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Obama to announce help for middle class ahead of State of the Union

By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama is rolling out new initiatives for middle-class citizens on Monday, setting the stage for his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night.

Obama will tie together several themes in the speech, advisers said: the importance of job creation, the need to reduce the deficit and, as ever, the urgency of changing the way Washington works.

But his focus on the middle class will be critical as Obama tries to regain momentum after a series of political setbacks. To that end, he is announcing several concrete proposals, including:

-- nearly doubling the child and dependent care tax credit for families making under $85,000 a year;
-- limiting a student's federal loan payments to 10 percent of income above basic living allowance;
-- creating a new system of automatic workplace retirement savings accounts;
-- expanding tax credits to match retirement savings; and
-- expanding elder care help for the "sandwich generation" of baby boomers caring for parents and children.

In a meeting with Vice President Biden's Middle Class Task Force on Monday, Obama, a White House official said, "will lay out key investments for middle-class families that the president will discuss in his State of the Union address. In the State of the Union, the president will address his administration's efforts to fight for middle-class families who are struggling in this economy." The task force meets in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 11:25 a.m.

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  January 25, 2010; 8:58 AM ET
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More snake oil! Last time he made this grandstand about helping the middle class, seniors got a $250 check- WOW! He then raised the monthly cost of Medicare, and took away cost of living raises for 2 years for seniors.

Posted by: CayC | January 25, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, if you really want to help he middle class and cut unemployment, there is one simple and cheap thing you could push immediately. Mandate that all employers use E-Verify on present and future employees. This would free up most of the 8 million jobs now held criminally by illegal aliens for American workers and legal immigrants.

Posted by: Estoban | January 25, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

So long poor people... HELLO middle class!!

Posted by: newbeeboy | January 25, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"The people of the District of Columbia deserve full voting rights in the United States Congress. I hope President Obama agrees and decides to make mention of this fact in his 2010 State of the Union Address

Posted by: jmanthom | January 25, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

First, I would hope that anything the President announces will include JOB TRAINING for laid off professionals. Many are the middle class. Learning new skills will allow them to get jobs lasting beyond the period for review--three months.

That said, surely the emphasis is and should be JOBS, jobs, jobs. However, health care reform is tied to the economy and also the survival of the middle class and should not be eliminated from the agenda.

For now my concerns about the deficit is a distant fourth. Do what has to be done to create jobs, Mr. President. And now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NZCWsbvS50

Posted by: Victoria5 | January 25, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

HE IS A IGNORANT LYING SOB WHAT MAKES YOU THINK HES GOING TO CHANGE NOW!!! WHAT !!

HE IS JUST SNAKING HIS POLITICAL SLITHERING HYDE BACK INTO THE GAME |

I WILL VOTE HIS SORRY BUTT OUT!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | January 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@AverageJane: instead of looking down your nose at those you disagree with, how about trying to conduct a civilized discussion?

I'm a conservative Republican and I admit that my guy left things in a mess, and that Obama could hardly be expected to deal in one year with problems that were eight years in the making. I think he's doing what he believes to be best for America, but I wonder if he's really listening to the "silent majority" now that we're speaking up?

Don't take my word for it -- read Joe Klein's piece in the Feb 1 issue of Time (page 26):

"... most Americans [] have relentlessly told pollsters, that they are happy with the healthcare they currently receive and far more worried about other things. On this defining issue, the President and his party have lost touch with the country."

Get that last part? Not that the Dems have lost touch with conservatives, but with the whole country! When Dems start listening, maybe they can work with Republicans to get things straightened out.

Posted by: fgoodwin | January 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pgrv
The underlying problem that nobody has yet to post or discuss has to do with the 800lb elephant in the room -- over population.
Simply stated, the world is finite and the human civilization has now grown in size to where there are not enough jobs to support an ever growing population. Population is the problem to elite and rich families that can't control how they have to pay us, the normal people and working force, before they can take a profit out of it. They would rather have all of us work just for the food and be happy to whatever we get. Poulation deffinetely is not a problem it is actulay a good thing that can create more jobs and bring more money to the government.

RESPOND;
WRONG; Simply Stated!!!
Of course population has to be controled, but we are nowhere even near to population that would put a stop to economic growth.In fact, the population is at perfect level and it can even take more, for the needs of consumers and for the needs of creating more businesses and jobs.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | January 25, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The underlying problem that nobody has yet to post or discuss has to do with the 800lb elephant in the room -- over population.

Simply stated, the world is finite and the human civilization has now grown in size to where there are not enough jobs to support an ever growing population.

In China, the population is 1.3 billion people, and the average wage is $5 per day.

With the invention of technology and automation, who's purpose is to eliminate labor as a factor of productivity since machines do not get sick or strike, work that once was performed by people is now performed by high technology.

Until the world population stops growing, and technological advancements stop supplanting people in work performed, the glide path to an eventual human catastrophe is preordained. It happened in Rwanda, it will happen elsewhere.

Just as America was the "new world" and "frontier" to alleviate the strained resources and crowding of Europe, our civilization must venture into outter space if we are to avoid the same fate as the dinosaurs.

Yes, such a pursuit will come at a great cost which some might say would best be used to cure the ills of the world, versus glactic exploration, however, finding and inhabiting the "new world" came at a great cost at the time -- as America's infrastructure and economy was initially built on the broken backs of serfs and slaves.

