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July 23, 2014

Obama Knocks GOP on Unemployment Extension, Tax Cuts for Wealthy (Video)

President Barack Obama attacked Republicans Friday for failing to pass an unemployment extension — or anything else on his agenda — while voting for a tax cut for the wealthy.

“They’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for more than three million Americans who are out there looking every single day for a new job, despite the fact that we know it would be good not just for those families who are working hard to try to get back on their feet, but for the economy as a whole,” Obama said during a campaign-style speech on the economy in Minneapolis. “Rather than invest in working families getting ahead, they actually voted to give another massive tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.”

When the audience booed, Obama said,  ”Don’t boo, by the way. I want you to vote.  I mean, over and over again, they show that they’ll do anything to keep in place systems that really help folks at the top but don’t help you. And they don’t seem to mind.”

During his re-election campaign, the president frequently said, “I don’t want you to boo, I want you to vote!”

Obama also knocked Republicans for being mad at his pen-and-phone executive agenda.

“If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, then why don’t you join me and we’ll do it together?  We’ll do it together. I’m happy to share the credit. You’re mad at me for doing some things to raise the minimum wage, let’s pass a law — Republicans and Democrats giving America a raise.

“If you’re mad at me for taking executive action to make it easier for women to find out if they’re not getting treated fairly in the workplace, let’s do it together. You can share the credit. You’re worried about me trying to fix a broken immigration system, let’s hold hands and go ahead and make sure that this country continues to be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. I want to work with you, but you’ve got to give me something. You’ve got to try to deliver something — anything.”

As of now, Obama’s agenda is a smoking ruin in Congress — from an unemployment extension to immigration — but it at least gives him red meat to drive his voters to the polls in November.

In an ABC interview that aired earlier Friday, Obama called the plans by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to sue him over his executive actions “a stunt.”

 

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  • left wing

    the great divider, nothing but lies and hate from obama the corrupt, liar in chief

    • John Boehner PIG

      As if John Boehner is not cutting his nose off to spite his face… Talk about a corrupt liar! Because John Boehner chooses not to act, this is the end spiral over 3.5 million long term unemployed, and their 2.5 million children face as each day passes:

      1) tapped out savings
      2) maxed out credit cards
      3) unable to pay bills
      4) critical utilities shut off
      5) unable to pay vehicle registration & insurance
      6) vehicles repo’d
      7) eviction, homelessness
      8) good credit is ruined, making it impossible to re-employ
      8) bankruptcy
      9) marital strain & divorce
      10) desperation, resentment. hate, and in some cases even death.

      ONLY JOHN BOEHNER CAN STOP THE SUFFERING! THE BLOOD IS SOLELY ON JOHN BOEHNER’S HANDS.

      • Rolexjobrani

        Stop typing about it and do something about it! Everything you bullit pointed above sounds like a human backed to the wall fighting for his or her lives???!!! Stop typing and unite ONLY 100k people of the 3.5 million that lost the UI… Till then no change!!!

        • guest

          Sebastian, you’re so obvious

          • Rolexjobrani

            The government is not on your side though… Their on the side of $$$… Then you most concede.

          • guest

            I believe there are politicians who genuinely want the best for the American people. Then there are those who are seduced by greed who will sell out for money while trying to make you think their an authentic representative of the people…. It’s a d@mn shame!

          • left wing

            yes, the dems and obama sold out long ago.

          • guest

            John Boehner handed out money in envelopes to his republican constituents from the tobacco companies on the house floor. What’s up with that?

          • left wing

            right, and the tooth fairy comes to your house

          • kd

            You’re lying through your tooth hillbilly!

          • cocerned

            Left wing, stage left, the hell out of here, no one wants to here your insensitive comments if this is not effecting you shut the hell up

            people Are fighting to get extended benefits hopefully it’ll be in place if for any reason you should lose your job

          • left wing

            sorry, but when self-employed people who risk all their money in their business quit, they do NOT get unemployment.

            get your messiah, to quit killing the economy and jobs and their might be a job for YOU>

          • cocerned

            Welfare for the wealthy, that’s what you want, while you make money off the sweat of your under paid employees that you may have, guest you don’t want the minimum wage raised do you? For you employees do ya, dude hey let’s keep going, how’s the health care at you business for your employees, oh wait for it how about sick days don’t want to give that to your employees do ya dude, OK yeah we know your type, back off Left Wing

          • Rolexjobrani

            Right, but unfortunately the government isn’t on your side! The house speaker is pretty much spitting in your face.

          • guest

            I wouldn’t put it like that but he is abusing his power and using American people as pawns in his game of disrespect to our commander in chief. He needs to go!

          • left wing

            no, obama

          • GOD

            ANYONE that believes the US government is for the people is SORELY mistaken.

          • left wing

            sorry, but the government can not take care of you your entire life.

          • guest

            I have spent 40+ years in the workforce thank you.

        • left wing

          it is not unemployment any longer

      • left wing

        keep your your lies and hate, it is all you have.

        • John Boehner PIG

          Nothing but truth. In my best Jack Nicholson, “you can’t handle the truth!:

          • left wing

            right, you keep lying and hating and like your messiah, you just LIE.

          • John Boehner PIG

            Listen Left Nut, the facts are the facts. Boehner is burning down millions of American families so that he can spitefully oppose anything and everything to solve the situation. The only lies and hate here are coming from you and the pandering empty suit John Boehner.

  • brunsk42

    Unemployment is suppose to be temporary, you have made it a career. Just admit your policies and regulation are hurting businesses and people around the country.. Keep listening to your donors instead of the people your suppose to protect and represent.

    • Waiting for work

      Please research Unemployment and how it works before you make completely assinine statements

      • left wing

        you should do that very thing. but I will help you out, employers pay into a state unemployment fund and a federal unemployment fund. the state pay out their money in benefits until they run out of money in bad times. they then borrow from the feds to keep paying. when the benefits run out. some time the feds will step in and pass an extension of benefits. that is what happened. when that extension ran out, and the “official” unemployment rate was much lower. another extension was not “deemed to be needed”

        now that the November elections are coming, the democrats and obama are trying to buy votes with their cries for an extension. before that not much.

        • guest

          Where does the employer get the money to pay into the state tax fund? Through the labor of it’s employee’s. Where does the money come from for the federal unemployment fund? Our working class pool of tax payer dollars. Sure as he!! doesn’t come from tax exempt big business. Why did the ” official ” rate of unemployed appear to be lower? Because the denied unemployed weren’t part of the count. The Democrats want this extension because it’s the right thing to do.

          • left wing

            no, but keep your illusions, your hate and your lies.

          • guest

            I’m not hating, I just want to see an end to the corruption. I have nothing to lie about. I’m just stating my opinion.

          • left wing

            fine, but the unemployment figures come from the obama administration. all employers, tax exempt and for profit pay into unemployment. employees DO NOT PAY unemployment taxes. employees do pay half of social security, medicare, and in some states part of workmen s compensation insurance. the unemployment rate at the state level varies by the business and it’s turn over in employees. the federal rate is fixed.

          • kd

            All I know is without the working class employees the machine stops running. The machine not running means employers make no money. The working class is the heartbeat of this country that keeps it rolling. Unemployment insurance is for the unemployed. It was created for the unemployed and should be available to the unemployed, PERIOD………

          • murica-is-f’d

            peat and repeat

  • Rolexjobrani

    Their you go folks, Obama and the Dems are using this as a campaign stratagy come voting time… Since you are all too fat and lazy to march on Capital Hill or the White House please continue to was down your Cheetos with a diet coke… Type on these sites with comfort knowing McDonalds and Taco Bell are .25 miles away for you to get your fix and keep on typing. If this was serious issue and people where LOSING their homes, families and life savings then their should have been a million man march!!!! A revolution!!!! They don’t care about you people!!!! Here is the proof, the President himself is saying that this is being used by his party as an election tool! Start acting like humans that are backed to the wall and are fighting for their lives! Till then you are all pawns in this corrupt government!

    • Waiting for work

      You are truely an IDIOT

      • Rolexjobrani

        And you are very WISE.

    • Guest

      Its well known many of these people are lazy and unmotivated. You don’t expect them to do much of anything except whine…but they’re good at that.

      • murica-is-f’d

        Your mom moans and whines when i take it to her vag

    • murica-is-f’d

      I was busy doing your mom.

  • guest

    John Boehners tax cut for the wealthy is more important to him than looking out for the unemployed or any other issue that would benefit America’s working class. Can’t be mad at the President for trying to help people, the Republican’s in congress sure as hell aren’t doing it. Ask not what the GOP can do for you… Ask what or how much money can you give to the GOP.

    • Rolexjobrani

      Are you people really born with Sheep brains???!!! “Don’t boo, I want you to vote” he don’t give a rats butt! He is using this as a political strategy for the Dems come voting time!

      • guest

        Rolex..huh! Another agent of chaos troll.

        • Rolexjobrani

          No, keep on typing…that’s the way to make change!

          • guest

            Bad move for the Republican’s to pay you to troll for them.

          • Rolexjobrani

            Are you serious???? The republican nor the dems give a rats ass about the unemployed!!! Change is made with action!!! If their where seriously millions of Americans losing their lively hood their should have been a march of at least 100k to the white house or the house demanding a vote! Till then no change, just a bunch of pawns being used in a political back and forth between dems and repubs.

