President Obama invoking Teddy Roosevelt in Kansas
President Obama speaking in Osawatomie, KS Tuesday.
December 6th, 2011
09:55 AM ET

President Obama invoking Teddy Roosevelt in Kansas

(CNN) - President Obama is heading to Kansas, a Republican stronghold, on Tuesday to talk about the economy and make another direct appeal to extend the payroll tax cut.

President Obama spoke briefly at the White House on Monday asking Congress to act quickly before the tax cut expires at the end of the year. "There aren’t many folks either in the middle class or those trying to get into the middle class who can afford to give up $1,000 - not right now," he said.

Once again he painted a picture of the GOP as being more concerned with the well being of the wealthy than with the middle class. "How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense," he said.

A White House statement said President Obama will "lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we're all in it together – where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their share, and everyone gets a shot."

The president will speak to the Kansas community of Osawatomie, a town where former President Theodore Roosevelt made an historic address in 1910 calling for economic reform to help the poor and underprivileged. President Roosevelt’s trip to Osawatomie, according to the White House, "called for a New Nationalism, where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed."

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  1. FareShare

    LoL...more with the "fair share"...well what's not fair is 47% who don't pay and demand more from those that do's like having a parasite controlling the host body

    December 6, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Howard

      BARACK OBAMA ...

      First President to refuse to show a valid birth certificate.
      First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

      First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
      First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States .
      First President to violate the War Powers Act.
      First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .

      First President to defy a Federal Judges court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
      First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
      First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs and later admit there was no such thing as shovel-ready jobs.

      First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
      First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

      First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. , including those with criminal convictions.
      First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

      First President to terminate Americas ability to put a man in space.
      First President to encourage racial discrimination and intimidation at polling places.
      First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

      First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
      First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly speak-out on the reasons for their rate increases.

      First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state they are allowed to locate a factory.
      First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (Az, WI, OH, IN)
      First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
      First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

      First President to appoint 45 Czars to replace elected officials in his office.
      First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.
      First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.

      First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
      First President to coddle American enemies while alienating Americas allies.
      First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the U.S. Flag.
      First President to go on multiple global apology tours.
      First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends, paid for by the taxpayer.

      First President to refuse to wear the U.S. Flag lapel pin.
      First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
      First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense.

      First President to repeat “the Holy Qur'an tells us,” and openly admit “the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.”

      Remember that 32 months of Obama White House we the people have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our nation's entire history, as the Obama's plan their next extravagant vacation to the Indonesian Island nation of Bali .

      Hope and change anyone?

      * sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept of Labor, Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, Heritage Foundation.

      December 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
      • Jeff

        First to copy and paste a malicious, truth-bending chain mail circulated by right-wing nutjobs? Obviously not YOU.

        December 7, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • GaGaGa

      God...Americans...STOP COMPLAINING!

      In germany the top tax rate is 47,48 %.
      Sounds apocalyptic?

      December 7, 2011 at 2:23 am |
      • John

        Their tax includes a VAT. SO, if you are a lib, you would hate this tax – the bottom 50% paying no taxes now in this country would need to pay.

        December 7, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • John

        BTW, if you include ALL the taxes and fees paid to Fed, state and local governmnet, by working Americans who own homes, working Americans are over 48% now. Can working Americans complain about this now? You libs value the nuts of the flea party having their say, but you try to shut down working Americans? 2012 can't come soon enough.

        December 7, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • steveo

        A 19% standard VAT none the less! And yet when folks talk about health care and retirements, Germany is held as the standard! If yu want a system like the Germans have, you'll have to pay up like the Germans do! I'll bet Germany does not have approx 50% of it's population paying no federal taxes!

        December 7, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Emperor Norton

      FareShare: The people who don't pay income tax due to being below the federal minimum are indeed still taxpayers, owing to property, estate, and particularly sales taxes. The income tax is significant, but is not the entire story, and acting as if it is does both you and your argument significant damage.

      Please do not simply reiterate somebody else's talking point.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Argument against raising Taxes on those making over $200,000.00 is most of those are Small Business and that would keep them from hiring workers. What really needs to happen is let the Bush Tax Cuts expire for all of those below $200,000.00 so more people will have jobs and will begin to pay down the 15 Trillion Dollar debt. Obama can't see why that would work so the Class Warfare senereo goes on.

    December 6, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Jeff

      Sorry Ray, sounds like you are watching too many FoxNews shows. You are right about people making $200K – they are the job creators of today's economy. But Obama is trying to lower taxes on those people and raise them on people making over $1 million (profit keep in mind).

      December 6, 2011 at 11:34 am |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        My Golly Jeff,
        the 15 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, 46 Million people on Food Stamps, the nearly 16 actual percent un employment, millions of morgages under water 15 Percent under the Poverty line isn't an invention of Fox News. Those are the Cold Hard Facts of Life, Better open your eyes. Europe is a Basket case, in case you missed it. But dream on, maybe you are right.

        December 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
      • John

        Jeff – do you watch Fox News? If yes, you know your statement is stupid. If not – you are just another clueless lib who is ignorant of what they are speaking of.

        December 7, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Trace

      @Ray....Just Wow....Wow....So no civics class, macro economics, reading comprehension, critical thinking, business management for you EVER HUH?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Marg

    Did anyone else pick up that Chris on Political Buzz this morning, Dec. 6th, when asked about President Obama channeling Teddy Roosevelt, twice discussed "FDR". Someone needs to tell him that FDR is a very different president.

    December 6, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  4. emmy skadittle

    I believe the have raised that to 1000000 a year, perhaps you should keep up with current events instead of holding on to your death panels

    December 6, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  5. Greg

    Ray E's argument has been proven wrong over the past 8 to 10 years....Bush tax cuts has cost of jobs and has not created jobs...why? (1) The so called job creators didnot hire more workers...they kept the money for themselves (2) the poor and middle class did spend the extra cash out of necessity in order to feed and provide for families. On the other hand....during th Clinton years several thousands (if not millions) of jobs were created....not being partisan (I am a democrat) but I am just stating the known facts. Let's do what works....Go USA!!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • jerry

      what cost jobs was a failed economy brought on by the mortgage mess...that the left insisted on. President Bush many times tried to reign in this mess and failed. The banks/wall street did what they were encouraged to do...and barney frank and others had their back..hahaha When business gets in bed with marxists they fail...this is why obama has to go in 2012.

      December 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
      • Trace

        @Jerry....Come on! The melt down was only exaserbated by the mortgage crisis. Do you know what that means? Anyway, Understand this...and even take this back to other fox news twinkie buddies.....The reason the U.S. Economy tank was a DIRECT RESULT of tax cuts during the time when this country was fully engaged in two (2) wars.

        THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION.....Do you realize how expensive war is? Just think for a minute we borrowed money from China to fund the wars...REMEMBER $$$$$$. ??????

        Now, before shooting out a bunch of fluffy GOP/Tea Pee on yourself false facts...start with the reality and go from there.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  6. LolDems

    "I don't look like them other guys on the dollar bills" says candidate BO. Yet the misinformer compares himself to Lincoln, Truman, and soon T. Roosevelt. I believe the first statement – he's not like the other guys because they weren't divisive socialists practicing liberation politics. Rich vs poor, have vs have-nots, working vs non-working, corporate vs public, union vs non-union – BO enlarges the divisive rhetoric across segments of America...the list is seemingly endless. That and blame others for the state of the Union, even after 3 years. How do y'all feel about BO vacationing yet again at taxpayer expense while berating the "rich" and "Washington". Dontcha know BO is RICH and WASHINGTON??

    December 6, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • guest

      Keep drinking the FAUX kool-aid moron

      December 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • John

        SO you watch Fox news? No? So you are talking from ignorance?

        December 7, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Trace


      You know if you think something stinks, you should check your upper lip, because you are a complete wreck. Not sure if your post indicates a lack of intelligence or an inability to post a coherent point, or if you are auditioning for publishing rights for fox news bumper stickers.

      Regardless, maybe you should know the transformation and division of this country started in the 1970's, when the disparities of income began. Are you just now hearing about that now?

      Its a shame you haven't had any courses in econ, or critical thinking. It makes you sound like a cartoon....certainly someone missing context, history etc., and therefore, not to be taken seriously. Besides...Look at your moniker. Its not about party any more, its about what's best for everybody. Until you get that...I'd suggest you take your meds and go lay down

      December 7, 2011 at 8:30 am |

    Obama 2012!!!!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:17 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 12:33 pm |


        December 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
      • Rational Person

        Howard, you have to stop copying and pasting all the crap in your inbox. If you insist, here is some more copying and pasting for you-


        Q: Has the Obama administration appointed two Muslims to serve in the Department of Homeland Security?