Sometimes, short term sacrifice must be considered for long term survival of a civilization.

Posted by: pgrv | January 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lincolnpark: The 1 trillion went to the auto industry, banks/wall street firms without any rules and extended unemployment an additional 26 weeks. He surrounds himself with wall street people and look who makes out....Several banks just made billions in profit, and I doubt they will be hiring anytime soon? He should have figured a way to get the money to the american public and let them spend, which would have create jobs. Give incentives to companies to hire and train instead of allowing them to go offshore. Why not charge a $10K fee for every offshore job? Why not lower everyone's mtg rate by 2% for 3 years? Now he wants to give money away to people that make under $85K and has kids....What about the millions of people that played by the rules, didn't over extend? Just seems the more you screw up, the better off the govt is willing to give away money. As an independent, my wife and I voted for Obama for change. Next time we won't unless he follows what he preached during his campaign. It's the economy first stupid.... followed by bringing back the troops and then work health care.

Posted by: larry40 | January 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for you Right Wing zipperheads to offer SOLUTIONS. You'd better have some because you're going to look like jack-@sses (again) if you're elected.

What are your solutions for:

Jobs
National Defense
Health Care
Energy

To name a few. I've heard ZERO from the right about real solutions. Just a bunch of whining and posturing. Where's the beef?

Posted by: Richard18 | January 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The timing of this "help for middle class" announcement is comical. Before the state of the union? Maybe he won't get booo'ed?(we are booing him at home)

This is the beginning of the Dems planning for the losses they fear in November.

They deserve their sinking poll numbers and growing opposition. What have they done for us this past year? Drove us all into further debt and depreciation! Nothing for the little-guy!

politicians disgust me


Posted by: JBfromFL | January 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

LOOK PEOPLE,MAKE NICE,OBAMA HAS NEVER RUN
A HOT DOG STAND OR DRIVEN A CAB.BUT HE IS
THE MAN YOU WANTED TO GUIDE OUR NATION.SO
EXPECT SOME SLIPAGE AND SMALL ERRORS IT'S
ONLY PART OF BEING A GREENHORN.WE LOVE HIS
SMILE,DRESSES GOOD SO WHAT DO YOU EXPECT
FROM A HARVARD MAN HUH.NOT BULA BULA, IT'S
THE CHANGE YOU WANTED,SO MAKE NICE.
ESCAPED FROM THE NUT HOUSE

Posted by: LUCKYDDOB | January 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The State of the Union
Will be about JOBS...

But it will all be bandaids..
Government debt to temporarily buy you off on a job the will not be there after the stimulus expires...and after the next election. More S O C I A L I S M...

o Education Welfare... as though on-line degrees are going to make up for 16 years spent -- working hard in school, living frugally, and really learning. But someone who has aready paid for their own education and helped their children; WILL be TAXED to pay for this bribe. And I am not talking about the super rich.

o Global Economy means competition...
He won't mention this !!!
Low skill workers in the USA must come to grips with reality. They have competition and have to meet it if they want a business and a job. If you want more money then ... spend less, don't buy a house you can't afford, buy your own education, save you money, tear up your credit card, shop wisely. Get a real Education.
The world is not going to go back in time.
Bandaids won't work...
Obama is just putting up a front for buying votes...as He preaches...

"TAKING FROM THOSE WHO HAVE EARNED IT.
AND GIVING IT TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
** S O C I A L I S M **

Where is the incentive to get ahead going to come from ... if you are taxed for succeeeding ???

Posted by: talketwo22 | January 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

2006, pelosi and reid, take a majority in the congress, with a mandate to end the war in Iraq.
Here we are, 4 years later,
and we are escalating Afghanistan,
and spending money like it grows on
trees! to butter up the democratic base.
Dodd got some nice deals,
so did Barney and Barrack,
the american people got
the boot.

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

just take all the money you are about to waste, and give it out to the people.
seems, giving the stimulus money to
special interest groups, has not helped our
economy. your union bosses and bankers
must be investing our stimulus money abroad, at least tax paying americans
might spend it. here in america.

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama totally incapable of hearing what the American people are saying? Is he so egotistically loquacious and arrogant that he really believes only HE can develop what he thinks people want?
---
Since when do you speak for all of the American people? Who's the one who's egotistical and loquacious? Where are your SOLUTIONS? zippo, nothing, nada. Smoke and mirrors. You had 8 long, dark years quite recently. What did you do? Nearly destroyed America.

Posted by: Richard18 | January 25, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama totally incapable of hearing what the American people are saying? Is he so egotistically loquacious and arrogant that he really believes only HE can develop what he thinks people want?

His first year has been an abysmal failure. His comments and actions -- not those of Bush -- are turning investors off. They are not going to be investing in the Land of Obama, only to see the sticky fingers of Geithner and crew come after future profits!

How will Gibbs, Jarrett, Axelrod and Obama blame this on Bush? He is turning out to be a total catastrophe!!

http://www.gallup.com/poll/125345/Obama-Approval-Polarized-First-Year-President.aspx

Posted by: wheeljc | January 25, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm middle class and I think we already owe enough money to the chinese and saudis, so no thanks. Selling me and future generations into economic slavery doesn't get my vote.

Posted by: peterg73 | January 25, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

How does any of this help to create jobs? Here's my critique:

-- nearly doubling the child and dependent care tax credit for families making under $85,000 a year. Well if you can;t afford to have kids, don't have them. Why should I as a taxpayer have to subsidize your children? And how does create jobs?


