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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Forget the State of the Union. Let’s focus on the state of our political leaders, who can’t stop getting on each other’s last nerve.

Both President Obama’s address and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s response on behalf of the Republican Party made them seem like partners who once yearned for approval from one another but now recognize it won’t happen. Cue the condescension and defiance.

Ernst, in the Senate for all of two weeks, treated Obama as a bit player instead of a chief executive who decisively won two national elections and can veto anything Congress sends him. “It’s important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the president sharing his,” she said.

Obama managed to talk for an hour without once acknowledging that Republicans scored sweeping coast-to-coast victories last fall and now have total control of Congress. He did squeeze in a few tweaks, veto threats and pointed ad libs. When he said he had run his last campaign and Republicans started to applaud, he shot back, “I know, because I won both of them.”

House Speaker John Boehner came back the next morning with the perfect riposte to the whole evening. He disclosed that a foreign head of state would also address a joint session of Congress — just like Obama! — in three weeks.

How provocative was this move? Let us count the ways. There was the timing, hours after Obama spoke. There was the venue, a rare joint session. There was the guest, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who disapproves of White House participation in talks to curtail Iran’s nuclear capacities, and wants Obama to take a tougher approach. “Iran is your enemy!” he told Obama. On CBS.

Beyond all that, the administration says Boehner breached protocol. Such invitations are customarily leader to leader. Leader of Congress to leader of a nation is highly unorthodox. “I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye,” Boehner said. Congress, he said, “can make this decision on its own.”

Just to clarify, the Republican majority that is suing Obama for allegedly overreaching his constitutional powers is now fighting overreach with overreach.

If this period in Beltway history had a theme song, it would be Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” But should liberals care?

In the final quarter of his presidency, after what he described as “a breakthrough year” for America, Obama is talking like a vindicated man. The union he leads, in his words, boasts “a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production … a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years.” Unemployment is at 5.6 percent – “lower than it was before the financial crisis.”

The man is entitled to a victory lap. At last.

Republicans — the new kings and queens of Capitol Hill — are entitled to feel a bit miffed. The president didn’t recognize their new power, just rubbed their noses in his. He reiterated on the largest stage possible that he will veto any dilution of what he’s achieved on health, financial reform, immigration and climate change. The climate language was particularly stark. “I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts,” he said. Nope, no kumbayah vibes there.

Obama and the GOP do like to talk about their shared enthusiasm for trade deals and tax reform. There are some complications, however. One is what The Wall Street Journal calls an “agenda gap.” The most urgent priorities for voters are jobs, fighting Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, reducing the federal deficit and border security. Trade, tax reform and the Keystone XL pipeline are way down the list. Those items are sold as job creators by one or both parties, but the message isn’t getting through.

Pesky details are another problem, particularly on the tax front. Ernst made it sound simple — “let’s iron out loopholes to lower rates.” But while there is broad support to close loopholes and reduce corporate rates, Obama also is proposing higher taxes on banks and the wealthy. He would use the money to rebuild infrastructure and for initiatives such as free community college, expanded childcare and earned-income tax credits, and a new credit for two-earner families. Or, as Boehner calls them, “fantasyland proposals.”

And that’s the third problem. It’s obvious from the nonstop tweaks, slights and friction that détente will be difficult, even on issues where there is ostensibly common ground.

I would like to see those tax and trade agreements come to fruition in some mutually satisfactory way, both on the merits and for the sake of showing Washington can work. But I also hope we will continue hearing from the feisty, high-octane Obama who gave that State of the Union address. He has jumpstarted a vigorous debate over the future of the country that we need as we head into 2016.

Follow Jill Lawrence on Twitter @JillDLawrence. To find out more about Jill Lawrence and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

Photo: President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Pool/TNS)

233 Responses to They Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

  1. Of course not. Not when you have a Speaker of the House who defies Congressional diplomacy and invites a foreign leader to speak without bothering to tell the White House. If this is not an example of government takeover by the GOP, I would love to know what more the American people need as evidence.

    • Eleanore, they are acting like a Mafia gang. Who doesn’t know the White House is the most respected Office on earth, not that one of the Speaker!

      • I doubt if the White House is the most respected office on earth anymore. Obama’s lies, red lines, scandals, etc are responsible for the loss of respect for our country.

        • Yes, your group does do a lot of damage don’t they. And destroying America is not good enough for you. You want to totally turn it over to other countries. You guys are really, really a sad bunch. Unfortunately you are like an infectious disease effecting everybody else. Same old rhetoric, same old bull crap.

          • Whoa, whoa, whoa…. Didn’t realize there was still a patriotic bone in your Globalist Marxist body….. Nah, you’ve got it all wrong. You are not a statemen and neither are either party. Especially yours.

          • There are a lot of things you obviously don’t realize!!! For one you always talk out of your poop shoot. I don’t care what you have to say Joe, everyone of your post is the same BS.

        • Newsflash. The majority of Earthlings don’t watch Fox, or live in the Right Wing bubble machine. The only places on the Planet, any of those things are happening in the WH. My World is improving. Too
          bad about yours.

          • That’s only because RWNJs are such sheeple that they all gravitate to one entertainment site where they suck up lies and distortions of the truth and even censored news!! Which makes them the dumbest Americans in the nation with respect to keeping up with the actual happenings in the world.

            See this:

            Fox News Viewers Uninformed, NPR Listeners Not, Poll Suggests

            A poll by Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey showed that of all the news channels out there, FoxNews viewers are the least informed.

            People were asked questions about news habits and current events in a statewide poll of 600 New Jersey residents recently. Results showed that viewers of Sunday morning news shows were the most informed about current events, while Fox News viewers were the least informed. In fact, FDU poll results showed they were even less informed than those who say they don’t watch any news at all.

            Readers of The New York Times, USA Today and listeners to National Public Radio were better informed about international events than other media outlets.

            And more:

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/11/21/fox-news-viewers-uninformed-npr-listeners-not-poll-suggests/

          • The Kochs won the mid terms. When you spend $20 million on GOP candidates for 17 red states, did you expect a handful of blue states to win? You are a real asshat. You fool no one. Get a life. Get a job and stop polluting common sense and common decency with your BS lies.

          • I care when you lie through your pearly whites. Now..did you want to discuss how it is you know how much Soros and Steyer are worth but not Cheney, McConnell or Issa? Cheney and McConnell are both married to billionaires. Issa is worth $350 million. Oh gee…little Joey schmoey doesn’t like facts. Course now, if you really want a GOP rich boy..all you need do is check out Rip Van Romo’s wealth after he claims to have sold Bain..

          • 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 failed. Half of the Republican Congressional
            delegation now comes from the former Confederacy. There are no more white
            Democrats from the South. All of the Dixiecrats are now GOP.”

          • Yes of the voters who turned out! Their mandate was 17% of registered electorate and 13% of eligible voters. Yes they won, but it was not a mandate of the American people. Oh and Democratic policies were successful!

          • Granny you can say what you are saying about almost every election, no matter what it is for. Using your argument the Democratic policies that were successful were only approved by 17% of registered electorate and 13% of eligible voters. You can’t have it both ways.

          • Honey – this is a member of your own party saying it. Contact him I gave you the link. Have a nice day

          • Goes to show you how happy your Democratic friends were with what Obama has been doing, to this once great nation, doesn’t it?

          • http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/
            FOX’s file
            This scorecard shows the ratings for statements made on air by Fox, Fox News and Fox Business
            personalities and their pundit guests. Rulings do not include statements made on air by politicians or paid spokespeople.

            Statements made on FOX. Click on the ruling to see all of the statements made on FOX.·
            True13 (10%)(13)·
            Mostly True14 (11%)(14)·
            Half True22 (18%)(22)·
            Mostly False26 (21%)(26)·
            False38 (31%)(38)·
            Pants on Fire11 (9%)(11)

          • Those kinds of things usually reflect what the people paying for them, want them to reflect. Both sides do that, they can poll a certain area or ask questions a certain way to get the wanted answers.

          • Cable news, Fox News top rated show
            The O Reilly Factor, 2.66 million viewers,
            60 Minutes 17.19 viewers.
            Fox is a big fish in a little pond.

