In a message to the Latino and anti-immigration people….
The President has moved forcefully to do something he had been reluctant to pursue ….
For Obama the issue had been festering recently….
(I did a post on this recently)….
Latino’s are solidly behind Obama , by more than 60%….
But the recent headline a few days ago that the OBAMA Administration had been carrying out RECORD deportations had begun to move around the Latino and Hispanic communities and Obama was seeing figures in the polls that Latino’s where NOT gonna come out and vote come November…..
There is more to this story….
The new order applies to young illegals (under 30) that would qualify for the much talked about Dream Act….
They must have clean records…..
In another action…
Ex- Mississippi Republican Governor Haley Barbour ( he leads a pro-Romney Pac) has come out for a process to offer citizenship to the 12 million long term illegal’s in the United States….
This position is somewhat similar to what Mitt Romney had first advocated in the GOP primaries before he scurried back to the hard right position of NO path to citizenship….
Didn’t Romney us the term’self-Deportation?”…..
The policy is designed to aid immigrants who would have been affected by the DREAM Act, a Democratic-backed bill that would have put many students and veterans on a path to citizenship but failed to win passage in Congress. The White House had been reluctant to go around Congress to resolve the issue, but began to feel pressure from advocates when a prominent Hispanic Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, began working with activistson a scaled-back version of the bill.
The move puts pressure on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who ran to the right of the field on immigration during the GOP primaries.
At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast Friday, former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour (R) forcefully advocated for a program of legalization for illegal immigrants currently in the country.
“We’re not going to deport 12 million people, and we shouldn’t,” said Barbour…..
It’s gotten down to this….
Talking heads calling the President names because he won’t rollover….*
Screw the Halperin!
The first time President Obama steps to the Republican’s
They get all shitty….
I watched several shows yesterday where GOP talking heads where indignant…
They are so used Obama NOT getting in there shit that now they are ….’Offended”?
The President has stepped to the Republicans…
What are they gonna do?
They ran this into a hole…
Now the President has stepped on their necks….
Lets see how this plays…
It’s about time!
By Jed Lewison @Daily Kos….
Mr. Obama did not lay down a “red line” beyond which he would refuse to negotiate. But he repeatedly dared Congressional Republicans to side with oil companies, hedge fund managers and corporate jet owners against the interests of the elderly, schoolchildren and the middle class. His tone throughout was defiant.The question is whether Mr. Obama’s pointed remarks about his Congressional adversaries will help jump-start the stalled debt negotiations, or will have the effect of backing each side further into a corner even as the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the nation’s borrowing capacity nears.
So apparently the only thing standing in the way of getting a deal done is whether or not Republicans have their feelings hurt by what President Obama said in a press conference? Sorry, but if Republicans are really that sensitive, then their problems are far, far bigger than anything President Obama may or may not say.
Meanwhile, Mark Halperin says Obama was a “dick” yesterday. Yes, that’s a direct quote from the “civil” MSNBC show, Morning Joe. (Morning Joe blamed it on a producer forgetting to bleep out Halperin.)
But whatever the New York Times or Mark Halperin might say, the reality is that Republicans need to take responsibility for their own actions. They may not like it when President Obama tells them the truth. And pundits like Mark Halperin might think it makes him an asshole, or even a dick. But they can all go fuck themselves if they think that’s a legitimate excuse for Republicans to not do their jobs.
Time to grow up, children.
Join the discussion in LaurenMonica’s diary, Mark Halperin just called Obama “a dick” on Morning Joe.
Update….Halperin has been suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for his name calling….
*It seems that I HAVE spelled Mark Halperin’s name wrong …..It has been corrected….I apoligize for the spelling mistake….
The death toll climbs in the wake of the storm that SE gave us a heads up on….
The damage from the storm extends from Texas up thru Virginia….
The President and the Administration has tried to get as much action as possible going right away hoping to not have a
political issue on their hands like Katrina or the Gulf Spill….
“I’ve never seen devastation like this,” Mr. Obama said during a tour of this college town, according to The Associated Press. “We’re going to make sure you’re not forgotten.”