-- limiting a student's federal loan payments to 10 percent of income above basic living allowance. Why borrow so much money? Why should I subsidize students over-extending themselves? This only encourages universities to jack up their tuition and fees. And how does this create jobs?

-- creating a new system of automatic workplace retirement savings accounts. We already have Roth, 401Ks, IRAs, HSAs and in my case some supplemental plan. Yet ANOTHER plan? But if more and more of us have no workplace to go to, how will this work? And how does it create jobs?


-- expanding tax credits to match retirement savings. Why not just give us a tax cut and let us determine what we do with the money. And again, I do not see how this generates jobs.

-- expanding elder care help for the "sandwich generation" of baby boomers caring for parents and children. How much will this cost? And what kind of jobs does this create? Min. wage nurses' aide type employment?

I'm sorry, but these tweaky, incremental, targeted "plans" will do nothing to make our economy more competitive or create jobs. Just tinkering at the margins and spending yet more money we do not have.

Posted by: alonzoQuijana | January 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

First, Republicans knew that because of economic conditions, taxes had to be raised primarily because of the deficit.
As government spending during two wars has increased for over 8 years (without any equity gains) spending is astronomical. The dysfunctional party of Republicans claimed nearly 5 years ago, "We don't raise taxes in a time of war" Well, who the Hell pays for war then and what was a primary motivation for Nixon shutting down Vietnam (a limited incursion) and how are those war bond sales going today ?

Increasing taxes to run the government, pay for wars and to stimulate growth (while paying for unemployment while government revenues are reduced due to unemployment) seems to be the sensible path however it is a political liability. Hey, simple, don't want to raise taxes, end the wars. Don't want to stimulate the economy through additional spending, fine, let's have a real depression. Don't want to waste money on federal government spending, good, do what Walmart just did, 10% reduction in workforce across the board.

Obviously the Tea Party radicals are under covert political operative influence. Attempting to capitalize on taxation which was reduced, especially for One-Percenters, during a time of war was stupid. Bush/Cheney patted each other on the back as they reduced taxes for their cronies refusing to challenge the oil industry while ignoring regulation just as they ignored a Middle Class of America giving blood and money for selfish Republican pursuits. And of course, I suppose the Pursuit of Happiness is just for the self chosen few ? In any event Main Street America includes Phoenix, Arizona and through obstructionism, I suppose Arizona has little or no representation in Washington, D.C.

Posted by: truthhurts | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. I’d be happier without a cap and trade tax. If the president is so concerned with the middle class why did he agree to send our tax money to China and India to help them green up (where have all the good jobs gone)?

Posted by: AlanLeRoy | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama's political speech writers for the annual State of the Union address should focus on "here and now" status and accomplishments of first year in office setting the tone for the future.

We are tired of hearing "some effort but it was not enough and we have a long ways to go." American voters deserve to hear a Presidential action plan with time frames and results.

Even Obama's constituencies are feed up with his "hollow" promises. He did have audacity when he said he would continue of "fight" for us. This is an empty statement. Instead of "continue", he should say "start" becuase of public pressure from the American voters.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

How, exactly, is Obama "destroying the value of your home"? How is the government invading every part of your life?

Stop the hyperbole and come back to earth, folks. The president can only do so much to stimulate the economy. The basic choices are:

* spend money (already passed nearly 1T stimulus)
* lower Fed rates (near 0 already)
* lower taxes (the current proposal)

Beyond fiscal measures, we can lower trade barriers and lessen regulation. If you have a reasonable idea, let's hear it.

By the way - Scott Brown hails from a state with a very comprehensive health care plan which he fully supports.

Posted by: lincolnpark | January 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Kinda tough to get tax credits when you don't have a job and taxes to write them off against...kinda tough to send your kids to college and get those tax breaks when you don't have a job to even pay for college...kinda tough to get a workplace IRA when you don't have a workplace to go to....
Moronic....absolutely moronic....
Posted by: boosterprez
--------
Its easy to criticize Obama, especially when you leave out that fact that it was BUSH and the Republicans who destroyed millions of jobs in the first instance. Obama didn't hose the economy, the Republicans did. Anyone who thinks this is going to be fixed in a year needs his head examined. Get real. Obama has spent billions to improve infrastructure and promote green energy, both are badly needed and both create jobs. There have been tax credits for business's to hire. It is bogus to say Obama has done nothing. What are you and the Right offering? Instead of whining and taking pot-shots, offer a solution. But please don't offer America "trickle-down economics" again, which is all you seem to have. Its nothing but a fraud designed to enrich the fat-cats that contribute so heavily and who control the Republicans.

Posted by: Richard18 | January 25, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

He's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't!

Stupid 'little people' don't see that they have one of their greatest defenders in the White House in years.

Posted by: AverageJane
=============================
He sure is not defending the value of my dollar with this deficit spending.

Posted by: FredKnowsBest | January 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I like that,
force employers to create retirement funds,
this is classic,
quit taxing and changing the rules
every ten days, and maybe companies
would have the courage to hire.
17% unemployment,
and you use tax money to force
every employer to create a retirement fund.
you just don't get it!!

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Working class people don't want more welfare....they want a JOB...and I see nothing in these "proposals" that incentivizes job creation.