        • Is that why when I post on Yahoo News, I get foreign bloggers from around the world asking me why the American people can’t see that the GOP is nothing but a bunch of crooks?? Really!!

          • Who ‘bowed down’ to them?? Certainly not me!! I only pointed out that foreigners, and that includes Canadians, can see what you RWNJ idiots have too much tunnelvision and hatred for Obama to see!!!

            Here’s an example:

            A Canadian, Richard Brunt of British Columbia, wrote the letter expressing bewilderment with why some Americans disapprove of Obama.

            “Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections,” he said, citing the following evidence.

            Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

            And he goes on with more:

            http://impulsetoday.com/americans-have-no-idea-just-how-good-you-have-it-with-obama/

          • It’s a little sad to have to tell the rest of the world that there is a lot of hatred for him in our country solely because of his skin color.

          • Absolutely!! And especially since it’s been 50 years since we should have settled that issue in America!!

          • I have relatives in England, Sweden and Spain, and they all feel the same way. They are truly mystified by the negativism of so many Americans. Most wish they had leaders like President Obama, and wish their leaders had accomplished a fraction of what President Obama has accomplished.

          • Yeah! It really is unfortunate that our democracy has been hijacked and sent into a tailspin.

            Although I blame Reagan for having started the tailspin with his constant portrayal of government as being the bad guys and his hastening of the demise of unions by busting the Air Traffic Controllers Union by hoodwinking them into thinking he was going to negotiate with them in good faith and then summarily firing them all.

            It’s Rush Limbaugh with his 24/7 hate rhetoric since the 1990s and Newt Gingrich with his fantasy ‘contract with America’, and 24/7 bashing of Clinton, much of it based on lies and distortions of the truth, that to me has actually done the biggest damage by creating a culture of willingness to lie to the extreme among Republicans and by creating numerous copycats of Limbaugh who spew 24/7 hate rhetoric throughout our airwaves.

          • As long as there is money to be made, there will be plenty of opportunists delighted to make a buck out of the naivete of so many people. I blame the audience a lot more than the demagogues…

        • Nah. It’s Bush’s fault? No, It’s the GOP’s fault? Oh wait, It’s the teleprompters fault? Ahh hell, It’s somebody’s fault, just so long as it isn’t the Emperor’s fault.

        • Another asshat no one cares about. You must both be supremely diseased human beings. You spout lies and expect intelligent people to believe what you say? Everyone in the world respect the White House…and it’s not White because racist jerks like you and the alien from planet KennyBoy/DebbyGirl say so. Your 1st Amendment rights don’t give you license to bash our country or our government. So..tell us..which Chinese or ISIS membership card do you flash?

          • I was going to ask you which ISIS membership card you own. You seem to believe you call people racists, aliens and then complain about other people having free speech. You call anyone with a opinion different from yours diseased. Are you the only one that can decide how intelligent someone is. You are one that only believes in the rights of others if they agree with you. You are making all Nazis’s happy with you superior people intellect.

          • The first amendment certainly does give one the right to bash our totally incompetent admenstruation. The White House is starting to resemble a movie set for a Tarzan movie. You should apply. Just show up with a banana and you will get the romantic lead. But watch out for the animal control people if they see you it will be back to the zoo.

        • Why are you still on this thread? No one pays any respect to you because you have nothing of value to offer. Why do you insist upon polluting every thread with your gross, stench of hate? If you are such a miserable asshat, why spew it around like a plague? No one wants to hear your ideas. Only a freak like you thinks so.

          • I have no intentions of quitting telling the truth..Joey …Just because you and your right wingers like to harass people with YOUR bullying, try that on McWifie and see if she’ll tolerate you belting her in the mouth when she dares to defend her opinions. Sorry, but you and these others are not adding a single intelligent sentence to these threads. Time you find a better form of employment.

          • You lie so much Eleanore that most heads would spin. I’ve been on this site long enough to know all about your untruths. Your stories change inconsistently to bolster your ego and become more over exaggerated as time goes on.. You make yourself look bigger and bolder with each thread. Quite the bragger…..

            Intelligent! Looks who’s talking…a typical foul mouthed, valueless, decadent Liberal.

          • Sorry Joe…YOU are the liar. Other posters have taken you down a number of times. What happens when a brainless, control freak can’t handle the truth WE KNOW we can PROVE in a court of law and you can’t?

            Your posts are hateful, scumbucket slime ball HAVE posts. Stop living off your wife’s paycheck..and then come back and tell us how you aren’t like Mitch the Bitch McConnell with his Wall Street billionaire wife funneling cash into his re-election, Cheney’s rich bitch wife doing the same when he ran and Romney’s now investigated Bain Capital. You’re a block head who can’t allow enough new thought in your head to change your Pampers.

            I read your posts and I don’t see a single word you can prove in court.

          • Why don’t you take a hike too!! Eleanore’s comments fit your worthless self just like they do kenndeb!! Get lost!! No one here pays one bit of attention to your absolutely nonsensicle drivel!!!

      • The reality is that in his SOTU speech, without realizing it, President Obama re-energized a lot of Americans who believed there is nothing we can do to stop these GOP tyrants. When Americans are fed up with having the GOP bulls throwing us under a bus, eating up our tax dollars and acting like they can do as they damn well please. NO they can’t. They lie and say they are doing what the “people” want…you know they mean those corporate “people” the SC labeled them. They are doing what they please. They actually think the rest of us will sit back, pay their salaries while they do whatever they want with the taxes we all pay. Blowback is a bitch and it’s coming…and I can’t wait.

  2. The only people that are going to care are Bibi Netanyahu’s opponents in the upcoming election, whose chances of winning have been diminished by the petty revenge efforts made by our children in Congress. All I can say about things like this is, bring it on!
    The real reason for immature decisions such as this has little to do with strained relations between President Obama and PM Netanyahu, or even the ongoing negotiations with Iran, the real reason behind this is to divert attention from what ought to be our top priority. Consider this:
    GDP growth:
    January 9, 2009 -8.9% – January 2015 +5%
    DOW Index:
    January 9, 2009 7,949 – January 21,2015 17,511
    S&P:
    January 9, 2009 805 points – January 21, 2015 2,019 points
    Unemployment:
    January 9,2009 7.8% – January 21, 2015 5.6%
    Deficit with respect to GDP:
    January 9, 2009 9.8% – January 2015 2.9%
    Consumer confidence:
    January 9, 2009 37.7% – January 2015 98.2%

    With a record like the one above, an tangible proposals on the table to solve, or at least alleviate, critical issues such as the growing financial schism between the wealthy and the middle class, proposals to improve our infrastructure and ability to compete, proposals to improve the chances of young, and not so young, Americans to qualify for jobs that are currently going to foreign professionals, and so many other attempts to help all segments of our population, the GOP has no choice but to engage in bullying tactics, regardless of how much damage they do to our institutions of government, to meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, to undermining attempts to lessen global tensions and reduce real or imaginary threats, or anything that resembles victory as a result of initiatives put forth by a man they hate with a passion.
    What makes their heads explode is the calm demeanor demonstrated time and again by President Obama, not to mention his amused retorts. Instead of threats like “you are either with us or you are against us”, “Wanted dead or alive”, and other “misunderestimated” demonstrations of GOP style statesmanship. our current President remains focused on what needs to be done to improve our standard of living, to ensure all Americans benefit from our growing economy, to ensure equality, and to do everything he can to keep America safe. Hillary, please carry on and finish what President Obama started.

    • Great post!! And the numbers you showed for comparisons were actually only about midway in the economic freefall – when jobs were being trashed at the rate of about 800,000 jobs per month. I didn’t go back and research all the numbers you posted, but if you use the numbers toward the end of 2009 for a couple of them, the recovery Obama orchestrated is even for startling.

