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President Barack Obama returned to the same themes as his stand-in last week, Vice President Joe Biden, who delivered a barn-burner on the dignity of work and the successful rescue of the auto industry.

The president met with employees in a Chrylser plant in Toledo, Ohio, where he highlighted the multi-generational work force that has benefited from the government subsidies–which, he took pains to point out, have largely been paid back.

Today, each of the Big Three automakers – Chrysler, GM, and Ford – is turning a profit for the first time since 2004. Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency – and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule. And this week, we reached a deal to sell our remaining stake. That means soon, Chrysler will be 100% in private hands.

And what that means, the president said, is more jobs.

Most importantly, all three American automakers are now adding shifts and creating jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. Chrysler has added a second shift at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit that I visited last year. GM is adding a third shift at its Hamtramck plant for the first time ever. And GM plans to hire back all of the workers they had to lay off during the recession.

He pointed out the benefits of government intervention, despite all the naysayers:

We could have done what a lot of folks in Washington thought we should do – nothing. But that would have made a bad recession worse and put a million people out of work. I refused to let that happen. So, I said, if GM and Chrysler were willing to take the difficult steps of restructuring and making themselves more competitive, the American people would stand by them – and we did.

He talked about the "retooling" and upgrading the industry for added value in the future, even as he acknowledged the present economic difficulties faced by Americans today.

Now, we’ve got a ways to go. Even though our economy has created more than two million private sector jobs over the past 15 months and continues to grow, we’re facing some tough headwinds. Lately, it’s high gas prices, the earthquake in Japan, and unease about the European fiscal situation. That will happen from time to time. There will be bumps on the road to recovery.

Those "bumps on the road to recovery," he concluded, will be overcome by the American people, "who do big things, who shape our own destiny."

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Toledo, Ohio

Hello, everyone. I’m speaking to you today from a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, where I just met with workers, including Jill. Jill was born and raised here. Her mother and step-father retired from this plant. And she met her husband here, and now they have two children of their own. This plant has not only been central to the economy of this town. It’s been a part of the lifeblood of this community.

The reason I came to Toledo was to congratulate Jill and her co-workers on the turnaround they helped bring about at Chrysler and throughout the auto industry. Today, each of the Big Three automakers – Chrysler, GM, and Ford – is turning a profit for the first time since 2004. Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency – and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule. And this week, we reached a deal to sell our remaining stake. That means soon, Chrysler will be 100% in private hands.

Most importantly, all three American automakers are now adding shifts and creating jobs at the strongest rate since the 1990s. Chrysler has added a second shift at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit that I visited last year. GM is adding a third shift at its Hamtramck plant for the first time ever. And GM plans to hire back all of the workers they had to lay off during the recession.

That’s remarkable when you think about where we were just a couple of years ago. When I took office, we were facing the worst recession since the Great Depression – a recession that hit our auto industry particularly hard. In the year before I was President, this industry lost more than 400,000 jobs, and two great American companies, Chrysler and GM, stood on the brink of collapse.

Now, we had a few options. We could have done what a lot of folks in Washington thought we should do – nothing. But that would have made a bad recession worse and put a million people out of work. I refused to let that happen. So, I said, if GM and Chrysler were willing to take the difficult steps of restructuring and making themselves more competitive, the American people would stand by them – and we did.

But we decided to do more than rescue this industry from a crisis. We decided to help it retool for a new age, and that’s what we’re doing all across the country – we’re making sure America can out-build, out-innovate, and out-compete the rest of the world. That’s how we’ll build an economy where you can see your incomes and savings rise again, send your kids to college, and retire with dignity, security, and respect. That’s how we’ll make sure we keep that fundamental American promise – that if you work hard and act responsibly, you’ll be able to pass on a better life to your kids and grandkids.

Now, we’ve got a ways to go. Even though our economy has created more than two million private sector jobs over the past 15 months and continues to grow, we’re facing some tough headwinds. Lately, it’s high gas prices, the earthquake in Japan, and unease about the European fiscal situation. That will happen from time to time. There will be bumps on the road to recovery.

We know that. But we also know what’s happened here, at this Chrysler plant. We know that hardworking Americans like Jill helped turn this company and this industry around. That’s the American story. We’re a people who don’t give up – who do big things, who shape our own destiny. And I’m absolutely confident that if we hold on to that spirit, our best days are still ahead of us. Thanks for tuning in, and have a great weekend.

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  •  The "renaissance" of the US auto industry proves (23+ / 0-)

    ... That public investment in our economy works. So when will we see MORE of this? After all, the deficit most threatening us now is the JOBS deficit.

    •  Getting rid of Boehner as Speaker and many of (11+ / 0-)

      our corporate-owned GOP Governors has to be in the game plan.

      •  Hear, hear! And better Democrats! We need (6+ / 0-)

        boots on the ground everywhere. Knocking on doors and talking to the people in the street is still the #1 way to GOOV (Get Out OUR Vote; if it was just a matter of getting out the vote, we could just rent sound trucks on election day.)

