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This will be a year of action. I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs and new opportunities for American families – with Congress, on my own, and with everyone willing to play their part. And that action should begin by extending unemployment insurance for Americans who were laid off in the recession through no fault of their own.
President Obama in his weekly address touted job creation, a lowered unemployment rate, a rebounding economy, "booming" energy and technology sectors, a recovering auto industry, a slowed health care cost growth rate and deficits that have been cut by more than half.

But there's more to do, he told listeners, both for those who are still looking for work and for the broader economic recovery in general.

[W]e’ve got to keep our economy growing, and make sure more Americans have the opportunity to share in that growth. We’ve got to keep creating jobs that offer new opportunity, and make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that let you rebuild some security. We’ve got more kids to educate, and families to get covered with health insurance, and an immigration system to fix. And we’ve got to make sure this recovery leaves no one behind.
Left behind now are the unemployed. And he made no bones about who is responsible for the lack of extension of emergency unemployment benefits:
Republicans in Congress just let that lifeline expire for 1.3 million Americans. And if this doesn’t get fixed, it will actually hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year. Earlier this week, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate took the first steps toward making this right. But Congress needs to finish the job right away. More than one million Americans across the country will feel a little hope right away.
Next week, he said, he plans to turn his attention to luring jobs back from overseas:
So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires.

Business owners are ready to play their part and hire more workers. So next week, I’ll be joined by college presidents as we lay out specific steps we can take to help more workers earn the skills they need for today’s new jobs. Later this month I’ll host CEOs at the White House to announce commitments we’re making to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work.

He closed with a promise that his State of the Union address, due at the end of the month, will focus on policies that can ensure economic security for working and middle-class Americans.

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

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
January 11, 2014

Hi, everybody. Yesterday, we learned that in 2013, our businesses created 2.2 million new jobs – including 87,000 last month. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. And across our broader economy, there are signs of progress. Our manufacturing and housing sectors are rebounding. Our energy, technology, and auto sectors are booming. Thanks in part to the reforms in the Affordable Care Act, health care costs now eat up less of our economy – over the past four years, costs have grown at the slowest rate on record. And since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by more than half.

Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, our economy is growing stronger. But we know we’ve got more work to do together. Our success as a country depends on more than the success of our broader economy – it depends on the success of the American people. It depends on your ability to make ends meet, provide for your families, and, with a little hard work, feel like you can get ahead.

So we’ve got to keep our economy growing, and make sure more Americans have the opportunity to share in that growth. We’ve got to keep creating jobs that offer new opportunity, and make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that let you rebuild some security. We’ve got more kids to educate, and families to get covered with health insurance, and an immigration system to fix. And we’ve got to make sure this recovery leaves no one behind.

This will be a year of action. I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs and new opportunities for American families – with Congress, on my own, and with everyone willing to play their part. And that action should begin by extending unemployment insurance for Americans who were laid off in the recession through no fault of their own. This vital economic lifeline helps people support their families while they look for a new job. And it demands responsibility in return by requiring that they prove they’re actively looking for work. But Republicans in Congress just let that lifeline expire for 1.3 million Americans. And if this doesn’t get fixed, it will actually hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year. Earlier this week, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate took the first steps toward making this right. But Congress needs to finish the job right away. More than one million Americans across the country will feel a little hope right away.

Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple decades. So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires.

Business owners are ready to play their part and hire more workers. So next week, I’ll be joined by college presidents as we lay out specific steps we can take to help more workers earn the skills they need for today’s new jobs. Later this month I’ll host CEOs at the White House to announce commitments we’re making to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work.

And at the end of the month, in my State of the Union Address, I will mobilize the country around the national mission of making sure our economy offers everyone who works hard a fair shot at opportunity and success. As Americans, that’s what we should expect. And after everything you’ve done to recover and rebuild from crisis these past five years – after all your hard work and sacrifice – that’s what you deserve.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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  •  Booming energy = Fracking for natural gas (10+ / 0-)

    Next year's topic: The shortage of potable water and "Gosh, where did all those little earthquakes come from?"

