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Bloomberg Endorsement Ignores Obama's Poor Record on Global Warming

It was a laughable endorsement by the New York Mayor. Bloomberg decided after 3+ years that Obama deserves to be re-elected based on his record on global warming. President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisisApparently the Mayor hasn’t been doing his homework. The President’s record on dealing with global warming is dismal at best. You don’t have to believe me. Just listen to those who have been following this issue.

Former Vice President, Al Gore, is famous for his vastly influential pro-environment film “An Inconvenient Truth.” What does he think of Obama’s stand on global warming:

“President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis,” Gore says. “He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks. Nor has he provided a presidential venue for the scientific community … to bring the reality of the science before the public.”

MotherJones is a well known leftist news outlet: “Obama Strikes Out on Global Warming”

Here’s what the NationalJournal has to say:

President Obama and presumptive GOP opponent Mitt Romney seem to have “reached a point of détente on the issue,” said Dirk Forrister, who worked on climate issues in the Clinton administration and now heads the International Emissions Trading Association. “Neither of the presidential candidates seems to want to talk about it, and yet it is an issue that both of them would have to deal with.”

Raw Story is another principled left-wing news outlet. They’ve chosen to be fooled by Obama’s last minute election ploy:

The invitation to the White House in the spring of 2009 struck Barack Obama’s allies in the environmental movement as a big moment: a clear sign that climate change was on his radar and that the president was eager to get to work.

The event was indeed a turning point, but not the one campaigners expected. Instead, it marked a strategic decision by the White House to downplay climate change – avoiding the very word – a decision some campaigners on the guestlist say produced the strange absence of climate change from the 2012 campaign, until hurricane Sandy blew it right back on the political agenda.

[...]There was no mention of climate change during six hours of televised debate. Moderators failed to bring up the question, and Obama and Mitt Romney made no effort to fill in the gaps – even during a long and heated exchange about offshore drilling and coal.

David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle:

Global warming may be the biggest topic that neither President Barack Obama nor GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to touch.

Obama devoted all of four sentences to climate change in his speech at the Democratic National Convention last month. Romney rarely mentions it at all.

It’s a stark change from the 2008 presidential race, when both Obama and his Republican opponent, John McCain, preached the need to reduce greenhouse gases. And environmentalists are furious the issue is largely ignored.

“The silence of Governor Romney and President Obama on climate change is deafening,” said Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth Action.

Michael Mann is a climate scientist. And he is…’Disappointed’ In Obama’s Global Warming Record’

This article appears in the HuffingtonPost:

McKibben was, of course, referring to climate change. His exasperation echoes a wider movement that by now has grown not just weary, but vaguely astounded at the lack of high-level dialogue on a topic that, as they see it, fundamentally influences — and therefore ought to trump — all others, particularly at a time when the nation is preparing to elect a president.

Earlier this month, two activist groups launched a website, ClimateSilence.org, which tracks the candidates’ public statements on global warming over the years. By any measure, President Barack Obama fares far better than his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, who has morphed from an early supporter of clean energy, fuel efficiency and emissions caps to a climate change agnostic given to openly ridiculing the issue.

But the activists also indict Obama, under whose leadership, they say, climate change has gone from an urgent matter to a mere afterthought.

This is how ThinkProgress, another thoughtful  left-wing news outlet, sees the issue. Here’s a headline:

Challenged By MTV, Obama Says He Is ‘Surprised’ By His Own Climate Silence*

Here’s how the NY Times sees it:

Even after a year of record-smashing temperatures, drought and Arctic ice melt, none of the moderators of the four general-election debates asked about climate change, nor did either of the candidates broach the topic.

Throughout the campaign, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney have seemed most intent on trying to outdo each other as lovers of coal, oil and natural gas — the very fuels most responsible for rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

ThinkProgress mocks the President’s lack of presence on the question of global warming:

JR: Very funny. Yes, carbon pollution is invisible, just like you. But its effects have become painfully visible now — a climate system on steroids with record-smashing extreme weather, including droughts, heat waves, wildfires and deluges. Why is no one talking about that?

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JR: Just as I suspected. I knew the White House communications team had muzzled just about everyone in the administration on the subject — and had been telling major progressive political leaders not to talk about climate change during the debate about the climate bill. So they still are. As you must know, however, that’s just nutty. Pretty much every major poll and every major social scientist makes clear that climate action and clean energy are wedge issues, ones that split the tea party extremists from Independents  and even many moderate Republicans:

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$2 Billion Raised to Buy the Presidency in 2012

All this money being raised to buy the White House has nothing to do with democracy. Elections should be ideas, ability and experience. Since neither party has any of the above to offer they instead try to buy your vote:

The 2012 presidential campaign was expected Thursday to pass the $2 billion mark in fundraising, according to accounting statements submitted to the government, thanks to an outpouring of cash from both ordinary citizens and the wealthiest Americans hoping to influence the selection of the country’s next leader.

The eye-popping figure puts this election on track to be the costliest in history, fueled by a campaign finance system vastly altered by the proliferation of “super” political committees that are bankrolling a barrage of TV ads in battleground states.

