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Who's an extortionist now, Mr. President? |

Who's an extortionist now, Mr. President? | | BHS GOPO |
President Obama pledged to end partisanship, but instead has exacerbated it. He recently accused House Republicans of being extortionists for opposing a raise in the debt ceiling and wanting to defund Obamacare.

Via Less Gov. More Fun.™
April Mai's insight:

It is obvious that this article is very biased. The author simply reverts back to Obama as a senator and quotes all his promises and suggestions that probably convinced the people to vote for him. Basically I see the author pointing out Obama as a leader who turned back on his words.

Xiupeng Chen's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:50 AM

From this articl I learned the main reason for our goverment shut down and for most of the Americans they might be suffering from this in a way that not really significant. I will say that add another hugh debt in to our economic mob is not a good idea, the artical indicated that why would we have another debt after 16 trillon? President is giving our big promise and nobody will know how is that going. I hope obama(which is the main reason for all these stuff)will worth a while.

Jolie Starr's curator insight, September 25, 2013 3:17 PM

This article talks about President Obama's condescending nature. Seven years ago when he was a Senator, Obama wanted to lower the debt ceiling, and now he is arguing that we need to expand it. This author of this article even brings up the question of shutting down the government and then "re-opening it" because it is going downhill, due to condescending acts like those made by Obama. 

James Gasper's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:57 PM

Wow...when I read this i laughed a little. I know the article is biased but i didnt really care once i read what it had to say. The articles states that when Obama was a senator and George W. Bush was president and there were talks of raising the debt ceiling, he was completely against it and said, "the fact that we have to raise the debt ceiling shows bad leadership." This excerpt is completely redundant because he switched his position around which shows his incompetence and indecisiveness. 

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Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria

Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria | BHS GOPO |
Syria and Obama: Wrong time, wrong place, wrong plan, wrong man, argues Peggy Noonan.
April Mai's insight:

At this point I am wondering why am I still not surprised this is all happening in the middle east. We have been dealing with many situations in this region and most of the time they do not come out the way we thought it would. Noonan points out that North Korea and Iran are paying very close attention on our reaction to Syria which is probably making us even more nervous to our decision because if we hold back our military they might see us as weak but yet the world knows we are very powerful. But I believe most americans say no because they think of the worst scenarios and the economic impact of the future.

Will Levine's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:35 AM

This country's response was very good in my opinion in the respect that the majority of us do not want to go to war with Syria and activate our military action. Obama seems to be not fully clear on how to deal with the situation although I admire his decision in not going to war and to do this in a peaceful way.

carlosdgarcia's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:16 PM

Noonan is right. There is no need for a military intervention. There is nothing to prove, it won't do anything besides have American causalties. Something DOES need to be done though, and the best thing could possibly be what the pope said. Punish Assad and whoever else allowed the chemical weapons to be used. And who cares what Iran and North Korea think. Let them judge.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:50 PM

I thouroughly enjoyed this article because Noonan had very STRONG points that I agreed with. This helped me decide that I do believe that the military strike is probably not the best solution. Noonan brought up a good point that no one should question our power as America and no one is because it is very known that we are a strong nation. So that shouldnt be a reason at all for taking the strike. 

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Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments

Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments | BHS GOPO |
Denis McDonough, in an interview on ABC's 'This Week' said he was 'outraged' at Ted Cruz's comments that our forces would be serving as 'Al Qaeda's air force.' The interview was immediately followed by one with Sen.
April Mai's insight:

I understand that Denis McDonough has a good reason to be outraged at the Al Qaeda comment because there is no solid proof that the rebels are clearly linked to Al Qaeda but honestly its pretty ridiculous to say it would be a limited intervention when we all know that is a big white lie.

Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:25 AM

30 seconds of generalized response isn't much to go on, and McDonough's statement showed it. Rather than namby-pamby about the issue, everyone needs to grab their fears by the horns are realize: "Yes, we will possibly be helping some groups that are maybe connected to Al-Qaeda. But in the meantime, we can help a whole country of civilians, who, when pressed, will vote for the more reasonable members of the rebels, IF the US helps in time."


No more of this "small, calculated, concise" strike nonsense.

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:02 PM

My initial reacton to Senator Cruz's was similar to McDonough's; Cruz's statement was clearly crafted to be sensational and make headlines. Although I am not a fan of potential United States military action in Syria, Cruz's comments were purposefully disrespectful and, as McDonough iterated, "outrageous".

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:35 PM

It seems very normal and typical for hte Chief of Staff to assure the public that there will be no boots on the ground, but I believe that no amount of assurance that this will be no Libya or Afghanistan, will persuade the American public to join this war.

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10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life

10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life | BHS GOPO |
10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life.

Via Karl Wabst
April Mai's insight:

After reading this article, I just started to panic because money is everything. Imagine how crazy the nation will go once the government does shutdown. More violence and robbery because these people would do anything to keep their family stable. As a senior getting ready for college financial aid is crucial. Im afraid i won't be able to go to college because my parents never saved anything for my tutition.

Qiaochu Zhang's curator insight, September 25, 2013 12:03 AM

If the US government doesn't pay all of its bills, then it will force a government shutdown on October 1st. The authors Simpson and Ahmed discuss how this shutdown will affect the people of the US. This shutdown will cease all federal activity and function. However, the police and mailmen will still be working, and we will still be taxed. This shutdown will really affect the people. The disagreement between the Democrats and Republicans will only lead to negative effects on the people. I really think that they need to get it together because we cannot afford to have the government shutdown. This shutdown will put the US even more in debt that it is already and we are about to hit the debt ceiling too. 

Mark Sam's curator insight, September 25, 2013 12:59 AM

In just one week, on October 1st, if the Republicans and Democrats cannot come to a compromise, the government will shut down.  This means there will be no national parks, no federal aid, no student loans, nothing.  The compromise is over whether or not we should raise the debt ceiling.  Personally, I don't think we should raise it, however I do think there has to be a better way than simply shutting down government.  I also believe that our two parties should be more willing to compromise.  It shouldn't always be one partie's way or the highway.

Karl Wabst's comment, September 26, 2013 9:16 PM
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3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on

3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on | BHS GOPO |
Video on A Meet the Press roundtable forecasts the pressure on this upcoming week for the president to make his case for intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Via Teresa Herrin
April Mai's insight:

I think i understand why President Obama sought approval from Congress because this is a really difficult decision to make. Whether to just allow a terrible leader continue to kill his own people or send the millitary to intervene and start a global war. But I believe we should look at the long term effects of things and try to find another non violent solution.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:36 PM

Really enjoyed this video in the sense that it gave me more insight to what's going on and different points of view. Several points like the fact that innocent civilians will die on our watch because of the airstrike was one i especially liked because it made me think more deeply into why we shouldnt intervene. It's clear that this is a huge predicament that even the Round table finds difficult to choose a side in the sense that as a nation we are stuck on deciding whether to be or not to be the "world's policemen."

Daniel Guo's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:49 PM

I think that Newt Gingrich brings up good points about why it's hard for the public to support an airstrike on Syria. I think that this dicussion is a fair representation of the current public opinion on the matter- nobody wants to directly support a strike; there is no clear right answer.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:13 PM

All of the politicians here are hesitant about military strikes in Syria. because they aren't sure about the effect that it would cause. Newt Gingrich makes some excellent points about the importance of communication. I believe some action needs to be taken in Syria, but a strike would only unleash more problems for us. Syria's allies are too powerful. 

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Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval

Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval | BHS GOPO |
Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.

Via Teresa Herrin
April Mai's insight:

I completely agree with Senator Cruz because the thought of planning a very risky and dangerous military attack without realizing there is a big chance it will not be a success will definitely lead our country into a potential war. Instead of America trying to play "the big brother" in this situation, we should stay and focus on the problems that need attending to here rather than trying to create an even bigger problem that primarily does not directly involve us.

Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:19 AM

Cruz spoke very well for the majority of the speech: he made a reasonable case about why an attack would not work. But he faltered on two points. One: The state of Texas, vast as though it may be, does not represent the United States. Two: It's almost become customary of Republicans to bring up Benghazi whenever possible. It happened, nothing short of a full-scale operation and the ability to see the future could have prevented it, let the American dead rest in peace.


Also, the longer you show the US not supporting innocent civilians, the more and more radical these "Islamic terrorists" will become. Cut to the chase - or in this case, a missile strike - and nip the thing in the bud before it grows too big.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Cruz makes it clear that he does not approve of military action in Syria. He believes a strike would aid rebel forces with links to Al-Qaeda. The strike may weaken Assad, but it would only give rebel forces an opportunity to swoop in. His precautions with the attack are plausible. I like the point he made about how OUR US military is not Al-Qaeda's air force. They are here to defend the United States.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:16 PM

This video shows how complicated this whole situation is, and I had no idea how opposed the public was to involvment in Syria. Is there is a way to reprimand him without a strike? War crimes need to be reprimanded, but does this mean we have to go to war? I was all for involvment, but now I'm really questioning whether that would be the right thing to do.