The President’s Weekly Address: Fair Housing

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Trump’s Tweets

Now that Trump is in the spotlight for trashing Mexican immigrants and he’s in first place in his nomination bid for the Racist Party, some of his earlier tweets are making a lot more sense:

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Draft Biden Movement Adds Obama Campaign Fundraisers

An announcement from Draft Biden 2016:

Shiva Sarram, a major fundraiser for President Barack Obama, joins the Draft Biden 2016 national finance team. This comes just a few days after Jon Cooper, another leading Obama fundraiser, signed on to be chair of their national fundraising efforts.

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On joining Draft Biden 2016’s national finance team, Sarram said, “With all of the positive signs from his inner circle and the contagious momentum of the Draft Biden movement, this opportunity was too good to pass up. I’m proud to stand behind Vice President Biden and help out now and we will be ready to launch major efforts out of the gate the moment he announces his decision.”

“When I look at the current field of Democratic candidates, I’m hungry for the energy I felt during the Obama campaign. I also want a candidate who can best carry on the policies and legacy of this Administration that we all worked so hard for,” Sarram explained. She further added, “Joe Biden is motivated not by his own personal ambition, political gain or a quest for the spotlight but rather by a genuine desire to serve. He will lead us in an honest and thoughtful way.”

Sarram, who runs a non-profit foundation supporting war-affected children around the globe and lives with her family in Connecticut, is well known in fundraising circles for hosting an event that raised nearly $400,000 for President Obama’s campaign at a single luncheon in 2008. Many political veterans still describe that event as one of the best executed of that year.

The Founding Fathers On Religion

The religious right claims the U.S. was founded on Christianity, typically when they are attacking members of another religion, or agnostics and atheists. In fact, the founding fathers were skeptical and downright hostile toward organized religion.

Coulter: “Drive up the white vote; that’s your base.”

COULTERAnn Coulter makes her worst remarks around this time in an election cycle – 1 1/2 years out. She gets the racist base excited now and will STFU by January so its not fresh in the minds of independent voters.

Here’s Coulter on the radio show of Joyce Kaufman, another anti-immigrant voice on the far right, who fears Texas is losing out to Democrats because of non-whites (courtesy of Right Wing Watch, my emphasis):

“I wrote about that in the book,” Coulter responded. The reason “why Texas is different than California,” she said, is that white voters in Texas “voted 80 percent for Mitt Romney,” while whites in California “split their vote.”

Because Latino voters in Texas and California compromise the “exact same percentage” of the population and both “block vote for the Democrats,” it is the unity of white Texans that makes the difference, Coulter said.

That’s what Republicans gotta learn. Drive up the white vote; that’s your base,” she concluded.

Sounds a lot like another Republican racist who said in 2013 to forget about Hispanic outreach, focus on the whites:

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Trump: The Creepy Candidate Who Thinks About His Daughter In That Way

Friday Feminism – Abortion & Reproductive Rights, Marriage Equality and Racism

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When Bernie met Hillary

They got their meeting at the White House that month, and the two doctors laid out the case for single-payer to the first lady. “She said, ‘You make a convincing case, but is there any force on the face of the earth that could counter the hundreds of millions of the dollars the insurance industry would spend fighting that?’” recalled Himmelstein. “And I said, “How about the president of the United States actually leading the American people?’ and she said, ‘Tell me something real.’ ”

Want to know the real differences between Hillary and Bernie? This article should give you a clue.

Abortion & Reproductive Rights

Time to end the Hyde Amendment

White House Finds Way Around Hobby Lobby Birth Control Decision

The accommodation ensures that all employed women, unless they work for a place of worship, will still have their birth control covered at no cost to them, even if their employers refuse to cover it.

“A Sea Change”: With 100 Women in Congress, Lawmakers Go on Offensive with Landmark Pro-Choice Bill

House Dems threaten to oppose medical cures bill over abortion rider – I swear the GOP would try to attach an abortion rider to a birthday card, if they could.

GOP senators join Dems to lift abortion ‘gag rule’

The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law

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Bush Institute Economics: The Working Class Needs To Work Longer

Jeb Bush’s recent gaffe claiming hard-working Americans need to “work longer hours” for our country to achieve stronger economic growth comes from someone who makes his money from money, not from sweat. He’s a gold-plated member of the 1% of the 1%. Part of a group his big bro Dubya called “the investor class”. Of the many, shocked responses, Hillary replied with this tweet:

Even the campaign of Trump supporter Teddy Cruz chimed in (my emphasis):

It would seem to me that Gov Bush would want to avoid the kind of comments that led voters to believe that Governor Romney was out of touch with the economic struggles many Americans are facing. The problem is not that Americans aren’t working hard enough. It is that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them.

