"Tell Republicans, if they side with Wall Street over Main Street, you won't be siding with them."
Now, I've said that it's important that we not restrict the review or the recommendations that this commission comes up with in any way. Everything has to be on the table. And I just met briefly with the commission and said the same thing to them. Of course, this means that all of you, our friends in the media, will ask me and others once a week or once a day about what we're willing to rule out or rule in when it comes to the recommendations of the commission. That's an old Washington game and it's one that has made it all but impossible in the past for people to sit down and have an honest discussion about putting our country on a more secure fiscal footing.
So I want to deliver this message today: We're not playing that game. I'm not going to say what's in. I'm not going to say what's out. I want this commission to be free to do its work.
In theory, there are few issues on which there is more vigorous bipartisan agreement than fiscal responsibility. But in practice, this responsibility for the future is often overwhelmed by the politics of the moment. It falls prey to special interest pressures, to the pull of local concerns, and to the reality familiar to every single American -- it's a lot easier to spend a dollar than to save one. That's what, at root, led to these exploding deficits. And that is what will lead to a day of reckoning.
But I believe, with the help of these gentlemen and this commission, we can begin to meet this challenge in a serious and thoughtful way. And I believe we must, for the future of our country.
According to Mark Warner, "If there's not commonality around the fact that we need financial reform, 18 months after the meltdown, then I don't think we're going to get anything done anywhere." On a more positive note, Warner says, "At the end of the day, I do not believe that the complete unanimity of the Republican Party says 'we don't want financial reform in this country 18 months after the meltdown' in 2008, I just don't believe that." We'll see...
1. FOR SALE: GUBERNATORIAL COTTAGE?
2. MCDONNELL SAYS LEGAL IMMIGRATION FUELS ECONOMY
3. MCDONNELL ASKED TO LIFT A BAN ON STATE POLICE TROOPERS REFERRING TO JESUS IN PUBLIC PRAYERS
4. AND AFTER 100 DAYS - HOW DOES THE MCDONNELL ADMINISTRATION LOOK TO DEMOCRATS?
5. STATE ACTION ON PIT BULL ADOPTION RULES QUASHED
7. WARNER: FINANCIAL OVERHAUL WOULD PROTECT TAXPAYERS
8. MCAULIFFE CRITICAL OF MCDONNELL
9. ONCE AND MAYBE FUTURE CANDIDATE MCAULIFFE HIRES FORMER DPVA CHIEF
10. DEMS STILL CHASING CANTOR
12. NORTHROP GRUMMAN DECIDES TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA
15. D.C. SUBURBS LAG BEHIND CITY IN EFFORTS TO FIGHT AIDS, STUDY SAYS
18. METRO ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE
The question is, why are Republicans more concerned with hyper-partisan posturing and with blocking reform of Wall Street than with protecting Americans from another financial meltdown? Priorities, priorities, I guess.
And no, immigration reform should not be an excuse to put off crucial, clean energy and climate change legislation. Last I checked, the Congress was supposed to be able to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time. I see no reason why Congress can't pass BOTH clean energy/climate change legislation AND immigration reform legislation.
Everyday the Senate fails to pass clean energy and climate legislation we put our economy, our national security and our environment at greater risk. Americans are demanding the millions of jobs, energy independence, and clean air and water comprehensive legislation can deliver. Inaction is too costly, and the challenge is too urgent.
The tireless work of Senators Kerry, Graham and Lieberman is proof positive that bipartisan success is well within reach. The House has passed historic legislation; now it is time for the Senate and the White House to stay focused and finish the job. The moment is ours. Now is the time for our leaders to act.
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Blue Green Alliance
Environmental Defense Fund
League of Conservation Voters
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Union of Concerned Scientists
Yesterday on the National Mall, there were tens of thousands of people (myself included) holding an Earth Day rally. But you'd never know that if you read or watched the corporate media today. Imagine if there had been tens of thousands of people calling President Obama a "Communist" or whatever? That's right, wall-to-wall coverage. How about if there had only been a few hundred people calling Obama a "Communist" (or a few dozen if they had guns) or whatever? Yep, same thing, wall-to-wall coverage. But tens of thousands of people - I've seen estimates of 150,000 - protesting for the planet (or immigration reform, for that matter, or any other "progressive" cause)? Apparently, it's not worth covering, in the infinite wisdom of the "so-called liberal media" (actually, the media is corporate and dumbed down "infotainment," through and through).
Anyway, here's some video of speeches, music after the "flip." Enjoy!
P.S. To learn more about Earth Day, click here.
1. MCDONNELL'S FIRST 100 DAYS: TRIP-UPS, BUT MORE TRIUMPHS
2. SUMMING UP THE STATE BUDGET: WHAT AMENDMENTS MEAN
3. PRO-GUN LOBBY BELIEVES IT CAN GAIN MORE GROUND FOR OWNERS
4. VA. HEALTH CHIEF MAKES CASE FOR MEDICAID BOOST
5. DULLES-BASED ORBITAL SCIENCES BUYS SPACECRAFT FACILITY FROM GENERAL DYNAMICS
7. VA, W.VA. BOUNDARY DISPUTE RESOLVED
8. ENERGY STAR APPLIANCE REBATES AVAILABLE
9. DOWNTOWN MALL VIDEO CAMERAS MAY GET A GO
11. CHESTERFIELD: NO PROSELYTIZING
13. VIRGINIA'S SENATORS TAKE ON SECRET HOLDS
17. FAIRFAX CHAIN GANGS FILL GAPS FOR CASH-STRAPPED DOT
20. HAMPTON ROADS FORECLOSURES: FORECLOSURE FILINGS HIT A NEW RECORD
Click here for a report by Michael Shear of the Washington Post.
The president had already expressed his anger about what he called the failures that led to the blast, and has pledged federal action to reveal the causes of the accident and safeguard other mines.I couldn't agree more with both President Obama and Vice President Biden; at the minimum, if we are going to keep consuming coal, we need to do everything we can to ensure that no more miners are killed producing it for us.
"How can we fail them?" he asked the hundreds assembled in what had once been the Beckley armory. "How can a nation that relies on its miners not do everything in its power to protect them?
"Our task here on Earth," he said, "is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy."
Speaking before Obama, Vice President Biden hinted at the long debate to come about how to make mining safer.
"As a community and a nation, we could compound tragedy if we let life go on unchanged," he said. "Certainly, no one should have to sacrifice his life for his livelihood."
Biden promised that the nation will "have that conversation later."