Now THIS is the Barack Obama that we thought we elected in 2008 and again in 2012, an Obama will will stand up for what is right in the face of not just overpowering gop opposition, but also to low approval ratings in great part precipitated by misinformation and the abject failure of Democrats to stand behind their principals and accomplishments.
The unprecedented successes of Obama’s economic policies, including but not limited to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as The Stimulus”, increasing the minimum wage required to be paid by federal contractors, of the Dodd-Frank Act, of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and of the of the Patient Rights and Affordable Care Act, are basically unknown to millions of Americans. While those accomplishment and hundreds more have been done, some major issues had yet to be addressed prior to this month’s election. Now, Pres. Obama is addressing many of those most important issues, and putting into play policies that so many of us wish he had begun years ago. The areas of the most importance are the following:
1. Climate Change: This past week’s announcement of an agreement with the President of China for a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by the word’s two biggest
McConnell, tea bagger house speaker John Boehner, and others continue to scream out to anyone listening that such immensely important regulations would reduce jobs, but they fail to understand, comprehend, and/or accept the fact that millions of new jobs will become available in new and expanded clean energy industries.
Just like with the need for action addressing gun violence, gop leadership, playing to its base of tea bagger scientific illiterates, ignores that will of the people concerning the environment. As referenced again this week in a New York Times article, a 2013 Stanford University study found that 81% of Americans think global warming is a serious problem, 81% think the federal government should limit the amount of greenhouse gases that American businesses can emit, and 91% of Americans support making electricity from sunlight. A Yale University poll was also cited, showing that almost three times the
“More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” – and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money…
“I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online.”
Included in the President’s list of prohibitions are no paid prioritization, no blocking, no throttling, and with increased transparency. As to regulation, it is a modern day anomaly that the single biggest and most important new public utility developed in a century is not considered a public utility and thus not subject to regulation by public utility commissions as are providers of telephone service, cable service, electricity or water. The President’s proposal would make it so.
By contrast, the gop leadership and punditsphere has come out totally opposed, arguing that giving the right to block, prioritize, and throttle, in order to exact fees from successful and profitable websites and limit access top smaller, less profitable sites and totally end the ability for virtually any new start-ups to succeed, is the just and fair method to rule the internet. What blather, and what a demonstration of either outright ignorance or intentional misrepresentation. As to Texas gop Senator Ted Cruz, who immediately called the proposal “Obamacare for the Internet”, is is clearly intentional deceit for political gain among an unknowing base of people who have no idea of the ramifications of such a pervasive change to the way things are now done.
3. Immigration: So many people across the county consider the current immigration situation a crisis, yet, for a variety of reasons, Congress refuses to act. While some in Congress have not wanted even a vote on any type of reform because they know voting the “right” way could end their political careers, most are talking and acting the way they believe their constituencies want, but do realize, at least to some extent, the ramifications of taking such extreme action. The logistics of relocating upwards of 12 million people are impossible, and even if it could be done, the result would be catastrophic to several American industries, most particularly agriculture. And none of this begins to address the human factor of tearing apart millions of families or of where these people go and what happens to them once the US border is crossed into another country. Is this the blood that the gop wants on their hands? Some clearly do not care, but some must.
As his rumored “10 Point Plan” is readied, the President has repeated his statement that once Congress acts on immigration, he would immediately sign the bill superseding whatever actions that he might have unilaterally taken. His plan would likely include a suspension of deportation proceedings against up to five million illegal immigrants and the issuance of work permits to an unknown number of people. The thrust of the plan is to
Another part of the plan would be to expand legal immigration to more people with high-tech skills. Recent undocumented
Whatever punitive action the gop ends of taking, and they will, will only harm them. Yet another government shutdown will not soon be forgotten, and with the next national election being for the presidency, it would be shooting themselves not in the foot, but in the heart. And the President and Democrats in general, and the American people, know what would be the ultimate result of a gop impeachment attempt: Greatly increased popularity for the President and greatly increased revulsion for the gop for their waste of time and money and for ignoring our real problems for such a distasteful partisan attack.
Impeachment? Bring It On!