      Here’s using the numbers for unemployment rate and the stock market when the Obama had caused the freefall of jobs to rebound faster than any president in previous history (in December of 2009) within 1 year of him taking office); the unemployment rate wasn’t 7.8%, it was 10.1% – such that Obama’s policies resulted in the greatest unemployment rate reversal in history – from 10.1% to 5.6% within 6 years – while the GOP’s vaunted hero Reagan, could only accomplish dropping a 10.8% rate to 7.1% in 6 years

      And the Dow Index in December of 2009 wasn’t 7,949, it reached lows in the 6,600 range; meaning that the Dow has almost tripled from it’s actual low point when the recovery from the Great Recession began at the beginning of the 58 straight months of jobs growth.

  3. Since the Republicans did not applaud when President announced reduction in unemployment, minimize the inequality, improve the affordability of education, and improvement of economics, does that mean that the Republicans are for unemployment, inequality of women, reduction in educational opportunities and lower economics?

    • The republicans have wanted the president to fail since the beginning not caring that that means the country fails. What will the party of no’s and no ideas do in a leadership roll? We are seeing a little of their idea of leadership now. God help the country and the world.

      • So you want to see the legislative branch of government fail. This should ‘help’ the country as much as shutting down national parks or releasing terrorists.

        • I want a congress that understand that their job is to improve the well being of the whole country not just
          the people that give them donations. I want a party of statesman. The very idea of winning and losing in government is abhorrent and the people always lose in the end. For 6 years the republicans have been
          trying to destroy the president by their own words and now they want him to play nice.

          • Same can be said for both parties. Abuse by one branch in no way justifies over reach by another. Fault is shared throughout government, especially the one person we all expect to lead the nation beyond the pettiness and partisan bickering.

          • In the beginning the President tried to work with the republicans but they would have none of it. Over a
            third of the ACA was changed trying to make the republicans except it but he might as well not bothered. Members of the republican party have been out right disrespectful to the president and even voted against their own bills when the bills were supported by the president. Open your eyes and ears to what has been done. Never have I seen one party disrespect the office of the president they way the republicans have.

        • So why is Murkowski and that dipshit from WY trying to sell off our federal land to oil interests. Warren Harding’s Secy, of the Interior went to jail for doing just that. WY, MT and several other red states want to turn this country into a polluted sewer hole with oil coming out of our ears. When they pay back every dime in federal taxes that for 100 years have maintained federal land, they can have it.

          • Rick Perry has already succeeded in turning Texas into the state with the most polluted environment in America by far. All mindless Republicans can think about is any way possible for them to make a buck – even if that results in destroying America and the planet.

          • When I worked in environmental engineering for 24+ years, every quarter we’d receive the newest EPA reports. Every year for the past 2 decades, Texas has been No. 1 on the list of states with the worst pollution. Yet, you get right wingers and Texans who deny this.

            The ONLY industry in Texas that could be causing that No. 1 status year after year is the one that this state has…Oil.

            Republican men today are dangerous to our democracy. They are flying just under the radar of abuse of power with everything they do. All that has to happen now is one of them acting out of their league of power as legislators and the Justice Dept. will step in. Abuse of power is not a two edged sword. It’s quite easy to prove.

          • Yeah! And for Texas, it’s not just the oil that’s polluting the ground people walk on and the air they breathe from all the oil well pumping and the refinery emissions going on. It’s the total disregard by Republicans of all forms of fossil fuel extraction and use that’s creating situations in Texas and other red states that’s almost as bad as those in China.

            Like in Texas and many other red states, Republicans who don’t apparently believe that air pollution causes cancer, pollutes our environment and kills thousands of Americans each year from numerous diseases; while at the same time making climate change even worse; you’ll find the vast majority of America’s coal fired power plantsand hence the most polluted air, water and ground. And given what’s been going on in North Dakota’s Bakken Oil Fields, I’m guessing that ND is going to end up to be the 2nd worst polluted state in America; if not already, very soon.

            And Texas, like other red states, has an abundance of coal fired power plants which spew numerous toxic substances like sulfur which create acid rain and other cancer causing substances that not only kill but add the most carbon dioxide to our atmosphere of any fossil fuel.

            And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Texas has gotten into fracking in a big way. And I have come across numerous articles of people in Texas suing these fracking companies for having not only made their homes unlivable due to the fracking going on too close to their homes and polluting their air and water they drink; many Texans are also contracting a myriad of diseases from the chemicals being used in the fracking process which are making their lives miserable and for some, debilitating.

            And as you pointed out, the majority of Republicans want to sweep all these disastrous actions under the rug and pretend that they’re not happening. Apparently, via wishful thinking that their abhorrent actions won’t end up killing them. Not only do Republicans more often than not vote against their own best interests, they support political actions which may very well end up killing them.

          • Ummmm, it would surprise you to know that the most polluted state is not Texas, rather it is a Blue state, namely California:) LOL

        • They have been praying for all of Obama’s policies to fail no matter how that would damage our country. I am not a Republican and I don’t agree with their ideology, but I never hoped for Reagan, Bush or Bush to fail. I respected the Office of the President and the democratic system that put them in office. I demand that all elected officials work together to make any Administration succeed so that our country succeeds. I don’t want elected officials at any level that work only for themselves or their party. Once they are elected to the United States Congress they represent all Americans not just their tiny group of constituents or their party, but all political parties, all races, all religions. They need to balance what their constituents need with what is best for all Americans.

          • I like what you said and upvoted the comment. Just to be clear, the republicans aren’t the only ones here playing that game to derail the opposition into failure.

        • A cadre of the legislative branch (in particular, the Repugnican caucuses) has been actively engaged in treasonous activity for the past six years. It would be a patriotic endeavor to hope and pray for its failure, particularly now that the saboteurs have taken control of its agenda. Failure of a Repugnican-led legislative branch invariably translates into success for the majority of us who toil under its yoke.

          • If you can’t bring yourself to refer to Republicans without minimalized insult, there is no point to address the loopy conspiracy concerns.

        • Mitch McConnell single-handedly caused the legislative branch to fail for the past 6 years by using the fake filibuster more than 425 times to prevent THE PARTY VOTED INTO OFFICE BY THE MAJORITY OF OUR POPULATION FROM GOVERNING AS THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAID THEY WANTED IT GOVERNED.

          NO ONE could make the legislative branch fail ANY GREATER THAN A WORTHLESS LEGISLATOR LIKE MITCH MCCONNELL ALREADY HAS!!!

          The fact that you have your head so far up your butt that you refuse to see the damage that Mitch and many other treasonous Republicans have tried to inflict on America THE PAST 6 YEARS PLUS, is just one more piece of evidence that leads every sane poster on the NM TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN JUST ONE MORE REPUBLICAN BIGOT AND RWNJ!!!!!!!

        • Republicans constantly prove themselves to be outright liars; They quite often claim that our government should be being run like a business. If that’s the case, then why are they constantly working to allow the minority, to dictate how the country is run??

          Why has Mitch McConnell used the fake filibuster more than 425 times which allows THE MINORITY to dictate what legislation gets passed???

          What corporations have you ever read about or been involved with, where the BOARD OF DIRECTORS allows THE MINORITY ON THE BOARD TO DICTATE HOW THE CORPORATION WILL OPERATE?? IT’S NEVER HAPPENED!!!!!!!!

          So as I said, not only are Republicans LIARS about wanting small government, and wanting whats best for our country as a whole, THEY’RE ALSO LIARS IN THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO LET THE DEMOCRATS RUN AMERICA LIKE A BUSINESS!!! LET THE MAJORITY DICTATE HOW IT’S RUN!!!!!!!!

          • Being run like a business seems a whole lot better than it behaving like an overbearing parent that won’t let the children grow up. Notice the caps lock is off.

    • It might be the 250,000 new weekly unemployment claims. Last week’s was over 300,000. The GOP is likely monitoring the BS meter and it is pegged.

      • Yes there will be more claims, especially in the oil industry since the price of gas is down, but what is your group doing about this, NOTHING! No funds for plans for infrastructure, education, and what it take for this country to continue this upward turn-around.

      • Interesting that despite those 250-300,000 new claims each month that 2014 was the BEST JOB CREATION YEAR, since when another DEMOCRAT was in office!!! Kind of interesting isn’t it??

