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GOP: Candidates seem unqualified to lead

Letter by Karin Morris, Tacoma on Feb. 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm with 71 Comments »
February 24, 2012 10:35 am

Whatever happened to the Grand Old Party?

I tend to vote for those who I think will be best qualified at the time to solve the current problems of our country. So I have on occasion voted in Republicans.

The people put forth this time by the GOP seem all underqualified to lead this country. Mitt Romney was seen as an unelectable opportunist four years ago. Newt Gingrich was already done in in the 1990s after his government shutdown debacle and his philandering. Ron Paul participates just out of habit, not expecting to be elected. And Rick Santorum, the Catholic arch-conservative, does not project stature at all.

They all seem candidates who do not convince through their own personal strength but rather through the weakness of the others. It is a mudfight among them, fuelled by millions of negative advertising.

Where in the GOP are those informed thinkers who in the past put out their economic liberalism and their religious conservatism in a sane, rational way? The party seems to have degenerated into a mix of far-right cacophony. I will stay far away from it this election.

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  1. SandHills says:

    Karin,

    the GOP is definitely in a funk – kind of like the Democrats when they put forth Mondale, Dukakis, and Kerry (who couldn’t beat GW for goodness sake).

    If you are a supporter of President of Obama, don’t knock it – just start walking around with a knowing smile, assurred about the outcome in November. If you are a loyal partisan of the GOP, well it’s best if you remain in a bubble of self-delusion and keep your brief moments of clarity private – which is so unbecoming of a true partisan of the GOP

  2. Anothermoniker says:

    Neither party is seeking leadership. The President’s seat is the third arm of governing and the last thing they really want is someone that leads, as opposed to following the money that buys the office.

    That being said, ask yourself if you really want the GOP running the show.

  3. Yes we want Palin and Godfather’s Pizza CEO as president/vice!

  4. concerned… I note you have dropped your support of Newt Gingrich since you made a similar comment about President Obama on January 30th, and you have added ‘governor of a blue state’ to your description of Romney.

    If you could relent to acknowledging Romney’s governorship, it seems very unfair of you to not acknowledge at least one of the many other experiences President Obama brought with him to the office he now holds, as; The President of the United States of America, an experience of 3 plus years he now has which by itself makes him eminently more qualified for the job than all of the Republican candidates combined, including Palin and Cain.

    Here is what you wrote almost a month ago, followed by the comment response I wrote then in reply, which is still relevant to your comment today:

    concernedtacoma7
    JAN. 30, 2012 AT 5:07 PM  
    As opposed to BHO’s record? Slowest and weakest recovery in history. A community organizer vs a former House Speaker or a Gov/successful businessman.

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/01/30/tragic-entertainment/#storylink=cpy

    To CORRECT the record just a bit…

    A successful current President of The United States of America, and Commander In Chief, vs either: a disgraced former (fired and fined) Speaker of the House who cannot be trusted even by his wives not to mention the voters; or a Vulture Capitalist and Mormon who a large percentage of his own party will NOT vote for simply because he is a Mormon.

    ct7, you may want to take just a peek at “BHOs” wiki page and read the part about how BHO is currently The President of The United States of America. Yes, he was a community organizer, plus a Professor of Constitutional History and Law, an Illinois State Senator, and a United States Senator before he was elected President.

    Here’s the link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Karin
    Are you saying that obama was qualified?

    Stop drinking the kool aid, your mind is off balance.

  6. Fibonacci says:

    Great article in the Seattle Times today. According to the NONPATISAN Office of Budget Management, the policies of Gingrich, Romney, AND Santorum will ALL increase the debt further than the policies of Obama. So, unless we want a complete whacko (RonPaul) then I guess Obama would be the best choice. But then, for the righties, it is NOT about the economy, it never was, it is only about defeating Obama.

  7. Fibonacci says:

    Taxed enough
    No, he is saying you are using the argument from the last election. Since then Obama has added Experience–PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Can your right wing choices claim THAT experience?

  8. It’s easy Karin. Four more years with President Obama and maybe a Democratic House and Senate will be the best thing that could happen. The republican leadership you mention is there, but it is misguided and mistaken in its goals. The Speaker of the House has gotten his agenda passed, but it has gone nowhere in the Senate because the Senate refuses to coddle that sort of nonsense. And all the Senate minority leader can do is get in the way, which he has done quite will to the disadvantage of all Americans.
    If one decides to vote republican out of the currently available assortment, one has decided to go back in time; way back.

  9. the3rdpigshouse says:

    How can anyone question the qualifications of any candidate for office in 2012 when compared to the election of a do-nothing Senator “OH-Bummer” from a do -nothing social welfare background in community organizing that the ignorant electorate promoted to POTUS???!!

  10. Well the3rdpig… You can’t even spell the man’s name correctly, so we can certainly disregard everything you have to say about the matter.

    Edumacate yerself an reid mi poste et 2:47 PM okey-dokey?

  11. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Muck- because he was elected 3 years ago he is the only qualified individual to hold the office? What are you talking about? Every incumbent will be more experienced than the guy ru?nning against him. And? What about when the guy in office is failing

    Yes, I will defend all of the current potential candidate’s records against BHO.

  12. Fibonacci says:

    Concerned
    Wrong—the Republican candidates are worthless. Gingrich’s record?mare you kidding?his own party voted him out. Santorum? Sure if this were a thirs world country in 1950. Romney? He will flop all over and will say anything to get elected.

  13. Concerned…, Now I know you read what I wrote, so don’t pretend that I wrote anything at all like “he is the only qualified individual to hold the office?”

    I did NOT write that, did I? No, I did not.

    Here’s what I wrote:

    “The President of the United States of America, an experience of 3 plus years he now has which by itself makes him eminently more qualified for the job than all of the Republican candidates combined, including Palin and Cain.”

