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The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

You get three guesses and the first two don't count ...
There is much debate about who was the best or worst president in US history. It's too important of a subject to rely on opinion polls which are skewed by the influence of individual bias and political views. Yet It's difficult to quantify how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another. However, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other president.
When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy and domestic policy, by any standard, one cannot find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.
As you read this article, please feel free to fact check everything as well as checking the links I provided to verify these facts.
1. Bush wiped out a growing budget surplus and left us with the biggest deficit in history.
2. Bush left office with the worst record of job creation since Herbert Hoover.
3. After promising not to touch Social Security, President Bush took billions from the Social Security trust fund.
4. Bush reversed all the trends of peace and prosperity from the Clinton years.
5. Bush gave us the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.
6. Bush ignored repeated warnings about an imminent terrorist attack in the months before 9/11.
7. Bush rejected many opportunities to fight or prevent terrorism
8. After 9/11, Bush allowed New Yorkers to be exposed to dangerous levels of toxins from the World [...]
9. Bush used false information to justify going to war with Iraq
10. Bush started the two longest wars in our nation's history.
11. Bush and Cheney allowed war profiteers like Halliburton to make billions on the war.
12. Bush continued to vacation for several days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans
13. Bush frequently used 9/11 as an excuse to violate the U.S. Constitution.
15. Bush lied to Congress about the cost of his Medicare Prescription Drug program
16. Bush lowered America's standing in the world community.
...and we haven't even mentioned doubling the price of gasoline, exploiting 9/11 for political gain, setting the record for most time spent on vacation, cutting veterans benefits, suppressing scientific findings about global warming, flying in hecklers to disrupt the 2001 recount in Florida, refusing to testify under oath before the 9/11 commission, outing a covert CIA agent for political reasons and leaving office with a negative job approval rating.

Obama Quotes FDR Saying We Are All Descended from Immigrants and Revolutionists

Obama Cinco de Mayo
After riffing about making it brief so people could get back to their tequila, President Obama used Cinco de Mayo to call for immigration reform, saying Congress needs to do their job.
To make the point, the President quoted FDR, “As one of my predecessors, Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Remember, always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” Immigrants and revolutionists. Now, that’s not the story of looking backwards; that’s the story of looking forward.”
Watch here via the Washington Post:
President Obama opened with some lighthearted riffing, “Buenas tardes. Bienvenidos a la Casa Blanca — su casa tambien. And Happy Cinco de Mayo. I know there are tacos and churros and Margaritas –” The audience was laughing and an audience member shouted out, “Tequila!”
The President took that in stride, “Tequila. So I’m going to be brief. I’ll let you get back to the tequila. She sounded very excited about that.”
After a brief recollection of the history of Cinco de Mayo, the President made the connection to the need for immigration reform, “So this holiday is an opportunity to remember how deeply Mexican-American culture is woven into the fabric of this country.”
Obama continued, “So we reaffirm our commitment to those traditions, and part of the way we reaffirm it is to reaffirm our commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, because that’s who we are as a country… And part of what built it was the incredible power of our immigrant communities. Our prosperity, our security demands comprehensive immigration reform.”
“That’s the reason I took the actions I did last fall — within my legal authority — to make our immigration system fairer and smarter and more just,” President Obama said, and then he hit Congress with their failure to do anything, “That’s why Congress still needs to step up and ultimately pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
The President said progress is not always a straight line, but “As one of my predecessors, Franklin Roosevelt once said, ‘Remember, always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.’ Immigrants and revolutionists. Now, that’s not the story of looking backwards; that’s the story of looking forward. That’s what we’re doing today. And that’s why I’m so glad that all of you are joining us.”
Obama closed with more lighthearted banter, “So with that, viva los Estados Unidos. Viva Mexico. Feliz Cinco de Mayo. And go easy on the tequila. Muchas gracias, everybody.”

