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Republicans appear to be blocking job creation

Published 9:46am Thursday, September 13, 2012 Updated 11:50am Thursday, September 13, 2012

In the light of the accusations from the RNC that Obama has failed to fix the recession that the republicans caused again, just like the Reagan bubble burst and crash of October 1987, I submit this fact for all undecided independants to read and research as to the republican direct hand in the intentional slowing of this recovery at the expense of the middle class and thus causing the national debt to continually rise as a result.

I find interesting reading in the book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do,” by Robert Draper.

On the very night of Obama’s inauguration, Republican leaders met in a private dining room at an expensive Washington, D.C., steakhouse to plot their comeback.

It was a mix of congressmen and senators with three others added to diversify the gathering.

Pollster Frank Luntz, right-wing journalist Fred Barnes, and former speaker (and soon-to-be former presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich. Representatives Eric Cantor (Va.),

Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). Notably invited but unable to attend were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

The reason for this gathering?

They plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama’s legislative platform. “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.” The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily.

The Republicans had agreed on a way forward: Unify all Republican members to show united and unyielding opposition to all of the president’s economic policies.

Harass and stymie every program, bill and initiative. Create as much opposition as possible. Even to ideas that they (Republicans) once embraced. To stall any and every attempt to aid in economic recovery for the American people. The party of “NO” was born that night and it didn’t matter if the American citizen suffered for it. They’ve done a good job (unlike the Iraq fiasco). Unfortunately, those that back the GOP are too blind or stupid (both) to see who the real enemy of America really is.

Why else would Republicans block a bill like “The Bring Jobs Home Act” a few months ago. This program would have provided a 20 percent tax break for the costs of moving jobs back to the United States and would eliminate deductions available to companies that move operations overseas. Obviously, this would benefit American jobs … but the party of “NO” killed it. Why? well, now YOU know.

Maybe when someone asks “whats Obama done in the last four years?”… the real question should be… “what has he been unable to do because of the childish obstructionism from Republicans?”


Charles Weber

Fergus Falls

  • Richard Olson

    The only problem with this letter is the use of the word “appear” in the headline. “Appear” infers some doubt, there is no doubt, the proof is all around us.

    Like someone said “for the republicans to blame Obama for not fixing their mess is like Lucy blaming Charlie Brown for not kicking the ball”

    • Walt Henry

      What’s sad is the fact that while, in 2008, the American people had just voted for change, voted to put aside divisive politics and barriers of race, religion and background, this meeting of Republicans was created to undo the wishes of the majority of the American people. There was a sense of optimism in our nation that night and then in the weeks that followed and the true scope of the nation’s economic downturn became known the political power of the nay-sayers became stronger until the elections of 2010.
      Economics is not a science. It is less about multiple sources competing for limited goods than about consumer’s outlook on life—optimism if you will or lack of it. Felt hats may be readily available and very cheap but there seems to be little market for them (no interest or perceived need.) On the other hand in the late 70’s there was a rush to BUY a pet rock even though farm fields of Ottertail County is filled with free ones.
      What’s my point? Look at the month by month numbers of GDP and job losses in 2009. The economy began to grow and job losses slowed even before any stimulus from the government entered the economy. Why? Optimism. Look at what happened to economic growth creation and job growth during and shortly after the Republican House fought to the 11th hour over the debt ceiling.
      Lastly, consider the recent poll numbers. Look at what happened to the outlook in the current presidential race following the Democratic convention, one filled with understanding and realistic evaluation but also filled with hope and optimism.
      You can check the facts and numbers for yourself and while you do see who it is who used the words, “America is in decline” in his speeches. He and the party that met to stymie American optimism of 2008 are absolutely wrong for America and they are wrong for you and your family.

  • BillSchulz

    Oh, so now the radicals want us to believe that it is a crime and conspiracy for politicians to plan how to protect their constituents and the country from out-of-control tax and spend schemes of the Supreme Leader for Life B.H. 0bama?

    After G.W. Bush defeated John Kerry in 2004,didn’t Democrats plan to organize groups and propaganda campaigns to find people who knew how to “talk religious speak” so they could infiltrate the religious conservative churches and groups who had helped Bush win? With a mission of swaying religious believers to be more “enlightened” about attitudes toward abortion, marriage, homosexuality, cradle-to-grave welfare giveaway programs? And that mission relentlessly degrades churches and moral values
    from within and outside.

    How about the Supreme Leader at a $25,000 per plate banquet for liberals in San Francisco, when he told his adoring sycophants that he would have to “deal with” those
    ignorant people who “bitterly cling to their bibles and guns” ? That wasn’t a message to his radical followers to attack religions, gun owners?

    Did you watchthe recent Democrat convention when thousands of the wealthiest and most radical Democrat agitators shook their fists and booed when the convention chairman forced them to put the word “God” back into their official platform and to allow Israel to have Jerusalem as their capitol? Screaming anti-Christians, anti-semites shouting their hatred of God , Christians, and Jews.
    Now, that is a conspiracy we should fear.

    • Walt Henry

      Did you notice the other day, Pat Robertson, suggested a man with an unruly wife should consider becoming a Muslim so he could beat her into submission with a clear conscience? Whether he was serious or not, Pat Robertson speaks of a god I reject. If Robertson’s idea of god is the Republican version of god, and I don’t hear anyone from the Republican masses saying it is not, I strongly hope the Democrats don’t pay too much attention to the “god-plank” they added to their platform. Yes Bill, there is a God, but his face, for political and power grabbing purposes, has been clouded to the point He is almost unrecognizable.

