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Obama To Restore Middle Class Security

From a reassured New York Times:

Obama Talks of Restoring Security for Middle Class


January 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama vowed on Monday to “reverse the overall erosion in middle class security” as he stepped up his efforts to reconnect with Americans suffering from a weak economy and high unemployment.

Previewing a theme that is sure to dominate his State of the Union address this week, Mr. Obama unveiled a package of modest initiatives intended to help families pay for child care, save for retirement, pay off student loans and care for elderly parents.

“None of these steps alone will solve all of the problems facing the middle class,” Mr. Obama said, appearing alongside Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who leads the task force that produced the proposals. “But hopefully some of these steps will re-establish some of the security that has slipped away in recent years. Because in the end, that’s how Joe and I measure progress — not how the markets are doing, but how the American people are doing.”

Addressing advisers who developed the plans, Mr. Obama tried to frame them as part of his efforts to build what he calls “a new foundation” for the American economy and took credit for creating or saving two million jobs since taking office through his stimulus spending and tax cut program. But he acknowledged that seven million jobs had been lost, which he called “an epidemic that demands our relentless and sustained response.” …

By focusing on what Mr. Biden called “the sandwich generation” — struggling families squeezed between sending their children to college and caring for elderly parents — Mr. Obama hopes to use his speech to demonstrate that he understands the economic pain of ordinary Americans. He noted Monday that the middle class was struggling even before the latest recession.

“Unfortunately, the middle class has been under assault for a long time,” the president said. “Too many Americans have known their own painful recessions long before any economist declared a recession.”

Mr. Biden rejected criticism that the proposals Mr. Obama was unveiling were relatively small-bore compared with the vast and sweeping measures he pushed during his first year in office. “They’re big-deal things if you’re just able to give some respite for a husband and wife, both working, to give a little bit of help,” Mr. Biden said.

The State of the Union address is still being written, but one senior official, describing it on the condition of anonymity, said its main themes would include “creating good jobs, addressing the deficit, helping the middle class and changing Washington.” …

One advantage of the president’s proposals is that they might appeal to people who are struggling financially without looking like the kind of broad expansion of the federal government that is making many Americans uneasy. They also would add little to the federal deficit at a time when Mr. Obama is pledging to reduce it…

Now Mr. Obama is trying to buy off the middle class.  But it’s hard to see why that should even be necessary.

As we noted at the time, Mr. Biden was put in charge of the Middle Class from the gitgo. And, as we all know, ‘you don’t mess with Joe.’

So how can the middle class be in any trouble whatsoever?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “Obama To Restore Middle Class Security”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Start by ridding us of the illegal class in our midst.
    Then stop, drop and give me 10,000.

    Anyone witness this boob in Ohio last Friday? He sounded like he was on the campaign trail………..AGAIN!!
    The gall of this camel schmoozer.

    • jobeth says:

      ” He sounded like he was on the campaign trail………..AGAIN!!”

      I didn’t know he left! Dang!…learn something every day…

  2. canary says:

    I saw Gibbs getting grilled by Chris Wallace on Fox. Gibbering Gibbs, insisting that those that voted for Brown were all Obama supporters, and voted for Brown to help Obama. Gibbs said all the people were against Obama bailing the banks, auto dealers, but he had to do it to save the economy. Did the blame Bush routine. And he argued & argued what the polls were saying, after we know he totally dismissed polls as crayon scribbles. I see more and more Gibb’s idiom, in Obama’s speeches. The one thing for sure we know about dummy Obama’s brain is the megalomania cells dominate.

  3. proreason says:

    Here come the new new new Obamy.

    He spent his life as a revolutionary.

    But miraculously he because a middle of the road guy, just in time for the 2008 election. That was the new Obamy.

    Then another miracle happened. He transformed into a marxist Jan 21, 2009, his first day in office. That was the new new Obamy.

    Then another miracle happened, on Januay 19, 2009. The was the day Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Obamy became a moderate again.

    So now we have the new new new Obamy.