Here are 5 awesome things that have happened to Bernie Sanders since he announced

Bernie Sanders speaks to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa (Telegraph Herald/screen grab)
The Vermont Senator has a lot to be happy about.

Sorry, America

Stewart Mocks GOP 2016 Field: Like A Reality Show For ‘Crazy People’

The Republican Crazies are out in force!

The White House Blasts “Desperate” Boehner and Tells Him To Do His Job

After John Boehner called for both Hillary Clinton and President Obama to do his job for him, a fed up White House blasted the Speaker of the House by calling him desperate, and telling him to do his job.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded to Boehner’s call for Hillary Clinton to save the bill for fast tracking TPP by saying:
We saw Republicans including the Speaker of the House in the context of the last election make a really strong case about why Republicans should retain the majority in the House of Representatives so that they could advance their agenda and priorities including trying to advance trade legislation. And now here we are three or four months into the newly strengthened House Republican majority, and you have the Speaker of the House suggesting that he doesn’t just need the help of the current Democratic president to help him get this legislation through his body. He now is suggesting that candidates for president in the other party need to help him do his job. I think in the mind of the president, it’s the responsibility the Speaker of the House to do his job and pull together the votes he needs to advance his agenda.


But ultimately, it seems pretty early for a desperate act like that, to suggest you need a candidate for office from the other party to help you advance your agenda when you’ve got the majority in the House of Representatives.
The White House ran out patience with Boehner years ago. Speaker Boehner has become so inept that the help of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi is no longer enough. Boehner now requires the top two Democrats in the country riding to his rescue in order for the body that he leads to pass anything substantial.
On the Senate side, Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has all but declared war on the bill to give President Obama fast track authority on TPP. Reid is an opponent of the deal, and John Boehner admitted last week that he didn’t have the votes to pass the bill.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest was talking about TPP, but years of White House frustration with Boehner’s inept leadership of the House appears to be boiling over. Fast track for TPP is increasing looking like it is dead, and the two lessons that are being reaffirmed are nothing consequential is going to get through Congress without Democratic support and John Boehner might be the worst Speaker of the House in history.

Boehner and McConnell Balance Their Budget on the Backs of the American People

Republicans are making much of their "balanced" budget but this "work harder for less" budget is not really balanced at all…
The House did it, then the Senate did it, killing a budget that attacks the American people. As pointed out,  27 million Americans lose their health insurance if Congress gets its way. The rich, of course, get to keep theirs.
What is interesting is the way in which House Speaker John Boehner chose to present this dubious accomplishment. Taking to Facebook, he posted,
As you can see, being Boehner, he chose anything but an honest approach.
In a statement, Boehner claimed:
In seven years, President Obama has never proposed a budget that balances. For a span of four years, Senate Democrats didn’t pass a budget at all. Now, four months into the new Congress, Republican majorities in the House and Senate worked together to pass the first joint 10-year balanced budget in 14 years. This is a big win for the American people, and a fulfillment of our promise to govern responsibly and return the annual appropriations process to regular order. Workers and families deserve a federal government that spends within its means and treats Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars with respect.
Well, at least the treats the non-taxed dollars of the rich with respect.
Mitch McConnell did some crowing of his own on Facebook:
We should all fall down on our knees and cry out, “We’re not worthy!” as we bow toward the great one, right?
What’s funny about all this crowing is that thanks to Obama and the Democrats, we have had 51 consecutive months of job growth, and added 9.4 million jobs to the economy. And he wants to give us 1.2 million over TEN YEARS?
Boehner and McConnell are living in an alternate universe.
Here’s the problem. Funny doesn’t get the job done. We need serious effort, not unintentional comedy from Republicans.
For the record, McConnell isn’t making Republicans all that happy either. The Daily Caller has complained that McConnell plans to add billions to the deficit in a separate bill, making the balanced budget no more than sleight of hand. Bernie Sanders agrees. He has already exposed a laundry lit of budget gimmicks:
  • Using the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which falls outside of the budget caps to significantly increase defense spending;
  • Masking the true consequences of their policies under the guise of ‘unallocated’ cuts and ‘government-wide’ savings;
  • Only achieving their goal of ‘balance’ by using made-up ‘dynamic’ numbers; and
  • Dismantling health care reform, but keeping the savings and revenues that support it.
However, there are more serious problems with this budget than simple dishonesty. As Nancy Pelosi has pointed out, what she calls “the GOP’s “Work Harder for Less” budget”:
  • slashes programs for K-12 education
  • cuts Pell Grants that help low-income students attend college
  • repeals the Affordable Care Act
  • cuts investments in infrastructure and innovation
“And let’s not forget,” she says, “the GOP budget does all of those things while empowering special interests and paving the way for huge tax breaks for millionaires.”
America of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. Pelosi reminds us that “This budget makes it harder to buy a home, pay for college, or save for a secure retirement. Put simply: the GOP budget is a DISASTER for hardworking families, while millionaires and billionaires make out like bandits.”
Don’t you love these two clowns telling us how great an opportunity we have standing before us being peons for the rich and serfs for the corporations?
The GOP’s American dream is not OUR American dream. It is not the American dream that has attracted millions to these shores. Immigrants today, like our immigrant ancestors, want something more than the chance to be a form of sustenance for the 1 Percent.
If the Republicans want to throw away all their gains in 2016, they are going about it the right way.

