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The republicans will destroy this USA just to make sure obama fails. They hate him because he's smarted then most and BLACK

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My moste wicked and subtle friend, with bodie of Ellhorn, who knowes ways of magick moste evile.

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GOTCHA Democrats, GOTCHA this time around. Obama said it "Made in America". Since you democrats like to play soooo much this time you figure out how I GOTCHA.

 

I've been waiting for this..............................................

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The last stimulus can be summed up by reading this article, "Bridge Comes to San Francisco, With Made-in-China Label." Infrastructure cannot be outside this country, otherwise it would be Inferstructure.

 

It is interesting to me that our government leaders seem to only seem to support a faux Made in America approach. In the last two decades, nearly six million jobs in manufacturing have been lost overseas.

 

The words of our country's founding leader are clear: "The common & continual mischief of the spirit of Party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise People to discourage and restrain it." - President George Washington Farewell Address to the People of the United States - September 19, 1796

 

Outsourcing is not a Democrat problem. Outsourcing is not a Republican problem. Outsourcing is an American problem.

 

I spoke with Galina Hale, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco about an article she recently wrote, "The U.S. Content of "Made in China"."

 

I did a little background first. Galina Borisova Hale is a Russian immigrant with very impressive credentials.

 

2002 Ph.D. Economics. UC Berkeley.

Thesis: "International debt and financial crises in emerging market economies". Advisor B.Eichengreen

 

1996 M.A. Economics (C U M Laude). New Economics School, Moscow, Russia. Advisor V.Polterovich

Thesis: "Russian Foreign Trade: Influence of Real Exchange Rate and Regulation"

 

1996 B.A. Economics (C U M Laude). Moscow State University, Russia.

 

Galina and I spoke at length about all the press she has received about here story. Her response was that she had been away an not seen the stories written yet. I told her a list:

 

''Made in China' Goods Only Small Sliver of U.S. Consumption

Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA

 

Sticker shock: 'Made in China' ranks only 2.7% of U.S. spending

 

Everything's Made in China? Not Quite.

 

There were a quite a number of other response articles to her analysis. Some for 'Made in USA,' others for 'Made in China.' But, all them for focused on the statement that the vast majority of goods and services Imported from China amounted to 2.5% of USA Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 2.7 % USA Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) . The source of her calculations were based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010) and 2010 trade statistics, Census Bureau (2011) and national accounts data. I told her that I go to Walmart, Target, and a slew of other big box retailers and I find very little to no technology made in the USA. When I asked her about what percentage of GDP and PCE was USA technology was located in her table chart, Galina did not know. I then asked her the effect of 2.5% of USA Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 2.7 % USA Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) on employment, she stated that was not in her calculations. When I told Galina that I was going to post this she immediately stopped answering all questions and told me all her further remarks would have to be cleared by the San Francisco Federal Reserve communications office. I thanked her for her time and was discouraged that our own central banks sometimes work against us. Why not share an in depth perspective of what is going on. We all know it is the LACK OF JOBS.

 

Today I was walking by the National Press building and watched a South Korean News team report on the current economic situation here in the United States. When the reporter was done speaking I spoke with him on why he was here and what he thought about our country. When I spoke with him about trade he immediately thought I was going to ask him why Koreans do not buy American cars. "Your cars are too big and take to much gas! Koreans cannot afford that." When I spoke about technology he stated that America makes Software and his country makes Hardware. "Software is very complex now days." I responded that alot of our Software is now being outsourced he shrugged. I told him that I had a very big secret I would like to share with him. He came closer to make sure he would hear what I had to say. "If the business leaders of your country would build factories in the United States, American would love you." He laughed and told me that his people would not be happy about losing jobs.

 

In my opinion, Free trade is a myth with exchange rates fixed in favor of our foreign competitors. That coupled with cheap labor and China's version of capitalism works against us. US manufacturing companies cannot compete against China's state sponsored factories.

 

I now realize that Federal Reserve and our government are hell bent on not fixing this problem. This woman made me smile when she wrote "It's true that items from China don't just magically appear in our homes. American workers do need to transport, sell and market them. That does not change the fact that we can't forget how to make things! And "making things" uses American workers too."

