So, what happened to President Obama and the sequester cuts which are destined to take affect on March 1?
So, the President was against the automatic spending cuts, but signed the law anyway?
And, now he is demagoguing the Republicans to make a last minute deal to avert another fiscal calamity.
The American people are tired of the Kabuki theater which is the Obama “Perpetual Campaign” Administration. There is no need for another deal to increase taxes to support an increase in federal spending.
The Republicans should do nothing and let the sequester happen – the GOP will be blamed by Obama and the media anyway.
Chris, the entire gun control nonsense of the Far LEFT and the Obama Administration is going nowhere.
Blue state Senators will bellow and complain, but I doubt Harry Reid will even call up their legislation. Reid is smart enough to know that his Democratic Senators who are in red leaning states and up for re-election in 2014 will NOT want to vote for ANY gun control laws.
Obama tonight will move on to other items in his agenda – like taxes and ending the War in Afghanistan.
President Obama and his minions on the LEFT have the propensity of wanting to get their own way politically – no matter what.
When House Speaker John Boehner says the President wants to annihilate the GOP, he really is not joking.
President Barack Obama is aiming to “annihilate” the GOP during the president’s second term, House Speaker John Boehner says. “And given what we heard yesterday about the President’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a gathering of the Republican-oriented Ripon Society on Tuesday, a day after President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural address. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this Administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”
One major problem: The Constitution which was written to oppose despotism and dictatorial powers.
President Obama will try to quickly move his LEFTIST/PROGRESSIVE agenda, as he knows that a lame duck administration soon awaits.
However, the GOP House will NOT play ball and will force Senate Democrats who represent RED states to either side with the GOP or make unpopular votes that may endanger their 2014 re-election.
The chains that Obama will hold on his own party will be weak indeed.
The chains of Obama Big Government will take a while to break – but break they will.
If the Republicans allow RINO Chuck Hagel to be confirmed, the military will surely decline.
Even New York Times columnist David Brooks understands what Obama is doing with the Chuck Hagel appointment.
As the federal government becomes a health care state, there will have to be a generation of defense cuts that overwhelm anything in recent history. Keep in mind how brutal the budget pressure is going to be. According to the Government Accountability Office, if we act on entitlements today, we will still have to cut federal spending by 32 percent and raise taxes by 46 percent over the next 75 years to meet current obligations. If we postpone action for another decade, then we have to cut all non-interest federal spending by 37 percent and raise all taxes by 54 percent.
As this sort of crunch gradually tightens, Medicare will be the last to go. Spending on things like Head Start, scientific research and defense will go quicker. These spending cuts will transform America’s stature in the world, making us look a lot more like Europe today. This is why Adm. Mike Mullen called the national debt the country’s biggest security threat.
Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic president is going to slash defense, he probably wants a Republican at the Pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot.
Maybe President Obama looks better than GOP Speaker John Boehner and the feckless Republicans/Democrats in Congress. But, what about the law itself?
Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, but the legislation itself gets only a lukewarm reception from the public: As many disapprove as approve of the new tax legislation, and more say it will have a negative than positive impact on the federal budget deficit, the national economy and people like themselves.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, finds that 57% say that Obama got more of what he wanted from the tax legislation while just 20% say Republican leaders got more of what they wanted. And while 48% approve of the way Obama handled the fiscal cliff negotiations only 19% approve of the way GOP leaders handled the negotiations.
Republicans take a particularly sour view of the outcome: just 16% approve of the final legislation, and by a 74% to 11% margin they think Obama got more of what he wanted. Only 40% of Republicans approve of how their party’s leaders handled the negotiations; by comparison, fully 81% of Democrats approve of how Obama handled the negotiations.
Relatively few Americans expect that the tax legislation that resulted from those talks will help people like themselves, the budget deficit, or the national economy. Just three-in-ten Americans say the tax measure will mostly help people like them; 52% say it will mostly hurt. And even when it comes to the budget deficit, 44% say the deal will mostly hurt, while 33% say it will mostly help.
President Obama does not have to run for President again and the repercussions of the Fiscal Cliff legislation as of yet realized will have no effect on him. But, should the economy fail to rally his Democratic Party will pay the price at the 2014 elections.
Stay tuned as the details of fiscal cliff, sequestration and the debt limit play through the American economy. My bet is that Obama will NOT be viewed as a political winner, when all is said and done.
The buzzing will only increase, Mr. President.
President Barack Obama’s reelection effort spent millions on mobile ads that targeted down to the neighborhood level in battleground states, digital operatives for the campaign told Adweek.
And the victors claim targeting on-the-go voters moved the needle, underscoring a 2012 that saw the mobile marketing space seemingly toddle towards significantly impacting the larger advertising world.
In the case of mobile video ads, the Democratic operatives said they got click-through rates from 3 percent to 19.5 percent during the race’s crucial stretch run when Mitt Romney appeared to surge in late October and early November. The promos criticized the GOP candidate’s tax plan and praised Obama’s auto industry bailout, among other examples.
“We knew we had to be in mobile,” said Shannon Lee, the campaign’s digital lead who previously worked at interactive shop Digitas. “The work we did there was exciting because we felt it was directly impacting the election.”
The ads typically zeroed in on young, female and Hispanic voters in Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Iowa, Florida and Colorado, appearing via mobile properties owned by major regional news outlets such as the Cincinnati Enquirer, Detroit Free Press, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Des Moines Register, Miami Herald and Denver Post. The Obama digital team also bought ads directly from CNN, The Weather Channel, Associated Press and Pandora, leveraging through those publishers’ mobile apps.
And, the Romney campaign focused on television ads that made GOP political consultants richer. Nobody in the the targeted demographics probably even saw them.
You would have thought someone in the GOP would have learned from the drubbing they received in 2008.
And, now again in 2012.
Why, of course, President Obama is cool towards non-enforcement of marijuana laws.
President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters.
“It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal,” he said, invoking the same approach taken toward users of medicinal marijuana in 18 states where it’s legal.
There is precedent with the President not liking duly passed laws and refusing to enforce them. Examples include the Defense of Marriage Act and the Dream Act with regards to enforcement of the immigration laws.
Now, it is federal drug laws pertaining to marijuana.
If the President doesn’t like a law – no problem. It is no longer a priority.
Sounds like dictatorial type of powers to me….
Here is the video:
“Call your members of Congress. Write them an email. Tweet it using the hashtag #My2K.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 28, 2012
The President went on a PR offensive with his tweet and hashtag this morning.
The White House’s ‘My2k’ hashtag campaign is a success on Twitter, trending nationally on Wednesday and stirring up debate over the upcoming tax rate deadline. But conservatives are fighting back, appropriating the hashtag and arguing their side of the debate.
The #My2k hashtag began trending nationwide on Twitter on Wednesday morning when senior members of the administration — in a coordinated effort — began tweeting about the hashtag campaign. Use surged anew after President Obama’s speech about extending middle-class tax rates, when he urged supporters to call, write, tweet at and post on the Facebook walls of their members of Congress.
But, all Speaker Boehner and the House GOP leadership have to do is pass a bill.
Pass an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and block its automatic rise from 4.2 percent of wages to 6.2 percent. To raise that tax now and scoop off the discretionary income of most of America’s families in this anemic economy makes no sense economically or politically.
The House should then vote to extend the Bush tax cuts for another year, with a pledge to do tax reform — lowering tax rates in return for culling, cutting or capping deductions for the well-to-do in the new year.
Then let Harry Reid work his will. If the Senate votes to let Social Security taxes rise, let Harry and his party explain this to the middle class that gets hammered in January. If the Senate votes to let the Bush tax cuts lapse for those over $200,000, decide in the caucus whether to negotiate — or to go home for Christmas and New Year’s.
As for the automatic sequester that would impose $100 billion in cuts next year, half in defense, do nothing. Let it take effect. The budget has to be cut, and while these cuts are heavy on defense, the depth and mixture can be adjusted in the new year.
There you go – very expedient.
But, so far, Speaker Boehner appears to be tone deaf – even from members of his own party, like Rep. Tom Cole.
Plus, Obama’s effort is actually funny:
— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) November 28, 2012