“President Obama to announce a staggering 65% increase in fuel-efficiency standards”

No matter what, he keeps going:

President Barack Obama has struck a deal with the nation’s automakers to raise mandatory fuel-efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025, a staggering 65% increase, National Journal reports.
The new figure represents a compromise between environmentalists, who had asked the government to raise the law from the present 35.5 mpg to 62 mpg, and the automakers, who pushed for 45 mpg.
One auto industry official confidentially told National Journal that the only reason they were able to strike a deal with the administration is that there will be a review in 2018 to re-assess whether the standards still made sense.
“If they’re too low, they’ll be addressed upwards. If they’re too high, they’ll be addressed downwards,” he said.

102 thoughts on ““President Obama to announce a staggering 65% increase in fuel-efficiency standards”

  1. OMG, and Michigan keeps fighting him. This man is amazing. This is why we trust him and have confidence in him.

  2. BWD, you are on a roll today, I can’t keep up. Thanks for all of these great finds!

  3. Yes, BWD, thank you so very much for all that you do each day for us here. This is a sane and beautiful site to come and share with such a smart, founder. We love you very much for all of the hard work that you put into this beautiful site. Just called to give some thank yous to Senators Reid, Durbin, Schumer, and left a polite but firm message again today at Speaker Boehner’s office. Will keep up the fight. We will make this. I love you all back so much, HZ

  4. Oh, say some good energy thoughts for the vote that will be coming up at 4pmET for the confirmation for a 2 year term for FBI Director Mueller. Another request by our President. Pray.

  5. Stop that MT!! The people of Michigan aren’t fighting him. His approval ratings there are in the 60’s%. It is the auotmakers that are figting him and after he saved their asses. Lets not confuse the board, LOVE.😉

  6. I think MT was thinking about a recent poll (PPP?) that showed Romney beating Obama in Michigan. Pretty ironic considering Obama saved the auto industry and Romney wanted to let them go belly up.

  7. This fuel-efficiency deal was a wonderful compromise. Maybe those compromise-vibes will spread. I love this President!! 🙂

  8. PPP polled Mi recently and President Obama is 50-46 approval. Romney is the only one who is within single digits of President Obama at 47-42.

    Another key finding from their polling is that those polled thought – by a 66-18 margin – that the auto bailout helped the state.

  9. The U.N. World Food Program has begun an airlift of emergency food aid to Somalia. Reports say that 10 tons of food were delivered in Mogadishu today. Earlier plans were delayed due to logistical problems in Kenya. The WFP director Josette Sheeran, who just returned to Rome after visiting the region, said the planes will deliver goods first to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, and in coming days to other parts of the drought-stricken Horn of Africa…
    Sheeran said she has just received pledges of $ 50 million in food aid from the king of Saudi Arabia…More

    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/The-UN-World-Food-Program-Begins-Relief-Flights-to-Somalia072711.html

  10. Can we say OBAMA. OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA , YES , YES, YES HE CAN and so do WE YOU MR PRESIDENT,

  11. hmmm…………….thanks for the actual numbers SR. Still proves my point. Anyways No one has still agreed with me about Romney. His numbers vs PBO are the same in all swing states as well as national polls. He is anywhere from 4%-6% trailing PBO. I’m telling you all he will be the Rethug nominee. He is laying low during this debt crisis and looking for a position to coast into the General Election with. Heck his campaign team is already waying their options for a VP running mate. I’m tellin yah he has the GOOD OLE BOY network (Koch, Rove) sewn up. Hopefully our campaign is preparing for the biggest flip/flopper and Con Artists in recent American politics. Obama/Biden 2012!!

  12. So, TPM has a screaming headline that says that Boehner’s plan is gaining steam. They’ve had it up all day.

    Then I read this from Reuters:

    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have been talking about how to break the impasse, several lawmakers said.

    Reid said he could easily modify his bill to incorporate elements of Boehner’s bill in a way that could win support from both parties in the Senate.

    That would set up another high-stakes House vote with an entirely different dynamic, as Boehner would need to attract Democratic votes to offset anticipated defections from the right flank of his own party.

    Sighs. Our “new media” is not so new. This will get done, the GOP will implode over it, and the Dems—and the American people—will prevail.

  13. I think he could be the nominee, but only because he’s the safe play not to hurt down ticket races. He won’t be a firebrand that will rally out the Dem vote against him as a Perry or Bachmann would. The GOP knows it loses when the Dem base is motivated – so we’ll get Romney and their hope will be that it will be a boring enough race that they’re secret focus on the down ticket races won’t get swamped out by a Presidential vote wave.