 

The power is in American consumers living in the USA. The United States of American and the use of the word American. It most important reference being the Declaration of Independence.

 

Don't buy from American companies that don't want Americans to make their products! Let everyone know when you spot a product. We have to give our manufacturers the competitive advantage by spreading the word about them.

 

Our parents sacrificed for the War effort against the Germans and Japanese. Families considered it their patriotic duty to help out any way they could. We are at a similar point today. But, instead of bombs destroying America, its cars, televisions, and cell phones. Also, there are many nonunion manufacturing plants here in America. A huge Toyota plant is right up the road from us. I know neighbors that work there and proud of the work they do. We all dream Red, White, and Blue, but too much division in this country is stopping progress from happening. We need to stop blaming the other side and start being honest on what is going on right before our eyes. In the end it is your choice.

 

"A nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home." - President John F. Kennedy

 

Spread the word. America is back in business!

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This country MUST become a Business friendly country instead of the direction that Obama and the democrats are taking us.

 

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The last stimulus can be summed up by reading this article, "Bridge Comes to San Francisco, With Made-in-China Label." Infrastructure cannot be outside this country, otherwise it would be Inferstructure.

 

It is interesting to me that our government leaders seem to only seem to support a faux Made in America approach. In the last two decades, nearly six million jobs in manufacturing have been lost overseas.

 

The words of our country's founding leader are clear: "The common & continual mischief of the spirit of Party are sufficient to make it the interest and the duty of a wise People to discourage and restrain it." - President George Washington Farewell Address to the People of the United States - September 19, 1796

 

Outsourcing is not a Democrat problem. Outsourcing is not a Republican problem. Outsourcing is an American problem.

 

I spoke with Galina Hale, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco about an article she recently wrote, "The U.S. Content of "Made in China"."

 

I did a little background first. Galina Borisova Hale is a Russian immigrant with very impressive credentials.

 

2002 Ph.D. Economics. UC Berkeley.

Thesis: "International debt and financial crises in emerging market economies". Advisor B.Eichengreen

 

1996 M.A. Economics (C U M Laude). New Economics School, Moscow, Russia. Advisor V.Polterovich

Thesis: "Russian Foreign Trade: Influence of Real Exchange Rate and Regulation"

 

1996 B.A. Economics (C U M Laude). Moscow State University, Russia.

 

Galina and I spoke at length about all the press she has received about here story. Her response was that she had been away an not seen the stories written yet. I told her a list:

 

''Made in China' Goods Only Small Sliver of U.S. Consumption

Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA

 

Sticker shock: 'Made in China' ranks only 2.7% of U.S. spending

 

Everything's Made in China? Not Quite.

 

There were a quite a number of other response articles to her analysis. Some for 'Made in USA,' others for 'Made in China.' But, all them for focused on the statement that the vast majority of goods and services Imported from China amounted to 2.5% of USA Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 2.7 % USA Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) . The source of her calculations were based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010) and 2010 trade statistics, Census Bureau (2011) and national accounts data. I told her that I go to Walmart, Target, and a slew of other big box retailers and I find very little to no technology made in the USA. When I asked her about what percentage of GDP and PCE was USA technology was located in her table chart, Galina did not know. I then asked her the effect of 2.5% of USA Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 2.7 % USA Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) on employment, she stated that was not in her calculations. When I told Galina that I was going to post this she immediately stopped answering all questions and told me all her further remarks would have to be cleared by the San Francisco Federal Reserve communications office. I thanked her for her time and was discouraged that our own central banks sometimes work against us. Why not share an in depth perspective of what is going on. We all know it is the LACK OF JOBS.

 

Today I was walking by the National Press building and watched a South Korean News team report on the current economic situation here in the United States. When the reporter was done speaking I spoke with him on why he was here and what he thought about our country. When I spoke with him about trade he immediately thought I was going to ask him why Koreans do not buy American cars. "Your cars are too big and take to much gas! Koreans cannot afford that." When I spoke about technology he stated that America makes Software and his country makes Hardware. "Software is very complex now days." I responded that alot of our Software is now being outsourced he shrugged. I told him that I had a very big secret I would like to share with him. He came closer to make sure he would hear what I had to say. "If the business leaders of your country would build factories in the United States, American would love you." He laughed and told me that his people would not be happy about losing jobs.

