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Poll: Bipartisanship popular, compromise tricky

Americans spread the blame when it comes to the lack of cooperation in Washington, and, in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, most want the two sides to keep working to pass comprehensive health-care reform.

Nearly six in 10 in the new poll say the Republicans aren't doing enough to forge compromise with President Obama on important issues; more than four in 10 see Obama as doing too little to get GOP support. Among independents, 56 percent see the Republicans in Congress as too unbending and 50 percent say so of the president; 28 percent of independents say both sides are doing too little to find agreement.

As party leaders tussle over the proposed bipartisan health care summit, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they want Congress to keep working to pass comprehensive health-care reform. Democrats overwhelmingly support continued action on this front, as do 56 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans.

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The sticky part of widespread desire for compromise is that it's simple to want it from the other side. About three-quarters of Democrats see the congressional Republicans as intransigent, while a similar proportion of Republicans see Obama that way. But even Republicans are critical of their congressional leadership, with 44 percent seeing them as doing too little to strike deals with Obama; that compares with just 13 percent of Democrats worried about inaction on Obama's part.

At the same time, the president does pick up some criticism from the left here: 18 percent of liberal Democrats say Obama is doing too much to compromise with the GOP on big issues.

More from the poll conducted Thursday through Monday will be released tomorrow in The Washington Post. The margin of sampling error for the results from the full random sample of 1,004 adults is plus or minus three percentage points.

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By Jon Cohen  |  February 9, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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President Obama: Keep COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURES from occuring and closing Small Businesses.....use the $787 Billion "JOBS" money our children will pay for to AVOID 1930'S style full-blown DEPRESSION !

Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | February 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't the Dems pass all their bills when they controlled both Houses?? They didn't need the Republicans except to share the blame when American's would finally realize the stupidity of what the Dems wanted. Quit your whining. The campaign is over. Quit blaming everyone else for your lack of a spine.

Posted by: egoetz1 | February 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The people already lost everything, as Obama trys to grow Government.

The people want an Obamaland NO CONFIDENCE depresssion . They are going on vacation and refuse to fund anything Obama at al et al.
They refuse to keep business open and earnings happening to support Obama.

To put the Country back into to productive, democrats must place Biden.

Why?

Apparently, it is because Biden has a history the people can see. Biden brings a new cabinet abouve prison level.

Obama = NO CONFIDENCE

Posted by: dottydo | February 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Liberals believe that Americans don't like the bill, but they want it passed.

No wonder liberals are going down the toilet.

Posted by: pkhenry | February 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

KEEP WORKING!

I am sick and tired of all of our tax money going to wars.

We, the American People, are deserving of affordable health care, and we put the people in place to get it done.

So get it done! Come on Congresspeople!


Posted by: lindalovejones | February 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

We need no reform. I would like to know what there left-wing democrats have spent on this 2000 page catalog? Why would the democrats want to appease such a socialists? As it is, most of them will not be re-elected because of their great community organizer-thats all he is.....a nothing!

Posted by: REL1 | February 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

In February 2008 Candidate Obama saw and recognized the problem when he stated:

"I am proud to have the support of the American Small Business League and their grassroots efforts to help protect American small business. Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual," Sen. Obama said. "98 percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and we must protect this great resource. It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants."

Today in February 2010 President Obama has forgotten the issue and the solution. Yeah something is broken in Washington – It’s President Obama’s Word.

The Obama administration needs to stop diverting federal contracts from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

There is no need for him to go out on a limb - all President Obama needs to do is enforce the current Federal Small Business & 8(a) laws and goals on the books. In most cases small business can do the same work as the large federal contractors at a 25% discount.

Posted by: question-guy | February 9, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are like school children who have partied all night and have not done their homework. Now they look for excuses not to go to school. I have yet to see the mythical republican plan that they claim to have. They claim if they are elected they will show you a plan. Ho-ho-ho. I have this bag (poke) with a pig in it. Give me your money, then you can see the pig. Trust me.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | February 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

How can the Republcans believe that Pres. Obama is not doing enough. I thought they accused him of doing too much in an earlier poll. Would that not put him in the "just right" category? The minority Senate Republicans have been instransigent, obstructive and irresponsible with their,"Play with me or I'll take my one vote and go home" posuturing. Only one Republican has to vote for the President's plan to make a bi-partisan bill pass in the Senate. Their threat of filibuster would vanish based upon this poll's results, if the Senate Democrats Harry Reid would call it to the floor for a vote. He's not strong enough. Maybe we need a new Senate majority leader to take on this clown Mitch McConnel who sees everything wrong with the Democrats bill but offers nothing as an alternative that isn't already in the bill.
Grow up Senators.

Posted by: Grandone | February 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

gibbs and obama and axelrod,
a bunch of sophmoric holes,
poking fun at middle america,
how can these smart alecks,
be getting paid by the very
people they ridicule?

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Starting from scratch with the health care is what needs to happen one step at a time.
Why are we going into this right now the main focus should be on jobs,jobs,jobs.
Why is no one hearing the American people read my lips we do not want obama care.
They will all know what we feel when come November we will put the brakes on and 2012 bring in a new administration who cares about America not destroy it.
The people are angry with this government why does no one listen sick of hearing sit down and shut up while they spend,spend,spend us into bankruptcy.
we have been awaken and will not be silent anymore enought is enought.
Read the Constitution.
This poll does not reflect the American people.You are being one sided and sure the poll was presented to one political group shame on you,tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Posted by: sunday30 | February 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Memo to The President:

I don't know if anyone on your staff has the nerve to tell you this, but you're getting punk'd by the Republicans. Every day. All day.

Albert Brooks, the comedian, describes how:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/albert-brooks/barack-obama-is-being-pun_b_454976.html

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | February 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of all the rhetoric and blame, just get the job done.

Posted by: boleson02 | February 9, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

We can obtain health care reform but Congress needs to take it one step at a time. Tort reform, allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, fixing Medicare, Health Savings Accounts,etc. are things that need to be addressed first. This will enable the country to choose what and how much health care they really want without taxing us and our children into poverty to pay for such a bloated, partisan, 2000 page monstrosity that is currently on the table. We will always support paying for those who cannot pay and Congress could pass a bill for one tenth of what is now proposed to provide insurance for those who could not afford it. Let's do this smartly and not rush in to something that could permanently damage this nation. We can't afford a trillion dollars right now. Let's get people to work again and then they can afford to buy health care. What's the priority right now, jobs or a tax burden our children and grandchildren will never be able to pay off?

Posted by: ritchievinson | February 9, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The numbers speak for themselves. It's time for both major parties to work together efficiently, fairly, ethically and smarter, in order to get things done, solve national vital problems which negatively block necessary progress, it's time to fight challenges, not fight against each other, time for real and positive change in the lives of all hardworking taxpaying American people, so that citizens can trust the Government, its quality of service to the country.

Posted by: zeinali | February 9, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Go Barack !
Fight the Red-Neck HORDE !
Keep up the good work !

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 9, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Harry Truman won re-election by campaigning against the "do-nothing" Republican-controlled Congress. Maybe that's Obama's plan. The only problem with it is that the Democrats hold a majority in both houses.

Bipartisanship may be morally pure, but in politics it's something minority parties tout. Obama should have bashed the Republicans for the mess left by the previous administration from the get-go.

Posted by: donnolo | February 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

There has got to be a better way to get these political posturing boycotts out of a lawmakers job and force them to actually do some work instead of just constantly gumming up the process! ......Maybe a take a position clause by a certain date or else you lose your job feature might work. That would involve positions that the parties are offering as concrete votable solutions that stand up to a defensible position.

