Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Next Month: Unemployment Benefits to


One important fact rarely being reported is that unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire if Congress does not vote to extend them by December 31 which will leave over 2.2 million American families to literally starve ! The time is NOW to make your voices be heard by contacting your Senators and Congresspeople to DEMAND that they do the right thing and extend the benefits. (Greg Jones-B4B)

WATCH: Unemployment Benefits to Expire



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Thursday, November 24, 2011

President Pardons Turkey with 1st Daughters


WATCH Weekly Address:
On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women

Who Defend Our Country

President Obama wishes the American people a happy Thanksgiving -- and gives a special thanks to the brave men and women serving overseas and those giving back to their communities during the holidays.


P.S......Soooooo Thankful that McPalin didn't win !
Whew !!!

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Monday, November 21, 2011


President Responds to Super Committee Failure


B4B Note: The GOP's desire to do all they can to make certain that our country fails in hopes of blaming/defeating The President is actually domestic terrorism and should be identified as such.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Ohio Gov. Kasich following experiencing
The Power Of The People !!!

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By Earlene Williams Hancock

BIG, BIG NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS!!! Way to go OHIO ~ we rejected Issue 2 - 60/40!!! Mississippi ~ you voted down that ridiculous Personhood Amendment!!! Maine ~ you said NO to Voter Suppression...and Kentucky ~ you voted for a Democratic Governor!!! WOO HOO! ----► Listen up, GOP - the people have spoken and we're coming for you! ◄---

There's STILL MUCH Work Ahead !
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Ohioans Unite to Defeat
Repub Gov. Kasich Plan

Article from Amanda Terkel/Huffington Post:
Ohioans overturned a divisive anti-union law on Tuesday, delivering a significant defeat to Republican Gov. John Kasich and a victory to labor unions.

Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, a ballot referendum on Senate Bill 5, a measure that restricts collective bargaining rights for more than 360,000 public employees, among other provisions. Opposition to the legislation inspired large protests from residents around the state this year.

Immediately after the results came in, union officials sent out statements declaring success.

"One message rang loud and clear tonight in Ohio and across the country: those who spend their time scapegoating workers and pushing a partisan agenda will only strengthen the resolve of working people," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "From the very beginning, it’s been clear that Gov. Kasich, and indeed many politicians, were pushing an agenda that was about politics, not about solving our nation’s problems or creating jobs."

"Even after John Kasich locked the doors to democracy and shut out everyday heroes from the Statehouse, in the cold, blister of February -- working people never lost hope. We marched in the spring, circulated petitions in the summer and now, this fall, we delivered a win for all working people by defeating Issue 2, repealing Senate Bill 5," added Becky Williams, president of SEIU District 1199 in Ohio.

Kasich held a press conference shortly after the fate of Issue 2 had been declared, saying it was time for him to "take a deep breath" and figure out what to do next.

"When I say it is a time to pause, it is right now, on this issue," he said. "The people have spoken clearly. You don't ignore the public. Look, I also have an obligation to lead. I've been leading since the day I took this office, and I'll continue to do that. But part of leading is listening and hearing what people have to say to you."

Kasich signed SB 5 into law on March 31, although the law was put on hold during the referendum campaign. The labor-aligned group We Are Ohio organized the anti-Issue 2 effort, and Building A Better Ohio led the pro-Issue 2 fight.

Tuesday's defeat may have nullified SB 5, but parts of the law may not be dead in the long term. While much of the public attention has centered on the law's ban on collective bargaining for public employees, the law also contained provisions to require public employees to contribute to their health care and pension benefits, along with pushing merit pay for teachers -- proposals that polled well in the run-up to the election.

Ohio State Rep. Mike Foley (D) said the Republican leadership in the legislature may try to pass these proposals one by one when they reconvene in January.

"They could act and take bits and pieces of it and try a new bill on teacher merit pay or health care...or any of the parts of the bill that they think they can get passed," Foley said. "I don't know if they will. We'll have to see. ... I think some of the Republican members on their side of the aisle are going to start looking at their leadership funny if they come back with another collective bargaining bill."

"We certainly are going to be ready for that, if we're still in the same kind of political situation of them controlling the state legislature and governor's office," added AFL-CIO Political Director Mike Podhorzer. "We're hoping the vote on Tuesday will have demonstrated this is enormously unpopular.

Kasich's spokesman recently said the governor had not been focusing on what-ifs in case the referendum was defeated.


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Saturday, November 5, 2011


President Obama at the G20

President Barack Obama is greeted by French President Nicholas Sarkozy for the start of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France, Nov. 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama is in France for a meeting of the G20 -- a gathering of 20 nations that represent the world's most important industrialized economies. In addition to working sessions with the full assembly of leaders, the President also held bilateral talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In his conversation with President Sarkozy, he discussed the focus of this week's talks:

I think it's no surprise that we spent most of our conversation focused on strengthening the global economic recovery so that we are creating jobs for our people and stabilizing the financial markets around the world. The most important aspect of our task over the next two days is to resolve the financial crisis here in Europe. President Sarkozy has shown extraordinary leadership on this issue. I agree with him that the EU has made some important steps towards a comprehensive solution, and that would not have happened without Nicolas's leadership. But here at the G20 we're going to have to flesh out more of the details about how the plan will be fully and decisively implemented.

The President elaborated on that theme in his conversation with Chancellor Merkel:

This is going to be a very busy two days. Central to our discussions at the G20 is how do we achieve greater global growth and put people back to work. That means we’re going to have to resolve the situation here in Europe. And without Angela’s leadership we would not have already made the progress that we’ve seen at the EU meeting on October 27th.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick-or-Treat with The President
and First Lady

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome area students and the children of military families to the White House for trick-or-treating on Halloween.


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