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Obama calls on GOP to help small business

By Scott Wilson

SEATTLE, Wash.-- Barnstorming on behalf of an ally, President Obama Tuesday called on Senate Republicans to allow a vote on legislation to help small businesses, saying "now is not the time for political games."

He did so after meeting with several business owners in downtown Seattle, joined by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and his commerce secretary, Gary Locke, former Washington governor.

Murray is in a tough race for a fourth term, and Obama came here ostensibly to raise money for her campaign.

Before doing so, in a room full of Democrats at the Westin Seattle, Obama sought to emphasize his bona fides as a supporter of small businesses, the segment of the ailing economy both parties say they are most interested in helping.

Obama said he has pushed through eight tax cuts since taking office that help small businesses, and that his health care bill will give millions of them tax credits to make covering employees more affordable. He did so flanked by the owners of a bakery company, a chain of pizzerias, and an inn.

"These steps and others are making a difference," Obama said. "But when you listen to these small business owners and others across the country, we have to do more."

He said small business legislation would be the Senate's first priority after the recess.

Obama criticized "a small partisan minority" that he said will not let the bill come to a vote, echoing the theme of GOP obstruction he has hit hard during this five-state fundraising swing.

"You remember our slogan during the campaign? Yes, we can," he told the audience at the Murray fundraiser. "Well, theirs is, 'No we can't.'"

"That's really inspiring," he went on, warming to his newest campaign trope. "Gives you a real pep in your step when you hear it. No we can't."

Obama is headlining two events for Murray, a day after raising money for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin and House Democrats in Los Angeles.

By the end of his trip, the most extended fundraising effort of his presidency, he will have raised millions of dollars for party candidates and committees.

Obama arrived here Tuesday morning, greeted at the airport by a small crowd of cheering supporters. Jacket off in the warm morning sun, Obama waded into the crowd, evidently enjoying his time on the trail. He shook hands, smiled, and even posed for a picture with a mom and dad and their newborn baby, who broke into tears with the attention. His efforts to calm it down faltered.

By Scott Wilson  |  August 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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We can help Obama help small business when we vote him and his cronies out of office ASAP!

Posted by: dingels75 | August 19, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I am always a little anxious when I hear Obama speak about business; I see a confused look in his eyes and listen to his twisted logic and think to myself…this guy just might be one step away from the nut house. The only business decision I want him to make is how best to mow the asylum yard.

Posted by: PlainEnglish | August 19, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

As a small business owner, I am asking both sides to stop "helping" us as you only ever hurt us. This new healthcare bill is filled with a wonderful full assortment of new paperwork that has doubled my operating overhead under the guise of saving money for all of us. Please do not pass any more legistation on my behalf, only to sneak in some extra provisions that defeat it.

Posted by: papa-smurf | August 18, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The Washinton Post's main job seems to provide cover and spin for Obama and his administration.
They must think the American people are stupid.
Obama had the Presidency for the past 20 months. He has been completely against small business and pro Unions.
Congress had power and a majority since 2006, and they have Stimulated, Bailed Out, and Spent us into oblivion. Meanwhile adding so much regulations we can't even function. Just wait til the tax hikes take effect.
By the way with all the kiss ass Obama did to Russia, giving everything they wanted of us, they have just opened up a Nuclear facility in Iran against our "please don't". This makes Iran that much closer to a Nuke and weak Obama accepts it.
China is now #2 and building up its military, does nothing about North Korea, and has an anti air craft carrier missile to wipe us out.
I guess the personal letter Obama sent to Kim Sung Il did not dissuade him from continuing his Nuclear policies.

Posted by: joanz3 | August 18, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"Obama calls on GOP to help small business"

By giving cash to teachers, unions, his buddies and the DNC.

:D

Posted by: deadmanwalking | August 18, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that a hoot? Obama has the majority in both houses of the congress and doesn't need ONE republican vote but he calls on them to allow a vote? Yes, the republicans could filibuster for a bit, but when the vote for cloture is made the Dems don't need on Republican vote do they?

Mr. Obama - cut taxes on small businesses (you know, the ones who make about $250,000 a year and are going to have their taxes increased under your administration?)...then they'll hire us.

Posted by: LMW6 | August 18, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

God save this nation! The ONLY thing that I will support if the name, or the mention, of Obama, or any of his cronies, or his party affiliates are concerned, is his resignation from the office that the ignorant and uninformed voters who put him there; furthermore, at and in that instant, the worst president that the nation has ever had should then leave the country, along with the trash pile that he carries around in that sack that is slung over his shoulder. He is a humiliation to our nation, and, if the American people are not super double vigilent, he will take this country down to a place where it can not recover. I would vote for vomit before I would cast a vote for this tar baby!

Posted by: wilsonccjr | August 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

God save this nation! The ONLY thing that I will support if the name, or the mention, of Obama, or any of his cronies, or his party affiliates are concerned, is his resignation from the office that the ignorant and uninformed voters who put him there; furthermore, at and in that instant, the worst president that the nation has ever had should then leave the country, along with the trash pile that he carries around in that sack that is slung over his shoulder. He is a humiliation to our nation, and, if the American people are not super double vigilent, he will take this country down to a place where it can not recover. I would vote for vomit before I would cast a vote for this tar baby!

Posted by: wilsonccjr | August 18, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If Obama was able to defecate gold bricks, Republicans would complain because they weren't square. Nothing this man does will ever meet with their approval, so why seek it?

