President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.Mitt Romney, in his RNC convention speech. America, this is your GOP in 2012: mocks climate change, wants to defund and privatize FEMA, and holds photo-op “charity” events to collect canned goods that the Red Cross says “hinders relief efforts.” Assholes. (via kathiek)
“So here’s the thing — listen up — so when people ask you what this President has done for our country, when you’re running into folks who are deciding who will keep America moving forward for four more years, here’s what I want you to tell them — just a few things. I want you to tell them about the millions of jobs Barack has created. Tell them about all the kids in this country who can finally afford college. Tell them about the millions of lives that will be changed because of health reform.
Tell them how Barack ended the war in Iraq. Tell them how, together, we took out Osama bin Laden. Tell them how Barack fought to get veterans and military families the benefits they have earned.
Tell them about young immigrants who will no longer live in fear of being deported from the only country they’ve ever called home. Tell them about the brave servicemembers who will never again have to lie about who they are to serve the country they love.
Look, I could go on and on and on, but here’s what I really want you to tell them — tell them that Barack Obama knows the American Dream because he’s lived it and he is fighting every day so that everyone in this country can have that same opportunity no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.”
-First Lady Michelle Obama
I’m giving away these political pins that I made to celebrate 1,000 followers. Many of the pins are made with watercolor designs that I painted by hand, scanned, and edited/added text to in Photoshop.
There will be 5 winners. Grand prize winner gets to pick any 10 pins that they want (or if you don’t like that many of these, I’ll make you some custom designs!). The 4 other winners can pick any 5 pins that you want. I’ll ship anywhere in the USA for free.
How to win the pins:
- You DON’T have to be following me (but if you like these designs, my blog might interest you)
- Reblog this post! Likes don’t count.
- You can reblog as much as you want
I’ll pick winners with a random number generator on September 20, 2012
If you want some pins and don’t want to bother with the giveaway, they’re available on ebay. You can also see better pictures of ALL of the available designs on the ebay listing. There are a few designs that I couldn’t fit into the above image.
On the most basic level, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs. The majority of economists agree that it helped the economy grow by as much as 3.8 percent, and kept the unemployment rate from reaching 12 percent.
The stimulus is the reason, in fact, that most Americans are better off than they were four years ago, when the economy was in serious danger of shutting down.
But the stimulus did far more than stimulate: it protected the most vulnerable from the recession’s heavy winds. Of the act’s $840 billion final cost, $1.5 billion went to rent subsidies and emergency housing that kept 1.2 million people under roofs. (That’s why the recession didn’t produce rampant homelessness.) It increased spending on food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, keeping at least seven million Americans from falling below the poverty line.
… It made crucial investments in neglected economic sectors that are likely to pay off for decades. It jump-started the switch to electronic medical records, which will largely end the use of paper records by 2015. It poured more than $1 billion into comparative-effectiveness research on pharmaceuticals. It extended broadband Internet to thousands of rural communities. And it spent $90 billion on a huge variety of wind, solar and other clean energy projects that revived the industry. Republicans, of course, only want to talk about Solyndra, but most of the green investments have been quite successful, and renewable power output has doubled.
Americans don’t know most of this, and not just because Mitt Romney and his party denigrate the law as a boondoggle every five minutes. Democrats, so battered by the transformation of “stimulus” into a synonym for waste and fraud (of which there was little), have stopped using the word. Only four speakers at the Democratic convention even mentioned the recovery act, none using the word stimulus.
Mr. Obama himself didn’t bring it up at all. One of the biggest accomplishments of his first term — a clear illustration of the beneficial use of government power, in a law 50 percent larger (in constant dollars) than the original New Deal — and its author doesn’t even mention it in his most widely heard re-election speech. Such is the power of Republican misinformation, and Democratic timidity.
… Republicans learned a lesson from the stimulus that Democrats didn’t expect: unwavering opposition, distortion, deceit and ridicule actually work, especially when the opposition doesn’t put up a fight. The lesson for Democrats seems equally clear: when government actually works, let the world know about it.
DAVID FIRESTONE, writing in the Sunday New York Times, “Don’t Tell Anyone, But The Stimulus Worked.”
Part of me wonders why it took The Secretary of Explaining Stuff to lay out all of the Obama administration’s achievements when it could have easily been detailed — and in some cases, bragged about — months, if not years, before the DNC.
I could go on, but I won’t. Because POTUS should.