Obama pushes D.C. reform, Republicans hit back
January 14th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Obama pushes D.C. reform, Republicans hit back

(CNN) - In his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama encouraged congressional leaders to grant him executive branch reorganization powers.

The president, echoing comments he made Friday, said he would replace the Commerce Department, rearrange lower-tier agencies and elevate the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level post.

"These changes will make it easier for small business owners to get the loans and support they need to sell their products around the world," he said. "For example, instead of forcing small business owners to navigate the six departments and agencies in the federal government that focus on business and trade, we'll have one department."

With the November elections around the corner, Republicans are skeptical of the proposal.

"Given the president's record of growing government, we're interested to learn whether this proposal represents actual relief for American businesses or just the appearance of it," a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday.

The president pledged to limit reforms to those developing "more efficiency, better service and a leaner government," and simultaneously previewed tax code changes he debuted this week at the White House.

"I will put forward new tax proposals that reward companies that choose to do the right thing by bringing jobs home and investing in America - and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas," he said.

Meanwhile, urging job creation on a different front, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven called on the White House to pave the way for construction of a controversial oil pipeline, arguing an economic and job creation case.

"This new $7 billion, 1,700-mile, high-tech transcontinental pipeline, the largest shovel-ready project in the country, would reduce our dependence on Middle East oil, help keep down the cost of energy for American consumers and businesses, and create thousands of jobs for American workers at a time when our nation so greatly needs them," he said in the GOP weekly address.

In December, Congress started a 60-day window for the Obama administration to either approve or deny theCanada-to-GulfCoastoil pipeline. The project is generally opposed by environmentalists and favored by Republicans. The State Department says it needs more time to consider the environmental impact.

The battle lines of this week's addresses may preview those which driveWashingtonthis month, as Congress returns from holiday recess and the president delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 24.


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  1. Biotechdev

    This story is funny. Obama, who has consistently showed his disregard for the duly elected representatives of the people in Congress, his disregard for the Constitutional limits of the Executive Branch and his open recent statements that he will get around Congress if they don't do what he wants – forgetting that AMERICANS voted in the GOP in the midterm elections to stop his pushing his legislative agenda no matter how much Americans expressed their concern – we are supposed to believe his "pledge" to ,limit his reforms if Congress gives him the authority to reorganize?

    January 14, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Replyto_BioTechDev

      You're talking about Bush, right? Isnt he the one that started the King of America concept?

      January 14, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Trace

      Are you able to read? What's wrong with you? Its hard to believe people, as clueless as you even exist. Have you ever heard of Ron Reagan ? In 1984 that President asked for the same thing...exact same thing.

      Please go take your meds, and lay down. Your ignorance is astounding

      January 14, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Steve1959

        In 1984 congress took away that power from President Reagan, he didn't ask for it. Every President since 1932 had that authority until 1984 when the Democratic congress took that authority away.

        January 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • jerry R

        you are not nice and certainly not educated.

        January 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
      • John Brown

        Trace..... Give me a break... You compare him to the Gipper... Look.... I was all for 1 Trilllion on stimulous but he didn't listen to Reagen.. He listened to Roosevelt. Event Roosevelt admitted that the spending was a waste. Did RR ever say his tax cuts were a wast. No.... Hey, it's no problem spending 1 Trillion but you better be right.... He was wrong and he is out..... All this is window dressing for the election... Who are you kidding....

        January 15, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • Howard

        TRACE ... you're obviously just another blindly devoted obama stooge.
        Your non-stop obnoxious insults clearly show that you, and your opinions are worthless.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • KatR

      Some people invent 'facts' (actually lies) to substantiate their bigotry. These people will not admit they are racists. But when someone like you spreads such nonsense it's obvious to the rest of us that you are a bigot.

      January 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • jerry R

        well said...bigot!

        January 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Biotechdev

        Who's a bigot? Anyone who disagrees with Obama's economic approaches or political strategies?

        January 16, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • jean2009

      @Bioidiotdev
      Actually, I think all of America regrets that way too many racist idiots voted in the last mid-term.

      That being said....I find it hilarious that the president is asking to do exactly what the Rethugliklans have professed they wanted him (or rather themselves) to do all along. Now, sit back and watch their hypocritical squirm.

      January 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • jerry R

        are you an angry, fat, single black woman? You are very loose with the racist remarks...and very angry...and well uneducated.

        January 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • george

        No jerry at least he is not a transvestite-your hairy boobs did you in again jerry!

        January 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
      • Wes Sorenson

        Obama was not weak when he was elected – he was strong enough to become the country's first black president and I was one who voted for him and believed in him that he would bring hope and change. Problem was he is a politician and many of his associations with Chicago thugs I did not belive in but chose to over look. Obama did not just fall off the turnip truck and roll into the White House. He knew what he was doing when he lied to us to get our votes and he knows what he is doing now. He is as slick as I've seen come out of Chicago Politics. In 2012 you will see a billion dollars in "Chicago style" negative ads thrown at the Republican party. Obama never once believed in "Green Energy" – it was just a lie to get us into bed with him. These are just a handful of the lies he has fed you and me in his first 36 months of office:

