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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

President Barack Obama is calling for a one year extension of the Bush tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, while reiterating his opposition to extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

“I’m not proposing anything radical here,” Obama argued from the East Room of the White House on Monday afternoon. “We all say that we should extend tax cuts for 98 percent of the people…so we should all agree to extend the tax cuts for the middle class.”

Republicans oppose Obama’s plan, insisting that all of the Bush tax cuts — including the breaks for those who earn more than $250,000 annually — must be extended. In his remarks, Obama stressed that the debate over extending tax cuts for the wealthy shouldn’t stop Congress from acting to extend the middle class tax cuts.

“Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy,” Obama said.

“At the beginning of the last decade, Congress passed trillions of dollars in tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest Americans more than anybody else. And we were told that it would lead to more jobs and higher incomes for everybody and that prosperity would start at the top, but then trickle down,” he continued. “And what happened? The wealthy got wealthier, but most Americans struggled.”

“We don’t need more top-down economics. We’ve tried that theory. That’s why I believe it’s time to let tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, folks like myself, to expire,” Obama added.

Video of President Obama’s full remarks is below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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Obama’s announcement is certain to set off a contentious Congressional debate, which may pivot the campaign from jobs to taxes. The latter is far more favorable ground for the president; as Obama noted in his speech, “poll after poll” shows that a majority of Americans agree with his position.

Extending the middle class tax cuts would also help America avoid the so called “fiscal cliff” on January 1st, when the tax cuts are set to expire at the same time as the deep automatic spending cuts agreed to in the 2011 debt ceiling deal take effect.

  • lourdmar

    This is bound to trip up the recalcitrant repulsivan congress…but what else is new? Good for you for trying Mr. President.

  • stsintl

    Bush era tax cuts were temporary to automatically expire at the end of 2010, not requiring any action from a do-nothing Congress. The tax cuts did not produce more jobs as claimed. The Democrats should have let these TEMPORARY tax cuts die their own death in 2010, and not capitulate to the Republican Party black mail and extend it for two more years. Expiration of a temporary tax cut is not a tax increase, even for the “NO tax increase pledge” of Glover Norquist. As a middle class American, I am willing to pay my fair share and let these tax cuts expire for EVERYONE, so we don’t add to our national debt.

    • jarheadgene

      Couldn’t do it because the GOP and the HiJacked TeaParty took over the Senate and Congress in 2010. TIME TO BOOT ALL GOP Especially McConnell and Tea Party like Boehner out of OFFICE. YOUR TIME TO KEEP all money in the top 2%’ers pockets has come and gone…….WAKE UP AMERICA VOTE THEM OUT. Don’t vote against your own best interest …..their 2% vote against our 98% makes us the winners.

      • stsintl

        The Congress didn’t need to do anything in 2010, since the tax cuts were to expire automatically then. When the Congress sent the bill extending the law for two more years, President Obama should have just vetoed it and sent it back to the Democratic controlled Senate. He shouldn’t have capitulated to the Tea Party demands to include the 2% ers. What the middle class needs now is to form a MILK [Middle Income Labor Ketch] Party to neutralize the TEA Party.

        • jarheadgene

          I like that, the MILK Party. Problem with the President is he wasn’t hard enough at the time when he could have been with Dem Senate and House at the time, he took office.
          He capitulated to those CORRUPTED Bastards we call Sens. and Reps. too much. America needed a Harry Truman….”Give ’em Hell Harry” He is finally starting to stretch himself, he needs to get in the bully pit daily and hound those GREEDY scumbags. Better late than never….”GIVE ‘EM HELL BARRY” !!!!!

    • BDD1951

      Exactly!!!! Corporations do not create jobs. Consumers do. They have money to spend then they can buy and therefore companies can hire more workers. Another thing, people need to try to buy American. Check labels when you buy something. Check web sites that only sell American made. Small appiances. Kitchen Aid. That is only what I havel Stores need to make a concerted effort to only sell American made.

  • dellmartin

    I don’t believe for a second that the republican congress doesn’t know this is the right direction to take. But the TeaBaggers and loyal subjects of King Grover Norquist will try to tear down anything President Obama proposes to improve our economy and create jobs just so they can fulfill their # 1 goal which is to see him fail. People, vote them OUT of congress so we can get our country working again!

  • The republicans don’t only oppose keeping all tax cuts intact. They are working overtime to enact new tax cuts that apply only to millionaires and billionaires. After all, these are the people who keep them in office with massive Citizens United sponsored Super Pac campaign donations.