        A: Yes, in 2009. One was a senior Justice Department aide during the Bush administration. Another is a former head of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and was appointed as a civil-rights adviser.

        Thank goodness people like Howard don't vote– too busy stocking up on seeds and canned food from Glenn Beck.

        December 7, 2011 at 10:14 am |
      • Rational Person

        More copying and pasting, though from past experience, I know you nutjobs won't read past the first sentence or two-



        This smear just won’t go away. Over the last year-and-a-half we’ve received more than 100 queries asking us whether it was true that two "devout Muslims" were appointed to serve at the Department of Homeland Security. The short answer is yes, though we can’t say how "devout" either man might be. The message makes a false claim, however, when it says the appointments amount to "letting the fox guard the henhouse," as though all Muslims were terrorists or sympathizers. That is not true.

        One of the two appointees has a long record of working in law enforcement under both Republicans and Democrats. According to an April 24, 2009, press release from the Department of Homeland Security, Arif Alikhan was appointed assistant secretary for policy development by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Alikhan came from Los Angeles, where he served as deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety. Before working for Democratic Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Alikhan was a top prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997 to 2006. During the administration of President George W. Bush, he served as senior counsel and executive director of the Intellectual Property Task Force. Alikhan was described by the Los Angeles Times as "a Muslim born to Pakistani and Indian parents," and he has supported Muslim American causes.

        The second appointee is Kareem Shora, who describes himself as a "Muslim American." His appointment to a non-policy-making advisory position was announced June 5, 2009. He first became a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council along with 15 others — including Gary Hart, a former U.S. senator who was a member of the 9/11 commission, and Bill Webster, who was director of the CIA and FBI. The council makes recommendations directly to Napolitano on various homeland security issues, but members have no policy-making authority. A department official told us that Shora, who was born in Damascus, Syria, resigned from the advisory board in the fall of 2009 to become a senior adviser in the department’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Upon taking the job at the civil-rights office, Shora also resigned as national executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

        The e-mail questions President Obama and Napolitano for appointing two "devout" Muslims, saying that nobody has ever "heard a new government official being identified as a devout Catholic, a devout Jew or a devout Protestant." In fact, we found only one article, from a German publication, that referred to Alikhan as "devout," and none that applies that adjective to Shora. Most news reports of the appointments don’t mention religion at all.

        Furthermore, the e-mail uses the word "devout" a total of nine times, as though the word means something sinister. It does not. The Oxford English Dictionary defines "devout" as: "Devoted to divine worship or service; solemn and reverential in religious exercises; pious, religious." And the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it in similar fashion: "devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises."

        Yet this message questions the appointments by saying, "Was it not ‘Devout Muslim men that flew planes into U.S. buildings 8 1/2 years ago?" That’s a classic example of guilt by association, using faulty logic to make a connection that may or may not exist. A similarly false argument might go this way:

        George is a Desert Storm veteran.

        Timothy McVeigh was a Desert Storm veteran.

        Therefore, George is likely to be a terrorist, too.

        The writer of the e-mail invites us to believe that Shora and Alikhan may commit acts of violence because other Muslims have done so. The author may suppose such a thing, based on his or her own biases against Muslims. But we find zero evidence to support such a claim against these two men.

        Source: It's called reducing ignorance through education....and

        December 7, 2011 at 10:20 am |


    December 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    This President is a total sham. He has done nothing but harm this country, since he took office, and he will continue to harm the country, as long as he is in office.

    Those who thinks he walks on water, are fools.

    December 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm |


      December 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • steveo

        That question should be asked of the Congress, since they control the checkbook! You seem to forget DEMS voted to spend money and voted for the war as well! Really easy to blame any President but the bulk of that blame should be laid at the feet of the Congress, which just happens to contain Democrats too!

        Bush tried to contain Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but your boys said NO! So in short, we can thank the Dems for the housing crisis! You may want to Google or Bing it before telling me how wrong I am!

        December 7, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Trace


      I've given up all hope that you would recover from your patently stupid remarks. Anybody who has read your posts can only see your usual complaints about the President. Do you have any ideas? Do you promote a GOP candidate with good ideas? Do you have the ability to post a coherent solution to the nation's problems?

      I don't care if you don't like this president. Doesn't matter. People at your intellectual level wouldn't find much about Obama appealing as you see things in a "20 second soundbite Tea Party commerical" Additionally, you and other vapid posters (i.e. Howard) think that losing 700K jobs per month, when Obama was sworn in, would be an easy fix by continuing the same policies. And Now Its the Complete Idiots that complain that Obama has fixed things fast enough. Heck....its hard for these people to accept or admit that he actually made things better. Here are the facts; Obama was sworn in the jobs in a total free-fall (700K lost per month- I was one of them). Over the past 21 months, positive job growth...THAT'S PROGRESS....MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR ALL THOSE GENIUSES THAT SAY OTHERWISE.

      But Rick, try a class in Poli-Sci, econ 101 and/or critical thinking and get back to us. Maybe if you have some formal instruction you can actually post a credit argument...instead of the usual junior high insults.

      Have a Great Week – Ok ???

      December 7, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Rational Person

      He doesn't walk on water, but he WILL be re-elected. The Republicans had a chance, but only presented garbage candidates.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  10. Brian

    DAVIS said, "There has been no recession just a failure to budget." David, I would like you to come to Ashtabula County in the state of Ohio; specifically the city of Ashtabula. We have always been a strong manufacturing area, and because of the steady loss of those manufacturing jobs (Rockwell, RMI Titanium, etc) the AVERAGE income for families in the city is $16000. We have 50% of our COUNTY, not just the city, that is eligible to receive food stamps. The few jobs that are replacing the manufacturing jobs are minimum wage service jobs. The Churches in our community were unable to serve Thanksgiving meals to the homelsss and less fortunate becuase they were unable to get the donations necessary because no one has the money to spare. Couple that with the rise in the cost fo goods and services and utilities (I live in the snow belt right on Lake Erie), those people who were just scraping by now find themselves struggling. SO why don't you take off your blinders and take a look around. Just because you don't see people struggling from your ivory tower, does not mean they are not. Wake up.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  11. Martha O. Vinick

    The presidents speech was excellent. No one talks the talk better than he – will he also walk the walk? A recent report is worrisome: it says that White House officials are pushing state Attorney Generals to agree to a settlement with unscrupulous banks; Wall Street Banks would be given immunity for mortgageg and foreclosure fraud without being investigated. If Wall Street banks are guilty of fraud they should be indicted and prosecuted according to law.

    December 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  12. Truth-sayer

    Fact is, no matter how you slice it, Republicans want to raise taxes on people losing their jobs and homes while the Dems want to raise them on people who own more homes than they use and have never worked a day in their lives for it because their parents gave it to them. Now how's that for fair of the Republicans, eh? Steal from the poor to give to the rich. That's what I call "class warfare."

    At any rate, simple math tells us the following:

    1.) We owe a lot of people a lot of money.
    2.) We need some money to pay those people back.
    3.) If you take money from someone who has no money you end up with no money.
    4.) If you take money from someone who has money you end up with some money.
    5.) If we need some money (as we surely do – See: Point No. 2) we must get it from those who have it or not get it at all.

    Moral of this story: You can't get water from an empty well, and Republicans are insane for thinking we can.

    This would seem like commonsense, but it seems we have some Fox News watchers among us.

    And, yes, I realize this is a vast oversimplification, but I submit it for the benefit of our misguided countrymen. In reality, "Trickle Down" does not work (even George Bush Sr. said as much initially) because people with very little money spend most of what they make to live. As any economist will tell you, each dollar spent in our economy yields $10 in growth. Meanwhile, private individuals with more money than they can spend (and we're talking profit, not revenue) naturally do not spend their excesses. Anyone who has studied finance will tell you the optimal profit on an investment is above inflation, conservatively 7-10%;; inflation is 6%, or the annual return on national bonds; and bank interest is about 3% or less annually. So, children, for every dollar that is not spent because the holder has all his wants and needs covered in excess, at most 10 cents is made, assuming said holder is not investing in a Ponzi scheme or profiting off an unnaturally large bubble in which the amount of recognized wealth generated outpaces the amount of real wealth (i.e. real goods and services) created.

    The myth of Conservative economics is that wealth can be generated at a rate that will enrich the entire society. The truth, however, is that even responsibly, the majority of real wealth generated with Conservative policies is closer to 10 cent per dollar per year, 1/100 of the amount of wealth created under opposite policies (called "Seeding the Well"). To sustain a mirage of growth equitable to that of the mid-20th century, then, we have nationally had to chase wild, unfounded bubbles that eventually burst revealing the real wealth generated in the same period. And the consequences have been increasingly dire. Meanwhile, with each passing economic wipe-out, the government has gone deeper into debt to preserve our national standard of living, which accomplishes nothing except eventually bankrupting the American government and thereby dissolving it and its checks, as a collective institution, on private and personal power. (So you see why Conservatives want this so badly.)

    Nor should anyone question how we could still be doing so poorly economically after three years of Conservative obstructionism, all the while losing billions in potential growth under continued Bush-era tax cuts.

    So that's the detailed explanation, but I'm sure most of you aren't still with me. At any rate, the proof is in the pudding: We all did well nationally with Progressive policies; the majority of us have done progressively worse under upside-down Conservative policies. The logical thing is to let the Bush-eras expire for the wealthiest Americans, extend them for the core spenders, the poor and middle class, and cut taxes on corporations (corporation, I say, not their majority stake holders), extend public entitlements for the unemployed... essentially ensure demand because as anyone who has actually read The Wealth of Nations will tell you, demand creates supply, not the other way around. And increased demand creates increased necessity for output, which increases necessity for labor. In other words, that's how you create jobs.

    And, yes, we need to bring down the deficit concurrently, but the only way to do so without undermining the policies outlined above is to collect more from those who privately are making ineffective use of their held capital (i.e. those with excesses) and use part of those funds to make payment on the jointly held debt, while using another portion to buttress the policies outlined above. Any sane CEO would do this if one division was excessively in the black while another was excessively in the red: That CEO would use a portion of the funds from the profitable division to pay the debts of the unprofitable one, then (hopefully) close the unprofitable division if no solution to make it more profitable could be devised. Since we cannot simply in good conscience eradicate the unprofitable division of American society (we can't just kill the poor and middle class because, well, do that and the rich are no longer rich without comparison) we must find another way. So we must pay off our collective debt in the most sound way, then make the middle and poor profitable again, which will occur naturally as they spend money, demanding more and therefore creating more jobs as they buy up more material collectively. Alternatively, corporations could simply pay employees more, but for lack of that, even the salaries collected by those providing services as bureaucrats are pumped back into the economy and these services cannot be outsourced (things like schools, firefighters, intelligence workers, police, etc.)

    The only thing I blame this president for is not having the guts to put this plan into action wholeheartedly. But for want of any rational, realistic approach from the opposition, and with an eye to the good of the country, I highly suggest my fellow Americans stick it out for another four years until the opposition's opposition fails and these policies are fully in place.

    December 7, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • C-Lo

      You make some valid points, but seem to skirt around the overriding issue at hand today. You advocate for the Keynesian economic model of gov't redistribution to create economic demand, but right before you dive into that argument, you say:
      "...the government has gone deeper into debt to preserve our national standard of living, which accomplishes nothing except eventually bankrupting the American government..."
      wich indicates to me that you also see the problem with all of these gov't programs. Gov't (i.e. Joe Taxpayer) is NOT responsible for maintaining a standard of living–only for creating an environment where we can choose what standard of living we want to work for individually. The poor in this country, generally speaking, have no idea what it means to be truly poor. Go just south to the markets in Mexico where 3, 4, 5 year olds are begging to sell gum for a dime. Meanwhile the mom in front of me at the grocery store with a cart full of groceries and four kids in tow whips out her WIC card while chatting on her iPhone. How do I know it's a foodstamp card? Because she has to buy the cigarettes with cash. Is this experience unique? Maybe, but I don't think so when I see $50,000 Caddie SUVs parked outside $40,000 bungalows.

      Our priorities as individuals in this country are all wrong. We have become a nation of whiners and beggars, not from the tourists, but from the gov't. We cannot look our neighbor in the eye and ask for a handout, so we hide behind gov't and insist on tax increases to fund our relatively extravagant lifestyles instead of making the smart, and sometimes hard, decisions ourselves.

      If tax incresases are good for the economy and the gov't is such a good steward of our money, why don't the "poor" ask for all Bush-era taxcuts to expire? Why don't they ask for a 100% tax on themselves for the gov't to decide what is best for them to do with their money?

      All the "rich" in this nation can barely put a dent in what is owed/demanded from the federal budget. As a Nation, State, Locallity and individual, we need to re-examine what are necessities and what are niceties and stop paying for niceties when necessities are falling short.