Nearly 300 people across six states died in the storms, with the vast majority — 213 people — in Alabama. Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama, has in some places been shorn to the slab, and accounts for at least 36 of those deaths.
Thousands have been injured, and untold more have been left homeless, hauling their belongings in garbage bags or rooting through disgorged piles of wood and siding to find anything salvageable.
By Friday morning, gasoline and other supplies were getting difficult to find in parts of Alabama. County emergency directors cautioned people to not show up to help.
“They don’t yet have an infrastructure to handle donations or volunteers,” Phyllis Little, the Coleman County emergency management director, told a Birmingham television station. “Right now, we’re not in a ready mode to receive donations or volunteers yet. We are working toward that. Hopefully by tomorrow or Sunday, I’ll have better answers.”
Certainly aware of the new Census numbers ….
The President of the United States talked up Immigration Reform….
The problem is…
With the GOP as the majority in the House…
There isn’t a prayer for any such bill’s passage…
The best way for any bill passing to reform immigration would be for Latino’s and Hispanic’s along will ALL the other people who immigrate to this country to vote against GOPer’s and Democrats who don’t support immigration legislation’s passage in 2012….
Once those people have been defeated or won in narrow races…
THEN the President should press for passage of a bill….
I do not need to bring up the fate of the ‘Dream Act’ which galvanized strong negative reaction from the right in both the Republican AND Democratic party….
The fate of Immigration Legislation is tied up in simple politics…
As the SouthWest begins to cool down with the realization that eventually Latino’s will out number Anglo’s….
The politics will eventually change…
How soon is anyones guess…
But blaming the President simply is NOT going to solve the problem…
He can’t do it alone….
President Obama told a gathering of business, labor, religious and political leaders at the White House on Tuesday that he remains committed to an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws and wants to try again in the coming months to push Congress to pass a bill.
With his re-election campaign launched this month and Latino communities growing increasingly frustrated with his immigration policies, Mr. Obama summoned more than 60 high-profile supporters of the stalled overhaul legislation to a strategy session, looking for ways to revive it. Among those attending were MayorMichael R. Bloomberg of New York, an independent; Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, a Democrat; and former Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, a Republican.
Two big-city police chiefs, Raymond W. Kelly of New York and Charles Ramsey of Philadelphia, were there, as was Sheryl Sandberg, a top executive at Facebook, and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the largest group of evangelical Christians.
Prospects for the proposed policy, which would grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and revamp the immigration system, seem bleak in this Congress, with staunch Republican opponents of the bill controlling pivotal committee positions in the House of Representatives. Recently Latino leaders have stepped up their criticism of Mr. Obama, as deportations have reached record numbers under his administration and he has offered no relief from the crackdown on immigrant communities.
Latino voters helped several Democrats, including Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, survive the Republican shift in the midterm elections last fall, and they are expected to be a major force in the presidential vote next year.
In the closed meeting, Mr. Obama argued that the overhaul would bring immigrant entrepreneurs to the United States and was a crucial piece of the economic recovery, according to several people who attended…..
President Obama ……The nation’s first Black (or better yet bi-racial) President faces a quiet problem….
Black folks are a little peved at him ……
Why Obama has been VRY carfeul to not come off as black….
That same carefullness IS causing him some grumbling in black neiborhoods…
With the GOP in the headlines everyday trying to cut benefits in the nations social safety net….
And with more black faces in the media under George Bush (AG Holder is the only prominate Cabinet Secretary out there..and he keeps messing up) Obama is going to ‘Rev Al’ for help…..The Revereant….A media icon is up for it…..Visisting the White House and going corporate with media appearances ……
And speaking up for the President whenever and wherever he can….
The President is repaying Shapton with a visit to his organization in New York tonight…..
I always liked Rev. Al…..
Because after you got thru the Bull Shit he is spot on a lot of times…
With a past that was nothing to brag about (the Brawley Caper)…
Many forget he marched with Martin Luther King as a young activist…..
He must have quiet moments where he just looks at Obama and remembers marching for this moment …..
A Black President…..
