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Watch The Democratic National Convention With The National Memo

You’ve had a few days to rest and now it’s time for more speeches and, hopefully, more people ranting at furniture. The Democratic National Convention begins Tuesday night in Charlotte and you can watch all the action right on this page.

When it comes to the presidential election, the debate the press seems to be obsessed with right now is: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

On Sunday’s news shows, Democrats had a hard time simply saying “Yes!” to this question. They know a simple answer ends up ignoring the fact that much of the damage to the economy that was still to come when President Obama took office.

For millions of individual Americans who are still suffering, the answer may be “No.” But for American as a whole, clearly we are better off.

Ask yourself: Are you better off now than you were an Osama bin Laden ago? Are you better off now gaining more than a hundred thousand jobs a month when we were losing more than half a million four years ago? Is your 401lk, if you’re lucky enough to have one, better off now than when the Dow was cut in half? We were better off when the Iraq War seemed endless, when insurance companies could deny kids because of pre-existing conditions, when the auto industry looked as if it might disappear?

But the answer to this question does require nuance to not ignore the millions who still suffer.

That’s the Democrats job in Charlotte.

Tonight’s speakers include:
Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island — a recovering Republican
First Lady Michelle Obama
Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio

Republicans are counter-programming against the convention in hopes of retaining the tiny little bounce they received from their shoutfest in Tampa Bay last week. Conservative commentators are fretting that President Bill Clinton may outshine President Obama — as if that isn’t a problem they wouldn’t like to have.

Come this page for ongoing updates about the convention and then join us from video and exclusive commentary as the convention begins.

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6:33 PM EST

An hour and a half into the Democratic National Convention it’s safe to say we’ve already seen more energy and a better speech than anything the Republicans offered last week in Tampa Bay. Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark) took his opportunity as the Chairman of the Platform Committee to deliver a rousing speech. It was spoken by a man who clearly has aspirations on a national level, yielding tears from several delegates on the floor.

As this convention proceeds, it’s almost shocking to hear Democrats be able to express their ideas without being yelled at by someone. Republicans are, of course, giving their commentary over Twitter and social media. Their controversies they’re trying to manufacture include the fact that the Democratic platform does not include the platform — much like the Constitution. They’re also playing up a comment from a video that quickly said government is “the one thing we all belong to.” An issue that will outrage almost no one — accept people who hate government so much that they elected George W. Bush twice.

What will outrage people is Mitt Romney’s plan to raise taxes on the middle class. Romney disputes this objective analysis. But expect to hear this charge a few billion times this convention.

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7:46 PM EST

All of the female Democratic congressional representatives and candidates were led on stage by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). They are a diverse group who reminded me of the strangest moment from last week’s Republican convention. Mitt Romney’s wife Ann, apparently in an unscripted moment, yelled out, “I love you women.” It was a striking statement for the directness of her appeal. It was the subtext of her speech laid bare. Watching the over half dozen women speaking about the issues that concern them it was hard not feel the old writer’s axiom of “show not tell” in practice. The Democrats tell the story of their concern for women with the many women they nominate. It’s a subtle way to say, “I love you women.”

The tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy presented a unique opportunity to not only connect to the legacy of the Kennedy family, it also presented a chance to show vintage Mitt Romney. When Senator Kennedy ran against Romney in 1994, he famously said again and again, “Mitt Romney is not pro-choice or anti-choice. He’s multiple choice.” In the video presentation, they showed Kennedy getting out that punchline in a debate with Romney. Super sly.

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10:17 PM EST

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland gave a speech that only a former governor could give. He diced Romney’s record of investing in companies that outsource and offshore jobs. “His money summers in the Caymans and winters in the Swiss Alps.”

This is a speech that would not have made since in the Democratic Party of the 1990s that was dominated by the very pro-trade Democratic Leadership Council. But in a tough economy, facing a private equity mogul, economic populism is alive inside this Democratic convention. Strickland gave voice to the anxiety Democrats are counting Americans to have about Mitt Romney’s focus on profits.

Kathleen Sebelius speech tying her congressman father’s record of voting for Medicare to Obamacare almost disappeared in the burnt rubber still in the air from Strickland. Mayor Rahmn Emanuel (D-Chicago) gave a speech that was exceptionally non-belligerent. He stuck to the president’s record of delivering on promises of change.

Actor Kal Penn delivered a humorous appeal to young people filled with examples of how his friends have specifically benefited from President Obama’s policies.

Governors Deval Patrick (R-MA) and Martin O’Malley (R-MD) had a mini 2016 primary. Patrick one with a speech that roared and soared but hit practical points that spoke to pride in governance. Could Democrats nominate two African Americans in a row?

Mayor Julian Castro (D-San Antonio) gave a speech that did not end up reminding many of Barack Obama from 2004, as some expected. Instead he gave an increasingly practical speech that featured a big laugh when he ended up giving Governor Romney credit for ObamaCare. Are we looking at the first Democratic senator from Texas in generations in a few years? I think so.

Now, the First Lady.

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11:09 PM EST

Wow. The First Lady’s speech exemplified how the personal can be political without being partisan. She did not mention her husband’s opponents once, but she gave a stirring defense of her husband’s presidency, subtly contrasting of how his vision differs from Mitt Romney’s.

By addressing how the White House affected her husband and her marriage, she gave a rousing answer to the question of where we are after four years. To Michelle Obama, the answer is we are better off. We are better off because of her husband’s policies and achievements, which she firmly believes in a way that does not at all seem shrill. And we are better off because through the presidency her husband has become even more the man she fell in love with. To her, he is a man who values hard work and leaving the doors he travels through open so others can follow. He is a man who cares deeply for the people he serves, which makes it easy for her to care for him.

After a speech like this, the narrow frame of “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” seems a bit trite. The argument the First Lady made was: We are better off because we have faced the worst and been unfazed. This was possible because we believed in a man who believed in us. It’s an argument that gives meaning to a campaign that partisanship cannot.

  • Maybe Now We Will Have A Group That Wont Lie Their Way Thru Four Days And Finally Hear Some Truth!!! I Will Be Watching This One!!! Obama /Biden 2012

    • ace

      If you find some one to tell the truth it is better than the Democrats have ever done they have never told the truth so what do they think that have changed .

      • huh? – pick up a grammar primer please…

      • ace — quitting school in the 2nd grade was not a smart move for you.

  • The RNC Will Go Down In History As The Larges Group Of LIARS Ever Together On One Stage!! Romney Didn’t Move Nothing But One Point In The Polls And They Lost 13 Million Viewers!! RNC=FAILED!!!

    • djconnel

      Fully agree, but it’s important to hold the Democrats up to a high standard. This isn’t zero sum: hate Republican Party doesn’t imply love Democrats.

      • Some People Think Is They Tell A Lie Long Enough People Will Believe Them!!! LOL I’m Happy To Say That Only Works On The Dumb, Stupid, Ignorant And Brain Dead People It Never Works On The Smart People!!! Rape Is Rape And A Lie Is A Lie!!!

      • joyscarbo

        The republicans just cannot understand some very basic truths about the majority of American people.
        We want women to make decisions about their own reproductive health; we need greater access to birth control so that abortion is less necessary. We want to allow gays to legally marry because it’s a human rights issue, not a religious issue. No religious organization will be forced to accept gays or preform their ceremonies.
        We believe that the rich and wealthy must pay their fair share- with great power comes greater responsibility and so it goes with more money the more taxes you pay.
        The majority of our citizens believe that our current healthcare system is broke. Making it less accessible by cutting medicaid and medicare is not the way we want to fix it.
        Republicans just don’t get it- we’re not all members of the religious right. They may talk loud, but they don’t represent the majority of americans. As long as they serve this group of noisey group of people who want to divide and exclude people, they’ll not be successful. Republicans are no longer the party of great men like Lincoln and Eisenhower. They need to get back to these values or they will lose their own legitimacy.

