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This story is dedicated to our military soldiers who have been deployed numerous times and are tired:
As a woman veteran of the Armed Forces, I take issue with people like Romney who want to become our Commander in Chief — yet, Mitt dodged the draft 4 times. Perhaps I might be more open to Mitt’s request of increasing our $2.1 trillion in defense if he had put his own ass on the line. What does Romney want an increase of $2.1 trillion for? It smells of war mongering to me, and Americans need to start choosing our battles more carefully because we need to minimize bloodshed after a decade of war.
I believe Obama won the military audience when he said:
“There’s no reason why Americans should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their country,” Obama said. “After a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building at home.”
Face it, folks. Our military members, their families are tired of constantly being deployed.
It is time to focus on Homeland issues, and Romney is on the record for wanting to increase the Defense War budget by $2.1 trillion dollarseven though our military didn’t ask for it. It’s one thing for our military to ask for an increase — but they didn’t ask for it to begin with.
I believe we ought to choose our battles more carefully, and give our military a rest to a degree. When our troops are rested, and when their morale is strengthened….they become better focused fighters anyway.
Our military is tired after MULTIPLE deployments.
This should not be a surprise to anyone who has been following foreign policy and the pulse of our military and veterans. It’s a fact: military members are tired of being deployed 4 or 5 times. Military dependents, relatives, friends and Americans are sick and tired of a decade of war implemented by George W. Bush. We are spending billions and billions of dollars in tax payer money as we bomb other countries only to rebuild their infrastructures.
We cannot go backward with war mongering any longer.
We have to fix HOMELAND issues before helping others abroad.
It’s time for the United States to save itself from drowning, because we can’t prevent others from drowning if we are not strong enough to save ourselves first.
Latinos can kiss LEGAL immigration reform good bye if Romney is elected; Latinos are motivated for 2012Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Latinos can kiss LEGAL comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act good bye if Romney is elected and they should be motivated to vote in 2012.
Bottom line: Not one single 1st term President has tackled immigration within their first term over the last 100 years of American history. We live in a post 9-11 era where Republicans have become protectionist and restrictionist that is reminiscent of the Dixiecrat days. In fact, the GOP adopted an anti-immigrant platform officially this past summer.
It is true that Republican Ronald Reagan gave amnesty when he was President, however, we do live in a post 9-11 era, and we are in the midst of two wars … and this is precisely why Congress needs to hammer a legal immigration law that will fix the broken immigration system. Congress needs to take on the immigration issue that will only benefit our economy and our aging population and our elderly.
We believe in taking care of our elderly which is precisely why we need to address this. If you will notice…it is the Mexican-Americans who do a good job of taking care of our elderly, and we don’t necessarily believe in sticking our grandmas and our grandpas in an “elderly home” per se — nay, we typically like to make them feel at home while caring for them in our homes.
Furthermore, let’s all remember, too, that it was Mitt Romney who made over $50 million dollars in profits with regard to abortions via Steryicl. Obama did not have a company that profited in the millions from abortions.
I make the case below.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper endorses President Obama for re-election!
Tens of millions of Americans will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote for a president and vice president. It will be an important day for American democracy. This will be the Americans’ day, but the outcome of the elections will impact the entire world.
For Americans in general, and American Jews in particular, the United States’ attitude toward Israel is just one of many factors to consider – among internal and foreign affairs, the economy and defense – when casting their vote.
But for various reasons, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has made incumbent President Barack Obama’s policy toward Israel a hot-button issue in the campaign. One of those reasons is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s open support for Romney, who like him enjoys the patronage of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Obama has been accused of taking a cool and hostile stance in relation to Israel on several issues, from Iran to Palestine. Romney promises a warmer, more supportive approach.
Indeed, one would hope the realization of Romney’s wishes would further advance Washington-Jerusalem relations, in the tradition of all recent U.S. administrations, both Republican and Democrat. But a deeper examination of the core issues comprising the two countries’ relations – devoid of political and personal interests – reveals no grounds for portraying Obama in a negative light.
Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, assisted Israel’s defense by toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and deterring, albeit for a limited period, Iran’s accelerated progress toward attaining nuclear weapons. Bush contributed to Israel’s peace, even if partially, by being the first president to adopt the two-state solution. His support even enabled the evacuation of settlements from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank.
Obama continued this two-way track vis-a-vis Iran and the issue of Palestinian statehood. Under his pressure, Israel suspended for the first time – for a while – construction in the settlements. Relations between the two countries’ armed forces have never been so close. Obama’s challenge in his second term, if he wins the elections, is to lead the region to a stable arrangement of peace and security.
The outcome of the elections will be determined by the voters’ decision as to which of the two candidates is good for America. But if any of them are vacillating in their vote over whether Obama has been a good president for Israel, the answer is yes.
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Apparently the Hurricane speedy government response had a bit of influence with regard to his endorsement of Obama.
The New York Times wrote:
Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent in his third term leading New York City, has been sharply critical of both Mr. Obama, a Democrat, and Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican rival, saying that both men have failed to candidly confront the problems afflicting the nation. But he said he had decided over the past several days that Mr. Obama was the best candidate to tackle the global climate change that the mayor believes contributed to the violent storm, which took the lives of at least 38 New Yorkers and caused billions of dollars in damage.
The WAPOST wrote:
“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” the political independent writes in an op-ed on Bloomberg View, part of his media empire. “Our climate is changing. … We need leadership from the White House.” Obama, he says, “has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption.”
The HuffPo wrote:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election on Thursday, Bloomberg TV reported and The Huffington Post confirmed.
The mayor, an Independent, did not endorse a candidate in the 2008 election and hadn’t seem poised to do so this time around as well.
“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast – in lost lives, lost homes and lost business – brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” he said. FULL STORY HERE>>>
2016 Matching Funds an incentive for Libertarian – Republican voters to vote for Gary Johnson this yearThursday, November 1st, 2012
Allow this writing to be specifically directed to Libertarian and Libertarian-Republican voters…
Did you know that if Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets at least 5% of the vote, that means the Libertarian Party will have the OPTION to receive several millions in matching campaign funds in 2016? Johnson is polling at 6% nationally.
Johnson is clearly onto something. Major parties, along with minor parties that reach the 5 percent threshold, do indeed qualify for grants in federal matching funds (although the $90 million figure Johnson referred to is unclear at this point).
Remember when the Republican Party would not include then Republican Gary Johnson in the debates? Well it appears excluding Gary from his freedom of expression is not helping them this 2012 election year.
I predicted the GOP would regret excluding Johnson last year when I wrote:
Now that Gary Johnson has left the Republican Party, he will become political power house and help frame political discourse
And now the test of time has taken place and the prediction is coming into fruition.
TIME recently wrote:
For months, as Johnson ran in the Republican presidential primary, the GOP ignored him as best it could, hoping he’d just go away. Then he did, leaving the Republicans to join the Libertarians. When I ran into him at the GOP convention in Tampa, Johnson looked like a man far removed from his former party, blocks from the convention center, standing on a street corner in front of a Hooters doing interviews.
The GOP isn’t ignoring him anymore. Now that Johnson is threatening to siphon votes from Mitt Romney in close elections in Colorado and Nevada (he’s also on the ballot in 46 other states and Washington, D.C.), Republicans are doing whatever they can to limit his appeal. Michigan party officials kept him off the ballot because he filed his paperwork three minutes late. In Pennsylvania, the GOP hired a private detective who went to canvassers’ homes and flashed his old FBI badge before questioning the signatures they collected, a lawyer for Johnson’s campaign alleged. The state GOP and the investigator denied doing anything improper. (On Oct. 10 a judge decided that Johnson will be on the Pennsylvania ballot.) The experience has left Johnson, 59, alienated from some of his old comrades—which, it turns out, he doesn’t mind at all. “Going to Republican events, as I did a zillion times, I listened to Republican candidates do their spiel. I cringed at a lot of what they said, whether it was abortion, the terrorist threat, the homophobia, the ‘illegal immigrant is the source of all our problems’—man, that stuff made me crazy. The kook element of the Libertarians gets up, and I don’t cringe.”
With Latinos expected to go to voting booths in record numbers this year in the southwestern part of the United States …. we now see Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson getting about 5% of the vote according to a poll in New Mexico.
The Boston Globe is calling this the “X” factor, but we are calling it the “L” factor.
We are attributing his 5% to being the former Republican New Mexico governor, and he did quite well with the NM budget. We also believe that Mitt Romney’s immigration protectionist views will hurt him with Latinos since he is on the record for supporting a view similar to the ousted Senator Russell Pearce’s extreme and draconian immigration policies.
More with regard to the New Mexico Poll:
In a statewide poll conducted 12 days before the presidential election, Barack Obama still maintains a comfortable lead on Mitt Romney while the former two-term governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, who’s running as the Libertarian Party candidate is polling at 5 percent.
Undecided/Don’t Know 5%
The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percent.
The numbers show Obama picking up 1 percentage point since the last Journal poll was conducted between Oct. 9-11 while Romney has picked up two points and Johnson has lost one point.
“The reason Mitt Romney is behind in New Mexico is because he is not picking up enough Hispanics and crossover Democrats,” the president of Research and Polling, Brian Sanderoff, said to the Journal, pointing out that in 2004, George W. Bush won nearly 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in New Mexico.
Obama maintains a big lead among Hispanics in the state (68-20) while Romney leads among Anglo voters (56-37). Johnson actually has slightly more support among Hispanics in the poll than Anglos — 5 percent to 4 percent.
Male voters support Johnson at a 7 percent rate, compared to 3 percent for females in New Mexico while Obama leads among men 45-43 and women, 54-39.
As the Romney vs. Obama matchup gets more intense in the final days of the campaign season, Johnson is trying to keep his Libertarian candidacy in the news.
In the past week, he received some attention for appearing on a C-SPAN debate of third-party candidates and declaring, “Waste your vote on me” and actually had a newspaper of respectable size (the Chattanooga Free Press, which has a daily circulation of 70,000) endorse him over Obama and Romney.
But according to a recent article in the New York Times, the Johnson campaign had only about $50,000 in the bank at the end of August, having burned through much of some $350,000 Johnson’s people had raised in small donations that month.
Nonetheless, Johnson staffers announced on Wednesday (Oct. 25) that the campaign launched a 30-second commercial on cable television in selected markets throughout the US, emphasizing Johnson’s call for drastically reducing defense spending and eliminating US military incursions on foreign soil and airspace.
Romney wants to increase war/defense budget by $2.1 trillion; but wants to slash FEMA funding for Hurricane victimsMonday, October 29th, 2012
What it amounts to is reasonable thinking and common sense that is in the best interest of Americans and the United States of America.
It doesn’t make sense to increase the war / defense budget by $2.1 trilllion dollars — especially when our military did not ask for the increase to begin with. It is time to focus on Homeland issues, and Romney is on the record for wanting to increase the Defense War budget by $2.1 trillion dollarseven though our military didn’t ask for it.
That said, how is Mitt Romney going to explain his wanting to increase the defense war budget by $2.1 trillion, but on the other hand, can’t find it in his heart to keep FEMA going? He want to privatize it when he knows darn well that these Wall Street ‘fat cats’ are responsible for the Housing crash that helped spiral our U.S. economy into a recession during the Bush years.
If we have $2.1 trillion to fund wars, we sure as hell should have money to fund hurting Americans here in our Homeland. Protecting what is here at home is part of the national security agenda.
From the WAPOST:
Hurricane Sandy’s battering of the East Coast is expected to produce historic rainfall totals, billions of dollars in damage and wholesale disruptions to the close presidential race. The storm could also provide a moment of sharp contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney and how their different ideas of governing apply to the federal response to large-scale disasters.
Obama has been aggressive about bolstering the federal government’s capability to respond to disasters, while his Republican challenger believes states should be the primary responders in these situations and has suggested that disaster response could be privatized.
More from Mother Jones:
Watch: Romney Proposes Gutting or Privatizing FEMA, Leaving Disaster Relief to States
Update, October 29, 12:29 a.m. EST: With Hurricane Sandy set to make landfall in the Mid-Atlantic, Mitt Romney’s policies for federal emergency management seem as relevant as ever. And the candidate’s budget, as described below, isn’t the only indication Romney would slash funding: As the Huffington Post‘s Ryan Grim noted, the presidential candidate suggested during a GOP primary debate that he would diminish the agency’s role and leave responsibility for helping imperiled Americans to the states:
Here is the transcript:
Here’s a transcript of the snip.
KING: What else, Governor Romney? You’ve been a chief executive of a state. I was just in Joplin, Missouri. I’ve been in Mississippi and Louisiana and Tennessee and other communities dealing with whether it’s the tornadoes, the flooding, and worse. FEMA is about to run out of money, and there are some people who say do it on a case-by-case basis and some people who say, you know, maybe we’re learning a lesson here that the states should take on more of this role. How do you deal with something like that?ROMNEY: Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.
Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut—we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in. We cannot…
KING: Including disaster relief, though?
ROMNEY: We cannot—we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all. [emphasis added]
For the voiceless and for those who are afraid to stand up for themselves — or can’t defend themselves.
So be it. So be it.
Just in from the HuffPo:
Latino voters will likely come to the polls in record numbers next week, experts from ImpreMedia and Latino Decisions predict based on a tracking poll released Monday.
The weekly tracking poll found 87 percent of Latino voters say they are almost certain they will vote, including 8 percent who already voted early.
“The poll shows that this year we can anticipate record participation among Latino voters,” ImpreMedia CEO Monica Lozano said in a press release. “However, Latinos are also realistic about what it will take to make real progress on the issues they care about, especially given the lack of cooperation among our elected representatives in Congress.”
Enthusiasm also increased among Latino voters — a good sign for the president — and now 45 percent say they are more enthusiastic about the 2012 election than they were in 2008, according to the poll.