He's trying to grow the welfare class of dependency for his political future. There's nothing here for middle America to cheer about...he's doing NOTHING to create jobs.

Kinda tough to get tax credits when you don't have a job and taxes to write them off against...kinda tough to send your kids to college and get those tax breaks when you don't have a job to even pay for college...kinda tough to get a workplace IRA when you don't have a workplace to go to....

Moronic....absolutely moronic....

Posted by: boosterprez | January 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Gitmo Closed,
Gays can speak up in the military,
unemployment below 8%,
Affordable healthcare bargained from
both sides of the aisle.
Throw in the chicago Olympics,
and a workable global warming agreement,
that does not pass on costs to consumers.
All of our troops,
home from Iraq, and our total force numbers
in Afghanistan up Two Brigades,
5,000 per brigade.
instead of those republican tax breaks
to every rich person who buys a new car,
or a new house.
Keep up the great work, barrack.

Posted by: simonsays1 | January 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

So typical of the Democrats philosophy: make people dependent on government.

The answer is to create jobs!

We would have done better to have replaced every government car with natural gas automobiles than spending money the way we have. Jobs would have been created and we would have decreased money being sent to the Middle East and Venezuela.

Posted by: donbl | January 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Well So Much for Obama as being the
IDEOLOGY PRESIDENT...

He has "seen the light" and polls...
but not enough...

He is a feather in the wind.
Chicago politics of handing out bribes.

Posted by: talketwo22 | January 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is so concerned about the deficit that he plans to propose several new entitlement programs. But don't worry, these are "investments," a word that now means "any expenditures we regard as good." Perhaps the most ludicrous use of the word was when the President announced the U.S. would be making a $100 million "investment" in disaster relief in Haiti--a worthwhile and noble expenditure, to be sure, but in no conceivable sense an investment.

Posted by: Rob_ | January 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow; - only the left would believe this is REAL help for middle class. More deficit spending won't cure anything, it won't appeal to the anger of the electorate and it's certainly not a POPULIST message the liberal media keeps shoveling to the public. By all means Mr. President, "stay on course" and guarantee that there will be a sea change in the House and Senate after the 2010 election.

Posted by: Conservator | January 25, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

there is only one way the gov can help - get out of the way!

how about this - give us one year without any federal taxes.

eliminate automatic cost of living increases.

get the government out of the communications business and the arts. in other words - endowment for the arts - out. npr - out. public radio and tv out. the market can do it all.

department of education - out - fire everyone who works there - they dont teach anyone anything but make demands on the states. eliminate all federal education laws and make block grants to the states at 50% of what they got before and reduce that by 1/3rd over the next 3 years to give the states time to raise their own education funds. it is a state matter.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

talketwo22: I tend to agree with you. We(my wife and I) played by the rules, didn't over extend yet each have college degrees+ and have good careers but tend to get lumped in with the Tiger woods/Michael Jordon(millionaires club). the cost of living in the DC area is higher and we pay the marriage tax. I would like to refinance but because of the new asinine rules, we're unable to get drop our mtg rate from 6.25 to 5%. And both my wife and I voted for Obama because of change, tired of the same old pony show in DC. It's the economy stupid, americans need jobs not handouts. Why not make some of those banks, that just made billions in profit, hire several thousand people...Oh, I know that would mean lower bonuses.

Posted by: larry40 | January 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Have we ever had a lame duck President one year in?

Posted by: JAH3 | January 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The great Government Job Student Loan Bailout!

All of us stupid private sector yahoos will pay the bill, once again.

Bailing out another bunch of unions that contribute to democrats.

Bailout for political contributers, NOTHING for middle class.

Nothing.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 25, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

the Obama White House is now in a political panic. His answer, spend more borrowed money to try and buy off the middle class.

Posted by: djrhood | January 25, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

One of the greatest things Obama can do for the middle class is, repeal the 1986 Tax Act that disallows income tax deductions for credit card and auto loan interests. This is pump millions of dollars into the US economy and put people back to work.

Posted by: demtse | January 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse


Between Jan. 20, 2009 and Jan. 22, 2010 — roughly Obama’s first year in office — the Washington Post ran 260 front page stories on "health care reform."

Yesterday, the Post buried the death of Obamacare in Congress on page 6

Posted by: jeffreid1 | January 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks but I need an affordable house and ability to borrow money to pay off my credit cards that have jumped to 30% interest. I feel locked out of the American dream.

Posted by: AlanLeRoy | January 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Headline on Home page
Obama eyes middle class

_____________________

All the better to eat us, I guess.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's see -Obama bought Nelson, he bought Landrieu and the Labor unions, and now he is attempt to buy votes from the middle class.......nevermind the budget deficit or economy. Obama has brought his crooked Cook County politics to Washington!

Posted by: Realist20 | January 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama eyes middle class ?

What ? Doesn't he talk to Elizabeth Warren ?

There IS no middle class anymore.

Well, there is a middle class earning over 50k a year in China, 300 million strong, and equally in India.

Not in the US though, Elizabeth Warren specialized in this area prior to being pulled to help out with the financial crisis.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: ItsGlobalismHereOnOut | January 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Home sales drop to their worst level in 40 years; Walmart rids itself of 10,000 employees and now Obama is about to promise more free stuff to his parasitic constituents . . . how long before even the most gullible people in this country understand that Obama is completely lost and is destroying the country. Wake up everyone before it’s too late.