          • Staying Motivated

            As much as I hate to say it, this guy Rolexjobrani is right. I’ve been advocating for the Unemployed ever since they cut it off at the end of December. There are only a few in DC that really care. There has to be some action that disrupts their lives before any of them (ie. Congress/President/Any Politician) will do anything about it. I know a lot of the RenewUI families can’t afford to travel to DC but something has to be done to get their attention.

          • Rolexjobrani

            AMEN!!! I personally don’t need UI… But I know wrong from right! The people can’t even get 100k signatures signed ona white house petition?!!!

            I bet if only 10k people emailed CNN or ABC and forced them to put these petitions and this whole fiasco on the front line.. Soon change would happen

          • guest

            We don’t know all the stories on that. A lot of people say they were blocked when trying to sign in.

          • Staying Motivated

            I heard stories of people having problems as well with petitions plus I see so many separate ones instead of just one primary petition. I am one of the original 99ers from 2008. If it wasn’t for UI extensions back then I would never had made it till now to get a great stable job and be able to do my part. A lot of people bash the Unemployed, which I think is wrong because it’s not a hand out. You have to prove you are looking for a job before you get money, which isn’t a lot. I think both sides are playing hardball since it’s election time and hurting whomever they can to take control. Just my 2 cents.

          • Guest

            Saying you’re looking for a job and just sending resumes out randomly is not really proving you’re looking for work. Don’t try and make it sound as if you were really trying while you sat back and collected 2 years worth of free money. Because no one believes that, except for a few dummies.

          • Joy Palardy Barby

            Really, that’s what over 3 million people want to do instead of working! You’re dummy here if you really believe that!

          • guest

            For everyone that does there is one that doesn’t. You can claim whatever you want on the internet. No one believes you people anymore. When are you going to that EUC? Any day now?

          • murica-is-f’d

            Your mom sits back and collected 2 years of my se men, in her mouth

          • Guest

            90K blocked? BS!

          • guest

            Never said 90K Sebastian.

          • guest

            That would be my point about being able to travel. I agree and believe there is corruption on both sides of the isle. I put most of the blame on John Boehner for refusing to move on this. Several reps. are trying to get the attention but it doesn’t help when other Countries problems seems to grab the attention.

          • Ralph

            The longer the Democrats can drag it closer to the November election the better it is for the Democrats to win the house again and it will be better for the unemployed to get back pay and the extension pass , all though it maybe a little late for some families it will still help them.

          • Waiting for work

            We would be thrilled to march on Washingon. As soon as YOU pay for all of us to get there. Most of us don’t have enough money for gas to even get o an interview much less a plane ticket across the country to protest

          • Rolexjobrani

            Why should I pay? I’m not unemployed. I do though see wrong from right. You must find a way to be at least 100k strong united with one large voice.. Do you know how much media coverage alone this would receive? If this were to happen UI with retro would pass in a week.

            Your above comment sounds like someone who is dying from thirst but asking me to produce a well… You must find away! When the House speaker is spitting in your face like King Henry its time to stop typing and start rallying by any means necessary. The strength is in numbers and so is the change.

          • Waiting for work

            You missed the point. We have not had any income from Dec. Anyone that thinks we can afford to “march on Washington” is out of touch with the reality of our plight. Maybe if we had known in Jan the republicans would block Every Single Bill to help us, we could have had a chance to march. But I don’t think any of us thought congress would leave us stranded. On the plus side though, we will be showing them our appreciation for their inaction in Nov

          • Joy Palardy Barby

            Exactly what I was thinking!

          • Sugi

            livelihood

        • Joy Palardy Barby

          He’s all over these EUC articles…troll he is and crap he spews! Don’t listen to him, their are more of us in this predicament and know the truth of it all! Only people with mental issues will kick a dog when it’s already down and that’s the evil he spreads!

      • Wayne Heddinger

        TROLL !

        • Guest

          Troll calling out a troll? That’s the spirit.

          • Wayne Heddinger

            blow me TROLL !

          • Guest

            is that your best comeback TROLL? Work on it.

          • murica-is-f’d

            I came on your moms back

    • left wing

      nice lies

      • guest

        You like that troll? good!

    • proud confederate

      whats importiant to boehner is the 365,000.00 dollars he has inversted in canadian oil cumpanies that will pay off big for him, if he can use the well being of 4 million americans as a ransom to extort the passage of the keystone pipeline.

      • kdjustice

        I’d like to see the justice dept. put him under a microscope and burn his a$$.

  • guest

    Any damage done to the Republican party was self inflicted by the Republican party. Their own activities or lack of activities has made a statement to the American working class. Vote!

    • blackstarESP

      Amen.

    • Ralph

      The Republican Party just cut their own throat with the action they took on the unemployment bill.