  • Congress, better start doing somthing for the average citizens soon, I’m sure no one will be voting them back in! They have’nt none anything to help President Obama !
    They are dragging this country down, just so President Obama won’t be elected again, They don’t care about us middle class people!, Just that they win! It’s bad enough The Supreme court justice’s voted to let big money into the election this year! And the republican states passed bills to make it more difficult to vote, Congress won’t pass the jobs bill, It kind of feels like the Bush and Gore year they were running for office.I don’t think the President is getting the respect he should be getting either!….I think that Gongress should passThe Bush taxes for the middle class people, and not pass it for the people that are making more money! But I also don’t think we should have to put it off til another day to disguss the taxes for the rich! Its just another way, the republicans are trying to wheel and deal with the president!….

    • jarheadgene

      GIVE ‘EM HELL BARRY! Go Mr President……We need another Harry Truman.

    • montanabill

      Sorry Patricia, there are currently 30 bills passed by the House waiting for Senate action. Good ol’ Harry Reid won’t even let them come up for debate for fear some Democrat might decide to end gridlock. There are no Senate bills or budget waiting for House action. Sorry you hate people who have been successful.
      Question: should a President who works to divide, lies, obfuscates, can’t get unemployment below 14%, spends all of his time campaigning instead of working on real plans for the country, really get more respect?

      • johninPCFL

        Wow. There were over 150 bills on the way through the Senate tripped up by GOP filibusters, including budget bills.

        • montanabill

          Perhaps you would like to enlighten me as to when this happened? The Senate hasn’t even attempted a budget bill in years, even when they had enough votes to overcome a filibuster.

          • johninPCFL

            This year.

            The Democrats have never had a guarantee of overriding a filibuster simply because the members use their own minds. You may also recall that the “60 votes” they had included 2 independants that voted with them 60% of the time. The GOP, on the other hand, is much more lemming-like.

          • montanabill

            Eyes of the beholder. If they are allowed to use their own minds and that’s not a bad thing, why won’t Reid let any bills come up for discussion and votes?

      • cabadas

        sorry montanabill but your an idiot. If you call war against women, light bulbs bills then I don’t blame harry reid for not bring them up. Not 1 usable bill came out the house. The only people dividing this country are republicans.

        • montanabill

          War on women…light bulb bills? What you you been watching? Since you appear to be an expert on the bills passed by the House (many with bipartisan support), would you would be so kind as to list each one and tell the rest of us what they are about and why you are against them.

          • dtgraham

            I’ve read through them montana. Read some carefully, skimmed others. They’re virtually all ‘lets get rid of the EPA, and ban abortion’. HR 2273 deregulates coal ash. HR 2250 changes boiler mact rules that govern emissions of merury. HR 2681 changes cement emission standards. Hr 1315 gets rid of the only weak regulation of Wall St that came out of 2008. HR 3094 is a union buster.

            You can’t expect Democrats to go for this highly partisan stuff. Especially the bills that would poison air, water, and soil. Former Reagan staffer Bruce Bartlett likes to point out that American businesses don’t cite regulations as a barrier to expansion and hiring, in polls done on the topic. In his words, “it’s nonsense”, “it’s just made up.”

            I’ll say one thing for you though. I’m personally not in favour at all of this extra branch of government called the Senate.

          • montanabill

            Democrats haven’t even had the chance to debate or vote down these measures. As I’ve said before, Harry Reid is afraid his group can’t be trusted to vote. Since I’m an American businessman, don’t try to tell me that we don’t think regulations are a business barrier! Mr. Bartlett, if he really believes that nonsense, is dead wrong.
            Most of those bills are not ‘ban’ anything. They are simply trying to put some restraints on agencies that have no oversight. Your take on bills that would ‘poison the air, water and soil’ so to speak, is no different that someone claiming wind mills are out to destroy birds. In other words, a broad generalization based on half baked information.

          • dtgraham

            You’re more familiar with the U.S. Senate than I am. I’m guessing that this is a group decision to not even proceed with a vote, but I’ not sure. I also think that if it comes out of the house, the Senate should have an obligation to vote on it, but that’s just me.

            If you have the right business plan, the needed capital and financing, the right product or service at the right price, and you know the demand is there at that price, would you really forego a profitable opportunity because of some regulation(s) that you felt was burdensome or a marginal tax rate that you didn’t agree with? Be honest now.

            Incidentally, I wouldn’t be in a rush to loosen restrictions on some of those chemical emissions that I was reading about. They’re carcinogenic and I’m assuming that they were restricted, or set at those levels, for a reason.