        And why is it that you RWNJ types always seem to ignore being honest about the facts??

        Like the fact that: with around 11 plus million immigrant families in America TODAY which have a birthrate greater than below replacement levels (like America’s non immigrants), and as Obama pointed out the largest number of American young people graduating from High School and College, that more young people are entering the work force each month than at any previous time in our history???

        And the fact that: with the rollout of ACA in 2014, more baby boomers have chosen to leave the workforce than at any previous time in our history because they didn’t have to keep working just to ensure that they had health insurance – with ACA, they can now afford to pay for health insurance while they’re waiting to reach the age when they’ll be eligible for Medicaid.

        Fact is that today, the BLS’s total unemployment numbers are totally bogus, because the BLS is in fact including in their bogus numbers, millions upon million of more people who are either educating themselves and wouldn’t take a job if you offered it to them; or are on full retirement who also wouldn’t accept a job; and/or who are working for themselves in a way that the BLS isn’t including them in with the Americans who they count as working.

        So all you RWNJs efforts to discredit the current unemployment numbers, is nothing more thant TOTAL BS!!!!!!!!

        • Nonsense, again. When people were working they could afford health insurance AND the cost of care. Now the deductibles can’t even be met, working or not. Nice work. Take a look at that student loan bubble about to burst beyond $2T or the penalites for not complying with the ACA or the looming implosion of medicare from the influx of retirees ‘waiting’ to reach that age. There is no more money to go around, even if you rape all the rich for a bigger share. But don’t let that stop you from celebrating the $20T debt by Christmas. Nice job.

          • And the lies roll off your fingers just like ducks off a log don’t they. If people working could afford insurance why were there 55 million uninsureds reaching more than 20% of our population?? Why!!
            BECAUSE YOU LIE!!!

            And not only couldn’t they afford the premiums, the policies they did by weren’t worth the paper they were printed on; they were scam policies that wouldn’t cover 2 days stay in a hospital!!

            And you lie ab out the deductibles too!! ACA has far lower average deductibles than any pre ACA policies that were worth buying!!

            Go peddle your lies elsewhere LOWLIFE!!!

      • Yes, yes — that’s why they are falling all over each other to try to take credit for the economy after doing everything in their power to sabotage it — which incidentally just wasn’t enough. Even old ’47-percent’ Mitt is singing the populist tune, albeit in his singular middle-class-killing, foreign-job-outsourcing, taxpayer-cheating out-of-tune key.

        • It means that the ignorants are outvoting us while good people foolishly stay home. Everyone needs to realize that not voting does not send a message of disapproval, it simply allows dumb-asses to prevail.

          • “If extremists are the only ones motivated enough to vote, then our elected officials will all be extremists as well. It does not matter which side, nor the reason those voters hold extremist views, the end result is still the death of the republic” ~unknown

          • That’s the truth! We seem to have become a nation of observers rather than doers here, and democracy is not a spectator sport.

          • Why with all those government handouts, Democrats are getting less and less motivated. Let’s hope it stays that way…..

        • The vast majority of Americans are really ignorant of the true issues facing America and what, if anything, their current representatives have done for them, when they enter the voting booth.

      • Yeah..right…it’s why right now the GOP has just put in a bill that would repeal Roe vs. Wade. So now the GOP bulls get to tell women what they can and can’t do with our own bodies? Fine..then no GOP males dares get one dime of my Medicare tax deductions to spend on Viagra.

          • Some pretty strong outspoken Republican women out there. I don’t tell my wife who to vote for. Never!

          • I wouldn’t worry about McWifie turning into a Tundra Tootsie, Bachmannistan, Little Nikki or a Murkowski Oil snoofer….I’m sure after you finish belting her around, she does precisely what King Schmomo demands..roflmao

          • Women have been disrespected by governments and religions for so long there is a vast pale of Stockholm Syndrome hovering over millions of them. Look how the monotheistic big three, Judaism, Christianity and Islam portray women. Hideous injustice.

          • Islam is a scourge. I don’t believe you can tell a Jewish woman what to do and most Christian women are the center of their households. So give it up. Sounds like you are living in Biblical times. You do realize that this is the 21st century?

          • joe schmo:
            Please forgive my ex-wife Lenore (Ellie) Ferrantis Whitaker for her (unproven & unfounded) accusations against you.
            She is a confirmed men hater and I had to divorce her after she tried (unsuccessfully) many times to single-handedly lead our household to certain ruin.
            Again, my most sincere apologies.

          • joe:
            Please kindly forgive my ex-wife Lenore (Ellie) Ferrantis Whitaker (see below) for her (unproven & unfounded) accusations against you.
            She
            is a confirmed men hater and I had to divorce her after she tried
            (unsuccessfully) many times to single-handedly lead our household to
            certain ruin.
            Again, my most sincere apologies.

          • hee, hee!
            I can “play” her weak (liberal) mind like an (out of tune) fiddle….
            P.S. – She claims to be, not a liberal, but a “progressive populist”, …. although she has no idea what the difference is or could be.
            P.S.2. – You and I know there is NO difference: a PIG, dressed in silk (and progressive populist is NOT SILK !), ….. is still a PIG.

          • hahahahah! I love it! Thank you. I just finished writing a paper on 2015’s proposed increase in investments in renewable energy. I checked my email and your response sent me into gales of laughter…it was PERFECT!

  4. If it is illegal for the gamblers to bribe the players to shave the points, why is it legal for the Koch Brothers and their cronies to bribe the lawmakers to shave pennies from the 99%?

      • They’re nothing more than the equivalent of the Italian Mafia pretending to be politicians; and are actually more dishonest than their Italian counterparts. At least Italian Mafia types admit that they’re crooks!! They don’t hide behind the charade of being politicians.

        • As a second generation Sicilian-American, I’m offended by the comparison of my peeps with those shitbags in the U.S. Congress.

          P.S. Consider your response carefully. I’ve got 28 cousins and they all have the same middle name – “The”.

          • Yeah! I felt bad making the comparison given that America’s GOP hoods are in a class all their own of absolute corruptionism (I probably made up a new word there). Please pass along my apologies to your 28 cousins.

          • Wow,…..bigot, racist…. Isn’t that what you are always calling Conservatives? Yet you do the bashing and we say nothing. Who are the real racists then? Aren’t we all a hodge podge of everything? Seems we better be careful, right? Your prejudice is showing….

          • What has racism got to do with this?? My comments are based solely on DEMONSTRATED PERFORMANCE!!

            A party that consistently demonstrates how crooked it is:

            By starting wars based on any pretext, including lies and distortions of the truth, so it’s defense industry donors can defraud the American taxpayers of trillions by overcharging for virtually everything related to running a war – even charging for work that vendors never actually completed.

            By passing unwarranted/unfunded tax cuts that end up ripping off every American taxpayer for thousands just so the elite can keep more money in their pockets.

            By refusing to revisit a convoluted tax code that allows corporations (their donors) and even themselves to play every dirty trick in the book to get out of paying their fair share of taxes – even to the point of working out rebates when they’ve made billions in profits/income.

            By finding every excuse to pass legislation that deliberately funnels billions of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of corporations that make billions in profits via one subsidy scam after another.

            By creating false scandals and conspiracy theories 24/7 so they can divert the American public’s attention from all their nefarious taxpayer stealing activities which include cutting funding to programs millions of Americans need to even survive just so they can slip in tax cuts for the already wealthy at the expense of those in need.

            And I could go on and on and on, with one dirty trick after another that the GOP pulls to rip me, you and every other middle class and poor American off just so they can fill their worthless lives with more of Satan’s booty – Money and Worldly Things!!!!!!

            IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE MOST CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS ON THE PLANET!!!!!

          • Speaking of “Bull”…your Bullshit is weak…as usual…it REALLY is weak when you try to categorize Obama… everything Romney and The Retardicans pledged to do in 2012 has been bested by Obama!…give it up hick…

          • You don’t know what a hick is. I grew up in the city and migrated to the Country. Country people are the real McCoy. City people don’t even have a clue as to how food is produced or animals are raised or how to take care of your land or live off the land. If sh*% ever hits the fan, you’re doomed.

