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Obama: Republicans blocking progress in Congress

There are 220 comments on the The Topeka Capital-Journal story from Jun 19, 2010, titled Obama: Republicans blocking progress in Congress. In it, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that:

President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Saturday of blocking legislation that would boost the nation's economic recovery and lift a $75 million cap on what oil companies must pay to families and small businesses affected by an oil spill.

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FWsouthsider

United States

#1 Jun 19, 2010
Toooooo funny. This man who hasn't proven he is a natural-born citizen voted in BECAUSE of the color of his skin is taking anyone to task about an economic recovery not happening? 13+ trillion in the red in large part thanks to his socialism and power grabs, and he is still pointing fingers at others.

Well, 46+ million abortions; purging God and His wisdom out of government schools and elsewhere and helping to kill countless people overseas means God (because He is righteous) must lessen His favor shown towards this government and so this country.

The Obama Regime is a side-effect of bigger problems. But the damage this Marxist stooge and his minions have and will continue to do will end up overshadowing many of the ills that led to him being in office.
FWsouthsider

United States

#2 Jun 19, 2010
Oh sorry. This is just Chicago politics on a national scale. Now everything makes sense.
Getflushed

Mammoth Cave, KY

#3 Jun 19, 2010
Pretty slick... Don't do anything for many weeks until you've created a huge crisis, then point over there...

Since nutter Democrats got Obama elected solely on the margins of moonbats they fostered claiming Bush did 9/11, why don't we hear the Right claiming Obama sent operatives to blow the well head? Could it be most Republicans remain SANE?
TedsLiver

United States

#4 Jun 19, 2010
The Republicans are blocking Obama Given his poor performance, it is a good thing.
Glasnos

El Paso, TX

#5 Jun 19, 2010
Would someone please explain to the teleprompter that the democrats have majorities in both houses, and the only way the republicans can block anything is through a filibuster in the senate ... which has NOT occured? This dolt apparently can't understand or is just a bald-faced liar.
bob

United States

#6 Jun 19, 2010
More misleading statements from this administration and promoted by the main stream media. You are completely correct Glasnos. No filibuster, majorities in both houses, and he blames the republicans for not being able to get anything passed. It's their own weak administrative policies that are the roadblock. Sad thing is the sheep and gullys believe it.

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#7 Jun 19, 2010
Getflushed wrote:
Pretty slick... Don't do anything for many weeks until you've created a huge crisis, then point over there...
Remember the words of Rambo, Dead Fish, Emmanuel: "Never waste a good crisis"
KevinC

Wellesley, MA

#8 Jun 19, 2010
Glasnos wrote:
Would someone please explain to the teleprompter that the democrats have majorities in both houses, and the only way the republicans can block anything is through a filibuster in the senate ... which has NOT occured? This dolt apparently can't understand or is just a bald-faced liar.
I was going to bring up the same point. This so called leader did nothing for weeks about this mess and now he blames others for his failings. I wish he would just go away.
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#9 Jun 19, 2010
Eric Cantor, The GOP's anti-Obama motor mouth
is, as detailed below, not too bright when it comes to economics.

WSJ’s Heard on the Street ( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274... ) reported this nugget Thursday that caught Washington Wire’s eye:

Putting his money where his mouth is? Eric Cantor, the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, bought up to $15,000 in shares of ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF last December, according to his 2009 financial disclosure statement. The exchange-traded fund takes a short position in long-dated government bonds. In effect, it is a bet against U.S. government bonds—and perhaps on inflation in the future. "

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/06/18/eric...

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this is the way in which it confirms the worst suspicions about Cantor's understanding of current events -- this guy is betting on inflation?

The economic phenomenon that's effectively non-existent given our current economic conditions?

Inflation that the Fed isn't going to begin worrying about for the rest of the year?

The Washington Independent's Annie Lowrey added: "...Cantor is not a very canny investor. The fund is down 31 percent this year."

It appears Cantor's investment decisions are about as wise his legislative decisions.

Indeed, if Cantor wanted to give his portfolio a boost, he could do as the White House would like and endorse policies that would stimulate the economy. Americans would be better off, and Cantor's investments would be worth more money.

But, as Matt Yglesias explained, "either Cantor doesn't understand his economic self-interest properly, or else he's more committed to his principled opposition to sound macroeconomic stabilization than he is to the performance of his portfolio."

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/

My bet is on the former. Cantor doesn't seem to understand much.

Since: Dec 08

Kerrville, TX

#10 Jun 19, 2010
Obama must truly believe that the American people are a bunch of fools and morons. I believe that he is now grasping at straws to maintain some semblance of an acting presidency. Throwing blame on the minority party, when he knows full well that it is his own party who is blocking things shows a lack of leadership seldom seen in American politics...How long will it be before they give him a no confidence vote?
Lucretia

Elyria, OH

#11 Jun 19, 2010
School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role

A leader of the church in upstate New York where Representative Mark S. Kirk of Illinois claims he worked as a nursery school teacher said on Friday that he had overstated his role there.

The leader, Sally Grubb, a member of the administrative council at Forest Home Chapel, a Methodist church in Ithaca, N.Y., said Mr. Kirk had a limited role while working part-time in a work-study program while he was a student at Cornell University nearly three decades ago.

“He was never, ever considered a teacher,” Ms. Grubb said in a telephone interview after researching the history of Mr. Kirk’s association with the nursery school.“He was just an additional pair of hands to help a primary teaching person.”

The church has been trying to determine whether Mr. Kirk worked there after The New York Times reported on Thursday about the brevity of Mr. Kirk’s teaching experience. Mr. Kirk, a five-term congressman, is the Republican nominee in Illinois for the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.

Eight longtime members of the church, including two former pastors, said this week that they did not recall having a male nursery school teacher in 1981, when Mr. Kirk said he had worked there.

“I don’t remember any men who worked there,” said Thomas V. Wolfe, a pastor at the church in 1981, who is now the dean of student affairs at Syracuse University.“It was a team of women. I used to go over every morning and have coffee with them.”

Robert A. Hill, who also served as pastor of the church in 1981 and now is dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, also said that he could not remember Mr. Kirk. He added,“You’re going back 30 years, so my memory is not perfectly clear, but most of the teachers were women.”

Mr. Kirk’s background has come under fresh examination after his apology this month for errors and discrepancies about his military record. A review of public comments by Mr. Kirk over the last decade shows that he has often referred to himself in speeches, campaign commercials and interviews as a former nursery, middle and high school teacher. He taught for a year in London at a private school, after getting his master’s degree at the London School of Economics.

Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for Mr. Kirk’s Senate campaign, did not respond on Friday to the comments from church officials. In a statement earlier in the week, she said Mr. Kirk had worked “as a nursery school teacher” in his final year at Cornell. Campaign officials began an inquiry into the scope of Mr. Kirk’s work after receiving questions from The Times.

...The Kirk campaign has scrambled this week to try to confirm details of his time as a nursery school teacher, which he raised as recently as March in a speech to the Illinois Education Association.“As a former nursery school and middle school teacher,” he said then,“I know some of what it takes to bring order to class.”

In an interview Friday, Ms. Grubb said that she had told a representative of the Kirk campaign of her concerns when the campaign contacted her on Thursday to try to verify Mr. Kirk’s time at the nursery. She said she had spoken to the teacher who led what was then a play group that met in the church basement. The teacher had a “vague recollection” of having him as a work-study student, Ms. Grubb said, but she did not remember his name. She added that Mr. Kirk did not have major responsibilities at the play group, like creating lesson plans, and HE WAS AN ASSISTANT WHO PLAYED WITH THE CHILDREN...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/us/politics...

Seems Commander Kirk either has a real bad memory or is a pathological liar. Either way, he does fit in well with the GOP in the Senate who continue to fabricate and spin rumors about Obama and who want the world to forget about their culpability in the economic and environmental fiasco's created by the Bush/Cheney Administration with their full support.
bob

