Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign's October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.
Warren Buffett, Obama donor and namesake of the infamous "Buffett Rule," invested $5 billion in Bank of America last year in an effort to help the ailing financial institution. Last month, two weeks after OFA took out the loan, Bank of America announced a plan that would lay off 16,000 workers by the end of the year.
Obama has a complicated relationship with Bank of America. The bank contributed $20 million toward the cost of the Democrat National Convention earlier this year. Bank of America stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers, was supposed to host Obama's acceptance speech. At the last moment, the campaign switched to a significantly smaller venue. The campaign claimed that an impending storm would not allow the President to deliver his address. Many questioned whether move was made because the campaign was having trouble filling such a large stadium. Being an urban type chap, wide open spaces, even a large stadium, must make O uncomfortable.
It is unclear why the first $1 billion campaign needed an extra $15 million for the final two months of the campaign. Massive transfusion to save a hemorrhaging patient? Obama, the DNC and OFA together raised well over a billion dollars, and they're broke. I'd suggest the vendors demand cash...
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Wonder if Treasury has shut off the tracker of funds outgoing just as the O Campaign shut off the cc tracker for incoming?
This week, MSNBC star Chris Matthews made the following statement, clearly speaking out of frustration as he watched President Obama wilt under the scrutiny of the second presidential debates where he was challenged repeatedly by Republican Mitt Romney.
I dont think he understands the Constitution of the United States Hes the president of the United States. You dont say, youll get your chance.
Chris Matthews was angry with Romney challenging the president on his record during the course of an election to unseat him.
Matthews should be angry about the presidents poor performance not with Romneys tenaciousness in seeking the truth.
Keep these guys making stupid statements like that and broadcasting them. It is revealing of the whole O campaign and his water carriers. That is part of their playbook. And, even for rational people, it can be a source of innocent merriment.
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So it is unconstitutional for Romney to practice freedom of speech. Also apparently the constitution makes the president beyond question or criticism.
Champ's Joe, not Rantburg's Joe, though our Joe is both more entertaining and better spoken...
Down-home and laid-back, Joe Biden has been traveling the country saying what few politicians could about their opponents, for better or worse. Mitt Romney is "etch-a-sketchy," the vice president said this week.
Last month, he told a Hispanic audience: "Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his." Funny, Joe. Did you boss ever show his papers?
Biden has a long history of edgy verbal blurts -- in 2007, he described then-Sen. Barack Obama as "articulate" and "clean," a comment he later said he regretted. But in the week since his blustery debate with GOP vice-presidential nominee Ryan, Biden seems to have found a slightly different niche -- a more deliberate delivery of his sometimes-outrageous utterances. He offers these with a smile, relishing the stage, often punctuated by a "Whoa!" After 30 years in D.C., he should be well trained in theatrics.
Campaign officials have decided to let Joe be Joe. "He has an ability to connect and communicate in a clear and effective way," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in recent interview. "He, like the president, embodies an American success story." Yes, middle-class guy goes to law school, enters politics and rises to high office. What's more American than that?
Republicans say Biden has repeatedly crossed the line of decorum, and political analysts wonder whether he's gone so far as to become unpresidential.
"Today's over-the-top rhetoric by Vice President Biden is disappointing, but not all that surprising," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said after Biden's "bullets" remark this week. "In the absence of a vision or plan to move the country forward, the vice president is left only with ugly political attacks beneath the dignity of the office he occupies."
William A. Galston, an aide to President Bill Clinton who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said he's "never seen a less presidential demeanor from a national candidate." Biden has twice run for president and has not ruled out a third attempt in 2016. When O could be his Veep.
Polls show both sides of the coin. More than three in four Democrats view Biden favorably, but among all registered voters, the vice president is much less popular than he was as a running mate in 2008. In a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey early this month, Biden was viewed favorably by 39 percent of voters and unfavorably by 51 percent. In fall 2008, more than half of voters had favorable views of him. That'd be those who voted for the Lightbringer and his Archangel.
"Joe Biden is Joe Biden, and he was elected to the Senate before the age of 30 and has been absolutely the same from the beginning of his political career to the end, if this election is the end," Galston said.
Joe Biden is Joe Biden, and he was elected to the Senate before the age of 30 and has been absolutely the same from the beginning of his political career to the end, if this election is the end, Galston said.
I find Joe to be a delightful person to listen to, and expect he would be the life of a dinner party, would work with him in a heart beat on the PTO and expect he holds his beer well. Qualified to represent 500K people, sure, good guy. Would have made a hell of a good US Representative from Pa.