Posted by: rplat | January 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Here's what's happening to the middle class jobs....They're filing bankruptcy or closing many stores. Blockbuster, Zales jewelry, Walden/borders, Starbucks, Jones appearal group, KB toys and Ritz camera....700+ stores to close in 2010, which equates to about 10000+ employees. He is putting band aids on a 20 inch cut. Not going to work dude. It's the economy stupid!!!! Jobs, Jobs, and more Jobs.

Posted by: larry40 | January 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Has a more clueless set of morons ever occupied the White House?

A 5th grader could see that if they want to have any shred of self respect or credibility in the remaining 3 years we're are stuck with these clowns they need to:

(1) Lose the Gibbs/Axelrod arrogant know it all attitude - watch the current Dominos Pizza "we screwed up" commercial and take a lesson

(2) Stop the lies about "transparency" "everthing will be on C-Span" and "no lobbyist influence" where all their deals are behind closed doors and lobbyist/special interests health insurers, big pharma and union bosses run everything in those deals

(3) Stop talking and start listening to we the people - the message from Virginia, NJ and Massachusetts is pretty clear

(4) Keep policies simple - no more 2600 page bills that no one can understand, explain, or even reads before blindly voting "yes" and the only way they can pass is with outright bribes for votes

(5) Put keeping the country safe above giving terrorists lawyers and civil court platforms to spew their message from

(6) Stop the "figures lie" and "liars figure" game and get real with job loss numbers


Of course they won't do any of these - which is the good news - because it will guarantee their getting thrown out on their a#@ starting in 2010 and finishing in 2012

Posted by: Moderate6 | January 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yawn, on the story and are we to belive the guy who just wanted to win and then do nothing?
"This isn't about me." No, and he simply doesn't care. 3 years left of this clown.
Except for Hillary, who's doing very well, the cabneit, policies, leadership and Deems are not there.
To put on an act isn't going to cut it. He feel NO PAIN. The press is right there with him. Oh the pain of it all...

Posted by: crrobin | January 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

See this is what Right wingers do, name calling and cry..boo hoo hu? mock1ngb1rd.
I'am American, so don't call me stupid! You hater....
======================================
Obama is a lying weasel. Just let his radical narcissism continue, further exposing his intention to ram a Marxist agenda down the throats of us stupid Americans. It is the formula for the massive dismissal of democrats in November and beyond.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd

Posted by: billyvonh | January 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama still doen't get it.

He Does NOT Know what MIDDLE CLASS means.

o If Rich families make over $ 500K/yr
and
o Obama's Middle Families make less $85K/yr

What does that make the Tens of Millions of typical College Graduate Working Couples
who earn more the $ 85K per year and less that $ 250K per year???
They are no longer silent...so the aren't part of the silent majority.
Yes ... they WORK and are part of the "Working Class".
They work for their education, their health care, their housing, their utilities etc.

They don't even appear on his radar.

Since under $ 85K per year also includes those on Welfare, This sound to me to be
o More Welfare
o More S O C I A L I S M

Posted by: talketwo22 | January 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I see a lot of posts from die-hard, terminally greedy, Neo-Nazi Rabid Republicans - the same human pond scum that were responsible for Mr. Flight Suit's programs of Bottomless Corporate Welfare and "No Billionaire Left Behind." We still have three classes in this country, but thanks to them it's now the Rich (God's Annointed), the Poor (or "Untouchables") and the working poor (formerly the middle class). If the GOP (Greedy Obstructionist Pharts) would all wade out a couple of miles into the middle of the ocean, this country (and the world) would be a far, far better place. Over the last eight years the Republicans have done SQUAT to help this country. Expect more of the same from these pathetic, power hungry, intellectually artritic, morally and ethically devoid weasels. And that's as nicely as I can say THAT.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | January 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama now wants to help "typical white people" who "cling to guns and religion."

Posted by: pkhenry | January 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse


Quick question: Who's going to pay for this help?

If Obama REALLY wants to help the middle class, he'll just stop spending money.

We don't need him to give us a tax credit with one hand and raise our taxes with the other. When you give out tax credits that raise the deficit, it's more like a loan of our own money, and we'll have to pay the interest.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama eyes the middle class, and whispers those sweet, sweet words, BEND OVER!

Posted by: sam51 | January 25, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

http://finance.yahoo.com/taxes/article/108642/tax-breaks-for-almost-everyone?mod=taxes-filing
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Just Think: The Republicans Voted [No] To these Tax Incentives, last Year. Once Americans Receive their Income Tax Checks, They'll Say "Hey,The Republicans Voted Against These Tax Incentives ?"
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Tax Breaks for Almost Everyone

by Mary Beth Franklin

Monday, January 25, 2010provided

Source: Kiplinger's PersonalFinance

You'll find lots of new deductions, credits and expanded eligibility rules when you prepare your 2009 tax return.

There's no denying that 2009 was a challenging year for millions of Americans. But filling out your 2009 tax return could bring some welcome relief in the form of a big refund. There are a slew of new and expanded tax breaks for home buyers and car buyers, college students and their parents, homeowners who installed energy-efficient improvements, and the unemployed. Together, these tax savings are expected to boost average tax refunds above last year's level of about $2,800, says IRS spokeswoman Nancy Mathis. The sooner you file, the sooner you'll get your money back.

Here are highlights of what's new for 2009 tax returns.

