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Pretend the economy is growing, print money to boost the market and maintain that illusion, pretend he is actually doing something to reduce the deficit while sitting back and forcing the republicans to make the tough decisions, then cast the republicans as heartless ogres that want to cut everything that moves! It's disgusting that this spineless excuse for a leader cares so little about this country and its people that he would put his reelection above what's right and what needs to be done for this country!
Well, supposedly, Robert Gibbs turned his position over to a younger clone, just so he can work on Obama's re-election campaign. That's gonna be even nastier than the first one, I'd be willing to bet.
...as you see it. Of course that's not the way people who love America see it.
That's what they ran on in 2010 and that's what they came to Congress to do. Slash and burn.
The nastiness in 2008 was on McCain/Palin's side. Palin has kept up a steady stream of badmouthing Obama since.
So if she ends up getting the GOP nod, then yeah, expect even more nastiness in 2012.
Well, well. Look what the cat dragged in. I thought you went "overseas to mull presidential run"???
The teabaggers ran on the promise they would cut 100 Billion from THIS YEARS BUDGET. They went after Planned Parenthood, about 75 million, not Billion. And they went after Public Broadcasting, (gunning for Big Bird) which will net 500 million (not Billion). So they are short 99 BILLION, and change. And they think President Obama will find it for them????
This 100 Billion is the goal the teabaggers set, not Obama. He's not going to find it. This is YOUR campaign promise to keep, not his. The US House of Representatives is pandering to the evangelical base which plays well - with the base. Moderates were willing to give the teabaggers a shot. Fine. The moderate voters are looking to the House to deliver. You have 99 Billion to go. YOU FIND IT! YOU TAKE THE HEAT FOR IT!
Do the math. You teabagger math-impaired windbags are going to have to go big-game hunting. Defense appropriations, Homeland Security, Medicare, Social Security and Veterans Benefits. Go for it! Then try to get re-elected.
Amazing, isn't it? She's here for five minutes and she's already talking about body parts
As one of our dear hubber friends would say, "Shame on you!"
I kinda like the strategy Obama's employing myself.
He proposed his budget.
As you said, Doug, they rejected it.
The ball (or I guess I should say the machete)is in the tea bagger's court.
The 'ball' is now $99 BILLION (and change). That's the size of the task the teabaggers set for themselves. They promised the voter it was there in 'wasteful spending'. They found less than one percent of their goal in programs despised by teabaggers but more popular with moderate voters who look favorably on women's health issues and public broadcasting, having grown up with Bert, Ernie & Big Bird.
Now they must move against programs near & dear the hearts of their base. The socialistic programs of Social Security & Medicare. Oooops. When Grandma finds out she can't have a powered scooter or needed surgery in order to preserve the wealth of the very wealthy, the lunacy of the Tea Party will be as obvious to Seniors as it is to progressive.
What's ridiculous is the efforts of the wingnuts to present their failure to meet their goal as the fault of democrats, as if the opposition party was responsible to accomplish 99% of the teabagger's task.
Hehehehehe, the Tea Party, who are really just Republicans who renamed themselves to seem different, finally have to act upon their wholly unrealistic philosophy.
No kidding, Doug! They're turning on themselves in droves.
But, still being the party of "NO!" it is unclear how -- or who -- they believe CAN solve the deficit. Perhaps the logical answer is not to try to solve it in a single year?
Americans Rapidly Losing Confidence In GOP's Ability To Reduce The Deficit
Jon Terbush | March 17, 2011, 9:58AM902
The freshly installed Republican majority in the House of Representatives is getting a rude wakeup call as they transition from campaigning to governing.
Amid enormous voter discontent with the Democratic status quo and with concern running high over the economy last November, voters handed the keys over to Republicans, giving them a crack at dealing with government spending and the national deficit.
Yet just two months into the new Congress, self-identified Republicans and Independents -- and particularly Tea Party sympathizers -- have already lost a great deal of faith in the GOP's ability to come up with a better approach to solving those problems, according to a newly released Pew poll of adults nationwide.
In the poll, 21% of Americans said they believed Congressional Republicans had a better approach to the deficit than did President Obama, while 20% felt the reverse. In addition, 52% said there wasn't much difference between Obama and the GOP House.
That's a sharp reversal from last November, when 35% said the GOP had better plan, compared to 24% who said Obama knew best how to deal with the deficit.
...the poll shows Republicans and independents turning away from the GOP in huge numbers.
In November, almost seven in ten Republicans believed the GOP had a strong plan for dealing with the deficit. That number has fallen to 52% now, a 17-point drop.
Among Independents, that swing was 20 points, form 37% down to a measly 17%.
And Tea Party sympathizers, whose engagement played an important factor in the GOP's electoral success last year, have turned on Republicans in even greater numbers. Three-fourths of tea partiers thought Republicans had a god plan for the deficit last November -- just over half feel the same way now, a 24-point turnaround.
The Pew poll was conducted March 10-13 among 1,001 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of 4.0%
Another pathetic thread about one side of the political spectrum, when both sides only want to control and nothing more.
Wake UP People!
I hear you say that a lot, Cags. What, exactly, does "waking up" entail, in your opinion?
Yes, you do. And I'll continue to say it.
It means it is time to stop squabbling over one side versus the other and find a collective solution to the problems facing America. The people are supposedly in power and that power is never utilized as it should be.
To be fair, it's not like people think the Dems can do the job any better. The point is the very idea of cutting $99 BILLION in one year is so ludicrous in the first place.
But I do want to ask you. Are you turning libertarian? Have you been secretly hanging out with Evan G Rodgers ?
You're correct, neither side can handle the job. So what's your point? It's been proven time and time again that both sides fail to do anything meaningful to help move America's society forward. Both side just create distortion/distraction and misinformation, so citizens cannot be on a common ground and do anything productive. Divide and conquer.
I'm not for either say and I'm saddened to even hear you mention a label with regards to my political statements. I can see that you've not read any of my political/America hubs. And, that saddens me also.
Evan isn't a liberal. He is an anarchist. And, to insinuate I've been hanging out with such a person, is yet another sad thought.
"It's been proven time and time again that both sides fail to do anything meaningful to help move America's society forward. "
Wurd to that.
But let's take it one step further: WHY can't either party fix things? Is it because the system that they operate in doesn't provide for the solutions that need to be made?
PS - I'm a cool guy. I feel sorry that you have NOT hung out with me.
I can cut 100 billion in the blink of an eye... eliminate the department of education!
There fixed it! Next!
Yeah, and at the same time, let the wealthy really have control of those who wouldn't be educated. Utterly ridiculous.
You really need a lesson in consistency... didn't you just tell me education funding should be local? Then why should the feds be involved besides education is not in the constitution!
Local government, not federal government. Please do try to keep up.
Cutting 100 billion from Federal spending on military, didn't imply that the money would go to education. Again, do try to keep up.
On second note- want to cut 100 billion, easy- reduce government spending on military expenditures by 10% or more.
That goes without saying although you'd need to cut more than 10%. We spend over 700 billion on defense and half of our descretionary spending is defense as well... we could easily cut both 10% probably more!
That would depend on what exactly the discretionary spending was paying for.
Obama's strategy is simple. Let the GOP field their pathetic batch of potential candidates and let them implode, win the election and then retake the house and then finally set america on its right course in the last 2 years of his presidency. This could all happen 5 years sooner but fools who can't handle a black president and still think its 1959 keep sending tea baggers and repugs back in there who only know how to rape the country for special interests and corporations.
Duly noted, Cags.
Although I did not say Evan is a liberal. I said he is a libertarian. But that is also incorrect. He is an anarchist, as you pointed out.
The hanging out with Evan was intended as a joke. I hope you did not take offense, as (I hope) you know I respect you, like you, and would never intentionally diss you.
Well, maybe sometimes I might do this
... you're apologizing to him because you insinuated that he hung out with me?
Nope; only the free market's "magic hand" was needed.
Yep, its still standing.
Its always easy to tell.
Hey Mighty Mom, sure it was, why do you think such a shoddy job was done on it's construction.
Of COURSE not, Evan!
I apologized that I got libertarian and anarchist mixed up.
So by that measure, I also ow YOU an apology.
You ARE a cool guy -- and a consistent voice for your beliefs!
I figured Obama's strategy would be "blame Bush". It is an obsession that he can't seem to get away from.
But I guess when the less lucid members of our society (i.e. the Democratic base) buy into it, you go with what works.....
The strange thing with rightwingers is that everything the US does abroad (think Viking) is for the betterment of the world. Whereas, everything the US government does at home is designed to enslave the local population.
Isn't the world going to end in 2012 anyway? He shouldn't worry about politics, give the guy a break, the world's ending...
Trying to lighten the mood or do you actually believe that? If you believe that, then all I can say is that you need to get out more.
I just couldn't bring myself to seriously answer another one of lady love's forum posts - they depress me.
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