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Review: John Grant on Obama and peace, 12/12/09

Obama pulls off world-class rhetorical act in Oslo
By John Grant, 12/12/09

It has to be a first: An American President accepts the Nobel Peace Prize by arguing for war based on American exceptionalism. As if that was not weird enough, according to the New York Times, he did this while “implicitly criticizing … the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as naive about a dangerous world.” Before a mostly European audience in Oslo, he trumpeted our sacrifice in World War Two, specifically the United States’ effort to help “underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms.” He was unclear whether that included our 58,000 dead in Vietnam. He quoted John F. Kennedy that the pragmatic pace of progress should be “a gradual evolution in human institutions” and that his preferred clock for change did not favor “the satisfying purity of indignation.”

As a doctrinal statement on war and peace, the Oslo speech left his West Point remarks in the dust. As it left many a head spinning. Even Sarah Palin reportedly said it was a great speech.

The front page of the New York Times after the speech said it all. There’s the smiling President and his lovely wife waving from behind bullet-proof-glass from a balcony of The Grand Hotel in Oslo, while to their right there’s a major story of mercenary Blackwater operatives working with CIA and military units on secret, unaccountable assassination teams whose activities were under the leadership of the man the President appointed to command his “good war” in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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He's with Sanders

Comments posted by Joe Magid on the proposed tax cut to the wealthy:

Sorry Jen, but I’m with Bernie Sanders. This deal stinks. The Billionaires’ Bonus is terrible for the economy. It puts extra money into the hands of people who will invest it where it will get them the best return, OVERSEAS! We’re going to borrow billions to create jobs in other countries. The net net on this deal is that it does nowhere near enough good compared to the damage it does. The unemployment extension is piddly compared to what we need.

Unearned income on the wealthy must be taxed at regular income rates and the marginal rates must go up.

The wealth consolidation current rates fuel is a grave threat to our democracy, let alone the welfare of the middle class.

Maintaining the Bush cuts on top of a lousy deal on the inheritance tax on top of more tax cuts for big business already sitting on a huge pile of cash, what can I say, I’m disgusted.

I’m one of hundreds of thousands who did the hard work on the ground, in addition to our personal campaign contributions, that got President Obama elected. He’s about 95% of the way to ensuring we won’t be around to swallow a bunch of empty promises again in 2012.

in response to:

Yesterday, President Obama announced a framework for a bipartisan agreement to extend both a set of tax cuts that would have expired at year’s end and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. The compromise also includes several additional measures that will benefit middle-class families and help create jobs down the road.

The President recorded a video to talk straight to supporters like you about this bipartisan deal.

Check out the video here — and if you have any feedback on this agreement, please let us know what you think.

It’s an imperfect agreement but an absolutely vital one. Without it, millions of middle-class families and out-of-work Americans — as well as students, parents, and small businesses — would be worse off heading into the new year. Now, they’ll get the relief they need as our economy continues to recover.

Take a minute to watch the video the President recorded — and then share your thoughts:

Jen O’Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Wealthiest .0000001% Hail Tax Deal

Billionaires Praise Obama Move

GENEVA (The Borowitz Report), 12/8/10

– President Obama’s deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich drew rave reviews today from the wealthiest .0000001% of Americans, who pronounced the deal “a total home run.”

“When we first heard about the deal, we were like, this is too good to be true,” said multibillionaire Thurston Howell IV, a spokesman for the richest .0000001%. “But when our butlers read the plan aloud to us during the cocktail hour, we were incredibly stoked.”

The 29 plutocrats who make up the nation’s wealthiest .0000001% were at their annual meeting at Mr. Howell’s villa in Geneva, Switzerland, when news of the President’s deal was first released.

“Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were the first to hear about it, and then the news just kind of trickled down, if I may use a favorite phrase of ours,” Mr. Howell said.

“The President deserves credit for recognizing what the wealthiest .0000001% have known for years,” he added. “Our cost of living has soared astronomically, especially when you consider how expensive it’s gotten to control the outcome of elections.”

In response to critics who have said that Mr. Obama’s decision to extend the tax cuts represents a change in his position, Mr. Howell said, “If I may coin a phrase, that’s change I can believe in.”

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“Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry…”

“Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.” — President Dwight Eisenhower, Farewell Address to the Nation, January 17, 1961

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