Education Credit

More parents and students can use a federal education credit to offset part of the cost of college under the new American Opportunity Credit. The maximum $2,500 credit is available to eligible taxpayers who paid at least $4,000 in qualified college tuition, fees and required course materials, including books, in 2009. The full credit is available to individuals with incomes up to $80,000, phasing out above that level and disappearing completely at $90,000. (For married couples filing jointly, the full credit is available to those with incomes up to $160,000 and disappears above $180,000.) Those income limits are higher than under the existing Hope and Lifetime Learning credits.

If you claim the credit and owe no tax, you may receive a refund of 40% of the credit, up to a maximum of $1,000 for each eligible student. Other education credits are not refundable. The American Opportunity Credit can be applied only to expenses paid during the first four years of college. Graduate students are not eligible for this new credit, but they still qualify for the Lifetime Learning credit, of up to $2,000 per household, or a tuition-and-fees deduction of up to $4,000. (A credit, which reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, is more valuable than a deduction, which merely reduces the amount of income that is taxed.)


Parents of some college freshmen and sophomores should bypass the new American Opportunity Credit and opt instead for the supercharged Hope Credit available to students in Midwestern seven states affected by 2008's flooding disaster (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin).

The top credit on 2009 returns for qualified students is $3,600.

Posted by: omaarsblade | January 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This is just more welfare spending but disguising it as “middle” class “help”. The real middle class will not see a dime of help, but instead, will get hit with the unavoidable tax increases that are looming if the government does not stop spending with the tax payer credit card.

Posted by: Martin175 | January 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse


I think President Barack Obama's economic approach to solve US problems is a good panacea; he must be supported by the Congress and the media; US needs a powerful revival and determined future focus.

Posted by: abdulhameedshaheen | January 25, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Let Obama actually DO something that will influence interest rates to rise. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, many close to retirement, are depending on their investments to live for 20-35 more years - not on a grand scale,but mostly just getting by. Obama's policies and Time's Person of the Year are creating a crisis yet to be realized.

Posted by: mirrorgazer | January 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse


I think President Barack Obama's economic approach to solve US problems is a good panacea; he must be supported by the Congress and the media; US needs a powerful revival and determined future foucs.

Posted by: abdulhameedshaheen | January 25, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Well it looks like people woke up.. Yes it's more PROPAGANDA.. He again is saying what sounds good.. he is saying what the new (old) campaign manager is telling him to say..like all of SUDDEN he decides he WANTS to work with the Republican's but last week he was LOCKING everyone out of the healthcare talks, he want's us to beleive he's heard the people, last week he stated on 20/20 he has to remind the people what THEIR values are.. HUH?? He must think he's our DADDY.. he's out campaigning for his STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH.. giving speeches for his speech.. he is SO full of himself.. I thought Bush was an embarrassment, Obama is the biggest JOKER ever.. he's losing followers and it shows in his desperation.. As an Independent I can't see myself voting for ANY Democrats in NOV.

Posted by: lcky9 | January 25, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a lying weasel. Just let his radical narcissism continue, further exposing his intention to ram a Marxist agenda down the throats of us stupid Americans. It is the formula for the massive dismissal of democrats in November and beyond.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 25, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

State of the Union

It should be the shortest address in history.

obama:

It’s bad, but the unions and ACORN will turn it around.

Posted by: UpAndOver | January 25, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Just how many more trillion $$$ is this going to add to the deficit? There is nothing in any of the proposals which will stimulate private job creation. They just don't get it.

Posted by: jameswcarter | January 25, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Ok so the president wants to do something for the "middle class".

Why not ask us what we want or listen for the past year to what we have said.

Yes, I realize that left and right are saying different things but if you listen closely here is what the "middle" wants...we want our lives back.

We want our houses out of threat of foreclosure. We want our jobs (either back or to hold on to the ones we have). We want our bills to hold steady and not keep steeply and steadily increasing (for example, my heating bill this month is up $200 because the "gas compensation fee" (money charged by the gas delivery system owner) was allowed to increase by that much...I can pay it but I almost make 6 figures, can the people in the lower middle or with more debt than I have make this unannounced increase?) We want to keep the health care we have without an the dramatic increase insuring people who don't want to be insured will create....

All the president needs to do is listen then act....of course, he has to get HIS Congress to move in the same direction....

And by the way, his actions might be to DO NOTHING....no budget increases, no TARP, no "stimulus" to build Frisbee golf courses (yes, money was sent my state to do just that--hey, it was going to hire 4 people...ridiculous)....bet the President can't understand why sometimes doing less is the better choice

Posted by: mil1 | January 25, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

What brilliant plan to create jobs. Obama is a genius!

He will nearly double the child and dependent care tax credit for families making under $85,000 a year. Perfect! The unemployed will be allowed to alternately watch each others children while looking for jobs.

This sounds much like the ACORN schemes that were used to qualify the low income people of Chicago for home mortgages. But who knows? It might just be a an adaption of the famous business model used in Communist China. There, to double the laundry business, neighbors wash each others cloths.

Posted by: west129 | January 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

What brilliant plan to create jobs. Obama is a genius!

He will nearly double the child and dependent care tax credit for families making under $85,000 a year. Perfect! The unemployed will be allowed to alternately watch each others children while looking for jobs.

