GOP Gov. 'backs' president's jobs plan?! Not exactly...
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's reaction to the president's jobs plan was mixed. (Office of the Governor of MI)
September 9th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

GOP Gov. 'backs' president's jobs plan?! Not exactly...

The White House press operation was hard at work following the president’s speech last night, sending out rapid-fire emails filled with endorsements of the president’s new jobs plan. Support came from all corners, everyone from California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and St. Louis’ Democratic Mayor Francis Slay to the United Steelworkers union and the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 40 emails in all were sent by the White House between the time the president finished his speech at 7:40 PM and midnight last night.

The emails kept coming this morning, carrying messages of support from Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and even Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder. You may be asking yourself in shock, ‘a Republican expressed support for the president’s jobs plan?!?!’

Well, not exactly…but that was the impression the White House initially gave when they sent out Gov. Snyder’s response to the president’s speech with this subject line: “Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Backs American Jobs Act.”

Less than an hour later, the White House sent out the same email with a new subject line: “CORRECTED: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on American Jobs Act.”

The correction was a bit more accurate as Snyder’s response wasn’t exactly glowing. In a four paragraph statement, Snyder expressed support for certain aspects of the president’s proposal, but he called on congress to “make the tough decisions” rather than calling on them to pass the president’s bill.

Snyder began by running through a number of the president’s proposals that Michigan had already adopted – including cutting payroll taxes and ending corporate tax loopholes – saying that those changes “will help create an environment where jobs can grow, and they should be considered by Congress.”

But rather than complimenting the president for suggesting such changes, Snyder called on Washington to “continue to follow Michigan’s lead.” He then commended two Republican members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation for fighting for fiscal discipline as members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – Rep. Dave Camp and Rep. Fred Upton.

While Snyder didn’t enthusiastically endorse the president’s call for increased infrastructure spending, he acknowledged that such spending “will boost the economy,” and he cited a specific project where his state could be eligible for more than $2 billion in federal money for road projects.

Snyder concluded his reaction to the president’s speech by stating how bad the economic crisis has hit his state.

“Half of all jobs lost in the entire United States over the past decade were lost right here in Michigan,” he said. “We are in a crisis, and cannot afford to waste time on unproductive political posturing and partisan fighting. It’s time to make the tough decisions needed to reinvent Michigan and reinvent the United States.”

While certainly not critical of President Obama’s new proposal, Snyder doesn’t quite seem to be a ‘backer’ either.

Topics: jobs • White House

soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Mr T

    He must have gotten a call from Rush that he was getting off track on the talking points. What a bunch of lemurs that just run right off the cliff.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Howard

      Twelve Words to Describe Obama's Jobs Speech

      Presumptuous: He demanded – 17 times – that Congress immediately pass a bill no one has seen.

      Tired: The speech contained little new, just mostly recycled ideas or extensions of current programs that haven’t worked.

      Small: Its proposals, while expensive, offer little hope of really jump-starting the economy.

      Mind-boggling: Mr. Obama wants to drains hundreds of billions from Social Security for another stimulus.

      Slippery: It will all be paid for, the president said, but it’s up to a Congressional committee to figure out how.

      Misleading: These were just GOP ideas. Really? Republicans have proposed another $450 billion stimulus bill, Mr. Obama?

      Arrogant: He refused to consult in advance with anyone on the Hill, even refusing a meeting request from the House Speaker and Majority Leader.

      Self-centered: The only job he’s really concerned about is his own. If he really wanted a bipartisan package, he would have worked with Republicans to come up with one.

      Unnecessary: The president would have been better off traveling the country this week to lay out proposals, surrounded by people he could claim would might benefit.

      Completely political: Before he spoke, Mr. Obama sent supporters an email titled “Before I head to the Capitol” that ended with “You should donate today.”

      Hyper-partisan: This speech – especially its angry tone – was aimed at setting up the Republicans for blame next fall. Then he’ll say the economy would be better if the GOP has just done what I ordered them to do.

      Misguided: Mr. Obama is betting his re-elect on a massive spending bill.

      September 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
      • sundance

        I believe that there should be a spending cap on election spend a billion dollars or more is rediculous!
        Further more if you have that much money...why hasn't IRS investigated them......the rich get rich and stay rich, cause the rich control everything...mostly banks, oil companies, workers comp, medi care doctors

        January 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  2. Jamie from Riversie

    Who cares what this fat, ugly, middle-aged, and obviously stupid republican governor says?

