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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:15 PM

Here's Where The Applause/Noise From Congress Got Really Quiet... Thank You Mr. President

I've talked tonight about the deficit of trust between Main Street and Wall Street. But the divide between this city and the rest of the country is at least as bad - and it seems to get worse every year.

Some of this has to do with the corrosive influence of money in politics. So together, let's take some steps to fix that. Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow. Let's limit any elected official from owning stocks in industries they impact. Let's make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress can't lobby Congress, and vice versa - an idea that has bipartisan support, at least outside of Washington.




From this full transcript of the speech: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-01-24/state-of-the-union-transcript/52780694/1




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Reply Here's Where The Applause/Noise From Congress Got Really Quiet... Thank You Mr. President (Original post)
WillyT Jan 2012 OP
Blaze Diem Jan 2012 #1
JDPriestly Jan 2012 #2
mindwalker_i Jan 2012 #3
nanabugg Jan 2012 #4
mindwalker_i Jan 2012 #11
Mopar151 Jan 2012 #22
Uncle Joe Jan 2012 #5
WillyT Jan 2012 #9
Spazito Jan 2012 #6
Amonester Jan 2012 #7
FarLeftFist Jan 2012 #8
Blaze Diem Jan 2012 #10
Bjorn Against Jan 2012 #12
WillyT Jan 2012 #13
Blaze Diem Jan 2012 #15
mmonk Jan 2012 #14
Kablooie Jan 2012 #16
RegieRocker Jan 2012 #17
raouldukelives Jan 2012 #18
bvar22 Jan 2012 #19
leftyohiolib Jan 2012 #20
Dont call me Shirley Jan 2012 #21
Marnie Jan 2012 #23
opihimoimoi Jan 2012 #24
loudsue Jan 2012 #25

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:24 PM

1. Indeed. nothing but the sound of clenching orifices

 

Uh Oh

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:26 PM

2. Obama made a great point there.

Obama has the people on his side on that one.

Seemed to me that Obama kind of threw down the gauntlet.

Again and again, he suggested (in my opinion) to Congress that it had better cooperate and start the country moving again or he will find ways to get things done without Congress.

Smart tactic.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:27 PM

3. If such a bill actually passed

90% of Repubs (and some Dems, I unfortunately have to admit) would quit. Too many are there just for their own, personal enrichment. Now, if there were some way to keep them from lobbying, that would really help.

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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:28 PM

4. Great way to get rid of our problem Congress folks. nt

 

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Response to nanabugg (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:46 PM

11. I agree completely

Pass a law that federal regulators can't become lobbyists - I'm talking the FCC - and maybe we'll get people in government who actually want to do the job. I'm not talking about the middle or lower level people, but only those at the top who take the lobbying jobs.

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Response to mindwalker_i (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:13 PM

22. No different than a non=compete clause in tech companies n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:28 PM

5. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, WillyT.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:36 PM

9. Anytime Uncle Joe, Anytime...




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:29 PM

6. I noticed that too...

I think that was the ONLY time there was 'bipartisanship', members from both parties were concentrating on keeping their sphincter muscles tightened on that one.

It was quite telling!

I loved it!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:30 PM

7. K & R

At least, he blasted it straight to their do-nothing, obstructionist faces.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:31 PM

8. That bill could end the republican party.

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Response to FarLeftFist (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:41 PM

10. LOL Nice thought.

 

Did anyone see a shot of Boners face?
Maybe the camera caught Boners 'uh oh' moment

I didn't get home in time to see this part..just curious

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:19 AM

12. I didn't hear quiet when he said that, I heard booing

I am certain I heard at least one member of the audience boo him during that part, I am hoping we will find out who it was.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:28 AM

13. I'd Love To Know What You Find Out

Please let us know... I think I heard that too.




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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:33 AM

15. Could have been most any one of them. So many would have reason to boo..& fear

 

Which one is worse than the next?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:31 AM

14. Yep. That was my grin moment.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 01:46 AM

16. They were all thinking, "Then there would be no reason to stay in Congress."

Which, of course, would be the whole point.
Empty Congress of the gold diggers.
We'd get a whole new category of politician then.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:20 PM

17. You could have almost heard a pin drop due to the silence.

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 12:34 PM

18. K&R

I sure hope it's a hard battle and that sweeping reforms are passed. It'd do my jaded heart a world of good.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 02:06 PM

19. There were some good moments for President Obama last night.

THAT was one of the best.

I'm sure Mr. Obama has some influence he could use in the Democratic Caucus to have such a bill introduced,
a clean, simple, single issue, easy to read bill, posted online, with NO "comprehensive packages", trade offs, compromises, weasel language, or other poison pills.
A televised Up or Down vote within 30 days.

He could then shepard it through Congress with daily reports from the Bully Pulpit,
and call out individual members (Republican & Democrat) who obstruct the bill
for some special attention from the 99%.

If our President chose this very public, very transparent, very honest path,
I would be proud to stand with him.




You will know them by their WORKS.
Solidarity99!
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 03:29 PM

20. this and the wall street ivestingations are 2 big things to keep track of

and 2 reasons to reelect potus

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 04:39 PM

21. Tim "Pinocchio Nose" Geithner looked as if he was painfully constipated. Whahahah

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 06:19 PM

23. If he is serious, he need to keep hammering on this issue. If he goes nicey then he is just blowing

 

warm air.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:19 PM

24. KnR #90 :o)

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2012, 08:31 PM

25. When getting elected costs hundreds of millions of dollars, what HAS TO HAPPEN

is to have government funded elections. Or have a limit on how much money can be spent on a candidate in total. There has to be some sort of process to get all the corruption out of Washington. Including, of course, Obama's statement about insider trading, and the lobbyists.

This is kind of like the whole 2008 campaign shit about bringing jobs back from China and taking away tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. He gets elected, and nothing happens. The dems cave to the big money.

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