    • camobabe

      Ackermunk. I know Bill well, and I know that he des NOT live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Your slanderous comments merit being barred from this site…again. Bill spent five months in the short stay recovery unit at Broen Home to recover from surgery and a life threatening staph infection, six years ago. He did live at Sheridan House, an independent living apartment facility for people over age 55. And he now lives independently in another apartment complex with other working people over age 55. Your despicable attempts to portray him as weak and helpless and demented do, however, highlight the tactics of radical leftists like yourself- if you can’t defeat his arguments, demean him with lies and slander. Or, is it libel if you put your attacks in writing?

      • Walt Henry

        To our silent readers–Camilla is responding to a post that seems to have disappeared. But she makes a great point. There are well read, well educated, well versed people who comment on this site. Bill is one of them. But having said that consider the nature of these comments “Ackermunck, Supreme leader for Life, sycophants, or the out of context statement of “sticking to bibles and guns” or screaming anti-Christians or anti-Semites shouting their hatred of God”–these are not policies, they are not fact, they contain no math, they have no connection to history. Granted, they show a certain amount of creativity but can not be argued or disproven for their only basis seems to be vile. A person does not have to state their hatred of something over and over again. We got that the first time. What’s new? What is that hatred based upon? Those are worthy of discussion.

        • camobabe

          Larry/Walt Henry (name shown above the comment box), if you and Richard Ackermunk and other rads would stop spreading your radical baloney, neither Bill nor I nor others would have to respond to it and once again point out the snow job you are trying to pile on us.

          • Richard Olson

            The issue Camilla Ryan, is republicans blocking job creation and you have not responded to any of it. You have called people names, recited irreverent bible verses and called people more names.

            Your lack of rebuttal tells me you have none.

          • holly

            And the comments that you made about Bill (deleted by the moderator) were relevant? Just a matter of time until you are kicked off of this forum (again).

          • Richard Olson

            Wrong again Holly. And at least I comment under my real name.

          • camobabe

            Maybe, Acker, you should suggest to Phaedrus and Larry/Walt that they do the same? You know, sauce for the goose…etc.

          • Richard Olson

            After you CamillaBill!

  • crucified

    Original Chinese Proverb:

    Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day.

    Teach a man to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime.

    2012 White House Revision:

    Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone with unlimited free minutes,cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing,free contraceptives,Medicaid,ninety-nine weeks of unemployment,free meds,and he will vote Democrat the rest of his life;even after he’s deceased.

    • Walt Henry

      Two problems with this post–it is too expensive to teach a man to fish . Our taxpayers won’t foot the bill. In fact, there are some who would see the man starve and think it is God’s will. And secondly, there is a Commandment against bearing false witness. The ending statement probably violates that Commandment.

      • crucified

        NEA’s Top Attorney, Bob Chanin, Says; “Why are conservative and right wing bastards picking on NEA and its affiliates? It is the price we pay for success. NEA and its affiliates have been singled out because they are the most effective unions in the United States and they are the nation’s leading advocates for public education and for the type of liberal social and economic agenda and social agenda that these (conservative) groups find unacceptable.

      • crucified

        NEA ATTORNY BOB CANIN SAYS; “Why are conservative and right wing b*st*rds picking on NEA and its affiliates? It is the price we pay for success. NEA and its affiliates have been singled out because they are the most effective unions in the United States and they are the nation’s leading advocates for public education and for the type of liberal social and economic agenda and social agenda that these (conservative) groups find unacceptable.

  • Walt Henry

    Interesting fact–Remember the big battle in Florida to purge the voter rolls of non-citizens? What did they find?–207 and no evidence any of these 207 actually voted. How much did this cost the Florida taxpayer? And now notices have to be mailed out to 2,400American citizens who were wrongly removed from the rolls. Shameful and wasteful.

  • Richard Olson

    G.O.P. Blocks Veteran Jobs Bill
    Veterans won’t be getting a new, billion-dollar jobs program, not from this Senate. Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order — he said the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. The bill’s sponsor, Patty Murray of Washington, said that shouldn’t matter, since the bill’s cost was fully offset by new revenues. She said Mr. Sessions and his party colleagues had been furiously generating excuses to oppose the bill, and were now exploiting a technicality to deny thousands of veterans a shot at getting hired as police officers, firefighters and parks workers, among other things.

    The vote was 58-40; the bill needed 60 votes to proceed.

    It would be easier to admire the Republicans’ late-breaking fiscal scrupulosity if their motives — denying the Obama administration any kind of victory this year, whatever the cost to jobless vets — weren’t so transparent. It’s probably useful to remind Republicans like John McCain (a “nay” on the jobs bill) that wounded, jobless and homeless veterans aren’t a fact of nature. They’re a product of the wars that Congress members voted for, the war debt they piled on, and the economy they helped ruin.

    “It’s unbelievable that even after more than a decade of war, many Republicans still will not acknowledge that the treatment of our veterans is a cost of war,” Ms. Murray said in a statement after the vote.

  • Walt Henry

    Too much concern about names here!!! When John Jay wrote, “Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights in order to vest it with requisite powers.”, he did so under the name PUBLIUS.
    Thomas Jefferson, fearful he would be hung for treason, authored the Kentucky Resolutions anonymously. (Might be a good idea to Google “Kentucky Resolutions” before commenting)
    As for my opinion, putting your given name on the internet can lead to misuse by evil people so be cautious. I am somewhat fortunate in that I have two legal names which causes me to wonder about the two different birth certificates I have. Could I get two voter ID’s?
    But to the point of the article—remember the number 24—24 is the number of legislative days since Obama was elected that Congress was in session and the Democrats had 60 sitting votes in the Senate. As it takes 60 votes for new legislation to pass the Senate and zero (0) Republicans worked with them to pass new legislation, I think the case for Republican obstruction is clearly made. (Did you believe the total control 2 year lie?)

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