            Never wavering, always strong. If I were weak I would have left eons ago. I wouldn’t still be here jousting with you all……

          • Don’t really care. I have no use for your Marxist ideology. It lacks common sense, patriotism and values. Unfortunately, with an attitude like yours and your ilk, America won’t last. Divided we stand, Divided we fall……

          • “we say nothing”…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
            Guess you have never seen the comment section of, oh, RedState, Brietbart, Fox and Fox Nation, InfoWars, etc.

    • Why is it right for Soros, who tried to ruin England, help to ruin us? Oh that’s right, he has gained more experience from the U.K. mistake so we’re doomed……

  5. Netanyahu poisoned the well himself since 2012 when he said he preferred Romney over Pres. Obama. No any leader on earth can say such a thing when there is competition and no one knows who will win. Now he wants to come without the invitation of the host leader as he did recently in France!!! Isn’t any opposition Party in Israel?

  6. The GOP (McTurtle and Orange-Face) just keep trying to make Obama fail….hoping that Obama fails…going out of their way to create failure for this administration….They’re failing at making the President fail!….They think a tax-cut for the 1 % cures everything…”Trickle-Down” economics went out with the hula-hoop (or should I say with the Rubics Cube)

      • The key to every bit of advancement that we’ve made over the past 6 years was Obama following through on the auto bailout that Bush set up; and him demanding that a stimulus be provided along with the bailout.

        Virtually every economist who’s worth his or her salt admits that without those two together, we may actually just be getting out of the bread line stage (if that would even now be possible) from the biggest world-wide depression the world has ever seen. The only point economists make is that the stimulus SHOULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER, to have seriously jolted the nation into recovery.

        Without Obama doing those two things, the oil bonanza in North Dakota would have gone nowhere – because the auto industry and demand for oil would have become non existent. And that goes ditto for all the jobs that Texas has created, And all the fracking of gas and oil that have made America number one in energy production on the planet.

        Despite your lies, IT WAS OBAMA THAT WAS KEY TO AMERICA’S ENTIRE RECOVERY FROM WHAT BEN BERNANKE ESTIMATED WAS THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FINANCIAL DISASTER THAT’S FACED AMERICA AND THE WORLD TO THIS POINT IN HISTORY!!!!!!

        • Auto bailout….also included in Dorfman article:

          “That’s okay because I am more interested in
          redistributing wealth and income and in growing the size of government
          than I am in the health of the economy. Many of my policies have made
          the recovery slower and weaker than if I had done nothing, but it is
          accomplishing my goals. The auto bailout didn’t save the American auto
          industry (somebody would have bought the needed factories and still made
          enough cars to satisfy demand), but it did transfer $10 billion to the
          United Auto Worker union. Think about it: all the airlines and steel
          companies went bankrupt and yet the U.S. still has airlines and steel
          companies without the government having lifted a finger.”

          http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2014/09/04/if-president-obama-told-the-truth-about-the-economy/

          Regarding oil boom – now that gas is lower, due to the ingenuity of oil companies and private landowners, Obama wants to instill a 75 cent tax and implement a mandate on emissions. So there you go…punishing the public once again. Trust me these low gas prices won’t last.

          Texas is a Republic, it certainly has done everything on its own including deals with China…. You are actually admitting something good about that Red state….LOL Don’t you realize it is more hazardous to bring oil in by rail than finish that God-forsaken pipeline.

          Regarding the stimulus…..Thanks to Governor Moonbeam, California will not be paying it back:)

          Obama just got lucky, nothing more and in the next two years he will continue to torture the middle class. You shall soon see…..

      • Why haven’t you given highpckts and jmprint an answer as to why if Obama has been a failure while our economy is booming, when our economy under Georgie Boy was the most lack luster in the past 7 decades???

        And the economy under his Dad was the second worst in the past 7 decades???

        And why did Clinton create 8 million more jobs in his 8 years (the most prosperous 8 years in American history) than Reagan? When Reagan took office at the beginning of the personal computer revolution and our economy should have skyrocketed under his leadership?? Because he didn’t show any leadership!!!!

        Because Reagan was just as much a dunce as the 2 Bushes.. the fact that America created 16 million jobs during his disastrous 8 years was DESPITE REAGAN’S TOTAL INEPTNESS!! Why do you suppose Reagan had the worst 2 year approval rating of any president since 1900 at 35%??????

        • LOL, how many times have I blatantly given this information and, just like you always do, you all just turned a blind eye. Now you want me to include this information for the umpteen time.

          This article is from Forbes. I included some of the information some time ago so here goes. Written by Jeffrey Dorfman it reads like a first person narrative:

          http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2014/09/04/if-president-obama-told-the-truth-about-the-economy/

          My (referring to Obama) policies are actually restricting jobs from growing faster, but I like people being dependent on government. Extending emergency unemployment benefits for four and a
          half years after the recession ended kept unemployment higher because people could take the government handout instead of a job. In fact, the one record this recession did set was for the number of long-term unemployed people. Obamacare penalizes companies for growing past fifty employees and makes hiring workers more expensive, but if people cannot get jobs
          then they will rely on government to take care of them (and vote Democrat).

          In fact, while total employment is finally
          above its pre-recession high by 233,000 jobs, that is because of the increase in part-time jobs which are up by 2.9 million. So while I am bragging about the job gains, I may have failed to mention how many of them are part-time.

          My policies are achieving their goals. Dependency is way up and labor force participation is way down. In fact, dependency is the fastest growing sector of the economy. We have increased the number of people on SNAP (what used to be called food stamps) by 16 million, the number on Social Security disability by 1.5 million (a 20 percent increase), and increased the number of people on Medicaid by 9 million even before the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare (we are still trying to count up those new government dependents; the new total should be about 12 million more people on Medicaid).

          The huge pile of debt I built up means that
          interest rates have to stay low or the federal budget deficit would be even bigger than it is already. Unfortunately, the record low interest rates (thanks, Federal Reserve, for the assist) make it less expensive to automate production and replace workers with machines. Sure, low interest rates are hard on people who try to be responsible and save
          money. But remember, I want dependency, not self-sufficiency.”

          In conclusion, my policies have led to
          more part-time jobs, more people collecting government benefits, a flat median household income (adjusted for inflation), and rewards and
          freebies for those who do little or nothing while productive and high-achieving people are punished with higher taxes. While campaigning,I openly stated that I favored income redistribution even if it hurt economic growth. Consider that one campaign promise kept.

          …..and…Great article by Daniel Greenfield:

          http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/the-presidents-address-of-lies/

          That is followed by equally false and misleading claims of an economic recovery. While Obama claims to have created jobs for Americans, in fact net job growth went to immigrants in mostly low-wage jobs. And the vast majority of the new jobs were part-time jobs.

          Workers need to get two or three of those jobs that Obama is touting just to make ends meet.

          Obama lies about putting Americans back to work while presiding over an economy in which immigrants have taken low-paying part-time jobs
          while Americans dropped out of the workforce.

          But having just unilaterally and illegally passed amnesty, to take away even more jobs from Americans, Obama warns that bills “refighting
          past battles on immigration” will be vetoed.

          This particular past was very recent, but when you’re turning the page on how you screwed Americans only a few months ago, then it’s
          suddenly the very distant past.”

          From self sufficiency to a welfare state…..50 years of Democratic rule in Detroit. Is the entire nation next. Where did that get them? You can go on and on about how wonderful the Emperor is but it don’t change stupid. Not one bit. You shall soon see that this boondoogle will teach you a thing or two. It is something Conservatives already know. You cannot rule from one side.

          Oh, and in case you want to take any credit read the article by Greenfield. He goes into great length about the Green energy failure. Our economy is the way it is today because of OIL (oops, there’s that dreaded word) and AMERICAN ingenuity. Obama had nothing to do with it whatsoever.

  7. Netan should wait until his candidate wins to be invited which could be never, ever. It is obvious that the far right love each other and Netan wants a pliable president who would attack Iran to satisfy his ego and his genocidal agenda. Let see what the next election brings to us, to him and the world. In the meantime, Obama should DISINVITE Netan. After all, our president has the right to say who may come in and who may not.