    September 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Howard

      Notice how the attention of the American people was shifted on Thursday, right after Obumer's ridiculous 'vote for this bill NOW' speech, to a fake terror alert. Once again, a fake crisis was used to sabotage his opposition's criticism. This lying snake will stoop to any level, in order to deceive the public for his own gain.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  3. MrManhattan

    The GOTP doesn't care if it weakens America, or hurts Americans in their quest to defeat Obama. Treason in it's purest form.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Indy500

      Obama's important "jobs Bill"....duh...where was it for the past 2 1/2 years....pass it right away and we'll talk about paying for it next time. Obama has been on TV, magazines, media so much since before he was pres that this was just another speech to his minions....just another puff of nonsense from his rear end! It must be tough for libs to continue to believe in the Great Liar in Chief!

      September 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • Ken

        For 2 1/2 years Republicans have done everything they can to stop this President from saving the economy. Unfortunately, all legislation must pass the senate, but it only takes one Senator to stop legislation. Republicans keep insisting that cutting taxes and ending regulations will grow the economy, but I guess they didn't cut enough taxes or wipe out enough regulations from 2001 – 2008 for that to work.

        September 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
      • Louis Chitty

        Indy, you ask: "where was it for the past 2 1/2 years"[?] Are you saying that you don't want jobs NOW? Republicans never wanted to pay for ANYTHING until Pres. Obama took office. Heck Republicans even made it AGAINST THE LAW for the government to bargainwith drug companies to get lower prices. That makes a lot of sense - if you're trying to bankrupt the country. Your comments about TV, magazines,media, and speeches are meaningless drivel meant to draw attention away from REAL issues, but you do get credit for sticking to your stupid Republican talking points.

        September 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • kateslate

        Gosh, where was your biting commentary when George W. Bush was president?

        September 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Patrick Lewis

        For the last 2.5 years we've had the initial stimulus(pumping billions into state coffers, including Texas and Michigan), supplemental stimulus (that kept two of the big three from going under and ruining Ford as well), Tax cuts, TARP, the list goes on and on.

        You don't like Obama. Fine. But Obama has acted like an adult and has done the things necessary to keep the economy working. He does so quietly and deliberately so that people don't FREAK about how bad things could be, unlike the republicans who pedal in destabilizing fear.

        September 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Salty Bob

        What has Congress done? Pretty much nothing. Congress has passed only a handful of laws since the current legislative session started in January. There have been no significant efforts to fix the economy's underlying problems - tepid job creation and a dysfunctional housing market. And worse than doing nothing, the actions of Tea Party members are helping create the kind of uncertainty abhorred by business leaders, experts say. Two prime examples: The battle over funding federal agencies that brought the government to the brink of a shutdown. And the congressionally-created debt ceiling crisis. Before they took most of August off, lawmakers this summer focused almost singularly on a fight over raising the debt ceiling - a legislative maneuver needed to ensure the government could pay its bills on time.
        The process still hasn't wrapped up - a committee is currently trying to figure out how to slash more federal spending. But the debate exposed the tea party memers as dysfunctional and incapable of compromise, to the detriment of America.
        Republicans can't help themselves, let alone the economy. Congress is either going to jolt the economy back into a robust recovery or send it into a double-dip recession, "We're in a policy status-quo zone, With tea party members seemingly unable to agree on what the economy needs to get back on the right track, they have relegated themselves to the sidelines. The gridlock has harmed America to the extent that it's created uncertainty, because Congress has done virtually nothing.

        September 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
      • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart


        You should probably take a class in macro-economics. The U.S. is a huge economy. Turning it around isn't like turning around a speed boat. More like turning around the a luxury liner. If you haven't noticed, Obama has been working with a group of anarchists that only want him defeated at the sacrafice of millions of americans out of work.

        What? Did you miss that memo?

        Geesh even the Fox noise idiots have no clue what's been happening the past 3 years.

        September 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Howard


      "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President."

      September 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  4. ObamaCares

    The hypocrite. He'll take the money, he'll take advantage of every photo-op, and he'll lie to his people. His citizens need help just like all the other Americans who are unemployed.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Louis Chitty

      OC: You say "He'll take the money". Funny, I thought the money was to be used to CREATE JOBS in states like YOURS w/high unemployment... "he'll take advantage of every photo-op"...Like landing on an aircraft carrier and declaring "mission Accomplished"? You continue: "and he'll lie to his people. His citizens need help just like all the other Americans who are unemployed." "HIS people, HIS citizens..." and "all the OTHER Americans who are unemployed"? Tell me what you mean - no, wait - first, tell me what you're smokin'!

