Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Story Will Continue

"Our economy is recovering, a decade of war is ending, a long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president....I have never been more hopeful about America. We're not as divided as our politics suggest. We remain more than a collection of blue states and red states."

President Barack Obama
November 7, 2012

Memo to the right wing: WAKE UP AND FACE THE DAWN!

The telephone rang just a little past midnight, rousing me out of what must have been a near-coma. On the other end was my twenty-year-old nephew, Peter Dermigny, with the news I desperately needed to hear. The campaign of 2012 was over. Barack Obama was the winner. I had been sound asleep for just over three hours. Crisis averted.

I drove Pete down to the Orange County Board of Elections three months ago to become a voter. That's a photograph of him on the left, taken on the day he graduated from high school. Handsome kid, huh? When I took him to register, he signed up as a Republican. Knowing well his crazy uncle's ideological bent, he said to me, "I hope you don't mind, Uncle Tom. My generation's going to save that party." Good for him. I sincerely hope they succeed. I made him walk home (just kidding).

Well thank goodness and little green apples THAT'S over with. I was nearly certain when I went to bed last night that America was about to commit economic suicide (or that the election would be stolen). Neither scenario transpired, thank God. They tried to make it next-to-impossible for the president's natural constituency to vote in the key swing states but the people defied them. I hope that Governors John Kasich and Rick Scott understand that when they are up for reelection in two years, the voters of their respective states are going to remember those long lines, not to mention the hours missed from work. Congratulations to the citizens of Ohio and Florida - and to  President Obama - for a victory well-earned. To quote Colonel Pickering from Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady:


Tonight, old man, you did it! You did it! You did it! 
You said that you would do it and indeed you did! 
I thought that you would rue it; I doubted you'd do it. 
But now I must admit it that succeed you did!

Now do us all a big favor, Mr. President, and start behaving like an honest-to-goodness progressive. You have no future campaign haunting your every decision. Electoral politics are behind you. By the standards of your recent predecessors, you're not that bad a president. Now is the time for greatness. And enough already with the freakin' drones, alright? Jeez! 


I haven't been too thrilled with this administration. I know they can do better. I think that in a second term they will. That's what is called "the audacity of hope".

It makes me positively giddy with gladness and joy wondering how people like Karl Rove and those two hideous Koch brothers are feeling on this fine November morn. They spent several fortunes trying to unseat this president and they couldn't do it

I can just picture the rest of those nitwits inside the right wing SCREAM machine reacting to the grim news this morning: Sean Hannity is apoplectic. Rush Limbaugh is weeping in his sleep. Ann Coulter is under sedation. Dick Morris clutches desperately to the foot of a hooker. Rupert Murdoch is seeking asylum in Australia. Glenn Beck is sucking his thumb in the shower. Clint Eastwood is hacking away at a chair. Bill O'Riley has tied himself to the furnace. Uncle Clarence Thomas is vomiting watermelon. Michael "Savage" Weiner's family are keeping him away from sharp objects. George Will is talking to dead people. Bob Hope is talking back. Life is beautiful. 

GOOD NEWS: The Democrats did pretty well last night.

BAD NEWS: The Republicans will still control the House of Reprehensibles.

My hero, Sherrod Brown, will be a senator for at least another six years, Claire McCaskill handily defeated Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, and Elizabeth Warren is on her way to Washington! Her victory over Scott Brown was the best news all night. I'm just crazy 'bout that gal! I rarely "love" a politician and it takes me a while to get to that point. I'm not ashamed to tell you that, as far as Elizabeth Warren is concerned, it was love at first sight. I'm so happy about her success I can't even put it into words.

But the biggest surprise of the evening was in my own neck of the woods (District Eighteen, NY). My congresswoman, a Tea Party marionette named Nan Hayworth, was sent packing by a young upstart named Sean Patrick Maloney (photo left) who is openly gay! I swear I had no idea that that was going to happen. I thought the poor bastard didn't stand a chance! The area I live in is so damned conservative, it always stuns me when they're nudged even a smidgeon to the left. Perhaps things are changing here in the rock-ribbed Hudson Valley. We shall see. 

MORE BAD NEWS: Almost half of the country voted for Mitt Romney yesterday. This begs the question as to whether or not nearly fifty percent of the electorate was unconscious during the years 2001 to 2009. Let's hope that within the next four years most of them will come to understand what a huge mistake it would have been to send der Mittster to the White House. 

