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Quoting President Obama from the report: "I have shown enormous willingness to compromise and have taken huge heat for it," he said, "but my responsibility is to the American people and there comes a point when I need to say, 'Enough.'"

President Obama answers reporters' questions at the White House, 07/11/11. (photo: Getty Images)
President Obama answers reporters' questions at the White House, 07/11/11. (photo: Getty Images)



Obama to Republicans: "Don't Call My Bluff"

By Jake Tapper and Ann Compton, ABC News

14 July 11

 

Obama: 'This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield' on no short-term extensions.

t was, sources from both parties say, the most tense of the deficit reduction meetings yet.

After a period of what was described as constructive discussions, President Obama embraced $1.7 trillion in cuts as a "foundation."

But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, "Wherever we are, it's a long way from the $2.4 trillion needed to meet House GOP goals of dollar for dollar."

So Cantor suggested a possible short-term extension in order to avoid default, with another vote next year.

The president - frustrated - said there would be no short term extensions. It would be bad for the economy, and resolving the deficit issue certainly won't be easier next year in the throes of the political season, he said.

If we can't do this now, we won't be able to do it next year, he said.

"This process is confirming what the American people think is the worst about Washington," the president said. "Everyone is more interested in posturing, political position and protecting their base than in solving problems."

He said we can get a lot of savings "if the spirit changes from why we can't do things to why we can.

"I have shown enormous willingness to compromise and have taken huge heat for it," he said, "but my responsibility is to the American people and there comes a point when I need to say, 'Enough.'"

"It cannot all be on us," the president said, arguing that Republicans need to give on the revenue side of things as Democrats are willing to do so on spending cuts.

"Don't call my bluff," the president said. "I am not afraid to veto and I will take it to the American people."

If Moody's, the credit rating agency that announced a review of US credit, downgrades the United States, President Obama said, "it will be a tax increase on every American."

There needs to be a long-term debt extension, the president argued.

"This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this," he said.

Then he stood up.

"Enough is enough," the president insisted. "We have to be willing to compromise. It shouldn't be about positioning and politics, and I'll see you all tomorrow."

Then he left the room.

The group is to recovene Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at the White House and continue debate on cuts in health care spending and revenues that the president still considers necessary if the negotiations are to reach the Republicans' demand for $2.4 trillion in savings to match the increase in governement borrowing power.

President Obama also told the leaders that by Friday they need to decide where they are heading in the talks - whether a deal is possible or whether they must turn their attention to avoiding a default.

The meeting began with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner explaining the impact of the decision by Moody's, the credit rating agency that will review a possible "downgrading" of the United States' creditworthiness.

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+26 # tomhanigan@gmail.com 2011-07-14 15:14
Moody's? A bad credit rating from Moody's? Isn't Moody's the same company that rated CDO's as AAA? Oh, they're credible!
 
 
+77 # Virginia 2011-07-14 17:59
And now for the rest of the story...

The majority of Americans has no idea what a "Moody's" is or even care. What the President needs to say is, "I'll tell the American people that you’re Wall Street cronies took all the American government workers, unions and corporate pensions and retirement funds and gambled them away - and that's why we're in these negotiations to begin with."

Those folks that didn't lose their pension funds are losing their homes with the same investments. Foreclosures caused by the Wall Street securities fraud are causing people to lose their equity, the money they thought they had to send the kids to college and to eventually retire.

I'd call that about even - so what do we have to lose? Tell America about these crooks and let’s get on with rebuilding the country.

Then take over the mortgages & REOs from 2003-2008 from the bankster's Ponzi scheme, reconstruct them with homeowners and use the revenue streams to replenish the investor's retirement funds that Wall Street stole... or gambled away.
 
 
+120 # Barbara K 2011-07-14 15:16
Go for it, Mr. President! Hang tough and don't cave to these idiots. They would rather trash the country than cooperate with anything. They will not agree to anything, they want to bring down you, us, and our government and country. They are so beholding to the devils they serve that they cannot reason about anything or have any common sense. Glad to see you push the bullies back.
 