      September 10, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  5. boocat

    I agree with MrManhattan....those conservative morons should be tried for treason. They don't give a damn about this country. All they care about is their own power.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • kateslate

      I like this approach and think all left leaning citizens should embrace it and expand on it. Remember, their only goal is that Obama fails! They care not a whit about our country failing. Their goals have been expressed in numerous forums. They want Obama to fail and will take the country down with him. Treasonous in the true sense of the word.

      September 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  6. EJ in Metro Houston

    well then thank God govenor that you didn't have somebody like Mitt Romney as president because he opposed helping the auto bailout. You would have lost even MORE jobs in Michigan then.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  7. rf924

    Barry The Clown needs to shut hie pie-hole.....everytime he speaks the market takes a nosedive and the recession gets worse.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Clwyd

      The market is controlled by rich corporations and business. They sort of plan ahead after one of Obama's speeches regardless!

      September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • arduck

      Not to mention how the market acts when the Tea Party caucus holds America hostage in brinkmanship games for their own purpose.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      we the people of the unitedstate in order to form a more
      perfect union establish justice insure domestice tranquilty
      provide for the common defence promote the general welfare
      and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity
      do ordain and establies this constitution for the unitedstate of america.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Texas Doc

      Learn to use teh keypad doofus. Why do you even bother?

      September 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Louis Chitty

      According to your logic, if the president says nothing, everything would be just hunkey-dorey; you think maybe the wildfires would blow out inTexas, the rain would stop falling in the east, the ice would stop melting in the Arctic and the mountain of debt Republicans have been accumulating since Pres. Bush got elected (and "re-elected") would vanish? Of course not - but it's great propaganda for a hate-filled, borderline-evil party of true believers.

      September 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • kateslate

      I see you read the TeaParty uneducated playbook. Filled with little phrases like "Barry the Clown," among others. Say, I have a question to ask you! Have you had an original thought that was your very own and not planted by a conservative talk show host in the past five years?

      September 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Russell Brown

      to many people in this room are angry like pete and joe
      it is the first responsibilty of
      every citizen to quesition authority
      I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences
      attending too much liberty
      than those attending too a small degree of it
      abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry
      and chicanery of party faction and division of society.

      September 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Patrick Lewis

      That's President Obama, leader of our country you disrespectful, traitorous blowhard. Have some class.

      September 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart


      What....are you like 10 years old? or is it simply some village is missing their idiot?

      September 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Yet, who will complain first when jobs aren't created? You know the rich private sector won't create jobs when their goal is to get rid of Obama! All republicans are animals!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Joe

      No, all liberals are Scumbags

      September 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • KK Denver

        Joe, are you a plumber?

        September 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Ms. White

        pull up your pants and put a belt on ....your brain is showing

        September 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • arduck

        Scumbags? really? Tell me what you really think.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
      • Kevin

        Let me guess. This is the same Joe who on other forums confuses who writes what? Are you the same Joe who contacts the friends of people on Facebook? From your insults and name calling it would appear so.

        September 10, 2011 at 8:29 am |
      • Republicans Are The American Taliban

        Hey Joe I Know You!! You were that banjo playin dude on the front porch in Deliverance!

        September 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        joe if by a liberal you mean someone who looks ahead and not behind
        some one who welcome new ideas without reactions someone who
        cares about the welfare of the people their health their housing their schools
        their jobs civil rights and their civil liberties someone who belives we can
        break through the statlemate and suspicions
        that grip us in our polices abroad if that is what
        you mean by a liberal then Im pround to say I am Liberal.

        September 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  9. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.


    September 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Joe

      Its Bozo Obama and what a clown he is

      September 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • KK Denver

        Try not to kill yourself when he's easily re-elected.......... on second though, knock yourself out.

        September 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Ms. White

        if he is a clown then george was and still is the monkey with the music box

        September 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • frespech

        It's certainly not difficult that with Joes intellectually stimulating comments that he would be recognized as anything but a Republican.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
      • arduck

        Joe, you so ka-ray-zy. But mean-spirited, with nothing of substance to say. I will light a candle for your enlightenment on the road to Damascus.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Thai

      Barry is short for Barack. He often goes by Barry.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • Pete

        your right But these idiots think he is a GOD they better start looking at the other direction

        September 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • Patrick Lewis

        Not since High school. And since the vast majority of the American people voted for him as our leader his name is President Obama or Mr. President. Have some class and self respect

        September 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  10. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    It looks as if the only thing most of you are capable of doing is calling people names. When you grow up, you miight be able to give some intellegent opinions, but for now you had better get back to third grade and learn something!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm |

    The Michigan Governor is giving advice on the economy?.. Michigan is a virtual wasteland, and it would have been a desert, if Obama hadn't saved the auto industry. What an ingrate.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Joe

      Saved the Auto Industry from the blood sucking Unions
      Get rid of Unions and this Country will be OK

      September 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Kathleen Farrell

        Wrong again, Joe. The unions sat down and compromised. They say down in UNITED fashion and did what they could do for the best possible outcome. The result: renewed vibrancy and quality in the American auto industry. Without the stimulous on the table, GM and Chrysler would have failed and countless industries that support them and that their workers support would have failed, too. Again, look beyond the hate. He's black. Get over it.

