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This week President Obama has a message for Congress: Get to work:

I sent Congress a jobs bill last September full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that would have put our fellow Americans back to work and helped reinforce our economy against those outside shocks. I sent them a plan that would have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion in a way that’s balanced – that pays for the job-creating investments we need by cutting unnecessary spending and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.

Since then, Congress has only passed a few parts of that jobs bill ... And there’s no excuse for that. Not when so many people are looking for work. Not when so many people are struggling to pay the bills.

So my message to Congress is, get to work.

Pointing out that Congress—or more to the point—Republicans could: help states prevent layoffs; put teachers, firefights and police officers back to work; improve our infrastructure; give tax breaks that would help small businesses; help homeowners refinance their mortgages; vote for equal pay for equal work; promote clean energy, and of course, stop giving tax breaks to corporations that outsource jobs, the president concludes by pointing out the obvious and wishing for the impossible:

It’s not lost on anyone, least of all me, that this is an election year. But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We’ve got responsibilities to you. With so many people struggling to get by, now is not the time to play politics. Now is not the time for Congress to sit on its hands. The American people expect their leaders to work hard, no matter what year it is. That’s what I intend to do. And I expect Democrats and Republicans to join me.
Complete transcript below the fold.

Today I’m at one of Honeywell’s manufacturing facilities in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where I just announced a step that will make it easier for companies to hire returning service members who have the skills our country needs right now. It’s another part of our effort to make sure that no American who fights for this country abroad has to fight for a job when they come home. That’s why businesses like Honeywell are answering our challenge to hire 100,000 post-9/11 veterans and their spouses by the end of next year. That’s why I’ve directed the government to hire over 200,000 veterans so far – because our economy needs their tremendous talent, and because millions of Americans are still looking for a job.  

Right now, this country is still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The economy is growing again, but it’s not growing fast enough. Our businesses have created almost 4.3 million new jobs over the last twenty-seven months, but as we learned in this week’s jobs report, we’re not creating them fast enough. And just like last year at this time, our economy faces some serious headwinds. Gas prices are starting to come down again, but when they spiked over the last few months, it hit people’s wallets pretty hard. The crisis in Europe’s economy has cast a shadow on our own. And all of this makes it even more challenging to fully recover and lay the foundation for an economy that’s built to last.

But from the moment we first took action to prevent another depression, we knew the road to recovery wouldn’t be easy. We knew it would take time, that there would be ups and downs along the way. But we also knew that if we were willing to act wisely, and boldly, and together; if we were willing to keep at it, and never quit, we would come back stronger.

Nothing has shaken my faith in that belief. We will come back stronger. We do have better days ahead. And that’s because of you. I would place my bet on American workers and American businesses any day of the week. You’re the reason our auto industry has come roaring back. You’re the reason manufacturing is hiring at its fastest pace since the 1990s. You work hard.You play by the rules. And what you deserve are leaders who will do the same; who will do whatever it takes to fight for the middle-class and grow this economy faster. Because while we can’t fully control everything that happens in other parts of the world, there are plenty of things we can control here at home. There are plenty of steps we can take right now to help create jobs and grow this economy.

I sent Congress a jobs bill last September full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that would have put our fellow Americans back to work and helped reinforce our economy against those outside shocks. I sent them a plan that would have reduced the deficit by $4 trillion in a way that’s balanced – that pays for the job-creating investments we need by cutting unnecessary spending and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.

Since then, Congress has only passed a few parts of that jobs bill, like a tax cut that’s allowing working Americans to keep more of your paycheck every week. That was important. But Congress hasn’t acted on enough of the other ideas in that bill that would make a difference and help create jobs right now. And there’s no excuse for that. Not when so many people are looking for work. Not when so many people are struggling to pay the bills.

So my message to Congress is, get to work.  

Right now, Congress should pass a bill to help states prevent more layoffs, so we can put thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers back on the job. Congress should have passed a bill a long time ago to put thousands of construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our runways. Instead of just talking a good game about job creators, Congress should give small business owners a tax break for hiring more workers and paying them higher wages. Let’s get that done.