 

In my opinion, Free trade is a myth with exchange rates fixed in favor of our foreign competitors. That coupled with cheap labor and China's version of capitalism works against us. US manufacturing companies cannot compete against China's state sponsored factories.

 

I now realize that Federal Reserve and our government are hell bent on not fixing this problem. This woman made me smile when she wrote "It's true that items from China don't just magically appear in our homes. American workers do need to transport, sell and market them. That does not change the fact that we can't forget how to make things! And "making things" uses American workers too."

 

The power is in American consumers living in the USA. The United States of American and the use of the word American. It most important reference being the Declaration of Independence.

 

Don't buy from American companies that don't want Americans to make their products! Let everyone know when you spot a product. We have to give our manufacturers the competitive advantage by spreading the word about them.

 

Our parents sacrificed for the War effort against the Germans and Japanese. Families considered it their patriotic duty to help out any way they could. We are at a similar point today. But, instead of bombs destroying America, its cars, televisions, and cell phones. Also, there are many nonunion manufacturing plants here in America. A huge Toyota plant is right up the road from us. I know neighbors that work there and proud of the work they do. We all dream Red, White, and Blue, but too much division in this country is stopping progress from happening. We need to stop blaming the other side and start being honest on what is going on right before our eyes. In the end it is your choice.

 

"A nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home." - President John F. Kennedy

 

Spread the word. America is back in business!

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Believe in the American Dream again. Believe that we can work together.

 

President's address to a joint session of Congress

 

President Obama with Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner behind him Mr Obama laid out his vision for creating jobs in America in a rare joint address to Congress

 

Mr Speaker, Mr Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

 

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.

 

We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless and a political crisis that has made things worse.

 

This past week reporters have been asking "What will this speech mean for the president? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls and the next election?"

 

But the millions of Americans who are watching right now: they don't care about politics. They have real life concerns.

 

Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by - giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

 

These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off.

 

They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share - where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits; maybe a raise once in awhile.

If you did the right thing, you could make it in America.

 

But for decades now, Americans have watched that compact erode.

 

They have seen the deck too often stacked against them. And they know that Washington hasn't always put their interests first.

 

The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities. The question tonight is whether we'll meet ours.

 

The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.

 

Those of us here tonight can't solve all of our nation's woes. Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers.

 

But we can help. We can make a difference. There are steps we can take right now to improve people's lives.

 

I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away. It's called the American Jobs Act.

 

There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation.

 

Everything in here is the kind of proposal that's been supported by both Democrats and Republicans - including many who sit here tonight.

 

And everything in this bill will be paid for. Everything.

 

The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.

 

It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed.

 

It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business.

It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services.

 

You should pass this jobs plan right away.

 

Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.

 

And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven't.

 

So for everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for "job creators," this plan is for you.

Pass this jobs bill and starting tomorrow small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or raise workers' wages.

 

Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year.

 

If you have 50 employees making an average salary, that's an $80,000 tax cut.

All businesses will be able to continue writing off the investments they make in 2012.

 

It's not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal.

 

Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that's in this plan. You should pass it right away.

 

Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America.

 

Everyone here knows that we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over this country.

 

Our highways are clogged with traffic. Our skies are the most congested in the world.

 

This is inexcusable. Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us an economic superpower.

And now we're going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads?

 

At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?

 

There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work.

 

There's a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.

 

A public transit project in Houston that will help clear up one of the worst areas of traffic in the country.

 

And there are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart?

 

This is America. Every child deserves a great school - and we can give it to them, if we act now.

 

The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools. It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows; installing science labs and high-speed internet in classrooms all across this country.

 

It will rehabilitate homes and businesses in communities hit hardest by foreclosures.