      • biggin

        true that

      • Sugi

        You’re forgetting about their statements about women, closing of women’s health centers, pay equality, veterans, unions, the environment, outsourcing, etc, etc. Pretty much everybody has been screwed over by them and if you’re not the 1% and you keep voting for them, my guess is, you didn’t even finish high school.

        • left wing

          BS

  • Rolexjobrani

    He’s not signing it!!! I don’t understand how you people can’t see that he is using this as one of the tools for the dems come voting time… I know to accept this all hope is gone for the millions of Americans that have put into this program for years and years through hard work. Their will be no change until the affected rise and become one LOUD voice in front of the House of reps.

    • Waiting for work

      He has nothing to sign. The SOTH refused to put the bill on the floor to vote. If the Repubs would start passing bills that actually help the middle class instead of obstructing this country would have a chance. But they only pass bills for millions of tax cuts for the rich

      • left wing

        BS

        • guest

          You put a lot of thought into that reply.

          • left wing

            all the post deserved

    • left wing

      you did not pay into unemployment, your employer did and all the money has been spent.

      • biggin

        if I work for someone to make them money and they pay into unemployment then I consider myself paying into unemployment enough said

        • peter biggs

          Very well said sir,I cant agree more

        • susan

          Damn straight! Many of our grandparents worked hard for labor reform, and so we have these benefits, social security, disability, etc. Now because of the weak economy, many of us have been laid off after working 30, 40 years and never claiming benefits. I know just as much about self reliance and independence as anyone else, but believe it or not- a person may actually lose a job through no fault of their own, and get to a place where they need a hand. Signed, Just as American as you are, Brother.

        • Guest

          Neither you or your employer funded any euc account. The years that it was paid out it was borrowed money. You have no personal euc account dummy.

          • guest

            Take it from Sebastian Klay, he knows everything. His vast knowledge of our political system is astounding and his name calling is impeccable………..NOT!…………………….

          • murica-is-f’d

            Your wife borrows money from you to pay me so i can plow her vag and skeet skeet all over her titttttties!!!!!!

          • proud confederate

            my personal account is that i am an american who has paid into the federal fraud system for my entire life

          • biggin

            I am so sick of you a-holes saying the money is borrowed, when you borrow money from a bank do you pay it back ? the same applies for EUC the money is borrowed from the feds and paid back from unemployment accounts collected from employers. So if I work for many years and money is contributed to unemployment by my employer then yes I feel I am entitled to EUC

        • left wing

          you are still wrong, you can keep your fantasies

      • Sugi

        You do pay into the state’s unemployment fund. I’ve done payroll. Look at your check stub. Your employer pays into the federal fund. Bohner steals the money so there’s nothing to give you.

        • left wing

          no, done payroll for years, and you do not pay it. your employer does

      • murica-is-f’d

        Your mom paid me, to coat her throat

      • proud confederate

        you are correct, my employer paid for my share of unemployment insurance….for every hour of my labor, for almost 30 years

  • Wayne Heddinger

    he can’t sign it…he has no authority to do so….if he could he would…just like min wage etc…he doesn’t have the authority !….petitions do nothing more than get him to talk about it…nothing more !

  • Jazzy

    I have interviewed with 4 different companies in person, still nothing. Not to mention the hundreds of resumes I’ve sent out or 15 phone interviews I’ve had, still nada. And I have a really good college degree and 10 years of work experience.

    I have no suit to interview in, that was sold 2 months ago for food to raise my 13 year old daughter. I was thinking about stealing lunch meat from the grocery store yesterday..

    This EUC debacle is so scary. Anyone LTU who has been advocating for renewui is now on their last leg. I have a social security disability mental exam on Monday morning, and Im going to let SSD know how bad I want to hurt people and myself. It seems that eating someones face off will be sufficient at this point. If you are near me, don’t look me in the eyes I will hurt you.

    • Guest

      They’ll have you observed and locked up, you try that crap.

    • Sugi

      Have you tried food stamps?

  • Bayou Mudbugg

    bout time!!!!

  • Ava’s Granddad

    Boehner has broken off more than he can chew. How dare he threaten to sue a sitting president and think life is rosey. Heller wanted President Obama engaged, well, how do you like him now? After two months of silence, he finally spoke on behalf of the long-term unemployed. He didn’t mention retro pay, the Democrats have ran from that, but with some American public pressure, let’s hope he will once again lead a charge for retro. No time for baby steps, too many of us are facing homelessness. Mr. President, order Senatos Heller and Reed to insert retro into their latest unemployment bill, please.

    • Icare

      I don’t like Boehner and his underhanded way of doing business, but why did it take 6 months and a threat of a law suit to get the president to finally do something???

