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Letter: Why the disgraceful campaign?

President Obama is running a disgraceful campaign to try to cover up his own inadequacies and failed policies.

Kudos to CNN for actually calling out the absurd lies his campaign is telling. We want to hear about real issues that are facing Americans, not negative lies having nothing to do with getting this country headed in the right direction. Ask him where the jobs are and why the economy has tanked since he took office.

Ask him why houses have been foreclosed at record levels, and why unemployment has been above eight percent since the day he took office. Why he promised that passing his stimulus would put it below eight percent. Why young Americans of college age, and why Hispanic and Black Americans have an unemployment rate of almost double the national average. Yet they give him a free pass on this.

Ask him why the true unemployment is closer to fifteen percent when adding the people that have given up looking for a job. Ask him why spending is out of control when the national deficit is at sixteen trillion. Why his deficit is more than the 42 prior presidents combined.

Ask him why he is known as the food stamp president and why the medium wealth of Americans is down 40 percent since he took office. Ask him why his party has not passed a budget in 4 years, or why his jobs Czar sent thousands of General Electric jobs to China in the past six months. Ask him why he has not met with his Jobs Committee in almost a year. Ask him why Obamacare is already costing three times more than he promised and why the US Chamber of Commerce said 75% of small business cannot hire because of the cost of Obamacare.

Ask him why his administration continually leaks top secret information that damages our security in the world. Ask him why he won't support the Keystone Pipeline that would lower the cost of gas, get us off Middle East Oil and put thousands of Americans back to work. Ask him why he has broken his promise to have a transparent Administration.

Ask him why we should allow four more years of this.

Troy Dean, Strasburg


Troy: Thanks for your comments. However, let the fun begin. You know everything is the fault of the Bush Administration and the Republicans. There is no way there could be any other reason for the current administrations failed policies!!! Let's hope for a change in November. STILL A REPUBLICAN.

Mr. Dean, Perhaps this will help you understand why the U.S. is in 'turtle' recovery mode! This period in our history is, unfortunately, not one of those 'instant gratification' recovery moments.

(Date 2007) "...but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page." ~ Joseph E. Stiglitz (an American economist, professor at Columbia University, Awards: Nobel Prize in Economics, John Bates Clark Medal, H. C. Recktenwald Prize in Economics)

2009 - http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2009/01/stiglitz200901-2

No. 1: Firing the Chairman
In 1987 the Reagan administration decided to remove Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and appoint Alan Greenspan in his place. Volcker had done what central bankers are supposed to do. On his watch, inflation had been brought down from more than 11 percent to under 4 percent. In the world of central banking, that should have earned him a grade of A+++ and assured his re-appointment. But Volcker also understood that financial markets need to be regulated. Reagan wanted someone who did not believe any such thing, and he found him in a devotee of the objectivist philosopher and free-market zealot Ayn Rand. ("The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," ~Paul Ryan)

No. 2: Tearing Down the Walls
The deregulation philosophy would pay unwelcome dividends for years to come. In November 1999, Congress repealed the Glass-Steagall Act—the culmination of a $300 million lobbying effort by the banking and financial-services industries, and spearheaded in Congress by Senator Phil Gramm. Glass-Steagall had long separated commercial banks (which lend money) and investment banks (which organize the sale of bonds and equities); it had been enacted in the aftermath of the Great Depression and was meant to curb the excesses of that era, including grave conflicts of interest.

No. 3: Applying the Leeches
Then along came the Bush tax cuts, enacted first on June 7, 2001, with a follow-on installment two years later. The president and his advisers seemed to believe that tax cuts, especially for upper-income Americans and corporations, were a cure-all for any economic disease—the modern-day equivalent of leeches. The tax cuts played a pivotal role in shaping the background conditions of the current crisis. Because they did very little to stimulate the economy, real stimulation was left to the Fed, which took up the task with unprecedented low-interest rates and liquidity. The war in Iraq made matters worse, because it led to soaring oil prices. With America so dependent on oil imports, we had to spend several hundred billion more to purchase oil—money that otherwise would have been spent on American goods. Normally this would have led to an economic slowdown, as it had in the 1970s. But the Fed met the challenge in the most myopic way imaginable. The flood of liquidity made money readily available in mortgage markets, even to those who would normally not be able to borrow. And, yes, this succeeded in forestalling an economic downturn; America’s household saving rate plummeted to zero. But it should have been clear that we were living on borrowed money and borrowed time....The cut in the tax rate on capital gains contributed to the crisis in another way. It was a decision that turned on values: those who speculated (read: gambled) and won were taxed more lightly than wage earners who simply worked hard.

No. 4: Faking the Numbers
Meanwhile, on July 30, 2002, in the wake of a series of major scandals—notably the collapse of WorldCom and Enron—Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The scandals had involved every major American accounting firm, most of our banks, and some of our premier companies, and made it clear that we had serious problems with our accounting system....The incentive structure of the rating agencies also proved perverse. Agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are paid by the very people they are supposed to grade...high ratings facilitated a rush of money into the region, and then a sudden reversal in the ratings brought devastation.

No. 5: Letting It Bleed

The final turning point came with the passage of a bailout package on October 3, 2008—that is, with the administration’s response to the crisis itself. We will be feeling the consequences for years to come.

The truth is most of the individual mistakes boil down to just one: a belief that markets are self-adjusting and that the role of government should be minimal. Looking back at that belief during hearings this fall on Capitol Hill, Alan Greenspan said out loud, “I have found a flaw.” Congressman Henry Waxman pushed him, responding, “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right; it was not working.” “Absolutely, precisely,” Greenspan said. The embrace by America—and much of the rest of the world—of this flawed economic philosophy made it inevitable that we would eventually arrive at the place we are today.

2012 - http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/01/stiglitz-depression-201201

*The Bush and Obama administrations justified a bailout on the grounds that only if the banks were handed money without limit—and without conditions—could the economy recover....The banks got their bailout. Some of the money went to bonuses. Little of it went to lending. And the economy didn't really recover—output is barely greater than it was before the crisis, and the job situation is bleak. The diagnosis of our condition and the prescription that followed from it were incorrect. First, it was wrong to think that the bankers would mend their ways....We were told, in effect: “Don’t put conditions on the banks to require them to restructure the mortgages or to behave more honestly in their foreclosures. Don’t force them to use the money to lend. Such conditions will upset our delicate markets.” In the end, bank managers looked out for themselves and did what they are accustomed to doing.

"Assertions made without evidence may also be dismissed without evidence." -- Christopher Hitchens

If the Romney/Ryan tax reform plan exists, please tell us what it is. Just repeating that it’s possible, without explaining how, isn’t much of an argument.

Mr. Troy Dean comes across as a stooge of the Tea Party/Evangelical Fundamentalists political denial industry. Every one of Mr. Dean's assertions are made without providing any supporting evidence, daring us to once again to provide all the rebuttals to his long laundry list of allegations. Very well, you asked for it, you'll get it.

Despite the obstructionist Republican Party doing everything they can to hinder progress in America, President Obama has accomplished all of the following to make life better for the middle class, putting the lie to unfounded Tea Party blather:

President Obama Returned The Executive Branch To Fiscal Responsibility After the Bush Debacle
· Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

· Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

· On his first full day, he froze White House salaries.

· He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending.

· He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems. To that end, he also signed the Democratic-sponsored Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, which attempted to put a stop to waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system.

· Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

President Obama Improved the Economy, Preventing a Bush Depression
· Pushed through and signed the Democratic-sponsored American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package.” The bill passed, even though only three Republicans voted for it. In a major departure from the previous administration, he launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act.

· The Bush-led Great Recession was costing the economy nearly 800,000 jobs per month by the time President Obama took office. But by the end of his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy by 3.5%.

· Not only did he completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, he also leaned on the banks and others, and recovered virtually all of the bail-out money.

· He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

· Oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years.

· Along with Democrats, and almost no Republicans, implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. This resulted in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. Willard Romney, on the other hand, advocated for the entire industry to go belly-up.

· Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

· Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored and passed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market.

· Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.

· Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

· Created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.)

· Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.

· Took steps to improve minority access to capital.

· Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

· Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.

· Along with Congressional Democrats, provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

· Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

· Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.

President Obama Fostered Greater Transparency and Better Government, After the Excesses of the Bush Years
· Signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

· Signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years, and put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

· Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.

· Became the first to stream every White House event, live.

· Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

· Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

· Issued an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. Provides the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.

· Improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.

President Obama implemented Wall Street Reforms and Improved Consumer Protection
· Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

· Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

· Through Dodd-Frank legislation, created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

· Through Dodd-Frank, the Executive Branch fashioned rules that reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.

· Fashioned rules so that banks can no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers' interests.

· Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.

· Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

· Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks that now permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders.

· Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, which closed many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.

· Established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses.

· Oversaw and then signed a Democratic bill constituting the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

· Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals usingmoney from the TARP and Stimulus programs.

President Obama Ushered Through Many Changes That Enhanced Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination
· Along with Congressional Democrats, advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

· Pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie in order to be eligible to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping.

· Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

· Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

· Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.

· Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing

· Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for the right to enter into a same-sex marriage.

· Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other.

· Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill.

· Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

· Under his guidance, National Labor Relations Board issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees' rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011.

· Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.

· Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.

· Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

· Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.

President Obama Made Major Improvements in Foreign Relations and American Status Around the World
· Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.

· As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.

· Helped to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world.

· Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

· Closed a number of secret detention facilities.

· Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.

· Pushed for military to emphasize devlopment of foreign language skills.

· Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.

· Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program, and thus avoid another war that Republicans wanted.

· Worked with Democratic Congress to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009.

· Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

· Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.

· Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.

· Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and, unfortunately, progressive Democrats) who prevented follow through.

· Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual.

· Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

· Released the Bush torture memos.

· On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention.

· In response to the emerging "Arab Spring," he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them.

· Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program.

· Ended the Iraq War.

· Authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.

President Obama Took a More Realistic Approach to “Defense”
· Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

· Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

· Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

· Signed and pushed through ratification a new SALT Treaty.

· Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021.

· Through the Defense Authorization Act, reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

· Developed first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

· Returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country.

· Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.

· Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

· Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

· Took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate.

President Obama's Administration Treated Soldiers and Veterans with Respect That Was Missing Previously
· Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

· Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

· Provided active combat troops with better body armor.

· Created Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

· Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.

· Along with Congressional Democrats, supported and signed Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

· Along with Congressional Democrats, ushered through largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, with money to go to improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities.

· Created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

· Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.

· Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

· Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty will be able to avoid state taxes in their temporary residence.

President Obama Refocused the Federal Government on Education
· Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process.

· Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

· Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.

· Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide

· Oversaw major expansion in school construction.

· Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

· Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0

· Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college.

· Along with Democratic Congress, passed and signed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

President Obama Pushed Through Improvements in National Safety and Security
· Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.

· Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast.

· Has repeatedly beefed up border security.

· Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

President Obama Understands The Needs of Science, Technology and Health Care
· Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

· Opened up process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

· Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

· Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

· Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers.

· Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards, which allowed humans to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.
· 131. Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

· Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

· Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

· Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco. As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

· Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

· Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

· Oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

· Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

· Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

· Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Democratic Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put increase on hold for two months.

· Ushered through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to at least 30 million more people, ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established healthcare.gov, so that taxpayers could keep up with developments.

· Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

· Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance.

· Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

· Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

· Provisions in the ACA have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The increase in 2011 was 4%, which is very low compared to the average 12% annual inflation rate during previous 40 years.

President Obama Took Steps to Strengthen the Middle Class and Families, and to Fight Poverty
· Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

· Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.

· Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , cut taxes for 95% of America's working families.

· Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

· Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

· Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times.

· Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

· Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

President Obama Took Concrete Steps to Improve Our Environment and Address Our Energy Needs
· Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.

· Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade.

· Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

· Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.

· Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

· Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

· Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.

· Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

· Obama EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant.

· Oversaw doubling federal spending on clean energy research.

· Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

· Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

· Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

· Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

· Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

· Following the neglect of Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.

· Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars.

· Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

· Oversaw and pushed through amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

· Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.

· Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

· Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.

· Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

· Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.

· Through the EPA, attemped to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

· Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%.

· Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

· Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025.

But That's Not All Of President Obama's Accomplishments Overcoming Tea Party/Republican Obstructionism
· Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA.

· Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations.

· Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

· Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.

· Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.

· Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule.

· Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.

· Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

· Signed an Executive Order that will speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.

· Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by instructing them to reduce the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.

· Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.

The answer to your unasked question is, "Yes, source references are available for every one of the above assertions. Ask and you shall receive."

Your over zealous comments only give us a very good reason for not reelecting Obama, Buck Snort. This is what we don't need, MORE DAMN LAWS, and most of all, Executive Dictator Obama Orders!

Blame? I blame IGNORANCE. The ignorance of people that make comments like yours, The willful ignorance of events that led to our economic troubles and instead want to place the whole shebang on the man left to deal with the fallout.

I blame the ignorant sjf's that get a reduction in hours thus wages (tax breaks) and then go on a massive credit spree (two un-funded wars) and just think its all magically going to be okay. Willful ignorance of the past.

I blame the ignorant Troy Dean's who make statements about pipelines and deficits that SHOW the ignorance to anyone who takes the time to research. Because those voters know it was a REPUBLICAN Governor that personally requested the dirty line not go through their water supplies. Those voters know its not the tens of thousands of jobs Fox Spews is telling people, but a couple hundred jobs from the company that wanted the lines own website. Those voters ALSO know that not only is the oil a particularly dirty form of oil, its bound for CHINA, and will do nothing to get our "dependence off middle eastern oil". The ignorance of passing along the continued LIE that Obama has created more deficit than all presidents combined, when its been fact busted several times by various checkers. Blaming home foreclosures that most causes STILL link back to the housing bubble on Obama. Willful ignorance of the past.

We can break apart each and every sentence of this letter, but I truly don't believe a certain few have the critical thinking skills to understand anything past what the boob tube is telling them to believe.

"I' still stand by my request. "I would like for ONE, just ONE person from the right, to write a letter or even comment/discuss why they believe Romney is a better option in a factual manner. That's all. It should not be such a problem to explain how trickle down will work. It should not be such a problem to explain how taxing the average american a higher rate than than the more financially better off will solve America's problems."

Since that's just plain not going to happen here obviously. How can one truly explain how previously failed policies that led to economic downturn will suddenly lift the economy? It's impossible.

So.....everyone should go listen to Andy Schmookler at the library tonight in FR. Maybe if we get some of the do absolutely nothing congress members out of Washington we can get faster work done on recovering instead of wasting money on symbolic votes, water & air de-regulations(those little things the GOP calls "jobs bills"), and for the love of all that's holy...OUT of MY female business.

BTW Everyone should have figured this was going to be a dirty campaign after corporations became people (thanks a-lot Republican court justices) and the other GOP candidates were already complaining of Mitt's dirty tactics in the primary. Well, unless one again chooses to be willfully ignorant, and forget just a couple months ago...

Mr. Dean, You asked, "why the US Chamber of Commerce said 75% of small business cannot hire because of the cost of Obamacare." There is such an obvious answer to your question.

"Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the powerful business lobby, on Tuesday said the Chamber planned to get involved in 11 or 12 Senate races and 35 to 37 races for the House of Representatives. 'We are planning on having a good year,' Donohue told hundreds of members of the U.S. small business community at a meeting in Washington.....In 2010, when Republicans took control of the House, the Chamber reported spending $32 million on races, according to the Center for Responsive Politics data....(The ACC historically stays away from the presidential race but hits hard on congressional elections as well as state attorneys general and elected judges races.) The group, whose donors are kept secret....,(Reuters May 22, 2012)

"Wal-Mart*, the giant retailer now under fire over allegations of foreign bribery in Mexico, has participated in an aggressive and high-priced lobbying campaign to amend the long-standing U.S. anti-bribery law that the company might have violated. The push to revisit how federal authorities enforce the statute has been centered at a little-known but well-funded arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where a top executive of Wal-Mart has sat on the board of directors for nearly a decade." (WP/Bloomberg) FYI, Wal-Mart rules the Fortune 500 for the second year in a row -- beating Exxon Mobil decisively.
Interesting article: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=U.S._Chamber_of_Commerce

"With regard to the Chamber's climate initiatives, the Chamber has not spoken for Best Buy on these issues. We have shared our views with the Chamber and will continue to do so." – Best Buy, Statement, 03/18/2010

--No surprise: US Chamber Pushes Keystone XL Scam
Against seemingly insurmountable odds, a nationwide movement of civil disobedience—comprised of everyone from Nebraskan landowners to Nobel Laureates and renowned climate scientists—has succeeded in the fight to STOP repeat STOP the Keystone XL pipeline. For now. (11/10/2011)

"While the U.S. Chamber cries crocodile tears for small businesses, it really represents the financial institutions responsible for today’s economic crisis and the pain of small businesses." – Frank Knapp, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, (03/14/2010)

"Florida Gulf Coast chambers of commerce have distanced themselves from comments made by the organization's national president who said that American taxpayers should shoulder more of the burden for BP oil spill cleanup efforts. 'We agree to disagree,' said Dawn Moliterno, president of the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce. 'To say that we as taxpayers should spend more is just wrong.'" ~– Dawn Moliterno, President, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Ledger. (06/14/2010)

"Chamber representatives do have the benefit of appearing on Fox "News" to give their side of the story, as they have been doing. Fox is owned of course by the News Corporation. What is the News Corporation? A $1 million donor to that same Chamber of Commerce attack campaign." ~– Michael Tomasky, The Guardian, (10/13/2010)

“What is most astonishing about the Chamber's ads is not that they twist a newspaper's editorial line for the Chamber's own purposes. It's that they are at odds with the interests of business itself -- supposedly, its own constituents.” – Washington Post Editorial Board, "The U.S. Chamber vs. Honesty". (10/27/2009)

“The United States Chamber of Commerce’s Web site says the group supports ‘a comprehensive legislative solution’ to global warming. Yet no organization in this country has done more to undermine such legislation.” – New York Times Editorial Board, Way Behind the Curve . (09/03/2009)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce pretends that it has nothing to hide (after all, it does state very clearly on its website that it’s the biggest lobbying group in America, and its headquarters are conspicuously located right across the street from the White House), but if that’s the case, why won’t it disclose who its corporate members are or where its money comes from?

Test. How many local COCs are distancing themselves from the ACOC?

“ Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone, and you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost. ” — John Quincy Adams

It seems Fred Hughes, Leroy Donald and now Troy Dean occupied the same perch in the pet store and have become excellent parrots.

Troy Dean's letter can best be described as inane drivel. He makes all kinds of crazy assertions with no supporting evidence, totally ignoring facts, ignoring how we got from a surplus at the end of President Clinton's term to an economy, called the worst since the Great Depression, which was one step from going off the cliff----the situation President Obama inherited when he came into office. He accuses the president of "running a disgraceful campaign" and talks of "lies", yet gives Romney a pass on his empty, lack of substance, lack of facts campaign filled with out-and-out lies. (Just recently, one of these big lies accusing the president of trying to end the work requirement for welfare recipients earned the Romney compaign "out-and-out lie designation"---this by all non-partisan and reputable fact-checking sites with one labeling it so lacking in truth as to be called "pants-on-fire" out and out lie.)

Is Mr. Dean ignorant? Willfully ignorant? Gets his "political information" from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck or any of that bunch that never let the truth get in the way of their distortions and lies? I really don't care which it is. The Troy Deans of this country hurt themselves in not opening their eyes, ears, and minds to what is true and what is not. They can be easily manipulated by the Sheldon Adelsons, Koch Brothers and other big-money people who stand to gain (while the Troy Deans end up on the losing end) and indeed they are manipulated big time. It is like that old commercial that used to say "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" and I would add, especially when there are people out there who knowingly waste their minds to their own detriment.

There can be a good, intelligent debate in this country from both sides in the ways to find common ground and move us forward as a country, but when you have fools that ignore the facts and just spread the distorations and lies, living in their own little Alice-in Wonderland crazy world, no one is served by that and least of all them.

Mr. Dean, Obviously you are not aware that your candidate Romney is running his very own disgraceful campaign to try to cover up his own inadequacies.

Romney's statements on the campaign trail thus far...

True23 (15%)(23)
Mostly True21 (14%)(21)
Half True44 (28%)(44)
Mostly False26 (17%)(26)

FALSE (17%) (27) (FYI, partial list of Romney's disgraceful campaign lies.)

--President Obama’s lawsuit claims it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period.
--President Obama was saying success "is the result of government," not "hard-working people," when he said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
--Says stimulus money went to buy electric cars from Finland as a payback to Obama supporters.
--Says stimulus money went to buy electric cars from Finland as a payback to Obama supporters.
--" ‘Obamacare’ puts the federal government between you and your doctor."
--Says Dow Chemical decided to build a plant in Saudi Arabia rather than Oklahoma due to the impact of environmental regulations on the supply of natural gas.
--"Obamacare … means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and they want to keep."
--"Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt."
--When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, "we didn’t just slow the rate of growth of our government, we actually cut it."
--Says Barack Obama "is the only president to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare.
--"This president went before the United Nations and castigated Israel for building settlements. He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip."
--Says President Barack Obama has opened up no new trade relationships with other nations.
--Eliminating "Obamacare" ... "saves $95 billion a year."
--AT ANOTHER STOMP: Repealing the health care law "would save $95 billion in 2016."
--Says the National Labor Relations Board told Boeing that it couldn’t build a factory in South Carolina because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.
--"Only one president has ever cut Medicare for seniors in this country . . . Barack Obama."
--Says Barack Obama "never worked in the private sector" before he was elected president.
--"This is the slowest job recovery since Hoover."
--"Today there are more men and women out of work in America than there are people working in Canada."
--"The Z-visa that was offered in that Senate bill let everybody who's here illegally, other than criminals, stay here for the rest of their lives."
--"I don't have lobbyists running my campaign."

PANTS ON FIRE (aka Liar Liar) 14 (9%)

--"Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check."
--"President Barack Obama is "ending Medicare as we know it."
--"Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of "peace through strength" is why "the Iranians released the hostages on the same day and at the same hour that Reagan was sworn in."
--"Says in the 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama "didn't even mention the deficit or debt."
--"The U.S. military is at risk of losing its "military superiority" because "our Navy is smaller than it's been since 1917. Our Air Force is smaller and older than any time since 1947."
--"We're only inches away from no longer being a free economy."
--"President Obama "went around the world and apologized for America."
--"The Massachusetts health care plan "dealt with 8 percent of our population," far less than the "100 percent of American people" affected by President Barack Obama’s health care law.


Oh, sjf . It sounds as your goal in life was that of making the high school cheer leading team; did you make it?

sjf, you said "let the fun begin"? Like it is really an intelligent debate? When people like you, Troy Dean, and others of your kind totally ignore the facts? Facts like President Bush went into his presidency with a surplus after 8 years of Clinton's presidency but, among other things, after giving the Bush Tax Cuts (unpaid for), two wars with one based on lies (unpaid for) a prescription drug program (unpaid for) not only was the surplus gone, but there was a huge deficit by the end of Bush's 8 years as president. President Obama walked into office at the worst economic time since the Great Depression but you and others in the right-wing expect a complete turn-around in 3 1/2 years----the same bunch who were very vocal a few years ago in pushing for an "open-ended" committment of full numbers of troops in Iraq "no matter if it took years and years" saying "we have to be patient".

And you would deny we have experienced a congress of obstructionist Republicans ( rightly called the party of "NO") who would not even consider compromise nor consider working together with Democrats for the country's good ---even with those things Republicans originally proposed and supported themselves? You would have to have been on an island in the Pacific to not see that this has been the case for the last 3 1/2 years. So even though you may hate to hear this, those happen to be the facts.

You say in big letters "still a Republican" and that is certainly your choice. But today in 2012, this is NOT the same Republican Party as 20 or 10 or maybe even 5 years ago. It is too bad the one time GOP has been taken over by the extreme right wing crowd driving out or silencing anyone who is moderate or dares to try and find common ground with a Democrat and who does not march in lock-step with the radical right of the party or their "party head", Rush Limbaugh.

Amazing how many people, esp women, relate to this, huh, song98?

''We know there are known knowns: there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns: that is to say we know there are things we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know.'' ~ (guess who?)

RETRACT/RETRACT...on second thought...have met a fair number of men too!

'teatime', you are a prodigy at making motorboat noises with your lips that some women like "Stella-VeronicaLake-sjf" find so irresistible. But, now that I think about it, 'teatime' might be just another screen name for that Bishop woman. They proselytize alike.

But 'teatime' is just a fresh face on the Tea Party Taliban creed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-education, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-science, evangelical fundamentalist conservative core.

'teatime' is the perfect modern tin foil hat leader, unable to think independently for himself, to serve in the self-appointed capacity to rally medieval chauvinist Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs a mere six thousand years ago and that women have the superpower to repel rape sperm.

