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Here's live video of President Obama at an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he will continue his focus on the economy and push Congressional Republicans to agree to "a grand bargain for middle-class jobs":

Even before his remarks were delivered, Republicans had already rejected the president's suggestion. Apparently, the White  House reached out to Speaker Boehner yesterday, but his office didn't call them back until today.

President Obama is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM ET, though these things often don't start on time. As soon his he delivers the speech, we'll post an update with the text of the remarks.

11:01 AM PT: Here are President Obama's remarks as prepared.

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  •  And Republicans will agree (6+ / 0-)

    to a "Grand Bargain" this time because...?

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:00:30 AM PDT

    •  the gop (11+ / 0-)

      plans to spend the recess talking about jobs, despite having proposed exactly zero jobs bills. this is just a political game obama is playing on them, making them an offer they can't accept, so the democrats can use it against them. the gop talks about jobs, offers nothing, and won't even accept obama's attempted grand bargains. and they're too stupid to call his bluff.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:21:32 AM PDT

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      •  this is what pisses me off about the GOP (7+ / 0-)

        they all got the best education that money can buy in the world and they are using it to do what?

        i would kill to go to harvard.  they went, got drunk all the time and then got a plush job in congress to grift off the tax payers (and make a little extra something something on the side from business).

        then they tell someone like Obama who has used his education to serve the public that he didn't belong at Harvard in the first place

        just a whole bunch of spoiled fucking assholes

        i really hope you are right that they are too stupid to know they are getting cornered

        i really want Obama to kick their asses

      •  "jobs" are the lever this time - not that any (0+ / 0-)

        are in the offing.  That would take a serious change in the corporate tax code, take away tax incentives for off-shoring, etc.   Not even contemplated.

        If Obama is serious about jobs he doesn't need to tie that issue to cuts to SS and MC.

        Both parties have a problem here: whichever party is blamed for cuts to the safety net will suffer major electoral defeats.  Both sides of the aisle want to cut, but want to make it look like the other side made 'em.  

        Last 2 times around the levers were sticks: first, the US credit rating, then unemployment insurance.  This time around the lever looks to be a carrot: some vague talk about jobs in the abstract.  

      •  Hope you are right (0+ / 0-)

        but when I hear Obama come out with a "grand bargain" the first thought that comes to my mind is how much of a fool he looks like when he does that.

        But if they have the follow-up game already planned out then I guess that's ok... but it still sounds foolish to the point of being moronic to me.

        "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

        by Andrew C White on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:15:26 PM PDT

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    •  Just Because (4+ / 0-)

      someone at work won't do their job doesn't mean you don't do yours, right?

      President Obama is doing his job.  The GOP isn't doing their job and people are waking up to this fact.    

      •  Obama's job is empire building and Trans-Pacific- (2+ / 0-)
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        and-Atlantic Giant Secret Free Trade Agreements and drone wars and secret wars and Superlative Chained CPI and cuts to Medicare and Social Security and a hundred other Reagan-democrat initiatives many here would be happy to name? All happy with Obamacare, are we, "the best we could do?" Got all the excuses lined up for why the thing labeled "NSA" is doing what it is doing and why that is a "good thing?"

        If people need to be waking up to any fact, it is the fact that their pockets are being picked and the planet they live on and their sacred myths of Constitutionalism are actually, really, dangerously threatened by the Imperial Court, by a ALL its members; people's houses are being stolen by fraudulent foreclosures, and some 400 "families" are so effing "wealthy" that they can just sneer at the rest of us and demand that we lick their boots and kiss their... rings.

        Henry Potter and John Galt apparently will join with the Kochs and a few others, the holders of the "one ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind the." In the land of America, where the shadow rules...

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 02:02:36 PM PDT

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        •  Hijacking the Diary eh. (0+ / 0-)

          Can you not find one good thing the President has accomplished???

          •  The President is a figurehead who gives a face to (0+ / 0-)

            all the other people who actually "conduct policy." You have favorite examples of "good things" he has done? Lay 'em out there. Larry Summers? Rahm Emanuel? Timmy Geithner? Drones? FISA/NSA? A "surge" into Afghanistan? "Superlative Chained CPI" chained to a Grand Bargain of which the premise was BS about the Deathly Deficit that thanks to the efforts OF THE REST OF US who have filled up many of the huge holes that HIS (and his "administration's") have blown in the economy and the environment, not just Bush's leavings, that "deficit" crap that is vanishing even from the Beltway BS, damn little thanks to "the administration?" You like the Triple Secret Probation "Negotiation" of the Trans-Pacific Screw-The-Reepublic deal, or its analogue across the Atlantic, under which post-national corporations will be able to sue us if we try to enforce environmental and employment laws against them?

