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  •  Hope Has Never Fed A Hungry Child (3+ / 0-)
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    Nor has it ever made a mortgage payment, or created a job...

    THIS WAS A WAKEUP CALL, FOLKS...

    Is anybody going to answer the phone??

    •  Whine much? But psychic numbing (0+ / 0-)

      continues to be rife in America, and in some who post here.

      Consider this:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      Today, in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama called for a new era of global engagement based on "mutual interests and mutual respect," listing four pillars for a safer world: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people. The president's emphasis on non-proliferation and disarmament is a continuation of his efforts to restore American leadership on one of the most pressing challenges we face as a country and world.

      The risk from nuclear weapons remains one of the greatest threats to American and international security and due to the nature of the threat, it is only through international agreements and engagement with the international community that the threat can be addressed. And because of America's unique position in the world, especially regarding nuclear weapons, we hold a special responsibility in leading the efforts to reduce and eliminate them. In his first major address on nonproliferation in Prague, President Obama recognized that American leadership is essential to spur this international effort

      Then think about our former President and his leadership.  Though we may want and demand more, there has been a sea change in US leadership in important areas. Just sayin' ...

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      by divineorder on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 09:52:25 AM PST

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      •  Can Hungry Children Eat Speeches? (2+ / 0-)
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        If your UNEMPLOYED and your kids are looking at you for food, you really just don't giva a damn about the former president, you are looking to the CURRENT one to do something about it.

        Give up the hate and start THINKING, will ya??

          •  Here is mine: (1+ / 0-)
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            Two solutions:  first, instead of endless bailouts and tax breaks create wage subsidies.  For example tax the corps higher by a modest amount to take, say a Wal-Mart employee, who makes 8 $ an hour, and give them a subsidy of $ two to $ four dollars per hour on the following conditions, one the employee must be taking career training or college classes, (we will pay for that), and two, must pursue promotions when available above and beyond current wages.  Secondly I would amend the minimum wage to reflect cost of living nationwide.  I also have many more ideas, and would be glad to share them with you.  The wage subsidy plan would cost about $250 billion dollars per year, but would largely supplant the need for public assistance.

        •  Go ahead, keep trying to change the subject. (0+ / 0-)

          Obviously you are focused on a single issue today, and it has you upset, like it does many of us.

          However, try not to ignore something so important as the President's leadership in the four areas he gave in the speech, or change the subject. That's what the neocons do :

          In stark contrast, neoconservatives and conservatives in Congress have attempted to derail efforts at international engagement. Sen. Jon Kyl and neocon Richard Perle wrote an op-ed this summer, during President Obama's meeting with President Medvedev, where they said, "There is a fashionable notion that if only we and the Russians reduced our nuclear forces, other nations would reduce their existing arsenals or abandon plans to acquire nuclear weapons altogether."

          Try finding food and jobs for people after another Hiroshima or Nagasaki, or an accident in our stockpile ....

          Single Payer is the Moral Option. Educate for single payer today.... Visit Physicians for A National Health Plan www pnhp com

          by divineorder on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 10:22:02 AM PST

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      •  Speeches are just speeches (1+ / 0-)
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        buckhorn okie

        Clinton was one of the great speakers of my time.  He could make shivers run up an down my spine.

        So fuckin what?  Now he is sitting on a dais side by side with W giving paid speeches in Canada.

        We dearly need CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.  All this will never be resolved until we take the baksheesh out of the equation.

    •  No but food stamps do (0+ / 0-)

      And the stimulus increased them, as well as unemployment benefits, to part-timers as well and created or saved almost a million jobs. It is hard to accept, but he has done what he could with what he got handed. Another stimulus is needed, targeting hard hit areas with WPA-like projects. Don't think that is possible but we should push it.

    •  No one is saying hope is sufficient (0+ / 0-)

      but without it we are lost.  Do you think I've been sitting on my ass all this time looking for a savior?  No!  I work at solutions, contribute as best I can, support those who are striving for the same and try to keep the whining to a minimum.

      I know you've seen me - I'm one of those pushing the freakin' boulder up the hill.

      "Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." -- Agnes Sligh Turnball

      by EyeStreetMom on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 12:43:04 PM PST

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