Fairwell George W Bush! Reasons we will miss you…

January 15, 2009

Bushisms:

“I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will.”—Speaking about Saddam Hussein, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 5, 2002 (Thanks to George Dupper.)

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“The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.”—Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2002

“The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.”—Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003

“You’re free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it’ll take time to restore chaos and order—order out of chaos. But we will.”—Washington, D.C., April 13, 2003

“We ended the rule of one of history’s worst tyrants, and in so doing, we not only freed the American people, we made our own people more secure.”—Crawford, Texas, May 3, 2003 (Thanks to Tony Marciniec.)

“I think war is a dangerous place.”—Washington, D.C., May 7, 2003

“I’ve got very good relations with President Mubarak and Crown Prince Abdallah and the King of Jordan, Gulf Coast countries.”—Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003

“I’m also not very analytical. You know I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things.”—Aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

“It’s very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America.”—Dakar, Senegal, July 8, 2003 (Thanks to Michael Shively.)

“Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace.”—Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003

“I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.”—Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003

“See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”—Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003

“The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the—the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world. And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice.”—Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003 (Thanks to Robert Hack.)

“The illiteracy level of our children are appalling.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004 (Thanks to Lewell Gunter.)

“I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. … He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. (Laughter.) Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me.”—Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004

“I’m the master of low expectations.”—Aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Thanks to Alicia Butler.)

“Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat.”—Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2004 (Thanks to David Stanford.)

“After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week—we will have an all-volunteer army. Let me restate that.”—Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004

“I believe that, as quickly as possible, young cows ought to be allowed to go across our border.”—Ottawa, Nov. 30, 2004

“Because the—all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There’s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those—changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be—or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It’s kind of muddled. Look, there’s a series of things that cause the—like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate—the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those—if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.”—Explaining his plan to save Social Security, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4, 2005

“It’s in our country’s interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm’s way.”—Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

“Well, we’ve made the decision to defeat the terrorists abroad so we don’t have to face them here at home. And when you engage the terrorists abroad, it causes activity and action.”—Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

“I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.”—Philadelphia, Dec. 12, 2005, on the reception of American forces in Iraq

“As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself—not here at the hospital, but in combat with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch.”—After visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 1, 2006

“The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany.”—Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

“That’s George Washington, the first president, of course. The interesting thing about him is that I read three—three or four books about him last year. Isn’t that interesting?”—Showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006

“I think—tide turning—see, as I remember—I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of—it’s easy to see a tide turn—did I say those words?”—Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

“I’ve reminded the prime minister—the American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship.”—Washington, D.C., June 29, 2006

“And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.”— Speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

“More than two decades later, it is hard to imagine the Revolutionary War coming out any other way.”—Martinsburg, W. Va., July 4, 2007

“I’m going to try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I’m smart on the subject.”—answering a question concerning a possible flu pandemic, Cleveland, July 10, 2007

“You know, when you give a man more money in his pocket—in this case, a woman more money in her pocket to expand a business, it—they build new buildings. And when somebody builds a new building somebody has got to come and build the building. And when the building expanded it prevented additional opportunities for people to work.”—Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 3, 2007

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01/03/09: President-elect Obama’s Weekly Address

January 5, 2009

In this week’s weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama lays out the challenges that face us in the new year, and his plan for taking them on.

“We need an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that not only creates jobs in the short-term but spurs economic growth and competitiveness in the long-term,” he says. “And this plan must be designed in a new way—we can’t just fall into the old Washington habit of throwing money at the problem. We must make strategic investments that will serve as a down payment on our long-term economic future. We must demand vigorous oversight and strict accountability for achieving results. And we must restore fiscal responsibility and make the tough choices so that as the economy recovers, the deficit starts to come down. That is how we will achieve the number one goal of my plan—which is to create three million new jobs, more than eighty percent of them in the private sector.”

Watch the full address or read the text below:

Weekly Address
January 3, 2009

As the holiday season comes to end, we are thankful for family and friends and all the blessings that make life worth living. But as we mark the beginning of a new year, we also know that America faces great and growing challenges—challenges that threaten our nation’s economy and our dreams for the future. Nearly two million Americans have lost their jobs this past year—and millions more are working harder in jobs that pay less and come with fewer benefits. For too many families, this new year brings new unease and uncertainty as bills pile up, debts continue to mount and parents worry that their children won’t have the same opportunities they had.
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After 75 years, FDR’s First Inaugural Address becomes inspiring for our own time

December 20, 2008

FDR

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”

March 4, 1933

I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.

True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.

The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.

Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.

Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources.

Hand in hand with this we must frankly recognize the overbalance of population in our industrial centers and, by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution, endeavor to provide a better use of the land for those best fitted for the land. The task can be helped by definite efforts to raise the values of agricultural products and with this the power to purchase the output of our cities. It can be helped by preventing realistically the tragedy of the growing loss through foreclosure of our small homes and our farms. It can be helped by insistence that the Federal, State, and local governments act forthwith on the demand that their cost be drastically reduced. It can be helped by the unifying of relief activities which today are often scattered, uneconomical, and unequal. It can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and of communications and other utilities which have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act and act quickly.

Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order; there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people’s money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.

There are the lines of attack. I shall presently urge upon a new Congress in special session detailed measures for their fulfillment, and I shall seek the immediate assistance of the several States.

Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo. Our international trade relations, though vastly important, are in point of time and necessity secondary to the establishment of a sound national economy. I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first. I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.

The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States—a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.

In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor—the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others—the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.

If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we can not merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us all as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in time of armed strife.

With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.

Action in this image and to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.

It is to be hoped that the normal balance of executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.

I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.

But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, and in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis—broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.

For the trust reposed in me I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.

We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of the national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.

We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.

In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.

Quotes by F.D. Roosevelt:

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward”

“Be sincere; be brief; be seated”

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off”

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds”

“Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are”

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”

“Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion”

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still”

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Good Riddance George W. Bush, the End of an Error!

December 19, 2008

The end of the Republican Party

I have been a registered Republican since 1976.  I have been oriented toward fiscal responsibility, the rule of law, and genuine national defense, since I was nine years old.

Once upon a time the Republican Party was composed of big people with ideas big enough to do the big job of leading this big country; people like Ronald Reagan and H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

For reasons cited above, I have been profoundly disappointed by W. Bush and his administration of this country. He ran as a conservative but governed as a big government internationalist, the worst since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s, doing so without Johnson’s redeeming support for Dr. Martin Luther King on civil rights and on fiscal responsibility.

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I do appreciate that W clearly is not racist, having appointed more blacks to high position than any other US President. He also is belatedly evidencing a quality of grace in turning over the reins of this nation to Barack Obama. But aside from these qualities, I ask you to name one worthwhile achievement by this Republican President.

If you want to talk about Iraq, I will point out that no American President has ever been so stupid as to attack the wrong country; wasting vast amounts of money, military resources, and this nation’s good name to accomplish absolutely nothing of value. No President in the history of this country has ever allowed himself to be so misguided.

No President in the history of this country has ever been so Un American. In his abandonment of our constitution and disregard for the rule of law, Bush gave real Americans genuine concern over the real and serious undermining of fundamental American principals that took place in his administration of our Executive Branch of government. He took an oath of office to uphold the US Constitution. I am certain he has never read that document, even once in his life, much less tried to understand it.

He badly fumbled the War on Terror and this Nation’s economy. This country has not seen a worse military leader since General Custer asked, “What Indians?” Have you noticed bin Laden still has his own tape and video production company. Given the best military and intelligence organizations in the world, Kemo Sabe W never got his man, electing instead to pour valuable time and resources down the wrong rat hole. As former White House terrorism czar, Richard Clark once said, if al Qaeda ever explodes a nuclear weapon in an American city, we’ll know who to blame.

Thanks to excessive market deregulation, excessive free trade policies, inattention to serious health care issues, and excessive levels of military spending, America’s middle class, the backbone of its democracy, is now facing the worst economy since Reagan took office, perhaps the worst since the Great Depression. The Bush administration managed to create this mess out of the economic prosperity and federal budget surpluses that Bill Clinton handed over to them.

Don’t bother with silly accusations about what Bill Clinton was doing with his spare time in the oval office when Newt Gingrich, the Republican Speaker of the House who impeached Clinton, was doing the same thing in his own spare time.

The Republican Party campaigned against Obama, not on the strength of its ideas, for those had been lost under W, but on the weakness of its irrelevant character attacks. They tried to convince the American people that Obama, an outstanding graduate of Harvard Law School, a multimillion dollar best selling author, a friend of people such as Warren Buffet, was a ‘terrorist’ That is seriously lame and those Republicans who bought into that are also seriously lame.

Many Republicans tried to convince the American people, that Obama, an active member of a Christian community for some 20 years, was Muslim. That is more than lame, it is Un-American. Even Bush, in his September 20, 2001 speech, declaring War on Terror, proudly pointed to freedom of religion as one of the fundamental rights those who attacked this country on 9/11 were are trying to take away. America is a country that separates church and state, and empowers its citizens to worship or not worship God as they see fit. The answer real Americans give to the accusation that someone might be a Muslim is, ‘So What!’

If you agree with President Bush’s September 2001 War on Terror speech, then you need to understand that those who really are Palin’ around with Terrorists are those who try to assault the Freedom of Religion every American has.

The strength of character required to be President is almost always derived from a depth of faith. Whether trying to attack a presidential candidate’s character by falsely associating them with a less traditional religion, as with Barack Obama; or properly associating them with a less traditional religion, as with Mitt Romney; if that person’s faith has demonstrated it is deep enough to be a source of strength enabling that person to become a serious candidate for this country’s highest office, than real Americans will respect that faith.

Republicans have strayed badly from the great party they once were and have done so to the extant they have forgotten what it means to be a real American. America has never been about being as small and narrow as possible. It has always been, and will always be, about being able to fly as high as we belong, born upward by the winds of freedom.

