OPEN THREAD: President’s jobs speech

I liked it, even though I am a critic of Obama. He had some good ideas, but the kicker here will be getting the Repugs to vote for the plan (even though I disagree with all these tax cuts for wealthy business owners). It is time for the president to stop playing compromise games and tell them to eat what is on the table. If they don’t want to, move ahead without them. Enough of the games.


#1 concerned liberal on 09.09.11 at 12:04 am

I am supporting Obama in 2012 because I do not want Perry or Romney to be president, and I especially do not want a Republican president with a Republican congress.

But as far as Obama’s speech, I have heard it before. This speech should have been given and enacted in January of 2009. Unfortunately, Obama is a social liberal but not a real economic liberal.

In addition, his comments on Medicare and Social Security are on called for. Medicare may be in trouble after 2019, but it is a priority not a problem. You do not tell your family there will less food in the frig so we can buy a new car or go on a vacation; and Social Security is solvent until 2037-42, and only falls short in the next fifteen years because Republicans and “Democrat appeasers” have robbed from its lockbox going back to the Reagan years.

For me as a Democrat, Obama has come home late to many times, with the same song and dance. Like Sandlin’s candidacy in 2010, I will voting for him to stop the Republicans, but not because I am excited about his
leadership or committment to a true social and economic liberal agenda.

#2 l3wis on 09.09.11 at 4:55 am

Ah, yes, the lesser of two evils approach.

I was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and still think she would have made a better president. Why? She isn’t a pushover like Obama. Like you said, he has good ideas, but he tries to enact them too late, and when he tries, the Repugs step in and say, “Your’e not working with us.” and he folds.

#3 l3wis on 09.09.11 at 5:51 am

The AL story had some interesting comments;|newswell|text|Home|s

“Republicans have been divided about whether the payroll tax cut is an effective way to boost economic growth. Asked about supporting that tax cut, Noem said she would “certainly look and see” what he proposes. “We might have some other solutions that we might offer up as well,” Noem said.”

Notice Noem said ‘Might’ have solutions. Bullshit. You gots nuttin’!

I also liked Johnson’s quote;

“I am disappointed some congressional Republicans chose watching football over rolling up their sleeves and helping to get the economy back on track,” Johnson said.

Rome is burning folks, now is not the time to attend the gladiator fights.

And as usual, Thune-Bag is opposed to ANYTHING the President offers;

Republican Sen. John Thune said he expected to hear something “big, bold and different” from Obama on Thursday night but said what he heard sounded like “stimulus two.”

WTF? I’ve been waiting to hear something, big, bold and different from you and your party for 30 years. Once again, Ironic Johnny reinstates his title.

#4 Costner on 09.09.11 at 8:48 am

The fact is most economists said the first stimulus did in fact work and saved us from a deep dive recession as well as saving hundreds of thousands of jobs. This is not in dispute unless you obtain your news from Fox or you frequently listen to talk radio where your version of reality is altered.

Second, most of Obama’s ideas are the very same ideas that Republicans have been calling for. Yet they are already positioning themselves to complain about these ideas. Prime example was Lamar Alexander who was quoted as saying the payroll tax deductions are exactly what this country needs a few years ago, but now that it is Obama’s idea he is very much against it.

They are showing yet again why the Congressional approval ratings are at historical lows and why they are even lower than Obama. The GOP has obviously decided that they don’t really care what can help spur the economy because they don’t want Obama to get any momentum before the next election. They are more than willing to put the economy on pause in order to regain control of the White House because they quite simply have a severe hatred for our President.

I’m not a big fan of the guy either, but when he proposes ideas that the GOP has proposed in the past, you would think it would be a no brainer. Alas, politics once again take precedence over responsiblity, and the next few months will be nothing other than a penis wagging contest between rich old men from opposite sides of the aisle.

#5 Alice15 on 09.09.11 at 3:11 pm

Obama has a bigger problem than Repugs (as you state), his own party is even doubting him. You can’t blame everything on the Republican party. David Gergen did a great editorial on leadership regarding Obama and he was right on. It wasn’t a direspectful piece, it was a “show some leadership and you needed to show it like last year” type of piece. If Obama wants to truly sell the American people and get re-elected, he needs to stop having fundraisers and get to work. People want action and the rest of it is a bunch of bullshit right now. Never in my life have I missed Presidential debates or Presidential speeches. Guess what? I didn’t watch even a millisecond of either this week. It truly makes me sad because all of it from the President down makes my skin crawl. All talk and no action.

#6 l3wis on 09.09.11 at 11:25 pm

Gotta love this vid;

The country is in an economic crisis and Boner is bragging about his gold game in a podunk Nebraska town.

#7 Helga on 09.10.11 at 3:11 am

And as long as you are talking about village idiots, Boehner, here is another one. One of Manny’s favorite supporters, Orly Titz. She’ssssssssss back. See video