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Saturday, September 24, 2016

President Barack Obama promoted his economic agenda during a Friday afternoon speech in Baltimore, Maryland, on the latest stop of his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.”

Obama, whose second term has been dominated by gun and immigration reform efforts, has recently begun to re-emphasize the economic priorities that he laid out in his State of the Union address. Today’s speech in Baltimore highlighted the president’s goals of job creation and infrastructure improvements.

“The middle class will always be my number one focus. Period. Your jobs. Your families. Your communities,” President Obama told the crowd at Elliot Dredges, a company that makes equipment for underwater excavataion.

After praising Governor Martin O’Malley for helping Maryland win back “almost 100 percent” of the jobs that it lost during the recession, the president insisted that the economy is making similar strides on the national level.

“We’re now poised for progress but our work is not done and our focus cannot drift,” Obama declared. “We’ve got to stay focused on our economy and putting people back to work and raising wages and bringing manufacturing back to the United States of America.”

Obama went on to call for $50 billion in new infrastructure spending, the majority of which would go towards urgent repairs. He did acknowledge that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives seems unlikely to deliver the funding without significant pressure, however.

“We’ve had a little difficulty getting our Republican friends to work with us to find a steady funding source. I know, it’s surprising isn’t it?” Obama said sarcastically.

Earlier in the speech, Obama took another dig at Congress — this time for its eagerness to tie the White House to several “scandals” with varying degrees of legitimacy.

“I know it can seem frustrating sometimes when it seems like Washington’s priorities aren’t the same as your priorities,” Obama told the crowd. “I know it often seems like folks down there are more concerned with their jobs than with yours.”

“Others may be focused on chasing every fleeting issue that passes by, but the middle class will always be my number one focus,” the president added.

In addition to his speech at Elliot Dredges, Obama toured an elementary school and is scheduled to visit a community center before leaving Baltimore. This was the second leg of the Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity tour; one week ago Obama pitched his economic plan in Austin, Texas.

President Obama’s full speech can be seen here.

Photo credit: AP/Luis M. Alvarez

  • cats33

    The middle class is Sambos’ main focus to destroy. Everything he does is hurting the middle class. He hates anyone to be successful–You didn’t build that

    • Independent1

      Yeah! That’s right, the fact that the stock market is now at it’s highest level ever and my retirement investments are virtually recovered since they were trashed by President Disaster (GWB) is a realy hurting me isn’t it??? Or the fact that more jobs have been created in the past 6 Months than President Disaster created in 2 years is really hurting America’s workers, isn’t it?? Or the fact that Obama has on his own revamped many of the college loan programs such that millions more kids can afford to go to college (with no help from the GOP) is really hurting the country, isn’t it? Or the fact that when Obama first took office he began a ‘war of fraud in the defense and healthcare, sectors such that his administration has recovered more monies fraudulently charged the government (over 4 billion) than Clinton and the 2 Bushes combined, is really hurting the country too, isn’t it? Or despite the hypcracy of the GOP, the fact that the past 4 years have been the safest for America’s overseas personnel in the past 35 years, with only 1 attack resulting in someone dying, while there were 31 attacks with more than 3,500 deaths during the past 3 GOP presidencies, is really hurting, isn’t it?? What kind of a nutcase are you?? Oh I know!! Just a typical tunnelvision clueless GOP lover that wouldn’t know the truth if his life depended on it!!! Get a life!!!!!!!!

      • lana ward

        Tell that to the 90.6 million that are unemployed. The more Obama focuses on the middle class, the more of them are don’t have a job

    • BDD1951

      Lana your racial bias just gets worse and worse. I gather you belong to the Ku Klux Klan.

      • lana ward

        Yea, what you gonna do about it!!

        • plc97477

          Not a thing. your punishment is going to be given by a much more powerful being.

          • lana ward

            BOO!!

    • And, you are not racist at all. NOOO!!!

