American President’s should NOT be term Limited…..

Of course this IS relative to WHO is the President…..

To tell you the truth?

Right now I COULD vote for Obama Again….

But during the Reagan twilight years?

Man, I was glad the guy couldn’t stay….

On a basic level I am against term limits…Saddling the Presidency with them is against the common sense idea that the voters SHOULD be making THEIR choice in a democracy (this is a republic actually, we don’t directly elect president’s, which isn’t democratic at all)…While I understand WHY this country has term limits after the FDR years…I don’t think it makes it right……

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 …..consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objectionsfrom Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)?

Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.

Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one?

That was the argument of our first president, who is often held up as the father of term limits. In fact, George Washington opposed them. “I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public,” Washington wrote in a much-quoted letter to the Marquis de Lafayette.

Washington stepped down after two terms, establishing a pattern that would stand for more than a century. But he made clear that he was doing so because the young republic was on solid footing, not because his service should be limited in any way.

The first president to openly challenge the two-term tradition was Theodore Roosevelt, who ran for a third term as president in 1912 on the Bull Moose ticket. When he stepped down in 1908, Roosevelt pledged not to seek a third term; reminded of this promise in 1912, he said that he had meant he would not seek a “third consecutive term.” The New York Times called Roosevelt’s explanation a “pitiful sophistication,” and the voters sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House.

Only in 1940, amid what George Washington might have called a “great emergency,” did a president successfully stand for a third term. Citing the outbreak of war overseas and the Depression at home, Democrats renominated Franklin D. Roosevelt. They pegged him for a fourth time in 1944 despite his health problems, which were serious enough to send him to his grave the following year.

To Republicans, these developments echoed the fascist trends enveloping Europe. “You will be serving under an American totalitarian government before the long third term is finished,” warned Wendell Wilkie, Roosevelt’s opponent in 1940. Once the two-term tradition was broken, Wilkie added, nobody could put it back together. “If this principle dies, it will be dead forever,” he said.

That’s why the GOP moved to codify it in the Constitution in 1947, when a large Republican majority took over Congress. Ratified by the states in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was an “undisguised slap at the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt,” wrote Clinton Rossiter, one of the era’s leading political scientists. It also reflected “a shocking lack of faith in the common sense and good judgment of the people,” Rossiter said…..

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Barack Obama on where his family will reside after leaving office, a Woman President a few other things…

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All those things and more in a 20/20 interview to be aired today……

By the time the president’s second term is over, Malia will be in college, while Sasha will be a sophomore in high school. Both girls attend Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., where Chelsea Clinton also attended while her father was president.

“So we’ve gotta — you know we gotta make sure that she’s doin’ well … until she goes off to college,” the president said. “Sasha will have a big say in where we are,” the president said.

ABC News reports that if Obama were to stay and maintains a residence in D.C. after his term, he would be the first ex-president to do so since Woodrow Wilson.

Michelle Obama also spoke about her dislike of social media sites for her daughters.

“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people … particularly for them, because they’re in the public eye,” Michelle Obama said. “Some of it’s stuff they don’t need to see and be a part of. … So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.”

But does Michelle Obama have any interest in being president herself?

“I absolutely don’t,” first lady Michelle Obama told Walters.

Walters asked President Obama if he thought his wife would have made a better president.

“Of course … That’s an easy question!” he said.

However, the president also acknowledged the challenges he’s faced during the second term of his own presidency, but remained optimistic.

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It’s Christie vs Hillary less than 3 Years out…Poll….

Fresh off his Re-Election Media Opus for New Jersey Governor….Republican Chris Christie has moved ahead of his parties 2016 Presidential nomiee sweepstakes …..

In today’s CNN 2016 GOP Nomination polling , Christie leads….

For those of you who want to discount this poll?

Think again….

We have Christie LEADING Hillary Clinton by small margins in recent polls for Iowa and Pennsylvania also….

Now we’re slightly less than  3 years out form election day 2016…..And you might want to counter me with the Rudy 2008 flameout reminder…..BUT….

I have stated here that Christie is a Governor, Is a better politician , and appeals to a broader spectrum of national voters than a Rudy Guilani….

Looking at the GOP polls it is evident that for now….Christie is seen a s a Conservative to his party, and a ‘in your face’ moderate to others…..

And THAT folks IS  what a Republican SHOULD look like if he’s gonna win the Presidency these days….

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the top picks for their party’s tickets in 2016, a new poll shows.

Twenty-four percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican, say they would likely support Christie for the GOP nomination, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

CNN reports support for Christie, who won reelection in a landslide victory earlier this month, is up 7 percentage points from September.

Christie extended his lead among other GOP contenders with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul trailing Christie at 13 percent, followed by Rep. Paul Ryan at 11 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 10 percent the only other Republican White House hopefuls to get double-digit support, CNN reports.

With 9 percent of the vote is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has 7 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each have 6 percent.

For the Democrats, Clinton has an overwhelming lead with 63 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic saying she would be their top choice for the nomination.

Coming at a distant second is Vice President Joe Biden with 12 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 7 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 5 percent and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley with 2 percent.

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This is also a Good poll for Vice President Biden …….

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Daily Real Clear Politics Polling Numbers 11/27/13…. Hillary leads for 2016 except in Iowa and PA

Hummm?

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Wednesday, November 27
Race/Topic   (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
President Obama Job Approval Gallup Approve 44, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +7
President Obama Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 45, Disapprove 54 Disapprove +9
President Obama Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 37, Disapprove 58 Disapprove +21
President Obama Job Approval Reuters/Ipsos Approve 38, Disapprove 56 Disapprove +18
Public Approval of Health Care Law CNN/Opinion Research For/Favor 40, Against/Oppose 58 Against/Oppose +18
Direction of Country Reuters/Ipsos Right Direction 19, Wrong Track 64 Wrong Track +45
Direction of Country The Economist/YouGov Right Direction 24, Wrong Track 66 Wrong Track +42
Direction of Country Rasmussen Reports Right Direction 26, Wrong Track 67 Wrong Track +41
Congressional Job Approval The Economist/YouGov Approve 6, Disapprove 72 Disapprove +66
Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus Harper (R) Christie 17, Cruz 16, Paul 13, Santorum 11, Ryan 9, Bush , Walker 7, Rubio 6, Jindal 3 Christie +1
Iowa: Christie vs. Clinton Harper (R) Christie 43, Clinton 38 Christie +5
Iowa: Paul vs. Clinton Harper (R) Clinton 47, Paul 41 Clinton +6
Iowa: Ryan vs. Clinton Harper (R) Clinton 46, Ryan 43 Clinton +3
Iowa: Rubio vs. Clinton Harper (R) Clinton 45, Rubio 41 Clinton +4
Iowa: Cruz vs. Clinton Harper (R) Clinton 47, Cruz 40 Clinton +7
Ohio: Christie vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 42, Christie 41 Clinton +1
Ohio: Paul vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 50, Paul 40 Clinton +10
Ohio: Ryan vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 49, Ryan 41 Clinton +8
Ohio: Bush vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 50, Bush 37 Clinton +13
Ohio: Rubio vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 48, Rubio 39 Clinton +9
Ohio: Cruz vs. Clinton Quinnipiac Clinton 50, Cruz 35 Clinton +15
Pennsylvania: Christie vs. Clinton PPP (D) Christie 48, Clinton 44 Christie +4
Pennsylvania: Paul vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 51, Paul 43 Clinton +8
Pennsylvania: Bush vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 48, Bush 44 Clinton +4
Pennsylvania: Cruz vs. Clinton PPP (D) Clinton 53, Cruz 41 Clinton +12

…from RealClearPolitics….

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Outgoing Texas GOP Governor Rick Perry going to South Carolina Early for 2016

In what seems to be his second try for the GOP Presidental brass ring Rick Perry is going to campaign around South Carolina’s Republicans next week….

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign-style swing through the key Republican primary state of South Carolina next week, making four appearances in the state’s most conservative region.

Perry’s keynote speech to a South Carolina Republican Party banquet in Spartanburg next Tuesday has already been announced.

But the governor has added several more stops to his itinerary, CNN has learned. He will also address the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg earlier that day, putting him in touch with members of the Upstate business community, many of whom supported him during his ill-fated 2012 presidential bid.

The following day, Perry will be the keynote speaker at the Electric Co-Ops of South Carolina Annual Meeting in Greenville. And later that same morning, he plans to address a fundraiser for a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, also in Greenville. Perry, a former Boy Scout, opposed the group’s decision earlier this year to admit openly gay Scouts.

Perry has made no secret of his interest in a second presidential bid, and the South Carolina trip will be Perry’s second visit this year to the first-in-the-south primary state…..

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The guy might want to spend more time on his debate prep, eh?

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New York Governor Cuomo will annouce a state Budget Surplus and tax cuts…

Good News for New Yorkers….

How would you like to run for President on THAT, folks?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that an expected budget surplus will enable the state to consider cutting taxes next year.

“There will be, what is in essence, a surplus for next year, if we hold the line on spending, which we have thus far,” Mr. Cuomo said in a radio interview. “If we continue our spending discipline, we project that we’ll have revenue that we can use for a tax cut.”

But the governor said he is not interested in cutting personal income taxes, despite a recent report that a tax-reform commission created by Mr. Cuomo and co-chaired by former Gov. George Pataki was preparing to recommend that.

“We just did the [personal income tax] last year,” Mr. Cuomo said on the Capitol Pressroom, referring to the overhaul of the state’s tax code in December 2011 that defused the raucous debate over the reauthorization of the so-called “millionaires tax” and at the same time added revenue to balance the budget.

“I have no interest in reopening the personal income tax discussion since we just redid it,” he reiterated. “I do want to focus on the property tax.”

Mr. Pataki’s commission is expected to release its report in early December, including a recommendation to cut taxes on high-income earners, which peak at 8.82%, one of the highest rates in the nation. In January, the governor will release his budget priorities for the upcoming legislative session and is expected to sketch out his own tax-cutting proposals.

New Yorkers, especially suburbanites and upstate residents, pay among the highest property taxes in the country. Mr. Cuomo persuaded lawmakers in 2011 to cap the annual increase in property tax rates at 2%, subject to overrides by voters in the school districts and counties that impose those taxes.

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On Black Friday…The Shopper’s Holiday….

Black Friday…

The Day the stores go buck wild with sales…Sales…SALES…..

….. Black Friday is a soulless moment on the calendar. It’s nothing more than a “holiday” dreamt up by accountants that celebrates the movement of inventory. Warms the heart, eh?

Hardly.

According to Wikipedia, Black Friday originated in Philadelphia around 1961. Its shade refers to the time of the year when retailers turn a profit – or head into the black. (Ironic for a season known for being red.)

It’s time for Black Friday to have meaning beyond money.

Instead of being a “holiday” associated with deals, stampedes and the occasional shooting, I’d like to suggest we add some meaning to Black Friday that goes beyond the numbers on a balance sheet. What if we made Black Friday a day of giving as much as it is a day of taking?

It could be as simple as: Shop. Buy. Give.

 Retailers: Give 1%-5% of your Black Friday revenue to charity.

Shoppers: Make at least one of your “buys” a charitable donation that you can easily “buy” with AmazonSmile, justgiving.com or even text via mgive.com. (Heck, we can even add some meaning to Cyber Monday with all of these utilities.)

Manufacturers: Make Black Friday a day where you help organize ways for your employees to give back to their communities. Or how about open your facility to a tour? Give away some product? Create a fundraising event?

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade complete with Balloons in the Big Apple…

APTOPIX Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo….John Minchillo/AP

Neither Wind nor Cold has stopped the parade!

Spider-Man, Snoopy and all the other famous balloon characters will take flight Thursday in Macy’s 87th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

High winds had threatened to keep the balloons grounded, but by Thursday morning the gusts had died down.

“Let the balloons fly!” Macy’s tweeted.

City officials warned that winds could have forced the parade’s iconic balloons to fly lower than normal — or not to fly at all.

Forecasters had originally predicted strong winds — with gusts of over 34 miles per hour — that would have exceeded the city’s limits for flying balloons…..

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Buzz Light Year injuried a handler, Spiter Man sprung a leak….But it was a Good show….

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On President Obama’s Current Chief of Staff….Denis McDonough…

It’s rough times for the President’s Chief of Staff…..

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Denis McDonough was pacing the elliptical path on the South Lawn of the White House one day this fall, ruminating on the challenges of a second term for his boss, President Obama. Mr. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, likes to stroll outside from time to time. It helps clear his head when he has a lot on his mind.

On this particular day, he was just hours away from a government shutdown that would test his president’s resolve and a day away from the debut of a new health care program that would test his president’s legacy. “I’m a keep-score guy; I always have been,” Mr. McDonough said in an interview as he circumnavigated the lawn. “So I’m good with the idea that there are scores being kept.”

The scores are now rolling in, and his team is down in the second half. Although the government shutdown proved a political victory as the White House stared down Republicans in Congress, the botched health care rollout erased the momentum and plunged Mr. Obama’s public standing to the lowest of his tenure. Last weekend’s six-month nuclear deal with Iran returned Mr. Obama to a position of leading rather than reacting, but it still drew fire from both parties.

At the center of these challenges is Mr. McDonough, the ramrod-straight scorekeeper from Minnesota with the close-cropped, prematurely graying hair and the bearing of a military man, even though he never served. A fanatically fit, workaholic hard-charger who sometimes left bruised feelings across the administration in Mr. Obama’s first term, Mr. McDonough, 43, has become a much-praised right-hand man in Mr. Obama’s troubled second term.

He is the first aide the president sees in the morning, the last he sees at night and the closest to him of the five men who have served as chief of staff in this White House.

Unlike his predecessors, Mr. McDonough came from the foreign policy arena, without the same experience in the domestic policy that dominates the White House. He now finds himself fixing the health care debacle he did not see coming, preparing for the next spending showdown with Congress and trying to rescue an imperiled presidency.

“Look, it’s a tough time for the presidency, and Denis is leading,” said Rahm Emanuel, one of his predecessors and now the mayor of Chicago, who spoke recently with Mr. McDonough. “Nobody can feel good when this is going on. My whole thing is don’t beat yourself up. The question is can you see a map and can you see the light forward.”

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Current NSA head will retire this spring …Next Head will likely be a Civilan…

The Current head of the NSA and US Cyber Command is Army General Keith Alexander…….

Alexander has be a ‘go getter’ in running both commands…..

While the Congress and President have stood behind the actions of the General…..Edward Snowden’s drop of secret information has cooled down , but something is gonna be done to give the perception that the Government is doing something about the scope of the NSA actions in Data Collection….

One doubts there will anything serious changed  in the NSA’s mission , which is listen to anything and everything on telephones , cell phones, faxes or on the net…..

The NSA will get a boss that wears a suit….

The Cyber Command gets another General….

Things change….

Things remain the SAME…..

The White House is nearing a decision on splitting up the eavesdropping National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, which conducts cyber warfare, a proposed reform prompted in part by revelations of NSA’s widespread snooping, individuals briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

As part of the emerging plan, the NSA likely would get a civilian director for the first time in its 61-year history, the individuals said.

Both agencies are now headed by the same person, Army General Keith Alexander, who is retiring in March as NSA’s longest-serving director.

While Alexander is highly regarded in the intelligence community, critics have questioned the current arrangement. They say it concentrates too much power in one individual and that the two agencies have different missions.

NSA monitors phone, email and other communications for national security threats. Cyber Command defends Pentagon and other U.S. computer networks, infiltrates adversary networks and conducts offensive cyberwarfare.

Two administration officials confirmed that the discussions about the split are nearing a critical stage. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said President Barack Obama has not made a final decision….

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I find itb hard to believe Alexander is just gonna walk away from this…..Completely?

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Group formed to Change Presidental Debates format…..

It seems the party handlers where NOT happy being on Long Island for a past debate…..

Of course I wouldn’t be surprised if Candy Crowley and Bob Schiefer’s names came up also…..

It seems that in this day of ‘lets NOT be spontanious’ the handlers want to put their candiadates in a hermaticly sealed box , with soft questions and NO audiacle feedback to knock their candidate’s off message and have you see them a bit as who they are…..

If it gets too canned?

Why do you have the things anyways?

President Obama and Mitt Romney at the Hofstra Debate in Hempstead LI,NY Oct 16, 2012…raymondpronck.wordpress.com

Top officials from past presidential campaigns have quietly formed a group to push for major changes in the general election debates, with recommendations expected by late spring.

The working group is questioning the debates’ format, moderator-selection process and location: Might a TV studio make more sense than a college town? Members said a major goal is to make more allowance for changing technology and the rise of social media. A likely recommendation is an earlier start for the debates, in response to the increase in absentee voting.

Members include the longtime lead debate negotiator for each party: Bob Bauer for Democratic nominees and Ben Ginsberg for the Republicans. So the Annenberg Working Group on Presidential General Election Debates could have a profound effect on the signature fall events of the race for the White House. The group’s co-chairs were top debate-prep advisers to each of the 2012 nominees: Anita Dunn for President Obama, and Beth Myers for Mitt Romney.

The group is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, debate expert and the center’s director, leads the study.

Myers said the group had its genesis in a conversation she had with Dunn at a post-election forum held by Jamieson: “We were chatting about: Are we doing the moderators correctly? Is the timing right? Is the format right? What is the involvement of new media? Are they even being held in the right place? We were all sort of unhappy to be in Hempstead, N.Y., in October.” Jamieson said: “We’re not saying something is broken and we’re trying to fix it. We’re saying there’s an enormous potential here for voter learning and asking if there’s a way to increase the number of people who benefit from that.”

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CNN’s Candy Crowley was the moderator at the Hofstra Debate ion Long Island, NY in October 2012, and she was very vocal in handling the two candiadates correcting Miitt Romney for something she thought she heard him say…..

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American’s believe the Healthcare Law WILL be fixed…Poll…..

New poll: Americans optimistic about Obamacare, overwhelmingly oppose GOP position

byJed Lewison @ Daily Kos……

A man fills out an information card during an Affordable Care Act outreach event hosted by Planned Parenthood for the Latino community in Los Angeles, California September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

attribution: REUTERS

CNN has a very interesting new poll that not only debunks the notion that Americans have already decided Obamacare is a failure, but also reveals that Americans overwhelmingly oppose the GOP’s conservative critique of the health care law.

According to the poll (pdf), which surveyed American adults between Nov. 18-20 with a margin of error of ±3.5 points:

  1. Most Americans believe Obamacare’s current problems will be solved. 54 percent say they believe current problems will be fixed, compared with 43 percent who say they won’t be.
  2. Most Americans believe it’s too early to judge whether Obamacare is a success or failure. A total of 53 percent think it is too early to say whether Obamacare is a success or failure. A total of 39 percent think it’s a failure and 8 percent already think it is a success.
  3. Most Americans do not support conservative critiques of Obamacare.According to the poll, 41 percent of Americans think Obamacare is too liberal, slightly more than 40 percent who support Obamacare. But 14 percent think it’s not liberal enough.

As you might expect, the poll’s crosstabs show that most Republicans are certain Obamacare can’t be fixed and has already failed, but outside of the GOP universe, people aren’t merely open to Obamacare, they are optimistic about its prospects and want it to work.

Obviously, it doesn’t matter how open or optimistic the public is if the Obama administration can’t ultimately deliver on the promise of Obamacare, but if they do, most Americans are on their side. Republicans have bet everything on failure. If they lose that bet, it will be an absolute political nightmare for them—and it should be.

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Afghan ‘s want Karzai to Agree to US/NATO Forces….

Ooops?

I forgot Harmid Karzai is supposed to leave office in less than a year….

Apparently others in that country haven’t…

Theyt are beginning to openly wonder WTF is Karazai doing …Pushing for things that would make the Taliabn happy and leave the country without foreign troops to back up their military which is still trying to find its way….

With the Obama administration insisting that it will prepare for a full withdrawal if the agreement is not signed by year’s end, Afghan political leaders are increasingly nervous that the country’s fledgling armed forces could be on their own after 2014. If the agreement is not concluded, Afghanistan could also lose $4 billion in annual aid for its military.

“If he doesn’t sign, Afghanistan will go to civil war and Karzai will be responsible,” said Moeen Marastial, a former member of parliament who previously served in Karzai’s government. “Not only military commanders but ordinary people know, if this agreement is not signed, and there is no support and training for the military, the soldiers won’t be able to feed their families.”

Few Afghan leaders and analysts had expected Karzai to dig in so strongly over the accord, especially after an influential council of tribal leaders and civic activists urged him this week to sign it.

Now that he has laid out additional demands — including that the U.S. government release all 17 Afghans being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba — Karzai is facing criticism that his actions are being driven by personal grudges and paranoia.

The Americans should know that “the Afghans are not with President Karzai anymore,” said Ahmad Saedi, a Kabul-based political analyst…..

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The President get’s heckled about Deportations…..

The President got shouted at about cutting back deportations during his recent visit to the West Coast….

The Media has followed up on the subject by highlighting Ju Hong, the young man who did the shout out….

Immigration affects Asian’s and others….

No just Hispanics and Latino’s…..

 

 

Simmering tension between the president and activists broke into the open during Obama’s recent trip to California.

A heckler called on Obama to take action during an immigration reform event in San Francisco Monday.

The young man, Ju Hong, standing on stage with the president yelled out, “You have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country.”

“Actually, I don’t,” Obama shot back. “And that’s why we’re here.”

But part of the crowd sided with the heckler. “Stop deportations!” they chanted, putting the president in an awkward situation.

“It’s not simply a matter of us saying we’re going to violate the law. That’s not our tradition,” Obama said after finally regaining control.

Pro-immigrant activists argue the president has more authority over deportations than he acknowledged Monday.

“I think he overstates the case that he doesn’t have the authority,” Frank Sharry, founder of the pro-immigration reform group America’s Voice, told the Christian Science Monitor.

“He may not have authority to give people a path to citizenship. Of course he doesn’t. But does he have the authority to have DHS implement his priorities and reflect his values? Yes, and that’s not happening,” he said.

The issue of deportations has sparked debate among members of the coalition that supports comprehensive reform legislation passed by the Senate earlier this year….

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In support of Wal-Mart’s Business Model….

I have been on Wal-Mart’s Low pay thing recently here at the Dog….

Here’s piece from Long Island’s Newsday (Lane Filler) that sortta supports the Billon Dollar retailer….

Shopping at Walmart is a mixed blessing. The stores are at times disorganized and dirty, the staffs surly and harried. If you need assistance, the best strategy is to sneak into the next aisle while your child isn’t looking, and hope that his or her tears attract an employee.

As a worker soothes your kid, you swoop in, shrieking, “Where are the microwaveable frozen crustless peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and the 144-packs of Mountain Dew?”

But then you go to check out and the employee, using what looks like a cash register but must be a time machine, quotes a total out of 1978. And the low, low prices make it worthwhile. Sort of.

Shopping at Walmart is like being paid to be simultaneously punched in the gut, aggressively tickled and rubbed all over with cotton candy. Some think it’s worth it, others don’t.

It’s often pointed out that Walmart manages to keep its prices so low, the experience so dismal and the demeanor of its employees so poor by paying low wages. This is true. It’s also suggested that these employees are, in fact, underpaid.

That’s not true at all, even though the average worker makes about $9 per hour.

The underpaying of Walmart workers came up last week with a story about an Ohio location where bins had been set out with signs that read, “Please donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.” That’s a delicious irony, and the fact that every company I’ve worked for has collected food, clothing and money to help employees in specific need, which Walmart says was the point of this collection, doesn’t make it any less of an effective arrow for those who say Walmart abuses workers.

Adding heft to this accusation, a report released by the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce estimated that one Walmart employing 300 workers could cost taxpayers $900,000 annually, as some employees qualified for public assistance programs.

These are great stats, convincingly employed. But there are two issues here, and they can’t be dealt with as one….

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Small Business On-line Federal sign-ups delayed …..

Another common sense adjustment to the healthcare.gov system …..

This one solely for the Federal website access…State access and sign-ups have been going fine….

“We’ve concluded that we can best serve small employers by continuing this offline process while we concentrate on both creating a smoothly functioning online experience in the SHOP Marketplace, and adding key new features, including an employee choice option and premium aggregation services, by November 2014,” according to the HHS notice.

A spokeswoman for HHS did not respond to requests for comment this morning.

The administration originally delayed online enrollment in the federal-run small-businesses exchanges, known as SHOP, just days before the failed Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov. At the time, HHS said online enrollment would be available “sometime in November.” Weeks ago, administration officials said online enrollment would be ready by the end of November.

The delay applies only to the federal-run SHOP exchanges in almost three dozen states. With a few exceptions, SHOPs in states running their own exchanges have had a smoother rollout.

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Small Businesses can still sign up their employee’s thru state exchanges where they are available and can check availability on the separate healthcare.gov or medicaid.gov websites…..

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