        September 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Joe

        The Unions sat down after the horse was out of the barn (to save thier Asses)

        Stop using the liberal excuse race card If Obama was white I would still call him the idiot he is
        Run a smart black man and I'll vote for him. your one of those sicko's that bring everything about obama back to race

        September 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • Ms. White

        if it was not for the Unions, we as US citizens would not enjoy the workplace we take for granted, paid vacations, safe workplace, etc.....but you I quess have never work in such favorable conditions....paid under the table?

        September 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        so what is the plan to get the ecomny off this Defibilator
        joe pete do great perfect men have a plan do tell we are all ears.

        September 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
      • Louis Chitty

        Kudos to Kathleen Farrell for pointing out the obvious: that the GOPhers use race at every opportunity to try to discredit the president. Republi-CONS use racial references to appeal to the same hatred that led to the Civil War. They say he's "half-black," a lawmaker shouts "You lie" in Congress, another post photos of watermelons on the WH lawn, Limbaugh and his ilk repeat the "he hates whites" mantra, Breitbart doctors video to discredit a black govt. official, Tea Party rallies are laden w/ posters of the pres. as a monkey, while Obama-as-a-monkeyt tea-shirts are sold, along with the fundraising sock monkey. Even before the election, Senator McCain warned Obama against using the "race card" - which was just another way of using race pre-emptively against him. The pres. has bent over backward to keep race out of the discussion, even to the point of avoiding doing anything to help blacks, who are hurt more than any other group by this economy. When the pres. thanked the Eagles' owner for giving Michael Vick a second chance, he wasn't talking about Vick, per se, but about the millions of ex-felons who WILL be released over time - who if they aren't given a second chance, have few options but to commit more crimes. The pres. said Sgt. Crowley "acted stupidly" by arresting prof. Gates AFTER Crowley KNEW Gates was at his own home, but law enforcement and others came out of the woodwork to defend Crowley and to attack the President, yet they were virtually silent when NYC cops inserted a stick into the rectum of a citizen - and some even defended them. Many in the LAPD still defend the beating of Rodney King, but when cops beat up a white man, suddenly, it's 'police brutality'. To see how absurd racial attitudes continue to be over time, one need only compare the Civil War to today's hateful attacks on the president. Poor southern whites (and others outside the South) fought to maintain a system of slavery that KEPT THEM POOR and that kept a small group of slaveholders rich. Today, poor whites support a Republican Party that favors a corporate sytem run by the wealthy that not only keeps them unemployed, but which takes their tax dollars to further enrich themselves, while rejecting a president who wants to use some government funds to maintain a decent standard of living for the middle class. If these poor souls want to cling to their 'whiteness,' so be it. It sometimes seems that I am a voice crying out in a desert. Also like Kathleen, I, too, say "...look beyond the hate. He's black. Get over it."

        September 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Pete

      Wisconsons Gov has the right Plan

      September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        two great perfect men joe and pete
        how would you put american back to work
        how would you pay 14 trillon dollars back
        without hurting the american people
        here is your chance to sumitt your plan
        hungry familes who play by the rules
        are listen to guys do give your plan .

        September 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
    • Thai

      Saving the auto industry was done under the Bush administration. The Republican Senators were against it, and then Bush decided to just take it out of the TARP funding. It's HIGHLY disingenuous to just give all the credit to Obama. Obama deserves credit as a Senator at the time of its passage, nothing more.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • arduck

        Surely you are unaware of the heat the President got in 2009 for loaning GM and Chrysler $$ to avoid collapse. He got bashed by detractors who critiqued his support calling GM "Government Motors". It must be nice to have selective amnesia. Probably helps you sleep at night.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • Patrick Lewis

        Bush was a lame duck at the time and all major policies (TARP, auto bailout) were done in tandem. HOWEVER, Obama got all the heat for the move, so it counts. Besides, the economy taking a utter dump was 100% bush for keeping interest rates artificially low for WAY too long and deregulating finances just to appease his cronies. Argue all you like about other mitigating circumstances, THIS is why ALL of these extraordinary measures have been necessary and why people are suffering.