    • Allan Richardson

      AYAK, Lana? Tell us the truth. Nobody here but us black socialist Muslims!

  • montanabill

    Time to watch out if you are in the middle class. He’s noticed you are still around. Maybe he’s also noticed that despite all the ‘new jobs created’, there are still 15 million under and unemployed, so focusing on jobs (again without a real plan) is more feel good speech. Let’s see. He needs more money for infrastructure construction spending. He needs more money for the IRS because they are severely understaffed with only 84,000 employees. He needs more money to increase security at embassies because the actual annual increases are simply not enough. He needs more money for education since the huge amounts we have already spent without much payback means not enough money. In fact, it has hard to pick any subject where the President simply doesn’t need more money, even with Bernanke printing $1 trillion in new money. Time for the middle class to pay their fair share for this stuff. We need a larger underclass!

    Nah! Forget all that stuff. He just dusted off his ‘middle class’ and ‘jobs’ speech to try to get your minds of the other botched stuff, he knows nothing about.

    • angelsinca

      Right on target. This will surely piss off the commenting locals.

    • charleo1

      You know, I don’t see any substantial jobs bills coming from the right
      side of the isle. Mom always kept a, “cuss,” jar on the kitchen counter.
      And, every time someone said a dirty word, they had to put in $.50 cents.
      I’d like to put a, “jobs,” jar out for Congress. And every time a politician
      brought up the issue of unemployment, or lack of good jobs, or the
      number of Americans still looking for a job. And then offered no ideas,
      or, could not name any specific bill he or she could support, that put
      people back to work, or retrained them for work. They would have to
      pony up a million bucks, towards funding the jobs bill, that President
      Obama offered 6 months ago. Honestly, I don’t understand what’s up
      with the Republican Party anymore. The time was, they had no problem
      in investing in the Country. From a business standpoint, they used to
      recognize, it made sense. Now? They seem to believe it makes more
      sense, to hand over those funds that we could be using to modernize
      the Country, and put people to work. To the multi-national corporations.
      That have been socking it away, and sitting on it, or investing it overseas.
      They would never listen to me. But, here’s what I’d tell them. One day,
      Barack Obama is not going to be President. So, if he’s the reason for
      all the obstruction. Why you won’t invest, and repair this Country.
      I would say, shame on you. The Country deserves better out of you.

      • montanabill

        One of the lessons you need to learn is that the only jobs Washington creates are government jobs. And while we need a certain number of government jobs or government funded private jobs for providing basic government services, we certainly don’t need but a fraction of the current government jobs. They are simply a drain on the economy. Every job created by government requires money be taken from those who are actually contributing to the GNP. As you should well know, for $1 taken from the public, less than $1 is returned to the economy by government.

        Business creates jobs. The best way for government to create jobs is to require only basic regulations, keep business taxes low and competitive, fund research that is beyond private resources, and, in general, do simply the things actually required by the Constitution. Business will do the rest. That is what the Republicans have been saying.

        • charleo1

          If I learned that lesson, that the Federal Government, or
          any government, can only create government jobs. I would
          already be starting out, like you have, on a completely,
          ridiculous premise. And like anything else, it becomes,
          garbage in, and garbage out. See, the Republicans in
          Washington, don’t disagree, that many of our roads, and bridges, power plants, water plants, and electric grid are
          in poor shape. But for other reasons, not having anything
          to do with responsible government. Refuse to invest in this
          Country. It’s the stupidest God Damn thing I have ever seen!
          Because, there are no such illusions in China, about such
          bull shit, nonsense, about the Constitutional role of Gov’t.
          when it comes to investing in their Country, and their jobs.
          They put 20% of their cash, a lot of received from us. For
          products we at one time, manufactured ourselves. Into
          building, and improving their infrastructure. Our investment
          was a minus 5%. And that ought to be a crime. Because,
          there’s no question of which faction is screwing over this
          Country. And there is no question we will pay dearly for it
          over the next 40/50 years. No doubt about it. We, and that
          includes you, need to learn some basic facts, many have
          evidently forgotten along the line. First, businesses don’t
          create jobs. They employ people to sell, or service things
          the customer buys. So who creates the job? You can eliminate regulations, and let every opportunistic, shyster in the Country ruin it for everyone else. Exempt them all from taxes. They may used what public facilities they need for free. Until they fall apart. Because private business, isn’t going to fix anything. Maybe, like Wal-Mart, they’ll teach their part
          time, poorly paid employees, to apply for food stamps.
          But they are damn sure not about to get into the food
          inspection business. Homeless on the sidewalk? None
          of their concern. Polluted ground water? Who cares?
          Because, looking around, at all the ways our lives are
          made safer, and healthier, because someone is checking.
          We’d still rather do without all those things, than pay taxes?
          Is that a load of crap? If not, what do you call it? Freedom?
          Then. our kids, because, we’ll be dead. But our kids can
          scrounge for tid bits, in the falling down shell of a Country
          we left them. Because we were either too stupid, too stingy,
          blind, or too partisan, to leave them a functioning economy.

          • montanabill

            First, visit China and see if that is really the utopia you want for your descendants. Secondly, do you really think you would be leaving a better country for them by bankrupting our country, driving business and jobs away, leaving a rich/poor class system, leaving a system where currently half, and in the near future, more than half of the population is dependent on government for their lives? You are not willing to take away the welfare system to pay for infrastructure, so what are you willing to do? Continue printing money and borrowing like the bill will never come due? Tax rich people until only the governing types are rich? Even if you take all their money, it can’t begin to pay for your vision of government. Who’s money do you go after next? Do away with the military and hope the world will like us better and not plot a takeover or our downfall in the future?

            Not my vision.

          • charleo1

            I never said China was a utopia. And you know it.
            I said, they weren’t bogged down in endless hand
            ringing, over investing in their Country. You better
            ask yourself, what has me so sure that money invested
            in my Country, not just government make work, but
            modernizing, and rebuilding we have neglected to the
            point of closing bridges, for fear of collapse, That to
            fix them, is wasting money. Will bankrupt the Country.
            That is not the way we became the richest Nation on
            Earth. That’s how third world economic basket cases
            look at investments in their Countries, and their people.
            This crapola, about half the Country being on welfare.
            Is also a big tub of horse piss. I would gladly see the
            government get out of providing people with baseline
            healthcare, and housing. The minute I see their employers
            paying for it, by paying people a living wage. Or, are we
            just keep up this culture of ignoring the realities, and
            beating up on the working poor, worshipping the rich,
            like they were Gods. Until americans work for the same $60.00 bucks a month, and share a company dormitory
            with 14 or 15 other workers. And, would even that be enough ass kissing, and accommodation? The answer, is of course, no. It’s not enough. We demand more. Isn’t that what they always say? We want to be left alone by the Gov’t. Don’t tax us. Don’t make us pay employees more than we have to. Don’t help prospective employees, that are starving, by feeding them. If they’re starving, they’ll work for less. Get out of our wage control policies! And, if we make a poison, cancer causing, environmental disaster out of the Country, in the nobel process of creating bigger dividend checks for our stockholders. And some people have a problem with that. Well, let the record show, we bought it, and we’ll do with it, what we damn well please. Is that about the size of the agenda, these freedom loving, flag waving, God bless America, idiots, and fools, are hollering for? Why fix it?
            Right? The American people will live in it anyway. Where they
            gonna go?

          • montanabill

            Okay, I spend a fair amount of time traveling around the country and I haven’t driven over a single bridge that seemed to be in danger of collapsing. Perhaps you can enlighten us as to which bridges, where and how many.

            You don’t think that nearly 50% of the country receiving assistance from the government is a big deal? When does it get to be a big deal, 75%, 85% 100%?

            Employers generally pay the wages they need to in order to hire the kind of employees they need or to keep costs to the point where they can make a profit. If either one of those conditions are not met, guess what happens to the business. Paying people more than they are worth to the business means raising prices and becoming non-competitive.

            Perhaps the best solution for you is to start a business that does all the good things you think you want to see in a business. Let me know how it works.

          • charleo1

            I’m going to assume you’re not suffering from dementia.
            So, you know you can’t tell if a bridge is in poor shape,
            or great shape, by driving over it? So, I’m guessing you
            put the issue of deteriorating roads, and bridges in that
            little file all you Right Wingers keep. You know, to put all
            those things that don’t seem to fit into the mythical
            free market, narrative. Where everything magically fixes,
            itself. And regulates itself, And all the Government
            necessary for a sophisticated, and complicated Country,
            even as big as ours, can be small enough to drown
            in a bathtub. Then, I guess, Grover Norquist could play the
            figurehead President, for the corporate consortium, here.
            Like Mahmood Ahmadinejad, is a front man for the Supreme Ayatollah, over in Iran. Because, when you get right down to it, there is no substantive difference between a Theocracy, and a Plutocracy. We could still hold elections. Republican style. Where the voters get to guess when the polls are going to open. And what kind of ID they are accepting this year. Hopefully a meaningless, little, bitty, small, affair. Like the Government they want. Big enough to carry their water, or fight their oil wars. But, small enough, so it doesn’t have the wherewithal, to interfere while they rip off and basically rape
            the rest of us at will.

          • dtgraham

            I noticed that too charleo1. montanabill can tell if a bridge is in need of structural repair simply by driving over it. That’s an amazing gift. I’ve seen the stats from engineers on the percentage of American bridges needing upgrades and repairs. Their tragic mistake, apparently, was that they just didn’t simply drive over those bridges. If you manage to make it to the other side then….pffffft, what are you talkin’ about?

          • montanabill

            Here’s a little analogy for you. You have a fairly predictable income each week or month. You buy a car. You know that the car will need maintenance and ultimate replacement. You can make a pretty good estimate of what those future expenses will be. Do you put aside a little of your income for such eventualities, or do you spend all your income on other things? If it is the latter, as it is with most people, that suddenly needed repair becomes a financial issue. It didn’t need to be, but you made the choice.
            The government collects significant revenue from road usage taxes and fuel. Guess which one of our two choices government made?

          • idamag

            Montana Bill loves his analogies so here is one. Let us say we have a country that has 100 people in it. The amount of printed money available to those 100 people is $1000. 2 of those people decide to be business men. 2 of those people are small business men and the first 2 are a conglomerate. They have 40 percent of the nation’s $1000 tied up. They take jobs away from 10 of those people and send those jobs to China where slave labor is used in the form of prisoner labor. That 40% is going overseas and being stashed in offshore accounts. As the conglomerates become bigger they are stashing away more and more of the only money available. Soon, there is just not enough money for the 100 people. It is a physical loss of dollars. To keep the 98 people from going hungry and make sure they get paid for their labors, more money has to be printed. The conglomerates have forced the country to print money that has no silver or gold to back it up.

          • plc97477

            Bs. If the companies paid what they had to to get employees they wouldn’t be giving the ceos many billions a year.

          • montanabill

            LIV

          • idamag

            Montana Bill seems to forget those government workers are also consumers whereas the jobless doesn’t buy as much.

          • montanabill

            That is true. The only problem is that government workers do not contribute to production. Their salaries are part of the money taken from the public. But only a small part. The net result is still that a $1 taken from the public is only partially returned to the economy.

          • charleo1

            Well, after years of Bill being force fed this Right Wing,
            claptrap, it’s a wonder he remembers anything. Of course,
            Government workers are consumers. They love to brag
            about Reagan, being this genius that turned around a
            bad economy. What they don’t mention, is he increased
            the Federal payroll by 200,000 people. Spent money like,
            well, like a government should, in recessionary times.
            And, they’ll always say. He lowered taxes too! Yes, that’s
            how the deficits, they didn’t used to give a rats ass about
            were created. So, their entire economic conversation is as dishonest as hell. Unless their goal is to make Obama fail.
            They said it. And it would explain their total, and nearly instant
            feigned ignorance, of how an economy works.

