Congresswoman Says She Supports Equal Pay Laws, Voted Against Them Four Times – ThinkProgress

Response: Damn! How ignant! Maybe it is in the tea because in this same article read it for yourself and don’t take my word. “But McMorris Rodgers actually voted against laws meant to address the pay disparity between men and women four times.”

On CNN Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) told host Wolf Blitzer that she supports equal pay for women despite voting against a measure that would help women achieve that goal.

In response to a question from Blitzer about President Obama’s call for equal pay in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday and whether she is “with the President when he says that there should be laws mandating equal pay for equal work for women,” McMorris Rodgers, who gave the official Republican response, replied: (Source: Read more)

I loved the State of the Union address. It was the Barack Obama I know and love. The Barack Obama who is full of ideas. The Barack Obama who will go to the mat for each and every American, not just those who voted for him. by Lady Liberal

 Response: Well! I’ll eat and drink to that! Powerful message! Whew! Fired Up Ready To Go! I stand behind "Our" President 1000%!
"Mr. President, where are the jobs?" – Rand Paul

Mr. Republican/Libertarian/Tea Party, let me ask you the same damn question. Where are the jobs? Where are the ideas? Where is the engagement with reality?

I loved the State of the Union address. It was the Barack Obama I know and love. The Barack Obama who is full of ideas. The Barack Obama who will go to the mat for each and every American, not just those who voted for him.

It was "masterful" I heard more than one commentator say. I think it was masterful in that he managed to bitch-slap Congress in such a subtle way they didn’t even know what or who hit them. Make no mistake, he laid the blame directly at the feet of those who planned from day one to destroy his presidency. The same folks who laid plans to "just say no" hate what he stands for so much they are willing to sacrifice this country and all of its citizens right along with it and the President called them out on it:

"The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress. For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate — one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy — when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States — then we are not doing right by the American people."

He continued by saying:

"I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do."

You will hear a lot of different opinions on just what the President said in his 5th State of the Union address, you will have your own opinions as I have mine. You may be disappointed in this President because he hasn’t taken on some of your own issues but let me submit this theory to you:

Until this nation manages to lift nearly 50 million people out of the poverty that trickle-down Republican policies have forced them into, they will not have the energy to stand toe-to-toe with you to fight with you on your issue. Until those 50 million Americans can stop wondering how they will feed their children, how they will pay rent or heating costs, whether they will live in their car or on the streets of our cities, they will not have the opportunity to worry about anything else but survival. Start at the bottom and work your way up.

Our President is asking…no telling you: "Let’s make this a year of action," he said. If you doubt for a minute that he wasn’t talking to YOU, you are wrong. (Source: Lady Liberal on Facebook)


State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress – CNN

Response: Damn ain’t that an ignant comparison, "A speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex," said GOP strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos. "The worst there ever was is still excellent."

Washington (CNN) — He talked a good game of acting on his own if necessary, calling for 2014 to be a "year of action, but President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address showed he knows that true progress depends on cooperation with a divided and recalcitrant Congress.

"Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged," he said near the end of the more than hour-long speech, seeming to describe his bad 2013 that lowered his approval ratings. "But for more than 200 years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress." (Source: Read more)

A thumbs up for Obama and the State of the Union – Washington Post

When it comes to the big speeches, President Obama doesn’t disappoint. His nearly 80-minute State of the Union address didn’t so much talk about income inequality as it did economic insecurity. The president talked about the middle-class writ large: those who aspire to it, those who are nestled in it, those who are struggling to hang on to it and those who are trying to get back in it. Obama was long on warmth and mercifully short on wonkery. And he did this by weaving his call for a “year of action” on behalf of the American people with the stories of the American people. (Source: Read more)

Republicans Respond To Obama With A Soft-Focus Human Interest Speech – HuffPost Politics

WASHINGTON — A top Republican lawmaker on Tuesday made a vague pledge that Congress will work toward immigration reform this year, in the party’s official response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

"It’s time to honor our history of legal immigration," said Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), speaking from her office in the Capitol. "We’re working on a step-by-step solution to immigration reform by first securing our borders and making sure America will always attract the best, brightest and hardest working from around the world."

McMorris-Rodgers, the GOP’s fourth-ranking member in the House, did not say whether an immigration reform bill should or would be passed by the chamber this year. And other than the single mention of immigration reform, her speech was largely an attempt to present a humanizing side of the GOP, "a more hopeful Republican vision." (Source: Read more)

Time to get to work

Support a fair economy.
Tonight, as I sat in the audience while President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address, I listened intently.

But I also watched — and what I saw was just as powerful as everything that I heard.

I witnessed the faces of senators as he discussed the state of our economy. I saw Michelle Obama’s face grow solemn with the mention of the Tucson tragedy. And in the face of the President, I saw the same strength and courage that so many Americans have displayed in these difficult times.

As he did in Tucson last week, the President made a noble effort to move our country past petty political posturing tonight. He reminded the nation that that we are one people, and that we must care for each other — our beliefs, our health, our livelihoods — as we would ourselves. He reminded us all of what it means to be American.

Congress and the White House must now take up these challenges, for the betterment of our economy and our prosperity. But they won’t get it done unless we get engaged, raise our voices and defend our children’s future.

Take a moment to tell our leaders it’s time to pull our country together by putting it back to work:

Tonight the President laid out his plan to move our country through this critical time in our history. His plans to embrace innovation, spur job creation and foster compromise are bold, attainable and much needed.

But too often, difficult economic times bring out the worst in lawmakers. Last week, the state of Texas defunded higher education programs to the tune of $1.7 billion. Meanwhile our sisters and brothers in North Carolina are fighting a previously unthinkable attempt by their state legislators to re-segregate public schools. These are powerful reminders that even our nation’s most noble victories can disappear when we are not vigilant.

The next two years will be a test. We can either act as if all our gains are just sand castles on the beach waiting for the tide to wipe them out — or we can rise up and defend them.

It’s time to get to work.

As we continue on a road toward economic recovery, we must invest not just in the infrastructure that keeps this country moving forward, but also in the human capital we rely on to lead our nation. Smart investments in education, health care and innovation will allow every American — even the least advantaged among us — to compete in tomorrow’s global marketplace and have a shot at the American dream.

These goals are attainable, but if recent history has taught us anything, it is that they will not come without a fight. Predatory lenders, the greediest Wall Street bankers and the most cynical political leaders would like nothing more than to see the status quo remain in effect.

We need you, Curmilus. Our only chance to hold on to the gains we have made and hold our leaders accountable to a vision of America long promised, but not yet realized, is to organize in our communities, participate online and raise our voices in the name of fairness, justice and opportunity.

It is up to us to embolden our leaders. We have come so far, and we will continue moving forward — as long as we have your support. Let the President, and the world, know that you support an economic recovery that is fair for all:

Now is the time to be vigilant, not silent. Let’s get to work.


Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO

Barack Obama: As Bad as Bush – Source: Global Research

His enemies call him a tyrant and a dictator, but he is neither. Hugo Chavez is a tireless champion of the poor and a committed Christian socialist. The only difference between Chavez’s type of Christianity and Barack Obama’s, is that Chavez walks the walk. (Read more)