that annoying online petition.

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I just came across this petition. I’m surprised there aren’t more liberal minded media outlets promoting it. It seems a little crazy, worth of news on a Thursday – the topic would certainly spice up the water cooler talk. Let’s talk here though – have you seen this? Signed it? Passed it along? Or are you hating it like I am? 

 

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obama said what?

President Obama on Thursday urged his Republican adversaries to view the end of the government shutdown and debt ceiling battles of recent weeks as new opportunities for bipartisan compromise in the weeks ahead.

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Maybe I’m still a bit bitter about this whole government shutdown but if what President Obama was looking for throughout this shutdown was bipartisan compromise, then why did him and his party refuse to compromise? They may have said they were willing but actions speak louder than words and throughout the entirety of the shutdown, all Democrats demanded was a ‘clean bill’ – meaning a bill that fit everything they wanted and nothing the Republican party had expressed an interest in.

“You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular president, then argue for your position,” Mr. Obama said in the 15-minute statement.

President Obama

I would really appreciate the opportunity to meet President Obama’s speech writer. Who would write such a remark and then write only moments later for the President to chide Republicans for adopting a strategy of ‘brickmanship’ that delayed any type of compromise. Someone in President Obama’s arsenal and President Obama himself were very clearly absent for a majority of the shutdown. The Republican party held true to their needs in the budget, they asked for compromises and were met with roadblocks enforced by President Obama – so, why are they getting chided?

In all honesty, his entire speech gave me the heebie jeebies. From blaming Republicans for the shutdown to saying our party has seriously undermined the United States economy more than anyone else in the last few years is absurd. Really, hello, cash for clunkers? Was that not an epic failure that undermined the economy just a tad? And our national debt? Hasn’t that increased more under President Obama than under previous Presidents? Yes, yes it has.

To me, in sounds like President Obama is living in fantasy land. Too bad we have three more years to put up with that fantasy land. Oi.

something terrible has happened in new jersey.

Something terrible happened last night. Yes, indeed it did. All morning, afternoon and evening polling places were opened for the New Jersey Senate race. Polls closed at approximately 8:00 PM and election results were released to the news media sometime around 9:30 PM. It was announced New Jersey somehow managed to elect a man who has accomplished near nothing in a broken city and may not even live in the state of New Jersey… And many in New Jersey seem to be happy about it.Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Booker speaks to the media after casting his ballot during the Senate primary election in Newark

I whole heartedly wish that Democratic Cory Booker was worthy for the Senate position but it is hard to find worthiness in someone who has made a political career out of being a celebrity. For the last five years, crime rates have continued to rise under the mayorship of Cory Booker. He may have been rescuing old ladies from burning buildings and convincing Whole Foods Market to setup shop downtown but he hasn’t done much that could ever be considered significant and many Newark residents would agree with that statement. Cory Booker is a political celebrity and not much else.

The culmination of this race reminds me of President Obama’s first presidential campaign. The campaign where he became one of the first candidates to employ social media marketing tactics to engage voters  – particularly voters of my generation. He then reached out by going on late night television talk shows – yes, I’m sure other candidates have done this but I’m sure not as often as President Obama has. After that, he just created tag lines for his campaign to make it fun for us young folk to promote his candidacy. Who doesn’t want hope? Change? Gimme some of that.

Cory Booker has done much of the same in terms of campaigning. His Facebook statuses are more often than not inspirational quotes for the masses and he can usually be found on Twitter chatting up strippers and defending his sexual preference (Why do people care so much about that?) The news media calls Cory Booker a rising star of the Democratic party but really he’s just a man seeking celebrity any which way he can.

It is my sincere hope that Cory Booker will live up to his Senate seat and do some good for our state but my hopes are not high. If he could not handle Newark, how is he going to handle our whole state?

the internal memo that should be making rounds in the news media.

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I came across this memo via Facebook. A friend of mine posted it and it happened to catch my eye. At first, I thought it was one of those memo’s being circulated by skeptics and conspiracy theorists. However, it’s not. This memo was circulated among the United States Airline Pilots Association and the sometimes laughable TSA. I suggest taking a gander at the memo and accompanying article. If you’re a frequent flyer, it is quite jarring.

obama’s best failure.

Thank Ezra Klein at the Wall Street Journal for this gem of an article. As many Republicans expected, the Affordable Care Act has been a failure thus far. With a temperamental website and a glitchy system that enrolls and cancels those looking for “affordable” insurance – the Affordable Care Act is not something the White House should be bragging about. Below is Klein’s list in short but I highly suggest visiting the source to read it thoroughly.

Overall, the launch of the Affordable Care Act has been a failure.

There are problems behind the problems that the public haven’t even had the pleasure of being faced with… Yet.

The Affordable Care Act may have been a top priority at the White House but it doesn’t mean they didn’t know about the problems encompassing it.

The only thing that has gone right for the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Party. I heartily disagree. If the Republicans hadn’t taken swift action, the launch’s failure may not have received the press that it has.

The Affordable Care Act’s failure isn’t just about politics – it’s about a failed promise.

Five Thoughts on the Obamacare Disaster, Ezra Klein

 

 

booker’s newark.

I’m a frequent visitor to Newark. I also live in Bergen County where every Women’s Group fawns over their mayor – Cory Booker. The guy they say is revitalizing Newark and transforming it in to a more well to do community. He’s not – just because he’s secured a Whole Foods doesn’t mean he’s bringing Newark from rags to riches. He’s hardly a man out on the streets defending his people like he claims to be. Really, his mayoral term has been all show. Now, who knows whether or not the following video holds true to its claim because either way this could be a major ‘uh oh’ for Mayor Booker’s Senate campaign.