        • neeceoooo

          And by requiring only basic regulations, we get the Bernie Madoff’s of the world and with low business taxes you get corporations who believe the middle class money is their piggy bank.

          • montanabill

            New Flash! The regulators never checked Bernie and they had lots of chances. More regulations won’t have changed a thing!

        • idamag

          Since the private sector is sending the jobs overseas, I guess the government will have to provide some jobs, won’t they?

          • montanabill

            You know, the biggest majority of business in the private sector consists of small to medium size businesses. I can assure you, we are not sending jobs overseas. Neither are the majority of large businesses. As usual, you are allowing a small number of examples to frame the conversation which, in turn, allows politicians to have an excuse to create ever larger government. That, in turn, definitely results in more regulation, more costs, more entrepreneur hardship, which does result in fewer new businesses, lower expansion of existing small/med size business and far fewer jobs. Look at what is happening! I’m on the front lines of this. I have direct experience. It is happening!

          • charleo1

            Here’s what is going on. The biggest stick being used
            aganist small, and medium size businesses, is Right Wing
            obstructionism. That has allowed to the banks, their bailout.
            But, when it comes to the average person, they’ve done
            everything possible to make sure his situation stayed, as
            lousy as possible. Republicans have blocked incentives
            targeted at small business. Money allocated for businesses
            with under 100 employees. One program would have paid
            the salary of a new hire 3 months, while he/she was trained.
            Blocked. Tax advantages of various types, that could help
            the small business person. One was allowing accelerated, depreciation of equipment. My pest control man told me,
            the government essentially bought him a brand new truck.
            By allowing the taxes he would have had to pay, to be
            written off as business expenses on new equipment.
            A program passed over the objections of every Republican
            in Congress. It’s no secret who the GOP favors. And it’s
            not small business. Small business depends on a strong consumer market for the bulk of their sales. They know they can’t beat the big box boys on price. Service is what they sell. In a poor economic environment, they starve, and fold.
            While the deep pockets of the National chains can withstand
            the prolonged, downturn. A poor economy helps reduce
            competition. So losses incurred in a down market, can be
            easily made up, by charging higher prices later on. However,
            nowhere does a poor economy, with significant job losses,
            help the big operators more, than with wages. Corporations
            have managed record profits, in the midst of the most
            serious fiscal crisis since the Great Depression. It’s not
            hard to find the reason. Look no further than the largest
            item in their overhead column, labor. Wages have been
            absolutely hammered. The Country’s largest employer
            Wal-Mart, is no longer hiring full time store help. Pegging
            wages at the lowest possible level, depending on the
            location, and hiring two, or three part time, so as to deny
            health benefits. Turns out to be one of Wal_Marts big money
            makers, in this, Wall Street, clobbers Main Street, event
            we have been living through. To be fair, corporations
            never deny being hard cold, Capitalists. Unless, you count
            all the hard cold cash they are accepting at zero interest
            rates from Uncle Sam. A small anomaly, when one considers
            the straight up, pure, unadulterated Capitalism practiced
            in their dealings with the American job market, waylaid by
            the recession. They have been perfect little Capitalists.
            Haven’t they?

          • montanabill

            charleo1, please start a business so you’ll know what you are talking about.

          • charleo1

            You don’t need to tell me I’m right. I understand,
            you’ve got your pride. But, you also know, if you’ve
            ever run a small business, I speak the truth.

          • montanabill

            I built and run several small businesses and one that has grown to medium size. I can tell from your posts that you have not.

          • charleo1

            Then, in spite of what you said, you know businesses
            don’t really create jobs, then?

          • montanabill

            Really! My employees will be surprised to hear that.