Posted by: AKABUD | February 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are no better than Communists who seek to destroy democracy by not allowing it to function. We know what you are doing Republicans. If you want to avoid socialism than get off your fat steak eating butts to make the government work. As far as I am concerned you are the socialists who want to confiscate my salary for war and tax cuts for your fat unhealthy friends.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | February 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"nearly two-thirds of Americans say they want Congress to keep working to pass comprehensive health-care reform. Democrats overwhelmingly support continued action on this front, as do 56 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans."
2/3 is good news. They 1)recognize/acknowledge the problem that the "greatest healthcare system in the world" actually has and 2) should not be shouted down by the obnoxious naysayers who OBVIOUSLY will NEVER get really ill, lose their jobs, lose their healthcare (until it does) 3)Romney-care can serve as a model...scott brown can lead the charge for bipartanship and show the GOP obstructionists that he was elected to GET THINGS ACCOMPLISHED... it will help his "presidential campaign"...you know, now that he's the GOP's (only) Rock Star (besides Palin who never met a cliche she didn't like and was a drag on mccain's ticket and therefore doesn't have a chance never mind Polls put her as GOP pres nominee "frontrunner"...at their peril.

Posted by: sgoewey | February 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

YEAH AND LIKE I SAID....

I USED POLLS NUMBERS FOR BUTT-WIPERS!!!!

Posted by: dove369 | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner is out of his mind when he says the nation has soundly rejected health care. Poll respondents love most of its parts. They just don't like the politics of the fighting over it. And majorities of both houses of Congress favor 98% of the bills and those members represent a huge majority of the US population.

Posted by: dcnyhunter | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

How is affordable health insurance for all Americans a job killer? The Republicans may be that stupid, but they can't expect that level of stupidity from the American public.

Posted by: elprimojpvh1 | February 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The American people elected Barack Hussein Obama and gave him a filibuster Senate and a majority in the House. Obama had all the tools he needed to enact any legislation he wanted. All he lacked was political experience and ability- all he had ultimately was his capacity to read well off his teleprompters the words his speechmakers wrote for him. Now that the people have turned against his destructive policies, he whines about the lack of support he gets from the opposition party. The US will pay dearly for putting this tax and spend liberal in the White House.

Posted by: mhr614 | February 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The trouble is all the closed door meetings where Democratic closed out the Republicans and made legislature with out comment. They held the majority of the votes and still could not even reconcile the law within their own party and so it sat. They are really good at blaming the previous administration for all their woes but what is there excuse now? The Republicans, whom the locked out of the debate on health care. For this administration is is so much easier to blame than to do, even when they have the majority of the votes. The only ones to blame are the Democrats fro their own failure to accomplish their goals and now that the people are demanding that they do something they are still just blaming the Republicans instead of working on a truly a bipartisan effort to create jobs and take care of the health issue.
“The truth is more important than the facts." - Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted by: joshuasweet | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The dem libs are no better than Communists who seek to destroy democracy by not allowing it to function. We know what you are doing dem libs. If you want to avoid socialism than get off your fat steak eating butts to make the government work. As far as I am concerned you are the socialists who want to confiscate my salary for war and tax cuts for your fat unhealthy friends. You don't need to Republicans to pass laws..you're only obstacle is a unified dem lib party....Quick whining and start leading...remember you told us, "SHUT UP, WE WON", but now you are saying, "WE FLUNKED AND DESERVE MINORITY STATUS AGAIN WHICH WE EXPECT AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS." HA HA

Posted by: powerange | February 9, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP AND "BIPARTISANSHIP IS A MISNOMER!!! THE GOP DOESN'T WANT COMPROMISE. THEY WANT 100% OF THEIR AGENDA APPROVED AND 100% OF THE DEMOCRAT AGENDA DISAPPROVED!!!


Posted by: demtse | February 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The question posed in the poll is very tendentious and doubtless deliberately so. People following this issue closely know exactly what "comprehensive health-care reform" means: it means the Senate bill modified by "reconciliation" to meet some of the objections of House "progressives". To the general public it means legislation broad enough in scope to deal with a lot of the problems with the existing system. If the Post pollsters had asked: "Do you favor scrapping existing legislation and starting over to fashion comprehensive health care reform?" the answer would have been overwhelmingly "yes". I think the pollsters should be ashamed.

Posted by: miglefitz | February 9, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I am a constitutionalist, independent with no ties to either party and I say baloney, I do not believe this poll.

Also, from what I've seen Huffn'Puff punks its own self out with trash on a daily basis. Get serious for once.

Posted by: JudiBug | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

These statistics prove how wrong and cowardly the Washington Post has been since the MA senate race in accepting and promoting the Republican "narrative" that Obama and the Democrats were never democratically elected by a majority of Americans and that because they lost one anti-filibuster vote they should give up and resign. This is the kind of hysterical journalism that both the WP and the Times committed in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq.

Can we blame this sad failure on the erosion of print media by the internet and entertainment TV news? No. What is lacking is any perspective or truth in merely reporting!

Posted by: walden1 | February 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. I was beginning to think everyone was crazy. I'm glad to know it's just those people who listen to the republican lies that don't want health care reform.

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's the standard wingnut response for you-- Narcissist! Teleprompter! Bow to Foreign Leaders! TEA Party! Alinsky! Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers! Kenyan Birth Certificate! Except I just couldn't bring myself to use the CAPS LOCK. You people are very silly.

Posted by: Theocracy | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I believe most independent voters like myself , who voted Democrats for the first time and for President Obama , are sick up to stomach on this tug of war between Democrats and Republicans . I am very disappointed both in the political parties . We have economic recovery and security issues under jeopardy , with dire consequences . I believed that after 2008 elections there will be for a while more civility , some bipartisanship and less bickering on issues of national importance . Nothing is being done for the middle class.

Posted by: dmfarooq | February 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Read the scribbled note on MY hand ala Palin: Obama is a fraud!

Posted by: jamespmarion | February 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Small Business is really taking the shaft with the current state of affairs with health care. To keep good talent I pay 70% of the premium for a very good health care package. Unless and until something is done to fix this broken system of ours, there never going to be an economic fix. Both sides are full of crap here. Let's make changes that have a positive impact on our economy and helps small business grow. Get a grip and debate what's real (the Louisiana Purchase and the back room deals really did make the Dems look sick) There's really not a lot of difference when the Shelby's of the world hold-out until they get their piece of pork.
Throw them all out and get some real people to work-out the real problems that we face.

Posted by: BPicard1 | February 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Where was this poll taken, in the inner cites with a few in Northern Virginia
polled to give the results a look of slight contention? The majority of Americans, according to almost all polls oppose healthcare reform. That's part of what got Brown elected in Mass.

Obama has a hearing problem.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | February 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The 2,000 page bill is full of so much junk that starting over is the right thing to do.

Odds are the bill could be reduced to one page or two at the outside if all pork is removed.

There are probably 10 items both parties can agree on and the principles fit on one page.

Posted by: donbl | February 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Should America keep trying to please the Republican minority?

Should America keep trying to make freinds with the America hating Limbaugh sycophants?

Should America keep putting up with an obviously commie GOP?

Posted by: walker1 | February 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I am not really surprised with the new poll show. The american people had preceded to vote for a change and a change involves all agendas that matter america including health care reform. I believe and have always believed that Republicans are not doing enough to forge compromise with Obama. They have been reluctant at the early beginings. But the President obviously stated the reason they have been put in the House (is to serve their people).Therefore, I hope they would at least change their stance and should really move forward to display the best ideas on the table, than selfishly continueing relactant.

Posted by: mahad_joe | February 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I am relieved to hear that 2/3 of Americans still want healthcare reform. The people have not been fooled.

And I am proud of my president. I look forward to the healthcare summit. It's time to shine the spotlight on Congress. Show us what you've got. If you keep trying to block healthcare reform, if you keep trying to snow us, we're going to be mad and we're going to know who is responsible.