    I will spell it out for you. Barack Obama is more qualified than Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain combined. Because Barack Obama has 3+ years of actual experience as The President of The United States of America, and none of them have any experience in that job at all.

    The only living ex-presidents who could run against Barack Obama are Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, because both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have served their maximum allowable 2 terms.

    And, Barack Obama is not failing in office, he is succeeding as proof is mounting daily with the economic recovery of The United States he is leading, the ending if the Iraq War and the soon to be ending of the Afghanistan War. President Obama is leading the recovery from The Great Recession that was caused during the George W. Bush administration, who will go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever.

    Survey Ranks Obama 15th Best President, Bush Among Worst
    Former President George W. Bush is in the bottom 5

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2010/07/02/survey-ranks-obama-15th-best-president-bush-among-worst

  14. Anothermoniker says:

    “Palin and Cain are not running for office. Not sure why they were brought up.”

    The obvious humor that the Republican Party just keeps providing.

    By the way, Palin is running for office, in a mavericky kinda way. Cain’s 15 minutes are up.

  15. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Muck- take your religious bent away and you are blindly liberal.

    BHO has failed. Period. Look at the bickering on this board as a microcosm of American politics. America has not been this divided since the 19th century. It is because of one man and te radicals he hired.

    His economic policies are terrible and unAmerican. He wants to transform, not reform. Make us something we are not.

    With Bush, you may not have liked his policies but minus a few wackos the masses believed he was least trying to do what was right for America. With BHO no one knows. He is only a politician. He preaches about God while quoting the Bible then insults the Church. He weakens our national defense by overthrowing our allies then shrinks our military (keep an eye out for another Obama war in Syria).

    He makes excuses about everything. No responsibility, similar to what what he asks of the average citizen. Class warfare, half of America paying no taxes, and assaulting business as evil. Crony capitalism, his friends and donor get big taxpayer bucks and business.

    Yes, the contenders are not perfect, but if the choice is a 7 vs a 0, the 7 gets the vote.

    Good news is most dems and independents will stay home this year. He lost minorities, especially the black vote, due to his failed economic policies. The college kids are done voting for now. Only people at the polls will be republicans.

  16. “BHO has failed. Period”

    GDP – up.
    Stock market – up.
    Unemployment – down.

    That’s some failure.

  17. drummerswidow says:

    The GOP candidates “seem unqualified to lead” because they are unqualified to lead. They have all jumped on board the crazy train. Rick Santorum in particular – now he’s insulting not just Americans with his whacky theories, but the Netherlands with his lies about their policy on euthanasia. The GOP candidates’ economic policies would drive the nation further into debt – they’re all a hot mess. Don’t you find it a little creepy that “muckibr” can pull up what you wrote a month ago, and his/her response to what you wrote? Ick.

  18. “BHO has failed. Period. Look at the bickering on this board as a microcosm of American politics. America has not been this divided since the 19th century. It is because of one man and te radicals he hired.”

    A. That’s only your opinion, and opinions don’t v=count unless you can back them up with facts.

    B. You’re drawing a parallel between Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln, whether you realize it or not, and you may be right. Obama may go down in history as one of the greatest presidents ever, as I am sure “W” is already listed as one of the absolute worst presidents. A parallel between Lincoln = Best, Buchanan = One of the Worst.

    C. When I have more time I may list all the scandals of The Bush Administration, which I have done on other topics here, to prove it was Bush Admin corruption that sold out this country and its people to the mess that Bush left for Obama to fix.

    D. You have been very well programmed to regurgitate the FOX talking points. Congratulations.

  19. Pacman33 says:

    “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes;…Corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.”

    —Noah Webster

  20. pantomancer says:

    President Obama is over his head. Hillary please.

  21. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Ehill- that is all in spite of BHOs policies, not because of them. Get govt out of the way and we would have had a faster and grander recovery. Massive policy changes (Dodd-frank, Obamacare) in the middle of the recession are just one example of his terrible leadership.

    No muck, did not compare him to Lincoln deliberately or by mistake. He his not a great president and will never be remembered as such. He will be remembered as America’s first half-black president. Historians will try and fluff his actions, but most alive during his 4 years will remember a polarizing figure that appeared to care more about golf, travel, and campaign funds then his job. We will remember he blaming. We will remember his support of OWS.

    Pick any president after Polk and before Lincoln and feel free to analyze how their actions led to a divided country, much like BHO, a product of far left Chicago politics.

  22. “Don’t you find it a little creepy that “muckibr” can pull up what you wrote a month ago, and his/her response to what you wrote?”

    Why should that be creepy d-widow? Anyone can do it if you know how and what you are looking for. It’s really easy, to try, but doesn’t always work. This last time it did.

  23. “No muck, did not compare him to Lincoln deliberately or by mistake.”

    Yes, you did. Maybe not intentionally, but certainly subconsciously. You maybe didn’t mean to, but you did. You first brought up the Lincoln/Obama comparison when you wrote, “America has not been this divided since the 19th century. It is because of one man and te radicals he hired.”

    Lincoln was also vilified by one side and heralded by the other just as Obama is today. You brought up the 19th Century, as in: 1860 when Lincoln was first elected and became president of a politically divided nation. Own it.

    I just helped you complete the comparison, by comparing Bush to Buchanan. A very good match of two lousy presidents who screwed-up the country then ran out of D.C. to leave the problems they created for someone else to fix.

    That’s just the way it is. The truth hurts!

    Here’s some additional reading you might find interesting. You won’t like the source, but if you have the courage to read it you might learn a thing or two.

    Thank You President Bush, Sincerely President Buchanan

    http://lezgetreal.com/2009/01/thank-you-president-bush-sincerely-president-buchanan/

  24. concerned… I promised you that:

    “C. When I have more time I may list all the scandals of The Bush Administration, which I have done on other topics here, to prove it was Bush Admin corruption that sold out this country and its people to the mess that Bush left for Obama to fix.”