 
-10 # rf 2011-07-15 15:45
The presidnt is a republican...he has already traded away the fort...the house just has to wait for the last minute to make the moron states think they accomplished anything...they didn't...it is the president that has given away the future again. This country is over.
 
 
+5 # Deborah MCCoy 2011-07-16 10:37
Here !!! Here !! Barbara K.....I'm so tired of people saying that Barack is a push over & swaggler to the Republican unwillingness.. ....when did diplomacy & negotiation turn into bad things? or even an even tempered man/person? They say Barack is an elitist, I say he simply wants to bring an even voice back to this madness. Why shouldn't this admininstration remind us of the Bush dollars given away to Wall Street prior to their taking office. Legitimate!
Since the election last year, Barack has been up against a barage of unqualified anger due to a country of people that don't see that the problems of jobs & the economy are so much bigger than a presidency..... ...corporations & the greed that accompanies their profit hunger are the culprits of no jobs....& it has been going on for alot longer than we seem to comprehend. Remember the Matrix? all behind the scenes......
I am truly amazed & disappointed that we are allowing the venomous voices of Michelle Bachman, the illustrious Sarah Palin & her never ending string of hilarious gaffes.(as frightening as she is)......along with the ridiculous voice of the tea partiers who seem directionless but full of anger.
Time to pull this together & really see that we need resolve not the bitter unwillingness to work together to take care of America & its' people.......le t's go Americans!
 
 
+108 # Jack Bartlett 2011-07-14 15:29
President Obama's speech was long overdue. Republicans have pandered to corporate America, shown zero concern for the country's most needy and have resorted to destructive political posturing. Democrats, with few exceptions, have shown a lack of backbone and have been willing to let the president take the heat. It's time they showed political courage rather passiveness and a concern only for being re-elected.
 
 
-6 # rf 2011-07-15 15:46
He gives a good speech and then he hugs you and slides in the knife.
 
 
+142 # billy bob 2011-07-14 15:34
What would bring his Presidency down would be to yield on Social Security and Medicare.

-Cut the military by 50%
-Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not part of military budget BELIEVE IT OR NOT)
-Raise taxes SIGNIFICANTLY on the rich
-Make the rich pay for Social Security out of 100% of their income like everyone else.
-Use some of the trillions saved to invest in a REAL stimulus package
-Stop buying into the 35 year old repugnican narrative of Reagan, and start challenging it for a change.

If he wants to show he's willing to stand up to cantor and mcconnel, I want the OTHER SIDE to make THESE concessions FIRST.
 
 
+34 # Carol DAndrea 2011-07-14 19:12
[quote name="billy bob"]What would bring his Presidency down would be to yield on Social Security and Medicare.

-Cut the military by 50%
-Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not part of military budget BELIEVE IT OR NOT)
-Raise taxes SIGNIFICANTLY on the rich
-Make the rich pay for Social Security out of 100% of their income like everyone else.
-Use some of the trillions saved to invest in a REAL stimulus package
-Stop buying into the 35 year old repugnican narrative of Reagan, and start challenging it for a change.

If he wants to show he's willing to stand up to cantor and mcconnel, I want the OTHER SIDE to make THESE concessions FIRST.

Just wanted to say Billy Bob your a man after my own heart;;;;I completely agree with what you stated.
 
 
+8 # ec 2011-07-14 21:11
i love you lol
 
 
+27 # steven m robertson 2011-07-14 23:43
Quoting billy bob:
What would bring his Presidency down would be to yield on Social Security and Medicare.

-Cut the military by 50%
-Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not part of military budget BELIEVE IT OR NOT)
-Raise taxes SIGNIFICANTLY on the rich
-Make the rich pay for Social Security out of 100% of their income like everyone else.
-Use some of the trillions saved to invest in a REAL stimulus package
-Stop buying into the 35 year old repugnican narrative of Reagan, and start challenging it for a change.