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I posted this on an earlier blog and thought it appropriate to repeat here:

The blogosphere nowadays is replete with the idiotic, imbecilic ramblings of hack GOP blowhards who know nothing about facts and are experts only in the art of obfuscation.

Here's a prediction for this year:

. The GOP will remain intact in their stubborn effort to NOT work with President Obama on health care and it will backfire on them just like their failed attempt to stare Clinton down in the mid 90s which led to the government shutdown.

. President Obama's popularity will enjoy a steady increase, particularly amongst independent voters, and this will keep the Dems in control of both houses of Congress in 2010 and pave the way for another Obama landslide victory in 2012.

Can't the GOP see that it's only a matter of time before their party becomes synonymous with the term, "whig?"

I'm a proud independent voter and I see no future in the GOP. Their conduct during the last year (not to mention the previous 8 years) is nothing short of deplorable.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It's about time for the President to face the facts that we just cannot afford the type of health care reform that he wants at this time.
Kill the existing bill as it stands now and start all over with a TRANSPARENT discussion on what the majority of the voters want.
The political posturing that the president has undertaken this past year will get him nowhere!
Some of the democratic senators realize this (not all)...Nancy and Harry certainly do not get it.
Health care reform will only progress if done incrementally, a little at a time!

Posted by: SeniorVet | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Two-thirds of Americans still want healthcare reform. What a relief.

I look forward to the healthcare summit. I am proud of Obama for his leadership. He's going to swing this around yet and the voters will watch him do it.

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

NON-BIASED POLL FROM LAME STREAM MEDIA?....Where is the WP-ABC poll on Obama approval ratings?.....ABC POLL, what a laugh!

Posted by: djmcfly | February 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

But it is all about HOW you word a question isn't it. Should Congress continue on SOME sort of healthcare reform? Sure -- tort reform would be a fine thing to pass.

Should Congress continue working on Obamacare, Barry's failed tax and spend boondoggle? NO, definitely not.

The people said the same thing, when they elected Senator Scott Brown last month.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats need to really make more political hay out of the fact that Republicans honestly do want to privatize or get rid of Social Security and Medicare.

In every single debate and ad' Democrat candidates should challenge their opponents with that.

If you ask almost any Republican congressional member whether they want to get rid of those two programs they will inevitably say 'they're both going bankrupt anyway!'

And then if you ask the Republicans to offer ideas to save Social Security and Medicare they will either say that 'we should get rid of them' or 'privatize them' which is the same as dumping them.

Just because they won't succeed in their efforts to kill SS and Medicare is no reason to give them a pass for having such universally unpopular ideas.

You're doing a great job Rahm...!

Posted by: ChipShirley | February 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, President Obama is doing enough and more to get the GOP to cooperate. He and the other democrats have compromised to get the health care reform in place, but the GOP is playing games with the plan. As soon as the plan is acceptable and workable, the GOP throws another barrier in the mix. They want to start over and produce the same results. They are like little children on the playground. "If I can't have things my way, the game is over." They don't care about the American people who are suffering all the inequities in our society. At the end of the day, all the GOP wants is to still be "rich."

Posted by: jblake2627sbcglobalnet | February 9, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

BARRY SAID HE IS "NON NEGOTIABLE" On Some Items, So Why Bother To Attend The BARRY OBAMA PUPPET SHOW.

Posted by: djmcfly | February 9, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

And amusing isn't it, how Barry waited until he is a politically wounded lame duck president to start 'negotiating' with the GOP? Hmm?

Before that Obamacare was being decided literally behind closed doors in Harry Reid's senate office with no Republicans allowed. What a difference the election of Senator Scott Brown has already made.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I do not want anything that comes from the intellectual elitists in Washington DC. I also know very few people except hard left leaning Democrats that really want more government intervention. Stop intervening with private sectors and dressing it up as something 'for the people' when all it really is, is another grab for concentrating more power in the hands of these few temporary elected officals in DC.

WASHINGTON POST: What jurisdiction did you poll? Residents of the District?? Your own collective news rooms?? I find the results of your 'impartial' survey laughable and not worth the webpage they are posted on. Your spread of error should more along the lines of +/- 30%, then you might actually have the reality of the situation captured.

Posted by: 50Eagle | February 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

THIS POLL IS A LEFTIE PIPE DREAM..Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.....

Posted by: djmcfly | February 9, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Nearly six blame republicans and more than 4 blame Obama, sounds close to 5 in 10, on both sides, no?

In this, one point seems relevant, Obama said he coudl lead through bipartisanship and if his numbers are barely any better than republicans, he's not performing as promised, period.

I also think HRC was and is the President's own personal dream of a legacy and that he has wrongfully put it ahead of some other really pressing issues for far too long for that reason. Making unrealistic deadlines did not help and was not truly leadership as it caused alot of fast track, close enough, sloppy work that simply never did address some very key causes of out of control costs like frivolous lawsuits.

Right now, citing spent political capital on this mess does not impress me as a sensible reason to 'keep pushing' a shoddy bill through. They have one shot to get it right and that should be first and foremost on their minds. This bill as it stands, remains vague on some fronts and does not address numerous other cost driving problems and is therefore, unacceptable.

In the end, we don't know how much it will cost taxpayers, even after all the speeches and all this time!

And that is unacceptable too.

If back to square one from both sides is what it takes, then that is what it takes.

Posted by: artyanimal2 | February 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't see where we have any choice. We just need to get these "fat cat", secure politicians off their duff's and represent the American voter.

Posted by: jws2346 | February 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I can only say one thing. Spread the word people. The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned. The future is not set and can go in two very different directions. Get involved and help stop this massive take over.

Posted by: makom | February 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

..."If America believes and it does that Republicans want to help, I have a bridge I'd like to sell them! If America believes the Republicans can help them like they helped themselves the last eight years in office, I have a bridge I'd like to sell them, and if America believes Republicans didn't lose 8 and a half million jobs, left them a record/debt/deficit of $1.5 Trillion dollars BILL to pay off, and then my favorite fact, left them and office with the lowest job approval rating in the history of the United States Presidency, 20%!

These facts are proof American's don't pay attention as they continue to vote right against themselves in spite of the Disasterous Republican record before them that has left America's economy and image in ruins, don't matter fools still voting for Republicans will never change, and the change America believed in now will never happen as America gave away the store to Republicans and still putting them in office even after the MESS they left All American's in!

..."Proof, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you...America."

Posted by: ztcb41 | February 9, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I like how the democrats in this message string seem to believe that government entities creating more and more domestic programs is a good thing, and the party of 'No' is stupid because they don't want to do anything, i.e. the do-nothing congress.

Let's finish the sentence: The GOP is the party of 'No more intrusive government meddling with the lives of our citizens and that with our limited free market economy!'

If every citizen had a quality economic education covering the famous from all ends (Marx, Freidman, Smith, etc.) and working experience in the private sector, we might have more folks realizing that nothing short of the specifically enumerated functions of government are the only things that government can perform successfully. The government can perform very limited few things more efficiently than the private sector. Profit is not evil, it is the measure of progress and productivity.

Social Security and Medicare are Trillions in the hole and are unfunded liabilities. The social security taxes paid today are turned around and paid out today, there is no savings bank account for these funds. Medicare creates shortages and long lines, and many doctors choose not to accept medicare payments. Any of you democrats out there want to state in writing that those doctors refusing medicare payments from patients should be forced through government coericon to accept medicare? That's where this 'healthcare bill' (2000+ pages) is headed.

Another question, why is that the United State's Constitution is so easy to read and so brief, compared to legislation of today, where the laws being proposed are ten volumes of books?!