With his ‘du’…and expensive suits….and media help
He has come full circle….
And so has a bit of this country
Rev. AL Sharpton in the White House with the President…
Who’d ever dream of that?
By DOMINIC CARTER @Politico…
If you don’t believe Al Sharpton is emerging as “the president” of black America, just look at who’s speaking Wednesday at his annual National Action Network conference: President Barack Obama.
Timing is important. The nation’s first black president has largely finessed the topic of race. But Obama is now facing growing criticism from some African-American leaders that he lacks a “black agenda.”
This criticism has been smoldering in some circles for more than a year. The problem for Obama is that it is coming from some of the nation’s most-quoted African-American leaders.
It’s a widening rift. One Obama cannot afford now. Going into what could be a tough re-election bid, the last thing Obama needs is voter dissatisfaction in part of his base.
The question is asked: Where can frustrated African-American voters go? True, they may be unlikely to turn to Republicans. But they could stay home on Election Day. And high black turnout helped Obama win the White House…..
As the rebels recapture ground…One wonders…Will Obama be the President that lost Democracy in the Middle East?…
From the jump…..
On our little poll here the numbers read like this….(they are tiny numbers )
Should Obama do No-Fly Zones and other military action…..
Yes….18% to evacuate people
No…..Let NATO take the lead
So among the readers of this blog…..
The President of the America IS doing the right thing by NOT doing anything….
But I wonder how this doing nothing is gonna play on the domestic and world stage?
That question may….
May not be important …
I’m sure the big boys polling have come down close to the results here…
But right now the President is taking heat from both US political parties on NOT doing anything to help the opposition in Libya… do anything….
This about the same thing that happens in Iran every few years..
The US hops up the population…
They mound demonstrations…
They get taken out…
Again and again….
If Gaddafi is able to retake Libya back in a civil war things aren’t going be so nice….
The US and NATO will shown other rulers in the area that they will let them carry their own fight to their population…..
The American push for democracy will ring hallow….
And the bad guys will be happy to ramp up their oil prices and give us the finger….
Is all this worth the abuse…..
I know sometimes you swallow hard and move on….
Is this one of those times for the President?
But this will be no joke in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other capital’s…
The US will not fight anymore…
The American’s are tired…
And they want to go home….
Which is of course true…..
A lot of people are mad at James Clapper , the US Director of National Intelligence, because he got it right today when he told the Senate Foreign Relations Panel that if no one comes to help the Libyan rebels….
They will lose their battle with Gaddafi’s forces in the end….
They want to send the troops home…
The questions are….
Will the World take rest also while we do?
Will President Obama….Following his Defense Secretary’s advice …In fighting no more…
Be the guy who helped cure ’Democracy fever’ in the Middle East and North Africa…..
This Discussion from Defense Tech’s Kevin Coleman — Defense Tech Cyber Warfare Correspondent on the issue of a internet ‘Kill Switch’ for the US…..
We need to cut through all the clutter surrounding this issue. The proposed legislation of Sens. Susan Collins (R – ME.) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) actually restricts these so called “kill switch” powers and subjects the action to congressional review. The fundamental question is; does the President need to have emergency powers over the Internet during times of crisis and, if so, what are those powers?
Given our nation’s growing reliance on the Internet and its importance on our daily lives for everything from financial transactions to coordinating social activities, we do need the ability to protect this significant piece of our infrastructure from attacks/disruption resulting from hostile actions. Do we need a “Kill Switch”? — NO! The President already has the authority to invoke what is being referred to as a “Kill Switch” and I am having a hard time modeling an attack that would require such action. Who looked at this technically? What is the impact on SCADA systems, if they experience a successful cyber attack, are the programmed to fail safely?
A couple of points……
The fact the Obama Administration is having back channel talks with Mubarak and Suleiman about leaving isn’t playing that well with the Egyptians , Israeli’s and the rest of the region…
Mohamed Ebaradei isn’t mentioned as a likely front runner for the President’s job reflecting his ties to the West….
But addition names are being mentioned to run in the fall ….or whenever elections are held in Egypt….
Shuleiman…Mubarak’s new Vice President is probably the White House’s choice to run the country which would make the all important Army happy…
But has stuck to defending Mubarak’s wait till the fall
The Army seems to have adopted a ‘wait and see’ posture…..
Tens of thousands of Egyptians are taking part in a “day of departure” to try to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
There is an increased army presence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after unrest that has led to hundreds of casualties.
After Friday prayers were held in a relaxed atmosphere, the crowd started chanting for Mr Mubarak to go.
Mr Mubarak has said he is “fed up” with being in power but is resisting mounting pressure to resign as he says it will leave Egypt in chaos.
In his first interview since anti-government protests began, he told ABC News he would like to resign immediately. But he repeated that the country’s banned Islamist opposition group – the Muslim Brotherhood – would fill the power vacuum left by his absence.
Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei took issue with the president’s remarks, saying: “We as a people are fed up as well, it is not only him.
“The idea that there would be chaos is symptomatic of a dictatorship. He thinks if he leaves power the whole country will fall apart.”
A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Issam al-Aryan, also denied that it would put forward someone for the presidency, telling the BBC that it would prefer the opposition to nominate a consensus candidate.
“We want a civil state, based on Islamic principles. A democratic state, with a parliamentary system, with freedom to form parties, press freedom, and an independent and fair judiciary,” he added…….
By Laurence Lewis@ Dailykos….
A lot of people are wondering why President Obama keeps offering compromises and capitulations to the Republicans before negotiations have even begun. A lot of people are wondering why he appears to keep effectively unilaterally knee-capping himself. A lot of people accurately argue that it would be great optics at least to try to stand on principle, and it might even produce better policies. Some say he is weak. Some question his intelligence. Some do one or both in less than polite terms. But many are overlooking a possible alternate explanation. Many are overlooking an explanation that is hiding in plain sight.
President Obama is no fool. He’s actually extremely smart. One need not recount the entire litany, but suffice to say that one doesn’t become president of the Harvard Law Review, get invited to teach at the University of Chicago Law School, or compose on the fly a riveting Speech on Race that galvanizes much of the nation– even many inclined to be critics– unless one has a rare and assiduously honed intellect. The argument that President Obama is stupid fails at first thought.
A more common refrain is that President Obama is weak. That he gives in too easily and doesn’t know how to fight. This argument sometimes lapses into terms that shouldn’t be acceptable even to the harshest of the president’s critics, but many believe the president either doesn’t know how to or is unwilling to stand his ground. But this belief also doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.
President Obama would not be where he is today if he was weak or timid. He has had to overcome a host of personal and structural hurdles, and to dare even to try to become this nation’s first black president takes a level of courage and determination almost beyond comprehension. Every president takes risks, but President Obama challenged and defeated presumptions that even many of his strongest supporters had taken for granted. He prevailed because he is smart. He prevailed because he is tough. He prevailed because he is almost fearless.
So, why would a person of such intelligence make what seems to be so many foolish political decisions? Why does he appear not to come to understand the nature of his opposition? Why does he seem to get rolled on so many issues on so many occasions? Call it The Obama Paradox. Or realize that the answer may lie in the nature of the questions.
The Obama Paradox presumes that the president is a liberal or a progressive, and that he is ceding his principles based on faulty strategies or a disinclination to face confrontation. Many of the president’s more ardent supporters also buy into this presumption, but rather than accept that the buck stops in the Oval Office, they concoct a series of ever more ridiculous rationalizations. It’s always someone else’s fault, and the blame usually falls on Congress, particularly the Republicans, the Conservadems, and the Blue Dogs. But it’s time to consider the possibility that the problem lies with the presumption underlying all these questions and explanations. It’s time to consider that the president accepts centrist and conservative policies because he himself is a centrist or conservative.