If he wants to show he's willing to stand up to cantor and mcconnel, I want the OTHER SIDE to make THESE concessions FIRST.

Billy Bob you have got it right...why is there never talk of cutting the military budget?? Tax the rich, and cut the tax breaks to corporations... let the richest pay their fare share. America wake up...and raise hell!!!
 
 
+24 # mtnview 2011-07-15 07:07
Completely agree. However, 10 days ago Congress voted and the President agreed to raise Defense spending by $17 Billion dollars. There is a reason they did this first. Until our leaders are willing to confront the Military-Indust rial-Financial Cartels, it will not change.
 
 
+19 # 4yourinformation 2011-07-15 07:50
Quoting billy bob:
What would bring his Presidency down would be to yield on Social Security and Medicare.

-Cut the military by 50%
-Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not part of military budget BELIEVE IT OR NOT)
-Raise taxes SIGNIFICANTLY on the rich
-Make the rich pay for Social Security out of 100% of their income like everyone else.
-Use some of the trillions saved to invest in a REAL stimulus package
-Stop buying into the 35 year old repugnican narrative of Reagan, and start challenging it for a change.

If he wants to show he's willing to stand up to cantor and mcconnel, I want the OTHER SIDE to make THESE concessions FIRST.


I like your list billy bob, but I would add:

-Toss out the passed HC plan and extend Medicare for All, saving trillions over 3 decades and on.
-Nationalize the Fed and use it like North Dakota uses their public bank for real investment.
-Lockup ALL of the Wall Street criminals and restore Glass-Stegal.
-Copy Finland's education system where teachers are the most respected workers in the nation and testing is not needed (testing is aimed at teachers, not students).
 
 
+7 # expat 2011-07-15 09:17
Quoting billy bob:
What would bring his Presidency down would be to yield on Social Security and Medicare.

-Cut the military by 50%
-Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan (not part of military budget BELIEVE IT OR NOT)
-Raise taxes SIGNIFICANTLY on the rich
-Make the rich pay for Social Security out of 100% of their income like everyone else.
-Use some of the trillions saved to invest in a REAL stimulus package
-Stop buying into the 35 year old repugnican narrative of Reagan, and start challenging it for a change.

If he wants to show he's willing to stand up to cantor and mcconnel, I want the OTHER SIDE to make THESE concessions FIRST.


BILLY BOB for president lol
 
 
+75 # Jean Millay 2011-07-14 15:55
We support Obama and his intelligent approach to what needs to be done. We can see the hypocricy of the Republicans and of the Tea Party corporate clones.
I feel the president should move to abolish the FDA classification of marijuana, so it could be legalized, taxed, and reduce the deficit by dissolving that part of the useless drug war. That could help balance the budget.
Please give this a try, Mr. President
 
 
+52 # angelfish 2011-07-14 17:40
I'm NOT a Pot smoker but I heartily concur!
 
 
+86 # SallyB 2011-07-14 16:00
Sounds like the President is acting like the only adult in the room while a bunch of childish, selfish and recalcitrant Republicans refuse to "eat their peas" and give some ground. Good for you, Mr. President, you have re-affirmed that my faith in you is not misplaced! Stay strong, stand up to the right and fight the good fight! YOU CAN DO IT! YES YOU CAN! DO NOT GIVE IN, DO NOT GIVE UP! Thank you, Mr. President, for acting like the only sane, rational adult in the discussion!
 
 
+67 # Margaret Sutter 2011-07-14 16:07
I am an AMERICAN CITIZEN of The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-I am an INDEPENDENT VOTER. I have about had it with the way things are run in WASHINGTON DC. Those politicians get elected. They sells us. the voter, a bunch of sticky goo. That goo is hog wash compared to what they really are truthfully about.

I want us to stop throwing money into Afganistan. I want us to tax those OIL Companies. All of those major corporations who have not ever had to pay any taxes. Why do they get a free ride? How many new positions have they added? How many new manufacturing companies have they created on USA soil-our mother country the United States.

. Its totally frustrating to call a company such as: HP which is located in Canada & the US and I get to talk to someone in India. The call center should be in Canada or in the USA. I do not want to support the communities in India.

Also, that debt was inherited debt from the previous Republican presidents.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-14 21:02
Tax on oil will come back on us...so there would have to be a halt, relook at prices and lower put cap on.
But the Politicians will play games and pretend to do something but consumers pay for the corrections not the Corporations... watch, your packaging and amount of product will reduce next year..
Right now there is proof that manufacture of coins and money cost us hundred of millions, yet the keep doing it.
Pa is now cosidering by Republicans to stop Liquor stores and put the employees out of work...letting stores sell liquor...so more deaths on road, more kids dying. That is a Republican alternative to jobs.
 
 
+1 # rf 2011-07-15 15:53
They seem to take a straight percentage profit...that's why profits are bigger than ever when you and I are dying trying to heat the house. Taking my money to give it to rich shareholders, and executive paydays. Just because they have gotten use to incredible profits and bonuses doesn't mean they should stay high.
 
 
+78 # CL38 2011-07-14 16:12
Obama what the hell has taken you so long?! If you had taken this approach with the right a long time ago, we wouldn't be at this crossroads.

Calling them on their bluff is courageous and absolutely the right thing to do.

THANK YOU for standing up for us.
 
 
+5 # Lulie 2011-07-15 10:54
You're right. If Obama had NOT repeatedly "shown enormous willingness to compromise," it wouldn't have come to this.
 
 
+35 # m 2011-07-14 16:16
"I have shown enormous willingness to compromise and have taken huge heat for it," he said, "but my responsibility is to the American people and there comes a point when I need to say, 'Enough.'"...

YES, and that ''POINT'' was long ago and 22,000 miles to your left...

The only interesting thing here will be.., if somehow, it could be determined all along the plane of Obsessive Compulsive Compromising, just exactly how long ago and far away from NOW did your current 'POINT' become POINTLESS..?

Because you will NEVER convince me that its anywhere near where you give the shirts off the backs of the vast, overwhelming Majority of Americans to The Super Greedy Wealthy Global Corporate Class and their Whacked Out Greedy Right Wing Ideologue Allies...
 
 
+18 # Anna Van Z 2011-07-14 20:43
Yes. As Patrick Martin noted on Op-Ed news, "for the first time, a Democratic president has taken the initiative to attack Social Security, going beyond even what the Republican right is prepared to undertake at this juncture...

In December 2010, Obama caved in to demands by the Republicans -- even while the Democrats held wide majorities in both houses of the lame duck Congress -- and agreed to the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy for another two years. In April and May of 2011, the expiration of funding authorization for the current fiscal year prompted a further capitulation, as the White House agreed to $62 billion in spending cuts in fiscal year 2011, including major cuts in college student aid and housing programs."

The time to stand firm and not back down was before he capitulated to the repugs on damn near everything.
 
 
+3 # Don.a.dio 2011-07-15 08:34
Obama gave in to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy so
they could be extended for everyone; Republicans held them hostage. That's the small detail clipped from everyone's criticism

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/12/09/white-house-white-board-tax-cuts-unemployment-insurance-jobs

If we had understood the situation better while it was happening, we could have called them out and demanded honesty. A prime example of damning misinformation, your comment represents exactly the reaction Republicans want to breed. People only transmit half the story, generating doubt towards PBO so he has less support putting forth his agenda. Why don't WE do something for once; inform ourselves and raise a strong outcry against this majority's unreasonable and illogical demands?
 
 
+2 # m 2011-07-15 14:37
Speaking of details 'clipped'...

Is it all washed from the memory of so many minds already that Obama was SWEPT into office with both clear Mandate AND quite a significant, but apparently spineless, useless, perhaps global-corporat e bought Party Majority...?

And look where we are now after all those 'individual' political strategies based in fear of Global Corporate Media 24 hour newz psychols and the obsessive fretting over minute to minute polling data took us.

We are Leaderless...

Obama is a Mediator of sorts... And from my perspective, much like a bureaucratic one who just wants to close the case and clear the books in any fashion that allows for claims of 'victory'...

For who?

And so it goes... until it does not...

I still keep my fingers crossed and my hope alive that I am wrong about him. I threw my support and efforts into his election with gusto and lifted spirits.
But it is getting harder and harder to keep that terrible sinking, 'were we conned' feeling away.
 
 
+2 # rf 2011-07-15 15:56
I'm Gone!
 
 
+4 # rf 2011-07-15 15:55
'Republicans held them hostage.' That is ridiculous...th ere were 2 full years when the Dems could have gotten rid of the rich taxbreaks but the problem is ALL of the Dems are RICH people too.
 
 
+57 # giraffee2012 2011-07-14 16:24
Somebody should give Cantor a mental test -- I think he's nuts. His behavior is beyond acting like a 2 years old. Besides, why is he even included? Should be Reid, Palosi, Boner and the Turtle. Why do the Repugnuts get 3 people to only 2 for the Dems?

If Cantor cannot follow the rules (leaving before the President) -- he should be barred. And if he doesn't know what the word "mediate, compromise, settle, solution, etc" means he should take an English class for 3rd graders.

I hate the creep. Who is funding him? Somebody should find out the $$ behind Cantor -- bc he's not doing these antics for zero $$$.

Lastly, one man should not bring our country down. Let the people vote --- the polls have shown the MINORITY is on Cantor's page (a small minority)
 
 
+41 # MEBrowning 2011-07-14 16:34
President Obama was elected in 2008 because the American voter already had had enough of Republican thuggery and handouts to the ultra-wealthy. Since then he's caved on war, bailouts, health insurance and countless other issues critical to the vast majority of Americans. Now he says he's willing to sell Social Security and Medicare down the river. That it has taken this long for Obama to draw a line in the sand on this or any other issue is astonishing and dismaying.
 
 
+37 # wipster 2011-07-14 16:35
Good for you Mr. President, it's time to call their bluff.
 
 
+4 # rf 2011-07-15 15:56
After he gave then all any Republican could hope for and more!
 
 
+26 # Gary Nelson 2011-07-14 16:39
Dear Mr. President,
It use to be very difficult for me to become emotionally angry in a confrontational way, probably still is. You seem to have a bit of that built into the set of skills and reaction/planni ng that serve you so well.
I applaud you sir.
Gary N. Nelson
Thank you for your service to our country.
 
 
+20 # Jan Leach 2011-07-14 16:44
So what...Our credit worthiness has been downgraded by the banks and mortgage companies...doe s it really matter all that much when the problem is worldwide?
I just wish the man I voted for would look out for the general populus like he promised and would just kick these republicans to the curb.Grow some balls, so to speak.
 
 
+29 # Cliff Rhodes 2011-07-14 16:53
Give em hell Barack.
 
 
+28 # angelfish 2011-07-14 17:00
Bravo, Mr. President! At LONG last, an ultimatum! ReTHUGlicans better be ready to eat a little Humble Pie and Bite the Bullet like the Dems did over the "shrub's" inanities, lies and incompetence, the difference HERE being that THIS President is RIGHT about the Deficit and need for HONEST negotiations! How DARE they put us at such GRAVE danger? This isn't a game, it's about flesh and blood PEOPLE who deserve BETTER that what the ReTHUGs are trying to do! They WILL be RePudiated come Election Day 2012!
 
 
-26 # DLT888 2011-07-14 17:00
Responsibility is to the American people? Since when, Obama?
 