  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”in the end, that’s how Joe and I measure progress — not how the markets are doing, but how the American people are doing…..”

    “Y’all know whut I’m-a gettin at”, he says, slipping into his middle-class dialect. “We’uns has got ar eyes on the price o’ arugula, an’ we can tell when things is gettin’ better, he continued. Blah, blah, blah, etc, etc.

    If you intend to listen to his SOTU address, all I cqan say is, you better have a “shovel ready”!!

  5. proreason says:

    ““Unfortunately, the middle class has been under assault for a long time,” the president said

    For once, Obamy doesn’t lie.

    The middle class has been under assault for one year and 4 days.

    But just for the record, average income for a person 18 and over rose 22.3% between 2000 and 2008, Bush’s watch. Average CPI rose 25.0%. This data is from the Census Bureau web site, and the webite inflationdata.com.

    Using data from TaxFoundation.org, after-tax income rose 28.5% from 2000 to 2008.

    So real income grew under Bush, despite 9/11, Katrina, 2 wars, Clinton’s recession, the collapse of the internet bubble, and Obama’s deliberate sabotage of the economy in late 2008.

    And in case you were wondering, Bush’s deficits averaged 1/2 of 1% over historical averages….including 9/11, Katrina, and the spending necessary to restore National Security after 8 years of neglect under Clinton.

    But if I were you, I wouldn’t be making any big bets that the same will continue under the Moron.

    • JohnMG says:

      Even a casual observation of the past shows that, historically the top 5% of earners (the rich) pick up the tab for 65% of the tax revenue the government takes in. The low income earners and the welfare crowd don’t pay ANY taxes yet get money back (?) from the government. Where else is there for the remaining 35% of revenue to come from but the middle class. If it weren’t for the sheer number of middle income wage earners, the “gimme my gub’mint cheese” crowd would have to forego their free lunch.

  6. bill says:

    Class designations themselves are for Marxist propaganda. It’s the basic way to divide people.

    It sounds like ZERO is lost in space.

    Something to remember — “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” — Samuel Adams “The Father of the American Revolution”

    • proreason says:

      Thomas Sowell has pointed out that the movement of people between income levels in the US is extremely fluid.

      He says that the statistics are deliberately presented by the Census Bureaus in a manner that fuels class warfare.

      If everybody realized that the majority of people in the bottom 1/5th have moved into another quintile within a few years, the political criminals would have a more difficult time ginning up class envy.

      And class envy is like heroin for the radicals like Obamy.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ohhhh NO! No you don’t. I’ve seen how you “fixed” everything else. You leave me out of it. I’m doing just fine. You’ve heard of the “Midas Touch”….well, you have the “Manure Touch”. Everything you touch turns to fertilizer.

    Leave the middle class alone. However, barring that, we….the middle class….have the power to wish you into the cornfield.

    So you’d better tread very lightly….but preferably not at all. We don’t like you and we definitely know crap when we hear it and see it. You’re in for a HUGE surprise.

  8. xdannyh says:

    Does anyone in the MSM have the balls to ask this joker just who he means by the “middle class”, in my mind he really means the poor, the illegal, the ones who depend on government for subsistence. How does he intend to help the middle class by paying off their student loans, giving them resources for child care,and helping them save for retirement?
    Does he intend to deny some of the “goodies” for the po folk? Tax the “middle class”? Tax the rich? or is he just gonna continue on printing $$$
    Some quotes from Lenin:

    The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
    The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
    Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
    Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

    So you tell me the reason this administration and the democrat party want everyone back to school.
    Yes this man is an enemy, of course you know I mean Lenin…….. Don’t you???????

  9. mr_bill says:

    Among some of the ideas ‘leaked’ on this issue are an expanded child care tax credit and a corresponding increase in government child care spending. On the surface, this appears to be a mildly conservative thing to do in that it includes a ‘tax cut’ aimed at some middle class folks. This is nothing more than the standard democrat party tool used to appease those who are firmly entrnched in the ‘government plantation.’

