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Original post made by Toni Patterson, University South, on Sep 4, 2012

Within ten minutes of the start of the DNC, there was a woman who spoke who has more military experience than all the Romney men combined.

Tulsi Gabbart, house candidate from Hawaii.

This will be a different convention. She spoke more about veterans than all the Republican National Convention speakers COMBINED.

I am very impressed with her. We'll hear about her again!

wiki:

In 2002, at the age of 21, Gabbard became the youngest legislator ever elected in the history of Hawaii, and the youngest woman ever elected to state office in the nation. As State Representative for the Oahu 42nd District (which covers Waipahu, Honouliuli and Ewa Beach), she served on the Education, Higher Education, Tourism and Economic Development committees.

In April 2003, while serving in office, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard. In July 2004, Gabbard gave up her seat in office to deploy with her Hawaii National Guard unit, volunteering for an 12-month combat tour in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.

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Posted by miss Teddy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

In the tribute to Ted Kennedy, they just showed a clip of the Ted/Romney debate with Mitt saying he was pro choice, that Roe v Wade was settled law.

Will this be all about flip flops?


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Posted by Mormon empire
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on Sep 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Watch how the republicans will go after democrats that serve the country. They did it with Kerry and are now trying to discredit Obama for getting OBL


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Posted by Kathy G
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on Sep 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I can't believe the dems have to defend family planning and birth control in this day and age. So sad, how the republicans have gone off the rails. I just heard a woman speaker explain "we believe that rape is rape" at a national convention because the republicans won't say it, didn't say it at their convention, when one of their senators said women can't get pg from rape.

Why would a parent of girls vote for the republican war on women? I don't get it.


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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@miss Teddy

The tribute was a fitting reminder of the man's lifetime of service to his country. Fitting to the event was the brutal segments with Mitt Romney. Just devastating.

Web Link 2 minutes into the video is the Kennedy evisceration of Romney prior to Romney's landslide defeat (also shown in the video, of course):

> ROMNEY: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."

> KENNEDY: "On the question of the choice issue — I have supported the Roe v. Wade. I am pro-choice. My opponent is multiple choice."

followed by Mitt's flip flops on health care

> KENNEDY: "Now he's for family leave. Now he looks like he's for minimum wage. Now he's for education reform," the senator said. "If we give him two more weeks then he may even vote for me, because those are the things that I am for."

Romney has won only one race in his life and performed so poorly he couldn't get reelected after that fluke victory. History will judge the GOP's choice of nominee quite poorly. As handsome and rich as he is, Romney is a terrible candidate. Romney received not an iota of "convention bounce" because few trust him, and fewer actually like him.

The swing state polls continue to stay firmly in Obama's favor. With any significant convention bounce for Obama, this approaches electoral vote landslide territory.


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

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Last night, Bill Clinton gave a "let me tell ya what's really going on" speech that arguable no other American on the left or right could give. A 25 minute text he extrapolated upon and went 45 minutes. Slick Willy got into a level of detail that the entire RNC failed to match over 4 days.

And he nailed it.

"He was the explainer-in-chief without seeming too preachy. He was full of Southern aphorisms without being hokey. And, perhaps most importantly of all, Clinton was quite clearly having a very good time — and he let it show. He adlibbed. He played with the crowd. He smiled and laughed."

Even though I'm no fan of Joe Klein:

"Bill Clinton talks about policy–about the substance of governing–better than any other politician I've ever heard. He keeps it simple and he keeps it accurate. He can make Medicare as dramatic as warfare. He did a major demolition job on the Republican Party's economic policy tonight. He held it to the light of the facts. And it crumbled, as those of us who follow these things knew it would. After all, we've had 30 years of data: supply-side economics don't work, tax cuts for the wealthy are more likely to encourage the purchase of dressage horses than the creation of new jobs.

He did Barack Obama a service tonight, but he also did his country a service by making crystal clear the baloney-slicing at the heart of the Republican argument."