 
+61 # boadacia 2011-07-14 17:16
The Republicans have continued to maintain that we "can't raise taxes on the wealthiest people because they create jobs." However, these tax breaks, which have been on the books for years, have so far led only to job cuts and the only jobs being created are outside the country. It's time to remind the republicans that trickle down isn't working. It's time to remind the country that reaganomics was a failure.
 
 
+24 # ruthee 2011-07-14 17:18
Republicans are not morally nor creatively
equipped to deal with our current dilemae.
the President has made many, many compromises with them, but they cling to the best benefits for the wealthy, big business, & tragically, big oil and the top major industries, like GE. Most importantly, the president argues FOR the ordinary citizens, who have no voice in the current Rebublican party, definitely NOT the party of American History, my parents & grandparents party.
 
 
+56 # Jim 2011-07-14 17:26
As a Canadian and lifelong pro-American neighbor I find it sad that in my lifetime the USA has morphed from the land of opportunity, the leader of the free world, cultural trailblazer and bastion of democracy to the laughingstock of the world, the land of idiocy and corruption. The world has looked to the US for moral and political leadership, and it has gone away empty. This is a death of sorts; and though it may delight the twisted mind of the terrorist, it brings no delight to those of us who are profoundly disappointed in the Obama administration and thoroughly revolted by the GOP and its juvenile Tea Party inset.
 
 
+15 # m 2011-07-14 17:55
Well Said Neighbor.. :)
 
 
+11 # Marvin H. Gladstone 2011-07-14 17:37
Too little (too much?), too late?
 
 
+14 # Lee Botsford 2011-07-14 17:39
Where is the presidential budget that was required by law since 1974, when Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act? It's my understanding that by April 1, Congress must either adopt the President's budget or come up with an alternative. Where is the transparency and specific proposals in budget documents that can be viewed by the Congressional Budget Office, the press and the American people?
 
 
+12 # WarrenM 2011-07-14 17:40
bill bob - itemized exactly what is needed. anything short of that eventually will not work. So, let's cut the BS and get it moving.
 
 
+20 # jon 2011-07-14 17:54
When dealing with playground bullies, it is essential to land the first punch - and make it a good one.

Mr. President, bring the troops home, stand up to the Republicans on SS, Medicare, etc. and the vast majority of Americans will be dancing in the streets in celebration all the way to the next election!
 
 
+21 # granny 2011-07-14 18:20
LET THE Rethugs and their selfish tax welfare kings and queens begin paying their fair share - that will start toward paying down the debt that the Rethuglican Cheney/Bush mob incurred in their attempt to bankrupt the country. And, Mr. Boehner/McConne ll/Cantor - "HELL NO" to your hurt the neediest and benefit the greediest. HELL NO!!!
 
 
+13 # Activista 2011-07-14 18:29
"I will not yield' on no short-term extensions" too little too late Mr. Obama (aka mimicking Reagan).
You should NOT extend TAX-CUT for the RICH to please your sponsors.
 
 
+7 # tomo 2011-07-14 19:34
My tendencies are to agree with you, Activista. I think we Dems should be desperately beating the bushes (no pun here intended) to find an alternative to Obama. This "stand" if it stands comes very late in the game, and from one who is notorious for forgetting to do as he promises to do. Nonetheless, I am willing to watch and see if this is a "downpayment" on a new policy of leadership. It is unlikely. But times are desperate.
 
 
+4 # Activista 2011-07-14 20:37
tomo - I hope that you are right and that there is real change - and as you said - times are really desperate. I (who hates gold) wish I was buying gold 5 years back.
It could be economic collapse as in Germany 1920's - and all the economic and political consequences.
 
 
+8 # herbr 2011-07-14 19:18
MR. President, you spoke the right words at the right time, and followed them with the right gesture. We are with you, we admire your patience on our behalf and have confidence in your choices.Stay committed, stay strong, have confidence in the course you've chosen.
We wish you - and all of us - good fortune.
 
 
+12 # fredboy 2011-07-14 19:19
Wish he had projected this steadfast manner when he was first elected and we were all reeling from the ball-kicking we'd just gotten from the financial pirates. Sort of hard to be taken seriously now.
 
 
-4 # fedup 2011-07-14 19:53
I'm not paying anymore taxes to this country till things start to change. Who's with me. I'm not afraid to pay taxes, but when our money is used in the way it has been used I'm done with it. If 100,000 people will start with me it will get noticed. If we get 1,000,000 people to do this it will make a change. Money is all they talk about anymore. So let's stop giving it to them.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-14 21:18
Actually you can put money in escrow, however, if loopholes in the companies you work for say yes, beware and read fine print. they might consider you contractors and then if push cam to shove they would not have to honor your agreements/cont ract in future. So look this thru. However, you who work for yourselves would also have to see if withholding your taxes could leave you giving your business to government and still have to pay for it.

If you can stop payments to government, etc even State where you have problems with the 'new wave' you could see how to do it for a price. You will have to pay fines but they are write offs.

Buy American only. Start tightening your belts, less spending can cost companies esp those pirating our jobs.
Buy your food from Local Farmers...with imports having so many problems and Asian food have nuke problems, time to look for local markets. Stock up on water, and can food...there may be shortages in future and definitely rise in costs. Imported from asia...radiatio n . Review who you buy from and their Politics..if they give Republican/TP donations...sto p doing business. ATT&T, and others are big investors in Repubs so is GE. Sylvania just stayed in Pa. Start paying attention..hurt by boycott and buying power
 
 
+2 # klondikekitty 2011-07-14 21:23
Amen!! Hit 'em where it hurts!
 
 
+10 # Stephen Foreman 2011-07-14 20:13
Kick ass, Mr. President. They deserve it, and we've been waiting a long time for you to do it.
 
 
+2 # No Bozos 2011-07-14 21:00
Giraffee2012- Look at AIPAC and other similar sources.
 
 
+8 # Netra Halperin 2011-07-14 21:29
What seems odd to me is that he says that he is afraid that standing up to Republicans will "bring his presidency down". The fact that he's been unwilling to stand up to big business, and especially big finance is what has put his presidency in jeopardy. In America there is the far right, and nothing that he does will ever please them. There is the far left, those verbalizing the desire to get out of wars and tax the rich. And there is everyone else, the vast majority, who just look at results. If he had stood up to Wall Street, we wouldn't be in a deep recession. Millions of people wouldn't be losing their homes to foreclosure. The job of a president isn't to try to placate everyone. His job is to protect and strengthen the country. Even if everyone didn't agree with or undersand his means, he has 4 years to acheive the goals. Then people can judge his work.
 
 
+10 # Mort Fineberg 2011-07-14 22:23
There are those members of Congress who (borrowing a line from a Barbra Streisand song) are "acting more like children than
children." When are they going to act like adults and really earn the salaries they are paid? I would like to take away
their special benefits and retirements and have them rely on S.S. and medicare like the majority of us seniors do!!!
 
 
+3 # VSweet 2011-07-14 22:38
PRESIDENT OBAMA THANK YOU!

Continue to stand up for the people who voted for you! We believe a change is going to come because you believed in the American people values, self worth and our love for our Nation.

The Republicans right along with the rich and powerful will take a mighty fall for everything they are attempting to do to this country, our nation, our people.

So Cantor, tell your Republican buddies to keep their shovels digging....beca use everyone of you will fall into the very ditch you were preparing for us. May God have mercy on them! For they know not what they have done!!
 
 
+2 # Dave45 2011-07-15 00:35
Obama will cave in on this one just like he has done in the past. Just watch--despite his verbal posturing (his usual approach), he will soon give in and make cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
 
 
+7 # billy bob 2011-07-15 08:17
He already said he'll do that. His posturing has nothing to do with preserving Social Security or Medicare. It has everythingto do with him saying, "look MR. cantor, I already gave you my lunch money and let you give me a wedgie! If you don't quit giving me noogies and flushing my head down the toilet I'm going to get mad.... ok? please?"