          • neeceoooo

            Good point, thanks

      • plc97477

        I can tell you what part of the repugs problem is. They don’t want to be seen working with an African-American because their base would never forgive them.

        • charleo1

          You know, as much as they deny it. As much as they
          make excuses. It is becoming more obvious the longer
          they refuse to support things they’ve always supported
          before. It becomes racism, simply by the elimination of
          all else.

    • At least HE brought the issue up. As for John “jobs, jobs, where are the jobs Mr. President?” Boneher, where is HIS job bill? He’d rather “repeal” Obamacare 38 times than to bring ONE job bill to the floor. But he’s introduced NONE, not NARY A ONE! If his conscience were, at least, as big as his gavel, he’d do something to help the middle class. In the meanwhile, I can tell you things that I have benefitted from thanks to Nancy Pelosi’s House of Reps and President Obama; tax rebate in 2009, energy tax credits in 2010, wellness check up minus co-pays for the past three years (Yes, I’m blessed to have health insurance) and this year I qualify for home refinancing under HARP. Now, list a few things that the Boneher house has done for YOU…

      • montanabill

        Because Boehner knows that jobs are not created by government and that Obamacare is killing jobs. Boehner has not been able to do much simply because of all of the House passed bills that Harry Reid stopped in the Senate. In fact, he was so afraid that a few Democrats might be open minded that he won’t even let bipartisan House bills be debated. Actually, you can thank me. I’m one of Obama’s target citizens that is paying for your goodies. My taxes were substantially increased. My Medicare contribution is equal to several dozen normal contributions. I spent my life overcoming poverty and polio, paying for my own education without loans, scholarships or family money, building businesses that hire people, and for that, people like you are happy to parrot Obama’s ‘the wealthy need to pay their fair share’, even though we already pay well over 70% of the countries taxes. He even goes after Apple, which pays 2.5% of all taxes, while leaving his buddies at GE, no taxes, alone. Wise up!

  • angelsinca

    Please don’t focus on the middle class anymore. After making room for the non-working welfare recipients into the middle class, we are now having to move the furniture to fit in the heavily taxed previously-wealthy. If you REALLY want just one class, just say so.