        Looks like I'll be walking NV-02 again. I can sleep in my car, but does anyone have a shower I can use? I like to feel fresh when I meet with voters...

        "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

        by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:47:45 AM PDT

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      •  The ONLY way to do that is to put the (5+ / 0-)

        screws to the GOP and their leadership for not doing anything about jobs - in fact it goes farther - you have to actually point out that what they want to do will eliminate jobs.

        BUT our leadership doesn't seem to really want to go there with the kind of force that is required.

        So, winning back the House?  I give our odds for that at the present moment and with the current messaging strategy about 40-60.

        •  Yep. That's why WE have to change the (3+ / 0-)
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          current messaging strategy. We have to keep saying, in LTEs and to our own congress-critters that the rethugs ran in 2010 on "jobs, jobs, jobs" and while in office have been governing on "abortion, abortion, f*ck the poor.

          Too many of our "Democratic" reps aren't tough enough, I'm about 6 months too late to look into a primary challenger for my district (wine and Brie Dems rule the roost here) but I'll work for any "Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party" in a primary, and any Democrat against a Rethuglican in the general.

          Anyone with room comps in Reno/Sparks, can you send them to me? I'm in for weekends for the NV-02 special election, and I expect I'll be a frequent visitor in the 2012 generals.

          "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

          by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:18:54 AM PDT

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        •  Agree and disagree (0+ / 0-)

          We are currently stuck with a Teabag heavy GOP Congress, so calling out the GOP more blatantly at this time probably doesn't do a lot of good and may even start to sound old (limited attention spans) by next year's election.  I think forcefulness at this time better comes from other top Dem leaders, unions, etc.

          I think you will see the Obama forcefulness is being saved more for when the campaign heats up.

        •  They ARE doing something (2+ / 0-)
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          about jobs. They are going to off shore more of them to Korea, Columbia.
          /www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/03-5
          It is like NAFTA, only worse is quoted in the article.
          This from the guy who said 'it was time to bring jobs back' and ' I will give tax breaks to companies that do'.
          More BS.
          And promoting Immelt was the latest slap in the face after Geithner, Summer ect.
          And it isn't just the GOP that is doing this.
          The Dems didn't do much for jobs when they were in the majority.

          Obama,how many innocent people did you kill today with your drones for the corporations?

          by snoopydawg on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:55:47 AM PDT

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          •  With the austerity meme and Citizens United intact (1+ / 0-)
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            with unions the eternal villains and 'small business owners' the quintessential Americans, I cannot share President Obama's optimism.

            The right's onslaught against FDR's legacy, the institutions of the New Deal, will continue unless and until the left will be willing to take up the gauntlet and fight against the corporatist agenda, which in these times means talking stimulus, jobs programs, tax hikes for the rich, increased oversight and regulation of Wall Street's alchemists etc.

            Wages have become decoupled from earnings (while productivity, work hours, prices, net corporate earnings are on the rise, wages decline or barely keep up with inflation) which means even in those industries that are competitive, workers simply don't earn enough, which in turn means America will not be able to 'buy itself out of this crisis' by propping up private consumption - there is just too little money ending up in the pockets of working Americans.

            In fact, as the latest note from David Rosenberg points out, the "labor share of national income has fallen to its lower level in modern history - down to 57.5% in the first quarter from 57.6% in the fourth quarter of last year, 57.8% a year ago, and 59.8% when the recovery began."

            Labor's Share Of National Income Drops To Lowest In History

            They call him a socialist anyway. Why not give'em some.

            "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

            by aufklaerer on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 12:33:52 PM PDT

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    •  recovery maybe renaissance no n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

      by LWelsch on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:39:02 AM PDT

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    •  Well We Could Run a Temporary New Deal or (5+ / 0-)
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      WW2 type hiring and materiel purchasing program.

      Problem is so much of what we bought from industry in ww2 is made offshore now, that the temporary jobs blitz would end with no private sector jobs for the temps to return to.

      It's not really cost effective to hire Americans for almost any kind of work.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:46:55 AM PDT

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      •  Which is really the crux of the problem (6+ / 0-)
        It's not really cost effective to hire Americans for almost any kind of work.

        We have an international trade policy that is cannibalizing the American middle-class. It is cheaper to put raw materials on a boat, ship them to China, manufacture things there, and put them on a boat back here, than it is to run a factory in America.

        Which is why we used to have regulations in place that protected our homegrown industry. Most of it is gone now, and we face serious long-term issues until we can rebuild the dyke, so-to-speak. "Protectionism" has been turned into a dirty word, and that will have to change before things get better.

        •  It is tragic that perhaps one of the most (2+ / 0-)
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          sublime things in this universe--human consciousness--has largely been organized, ideologized and socialized to believe that financial value, the bottom line, and the acquisition of objects are some of the most important things in life.

          There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

          by srkp23 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:01:12 AM PDT

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      •  US labor can be cost effective (6+ / 0-)
        It's not really cost effective to hire Americans for almost any kind of work.