        January 15, 2012 at 11:49 am |
      • Wes Sorenson

        None of these candidates are as hypocritical as Obama. – Obama was not weak when he was elected – he was strong enough to become the country's first black president and I was one who voted for him and believed in him that he would bring hope and change. Problem was he is a politician and many of his associations with Chicago thugs I did not belive in but chose to over look. Obama did not just fall off the turnip truck and roll into the White House. He knew what he was doing when he lied to us to get our votes and he knows what he is doing now. He is as slick as I've seen come out of Chicago Politics. In 2012 you will see a billion dollars in "Chicago style" negative ads thrown at the Republican party. Obama never once believed in "Green Energy" – it was just a lie to get us into bed with him. These are just a handful of the lies he has fed you and me in his first 36 months of office:
        He said the unemployment rate will soar to 8.5% without the stimulus (it spiked up to 10%), He said he would cut Deficit in Half by end of first term, We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs." – caught cooking the books and now changed to ‘jobs supported’ versus ‘created/saved’, He said we have run out of places in the US to drill for oil, The health care bill will not increase the deficit by one dime, Obama and Holder had never heard of the FAST AND FURIOUS scandel until after it happened, SOLENDRA (funneled campaign funds), I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, Guantanamo bay to be closed within a year, Minimum Wage will increase to $9.50/hr, Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was Radical, Would have the most transparent administration in History,I have visited all 57 states. I was was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity. Fact – CNBC's Chuck Todd said "Obama wants to raise debt ceiling for the sake of his personal fortune which is tied to T-bills, Obama lied on his unfulfilled campaign promise to Latino's. Obama has made no progress in passing a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. He did not put any effort into comprehensive immigration reform, as he famously promised before a Latino audience in the run-up to the 2008 election. In fact he has deported more Latino's than any other previous President. Obama is nothing but empty talk and I will not be voting for him in 2012

        January 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • jean2009

        @Geraldine again with the single black woman. I have said many time I am white, 76, married for 57 years to the same man, and a great-grandmother. Is this the only subject you talk about, or hurl at everyone with a feminine name; or is that your highest level of intelligence?

        @ Wes Soresome
        Now let us address your first lie about the president no being interested (or believing in) Green Energy.

        If you want that discussion I'm game, for starters we need only go back to President Obama's 2009 inaugural address.
        Page 2 paragraph 16. The full text is pdf online.

        "For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do."

        Then look at this from the text of his first State of the Union address, February 24, 2009: Which is also posted online.
        "Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. More than 90% of these jobs will be in the private sector –- jobs rebuilding our roads and bridges; constructing wind turbines and solar panels; laying broadband and expanding mass transit."

        This below is from the rest of his first State of the Union address:
        "It begins with energy. We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet, it is China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy-efficient. We invented solar technology, but we’ve fallen behind countries like
        Germany and Japan in producing it. New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines, but they will run on batteries made in Korea.

        Well, I do not accept a future where the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root beyond our borders - and I know you don’t either. It is time for America to lead again.

        Thanks to our recovery plan, we will double this nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years. We have also made the largest investment in basic research funding in American history -– an investment that will spur not only new discoveries in energy, but breakthroughs in medicine, science, and technology.

        We will soon lay down thousands of miles of power lines that can carry new energy to cities and towns across this country. And we will put Americans to work making our homes and buildings more efficient so that we can save billions of dollars on our energy bills.

        But to truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America. And to support that innovation, we will invest $15 billion a year to develop technologies like wind power and solar power; advanced biofuels, clean coal, and more fuel-efficient cars and trucks built right here in America."

        This sort of knocks a big hole in your false assumption that he was never interested in Green Energy. His focus seemed to have been on that goal from his inaugural speech through his first State of the Union and in every speech since

        This also from his first State of the Union address:
        "We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal. Now we must be that nation again. That is why, even as it cuts back on the programs we don’t need, the budget I submit will invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future: energy, healthcare, and education."

        He did plan to make cuts; and doing that is going to be hard. First is the need to know the consequences of where cuts are made. A wise man just doesn't jump in with a wrecking ball and make cuts without knowing the consequences. Doing that could create a bigger mess than the one he inherited.

        My thought is, a.) you probably never voted for the president; b.) you have never been in any situation where you have had to be tough and stick through what is difficult...that you are an instant gratification wimp not up to the long haul; or you have lost your way.

        I don't know where you live, but I have counted several signs at banks and other businesses that are hiring this week, in my area. If you will go to factcheck.org with the question: Did the stimulus create jobs? In reviewing the analysis it states by Aug. 2010 that the stimulus had created or saved from 1.4 to 3.3 million jobs.
        I will rely on their statistic over yours.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • JS

      Obviously, someone is taking a party side but let's be honest. You blaming Obama for all the growth, etc. is ridiculous. It was a common sense decision that had to be made to keep our auto industry and banking system afloat. Otherwise, the collapse that MAY come would have HAPPENED for SURE. Plenty of non-party affiliated economists will tell you the same thing. Also, we went into faster debt because the country was making less money when he came in from taxes because a large chunk of americans were unemployed. Why was that exactly? The path was set before he took office. He's been trying to start the graph to curve back up but that takes time and NO one who would have taken office would have done anything any faster. It takes time to undo anything that takes so many years to cause. The economy IS slowly recovering, our AUTO industry was saved and our Banks are still intact. Our biggest threat is the rest of the world because they didn't take such drastic measures. Proof is in the stats.

      So, you can cheer all you want for your war causing, wrong country invading, big bank supporting, low income hating side all you want. I'll take the side that is TRYING to keep SS, Medicare and give Universal Healthcare to all our citizens while giving tax breaks to the lower and middle class and let the taxes on the rich go back to NORMAL. Not cause "Class Warfare" like so many fear mongers like to say. Just wants it to before Bush lowered it to help the rich and Trickle down to the poor. How's that Trickle going?? Seems to work every time you guys do that doesn't it? Happy 2012! Hope you enjoy watching your candidate lose to the EVIL Obama trying to do the right thing.

      January 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • Wes Sorenson

      Chicago Politics – Obama is not the Agent of Hope and Change he portrays himself to be. He is a calculating Chicago politician who plays the game the same way politicians have been playing it for hundreds of years receiving money in exchange for favors from the government for his friends and cronies. Obama while in Chicago had his way with being involved in sweetheart deals, the pay for favors, and all the rest of this sleazy mess that Chicago Politicians find themselves in. About half of all Chicago Politicians find themselves behind bars at some point in their lives. If I'm not mistaken I think 3 Illinois Govenors are currently behind bars............that must be some kind of record?

