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Archive for April 27, 2011

President Obama: “We Do Not Have Time For This Kind Of Silliness”

President Obama:  “We Do Not Have Time For This Kind Of Silliness”

[Note from BFIA:  Below are the president's remarks today to the media and the nation. We would like to say thank you to President Obama for slapping down the idiots and fools who are behaving like adolescents.  We hope all of our readers will please share this with your right-wing friends, relatives and media outlets.  We predict the birthers will not stop and neither will the media stop covering them. It will not be enough
for the birthers or for the corporate media to provide them with ironclad
proof of President Obama's birth because they already know what they are saying is a
complete, fabricated made-up lie.

If there has ever been a case for media reform, it is now. The media will go on covering birthers.  We hope that President Obama will make them pay politically for what they are doing as he made them pay for their insipid Reverend Wright non-troversy by making the best political speech of his career on race in America during the campaign.  Making them pay a price for what they are doing is the only thing that will make them stop. Meanwhile, did you know the GOP is trying to get rid of Medicare?]

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Now, let me just comment, first of
all, on the fact that I can't get the networks to break in on all kinds
of other discussions — (laughter.)  I was just back there listening to
Chuck — he was saying, it’s amazing that he’s not going to be talking
about national security.  I would not have the networks breaking in if I
was talking about that, Chuck, and you know it.

Q Wrong channel.  (Laughter.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  As many of you have been briefed, we provided
additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue
has been going on for two, two and a half years now.  I think it
started during the campaign.  And I have to say that over the last two
and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at
the degree to which this thing just kept on going.  We've had every
official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has
investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii,
August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.

We've posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on
the Internet for everybody to see.  People have provided affidavits that
they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate.  And yet this thing
just keeps on going. 

Now, normally I would not comment on something like this, because
obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on at any given
day and I've got other things to do.  But two weeks ago, when the
Republican House had put forward a budget that will have huge
consequences potentially to the country, and when I gave a speech about
my budget and how I felt that we needed to invest in education and
infrastructure and making sure that we had a strong safety net for our
seniors even as we were closing the deficit, during that entire week the
dominant news story wasn’t about these huge, monumental choices that
we're going to have to make as a nation.  It was about my birth
certificate.  And that was true on most of the news outlets that were
represented here.

And so I just want to make a larger point here.  We've got some
enormous challenges out there.  There are a lot of folks out there who
are still looking for work.  Everybody is still suffering under high gas
prices.  We're going to have to make a series of very difficult
decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our
deficit and our debt — how do we do that in a balanced way.

And this is going to generate huge and serious debates, important
debates.  And there are going to be some fierce disagreements — and
that’s good.  That’s how democracy is supposed to work.  And I am
confident that the American people and America’s political leaders can
come together in a bipartisan way and solve these problems.  We always

But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted.  We’re
not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. 
We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend
that facts are not facts.  We’re not going to be able to solve our
problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.

We live in a serious time right now and we have the potential to deal
with the issues that we confront in a way that will make our kids and
our grandkids and our great grandkids proud.  And I have every
confidence that America in the 21st century is going to be able to come
out on top just like we always have.  But we’re going to have to get
serious to do it. 

I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no
matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest.  But I’m
speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the
press.  We do not have time for this kind of silliness.  We’ve got
better stuff to do.  I’ve got better stuff to do.  We’ve got big
problems to solve.  And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going
to have to focus on them — not on this.

Thanks very much, everybody.

GOP 2012: Let Us Get Rid Of Medicare, Social Security And Public Schools For You! (Part 2)

GOP 2012:  Let Us Get Rid Of Medicare, Social Security And Public Schools For You! (Part 2)

by Dave Bradley

[Click here to read Part 1]

Several years back while reading DailyKos, I came across this paragraph in a diary on the economy of the Bush regime. It was late 2005 and cracks were already beginning to appear in the façade of a well-run economy: (Sorry I have lost the source over years). 

The reality of Reagonomics and its successors is that they have been a policy, first of burning through savings, then burning through credit, and successively carrying less and less insurance on the whole economy. That is effectively what a liberal government is – a vast insurance company, which converts the national advantage of infinite time arbitrage and recapture transparency into the ability to spread risk. The government is the buyer, seller, borrower, lender and insurer of last resort. The analogy is similar to the kernel in UN*X – sooner or later, you must talk to a single tasking process that makes decisions about how to balance competing demands for resources.

Consider this statement and then look back at economic policy since Reagan. Republicans have been burning through money like a drunken frat boy, Democrats trying to rebuild a sound, diverse economy. And since FDR we have seen Democrats building insurance-like programs to help all Americans when times may go bad. Think of things like unemployment insurance, various agricultural programs, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disaster relief, bank failure and many more. Programs set up for the most part by Democratic congresses and administrations to smooth out the economy and the individual pain when things go wrong – which is inevitable.

The simple idea is that we tax ourselves when times are good and tuck it away to be used when times go bad. Geez, seems like a damned good idea for a family or a country.

On the other hand, we have a group that wants to spend every nickel they can, like a kid at college and away from his parents for the first time. And dad gave this kid the credit card, so if he doesn’t have money, he charges it on old dad. When he runs through the credit card, he raids the savings accounts and starts borrowing at high rates. One only need look at the debts run up by Reagan, Bush and Bush to see examples.

And they really, really want to burn through savings accounts, especially the big ones – Social Security and Medicare.

Just like any flim-flam man, the Republican Party has all sorts of ways of talking you and I out of our savings.  But it is not just our savings, it is our children’s and grand-children’s. Yet they continue to wear their victims down with promises of getting rich quick if we just give them our money. Hopefully, we learned some lessons from the crash that created the Bush Depression.

They have already run us wildly into debt. We can’t let them burn through our savings also. And we definitely need to stop any Democrats from helping them in their theft.

REMINDER:   Progressives don’t let their friends do Koch!

E-mail Dave here

Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” 
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty,  Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.

Braley and Grassley Hold Town Hall Meetings Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Braley and Grassley Hold Town Hall Meetings Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Lucas County

Town Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday April 27, 2011 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Chariton Public Library, Conference Room, 803 Braden Ave., Chariton

Decatur County Town Meeting
Date/Time: Wednesday April 27, 2011 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Leon Community Center, 203 N.E. Second St., Leon

Town Hall with Congressman Braley

Please join Congressman Bruce Braley for an interactive Deficit Townhall. You'll be able to create your own budget and work with your friends and neighbors to make cuts and find savings.


Wednesday April 27 – Dubuque
Grand River Center
500 Bell Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
9:00-11:00 AM

Wednesday April 27 – Fayette
Student Center Ballroom
Upper Iowa University Campus
East side of Washington Street in the middle of campus
Fayette, Iowa 52142
2:00-4:00 PM