    • Patricia Earney Hope the American people get this. When Clinton left office there was a SURPLUS, HE BALANCE THE BUDGET. But what did Bush do gave the Rich a Ten years Tax Break & STARTED A MADE UP WAR. And everyone in there right mind know that why the deficit is so high. The Rich use this tax break to send JOBS OVER SEA. THAT WHEN THE JOBS LOSS STARTED we can’t lower the deficit if only
      the middle class and poor are paying taxes. IF THE RICH PAY WHAT THEY SHOULD IN TAXES, THE DEFICIT WOULD BE LOWER COMMON SENSE.

      • onedonewong

        Sorry the budget was balanced ONLY because of Newt and John Boener and the republican majority in the house and senate. Remember Clinton’s first act was to raise taxes on everyone in the country other than his Dem base

        • bigspender7

          This post is just delusional and doesn’t deserve further comment.

          • onedonewong

            Thanks for the history rewrite..pretty standard for a dem trying to put lipstick on their incompetence pigggs

          • James70094

            #63,, I guess you don’t like competition for the history rewrites you do 40 times a day.

          • cabadas

            no rewrite dumb ass just facts

          • onedonewong

            You must have been reading some one elss post since your had ZERO

        • BDD1951

          And remember he had a surplus when he left office. But this congress won’t co-operate. They just want him defeated. And that is just plain UnAmerican and UnChristian.

          • onedonewong

            Clinton didn’t have a surplus the Republican congress had one. As for Barak he had a filibuster proof majority in both hoses for 2 years. Are you saying the Dem’s wanted to torpedo him??? Then I agree that was Unamerican an Unmoooslim

        • James70094

          #52 and more lies.

        • cabadas

          You dumb ass he only raise taxes on the 2%

          • onedonewong

            All I can say to that is the 5 cent gas tax. Guess only the rich drive hUH

          • cabadas

            All I can say dumb ass is that you don’t know a dam thing. Someone really done you wrong by feeding your musty brain with ill fitted facts. STOP LISTENING TO BILL ORIELLY AND SHAWN HANNITY, LUMBALL

          • onedonewong

            Your saying that it didn’t happen??? REALLLLY!!!!

      • Since all spending Bills go through Congress and since the Republicans had the majority in the Clinton years it was THE REPUBLICAN Congress that gave that to Clinton..He just signed it but Liberals dont like facts . By the way Clinton to his credit didnt blame everything on the other side or on a past president . He sought compromise with the REP congress . HE got it because Clinton gutted entitlements and the REP gutted defense spending . He also had the advantage of a great economy built on the back of the tech boom . Talk to anyone in Tel Com and they will tell you the Tel Com /IC Chip / Internet boom / all owe a lot to SDI …Go ahead talk to those types

        • Pat Herold

          President Obama has been trying to compromise with the Republicans in Congress, but did not take into account the fact that the Republicans in Congress said straight out that whatever President Obama proposed, they would vote down even if it was in their best interest. Anything to try to make President Obama a one term President. For the sake of our country, we must all pray that the Republicans fail in this.

      • BDD1951

        It wasn’t a made up war. Halliburton was going broke. It was a war to save Halliburton. Remember they didn’t get bids from companies.
        They just sent Halliburton right in. That whole corrupt bunch in Bush’s adminstration probably had stock in Halliburton.

    • onedonewong

      Sorry Pat barak just got done passing the largest tax on the middle class in our history. But what the hey the only recourse was to cut federal spending and Dem’s loath to cut spending

      • James70094

        #53, and we know you are sorry.

      • BozoMustgo2

        With the passing of the ACA at least my premiums won’t increase due to greedy hosptial administration, insurance companies and the deadbeats who can afford health car insurance but do not purchase it because they know which hosptials to visit the emergency rooms for stomach aches, fevers and other non-emergency ailments for treatment then run out on the bill. Who do you think pays for these deadbeats? Our overall healthcare costs will go down while holding insurance companies, deadbeats, pharaceuticals and over indulging hospital administrators who are paid $2M/year, perks such as housing, vehicles and guranteed bonuses of 30% or more for gaming the system. I like the fact that those who can afford healthcare and do not carry it will be penalized. How do I know about the hospital administraion gaming the system?

        My spouse was a director of payroll for 20 years so she knew how much each VP for every division was paid, their housing perks, auto perks and bonuses. When a VP of HR is paid ~$1M/yr and a guaranteed 30% the system is being abused. No, her hospital conglomoration was not the exception but the norm right here in the Buckeye State. Enough is enough.