      January 15, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • james b.

        Give me ONE example of Obama receiving money for favors. It is the Republicans who have cast their entire lot with the one percent and corporations. Let me give you an example. The payroll tax cut for the middle class was opposed by the Republicans simply because it would have increased the surtaxes on people who make over a million dollars by 3.25 percent. OK, now you give me something that President Obama has done.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • Dan5404

      Actually, they voted in the Tea Party, which is in disfavor with most voters now since they learned how extreme and reckless they are. You and I both know it is the Tea-Party/ Norquist puppet minority dominating the House that have been blocking any progress on solving the economic crisis. The GOP has used more than 500 filibusters (a historic record) to block a 4-trillion deal between Boehner and Obama and several bills that would have started a serious road toward recovery. They also create the first debt downgrade and probably will try to do it again. Now, they are even balking on Obama's plan to begin streamlining and consolidating government agencies, an avowed goal of the GOP until Obama proposed it. Their argument is that it's not enough. In other words, give me everything I've always wanted, or we're not even willing to start. November will be the occasion for the sane majority to oust these clowns.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
      • Biotechdev

        The Tea Party was just a gorup of Americans who encompassed all levels of income, young couple, seniors, veterans, all races, mutliple political ideologies. They wanted input into what ther elected representatives voted on, and were being ignored. So they took to teh streets by the hundreds of thousands – peaceful protests, unlike OWS. Thei reps still ignoted them, voted for the healthcare bill, and so were voted out by their own consituents. The GOP proposed 15 jobs bills and multple budgets – as well as deficit reduction plans. ALL of which were blocked by Obama and Harry Reid and prevented from even coming to debate on the Senate floor. The "jobs" bill they blocked was just another Stimuls plan – another half-trillion down the drain. We need to GOP to limit the damage until we can vote Obama out o fthe White House

        January 16, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Not really. President Obama is growing in the job. That is good and normal. We all learn more about our job after years since we were hired. Nothing strange about it, rather it offers hope and more jobs.Instead, retrograde ideas like conservatism become stale and rigid.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • MTATL67

      You have every right to your opinion. In mine President Obama has done an excellent job. It Congress that has failed in its constitutional duties. Boehner’s Blunder proves just how far Republicans are willing to go. The mid-term elections that gave the Republicans control of the House was to bring balance not the sort of extreme fanaticism that has grasped the GOP and bring the legislative process to a halt. In November 2012 the extremist in Congress will be voted out.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Rich

      This presidents disregard for the will of the people is astonishing. His arrogance and belief that he is doing everything just right is even more startling. This president listens to and believes those around him instead of listening to the American people. If he lived in the real world he would see that the economy is a mess, spending is out of control and he wants to spend more, unemployment is a disaster, wars still going on, gitmo still open, stimulus was a disaster and possibly the largest financial fraud the USA has ever seen. The list of promises never meant to be kept is too long to put here. Obama needs to look at the world as it really is and not as his advisers tell him it is!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  2. Trace

    You know...President Obama is finding his strategy and approach to dealing the GOP/Tea Potty fools prefunctory. All the President has to do is look at want the GOP/Re-dumblicans want, support it and watch the idiots GOP / Tea-a-tards in congress come out against. Its classic! We even had those idiots on video tape, You Tube, you name it, saying WE WANT SMALLER GOVERNMENT...now we have them saying; WE DON'T WANT SMALLER GOVERNMENT IF OBAMA IS FOR IT.

    And these people think that intelligent americans can't see through that. Only pathetic imbeciles would support this brigade of clowns known as the GOP/Tea Potty. Vote In Obama/Biden 2012, and vote Out everything that even remotely looks like Re-dumblican GOP/Tea-Potty, These idiots would be able to execute the office of dog catcher in a 100 person town the middle of nowhere.

    This country needs solutions, not high school spit wad throwing from these complete failures to what's best.

    January 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • KatR

      I am 100% with you Trace. In 40 yrs of voting I've never witnessed a president having to deal with the tripe he has faced since he took office. I am soooooo glad to see him fighting for we the people. The GOP/TP don't stand a chance in besting Obama. Recess appointments challenged by the GOP should be a warning to these folks. Don't mess with a constitutiional lawyer! Obama/Biden 2012!!!

      January 14, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • JB

      Too bad that's all this is, a strategy. I'm not happy with a lot of congressional Republicans, but they have every right to be skeptical of this. If there was such concern for streamlining government, why is it only being brought up in an election year rather than in the last three? Obama's already ignored congressional authority and has done whatever he wanted to regardless of the illegality of it multiple times. Republicans are wary of granting him more power than he's already claimed, especially when they doubt that he would actually shrink government with it.

      January 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Dan5404

        In other words, if Obama doesn't do things on your political calendar, you're against it even if it's a Repblican goal?

        January 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • Biotchdev

        Yes, oen of the issues is that he WAITED until election year to do something that could have helped the economy two YEARS ago. That's the problem with Obama's timetable – everything is timedfor re-election, not for what's best for the economy. The second issue is that he "pledges" to limit his reforms in certain ways – and his dealings with the Congress thus far give no reason to believe him.

        January 16, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Wes Sorenson

      Friends I think many of you are a bit misguided in your thinking and eating way to much liberal bias baloney from the lamestream media. There are millions out there who have lost their middle class existence, Cars, Homes and in some case spouses during this recession. Obama is not the person to answer our prayers that he says he is. He is a smooth talker that could sell popsickles to eskimo's but I for one am done buying into his lies

      January 15, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • Jesus Loves Magdalen

        I can't understand how anyone can expect anybody to clean up a mess that took 8 years and 2 wars to make in 4 years. It's like getting fat, you can gain 20 pounds in a month or two but it will easily take 2 years to lose it. I agree though, I think Obama needs to start advocating for the rich so the repugniconts will begin to try to throw the middle class a bone.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/06/news/economy/jobs_report_unemployment/index.htm

        January 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • jean2009

        Did you mean Popsicle? I thought that was on Sarah Failin's job resume'?

