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Friday, October 21, 2016

President Barack Obama dismissed House Speaker John Boehner’s threat to sue him over his use of executive orders as a “stunt,” during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” Obama told Stephanopoulos when asked about the potential lawsuit.

“What I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?'” the president said. “You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?”

“I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” he later added.

Obama’s comments echo the responses of other Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who blasted Boehner’s plan as “subterfuge.”

“They’re doing nothing here and so they have to give some aura of activity,” Pelosi said. “There really needs to be an adult in that room of the Republican caucus.”

Many other Democrats have warned that Boehner’s actions could be the first step towards attempting to impeach President Obama. Boehner has denied this, saying that he merely wants to act “in the best interests of the Congress.”

During the George W. Bush administration, however, Boehner did not appear to view the Republican president’s wide-reaching use of executive authority as a threat.

Video of President Obama’s interview is below, via ABC News:

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  • Lynda Groom

    A stunt indeed, and a terrible waste of their time and our money. This just might end up costing the GOP more than it does the executive. When we have a dysfunctional legislative branch, as we do today, a strong executive is needed to provided leadership and direction. Our do-nothing Congress is rudderless and mired in partisan sophormoic in fighting that has accomplished very little positive legislation. The leadership of the GOP seems to forget that maybe someday there just might be another president from their party. If the shoe was on the other foot there is no way they would be persuring this tactic. Be careful what you ask for fellas, for you might just get it.

    • Faraday_Cat

      I have to disagree with one thing…Congress is not rudderless, both the president and the majority in the Senate have a clear path to make real jobs and infrastructure repair a reality, the problem is not the rudder, it is that the GOP is rowing the boat backwards.

      • Lynda Groom

        Of course you are correct. The GOP has highjacked any semblance of decorum in our legislative branch, and that will in fact ultimately hurt that party.

        • This regime LAWLESS. We have laws. We have a constitution that is not being followed. We have an Emperor that thinks our laws are only “suggestions” to him.

          • Mark Forsyth

            This is NOT a suggestion: Pull your lower lip over your head and swallow.

          • WhutHeSaid

            My, but you seem very uptight today. Allow me to offer these soothing words of comfort to ease your suffering:

            Obama is your President.
            He was elected by the American public — TWICE.
            He will be your duly elected leader until January 2017…


            He’ll be black the WHOLE TIME!!


            Have a nice day!

          • highpckts

            What you need is a real “Emperor”!!! Jackwagon! You don’t know how good you have it!!

          • Lynda Groom

            Seriously….’emperor?’ Indeed we are nation of laws and the executive is required by the Constitution of execute those laws passed by the legislative branch. However, there is nothing in the Constitution regarding gthe process of implementation or a timeline. The courts have previously decided that the agencies involved are allowed latitude in the process of carrhing out those complicated pieces of legislation.

          • Duckbudder

            “We have a constitution that is not being followed.”

            Please list exactly how.

      • exdemo55

        What happened to all that stimulus money the Demo Congress approved in 2009? There were supposed to be all those sovel ready jobs to fix the infrastructure. But the money all went to bail out the unions. As always the Demos want more and more money that we don’t have.

  • Daniel Jones

    Dear President Obama: He means it.
    Let me explain. You don’t have a sponsor and you’re trying to do your job.
    Being who he is, John can’t accept either of these things, as you have to have a sponsor to tell you what’s allowable and you certainly can’t do your WORK for a living.

  • JDavidS

    This is priceless… Boehner has presided over a GOP-dominated House that has done nothing but cash their pay cheques since he was majority leader and now speaker. And he’s going to sue Obama for not doing his job?
    The fumes from his spray-on tan have clearly affected his brain.

    • Mikey7a

      I must disagree. That is a very real tan. We could all look like that, if we did nothing at our jobs, and spent our 8 to 12 hour work day, at the tanning salon. On the People’s Dime no less!

      • highpckts

        Or on the golf course at the 18th hole downing a little liquid courage!!

  • Mark Forsyth

    Boehners position is “We’re not doing anything and we don’t want you to do anything either.” Boehner=Putz

    • Duckbudder

      I’m a Putz, and I take umbrage.

    • Allan Richardson

      Would you send that to the editors of the next edition of the Yiddish-English dictionary? That’s the best definition of the word I’ve heard yet!

      (In the movie “Spaceballs,” the King of Druidia is talking to his daughter’s plastic surgeon who is in the golf course “working on his putts!” Sounds like Boner to me! And by the way, the reading software in Microsoft Windows pronounces “Boehner” as “boner!”)

      • Mark Forsyth

        I’m reasonably certain that those people are on it, though I think that they might give my statement an appreciative nod.

  • exdemo55

    Obama is not a natural politician. I don’t think he even likes politics, which is odd for a man who is president. He clearly has completely failed at doing what the president has to do, which is work with the other side. But the worst part of it is he doesn’t care about the constitution. There will be presidents after him. And if he he gets away with all this overreach — creating laws, rewriting laws, ignoring laws — it will be a occasional defeat for the country and for the rule of law, and I think that’s the worst part of this. If this were a Republican, he would be impeached now over all of these abuses.

    • highpckts

      NAME THE OVER REACH!!! You have no clue what over reach means! When the SCOTUS ruled that Obama over reached his power by appointing someone while congress was in recess? That was a joke! The House would call an empty chamber to order and then immediately adjourn! That is NOT in session! That is Blatantly skirting the law! So who is over reaching? If the House truly thought that the President has performed an impeachable act they would have done it already! They are just distracting the poor stupid base!