MORE GOOD NEWS: Paul Ryan is now - for all intents and purposes - the standard bearer for the Republican party. There is a very good chance that he will be their nominee in 2016. Like I said, "Life is beautiful".

GOOD: Joe Biden is the best vice-President in American history.

BAD: Michele Bachmann will still be representing the people of Minnesota in Washington DC. What the hell is the matter with the voters of that state? Bob Dylan must be awfully embarrassed.

"Do you remember? Remember? The fifth of November!"

John Lennon 

"Here's where I turn on the old cliche` machine: This is the dawn of a new day. The election of Barack Hussein Obama last night as the 44th president was a transforming  moment in the history of this country; a country that literally was built upon the lacerated back of the Negro Slave. We'll never be the same again. Never."
  
From "The Rant", 5 November 2008

I wrote that paragraph in the wee-small-hours of the morning four years ago when Barack Obama was elected to the presidency.  I was pretty drunk at that moment (Celebratory libations, you know?) but I stick by what I said then - we're not the same country we were before Election Day 2008. But my hopes that he would prove to be the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt were soon dashed upon the rocks of expectation. I know he has the stuff that makes a great president. It's not too late for him to become one. 

Now for the first, good night's sleep in months. I could use it!

Tom Degan 
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net 

SUGGESTED READING:

A long, long time ago, in February of 2007, a semi-obscure senator from the state of Illinois with the quite peculiar name "Barack Obama" announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Here is what I wrote on this blog at the time:

http://tomdegan.blogspot.com/2007/02/barack-obama.html

Whatever became of that guy? I'm sorry, I'm gloating. I'll stop.


AFTERTHOUGHT:

Today is the fiftieth anniversary  of the death of the woman who was known as "the First Lady if the world". I had planned today on writing a piece to commemorate the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, but with all of the excitement emanating from last night, it will have to wait. That's my next piece. Stay tuned.... 

51 Comments:

At 5:28 AM, Blogger Steven Lurie said...

Pop pop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is. I went to sleep in the dark and woke up at 4:30am on pins and needles. My butterflies and I paced in circles around my laptop, not daring to open it too quickly. Worried and yet savoring the moment...could it be...I opened it up hit NYTimes and YES!!!! Thank God that's over. The thought that a soulless psychopath came close to selling this country a left-handed radioactive screw driver for only a zillion dollars and our mortal souls was too much. I am not a black white guy, but even a Buddhist shrink like me can't get past seeing this as bad guys lost, the country is saved - from itself. Here's hoping that the 48% who voted for Romney do a little soul searching and realize how much contempt Romney et.al. have for them, how they have been exploited and manipulated as easily and obviously as the mob in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. In fact, when you think of it, that movie was very prescient -- The evil politician plotting to set the town against the black sheriff.

 
At 5:28 AM, Blogger Lydia said...

I. am. ecstatic.
Just wanted to say good day to you, and now we can exhale!

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger Laina27 said...

We've earned the right to gloat,Tom. Time to wake up the white guys still living in the lynching era and let them know they missed an entire century. I, too, went to bed not knowing if this election would be stolen, even going so far as to vote on paper in Ohio, early, to be (more) sure my vote was counted. Enjoy the celebrations today. I know I will.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger De_Bill said...

spyWell, Michele Bachmann more or less used up whatever future she might have had beyond Congress with her ride on the clown car during the GOP primary, but we're still stuck with her. For a while.

The really great news comes from Florida, Alan Grayson is back, and Allen West is gone! And I don't even live in Florida.

Thank you Tea Party for costing the GOP a couple more Senate seats. Good job, guys!

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Agreed, thank goodness it is over and once again we have seen that elections can not always be bought.

Steven, the comparison to Blazing Saddles is right on target.

Ironically, I am one of those old white men, originally from the south and I can not for the life of me understand how so many of my contemporaries down there have gotten so mired down in their thinking. Come to think of it, many of them remind me of characters in the movie Deliverance.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

70 dUpurchtooBerlGurucerCue up the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah! That's how I feel today.

And for the Karl Roves, Koch brothers, Ann Coulters, Rush Limbaughs, Mitch McConnells, Bill O'Reillys,et al out there, have a drink. Here's the recipe for a Sore Loser:
1 part vodka
3 parts sour grapes
Shake well, serve over ice.

Mary Eman

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Now it's time to sit back and enjoy the madness of the FOX(R) comedy channel as they wonder what happened to the "Center-Right America" and Rushbo the Clown's blubbering "explanation" of what went wrong.

Like most of the rest of you, I'm eagerly watching the mail for the new "Obama Socialist Giveaway Package" we were promised if we voted for him. I'm hoping for a new car and enough cash so I never have to work again like the chumps of the 53 percent. ;-)

 
At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Obama voters, you helped make this guys prediction come true!

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.” -Alexander Tytler

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Someone hates democracy. A day after the election and they’re back at it with the copy and paste lies and made up crap.

The Truth About Tytler

Republican voter suppression and Big Money propaganda from the economic elites is what’s trying to take down democracy.

Those failed this time, but the monster lurks and will be at democracy’s throat again and again. The struggle for democracy never ends.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Zarathustra said...

Carl Rove, Paul Tyan, Mitt Romney, all the Evangelicals who refuse to open their eyes and believe the evidence, Rush Limbaugh & Bill OReilly.... You can all go ''violate'' yourselves now......

 
At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a quotation attributed to the French author, Alexis de Tocqueville, the dangers of loose fiscal policy were stated as follows: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasur

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The radical Right propaganda is obsessed with their war on democracy. Of course there's no citation for their quotes, no trace of de Tocqueville making such a statement.

The newly defeated crackpot Allen West (R) used that in a Murdock's Wall Street Journal editorial.

Now they think we vote against Republicans so we can get "free stuff". In reality we vote against republicans in hopes that the Wall Street swindlers are regulated, if not held accountable.

We vote against republicans so they don't take our tax dollars and give them to insurance companies to run our Medicare and Social Security.

Private profit at public expense is behind almost every Guardians Of Plutocracy initiative.

Democracy cannot exist when politicians are bought and paid for by Big Money.

Democracy is always under attack by fascists. Our struggle for voting rights and democracy never ends, for hatred, racism, greed and lust for power never die.

Freedom cannot exist without democracy. Don't let the fascists tell you otherwise.

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blame Bush?

Looks as if FEMA is just a fair- weather friend.

Yesterday’s nor’easter proved too much for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s aid location in Tottenville, SI — which hung a sign reading “Closed due to weather” as the wintery storm blew into town.

Ten FEMA centers in the area reportedly suspended operations because of the storm, although the location with the sign at the Mount Loretto Community Center did open at noon.

Blame the NRA!!

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In the wake of superstorm Sandy, reports of lootings across the Tri-State have been widespread.

Areas hit especially hard by Sandy continue to deal with dealing with lawlessness.

Blame Global Warming, then blame Bush.

First Sandy — now this!

Big Apple residents dug out from another weather nightmare today, after being hit with rain, sleet, snow and wind from a strong nor'easter that blew into town yesterday and overnight.

This latest sucker punch from Mother Nature complicated efforts to repair Hurricane Sandy-damaged neighborhoods throughout New York and New Jersey.

By this morning, there were 108,000 Nassau County customers without power, Gov. Cuomo said. There were also still huge numbers of darkened homes and business in Suffolk County [79,000], Westchester County [35,000] and Queens [23,000].

Blame BIG OIL!!!

Significant damage to northern New Jersey petroleum distribution facilities -- including the region’s largest refinery -- could keeps lines long at the gasoline pumps for weeks, NBC 4 New York's I-Team has learned.

 
At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California and consolidate several business units to cut costs.

Rival Lockheed Martin has reduced its management ranks by about 25 percent in recent years after announcing a voluntary buyout.

Obama's election spurs the economy!!

Damned greedy capitalist, sending out jobs overseas, wiping out the middle class in America.

By AFP
RAWALPINDI

Many Pakistanis fear President Barack Obama’s re-election will mean a surge in America’s unpopular drone campaign, but for those making and selling U.S. flags to burn at protests this could be good news.

Demonstrations against Washington’s program of missile strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants are common in Pakistan, and no protest is complete without a Stars and Stripes being sent up in flames.