    I’m sure that d-widow is going to find this creepy, because it’s a partial list I posted on another topic on January 31st, but it’s also appropriate here just to prove to you what an unholy mess George W. Bush created in his 8 corrupt years in office, and what he left behind for President Obama to fix.

    So, here goes! And remember, THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST!

    muckibr
    JAN. 31, 2012 AT 9:28 AM  

    stumpy567 (1/30 @ 6:42 PM) wrote:
    “I don’t remember a President or White House in recent history being surrounded by so many questionable decisions and scandals.”

    Well stumps… here’s a small random selection from a list of 400 George W. Bush scandals for you to consider:

    Posted in: Hugh’s List of Bush Scandals
    1. Patient neglect at Walter Reed Army Hospital

    2. US Attorney firings

    3. Libby/Plame Affair (Outing a CIA agent)

    4. Iraq war

    10. Military Commissions Act (torture, kangaroo courts, indefinite detention, and loss of habeas corpus)

    11. Hurricane Katrina and the drowning of New Orleans

    25. Budget deficits and a greatly increased national debt

    37. Loss of US prestige

    40. Alberto Gonzales

    56. Patriot Act and its Extension

    61. Bush lying about firing Rumsfeld before the November 2006 election

    68. Sago mining disaster (non-enforcement of safety regs)
    
83. False military reporting (Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch)

    87. Subprime mortgage bubble

    88. Bush’s ties to Enron
    
104. No Child Left Behind (an uneducated President’s predictable approach to education)
    
106. Paul Wolfowitz (two disasters for the price of one: Iraq and the World Bank)

    118. Cheney shoots Harry Whittington

    140. Office of Faith Based Initiatives (a sop to the religious right)

    158. TALON (Pentagon surveillance of civilians)

    166. Border Fence with Mexico (a short fence for a long border)
    
194. Torture and Guantanamo
    
195. Torture and Iraq

    205. Booz Allen cost overruns on DHS intelligence contract and DHS incompetence

    213. Shoddy armoring kits for Humvees from defense contractors
    
222. SCHIP (children’s healthcare less important than insurance company profits)

    225. FEMA trailers for Katrina victims with high levels of formaldehyde
    
226. The White House declares that Harriet Miers doesn’t have to answer a subpoena based on a legal opinion by a lawyer who legally should no longer be in his post

    256. Blackwater (private security contractor involved in numerous incidents in Iraq)

    264. Downing Street memo (Bush determined to go to war, non-coverage by US press)

    282. Bush visit “free speech” zones

    292. KBR employee raped in Iraq held against will by KBR

    298. Bush job creation (not)

    308. Soaring oil and gas prices

    333. Government by contractor
    
334. Bad ammo, worse contractors

    339. Abuse in the government’s SmartPay card program

    343. Torture in Afghanistan in 2003

    355. Department of Defense can not account for billions it spent in Iraq
    
358. Failure of KBR to fix electrical problems leads to soldier’s electrocution
    
362. KBR exposed US soldiers to a carcinogen in Iraq

    373. Bush tax policy favors foreign corporations
    
390. Voter suppression efforts in the 2008 elections
    
392. BP receives a slap on the wrist from Justice Department

    and finally

    400. An absent President: Of the 2922 days Bush was President he spent all or part of 1,020 days on vacation (35% of his time in office).

    TO SEE THE ENTIRE LIST GO TO THIS LINK

    http://www.netrootsmass.net/hughs-bush-scandals-list/

    We just can’t afford another Republican like Dubya!

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/01/30/gops/#storylink=cpy

  25. concernedtacoma7 says:

    What a bunch of garbage. I will not waste my time disputing each o your cherry picked points, but I will point out he is no longer in office.

    BHO is a failure. Compare him to whoever, we are worse off under his lack of leadership

  26. concernedtacoma7 says:

    http://obamascandalslist.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-scandals-list.html

    Same author. BHO has double the rate of scandals.

    Once again, worst president ever.

  27. The BHO scandals are almost all carryovers from the Bush scandals. Again, BHO has to clean up the mess Bush created, because Bush left office leaving behind a huge mess that he created when he was in office!

    Bush is the worst, worster, worstest president ever!

  28. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Ha, I cite your author against you and you commence to blame. Lib 101.

    Double the rate of ‘scandal’. BHO is a terrible leader and 100% Chicago style politician.

  29. Admit it concerned.. ALL of the so-called Obama scandals are leftovers from Bush that president Obama is slowly but surely cleaning up. Slowly because Boehner, Canter and Mitchell keep throwing up roadblocks to slow him dow.

  30. Boehner, Canter and Mitchell

    should be Boehner, Canter and Mitch McConnell. You know, The Three Stooges!

  31. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Harry, Nancy, Barry. We can play this game all night.

  32. Now you are finally getting it!

  33. “that is all in spite of BHOs policies, not because of them.”

    ROFL – thanks for such a great laugh!

