In his address to a joint session of Congress laying out his $400 billion economic plan, President Obama said that “every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight will be paid for. And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities.”
But he also pointed out positions that have separated the White House from congressional Republicans, such as rolling back consumer protection measures, his health care reform plan and collective bargaining rights for union members.
Obama drew a line with hard-liners who have demanded only spending cuts, rejecting “this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own.” [CNN]
On Labor Day, President Obama gave a stirring speech in Detroit. He was introduced by Teamsters leader, James Hoffa, whose remarks ginned up the crowd with colorful language:
BEFORE THE GAME!
As America is introduced to Rick Perry of Texas, we hear claims from this governor who replaced Gov. George W, Bush that are not true. While a whole lot of jobs were created in Texas, Rick Perry cannot lay claim to them. Anderson Cooper of CNN explains:
“Cooper also noted some of the help the state received for its relative economic boom: $6.4 billion in federal stimulus money, which did not get rid of a serious budget shortfall in 2009. Cooper brought in Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile to parse these numbers, and Castellanos did argued that much of the federal money was taken from the states initially and so Perry had an argument that he was merely asking for money back that was taken from him.” Alex, if we allowed the states to reclaim their tax money, what would be point of taxes? GOP governors took money under false pretenses. They praised President for stimulus money with one of their tongues and decried the President with the other. Rick Perry’s is revealing his strange ideas about governance and the American people find them abhorrent.
It is hard for this black person to find a reason…other than racism… why republicans hate President Obama. I was amazed that Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) called President Obama a liar on national TV while he was giving the State of the Union address. I thought that South Carolina had come a long way from racism and segregation…and the like…when they elected a person of color as governor, Nikki Haley (R), an east indian. Mr. Wilson’s excitable utterance is telling. Have you watched Rep. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when he talks about the President, especially when he talks of making him “a one term President? His lips are dripping with racism and hate. Of course, you have seen the almost viral attack by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) where he says, “President Obama should stop lying…” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MI) is probably restrained by her upbringing from showing out-and-out hatred when she leads her supporters in her chant, let’s “make President Obama a one term President.” [slow cadence] Barack Husein Obama is the living embodiment of the promise of America and the much espoused set of “American values.” This is what draws immigrants to our shores. Even people of color want to come here for our freedom which is not matched by degree in equality. Watch this stimulating video which celebrates Barack Obama’s American Exceptionalism:
I spent my adult life in New York City. While traveling in 1985 through North Carolina, a mature white saleslady said to me, “May I help you, sir?” I was shocked that the South had come that far in civil discourse and race relations. The election of a black President was inconceivable to slave masters of the day, but, they did fear an educated Negro. But, even now in the 21st Century, we see hate coming from the primarily white Republican Party. I think it bothers them that he masters english better than they do 🙂
President Obama will be in the well of The House on Thursday evening giving another address. Will republicans give respect to the Office if not the man?
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