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Gayle in MD
11-01-2012, 02:43 PM
BLOOMBERG ENDORSES PRESIDENT OBAMA

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election on Thursday, Bloomberg TV reported and The Huffington Post confirmed.

The mayor, an Independent, did not endorse a candidate in the 2008 election and hadn't seem poised to do so this time around as well. But he said in an op-ed published on his website, that his eagerness to see action on climate change legislation persuaded him to back a second term for the president. He also explained that while he admired Mitt Romney, there were a number of social issues that gave him pause.


I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts. If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.




Bloomberg's endorsement was one of the few remaining of any political significance in the presidential race, and it remains to be seen whether it comes too late in the cycle to make a difference. The mayor won't be on the stump for the president, owing to the massive cleanup job he must now oversee in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. But it appears that the storm itself prompted him to offer up his support for the president.
"The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast – in lost lives, lost homes and lost business – brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief," he said.
His endorsement seems likely to dominate the few remaining media cycles in the presidential race, if only for its unexpectedness. Just a week ago, Bloomberg had been highly critical of both Obama and Romney in an interview with the New York Times.
President Barack Obama said he was honored to have the endorsement. "While we may not agree on every issue, Mayor Bloomberg and I agree on the most important issues of our time -- that the key to a strong economy is investing in the skills and education of our people, that immigration reform is essential to an open and dynamic democracy, and that climate change is a threat to our children's future, and we owe it to them to do something about it," he said in a statement. "Just as importantly, we agree that whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or independents, there is only one way to solve these challenges and move forward as a nation -- together."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/michael-bloomberg-obama_n_2059212.html



A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change

The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast -- in lost lives, lost homes and lost business -- brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.

The floods and fires that swept through our city left a path of destruction that will require years of recovery and rebuilding work. And in the short term, our subway system remains partially shut down, and many city residents and businesses still have no power. In just 14 months, two hurricanes have forced us to evacuate neighborhoods -- something our city government had never done before. If this is a trend, it is simply not sustainable.

Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be -- given this week’s devastation -- should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action.

Here in New York, our comprehensive sustainability plan -- PlaNYC -- has helped allow us to cut our carbon footprint by 16 percent in just five years, which is the equivalent of eliminating the carbon footprint of a city twice the size of Seattle. Through the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group -- a partnership among many of the world’s largest cities -- local governments are taking action where national governments are not.



Leadership Needed

But we can’t do it alone. We need leadership from the White House -- and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. His administration also has adopted tighter controls on mercury emissions, which will help to close the dirtiest coal power plants (an effort I have supported through my philanthropy), which are estimated to kill 13,000 Americans a year.

Mitt Romney, too, has a history of tackling climate change. As governor of Massachusetts, he signed on to a regional cap- and-trade plan designed to reduce carbon emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels. “The benefits (of that plan) will be long- lasting and enormous -- benefits to our health, our economy, our quality of life, our very landscape. These are actions we can and must take now, if we are to have ‘no regrets’ when we transfer our temporary stewardship of this Earth to the next generation,” he wrote at the time.

He couldn’t have been more right. But since then, he has reversed course, abandoning the very cap-and-trade program he once supported. This issue is too important. We need determined leadership at the national level to move the nation and the world forward.

I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.

If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.

In 2008, Obama ran as a pragmatic problem-solver and consensus-builder. But as president, he devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction. And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it.



Important Victories

Nevertheless, the president has achieved some important victories on issues that will help define our future. His Race to the Top education program -- much of which was opposed by the teachers’ unions, a traditional Democratic Party constituency -- has helped drive badly needed reform across the country, giving local districts leverage to strengthen accountability in the classroom and expand charter schools. His health-care law -- for all its flaws -- will provide insurance coverage to people who need it most and save lives.

When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America.

One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not. That difference, given the likelihood of Supreme Court vacancies, weighs heavily on my decision.

One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not. I want our president to be on the right side of history.

One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.

Of course, neither candidate has specified what hard decisions he will make to get our economy back on track while also balancing the budget. But in the end, what matters most isn’t the shape of any particular proposal; it’s the work that must be done to bring members of Congress together to achieve bipartisan solutions.

Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress -- and President Obama can, too. If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours. And that’s why I will be voting for him.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/a-vote-for-a-president-to-lead-on-climate-change.html

Gayle in MD
11-01-2012, 04:12 PM
BUMP FOR OBVIOUS REASONS!

cushioncrawler
11-01-2012, 04:51 PM
I agree with 90% of that stuff.
The usofa education improovment theory iz krapp. Measuring and testing students school by school iz krapp. Likewize measuring and testing class by class, ie teacher by teacher --- all krapp.
mac.

Gayle in MD
11-01-2012, 05:14 PM
LoL. So give me the good news Mac. What did you agree with?

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I personally believe that teachers have always been underpaid.

IMO, you get what you pay for.

They should be among the highest paid, IMO. Their job is one of the most important jobs in any country.

G.

cushioncrawler
11-01-2012, 05:38 PM
THEZE BITS ARE KRAPP.

I believe Mitt Romney is a good KRAPP and decent KRAPP man, and he would bring valuable KRAPP business experience to the Oval Office.

He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. IT WOZ BUILT ON SLAVERY AND CARTELS AND BRIBERY AND THEFT FROM INJUNS.

In 2008, Obama ran as a pragmatic problem-solver and consensus-builder. But as president, he devoted little time and effort to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists, which doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction. And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it. ALL KRAPP.

His Race to the Top education program -- much of which was opposed by the teachers’ unions, a traditional Democratic Party constituency -- has helped drive badly needed reform across the country, giving local districts leverage to strengthen accountability in the classroom and expand charter schools. KRAPP. ACCOUNTABILITY IZ KRAPP. KIDS NEED TO BE TAUGHT GOOD STUFF, NOT SHIT. WHATS THE USE OF TEACHING SHIT AND THEN TESTING FOR KNOWLEDGE OF SHIT. I SAY THE MAIN THING IZ TO TEACH GOOD STUFF NOT SHIT.

WHATS THE USE OF TESTING INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS AND INDIVIDUAL CLASSES. OR PUTTING IT ANOTHER WAY ITS OK TO TEST, BUT WHAT THEN.
IF A TEACHER DONT TEACH PROPER THEN ONE SHOOD TEACH THE TEACHER TO TEACH PROPER. IF A KID AINT BEEN TAUGHT PROPER U DONT SACK THE KID DO U.

OK CHILLUN LISTEN. PREZ LINCOLN WOZ THE GREATEST PREZ OF THE GREATEST KUNTRY ON OIGHT AND STOPPED SLAVERY. ANY QUESTIONS.

His health-care law -- for all its flaws -- will provide insurance coverage to people who need it most and save lives. KRAPP. THE ONLY FLAWS ARE THE HOLES FORCED BY THE GOP.

Of course, neither candidate has specified what hard decisions he will make to get our economy back on track while also balancing the budget. KRAPP. OBAMA HAZ. IN ANY CASE THE BIG LIE HERE IZ THE NEED TO PACIFY THE DEBT-GOD, A LIE.

But in the end, what matters most isn’t the shape of any particular proposal; it’s the work that must be done to bring members of Congress together to achieve bipartisan solutions.
KRAPP. THE SHAPE IZ VITAL.
AND KRAPP, NO WORK WILL EVER BRING THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TOGETHER.

Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress -- and President Obama can, too. If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours. And that’s why I will be voting for him. KRAPP, HE KARNT AND HE WONT. GOODBYE USOFA, GOODBYE.

Gayle in MD
11-02-2012, 07:38 AM
LOL, you have written loads of things there that I agree with, Mac, all except for the last one, I agree with just about all of them.

Repiglicans are going to have to compromise this time.

And if they don't, they can kiss their chances in 2016 goodbye, and when they lose this election, it is gong to make that very clear to them, and they WILL lose, both the presidency, and many seats!

Whoopie!

Can't wait!

I keep wondering what Queen Ann is going to say about "you people" when her little ballerina Mitsey floats out to give his concession speech!

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