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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 02:28 PM


WASHINGTON — A combative President Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans’ hard economic times.

GOP leaders in-stantly assailed Obama’s proposal as an ineffective one that would simply raise already excessive federal spending. Many congressional Democrats are also likely to be reluctant to boost expenditures and increase federal deficits just weeks before elections that will determine control of Congress.

Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, cautioned, “If we are going to get anything done, Republican cooperation, which has been all but non-existent recently, will be necessary.”

That left the plan with low, if not impossible, odds of becoming law this year. When Congress returns from summer recess in mid-September, it is likely to remain in session for only a few weeks before lawmakers return home to campaign for re-election.

Administration officials said that even if Congress quickly approved the program, it would not produce jobs until sometime next year. That means the proposal’s only pre-election impact may be a political one as the White House tries to demonstrate to voters that it is working to boost the economy and create jobs.

At a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, Obama said Republicans are betting that between now and the Nov. 2 elections, Americans will forget the Republican economic policies that led to the recession. He said Republicans have opposed virtually everything he has done to help the economy, and have proposed solutions that have only made the problem worse.

“That philosophy didn’t work out so well for middle-class families all across America,” Obama told a cheering crowd at a labor gathering. “It didn’t work out so well for our country. All it did was rack up record deficits and result in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

He said Republicans have consistently opposed his economic proposals and seem to be running on a slogan of “No, we can’t,” playing off his 2008 presidential campaign mantra of “Yes, we can.”

“If I said fish live in the sea, they’d say no,” Obama said.

Republicans made clear that Obama should not expect any help from them.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the plan “should be met with justifiable skepticism.” He said it would raise taxes while Americans are “still looking for the ‘shovel-ready’ jobs they were promised more than a year ago” in the $814 billion economic stimulus measure.

The House Republican leader, John Boehner of Ohio, added “We don’t need more government ’stimulus’ spending. We need to end Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree, stop their tax hikes, and create jobs by eliminating the job-killing uncertainty that is hampering our small businesses.”

Administration officials are hunting broadly for ways to revive the economy. But they are likely to drop a separate proposal to renew a law exempting companies from paying Social Security taxes on any unemployed workers they hire, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not final.

Casual in brown slacks and an open-collar white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, Obama took a populist tack in his speech, mixing attacks on Republicans with praise for working-class and middle-class Americans.

He said he’d “keep fighting, every single day, every single hour, every single minute to turn this economy around.” He said interest groups he has battled “talk about me like a dog.”

He also acknowledged that the past eight months of modest private-sector job growth hasn’t been enough to bring down the unemployment rate. He said economic problems facing families today are “more serious than ever,” and seemed to ask the audience in Milwaukee — and voters nationwide — for patience.

“Now here’s the honest truth, the plain truth. There’s no silver bullet, there’s no quick fix to these problems,” he said, adding that it will take time to “reverse the damage of a decade worth of policies” that caused the recession.

Administration officials said the transportation plan’s initial $50 billion would be the beginning of a six-year program of transportation improvements, but they did not give an overall figure. The proposal has a longer-range focus than last year’s economic stimulus bill, which was more targeted on immediate job creation.

The plan calls for rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads; building and maintaining 4,000 miles of rail lines and 150 miles of airport runways, and installing a new air navigation system to reduce travel times and delays.

Obama also called for a permanent funding mechanism, an infrastructure bank, to focus on paying for national and regional infrastructure projects. Officials provided few details of how the bank would work.

Obama said the proposal would be fully paid for. In an earlier briefing for reporters, administration officials said Obama would pay for the program by asking lawmakers to close tax breaks for oil and gas companies and multinational corporations.

The infrastructure spending is part of a package of economic proposals to be announced this week by Obama, who is feeling heat from fellow Democrats and a jittery public to show that he is focused on pumping life into the economic recovery and shrinking an unemployment rate long stuck near 10 percent.







 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 03:32 PM
He can blame anyone he wants. There's plenty of blame to go around in Washington and all over the country. So he's not wrong from that perspective.

Where he is wrong, and tragically so, is thinking that all the spending and govt micro-management of our economy is going to make things better. He only has one trick, he's played it, and we've all seen it. Thankfully much of the country doesn't seem in a mood to keep watching.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 03:44 PM
This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 03:53 PM
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irresponsible Republican policies


Can you specifiy which ones hurt the most?

 

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Absolutely. If the previous administration had been more honest and not tried to hide the cost of the war, things would be a lot better. But we are beyond that point. At least our current administration realizes this and is not resorting to the same tactics the Republicans used to get us in this fix.


And so this sank the global economy and led to a credit crisis?