Few Americans know that Jeb didn’t think of that “work longer hours” idea by himself. There’s actually something called the “Bush Institute” where minds like old man Bush and Jeb’s war criminal brother Dubya decide what the minions need to do to keep them in tailored suits and driving luxury cars. And like all things from the radical right, they had to fool working class conservatives into accepting their policies that favor the rich by inserting one word in their mission statement:

The George W. Bush Institute, founded by President and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center in Dallas with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe.

It appears that “expanding opportunities for individuals” means the freedom to work longer hours. Its too bad that working class conservatives, fooled into voting for the Republican Party’s anti-worker agenda by RWNJs throwing little hand grenades and then running away (“abortion!”, “gay marriage!”, “guns!”, “Benghazi!”), are so easily distracted from the facts. Like the fact that Republican business owners sent their jobs to China and they’re now working elsewhere for much less in wages and benefits. The “investor class” has even figured how to outsource our jobs within the U.S. by privatizing prisons and forcing prison workers to do our jobs for 25 cents an hour. That’s where our growth went. I suppose Jeb wants those prisoners to work longer hours, too.

I would never buy their propaganda (sold at Amazon), but its been reported that the “work longer hours” idea is in chapter 4 of this book by the Bush Institute.

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The Issues of 2016: Minimum Wage

As voters, its important to know where a candidate stands on the issues. Today I’ll start a series of posts on Hillary Clinton’s stance on various issues that affect all Americans.

This week’s topic: Minimum wage. Should Congress raise it? Candidate Clinton says the following:

A higher minimum wage doesn’t just help those at the bottom of the pay scale, it has a ripple effect across the economy and helps millions of American workers afford basic necessities. As we work to raise the federal minimum wage, we will also support workers, states, and cities in their efforts to go above the federal floor when it makes sense to do so.

She supports raising the minimum wage because

It is particularly a woman’s issue. It is also a children’s issue and a family issue.

So what should the minimum wage be?

In 2005, Hillary co-sponsored an amendment (Senate Amendment 44) to raise the minimum wage to $7.25. The amendment did not pass the Senate. In 2007, the issue was once again brought before the Senate (H.R.2) and again she voted to increase the minimum wage. This time it passed, 94-3.

But simply raising the minimum wage, while still allowing the gap between rich and poor to grow, was not enough. In 2006, while she served as Senator from New York, Clinton said:

While minimum wage workers have not had a single raise, Congress has given itself $31,600 in pay raises. In the Senate, I’ve proposed blocking Congress from giving itself another raise until it lifts wages for workers.

In addition to her statement, Clinton attempted to put forth another bill, S.2725. In her remarks on this legislation, she said:

This legislation will raise the minimum wage over the next two years and link future increases in the minimum wage to Congressional raises…   Congress has given itself eight annual pay raises. We can no longer stand by and regularly give ourselves a pay increase while denying a minimum wage increase to help the more than 7 million men and women working hard across this nation. At a time when working families are struggling to put food on the table, it’s critically important that we here in Washington do something. If Members of Congress need an annual cost of living adjustment, then certainly the lowest-paid members of our society do too… The reality is a full-time job that pays minimum wage just does not provide enough money to support a family today…. We have a responsibility to help families earn a living wage…. It is simply wrong to pay people a wage that they can barely live on. And it is shameful to continue to give ourselves raises as millions of American families struggle to survive. We should raise the Federal minimum wage so that working parents can lift their children out of poverty. It is past time to make this investment in our children and families.

Her position on the issue has always been clear: workers need to be able to live off what they are paid. This means raising the minimum wage.

O’Malley’s Plan for an Affordable, Accessible and Accountable College Education

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has released his plan to address the rising cost of a college education and student loan debt. These are the basics (see the full plan at O’Malley’s campaign site):

  • Provide Immediate Relief to Student Borrowers
  • Stop Skyrocketing Tuition Rates
  • Reduce Tuition Costs
  • Help Low and Middle Income Students Cover Non-Tuition Costs
  • Partner with States and Schools to Improve Completion Rates
  • Support Part-Time and Mid-Career Students
  • Create Multiple Paths to Graduation
  • Increase College Preparedness
  • Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable

Clinton’s First Interview For 2016

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton’s first national TV interview for the 2016 presidential race aired on CNN. Watch the full interview here:

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One thing that Clinton said during the interview was “I’m not running my campaign for the press, I’m running it for voters.” That’s how it should be done.