            You find something heroic to give your loyalty to, maybe in part because his team has done such a good job of selling an image, a belief structure? Great, keep speaking and voting for that team. You feel "free" and "secure" and "economically healthy" thanks to all the stuff that's happened under his benign gaze? More power to you. A lot of other people held that same hope and affection, and seem to have had a rude awakening as one by one, the scabs and makeup have fallen off.

            But hey, this is doing what always raises a fuss, arguing about religion across the dinner table. Challenging other people's fundamental identities and allegiances. Not a lot of good can come from that. I hope you have a soft landing when it's your turn to run up against that last personally damaging issue that causes you that last scintilla of discomfort that results in that awakening thing...

            "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

            by jm214 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 05:30:10 AM PDT

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            •  I Already Had That Rude Awakening! (0+ / 0-)

              and it was when I was laid off at the tender age of 55 (lost my job and my home) when Baby Bush was still the President.  I was out of work for a year and finally found a job because of the stimulus package that Pres O put in place.  Is he perfect?  NO but neither am I and I bet you aren't either.  

              Benign gaze???  Give me a break.  Did the ACA happen because of his "benign gaze"?  Did gay rights happen because of his "benign gaze"?  None of what happened was a result of his "benign gaze".  He went out and advocated and got the party behind him well enough to get these things and numerous other things done.  

              I can tell who you are.  You are a member of the glass is half empty group.  You also very apparently believe because of your intellectual superiority that you are right and all of us are wrong.  Doesn't matter that everything you complain about has been coming on for decades, largely because of Republican policy.  You want EVERTHING corrected right now.

              Those people you say have had a rude awakening while he is Pres?  Very much in the minority - you forget the President was re-elected by a good majority of people who have or will benefit greatly from policies and programs put in place under his administration.  

              Oh, by the way, you wanted a list - favorite examples - here's a few.  I got a job because of the stimulus.  My 20 year old daughter is still covered under my health insurance policy as a result of ACA.  I had a free mammogram because of ACA.  After loosing my job and my house, my husband and I were able to buy a home again with the $6500 assist from the stimulus.  I have many more as to how my family and friends have been helped by the President's policies.  Do you want me to lengthen the list?  

  •  the republicans rejected it before (0+ / 0-)

    his remarks were even delivers?

    good thing the democrats won't do that.

    •  Rejecting the messenger doesn't mean rejecting (2+ / 0-)
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      the message. Just look at the insider support for the NSA. Don't be taken in by the packaging: same crappy economic policy.

      "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

      by Superskepticalman on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:10:07 AM PDT

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      •  rejecting the messenger IS what the GOP are doing (4+ / 0-)

        they reject everything that comes out of Obama's mouth, because it comes out of his mouth

        but, again, good thing that democrats like you don't do that

        you just reject the... wait

        •  The messenger doesn't matter, so long as the (2+ / 0-)
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          messenger, as disliked as he or she may be, says the same thing. The bitterest enemies are often those who disagree in the littlest of details (all of them seem determined to turn the country into Detroit writ large).

          Like Social Security, for example. The real dissidents aren't despised as much as they are ignored.

          "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

          by Superskepticalman on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:25:03 AM PDT

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        •  That'e because (0+ / 0-)

          a "good" Democrat always accepts what the president offers. Yes, we got that already, no need to hammer it home all the time.

  •  The Administration is certainly not beyond (10+ / 0-)

    eliminating the jobs of the last shoe factory workers in the US at the New Balance factory in Maine: The Portland Press Herald has it here.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:03:31 AM PDT

    •  Used to buy NB shoes because they were (4+ / 0-)

      American made; sad.

      "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

      by Superskepticalman on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:08:47 AM PDT

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    •  That's What Makes this Game so Irritating (3+ / 0-)
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      when the president or people in Congress talk about the need for jobs but do their damnedest to encourage American manufacturers to move their factories overseas.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:31:23 AM PDT

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      •  The article (1+ / 0-)
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        indicates that NB exports 700k units overseas right now and wants to double that over the next few years.

        What are the exploding consumer markets in this world?
        China and SE Asia.
        Do we not want to export any american made goods to those regions?