        January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Notice the nonsensical contradiction in the republican party and tea party. It makes no sense. Actually federal agencies hire many private companies for huge projects; so the rich would loose millions if the federal service is reduced. The former republican complaints were only pretexts, not really wanted petiitons. Now we can see the gop duplicity. Why hundreds of private company lobbyists compete so hard for federal contracts?

      January 16, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Rich

      prefunctory! try again with a better choice of words! prefunctory!

      January 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  3. jerry R

    And he continues the talk and where is the walk...3years and explosive govt growth and indebitness. The obama experiment is over...let him spend his billion dollars on the extravagant swan dive into history as jimmy carter did...another hiccup in the otherwise great history of America. obama...tap dance stage left, please and good bye!

    January 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  4. Joey

    Obama is only doing this for his re-election, but the govt SURE does need to be downsized and streamlined. This is a good starting point but trimming 3 Bil over 10 years won't do much, there are many more departments in the govt that need this same treatment, including the massive "Affordable" Care act which will grow like a cancer in the upcoming years if not stopped. Does anyone truly believe Obama really wants smaller govt except for the kool aid drinkers who believe whatever he says anyway?

    January 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Trace

      @joey, come on fella....even if Obama is doing it for re-election, IF ITS A GOOD IDEA, then ITS A GOOD IDEA.....who cares the reason?

      How come the GOP/Tea Potty believes everything President Obama does or tries to do for the america people is bad? These people appear paranoid and maniacal

      January 15, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • Wes Sorenson

        The Reason is simple............ I don't trust him. I'm from Chicago and I know the mechanics of Chicago Politics.

        January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
      • Lizzie

        So the democrats take the power away from a republican President , but as soon as democrat president asks for it the are all gung ho. Makes no sense, same with the increase in the debt ceiling, the scream bloody murder if a Republican asks, but are all for it as soon as a Democrats asks for 3 times as much and that every 3 month. Now tell me who is playing politics.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • jean2009

      @joey Evidently others do not agree with your assumption about the Affordable Health Insurance Act of 2009.

      http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120115/COMM/301150073/Guest-opinion-column-Affordable-Care-Act-deserves-affirmed?odyssey=mod|newswell|text||s

      This article titled: "Guest opinion column-Affordable Care Act deserves to be affirmed" posted in the Des Moines Register January 15, 2012 by State Senator, Jack Hatch.

      Ten Attorney Generals back individual mandate in SCOTUS brief.
      http://www.govhealthit.com/news/ten-ags-back-individual-mandate-scotus-brief

      This from the article;
      "John Kroger, Oregon AG, said the central issue was cost shifting. Millions of Americans who do not have health insurance are legally entitle to receive health care at hospital emergency rooms. But without the Affordable Care Act, taxpayers and those with insurance pay higher taxes and premiums to pay for those uncompensated costs.

      “ACA makes sure that people who do not have insurance will get insurance so that those costs are not shifted to everyone else,” he said, adding that he would find it “astounding” if the Supreme Court determined that banning that cost shifting was unconstitutional

      Critics of the law have defined the insurance mandate as a question of freedom. “I would say that there is no freedom to freeload. There is not a constitutional right to shift your healthcare costs onto someone else,” Kroger said"

      January 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      Joey: so you fear loosing billions in federal contracts to build fancy horse race stadiums, or luxury hotels, and expensive opera houses; but condemn needy Americans to receive free medical treatment and help for our handicapped soldiers? hey, you need human compassion and pity for the less fortunate and working middle class Americans overwhelmed by costly expenses.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  5. mike NY

    How do we define downsized government...number of employees? If so hasn't the gov't been down sized? and isn't that the largest contributor to our job concerns...the decline in public sector jobs..

    January 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  6. james b.

    According to the Department of Labor, in 2011 the US government shedded over 280,000 workers. So, for Boenhor's aid to assert that government has grown clearly shows that Republicans are not serious when discussing the state of our economy.

    January 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • SiriusVH

      Thank you for providing the data and showing how uninformed, mindless and preposterous the GOPsters' claims are. The trouble is that not enough people know these numbers.

      January 15, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Joey

      If you look at workers you're right but yet spending keeps increasing with 1tril deficits every year for the foreseeable future. The money obviously isn't going to fed employees or we would have seen an actual reduction. Even with the fed pay freeze we still see the numbers go up.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • truth

      the loss of gov. jobs are mostly in Rep. controled states ..The GOPs way of making the unemployment rate stay high to make obama look worse than he is fact is jobs are on the rise ..economy is growing.. what the states really need is more control on companies and the way they do business...the rich have been having a free ride for long enough..time to pay thier fair share

      January 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  7. james b.

    More data from the Department of Labor. State and local public job losses total more than 280,000 jobs. Federal job losses for 2011 are estimated above 500,000.

    January 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually the 500,000 is in this chart showing the figures dating from 2009 to the end of 2011.
      http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/07/08/263588/the-conservative-recovery-continues-2/

      January 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  8. tew

    Republicans from day one made it down right difficult if not impossible for Prez Obama to work with both parties. Prez Obama spent the first 24 months of his term trying to find ways to work with the Republicans while at the same time being abused by the far right fringe under the encouragement of the Republican legislators. So here we are entering the fourth quarter of his first term. You are darn right its long been time to take the gloves off. When the other side is not interested in being a participant but rather obstructionist then the Prez must do what he needs to for the benefit of the majority rather that the loud minority.

    January 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Lizzie

      This President has not even made an attempt to work with the so-called other side, for the first 2 years he got everything he wanted curtesy of a democratic house and senate and now its ALWAYS this is what I want now do it. if that does not work he plays the class, race and every other card he can play.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • jean2009

      The President has made every attempt to work with the Republican/teapitty side of the aisle. They instead of working with him, have decided to brainwash people like Lizzy into thinking he is not. When in fact he has made members of his own party angry when he agrees to give where he can.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • jerry R

        Jean...you just don't make since... what is wrong with you?

        January 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
      • Nick

        Jerry, you just don't make sense.

        January 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  9. texasgreenacres

    It never stops amazing me how the republicans are for a program till Obama agrees with it .Then katy bar the door no way in hell will it happen?It's like they said when he was sworn in their whole purpose was to make sure he failed.And I give them credit for trying and they have done a fantastic job of stumbling him.But he has still managed to over come and have some success in spite of all the opposiition. AND THOSE ARE FACTS!

    January 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  10. mikle

    Obama is the worst President ever. This is the fact. His change never delivered.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Dan5404

      Actually, most polls put him at about #5. The worst president for percentage increase in national debt was Ronald Reagan.

      January 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
      • jerry R

        President Regan inheritated a mess that began with JFK/LBJ the war and social spending...Nixon was forced to take us of the gold standard to pay for this left wing governance, then came the carter disaster.... you think things are bad now! We needed a patriot who loved his country and we got one....thank God.

        January 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • DDubb

      Mikle, how old are you, 4? Do you remember what happen under 8 years of Bush? He took us to war, a unjustified war, pushed for deregulation, and what happened? Obama gets trillions of dollars of debt handed to him and a complete near financial meltdown due to creative housing options (ARM loans) devised by greedy unregulated mortgage providers. I don't care what anybody says, he inherited a mess, plain and simple! He had no choice but to bail out the housing, banking and auto industries. Otherwise there would have been a cataclasmic loss of jobs, and our country would have been sent back to the stone age. The Republicans set there and critize him for bailing out these industries. Could you imagine what they'd be saying if he hadn't have?

      January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  11. John Illinois

    He does not need any more power.....just start cutting the useless of government away. He is only saying this in an attempt to get votes. He has laready proven time and time again that he is nothing but an ultra liberal that wants huge government, more and more power and to keep spending and raise taxes. This guy has got to go along with all other tax and spend ultra liberals.

    January 15, 2012 at 2:40 am |
  12. rexteryalizerexpaw

    Want to thank all of you, for your Powerfull stand against Oboma & His Corrupted political partners.

    But there is so much more we can do. Being aggressive and focusing on the facts and truth is only the first step.

    We musT follow Up with more details standing by our convictions and don't back down.

    Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~! ~ THE ONLY real THING needing CHANGE! Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

    HIMSELF

    Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values ) who is A " SELF PROCLAIMED Enemy" ~of responsible, Morally Conscious HARD WORKING Americans.

    ... oBOMAS Irresponsible & DRUG MAFIA and reckless supporters KNOW~ that Barack Hussein Obama II, WILL FORCE YOU to paY THEM, out of your PockeT.{ FOR all of their UNCHECKED Vices and THRILLS/ { All on YOU | /.

    At your COST & Sacrifice...This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to Inspire VIOLENCE.

    THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. saying.........To his supporters.

    Saying “Get ready for hand-to-hand Combat with your Fellow Americans”.

    – Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his Supporters “I want all.

    Americans

    to get in each others faces!– Obama demands!

    “You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” –.

    THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. ANGER VIOLENCE and more taxes..... THIS IS OBAMAS Change for america.

    /“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands! *Obama on the private sector: ~~ “We talk to these folks…~ / so I know whose a*$ to KICK.“ OBOMA wants to KICK your a*$ /.

    Shouting THAT Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”.

    HE IS EXPECTING people to be on Edge and BORDERLINE.

    killing MODE, VIOLENT / and STAND up for their immoral CAUSES.

    THIS IS WHAT HE LIVES FOR./././.

    THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.

    * Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.”! PLEASE.... go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~! Oboma *( Just like Adolf Hitler~~\.

    oBOMA~~~ Demands! - [ THE FINAL SOLUTION – for Un~Wanted Children.

    Barak Obama is A MURDERER.~Torturing UNWANTED babys on.
    DEATH ROE

    CLICK HERE http://obomlnation.webstarts.com/index.html.

    OBAMA TAKES a little NEW BORN.

    innocent child. BORN. ALIVE sTabS it iN the head SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:43 am |
  13. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    This piece of garbage can talk out of both sides of his mouth and not be held accountable for it ! He says he is going to trim down government and in the same sentence says he will elevate the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level post.That is adding not taking away ! But as we all know the NOBAMAITES will refuse to hold him accountable for talking out of both sides of his mouth. NOBAMA must be stopped while we still have a country to save !

    January 15, 2012 at 6:54 am |
    • george

      An imbecile called Bob S posting his nit wit opinion for the consumate of his gutter stalwarts. What a waste of a humanity!!

      January 15, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • laureate

      NOBAMA... I get it! It's a contraction of "no" and "Obama". Did you think this up all by yourself? You're mom must be so proud!

      Now you just need to work on your logic and reasoning skills.

      January 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  14. george

    For those who have been sitting on their nuts. Some of the Presidents campaign promises was to stream line and cut govt.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Wes Sorenson

      How has that worked out so far?

      January 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • james b.

        Actually, the federal government has shrank by 500,000 jobs since Obama came into office. So, to answer your question, its going well.

        January 16, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Lizzie

      So he finaly gets around to it after 3 years, just like for creating jobs and reducing the debt. But we wont have to wait very long now for him to forget, he is reelection mode and already talks about putting Hillary in the VicePresidents position to ensure reelection.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      Well Wes, stick around and see.

      Now that the economy is showing signs of improvement, and the President has had time to learn and decide where cuts can be made without making things worse, I'm sure you will see several areas he will recommend to be cut/combined in an effort to downsize and streamline.

      Since 2009, the government has downsized 500,000 jobs. I look for that to increase steadily. So, in answer to your question "how is it working"...probably right on schedule.

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/r-i-p-department-of-commerce-president-obama-seeks-to-consolidate-government-agencies/

      R.I.P., Department of Commerce? President Obama Seeks to Consolidate Government Agencies Jan. 13, 2012

      January 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  15. Steve Moore

    Does anyone really care what those self-centered, arrogant, un-American, idiots Boehner, Cantor, McConell, Pelosi, Reid, and all the others really have to say? Throw them all out, replace them with some first graders, and this country would be a much better place.

    January 15, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  16. Wes Sorenson

    Obama reminds me of the Geico Geko – Obama's "Epic Journey" through amber waves of grain.........declaring his promise to make Government smaller and save all Americans loads of money and bring us millions of jobs.........Well gang it looks like we're only at the edge of the parking lot but I see a shovel ready project across the street Obama declares. Maybe we can blame the do nothing Congress for spending more money and borrowing from China. Our Grand kids can pay for it.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • cole

      @ wes sorenso...read all your comment and i just have to say you must be full of hate or just slow. When a country is in recession its debt will increase cause the government need to spend money so the country does not fall apart. I guess you are not that well educated to understand that. Most western countries are going through this not just america so maybe you should stop listen to fox news or rebpulican talking point and start thinking for yourself.Dude you are the one that will ruin american future if you can't understand economics of how government work.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • jean2009

      I would say the edge of the parking lot is a lot better place to be, than that long slog uphill through the rough that was created before the end of GW Bush's term.

      January 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • bdylanbdj03

      I find it amazing the attacks 'conservatives' unleash on Obama. Obama is more "Conservative and Liberal (protecting Liberty)" than any of these Primary Candidates. His most recent proposal to streamline the government is meant to increase efficiency and consequently improve fiscal resources. The Republicans oppose the President for taking 'conservative' action by ACTUALLY TAKING STEPS TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT SMALLER. The Republicans keep preaching 'small government' yet only Ron Paul proposes cuts to their big government sector. The military, enforcement agencies like the CIA, FBI, NSA, Homeland Security Department, DEA, and other agencies which are avenues of control – both over its own citizens and the rest of the world. All of which are threats to your liberty directly. All of the sudden, the 'conservative' party which is supposed to believe in the most freedom of the individual and a weak federal government all the sudden believes that: Americans don't have a right to Privacy – the very foundation of liberty. The Democratic Party is the Party that protects you and your freedom. Perry attacked the President as having disdain for the military. How STUPID CAN HE BE. I first felt insulted when he didn't know about the decision Lawrence v. Texas when asked about it but when he makes such idiotic remarks, it insults the intelligence of the rest of us. This idea that "this administration is against religion and military" as Perry says is idiotic again. It was under George W. Bush where 'Ten commandments' were taken out of the courthouse, and pledge of allegiance taken out of some schools. I know that is what he means. We founded this country on freedom from the very oppressions you are trying to re-assert. Obama has more respect for individuals, FOR BASIC FREEDOMS HAVING GROWN UP BLACK AND WHITE, for the poor and middle class seeing that he struggled to grow up – not like these Primary Candidates. The Republican Party acts like they are more religious, more family oriented and so on. How insulting again. Your 'white' family ideals are better than his? Sorry Republicans but he emodies the very 'conservative principals' you profess and he is just flat out better – more of a leader, more cool, more articulate, more persuasive, more educated, and more down to earth. It is actually the GOP's refusal to cooperate – even when the policies of Obama have absolutely been the parachute needed as a result of the policies of the Republican Party which sent us heading off the cliff. Outsourcing – Is a direct result of the freemarket without a leash. Businessmen are going to use labor they can get at cheapest costs. The labor movement that secured workers rights/wages/hours in this country became redundant once globalization began. That's why Republicans are against unions. Workers can get together to secure better wages, etc. The policies of the Republican Party make the rich richer and the poor poorer. We have been under Republican 'conservative' policies for the past two decades. Obama stopped the downfall of America.

      January 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  17. Dee

    First of all if you don't agree with his policies is one thing that is our right but to denigrate the President and the office of the President by calling him a piece of garage is distasteful and a disgrace. Reading some of these comments are so disturbing and this is what you call institutional racism that is ingrained in the soul. Yes, this is what you call code talk and there are people in society that know exactly where you are coming from.

    This President has done a lot for this country given what he was handed and we should give credit where it is due. There is one less dangerous person on this earth because of him Osama Bin Laden and we should never forget that.

    When will we come together as a nation and leave the bigotry out of our vocabulary and set an example for the young people of America. They don't see color that's why they understand where the President is trying to take this country. Technology is the key and the United States is way behind India, China and Japan (high rail etc.) he is trying to bring this country in the 21st century and the older people are stuck in the past. Elect Gingrich or Romney the 1% in charge and see what you get.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Dee

    Correction garbage instead of garage apology above.

    Thanks George for calling this person Bob out he deserves it these type of people are the problem and not the solution

    January 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Lizzie

      No brainwashed people are the problem, for them its easier to be told when, where, how than to use their few braincells they have left.

      January 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        You seem to have pegged your problem; you are certainly teapotty and Faux brainwashed.

        January 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • Trace

        Lizzie, why so angry and pessimistic all the time? Haven't you heard, the economy is on the mend? If you are a person that cares about this country, truly an american, then this is good news – right?

        All I see in your posts are sniveling, whining, and simpleton remarks about how the "republican way" needs to be revived to move this country forward.....Really?....Really? That flys in the face of all that makes sense. The tanking the economy by the last administration was found to be a bad idea.

        Are you trying to get us all to accept your argument to try that again? I hope that is not your intention, because I don't believe there are that many supporters that delusional to agree with your half baked ideas of returning to disasterous policies.

        So why don't you try to post solutions and ideas that add to the discussion, instead of asking people to support idiocy.?

        January 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Jeffrey McIntyre

    North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven is not exactly accurate in his statement regarding the pipeline. 1. It will create approximately 2500 temporary jobs for two years (per the CEO of the pipeline company). 2. The crude will be piped to the gulf, refined, and sold on the open market....which in most cases is not the US. Currently petroleum products are one of the largest export products of the US (which does help the trade balance). The Keystone pipeline issue is really a non issue, except for the GOP truth stretchers!

    January 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  20. arale norimaki

    We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms
    to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle
    class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are
    slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your
    decadence. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our
    unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies,
    and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped
    away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame

    Rebloodicans /democrips party

    January 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  21. anonymous

    Obama & anyone else that thinks he will be re-elected next year is delusional. He ruined that chance the second he signed the NDAA. Just stating the obvious!

    January 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  22. vet4life63

    President Barack Obama has been increasing the national debt during his presidency by an average of $4.24 billion per day ($4,240,506,004.34) putting him on a pace to increase the national debt by $6.2 trillion ($6,195,379,272,340.74) by the end of his term on Jan. 20, 2013, according to the debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.

    That $6.2 trillion is more debt than was accumulated by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined.

    In fact, the U.S. national debt did not eclipse the $6.195 trillion level—the amount Obama is on pace to increase it in one term—until August 19, 2002, during President George W. Bush’s second year of office.

    January 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  23. Ed

    The DC reform that would really help.......is his exit.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • james b.

      Your comments seem irrational to me. What exactly would the Republicans do?

      January 16, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • MTATL67

      Elaborate. Was it the saving of the auto and banking industries? Was it healthcare? Was it the killing of Osama Bin Lauden? Was it creation of the Consumer Protection Agency? Was it bring the troops home from Iraq? Was it stimulus providing millions to the state to keep them afloat? Was it first time home buyers credit (why I’m in my first home)? Please, elaborate

      January 16, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • C-Lo

        Yes, Yes, No (it was the assasination of a US Citizen without due process, though as I've said before, I am on the fence about it), Yes, , somewhat, yes, and yes.

        Just look at the dependence the gov't is thrusting on us. You cannot purchase a home without gov't assistance? You cannot keep a company solvent without gov't assisatance? You cannot read the fine print without gov't assistance? States are forced to cede power to the feds to keep them afloat? Thousands of fed gov't agencies and departments and they have to create another one to carry out similar duties because all of the others fail time and again? We might as well become a socialized collective state (Communist) where we give up the majority of our earned income individually to support all the others so we can each "own" our home (purchase subsidised with our neighbor's taxes), get a new car (cash for clunkers), have gov't standardized forms because we teach our children how to deal with bullies instead of the "three R's" Reading wRiting aRrithmatic to conduct their own business.

        It's ironic how the gov't programs continue to make matters worse and yet people continue to look to gov't for solutions to the very problems they compound.

        Congratulations on your first home purchase–out of curriosity, did you buy a forclosure?

        January 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        @C-Lo
        I assure you that you can purchase a home without government assistance. I have done so three times; twice with a large down payment and a simple 15 year mortgage, and once cash in full at closing. Neither time was a foreclosed property involved...however not everyone is that fortunate.

        If I remember right the GI bill (government back financing) put a lot of the citizens of that greatest of generations into government financed homes, the FHA did the same; which in turn helped us build the great country we live in today. I don't think my mind is warped, but I do think those were a good move by our government, and I think helping people afford a home is still a good move, foreclosed or otherwise.

        I also think it was a great move to keep the big 3 in production in this country, and it looks like they are going to make a profit. That probably burns you up? Cars built in this country....must make you so very sad.

        The Civil War should have ended all this stupidity about state's rights. I don't care if you live in Maine or New Mexico everyone should have the same rights.
        The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2009 is a good thing.

        Protecting citizens against fraud and abuse in most civilized societies sounds like a winner. I'm sure there are people around the world in Nazi style right-wing governments who would like to live in a country with that policy....I'm sure it will make those who hope to perpetrate fraud and abuse against fellow citizens sad...
        .
        May I ask is that your problem with the concept?

        The real bummer you missed is the concept of thinking corporations are people.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @Jean–First, you make a great point, there are many who can purchse a home without gov't assistance, you miss the boat though by saying there are those who are not as fortunate. This makes the assumption that home ownership is a right, not a privilege. Since we are making assumptions about each other, I will say you are probably in the group that advocates when someone loses their home, they are "homeless" to play on the emotions rather than the fact that the vast majority become renters–they are not homeless, just not home owners. Big difference. By the way, glad you can answer a question directed to someone else.

        As for the auto bailout and cars built in the us: First, I have driven Fords since I was old enough to see over the steering wheel (we used to tear up the forests 4-wheeling in a '72 Bronco). The only exceptions were a Datsun Hatchback for about a year when one of my Fords was totaled, and a Chrysler that was a company car. Regardless, many of the "foreign" cars are built here in the US today and "US" cars are built with foreign parts. If GM would have shuttered, other companies would have POUNCED on those plants to increase their production from the gap left by GM and Chrysler.