        Give me what I pay for and not support the saprophytes of the healthcare system. And Congress is no better than the general public so they should have the same healthcare as we do and not a Bentley level plan. Who put them in office? We the public did and they must answer to us not themselves as they have been doing for decades.

    • They are doing exactly what we sent then there to do . Or werent you paying attention in 2010 . Wake up the Matrix has you Obozo has spent more in 3 yrs then the 43 previous Presifdents did combined in the History of Amaerica . He is borrowing 38 cents for every $ he is spending turning us into France and Greece and Bankrupting your kids future

  • doghouse1

    it’s interesting that when they extended the tax cuts the last time there were some special provisions, not it the original tax cuts that crept in. Some deductions/exemptions that previously phased out with incomes over $250k didn’t phase out with the extension creating some nice windfall tax refunds for the upper income folks. i wonder what will creep in on this round.

  • bcarreiro

    “We the people” need to take back the Power of the VETO. We the people need to start the petition to end Congressionals who try to overturn our Presidents decisions. The President and the peoples have voice and the choice, not a handful of repatative republicans who think they may be considered a middle class american. Can I ask the speaker of the house what are you afraid of ?……A change in the right direction.

  • Watch How The American Taliban Greedy Ass Crying Out For Their Own Asses Wanting More Tax Breaks For Themselves!!! Our POTUS Fight For The 99%!! While Romney And His Butt Kissing Koch Brothers American Taliban Only Works For The 1%!! I’ll Take My Chances With OBAMA!!!! Remember The Tax Breaks Were Promised To Create JOBS?? While They Are The Ones Shipping The JOBS Overseas For Profits!! Hey 1% You Can’t Have It Both Ways!!!

  • mtooey

    This isn’t Rocket Science. If you take in less money and continue to spend the same or more, you will either go bankrupt or be in very serious debt. We should return to the tax structure that existed prior to G W Bush taking office. A step back to go forward.

  • Obama is dreaming if he thinks this will pass the House. Even some democrats oppose him on this.

  • Gammaanya

    Who voted these idiots and Oxymorons in 2010??? Look in the mirror, so don’t complain that their promises of their money tricling down to you. You wanted to be rich you become poorer. You guys had a choice a wise choice to make on merits of not parties and promises but issues important to you. Allparties are for staying in power, but remember economy is always better under Democrats and middle class is growing. Republicans are more on the Capitalistic side, to make money no matter what method, as long as they get rich.
    If you get a chance see an old movie, Death of Gunfighter with R. Widmark. He alone fought the bad guys while the citizens scattered and none would take a gun and help to get rid of the bad guy.
    It seems to me as long as your butt is not on fire , you are just a bystander on the fence and will take on the side of a winner even if he is the bad guy. That’s being a coward.
    Miquel de Cervantez said ” He who loses wealth losses much, he who loses a friend loses are more but he that loses courage loses all.” We lost it because most of you did not have the courage to forget party loyalty and stay with the good people. A fool and his money will soon part.
    Blame your self for all this. We need terms – period. rewrite Out of Senate – no more health ins. and all the perks. Become just another taxpayer.

  • This is why I really hoping that voters can put aside there racial differences and re=elect who really cares about the average man who is working to feed his family and trying to enjoy some of the conveniences of modern life; be able to service his/her vehicle on schedule, replace the roof on his house on schedule, be able to absorb the expense of an unexpected storm when the power goes out and you and your family have to spend a week in a motel with meals, replace food lost returning home, be able to take a short trip or vacation with the whole family and not have to worry about being off from work. If we don’t support this President now it will have a devastating impact on the future of this country. The financial condition of this country in 2008 was a wakeup call for the country if we miss the opportunity to learn and grow it wont be anyone’s fault but our own. Whether we want to admit it or not we are far better off in 2012 than we were in 2008.

  • BozoMustgo2

    A brilliant political move. The President turns the masses back on Congress as it should be. The “do nothing” group. I suspect Boehner will be on Faux tonight breaking down in tears crying he is taking his toys and going home!

    • ExPAVIC

      WHAT?

      He is your poster boy, WTF he can’t tell the truth for a change?

  • montanabill

    Gee Mr. President, how about letting us dunderheads know just exactly money that will bring to the treasury to pay for more food stamps, more SS disability, extensions to college loans, reductions to the debt, jobs programs, free money for the middle class, et al. How about some real numbers and a real budget?

    • johninPCFL

      The fedgov needs $3.8T at the current spending rate. 12% of that is not obligated spending (i.e. SS, Medicare, etc.) and pays for things like the FBI, the CIA, the FAA, ICE, the Martials Service, Congress, the Presidency, the Courts, etc. That’s about $430B, so eliminate ALL OF IT, and spending requirements still exceed revenues by over $1T per year.

