November 7th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Bypassing congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans

President Obama unveiled three executive actions Monday aimed at helping unemployed veterans secure private-sector employment, the White House’s latest effort to bypass Congress with initiatives designed to spur economic growth.

Flanked by members of veterans associations in the Rose Garden, the president announced three new programs the White House says will reduce the time it takes a veteran to find a job. It’s part of what the White has dubbed the “We Can’t Wait” campaign – a series of moves Obama says he can initiate without congressional authorization.

“Just think about the skills these Veterans have acquired – often at a very young age,” Obama said. “Think about the leadership they learned – the cutting edge technologies that they've mastered. Their ability to adapt to changing and unpredictable circumstances you can't just get from a classroom.”

Among the new initiatives is a Veteran Gold Card which will provide post-9/11 service members with six months of personal career support, an online search tool which will suggest career paths tailored to a transitioning veteran’s position in the service, and an online jobs bank launched with the support of the leading internet job search companies.

The White House says the new programs are being funded with money already appropriated to the Department of Labor and that overall costs of the projects were kept low because they drew on infrastructure already in place.

Meanwhile the president will also renew his call for Congress to enact tax credits to businesses that hire recent veterans. Those credits, which were part of the president’s jobs bill that Congress blocked last month, amount to as much as $5,600 to a business that hires an unemployed veteran and $9,600 to a business that employs a veteran who was disabled during his or her service.

The congress is expected to take up those proposals later this week. It’s unclear if, unlike the president’s other recent jobs proposals, the tax credits will gain enough bipartisan support.

“I believe it's time they said yes to taking action that would boost the economy overall because the overall economy has an impact on veterans,” Obama said. “It's a lot easier for veterans to find jobs if the economy is growing rapidly and unemployment is dropping”

The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans stands well over 11 percent – significantly higher than unemployment nationwide. And with thousands of troops expected to exit the service within the next two years as the war in Iraq winds down and other cuts hit the Department of Defense, the White House says that number is in danger of climbing.

“While our economy has added more than 350,000 private sector jobs just over the past three months, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed,” Obama also noted. “Too many can't find a job worthy of their tremendous talents.”


Topics: President Obama

soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. MTATL67

    I am glad the President is taking the action that he predecessors took. Congressional Republican’s obstructionist agenda have not helped to improve anything. I do not know of one single person that all Republican no votes have helped. I have never heard of a small business opening up because the GOP filibustered. The President is acting and Congressional Republicans are idle. The GOP should be concerned because more and more people are seeing them as not helping but preventing recovery.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • zaggs

      Um, the house just passed a Veteran's bill 418 to 6. Obstruction what?

      November 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        Wait for what happens in the Senate.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • steveo

        Jim,

        Yeah! I wonder if Reid sends this one to the floor for a vote! We will see.

        November 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • Ben

        What veteran bill? All the house specializes in is anti-abortion bills , and plan parenthood bills they call job bills. This congress have sponsored more anti-abortion bills and anti-plan parenthood bills than the last fifty congress combined. These are what they call job bills. Only republicans will call bills that polices a womans, uterus a job bill.
        Mr. President, keep exposing this do notting congress republicans.

        November 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • Scott Key

        Where have you been living for the past three years, son? Under a rock?

        November 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • w5observer10

        Did you say 'just passed', I say "finally".
        The sabotage gambit already compounded the damage done by 'TrickleDownEconomics' and 'WallStreetGreed".
        Can you vouch that this bill will open the needed 18m jobs finally?

        November 8, 2011 at 1:40 am |
      • car1944

        The right wing can say what they want, I am so proud of our President doing what needs to be done for the American people. I one of those supporters that backed him on using the 14th Amendment regarding the D\debt limit debacle the Teapublicants caused a few months ago.
        As President Obama has said, and now finally the right believes him, if the Teapublicants won't act, I will.

        I've come to the conclusion that Barak Obama, like any politician, would like to serve a second term, but it's not an end all situation for him. President Obama during his present term was not able to keep many of the promises made during his campaign, not because he failed to try, but because the Teapublicants in congress blocked every attempt, to the man & woman, this President proposed. What they would have America believe is that this President is wrong on everything???
        Do you notice the recent vitriol coming out of right wing talk radio aimed at the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators? What I detect in the right is "FEAR". Fear that their idiotic moves of "NO", their state laws taking away public workers rights, attempting to bust unions, claiming that teachers, police & firemen are the problems, not solutions any longer, has awaken a true "Silent Majority" in our country. They've told us lies so long, so consistent, where they felt the country had given them some mandate and now they see an opposition that has spread acroos the country and even into Europe.

        November 8, 2011 at 9:13 am |
      • Jim

        Obama does a lot of "unveiling" – but nothing seems to happen thereafter.

        November 8, 2011 at 9:16 am |
      • James

        Good question–

        November 8, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • durundal

      if anything I would point you to the tea party loonies who are trying to start a movement among small businesses to refuse to hire anyone no matter what until our president caves/quits

      November 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • LNB

        They will do ANYTHING to bring down his presidency. I want Mr. Obama to do more bold things like this and come 2012 it will all become clear as to who would bring down the country to make our President fail. Bravo Mr. President. OBAMA 2012. DO MORE!!!

        November 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • Milvet

        They certainly will. Look at how many jobs Republican business owners (ie the owner of GE) have sent and are still sending overseas. Yet Republicans fight tooth and nail for such companies to get tax break. Ridiculous...I bet if the Republicans win in 2012 the unemployment rate will miraculously decrease. They will do anything to destroy this man.

        November 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
      • Barfy Spewsalot

        The way to counter that is start a competing company that hires everyone who is NOT a Tea bagger or Republican. when you think about it Why is it no one can't start up a shoe company to make American made sports shoes to replace Nike? Let the 1% move their companies out of the country we will start our own versions & no longer need their product.

        November 8, 2011 at 4:25 am |
      • Random

        So people that joined a voluntary war for oil should get rewarded. Many joined because they were 18 years old and were kicked out of the house for smoking pot. Who would want to employ someone like that?

        November 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • steveo

        @Milvet

        "Milvet

        They certainly will. Look at how many jobs Republican business owners (ie the owner of GE) have sent and are still sending overseas".
        --------------
        Incorrect Sir! THE CEO of GE, Jeff Imelt (SP) is an avid Obama supporter. In fact, he sat next to the President when folks were chuckling about shovel ready jobs not being so shovel ready. This same GE paid NO federal taxes in 2010 AND is opening up a manufacturing plant in China. I believe it may have to do with alternate energy. This is an Obama supporter and NOT a GOP owner!!

        November 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Chuck Deep

      Wrong...check the facts.

      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll785.xml

      November 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Nautius

      ANY President is well within their rights to direct agencies to restructure their existing budgets to implement projects. This doesn't make Obama special. He's just doing what he is supposed to be doing. The Republicans are just keeping him from digging more money out of our pockets to pay for his union benefiting "stimulus" packages. If it wasn't for the Republicans, there would be no stopping this out of control spending president.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
      • Steve

        Roflmao you are so sad

        November 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • Drew

        If it wasn't for Republicans, unemployment might be below 8% right now.

        Too bad they've obstructed every attempt to create jobs, after running on a platform of "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!"

        November 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Teresa

        Oh my god, give it up....UNIONS did not get us into this mess. Unions came about so people could get paid a fair wage for a fair days work. Unions helped get our children back in the classroom and out of the factories. Unions tried to give everyone, union or not, decent benefits. How many of you complained when the unions worked to get all this done? Not a damn one of you. You all benefited from it. Now you don't want them to have the power they have. Sure give it all back to the corporations, let them go back to putting children back in the factories here as they do in China and what used to be 3rd world countries. Unions didn't make this mess but I'm sure they will be there to rebuild it when everyone comes to there senses again. If you do not learn from history, you will repeat it.

        November 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • justin

        I highly doubt someone tackles you to the ground everyday & takes your wallet you make is sound so personal. Get a grip these are vterans & if it wasnt for the greedy old pigs in congress & elsewhere, the unemployment rate would be well below 8% also it never would have reached 9% & there never would have been a finacial crisis had Bush never been president,

        November 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Russell Taylor

        Anyone who supports EITHER party, just don't get it, BOTH parties care NOT about what is good for the nation OR her citizens, They are merely in the process to see what lobbies make the largest bids before passing ANY legislation. In the final action , ANY monies will go to some corporation to create these "Jobs", in short any money spent will just be "Entitlements to the 1%". If our government CARED about veterans, why are they Beating them and shooting them with tear gas canisters for exercising their First Amendment Right to free speech? Why are they neglecting thousands of veterans maimed in the lie political wars, denying them treatment, why does the government deny the suicide rate of veterans coming home from their lie invasions? Yeah Support the troops while their boots are on the ground, then shun them when they come home , used up and broken. That's really what I call gratitude, NOT.

        November 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
      • tom

        i agree we need another stimulus the first worked so well 2 million dollars for a congressional district that didn't exist your tax dollars at work

        November 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
      • mike proctor

        My God! reading some of these comments one wonder where such ignorant people get their information from because in a well balance society there are more intelligence people to offset the number of imbecites that are born from to much of inbreeding. I think it plain to see that the imbecities have taken over the reasoning of sound thinking. Good example,President Obama plan to destroy America,He is a socialist, He is a idiot,etc,etc,LO! dummies the Country was destroy long before this man came into office.If all of you genius of governing paid attention to history you may come upon a little known fact that the straw that broke the camel back was done under the Bush presidency. So Mr. Nautius check your facts before you made a fool of yourself again,OH,OH! do us a favor and take Anne,john with you LA,LA LAND.

        November 8, 2011 at 8:26 am |
      • car1944

        I wish to thank Theresa for her comment regarding the unions. I am not a union member, in fact for most of my career, I was in management, but it was/is the unions that work to ensure workers receive a "Fair" deal. Theresa is absolutely correct about the complacency of many Americans. All of a sudden, the country's problem are about the unions? Lets throw in public workers who are now nothing but blood suckers on the state or national budgets???
        Do any of you people on the right have "buyers remorse" putting these Teapublicants back in the House majority? How about those of you that voted for these right wing governors in states like Wisconsin and Ohio?
        A few months ago I was concerned about this country actually being "Taken Back" by these bible-thumpers, but with all the problems we as a nation face, I see light in the distance. Lets hope that All Americans open their eyes as well.
        One final comment to the right, what has your congressperson and/or your senator done for you since 2008???

        November 8, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • pastobserver

      I will be the first to agree that we don't see a lot of action out of the Republicans, but before you jump them about not passing Mr. Obama's bills, you had better know what the dickens you are talking about. His bills say that if an employer doesn't hire someone that is unemployed, and instead hired someone employed, the person who wasn't hired and is unemployed can sue the employer for $300K because they wern't picked and the Government (Labor Department) will help support the person sueing the Employeer. NO Employer will hire anyone to gain $4K with that type gamble.
      WAKE UP and READ what they are putting in these bills! Remember Pelosi saying, just pass the helth bill, than we will tell you what is in the bill. Never thought they would have stuck a 2.5% tax on home sales, did you!

      November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • kathy

        PLEASE SHUTUP!

        November 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • lsgyrl

        Not true.

        November 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
      • Willy Loman

        The burden of proof would be nearly impossible.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • fenson

        The republicans eat puppies......see, I can make up stuff too.

        November 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
      • tom

        can you think of any bill ever that was passed without being read now we have Viagra for sex offenders that should help man how did we ever get by without it

        November 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
      • rep

        more distortion and fear-mongering. first, there were a number of businesses blatantly discriminating against the unemployed. that's unacceptable. second, there is no more reason to worry about massive lawsuits coming from this than there is about folks suing because of discrimination based on age, race, gender, etc and the burden of proof is extremely difficult to meet under the best of circumstances.

        November 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
      • Jeb

        You should follow you're own advice. You clearly have no clue what you are talking about.

        November 8, 2011 at 1:09 am |
      • mike proctor

        This comment is for you /Mr pastobserver in response to comment you fail to do your homework of what the republicans/tea-baggers put forward,that stated "IF YOU ARE OUT OF WORK FOR 2 YEARS OR MORE THE EMPLOYER WILL NOT HIRE YOU." The Obama administration came back with their proposal stating if the empolyers take this route then I have the right to sue you for taking such a blatant form of discrimination against me with the backing of the Government. Let be fair and balance, this is not the Fox network where you can only tell one side of the story.

        November 8, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Joe Seattle

      Gov't help is not the kind of help you want. It's the kind of help that gives you a dollar and then taxes you for two.

      I'd say veterans unemployment of 11% isn't bad at all when the national average is above 9%. They're trying to enter the work force of a nation in depression, so since they comprise a group requiring new hiring to be employed (whereas most of the regular work force who are employed have their jobs simply by way of not having quit them), that's a remarkably good statistic, and does not suggest any special gov't nipple need be extended. Naturally we can't expect everyone (i.e. the idiot who wrote the article), to be able to do simple head math.

      Of course, many of the returning vets are real Americans, so getting a job and working for a living is a core self expectation for them, whereas they probably learned whining until someone else solves your problems for you is of little use on the battlefield.

      November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Howard

      obama thinks he is above the law ... and, he has zero respect for our constitution, or the American people. This arrogant criminal should be kicked out of the White House NOW !!!

      November 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Howard and you seem to set untruths above the truth.
        Obama-Biden 2012

        November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • concerned Joy

      This president knows all he has to do is SAY Republicans do nothing and his followers will take his word for it without question. I think doing your own research is more important now than ever. By the way, I couldn't find results of the vote from the house on CNN yet, but it is all over Fox.com. As someone said before: The House passed the Veteran's bill 418 to 6.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • lsgyrl

        Does not mean it's a good bill. The house has wasted plenty of time passing bills they knew would not make it through thr Senate.

        November 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • blizzardo

        ..ok, good idea, I did my own research;
        the republicans in congress are definitely DOING NOTHING

        November 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
      • tom

        you mean like Obama followers vote on the bill but dont read it

        November 7, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
      • AnnieM

        He doesn't have to say anything. Anyone with more than half a brain can see if for themselves. And just remember, anything that is on Fox news is just right-wing propaganda anyway... Open your eyes and ears and start thinking for yourself. The 99% isn't wrong.

        November 8, 2011 at 7:30 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Joy the Senate voted to take up the bill...but the terms are any employer that hires a veteran who has been unemployed for 6 months will receive $5,600. and a tax credit worth $9,600. for hiring a disabled veteran who has been long-termed unemployed.

        Not exactly a lack of greed being displayed by employers ....and the Greedy Old People who will finally vote yes.

        November 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • g.c.kells

      Last I checked, the House had passed 22 job related bills, most of which are stalled in Senate. Just because you hear that the GOP House is obstructionist, doesn't make it true. Neither does repeating it. Look into it yourself. Reid files cloture on every bill so there can never be a debate, that's obstructionist.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • New Age Independent

        There you go again using facts to confuse the liberal base. You know they can't handle the truth!