      • plc97477

        Wouldn’t it be nice if the poor stupid base was so distracted they would leave national memo alone so we could have an adult conversation without them being under foot.

        • Mark Forsyth

          From your lips to Gods ears.It would indeed “be nice”.

          • Duckbudder

            Wasn’t that a Beach Boys song?

          • Mark Forsyth

            Yes,and certainly better than the one those misguided bastards are singing today.

      • Dominick Vila

        I agree. This latest stunt, and the ridiculous claims being made by the GOP, are designed to satisfy their rabid base. An ancillary objective is to establish clear boundaries between what the legislative and executive branches are allowed to do. The latter is not new, and it involves a precedent that, if it materializes, would represent serious risks to both parties.

      • exdemo55

        Say this for President Obama: He’s got an uncanny ability to block out distractions and keep his eye on the ball.

        Facing a horrific expansion of terrorism in the Mideast, a meltdown of public support at home and major rebukes by the Supreme Court, the president remains fixated on No. 1.

        “I’m finding lately I just want to say what’s on my mind,” he told a Minneapolis audience Friday, and then ticked off a series of complaints about — surprise — Republicans.

        “They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names,” he said. “If they were more interested in growing the economy for you and the issues that you are talking about instead of trying to mess with me, we would be doing a lot better.”

        He wasn’t finished: “The critics, the cynics in Washington, they’ve written me off more times than I can count. But cynicism doesn’t invent the Internet. Cynicism doesn’t give women the right to vote.”

        There you have it: the presidential mind in Year 6. Don’t cry for Argentina — cry for me!

        Self-pity is never admirable in a public figure, but it seems to be Obama’s default emotion when the going gets tough. Because everything is about him, the whole world is personal.

        He is a victim of a vast conspiracy that includes everything from global upheaval to a domestic mood going from simmer to boil. If only everybody would just shut up and do what he says, all would be well.

        Alas, Obama is right about one thing. His presidency and the country are at a crossroads. The problem is that his response — woe is me — means things almost certainly will get worse before they get better.

        With polls showing most Americans don’t like his policies, don’t see him as honest and don’t believe he can lead effectively, we’re long past the point where the wheels come off, or even the moment where the car ends up in the ditch.

        Something approaching a national crack-up now appears inevitable. Recent events suggest it is coming sooner rather than later.

        The creation of a new terrorist state out of parts of Syria and Iraq makes attacks on our allies and homeland more likely. Without doubt, Obama’s lack of credibility with friend and foe alike guarantees years of disorder.

        The IRS scandal was bad before, but the ridiculous claim that crucial e-mails from seven officials are permanently lost doesn’t pass the smell test. This is a cover-up of behavior that was probably criminal. If the White House gets away with it, the tax man will become another partisan operative.

        The collapse of security at the southern border also appears intentional and designed to pressure Republicans into an immigration deal. In fact, the opposite will happen. The invasion — there is no other word for it — of tens of thousands from Mexico will make sensible compromise impossible.

        In the darkness, two rays of hope are visible.

        First, the Supreme Court rejected Obama’s claim that he can decide when the Senate is in recess and thus avoid its advise-and-consent power. The case involved appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, but the unanimous ruling broadly preserves constitutional safeguards against presidential overreach.

        Second, Speaker John Boehner announced the House will file a lawsuit on similar grounds. It will cite the president’s rewriting of ObamaCare and other laws, without congressional approval, as evidence he is failing his sworn duty to “faithfully execute” the laws.

        The actions by the court and Boehner have the potential to ­remind Obama of the duties of his office, and its limits. Both moves are predicated on the shared belief that America is a nation of laws, not of men.

        My fear is that Obama is not reconciled to that tradition. When he reacts to congressional rejection of his proposals by warning that “I will not take no for an answer,” he suggests his power is unlimited. When his press secretary says that, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, Obama will not be “scaling back” his ­appointments, the stage is set for more polarizing conflict.

        How does this end? Not soon, and not well.

        • Mark Forsyth

          One need not go further than the Koch boys to uncover all the evidence required to prove a conspiracy,not only against your President but against the concept of democracy and government that is Of, For,and By The People. The Kochs and their demon hoardes want to implement corporate fascism and bring back slave labor. If you think that they are working to benefit you,then you really are a very special type of stupid.

          • exdemo55

            The Koch’s are good people fighting for freedom

          • Grannysmovin

            The Freedom not to be paid a living wage – because they don’t believe in the minimum wage. The Freedom to keep blacks and white separated, because they believe in segragation. The Freedom to attend public school and not be taught religion, because they do not believe in public schools. The Freedom to drink water and breathe air that will kill you and your children and grandchildren, because they do not believe in the EPA. What the Koch Brothers believe in in their freedom do buy the government and do whatever they want to improve their bottom line. They want to keep people under the poverty level or just above so they can get low paid workers, with no benefits. You do not like Unions or Labor Laws like your heros, well how do you think we got a 40 hour work week, earned paid vacation time, sick leave, maternity leave, child labor laws. You want to live in the 1920’s, 1930’s than build a time machine and travel back and leave the rest of us in the 21 Century.

            “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” Thomas S. Monson

          • Mark Forsyth

            Well said Granny!