        September 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • arduck

      True dat Italian Nonno.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Tim

      If you aren't from michigan don't give your opinion.
      Ignorant mother fuckers.
      Michigan before the recession was actually a gorgeous place to live

      September 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  12. Kathleen Farrell

    Joe, let's act like grown-ups. You (plural) are not helping the cause when you are disrespectful to the president, who has been nothing but respectful to all sides. He is our leader, voted in somewhat Democratic fashion. He faces racism, myopic opposition, political foes gleeful that our economy is faltering and second-guessing from those who offer no solutions. His birthplace has been questioned, his middle name used as political insult, his use of a teleprompter lambasted when every president in modern history has utilized the device. What is wrong with your type where you don't look for subtance, but for hate?

    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Joe

      Obama Respectful to Republicans what kind of dope are you smoking

      Obama only knows how to blame others
      the guy is a total screwup he is garbage

      September 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Kathleen Farrell

        Thank you for proving my point.

        September 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • Ms. White

        you would know what garbage is right? you do residental or commerial ?

        September 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • arduck

        Joe. Please grow up and act like an adult.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery
        of party faction and division of society
        few people have the virtue to with stand the hihest bidder;
        our country may be likened to a new house
        but we possess the most perious of all liberty
        one of the hardest things in life is having words in
        your heart that you cant utter.
        I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past

        September 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        Joe the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
        inmoments of comfort and convenience but where he stands
        in times of challenge and controversy
        all that we are is the results of what we thought the mind is
        everything what we think we become.
        nothing gives one person so much advantage over anther as to remain
        always cool .

        September 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        so let me get this right Mr Bush spend the surplus
        got us in to two wars and you are made at president obama.

        September 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Louis Chitty

        Touche'! (But I'm afraid a lot of them STILL won't get it.)

        September 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • dean1


        September 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • KK Denver

      Very well said.......... but don't hold your breath for the likes of joe. You have to have courage to think, and the TOPer's are as scared as you can get.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • Pete

        You really have your head up your ass KK Denver
        Obama expereince is a comunity organizer in other words none
        Obana is the Racist and his wife is worst than he is
        Read thier Books

        September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • arduck

        Pete. What do you do? What do you do for others? What contributions to you make?

        September 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Pete

      You are one Frustrated woman
      Back off with the Race card other Liberals played that hand one too many times.

      September 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • frespech

        Pete and Joe:
        It is their or there not (thier). Did you two (not to or too) go to the same school in Mississippi ?

        September 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Russell Brown

        we must pull together for the party sake
        the truth will only embrassed you
        trust me pete stay with president obama
        we know you are bitter and your friend too
        your abusive langage or horseplay is a weird tone
        pete is your responsiblity to vote for president obama
        if you did not like him you would be in a fox chat room
        we all feel your pain you got fu-k over you are not alone
        do the right thing and vote 4 moreyears for president obama.

        September 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Louis Chitty

        Give ONE example, Joe....waiting.....waiting

        September 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • frespech

      Kathleen, Very eloquently stated and with no malice intended. However that being said you can see now that a sane person cannot begin to rationalize with shall we say someone who doesn't have both oars in the water.
      Thanks for your post, I enjoyed it.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Willie

      Thumbs up, truer words never spoken.

      September 11, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  13. Jaywing

    Can there possibly be so many ignorant, hateful people in the GOP/Teabagging crowd? Reading these posts you'd think we were at war with each other. Come on - we're all Americans and we're akll for the same thing. We may have differences of opinion on how to get there, but acting like children in a sandbox only proves the point that some people are so hateful that they can see past their own behinds to help themselves. Stop the blind, childish bashing and put some energy into fixing America. The other party is not the enemy - we have plenty of enemies and they deserve our ire. But for Christ's sake, turn down the rhetoric towards your fellow Americans.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  14. Hank

    The GOP wouldn't back apple pie if Mrs. Obama baked it and Pres. Obama served it. They may think they're sticking to their guns (which they are in the NRA sense) but they're losing independent voters in so doing. To them compromise and tolerance of differences are four-letter words. Well, folks, to many these days GOP is a four-letter obscenity too.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  15. Reggie

    "No, all liberals are Scumbags. What a pleasant love-thy-neighbor-as-thyself Christian sentiment. Not.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  16. GOP Bad For America

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sure hasn't done much for his state regarding jobs. He may want to put away his partison politics and try what the Preisdent is offering. Obama policies bailed out the Michigan auto industry while THIS President prevented a DEPRESSION! I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats when the mess the country is in now is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Independent

      I disagree. Snyder, as a more moderate Republican, is pushing for a publicly owned bridge in Detroit, which will create thousands of temporary and permanent jobs. As well as boost the local economy, and trade with Canada. It looks like a win-win for Michigan, because Canada is willing to front Michigan the cash for the entire construction.

      September 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    No one but Democrats support this is totally Partisan, totally foolish, and bad for the country........but of course Democrats don't understand how the economy works, because all they know how to do, is keep people on welfare!

    September 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • frespech

      Maybe you would like to match wits with Warren Buffet that goofy old Democrat that surely doesn't know anything about how the economy works. Think before posting.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jaywing

      Rick, my gess is I am better educated than you, make far more than you do and that I pay far more taxes. No doubt, I put more into serving my fellow man than you, which includes charity work and welfare for Americans in need - the destitute, the elderly, the vets, the disabled and the unemployed. I do not begrudge them a dime. I understand the President's plan. Perhaps you should put a little more effort into thinking of other people and less about your own ego and bashing people you do not even know, with problems you can not imagine.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • GOP Bad For America

      It was Clinton, a Democrat who got millions off welfare. He did more to reform welfare than Tricky DIck Nixon, Pappa Bush or Reagan combined. Also, The last Repub in office sure didn't know anything about the economy. Bush screwed up the economy and the budget with his off-budgets wars and ill-advised tax cuts.

      September 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • Russell Brown

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        September 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • arduck

      I have been an Independent (that's not Democrat) since I registered in 1972. I am willing to give the President's plan a chance. Especially in light of the fact that the people that ran on "Jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010 have yet to introduce ONE job supportive bill.

      September 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  18. cbr

    The loss of jobs in Michigan did not happen over night. Those who lost jobs deserve our support and our understanding. Governor Snyder should be lauded for changes in Michigan if they have made things better. He has given his correct version of his response to the Obama Speech. However, his piece does not admonish his fellow Republicans for their refusal to work with their counterparts in the Democratic Party to bring about reforms and initiatives to help with the economy or jobs. The sad part is that much of the deficit occurred because those in the Bush administration and the Congress were not watching the wartime spending. No one thought to ask how the costs of the war were being paid. Before the war we had a very big surplus. Now we are in debt for billions of dollars. The people in Congress, who have been re-elected and re-elected did not do the job. Those who sit on their hands are not doing their jobs. Those who refuse to compromise or work with others are not doing their jobs, No political party or group, lobbyist or politician, governor, representative, senator or President has all the answers. Those constantly criticizing the administration, condemning different politicians on both sides or the media trying announcing breaking news have not helped. Nothing gets done when we do not work together.

    It is time to stop complaining, criticizing, second-guessing the country's leaders or other negative tactics need to realize that solutions will only come if we work together.

    September 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • arduck

      a snap and 2 thumbs up!

      September 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Does anyone "exactly" give a flying coitus?

    September 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • Howard


      September 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    Conservatives don't give a "Rats Azz" about the jobs situation and economy and will not care one bit unless and or until they take over the White House in 2012. They know this nation needs help now, but because it will make a Democratic President look good, they are unwilling to do it. They prefer to let the country suffer. While I cannot pray for any ill will come to them, I can pray that they all lose their elections and come to the point that they must trun to the government for assistance and of course, The Liberals will be there to help the very ones that tried to destroy them and our system. Strange how things work out.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  21. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This idiot wouldn't know a good plan if it jumped up and kicked him in the back-side. He is just another extremist who rode into office on a tea party wave. Americans are now seeing the fruits of their mistake in WI, OH, TN and MI governors.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  22. Apollo

    These politicians place so much of their identity with the party they are affiliated with that it's paralyzed our government. Anything that contradicts a parties default view becomes a shot to their ego. I sit and watch Obama time after time tell them to just stop the circus and do your job. What will it take? This sounds like its a baby step in a positive direction, but i'll take it.

    September 10, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  23. Reggie from LA

    Of course he doesn't agree. That's HIS job. To automatically disagree with the president is the job of the GOP. Proof: How often have they agreed? OK. You are tempted to say "well Obama never has any initiatives to agree with". Well where are those of the GOP? Screaming cut this and cut that and pay no taxes is not representative of any initiative.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  24. Ryan

    I am a registered Republican and I am embarassed of those like pete and Joe!

    September 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  25. Louis Chitty

    I've got 4 or 5 comments "Awaiting moderation" ... even two very brief one-liners...while I see all the other comments being added left and write - and not a cuss-work or anything untoward in them...wonder why. (must be hard-hitting truth)

    September 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  26. Ray E. Georgia

    Any of you folks that think Obama's latest plan is going to fix anything, tomorrow or next year or next decade better take a number and get in line. The big Liberal Democrat plans over the last 75 years have brought us what? Huge Debt, High Unemployment, back to food stamps, Total Bankruptsy, runng on empty. Obama had the Congress for 2 years and did what? The Democrats wouldn't pass a budget until after the elections. The Democrat Controlled Senate still won't pass a budget. Why? Because the Liberals in the Senate are going to get their clock cleaned. Have fun looking for that great plan Obama has for you.

    September 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Jimbo

      Don't you know everytime Republican put the country an shit hole, It takes a Democrat to pull the country out stand back up. Just like when Clinton was president, fixed the economy, everything was great. Bush a Republican comes (American's mistake) put the country in shit hole ( as usual for a republican). Obama will take the country out that shit hole if Tea party (aka assholes) put their asses in a corner and let the country move.

      September 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Louis Chitty

      As Reagan often said: "Here we go again". The TRUTH is just the opposite of what you say, Ray. If you believe in what you say, sign your name and let everybody know where you stand (I have). If anybody has any doubt about how we got into so much debt, here's a link which is available to verify or to disprove various assertions - and just saying "NO" isn't proof; Let's talk facts. For example, "In comparing corporate taxes, the Congressional Budget Office found in 2005 that the top statutory tax rate was the third highest among OECD countries behind Japan and Germany. However, the U.S. ranked 27th lowest of 30 OECD countries in its collection of corporate taxes relative to GDP, at 1.8% vs. the average 2.5%.[21] Bruce Bartlett wrote in May 2011: " almost never hears that total revenues are at their lowest level in two or three generations as a share of G.D.P. or that corporate tax revenues as a share of G.D.P. are the lowest among all major countries. One hears only that the statutory corporate tax rate in the United States is high compared with other countries, which is true but not necessarily relevant. The economic importance of statutory tax rates is blown far out of proportion by Republicans looking for ways to make taxes look high when they are quite low." Oh yes, here's a link to "Presidential debt over last 50 years": Or you can go to Google or any other search engine and look it up; results will be the same. It's right there for all to see; all you have to do is READ. BTW, I'm voting for Obama - AGAIN!!

      September 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Patrick Lewis, Ken in NC; Good posts..thanks! I agree with you 100%.Republicans certainly are the American Taliban. They're desrepectful, insubordinate, obstructive treasonists too! What is the AMERICAN PEOPLE going to do about it?...just sit back and let them get away with it? They ALL should be brought up on charges! Had the 'Sen' Obama and the DEMS been handling a sitting President like this, they'd have already been chastized, charged, convicted, fined and/or incarcerated! What's wrong with AMERICANS?

    September 11, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Consider it payback for all the hate and contempt Liberals showed President Bush. The chickens have come home to roost.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  28. Lynda, California

    We no longer have a democracy if it heresy for someone from the other party to agree with the POTUS from another party. And why the media tolerates and doesn't expose the dangers of this to our way of life, I don't know. This is not a sane why to practice politics unless you intend to destroy a country and that is what the Teapublicans are willing to do just for the sake of regaining "power". They openly hope our economy stays bad and don't care if the American people are hurting, wake up media and do your job. Republicans also openly hate liberals, which over half the country is, and has let everyone know they would not be president of "ALL" the people, and that is in stark contrast to President Obama who has tried to do the descent thing and accommodate conservative and liberal thinking in his decisions. He is trying to be a president for ALL Americans not just left or right and that is what the president is charged to do. The oath of office doesn't say do you solemnly swear to do the bidding of only your party. This Rightwing hysteria is damaging democracy's image around the world and the United States of America.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Boo hoo-Boo-hoo; OMG! poor little Liberals shouldn't have shown him so much hate and contempt. What liberals Jay? WE ALL SHOULD FALL DOWN ON OUR KNEES AND ASK HIM FOR FORGIVENESS..RIGHT, Jay? Yet in the next breath you will be telling us all about the Democratic Congress (mainly liberals) some progressives, who (not only treated him like he was their President) but went right along with Bush the failed policies, when he was flushing the US down the toilet; for their own personal gains! DOUBLETALK!

    September 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'The chickens have come home to roost'. Well now, how could conservatives take that quotation? I know how many liberals may truly take it! You really need to do some more research; maybe you will find the most remembered reason that quote was made and by whom. The late Malcolm X made that statement right after your corrupted party or system of 'government' assassinated The late John F Kennedy. He was referencing the ease in which your ilk could kill one of their own, if one's in defiance of their ideology!