        There are THOUSANDS of laws and hundreds of agencies in place to "protect the consumer from fraud and abuse." Simple contract law with a strong court system would correct the majority of this. Why do people continuously sign contracts they don't understand worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars? If you don't understand a contract, you don't sign it. A 30 minute class in high school explaining this to kids because parents are too lazy/preoccupied to do it themselves, would be a great start. The reason people continue to do it is because they have been lulled to sleep by a nanny gov't they expect to protect them on every decision they make. They say "hey if I screw up, it was someone elses fault and I'll sue and when that doesn't work I'll demand the government makes it better."

        I have no problem with equity and justice, IN OPPORTUNITY not OUTCOME. My problem is not with the concept of "protecting" against fraud and abuse, I am against layers upon layers of ineffective gov't agencies with similar scopes and missions syphoning taxpayer dollars for half-arsed results who lull the public into complacency with their "promise" to protect "us."

        As far as equal right regardless of where we live–great, I will agree if you agree that my right to carry a permitted concealed weapon in Colorado extends to NYC, LA, Chicago or anywhere else, or my "right" to drive at any "safe speed" in Montana extends to the Jersey turnpike, the 405 or the DC beltway. I agree if the responsibilities of all others are equal to mine, the responsibility to pay 17-25% Federal income tax, the responsibility to provide to society not syphon from it, the responsibility to live within my means and suffer the consequences when I don't.

        January 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    The Tea Party and the Republicans are nuts. When President Obama wants to cut taxes -they want to raise it. When President Obama wants to shrink government they are against him. (even if that's what they want). Harry Reid is right-- They are obstructionists on Steroids.

    January 16, 2012 at 2:36 am |
  25. Lord Howard Hurts

    The answer is Obama. Apparently, he is not taking enough taxes from the RICH. The RICH have homes, and need to provide for the poor that can't make house payments as the cost of Marijuana and other drugs are too expensive in this inflating economy. It is time for Obama to make all drugs legal, and for the government to provide some type of "Section 8" plan for their purchase. More money from the RICH, and cheaper drugs means a very happy lower class, and a more stable and enjoyable America.
    Lord Howard Hurts freedomfiles.blogspot.com

    January 16, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  26. durundal

    wow, look at all the stooges posting as if they were more than a 15-minute armchair expert. You people cant get beyond the silly cloak and dagger notions you hold about politics, how are you supposed to make an informed decision regarding the economy? Newsflash people, the problem is YOU

    January 16, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  27. MTATL67

    Seriously, what do the Republicans have to hit back with. Since Congressional Republican took control of the House they have not done anything productive. They have only waged a campaign of obstruction and no results to show for it. Boehner’s Blunder showed the country how far the GOP will go to further this obstructionist agenda. Even members of the extremist group in Congress lack the courage to endorse a Republican candidate. The Republican party is fractured and without decent leadership it is a party without any direction and there is no way it can steer the country towards better days.

    January 16, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      Fiscal Responsibility is needed wherever it comes from. Last year the Stock Market was exactly flat. No great loss but ne great gain either. If I'm not mistaken the job market lost jobs in the first report in the New Year. Didn't the European situation just get downgraded? The Fiscal problems in the country are still there and probably won't get any better, maybe worse, until we get a new President. The Liberals are good at selling Snake Oil and a lot of people buy it. Bettter pull your head out of the sand. The Liberals have made big promises over the last 75 years. All we have to show for it is a 16 Trillion dollar debt. We will all pay somewhere like it or not. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes. It will be expensive and painful.

      January 16, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Ray
        Two thirds of the current national debt was incurred in the last three Rethugliklan administrations.

        http://jimcgreevy.com/gvdc/Natl_Debt_Chart.html

        It is like a snowball once it started rolling it is hard to stop. The current interest on the national debt is over $2 million a second...try to keep up with that. That is what two borrowed and unfunded wars do to the national debt.

        January 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • C-Lo

      MTATL–In a lot of ways, I think you are correct–the GOP is fractured and without a clear direction. It is generally a fight between fiscal and social conservatives trying to take leadership. In many ways reminds me of the Dems in the 80's and early 90's with their mulititude of "grassroots" movements. Unless and until the GOP can either mend these differences or one side cede to the other, this fracturing will continue.

      Bush was a social conservative (remember his "slogan" was compassionate conservatism) and he grew many federal programs because of these ideals. The Tea Party is the (hyper-) fiscal conservative movement. Yes there are those who latched on with thier own agendas, but by-and-large this movement was started by people sick of gov't growth.

      I think Romney has a good shot at beating Obama in November. He is not GWB–GWB was a Conservative Democrat (read social conservative, with big gov't solutions). Romney is a Liberal Republican (read socially liberal with small FEDERAL gov't solutions). If he can win support of the social conservatives, we will be saying President Romney in 12 months.

      As far as doing nothing productive...with them in the control of the House (control of America's purse strings), the economy is beginning to improve. Plus, business is forward looking and I think they and income tax payers are seeing the end of Obama's presidency, giving them their first glimpse of hope and change in the last 3 years instilling some confidence. Just a thought to ruffle some feathers...

      January 16, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  28. ImaDoofus

    Just another step on the road to a dictatorship.
    After all, wasn't it the Obamination that stated Our Constitution was just a "charter of negative liberties" ?
    He wants to be a king – all perks, and do exactly what he alone wants, and to hell with the c citizens of this country.
    In his eyes we are all peons that must be subservient to the government,ie; him.
    Hopefully the same fate will befall him that eventually befalls all such narcissist dictators, eg: Il Duce in WW II.

    January 16, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  29. C-Lo

    Jean–my highly inflamitory response is waiting moderation. please check back in a week!

    January 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  30. jean2009

    C-Lo – Don't worry the moderator is also holding up a couple of my posts, check back in a week.

    January 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • C-Lo

      These days it seems "moderator" is taking on a whole new meaning with SOPA and PIPA!!!

      January 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm |