Obama to GOP in Congress: We cannot play games with unemployment insurance
President Obama Monday takes his case on the payroll tax cut directly to tv viewers as he makes a statement from the White House briefing room.
December 5th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Obama to GOP in Congress: We cannot play games with unemployment insurance

President Obama warned Congressional Republicans Monday that it would hurt all Americans if the payroll tax cut set to expire at the end of this year is not extended. The president made a statement in the White House briefing room saying it would be a terrible "mistake" for Congress to leave for the holidays without extending the payroll tax cut.  (read more here)

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  1. Paul_has_it_right

    What Obama is saying is that if the public cant get free unemployment how can we send their jobs to Mexico????

    December 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Mr. President........you are the one playing games.......not the GOP.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm |


      December 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • John

        Dems and libs have alot to say about nothing. What is worse? Libs in this string say we can't stop unemployment now after 99 weeks? How about the 300,000 people that just feel off the radar. Do we look them up and start giving them checks? How about the 50% of the population that isn't working? All of them need to get paid? How about the millions of illegals in the US – they need to get paid?

        December 6, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    We cannot continue to Pass the Buck on the hard decissions. The way we are going we will have a 30 Trillion Dollar Debe rather than the 15 Trillion Dollar Debt we have now. Social Security is on it's last legs now. So you pay here and now or pay later. That has been going on for 75 Years of Social Engineering. So we are now in worse shape than we were in the 1930's. And it is going to get worse. Sorry.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • david

      here are some facts that you might want to concider in your opions about "social engineering". federal tax takes in 42% of total federal revenues while 41% of total revenue is taken in by social sucurity taxes. that more than social sucurity pays out per year so far. congress and mostly republican presidents have borrowed all the supluses and have left IOUs in the account for now of $2.4 trillion. its amazing to me that some people think that taxing the rich is unfair when the amount they have gotten for the last 10 years was a part of this baby boomers social sucurity payed in to generat a suplus for when we retired. the only reason that the republicans want intitalments on the table is a hope that they can cut $2.4 trillion out of it before it goes broke so none of the people will know about their borrowing habits. george bush jr. just in his last year in office borrowed $674 billion from the account what do you think his eight year total might be?

      December 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    It is absurd to stop unemployment insurance at this time. Social engineering? What do you call the 25 bills submitted by the House to the Senate that call themselves jobs plans, but are just more piddle down economics that has proven to be without value to anyplace but China? Truth? Not even 1% of jobs are lost due to regulations, per declarations filled out by corporations and submitted to the government. Most jobs are lost due to poor economy or corporations looking for slave labor overseas. Those corporations should lose all U.S. tax benefits, since slave labor is against everything the U.S. stands for. We did sanction South Africa and we should sanction corporations outsourcing to get slave labor as well. The most admirable economy is in Germany, and they also have great labor conditions. Why do the Repubs call Democrats Socialists or Commies, and their leaders are running to Communist China as fast as possible? These foolish corporate executives are fleecing America and China will destroy their corporations as well.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |

      Rebecca, you are so right, sick of Coproration sending US jobs over seas for cheaper labor, they should be hit hard in taxes for every job lost that put Americans on unemployment they should pay those unemploymen compenstion for how long it takes the Americans to find a job and also they need to retrain them for a job in the US. Tired of the party of NO.

      December 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
      • Steveo

        I said this about 3-4 weeks ago and I will say it again. GE is one of the biggest offenders here! Why do I say this? Really easy. GE is opening a plant in China. GE has paid no taxes in 2010! To me the biggest offense is this: GE is CEO'd by Jeff Immelt. Y'all know Immelt, right? He just happens to be know as the JOB CZAR! If that is not offensive, I don't know what is!

        December 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Absolutely NOT

        The party of NO...you mean dirty harry's democratic senate??? the ones sitting on dozens of bills, and the ones who repeatedly votes down even the president's proposals???

        December 6, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  5. Debbie

    Mr. President, you have said this time and time again. The GOP does not care what you think or what is best for Americans or America. How many times will it take for you to learn? Use executive order if you really think things are critical because nothing will ever happen bi-partisan.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Youmustlike

      LOL the great divider in chief can't even get his own party to vote yes on his proposals...how many times have the democrats in the senate voted no, at times unanimously...

      December 6, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  6. gurby1

    A new party is urgently needed. These two have lost their credibility over and over again.