Nadeem Shah, the owner of a flag business in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad, said he expected more drone strikes -- and more protests.

“Of course Obama has become stronger now and he will push his policies harder and there will be more drone strikes because he himself is stronger now,” Shah told AFP.

“When the drone strikes increase the protests against these strikes will also increase in Pakistan and it can have an impact on the flags and poster business.”

Pakistan’s flag industry enjoyed a boom in September when a U.S.-made anti-Islam film sparked weeks of demonstrations, almost all lit up with “Old Glory” being burned.

In Rawalpindi, U.S. flags start at around 120 rupees ($1.25) but in Shah’s shop 1,500 rupees will get you a three-square-metre number in cloth.

Shah said he was not hopeful of a stampede for his high-end products.

“As far as my own business is concerned I don’t expect much out of it because I deal in expensive material and I don’t think that many people will be buying that,” he said.

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous John said...

Here is some election analysis...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTbLslkIR2k&feature=youtu.be

 
At 9:45 PM, Anonymous ozzie said...

The right can't understand what went wrong. Hopefully they won't figure it out either. I hope they run Paul Ryan next time. Cristie is dead to them. Could be a long reign for the Democrats.

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

DD -

To Anon's defense, he wasn't "warring" against democracy. Rather, pointing out what he apparently feels to be a weakness associated with it - and ones we would be prudent to watch for. No human system achieves perfection. Any thinking person must agree that democracy has its weaknesses (or maybe 'limits' is a better word). It cannot overcome or act to correct fundamental human weaknesses - greed, corruption, etc. because it relies on people infected with these very ills.

I believe it (democracy) is the best option we have and provides mankind with the most freedom and dignity, but it is far from a savior. And, it comes with a huge responsibility - arguably larger than we are sometimes capable of.

The fact that we started with a pristine democratic republic 250 years ago and we are at a place of significant polarization & dissatisfaction (not to mention a ridiculous fiscal mess) on both sides of the aisle today is a telling data point as to its weakness.

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The story and the high unemployment levels and the high dependance on govt help will continue.

EAST CARBON, Carbon County — A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners.

The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.

The layoffs are necessary because of the president's "war on coal," the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


In January, medical device manufacturers in the U.S. will be asked to take a 2.3 percent hit to their bottom line in the form of a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, part of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

The 2.3 percent tax will be imposed on gross sales of products from elastic bandages to pacemakers to imaging systems. Although the tax is intended to raise $28.5 billion over 10 years to help cover the costs of Obamacare, opponents warn there will be unintended consequences.

Medical manufacturers will follow: Smith & Nephew, with 770 layoffs; Abbott Labs, 700;
Covidien, 595;
Kinetic Concepts, 427;
St. Jude Medical, 300
Welch Allyn 275;
Hill Rom, 200.

Medtronic cut 500 positions over the summer, with another 500 set for the end of 2013.

Boston Scientific cut 1,400 jobs

Stryker will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December.

Auto parts jobs that Obama saved along with GM

Dana Holding Corp Ohio warned their employees of potential layoffs, citing "$24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses".

(CNSNews.com) – A record 70.4 million people were enrolled in the Medicaid health care program for the poor in fiscal year 2011, according to government figures provided to CNSNews.com.

That figure equals about 22 percent of the population, which means there was one person on Medicaid for every 5 Americans in 2011.

HICAGO (CBS) – Thousands of people waited in line for hours Friday morning at Kennedy-King College, to attend a job fair hosted by the city of Chicago, but many of those people left upset, when they found out the job fair wasn’t quite what they were expecting.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports the line for the job fair went down 63rd Street, around the corner, and about a half block north on Halsted Street, and many of the people in line said they were expecting to be interviewed for jobs with the city and its sister agencies, not simply find out how to apply.

Mayor Emanuel made an unscheduled stop at the event and talked to job seekers, who he said appreciated the opportunity. He said any frustration was the frustration of people who have been out of work for two or three years.

Those waiting in line were hungry for jobs, and had brought along résumés, hoping to make an impression, even if it meant arriving at 3 a.m.


Poor President Obama, he sure has a mess to clean up from the past four years.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup Too Bad the Story Will Continue

Each presidential cycle gets shrouded in the ultimate question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Much of Stone and Kuznick’s book focuses on the threats posed by government secrecy and militarism throughout history and, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, Stone said that things aren’t getting better.