        This is what advocates of offshoring claim is the truth.  And yet, somehow, countries such as Germany -- which has substantially higher labor costs than the US -- manage to compete quite effectively while still using domestic labor.  If German labor can be cost effective, why can't US labor be?

        Part of the difference, I think, is that German companies look for ways to keep their domestic labor force competitive -- ie, investing in the latest automated factories, seeking out niches that require skilled labor that China can't match, etc.  

        But the other part is that US business schools teaching offshoring like it's a new religion...wisdom handed down from the heavens.  Business leadership just assumes that offshoring to areas with cheap labor will automatically transfer savings to the bottom line -- and I suspect that assumption never gets challenged.  Which means that when new expenses associated with managing a 10,000 mile long supply chain start showing up, those costs aren't acknowledged as being a cost of offshoring.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:07:41 AM PDT

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  •  public investment works only (4+ / 0-)

    if there is money to be spent. Unfortunately automobile sales are lessening and enough jobs are no longer being created. In due time all manufacturing and retailing will be faced with huge problems of nobody buying.

    A larger greater depression is on the horizon.

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:38:22 AM PDT

    •  WPA! WPA! there are a lot of potholes in my (9+ / 0-)

      commute, a lot of parks near me are closed during the week, and they could use a little maintenance. Not to mention, making new national parks is a good idea, there are some places I've been that could use a nice hiking trail and some safety fences.

      "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

      by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:51:12 AM PDT

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      •  WPA is only the tip of the iceberg (6+ / 0-)

        I believe a whole lot of money needs to be spent on inexpensive non carbon dioxide or less carbon dioxide energy. Then there is the whole rare earths issue. Sewer lines need to built and refurbished. Clean water needs to be restored. Education needs to be improved. Better housing and food supply. On and on and on.

        I do not believe in pure capitalism, just as I do not believe in communism or top down control of everything. I do believe heavily in regulation and breaking up oligarchies / monopolies. A well regulated monopoly works, but unregulated monopolies fail big time.

        I believe the government needs to provide direction and regulation but not dictate details.

        Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

        by LWelsch on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:07:13 AM PDT

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        •  Thank you for mentioning sewer lines. I'm (4+ / 0-)
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          in SF and we desperately need to overhaul our infrastructure. Our sewer lines were built in the early part of the last century. They need a re-do. And earthquake reinforce lots of buildings (still).

          And these are jobs! that can be filled by local people who would spend their dollars paying off their mortgages, buying groceries, maybe a new sofa and eating at a local restaurant. And the tip they leave to the waitress at the local restaurant goes to another local business, maybe a vet for her cat, or a dinner out with her husband where she will leave a decent tip.

          But, Nooo....We have to cut spending! And give more tax breaks to "job creators".

          Can we please take back the House in 2012? Pretty please?

          "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

          by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:33:16 AM PDT

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    •  No it isn't (1+ / 0-)
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      ~a little change goes a long way~

      by missliberties on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:25:19 AM PDT

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      •  Just look at how far the stimulus package went (1+ / 0-)
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        and then consider the bank bailout.

        Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

        by LWelsch on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:27:24 AM PDT

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        •  Just look at the hole we (1+ / 0-)
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          had to dig out of.

           The mortgage market at it's lowest estimates took 58 Trillion dollars out the economy.

           All things considered I think we are doing pretty dammed good.

           That is not to say that we still don't have a ways to go.

           This prevailing view of the end of the world coming from some liberals I find almost more disturbing than the right wing grumbling.

           I don't expect it to stop, so hey have a field day. We are fucked. We are doomed. It's the end of the world and there is no savior on the horizon.

          ~a little change goes a long way~

          by missliberties on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:53:48 AM PDT

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          •  Liberals tend not believe in the rapture (0+ / 0-)

            but many do believe that conditions are poor and will worsen unless there is more change.

            And by the way John Maynard Keynes did predict the disaster that resulted from the Treaty of Versaillies. Talk about doom and gloom predictions.

            Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

            by LWelsch on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:03:49 AM PDT

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  •  Obama cuts Haitian Wages (5+ / 0-)

    The Nation has pulled their report on wikileaks disclosure of Obama Administration intervention to keep Haitian wages dirt cheap for Levi Strauss and others.
    The Columbia Journalism Review has more on this story.
    Small wonder Bradley Manning is in prison.

    •  And is working hard (2+ / 0-)
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      to send even more jobs overseas
      /www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/03-5
      This is supposed to be even worse then NAFTA.
      This site really needs to take the blinders off about this president.
      He isn't who he was during his campaign.
      Electing better dems is a worthy goal, but only if we can get rid of the rest of them that are selling us out as are the GOP.
      Congress is full of millionares. They are so far removed from our pithy little lives and have no idea what it is like to lose a job. Hell, the one they have is just one big fucking party.

