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President Zero (Jobs, That Is)

September 8, 2011 by  

President Zero (Jobs, That Is)

None. Goose egg. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Zero. That’s the total number of jobs added to the American economy during the month of August. During his Presidency, Barack Obama has continually managed to surprise me — but almost always in the a-satellite-fell-out-of-the-sky-and-landed-on-my-car manner never in the oh,-look,-I-found-a-quarter manner. Obama has certainly taught me to lower expectations. Well, congratulations, Mr. President, here’s a new low!

I hardly need to remind you that allowing Obama to spend one moment in the White House after January 2013 – unless he’s taking the tour – borders on national suicide. And you certainly don’t need me to tell you not to touch the third rail; the entire nation electrocuted itself in November 2008.  Most of you get it: Another four years of President Obama may well cook our collective goose.

For those among you who still don’t get it: Obama’s economic plan led the nation to produce nary a new gig in August. The domestic economy hasn’t managed to post a doughnut on the jobs scoreboard for an entire month since 1945. Even President Jimmy Carter’s dreaded malaise never spawned an employment whitewash quite so bleak; and he was outsmarted by the White House tennis court schedule (not to mention one fierce bunny). The United States comprises more than 300 million souls. Those 300 million (minus the babies, the infirm and the bulk of the population of Detroit) combine to produce a gross domestic product of $14.6 trillion. That’s a lot of scratch, especially considering how poorly we all fared in 2010.

And 2011 is worse. The economy, strangling in the grip of Obama’s Keynesian madness, is spiraling downward faster than the ratings for a television program hosted by a disgraced race pimp who once engineered a hoax which included smearing a teenage girl with actual feces – not that any channel would ever allow such offal in its studios. The national unemployment rate is still hovering above the 9 percent mark; that’s 4 points above the mark at which it stood on the day of Obama’s inauguration. The national underemployment mark – denoting people who work part time because they can’t find full-time work – is close to 20 percent. The latest figures from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that we may wait nearly a decade before the jobs picture brightens; although, the CBO was too polite to add “longer if we let Obama keep the keys to the Oval Office.”

For those who will accuse me of being unfair, consider Obama’s performance so far. The bailouts have flopped like fish on a dock. The decision to hand General Motors over to the union thugs who destroyed it in the first place left the taxpayers holding the note on a multibillion-dollar boondoggle. Obama’s “green jobs” campaign has not only provided no boost to the economy, it has tied the proverbial millstone to its neck. Solyndra swallowed more than half a billion taxpayer dollars only to choke to death. Democratic crony-run corporations such as GE ship jobs overseas while Obama and the Democrats whine about the lack of gainful employment. The union thugs openly threaten violence, and their anointed savior refuses to condemn their borderline-treasonous hostility. America teeters on the edge of a yawning chasm of depression, yet rather than come up with a plan to pull us back, the President of the United States will deliver… another speech. The only plus side to tonight’s latest edition of Obama’s Alinsky-ite blather lies in the sweet relief of knowing most Americans won’t be watching. The President’s popularity has plumbed such depths that he has fallen to the undercard for a football game.

Maybe this is his plan: babble endlessly enough to bore us all into submission. Offer inane ideas with all the forethought of throwing darts while blindfolded: “Hey, maybe this will work.” Judging by past performance, it won’t.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    When in doubt, take a vacation or an extended bus tour (in China). Is it me, or are Obubba and Motormouth Joe in a contest to see who can be the dumbest politician in American history? Until recently, Joe was way ahead, but now Opraiseme has surged ahead of Motormouth.
    The only thing that seems to make sense is the idea that a certain prez has a selective memory. After almost three years [THREE YEARS] “jobs” are somehow now important. Most high school kids are smarter than that, people.
    Well, you get what you pay for, folks. What you Obuymesomecred fans bought is much worse than a pig in a poke. Some indelicate types might say you got what you deserve (I wouldn’t, as the entire nation is suffering because of your severe mental problems).

  • Doc Sarvis

    President Obama’s economic plan has not been implemented, congress has seen to that.

    • Jim

      Doc, what economic plan? Let’s look at what Obama has done. Obamacare, the stimulus package, Bail out of GM & Chrysler, Cash for clunkers, raised the debt ceiling, bigger government, gave money to green industries that are now in bankruptcies, promised unemployment not over 8%. Now can you tell me what plan has Obama put on the table that the Republicans has stop that would have got our economy moving in the right direction?

      • SMSgt Z retired Nam 68

        A little fact you all seem to over look

        President George W. Bush’s administration, only weeks before leaving office, gave GM and Chrysler $17.4 billion in loans after legislation to speed loans to the companies failed in Congress. The Dec. 19, 2008, terms signed by GM and Chrysler required them to reduce their debt levels, negotiate wage and benefit cuts for auto workers and submit detailed restructuring plans by Feb. 17, 2009, showing a path to “long-term viability, international competitiveness and energy efficiency.”

        By the end of the Bush administration, both companies were running out of money and there was no time for drastic restructuring. In all likelihood, forcing the companies into bankruptcy in December 2008 would have led to liquidation, making the Bush loans a lifeline to keep the companies afloat and buy more time for an overhaul.

        Some critics have questioned whether the Bush requirements were tough enough. The loan terms instructed the companies to file restructuring reports by March 31, 2009, including “any deviations from the restructuring targets.” That was to include an explanation why failing to meet the specific terms would “not jeopardize the borrower’s long-term viability.”

        • Michael

          SGM, W was not exactly rooting for free markets during most of his 2nd term, but he sure as hell did not give 2 American auto makers to the thugs in the union. Obama’s actions are more like those of Ho Chi Minh and not like an American.

        • vicki

          President Bush has been out of office for 3+ years and you STILL blame him? The question is not what Bush did. It is what Obama did or failed to do.

          • Thinking About

            Just who do you think was in office until Jan 09. Let’s see if we can figure out all that was, must be GWB. Who do think was driving the wagon from 2001 to 2009? Who was spending like a drunk sailor, getting us hooked in a war of choice. Who was driving the wagon when the banks was bailed out. It I’d not blame, GWB should stand up like a man and take ownership of the mess he got us in.

        • Void1972

          SMS
          You really crack me up! I know bush was a socialist, and a terrible president, but this communist is by far the most horrifying president the world has ever seen!
          I’m sure you love the fact that the obamanation is again taking from the so called rich, and giving to all his communist follower’s. The sad truth is the majority of the minorities are communist like yourself. You say you fought for America, and so did rev wright, and many other anti-Americans. But it doesnt change what you are. A communist.
          If congress passes this hand out for the minorities, It will show that America is finished. We have wasted hundreds of billions every year for the last 50, trying to make up for the biggest and most costly mistake in history, slavery. But that was hundreds of years ago, and you communist refuse to let it go, because you only want the destruction of the last great hold out of freedom in the world. You will be in your glory, but in the end game, you will lose everything real American’s fought and died for.
          God Bless America, and those who fight for her!!!!

          • ron

            Void, you do not have to worry because in 10 or so years you will be the minority and you can receive the commie hand outs. You who think that if you do not think like me you must be a commie. Men and woman have put their lives on the line so idiots like you can vote aginst your own self intrest. And you have the nerve to say minorites are all commies. Lookat yourself if you dare and ask yourself this. do I fit the profile of a middle to late middle aged male who is pretty much to himself at the work place (if you have one) looks at minorites as people who are taking whats he considers is his, spends more time social networking than he does talking with wife and family, any of those in twos and you fit the profile of a facist fool.

          • Void1972

            Ron
            Spoken like a true communnist. You might have a point that in ten or so years i will be the miority, but I will be long gone from the hell hole you and yours will create, and have created every where you go. This is your lagacy, not only in America, but the world. Many of the blacks in America are true to thier counrty, but the takers like yourself are the biggest burden we the people have to deal with. You are mentally and moraly corrupt because of your terrible upbringing. The facts are the facts. you only have yourself to blame!

    • crystal

      There is no economic plan. Obama had two years with two houses in his pocket and there still wasn’t an economic plan passed. No excuse!!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        The passage of a VERY weak health care law did not provide the economic benefits that President Obama planned out – another consession he made to the Right. Repeatidly caving to the Right so as to not restoring a higher tax rate on the very wealthy is another way that his economic plan has not been implemented. Many economists feel that the Troubled Assett Relief Program (TARP) was a success and was underfunded.

        The cash for clunckers program actually did work and had benefits but was never seen as a large program. As a footnote to that; the Right like to profess that no government program ever goes away – cash for clunckers did under President Obama’s leadership.

        • Song

          Really Doc? Care to explain why Obama did absolutely nothing when he had the majority in the congress for 2 years???? Wow, people like you are scary. What kool aid are you drinking? Cash for Clunkers worked? Come back to earth Doc, there may be hope for you yet. Read if you care to become a little better informed…

          http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204313604574326531645819464.html

          http://www.edmunds.com/about/press/cash-for-clunkers-results-finally-in-taxpayers-paid-24000-per-vehicle-sold-reports-edmundscom.html?articleid=159446&

          • Doc Sarvis

            First few years, let’s see off the top of my head… He got combat troops out of Iraq AHEAD OF SCHEDULE! He worked hard to try to save many of the important parts of the health care reform. While there are many good things about the health care reform that was implemented his plan as a whole was misrepresented in the conservative talking points and so the full plan was not adopted. Unlike many on this site like to claim, President Obama is not a dictator and therefore has little control of how congressional Democrats vote.

            As for the Cash for Clunkers; I read the articles you posted and neither of them gave any credit to a large portion of an important aspect of that program – reducing our gas consumption. While I admited in my original post that Cash for Clunkers was a relatively small program in terms of federal monies, it succeeded in getting a lot of gas guzzeling cars off the road with more efficient cars taking their place. Your articles say nothing about the gas savings people are getting with these cars, nothing about the lower emmissions, nothing about reducing our dependance on the ever dwindling supply of oil and the world conflict that creates for us.

          • Song

            Seriously Doc? There are a multitude of articles on the subject…so now you are saying that the reason for cash for clunkers was environmental? hahahahahahahahahaahahahahahhahahahahahahaahahahahah ha Wow, you really are a dense one, aren’t you. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ha

            You just keep worshiping your oh so benevolent commander-n-chief while the rest of us do the heavy lifting. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaha…I notice, you didn’t care to comment on the constitutionality of the program…..

          • DaveH

            Cash for clunkers is the typical “broken window” approach put forth by Ignorant Keynesian Democrats who think you can create wealth by destroying wealth. Read this to get some common sense:
            http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/cash-for-clunkers-dumbest-program-ever/

          • DaveH

            Environmental savings? Sure Doc, whatever you say. For those who just aren’t foolish enough to take Doc’s word for anything, see here:
            http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/cash-for-clunkers-is-a-lemon/

          • DaveH
          • DaveH

            When Liberals like Doc throw out statements like “his plan as a whole was misrepresented in the conservative talking points”, don’t let them get away with those generalizations. Make them provide specific examples and provide evidence for their conjecture.

          • Doc Sarvis

            Right or wrong you are picking at what I admit is a very small program/example of what President Obama did in the first half of his term. You don’t seem to want to address my main point on the bigger issues. A little myopic of you I would say.

          • eddie47d

            We wouldn’t expect anything else from them Doc. You know how they play the game so hang in there.

          • Song

            Doc! You brought the whole issue up, or did you forget that already? And yes, I am still laughing!

        • http://www.keysinsurance.com Linda

          Cash for clunkers was only successful in taking a bunch of Obama bumper stickers off the roads.

          • DaveH

            Then it was a roaring success, lol.

    • Dan az

      Doc
      I think he did get what he wanted and its obvious to all.
      In an example of how government at every level wastes tax dollars, one U.S. county is spending around $4 million in combined federal and local funds to house a dozen homeless people in an affluent community.

      That translates into more than $330,000 per person, which means that Uncle Sam might as well buy them each their own, fully furnished house. After all, the median single-family home in the U.S. costs around $172,000 so the government could also throw in a few years worth of utility bills and even groceries.

      Instead officials in Bethesda Maryland will spend the money to operate a three-story apartment building, operated by the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, that will house 12 homeless adults. The facility will have six studio and six one-bedroom apartments as well as a gym and computer center, according to the local newspaper (Washington Examiner) that exposed the costly project this week.

      A chunk of the money—$1 million—will come from President Obama’s fraud-infested stimulus, which has proven to be a disastrous waste of public funds. Judicial Watch has reported on the many scandals involving the president’s $787 billion plan to jumpstart the economy and put Americans back to work. Much of the money has gone to companies that have cheated the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and a series of wasteful projects.

      Last summer a scathing U.S. Senate report revealed that tens of millions of stimulus dollars went to frivolous projects like international ant research, to study why monkeys react negatively to inequity and a “tunnel to nowhere” in Pennsylvania. The same probe discovered that recovery funds also bought state-of-the-art cell phones for low-income smokers trying to quit, fancy digital music players for high school students in one state and advertising to promote the stimulus.

      What’s another million so homeless folks can live in an upscale neighborhood? Besides the stimulus cash, Montgomery County’s new homeless digs are being financed by an additional $944,829 in county housing funds and $2.1 million in state low-income housing tax credits.
      Can you explain his reasoning to us?

      • Kate8

        Dan az – Check out the latest on Fast and Furious.

        Obama and Company are in big trouble on this one. If only the media was reporting it better, and if only Congressmen had spines.

        This is not only grounds for removal, it’s grounds for imprisonment, or worse. It’s setting up America for invasion after first disarming the people so we can’t fight back. This is a clear ruse aimed at gun confiscation and arming our enemies.

        Just what is it going to take to stop this guy? Is there NO ONE who will stand up to him? Will he actually get away with this one? Well, if the media has their way, he no doubt will…This is Chicago thuggery at its finest. The big boys want this done, and they don’t want any excuses.

        http://www.2ndamendmenttv.com/videos/attacks-on-our-rights/obama-administration-in-trouble.html

        These goons are becoming more and more brazen. One can’t help but think they are planning to subdue us before another election rolls around.

        • Christin

          Kate8,

          Thanks for the video on Fast and Furious…

          There is a committee in Congress that is investigating this illegal arms deal with Mexico by the WH administration that has killed 200 people already… wish MORE Congressmen/women and Conservative attorneys would jump on board and bring this illegal attempt at taking our 2nd Amendment Rights away to the Light…front and center… NOW.

          Hope more of you will watch. Hope many of you will contact your Congress people and pressed them to look into ‘Fast and Furious’ and get-it-done.

          • 45caliber

            But to repeat the words of one of the BATF leaders – “If you are going to make omlets, you have to break eggs.”

            Of course it is someone else who has to give up the eggs (or in this case, their life). But that’s okay – as long as it isn’t anyone in Washington.

        • Dan az

          Kate
          I just finished this book that was a eye opener on how the jesuits are the ones that control the bilderberg and CFR and they are the feds.The book is called the secret terrorists by bill hughes.I had know Idea that the roman catholics were the ones pulling all the strings.It goes back to 1815 and it all makes sense now.It covers Waco,Oklahoma bombing,the twin towers and Kennedy assassination and as far back to lincoln days.You have got to see this…..