  34. hansgruber says:

    Hey Muck-

    1. Reneged on pledge to filibuster FISA Amendments Act (July 2008)
    2. Lobbied for $700 billion Paulson TARP bank bailout
    3. Pushed for no sanctions against Lieberman despite his support for John McCain
    4. Nominated healthcare company lobbyist Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS
    5. Had neoliberal Robert Rubin as his chief economics adviser
    6. Then had the equally neoliberal Larry Summers assume this role
    7. Chose the failing upwards Timothy Geithner to head Treasury
    8. AIG bonuses and money to Goldman under Obama
    9. Doubling down in Afghanistan
    10. Delay and reduction of withdrawal from Iraq
    11. Moving Guantanamo activities to Bagram
    12. Military commissions for some detainees
    13. Support for indefinite detention
    14. Refusal to release torture photos under FOIA
    15. Refusal to investigate and prosecute Bush era criminality
    16. Geithner’s DOA economic rescue programs: the PPIP and TALF
    17. Minimal help for homeowners and no cramdowns
    18. Treatment of Chrysler and GM with bankrupcy compared to bank no fail “stress tests”
    19. Kabuki of TARP repayment by banks while still dependent on government credit lines
    20. Extra-Constitutional use of the Fed by the Executive for fiscal policy
    21. Credit Card bill without usury caps and with 9 month delay for other reforms
    22. Business friendly Mary Schapiro named to head SEC
    23. Gary Gensler who helped deregulate derivatives named to head CFTC
    24. $787 billion stimulus: too little, too late, poorly structured
    25. Use of financial crisis to attack Social Security and Medicare
    26. The great healthcare non-debate
    27. Continued use of state secrets argument in ongoing Bush era cases
    28. Use of signing statements, including one to punish whistleblowers
    29. Vetting process problems, especially tax related ones
    30. Leaving Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head OLC twisting in the wind
    31. Eric Holder, failure to reform DOJ, not removing worst of Bush USAs
    32. Failure to move against new oil bubble
    33. Retention of Bush Defense team: Gates, Patraeus, and Odierno
    34. Continued missile strikes inside Pakistan
    35. Keeping Bush’s domestic spying programs and adding a new one, cybersecurity
    36. Choice of Elena Kagan who favors expansive Presidential powers as Sollicitor General, her subsequent nomination to the Supreme Court
    37. Leaving EFCA (to help counter anti-union companies) to wither in Congress
    38. Welcoming Arlen Specter who brings nothing to the Democrats into the party
    39. Weak ineffective proposals for financial reform
    40. Obama wanted John Brennan at CIA but settled for making him his counter- terrorism adviser
    41. Chas Freeman with broader Mideast perspective done in by AIPAC
    42. Dennis Blair made DNI; failed to act to stop atrocities in East Timor
    43. Choice of McChrystal involved in torture in Iraq to head Afghanistan command
    44. Obama threat to suspend intelligence cooperation with UK over Binyam Mohamed case
    45. Efforts to keep Bush and Obama White House logs secret
    46. Playing games with “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
    47. Filing a brief to overturn Jackson (access to lawyer) in the Montejo case
    48. Not withdrawing Bush brief in Osborne DNA case
    49. Egregious brief in challenge to Defense of Marriage Act
    50. The Supplemental which made Iraq and Afghanistan Democratic wars
    51. Choice of Rahm Emanuel as the President’s Chief of Staff
    52. Choice of Dennis Ross as Iran envoy and then his move to the White House
    53. Politically embarrassing processes to fill Obama and Clinton’s Senate seats
    54. Choice of Bill Richardson, then Judd Gregg to head Commerce Department
    55. Reneging on pledge to re-negotiate NAFTA
    56. Obama’s throwing his pastor Jeremiah Wright to the curb, then reaching out to religious conservative Rick Warren
    57. Continued challenges to habeas corpus petitions over indefinite detention, the Janko case
    58. The Obama White House website
    59. Continuing an ineffective program that Iran can exploit politically
    60. Going slow on climate change when there is no time to
    61. Not withdrawing a Bush-era amicus brief in the Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case and supporting a rollback of Title VII
    62. Appointment of a CIA General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    63. Appointment of a DNI General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    64. CIA delay in a FOIA request concerning torture
    65. The influence of Goldman Sachs in the Obama Administration
    66. Attempt to keep secret the Cheney interview on the Plame affair
    67. Mountaintop removal under Obama
    68. Attempt to restrict Congressional notification on intelligence matters
    69. Opposition to a second stimulus
    70. Another egregious attempt to fight a habeas corpus petition in the Jawad case
    71. Continuing charter schools and standardized tests
    72. Holder’s decision to support a weak, narrow review of torture
    73. Re-appointment of Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman
    74. Continuing renditions
    75. Politically dubious company was used to vet reporters in Afghanistan
    76. Judge vetoes a too weak SEC plea bargain with Bank of America
    77. Justice’s argument for making Bagram a new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case
    78. Defense to turn over databases to poorly controlled fusion centers
    79. Obama changes but keeps Bush’s Star Wars program
    80. Failure to win an Israeli freeze on settlements
    81. White House refuses to back its own staffer environmentalist Van Jones
    82. Politicized US Attorney in the Siegelman case cleared by Office of Special Counsel
    83. Criticism of Iranian nuclear program; support of Israeli nuclear weapons
    84. Support for a weakened reporter’s shield law
    85. Use of the Zazi case to retain broad Patriot Act surveillance provisions
    86. Wilner v. NSA, continuing the coverup of warrantless surveillance of communications between attorneys and detainees
    87. Attempt to spike the Goldstone report on Israeli-Hamas war crimes in Gaza
    88. Slowness in filling federal judgeships
    89. Inadequate aid to overwhelmed state budgets
    90. Attempting to dodge the Supreme Court deciding whether innocent Guantanamo detainees can be resettled in the US
    91. Allowing drilling in the waters off the north coast of Alaska
    92. Keeping detainee accounts of CIA torture secret
    93. Current FBI manual allows for widespread domestic spying
    94. Securitization invalidates most foreclosures
    95. Geithner wanting unlimited powers to save large banks
    96. Another state secrets defense to conceal domestic spying
    97. Circuit Court dismissal of Maher Arar suit
    98. Weakening Sarbanes-Oxley and calling it financial reform
    99. Unemployment
    100. Inspector General for Fannie and Freddie ousted for investigating fraud
    101. Gaming courts to convict Guantanamo detainees
    102. White House counsel removed for his principled stands on torture and Guantanamo
    103. US seizes mosques claiming Iranian connection
    104. Howard Dean removed as head of the DNC