        • They have already lost their credibility…and I for one do not feel sorry for them…

    • ace

      If you want to make a Democrat mad just tell the fools the truth it works every time .

      • ace – how can you be so stupid?

      • Hey Ace, You should change your name to “CRAPS”. That is all you shoot.

      • joyscarbo

        We can say the same about republicans too. Why would Fox News proclaim that Ryan’s RNC speech set the new record for the greatest number of lies and misconceptions! What about that, Ace?

    • Romney Belong To The LSD Which Is Almost Like A Cult So Let Not Talk About What And Who They Believe In!! Let Talk About What People They Believe In And Our POTUS Believe In And Helping The 99% The American People!!

    • Devan Patrick exposed Mit Romney for what he is, a man of great skills when it comes to accumulating personal wealth, and an utter failure when it comes to helping others.

      • Dominick – I feel much better today after watching last night and feeling the energy in that hall that was so clearly missing in Tampa…OBAMA will win…

    • People tuned out when they realized the RNC convention was just another bad sitcom. Contrast that with the dynamic atmosphere at the DNC.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Apparently, there’s lots of DemoncRATS that aren’t showing up… can you blame them???? The rats are fleeing the sinking ship that is Obozo and his moron sidekick BiteMe…

    Bwwwwaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahhahaha

    Have a nice day!

    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
    the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
    its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
    — Winston Churchill

    • jarheadgene

      OMG…..Name one of importance….2 ex Presidents are going to be there….They aren’t exiling any delegates like ummm. errrrr. hmmmm ..oh yeah.. That guy that won lots of delegates what was his name….OH YEAH RON PAUL. And even at the convention they kept changing the rules to keep him out. So to acquiesce, they allowed his son to speak….Rand Paul isn’t half the man, but twice the bigot his dad is. Oh yes….and CHENEY….the DARK FORCE Emporer…where was he? And Bush and Bush Sr. showed up on one taped “We’re the Bushes” film. What about the GOP star Sarah Palin?

      • ObozoMustGo

        Hey Gene! I hope you are well, my friend. In response to your request, here are 31 DemoncRATS that are not attending. Not included on the list is Hillary Clinton who will be on an urgent trip to East Timor to see if the lawn sprinkler we sent them is working properly. Is she prominent?

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        Hat tip Free Republic dot com from obamaisntworking dot com:
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        31 Democrats Have Chosen To Stay Away From The Democrat National Convention (2 from NC)
        obamaisntworking dot com ^ | 09-03-2012 | staff

        Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2012 12:39:38 AM by bronxville

        PARTY LEADERSHIP HAS TOLD DEMOCRATS TO SKIP THE PARTY’S NATIONAL CONVENTION

        “The Man Responsible For Getting Democrats Elected To The Congress This Fall Has A Message For His Party’s Candidates: Stay Away From The Democrat National Convention In September.” (Samuel P. Jacobs, “Democratic Campaign Chair Tells Candidates To Avoid Convention,” Reuters, 6/27/12)

        Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Chairman Of The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “I Think (Candidates) Should Be In Their Districts.” “‘I don’t care if the president was at 122 percent favorability right now,’ he said. ‘I think (candidates) should be in their districts,’ rather than spend time at the convention, which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3-6.” (Samuel P. Jacobs, “Democratic Campaign Chair Tells Candidates To Avoid Convention,” Reuters, 6/27/12)

        House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Is “Not Encouraging Anyone To Go To The Convention” And Wants Democrat Congressional Members To Stay At Home. “’I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,’ Pelosi said in an exclusive interview for POLITICO Live’s ‘On Congress,’ a new weekly show to be streamed live on POLITICO’s website and broadcast on NewsChannel 8 on Wednesdays.” (Tim Mak, Nancy Pelosi: Democrats Should Skip The Convention,” Politico, 7/18/12)

        VULNERABLE DEMOCRATS ARE AVOIDING OBAMA

        SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): Tester Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention In Order To Concentrate On His Senate Race. “Both Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) will skip their parties’ upcoming national conventions, their campaigns told The Hill on Monday, in order to concentrate on their Senate race.” (Cameron Joseph And David Kaner, “Montana Senate Candidates Will Skip Parties’ Conventions,” The Hill, 6/25/12)

        SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): Manchin Has Declined To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “On Monday, West Virginia ‘super delegates’ Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-Beckley, announced they would not attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention, set for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. All have expressed concerns about the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12) •The Hill: “Sen. Manchin To Skip Democratic Convention.” (Justin Sink, “Sen. Manchin To Skip Democratic Convention,” The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room, 6/18/12) •U.S. News & World Report: “West Virginia Governor Opts Out Of Democratic Convention.” (Elizabeth Flock, “West Virginia Governor Opts Out Of Democratic Convention,” U.S. News & World Report , 6/19/12)

        REP. NICK RAHALL (D-WV): Rahall Has Declined To Attend The Democrat National Convention Citing “ Concerns About The Policies Of Democratic President Barack Obama.” “On Monday, West Virginia ‘super delegates’ Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-Beckley, announced they would not attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention, set for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. All have expressed concerns about the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12)

        REP. LOUISE SLAUGHTER (D-NY): Slaughter Is “Skipping” The Democrat National Convention. “The four incumbent Democrats facing the toughest challenges in New York – Representatives Bishop, Hochul and Owens, as well as Representative Louise M. Slaughter of Rochester – are all skipping the convention, which begins Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.” (Thomas Kaplan, “New York Democrats Skipping Convention For, Well You Name It,”The New York Times , 8/16/12) •Rep. Slaughter Cited “A Lot Of Work To Do At Home” As Reason Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “And Ms. Slaughter said, simply, ‘I have a lot of work to do at home. I’ll be here working in the district.’” (Thomas Kaplan, “New York Democrats Skipping Convention For, Well You Name It,”The New York Times , 8/16/12)

        REP. MARK CRITZ (D-PA): Critz Said He Would Rather Campaign Than Attend The Democrat National Convention . “U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said on Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are disgruntled with President Obama.” (Salena Zito, “Rep. Mark Critz, Other Dems, To Skip Convention In Favor Of Campaigning In Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Tribune Review , 6/20/12) •Internal Polling Showed Obama Down Double Digits To Mitt Romney In Critz’s Congressional District. “His campaign spokesman, Mike Mikus, said their internal polling shows the president is down double digits to Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the redrawn, six-county congressional district where Critz won a close victory against U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire of McCandless in the April primary. He will go against Republican Keith Rothfus, an Edgeworth attorney, in the general election.” (Salena Zito, “Rep. Mark Critz, Other Dems, To Skip Convention In Favor Of Campaigning In Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Tribune Review , 6/20/12) •“It Is Fair To Say” Critz Will Not Ask Obama To Campaign For Him. “That makes the decision to avoid the convention ‘pretty easy,’ [campaign spokesman Mike] Mikus said. Moreover, he said, ‘it is fair to say’ that Critz will not ask the president to campaign with him.” (Salena Zito, “Rep. Mark Critz, Other Dems, To Skip Convention In Favor Of Campaigning In Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Tribune Review , 6/20/12)