          • Kate8

            Dan az – I’ve been shocked, as well, when learning of the shenanigans of the Vatican. There have been assassinations galore, including within the Vatican itself. A recent Pope…Pope John?…prior to John Paul…was assassinated after only a few days (or hours?) as Pope, because he ordered the Vatican’s accountant (whom he learned was a crook) sent from the Vatican immediately. He died of a “heart attack” that very night.

            Pope John Paul was the first non-Italian, and he was from a communist country. Communism has infiltrated the Vatican for a long time now. Just look at how Catholic seminaries started accepting homosexuals into the priesthood, and the horror that has come from that.

            Sister Lucia, who was one of the children at Fatima, had given the Pope the messages she received there, the last one to be released to the public in the ’60s, I think (it’s been awhile since I read about this). Her true message never was revealed, because it is believed to be a warning about the apostacy of the papacy (abomination of desolation?). Sister Lucia was murdered and another “sister” was put in her place. If you study their photos it is obvious that they are not the same person.

            This is why I believe that the Vatican is the harlot spoken of in Revelation, who ride on the back of the beast. Whether she has prostituted herself to the beast, or controlling it, I don’t know. I suspect that they are equal partners.

            For those who want to call me anti-Catholic, let me say that I WAS Catholic, and much of my family is devout Catholic. It is with heavy heart that I say these things, but it is in Revelation.

            http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/

            Things are so much bigger than any of us know. The above site will blow your socks off, if you are interested.

          • Dan az

            Kate
            I am not surprised that you already knew about it.Wow this just blows my mind that this has been the end game all along.They said there will be only one faith in the NWO and now I know what it is.Even when you think that all wars are about some faith I guess it would be right as long as who is starting them to kill of the non believers.And I thought the koran was harsh.It seems like a child’s book now.

          • Dan az

            Kate
            I found this site I think you will like.
            http://www.judicialwatch.org/

          • Kate8

            Thanks, Dan az. Great site. It’s now on my favorites list.

            One good thing. All these things which were previously hidden are being exposed. Light dispels darkness. Truth wins out.

            As I’ve said, it’s all making more sense now, the imagery of Christ appearing in a blaze of light, with a sword (truth) coming out of his mouth. He conquers and destroys the enemy with truth.

        • Thinking About

          Oh are you talking about the $25m Perry got to balance his budget. It also retained jobs in Texas schools which Perry takes credit for. Waste and fraud happened by those we elected to run our states governments but you can’t get them to step up to the plate and take responsibility.

      • DaveH

        Don’t hold your breath waiting, Dan. Doc can’t even explain his own reasoning. It’s just what he wants to believe.

      • Jules

        Obama hates America! His father hated it and he hates it. Get him out!

        • ron

          On that point I agree with you. I just read a hard hitting article done by a British journalist that not only detailed The presidents fathers hatred for America but also his grandfathers ideal to have the presidents father obtain a western education and use it against the west in Kenya. The article claims in person interviews with both the father and grandfather. After all this Birther nonsense I have at last read an article that may prove some of his detractors right. In the right hands this could be his (the presidents) undoing. Their political views alone reveal much about the mindset of the elder Obamas.

          • Void1972

            Ron
            Are you waking up? The facts are the facts and i’m happy to see you are starting to realize it!
            I am not a racist, but i despise communist.

          • Jules

            Yes, Ron. This information has been “out there” for a long time. If people would just take the time to find out about the person they have decided to put in charge of this country they would not be able to sleep at night! God help us all!

  • willie

    Doc, what economic plan?? The one to destroy us? If that is the one i think he is succeeding.

    • skip

      Get real, Willie – with over 150 filibusters, unheard of in a civilized society, something must have been proposed for it all to have been opposed. The degree of hostility represented in this Congress toward anything proposed by this President is beyond belief. Soon we will hear again that world is flat and the earth is the center of the solar system if Obama says the earth is round, the sun is the center. Who is in charge of these guys, anyway – I really don’t think the average American is as stupid as they are.

      • Jim

        tell me what plan has Obama put on the table that the Republicans has stop that would have got our economy moving in the right direction?

      • mar

        Obama had the presidency, Senate and House for two years. Why didn’t he enact his wonderful jobs plans then? He did and they failed. Now he is trying to say it is someone else’s fault – Arab spring, hurricane in Japan, Republicans, blah, blah, blah. He said if he did not get the economy working again in 3 years he SHOULD be a one term president. Let’s help him make that promise come true, unlike most of the other things he promised – 8% unemployment, transparency in government, bills on the internet for 48 hours before voting, open discussion about bills/Obamacare.

        • Christin

          mar,
          obama also BLAMED … guess who…. CONGRESS this week for not doing the right thing to grow jobs… wow, he blames everyone, but himself.

      • crystal

        Tell me why in the first two years of his presidency with both houses being majority Democratic, why he didn’t pass an economic plan then? Answer: He didn’t have one then, and he sure as hell doesn’t have one now.

        • 45caliber

          crystal:

          He DOES have an economic plan! It’s to borrow as much money from China as he can!

          • Christin

            Yes, 45caliber, and “Redistribution of Wealth” spoken from his own mouth… that’s also an American Job and Economy Killer, for sure.

          • 45caliber

            Christin:

            I agree. After all, why bother to work hard (or at all) when you get exactly the same thing as the guy next door that doesn’t bother to work? That’s what caused the USSR to go under – no one bothered to try to do a good job. All they did was make time until they could go home.

            If they are going to pay you the exact same thing, where is the incentive to do a good job? Or even work?

        • Dan az

          crystal
          Sure he did here is one of his finest!
          A fly by night solar panel company that got more than half a billion dollars from the U.S. government to promote green energy has abruptly folded, stiffing American taxpayers while laying off more than 1,000 workers.

          Shortly after cutting a fat check President Obama touted the northern California firm, Solyndra, as a prominent example of clean energy. “Companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future,” the president said during a visit to the now-defunct company’s Fremont headquarters.

          The investment in Solyndra had been hyped up by the administration as part of the president’s “aggressive strategy to put Americans back to work” and reduce the country’s “dependence on foreign oil by developing clean, renewable sources of energy.” At least that’s what Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said shortly before Uncle Sam doled out the cash. He also seemed quite confident that giving money to companies like Solyndra would create “millions of new, good paying jobs.”

          On the day Solyndra got its $535 million from the government, Vice President Joe Biden appeared in a ceremony—via satellite from Washington D.C.—to announce that thousands of jobs would be created. “By investing in the infrastructure and technology of the future, we are not only creating jobs today, but laying the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st-century economy,” Biden proclaimed.

          Try telling that to the 1,100 people who just got laid off with little notice, no severance pay or extended insurance benefits. Painful and devastating is how some described it in a local newspaper report as they hauled boxes containing personal belongings. Seeking an explanation from the Obama Administration, the paper published a quote from a low-level Department of Energy spokesman who handles public affairs.

          Here it is: “We have always recognized that not every one of the innovative companies supported by our loans and loan guarantees would succeed. But we can’t stop investing in game-changing technologies that are key to America’s leadership in the global economy.”

        • ron

          The answer to your question is; the FILIBUSTER.

      • Ted Crawford

        The fact that he has rarely proposed anything that includes practical problem solving ideas just might explain this!

        • eddie47d

          All the positions that a President is allowed to fill have been repeatedly delayed by Republicans. Could that be another ploy by the opposition to keep any program or plan from seceding. Some of Obama’s nominations still are not in place because of inaction by the Republican led House.Yes there are do nothings in the halls of Congress and they are holding us hostage.

          • Ted Crawford

            I’m very thankful that they aren’t Eddie, look at some that are! Janet, Lisa, Kathleen, Arnee. We don’t need any more clueless Administraters!

          • eddie47d

            If we love stagflation it might be a good idea not to fill those positions. Most private companies would also sink if critical positions aren’t filled.

          • bluefish46

            Most of the do-nothings are Democratic. When they do do something , it usually lines their pockets somehow. When Obummer can’t get his people past the congress, he just creates a “council” or a “commission”. Oh, wait, he does that anyway!

          • Christine

            There is only one problem with you blaming the House for not confirming the President’s appointees. It is the Senate that confirms Presidential appointees as stated in Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution. The democrats control the Senate. I guess the President’s appointees are too crazy even for the Democrats.

          • eddie47d

            There is a difference between “controlling” the Senate and having a majority of votes There are always Senators from both parties that don’t vote on party line.

          • Dan az

            eddie
            Republican leaders are reminding President Obama that the House of Representatives has passed more than a dozen “pro-growth” measures to spur job creation, but with one exception, Senate Democrats have refused to consider any of those bills.

            In a letter to the president on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) listed all the House-passed “jobs” bills that are now languishing in the Senate. They include a bill to reduce the regulatory burdens on farmers and small business owners; a bill to block a

            “job-destroying national energy tax,” and a bill to boost offshore energy production.

            Boehner and Cantor also outlined “potential opportunities for Congress and the White House to work together” on job-creation.

            An infrastructure initiative is one of those areas: “We are not opposed to initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure,” the Republican leaders said, but instead of new spending, they’re calling for spending “reforms,” as follows:

      • http://aol Thomas

        If your statment is true, then why were there so many idiots who voted for OB? I was not one of them. Was I happy with either of the Bushes, NO. The last President that anyone might have trusted was Truman. Most of our problems started with Hoover & FDR, (Welfare), and with Unions having to much power, which in the end send many USA jobs over sea’s. Then our education was on the hit list with the Istep program which was designed to promote those with athletic ability, but lacked classroom skills, but brought big dollars to the colleges sporting programs. The legal system sucks, Do gooders, Atheist, and others who have their feelings hurt because prayer is in school sporting programs, saying there rights are violated, if they don’t like prayer, go to bathroom, or stay home. Seems the Tail wags the dog. I don’t like alot of things as you can tell, but I don’t grab an attorney & Sue on behalf of my beliefs. I also don’t think Generations of those on Welfare, should live on the Plantation, they should have more Pride than that. They have better options than that. But because they have lived on the Plantation for so long, they don’t know any better. Why work, when they can play the system? Maybe, if they had to pay taxes on their benifits like those on Social Security
        that would change, and also have to take drug test. What happened to you can be on Welfare for two years, but after that you had to get a job, seems many states don’t follow that mandate either. It’s called Personal Responsibility!!!!!!!!

        • ron

          Yeah, FDR, and those uniions. Those dam unions who got us a five day 40 hour workweek,(along with overtime) vacation time. What a crock of commie hogwash. Those unions who helped get child labor laws passed and did away with sweatshops that locked workers inside for 12 hours or more. (Now known as Wal Marts) Those unions who helped ensure that there was an American middle class. The nerve of those commie kooks. I bet none of them ever served this great nation in combat. Never put their behinds on the line for life, liberty, and the American dream. It is a good thing we politicians like John Boehner, (who always looks fresh off the bar stool) Erick Cantor, a host of others, and Fox news. Because with out them and many others like them, Koch brothers, Dick Army, to name a few. No idiot would be allowed to vote against his or her own interest.

          In no other country but this one could a retired factory worker, ruined farmer, and anyone over 67 years of age protest against a so called socialist president, and an oversized federal government, and at the same time yell keep your commie hands off my SOCIAL Security, and Medicare. Where else could you find a mindset so deep into conspiracy that if the president says it is raining an entire political faction will rise to say he is lying? Where else could big business along with political party bosses convince the masses that more Americans do not pay taxes than do, are able to spread that partial fact and most fail to realize that a vast majority of those who do not pay taxes are the elderly, and the poor. Yeah, just what I need, both my mom and grand parents to pay more taxes. Right on Dick Army and freedom works.

          (Dick Army) Who by the way will need neither Medicare nor social security for no other reason than the fact that he is by most of our standards a RICH man. Where else can a member pledge an allegiance to Grover Norquest and not the Flag of this great nation? Only in AMERICA. That friend is what makes this country so great and so different from any other.

        • ron

          Wow, did not know there were still plantations. I must have missed that exit on 65 south. I think the NBA is also to black , but I don’t want to sound racist anymore that i would say that whole numbers reveal that there are less blacks on welfare that whites. You did not get that from ne though.

  • darlene

    Why can’t you blame the Republicans for working against Obama and his administration soon as he got into office. Not to mention there statement to block everything he would try and do. What part of pay attention you donot understand. Stop putting the blame on someone whot the blame shouldn’t be put on. This tells me how un-trust worthy you really are and what it took you to get where you are in life.

    • Dr. smith

      darlene the drone, in my opinion the reps haven’t done nearly enough to put the brakes on this marxist/socialist failure. Obumer got the ObumerCare, the stimulus, dismantling of nasa, 30% increase in federal employees, on and on and on, but being a drone, you need even more proof of his destructive ways, so pathetic. when we’re all unemployed and in bread lines, you’ll be still blaming the repubs because didn’t let obumer spend even more.

    • Eric

      The Republicans just gained control of the House in Nov10 and still dont control the Senate.They didnt even have enough votes to fillibuster the Senate until Kennedy left and a Repub. won his seat in a special election.Before that the Dems had control of both chambers of Congress since 2006.In the first two years of the obummer administration anything they brought to the floor would pass [think obamacare]since the Repubs didnt have the votes to stop anything.

      • Brian

        Thank you Eric for replying! What you have said is true and ANYONE that can’t see that is an idiot…What have you Obama supporters been drinking???

    • Jibbs

      When odummie took over, the dems controlled both the house and senate, educate yourself before you speak.

    • crystal

      Darlene, what do you expect when Obama arrogantly refused to even talk to Republicans his first two years in office. In his own words, “We won!”

      He had both houses in his pocket and he didn’t bother to balance the budget or pass an economic plan.

      • Ted Crawford

        Let’s not forget the intellectual declaration “The Conservatives can come along, but they need to get in the back”

        • Kate8

          Ted – Have we ever before had a president who made it crystal clear that he represents ONE party only, and that the opposing party he considers the enemy?

          I can’t think of any. It’s as if he intends for us not to exist.

    • 45caliber

      darlene:

      The Republicans stopped him? How? He had total control of both houses of Congress. The GOP couldn’t do a thing without being shot down. Even Queen Nancy commented on that. He could – and did – get everything he wanted despite what the voters wanted. And the GOP who now controls the House by bare votes hasn’t done anything since to stop him either. Why give him the power to borrow more money without any controls on it? Because they didn’t have the power to stop it – or they are on his side anyway.

  • Chris

    Well, Ben, since the “job creators” are not doing their job of creating jobs; maybe, we should repeal the Bush tax cuts. The tax rates in the 1950s were pretty damn hign, but at least most people had good jobs. So lets cut the Orwellian double speak and just call them rich bastards who are getting richer on everyone else’s pain.

    • Warrior

      I’ll do ya one better. Tax everyone one in the private sector @ 100% and there will be unlimited useless jobs instead of just the paltry 45 million or so guvmint funded jobs we have now.

    • mar

      The “job creators” are not creating jobs because of things the adminstration are doing. Do you think they are not creating jobs just to be stubborn??? The job creators will do what it takes to make money – call them greedy if you like but without them the there would be no jobs. Do away with the worthless regulations – think Obamacare, cap and trade, NLRB vs Boeing, dream act, etc – and jobs would be created again. Tax breaks would help but less regulation would also be very beneficial.

      • 45caliber

        mar:

        I definately agree. I don’t even buy extra around the house since I’m not certain that I’ll even be employed next week. Until I know for sure that things are getting better – and likely to stay that way – I won’t be “helping the economy” either.