        November 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • izy

      I agree MTAL, this is exactly why I voted for this man, he is definitely building more of my support, he is definitely actively working on creating job growth, something the republicans seem not to understand, and Obama will never quit, he is working for the people and by the people, he has my vote, and since the rich are now paying taxes, the conservative sector is upset, boohoo, I had made 5 million dollars, but I have to pay 500,000 for taxes, omg I'm BROKE!!! LMAO, I voted for Obama before and I will again!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • tom

      me too gas is up groceries are up 13 percent everything that should be up is down everything that should be down is up give him credit hes done a great job

      November 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Leopold

      The Republicans were elected in 2010 precisely to do what they are doing now, obstruct Mr. Obama from getting us deeper into debt. His 'proposals' always involve spending more money and raising taxes on someone. He is constitutionally unable to cut corporate taxes, which effectively are among the very highest in the developed world, or to reduce regulation. His health care program is raising obstacles to private labs in terms of sophisticated patient tests to support the development of personalized medicine, a cornerstone of greatly increased treatment success. Mr. Obama has been nothing short of a disaster and there is no confidence in the gov't, no one wants to invest, so the economy is stagnant.

      November 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • JON SMITH

      CHECK OUT THIS AMERICANS. o bomb a

      November 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
      • JON SMITH

        What about the 3.8% tax on all real estate sales to help pay for o bomba care. This starts in 2013 unless Congress stops it from happening. If you GIVE PROPERTY TO YOUR KIN,,, YEP,,, 3.8% tax on appraised value. Wake up America... It's happening to YOU....

        November 8, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Jeb

      Republicans could care less about veterans. They're just interested in regaining power and finishing the work of Bush.

      November 8, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Sandman01DE

      The GOP Congress has helped you and small business and your children's children by balking on adding another $400 billion to our national debt wasted on policies that proved ineffective with the last $2 trillion wasted. Sometimes innaction is the best policy, such as when considering whether to jump off a cliff.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • cyberhackster

      Take a look at Heartless Harry's record of tabeling bills -

      November 8, 2011 at 8:48 am |
  2. Robert Jay

    Once again the efforts of the President with no help support or backing from anyone in the party of "NO" – Congratulations on someone doing something – One additioanl comment – if you are out of work / worried about being out of work or have been out of work and you blame the Democrats – you don't deserve having a job. Anyone who isn't smart enough to know by now their situation is the result of the Republican party beginning with Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2 derves being unemployed and not taking a job from someone with an IQ above 10!

    November 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Drew

      I'm sorry did y'all miss when the jobs bill was brought up in the senate it was the Rep. leader that wanted to bring it up to a vote. Reid was going to push it off till next year! Then even some of the Dem. voted NO! so clearly its not just Rep. saying No to a Dem. idea but now even Dem.'s are say NO to a Dem.'s idea!

      November 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Chuck Deep

      Robert...check the facts before posting. House Democrats and Republicans passed this bill a long time ago. Sitting in the Senate, where Harry Reid is bringing it to a vote. By the way, I'm an independent who voted for Obama last election. Instead of thinking along party lines...do the research. House has passed a ton of bi-partisan bills that are not even being voted on in Senate.

      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll785.xml

      November 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • rastaman44

        Chuck deep:

        The house have passed no bipartsan bills re job creation. All the bills passed deal with either a woman's right to choose or the destruction of the EPA or rescinding the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. So shut it. Those are not bipartisan jobs bills. BTW You are not an independent and you never voted for Obama in 2008. So stop lying!!!!

        November 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • Dan5404

        The Republicans haven't had a bi-partisan thought in years, much less pass anything that is sane to the majority, who generally oppose your obstruction.

        November 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • tom

        hope you come to your senses next time

        November 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • concerned joy

      It is not that the Republicans always say "NO" – they have sent 15 "jobs" bills to the Senate and Harry Reid refuses to vote on them. We have two parties because people don't always agree on the best way to get things done. So obviously the Republicans are not going to roll over and pass everything Obama sends their way, since it has been proven his way is not helping this economy. There has to be some compromise of course, but that won't happen when the Dems won't consider anything the Republicans send their way. You need to study your history a little and you'll discover that Reagan and Bush were not perfect, but our country was in a lot better shape under them. Yes, some of this started at the end of Bush' administration, but Obama is the one taking us "over the cliff".

      November 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
      • Allen Gingrich

        That's, on its face, a lie. Republicans in the House continue to send bills (not of jobs variety, save a few) loaded with right-wing ideology that we know the Democrats will not pass in an attempt to make it look like they are "doing something". On the other side, Democrats propose bills that have very little ideology (there's no such thing as a clean bill), yet they are flatly denied by either the House or the threat of a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

        November 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  3. margeatlarge

    its really startig to look like the prez gave the repugs enough rope to hang themselves and in their stupid arrogance they went ahead with it

    November 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Howard

      obama is a disgusting, anti-American, poor excuse for a President ... who has NO respect for the constitution, America, or all of the true Americans who came before him.

      November 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • swolfson929

        Go back to Fox News

        November 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • ONE ANGRY PERSON

        @HOWARD, DUDE YOU ARE ONE ANGRY WHITE MAN. IF WE AS AMERICANS CAN'T AND SHOULD HELP THE MEN & WOMEN IN UNIFORM THEN WE ARE A SAD ASS NATION, AND YOUR DECRIPTION OF OUR PRESIDENT IS WHAT IS DISGUSTING

        November 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • occupyfreedom

        @ Howard. And you think the patriot act respected the constitution? Stop towing party propaganda. It's not the parties that are broken. They're only the ruins of a broken system. Your so called true Americans who wrote the constitution passes the sedition act and owned slaves and were the 1% of their generation. I suggest you read the entire history book. Not just the chapter that begins in 1980.

        November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • tom

        his ag doesn't either and he proves it a lot read the book injustice

        November 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  4. Lizzie43

    So why did he not try to pass those bills when he had the majority in both houses, because the DEMOCRATS are against many of his so-called bills, the ones who say NO, is his own party, but the press can't say that it might put a different kight on the issue and they have to much invested in this president.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • car1944

      A very good question lizzie43... But now that we are in the Lord's year 2011, why are you not asking your Teapublicant friends a simular question?
      People who are out of work are concerned about what is or is not being done today. The continued efforts on the part of the Teapublicant Party to put them regaining power ahead of the American people will be their downfall. Of course, they (Teapublicants) do not think so. They actually believe that the lies and the obstructions they have presented to us these past three years is based on some mandate given to them because of 2010??? 2010 happened because the American people mistakenly thought something positive would be done between the administration and the Teapublicant Party. Need I say more????

      November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • dc in Michigan

        car1944, you are an idiot. The democrats had full control of both houses and the presidency for 2 full years. The could have passed anything they wished. They didn't and now you and the dems blame the republicans? That is all your party does, blame someone else for their failures. Grow a couple and accept you and their failures like a man.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
      • durundal

        its called a filibuster you s c h m u c k, look how many times the republicans used it and other tactics to delay/shift requirements for legislation to pass. So sorry the first year the democrats didnt steamroll over the republicans, maybe now we would have been fixing problems instead of stalling economies for elections

        November 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • ruth

        This is in reply to DC in Michigan. Obama gave the republicans a chance to take part in a bipartisan process. He didnt want to look like a dictator they have blamed him enough. and the democrates never really have the majority in the senate. If you dont remember Norman coleman didnt step down for 6 months he kept contesting the votes. Then Kennedy died and then it was the 2010 election where the T-Party bullied the people and promised them jobs but they gave the same people who elected them a kick. so go tell your story to the birds.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Lizzie, quit posting nonsense or provide your stats please

      November 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      What Lizzie 43 fails to understand is that while the Democrats did have a majority in the Senate, they DID NOT have a SUPER MAJORITY, which requires SIXTY VOTES. Republicans FILIBUSTERED the bill! Why do you think they call the Senate 'The place where all bills go to die.'?

