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For Politicians, It’s Never Too Late to Say ‘I’m Sorry’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:23

In this overheated political season, Republican leaders are claiming that President Barack Obama is not a strong enough leader and is too willing to apologize. But a quick look at American history shows that Republican presidents have a long tradition of apology.

Republican President Abe Lincoln once had doubts about the ability of Ulysses S. Grant to lead the army at Vicksburg, notes political humorist Steven Sarshik (www.sarshik.com), New York attorney and author of the satirical novel, The Apology, a humorous look at policy blunders as former President George W. Bush gets arrested for war crimes while in Greece.

“When events showed that Lincoln was wrong, he wrote to the general: ‘I now wish to make the personal acknowledgement that you were right and I was wrong.’ ”

Grant himself offered an apology at the end of his turbulent presidential years in office, Sarshik says.

“He told Congress that it had been his ‘misfortune to be called to the Office of Chief Executive without any previous political training,’ and apologized for his ‘errors in judgment.’ ”

Republican icon Ronald Reagan apologized in 1988 for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II more than 40 years earlier. He even signed legislation opening the way for reparation payments, Sarshik says.

“So, apologies from presidents are as American as apple pie,” the author says, and offers Bush an opportunity to eat up.

Top 10 Reasons Bush Should Apologize!

10.  He was the first president in more that 200 years to have his vice president shoot someone (while still in office).  It happened one time before in 1804 when Vice President Aaron Burr, serving under Thomas Jefferson, shot Alexander Hamilton.

9.  He set back the cause of reading 300 years.  He read My Pet Goat and had trouble with the big words.  Bush reportedly said in 2000:  “One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”

8.  He set back the cause of science 200 years when he proclaimed to a crowd in 2005, “The jury is still out on evolution.”

7.  He appointed John Ashcroft as attorney general.  One of Ashcroft’s first tasks was to cover up the exposed breast of the Spirit of Justice statue at the Department of Justice.

6.  Kim Kardashian first came to prominence during his administration.

5.  He was responsible for hanging chads, swinging chads and the Florida election count, and ultimately for the lame Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore.

4.  He spent more than 400 vacation days at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

3.  He said in all seriousness:  “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

2.  He unfurled the “Mission Accomplished” banner seven years too soon.

1.  He couldn’t find Osama Bin Laden.

Sarshik, for his part, makes no apology for pointing out any politician’s blunders.

About Steven Sarshik

Steven Sarshik has been a New York City trial lawyer for more than 30 years, handling all sorts of politically charged cases – much like the fictitious one he paints in “The Apology.” He is also the author of “Wrongful Death,” a novel about an NYC police shooting.

 
Braley to Tour Small Business in Dubuque PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:59

Braley will tour facility with owner Karen Ohnesorge 

Dubuque, IA – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will be in Dubuque on Monday to tour Dubuque Power Equipment, a local business owned by Karen Ohnesorge. The tour will focus on how the Small Business Administration can further help small business owners in Iowa.

Braley has helped small businesses in Iowa by introducing the Support our Startups Act that increased the tax deductions available for new startup companies and the Main Street Stabilization Act that helps fifteen Iowa Small Business Development Centers provide customized, free and confidential business advice to any small business.

Rep. Braley will tour the business and hold a press availability.

Monday, August 27th, 2012 

 

2:00 PM CDT      Small Business Tour and Press Event

Dubuque Power Equipment

1901 Rockford Road

Dubuque, Iowa

 

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GOP TRYING TO KEEP LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON OFF THE IOWA BALLOT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AdMospheres Media & Marketing   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:39
Romney Supporters File Challenge Urging Secretary of State to Exclude Libertarian Nominees from the Ballot in November

Jay Kramer, a Mitt Romney campaign operative from Washington D.C., filed a challenge on Friday to keep Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson, from appearing on the ballot in November. The Romney campaign hired the largest law firm in Iowa, the Des Moines based, Nyemaster Goode PC, for the challenge, which will be heard by Iowa Secretary of State Matt Shultz on Monday at 3 pm.

“This is clearly a set up,” said the Johnson campaign’s attorney, Alicia Dearn. “Romney can’t beat Johnson on the debate stage, so he has resorted to cronyism. The Libertarian Party had two thousand petition signatures and should have been on the ballot without challenge, as they have always done in the past. But Republican Shultz [Iowa Secretary of State] – in violation of longstanding Iowa law – rejected the petition and required the Johnson campaign to caucus at the state fair. There, the Romney campaign surveilled the Johnson campaign’s activities for the sole purpose of bringing this eleventh-hour challenge,” Dearn said.

The Romney campaign’s challenge was filed Friday afternoon and set for a hearing on Monday afternoon. The 106-page challenge includes pictures of Johnson supporters asking fair-goers to support having Gov. Johnson and the Libertarian Party offered as a choice on the ballot.

The challenge claims that the state fair signatures should be thrown out because the signers are not Libertarians. “The challenge is legally frivolous,” asserts Dearn.
“You don’t have to be a registered Libertarian to want a third choice on the ballot. Iowans deserve to choose for themselves who to vote for, which is why Gov. Johnson should be on the ballot and allowed to debate Romney and President Obama. Democracy suffers when voices are silenced.”

Unlike other states, Iowa has a perfect history of allowing third-party candidates onto the ballot and is known for its independent-minded voter. “Iowa is one of the very few states that has never kept any general election presidential candidate off its ballot,” said ballot access historian Richard Winger. “It is a policy that saves money and work for elections officials, because Iowa doesn’t need to tally write-in votes for presidential candidates when all such significant candidates are on the ballot.”

Republicans fear that Johnson, a former Republican two-term Governor from New Mexico, will siphon votes from Romney and create a victory for Obama. It is a claim that Governor Johnson does not shy away from. In a YouTube video titled, A Vote for Freedom is Never Wasted, Johnson says, “They deserve to lose your vote.” Iowa is expected to be a battleground state this election.

According to Dearn, the Romney campaign is using similar tactics to keep Governor Johnson off the ballot in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and is pressuring the Commission on Presidential Debates to exclude Governor Johnson from the televised national debates. The Romney campaign has also been accused of fraud and bullying of Ron Paul delegates in several lawsuits throughout the country and protests by Ron Paul supporters are expected at the Republican Party convention in Tampa later this week. “Paul supporters were treated really badly in Iowa by the Romney campaign,” Dearn said.

As the Libertarian candidate for President, Johnson promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress in 2013 and to reduce wasteful spending, advocates for reducing government intrusion into the everyday lives and liberties of Americans, supports the Constitution, and advocates for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and has been qualified by the FEC for Federal matching funds. His running mate is retired California Superior Court Judge and former Naval officer, Jim Gray.

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Obama for America “Heartland Tour 2012: Moving the Middle Class Forward” RV to Travel across Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 13:29

From August 26 to September 1, Campaign to Travel the State to Talk about the Clear Choice in this Election

DES MOINES – During the Republican National Convention, the Obama campaign’s “Heartland Tour 2012: Moving the Middle Class Forward” RV will hit the road stopping in towns and cities from coast to coast talking about the clear choice between President Obama will move the economy forward to strengthen the middle class and Mitt Romney, who will take us back to the failed economic policies of the past that caused the economic crisis.

From August 26 to September 1, prominent surrogates will join the RV to talk about how this election offers two drastically different campaign approaches and two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy.

President Obama believes that the only way to create an economy built to last is to build it from the middle out, not the top down.  He is fighting for middle class security by supporting manufacturing, protecting the wind PTC and preventing a tax hike on middle class families by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share.

The “Heartland Tour 2012” RV has scheduled stops in: Ames, Anamosa, Bloomfield, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Denison, Des Moines, Dewitt, Eldridge, Fort Madison, Jefferson, Maquoketa, Marshalltown, Mason City, Muscatine, Perry, Waterloo and Waverly.

Monday, August 27th with Governor Chet Culver

10:00 AM        Bus Tour Kick Off

Des Moines OFA Office

2932 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines 50312

 

3:30 PM          Carroll OFA Office Visit

803 US 30, Carroll 51401

 

5:00 PM          Crawford County Democratic Headquarters, Denison Visit

46 N. Main St., Denison 51442

 

6:30 PM          Council Bluffs OFA Office Visit

1851 Madison Ave, Suite 200 Council Bluffs IA 51503

 
Former President Bill Clinton Advocates for President Obama in New OFA Television Ad PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 11:57

DES MOINES -- Obama for America released a new television advertisement today featuring former President Bill Clinton discussing the clear choice Americans face in this election. As President Clinton notes, President Obama is fighting for an economy built to last by investing in the resources we need to rebuild America from the ground up – like innovation, education and job training – to keep our country moving forward. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, on the other hand, want to go back to the same-top down economics that cuts taxes for millionaires and billionaires paid for by raising taxes on middle-class families and lets Wall Street write its own rules. The choice for the middle class, as President Clinton notes, couldn’t be clearer.

“Clear Choice” will air in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada.

Please click HERE to watch the ad.


 
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