"The chairman has made it clear many times that he remains concerned about the ballistic missile threat posed by Iran, but it would be inappropriate to discuss any mitigation or defense measures we might have in place to deter/defeat that threat," said a spokesman for Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The U.S. government has announced its intention to reduce its GHG emissions by 28% by 2020. Apparently President Obama issued an executive order.
It’s funny that I am finding myself taking a much more cynical view of the Obama presidency after the state of the union address. I’m not sure what it is, yet, but something about everything coming out of the White House now seems to strike me as political chess less so than it used to. Maybe I was swept up in the honeymoon period for longer than some, maybe I truly believed in what Obama was saying for the past year, or maybe I just wanted to.
"Join with me. Let's do this together, Republicans and Democrats." These are just some of President Obama’s words in this weeks extremely unusual face to face meeting with the Reupblican leaders. Reuters says the session lasted 82 minutes and essentially served to highlight the political divide between the Dems and Republicans. And he did some of this live on Cable.
For his part, Obama wavered between two approaches- accusing the Republicans of blocking his policies and at the same time asked them to join with him in creating jobs and other moves to help the economy get back on its feet.
That’s the quote getting so many people up in arms all over the Internet. Disclaimer: Chris Matthews is an idiot. Watch the video for yourself, but keep watching because here’s what he said next:
“He’s gone a long way to become the leader of this country and passed so much history. I mean it’s something we don’t even think about. I was watching and I thought, wait a minute …he’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of white people and there he is president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten about that tonight.” –C. Matthews.
Joe Lieberman for a moment. At what point exactly did he get in the national spotlight? Hmmmmm, let’s see if we can remember. If I am thinking correctly (and I don’t always), it was at the 2000 Democratic Convention when Senator Lieberman formally accepted the nomination to run on the Democratic ticket in the hopes of becoming the Vice President of the United States.
President Obama stood up for his first state of the union address tonight amidst the proverbial massive applause. While there is massive uncertainty about what he will talk about and what he is going to make happen.
He proposes taking $30 billion toward small business loans. This is great- agreed. How about triple that?
He proposes eliminating all capital gains taxes for business.
He proposes slashing tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and shift them to companies who give jobs to Americans. I like this- but how are you going to do it? That’s easy to clap for. He references the tax bill that the House passed and urges the senate to adopt something similar. He says he wants a job bill on his desk without delay.
We are a half hour in and he hasn’t mentioned the health care situation at all.
A quick primer: Deficit vs. Debt
The national deficit is how much we spent minus how much we made.
U.S. 2009 Income – U.S. 2009 Spending = National deficit for 2009
The national debt is the grand total of how much we owe.
National deficit 1776, +77, +78…+2008 +2009= National Debt.
Our current national debt is over $12 trillion.
President Obama is not doing well- and it is in this climate that he will take to the podim to deliver the State of the Union address. On one hand, presidents have to give this address regardless of the state of the actual union all the time, so it is no big deal. On the other hand, this one will be as much a state of Obama as it is a state of the union. Obama’s approval numbers have been dropping, and though he is still one of the most popular presidents ever, it’s obvious that the honeymoon has been over for a while. It’s not all his fault- the economy was bad when he got here, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were already well entrenched, and the housing/financial crisis was on its way spiraling downward.
"Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here, this place will be an inseparable part of the State of Israel for eternity," said Netanyahu.
President Barack Obama: I'm really having second thoughts about this lavender tie. I mean, I get really tired of blue and red all the time, so I try to mix it up, but I just don't think this cuts the mustard. I asked Michelle if it was distracting and she said no, but I can tell by the looks on the press people's faces that it is. It's just this girlie beacon keeping everyone from paying attention to what's coming out of my mouth and that sucks because I'm really very good with words. Oh, damn it, I let my gigantic, gangly hand stray over the podium again. I can't move it too quickly or I'll look weird. Sigh. This press conference is a disaster already.
It begs the obvious questions: How did this happen? What are the Democrats going to do about it?
We didn’t do so well with Hurricane Katrina- in reality, Bush took too long, his administration and department didn’t do enough, and he basically dropped the ball. In a big way. If we had it to do again, we would do it differently. When Tsunamis hit southeast Asia earlier, we didn’t do so well either. No kudos, no hope, peace and democracy there.
The U.S. is having issues with money- and not surprisingly, the issues that most Americans are having- buying too much and more than we actually have money to afford, along with carrying a lot of debt that we don’t actually have the means of paying off anytime soon- and we are just not talking about it.
The numbers are just in for November, and is seems that the U.S. trade deficit got much larger, ballooned is the term Reuters used, in part because oil went up over $5 per barrel and demand from consumers started going up again. It grew by 36.4 billion, or 9.7%, which is the largest deficit since last year in January, which could signal both healthy consumption in the economy and something to be worried about- we haven’t actually changed our habits at all.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 5 states and the District of Columbia as of the end of 2009. In others, gay couples have the option of entering into a domestic partnership, though often there are significant legal differences between that and marriage.
"Being able to call him my husband is so definitive," said Paul Katami, one of the men who is suing for the right to marry his partner.
Alright, it's been a rough month so far on the whole terrorism front and now everybody's making a stink about Yemen. Seriously, Yemen. Is it just me or is the Right running out of brown people to blame for our problems? Before this business gets out of hand, I'd like to tackle some of the myths surrounding the nation and hopefully illuminate the situation with some good, old-fashioned facts. Alright, let's begin.
"Under American law, the United States can withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel," said George Mitchell, a U.S. peace envoy.