      November 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And what you chose to ignore in that statement is that "technically" the dems didn't have a super majority, but the two independents Lieberman and Bernie Sanders, who makes most Dems look like Rush Limbaugh, caucus with the left that did give them a super majority, at least until Kennedy passed and a Republican won that LONG TIME dem seat.

        November 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • New Age Independent

        So what you are saying is that Democrats couldn't even bring over a few Republicans across the isle? You know as well as I do that ideology varies on both sides of the isle. The fact remains that Obama could rarely get his side to agree much less work across the isle. You make it sound like the majority they held was insignificant because they didn't have a super majority. It only shows how partisan democrats have been.

        November 8, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • Trevor

      In the 111th Senate Dems had majority but was only between 55 to 58 Dems, 2 indep – 39 and 41 repub
      Need 60 to avoid fillabusters and if you lost 3 or more votes on something the bill could faill. People act like you could just pass whatever you wanted cause you have majority.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • m. dillon

      It's time to get over the notion that the problem is or has been that the Democrats had both houses and didn't pass their agenda. The problem has been the need for a 60 vote super majority to get anything through the Senate – something the Republican party has enforced through their use of the fillabuster. Republicans can stop anything in the Senate and the Democrats cannot pass anything in the Senate as long as everyone sticks to party lines and makes no effort to compromise (which of course the Republican party has sworn not to do so they can blame everything on Obama). The truly sad part of all this is that the Republican party is willing to drive the country into the ditch and keep it there in order to play political power games.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Josy

      Lizzie43, please let go of h your personal hatred for the man and what really had he done so wrong that some group are determined to see that he becomes one term president at the detriment of the American people. Even the programs that the repubs will agree to when he initiated it they turned it down. It is quite unfortunate that we preach freedom and equal opportunity to the world but we are full of hatred

      November 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Tory

      So why did he not try to pass those bills when he had the majority in both houses, because the DEMOCRATS are against many of his so-called bills, the ones who say NO, is his own party. . .

      Lizzie43 . . . it's because Democrats are FREE thinkers and do not vote "LOCKSTEP" just because of party! It would have been great if they did . . . but are you telling me that there are not FOUR out of 40+ Republicans that think differently than their party in the Senate or more in the House . . . they vote ALL or NOTHING . . .that's why they are the party of "NO!"

      November 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      Only true in your fantasy world.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Bluemacaw

      What you are failing to realize is that a simpe majority can not always get anything passed in Congress. They often have to have a Supermajority to get anything passed. A two-thirds Supermajority requires 67 out of 100 Senators, and 290 out of 435 House Representatives. The Senate requires a Supermajority to end a filibuster which is three-fifths, or 60 out of 100 senators. So, you see, the Democratic majority did not have a Supermajority in the Senate, so the minority Republicans/TeaParty could filibuster every bill the majority Democrats wanted to pass.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • jean2009

      @Lizzie43
      Because he never had an actual majority in both houses.
      Obama-Biden 2012

      November 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  5. ART

    What took you so long, if you have an obstacle in your way you go around it and believe me these Rethuglicans are nothing more than do nothing obstacles,impediments,incompetent buffoons.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  6. Soapy Johnson

    Two men in their 40's re-enter the workforce only to discover the pursuit more difficult than imagined. "The Unemployment Chronicles" - a continuing series ... http://placeitonluckydan.com/2011/10/the-unemployment-chronicles/

    November 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  7. qubee

    On this particular bill, it's time to see if the House GOP will put up or shut up.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Chuck Deep

      Actually the House is not the problem...full bi-partisan support. Check your facts before posting...it's sitting on Harry Reid's desk. Voted for Obama last time...will not this time.

      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll785.xml

      November 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  8. zaggs

    So the house already passed a Veterans job bills (Veterans Opportunity to Work Act ) 418 yeahs to 6 nays which included job retraining for vets that have been unemployed for over 26 weeks. But hey, why listen to Congress.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  9. T

    Lizzie43

    So why did he not try to pass those bills when he had the majority in both houses, because the DEMOCRATS are against many of his so-called bills, the ones who say NO, is his own party, but the press can't say that it might put a different kight on the issue and they have to much invested in this president.

    get over it. You just dont like him, But he is doing a great job.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
    • durundal

      at most you are probably referring to the southern democrats, which share in name only. But I do tend the think that Obama has attempted to go centrist on policies, but with both sides rushing away from the middle he might just end up being stranded

      November 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  10. NC

    Everything obama does from now until the 2012 election is going to be all political. He cares nothing about the United States and the citizens of this great country. obama is in deep decline and will try to please everyone just to get re-elected. Vote for the Republican nominee on November 6, 2012. Vote this mistake we call obama out of office.

    November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • mike proctor

      Which dummies should we for that the republicans/tea-baggers put forward as president????? LO!!! maybe you genuis of great wisdom of how to governance. All of you talk a good game but your BS smell to the high heaven!!!!!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  11. Why Now

    So why didn't he do anything besides Obamacare when the demons had the house and senate...ohhh I see it's getting close to 2012 election.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      I see Why Now has no understanding of what a filibuster is.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • Why Now

        And I see you don't have a clue what a super majority is...

        November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Trevor

      In the United States Senate, a three-fifths majority is required to bring out a vote of cloture, to end a filibuster. That's 60 voting members and has not happpened since 1977-79. Dems did have 58 for a short period in 2009 with help of 2 independents. But you still have to have every member in tour party on board

      November 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  12. cf

    Republicans want to obstruct jobs and care and benefits for veterans because "it costs too much." Nothing compared to the cost these men and women paid for our country, for your freedom to sit there and gripe and obstruct everything this President does. Shame on you, Republicans. Funny how you all immediately starting hating the troops and our country as soon as a Democrat was in charge.

    Thank you, Mr President, for (again) doing the right thing, despite the Right (again) showing their unwillingness to work together.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • dc in Michigan

      typical democrat, blame everyone but the one that had full control for 2 years and blew it. When are you idiots going to realize this country is broke and the well is dry? Obama just took money allocated for other things to fund another pet project instead of trying to put forth a bill. Not hard to get a majority vote if there is money to be spent. Obama is like my grandkids. When their piggy bank is bare, they want to borrow against next weeks allowance to buy something but still want their full allowance on pay day.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • Marcus

        FULL CONTROL?
        Per legal definition that means a filibuster-proof majoritty in both houses, which was NOT the case.
        Check the facts before looking down on anybody dude.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
      • dat5r

        I'll take Obama's pet projects over the war in Iraq every day of the week and twice on Sunday, thanks.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • cf

        And why is the country broke and the well dry? Because of the Republican that blew it from 2000-2008.
        Republicans are like teenagers that throw a house party when their parents are out of town. For 8 years they spent all of the family's money, maxed out Dad's credit card, and destroyed the house with wild partying. Then Mom and Dad come home, see the stains on the rug, the broken vase, smoke and fire damage, and say "We need get this cleaned this up!" But the teenagers (Republicans) whine "But the family's money is gone, and Dad's credit card is maxed out, how dare you spend our money that we don't have!"

