President Barack Obama answers questions from the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 22, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
President Barack Obama on Monday called on the nation’s governors to lobby their respective congressional delegations to prevent the looming sequestration cuts set to kick in Friday.
At the annual gathering of the National Governors Association, Obama urged the bipartisan group of state executives to review the state-by-state reports issued by the White House Sunday outlining how the more than $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts would affect their constituents. Obama also addressed state and federal partnerships in infrastructure and education.
“If Congress allows this meat cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness … [and] eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research,” he said. “It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.”
Obama said the sequester would result in, among other things, reduced border patrol staffing, degraded first response capability in emergency situations, a furlough of FBI agents, layoffs of teachers and educators, air traffic and airport security cutbacks and loss of access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Jarrett told six African American reporters last Thursday, “If you look at the president’s record in the first four years, if you look at his major domestic policy accomplishments, they disproportionately do benefit the African-American community.” She further elucidated, “If you look at the Affordable Care Act – roughly 9 million African Americans uninsured will have health insurance today – if you look at the president’s Recovery Act and subsequent budgets … If you went through the menu of tax incentives and unemployment that disproportionately benefit the African-American community, time and time again – I think unemployment insurance has been extended like nine times –every single time we had to fight the Republicans to get that done.”
“After an epic debate, ColoradoDemocrats advanced stricter gun-control measures Friday, ensuring that the state will be held up as an example in a national fight over tougher firearm laws,” denverpost.com reports.
The House made its first formal foray into immigration reform yesterday at a lengthy Judiciary Committee hearing in which Republicans struck a familiar chord. Despite record-setting deportation levels in recent years, Republican members of the committee were in broad agreement that they want even more enforcement before they could sign onto the comprehensive reform ideas laid out by Senate negotiators and President Obama.
“Poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well,” he said. “No talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse.”
Dr. West says that he would not have wanted the Republicans to assume power in the White House, but that people should not be forced to settle for the lesser of two evils. He also says that Dr. King would not approve of either President Obama’s policies or the state of the nation. He says that nearly every speech Dr. King gave before he died shows that he is not ideologically aligned with President Obama, but that some are quick to make the affiliation primarily because he’s black.
Of all the forms of government, aside from direct democracy, representative democracy is a fair form of governance, especially when considering the alternatives that have proven disastrous for humanity throughout world history. The Classical Greek philosopher Plato identified five types of what he called regimes that should encourage adherence to some type of democratic government for the sake of a nation’s people. There are still governments controlled by aristocracy, theocracy, oligarchy, and tyranny, but those countries’ populations certainly are not free in the sense Americans are, and it is one of the detriments on not living in a country with secular humanistic tendencies inherent in a civilized democratic society. There is a growing number of Americans so dissatisfied living in a civilized society governed by a representative democracy, that they have begun threatening civil war and a revolution to transform American governance into a combination of Plato’s four deleterious regimes. The latest violent threats notwithstanding, the civil war and revolution have been under way for four years next week in Washington D.C.
When center-left pundits are critical of Republican extremism, it’s expected. When a former aide to George W. Bush and John McCain does it, the criticism resonates a little louder. In this case, it’s Mark McKinnon, who wants “a new Republican Party.”