  • charleo1

    You know, we’re not comparing our present situation to the Great Depression,
    nearly as often as we were 4 years ago. Settling the question, at least for the
    time being, are you better off today, than you were 4 years ago? We are. And,
    we are better off, largely due to a Democratic President, No. Not Barack Obama.
    Although, we were very fortunate to have President Obama in the White House.
    And, fortunate to have had large numbers of Democrats in Congress. They pulled
    our fat out of the fire. And, we shouldn’t take any guff about it. The damned Republicans sat there, and objected. While the Democrats cleaned up the mess.
    But, no I was thinking of that other Democrat, FDR, that took on an enormous economic mess. The so called unregulated, and unfettered Capitalism, that had bankrupted Europe in the 19th century, was doing the same to America in the 20th. It is much the same system, Republicans, and their corporate benefactors are insisting we get back to today. Already we can see the results of the considerable harm, and degradation our economy has suffered due to the successful efforts of Presidents, like Reagan, and G.W. Bush, to unwind some of the safeguards FDR, and Congress, enacted as part of rebalancing, and making the economy more stable. Banks, where regular people could put their money, and be sure, when they went back to get it, it would still be there. FDIC accomplished that. And today, we take it for granted. But, consider for a moment, how important that is for people striving to get ahead. Republicans fought Social Security harder then, than
    they fought Medicare, and The Healthcare Reform Act. combined. It was going
    to be the end of freedom, apple pie, and Sunday morning comic strips. The truth
    was, before Social Security, 67% of all Americans, died penniless. Today, it
    can be said without equivocation, it is the most successful anti-poverty program
    ever devised. And, what is it worth to the Country, when an individual has worked
    all their lives, to be able to retire with modicum of security, and dignity?
    A lot more than giving Exxon-Mobile a subsidy to offset their costs of doing business.
    Not so they can sell us gasoline for less. No! No! To increase the profits of one of
    the most profitable businesses ever, in the history of man. So, yes. Social Security
    is more important than oil subsidies. But some would not agree. Some like the
    Republican contestants for President this last election. All of them, were going to
    lower corporate taxes. Remove corporate regulations. And, promised to work with
    other Republicans, to eliminate unions. Why? Because, corporations are not
    only, people. But better people to help, according to Republicans, than regular, people people, like you and me are. Because, Republicans see businesses creating jobs. Evidently out of thin air. If left unregulated, and untaxed, they don’t even need customers. Those jobs just start coming out the back end of the shop, and roll
    into the alley, next to the loading dock. Now, this doesn’t really happen, of course.
    But, lean economic times always call for sacrifice, and belt tightening. And,
    Republicans wanted to make sure everyone understood, it wasn’t going to be
    big business making the sacrifices. Or Wall Street Banks, doing any belt tightening. So, they invented this little dip shit fairy tale. That in effect, told Middle Class
    America, you’re picking up the tab on this one. Give us any lip about it, and we’ll
    leave the Country, take all the jobs we create, with us. And you, and your family
    will starve! No! Talk to the hand! How much does it cost us for every job that
    is lost to cheap overseas labor? How much of a loss to our economy? To the
    small towns, and small businesses? The taxes not collected, and the taxes paid
    out to the unemployed? The restaurant that closed? The Public workers that
    were laid off? How much? While we’re counting up the costs, let’s add in the
    subsidy, and tax break, the government pays the owners for the expense involved
    with unbolting all that equipment from the factory floor, and shipping it to South-
    East Asia, or somewhere. Now, multiply that times 10 million. That’s the number
    of manufacturing jobs lost to cheap labor, between 2000, and 2010. One group
    in this Country says it’s your fault. Yours, and the unions, and the Government.
    Just get the labor costs down to $60.00 bucks a month. Stop with the healthcare, and regulations, and the Socialist nanny state crap. We’re going to have another
    election here pretty soon. They’re already banking on another mid-term blow
    out, like 2010. Taking back the Senate. Crippling President Obama for the
    remainder of his term. Do something nice for your kids. And don’t allow that
    to happen.

    • plc97477

      fantastic post. I am glad I read the whole thing. The only objection I have is I don’t think the repugs are going to stop at $60 a month.

      • charleo1

        I was reading in The Economist, a publication I would
        recommend, by the way. How surprised, for example, the Germans
        were, at what they described as America’s having so little concern
        for our own manufacturing base. And, as we know, they have been
        represented by a Conservative Government for a number of years.
        But, there are Conservatives, and then, there is whatever the GOP
        has become, in the U.S. That said, Germany is the economic manufacturing, powerhouse of the European Union. It has been
        by the strength of the German economy, and their willingness to
        work with the World Bank and others, to provide emergency loans to Greece, of course. But, there has also been fiscal crisis in Portugal,
        Spain, and Ireland, and for a time, it was feared Italy’s economy
        was in trouble. And that might have been the ball game! Now,
        while all this chaos was going on in Europe, that could have went either way. If they go down, we’re in serious trouble here.
        So what we needed to be doing, was strengthening our economy
        in every way possible. So if things went to hell over there, we’d be
        in as good shape as possible, here. Now, look at what the GOP
        was doing, while Europe was teetering on the brink. Oh, just
        threatening the world bond market. Threatening to cause the
        world’s largest economy into default. As Europe was facing one
        debt crisis, after the next. So, I’ll never have a kind word for the
        stinking, traitorous, bastards, calling themselves T-Party.
        Good Americans, would not think of doing, what there is not a
        doubt in my mind, they had every intention of doing. The men
        that founded this Nation, that wrote that Constitution, they keep
        waving in everybody’s face. Like they are the only ones to ever
        read it? They would have hung every one of them.