With a dire fiscal crisis bearing down on the nation and the need for closed-door negotiations and face-saving compromises for squeezed members of Congress never more apparent, President Barack Obama has embarked on yet another political campaign. This time, he is agitating for public support for increased tax rates on the nation’s high-income earners as part of a comprehensive resolution to the fiscal cliff. But higher tax rates is the only policy prescription the president campaigned on in 2012 – if he has any mandate whatsoever from his victory, it is for higher taxes.
Comments: The morons who voted for him have no idea what he´s doing. 0bama sure doesn´t care, that´s very obvious. To him being president consists of one big party and always campaigning. Leadership is completely foreign to that incompetent Marxist.
Unfortunately, we are dealing with an electorate that has been conditioned by 60 years of television and movies to value style over substance. So long as Obama "looks" presidential, and swans around "acting" presidential, they will still look upon him with adolescent ecstasy. Obama doesn´t have to DO anything, except act in his own cheesy ripoff of "The West Wing."
Even if we were invaded tomorrow by debt collectors in the form of the modern successors to the old Chinese Ninth Route Army, the nation would shed a sentimental tear as they saw Obama with his hands up in surrender, and they would call him a "Great President." Oh, and the nation would blame the whole debacle on the REPUBLICANS.
Interesting to me the comments about "ignoring" Obama. I found that that is what I have to do to get on with things. i click off any image, ignore any quote of his and refuse to listen to any so call ´fair and balanced´ arguments between the two parties concerning his latest moves.. The last two French magazines I received in the mail had Obama on the cover, and articles within. I immediately threw them in the trash. He does not exist for me.
We simply are ignorant about the president´s motives. Krauthammer and Thune think the president will be concerned about his legacy and will therefore give in on tax policy. I don´t think he is concerned about anything except the downfall of capitalism and going over the cliff will allow him to make more excutive rules to combat those evil Republicans that caused it.?? He is on TV now urging the citizens to call their congress-people. The people will back his executive orders when the next severe recession occurs. This is how Hitler got elected in Germany.
Sadly , #11 is right . The Americans who fought for our liberty are gone and cannot be replaced with the current lot of computer gamers and fast food junkies . D***weed simply has to ´ act ´ and his plan moves along effortlessly . It´s stunning to wake up , open Drudge , and find yourself in another Groundhog day .
I dont watch jug ears. if he comes on I change the channel how he got voted back in is a mystery to me. but my faith is in God and he has his plan and it will be played out so just keep looking up and listening because something is amiss and keep your eye´s on that little piece of land in the middle east that is the key to everything.
This latest phase of zippy´s campaign is nothing more than a set-up to blame all of the failures of the next four years on the Republicans fighting with him over the "fiscal cliff". I´m with Ann Coulter - we should let him have his tax increase and let him own the coming disaster.
Oh, I so agree with #9. He doesn´t want the real job, he just likes all the perks and prestige and wants to fly around acting all important and give speeches. He leaves the rest to Valerie. It´s so sad to read the comments because we´re all so disheartened, but I feel the same - it´s not the America I´ve always known and loved to my core. The Dems are destroying it day by day. I can´t watch Obie either, and especially the useful idiots clapping like trained seals who go to his speeches. Sickening.
The morons who voted him in, who have been recently referred to by the Russians as being the illiterate population group in the USA, would use the excuse that because of the racism that Obama faces in the USA, that he is doing "the best that he can" and that is good enough for them.
As that voter group continues to grow by way of runaway mass uncontrolled illegal immigration, and a lot of other factors, we can probably say that we have not seen anything yet in that respect!
The DC Rs really are idiots. Obama talks about taxing the super wealthy, and the Rs talk about spending cuts. Who will win that PR war? The Rs had better quickly frame the debate in such a manner that their position, the right one, is seen to benefit the middle class. Is there no one there bright enough to figure this out?
The R´s in DC are just concerned about the money stream to win the next election. The Tea Party is just as dumb as they threaten the congressmen. People seldom vote on logic. Yes, Obama needs to be out smarted, but won´t be by the Congress or the Tea party or the hard liners on the right. They may be right but they will be "dead´ right. Romney and Ryan lost, folks! Learn something! Think ahead!
Obama is basking in the glow of his ever approving propaganda press. Valerie is running the WH -- albeit more obviously now than before. For some bizarre reason Hillary Clinton remains SOS when common decency and professional incompetence demanded her resignation on 9/11/2012. Every single person, legal or illegal, Dem or Independent, who voted once or more for this is responsible.
Obama has something just like Slick Clinton has; they both have a need to be adored. So long as Obama campaigns in the right places he gets his needs met. That´s what the uneducated ill-informed masses voted for. They can´t see beyond their front doors. They can´t see what will happen to the United States and how it will eventually impact them. They want their phones and they want them now.
Meanwhile the ´´slaves´´, those who create this nirvana for the masses, keep on working longer hours, pay more for their necessities and angrily watch the masses spend food stamps and welfare checks on luxuries that the workers can no longer afford. Same goes for those of us who are retired trying to make ends meet. Obama knows he will never be in this situation and has no sympathy, certainly no empathy, for us. He just wants to make sure that ´´his kind´´ gets what he believes is their right, and it delights him to take it from us.
The stupid americans got their lord and savior in office,lord messiah o´bama. The state controlled media will spoon feed the stupid american public more propaganda and be told that l.m.o.is doing a masterful job in office and what ever goes wrong is the republicans fault!! FREE PHONES!! No animals were harmed in the making of these comments!! CHUCK U.FARLEY!
Hillary Clinton, get ready for your close-up. The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate is the subject of a series of Hollywood projects set for release in the near future. On the line-up: An NBC miniseries called “Hillary,” a CNN documentary based on Clinton’s life and a movie, dubbed “Rodham,” dramatizing her early years as a Washington lawyer. Plus, there’s an HBO documentary about former President Bill Clinton in the works. Martin Scorsese (of “Taxi Driver” fame) is directing that film, which will focus on his presidency and post-White House life. What’s causing the flood?
Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is appealing to “ChristieCrats” in a new re-election ad touting his bipartisan credentials. The Youtube ad, which the Christie campaign is quick to note does not appear on television or radio, highlights the outburst of Democratic love for the governor following his high-profile embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy late last October — a move that angered many national Republicans who felt the photo op damaged Mitt Romney’s chances in the 2012 presidential election. “There are so many Democrats endorsing Chris Christie’s re-election that they actually have a name, ‘ChristieCrats,’”
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