Dear Stephanie (I feel like we’re on a first name basis),
You wrote an editorial published in the Baltimore Sun on February 24 where you claim Republicans only offer criticisms, Democrats offer solutions.
Democrats have had complete control of Baltimore City government since 1967.
Do you consider the results in Baltimore City the results of effective solutions? Or did Democrats just misunderstand the problem, and provide solutions, but the wrong ones?
Do you consider a 68% graduation rate a success? Why is the rate so much higher in Baltimore County? Why, after 50 years of complete Democratic control and policymaking, is the graduation rate so much lower than the county, where there is not full implementation of Democratic ‘solutions’?
Democrats have had 50 years, I don’t understand how there could possibly still be problems after all these ‘solutions’.
Help me understand. And do it without blaming Republicans.
Al-Qaeda is on a path to defeat.
Maybe we should consider not spying on Americans, adjust “security”, and threaten to defund some of those efforts.
And the American public keeps falling for it.
DHS delays arrest of man who has overstayed his visa and violated probation for sex offense. Why?
Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of “significant interest” from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress.
According to those documents, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Newark had arranged to arrest Sanchez at the local prosecutor’s office on Oct. 25. That was fewer than two weeks before the election.
Noting that Sanchez was a volunteer in Menendez’s Senate office, ICE officials in New Jersey advised that the arrest “had the possibility of garnering significant congressional and media interest” and were “advised to postpone the arrest” until officials in Washington gave approval. The documents describe a conference call between officials Washington and New Jersey to “determine a way forward, given the potential sensitivities surrounding the case.”
The senators, in a letter to the Homeland Security Department, said the agency documents showed that Sanchez’s arrest “was delayed by six weeks,” as AP had reported. They asked for details about the department’s review of potentially sensitive, high profile immigration cases when arrests are delayed.
In a letter Monday, Assistant DHS Secretary Nelson Peacock said an allegation that the government delayed Sanchez’s arrest “for political purposes” was categorically false.
Sure. Why would you think it was political?
Menendez, D-N.J., who advocates aggressively for pro-immigration policies, was re-elected on Nov. 6 with 58 percent of the vote. Menendez said last month that his staff was notified about the case immediately before AP’s story, he learned about the case from the AP and he knew nothing about whether or why DHS had delayed the arrest.
Nothing to see here. I must say, the press is much more interested in these sorts of stories than they were in October of 2012. I guess they got their guy, now they want to try to hold Him accountable. Hate to break this to you, but with no more elections, there is no way to do that.
When our Dear Leader signed the latest defense bill in to law, he expressed serious reservations about the power of the executive branch. His reservations? That the bill tried to limit the Executive’s power to detain people without due process.
President Obama ended 2011 by signing a major defense bill, despite what he called “serious reservations” about provisions regarding interrogations of terrorist suspects, sanctions against Iran, and relations with Russia.
“Some in Congress continue to insist upon restricting the options available to our counter-terrorism professionals and interfering with the very operations that have kept us safe,” Obama said in a statement issued from Hawaii, where he is spending his end-of-the-year vacation.
All this Change ™. He’s continued the ‘failed policies’ of the previous administration.. and in some cases went further (for all his faults, George W. Bush didn’t assassinate a US citizen, The One did.)
People who continue to support this administration for any reason related to civil rights are fools.
But Democrats in Congress and in The Obama Administration lied to you about the costs and supposed deficit reduction of the glorious health care reform plan.
Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators.
Part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula.
A longstanding priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, or CLASS, was spliced into the health care law despite nagging budget worries. Administration emails and documents reveal that alarms were sounded earlier and more widely than previously thought. Congressional Republicans seeking repeal of the program provided the materials to The Associated Press.
Who would have thunk The Greatest President Of All Time would lie?
The health care reform bill will raise costs. I mean, who would have predicted that?
But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs. It also warned that Medicare cuts may be unrealistic and unsustainable, driving about 15% of hospitals into the red and “possibly jeopardizing access” to care for seniors.
The mixed verdict for Obama’s signature issue is the first comprehensive look by neutral experts.
In particular, the warnings about Medicare could become a major political liability for Democratic lawmakers in the midterm elections. Seniors are more likely to vote than younger people and polls show they are already deeply skeptical of the law.
