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No one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.

President Obama, riffing off his remarks at Fort Bliss, Texas, yesterday, discussed in this morning's weekly address the importance of treating our veterans right as they return home—and he also used the topic to call for an investment reminiscent of New Deal and post-World War II fiscal strategies:

My grandfather’s generation came back from World War II and helped form the backbone of the greatest middle-class in history. They helped this country come back stronger than before. Today’s veterans have the skills, the discipline, and the leadership skills to do the exact same thing—and it’s our job to give them that chance.
What does that mean, exactly? Well .. roads and bridges and education and jobs and a thriving economy.
It’s time to build a nation that lives up to the ideals that so many Americans have fought for—a nation where they can realize the dream they sacrificed to protect. We need to rebuild our roads and runways and ports. We need to lay broadband lines across this country and put our veterans back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them. And we need to come together to make America a place where hard work is rewarded and anyone willing to put in the effort can make it if they try.

That’s how we can honor our troops. That’s the welcome home they’ve earned.

It's a nicely packaged message both for veterans and peopel still struggling in the current economy, and not a bad way to head into next week's Democratic National Convention.

To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House

Hi, everybody. On Friday, I visited Fort Bliss in Texas, where I met with some of our extraordinary men and women in uniform to mark the second anniversary of the end of major combat in Iraq.

It was a chance to thank our troops for the outstanding work they’ve done over the last decade. Fort Bliss is home to soldiers who took part in every major phase of the Iraq War—from the initial assault on Baghdad; to the years of fighting block by block; to the partnership with the Iraqi people that helped give them a chance to forge their own destiny.

And while the war itself remains a source of controversy here at home, one thing will never be in doubt—the members of our armed forces are patriots in every sense of the word. They met every mission and performed every task that was asked of them with precision, commitment and skill. And now, with no Americans fighting in Iraq, it’s my privilege on behalf of a grateful nation to once again congratulate these men and women on a job well done.

This anniversary is a chance to appreciate how far we’ve come. But it’s also a reminder that there is still difficult work ahead of us in Afghanistan. Some of the soldiers I met at Fort Bliss had just come home from the battlefield, and others are getting ready to ship out.

We’ve broken the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and begun the transition to an Afghan lead. Next month, the last of the troops I ordered as part of the surge against the Taliban will come home, and by 2014, the transition to Afghan lead will be complete.

But as long as we have a single American in harm’s way, we will continue to do everything in our power to keep them safe and help them succeed. That means giving them a clear mission and the equipment they need on the front lines. But it also means taking care of our veterans and their families. Because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.

I also told our soldiers at Bliss that part of honoring their service means strengthening the nation they fought so hard to protect. As we turn the page on a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home.

My grandfather’s generation came back from World War II and helped form the backbone of the greatest middle-class in history. They helped this country come back stronger than before. Today’s veterans have the skills, the discipline, and the leadership skills to do the exact same thing—and it’s our job to give them that chance.

It’s time to build a nation that lives up to the ideals that so many Americans have fought for—a nation where they can realize the dream they sacrificed to protect. We need to rebuild our roads and runways and ports. We need to lay broadband lines across this country and put our veterans back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them. And we need to come together to make America a place where hard work is rewarded and anyone willing to put in the effort can make it if they try.

That’s how we can honor our troops. That’s the welcome home they’ve earned.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.
 

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  •  Our Only Chance (18+ / 0-)

    Our only chance of realizing any of this is a Democratic-controlled Legislative Branch.

    Thank you, Republican National Convention, for making that possible.

    My favorite new blog

    •  I'd put a Senate not bound by 60 votes above (2+ / 0-)
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      judyms9, createpeace

      democratic control.  We has it in 2008 and it wasn't enough.

