Steering captain Obama

Aboard Air Force One, President Barack Obama t...

Would some one who brings in the idea to create a Medicare and Social Security system not be a threat for a free country?

“The Blue Dog and moderate Democratic congresspersons and senators representing shaky swing and conservative districts are scared stiff that if they rub shoulders too close to Obama they will be signing their political obituary for re-election.”

Who is forgetting some one brought human values to the forefront.  And did he not bring GOP’s corruption, bungling, blatant cronyism and scandals, and Bush’s fumbles and ineptitude into the floodlight?

“It’s not enough for Obama and Democrats to bank on the GOP to self-destruct in their rancour and division to ease Obama’s path back to the White House. It will take tight-fisted unity by the Democrats behind the man who is their party’s presidential standard-bearer. Anything less than that by Democrats is playing a dangerous game.” says political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson  in New America Media who mentions some Democrats give for their chill toward backing President Obama’s re-election: “He let Wall Street and banks off the hook with a placid, terribly compromised financial reform bill.”

People may bring forward that Obama has no business experience, but I think he made a very good job of it and showed he could run some businesses better than those who did the American people do believe that they could live in dream castles.

I wonder who could have taken out the hot coals which were presented the American president in this difficult economical time? That he did not manage to succeed a lot of things he had promised is just because he got such opposition of people around him and in the Senate. Though always having to face so much counteraction, having the Republicans   thwarted every effort put forth by the President and the Democrats, he stayed calm and dignified.
The Republicans and the Tea Party have further demonized many of people who had similar ideas as Obama. Those “freeloaders and shirkers” who want jobs and progress taking into account the fragile (humans, animals and plants).

Barack Obama speaks at 2,000th approved ARRA project event 4-13-09

President Barack Obama is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, right, as he gives remarks on the economy Monday April 13, 2009, during a visit to the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

People should see that in these difficult times President Obama has always been prepared to look for the best solution for everybody, though we never can do the best for everybody. Looking at him from far away I get the impression that he is a very honest man trying to save the United States from a much worse situation.  He is willing to steer a barbed wire canoe through the surf. He got a lot of trash to make his boat float. But he seems a man who does not cut one’s losses and he does not take to the boats as so many did the last few months.

Following his unsuccessful bid against the Democratic incumbent for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 2000, Obama ran for the United States Senate in 2004. After a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as presidenton January 20, 2009.

Under difficult circumstances the president has achieved a tremendous amount . Virtually any advance in civil rights or any kind of rights has been carried by the Democratic Party.

  • Signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009
  • Signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act in 2010.
  • He took care that there was a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,
  • Expanded the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Fixed the preexisting conditions travesty [and rescissions] in health insurance.
  • and overhauled the food safety system
  • Expanded access to medical care and provided subsidies for people who can’t afford it.
  • Advanced women’s rights in the work place
  • Ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in our military with the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act
  • Stopped defending DOMA or the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Because of DOMA, thousands of American families were being treated unfairly by the federal government
  • Passed the Hate Crimes bill.
  • Appointed two pro-choice women to the Supreme Court.
  • He’s done a lot for veterans
  • He got help for people whose health was injured during the clean-up after the 9/11 attacks.
  • He gradually withdrew combat troops from Iraq
  • Signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia
  • Invested in clean energy.
  • Announced a new round of fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks representing the single largest step America has taken to reduce their dependence on foreign oil, cut pollution, and bring down costs for drivers.
  • Overhauled the credit card industry, making it much more consumer-friendly.
  • Got the the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. While Dodd-Frank bill was weak in many respects, it was still an extremely worthwhile start at re-regulating the financial sector.
  • Got the Budget Control Act of 2011
  • He created a Elizabeth Warren’s dream agency: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • President Obama applauded the bipartisan vote and urged members of Congress to do more to help middle-class families. The House of Representatives passed a piece of the American Jobs Act that will give tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans. The Senate voted to approve the measure last week.
  • The President’s jobs plan would immediately create construction jobs for people like handicapped,veterans and people who are out of work for some days or months.

Obama can only hope that all democrats and intellectual people shall support him who was handed the most difficult situation in the history of the US. After Bush they were on a course headed for collapse. This man has prevented this collapse from happening. He has done this with mini support and absolutely none from republicans!

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. If passed, the Republican proposal would require deep spending cuts that could jeopardize everything from education and Medicare to nutrition and health programs for at-risk children.

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The problem for Obama now is that many people are going to call him responsible for the Occupy movement because he is the man who is all for it that the people do ave a vocie. Being a supporter of speaking out people he is also accounted to blame, lots of people say, for the present protesters.

Obama had warned the country for the difficulties it was facing and for what it could cause by the population. No wonder that it turned out that people were going to react at the current situation. The similar views both Democrats and the Occupy protesters have can clearly be seen and heard. Both look with disgust at the economic inequality and corporate responsibility.

But while Obama is a man of peace and order the Occupy movement seems at certain place to run out of hand and disorganised. For this reason there’s little benefit to Democrats in opening their arms wide to a scruffy group that has erupted in violence, defied police and shown evidence of drug use while camping in public parks across the country — much as the prospect of such a pairing delights Republicans.

Polling shows the public supports the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement even if people have reservations about the encampments themselves. And political observers say Democrats may be missing a chance to reinvigorate their base. (1) In Democratic ranks this Movement can bring distortion because there is the inward conflict of both working and coming up for the same cause, though having other ideas to come to the same goal.
Occupy protesters have been openly contemptuous of Democrats including President Barack Obama, arguing that both political parties are equally beholden to corporate interests and responsible for enacting policies that have hurt the middle class.

Obama and the Democrats are not only facing the movement lacking leadership and a clear focus, and  many of their illegal behaviour turning off some politicians.  Also certain action of policeforce were not liked by certain politicians either, because some confrontation between the protesters and the law force turned out to become to violent and sometimes with policemen doing things which are not allowed in a civilised country. Mayors, citing concerns over sanitation and public safety, have begun to crack down on the encampments, and police in riot gear have cleared protesters from several cities, including New York, Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif. Because of this there has come a double-edged situation with ambivalent feelings for the equivocal reactions.

Steve Rosenthal, a Democratic strategist and longtime labor leader, said about the Occupy movement’s focus on income inequality could help the party reinvigorate its base: “It’s injecting energy and life into progressive ideas and values, and it’s showing some weak-kneed Democrats they should be more aggressive on those issues,”

Many Occupy Wall Street activists contend they have no interest in helping Democrats.

“The Occupy movement is rooted in the idea that the political system is broken to such a degree that we can no longer work through the Republican or Democratic parties,” Tim Franzen, a spokesman for Occupy Atlanta, said.

“This is not about politics. This is about people,” said Marsha Spencer, an Occupy volunteer in New York. “We’ve lost our government. It’s not by the people, for the people anymore. We need to get it back, and we don’t need a political party to do that.”

Such talk has frustrated some Democratic leaders, who say engaging in electoral politics would make the Occupy movement more effective.

There seems to be division in the own ranks. Manu Raju and Marin Cogan are reporting that some Democrats are refusing to support President Barack Obama because they are either “too focused” on their own elections or they want the White House to cater to their agendas before they agree to endorse the president. (2)

Both parties should be careful not to miss the (same) boat.

  • (1) Democrats see minefield in Occupy protests(cbsnews.com)
    Occupy Columbia protesters sing together minutes before being arrested by Bureau of Protective Services officers on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Nov. 16, 2011. (AP)

    “It’s injecting energy and life into progressive ideas and values, and it’s showing some weak-kneed Democrats they should be more aggressive on those issues,” Steve Rosenthal, a Democratic strategist and longtime labor leader, said. “I don’t think it will translate into boots on the ground or a clear organization for the 2012 election, but it will definitely help shape the debate.”

  • (2) Some Democrats Rebuff Supporting Obama (theroot.com)
    The unwillingness of some Democrats to support President Obama is not unusual. When Democrats controlled both Houses, it was just as difficult for Obama to get measures passed as it has been with the GOP controlling the House. Some congressional Democrats waffling on supporting the president is nothing new.
  • Fear of something worse is not a good reason to vote for a Candidate (iflizwerequeen.com)
    Obama obviously seriously misrepresented himself in the Democrats primary campaign.  Most of us did not think that we were voting for what we got.  That became more than obvious  for most of us when we saw what he picked for a cabinet.  A huge faction of the Democrat Party are more than merely “disappointed”, we are FURIOUS and feel betrayed, sucker-punched by a politician who turned out to be as self-serving as all the others.  What part of OWS don’t they comprehend? We are angry and we are going to do something about it in 2012.
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    Where is the difference between Obama and a Republican?
  • Democrats And Occupy Wall Street May Be Missing An Opportunity (huffingtonpost.com)
    Thursday’s mass demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere were a stark reminder of why the Occupy movement remains a minefield for Democrats, even as polling continues to show public support for its message.
  • Democrats see minefield in Occupy protests (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
    The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance – Democrats and Occupy Wall Street – hasn’t happened.Although both Democrats and the Occupy protesters have similar views on economic inequality and corporate responsibility, each holds the other at arm’s length.
  • The supercommittee will deliver (politico.com)
    Those who want the tea party right or the occupy-whatever left to be the future of U.S. politics are rooting for the supercommittee to fail. When there is an angry anti-incumbent mood, people in power can prove the protesters’ case by generating gridlock.

  • Opinion: Time to take on the Democratic Party establishment (occupypanamacity.wordpress.com)
    I am disgusted by what happened in New York City last night, November 15th, 2011, and what has been happening across the nation over the last few days. There has been a coordinated effort to attack us with local police, but Bloomberg and his kind cannot evict a movement. It will only grow, and we will leave the Democratic Party behind.
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    We will take on the Democratic establishment, not take over. There is nothing there to take over, just a collection of individuals with a (D) beside their name.
  • Michele Bachmann: Terrible GOP Presidential Candidate, But Terrific Democratic Party Opposition Researcher (momocrats.typepad.com)
    {MOMocrats Founder & Managing Editor Glennia Campbell is the blogger behind The Silent I.  Her first political memory is helping her mom scrape the “Wallace for President” sticker off the family’s ’68 Fiat.}
  • Obama as Bad Negotiator, Part CLXIV: Long-Term Budget Watch (delong.typepad.com)
    the right policy and political strategy is simply to let the Bush tax cuts expire–and then propose a set of Obama tax cuts once the Bush tax cuts have expired.
  • Republicans Say Obama Called Americans “Lazy,” Except He Didn’t (outsidethebeltway.com)
    A video clip of President Barack Obama calling America “a little bit lazy” is quickly becoming a focus of Republican campaigns, and GOP operatives say it will get plenty of play not only on the presidential battlefield but also in down-ballot congressional races.
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    Obama replied that “we’ve been a little bit lazy” about actively trying to attract private foreign investors to U.S. soil — referring broadly to American government and business sectors, not the American people themselves.
  • Feinstein aims to repeal DOMA with ROMA (thedailydues.wordpress.com)
  • Feinstein’s bill to repeal DOMA clears committee (sfgate.com)
    We see the deliberate and ever-widening gulf between those in America blessed with great wealth and damned with a voracious appetite for even greater accumulation of wealth and the shocking and steathful decline of the middle-class.
  • Is an Extreme Right-Wing Conspiracy at Work to Alter the American Dream? (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
    What can simple citizens do to combat the organization which works to destroy our way of life? Swear an oath that you will get off the couch and vote in the 2012 Presidential Election for Barack H. Obama and a straight democratic ticket!
  • DOMA Repeal Moves Forward In Senate (huffingtonpost.com)
    “If Democrats and Republicans can come together to do what’s right in New York, I know we can do the same in Congress to do what’s right for all of America. Now is the time to act on the federal level,” Gillibrand added in a statement.”This markup is an incredible step toward ending federal marriage discrimination that causes real harm to American families,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “Chairman Leahy and Senator [Dianne] Feinstein have been leaders in this fight, and we applaud them for continuing the momentum against this unjust law.”
  • Senator Announces DOMA Hearings (towleroad.com)
  • PRESIDENT MILLSTONE: WaPo: In tight Virginia races, Democrats cutting ties to Obama. “Three years… (pajamasmedia.com)
    Less than a month before critical legislative elections, several Democratic legislators say they have reservations about the president and will not commit to supporting him next year. At least one longtime state senator has announced he will not vote for Obama in 2012.”
  • Democrats see minefield in Occupy protests (sfgate.com)
    For their part, many Occupy protesters have been openly contemptuous of Democrats, including President Barack Obama, arguing that both political parties are equally beholden to corporate interests and responsible for enacting policies that have hurt the middle class.
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    Republicans have largely dismissed Occupy Wall Street as a band of anti-capitalist ruffians, while trying to goad Democrats into embracing the movement or answering for its excesses.

  • AP-GfK: More blame Bush and GOP for economy than Obama and Democrats (dailykos.com)
    Please tell me how much blame each of the following deserves for the country’s current economic problems.
  • Obama: consumer protection ‘held hostage’ by GOP (americablog.com)
    it doesn’t hurt that Obama is fighting for something now. Everyone knows that the Republicans are soft on Wall Street abuse so more Democrats should be pressuring the GOP on this issue.
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson: President Obama Caught Between the Left and Right on Jobs (huffingtonpost.com)
    Even if Obama were willing to risk the firestorm of protest, and thumb his nose at the GOP, there’s little chance that he’d get even a handful of Senate Democrats to back a massive government job creation program. This doesn’t even take in the hysterical vitriol that would be hurled at him from millions more goaded by the professional Obama loathers among the pack of bloggers, web sites, and right-wing talk show hosts tea party members. They have whipped up the crowd to fervently believe that Obama’s a closet socialist and his economic policies have straight jacketed private business and Wall Street. Obama’s stimulus 1 package is still being relentlessly denounced by conservatives as deficit busting, wasteful, and ineffectual. They rail at it as naked big government expansion, and reckless spending by a liberal Democratic president.
  • Democrats duck President Obama (politico.com)
    Despite President Barack Obama’s sagging poll ratings, top Democratic leaders from around the country insist they’d love for him to visit. From state party chairmen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the message remains remarkably consistent: No one views the president as a political liability.
  • Did President Obama Call America Lazy? [Video] (timesunion.com)
    A video clip of President Obama supposedly calling Americans “a little bit lazy” has become favored fodder for his Republican rivals. Some say the clip was taken out of context, but that hasn’t stopped G.O.P. candidates from using the footage on the campaign trail.
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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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