Obama campaigns against GOP 'madness'
Supporters shout "four more years" as US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Southern Maine Community College in Portland, Maine, on March 30, 2012. Obama is on a day trip to Vermont and Maine to attend campaign events.
March 30th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Obama campaigns against GOP 'madness'

Portland, Maine (CNN) – President Barack Obama wrapped up an afternoon fundraising swing through the northeast Friday, declaring his Republican opponents have a go-it-alone attitude that threatens to permanently stifle the country's middle class.

"They would gut things that we've always believed is at the core of making America great – education, science, caring for the most vulnerable." the president to chants of "four more years" in a packed Portland, Maine gymnasium. "They are wrong."

"The idea that you would keep doing the same thing over and over, even after it's proven not to work, that's the sign of madness," he also said of Republican-backed economic policies.

Obama listed the accomplishments his campaign intends to emphasize between now and November, including the bailout of the auto industry, equal pay for women, and drawing down the war in Iraq. The president also praised his most controversial action just days after it was contended before the Supreme Court, the institution of universal health care.

"Change is the health care reform act we passed after a century of trying," he said without noting it's in danger of being declared unconstitutional by the high court. "We believe that in America, nobody should go bankrupt just because they got sick."

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  1. Howard


    March 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • racegirl1

      YOU LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Norma Vessels

      Howard .. I simply don't know where you're coming from .. our president hasn't 'gutted' anything. It's your Republican friends in Congress that tries their best to stop any and every good thing our president wants .. they are the ones that strive to gut things. You don't need that .. no one else needs that.

      March 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • Scott

        Still drinking the Obama koolaid, lets see things he did wrong? Soloyndra, Fast and Furious, healthcare mandate (going to be overturned). Trillion dollar debt, lowering of Credit rating, do i need to go on. Wake up Norma, get your head out of the sand.

        March 31, 2012 at 6:50 am |
      • Independente

        Scott, you and people like you need to stop telling lies, it is not good for the country. If you really believe what you said, please research it first, I am not saying let Rush or Beck do your research for you, those two are paid to support the current GOP corruption. I am not saying the liberals are clean either. There is corruption in both sides.

        March 31, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • Howard

        Martin Luther King, would have been sickened by Obama's insidious use of racism and class warefare, for his own self-serving ambitions.

        March 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • UnchartedCrysis

        Ok Lets get one thing clear. Solyndra's failure was indeed unfortunate, but compared to the magnitude of the successful policies and actions Obama has taken, even by conservative financial estimates, Solyndra was almost insignificant.

        March 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • Bernard Webb

        Soyndra was the one and only failure in an otherwise successful attempt to kick-start alternative energy in this country. The Fox "News" parrots act like it is the only thing Obama has ever done and he blew it.

        Fox "News" and right-wing hate radio have constructed an alternate reality for their sheeplike followers, including a grotesque caricature of Obama and his actions that has no connection with the real man whatsoever. They do a good enough job to totally fool people like Scott here, but not me! If Obama were anything like the caricature put forward for the sheep, I would hate him too. But he's not, and I don't.

        April 1, 2012 at 6:38 am |
      • Delu

        Solyndra was a bad investment decision by the administration.

        It's not like administrations never make mistakes, look at the hesitation of the Bush administration to prop up tottering banks after the financial crisis, it resulted in a number of them collapsing as a result.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:36 am |
      • Ty

        Norma, you seem to be the intelligent one in this bunch. Obama has done a heck of a lot more to help the American people than that piece of crap that held the office 8 years earlier. President Obama is smarter and more intelligent than any of the clowns running against and the two idiots (McCain and Palin) who ran against him in the last election. The republican party proves over and over again why they should "NOT" hold the presidency...bunch of psychos.

        April 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Ty

        WOW Scott, you blame Obama for everything, what were the republicans doing? Oh that's right sitting somewhere with the head stuck between their legs. You're so quick to blame Obama but you need to take a look at the House Republicans and the worst Speaker of the House ever!!! I noticed their approval rating was at 11%. What a bunch of dysfunctional misfits!