This does not mean that President Obama is a Republican, or anything close to a Republican. The Republican Party is not conservative, it is extremist. But as the Republican Party has drifted farther and farther to the fringe, much of the establishment Democratic Party has intrepidly moved into the ideological space the Republican Party abandoned. The Republicans lead this movement to the right, and the Democrats follow, taking the political center with them and leaving the traditional left ever more disenfranchised, disenchanted, and politically alienated. The problem with Barack Obama isn’t that he is worse than establishment Village Democrats, the problem is that he is one of them. He didn’t change Washington, but he is changing what some who consider themselves liberal or progressive are willing to tolerate, accept, and even support.
Nobody forced President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Nobody forced him to expand oil drilling in the Arctic rather than make the case that we need an emergency effort to end our addiction to all fossil fuels. Nobody forced him to have his Department of Justice ignore the Bush administration’s criminality. Nobody forced him to continue secret renditions or a policy of denying suspected terrorists the human right of due process. Nobody forced him to order his DOJ to appeal court rulings that would have ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Nobody forced him to open a discussion about the deficit which even puts Social Security and Medicare on the table when the economy desperately needed and needs more Keynesian stimulus. Nobody forced him to keep on Bush’s Defense Secretary. Nobody forced him to hire a neoliberal economic team and ignore the traditional liberal economists who had been almost alone in predicting the economic collapse. None of these moves was forced on him by the Republicans or the Conservadems or the Blue Dogs.
It’s conventional wisdom to believe that the president gave away the public option for which he had campaigned, while accepting the mandate he campaigned against, and again the arguments are largely about what he might have gotten had he tried. Or the optics of trying. But again the presumption is that he wanted to try. The same goes for the inadequate and ultimately politically disastrous stimulus package. But he himself later admitted that the public option hadn’t ever been that important to him. And his political team, like his more passionate supporters, continually hyped every isolated cherry-picked uptick in economic data as proof that his stimulus plan wasn’t so inadequate after all. Take it at face value. He thought the stimulus was enough. He didn’t care that much about a public option. The agenda so desired by liberals and progressives just wasn’t his agenda.
Last February, writing about the health care reform meltdown,Glenn Greenwald offered a theory:
The primary tactic in this game is Villain Rotation. They always have a handful of Democratic Senators announce that they will be the ones to deviate this time from the ostensible party position and impede success, but the designated Villain constantly shifts, so the Party itself can claim it supports these measures while an always-changing handful of their members invariably prevent it.
But it’s worse than that. It’s not only about creating a shifting cast of villains, it’s about creating a consistent facade of false blame. Someone else has to be the bad guy. That on every single issue there are means of challenging, and sometimes thwarting, the bad guy can be debated and argued and ignored and otherwise muddled in consciousness. But the fights are never truly fought, and then the compromised policies are marketed as great successes, not as capitulations. Take that at face value. One doesn’t attempt to celebrate when one is left unsatisfied, rather one wakes up the next day determined to fix what needs fixing. But there has been no such determination. Instead, there has been much marketing of these false successes.
The Republicans are a convenient foil. To anyone paying attention and not under the sway of the corporatist media, they would be almost an amusing carnival were they not so dangerous in that their destructiveness now has legitimate political currency. But they didn’t force the president’s hand. He pursued the policies as he chose to do, and he fought the fights he chose to fight. He and his team have mocked and disparaged his party’s traditional base. That doesn’t mean he is a Republican. It does indicate the degree to which he buys into what is now conventional thinking among Village Democrats. President Obama is not stupid and he is not weak. He is very smart and he is very courageous. He is pursuing the politics he is pursuing not because anyone is forcing him to, and not because he is being beaten at the political game. He is pursuing the politics he is pursuing because it is who he is.
Politicians are but political tools, and they are not the only political tools. They are only as useful as the agendas they are willing to pursue. We don’t owe them our loyalty, they owe us theirs. There are other political tools, and there are means of organizing that transcend the elective political game. It’s about the issues. Given the gravity of the stakes, we have to focus on the issues, without excuses, and in some cases without compromise. That means we have to accept some politicians when there are no immediate alternatives, and we have to try to push them to do better and to be better even when it is counter to their own political ideologies, but it also means we can’t pretend they are something they are not; and it also means we have to create a climate where there will be better and legitimate alternatives.
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