Monday, November 21, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1843, November 21st, 2011

MSNBC's Chris Matthews.


Chris Matthews from MSNBC has been getting a lot of heat from pundits about his remarks with Alex Witt over the weekend on MSNBC. Matthews was plugging his new book on John Kennedy and said that the current President felt that winning the office was enough. That after the victory he stopped connecting with people. He said that Obama’s advisers were social media junkies with propeller hats and were not seasoned pros. He also said that Obama should do more talking to members of Congress and not be so aloof.
Matthews’ statements are true. But they come from a different perspective. Matthews, like I am is offended by the President’s approach to politics, the process, the guts and energy of how you get to government. Matthews worked for Tip O’Neill who once said “all politics is local”. This President has taken an elitist stand since leaving the campaign trail. He has yearned to be above the fray. Democrats don’t do that. They get to the root of politics, the down and dirty wheeling and dealing of compromise. And then you have an uncompromising party in your way, you steam roll them.
Matthews is saying what other Dems and media people are thinking. This guy has to get tough. Obama has proven that a community organizer isn’t a political organizer. Matthews comments simply want the President to start acting like a Democratic President, not some homogeneous blend of blandness.


The committee of jokers that was put together to solve the debt crisis was nothing but a sham. Predictability the GOP is blaming the President because he didn’t tell them what he wanted. Right now the approval rating of Congress is at 9%. No one thinks any of them are doing a good job. The temptation is there to vote everyone out. Commentators are saying that this will frame the Presidential Election of 2012. The Dems will stand on their turf fighting for the working people, the GOP will go on fighting for the super rich. This President should stick to his guns and make sure those automatic triggers go in. He has to call the bluff of the most incompetent, unprofessional and yes unpatriotic bunch of people ever to serve in Congress. Here’s the President’s statement:
As you all know, last summer I signed a law that will cut nearly $1 trillion of spending over the next 10 years. Part of that law also required Congress to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion by the end of this year.
In September, I sent them a detailed plan that would have gone above and beyond that goal. It's a plan that would reduce the deficit by an additional $3 trillion, by cutting spending, slowing the growth of Medicare and Medicaid, and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.
In addition to my plan, there were a number of other bipartisan plans for them to consider from both Democrats and Republicans, all of which promoted a balanced approach. This kind of balanced approach to reducing our deficit -- an approach where everybody gives a little bit, and everyone does their fair share -- is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans -- Democrats, independents, and Republicans. It’s supported by experts and economists from all across the political spectrum. And to their credit, many Democrats in Congress were willing to put politics aside and commit to reasonable adjustments that would have reduced the cost of Medicare, as long as they were part of a balanced approach.
But despite the broad agreement that exists for such an approach, there's still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voices of reason and compromise that are coming from outside of Washington. They continue to insist on protecting $100 billion worth of tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans at any cost, even if it means reducing the deficit with deep cuts to things like education and medical research. Even if it means deep cuts in Medicare.
So at this point, at least, they simply will not budge from that negotiating position. And so far, that refusal continues to be the main stumbling block that has prevented Congress from reaching an agreement to further reduce our deficit.
Now, we are not in the same situation that we were -- that we were in in August. There is no imminent threat to us defaulting on the debt that we owe. There are already $1 trillion worth of spending cuts that are locked in. And part of the law that I signed this summer stated that if Congress could not reach an agreement on the deficit, there would be another $1.2 trillion of automatic cuts in 2013 -– divided equally between domestic spending and defense spending.
One way or another, we will be trimming the deficit by a total of at least $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years. That's going to happen, one way or another. We've got $1 trillion locked in, and either Congress comes up with $1.2 trillion, which so far they've failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an additional $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.
Now, the question right now is whether we can reduce the deficit in a way that helps the economy grow, that operates with a scalpel, not with a hatchet, and if not, whether Congress is willing to stick to the painful deal that we made in August for the automatic cuts. Already, some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts.
My message to them is simple: No. I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending. There will be no easy off ramps on this one.
We need to keep the pressure up to compromise -- not turn off the pressure. The only way these spending cuts will not take place is if Congress gets back to work and agrees on a balanced plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. That’s exactly what they need to do. That’s the job they promised to do. And they've still got a year to figure it out.
Although Congress has not come to an agreement yet, nothing prevents them from coming up with an agreement in the days ahead. They can still come together around a balanced plan. I believe Democrats are prepared to do so. My expectation is, is that there will be some Republicans who are still interested in preventing the automatic cuts from taking place. And, as I have from the beginning, I stand ready and willing to work with anybody that’s ready to engage in that effort to create a balanced plan for deficit reduction.
Now, in the meantime, we've got a lot of work left to do this year. Before Congress leaves next month, we have to work together to cut taxes for workers and small business owners all across America. If we don’t act, taxes will go up for every single American, starting next year. And I’m not about to let that happen. Middle-class Americans can’t afford to lose $1,000 next year because Congress won’t act. And I can only hope that members of Congress who've been fighting so hard to protect tax breaks for the wealthy will fight just as hard to protect tax breaks for small business owners and middle-class families.
We still need to put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our roads and our bridges. We still need to put our teachers back in the classroom educating our kids.
So when everybody gets back from Thanksgiving, it’s time to get some work done for the American people. All around the country, Americans are working hard to live within their means and meet their responsibilities. And I know they expect Washington to do the same.