  8. As with all of the things the GOP does to massage their radical religious adherents. This little kumbaya, with Netanyahu will blow up in their faces.
    As most all Americans, including the majority of the Jewish populations in both the U.S. and Israel, understand. The last thing Netanyahu desires is a peaceful negotiated end to the nuclear standoff with Iran. And anything less, would make the Iraqi invasion over WMDs, look like a stroke of genius by comparison. The thing about ideological nut jobs, is when they manage to get a little foothold on power, they sometimes become just down right dangerous. I don’t think they’ve reached that point yet. But we can see the
    urgency of keeping them as far from away from the mechanisms of diplomacy, and war as possible.

    • More horse manure I see seeping from your brain.
      You might remind you buddies that each branch of govt. is independent of the other and Boehner had every right to invite Netanyahu, since Obama was delusional about Iran during the SOTU.
      Obama would do a deal no matter what it cost America. It is all about his Legacy. Duh!!!
      I am headed out of town and can’t wait to see what asinine response you post this time, when I return.

      • Yep you are right! Every branch of government is seperate ergo the President has every right to stop whatever nonsense the House has in mind!!

      • Of course! It was all about the concern that Obama would
        do any deal, if it worked or not, for his legacy. And that passes from your brain as what? The sweet nectar of truth?

        • Hey, how’s Yemen doing today? You know that country that Obama touted as on of his success stories. Now closely aligned with Iran since the overthrow. This and the death in Saudi Araba, puts the WH iForeign policy in shambles. But on Tuesday he said all is well! Obama is being played by the Iranians.

          • Can you find where he called Yemen, “One of his success stories?” Because Yemen remains after the coup yesterday, as he found it. A Country with a weak central gov.with various rebel factions, within both the military, and the Gov, itself, vying for power. With large parts of lawless territory where Al Qaeda offshoots like A.Q in the Saudi Peninsula, are doing their thing. While the Sunni factions, backed by the Saudis, and the Shia, backed by Iran, continue on with their largely sectarian civil war, near the centers of economic, and political power near the Capitol, and Port. As is the case in Countries like Yemen, throughout the ME. Grinding poverty, high illiteracy rates, and exploding populations. (The ave. age of Yemen’s population is under 16 years.) invite civil unrest, that is ceased upon as opportunities to expand the ongoing religiously based, proxy war between the Iranians on one side, and the Saudis on the other. The reason I ask you if you could find
            the occasion where Obama touted Yemen as, “his
            success.” Is because, an American President, or an American, period, upon claiming such a thing, immediately discredits the person in the eyes of the people, and among those in his group, he’s counting on to hang onto power. In fact the entire narrative of the Obama foreign policy, being in shambles, is just more of the same garbage, with foreign policy inserted where once the economy stood. You hadn’t noticed I’m sure. But the number of things over the duration of the Obama Administration, that have been characterized as, “in shambles,” has had it’s power to persuade, left in shambles. The Constitution is in shambles, our borders are in shambles, our healthcare, is in ….and so on. It’s red meat, entertainment, and claptrap.
            Oh! The 90 year old Saudi King died!!!!! Obama’s
            foreign policy is in shambles!!! Ridiculous!.

          • September 10, 2014 Obama,go watch video. I am out town will respond more when I return home. Limited access to computer. Yemen govt. over thrown, new and bigger ICM’s found in Iran.

          • Your silence has been deafening since you questioned when Obama touted Yemen as a success. You must have watched it and found you missed again.


            Go to the 4:36 and start weeping again.

  9. Letter sent to the Jerusalem Post last night and to Boehner and Polesi:

    Dear Citizens of Israel;
    Your Prime Minister has made it very clear he hates President Obama and he and his Administration have no respect for him.
    In September 2012 your Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated his demands that President Obama set ‘red lines’ for Iran. It appeared Prime
    Minister Netanyahu’s personal goal was to shape our presidential elections since he had a strained relation with our incumbent and a longstanding relationship with the challenger. It seemed he was fueling rifts with Obama to favor Mitt Romney. In that same month Netanyahu, the prime minister then went on Sunday talk shows to tell the American people that their president was not being tough enough on Iran.
    I wonder how your Prime Minister would feel if our President went on
    Israel television and criticized his policies and insinuated he was a neo-con.
    In August 2014 Prime Minister Netanyahu “advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.” However he feels he is entitled to second guess our President.
    Now he is departing from what is considered normal Diplomatic Protocol where one leader of a country would contact the other leader of the country he was traveling to. The purpose of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit it to try and persuade those members of Congress who support the President of the United States to stand with him and against our President and take actions that could sabotage the negotiations with Iran to prevent them from moving forward with a nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu has been against a nuclear agreement with Iran from the moment the Obama administration entered into negotiations. So now he is going to go before the United States Congress and try and persuade them to take action that could sabotage the efforts to get a nuclear
    agreement with Iran and will undermine the President of the United States.
    Do you not have enough issues in your own country for Prime
    Minister Netanyahu to address? “Guy Ziv, a professor at American University who has studied U.S.-Israeli relations, added in an interview with TPM, “It’s unprecedented. It’s hitting below the belt. It’s taking partisanship to a whole new level.” “ What’s remarkable about
    this new Republican/Netanyahu partnership is that GOP lawmakers, regardless of how confused or misguided they may be, will be in a position to do real harm on a global scale – destroying months of historic talks, isolating the United States from our European allies at a sensitive time, and possibly increasing the threat of a nuclear Iran.”
    Please have your leader address the problems in your country and stay out of our politics; we are dysfunctional enough without outside agitators.

    • If Netanyahooo hates my president, he better keep his dirty filthy mitts off our tax dollars. Sorry, he can’t take US money and then snub the President. And…will someone please remind Boehner he is NOT the President?

      • By the way, haven’t you figured it out by now, Obama is a Muslim:)

        I know what is going on in Europe. I knew about it when the first Turks came in in the 90’s. Heard all about it from family over there. If you don’t change your tune, we may end up like France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe. You Miss Feminist would have to wear a Burka and you would have to submit to men. God forbid, wouldn’t you like that?

        …..and if you don’t mind…will you remind Obama that he is not Allah.

        • President Obama has the right to choose his religion, as you fake christian do. And noway in hell is America going to turn into an arab country, stop trying to scare people with your idiotic spins. And to remind you as well you are not god and neither are friends in the GOP world.

        • Wow!! You really need professional help!! You really do live in a fantasy world!! You’re posts are such gross fabrications of fantastical unreality that reading them is A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!!!!!!!

        • Of for God’s sake will you quit with your tirades on Muslims, Blacks and Mexicans!!! You bigot of bigots!!! What a poor excuse for a human being!!

          • When you stop being race-baiters…. Talk about sorry individuals. We are not the haters you are. You are a bigot just by disliking Conservatives.

            Muslims – I do know what has happened in Europe. Don’t want their problems thank you very much.
            Blacks – There are many wonderful Black Republicans. Sorry, not a racist. Didn’t grow up that way. African Americans need to take responsibility for their own actions and help themselves.
            Mexicans- I have no problem with Mexican’s. I do have a problem with ILLEGAL Mexicans and I do have a problem when they are favored to get the jobs Americans want to do. That is the case in my state and I resent it. Not fair.

          • Excuse me but talk about sorry individuals! If I am a bigot for not liking Conservatives what does that make you for not liking Liberals???? God’s own messengers? Whatever!

        • So your false choice for women in this country is; welcome immigrants and wind up becoming a muslim country with sharia law or, change your tune and allow republicans to do whatever they want…that way you won’t have to wear a bhurka (but would still have to submit to men…’traditional family values’…and get raped by your doctor if you’re considering abortion (trans-vaginal ultrasound, assuming abortion was still available at all)…and get paid less just for being a woman, get slut-shamed if you have too many sexual partners…etc. That sounds an awful lot like the christian version of sharia)? I think the rest of us see the third option…it’s what we voted for in 2008 and 2012.