      • Christine

        Getting rid of the regulations would help immensely. It is so expensive to comply. In reality it is impossible to comply with the endless regulations. If the government wanted to enforce things, they could go after each and every company and individual. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, every American is breaking some law or regulation somewhere. We also need to simplify the tax code. Eliminate all taxes, but one (either a national sales tax or a simple income tax). The fair tax would work for a sales tax, but require the tax to be on every receipt so individuals understand what they are truly paying. Otherwise an income tax with a flat rate and no deductions, PERIOD. The only deduction would be something like $5000 for each adult and $3000 for each child. Everyone pays. No death tax because taxes were already paid. This way everyone would have skin in the game and the government wouldn’t be picking winners and losers and giving handouts to their favorite pet project with tax deductions. Lobbyist would lose power. Corportations should not pay taxes, but the moment they pay wages, dividends, etc. to individuals that would be taxed. Businesses need cash to grow (including hiring more employees). If you tax a corporation, the corporation either raises prices (a tax on purchasers), leaves to a country with lower taxes (lose american jobs), or shuts down (lose jobs and tax income). Taxing corporations is a secret way to tax the masses without them realizing it and is used for government control of businesses. Wise up. We’re losing our freedoms, being regulated to death, and being robbed blind.

    • Ted Crawford

      Chris, Could it be that the fact that in the ’50′s we didn’t have the EPA, the Department of Education, Medicare, medicaide, Fanney Mae, Freddie Mac, endless unemployment insurance, and $14.7 Trillion deficit be important?!

      • 45caliber

        But those don’t count!! (At least to libs.)

  • BenChuck

    Darlene, what about the first two years of Obumer’s term when the house and senate were both controlled by democrats. Republicans couldn’t block anything and that’s why we are in the mess we are in.

  • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

    What the USA needs right now is someone smarter,less egotistical, absolutely sincere and honest with integrity of note! That should pose serious problems for Obama and Perry.

    • Jibbs

      Washington D.C. needs a very, very large enema to flush out the sh&t!

      • crystal

        Excellent!

    • Christine

      Sounds like you are describing Ron Paul

  • willie

    I’m still confused by Docs suggestion that the congress has thwarted Obummer’s economic plan. Didn’t he sign in Obummacare? That is supposed to be a great plan that will ‘pay for itself’

    Darlen, Darlene, Darlene, During your presidents first two years the Democraps controlled the house and Senate. How were the Repubs. supposed to stop him from implementing any bills or budgets? He(Obama) completly owns the mess were in.

    • Average Joe

      “He(Obama) completly owns the mess were in.”

      He….and the millions of stupid (insane?) people who voted him into office. These same stupid people will do it again (if allowed to)..you can pretty much bank on it.I am willing to bet that Obama gets at least 70% of the black and hispanic vote and that if he loses, there will be riots in the street the day after the elections by these very people.
      Keep your powder dry…you’re going to need it!

      Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
      Douglas Adams

      • 45caliber

        I kind of wish they would riot – it might get some attention and some action. But I don’t expect them to here in Texas. We have a history of not putting up with things like that. Expect the riots in Californica and along the East Coast, particularly in New England.

  • http://n/a John Beach

    The fact is that thinking people over 60 were aware of this in 2007 as we watched the Democratic Campaign progress. Although we hoped for the best after the election, in our hearts we anticipated and have not been surprised at the results, a consequence of the choice of the majority of Americans, whether we like it or not. The background of a Presidential candidate is important and it is only ironic that the background of the current President is representative of the major problems of which he has had to be aware, if not, to some extent, confront, at least, verbally. Unfortunately, his verbal ability appears to far outstrip his community organizing skills and his team cheer-leadership enthusiasm does not seem to address the issues that are of primary concern to the American people. It is apparent that he was ill-prepared for the challenges that exist.
    Americans need to be better-informed and consider the record of accomplishment and qualifications of candidates for the Office of President in the current campaign and the next election.

    • Don age 77

      While everyone is jawing about how incompetent president Obama is no one seems to be looking into his real intended agenda. Google, Richard Cloward and Francis Pevin. See the articles they have written about how to bring down a government by overwhelming it with entitlement spending. Then Google, Sal Alinsky and read about his book on “Rules for Revolution”. He outlines ways to incite the masses to revolt. Then Google Keynesian Economics. Put together the principles that these people have advocated then Google Obama and see that he is and has been an avid student of these principles. If you connect the dots you will see that this administration is relentlessly trying to put them all together. Implement the whole package to CHANGE America dramatically. This has been going on since the days of FDR but was accelerated exponentially when Obama managed to get into office. Wake up people. Look at what is really going on. Obama incompetent and stubborn? Maybe more like shamelessly determined and cunning.

      • Ted Crawford

        From reading his books, Don, it seems that he preffers the Muslim Faith and Marxist Ideaology!

  • Jon Ayres

    Obama and his democrats are nothing but hypocrites. As long as you say what they want to hear everything is fine, however, have the courage to say what you believe is right, heaven forbid! You are automatically a racist and other foul things. You can bet come 2012, these crooks in the Obama administration already have plans for the dead across the country voting and for their union thugs under Hoffa and the New Black Panther Army to intimidate voters at the polls.

    • Brian

      Bingo!

    • Robert A Hirschmann

      You forgot the illegals that he gave amnesty to.

    • 45caliber

      Its like some gal in the last couple of days was saying: If you disagree with Oblama it is racism! As if the ONLY reason for disagreeing with him was because he was black.

      • bob wire

        I’ve never heard anyone say that. ~ I’ve only people say they heard someone say that.

        of course I’ve never seen a UFO either but I heard of someone that did. Many people actually.

        Rat! I’m always in the wrong spot at the right time or maybe it’s the right spot at the wrong time.

        Every one has a bias, it comes with the social environment and life experiences.

        I didn’t see “O” as black until it’s been pointed out to me so many times. So now I do, well not black really, just not white.

        I asked a friend to go deep sea fishing with me last week, the tarpon season is near. They are like hooking a fast moving freight train.

        he says, “I’m not going to get into no GD boat with a bunch of white guys!” ~ I was somewhat confused for a minute, like ~ what? and then I realized he was making a funny. I had forgot he was several shades darker then me.

        If your bias can’t be overcame ~ I suppose we are all left to live with it, like it or not.

  • Miss Elyse

    Google President Obama’s accomplishments…there are 245 of them so read what he has done…not what he has not done…YET!! It’s a big job to fix everything the last administration did to this country…which made many deals with so many “other” countries who are sucking the jobs away…it is NOT the President people…those jobs were gone and continue to flee because we American’s won’t work for $3 a day as in China…punish the American companies using non American labor…they are to blame for their greed and lack of interest in building America back up…NOT OUR PRESIDENT!!!

    Stop blaming our him for everything the last 10 years did…we all need to be praying for his wisdom and guidance folks….we’re in the deepest do do and it was not caused by the last 3 years!!

    VOTE for the American People…NOT the American businessman who is not even doing business here???

    HELLO???

    • Brian

      Miss Elyse – you are sadly mistaken…I’m sure Obama has done some ‘good’ things but to think the economic malaise is the fault of the last administration just shows you to be a Dim/Obama supporter. The Pubs AND Dims are bad for this country; the Dims are so far left they are almost off the chart and the Pubs are just a little to the right of them. IF you think that anyone ‘up there’ is going to save us I’ve got some land I need to talk with you about! Until there are term limits for the Senate and House, we are certainly done…IF there are term limits in place, it will change the type of person who wants that ‘job’ and will change the behavior of anyone who ‘gets’ that job…People, after all, always do what is in the best interest of themselves and/or their family…

      • Average Joe

        Term limits are a double edged sword. While yes, it restricts them to a set amount of terms in office, it also forces them to fast tack everything they want to do once in office (which equates to a faster destruction of our nation as whole).

        The best way to assure term limits is not by putting limits on them by law..rather by voting them out of office after no more than two terms…leaving them with “deer in the headlights” look. I certainly do not advocate throwing out everyone with two terms or more (so long as they are following the Constitution to the letter), only the ones who are violationg their oath of office by not following the letter of the law and our founding documents.

        • bob wire

          not only that Joe, this quick turn-over would make politics more lucrative then what it already is. It would sure change the dynamics from what we see today. ~

          For a freshman coming in, by the time he becomes effective, it’s time to go. The states do this with Grand Jury’s. ~ It takes 90 days to learn how the DA offices is trying to pull the wool over your eyes and your time is up. They get a new batch of jurist in. In this way, it can be said that your are being judged by your piers while the DA’s office sways the vote and few the wiser.

          Make no mistake , government has got you coming and going. Just don’t make anyone too mad at you and never let them know how much money that you’ve got. It’s a shake down, it’s always been a shake down and for people that don’t realize it. Ignorance is bliss.

    • http://www.easyinvest.co.za peter

      Please enlighten me on the 245 accomplishments ( please leave out the peace prize )and may I remind you that it is not his job ( or yours ) to blame the circumstances for his dismal performance. He said he would fix things not tell us repeatedly who messed them up and there is a huge difference, which translates into accountability which term seems to elude him, but of course you may not fully understand that either. – Hello?????

    • Robert A Hirschmann

      Are the companies moving out of the country because they pay less overseas? Maybe, but isn’t the government regulations that hamper the private sector an incentive to go somewhere else? Since being elected, Obama has added one regulation after another adding more and more red tape to businesses. They find that they have to move just to survive.

      • Ted Crawford

        Very true Robert! Acompany can manage its labor costs by things as simple as rewarding the productive and removing those that are not. They can even moderate to some extent the impact of increased taxation by restructuring. What can almost never be counter balanced is increased regulation!

        • Ted Crawford

          It seems that even Obama has FINALLY realized this! It only took three of his beloved “Green” companies to be regulated out of business to wake him up! For you skeptics the companies were Spectrawatt Inc., Evergreen Solar and his favorite Solyndra LLC

          • Dan az

            Half a billion dollars later an what did they do with it.Ran as fast as they can.

    • Jibbs

      How about the auto bailouts…GM & Ford build new plants in other countrys.

      How about the great obummercare…less jobs in the medical field and higher costs for citizens.

      Cash for clunkers…(tax payer funded)removed cars that are purchased by low income people.

      Cash for appliances(tax payer funded)

      Bailout for Ireland.

      New war in Libya.

      We bought the jerk two tour buses made in Canada.

      Now we will bail out the Post Office.

      ATF sold guns to mexican drug cartel, those guns kill Americans.

      More guns from “gun runner” sold to gangs in Detroit and Nevada.

      Instead of bringing troops home from the previous wars, we sent more troops in. And started two more wars.

      Bailout for Europe, bowing to kings, he made it to the WH as an illegal.

      Back door amnesty, welfare, medical, housing, food stamps and jobs for illegals.

      The list is endless, need I say more? Would you like some sugar for your kool-aid?
      Yep, it’s just grand. WTF!!! Good job.

      • Dan az

        Good one Jibbs! :)

    • Buffalo John

      I’m not blind and can see quiet well,yet I haven’t SEEN ONE thing ovomit has done to help or move this Country in the RIGHT direction.I have SEEN him do everything possable to DESTROY this Country and EVERYTHING it stands for.There is a web site called American Socialist Communist Party.Why don’t you folks that think ovomit is soooo great take a look at it.There you will see SEVENTY names of Democrats now in the Senate and Congress PLUS your not so great leader
      ovomit NAMED AS ACTIVE MEMBERS.Maybe now even you cool aid drinkers might understand why ovomit and his Un Constitutional egotistical narcissistic blatant thievery administration are doing to this Country and WHY.

    • 45caliber

      No, Americans won’t work for $3 a day as they do in China. But that’s because in China $3 a day is equal to about $300 a day here in buying power. Can you buy enough food on $3 a day here to feed just you for one day? They can feed an entire family on that for a week in China.

      So your example is badly off.

    • Song

      To Miss Elyse: “we need to prayer for His (?) wisdom and guidance?” Hello??? Surely, you are not referring to Obama….LMAO!

    • Dan az

      Miss Elyse
      One of things that he has done is change the tax code so illegals could could get billions from the IRS.Is this what your reffering to?
      The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.
      Eye Opener

      Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit.

      Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.

      The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims.

      Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, On Friday announced plans to examine the refunds.

      “The disconcerting findings in this report demand immediate attention and action from Congress and the Obama Administration,” Hatch said in a statement.. “With our debt standing at over $14.5 trillion and counting, it’s outrageous that the IRS is handing out refundable tax credits…to those who aren’t even eligible to work in this country.”

      Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.

      Their data showed that 72 percent of returns filed with taxpayer identification numbers claimed the child tax credit.

      The audit recommended that the IRS seek clarification on the law and check the immigration status of filers with taxpayer indentificaion numbers.

      IRS officials, in response to a draft of the report, agreed to consult with the Treasury Department on the law. But they said they have no legal authority to demand that filers prove their legal status when the tax agency processes returns.

      Changes to tax law are partly to blame for the explosion in refunds for additional child tax credits in recent years, auditors found. Before 2001, filers needed to have three or more children to qualify — and to owe more Social Security taxes than earned income credits.

      But those requirements have been eliminated and the allowable refund for each child doubled. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 also made the refund easier to get, auditors found.I could give you a list of things that you think that he has done that was good but I won’t because the list is to long and only confirms that he is destroying this nation from with in.Try doing a little research on your own rather than parroting msn or other lying news sources that you listen to.Go back and look at what he promised you in you tubes and tell us that he has done one thing that was for the good of the country!Have a nice life!

  • Don age 77

    Miss Elyse………….. What can I say other than blind committed LIBERAL!

    • Ted Crawford

      Don, I think that Thomas Jefferson said it best. “It is as usless to argue with those who have renounced the use and authority of reason, as to administer medicine to the dead”

  • Steve

    What you reported is not the only thing Dictator Obama is ZERO, ZILTZ and all of the rest.

  • Bill

    The “dart throwing” thing sounds good. Chimpanzees do it all the time and win fairly consistently. Maybe president chimp could follow their example. LMAO!

  • Jim

    If you believe that socialism is the answer to our economic woes, let’s look at a bit of history. This country ran from socialism 250 years plus and the European way of governing. It set up a government that was never heard of before and it worked. Just look at what American has done in a short 250 years and what has Europe done in 1000’s of years. Our form of government has stood the test of time longer than any other government in the history of the world. All we need to do is look at what is happening in Europe today. The governments in Europe are failing due to socialism, and big government. Socialism sounds good on paper but in reality it doesn’t work. In socialism where is the incentives to better oneself?

    • 45caliber

      Socialism MIGHT work well – if everyone was actually equal. If everyone worked. If everyone had an equal desire to help others. If everyone was generous instead of greedy. Etc.

      The real problem is that the greedy instantly see that Socialism is great because it gets all the money away from the gullible. If they are in charge (and they are sooner or later – generally within minutes) they have all that cash to work with to control all those who aren’t gullible. And they have the gullible to keep those who aren’t gullible in line.

      And sooner or later it fails. But by that time only the greedy who took over in the first place have all the wealth. And they insure they keep it. Just take a look at today’s Russia and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

      • Song

        Exactly

  • don

    between tricky dick dick nixon doing away with gold standards to print more money and his trip to china which opened trade with china and slic willie clinton pushing free trade which he promised would make lots of jobs this is probly most of the reason we’re in the mess we are in. our whole manufacturing base went to china which now benefits big business.like walmart who buys everything cheap and puts huge mark ups on every thing. any more anything where is most of anything you look at anymore in any store is mad in china. what happened to most of these people who made all this stuff before everything went to china. a lot of them are probly retired and a lot of them probly had good paying jobs before our country decided to give it all away. alot of them probly work for a lot less now. do you think obummer is going to take it away from his eletist buddies. probly do like bush and clinton and bush and create lots of minimum wage jobs so we can catch up with the rest of the world. less income is less tax base. lets cut taxes,borrow more until we’re down with the lowest countries and then go to the new world order with the super rich running the world. sorta like the middle ages with the rich in the castle and the peons working the feilds.

    • Robert A Hirschmann

      I agree but please PLEASE utilize your spellcheck! It would make you look more educated.

  • Raggs

    Ben.. You are dead on target..

    And this “NEW” job speech of oblamas will do nothing but place the blame on the GOP and enrich the unions with billions more of the tax payers dollars to fund “shovel ready” unionized projects that at best last a 4 month long time span..
    $ more years of oblama??? This country cannot survive that.

    • eddie47d

      We survived (barely) 8 years of Bush/Cheney and our civil liberties were trampled on. Now it only depends on how negative you continually want to be Raggs. We can pull that same rabbit out of the hat if it pleases you so much.

      • Dan az

        Come on eddie you know as well as the rest of us that its a two headed coin.Blaming rep,or dems, is just smoke and mirrors.What we need is to get our bill of rights back and have everyone in the corrupt gubmnt be held to their oath that they took to up hold the constitution.If we can’t do that then we better succeed from the union now and start over.With out the states there is know gubmnt and there is know corruption.I’m not saying lawlessness but to start what we had when this nation was first started and was stolen from us because we were asleep at the wheel.

        • Kate8

          Dan az – The thing is, WE get it.

          You know that those (nearly exclusively on the Left) who just want to keep the R/L paradigm alive are not interested in the truth, but only in accomplishing their goals of overthrowing America.

          It’s either that, or they are incredibly dense.

          • Dan az

            kate
            I would have to say incredibly dense.

  • Philip

    Don age 77,
    You are sadly correct. Obama wants to change America and has. Now his passionate but miopic followers must follow his own words and standards and should make him a one term President. I don’t believe he has the integrity to step aside since he hasn’t lived up to his standards. We were a once GREAT nation. I don’t think we as a people have the desire to work as hard or as selfless to run our families or our businesses in a way that will put this nation back on track. We must be better people-work harder stop the nanny generation – I’m an employer/business owner – I’ve worked very hard and watched many great people carry the load for many not great people who will walk out of a job(even today) and then expect the government to give them a check. No longer should we carry those people. Lots of people say they want jobs, but they won’t do the jobs that are ‘beneath’ them. I started at the bottom and am willing to do it all over again. As I watched my father do it a couple of times. Why is China going to overtake us as an economic Superpower? It’s because they’re willing to work from the bottom up to give their children something better! Our grandchildren will be working for the Chinese government if we don’t stop spending money we don’t have. More taxes, more money has never paid down the deficit!

    • eddie47d

      We are still the top dog economically in the world (IMF report) although by 2020 China will be ahead by one percentage point.(GDP) By 2030 China will be ahead of us by 35 points. India is nowhere to be seen as an economic super power until 2020 and they will then be only 14 points below us and 8 points below us by 2030. Also by 2030 Russia.Italy and Canada will no longer be in the top 10. Brazil,Indonesia and Mexico will move in to take their place. This report also stated that China now has a 99% literacy rate (men and women) and that will keep them on top for several decades.We must continually know who we have to compete with It use to be that the world had to catch up to us and now we have to redefine ourselves.

      • Ted Crawford

        A good place to start might be with the elimination of the Department of “Education?”. On a graph our world standing on education has expierenced a continued downward slant since it was founded, interestingly enough, it is almost inverse proportion to the amount of money we’ve thrown at it!

        • 45caliber

          Ted:

          I think the real reason that education has declined is two-fold. First, an educated (And taught to think!) group of people are a threat to any entity that wants to take over. Second, the DOE is too busy trying to “right” all the problems of the world by teaching our youth things they don’t really need to know yet instead of teaching them the basics of education – reading, writing, math, science, and history.

        • bob wire

          “On a graph our world standing on education has experienced a continued downward slant since it was founded, interestingly enough, it is almost inverse proportion to the amount of money we’ve thrown at it!”

          Well as long as the parents are not view as been responsible I guess we can feel good with your considerations.

  • http://yahoo skyraider 6

    if he really loved the USA he would resign and move to kenya

    • JLC

      Skyraider — Do you mean, “Move BACK to Kenya?”

      • 45caliber

        JLC:

        He may have started there but he has never lived there. Actually, I think he’d make a fine president for Kenya though. Don’t they tend to hang or decapitate bad presidents there?

        • Kate8

          45 – Hmmmmm. Maybe they are on to something there…

      • bob wire

        “Skyraider — Do you mean, “Move BACK to Kenya?”

        when does a child have opinions to who their parents are or where they might live?

        Are you place this responsibility on all children ? For if so, you are a very twisted individual.

        If you are attempting to place in on just one child, the same applies.

  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Everyone:
    Obama’s jobs plan so far hasn’t been effective, there’s atill some time. But it’s not been effective. However, who’s going to be the alternative. From watching the debate last night, except for Ron Paul,
    Herman Cain, and Jon Huntsman, the rest of the candidates didn’t know diddly squat what to do. Therefore, the way things are,the alternative will be no better as a matter of fact worse than Obama’s plan. I mean, honestly, you want Mitt Romney in charge!?! When, he was the gov. of Mass. that state was in the bottom five of job creation. Heck, unemployment got as high as 10% with inflation 6% in that state. True the rate did decline to 5%, yet still that’s something which is not too impressive. Thanks!!
    P.S. To Jon Ayres, the Black Panther party might be doing voter suppression; however, it’s no different what the Tea Party is attempting in a few states with the Voter Id scam. Thereby, both sides
    are just as guilty in voter harrassment. Think about that!!

    • Song

      How is having ID, which you need to do everything from drive to buy a house or open a line of credit, or even buy a bottle of beer, or even return an item at Wal-Mart without a receipt, a scam Tony???? And don’t even start with students, the elderly or “infirm” or the lame excuse that it costs too much. An ID card costs about $10 bucks, students have student ID cards and there are more than enough people and organizations to help any “others” get what they need to be able to vote. Lame, lame, lame. Let me put it this way, if you can buy a pack of cigarettes or a bottle of beer (legally that is) then you have what you need to vote…

      • 45caliber

        Exactly. And if you draw welfare, you have to have an ID too. Or SS. That includes the elderly. The only thing it does do is prevent someone from voting six or eight times with fake voter cards since they have only one ID.

      • 45caliber

        Hummmm…..

        Doesn’t voter ID disfranchise the dead? None of the dead have ID’s …

  • Dan az

    It is the first time in about a year that the economy hasn’t created jobs, and it’s another month in which the report fell below what were pretty modest (bleak?) expectations. Experts predicted anywhere between 60,000 and 75,000 new jobs. Instead, they got zero.

    Obama, who is already a veteran of some of the toughest political battles in recent memory, now faces perhaps his biggest oratorical fight in recent years. Here is a president who has already pushed through an $800 billion stimulus bill and doesn’t have much to show for it — other than trying to explain that it averted a much-worse crisis.

    But the American people don’t know whether things would have actually been worse. What they are convinced of, is that they’re not getting better.

