Lights Going Out in Camelot Today

“Don’t ever let it be forgot, that once there was a spot,

for one brief shining moment…  that was Camelot.”

Today is the day the lights go out in Camelot. President Obama turns over the presidency to Donald Trump. Our worst nightmare has come true. So sad!

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Mayor in Washington Makes Disgusting Racist Remarks About the Obama’s

Mayor in Washington makes disgusting racist remarks about the Obama’s, refuses to resign.

Re-posted from Daily Kos, by Jay Hayden

Washington Mayor Rushing

Credit: cawh.org

The Mayor of Airway Heights, Washington—a suburb of Spokane—is refusing calls to resign despite immediate backlash regarding comments he made on Facebook:

The comment in full that was found on Patrick Rushing’s Facebook page read:

“Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that.  The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack.  Check out them ears. LOL.”

I showed Rushing the statement, and he confirmed he had posted it, so I asked him why he would write something like that.

It’s just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do, said Rushing.
The Airway Heights City Council was unanimous in their desire to see him resign, but he’s not budging: I will not step down. But I will do everything I can to turn the tide around.”

This is so disgustingly offensive and loathsome in so many ways. This is an elected public official that willingly posted such distasteful racist comments on his Facebook page for all to see. He obviously does not grasp the fact that Facebook is a SOCIAL MEDIA that is very open to the public…

Like all politicians that get caught doing stupid things, they say they are sorry and then try to show repentance, but they won’t resign… They’re just sorry they got caught.

Only a bigoted, racist pig could look at this beautiful family and make such a distasteful comment…

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê

Economy Is Better Despite Republican Efforts to Make America Fail

It started the day Barrack Obama was elected President and before he actually took office.

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“…reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.” [1]

That’s right, the Republicans plan to win in the future was to make President Obama fail, and to do this they had to make America fail as well. Thus began the expansion of the “do very little Congress” into the “do nothing Congress”. Republicans would need a major collapse during President Obama’s tenure to prove their ideology of smaller government, full-bore capitalism without regulations, tax cuts for the rich and big business, austerity measures, and ignoring science is the best direction for America.

Source:  Maddow Blog

Source: Maddow Blog

While shamelessly ignoring the real concerns and needs of the American people, the Republicans continued with their eagle-eye focus on their seditious political maneuvering and shenanigans, like shutting down the government and endless votes on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Anything, except passing legislation that might have a positive impact on the economy, jobs, income inequality, health care, education, immigration, middle class, repealing tax cuts for the 1% and big corporations, climate control and much, much more.

Fortunately, President Obama continued to fight for common-sense action that would positively impact the middle class and America’s economy. The following good news graphs attest to President Obama’s and the Democratic-led Senate’s positive actions.

Job Growth

Source: Steve Benen, Maddow Blog

While this is good news, despite six years of all-out-resistance by the Republicans, it’s not all that we need. Jobs are up and unemployment is down, but we need good-paying jobs.

US Domestic Growth by Steve Benen-Maddow Blog

Source: Steve Benen, Maddow Blog

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is starting to gain strength again. The GDP is one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy. It represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period – you can think of it as the size of the economy. Of course, one of the key components of GDP is productivity. Productivity is off the charts for businesses, but wages have remained stagnated.

Dow Graph

Source: Huffington Post

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is another indicator of economic health. The DOW recently closed above 18,000 for the FIRST TIME EVER – despite six years of doom-and-gloom proselytizing by the Republicans. It appears that confidence in our economy is definitely looking up — despite the Republican’s tanking of the economy by constantly playing brinksmanship on raising the debt ceiling.

Indeed, this is good economic news – for all. There is a slogan that says “A rising tide lifts all the boats”. In reference to the economy, this means that an improving economy will benefit all participants in the economy, not just some.

Yes, it has taken longer than President Obama expected. But what if the Republicans and the “do nothing Congress” had actually worked with the President over the course of the last six years. All this good news probably could have started many years ago.

However, despite all the efforts by Republicans to make President Obama, and America, fail; the economy is better.

And true to form, the Republicans take the credit…

mcconnell smallMitch McConnell on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 in a Senate floor speech:

After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope,” McConnell said. “The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

President Obama’s Accomplishments are Damn Impressive

This is What a Successful Presidency Looks LikeLooking back through some of my notes and ideas for future blogs I came across this from a couple of months ago. I had the same thought as I did when I saved it: That’s damn impressive!

We all tend to rate the President on the latest problems or decisions, or lack of. I can remember getting annual reviews at work and it being obvious that my boss could only rate me, and discuss, my most recent performance, accomplishments, or short-comings in some cases. It was up to me to remind him of what happened throughout the whole year and not just the last few months. This was usually followed by the typical “I didn’t realize that was during the past year” or something similar.

When musicians, artists, inventors, scientists, etc. receive recognition and acclaim, it is typically based on their overall “body of work”. They didn’t have a hit song, book, product or discovery every time.

Looking at the graph above on President Obama’s “body of work” and accomplishments while in office, considering he has to fight a “do nothing” Congress that is intent on making him a failure, this is damn impressive. And this doesn’t include the impact of ObamaCare.

Like him or not, he is due kudos for a job well done.

 

 

 

Conservative Pundits Have Incredible Emotional Meltdown

Republicans and the Conservative Pundits have already come out swinging—threatening impeachment, talking about jailing the president, and worse.

Credit: DemocraticUnderground.com

Credit: DemocraticUnderground.com

The president’s announcements are big—but not unprecedented.1 In fact, every president since Eisenhower—Republican and Democrat—has taken executive action on immigration. When President George H.W. Bush implemented the Family Fairness Program, it gave opportunities for deferred action and work authorization to 40% of America’s undocumented population.

The president is acting because Congress hasn’t. Leaders of both parties have said our immigration situation is a crisis—yet Republicans in the House have been unwilling or unable to take action. In the summer of 2013, a bipartisan bill passed in the Senate but was killed when House Speaker John Boehner yielded to pressure from his Tea Party members and refused to bring it for a vote. The president, immigration activists, and most Americans want Congress to act—but in the meantime, executive action provides some progress.

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1.  “Executive action on immigration has a long legal precedent,” MSNBC, November 19, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301762&id=104955-25733177-gAAL38x&t=6