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Nikki Haley slams Washington after meeting with Obama

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 26, 2013
Nikki Haley slams Washington after meeting with Obama

.By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket 16 hrs ago...

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

During President Barack Obama's meeting with U.S. governors at the White House Monday, the president dismissed members of the press to hold a private, hourlong discussion with the visiting state executives. Whatever was said after the cameras left the room especially incensed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.

Haley went across the street to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after the meeting, where she joined fellow Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin in berating both Congress and the Obama administration for failing to agree to an alternative to the looming across-the-board federal budget cuts set to trigger March 1.

"I could not be more frustrated than I am right now," Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama if he would consider a last-minute plan to shave about 2 percent from the annual federal budget without increasing taxes, the answer was "no."

"My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget," Haley said. "This is not rocket science."

As part of a budget agreement passed in 2011, the federal budget will automatically be reduced on March 1 by about 2.4 percent if a deal isn't reached. Lawmakers had hoped to avoid the reductions by agreeing to more specific cuts from the budget, but talks between Republicans and Democrats have largely fallen apart due to a disagreement over whether tax increases should be part of the package.

Haley also made no effort to spare congressional Republicans, who took last week off with only a few days left before the sequestration process was set to begin.

"There is no leadership. There is no confidence. There is nothing that shows us that they actually care about what they're doing," Haley said. "What they're doing is playing games, and we as the taxpayers are having to cover for their games. We're not going to do it anymore."

Haley also noted that "no one should be going home. No one should be playing golf. No one should be taking vacations."

She later added, "There is something very wrong in this town."

Kent, WA

#3 Feb 26, 2013
The president is in charge of the government...but the GOP would scream bloody murder if he attempted to circumvent the congress.

WTF? They're not even trying to make any sense anymore.

GOP Motto: The rich don't have nearly enough and the poor have way too much.

Now switch monikers, cantgetitup !

Kent, WA

#4 Feb 26, 2013
During Obama's first term the main focus of the opposing party was to make him a one term President. They did everything they could to make that happen and failed.

Now, their agenda is to make sure there is no perceived economic recovery under his watch and if they have to crash the economy to do it, they will try. What these elected officials don't realize is, the people are watching and the ones who aren't drinking the Fox News koolaide know where the real problem is. My guess is, in the next election cycle, the right wing idiots will be shown the door en mass. Yes, there will be Republicans who will get reelected and yes, some of them will be along the Tea Party lines but, by majority, they will loose.

I do find it interesting that most of the 10 poorest, UN-educated states are under Republican control. That should tell everyone something.

I believe we are well past the point where the citizens of this country need to take their government back from the corporations and elite. One way to do this is to force congressional reform. Make them have to play by the same rules as the everyday person. No elite health care. No Golden Parachute retirement. Big cut in their pay. Lifetime term limits, maybe 3 full terms or X number of years, period. Being a elected official should not be a life long career.

Also, change the law to where if they can't pass a budget within a certain time frame, they don't get paid after that point until it's done. And I don't mean pay them later for those days. They work for free.
scooby slew

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 26, 2013
"My kids could go and find $83 billion out of a $4 trillion budget," Haley said. "This is not rocket science."
L I b E r a l i Sm

Blue Bell, PA

#6 Feb 26, 2013
I think that Obama is making sure there is no perceived economic recovery under his watch just fine by himself. He can do it without any help from Congress.

Kent, WA

#7 Feb 26, 2013
Majority of Americans blame the right... LMAOROTFU~!
scooby slew

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Feb 26, 2013
Fred wrote:
Majority of Americans blame the right... LMAOROTFU~!
To be the amused slewche, or not to be the amused slewche, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of the outrageous bushwhacked,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of smart liberals,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to?'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, will any remember you were once the spell check princess of topix?
L I b E r a l i Sm

Blue Bell, PA

#9 Feb 26, 2013
Fred wrote:
Majority of Americans blame the right... LMAOROTFU~!

Sure, but WHERE is our DEAR LEADER taking us?



A GOOD LEADER would not LIE about DOOM; it's $85 Billion.

A GOOD LEADER would not LIE about whose IDEA it was.



Kent, WA

#10 Feb 26, 2013
Several different polls have clearly shown that the American people assign a great deal of blame to Bush for the country's economic woes. A Gallup poll in the summer of 2009 showed that nearly 80% of Americans assigned at least some of the blame for the economy to Bush, while only 32% believed that Obama was the main culprit. The percentage of those blaming Bush had only dropped by 10% by August of 2010, and subsequent surveys have shown that this number has remained relatively steady since then.

Polls that are broken down by political affiliation also reveal some interesting tidbits. A 2012 Gallup survey showed that while the percentage of democrats who blamed Obama for the economy was, predictably, very low (19%), the percentage of republicans who blamed Bush was much higher. While 83% of them assigned some measure of blame to Obama, a whopping 49% also blamed Bush to some degree for the nation's economic status. Surveys also indicate that independent voters also blame Bush more than Obama by a ratio of 67 to 51%.

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