    And zero makes that all the clearer.
    Hey the number zero is the first letter in his name.0 bummer

  • FreedomFighter

    President 0 (zero)

    kinda says it all…

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Karolyn

    Great speech tonight! Even the Republicans stood and clapped at points. Maybe they’ll do something!

    • bob wire

      You are so sweet !

      but no ` that’s not in the plan Karolyn.

      The plan is the same, make the whole nation suffer and depend on Americans voting their pocket book 2012. “get me anywhere, just get me out of here!”

      It’s a gamble that the GOP leadership made early and their since doubled down on it , again and again.

      Will it work? It’s sure possible. ~ The thing we need too keep in mind is, it won’t change much who ever is president. I like to have staved to death when Reagan was in office while the news was telling me how good the economy was. LOL!

      We need the nation to come together and few show any interest in it. The top wage earners needs to hurt for there to be much change one way or the other.

      If you will notice, they are not hurting and there has been no change.

      It seems there not enough power on Capital Hill to make them hurt.

      So ~? We are stuck like Chuck.

  • chuckb

    karoly,

    just another campaign speech, canned from the teleprompter. this is leading up to another stimulus bill and it better not happen. raising tax is out of the question, could you expect more from this guy. those republicans that stood up are traitors, the democrats have tricked the republicans into intermingling with them during his speeches, so when they stand up it looks like both parties are standing. the republicans are easy prey. you don’t raise tax to cure a bad economy, you fix our energy problem, cut corporate tax and do away with capital gains tax.
    your messiah has jeopardized our economy by shutting down drilling
    and his healthcare bill, he refuses to let large corporations go bankrupt by bailing them out, such as gm. they should be forced to stand on their own merit like any other business, he caters to the unions who caused the problem. the guy is just a plain failure. so you hope all you want to. you wanted change, you got it.

  • bob wire

    Ben, I swear you missed you calling, you’d be a great carnival barker. It’s that liberal arts degree coming forward.

    I think you are better at it then me!

    You’d give Jesus a run for his money in making something out of little of nothing. I think you could turn water into 14 year old Scotch.

    “For those who will accuse me of being unfair, consider Obama’s performance so far. The bailouts have flopped like fish on a dock. The decision to hand General Motors over to the union thugs who destroyed it in the first place left the taxpayers holding the note on a multibillion-dollar boondoggle.”

    not unfair, just full of bull.

    The bailouts stayed off a eminent failure and gave local governments 2 years to come to grips with hard choices. Like seat restraints, air bags and padded dashes, the don’t stop the crash but minimize the injury. Some of us view that as important.

    GM was a victim of it’s leadership Ben and for not building cars that American wanted. They they are back today making quality products that Americans love. No Thanks to people like yourself. What do you drive? I’m a ford/chevy man myself. I drive throwaways, buy them at 95,000 miles and drive them 150,000 more. I’m a conservative in practice and principal.

    and by the way, GM paid off that note ~ with interest.

    But I do agree with you in principal, government needs to stay clear of market and demand. ( but how can it if BIG BUSINESS is paying elected officials freight?) It was just bad timing for the nation, government needs to be nimble enough to deal with “variables” , life is all about variables and coping with them.

    She walks, she talks, she crawls on her belly like a reptile! Step this way folk and see the sententious snake girl, for one thin dime, just one tenth of a dollar, feast your eyes on Rosy from the Red Sea,, a devil demon of rare earthy beauty.

  • chuckb

    bob wire

    you are full of it, gm did not payoff the note with interest. the taxpayers are taking a bath for several million dollars. gm has a backlog of hundreds of their mickey mouse cars that can’t be sold.
    they paid the government with stock and nobody wants it.

  • chuckb

    correction: several billion dollars still owed by gm.

  • bob wire

    Fox News , April 21 2010

    DETROIT — General Motors Co. has repaid the $8.1 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments, a move its CEO says is a sign automaker is on the road to recovery.

    GM CEO Whitacre formally announced the loan paybacks Wednesday at the company’s Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, where he also announced that GM is investing $257 million in that factory and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, both of which will build the next generation of the midsize Chevrolet Malibu.

    GM got a total of $52 billion from the U.S. government and $9.5 billion from the Canadian and Ontario governments as it went through bankruptcy protection last year. The U.S. considered as a loan $6.7 billion of the aid, while the Canadian governments held $1.4 billion in loans.

    The U.S. government payments, made Tuesday, came five years ahead of schedule, and Whitacre said they are a sign that the automaker is on its way toward reducing government ownership of the company. The payments on the Canadian loans were also made Tuesday.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/04/21/gm-pays-debt/#ixzz1XSYKTYlj

  • bob wire

    Okay, I stand corrected , they are paying it off and are 5 years ahead of plan. (last year) It does not say anything about stocks or bonds that people don’t want as you suggest.

    And for the record I hated all the bail outs, I’m jealous , no one is there to help me pull my chestnuts out of the fire when I fail.( It’s not fair!) I just fall on my butt when I make a poor decision. But I don’t employ a 75,000 people. By the time you fact in all the businesses playing a supporting role to GM, that would be greatly affect by their demise I would guess that number conservatively small.

    You need to get your head around the fact these people are not on welfare rolls and are still paying taxes, city, county state a federal and it worked if only to degrees.

    We don’t live in a perfect world Chuck, but a world full of variables that one rigid ideology simply can’t address as perfect as it may seem to be.

    If the US was a ship and commanded by one Captain employing “rules of engagement” we “MIGHT” see more perfection in a single working ideology Chuck.

    But we don’t live in such a black and white world and you wouldn’t like it if we could.

    There is parts of the military life that I really enjoyed, to not worry with what to wear, what to eat, when to wake up or what to do. Your day is all planed out for you. In such an environment, rigid “ideology” works very well as all “variables” has been pre- evaluated and considered. But you can’t run a country of free men and women in such fashion Chuck. So why attempt to suggest that you can?

    but “Union Thugs” the cause of all the ills us is a far stretch from reality.

    Government has simply got out of hand, but this didn’t start in 2009. Nor is it simply democrats that’s to blame. ~ It’s “LAWS” and insurance companies and attorneys that craft laws that mandate compliance that can’t be complied with unless you are willing to accept less % of profit for your efforts then the people you employ.

  • http://charter howe

    Will somebody please explain to President Obama that In order to create jobs, we need to reduce corporate taxes by reforming the tax code, move to a territorial tax system, eliminate burdensome and costly regulations as determined by business owners, put a two-year moratorium on additional regulations coming from Washington, repeal Obamacare and send to Congress the three outstanding free-trade agreements, that are stilll sitting on your desk because you are the driver of the bus that is going over the financial cliff. I want a free market system and expect every mothers son incluing your corrupt cronies to abide by the Constitution and the laws of the land that you took an oath of office to uphold and defend. If you cannot or will not do what the majority of WE THE PEOPLE want including many in your own democratic party, then resign. There is no shame in leaving a job that you are not qualified to perform in. I say that because to say that you are intentionally killing the economy, you would be tagged as a traiter to the greatest nation on earth.

  • chuckb

    bob, the bail out of gm was nothing but a political payback to the unions. the stockholders took a beating and the unions came out ahead, they not only revived their jobs they got a pretty good chunk of the company. they paid the government back in company stock which fell in value on the market. the taxpayers will lose billions on the deal. again, smoke and mirrors by the messiah.

    gm should have been left to it’s own fortune just like any other business. their are plentyu of people out there that would have filled in the gm hole and probably not under the union screw.
    we are a capitalist nation not socialist, even tho barry is trying his best to head that way. government should stay out of private business.

  • Jon

    Search Google for: Bush Signed Afghanistan Invasion The Day Before 9/11!

  • James

    Bank of America will be closing some banks and layiang off 40,000 employees. Finally the banksters are feeling the recession.

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