    I’m still thinking it will be Romney/Huckabee, but I’m really hoping Perry will get in because I think he could at least make Romney work for it.

  14. Any bill will have to have an extension until 2013. Reid and Co and the White House are dead set on that. I think Reid is in the drivers seat on this – McConnell is worried that A)Boehner’s bill will get defeated by his own caucus and B)Reid’s plan will get Senate GOP votes meaning if it then died in the House it would be surely only on the shoulders of the GOP. McConnell is also worried that that could be a real possibility if it was seen as “The Reid Bill” – so there is an attempt to merge the bills in a way that could save face for Boehner while getting something passed.

    It will have to happen quickly though, as once Boehner put his bill to a floor vote the process will begin and Reid will then vote on it on early Friday, gut it and amend it on Friday and have a vote on his bill on Saturday. It would go back to the House for a Monday vote.

  15. Huckabee on the Republican ticket would motivate me to come out of my grave to vote for PBO. Coming from Chicago, that’s easier than one would think.

  16. Great news about the fuel efficiency standards. Just another example of a thoughtful compromise. I especially like the provision of a re-assessment in 2018 when these goals can be adjusted upward or downward depending on the needs at that time. Good job, Mr. President! We move forward with everyone’s concerns being heard. Democracy as it should be! (Any Republicans following this?)

  17. No matter what the GOP eventually brings to the table, it’ll be seen as “The Reid Bill”—and, furthermore, as “The Reid Bill endorsed by President Obama”. If the GOP had just raised the debt ceiling cleanly—even if they had to do it with Dem votes—then it would’ve been an 18 month fight about debt and deficits. Now, they’re going to have to raise the ceiling with Dem votes anyway, and have outed themselves as incompetent and heartless. I always thought the teabaggers would destroy the GOP; I just didn’t think it would be so quickly, or with such fury.

  18. Wonderful news about the new, more stringent CAFE standards. I can see we’ll need to have a Dem president in 2018 when they come up for review!!

    I was entertained this afternoon, when briefly lighting on CNN, to hear Wolfie complaining rather strongly about the damage that the debt stand-off is doing to the stock market (and has been doing all this week). He most have gone on-line to check his large portfolio and been amazed to see what his buddies has done to it.

  19. Ground in Chicago is pretty frozen in early November though😉

    I say Huckabee because Romney will need to make nice with RR, after battling Bachmann or Perry as his closest challenger to win the nomination. Bachmann is too nutty, and Perry would have a better gig as Governor of Texas rather than be Romney’s VP nominee. Huck has a lot of issues as you seem to be aware of, but he’s a likable guy and as the VP his skeletons wouldn’t be nearly as targeted or focused on.

  20. So true SR. Sarah Palin scared the Begeebees out of folks in 2008. A un-energized Dem electorate will not do us good in 2012. 2010 is a big example of that. Plus you will have the PL pitching a Romney for the WH stating he would be no different than PBO. Hopefully there will be a atmosphere of Lib/Progressive desperaton or some issues that will motivate HIGH turnout for Dems. Heck getting RID of the Teathugs in Congress should motivate Dems and Independents to get out and vote. SIGH!!🙄

  21. There is information on the US National Debt in the form of an “infographic” on the Whitehouse.gov site. Sorry, but I do not know how to link it here. It’s an excellent chart, and it’s a great reference in helping to explain our national debt to those who don’t quite understand it.

    If someone would check it out and link, I would greatly appreciate. Thanks

    Also, thanks BWD for all you do–you are most definitely appreciated!

  22. Jobs are being affected by the so many projects left alone due to once again, the teabaggers in the house, the nutters, a Brit called them, holding funds, affecting many local airports. This started in 2007, and the Dems when they had majority on both sides didn’t complete this and now, thousands are affected, many local airports involved. Sadly, no one on the Dem side is talking about this and the media is AWOL. ABC might have touched on it last night.

    I am glad about the auto-fuel -efficiency, coming this Monday.

    I am just afraid of flying and this is bothering me. I didn’t mean to go off the conversation.

  23. old orange site has Joan Mccarter posting a politico article of Obama agreeing to raise Medicare age.

    Is that politico article even slightly credible?

  24. “Ground in Chicago is pretty frozen in early November though ;)”

    You must not be from Chicago. Frozen ground and 6 feet of snow on top never stopped any voting from the grave before in Chicago.

