First off I'm not a blogger but I have a question/statement that doesn't seem to go anyplace else.          

  Am I the only one who thinks the president has given in to the repubicans enough?  This last go around about death benefits for veterans families.  I can see where the families need the money.  I would certainly fall into that category.  But....if Obama gives in here isn't he just setting himself up for more piecemeal,paying out to progams of the republicans choosing?  And wouldn't that just encourage them to hold the american people hostage anytime they choose.  The republican party reminds me of a two year old throwing a temper tantrum.  They'll hold their breath till they turn blue in the face, stomp their feet and whine till someone puts their foot down.  I think its time Obama put his foot down.  Squarely on their necks would be my preference but I'll take what I can get.

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Comment by Luara on October 10, 2013 at 5:10am

there is evidence for the Republican Party's racism

None of that shows that their current actions have a racist motivation.
Again, it is an easy slur to throw when you disagree with somebody.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 10, 2013 at 4:29am

Luara, there is evidence for the Republican Party's racism. You'll find it in cyberspace when you search on the Party's 1960s-era Southern Strategy.

In short, in the middle 1960s Democrats and moderate Republicans passed civil rights laws to enfranchise blacks. Conservative Southern Democrats, whose ancestors had owned slaves, left the Party.

Far right Republicans had been expelling moderates since 1960 and after the Goldwater loss in 1964, Nixon suggested that the Party add to its numbers by recruiting those Southern Dems.

There's some long-term irony in the Republicans of Lincoln's time freeing the slaves and the Republicans of our time recruiting the offspring of pre-Civil War slave owners.

There's irony too in that from 1920 until about 1970, Republicans supported the Equal Rights Amendment and Democrats opposed it. Soon after the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, both parties changed their positions.

Comment by Stacey Carpio on October 10, 2013 at 1:31am
I think your question should be "What's a President to do?" Let's be realistic if Hillary were President they would be just as obstructionist as they are now. As a matter of fact we have prior bad acts on file when Clinton tried to pass healthcare reform in the 90's. They accused her of being a murderer.
Comment by Luara on October 9, 2013 at 8:29pm

Joan,

I'm not at all convinced that Obamacare is going to be good for the country and as I've said before I dread what it would do to me as an ill person.  

It's easy to make accusations of racism but there's no actual evidence that the Republican tactics are motivated by racism.  Accusations of racism are a rhetorical tactic to make those who disagree with you, look bad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2013 at 8:10pm
Luara, I may be very wrong on my assessment of Obama and I welcome any and all criticism of my thinking. In my opinion, Obama fell under the influence of the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, and others such as:
Obama’s financial advisors during his campaign:

Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, central bank of USA.

Pete Peterson, in 2008, he was ranked 149th on the "Forbes 400 Richest Americans" with a net worth of $2.8 Billion.

Henry Paulson, Time magazine named Paulson as a runner-up for its Person of the Year 2008, saying, with reference to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008: "if there is a face to this financial debacle, it is now his".

Rahm Emanuel, Citigroup executive at the center of the current meltdown.

Larry Summers, pushed the repeal of Glass-Steagal Act.

Tim Geithner, mastermind of the bank bailout.

Robert Rubin, Citigroup executive disgraced at the center of the current financial meltdown.

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve who did not see the meltdown coming, in fact lowered interests rates which in effect meant banks could borrow money at very low rates of interest and loan it out at much higher rates. This is the key to the growing gap between rich and poor in this country; wealthy and powerful banks suck small business, wage-workers, and producers of goods and services out of sharing in the profits. Wealth goes to the top 1% leaving others falling farther behind.

Obama is the front for BIG BUCKS and is taking the heat because he is half-Black.

This current situation isn't just tactics of filibustering, it is an attempt to bring down the government. Tea-partiers, politically radical Right are being used to take control of our government even as they lost the last election. We have to make up our minds if we want a class society, or if we have a concern for small business, working people and for those too young, too old, unemployed, underemployed, or too ill to care for themselves.
Comment by Luara on October 9, 2013 at 6:03pm

I don't know that this is happening because he's black (or half-black, actually).  "Unreasonable" tactics like filibustering are part of politics. 

Comment by k.h. ky on October 9, 2013 at 5:37pm

You are right Joan. And I am not a writer.  But,do you agree that Obama has had a more difficult time than he would have had if he were a white president?  I live in such an isolated area that I get a very right wing view of politics and religion.  Are people really as prejudiced as I believe or is there hope?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2013 at 5:01pm

What anyone has to do when prejudice exists: think things through carefully, speak and write clearly, precisely, concretely, using accurate language refusing to accept lies, errors, delusions, and be assertive, active listen to those who pre-judge and rebut with facts and questions, know your friends and collaborate to gain numbers, find a refuge for refreshment and renewal, stand on principles, and take each day, hour, and a minute at a time.

Just like cancer, prejudice cannot be eradicated easily or without thought and effort. There is a price to pay for being the butt of prejudice and expect to pay that price. I know of no other way to make life better for future generations.  

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