April 13, 2012
By Joe Kovacs
“This is absolutely incredible. How arrogant of him to think we aren’t going to notice. Talk about a lazy staff of speech writers.” –KTRN
When it comes to politicians, they often say the same thing over and over.
That statement is taken to a new level when comparing budget speeches from President Obama, one from 2011 and one from 2012.
The Republican National Committee has produced a video showing separate speeches a year apart from Obama talking about financial issues.
The strange thing is that the sentences uttered by the president are virtually identical.
“During moments of great challenge and change like the one that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper and it gets more vigorous,” Obama said in a speech on the House budget in 2011.
On April 3, 2012, Obama parroted himself, saying, “During moments of great challenge and great change like the ones that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper, it gets more vigorous.”
As the speech continues, there are only very minor variations in the precise wording.
“The speech is exactly the same,” wrote blogger Eric Odom at LibertyNews.
“I watch a LOT of videos throughout each week. Many of them are outright damning of Obama, his administration and his campaign. But I don’t think any make it more obvious that Obama is a man without ideas or a plan than this one.”
January 26, 2012
By David Jackson
“It seems people were too busy to watch the State of the Union. They were either playing video games, they don’t care, or they are sick and tired of the lies in Washington. We hope it’s the ladder.” –KTRN
Nearly 38 million people watched President Obama’s State of the Union Address, his smallest audience for any such speech.
The Nielsen rating company reported 37,752,613 viewers, with a combined household rating of 24.0 for the speech carried on 14 television networks.
As happens with many presidents, Obama’s ratings have steadily fallen over the years.
Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, 2009 — technically not a State of the Union speech, but markedly similar — drew 52.4 million viewers and a rating of 32.5, his highest numbers.
The 2010 State of the Union drew 48 million viewers and a rating of 29.8.
Last year, Obama’s speech had an audience of 42.8 million and a rating of 26.6.
October 31, 2011
By Catalina Camia
A video of GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry, rambling and making jokes, has gone viral on YouTube.
The Texas governor spoke Friday to Cornerstone, an influential conservative group in New Hampshire. Video highlights of his remarks, facial expressions and hand gestures — interspersed with a plug for his flat tax plan — made the rounds this weekend. The video has now been viewed more than 190,000 times on YouTube.
At one point, Perry was given some maple syrup and called it “liquid gold.”
“If they print any more money in Washington, the gold is gonna be good,” Perry says.
September 7th, 2011
The Huffington Post
By: Paul Wiseman and Christopher Leonard
The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests.
America’s 14 million unemployed aren’t competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed – part-timers who want full-time work.
When consumer demand picks up, companies will likely boost the hours of their part-timers before they add jobs, economists say. It means they have room to expand without hiring.
And the unemployed will face another source of competition once the economy improves: Roughly 2.6 million people who aren’t counted as unemployed because they’ve stopped looking for work. Once they start looking again, they’ll be classified as unemployed. And the unemployment rate could rise.
Intensified competition for jobs means unemployment could exceed its historic norm of 5 percent to 6 percent for several more years. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office expects the rate to exceed 8 percent until 2014. The White House predicts it will average 9 percent next year, when President Barack Obama runs for re-election.
The jobs crisis has led Obama to schedule a major speech Thursday night to propose steps to stimulate hiring. Republican presidential candidates will likely confront the issue in a debate the night before.
The back-to-back events will come days after the government said employers added zero net jobs in August. The monthly jobs report, arriving three days before Labor Day, was the weakest since September 2010.
Combined, the 14 million officially unemployed; the “underemployed” part-timers who want full-time work; and “discouraged” people who have stopped looking make up 16.2 percent of working-age Americans.
The Labor Department compiles the figure to assess how many people want full-time work and can’t find it – a number the unemployment rate alone doesn’t capture.
In a healthy economy, this broader measure of unemployment stays below 10 percent. Since the Great Recession officially ended more than two years ago, the rate has been 15 percent or more.
The proportion of the work force made up of the frustrated part-timers has risen faster than unemployment has since the recession began in December 2007.
That’s because many companies slashed workers’ hours after the recession hit. If they restored all those lost hours to their existing staff, they’d add enough hours to equal about 950,000 full-time jobs, according to calculations by Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute.
That’s without having to hire a single employee.
No one expects every company to delay hiring until every part-timer is working full time. But economists expect job growth to stay weak for two or three more years in part because of how many frustrated part-timers want to work full time.
And because employers are still reluctant to increase hours for part-timers, “hiring is really a long way off,” says Christine Riordan, a policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project. In August, employees of private companies worked fewer hours than in July.
Some groups are disproportionately represented among the broader category of unemployment that includes underemployed and discouraged workers. More than 26 percent of African Americans, for example, and nearly 22 percent of Hispanics are in this category. The figure for whites is less than 15 percent. Women are more likely than men to be in this group.
Among the Americans frustrated with part-time work is Ryan McGrath, 26. In October, he returned from managing a hotel project in Uruguay. He’s been unable to find full-time work. So he’s been freelancing as a website designer for small businesses in the Chicago area.
Some weeks he’s busy and making money. Other times he struggles. He’s living at home, and sometimes he has to borrow $50 from his father to pay bills. He’s applied for “a million jobs.”
“You go to all these interviews for entry-level positions, and you lose out every time,” he says.
Nationally, 4.5 unemployed people, on average, are competing for each job opening. In a healthy economy, the average is about two per opening.
Facing rejection, millions give up and stop looking for jobs.
Norman Spaulding, 54, quit his job as a truck driver two years ago because he needed work that would let him care for his disabled 13-year-old daughter.
But after repeated rejections, Spaulding concluded a few weeks ago that the cost of driving to visit potential employers wasn’t worth the expense. He suspended his job hunt.
He and his family are getting by on his daughter’s disability check from Social Security. They’re living in a trailer park on Texas’ Gulf Coast.
“It costs more to look than we have to spend,” he says.
Eventually, lots of Americans like Spaulding will start looking for jobs again. If those work-force dropouts had been counted as unemployed, August’s unemployment rate would have been 10.6 percent instead of 9.1 percent.
Emma Draper, 23, lost her public relations job this summer. To pay the rent on her Washington apartment, she’s working part time at the retailer South Moon Under. She’s selling $120 Ralph Lauren swimsuits and other trendy clothes.
Her search for full-time work has been discouraging. Employers don’t call back for months, if ever.
“You’re basically on their timeline,” Draper says. “It’s really hard to find a job unless you know somebody who can give you an inside edge.”
Retailers, in particular, favor part-timers. They value the flexibility of being able to tap extra workers during peak sales times without being overstaffed during lulls. Some use software to precisely match their staffing levels with customer traffic. It holds down their expenses.
“They know up to the minute how many people they need,” says Carrie Gleason of the Retail Action Project, which advocates better working conditions for retail workers. “It’s almost created a contingent work force.”
Draper appreciates her part-time retail job, and not just because it helps pay the bills. It takes her mind off the frustration of searching for full-time work.
“Right now, finding a job is my job,” she says. “If that was the only thing I had to do, I’d be going insane. There is only so much time you can sit at your computer, sending out resumes.”
June 28, 2010
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Entitled “Deflation: Making Sure It Doesn’t Happen Here”, it is a warfare manual for defeating economic slumps by use of extreme monetary stimulus once interest rates have dropped to zero, and implicitly once governments have spent themselves to near bankruptcy.
The speech is best known for its irreverent one-liner: “The US government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many US dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.” Bernanke began putting the script into action after the credit system seized up in 2008, purchasing $1.75 trillion of Treasuries, mortgage securities, and agency bonds to shore up the US credit system. He stopped far short of the $5 trillion balance sheet quietly pencilled in by the Fed Board as the upper limit for quantitative easing (QE).
Investors basking in Wall Street’s V-shaped rally had assumed that this bizarre episode was over. So did the Fed, which has been shutting liquidity spigots one by one. But the latest batch of data is disturbing.
The ECRI leading indicator produced by the Economic Cycle Research Institute plummeted yet again last week to -6.9, pointing to contraction in the US by the end of the year. It is dropping faster that at any time in the post-War era.
The latest data from the CPB Netherlands Bureau shows that world trade slid 1.7pc in May, with the biggest fall in Asia. The Baltic Dry Index measuring freight rates on bulk goods has dropped 40pc in a month. This is a volatile index that can be distorted by the supply of new ships, but those who watch it as an early warning signal for China and commodities are nervous.
June 8, 2010
By Mike Adams
(NaturalNews) There are a great many reasons to love America. For one thing, Freedom of Speech remains largely intact in the USA (although the FDA has struck a serious blow to the principle with its ongoing censorship of free speech about nutritional supplements). We also have a diverse culture of people who are by and large friendly people. This was brought home to me recently when I was traveling through the Gulf Coast region, talking to people on the street about the BP oil spill. Virtually everyone was friendly, and I found I could walk right up to all sorts of people — from the country fisherman in Biloxi Mississippi to the street-drumming entertainers in New Orleans — and they were all happy to chat.
America offers a lot to be thankful for, but there are also some serious problems that are eroding the very things that make America great. Those problems are the subject of my most recent CounterThink Cartoon called “America Today” which portrays six of the most serious problems threatening America’s future.
June 3, 2010
By Ted Roelofs
GRAND RAPIDS — Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed — and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday.
“Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror.
“I’d do it again to save lives.”
In a speech and question-and-answer session before the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Bush defended his decision to go to war in 2003 with Iraq.
“Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him,” Bush said.
But he also made it clear he would leave political potshots at President Barack Obama to others, saying: “You are not going to see me in the public square criticizing the president.”
Bush underlined the role religion played in his life in the White House, saying prayer gave him strength to go forward.
“I prayed a lot. I really did. I prayed before every major speech. I prayed before debates. It was a very important experience.”
The speech may offer a glimpse of Bush’s forthcoming memoir, “Decision Points,” be released in November. Bush said it would dissect the major decisions of his presidency.
June 2, 2010
By Mike Wereschagin
Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.
When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.
The rest of the region’s top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.
The White House billed Obama’s speech as a follow-up to his economic address at Georgetown University on April 14, 2009, less than two months after he signed the $787 billion stimulus bill. In it, he spoke of laying “a new foundation for growth and prosperity — a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow-and-spend to one where we save and invest.”
Obama’s last trip to Pittsburgh was Sept. 24 and 25, when the city hosted the Group of 20 economic summit. He was in town 10 days before that to deliver the keynote address at the AFL-CIO convention. During both of those trips, elected officials didn’t greet him at the airport — as Ravenstahl will — but met up with him later, snagging a slice of the ever-present media spotlight on the country’s chief executive.
“It’s peculiar, to say the least,” Gerald Shuster, professor of political communication at the University of Pittsburgh, said about elected officials declining such invitations.
Altmire, a McCandless Democrat, will be in Midland, about an hour from Carnegie Mellon’s Oakland campus, to talk about $500,000 he secured for charter schools, spokeswoman Tess Mullen said.
“More than 150 people are coming,” Mullen said. “It’s been advertised for weeks.”
Obama lost Altmire’s district to Arizona Sen. John McCain by 10 percentage points in 2008. Altmire voted against administration priorities such as climate change and health care legislation, citing the wishes of constituents.
Onorato’s Philadelphia event was scheduled “for quite some time” before the White House announced the president’s visit Friday, spokesman Brian Herman said.
Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, will be heading up a technology expo at a Canonsburg hotel. His office said that, too, had been in the works for a while.
Doyle’s excursion is necessary to secure the support of a narrow but essential constituency, he said.
“I planned this getaway with my wife months ago to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary,” Doyle said via e-mail from his undisclosed location. “If I’d canceled it, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be celebrating our 36th anniversary next year.”
Obama won Pennsylvania in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote. Shortly after, Casey, Doyle and Specter joined him at the White House to watch the Steelers win the Super Bowl.
Obama’s Georgetown speech laid out five “pillars” on which the country’s economy would grow: new Wall Street regulations, federal budget savings, and investments in education, renewable energy and health care. Major changes since the speech include Senate passage of a financial reform bill on May 20; handing out the first round of education grants in the $4.4 billion Race to the Top program, with the second round beginning this month; and passage of a health care law in March.
The unemployment rate was 8.9 percent when Obama gave the Georgetown speech, and 9.9 percent in April, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The country’s Gross Domestic Product shrank at a rate of 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In the first quarter of 2010, it increased 4.1 percent.
A Susquehanna Polling & Research survey in April found Obama’s job approval in Pennsylvania fell to 42 percent, with 49 percent disapproving.
In the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania area, 43 percent approved of his performance, compared to 45 percent who disapproved, said Jim Lee, the polling company’s president. The counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.
Officials in swing districts such as Altmire’s, with an electorate showing an anti-incumbent mood, are loathe to link themselves to Washington, Lee said.
“I think Altmire fears a Charlie Crist moment,” Lee said, referring to the Florida governor voters chased from the GOP Senate primary this year after his more-conservative opponent used photos of Crist and Obama embracing.
Ravenstahl will greet Obama and Specter as they step off Air Force One at Pittsburgh International, and the three will ride into the city together, said Ravenstahl’s spokeswoman, Joanna Doven.
The mayor plans to make the most of his face time, discussing some of the city’s transportation needs and highlighting economic strides Pittsburgh has made, Doven said.
Obama last visited Carnegie Mellon as a candidate in 2008.
December 4, 2009
By Joe Pogany
Appearing at the final date of Al Gore’s and others’ “Made in America Clean Energy Jobs Tour” which was held in Pittsburgh on September 23rd 2009, the President of the AFL-CIO and member of President Obama’s PERAB (President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board), Richard Trumka, calls for a “New Economic Order” and “New rules on carbon emissions.”
During Trumka’s nearly 10-minute speech, he makes repeated calls for a “New Economic Order.” At one point during his speech, Trumka ties together both the New World Order and carbon taxes by saying, “We need new rules on carbon emissions, we need a new economic order that addresses the global job crisis that Wall Street keeps exporting and exploiting.”
Mr. Trumka is basically trying to deceive the people into believing that there is essentially a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ New World Order by saying that “Unregulated globalization” has lead to our current economic crises. While the latter part of the statement is true, having “New rules on carbon emissions” is the NWO’s agenda to get the United States and the rest of the western world on the hook for a “Carbon Debt” as seen in the Copenhagen Treaty.
Founder and Chairman of the “Alliance for Climate Protection” Al Gore, stated in a recorded message at the rally, “Our Made in America Clean Energy Jobs Tour was a critical effort to show the power and the benefits of a transition to a truly clean energy economy. It’s no secret our economic crisis and the climate crisis are linked, and so are their solutions.” Again, the latter part of the statement is truthful on its face, however, Gore isn’t telling us that the NWO deliberately destroyed the United States’ economy and is now pitching “Good green jobs” and “Cap and Trade” as the way for us to rebuild it.
It’s classic Hegelian Dialect at its best (worst). They create the problem, reaction, and then offer their solution. Let us not follow Richard Trumka, Al Gore, or President Obama down the rat-hole into an abyss of “Global Governance.”
Let us expose these people and their fraud of Anthropogenic Global Warming, which only seeks to bring the United States under the hammer of the New World Order’s one-world government!
November 20, 2009
No World Systems.com
Herman Van Rompuy (Bilderberg member) has been selected to be the first president of the European Union. A man who has been given everything by the oligarchical elite of Europe such as the seat of Prime Minister of Belgium has now been chosen to take one of the top jobs in Europe. The selection was made during a dinner meeting in Brussels by the leaders of the 27 EU member states.
The new positions include; President of the European Council and Foreign Affairs Chief and comes into effects on December 1, 2009. Van Rompuy will take his post as the first president of Europe on January 1, 2010.
The permanent EU president seat was created by the Lisbon Treaty that was finally ratified by the member states, including Ireland that was passed in early October, Ireland first refused to give away its sovereignty to the EU in the first referendum, but the Irish voters overwhelmingly supported the second referendum due to the promise of jobs.
It no longer seems like a coincidence that Bilderberg meetings are the place where candidates are positioned in high-places of government. According to ‘De Tijd‘, Van Rompuy attended a Bilderberg dinner in Brussels just days before he was selected as EU president.
At the meeting Van Rompuy gave a speech about the implementation of new taxes on shopping items (value added tax), airline travel (aviation tax) and petrol stations (fuel duty tax) that will go directly to Brussels as an “EU tax”. He said: “The possibilities of financial levies at European level must be seriously examined and for the first time the large countries in the union are open to that,”, credit