        This is not a cut and dried formula....ie..America installs high tariffs on imported goods and suddenly the jobs return?
        Inflation then ramps up,and lower income folks lose purchasing power?

        There is probably a ton of nuance in trying to balance between building up our exports and allowing cheap goods into the US keeping inflation low.

        Right now, I think US manufacturing has made a bit of a comeback due to cheap oil and gas in the US.

        There are tons of factors in this equation.

        •  But isn't it also possible (1+ / 0-)
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          midwesterner

          that NB could then move their factory to Asia to be closer to the market they want to increase exports to?

          "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

          by Aspe4 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 01:15:57 PM PDT

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    •  Yep. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal (4+ / 0-)

      has been described as "NAFTA on steroids".  
      Obama continues to negotiate for TPP in secret.  

  •  When I hear "grand bargain". . . (17+ / 0-)

    . . .I also think of "bipartison support" which really means, the big money is behind this and the rest of you peons had better have plenty of vasoline.

  •  "Fulfillment center"? Neweconnedspeak for (3+ / 0-)
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    Villager "wish fulfillment center."

    "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

    by Superskepticalman on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:07:50 AM PDT

  •  I'd prefer a GB for lower class AND middle class (2+ / 0-)
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    jobs. Start with a $15 an hour wage for fast food employees. Preceded by ousting GOPers from the House majority.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:09:50 AM PDT

  •  It is so sad that we EXPECT the Repub behavior (6+ / 0-)

    now as the norm, and are surprised when they act rationally, or are repulsed by their extreme elements.

    We now accept as a given the supreme insults of not calling the president back, pretending to be asleep when he calls, and defeating his ideas before the speech is even delivered.

    Wouldn't you guys be shocked if they DIDN'T do all of that??
    (and that is truly sad).

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:11:22 AM PDT

  •  Looks like Emma Stone behind his right shoulder. (0+ / 0-)

    'Cause your eyes are tired & your feet are too & you wish the world was as tired as you." - Lowell George

    by rasbobbo on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:12:31 AM PDT

  •  The Lilliputians have tied.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....Gulliver down. Sadly, he will spin his wheels on the domestic front until he takes that final helicopter ride out of D.C.  He can talk all he wants but Republicans, having gerrymandered the hell out of the country, will continue to obstruct knowing that Americans will forget their obstruction and blame the man at the top and that if they don't the gerrymandering will take care of the rest.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:12:55 AM PDT

  •  He needs just say he likes air & get it over with (12+ / 0-)

    as repubs hold their breaths and self asphyxiate

    lets end this :-P

  •  His heart is in the right place (2+ / 0-)
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    ferg, gramofsam1

    and most of the ideas are good ones, but the simple truth is that we do not know how to create middle class jobs.  We can talk about education (helps) and infrastructure (for it, but won't fill the gap) but in the age of globalization, off shoring and automation I don't believe we know how to replicate the equity of the prior generation.

    The solutions presented are not close to adequate to the size of the problem.

    •  what proposals do you see? (0+ / 0-)

      I see three in the speech:

      1. infrastructure spending

      2. tax cuts for businesses that hire people

      3. tax cuts for all businesses (plus "eliminating loopholes")

    •  middle class manufacturing jobs (0+ / 0-)

      that's what we don't know how to make anymore

      but that's because we don't need them like we used to

      and we're going to need them less and less every generation

      if the newer generations don't learn do work with their brains instead of their bodies, the middle class is in deep shit

      and without a middle class, so is everyone else

      •  Unions were founded (0+ / 0-)

        in manufacturing because production facilities had a large number of workers, making a strike a viable threat.

        When every one works in dispersed services, it is too hard to organize them, and the threat of the strike is minor.

        Labor hasn't figured out an answer to this problem.

  •  I'll bet (0+ / 0-)

    that Amazon warehouse has air-conditioning.

  •  If I hear the phrase "grand bargain" one more time (8+ / 0-)

    I'm going to flip out.  

    Every woman is the boss of what goes into her vagina, and what comes out. Not you, not me, not the GOP.

    by nominalize on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19:35 AM PDT

  •  This is a bargain I'd take (4+ / 0-)

    The tradeoff appears to be reducing the corporate tax rate (which corporations don't actually pay) in exchange for closing loopholes to pay for jobs spending. Sure the loopholes could theoretically be reopened -- but then we're back where we started with taxes, but we'd still have the jobs programs.

    The GOP will not do it because Obama, but at least it's not like the other "grand bargain" which leaves me somewhat thankful for GOP obstruction.

