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NYT: Obama’s Bipartisan Fight For Jobs

The usual fawning from the New York Times:

Obama Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Fight for U.S. Jobs

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
January 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Obama challenged Americans on Tuesday night to unleash their creative spirit, set aside their partisan differences and come together around a common goal of outcompeting other nations in a rapidly shifting global economy.

In a State of the Union address to a newly divided Congress, Mr. Obama outlined what he called a plan to “win the future” — a blueprint for spending in critical areas like education, high-speed rail, clean-energy technology and high-speed Internet to help the United States weather the unsettling impact of globalization and the challenge from emerging powers like China and India.

“The rules have changed,” he said.

The rules may have changed but Mr. Obama doesn’t. This is exactly what Obama has been saying, word for word, since his second autobiography in 2006, ‘Audacity Of Hope.’ Mr. Obama seems incapable of conceiving any new ideas.

By the way, someone needs to speak to the editors at The Times for using the word ‘fight’ in their headline. That is verboten in these new more civil times.

But at the same time he proposed budget-cutting measures, including a five-year freeze in spending on some domestic programs that he said would reduce the deficit by $400 billion over 10 years.

Now that Obama and the Democrats have gotten everything they want – even beyond their wildest dreams – they want to freeze the budget. What better way to protect their swag from cuts? We realize that we are not supposed to remember history, but it would be like Hitler agreeing to a military freeze in 1941. Or Stalin in 1958.

But also notice that this freeze will not save as much money as the Democrats claim extending the Bush tax cuts will cost the US Treasury. ($700 billion.) But we aren’t supposed to remember back all that far. Or notice how creative they are with their numbers.

Drawing a stark contrast between himself and Republicans, who are advocating immediate and deep cuts in spending, Mr. Obama laid out a philosophy of a government that could be more efficient but would still be necessary if the nation was to address fundamental challenges at home and abroad.

“We need to out-innovate, outeducate and outbuild the rest of the world,” he said. “We have to make America the best place on earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.”

Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Obama. And your actions over the last two years have told businesses exactly the opposite.

Just weeks after the shooting in Tucson that claimed six lives and left Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, gravely injured, Mr. Obama received a reception that was muted and civil.

There were no boos or a shout of “You lie!” as in speeches past.

Or ‘uncivil’ responses like Justice Alito’s, when Mr. Obama was blatantly lying about a recent Supreme Court decision. Which he continues to lie about to this very day.

Many Republicans and Democrats sat side by side — the first time anyone here can remember such mixing — and nearly all wore black-and-white lapel ribbons in honor of the dead and injured. Ms. Giffords’s colleagues held a seat open for her.

This is political theater at its worst. (Where is Frank Rich?)

But we didn’t see any Senators actually sitting with any lowly House members. Apparently civility only extends so far.

The president’s speech, lasting slightly more than an hour, lacked the loft of the inspirational address he delivered in Tucson days after the shooting. But it seemed intended to elevate his presidency above the bare-knuckled legislative gamesmanship that has defined the first two years of his term.

Reaching out to Republicans who have vowed to end the pet projects known as “earmarks,” Mr. Obama pledged to veto any bill that contained them.

Thereby giving himself the complete control over how the allocated money will be spent. How selfless of him.

He tried to defuse partisan anger over his health care measure with humor, saying he had “heard rumors” of concerns over the bill, and he reiterated his pledge to fix a tax provision in the measure that both parties regard as burdensome to businesses.

So he’s going to do away with the 15% tax on the uninsured? And the taxes on employers who don’t offer health insurance? Sure he will. Everything else is small potatoes.

He drew sustained applause when he declared that colleges should open their doors to military recruiters and R.O.T.C. programs now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly, has been repealed

Thereby putting the lie to his own Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, who claimed that there was no relation between her actions at Harvard and DADT.

And he tried to charm Republicans by weaving the new House speaker, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, into his narrative about American greatness, citing Mr. Boehner’s rise from “someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father’s Cincinnati bar” as an example of “a country where anything is possible.”

Still, the good will lasted only so long. Moments after Mr. Obama finished speaking, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, delivered the official Republican response, in which he criticized Mr. Obama as doing too little to attack the deficit.

And Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who delivered her own Republican critique with the backing of the Tea Party wing, complained that instead of creating “a leaner, smarter government,” Mr. Obama had created “a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy.”

How uncivil of them. Mr. Ryan and Ms. Bachmann should just shut up and take it. That is the civil thing to do. Just ask any Iranian, any Venezuelan.

The president sought to use Tuesday night’s address to shed the tag of big-government liberal that Republicans have placed on him, and to reclaim the mantle of a pragmatic, postpartisan leader that he used to ride to the presidency in 2008.