 

It will jump-start thousands of transportation projects across the country. And to make sure the money is properly spent and for good purposes, we're building on reforms we've already put in place.

 

No more earmarks. No more boondoggles. No more bridges to nowhere.

 

We're cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible.

 

And we'll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria: how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it would do for the economy.

 

This idea came from a bill written by a Texas Republican and a Massachusetts Democrat.

The idea for a big boost in construction is supported by America's largest business organization and America's largest labor organisation.

 

It's the kind of proposal that's been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike.

 

You should pass it right away.

Pass this jobs bill, and thousands of teachers in every state will go back to work.

 

These are the men and women charged with preparing our children for a world where the competition has never been tougher.

But while they're adding teachers in places like South Korea, we're laying them off in droves. It's unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop.

 

Pass this jobs bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong.

 

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get extra tax credits if they hire America's veterans.

 

We ask these men and women to leave their careers, leave their families, and risk their lives to fight for our country. The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home.

 

Pass this bill, and hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people will have the hope and dignity of a summer job next year.

 

And their parents, low-income Americans who desperately want to work, will have more ladders out of poverty.

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a $4,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job.

 

We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work.

This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted, where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job.

 

The plan also extends unemployment insurance for another year. If the millions of unemployed Americans stopped getting this insurance, and stopped using that money for basic necessities, it would be a devastating blow to this economy.

Democrats and Republicans in this Chamber have supported unemployment insurance plenty of times in the past. At this time of prolonged hardship, you should pass it again - right away.

Pass this jobs bill, and the typical working family will get a fifteen hundred dollar tax cut next year.

 

Fifteen hundred dollars that would have been taken out of your paycheck will go right into your pocket.

 

This expands on the tax cut that Democrats and Republicans already passed for this year. If we allow that tax cut to expire - if we refuse to act - middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.

 

We cannot let that happen. I know some of you have sworn oaths to never raise any taxes on anyone for as long as you live.

 

Now is not the time to carve out an exception and raise middle-class taxes, which is why you should pass this bill right away.

 

This is the American Jobs Act. It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans, first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed.

 

It will provide tax credits to companies that hire new workers, tax relief for small business owners, and tax cuts for the middle-class.

And here's the other thing I want the American people to know: the American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit. It will be paid for. And here's how:

 

The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next ten years.

 

It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas.

 

Tonight, I'm asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act.

And a week from Monday, I'll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan - a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run.

 

This approach is basically the one I've been advocating for months.

 

In addition to the trillion dollars of spending cuts I've already signed into law, it's a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by making additional spending cuts; by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid; and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

 

What's more, the spending cuts wouldn't happen so abruptly that they'd be a drag on our economy, or prevent us from helping small business and middle-class families get back on their feet right away.

 

Now, I realize there are some in my party who don't think we should make any changes at all to Medicare and Medicaid, and I understand their concerns.

 

But here's the truth. Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement. And millions more will do so in the future.

 

They pay for this benefit during their working years. They earn it. But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program.

And if we don't gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won't be there when future retirees need it. We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.

 

I'm also well aware that there are many Republicans who don't believe we should raise taxes on those who are most fortunate and can best afford it.

 

But here is what every American knows. While most people in this country struggle to make ends meat, a few of the most affluent citizens and corporations enjoy tax breaks and loopholes that nobody else gets.

 

Right now, Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate than his secretary - an outrage he has asked us to fix.

 

We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake, and everybody pays their fair share. And I believe the vast majority of wealthy Americans and CEOs are willing to do just that, if it helps the economy grow and gets our fiscal house in order.

 

I'll also offer ideas to reform a corporate tax code that stands as a monument to special interest influence in Washington.

 

By eliminating pages of loopholes and deductions, we can lower one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.

 

Our tax code shouldn't give an advantage to companies that can afford the best-connected lobbyists. It should give an advantage to companies that invest and create jobs here in America.

 

So we can reduce this deficit, pay down our debt, and pay for this jobs plan in the process.

 

But in order to do this, we have to decide what our priorities are. We have to ask ourselves, "What's the best way to grow the economy and create jobs?"

 

Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers?