        • That meth will rot your teeth plumb slappin’ out, if you don’t put down that pipe right now! Same to the
          Turks. That hashish will mess you up too! Listen to what the Turks are telling you! Oh I forgot, when you’re messed up on draino, and AA batteries. Everybody’s Allah!!!!

          • Sorry, never done drugs in my life. I live in the most health minded states in the union. Drugs seem to be more the Liberal speed and they are damn proud of it. False ego? Fried brain. I guess you would know…. Those old hippies have fried brains. Guess that’s why they are loco and they have no common sense.

      • The arrogance and gall of Boehner is truly amazing! If anyone else in the Government branches had done this, Boehner would screaming Holly Hell!! I wish there was some legal way the President could censure him in public!!

    • Nice of you to send a CARE package with toilet paper. You embarass me with the inappropriate and juvenile use of the word ‘hate”. You will be lucky if they don’t draft a resolution declaring blasphemous idolatry by America’s LWNJ’s over their worship of politicians.

      • Well since you are such a Netanyahu fan, strap on a gun and go fight his never ending wars. Now watch the early ejaculation you both may have if the gets his way and Iran talks fail and he gets to go to war with Iran. Have a nice day we are done.

      • Wow look at all the big words from someone who denies all facts and uses those words as a smoke screen for everything you blame on the Liberals!

        • Puhleeeeeze. For six years we have had to endure all the nation’s ills being blamed on Bush or the GOP or conservatives. Check your prior posts before lecturing that liberals are blamed for everything.

          • Puhleeeez!!! You have had to endure it because it’s the truth and everyone but the most rabid Republican knows it!! I hold both parties to blame but the GOP has gone out of their way, because of hatred, to go the extra mile! The facts don’t lie! When you have McConnel saying out loud that they will do everything they can to make this President a one term President and that was on the eve of the President’s first term without even knowing what kind of President he would be! Can we say Bigotry and racism plays a major role?? From the get go??

  10. Once again, the National Memo and one of its writers engages in false equivalency…the subheading of the article says that DC can now get back to its favorite activity, “partisan bickering”….ssmdh
    FFS—when is the “mainstream media” going to “get” what’s really going on? How many times have I correctly written about false equivalency? Just recently, I’ve begun correctly calling false equivalency the “Siren Song of the Firebaggers (Libertarians) and GOP Progressives/Moderates”.
    So, Ms. author of the article, call it “partisan bickering” all you want…so long as you also detail the fact that the GOP and Firebaggers want to convert our democracy into a Fascist Christian Plutartheocracy, it’s ok to do that.
    It’d be really nice if the mainstream media went back to doing its true job, getting at and exposing the truth, instead of engaging in false equivalency or, even worse, simply ignoring the Fascist activities/ideals and psychopathology/sociopathy of the Republican Party and the Fascism-suborning sociopathy of the Firebaggers….ssmdh 🙁

    • You see, there is your problem right away. You blame. When you do that what do you suspect the other side is going to do? Like in the past, do you really think that we are going to take it lying down? No way, this is America remember. We’ve had enough of your Marxist ideology. It showed in the last election.. We want to be rid of it. You need to move towards the center and stop being narcissists. Obama is really quite immature. He is not a leader. If it wasn’t for American ingenuity and the large Corps, which you blame, our oil boom never would have occurred. Our economy would still be in the drink. Despite the emperor we prevailed. Pissing off the military, CIA, veterans and police is not really smart. They are a huge reason America is so great. You have never been violated or threatened in any way because if you had been you certainly would think differently. I guarantee you on that one and this comes from a police officer relative. You just don’t get it.

      • You can stop right there!! We blame??? Do you think we have to take your vile name calling of the President lying down? Do you think we should just roll over when you try to take our SS and Medicare and pensions? Should we just say “Thank You” when you try to suppress the vote and push the rights of women back 50 years? You got it all wrong bucko!

        • Spare us the lecture about ‘vile’ references toward a president. The Bush effigies are still smoldering. And spare us the conspiracy excuses for the overwhelming rejection of the Democratic Way last Fall. Most of all, spare us the war on everything blame game that continues to split the nation. Two more years of this BS then good riddance! Seriously.

          • You are so right! 2 more years will kill this Nation that is why the GOP better change their game plan or they will go down in history as the permanent party of no to progress and a big yes to regression!!

          • If you don’t like democracy, the election process that allows us to choose the president WE, not YOU and YOU alone, want, get the hell out of this country. Or do you just live here because you know North Korea would kick you butt into a labor camp where you’d actually be FORCED to work for a change?

          • Democracy is OK. The way of the democrats, not so much. I would count the many ways for you but, since you can’t grasp the difference between democracy and democratic treachery, it appears another waste of time. As always dear Eleanore, only the lowest regards for foul mouthed spiteful old broads.

          • There is nothing wrong with Democrats. There is EVERYTHING wrong with the GOP. Since I was a Republican for 33 years and left after I got fed up with the male dominance, lack of common decency and common sense, you can’t hope to tell me what I don’t already know about the GOP men. Every Republican president since Harding, with the exception of the only President you righties now loathe, Eisenhower, has had a recession in their 2nd term. Sorry, but it is time for men like you to stop lying to get your way. It’s not happening.

      • A rose by any other name…
        So, blame is bad? How did you know, when you were a child, that you had done something wrong? How would the electorate of the country know who caused what mess without blame? For the party of personal responsibility, there sure seems to be an aversion to, well, personal responsibility.

      • Joe, red-baiting doesn’t do a thing to boost your credibility. It just makes you look like some barroom bully drunk out of his mind and looking for a fight.

        “Marxist ideology”? Do you even actually know what Marx said? I doubt it, beyond a vague awareness that he called for a dictatorial socialist state. (Which, by the way, he predicted
        would then wither away of its own accord—which seems to have actually happened in the former Soviet Union, though what followed it was far from the “workers’ paradise” Marx promised.) But I’m sure even knowing the little I know about it
        gives me Commie cooties as far as you’re concerned.

        • Well, at the end of your statement you commented that ‘knowing the little I know,’ tells me clearly how little your realize what you are talking about. Why even bother commenting if you are ignorant to the subject matter.

          My father escaped Communism. I grew up with family in Communist Europe. I was over in Communist Europe before and after Russian control. My father hates Communism. He has stated that what he sees happening here is not unlike what he left. Who should I believe, our lying media or someone who has lived through several regimes in their life time. News is not experienced. It is researched and told, but someone who has actually lived through events knows the truth and what really occurred. It’s not heresay.

          By the way, ‘bar room bully drunk looking for a fight’ is really not me. I don’t drink or do the bars. Sorry, maybe that is more your speed?

          • No? You could have fooled everyone on here! If not drunk then what is your excuse for all your factless rants?

  11. Do you idiots see how divisive this has become? Just remember your side started it and our side is not caving. So guess what? We all lose…… My hope is that we get our crappola together after 2016 when the emperor is OUT of office.

    • Yeah!! Divisiveness is what you get when 14 treasonous idiots from the GOP meet to plan how and entire party will spend their time working to sabotage our economy to make a president fail who hadn’t even had one day in the oval office. Spending 24 hours per day for 6 years dreaming up fake scandals and fake conspiracy theories and running a nefarious news site spewing hate, lies, distortions of the truth, total fabrications of events that never took place just so they could waste millions of tax payer dollars brainwashing our country against its president – just because of their hate for him – because he is black. Nobody knows how to create hate and divisiveness like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Hannity, Faux News, Cruz, Issa, and on and on and on in the GOP’s fantasy world!!!!!!!

      • Joe lives in his own little fantasy world made up of lies, distortions of the truth and outright fabrications of reality.

        • As I said in a previous post!! You’re posts are such fantasies that you really need professional help!! Please look for it soon!!!!!

          • LOL, isn’t it funny how despite Obama trying to suppress American ingenuity, the Companies and private citizens who he tried to ruin, still prevailed. That’s the American Way.

            Isn’t it funny how Obama and the Liberals denounced the movie ‘American Sniper’ and it has become one of the highest grossing movies in American history.

            Funny how 1st Sgt Reginald Daniels, donated an American flag to Brattain Early Middle School and it was burned and then flown at half mast. He replaced the flag.

