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Cross-posted from Minnesota Progressive Project

President Barack Obama outlined his job creation and economic development plan before a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday evening. Most Members of Congress were anxious to weigh in after the conclusion of the President's address and released coherent statements about the proposed plan.

But not Chip Cravaack.

Instead Cravaack, once again proving himself to be an intellectual lightweight in the tradition of Dan Quayle, issued this incomprehensible response to President Obama's American Jobs Plan earlier today:

Regarding the President's speech last night, I will examine all pro-growth proposals that mitigate excessive, job-destroying regulations that saddle small businesses and job creators.

In other words, Chip doesn't have a clue.

You'd think a guy who skipped the Joint Session of Congress so he could "huddle" with staff could do better by noon the next day. His evasive statement makes one wonder if he even bothered to watch the speech. Of course, he could just be waiting for the Tea Party to tell him what he thinks.

It wouldn't be the first time.

Clearly, Cravaack's first priority is to advance the Tea Party agenda,protecting wealthy friends and his former employer Delta Air Lines, rather than to stand up for the working families of northeastern Minnesota. Why else would Chip pay so little attention to an economic development plan that would create jobs in a region with an unemployment rate of well over 14%?

Northern Minnesota deserves to have a congressman who believes that people matter more than special interest groups and big corporations. Northern Minnesota deserves a congressman who is intelligent and can form a coherent thought. Northern Minnesota deserves to be represented by one who actually grew up here and understands our culture. We had that kind of representation from 8th district natives Jim Oberstar and John Blatnik and it is sorely missed.

A Tea Party packsacker from the metro area just doesn't cut it.

It's time for Chip to go.

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  •  Chippy will be out of a job in 14 months (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, bgblcklab1

    The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats

    by deepsouthdoug on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:43:47 PM PDT

  •  Just another Tea Party Obstructor (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, bgblcklab1, joynow

    Yet another reason these congressman should join the ranks of the unemployed. 2010 was their day in the sunlight, God willing 2012 will be that sunset.

    I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

    by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:45:30 PM PDT

  •  He sounds like a dedicated Kochroach (4+ / 0-)
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    Zutroy, ER Doc, bgblcklab1, MKSinSA

    The "regulations" mantra is usually a give away.

    “Tax the working poor, while I use my tax cut to buy another mansion.” – Romney

    by MartyM on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:50:36 PM PDT

    •  The only answer (4+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, bgblcklab1, MKSinSA, MartyM

      deregulation is the only answer they have. If deregulation worked so well why did the economy spiral out of control while Bush deregulated everything he could....These people don't care about anything but their profits.

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:54:28 PM PDT

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      •  Enough deregulation would increase jobs (0+ / 0-)

        If they could freely pollute and not worry about safety or workers rights or minimum wage  along with the low tax rates they drool over creating... well hell, they'd be moving their manufacturing plants back here. It would be cheaper to spew toxins and abuse workers right here at home that way

  •  It is totally beyond me why they replaced Oberstar (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, bgblcklab1

    with this chowderhead. I mean, there's plenty of things that don't make a whole lot of sense lately, but this has to be near the top of the list.

    What do they pump into the water up in Duluth?

    "Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. " - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Zutroy on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:08:25 PM PDT

    •  Oberstar won in Duluth (1+ / 0-)
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      The 8th district extends down toward Michele Bachmann territory in the exurbs north of the Twin Cities, which is where Cravaack "lives." A lot of population growth in the 8th occurred there. There was some resentment against Oberstar for not spending enough time in the district. I think that resentment will blow back against Cravaack now that he's moved his family to New Hampshire.

      -5.12, -5.23

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:24:42 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped for the use of (4+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, bgblcklab1, MKSinSA, MadMs

    befuddled in the title.
    Years ago I was chatting with the head of security at a bar I worked at and he said he was "befuddled" about something. This bartender walked up and said "Befuddled, what's that mean, I'm confused,"  being completely serious. Woohoo, what a laugh.

    Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. B. Franklin Wish you were here.

    by Drewid on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:13:25 PM PDT

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