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Obama, GOP Trade Punches Over Business Bill

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Posted on Aug 30, 2010
Chuck Kennedy / White House

President Obama, at the White House on Monday, talks about strengthening the economy.

So, President Obama was miffed on Monday at the GOP side of the Senate for thwarting his move to push a bill through Congress designed to help small businesses, but those senators weren’t having it and fired back at Obama and his party with a pointed statement about the president’s handling of our burgeoning national debt. Another productive day on Capitol Hill.  —KA


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, released a statement immediately after Obama’s remarks criticizing the president and Democratic congressional leaders for dramatically increasing the size of the national debt while doing little to restore stronger economic growth.

“Instead of growing jobs as promised, Washington Democrats have grown the size of the national debt, the federal government and the unemployment rate,” McConnell said.

“It’s no surprise that most Americans think the country is on the wrong track and that Democrat policies have failed to do anything to fix their top concern, the economy.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said boosting small businesses and extending middle-class tax cuts both are important in improving the economy.

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By Big B, August 31, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Once again, Barry will permit an idiot like McConnell to get the last word. He and the other dimmos just keep cowering in the corner, occasionally barking out that the other side are just “meanies” and the american people will somehow be able to deserne who the bad people really are come election day.

Give me a fucking break!

It’s a wonder that we americans don’t kill ourselves eating with one of those sporks from KFC. After 30 years of Reaganomics the american people still have not figured out that Ronny ray-guns and his corporate cronies not only stole your wallet, but also slapped your kids, fucked your wife, kicked your dog, stole the silverware, and took a big dump on your porch on the way out. And now, after 2 years of Obamanomics, the repugs want to dig Ronny’s rotting corpse up and have him come by your over leveraged home and give him a second chance.

Are the dimmos this damn stupid?

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By Miguel, August 31, 2010 at 5:10 am Link to this comment
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As much as I don’t like Obama, I hate the GOP even more! In fact, I hate the Democrates and have no trust in them, even less for anyone who calls themselves a Republican.
So, who can I trust? No one, but me!
Besides, as President of USofA, I’d do a better, much better job, than those whack jobs currently running this fucked up country, thanks to the majority of stupid Americans, we got the country we deserve.
If you Americans (I no longer like to call myself an American, Besides, I no longer live in that corrupt country anyway) really want REAL change, then stop voting stupidly!!! Vote anyone else, but a Democrate or Republican (especially the Repubs!).
Put me in office, I’d hang those traders and hand the country back to sane Americans (though, that would only be a small percentage of the American population. Sad).
Oh hell. Never mind.

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By gerard, August 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

Example of stupid political omissiion:

Democrats float a bill in support of small business.
Republicans defeat it.

Republicans hold the basic conservative ideology of small business and seek small businesses’ votes.

Republicans by defeating the small business initiative have given the Democrats ammunition.

Where are the tens of thousands of letters and phone calls addressed to small business owners pointing out this discrepancy in what Republicans say and what they do?

If there is no counteraction, the facts don’t get out. If media doesn’t do the job, ordinary individuals have to do it.  Acting through the parties is the most efficient way to do it. 

What, exactly is going on or not going on in Democratic Party offices?  Moaning over Beck’s rally?Or what? Organizing doesn’t happen automatically, folks. And crabbing is counterproductive.

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By eir, August 30, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

It’s all about the scam, “the perception.” 

Con artists really need to keep on the move though.  It’s not a good business practice to settle down with the people you intend to scam.  Eventually, they catch on, and you better move on ahead of the reality dawning for them that you aren’t who you’ve pretended to be. 

Washington can’t insulate him from that growing perception of who he really is.

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By the worm, August 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment


A. Doubled-down and accelerated the Bush bailouts (Effectively closing off any
other options to address the recession by raising the debt to help Wall Street
and closing off options to help Main Street) -
B. Escalated a meaningless and fruitless war in Afghanistan -
C. Gutted real financial reform (no Glass-Steagle, no ‘too big too fail) –
D. Not helped people with bankruptcy & mortgages remediation (record
foreclosures and more ‘help’ for Freddie and Fannie measured in billions)-
E. Fiddled around & not passed a jobs bill and had to strain to extend
unemployment compensation -
F. Rejected the only option that would have simultaneously extended coverage
and cut costs (single payer) -
G. Promoted off shore drilling for the energy industry, only to see it backfire in
his face –
H. Used (“Heck of a Job, Timmy”) Geithner to promote keeping taxes low for the
wealthy on capital gains and dividends (unlike what those evil Congressional
Democrats want), while cutting Social Security benefits for the rest of us.

And now, sponsoring a budget balancing commission to mess with the middle
class’s last hope - Social Security.

Obama will have a hard time rallying his former supporters to take his side.

We know what happens when Obama deals with business: The decisions go to
the corporations and the wealthy and those who supported Obama get the
shaft. With that kind of ‘leadership’ who can support him?

The fledgling efforts to sell voters on Obama’s ‘principles’ will surely fail. The
reality overwhelms the rhetoric. Obama failed the middle class. Clear and

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