Michele Bachmann is the founder and leader(?) of the Tea Party Caucus. In her campaign to be President she MUST answer for the misguided agenda of the Tea Party that is so egregious in stopping normal government from functioning. Standard and Poor’s singled this roadblock in governance in their announcement of lowering our bond rating. Michele is a “tax lawyer with a PhD. She knows what she is doing and must be held accountable by the Fourth Estate. We need a President who is honest and speaks clearly to the American people without deception! The media has not done its job when it comes to Bachmann. They must forget she is a woman and grill her just like male candidates. This is the equality Bachmann, herself, would call for.
As his approval rating hit an all-time low, President Obama began a trip to salvage his public image and shift focus to what the country needs: job growth. The president is at the start of a three-day bus tour Monday to hold town-hall meetings in , , and . “What’s needed is action on the part of Congress,” he said during an event in Cannon Falls, Minn., just 50 miles north of the hometown of GOP candidate Michele Bachmann. Obama pointed out that he’s been trying to get lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and infrastructure programs. Obama also pushed for his “balanced” deficit reduction plan that includes tax hikes on the wealthy as well as budget cuts, noting that Buffett called on Congress to give less tax breaks to billionaires like him. Republicans view the visit as a campaign trip in disguise, especially to the key .
As his approval rating hit an all-time low, President Obama began a trip to salvage his public image and shift focus to what the country needs: job growth. The president is at the start of a three-day bus tour Monday to hold town-hall meetings in
, , and . “What’s needed is action on the part of Congress,” he said during an event in Cannon Falls, Minn., just 50 miles north of the hometown of GOP candidate Michele Bachmann. Obama pointed out that he’s been trying to get lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and infrastructure programs. Obama also pushed for his “balanced” deficit reduction plan that includes tax hikes on the wealthy as well as budget cuts, noting that Buffett called on Congress to give less tax breaks to billionaires like him. Republicans view the visit as a campaign trip in disguise, especially to the key .
Maybe Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s opponents can use this to slow him down? He has earned more than $37 million over the past decade from just 150 individuals and couples, and these donors have thrived during his reign in Texas. Nearly half have received government contracts, tax breaks, or appointments under Perry. B. J. “Red” McCombs, who gave Perry $400,000, is building a Formula One racetrack near Austin that the state will subsidize with $25 million each year. Perry’s second-biggest donor, Harold Simmons, has won permission from a Perry-appointed board to build a radioactive-waste- disposal site that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars. Perry’s team denies any wrongdoing, but observers note that donors have benefited far more under Perry than they did his predecessors George W. Bush and Ann Richards. [TheDailyBeast]
ThinkProgress has video of Perry in Iowa explaining that if Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” Perry went on to say that if Bernanke printed more money, the act would be “almost treasonous in my opinion.” [HUFFINGTON POST]
For months pundits have been telling us that the gulf between the “have’s” and the “have-not’s” is growing wider and wider. The “have’s,” of course are the rich and the most profitable corporations. They have ALL the money and, with the protection of the Republican Party, they grow richer and richer each day. What makes it hurt doubly is that they are sitting on their wealth and not creating jobs. They say that they are waiting for some “signal” or some reduction is government regulations. (Do they want to flood the market with inferior product?) Having pared down to just enough personnel to keep their businesses running, they turn a deaf ear to analysts who say that the fix to our economy is two-fold: JOBS!…and MORE JOBS! Yesterday, Robert Reich of the
University of California (and Clinton Labor Secretary) said that the US can borrow lots of money while rates are low to kick the ball rolling in job creation. “We can afford to borrow to get all those infrastructure projects going.” We see them lacking all around us each day. President Obama mentions them in his speeches but, where are the road crews laying tar? Daily, we take our lives in our hands crossing bridges that have been inspected and marked as needing repair groan under our weight. The industry of “rehabbing” our neglected school buildings goes without mention. Will they ever finish the third water tunnel in NYC? With the world enjoying great technical advances, can we really NOT afford to have a national high-speed rail system? Our airports are eyesores and embarrassments. So much needs to be done. We must get started!
President Obama, Secretary Reich says that your advisers in The Whitehouse tell you not to bother because republicans will not go along and will use these attempts against you. Sir, you have a bully pulpit which can galvanize public opinion behind you. THE TIME TO USE IT IS NOW! As reflected in polls, the people have grown sour on The Tea Party, a fact which Rep. Bachmann refuses to admit. Just three days into the race. Gov. Rick Perry plans to base his campaign on his success in creating jobs in Texas. We all know that the rosy picture he paints…is not so rosy! Strike, Mr. President. Strike while the iron is hot! Roll out a meaningful jobs program and get this Nation rolling. Surely, you have seen this day coming and have been developing plans of your own. YOU NEED TO MAKE A START SOON. WITHIN WEEKS! Don’t wait for the Iowa caucus in December. As soon as Congress reconvenes next month, get them working on your legislation. Can you hear your people crying in anguish, “We have no jobs!” Dry their tears with a fabric of jobs! All kinds of jobs.
I have not heard your talks on the road this week. I hope that you have trumped this post and are already answering the many ideas for job creation that various smart thinkers have discussed in the media. I hope so. Never forget, sir: THE WORLD IS WATCHING!
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