      Until gov't stops expanding and using it's voo-doo accounting to say how we are going to pay for this new program or that expansion (remember, we are being taxed for 4 years before the real effect of Obamacare kicks in, building a cushion to make the next 6 years of it viable, after which the administration has no accounting/accounability from the GAO, or that we are shifiting the "savings from the war in Iraq/Afghanistan" to pay for this wellfare program or that handout (niceties) instead of paying down the debt or closing the necessities gaps).

      There are legit functions of gov't, but these days those functions have been growing exponentially and demand for payment is being given to those who have been successful, and the Libs wonder why it's felt that we are punishing success in this country. There are many more "poor" who fleece the system than rich who do.

      Anything we give to the gov't to do is an errosion of our freedom in one form or another. If Govt's the answer it must have been a stupid question!

      December 7, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • Bill in STL

        OMG Keynesian economics are why we are here to day... FDR realized that he could buy votes with deficit spending.... The liberals of the time and through today don't seem to realize that once its done you have to pay the bill or barrow more ... and what do we do????? Its not rocket surgery! Evne trace can figure this out.....

        December 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  13. getoverit

    Because Barry knows soooo much about Teddy Roosevelt. You know what? Gas is near $4 a gallon, my 401K is in the toilet (and so is yours), unemployment is through the roof, and food prices are at an all time high. Where do I sign up for more of the same? Go Obama 2012..... Really???????????????????

    December 7, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Rational Person

      I sincerely hope you are making over $200k. Otherwise, how you could you possibly defend the white-collar status quo?

      December 7, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Trace


      Here's a plan for you; use that 15 lb bit of flesh about your shoulders. I as you to look back in Nov 2008 at the value of the your 401K (relative to the DOW at about 6700)....compared to....wait for it.....wait for it....compared to......yeah today's stock market ...DOW at about 12,000 .....You need your hands and toes to the do the math, don't bother, I'll's see would be....(um carry the one)....that would be DOUBLE since Obama has been in office.

      Are you blaming him for your 401K being in the crapper? There truly is no cure for stupidity.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        I feel sorry for you trace .... your sure the Dr. can do nothing for you?

        December 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  14. getoverit

    And if you want to talk about lies, just look back at Barry's campaign speeches. Wow! everything he said (except, of course, shoving health care reform down our throats) was a total, blatant lie. So don't even accuse anyone else.....

    December 7, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • Trace


      Is there anything you can say that will sound adult like? You sound like my teenager ....whine whine whine. First of all, its clear that you couldn't possibly even understand what the president promised, because he's fulfilled a number of promises. Not all of them, but quite a number.....1) Killing OBL 2) Going from job loses to net positive growth over the past two years 3) Healthcare Reform 4) End DaDT 5) Lilly LedBetter act...women's equal pay 6) Enforce the border ...I could go on, but you would hate that because it doesn't support you petulant lies and misrepresentations.

      If you started with facts, maybe somebody could follow along with your point. But intelligent people would find you bankrupt of anything other than childish whining.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Positive job growth at Mikey D's .... yep you got it ... look in the money section of CNN for the top 7 job creaters in 2011...... Live the middle class dream .... oh BTW would you like fries with that?

        December 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  15. getoverit

    Still awaiting moderation.... "What day is it?" OMG, if a republican had said that....

    December 7, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • Trace


      ....could it be possible CNN is moderating your comments as they are silly, foolish, fact free and probably overall worthless????? I'm just saying...LOL

      Try posting something other than a complaint against the president. Better yet, post a comment about the ideas of your favorite GOP candidate and the wonderful ideas they have for this country. LOL

      December 8, 2011 at 9:58 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Point well taken trace .... compliment the president and you will be heard... if not .... so when do the storm troopers arrive?

        December 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  16. Emperor Norton

    There are a lot of people here who seem to be regurgitating somebody else's ideas whole. You're on the Internet, guys. There's no reason to get all your thoughts from someone else.

    Read. Research. Think for yourselves. Right now, you're gleefully carrying someone else's water.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      You should take your own advice your majesty...

      December 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  17. Backtroll

    Hey good to see ya howard. nice attitude. it it working out for you?

    December 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  18. Bill in STL

    And which employeer added the most jobs so far in 2011????? Yep you got it ..... Mickey D's comes in with 62,000 hires!!!! Second in the running was Ford with 12,000 hires..... The great middle class dream of Barack Obama.... To be rid of it!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
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