        April 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • joep199

      You might be suffering because your pride is hurt now that the economy's getting better, but I'm glad Obama's our President.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
      • Obama 2012

        Amen !!! I'm with you on that. Joe199 Obama 2012 !!!

        March 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • Scott

        Obama bad for America, vote republican restore this country to greatness. Not a socialist country like our socialst president

        March 31, 2012 at 6:52 am |
      • emskadittle

        Scott: you are right only the rich should get the advantages and all the rest are srewed. well unless you won the megamillions last night you are in it with the rest of us. except that you are willingly giving your share to the rich for some reason.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
      • emskadittle

        Scott: you are right only the rich should get the advantages and all the rest of us should be screwed. well unless you won the megamillions last night you are in it with the rest of us. except that you are willingly giving your share to the rich for some reason.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        That' it joep199! After all the grief these haters have tried to cause...Obama is still the best! Obama/Biden 2012! Yes we will! @Scott...that is an ignorant notion!! President Obama is probably THE best thing that's happened to America since Clinton!! BTW... this is how I see your remark on socialism in the US and your Obama the 'socialist' remark...look deep before you leap!!,...if you pay taxes, that's socialism!! If you pay into 'social security, and even pension plans, that's socialism! Both of those are paid into a 'social pot'! If you're paying for group or even individual insurances...medical, car, life, homeowners, any insurances...that goes into a pot!! Even charge card usage is socialism...you're not the only one using that card sponsored by that company!! If you contribute to any type of money market, IRAs, TSPs, mutual funds, stocks etc., those are 'pots'!! Even playing the lottery is socialism! You're not the only one buying lottery tickets!! When you win, what you receive in winnings is predicated on the number of people who played that same number(s)!! It's social!! If we all are purchasing, renting or contributing to any organization or business on a mass scale, that's socialism!! In this country, I've seen what's carelessly, and flippantly dubbed a Democracy, claiming to be built on 'capitalism'! It's really a very fine model or example of the most PURE definition of 'socialism'. Even when we contribute to the utility and cable companies,...pay our utility bills,...we pay into a pot! Our bills are even estimated by the usage in an area by the number of people using the product! People means social...that's why we refer often to our interests and problems with WHAT??? "Social Issues"! The CENSUS is a social instrument used by our government to see where everybody is, who they are, and what they may need! So we have been living on the verge of a total 'socialistic society' for years, years, and more years!! Long before Obama was even born..!! What about DFACS/Social Services?? You GOP/Teatarding fearmongerers need to stop the BS drama!! We've been here a long time! Don't blame it on President Obama!! There's a thin line between a Democracy and Socialism!! Don't keep opening up that can of worms unless you mean it!! If you do,...then you may need to write your Congressmen!!

        March 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
      • av

        Economy is at a level when Rep President took charge in 2001 and Republicans did all in their might to bring it lowest level and similar to great depression. So it may be Obama or his policies which is bringing american back to its state of top most economy of world and work for everyone.

        April 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • Monica

        Learn what socialism is before you misrepresent it in arguments.

        April 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • W J FOLLIN


        April 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Obama 2012

      Oh Yeah !!! How are you suffering, are you Jobless ???? And if you are it sure aint Obamas fault for the past 3yrs job creations have been Obstructed by the GOP every time a job bill comes around. Your nominee Romney sure ain't gonna get the Economy rolling he says he understands the Economy, he's a joke along with Santorun,Gingrich there going to bring this country back to the Bush policy the Rich gets richer and the middle and poor class gets poorer. They are the worst nominees for this country their going to make this nation broke. I don't trust them. Obama 2012 !!! Screw the rest of them !!!

      March 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Dan5404

      Way off base. He's leading in approval rating and in polls gor November by substantial margins. Most people see the destructive threat of the GOP and are turning away from them in droves.

      March 31, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Approval from the Obama Had Puppet crowd is hardly an endorsment. Have you looked at the ;atest CBO estimates on healthcare costs???? Ending oil subsidies.... Hmmm ... let me think... where do you suppose those dollars lost will be made up? Could it be AT THE PUMP.... Obama rails agains big business with the sole intent of putting that burden onthe American people ... and count on this .... after the priices go up... your taxes will to.