The line of the night?

"Did y'all watch their convention? I did.

It went something like this. We left him a total mess, but he hasn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in."

Clinton even quoted Reagan.


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Posted by Perspective
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on Sep 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

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Bottom line Web Link

Record number of adults "not in the labor force". Highest percent for men since 1949. Web Link

Reagan inherited the LAST major economic meltdown, equivalent ( despite the constant attempt to say that Obama inherited the worst "since the Depression") to the one that Obama inherited.

By this point in Reagan's Admin, with taking the boot off our necks and rewarding success, we were at over a million new jobs per month.

This POTUS has been the first POTUS to actually net LOSE jobs. Even Carter didn't do that badly.Web Link

I hope the USA has woken up. A tree fell on our house,and we can argue "facts" all we want about why the tree fell and whose fault it is, but in the meantime instead of taking the tree off and fixing the house, we have left the tree and learned to live with it. Do we really want to continue to live like this?


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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Perspective's "bottom line"? Nope. While I appreciate that perspective is a fan of Reagan's stimulus measures (vastly increasing the size of government while tripling the national debt), the real bottom line is job creation by month:

Web Link

The chart above shows monthly job creation during the Bush Great Recession. Note the 818,000 jobs lost in January, 2009. We ARE better off than we were under Bush. Since Romney just wants to follow the Bush-Cheney policies, it is essential to not go back to the terrible policies that got us into this mess. A handy chart showing up in numerous spots today:

the last ten 'Augusts':

* August 2003: - 45,000

* August 2004: +122,000

* August 2005: +193,000

* August 2006: +183,000

* August 2007: - 18,000

* August 2008: - 274,000

* August 2009: - 231,000

* August 2010: - 51,000 (includes Census layoffs)

* August 2011: + 85,000

* August 2012: + 96,000

As usually accompanies these numbers, the great words of advice from Bill Clinton:

"the Republican argument against the president's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in."

THAT is the bottom line!


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Posted by Perspective
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on Sep 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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Though I appreciate the valiant effort of TUNIA to make it look good, the bottom line is this is the first POTUS to have actually LOST net jobs in his presidency. Spinning all you want can not change that fact.

For one of the single best interviews I have ever heard comparing FDR to Obama, listen to the John Batchelor show dated tonight where Richard Epstein speaks. A great way of explaining why and how central control SOUNDS good,but does the opposite of the good intentions proclaimed by proponents.

Link is here, but interview won't be up until 9/8/12 because the interview was tonight.
Web Link


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

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Web Link Notice that poster Perspective never comments on the monthly jobs chart?

He can't! It blows his whole Fox talking points apart!

* January, 2009 = 800,000 jobs lost
* Obama sworn in
* February, 2009 = 700,000 jobs lost
* March, 2009 = 800,000 jobs lost
* April, 2009 = 800,000 jobs lost

First 4 months of Obama's term = over 3 million jobs lost because of Bush's Great Recession. Before any of Obama's job growth policies kicked in.
vs.
4.5 million private sector jobs created in the last 28 months.

Obama is bringing America back. We cannot afford to go back to the disastrous Bush polices favored by Mitt Romney.

Bottom line: America cannot afford to have Romney take us back to his Bush retread policies.


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Posted by Perspective
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on Sep 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

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Ok..month by month, for those who prefer it, comparing Obama to Reagan, both of whom inherited an equally bad economy in jobs..
Web Link

Reagan outpaces Obama by any measure, cherry picked or not.

Think, folks, think. What could the difference be? Both inherited high unemployment, both inherited failing housing markets, hmmm..

Could it be the responses?


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

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After taking apart Perspective's fallacious argument about Bush, perspective brings in a straw man argument about Reagan. The HUGE difference between Reagan and Obama, besides the fact that Reagan TRIPLED the national debt?