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

    by dinotrac on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:16:38 AM PST

  •  That last statement: (2+ / 0-)
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    He closed with a promise that his State of the Union address, due at the end of the month, will focus on policies that can ensure economic security for working and middle-class Americans.
    One policy to ensure economic security for the people is to repeal Citizens United.

    I’ve gotten dollar bills with the “where’s George” text on them… it is kind of neat to see where your money has been.
    Yesterday, I got a bill with red lettering and thought it was a where’s George dollar. This morning, when I gave it to my husband, I found that it was not the where’s George tracker but an organization set up to oppose Citizens United.

    CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE. MONEY IS NOT SPEECH.
    MOVETOAMEND.ORG

    Move to Amend's motto is: End Corporate Rule, Legalize Democracy.
    Its mission statement:

    We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
    There is a petition at the site and it is one I was happy to sign.

    The world is my country, all people are my brethren and to do good is my religion ~ Thomas Paine

    by third Party please on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:22:17 AM PST

  •  Same old, same old. The CEOs will save us. (6+ / 0-)

    Here's a contrary opinion on your economy from an economist.

    we-r-f-we-r-f-we-are-so-f-household-employment-survey-56-months-straight-of-awful..

    •  WHAT A WEAK LOAD... (0+ / 0-)

      the CEO's are sitting on Billions in liquid cash... it's just sitting there NOT being invested in the U.S.

      Gee, I wonder why??

      "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 01:04:33 PM PST

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  •  The GOP job study will probably be a lot like (3+ / 0-)

    their traffic study. This lane is closed.

    Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

    by 88kathy on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:25:10 AM PST

  •  What about proposing jobs in (9+ / 0-)

    infrastructure, green energy, and doing what we can to slow down climate change?  What about fighting harder to raise the minimum wage?

    Talking to CEOs isn't the answer.

    •  What is fighting harder in your book again? Do (1+ / 0-)
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      you people just say stuff just to be saying stuff?

      The President is up against people who cut people off of unemployment insurance just for the fun of it. This President has done a lot for creating jobs despite these saboteurs.

      Remember the refrain, "Pass this jobs bill"? that the President went around the country using the bully pulpit and asking the saboteurs to pass? The President as proposed infrastructure legislation, heck, he has even gone to Mitch McConnell's district and stood under a decrepit bridge where he implored McConnell to pass his infrastructure bill.

      Just where exactly were you again? Oh I get it, you were yelling it's all Obama's fault.  This Saturday morning let's yell and pretend it's Obama who is the cause of all our ills is an old boring tired song which some of you folk here just can't stop singing.....

      Ridiculous....

      •  There you go again using Ann Romney's words (3+ / 0-)
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        you people
         . Your 'Us vs. Them' writing like a d*ck in reply to a fairly sensible and innocuous comment is in no way helpful.  But you apparently can't help yourself.

        Republicans , yes, we must replace them with progressives in 2014. You going to help with that ?  The President could help by doing just what you describe again, get on the road with concrete proposals for jobs that are not dependent on Republican Lite style tax cuts and loopholes like the proposal for the new zones.    Hopefully he plans to do just that.

        Robert Reich on Republicans :

        Great turnout at U of Chicago last night to see "Inequality for All," followed by questions from David Axelrod about what the nation should do. I failed to mention one important step: getting Republicans out of office in 2014. Eric Cantor, the majority leader, explains the GOP's aversion to extending unemployment benefits this way: “We have been trying to focus this Congress on getting back to a more optimistic view of what the economy can do. It is about jobs. It is about growth. Our focus is about wanting people to get a job. It’s on employment, not unemployment.”