This sounds much like the ACORN schemes that were used to qualify the low income people of Chicago for home mortgages. But who knows? It might just be a an adaption of the famous business model used in Communist China. There, to double the laundry business, neighbors wash each others cloths.

Posted by: west129 | January 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

So, the middle class gets peanuts and pays for them, too. And, by the way, nowadays America's middle class includes a whole lot of folks who "aren't" anymore, and can barely make ends meet. Further, our middle class is a varied bunch -- from very young to very old, and across all ethnic groups.

That said, a nice tax cut for individuals will do a lot more good than this "little bit here, little bit there" patronizing political baloney. Why is that so hard to understand?

Posted by: JAH3 | January 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Two Americas:

Public sector favored by unions and democrats.

Private sector hated by democrats.

In the state of the union, the democrat party leader will once again insult 80% of the country that is not being given a bribe.

Why would a private sector employee -- over 80% of this country -- want to subsidize loan forgiveness for ONLY the public sector!

Didn't they get the message: enough spending of taxpayer dollars on favored (union) campaign donors.

Stop stifling small business and innovation.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 25, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Louisiana, Nebraska, Unions, Pharma, Banks. Obama knows nothing but Chicago "buy "em off" politics, an now that he's in trouble, he'll try to buy us off now. No dice ward-man.

Posted by: jhr1 | January 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

So now Obama is going to sing "Razzle Dazzle Em" and throw a bone to the middle class.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I just wish he'd leave everyone alone. All he is going to do is try to inch his scrawny mind into every facet of our lives, and he is uninvited to do so. The reason I know this is two words, Scott Brown.

Posted by: candyzky | January 25, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

What more proof do you need to see that oscumbo's agenda is not ours. Massachusetts was won because people there did not want his health care farce. Most of America doesn't. But does he learn to listen, and focus on jobs?...NO he just continues to push his pet health project so he can put another empty feather in his cap like his empty nobel, and be able to say he passed health care. Don't fall for more of his lies. He will do as he has always done...tell you what you want to hear, and do exactly the opposite of what he said.obammie's a commie...IMPEACH oscumbo NOW!!!!

Posted by: BOZOISPREZ | January 25, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Just read about 4-5 companies laying off between 300-11000 people/jobs, so Unemployment will continue to rise. And again, the president and congress will be forced to extend unemployment for another 26 weeks besides this giveaway, meanwhile no new jobs. Maybe he should force some of those banks that are making billions in profit and giving out huge bonuses to create a handful of jobs.... After all we helped them out big time.

Posted by: larry40 | January 25, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Obama insults the real middle class - which is not working in the "public sector" !!! Obama favor the teflon public sector, which hasn't been hit by layoffs. As taxpayers continue to work to support a bloated public sector, those in the private sector crumble under the burden. Enough is enough!! Why are public sector student loans forgiven in 10 years!! This is ridiculous! It is a giveaway to the tenured teachers and government workers who brag about being "unfireable"! Stop this backroom deals for political donors!

This makes me sick to my stomach. This is why the government should not be in student loan business. We are getting another transfer of wealth from the private sector to the public sector. Who is going to pay for the forgiven loans?? The taxpayer struggling to work in the private sector.

Idiocy.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 25, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You know, Clinton always peppered his State of the Union messages with stuff like this, Please, please, don't act like Clinton- in any number of ways !!

A good State of the Union message would level with the American people and state that his Administration recognizes the severity of this recession and wants to try to do something to stimulate economic growth so that we can have more and better jobs.

Just lining up a bunch of goodies to be paid for by borrowing even more money is a non-starter and will only irritate moderates.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | January 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"Obama Eyes Middle Class"

NO! You are already destroying the value of my home, taxing me to death, Having the Gov't take over every aspect of my life, and proposing even more taxes! Please "eye" someone else!

I had the same feeling. Remember that Far Side cartoon from years ago -- featured a deer with a bull's eye on his chest. caption read: "bummer of a birth mark"

Posted by: NoVAHockey | January 25, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

All of a sudden Obama dicovers the "Middle Class" votes also!

Posted by: jpalm32 | January 25, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama and dems in office remind me of Sgt Schultz of Hogan's Hero's "I see Nothing".... "I hear nothing"....They obviously don't get it. It's the economy stupid.... Lack of jobs.... How much of a credit could one get making under $85K? $1500? $2500? $5000? Now divide that by 12 months and for those out of a job, it might last a few months. And then what? I guess If I made $85K in some small town in Miss but if you work near DC(or other major city), you'd need to make at least $100K, why doesn't the IRS account for adjustments depending on where you live?

Posted by: larry40 | January 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Obama Eyes Middle Class"

NO! You are already destroying the value of my home, taxing me to death, Having the Gov't take over every aspect of my life, and proposing even more taxes! Please "eye" someone else!

Posted by: pgr88 | January 25, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Religion may be the opiate of the masses, but don't forget what happens when you try to seperate the dude and his junk.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Change We Thought We Could Believe In, how's about creating more jobs while you're helping the middle class? Everybody would benefit if you used a little common sense.

Posted by: heatherczerniak | January 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

TO: "futbolclif" @ 11:53 a.m.

Lame gulag-style psy ops won't save the American Gestapo from being taken down by the good people on the inside who, like me, have had enough of your cultish ilk. Have a nice day. -- Scrivener50:

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA," "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 25, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* When will he get it that we don't NEED or WANT new "initiatives" (aka government giveaways/takeovers). What we really want is quite simple. Jobs. Lower taxes. Less government intrusion into our private lives. Less spending. Lower deficit. Is ANYONE in Washington listening at all?

