Obama Weekly Address: Virtually Out Of Ideas


Barack Obama has a little over a year and a half left in his disastrous and failed presidency, and he is getting more and more whiny , above and beyond his normal whining. And his typical blamestorming and castigation. Here he goes again during the Weekly Address (video here)

Hi, everybody. This week, I spent a couple days in Minneapolis, talking with people about their lives — their concerns, their successes, and their hopes for the future.

Yeah, and hitting up some fundraisers with 1%ers. And by “days”, he means getting there midday Thursday and leaving midday Friday. Cause he cares or something. Let’s get to the meat of the address

But as Rebekah also wrote in her letter, there are still too many middle-class families like hers who do everything right — who work hard and who sacrifice — but can’t seem to get ahead. It feels like the odds are stacked against them. And with just a small change in our priorities, we could fix that.

The problem is, Republicans in Congress keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class. This year alone, they’ve said no to raising the minimum wage, no to fair pay, no to student loan reform, no to extending unemployment insurance. And rather than invest in education that helps working families get ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.

This obstruction keeps the system rigged for those at the top, and rigged against the middle class. And as long as they insist on doing it, I’ll keep taking actions on my own — like the actions I’ve taken already to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, and help students pay off their loans. I’ll do my job. And if it makes Republicans in Congress mad that I’m trying to help people out, they can join me, and we’ll do it together.

There’s nothing like being a jerk as a method to get people to work with you, wouldn’t you say? It’s surely the best method, eh? One might have thought Obama would have actually learned something about leadership and management during his 5+ years. Alas, no. Guess what? Republicans were elected to say no. What Obama really wants to do is position himself to act more like a king.

So rather than more tax breaks for millionaires, let’s give more tax breaks to help working families pay for child care or college. Rather than protect tax loopholes that let big corporations set up tax shelters overseas, let’s put people to work rebuilding roads and bridges right here in America. Rather than stack the decks in favor of those who’ve already succeeded, let’s realize that we are stronger as a nation when we offer a fair shot to every American.

Republicans in the House should immediately take advantage of Obama’s words and pass a whole raft of tax breaks that help out the middle class. Gas tax, income tax, payroll taxes, Obamacare taxes, federal fees and levies, small business taxes. And then point out to Obama that the Democrat led Senate mostly refuses to take up any economic bills passed by the House. They would go along with the dozens already passed and sent over that are languishing without a vote.

This also shows that Obama has virtually no new idea. Whining about “tax breaks for millionaires”, despite Obama taking advantage of all those same deductions. And he apparently thinks we’re all blue collar workers who will repave our roads and bridges. Say, whatever happened to all that $100+ billion for infrastructure per the Stimulus, which was above and beyond normal spending?

I’m going to spend some time talking about these very choices in the week ahead. That’s because we know from our history that our economy doesn’t grow from the top-down, it grows from the middle-out. We do better when the middle class does better. That’s the American way. That’s what I believe in. And that’s what I’ll keep fighting for.

It’s like listening to a parrot. A very stupid and limited parrot which refuses to learn any new tricks.

If he really wants to help, perhaps he could work to bring down our energy prices. Gas has averaged well over $3 for most of Obama’s presidency. Our power bills are going up. Our food costs are going up. All thanks to his terrible policies.

Meanwhile, anyone want to bet that Obama plays golf today?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach

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