    September 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Like OBAMA is today, KENNEDY was a President voicing 'CHANGE' for thatime. Just like now, his evil resistors didn't want it! So they had him taken away from us and the world!...that's why we had better watch PRES OBAMAS' back, because we know there's an even greater potential of the same happening to him. They've killed their own; so a black man who's trying to effect change in a 'white supremacist set up of a system'?!? Obstruction! obstruction! obstruction! if that doesn't work...DEAR LORD, SHIELD OBAMA!!

    September 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    CZECK REPUBLIC OBSERVER? Dear Howard, you try so hard don't you. Where can we find that quote pretell? Was it a newspaper or just a depraved Czekloslavakian citizen observer that you know? The 'multitude of fools' that entrusted the presidency to BARACK OBAMA, and most of us still do, is inclusive of registered Democrats and Republicans of all races! So what does that say about the last administration? Bush messed up so bad, that the multitude didn't even want McCAIN! It was time for a REAL BIG CHANGE!

    September 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Howard

      Liz, I certainly don't try as hard, or as often, as you !!!
      Every time I check the CNN blogs, there are you are, with non-stop, ad nauseam postings,
      pitching, promoting, praising, and defending, your messiah.
      And, if anybody has the audacity to disagree with your messiah,
      you try your hardest to humiliate them with baseless accusations of
      racism, and endless insults.
      America is ready for a REAL BIG CHANGE NOW ... starting with
      kicking Obama out of the White House. That's why, even with
      the entire mainstream media protecting him,
      and promises of a BILLION dollar reelection budget,
      Obama is sinking in the polls like a lead balloon.
      Even your accusations of racism, cannot stop the
      what's becoming extremely obvious to the majority of
      America ... electing this inexperienced, radical , racist
      was a huge mistake ... and, we're all paying for it BIG TIME !!!
      The only way out of this mess Obama created, is to get him
      out of the White House, as soon as possible !!!

      September 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  33. Ray E. Georgia

    Howard your words were never truer. The Liberals and Democrats want to run the country but they want the Conservatiives and Republicians to pay for it. The trouble with Liberals is pretty soon they run out of other people's money. The only problem with the huge Federal Debt is all of us are going to pay for it, one way or the other. We can't keep borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. But some peolple can't see the forest for the trees. In Obama's case he doesn't have a clue. Another half Trillion in Stimulus. Truly the Blind leading the blind.

    September 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Lynda, California

      Why do Republicans think they are the only ones paying TAXES? Get real and stop hating everyone. Scapegoating has never solved a problem and never will. Republicans are playing a dangerous game with our democracy. And it really is sad. I guess Democrats are usually wealthier than Republicans, and don't mind helping those in need, because they are decent people, try do good. I will take the title of do gooder liberal, bleeding heart, whatever you call it, the lord knows who is doing good works and who is not regardless of if you call yourself a Christian.

      September 12, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  34. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Lynda, California; I agree..they certainly do seem to think that they are THE ONLY ONES who have businesses and pay taxes; the only ones who are working and having taxes deducted from THEIR salaries; they think their contributions to the federal government in taxes are the ONLY ones the government relies on to 'support' the less fortunate; be it the senior citizens, disabled, disenfranchised, and even the underpaid retired. They're CHRISTIANS only in word, not deed. They give BEGRUDGINGLY! Not WJWD. WWJD?

    September 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Howard your perpetual business-clamed spew of degradation of the President has any value, why is it that business; yes, the corporately-owned mainstream media protecting him? That seems to be more double-talk rhetoric spewing from your anus. Remember now, you brought that nasty body part into the debate. Your hate for this President is personal.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  36. WILD-ONE

    Howard-You are ridiculous–Of course no repub would ever muddy the facts, like GWB did for Iraq, Or use scare tactics to get are slow to learn from Recent-history..And when did the bottom fall out of the USA, on GWB's Watch, Just like 911 happened on his watch, oh yeah he keep us safe.....except for the first year and was warned. And many smaller attacks through out his term...How many Iraq civilians have been killed? How many service men/women from USA


    September 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  37. WILD-ONE

    GOP = Grand Old Party...= Self in Denial . GOP will always party and never even consider their neighbor or friends or the lest fortunate –or in need..Perry took monies from the Feds to put people to work and used it to Balance his state budget.Look it up. The GOP is always eager with hand out to take but not give back...this stimulas has that clause in it, sad they HAVE to put the clause in..but that is the GOP for you..always looking for a loophole..

    September 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
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