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Reminds me so much of Wisner.

Reminds me so much of Wisner.

(Source: wooliebear, via jess-manor)

Right now, we’re poised to spend nearly one trillion dollars more on what was supposed to be a temporary tax break for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Right now, because of loopholes and shelters in the tax code, a quarter of all millionaires pay lower tax rates than millions of middle-class households. Right now, Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.

Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, or do we want to keep our investments in everything else? Like education and medical research? A strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both.

The American people know what the right choice is: so do I. As I told the Speaker this summer, I’m prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long-term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors. But in return, we need to change our tax code so that people like me — and an awful lot of members of Congress — pay our fair share of taxes. Tax reform should follow the ‘Buffett Rule’: if you make more than a million dollars a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes.

President BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

This moderate, clear-headed, forward-thinking man has slowly brought this country out of the gutter. While the unemployment rate has a long way to go, his proposals aim at long-term solutions that will avoid a repeat of the economy’s self-immolation in 2008. This State of the Union address outlined few grand proposals, but that comes as little surprise in a presidential election year with a Congress engaged in trench warfare. Over the last three years, no one in Washington has demonstrated more willingness to cooperate and compromise than President Barack Obama.
America needs him for four more years.

This moderate, clear-headed, forward-thinking man has slowly brought this country out of the gutter. While the unemployment rate has a long way to go, his proposals aim at long-term solutions that will avoid a repeat of the economy’s self-immolation in 2008. This State of the Union address outlined few grand proposals, but that comes as little surprise in a presidential election year with a Congress engaged in trench warfare. Over the last three years, no one in Washington has demonstrated more willingness to cooperate and compromise than President Barack Obama.

America needs him for four more years.

baronjamie:

Add to that a senate rulebook that allows the Republican minority to filibuster and frustrate every Democratic initiative; a Democratic party as divided and factional as the Republicans are united and disciplined; a Fox News echo chamber that daily demonises the president as a Muslim Marxist foreigner eager to impose totalitarianism on the American republic; and corporate money ready to flood the airwaves and put pressure on the congressmen it funds to ensure its interests are protected. Viewed like this, Obama was only ever a mere mortal taking on an invincible machine – and so was always bound to fail.

Viewed like this, Obama was only ever a mere mortal taking on an invincible machine – and so was always bound to fail.

Read and repeat.

So the liberal disappointment with Obama is real. And yet it may not endure forever. Despite everything, the president has amassed quite a record. The healthcare reform he passed had eluded every president since Teddy Roosevelt; it had been a Democratic goal since Truman. But only Obama did it. The stimulus package has created an estimated 2.4m jobs and prevented the recession turning into a second Depression. While other advanced economies are caught in a downward spiral of deficit fetishism, the US is seeing unemployment come down. And recently, Obama successfully fought for and defended the payroll tax cut, one tax cut that benefits low-income Americans.

Abroad, Obama secured what George W Bush only blustered about: the removal of Osama bin Laden. Under Obama, al-Qaida’s capacity and strength have diminished sharply. He made good on his promise to bring troops home from Iraq and is doing the same in Afghanistan (even if he is not so much ending the war there as simply pulling out). Yes, the US played a crucial back-up role in Libya, but there has been no repeat of Bush’s warmongering.

It is not a bad record and there is every chance that it will represent merely the first half of a long game.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

kileyrae:

Newsweek’s Andrew Sullivan takes on Obama’s critics and the realities of the political arena with Chris Matthews on Hardball.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

I don’t buy the notion that we have to make a choice between having clean air and clean water and growing this economy.

—President Obama (via fairviola)

(Source: think-progress, via fairviola)

sheerrri:


One day the Taliban will probably succeed in killing me. I am resigned to this fate. But for as long as I am alive, I will not rest in my desire to lead my people out an abyss of corruption and poverty. For this reason, I am running for the Afghan presidency in 2014. I was born a girl who should have died. But if God wills it, I may die having become the first female president of a country I love and a country that will finally see all of its children—both boys and girls—born into peace and security, not violence and war.

Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan’s first female parliamentarian. 

What a brave woman.

sheerrri:

One day the Taliban will probably succeed in killing me. I am resigned to this fate. But for as long as I am alive, I will not rest in my desire to lead my people out an abyss of corruption and poverty. For this reason, I am running for the Afghan presidency in 2014. I was born a girl who should have died. But if God wills it, I may die having become the first female president of a country I love and a country that will finally see all of its children—both boys and girls—born into peace and security, not violence and war.

Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan’s first female parliamentarian. 

What a brave woman.

(via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)