          • neeceoooo


          • exdemo55

            None of what you accuse them of is true

          • Grannysmovin

            Than perhaps you should research your heroes –

          • Mark Forsyth

            Were you born stupid or do you practice? In public statements The Koch Bros. have declared their dedication to the elimination of every public program,all taxes, all regulation,trade and labor Unions,as well as every government agency including the FBI and the CIA.
            Koch Industries is one of the top ten worst polluters in the U.S. Kochs have given $60mil. to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.
            The Kochs are oil and gas industries biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL pipeline.They gave more than $300,000 to members of The House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010.
            From 1998 to 2008 Koch controlled foundations gave more than $19 mil. to organizations that favor policies that would financially enrich the Kochs. Koch Industries spent $50 mil. on lobbying and $8mil on Pac contributions.
            Koch fortune has origins in engineering contracts with Stalinist Russia,developed after the destruction of the Nazi’s with whom the Kochs had earlier contracts which centered on oil and gas development.Afterwards,they merely looked to Stalin for their profits.Their father founded the John Birch Society in America after being thrown out of Russia and began his war on decent American citizens with tolerant or liberal views and called them communists.He tried to employ the same tactic that the Nazi’s used by scapegoating the Jews for Germany’s problems.
            The Kochs sued to take over the Cato Institute,which accused the Kochs of attempting to destroy the groups identity as an independent think tank and align it more closely with a partisan agenda.
            A Huffington Post source at a three day retreat of conservative billionaires,says the Kochs pledged $60mil. to defeat Obama in 2012.Obviously,their efforts failed and were a colossal waste of money that could have been used to help Americans instead of their own selfish agenda.
            Since 2000,the Kochs have collected more than $100mil. in government contracts mostly from the Department of Defense.
            Koch Industries has annual production capacity of 2.2 billion pounds of the carcinogen formaldehyde.The company has worked to keep it from being correctly classified as a carcinogen even though David Koch is a prostate cancer survivor.
            The Senate Elect Committee on Indian Affairs brought charges against Koch Oil of scheming to steal $31mil. of crude oil from American Indians.Although the company claimed it was accidental,a former executive in this operation said Charles Koch had known about it and had responded to the overages by saying” I want my fair share,and that’s all of it.”
            Koch Bros. helped fund efforts to undo a model diversity policy in the Wake County,North Carolina Public School system,effectively resegregating the district,part of a larger campaign to weaken the public school system and prepare the way for privatization.
            The Kochs are directly related to the husband and wife Kochs who were the Nazi Commandants of the Buchenwald Death Camp.They are devoted fascists and are determined to undermine our American democratic republic which is government that is Of,For,and By The People.
            If you think that the Kochs give a damn about you,then you are truly stupid.The only freedom they care about is their own.
            We,citizens of the United States,denounce Charles and David Koch for using their vast wealth to corrupt our democracy.The Kochs are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess,our democratic system of government.
            The Kochs deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans.

          • exdemo55

            Have you ever looked into how many private sector jobs they have created, jobs thay aren’t paid for by tax money? Have you ever looked into how many billions of dollars they donate to charity? They are
            for the private sector and against government which helps everyone except the freeloaders.

          • Mark Forsyth

            Their T.V. ad which airs frequently here in New York State claims that they employ 60,000 people.Without any help from fascists like the Kochs,New York State has created 400,000
            private sector jobs and gives start up businesses locating here their first ten years of operation tax free.
            It has been repeatedly shown that any seemingly charitable actions taken by the Kochs almost always have a string attached that will support them in their nefarious activities,that is to say they always have an alterior motive for appearing generous.
            You have wandered into the land of pointless points with your advocacy for the Kocks. There is no defense for them and the litany of their offenses and law breaking would take a month to read.You and they will get no traction here in case you have failed to notice.

          • exdemo55

            Your hatred blinds you.

          • Mark Forsyth

            It is you who are blind to the facts .You have been presented with Empirical evidence by several individuals on this page and you refuse to acknowledge any of it.Further proof of your stubborn stupidity and your willful ignorance which is typical of Koch zombies.You are exactly the non thinking type of person they want for their own to do as they see fit.

          • exdemo55

            None of you has given any kind of proof.

          • Mark Forsyth

            You don’t accept any.You wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you in the ass.Try doing your own honest research like the rest of us have.All the information is available on line.

          • exdemo55

            Nice dodge… but still no truth

          • Mark Forsyth

            From the Washington Post earlier this year: ” In the 1990’s Koch’s endured legal problems including a record $296 million wrongful death award related to a leaky Koch pipeline that killed two teenagers,and a $35million fine the Koch company agreed to pay for Clean Water Act violations.
            I suppose that next,when I tell you that David Koch was the 1980 vice President candidate for the Libertarian Party,that you will claim that it isn’t true.
            You are a lying piece of shit who needs to get off this page.We don’t tolerate liars around here,shithead.

          • exdemo55

            It’s a danderous business. The Koch’s paid the fines and made the corrections

          • Mark Forsyth

            And they are crooks who tried to steal $30 million of native American crude oil in Oklahoma.Now they are actively engaged in trying to steal our national elections by corrupting the process with dark money.
            By the way,were you born stupid or do you practice? Never mind,it doesn’t matter.

          • exdemo55

            You’re just quoting headlines from liberal smear blogs with no proof. The Koch’s have broken no laws as Demo Senator Manchin said. If they were as bad as you say they would have had you bumped off a long time ago.