  25. I think Lawrence Odonnell saying the president will win this with a clean bill. Lawrence Odonnelll usually gets it right.

  26. Congressional Black Caucus has said they will vote against anything other than a clean raise to the ceiling, like it has been done every year since 1917.

    This could be a problem if Boehner can’t get enough votes to pass the Reid bill.

  27. Everything and I mean EV-ER-Y THING that woman writes is TRASH. I look at the headline and I know by that if it’s Joan McCarter. She’s no better than Jane Hamsher.

  28. Are you talking about the FAA unfunding that the Republicans did? 4,000 people are now furloughed because Mr. Mica didn’t like the idea of these guys having a union…so instead, they decided NOT to fund the FAA, aren’t collecting the taxes from the airlines,and all these people are now out of work! Another GRAND REPUBLICAN IDEA>

  29. But, but but Howard Fineman told me that the President might not even get a bill extended through 2012 since he has already “negotiated himself into oblivion” with the GOP…..

  30. I watched the Democrats speaking out in favor of the Reid bill and was impressed. I edited the video down to 5 minutes. Let’s make sure this gets sent around tomorrow.

  31. Yes, she was the hack who had posted an ad of Romney bashing the president on the economy – singing it’s praises and prompting her sychophants to chime in that it was a “brilliant” ad. The whole ad was a big lie and a hypocritical one at that. It went nowhere FAST.

    Where is Romney now? He’s hiding – because any appearances will destroy his poll numbers.

  32. And even if it is true, what did PBO get in return for that concession? If he got something big now, to raise the medicare age 25 years from now – Maybe it was a good trade off. I mean you could always work to undo that raise in the next 20 years but if we got a big concession that could help us now – you have to make concessions to get some things you want now.

    I don’t have lines in the sand.

    McCarter was at that 2007 blogger meeting with Bill Clinton along with the likes of Hamsher, Avarosis, Bowers. Clinton did a lot of schmoozing to try and win blogger support for Hillary’s Presidential Campaign that was to launch months later. I guess it worked. Maybe all these folks were promised a White House visit or something.

  33. Listen, Romney’s poll numbers are “decent” right now only because he is hiding. As soon as (if he’s the nominee) starts campaigning in earnest – along with President Obama – watch out. His numbers will take a hit. And when the President start’s campaigning – his NUMBERS WILL RISE. That’s what the GOP fears, which is why they want to keep distracting the President (and his voters) with these contrived “crises” and they want to make sure that every 3-6 months going to Nov 2012, there is a crisis.

  34. President Obama came out and gave a “quiet,” “dull” 13-minute speech on Monday night. That got people fired up. Congress was jammed.

    Can you imagine how fired up people are going to be when that man starts campaigning in earnest? That’s what the GOP FEARS the most about President Obama. That when it’s him on the ballot, the American people trust him, believe him, LISTEN to him, and RESPOND to him.

  35. They were probably promised a presidential blow job from the big dog himself. When you’re hardup that can seem better than a WH visit.

  36. Larry is giving us another self-satisfied preaching about the going ons in congress and the WH.

  37. Well, St. Roscoe, it looks like Harry and Charles and Dick were able to hold the caucus together. From TPM:

    The entire Senate Democratic caucus — including independents Joe Lieberman (CT) and Bernie Sanders (VT) — have a succinct message for House Speaker John Boehner: cram it!

    In a Wednesday letter, the Democrats seek to prove what Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been saying for days: nobody in his party will vote for Boehner’s debt limit plan, and he should stop claiming it’s a viable solution to the looming default crisis.

    “With five days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, we need to work together to ensure that our nation does not default on our obligations for the first time in our history,” the Dems write. “We heard that in your caucus you said the Senate will support your bill. We are writing to tell you that we will not support it, and give you the reasons why. A short-term extension like the one in your bill would put America at risk, along with every family and business in it. Your approach would force us once again to face the threat of default in five or six short months.”

  38. Does it seem like the GOP is watching a slow motion video of themselves aiming a gun at their own collective foot and pulling the trigger? They can’t find the pause button.

  39. I wouldn’t trust anything Joan McCarter writes over there. She thought the Deficit Commission was going to actually be taken seriously, instead it stalled and never came to an actual agreement on anything. She also still thinks entitlement program benefits will be cut, more nonsense. She is one of the resident FDL’ers at DFOX.

    Raising the minimum retirement age is a “BFD” and if the story is true, CNN and Yahoo News would have it in their headlines. They don’t. So Drudge’s “news arm,” I mean, Politico is pushing yet another rumor picked up by the PL.

  40. People always say that the Democrats are on the verge of splintering. Of course, the only people saying that are the PL, who aren’t real Democrats anyway. But, we may in fact be witnessing the splitting of the GOP coalition, with the true-believing teabaggers taking their marbles and really starting a party. That may split the conservative electorate to such an extent that Dems just may come to dominate Congress for the next few cycles.

  41. The press Sec., Jay Carney, yesterday and today, totally showed the SOB Ed Henry, now, with Fox, another side of Jay.

    Jay called out that wicked piece of crap on Monday and today. Stating that Henry was using GOPer talking points, yesterday and today, that he was doing the Fox thing. Yeah Jay Carney. Being nice all the time, doesn’t always pay.

    I have just finished watching the two tapes at C-span.org.

    I know that I am off topic again.

    What impressed me so, yesterday, the Obama Team were out on TV/Cable, yesterday and on Sunday. At least getting their messages out there. That is a good thing.

    And this morning, Durbin actually told Joe on CNBC, the rethug there, he told Joe Bearnes, I think that is his name, that he, Durbin had no idea what kind of book JB was reading. I said, great.

    The Dems must always be on the defense and offense against these haters. They hate this president more than they love America.

  42. Sorry, didn’t mean to be negative to all the people of MI. It’s just the governor there is so radical. MT is a purple state and the tea party scares me here. Peace.

  43. Ah, I read the first line and thought it was good news on the debt ceiling. This is still worthwhile but I guess we’ll still have to wait. I hope people are still contacting their representatives. I’m contemplating whether to write to Boehner but if he doesn’t listen to Americans, he’s not likely to care what a foreigner thinks.

  44. I was more worried about Manchin, Nelson, Landrieu, Pryor types possibly voting for the Boehner bill if it got to the Senate. Where I was worried about Sanders is will he vote for the Reid Bill – assuming Reid can get cloture on the vote (which I think Sanders would vote for) Reid can lose two Dem votes, three tops (If Biden goes to break the tie). Sanders and Sherrod Brown are the two obvious ones I think could vote against it.

    Not saying it would be a bad thing as it would be obvious they were both voting against it from the left – which might give cover to entice some Republicans to be able to vote for it. Or at least send the message that the declared Socialist thinks it’s too moderate.

    With the CBC coming out and saying that they will vote against ANY bill that isn’t a clean raise, there will be more pressure on Boehner to get votes out of his caucus. The CBC as 39 voting members (though Allen West is GOP). So now the most the Dems could offer up is 155 votes, and I assume the Progressive Caucus will bolt as well. CPC has 77 members, but a number of CBC crossovers – I count 23 (give or take) so combined and counting each only once I come up with 93 Dems who will not vote for Reid plan. Dems have 193 in their caucus so that obviously leaves Pelosi supplying 100 votes tops. Meaning Boehner needs to be able to supply 117 out of his caucus of 242.

    Now the far right Republican Study Committee caucus has 170 members, and and were set to vote against Boehner bill because it wasn’t far enough right. Boehner can’t lose all of them and still provide 117 votes. They had to be whipped to support the Boehner plan in their own caucus. Now there is varying level of “true believer” in this group – Boehner would need 45 of them and all non-members just to get to 117.

    Now the CBC coming out against it isn’t a bad thing as it will give political cover to GOP Reps voting for this – and given GOP has the majority there will need to be GOP support even if all the Dem House Caucus voted for it – 24 GOP reps minimum to be exact.

    Now I’m sure there will be some play with members of the Progressive Caucus, as I have them all voting against this, but 54 are undeclared at this point and I assume 20ish could probably have their arm twisted. It will be a nail biter to get to 217 if it even gets to the floor.

    I’ve digressed greatly here of course.

  45. According to what I have read (can’t remember where) the age would be raised two years over the course of 20 years – a month a year or something like that. (On the other hand, I’ve also read that such a decision was made years ago and the two-year increse is already in the works.)

    I dislike the hate on both the extemes. We DO need to raise taxes and we DO need to adapt our social programs to some extent. But PBO is looking LONG-TERM!

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish…..”