    There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

    by BeerNotWar on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:30:19 AM PDT

    •  we won't be back where we started from (3+ / 0-)
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      we'll have a lower corporate tax rate and loopholes

      and according to the President's remarks, some do pay that.

      So what we'll have is another tax break for the elite.

      Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

      by greenbastard on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:36:19 AM PDT

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      •  Here is (1+ / 0-)
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        an idea....do not agree to re-install the loopholes.

        Is that impossible?

        It makes no sense to overtax some corps,to allow the big guys to profit from loopholes.

        If loopholes were impossible to block, why dont the oil and tax corps have loopholes that send all US tax revenues to their offshore havens? I mean, congress is powerless to stop them,right?

        •  Various tax loopholes and credits are just (1+ / 0-)
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          inserted into unrelated bills. It's the way Congress works.

          Most the time, officials don't even know the loopholes are inserted into bills which makes it hard to be against them.

          That's how monied interests are far more represented than regular people.

          Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

          by greenbastard on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:02:05 PM PDT

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      •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

        So I guess the calculus is whether the benefit to labor is worth the likely giveaway to corporations. If we strengthen labor, does that give the Democrats a strategic advantage long term that could prevent future loopholes from being slipped into legislation? Could we at least prevent the tax benefits of shipping jobs overseas from getting put back in?

        There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

        by BeerNotWar on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 01:12:53 PM PDT

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    •  More than Loopholes can be reopened (0+ / 0-)

      So can the corporate tax rates (and many other issues) next year after Democrats take the House and hold the Senate.

  •  Tragic that Americans blew it in 2010. (5+ / 0-)

    It is not Boehner or any of those jackasses who are responsible. They are jackasses and jackasses kick down barns, they don't build them. The voters are responsible for putting them in charge.

    Unbelievably sad.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:36:19 AM PDT

  •  I can't see who can really argue (2+ / 0-)
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    against a jobs program without resorting to "too much government spending" drivel. It is simple economics that shows a person working (no matter who the employer is) becomes a consumer. Consumers drive the overall economy. It is the only Cold Fusion that actually, demonstrably, reliably WORKS. I had some troll on Hufpo ask me: "how much of the US workforce should be working for the government? 40%, 50%, 60%?". I said: "whatever it takes, dude, whatever it takes. Why does it matter?". It's not like we don't have anything to do, here. As a matter of fact, if we had the House, here's what I would propose:
    1. Fund the re-building of EVERY old bridge in the country with a 10 year plan.
    2. Establish a National Service Draft for EVERY able-bodied 18-year-old (who's not in the military) for two years service. Pay them, house them and feed them. Have them clean, paint, build, repair, help out at nursing homes, etc..
    3. Institute a financial transaction tax.
    4. Make it law that if you want to be a US Corporation, you must keep all your money here.

    Republicans want smaller gov't for the same reason crooks want fewer cops. - James Carville Support Small Business: Shop Kos Katalogue

    by wyckoff on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:52:48 AM PDT

  •  Boehner never returned (2+ / 0-)
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    the President's call until today.  The level of disrespect for both the man and the office of President is appalling.  No, I'm not surprised, but it disgusts me every time.

    The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins

    by MufsMom on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 11:56:36 AM PDT

  •  Sounded like he was phoning it in (0+ / 0-)

    the only ear pricking point is when he got a somewhat sardonic tone and mentioned the pipeline only providing 50 permanent jobs.

    Which leads one to visualize how crappy and cheap this pipeline [and others existing] are run. 50 jobs? That's a lot of freakin pipeline. I wonder how many lineal feet per job that works out to be?

    The government is not big enough to regulate the industries it allows to operate within its sovereignty. This is not good.

  •  grand bargains won't work (5+ / 0-)

    Besides, why do we have to give up anything just to create jobs?

    It's simple:

    austerity don't work
    neoliberal reducing taxes for corporations don't work
    Giving corporations incentives to create jobs here don't work

    So stop digging a hole.  We need to go in a bold "new" direction (somewhat "new" for america).  Start creating employee owned coops.  It worked it South America.  There is no reason why that model can't work here.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 12:01:04 PM PDT

  •  The very term "grand bargain" is toxic. (0+ / 0-)

    How about replacing it with "sweet deal?"

    The modern Democrat is one who promotes old GOP ideas and calls them progressive in comparison to new GOP ideas.

    by masswaster on Tue Jul 30, 2013 at 02:49:52 PM PDT

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