“It’s scarier,” said Stone. “I grew up under Eisenhower … and it’s gotten scarier because of the Bush and Reagan people and now I find Obama scary in a way that I had not done in 2008.”

In 6 days 180,000 people were rescued during Katrina given food and medical care and clothing. Almost 50,000 were sent hundreds of miles away to Houston by the 6th day. And conditions for rescue were MUCH more difficult.
Yup thought so, Bush did a better job than Obama is doing, In fact Obama and family are going on vacation to Asia. Some concern for the little people he's showing.

Eleven days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, hundreds of thousands of utility customers in New York and New Jersey are still without power - and they want answers.

Unfortunately, the answers provided by the power companies have generated even more anger and frustration.

When asked Thursday night when power may be restored, LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey told CBS Station WCBS the utility is aiming for the middle of next week. WCBS reports one spokesman suggested power may not be fully restored until Thanksgiving.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger De_Bill said...

So, let me see if I have this right: In Anon's tiny 'mind', because Robert Murray got his panties in a twist because President Obama got re-elected. it's the President's fault he's a sore loser, and laid off some miners who worked for him, like he said he was going to do?

Considering the safety record at Murray Energy's mines, I'd say some lives were saved.

 
At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really weak reply, if the safety record was so bad was hasn't the powerful OSHA forced it to comply?

And what about the medical devices company s laying off due the reelection of Obama, what have they got they panties in a twist about? HUMMM?

 
At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The damned right wing nut job Oliver Stone, what the hell does he know about anything?

 
At 1:11 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...


Harley,
These manufactured "quotes" are intended to portray democratic voters as moochers. This Republican tactic is called "mobilization of resentment". You see it all the time once you know what it is.

The American people didn't re-elect Obama for handouts like the Right wants you to think. In fact the opposite is true. We voted to stop the handouts of our Social security and Medicare tax dollars to insurance companies for private profit at public expense.

We want to reverse the Bush tax cuts and other handouts to the wealthy. The country needs revenue more than millionaires and billionaires need that 4% tax cut.

And note how the crazed radical Right are indoctrinated to call anyone who agrees with this a "Marxist". Yeah, they call us commies for wanting Clinton era tax rates on the rich.

We still need to fight for our democracy. Powerful economic interests and the Republican Party are suppressing our democracy, and are reversing our history of expanding voting rights.

We've come a long way from slavery with only landowners having the right to vote.

The struggle for democracy never ends, for the opponents of democracy are always at work to undermine it .

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Hopey McChange said...

Hail Obama, our Messiah who has arrived to lead us to Utopia!

Lets whip those motha fukas pulling the wagon harder to pull us 47% in the wagon! Just watch out for the cliff!

Yes We Can, Forward, Not Back motha fukas!

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney is Right! Obama supporters are content to suckle the Government teat, and are lost to Democracy!

 
At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We want to reverse the Bush tax cuts and other handouts to the wealthy"

Let that jealousy and envy out Dave Dubya. Tell us how unjust it is for people to have more than a prison guard like you do.

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note how DD avoids the massive layoff news that have started already due to Obama care going into effect 1/1/2013. Instead he wants us to focus on the rich and Bush.
Guess he's to stupid to realize that neither the rich or Bush have caused the lay offs. Too stupid or just trying to get the focus off the layoffs.

 
At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best is yet to come!! You go Obama, raise taxes, increase rules and regulations that cost jobs, as long as the jobs lost are not good union public sector jobs, like prison guards.




6,125 Proposed Regulations and Notifications Posted in Last 90
(CNSNews.com) – It’s Friday morning, and so far today, the Obama administration has posted 165 new regulations and notifications on its reguations.gov website.

In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations and notices – an average of 68 a day.

The website allows visitors to find and comment on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. federal government. "Help improve Federal regulations by submitting your comments," the website says.

The thousands of entries run the gamut from meeting notifications to fee schedules to actual rules and proposed rule changes.

In recent days, for example, the EPA posted a proposed rule involving volatile organic compound emissions from architectural coatings: “We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act),” the proposed rule states. “We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.”

Another proposed rule will provide guidance for FDA staff on "enforcement criteria for canned ackee, frozen ackee, and other ackee products that contain hypoglycin A." (Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica; unripened or inedible portions can be toxic.)