    Enough is enough

    The American people deserve better representation

    Any possible name? I can only think of 'Declaration of Independence Party' or the 'American Dream Party'. The aim will be to get back to the pristine fundamentals that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. They were needed then and are needed now,

    Republicans and Democrats have lost their way

    December 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  7. Asturiano

    Republicans don't give a hoot about the millions who will lose their only source of income because they are suffering in the depths of this Republican Recession. In 2010 millions will go hungry while Republicans feast on their tax cuts.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  8. Paul_has_it_right

    TO Debbie. Mr. President we know YOU care as little at the GOP about what is best for our CITIZENS otherwise YOU would have killed NAFTA as you promised, YOU would not have bailed GM out until the promised NOT to build plants in Mexico. YOU would have made sure illegals did not take OUR CITIZENS jobs, YOU would NOT allow cheap slave labor products in to this country from China, India and VietNam. No Debbie he does not care either.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  9. Payroll Tax Cut to Gut Social Security

    Oh Barry, you hypocrite! You attack Republicans by portraying them of robbing seniors of their social security yet you want to cut funding for the program by extending the payroll tax cuts. Barry, you just go around cherry-picking every demographic with empty promises whenever a political issue arises despite it contradicting itself. How about this: Cut spending, lower income taxes so we can afford to pay into a program that will benefit us in the future (It needs a lot of reform to come as well in itself).

    December 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  10. 4148

    hey guys i would like to ask you to go to the Google page click on more on the top and then on even more. go all the way down on your right hand Conner and click trend. now type in Ron Paul, and then Gingrich. you will notice that Gingrich is getting allot more attention from the media. still think you as an individual chose to vote for a real candidate? read Ron Pauls website and learn what he stands for.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Then give up something else. The Democrats refuse to give up anything, but they insist on continuing to squander money.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  12. jerry

    we have got to elect responsible leadership and take our great country back....we do not need idealistic marxist rulers. We need jobs and to get them we must encourage business and this administration is doing everything but!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Scriptfoo

      Please explain what has been done by our rulers that leads you to believe that they have expressed or committed to persistent public ownership of production. "Idealistic Marxist rulers"? Do you really understand what that means?

      December 6, 2011 at 3:10 am |
    • Emperor Norton

      Anyone who wants to call Obama a Marxist does not know what Marxism is.

      December 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • REALLY!


      December 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  13. Terry

    Rebecaa has is all summed up and I agree totoally....EXECUTIVE POWER NOW.....let them know who isn't screwing around anymore!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  14. WiredWrong, S.F.

    Wow..guess he forgot all the dems that have been voting against his proposals...man the republicans have so much power...

    Leave it to the great divider in chief to put in a temporary tax cut...and then blame repubs if they refuse to continue funding it with permanent tax hikes on the "rich" because they are "raising taxes" by letting the temporary tax cut expire...

    December 6, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  15. Maine Liberal

    The GOP does not want to end extended unemployment. Once that happens a few million people leave the work force and would lower the unemployment by a couple percentage points. those collecting unemployment are considered to be in the workforce. unempoyment % = unempoyed / working + unemployed (wf)

    December 6, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  16. Maine Liberal

    @jerry " this administration is doing everything but!"

    i bet on the otherside of your Teaparty sign it says Government has never created one singe private sector job.

    December 6, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  17. Howard


    Obama, Holder, and Napolitano should all be in jail,
    for the illegal sale of 2,500 weapons, to the Mexican drug cartels
    ... as well as the subsequent COVER UP of these crimes ...
    and the murder of American border agent, Brian Terry.

    If anything, Obama, Holder, and Napolitano,
    should be held to a higher standard, than the rest of us.

    In the days of Watergate, the Press demanded, and
    got JUSTICE for the American people. Today, the
    media looks the other way, or helps in the cover up !!!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Howard

      BREAKING NEWS !!! ...

      Obama appointed two devout Muslims to homeland security posts.

      Obama and Janet Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, a devout Muslim,
      as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.
      DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in Kareem Shora, a devout Muslim,
      who was born in Damascus , Syria , as ADC National Executive Director
      as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

      NOTE: Has anyone ever heard a new government official being identified
      as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant...?
      hhhmmm......Just wondering.

      Devout Muslims being appointed to critical Homeland Security-positions?
      Doesn't this make you feel safer already?
      That should make our homeland much safer, huh!?

      Was it not "Devout Muslim men" that flew planes into U..S. buildings on 9/11?
      Was it not a Devout Muslim who killed 13 at Fort Hood ?

      December 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  18. tim

    Unemployment insurance for nine months...yes. Endless payments to create a voter welfare system...no. Tax payers can not continue to fund endless unemployment payments....I'm sorry but we just can not. Everybody can not have everything.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |