Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Do Not Think All Who Work "On the Hill" Suck! Take Time to go to Sources & Decide for Your Self...

If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that one ^^^ I’d be a wealthy woman.

I’ll just highlight three of them ~ three Democratic leaders in D.C. who are in the forefront of my mind at the moment for the work they doing on behalf of all of us under the leadership of President Obama: National Security Advisor Susan Rice, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Take the time to listen to them (perhaps an hour each), as opposed to listening to talking heads telling you what he or she thinks you should know about what she or he said, and decide for your self if they do or do not suck.

Further, take the time to get a better understanding of our President’s efforts toward peace and prosperity, domestically and globally, as we continue to move into the 21st Century through the work of those who implement his policies and decide for your self if he does or does not suck.

First ~ National Security Advisor and former Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice:

Video here. 

In the aftermath of the GOP Benghazi rage directed at her, Ambassador Rice was named President Obama’s National Security Advisor. In that position she recently presented his National Security Strategy for 2015 at the Brookings Institution.

President Obama has shifted our foreign policy paradigm from the old “might is right mentality,” per the United States, to a new global mentality that promotes American principles and values in juxtaposition with promoting strong economies expected to result in a high probability of peace and prosperity as the primary outcomes for us and for partners who share his vision.

“The 2015 National Security Strategy ... (snippet) ... 

Today, the United States is stronger and better positioned to seize the opportunities of a still new century and safeguard our interests against the risks of an insecure world. The President’s new National Security Strategy provides a vision and strategy for advancing the nation’s interests, universal values, and a rules-based international order through strong and sustainable American leadership. The strategy sets out the principles and priorities that describe how America will lead the world toward greater peace and a new prosperity. … “

Second ~ Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Video here. 

President Obama has released his FY 2016 Budget and we have been given the rare opportunity to be mentored by Congresswoman Pelosi on how best to converse about a document that is not made up of mere numbers alone but is also a reflection of the principles and values of the Democratic Platform and the budget creator ~ pragmatically tempered as is his work style.

“Middle Class Economics: The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget ... (snippet) ...

The President's 2016 Budget is designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st Century. This Budget shows what we can do if we invest in America's future and commit to an economy that rewards hard work, generates rising incomes, and allows everyone to share in the prosperity of a growing America. It lays out a strategy to strengthen our middle class and help America's hard-working families get ahead in a time of relentless economic and technological change. And it makes the critical investments needed to accelerate and sustain economic growth in the long run, including in research, education, training, and infrastructure. … ‘
(There's microphone trouble in the very beginning but it is worth it to work through it!)

Third ~ Secretary of State and former United States Senator (MA) John Kerry:

This is a less recent address, toward the end of the summer in 2014 when Secretary Kerry spoke at the East-West Center in Honolulu, but I included it here because it is about the President’s vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement and much of that vision is being positioned to be activated as we speak in the form of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreements ~ making it quite relevant to today.

"U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement ... (snippet) ...

“ … In the 21st century, a nation’s interests and the well-being of its people are advanced not just by troops or diplomats, but they’re advanced by entrepreneurs, by chief executives of companies, by the businesses that are good corporate citizens, by the workers that they employ, by the students that they train, and the shared prosperity that they create. That is why we are working with partners across the Asia Pacific to maintain and raise standards as we expand trade and investment by pursuing a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Now, the TPP represents really an exciting new chapter in the long history of America’s mutually beneficial trade partnerships with the countries of the Asia Pacific. It is a state-of-the-art, 21st century trade agreement, and it is consistent not just with our shared economic interests, but also with our shared values. It’s about generating growth for our economies and jobs for our people by unleashing a wave of trade, investment, and entrepreneurship. It’s about standing up for our workers, or protecting the environment, and promoting innovation. And it’s about reaching for high standards to guide the growth of this dynamic regional economy. And all of that is just plain good for businesses, it’s good for workers, it’s good for our economies. And that’s why we must get this done. … “

G., aka Democratic Partisan

( Versions of the  Blogspots on Rice and Pelosi were originally posted on )

More detailed reading on the President’s proposed budget and his national security strategy;