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In this week's weekly radio address, President Obama called on America to "restore opportunity for all."
After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year. But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened. Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by. And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

The full transcript can be read below the fold, or at the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
February 1, 2014

Hi, everybody. This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version. After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year. But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

The opportunity agenda I laid out on Tuesday has four parts. This week, I took them on the road.

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

These ideas will strengthen the middle class and help more people work their way into the middle class.  Some of them will require Congress.  But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.  I’m going to ask business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders to partner with us to advance these goals.

And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.

Thanks.  Have a great weekend.  And enjoy the Super Bowl.

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  •  If the opposition would give in (9+ / 0-)

    to Dear Leader's will, what a wonderful world it would be!

  •  'Opportunity' is a way to dodge income inequality, (11+ / 0-)

    and a tax code that redistributes money up to the upper/over classes.

  •  I can't help but wonder (4+ / 0-)

    how this last 5 years would have gone if the president was white, and how the right will react if Hillary wins the WH? 8 years of a black president, then a woman? OMG

    If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

    by RepresentUsPlease on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:22:37 AM PST

    •  diversity in our POTUSes is (16+ / 0-)

      highly desirable, but myself, most of all I want someone who actually behaves like a Democrat . . . for a change.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:38:19 AM PST

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    •  What is going to happen in the next two (4+ / 0-)

      elections is an increase in populist candidates. They will be Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, and Socialists. We may even get one or two Communists.

      The media is irrelevant at this point. They just don't realize it. Most Americans are of an age that makes them computer literate by default. Those that are relying on passive media like TV are hugely outnumbered.

      People are pissed. People are sick. People are hungry. People are homeless. People are being disappeared into a for profit prison system. People are tired. People are angry they were robbed. People are angry they were lied to.

      But I digress, so our political equations will see a conservative Hillary in the White House while our Congress swings back into it's proper role. This will create friction.

      •  From yr mouth 2 Gd's ear! ( nt) (2+ / 0-)
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        Horace Boothroyd III, corvo

        “One life. A little gleam of Time between two Eternities.” -- Thomas Carlyle

        by Rikon Snow on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:18:57 AM PST

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      •  May I Pose A Question? (3+ / 0-)
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        Horace Boothroyd III, corvo, onionjim
        The media is irrelevant at this point. They just don't realize it. Most Americans are of an age that makes them computer literate by default. Those that are relying on passive media like TV are hugely outnumbered.
        I agree with much of what you say but here's the thing. I don't watch TV news and I haven't for years. I get a lot of information from specialized websites like Daily Kos, Naked Capitalism, Truthout, etc. But I also scan Google News headlines regularly and on topic after topic it is nothing but corporate MSM reporting. There is almost a singular, lock-step viewpoint (the corporate one) on nearly every topic. So even if people tune out TV news (as they certainly should, as it is the worst) and turn to the internet, one must scour to find "real". non-manufactured news. That, I think, is a serious problem.
        •  And to Add One Point (3+ / 0-)
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          Horace Boothroyd III, corvo, onionjim

          When you couple the lack of genuine news reporting with the assault on education (now in the guise of using schools to provide job-training for corporations), you have an increasingly ignorant population being fed corporate propaganda incessantly. How do we break this cycle?

        •  Yes that is true when looking at aggregated news (2+ / 0-)

          But watch what happens when I select a pressing concern for many Americans:

          Foreclosure Scam
          First
          1
          2
          3
          4
          5

          Alone are a wealth of information.

          That is a game changer.

          •  True (2+ / 0-)
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            Horace Boothroyd III, corvo

            There is a ton of information available on the internet and, for self-directed folks like you, it may work fairly well. The problem is that the large majority of people are passive recipients of information who are overwhelmed by the sheer volume so they count on aggregators to present the news. And those aggregators are almost exclusively corporate-sourced.

