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    Obama Rips Republicans for Obstruction

    Post by Watari on Thu 04 Feb 2010, 5:35 pm

    CNN wrote:Washington (CNN) -- President Obama tore into the Republican opposition on Capitol Hill Wednesday, blaming the GOP for what he called politically motivated opposition on virtually every issue.

    Democrats have been willing to incorporate Republican ideas on health care and other issues, he said, but Republicans have not been willing to do the same.

    Addressing a gathering of Senate Democrats, Obama promised to "call (Republicans) out when (Democrats) extend a hand and get a fist in return."

    Several Democrats facing tough election fights this November were given time to ask the president questions on high-profile issues such as trade and deficit reduction. Much of the president's time, however, was used to lash out at GOP tactics.

    Senate Republicans, he said, have tried to employ the filibuster more over the past year than in all of the 1950s and 1960s combined. The GOP's strategy has been "20 years of obstruction packed into one," he said.

    "If you want to govern, you can't just say no," he argued. "It can't be about just scoring points." The filibuster, he added, only works as intended if there is a "genuine spirit of compromise."

    The president's tough rhetoric was part of a more aggressive -- and frequently populist -- White House strategy in the wake of the Democrats' recent upset loss in the Massachusetts Senate race. GOP Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory stripped Democrats of their 60-seat Senate supermajority and raised fears among many congressional Democrats about a potential GOP landslide in the upcoming midterm elections.

    The Democratic answer to the Massachusetts Senate race should not be "to do nothing" in Congress, he said. Nervous constituents want to see legislative progress, he asserted.
    "We should do more, and we should do so without delay," he said.

    In recent days -- during a meeting with House Republicans in Maryland and in town hall forums in Florida and New Hampshire -- Obama has repeatedly offered to work with GOP leaders. At the same time, he has been ratcheting up his own partisan rhetoric.

    "By extending an olive branch to Republicans, the president appears to be attempting to appeal to independent voters who have flocked to the GOP over the past several months," CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser said.

    "But the president also needs to rally a deflated and angry Democratic base, which accounts in part for his tougher attacks against GOP leaders."

    Obama cited several examples of what he said was GOP legislative maneuvering motivated purely by political considerations. Among other things, he raised the recent example of seven GOP senators who backed a bill establishing a bipartisan deficit reduction commission, but then turned against it when the proposal came to a vote.

    He also noted that a large number of bills have been subjected to Republican-led filibusters, only to receive 85 or 90 votes once the filibuster is broken and the legislation is allowed to move to a final vote.

    I'm "not open to switches" solely "because it's good short-term politics," he said. I won't tolerate an "if you lose, I win" mentality.

    Obama urged Senate Democrats to stop listening to what he called politically oriented cable television shows on networks such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, and instead get out of the Washington "echo chamber."

    Most people "don't care about majorities and minorities and process," he said. They just want to know if their elected representatives are "delivering for me."

    The president warned fellow Democrats that the public is often misinformed on key issues such as budget deficits. Many constituents will cite foreign aid or legislative earmarks when discussing ways to reduce spending, he said, when in reality those items constitute a minuscule share of federal spending.

    Balancing the budget while refusing to raise taxes and exempting entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare would require 60 percent cuts
    in virtually every other program, and "that's just not going to happen," he said.


    Noting that Bill Clinton left office with budget surpluses, Obama asserted that Democrats "should have credibility" on the deficit issue. But the party is "still haunted" by debates from the 1960s and '70s when the party was stuck with the "tax and spend" label, he said.



    I am surprised that no one has made a post on this seeing as so much Obama opposition on this forum board Anyway here is one more to fuel the anti-Obama fire for right wing nut jobs to piss off the liberal lassies
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    Re: Obama Rips Republicans for Obstruction

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Thu 04 Feb 2010, 7:48 pm

    LOL! I'm by no means a "right wing nut job" but it is impossible to filibuster when all you need is 60 votes... which the Democrats had. And what about the speech in September when Obama was called a liar by Sen. Wilson? During that same speech Republicans held up all the attempts they made at trying to get involved with the 'democratic process'. Oh, and let's not forget the behind closed door meetings Obama held with Democrats only, not allowing 'any' Republicans in. And now he is urging the legislators to stop watching the same networks that downed Bush!? lmao
    "By extending an olive branch to Republicans, the president appears to be attempting to appeal to independent voters who have flocked to the GOP over the past several months," CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser said.
    And why is that?
    ...he has been ratcheting up his own partisan rhetoric.
    But the party is "still haunted" by debates from the 1960s and '70s when the party was stuck with the "tax and spend" label...
    Wrong! This guy just doesn't get it. The reason the independents are flocking over to the GOP is because of all the Democratic rhetoric and here he is "ratcheting it up"?

    And believe me, had I seen this article, I most definitely would have posted it up. Thanks for the evening laugh, Watari... been tending to an ill child all day.

    My father read all the comments to this article (or all of them on the first page, anyway) and told me about this one:
    Treasury numbers regarding total debt (for source, google: "Historical Debt Outstanding" site:treasurydirect.gov). We sank further in debt every year:
    09/30/1991 3,665,303,351,697.03
    09/30/1992 4,064,620,655,521.66
    09/30/1993 4,411,488,883,139.38
    09/30/1994 4,692,749,910,013.32
    09/29/1995 4,973,982,900,709.39
    09/30/1996 5,224,810,939,135.73
    09/30/1997 5,413,146,011,397.34
    09/30/1998 5,526,193,008,897.62
    09/30/1999 5,656,270,901,615.43
    09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86
    09/30/2001 5,807,463,412,200.06
    Seems most people are unaware of the difference between 'surplus' and 'deficit'. Just because the Clinton years didn't spend as much as they had budgeted to, which means they had a surplus, doesn't mean that they brought the country out of its deficit. Still amazing how the deficit sank 2.2trillion in a 10 year span and Obama's administration doubled that ending deficit in a single year. Perhaps this should go in the 'Spending' thread.