    105. Scientist with close ties to Monsanto put in charge of all governmental agricultural research
    106. Pesticide lobbyist nominated as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for trade
    107. Effort to let some government contractors avoid paying taxes
    108. A bad US Attorney nomination for Northern Iowa
    109. Hunger in America
    110. The breast cancer recommendations fiasco
    111. Ongoing confusion and disorganization in the military commissions process
    112. Phillip Carter another official in closing Guantanamo resigns
    113. Refusal to sign anti-land mine treaty
    114. The Ghizzawi case and the legal limbo of “cleared for release”
    115. Black prisons at Balad and Bagram
    116. Delay in declassifying historic documents
    117. Max Baucus’ conflicts of interest in healthcare and with his girlfriend
    118. Major security breach at a White House party and a ridiculous assertion of “executive privilege”
    119. Dana “Pig Missile” Perino nominated to the Broadcasting Board of Governors
    120. Cass Sunstein, an anti-regulator in a regulatory position
    121. Warrantless for profit electronic surveillance by telecoms and search engines
    122. The government sides with torture lawyer John Yoo and attacks Bevins actions again
    123. The TSA publishes its security manual online
    124. Toxic legal arguments in al Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, yet another Bevins action
    125. The Nobel Peace Prize and a neocon acceptance speech
    126. Blackwater’s involvement in military and CIA assassination and drone programs
    127. Congressional Research Service censorship in the firing of Morris Davis
    128. AIG writes off $25 billion in debt and sticks taxpayers with the bill
    129. The Administration plays hardball to kill an amendment that would lower drug costs
    130. A poorly considered blank check to Fannie and Freddie
    131. Continuing a Bush botch in the Nisoor Square massacre case
    132. Jonathan Gruber, a major defender of Obamacare was also a paid consultant for it
    133. A Geithner related cover up of the AIG at par payments on swaps
    134. Adoption of stealth signing statements
    135. al Bihani, more bad legal reasoning in another Guantanamo habeas case
    136. Cutting Medicare and Social Security by deficit commission proposed
    137. A 3 year non-freeze budget freeze proposed
    138. NASA flights privatized
    139. OPR report on Yoo and Bybee watered down and its relation to the Padilla case
    140. Government targeting of US citizens for assassination
    141. Abuse of informants by ICE agents
    142. Obama leaves Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board empty
    143. Obama backs firing of teachers in Rhode Island
    144. Irish human rights advocate Edward Horgan has US visa pulled
    145. Threatened veto of 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act over Congressional notifications
    146. Obama Administration intimidation of whistleblowing site: wikileaks
    147. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to ignore science on endangered species
    148. Senate vacation more important than jobless benefits
    149. Government seeks to compel turnover of emails without a warrant
    150. Obama goes after an NSA whistleblower: the Thomas Drake case
    151. Obama goes after a CIA whistleblower: the James Risen case
    152. Weakening Miranda rights in national security cases
    153. Advocating the privatizing of public housing
    154. Another step in making Bagram the new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case, the appeals court edition
    155. Massey mining disaster, 29 die because of corporate greed and poor regulation
    156. Obama proposal for a line item veto
    157. A military commander allowed to use military forces for intelligence operations without Presidential approval
    158. Political pandering in sending 1200 National Guardsmen to the Southwest border
    159. A sad record on resisting Guantanamo habeas petitions
    160. Israel attacks an aid convoy for Gaza; Obama punts
    161. A further erosion of Miranda: Berghius v. Thompkins
    162. Naming James Clapper, a Bush appointee, to be the next DNI
    163. DOJ seeks to protect Vatican in sex abuse scandal
    164. Yahya Wehelie, an American exiled without charge
    165. Failure to replace National Labor Relations Board members means hundreds of decisions must be reviewed
    166. SCOTUS opts for overly broad definition of material support to terrorist groups
    167. Speaker Pelosi backstabs Social Security
    168. Complaints by government scientists of political interference at Bush era levels
    169. Flip flop on free trade agreement with Colombia
    170. SEC declares major victory but lets Goldman off easy
    171. Private contracting of intelligence continues under Obama
    172. Two Guantanamo prisoners to be deported back to Algeria against their will
    173. The Shirley Sherrod affair: trumped up charges of racism and a bungled response 174. Whitewash report on Bush era US Attorney firings
    175. Despite its record, Blackwater still gets big US government contracts
    176. Wikileaks releases government files showing Pakistan involvement with Taliban and admission that things are going poorly in Afghanistan
    177. Obama seeks to get access to everyone’s web histories without a court order
    178. Teacher funding sacrificed to keep Education Secretary Arne Duncan happy
    179. State’s top Iran hand resigns over Obama’s Iran policy
    180. Citizens United: validation of unlimited corporate political funding
    181. Push to expand US arms sales around the world
    182. Project Vigilant, Infragard and “volunteer” corporate spying for the government
    183. Obama’s approval hits Bush levels in Arab world
    184. Effort to pre-empt state environmental lawsuits involving green house gases
    185. Justice’s Anti-trust division asleep at the wheel
    186. Kagan’s recusals render her even more ineffective on the Supreme Court
    187. Poverty level highest since 1994
    188. Courts run interference for corporate violators of international law
    189. Warren named to set up but not to run Consumer Financial Protection Board
    190. Chief economic adviser Larry Summers leaves; Obama looks for someone even more pro-business to replace him
    191. DOJ IG report goes soft on Bush era surveillance against peace groups and other activists; meanwhile the Obama Administration conducts raids against similar groups
    192. Move to put backdoors in the internet to facilitate spying and more requirements on banks on international money transfers of any size
    193. HHS Secretary Sebelius delays for at least two years required insurance coverage for contraception
    194. Americans on Medicaid increased to 48.5 million in 2009
    195. Big home lenders suspend foreclosures as their documentation gets challenged in court
    196. HR 3808, a bill passed by Congress, to facilitate the acceptance of false documentation by banks in foreclosure proceedings
    197. ICE raids and deportations increase under Obama
    198. Social Security COLA frozen for second straight year; no action taken
    199. Waivers for military aid to countries with child soldiers
    200. Big and deserved losses in the 2010 elections
    201. 42 million Americans on food stamps at the end of FY 2010
    202. No indictments for those involved in the CIA destruction of the torture tapes