        November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • zago

        I think if there are idiots lately you are the typical. You have no clues about the workings of government. When the them had control of both houses and were passing bills, they were accused of doing too much. Plus, it's not the responsibility of one party to fix the problem. One party alone doesnt have all the solutions. But you crappy repugnant-cans don't care about America. All you care about is your hate for the president. Go away

        November 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        Yeah, dc. Who broke the country? This country had plenty of money when CLINTON left the White House. In fact, this country had a SURPLUS when Bill Clinton handed over the keys in January of 2001.

        See what happens when Republicans cut taxes for millionaires and spend blood and treasure fighting two wars over the course of a decade?

        November 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • cf

        The Republicans fillibustered how often during that 2 years of Democrat "full control"? Oh that's right, every single chance they got.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • ONE ANGRY PERSON

        @DC= DC MUST STAND FOR DUMB CHUMP, YOUR ARE SOOO RIGHT, WE ARE BROKE, BUT GUESS WHAT THE ECONOMY TANKED WELL BEFORE OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, MY 401k OR WHAT IS LEFT OF IT TANKED UNDER GWB, THE FIRST BAILOUT MONEY WAS UNDER GWB, GWB BORROWED MONEY FROM CHINA SO WE CAN GET A TOKEN $600 CHECK AND THEN HOW MUCH HAS THE TWO WARS GWB PUT US IN HAVE COST AMERICA AND THE LIVES OF OUR SOLDERS, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SURPLUS CLINTON LEFT GWB VS THE PILE OF CRAP HE LEFT FOR OBAMA.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Chuck Deep

      cf...do the research before posting. Passed in the House a while ago...sitting on Reid's desk.

      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll785.xml

      November 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      Why is it that the war in Iraq was worth every penny (Saddam had nothing to do with the events of 9/11/01 and no WMDs found!) while helping our veterans and their families or rebuilding our infrastructure costs too much?

      It seems to me that Republicans love anyone BUT Americans.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • jsmoulder

        Again this is one of the things the Republicans agreed with, obama is using it as a political game.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
      • Willy Loman

        I'm not sure what you are saying Republicans agreed with, but the Republican chairman of the house committee for transportation and infrastructure recently proposed a 35% cut to infrastructure funding from the current levels which cannot even sustain our country. Every single congressional Republican approved his proposal.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      Yet the democrats are the first to cut the funding to protect those that currently serve this country. They are now looking to cut their healthcare and their retirement. Yet none in DC will cut their budgets and retirements. All sides of the isle.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      A super majority is 60 votes.

      Thank you for playing.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  13. Russ

    It's about time Obama stood up these idiots in congress. And that goes for both parties.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      Obama does not stand up to anyone, he looks down on them as inferior beings.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • lsgyrl

        No he does not.

        November 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  14. car1944

    Those of you that seem to be pretty consistent in your dislike of our President should eno the gamelighten all of us on who presently marching in the Never Ending Parade of Stupid, would be a better President then Barak OBama? The gang of eight all have baggage to bring into the game, but it appears that most of you on the right are so blinded by your unacceptance of the President, that some of you have said a rock would be better then President Obama. To me that is total blindness and frankly quite silly. You would rather cut off your nose in order to spite your. Or paut another way, you have no idea of what your best interest are, because Fox News or the Koch brothers have told you otherwise.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • margeatlarge

      right–i really cant imagine why they are incapable of giving him ANY credit even when he got bin laden–doesnt matter what he does they cant see it–makes 'em look very petty

      November 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • concerned joy

        Actually, every commentator I listened to on Fox News all gave Obama credit for getting Bin Laden. And why would anyone give Obama credit for something they truly believe is hurting this country? I hear more of both sides on Fox than anywhere else. You should give them a try. I try the other networks, but most of it is bias in Obama's favor. It is hard for people like you to think Obama is anything but wonderful since he has the entire news media blocking anything negative about him. He has been in office for over 3 years, and look at the shape this country is in NOW>

        November 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      The middle class has been its own worst enemy since 1968 when they thought that Nixon was the one.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • jsmoulder

        Nixon won the popular vote in 1960. He just did not throw a fit like gore did.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • dc in Michigan

      you and your liberal friends are blind as a bat. Anyone but Obummer in 2012. I would even consider voting for Hilliary but never will Obama get my vote. He has divided this country more than any previous president with his class warefare and now he is playing generation warefare.... He couldn't buy my vote!

      November 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        Are we fighting another civil war,, dc in Michigan? No, that happened under President Lincoln! This country was so divided after November of 1860 that eleven states left the Union.

        Go read a history book and return when you know what you're talking about.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
      • margeatlarge

        truth to tell-i dont think he / we need you

        November 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • cf

        His name is President Barack Obama, not Obummer. Show some respect for the office or you are a traitor to your country.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • jsmoulder

        Hey cf where you respectful of Bush, I doubt it.

        November 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        1960 Kennedy v. Nixon
        http://www.kennesaw.edu/pols/3380/pres/1960.html
        John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon exited their party's conventions on a positive track. ... Wisconsin, proved that he had the ability to clench the vote in heavily Protestant states. .... Kennedy won the popular vote 49.7 percent to 49.5 percent. ...
        The 1960 Election
        cstl-cla.semo.edu/renka/ui320-75/.../kennedy/1960_election.asp
        by RD Renka – Related articles
        The 1960 Kennedy v. Nixon ... For instance, Kennedy won Hawaii by only 115 votes more than Nixon, but accordingly the Hawaii electors ... The narrow popular plurality for Kennedy thus turned into a positive majority in the Electoral College. ...
        The Election of 1960 [ushistory.org]
        http://www.ushistory.org/us/56a.asp
        The Expansion of the Vote: A White Man's Democracy, c. .... Kennedy versus Nixon ... John F. Kennedy won the popular vote by a slim margin of approximat

        1960 Kennedy v. Nixon
        http://www.kennesaw.edu/pols/3380/pres/1960.html
        John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon exited their party's conventions on a positive track. ... Wisconsin, proved that he had the ability to clench the vote in heavily Protestant states. .... Kennedy won the popular vote 49.7 percent to 49.5 percent

        Try again.

        I'm sorry. Try again.

        November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • lsgyrl

        Obummer? Are you two. He has mine.

        November 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  15. GrouchyKat

    If Bush had tried to do this, CNN would be up in arms. Instead, it's all good.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      While Bush was never legitimately elected president, Obama was.

      Not only did Bush fail to secure the majority of votes in 2000, but the results from Ohio, 2004 were suspicious, too.

      That's the difference, jsmoulder. Barack Obama won the majority of votes and Bush didn't. It's as simple as that.

      Next!

      November 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Keeping it Real

        Illegally elected? I think you need to crack open a book and learn how the President of our country is elected. Sorry if you dont like it, and you are free to leave anytime.

        November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  16. Phil in KC

    Well, Congress isn't agreeing on anything and someone has to do something. I say good for him!
    I can also relate to what the service people are experiencing – although, in my case, it was a long time ago. But I came out of the military as an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) in charge of my particular group in what was then a very high-tech field. The only jobs I could get were entry level and I had to start over. Even after all these years, many as management, I don't feel as if I have the power to make decisions that I had in the military. They trained you and then they trusted you.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  17. Anne - Chicago

    This is just a bunch of crap from Obama. As a veteran from the Marine Corps, I know that the government has done very little to assist us in employment. It is disgusting! Then again, most politicians like Obama and the Republicans never served in the military so they wouldn't know how much we veterans have to sacrific.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Trevor

      @Anne – Chicago
      Try reading the news before you comment. President Obama unveiled three executive actions today aimed at helping unemployed post 9/11 veterans.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • lsgyrl

      Reading is fundamental. Didn't the military teach you not to whine?