If most Republicans are trying to do away with that, than most Republicans are trying to do away with America.

As I’ve learned about how small minded Republican operatives lied about Bill Clinton’s Presidency to discredit it with the American people, as I’ve learned about how narrow minded right-wing radio and media has been in misleading the American people to gain electoral advantage, I have become more and more disgusted with the Republican Party itself. In its determination to highlight the small and narrow minded, in its pursuit of the lowest common denominator in American politics, it has chosen to become small and narrow minded and is choosing to become the lowest common denominator in American politics.

I will support President Obama from the false Republican attacks and disinformation certain to come. If he proves able to make the most of the opportunity the fumbling and low reaching Republican party has given him, then I see little reason to continue identifying myself with such a party.

By their warmongering and incompetence, by their determination to continue reveling in the mud trough, the Republicans are amply demonstrating this country would be better off without them.

I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.
- George W. Bush, September 20, 2001

Charles Edmond Coyote

Read also my article: The downfall of the Republican Party

GOOD RIDDANCE BUSH, THE END OF AN ERROR

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Support Wexler and Nadler on Bush Pardons

December 18, 2008

From Congressman Robert Wexler:

“There is much to celebrate, as there is only 33 days until George W. Bush leaves the White House. In addition, Congressman Nadler, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, recently introduced a resolution expressing staunch opposition to any potential preemptive pardons of members of his Administration and the need for an Independent commission or select committee to “investigate, and, where appropriate, prosecute illegal acts by senior officials of the administration of President George W. Bush.”

I fully support this resolution and I have signed on as a co-sponsor.

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Obama “saddened” and “sobered” by Blagojevich

December 15, 2008

Complaint points to clash over Obama adviser

By: Alexander Bolton
Posted: 12/09/08 12:20 PM [ET]

President-elect Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich clashed over whether to appoint a senior Obama adviser to replace him in the Senate, according to a criminal complaint filed with a federal district court.

The adviser at the center of the dispute appears to have been Valerie Jarrett, whom Obama has tapped to serve as White House senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental relations and public liaison.

Obama’s advisers declined to give in to Blagojevich’s demands, prompting angry outbursts from the Illinois governor behind the scenes.

Blagojevich in a conversation intercepted by federal agents calls Obama a “motherf—-r” and dismisses Obama’s unwillingness to strike a deal: “F—k him.”

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Illinois plunged deeper into turmoil Gov. Rod Blagojevich

McCain scolds GOP for whacking Obama over the Illinois corruption scandal: We should try to be working constructively together

Democrats’ Dilemma in Illinois: To Appoint or to Elect?

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Obama Reveals HUD Cabinet Pick in Address

December 14, 2008

Barack Obama’s weekly address


By Christi Parsons December 14, 2008

Reporting from Washington — A Harvard-educated architect is Barack Obama’s choice to lead his housing agency, which the president-elect says will play a key role in tackling the mortgage crisis and helping families stay in their homes. Read the rest

President-elect Barack Obama used his weekly address to name New York City housing official Shaun Donovan as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (Dec. 13):

Good morning.

Earlier this week, we learned that the number of Americans filing their first claim for unemployment insurance rose to a nearly 30-year high. This news reflects the pain that’s been rippling across our entire economy. Jobs are being cut. Wages are being slashed. Credit is tight and people can’t get loans. In cities and towns all across this country, families enter a holiday season with unease and uncertainty. Read the rest

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Shaun Donovan had foreseen subprime crisis in ’04

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Unemployed and Hungry in the US

December 11, 2008

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12/06/08: President-Elect Obama’s Weekly Address

December 9, 2008

Barack Obama addresses the job loss that our nation continues to endure and offers solutions to the challenges we face. For more information, visit http://change.gov.

Good morning

Yesterday, we received another painful reminder of the serious economic challenge our country is facing when we learned that 533,000 jobs were lost in November alone, the single worst month of job loss in over three decades. That puts the total number of jobs lost in this recession at nearly 2 million.

But this isn’t about numbers. It’s about each of the families those numbers represent. It’s about the rising unease and frustration that so many of you are feeling during this holiday season. Will you be able to put your kids through college? Will you be able to afford health care? Will you be able to retire with dignity and security? Will your job or your husband’s job or your daughter’s or son’s job be the next one cut?
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Race is still an Issue in this country!

November 13, 2008

Jennifer De Pinto goes inside the exit polls and shows that Hillary would have beaten McCain by wide margin. 16% of the voters had said that they would had voted for Hillary, if she was the Democratic nominee, instead of McCain.

Who are those Crossover Voters?

McCain and Hillary Clinton21% of McCain voters who would have supported Clinton but not Obama said race was factor in their vote. 19% of McCain voters overall said race was factor in their vote.

61% of these McCain voters, who would have backed Clinton but not Obama, earned $50K or more annually, do not have a college degree, and valued experience over change.

43% of these voters who supported McCain but would have backed Clinton if she were in the race described themselves as Independents. 31% were Republicans; while 26% were Democrats.

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