    203. The Bowles-Simpson Cat Food Commission proposals
    204. $3 billion in aid for Israel for a 90 day settlement freeze
    205. No change in Democratic Congressional leadership after 2010 election disaster
    206. Forced proselytizing still prevalent at US Air Force Academy
    207. TSA harassment and violation of the 4th Amendment
    208. More TSA idiocy: full body scans and invasive pat downs
    209. The response to the 2009 coup in Honduras
    210. Use of diplomatic personnel to spy at the UN
    211. Fed proposes rule change to Truth in Lending Act to protect bank fraud
    212. FCC head Genachowski takes an axe to net neutrality
    213. Lieberman and Amazon.com seek to censor wikileaks
    214. Pressuring the Spanish government into dropping torture prosecutions against 6 high level Bush officials
    215. Neoliberal free trade deal with South Korea at a time of high unemployment
    216. Hamfisted banning access to wikileaks by government departments
    217. Massive screwup in printing $100 bills
    218. Extending tax cuts for the rich in a poor compromise on jobless benefits
    219. Dancing boys of Afghanistan paid for by US contractor Dyncorp
    220. EPA backtracks on smog standards
    221. Former OMB director Peter Orszag goes to Citigroup
    222. Obama breaks the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to supply Israel with nuclear fuel
    223. DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants done in by Senate Democrats
    224. DOJ drops investigations of corrupt members of Congress
    225. The FBI’s Guardian database, another useless, intrusive surveillance program
    226. Pentagon weakens rules on contractor conflicts of interest
    227. Investigation by state Attorney Generals into foreclosuregate: no criminal charges
    228. Obama names Mr. NAFTA Bill Daley as his new Chief of Staff
    229. Obama names neoliberal free trader Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers
    230. Executive Order to make regulations more business-friendly
    231. Gulet Mohamed: Detention and torture of US citizens by proxy
    232. Nelson v. NASA: government can demand intrusive, unnecessary information about its employees
    233. Choice of GE’s outsourcing CEO Jeffrey Immelt as Obama’s Jobs Czar
    234. Failure to weaken or eliminate the filibuster
    235. Corporate targeting of Wikileaks and liberal organizations
    236. Reaction to the popular revolution in Egypt
    237. HHS Secretary Sebelius helps states cut Medicaid rolls and funding
    238. Petraeus accuses parents not US attacks for burns to children in Afghanistan
    239. US general in Afghanistan sets up illegal propaganda program targeting Americans
    240. Obama plans to devastate small block grants program for the poor
    241. Silence on the Wisconsin labor protests
    242. Former Senator Christopher Dodd quickly becomes lobbyist after promising not to
    243. Obama reinstitutes sham review tribunals at Guantanamo
    244. DOJ colludes with Bush era official Scott Bloch to keep him out of jail
    245. The treatment of Bradley Manning
    246. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley forced to resign over Manning comments
    247. Massive conflicts of interest in David Stevens at HUD and soon to be head of main lobbying group for the mortgage industry
    248. Mild reaction to bloody anti-democratic repression in Bahrain and Yemen
    249. Torture psychologist appointed to White House task force
    250. FBI program which allows them to investigate anyone doesn’t work (surprise)
    251. In his Libya war, Obama has completed the unconstitutional process of Presidents’ usurpation of Congress’ power to make war
    252. Obama accepts award for transparency in secret
    253. Democrats create PACs to receive unlimited contributions from anonymous donors 254. 2011 government shutdown threat as Shock Doctrine
    254. The 2011 “great” biprtisan budget deal
    255. The OCC deal to cover for banks in foreclosuregate
    256. Reshuffling neocons at DOD and the CIA
    257. Leak of Detainee Assessments shines light on the weakness of cases against many Guantanamo inmates
    258. Geithner shields foreign exchange derivatives from Dodd-Frank regulation
    259. Crazy new application for some US passports
    260. DOJ wants SCOTUS to allow for GPS tracking without a warrant
    261. An industry stacked panel to study fracking
    262. SCOTUS attacks small claim class actions
    263. SCOTUS okays fraud in financial presentations
    264. SCOTUS attacks large class actions and Title VII
    265. DOJ’s non-investigation of torture produces few results
    266. Department of State threatens participants of Gaza flotilla with terrorism charges
    267. Detainees now held on ships to avoid judicial scrutiny
    268. CIA operating a black site prison in Somalia
    269. SCOTUS and DC Appeals Court torpedoing detainee habeas petitions
    270. SCOTUS greatly expands warrantless searches; Obama DOJ approves
    271. Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the 2011 spike in gasoline prices
    272. Christine Varney, head of DOJ Anti-Trust Division, goes to law firm that had case before her
    273. Senseless 2011 debt ceiling crisis, budget cutting, and attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
    274. TSA closes US airspace to Mexican human rights activist
    275. DHS guts its unit monitoring right wing terrorism in US
    276. “Recovery” benefited corporations, not workers
    277. Harassment of a government scientist Charles Monett because his work clashes with drilling in the Arctic
    278. African Americans and Hispanic wealth took hardest hit from financial crises
    279. Cass Sunstein sitting on labor rules to protect child workers
    280. Oil leasing in Gulf resumes
    281. Administration pressures NY AG Schneiderman to go along with bogus mortgage settlement
    282. DOJ dumps responsibility for its bungled gun running sting on handy US Attorney
    283. US ranks 41st in the world in infant mortality
    284. White House engages in selective prosecution of Dan Choi over DADT protest
    285. COBRA extension ditched
    286. Obama spikes EPA ozone limits
    287. 2011 Obama fictional jobs plan
    288. Contractors cost twice as much as unionized federal workers doing the same work
    289. New EPA greenhouse gas limits also being drawn out
    290. CFTC proposes ineffectual limits on commodity speculation
    291. State Department targets career officer Peter Van Buren for writing critical book
    292. Secret Law and the OLC legal justification for killing a US citizen abroad
    293. US incomes fall more after recession than during it
    294. Another Afghanistan fail: torture rampant in Afghan prisons
    295. Bank of America dumps derivative exposure on to the FDIC with Fed approval
    296. New rule to legitimize government lying in response to FOIA requests
    297. Cronyism and the Keystone XL pipeline
    298. Despite pledge, Obama still taking money from lobbyists
    299. Secure Communities and deportation as a business
    300. The Occupy movement and the attacks upon it
    301. DOJ prosecuting financial fraud at the lowest rate in 20 years
    302. US stops funding of UNESCO
    303. 42% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck
    304. The Post Office facing cuts because of unnecessary prefunding mandates