 

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irresponsible Republican policies


Can you specifiy which ones hurt the most?
tax cuts for the wealthy,at the expense of the middle class. pissing away billions for a war based on lies, while givin away more tax cuts for the wealthy. letting infrastucture deteriorate, oil companys police themselves in regard to public safety and the environment.. those are a few

[Edited on 9/14/2010 by pops42]

 

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Absolutely. If the previous administration had been more honest and not tried to hide the cost of the war, things would be a lot better. But we are beyond that point. At least our current administration realizes this and is not resorting to the same tactics the Republicans used to get us in this fix.


And so this sank the global economy and led to a credit crisis?


This, along with deregulation and a Fed policy that helped the banks fill their mortgage baskets.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 05:41 PM
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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.


as usual...no one wants to look historically we've only had balanced budgets under democratic administrations. Throughout my whole life every finacial crisis comes under Republican watch. The first gas crisis, Nixon, The last recession Regan and Bush 1. This time Bush and Cheney

 

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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.
as usual...no one wants to look historically we've only had balanced budgets under democratic administrations. Throughout my whole life every finacial crisis comes under Republican watch. The first gas crisis, Nixon, The last recession Regan and Bush 1. This time Bush and Cheney
Ok, first: "balanced budgets", as in plural? Really?

Other than the late Clinton years, when have we seen balanced budget"S" in the lifetimes of most us here - let's say the last 40-50 years? (I believe you have to go back to Hoover or before to find another.)

Second, you're making the same mistake so many do in crediting Presidential administrations for fiscal results. Civics lesson: the Executive branch does not have budget authority, Congress does. Which party controlled Congress during the last balanced budget?


 

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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.
as usual...no one wants to look historically we've only had balanced budgets under democratic administrations. Throughout my whole life every finacial crisis comes under Republican watch. The first gas crisis, Nixon, The last recession Regan and Bush 1. This time Bush and Cheney
Ok, first: "balanced budgets", as in plural? Really?

Other than the late Clinton years, when have we seen balanced budget"S" in the lifetimes of most us here - let's say the last 40-50 years? (I believe you have to go back to Hoover or before to find another.)

Second, you're making the same mistake so many do in crediting Presidential administrations for fiscal results. Civics lesson: the Executive branch does not have budget authority, Congress does. Which party controlled Congress during the last balanced budget?




And which party ran on the platform that the surplus was the taxpayer's, cut taxes and plunged the budget right back into a deficit the next year?

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 06:38 PM
I Blame OPRAH !
 

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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.
as usual...no one wants to look historically we've only had balanced budgets under democratic administrations. Throughout my whole life every finacial crisis comes under Republican watch. The first gas crisis, Nixon, The last recession Regan and Bush 1. This time Bush and Cheney
Ok, first: "balanced budgets", as in plural? Really?

Other than the late Clinton years, when have we seen balanced budget"S" in the lifetimes of most us here - let's say the last 40-50 years? (I believe you have to go back to Hoover or before to find another.)

Second, you're making the same mistake so many do in crediting Presidential administrations for fiscal results. Civics lesson: the Executive branch does not have budget authority, Congress does. Which party controlled Congress during the last balanced budget?
And which party ran on the platform that the surplus was the taxpayer's, cut taxes and plunged the budget right back into a deficit the next year?
Republicans. So? Does anyone in Washington ever learn or ever change? We're still spending, running up debts faster than ever before. Both parties have been criminally negligent in managing our country's affairs. What are we gonna do now?

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 06:49 PM
Move to Belize?

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 06:56 PM
Sang; I've got an old work buddy running a dive shop in Nicaragua.

Maybe he needs some help.

That's pretty close to Belize.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 07:01 PM
My other option was to become a black girl who likes hockey and maybe move to Alaska - but all the good ideas are taken....... and you get money back for living in Alaska.....

 

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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.
as usual...no one wants to look historically we've only had balanced budgets under democratic administrations. Throughout my whole life every finacial crisis comes under Republican watch. The first gas crisis, Nixon, The last recession Regan and Bush 1. This time Bush and Cheney
Ok, first: "balanced budgets", as in plural? Really?

Other than the late Clinton years, when have we seen balanced budget"S" in the lifetimes of most us here - let's say the last 40-50 years? (I believe you have to go back to Hoover or before to find another.)

Second, you're making the same mistake so many do in crediting Presidential administrations for fiscal results. Civics lesson: the Executive branch does not have budget authority, Congress does. Which party controlled Congress during the last balanced budget?
And which party ran on the platform that the surplus was the taxpayer's, cut taxes and plunged the budget right back into a deficit the next year?
Republicans. So? Does anyone in Washington ever learn or ever change? We're still spending, running up debts faster than ever before. Both parties have been criminally negligent in managing our country's affairs. What are we gonna do now?
OK, we get it. The Democrats don't know what to do, the Republicans don't know what to do, only you know what to do. So do your civic duty and run for president.
Ok. As my first official act as candidate, I need to ask you for money to help the campaign. Here's my platform...

