September 30, 2014

President Obama addresses Border Crisis (Video and transcript)

Video and Transcript of President Obama’s press conference today in Texas.

Dallas— President Barack Obama said Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S.

Obama spoke in Dallas after what he called a “good” meeting Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry and other officials about the unaccompanied minors entering the country by the thousands.

“This is not a short-term problem,” the president told reporters. “This is a long-term problem.”

Obama said Perry raised four areas of concern and made suggestions. “There’s nothing the governor indicated he would like to say that I have a philosophical objection to,” the president said.

He said if Congress passes his emergency funding request, the government will have to resources to take some of the steps Perry recommended. Obama said the problem is fixable if lawmakers are interested in solving it.
He said if the preference is for politics, it won’t be solved.

“If the Texas delegation is prepared to move, this problem can be solved next week,” the president said.

ABC News has learned that Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) will announce joint legislation as soon as Thursday that would seek to reverse a 2008 law at the heard of this humanitarian crisis.
“Our offices are exploring a bipartisan solution to address the humanitarian crisis on the border,” said Megan Mitchell, a spokesman for Cornyn.

The president also said more boots on the ground along the border are possible. “We’re happy to consider how we could deploy National Guard down there, but that’s a temporary solution,” he said.
A reporter asked why the president was not traveling to the border to get a first-hand look at the crisis.

“This isn’t theater; this is a problem,” the president said. “I’m not interested in photo-ops; I’m interested in solving a problem.”
Obama said one aspect of the solution is to ensure that the children of Central America can feel secure in their own countries.

In the meantime, the president praised North Texas leaders who are working to provide shelter to hundreds of juvenile immigrants.
“Dallas has been incredibly compassionate about looking at sites to accommodate these children,” Obama said.

Perry was waiting on the tarmac as the president arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ahead of schedule, at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, for a two-day Texas fundraising visit.
Obama smiled as he greeted the Texas governor; the camera angle did not reveal Perry’s expression. The two men then walked to a Marine helicopter for a brief jaunt to Dallas Love Field Airport. Pool reporters were too far away to hear what they were saying to one another.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the 15-minute flight constitutes Perry’s much discussed one-on-one time with the president.
In addition to his meeting with Perry, Obama had a closed-door meeting in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis with faith leaders and other Texas officials. That meeting was included the governor; Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas); Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen; Chris Liebrum of the Baptist General Convention; Arne Nelson of Catholic Charities; Texas Health and Human Services Director Kyle Janek; and Texas Public Safety Director Steven McCraw.

Obama’s trip comes one day after he asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to get more resources to the border.

Obama’s decision to skip a border visit is likely to provide more fodder for the Republicans and the handful of Democrats who say the president hasn’t responded quickly and forcefully enough to the mounting crisis.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, raised the prospect that Obama’s failure to take a firsthand look at the border crisis could be akin to former President George W. Bush viewing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina from the air instead of on the ground.

“I’m sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after a long time,” Cuellar said on Fox News. “So I hope this doesn’t become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn’t need to come to the border. He should come down.”

Perry, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, has been scathing in his criticism of Obama, saying the White House has failed to respond to his repeated warnings about a flood of minors at the border.

“I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from,” Perry said Sunday.
Even immigrant advocates, who say Obama’s response has been too focused on enhancing enforcement and deportation, said he would benefit from witnessing the influx first hand.

“It would have been nice for him to see and speak to some of these children and some of these mothers with children who’ve come — to find out first hand why they’re coming,” Michelle Brane, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said Wednesday. “I think that would make a difference in how he sees this problem.”

The White House provided this transcript of President Obama’s remarks in Dallas on July 9, 2014:

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just had a good meeting with Governor Perry, local officials, and faith leaders to talk about the steps that we have taken and that we need to take to address the humanitarian situation on the border. And I want to thank everybody who’s been involved for taking the time to talk to me.

It’s important to recognize two things. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and adults with children, are arriving at one sector of the border, and that’s the Rio Grande Valley. Second, the issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately, while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody.

While we intend to do the right thing by these children, their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay. And I’ve asked parents across Central America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.

Right now, there are more Border Patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 100,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate our response at the border. Members of my Cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there. And we’re also addressing the root of the problem. I sent Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson to meet with Central American leaders, as well as working with our international partners to go after smugglers who are putting their kids’ lives at risk.

And earlier this week, Mexico announced a series of steps that they’re going to take on their southern border to help stem the tide of these unaccompanied children.
Last week, I sent a letter to Congress asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster.

Yesterday, I asked Congress to fund these efforts. About half of the resources would go to border security, enforcement, and expedited removal of people who don’t qualify for a humanitarian claim. About half would go to make sure we’re treating children humanely. We’d also make investments to further tackle the root problems in Central America.

So right now, Congress has the capacity to work with us, work with state officials, local officials, and faith-based groups and non-for-profits who are helping to care for these kids — Congress has the capacity to work with all parties concerned to directly address the situation. They’ve said they want to see a solution. The supplemental offers them the capacity to vote immediately to get it done.

Of course, in the long run, the best way to truly address this problem is for the House of Representatives to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system, which, by the way, would include funding for additional thousands of Border Patrol agents — something that everybody down here that I’ve talked to indicates is a priority.

The Senate passed a common-sense, bipartisan bill more than a year ago. It would have strengthened the border, added an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents. It would have strengthened our backlogged immigration courts. It would have put us in a stronger position to deal with this surge and, in fact, prevent it.

So let me just close by indicating the nature of the conversation that I had with Governor Perry, which I thought was constructive. Governor Perry suggested four specific areas of concern. He was concerned about how many patrol agents were directly at the border. He was concerned that some of the positioning of Border Patrol agents is too far from the border to be effective in deterring folks from coming in as opposed to simply apprehending them. I indicated to him that what he said sounded like it made sense and that, in fact, if we pass the supplemental we would then have the resources to carry out some of the very things that he’s requesting.

On a broader policy level, he indicated concern that right now kids who come to the border from Mexico are immediately deported, but because it’s non-contiguous, folks who are coming from Central America have to go through a much lengthier process. I indicated to him that part of what we’re looking in the supplemental is some flexibility in terms of being able to preserve the due process rights of individuals who come in, but also to make sure that we’re sending a strong signal that they can’t simply show up at the border and automatically assume that they’re going to be absorbed.
He also expressed concerns about how the immigration judicial system works, how the administrative processing works, how long it takes and the fact that oftentimes people appear, are then essentially released with a court date that might be six months out or nine months, and a sizable number, not surprisingly, don’t show up.

I indicated to him that if we had more administrative judges, more administrative capacity, we can shrink those wait times. This administrative practice predates my administration and, in fact, has been going on for quite some time, and a lot of it has to do with the fact that there’s not enough capacity, both in terms of detention facilities, but also in terms of judges, attorneys, space in order to process these things more quickly and expeditiously.

So the bottom line is, actually, that there’s nothing that the Governor indicated he’d like to see that I have a philosophical objection to. I’ve asked Jeh Johnson to contact his head of Health and Human Services when he comes down for the sixth time at the end of this week to coordinate and make sure that some of the suggestions that the Governor has are technically feasible and what kind of resources might be needed. But what I emphasized to the Governor was the problem here is not a major disagreement around the actions that could be helpful in dealing with the problem. The challenge is, is Congress prepared to act to put the resources in place to get this done.

Another way of putting it — and I said this directly to the Governor — is are folks more interested in politics, or are they more interested in solving the problem? If they’re interested in solving the problem, then this can be solved. If the preference is for politics, then it won’t be solved.

And I urged the Governor to talk to the Texas delegation, which is obviously at the heart of the Republican caucus both in the House and has great influence in the caucus in the Senate. If the Texas delegation is in favor of this supplemental — which, by the way, does not include some things that I know many of them object to around dealing with undocumented workers who have been in this country for quite some time — this is just a very narrow issue, this supplemental, in terms of dealing with the particular problem we have right now — if the Texas delegation is prepared to move, this thing can get done next week. And we can have more Border Patrol agents on the border, as the Governor has requested; we can shorten the timetables for processing these children or adults with children, as the Governor thinks is important; we can make sure that some of the public health issues that were raised in the meeting that I just had are addressed so that we’ve got enough folks vaccinating and checking on the health status of these children to make sure that not only are they safe, but also our communities are safe.

The things that the Governor thinks are important to do would be a lot easier to do if we had this supplemental. It gives us the resources to do them. And so, the only question at this point is why wouldn’t the Texas delegation or any of the other Republicans who are concerned about this not want to put this on a fast track and get this on my desk so I can sign it and we can start getting to work?

I suggested to the Governor he has, I suspect, some influence over the Texas delegation, and that might be helpful to call on them to pass this supplemental right away.

The final point I’ll make is I just want to thank some of the faith-based groups that I just met with, as well as mayors, commissioners, local officials. Dallas has been incredibly compassionate in looking at some sights, some facilities in which they can accommodate some of these children. And I indicated in hearing the stories of churches that are prepared to not just make donations but send volunteers to help construct some of these facilities or fix them up, and their willingness to volunteer in providing care and assistance to these children — I told them thank you, because it confirmed what I think we all know, which is the American people are an incredibly compassionate people and when we see a child in need we want to care for them.

But what I think we all agreed on is, is that the best thing that we can do is to make sure that the children are able to live in their own countries safely. And that’s why it’s going to be important, even as we solve the short-term problem here, for us to be able to direct attention and resources and assistance — as we’re doing, but not at a sustained and high enough level — back in Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador and other places, so that parents don’t think that somehow it’s safer for their children to send them thousands of miles just so that they don’t get harmed.

With that, I’ll take a couple of questions. Yes, go ahead.

Q There are increasing calls not just from Republicans, but also from some Democrats for you to visit the border during this trip. Can you explain why you didn’t do that? And do you see any legitimate reason for you to actually do that at some point, or do you think those calls are more about politics than anything else?
THE PRESIDENT: Jeh Johnson has now visited, at my direction, the border five times. He’s going for a sixth this week. He then comes back and reports to me extensively on everything that’s taking place. So there’s nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on.
This isn’t theater. This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo ops; I’m interested in solving a problem. And those who say I should visit the border, when you ask them what should we be doing, they’re giving us suggestions that are embodied in legislation that I’ve already sent to Congress. So it’s not as if they’re making suggestions that we’re not listening to. In fact, the suggestions of those who work at the border, who visited the border, are incorporated in legislation that we’re already prepared to sign the minute it hits my desk.
There’s a very simple question here, and that is Congress just needs to pass the supplemental. There is a larger issue that I recognize involves a lot of politics, which is why aren’t we passing comprehensive immigration reform, which would put an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents and give us a lot of additional authorities to deal with some of these problems. That should have been done a year ago; should have been done two years ago. It’s gotten caught up in politics. And I understand that.
One of the suggestions I had for Governor Perry was that it would be useful for my Republican friends to rediscover the concept of negotiation and compromise. The Governor’s one concern that he mentioned to me was, is that setting aside the supplemental, I should go ahead and authorize having National Guard troops surge at the border right away. And what I told him is we’re happy to consider how we could deploy National Guard down there, but that’s a temporary solution, that’s not a permanent solution. And so why wouldn’t we go ahead and pass the permanent solution, or at least a longer-term solution? And if the Texas delegation said, for us to pass the supplemental we want to include a commitment that you’re going to send some National Guard early, we’d be happy to consider it.
So this should not be hard to at least get the supplemental done. The question is are we more interested in politics, or are we more interested in solving the problem? If we’re interested in solving the problem, then there’s actually some broad consensus around a number of the issues. There may be some controversies and differences between Democrats and Republicans on some of the policy issues, but on a whole bunch of this stuff, there’s some pretty broad consensus. Let’s just get that done. Let’s do the work.