      November 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    President Obama has very few options left with this DO NOTHING GOP led Congress. The GOP/Tea Party politicians would do anything to prevent this president from succeeding, party before country.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      It's called signing executive orders.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Josy

      The Problem we are going to have come next election is if all the objective minded people remain at home and dont vote if not i think his second term in office will bring a lot of greater changes and please let all work to see BOEHNER out of office as well as cantor and mc

      November 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  19. jsmoulder

    The idiot Obama is only pushing the things congress would agree on as a political game to say this is what the GOP would not do. The GOP does not want to raise taxes until spending is under control. Then look at what it would take to pay down the debt. All you hypocritical dems need to stop rowing down the MSNBC, and CNN, BS stream.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Trevor

      In the 13 trillion dollar budget, about 20% is Social Security, 20% Medicare/Medicaid and 20% is defense. We bring in about 6 trillion in revenue. If you cut all 4 of these programs completely you could have a balanced budget. Or you could raise taxes on the rich and cut some waste out of some of these programs. Over time this would work. Repubs say no new taxes. And here we are trying to super committee our way out of it. Good luck trying to balance a 60% overspending budget by just cutting programs. You need to raise taxes at least what they were before Bush took office to even start making a dent.

      November 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  20. Ind in Ohio

    The jobs bill was never designed to pass – even some of Obama's advisors admit it. All politics. If he really wanted this to pass, he would have sat down with key members of both parties before coming out with the proposal to get their buy in, he would be spending a lot of time directly with congressional leaders working through issues which would prevent passage, and he would not be bashing Republicans, who he needs to get the bill passed. If you need someone to support you, you don't hammer them, especially in public. His approach is not designed for results, but to blame somebody else for the fix we are in.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  21. Jim Rousch

    I will never understand how these conservatives graduated high school because it is obvious that they failed American Government in 12th grade.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      I took my Constitution test in 9th grade, where must not have smart enough to take it till 12th.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        If you passed it in 9th, you would have a basic understanding of how American government works.

        Some, however, only take this course in 12th. I thought someone who thought that they knew everything would realize that.

        Nice try, thanks for playing.

        November 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • C-Lo

      Jim– by the same token, most libs passed American history by repeating the dogma of the Communist Manifesto.

      Now that we have the rediculous one liners against each other out of the way, would you mind explaining your bumper-sticker slogan?

      November 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        I get the feeling that CLo is one war behind. Never mind the fact that my history books had a right-wing slant to them.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • C-Lo

        So in other words, Jim, you cannot explain your bumper sticker slogan of conservatives not passing history. And as a side note, I received college credit for the A I received in 12th grade American History, plus the additonal poli-sci classes I took at a liberal college toward a pre-law minor including Constitutional, Contract/Tort and business/employment law. So, I'd say I have a reasonable understanding of US history and law.

        Now, I'll ask again (without expectation of anything more than another bumpersticker) what is your rationallity for your statement?

        November 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  22. lstro

    Hellooooo, Earth to dc in Michigan. You should be on your knees praying that our great President bail out Detroit and the auto industry. Left to the Republicons NO telling where your state would be today. It wouldn't surprise me if your present job was in some way connected to the auto industry and your voting aganst your own interest. Typical Republican ignorance.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  23. The Other Michael in Houston

    I love to see idiots like dc in Michigan spew their nonesense. As if he voted for President Obama in the first place. And how could you consider voting for someone MORE liberal than Presidnet Obama? How ignorant of you dc! Anyway, the only thing I am angry about when it comes to the President is, he should have did this along time ago. Not sure if any of the President staffers read threads like this but if so I got some advice for the President. First, stop listening to what the polls say, a few hundred people in the midwest do not speak for the rest of us, furthermore, I don't a single person who have been polled about your job approval, and I know lots of people. Second, they (the extremist Republican Party) dont like you, dont like the color of your skin, dont like the you are highly educated so screw them! you do what is best for our country and we will reward you again with another 4 years. 80 million of us will see to it! This was brought to you by a social conservative who is a business owner who is close to that 1%.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  24. Henry Miller

    Oddly, far a change, I think Obama is doing something right. At least he didn't try to tie this to yet another soak-the-rich bit of vindictiveness, and it looks like this is aimed at something other than paying off unions.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • swolfson929

      Soak the rich!!!! You have to be kidding!!!! Asking them for 0.07% taxes so people can get back to work is soaking them????

      November 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  25. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    If bypassing Congress can be done, I admire the president for going in that direction. After many years watching the political ups and downs,,, I think it is disgusting that this man has had the TOTAl lack of cooperation from the repubs and Congress hasn't done anything either. You people like to glorify past presidents like Kennedy and Clinton, which is fine but neither of these men had the opposing party start out saying they were going after him. They had help where needed, something Obama has been denied. Frankly, the whole Repub attitude stinks!!!!In the long run ,,,they will pay for it!!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  26. margeatlarge

    @concerned joy–FYI i watch fox sun a m till i am ready to vomit or bust a gut laughing and i have yet to hear/see aything aproaching even fair reporting

    November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  27. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    Henry Miller......I beg your pardon...."SOAK THE RICH"??????? You surely don't live in this world!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Jim Rousch

      Most righties don't live in this world. You can find most of them either in a bunker planning the next war or living in a different time where rape victims had to face the horror of their attack every day by carrying and giving birth to what some rapist put inside of them.

      November 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • margeatlarge

        got that right

        November 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  28. Obama

    Obama is a joke!!! America is in big, big trouble if he gets another 4 years. (He spends and spends and spends......) Just a news flash for everyone! he has spent more then president bush in 3 years. This is rediculious

    November 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • kathy

      please go read a book!!!!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Just working my tail off in ca.

      And spends and spends and spends.....

      PS... Then he spends some more

      November 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • swolfson929

      Why don't you check out a spending chart for the last 20 years...you have a computer..look it up.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  29. buckofama

    i understand the fact that two faced barry is pretending he wants to help vets while he is publicly trying to cut every one of their benefits from retirement to health care. i also undertstand that all of barry's brainwashed followers are trying to focus on this instead of the former to convince themselves that barry is pro military. but what i really can't understand is,... how in the world did the dnc managed to train barry not to stick his finger up his own a s s and then smell and lick it during these public appearances?!?!?

    November 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • kathy

      i feel sorry for ur mother!

      November 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • NoFortunateSon

      Aren't you precious.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  30. neastsider

    Obama should have done this months ago when the repug teabaggers in the House/Senate sounded the first "NO' vote. These teabaggers aren't interested in jobs or the ecomony, they're interested only in getting one of their brain dead teabagger candidates elected so that can officially start destroying the country.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Pedro

    Now, just need to sign to remove the H1-B Visa per-country limits as well as to use the unusable visas so American companies will be able to access the best talent in the World.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • wastelandpast

      You mean like you braindeadmex's that can't repair your own country. Get a life retard.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  32. Daniel in Bama

    Sign exe. Order he and bush gave banks iver the objection of most americans if u are a dem or repub u are so stupid

    November 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  33. Dale

    A lot of those Southern good old boys in both parties will not do anything as long as Obama is in office a do-nothing Congress in hard times.

