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Obama in Kansas slams Republicans over inequality

Posted by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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Obama in Kansas slams Republicans over inequality

The US and those seeking to join or remain in its middle class are facing a 'defining moment', Mr Obama said

US President Barack Obama has drawn a clear distinction between Democratic and Republican economic arguments in a rare address in the state of Kansas.

In Osawatomie, he echoed President Theodore Roosevelt, who spoke there in 1910, saying the US faced a "make-or-break moment for the middle class".

Mr Obama's remarks come less than month before the first Republican vote to choose a presidential nominee, in Iowa.

A Republican spokeswoman said Mr Obama was "desperately trying new slogans".

While Mr Obama has spent recent months touring the US calling for the passage of his American Jobs Act, the Kansas speech saw him depart from the specifics of that legislative plan

Instead the president offered a broader critique of key Republican ideas on how the economy can be revitalised.

"Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well, I'm here to say they are wrong," Mr Obama said.

'Gaping inequality'

Making his first visit as president to Kansas - a solidly Republican state in recent presidential elections - Mr Obama slipped up right at the start of his remarks.

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"It's great to be back in the state of Texas," he said, before correcting himself and using the first part of his speech to focus on his own family's Kansas roots.

While he did renew his call for Congress to pass an extension of a payroll tax cut due to expire at the end of 2011, the speech also focused on growing levels of income inequality in the US.

"This kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise at the very heart of America: that this is the place where you can make it if you try," Mr Obama said.

Such inequality "distorts our democracy", he told those listening at a local high school.

President Obama's Texas-Kansas mix-up

In a nod to the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement - if not to its argument - Mr Obama told Kansas supporters that sharing responsibilities for the economy's success were not "1% values or 99% values".

"Most of the Republicans in Washington have refused, under any circumstances, to ask the wealthiest Americans to go to the same tax rates they were paying when Bill Clinton was president," he said.

Mr Obama did not limit his criticism solely to current economic debates, reaching back to the "trickle-down" theory that has long been used to rationalise tax cuts for the wealthy.

He described the idea as fundamentally flawed.

"It doesn't work. It's never worked. It didn't work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression," Mr Obama said, "It's not what led to the incredible post-war boom of the 50s and 60s. And it didn't work when we tried it during the last decade."

Republicans criticised Mr Obama on his attempts to tie the speech back to Theodore Roosevelt, saying that the 1910 speech was also about failed promises in politics and Mr Obama had failed to rebuild the economy.

In addition to his indictment of Republican economic principles, Mr Obama called for legislation that would create stronger penalties for financial firms that repeatedly violate anti-fraud laws.


by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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grlygrlz2
by on Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:53 PM
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In Hawaii he thought he was in Asia, in Kansas he thought he was in Texas.  He thinks there are 57 states...   His polices are a major problem to the people of THESE United States.  

29again
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2011 at 12:13 AM
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Oh, good grief!  And I'm supposed to believe that this man knows best how to run this country when he obviously knows diddly-squat about this country???  Sounds like he needs to open a geography book along with that book on economics.


His call for legislation that creates stronger penalties for financial firms that repeatedly violate anti-fraud laws bothers me...   don't we already have legislation that deals with this?  Seems like he has a personal problem with Wall Street and the bankers, in spite of them being the ones bankrolling his campaigns.

jewjewbee
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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Inequality and Income disparity is what made this country great.

Clearly the asshole never had an Economics lesson in his Socialism classes. Or he would know that.

This push for everyone to become equal is really getting old, and making everyone poor. We just can't get rid of this assshole soon enough. The country has run out of everyone else's money and this fool is still looking to see who he can shakedown. The people who listen to this fool and believe him, I no longer have words for.

jewjewbee
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 8:09 AM

"It doesn't work. It's never worked. It didn't work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression," Mr Obama said,

 

A history lesson or an economics lesson or even a US History course would show him the real reason why 1929 happened. Instead of his teleprompter.

http://www.buyandhold.com/bh/en/education/history/2000/joseph_kennedy.html

Joseph Kennedy,A patriarch to the Democratic party ,was almost solely to blame for the Great Depression.

jewjewbee
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warning/

Mr Obama could have educated himself with one hour of watching this documentary and discovered the reason for the current recession.He would have also learned that the incompetents he assigned to his current cabinet, were the major players named in the documentary as being directly at fault for the crisis in 08.

But no, he will never accept responsibility or educate himself as long as there is someone else to blame.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Dec. 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM


100% agree. Quote:

"Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well, I'm here to say they are wrong," Mr Obama said.


 

jewjewbee
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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^because having someone else feed and clothe you is easier.

I'm here to tell you that I'm getting tired of feeding and clothing people that don't have my last name.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Dec. 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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No one has EVER had to feed or clothe me...

he is speaking of de-regulation AND no seocial services.

letting corporations and wall street fix themselves has NEVER worked and will NEVER work

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because having someone else feed and clothe you is easier.

I'm here to tell you that I'm getting tired of feeding and clothing people that don't have my last name.


 

jewjewbee
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:


No one has EVER had to feed or clothe me...

he is speaking of de-regulation AND no seocial services.

letting corporations and wall street fix themselves has NEVER worked and will NEVER work

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because having someone else feed and clothe you is easier.

I'm here to tell you that I'm getting tired of feeding and clothing people that don't have my last name.


 

Thank God.

I am not sure even I could do it.

grlygrlz2
by on Dec. 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM
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Yet, Obama, his administration, and other bureacrats via policies, corporate cronyism, etc are busy picking winners and losers.  How is that about equality?   Yet another campaign moment where Obama has has shown himself to be a liar.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


100% agree. Quote:

"Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well, I'm here to say they are wrong," Mr Obama said.


 


~GrlyGrlz~

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