Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Response to a Good Friend on Facebook

This a question I received from my friend Jeff on Facebook today.

"Hey Richard, Why is it you get to rant and rave about the republiican party but if anyone says anything against Obama and his staff you go off the deep in???????? Why is all his records still sealed?"

Where do I start?  How about the first day of the Obama presidency.  On the inauguration day of the Obama presidency the Congressional leaders of the Republican Party, including Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and about 20 others had a meeting to agree on methods and processes to sabotage the Obama Presidency.  McConnell said afterwards that their number one priority was the defeat of Obama.  That month we lost over 700,000 jobs and the economy was on the verge of collapse.  So they didn't have a meeting to try to see how they could save the economy.  They had a meeting to see how they could screw up the Government even more to make Obama look bad so they could defeat him in 2012.  That was almost 4 years ago.  Since then the Republicans have done absolutely nothing in congress other to obstruct whatever has been proposed by Obama.  As a matter of fact we lost our AAA credit rating because the Republicans were essentially holding the Government hostage by refusing to raise the debt limit, which had been raised by every Congress for 50 years.  Under Bush it was raise 19 times for a total of over $4Trillion.  On top of that Bush never ever included the two wars in his budget.  In my opinion what the Republicans have done to sabotage the Government during this presidency borders on treason.  In the Senate the filibuster by Republicans has become the rule, not the exception as it has been in the past.  In 2009 and 2010 cloture, which is the process to end a filibuster. was invoked 63 times which is more than was invoked from 1919 to 1982.

The point of all this is that no other president in history has been faced with the massive mess created by his predecessor and been expected to clean it up instantly.  Now look at what he has done in spite of the obstructionism of the Republicans.  (1) He has passed a health care program that prevents insurance companies from refusing to insure people for preexisting conditions and doesn't allow them to kick someone off because they exceeded some predetermined limits. It keeps children on their parents policy until 26 and it provides for preventative care to all.  You may be all set with the VA but there are millions in this country who need this. (2) He essentially saved the economy from total collapse through the bank bailout program.  You might think that was bad but if all those banks had gone belly up through lack of cash reserves it would have set a domino effect in motion that would put the world into an economic tailspin.  No one know what the consequences would have been because luckily it didn't happen because it was stopped through massive influx of cash to prop up those banks.  Banks that had brought on this disaster through uncontrolled speculation and selling and buying of equities that had no basis in value.  (3) He saved the auto industry which was on the total verge of bankruptcy.  No banks or other entities were willing to invest any money in them.  Had the Government not come in and provide the cash resources in return for commitments from both management and labor we would have had another couple of million jobs lost, not to mention the loss of America's premier industry.  (4) He has brought respect back to the United States from other world leaders and he has shown that he has the guts to make hard and risky decisions in order to protect us.  You might think that he had nothing to do with the elimination of Bin Laden, but had he not gave the order to send the Seals in Bin Laden might still be out there.  Had he chickened out and gone with a drone strike, we would have never know if he was really dead.

Well I could go on and on but it would make no difference.  I know where you stand on this by the last part of your question.  Why won't he release his records?  If this is the most important thing about your dislike of Obama then there is not much hope.  Unless you adhere to some weird conspiracy theory that the real Obama was murdered and some Manchurian candidate was put in his place to take over the Presidency, what the fuck difference does it make. These rumors that Fox News put out about no one ever remembered Obama at Columbia are bullshit also. already debunked that back in 2010 with the following:

Although Barack Obama may not have been particularly social or memorable during his years at Columbia, it isn't true that "no one ever came forward from Obama's past saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc." Those who have attested to having daily personal experience with him during his time at that school include: 

  • Friend and roommate Sohale Siddiqi, whom the Associated Press located and interviewed in May 2008.

  • Roommate Phil Boerner, who provided his recollections of sharing a New York City apartment with classmate Barack Obama to the Columbia College Today alumni publication and the New York Times in early 2009.

  • Michael L. Baron, who taught the year-long honors seminar in American Foreign Policy that Barack Obama took during his senior year at Columbia and recalled in an NBC interview Obama's "easily acing" the class and receiving an A for his senior paper on the topic of nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.
Likewise, other external evidence documents Barack Obama's presence at Columbia from 1981-83, including: 
  • An article by Barack Obama published in the 10 March 1983 edition of Columbia's Sundial school magazine.

  • A January 2005 Columbia College Today profile of Barack Obama as a Columbia alumnus.

  • A Columbia College press release from November 2008 identifying him as "the first College alumnus to be elected President of the United States."


For that matter how did G W Bush ever get into Harvard Business School with a 2.35GPA from Yale.

Anyway enough of this.

Goodnight All

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