Q Mr. President, did the Governor give any indication that he would ask the Texas delegation to get behind the supplemental? And it sounds like you are concerned that this supplemental will fall victim to partisan politics.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think it’s fair to say that these days in Washington, everybody is always concerned about everything falling victim to partisan politics. If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics. I get that.
On the other hand, this is an issue in which my Republican friends have said it’s urgent and we need to fix it. And if that’s the case, then let’s go ahead and fix it.
As I indicated to Governor Perry — he suggested, well, maybe you just need to go ahead and act, and that might convince Republicans that they should go ahead and pass the supplemental. And I had to remind him I’m getting sued right now by Mr. Boehner, apparently, for going ahead and acting instead of going through Congress. Well, here’s a good test case.
This is something you say is important, as I do. This is an area that you have prioritized, as I have. Don’t wait for me to take executive actions when you have the capacity right now to go ahead and get something done. I will sign that bill tomorrow. We’re going to go ahead and do what we can administratively, but this gives us the tools to do many of the very things that Republicans are seeking.
At the same time, I will just repeat that if we got a comprehensive bill done, it doesn’t just solve this problem for a year; it solves it potentially for 20 years. And I would urge those who so far at least have failed to act on the comprehensive bill to take another look at it.

Q It didn’t sound like he made any promises, though.
THE PRESIDENT: I didn’t get any promises, but it was a constructive conversation. And I just want to emphasize that I think that it was a good exchange of ideas. And he did have some specific suggestions in terms of how we align border agents that I’ve asked Jeh Johnson to take a look at, because I think there may be ways in which we can use the resources that we already have more effectively than we’re currently doing. And I think it is important that we make sure we’ve got a strong federal-state collaboration on the issue.

I’m going to take just two more questions, then I got to go. Go ahead.
Q Mr. President, Governor Perry put out a statement shortly before you spoke, saying that he “pressed” — his verb — for you to secure the border.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Q Does that statement in any way indicate that he’s interested in compromise?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m interested in securing the border. So as I explained, as far as I could tell, the only disagreement I had with Governor Perry was, is that he wanted me to go ahead and do it without Congress having to do anything.
We’ll do what we can administratively. I think the useful question not simply for the Governor, but for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, and the other members of the Texas delegation is why wouldn’t you go ahead and pass a bill to give us additional resources to solve the very problem that you say is urgent?

Jackie.
Q Mr. President, there’s been a number of Republicans who have said that DACA, the deferred action executive order from 2012 that you signed, is to blame, that it was an invitation —
THE PRESIDENT: Right.
Q — that other children are now taking up on. What do you say to that?
THE PRESIDENT: If you look at the pattern of immigration into our country, we are at actually a significantly lower level in terms of overall immigration flow — illegal immigration flow than we were when I took office.
I think that the challenge we have that has really caused a spike is the significant security challenges in these Central American countries themselves and the fact that you’ve got smugglers who are increasingly recognizing that they can make money by transporting these folks, often in very dangerous circumstances, to the border, and taking advantage of the compassion of the American people — recognizing that we’re not going to simply leave abandoned children who are left at our doorstep, but that we’ve got to care for them and provide them some basic safety and security while we determine where we can send them.

But I think one of the most important things that we’re going to have to recognize — this is not going to be a short-term problem. This is a long-term problem. We have countries that are pretty close to us in which the life chances of children are just far, far worse than they are here. And parents who are frightened or are misinformed about what’s possible are willing to take extraordinary risks on behalf of their kids. The more that we can do to help these countries get their acts together, then the less likely we are to have a problem at the borders.

And the fact of the matter is, is that DACA and comprehensive immigration reform generally would allow us to reallocate resources precisely because all the budget of DHS — instead of us chasing after families that may have been living here for five or 10 years and have kids who are U.S. citizens and are law-abiding, save for the fact that they didn’t come here legally — if they have to earn citizenship, paying taxes, learning English, paying a fine, going to the back of the line, but they are no longer a enforcement priority, that suddenly frees up a huge amount of resources to do exactly the kinds of things that many Republicans have been calling for us to do and that we’ve tried to within the resource limitations that we have.

All right? Thank you, everybody. Appreciate it.

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  • Alma98

    Now will the media gonna call out the republicans on immigration reform? I won’t hold my breath, they’re too busy following around Palin and other nutbags.

    • Miranda

      now that PBO shut their asses up about him going to the border for their entertainment, the new talking point is “he looks tired”…they are so damn stupid.

      • Alma98

        I can’t believe Joy Reid was saying it too. smh

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    This isn’t theater. This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo ops; I’m interested in solving a problem. And those who say I should visit the border, when you ask them what should we be doing, they’re giving us suggestions that are embodied in legislation that I’ve already sent to Congress.

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  • Miranda

    Please proceed GOP
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    House conservatives applaud suing Obama

    Conservative Republicans rally behind Rep. John Boehner’s push to sue the President.
    By LAUREN FRENCH | 7/9/14 6:33 PM EDT

    The most conservative Republicans in the House often have a fraught relationship with Speaker John Boehner but they’re rallying behind his push to sue President Barack Obama.

    The lawsuit is escalating tensions between the GOP-controlled House and the Obama administration and some conservative commentators are deriding it as a waste of time. But in interviews with a half-dozen House conservatives, there was nearly universal support for suing Obama for what they see as executive overreach.Continue Reading

    “I think everyone is going to applaud it” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. “It is the right move. I hear people with so much frustration with the president and his unwillingness to enforce the current law.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/house-conservatives-suing-obama-108737.html#ixzz371lAiDCn

    • MsKitty

      So stop talking about it and be about it. Get the damn thing done.

      • Admiral_Komack

        They’re Republicans…they don’t do shit.

  • Miranda

    I really hope this program succeeds and others like it follow.
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    Program aims to attract black males into teaching
    By Eric Boodman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    A doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently stood in front of high school students from the Homewood Children’s Village and asked how many planned to go to college. All hands shot up, but when he asked how many planned to go into education, the hands dropped down.

    National statistics echo this scene, which involved about 20 black students, most from Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood. Less than 2 percent of teachers in the U.S. are African-American males, according to Robert Millward, education professor at IUP. To try to increase those numbers, Mr. Millward started the Black Men Teaching Initiative, which led to the teens, male and female, from Homewood Children’s Village attending a workshop at IUP.

    Through workshops such as this one, billboards on buses and changes in admissions policies, professors and administrators at IUP, California University of Pennsylvania, Point Park University and Community College of Allegheny County are trying to persuade young black men to pursue higher education and to become teachers. The second task is more difficult than the first, Mr. Millward explained.

    “They say that teachers don’t make much,” he said. “They see teaching as a woman’s profession. They say, ‘I didn’t have a good experience in school, so why would I want to spend life teaching?’ ”

    He traces their lack of interest back to Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared school segregation unconstitutional.

    “The African-Americans were bused over to the white schools,” he said. “It wasn’t a two-way route. Many black principals and teachers lost their jobs.”

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/07/05/Program-aims-to-attract-black-males-into-teaching/stories/201407050047#ixzz371ltaQYL

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  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      I don’t know what can be done about Israel Miranda. People are so freaking scared of them.
      Here’s the guy in Texas, if he were black or another poc I don’t think he would be alive. https://twitter.com/ruckskhou/status/487042753876856832/photo/1

      • crazycanuck

        Israel won’t do anything until the money stops flowing their way. Why should they stop when they keep getting a blank check to do as they please?

        • Alma98

          Yep

      • GOVCHRIS1988

        They would have shot that car the fuck up if it was us in there. Shot it, ran over it and pissed in the car.

        • Alma98

          You know it GOV.

        • rikyrah

          They do NOT “negotiate” with US. They would have shot up that car and been on their way to Waffle House by now.

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  • Miranda

    ’60 Minutes” shameful attack on the disabled

    The wealthy Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., tells “60 Minutes” about all the poor people whom he says are scamming the government.
    by MICHAEL HILTZIK

    Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?

    That’s the experiment “60 Minutes” conducted Sunday. The result was predictably ghastly.

    The news program’s theme was that disability recipients are ripping off the taxpayer. Anchor Steve Kroft called the program “a secret welfare system… ravaged by waste and fraud.” His chief source was Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican with a documented hostility to Social Security. Coburn has a report on the disability program’s purported flaws due out Monday. Good of “60 Minutes” to give him some free publicity.

    Together Kroft and Coburn displayed a rank ignorance about the disability program: how it works, who the beneficiaries are, why it has grown. This is especially shocking because after a similarly overwrought and inaccurate “investigation” of disability aired on National Public Radio in March, numerous experts came forth to set the record straight. They included eight former Social Security commissioners, experienced analysts of the program, even the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Steve Goss.

    “60 Minutes” apparently talked to none of them.

    more here: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-disabled-20131007-story.html

    • creolechild

      60 Minutes began to lose credibility after Ed Bradley’s death. I miss Ed Bradley…

    • goldenstar

      Refuse to turn to that network after their yellow journalism piece on Benghazi.

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  • Miranda

    The right sharpens its knives for Social Security disability, again
    Rep. Darrell Issa aims to make scapegoats out of America’s disabled
    July 9, 2014

    As we all know, the official animal of Washington, D.C., is the scapegoat. Today’s example is Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security.

    Colvin recently was raked over the coals by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, the capital’s chief scapegoat wrangler, for problems at Social Security that can largely be traced to its budget squeeze. In other words, to Congress.

    In a letter to Colvin, who has been acting commissioner since February 2013 and has been nominated to take over the job officially, Issa blamed her for a backlog of disability reviews that dates back to before 2007 and that is directly related to Congress’ failure to provide for enough administrative law judges to handle the workload. A bailout of the disability fund after at least a decade of serious agency mismanagement…without meaningful reforms to a broken appeals process…is not a responsible solution.- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, dodging responsibility for the disability crisis

    But the politics of Issa’s attack goes beyond mere personnel matters. What he’s really up to is promoting the conservative attack on the disabled. That’s clear from the report that Issa’s House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform issued in conjunction with his letter to Colvin. The disability program is within a year or two of needing an infusion of cash; the conservatives’ goal plainly is to undermine the program’s credibility so they can cut it, instead of supporting America’s disabled with resources they need.

    more here: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-the-right-sharpens-its-knives-for-social-security-again-20140709-column.html

    • rikyrah

      Yep, and I hope folks notice and get a phucking clue.

  • TyrenM

    Chris Hayes rerun – Cuellar, GG. Time for my evening run.

  • Kennymack1971

    That smooth 2nd term ether….

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    N.C. Voter Suppression Law Hearing Highlights Voter Disenfranchisement- –

    – — – — -On Monday, a preliminary injunction hearing was held in North Carolina, regarding the state’s voter laws and what opponents state are blatant discriminatory practices. Appearing before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, a team of attorneys joined forces to help the plaintiffs in the case highlight why the law should not go forward as planned.

    Lawyers from the Kirkland and Ellis firm were led by Daniel Donovan, alongside North Carolina lawyers Adam Stein and Irving Joyner. The Advancement Project also sent a legal team to present their findings to Judge Thomas D. Schroeder as well. The group represented plaintiffs on behalf of the the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, which is led by President Rev. Dr. William Barber II(pictured).

    Also at the court were the League of Women Voters, who presented their stances against the H.B. 589 law, which requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote, stops potential voters from registering the same day to vote, cuts the early voting window down from 17 days to 10, throws out ballots that are made outside of an individual’s precinct, and eliminates pre-registration.

    At the hearing, the U.S. Department of Justice also had an
    opportunity to express a number of claims and young voters and activists were allowed to detail their findings regarding the discriminatory nature of the law.

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    — -THANK – – -ALL 4 Your ROLL — -“INDA STRUGGLE”.– –
    — —The REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER — –is a POWERFUL LEADER♥– :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥—-HONORING— ——–CAPE VERDE♥– –

    —–INDEPENDENCE:- –JULY 5,1975 — -From PORTUGAL- –
    — – – –☺http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8dgw2dsyS1rb1tmwo1_1280.jpg

    ——- – – —-http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/54199000/gif/_54199073_cape_verde.gif

    – – —-☺Cape Verde i/ˌkeɪp ˈvɜrdi/ or Cabo Verde /kɑːboʊ ˈvɜrdeɪ/ (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, pronounced: [ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ]), officially the Republic of Cabo Verde,[4] is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Located 570 kilometres (350 miles) off the coast of Western Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).
    Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized the uninhabited islands in the 15th century, the first European settlement in the tropics. Ideally located for the Atlantic slave trade, the islands grew prosperous and often attracted privateers and pirates, among them Sir Francis Drake in the 1580s. The islands were also visited by Charles Darwin’s expedition in 1832.
    The islands were settled as the colony grew in importance on the main shipping lanes from Europe to India and Australia, and population increased steadily.
    — – -SNIP – —

    – – -The name of the country stems from the nearby Cap-Vert, on the Senegalese coast,[5] which in its turn was originally named “Cabo Verde” when it was sighted by Portuguese explorers in 1444, a few years before the islands were discovered (verde is Portuguese for “green”). On October 24, 2013 it was announced at the United Nations that the official name should no longer be translated into other languages. Instead of “Cape Verde”, the designation “Republic of Cabo Verde” is to be used.[4][6]

    – – — -☺PRESIDENT — http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md3dlvnLWN1rqkjy0o1_500.jpg

    — – – Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca
    is a Cape Verdean politician, lawyer, and university professor who has been President of Cape Verde since 2011. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1993.

    — — –PEOPLE:—

    — — —– -☺http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fbunm1Uo6I0/T9NJV66iXrI/AAAAAAAABKo/EG53d12HxkY/s1600/gallery_im__1331382696_010MG3005-1.jpg
    – — - These stunning images are from Francesca Tosarelli’s Sandgrains project, photographed in Ribeira da Barca, Santiago (Cape Verde). The project depicts the women and men of this small community as they resort to illegally selling the black sand from the nearby volcanic beaches – which is sold to build houses. Tosarelli explains further:

    – – –☺http://vimeo.com/61770932
    – —- — —–Joe Paul, a cape verdean will run for mayor of Stratford in Connecticut, USA. Paul is the second Cape Verdean to enter the race for local elections in the United . [He was NOT successful]

    ——-☺http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Eww6oKtPrUA/ThriSO8SzAI/AAAAAAAAATk/eXsbYaNO_44/s1600/IMG_0621.JPG
    — – – —- Watoto Children’s Choir and Cape Verdean Festival Weekend

    – – —— — –☺Funana Cabo Verde [This is a traditional Cape Verde dance]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tiHBDGjlOw

    ENJOY♥– -:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Dear POU FAM♥— :>) WISHING U a GOOD NIGHT annnd BLESSED SWEET DREAMS♥-♥ - –:>)

    – – – – –☺UNTIL. . .- — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tw0qL8D5O4

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    – – – —— -PRAYING 4 ALL♥- – –[Special Prayers of COMFORT 4 SAGITTARIUS/Family♥ -- --AMEN♥] :>)