  46. Read recent PPP poll below by SR des. Don’t know where you got your infor from.😉

  47. No problem MT we love you. BTW I did not know Montana was a purple state. WOW!! PBO can actually snatch a Great Plains State?😯

  48. BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
    We need to stop the debt ceiling nonsense and get back to creating jobs, schools and roads for Afghanistan.
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  49. We may have a Dem governor, and both our Senators are Dems, but they are centrist and one is Baucus who drives me crazy. Our lone Rep is Denny Rehberg a teathug. And he is running for Senator against Tester. It will be a big fight. It is considered a toss up. Our governor is Schweitzer, who I love but he also likes coal. He can’t run again. Not sure how all of that will work out. I live in Missoula which is very liberal. The rest is pretty conservative. The state went for McCain last time, It was very close. We will see next year. I will work as hard as I can for him.

  50. Yes indeed Hopefruit….All this mess they throwing at him…is fear and distractions…so that He can’t go out and campaign, Fund-raise..and so on. but believe me, they’ve unleashed a tiger that will be unstoppable, their 15 minutes is almost up….and MILLIONS are FIRED UP READY TO GO!!!!!!1

    WE LOVE YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!!!

  51. Actually,Debbie Wassermann-Schultz was tweeting about this yesterday, along with Ray Lahood (Sec Transportation). And there have been a ton of tweets about it, denouncing Republicans and their inaction that have furloughed 4000 employees. It was also talked about on Rachel’s show last night with Melissa Harris-Perry subbing for her. And the White House Q&A (i.e. WHChat on twitter) had a question about it yesterday and today.

    Don’t worry – people are getting the word out. It’s just not doing any good with Republicans who are intent on destroying unions.

  52. Just. Couldn’t. Take. Him. Tonight. He needs a playback of his nonsense, and then reward him with several Groundhog Days filled with those utterances. I did, however, tune in to see what Melissa is doing on Rachel’s show (have been trying to avoid pundit teevee for the general happiness of my soul). Mostly, I’m glad Melissa pointed out the plight of NOLA, one of my adopted loves. And she also broke it down to the ordinary person out there on what NOT raising the debt ceiling will do to their personal interests, and she used Bachman’s district, the Hooked-On-Pray-The-Gays-Away (Ho-PTGA Township(TM), pronounced any which way you so choose, or AKA Cracked(Not-TM), the preferred brand name). [Sorry, I don’t know how to superscript “trademark” here! BWD, please help a newbie!]

  53. OMG – Howard Fineman was extra insufferable tonight but since he works for HuffPo he has to go with HuffPo’s racist narrative that President Obama is weak and incompetent (that’s why when he is not caving he is happily negotiating himself into oblivion).

  54. Exactly, Vicky. Restructuring social security and medicare here and there does not equal killing them or “making cuts.” So what if the retirement age is raised by 2 years twenty five years from now? PL folks act as if those proposals would go into effect tomorrow!

  55. Wow!! Thanks for posting that link, desertflower! That picture should be posted in classrooms across the nation! And on news-talk-shows!!!!

  56. If the Reid bill is close, there will be enough members of the CBC to vote for it.

  57. Yes PL will argue with everyone that all these proposed changes like raising retirement age in 20 years to 67 is going to happen this year or next year. They never consider there are bills that have items in them that do no become active for 20 years or that maybe the age will be raised a month or two per year for the next 20 years.

    They jump on anyone who says that some of these plans being discussed and ideas the President talks about might not be seen if passed for years. They will insist and get mean and nasty about it too.

    They think every idea thrown out there by the President or Democrats in the House or Senate is going to happen and be a reality in th next year.

    Good Grief, even the AHC provisions, most are not happening until 2014 so what makes them think some ideas thrown out there are in stone and will happen tomorrow.

    I had a debate wih a PLer who insists all of this stuff is going to happen very soon, and offers no proof but gets 20 recommends on various blogs.

  58. Hey df, :wavin’ at ya:

    Look at the TOAITR Blogroll, WP is already on it!😉

    Have a great day!🙂

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  59. Hey fellow Obamabots,

    I’ve been “out of pocket,” for the last two and half days…

    Now, I gotta do some “catchin’ up.”

    Anyway, there was a power outage, no TV, and I was carin’ for an ill siblin’ (no ‘puter avail). So, initially, I missed PBHO’s.

    But, prior to his speech, I had called my two Senators (GOP) and my Rep (DEM), and I spoke w/a staff member of each to let them know they need to do the right thin’ and the best thin’ for America and the American people by compromisin’ on debt/deficit reduction and raisin’ the debt ceilin’!

    Finally, I saw it…PBHO was his usual wonderful, articulate, ‘cool-headed’ self…He “called out” Congress for their non-action on the ‘grand bargain/deal’!

    And, he let us know, he needed the American people’s help to contact Congress members, especially the TeaPUBLICANS, to get them to “do the “balanced approach” ‘grand bargain/deal’ by compromisin’!”

    WE “heard” and responded to PBHO’s ‘Call to Action’, and I will continue to do so!

    So, let’s keep the FAITH and HOPE alive!!!

    AMERICANS RESPOND TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH BY PHONE, EMAIL – AND TWITTER… http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/26/americans-respond-president-obamas-speech-phone-email-and-twitter

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!

  60. RUSSELL SIMMONS OFFERS TO PAY MORE TAXES…

    Hip-hop mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS SAID, HE WAS “HAPPY TO PAY MORE TAXES.”

    Like what you see? Click here to sign up for Accounting Today’s daily newsletter to get the latest news and behind the scenes commentary you won’t find anywhere else.
    During an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Records, talked about President Obama’s proposals for balancing the budget and raising the debt ceiling, in part by raising taxes on the wealthy and large oil companies.

    “The idea that I can’t pay more taxes is crazy, that oil companies can’t repeal a tax break that they got is nuts with the success that they have,” said Simmons. “The Dow Jones was at 8,000. It’s now 12,000. A lot of the rich are prospering, and I think we can afford to handle the load, and it’s unreasonable to think that we shouldn’t have to. And I can’t imagine that they could keep a base of people in this country who are struggling, the Republicans, and act in such bad faith. So that’s my take on it. I’m happy to pay more taxes. I wouldn’t want to put it in the war machine, but I would put it in the country.”

    Simmons was a prominent supporter of Obama during the 2008 campaign. “WE HAVE TO GET MONEY TO INVEST, so we have to figure out ways to create income,” he said. “THAT’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS WORKING ON, AND HE SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, and it should be obvious.”…

    http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Russell-Simmons-Offers-Pay-More-Taxes-59320-1.html (w/video)

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!

  61. Darn it, this should have been omitted, iplease ignore it:

    Like what you see? Click here to sign up for Accounting Today’s daily newsletter to get the latest news and behind the scenes commentary you won’t find anywhere else.

  62. President Barack Hussein Obama, the self-made millionaire who came from little money and zero connections, has also been saying the same thing for quite some time. So has Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

    Of course, we have a MegaMedia, owned and completely controlled by about 5 Billionaires, that does their best to stifle this message though.

    The truth: If you have several million dollars, or especially into the billions, you literally would not notice a thing if you had to pay an extra 3% (or several more) in taxes at the end of the year. Yet, that amount would help America’s economic situation greatly, as it did during the Clinton years, but Republicans are fighting that with all they got. Truly evil people, these modern-day Teepublicans.

  63. President Obama inauguration speech January 20, 2009

    ===========================================

    What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them–that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works–whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account–to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day–because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

    ===========================================

    The Republican Party is vehemently “anti-government” – so why would we want them running it???

  64. That is what is called Compromise.. that is a man working on on all fronts to move us forward. That is what I would like to go to sleep at night knowing is happening on my behalf and every American’s behalf when my government is working.. At least this man is working!! Thank Goodness. Thank you MR. President.

  65. “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism’s ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  66. That’s the thing. They never offer up any proof, just gut feelings. That’s why they’re usually wrong.

  67. Hope, I think every word of it is right. The President is busy with other stuff now, but once he starts in on Romney(or whoever), he wont be able to hide himself or his record. I’m not worried a bit about their candidate whoever it is because The P is Mike Jorden and to a man or woman over on the right, they play at the high school or jr high level. He gives a speech asking for action and the phone lines burn up because he makes sense. He gives a memorial speech and he owns the hearts of every sane decent American . He says if elected he’d fight the real war and kill OBL and his band of wackos and he did. I worry some about the shenanigans of right wing state governments trying to reinstate poll taxes or Jim Crow, but in the end I trust the President not to let them steal the election.

    Mostly though I worry about what happens if these TP wack jobs dont vote to raise the D ceiling to pay for the idiotic spending spree that Bush and the GOP majority forced on us.

  68. I am wondering what everyone thinks about the House of Rep Democratic press conference yesterday. Were they expressing panic? were they trying to make headlines to get Amerian people used to the idea that PBO might use the 14th? Or did President Obama send them out to rattle the repugslug/traitors? I cannot decide.

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