-- Enact the Fair Tax

-- Reverse our interventionist foreign policy and re-size our military to serve in a defensive capacity only.

-- Secure our borders and ports. Revamp immigration by penalizing employers of illegals more, re-set immigration quotas to favor the educated and skilled, and stop birthright citizenship.

-- Immediately reduce all Federal salaries by 15% across the board. Institute a bonus program for govt workers who identify ways to reduce govt spending, waste, and duplication of effort.

-- Revise legal procedures which too easily permit frivolous lawsuits that penalize us all with high insurance costs, lost economic activity, and less innovation.

-- Work towards a process of eventually getting the Federal govt out of being a direct retirement and health care provider/manager.


How much can I count on getting from you?

 

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This is the only time in our history that taxes were lowered while we were at war. This is a big reason we are in this mess - irresponsible Republican policies.


Bingo!!!

 

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IMO all of the stimulus money should have went to our infrastructure which is crumbling. That would create viable and good paying jobs that would stimulate the economy. I would rather have seen that than all of the little pork barrel crap they spent it on. This country desperately needs roads, bridges, and tunnels fixed, repaired, and built. A high speed railway to catch us up to the rest of the world might be a nice job creator as well.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 08:51 PM
Hell Yeah! Fujirich for Prez!

 

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Ok. As my first official act as candidate, I need to ask you for money to help the campaign. Here's my platform...

-- Enact the Fair Tax

-- Reverse our interventionist foreign policy and re-size our military to serve in a defensive capacity only.

-- Secure our borders and ports. Revamp immigration by penalizing employers of illegals more, re-set immigration quotas to favor the educated and skilled, and stop birthright citizenship.

-- Immediately reduce all Federal salaries by 15% across the board. Institute a bonus program for govt workers who identify ways to reduce govt spending, waste, and duplication of effort.

-- Revise legal procedures which too easily permit frivolous lawsuits that penalize us all with high insurance costs, lost economic activity, and less innovation.

-- Work towards a process of eventually getting the Federal govt out of being a direct retirement and health care provider/manager.


How much can I count on getting from you?


If you're serious I'm in. Seriously.

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 09:14 PM
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Hell Yeah! Fujirich for Prez!


EIGHT YEARS for Fuji!!

 

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Ok. As my first official act as candidate, I need to ask you for money to help the campaign. Here's my platform...

-- Enact the Fair Tax

-- Reverse our interventionist foreign policy and re-size our military to serve in a defensive capacity only.

-- Secure our borders and ports. Revamp immigration by penalizing employers of illegals more, re-set immigration quotas to favor the educated and skilled, and stop birthright citizenship.

-- Immediately reduce all Federal salaries by 15% across the board. Institute a bonus program for govt workers who identify ways to reduce govt spending, waste, and duplication of effort.

-- Revise legal procedures which too easily permit frivolous lawsuits that penalize us all with high insurance costs, lost economic activity, and less innovation.

-- Work towards a process of eventually getting the Federal govt out of being a direct retirement and health care provider/manager.


How much can I count on getting from you?


If you're serious I'm in. Seriously.


That sounds good. However, the chances of that happening are somewhere between zero and 0.

Every party needs a pooper that's why we invited you, party pooper, party pooper...

 

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  posted on 9/14/2010 at 09:25 PM
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Hell Yeah! Fujirich for Prez!
EIGHT YEARS for Fuji!!
That's what the judge said.
I can always count on Otie for a good chuckle.

 

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Do you think that as President I could get Dickie to play just one more time with the Brothers, inviting them all to the White House, and giving them the Medal of Freedom in the process?

Add that to the platform: kick-ass, blues-soaked, take-no-prisoners searing guitar jams at all state dinners.

None of the McCartney "Michelle-my-belle" cutesy crap. I wanna shake the chandeliers with a Whipping Post that have men hollering and leave women weak.

Thank you for your support - God bless America!

 

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Do you think that as President I could get Dickie to play just one more time with the Brothers, inviting them all to the White House, and giving them the Medal of Freedom in the process?

Add that to the platform: kick-ass, blues-soaked, take-no-prisoners searing guitar jams at all state dinners.

None of the McCartney "Michelle-my-belle" cutesy crap. I wanna shake the chandeliers with a Whipping Post that have men hollering and leave women weak.

Thank you for your support - God bless America!


I'm going to guess that if you address the invitation to "Dickie" Betts, the answer is no. And, being the cost cutting prez that you will be, you would write out the invite yourself and thus make a major gaffe that will have you ridiculed on these pages for the rest of your term. The hell with the fact that you solved the worlds financial problems, got us out of both wars, developed cheap renewable energy and cured cancer, you spelled Dickey Betts name wrong. You're screwed.


President Impeached VIA Fax!!!!!

 

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