 

Because we can't afford to do both.

 

Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs?

 

Right now, we can't afford to do both.

 

This isn't political grandstanding. This isn't class warfare. This is simple math.

 

These are real choices that we have to make. And I'm pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose. It's not even close. And it's time for us to do what's right for our future.

 

The American Jobs Act answers the urgent need to create jobs right away. But we can't stop there.

 

As I've argued since I ran for this office, we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future - an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that pay well and offer security.

 

We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere.

 

If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate every other country on Earth.

 

This task, of making America more competitive for the long haul, is a job for all of us.

 

For government and for private companies. For states and for local communities - and for every American citizen.

 

All of us will have to up our game. All of us will have to change the way we do business.

 

My administration can and will take some steps to improve our competitiveness on our own.

 

For example, if you're a small business owner who has a contract with the federal government, we're going to make sure you get paid a lot faster than you do now.

 

We're also planning to cut away the red tape that prevents too many rapidly-growing start-up companies from raising capital and going public.

And to help responsible homeowners, we're going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4% - a step that can put more than $2,000 a year in a family's pocket, and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.

Other steps will require Congressional action. Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process, so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible.

 

That's the kind of action we need. Now it's time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea - while also helping the workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition.

 

If Americans can buy Kias and Hyundais, I want to see folks in South Korea driving Fords and Chevys and Chryslers. I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with three proud words: "Made in America."

 

And on all of our efforts to strengthen competitiveness, we need to look for ways to work side-by-side with America's businesses.

 

That's why I've brought together a Jobs Council of leaders from different industries who are developing a wide range of new ideas to help companies grow and create jobs.

Already, we've mobilized business leaders to train 10,000 American engineers a year, by providing company internships and training.

 

Other businesses are covering tuition for workers who learn new skills at community colleges.

 

And we're going to make sure the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in China or Europe, but right here, in the United States of America.

 

If we provide the right incentives and support - and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules - we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that are sold all over the world.

 

That's how America can be number one again. That's how America will be number one again.

 

Now, I realize that some of you have a different theory on how to grow the economy.

 

Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations.

 

Well, I agree that we can't afford wasteful spending, and I will continue to work with Congress to get rid of it.

 

And I agree that there are some rules and regulations that put an unnecessary burden on businesses at a time when they can least afford it.

 

That's why I ordered a review of all government regulations. So far, we've identified over 500 reforms, which will save billions of dollars over the next few years.

 

We should have no more regulation than the health, safety, and security of the American people require. Every rule should meet that common sense test.

 

But what we can't do - what I won't do - is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades.

 

I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety.

 

I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from shortchanging patients.

 

I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.

 

We shouldn't be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards. America should be in a race to the top.

 

And I believe that's a race we can win.

 

In fact, this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone's money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they're on their own - that's not who we are. That's not the story of America.

 

Yes, we are rugged individualists. Yes, we are strong and self-reliant. And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and envy of the world.

But there has always been another thread running throughout our history - a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.

 

We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. But in the middle of a civil war he was also a leader who looked to the future - a Republican president who mobilized government to build the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set up the first land grant colleges.

 

And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set.

 

Ask yourselves - where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways and our bridges; our dams and our airports?

 

What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges?

 

Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the GI Bill. Where would we be if they hadn't had that chance?

 

How many jobs would it have cost us if past Congresses decided not to support the basic research that led to the Internet and the computer chip?

What kind of country would this be if this Chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do?

 

How many Americans would have suffered as a result?

 

No single individual built America on their own. We built it together.

 

We have been, and always will be, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; a nation with responsibilities to ourselves and with responsibilities to one another.

 

Members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities.

 

Every proposal I've laid out tonight is the kind that's been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.

 

Every proposal I've laid out tonight will be paid for. And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities.

 

I know there's been a lot of skepticism about whether the politics of the moment will allow us to pass this jobs plan - or any jobs plan.

 

Already, we're seeing the same old press releases and tweets flying back and forth.

 

Already, the media has proclaimed that it's impossible to bridge our differences.

