Obama to GOP: You're either with me, or you're against me.
September 14th, 2011
12:06 PM ET

Obama to GOP: You're either with me, or you're against me.

Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN)- In a trip that seems to be as much about the 2012 presidential election as pushing his jobs plan, President Obama heads to North Carolina today, visiting a small business he says would benefit from his jobs plan and addressing a crowd of thousands in the basketball stadium at North Carolina State University.  The Tar Heel state is a must-win for his Republican challenger next year and it's ripe for the picking: Mr. Obama beat John McCain in 2008 by a mere 0.3 percent, capturing less than half the popular vote.  White House officials deny this is a politically motivated stop but it is the president's third in six days to swing states he won in 2008 (he was in Virginia Friday and Ohio yesterday) and is hoping to hold onto next year. 

On this trip, Mr. Obama will again wave the powerful card he's prepared to play against House Republicans.  If they don't swallow his $447 billion jobs plan whole he's going to paint them as obstructionists, standing in the way of getting Americans back to work.  And make no mistake, the House of Representatives won't pass the jobs bill the White House wrote up themselves and delivered to congress Monday.  Even Senate Democrats I've spoken with, prepared to carry water for the president by promoting the bill on their side of the Capitol, concede it doesn't have a chance of passing.  This is especially true because the president proposes paying for his plan predominantly with tax increases on individuals making $200,000 or more and joint-filers earning $250,000 or more, a proposal that historically lacks support from congressional Republicans and Democrats alike. 

That isn't stopping President Obama from urging Congress to pass his plan and pass it now.  "Maybe there's some people in Congress who'd rather settle our differences at the ballot box than work together right now.  But I've got news for them: The next election is 14 months away.  And the American people don't have the luxury of waiting that long," Mr. Obama told a crowd in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday.  By some people, he means Republicans, though he's made a habit of not calling them out directly.

It's quite the role reversal.  As the president tries to play hardball, House Republicans – who were downright obstinate in their opposition to the president during the debt ceiling negotiations – are calling for compromise, unexpectedly reticent to be drawn into another bruising battle.  House GOP leaders say they're open to the biggest part of the president's plan: giving employees already receiving a break on their payroll taxes an even bigger break and cutting in half the payroll taxes employers currently pay.  Those provisions account for $245 billion of the overall cost, according to the White House, more than half of the price tag of the plan. 

Republicans aren't on board with other provisions like infrastructure spending, which they say would amount to more stimulus spending that they claim doesn't help the economy, but publicly they're focused on areas of agreement, not differences.

"I hope he'll listen to our ideas.  And I hope that he'll work with us to find common ground, to get our economy, and to create jobs again," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Tuesday.

So what's with the change in tone?  Republicans got an earful from constituents while they were in their home districts this summer.  Americans are gravely concerned about the economy and disgusted by the way Washington carried on before the break.

"We've been on August recess with our constituents for four or five weeks and the fear I heard from people and saw in their faces is very real and they are scared.  They don't have enough money.  Businesses are worrying about getting through the month," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told me in Richmond on Friday when I interviewed him shortly after the president's speech there.  "It's time for us to really do something," he said.

But President Obama won't settle for just something, his advisors say.  He wants everything.

"We believe that if Congress were to send a portion of the American Jobs Act, the President would, of course, not veto it," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Conventional wisdom dictates that would undercut the president's demand for congress to take up his entire bill, but senior administration officials insist it does not.  "He would sign it, and then we would return to press the Congress to get the rest of the job done," Carney said.  "They would will still have a significant amount to explain if they only took some of the measures they could have taken, but not all of the ones."

It's a calculation by Mr. Obama and his top advisers that, while he is politically vulnerable (his disapproval rating is at an all-time high and his approval rating is at a near low – 43 percent according to a CNN/ORC International survey released just yesterday), so are House Republicans.  Congress' approval stands at just 15 percent in the same poll, and the White House is betting that will leave many House Republican challenged in primaries by more moderate GOP candidates.

Senior administration officials say this is a glaring weakness the president plans to exploit in the coming months, getting out of Washington as much as possible to appeal directly to the American people that he is trying to do something to get them back to work, only to have House Republicans blocking him.  There's a lot at stake.  Mr. Obama doesn't have the political capital he used to, failing to get any noticeable bump in the polls from his primetime unveiling of his jobs bill last week.  But with great risk comes great reward, and on this wager it appears the President Obama is going all in.


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  1. TAM/otlset

    Nope. Republicans will only be 'with' you Obama when you stop dragging our country into a financial ditch. Geez, what a mistake to elect this loser in the first place. But nobody listened when his lack of experience was repeatedly pointed out before the last election. "Hope and change" the fools all parroted.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Anonymous

      Obama dragged this country into a "financial ditch"? LOL Where have you been from 2001-2008? Revisionist history is a teabagger's best friend.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • ROYA

        Republicans as usual have selective memory!

        September 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Ruth

      dont blame Obama. From the very next day of his inauguration the republican vowed to block every legislature or policy he introduces. The party of NO has vowed to see Obama's waterloo. GOD IS GREAT AND TRUTH WILL PREVAIL. The T-party and republicans have fooled the american people with their lies and they believe them instead of using their brains well that is if they have any. Stimulus started with Bush TARP incase you forgot. Obama saved America from falling into a financial ditch but the republicans have vowed to put America in a ditch and they have succeeded. BRAVO GOP/REPUB/TPARTY I will watch america crumble and fall to pieces. i will vote for OBAMA again.

      September 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • Joe

        You must bathe in CNN and Huffington Bullshit a few nights a week
        Textbook Lowlife liberal

        September 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
      • steve

        Obama saved our economy from running into a ditch by running it off a cliff? Wow!!!!

        September 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • Joe

        Recall the euphoria that surrounded Barack Obama during the 2008 election season and after he was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Life was going to be blue skies and rainbows, or at least we were told, with hope and change on the way. The American people would be better off and so would our nation with Obama in control. After a little more than two years as the President, those blue skies have turned gray with not the slightest hint of a rainbow.

        Some professed that with Barack Obama as President, the staples of life would become affordable if not altogether free. Surely you remember Peggy Joseph who said, at a Barack Obama campaign event in August 2008, that she would not have to worry about paying for her gas and mortgage. Consider what has happened to those staples of life during the Obama presidency.

        As of March 14, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.57/gallon. When Obama took office in January 2009, the price was $1.81/gallon. That represents more than a 90% increase in just over two years.

        To put that in perspective, assume you have a 40 mile round trip commute to work, your car gets 20 miles per gallon and that prices remain the same going forward. Relative to January 2009, you are paying about $18 more per week and about $72 more per month at the pump.

        The pertinent question we might ask is, "What has President Obama done in the past two years to limit the rise of oil and gasoline prices, if anything?" The answer is...nothing. If anything, his policies have contributed towards rising prices. Recall the moratorium he enacted on oil drilling following the BP oil spill that further limited the supply of the commodity from our own waters. His failure to support drilling in ANWR and his overt allegiance to the anti-drilling environmental fringe has also directly contributed to less supply of oil and therefore higher oil prices.

        Ms. Joseph also looked forward to Obama paying her mortgage. Well, many Americans don't have to worry about a mortgage anymore, as they've had their houses foreclosed. In 2009, a record 2,824,674 foreclosures took place, while 2,872,892 foreclosures occurred in 2010. In other words, 5.7 million families have lost their homes, but at least they're not up all night wondering how they will pay their mortgage.

        It just wasn't supposed to be this way, at least in the eyes of the 53% of voters who cast their ballot for Barack Obama. After all, President Obama's policies were going to reignite the economy and keep the unemployment rate below 8% at least that is what we were told, thereby making those aforementioned mortgages affordable. The opposite has occurred.

        In December 2008, President Bush's final full month in office, the nation's unemployment rate stood at 7.3%. From that point until December 2010, a period in which Obama benefited from accommodative Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, the unemployment rate rose to 10.1% at one time and remained at or above 9.5% from July 2009 until November 2010.

        This resulted despite unprecedented government spending labeled as "economic stimulus."

        What happened? Instead of a surge in America's economic growth, we've seen a surge in America's deficit. Under the direction of President Obama, the United States has seen its deficit increase by more than $3 trillion or by nearly $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.

        Then there was the promise of "When there's a bill that ends up on my desk, as President, you, the public, will have five days to look online to find out what's in it before I sign it...." Again, the reality has been the complete opposite.

        Rewind to March 2010, when then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in reference to the ObamaCare bill, said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Really? I thought that 2,700 page bill would be posted on the Internet for all to view for five days. Instead, it was rushed through and pushed down our throats, despite most Americans not in favor of it. Again, Obama failed to deliver, as he has time after time.

        We are now just after the halfway point of the Obama presidency. Based on the facts, we are no better off as a nation than we were when Obama took office. The average American citizen has failed to see an improvement in his or her lifestyle versus two years ago. This is a presidency, up to this point, that has been an absolute disaster for our nation and our people.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Scott

        Ruth....there are various forms of delusion. I'm afraid that this clown is one and done. He sure doesn't have a record to run on...

        September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Jeff in Reno

        Can be an Obama apologist without mentioning Bush. You sound as stupid as a Bush apologist. Both were horrible Presidents its time we admit that and move on. Bush's TARP was just as big of a mistake as Obama's stimulus, again, both were horrible Presidents.

        Republicans are not bent on pushing America into a ditch, by their very nature they can not. They are for freedom and a strive to be the best in the world, if they fail people vote them out. A democrat is for large government and dependance on that government is required to justify it. Democrats do not want you to succeed, in fact they demonize you if you do. No Obama has us right where he wants us, dependant on Government so he can then scare us into voting for him by saying the Republicans are trying to take away what we are now dependant on.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
      • AntiFringe

        Hey Joe. Your "Textbook Lowlife liberal" comment reveals all I need to know about your intellect.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • a6102658

        Joe: How do you know the poster is a lowlife?....is this you showing how smart you are? by calling names?
        An abundance of ignorance on your side does not make anyone around you a lowlife.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • ReallY!!?

        U do realize that since nothing Obama has done has worked the Party of NO was right to oppse them for that very reason.
        U also do realize that Obama for 2yrs out of the 2.5 yrs he has been in office he had a super majority Congress which means he could pass anything he wanted and he did. Now ~$5Trillion later he blames the Republicans. Only kool-aid drinking people who r simple, uneducated,& ignorant such as yourself would actually buy that fr Obama& the Democrats!!

        September 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • LNB

        Ruth, what you say is correct. What has happened to this country? Are people blind? It is scary as in a '1933 Germany' sort of way. One sees hate mongering and money handling in historic ways that stun me. Bush should and will go down in History as causing this implosion. Obama kept us, as you say, from total destruction~ and the new style GOP and t-party will burn the country to get their people in. They are racists and ignorant. The t-party is fueled by Koch money and by fear and hate. The GOP has obstructed everything this president has proposed. And in the final moment, the rich and powerful are now gaining traction. LEAD FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY...well said, clarifying, and as a line drawn in the sand, it may be the best way to campaign in 2012. I just wish he'd said it a year or so ago. But that is the nature of him~ he wants to do it together and he does not understand that all the GOP wants and the t-party is his failure no matter what, I hate what we have become as a nation. I really feel that we are through as a nation, and I fear for the future under the rule of such people as Perry or Bachmann or Palin, etc. And as far as jobs is concerned, people say after 3 years where are they? Why don't they say, "after 10 years where are they?"....for it was the Bush tax cuts that were suppose to create all these jobs. Many Americans are fooled by the rhetoric of the right. Where are the jobs from the Bush Tax cuts? We were bleeding 800,000 jobs a MONTH when Obama came in. The stimulas saved our a$$es from total implosion. And now, when the real effects of what Bush did are catching up with us, GOPers blame Obama and will use this Goebble-type rhetoric to oust him. By any means, they will bring him down. But their efforts will also bring the country to its knees. We really need to work to get Obama back in. OBAMA 2012

        September 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • jean2009

        Joe is your classic Rush/Palin follower who likes to call names.
        Obama-Biden 2012

        September 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @ "jean"2009

        Hey Pot, seen kettle? YOU of all "people" are one to talk about name calling–

        September 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • GrannyT

        Don't blame Obama? Blame Bush? That'll never work. If O had ANY leadership skills, he could use them. The Dems need to face facts and run H. Clinton or someone else in order to keep the Oval Office. Obama is finished.

        September 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • ChoCHo75

        Joe's the typical T-bagger/Republican-ball-licker: they always call names when things aren't going their way...

        October 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • S.Positive

      This why President Obama WILL win re-election. The truth hurts but it is you and your republican tea party crowds that declared war on this president and America and folks are finally getting it. He actually won re-election the night he announced this jobs bill as you and your clown party have not bill and when you and the pondits get it, all I will say is, I TOLD YOU SO

      September 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Um, yeah, riiiight. If you'd written this even yesterday, you might be given the benefit of the doubt. But obviously you haven't seen the NY race where the Dems couldn't even win a SOLID Democrat seat back and an Democrat ex-mayor postured the election as a referrendum on Obama. The tide isn't turning, it's turned.

        He campaigned as a radical progressive and has failed them (thankfully), he got Congress to barely pass a crummy piece of legislation in Obamacare that took two years to write and still no one knew what was in it while ignoring the rest of the country and it's problems and yet continues to blame everyone else. When bush handed the reigns to obama it was tweedle-dee passing to tweedle-dumber.

        I've asked time and again, if this country was in such bad shape under bush, why did you elect a novice to take over. When the head of a company leaves, they don't promote the customer service rep to take his place, especially when the company is struggling. He doesn't have the experience or leadership to run thiis country and it shows time and again. THAT is why he WILL NOT be re-elected. I'd be supprised if the DNC doesn't start searching for someone to run against him in 2012 to save their donkies.

        September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • Don

        S.Positive, you nailed it!