            This has been a helpful discussion for me. It seems that one thing we need is an alternative to Google News, a Progressive news aggregator that can reach the passive news recipients who comprise the vast majority of Americans.

            •  Further to the Point (2+ / 0-)
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              corvo, shaharazade

              IMO, Naked Capitalism is the best daily news aggregator. Here is today's entry:

              Links 2/1/14

              It would be very helpful, I suggest, if the various Left/Progressive websites -- like DKos for instance -- promoted Naked Capitalism's daily digest. I recognize that NC may not be the best news aggregator (the best I've seen, however) so perhaps another site could be the focus. I also realize there is some competition among the various Progressive sites so some may be reluctant to direct traffic away. But, bottom line, we are all in this together and we  must begin promoting education of our citizens in a way that frees us from the corporate media.

              •  I would settle for (2+ / 0-)
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                socialismorbarbarism, AlexDrew

                a truly unbiased news source, not leaning in any direction, let me make up my own mind. Problem is all you get is leaning right or left, you have to read it all and then try to pick a place in the middle that might actually be the truth. Most people won't put that kind of work into it, that's why places like Fox have become so influential. In the long run, most people are lazy, or don't have the time, one or the other.

                If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

                by RepresentUsPlease on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:41:06 AM PST

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                •  That's An Interesting Comment (2+ / 0-)
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                  corvo, shaharazade

                  I am not referring to "political" news, such as that generally provided by MSNBC, FOX and even here at DKos. I am referring to actual hard news which, almost by definition, must be free of ideological distortion. The fact is, however, that there is almost no hard news that is not corporatized so it isn't as if we are getting some Left news and some Right news to sift through. No, all we get is Rightwing corporate news. it is totally one-sided because all the sources are corporatized. Naked Capitalism is one of the few sites that aggregates non-corporate news stories. You may want to check it out and see for yourself.

    •  An Interesting Question (3+ / 0-)
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      corvo, Liberal Thinking, AlexDrew

      And here is a variant:

      How will the Left react when President Hillary adopts the same neoliberal authoritarian polices as Obama? IMO, Obama has largely evaded accountability for two reasons: 1) people remain shocked and confounded that President Obama has turned out to be so very different than Candidate Obama; and 2) Obama's race has largely immunized him from attacks on the Left. Hillary won't have either advantage. People already know that the Clintons are all about Big Money (which is why Hillary lost last time), so there will be no honeymoon of confusion as there has been for Obama. And Hillary's gender will not provide the same cover for her as Obama's race has for him.

      •  Well, people will try to equate (4+ / 0-)

        all criticism of HRC with gynophobia or whatever the clinical term for "hatred of women" is.  Happened often enough around here in 2008.  Hell, I'm waiting for the HRC supporters to accuse Warrem supporters of hating women because they won't support HRC . . . just as those of us who preferred Jeremiah Wright to the current POTUS have been called racists.

        I imagine HRC will get pretty much the same free ride from what passes for "the left" that the current POTUS is getting.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:49:45 AM PST

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        •  I Think It Will Be Different (2+ / 0-)
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          I imagine HRC will get pretty much the same free ride from what passes for "the left" that the current POTUS is getting.
          Too much water under the bridge. Obama's reign has removed the wool from many eyes.

          However, I have been known to be wrong on occasion.

          •  Hilary's going to be compared to Obama (1+ / 0-)
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            corvo

            Not George Bush.

            •  She'll also be compared, (2+ / 0-)
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              shaharazade, AlexDrew

              for better or worse, with her husband.  We've already seen pushback from those who claim she was no mere cookie-baking First Lady but a full-fledged political partner FLOTUS . . . and yet somehow entirely dissociable from just about every one of her husband's policies that wasn't "Hillarycare."

              Yeah, I'm making popcorn, although she'll win the nomination in a walk.  Hard to challenge someone whose war chest will make Obama's billion look like lunch money.

              As for the general election, that depends more on which whack job the Republicans vomit out.  She'll do a fabulous job of uniting the Republicans against her -- they've loved hating her for decades -- but they'll scare off much of what's left of the middle, so yeah, I think we're stuck with eight (more) years of Conservadem "leadership."

              Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

              by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:04:35 AM PST

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              •  Being compared to Bill (0+ / 0-)

                might not totally be a bad thing, repubs will toss out his transgressions as things that should be held against Hillary, she can counter that she wasn't the one getting the BJ's. And I personally could care less where Bill got his sex, none of my business, he did however do his job very well, that's all I care about. I just wish Hillary would remember she has a D behind her name, not an R.

                If you are not the lead dog, the view never changes.

                by RepresentUsPlease on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:50:09 AM PST

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                •  asdf (3+ / 0-)
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                  shaharazade, snoopydawg, AlexDrew
                  I just wish Hillary would remember she has a D behind her name, not an R.
                  Kinda wish Bill had remembered that too.  That was my point.

                  Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

                  by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 10:05:22 AM PST

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        •  No Honeymoon With Hillary (1+ / 0-)
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          socialismorbarbarism

          Sorry, Hillary, but Obama got the honeymoon. Before she gets our support I think she should satisfactorily answer some core questions:

          (1) Are you ready to reject "free-trade" and push for higher tariffs and an international minimum wage?

          (2) Are you going to give us a "Sister Souljah" moment with Wall Street?

          (3) How do you plan to reduce spending on the military back to the Clinton levels?

          (4) Can you spell EPA, and are you ready to use that agency to deal with climate change?

          I'm sure you could come up with more questions, but if I got a satisfactory answer to these four then I think I could support her candidacy.

          •  Unfortunately, there's not much value (2+ / 0-)

            in asking her those questions.  We already know the answers, no matter what she actually says in response.

            Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

            by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:42:50 AM PST

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          •  She Won't Answer Those Questions (2+ / 0-)
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            corvo, Liberal Thinking

            Because she doesn't have to. No one in the Democratic Party will demand such answers before they anoint her.

            Votes first. Policy positions later. (Apologies to the Red Queen)

            Later, All.

            Keep the faith.

          •  don't agree that (2+ / 0-)
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            Fabienne, Liberal Thinking
            Obama got the honeymoon
            He didn't get through the inauguration before the GOP had planned to make it official policy to block whatever he wanted, no matter what it was.  And on the left, the knives have been out from the start--first from those who wanted Edwards or Hillary, and then from nearly everybody else.  Apparently, everybody in the country knows how to run the joint better than Obama, and want to see him run out of town on a rail.  The only difference between left and right in the complaints against the President is that the second-guessing and venomous descriptions from the left are not based on race.  One need only come here on a Saturday to see it; Nutpick from the right, and Saturday address from the left.

            He got no honeymoon.

            "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

            by SottoVoce on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 10:28:36 AM PST

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            •  He Got the Honeymoon With Us (0+ / 0-)

              The Republicans don't count.

              It's true that the complaints from the left aren't like those from the right. They're based on actual policy.

              But I don't get how he gets away with opposing us on things like climate change. The left could forgive him. History won't.

              Ditto for about four other major policy decisions.

          •  There is no way (3+ / 0-)
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            corvo, AlexDrew, Liberal Thinking

            in hell that Hillary would answer these questions like a Democrat as she is in direct opposition to every question you asked. On climate change last year she quipped in regard to the melting ice 'It will open up new drilling fields'. Then their is Keystone which I'm sure she worked hard to to promote as Sec of State. Bomb Bomb Iran? Ever hear her talk (lecture) to the Pakistani women who objected to having their villages drone bombed? We're at war and it's endless. Wall Street are/were her constituents. NAFTA and 'free trade' is the Clinton's legacy. It takes a village in China to polish those I phones and man the call centers in India. Ask away at least with HRC you won't be told that this is change you can believe in and as a bonus Big Dog will feel your pain.    