Not very tough talk from a not very tough President pretending to have what's good for the country in mind as he caves in and let's the other side finally destroy the social safety net they've had their gun sigts on since the 1930s.

If he wanted to show he was willing to fight, for a "change", we'd find out that he's been lying TO THEM for a "change", and that he was only pretending to be willing to give up the most popular government programs in U.S. history.

When he says something liberal, he's usually lying to us.

When he says something conservative, he's usually telling conservatives the truth, and hoping we're not paying attention.
 
 
0 # fredboy 2011-07-15 07:11
If he cuts SS and Medicare it's goodbye Obama.
And he knows this.
So he becomes a one-termer and makes millions on the speaking circuit.
I think that may have been the plan all along.
 
 
+6 # mort fineberg 2011-07-15 09:03
Are paul ryan and eric cantor trying to do to this country what osama bin laden
failed to do--bring down the USA ??
 
 
-4 # Activista 2011-07-15 09:34
paul ryan wants to get rid of wars and military - stop foreign/militar y aid - like billions to Israel - and now Obama/Clinton AID to NATO rebels destroying Libya.
50% of the tax is spent on military and bombs - this is why USA is bankrupt.
 
 
+6 # cycleman60 2011-07-15 09:37
Mr. President: Your call,"Don't Call My Bluff" is what you need to say. Let those Right Wing Jerks know you aren't playing tiddley winks. They have tried throwing their weight around. Now it's your turn to stand strong. We support fully. NO ENTITLEMENTS. Rescinding Tax giveaways, getting our jobs back from overseas and doing away with the tax subsidies that 2/3 of corporations get.This must be on the table.
 
 
+2 # bobby t. 2011-07-15 11:07
follow the money:
if we go into default who gets paid?
social sercurity recipients first. yes, you will get your checks.
second. medicare benefits. that will be paid.
and finally, defense contractors. defense. to follow the last one for money, watch film, which disappeared too quickly from view for me not to think something was up: lord of war with nick cage playing a merchant of death. this is america folk, love it or leave it.
now here is the thing. why did they fight a single payer, a public option? not only because of the insurance companies being exempt from price fixing under state and federal laws, but also the price fixing that occurs in drug stores for life saving medicines. the mark up is not costed by the drug companies, but by the drug stores. follow the money folks.
 
 
+3 # Activista 2011-07-15 19:40
blog.whitesites.com/USA-headed-toward-Default-Analysis__634461997635585937_blog.htm
The GOP seem to think that Obama is bluffing. He wouldn't let our country go into default. They are wrong, dead wrong. If you are a republican reading this, here is the situation you are in. Obama is a gifted speaker. No republican comes even close. When he decides to talk to the american people directly through a speech or a question and answer session, all news channels ( CNN, CNBC, FOX, MSNBC ) will tune in. During this time Obama will make his case for the reasons talks are not going well. He will point out the fact that Republicans are not willing to increase taxes on special interests, or corporations. Republicans are not protecting Americans, they are protecting the few that donate to their campaigns. He will make republicans look responsible for the default that is bound to happen."
by Paul White - google whole article
 
 
+5 # Lex 2011-07-15 19:47
Something else: What made America the Land of Opportunity was an attitude, and a willingness to work hard and earn. Now it seems like everyone just wants to be in the big house on the hill, has no intention of creating value as a way to deserve what they own if they can get an easier ride, and will buy everything from China if it's cheap. I'm not giving Obama a get-out clause, because there is none - but taxes aren't the only destination for your money. There is something you can do, right now, to decrease deficits and increase jobs: Check the label and buy goods made in America!!! Support your local independently owned businesses and fuck the big corps and banks. You criticize him for pandering to them yet you do the same every day.
 

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