The good intentions of the democrats to create their ideal society void of all suffering, poverty, ills, etc. are all they would like to be measured by, not the actual results of their social programs.

Who wants to keep creating more government to meddle in private citizens' lives?

Posted by: 50Eagle | February 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Help Us Find Some Common Ground
by Doug Adair

With the troubles at hand, it feels like we’re sinking
It’s time to wake up and change our thinking
If we lose our way, everyone will pay

Bring us back, bring us back to the middle
Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down
Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little
Help us find, help us find some common ground

Let’s put our differences aside
Start a new revolution
If we work side by side
We’ll find the solution

Just like a fire, a fire that’s raging
No one can control these wars we’re waging
There’s no end in sight, how long must we fight?

Bring us back, bring us back to the middle
Lift us up, lift us up, don’t drag us down
Give us strength, give us strength to bend a little
Help us find, help us find some common ground

Posted by: ManintheMiddle | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Radical conservative Republicans should be grateful we have an adult in the White house. The Republicans are a bunch of nincompoops that are intellectually bankrupt. The president is doing TOO MUCH to reach out to the fringe right wing. This president has gone over and above to reach out to the lunatics. Enough already with them. The party of "NO" has no credible ideas. Plus they're not interested in governing responsibly. In lieu they prefer to be actors on the Washington stage called political theater that's all they want to do is ACT.

Posted by: bam423 | February 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they want Congress to keep working to pass comprehensive health care reform--but the Republican leaders say that American has rejected health care reform--and they're willing to ignore two thirds of us. Their behavior has no place in a democracy.

Posted by: jlhare1 | February 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The new energy policy is uninformed. Hydrino power plants can remake and save the Amewrican economy, and yet the Dept. of Energy is doing nothing to fund or even foster research on it. See CNN iReport "Hydrinos offer free fuel for world's power plants" for information, or visit www.american-reporter.com or www.blackliughtpower.com. Our priorities are all wrong right now: we urgently need to take advantage of a discovery as important or more so than the Internet, and use the existing technology and scientific validation in 83 peer-reviewed journal articles to make it real and concrete. Obama should get up to speed on this topic!

Posted by: amreporter | February 9, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Read my lips, the American people DO want healthcare reform. The Republicans are getting their bluff called
because they have no solution. If all else fails, Obama needs to use reconciliation to get the job done and move on. Those of you don't like it ,tooo bad. Deal with it.

Posted by: ydream000 | February 9, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

As I read the poll it says the conservative spam attack is failing other than for their own ditto heads.

That's ok. Why don't you red states secede already. You could pay your own way for a change. Change I can believe in ... Red States secede. 30% of Texas is uninsured and it's rising. I'm not especially excited about paying for Texas. Better that they secede.

Posted by: James10 | February 9, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

So I'm supposed to give credibility to a poll that asks "what do you want to do, give up or keep trying?" How many times were you taunted as a child about the evils of giving up? Talk about a biased question! This is the worst I've ever seen. How about this question instead: do you want government to order you to buy insurance or do you want to be free to buy it or not buy it yourself. Or this one: do you want to be told by government what health care you can get or not or do you want to be free to choose your health care based on your own needs and resources? Or how about this one, if we want to really get reform minded: Do you want to be told by your employer what health insurance options you have or do you want to be free to choose from all available options with no consequence for your taxes or the level of total compensation you receive? Any of those would be meaningful questions, but this one is simply ludicrous.

Posted by: Rational4 | February 9, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course this is what ab=n ABC/Washington Post poll would say.. The truth is that most people in the country want the government to get its hands off the health care that it has already destroyed and leave them off before they make matters worse like they have for everything else in the country.

The government has never fixed one single thing and it's not going to start now. It only takes our money, destroys things and starts wars.

Posted by: websmith1 | February 9, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

These Republicans are kind of stupid. Continuing to attack Obama with zero solutions cost you votes. Every time Palin opens her mouth she splinters the party even more which costs you votes. And if you really listen to Palin she has nothing to say but critical comments about our President. No solutions. She really is trailer trash and a really ignorant person. Obama's wife is 100 times smarter than Palin. Keep going in the same direction Republicans and by 2012 you will be extinct. R-E-P-U-L-I-C-A-N. Really - Unintelligent - People - United - Like - Idiots - After - Nothing!!!!!!!!!

n2

Posted by: nnorvell | February 9, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't the Dems pass all their bills when they controlled both Houses?? They didn't need the Republicans except to share the blame when American's would finally realize the stupidity of what the Dems wanted. Quit your whining. The campaign is over. Quit blaming everyone else for your lack of a spine.

Posted by: egoetz1 | February 9, 2010 3:00 PM


Who are all these americans you are talking about? You mean republicans dont you. As crazy and mean spirited as your post reads I doubt if you speak for me. You speak for mean spirited republicans who are angry that a black democrat is president and its nothing they can do about it but wait and deal with it. So you go on blogs bad mouthing half the country because they are not the same political party as you claiming you speak for everyone when you dont. If I had a dollar everytime some republican claims they are speaking for americans while they trash Obama I could take a month long vacation in aruba. Republicans could care less about americans unless those americans are republicans. Otherwise republicans dont even regard people outside of their party as real americans. You try to label your president as somehow not an american citizen, as if our government would overlook citizenship when nominating a person for president. I thought republicans were a little off when they were in power, seems you have gotten even more daffy since you lost power. Your most visible leaders are Sara Palin, Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh. These are the people your party is taking their queues from. Thats the equivalent of the democrats most visible leaders being Al Franken, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakan.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the GOP is doing what they HAVE to do: Insure that this President fails. Why is this the "plan"? Because there's no way that they can compete with this guy "on the issues". I'm reading all of the comments from the detractors but if you watch this President, you'll quickly realize that he is the smartest guy in national politics. I'm not saying that the 'smartest guy' will translate into a 'great President' but --there's no competition here! Seriously. Go to CSPAN and view today's press conference that Obama conducted. AFter you view that, go back to the GOP's statements after today's meeting in the Whitehouse. The GOP wants to block HCR. Period. Obama saw that they were spinning his meeting ("we need to scrap this 2700 page bill and start over!") so he popped up for a press conference. In a blink, he ended the narrative about not having a pressor for "months". (By the way, he looked really scared to take on the whitehouse press corp, right?)...The "plan" for the GOP is to distort, demogogue and deny the Nation the prospect of having a great President. Trust me, they KNOW how talented this guy is. That's why the right wing is in overdrive to scare voters. It's certainly been effective for the first year, but that's a tough strategy to keep up when the country is looking for leadership. The far-right is trying to sell a former Governor, who quit, as competition for this guy? A governor who's an attractive woman who's 'armed' with eye winks, 'you betcha' and crib notes on her hand??...Keep blocking GOP. It's your only hope.

Posted by: TruthHurts2 | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Sixty-one percent (61%) of U.S. voters say Congress should drop health care reform and focus on more immediate ways to improve the economy and create jobs.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of voters nationwide disagree and think Congress should press ahead with health care.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Scorecard:
Bush
- screwed up one war (Afghan)
- started another war for no reason (Iraq)
- destroyed the budget surplus with unfunded Medicare Part D, tax cuts for the rich, and two wars (see above)
- presided over regulatory and financial agencies that led to the worst recession in 80 years
- failed on Israeli/Palestinian peace, Immigration Reform, Entitlement Reform, anti-proliferation of Iran/N Korea, etc. etc

Obama-
- bailouts for economy destroyed by Bush (which in reality, account for a fraction of the deficit created by Mr. Bush, yet is blamed somehow for the current deficit?)
- failed on Health Care Reform - which can I remind the Christian so called moralists is an attempt at providing poor people health insurance. Is that really such an evil plot?
- failed at bi-partisanship (aka - not agreeing to continue the policies of the Republican/last failed president, whose achievements are listed above)

What can you argue about the above? Factually, what is false about what I listed? How can you be so blind regarding what Bush did to this country?

Posted by: amilesp | February 9, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

IF, and only IF, the Republicans take the will of the nation into account, the problems will be solved by them doing something constructive in the name of the PEOPLE, NOT the CORPORATIONS. They may have been bought by the special interests, but the people are the ones who will ultimately re-elect them or replace them. They had better stop whining and go to work. For the House, election day gets closer every day, and several senators are looking at serious challenges that could send them home for good. Think about it. The numbers don't lie.

Posted by: ronjeske | February 9, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Any change that does not reduce the cost of health care is foolish.

Posted by: rusty3 | February 9, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

We need no reform. I would like to know what there left-wing democrats have spent on this 2000 page catalog? Why would the democrats want to appease such a socialists? As it is, most of them will not be re-elected because of their great community organizer-thats all he is.....a nothing!

Posted by: REL1


You idiot, you could not tell me what a socialist is without using a search engine to get the meaning. Republicans are like robots, malfunctioning robots. You call Obama so many different derogatory names that you dont know the meaning of you dont even realize that have of the labels contradict one another. When republicans realize that its not just about them and join the rest of the country in solving problems thats when you will get power back. Acting like self serving bullies only makes us not vote for you. What you fail to realize that outside of you party no one likes you. Its sad when the only hope for winning elections is obstructing Obama to the point of not accomplishing anything. Thats real sad considering you just had majority in congress and the white house. Look at your party, a bunch of sorry sad, angry old white men leading the party with a bunch of yes men following. I guess losing in 08 has taught your party nothing. You people are making the same mistake regarding Obama as everyone has the last two years. Thinking that because he is a person of color he can be marginalized with labels and words. Clinton did it, McCain and Palin did it, and now the republican party is doing it. So far he has beat them all down with a smile on his face.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

obama blew it. even the affirmative action candidate doesnt deserve two bites at the apple. at this point, this is about one thing: trying to lay the groundwork for re-writing history.

as if its the republicans fault when democrats who needed exactly 0 house republican votes and 0 senate republicans votes to pass health care reform couldnt pass health care reform.

Posted by: dummypants | February 9, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

After all the press given to the 600 buffoons at the mad hatter's convention, it's good to read that I'm part of mainstream America.

Posted by: ArtHorizon | February 9, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

50Eagle

Bush and Cheney wanted to tap your phones without warrants and you were ok with that. They wanted to turn over social security to the same people they then ask us to bail out of bankruptcy with our tax dollars. You are Ok with that too. They created a health care bill that the only people that gained from it were the insurance companies and you are Ok with that. But let a black democrat become president and not you care about big government being intrusive. I would rather you republicans be honest and say we are pissed that we lost the white house to a one term black senator and we are willing to do or say anything that we think will help us get back in power. I could at least respect your candor. All this other crap that you are complaining about sense Obama was election you were making excuses for when Bush was in office. Man up, Grow up. You had not problem with bush's spending and using government to intrude. Now you have a problem when its Obama. Just because you are dumb enough to believe in your own bullcrap does not mean I am.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

It's extremely hard to believe ANY poll that the liberal/progressives at the POST and ABC News conducts....... especially after the FACT that the POST has been caught "cooking" polls in the past.

And it doesn't help when the corrupt liberal/progressives that own, manage, and report for the POST get caught Red-handed pimping for Obama's health care plan for between $25K and $250K

And it doesn't help when the POST reached into Virgina this year to run Deeds campaign from the primary on........while attacking and smearing the GOP candidate as normal.

Yep the liberal/progressives at the POST will do just about anything to promote the guy they helped install in November 2008.

We The People can "smell" the POST stories a mile away........ and this is a "story"....

POST = dishonest dirty liberal/progressive propaganda outlet for the Democrat Party......just the FACTS.....

Posted by: allenridge | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

You idiot, you could not tell me what a socialist is without using a search engine to get the meaning. Republicans are like robots, malfunctioning robots. You call Obama so many different derogatory names that you dont know the meaning of you dont even realize that have of the labels contradict one another.
Posted by: ged038
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So we're getting somewhere if you agree that "socialist" is a derogatory word. But I'm curious what other words Obama has been called are contradictory to "socialist." Nazi? I think the Nazi's were all socialists. Tyrant? I think we would all agree the socialist Nazis were tyrannical. Liberal? I think he calls himself that. What contradictory terms do you mean?

Posted by: Rational4 | February 9, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Miserable. Failure. Obama.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

PUBLIC OPTION NOW!!!!!Quit letting the opposition define the problem. It's not torte reform, or portabilty. It's antitrust exemption that needs to end NOW.

Posted by: DEACON54 | February 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

makom

Now, lets add the antichrist to the list of names republicans have given the president of the united states. Lets see, he is the antichrist, hitler, Marx, Stalin, Terrorist, non citizen, Socialist. What about Mussolini, Idi Amin, Ted Bundy, Jim Jones and Charles Manson? You haven't compared him to them yet. But hey, its only his first year in office. You have time. By 2012 he will be sub human thus not qualified to be president. This is how republicans will be remembered when we talk about history and the first black president. The same way southern whites are viewed during our fight for civil rights and the abolishment of slavery. Angry, petty and intolerant.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Many US presidents tried the diplomatic version of bipartisanship with Stalin and his successors. Ronald Reagan was courageous enough to abandon that tactic and aimed to defeat the USSR, to consign it to the ash heap of history. He did and there is no more Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Democrats control everything in DC and can pass anything they can agree on. But they can't agree. Obama should hold a summit with his fellow Democrats. Republicans didn't defeat Obamacare- Democrats did.

Posted by: mhr614 | February 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs to reach out to Democrats to get them to agree on health care. More importantly, he has to be more helpful with the economy.

Posted by: bryan37 | February 9, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear Republicans,
You lost the Presidential election in 2008. Get over it, and move on. Deal with it- how about trying to actually represent the best interests of the American people, instead of just being intransigent, untruthful, and ignorant? Your comments, especially those of dottydo and others like her, are truly sad and pathetic, not to mention barely literate. Talk about drinking the kool-aid!

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | February 9, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

It is time for the gutless Democrats to pass health care reform. The GOP will never cooperate. They are the party of the rich, including the billion dollar health care industry and their rich CEOs. The GOP constituency is making billions on things the way they are.

Republicans truly don't care about the middle class or the uninsured, under insured and those who lose insurance (or jobs) when they get a serious illness.

Democrats, pass health care reform now.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 9, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

another crap dem poll.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Rational4

Sorry, just because you call someone names does not make them what you call them. I could call members of the republican party racist, intolorant jerks. If I call you that does that make you those things? So much for your dumb rational. Is this how you want american citizens outside of your party to view your party as a party that is determined to define its own president as a Nazi or Socialist? Are you soo caught up in trying to win back power that you forget that you are not just disrespecting a good man in Obama, you are disrespecting the position he holds as president. And republicans love to pride themselves as being patriotic to its country. How can you be that if you are soo willing to disrespect the president of any party in that way. He is your president, even if you did not want him to be. Respect the presidency. The presidency is not something you trash because you dont like the person in the position like Yankees and Red Sox fans trash each other. Its not a sports team, its the presidency. Show some respect, you can disagree with the presidency without disrespecting the position. Or does the sight of a black person holding the position propel you to hurl insults? Maybe thats the problem with republicans, they are mad as hell they have to honor a black person as president. Some of you cant even come up with real reasons you hate him soo much. Like the guys at those town hall meetings, when they were given air time to discuss what they did not like about Obama they could not articulate themselves beyond name calling. They did not even understand what they were mad about, someone had told them that he was a socialist and wanted to take away there guns and choices and because they like you were looking for an excuse besides he is black they took socialist and ran with it. Anything but the truth, we dont want a black democrat as president. If only Rush and Glen could say that on air and get away with it they would have said it a long time ago. Instead Glen called him a racist and I bet you were right with him.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Those writing here that insist that no change is needed in US Healthcare are uninformed Luddites. The US is now the 37th best place to get healthcare in the world. France is number 1. There are many other quotable statistics, but I won't bother. More than 10,000 physicians want a National Health Plan (pnhp.org), but Baucas didn't let them testify because it was felt that Conservative Dinosaurs would not permit the conversation. Now we are stuck with conservative dinosaurs that don't understand that US employer mandates put America at a competitive disadvantage to every other nation in the world. The topsy-turvy Calvinist-Puritan work ethic would deny healthcare to the infirm, or at least have only the Church provide for them. This is an anachronistic Spartan view that is delusional for 21st Century America. The sooner we get these Calvinists out of the debate the better. We need our Democracy back. And we need healthcare for all to be competitive in the 21st Century. Boehner can't possibly understand that; he is too busy suckling at the banker's milk.

Posted by: bert8 | February 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The people poled are all white..independents or otherwise, what they are not saying is that the lilly white republican party is bound and determained not to let this black man govern, if you say its Obama's fault that there is no bipartisan effort on his part, your either stupid or insane.

Posted by: spinmas | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks. True health care reform should address everything, not just insurance. Where is the tort reform? I don't think it moral to have lawyers sucking 30 to 40 percent out of the pockets suffering patients. How about looking at out of control hospitals with bloated administrative and marketing budgets. We should BAN DRUG commercials. Listening to 30 seconds of side affects is marketing? Until Obama is serious about address ALL the problems we're going to solve anything.

Posted by: cchapman11 | February 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I myself,Are sick & tired,Of people wanting something for nothing.Some of these stupid greedy people,Actualy think Health-Care is free.They are not smart enough to know,That the american People,WILL BE TAXED,To pay for this.The poor people.Will someone out there please explain to these idiots,Obama,& the demoncrafts are NOT PAYING FOR THIS OUT OF THEIR POCKETS.Let me explain this,But asked someone smarter than you,To draw it out,But when the PRES.Whom ever it is at the time.Tell's you the goverment is going to give you FREE ANYTHING LIKE HEALTH-CARE,STUPID,They mean YOU WILL BE TAXED!,This is when YOU ARE THE GOVERMENT,The PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERMENT.We elect politions to run the goverment.
But if this is such a good plan.SMARTA$$,You tell me my your Messiah,And the other politions,Are excempt,And they have a different plan.But WE THE GOVERMENT WILL PAY FOR THEIR PLAN AS WELL.Just in case you watch the goverment news media,There is another net work out there that tells people the whole story,Unless you are one of those slug union workers,You will also be paying the union taxes,Because your hussien gave them excempt,So you will be picking up their part.And while pelosi,reid,And the rest of the demon's are still fighting for the illeagles,They are the ONLY ONES THAT WILL GET TRUE FREE H-C.And you think this is right!.
And for as wars,Carry your duma$$,To ASIA,And you tell those BARBARIAN MURDERS.To kill theirselves,Instead of Americans.And let them take over all the oil wells,And the next time you need the police,Ambulance,go to work,go on vacation,Or just want to drive your car,Need just about any medical need.Guess what stupid none of this will happen,If you don't know why.It takes oil!.

Posted by: dickiesnhogheaven | February 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

another crap dem poll.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican

Yes, when the poll does not reflect your rational then its a crap dem poll. But if the same polling supports your politics a week later then its legit. What do you do when you go to a resturant for diner? Find out if the cook is republican or democrat? Our country is called the united states of america. Not the united states of republicans or democrats. America first, American first. This party crap is worse than religion. We get soo prideful about the party that we forget about the country and each other. Everyone is the enemy based on politics. Until something bad happens, like 9/11 then we are all americans. But ask yourself, when the planes hit the towers or the pentagon were you counting the political affiliations of the victims? Realize this, we are becoming soo comfortable with being mean spirited that we are willing to trash and demonize earthquake victims in Hatti for being from that country.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 9, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

After 8 years of Bush, I can't believe how stupid the electorate is...ok cut your nose off to spite your face, governement is has and always been for big business, at least democrats try to throw us a bone...the war we did not need and that Iraq qould pay for cost billions per month for years, white folks never complain about money for wars and they claim top be the most cristian and benevolent people in the world..who has asperations to go to pandora and blow everybody away for their natural resources, like they did Native americans south americans and africans..this world should explode like the myans predict..

Posted by: spinmas | February 9, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

it's time for the Dems to just grab their sac's (scuse me ladies...just a figure of speech) and START LEADING.
All the pandering in the world will never satisfy the GOP...they're selfish, old, decrepit relics that are like the Old South ...and NO they will NOT rise again. The GOP has got to be the most selfish, self-centered group of lazy, bitter people that ever walked the earth.
..is just me or doesn't anyone else see the disgusting waste of time, money, resources, energy in what's going on ? The gov't is broken.

The Dems need to take charge,who cares anyone else says and LEAD. Leaders don't ask all their fighter which way to turn' ...they take charge on move forward !

Dear God help us all !!!!

Posted by: built4big | February 9, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner, the Republican from Ohio serving as Minority Leader of the House, went on a rant at a recent "Tea Party Rally" and stuck his foot in his mouth in a big way. Boehner stated he would read a passage from the Constitution and declared:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!"

Problem is, that passage is from the Declaration of Independence and not the Constitution. And on a partisan note, I think the pursuit of happiness would be a lot easier to achieve if we had universal health care.

A big impediment to bipartisanship is that Minority leader Boehner doesn't know what the U.S. Constitution says, let alone what bipartisanship means! Apparently obstructionist-Madhatter-Boehner thinks the minority party is the majority and the majority party is the minority.

Posted by: sunrise2 | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

djmcfly, you're an embarrassment to the right wing. We don't want you on our side. Here's a suggestion: get an education.

Posted by: winston8 | February 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I’ve got it.
I have the entire solution to the healthcare grid lock.
The thing that is screwing it up is that
the Republicans, who, it is pretty clear,
are working for the Health Insurance Industry,
should not be located way over in Washington
taking up seats in the Senate and the
House of Representatives. They should
blow their jobs in Congress and move on to the
executive positions waiting for them at
the Humana Corporation at Louisville, Kentucky,
the Blue Cross in Chicago, etc.
(Kind of like when Carl Rove, left his job at the
White House and jumped right over to Fox News.)
That way, they would make way more money,
do a bang up job for their employers and,
at the same time, clear up some of the confusion.

HowToWriteComedy.com

Posted by: OldWriter1 | February 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The people poled are all white..independents or otherwise, what they are not saying is that the lilly white republican party is bound and determained not to let this black man govern, if you say its Obama's fault that there is no bipartisan effort on his part, your either stupid or insane.

Posted by: spinmas | February 9, 2010 7:22 PM

This racist crap has got to stop. Bill Clinton was most Republican democrat we've had as President in 50 years, yet the Republicans despised him so much they tried their best to get him impeached. He was also white. To say Republican attacks on this President are based on race, when his socialist philosophy is about as antithetical to the Republican party's philosophy as Mao's was, is absolutely ridiculous. Republicans have legitimate reasons for attacking this president. His race is his shield and the shield of this supporters, not the motivation for Republican attacks.

Posted by: Rational4 | February 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

KEEP WORKING!!!!! WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM AND THE DEMOCRATS NEED TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN THE PARTY.

Keep at it gang. We believe in you!

Posted by: ProgressiveinFlorida | February 9, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems all the Republicans can do is hate and refuse to work.

If GOP politicians had to hold a real job, with their attitude, they wouldn't last a day. Why do the voters continue to put up with such incompetence and determination to let the American government grind into the dust? NOT very patriotic, is it?

Posted by: ProgressiveinFlorida | February 9, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

djmcfly, note how Pro........ employs the psychotic use of caps just like you do.

Posted by: winston8 | February 9, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The main issue for the American people is not bipartisanship. It is OVER-SPENDING. Got it?
What swept the Republicans in under Bush? Overspending by democrats. What did the Bush/Reps do? They OVER-SPENT. The Dems got swept into office, and duh, they are also OVER-SPENDING. Now, we'll try one more time for the Reps. Wake up, sheeple. Vote for third party candidates and organize at the grass-roots level for local parties. Lets form a new American Independence Party, with a platform of ONLY TWO THINGS:
1. Social Tolerance
2. Fiscal Conservatism
Or, don't and watch the U.S. default on its debt.

Posted by: shred11 | February 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I think the pursuit of happiness would be a lot easier to achieve if we had universal health care.
Posted by: sunrise2 | February 9, 2010 7:41 PM
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Wouldn't it also be easier to achieve if we had universal up-scale housing, universal restaurants, universal luxury cars, universal cool fashion, universal timeshares at vacation resorts, universal sports cars, universal tickets to sporting events, etc. etc. Problem is the only way to get all that universality is to take away the liberty (that other phrase in the Declaration of Independence) of everyone else who you would subscript to pay for these universal luxuries you want to claim for yourself. The pursuit of happiness is something you do with your freedom not something you do with the taxes you steal from your fellow citizens.

Posted by: Rational4 | February 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

How come your poll resolute is so different from others? Did you look for people that want free health care?

Posted by: Warthog104 | February 9, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Independence from ObamaCare Celebration
February 25, 2010

Republicans have not explained and exploited their strategic victory for America in defeating obamacare. Celebrating this historic victory for America by defeating obamacare would achieve 3 objectives:

1. Celebrating the defeat of obamacare will unite the Republicans and fortify them gains t future onslaughts from team obama

2. Remind Tea Party members they are part of a winning team

3. Explain to independent voters that the tragedy of obamacare was only avoided because of Republicans

How to Organize the Televised Celebration

Convene the entire Republican Senate and Congressional delegation. Have them organized by state, like at the National Convention.

As each state is called, the representatives opposing obamacare are named in the roll call of honor and shown in a photo, like CBS showed the defensive line, for example, in the Superbowl. As many sports type displays as possible to convey the theme of Team Republican.

About every 5 or 6 states, someone (not in Congress) gives a 90 second speech about how obamacare would have paid for abortion and killed babies, driven small businesses bankrupt, cut medicare, and rationed healthcare for the elderly etc.

Congress members who voted against obamacare would sign
some vote tally like the Declaration of Independence.

Patriotic songs, at the conclusion the master of ceremonies relates these Republicans to the patriots att he Alamo who knew they could not win but fought to the last man to delay the Mexicans so Texas did win the war.

Then he asks every member of Team Republican who voted against obamacare to stand.

“These men and women –Republicans-- stood united against obamacare. They stood for America. What more can we ask??”

Standing ovation from the crowd. 90 minutes max for the entire program.

Best time for the televised Independence from Obamacare celebration???

February 25, 2010–sorry obama–by invitation only Republicans only

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ProgressiveinFlorida
"If GOP politicians had to hold a real job, with their attitude, they wouldn't last a day."

And exactly WHAT job has Obama held in his career? Oh yes, he was an "Organizer" followed by holding a State Senate Seat where he voted "present", followed by a U.S. Senate seat (which he failed to finish) and now President (which he's failing), now just who needs to find a real JOB?

Posted by: jonweiss1 | February 9, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I PRAY for the day President Obama wakes up and says "F*** YOU ALL. THIS IS BULLS*** !!" ...and starts LEADING the Country.
...doesn't he get it? that's what the country is waiting for. he needs to stop trying to appease the GOP...dear God...I mean we all get it...doesn't he?
... they will NEVER agree with him on anything.
...own that and just move forward and don't look back..

now before all of you start commenting about how we don't have a dictatorship......think about the waste of time, energy and resources over the past year all caused by the GOP saying "NO" to everything....they're acting like 2 year-olds...treat them like the 2 year-olds they are and 'send them to their room' until they're ready to behave an play nice instead of being selfish little bratz.

Posted by: built4big | February 9, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

hmmmnnnnnn...........

wonder if in washington dc

politicians will believe this poll and article

or their LYING eyes in the massachusetts election?????????

Posted by: ProCounsel | February 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey built4big, how exactly would obama do any of the things you suggest? I'm curious.

Posted by: Rational4 | February 9, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Bush gave it all to big pharma.In advance no less. The way this looks, Obama has given in to big insurance. I look forward to the day when the elected representatives of the people represent the people who elected them and excute their will.

Posted by: Process_loser | February 9, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Plan
What is Obama trying to do with all this spending? He is trying to cause a collapse. Why would he cause a collapse? A collapse is the only way that you could stage a massive takeover of the united states. He has already built the frame work for this takeover. So what is holding him up. The Health Care bill is a key part in causing this collapse. The amount of money that will be required to fund the Health Care bill is a key player. If the Health Care bill passes; Then other planned bills will complete the collapse process. This is why I have called on every single American to do whatever is in their means to stop this takeover. May GOD walk with you and protect you in your journey to save America. The Anti-Christ is here and his name is Obama.

Posted by: makom | February 9, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

We thought Carter was horrible till Obama came along. What a crook and con-artist! It took several decades to get over Carter. It will take a century to get over Obama. He is laughing all the way to the bank at the millions who was stupid enough to installed him. I wonder how many house payments, electric bills, car payments, and grocery bills Obama is sending to Peggy the Moocher from Florida. While she is getting crumbs, Obama's more rich buddies will get the majority of the stimulus and the rest goes overseas to pay his foreign donors back.

Posted by: joanne38 | February 9, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This poll was conducted by a liberal paper. What did you expect it to show? We all know those are fake. Jobs are continuing to disappear. None have been created and wasn't meant to. We are being robbed by this administration. Healthcare is the least of our problems. Yeah, somebody is getting rich, but it ain't gonna be any of us for sure. The stimulus money is being funneled where they intended for it to go. Al Gore left with about two million and now he is almost a billionaire. Dianne Feinstein received millions in stimulus and her husband got the contracts. We are finding out more and more of where some of our money is being handed to for rediculous blantant crap. Much of the money has gone overseas. The jobs that has been created is overseas, not here. How any of you can still defend this crook is beyond me. You have seen him and Michelle go on one trip after another having nothing to growing this economy. They think them going to Washington meant it was their right to squander our money on themselves having a grand old time on us. Yeah, they feel you pain while they are having a ball.

Posted by: joanne38 | February 9, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

You can always tell by the lack of constructive dialog on any tread such as this one that the "Idiot Class" proponent of Fox News & Right Wing media have infected the blog!

Posted by: Citi__Street | February 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I could not be more sick of partisanship and the fringes of both parties than I am now. If I could lock the `Code Pink' liberals in a room with the 'Teabagger' anarchists & occasionally throw raw meat into the cage I would.

Posted by: Nymous | February 9, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Neocon media keeps on spinning the fiction of the public turning against Obama and his policies and they will continue till he bends over to Netanyahoo.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 9, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting poll. Must have been taken in the House of Representatives. Other polls show that most Americans don't want Obama's health care agenda or his other agendas. So why would they want bipartisanship? People want their legislators to REPRESENT THEM, and not some PARTY agenda. Pundits talk about parties and party leaders and whether party members will vote for a bill. No mention about whether politicians are listening to their CONSTITUENTS! Congress has a very low approval rating. There's a reason for this!