-- Reagan had a Senate and House that worked WITH him on recovery, led by Tip O'Neil. Obama has John Boenher and Mitch McConnell who said:

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Not work on jobs, not work on something important for Americans, nope. The obstructionists' goals were clear -- sacrifice everything to defeat Obama, even if it brings ruin to American lives and families. The Republicans defeated Obama's American Jobs Act and offered not one serious jobs program, yet managed to vote on abortion FIFTY THREE times.

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

Traitorous to the American people. Compare and contrast:

* 4.5 million private sector jobs created in the last 28 months

vs

* "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"

Americans cannot afford a return to Bush/Cheney policies in the form of Romney/Ryan. Notice that Perspective cannot highlight any significant differences between Romney and Bush?

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"


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Posted by Perspective
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on Sep 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

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Yes, Tip O'Neil and Democrats in general had some economic abilities in "those days". Like Clinton did, they knew when to lead where the people told them to go when they were defeated by public wishes.

So, yes,...the Dems 'worked with" Reagan.
Obama and Reid and Pelosi "worked with" any Repubs, or did Obama tell them to "sit in the back"? Has Reid placed one single House Bill onto the Senate floor for a vote, or has Reid told the House ..well, hmm.how to say this politely.."not interested"?
For someone to "work with" another, there has to be SOME give on "the other's" part. There has been not one single give by the Dems.

Impasse.
Gotta go.
I, personally, think McConnell and Boehner have blinked too often and given too much. The "debt ceiling" deal, for example, was a time that Obama got what he wanted, so our credit rating was dropped because there were not enough cuts in our spending.

Well, ain't no way you, TUNITA, will ever change your mind, nor I mine. So, signing off and back to work.

In the meantime, with any luck, we can get in a POTUS, Senate and House who will at least be in the same BOOK on economics ( though Romney, Boehner and McConnel won't be on the same page as conservatives, they will be closer, at least in the same book, or at least same perspective of history and economic understanding)

We can't pass this horrendous debt on to enslave our children.


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

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That's really funny!!!

After being shown rock hard evidence that it's the republicans that are intransigent and obstructionists, Perspective claim's it's really Obama's fault because of some mysterious lack of him reaching out!!

republicans: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"

Americans cannot afford a return to Bush/Cheney policies in the form of Romney/Ryan. Notice that Perspective cannot highlight any significant differences between Romney and Bush?

While Americans suffer, republicans say: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"

Look at the monthly jobs chart: Web Link 4.5 million new private sector jobs in the last 28 months!

Yet rather than build a stronger America, republicans ignore the suffering of many Americans; republicans say: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"

Traitors.


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

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Bill Clinton: "the Republican argument against the president's re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put us back in."


American cannot afford another Bush/Cheney.

Bush and the Republicans left Obama a total mess, he hasn't finished cleaning it up yet, so fire him and put republicans and Bush-clone Romney/Ryan back in?!?

Ridiculous to even consider it.


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Posted by That User Name is already
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on Sep 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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Looks like the DNC trounced the RNC, or more specifically, the more Americans get to see Mitt Romney, the more they love Barack Obama.

CNN poll, first full post convention poll - Web Link

Obama is winning, and not just in the battleground states that were ALREADY giving Obama a large electoral vote lead.

President Obama and vulture capitalist Mitt Romney were tied 48-48 prior to the conventions. Obama is now up 52-46, comfortably over the magic 50 percent barrier with a six-point lead. Even the Fox News pollster, Rasmussen, has given Obama the lead in their tracking polls.

With Romney's Sunday show flip flop this weekend on ObamaCare, Romney's support among his own base will erode even more. The failed governor's House of Cards is collapsing all around Mitt's Etch-A-Sketch.

With the Sunday ObamaCare flip flop, that's a flip-flop-flip into a flip-flop-flip-flop, for those keeping score at home; not quite Mitt's personal best, but approaching it!

Time to run up the score and defend the Senate and take back the House.





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