expected to the “decent thing”.
        While we’re at it, let me also remind you that Republicans don’t seem to be able to win the presidency anymore without the outdated Electoral College, – you may remember that both George W. Bush and Trumpy lost the popular votes. Neither can Republicans win House or Senate majority without voter suppression on a large scale, combined with gerrymandering. While it took someone like Obama to get us back on track after the Bush fiasco, what kind of Democratic caliber would it take to clean up after Trumpy?
        Btw.: I let your “Hypocrite in Chief” statement pass unedited, partly because it falls flat regarding Obama, partly because it is very appropriate for Trumpy.

  • 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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