Monday, September 19, 2011

Now You're Talking



Good to see the president getting mad and drawing a line
in the political sand. It's time to force Republicans to
explain why they want to protect the rich and raise taxes
on the middle class.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obama-launches-a-revolution/2011/09/19/gIQAkqkrfK_story.html?hpid=z2

18 comments:

Snave said...

"...it was refreshing to see the president in the Rose Garden on Monday morning delivering a speech that, for once, appealed to the heart rather than the cerebrum."

That's taking a page out of the Republican playbook, and the Dems need to do more of that when it comes to playing the game of politics.

Obama said "I reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or teacher is class warfare."

I say "Good". This is the kind of talking he has needed to do for most of the last three years. It could well be too little too late, but we'll see.

“The speaker says we can’t have it ‘my way or the highway,'” Obama said, “and then basically says my way — or the highway.”

Right on. Paint the other side as the obstructionists, which they are, absolutely! "The Republican Party 2012 - Keeping millions out of work to put one man out of a job."

There are some pretty good reasons why polls have rated the approval for the GOP House's performance as low as 19%. Let them keep it up, and let's see where it gets all their incumbents at election time.

free0352 said...

I don't think trying to talk like a tough guy is going to fix the mess he made. Especially when he isn't much of a tough guy.

He looks like Steve Erkle shaking his skinny fists and little girl arms. Its hardly worth yawning over.

Lonnie said...

Snave If the Republicans are doing so bad, why did they just win two elections? Bob Turner just won Anthony Weiner's seat in New York, last held by a Republican in 1923. That was a vote against Obama. In Nevada, a Republican won by 22 points in a state that Obama needs in 2012. That also was a vote against Obama.

J. Marquis said...

So Lonnie are you saying that 19 percent approval rating has no relation to the Republicans currently in the Congress?

free0352 said...

Since when have they NOT had a bad approval rating? You guys had the majority in 2008 and the rating was even lower and it didn't help McCain one bit did it?

People are MAD at this President, and I think you know that instinctively. I also think if things continue as they are now, deep down I think you know he'd gonna loose.

J. Marquis said...

He'd gonna loose? Where did you learn how to write, the Rick Perry Center For Lazy Communication?

Tom Harper said...

It's about time Obama started fighting back. We've been waiting for this for 2 years. Maybe he's finally grasped that bending over for bullies doesn't stop them from further bullying.

Even Michael Moore was pleased with Obama's speech. Not that it matters what Michael Moore thinks, but this indicates that maybe Obama's "base" will vote for him again instead of staying home on Election Day.

Lonnie said...

Jim if the Rebublicans have a 19% approval rating, how did they win these last two seats? I think polls can be inaccurate.

Lonnie said...

Harper, who were the bullies in those two years? It couldn't have been the Republicans because they didn't regain control untill Jan. 2011.

J. Marquis said...

That's funny, I've never heard you say Obama's recent bad poll numbers were inaccurate.

Snave said...

So they have won a couple of seats, Lonnie... so what? You're playing semantic games, trying to agitate people, and changing the subject again. But that's o.k., it's fun. 8-)

Let's see how their *incumbents* do... that's who I'm talking about, the incumbents. A 19% approval rating doesn't bode well for the re-election of very many of them. That low rating is not an indictment of the Republican party, like you're trying to suggest I said it is. It's an indictment of those who are showing their expensive ineptitude for the whole country to see as they serve out what I hope is their final year in Congress. Again, let's see where all their intransigence gets them come re-election time.

The way things are going, it wouldn't surprise me at all if we end up with a Democratic House and a Republican in the White House after the next election. 8-)

Not many of us seem to like to acknowledge that our politics goes like a pendulum. If we want it to swing all the way to the right or left and stick there and not ever swing back, well... we ought to be very careful about what we are wishing for.

Lonnie said...

Let's reveiw. The GOP won big in 2010. Then won a seat that's been held by a Dem since 1923. Then won a seat in a state that can go either way and that doesn't tell you anything thing? Yeah. Sure.

free0352 said...

That's funny, I've never heard you say Obama's recent bad poll numbers were inaccurate.

That's because they are not.

Anyway, a general poll on Congress is irrelevant. Hating Congress is an American tradition. Mark Twain was writing about it 100 years ago. I didn't put any stock in an across the board poll (polls on individuals are another matter)when Democrats were the majority nor do I put any stock in them now.

For some reason as a body, Americans love to beat up on the legislative branch. That's probably because it has a long tradition of being populated by scum and dishonest hacks for private interest. That will never change, nor will the average American's disgust for it.

free0352 said...

BTW,

correcting my typos isn't going to fix America either... nor will it change the reality of the situation.

Tom Harper said...

Lonnie: Congressional Republicans have been bullying and walking all over Obama since the day he got inaugurated. I put most of the blame on Obama for letting himself get stomped on over and over again. Even though the Republicans were the minority party, they used every delaying/stalling/obstructing tactic available. Democrats did the same thing with Bush but to a much smaller extent.

J. Marquis said...

Actually, one of the reasons Obama's numbers are down is because a lot of Dems have been upset about his willingness to compromise with the Teabaggers. I'm very hopeful that phase of his presidency is now over.

Lonnie said...

Yeah, you guys are right. Obama is a weak President who is in over his head. Isn't it great when we can agree on something!

free0352 said...

I think very soon his entire presidency is going to be over.