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role
A leader of the church in upstate New York where Representative Mark S. Kirk of Illinois claims he worked as a nursery school teacher said on Friday that he had overstated his role there.
The leader, Sally Grubb, a member of the administrative council at Forest Home Chapel, a Methodist church in Ithaca, N.Y., said Mr. Kirk had a limited role while working part-time in a work-study program while he was a student at Cornell University nearly three decades ago.
“He was never, ever considered a teacher,” Ms. Grubb said in a telephone interview after researching the history of Mr. Kirk’s association with the nursery school.“He was just an additional pair of hands to help a primary teaching person.”
The church has been trying to determine whether Mr. Kirk worked there after The New York Times reported on Thursday about the brevity of Mr. Kirk’s teaching experience. Mr. Kirk, a five-term congressman, is the Republican nominee in Illinois for the Senate seat formerly held by President Obama.
Eight longtime members of the church, including two former pastors, said this week that they did not recall having a male nursery school teacher in 1981, when Mr. Kirk said he had worked there.
“I don’t remember any men who worked there,” said Thomas V. Wolfe, a pastor at the church in 1981, who is now the dean of student affairs at Syracuse University.“It was a team of women. I used to go over every morning and have coffee with them.”
Robert A. Hill, who also served as pastor of the church in 1981 and now is dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, also said that he could not remember Mr. Kirk. He added,“You’re going back 30 years, so my memory is not perfectly clear, but most of the teachers were women.”
Mr. Kirk’s background has come under fresh examination after his apology this month for errors and discrepancies about his military record. A review of public comments by Mr. Kirk over the last decade shows that he has often referred to himself in speeches, campaign commercials and interviews as a former nursery, middle and high school teacher. He taught for a year in London at a private school, after getting his master’s degree at the London School of Economics.
Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for Mr. Kirk’s Senate campaign, did not respond on Friday to the comments from church officials. In a statement earlier in the week, she said Mr. Kirk had worked “as a nursery school teacher” in his final year at Cornell. Campaign officials began an inquiry into the scope of Mr. Kirk’s work after receiving questions from The Times.
In an interview Friday, Ms. Grubb said that she had told a representative of the Kirk campaign of her concerns when the campaign contacted her on Thursday to try to verify Mr. Kirk’s time at the nursery. She said she had spoken to the teacher who led what was then a play group that met in the church basement. The teacher had a “vague recollection” of having him as a work-study student, Ms. Grubb said, but she did not remember his name. She added that Mr. Kirk did not have major responsibilities at the play group, like creating lesson plans, and HE WAS AN ASSISTANT WHO PLAYED WITH THE CHILDREN...
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/us/politics...
Seems Commander Kirk either has a real bad memory or is a pathological liar. Either way, he does fit in well with the GOP in the Senate who continue to fabricate and spin rumors about Obama and who want the world to forget about their culpability in the economic and environmental fiasco's created by the Bush/Cheney Administration with their full support.
So you've run out of relevant shit to spew so now you're just rambling. How sad for you.
Tony

Bradenton, FL

#14 Jun 19, 2010
congress spends week after week after week argueing over bills with too many unrelated issues crammed into them.

Criticial issues should stand alone in sepreate bills......

cut the Bullchit congress.......you're not fooling anyone anymore.

vote out ALL members of congress with over 2 terms in office.
Getflushed

Mammoth Cave, KY

#15 Jun 19, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role
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Seems Commander Kirk either has a real bad memory or is a pathological liar. Either way, he does fit in well with the GOP in the Senate who continue to fabricate and spin rumors about Obama and who want the world to forget about their culpability in the economic and environmental fiasco's created by the Bush/Cheney Administration with their full support.
It sounds like describing Obama's job skills and background.

What'll wake you up? Obama's support of Planned Parenthood's focus on decimating the Black population? Obama delaying response to the Haiti disaster until the majority of those Blacks affected were DEAD? Obama delaying doing ANYTHING about the Gulf Oil blow-out for almost two months? Try to blame those on Bush.

Nutter Democrats were blaming Bush for everything before they finally allowed him to have a full Cabinet. Obama's in office for a year and a half and nothing has anything to do with his policies. Must be sweet.
Disraeli

United States

#16 Jun 19, 2010
"Progress" in this case being shorthand for "Progressive Agenda"

LOL

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#17 Jun 19, 2010
WHERE ARE THE JOBS Maggot Obama?

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#18 Jun 19, 2010
Unemployment benefits for Years IS NOT Progress you Idiot!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#19 Jun 19, 2010
bob wrote:
<quoted text>So you've run out of relevant shit to spew so now you're just rambling. How sad for you.
Obama is simply that BAD. They are Hopeless and Changeless.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#20 Jun 19, 2010
U.S. Debt and the Greece Analogy

JUNE 18, 2010

Don't be fooled by today's low interest rates. The government could very quickly discover the limits of its borrowing capacity.

By ALAN GREENSPAN

An urgency to rein in budget deficits seems to be gaining some traction among American lawmakers. If so, it is none too soon. Perceptions of a large U.S. borrowing capacity are misleading.

Despite the surge in federal debt to the public during the past 18 months—to $8.6 trillion from $5.5 trillion—inflation and long-term interest rates, the typical symptoms of fiscal excess, have remained remarkably subdued. This is regrettable, because it is fostering a sense of complacency that can have dire consequences (Greece).

Beneath the calm, there are market signals that do not bode well for the future. For generations there had been a large buffer between the borrowing capacity of the U.S. government and the level of its debt to the public.... But in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers collapse, that gap began to narrow rapidly.

Federal debt to the public rose to 59% of GDP by mid-June 2010 from 38% in September 2008. How much borrowing leeway at current interest rates remains for U.S. Treasury financing is highly uncertain.

....The United States, and most of the rest of the developed world, is in need of a tectonic shift in fiscal policy. Incremental change will not be adequate. In the past decade the U.S. has been unable to cut any federal spending programs of significance.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...
obammyswhoremamy

Florence, AL

#21 Jun 19, 2010
Yup Americans in congress are blocking more socialist hand outs and record deficit spending by the commissar obama and his commie thugs in congress- America is coming for obammy and his dwindling minority supporters

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