Some of the proposed regulations revise regulations already on the books.

The website also links to a video of a speech President Barack Obama gave at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 7, 2011, in which the president promised to remove “outdated and unnecessary regulations.”

“I've ordered a government-wide review, and if there are rules on the books that are needlessly stifling job creation and economic growth, we will fix them,” the president said.

A number of groups, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, expect a rush of new regulations now that President Obama has won a second term:

CEI expects the EPA to move ahead on delayed rules on everything from greenhouse gas emissions to ozone standards. “Rules from the health care bill and the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill will also likely make themselves known in the weeks to come," the group said on its website.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better hurry up and raise taxes now, soon there will be no one employed to tax.

Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.
Mount Pleasant’s Albrecht Sentry Foods
The Target store at Manassas Mall Va.
Millennium Academy in Wake Forest NC
Target Closing Kissimmee FL Location
The Andover Gift Shop in Andover MA
Grand Union Family Markets Closing Storrs Location CT
Movie Scene Milford Location NH
Update: TE Connectivity Closing Greensboro Plant – 620 Layoffs Expected
Gomer’s Fried Chicken in South Kansas City
Kmart in Homer Glen
Fresh Market on Pine Street in Burlington
AGC Glass North America to permanently close its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport Tenn.
The Target store at Platte and Academy in Colorado Spring
The Roses store on Reynold Road in Winston-Salem NC
Bost Harley-Davidson at 46th Avenue North and Delaware Ave. in West Nashville TN
Townsend Booksellers in Oakland
The Kmart store in Parkway Plaza off University Drive in Durham NC 79 Jobs Lost

Energizer - bad news, the rabbit died.
The St. Louis-based company said Thursday that it expects to shed about 1,500 employees.
Exide Technologies
Westinghouse
Research in Motion Limited
Lightyear Network Solutions -
Providence Journal
Hawker Beechcraft
US Cellular -
The move will result in 980 job cuts at U.S. Cellular, with 640 in the Chicago area.
Momentive Performance Materials
Rocketdyne
Vestas Wind Systems Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) is seeking to sell a stake of as much as 20 percent and said it’s reducing headcount by 3,000 to raise the staff cuts by the biggest wind turbine maker to almost a third over two year
Bristol-Meyers
Wonder how many of these soon to unemployed voted for Obama?

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Harley,
See how my point on mobilizing resentment is confirmed?

Obama is now entirely to blame for the economic mess Bush left us. He desperately wants us to resent the black man in the White House.

He acts like the people have not re-elected Obama, despite the campaign of lies and resentment from the Right.

That's a lot of hate foaming out of the rabid Right.

Did you know most Americans really do blame Bush more than Obama? Yes most do, but not the rabid right.

The radical Right is NOT like most Americans, thank God.

 
At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Breaking news from our crack news media!

President Barack Obama is spending his first Saturday after winning reelection on the golf course. Today's outing is to the course on Andrews Air Force Base.

"Motorcade arrived at Andrews Air Force Base at 11:01 am after an uneventful ride," the pool report reads. "President Obama is playing golf with three White House aides: Eugene Kang, Joe Paulson and trip director Marvin Nicholson, according to a White House official. Pool is holding at the Andrews fast food court for the next few hours."

Toward the end of the campaign, Obama seemed to have eased off his golf game. He did, however, play on August 4, his 51 birthday, which was his 104 round of golf as president of the United States.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harley,
DD once again plays the classic liberal trump cards.

"Obama is now entirely to blame for the economic mess Bush left us. He desperately wants us to resent the black man in the White House."

Blame Bush after four years of Obama "fixing" the mess left him, and it's still a mess.

AND

Conservatives are racists because they disagree with the policy's Obama has put into place the the results from same.

BTW,, Obama is half black and half white, go figure.

MEANWHILE, are we to believe these most current layoffs are due to something an administration did 4 years ago? Wishful thinking at best, blind to reality at worse.

You see Harley, a true open minded liberal would by now start to acknowledge that the policy's of Obama to date have not worked. They would wonder if there was a better way than the way of the past four years and the way we have been promised we will go in the next four years.
Do liberals and Obama supporters think that having record numbers of Americans on food stamps is an indication of a successful economic policy? Do liberals, progressives and Obama supporters think that the layoffs listed here are a sign that Obama's economic policy's are good?
If they do, then DD is right, to point out these issues are being listed because of racism. Yet, even of that is the reason, it doesn't change the truth that these events are happening on Obama's watch.

So to be not racist, we must ignore the layoffs, the stated reason for them happening, and instead, blame a President who has been out of office for 4 years?

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "Another proposed rule will provide guidance for FDA staff on 'enforcement criteria for canned ackee, frozen ackee, and other ackee products that contain hypoglycin A.' (Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica; unripened or inedible portions can be toxic.)"
Pah! Typical Big Government. Who do they think they are, lording it over America's Consumer, so-called "protecting" them from so-called "inedible" or "toxic" fruit parts?
Let the Free Market decide, Obama!

 
At 2:52 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

"Obama is half black and half white...

...So I can't be a racist, right?"

Most conservatives are not racists, but this radical one reeks of racism.

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger kootcoot said...

I love your composite image including......

"Sean Hannity is apoplectic.
Rush Limbaugh is weeping in his sleep."
"Ann Coulter is under sedation." "Dick Morris clutches desperately to the foot of a hooker."
"Rupert Murdoch is seeking asylum in Australia."
"Glenn Beck is sucking his thumb in the shower."
"Clint Eastwood is hacking away at a chair. "
"Bill O'Riley has tied himself to the furnace. "
"Uncle Clarence Thomas is vomiting watermelon."
"Michael "Savage" Weiner's family are keeping him away from sharp objects. "
"George Will is talking to dead people. "
"Bob Hope is talking back."


And maybe Roger Ailes is sweating profuser than usual.
Michelle Malkin is gagging.
Michelle Bachmann's husband turns gay.
Dick Cheney's mechanical heart rejects HIM!
Ralph Reed actually meets Jesus!
Mitch McConnell asks Ashley Judd to finish out his term in the Senate.
Karl Rove enrolls in remedial arithmetic class and requests secret service protection from the Koch Brothers et. al.
Mitt and the gang go swimming in a pool of money ala Uncle Scrooge MacDuck.

Now I'll go take my eye exam!

 
At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who brings a persons race every time?

Why it's Dave Dumass,
Every time!


I was told if I voted for Romney, Americans would lose their jobs. Well I did vote for Romney, looks like the liberals were right.

 
At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Barack Obama’s first post-election radio address centered on the themes he pushed in his speeches in Chicago Tuesday and in the East Room Friday.

“The message you sent was clear: You voted for action, not politics as usual,” he said. “You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.”

But only after he completes another round of golf.

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recently, the ObamaCare health reform law expanded Medicaid eligibility to those living on 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The poverty level annual income for a family of four is $23,000 – 133 percent of that, in terms of annual income for a family of four, would be $30,590.
Right now 22% of Americans are on Medicare. How can we afford that high a level?

Good thing Obama was reelected, cause with his economic policy's, no one will have income under the poverty threshold. There will be good union jobs for every one. The min wage will be $14.70 which times 40 hour work week times 52 weeks equals $30,590!!! All Obama has to do is "make it so number one", and poverty will be gone, the number of Americans on Medicare will drop.
Right?

 
At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More of the story that just will not stop.
When is President Obama going to stop this?
What plan will he have?
By: JESSICA LIPSCOMB, naplesnews.com

A day after Barack Obama earned a second term in the White House, Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter said the president's signature health-care reform law would increase his business costs and possibly result in employees' hours being cut.

Schnatter, a part-time Naples resident, made the comments Wednesday night inside a small auditorium at Edison State College's Collier County campus. In August, he made national headlines after telling shareholders the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — would result in a 10- to 14-cent increase for customers buying a pizza.

"I got in a bunch of trouble for this," he told the students. "That's what you do, is you pass on costs. Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."

Among the commandments of life under the Obama administration: thou shalt not speak ill of Obamacare. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter was hammered with Twitter abuse after informing shareholders and franchisees in August that implementing Obamacare would necessarily increase costs of running the business. Applebee’s is under the gun today after Zane Tankel, a franchisee whose company runs 40 New York-area restaurants, told Fox Business Network that a hiring freeze might be in the works.


You will go broke for the Supreme Leader or else!

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Yeah! I'm with Anonymous! Sure, I love pizza, but up to 14c more for one? That's outrageous, and I will stand beside Anonymous, fighting for our right to not have pizza company employees have health insurance!
Who's with us?! Come on, rise up, America! Remember, you can rise higher if you stand on the necks of the people below you. Perhaps even high enough that those above you won't be seriously advocating screwing you over just so that they can to save 14c on a pizza!

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if fewer people were unemployed the taxes wouldn't go up. Must be stupid on purpose.




 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dammit, when is President Bush going to step in and help these people?

'We are living like animals': Sandy victims hit out after being forced to spend 12 days without power

An estimated 300 residents in Hicksville, Long Island, took to the street on Saturday, protesting the Long Island Power Authority for ongoing power outages
There are still over a quarter million New York customers without power
Early on Saturday more than 500 people lined up in Far Rockaway with empty fuel cans
President Barack Obama is set to visit hard-hit areas of New York City on Thursday. Guess he couldn't get any tee off times on Thursday.

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama's reelection spurs one industry. And they are good paying American jobs!!

US guns sales soar after Barack Obama's re-election
Gun sales in America are soaring in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election with weapons retailers reporting AK-47s flying off shelves "like hotcakes."

Shares in weapons manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger also surged after Mr Obama's re-election.

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elections have consequences.

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damned Canadian Zionist Jews! they got it coming.

TORONTO – A vandal defaced a west-end war memorial shortly after Remembrance Day ceremonies wrapped on Sunday.

“Canada will burn praise Allah,” was written with permanent marker across the monument in Coronation Park, police said.

A passerby alerted cops about the damage.

City of Toronto workers were on scene Sunday night cleaning the memorial.

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Anonymous "Damned Canadian Zionist Jews! they got it coming...."
Take that...Obama?

 
At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Romney's attack on Big Bird was the wrong Sesame Street character.

The man who voices the puppet of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken leave amid allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

Kevin Clash, 52, has taken a leave of absence from the popular children's show after the programme's lawyers were contacted by a 23-year-old man who claims he had a sexual relationship with the puppeteer seven years ago, when he was aged 16.




 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was told if I voted for Romney this would happen;

Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January

Ohio families receiving food stamps could get an unwelcome surprise come January: $50 less every month in assistance.

For the 869,000 households enrolled in the program for the poorest Ohioans, that could amount to about $520 million annually out of the grocery budgets.

Because of the way the federal government calculates utility expenses for people receiving the benefit, a mild winter nationwide last year, and a lower price for natural gas, many families could experience a significant cut in aid, those familiar with the program say.

Recipients should get a letter from the state Department of Job and Family Services this month explaining the change, said Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the agency.

Meanwhile, food banks and others that distribute food assistance are bracing for increased demand.

“They are going to increase hunger among our most vulnerable — working families, seniors, children, and persons with disabilities,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

Ms. Hamler-Fugitt said her organization is particularly concerned that some seniors or persons with disabilities who have a low benefit amount could lose all their monthly assistance.

“We’re really worried about [the change],” she said.

What’s called the “standard utility allowance” — the amount deducted from a person’s income when the state determines his or her eligibility for the food stamp program — will decrease by $166 for 2013, translating to about $50 less per household in food assistance. State Job and Family Services officials tried to appeal the change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but the USDA denied the request.

USDA officials did not respond to requests from The Blade for comment.

State and county Job and Family Services officials say there is little they can do other than letting their clients and community partners who provide food assistance know about the changes.

“This is a federal issue,” said Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Directors’ Association. “It is what it is. They have a formula. … We just think it is going to be really hard on families and individuals. They will see significantly less money starting in January.”

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Anonymous: "I was told if I voted for Romney this would happen;

Benefit to fall $50 a month starting in January
"

Correction: You were told if you voted for Obama, this would happen. If you voted for Romney, you were told the benefit would fall $200 a month.

Well, at least I told you. I recall telling everyone that the road to perdition would only accelerate under conservative rule.

You don't "listen" very well, do you?

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeg Guard,

Lie!

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Anonymous (to nobody): "Jeg Guard, Lie!"

So...are you saying I never did tell everyone that the road to perdition would only accelerate under conservative rule?

Please clarify.

 

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