      For We The People… It’s A Place To Start… Created For Those That Asked For A Place To Post Their Stories To Be Used In The People’s Fight For Change!

      These blogs will be sent to D.C., all the News Media’s, All State Capitals, All of our greedy self righteous forked tongued government officials including states starting in the beginning of October.

      In The U.S. States and Territories Blogs Page You Will Find Blogs For Every State And Six Territories In Alphabetical Order.

      These are blogs created for the unemployed by state and they are also for the employed and unemployed to exchange ideas for helping the unemployed, unemployment updates in your state, activities within the state, tracking what is happening in our country including all of your elected government officials within your state and much more.

      Hecklers are banned from the blogs, so if you want to harass others for what they have to say, know that your comments and postings will never be seen and your email, domain, ip will be banned!!!

      The page titled We The People United As One is a blog for all of us to exchange ideas and keep updated for all states. This is not a site for people putting people down, being out of line, propaganda, or illegal activities, if you do… you will be banned from all blogs.

      These blogs are for everyone, state by state, to stay in touch, stay informed, exchange ideas, help each other to survive and fight for changes in the way our government has gotten out of hand.

      Blogs are easy to join and have chat.

      http://www.the-unemployed-american-people-our-government-left-behind.yourtrafficmanager.com/

      • biggin

        retro is never going to happen and by the time they get to any kind of unemployment extension it will be time for Congress to be on their well deserved August vacation which is the way that the whole damn Congress wants it

        • Sugi

          If they had to add those whose benefits have expired back into the equation and show the REAL unemployment numbers, it would look too bad for this president and toxic congress. Although, who believes the news anymore?

      • Ava’s Granddad

        The Heller-Reed bill or the House bill that mirrors it, does nothing but anger me. Without retro, because they really aren’t giving us 5 months, it is useless to those who were cut off from the E.U.C. at no fault of our own. President Obama should tell Congress to re-insert the retro language, into the bill and pass it today, because we are losing brothers and sisters to homelessness and mental instability, everyday this b.s. between elected Congressional officials, continues.

        • Cinderella

          Dean Heller and Reed are doing the best, we need to be happy with any help

  • Icare

    For We The People… It’s A Place To Start… Created For Those That Asked For A Place To Post Their Stories To Be Used In The People’s Fight For Change!

    These blogs will be sent to D.C., all the News Media’s, All State Capitals, All of our greedy self righteous forked tongued government officials including states starting in the beginning of October.

    In The U.S. States and Territories Blogs Page You Will Find Blogs For Every State And Six Territories In Alphabetical Order.

    These are blogs created for the unemployed by state and they are also for the employed and unemployed to exchange ideas for helping the unemployed, unemployment updates in your state, activities within the state, tracking what is happening in our country including all of your elected government officials within your state and much more.

    Hecklers are banned from the blogs, so if you want to harass others for what they have to say, know that your comments and postings will never be seen and your email, domain, ip will be banned!!!

    The page titled We The People United As One is a blog for all of us to exchange ideas and keep updated for all states. This is not a site for people putting people down, being out of line, propaganda, or illegal activities, if you do… you will be banned from all blogs.

    These blogs are for everyone, state by state, to stay in touch, stay informed, exchange ideas, help each other to survive and fight for changes in the way our government has gotten out of hand.

    Blogs are easy to join and have chat.

    http://www.the-unemployed-american-people-our-government-left-behind.yourtrafficmanager.com/

    • Guest

      No one gets banned from torching you. These places want discourse, they get clicks and full comment pages. You couldn’t be more wrong…you’re just make up crap.

  • YONATAN C

    The Republican & Democratic parties both have failed the three million unemployed workers without an extension bill since late last December. These families have fallen deeper into financial ruin and deep poverty, over the past six months, waiting for the senate to pass the extension bill. While billions of tax payer dollars have been approves for the Ukraine, and the defense of Europe, no action has been taken to pass the extension bill in the senate. The republicans spent more energy and focus on getting the Koch brothers oil pipeline passed, then they did with any other bill to help average Americans in need. They have proven themselves to be a party lacking in both compassion, and common decency. These millions of families have lost everything while waiting for the government to help them

  • Eric Hollenbeck

    Just another example how we are being used for political gain

  • Tom_F

    This is O’s strategy, finally revealed after eight months. He doesn’t want to solve this problem, or he (and the D Congress would have found $8 billion) would have done so. If he can get gay partners buried in Arlington, we can see where his priorities are. He doesn’t want to solve any problem, if the ongoing problem can get you to VOTE!

  • Laying DUCK

    That’s the problem O hasn’t been using his pen and phone!!! He’s been out campaigning again as usual. He hasn’t stopped since he won office. Just another talking point. He makes Pinocchio look bad!!!

  • Laying DUCK

    That’s the problem O hasn’t been using his pen and phone!!! He’s been out campaigning again as usual. He hasn’t stopped since he won office. Just another talking point. He makes Pinocchio look bad!!

  • happtakytrails

    No IRS headlines. I guess Roll Call is still in Obama’s back pocket.

    OBama tells ALL these news outlets what to print and yet he stills complains about their coverage.

    Liberals are just POS with no shame or brains.

    If any members of my family ever became journalist, I think I would stop talking to them.

    They would be like a member of the mafia to me.

    • proud confederate

      government media complex
      look it up

  • jennifer

    Obama – gee thanks. He waits months to say anything about 3 million of us at UI and now he does it on Friday before another recess when nothing can be done. And now he’s campaigning for the November elections off our backs. Little do the democrats know – we got their number. They screwed us too. Left UI out of the budget deal and all major bills to go through these last 6 months. Which one is the biggest slap in the face? The skills act. Should have been paired with UI this week but what did we hear instead? Sorry 3 million people, you know the retro payments we promised you for the last 5 months, well we changed our minds about that. The ONLY thing the democrats & obama compromised since the senate bill passed the senate on April 9th was our f’ing retro. Not the R&D tax credit, not the medical device tax…nope. Our retro. The democrats failed us. We know who the GOP are. We know they wanted something in exchange for UI but the president and democrats didn’t think we were worth it. Yeah USA!!!!

    • Mike

      As someone who has been following this charade in excruciating close detail since December, I agree with you 100% in everything you just said.

  • Ralph

    The Jews had Adolf Hitler , we the 3. million have John Boehner for destruction of our holocaust.

  • Ralph

    Free America has a dictator and his name is not Saddam Hussein, no his name is John Boehner , what a sad day for the American people

    • left wing

      empty trough, ralph

  • Ralph

    John Boehner should be charge on human right law , due to all the families life he destroy , just like Saddam Hussein was by his people.

    • left wing

      poor little insane lefty, no one filled your trough?

  • Chuckawobbly

    Ridiculous. The Greedy Old Plutocrats must not want votes in upcoming elections of those they are throwing under the bus.

    • Sugi

      Alot of low IQ types will vote for them anyway because they’re Christians or Bubbas.

      • kd

        Now we’re talking religion?….Talk about low IQ…..What is a Bubba? Dah!

  • pm1

    The only thing these do-nothing obstructionist Republicans would give Obama is a skin bleaching.

    • Guest

      bsnbc calls him white anyway.

    • left wing

      nice hate and lies, every think?

  • Bayou Mudbugg

    bout freaking time!!

  • murica-is-f’d

    Sebastian hiding as a guest i see

    • guest

      Guest, with a capitol G.

      • murica-is-f’d

        I figured. He’s such a Bit ch.

        • kd

          I switched back to my initials because he changed up to guest instead of Guest. He is a little bi..otch!

  • Ivan

    Where were these comments in February Mr. President? I find your timing very suspect. I know there is something up your sleeve. This reminds me of Robert Shapiro after the O.J. trial trying to distance himself from Cochran and Scheck, when he was right in the middle of it. He made sure he got his money. If he was so disgusted, pro bono would have been the way to go. Mr. President, you and Boehner are riding in the same canoe. We know you are just pretending and your agenda will become clear shortly

  • ArmedLiberal

    The Greedy Old Plutocrats and their Teapublicans attack dogs and trying to destroy an American way of life that created the middle class.

    Teapublicans are responsible for the emergency unemployment bill from being in the budget.Teapublicans cut the 12month extension Democrats proposed down to 5months.
    Boehner then held that shortened bill hostage for the Koch brothers Keystone XL boondoggle. Calling the 50 permanent American jobs it would create a serious job creation measure.

    Vote Democrat in November and get America back to work.

  • Sugi

    At least he’s finally speaking up.

    • Todaysfate

      Too little too late

  • charles

    13 years in the United States Marine Corps, lost my job through no fault of my own, and now live in a homeless shelter. I never should have served.

    • Todaysfate

      Sadly …. for some it’s that very service that puts them in a shelter over someone else who might have to live in the streets. What a benefit huh?

  • Todaysfate

    The fact no one wants to discuss. What we are dealing with is something that we as a society or a species has never had to deal with before. What this is … is the effect of overpopulation. Plain and simple. There is no denial at this point. They way things worked in the past is that all the riches and wealth would accumulate at the top, but the people at the top would grow old and die. They don’t take money with them … it would be re-distributed to the masses one way or another. A perpetual cycle. People are living longer now. The wealth is sitting at the top. This system worked well before, when “most” people were living well enough, at least with meager jobs, able to keep food on the table and gas in the car. When every 30 years or so there would be a major ground war where hundreds of thousands would die. That doesn’t happen anymore. But now that there are just TOO many people the system is falling apart. … Result. They DONT WANT to help this segment of people who are close to being out on the streets or they already would have. Someone at the VERY top of the human chain wants to get RID of people one way or another. Maybe the bird flu didn’t spread like it was supposed to a few years back. I don’t know. I don’t normally think conspiracy theory’s but the fact of the matter is about as obvious as the sky is blue when you see the attitude coming from some of these supposed lawmakers. They simply think the unemployed are dead weight and that in the end no one will miss them when they are gone. Sadly, some of my neighbors seem to think the same way as long as its “not me”. Its like a survival of the fittest attitude. These are rich people. It’s not that they don’t care. It’s that they know that in order for the other 90% to survive, 10% have to go. And by go I mean GONE. Too many fish in the tank, they start dying. Too many animals in the wild. That’s why there is a hunting season. So when humanity reaches a certain point, its either take some of them out or let them destroy themselves. I’ll try to let you all know if men in black come to take me away now.

  • Todaysfate

    The fact no one wants to discuss. What we are dealing with is something that
    we as a society or a species has never had to deal with before. What this is … is the effect of overpopulation. Plan and simple. There is no denial at this point. They way things worked in the past is that all the riches and wealth would accumulate at the top, but the people at the top would grow old and die. They don’t take money with them … it would be re-distributed to the masses one way or another. A perpetual cycle. People are living longer now. The wealth is sitting at the top. This system worked well before, when “most” people were living well enough, at least with meager jobs, able to keep food on the table and gas in the car. When every 30 years or so there would be a major ground warwhere hundreds of thousands would die. That doesn’t happen anymore. But now that there are just TOO many people the system is falling apart. … Result. They DONT WANT to help this segment of people who are close to being out on the streets or they already would have. Someone at the VERY top of the human chain wants to get RID of people one way or another. Maybe thebird flu didn’t spread like it was supposed to a few years back. I don’t
    know. I don’t normally think conspiracy theory’s but the fact of the matter is about as obvious as the sky is blue when you see the attitude coming from some of these people. They simply think the unemployed are dead weight and that in the end no one will miss them when they are gone. It’s like a survival of the fittest attitude. It’s not that they don’t care. It’s that they know that in order for the other 90% to survive, 10% have to go. And by go I mean GONE. Too many fish in the tank, they start dying. Too many animals in the wild. That’s why there is a hunting season. So when humanity reaches a certain point, it’s either take some of the out or let them destroy themselves. I’ll try to let you
    all know if men in black come to take me away now.

  • charles

    Blah blah blah blah tell us something we dont already know?

  • Frank

    Had Obama been really serious he would have called Sen. Harkin and told him that his jobs bill must include an UI extension. That would have satisfied the Republican demand and long term unemployed would get their much needed benefits. That didn’t happen. And now Obama and the dems can continue to use the Republican obstructionism as a talking point. We may be needy, but we’re not total fools.

  • left wing

    obama and the dems have been blocking the UI for political gain, just like they exploit the children. use them and toss them like a used tissue.

    • Frank

      Republicans are far worse but dems are not nearly as clever as they think they are. Still, I would bet that they fool tens of millions. Republicans make no pretense. They just hate those who struggle and don’t care who knows it.

      • left wing

        no, you just believe the LIES that the democrats tell you.

        • Frank

          I haven’t believed anything that either party has said in a very long time. In the case of Republicans, I will never believe anything that they say again. Period.

          • erick

            The republicans believe in tough love. Love the privileged few and tough for everyone else.

  • greg huggins

    Obama couldn’t care less about unemployed !!!! He never even picked up that phone he uses to get involved, you people are just the fools he is counting on to believe in him !!!! HOW IS LIFE SINCE HE HAS BEEN PRESIDENT ?????

    • Frank

      When Obama took office we were already in a recession and on the brink of a depression. Obama prevented us from going into a depression and if you believe the news, both parties claim we are doing much better. I believe the rich are doing much better put the poor and middle class are sinking fast. The middle class is an endangered species.

      • left wing

        yes, obama is killing middle class jobs as fast as he can.

        • erick

          Instead of using federal letters of credit to bail out wall street banks to the tune of 7.7 trillion dollars, federal letters of credit could be used to create millions of high paid jobs. The transportation infrastructure can become a system of 300 mile per hour pollution free magnetic levitation trains similar to what is used in Germany, France, and China. This will create the worlds most efficient transportation infrastructure and open new areas to development.

  • eddieknucks

    It’s about damn time the president addressed the UIA issue and the only reason he did is because Boehner attacked him. Well he attacked us back in December and Obama said very little. The president will get praise from me when he acts. When he puts this issue back in the media by continuing to push for action. Back in the headlines so America can see how the Republicans have held millions of citizens hostage for their own agendas. How the Democrats have used this issue to make the GOP look bad and sway votes in their direction. Even though I am back to work, I have not forgotten and will continue to speak out on this injustice. Make them all pay at election time!

  • Scot Chipping

    To pay off its egregious debt, the US government would have to pay out a billion dollars – over 17,000 times.

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  • GChem 68

    Fear mongering is the primary tactic of today’s liberals and democrats: http://youtu.be/L9rTP6-57HE?t=16s

  • Jazzy

    Let me tell you about Mondays for LTU who have had their EUC cut off… While waiting for my ssdi mental exam (which took me six months of scheduling) I got a call for a face to face job interview 30 miles away, knowing I have $5 to my name and rent due in 2 days.

    After my ssdi interview i picked up food gift cards from my church. Then I checked my email and The number one company in the medical industry wants to have a phone interview.

    Then I get a call from another church who wants to buy me lunch and talk about helping with my rent.

    Monday…

    • Tracy Smith

      Did you have your ssi
      Interview , how did it go

      • Jazzy

        I thought It went okay. My life is so day-to-day, just trying to tread water. TY

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    IT’S NOW WAY PAST THE TIME FOR THE SENATE TO QUICKLY PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL, FOR THE THREE MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS WHILE THE REPUBLICANS PLAYED PARTY POLITICS IN THE SENATE, THESE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE FALLEN DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO FINANCIAL RUIN AND DEBT. THEY NEED IMMEDIATE HELP. IF THE REPUBLICANS CAN FIGHT TO GET THE KOCH BROTHERS OIL PIPELINE BILL PASSED, THEY SHOULD ALSO CARE ENOUGH FOR THE COMMON MAN TO GET THEIR BILL PASSED TOO

    • erick

      The republican party hates you and hates your way of life. The financial class wants to reduce the working class to the status of 3rd world peasants by imposing austerity and poverty. This is the class war in action.

  • Chuckawobbly

    Ridiculous. The Greedy Old Plutocrats must not want votes in upcoming elections of those they are throwing under the bus.

  • barrnone

    Over 3 million Americans driven into poverty by their govt is not partisan politics or obstruction it is treason. CNN and other news outlets report everything but this. Help us force them to report this story and when they do and the country knows the truth we can put some politicians on trial.

    thanks
    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/force-the-media-to-do?source=c.fwd&r_by=10184902

  • lowCal90

    In this related YouTube video we find the least popular Congressional leader, Harry Reid, obstructing funds for children with cancer: http://youtu.be/O0lFyFJeZSY?t=1m22s

  • charles

    I WILL VOTE, AND TRY TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN TO VOTE!

    • erick

      My pet cats vote absentee ballot every election cycle. Also, register dead people in the grave yard to vote absentee ballot.

  • Jazzy

    EUC update, please let everyone know that Kildee/LoBiondo House bill DOES INCLUDE RETRO. LTU we need everyone supporting Kildee/LoBiondo. I just spoke with Kildee’s DC office and confirmed this.

    The bill in the Senate mirrors the bill in the House, EXCEPT THE SENATE BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE retro. The mirror bill by Kildee/LoBiondo in the HOUSE DOES INCLUDE RETRO.

  • The Roadster

    Per Article 1, Section 8 of our sacred Constitution, Congress alone has the power to borrow money on the credit of these united states.

  • Jon Swift

    Combined liability for Social Security and Medicare is around $220,000 per US inhabitant.

  • donna

    If you really want to get back at members of Congress and the corporations that bankroll them:
    1. File bankruptcy. 2 million Americans filed bankruptcy in 2005 and started a stock market spiral that ended with Wall Street asking Main Street for help. 7 million Americans have no income other than food stamps and 50% of American households don’t have even one member working. 5 millions Americans are unemployed. We need a do-over. If those who have been without income since December simply file bankruptcy, the stock market WILL tank again because Wall Street learned NOTHING from the last melt down and nothing has changed.And the next time, it will be the fire…NO bail out… we can leave them swinging in the wind just like they have left Main Street.
    2. Vote for anyone BUT an incumbent during the mid-term election. Every seat in the House is up for re-election. Don’t send any of them back in 2015. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans in the 113th Congress have done anything to represent the interest of their constituents. Give them the finger and let us start over. We need to show some loyalty to our Country and to our families, not these self serving political parties. If we stop cannibalizing each other and get rid of the fleas in Congress that are making our lives miserable maybe we can take our Country back and rebuild the middle class,

  • Unemployed

    The president supported GOP highway bill
    He has forgotten the unemployed American worker
    Only cares about illegals
    Free labor for his cronies at facebook

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