          • Mark Forsyth

            You leave me wondering just how stupid you intend to be in this lifetime.Here is something for you.I hope you read it and that it will lead to the enlightenment of both yourself and your buddy Manchin.
            A Sample of Environmental Charges against the Kochs. Sept.2000, A Federal grand jury in Corpus Christi ,Texas returned a 97 count indictment against Koch Industries Inc.,Koch Petroleum group for violating federal clean air and hazardous waste laws,due to the release of at least 91 metric tons of uncontrolled,untreated carcinogenic benzene.In April 2000 the Kochs paid $20 million for the crime of covering up environmental violations at its Corpus Christi ,Texas refinery.
            March 2000, Koch Petroleum,operating a refinery in Rosemount,Minn., was sentenced to pay $6million “criminal” fine and $2million remediation costs.This is the largest Federal environmental fine ever paid in Minnesota.Koch admitted that it negligently discharged 200’000 to 600,000 gallons of aviation fuel into a wetland and adjoining waterway.In addition,their way of recovering the fuel (a year and a half later) destroyed a portion of the surrounding ecosystem and wildlife habitat..In a separate offense,Koch dumped a million gallons of wastewater with high ammonia content on the ground between Nov.1996 and March 1997 and also increased its flow of wastewater into the Mississippi River on weekends when no one monitored discharges.These actions allowed Koch to circumvent the weekly monitoring and reporting requirements of its wastewater discharge permit.
            The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division,the F.B.I.,and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.
            Aug.24,1996,Two teenagers on the way to report a leak in a Koch Sterling butane pipeline in Lively,Texas were killed when the gas exploded and burned.The National Transportation safety Board found that severe external corrosion of the pipeline and negligence there-of, was the cause of the failure.
            1999, A Federal jury found Koch Industries guilty of stealing oil from government and American Indian Lands and had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times.In May2001,Koch Industries paid $25 million for the crime of stealing oil from Federal and Indian Land.
            January 2000, Koch Pipeline pays $35 million to the Justice department and the State of Texas as fines for the firms three hundred oil spills totaling three million gallons in Texas and five other states going back to 1990.
            So don’t come on line here and lie to me about how the Kochs are not criminals or lawbreakers when their criminal environmental history is a MATTER OF RECORD. You have run your mouth about something you know nothing about,when you should have kept your mouth shut.I told you to do your research..So tell me which one of you is more stupid,you or Manchin? I can let you off the hook for being too stupid to know what you’re talking about,but not him.

          • exdemo55


            Company’s Clean Fuels Program to Help City Avoid Ozone Non-attainment Sanctions
            San Antonio, Texas
            – San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak, Koch Petroleum Group officials, and state environmental leaders announced today that Koch will provide clean-burning low Reid Vapor
            Pressure (RVP) and low sulfur fuels to the San Antonio metropolitan area at the beginning of the 1999 summer ozone season.

            This initiative, part of Koch’s on-going environmental excellence program, comes well ahead of an anticipated regulatory deadline which is expected to be set soon by the Texas Natural Resource

            Conservation Commission (TNRCC).

            The announcement of this voluntary clean-air initiative was made by Joe Coco, manager of

            Koch’s Corpus Christi Refinery, San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak, and TNRCC Commissioner Ralph Marquez.

            “Today, Koch Petroleum Group is initiating a partnership with the leaders in San Antonio to
            ensure cleaner air,” said Coco. He applauded Mayor Peak and Commissioner Marquez for their daily efforts to protect the environmental health of San Antonians and all Texans, saying that the cooperative effort between Koch, the City and the TNRCC is productive for the future of a cleaner environment .

            “Our decision to launch a Clean Fuels program now is based on our desire to follow through with
            a personal commitment to Mayor Peak and the entire San Antonio community,” said Coco. “At the end of the day, we hope that the people of San Antonio will want Koch to live and work here because of the commitment we are making to clean air.”

            “Koch Industries is doing its part to prevent San Antonio from going non-attainment, and we are
            thankful,” said Mayor Peak. “Without this action, our metropolitan area likely would not meet the EPA’s attainment standards for clean air in the coming year, jeopardizing millions of dollars in lost highway funds, in addition to the cost of additional regulatory requirements that would be leveled by the EPA.”
            Mayor Peak also praised Koch for its commitment to the new partnership. “Koch is a part of this
            community, and I am tremendously optimistic about the promise this partnership holds for our city. Koch must be applauded for initiating the Clean Fuels Program,” said Peak. “Koch’s action shows a real dedication to a clean environment: this is a real win for Koch and the Alamo City.”

            – more –

            News Release

            “I commend the local officials and the private sector for cooperating to proactively anticipate and address air pollution problems,” said Greg Cooke, Regional Administrator for Region VI of the Environmental Protection Agency. “Providing cleaner gasoline to the citizens of Austin now makes it possible for every citizen to take part in cleaning up our air.”
            Commissioner Marquez added that Koch is a recognized leader in the refining industry. “In
            recent months Koch has invested in a partnership with the TNRCC to develop better air monitors, and has spent $40 million to create a new Central Control Center at their Corpus Christi refinery to improve safety and operational efficiency,” said Marquez.
            “Koch has also been a partner in our very important series of voluntary waste-reduction
            initiatives. For several years, Koch has been a member of Clean Industries 2000 in which companies voluntarily commit to reduce waste by at least 50 percent by the year 2000. And, most recently, Koch was among the first group of companies in Texas to announce voluntary reductions of ‘grandfathered’ air emissions,” Marquez added.
            “Through all of those efforts, and with this announcement today, Koch is proving it is a
            responsible corporate partner and is helping improve the Texas environment,” Marquez concluded.
            The fuels that Koch will begin to ship to San Antonio this Spring are a low RVP for the lower
            grades of gasolines and will continue to ship low sulfur for premium grades. Low RVP fuel evaporates less easily than conventional gasoline, according the TNRCC, resulting in less tailpipe emissions from automobiles and, therefore, the release of lower amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. Low sulfur gasolines contain less Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). In the presence of sunlight, VOCs and Nitrogen Oxides react to form ozone, a type of pollutant that forms a major part of urban smog.