Senate Republicans Pass Budget That Throws 27 Million Americans Off Health Insurance

mitchmcconnellSenate Republicans made their intentions for the American people clear today when they passed a budget resolution that would throw 27 million Americans off of their health insurance.
The Senate passed the resolution on a near party-line vote of 51-48. The budget resolution is not binding, but it does set the stage for a showdown between President Obama, Democrats in Congress, and the Republican Congressional majority on the spending bills for each federal agency. President Obama has already promised to veto many of the bills due to their harsh cuts in programs for veterans, the poor, children, senior citizens, and working class Americans.
In a statement, Sen. Bernie Sanders called the Republican passed budget an absolute disaster:
This Republican budget throws 27 million Americans off health insurance, slashes $5 trillion over the coming decade from programs that help working families, cuts taxes on the richest Americans and raises them on working families with kids.
“he budget moves this country in exactly the wrong direction. At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, it gives huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while making devastating cuts to education, Medicare, affordable housing and prescription drug coverage.
Anyone who takes an objective look at this Republican budget can do nothing else but conclude that this is an absolute disaster for the working people of this country. Families are struggling to put bread on the table, to send their kids to college and to take care of their basic needs. But the Republican budget says ‘we’re going to make it even harder for those families.’
The GOP budget takes away health insurance from 27 million Americans by disabling the federal health insurance exchanges, “According to a report from the Senate Budget Committee Democrats, Republicans would take away health insurance from 27 million Americans by disabling the federal health insurance exchanges.”
The Republican passed budget promises big tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that are paid for by throwing people off of their health insurance and turning Medicare into a voucher system. Today’s vote was a message to millions of people that the billionaire controlled Republicans in Congress are coming for their health care.
Republicans aren’t hiding what they intend to do, and it is up to the American people to stop them.

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McConnell Will Move Iran Bill Forward Without Controversial Amendments From Senate Hawks

Mitch Mcconnell
Editor's Note: The Senate did pass a version of the Bill and sent it to the House

The One Percent’s Greed Is Literally Killing Our Children

Child poverty and the one percent: Sodahead. As pundits express shock and dismay over unrest in cities across the U.S., a shocking new report sheds a whole new light on income inequality and its effects...

Bill Would Undermine Environmental Protections On Public Lands In The Name Of National Security

"Congress persists in sending very clear messages that they do not respect the public's interest in protecting public lands."

Manchin Mocks Texas For Military Takeover ‘Paranoia’

Really, folks, just how ignorant are they in Texas? 

Nmhagrjtwztsbgds1u6qTo put into perspective - When that bastion of intellectual ineptitude and paranoid delusions Rick Perry (of Texas) tells you you have gone off the deep end, it is safe to say you have gone way beyond the pale.

Wingnuts Keep Pouring Fuel On The Texas Takeover Fire

A slew of influential figures in conservative circles have either deliberately or inadvertently given credence to those who buy into the wild conspiracy theories surrounding an upcoming military exercise.

Think of the Children ...

Man Fails To Prosecute Officer Caught On Tape Killing Unarmed Man, Gets Elected To Congress

And we wonder what is wrong with America?!

Judge orders competency hearing for Ohio woman who accused employer of rape

Dani Brewer (WXIX)
“It’s insulting, it’s invasive, it’s upsetting, and I feel like I’m on trial.”

Raleigh Cop Suing Starbucks After Burning Himself On Free Coffee

Mlbqxdvoqkujspbx1wzcThis moron burns himself on hot coffee?!
I just wonder what part of 'HOT' did he not understand, the H, the O or the T?

My husband and I are being sued for being homosexuals

by Steven Payne
We've had a good run. We've been together 21 years, 7 of them legally wed. But this is all about to crash and burn around our ears thanks to 66-year-old Sylvia Driskell of Auburn Nebraska. According to the Omaha World-Herald this outstanding legal scholar has just filed an extraordinarily powerful lawsuit titled Driskell v. Homosexuals with the district court in Omaha. She isn't merely suing her local homosexuals, she is suing all homosexuals. Driskell, calling herself an ambassador and acting as her own council will proxy for “God, And His, Son Jesus Christ" in the case. Even though she is suing in a district court, her arguments are so powerful you can fully expect attorneys will abandon all other strategies and adopt her unimpeachable reasoning all the way to the highest court in the land. By the end of the year, prepare yourselves for the Supreme Court to take up the matter.
Here are the major highlights from her handwritten 7 page lawsuit.
•  “The Homosexual’s say that its not a sin to be a homosexual; An they have the right to marry; to be parents, And God doesn’t care that their homosexuals; because He loves them.” •   “Your Honor; I’ve hear the boasting of the Defendant: the Homosexuals on the world news; from the Young, to the Old; to the rich An famous; and to the not so rich An famous; How they were tired of hiding in the closet, and how glad they are coming out of the closet.”
•  “Ambassador: I Sylvia Ann Driskell; Contented that homosexuality is a sin, And that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in a closet.”
•  “Ambassador: I Sylvia Ann Driskell write, As well, we also know that if a child is raised in the home of liers, An deceivers, And thieves that it is reasonable to believe that child will grow up to be one of the three, are all three.”
•“Never before has Our great Nation the United States of America And our great State of Nebraska; been besiege by sin; The way to destroy any Nation, or State is to destroy its morals; Look what happen to Sodom and Gomorrah two city because of the same immoral behavior thats present in Our Nation, in Our States, and our Cities; God destroy them.”
•  “If God could have found ten righteous people Among them he would have spared them.”
•  “I’m sixty-six years old, An I never thought, that I would see the day in which our Great Nation or our Great State of Nebraska would become so compliant to the complicity of some peoples lewd behavior.”
•  “Why are judges passing laws, so sinners can break religious, and moral laws. Will all the judges of this Nation, judge God to be a lier. For God has said, that all unrighteousness is sin, And that homosexuality is abomination.”
•  “I, Sylvia Ann Driskell: I have written this Petition to the United State District Court of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, and to You, Your Honor. Because I feel its is imperative to do so. Life as a Nation, as States, and as cities need to start standing up for the moral principles on which our, Great Nation, our, Great States, and our, Great Cities were founded on.”
Brian and I will be liquidating our assets in preparation for a certain loss. We anticipate the restitution ordered to this woman will take us down to our very last penny. In the meantime, our fear is so great we have ceased and desisted being homosexual.