Of course, we should wait, as this information has not been blessed by The One.
The report from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary carried a disclaimer saying it does not represent the official position of the Obama administration. White House officials have repeatedly complained that such analyses have been too pessimistic and lowball the law’s potential to achieve savings.
That mean old math making people pessimistic.
In addition to flagging the cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and other providers as potentially unsustainable, it projected that reductions in payments to private Medicare Advantage plans would trigger an exodus from the popular program. Enrollment would plummet by about 50%, as the plans reduce extra benefits that they currently offer. Seniors leaving the private plans would still have health insurance under traditional Medicare, but many might face higher out-of-pocket costs.
In another flashing yellow light, the report warned that a new voluntary long-term care insurance program created under the law faces “a very serious risk” of insolvency.
I guess we’ll just need another bill to fix this one. I trust them, don’t you?
My block was cleared today. For 13 days, it was impassable. We (many of the residents) did our best to get as many of the cars out as possible, using a large SUV to pack the snow down for about 2/3rds of the block, digging it out as it got stuck every few feet. As is often the case during events like this, we engaged the neighborhood, talked to people we only waved to before, and even had a little fun.
I’ve been pretty vocal on Twitter that the city had done nothing until today to clear the block. The street is one way, and we cleared the ‘bottom’, so most of us had to back up the street to park. This actually worked out fine, as no one trying to find a parking spot who didn’t live here would think to do that, so we didn’t have issues with parking spots. We also worked together to make sure that folks had spots, letting folks block garages as long as we knew we could call them to move if someone had to leave.
There was a story in the Baltimore Sun addressing the slow cleanup this morning. I understand this was a historic snowstorm, and I know there’s only so much the city can do. The frustration for us was twofold. First, city leaders kept telling us how well they were doing, that X% of streets were ‘clear’, which was clearly not true to anyone actually driving on the streets. Second, there were efforts to clear streets closed to vehicle traffic, and special efforts to clear churches and schools before some streets were passable at all, putting into question the prioritization of snow removal efforts. Continue reading
Yet another broken promise.
This is not the change we hoped for. President Obama rose to power on the basis of his early opposition to the Iraq war and his promise to end it. But after a year in the White House he has made both of George Bush’s wars his wars.
Speaking of Iraq in February 2008, candidate Barack Obama said, “I opposed this war in 2002. I will bring this war to an end in 2009. It is time to bring our troops home.” The following month, under fire from Hillary Clinton, he reiterated, ”I was opposed to this war in 2002….I have been against it in 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8 and I will bring this war to an end in 2009. So don’t be confused.”
The MSM can act like we no longer have any activity in Iraq, but we still do. So this goes in the file along with posting bills on the internet, the open debate on health care, the no tax increases on people making less than $250k per year, and a host of others.
Making promises is easy. Knowing you can’t deliver and making promises is criminal.
Just a quick observation. The congress is quick to Do Something about Joe Congo, but moves with no urgency on Charlie Rangel.
Seems to me that says something about the Democratic leadership.
Although I’m all for Congress wasting time. Keeps them from doing much damage.
Van Jones resigns. After what he claims was a “vicious smear campaign”, consisting primarily of his own past statements, associations, and, well, the truth. Thanks primarily to Beck and his relentless questions.
This shows a couple of things. One, once the mainstream press picked up on the Van Jones story, we find out that what Beck said was dead on, and we find out people take this sort of thing seriously.
It also shows associations do matter. Our president has associations with some very troubling people who believe very troubling things, and have planned for years to get to a position where they can implement some of their very troubling policies. Van Jones getting to this level in the Administration should, if nothing else, tell you President Obama is willing to put very radical people in positions of power, and that maybe his ‘mainstream’ campaigning wasn’t ‘mainstream’ at all.
It also shows a lack of conviction, which in President Obama’s case, is not a suprise. He threw Rev. Wright under the bus, and he distanced himself from Bill Ayers (although not as much as you might think). Now he’s dumping Van Jones. Shows me he’s more concerned with elections than his beliefs (which, frankly, may turn out to be a very good thing). Thing is, Obama ain’t no Bill Clinton. This stuff is going to stick. He can play the ‘first Black President’ card for a while, but I don’t think the electorate is going to forget this stuff, and I’m pretty sure there’s more to find.