      Obama,how many innocent people did you kill today with your drones for the corporations?

      by snoopydawg on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:02:53 AM PDT

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  •  I'm a big fan of Detroit's renewed commitment (8+ / 0-)

    to more eco-friendly cars. For the longest time, the conventional wisdom was that Americans only wanted fuel-guzzling, high-profit-margin road-tanks, and the big 3 suffered for it.

    Now that they're making more smaller, fuel-efficient cars that people actually want to drive, what a surprise, their fortunes are turning around! Who would have thought that smaller cars didn't have to be 4 milk crate seats, a steering wheel and a lawnmower engine? Turns out they can be stylish, loaded with features and fun to drive too! The '12 Ford Focus is a hot little car.

    •  I was looking at the Focus myself! My (4+ / 0-)
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      Camry is old enough to buy itself a beer, and the Focus would be my first American car since my '69 Mustang.

      "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

      by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:54:22 AM PDT

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      •  I have an '02 Focus (3+ / 0-)
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        that I have to wear out before I'm back looking for another car, so (hopefully) that won't be for a number of years... but when I do go looking for a new ride, my first stop will be at the Ford dealer to look at another Focus. They're great cars. My sister and brother-in-law got a '10 Focus during the Cash-for-Clunkers program, and they're very happy with it.

        •  Redesigned Focus this year (2+ / 0-)
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          Eric0125, sethtriggs

          Ford has just completed a redesign on this car.  So if you like the older version, wait until you see the new version -- I saw it at the Dallas auto show a couple months back and was very impressed with the five door version.

          Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

          by TexasTom on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:10:12 AM PDT

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        •  The Focus? (0+ / 0-)

          I've known people who bought the Focus in the early part of the millenium who were having constant problems with the car.  Has Ford flipped the script and made a durable dependable car like Honda does?

          "Sisters, brothers and the whities, Blacks and the crackers, Police and their backers, They're all political actors"--Curtis Mayfield

          by Cynic in seattle on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:32:24 AM PDT

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    •  The Chevy Cruze has its own app.... (3+ / 0-)
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      Cruze will feature a smartphone app that allows drivers to control numerous functions by remote. Chevy Connect works through GM's OnStar.  It will also be available on the majority of 2011 Chevrolet models, including the Chevrolet Volt, as well as Buick, Cadillac and GMC models.   link

      If you don't stand for something, eventually you stand for nothing.

      by dkmich on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:55:47 AM PDT

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    •  I love the new Focus. (4+ / 0-)

      Haven't had a chance to drive one yet, but they get an A+ on the exterior.  I thought the older ones were fugly, but the '12 is the nicest looking car in that segment, in my opinion.

      Ford has gotten a bit pricey, but the Focus may be our second car in the future if the need presents itself for one.

      Ford (exteriors) and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep (interiors) have both improved hugely in design.

      Our Jeep Patriot has been a damned good car so far (had it about four months).  Comparable fuel economy to the others, Top Safety Pick, and ten grand less than a RAV4.  Can't beat it.

      Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

      by Drew J Jones on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:40:41 AM PDT

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      •  Hubby makes the Patriot, thanks for buying (3+ / 0-)
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        and glad you like it! Actually he didn't make it, he just drove it off the line onto the lot! They seem to be selling really well. We are thinking of getting one in a few months when we get our other vehicle paid off.

        •  Tell him to keep up the good work! :) (3+ / 0-)

          We traded our old FJ Cruiser for it.  Loved the FJ.  It was terrible on (PREMIUM!) gas, although that wasn't an issue when we lived in DC and didn't have to drive much.  But it was a real workhorse when called upon.  Never flinched hauling thousands of pounds of our stuff from Virginia to Florida when we moved.  And it never fell victim to the accelerator scandal, as far as I know.

          We're sure we're settling here and won't have a need for something that big anymore.  So we downsized to the Pat.  I loved it because I like vertical-feeling windshields.  Crossovers generally make me feel like I'm looking down a tunnel over a mile-long dashboard (looking at you, Mazda).

          The Patriot got the same fuel efficiency as the others while keeping the boxy shape and "trucky-y" feel that I like.  And, on the other measures important to me, it beat everything else.

          Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

          by Drew J Jones on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:14:41 AM PDT

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  •  Well I Do Big Things in My Little Niche, But Since (2+ / 0-)
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    I have to compete against India and Pakistan, I really can't price myself at rates to offer any help with the economy. Can't earn enough to travel for vacations, buy a new car etc.

    Glad to see some auto workers jobs saved though.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:44:32 AM PDT

  •  Obama's better than Romney at most things, (2+ / 0-)
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    but even private equity!

    "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by Loge on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:45:26 AM PDT

  •  I am in SE MI, and (4+ / 0-)

    I operate a one-stop.    I am no fan of Obama's, but I will vote for him because of the auto loans and because I have no place else to go.  

    The auto industry, jobs, and Michigan's economy were/are really rebounding.  People are getting jobs, good jobs in a multitude of industries - god bless General Motors.   White collar is picking up work at 60 - 80K, but  the assembly workers/plant jobs in manufacturing have lost about 40% of their pay and benefits - maybe more.  Blue collar jobs, even when they are union, are only paying $13 - 15/hr now.  

