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    Re: President Obama

    Next up.. card check.

    More Orders

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama plans Friday to reverse an executive order allowing unionized companies to post signs alerting employees that they are allowed to leave unions.

    Critics of the order said that while unionized shops were allowed to let workers know they could de-unionize, non-unionized shops were not required to post information telling employees they could unionize.

    Two senior administration officials confirmed this and three other orders to be issued by the president.

    Another order would require service contractors at federal buildings to offer jobs to qualified current employees when contracts change. A third would require federal vendors with more than $100,000 in contracts to post workers' rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

    Another order would prevent federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses that were intended to influence workers' decisions to form unions or engage in collective bargaining.

    Obama also will also issue a presidential memorandum creating the Middle Class Task Force, to be led by Vice President Joe Biden, a panel of advisers and four Cabinet members. The Task Force will try to assess the status of the middle class — whether it is growing or shrinking and how well off it is.

    — CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report
    I'm sure Bamma's AFL CIO/ SEIU pals are still sporting wood over this one.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Obama doesn't post bill before signing into law, as promised

    New U.S. President Barack Obama promised during his campaign to post all nonemergency legislation on WhiteHouse.gov before signing it as a way to allow the public to review and comment on it. On Jan. 20, Obama's first day in office, a blog post on WhiteHouse.gov repeated that promise. On Thursday, Obama appeared to break that promise with the first piece of legislation he signed into law. Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, designed to make it easier for women to sue employers that pay them less than their male counterparts. The text of the legislation was apparently posted about the same time that Obama signed it. A White House spokeswoman said she couldn't comment specifically on the Lilly Ledbetter legislation, but she said there have been some technical and other issues preventing White House staff from getting content up on the Web site as fast as they'd like.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    It's been a crazy weekend- someone may have posted this, the Obama SUper Bowl interview, but in case you missed it here it is:

    http://thisweekwithbarackobama.blogs...ll-troops.html

    This is my gut on this one-

    Obama is still learning the job. He can put a face on it all he wants to, and mean it, but some lessons may be painfully learned. I sense he is willig to learn, but I hope it's not the hard way.

    From a military/security mindset, I think he needs to play his cards closer to the vest. I'd advise him to be careful about how much you want to let the rest of the world know about what you're doing. It's one thing to say that we're scaling down- it's another to make public the how, where and when.

    I'd like him to also sit down and think more about bailing out banks and freeing up credit for the people. What ARE they thinking with this bailout plan? The government is basically giving our tax money to banks that will use it to make payroll and/or lend back to us.

    I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to see more walk-up-and-take loans ads again with the "credit history is not a porblem" line as the key-phrase. Why are our leaders and business community so set on mortgaging our country away? Why are we so stuck on credit money and paying off bankers to lend us more? Why are we tempting the high risk, default-ridden populace whose jobs have gone overseas with more loans? Why are we into giving everyone what they want and not what they need? It's like we're afraid of the cost of regulation, correction and punishment that makes sense. wth is going to change this short of starving our kids in the street and going to a warlord gang mentality of kissing out a survival running girls and drugs?

    I hope we learn this very soon.
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    Remember back in the day (less than a whole 2 weeks ago for those counting) when liberal heads popped at the very thought of GWB's renditions? Ya.. sure the program started under Clinton.. but let's not sully the conversation with inconvenient factoids. Well.. it seems times is changin'... again...

    Major Flip-Flop by Human Rights Watch: Organization Waiting for Obama to Develop Kinder, Gentler Rendition Program

    I can stomach some political flip-flops. Politicians run with the popular opinion for the most part, but sometimes their positions legitimately change in the face of new factual information.

    But I think it's pretty deplorable to flip-flop on the issues of human rights and torture. Unfortunately, in an effort to defend the new administration in Washington, Human Rights Watch has apparently modified its position on the issue of rendition, which it previously viewed as inherently abusive and inhumane.

    Today's L.A. Times contains an article which reports that President Obama will continue the highly criticized program of "rendition." Through the rendition program, the CIA transfers terrorism detainees to foreign countries (I wrote about the L.A. Times article and rendition generally in a blog post earlier today).

    Many human rights activists condemned rendition during the Bush administration, arguing that the government either intentionally transferred individuals to countries so that they would be tortured, or that it could not guarantee the safety of detainees once they were transferred to other countries.

    Human Rights Watch: Before
    Human Rights Watch, a very respected and passionate defender of civil liberty, was one of the most vocal critics of the CIA's rendition program. In fact, Human Rights Watch prepared a comprehensive document that reports incidents of alleged torture of rendered individuals. The report makes the following policy recommendations:

    The US government should:

    Repudiate the use of rendition to torture as a counterterrorism tactic and permanently discontinue the CIA's rendition program;

    Disclose the identities, fate, and current whereabouts of all persons detained by the CIA or rendered to foreign custody by the CIA since 2001, including detainees who were rendered to Jordan;

    Repudiate the use of "diplomatic assurances" against torture and ill-treatment as a justification for the transfer of a suspect to a place where he or she is at risk of such abuse;

    Make public any audio recordings or videotapes that the CIA possesses of interrogations of detainees rendered by the CIA to foreign custody;

    Provide appropriate compensation to all persons arbitrarily detained by the CIA or rendered to foreign custody (emphasis added).
    Human Rights Watch rightfully opposed the practice of torture by the Bush administration, but it also demanded the cessation of rendition and that victims of the practice receive compensation.

    The organization's recommendations went even farther, however. In order to make sure that the program ended, Human Rights Watch recommended that other countries should:

    Refuse to cooperate in secret detention and rendition efforts, and disclose all information about past cooperation in such efforts (emphasis added).
    Human Rights Watch: After
    Now that the L.A. Times reports that rendition will continue during the Obama administration, Human Rights Watch has apparently altered its position. According to Tom Malinowski, the organization's "Washington advocacy director," the risk of torture and other abuses does not mandate the prophylactic cessation of rendition. Instead (quoting the L.A. Times):

    "Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place" for renditions, said Tom Malinowski, the Washington advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "What I heard loud and clear from the president's order was that they want to design a system that doesn't result in people being sent to foreign dungeons to be tortured -- but that designing that system is going to take some time."

    Malinowski said he had urged the Obama administration to stipulate that prisoners could be transferred only to countries where they would be guaranteed a public hearing in an official court. "Producing a prisoner before a real court is a key safeguard against torture, abuse and disappearance," Malinowski said (emphasis added).
    This certainly looks like a flip-flip to me. What do you think?
    Toss onto the growing pile of items that were wrong only when GWB did it.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    For all those saying "he has not done anything yet" a few weeks back. It looks like he actually was... and apparently breaking the law in doing so.

    Report: Team Obama Has Been Talking To Iran And Syria For Months

    Looks like the age of "smart" and "vigorous" diplomacy got off to a head start.

    US President Barack Obama has already used experts within the last few months to hold high-level but discreet talks with both Iran and Syria, organizers of the meetings told AFP.
    Officially, Obama's overtures toward both Tehran and Damascus have remained limited.

    In an interview broadcast Monday, Obama said the United States would offer arch-foe Iran an extended hand of diplomacy if the Islamic Republic's leaders "unclenched their fist."

    ... Former defense secretary William Perry, who served in Obama's election campaign, participated in some of these meetings focused on "a wide range of issues that separate Iran from the West: not only their nuclear program but the Middle East peace process, Persian Gulf issues," Boutwell told AFP.

    The Pugwash official declined to name the other participants, except to say they had considerable clout.

    "We had very, very senior figures from both the Iranian policy establishment and from the US; people who have very close, good access to the top leaders in both countries," Boutwell said.
    "Last few months", eh? I seem to recall Obama being sworn in less than two weeks ago. So much for one President at a time. I guess we can add the Logan Act to the Internal Revenue Act to the list of laws Team Obama just doesn't care much about.

    This reaaly adds another layer to Iran's statement that Obama's actions are a sign of weakness. They've taken the measure of him and his team up close, not just via the Hope and Change networks. Awesome.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    Some of this stuff begins to border on humor.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/282281.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimzinsocal View Post
    Some of this stuff begins to border on humor.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/282281.php
    ^^^ Yup.. what a difference a few weeks makes eh? BD seems to think the MSM has turned on Obama.. I'm simply not seeing it.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    This will become a collector's edition...Whoops!

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/f...de=2#globalNav

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    It's getting a lil creepy guyz and galz....

    “Hero” Worship

    We know Obama followers are part of a cult. We have more proof of that today.

    Go to the White House website.

    Click on the picture that comes up in the top third. Doesn’t matter which picture it is. Open it in a new window.

    Note the directory: “Hero”

    That’s right. Instead of an images directory, the Obama White House puts pictures of Obama in the “Hero” directory.

    As a friend of mine pointed out:

    Our hero announces Sen. Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary nominee:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/her...nouncement.jpg

    Here’s our hero watching the Super Bowl (nice screen logo plug for NBC, by the way):
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/her...superbowl2.jpg

    Evidently the first photo wasn’t big enough for a hero:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/her.../superbowl.jpg
    Nice.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    I think this is going to be a looooong thread.

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    And it starts. Obama as victim of Washington MSM narrative. As opposed to the reality of being a victim of his own high flying rhetoric. I was led to believe this guy was some sort of genius.. the cure for all ills.. how could he have been so woefully ill prepared? How??

    Poor messiah is finding out it gets a lot tougher when you cannot pass off platitudes as actual results. Someone call the waaambulance…

    Couric & Williams Paint Obama as 'Culture of Washington' Victim
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by jimzinsocal View Post
    ^^^ Pretty amazing... 2 weeks and he's stepped on it in nearly every instance. Perhaps he should be fitted with a helmet and training wheels... Anyone else think his lack of actual executive experience has anything to do with it?? Naw... forget I mentioned it.. again.
    "The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us...
    Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business."


    -The Gipper


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    Re: President Obama

    Maybe first term Senators are better off learning about how things work in DC
    than campaigning. Just a thought.

    Victim? Right. We should all grow up in HI and have degrees from Columbia and Harvard and get a cool 4.2 mil for a book and then be elected President in a what 20 year span? Some victim.

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    Re: President Obama

    And IMO? Enough of this daily show

    White House briefing
    Watch Now: Live on CNN.com »

    Its becoming as intrusive as the "wall screens" from this film

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060390/


    Last edited by jimzinsocal; 02-04-2009 at 03:50 PM.

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