 

And maybe some of you have decided that those differences are so great that we can only resolve them at the ballot box.

 

But know this: the next election is fourteen months away. And the people who sent us here - the people who hired us to work for them - they don't have the luxury of waiting fourteen months.

 

Some of them are living week to week; paycheck to paycheck; even day to day. They need help, and they need it now.

 

I don't pretend that this plan will solve all our problems. It shouldn't be, nor will it be, the last plan of action we propose.

 

What's guided us from the start of this crisis hasn't been the search for a silver bullet.

 

It's been a commitment to stay at it - to be persistent - to keep trying every new idea that works, and listen to every good proposal, no matter which party comes up with it.

 

Regardless of the arguments we've had in the past, regardless of the arguments we'll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now.

 

You should pass it. And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.

 

I also ask every American who agrees to lift your voice and tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now.

 

Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option. Remind us that if we act as one nation, and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.

 

President Kennedy once said, "Our problems are man-made - therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants."

 

These are difficult years for our country. But we are Americans. We are tougher than the times that we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been.

 

So let's meet the moment. Let's get to work, and show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth.

 

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

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Statement by Speaker Boehner on President Obama’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

 

Washington (Sep 8)

 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress:

 

“American families and small businesses are hurting, and they are looking for the White House and Congress to seek common ground and work together to help get our economy back on track. Republicans have laid out a blueprint for economic growth and job creation – our Plan for America’s Job Creators – that focuses on one thing: removing government barriers to private-sector job growth.

 

“The proposals the President outlined tonight merit consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our ideas as well. It’s my hope that we can work together to end the uncertainty facing families and small businesses, and create a better environment for long-term economic growth and private-sector job creation.”

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Looks like there will be no compromise from the far right. It is a sad day when Michele Bachmann consider giving a tax break to the working class a gimmick. Do we need to remind her that that was once a Republican idea. Once people in the Tea Party understand this, she is done.

 

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-6) hosted a press conference and responded tonight to President Obama's Jobs Speech. Below are her remarks as delivered:

 

Unfortunately, it seems, every time the President speaks, his policies have cost the American people jobs and future prosperity.

 

Tonight the President under the veil of one of the most sacred deliberative forums, a joint session of Congress, delivered another political speech where he doubled down on more of the same policies that are killing the economy.

 

Mr. President, what among your proposals was new? What here hasn't already been tried and failed before?

 

While the President's speech comes on the heels of a trillion dollars of failed stimulus, bailouts, and temporary gimmicks aimed at creating jobs, the President continued to cling to the idea that government is the solution to creating jobs.

 

My conservative colleagues and I have been fighting over the last two and half years for pro growth policies.

 

I stand here tonight to say to the President, not only should Congress not pass your plan, I say, "stop; your last plan hasn't worked, it's hurting the American economy." Instead of temporary fixes, do what has proved to work in the past, permanent pro growth policies that are driven by the free market."

 

Today, unemployment is 9.1 percent. Job creation has literally been zeroed out with the worst jobs report in 66 years this last month. Since the President's failed trillion dollar stimulus we have lost over 2.5 million jobs while adding 416,000 government jobs. One in six Americans is now on food stamps, and the average time unemployed Americans are out of work is greater than 40 weeks. Housing values have fallen 19% from 2008 to the first quarter of this year. GDP growth was an anemic .4% in the first quarter and at 1% in the last and the dollar has lost 12 percent of its value.

 

These are not good times for the American people. Our patience for speeches, gimmicks and excuses has run out.

 

The only remedies the President knows are temporary, government directed fixes. And even if the President's plan passes, we already know it will fail. In practice, we haven't paid for his last trillion dollar jobs program and now his latest plan would have us embrace potentially over $400 billion in new government spending!

 

Spending taxpayer dollars on extending unemployment benefits has proved to add only 25 cents to GDP for every dollar we spend. Even the President's new economic advisor agrees that extending unemployment benefits discourages future employment.

 

Spending taxpayer dollars on extending the payroll tax holiday will reduce over 111 billion dollars to the Social Security trust fund this year and continuation of this policy will put social security checks to seniors at even greater risk.

