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Posted at 1:48 PM ET, 01/30/2011

William Daley gives first televised interview, addresses health-care law critique (video)

By Emi Kolawole

Updated 2:12 p.m.:

Newly appointed White House Chief of Staff William Daley appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday for his first televised interview since his appointment.

Daley's appointment has been seen by some as an attempt by the Obama administration to extend an olive branch to the business community. Asked whether his appointment was because the administration had gone too far in its "demonizing" of Wall Street Daley said, "No, I don't think it's about demonizing Wall Street, there were serious difficulties in the nation. And the president was very direct to the business community, to the political system that we have to make changes."


In an interview last year with The New York Times, Daley openly criticized the president's handling of the health-car law, saying, "They miscalculated on health care. ...The election of '08 sent a message that after 30 years of center-right governing, we had moved to center left -- not left."

Asked whether and where he believed the health-care law needed to be changed, Daley responded by couching his past comments as referring to the politics of the bill, not the substance.

"I thought it was a very difficult climate to try to accomplish what they tried to," Daley said. "And I think the results, because of the misinterpretation of health care by many people, had a negative impact on Democrats." Daley went on to say that health-care reform was needed and that it was the business community, of which he was a part as the former chairman of JP Morgan Chase, that had called for health-care reform in the first place.

But Daley did not go as far as to call the law "perfect," taking the opportunity to show that he was in line with the president in being open to changing the law.

"The president has said he's open to changes to this," Daley said. "He is not open to re-fighting the entire fight of health care. People have suggestions on how to make it better. But he's not in favor of re-fighting this fight."

Daley was also called on to defend the president's call in the State of the Union for a focus on creating new infrastructure such as high-speed rail -- projects that could prove costly in a political climate that is becoming increasingly spending-averse.

I think there's a lot of interest we've heard from the private sector to come in and finance some of the high-speed rail," he said. "Even foreign governments and foreign companies have talked about coming in to finance some of these projects. If there's a private-public partnership, I think that's a creative way to go forward."

Asked whether the president would be in favor of raising the gas tax to finance new infrastructure, Daley echoed a line heard from Republicans repeatedly during the debate on tax cuts. "I don't think raising the taxes on the American people right now is the way to go at this point of our economy," Daley said, "but we want to sit down with the leadership of Congress as we work through the deficit, as we work through the other issues and talk about the possibilities."

In response to Republican's proposed $55 billion in cuts to this year's budget, Daley mixed a quick jab from the left before tacking right.

"Well, you know, it's the old saying, 'Where's the beef?' Let's see exactly the cuts they're talking about...," Daley said before comparing the federal government to a business.

"What the president has talked about is investing, " Daley said. "Take some of those cuts, invest them in things that will have a return as you come out of this recession. That's what successful companies do. And that's what the government has got to do."

Daley was also asked about the president's positive outlook on his ability to work with Republicans, and whether the GOP would mount a united front in opposition to the president.

"I would hope that they would come to work for the American people along with the president," Daley said. "Nothing's going to get done unless it's done with Republicans and Democrats coming together. Obviously there are factions within the Republican party that may have the attitude 'say no to everything' in anticipation of an election next year."

Daley acknowledged that party divisions were not unique to the Republican party. "There is disagreement among Democrats," he said, warning both sides that a failure to work together would leave them both hurting in next year's elections. "The parties have got to come together or else the American people are going to hold everybody accountable."

By Emi Kolawole  | January 30, 2011; 1:48 PM ET
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Comments

"Where's the Beef?"

Meaningless since Washington's diet is exclusively PORK.

I guess the president's own commission was nothing but an illusion, public relations only, without merit.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | January 31, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Daley is reported defending "high-speed rail" by calling on "the private sector to come in and finance" it. Ludicrous. There has been no significant private investment in passenger rail service since the 1940s. There are currently no high-speed rail projects active in the Northeast. A frequent object of publicity in the Northeast is a Connecticut job-stimulus effort that will repair a rail line between New Haven, CT, and Springfield, MA.

The state has now committed $286 million to the effort, and it currently has $161 million in federal grants. It plans track and bridge repairs to increase average train speeds from 38 mph to 54 mph, far below the 150 mph and up called "high-speed rail" outside the United States. [ Per Connecticut Deptartment of Transportation plan at http://www.ct.gov/dot/lib/dot/documents/dcommunications/stimulus/hsipr/Summary_of_the_New_Haven_to_Springfld_Rail_Line_Project.pdf ]

In 2005, Connecticut estimated that the entire package of repairs needed for increasing train speeds could be performed at a total cost of $23 million. [ Commuter Rail Implementation Plan, Chapter 3, Section 3.3.2, at http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=3535&q=425114 ] The remainder of its effort, recently budgeted at $447 million, consists of nice-to-have station, parking and control system improvements that do nothing to increase train speeds.

Falsely labeled under the title of "high-speed rail" is a costly job-stimulus effort, of which Connecticut's members of Congress are keenly aware. U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-CT, 1st District) says, simply, "This is about jobs." [ Hartford Courant, Key GOP Congressman backs high-speed rail line in Connecticut, January 29, 2011, at http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-northeast-high-speed-rail-0129-20110128,0,1376044.story ]

Posted by: AppDev | January 31, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

CUT OBAMACARE. IF ITS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BE FORCED ON OBAMA's CRONIES, THEN ITS NOT GOOD FOR THE REST OF US, THE MAJORITY.

Read the Washington Times Article, WOLF: Tawdry details of Obamacare
White House quietly exempts pampered politicos.

Daley is a pathetic looser.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | January 31, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Wheres the Beef? I guess the idiot Daley wasn't listening when the G.O.P spelled out everything they wanted to cut or curtail already. Another Chicago political sleazebag, acting as usual, like a moron.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | January 31, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

" Where's the Beef, Daley asks " You come fresh from the seat of corruption , aligned with a fake like Obama , and the area that just threw the Law under the bus, and you want to know where's the Beef ? Take a look at the way Illinois kicked the can around and finally gave way to Pressure from the Brown House and decided that Rhammie the Swammie could put his name on the ballot. Don't we have enough underhanded dealings going on in Washington ? I thought Obama and his administration were doing just fine in kowtowing to the Unions and doing an about face in everything he promised and everything he bashed in his first 2 years . Now he needs another crook like you to come and help ? Wasn't it the Chicago Baseball team that threw the World Series and very nearly was the cause of stamping out baseball altogether ? That city has a long and distinguished career in corruption , if you can call corruption distinguished . As soon as I heard a Daly was on his way, I said , " well, if ever a deceased needed another nail to seal it's coffin, all it need do is bring in another Daley .

Posted by: puck-101 | January 31, 2011 6:02 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Morrisklos | January 31, 2011 4:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the duplicate posts. The site isn't working right.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 30, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Charlietuna661: the failure of Iran was not due to Jimmy Carter but to the Shah of Iran and his brutal dictatorship. The same goes with Egypt. If Mubarek's government fails it will be his fault and will have nothing to do with Obama. The greatest democracy in the world should not be supporting dictators just because we perceive them to be allies. They are our allies only so far as it helps them. It was the U.S. support of the Shah of Iran while his secret police tortured and disappeared dissidents for decades with the help of the U.S. CIA that created the enmity of the people of Iran, not some imagined wrong that Jimmy Carter committed. If we are true to the principals of our own democracy we owe our loyalty to the people of Egypt, not one man if his own people do not want him.

Posted by: rc53 | January 30, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Charlietuna661: the failure of Iran was not due to Jimmy Carter but to the Shah of Iran and his brutal dictatorship. The same goes with Egypt. If Mubarek's government fails it will be his fault and will have nothing to do with Obama. The greatest democracy in the world should not be supporting dictators just because we perceive them to be allies. They are our allies only so far as it helps them. It was the U.S. support of the Shah of Iran while his secret police tortured and disappeared dissidents for decades with the help of the U.S. CIA that created the enmity of the people of Iran, not some imagined wrong that Jimmy Carter committed. If we are true to the principals of our own democracy we owe our loyalty to the people of Egypt, not one man if his own people do not want him.

Posted by: rc53 | January 30, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Charlietuna661: the failure of Iran was not due to Jimmy Carter but to the Shah of Iran and his brutal dictatorship. The same goes with Egypt. If Mubarek's government fails it will be his fault and will have nothing to do with Obama. The greatest democracy in the world should not be supporting dictators just because we perceive them to be allies. They are our allies only so far as it helps them. It was the U.S. support of the Shah of Iran while his secret police tortured and disappeared dissidents for decades with the help of the U.S. CIA that created the enmity of the people of Iran, not some imagined wrong that Jimmy Carter committed. If we are true to the principals of our own democracy we owe our loyalty to the people of Egypt, not one man if his own people do not want him.

Posted by: rc53 | January 30, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Daley had it right the first time.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 30, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Pro Slavery Republican Confederates are trying. to Rise again..

With the same cofusing mixed message sentiments they boasted back in the 1800's.

Whether you are poor, wrong kind of xian, non white, male only, today the operative words are communist and socialism and Liberalism..

They have to promote and sell hate.

AND a whole loe of people buy into it.
Against their best interests.

Then when the crap hits them ..
Of course it is everyone elses fault..

OH...Look I can see Russia !!

Posted by: pdq5 | January 30, 2011 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Daley had it right the first time.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 30, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA PROVING HE IS MORE STUPID THAN SARAH PALIN.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

HOPE YOU PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA ARE REALIZING HOW STUPID THIS MAN IS.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 30, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA PROVING HE IS MORE STUPID THAN SARAH PALIN.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

HOPE YOU PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA ARE REALIZING HOW STUPID THIS MAN IS.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 30, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA PROVING HE IS MORE STUPID THAN SARAH PALIN.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

HOPE YOU PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA ARE REALIZING HOW STUPID THIS MAN IS.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 30, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA PROVING HE IS MORE STUPID THAN SARAH PALIN.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

HOPE YOU PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA ARE REALIZING HOW STUPID THIS MAN IS.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 30, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA PROVING HE IS MORE STUPID THAN SARAH PALIN.

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled.

The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in the fall of regimes that were dependent on their relationship with Washington for survival, or in a change in their orientation, as with Ankara.

HOPE YOU PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA ARE REALIZING HOW STUPID THIS MAN IS.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 30, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Daley had it right the first time.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 30, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Unless the GOP are ready to repeal EMTALA then they will not fix the problem in our health care system with out an individual mandate or a universal system. If they tell you other wise they are either lying to you or has no idea how our health care system works.

Posted by: soscane | January 30, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Unless the GOP are ready to repeal EMTALA then they will not fix the problem in our health care system with out an individual mandate or a universal system. If they tell you other wise they are either lying to you or has no idea how our health care system works.

Posted by: soscane | January 30, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Unless the GOP are ready to repeal EMTALA then they will not fix the problem in our health care system with out an individual mandate or a universal system. If they tell you other wise they are either lying to you or has no idea how our health care system works.

Posted by: soscane | January 30, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"The election of '08 sent a message that after 30 years of center-right governing, we had moved to center left -- not left."

The health care reform law passed last year was taken from a GOP proposal that was floated by the Republicans in the early 90s as a response to the more progressive plan Hillary Clinton wanted. Can SOMEONE please explain to me how a REPUBLICAN plan from the early 90s is now considered "left"? I realize the GOP has gotten pretty extremist fascist over the years, but is it really so far gone that its former proposals are now considered "Marxist"?

Can we ever get a reality check from this corporate media? Is that ever an option - you know, to put this all in some kind of sane perspective?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 30, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How hilarious AND sacrilegious that "Joelhassfam4" puts Bush into the same sentence as Obama. Bush, who would've flunked out of college except for the extensive family history of respectable people. Obama has repeatedly proved that he has an intellect AND knows how to use it. His presidency has been the most productive in eons. Simply because he can't undo the 8 years of Bush devastation in TWO years, the babies are crying for their pap! I would imagine Joel is one of the fools who lost his house because he didn't know how to live within his means and wanted to "LOOK" like he was rich! Well, BOO-HOO!! It's time to grow up! Everybody has a family! This sounds like the handle your wife wants you to have so you aren't seducing cute young things on the internet!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What exactly IS a "socialist" in YOUR mind, "War Eagle"? I realize most gullibles who parrot that ignorance from FOX Fairy Tales don't even have a CLUE what it really means. They just think it means something "BAD"!!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of this appointment, but it's done and this was a good interview. We need to let go of the past sometimes and give people space to do the right thing. If they are doing it, don't bludgeon or question the motives.

Posted by: SarahBB | January 30, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Any issue that is this emotionally charged, that has such a sharp divide in the country, should not have been decided in a florid partisan manner. Let's face it, it was not even between the lines but between the words with the Democrats with "you Republican b---ards dissed us for 6 years, well, back at ya!" So, the wonderful mentality of all politicians, especially the ones in DC, of "two wrongs make a right" have us where we are now. And who is being inconvenienced in the end, the public, and we should be thanking both parties for this!?

Daley is the opportunist like any party lackey is, just like his Republican counterparts were and are now. I'm surprised the Post notes it, so will Obama and White House staff punish you with less press opps to the President for revealing the inconsistencies of his staff? You should be so lucky to have to look for outside sources for information that includes, what, the truth!?

What a pathetic chapter these past 2 plus years, no, really the past 10 years, of electing people into office who are not qualified nor fully invested in the public's interest. People say, "so you think this is new since 2000, you don't think these shenanigans went on prior to now?" Yeah, they did, but they were not as prevalent and so bold and disingenuous as leaders act now!

Bush, now Obama, what do we look forward in candidates for 2012? Is it completely incredulous to watch someone without any political experience but just a ton of cash stroll out onto the stage and say "Vote for me because I know as much as you and can't do any worse than my predecessors these past 12 year."

What is equally amazing is that statement is the one truthful admission by a candidate.

Mickey Mouse, your time is coming!!!

Posted by: Joelhassfam4 | January 30, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Any issue that is this emotionally charged, that has such a sharp divide in the country, should not have been decided in a florid partisan manner. Let's face it, it was not even between the lines but between the words with the Democrats with "you Republican b---ards dissed us for 6 years, well, back at ya!" So, the wonderful mentality of all politicians, especially the ones in DC, of "two wrongs make a right" have us where we are now. And who is being inconvenienced in the end, the public, and we should be thanking both parties for this!?

Daley is the opportunist like any party lackey is, just like his Republican counterparts were and are now. I'm surprised the Post notes it, so will Obama and White House staff punish you with less press opps to the President for revealing the inconsistencies of his staff? You should be so lucky to have to look for outside sources for information that includes, what, the truth!?

What a pathetic chapter these past 2 plus years, no, really the past 10 years, of electing people into office who are not qualified nor fully invested in the public's interest. People say, "so you think this is new since 2000, you don't think these shenanigans went on prior to now?" Yeah, they did, but they were not as prevalent and so bold and disingenuous as leaders act now!

Bush, now Obama, what do we look forward in candidates for 2012? Is it completely incredulous to watch someone without any political experience but just a ton of cash stroll out onto the stage and say "Vote for me because I know as much as you and can't do any worse than my predecessors these past 12 year."

What is equally amazing is that statement is the one truthful admission by a candidate.

Mickey Mouse, your time is coming!!!

Posted by: Joelhassfam4 | January 30, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't get how the right is able to make an issue of everything the Democrats do. Reading other commenters, somehow HHS giving waivers of the MLR to private businesses is a negative thing. So would it also have been negative if the waivers were not given?

Further, it just underscore the fact that PPACA giving latitude to HHS to implement the bill was exactly the right thing to do. Congress passed the law but you need an administration to implement it. The administration can react in real time to facts on the ground. All change, no matter how positive including PPACA runs the risk of destabilization the market. As of 2014, the full law will be in effect and all the crummy mini-med plans will be allowed to die their rightful death. In the meantime HHS is preserving the status quo since it is better than nothing.

Too bad the right is uninteresting in the facts.

Posted by: Jhoger | January 30, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"Where's the Beef?"

Such a simple question. But I am entirely sure it leaves the Republicans totally speechless!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 30, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Another Chicago Daley, just what we needed in Washington. LMAO

Posted by: sonny_sky | January 30, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Daly's words were completely consistent with the NYT interview cited. I know very few people -- Republicans included -- who are unhappy about the substance of the Health Care Act. Most don't buy the Republican propaganda on HOW the law was enacted. Their only complaint is that while Obama and Congress focused on getting health care passed, millions of Americans were losing their jobs. Most of us have jobs that require us to multi-task. We desperately needed a Congress that could multi-task in 2008 and need it just as badly now.

As citizens, we can spend a billion hours screaming that it was Nancy Pelosi's style or the Republican "Just Say No" mentality that prevented Congress from addressing the full range of problems that should have been addressed in 2008. Alternatively, we can acknowledge that it is now 2011 and tell Congress that we demand more from them and that a five-day work week would be a positive start.

Posted by: exco | January 30, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

From Republicans, it may come from a cow, but I would not call it "beef" before I smell it.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 30, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

BHO is setting a trap. Hopefully the Reps won't be dumb enough to fall for it, but I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: BenLaGuer | January 30, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Bloomberg Business Week: "Top rates are incredibly low from a historical perspective," says Indiana University law professor Ajay Mehrotra.

The most surprising thing, he says, is that rates have remained at this level even as the U.S. has been fighting two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Historically, income taxes on the wealthy have spiked during wartime: The first income tax was initiated during the Civil War and then later repealed. The top rate on income hit 77 percent in 1918, during World War I, and 94 percent from 1944 to 1945, during World War II.

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: twoeagle
Must be a member of the Soros Socialist Democratic Party. Last time I checked the Demo Socialist were in charge from 01-07.
Just reinforces the fact that they spew what they want to without regard to the real facts. Please deport yourself.

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And what exactly did you check that last time? Republicans controlled the Congress starting in 1996 and added the White House in 2000. Democrats took back the Congress in 2006.

Or are you called Bush a "Demo Socialist"?

Posted by: mrdorkbutt | January 30, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

"Top rates are incredibly low from a historical perspective," says Indiana University law professor Ajay Mehrotra.


The most surprising thing, he says, is
that rates have remained at this level
even as the U.S. has been fighting two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Historically, income taxes on the wealthy have spiked during wartime: The first income tax was initiated during the Civil War and then later repealed. The top rate on income hit 77 percent in 1918, during World War I, and 94 percent from 1944 to 1945, during World War II." Bloomberg Business Week

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP wants cuts? We'll give'm cuts.

Cut corporate welfare to big oil, big coal, big agriculture, cut lobbyists influence, eliminate the Chamber of Commerce and big fat cuts to the military. Get rid of weapons programs that don't work and close a third of the bases around the world. If this doesn't happen, the republicans will lay all the debt they ran up under Bush at the feet of the middle class, like they did with the financial crisis.


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Posted by: blarsen1 | January 30, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

There is no beef when it comes to the Republicans they are all full of BS.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

There is no beef when it comes to the Republican's they are all full of BS.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Sucking up in no time flat!

Posted by: DeanDR | January 30, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

For the pro GOP posters here YYYYYYYAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN

They were in charge from 01-06 and didnt cut spending they doubled it, the only time the GOP talks about cutting spending is when they do not occupy the White House, but hey there are a bunch of dreamers on this post..

Posted by: rharring
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Must be a member of the Soros Socialist Democratic Party. Last time I checked the Demo Socialist were in charge from 01-07.
Just reinforces the fact that they spew what they want to without regard to the real facts. Please deport yourself.

Posted by: twoeagle | January 30, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Sucking up in no time flat!

Posted by: DeanDR | January 30, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is playing a dangerous game. Call for cuts, but stall saying where. If they name a bunch of the "tea party pleaser" programs like the social services they love to tout, they'll lose those members of the base who are receiving those benefits. And the number is higher than you'd like to think.

They also lose credibility because those cuts are not going to save us from our impending debt crisis. To save us from that they need to cut funding for social security, medicare and defense. Cutting those isn't going to win any votes. Nor will it bring in any campaign dollars.

The GOP has tied itself to a very tricky strategy. Call for cuts but never say what they are. The White House should do exactly as they are doing. Get the GOP to either say it or eat crow. The GOP has cried wolf...now they need to prove that they have a legitimate plan to handle it.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | January 30, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

People are getting cheaper and cheaper to buy every day.

I am a "little" surprised about Daley though. Guess personal enrichment means more than the future of our country

Posted by: Straightline | January 30, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"jy151310 wrote: Daley has it wrong the Republicans are serious as a heart attack and with the Tea Party behind them they are no longer afraid of the Democrats"

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Republicans TALK about cutting spending. Democrats DO it! Republicans simply CAN'T ever walk the talk! They are notoriously big spenders and LOVE that PORK!

Here's a very easy to understand graph about WHICH party did what to our national debt:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2678226

These are facts from the National Budget Office. So, the Republicans can TALK all they want. That usually fools SOME of the people SOME of the time. Most people live with reality instead of "TALK"!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Democrats raise the national debt FAR LESS than Republicans.
Posted by: Fate1


I didn't realize that today was April Fools day. lol

Posted by: LibsRidiots | January 30, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Mostly everyone thinks that Obamacare is a piece of garbage. Daley knows it!

See Obama's healthcare waivers to date -- 733 of them:

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-healthcare-reform-investigation/2011/01/29/id/384329

Posted by: logicprevails | January 30, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The massive spending cuts are coming Obamites - your'e whining screams will be music to America's ears!

Posted by: Realist201 | January 30, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Democrats raise the national debt FAR LESS than Republicans. Republicans are simply VERY WASTEFUL spenders in reality, though they ALWAYS talk about cuting budgets and pork barrel spending. They are the BIGGEST offenders. Don't fall for words. use your brains and look up the FACTS!
Posted by: Maerzie

Quite true. Democrats tax and spend, republicans borrow and spend. Which is more fiscally responsible? Republicans cut taxes and spend, requiring them to borrow. What household cuts its income, then spends like they have it?

Republicans: Have your cake and eat it too and let the poor eat cake. And McConnell/Boehner? The cake bosses of course! And Palin can kill a wolf and club a fish to death but can't bake a cake, or knows what a cake is, and would not eat one because it wasn't running or swimming wild a few hours ago. What a bunch of wackos.

Posted by: Fate1 | January 30, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Annnnnnort wrrrote: "Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending."

Name 1 please.

And stop getting your mind calibrated by Beck, Body by Limbo.

Posted by: mmmapache | January 30, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Annnnnnort wrrrote: "Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending."

Name 1 please.

And stop getting your mind calibrated by Beck, Body by Limbo.

Posted by: mmmapache | January 30, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Good for America will be breaking up large companies. This will create millions of new jobs and lower prices for consumer goods. Time for Americans to take back their country from the corporate pigs.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 30, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"mglbrown1", there are some people so ignorant about our government that they think whatever passes in the House is "PASSED". Actually, that's even the way some of the media present the voting progress in print too, as if passing in the House means anything. It's so full of newbies in their corporative bought seats right now, it's actually even less meaningful than usual. They don't realize every bill has to ALSO pass the Senate, and even then, it can STILL be vetoed by the president!

Most of our schools don't HAVE any Civics or Government classes any more, which is why so many of our electorate get their information from the entertainers instead of knowing how to find the facts.

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The health care bill was passed KNOWING changes would be figured out in practice. Only a FOOL would think that after decades of both parties repeatedly FAILING to pass one, even though they BOTH knew it was needed, the'd have it perfect instantly. MILLIONS of different people and problems are VERY complex.

Course, it sounds like "coastofutopia" already knows more than both parties put together about all the remedies needed, so they should just call him for all the instantly perfect solutions, or wait till he runs for president.

As I said, it would take a fool to think it would be perfect instantly! It's just absolutely REMARKABLE that Obama finally did accomplish the beginning after everyone else had failed.

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

to annnort: Name some of the "several bills the Repubs have passed already" to target spending. Where do you get your information??

Posted by: mglbrown1 | January 30, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

to annnort: Name some of the "several bills the Repubs have passed already" to target spending. Where do you get your information??

Posted by: mglbrown1 | January 30, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP is not fiscally responsible in this Congress, they should be thrown out of power.

Then the Dems will get a chance to see if they got the message.

Rinse, repeat.

Posted by: joecct77 | January 30, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Whoops! Reagan didn't double the national "deficit". He doubled the national debt!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I disagree about not raising taxes. We are in deeper debt BECAUSE of Bush's UNPROVOKED wars, first and foremost! During wartime, it is the NORM to raise taxes, EVEN into the 90 percentile, as Reagan the Republican's "saint" had done, while he was DOUBLING the federal deficit. It is a matter of historical record that Democrats raise the national debt FAR LESS than Republicans. Republicans are simply VERY WASTEFUL spenders in reality, though they ALWAYS talk about cuting budgets and pork barrel spending. They are the BIGGEST offenders. Don't fall for words. use your brains and look up the FACTS!

Posted by: Maerzie | January 30, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse


It sounds like Daley understands the health care reform bill is a total mess, and is open to amending it so long as the Democrats can save face.

Posted by: coastofutopia | January 30, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

For the pro GOP posters here YYYYYYYAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN

They were in charge from 01-06 and didnt cut spending they doubled it, the only time the GOP talks about cutting spending is when they do not occupy the White House, but hey there are a bunch of dreamers on this post..

Posted by: rharring | January 30, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"health-care reform was needed" The initial reform required was to get rid of the waste, fraud and corruption in this system before moving on to a total reform. No different than securing the borders before moving on to immigration reform. everyone got it now!

You do not put the cart in front of the horse but that comes with experience and common sense which this administration is lacking in so many ways.

Posted by: wkcc36 | January 30, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Daley has it wrong the Republicans are serious as a heart attack and with the Tea Party behind them they are no longer afraid of the Democrats. There will be massive cuts to the budget. No part of the budget will be immune. Defense, entitlements, the left's sacred cows, the old guard Republican favorites, all of it will experience huge cuts or elimination. The Republicans and especially the Tea Party newcomers control the House. No money will be available after the end of March without big cuts. Then money will be released by the month always with strings and always with cuts in government scope and authority. The Post and the administration better get ready for a whole new game.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 30, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending. They will help stabalize business so business can start hiring again.

I can not believe CBS or anyone would give time to this Chicago crook/Wall St'er. He knows about as much about business and jobs as Obama does. That is NOTHING!!!

Posted by: annnort | January 30, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending. They will help stabalize business so business can start hiring again.

I can not believe CBS or anyone would give time to this Chicago crook/Wall St'er. He knows about as much about business and jobs as Obama does. That is NOTHING!!!

Posted by: annnort | January 30, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending. They will help stabalize business so business can start hiring again.

I can not believe CBS or anyone would give time to this Chicago crook/Wall St'er. He knows about as much about business and jobs as Obama does. That is NOTHING!!!

Posted by: annnort | January 30, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Republicans in the house have passed several bills already that target spending. They will help stabalize business so business can start hiring again.

I can not believe CBS or anyone would give time to this Chicago crook/Wall St'er. He knows about as much about business and jobs as Obama does. That is NOTHING!!!

Posted by: annnort | January 30, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

There is an easy solution for Obama and that's create some 25,000,000 new well-paying jobs fast. May take a bit of force, but it can be done. Currently, Obama is pushing the Mubarak type economy with a lot of exports. Din't work to well in Egypt.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 30, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

another political scumbag. obozo making a trade. emanual for daley. nice to have non jewish white bread on his staff

Posted by: pofinpa | January 30, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

There are goods and services for which markets do not work. This is usually because of the inability to establish property rights. An example is the tragedy of the commons, which leads to overuse. Since markets fail, the only alternative is government. Since these goods are often essential for economic growth it is very important that the government provides them. These include transportation infrastructure, education, pollution controls, etc. In many cases it is just the government setting rules, or property rights, which the right calls regulation, so markets work more efficiently. So the government needs to act as much like a business as possible when providing these goods. This means looking at the cost and benefits on effectively the rate of return when compared to business investment. So even given government inherent inefficiencies, the roi significantly exceeds dollars spent on business investment. Education is one such item.

Posted by: sarlat | January 30, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

another political scumbag. obozo making a trade. emanual for daley. nice to have non jewish white bread on his staff

Posted by: pofinpa | January 30, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

There were serious difficulties in the US?

The US has 65,000,000 + people either unemployed, living in poverty, or can't make ends meet. I'd say that's quite a problem that does "exist".

We Americans need to take over some businesses by force. The business community needs to pay attention to what's going on in Egypt.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 30, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

dude will say whatever the person signing his checks wants him to say. no surprise.

Posted by: joeblow111 | January 30, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

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