        March 31, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Lillie

      Howard, you are HIGH! Stop getting stoned and posting on here. At the very least, get high and take a nap. Obama has done EVERYTHING he could do in the last 3 years to turn this country around from the MESS that DUBYA got us into...just don't smoke and post!

      March 31, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • Independente

      HOWARD, please tell me what BUSH did? And what if any has affected us now and the future?

      Please tell me the difference the current GOP policies and the policies of BUSH.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • victor

      I hope you are not only listening to Fox new and Limbaugh. Get educated you know darn well the president hasn't gutted anything he trying to save the middle class from being gutted.

      March 31, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      What has he gut Howard??

      March 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • SierraBW

      Howard, where were you during Bush/Cheney. The recession, high gas prices, home foreclosures, massive unemployment, hedge fund madness, predatory lending - all started before Barack Obama was elected. If you must lie to post something, it would be best not to.

      March 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Teresa

      Oh Howard, you have the wrong President. That was Bush the second. His reckless spending spree and giving his buddies big tax breaks nearly brought this once great nation to the brink. President Obama is just starting to turn things around and not a single one of the current GOP candidates looks to be any better than Bush was. Mostly they look worse. That isn't the kind of America I want to live in. I want an America that gives a hand up to everyone in need. An America that keeps jobs at home for our citizens and our economy. An America free from being persecuted by religion, in the name of religion. An America where a woman is allowed the decency to make her own medical decisions NO MATTER WHAT!!!

      March 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • don

      I agree. No one should go bankrupt from becoming sick. But, the bigger question is will the President Bankrupt the Whole country trying????????????

      March 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Dennis

      When you understand what the people in America are going through, then you will understand America's values and stop spreading the mis-information. Man-up Howard; you and your ilk.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • dcdevane

      rethuglican troll alert!!!!

      Howard....unplug from faux news n stop trying to spread lies about President Obama. He's the only reason we are not in a full depression after the mess bush/cheney left us with.

      April 1, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Bob

      Obama is the worst president in 100 years.

      April 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • chelsea


        April 2, 2012 at 3:47 am |
      • Allinyourface

        Worst than Bush Jr.? So your logic is that starting wars is better than ending wars? Borrowing money to pay for two wars is better than borrowing money to fix the economy and US infrastructure? Bush Jr. is the only president in history to lower taxes during war times. That is the most dumbest thing anyone has done!!! Yea let the future generations pay for their great grandparents war. According to your logic, receiving a surplus is a bad thing. Bush inherited a good economy with surplus and turn it 180 degrees. Obama inherited a horrible economy and stopped from spiraling to the bottom. I love it I how the right wingers are in denial about this. "We were not heading towards a second great depression" One goo example: President Hoover thought the market will correct it-self. Well there is enough evidence that he was wrong.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Harry01

      Obama rightly deserves 4 more years to finish cleaning up the 8 years of Bush mess. Non of this Republican folks are equal to the task. Go Obama Go! 4 more years!

      April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Tom from Canonsburg

      Why is it that a lot of you folks don't look up the facts? It's the same as when Clinton tried to make changes, the GOP screams about anything & everything. We have got to get campaign funds better controlled and get that big doner money out of Washington. Follow the money in both directions, you will see the problems.

      April 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  2. exgop

    Howard you definately fit in with the relatives i have down south I never visit cause of their ignorance and racist views.Every post I see from you is just blatant lies,you should be a tea party spoksman,you would definately fit in with all the lies and hate you spread.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • jean2009

      @exgop Howard is a teapotty spooksman and a card carrying member of the KKK....haven't you noticed?

      March 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  3. Denny

    So whats the rep,s big plan for growing the econmy. If the reps want to blance the buget,sell mitt,s stable of cars.

    March 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  4. Freeman

    Obama continues to lead ,while GOP sells America out one job and one gallon at a time,

    March 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  5. mikle


    March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am |
    • Paolo

      Well, for starters, mikle:

      1. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, makes it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform equal work.

      2. Saved the American auto industry and its hundreds of thousands of jobs from disappearing by preventing Chrysler and GM from going bankrupt.