    In short, what this plan says is “government is taking care of you, look see here’s an entitlement and a tax break.” The problem is that while granting some tax relief to those with children for whom they pay child care costs (probably a fair amount of middle class Americans) it raises expenditures at the same time. So you end up with a tax decrease together with an expansion in entitlement spending. The net result of which is greater public debt, financed by the same people who he is claiming to be helping. The only other alternative (since expanding taxation to the 50% of Americans who pay little or no taxes is out of the question) is to tax “the rich” or tax businesses to pay for it. Increasing taxes on either group will only continue to kill jobs and prevent job creation.

    On the face of it, it may sound like a good thing and it was meant to sound that way. There is a lot of succinct truth in the last two sentences of this article:

    “…that they might appeal to people who are struggling financially without looking like the kind of broad expansion of the federal government that is making many Americans uneasy. They also would add little to the federal deficit at a time when Mr. Obama is pledging to reduce it…”

    To paraphrase: This may look like help [but it is an expansion of government] and even though I know you want me to reduce the deficits [I am willing to break my promise and increase them in order to create or save some votes].

    Obama is not a populist and he is not attempting to do any of the things that the people have been asking him to to for the last year, he is a statist/progressive and he is just hiding the ball in the other hand.

  10. misanthropicus says:

    I am so tired of this guy – just saw a picture with him talking in a school – man! even there he had two telepropmters –

  11. canary says:

    “Unfortunately, the middle class has been under assault for a long time,” the president said.

    “assault” ?Someone reported Obama said he would “fight” conservatives 20 times during Diane Sawyer interview. I saw a minute of the interview today on mute,

    Obama was assaulting her with that finger he uses like a weapon. (one does not have to make physical contact to constitute an assault. It reminds me of Clinton assaulting the world, that he did not have sexual relations with that girl.

    I can not comprehend how not one reporter has asked him to show better manners. I can’t comprehend one reporter not jabbing back at him with theirs.

    His yes people around him, should tape his dang finger and break that aggressive demeaning habit. On the underhand, maybe his prior habit was jabbing his fist, and the finger is an improvement.

    Or maybe it’s just me. I can’t stand to hear him, or watch him on mute.

  12. somesie says:

    “…Because in the end, that’s how Joe and I measure progress — not how the markets are doing, but how the American people are doing.” Ummmm…that would be…pissed off. Rightly and very PISSED OFF.

    “…“the sandwich generation” struggling families squeezed between sending their children to college and caring for elderly parents…” Oh. Huh. And here I thought it was because sandwiches are all we can afford to eat under your regime.

    “The State of the Union address is still being written,…” Because the anointed one still has his finger in the air and an eye on the polls.


  13. Dupree says:

    I fear this is just another scheme. Give the middle-class a taste of what the “entitlement” class gets. Is this just a way to get the middle-class on the government teet? Lets hope they do not talk about making any of these soon to come hand-outs, i mean helping hands, permanent as it may just become another social program that those nasty republicans will try take away from us. Remember the dems thrive on crisis.

  14. tranquil.night says:

    The “Sandwich” Generation:

    Tens of millions of honest, self-governing, hard-working Americans ‘sandwiched’ between 30+ years of moldy quasi-socialist government bureaucracy, taxation, and counter-culture on one side – and intellectually inferior or morally bankrupt, lobbyist funded big Government Elite Republocrats on the other.

    ..with 8 years of Reagan’s mustard in there for a taste of what the meal could really be like.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You said it correctly and clearly—again, TN.

      And, for the record, I always understood “middle class” not a class distinction per se, but an income distinction. Those of us who fall in the middle. Those of us between poverty and wealth; Where we make enough to buy a car, pay our bills and live reasonably well off. We can go on a vacation once in awhile, afford a barbecue with friends if we all pitch in. Have a credit card or two if we choose and by not letting the balance go into orbit, buy some things for the kids for Christmas, etc.

      It’s not a extravagant lifestyle, but neither is it impoverished.

      But, also, it sparked in my mind the notion that since Blow-bama does have an “interesting” uptake on things, I would now like to know his interpretation of “middle class” since he’ll screw it up anyhow and I think I already know.

      -making 250,000 a year or more
      -own a (very nice) home
      -couple of kids with maybe one or both college bound
      -WASP (y) like parents
      -uptight, anal-retentive, religious

      etc, etc

      In other words, “not cool” types like him…who are the epitome of how do to it with “style” and which fork to use for eating arugula etc.

      He can’t let anything alone. He’s the guy who in art class, walks by a painting someone else is working on and just HAS to put something in it, either because he’s being a smart-ass or because he’s jealous that someone could do something better than him.

      His ego will trip him up every time because that’s the way he is. He cannot contain himself.

      He hates everything. No matter what it is. He’s his own worst enemy. He hates other countries and then he hates the fact that he doesn’t understand other countries enough to understand what it is, exactly, that he hates about them. It’s a moebius loop that keeps coming back to him as the problem. He chooses unwisely at every step and it comes back to bite him in the ass. He’s repeatedly shown himself as doing the wrong thing, not only for the nation but even for his own benefit. George Soros knows this and is the brilliant, though evil, manipulator behind much of it.

      It would be hilarious if it weren’t so overwhelmingly destructive. Obama can’t see it, being blinded by his own self-aggrandizing. Soros will continue to let him do it and “advise” him how to make it all work while Obama stupidly complies because he is led to believe how brilliant he is. Pro is right about this, I think. As long as Obama’s ego is stroked, he will continue to be the Judas goat. He’s a real chump, using the 1970’s colloquial term for someone who’s being taken for a ride.

      But, as I said, the cost is monumental. While Soros scoops up big cash and power, Obama plays front man and, as always, has no idea what’s going on.

      Soros has it all figured out. The only thing left is if Soros is smart enough to bail out before it all crashes down or if he has the mechanisms in place to continue to find new ways to run things while it collapses.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Thanks Rusty. Great colloquialism with the moebius loop – that strikes a great personal chord.

      Unfortunately I wish that was who he thought was the ‘middle class.’ He might like us to as well because then we might be inclined to think he was talking about those who really needed help when he comes out on the podium tomorrow and declares his desire to bring the middle class aid. Nah, Bam’s middle is probably the managment tier union workers.

      – 84,000 year max
      – own a very nice home, which is now in more debt than its worth
      – many, many kids (tax breaks)
      – WASP (y) like parents
      – hyper-emotional, unambitious, narcissitic, probably addicted to prescription pills

      etc. His ‘middle’ is alot like his political ‘center,’ which is hilarious.

    • proreason says:

      When he says middle-class, he means white people who don’t live on the left coasts (plus those cultural degenenerates like Steve who contaminate the left coasts).

      That middle-class is his primary enemy, it’s destruction is his raison d’etre. Every move he makes is in pursuit of that goal.

      But he can’t get elected without deceiving some of the doofuses into voting for him, so he has to occasionally descend from the throne and throw them a bone. It must be the most disgusting thing he has to do.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “That middle-class is his primary enemy, it’s destruction is his raison d’etre.”

      “His ‘middle’ is alot like his political ‘center,’ which is hilarious.”

      Yes, which is why it’s so very odd that he will mark up the canvas so very badly as he tries to appeal to it. Again, he’ll track up the carpet in every-single-room. He’ll leave grubby fingerprints on all the light switches, every drawer, everything he touches.

      The real truck-drivin’, tractor-buyin’,bread-bakin’ Americans will look and say, “Heh, barry’s been here…look”

      I look forward to it, as has been said, with his flannel-shirt ,Hannity-listening, fly-in-the-ointment moments, etc.

      Then he will truly destroy himself from within. I eagerly await that moment.

  15. Liberals Demise says:

    I use to be middle class until ………. you know the story.
    It has been told millions and millions of times in the past year.

    Now, I’m lucky to make minimum wage working for an agency that employs people day to day.


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