        Baloney. Cantor and his colleagues would be more convincing if they'd vote for job-creating measures like rebuilding the nation's crumbling infrastructure, financing a new WPA, helping the jobless get new skills, providing childcare when they're at work, giving tax credits to employers who add net jobs, and raising worker pay so they have the purchasing power to fuel private-sector job growth. But Republicans oppose all these, and continue to sell the supply-side trickle-down snake oil that tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy create jobs. We've had 33 years of trickle down economics and nothing has trickled down.
        Besides, the best way to keep the long-term unemployed looking for jobs is to provide them extended unemployment benefits, which requires they keep searching. Otherwise they join the now record number of Americans too discouraged even to look.

        The President could offer hope by doing what he does best -- make speeches-- for the job creating measures Reich describes.  Would offer a fabulous contrast with the do nothing Republicans, no ?

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 09:18:51 AM PST

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      •  NedSparks (3+ / 0-)
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        tell me why is Obama pushing so hard to pass the TPP?
        that alone will kill more jobs then NAFTA.
        It IS his fault if this passes.
        Wake up.

        SORRY FOR THE TYPOS. Ziggy fingers on an Ipad :)

        by snoopydawg on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 10:22:19 AM PST

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        •  snoopydawg, you're the one who says he/shs (0+ / 0-)

          despises Obama more than Bush.... Nuff said.

          •  your point? (1+ / 0-)
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            You didn't address my comment.
            He is lying again when he says he is focused on jobs for us.
            Not with secretly negotiating the TPP.  
            And I despise the things Obama has done, especially when he campaigned on doing the opposite of what Bush did.

            SORRY FOR THE TYPOS. Ziggy fingers on an Ipad :)

            by snoopydawg on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 06:23:40 PM PST

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            •  I don't need to address your point, anyone who (2+ / 2-)
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              says he despises Barack Obama more than Bush has no point to make. Hate Obama more than Bush?????? Yeah, you will go over well with the Right Wingers.

              •  Oh get a life (0+ / 0-)

                If you won't address the points in my comment, then leave me alone , did I say I hate him?  If so, provide a link.
                I said I despise his policies, and yes he is doing the same things Bush did. Did you approve of those things then?  
                Keep cheering as our Rights disappear, jobs go over seas, more innocents murdered, SS disappears too.
                Oh, and have a donut for saying my points are RW talking points.
                They are truth and you will just not see it.

                SORRY FOR THE TYPOS. Ziggy fingers on an Ipad :)

                by snoopydawg on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 11:54:39 PM PST

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                •  Please remove your HR from NedSparks: (2+ / 0-)
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                  No matter how weak his argument, you're never allowed to HR someone that you're having a conversation with.

                  "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

                  by Brecht on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 02:11:19 AM PST

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                  •  I added mine, instead (0+ / 0-)

                    but now that I look around I would have preferred to add one over here somewhere down in that thread.

                    Ned has a long history in diaries and threads on trade — exactly this subject, and possible related ones — of coming out o the blue and accusing people of being anti-Obama, then doubling down with absolutely vicious personal attacks. His behavior is disgusting. He badly needs a timeout for this.

                    •  Fair enough. Seems entirely possible. (1+ / 0-)
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                      But that comment won't be hidden, and snooopydawg is out of line.

                      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

                      by Brecht on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 10:51:06 AM PST

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                      •  To make up for it (0+ / 0-)

                        I'd love to see an HR here. That one is way over the line. Particularly considering the parent comment is very level-headed, and he's now attacking multiple people in this thread using the same vitriol.

                        •  The danger of troll-hunting is, you always look a (1+ / 0-)
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                          bit trollish yourself, after doing too much of it. I don't think it's good for your karma to link to other people's comments, inviting other kossacks to HR them.

                          That's just general advice. In this specific case, NedSparks was being egregiously dickish in that thread.

                          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

                          by Brecht on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 12:00:29 PM PST

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                    •  You are actually attempting to cite my comment as (1+ / 0-)
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                      over the top and to illustrate your point you are using my objection to a diary that refereed to the President of committing a "Corporate Coup D'Etat”??