      3. Overturned Bush Administration restrictions on Federal funding for stem cell research.

      4. The Matthew Shepard Act, expands hate crime definitions to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.

      5. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, allows gay soldiers to serve openly in the United States military.

      6. The Credit Card Bill of Rights, outlaws hidden fees and deceptive lending practices from credit card companies.

      7. Student loan reform, significantly expands access to affordable government loans and Pell Grants for college.

      8. The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care as Fox News would say) establishes universal health care, allowing, among other things, people with pre-existing health problems access to health insurance. And the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, provides health care to 11 million children who live in poverty.

      9. New START Treaty, will reduce by half the nuclear missile stockpiles of Russia and the United States.

      10. Oh yeah... Got Osama bin Laden.

      March 31, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Travis

      What the Republican party has done in the last 3.5 years? Waa-Waa-Waa and nothing else. You people cry about change being made. "Oh it's going to cost so much! We should be doing the same things that we were doing before." You know the things that got us in the economic state that we are in now...or were 4 years ago.

      March 31, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Nope!!.. That's just what you did for 3.5 years Mikle..and I mean literally...Blah-blah-blah!! LOL!! Boo-hoo-hoo!! LOL!! Liar!!

      March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Delu

      Well he orchestrated the killing of Osama Bin Laden for one.... not quite Blah there.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Ty

      And guess what? He will win another term so live with it!!!

      April 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Sponge-Bob

    "The idea that you would keep doing the same thing over and over, even after it's proven not to work, that's the sign of madness" – This is exactly what Obama does yet he ridicules others?

    March 31, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • SierraBW

      Explain this? He has compromised and bent over backward to accommodate the GOP - even to his own detriment, and you say he does the same thing over and over again? We were fighting in Iraq when he entered the Oval Office - is the Iraq war still on? We did not have comprehensive healthcare when he entered the White House, we have it now, but the ignoramuses in the GOP want to repeal it, and for what? So that their buddies in the pharmaceutical industry can keep hiking the cost of prescription drugs. Were the President not stymied at every turn by the Party of No, there is no end to what this President could not achieve. If anything, you should be marveling that he accomplished anything at all, having to deal with Republicans in the House and Senate shooting down every bill - no matter how important or practical!

      March 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
      • Bob

        We do NOT have comprehensive health care. It is about to be thrown out in June by the Supreme Court. Obama is a loser. His failed stiumular plan is enough to prove that!!

        April 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
      • Bob

        Sierra, do you use a napkin with that kool aid?

        April 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • Delu

        You seem to be rather sure of yourselves what the verdict will be Bob, but putting that aside, once the healthcare mandate is thrown out (according to you), what do the Republican's suggest as an alternative?

        April 2, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  7. C. S. Bell

    I am American born and Canadian proud. I am amazed at how shallow and biased so many americans are, to the point of acting like Lemmings. The Republicans and their followers have their eyes wide shut! The only thing that makes any rational sense is that hatred and prejudice runs so deep in so many americans that they are willing to sacrifice the whole country to get rid of one man. One man no matter whom cannot make changes good or bad without help and encountering obstacles at every turn. My heat bleeds for the country of my birth.

    March 31, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  8. kagetreal

    Obama 2012!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Bill in STL

      If that is what you want ... may be you can get it seat in the politburo when they form it here in this country.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • SierraBW


      March 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  9. Irma in North Carolina

    Howard and Scott go to fox news and post your comments there. Dont need them on this site.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  10. Scott

    As of Sunday, April first, the United States will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. We take the title as Japan cuts its tax rate by five percent. America’s business tax rate now tops out at 35 percent.

    March 31, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  11. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If by Republician Madness he means Fiscal Responsibility I'm all for it. I guess some of you are aware of the huge Federal Debt and a ton of other problems in the country. I saw somewhere that Obama has more problems than Franklin Deleno Roosevelt. Where does he think all those problems came from. Liberal Social Programs started in the Roosevelt Adminstraton.

    I think the Supreme Court needs to uphold Obama Care. I can just see all the Liberals scrambling how to find a way to pay for it. Most of the people getting health care can't pay for it. The s*it ought to really hit the fan then.