        REP. BILL OWENS (D-NY): Owens Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention After He Declined To Endorse Barack Obama. “At least half a dozen Democratic officials have said in recent days that they won’t attend the Democratic National Convention this September in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the president will formally receive the party’s nomination for a second term. The latest: New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul, both of whom won special elections in recent years that were heralded by party leaders.” (Dan Hirschhorn, “More Dems Plan To Skip Convention,” The Daily, 6/20/12) •Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) On Skipping The Democrat National Convention: “I’m not sure if I am dissing the president any more than I am Washington, I would lump it all together, unfortunately, a dysfunctional group.” (Matt Henson, “Owens To Skip Democratic National Convention,” WCAX – Plattsburg, NY, 7/5/12) •Rep. Bill Owens Would Not Endorse Barak Obama After Narrowly Winning Reelection In 2010. “Owens narrowly won reelection in 2010 and faces another competitive race this year. Last summer he declined to say whether he’d endorse Obama for reelection.” (Dan Hirschhorn, “More Dems Plan To Skip Convention,” The Daily, 6/20/12)

        REP. BEN CHANDLER (D-KY): “ U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler Will Join A Group Of Prominent Democrats Who Will Not Attend Their Party’s National Convention This Year.” (“Prominent KY. Dems Will Skip National Convention,”The State Journal , 7/12/12) •The Chandler Campaign Claimed That Chandler Has “A Full Schedule And That’s What We’re Going To Stick To.” “We have a full schedule and that’s what we’re going to stick to. We’re going to be in the district. That’s the Congressman’s job, is to represent his constituents and since Congress is not in session during that time he will be in Kentucky,” says campaign manager Eric Nagy in an interview with WEKU, an affiliate of National Public Radio. (“Prominent KY. Dems Will Skip National Convention,”The State Journal , 7/12/12)

        EVEN NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS HAVE DECIDED TO SKIP THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL CONVENTION

        REP. LARRY KISSELL (D-NC): Kissell Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention, Which Is Being Held 10 Miles From His District. “Democratic Representative Larry Kissell’s district is within 10 miles of the Charlotte, North Carolina, arena where the Democratic National Convention will be held starting Sept. 4. Kissell isn’t planning to attend.” (Kathleen Hunter, “Democratic Lawmakers Keep Obama At Distance In Campaigns,”Bloomberg Businessweek , 8/3/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE HAYDEN ROGERS (D-NC): Rogers Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention And Refused To Endorse Obama. “’My sole focus is on running for Congress in the 11th District,’ Rogers said. ‘I will be concentrating my time and energy on reaching out to as many voters as possible to discuss the issues facing Western North Carolina and America. I have no plans to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and will not be endorsing in the 2012 presidential race.’” (John Ostendorff, “Rogers To Skip DNC, Won’t Endorse Obama,” Asheville Citizen-Times’ Politics Now, 7/3/12)

        MANY MORE DEMOCRATS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE DECIDED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL CONVENTION

        GOV. EARL RAY TOMBLIN (D-WV): Tomblin Won’t Attend The Democrat National Convention Due To “Concerns About The Policies Of Democratic President Barack Obama.” “On Monday, West Virginia ‘super delegates’ Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall, D-Beckley, announced they would not attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention, set for Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. All have expressed concerns about the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12)

        REP. KATHY HOCHUL (D-NY): Hochul Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention In Charlotte. “At least half a dozen Democratic officials have said in recent days that they won’t attend the Democratic National Convention this September in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the president will formally receive the party’s nomination for a second term. The latest: New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul, both of whom won special elections in recent years that were heralded by party leaders.” (Dan Hirschhorn, “More Dems Plan To Skip Convention,” The Daily, 6/20/12)

        SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO) : The Associated Press: “McCaskill Opts To Skip Democratic Convention To Campaign.” (“McCaskill Opts To Skip Democratic Convention To Campaign,” The Associated Press, 6/27/12) •Los Angeles Times : “Sen. McCaskill Joins List Of Democrats Skipping National Convention.” (Morgan Little, “Sen. McCaskill Joins List Of Democrats Skipping National Convention,” Los Angeles Times , 6/26/12)

        REP. DAVE LOEBSACK (D-IA): Loebsack Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention In Order To Best Use His Time Campaigning. “’Having been to conventions in the past, I am utterly convinced that my time will be best used by being in Iowa, talking to Iowans about how to create jobs and get the economy back on track,’ said Loebsack.” (Rod Boshart, “Many Iowa Congressional Candidates Don’t Attend National Conventions,The Gazette, 7/6/12)

        REP. JOHN BARROW (D-GA): Barrow Has Announced He Will Not Attend The Democrat National Convention, Opting To Schedule Campaign Events In The District Instead. “Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow will skip the Democratic National Convention in September, adding to a growing list of Democrats distancing themselves from the national party’s major quadrennial get-together. Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo said Tuesday that Barrow is not going to Charlotte because he is ‘planning a number of events throughout [the] district during that time.’” (Daniel Malloy, “Barrow To Skip Democratic National Convention,”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 6/26/12)

        REP. JIM MATHESON (D-UT): Matheson Announced He Would Not Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Utah Rep. Jim Matheson told The Daily today that he won’t be going to Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September, where the president will formally receive the Democratic nomination for a second term. ‘I’ll be spending my time this summer and fall doing my job in Congress and visiting with and listening to people in Utah,’ Matheson said. ‘I won’t be traveling to North Carolina.’” (Dan Hirschhorn, “DNC? No Thanks,” The Daily, 6/21/12)

        REP. STEPHEN LYNCH (D-MA): Lynch Has Declined To Attend The Democrat National Convention To Instead Focus On His Campaign. “Rep. Stephen Lynch, a 9th District Democrat who is unopposed in the primary but will face a general election challenger, will also be staying home. ‘I take every election seriously. This one is no different,’ Lynch said in a statement. ‘There is a lot of work to be done to prepare for Election Day and to get our vote out, so I plan on being here.’” (Shira Schoenberg And Robert Rizzuto, “At Least 2 Massachusetts Congressmen To Skip Democratic National Convention In Charlotte, The Republican, 7/2/12)

        REP. RICHARD NEAL (D-MA): Neal Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “At least two members of the state’s congressional delegation are staying home because of the election, including U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, a Springfield Democrat. ‘It’s the week of the election, so the Congressman is going to be staying in Massachusetts,’ said Neal campaign spokesman Matt Fenlon.” (Shira Schoenberg And Robert Rizzuto, “At Least 2 Massachusetts Congressmen To Skip Democratic National Convention In Charlotte, The Republican, 7/2/12)

        REP. HENRY CUELLAR (D-TX): Cuellar Said He Has “No Plans To Attend” The Democrat National Convention To Spend More Time Focused On His Own Reelection. “Add Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar to the growing list of Democrats who are skipping the Democratic National Convention this summer. The moderate Democrat backs President Barack Obama’s reelection but told POLITICO on Tuesday he won’t be attending the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., in September. ‘I went to the Texas state Democratic convention [in June],’ Cuellar, a four-term congressman, said by phone from Laredo, Texas. ‘As I get close to my election, I want to spend more time in my district and focus on my reelection. Right now, I have no plans to attend.’”