Right now, Congress should give every responsible homeowner the opportunity to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing their mortgage. Next week, there’s a vote in Congress on a bill that would give working women the tools they need to demand equal pay for equal work. Ensuring paycheck fairness for women should be a no brainer. And they need to pass that bill.

Right now, Congress also needs to extend the tax credits for clean energy manufacturers that are set to expire at the end of the year – so that we don’t walk away from 40,000 good jobs. And it’s long past time for Congress to end the tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and use that money to cover moving expenses for companies that are bringing jobs back to America.

It’s not lost on anyone, least of all me, that this is an election year. But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We’ve got responsibilities to you. With so many people struggling to get by, now is not the time to play politics. Now is not the time for Congress to sit on its hands. The American people expect their leaders to work hard, no matter what year it is. That’s what I intend to do. And I expect Democrats and Republicans to join me.


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  •  Amen (13+ / 0-)

    While I believe it's a good idea for Mr. Obama to hang this around the necks of those who actually pass legislation and "get it done", it's a shame he cannot or will not call out the obstructionists for who they really are. It's not ALL of Congress.

    Please, Mr. President, enough with the kid gloves--the side of the aisle that pledged to see you fail, no matter what the cost to the rest of us--have endangered the very mental fabric of our nation with their lies and their hatred. They are Republicans--now made up of corporate-funded swine hellbent on dismantling our Constitution and the privileges and rights we've been granted since. They have to be stopped.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:36:18 AM PDT

    •  Exactly This (3+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, Calamity Jean, CentralMass

      Continually blaming "Congress" or "the Government" for the problems Republicans purposely cause plays right into GOP hands. This is feels like another attempt at bipartisanship.

      Mr. President, the time for that is past. Long, long past. The GOP will never work with Democrats because their fringe has taken over and will just replace with another ideologue, and worse, they Will Not work with a black President.

      The sooner we realize the mythology of the Bronze Age has no bearing on the morality of the Information Age, the better off we will be.

      by xenothaulus on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:46:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Arrogance of Lindsey Graham (6+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) both said the European elections are a frequent topic of conversation among senators. "Every bill up here is a 'jobs' bill. It's your job," said Graham. "I guess the question is, how much do you want the job?"

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:36:21 AM PDT

    •  I've read Graham's quote (7+ / 0-)

      a dozen times and still have no clue what he is saying.  I even forced myself to click the Huffpo link to read it in context.  A. abortion bills are not jobs bills; B. Who is "your" and "you" he references?; C. Why is Blumenthal linked with Graham and does he concur with this cryptic quote?

      Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:54:51 AM PDT

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      •  The job he is referring to... (0+ / 0-)

        ...is his own. He is talking about himself. I'm thinking that each senator has to do his masters' bidding while still holding enough votes for re-election.
        His own job is the only job he's worried about.

        Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

        by Icicle68 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:13:13 AM PDT

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  •  A brief diary by NCJan that's worth a read: (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RhodaA, gchaucer2, Only Needs a Beat
  •  Still wish he'd run against Republicans instead of (9+ / 0-)

    Congress.  Congress isn't the problem; Republicans are.

    Before elections have their consequences, Activism has consequences for elections.

    by Leftcandid on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:48:49 AM PDT

  •  Where does one even begin? (4+ / 0-)

    I am so disgusted by the whole political regime of this country that I am just about ready to forswear this whole election.

    "A Republic, if you can keep it."

    by Publius2008 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:49:44 AM PDT

  •  'Don't Muck This Up'.....well you got your message (3+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat, annieli, thomask

    from your 'dear friends' up on the hill........Take a couple of weeks out and nail these fuckers.

  •  Wait? Wut? (1+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat

    The President told Harry to "get to work"?  We don't have to wait for November 7 to deal with all the impending end-of-year bills?

    F'g amazing!  About time imho.

    Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:50:19 AM PDT

  •  I dearly love the President (3+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat, HeyMikey, psnyder

    and I give 100/month to his campaign.  But I can't even bear to watch this shite.   There is no 'campaign' right now.  It's just an economy slipping and bumping and sucking wind and nothin else.  Congress isn't going to do anything- I wouldn't if I were a Repub (obviously).

    I will say that, somehow through ALL of this storm, the only person I can think of who's always been on the mark, both economically and politically, is Krugman.

    Obama just underestimated the recession.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:50:58 AM PDT

  •  If he means Republicans (10+ / 0-)

    he should probably say it.  Out loud.

    •  Yes, out loud and it should go something like: (0+ / 0-)
      Republicans in Congress need to get to work!  Stop sitting on your fucking hands and stimulate this economy now!
      Or something to that effect.

      Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. Carl Sagan

      by sjburnman on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:03:12 AM PDT

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  •  I guess this is a nice way of saying (9+ / 0-)

    "The GOP wants the economy to fail in order to achieve electoral victory.  They have admitted that this is their plan.  If you want this to stop already, let these Republican job killers know that you're onto them.  Let them know in no uncertain terms that you plan to VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE in November.  And then do it."

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:52:28 AM PDT

  •  Do you folks think (0+ / 0-)

    that Obama has a decent chance of reelection?  Or did yesterday's numbers doom him???

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:55:05 AM PDT

  •  If this was 1980 the President would be in trouble (4+ / 0-)

    But it's not, and it's early, and he still has a chance....

    23,000,000 unemployed.....69,000 private sector jobs created........0 PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS CREATED........LOWEST TAXES IN AMERICAN HISTORY.........

    The  "Tea Party" Hous of Representatives has imposed a German style austerity plan on the American people.....the same way Germany did on Greece and Europe.......

    It's like the Republican House wants to punish the American people because of IT'S OWN fiscal malfeasance during the Bush administration....!!!!!!

    The President is culpable as well...He should have let the Bush tax cuts expire when he had the chance..!!!!  What would've happened....???  They're not creating jobs now....!!!!!

    •  Your post gives me (1+ / 0-)
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      Only Needs a Beat

      some hope, but I fear  this election will swing to Romney.  He's normal looking enough for the average person to cast a vote for...

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:56:41 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Now, here's the future...... (3+ / 0-)
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      satrap, Bush Bites, Only Needs a Beat

      Let's say Romney wins and the Democrats hold the Senate.....(will Harry Reid stand behind the Democrats or join his Mormon compatriot...?!!?!?).....

      THERE SHOULD BE NO COMPROMISE ON THE FISCAL CLIFF...RETAIN (and expand) THE SEQUESTER DEFENSE CUTS....!!!!   WE DON'T NEED NO MORE BOMBS...!!!!!   Let the Bush tax cuts expire....UHHHHH.....NO BRAINER....!!!!!!!!

      Romney will end up growing the deficit and creating no jobs....unless they are public sector jobs....but all of a sudded the "deficit" issue will disappear for the TBAG HYPOCRITES...!!!!!!   and they'll want to build more bombs and cut taxes for millionares......

      If Obama wins.....the spending will go to infrastructure and teachers.....

      •  The retention of the bush tax (0+ / 0-)

        cuts in '10 seemed fine to me- the economy would get better and their sunset wouldn't even be an issue now.  OOF.

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:04:06 AM PDT

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      •  If Obama loses, we'll lose the Senate too. (0+ / 0-)

        The odds were already heavily against us keeping the Senate because there are too many Dems and open seats exposed this cycle. If Romney wins, it will be because of better GOP turnout, and that will take the Senate with the White House.

        The only thing that might save the Senate for us is if the Tea Party succeeds in ousting enough GOP incumbents in the primaries. Ironic--control of American politics always boils down to Democratic incompetence and timidity vs. GOP arrogance and overreach.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:13:31 AM PDT

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        •  If Obama loses, I am moving back (1+ / 0-)
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          HeyMikey

          to Australia. I don't want to live in the kind of society that would be the result of such an election. I have enjoyed living in the USA but this is no country to get old in.

          The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

          by Anne Elk on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:10:15 AM PDT

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          •  I might think about it. (0+ / 0-)

            I'm US-born and have never lived elsewhere, and my family has been in the USA for 150+ years on my dad's side, and longer than that on my mom's. All my family and friends are here; my kids are about grown. But my son wants to move to Japan, and I think he's not crazy.

