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Browsing Posts published in August, 2011

Eugene Robinson:

President Obama’s promised jobs plan needs to be unrealistic and unreasonable, at the very least. If he can crank it all the way up to unimaginable, that would be even better.

This is a moment for the president to suppress his reflex for preemptive compromise. The unemployment crisis is so deep and self-perpetuating that only a big, surprising, over-the-top jobs initiative could have real impact. Boldness will serve the nation well — and, coincidentally, boost Obama’s reelection prospects.

In related news, Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation Poll: Obama job approval hits third record low in as many weeks

Not only is this President Obama’s third-straight record low showing in terms of job approvals, but he hasn’t had positive numbers on that score since the middle of May, when he was coming off the tail-end of the temporary bounce he got after Osama bin Laden’s death. And setting aside that three-week stretch, the last time more voters approved of Obama’s job performance than disapproved was in early April, when he managed a 48-47 showing.

What’s that old saw? Go big or go home? I think that applies here.

The Sunday Post-Dispatch featured an article by Bill McClellan – Working to retrain, reinvent themselves , in which he described the efforts of many area residents to obtain new skills through “green energy” training conducted by the UAW and St. Louis Community College. 

While the article discusses the Environmental Technician program there are three other courses of study – Green Energy Technician, Hybrid Automobile Technician, and Green Manufacturing Technician. These classes are open to any unemployed person, Republicans and Democrats, with the next round of classes starting in late September or October.

If you are interested in learning more contact the Deer Creek Career Center at 314-877-0001 and ask for Carol Johnson or Sally Sowards.

It’s one of the most annoying types of journalism porn: TV reporters standing in the blowing wind and rain warning viewers to “take cover” and to “stay indoors.” But this clip from the Weather Channel cracked me up …

From AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

This is a moment that working people and quite frankly history will judge President Obama on his presidency; will he commit all his energy and focus on bold solutions on the job crisis or will he continue to work with the Tea Party to offer cuts to middle class programs like Social Security all the while pretending the deficit is where our economic problems really lie?

Good question.

I have added some social media features to the site that will allow users to keep connected to the Franklin County Democrats through various social media networks. At the top of the sidebar to the right you will see three icons. The first is a RSS feed. That stands for really simple syndication. Clicking it allows you to add our blog to your favorite RSS reader so updates will appear on your Yahoo or Google portals, for example. That way you can skim all your favorite news and blog feeds in one place. The second icon takes you to our Twitter feed where you can follow the site via any Twitter client. Finally, the last icon is a link to our Facebook page so you can follow the FCD’s on Facebook.

Enjoy.

Along with Susan Cunningham, Rockwood Labor Club President Marty McClimens and about 80 others; I had the pleasure today of attending a Town Hall with U.S. Representative and possible candidate for U.S. Senate Todd Akin.  This event was created in a response to Representative Akin refusing to meet with constituents despite numerous attempts.  Members of several organizations including the Alliance of Retired Americans, Jobs with Justice, several labor organizations, and representatives of low-income Missourians. sponsored this town hall.  The primary issues were jobs, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

It’s no wonder Congressman Akin doesn’t want to discuss these issues since he has voted contrary to the will of large numbers of his constituents.   His refusal to accept the invitation to attend the town hall reinforced the point.

However, nothing could highlight this reluctance to discuss the issues more than the manner in which he called out the St. Louis County Police to block our group from visiting his office.  Our group of 80 or so people, consisted of at least 70 percent senior citizens and at no time indicated any agressive behavior.  Overkill would be one way to describe five police cars and yelllow crime tape stretched across the entrance to his office building.  This being the case despite the fact that since the Congressman wouldn’t come to the town hall. we were willing to go to him and march to his office which was all of 2/10ths of a mile away.

Congressman Akin called in the police so he could avoid discussing the issues with the people that pay his $170,000 salary, gold-plated health care, and the cost of the office itself!  The feeling of many were summed up with the words of one attendee, “that Todd Akin, not much of a man.”

Your right sir, just another of, by, and for the people hypocrite that is afraid of the people.

Well, the American Family Association has answered the question I posed here. It is going to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry a pass on his investment in a video porno distribution company because, you see, Perry sold his stock in Movie Gallery before the AFA started going after the company.

Wonkette has the press release …

The American Family Association only became aware of Movie Gallery’s porn sales in the summer of 2000, and did not launch its boycott of Movie Gallery until November 11, 2000.

Thus Mr. Perry had divested himself of Movie Galley stock long before its involvement in the sale of pornography was even on the AFA’s radar, and five years before AFA launched its public boycott.

Now, if Perry were a Democrat who, for example, invested in a 20-year old real estate land deal called Whitewater that looked sorta kinda suspicious, Katy bar the door, we’d have to have ourselves a full-scale Congressional investigation and launch impeachment proceedings. But Perry isn’t a Democrat so it’s all good.

Finally, a real jobs plan has been released.  Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing outlined his plan in his opinion piece, How Congress Can Start Creating Jobs in the U.S., that was published in The Hill.

There are no trade agreements that every study says will cost jobs being touted as job creators but there are solid, common sense ideas to return this country to a stable foundation.

All of our global competitors leverage their trade policies and public investment this way. America stands alone in protecting an old philosophy rather than our jobs. That must change because our trade deficit leads to a jobs deficit which contributes mightily to our budget deficit.

Congress, please get to work. Mr. President, please do the same. Stop blaming each other and do your jobs. Otherwise, you might all be looking for work after next November.

In less than six months after the Libyan resistance began, rebels have taken Tripoli and have declared an end to the rule of Muammar el-Qaddafi. There is a lesson to be learned here about the business of regime change. Contrast President Obama’s cooperative, international approach of providing support to Libyans who wanted to fight for their future to the Bush Administration’s “Operation Shock and Awe” style, which gave Iraqis no choice.

The latter initially made for some spectacular, testosterone-filled, star spangled banner, God bless America, television drama but after almost a decade or war, tens of thousands of Iraqi and American lives lost, and trillions of U.S taxpayer dollars either spent or gone missing we’ve managed to create a never-ending culture of military dependency in that country, all so Bush could claim some WWII-style, mission accomplished, rootin-tootin cowboy victory.

America can’t claim victory for what happened in Libya over the weekend. That belongs to the people of Libya as it should. But instead of marching into a sovereign nation with our righteous guns blaring to impose our will, in relatively short order, Qaddafi’s regime has fallen at the hands of Libyans with actual skin in the game with comparatively modest help from the U.S. military and our NATO allies.

For decades now Republicans have claimed they were the ones “tough on defense.” But you can’t argue with success. On Obama’s watch Osama bin Laden has been killed. Cyber attacks on an Iranian nuclear facility have quietly brought that nation’s uranium enrichment program to a screeching halt. And regime change has now occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, with Syria not too far behind.

What happens next in these countries is not up to us. Their fates belong to the people of those nations. But if war is necessary (and sometimes it is) Obama’s foreign policy style and cool-headed diplomacy should be a teachable moment on how to get the job done going forward.

The former governor of Utah and current GOP presidential candidate has got some pretty crazy ideas …

In an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Jake Tapper asked Huntsman about his shots at Tex. Gov. Rick Perry’s contention that evolution is “a theory that’s out there,” but not a sure thing, nor is the idea of climate change. Last week Huntsman tweeted his take, “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”

OK. Jon Huntsman, you are crazy. Crazy to be running as a Republican in this day and age where anti-science ignorance is worn as a badge of honor.

Brian Nieves “Call Me Crazy” ringtone

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