“The President has achieved a run of ambitious legislative, social, and foreign-policy successes that relieved a large measure of the human suffering and national shame inflicted by the Bush Administration. Obama has renewed the honor of the office he holds.”
– Editors of The New Yorker
You can read the whole endorsement right HERE.
- The New Yorker endorses Barack Obama (kottke.org)
- The New Yorker’s endorsement of Barack Obama. (newyorker.com)
- New York queues up its presidential endorsements (jaypinho.com)
- The New Yorker Endorses President Obama For Election (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
So let’s keep this in mind as we watch the last 18 days of this campaign… and make sure we spread the word to our friends who appear to be making up their minds.
- Second debate: Fact checking Romney’s lies (redgreenandblue.org)
- Have You Forgotten Eight Years Of Bush? (proglib.newsvine.com)
- Mitt Romney’s 5 Biggest Lies During the First Half of the Town Hall Debate (politicususa.com)
- Obama’s story, Romney’s story, and the truth: Previewing the debate (news.yahoo.com)
- Obama takes offensive against Romney in debate rematch (sfluxe.com)
Conservatives don’t like left-wing Government-run solutions; Liberals don’t like right-wing Government-run solutions…
But, oddly enough, both have had a share in creating Government-run health care plans.
For a long time, the debate between left and right was about how to design the welfare state, not about whether to have one. Conservatives wanted to scale it down and deliver services through the private sector, rather than government, but they accepted the idea that society had some obligation to provide certain services and supports.
The consensus was already eroding by the 1990s, when Newt Gingrich famously called for letting Medicare “wither on the vine.” But the consensus still had power as recently as the last decade, when the Bush Administration created Medicare Part D. That program gave seniors prescription drug coverage, as liberals had long advocated, but it offered less generous benefits than liberals wanted and channeled coverage through private insurers rather than government. (It also didn’t pay for itself, but that has frustrated liberals as much as, if not more than, it has conservatives.)
It’s hard to imagine today’s Republicans endorsing anything like Part D.
Cohn describes the position of Michael Leavitt, the former Utah governor and former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, who has been put in charge of Romney’s transition team.
The editorial page of the conservative Washington Examiner called Leavitt’s place in the Romney heirarchy a “red flag.”
Read the article and find out WHY.
- The Partisan Divide in America (underpaidgenius.com)
- Conservatives ♥ Big Government Too (reason.com)
- Liberals vs. Progressives: What’s the Difference? (readersupportednews.org)
- Romney: Man of Pastel (ConservativeActionAlerts.com)
- Conservatives Wonder Why Romney Picked Obamacare-Loving Mike Leavitt To Lead Transition Team (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Romney Appointment Evinces Healthcare Intentions (markamerica.com)
- Romney Isn’t Signing Up for Medicare (blogs.wsj.com)
- Medicare (socialsecurityhome.com)
- Medicare fight is not over yet (politico.com)
- What Liberals Miss on Medicare Reform (theatlantic.com)
Salon asked the author of BIG COAL, Jeff Goodall, why it is important that the government has move to close a mountaintop removal coal mine.Here is a exerpt… but you will likely want to read the whole article:
Those of us who live in West Virginia have worried for quite awhile over the polluting properties of mountaintop removal in Coal Mining, as well as “fracking” for gas and oil in shale rock. Both are happening in this state and both are poisoning its residents. This move by the EPA is both brave and valuable; brave because it knows the newly powerful Republicans would destroy the EPA if it could, valuable because it shows that the government can do its job and protect citizens from corporate induced danger.
It is a good first step, but this is ONLY a first step.
- EPA Vetoes Permit For Largest Mountaintop Removal Mine In West Virginia, Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 (alternet.org)
- Landmark EPA Ruling Revokes a Mountaintop Removal Mine’s Permit | 80beats (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields? | CommonDreams.org (f33dyourhead.wordpress.com)
- Could Revoked West Virginia Coal Mine Permit Trigger a Renewable Energy Boom? (fastcompany.com)
- Coal industry fumes as US revokes mining permit (alternet.org)
- EPA Vetoes Proposed West Virginia Mountaintop Removal Mine (sierraclub.typepad.com)
“We need to redouble our efforts to resolve this impasse — in the next few days — to give the American people the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up on January 1st,” Obama said. “It will require some compromise, but I’m confident that we can get it done.” The White House is pressing the GOP to allow an extension of unemployment benefits and the tax breaks in the stimulus bill in exchange for an extension of income tax rates. According to the Huffington Post, Obama will allow the cuts to expire if the GOP refuses. On that score, McConnell claimed there’s no impasse.
- Mitch McConnell Foresees Deal On Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Republicans, Democrats Indicate Deal Likely on Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits (politicsdaily.com)
- Senate’s GOP leader says tax cuts will be extended (charlotte.news14.com)
- Mitch McConnell: Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Won’t Happen This Year, Tax Cuts Will Be Extended (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Senate’s GOP leader says tax cuts will be extended (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- McConnell optimistic on deals with Obama (msnbc.msn.com)
There’s more to this AP article at HuffPo:
- “Homeland Security wants to end color-coded terror alerts” and related posts (securitylawbrief.com)
- You: Terror alert system is on its way out (latimes.com)
- Homeland Security Drops Color-Coded Terror Alerts (news.slashdot.org)
This appeared in OpEdNews today:
September 30, 2010
Obama Will Triumph — So Will America
By Frank Schaeffer
#Continued the draw down the misbegotten war in Iraq
#Thoughtfully and decisively picked the best of several bad choices regarding the war in Afghanistan
#Gave a major precedent-setting speech supporting gay rights
#Restored America’s image around the globe
#Banned torture of American prisoners
#Stopped the free fall of the American economy
#Put the USA squarely back in the bilateral international community
#Put the USA squarely into the middle of the international effort to halt global warming
#Stood up for educational reform
#Won a Nobel peace prize
#Moved the trial of terrorists back into the American judicial system of checks and balances
#Did what had to be done to start the slow, torturous and almost impossible process of health care reform that 7 presidents had failed to even begin
#Responded to hatred from the right and left with measured good humor and patience
#Stopped the free fall of job losses
#Showed immense personal courage in the face of an armed and dangerous far right opposition that included the sort of disgusting people that show up at public meetings carrying loaded weapons and carrying Timothy McVeigh-inspired signs about the “blood of tyrants” needing to “water the tree of liberty””
#Showed that he could not only make the tough military choices but explain and defend them brilliantly
Author’s Bio: Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author. He is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director and producer of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” Frank’s nonfiction includes “Keeping Faith-A Father-Son Story About Love and the United States Marine Corps” and AWOL-The Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes From Military Service and How It Hurts Our Country.” Frank’s latest book is, “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back.”
- Barack Obama’s war on the Tea Party is doomed to fail (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Today in Washington – September 21, 2010 (redstate.com)
- Republicans can’t add (nowpublic.com)