      Those are the real numbers.

      • montanabill

        So are the 85,000 people who were added to Social Security disability last month because they didn’t want to work at jobs that are available.

        • johninPCFL

          Or because they’re DISABLED. What’s the rate that normal Americans are disabled during a normal month?

          “In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability, individuals must fit several qualification criteria put forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

          First, any potential claimant must be able to prove to the SSA that he or she is “permanently disabled,” or suffering from a condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, more than 12 calendar months. Because of this time guideline, it is important that claimants keep their medical records and other paperwork organized and up to date to prevent any confusion or question about the extent of a disability.

          In addition, the SSA will attempt to make a judgment as to whether or not a claimant’s disabling condition prevents the individual from achieving any type of “substantial gainful activity.” The condition must not only prevent the claimant from performing the duties of his or her previous employment, but also make it impossible to find a new line of work due to age, education, or impairment.

          • montanabill

            How’s SSA doing so far? It is a government agency. I could convince them I’m disabled with my $6000 lawyer. Wise up.

    • cabadas

      I don’t believe your an American

      • montanabill

        Are you telling me that to be an American I have to believe in division, massive welfare and false demonizing?

        • dtgraham

          But you feel free to demonize the disabled with no proof.

          • montanabill

            Let’s just say that I’m highly skeptical. In June, there were 8 million getting disability benefits. An increase of 12.6% since 2007. (SS statistics). That is a nice correlation with the expiration of unemployment comp. Last time the government tried to trim the rolls, 130,000 beneficiaries whose primary impairment was drug or alcohol addiction were removed from the DI rolls in 1996, two-thirds of the terminated claimants managed to re-qualify for DI under a different impairment.

  • greghilbert

    I observe that Obama is calling only for a ONE-YEAR extension of tax cuts for households with incomes below $250K. I observe his refusal to champion enduring repeal of tax cuts for the wealthy and enduring extension of tax-cuts for the non-wealthy, which is long overdue and what a majority of Americans want.

    I observe he has put Social Security and Medicare on the table, acquiesced to banksterism, and championed more free trade deals for corporatists, and that the Dem establishment repeats a tired mantra about jobs for teachers, police and infrastructure. Repubs can be expected to hard-ball for austerity atop status quo, etc.

    All this predicts that the great transfer of wealth will continue throughout a lame-duck, duplicitous, and compromising Obama presidency. This downward spiral to hell will continue unless and until we break the Repub-Dem strangle-hold on the conduct of politics and government.

    • johninPCFL

      SS payouts over a contributors’ lifetime currently exceeds 3X the total contributions (including interest) from the contributor, meaning that the trust fund bonds must have a compounded rate of return exceeding 20% for decades. While certain stocks do occasionally exceed a 20% return, the consistent rate over a 50-year period is 5-10%. SS is not sustainable at the current life expectancy and payout rate.

      • greghilbert

        The shortfall that would arise some 20 years from now is easily averted by staged increases in the withholding income ceiling, as was done throughout the course of my own working lifetime. The ceiling is now at approximately $112K per individual. Only 5% earn more than that, so let’s not get conned into confusing them with “the middle class”. Individuals earning more than 95% of their fellow citizens can well afford to pay SS withholding on the amount over $112K they earn, and if they think that unfair, let them demand elimination of the ceiling altogether, so the wealthy shoulder a fairer share. The aggregate fact is that America’s wealth is being transferred from the many to the few at an unprecedented rate. I have no sympathy for the top 5% whose greed for luxury and comfort seeks satiation at the expense of the vast majority of Americans who will depend on SS to survive. It’s disgusting.

  • bcarreiro

    abolish congress

  • Romney Only Plan Is More Trickle Down And More Tax Breaks For The Wealthy!!! Guess What’s Really Trickling Down Rich Men Peeing On Your Head Telling You It’s Raining (Money) A Whole New Meaning To Make It Rain Huh??

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  • swb338

    Let them expire for everyone if we’re serious about deficit reduction. This is something President Obama can accomplish regardless of gridlock by simply doing nothing and allowing the original rationale of the 10 year limit to do it’s job. I saw several graphs over the past few years showing if you remove the tax cuts and war spending, there’s not much of a problem left…

    • johninPCFL

      True, but then the entire election is about Obama raising taxes on the middle class.

  • onedonewong

    Gee thanks Barak you have just got done with the largest tax INCREASE on the middle class in our history and now you want to throw those who actually pay taxes and anchor as they are swimming…
    Thank goodness amateur hour is just about over and the adults will take over the senate and the WH before we become a 3rd world country

    • Thank You Low Life Party The American Taliban Romney And The 1% Thugs Been Stripping Companies And Shipping Jobs For Years !!

      • ExPAVIC

        See below

        • I Seen Below I’m The One Gave It The Like!!! What Are You Trying To Say???

      • onedonewong

        Really?? Barak has sent 5 times more jobs over seas than Romney ever thought of. GM now makes 7 out of every 10 cars outside the US, Telstar got $500 M and doesn’t manufacture anything in this country. The billions loaned to solar companies has disappeared but baraks campaign donor didn’t lose 1 dime of their investment.
        As for the Taliban comment the only mooooslim in the room is barak

        • James70094

          That’s not true. GM makes more cars in the US now than they did just 5 years agao. It was part of the concessions for the bailout.

          • onedonewong

            Your a moron

          • James70094

            No, I am not. You have proved yourself a moron with every post. How do address the fact that GM (and Chrysler) made concessions and increased the number of american workers? By calling someone a moron. Once again you have been wieghed, you have been measured and you have been found wanting.

    • James70094

      #51, welfare life must be good.

      • DurdyDawg

        You think so? (if that was sarcasm for the wong man then I apologize, however if it’s not).. You must have never been in a situation where you lost your job for no other reason than for them to re-establish their profit margin then when your savings expired because there was no one else hiring, you had to beg for a little help to prevent yourself and your family from starving and living on the street.. Lucky you. Because if you had, you would realize that welfare, food stamps are given just this side of poverty, that you have to snap to attention and do as the ‘givers’ say, waiting in lines.. filling out papers that confirm who you are (as they themselves know) each and every visit.. Taking up valuable time that you could be searching for work but by doing that alternative your family suffers so you must go by the steps..Then when opportunities come forth to give you a job in order to make your own life again, you can’t wait to get off the poverty train. Obviously you believe the propaganda that all are moocher dead beat frauds because of the very few who take advantage of an industry that in itself offers no real advantage. Live on welfare for six months THEN come back and tell us how the good life on welfare treated you.

        • I know young people working for minimum wage or a little above . They are struggling ! When I was their age I struggled , but nothing like they are now. The Government should be working for us. Wages have not kept up with the cost of living. Jobs have not been creating because of the wealthy tax cut, and if any have been, they are probably minimum wage.

          • DurdyDawg

            Thanks for responding Bunny, you are well informed in how the citizens are being treated by the corporate elite. Look, I don’t particularly care for Unions myself.. They are corrupt and seem to be self-satisfying but that’s only part of their function.. Truth is (and always has been) the middle man (advocate) between labor and worker, demanding the more profit industry reaps the more reward for the worker who placed them in that position (without the worker nothing would go out the door).. That they pass on their greatest profit margin onto the consumer we can’t control (so we rely on g’ment to regulate their prices).Now the GOP want’s to end Union reign and they’ve convinced non-union workers that it’s the best move while union workers (without thinking how much more their making than the national average) is joining this crowd because their sick of paying dues for for what the believe is nothing? The unions need re-organization, just like politics, but not elimination.. Without the union, non-union workers wouldn’t be receiving better pay and minimum wage wouldn’t be anywhere close to what it’s become today. If you think the wage/cost of living ratio is bad now, wait until unions are run out of this Country.. Oh, for a season the worker may feel relief from the outrageous dues and confident that their wages will continue to escalate as the cost of living increases but remember, it will not be up to g’ment to set wages (except minimum) it will again shift toward industry (as it had been in the thirties).. They may not lower your current pay but look out for flimsy excuses to fire or lay the higher paid off in order to re-hire for minimum to slightly higher wages. Say goodbye to any perks such as monthly bonuses, sick days and even some holiday’s with pay.. And absolutely believe that what your being paid today, in twenty years you will be continually paid and because wages do not rise, the g’ment will have a difficult time raising the minimum wage (even if their concerned). I do not trust the corporate slugs to do what’s right because we were forced in the beginning to accept the unions because the toads cared not for anything but their profit margin. The Pubs (if they get in) will totally wipe out the unions instead of ousting the corruption that’s controlling it and (for a bit) the workers will applaud loudly but it will be temporary as “Right to Work” applies to both employee and employer and if you don’t accept the pay they offer then they know there will be a thousand waiting in line to take your place and your rebelliousness will be fruitless because there will be no welfare nor food stamps to rely on until you find a good job (that will not exist) to get back on your feet.. Only churches and charitable institutions that will be constantly over-crowded with folks who are trying to feed THEIR family and the population will applaud the Pubs for getting these ‘moochers’ off the g’ment tab.. In times of trouble, it is necessary to help keep the population fed and in good health so that when better time arrives everyone can contribute to the welfare of the Country.. November 6, 2012 will determine whether we succeed or fail in those responsibilities. I too do not believe in fraud but I do believe in helping those in need. If the Pubs get in, there will be no help. Romney keeps saying he will reveal his world shaking plan for America once he’s elected.. Do you believe this? I certainly don’t because once he dons the clown costume he can do whatever he wants. Thanks for reading.