        REP. JERRY MCNERNEY (D-CA): McNerney Has Announced He Will Not Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Add Rep. Jerry McNerney to the list of Democratic elected officials who won’t attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September even as they try to retain their seats.” (Josh Richman, “McNerney Will Skip Convention, Garamendi Unsure,” Political Blotter, 6/27/12)

        FORMER REP. CHARLIE WILSON (D-OH): Wilson Has Declined To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Democratic U.S. House candidates Charlie Wilson in Ohio and Sue Thorn in West Virginia won’t attend this summer’s Democratic National Convention, their respective campaigns said Tuesday.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12) •The Wilson Campaign Cited A Scheduling Conflict As The Reason To Skip The Democrat National Convention. “’We will not be attending mainly for scheduling reasons and existing campaign events,’[Wilson Spokesman J.W. Starrett] he said.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12)

        FORMER REP. BETTY SUTTON (D-OH): Sutton Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention Because She Has “Things To Do.” “Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, tells National Journal she does not expect to attend the Democratic convention in Charlotte, where President Obama will be renominated. ‘I would anticipate that I will have things to do in the district. There will be a lot of work to do locally. I would be more inclined to be here with my people,’ she said.” (Jill Lawrence, “Sutton Plans To Skip Democratic Convention,” National Jouranl, 7/6/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE SUE THORN (D-WV): Thorn Has Declined To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Democratic U.S. House candidates Charlie Wilson in Ohio and Sue Thorn in West Virginia won’t attend this summer’s Democratic National Convention, their respective campaigns said Tuesday.” (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12) •Thorn “Didn’t Enter The Race To Be A Delegate.” “She did not turn down any designated spot, she just didn’t enter the race to be a delegate,” [Thorn Spokeswoman Erin] Beck said. (Joselyn King, “House Candidates Not Attending Convention,” Steubenville Herald-Star , 6/20/12)

        DEMOCRAT SENATE CANDIDATE RICHARD CARMONA (D-AZ): Carmona Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Presumptive Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona does not plan to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. …” (Sean Sullivan, “Carmona Planning To Skip Dem Convention,” National Journal’s Hotline On Call, 6/26/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE HEIDI HEITKAMP (D-ND): Heitkamp Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention, To Focus On Her Campaign In North Dakota. “North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp will skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this September. Heitkamp’s spokesman Brandon Lorenz told Hotline On Call that the former state attorney general will be campaigning in North Dakota rather than attending the gathering.” (Julie Sobel, “Heitkamp Skipping Dem Convention,” National Journal’s Hotline On Call, 6/26/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE JOSEPH KENNEDY III (D-MA): Kennedy Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “The Democrat with the most name recognition running to replace Frank – Joseph Kennedy III – will stay in Massachusetts the week of the primary.” (Shira Schoenberg And Robert Rizzuto, “At Least 2 Massachusetts Congressmen To Skip Democratic National Convention In Charlotte, The Republican, 7/2/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE CHRISTIE VILSACK (D-IA): Vilsack Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack has attended the Democratic national convention in the past, but will not be doing so this year as she makes her first bid for public office, trying to unseat King in the redrawn 4th congressional district in northwest Iowa.” (Rod Boshart, “Many Iowa Congressional Candidates Don’t Attend National Conventions, The Gazette, 7/6/12) •Congressional Candidate Christie Vilsack Did Not Attend President Obama’s Campaign Rally At Morningside College. “Vilsack, a former Iowa first lady whose husband serves in Obama’s Cabinet, said during an appearance Thursday in Sioux City that she has a previously scheduled event Saturday in Carroll, Iowa, and won’t be on hand for Obama’s stop at Morningside College.” (Bret Hayworth, “Professor: Christie Vilsack Ducking Obama’s Sioux City Visit,” Sioux City Journal , 8/31/12) •“An Iowa Political Science Professor Said Congressional Candidate Christie Vilsack Is Ducking President Barack Obama’s Saturday Appearance In Sioux City To Avoid Alienating Independent Voters And Giving Her Rival Extra Ammunition.” (Bret Hayworth, “Professor: Christie Vilsack Ducking Obama’s Sioux City Visit,” Sioux City Journal , 8/31/12)

        REP. TIM BISHOP (D-NY): Bishop Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention Due To A Tight Reelection Race. “But only two House members from Long Island said they are taking a pass on the Democratic conclave in Charlotte: Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), locked in a tight race with Republican businessman Randy Altschuler, and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), facing Republican Francis Becker and Conservative candidate Frank Scatturro.” (Tom Brune, “Two From L.I. To Skip National Dems’ Convention,”Newsday’s Spin Cycly, 8/5/12)

        REP. CAROLYN MCCARTHY (D-NY): McCarthy Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “But only two House members from Long Island said they are taking a pass on the Democratic conclave in Charlotte: Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), locked in a tight race with Republican businessman Randy Altschuler, and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), facing Republican Francis Becker and Conservative candidate Frank Scatturro.” (Tom Brune, “Two From L.I. To Skip National Dems’ Convention,”Newsday’s Spin Cycly, 8/5/12)

        DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE JAY INSLEE (D-WA): Inslee Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention To Campaign In Washington State. “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is skipping the Democratic National Convention next month. Inslee earlier had said he planned to attend the convention, which runs Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C. But Sterling Clifford, Inslee’s communications director, confirmed Wednesday that Inslee has decided to stay in the state for campaign events. ‘It definitely makes more sense to be campaigning here,’ Clifford said.” (Jim Brunner, “Jay Inslee Will Skip Democratic National Convention,”The Seattle Times’ Politics Northwest, 8/8/12)

        DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE DAN MAFFEI (D-NY): Maffei Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention To Campaign In New York. “One of the Democratic challengers, Dan Maffei, is a former member of Congress seeking to unseat Representative Ann Marie Buerkle, the Republican who defeated him two years ago; Mr. Maffei will be in Syracuse, not Charlotte, at the start of September.” (Thomas Kaplan, “New York Democrats Skipping Convention For, Well You Name It,”The New York Times , 8/16/12)

        SEN BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): Sanders Has Decided Not To Attend The Democrat National Convention. “Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a liberal Independent who caucuses with Democrats, does not plan to attend the Democratic convention, according to a spokesman.” (Alexander Bolton, “Both Party Conventions Snub Lieberman,”The Hill, 7/31/12)

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        Have a nice day!

        “We have elected some very intelligent people to administer our government… ..WHY do they (all elected government officials at all levels; National, State, & Local) not understand that we cannot continue to SPEND more than we take in indefinitely without end … … .????? Have we all gone nuts????… ..Eventually, income MUST equal or exceed spending; it’s just plain common sense, not rocket science… … !!!” – Anonymous

        • jarheadgene

          C’MON….a lot of them are working for reelection locally. I MEAN it’s not like they are
          DODGING the DRAFT…or something. Haha ha.

    • djconnel

      You should be against the Republicans, then, who are as socialist a party which has ever thrived in the US. They promote massive subsidies: agriculture, transportation, military, oil, coal…. Don’t drink the kool-aid.

    • WhutHeSaid

      Well golly-gee, where was George Bush when that Tampa shindig was happening? Need I say more?

      • Joseph Hemphill

        and Palin, she was the last VP pick for pete’s sake, the level of hypocrisy from the GOTP is astounding….

      • joyscarbo

        Yep! And Cheney had a fishing trip he just couldn’t get out of to attend this year’s RNC!! Just last week, I saw Michael Steele on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon Huntsman on The Colbert Report and Ron Paul on Bill Maher’s show!!! I mean, republicans who are being ignored, disrespected and marginalized are by the neo-cons! It’s you’re not a right wing nutjob or a teabagger in the republican party, you’re not going to be supported whatsoever.