At 3:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama will go down in history as one hell of a campaigner
and a man who showed great promise, but so far has failed to live up to much. Ya the Republicans did all they could to stop him, but Matthews is right in that it seems like winning was the end result not governing.

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Pope George Ringo said...

Nobody asked me, but wasn't Carter surrounded by young upstarts from Georgia. I recall a story where Speaker Tip O'Neill stated that he and fellow colleagues came to the White House and were served toast for breakfast. "Mr. President" O'Neill remarked, "We won!"
Point being, Carter did not understand how to woo his own party (at the time enjoying massive majorities on both sides of the capitol) and became famously isolated. The fairly young and inexperienced staff just did not understand the game of politics.
Of course, the congressional Republicans in Carter's time were socialist by today's tea party standards. If FOX NEWS had existed during his Presidency, Carter would probably have been impeached after the failed hostage rescue of April 1980.
Obama needs to get tough. Obama needs to grow a pair. Obama needs (as Chris Matthews stated) to get the Dems on his side and also his cabinet.
The GOP is not the loyal opposition but the disloyal demogogues.
Go after them Mr. President. It's not too late.
And if you cave on the statements you made yesterday (the way you caved on your statements during the debt ceiling debacle), you will not only lose the middle for certain, you will lose ME--and I am your base.
God Bless.

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that Obama is capable but it seems he just doesn't have the will to get the job done and to be tough enough to get it done. He wakes up or one of the Republican clowns will occupy the White House and then the middle class is doomed.

I can't believe that the Democrats on the Super Committee even considered cuts to Soc Sec and Medicare. Even "modest"cuts are out of line. The Republicans just continue to chop and chip away at the middle class and we the idiots continue to elect them. Lou Barletta first said bad things about our senior benefits but in the campaign he reneged and said how strong he is for Soc Sec and Medicare. One the first votes of his career was for Paul Ryan's budget bill and it contained language to gut and kill Medicare. Now the liar is running TV ads claiming to be our champion on senior benefits. Fug um!

At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only conclusion that makes sense to me: Obama is inept.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I owe more money than I'm making. Another job is out of the question unless somebody adds more hours to the day. If I take any more money from my teenagers they'll quit since they need to keep some money for stuff they want in order to stay motivated.
The bills are piling up and my credit cards are maxed out.
Even the guys from across the river are balking at lending me more.

The only way out might be to just STOP SPENDING. Cut the outflow until things balance out. The kids are gonna whine, less trips to "C-no" for Grams, no hunting for me, no restauants with the wife. Just gotta STOP SPENDING 'til things balance out. Everybody must participate.

At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taking a little interest in the Wall Street Movement would go along way in fixing our problems. Remember, not one banker has been held responsible for what they did. As for Obama being inept, I have to hold back the laughter for fear I will throw up and strangle on the vomit. None of our problems are the fault of the Republicans and how much they owe the 1%. None of the fault is the Republican appointed Supreme Ct who has decided that Corporations are people and their money represents their freedom of speech. None of our problems are attributed to Speaker Boehner, Rep Erik Cantor or Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and their sitting on every Bill Obama tries to pass because it is their God given duty to protect the 1% who line their pockets with hundred dollar bills. Justice Thomas does not have to follow the rules and declare his wife's income on his yearly ethics statement because ethic statements are for Democrats, not Republicans. Yeah sure, Obama is inept and you're a total jerk! Wake the fug up!

At 11:08 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yeah sure, Obama is inept and you're a total jerk! Wake the fug up!


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