    We are all praying that Snyder doesn't screw it up.    He is destroying more public sector jobs than he'll ever create with his tax gifts to his CEO pals.    And for a guy who says jobs is job # one, he sure is destroying our educational system and driving up the cost of post secondary education - except for the community colleges - his economic gardening buddies.    Apparently, his business pals are also in for a lot of job training.   Little does he know that his tea bagger pals in Washington, like his tea bagger pals in Lansing, are eliminating all of this money.  

    If you don't stand for something, eventually you stand for nothing.

    by dkmich on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:50:10 AM PDT

    •  What's a one-stop? (0+ / 0-)

      Oh, and if you have a Rethuglican "representing" you in the house, you may want to work on dumping him in 2012.

      I'm not crazy about our President, either; he wasted his first two years trying to make nice with people who's only goal was to defeat him, and now he has a House that holds the nation hostage. I don't know, maybe, just maybe, if we give him the House back, he'll do what we need him to do without negotiating with terrorists.

      "Somehow our slogan 'We’ll protect YOUR Medicare, but your kids are screwed' never really caught on."

      by BobSmith415 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:00:08 AM PDT

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      •  workforce development (1+ / 0-)
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        BobSmith415

        In Michigan, we are workforce development and the old MESC Job Service.   When you get laid off from your job, part of qualifying for unemployment requires you to register and post your resume online at a one-stop .  

        I have Levin, Stabenow, and Peters - all Ds.   I sort of like Levin and Stabenow even though they can irritate me.  She voted for the damn bankruptcy reform.   Peters lobbied the hell out of Obama to extend to the Bush tax cuts.   Peters is a neoliberal because his area is affluent, and he panders to it.  Peters did lobby his ass off for the auto industry though.   Well, they are what they are.  

        If the Democrats and the House are looking for any leadership from this guy, they're wasting their time.  My hope is that we get a majority and a mandate back so we take help Obama to "see the light".   It is what it is.

        If you don't stand for something, eventually you stand for nothing.

        by dkmich on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:29:41 AM PDT

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  •  So you now have (0+ / 0-)

    an America auto industry with a half-dozen+ manufacturers (Toyota, BMW, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler, and at this point I have lost track) and surplus production capacity, at least once the earthquake effects settle out, and a company (GM) that paid off its Treasury debt by selling stock to the Treasury.

    The most important change in cars is that the lifetime of a car in reasonable condition is much longer than it used to be, productivity and production of American industry has never been higher, and as a result the number of people who can be gainfully employed building cars is way down.

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:50:22 AM PDT

  •  If the downsizing of cars is inevetable... (4+ / 0-)

    ... I'd rather have a Fiat 500, so I won't blend in into a crowd.

  •  Pretty words (1+ / 0-)
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    That’s the American story. We’re a people who don’t give up – who do big things, who shape our own destiny. And I’m absolutely confident that if we hold on to that spirit, our best days are still ahead of us.

    Smoke, meet ass.

    An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:54:11 AM PDT

    •  What should he say? (1+ / 0-)
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      "It's time to leave America. Your jobs are never going to come back. This country is DOOMED, DOOMED and there's nothing any of us are going to be able to do about it. The rich own all of the resources and they're not going to share with you."

  •  The President is fully justified in taking credit (11+ / 0-)

    for the rebound of the American auto industry.  In Jonathan Alter's book, "The Promise", the decisions behind the President's actions are laid out pretty clearly.  This book was written before the outcome was at all sure, although there was evidence that the move was in fact going to be successful. The Detroit rescue was executed in a fashion requiring a mixture of boldness, deft attention to detail, competence, and speedy decisiveness, not unlike the killing of Bin Laden.  In both cases something that was very difficult to pull off successfully was made to look easy.

    On the surface, many will see more political boasting.  But beneath the surface, there was a lot more there.  This guy deserves a lot more credit for all the things that have gone right, and crises that could have been a lot worse if not for his actions, than he gets.  It's pretty frustrating because to most people the actions behind success are completely invisible. It is only failure that gets any attention.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:56:55 AM PDT

    •  It's one of the clearest successes.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...of the Obama Administration, and one that wouldn't have happened under McCain/Palin.

      If McCain had been President, Chrysler would no longer exist and GM would still be in crisis....and tens of thousands of additional Americans would be out of work.

    •  I can only wish... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that the Wall Street bailout had been handled in the same manner as the auto company bailouts.  In essence, the bailout to the auto industry came with strings attached that ensure that GM and Chrysler won't end up back where they were in another few years -- not only did we keep them alive, but they were forced to restructure and clean up, wiping out investors in the process.

      Something similar should have happened as a condition for money to bail out our financial sector -- fixing the broken Wall Street compensation system as a condition of receiving the money, and making sure that speculators felt the pain.