  • SustainableMom

    Iowa’s economy and the lives of its people depend on protecting our natural resources. High quality water and topsoil are vanishing with the poliferation of unsustainable planting of corn on corn. Wetlands are being drained by ditches into the Upper Cedar Valley Group Aquifer in Mitchell County, Iowa, Section 11, Cedar (W) Township. This is only one of the plumes of contaminated Point Scource Pollution Plumes that contaminates the wells downstream in Iowa. Our well was contaminated in 1993 and after I complained and had Dale Adams, IDNR, test our well in 1993 he lied and told us it was safe for Nitrates and Bacteria but withheld our well test from us. Other well owners in the plume started to develop cancers and slowly die from the varios effects. But first their animals that drank more water died or developed tumors. Anhydrous Ammonia the fertilizer used to grow corn on corn on this Karsted limestone limited soil depth swale area of recharge for our aquifer should only be used for pasture or grass crops. I just received well tests on 10 of the wells polluted downstream by Bradley Johnson the Mitchell County Soil and Water Conservation Chair and Jim Urbatsch, farmer and Dean Sponheim, Seed Sales and farmer. These new well tests that I had not known about were done after those 10 wells were drilled to a yet safe aquifer. But Shawver Well drillers had given us all 10 year waranties, since they claimed we would need to keep testing our wells since the flood runoff being ditched to sinkholes would act like a jackhammer on the floor of the first polluted aquifer and break through into the aquifer we had drilled to in 2004. The first next flood was in 2008 and the Ammonia Nitrogen as (N) tests on the deeper aquifers tests are now positive. According to the U. of Iowa Hygenic Lab these tests show positive tests like ours that range from o.2 up to 12.2 and across Iowa in our wells. This drains to our rivers and streams that feed the Mississippi and have caused big Dead Zones in the Gulf. We need to have our USDA-NRCS start listening to the large and small farmers that care enough for the lives of their neighbors or children and grandchildren. Will anyone be able to drink or even bathe in our water or will they get burned like me? Veronica Lack

  • Obama all the way Baby!!!

    • ace

      TO hell please .

  • I LOVE OUR POTUS AND OUR FLOTUS♥♥♥ – Re-ELECT our Honorable President Barack Blessed Obama♥♥♥

    The Republican Congress caused SUFFERING upon AMERICAN PEOPLE, AMERICAN CHILDREN their destruction has no boundaries. VOTE them out!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Gina… have you finished your prayers to Barak Hussein Obozo already today? What a brainwashed dolt!!

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      Have a nice day!

      “Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured … but not prove they are a citizen.” – Ben Stein

      • WhutHeSaid

        It’s really quite painful for bigots like you to get your ass whupped by a black man again, isn’t it? Sorry ’bout your luck.

        Have a nice day!

        • thanks for the laugh….the Repugnantcans just can’t stand having a man of color in a position of power – one that they can never achieve….makes them crazy with their bigotry and narrow-mindedness….

      • joyscarbo

        Hey, Bozo!! Haven’t seen you much around here lately. I did manage to watch some of the RNC…some of Ryan’s and Romney’s speeches. I’m surprised they’re changing their tune a little…”…we know Obama meant well, he tried and failed…” Otherwise, I wasn’t surprised much. I was surprised at how bland it all was. But the biggest surprise was when Fox News said that Ryan’s speech set a new high for the most lies and misconceptions!!!!! Huh?! I thought Ryan was the party’s golden boy!!! I know his speech was filled with lies, but I never thought I’d actually hear it from Fox News! What gives?! Please do tell!!!

        Have a great day and weekend! My best to your family!

        • ObozoMustGo

          Hi Joy! Great to hear from you. I have been around, but sporadically and not on every blog post.

          Agreed on the conventions…. really boring crap… like no one wanted to pull a Biden-like gaffe and tell blacks they were getting put back in chains. Too safe, not enough beating on each other. While I think Obozo does “mean well,” I suppose it depends on what your definition of “mean well” is, now doesn’t it. Not that Obozo is Hitler, but to make the point I’ll use the extreme. Hitler thought he was doing well when he was gassing 6 million jews, didn’t he? Obozo meaning well is to downsize America in the world according to his anti-colonialist and Marxist upbringing.

          If this is the first time you’ve heard Fox criticize a Republican, you don’t watch very much, Joy. I don’t really either, but every time I do I see a hard leftist on every show and they get their views across right along with conservatives.

          Have a great weekend, Joy! I’ll be gone all weekend with my son. Say hello to Mr. Joy for me. God bless you and your family.

          As William Voegeli put it in Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State, “Liberals don’t want the government to grow indefinitely. They just want it to be bigger than it is right now. The corollary of this stance is liberals’ refusal even to entertain questions on the dimensions of a welfare state that is exactly the right size.”

    • BDD1951

      Amen!!!

  • ObozoMustGo

    Yet again…. another daily dose of DemoncRAT HYPOCRISY!!!! Right here at your very own convention of useful idiots and fools. Hat tip, Gary DeMar, Political Outcast

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    YOU’LL NEED AN ID TO PROVE YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT, BUT NOT TO VOTE

    Filed under 2012 Election102 You can tell a lot by the motives of someone by looking at how consistent they are. In order to get into the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, you will need an ID. Why can’t Democrat voters be trusted to enter a convention that’s for Democrats? Why would they lie about who they are?

    A Democrat official will most likely say that IDs are necessary because of party crashers. Maybe some Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents will try to come in and disrupt the convention. This is a very good argument for the necessity of IDs for the convention. But it leaves a couple of things unanswered.

    First, isn’t it a hardship on some people to get an ID? Isn’t this a standard argument sued by Liberals on why it’s unconstitutional improper to ask for an ID at the voting booth? If it’s not a hardship in one place (the convention), then it’s not a hardship in another place (the voting booth).

    Second, the very nature of an election is to get your guy elected. Some people are unscrupulous in that they will do anything to ensure their candidate wins. This will mean sabotaging an election by voting multiple times or using the names and addresses of dead people to flood the ballot box with extra votes.

    “An anti-voter fraud group says it has discovered 30,000 dead folks registered to vote across North Carolina. The group collected the names by comparing death records from the past decade to voter rolls; it says the figure would have been bigger had the group had access to death records in neighboring states.”

    While not all these dead voters’ names are implicated in voter fraud, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities that they could be. Without a proper ID, how would anyone know if a person was using a deceased registered voter as a way to boost the number of votes for one political party over the other? They wouldn’t.

    The following is from the Charlotte Observer:

    “Mainly, what we’re concerned about is the potential [for fraud],” said project director Jay DeLancy. “Since there is no voter ID law in North Carolina, anybody can walk in and claim to be anyone else.”

    Liberals are so intent on blocking voter ID requirements because they know that their fellow-liberals are some of the biggest voter-cheats. They wouldn’t cash a check given to them by someone claiming to be the person the check is made out to, but they’re willing to look the other way for the potential of voter fraud in order put people in office who write checks to keep the wealth distributors in office.

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    Have a nice day!

    “Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured … but not prove they are a citizen.” – Ben Stein

  • ObozoMustGo

    dj… you must clarify between “progressive” Republicans and conservatives. They are different. I have been equally critical of them over the years and the fact remains that progressives predominantly run and control the entire DemoncRATic party. Yes they are in the Rupublican party, as well, but that is changing. They are called RINOs and they are being thrown out in the primaries one after the other. The DemoncTAT party could use a conversion back to the liberal party, and away from the radical progressive/socialist party they are today. This would be good for all of America.

    Your point about subsidies is accurate in one sense, but stupid in the next. Agricultural, transportation, other private business. But……. What do you mean “massive subsidies to the military”? What the hell do you think the Fed Government is supposed to do? Helloooooooo!!! McFly!!! Is there anyone in there???????? The Fed is supposed to pay the military. It’s their number one purpose for existing.

    Oh… and talk about drinking Kool Aid????? Are you kidding???? When someone like you repeats the lie about “Big oil subsidies”, you reveal that you really have no idea what you are talking about. So yet again, I will copy here an article for all to read who are even just a slight bit interested in objective understanding. For those of you not interested in being educated, put your heads back in your butts.

    Hat tip to Randall Hoven, American Thinker, May 2, 2011.
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    Everyone wants to end subsidies to oil companies, from President Obama to John Boehner and Paul Ryan. My question was “What subsidies?” Remarkably enough, CNN Money provided the answer.

    It turns out that they are all tax “breaks.” I even hesitate to call them “breaks” because some of them amount to little more than Congress defining accounting terms such as “capital equipment.” And the total amount of earnings not collected in taxes (which liberals define as a “subsidy”) is about $4 billion per year. Here is how that breaks down.

    Domestic manufacturing tax deduction — $1.7 B. This is a tax deduction given to every manufacturer in the US. Per CNN, it was “designed to keep factories in the United States.” If that deduction were eliminated for oil companies only, it would mean singling out oil companies from all other manufacturers.

    Percentage depletion allowance — $1 B. Any industry can write down a portion of the cost of its capital equipment as part of the cost of doing business. Right now, oil in the ground is treated as capital equipment. Again, this “subsidy” amounts to how the cost of doing business is defined. All companies get it, not just oil companies.

    Foreign tax credit — $850 million. Companies get credit for taxes they pay to other countries. All companies get this “subsidy,” not just oil companies. Should a company pay tax on tax? Should only oil companies pay tax on tax?

    Intangible drilling costs — $780 million. According to CNN, “[a]ll industries get to write off the costs of doing business, but they must take it over the life of an investment. The oil industry gets to take the drilling credit in the first year.” Among these four tax “breaks,” this smallest one was the only one that treated oil companies differently.

    The above tax “breaks” explain how much tax revenue is not collected from all oil companies. How much is collected?

    Exxon recently released its first quarter results for 2011. The number grabbing the headlines was Exxon’s profit: $10.65 billion in a single quarter. The number not given quite as much exposure was the taxes it paid in that same quarter: $8 billion, or 42% of income before taxes.

    And what does Exxon do with all that money it has left after paying $8 B in taxes? It put $7.8 billion into capital and exploration, as part of its plans “to invest between $33 billion and $37 billion per year over the next five years to develop new energy supplies.”

    In any other industry, that would be called “research and development.” Exxon is plowing 73% of its after-tax profits back into R&D. Who would be better at spending $4 billion of energy companies’ earnings in an attempt to provide our energy in the future: the energy companies or Obama’s energy czar?

    Do you know what oil company does get US subsidies, and not just tax “breaks”? Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil company. According to the Wall Street Journal,

    The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month [August 2009] with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

    Just to re-cap a few pertinent features of these “subsidies” to oil companies that Obama wants to cut.

    •They are all tax “breaks,” or earnings that oil companies get to keep, not money paid out from the US Treasury.
    •The amount of earnings not collected in taxes is about $4.3 billion per year — about 0.2% of this year’s deficit and enough to fund about 10 hours of current US government spending.
    •A full $3.55 billion of that amount (82%) is due to the way taxes are treated for all industries or manufacturers. To change these tax laws only for oil companies would require singling them out among all industries for special mistreatment. (I’m not a lawyer, but that sounds like a bill of attainder to me, something our Constitution forbids.)
    •The only tax in which the oil industry seems to get special treatment compared to other industries is intangible drilling costs. The amount of that subsidy? That would be $0.78 billion per year — enough to fund less than two hours of federal spending in 2011, and not even half the amount we are lending a foreign-owned and state-owned oil company for drilling offshore Brazil.
    •Oil companies already pay tax rates of 40-50% of income. For one company, Exxon, in one quarter of one year, that amount was over $8 billion, or almost double the so-called tax “subsidy” for all oil companies for an entire year.

    If you think oil companies enjoy some special privilege because of the money they throw around Washington, DC, consider that the Oil & Gas industry ranked only 19th in the amount of money contributed to politicians in the 2008 election cycle: $17.7 million. Who was number one? Lawyers, who contributed $126.9 million, or over seven times as much as the Oil & Gas industry. The Education lobby gave $37.4 million, more than wice as much as Oil & Gas.

    You might not realize it, but private oil companies don’t own much oil. Most oil in the ground, in fact 87% of the world’s supply, is owned by state-owned companies, and most of that by OPEC countries and Russia. Exxon, for example, owns only 0.68% of worldwide oil reserves. Venezuela owns 7.34%, more than 10 times as much as Exxon. What Exxon does is explore, drill, transport, refine, and distribute. It makes its money by doing things, not by sitting on capital.

    According to the DOE’s Energy Information Administration, every time you fill up your gas tank, more of your money goes to taxes than goes to refining costs and profits combined.

    Having said all that, go ahead and get rid of that special treatment of intangible drilling costs. Make oil companies write them down over the life of their investments, not just one year. Increase corporate taxes in the US, where corporate tax rates are already highest in the world. Collect enough money to fund the federal government for two hours.

    And of course, tell your constituents you don’t kowtow to those big, bad oil companies. Unless they’re owned by Brazil.
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    Have a nice day!

    “Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain

    • joyscarbo

      Progressive, moderate and especially liberal republicans are not welcome in the republican party!!! Your party is very divided right now.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Joy… progressive moderate and liberals belong in the DemocRAT party, not the Republican. They should be kicked out. The vote DemoncRATic anyway.

        Have a nice weekend!

        “No man’s life, liberty, or property is in so much danger as when the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain

        • joyscarbo

          The variation in perspectives from a party’s progressives, moderates, liberals and YES conservatives too are what make a party great. All sides can engage in meaningful discussion, debate and critically examine all sides of an issue. Great thinkers can only come up with solution to problems when all angles are considered.
          Unfortunately for your party- the republicans- they’ve taken an extreme position that attacks any opposing views from progressive, moderate or liberal republicans. The party that attacks and eats it’s own cannot and will not survive.

        • joyscarbo

          REALLY??!! Do you really think that a solitary perspective in your party will bring about unilateral success? No WAY!!
          What the republican party fails to understand or recognize right now is that individual beliefs follow the traditional bell graph. That is, few are extremly right or left. Everyone else- the MAJORITY- are a combination of everything inbetween. People have varying beliefs based on the issues. People may be republican, democrat or independent but they also have beliefs/ideology that are moderate, progressive or liberal.
          The southern democrats of the 1960’s- who you LOVE to remind others that they supported Jim Crow and slavery- were conservative democrats with extreme right wing ideology. The republican party has now dominated the south…and not all for the good. The south is consistantly home to the most poorest states, the most people living below the poverty line, the highest muder rates, lowest property and home values, highest national infant mortality rates and the lowest life expectancy rates.
          You like to talk about how more companies have moved to the south….yeah….that’s because land isn’t expensive and the locals- no matter the race or gender- are poor and cheap to hire-anything is better than nothing, right?! It’s like our own little 3rd world country right here in the USA.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hi Joy!

            We have 2 parties. One is the home of progressives/socialists and those that favor big government and income redistribution — they are DemoncRATS. The other is the home to those of us dedicated to individual liberty, smaller government, fiscal conservatives, constitutionalists, and American patriots — that’s the Republican party. It’s very clear.