Not Senator or VP tho.
Someone being able to hold their beer or fun to be around doesn't make them a leader. I don't want them to represent me, especially in congress or the executive branch of government. Being funny or fun to be around isn't so fun once you see how much money he's spent. He's never had a job. I'll bet he's never read the constitution. We're 17 trillion in debt and another 16 if you believe the federal reserve audit. We can't afford anymore politicians that are fun to be around. Just my opinion, Walt. Semper Fi!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Mitt Romney charged Friday that Democrats have resorted to "silly word games" to try to win the election after President Obama on Friday accused him of "Romnesia" in changing his earlier stances.
At a huge rally here on the beach in Florida amid Biketoberfest, a bike rally that draws tens of thousands of motorcycle owners, Mr. Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, pleaded with Florida to deliver its critical votes on Nov. 6.
'Pleaded'? There's a difference between asking and begging...
It takes a brave man to go toe to toe with the Hell's Angels when they're celebrating. Not that there were necessarily tens of thousands of biker gangs there, but still.
And Mr. Romney continued to make his post-debate case that Mr. Obama has abandoned a positive vision for the country and is instead running on a message of attacking the GOP.
How do you 'abandon' what you never had?
"They've been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games," he said. "Just watch it. The Obama campaign has become the incredible shrinking campaign."
For the last five months the campaign has lurched regularly from deep policy differences to name-calling and back to policy, and right now it appears the name-calling is back in vogue. Indeed, Mr. Obama has delivered a string of catch-phrase attacks this week, beginning in Tuesday's debate when he said Mr. Romney's tax plan is a "sketchy deal."
On Friday, campaigning in northern Virginia, Mr. Obama accused Mr. Romney of altering his positions to win election, and deployed his latest zinger.
"I mean, he's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping -- we've got to name this condition that he's going through. I think it's called 'Romnesia,'" Mr. Obama said. "That's what it's called. I think that's what he's going through."
He does get inordinate pleasure out of his little verbal aggressions. I imagine he was thought quite the card back in the choom gang.
Mr. Romney has done his own mocking, saying on Wednesday that the president is so devoid of an agenda that he's "running on fumes."
On Friday he met up with Mr. Ryan and they campaigned together in front of a crowd the campaign said numbered 8,500. Mr. Romney takes the rest of the weekend off to prepare for Monday night's final debate.
Lee Iacocca, the man credited with saving Chrysler, has thrown his support to Mitt Romney in the Republican's effort to unseat Barack Obama and take the reins of the country after the November election.
Iacocca, a lifelong Democrat who has been a war horse for numerous Democratic candidates in the past and who once turned down an appointment to the US. Senate, announced his decision to back Romney in an Op-Ed in Friday's Detroit News.
He praised Romney and said the country needs a president who can turnaround the economy with more than just words and promises.
"Mitt Romney has successfully led both public and private sector turnarounds," Iacocca wrote. "He is a bright and successful man; he is a good man, a caring man, a man of integrity, family and faith. Importantly, he recognizes we are in a tough situation. With dozens of years of real world experience in the public and private sectors, he knows what he's talking about. His policies will enable a stronger America, one in which all Americans can share. He was groomed and trained for this moment."
Iacocca is now retired and living in California but his support is expected to help Romney in two key states: Michigan, where Iacocca spent most of his career, first at Ford and later at Chrysler, and Pennsylvnia. He was born and raised in Allentown. In 1991 Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey asked Iacocca to take over the Senate seat of H. John Heinz III who had died in office. Iacocca declined the offer.
He rose to national prominence in 1979 when, after taking over the ailing Detroit car manufacturer, he received a bailout from Congress and rebuilt Chrysler. He later co-wrote a best-selling book, "Iacocca, An Autobiography".
In 2000 he backed George W. Bush in 2000, but switched to John Kerry in 2004.
Seven out of the 10 presidential toss-up states have lost jobs since President Obama took office, and the unemployment rate is higher today in six of those states than in January 2009, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What's more, six of those states listed as toss-ups by Real Clear Politics have seen their labor force shrink since January 2009, which masks the true size of their unemployment problem.
The state data underscore the fact that, despite the recent drop in the national unemployment rate to 7.8%, the nation's jobs picture remains bleak, particularly in states that Obama and Mitt Romney are fighting over.
The BLS report notes that in September, 41 states saw unemployment drop compared with August, and 35 states gained payroll jobs.
So in six states, the unemployed retired, moved, or took up keeping house because there were no jobs to be found. A useful datum.
But the data also show that, since Obama took office, fully 32 states have seen a net decline in the number of jobs, and the unemployment rate is still higher in 27 states than it was in January 2009.
In addition, 24 states saw their labor force shrink since Obama took office. That can make the unemployment rate appear lower in those states, since people who've left the labor force don't count as unemployed.
And several swing states have seen significant declines in their labor force under Obama, which means their employment picture is far worse than advertised.
Ohio's official unemployment rate for example, is 7%, down from 8.6% when Obama took office. But that decline was entirely due to 193,362 people dropping out of the labor force under Obama -- either they quit looking or moved to another state. Had that drop not occurred, Ohio's unemployment rate would be a staggering 10%.
Michigan has suffered the same fate. Its official unemployment rate is down to 9.3% from 11.3% when Obama took office. But the state's jobless rate would be 13.8% if the state's labor force hadn't shrunk by almost a quarter million since January 2009.
And the unemployment rate in Iowa -- which officially dropped from 6.1% to 5.2% -- would be 8.4% now were it not for the fact that the state lost 55,955 workers.
Other big labor force losers under Obama were Arizona (down 127,657), New York (down 115,447), Indiana (down 110,205), Missouri (down 107,091), and Wisconsin (down 57,147).
The biggest gainer by far was Texas, which saw its labor force explode by almost 804,000, even as its unemployment rate remained below 7%.
Our local hospital is cutting also. 4-6 million. They have a team come into each hospital that tells them what they must do to keep their doors open. So each hospital knows the score now. The doctors who work in the hospital system believe they will weather this best.
(CBSLA.com) -- Fliers offering $40 worth of free medical-grade marijuana were reportedly passed out in Eagle Rock to try and draw residents to vote in the local election.
Was the free pot an incentive to get a larger turnout? Politics ranked "high" on resident's list of priorities. Nearly 10 times as many voters -- 792 residents -- turned out to the polls during the recent Neighborhood Council elections than last year.
"It's a little weird that people can't come out and vote on their own. I see that as a problem, as a social symptom," Eagle Rock resident Joerael Elliott said.
Many residents told CBS2′s Juan Fernandez they didn't think enticing voters with perks was right.
"You can't pay your way like that, that's not cool," resident Danielle Sargent said.
The $831,000,000,000 economic stimulus that President Obama spearheaded and signed into law requires his administration to release quarterly reports on its effects. But the most transparent administration in the history of our country is now four reports behind schedule and has so far not released any reports whatsoever in 2012. Its most recent quarterly report is for the quarter than ended on June 30, 2011
One wonders how the administration would treat a private citizen who acted like such a scofflaw in response to one of Obamas principal legislative initiatives. It certainly appears that this administration, which is so very fond of regulating Americans lives witness the 13,000 pages of Obamacare regulations it has already penned doesnt hold itself accountable to the same set of rules that its so eager to compel the American people to obey.
See also CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > THE US DEBT CLOCK KEEPS TICKING [n-ticking] RELENTLESSLY.
US Debt = US$16.1Trilyuhn or higher by this EOD Sunday???
* CHINA DAILY FORUM > MASS IMMIGRATION OF BROWNS AND BLACKS HAS TURNED THE US INTO A CRIME WAR ZONE | [Daily Mail.UK] US VIOLENT CRIME INCREASES FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1993, AND IS 18% HIGHER FROM LAST YEAR .
We COULD have it worse. We could be working manufacturing NIKEs in Indonesia...or Apple products in China. That IS why they are there isn't it?
Or you could be a Heroin addict in Iran, that's what the Poppy fields in Afghanustain really mean...and the Processing plants in Pakistan , you think its all local economy?
Money has no more rationale than making more money. They will IF THEY CAN. That's why its always a good idea to own a gun. You keep Politicians and Corporations honest or else they have to hire bodyguards and that eventually gets to be a very much more expensive proposition. Like in Guatemala.
Vote and own a gun.
And always remember :They Will if they Can. You don't have to wonder about that.
And don't believe it just because you saw it on TV. Dan Rather was not your friend and neither is Whoopie Goldberg. NPR sounds nice, but then so does Big Bird. Its easy to be stupid. And its TOO easy to trust.
The Police work for a living, they obey who pays them. Make sure you pay them yourself. If you don't pay them, who does? Nobody works for nuthin'...except the people with no guns.
What if everybody in your business was armed while at work....would the boss call the Police? That IS what your Vote IS,
Be sure and Vote. Be SURE and vote. Only stupid people don't Vote.
And always remember: You deserve Exactly what you get. And if you don't Vote you deserve what happens to you.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.