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7 Jun

Get informed in mere minutes, courtesy of these two videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/u/8/QV1Nzv_46UQ

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http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/u/13/szxfbeY3fjg

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OFA Weekly Wrap-Up

7 Jun

The Weekly Wrap-Up

Posted by Mary on June 05, 2011

Take a look at few of our favorite stories from the blog this week:

  1. President Obama spoke at a memorial service for those who lost so much when tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri. “We will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere.”
  2. Colorado Field Director Amy Keegan took a moment to explain just how important one-on-one conversations are: “We win when we organize. Building strong relationships is the first and most important step toward victory in 2012.”
  3. We launched a new grassroots match fundraising campaign, with people across the country coming together to match donations from new supporters and exchanging messages of thanks: “Because of people like you and me pulling together, my wife will never be denied health insurance once she beats [her cancer],” a presentation specialist wrote to the person who matched his donation. “Thank you for supporting progress.”
  4. Volunteers in Chicago attended a grassroots planning session with Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the President, to discuss their plans and vision for the 2012 campaign.
  5. After a month of good news for the American auto industry, President Obama visited a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio. He thanked workers there for everything they’ve done to turn their company around: “I put my faith in the American worker. And I’ll tell you what—I’m going to do that every day of the week, because what you’ve done vindicates my faith.”

Going Down

7 Jun

BWD:

Washington Post: Some health insurance premiums are going down (Updated)

[quoting WaPo:] It turns out that pigs do fly. Last month, insurer Aetna received approval from Connecticut regulators of its request to reduce premiums on individual policies by an average 10 percent, starting in September. Yes, you read that right: reduce the premium. The decrease, which affects some 15,000 consumers, will save those policyholders $259 annually, on average.

Now that’s change I can believe in!

President Obama’s Weekly Address

30 May

There’s literally no faster and better way to become informed in mere minutes than the following two videos (the terrific Vice President Biden is guest hosting the weekly address, discussing the rebound of the auto industry due to the WH’s policies):

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This Week in More Excellent Economic News

30 May

Smartypants blog:

Back to work in Lordstown, OH

We all know that there’s still a lot to do in getting people back to work. But the people of Lordstown, OH aren’t questioning President Obama’s commitment to working class Americans.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/25/eveningnews/main20066229.shtml

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ThePeoplesView:

Geithner was right and Krugman and Stiglitz were wrong

by rootless_e

In the early months of the Obama administration, with the economy in free-fall and Bush’s bank bailout having poured hundreds of billions into an apparently bottomless bank collapse, Nobel Prize winners Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz among others “on the left”, authoritatively and confidently explained that the policies advanced by the new Administration were naive, stupid, complicit, and sure to fail abysmally and catastrophically. The extent of the error made by these economists and others, like Dean Baker, Simon Johnson, and Robert Reich, not to mention all their often ludicrously ignorant followers in “progressive” blogs is all the more remarkable given their subsequent lack of interest in figuring out why they were so wrong or even admitting to error in the first place.

I was under the impression that he might bring in the voices of brother Joseph Stiglitz and brother Paul Krugman. I figured, OK, given the structure of constraints of the capitalist democratic procedure that’s probably the best he could do.
-Princeton Professor Cornel West (not a hotel porter)

The basic Krugman/Stiglitz argument was that the financial markets had correctly priced bank assets as junk and so the biggest banks owed more money than they could ever repay and the government should “nationalize” them. The Administration, on the other hand, said that the financial markets were in the grip of a panic and that arranging for temporary government and government/private finance would calm things down at less cost to the taxpayer. Obviously, Geithner, Obama, and Bernanke were correct and the critics from the left were incorrect – the banks have stabilized, the “toxic assets” purchased by government have turned out to be a great investment, and the economy is recovering slowly, not smoldering in ruins.

Fun Reading for Progressives

30 May

From the  delightfully sharp pen of p m carpenter:

Sarah Palin’s Grand Distraction

The political press has finally noticed that Sarah Palin’s “mystery tour” has never been a mystery to those who first recalled her most fundamental personality: raging paranoia and a pathological hypersensitivity to scrutiny and legitimate criticism.

What’s she doing? Where’s she going? Is this the beginning? Is this it? — is it really it? — the grand blast-off to her much rumored, much anticipated presidential campaign? Oh, how exciting. Oh, how unorthodox. Oh, how Sarah!

Such has been the buzz.

Now before I go any farther I wish to remind you that there’s one convention of commentary that I rarely tolerate: that of the “I told you so” variety. And I have this morning plied my mental creativity to think of another way of saying this, but there just isn’t one that still conveys the essence of, quite simply, quite emphatically: I told you so.

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And let’s hope he believes it!

I give you the inestimable Speaker of the House, John Boehner, political strategist extraordinaire:

[T]he small part of the reason we didn’t win [in NY’s 26th] clearly had to do with Medicare.

And the small part of the reason Gen. Custer didn’t win clearly had to do with the Sioux.

I started to go on with other historical analogies framed in utter ineptitude, but why slow such a helpfully delusional mind on such a magnificent roll?

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Diagnosing Paul Ryan

I’m still divided. Either Paul Ryan is merely this nation’s clumsiest ideologue or he’s the most vacuous politician since William Crawford, who in 1824 ran for the presidency while in a state of stroke-induced paralysis. Of course there might inhere a roughly equal mixture of both, however such aforementioned attributes, like left- or right-handedness, are, generally, singularly dominant.

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O’Bama!

30 May

Outstanding coverage of President Obama’s trip to Ireland and the overwhelming reception which he and the First Lady received by the Irish people, courtesy of blackwaterdog:

http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/

Righteous rant [please excuse the language] in response to witnessing other countries’ excitement about President Obama as compared to some of the nonsense which he gets at home:

How f***ing STUPID are we in this country???

The response the President received in Ireland is typical. The REST OF THE WORLD sees his greatness. But here? Not so much. And I’m not just talking about Repubs/Tea party/Wingnuts.

Don’t people GET what he’s up against??? Racist f**kwads. Dummies who can’t read their tax statements. ‘Get your hands off my Medicare!’ And whiny Democrats who seemingly don’t remember what happened between Jan.20 2001-Jan.20 2009!

HE IS PLAYING THE CARDS HE’S BEEN DEALT AND HE’S DOING THE BEST THAT HE CAN! And I know typing in all cap means that you’re shouting. Well guess what? I AM SHOUTING!!!!!

Indeed.

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The First Lady and President being shown some Gaelic love by the people: