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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Former president Bill Clinton addressed the House Democrats’ annual retreat in Virginia on Friday, sharing his thoughts on how his party should pursue its legislative agenda in the 113th Congress.

While Clinton acknowledged that “we do have a long-term debt problem,” he stressed “that doesn’t mean that austerity now is the right response.” He also noted that Republicans only seem to push for harsh austerity cuts “when Democrats are president.”

“We need a jobs program,” Clinton argued. “We need a strategy to promote innovation…If you do not have growth, you cannot fix this debt problem.”

Clinton also urged Democrats to stand by their policies, singling out the Affordable Care Act. After pointing out that Democrats “now own the health reform issue,” he warned that “it really matters how [the law] is implemented.”

“If certain problems come up that need changing, you need to get caught trying to change it even if you can’t pass it,” Clinton said.

Clinton urged the representatives not to back down on immigration, saying “I would be as forward-leaning as I could on this issue,” and predicting that Democrats would pass a favorable bill.

On gun control, Clinton pushed back against the notion that the issue is too divisive to be solved. “I see this whole gun issue as an opportunity, not a toxic landmine. But it depends on how you do it,” he said, before telling the House Democrats to keep responsible gun owners in mind while crafting gun safety legislation.

“I think we ought to stay with this issue, but you can do it in a way that recognizes that there are people out there that aren’t supposed to be part of our demographic, they’re thinking about this too,” Clinton said. “They were sick from those children who were killed. I guarantee you, a lot of people from where I grew up were asking themselves this practical question: If that young man had had to load three times as often as he did, would all those children have been killed?”

Clinton was the third high-profile speaker to address the retreat. President Obama rallied the troops Thursday, predicting that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would soon reclaim the Speaker’s gavel, and comedian Stephen Colbert — whose sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is running as a Democrat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District — warmed up the crowd for Clinton.

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  • In addition to doing something to help reduce our unemployment rate, we must focus on the need to repair and modernize our infrastructure. We have neglected our roads, bridges, tunnels, levees, the power grid, our ports and airports for far too long. Unless we do something soon, our economy, way of life, and ability to compete and keep up with the rest of the industrialized world will be jeopardized.
    The most incredible part is that the same people who refuse to invest in things we need in the USA, are the same people who had no problem spending over a trillion dollars rebuilding countries we helped destroy. Somebody should remind those bozos where their loyalty ought to be.

    • I Agree !! Yes We Got A Job Bill But We Got The GOP/Tea Party Our Very Own Home Grown Terrorists Cells Hell Bent On Screwing The Middle Class And The Poor Working People Of America Just Wont Pass It Just To Make Our President Of The United States Look Like A Failure When He’s Not!!!

      • What home-grown terrorists are you talking about Fern. The members of the Tea Party are just patriotic, law-abiding Citizens that want our debt lowered, our Federal Government not so powerful & controlling, taxes lowered, and our Constitution followed. Maybe you were talking about the Occupy Wall Street violent mobs.

        If the Federal Gov. lived within it’s means, stopped putting the brakes on our economy with all their taxing, regulations, debt, and Amnesty, OUR economy would be strong and that WOULD help the Middle-Class & everyone else.

        • Hey Plznnn Go FUCK Yourself!!! Stop Talking To Me BITCH!!! All You Trolls Do Is Lie Just Like Rush Limpdick And Fox Fake News This Is Not Our First Dance But I Wish It Will Be Our Last!!! I DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT YOU GOT TO SAY STOP TALKING TO ME!!!! The GOP/Tea Party Is The AMERICAN TALIBAN They Are Far From Being Patriots Nor Are They Christians They Act No Better Than Terrorists And Traitors!!!! They Are Hell Bent On Screwing The Middle Class And Poor Working People!!! Now Catch Up With Your Tea Bagging Crowd!!!!

          • joeham1

            Wow you talk like a pig!

          • I Talk Just Like Your Mother Little Tea Bagging Cave Dwelling BITCH!!! Go Fuck Yourself Asshole!!!

        • RobertCHastings

          I guess you must agree with the conservatives, like Todd Akin, who, as a DOCTOR, apparently knows nothing about the female reproductive process, or his partners who think there is anything at all that could be called a legitimate rape (no rape is legitimate, even if the idiots are trying to talk about just the definition of rape), or the refusal of the Republican Party in Congress to pass VAWA (in case you don’t know, that is Violence Against Women Act). These people are terrorists in the purist sense of the word, for they are trying to deny others their rights through tactics such as lying and bullying. “Patriotic, law-abiding citizens” do NOT try to win elections by denying a significant portion of the population their right to vote. If you and the Tea Party undeerstood the Constitution, instead of merely using it as a shield for your lies and nefarioous activities, you would know that the government is of, by and for the people, ALL the people. If you are unhappy with the way things are going, don’t take your football home and drop out of the discussion by holding the entire country for ransom, try getting into a reasonable discussion over reasonable issues.

  • jobs is the most important thing that should be on our presidents agenda, followed by the debt, immigration, and health care, gun control should be at the bottom of the list, because it will do nothing to control crime in this country.

    • Congress has been sitting on two of Obama’s jobs bills for as long as 2.5 years. Checkout his latest bill at Whitehouse dot gov which covers a lot and would create millions of jobs.

      • You Know It These Assholes Seem Like They Want America To Fail!! Cause You Better Believe They Are Making Money From It!

  • joeham1

    We had a 800 Billion dollar stimulas. That money should have been used for infrastructure. Millions of cell phones were given away to help to re-elect the President. Now if the right want to cut spending it’s called austerity and the bull that someone will suffer is a lie! If we don’t cut the deficit we will all be hurt beyond repair!

    A jobs progam that includes a government stimulas is not only a proven waste of money, it doesn’t create jobs! Reduce corporate tax rates to from the highest in the world down to 20-25%. That would give companies incentive to move their corporate offices back to the U.S.
    It would also create jobs!

    • Kevin Mills

      You seem woefully uninformed about how jobs are actually created in this country. Large. Corporations. Are. Not. Job. Creators. They are responsible for only a portion of all jobs. Most employment comes from small business. Seeing as how a jobs program would specifically target small business – like Obama’s Jobs Program shot down by Republicans did – with incentive and tax breaks and credit for innovation, we would see an influx of jobs and a decline of the unemployment rate and an economy that moves forward.

      The problem with your logic is that it’s been tried. And it failed. Corporations do not leave the US because they have high tax rates. That is a fallacious statement. They take their business overseas because labor laws do not exist in most of these countries. They can work their employees 18 hours a day for 5 dollars. Quite literally. That doesn’t fly in America because we’re a first world country and we are civilized and we aren’t run by greedy corporate overlords.

      If you’re going to contribute to the narrative, at least think things through and stop repeating the same old talking points the GOP has been force-feeding you since 2000.

      • joeham1

        Well Kevin, your either a complete moron, or you just listen to morons!
        The corporate rate applies to corporations! I work for a company that has 21 employees and they pay a 35% federal rate! It’s the highest rate in the world!!! Get that?

        The Obama jobs program had a 447 billion dollar stimulas in it. Obama knew it wouldn’t pass and he also knew that idiots would believe it was really a jobs program. It included tax increases and some tax cuts! After the first failed 800 billion stimulas he knew it wouldn’t pass and he knew he could get his sheep to think it was real and therefore make the right look like obstructionists! It would NOT have created JOBS!!

        You see you assholes hate the right so much, you fail to do any research. I bet you think the housing crisis was caused by the right. I bet you think the left had nothing to do with the 2007 reccession.

        Go screw yourself with your force feeding crap!

        • kanawah

          The 35% is on the adjusted income, and then you have all the write offs.
          GE does not pay any tax, like many other corporations.

          The first stimulus DID work, it just was not big enough.

          As to who hates who, it is the right that absolutely hates the progressives. They want to take the US back to the 1800’s.

          • joeham1

            Your still an idiot, and the stimulas still didn’t work! Are you that dumb that the stimulas costs 3 million per job, and you think it should be bigger!
            You probably think Solynda was a good investment!

            Please don’t write back! Your ignorance is more then I can handle!

          • You’re the one that’s dumb JoeHam… of course the stimulus kept the GOP from crashing America into another depression. More than 90% of the stimulus helped companies create 1.5 million more jobs over 4 years than Bush created in 8 years. Only totally clueless nitwits like yourself believe such nonsense as the stimulus didn’t work. And the jobless rate created by Bush trashing the economy peaked at 10.1 percent 8 months after he left office, which was due to the effects of his trashing more than 800,000 jobs/mo as he walked out the door. He’s to blame for the big mess and if you don’t believe that either you’re just more than clueless.

        • I will not stoop to your name calling, but the right are obstructionists.
          They have admitted that they want to see the white house fail and they are the ones who are failing. You are the sheep going to the slaughter.

          • joeham1

            The right admitted they would not help the President’s socialist agenda pass! As you can see by the way unemployment rate 4 years later is still higher then it was when he took office. As you can see poverty is up 6% since he has taken office, and as you can see the deficit is almost 6 trillion higher then 4 years ago! So thank god the right wingers didn’t help him pass that useless jobs bill wihich was mainly another 447 billion stimulas.

            When the President was in the Senate he said in was un American to raise the debt limit. Now he thinks it ok. While he was campaigning he said we need a Balanced approach to cut the deficit. He got the righty’s to compromise, but he decided not to. So we got 660 billion in tax increases and NO deficit reduction. We got 4 trillion more in deficits (CBO report jan 4 2013)

            So if your not to stupid you will see that you his sheep and me and american are all going to slaughter!

        • RobertCHastings

          Sounds pretty much like what Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Glen Beck have been saying for the past few years. If it sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, and craps like a duck, it must be a duck. Most commercially raised ducks are force fed, so I guess you would know about all that.

          • joeham1

            Read Robert! Stop talking about Ducks! you sound retarded! Use your mind! Rush, hannity, and the rest have nothing to do with it! This isn’t a left or right issue!
            We are on the 12th year of the worst 2 Presidents we’ve ever had!

            If you open your eyes even a little you can see that the economy is still in trouble,, regardess of the 5+ trillion in new deficits, and you can see that we have less jobs than we did 4 years ago! It’s baffling how some of you don’t know a thing about the economy or the policies of the last 2 Presidents and the damage they are causing!

          • RobertCHastings

            I do read, quite a bit. And frommy reading I have reason to believe that you are mistaken, about the condition ofthe economy. There are millions of jobs out there, waiting to be filled, except a lot of them require folks to pick up roots or to change professions or to get retrained. All sorts of opportunities are available for retraining, at highschools and junior colleges. Many companies that are now hiring will train if the hiree is willing to be taken on as a temp, without benefits.
            Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. The ills we are today facing were left to our present president by the preceding one, and by the neocons who backed him. In Jan. of 2001, George W Bush was sworn in as president, inheriting an economy that had been on at least a four year tear. Clinton ended his presidency with the Dow at literally FOUR TIMES that of his predecessor, at about 12,000. By the end of W’s presidency, a Dow that had remained stagnant for seven yearstanked in 2007 to about 6000, thanks to his policies, and the country was in a Recession just slightly better than the Great Depression. losing jobs at the rate of 800,000/month, a housing market that presented TWO very serious issues (financial malfeasance and huge drops in the market for homes) and in the middle of two very expensive wars. Those ARE NOT things you can blame on Obama, because that was the situation when he was sworn in January of 2009. Since that time, the Dow has just recently (although briefly) closed at over 12,000. The housing market is recovering. We have had over 40 straight months of job creation. To anyone who is paying attention, the reason things aren’t even better is obvious. Or the reason should be. Is it obvious to you, or do you want to blame the black man who is President?

          • BDC_57

            They are a bunch teabagger racist. They didn’t like it that a black man got in office.

          • joeham1

            Robert, When I said read i didn’t mean comic books! There is about 1% truth to what you just wrote! First of all your trying to tell me that the unemployment is much better then the labor statistics. I realize that wishfull thinking may be your reality but it’s not coreect.

            Here we are 4 years after Bush and thing aren’t better but you say it’s not because of Obama! I guess it’s time you learn something, if you can see the forest though the trees!

            The left wing radicals have somehow convinced you that their lies are true. He are the facts. In the late 90’s Predsident Clinton and The republicans passed 2 bills. One was the The American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act. That was a rewrite of the 1977 community reinvestment act. Then the republicans wrote the Graham, Leach, Bliley act. Those 2 Bills opened the housing market up for destruction. Bush then went along with those bills and some in congress had an idea of what was going to happen. Bush went to Barney Frank and Chris Dodd and asked for an investigation into Fannie and Freddie. Barney Frank assured the Administration the housing giants were fine. That brings us to 2007 when homeownership had been going up because people who couldn’t afford to pay their loans. 10 Trillion in personal loss (housing values, stock market) and then Obama comes to office.

            It’s cool that you say the economy has produced jobs 40 straight months. The truth is Obama (check the facts through the CBO or fact check) is the first president in the history of the country to have less jobs after 4 year then when he took office. There 20+ Million unemployed and 8 + million that have stopped looking.

            You post gave a few partial truths. The reality of the situation is BOTH parties caused the housing crash. Both parties are resposible for our position. If you have half a mind and you reseach even a little you will know the truth. Let Obama blame the right for everything and let the right Balme Obama for everything.

            Read, research and educate yourself. Your facts are simply the lefts talking points!!!

          • RobertCHastings

            There are NOT fewer jobs, there are fewer people IN jobs. And the population grows at a rate of about 4 million per year, with approximately half that many yearly entering the job market, which means that, in order to maintain the status quo, we have to create 2 million jobs per year. Sure, at the rate of 150 thousand per month, we aren’t going to keep up. However, the jobs are out there and they are being filled. However, after making up for the losses of the Bush debacle, more peope are employed than when Obama was first inaugurated. I don’t know where you are getting your information on the housing market, but every large city in the country saw an increase of at least 10% in sales. Apparently you disagree what I had to say in my previous post, and I am sure you will disagree with what I have said hear. Well, that’s really too bad. However, I am not terribly concerned, since MOST of the rest of the people in this country can be and are generally reasonable, unlike you.

          • Robert, trying to reason with Joeham

        • Hey, fuck-tard! A 35% corporate tax rate for a created entity that can’t vote, can’t breath our air, and can’t die on a battlefield – but can influence our elections with more campaign donations than either you or I will ever give – is a little fucking low.

          • joeham1

            Wow that was ignorant! Completely different topic fuck tard! The corporate tax rate at 35% is why so many of our corporations pay their taxes to different countries! If we eliminate loop holes and lower the the rates to 20%. The corporations and unions will continue to influence the elections until our Government get’s rid of the lobbyists. The left and right are way to corrupt to do that!

        • gahoof

          With all of the corporate tax breaks in this country, the actual average corporate tax rate is less than twenty (that’s 20%) percent. Check it out!

          • joeham1

            That may be for some companies but not the majority. They need to lower the corporate rate to 20% and get rid of all the loop holes!

          • old_blu

            1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.
            2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.
            3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.
            4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.
            5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.
            6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.
            7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
            8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.
            9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.
            10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

          • BDC_57

            Just like Mitt Romney’s 14 percent that he pays.

        • gahoof

          Being civil in any discussion helps people give your comments more credence.

          Try it sometime.

          • joeham1

            If I’m talked to in a civil tone I will always do the same. The attacks calling me a right winger or other names will get a suitable response.

            Try an experiment. You will be amazed at what you will get. As you know the National Memo is an extreme Left wing rag. Newsmax is the Far Right’s rag. Make an opposing comment on both comment boards and you will be ammazed at some of the responses!

            Without debate and information there is only hate!

          • Why The Hell You Keep Coming Here????? Asshole!!! We Got Enough Trolls Here Already Why Don’t All You Koch Brother Ass Kissers Get The Fuck Off Of National Memo!!!!!!! You Got Plenty Of Tea Bagging Lying Web Sites Of Your Own!! Punk Ass Troll!!!

          • joeham1

            I like it here douche bag! Kiss my you hillbilly piece of crap!

          • No I’ll Leave That Up To Your Mother You Know How You Inbred Do It!!! Asshole !! You Need To Stop Doing It With Your Family Members You All Just Breeding Idiots Like Yourself!! Pussy Ass Bitch!!

          • joeham1


          • Your Mother You Lying Ass Racist Cock Sucking BITCH!!

      • kanawah

        In some locations, $5.00 is a weeks wages.

    • kanawah

      Your missed the mark on every point..

      The stimulus DID work. Only thing is, we needed another $800 billion stimulus, in addition to massive infrastructure repair programs.

      Taxes need to go up, paticularrly on the big corporations and those who make more than $200.000. The top tax rate should be 85% on over 5Million. Also, ALL income should be treated the same.

      • joeham1

        Go back to Russia, you talk like an idiot! The stimulas failed miserably. At 3 million a job, we still have less jobs then we had when Obama took office!

        Are you smart enough to knowthat when the deficit hit 21 trillion at the end of Obama’s second term, the interst alone will be 800 billion a year! 85% tax on an individual? Your an ass!

    • Trickle down has never worked. As for the debt, when a person takes out a 30 year loan for a home that is a tremendous responsibility to repay, but you do not quit eating or quit spending because of it. It all works itself out with some responsible budgeting. You also need to keep a job and the stimulas program did help the infrastructure and job creation.

      • joeham1

        Yeah Michael, this tax and spend is doing great! almost 17 trillion in deficits and we still have less jobs then we did when he took office!

        The stimulas wasn’t used for infrastructure. it cost over 3 million per job and your retarded if you ever say it worked again!

        Where the hell do you freakin idiots get your info?

  • Pamby50

    Snow storms are hitting the northeast. Power is out. They can’t even start to restore power till they clean the poles off. This continues to keep happening. Let’s start putting people back to work updating our power grid. Some states have started to bury there power lines. It may cost money & take time but it would be worth it. There is so much infrastructure that needs to be addressed, that so many people could be working right now. The republican party is to afraid to do that.

    • If The Jobs Bill Would Have Been Passed These Blackouts Happening All Over The USA Most Likely Wouldn’t Be So Bad Cause They Are Part Of The Jobs Bill On The To Do List On Things That Need Fixing Around Here!!!

      • Pamby50

        I agree Fern. The biggest embarassment was the super bowl. The game is shown around the world and the lights go out. We are a world super power with a third world power grid. The outage was the best commercial of the night.

  • Eric Jensen

    That would have been awesome to be there. Clinton is right, on all counts.

  • I am a republican and I have to agree 100% that we need to start up and get the US working again. I agree with President Clinton on what he is saying. The Republican Party needs to get there keasta’s in motion and start working with the Democrats and get the ball rolling. Stop this BS and start doing the job we elected you for.

  • nobsartist

    Maybe republiCONs shoiuld look at China. After all, republiCONs have helped turn us into a third world country.

    I am surprised that Clinton would take the time out of seeking donations to actually say something intelligent. Then again, he created this mess when he signed NAFTA.

    Or did all of you good Dems forget who actually started this?

    • Maybe You Need To Go Back To Nixon He The One Who When To China!!!

      • nobsartist

        Boy, that was intelligent. How about explaining?

        • You Don’t Remember When Nixon When To China??? You Better Catch Up On Your History!!!

          • nobsartist

            And what does that have to do with anything? Clinton signed NAFTA, not Nixon. You had better catch up on your history. While doing so, perhaps you can name the Dmocrats who were against Rayguns failed health care bill that created this mess and couldnt have been passed without the help of Democrats who by the way, created the ABORTION of a health care bill that this BULLSHIT “Affordable Care Act” creates.

            While catching up on history, perhaps you can name the Democrats that supported the republiCON proposed NAFTA bill that ruined our economy 15 years later.

            And was signed into law by a Democrat president.

            And then his wife wound up in the cabinet of the guy that was president and did nothing to create any jobs outside of the financial industry AND extended the bush tax cuts so he would get a nice, big tax break himself.


  • It’s way past time for austerity creeps like the Koch brothers to pay up for all the damage they have caused America’s economy. They caused it, they should be made to pay for it. Let there be no doubt that I absolutely despise these fascist pigs.

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  • Clinton, we have had a Jobs Program, the Trillions in Stimulus Spending that left us with over 4 years of high unemployment AND more debt. What about all those shovel ready jobs, those infrastructure jobs? Well the money was spent for nothing, now we are even more in debt, and soon just the interest on our National debt will take all the money needed for any social programs or even our National Defense.

    Way past time to quit the blame game. The President has wasted his priorities on every issue BUT jobs: gun control, same-sex marriage, Amnesty, ans much more. The Democrats just keep on refusing to face reality on OUR debt and keep kicking the can down the road for our Children to face.

  • Budjob

    The teabagger nutjobs don’t want to change government,they want to DESTROY IT!!!

    • BDC_57

      They are doing the same thing that Hitler did to Germany.

  • Budjob

    If Bill Clinton would have been eligible to seek a third term,I and my family would have voted for him again!

    • These Lying Ass Trolls Are Just Nuts Clinton Left office With A Surplus And The No Good Ass GOP/Tea Party Fuck It Up And Put This Country In Debt!!!! Lairs, Thieves And Cheaters That’s All They Are!!!!

  • kbechle

    So the guy who signed the “free trade’ agreements that destroyed 5 million well paying manufacturing jobs wants the impoverished taxpayer to fund a ‘jobs’ program.
    Clinton conspired with Neo-Con Newt Gingrich to push NAFTA, GATT and the WTO. The resulting job losses left millions of American families without benefits like health insurance and the income to pay the mortgage.
    He also wants to continue to flood the country with millions of people from low wage Third World countries to compete with the 22 million underemployed citizens for the remaining scarce jobs.

  • BDC_57

    Fern did you notice every time they ask Mitt and Ryan what they going to fix economy
    they could not answer.

    • Hell No They Didn’t Answer Cause They Had No Plans On Fixing It!! They Was Going Back To Gutting Out America, And Selling Out The American People Like They Always Have Done!!!

  • RobertCHastings

    For those of you who need a refresher in history, when Bill Clinton left office (upon the inauguration of Geroge W Bush) in January of 2001;1)the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at about 12,000, and Nasgaq and S&P were doing about as well, 2)we had been working on about four years of the greatest prosperity in this country since WWII, 3)we were involved in NO wars, 4) unemployment was under 4% (or close to it), there was a $160B budget SURPLUS, 5)Clinton had just recently put about 90,000 more police on the street, etc. etc. And don’t forget that his intel and security people had warned Bush about Osama Bin Laden. Prior to 9-11 Bush spent at least 45 days on vacation, proposed reducing taxes on the wealthy and Congress passed it (however, DO try to bear in mind that the makeup of the Congress in 2001 was somewhat different from what it is now). The point is, by the end of the Clinton administration the US was at peace and prosperous. By the end of the Bush administration, the US was NEITHER at peace, NOR was it prosperous (nor, for that matter, was the rest of the world). The failure (and failures) of the US financial system had grossly affected the economies of the rest of the world; the economy was losing jobs at the rate of 800,00 every month: Bush’s endless and open-ended War on Terror (largely unfunded by increasing taxes) was costing the US more than $200B a year, the Bush stimulus (with no provisions for oversight) was a virtual giveaway to corporate interests in the US AND ABROAD. Most of that money is irrecoverable, because there was no mechanism in it for providing for recompensing the American taxpayers. And that is what President Obama inherited. His stimulus program has been almost completely repaid by those that benefited, and the taxpayers are projected to lose in the neighborhood of something less than 5%. He has gotten us out of ONE of the Bush wars, the one that was totally unnecessary and unjustified, and he is in the process of getting us out of the one that Bush should have completed before even CONTEMPLATING the invasion of Iraq. The economy is adding jobs every month; but because of the still weak economy and Republican foot-dragging, it will be some time before the economy will return to 4 -5 %unemployment. After all, the President does have a jobs bill languishing in Congress.
    The Republicans WANT to focus on jobs, which should be counterintuitive, because everything they are doing (and STOPPING from being done) is retarding job growth. Their insistence on the continuation of “trickle – down ” economics (a theory long ago discredited) helps only the wealthy and retards job growth. Conversely, by maintaining the tax relief for the middle class, jobs actually ARE being created, because consumer spending comprises 2/3 of our GDP. Were the middle class unable to spend, I don’t have to even suggest what the consequences would be, and yet that is an issue either over the heads of the Republicans, or something they just choose to ignore.
    Soon after Obama’s first inauguration, Senator Mitch McConnell addressed his Republican associates by stating that their primary goal should be to make Obama a “one term president”. And pretty much everything the Republicans in the House and the Senate have done since Januare of 2009 has been directed toward that goal. Apparently, first, they didn’t get the memo that he had been reelected, second, Obama and the Democrats increased their voices in BOTH the House and the Senate, third, both of those happened with the concurrence of a significant majority of the American voting public. The Republicans have neither acknowledged this, nor have they acknowledged their responsibility to the people of the United States. Is it any wonder that their popularity is waning/

  • The nation needs a jobs program to help the nation recover and prosper. The Republicans need a depressed economy so they can lay blame on their opponents to gain power. If the economy improves, Obama will get the credit for it, and the GOP’s entire rationale for existence is to oppose Obama in all things. They are willing to destroy the economy, wound the nation, and inflict untold pain and misery on its citizens to beat the black man in the White House.

  • BDC_57

    Notice they dont want to listen to facts all they do is spread their lies arround.

  • judgeglenda

    the nation needs a job program i agree with pres. clinton to improve and give workers money to spend to recover and pay taxes. hope their is no big problem about the debt ceiling per the gop. we need to forget that until people go back to work. the gop need to get real and help their country instead of hurting it by voting against bills that are helpfull. wishfull thinking i guess. bush left the country in a mess.admit it and go with the flo now.

  • usworker3

    The Space Program …. NASA …. was a government work program … the Interstate Highway system is STILL a work program .. Let’s make High Speed Rail one … dare we be brave enough to match Europe and Japan??

    NASA and it’s offshoots have delivered MANY benefits … New Work Programs for America (WPA .. the new one) would do the SAME …

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