With one eye toward his 2012 re-election campaign, Mr. Obama offered a rosy economic vision. The president who once emphasized the problems he had inherited from his predecessor was instead looking forward and making the case that the nation had at long last emerged from economic crisis.

“Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back,” Mr. Obama said. “Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.”

Mr. Obama lives in the parallel universe of Washington, DC. In that world the recession officially ended in July 2009. Apparently, the rest of us live in a different reality.

The speech was light on new policy proposals, reflecting both political and fiscal restraints on the administration after two years in which it achieved substantial legislative victories but lost the midterm elections, failed to bring the unemployment rate below 9 percent and watched the budget deficit rise sharply.

Mr. Obama did not address gun control, a hotly debated topic after the shooting in Tucson.

The Times is furious that Mr. Obama is letting a crisis go to waste.

He did not lay out any specific plans for addressing the long-term costs of Social Security and Medicare, the biggest fiscal challenges ahead. He backed an overhaul of corporate taxes but spoke only in passing about the need to simplify the tax code for individuals. He called for legislation to address illegal immigration but provided no details.

He called for an end to subsidies for oil companies and set a goal of reducing dependence on polluting fuels over the next quarter-century, but without any mechanism to enforce it.

Don’t worry. Mr. Obama will find a way to destroy what is left of our energy sector via regulations and executive orders. The same goes for our borders.

And in a speech largely devoted to economic issues, he talked only generally about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As he drew a contrast between the United States and other nations, Mr. Obama gave a nod to the nation’s high unemployment rate, arguing that “the world has changed” and that it was no longer as easy as it once was for Americans to find a good and secure job.

Government itself, he said, needs to be updated for the information age. “We can’t win the future with a government of the past,” he said.

So sayeth the man who has done his best to recreate FDR’s ‘New Deal.’ Starting with giving us a ‘Great Recession.’

He packaged his message in optimistic, almost nationalistic phrasing, saying the country had always risen to challenges.

“So yes, the world has changed,” Mr. Obama said. “The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn’t discourage us. It should challenge us. Remember, for all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world.”

Which is a testament to its resilience. But Mr. Obama and the Democrats are not giving up.

Mr. Obama outlined initiatives in five areas: innovation; education; infrastructure; deficit reduction; and a more efficient federal bureaucracy. He pledged to increase the nation’s spending on research and development, as a share of the total economy, to the highest levels since John F. Kennedy was president, and vowed to prepare an additional 100,000 science and math teachers over the next 10 years.

In other words Mr. Obama wants to invest in government and public sector unions. Just like he always has.

He proposed new efforts on high-speed rail, road and airport construction and a “national wireless initiative” that, administration officials said, would extend the next generation of wireless coverage to 98 percent of the population.

“Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped,” Mr. Obama said. “South Korean homes now have greater Internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports.”

Tell that to the Sierra Club. Besides, we fixed our infrastructure with the trillion dollar stimulus.

Saying it was imperative for the nation to tackle its deficit, Mr. Obama reiterated his support for $78 billion in cuts to the Pentagon’s budget over five years, in addition to the five-year partial freeze on domestic spending.

What a shock. Mr. Obama wants to slash Defense while he preserves domestic (entitlement) spending at its historic and absurdly high rate.

But he did not adopt any of the recommendations of the bipartisan fiscal commission he appointed to figure out ways to bring the deficit under control.

Just in case anybody ever took that bit of political theater seriously.

Mr. Obama headed into the speech in surprisingly good political shape, given the drubbing Democrats took in the November elections. His job approval ratings are up — in some polls, higher than 50 percent.

Proving once again that for our news media, the only polls that are truly meaningless are those taken on the first Tuesday in November.

The public is feeling more optimistic about the economy, voters are giving Mr. Obama credit for reaching out to Republicans in a bipartisan way, and the president won high marks for his speech in Tucson after the shooting.

“There’s a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause,” Mr. Obama said Tuesday night. “Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater — something more consequential than party or political preference.”

So intoned Mr. Obama, as he kicked off his ‘Win The Future’ 2012 campaign.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “NYT: Obama’s Bipartisan Fight For Jobs”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So last night, the lying liar lied. Gee, what a surprise. And it isn’t so much that Obama cannot conceive new ideas; It’s that he doesn’t acknowledge what is a good idea vs. a bad idea. As has been said, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.” He is of limited versatility in that he is first and foremost, a liar and having to desecrate the US economy while keeping public opinion in his favor is a difficult, perhaps impossible thing. He has to try to convince the nation that he isn’t breaking anything while they hear the sound of a crashing economy coming from every room he occupies. So the rhetoric emanating from his mouth defies all reason and logic as well as not passing even mild scrutiny. He has now painted himself into a corner as, the past two years are on record as to what he’s done vs. what he’s said. Americans are, by definition a suspicious lot but the one thing they catch on to pretty quickly is being lied to. “Laser-like focus on jobs” has been bandied about by even the most worshipful of sycophants to wee Barry. Even “Tingles” Matthews has to admit that there’s something amiss in the speech vs. the actions. “Stimulus” dollars spent and yet unemployment numbers remain steady at ridiculously high levels. Even Wretchel Maddow has to see that 5.1% under Bush differs somehow from 9.8% under this clown. Defensive as they are as to why that is matters not. The numbers alone starkly define themselves. So, he’s painted himself into a corner and the concept of “How do I destroy this nation without looking like that’s what I’m doing?” He’s had help, of course but anyone who’s anyone in Washington can see the writing on the wall and many don’t like the election projections for 2012. Unless, they have supreme confidence in dead voters.