  35. pantomancer says:

    304 reasons to boot Obama and elect Hillary.

  36. alindasue says:

    hansgruber,

    Next time, please, do what muckibr did and narrow the list down to your favorite couple dozen. That with a link to the rest would be more than sufficient to make your point. Thanks.

    By the way, if #297 were true, the pipeline building would already be in progress. I think it is good that he is taking the time to analyze the issue – especially given that reported permanent jobs the pipeline will “create ” vary from 20,000 to “possibly a few hundred”, depending on which Keystone exec you ask.

  37. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Alindasue- think you missed the cronyism.

    BHO says no to pipeline, so oil must move by rail. Who owns the rails? His far left rich buddy Buffet.

    How many jobs is not that important. It is private money.

  38. Governor Romney was a moderate.
    Candidate Romney has flip-flopped into a self-deluded conservacon.

    Obama, and Hillary, had what it takes to grow into the office of POTUS something that McCain, Palin, and all the current GOP clowns lack.

    Muckibr – not only is the President succeeding he is doing so in spite of everything the rpots and conservacons have done to prevent it.

  39. BlaineCGarver says:

    Whew, this is going to be one dirty-azzed election season. I don’t care if Obama personally doubles my 4.01K, I wouldn’t vote for that worthless Commie for any reason whatsoever. The only way GOP president can exceet Obama’s budget is if they don’t ax that idiot Health Care System he forced down our throats.

  40. volvo1999 says:

    the gop candidates have more qualifications to govern than the piece of crap Obama

  41. Too bad for you anti-Obama folks, but unless you get a different candidate than the four (if I may borrow terminology from volvo1999) “pieces of crap” you currently have to choose from, President Obama will be re-elected with a bigger landslide than the 1964 landslide LBJ won of Goldwater.

  42. concernedtacoma7 says:

    While polls this far out do not mean very much, BHO is not looking very good today!

    This race will be close, but every new piece of terrible policy that BHO makes gives the repubs a few more votes. All those college kids will stay home this year. Moderates will stay home or vote repub.

  43. President Obama is “not looking very good today”?

    His Favorables are up to 53% against Romney’s 43% and Santorum’s 42%.

    Actually, President Obama’s polls are really very good and still moving upward, while both Romney and Santorum are trending downward.

    You know concerned…, I am saving all these predictions of yours that claim the president will lose, just so I can repost them here on these TNT blogs, over and over again, after Obama wins! Just something for you to look forward to.

  44. “A Rasmussen tracking poll showed Obama leading Romney 45% to 43% and ahead of Santorum, 47% to 42%. A Politico/GWU/Battleground poll showed Obama leading Romney 53% to 43% and leading Santorum 53% to 42%.”

  45. The biggest things I am NOT looking forward to are the unending political campaign advertisements to come to television. Ugh! I already received two Robo calls from Newt. Between the political advertisements and that lousy credit card scammer my in box should be jammed pack.

    But, I will admit, right now it’s fun to watch the GOP self destruct. Pope Rick I will never have my vote!

  46. George Washington University/Politico Battleground Poll (2/19-22):
    Obama 49%, Republican 44%
    Obama 52%, Romney 43%
    Obama 53%, Santorum 43%

    AP-GfK Poll (2/16-20):
    Obama 52, Santorum 43%
    Obama 51, Romney 43%

    Quinnipiac University Poll (2/14-20):
    Obama 47%, Santorum 44%
    Obama 46%, Romney 44%

    CNN (2/10-13):
    Obama 52%, Santorum 45%
    Obama 51%, Romney 46%

    CBS News/New York Times (2/8-13):
    Obama 49%, Santorum 41%
    Obama 48%, Romney 42%

  47. Is Rick Santorum splitting away and starting a third political party- The Anti-Snob Anti Lefty College Anti-Educated Elite Party. Colleges are the bastion of left wing thinking! I wonder where all those corporate heads and hedge fund managers were educated?

    Beware the Educational Tax Credit and the deduction for student loan interest are in peril unless it passes the Santorum conservative test!

    Yep, Ricky boy, bring on some more really cool ideas to send us back to the 1700’s. So far you’re helping Obama win the election or you’re a Romney stooge!

  48. Pew Research (2/8-12):
    Obama 53%, Santorum 43%
    Obama 52%, Romney 44%

    Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind (2/6-12):
    Obama 48%, Santorum 39%
    Obama 45%, Romney 41%

    Fox News (2/6-9):
    Obama 50%, Santorum 38%
    Obama 47%, Romney 42%

  49. concernedtacoma7 says:

    What were you quoting muck?