 

Spending taxpayer dollars on more infrastructure projects failed to create lasting jobs in the last stimulus.

 

And, looming on the horizon is the full scale implementation of Obamacare that, according the Congressional Budget Office, will kill 800,000 jobs and steal over 500 billion from Medicare.

 

Candidate Obama promised to wipe out deficits and the debt. Instead the President has increased the debt by over 6 trillion dollars, and what do we have to show for it? Permanent increases in the size of government, spending and debt, with a greater dependency on government.

 

Four years ago President Bush's deficit was around 160 billion dollars; today, President Obama's is nearly ten times that amount.

 

The President and Vice-President's plan to spend us to prosperity has failed. And worse, they have stolen from a generation of Americans yet unborn, the consequences of which mean a near certainty of reduced choices and a dramatically downsized lifestyle for future generations from what we enjoy today.

 

Generational theft is a moral and ethical issue, and I care deeply about both the present generation and generations to come.

 

The President is politically paralyzed and philosophically incapable of doing what needs to be done.

 

I do agree, the President should take immediate action. But it is the nine following steps that will put us on a path to economic growth and put Americans back to work;

 

1) Repatriate American business dollars earned from overseas,

2) Massively cut spending and the size of government,

3) Repeal Obamacare, which is the government takeover of America's healthcare system,

4) Cut taxes, including corporate taxes,

5) Repeal Dodd-Frank,

6) Repeal job killing regulations,

7) Increase exports by finalizing free trade agreements,

8) Spur new investment in America, inspire innovation,

9) Provide job creating energy solutions, including decreased regulations on developing new energy supplies from our abundant domestic energy resources.

 

The way forward needs to be based on permanent solutions grounded in the private sector. That is how we will once again restore economic prosperity to our country.

 

God Bless the United States of America.

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Here's the transcript:

ThinkProgress traveled to Liberty University, one of the most conservative Christian universities in the country, earlier this week to cover a speech by Texas Governor Rick Perry. Following Perry's speech, we asked students to comment on the shocking moment during this week's GOP presidential debate when the Tea Party crowd cheered for the death of an uninsured man. Check out the video from ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes :

 

 

 

KEYES: In the debate on Monday, there was the question of whether or not a 30 year old who doesn’t have health insurance and gets in a major accident, we ought to just let him die or we ought to provide care for him. What do you think would be the Christian thing to do?

 

STUDENT 1: Definitely to give him care, no matter what your age is.

 

KEYES: What do you think the Christian thing to do there is?

 

STUDENT 2: If he didn’t have health insurance?

 

KEYES: Yeah.

 

STUDENT 2: I would say take care of him.

 

KEYES: Do you think it’s un-Christian to be letting uninsured people die? What would you do?

 

STUDENT 3: Why would someone let anyone die just because they can’t pay for something? That’s the thing I don’t understand. Me and my family, we’re financially impaired right now, we’re in a shelter. We have insurance and all that, but at the same time for those who don’t have insurance, what’s the point of killing someone, taking a life, just because they can’t pay for something? It’s like going to a hospital, charging millions of dollars to have an operation to save someone’s life, they can’t pay for it, okay so we’ve got to kill them? We can’t save a life because they can’t pay for it? That doesn’t make any sense to me, I don’t understand.

 

KEYES: Do you think that’s a Christian thing to let an uninsured person die?

 

STUDENT 4: Absolutely not. I don’t see how that’s Christian in any way. I mean “Christian.” I think everyone has the right to life, including I don’t agree with capital punishment, I think that those people also have a right to life.

 

KEYES: What do you think the Christian thing to do there would be?

 

STUDENT 5: I believe provide care for him. I believe we should provide some care for him.

 

KEYES: What do you think, do you think that it would be Christian to let uninsured people die?

 

STUDENT 6: I don’t think it is. I think that they should work towards making sure that people no matter what should live.

 

STUDENT 3: I bet if Jesus came back right now, all them politicians, all them doctors who had to do something like that would probably give their life to Christ because they felt so bad about themselves. Because they knew that they took a life just because someone couldn’t pay for it.