        September 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • ROYA

        He finaly realised he needs to man up to republicans and stop compromising

        September 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • obi wan kenobi

      "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." I am tired of hearing this man demonize me because I don't think that his idea is going to work or is the best thing for our country. In fact I think its more inline with what would be the worst thing.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Drogo, who bit the dust

      Do you fools believe any president really runs the economy? How utterly pathetic.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • S.Positive

        Be specific, tell that to Joe and the republican tea party holigans

        September 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • NIck

      Excuse you. I believe that the republicans failed to use their common sense. This is the kind of karma they will recieve for such insolent behaviors.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • jean2009

      How could he possible have done that it was already off the cliff!

      September 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Where did he say that Bushism? You're misquoting him, TeaNN. No journalist integrety.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  3. Daveil

    Wow, talk about stating the obvious! It's all politics and no economics for Obama. He proposes the same tired solutions that failed in the Stimulus plan and seems shocked that everyone doesn't jump on the bandwagon for him. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Backer of Packers

      Gee... Then I guess all those tax cuts that were extended have failed, too.. Right? Perhaps we should rescind them and pay down some of George Bush's deficit...

      September 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
      • ReallY!!?

        Obama has spent over $5Trillion in 2.5 yrs. Bush spent that much in 8yrs. When GWB took office the deficit was $9+Trillion. It is now almost $15T. So the deficit problem is all Obammy's

        September 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
      • ReallY!!?

        If there was a tax cut in the 1st stimulus well no one saw it b/c the price of everything as gone up under this president. When Obama was coronated, gas was $1.80. Now it is over $4.00. When gas goes up so does everything else. I love how u support Obama when he gives tax cut but when Bush does it oh it is only for the wealthy. I got a bigger tax break under GWB and I spent it. I got nothing fr this guy. I spend nothing. figure it out!!!

        September 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • Green Collar Worker

        You are absolutely correct!

        September 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • a6102658

      And since you are pointing fingers, where are those jobs proposed by the Republican?...chirp, chirp, chirp !!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • C-Lo

        They were in a handful of proposals the House put together in the first 7 months they had control. Each to be threatened by Obama and/or Reid. Every time they came back with more ideas and COMPROMISE they were stonewalled again. Much of this "proposal" was already laid on the table months ago, but O wouldn't allow the Republicans to get credit for doing something he and his FULL DEM CONGRESS couldn't/wouldn't do for 2 years. Cantor and Boehner have said that there is common ground in this "proposal" but O won't let them even pass the common ground initiative–he's the road block!

        September 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yes Drivel. Why hasn't the trickle down trickled? If tax breaks for the wealthy created all those marvelous things...where are the well educated, highly paid work-force, and jobs, jobs, jobs.... that welfare for the rich was supposed to create. Let me see they have been coddled with this pampering for over the last 10 years and so far the rich have got richer and the jobs have disappeared.

      I say take the rich off welfare, it hasn't created any benefits to anyone...and they don't need it.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
      • ROYA

        you are correct Jean, Obama should have ended Bush tax cuts as soon as he took office but he made a mistake and extended them, and for the last three years he has been compromising with them on every issue, he needs to man up to those republicans before is too late.

        September 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  4. Joe

    Obama were agaist any anti American that is duping the people in order to get reelected
    Obama your america's worst Disaster since 9/11

    September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • S.Positive

      PERRY OR ROMNEY OR THE REST are tooooooooooooooo weak so forget 2012. Yes you can be against President Obama's Jobs Bill but Where is the alternative. TAX CUTS? Talk about being a dummy twice

      September 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • eaglesman

      Stupid people should not comment. Kick youerself off here! Thanks! (:

      September 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • eaglesman

        thats to the obama hater

        September 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • jean2009

      Perry or Romney...please....that sounds like a death wish...or the minimum wage version of Friday the 13th.

      September 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • ROYA

        Makes a good halloween custom

        September 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Green Collar Worker

      Actually, Joe.. gullible idiots like you voting for Bush, Palin and Perry are what is leading the nation down the path of destruction.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • ROYA

      G.W. BUSH WAS .

      September 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  5. Is O'bama a Sith?

    The title of this piece is a direct quote from the movie "Revenge of the Sith" of Star Wars fame. Anakin, now Darth Vader, makes that statement to Ob Wan. So, is O'bama now a Sith Lord? When you think about the actions of O'bama and his minions, they do correlate to those of the Emporer in the Star Wars movies. Create crisis and use those crisis to make changes that would otherwise never have a chance to be accepted. Keep giving handouts to those who do little or nothing and tell them it's the others fault that they have that lot in life. Keep the masses in need. Make them believe that they are incapable of thinking for themselves. Control the media outlets and discredit or destroy those who oppose your views or actions.
    CNN did not have article about the Solar power company that was given over one half a billion dollars last year by O'bama and is now bankrupt. Or the fact that a board member with that company is a large fund raiser for O'bama and the Democrats. $535,000,000 it created no jobs, it's a total failure. Divide it by 50 and each state could have used that money for anything that would have benefitted it's citizens. If the next stimulus package O'bama wants gets passed he claims it will create millions of jobs. Well, the last stimulus package created jobs that cost $300,000 per job. At 455 billion he has no shot at creating even a new jobs. Remember, all the money in that package in not used for job creation. Some of the money is for extending unemployment insurance and other re-election sell points the presidents is using on his sheep.
    Sadly, the front runner in the GOP is not the answer economically. Yes, some conservative views on abortion and immigration may be different but the American ship still sinks if someone like Perry is elected. There s no doubt that America needs Chris Christe from NJ. We need someone who will not be afraid to challenge his opponent but challenge his own party.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • keith

      Can you please help me find someone in congress who really cares about the American people, especially the "middle class, blue collar workers" who built this country up. Congress only loves the rich, that is why many of the special interest groups control the way congress votes. Ask yourself, why is the middle class and lower middle class is always bailing out the government? or why is the middle class and lower middle class paying the the most taxes overall?

      September 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  6. Jeff

    All of his trips are preparing for 2012, he says the gives the same old speeches, the Republicans are stopping America, my question would be, how is spending 447 billion now, and paying back with taxes over 10 years helping our economy. We are spending more than we have. Thats it!!!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  7. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!!

    September 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Joe

      Obama leaving in 2012 He will be looking for another circus to be head clown

      September 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • S.Positive

        And the alternative is????????????????? If you can be hornest with yourself, you'll find out that just as your party put forward Mccain and palin, you have succeeded to present another weak field. The choice is President Obama or ??????

        September 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • S.Positive

        Now you see my point, the alternative is too weak. You and your lot made it much easier and fight against this bill and America is the final nail for the DO NOTHING CONGRESS.
        Try smart next time.

        September 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • ROYA

        No matter how disenfranchised the voters are the alternative is more scary, Obama will win the next election

        September 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
      • Sabrina

        awwww ang sweet! how i wish my hubby would write snitehmog as sweet as this! ehehe it's really nice to have someone to love, and to be loved in return.hmmm anong event sa UP dil ang nagtrigger ng mga fireworks? lantern parade? but whatever it was, whether imagined or real, I'm sure it felt magical just being with him. there's just snitehmog about UP that's where my husband and I met and we enjoy going back because it has changed so much from the time we were still CMC students. napadaan lang.