            Think of it this way Joy… how much support would the DemoncRAT party give to a Tea Party member that wanted to run for office in as a DemoncRAT? Uhhhh…. I suppose that’s where your tolerance runs out, now isn’t it? Of course it is. You guys on the left are massive hypocrites. You want progressive/socialists to be accepted in the Republican Party but any suggestion for it to work the other way is readily dismissed. You see, I am not a hypocrite. I see the 2 parties for what they are. Progressive/socialists/big government people go DemoncRAT. Conservatives go Republican, people in the middle stay independent. The battle is for the middle ground. Pretty much the way it works and will keep working, until of course the DemoncRATS have finally enslaved more than 50% of the voters with government handouts. Then it’s game over, and America is lost. USA becomes USSA.

            Regarding your bullsheet assessment of the South…. more lies and leftist fairy tales about a 3rd world country. What a bunch of crap, and you know it. The southern states lead America in economic growth. More and more industry is moving there to get away from the corruption of union thuggery in the northeast and midwest. What any smart businessman who cares about his business’s competitiveness. Even foreign manufacturers have been opening up plants in the South. And you leftist nutjobs whine and complain about it. How foolish can you be, Joy? You’re just jealous that they don’t want to open businesses in locales run by DemoncRATS.

            Have a nice day, Joy!

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            As William Voegeli put it in Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State, “Liberals don’t want the government to grow indefinitely. They just want it to be bigger than it is right now. The corollary of this stance is liberals’ refusal even to entertain questions on the dimensions of a welfare state that is exactly the right size.”

          • joyscarbo

            Wow…you can’t even accept facts that are right there in your face! The facts that I gave about life expectancy and infant mortality are correct, as well as the murder rates. They also imprison many more people and execute them as well. Institutionalized poverty is a way of life there. My husband’s nieces live in Alabama. They work 2 jobs- working from sun up to sundown 6 days a week- but they don’t make enough to afford anything more than state government subsidized housing- that is, they live in the projects. Two of the 3 have each 2 children and actually qualify for food stamps too. They have no healthcare or retirement benefits. They don’t even have paid sick days or vacation. They work for BP and fast food restaurants. Their mother- my husband’s sister- has worked at Pizza Hut for 23 years and has never had any healthcare or retirement benefits. Infact, she doesn’t even make $9.00 per hour. These businesses are all white male-owned. Guess who else manages the projects? The same people who own the businesses. They make sure that they don’t give them anything more than what will qualify them to live in government-subsidized housing. Keep ’em poor and use them for cheap labor. Make money by paying them shitty wages and then take those wages back when rent time comes around.
            The south is fully republican run. There is little access to birth control and don’t want women to have abortions but they also don’t bother to help them see it to their first year of life either. You republicans have quite a racket going on down there!!!
            How big does a government have to be to keep poor folks in their place….HUGE!!!
            You republicans are all for big government as long as it suits your corporate ambitions.
            You can’t even see that varying points of view within ANY party are what can bring a party into office. You’ll find out how successful republican divisiveness is this November. Good luck with that.
            Have a nice day, Bozo! Hope your work week is a good one!

            Oh…and I have a quote for you too:
            “The success or failure of any government in the final analysis must be measured by the well-being of its citizens. Nothing can be more important to a state than its public health; the state’s paramount concern should be the health of its people.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hi Joy… what a bunck of claptrap garbage. We have covered the abuse of statistics by leftist nutjobs in the past, Joy. Claiming a crisis because one place has a higher infant mortality rate than another is a strawman argument when a rational person realizes that the difference in the real world is actually insignificant.

            Perfect example: You take 2 people and extrapolate them to the entire society for the purpose of supporting why politicians should rob Peter to pay Paul. And, the 2 women probably had trouble keeping their legs closed and you want their problems caused by their irresponsible behavior to be paid for by me and others? While I am certain that they are very nice people and caring mothers, expecting them to be paid more than the job is worth is silly. They aren’t entitled to a job or benefits. How much would people be willing to pay for pizza at Pizza Hut if they added those costs? I don’t know, but I do know this: if you double the price of a pizza, you WILL sell many fewer pizzas. Fewer pizzas means fewer employees. Just the way it is, Joy.

            Little access to birth control? Who are you kidding? That’s an outright lie, Joy, and you know it. I’ll bet you my house that if there is a Pizza Hut where they live, there is a drugstore. And that drugstore sells rubbers and BC pills. You’re lying if you say they are not allowed to go to CVS to buy rubbers. And if they can’t afford them, tell them to stay the hell off their backs and to keep their damned pants on. What the hell? Why should other people be responsible for paying for the consequences of their actions? WHY?

            You know that you and I agree on corporate welfare. No question. Get rid of that and get rid of people welfare altogether. There is no circumstances under which it is advisable to solve a problem by giving politicians a dollar, having them chop 80 to 90 cents off the top, and then only deliver 10 cents worth of help. The objective of the politician is the building of his bureaucracy and getting reelected, not solving problems. If you want problems really to be solved, push the requirement for solving them down as close to the needy as you can. Why you support politicians that lie to you about Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Economics is beyond me. It has never worked in history, and it will never work now.

            I find it amuzing that you claim that Repubs like big government as though it’s some sort of derogatory remark (even though patently false), yet you support major socialist policies and greater government control over everyone’s lives. Really, very funny Joy! Good one! 🙂 🙂 You crack me up, sometimes, hunny! hehehehehe

            Have a nice day!

            “Rule of thumb… never trust what comes from the mouth of a socialist politician. They are only lying so they can spend other people’s money to build up their own power.” – ObozoMustGo

  • ObozoMustGo

    BREAKING NEWS…… BREAKING NEWS…….. BREAKING NEWS…….

    National Debt Hits $16 TRILLION on Opening Night of DemoncRATic Convention

    Congratulations Mr. Obozo!!!! You are succeeding at fundamentally transforming America……………….. into the world’s next bankrupt nation and laughing stock of the world!!!! Way to go!!! Nice accomplishment to speak about at the convention….. NOT!!!

    What timing????? Obozo the messiah must have coordinated this intentionally. After all, he did stop the seas from rising and healed the planet, didn’t he?

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    Have a nice day!

    “We have elected some very intelligent people to administer our government… ..WHY do they (all elected government officials at all levels; National, State, & Local) not understand that we cannot continue to SPEND more than we take in indefinitely without end … … .????? Have we all gone nuts????… ..Eventually, income MUST equal or exceed spending; it’s just plain common sense, not rocket science… … !!!” – Anonymous

    • Joshua Hess

      Like the republicans would lift a finger to help reduce that debt while Obama is office.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Josh boy… answer these questions:

        1) Do you call raising the debt ceiling reducing the debt, or increasing it?

        2) Do you think that if we did not raise the debt ceiling, that our debt would be lower?

        3) The Republicans have passed budgets and have sent them to the Senate for committee review and then subsequent compromise. Those budgets have real cuts that allow spending to slow and shrink. Who has refused to even bring those budget bills to be considered? Isn’t Dirty Harry in Obozo’s back pocket?

        4) Do you find it odd that in 4 years, Obozo and Congress (which he had full control of for 2 years) have not passed a single budget? Do you think this has been intentional so as to avoid being accountable for his profligate spending?

        Looking forward to your response I remain….

        Have a nice day!

        “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” – Ronald Reagan

    • BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…

      The national debt was about $10T when Obama took office. The Republicans under Bush turned record surpluses into record deficits. Their policies left an economy in ruins. That’s why the debt is now at $16T: because of the policies of the GOP.