          •   Liberal Thinking (1+ / 0-)
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            Liberal Thinking

            The questions are spot on. But she will not court our support. She will, at most use a dog whistle. She knows that we have no where else to go. And once they beat the abortion and Supreme Court drum, we will dance, myself included.

            Sadly, I am accepting that Warren won't run.

            New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

            by AlexDrew on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 11:13:18 AM PST

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      •  Your right about Number 2, for sure. The left has (1+ / 0-)
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        ratcityreprobate

        no compuction whatsoever when it comes to attacking women.

        The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

        by Alice Olson on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:50:19 AM PST

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        •  Well, There is Great Diversity Among Female Views (4+ / 0-)
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          Sparhawk, corvo, Jesse Douglas, AlexDrew

          So that opens Hillary up to attack immediately. In contrast, the black vote tends to be almost monolithically Democratic/Liberal. And Hillary and Bill have an established and  florid track record, unlike Obama who could act the cipher. If you are suggesting that the Left attacks women BECAUSE they are women I disagree and ask for examples.

      •  What cover? The media has been very tough on this (5+ / 0-)

        President  and others too. I do not think his race provided him any cover. If anything, it brought the racists out of the woodwork and we saw some very serious overt racism .

        And Hillary's gender will not provide the same cover for her as Obama's race has for him.
        Few even gave this President a chance, particularly the media.

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        by wishingwell on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:52:01 AM PST

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  •  Annotations (14+ / 0-)
    But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all. Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.
    Then Obama shouldn't have frozen federal pay for 5 years running and laid off thousands of federal workers. Those are Middle Class people getting hurt badly.
    Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy. In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs. In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.
    The role of government and our education system is to provide corporate job-training. More neoliberal socializing the costs and privatizing the profits.
    And enjoy the Super Bowl.
    Circuses. No bread.
  •  Create American jobs. (13+ / 0-)

    Mr. President, please dump the TPP.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:23:10 AM PST

  •  No offense..I'm a Democrat and Obamacare supporter (16+ / 0-)

    BUT.....this is the stupidest, most blatant political showboating I've seen in quite some time...!!!!!

    I agree with the idea, but Motorola, eBay, Deloitte, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Bank of America, Marriott International, McDonald’s and Walgreens, Walmart, Apple, General Motors and Ford aren't exactly filling up the "Help Wanted" pages.

    I was laid off from a Proctor and Gamble contractor because they shipped our injection molding operation to Mexico for crying out loud...!!!!!!!

    It's going to take more than showboating and a meeting to get America back to work.  

    Step 1.  200% tax on every dollar for off shore products..!!!
    Step 2.  Massive infrastructure spending...

    Yo see where I'm going...?!?!?!

    •  The Idea That For-Profit Corporations (9+ / 0-)

      are going to become social welfare organizations is ludicrous. Apple, for one, pays starvation wages in Asian factories. Does anyone seriously believe that Apple -- or any other multinational corporation -- is going to hurt its bottom line to be a good guy? Absurd. Obama should read this book:

      The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

      •  Starvation by American standards (0+ / 0-)

        Apple manufacturing jobs are highly coveted in Asia because they are better than nearly all the alternatives.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:08:03 AM PST

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        •  How Does that Help The American People? (3+ / 0-)
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          corvo, shaharazade, onionjim

          That is precisely the thinking and those are the polices that have eviscerated the American Middle class. Elected American leaders are supposed to protect the interests of the American People. To do otherwise is dubious, even if the motivation was really to help the Chinese People, which it isn't anyway. Our elected leaders are serving the multinational corporations at the expense of the American Middle class. That is very very wrong.

          •  It'll happen eventually (0+ / 0-)

            Water always finds its level.

            A situation where Americans make $20/hr and people elsewhere make $5/day isn't going to last forever regardless of trade policy.

            They want what we have and will simply take it when the opportunity presents itself. We could close our import/export corridors but there's no way we can run what we're currently running without international trade. None.