    • River0 says:

      The Alien in the White House continues his attack on American principles and greatness. Why don’t more people see this? It’s so blatantly obvious. I have to think that soon there will be a blunder which will allow everyone to see them all for what they are. It happened to Nixon. And he had been re-elected in a landslide.

      Whenever the feds “fight” or declare “war” on something, it grows. Poverty, homelessness, drugs, you name it. How much longer will Americans put up with this despicable tyranny of incompetence? Thank God for Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann, they’re about the only voices of reason and sanity in D.C.

      If only we could get the feds to declare a ‘War on Hot Women’….

  2. TerryAnne says:

    Mr. Obama laid out a philosophy of a government

    Uh…wut? First – he’s incapable of developing anything close to philosophy; that stuff requires a brain and the ability to think for oneself. Second – his speech did nothing even close to resembling a philosophical outline; it was disjointed, confusing and was full of rhetoric. Third – we don’t need no stinkin’ philosophy of a government! That’s why we have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights!

    He drew sustained applause when he declared that colleges should open their doors to military recruiters and R.O.T.C. programs now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly, has been repealed…

    No he did not. The ONLY sustained applause he got was when he said we need to cut domestic spending. I about laughed my arse off when the libs – on auto-pilot – started to clap but quickly stopped. Their gasps were almost enough to suck my TV screen in, they were so shocked when his words finally sunk in. And the look on Boehner’s face was priceless!! :)

    Reaching out to Republicans who have vowed to end the pet projects known as “earmarks,” Mr. Obama pledged to veto any bill that contained them.

    As I said on Ann Coulter’s chat last night: Mr. Obama, meet your albatross. This – and only this – is the one thing we can use against him. It is the one thing that the media will not be able to smear, IMO, given it will be in black-and-white.

    He tried to defuse partisan anger over his health care measure with humor, saying he had “heard rumors” of concerns over the bill, and he reiterated his pledge to fix a tax provision in the measure that both parties regard as burdensome to businesses.

    That was not humor. That was strongarm, Communist tactics. “You no like my word, you no live long. You be made look stupid.”

    The president sought to use Tuesday night’s address to shed the tag of big-government liberal that Republicans have placed on him, and to reclaim the mantle of a pragmatic, postpartisan leader that he used to ride to the presidency in 2008.

    Oh, so Obama is intentionally trying to hide his true nature. And that he did snow people to “ride [in]to the presidency”. And you’re congratulating this. Wonderful.

    Another really good observation was made on Ann Coulter’s site last night: that Obama had to use the Russian Sputnik program as a comparison. He apparently couldn’t find one thing in America’s long and prosperous history that could prove our worth and spark that fire; instead, he had to use our “former” enemy. Brilliant. :p

    I also loved how he kept referring back to those brothers from Michigan who are doing the roof of the Pentagon. You’ll never hear him say it, but that roof is leaking. Badly. And it is also having to be replaced. Not exactly the best company to be calling out.

    Overall: it was a flop. Every single thing he said was either an outright lie or was quickly overturned later in the speech. Plus his over-the-top Stern Obama was laughable; he cannot do tough or “I mean it this time!”. It was 61 minutes of my life that I will never get back and feel dumber for watching. It just might have been the most hollow SotU speech ever. Especially since he spent the whole time saying that we had a blip (using that term since he loves to play down how bad off we are), that we’ve still got a long way to go (barf), but the SotU is strong. Nothing in his speech connotated that, nor does his constant condescending manner towards Americans. Why no one has gloamed onto that and run with it is beyond me; IMO, it would be the perfect article, could be written easily and could do some damage to his ratings.

  3. proreason says:

    The ONLY thing you know for sure when sound comes out of Obamy’s lips is that he is deceiving the public.

    That’s really his only mission.

    Everything else is taken care of by the handlers.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Same old worthless recycled platitudes. Same corrupt Ruling Class media producing worthless polls trying to convince the opposition the election did not mean what it did.