            Comment under the article:
            “Oregon, The land of Liberals and communist. ”

            You people are un-American, race-baiting, un-patriotic, freedom-hating, atheistic, police hating, military hating morons. This country is not based on your ideology and many of the people in this country are on to you. Until now, we still have a right to free speech. You do and SO DO I.

          • JOe, if you’re sooo unhappy with the way this country is being run by our illustrious president, perhaps you should consider moving to another country that works better for you…..we HATE to see you so unhappy!

    • Our side started it??? Started what exactly? The rascism? the sulking when they lost twice? The “no” to EVERYTHING” even if they thought it might work? What exactly did “we” start?

      • Huh! The race-baiting (Obama, Holder, Sharpton (seriously! Who in their right mind would take this lunatic serious) The outrage when you lost this last election. Obama’s no to everything that would help America grow (No to the Pipeline, higher and higher taxes, ObamaCare, Amnesty for millions, robbing from the rich to give to the poor….) No deliberation or diplomacy by this man. If he vetos everything that is set on his desk, even though Democrat representatives approved of these new bills, will you finally see who the culprit ruining this country is?

    • Joe, Joe, Joe . . . If Obama were an “emperor,” he wouldn’t be leaving office “after 2016,” because we wouldn’t be holding elections—until, perhaps, after he died, and he’s still a fairly young man. Or are you fantasizing about some sort of right-wing Republican revolution, along the lines of nutjob Sharron Angle’s “Second Amendment remedies” for Republican failures?

      I’ll remind you that it was one of your boys who announced that America was “an empire now.” Of course, he went on to say, “[And] when we act, we create our own reality”—which is what full-blown psychotics do, except that such people don’t generally have the power to try to force everyone else to live in their dream worlds.

      • HaHaHa, Obama, more than any other president before him has taken the U.S. to a new level. Downtrodden, over taxed, outsourced, and poor.

        • You either live in your own little fantasy world or you love being a blatant liar and distorter of the truth because nothing you just said is true!!!!!!!

          • Liar? What are you missing. You live so comfortably with your head so far up Obama’s behind, you don’t even know what it’s like outside those cheeks.

            Prove it? I certainly can…..

  12. If Republicans would quit trying to make Mr. Obama a “one-term president”, maybe they can find ways to work together on a few things.

      • What? Are you serious? You do know that’s not possible. And the Republicans only hope is Romney( a loser 2 times over) and Jeb Bush who belongs to the wrong dynasty for this country!

        • I applaud your thinking. It will assure Herr Hillary a stream roller ride into obscurity. The GOP hopeful hasn’t even surfaced yet.

          • You better hope the GOP “hopeful” shows soon because your roster of candidates so far stinks big time!

    • Let’s just try that one more time. If Mr. Obama would quit acting like a two term Emperor and if he would work with Congress, we would not have this divide…..

  13. The SOTUA was a philosophical victory for Obama and like minded progressives for sure. But as for the next two years–consider it a total wash! These partisan politics are like the Civil War revisited without muskets, bayonets and canon and all the wounded and KIA are the American people: and some of them don’t know or act like they don’t know that they’ve been mortally wounded.

    • In my view, the next two years will only be a wash to the extent that those shitbag Repugnicans in Congress refuse to govern responsibly. But even if they persist in their intransigence, they will ultimately do more damage to their own party and its electoral chances in 2016 than to the country on the whole. And that’s because we have a president with giant chickeeters, who will continue to govern without them – to the extent that he’s constitutionally able.

      • I see nothing but primitive language coming from Democrats. Kind of like the green-lipped monster who interviewed Obama the other day. No class, no morals, no taste. Pure decadence. How can anyone like that run a country no less deal with the world internationally. It’s a joke! We all know what happened to the Weimar Republic and the Roman Empire, right? Or do you even know your history?

        Rome:
        “Historians have blamed the collapse on hundreds of different factors ranging from military failures and crippling taxation to natural disasters and even climate change.

        1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes – Mexicans of today
        2. Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor (again Hispanic dependence) Even as Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling
        from within thanks to a severe financial crisis. Constant wars and overspending (by Liberals) had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation (taxes taxes taxes) and inflation had widened the gap between rich and poor. (Gotten worse under Obummer)
        3. Government corruption and political instability
        If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. (Last few leaders have been dreadful, especially Obama and his corrupt cronies)
        4. Christianity and the loss of traditional values
        The decline of Rome dovetailed with the spread of Christianity, and some have argued that the rise of a new faith helped contribute to the empire’s fall. (Your decadent value system will help cause the collapse and backfire on you all)
        5. Weakening of the Roman legions. For most of its history, Rome’s military was the envy of the ancient
        world. But during the decline, the makeup of the once mighty legions began to change. (Weakening military is never good.)

        As for the Weimar Republic. Since you know German so well you most likely know quite well what happened before that horrible Hitler came into power. TOO MUCH LIBERAL IDEOLOGY. The people were sick of it. They had a choice Hitler or Communism. Neither helped their cause and led to the Germans demise.

        Good luck with your ideology. I predict that in the future it will:
        1) Fail
        2) Destroy America

          • Pourquoi avez-vous d’être un tel connard.
            Warum bist du so ein Arschloch.
            Kapeesch!

            You see ‘cranky-pants’ why do you suppose we don’t get along. Have you stated any facts or stats to contradict your crass attacks….. Nada!

          • Bei mir sind sie einen Arshloch auch.
            We don’t get along because you’re a Repug-nant knucklehead.

            Incidentally, in the German language, it’s improper to refer to a stranger with the familiar form of the verb “to be”. Ergo, your question should have been phrased, “Warum sind sie…”, rather than “Warum bist du…”.

            And, in Italian, the word you’re looking for is “capire” or, if you prefer, “capice”.

            You should read your books before you burn them.

          • Wirklich? Was ein blodmann. There is also a difference between sie and du. Sie being more personal. I certainly would never refer to you as ‘sie.’

            I also knew that. I spelled it that way on purpose.

            LOL, I spoke German/French until I was 4. When I started school I learned English. Growing up, the only time I spoke German was with my grandmother who did not speak English. My parents do not speak their respective languages here in America. They did not speak it with us either. Only a few words here and there. They found it was rude to speak another language in front of English speakers and if they did, they would translate what they said. Unlike the Hispanics who ‘LOUDLY’ proclaim and let everyone and their mother know who and what they are.

            I really don’t give an ‘F’ what you are or how you learned the language. Most Europeans are very forgiving if you even try to speak their language. I grew up bilingual. So what if I am no longer totally fluent. Besides many European’s speak English. At least, I get the ‘jift,’ and I do understand what I am being told.

            I give you an ‘F’ for being ‘uber’ anal grammatically…… It’s seems to be a Liberal disease.

          • As usual, you’ve got it ass-backwards. “sie” is the formal form of the pronoun “you” and “du” is the informal (or familiar) form. You would not say “du bist” to a stranger. Rather you would say the more formal “sie sind”.

            Check with your folks, then get back to me with your “mea culpa” (which is a Latin phrase meaning “an acknowledgement of your error”). I recognize that acknowledging your mistakes is as foreign to you as Hochdeutsch, but give it a try – it’s what a grown-up would do.

            P.S. Your “blodmann” is missing an umlaut – and it should be capitalized (i.e. Blödmann).

      • How dare you, race-baiter’s! We see your blinders are on once again….. If your party wins in 2014 either for Mao Clinton or Comrad Warden (another lame duck I suppose), our goose is cooked, and, oh yah, as soon as they start dictating to you, like thieve’s in the night your freedoms will go bye, bye….

        • So…another poster you don’t agree with Schmomo? Well, well, well….now it’s Daniel you are head hunting? Don’t you have anything else to do all day except live off your wife’s income?

  14. It’s just too bad the Democratic candidates in 2014 didn’t use President Obama’s successes to win seats….instead, they chose to ignore him, take back support, and just generally become GOP’s in masks! It’s a sad thing when a party doesn’t support a popular president just because they don’t think he’s popular!

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