    November 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  34. GOP Bad For America

    And where is the GOP Plan for creating jobs? Oh, I forgot they don't have a plan. If they did and it worked that might mean it would give credit to Obama. Just like Mitch "The Terd" McConnell said, they want to make Obama a one term President.

    November 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Try Asking Dirty Harry

      LoL Dirty Harry's senate is holding up everything, including Obama's own proposals...

      November 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • buckofama

      the best "jobs" bill any government could have is NO "jobs bill". the government does NOT create jobs you moron, the private sector does! and barry has mde himself a one term president with all of his anti American activity, from bowing to the king of S.A. to k i l l i n g border patrol agents with illegal fire arems he sold to the mexican mafia,....

      IMPEACH THIS PIECE OF S H I T ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • como1

      The GOP has a plan it is stalled on Harry Reid's senate desk.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • Jim Rousch

        The same disastrous policies of Nixon, Reagan and the Bush family hardly equal a plan-a plan for failure, maybe. Then again, that's what the Republican Party is all about.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • lolnonsense

        The GOP has a plan alright – to repeal policies put in place in the wake of the financial disaster. The policies included in those 22 supposed house jobs bills, largely consist of deregulation and tax breaks.

        November 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • NoFortunateSon

        No they don't. What they do is pass a bill about light bulbs and then call it a jobs plan. They haven't had a serious jobs plan, and they won't ever put one forth.

        November 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • NoFortunateSon

      Plan? They don't have a plan! They aren't even working this week!

      The House has never passed a jobs bill. The only bills the House has passed is one about light bulbs, and another reaffirming In G0d we Trust as our National Motto.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  35. Confused

    Un ok? The house just passed the Vets bill very bipartisan. Is it the Republican senate who are the obstructionist? I mean the Republican run Senate needs a wake up call!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  36. eciam

    Many of the ‘GOP forgettable 15’ bills are a complete waste of time and taxpayer money as the regulations they repeal aren’t even in effect yet — meaning they won’t have any effect on job creation,” Hoyer said. “Rather than wasting time rolling back critical consumer and environmental protections — many of which don’t even exist yet — it’s time for Republicans to work with Democrats on bipartisan proposals to put more Americans back to work.”

    November 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  37. eciam

    President Obama is doing what a president suppose to do. Not giving up, continue to search out ways to help Americas unemployed. Keep looking, Keep seacrhing, Keep trying!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  38. g.c.kells

    The "obstructionist" myth is getting really tired. Reid has filed cloture on nearly every bill. For those of you unfamiliar, that , means he cuts the debate short and calls for a vote. Cloture is intended to be a tool used to break filibusters. Reid employs it whether there is a threat of filibuster or not. The House has passed countless bills that have never even been brought up in Senate. Congress is definitely not working properly, but you can't blame it on one party alone.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  39. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    I HAVE ONE MAJOR QUESTION!!! WHERE HAS OUR PRESIDENT SPENT THOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SOME OF YOU RE[UBS KEEP BLAMING HIM FOR?????? HE HASN.T BEEN ABLE TO GET ANYTHING PASSED BY THE REPUBS, SO JUST WHERE IS ALL OF THIS MONEY GOING.???? WHERE????? TELL ME!!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Steveo

      Solyndra??

      November 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
      • Trevor

        Do you mean the loan that started in dec 2006 under Bush administration? The Bush administration created the loan program. Loan was almost finalized before Obama was even in office. Please Fact check before regurgitating Faux News

        November 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • tom

        and the bush administration turned it down and said no because they knew of the impending bankruptcy and Obama pushed it through now who is at fault

        November 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
      • steveo

        Take a deep breathe Trevor. Just a little humor. Politics gets folks too uptight. Now, in saying that, exactly when was that check to Solyndra cut? Not asking who created the loan program, simply asking when that check to Solyndra was cut. I am all about giving credit when credit is due and this President is worthy of credit. Relax a little!

        November 8, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • JAN

      ASK OBAMA WHERE ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE.. HAVE WE SEEN IT??? GEE I WONDER IF OUR EMEMIES ARE WEATHY NOW.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Hayley

      Not to mention BUSH has spent more than Obama ever did. Especially when you take into consideration things like TARP the Bush passed but didn't start until the Obama administration.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
      • steveo

        Faulty reasoning. Bush spent 8 years in office, obama almost 3! You want a fair comparision? Compare the first three years of Bush with the first three years of Obama!

        November 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  40. norma jean.

    "Bucko"......Where did you get your information on what the president {not barry} wants to do for the Vets????? Sounds like Fox News to me!! They really "gotcha" didn't they.. Too bad little boy!!!!!Don't worry, you'll grow up some day !!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  41. Jerry

    Oh boy! King Obama is growing more desperate every day. Veterans, don't be fooled. This man is really good at the smoke and mirrors hood "winkin" game.

    What an embarrassment to our nation. This man and his cronies got to go.

    America, remember 20012. Don't ever be intimidated/fooled, again!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Trevor

      @Jerry thanks for your insightful arguments on why it's such a bad plan. I had no idea it was until i read your comment. You and Trump must get your facts from the same source, like when he said "well people on the Internet don't think it's real" in regards to the birth certificate issue. I love those hard proven facts "Internet and people"

      November 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • NoFortunateSon

      I remember 20,012 like it was yesterday...

      November 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • wastelandpast

      You got that right, I'll be glad when this loser is gone, I don't know what all of his following monkeys will do. Probably get a job.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Hayley

      He's tried to do a lot of good for the country. Everything just gets filibustered. Where have you been? Congress has more power than a President.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  42. izy

    Liberalism = freedom, isnt this country free? so why are so many people against liberlist ideas? why do conservatives act so afraid of everything, this man is definitely acting and he is succeeding on getting things done. Obama, you are definitely fit for leadership and you are proving it!!!! I am glad I voted for you, and you can count on my vote again!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  43. Joe from Ohio

    How far has the GOP fallen? Bachmann is dropping iin the polls so she breaks out the tried and true Republican strategy. CALL ALL YOUR OPPONENTS "SOCIALISTS".

    November 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  44. Don1966

    Unfortunately, the GOP teebag party of "No" will choose their politics over our returning Veterans. Why is it that the so-called "conservatives" are all too happy when you go fight in a war and are all too happy to throw you away when you return from war?

    November 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  45. Daniel Ryan

    Here is a link to a free book review on Veterans and higher education opportunities for those who may be searching for a resource.

    Click the Download button and follow the on screen directions.
    Media Review: Military Education Benefits for College: A Comprehensive Guide for Military Members, Veterans, and Their Dependents

    http://journals.naspa.org/jsarp/vol48/iss3/art7/

    November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  46. Smalltowner

    Gridlock till 2012. Then the people speak....ought to be interesting.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  47. ray

    I guess Europeans and some Americans don't like jews.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  48. John Kirriemuir

    I'm not sure this is going to help Obama. Too little, too late, perhaps. My prediction for the 2012 election:

    http://is.gd/oneyear

    November 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  49. Liz Carter IN Georgia

    @Jerry; you're a fool...this PRESDENT, his Wife, the Vice-Wife and Many in this administration are working hard on the behalf of veterans! You're lying through your fingers on your basement computer! You're none other than a antagonistic 'stew stirrer'. You're a divisive, demeaning agitator who needs to be stopped by the INTELLECT of AMERICA, especially the MILITARY; active and veterans; YOU,along with the rest of your ilk aka FAUXNEWS sheep! 'YOU LIE'! MY GOODNESS! YOU TEAPUBLICANS LIE THROUGH YOUR TEETH!