        March 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Anonymous

      "Circus clowns" are your GOP choices for 2012, actually. Good luck getting Perry, Palin or Bachmann elected on any national stage! LOL!

      September 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  8. durundal

    his "obstructionist" card is useless- he let the propaganda machines go for too long to be able to shut them up now. The only thing republican candidates have going forthemselves is the ability to incite and harness blind emotion. Couple that with the fact that Obama has tried to be more of a centrist in his policies, causing an erosion in democratic support, and all of a sudden the possibility of those luncatic religious whackjobs on the [R] side winning becomes plausible.

    What is sad, is not one of them have the formal education and ability to 'walk the walk'. Its like watching an intellectual purge in american society. For once I would love to see candidates and president alike diagram out the macro and micro nuances of supported economic policies to show they even know what they are saying.

    September 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  9. Rob R

    Here's what's going to happen – the Republicans will block this bill just like everything else they do to deny a win for Obama...the unemployment rate will stay above 9% through election day 2012...Obama will lose to Rick Perry...the Senate will filp to Republican control....and on Jan 21, 2013 Rick Perry will sign legislation authorizing $1 trillion in new spending to create jobs all so Republicans can play the role of hero.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • ROYA

      Obama can use some executive orders and bypass this congress

      September 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  10. no to pork obama

    Guess what obama, I'm a conservative and yes I'm Really Against You the job killing, America destroying, non-patriot, welfare, zero job wanna be prez. You can guarantee that I will VOTE AGAINST YOU.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Joe

      Its not what the Country can do for you

      Its what you can do for Obama

      get the moron Reelected

      September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Backer of Packers

      Yeah.. "job killing"... So where are all those job from the "job creators", based on their extorted tax cuts? ***crickets***

      You don't even know when you're being snookered... Sad...

      September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • jcsomebody

      Republican solutions for the killing of jobs, as you put it are: tax cuts for "job creators" and deregulation of the market. Let's see...Bush started two unfunded wars WHILE incorporating massive tax cuts that Obama actually EXTENDED because he listened to your stupid party! (How this makes economic sense is beyond me. Must have taken economics with D-student Perry!) And deregulation....what, like the kind that brought down Wall Street a few years ago and brought unemployment up to begin with?

      Yeah. Those are great ideas! Instead of Keynesian theory that suggest government spending increases during economic downturns, like we've been doing for most of the century? Trickle-down economics/Reaganomics has NEVER WORKED! EVER! Get it through your thick skulls.

      Better yet, let's see the Republicans propose a jobs plan. What's that? They haven't in years? Exactly. So until they do, put a sock in it.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • C-Lo

        You say about tax cuts "that Obama actually EXTENDED because he listened to your stupid party." So, does this make Obama stupid or a follower (ie not a leader), or could it actually be true (gasp) that tax cuts are an effective way to handle a struggling economy? Those are the only three choices your statement leaves.

        Reaganomics are what gave Willie the time to wet his willie and opened up the door to the 90's economic boom.

        Repbus have offered jobs bills in the first few months of taking control of the House, only to be turned away time and again by Obama-Reid that they wouldn't see the Senate floor or White House pen.

        Face it. The people spoke in 2010, giving the power of the purse back to Republicans, and it is the Dem Senate and White House who are truly the obstructionists. Witness MA, NY, NV and, soon, Oregon.

        September 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • jcsomebody

        C-Lo, Obama has been following whatever the Republicans have told him to do for most of the first two years of his term. He is a centrist liberal who caters to both sides. His desire for bipartisanship on almost every issue is his greatest asset and his greatest weakness at the same time.

        Yet conservatives have never seen this. They still accuse him of being a Marxist! Tell me how that makes sense? Obama has been accused of being everything under the sun, and I'm tired of it.

        The tax cuts have been here for a long time. If they truly work, like you insinuate, WHERE ARE THE JOBS? And as far as your history lesson, you couldn't be more wrong. Clinton compromised on everything because of the Contract ON (not for) America. But even then, that was great because we got a surplus again. It's easy to have a booming economy under a surplus without sustained out-of-control military spending. But I ask you: what was the sticking point for the debt limit deal for Republicans? Oh, yeah. Military spending. WHY? It makes no sense to call for debt reduction while still touting those government weapons contracts...the same government they claim to hate and want out of their lives.

        Republicans are a walking set of contradictions. Get the government out of our lives, but then we want to tell you what you what is "moral" in the confines of your own home. Democrats are the opposite but equally hypocritical. So go ahead and slam Obama, but he's about as close to center as you're going to get. He changed the healthcare bill several times to accommodate the losers fighting him at every turn, and they still voted against it.

        I hope you don't supplement your opinions by watching Fox News, but if you do, your viewpoint makes a lot more sense. Propaganda by any means. You know who else liked propaganda? Stalin. But who do neo-cons liken to communism? Mr. Compromise in Chief.

        September 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • C-Lo

        jc—so your answer is that he’s a follower (“Obama has been following whatever the Republicans have told him to do”). Again, if our country was/is in such bad shape, why do you want a follower and not a leader in the WH? He had near complete control for the first 2 years with Congress. For you to think it was the Republicans he was “compromising” with is wrong-sighted, in my opinion. I believe the Left and the Media wanted to make it appear this way, but he had no reason to compromise with them. And I honestly don’t believe that he was doing it out of sincerity. I may be wrong, but there is as much proof of my point as there is of yours. It’s all speculation.
        Yes, you’re right, it’s easy to have a surplus w/out “out of control military spending” as well as out of control (insert any gov’t program name here) spending. Nearly ALL gov’t spending is rife with scam, scandal, greed, fleecing and waste. The pigs will always find the deepest troughs.
        I don’t deny your call on the hypocrisy of the Christian Conservatives that are in the Republican party, and thank you for your honesty about the left being opposite but equal. These are the reasons I consider myself mostly Libertarian. That being said, however, I am a Christian and believe in those ideals in my own home, but don’t believe the gov’t in a free society should, for the most part, have a general say in those matters. They are between a man and his God. I believe in fiscal conservatism, smaller govt.
        And no, I don’t “supplement my opinions by watching Fox News,” I actually usually listen to radical left wing talk radio (when it’s not sports or business). Regardless, Fox is not nearly as bad as MSNBC, Hot Air Huffington or some of the others that progressives turn to for their “news”.
        RE: tax cuts…economics is a Poli-sci major not a business major, meaning that even prestigious universities recognize it as a philosophy and not a business “standard” if you will. While I don’t have my finger on all of the documents/evidence right at this moment, the Bush tax cuts helped stabilize a battered economy in the wake of 9/11.
        There is another viable option—doesn’t matter who’s in power, the FED pulls the strings of the entire gov’t. I’ve spent too long here for more explanation, but take a closer look at books about the Federal Reserve—you might be spooked.

        September 15, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • ROYA

        He should not have listened to republicans and extending tax cuts, whose fault is that? he should have used executive orders to close guitmo, he should have ended bush tax cuts, ge should not have signed that stimulus and he should have vetoed a healthcare bill without a public option, he as president was elected by majority, but he failed the majority who voted for him by listening to republicans, let us hope he has learned his lessons.

        September 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  11. jules

    Hey Joe, Do you really think the GOP is putting country before party? You would think they would pass this jobs bill and say, we're giving it a try – the president thinks it will work. Otherwise, if they defeat him and take over control they are going to be the ones to raise taxes because their way just isn't going to work. Their way drove us into debt and their way will make it worse unless they increase revenue.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  12. Bill (Louisiana)

    The thing Obama has going for him is that none of these candidates are fit to lace up John McCain's boots. I voted for Obama over McCain because he picked a bad VP. He should have picked Hucklebee or Juliani and he would have had my vote. The republicans I see so far I cannot see any two of them on a ticket defeating Obama and Biden. I am so ticked with the Tea Party screwing up the republican party and the country by there just say No attitude and no to negotiation. We all know what there agenda is. Capitalism at its worse.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You would have voted for Hucklebee but because he was not on the ticket you voted for Barry? Do not believe you Bill. Sounds like a typical Liberal lie. The two men are so far apart on their ideas, just not credible.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  13. Liz the First

    Yes, they're against you, Mr. President!!!!! you're finally just now figuring this out? they've been against you, and by proxy, against the country and its people SINCE DAY ONE OF YOUR PRESIDENCY. and you've let us down trying to reason with these thugs. it's long past time you play as hard with them as they have with you or they will destroy this country and our now fragile democracy!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  14. Pete

    I subscribe to an Internet newsletter called Energy Central and the news is getting more depressing every week. Every time I scan the headlines I realize I'm looking at another piece of a gathering energy debacle.

    Take last Thursday's edition. Right at the top of the page was the story, "Xcel Energy, eXco Join in Major Wind Farm Developments in Minnesota, North Dakota." It's like this every day. Wind farms of sprouting up all over the country like 65-story mushrooms. The North American Reliability Council estimates we will have 175,000 megawatts of new capacity by 2017 (that's the equivalent of 175 major coal or nuclear plants). Unfortunately, it admits, "only approximately 23,000 MW…is projected to be available on peak." That means these windmills will be idle most of the time. Coal plants operate at 65 percent capacity, nuclear rims at 90 percent. But at best windmills produce only 30 percent of their "nameplate capacity" and they are almost useless on torpid summer days. California has found its windmills running at only 3 percent capacity on hot summer days.

    Never mind, we are forging ahead anyway. Right under the Minnesota story is a report that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has laid down a "wind farm code of ethics" governing dealings between wind companies and municipal officials. It seems that several windmill manufacturers are following the tried-and-true pattern of bribing municipal officials by hiring them as "consultants" in seeking zoning and other approvals. Although you'd never know it, there are actually folks out there in the hinterland that don't like the idea of littering the landscape with these nearly useless monstrosities. However, those folks are being steamrolled in the march toward alternate energy utopia. As Attorney General Cuomo remarks, "Wind power is an exciting industry that will be a cornerstone of our energy future."

    Next comes a story, "More Study is Ordered Before Savannah River Dredging Starts: An NRC Board Says the Environmental Impact Has Not Been Addressed." The Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Generating Station in Burke County, Georgia, has two 1,200-MW reactors sitting on the Savannah River, directly across from the federal nuclear processing facilities in South Carolina. Now Southern Nuclear, which owns Vogtle, wants to build two new 1,000-MW reactors as part of the nuclear renaissance.

    Environmental groups have immediately taken up the challenge, arguing that dredging the Savannah River to allow barge delivery of reactor parts will damage the river. The Savannah was dredged regularly for more than a century until the Army Corps of Engineers gave up in 1980 because nothing much was happening on the river. Now environmental groups say a renewal will ruin the environment. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has nodded agreement and will require an environmental impact statement before early site clearance can begin. That will probably add three years to the project.

    I hadn't been following Vogtle so I googled it and discovered a manifesto from the Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), a major anti-nuclear opponent. WAND was issuing a call to other organizations around the country to join their crusade. The appeal appears on the Community Blog page of "My Barack Obama," the campaign's effort to organize community groups in support of the candidacy.

    IT'S EASY TO SEE where this is leading. President-elect Obama says he supports nuclear "in principle," but then so does the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has opposed reactors for 35 years. Obama also opposes Yucca Mountain, which is a shibboleth among opposition groups. Ironically, Yucca Mountain only became necessary when Jimmy Carter canceled nuclear fuel reprocessing in 1977, creating the so-called problem of "nuclear waste." France has pursued reprocessing and stores all its high-level waste from 40 years of producing 75 percent of its electricity in one room at Le Havre.

    Rather than heeding this example, however, the Obama Administration is much more likely to do exactly what California did during the 1980s and 1990s - stall both coal and nuclear construction while adopting huge subsidies and mandates for "renewable energy." Within a decade we could find ourselves where California was in 2000 - saddled with huge quantities of expensive "alternate" energy while not having enough electricity to run its traffic lights.

    Is this depressing enough? Well, try the next story on Energy Central, "Russia Offers to Cooperate With Brazil in Nuclear Sector." The rest of the world, you see, is forging ahead with nuclear power. France is already at 80 percent nuclear, Korea is planning 11 new reactors, China is building four plants with a Japanese technology named "Westinghouse." India is exploring thorium technology, France is penetrating the Middle East, Russia is powering Siberian villages with small reactors built on barges. Japan Steel Works, the only company in the world that makes steel reactor vessels, has a four-year waiting list. France, Russia, and Japan are all reprocessing. Now Russia is selling Brazil a whole package that will include uranium mining, small reactors for remote areas, and probably eventually reprocessing as well.

    In 1982, President Reagan lifted Jimmy Carter's ban on fuel reprocessing but, given the climate in this country, American industry has never been willing to reinvest. In speaking before groups about the possibilities of a nuclear renaissance, I am often asked, "What would it take to revive reprocessing in this country?" In all honesty, I have to respond, "I think we'll have to ask the French to do it for us."

    Reading the latest, I realize I may be wrong. It may be the Russians we have to ask instead.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  15. Henry Miller

    "Obama to GOP: You're either with me, or you're against me."

    Wow! What an amazing observation!

    King George to the colonies: You're either with me, or you're against me.

    Xerxes to the Greeks: You're either with me, or you're against me.

    Unfortunately, a more precise analysis might be:

    The American people to Obama: You're either with us, or you're against us.

    And Obama, by insisting on pursuing policies that further the ruin of the American economy, has decided to be against us.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Don

      Except for the facts. The fact is that President Obama did NOT say that to the GOP. Thanks for the historical hyperbole, though. Now catch you breath and sit back down.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks Don.

        September 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Jon Davis

      Actually I can remember quite vividly the Bush administration in the run up to the war in Iraq that is was you are with us or you are against us attitude.I'll bet you were with him..

      September 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  16. Amazing

    Mr. President, it is clear that Republicans are against you. All you here is no from them. The solutions to create jobs and reduce the deficit are at odds. To creat jobs will require investment which can not be accomplished soley but cost reductions. As someone who will be impacted by the higher tax rate being proposed, I support it. I don't like because I would like to keep my money just like we all would. However, this is my way of supporting my country. I am willing to give a little more so that the less fortunate who depend on these government programs do not loss there support structure. Exxon Mobil made $11billion in one quarter. If their tax credits were reduced to the equivalent of 1%, their net income would be $10.9 billion. Repliacte that 1% across the entire indusrty and you will have a signifcant amount of money with no huge impact on the bottom line. Everyone needs to pitch in to solve a problem that began decades ago. That includes Warren Buffet, Exxon Mobil and me!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Jon Davis

      Hear Hear!! We are all guilty of the mess we are in. We all need to man up, suck up and pay up. I'm certainly not rich, but we all need to pitch in and fix the problem. We should let all of the Bush tax cuts expire, for everyone, rich and middle class. We all need to pay up, and fix this problem..

      September 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  17. Jeff in Reno

    Only a Sith deals in absolutes

    September 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  18. Welsh, Irish, English

    What condition are our public school facilities in?
    School districts have an estimated $271 billion of deferred building and grounds maintenance in their schools, excluding administrative facilities, which averages $4,883 per student.

    In a 2010 state survey, 10 states (CO, DE, GA, HI, IL, KY, LA, ME, MT, NJ) reported needing an average of $4,400 per student for deferred maintenance.
    So lets keep cutting taxes for the rich and let the roof fall in on our students. Family values.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  19. Lindsey

    As an independent, I am against you. The fact that Republicans are against you, should go without saying.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • ROYA

      Lindsey you are against him because?

      September 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  20. Cleavette

    This congress is doing a GREAT job of destroying this country. It should be humanly impossible tyo be against everything including their own ideas. We have to do three thing to get the country back on track; 1. Get out of Irag and afghanistan (save a few trillion dollars) 2. vote out all the do-nothing repubs (this would raise the unemployment rate, but we can live with that increase) 3.Use the hot air from the Tea Baggers to power a turbine that would produce an endless supply of renewable energy.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  21. skarphace

    You anti-Obama freaks are blaming the headline of the article on Obama? Really? Obama never said "You're either with me, or you're against me." Yet you blame him for the quote anyways.

    Brianna Kielar made that quote, not Obama. Blame her.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Don

      Exactly!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  22. V in Chicago

    You know, when people dig their heels in and refuse to come to the table and compromise, then it's easy to point fingers and blame the guy at the top for all the problems. What is most confusing to me is how these same people have such memory loss and can not see that the republican side of our governement has and is doing everything possible to try and blame this President for their own lack of leadership.

    For me, if you are not trying to be part of the solution, you are against the American people not Obama. Digging in your heels and trying to bring down a sitting President is the most Un-American thing I can think of.

    At the last two debates held, I kept hearing over and over again Regan this and Regan that. Does anyone not remember how high unemployment was under Regan and how much was spent during his terms? Regan was an actor with his strings being pulled by the Party. He was a great frontman, and that's it. If making the rich richer and eliminating the middle class is your idea of governing, then I don't want you anywhere near an elected office.

    Just wait until the 2012 election. The Right is very vocal (as usual) but those of us in the middle or on the left will make damn sure our voices are heard in 2012. The only difference will be, we will be the quiet majority and will not look like idiots before then. It's called quiet grace. Go ahead and spew your hate, you are only defeating yourselves. The louder they yell, the less they know.

    Obama in 2012!

    September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Don

      Well said!

      September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Blackman in America

      AMAN and pass the ammo the repuks will try and pull a 2000 in 2012 because that is their M.O., steal what you cant win.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  23. too good 4u

    @ joe...........crawl back under your rock the circus is already in town they are called the tea party retards

    and like or NOT Obama WILL BE RE-Elected...pack up your junk and move to mexico chump

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • MTATL67

      Amazing no one is upset that we paid the GOP and fiscal terrorist members of Congress to do NOTHING. Talk about addictated to welfare.

      September 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Dean / FL

      By becoming president, and doing such a crappy job, Obama has set black politicians back 50 years. I hope he's re-elected in 2012.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  24. Jay in NC

    I have notice that even Liz Carter of Georgia and Liz2009 don't even support this guy anymore.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  25. mario

    It has become more and more clear to me that President Obama cannot truly help our country because the GOP stands in his way at every move. I think the Tea Party is causing the Republican Party many problems and will continue to do so until the 2012 elections. This will help President Obama towards a win!!

    September 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Ray E. Georgia

    Well,
    It IS still about jobs. Where are they? After 3 years and no hope in sight what's next. Obama Promised Unemployment wouldn't go above 8 precent. This week Bank of America laid off 30,000 workers. He is opposing Boeing putting a plant in South Carolina. So where doen Boeing go if they can't build the plant in South Carolina? China? And two Congressional Elections, both won by Republicians. Want jobs to come back. Want small business to start hiring again? REPEAL OBABA CARE ans EXTEND THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR AT LEAST TEN MORE YEARS! Like over 15 percent living below the Poverty Level. 46 Million on Food Stamps, over 9 percent unemployment, a 15 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, Happy landings.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Jim

      Ray E Georgia – Get all the facts before you open your trap. The reason he opposes Boeing building a plant in South Carolina is because they are trying to get around the labor laws and screw the people.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • Pete

        Unions are what is screwing this country
        those greedy bastards want everything
        two people doing the same job, one outpreforms the other, they both get the same increase Bullshit
        fire the lazy ass and Hire another guy who will perform

        September 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  27. Don

    Actually, what the President told the GOP was more like "Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way!". The GOP had a chance to lead and they led us into a mess. They refuse to follow the President, obstructing everything he proposed for 3 years. Now, they refuse to get out of America's way...when America needs positive economic activity and leadership. LEAD, FOLLOW, or GET OUT OF THE WAY! Well, said President Obama.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • S.Positive

      Unfortunately, the GOP or R (Republican) as in reverse will not get out of the way for America to D (Democrats) as in drive forward. That is why the do nothing congress is on notice!!!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  28. Blackman in America

    Agreed................GOPers/KKKers/teabaggers need to either LEAD, follow or get the hookie-puk outta the way because there is a good reason why only 13% of the polled American's believe the repuks can "lead" this country outta of the wet corner of a paper bag. HOW bout they TRIFLIN

    September 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Wayne

      My question is who are the 13% who think Congress is doing a good job? I dont get them.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  29. Wayne

    Can someone stop blaming politicians. Stupid voters are the problem with this country. The hole that we are in is a direct result of electing Bush TWICE. What fools we are. I won't make a claim without supporting it so here we go.

    – First, security. Bush did nothing about Osama Bin Laden when Clinton told him he was issue number 1. In less than a year OBL attacked the US. Death toll was great but the economy was ravaged as a result.
    – Bush attacks the wrong country. Bush spent 3 TRILLION dollars attacking a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush had no tax increases or cuts to pay for the 3 trillion so national debt increases. Where was the Teaparty then?
    -Bush gives a tax cut to the rich but doesnt make corresponding cuts to offset the reduction in revenue. Debt increases
    -Bush gives big business free reign. They rip off consumers, cheat on wall street..our financial system becomes unsustainable1
    -Bush gives billions to oil companies..unpaid for. Bush gives prescription bill written by drug companies. 1 Trillion..
    0
    By the time Obama takes off this country is losing 750k jobs per month. Obama has to do some unpopular things to bring it back to 100k net positive job growth.

    Now people are considering another Bush..another stupid Texan Governer...guess what folks..stupid voters get what they deserve.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  30. Jared

    As a conservative republican...

    I don't see why my fellow republicans would be so opposed to this bill. I admit that I've only read the highlights, but it seems to me that my party is opposed to the best of the bill, Infrastructure improvements. That is the only part of the bill that will actually provide jobs to people and it will actually benefit larger groups of people by upgrading or fixing our infrastructure. Most of the other items (except job training), I say blah to, but who can really argue with infrastructure?

    The bill as a whole is weak at best though.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • C-Lo

      You're right Jared, there are parts of the bill that are good, and both sides have said as much. the problem is the rest of the blah, as you put it, and the fact that Obama won't let them pass the pieces, only the whole. If they'd all start with the small steps on what CAN be agreed on, there might be some progress overall in DC. But O is playing the same partisan politics the Repubs were accused of (though it was he and Reid stonewalling) over the summer.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  31. Cody

    "It's time for us to really do something,"

    NOW its time? You idiot its been time for you and your feet dragging Republican buddies to do something since we started losing almost 1 million jobs per month at the end of 2008! It took you nearly 3 years to pull your head out? Good god anyone voting for these people should slap themselves.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • C-Lo

      That's right Cody...end of 2008. 2 years of Dem controlled Congress, incoming Dem president, businesses were SCARED to DEATH of hiring because they didn't (or maybe did) know of the blood bath that was about to ensue. Repubs have put forward plans to be stonewalled by Reid and Obama. But of course the press doesn't present it in that way. It's taken the American Public 3 years to pull their head out and begin to realize Dem's are NOT the answer!

      September 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  32. skarphace

    I don't mean to be an Obama apologist. In fact, my vote for 2012 is still undecided. If the Republicans nominate Huntsman, Romney, or Paul I will hold my decision until the Presidential debates.

    However, saying that Obama is an 'with me or against me' President is absolutelly rediculous. He has compromised way more often than most Democrats think he should. He has compromised even after the Republicans refused to compromise on anything.

    He compromised on health care (no public option or no deal, said the right). He compromised on the Bush Tax cuts (or unemployment benefits will end, said the right). He compromised on the debt ceiling fiasco (no revenue increase or no raise in the cap, said the right).

    In fact, I would say that his willingness to compromise when the other side refused to has emboldened them. I do not expect them to compromise on increased revenue in his job package. I expect Obama to compromise once again and allow the right to strip the package of anything Democrats want.

    I really hope Obama does not compromise when the Transportation bill comes up for renewal and allow the right to tie it to a ballanced budget amendment to the Constitution. However, I would not be suprised if this indeed happens.

    If anyone should be complaining about Obama's willingness to compromise, it should be the far-left, not the far-right. Obama has given the far-right almost everthing they could want out of a Democratic President and still they blame him for everything and anything. Obama gave them a mile and they want the moon.

    If anybody can currently be accused of being unwilling to compromise, it is the Tea Party polititians, not Obama.

    September 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  33. mikle

    This phrase belong to Stalin in Russia. I leaved in Soviet Union and study his books. I never though that president of USA will use communist slogan. But Obama looks like small communist agitator , and his approach to economy looks more like communist idea. I vote for him, and ask for FORGIVENESS. His change not for better but for worse. His YES WE CAN can read now more like YES WE FAIL.

    September 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  34. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jcsomebody; thankyou for your comment. It is soooo true! That's why I have fought so hard for the President like I have. I know full well the man has tried so hard to work with those Repukes. On everything he's ever tried to do, he's wanted to do it bi-partisanly! He always tried to meet them half-way, accepting most of their agenda and ideologies in the bills to the detriment of his own partys' views and even after that, every time they still blame him alone for the institution of 'such a bill'! PUBLICLY!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    They made up their minds from day one they were NOT going work with him and were going sabatoge him at every turn. Even the things REPUBLICANS have supported such as the BUSH taxcuts for the WEALTHY, many of them on this blog are complaining..why did he pass them for another two years? All of it is just to make him look bad to his own constituency. The man continued them for just a little longer for AMERICANS in the 250K brackets who were already being foreclosed on and losing jobs. All are NOT BUFFETS!

    September 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  36. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's one reason I have deduced this whole dog & pony show to nothing much than racism.

    September 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Dean

      There are jobs Obama is excedingly qualified to perform. President of the United States is not one of them.

      September 15, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • ROYA

        He is far more qualified that all those clawns in GOP primary

        September 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  37. Randall

    Its time to end this business as usual attitude in Washington. Arent you guys sick of these people regurgitating talking points and posing for photo ops in order to get in to office? I realize that major changes need to come in our government and its not going to be easy but we need to face the truth and start dismantling this over reaching government and return power to the people.Obama and Perry are two faces of the same coin and giving either of them the white house will spell doom for us all.Throwing more money at our problems wont solve them so lets bring someone in thats ready to do what needs to be done even if mainstream media wants to act like he doesnt exist. Theres a reason Ron Paul is completely shunned on all networks..... He scares the establishment and rightly so.

    September 15, 2011 at 5:37 am |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @C-lo; NO! He's a humble person who wants to deal in WASHINGTON 'BI-PARTISANLY'! OBAMA wants everybody to support AMERICA, whatever they conclude to do. He wants everybody on the same page and pulling for us, AMERICA; not him, Boehner or McConnell! His concern is NOT with being elected again alone, he's said he'd rather be a good one-term President, than a two-term bad one! You all are deviously and strategically working hard to see to him being a bad one-termer! I don't buy into the hideous propaganda!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Liz–first, with all due respect, do you see the "reply" link next to the date/time of postings (it only allows to the 3rd level). if you do, please use it, as it is difficult much of the time to know what you are responding to–especially in lengthy posts.

      I am guessing this was in response to my response to jc calling Obama a follower. In my honest opinion Liz, the only successful "humlble leaders" are spiritual, Jesus Christ, Ghandi, Dali Lama, Mother Therisa–I'd even throw Dr. MLK in this category (even though his targets were more political, he was not a politician or political leader).

      The most successful presidents have NOT been humble...and I would say that's true regardless of if I agree with the outcomes of their success (Lincoln may be an execption, at least in reading his writings), but FDR, Eisnhower, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, Bush 43. NOT HUMBLE men and accomplished much what they set out to do–making them successful (again, defining success as what they set to accomplish, whether you like the accomplishments or not). Obama couldn't even get his supermajority in Congress to pass healthcare in the form he wanted. He bows to foreign leaders, appoligizes for the US. Leave that to the regional diplomats. He is a strong orator and nothing more.

      If I blow out my knee, I don't go to the local nursing school for treatment, asking them to poke and prod till they figure it out, I go to a surgeon. O has poked and prodded (as you or maybe someone else alluded to elsewhere on the car wreck scenario) to see what might work.

      September 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  39. Victoria

    I got news for some of you. If the GOP is against Obama they are against the majority of our average american population. We want it passed. If they are against this they are against teachers, employers and letting the private sector create jobs. The problem is all the GOP and tea party care about is power & their money. They actually WANT the economy to fail as they think it will help in their election.That is just disgusting. I urge the folks in support of this plan to reach out to your states elected officials and make sure they know how you feel. Obama 2012

    September 16, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • C-Lo

      The, Victoria, why are so many Congressional DEMOCRATS against the plan as well–and for the same reasons as Republicans? Take a look at the Washington Post political articles. Even famed James Carville is telling O to change his advisors! My guess by the way you've phrased this is you are Liberal Lacky on a PAC payroll (maybe Soros?) as it screams of liberal slogans, not independent thought. At least that's how it looks to me–For instance:

      GOP is NOT against teachers/employers or anyone else...this is such a mis-truth perpetuated by the Left. We are against frivilous spending that shows time and again it doesn't work to just throw money at the problem. Quote from Washington Post:

      “If spending money could fix our jobs problem, it would have been solved long ago — because we’ve sure done our share of spending,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a frequent critic of the president. This is true of educations/teachers as well.

      There are some sane minds in the Dem party, (and there are some insane ones on the right–I won't deny). NO WE DONT WANT THE ECONOMY TO FAIL! This why we are OPPOSED to Obama's policies–they will guarantee failure of the economy.

      Social Security seemed like a great idea in 1935, Medicare in 1960's and look where they have put us today as a country. Borrowing money seems like a good idea for investments, look where it's gotten individuals (who borrowed against their houses), businesses (who borrowed against themselves) and the US Gov't (who borrowed against your and my paychecks), and where are each of these now?

      You want better shcools in your neighborhood, RAISE TAXES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. You want more afterschool programs VOLUNTEER YOUR SERVICES. Stop passing responsibilities off on your neighbors (next door, next city, next county or next state). Assume some personal responsibility and stop asking the Gov't to rob your neighbors to fund your wishes. CHANGE AND HOPE COME FROM WITHIN NOT WASHINGTON stop confusing the two!

      September 16, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  40. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I'm just now reading this thread again; don't EVER try to predict my support Pres Obama! I SUPPORT HIM! I don't know why you thought that, but maybe it was because I've been busy with family issues and just didn't get a chance to address some of the subject threads. Oh, yes I AM still supporting Obama as I'm sure Jean is. So don't get all happy and excited! I sure you know that I really do have another life going on outside of arguing with you and your kind EVERYDAY! You 'cons' hadn't won me over, OK?

    September 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  41. Jim

    As an Independent that voted for Obama in 2008 I can honestly say I am against him in 2012. We cannot spend ourselves out of our problems and calss warfare is not something I support.

    Let's be honest here, you cannot solve the problem of poverty without the help of those receiving it. We have poured trillions into solving the problem, but we gave aid without any expectation from those receiving it. Every child has access to education, but far too many parents fail to push their kids. Parents are not engaged in their Childs education, do not care if they attend school, how well they do when they are there or even care when they drop out. This essentially results in wasted education money and instead of holding parents accountable, what do we do? We throw more money at it only to see the same results. I believe that a family's access to government aid should be tied to a Childs attendance and performance in school, how else will you break the cycle? Also, allowing women to keep having kids they cannot afford and rewarding them with bigger tax payer funded checks is also a problem.

    While I support eliminating tax loop holes and asking the rich to pay more, it is also time to address the 47% of this country that pays absolutely nothing in income taxes, while draining services and entitlements with no expectation of giving back to society.

    For those who advocate that they should not have expectations, consider that IF you took that mentality with your kids, meaning you provide for their every need and apply no expectations, you end up with lazy, entitlement driven attitudes and will be taking care of them the rest of your lives. If we want to talk about paying ones "Fair Share" then we need to expect the 47% currently paying nothing to also contribute.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  42. carol

    America is just one country being affected by a global economic near collapse, orchestrated by world banking and corporate redirection of wealth from the majority to the minority. Reminiscent of pre-depression era 20's-30's, the majority drank the koolaid and charged their lives away while the wealthy sat there and watched with glee. The current world economic situation has been slowling developing as a movement to horde away the planets wealth, and political clout has been enprisoned by greed. Our country is just one of the building blocks in Money's scheme for world dominence. Until we start looking to the root cause for this dilemna the greed and avarice of the rich and demand more accountability from the world's political and financial leaders we as a world will see the decimation of the middle class' throughout the world not just here in America.

    September 21, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  43. TGD

    This is a pretty easy choice for most in the GOP. There is virtually nothing in any of Obama's plans I can support.
    His rants against the rich or bankers or corporations or some other group are tiresome and divisive. His plans are ludicrous. He has not improved anything since he took office – the economy is worse, the MidEast stituation is worse. The wars have expanded. Foreign relations are worse. Our energy issues are worse. Employment is down. Morale in the country is down. Housing is worse. Education is down. Oh, but inflation and debt and spending are up. Up is not necessarily better. He has not solved anything. And he won't. He isn't a leader. For all his vaunted intelligence, he seems to lack common sense. He comes across as elitist and exclusive. He is not transparent. He cannot articulate his vision for the US but my vision of our future under his policies and stewardship is very bleak.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  44. Tara

    Obama's "Job Plan" is formulated to save one job – HIS OWN! With his pole numbers at an all-time low and Americans fed up with his policies, this is an obviously ploy: propose a riduculously expensive (about a half a billion bucks) plan that proposes to create jobs, hope to God the GOP votes against it and then when election time comes around in 2012, he could campaign that he tried to create jobs but the GOP voted against his plan. SURPRISE! On Tuesday, October 4, senate minority GOP said, ya know, there are some things in this bill we could work with. To which a startled senate majority leader Democrat Harry Reid, said NO!

    It is so sad that we have a president whose every move is politically motivated, never for the greater good of the people of the U .S.A., only for his own re-election. The worst was when he went against the advice of every commanding officer in Afghanastan and decided to roll back the troops at such a quick and voluminous rate so as to leave the troops that were there in harms way – for votes from the liberal anti-war mongols! Very sad that it's more important for him to keep his own job than to protect our troops. Does he know something every commanding officer doesn't know?

    This president has created more debt than EVERY U.S. president from George Washington to George Bush, Sr., COMBINED! Please vote him out of office!

    October 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  45. Yuko Guss

    Second chances are fine. Maybe even third chances, under the right circumstances, but 4th? 5th? 20th?

    December 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
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