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President Obama uses this weeks address to again call on Congress to do their jobs:

Our mission isn’t just to put people back to work – it’s to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

For months, I’ve been pushing Congress to pass several common-sense ideas that will help us do that. And on Friday, I signed into law a bill that will do two things for the American people.

... and thanks all Americans who have called on their representatives to get busy:

Finally, I want to thank every American who took the time to sit down and write a letter, type out an e-mail, make a phone call or send a tweet hoping your voice would make a difference. I promise you – your voice made all the difference. And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, your voice will be heard in the White House.

Complete transcript below the fold.

Hi, everybody.  I’m here in Ohio, where I’ve spent the past couple days talking with folks about our central challenge as a country – not just reclaiming all the jobs lost to the recession, but reclaiming the economic security that so many Americans have lost over the last decade.

Our mission isn’t just to put people back to work – it’s to rebuild an economy where that work pays; an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

For months, I’ve been pushing Congress to pass several common-sense ideas that will help us do that.  And on Friday, I signed into law a bill that will do two things for the American people.

First, it will keep thousands of construction workers on the job rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.

Second, it will keep interest rates on federal student loans from doubling this year – which would have hit more than seven million students with about a thousand dollars more on their loan payments.

Those steps will make a real difference in the lives of millions of Americans.  But make no mistake: we’ve got more to do.

The construction industry was hit brutally hard when the housing bubble burst.  So it’s not enough to just keep construction workers on the job doing projects that were already underway.

For months, I’ve been calling on Congress to take half the money we’re no longer spending on war and use it to do some nation-building here at home.  There’s work to be done building roads and bridges and wireless networks.  And there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers ready to do it.

The same thing is true for our students.  The bill I’m about to sign is vital for millions of students and their families.  But it’s not enough to just keep their student loan rates from doubling.

For months, I’ve been calling on Congress to reform and expand the financial aid that’s offered to students.  I’ve been asking them to help us give two million Americans the opportunity to learn the skills that businesses in their area are looking for – right now – through partnerships between community colleges and employers. In America, a higher education cannot be a luxury reserved for just a privileged few.  It’s an economic necessity that every American family should be able to afford.    

Finally, I want to thank every American who took the time to sit down and write a letter, type out an e-mail, make a phone call or send a tweet hoping your voice would make a difference.  I promise you – your voice made all the difference.  And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, your voice will be heard in the White House.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

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  •  Is this a joke? (3+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade, snoopydawg, JesseCW

    Because the same guy did this:

    Report: Obama Launches New Program to Help Corporations "Take Advantage of Low Labor Costs" Abroad

    by David Sirota

    http://www.commondreams.org/...

    "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills. They are technologically very advanced." 4-2-10 Obama's George Bush moment

    by neaguy on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:47:31 AM PDT

  •  Step in the right direction (4+ / 0-)

    But he really needs to turn up the heat on Congress.  Looking for green shoots won't cut it.  On one level they appear to get that.  Yet there seems to be a strange reticence to lay the blame where it belongs.  And make no mistake, that small fraction of the population who have not already made up their minds in this thing are definitely looking for someone to blame for the current state of affairs.  Democrats seemed to be flirting with the charge of economic sabotage a while back but have backed away from it.  That is a mistake.  It has the virtue of being true.  Perhaps the calculation is that this is the message that will be the kick after the convention on the way to the finish line.  I'd start now and not let up until after November.

  •  It Will Continue (2+ / 0-)
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    One Opinion, JanL

    To be difficult for this president to do his job when roughly one-half of the American electorate has been fooled into fantasy-based ideas about government, government spending and taxation.

    It's going to take us a long time to dig ourselves out of this mess.

    I'm really counting on new immigrant voters to tip the scale back to normalcy when it comes to how government treats its people. I know of no other coming change that has the chance to do this.

    Dems should be spending huge amounts of money and effort 1) courting the New American vote and 2) educating immigrant voters about what they have the right to expect government to provide to them.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:05:52 AM PDT

    •  Not easy (1+ / 0-)
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      JanL

      when the Republican administrations in key states are committed to preventing anyone with Democratic leanings, especially new citizens, from voting.

      That's how they won in 2000, and they have every intention of doing it again.

      In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

      by Noziglia on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:33:49 AM PDT

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  •  I will vote for his re-election (3+ / 0-)

    ...on the faint hope that he will act as a progressive President. He did not earn my vote with his work in his first term. And some said as a progressive I was "retarded" for thinking I would have gotten more from him.

    *sigh*

    -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

    by Blueslide on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:05:59 AM PDT

    •  sigh. . . (11+ / 0-)

      as a progressive, Obama certainly earned MY vote in his first term. Yes, he could be MORE progressive. But considering the alternatives, and the batshite anti-American intransigence of the Republican Congress, I like Obama more and more as time goes on.

      •  I don't think Obama is a progressive (1+ / 0-)
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        snoopydawg

        I am not sure there is much evidence to change my mind. While saying the Congress has stifled his ability to act, it doesn't take away from his ability to lead and to use the bully pulpit. The only time he sounds progressive is when he is campaigning.

        -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

        by Blueslide on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:51:57 AM PDT

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        •  I don't think progressive means what you think it (2+ / 0-)
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          means.

          He advanced health care.
          He advanced the rights of gays and lesbians.
          He has fought to protect the middle class against the destruction by the Republicans.

          You're not looking for a progressive, you're looking for a radical.

          Occupy the voting Booth!

          by anonevent on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:25:26 AM PDT

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          •  I expect single payer (0+ / 0-)

            to be branded as radical by GOP conservatives. But seriously by Obama supporters? Give me a break.

            -7.5 -7.28, A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond.-Don Van Vliet

            by Blueslide on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:22:40 PM PDT

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            •  Blueslide, if you stay home on election day, (0+ / 0-)

              you're only increasing the possibility of getting Wall Street back into the White House.
              A non-vote is a vote for the other guy.
              Every election is a choice, and if you don't vote, you are letting someone else make that choice for you.

              Choose wisely.

              Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

              by Icicle68 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:46:13 PM PDT

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            •  You don't think Single Payer would be a radical (0+ / 0-)

              idea in America, a country that does have some level of distrust of federal authority built into the constitution?  

              While I think it's a great idea, it would be radical compared to what we have.

              Occupy the voting Booth!

              by anonevent on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 06:24:18 PM PDT

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    •  He Seems to Be Constrained (3+ / 0-)

      By a number of factors.

      First, Barack Obama is not a New Deal Democratic. He doesn't share these ideals. Remember, he famously praised Reagan rather than FDR during his campaign. I have come to the conclusion that he believes that the best deal for everyone comes from compromises between government on one side and big business and oligarchs on the other. He thinks there is a happy medium there where people will be taken care of.

      I don't agree.

      But beyond this, he is president of a poorly-educated, deeply superstitious country, where (for example) forty percent of the population believes that Jesus will return to earth during their lifetime.

      These superstitious and gullible people have come to believe some alarming and ridiculous things about the way government should operate. And these people vote in Congresspersons to do their will.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:13:34 AM PDT

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      •  Victories for compromise (4+ / 0-)

        that end up being just another way to enrich the global oligarchical collective. Just cause he says that these Bills are job creators or will help students when you read the fine print they usually are money makers for the too bigs or austerity measures disguised as victories or accomplishments.

        He's a free market, disaster capitalist, privatizing ideologue. The populist rhetoric doesn't sync up with what this administration's agenda is moving forward with. SNAP? This student loan deal sounds dicey they always trade away any help in the back room dirty deeds as 'we  don't disparage wealth creating in America'

        Every time these Third Way Dems start talking reform were screwed. Their is no way to build an economy for ordinary people when they all work for the profit of multinational Visigoths who are wrecking the world and calling it inevitable.. or as Axelrad said 'The world as we find it...' They are creating this nightmare world and at this point Obama is the salesman they send out to sell us all on this anti-Democratic, earth destroying NWO

        Where's my habeas corpus? or my affordable heathcare?   What's with this unbelievable  nonsense about the 'war' being over so we have money? So where is this money and why don't they use it to feed poor people? I blame congress also but gimmie a break this administration has the CEO of GE as it's job czar. I took the bait in 08 and 06 but this time around I have no illusions other then voting for the lesser evil.

             

    •  Yeah! Why did he veto all of those progressive (0+ / 0-)

      bills that passed through Congress? The traitor!

      If you never let the facts get in the way of what you believe, you just might be a Republican.

      by kitebro on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 11:16:39 AM PDT

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  •  Sorry Mr President....we're counting heads this (1+ / 0-)

    week on ACA repeal...signed Boner The Magnificent.....Oh yeah, and you DC Wash people basting in your own bodily fluids, whatever doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger.

  •  The Republican Message (4+ / 0-)

    for this election seems to come down to this:

    President Obama has a number of sensible, workable ideas for getting the economy back on track after the last Republican president drove it off the rails.

    However, our priority is not taking care of people or the economy.  It is gaining and holding power.

    Therefore, we will continue to refuse to cooperate with the President, even when he comes to us with ideas that were ours in the first place, because tanking the economy and decimating jobs will help us defeat him and the Democrats in the election.

    So people should vote for Republicans, so that we can reluctantly pass a few bills that will help the economy -- though not, never, as much as the Democratic policies will.

    Bipartisanship:  Doing it our way.

    And the amazing thing is, many people are buying this nonsense.

    We all know reality has a liberal bias.  Too many people simply ignore reality.

    Hello, Second Great Depression, when the Republicans get back in charge.  And they even believe that will be good for the wealthy .. .. ..

    In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

    by Noziglia on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:31:36 AM PDT

    •  GOP message is even shorter than that (0+ / 0-)

      It's just...

      The economy sucks, so vote Obama out.

      Don't pay any attention to who would win when Obama loses.  Don't look at the pathetic records and even more pathetic, errr, pathological, character of GOP candidates.  

      In fact, we're just going to hide behind a rock until after the election, and shout out, "No jobs! Kick in the gut!" from now until November and hope that works.

      Mitt Romney is Thomas Dewey resurrected.  Romney and the GOP apparently think that the only thing Dewey should have done differently is to run $100 million in attack ads against Truman.

      In November, we'll find out if that strategy worked.

      Please help to fight hunger with a donation to Feeding America.

      by MJB on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:58:41 AM PDT

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  •  Every American should sit at their desk (0+ / 0-)

    ..and "send a tweet"

    When did I turn into the curmudgeon who just "titters" but not "out loud" and finds our efforts to practice democracy and politics more than a little pathetic.

    Something like this is what I'd like to hear:

    Congress is corrupt. You need to elect better congressmen and women. The Senate is broken - an archaic instrument clinging to archaic rules and it is in dire need of reform. They were supposed to be "the smart ones" in the minds of the founders of our country but half of them are as dumb as a rock. The Supreme Court is a partisan joke. The media lies to you and is trying to twist and manipulate your view of reality 24-7. The Plutocrats are winning and you are losing it all.

    Get used to it. Or do something about it.

    And by the way - Humanity really is changing the climate to the point that the world you live in is in danger of disappearing. Your grandchildren - if they are lucky enough to survive - will either thank you or curse you with their dying breath.

    It's your call.

    Or just sit down and "tweet"

    I want a living planet, not just a living room.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:02:53 AM PDT

  •  How about instead of advocating a casino (2+ / 0-)
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    snoopydawg, wsexson

    economy

    an economy in which everyone who works hard has the chance to get ahead.
    we fight for an economy where everyone willing to work hard is guaranteed a decent standard of living, rather than a chance to get ahead of someone else?

    No matter how crazy modern Republicans get, it's still disgusting to hear a Democrat channel Reagan.

    Thinking the "food stamp challenge" teaches you about being poor is like thinking a camping trip will give you insight into being homeless.

    by JesseCW on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:12:22 AM PDT

    •  Because we have said this about America (1+ / 0-)
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      bluestatedem84

      for forever.  "Has the chance to get ahead" does not have to end in "of someone else" unless it is a zero sum economy.  Most of the time, it means "of where you are right now."

      Occupy the voting Booth!

      by anonevent on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:27:42 AM PDT

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      •  Talk about missing the point. (0+ / 0-)

        We don't need "A chance".  Most wealthy kids raised by bank vice-presidents will not go on to be President.

        Whether or not all kids raised by bank vice-presidents have an equal shot at getting to be President really doesn't matter very much.  It shouldn't be a goal we're striving for.

        What matters is that everyone gets reasonable shelter, decent food, safe streets, recreational and educational opportunity, clean water, and basic medical care.

        Not a "chance" at living in some fucking mansion.

        Thinking the "food stamp challenge" teaches you about being poor is like thinking a camping trip will give you insight into being homeless.

        by JesseCW on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 01:25:34 AM PDT

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  •  Obama is one of the best presidents since (2+ / 0-)
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    anonevent, matrix

    the Great Depression,   And as in the thirties Obama is the targeted by paranoid 'ideologues' because he like Roosevelt is supposedly the 'lesser or two evils'.  The superficially educated never learned that Roosevelt was constantly vilified by the radical left of his day as a sell-out capitalist full of nice words and evil deeds.  Obama never claimed to be a latter day Huey Newton even though paranoids both left and right are sure he did.  But too many Americans are religious fanatics whether they hump Bibles or copies "In These Times" because they think they shouldn't be made to live in an imperfect world.  

  •  Congress means nothing..call out Boener Obstruct (0+ / 0-)

    When he says Congress, that just goes into the vacuum.
    OB should be pushing his jobs act and clearly pointing out the obstruction to the recovery every day, until Nov 6

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:21:29 PM PDT

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