    November 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  50. JON SMITH

    CHECK THIS ONE OUT YOU WONDERFUL AMERICANS: o bomb a has a 3.8% tax figured into all realestate sales starting in 2013. That's right ALL REALESTATE SALE even if you GIVE YOUR HOME TO YOUR FAMILY FOR NO CHARGE. Still you MUST PAY A 3.8% TAX, He is taxing us retired people out our money. That make $6650.00 tax on a $175,000 home value. All of this is above all other sale taxes and fees. Check it out on SNOPE.COM..

    November 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  51. James

    BS as usual–

    November 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Trevor

      Thank you for your supportive facts in your argument!

      November 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  52. JAN

    ASK OBAMA WHERE ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE.. GEE I WONDER IF OUR ENEMIES ARE GETTING RICH AND AS WE GET POOR... DO NOT TRUST HIM.. TRUST IN GOD ..

    November 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  53. jerry

    takes a little heat off the fact that obama is pulling out of Iraq and leaving it to Iran.... what about all the men and women who lost their lives and made sacrifices...is this how this idiot president honors them...makes me sick.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Trevor

      Do you mean the SOFA agreement signed under the Bush administration that stated we must be out of Iraq by Dec 31, 2011? Yeah Obama what a fool for following thru on that one. Please do some fact checking before commenting on topics you don't seem to have a clue about other than what Fox news has twisted and stated as facts.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  54. chris

    Obama, your only chance is to repeal the hundreds of sanctions against the U.S. economy. Sure it's against your ego but if you want 4 more years you will have to go against your own policies.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  55. SPQR

    God bless The United States of America.

    President Obama 2012 !

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson

    November 8, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  56. gmt26

    I think the government needs to get ready for the waves of layoffs and decide what to do with people who have no work. This situation is not going to be fixed for a long time. Until we all learn to live in a new mutual care and connected world, it will not become better. On the contrary, it will be constantly deteriorating to force us to change. Becoming mutually responsible in all our interactions is our only hope of getting out of this mess.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  57. makom8

    The obama plan is to destroy america. The actions, the results can point to no other direction. Open your eyes and you will see it. Look at the actions. Look at the actions. Everything obama is doing hurts america in one way or another. obama can only destroy America if you let him and you are just sitting there watching him destroy America.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  58. ssharma1

    Obama should name what senator is blocking vote in their state for job over and over. People should no what their senator is voting and why.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  59. John

    Dictators bypass congress.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Trevor

      so the 291 Executive orders Issued under GWB what does that make him? Vs. 95 under Obama ?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  60. tekctrl

    I volunteered for duty during Vietnam and served twenty years. I haven't worked in almost eighteen months, yet under the proposals I'm not a veteran. I have to wonder what the VFW, the VA, and the hundreds of other veterans organizations have to say about only considering 'post 9/11 veterans' as Veterans for employment purposes.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Trevor

      @tekcrtl thank you for your service. Obama's new plan for post 9/11 vets is not a cure all. Neither is his whole jobs plan. But it helps some people. You can't just go bashing him cause congress is not letting anything thru. He can push things thru exe orders mainly cause its already had funds to start program. Even Obama care it not a 100% fix-all plan but it is closer to the overall goal. Housing reform plan was not 100% but it helped many that needed it. You can't expect anyone to have 1 plan that fixes all problems with one signature. Winning small battles wins the war right?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • SaveRMiddle

      Thank you for serving our country, Tek. Makes me very sad all vets aren't well taken care of during these horrible times. It's really lousy.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  61. medlocre

    To aal of you GOp people that are complaning about taxes that you have paid over the last ten years ask the government to write you a check and leave this country, because God is not please with your stealing from his people, the bible state that the the poor will be with us always. So stop complaning about money that don't belong to you in the first place. You have rob God and his people. You did not bring anything to this world and you will not take anything out when you leave this earth, stop sinning and start loving one another if you are a true believer in the word of Jesus.
    .

    November 8, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  62. RobAstro

    Waste of a plan. If Obama wants to help jobs and make a real difference, stop laying off public workers and simply reduce their salaries and substitute the pension with a 401K plan.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  63. James

    This is another reason why he gets nothing done. King Obama is out of touch with reality, the Constitution and Congress–

    November 8, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  64. Al

    That's right. Who cares about the average American. As long as our vets have government jobs is all that matters.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  65. Dean

    When is Odummy going to wake up and realize that all the things that Americans spend there money are already made by someone.......Someone in another country.
    There are no jobs that need to be created, just jobs that need to be brought home.

    The main reason the south lost the Civil War....All the manufacturing was in the north. Today we could not build anything of substance in this country. Don't think we even have one working steel plant in the U.S.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:04 am |
  66. DUH

    I love it! No where on CNN's website are they reporting Obama's and Sarkozy's mic slip up. Here is what was said:
    In the remarks Thursday in Cannes, Sarkozy said: "Netanyahu, I can't stand him. He's a liar."

    According to the French interpreter, Obama responded, "You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day."

    GREAT REPORTING CNN!!!! No wonder your ratings are in the trash. Can't call yourself a news organization if you only report half the news!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  67. Pritch

    Quit blaming Republicans. This president stole billions of dollars and instead of doing good with it, he gave it to organizations that were full of grifters that have been enabled by the left for decades. There were 847 billion dollars stolen from the American people and virtually nothing to show for it. Where did that money go Democrats? I don't want to hear a word from any of you until you answer that question. If you don't have an answer, then please excuse yourself from the conversation.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • Trevor

      I assume you are referring to the TARP bailout? The one Bush signed on Oct 3rd? And the original $700 billion was just an authorized up to amount. The actual payments were about $475 billion. Most compnies that received TARP paid back within the year. With an estimate total cost about $25 billion to taxpayers and they still have more to receive in loan payback. This program was still far less than the S&L crisis which cost about $87 billion during the 80's held by republican president and republican congress. Does that help answer your question?

      November 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Rob

    If Obama wants to make a real difference, stop laying off public workers and reduce their salaries and substitute the pension with a 401k plan. This plan is does nothing.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  69. Rob

    This plan is does nothing. If Obama wants to make a real difference, stop laying off public workers and reduce their salaries and substitute the pension with a 401k plan.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Trevor

      How is Obama trying to lay off public workers? He was just trying to get part of his jobs bill that raised funding so more teachers and first responder and add in an infrastrucutre plan so they would not loose their jobs and allow states to hire more. His funding was an added 0.5% increase on earned income over 1 million. Republicans had an issue with this so they fillabustered it.
      Not sure how a pension is different than a 401k plan. As a previous private employee and now a city worker I fail to see how they are any different. Our Mayor makes 110k a year which is far less than a C-level employee at any type of private company would make. I took a 15k pay cut for doing similar work from private to public. The only main things I have seen being a public worker is your job title classification limits your top end salary other than a yearly cost of living adjustment and you get overtime as a salary employee.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  70. Rob

    Unfortunately this plan is a waste of taxpayer dollars.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Trevor

      If you say it's a waste of money state some supportive arguments on why? That's like getting your voters pamphlets and opposition just states "measure XYZ is a waste" but doesn't follow up with any supported information or facts. This is how you open topics for debate and can make proper informed judgements.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  71. SaveRMiddle

    We Can't Wait.

    Our middle class has been bleeding for three years and suddenly, We Can't Wait.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  72. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Steveo...would you please do the comparison for us? All I remember is 'I'M THE DECIDER', 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' and 'Mission Accomplished'. LOL!

    November 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
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