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Human will be Back shortly.

 

Don't Worry to the Republican Party.

 

You Will Get It Sadly, But There is a Bright Side??

 

This Time It's Time to get the democrats to Sing A different tune other than Crazy For You.

 

Yeah!!! Trump "The Lion" and the Republican Party, Coupled With The American People.

 

It's going to get real interesting to see how fast the Democrats can Pivot.

 

To The Democrats? You CANNOT BEAT THIS POLITICAL HAND.

 

 

 

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In 1 months time. from this date.

 

I Can honestly See the Democrats Singing This Tune? We Gotta Get out of This Place.

 

Not a publicity stunt, this is VERY REAL.

 

 

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To the Republican Party, Better for me to NOT post it on here. It would only create a huge mess.

 

You Folks can have it the nice way this time.

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HARD to think with this issue. It brings it all home. To see hopelessness in other peoples eyes, knowing that other people simply don't care.

 

There is no reason for how our vets are being treated today. You just don't abuse your own foot soldiers. It's a New Century.

 

So Evil.

 

To The Republican Party, You Got To Take this one from me. Too Close to this one. WoW Weee!!!

 

They really don't get any rehab for their problems.

 

You just cant imagine, for stroke "head trauma", most should have not even have been here they were put. They should go to NRH, Walter reed, wwrc, but not where they are sending them.

 

Its medical malpractice on the highest scales, and more. It's wow wow baby, real bad. Do Need your help. Really need your help.

 

 

 

 

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On this one? 90% are democrats who ARE being affected. Yeah!! A Republican fighting for Democrats.

It's Funny!!!! Some in my community really hate cause I'm Republican, and yet,here i'm fighting, clawing in trying to get a major problem fixed.

 

So hopefully this type of H### neither democrat, nor republican will go through this. What ever it is.

 

Even though it's tough for our group now? Learn to live with it as I have. remember? We Choose to serve. We choose this craziness.

 

 

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To the democrat party, I will show you this card, and this Issue Must Be Resolved.

 

The United States Government Does Not Have An Exclusive Patent to Civil Rights to the World, nor to this Country.

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MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE.

 

On This issue everyone really can WIN. Will Explain.

 

The Government really does watch me 24/7. I Am Severely Disabled "My Body, Not My Mind".

 

For Myself? I Always Hated it TILL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Since they Do "Intel Community" watch me, and track me no matter where I go "MEDICAL SYSTEM INCLUDED". our Government can fix the system in real Time "Sorta Speak".

 

I Do want my Information To be Used to Fix the Health Care system. But I do Want The Government to keep MY INFO PRIVATE from the General Public.

 

I DO WANT BOTH SIDES TO HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO MY INFO.

 

Trump Will Get It Sadly "My Letter" And I really Do Hope he uses my info to help OUR country.

 

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It's the Best That I can do For the country, and it's a Real Winner For the General Public Long Term Too.

 

 

 

 

 

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From my world Luke? The Only Thing That trump Has to do is Pull My intel File, and he is off to the races. The Intel Community Does Serve Trump.

 

If Not, I will Give it to you folks "Just One Issue", and nothing else do I need to do. Our Government does HAVE the info.

 

Either way the General Public WILL WIN, and that's what's important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALL I have to do is Post This on the Hill.com web site, and you can imagine what will happen.

 

OH!!! and you CAN Imagine how the Republican Party Has Been MAKING MONEY Off of My Information..........

 

Whom Ever Has Access To my information IS RICH "I Do Go Through The Medical System".

 

Really Hoping The Democrats Take Note Of My Posts AS WELL.

 

The General Public Does Win, and in many ways this time Luke.

 

It Is a New Century.......................

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Horrible to own this one Though, and After this Issue? I could save myself, I just couldn't save the others.

 

I do see this stuff overseas, but to see it in this country?? Tsk!! Tsk!!! Tsk!!!!!!

 

I just Hope that Everyone Remembers that the International Community IS HERE, and they ARE NOT to be used as punching bags.

 

 

 

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