The latency on Care2 today is remarkable. I too am looking forward to watching his speech, from the little we know of what he plans to discuss, his commitments are solid; just as the obstructionists in Congress are not changing.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:39 am
"What has held job growth back is not a lack of Presidential focus. It is Republican obstruction and sabotage of every job creating initiative that Obama and the Democratic Party have proposed. It is also the loss of public sector jobs from failed Republican austerity measures."
Wouldn't it be wonderful to get rid of all this ridiculous right wing obstructionism and see what could REALLY be accomplished?
Sunday February 10, 2013, 11:39 am
It's easy for a writer to blame the GOP for Obama's failing to have any effect on job growth as he did nothing more than ride out Bush's economic plan during his first term.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:27 pm
@ Allan Y. -It certainly is easy to blame the GOP - because it is only that group who is to blame!
As for the speech, I'm looking forward to it as well, I would like to hear something about poverty in the country and more policy ideas to offset global warming! Next Sunday he'll be hearing from a lot of us who plan to rally in DC against the Tar Sand XL, fracking and the dangerous path toward global warming that these particular risky energy concepts contribute toward it. Thus far Obama has only mentioned that natural gas is a "segue" to energy independence (I paraphrasse) - this is a dangerous idea!
Sunday February 10, 2013, 2:33 pm
"His call for new government investments — many of which Republicans successfully blocked in his first term — is an effort to shift the emphasis away from simply reducing the deficit and will serve in part as an answer to Republican criticism that he has not focused enough on jobs."
Amusing! During the campaign, the Republican/Teabaggers screamed "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" but thwarted their stated goal in the last Congress by blocking any and all bills that would have brought more jobs. And they tried to state that Mr Obama had not done enough about "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs". Once the election was over, the "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" mantra disappeared and John 'in his cups' Boehner vowed to focus on abortion during this Congress.
I gave a friend a little music box that had 7 white birds travelling in one direction with a black bird going in the opposite direction. It was a compliment to her because she was frequently going against the tide trying to make people see what they wouldn't or couldn't. I think Mr Obama is that little black bird too. While this has nothing to do with race, it somehow is indicative of the current situation.
I guess really we'll have to wait and see. In some ways, I want to hear the Republican/Teabagger reply to the State of Union address. I expect no change in them — fractious, obstructionist and completely unreasonable. Their strictly ideological stance will be the undoing of their laces and trip them up with the American people, well at least the ones that haven't fallen for Faux Noise's screed.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:49 pm
by now, its obvious what is going on to everyone who actually has a brain in their heads and eyes to see whats been going on. The GOP are trying to sell the same lies. The rest of the country is with Obama and with helping the middle class. I thank God every time I think of it, that President Obama was re-elected.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:52 pm
If Mr. Romney had been elected, along with a GOP dominated congress, the rich would be paying LESS in taxes, there would not have been a push by the White House to change the gun laws, there may have been a big push to make the Iranian situation more dangerous (War?), more anti women legislation would have been introduced, there would not have been any move on immigration reform and many of the Bush 43 appointees would have been reappointed including the old war hawk...John Bolton. Scary? Yep!
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:08 pm
What Robert said!
The fact that ANYTHING has improved shows the President's resilience and dedication to thwart the obstructionists who CALL themselves ''patriotic,'' but in fact, are nothing more than self-serving oligarchs and their sheepish followers!
Sunday February 10, 2013, 7:57 pm
Krugman and other economists indicate that austerity (i.e., cutting social programs that fuel consumer spending and all the related jobs) is apt to trigger a recession and that our problem is that past stimulus packages were too small. That should be the core of Congressional response to their ill-thought sequestration due to economic ignorance or beliefs in myths that cutting the deficit made any sense at all in recent economic times.
Sunday February 10, 2013, 8:16 pm
all these stimulus packages are great but where is the money coming from? in case you haven't noticed we are broke. our debt to gdp is way to high. until we bring it down we are in for big trouble. remember greece.
i say let the sequestration happen and then put back in the programs we need. there is to much waste in the fed and nobody is willing to cut it out. we have programs that don't work we have programs that are the same over 3 and 4 departments. time to get down to fixing the mess in dc.
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:26 am
Green stars to Chris and Robert - the others I tried but the computer remained obdurate - sorry! You are right again TC - thanks for this - and please take care of your COPD with your volunteering this week!
Monday February 11, 2013, 8:47 am
Thanks Tom for the post and the link to the full NY Times article. I am looking forward to hearing what he has planned the coming year. No matter what though, the GOP will do their best to stymie everything put forth and continue their obstructionism, of that I have no doubt. Read and noted.
Monday February 11, 2013, 12:32 pm
Thanks Tom, I am looking forward to his speech I am sure the republicans will have a nice come back to it since they have no idea how to do anything but put anything the President tries to do down.