Posted by: Hugh2 | August 18, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Read this interesting story about how the current economic climate is affecting a PR firm in exurban Chicago. Grim stuff:

http://proposition13.blogspot.com/2010/08/regrets.html

Posted by: HitEleven | August 18, 2010 3:54 AM | Report abuse

Why aren't Obama lovers questing why we need more support for small businesses? Obama said he passed EIGHT tax cuts to support small businesses. OK, so how well are those doing? To his own admission, its not enough, or one could say misguided.

Then he said he will give tax credit to offset healthcare expenses those that higher new employees. OK, so have anyone questioned the effectiveness of this tax credit? Why haven' small businesses highered more employees as a result of this?

And there is the biggy, $800+ Billion stimulus bill that was supposed to curb unemployment, and not let it get higher than 6%. Yet even by Obama's own projections unemployment wouldn't have reached higher than 9%. So based on Obama's projections we are doing worse than if we did nothing.

Why aren't Democrats questioning the results of Obama's policies. Is it that they are afraid to admit he is a failure? So what do Democrats do? Continue to attack Republicans blaming them for obstructing bills in Congress. OK, but look at the effectiveness of the Democrats bills. So far they are not effective. So why dont people question these and why Obama hasn't delivered what he said they would.

it is sad that Democrats feel the constant need to attack the Republicans.

Ever since Obama took office our country has been further divided by his actions and his words. He has done nothing to bring this country together, and doesn't want to!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | August 18, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a HYPOCRITE.

firstly he spend all the money and then pushed the country way into debt. Then he tried to pretend that he is a goody two shoes that is trying helping anyone.

Oh yes, he is the great pretender.

If anyone has half a brain, they will vote him out of the office.

I am an Asian American and I think that the African Americans should stop being racist and vote him out of office

Posted by: fencer1 | August 17, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

maybe we should have elections every 3 months....just to get this 'clown in chief' to do something until he's exiled from the USA.

Posted by: JWx2 | August 17, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a yes man. Yes to nationalization of publicly owned businesses; Yes to bailouts of big banks; Yes to bailout of Wall Street; Yes to appointing tax dodging US Treasurer Geithner; Yes to socialized european medical care; Yes to no jobs programs; Yes to permanent unemployment checks; Yes to undisciplined spending; Yes to unchecked National Debt; Yes to radical ideologs being appointed to his administration; Yes to constitutional violations; Yes to using taxpayers money to fund propaganda that benefits him; Yes to foreign policy that reduces the power of the US; Yes to pandering unions; Yes to vote buying and back door deals; Yes to ignoring immigration laws and not enforcing them; Yes to siding with Mexico and against his US citizens along the southern border; Yes to making the EPA the fourth arm of government with powers greater than the congress; Yes to opening his mouth an inserting foot; Yes to having his head in his foot locker; Yes to being a one term president; Yes to ignoring the oil spill until the 12th day; Yes to taking an arrogant attitude toward Americans; Yes to taking to many vacations; Yes to raising taxes; Yes being antibusiness; Yes to destroying small business free market system; Yes to being a socialist; Yes to being disconnected with the Main Street America and the problems they face.
More yes's will follow brought to you by the dumbest president ever to serve in the White House. Less than 70 days remaining until the American voter kicks butt. Remember in November and begin changing the oil in congress and in 2012 vote the tar ball out of the WH.

Posted by: lhudson828 | August 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Joe the plumber? I thought republicans were all about helping the small business. So obvious republicans just want this country to fail just to prove that a black man cannot be a great president. The deeper in the hole the harder it will be to pull out no matter who runs the country. Patriotism my foot. Its racism.

Posted by: chingon_iah | August 17, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: blakesouthwood | August 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

No to appointments.
No to Judges.
No to unemployment payments.

Yes to $1 million from FOX News parent company, Aussie-owned News Corp., to the Republican National Committee. Imagine that, the RNC a wholly-own subsidiary of News Corp telling all the Rightwing American "Patriots" what to think! un-Fair and definitely un-Balanced.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 17, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Fat chance, My President. The right-wingers are a Big Business Only party. The Bigger the Better. And when it all blows up in our faces again we get the same stuttering message:

B-B-B-B-But it would work if we real real real hold our breath for another 40 years!

The GOP, 140 years of failure.

Posted by: BigTrees | August 17, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

"No we can't!" is self serving mouthwash. B.H O>, You had the Presidency, both Houses of Congress and professed a mandate in your epic winning election. Someone wittier and wiser than me put it best " Yes we could have, but no we didn't!"

Posted by: dave_sheehan641 | August 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. A bill that is all about tax cuts for small business, fully paid for so it doesn't increase the deficit is being filibustered by the GOP. What? Now the GOP is against tax cuts? Now the GOP is against small business?

Who on earth, Republicans included, wouldn't see this as pure obstructionism? What the GOP is really against is ANY kind of legislation that might ease the economic tragedy we living, because they know that if they can kill any forward progress its the party in charge that will take the blame. It simply doesn't matter that this strategy is bad for the economy and bad for America.

Posted by: reussere | August 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Here you go, Obama contradicting himself once again:

"now is not the time for political games."

"Well, theirs is, 'No we can't.'"

This is so very pathetic from the supposed leader of the free world!

Posted by: wcochran60 | August 17, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

why should the Republicans support any bill the dems didn't let them join in on the bill writing process...
obama asks alot but doesn't give anything...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama arrived here Tuesday morning, greeted at the airport by a small crowd of cheering supporters. Jacket off in the warm morning sun, Obama waded into the crowd, evidently enjoying his time on the trail.

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Take a cold shower, Scott.


Posted by: ugottabkiddin | August 17, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm soooooooo Glad!

Now that he used Air Force One, and its contingency of Security to Jet-Set all around for Dimocrat Socialist Fund raising;

They can afford to pay the Tax Payers BACK!

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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