          • I do agree with you. It seems that people are walking around with blinders on . A lot of people also, must be unable to think for themselves and question. The dumbing down of America ? Did you watch 60 minutes on Sunday and the interview with Jack Abramoff? That was an eye opener !

          • DurdyDawg

            Oh, I totally agree with that ‘dumbing’ down phrase.. For decades our educational SATS were tough enough to separate the learners from the learned.. Why would they lower this scale except for other covert reasons. And no, I missed that viewing, do you possibly have a link on that subject? I usually don’t watch other’s opinions of how this nation is crumbling (I did used to watch Jesse Ventura.. what ever happened to him?).. Anyway, the Abramoff interview may be worth watching. Thanks.

          • Just Google … Jack Abramoff . He was a Republican lobbyist . 60 minutes last Sunday. You should find the interview from 60 minutes under his name.

  • Some People Are So Full Of Sh*t You Can Smell Them Thru The Computer!! STOP LYING!!!

    • Fern I know facts and logic confuse and scare Liberals and Sheeple . My facts are from the DEPT OF LABORS website and SOC SEC Website . You know you should try growing up before accusing other of Lying and yes to answer your question I can smell you . You might want to offer some facts yourself once in awhile rather then calling others liars . I know that all you have is talking points handed down from you from Liberal comics who double as your Pundits because they cant find work in their chosen field . People like Misogynist Moron Bill Maher and Joy Behar …So before you spout something about trickle down or the rich and make yourself look like a low information sheeple ..bring some facts and grow up . If you have any common sense left think about why you have such devotion to Obama . It probably is because you have invested so much defending him you dont want to have conservatives say see i told you so . vote with your brain if you have one …for the sake of your kids

  • Oh great you cant run on your own accomplishments so lets just play the Class warfare card some more . Why not ..the Lazy entitlement voters love the concept of hating and envying the rich . And the middle class who all have jobs because they were hired and payed by poor people dont understand to do so would cause these rich to move . Look since Obama took over the rich are leaving in droves and renouncing U S Citizenship to escape Obama’a oppression . That is up 70 % . By this time in Reagans 1st term we were addind 273 ,000 jobs a month . Obama added 80,000 last month . Hell he added 84,000 to the disability rolls in the same month . So , he is adding more to the dole then on to the rolls . I rhymed because4 Libs lovc that …right ? Jesse and Al do it all the time ..right ? By the way we need to be adding approx 190,000 jobs a month just to tread water when you account for the attrition of retireees and the death rate . We have over 1.3 million people working then we did when he took office and a lot that are working are under employed or part time ….Obama cant run on tht can he ?

    • that was supposed to say 1.3 million fewer people working

      • I Suppose If You Get Your Lips Off The Rich People Asses You Wouldn’t Be Trolling On All These Post!! Ass Kisser!!

    • Go Finish Kissing Wealthy People Asses And Don’t Reply To Me You Koch Brothers Ass Kisser!!!

    • Go Screw Yourself With A Rusty Razor Blade Ass Hole!! I Guess You Didn’t Get My Memo Telling All Ass Hole NOT TO TALK TO ME!! GET IT ASS HOLE!!!

    • greghilbert

      I do indeed hate what the wealthy are doing to the 98% of us who are not, and the overwhelming majority of us are hard-working notwithstanding your perversion of facts.

      As I see it the wealthy and their surrogates are in effect waging class war against us, and I think it is time to respond in kind, but without mincing words or intent.

      I should like to see a declaration of war on the upper class, with the intent being confiscation of 90% of their wealth and a few jail terms. I’d like to see those who escaped extradited, and then deported. I’d look the other way if a few suffered beatings. Heck, I’d be entertained if any complained about tar stains on his tuxedo or greasy feathers on her evening gown. I’d be tempted to advise “Tell it to the judge. He lost his previous job and home and life savings to the banksters.”

      Thank you for convincing me it is time to get serious about this class warfare thing. I will ask all the “Lazy entitlement voters” to be merciful toward people like you, but you know how they get when you give ’em an inch, they tend to go for the mile.

    • ExPAVIC

      The Usual

      Spoken like a true uninformed fact-twisting American Taliban Republican Plutocratic anti-everything.

      If Bush would have manged the country in a sane manner we wouldn’t be worrying about what jobs to generate from what sources. If you recall, it was Bush and his buddies that allowed jobs to be exported without control.

  • I’m A Middle Class Working Nurse So Peddle That Bullshit To The Rest Of Your American Taliban Koch Brothers Butt Sucker!! I Got Money In The Bank Good Investments And A Great Job!! I Don’t Need To Be Rich To Be Happy !! No Doubt These 1% Are Not Happy Cause They Wouldn’t Be Trying To Hoard More Money!!! Your Broke Ass More Than Likely Still Living With Your MOM So You Can STFU!!

  • From gazing at the magic 8-Ball I believe that nothing will be done at all by the Congress. Both sides can claim victory when the Bush Tax Cuts are allowed to expire. The GOP can whine to their financial owners that they put up a good fight to stop the return of the Clinton upper level effective tax rate, but those damn Demos would not cave again. The Democratic Party will whine to their base that they did all they could to get the GOPers to extend the cuts to the middle and lower class for another year, but they just did not have the votes. This way both sides, by doing nothing, will not have a vote to defend in their districts. Clever little devils.

    If by chance the magic 8-Ball is wrong, perhaps they will extend all but the top level rates in exchange for shelving the military cuts set to take place next year. That would be political move that both sides can claim victory. Of course the deficit or debt will not be addressed, but anyone who believes that either side is much interested in that has not been paying close attention. Trying to solve the deficit and long term debt issue is a problem of math, which unfortunately is something foreign to both sides. Yes indeed we are living in very strange times where logic and reason are brushed aside in favor of political agenda and ideology.

    • Which Party would you consider the lesser of the two evils ? I still have some hope. Maybe the only way would be a Revolution ? I have had the feeling it’s coming and have felt that way for many years. Maybe that will be our Armageddon .

  • What is in those 30 Republican bills, do they include abortion rights, contractive rights, personhood amendments, or removing regulations that their friends want removed and no justification that it will absolutely create jobs. If they were so intrerested in creating jobs why did they refuse to pass The American Jobs Act or Fillibuster the jobs bill to Hire Teachers and First Responders. Why don’t you ask the Police Department in Scranton, Pa who have reduced the salaries of the Policemen to minimum wage.

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  • clarenceswinney

    Top 2% own 50% fiinancial Wealth get 30% income need tax cuts??

  • clarenceswinney

    budget 2013
    revenue 2901—21% national inocme 16% gdp
    expend 3803
    deficit901

    2014 proposed budget
    revenue-315
    expend3883
    deficit 667

    Will this nation ever learn to live in its means of 14,000?
    Why borrow?
    exemptions in tax book 1100 let
    GE pay 2.3% on 81B profits

    Wil we ever get A strong Congress again or a wise president like Clinton

  • dtgraham

    He should be getting rid of all of the Bush tax cuts. A large group of economists sent Bush a letter in the early 2000’s strongly warning against these cuts and Paul O’Neill also strongly advised against them. He was dismissed from the White House shortly after. Those tax cuts put a heck of a hole in the budget and national debt, but as Cheney said, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.” Job creation even slowed down from the 90’s despite the bubble economy during Bush’s tenure.

    The only cuts that I could have possibly seen keeping were cuts for lower income people because they tend to stimulate spending and demand, but if they were working in that way, then why has unemployment remained stubbornly high?

  • How many years have the Wealthy been enjoying special tax cuts? I am still waiting for the job creating from this !

  • Google Jack Abramoff , a GOP lobbyist and the 60 minute interview last Sunday.

  • if the american people want to get ahead in this world they need to not vote them back in, they don’t care about men, women, children, babies, white. black, hispanic or anyone else other than themselves.

  • if the american people want to get ahead in this world they have to cancel all votes for congress, congress has not helped on anything the president has done for the middle class as well as for everyone. he is a fair president and cares about the middle class wheather it be white, black,hispanic or whatever. he cares and thats what we need ,not romney

  • momair1216

    Good for you Mr. President I am glad to hear that you are trying to put the burden of the taxes on the wealthy, instead of the poor or middle class people. If they don’t agree veto them.. Great Job

  • President Obama will be a great President and will bet Mitt Romney.Obama wants to help all Americans.Mitt Romney has a bad record.He is rich spoiled brat.