            (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
            Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

            by Sparhawk on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:35:19 AM PST

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            •  And Our "Leaders" Role Is to Hasten the Wreckage? (3+ / 0-)
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              corvo, shaharazade, onionjim

              I think not. Our leaders' job is to protect the American People. Period. If that means that so-called "free trade" must be limited, so be it.

              •  Automation is a bigger threat than free trade (0+ / 0-)

                Should American leaders order big businesses not to invent machines?

                (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
                Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

                by Sparhawk on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:42:03 AM PST

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                •  Depends on the Machines (1+ / 0-)
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                  corvo

                  Fracking equipment, yes. Ban it. Other technology? Fine. People can get different jobs with government help. Which goes back to the larger issue, namely whether our economy should serve the American People or the American People should serve the economy. IMO, we need a managed economy that serves the American People first and foremost. We don;t have that now and it is strangling the Middle Class.

                •  That's quite (1+ / 0-)
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                  corvo

                  the binary, loaded, straw dog question. Technology and machines are not all benign to society and you totally ignore the usage and intent of the inventors and producers and those who invest in technology that is inappropriate and harmful yet lucrative. American government/political leaders are not or at least should not be protecting and subsidizing machines and 'inventions'  that mean humans and the planet harm. This is disaster capitalism that looks at humans and the environment as collateral damage and has zero interest in the common good.        

                •  Sparhawk you make so many statements (0+ / 0-)

                  without any back up. Automation is a huge industry that didn't exist before. So it in itself creates hi tech skilled jobs.

                  A situation where Americans make $20/hr and people elsewhere make $5/day isn't going to last forever regardless of trade policy.
                  You got tea leaves for that?
                  They want what we have and will simply take it when the opportunity presents itself.
                  This needs to be reported to the authorities. No furriner is coming here and takin' nuthin' but from my cold dead fingers. Heh.
                  Apple manufacturing jobs are highly coveted in Asia because they are better than nearly all the alternatives.
                  Oh, I love this one. Can you believe folks would settle for Apple's crappy jobs, when there wasn't anything else?

                  A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

                  by onionjim on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 12:26:21 PM PST

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    •  You're going in the right direction. (4+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, neither party wants to head that way.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:19:49 AM PST

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  •  B freaking S. He's bought into Republican framing (16+ / 0-)

    there.  'Opportunity' is giving people a lottery ticket.

    People don't need lottery tickets, they need guaranteed help.  They don't need 'the opportunity' to survive.  They need to survive, and hopefully to thrive.

    They need concrete help in achieving goals, not 'opportunity'.

  •  Just a few (3+ / 0-)

    of the reasons D's need to get their collective asses to the polls in '14.

    Common Sense is not Common

    by RustyBrown on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:28:26 AM PST

  •  I'll let you know if the Transgender women I know (5+ / 0-)

    start getting jobs.

    He did say all right?

  •  The opportunity to bring FIRE to a reasonable (4+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Alice Olson, PhilK, dfarrah

    percentage of our economy was lost, and with it any chance of a healthy real economy.  investment banks cut down to size and health care costs in line with the rest of the world would have gone a long way towards a healthier economy and income equality

    "Searches with nonspecific warrants were ‘the single immediate cause of the American Revolution.’” Justice Wm. Brennan, referring to the 4th Amendment

    by Nailbanger on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:32:22 AM PST

    •  How about this: they're obviously (3+ / 0-)
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      dfarrah, corvo, Nailbanger

      incompetent to run their businesses, so we'll take them over until such time as they grow up.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:21:41 AM PST

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  •  sorry, diarist, but (11+ / 0-)

    most of us aren't buying it any more.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:37:07 AM PST

    •  The diarist is a Front Page writer and I assume (5+ / 0-)

      that the President's weekly address is an ongoing, standard assignment. I don't see anywhere in the diary so much as a single supportive word from the diarist for this POS weekly address. Indeed, it seems pretty obvious by the absence of text other than Obama's own that the diarist has no praise to offer.

      I've just written to the President asking how taking $8B out of the economy and food off the table of tens of thousands of poor Americans in any way moves us closer to being a more just and equal nation.  I hope you all will join me. I don't think the President reads Daily Kos (though I'd love to be proven wrong about that) but I do think someone reads and compiles the gist of the emails he receives and passes them along to policy advisors. Pollyanna, that's me.

      The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

      by Alice Olson on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:59:06 AM PST

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      •  He can't stop it. (0+ / 0-)

        It took two years to pass a farm bill, and even then there were multiple votes (some failed), so I think it's pretty incredible that we have a farm bill in the first place. The food stamp cuts in it don't come close to what Eric Cantor originally proposed ($40 billion, throwing some people off the program).

        •  "He can't stop it." (4+ / 0-)

          That is simply false. Obama could veto the Farm Bill and demand no cuts to SNAP. Or else no Farm Bill. Even the GOP have some things they can't be nihilistic about but they pretend otherwise to extract these concessions. Obama set the pattern early and then put an enormous exclamation point on it when he offered the Sequester to pass the budget. Now the GOP knows it can always gain concessions no matter how weak its hand.

          •  Vetoing it wouldn't solve the problem (0+ / 0-)

            The bill had the support of almost half of House Democrats, and it will probably be supported by most Democratic senators. If he suddenly tried to veto it, people on both sides of the aisle would be thinking "what in God's name is he doing". It would be like Obama deciding to veto a bipartisan immigration bill once it reached his desk. It's still a success that a five-year farm bill was passed in the first place, given how a version with $20 billion in food stamp cuts failed to pass the House. If this bill failed, it would inevitably mean months of negotiations, and the final product would likely satisfy even less people than the one we have today.

            •  This Illuminates The Problem (3+ / 0-)
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              corvo, Mr Robert, bananapouch1
              If he suddenly tried to veto it, people on both sides of the aisle would be thinking "what in God's name is he doing".
              Who cares? Really, why do you care if other pols get mad at Obama? That's what being President is. That's what being a leader means.

              As for the final outcome if Obama stood fast, we won't know because he never does it. Which the GOP understands perfectly well. Which, again, is the problem not the solution?

              •  Obama has stood fast before. (0+ / 0-)

                He refused to give in during the shutdown/defund Obamacare debate, not agreeing even to small proposals like repealing the medical device tax (which half of the Democrat caucus supported). This is different though. If, given how difficult it was to get to a farm bill, were to veto it because he didn't get everything he wanted, there would probably be no farm bill. Instead, it would all be run on short-term extensions, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Repubs tried to throw in Obamacare repeals into them. Crossing the "milk cliff" could very well occur.

      •  in which case (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr Robert

        they might as well have posted the weekly address under the username "Transcript Editors."

        Oh, and if anyone in the Administration reads this site and your letters, it will be (1) fundraisers and, possibly, (2) the "security" apparatus.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:11:50 AM PST

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  •  But...but...but...Opportunity is already EQUAL! (4+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, corvo, Liberal Thinking, Mr Robert

    Just ask any bigotted asshole who does the hiring -- they don't discriminate against anyone they'll tell you.

    (The lottery is EQUAL Opportunity.  What personnel trash engage in is called bigotry, stupidity, irresponsibility, and dishonesty.)

  •  Obama wants more opportunity (6+ / 0-)

    he should kill the TPP.  Otherwise it's all BS.

    After five years hasn't Obama realized begging CEOs will get him two things, jack and shit.

  •  What does "Creating Opportunity" even mean?!? (5+ / 0-)

    He simply cannot bring himself to let go of these saccharine Reagenesque euphemisms and anodyne phrases that are intended to feel good but actually mean nothing, especially when not backed by meaningful action. He wants to present himself as the anti-Reagan but he has the stylistic style and in many ways even policy approach of Reagan. The problem with the US economy isn't that economic conditions are insufficiently good for US corporations. It's that there isn't enough demand, nor strong enough laws and regulations to force corporations to do the right thing by American workers.

    Either he lacks the fire to fight, or simply doesn't care. He's despised by the right, and not respected or trusted by the left. No wonder his numbers are in the tank. The man doesn't stand for anything beyond words.

    Stop talking and just fucking DO something already!

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:06:05 AM PST

  •  Tired of hearing his voice (6+ / 0-)
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    TJ, dfarrah, corvo, Mr Robert, snoopydawg, AlexDrew

    I'd like to have a new president now just so I could hear a different voice droning on about their lofty aspirations, which will never be realized.

  •  So I'm going to fast-track a new free trade (7+ / 0-)

    agreement which will enable the American worker to compete with little girls in Bangladesh working for a dollar a day.

    God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:16:19 AM PST

    •  In Time, Americans May Question (1+ / 0-)
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      corvo

      Why their so-called leaders destroyed the American Middle Class to boost multinational corporate profits. Unfortunately, that time hasn't arrived yet. But when it does, some people will have a lot of explaining to do.

      •  I think people are questioning it (0+ / 0-)

        but there's no venue in the media or politics for them to have that discussion.

        I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 08:00:40 AM PST

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    •  It Undermines the Headline (4+ / 0-)

      It looks like the "all people" in "restore opportunity" doesn't include the "American people". A President that sponsors TPP and Keystone XL isn't representing the American people.

      Don't we have a liberal to run for President? We need someone who understands basic economics and how it relates to job creation. The way to get  jobs in construction and manufacturing is to build an international minimum wage into our existing trade agreements, not to increase the amount of cheap labor competing with our workers.

      I'd like to support this guy, because he's vastly better than the Republican alternatives. But it's a little hard to do that when his focus seems to be undermining core Democratic values like protecting the environment, decent pay and decent working conditions.

      Frankly, we need to concentrate on Congress and elect Democrats there. It would be nice to have a solid majority of decent Democrats in both houses, for a change.

      •  I Realize How Far From This We Are Today (2+ / 0-)
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        corvo, Liberal Thinking
        It looks like the "all people" in "restore opportunity" doesn't include the "American people". A President that sponsors TPP and Keystone XL isn't representing the American people.
        But to some minds -- mine, for instance -- elected leaders who sell-out their own people are derelict in their duties, to put it mildly.
    •  But useless trinkets will cost 3¢ less (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, SouthernLiberalinMD

      therefore it will be good for the American worker.

      I'm not sure how people actually believe this stuff. I could barely keep a straight face typing it.

      "The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities" - Adam Smith

      by Jesse Douglas on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:46:07 AM PST

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  •  "if you work hard and live up to your responsi- (3+ / 0-)
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    dfarrah, corvo, Mr Robert

    bilities, you can make it if you try."

    What the efffffff is that supposed to mean? Spin away, people who favor Obama and the current administration that may finally be starting to use executive orders for something besides taking care of military idiocy and corporate profiteering and racketeering...

    Work hard? Hey, the most of us are hard workers, doing over 4o hours for less than 40 hours' pay, trading "PTO" for salary, at Walmart taking up collections from our meager pay to help our fellow Walslaves have a Christmas dinner, over 40 years of flat wages for steadily increasing productivity, the effing Few skimming and stealing all the Real Wealth they can get their smarmy paws on which is MOST OF IT, and what are our "responsibilities?" "Make the Recovery" by doing Real Work to fill the huge hole in Real Wealth left by the effffing Banksters and the rest of the "liquidity-promoting financial industry" (sic) when they stole tens of trillions, and are continuing to steal with long levers like CDOs and CDSs and other derivatives and LIBOR and they have their eyes on that $3 trillion Social Security "trust fund" and now just flat stealing the money that ordinary people have on deposit in those things called Bankis, and I could go on and on but if you don't get the idea, or say it ain't so, your perspicacity or "class loyalty" is suspect? " "your responsibilities?" With all due respect to Mr. President and his speech writers and that mind-manipulation staff of his, "Screw You."