Posted by: emacco | January 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama has spent the last few years mocking the middle class and now he wants he is groveling for our votes.

What a fraud and pathetic failure.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 25, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe President Obama will ask about the middle class who cling to their guns, and religion and don't like outsiders? Remember that comment? Or how about the time Candidate Obama asked about the skyrocketing price of arugala while campaigning in Iowa? A Columbia and Harvard Law pedigree does not mesh well with the middle class. Of course, we must remember the Cambridge police, "acted Stupidly."

Posted by: edgar_sousa | January 25, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

This article reads like a press release.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | January 25, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse


Hilllary with obama as her caddie, would have been much better

Posted by: kblgca | January 25, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I think scrivener50 might want to visit a psychiatrist... Anyhow, I'm glad Obama is finally realizing that we, the middle class, need help. Lower taxes would be great too. Maybe if you cracked down on illegal immigrants taking my hard earned tax dollars, you'd have more money for some of your other idealistic social programs.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Obama continues to perpetuate the belief that he knows what he's doing.

Posted by: OldHippie | January 25, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The great bribery commences. The Country can't stand Obama's policies so now he is going to try to bribe them into liking him. I will bet he doesn't tell anyone how much this will add to the deficit.

Posted by: jdonner2 | January 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

what does any of these things have to do with jobs?...

-- nearly doubling the child and dependent care tax credit for families making under $85,000 a year;

you still need a job to pay...don't you?...

-- limiting a student's federal loan payments to 10 percent of income above basic living allowance;

again, you need a job?...

-- creating a new system of automatic workplace retirement savings accounts;

again...job?...

-- expanding tax credits to match retirement savings;

job?...

-- expanding elder care help for the "sandwich generation" of baby boomers caring for parents and children.

need a job to pay for this...
nothing in this creates jobs...
He better not give us another con job...
because if he does...
the dems will be out of power sooner than they can count to 10...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama just doesn't get it, he is totally clueless.

You help the middle class by creating jobs, not by government giveaways that only affect a few. I noticed resident Obama psycophant Ann Kornbult didn't tell us how Obama was going to pay for his latest bribe to get his polls up.

Posted by: robtr | January 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"Stupid 'little people' don't see that they have one of their greatest defenders in the White House in years. "

This post shows why the progressive movement really hates the people it claims to be helping.

First, they're "little people".

Then, they're "stupid"

Third, they're so stupid that they don't understand how much Obama is helping them.

I suspect the stupid people understand exactly what they have in Obama and understand precisely why they're going to throw him out of office in 2012.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | January 25, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Stinky is going to target the middle class?

Their wallets maybe.

Posted by: BO__Stinks | January 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Stinky is going to target the middle class?

Their wallets maybe.

Posted by: BO__Stinks | January 25, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse


I like the attention on the middle class.

Funny thing though. I'm not sure I want a lot of giveaways. Because who do they come from? The middle class.

Maybe the solution to every problem isn't another government program to give away more money. Just stop spending. Please.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 25, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the peanuts.

Why aren't we hearing about the $25 million no bid contract the Odumbo administration just awarded to one of his donors?

This lowlife hypocrite spouts some class envy B.S. to makee the nitwits who elected him happy, but shells out $25 million of our tax dollars to one of his buddies.

So much for "open, honest and ethical" government.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Obama to announce help for middle class ahead of State of the Union"

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This week it's one thing, next week it's something else.

Posted by: shewholives | January 25, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

He's damned if he does and he's damned if he doesn't!

Stupid 'little people' don't see that they have one of their greatest defenders in the White House in years.

But rest assured the Republican machine sees it and has worked tirelessly to muddy the waters. They have had a whole year to throw the mud, it's going to take extraordinary skill on Obama's part to clear it up in just one speech.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 25, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if panicky Dems are so floored by the "stay the course" messaging machine from the White House that they essentially force changes to the Obama agenda.

For instance, where the WH sees health care as very much salvageable, the rank and file don't want to touch that subject for years. Where will the compromise fall? Who asserts themselves?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Memo to Team Obama:

" First, Do No Harm" -- RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA.

DOES JANET NAPOLITANO KNOW THAT HOMELAND-INSTALLED CELL TOWER MICROWAVE ANTENNAS ARE BEING USED NATIONWIDE TO SILENTLY, INVISIBLY TORTURE AND IMPAIR UNCONSTITUTIONALLY 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS?

IF SHE DOES NOT KNOW, HAS SHE BEEN MISINFORMED?

IF SHE DOES KNOW, IS SHE COMPLICIT IN GOVERNMENT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND THE CONSTITUTION?

A secretive Homeland-directed multi-agency "coordinated action program" continues to use high-tech cell tower- based microwave and laser weaponry to silently, invisibly torture, impair, and physiologically and neurologically entrain -- in effect, enslave -- many thousands of unjustly and unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans, right here at home.

These Americans, entire families, also are subject to relentless surveillance, financial sabotage and police-protected community watch vigilante stalking, vandalism and other acts of government-tolerated domestic terrorism.

IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA NOW. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

Please read this, and demand action before it's too late:

See: Poynter.org (Journalism groups -- Reporting):

"U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" •
"Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
NowPublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 25, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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