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Wal-Mart Heir Made Big Donations to Obama SuperPac

Why would the notorious anti-labor Wal-Mart be giving to the Obama campaign? Because he is anti-labor. The President refused to support the Wisconsin struggle against Scott Walker. He has not mentioned the word minimum-wage or poverty during his 3.5 years in the White House. Obama even signed a free-trade agreement, which have been devastating to American workers:

Can we stop pretending that Barack Obama’s candidacy is some grass-roots uprising?

source: Newser.com

Obama’s campaign has outspent Romney’s campaign. The Democratic National Committee has outspent the Republican National Committee. While Romney’s SuperPAC (Restore our Future), has outspent Obama’s SuperPAC (Priorities USA), that $40 million Romney SuperPAC edge doesn’t come close to making up for the Obama campaign’s $180 million edge.

There is legally undisclosed spending going on here, and there’s reason to believe Romney benefits from more of it than Obama, but that’s not conclusive, and we don’t know how big Romney’s edge is in that category.

Obama argues that his fundraising success comes from small donors, but that’s not really true. One out of every five Obama dollars comes from the campaign’s biggest bundlers, the Center for Public Integrity reports. Those bundlers include the likes of Pfizer lobbying chief Sally Susman and financier Michael Kempner of the MWW group.

A full 85 percent of Obama’s SuperPAC money comes from his 20 largest donors (compared to 70 percent of the money raised by Romney’s SuperPAC), according to Russ Choma at the Center for Responsive Politics.

[...]So, yes, Mitt Romney is cozy with Big Business and big donors. But don’t pretend Obama is any different.

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Obama Campaign Borrows $15M from Bank of America

Is any wonder why Americans can’t get a loan while bank profits are all-time highs. Who do you think Obama will be serving in his second term. But no change there:

Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.

Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous “Buffett Rule,” invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.

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Silence on U.S. Housing Doldrums Makes Obama, Romney Sound Alike

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Jerry Howard, chief executive officer of the National Association of Homebuilders, says he wants to know when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are going to outline plans for reviving the U.S. residential property market.

He’s not the only one. So far, discussions about housing by Obama and Romney on the campaign trail have been limited and vague, which makes the two politicians sound like they support most of the same ideas.

[...]While the housing market is showing signs of recovery, the improvement is still meager compared to the damage. New home sales are still 50 percent below the average rate over the past 40 years. Almost 11 million families are “underwater” — saddled with more debt than their homes are worth after five years of declining home prices.

After nearly four years in the White House, Obama is facing criticism that his relief programs for borrowers have lacked broad and aggressive measures and have reached fewer families than intended.

source: Bloomberg.com

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Democratic Party Platform Omits the Word 'God,'

This is a mistake. Religious freedom is fundamental to our Constitution and way of life. Nevertheless, omitting God shows an indifference to traditional recognition of faith throughout government. It is a misstep that will only inflame the intolerant:

In an interview broadcast tonight, CNN asked Obama adviser Robert Gibbs about the DNC platform dropping the word “God,” which has been included in previous platforms.

The question, which asked if it was a deliberate decision to drop the word, was somewhat dodged by Gibbs. He said the platform mentions “faith and religion” and cited the “thousands of God-fearing Democrats in this building here tonight.”

Since the platform was released, the lack of the word “God” has become a rallying cry among some conservatives, especially those who believe that the Obama administration is unfriendly to religion. The Republican platform, released last week, made at least a dozen references to God and included a section on religious liberty.

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Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Happy With His Campaign

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Gary Johnson is serene. Sitting down to a lunch of grilled shrimp and tomato salad at a Latin restaurant in historic Ybor City, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee says his less-government philosophy is gradually spreading across the country and that many pundits and political strategists will be surprised at his showing on election day.

He didn’t make any predictions on exactly how well he will do. But he expressed confidence that his campaign will “exceed expectations,” which could mean that anything upward of 1 or 2 per cent could be considered a successful outcome. The current Rasmussen Reports poll gives President Obama 48 per cent, Republican challenger Mitt Romney 48 per cent, and Johnson 1 per cent. But Johnson says simply being listed by name in the poll is progress.

In any case, he says, a leader needs to be optimistic. “The majority of Americans in this country are fiscally responsible and socially accepting,” which is his own political philosophy, Johnson explains.

Source: http://www.usnews.com

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Poll: Less Than 50% Think Romney, Obama are "Honest and Trustworthy"

This says it all. The American people think Presidential candidates of both dominant parties are essentially unworthy of the office. So why are 95 percent of us voting for these two turkeys?:

  • 53% of likely voters say Obama cares about the needs of people, with 39% feeling the same way about the former Massachusetts governor.
  • Forty-nine percent say the president is honest and trustworthy, with 42% saying the same thing about Romney.
  • The survey also indicates that 43% say Obama doesn’t change his mind for political reasons, with 39% saying the same thing about Romney.

Source: Sodahead.com

 

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