    And what does "make it" mean? Be the Next Big Thing in Social Media Social Disintegration? Have enough Chained-CPI nickels and dimes to buy the better brand of cat food and ramen and mac'n'cheese? Keep on being iDiot Consumers of the world's resources? Volunteer to go fight the Imperial Wars, or find a Really Good Career in "national security?" http://www.nsa.gov/...

    The same message comes from middle and upper management, coupled to the ol' "management by intimidation" and the bit about that silly parable where a bunch of people sit down to dinner, and the guy in the suit cleans almost all the food off all the plates onto his oversized and elastic platter leaving only crumbs, and then looks at everyone else and tells them "You better be quick and grab what's left, that guy beside you is reaching for it!"

    Effffing boooollllsheeet...

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:17:57 AM PST

    •  "What the efffffff is that supposed to mean?" (3+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert, Jesse Douglas, jm214

      It means: "I got mine; what's your problem?"

      Standard conservative/Calvinist BS.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 09:13:30 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for bringing up that "responsibility" bit (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, jm214

      I'm wondering what I'd have to do to provide that I'm "living up" to them. If some corporate entity determines that I've failed to do so, am I not entitled to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" any longer?

      Seriously, Democratic President, what "responsibilities" do I have to live up to in order to be granted a chance at a middle class life? What a tremendous joke.

      Almost makes me think that Tricky Dick was simply born at the wrong time. Imagine him running nowadays, considering a Guaranteed Minimum Income, supporting the EPA, opening relations with a former enemy...

  •  America as a Horror Show (0+ / 0-)

    In case ya missed it:

    David Simon on America as a Horror Show
    More Found At: Moyers & Company

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:29:56 AM PST

  •  In 2011, Congress failed to pass a jobs bill (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dfarrah, Mr Robert

    This happened with Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. There is no chance of similar legislation making it through Congress without Republican cooperation.

    The Jobs Program That Wasn’t

    Macroeconomic Advisers on the American Jobs Act, proposed a year ago:
    We estimate that the American Jobs Act (AJA), if enacted, would give a significant boost to GDP and employment over the near-term.

     -The various tax cuts aimed at raising workers’ after-tax income and encouraging hiring and investing, combined with the spending increases aimed at maintaining state & local employment and funding infrastructure modernization, would:
     -Boost the level of GDP by 1.3% by the end of 2012, and by 0.2% by the end of 2013.
     -Raise nonfarm establishment employment by 1.3 million by the end of 2012 and 0.8 million by the end of 2013, relative to the baseline

    <...>

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/...

  •  The continuous belching of anti-Obama diatribe (1+ / 0-)
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    Fabienne

    that goes on in this little corner of Daily Kos on Saturday mornings is like therapy to the anti-Obama set. They can't wait to descend on the President's weekend message to tell the world how horrible Obama is.

    This has been going on for five straight years. And it doesn't matter what the President says. Last week the President spoke out on the issue of sexual assault against women and someone took the opportunity to stretch this message all the way around the world and connect it to drones.

    It's too ridiculous to even be ridiculous.

  •  There must be an election coming up (1+ / 0-)
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    corvo

    or something.

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 10:22:35 AM PST

  •  Restore opportunity to all? (0+ / 0-)

    We've never had that in the history of this country.

    Or is he saying we don't have to actually restore opportunity, but at least the sense, or belief, that we have it? The next line refers to "the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try."

    We've never had that for everyone either. But the idea is nice. Maybe let's just start by trying to restore the belief.

    Sorry, I'm sick of presidents saying things that are designed to make us feel better but contradict reality.

    Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

    by cruz on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 03:46:09 PM PST

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