            "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

            by HeyMikey on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 01:26:20 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately....The Republicans have a very loud (4+ / 0-)

      voice.....It's going to be hard to message over $1 BILLION dollars and a bunch of screaming rednecks......

      The President needs to stay positive, stay the course....and point out the failure of European-style AUSTERITY.....

      and stay on ECONOMIC FAIRNESS....If nobody believes they can get ahead....people will quit trying.....

  •  We Need To Either March On DC (2+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat, SaintC

    or call every day to congress.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:56:21 AM PDT

  •  I understand the strategy of running against... (7+ / 0-)

    ....a do-nothing congress, but at some point he'll start looking like a president who's being ignored, which isn't good.

    He's just going to have to run a populist campaign against Repubs, Bain, etc., and let the chips fall where they may.

    At worst, at least he'll go down telling the truth.

    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:56:41 AM PDT

  •  Does it matter what he says in these radio (1+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat

    bits?  How many people listen to these or watch them on the web?  Few is my guess.  And the fact that he's blaming Congress rather than the Repubs assures that it will get little or no attention.

    The only way he will reach a larger audience is to slam the Repubs.  Tell people that if they want stagnation and few jobs to vote for Repubs because they are to blame for the lack of action.  Tell it like it is and do so forcefully.  In other words, make news.  But the chance of that happening is slim.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 07:59:15 AM PDT

  •  "Caseynm tells sun to rise in West" (2+ / 0-)
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    satrap, accumbens

    "Obama Tells Congress to Get to Work"

    Functionally, how are these two statements different in the effect on reality they are likely to have?

    "Repeatedly he [Voltaire] dwelt on the folly and credulousness of the masses and the selfishness and unscrupulousness of the ruling few." 'nuff said.

    by caseynm on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:04:23 AM PDT

  •  Talk is cheap (2+ / 0-)
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    Only Needs a Beat, snoopydawg

    The President must propose massive programs like a new WPA project to repair roads, bridges, sewers, roads and other aspects of our infrastructure. This along with funds for states to rehire teachers, police and firefighters. Get the 20 million Americans back to work now. President should give a speech to the nation and tell them he is walking the bill down to Congress the next morning. Have the national media follow him down and show the American people that the situation is now in the hands of the Republicans. Force them to say no to saving our nation and watch the nation come out in force to make sure it that it happens. If the President continues to just hope and try to appease the republicans he will now be re-elected and our country is heading down a very slippery slope.

    •  You are right but, of course, the (3+ / 0-)

      time to have gone really big was in early 2009, not mid '12.  Trenchant observers of the Great Depression were warning Obama that orthodox bipartisanship piecemeal responses wouldn't be enough to shore up this Titanic of an economy.

      He was warned.

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:10:57 AM PDT

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      •  We've needed bold leadership and Obama has (1+ / 0-)
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        satrap

        not provided it.  It's been said a zillion times that you start big and bold and accept less rather than start compromised and accept even less as Obama did with the stimulus and just about everything else.  And, again, it doesn't matter if the Repubs shut it down because (i) they would shut anything he proposes down, and, more importantly, (ii) it shows the people what is possible, what the goal is.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:21:31 AM PDT

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    •  Those Proposals were delivered Last September (3+ / 0-)
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      satrap, SoCalSal, Anne Elk

      John Boehner, Mitch Daniels and Eric Cantor have
      been sitting on ALL of them. Since Last Year.

      Nice Idea. Try to Remember that the President Has
      ALREADY Done Exactly what you Just Wanted.

      The House Republicans have been saying NO since
      the Day President Obama took Office.

      On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

      by Brian76239 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:23:18 AM PDT

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    •  How likely do you think (0+ / 0-)

      that WPA 2.0 project is? I have certain (vague) memories of Presidential advisers and spokespeople making it clear, explicitly, that large-scale public works projects were anathema to the current Administration. Additionally, are we up to 1 million public sector jobs lost already during our present "recovery"? There's no love, and no interest, in revitalizing the economy through the public sector amongst the "very serious people" currently ruling us.

    •  I feel hopeless on reading comments like this. (0+ / 0-)

      If readers of a self-proclaimed progressive website don't know that the administration has proposed several jobs bills that were seriously watered down by republicans or denied passage entirely -- and that Obama has made those same speeches you long for -- then not much hope exists that general public knows.

      The stimulus bill was the 21st century's version of a WPA project. FDR didn't have a myriad of state laws on labor, contracting, and infrastructure to deal with. If you can actually find a 21st century WPA project proposal, then promote it.

      "..just hope and try to appease the republicans..."

      Shit.

      The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

      by SoCalSal on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:49:49 AM PDT

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    •  I thought he had with his Jobs bill. (0+ / 0-)

      But anything like that is DOA, which might be a good thing if he sent it up again. He should call the Congress back into session like Truman did.

      The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

      by Anne Elk on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:11:58 AM PDT

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  •  Democrats have a tough message to try and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Only Needs a Beat

    sell this year.....and now it's an uphill slog.....

    •  I would be screaming "Cayman Islands" and (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Only Needs a Beat

      "Swiss" bank accounts at the top of my lungs...!!!!

      •  Another good argument is 10% of the population (0+ / 0-)

        with 80% of the wealth.....and it's going to get worse..!!!!

        The landscape is so unfair that people will quit trying......

        If Romney and the Kochs have their way, America will be one, giant oil field...and American men will either be forced to build bombs...or drill, baby, drill....

        The women will be forced to bear children (as per LDS doctrine), or become nurses...because there will be a TON of casualites in the war with Iran...

        "FREE MARKET CULTISM"...I call it....

        But we need to figure out a clever way to get it on a bumper sticker....

  •  I keep reading comments on news sites (1+ / 0-)
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    EdMass

    and other blogs from R's who say that the House has already passed jobs bills, and the Senate won't take them up.

    What jobs bills are they talking about?

    Are they just the "cut taxes" kind of things, or is there any substance to them?

    And if there isn't any substance to them, why aren't Democrats pushing back on the lies? I'm sick of reading that the House passed jobs bills and the Democratic Senate won't consider them. If they aren't REALLY jobs bills, why can't the Dems get out in front of the falsehoods?

    Why are they so afraid to tell the truth about things when their opponents have nothing but lies?

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:12:24 AM PDT

    •  hmmm...what rhymes with (1+ / 0-)
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      fwdpost

      Reid, Schumer, Durbin???

      3 monkeys

      Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

      by EdMass on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:20:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It makes me cry because (1+ / 0-)
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    notallthatpolitical

    I don't see either party with a true vision. The time to end republican ideas was in 2008. The Democrats have never been brave enough to go alone and get it done. The republican governors are destroying states one by one without apology. Not sure it matters who is in the WH when our states are being govern by these RW dudes.

    I don't have faith in the average American voter either.

     Not one media outlet ask Romney or the republicans "How does less taxes and less regulation create jobs?"  No one ask Romney "Doesn't  a corporation have a personal responsibility not to put gas in children's drinking water or cause earthquakes"  The Democrats don't even ask....

    Government isn't the answer to all our problems, but tax cuts, deregulation and greed are the source of many of them.

    by coffejoe on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:18:14 AM PDT

    •  Yep....may not be time left in this election cycle (0+ / 0-)

      for some folks to figure it out....

      BUT PROGRESSIVE ECONOMICS ARE THE ONLY SOLUTION.......EVEN IF WE HAVE TO GO AS FAR AS NATIONALIZE CORPORATIONS AND BUSINESSES...!!!!!

      Just ask Greece and France......

      Don't panic too badly....Hopefully Democrats will still control the Senate and won't cave.....

      It's the Supreme Court that's going to suck...!!!!

  •  The guy who has been prophetic is Paul Krugman (3+ / 0-)
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    satrap, Terminus, notallthatpolitical

    Everything he has predicted has come true, including his suggestion that the present retrenchment, duplicating those of the last two years, would happen. His prescription for stimulus is clearly laid out in his extremely well written recent manifesto "End This Depression Now!"

    A sample:

    Things Are Not OK

     I’m writing these words in February 2012, not long after a jobs report came out that was better than expected. In fact, for the past several months we’ve been getting somewhat encouraging news on jobs: employment is growing fairly solidly, measured unemployment is falling, new claims for unemployment insurance are down, optimism is rising. And it may be that the natural recuperative powers of the economy are starting to kick in. ...So has the need for action passed? No, it hasn’t. For one thing, this is actually the third time many people have sounded the all-clear on the economy. After Bernanke’s “green shoots” in 2009 and the Obama administration’s “recovery summer” in 2010, surely we want more than a few months of better data before declaring victory. The really important thing to understand, however, is how deep a hole we’re in and how small the recent climb. ...yes, there has been some improvement in the past few months—but that improvement looks almost pitiful compared with the crash that took place in 2008 and 2009.

    The book also describes in detail why the "austerians" as he calls those who think we can cut our way to prosperity, are dead wrong in their analysis and in their approach. Some of them actually still make the ludicrous Depression era claim that such upheavals are actually beneficial, and should be allowed to run their course in order to cleanse the "disorder" from the economy. This pre-Keynesian thinking reminds me of pre-modern medicine, where a common treatment was bleeding the patient using leeches, not only useless, but sometimes fatal to boot.

    Since Krugman has been almost scarily accurate in his predictions, then maybe, just maybe, his prescriptions should be taken seriously as well.

    He is not taken seriously though, because at a time of large deficits, he is arguing for higher spending. However, he describes why running a deficit to get the economy back on track is not nearly as ominous as it sounds. In my mind, this is a necessary expenditure, part of the cost to us for putting a complete incompetent in office from 2001-2008, and more generally, believing in free lunch policies (having our benefits, and not paying for them) since Reagan was elected in 1980. In the end we will be far better off than if we continue on the present path of painfully slow recovery, with its hugely corrosive effects on our society.  Yes, the disaster, predicted, yes, even by The Onion, never had to happen, but it did, and we need to deal with it.

    Now is the time to make the GOP own the wreckage they have caused, and are still causing. The case has to be made loud and clear specifically the initiatives they are blocking, and the number of jobs this is costing. As Krugman argues, just restoring the jobs that have been lost during the recent ill-advised state cuts made after stimulus money dried would go a long way. The case has to be made loud and clear, and with no reservation, that the idea that our problems arise from "lack of confidence" are patently ridiculous, as clearly explained in the book.

    It is the Republicans that need to be put on the defensive, not primarily for the immense damage they did in the past, but for the damage they are doing right now. If the pressure gets intense enough, maybe there is hope that we can finally all get to work doing what really needs to be done to fix our economy.

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

    by orrg1 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:50:57 AM PDT

    •  YOU GOT THAT RIGHT.....!!! Be patient..... (1+ / 0-)
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      It takes some of the populus a while to catch on....

      Have faith in the American people....not all of them...just the moderates and independents that swing elections....

      Sometimes it takes time for some of the slower ones to catch on....

      BUT PROGRESSIVE ECONOMICS WILL WIN OUT AT THE END OF THE DAY....!!!!!

  •  Yeah... (0+ / 0-)

    but in what universe is a 4 trillion dollar budget- cutting "plan" that is too conservative for a majority of Republican voters "balanced"?

    Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

    by cruz on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:58:29 AM PDT

  •  Mr. Pres - Repugs r the problem not congress (0+ / 0-)
  •  Needs to nail R's for Japan, Europe, Joplin. (0+ / 0-)

    We've had crisis after crisis across the world and we've had natural disasters and Republicans have tried to stagnate the economy at every turn. They watched as circus elephants helped to clear debris in Joplin. What the hell is that?

    Republicans need to wear their anchor of contraction, their war on jobs. They engineered a default, a domestic shock. Make them wear it. Democrats need to run on a robust fiscal response and a working government.

    As far as, the past, even the most perfect stimulus would have gotten crushed by these global shocks.  

  •  Why this rings hollow. (1+ / 0-)
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    1. For a time we had 60 votes in the Senate and controlled the House. Yet we had to water down the stimulus and the healthcare bill, and we did nothing on global warming, because we couldn't keep the Blue Dogs in line.

    Yes, I know our time with 60 Senate votes was short. But our leadership should've known there was a substantial risk it would be short; they should've had a train of legislation lined up and ready to go, with Blue Dogs on board by virtue of whatever armtwisting was necessary. They didn't do it. And that leads us to...

    2. The Dem leadership should've fixed the filibuster by simple majority vote at the beginning of the 2009 Congress. They knew our 60th Senate vote, Al Franken, was tied up in litigation. They knew Ted Kennedy had brain cancer--diagnosed May 2008. They knew Robert Byrd was old and sick--born 1917, had multiple hospital admissions in 2008. They knew the Blue Dogs' egos were planet-size, making their votes unreliable. Yet they let our ability to enact any legislation ride on all of those hairy situations breaking our way. Idiot bunglers.

    3. The Dem leadership knew how well the "Harry and Louise" obstruct-and-obfuscate strategy worked for the GOP in 1993-94; it was completely foreseeable that the GOP would reuse and expand it on a larger scale, which is exactly what they've done and continue to do.

    4. Krugman had been writing since late 2008--yes, before Obama even took office--that if Dem programs were not as big as America's challenges require, the GOP would use that to discredit us. If he could see that, surely the Dem leadership should've.

    Make no mistake--bad as the Dems are, the GOP is certainly worse. I will damn sure vote in November, and I will damn sure vote Democratic. But if the Dems only get the votes of diehards like me, we'll lose. The enthusiasm gap is what killed us in November 2010--umpteen polls showed a majority of Americans agreed with Dems on the issues, but a majority of Americans motivated enough to vote agreed with the GOP.

    The enthusiasm gap is a failure of Democratic leadership, pure and simple. They should've seen this coming a mile away. If the Dems can't even get me enthused about putting them back in charge, how the hell do they expect to get the votes of John and Jane Q. Low-Info-Independent?

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:05:21 AM PDT

  •  We need to use the sabotage word (0+ / 0-)

    to describe what the Republicans are doing.  There's no other way to understand why they would not push through even the basic legislation on topics that they would normally support: deficit reduction through closing tax loopholes on companies that offshore jobs, tax credits to small businesses, and mortgage relief.  

    The Republicans have nothing to gain by helping the economy improve and everything to win when they sabotage the recovery.  Their actions speak louder than words.  We need to start using the sabotage word when describing their actions.

    •  No, no, no...It's obvious what is happening, but (0+ / 0-)

      it is the President's responsibility to win the politics....

      Take a larger picture of the jobs crisis....See what happened in Greece and France when Germany squeezed them with austerity.......

      That is a lot like what happened in 2010 when the TBAGs got power in the House...they have imposed austerity....

      As a result, we lost 13,000 public sector jobs.....and only 82,000 private sector jobs were created.....Out of 23,000,000 unemployed people.....but the President isn't running against Boehner, Cantor, and the TBAGS....

      We basically have to count on the intelligence of voters in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado to sort out the problem...It really is bigger than President Obama, or Candidate Romney.....

      •  Extending the Bush Tax cuts as a bribe to get a (0+ / 0-)

        handful of non-fiscal related bill passed was a huge blunder. That loss of revenue and political ground won't easily be made up. Over a decade of budget deficits has killed public sector employment.

    •  Picture: The Wrecking Crew. (0+ / 0-)

      Nice visual. Put all the Boehner's, the McConnell's, the Koch's, etc in a single ad. Maybe playing cards thrown on a table.

      The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

      by Anne Elk on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:20:46 AM PDT

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  •  There seems to be a slightly schizoid (0+ / 0-)

    quality to the Obama campaign. Not a disaster by any means at this stage. But they need to be careful. It's OK to beat Romney about the head and shoulders, but it isn't clear whether this is 2004 or 1948. And that's something Obama has to decide. If it is 2004, then he turns Romney into a version of Kerry. If it is 1948, he more or less ignores Romney and beats the heck out of the Congress, making Romney into the 101st Senator in the process. Either way, they need to make up their minds on the subject. It might help a lot if the President could provoke a huge fight over something big, like the debt limit before the election.

    The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

    by Anne Elk on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:07:21 AM PDT

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