    “For the first time since late December 2011, Mitt Romney leads the president in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. Romney earns 45% of the vote, while the president attracts support from 43%. Romney holds a nine-point advantage among unaffiliated voters.”

    Approval rating is also tanking. He is playing the race card himself and it is not working. End of the day we are worse off today then 3 years ago. Even those who do not follow politics have stopped listening to him blame everyone else.
    It is time for a businessman. It is time to crop the ‘fair’ crap and start hearing politicians talk about America’s strength and the success of all the citizens. Big govt has failed, and the worst part is it fails those at the bottom the most.

  50. Real Clear Politics average of Gallup, Rasmussen, Politico, AP, Quinnipiac, Democracy Corps, and the CNN polls shows Obama beating

    Romney by 4.8%,

    Santorum by 5.8%

    Paul by 7.1%

    Gingrich by 13.1%

  51. writnstuff says:

    Hey Karin, great letter! Thanks for writing.

  52. concerned…, when you don’t provide links for your stats and quotes, then you don’t have a right to ask anyone else to. You start providing proof for your stuff, then maybe I’ll tell ya.

  53. concernedtacoma7 says:

    http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2011/09/27/how-junk-mail-is-helping-to-prop-up-the-postal-service/

    Over 50% is junk. If you have a mailbox you knew that.

    What a waste. Postal workers like it and the environmentalists don’t. A fun left-on-left battle.

    Ironically we (maybe not you, but taxpayers) are subsidizing big business (marketing companies) and left is all for it. Hypocrites.

  54. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Now muck, please answer my question and admit BHO has a higher rate of scandal (per your source!!).

    No blaming please.

    BHO is trending down. Every week he loses a block of voters. This week it is veterans (proposal to jack up tricare costs).

  55. Over 50% is junk. If you have a mailbox you knew that.

    And yet….businesses continue to spend money on it….I guess they don’t know what you do.

  56. BHO is trending down. Every week he loses a block of voters. This week it is veterans (proposal to jack up tricare costs).

    Evidence?

  57. CT7 – ironically the Postal Service receives TO federal funds, a fact you would know if you did some proper research. So it is the big business, political and junk mailers who are supporting the Postal Service.

  58. I feel that the GOP contenders have all been slinging so much mud at each that the Public can no longer see what that party represents.Obama will win regardless of who his opponent will be!His opponents have been degrading each other so much, the Public will not be able to see who the clean candidate is.

  59. concerned…, of the 304 alleged Obama scandals you cite, and your pal hans wallpapered this blog with, the one I have the most issue with is number 15. President Obama’s apparent decision of his “Refusal to investigate and prosecute Bush era criminality”. You should be very happy about that one!

    “Bush era criminality” really should be investigated, and the resulting criminals prosecuted and jailed, including Bush and Cheney. I am not happy that President Obama decided NOT to do that.

    Most of the rest of the 304 items on the very suspicious list you cited are hardly scandals in the same class, or at the same level as any of the 45 (I selected out of 400) that I posted in my much shorter comment.

    BTW, your list is NOT per my source. I went to my source and there is no such list of Obama scandals. Your source could very well be a fraud. Here is my original link:

    http://www.netrootsmass.net/category/hughs-bush-scandals-list/

    (Your list comes from a link that starts with obamascandalslist.blogspot which is nothing even close to netrootsmass is it? No, it is obviously not the same.)

    Go to my link and see if you can find the Obama List of Scandals you posted. It’s NOT there. Although your list says it was posted by “Hugh” that does not mean that it is the same Hugh who posted the Bush Scandals List. It is entirely possible that your list is a complete and total fraud, by someone pretending to be Hugh. It would not surprise me that some unethical anti-Obama conservative would do such a thing.

  60. volvo1999 says:

    So muckibr, you would agree Obama had no qualifications to be president, it was all smoke a mirrors

  61. concernedtacoma7 says:

    It is the same Hugh. Do your own research.

    bb- read the news sometimes. Something other than huff post. BHO proposes we raises tricare fees up to 300+% percent in some cases. You are the professor, I am sure you can find it!

  62. No volvo1999, I would NOT agree with you on that. No smoke. No mirrors. Just fact!

    And the facts are: Given the candidates we had to chose from, Obama vs. McCain, it is obvious that the country as a whole made the correct choice. Barack Obama was obviously the MOST QUALIFIED of the two to become President of the United States of America. And, he will be re-elected for another four years.

    The only point I was aware of making on this blog is that the current group of 4 Republican candidates don’t have the qualifications all combined that President Obama has all by himself to be president.

  63. volvo1999 says:

    Dear muckibr, please provide Obama’s qualifications to become president, other than the obvious.

  64. I highly recommend to ALL other legitimate posters on these blogs to completely ignore ImLarry, Cardinous and Anothermoniker who is the same person formerly known as ManuelMartini. It is totally pointless to engage in discussion with a person whose ONLY purpose here is to antagonize others.

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/02/22/afghan-culture-is-just-too-different/#comment-205985#storylink=cpy

  65. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Its a popularity contest, not a job interview. McCain was old and boring. Obama was considered ‘cool’.

    McCain- war hero, known to be bi-partisan.
    Obama- no show state and federal Senator. Hung out with radicals. Never published one scholarly work (but I thought he was so smart!! ha). Chicago politics.

  66. Sounds like someone is a sore loser.

  67. volvo1999 says:

    Still waiting for Obama’s qualifications to be president? Anybody want to tackle that?

  68. volvo… If you are currently unaware of PRESIDENT Obama’s qualifications to be PRESIDENT of The United States of America, then you really should NOT be allowed to vote.

  69. volvo1999 says:

    Dear muckibr, I want to hear it from you. Get it, I say he had none other than the obvious. Step up and be a man….

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