    So long as they continue to flip off the American people with their arrogant Alinskyite deceit, and subversive Marxist policies and power grabs, this dance is destined to continue.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    They’re all stoners

  6. Mae says:

    Same old, same old. Wants us to believe he cares a fig about America, the economy, the military, education, on and on. Such a phoney-baloney! “Achieve our destiny” means just what? What a liar!

  7. P. Aaron says:

    If he’s serving China’s interests, we could call him a success. By American standards, he sucks!

    • proreason says:

      He isn’t serving China’s interests. They are partners. Their joint interest in in world domination.

  8. Astravogel says:

    Gun Control is hotly debated? Only by
    people shouting with their head in an
    oil drum.

  9. canary says:

    Obama said we haven’t had government change since black & white television

    Obama’s rules have changed statement was told in a manner of admitting his administration is much to blame for. He said all of a sudden the rules were changed in the middle of the game and things have been tough.

    I noticed locally they are already looking into high speed rail system, and Obama lied when he said they’d they not be demolishing homes near it. Who want to live by one.

    Appalling for a president to joke about highspeed rail system being safer than flying and no pat downs. As if the terrorists won’t target them. Obama said they’ll be faster than flying in a plane.

    The camera zoomed in on Nancy Pelosi sinking and her eyes in shock and her mouth grimacing as if she was in child labor.
    Was she spazzing over Obama’s inappropriate joke?
    Oh. no doubt losing her private plane trips has flared her hemorrhoids, and the faster high speed train trips will be a nightmare for her too.

    Biden was so happy to have Pelosi gone, so he didn’t have to stand up every 2 seconds for those standing ovations she used to force on everyone.

    Only some delayed forced applause when Obama bragged while putting the blame on the DOD that it was their idea to cut spending.

    How embarrassing it must have been for the Allen Brothers Roofing company in Michigan when Obama announced they got a Federal loan to make and sell Solar Shingles. Obama left out the Federal funds that don’t have to paid back.

    Meanwhile, today Obama is is Wisconsin visiting new energy plants & unions. The heavily Democratic state’s last election went to Republicans. We’ll see more visits to WI.

    And another name for the many school programs bringing in Federal Stimulus money “Race to the Top”
    They have done away with Civics & shortened Gov. The real race is which schools come up with the most fund raising. Just because a school says they have a Chinese class listed doesn’t mean it’s not a ghost class.

  10. JohnMG says:

    So Obama comes out with a plan to Win The Future.

    That’s exactly what I thought after listening to his speech. WTF?

  11. canary says:

    Ya like the way Obama bragged on China having faster everything than the U.S. High speed trains? China billions of people. They sleep on 3 story bunk beds. We don’t need high speed rail system with Chicago being the hub. They are noisy, dangerous, and metal & soot is constant.
    China has faster internet. Don’t get me started.

    The worst Obama says China has faster airplanes. We are behind on airplanes for our troops. We need to build our defense not cut it. We can not trust China for a second. Obama does things so he has a place to live at any time; a time of disastor, a time after he screwed us. Glad he supported wars by Tushinie and S Sudan against their govt.

    We’ll be buying more and more from China for this environmental technology we don’t need at the speed of light in which Obama is taking our money.

    Did you see the camera focus on the Congressional Medal of Honor Soldier after Obama claimed to be getting our soldiers “equipment” they needed. That is a promise Obama has never kept.

    Plus, the Inspectors Generals office just came out with a report that unknown billions and billions have been lost in trying to build Afghanistan and help them with their own military and police. And the IG said it’s all been a failure. And Hillary Clinton’s head was bobbing at the beginning, and still at the end. 1 hour of bobbing her head up and down is bizarre.

    • proreason says:

      We aren’t behind China on anything.

      The only reason they have improved the life of 200 million out of a population of 1.5 million (the rest live in abject poverty) is that they have copied Western techology, after they figured out (after nearly 10 thousand years of civilization) that free markets work wonders. But they still can’t get over the command and control mentality that the Chinese have alway had. They have built now built dozens of massive empty cities, instead of helping the 80% of their population in poverty. It’s a massive failure you don’t hear about. The cities are all copied on Western models, as is everything they do.

      There hasn’t been a signinficant contribution to technology by the Chinese since gunpowder.

      Rating threats to the US on a scale of 1 to 10, China is about a 2. Islam is about .1 American Marxists are a 10.

    • P. Aaron says:

      Barack T. Freidman-Obama.

  12. wirenut says:

    My take? Not so much of a SOTU. address, but a pitiful 8yr old, lashing out at a world of which he has no view. My future “innovation’s” will be to never allow an election of such a moron to high office. At any cost! God, grant me the serenity to change the things that I can. I will,and have “invested” in my children and grandchildren that they are the stock and trade of this nation. This “debris”, currently holding office is a stain on all that came before us. I will not rest, till this ilk is an epitaph, in the urinal of which it belongs.


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