      As for the rest of your post: WTF are you talking about? You’re not even using punctuation correctly. It’s complete and utter nonsense. Is this what passes for rational discourse among today’s so-called “conservatives”, or are you just another troll?

      • ObozoMustGo

        ASR… you must be a pretty crappy sales rep. I’ve never seen a leftist freak that was a good sales rep, unless they had a comp plan that depended on everyone else! Certainly, the sales reps that must rely on their individual efforts and are successful could never be leftist freaks.

        What is odd is that you morons on the left love to criticize Bush for raising the debt $4 Trillion in 8 years, but look the other way while Obozo runs it up nearly $6 Trillion in 3.5 years. In fact, you idiots and fools are still blaming Bush for your own messiah’s incompetence and inability to solve the problems. Obozo owns his own record, you dope! Obozo has been president about 1% of American history, but has run up 33% of the nation’s debt. It’s just the facts, you fool. Get over it.

        Have a nice day!

        “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” – Ronald Reagan

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    • ObozoMustGo – I agree you should go…BOZO

  • Obama told the truth when he stated “tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are ” now let’s look at Pres. Obama’s friends they can start out with Rev. Wright OMG need I say more, Jeffrey Crowley – AIDS CZAR,radical homosexual, gay-rights activists, believes in gay marriages and a special status for homosexuals only, including complete free health care for gays. #2 Ed Montgomery – Auto recovery czar. Acorn board member. Communist DuBois club member. Radical antibusiness black activist. Affirmative action and job reference for blacks. #3 Van Jones – green jobs czar.( forced to resign) black activist with strong anti-white views. Member of the American Communist Party and San Francisco Communist Party. #4 Daniel fried – Guantanamo czar-human rights activist for foreign terrorist. He believes America has caused the global war on terrorism. Believes terrorist have rights above and beyond Americans.#5 -Todd Stern – international climate czar-anti-business former White House Chief of Staff . From supporter of the Kyoto Accord pushing hard for Cap and trade. Blames US business for global warming. Anti-– US business prosperity. #6 Earl Devaney-stimulus accountability czar. spent his career trying to take guns away from American citizens. Believes in open borders to Mexico. blaming United States gun stores for drug war in Mexico. #7John Brennan-terrorism czar. Anti-CIA activist. No training in diplomatic or government affairs. Believes open-Borders to Mexico and a dialogue with terrorists and has suggested Obama dis band US military. ( A total moron ). #8- Alan Bersin-border czar. Ultra-liberal, served as border czar under Janet Reno-to keep borders open to the illegals without interference from the federal government. I could go on and on but I think by this time you get the picture or at least you should. All of these people are anti-American and all of these people are friends of Pres. Obama. ( tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are).

    • u sound like a teabagger haha

    • joyscarbo

      Wow…someone is into conspiracy theories! Paranoia seems to be the required key trait to be in the republican club!

  • obummernuts

    I suggest the DNC recruit the EMPTY CHAIR..it is polling more favorably THAN OBAMA

  • obummernuts

    Anything higher than ZERO expectations for the Democrats is an “Achievement”

  • ace

    But if your are going be sure to wear some hip boots you do not want that BS all over your self.

  • BDD1951

    You’re right on one thing. We can’t continue to spend more than we take in. That’s why the rich need to pay their fair share. Instead of leaving it to the rest of us.

    • middleclasstaxpayer

      You’re right…instead of the top 1% paying ONLY 80% of all taxes, they should pay 100%, so the rest of us can stay home and collect food stamps! That would really be “everyone playing by the same rules” don’t you think?

      • joyscarbo

        How does that math work?? So they don’t own their estates?! They don’t really have millions in stocks? Overseas bank accounts? REALLY?? Do break this 80% tax rate down for me.

        • joyscarbo

          I’M WAITING, MIDDLECLASSTAXPAYER!!!!

  • joyscarbo

    The DNC has been BRILLIANT!!! The energy is palpable and the crowd is so diverse. Compare this to the pathetically bland and overly caucasian RNC. Love it, LOVE IT!!! Julian Castro was dynamic and related his fabulous story about his hispanic-american experience in such a wonderfual way. Michelle Obama was extraordinary- the crowd was interactive and engaged, she made me feel as if she was speaking to every person in America.

  • The contrast between the RNC convention, which focused on the need to help the wealthy, austerity for the middle class, and dismantling regulations and social programs; and a DNC convention that opened with a plethora of hope for a better future, inclusiveness, respect for veterans and their families, and a clear explanation of the importance of understanding the pains and yearnings of the middle class from personal experience instead of reading about it in a newspaper, could not have been more stark and poignant.
    One candidate asked for help for people like himself, the wife of the other talked about a man who has dedicated his life to helping others even when doing so was not the most popular thing to do. The DNC had a fantastic opening night, let’s hope the next two days are focused on a vision and solutions on how to overcome the problems we still have, instead of the platitudes we heard last week when the opposition promised things like the creation of 12 million jobs without explaining how that was going to be achieved.
    Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of people still believe int he tooth fairy.

  • The Question is not”Are you better off now than you were four years ago”. The real Question is ” What has the other party done for you in the last 12 years?”

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    History (and Geography) lesson for Obama…who is our ONLY friend in the Middle East?
    Iran? NO, they want to kill us! Syria? NO, they want to kill their own citizens. Israel? YES!
    And what is the capitol of Israel? Jerusalem is CORRECT! (You knew that didn’t you?)

  • Javier Santana

    mmm!!!! interesting, you offer: Watch The Democratic National Convention With The National Memo, and then the video is private……quite interesting!!!!

  • c4lb

    GOP G stands for greed IF you did not know it before one should now

  • joyscarbo

    LOVED the DNC tonight…Sandra Fluck, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton!!!! The DNC is on fire!! Clinton (voted for him twice) laid it all out and made the Democratic platform easy to understand for everyone. He didn’t miss one republican issue and he served it up with logic and and intellegence. It wasn’t dumbed down, it was just straight from the hip.
    LOVED IT!!!!!!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      duplicate….

    • ObozoMustGo

      “Fathom the hypocrisy of a political party that has a convention focused on abortion, contraception, and so-called women’s rights, AND has as their big speaker and hero an admitted sexual harasser and accused rapist that was impeached for lying in a court of law about it.” – ObozoMustGo

      • joyscarbo

        I love my country of beautiful and intellegent women who need NOTHING from men to tell them what to do with their own bodies. And now you repubes are trying to redefine “rape?” “Legitimate rape”versus -what- “fake” rape? “conscentual rape?” Please telL
        me, my mother, my sisters, daughters and grandaughters will have to deal with if our bodies were brutally and sexually violated. Would I have to have a black eye? Would my vagina have to be torn and bleeding? Would republicans want to know that I was atleast sodomized to be considered a victim? Would my daughter be questioned if she enjoyed any part of this rape?? And about pregnancy because of this crime…my father climbed on top of me, raped me and now I’m pregnant. I am not forcing any woman to have a baby under those circumstances. Rape, incest or a pregnancy that threatens the life of the woman. Let women know themselves and allow them the dignity to do what they feel is right for their situations. This isn’t a discrimination issue, it’s a freedom to
        have control over my own reproductive health. I’m not asking you for anything- I’m not asking that you hold my hand. I just need to feel okay and I know I won’t but it’s my cross to bear. Quit sticking your nose in uteruses that haven’t invited you. And keep your sperm to yourself.