Here again one sees the gigantic man-made fallacy that informs their 'Genesis' story. How can it be proven in one paragraph that this book was written by ignorant men and not by any god? Because man is given 'dominion' over all beasts, fowl, and fish. But no wooly mammoths or dinosaurs or plesiosaurs or tyranosaur rexes or saber toothed cats or pterodactyls are specified. Why? Because the authors did not know of their existence, let alone of their supposedly special and immediate creation.

Out of the mouths of..."babes"?????

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." ~ Sarah Palin

The debate predated the relaunch of The Fact Checker column, but our colleagues of PolitiFact awarded Palin with the 2009 “Lie of the Year” for the death panel claim.


''We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn't that ironic?''

—Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada's single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like


You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy. ~ Erica Jong

ake one wonder

Was Mitt Romney the director of a company charged with Medicare fraud? AFSCME ad says so. The ad claims that, "While Romney was a director of the Damon Corporation, the company was defrauding Medicare of millions." That's true, but Romney was never implicated personally with the fraudulent activity at the company, and it was one of many companies with which Bain was involved. It’s also difficult to assess whether Romney knew about the fraud or should have known, and what he did to stop it. So the statement is correct but leaves out context. We rate this statement Mostly True. http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2012/jan/23/afscme/was-mitt-romney-director-company-charged-medicare-/

Teflon Man

"We rate this statement mostly true" Now you're stooping to half-truths Jane? tut tut tut.

Troy, thanks for caring but the disrespectful campaign is from both sides; both sides lying and slinging. This is exactly what is going on in our government instead of productively working. Both parties stand pointing the finger at the other and making claims that it is not their fault. Our Congress now is the least productive since WWII and it's all because each party is stonewalling the other. Then there's the SUPER COMMITTEE. They have also been stagnant in their assignment to cut spending and loving it that noone is watching over their shoulders because the nation is being bombarded with political election ads and noone is paying attention to the committee's deadline. Hope we are ready for the HUGE financial impact that is waiting for the USA come 2013. Because so many American people GIVE UP their right to vote, elected officials continue to sit in office, term after term enjoying their financial gain while ignoring their duties to the people that they represent. We will all be feeling it when the 2013 Super Committee deadline hits and since they have accomplished nothing, mandatory cuts will go into effect and it won't be the Committee members that are feeling the consequences. It is our defense budget that will be dictated by uniformed law makers of the whole Super Committee idea-nothing more than a bandaid to get the Congress that couldn't pass a budget out of a sticky situation. Every defense contractor in the US will be effected so you can bet that MANY jobs will be effected too.
The best thing that any of us can do is to go VOTE and encourage everyone you know to VOTE! Don't be part of the 40% + of the population that is not voting because they are too busy, don't care, or don't like the candidates! If you don't like the candidates, just vote against the incumbent-chances are you'll get more productivity from the new guy than you will the one that's been part of the problem!

We have some very intelligent, thoughtful people contributing here and I have nothing more to add, however, you can see why this country fought so long against a woman's right to vote. Apparently they were afraid women might be too smart to "keep down" if they finally got a voice. Well they were right!

We've come a long way but the fight isn't over. I actually know women who don't vote at all. Those who are undecided better do a "crash course" to learn the truth from the lies and find out who is really on your side in this upcoming election.

While none of these candidates are perfect and certainly won't be "walking on water" anytime soon; they can walk all over you! Understand the issues and THINK before you vote in November.

I've enjoyed reading these entries and TeaTime finally has some attention. . . .

Very good Gail. We do need change, change, change in this goverment. If people vote for Obama and his lying gang of hoods, that will be the only thing they will have left in their pockets.... change, change, change, and mostly pennies.

Teatime is a modest little person with much to be modest about.


My gosh, I shouldnt even be commenting on this one. I've never seen so much bull#@%t, and rhetoric. The common voter has no time reading them long winded comments on here, most of them copied and pasted from I don't know where. Todd Dean, good that you wrote what you had to say, but I think I'm probably going to vote DEMOCRATIC in the election. They seem to look out for us lower class people.

Unless there can be another party (then dem or repub), which will probably never\ happen in my lifetime with any majority, i'll keep voting for who I like in the election.

And Teatime, I don't care if use the name "hood" nor other names. But get your head out of the right wing mud. Most of your politicians are not very honest when it comes there pockets.

LOL, I suppose it does get rather long winded at times. Enlightenment is sometimes hard to put in one sentence.

Long winded is an understatement Katybug. How about novels?

Watch out Shenandoah1. You might get some of that right wing mud on you. That stuff is poison to Democrats.

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. ~James Madison

Sorry Troy, I called you Todd! Lots of lingo and words scrolling from the original down to what i wrote. Yep novels was another word that could have been used. Anyway goodnight, and let the dreams begin.

'Eight Years Was Awesome, And I Was Famous And I Was Powerful' ~George W. Bush

'It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.' ~James A. Baldwin (an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic)

The premise of this letter is disgusting in that it is completely and conveniently one-sided. As if Obama was the only one NOT telling the truth in this campaign. Romney has shown himself to be a pandering bald-faced world-class liar on a grand scale and to not admit that shows that this letter's author is another political hack

Talk about one-sided. Where are all you hacks when a person makes a comment like beckrose has here. I forgot...it's OK if it is one of your suck ups doing it.

What part of what Beck said was false? Other than Romney's tax the poor to pad the rich consistency, what has he not lied/flip=flopped/pandered on?

The flying saucer people are walking amongst us, secretly implanting mind control computer chips. You will be especially vulnerable to their radio waves if your tin foil metal helmet does not fit properly.

I think we now know the first self-identified Tea Party member who was captured, implanted, probed, and released, somewhat dazed, confused, and delusional, but now in possession of enhanced abilities to quote bumper sticker slogans.

Well.... Looks like we have a new killer bee in the hive. The buzzing sound this one is making is about as weak as the rest of it's kind.

Would you all please quit engaging this twit please?

The engagement of twits permits them the luxury of defaming themselves more effectively than their adversaries.

Here is a man immune to shame, dishonor, embarrassment, and disgrace. A man so wanting in pride and self-respect that I think it's a pity there isn't a hell for him to go to.

There exists a fatal flaw with the limited reasoning exhibited to date by "Tea Time" -- and his like-minded supporters -- and this flaw is tied to his religion and his religious beliefs that have become inseparable from and serve to make his political beliefs unalterable. He is incapable of recognizing the truth, let alone telling it.

More to the point, he can not speak truth to power. He has become trapped by his own self-imposed limitations. Virtuous behavior by a believer is no proof at all of -- indeed is not even an argument for -- the truth of his belief. One religious fallacy only reinforces other ones, one political fallacy only reinforces other ones.

Christian fundamentalists do not argue for the study of the Bible, but for its inculcation, and for its inculcation as 'revealed white Protestant truths'. Dare I say the average religious fundamentalist does not understand the word inculcation but is guilty of having become its product as well as knowingly practicing it? Repetition can dull even the most piercing truth.

Once you concede that humanity possessed numerous truths and values before the Bible, you may as well admit that Christianity is just another religion and evangelical fundamentalism is just another cult.

Objectivity means the search for the truth no matter what. Objective truth is another term that has lost some of its shapeliness lately. There is a tendency, in our 'postmodern' discourse, to inquire first about whose truth and which power stands to gain, and only then to take an interest in things like verification.

It can be better to start with the truth and then look for clarification than to start with a falsehood and then search for wiggle room.

Therefore, there is no obligation in defending or asserting the right to speak, or to give a free pass to any comment on the truth or merit of what may be, or is being, said.

Refutation of the Tea Party political philosophy allows twits to enjoy the taste of shoe leather.

KILLER BEES: Democrats that swarm, attack, and BORE you to DEATH with THEIR so-called facts.

Thank you "ThankGodForMakingMeAnAtheist" for your well-reasoned and extremely insightful post. You write (ie think) with great clarity.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! "Well reasoned and extremely insightful". The only thing this guy can do right is use ten dollar words. Buzz buzz buzz off killer bees.

Tea just being Tea is a shining example of "willful ignorance". With the one sentence swipes of hate-born foolishness, Tea provides readers with irrefutable evidence of said ignorance. In the end, Tea is more helpful than harmful as he/she consistently shows just how un-informed many are are the right.

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