            “The people of San Antonio face a daunting challenge to keep the air clean,” said San Antonio
            City Councilman Tim Bannwolf. “Koch’s voluntary commitment in cleaning our air in San Antonio not
            only helps to relieve the immediate threat of non-attainment, but also sets an example for other
            companies to follow.”
            “Koch wants to show the community that economic growth and environmental protection can go hand-in-hand without the need for government mandates,” Coco concluded. “Market-based solutions should always be the preferred option when tackling any problem including how to clean our air.

            However, success requires a partnership between business, local government and regulators to discover environmental solutions that are workable and cost effective.”

          • Mark Forsyth

            Well that is all well and good.That is what they should have done in the first place before their criminal acts of environmental degradation.Perhaps they have had their heads turned around a bit so that they are beginning to be more responsible.Perhaps they got tired of going to court and paying millions of dollars in fines along with all the negative news coverage.I know that serious pressure from authorities went a long way to cause the Kochs to take positive actions.
            Just goes to show that even bad guys can change their ways and become better.

          • exdemo55

            Over years of support of environmental initiatives, Koch companies have partnered with a number of organizations for stewardship projects and educational initiatives. Here are a few examples of those projects and what others say:

            Koch companies have worked with The Nature Conservancy on projects aimed at preserving land and habitat. In February 2010, Georgia-Pacific donated 682 acres near Wauna, Ore., to The Nature Conservancy. Koch companies provide support to the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, which made a $1 million grant to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas to help with its acquisition of the nearly 11,000-acre Tallgrass

            Prairie National Preserve in Chase County.

            Alan Pollom, state director of the Conservancy’s Kansas Chapter, said “We are honored to use this generous gift to help permanently protect one of the best examples of unfragmented tallgrass prairies found in the Flint Hills region. The generosity of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation is an important commitment to
            environmental stewardship and conservation in Kansas.”
            Koch companies are involved in environmental preservation projects onsite and in the community. Employees regularly participate in river cleanup and ecosystem restoration projects with groups such as Friends of the Mississippi River, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Anacostia Watershed Society, among others.

            What’s more, Koch companies regularly share their sites certified by the international Wildlife Habitat Council with students and organizations such as the Audubon Society.

            “As a member of the Wildlife Habitat Council since 1998, Koch Industries, Inc. takes a leadership role in the promotion of biodiversity, wildlife habitat enhancement, land restoration and conservation education,” said Robert Johnson, president, Wildlife Habitat Council. “Koch and its subsidiaries maintain Council-certified programs at 10 facilities throughout the United States, including the 300,000-acre Matador Cattle Company

            Beaverhead Ranch (in Montana).”

            Since 1997 Georgia-Pacific has supported more than 100 educators from across the U.S. to improve their teaching expertise, share their professional knowledge, and develop a new network of colleagues as part of its support of Colorado-based The Keystone Center.

            “The combination of Georgia-Pacific’s dedication to education and environmental stewardship with The Keystone Center’s focus on science-based inquiry and hands-on learning has forged a robust, long-standing partnership,” said Wendi Liles, program director for The Keystone Center, Keystone, Colo. “Each educator that receives professional development from this partnership leaves with a strong sense of value and support
            for the work they provide to every student in their classroom. We are thrilled that companies like Georgia-Pacific are invested in the future of their communities.”
            In Corpus Christi, Texas, where Koch subsidiary Flint Hills Resources operates two refineries, the company is active with organizations that promote art in schools as well as supporting efforts to preserve the many bays and estuaries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
            “We appreciate Flint Hills Resources’ commitment to environmental stewardship and its partnership with Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program,” says Ray Allen, executive director of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program. “The company has assisted us with our mission to protect and restore the health and productivity of the bays and estuaries while supporting continued economic growth and public use of the bays.”

            In Corpus Christi, the company supports Earth Day Bay Day with its community advisory council, comprised of interested citizens who advise the plant on issues. The event focuses on educating citizens about the bays, estuaries, wetlands, native plants and animals in the Coastal Bend. Flint Hills has been a sponsor since the event’s inception in 1999.

            “Flint Hills Resources is committed to operating safely with a strong commitment to environmental
            stewardship,” said Pat Suter, Sierra Club member and Corpus Christi Community Advisory Council member.
            “As a member of the community advisory council, Flint Hills regularly shares information about the progress it has made in reducing emissions. In addition, the company supports numerous local organizations, especially those dedicated to improving education of youth — and they open their wildlife learning preserve to school groups.”

            In Minnesota, Flint Hills Resources has been working with numerous community groups and sponsors science camps for local schoolchildren. In addition, the community environmental stewardship projects have spanned from river cleanups to working with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota Environmental Initiative.

            During the past 15 years, Ducks Unlimited has helped preserve and manage more than 36,000 acres of wild rice on 116 lakes, many thousands of acres of wetlands, and other waterfowl habitat throughout Minnesota.

            “Flint Hills Resources is one of DU’s most generous supporters to our Living Lakes Initiative. Flint Hills is a true friend to the outdoors and great partner in our ongoing efforts to promote and protect Minnesota’s natural habitat.” Ryan Heiniger, director of conservation programs in Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited.

            “MEI’s partnership with FHR has allowed Project Green Fleet to achieve remarkable results. Project Green Fleet has crafted a national award-winning public/private partnership to clean diesel engines, obtaining many tons of air pollution reductions. More than 130,000 students across Minnesota ride in cleaner buses because of the program. FHR’s lasting and meaningful participation in this voluntary effort has helped to leverage millions of dollars in federal support, which has led to clean diesel activities for hundreds of communities and school districts.” Bill Droessler, director of environmental projects, Minnesota Environmental Initiative.
            “For more than ten years, Flint Hills Resources has partnered with Friends of the Mississippi River to protect and restore natural areas on Flint Hills’ property along the Mississippi River, which provides critical habitat for both resident and migratory animals. Our decade-long collaboration with Flint Hills has helped improve an important part of our region’s natural habitat, and sets a high standard for businesses to take an active role in restoring and enhancing their local environment.” Tom Lewanski, conservation director, Friends of the Mississippi River.

            Over years of support of environmental initiatives, Koch companies have partnered with a number of organizations for stewardship projects and educational initiatives:

            Agribusiness Association of Iowa
            Alaska Bird Observatory
            Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental
            Alice Ferguson Foundation
            American Lung Association of Minnesota
            American Forest Foundation
            Anacostia Watershed Society
            Arkansas Environmental Federation
            Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi
            Audubon Society
            Beautify Corpus Christi Association
            Big Rivers Partnership
            Boy Scouts of America
            Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center
            Chesapeake Bay Foundation
            Clean AIR FORCE of Central Texas
            Coastal Bend Bays Foundation
            Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
            Coastal Bend Land Trust
            Corpus Christi Tree Awareness Council
            Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office
            Ducks Unlimited
            Earth Conservation Corps
            Environmental Federation of Oklahoma
            Environmental Law Institute
            Friends of the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge
            Friends of the Mississippi River
            Global Environmental Management Initiative
            Great Plains Nature Center
            Great River Greening
            Hawk Watch International
            International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
            Kansas Association for Conservation and
            Environmental Education
            Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
            Kansas Wildscape Foundation
            Keep America Beautiful
            Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
            Living Lands and Waters
            Louisiana Environmental Leadership Pollution
            Prevention Program
            Loyola Institute for Environmental Communication
            Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
            Minnesota Environmental Initiative
            National Audubon Society
            Minnesota Waterfowl Association
            National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
            National Environmental Development Association

          • Mark Forsyth

            So what’s your point,are you still claiming that they haven’t broken the law and that they don’t have a criminal record?

          • exdemo55

            During your research did you also look into the fines and charges against Exxon, Shell, BP, and the rest? Koch Industries’ pales in comparison. They all partake in a dangerous and difficult industry. Things wear out and things break all the time but they bring us the product we demand. Unfortunately its part of the industry. They all pay ththe fines and make the corrections, then they move on and try to do better.The Kochs are not criminals.
            Now, do you still think I’m stupid and didn’t do my research?

          • Mark Forsyth

            The other company’s negligence is not to be excused any more than the Kochs. The Kochs have a criminal record and I proved that to you.Reread the info I provided.Their criminality is a matter of record.If you disagree then you need to take it up with the authorities that convicted them,not me.

          • exdemo55

            All those companies paid their fines and made the corrections. That doesn’t make any of them bad people. I know of none that actually went to jail.
            Those companies move on and continue to provide the product our society demands. Why don’t you focus on all the good contributions I pointed out instead of spewing hate.

          • Mark Forsyth

            In spite of what YOU think,I’m not spewing hate but rather offering factual information.I refuse to excuse those guys because seemingly I am more familiar with their objectives than you are.If you want to give them a clean slate then that is up to you.I guarantee you that the Kochs are not the nice guys that you seem to think they are.If you like them then you are welcome to them.Iam done with this discussion.Enjoy your 4th of July holiday.

          • exdemo55

            Happy 4TH. God bless America.

          • exdemo55

            Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday strongly defended the Koch brothers from attacks by fellow Democrats, saying the wealthy and politically active businessmen are taxpaying Americans who are creating jobs.

            “People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” Manchin said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

            They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,” he added.

            When asked whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attacks on the Koch brothers “helps or hurts the cause for the country and the Congress,” the West Virginia senator said it’s people in the middle that need to be reached.

            “If you’re trying to rally the base, the bases have already been rallied. The right and left bases have been rallied,” Manchin said. “It’s us in the middle that have to start making something happen here in Washington to move this country forward.”

            Machin, who also served as governor of West Virginia, said harsh rhetoric from either side does little to help the country.

            “Right, wrong or indifferent, whether you like the politicians, or not. There’s people who don’t like the extreme Democrat politics or extreme Republican politics, we got to start being Americans again,” the senator said.

            A spokesman for Koch Industries said Manchin’s comments likely reflect what others, on both side of the aisle, are thinking and that “it’s about time” somebody spoke out.

            “My guess is that Sen. Manchin has expressed a point of view that a lot other senators — Democrats, Republicans — have probably wanted to say and haven’t,” Steve Lombardo said

          • pisces63

            You kidding right? So it is okay for a skilled laborer like a welder to makeke $10/12 an hour today when 30 years ago they started at $20 an hr pluss benefits. Or, start at a bank t today at $7/8 an hr when 30 years s go it was $6.00. How about working for Wal-Mart and needing SNAP and barrels of handouts during holidays. You know their biggest clientele are on SNAP and with cuts they are osing money big time. My company used to give 10% raises depending on your performance, attendance, etc, 30 years ago. Now it is abot 2.5 % no matter. You are like poor whites who fought to protect t ich whites during the Civil War, though the poor owned no slaves. They bought Ito states rights the way you and your kind buy into the Koch brothers. Soon youyou’ll be at a $1 an hour and no benefits, no vacation. Better not get ill or your children . Real American like Ford and plantation owners.

          • ralphkr

            Well, X, I certainly can agree with you that the Koch’s ARE fighting for freedom…freedom for them to do whatever they want to do with no rules holding them back. Their dream appears to be absolutely no regulations on businesses (unless said business impinges upon their income such has pushing for $100 penalty for every homeowner who installs solar electric panels), even lower taxes on businesses and on any person who makes more than $500K per year. It appears that the Koch’s dream is to turn us into a large Haiti with 2% controlling 99% of the wealth.

            I wish I could remember the name of the African country that a friend visited in the 1970s in his search for his roots. That country basically had no government and an absolute belief in the joys of unfettered capitalism. He told me the most amazing thing he saw were the various stores and banks with machine gun nests at their entrance.

        • highpckts

          A total load of BS no matter how well written! If he didn’t speak up for himself, then who would? His own party, the citizens that want everything fixed NOW with no new revenue, the GOP, and, of course the media are nothing but negative! Wouldn’t it be nice to look at the positives that he has acccomplished, and don’t say there aren’t any!! It’s hard to get anything done when you know that no matter what you do, it’s not going to please someone! Keep smiling Mr. President!!

          • exdemo55

            He has no positive accomplihments

          • pisces63

            Yes he has. He has refrained from race baiting name calling like the GOP has. He is still alive and breathing and considering the growth of right wing hate groups and threats against he and his family comes through with his dignity in tack. Me, Holder would seem like a pussy cat. Yeah boy!!

          • neeceoooo

            Don’t be such a debbie downer

        • pisces63

          This supreme court is beginning to have no more credibility than the Dred Scott one ot the one in the twenties who thought it fine to sterilize the mentally handicapped. I put Roberts right with them. He needs to complain for once. He never had before this straightforwardly and great for him. You think that debauchle called Iraq had nothing to do with 9ver there?? Bet you were for it. I wasn’t or the patriot act. IIts called multitasking. Leading or running anything means you can do more than one thing at a time. Me, housewife, mother zzz, employed ould come home and cook ,, feed my husband and three children, help with homework, get ready for next day, get kids off to bed, read, spend time talkin with my husband about politics,

        • Grannysmovin

          Are you angry because the black man in the white house got uppity? How many other Presidents have been hung in Effigy? How many other Presidents have had outhouse riddled with bullets with a sign stating Obama’s Presidential Library? How many other Presidents have had Republican Judges and talk show hosts pass around jokes about his mother and monkeys? How many Presidents have had Politicians call him a Muslim and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood? There is no selfpity by this man, but there is hate, fear and intolerance being spewed by Republicans Elected Officials, Republicans looking to run for office, Republican Talking Heads. So I have asked in writing a number of them why they HATE Obama and they never answer, so I will ask you – why do Republicans HATE Obama?

          • exdemo55

            We do not hate him. We oppose his liberal policies.

          • Grannysmovin

            That is a disingenuous statement. Opposing someone’s policies does not lead to questioning someone’s citizenship, religion, patriotism, comparing them to Hitler, claiming “he is not one of us” and the list goes on. A lot of the policies you oppose your party was once in favor of, so what changed. Your party did not agree with Clinton’s policies but you did not treat him the way you treat Obama, what about Kennedy did you agree with his Policies or Johnson or Carter – where was the references to Hitler and questioning their religion and citizenship?

          • exdemo55

            Kennedy cut the top marginal tax rate from 90% to 70% which led to a boom. He was great.

    • Grannysmovin

      He tried working with the other side, however, there was no one on the otherside to work with him. Remember the meeting in the Cacaus Room in January 2009 when Republicans came up with their “Just Say No” lan to everything Obama wanted to do? How about Mitch McConnell saying their only goal was to make him a one term President. The Republicans have said no to everything the President tried to do. He delayed a portion of the Employee mandate, and President Bush delayed part of Medicare Part D. Why is one okay and not the other? He has issued less Executive Orders than Bush and Reagan were they sued? Where was the lawsuit and impeachment for Reagan regading Iran/Contra? Where was the lawsuit and impeachment for Bush/Chaney/Rice for lying to the American people and Conress so they could send us to war in Iraq? So apparently if he was Republican this would not even be questioned.

      • exdemo55

        “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

        • Grannysmovin

          How has not faithfully executed his oath, to the best of his ability….( he is doing what he can to help move this country forward inspite of the Party of NO) What is different from him than Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush 2?

          • exdemo55

            The President does NOT have the costitutional ability to make any law. Congess does, and if Congress chooses not to make law, the president cannot act as King and do it himself. It is is Not within his Constiutional authority.

          • Grannysmovin

            What law has made? Please stop with the Faux News talking points.

          • exdemo55

            He has modified Obamacare several times without approval from Congress which he has no Constitutional authority to do

          • pisces63

            He has not changes the affordable care act at all. He extended the open enrollment period and delayed a part but its still in it. I work for a health insurance company and we change or extend deadlines all the time even for us employees. If he hstepped on their toes Behner and Cantor would have been screaming like the punks they are. Oooopppps, Cantor probably is, isn’t he??? =-O

          • Grannysmovin

            He delayed mandates, which Bush did on Medicare Part D on its rocky roll out. So why did Bush have the Constitutional authority to do so, however Obama does not? You can not have one set of rules for Republican Presidents and one Set of rules for Democratic Presidents, or is there another criteria at work?

          • ralphkr

            Ohm Granny, there are very simple and utterly unimpeachable reasons that what was legal for Bush is illegal for Obama. 1) Bush was Republican but Obama is Democrat 2) Bush was white but Obama is half black.

          • exdemo55

            There is no Constitutional authority for any president to delay mandates without approval ron Congress

          • Grannysmovin

            Than why wasn’t George Bush sued?

          • pisces63

            He. Has made no law. He cannot change any either, like NSA which was implemented in 1951 by Truman. It was Expanded and funded under another law The Patriot Act a month after 9/11. When Germany and others yelled foul and THIS president tried to pull back and adked Congress to do just that, they ignored him snd continue everything. Even upped the ante but the dimbulbs are blaming the president. Also, they blame him for spending. He can’t do that either. He presents a budget which congress categorically denies a lot of to deny him and THEY borrow the money and pays the bills. Then blame him for the budget which by the way is growing from interest, period, not him.

        • pisces63

          Along the way to fulfilling that oath he ran into the new klan. The bigoted republican party. The lying right. Lying journalists like the three stooges of network TV.. Lying columnists. As they cock blocked him on any and everything including shoring up security for our consulates and embassies by denying repeated requests for more funds because the black president requested it. Why don’t you recite it to them incuding thst red faced imbecile from my state of Ohio! !

          • exdemo55

            Regardless, he does NOT have the Constitutional authority to create or modify laws.

          • pisces63

            He hasn’t so what’s your none point? Regardless:O

    • Allan Richardson

      The “other side” pledged on January 20, 2009 NOT to work with him EVER. Any time they “appear” to be doing so they are only setting him up with false promises. Remember, in Peanuts, how EVERY YEAR Lucy tricks Charlie Brown into trying to place kick the football while she holds it for him? And she ALWAYS promises to hold it properly for him THIS time? And she ALWAYS pulls it away so that Charlie Brown ends up falling on his tuchus? That has been the entire GOP plan during the Obama administration. If they were on the Titanic, they would be steering the iceberg INTO the ship, so they could blame the captain for hitting it.

      • Grannysmovin

        One of their own Erick Erickson said: “I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.”

    • pisces63

      The eday after the 2008 election, I watched the bigoted right GOpers led by Mitch McConnell rant thst they would do all ulin their power to keep this man from succeeding in anything. Why, dumb ass idiots took their children out of school so the big bad black man couldn’t, what???????? Ask kids to stay in school. From day one before his inauguration, most of you lying idiots were setting him up for a fall. First the 2010 midterms which so far is biting you in your collective asses. NOW, you’re trying to back peddle there, with OUR help. Its typical American hypocrisy. Go to school but nit to mine. Get a good paying job but not better than mine or with any power over white folks. Buy a nice house but not in my neighborhood or you’ll be sorry! ! He isn’t going to genuflect or step off the sidewalk for you to get something done. HE is the president and NOT your resident shoe shine boy waiting for their tacit approval for breathing! !

  • old_blu

    John Boehner and his ilk are just mad because President Obama is getting things done, and they have to do something to apease the Tea Party because they are going to need that vote.

    The whole bunch of them should just sit down and shut up and wait for the mid terms to be over, and when they’re gone we can let the grown ups go in and fix the mess and do the job they can’t seem to do.

  • exdemo55

    Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

    But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.

    That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

    The President’s response: “So sue me.”

    John Boehner

    What’s disappointing is the President’s flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.

    Obama: Boehner’s lawsuit is ‘a stunt’

    After years of slow economic growth and high unemployment under President Obama, they are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills that would help. But Washington Democrats, led by the President, just ignore them.

    Even worse, the President’s habit of ignoring the law as written hurts our economy and jobs even more. Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs — but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment?

    John Boehner: I’m suing President Obama

    I don’t take the House legal action against the President lightly. We’ve passed legislation to address this problem (twice), but Senate Democrats, characteristically, have ignored it.

    In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the President’s job is to faithfully execute the laws. And, in my view, the President has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues, including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education.

    Boehner plans lawsuit against Obama over executive orders

    There must be accountability. We have a system of government outlined in our Constitution with the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. Congress has its job to do, and so does the President. When there are conflicts like this — between the legislative branch and the executive branch — it is my view that it is our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve, and for the Constitution.

    If you look back over American history, there has always been a tension between the inherent powers of the executive branch versus the inherent powers of the legislative branch. This issue is as old as Marbury vs. Madison and as fresh as the unanimous Supreme Court ruling last week that the President overstepped his authority on recess appointments.

    Over the last five years, starting — not coincidentally — when his political party lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the President has consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution, and in so doing eroded the power of the legislative branch.

    The legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America’s constitutional balance of powers — before it is too late.