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Monday, October 24, 2016
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On Tuesday night, President Obama will deliver his penultimate State of the Union address — and Republicans will immediately pan it as a horrific failure. Just like every other year.

While freshman senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the GOP’s official response on Tuesday night, scores of other Republicans will take the opportunity to offer their own thoughts on the speech. But you won’t have to wait until Wednesday morning to find out what they’ll say; based on their responses to years of speeches by the president, we already have a pretty good idea of what’s coming.

Here are five ways that Republicans will attack this year’s State of the Union:

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  • FireBaron

    Where are the jobs? Guess Boehner’s gonna have to ask Mitch McConnell why he kept filibustering the Job Bills the Senate had.
    ACA – Can people who could not get insurance now get it? Yes. Are people still facing “lifetime caps? No. Have insurance companies been forced to get rid of the policies that provided almost no coverage but still charged high premiums? Yep. Did Medicare recipients lose the “donut hole”? Yes. It works. Don’t play with it unless you are changing to a single-payer system.
    Keystone – So, a Canadian Company is demanding to build a pipeline to bring the dirtiest crude imaginable across one of our most fragile aquifers to deliver oil to the Gulf Coast for export to the Asian markets, with the end result of maybe 50 permanent jobs (less if Congress manages to gut the safety regulations that govern projects like this). And this is a problem that needs solving how?
    Midterm Elections – The people elected the Congress. They did not vote on a new President. He doesn’t need to talk about the Midterms because they are over. Now he can set the agenda for 2016 and the Republicans can backpedal as to why they are opposed to items that would help the Middle Class (i.e. their alleged rank-and-file voters), but why they are in favor of changes to the tax codes that benefit the 1% (their financial backers).

    • Grannysmovin

      If I may to add to your comments; Midterm Elections: From a GOP columnist “Voter turnout was awful. It was more awful for the Democrats but the GOP won 52 percent of 35 percent of the vote: in other words their mandate is 17 percent of the registered electorate (and 13 percent of those eligible to vote). “Every major Democratic ballot initiative was successful, including every minimum wage increase, even in the red states. AND every personhood amendment

  • charleo1

    What the Republicans won’t admit, and the President won’t say, mostly out of respect for the institution of Congress, and not the Republicans who now run it. Is that we’ve lived the Republican’s economic agenda since the 1980s. And this is what we’ve got to show for it. It has been their agenda for job growth, small business expansion, their ideas on deregulation, and their insistence on a radically low tax regimen aimed exclusively at the top 1% of the the top1%. Until we now have a nearly 100% rigged system. By design, it funnels the vast sums of wealth produced in our economy, to the very highest incomes. And it does so without any strings, very few taxes, or gov. incentives, aimed at bringing all that accumulated wealth in the form of investments down into the larger economy, or in keeping that wealth in the U.S. economy, where most Americans make their living. And it does so, without any mechanism whatsoever in place, that causes any but the smallest proportion of that wealth to be shared by those who are laboring down the income scale to create it in the first place. Plus, a pay to play system of campaign finance, that’s controlled by the same entities, and individuals now holding the money bags, and the keys to the economy.. Who can now successfully block every effort to rebalance this situation, they’ve spent literally billions over the years to create. So of course, I we already know the 5 responses of the Republican Party to the President’s S. of the U. message. No, no, no, no, and no.

  • 788eddie

    RE: class warfare: “It is class warfare, and my class has won.” -Warren Buffett

    • Lynda Groom

      Indeed, it is just that simple.

  • MsProDemocracy

    The Republicans have rigged the system with gerrymandering and voter suppression laws. In 2012 the House actually got 1.5 million more democratic votes but did not take back leadership because of gerrymandering. Therefore there is no Republican voter mandate. Polls have shown that most voters are for immigration reform, increasing the minimum wage, taxing the rich and corporations, paid sick leave for all workers, paid family leave for new parents, laws that benefit average working Americans and not just the 1%, a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street, preservation of public sector pension plans, securing and expanding Social Security and Medicare, single payer healthcare, etc. I hope in 2016 people will come out and vote in droves and finally get rid of these GOP monstrosities who only work for the 1%.

  • Jack Reacher

    It’s important to keep in mind that the story of man-made global-warming is not a story of science, but a story of science-fiction.