    March 31, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • Obama Cares

      When people that do not have insurance get sick get sick, We the people pay for it. The insurance mandate will save money when we all have insurance. That will help the economy!!!!!!!! May even lower taxes!!!

      March 31, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Ron

      Yea just like the the repulicans paid for the tax cuts for the rich the oil compaines big pharma takerover and 2 wars, i love the repulican idea of if a bad idea doesnt work the first time do it again. the whole world has been watching those clowns run for president and run the house and now we see, your all stuck in this 1960's idea of america, screw the poor screw minorties screw gays and screw all who are not rich republicans. for the rich and hide behind this bull logic of "my freedoms" tell me your not rich so u must be part of the republican lie "soon to haves?" get out of here. Proud Georgia Obama supporter, I'll tell u what will happen if we elect a republican president " we go to war with iran for 10 years, wall street the banks the insurance companies go back to having free reign to screw anybody who cant afford to fight them. the rest of the world goes back to hatting our guts and the prison population goes up since republicans believe in jail not help for non violent offenses. there is a reason why obama is winning in double digits in the polls. you guys have let the tea party run your party so far right nobody but religious nut jobs and racist pricks support u. Do us all a favor come up with some ideas not already proven not to work by bush. please

      March 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • SierraBW

      Those "Liberal Social Programs" surely worked well, until the GOP began to take a hatchet to them, and things are now worse than ever before. Show me the Christianity in the GOP - that they are not their brother's keeper." Christ said to be good to least of these." "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers . . ." Instead of actually upholding Christ's principles, they use them as a cover for their Satanic plans to destroy women and the middle class! There is absolutely nothing you can say to convince any decent human being that FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY is more important than saving the lives of millions. And as for the GOP claim that we are leaving a financial mess for our children and grandchildren. Perhaps if we don't take care of those now living, there won't be any children or grandchildren!

      March 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  12. george of the jungle

    amazing how all the negitive post about President Obama offer no solutions just nasty comments. Thats because the repo party has nothing to say but nasty comments.The only one offering ideas or solutions is the president and the democratic party. Why would anyone vote for a republican and go backwartd. Even the budget they propose guts the middle class and give more tax breaks to the wealthy. Whats wrong with that picture. They won't vote for incentives being taken from the oil company whrn even the five major oil companies say they don't need then. Get real. This is not about big government but about big money. Obama 2012

    March 31, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • jerry

      there are solutions and they have tried to do something legislatively and been blocked...the recent budget is an example... You are just to narrow minded to see it...your democratic party has been hi-jacked by the far far left marxists...and you and those like you are too stupid to see it... You have lost your party to the GOP which is now center left (with Romney)..fool.

      March 31, 2012 at 11:07 am |
      • Ron

        Recent budget? are u serious? gut medicare? gut SS? close no loop holes for big oil and increase the defense budget even though we spend more than the next 12 countries behind us combined? Paul ryan is a joke, your party is a joke and doesnt realize that it's 2012 twitter facebook youtube and other social media has exposed you as rich loving right wing nut jobs. ha. u must be a=part of the "soon to haves" righhttttt. less than a week out and every econimist states paul ryans budget would increase the national debt by at least 80%, while obams's would decrease by 74%. look republican troll u guys have no new ideas, no support with independents like myself, even 1out of 4 of your own party state they will vote for obama if ron paul doesnt win. its been fun watching your party implode.

        March 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Tommy A

        So what's your take on the republicans voting against the bill this past week to stop taxpayers subsidies to oil companies? You tell me who are the republicans for.

        March 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
      • Bob

        Tommy, I support keeping oil subsidies. Do YOU want gas prices to rise??? I sure as hell don't.

        April 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • Delu

        You don;t mean the Ryan Plan do you?

        That was thrown out before for obvious reasons, you have to ask yourselves why the right is bringing it back.

        For lack of an alternative I suppose?

        April 2, 2012 at 1:43 am |
      • Allinyourface

        @BOB I rather not give my tax money to already rich people. Socialism for the rich is the most illogical thing on this planet. This should affect their paychecks not the price at the gas pump. If it does, it just proves these execs are greedy. They know their wages/salary is over-inflated.