      Partly, it was handled differently because Obama inherited a bailout in progress from the Bush administration for the financial sector, whereas Bush just kept GM and Chrysler on life support until Obama took over, which gave the Obama administration more control over how the auto bailout was structured.  But I think it's also true the Obama administration didn't seem to have the same strength of will when it came to cleaning up Wall Street as it did when it came to dealing with Detroit.  And that's really unfortunate.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:18:11 AM PDT

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  •  innovation block grants to land-grant universities (1+ / 0-)
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    to partner with Corps of Engineers and BLM on alternative energy including hydrogen, natural gas, biomass conversions...

    I am off my metas! Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above join the DAILY KOS UNIVERSITY "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03)

    by annieli on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:57:55 AM PDT

  •  The biggest bump in the road for this (10+ / 0-)

    recovery is the GOP - slashing and burning jobs as fast as they can, trying to pin job losses on the Obama Administration.  Cutting back on spending money on CREATING JOBS, insisting that policy is working when it's obviously working AGAINST CREATING JOBS.  People just aren't all that stoopid.  When police, fire fighters, teachers and librarians are losing their jobs because of GOP policies, it's pretty obvious to the average American that losing those jobs and subsequent services is affecting everyone, with the exception of the upper 1% who can afford their own private police, fire fighters, personal libraries and private schools.

    Come on, folks!  Wake up and smell the agenda to completely wipe out the middle class in America.  It's the GOP's agenda, along with denying medical care to the poor the old.  It's cold blooded greed and avarice.  It's their mantra.  And they'll lie to your face about it even after it's on paper and there's abundant proof that cutting taxes for the upper 1% doesn't create any jobs for anyone.  It's just their favorite current LIE.

    Thank you, President Obama, for saving the American auto industry and hundreds of thousands of American JOBS!!!  This election better mark the END OF THE GOP in America as we take back the House and keep the Senate and the White House.

    OBAMA 2012 AND MORE REAL DEMS (NO BLUE DOGS!) IN CONGRESS!!!!!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 07:59:24 AM PDT

    •  I agree with this, (0+ / 0-)

      but at the end of the day when you have over 14M+ people unemployed, many for more than a year, the buck stops with the President, period.  Let's face it.  Obama's number one goal was to put this economy back on track with JOB CREATION, it is has not happened.  Yes, in spots, but overall to the average American it has not.  And this administration has failed with homeowners in this housing crisis.  As long as this housing crisis is what it is, the economy will never rebound as it should.  The first plan should have been a JOBS PROGRAM, now it is too late.  HCR used up all Obama's political capital and nobody is rallying around that.  Again, next year is about this economy and we all better pray that the GOP stays in a clusterfuck.

  •  So, if work is such a big deal, (0+ / 0-)

    why is 9% unemployment the New Normal?  This is the basic contradiction of Obama economic policy.

    The two things Teabaggers hate most are: being called racists; and black people.

    by Punditus Maximus on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:00:48 AM PDT

  •  Good statement by the President (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG

    It reassures voters that this slowdown is not a recession and that job growth continues.  He also provided a tangible example of a success story of government intervention in his points about the US auto industry.  To beat the GOP in this debt ceiling debate and to trounce them in the general election, it is necessary to provide a bold and 'unapologetic' defense of government (to paraphrase Mitt Romney). With folks like Haley Barbour calling for government to pick up the disaster relief tab in the tornado stricken south and midwest (just like a Republican to be self-serving about where government should spend its money).

    He also explained the external factors causing the slowdown.  I would also note that gas prices have dipped below $4 per gallon at a number of gas stations where I live (in LA) and he might be thinking that the jobs report was a lagging indicator of a slowdown rather than a leading indicator, meaning that the worst part of it is over.

    That's not quite what Krugman and Reich are saying, but I personally believe that if gas prices are dipping, the people will feel more confident and that will keep consumer spending and job growth moving in the right direction.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:04:14 AM PDT

  •  IIRC the CBO says the Stimulus worked (9+ / 0-)

    The GOP response is that "They're entitled to their opinion". Ok if the GOP won't listen to the CBO or will selectively listen ask the GOP if they'd back a plan to defund the CBO.

    We agree our hair is on fire, we disagree with Paul Ryan's plan to use a sledgehammer to put out the fire

    by JML9999 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:07:43 AM PDT

    •  Obama Derangement Syndrome has consumed (5+ / 0-)
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      annieli, JML9999, TofG, FiredUpInCA, sethtriggs

      the GOP.

      •  It is ironic that the GOP coined the term (1+ / 0-)
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        sethtriggs

        "Bush Derangement Syndrome", when it was abundantly clear that the reason people were pissed off at him is because he was ruining the country! I certainly can't see any problem that Obama has tackled that he has made worse - the closest I can think of is his concession to keeping the Bush high end tax cuts in turn for some more middle-of-the road tax cut stimulus that could have been far better spent. But that would have required taking on the Senate filibuster.  

        There was nothing however like the birthers' conspiracy theories except on the far fringe (truthers, for instance), and Democratic politicians did not hesitate to repudiate the nonsense, unlike their GOP counterparts now.

        Of course, all you hear now is "both sides do it". If I was ever a guest on CNN, the first words out of my mouth  after I heard "both sides do it" would be that "I know you're trying to be objective, but drawing false equivalences is not the same thing as having balanced coverage - and if you can't tell the difference, then you should find somebody who can.  What they need is 10-20 guests telling them that at every opportunity.

        "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

        by orrg1 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:14:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I have a question... (0+ / 0-)

      The President said in his address today:

      Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency – and it repaid that money six years ahead of schedule.

      But several different articles and multiple tweets suggest otherwise.

      Can someone explain the discrepancy to me and tell my why I shouldn't think the President was playing "fast and loose" with the facts on this?

      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

      by frisco on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 02:31:29 PM PDT

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  •  bump in the road (1+ / 0-)
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    Cynic in seattle

    If you follow the economic strategy used in 1936, you get the economy of 1937--we're gonna have a depression--and the debt limit fight--and probable settlement--will ignite it.  The Republicans played this game then, and even FDR caved.  And, Obama doesn't have Roosevelt's guts.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:16:23 AM PDT

  •  Excellent (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, NedSparks

    The GOP has put pain first as their go to agenda. To listen to them you would think America is the worst place on earth to live.

     The President is spot on here to point out American's resolve and offer optimism in the face of adversity.

     The high oil prices have almost everything to do with the current economic trends.

     Good for the President of the USA! Yes we can!

    ~a little change goes a long way~

    by missliberties on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:24:08 AM PDT

  •  Budget cuts kill jobs!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, paradox, sethtriggs

    Why aren't we hearing this message?  Everything is coming together to make a pretty convincing case that the economy was beginning to recover before the fake tea party got ahold of the Republican Party and forced austerity on the country.  Exactly the wrong thing to do and now they have turned a promising recovery into the threat of a double dip recession.

    Where is Harry Truman when you need him.  Is he so conflict averse that he can't bring himself to run against the arsonists in the House of Representatives even while they are burning down the place?  He should be on a whistle stop tour pounding the drum daily against their policies rather than playing footsie with them or half-way agreeing with them.  "I agree but..." isn't a compelling message.

    Perhaps it is just a little too early.  But at some point, there needs to be some offense played in this game.  It is pretty clear to those who are paying attention what the cause of the recent downturn is.  High energy prices (old nineteenth century technology and greedy oil companies) and budget cuts.  If he doesn't make the case to those who aren't paying attention someone else will and he won't like the story they get.

  •  After reading the comments (4+ / 0-)
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    here it seems like the weekly statement from the President brings out the trolls.

    The content of many of these comments bears almost zero distinction from some of the comments I see on the right blogs.

    It sure makes me wonder why so many 'liberals' have so little faith in the country they live  in. So who hates AMerica more, the right or the left in this pissing contest.

    ~a little change goes a long way~

    by missliberties on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:29:17 AM PDT

    •  Might be because (2+ / 0-)
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      paradox, Cynic in seattle

      We're fucked.

      It sure makes me wonder why so many 'liberals' have so little faith in the country they live  in.

      Continual wars and torture. Banksters get a pass.  A media that is obsessed Snowbilly Snookie and a congress critter's dick. Paul Ryan as a "serious person". Gallons of ink and billions of pixels wasted on some shyster "reverend" that predicted the the end of the world. etc.

      "Remember Bob. No fear, no envy, no meanness" Liam Clancy to Bob Dylan

      by BOHICA on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:40:07 AM PDT

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  •  Obama "touts" ? Really ? (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:30:34 AM PDT

  •  *Right* (0+ / 0-)

    The only problem with "the "renaissance" of the US auto industry" is that it still makes crap.

    "Your Actions Are So Loud, I Can't Hear a Word You're Saying" thanhdlu.com

    by toosinbeymen on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:37:43 AM PDT

    •  Proof? Who makes cars (0+ / 0-)

      and lots of other stuff that everyone wants? Not us. Germany and Japan.

      "Your Actions Are So Loud, I Can't Hear a Word You're Saying" thanhdlu.com

      by toosinbeymen on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 08:38:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Really (1+ / 0-)
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      Sam I Am

      I love the Chevy I bought a year and a half ago.  I've had a Chrysler that now has 170,000 miles on it with almost no problems. I owned a Ford for 17 years that I was extremely happy with.

      In fact, by far the worst car I've had out of the past three was a Subaru. It had electrical problems that could never be fixed, a problem with loss of engine power that the shop could never figure out, I finally had to figure out and fix imyself,  and ultimately a blown head gasket after just 150,000 miles that the shop again could not pin down even after 3 tests - at which point I junked the car when they finally did figure out that this was indeed the problem.

      Just like every other Republican, you are woefully behind the times - by decades.

      "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

      by orrg1 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:25:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  More troll posting above. Yawn. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Very important question (1+ / 0-)
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    My Name Isnt Earl

    I was very glad the US auto industry was saved, of course, but I was totally dismayed to see the UAW forced to accept two-tier wages.  That's a real screwing and disaster for the little people, for a lot of reasons.

    I'm sure GM UAW workers got two-tiered.  Did Chrysler?

    If they did--Chrysler--when they re-paid their loans did they also chuck the two-tier?

    I wish I knew.  I'm pretty sure they screwed the UAW in this and the injustice goes on.  But I don't want to jump to any conclusions.

    •  Yes, Chrysler is two tier and no they didn't (1+ / 0-)
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      paradox

      chuck the two tier and cannot chuck it until at least 2015 when the contract expires. We are unable to strike until then. It causes tension and so many problems in the plant and within the union you would not believe. So many, I cannot explain it all here in a comment. In short, it's a disaster. These new hires all think 1st tier should be brought down to their wages instead of the other way around, we keep trying to get them to understand they should be coming up and not every one going down in wages, if that happens, they will never make more than $14.65 per hour.

      •  Thanks a lot Obama! (1+ / 1-)
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        Sam I Am

        You give us a result but it's crippled by horrible compromise, just like your laugher health care bill.  The little people could not get one god damn thing, drug importation, medicare buy-in at 50 or 55, single payer, nothing.

        I see a lot of anger here in the comments, a lot of acid from hurt liberals and Democrats.  This utter disregard for the little people is why, we never get anything but tax cuts that do nothing, two-tier wage deals, state cuts that negate anything the Feds try to do.  Not their problem, you know?

        Our unemployment rate is a profound betrayal to the little people, and of course Obama knows it, it's why he prattles on here.  He risked everything buy thinking we'd vote for him anyway.  I hope I never, ever have to live under and incredible asshole Democratic President who is so brutal, stupid and callous to take that risk. He's supposed to be a Democrat!! The point is that me may or may not have the risk pay off, it's the amazing act of taking it.

        [shakes head] Go ahead and win against pathetic opposition that loathes us even more.  It means so little to us when so little has been delivered.  So little when our people were hurting so bad.  How could you do this to us?  How?

  •  Thank you President Obama for saving (2+ / 0-)
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    my husband's job and for not just giving them the money, but for making them accountable. And thus saving millions of other's jobs as well. You should go after Cerberus to repay that billion they owe the US taxpayer. Now we have to work on bringing those new hire's wages up to our level. People making $14.65 an hour cannot buy the product they build. Even Henry Ford recognized that fact.

  •  Toledo Pride! (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    As a lifelong Toledo-area resident, I was really excited to hear this. Despite being stuck on I-75 for 35 minutes because of President related traffic, it was great to see Barack back in The Glass City.

    "Never get so attached to a poem you forget truth that lacks lyricism. Never draw so close to the heat that you forget that you must eat." - Joanna Newsom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQ22k0M_aI

    by prdrums77 on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:04:08 AM PDT

  •  Austerity doesn't work (2+ / 0-)
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    happy camper, sethtriggs

    Yesterday's dual economic developments present a telling juxtaposition. On one hand , the president rightly touts the benefits of the decision to use government funds wisely and bailout out huge engines of employment that were about to fail. On the other hand, we are seeing the devastating impact of austerity policies and fiscal "restraint" in the latest jobs numbers that reflect the failure of conservative ideology and the risk of cutting federal spending in a recession.
    http://www.sunstateactivist.org

    •  You gotta spread the word. (0+ / 0-)

      This austerity thing has completely gutted many states - New York right now is reeling. Really everything went to shit after that Wall Street bubble burst, and they skated since the states have less ability to punish things like this.

      Austerity is a death sentence, and it is going to make our communities wither on the vine.

      Stop electing conservatives and deficit peacocks for one thing! And we have to fight back about this nonsense about the deficit; this deficit does not matter!

      We have a revenue problem, not a spending problem.

  •  Over 2 million jobs (1+ / 0-)
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    Sam I Am

    created... Bush only managed what, 2.3 million in seven years?

    Conservative economic policies have never succeeded, ever.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 09:58:19 AM PDT

  •  In light of jobs report this week (1+ / 0-)
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    icebergslim

    this is pretty weak tea.

    Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

    by coral on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 10:20:36 AM PDT

  •  One reason we're losing jobs (2+ / 0-)
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    Sam I Am, Pam from Calif

    is because the job killing Republican Governors (Scott, Kasich, Walker, Perry) are slashing state budgets right and left.  Perry has laid off teachers, hospital workers, librarians and state workers.  He has slashed medicaid to the point that a lot of grannies who depend upon it will get thrown out of their nursing homes.  The Texas Miracle is in reality a Texas Horror Show.   Rick Perry is definitely not a nice guy with whom to have a beer.  Hell, Perry makes W. look half way decent.

  •  The message (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    The President has the right message. We are winning the future. I also like that he has a since of humor when it comes to bad economic news

  •  Rudy's (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    President Obama has lunch at W. Toledo diner

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sat Jun 04, 2011 at 05:21:05 PM PDT

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