                      This illustrate an important point about many in this community who are perennial critics of this President. You dislike the word perennial, do you? Do you have a better word for individuals who have spent the entire five years of the presidency of Barack Obama describing him with over the top characterizations, such as saying he is conducting  a corporate "Coup D'Etat" of this nation. Does that even make sense? To you it does, because you cite it as an example of my being a so called "troll".

                      One thing I've learned from many of you critics of this President, people who state outright how they despise Barack Obama (an individual who has done more for people in this nation than a generation of Presidents) than George W. Bush, is you have no boundaries in your criticism of this man, yet when you are called out on your criticism and your hatred as is publically stated by the individual you are defending, you claim you are tired of my raising objections to such pronouncements.

                      You all would love to make any kind of over the top characterization of this President (like he is committing a "corporate Coup D'Etat") or he is a "sellout" without anyone raising an objection, but as long as I am able to post in this community, I will call out these statements. And will do so until the powers that be here tell me to leave. You don't like it?

                      Tough.

                      •  It didn't refer to THE PRESIDENT (0+ / 0-)

                        doing anything.

                        That's your problem. You either see everything as criticism of Obama, or you have another agenda wherein you want to distract from the very real concerns people have with the plutocrats who can pull favors from far too many people in government, by painting criticism as of Obama.

                        It's not about Obama.

                        •  So you didn't refer to the President? You only (0+ / 0-)

                          happen to cite a diary which claims the President is committing a corporate coup d'etat as fair criticism....

                          As far as I can recall a coup d'etat is the overthrowing of a nation usually through violent means. And Barack Obama is doing this?  This your example of fair criticism.

                          Barack Obama was elected twice by a sizable number of people in this nation, he did not have to conduct some undercover plot to get into power.  

                          The suggestion of your condoned diary notwithstanding.

                          I have nothing more to add here.

                •  You want a link? Here is your despise Obama more (0+ / 0-)

                  than Bush link:

                  Nothing he does surprises me anymore.
                  Except for maybe his arragance in showing us who he really represents.
                  I never thought I would despise anyone more then I did Bush.
                  Unbelieveable.
                  http://www.dailykos.com/...

                  It is actually stunning that you would demand a link for this amazing statement. You want to hide rate my comment? Go right ahead, I would want to hide rate it too, considering that I have brought up a comment that no one honestly referring to him/herself as a Democrat could make.

                  This is your mindset as it relates to this President and as far as I am concerned everything you (and those who despise Obama more than Bush like you do) say should be viewed in that context.  You hate Obama more than Bush....

                  Enough said....

              •  Uprated for two reasons: (1+ / 0-)
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                One) Snoopydawg's HR was against the rules.
                Two) There was nothing HRable in the comment.

                "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

                by raptavio on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 10:22:00 AM PST

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                •  Then go HR this: (0+ / 0-)

                  over here. If I'd seen that one first I'd have HRed it instead. This is absolutely HRable:

                  I imagine it appears I can't help myself to

                  perennial Barack Obama haters. I mean, you people so hate this President, that I put you in the category of the teapublicans.... All you do everyday is yell it's Obama's fault.

                  especially given it's in response to a level-headed critique of what Obama could be doing instead.

                  I'm sick of Ned's trolling and labelling people as "Obama haters". He seems to have a history with snoopydawg, but that's his problem and not mine. But Ned does have a history of exactly this kind of behavior in threads relating to the TPP, accusing TPP opponents of hating Obama, putting words in their mouths, and making personal attacks against TPP opponents saying their rhetoric about America's oligarchy is really about Obama. I'm sick of it.

                  Meanwhile, this in the comment you uprated is also absolutely HRable especially when the parent comment doesn't say what he claims. Your uprate is abusive.

                  I don't need to address your point, anyone who (2+ / 2-)

                  says he despises Barack Obama more than Bush has no point to make. Hate Obama more than Bush?????? Yeah, you will go over well with the Right Wingers.

      •  Time to do it again, 'pass this bill' at ever fall (0+ / 0-)

        ing-down bridge and crumbling road.  

        It worked so well last time Thugs bribed their captured media to squeal for them about how Bo was 'poisoning the well' and Thugs really just needed to be wooed with dinner, cocktails and private -especially the private part! - meetings to fall into Bo's arms.... and the rest of the media, enough Thugs-lying-about-being-indies and finally the WH bought it...

        and nothing go done.

        So lets go back to what at least made them squeal.  Especially for the up-coming base-election midterm.  

    •  OK (3+ / 0-)

      "What about proposing jobs in (3+ / 0-)
      infrastructure, green energy, and doing what we can to slow down climate change?  What about fighting harder to raise the minimum wage?"

      ____

      Which the President has done

      Barack Obama for President '12

      by v2aggie2 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 08:51:04 AM PST

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  •  No mention of unions or labor (6+ / 0-)

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:37:43 AM PST

  •   What a sick joke (11+ / 0-)

    I going to announce...high tech industry...Trans-Pacific Partnership

    I'm going to talk to college presidents....

    I'm going to talk to CEOs.....

    I'm going to talk to other elites....

    Then in the SOTU I'm going to mobilize the nation.....

    Please, please, GOP and Congress, let a little unemployment insurance extension through.

    Claiming bold measures and not delivering.

    The White House Communication Statff should be fired en masse for this POS.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:38:01 AM PST

  •  No mention of Christie. (0+ / 0-)

    How can the President ignore the biggest and most evil scandal in our nation's history?

    •  You mean Benghazi, of course. (NT) (0+ / 0-)

      "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

      by Rikon Snow on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 07:49:50 AM PST

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    •  We absolutely should pin Christie to the board (0+ / 0-)

      And lay him out in all his ugliness and vindictiveness for all to see, and not quit until even your average 5yr old understands that Chris Christie is not and never will be presidential material.  However.  Calling the shut down of a bridge for a few days, however awful it may have been for local citizens, is a bit of hyperbole that simply is meaningless to most voters who DON'T live there. Outside of skewering Christie, most of us don't really care.
      The biggest and most evil scandal in our nations history?  The NSA is spying on citizens.  Today.

      •  Meaningless?! (0+ / 0-)

        This is like Watergate X100!!  The President should have used this address to announce a CIA/FBI/NSA joint investigation into this incident.  Christie messed with National Security, he can be arrested under provisions of the Patriot Act and charged with terrorism.

      •  Skewering corruption and a bully (0+ / 0-)
        However.  Calling the shut down of a bridge for a few days, however awful it may have been for local citizens, is a bit of hyperbole that simply is meaningless to most voters who DON'T live there. Outside of skewering Christie, most of us don't really care.
        I'm not most of us and yeah I don't care about Cristie, never did.
        I do care about corrupt politicians and abusive people in positions of power.
        And cover-ups, bleh! It's such a chicken-shit thing to do (apologies to chicken-shit everywhere)
  •  Ah.. my favorite sentence: (8+ / 0-)
    This will be a year of action. I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs
    Rhetoric The Working Class Can Starve On.

    Free Trade w/ Columbia, Panama, S. Korea & pushing through the odious Trans Pacific Partnership?

    Results the Predator Class Can Bank On.

    Waking Up Yet?

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 08:44:20 AM PST

  •  Whenever he says this (6+ / 0-)

    Be very afraid.  Penny Pritzger is not labor's friend.  She's like Rahm, but without the warm personality.  

    TPP is being snuck through even as he makes pretty noises about the soon to be extinct middle class.  Call your senator and stop Obama's "jobs" program.  

    "It rubs the lotion on its skin" is not effective coalition building.

    by Nada Lemming on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 09:06:08 AM PST

  •  Neoliberal wetdream (4+ / 0-)
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    at least he isn't hiding it anymore...

    The Republicans are crazy, but why we follow them down the rabbit hole is beyond me.

    by Jazzenterprises on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 09:17:06 AM PST

  •  It Appears President Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    Is institutionally and personally incapable of unequivocally fighting for the working class.

