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Once again, President Obama is calling on Congress to do their jobs, today on getting the transportation bill passed and in making sure student loan rates don't go up on millions of students:

There’s no excuse for inaction. Right now, we are seven days away from thousands of American workers having to walk off the job because Congress hasn’t passed a transportation bill. We are eight days away from nearly seven and a half million students seeing their loan rates double because Congress hasn’t acted to stop it.

Stating the obvious, Obama says:

It’s not lost on any of us that this is an election year. But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We answer to the American people, and they are demanding action. Let’s make it easier for students to stay in college. Let’s keep construction workers rebuilding our roads and bridges. And let’s tell Congress to do their job. Tell them it’s time to take steps that we know will create jobs now and help sustain our economy for years to come.

... and once again asks that you contact your congressmen and tell them to get off their ass and do their job.

Complete transcript below the fold.

Over the past three years, we’ve been clawing our way back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. And we know it will take longer than any of us would like to fully recover all the jobs and savings that have been lost. But there are things we can do – right now – to help put people back to work and make life a little easier for middle-class families.

For months, I’ve been pushing Congress to help us along by passing common-sense policies that would make a difference. Democrats and Republicans have already done some important work together – like passing a tax cut that’s allowing working Americans to keep more of their paycheck every week. But Congress has refused to act on most of the other ideas in my jobs plan that economists say could put a million more Americans back to work.

There’s no excuse for inaction. Right now, we are seven days away from thousands of American workers having to walk off the job because Congress hasn’t passed a transportation bill. We are eight days away from nearly seven and a half million students seeing their loan rates double because Congress hasn’t acted to stop it.

This makes no sense. We know that one of the most important things we can do for our economy is to make sure that all Americans get the best education possible. Right now, the unemployment rate for Americans with a college degree or more is about half the national average. Their incomes are twice as high as those who don’t have a high school diploma. So, if we know that a higher education is the clearest path to the middle class, why would we make it harder to achieve?

So much of America needs to be repaired right now. Bridges are deteriorating after years of neglect. Highways are choked with congestion. Transportation delays cost Americans and businesses billions of dollars every year. And there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers who have never been more eager to get back on the job. So why would we let our transportation funding run out? This is a time when we should be doing everything in our power – Democrats and Republicans – to keep this recovery moving forward.

My Administration is doing its part. On Friday, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced $500 million in competitive grants for states and communities that will create construction jobs on projects like road repair and port renovation. And that’s an important step, but we can’t do it all on our own.

The Senate did their part. They passed a bipartisan transportation bill back in March. It had the support of 52 Democrats and 22 Republicans.

Now, it’s up to the House to follow suit; to put aside partisan posturing, end the gridlock, and do what’s right for the American people.  

It’s not lost on any of us that this is an election year. But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We answer to the American people, and they are demanding action. Let’s make it easier for students to stay in college. Let’s keep construction workers rebuilding our roads and bridges. And let’s tell Congress to do their job. Tell them it’s time to take steps that we know will create jobs now and help sustain our economy for years to come.

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  •  Well... (11+ / 0-)

    He can tell them to do their jobs all that he wants, but that doesn't mean they're going to do it. The House is run by a bunch of crazed lunatics, who are destroying this country, hidden behind the disguise of defeating President Obama.

    I sincerely hope many Americans pull their head out of their ass in November, and vote these "constitutional conservatives aka crazed lunatics" out of office.

    24, male, OK-02 (current), TX-04 (born)

    by chancew on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:35:33 AM PDT

    •  He knows this well (1+ / 0-)
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      In fact, he's counting on the fact that they will not vote for it. He'll appear to the voters as the one reaching our his hand, and the Republicans will appear as the partisan jerks who don't want to deal. After that, Obama, who is already on record for wanting bipartisanship, can propose his own agenda for his second term, which assumes a Democratic Congress.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:40:02 AM PDT

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  •  Republicans ready to celebrate repeal (4+ / 0-)
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    In this week's address, Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) discusses House Republicans' focus on jobs and fully repealing the president's health care law. The law makes it difficult for small businesses to expand and hire new workers, it drives up health care costs, and it's making our economy worse. After the Supreme Court's decision, House Republicans will work to implement reforms that give the power of choice and control to the patient--not government bureaucracy.
    •  What a crock. Small businesses are hurt (6+ / 0-)

      by the current (pre-ACA for all intents and purposes) system, and micro-business are absolutely slaughtered.

      And that's without going into how much all (non-health care) businesses and the economy as a whole are damaged by the horrendous cost of American health care and the poor quality of care it provides.

      Not that ACA does much of anything to fix it, but that's not the point.  Democrats, no matter how bad a bill ACA is, stand head and shoulders above Republicans for recognizing how bad things are and making an effort -- no matter how feeble and misguided -- to make it better. And, it does deliver some goodness.  That's a lot more than the GOP can say for its ostrich-friendly people-hostile non-approach.

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      by dinotrac on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:54:26 AM PDT

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      •  Health care should not be tied to employment, (3+ / 0-)
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        old age or abject poverty.  It should be universal, and there should be partial student loan forgiveness for doctors who work in non-profit settings.  Many who are currently RN's and PA's would go to med school if this doctor-patient relationship were established.

        Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

        by judyms9 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:10:49 AM PDT

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        •  It shouldn't be tied to insurance companies who (2+ / 0-)
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          count procedures, either.

          In my personal life, we are going through a small hell because of that.  The irony is that the insurance company won't end up paying a dime because of our $5,000 deductible, but seems to be calling the shots for how things are done. Can't get a price on anything, can't get the information needed to make rational decisions.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:46:26 AM PDT

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        •  Agree 100%. (1+ / 0-)
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          Health care should not be tied to employment, old age or abject poverty...  It should be universal...
          Like it is in EVERY other developed country - cradle to grave.

          The USA spends five times as much per patient, to cover fewer and provide worse care.

          Follow the money - to the insurance companies.

          "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

          by Candide08 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:53:09 AM PDT

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          •  I know that there is quite a bit of variety (0+ / 0-)

            in health care financing and deliver throughout the developed world.  Has any country built a high-quality and reasonably-priced health care system that incorporates private insurance companies?

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:27:56 PM PDT

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            •  Depends on what you consider reasonable (2+ / 0-)
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              Switzerland has universal coverage based on private insurance. Spending is quite a bit lower than the USA but is still one of the most expensive systems in Europe measured either as per-capita spending or percent of GDP. Most of the hospitals are public and insurance plan regulation is much more stringent than what is in PPACA (should it survive). Everything I have read indicates that both health outcomes and patient satisfaction are quite good there.

              Compared to what we have, I guess you would have to call the costs reasonable.

              •  My wife is Swiss. (1+ / 0-)
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                She receives an Ex-pat newsletter each month.

                When ACA was being debated one article in the newsletter compared US and Swiss attitudes and medical coverage.

                One particular item that struck me said that, in Switzerland  "it would be a scandal if someone lost their home or went bankrupt due to a medical issue."

                "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

                by Candide08 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 01:53:22 PM PDT

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    •  "the power of choice and control to the patient"? (3+ / 0-)
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      Just like the policy that has been crushing Americans for decades now? Fantastic!

      Romney - 2012 - He's A Trooper!

      by kitebro on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:56:06 AM PDT

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    •  That guy is even more of a robot (2+ / 0-)
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      than Mittens. Evidence that the GOP have outsourced candidate manufacturing to China.

    •  Cassidy lies a lot, doesn't he! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      by rebel ga on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:36:29 AM PDT

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  •  GOP = do nothing congress (4+ / 0-)

    should be on every cars  bumper

    •  Harry Truman was saddled with the 80th Congress. (2+ / 0-)
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      He called 'em the "Do Nothing" Congress. President Obama has it even worse with these turds. For all of its inaction, at least the 80th didn't try to undo all the good that had been done, like these assclowns.

      The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

      by Hillbilly Dem on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:49:01 AM PDT

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  •  GOP....So many to alienate...So little time. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Better late than never. (0+ / 0-)

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    by dinotrac on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:48:24 AM PDT

  •  Congress is NOT problem--REPUBLICANS are the (6+ / 0-)

    problem.  He blames the entity of "Congress" for inaction 5 different times in his speech.  Not ONCE does he blame House Goopers.  Near the end, he mentions that the Senate, w/ votes from 52 Goopers, passed the transportation bill.  He then, however, goes back to blaming "Congress" in his final paragraph.

    WTF?  The Senate, as he noted, passed the transporation bill.  I've yet to hear that there's a single House Dem who opposes it.  The problem here isn't "Congress"--the problem is Boehner, Cantor, and their minions.

    Our POTUS has gotten so lost in Turd Way centrism that he is unable to state obvious facts.  He doesn't have to attack Boehner, Cantor, et al the way that I would, but he does have to stop blaming an institution when the problem is w/ a clearly identifiable bloc w/i that institution.  Speeches like this one obfuscate the real issue and probably do more harm than good.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:49:05 AM PDT

    •  Typo--22 Senate Goopers + 52 Senate Dems voted (2+ / 0-)
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      for transporation bill.  Obviously, there aren't 52 Senate Goopers.  Sad thing is, if a mere 22 House Goopers (out of a much larger group) would vote for this bill, it would, presumably, pass.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 07:51:39 AM PDT

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    •  Bipartisanship is a ruse (0+ / 0-)

      The way this works is the President lays a "bipartisan" plan, here urging "Congress" to vote on it. The President appears as the bipartisan guy, and when Republicans inevitably turn him down they appear as the partisans.

      Meanwhile, the Democrats in Congress all say "I agree with President Obama's proposal", and they campaign on that. The end result (or at least the President's goal) is a Democratic House and a stronger majority in the Senate (Harry Reid has indicated that he plans on weakening the fillibuster in the next congress). Now, the President, already on record for reaching his hand out and being rejected, can freely pursue his own agenda and ignore Republican opposition (or say to them "I had a bipartisan plan, but you rejected it"). See, it's all a political tool. If House Republicans pass his plan, then it helps him. If they don't, it still helps him in November.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:46:19 AM PDT

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  •  Can we have another Executive Order please! (2+ / 0-)
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    It would be great if we could somehow have another executive order that puts a patch on this lack of action in Congress. Talk about embarrassing them! Shaming them completely would really make the fur fly!

    But what can he do this time?

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:02:22 AM PDT

    •  I think executive orders are limited (0+ / 0-)

      Remember, executive orders have to be based on interpretations of laws already passed. As a result, an executive order can result in an inaction over laws, but never an additional action. Obama's executive order on immigration was choosing not to enforce part of a law. Of course, he can't grant them citizenship, because the law in question does not have anything on that. There's a good reason for all of this: the President cannot be substantially more powerful than Congress. Imagine what a Republican President could do with that power.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:49:04 AM PDT

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      •  But if Congress fails to act... (0+ / 0-)

        can't the President enact an order to have the govt continue to follow existing procedures until Congress starts doing their jobs?

        It would be a temporary action. But when one branch of government fails to function there should be some ability on the part of the Executive to keep the country from failing with it.

        It's like when there is a State of Emergency, a governor can call out the National Guard.
        Perhaps what we are looking at is virgin territory on the part of the Executive branch. Whereby the Executive takes on the powers of Congress in a time when they fail to agree or act which is clearly the case in this gridlocked Congress.

        I am suggesting that the Executive test the waters and "create" a new interpretation of it's powers.

        "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

        by Wynter on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 10:13:29 AM PDT

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        •  That would still be very bad (0+ / 0-)

          Imagine if a Republican President had that power. They could extend the Bush Tax Cuts even if Congress lets them expire. There's a very good reason why the Founders created a Separation of Powers.

          Best to keep this mainly a congressional battle, and let it be settled in November.

          Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

          by MrAnon on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 12:15:23 PM PDT

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  •  Nice headline! (2+ / 0-)
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    In a nutshell the "still telling" summarizes his largely failed strategy of dealing with Congress.

    You'd think that after 3.5 years he'd have come up with something just a * tad * more effective.

  •  The blue dog dems didn't help much, so (0+ / 0-)

    Obama has a point.  Unfortunately, Obama seems not to have attempted to forge any productive relationships with congressional members of his own party, something he's got to do next term.  Romney will have the same problem because his own party doesn't trust him unless he makes it clear that he will be Grover's beeecch robosigner.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Islands, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 08:17:34 AM PDT

  •  Another R doctor (1+ / 0-)
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    in Congress - like Frist and Coburn.   Why do I think they got out of medicine because their lack of compassion and empathy made them shitty doctors?

    •  Interesting thought. I wonder if there have been (0+ / 0-)

      more Repub legislator-physicians than Dem legislator-physicians.

      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 23, 2012 at 08:23:23 AM PDT

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  •  Same ol' shit ..... (0+ / 0-)
                                          Democrats and Republicans
    No, it's the Republicans.  Maybe, pedantically speaking,  not just the republicans, but, basically and for good political reasons, the Republicans.

    Maybe if Obama had the guts to actually tell itlike it is, people might listen and maybe, just maybe, they would give the Dems a majority in the House.  But then, if you are a conservative-to-moderate Democrat, you might not care if the House is in Democratic hands.  

    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 23, 2012 at 08:21:04 AM PDT

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