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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:38 PM

Obama cranks up populist pitch (The Hill)

Obama cranks up populist pitch
By Amie Parnes - 01/24/12 09:15 PM ET

President Obama used his election-year State of the Union address to issue a loud call for economic equality based on “responsibility from everybody,” a theme prefacing his 2012 campaign message.

Cranking up the volume on the populist message that the wealthy should pay higher taxes, Obama said the goal of economic equality was a return to American values and “the defining issue of our time.”

In the address — dubbed a “Blueprint for an America Built to Last” — Obama used the power of the bully pulpit before a sharply divided joint session of Congress to take the offensive and pledge that while he would work with lawmakers, he also intended to “fight obstruction with action.”

The president said “no challenge is more urgent” than to support the middle class.

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” Obama said. “What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values but American values. We have to reclaim them.”

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/206293-obama-state-of-the-union-2012-congress-economy-jobs

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Reply Obama cranks up populist pitch (The Hill) (Original post)
jefferson_dem Jan 2012 OP
tabatha Jan 2012 #1
Skittles Jan 2012 #2
SunsetDreams Jan 2012 #4
zbdent Jan 2012 #17
joshcryer Jan 2012 #3
99th_Monkey Jan 2012 #5
denbot Jan 2012 #6
99th_Monkey Jan 2012 #29
ObaMania Jan 2012 #7
Amonester Jan 2012 #8
cliffordu Jan 2012 #27
primavera Jan 2012 #9
olegramps Jan 2012 #14
unkachuck Jan 2012 #22
Son of Gob Jan 2012 #23
dmosh42 Jan 2012 #10
IamK Jan 2012 #20
cliffordu Jan 2012 #28
Fuddnik Jan 2012 #11
JJW Jan 2012 #12
olegramps Jan 2012 #15
lonestarnot Jan 2012 #24
sarcasmo Jan 2012 #13
bottom line Jan 2012 #16
bvar22 Jan 2012 #18
rudycantfail Jan 2012 #25
Uncle Joe Jan 2012 #19
Tarheel_Dem Jan 2012 #21
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2012 #26

Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:12 AM

1. I thought Obama also looked young and energetic tonight.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:51 AM

2. LOL

"The president said “no challenge is more urgent” than to support the middle class."

is he just now figuring this out???

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:53 AM

4. "is he just now figuring this out???"

No, it's not the first time he's said as much. But with the do nothing Congress, specifically House Republicans, he has to keep repeating himself.

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Response to SunsetDreams (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:41 PM

17. he's tried to say it before

but he was filibustered ...

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:53 AM

3. And note, this isn't just populist rhetoric like 2008, this is populist policy proposals.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:46 AM

5. Me thinks OWS was/is Obama's stalking horse? ~nt

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:40 AM

6. Not a stocking horse, but cover for moving back to the left.

We got his back.

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Response to denbot (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 04:50 AM

29. Actually I think the term fits rather nicely.

stalk•ing horse
noun

• a political candidate who runs in order to provoke the election and thus allow a stronger candidate to come forward.

ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from the former practice of using a horse trained to allow a fowler to hide behind it, or under its coverings, until within easy range of prey.

Not that it's a perfect fit, nor is it true that any of this was conscious or intentional, but still.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:45 AM

7. Lip service is all it is.

Deeds, not words Barry. People are hurtin' out here and you let people like Mittens get away with paying 15% tax rates. Too little, too late I'm afraid.

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Response to ObaMania (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:55 AM

8. The obstRuctionists will never send him a bill to raise them up to 30%.

So what do you think he should do? Sign an executive order????

Riiiiiiight....

Better strategy: try to give him a more 'left-leaning' super majority than 2008 as soon as in 10 months... or bust.

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Response to Amonester (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:49 AM

27. Yep. What you said.

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Response to ObaMania (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:46 AM

9. Everybody mouths the same empty key words

I was struck listening to the Repuke response by how similar their speech sounded to the president's. The Repukes claim to want to address income inequality and joblessness and to work together to promote fairness and a level playing field, yada, yada, yada. But is anyone on either side going to do anything about it? Of course not. They've demonstrated a thousand times over that their visions for how to accomplish those things are so divergent that there is no way for them to work together. Repukes will continue to shoot down any proposal a Dem introduces and vice versa. And, given how extreme Repuke ideology is these days, inactivity beats the alternative of helping Repukes further the country's drift towards a fascist plutocracy. But in the absence of any substantive common ground, all both sides have left is just empty slogans: freedom, liberty, justice, blah, blah, blah, wave the flag, wave the flag. Wake me up when somebody actually does something.

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Response to ObaMania (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM

14. Just what would you propose for him to do against obstructionist Repukians?

They not only resist increasing taxes on the wealthy they what to reduce taxes on capital gains to ZERO. Get for real and start supporting Obama.

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Response to ObaMania (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:26 PM

22. "Too little, too late I'm afraid."

 

....yep....but I think I understood his logic....as soon as you take a position, you make someone happy and then piss-off someone else....his desire was to please everyone, his risk is to please no one....

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Response to ObaMania (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:54 PM

23. Barry? Where have we heard that before?

Just call him boy and get it over with.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:00 AM

10. Good speech by the 'ultimate politician', and now onto the follow-up based on his convictions!

And I do believe he will do he follow up, because it will be part of his campaign.

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Response to dmosh42 (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:18 PM

20. that ship sailed in 2010... he had a majority and did not use it.... now its all just excuses.. n/t

 

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Response to IamK (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:50 AM

28. Kinda not.

But don't let the fax get in your way.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 08:38 AM

11. Put on your hip waders.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 09:56 AM

12. If GM is Obama's success model

 

Then we can expect low wages (half of what they used to be), reduced pensioon plan, and no right to strike. We are now competing with third world labor.

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Response to JJW (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 11:31 AM

15. I can only suppose that you like the Republicans solution of GM complete collapse.

They were all in favor of bailing out the banksters, but the hell with the working folks at GM. I am beginning to wonder if this forum has been totally taken over by his Republican enemies.

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Response to JJW (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:57 PM

24. What is it that you don't get about, "Send me a bill!" ?

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 11:07 AM

13. Time to pay up rich folks.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:28 PM

16. Thank You www.whitehouse.gov & DU

 

I don't have a TV, almost 61
clicked on DU, clicked on "enhanced live stream"
Have now moved my "Get Involved Obama..." replaced with www.whitehouse.com for my places visited everyday...
You know busy...
How cool was that? At white house dot, scrolled over chairs of whom sat with Michelle & other interesting articles.
The graphs with the State of the Union, are OUTSTANDING!
Better than a rock star
Thank You

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:00 PM

18. It certainly beats out the...

.."Cut Government Spending", "Reform" Entitlements, and Time to "Eat Peas" rhetoric of last year.

Dare I "HOPE" again?




You will know them by their WORKS,
not by their Campaign Year Rhetoric.
Solidarity99!
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Response to bvar22 (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 11:26 PM

25. Dare I hope again?

 

I love it! I guess it's better to laugh.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:05 PM

19. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, jefferson_dem.

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:19 PM

21. K & R

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Response to jefferson_dem (Original post)

Thu Jan 26, 2012, 02:03 AM

26. well we do have elections coming up. nt

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