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 09:55:05 AM PST

    •  Well, Surprised? (0+ / 0-)

      was Obama ever a member of the working class.. ever punch a time clock?

      Of course not.

      "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 01:00:18 PM PST

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  •  Yeah yeah yeah (1+ / 0-)
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    blah blah blah.

    Catch St. Louis' progressive talk show, The Murdock Report, every Tuesday @ noon! Stream or download it: www.wgnu920am.com I do the twit thing too @SmokinJoesTruth

    by Da Rat Bastid on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 09:56:07 AM PST

  •  Heard it all before. All talk, no action (1+ / 0-)
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    •  How do you propose he make House Thugs act? (0+ / 0-)

      That they let the bill even come to the floor for a vote, which is entirely in the Speakers sole discretion?  (Since  discharge petitions almost never work, especially in an election year with gerrymandered districts where Thugs need only shit on BO to win?)  

      On some things, like unemployment benefits, we can shame them and get something - tho the cost will be suffering for others.  But on most things, especially real jobs, we have to win this election - keep the Senate and at least not lose seats in the House.  If we do that, Thugs are staring into the abyss in 2016.

      And if you oppose TPP, you can walk and chew gum at the same time: demand D candidates take a stand on it and support those you agree with.  'Cause I guarantee Thugs will vote for it.  And even D Senators will balk if a wave a D anit-TPP candidates win.  

      Understand tho, that you do nothing for your 'side' is you savage BO in the process: he can be mistaken on this, not eeevvviiillll - which only playing into Thug hands.  Someone who agrees with you 90% of time is infinitely better than those who think you are 'straight from the pit of hell'.  Or are you just a nihilist and want a Thug dictator to ride in on a white charger?

      •  I expect our President to lead by example and (0+ / 0-)

        deliver on the unequivocal promises that he makes.  Mr. Obama promised us that he would be different, that he would find the bipartisan solution.  So far, he has pretty much been the same as everyone else--ineffective.  What a disappointment.

  •  PRIME-TIME dammit! Bigger #s and priority is clear (1+ / 0-)
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    stewarjt

    er.  

    This is good as far as it goes.  But if this is part of the 'defining struggle of our times', income inequality, which it is, then it deserves a bigger, more dramatic platform.  The public simply does not take a web address seriously.  Indeed, that venue trivializes it for most of them.

    Not to mention viewership by all but the already supporting you is practically nil.  Its not like you're going to get free media expanding that.  Beyond a brief mention on the cable shows and maybe a few words on a really slow news day on the 6:00 p network news, it will simply disappear.

    Do it prime-time, at least once a month, and don't neglect to spend half the time reviewing all your prior proposals and blaming the Thugs for refusing to even look at them - even when they were Thug's own idea, as some where.  You only win this marketing and the prime-time Presidential address is the best weapon you have against Thug who are nothing BUT marketing.

  •  It's just another pretty speech (2+ / 0-)
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    Superpole, stewarjt

    Worse, it's FIVE YEARS TOO LATE.

    He is a failure. An economic failure as President. He has not so much presided over a LACK of job creation as much as job EROSION...and has NOTHING TO SHOW FOR FIVE YEARS IN OFFICE besides watching so many millions of older Americans fall OUT of unemployment and into employment purgatory.

    I voted for him only because his opposition seemed so horrible. This site made his opposition seem unacceptable. But in my heart of hearts, I know this: The difference between Obama and McCain or Romney is INSIGNIFICANT when it comes to REAL GAINS for all non-One-Percent Americans.

    That, and bombing Iran are the only reasons left to have ever voted for Obama. His 'accomplishments' are MIA...

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 12:46:19 PM PST

  •  THIS IS NOT A YEAR OF ACTION (1+ / 0-)
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    stewarjt

    In fact, it's rather easy to predict since this in an election year, it's more or less guaranteed to be a year of ZERO action.

    safe bet that even raising the min wage to a pathetic, laughable $10.10 an hour will not pass this year.

    FAIL.

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sat Jan 11, 2014 at 12:58:10 PM PST

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