      I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

      by prodigal on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:24:20 AM PDT

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      •  The juju will be irrevocably broken if we win big (7+ / 0-)

        and get the House back. We'll have the mandate to change the filibuster rule so a minority can't dictate to the majority.
        The gop obstructionism will be broken, and they will be waging an internal war between the establishment and the religious right.
        There won't be any point to "oppose Obama on everything" so the House gop will revert back to normal, looking for pork, or needed help, for their constituents.

        The dynamic will be totally different.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:35:04 AM PDT

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        •  I'm in a Blue Dog district. iA-3. What to do? (1+ / 0-)
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          Vote third party?  Hold nose?  blank ballot?

          I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

          by prodigal on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:39:57 AM PDT

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          •  There's nothing wrong with Blue dogs if they're (6+ / 0-)

            responsive.
            (except they're not as progressive as I'd prefer)

            Some are just whores to business interests like the gop.

            We need the whole spectrum, from right center to far left.

            That gives us a big lever against the far right, huddled way out on the far end of the right side.

            If your congressman is reflexively bad, vote him out next time in the primary.

            If he's smart he'll be willing to deal for the good of his constituents. Then he'll at least be someone the leadership can work with and build trust with.

            It is so important to vote Democratic this time, in my judgment. All other considerations pale. We have to break the gop and make them reform.

            You can't make this stuff up.

            by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:50:35 AM PDT

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            •  Thanks for stating the case. Appreciated. (nt) (2+ / 0-)
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              I can’t decide who’s cuter – the dead guy with the arrows in his chest, or the guy in the ditch with the seeping wound. -- Game of Thrones (Heard on Set)

              by prodigal on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:52:39 AM PDT

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            •  Further (0+ / 0-)

              Blue Dogs are often the best we can get in some conservative districts. Evaluate your district and judge whether your congressman is overall to the left of the district. Since it's passed the primaries, we don't really have a chance now, but if it is possible to get a more progressive Democrat in your district, look into primary options for 2014.

              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 Sep 01, 2012 at 06:19:47 PM PDT

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          •  Vote blue dog. (0+ / 0-)

            There is no reasonable alternative. Change (if we can get it to occur at all) will be incremental, one step at a time. We don't have the luxury at this point of voting for an ideal candidate, we have to support the lesser of evils at the ballot box. It's practical tactics, not ideals. Hold your nose.

            "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

            by native on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 12:20:01 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly David (1+ / 0-)
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          We need to get as many Democrats elected as possible in the House, (Senate too) And local elections always.

          Pres is so cool!

          Speaking of Veterans, [Continually Updated] Links For Our ♥Marines All Our ♥Troops And ♥Veterans

          Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

          by rebel ga on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:28:32 AM PDT

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      •  NOT TOTALLY ACCURATE (7+ / 0-)

        We did NOT have it in 2008.  First, Al Franken was blocked from taking his seat in the Senate for OVER 6 months.  Then Ted Kennedy got sick and was out of the Senate for more than 6 months and his seat was filled with a Republican.  Joe Lieberman became an Independent and voted lockstep with Republicans.  So 57 NOT 60 seats and that is NOT a SUPERMAJORITY needed to get legislation passed.

        I agree 100% with removing the chains of the 60 vote majority.

      •  Real Democrats in the Senate would help, too. (5+ / 0-)
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        No more Lieber-dems!

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:43:06 AM PDT

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        •  Lieberman himself is going (0+ / 0-)

          But we have to have a clear plan as to how to decide the relative worth of a Democrat in a conservative state. For example, you'll never get a hardcore environmentalist in West Virginia, so we are stuck with Rockefeller and Manchin. We need to get whatever supermajority we can get right now, and work to turn many of these states blue for the future.

          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 Sep 01, 2012 at 06:21:44 PM PDT

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    •  Uh oh.... Look behind you Mr. President (0+ / 0-)

      Do any of those soldier look thrilled to be there? Do you see any happy faces?

      Sure, they'll perk up for the shout-outs, but how much fun is it having to sit around being a prop for a photo-op, while looking at the President's back?

      They really need to stop doing this.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:54:05 AM PDT

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      •  Did you mistake this (2+ / 0-)
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        for a college pep rally?  Did you get a complete look at the space?  Did you listen to the whole event -- one that lasted a few minutes past the end of his speech?  Have you read his speech?  Have you seen photos of the event?

        sheesh.

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

        by gchaucer2 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 09:23:26 AM PDT

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        •  That's not my point (0+ / 0-)

          My point is there is no need to deliberately seat troops just so they show up as a background directly behind the President. You can't tell me they can't arrange the seating so that everyone gets to sit where they can see the President's face while he's giving a speech.

          I didn't like it when Bush did it, and I don't like it when Obama does it either. I realize it's a staging technique, and politicians do it all the time, but I don't like it. If nothing else, it's rude.

          As humans, we're not really wired to respond to the back of someone's head - we need to see expressions on a speaker's face to really engage. Which is why you get long stretches of people looking less than interested in what's going on. Maybe it doesn't accurately reflect their opinion of the event, but that's how the 'optics' work out.

          And that kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a wall of troops as a backdrop. When you look at the still frame of the video clip, it's pretty easy to imagine it in some right wing tabloid under the caption "Obama gets stony-faced reception from troops."

          "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

          by xaxnar on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:42:55 AM PDT

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  •  Rasmussen Seemed To Be Setting Up A Bounce (0+ / 0-)

    for Romney. At the start of the RNC, after showing Romney in the lead for quite some time, he had Obama up by 2. Sure enough his daily tracker today shows Romney up by 3. Still room for more bounce. He does 3 day averages so we will see on Monday what the full post RNC average is. Will see if other polls confirm these findings. Thank god this isn't cancer research.

  •  '...and we need (2+ / 0-)
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    angry marmot, rebel ga

    a congress that is going to get the job done.'

  •  Why no mention of teachers and nurses? (1+ / 0-)
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    Of which we also have a great need these days. Is the focus on transportation and communication infrastructure and cops and firefighters meant to appeal to white working and middle class voters, who would presumably be most impressed by such spending and make up the majority of remaining undecided swing voters?

    If so, I can understand the politics of this as we approach an important election, but we eventually have to move past the politics of pandering to the politics of courage and vision in dealing with ALL of our country's many structural problems, and not just the ones that Joe Sixpack cares about.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:13:13 AM PDT

    •  I didn't take the mention (1+ / 0-)
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      as exhaustive, but more as representative of "kinds of jobs" we might ease their transition to.

      I love Obama. I'm admittedly an idealist by nature, but I think he knows where he's failed and has been constantly thinking about how to move the country forward. I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead.

      •  You don't need a 4+ year degree for the types of (0+ / 0-)

        employment that BO mentioned.  Some vets will use the GI bill.  Others need to get to work immediately.  I think the President played it correctly.

        4π^3 + π^2 + π

        by Boris49 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:05:29 AM PDT

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    •  I think that group of jobs - which includes me (1+ / 0-)
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      Zinman

      is going to be generally helped by both the ACA and particularly by admonitions for the VA to get it together with PTSD and TBI treatment/support for the huge number of returning vets with these afflictions.

      Healthcare and infrastructure are really huge concepts and realities Obama's admin may be handling them as separate verticals.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:32:26 AM PDT

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      •  This was an appeal to centrist swing voters (1+ / 0-)
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        Understandably, of course, but still exactly that. Focus group testing has almost certainly told them (as if it wasn't obvious already) that such voters--mostly Reagan Democrat types--care most about these things, and not those other things. Vets, the military, war, roads, bridges, cops, firefighters--these are all the sorts of "macho" things that such voters care about.

        I don't care so much about what Obama has to say to win (so long as he doesn't say stupid, crazy or dishonest things). I do care that he doesn't confine his 2nd administation to addressing only these issues. Our schools are failing our kids.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:40:13 AM PDT

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    •  He was talking more to the guys. He's doing well (1+ / 0-)
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      desert rain

      with women voters, and he's talked about hiring more teachers in the past.
      His victory depends on him pulling white working class guys away from Romney. That's the only demographic Romney can count on.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:38:30 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        I just don't want his 2nd admin to be only about these things.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:40:44 AM PDT

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        •  Agreed. We need to hire lots more teachers. (1+ / 0-)
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          and nurses. That's two solutions to two big problems right there.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:44:37 AM PDT

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          •  I just don't like pandering (0+ / 0-)

            Even when it's obviously called for. It's demeaning.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:46:39 AM PDT

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            •  Pandering? Or just campaigning. If he's sincere, (0+ / 0-)

              I'd say it's not pandering.

              You can't make this stuff up.

              by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:53:44 AM PDT

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              •  When you tell people what you believe (0+ / 0-)

                they want to hear BECAUSE you believe it's what they want to hear, to achieve such ulterior goal, it's pandering, even if you're sincere (although that does make it less odious, as opposed to what Romney has been doing).

                "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                by kovie on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:01:36 AM PDT

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                •  You have to make your speeches (2+ / 0-)
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                  David54, Zinman

                  audience-appropriate. When you talk to seniors, talk about your stance on Medicare and Social Security. When you talk to teachers, they want to hear what you have in mind for education. Talk to students, it needs to be about how you'll keep down the costs of college. It doesn't make sense to give a speech to the military and talk about hiring more nurses for the elderly- that's not the part of your policy most of them are interested in right now, and they'll be bored or insulted that you're wasting their time. This is public-speaking 101.

                •  I know what you mean, I think. (0+ / 0-)

                  There is a problem with the state of politics in this country that is driven by mass media, public communications consultants, polls, etc. that overwhelms the candidate's innate sincerity or lack of it.

                  Some pols are carried away by all of that.

                  But, I agree with ModerateJosh. Focusing on an audience isn't wrong, it's just common sense.

                  Mass media and the big bucks that it demands drives practically all of the corruption in our political system. It makes pols more vulnerable to lobbyists and big donors, which affects if not drives policy,etc. It's the 800 lb. gorilla in the room.

                  You can't make this stuff up.

                  by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 09:20:32 AM PDT

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            •  Obama has not been an enemy to (1+ / 0-)
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              teachers and nurses.  For example, on August 22:

              LAS VEGAS — For the second day in a row President Obama slammed Mitt Romney on education cuts, telling supporters in Nevada his opponent’s budget plan is “unfair to our kids” and “foolish for our future.”
              Obama told students at Canyon River High School that Romney would cut federal funding for education by 20 percent to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
              “I’ve got a question for Governor Romney. How many teachers’ jobs are worth another tax cut for millionaires and billionaires?” Obama asked. “How many grants and loans for college students are worth a tax cut for Governor Romney, who certainly doesn’t need it?”
              And here is the Administration's record on support for nurses.

              He can't focus every speech on every group.  I believe he isn't pandering, just devoting this particular moment to the dire situation for veterans.

              "Ideology offers human beings the illusion of dignity and morals while making it easier to part with them." -- Vaclav Havel

              by SottoVoce on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:00:39 AM PDT

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    •  With regard to having troops enter teaching, I (1+ / 0-)
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      createpeace

      couldn't agree more.  After Korea many returning GI's entered the female-dominated profession and changed it dramatically.  These men (mostly) represented their households' primary income and were not willing to have to work nighttime, holiday, and summer jobs in order to remain teachers.  They launched the union movement among teachers and changed the work setting and pay levels for all educators.  I have no doubt that returning veterans will bring a new dimension to the current classrooms and help children with disciplined skill development and broadened world views in the same way that those GI teachers did for my generation.  And an important sidenote is that parents have always seemed more willing to cooperate with the teachers they knew to be military veterans.  

      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 Sep 01, 2012 at 07:59:45 AM PDT

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  •  He didn't happen to mention Labor? (2+ / 0-)
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    Surprised the centrists haven't offered a bipartisan bill to rename this Job Creator Weekend.

    •  He didn't mention fixing the post office pension (2+ / 0-)
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      problem either, which would be a winner.
      The post office has traditionally been a big hirer of veterans, and the gop is intent on getting rid of the usps.

      This issue is a winner for Dems in rural red state areas.

      I'll bet he gets around to addressing the problem before the campaign is over.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:43:23 AM PDT

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  •  things to do (4+ / 0-)
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    raise the taxes on the wealthy back (above) the clinton rates, cut defense spending at least 20%, raise the minimum wage to at least 10.50 an hour, thats a start on reducing the deficit and rebuilding infrastructure and i might ad stimulating the economy by putting more money in peoples pocket, raising the minimum wage as they say raises all boats.

  •  Smart play, President Obama... (5+ / 0-)

    If you look through all of the transcripts of the RNC speeches, you'll notice that many speakers hit on personal / family / "American" biographical stories evoking WWII, the Greatest Generation and the post-war economy. Many of those references were worked into narratives of American exceptionalism, and served to evoke the myth of President Obama's otherness, as though his personal biography didn't include this shared American experience. Thus this...

    My grandfather’s generation came back from World War II and helped form the backbone of the greatest middle-class in history. They helped this country come back stronger than before.
    ...is an excellent rebuttal.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:21:42 AM PDT

  •  What a communist this Kenyan is. (1+ / 0-)
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    Infrastructure is for them socialist Europeans.

    Broadband across America JUST to create jobs  - sounds like an entitlement program to me!

    Ports, schmorts - how do you think all these terrorist and illegal aliens are getting in? We don't need ports!

    Cops, firefighters.... Obama's going sink this country with all this needless big-government spending!

    Let it crumble! Return to the gold standard!

    Arrrrgh!

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:27:36 AM PDT

  •  Sadly the weakness and rebuttal are obvious: (0+ / 0-)

    The weak point:

    We need to lay broadband lines across this country and put our veterans back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them.
    ...and the rebuttal:
    It is clear that this President has no grasp of the great intelligence of the best Armed Forces in the world.  He wants radio repair technicians and computer specialists to work as cops and firefighters.  Just one more example of how Obama has no idea of what the real America is.
    Before everyone jumps my ass, let me say that I do not believe the above, in fact I think it's ridiculous.  But it, or some variation of it, is exactly what the GOP will say.  Any possibility of misinterpretation and/or decontextualization in the interests of smearing President Obama - that's their MO.  Don't expect it to change.  Just saying.
    •  Possibly (1+ / 0-)
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      But Obama/Biden and other democrats get to ELABORATE on this at the convention this week and expand the scope of jobs programs to be more inclusive!!  I am telling you that is what they are going to do.  I might be wrong, but don't think so.

    •  Probably the radio and techie sorts will (0+ / 0-)

      be doing electronic techie things because they have the experience?

      General infantry, supply, military police: they might be interested in police and firefighter roles.

      This isn't the Soviet union where we'll have astronomers building chandeliers and bicycles.....

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:47:45 AM PDT

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  •  Leave Afghanistan (2+ / 0-)
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    ModerateJosh, maryabein

    Problem solved.

  •  Honor the troops all you want (6+ / 0-)

    I'm highly in favor of that.

    But... how about the idea that the rest of us are entitled to the same kind of concern?

    Republicans promise that A) if you just let them get the government off your backs, B) magic happens, and C) everyone will be rich and free.

    Democrats have forgotten A) how to call that out as pure bullshit, and B) make a case for government as something with a real role in making people better off and free. Instead, Democratic apparatchiks have bought into triangulation where you split the difference to attract independents to win, while telling the base to shut up and be grateful, and how we should be responsible and ready to sacrifice...

    This election should NOT be as close as it is. The Republicans may still be trying to sell the same shit sandwich as ever, but Democrats really need to freshen up their product line.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:42:18 AM PDT

    •  Why do we settle for so much less. (1+ / 0-)
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         After WW2 the money we had to borrow was invested back into our country. This provided jobs, built valuable infrastructure and essentially stimulated our economy. We were able to pay our  debt back!
        There was also the "Gilded Age", where the wealthy ran everything in a very harsh and horrible way. I feel this is where our country and the world is headed.
          For the last 30 years our hard earned victories & rights have systematically  been eroded. Changes have happened slowly and sophisticatedly so that we have hardly paid attention. Remember Grover Norquist started his campaign for "no new taxes" in the 80's!
          Our deficit started to ballon under Reagan and solidified under Cheney who stated "deficits don't matter!"
          Deficits do matter! Where did all the money we borrowed for 2 un-financed wars, really go. Remember how there was 18 Billion dollars that couldn't be accounted for? Really!
          Clever propaganda has made us focus on side issues. I feel we are like the frogs in the water that don't escape (or do anything) because we feel no threat when the temperature is slowly raised..,till we die! We are better, smarter and stronger then this.

      "A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth gets it shoes on." Mark Twain

      by pipercity1 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:51:59 AM PDT

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  •  i will vote for obama but (0+ / 0-)

    thats what i voted for 4 years ago, an end to the endless overseas militarism. after hearing mccain at the convention, i know i did not make a mistake, but frankly, its a good thing for his chances that the right is nuts.

    war is immoral. both parties are now fully complicit in the wars. bring everyone home. get to work.

    by just want to comment on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 07:53:41 AM PDT

  •  The difference between WW 2 and now. (0+ / 0-)

       After WW 2 we were deeply in debt. Eisenhower had to borrow money. The difference is he then INVESTED the money back into our society. He stimulated the economy and we were able to repay the debt. The money we have borrowed in the last thirty years has often been used in questionable, wasteful and often unaccountable ways. One example would be 18 billion dollars "lost" in Iraq. The list goes on & on. A lot of our national debt has  been invested in what...certainly not our country!
        Why are we settling for so much less now and 47% of the population is fine with this. We knew what to do THEN with the money we borrowed.
        I love this country, I hate to see what is going on. I am a nurse, not an economist and if you don't agree with my comment....please reply with  constructive criticism. Thanks!
       

    "A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth gets it shoes on." Mark Twain

    by pipercity1 on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:02:46 AM PDT

  •  Good and Real Way to Say: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (1+ / 0-)
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    createpeace

    Of course the republican stategy is: roadblocks, roadblocks, roadblocks.

    Posthumously Baptized and Retroactively Retired. It’s 1950 If Romney Is Elected.

    by wild hair on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 08:03:09 AM PDT

  •  Typo on front page: "people" in last line of (0+ / 0-)

    intro.

  •  Good strategy (1+ / 0-)
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    angry marmot

    Continue to build on the policies enacted to provide opportunities and job placement for veterans, while also promoting rebuilding our infrastructure.

    It's one thing for republicans to oppose rebuilding our infrastructure and hiring more police, firefighters and teachers, but it becomes far more difficult to oppose when those jobs would provide opportunities to veterans.

  •  About damned time (0+ / 0-)

    I've been waiting for a long time for Obama to start calling for putting the military/ex-military to work rebuilding our infrastructure.

  •  Don't you lily-livered liberals know who made (0+ / 0-)

    America Exceptional....!?!??!

    It was pencil pushers and private equity gazillionares, especially those who got their money from their parents like Mitt Romney and David Koch.....

    It wasn't workers and soldiers and veterans and pioneers and engineers and innovators...!!!!!!!!

    HAPPY LABOR DAY 2012...!!! OCCUPY THE MIDDLE CLASS....!!!!!!

  •  I think I see the counterpoint (0+ / 0-)

    we are going to see next week at the convention in this speech.

    We don't want the government to replace the individual, we want government to help the individual.

  •  except that women were "put in their place" when (2+ / 0-)
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    they were shoved aside and told to stay home so that the veterans could build that "greatest middle-class".

    I have no desire at all to return to the culture of the 50s.

    Now, I thoroughly support support for veterans. Support for everyone. No one ever should struggle to have a place to live, food to eat, clothing to wear and the health care they need. Regardless of whether they've been in the military or not.

    It just bothers me that we use visions of the 1950s as some idyll. It was oppressive in so many ways. Please don't hold that up as the model to which we aspire.

    •  The 50s contradiction (0+ / 0-)

      The 50s and what came after is really about the duplicity and hypocrisy of the White middle class, sad to say, and it is sad to say that the American White middle class shat in their own bed, and now is having to sleep in it. Whites were okay with liberal economic policy, as long as they were the sole beneficiaries. Once it became apparent that this wouldn't stand, rather than playing nice, they revolted against liberalism, both social and economic.

      After the Keynesian mixed economy and the immense government stimulus of war spending and the GI Bill brought untold prosperity, prosperity that had never been seen before in human history, it turned out that blacks and minorities and non-straights were getting the short end of the stick. So instead of kindly sharing that prosperity with the non-WASPs, they instead dynamited the whole structure and decided to attempt to reinstate the "laissez-faire" free market system that almost reduced America to something along the lines of China or Argentina - one big Third World state.

      The entire "small government" and "laissez-faire" and "free-market" movement (outside a small cabal of true believers in Chicago U and the Cato and Mises "Institutes") was build upon an edifice of racism - that non-WASPS would reap the benefits of the mixed social democratic Keynesian economy that had made Americans richer than any other people in the world. The underlying subtext of the "free market" is a market where whites get preferential treatment and blacks are kept in their place (along with the ex post facto rationalization that blacks are too stupid to rise anyway). Problem is, the corporate paymasters are actually not racist or racialist or whatever, they'll stomp on White faces just as much as they will Black faces.

      Unfortunately, the racist subtext of "small government conservatism" is so subtle nobody really "gets" it, so people who aren't even racist think it stands on its own merits.

  •  Back to basics - govt jobs not enough (0+ / 0-)

    "What does that mean, exactly? Well .. roads and bridges and education and jobs and a thriving economy,"
    -----------
    These are but means to an end. They are investments but the end is we need to produce marketable things again. Obama's grandfather's generation worked in union factories producing product. Others used the GI Bill to get educated as engineers, accountants, lawyers, etc to work in private industry.  

    Obama has to get the offshored jobs  back or the roads, bridges and education will be wasted.

  •  It's all very well to support veterans, (0+ / 0-)

    they certainly deserve our support, and Obama deserves credit for promising give it. But until we stop sending young men to fight in pointless, needless, horrific, and counter-productive wars, all the therapy and support in the world is but a bandage on a festering wound.

    Where can we find advocacy for a sane and reasonable foreign policy? Why do we hear only hysterical propaganda about Iran? Where are the politicians who will fight for peace, rather than continuous aggression and belligerence?

    I'm all in favor of trying to heal the wounds that have been inflicted on our soldiers. Of course not all of them can be healed, ever, but we should at least try. While we are trying to heal these wounds however, our leadership is busy cooking up reasons to engage our future soldiers in even more futile mayhem and bloodshed -- and yes, untreatable wounds.

    Yet hardly anyone is vociferously objecting to this idiotic, yet seemingly built-in strategic programming. It's almost as if everyone were saying, "Oh well, yes perhaps we'll need to fight a war against Iran, if they tell us we should." Like a herd of docile sheep willing to be led, quite literally, to the slaughter.

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 12:52:14 PM PDT

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