        April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Jerry , Georege and people like him see nosolutions or ideas unless those ideas match their on. Until and unless you speak in liberal speak, you will not be acknowledged. Persoally I can't do it. so I will continue to be invisable to liberal in thrs country until they need someone to blame!

      March 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • jean2009

      That's about it george, since the oil subsidies do not and will not keep gasoline prices low.

      In August 2008, the national average price for gasoline was $4.21, yesterday March 30, 2012 it was $3.93 per gallon. It is impossible for oil subsidies paid to producers (drilling in this country) to control the price of a world-wide used and sold commodity. We have 2% of the world's oil reserves which means the price paid on the world market will be set by those with the largest reserves of that commodity....Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, etc.

      It is obvious the only way to get out of this hole is remove oil subsidies and use the money to make headway on renewable, alternative energy solutions. We should quit listening to the teapotty GOP and get cracking on being self-reliant. Oddly they keep whining about Americans being self-sufficient, and self reliant (words they bandy around) but then they can't seem to see the relevance of working to get us off foreign oil which would make us self-reliant and self-sufficient.

      The United States has 2% of the world oil reserve and we use roughly 25% of the world oil production of which 70% is currently imported...simple math and logic says we need to pursue alternatives. At the current rate the world will run out of oil in 42 years....common sense to me says nothing stays current which means it could be sooner than that.

      Jimmy Carter was right.


      March 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
      • Howard

        JEAN, you and LIZ ... think that because you're both black, female, and senior citizens, it gives you an inside track on the truth, on what King meant ... and, that Obama is above reproach ... but, all races, and all ages, and both genders, know that Martin Luther King stood for equality, and unity via peaceful methods. Equality means equality ... not, America owes one group MORE, because of historical inequities. And, when King talked about judging people not by their color, but their content of character, he meant that we shouldn't elect a candidate BECAUSE of his color ... like YOU, and 97% of the African Americans are doing, when they vote for Obama. The truth is the truth ... no matter how much YOU, or Obama, try to misuse it, to promote YOUR political agenda.

        April 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Typical shirt sighted approach here jean... ask yourself this .... who will make up tje lost revenue if the oil subsidies are rremoved? I am sure that you believe that it will be those evil oil companies... but you are wrong. It will be you and every other American Citizen. This is the great flaw that the liberal party does not want exposed. They want you alll to zero in on a particular topic and not think of the long term consequences. This gives them the power to control every aspect of American life. The era of Jimmy Carter was an unpleasent experience ... The morthgage initerest rate topped out at 21.5 %... so if things were so good then why did we as a people not stay there?

        April 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
      • Delu

        @Howard Haven't I seen that same reply somewhere else to another post which had nothing to do with the one you are replying to?

        Recycling replies now are we?

        @Bill: I don't know if it's right to call investing in alternatives a "short sighted" view as compared to worrying about how taxes are going to rise in the near future. Mind clarifying that?

        April 2, 2012 at 2:05 am |
  13. jerry

    funny that there are still some who listen to this ignorant fool.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  14. jeff

    Obama is a great president and a great president can lead a great people to achieve great things. Unfortunately, 1/2 the country is filled with morons. Try swimming with a million pounds of dead weight strapped to you. The GOP is holding the nation back.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  15. B

    Obama is going to win a second term because most Americans understand now what a total fraud the Republicans are and their continued efforts to hang onto Bush’s disastrous policies that about destroyed this country.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Prophecy

      Be prepared tobe part of the next great society.... Proffessor Derrick Bell's vision will come to pass.

      March 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  16. Free Man in yhe Republic of Texas

    The only thing OBAMA want's to stifle... Is FREEDOM.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  17. dontbow

    obama is a pice of trash. his healthcare bill will cost tax payers trillions and there is no way to pay for it. the US is doomed with this guys spending. when will people learn.

    March 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • jean2009

      It is obvious G. W. Bush's NCLB was as much a failure for you, as it was for the rest of the country.

      March 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • jerry


        April 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  18. poetryprison

    PSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTT all you Obama lickers... he's a 1%er just like those Republicans you love to hate...nice hey!

    March 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  19. Gloria

    LOL..."Obama fighting GOP Madness". I didn;t know 'Fight Club' was based on an reality. I thought I might want to watch that movie again but now I realize I only have to watch Obama preside over government and us. LOL

    March 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  20. Diana

    To Howard and others who suggest that President Obama is gutting what makes America great I would point to the brightening state of the economy, the winding down of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the death of Osama Bin Laden

    plus the renewed respect and prestige of the US abroad compared to the days of Reagan and Bush . Finally I would point to the landmark healthcare reform more than 50 years in the making. The plan may not be perfect but it is a lot better than what we had before.

    March 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  21. SierraBW

    You're correct, Diana. You speak well to Obama's accomplishments - something the Democrats have not done a good job of touting to the electorate. They will this time, though. I'm convinced that nobody - not even some Republicans - want to see the country revert to the path it was on during Bush/Cheney, in which case we might as well prepare for Newt's Moon Colony!

    March 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  22. Name*Liz Carter

    Btw...the last part of my reply to joeb199 was for Scott! I apologise @joeb199: my response to you stopped at the name 'Clinton'. I agreed with you! The rest was for @Scott!

    March 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  23. Bob in Texas

    I have to admit, Obama makes a good point. The argument that we shouldn't tax the supposed "job creators" is not just nonsense, it is directly contradicted by the facts. When the Bush tax cuts went into effect, unemployment skyrocketed, as did overseas investment.

    From the 50s through the 70s the top tax rate was at least 70% and at time it was 90+%. Unemployment of 4.5% was considered unacceptably high. During that time frame we witnessed the greatest economic expansion the world had ever seen and has not seen since. The Reagan administration killed growth and expansion of our economy. It came back briefly under Clinton but we quickly lost ground again under the Shrub. The facts speak for themselves.

    The truth is, high taxes on the wealthy stimulates investment. Why? Because it becomes more advantageous to leave you money in your company and use it to grow the company and hire more employees than to take it out and buy expensive toys. High taxes on the "job creators" spur business expansion because dollars invested in expansion are not taxed.

    March 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • jerry

      you left a little something out...yes tax rates were higher but we also had many many tax shelters and incentives to invest. We had higher interest rates and a more responsible banking system...a different world. Today obama and his henchmen are trying for all they are worth to move this country into a Marxist mode.... Even Bill Ayers (obama's wonderful marxist friend and mentor) "every day I wake up and thing about how I can end capitalism". There are other places on this planet where capitalist can go to make money... and they are there. Ford just opened another Mexican plant with 1,000 new jobs (to start) and etc.. obama is a vanilla marxist and he will destroy american if you allow it...so wake up to that...if you can.

      April 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • IndependentThinker

      To be more competitive with our foreign counterparts in the GLOBAL economy, we need to simplify our corporate tax code by getting rid of all the subsidies and lowering the corporate tax rate to the range of 20 – 25%. As things are currently structured, the large corporations are at a huge advantage because they have the resources to deal with all the complexities that politicians add to the tax code to further their political agendas. It is the small and intermediate size businesses that are getting the shaft.

      April 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Newman


      April 2, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • Teresa

        "Between 1960 (when the "1950s" faded into history) and the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan pushed through landmark tax cuts, top tax brackets had much higher rates than those in place today. For instance, the top rate was 91 percent in 1960, and 70 percent on the eve of Reagan’s election in 1980.

        By 1988, the top federal income tax rate fell to 28 percent, and it stayed there until 1990. It ticked up to 31 percent for 1991 and 1992, before rising to 39.6 percent in 1993.

        So, for five tax years - 1988 through 1992 - the top tax bracket had a lower rate than today’s top bracket. Put another way, out of 52 tax years since 1960, the top tax rate was lower than today’s only 10 percent of the time. (Today’s top tax bracket has been steady since 2003, so in nine additional tax years, the earlier bracket was tied with today’s.)"

        PolitiFact.com.......took under a minute to google. Try it sometime, it's amazing how many facts you can find when you look.

        April 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  24. think

    who wants to get re elected who wants to get elected its all about power and this power this person will weld for the next ten years my thing is can you belive the gop or the dems

    April 1, 2012 at 8:53 am |
  25. think

    i ment four

    April 1, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  26. IndependentThinker

    Sadly, he is no different then most other politicians, in my opinion. He will lie to and mislead the American public to get his "second" term. And unfortunately, I think a majority of the public will fall for it hook, line, and sinker. If you want to know where a politician really stands on various issues, listen for the delicious "open-mic" moments and "off-the-cuff" comments. That will tell you more about the politician than any speech that they make.

    April 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  27. Meg

    Good – it is madness – you should look up what the AZ state legislature did – we had expanded medicaid and they decided to kick people off the transplant list – sentenced them to death just to same a few million, even though there were many less critical things that were being funded that they could have gotten the money from – evil – pure evil – it took month and months of public pressure for them to even begin to consider that well OK we really do have the money – it is insane

    April 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Meg

      correction – " just to save a few million"

      April 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Newman

      Until we recognized that our whole medical system is inefficient because we took ourselves out of the pricing of everything, we will continue to see the same kind of "death sentences," from both parties.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:15 am |
  28. drc6212

    Too bad not very many white people will vote for a ni__er this time, not going to feel guilty enough.

    April 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  29. Delu

    If the GOP had any real "Spartan Spirit" in them, they'd respond in the following manner:

    "Madness? THIS IS AMURIKAAAAAA!!!!!!!"

    Of course, by Spartan Spirit, I mean, as shown in 300, kicking anyone who opposes you into a hole....

    April 2, 2012 at 2:08 am |
  30. Newman

    Is Obama going to use different policies in his second term than his first? His economic plan as not worked, I don't believe it's worth the paper it's printed on.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  31. Kris from Kansas

    On the subject of oil subsidies, I am opposed to them. However, I will continue to be willing to pay them on one condition. They need a name change. They aren't subsidies. Subsidies are payments made to a group or individual to fund something that the group or individual is unable to fund themselves because the benefits to the payor outweigh the costs of the payment. Like paying a hospital to move into a rural community because even if the hospital itself is not fiscally feasible, its services are sufficiently useful to be worth the extra cost. The oil companies on the other hand make record profits. And gouge us at the pump whenever world events give them the slightest excuse. Thus they don't need subsidies to make their operations sufficiently profitable. Instead, as some of the more conservative posters have correctly pointed out, any removal of the payments will be transferred directly into increased prices at the pump while their profit margin remains unchanged. This is extortion. They are coercing the American people (and in reality people worldwide) into paying them vast sums of money "or else". I think that is what the payments should be called if they can't be gotten rid of. Oil company extortion payments. Maybe that way, when those payments are made, people will understand the truth behind them, and that discomfort will grow into a solution.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  32. nan

    What – no mention of one of Obama's top campaign donors being accused of fraud???? In 2008 – Obama himself said to judge him by the people he associates with............liars – thieves – tax cheats – etc........ANYONE BUT OBAMA 2012

    April 2, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  33. C Williams

    I went through Carter that was bad, this is much worse. You liberals blame Bush for everything, while not great, he doesn’t deserve total blame. Obama must take responsibility for his policy-making, which on the surface can only be construed as anti-American. What is most appalling, he is a sitting president that lacks a basic understanding of what makes this country tic, or work. In all fairness it really is not his fault. The very people who shaped him, from childhood to college, the people he gravitated to, all of them, hate this country. Unlike many, I read his books, His campaign line “I want to fundamentally change America” was a clue, growing up hearing nothing but venom about this country, didn’t help. You really believe it didn't influence him? If it hadn't he would not have gone to Rev. Wrights for 20 years. I do not know how Obama will be remembered in American history, I do know, it is not our finest hour. To the Liberals, the fact that you support him, without reservations speaks volumes.

    April 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  34. Jerry Jones

    If President Obama is BAD for American, then Rep party isn't American's at all. I support our President and will again..4 more years..I like the way haters try to down Obama for example look at the above poster statement Where the proof dude. Just runing your month.

    April 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm |