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1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.

Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8 ) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.


Next time you hear Uncle Bob or your neighbor pounce on these talking points with their Fox News morphed conclusions, just tell them the facts.  It’s voting time and all bets are off. The lies are being twisted into bigger lies and the truth is hardly recognizable. Stick to the facts, then bring your neighbor or uncle with you to vote.


Just make sure they vote: Obama/Biden


You can read the rest of Truthout’s article here.

16 December 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  I'm growing weary of the mob lately and I just wanted to see if I was the only person left in the country that still wants to wait the recession out before calling for Obama's impreachment. Obama doesn't do a bad job, he's trying to clean up a huge mess our country has gotten itself into. People seem to forget that we are in the middle of a crisis, and this crisis has started before Obama was in office. Some people have gotten crazy over it, all but suggesting that it was Obama that started the war in Iraq or it was Obama that caused the recession.   Then there's conspiracy theories, there's the Birthers and the people that say that Obama is Hitler and is going to round up all the white people into death camps. People acutally believe this stuff! And even if you decide to stick it out with the current presidency, even if you want to wait a couple years before making such rash idiotic opinions, you are a "Obama Supporter" and a "sissy bleeding heart liberal" not worth listening to. There is no middle ground anymore, it's all about extremes.    I don't care who's in office anymore and what people are saying about him, I just want the United States to survive inspite of this madness. The world has gone mad!

Current Mood: distresseddistressed
18 November 2009 @ 09:55 am

There were no great announcements and no magical breakthroughs. But Barack Obama was taking the long view as he rounded off his three-day visit to China with a sightseeing trip to the Great Wall.

"It's magical. It reminds you of the sweep of history," he said, after walking along the snowy parapets for around half an hour.

"It gives you a good perspective on a lot of the day-to-day things. They don't amount to much in the scope of history."

Speaking at Badaling, a stretch of the wall close to the capital, he said: "Our time here on Earth is not that long and we better make the best of it."


07 October 2009 @ 01:27 pm
Hey all! This is slightly less than political, but I was wondering if any of you great people who hosted for the inauguration would be willing to help out my cousin-in-law. I don't understand the whole thing since I don't use Twitter, but this is what she got from NASA:

"Dear Nicole *******,
Congratulations! Your participation is confirmed for the NASA Tweetup with astronauts Nicole Stott (@Astro_Nicole) and Jeff Williams (@Astro_Jeff) aboard the International Space Station. You must be at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate. If you cannot come to Washington, D.C., to participate, please let us know so we can give your spot to someone else. Those who cannot attend in person will be able to watch the Tweetup live on NASA Television and online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. "

Her boss has given her the time off from work, but she needs a place to stay. Most of her money will be going towards the plane ticket, although she's willing to work out a pay arrangement. Any ideas or suggestions? She has to be there Oct. 21st, and I think it's only 2 or 3 days. Thank you in advance!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
13 September 2009 @ 01:53 pm

The presentation of the new project "Peace Express" took place in the art gallery "Shmatko & sons"

Nicolai Shmatko has presented the international project - the sculptural composition "Peace Express" and also acquainted his guests with new creative works, namely "Three Graces" in marble made by N. Shmatko and "Three Graces" in stone-tinted plaster made by his son Rafael.

N. Shmatko had been working on "Peace Express" for more than one month, but the most difficult thing was to render the idea of this sculpture. The sculptor had to scrutinize thoroughly each of the candidates he wanted to immortalize.

"I decided to make this sculpture in order to evoke a response from these world leaders so that they would pay more attention to the problems of peacekeeping on our planet. I have chosen these politicians surely because they "run the show" in this world" - N. Shmatko said.

The sculptural portraits of the President of the USA - Barack Obama, the President of Russia - Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime-minister of Italy - Silvio Berlusconi, the President of Venezuela - Hugo Chavez and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People's Republic of China - Hu Jintao are imaged on the tips of the fingers of a hand in the center of which there is a symbolic globe with a fly transfixed by Barack Obama. >>> see all photos >>>

N. Shmatko appealed to the leaders of the 5 countries with the help of mass media with the proposition to Barack Obama to allocate 5 million dollars for the financing of the statue made of marble "Christ's Appearance to the Apostles" and also "to construct a new city in the centre of which this sculptural composition will be set."

The sculptor suggested Dmitry Medvedev "planning a visit to the gallery and providing help in its "extension".

N. Shmatko offered Hu Jintao to organize an exhibition in China where the sculptor is ready to show more than 100 sculptures and more than 300 canvases. During this exhibition the sculptor "is going to fundraise 1 billion dollars" which he promised to pass to "the distressed provinces of China". The host, in its turn, as N. Shmatko proposed, will have to guarantee the transportation of the collection and to allow 3.000 square meters of exhibition area and the presence of mass media.

Silvio Berlusconi was offered "to be responsible for the expenses of the presentation of N. Shmatko in Florence Biennale 2009 and to take part in the inauguration of Biennale" in which N. Shmatko intends to participate.

Hugo Chavez was offered "to realize a project which would symbolize the people of Venezuela. The sculptor also invited the President to visit the art gallery "Shmatko & Sons".

"With our efforts (in the field of sculpture creation), my sons and I are ready to bring beauty to the Venezuelan people and to offer them new opportunities for tourism," - N. Shmatko said.

Information on a source  www.kingofmarble-shmatko.com/engver/index_en.html

26 August 2009 @ 08:52 am
Rest in peace Senator Kennedy.   Thank you for your your determination and hard work for a better America!  You will be missed!
25 August 2009 @ 10:11 am
Somewhat alarming survey results about health care reform and myths.  Of course it seemed to be a somewhat small sample, but still, alarming.

Link under cut. Looks nicer.Collapse )

19 August 2009 @ 09:36 am
I'm curious about how people feel about this whole health care reform debate.  What do you think needs to be done in order to get a bill through that does some actual good?  Think the Democrats can find a way?   I sure hope so!  I have insurance, but it's not good insurance and actually didn't have any at all for a while.   I see a different POV and I KNOW that we need this.   Any polite thoughts?
13 August 2009 @ 12:28 pm

Can the moderator who created the community design here fix the image on the main page? The image originally used has been deleted from Photobucket. I'm a mod but I don't have access to that. Thanks!