Posted by: allamer1 | February 9, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

***AVOID 20% UNEMPLOYMENT*** ... ... ... ... ...President Obama: Keep COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURES from occuring and closing Small Businesses.....use 10% of the $787 Billion "JOBS" Bill our children will pay for; to AVOID 1930'S style, full-blown DEPRESSION !

Posted by: MSFT-PELOSI | February 9, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

We need more snow to keep the government shut down so our economy can recover. I balme Al Gore for this weather, Nature is putting him in his place. He should go back to inventing Internets.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 9, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The Dem's not only abort their young, apparently they eat them too !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 9, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the biggest terrorist threatening American right now is Senator Shelby, who is still holding up Department of Defense positions so that he can get earmarks, and a nice fat government contract for a FRENCH company- Aerospace.

END REPUBLICAN TERRORISM- FORCE SENATOR SHELBY OUT OF OFFICE!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 9, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

just a reminder for all of you a-holes who are whinning about too much gov.well,the economy is f-up because of not enough gov.and not enough regulations by the gov.so where were you all when bush,cheney,the banks ,and big corporations were giving this country the schmooze?now when you have someone who wants to change this travesty or try to get things back under control,you start coming out of your shells and baying like little biatchies.do you like being screwed,or are you just so full of hate and bigotry that you cant comprehend whats going on around you,and what has been done to you...

Posted by: billydee123 | February 9, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

If anyone actually has a Health Savings Account, speak up now or forever hold your piece. HSAs are hard to find and not necessarily available for use with most individual health insurance plans that are out there. Accessibility to HSAs for the uninsured is a serious problem that need to be addressed, Republicans! Don't just throw your solution of expanded HSAs out there when there are still serious logistical problems to be worked out.

Posted by: TheNervousCat | February 9, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

If anyone believes the mess the Democrats and this administration find themselves in has anything to do with the Republicans, they've been living in a tube.

The American people have spoken, they do not want, nor will they allow to become law, this farce of a health care bill.

Republicans are more than willing to sit down with the president and Democrats and start from scratch to build an open and honest health care bill before the eyes and ears of the American people. BUT OBAMA DOES NOT WANT THAT, NOR DO THE DEMOCRATS!

Posted by: prossers7 | February 9, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

The republicans owe this president nothing.

Obama has thrown republicans under the bus with his lies and deception, every chance he gets.

Let the lying Chi-Town hustling rat stew!!!!
Wait him out, expose him for the lying liberal loone he is.


Remember Together "Yes We Can"

Posted by: dashriprock | February 9, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Poll Your Viewers


Vote yes or No to the following questions:

1._____ The president makes all laws.
2._____ Your elected officials uses the constitution first in all decisions.
3. _____ Special Interest groups have no influence on laws passed.
4. _____ Media and elected officials do all my thinking.
5. _____ I’LL get my fifteen minutes of fame any way I can
6. _____Most experts are afraid to speak to truth.
7. _____People who have financial security lost their human touch.
8.______I got my security in life by my self.
9.______Does your product or service help the American way or destroy it?
10._____ If all your convictions are right, would you want them for your family?


This poll is beyond all polls, it’s what America is asking, not the pollster’s they have been out of touch since they used math in place of people.


I dare you!!!!
Does a name matter given the condition of the country?

Posted by: iewilliams | February 9, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Lets face the FACTS: Republicans have been and are utter complete lunatics.

As the result little to nothing will get done in the US Senate for the benefit of the American people (Middle class) as long as such party of lunatics exists in US which is backed by 100s of Billions of Dollars of Big corporations (Big pharma, Big insurance, Big Military, etc.) money to brain wash the American people that Republicans are for anything but the Super rich and the Big corporations. To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics - More on this below. But 1st to see what Lunatics Republicans are consider some of their positions & beliefs, Republicans were and are for:

The Iraq War that has wasted, to date, $2Trilion dollar of our money set aside how many innocent people it has killed.

But Republicans are:

Against European or Canadian style Universal health care for American people, calling it "Socialism", and for our current bankrupting health care system which is taking 18% of the GDP while leaving 50Mill Americans without health care and even those who have health insurance find out that when they have a health care need that they are hit with exorbitant co-pays & deductibles resulting in 2Mill Americans going bankrupt each year due to health care costs while in European countries that ALL have Universal health care ZERO people are going bankrupt each year due to health care costs AND health care is taking on avg 8% of GDP and Europeans have a much higher life expectancy than Americans. For a complete description and analysis of why European or Canadian style Universal health care is MUCH BETTER than US style for-profit health care you can this:
http://anoox.com/blog/UHC.34590

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 10, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I would ask what kind of idiocy inspired the poll that you say you have taken? Who gives a proverbial damn whether our health care is bi-partisan? When I go to my doctor does he ask me if I am bi-partisan? Or if my insurance is? No he wants to know if I am sick and what he can prescribe that will be covered. As long as the Washington insiders connive to withhold health insurance for millions, my diagnosis is that we have--already in place--a bi-partisan usurpation not only of the people's wealth but of the people's government. By the way, did you have your famous party or is it simply sub-rosa and on-going?

Posted by: onceinawhile | February 10, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Please tell me exactly who are all you people anyway? How many of you even realize what you are saying?

Try this...You just don't like Obama cause he's black. You don't like having a black man as president, get over it we won. Well who is it that keeps saying stuff like that? It sounds to me like it's blacks that are blaming Obama for being black. Leave the man alone. It's not Obama thats the problem it's his policies. He could be red, brown blue, or green who cares. Your the only ones who keep harping on him for being black. Try having more respect for both Obama and yourselves.

And please stop talking about something you know nothing about. All I've seen here is democrats vs. republicans or liberals vs. republicans. How bout me? Don't I count for anything?

I'm not a democrat, republican or liberal. I am a INDEPENDENT....Do you know what that means? I vote for the PERSON I think is best for the JOB. Be he red, yellow, pink or blue. And no... I do not think Obama is the best person for the job. And YES...I know exactly why...

You say I should respect the office of the president. Yes...I do respect the office. What I do not respect is the President...Why? It's simple the President does not respect me nor does he respect a lot of people regardless of color, political party, rich, poor, middle class, education or age.

I am 70 years old, retired, and NO I am not on Social Security, I live off my pension....my medical is covered under my retirement. I have a savings account, a checking account, own my own home, my own car and do not have and have never had a charge card. If I can not pay cash, I save up until I have enough to buy the things I want.

I do not owe you anything and you do not owe me anything. I pay my own way and if I can do it you can do it. I am no better then you are and Obama is no better then either of us.

I do not want that man treating me as a child and telling me what I need. I do not want anything he has. There are millions of people out there that ...NEED JOBS ...not hand outs.

We do not need bigger government, we need bigger payments on our ...DEBT...or any payment, for starters....If you don't pay your house note, you lose your house....If you don't pay AMERICAS note we lose...AMERICA...Is that what we want?

Posted by: LandoftheLost | February 10, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

As I read the post from conservatives bashing Obama I think even they realize they can't go on forever blaming Obama and not come to the rescue of struggling American families. They are realizing there obstructionism is harming America, harming hard working people, harming the economy. They can't just continue forever making up lies and distortions, even if the media reports them as facts forever. People are not that dumb. They have figured it out. Just look at this poll. The facade is over, they have been outed for what they are, a party of no answers, a party of obstruction. I figured it wouldn't last forever, facts are facts. People can be fooled some of time, but not forever.

Posted by: McSameChalin | February 10, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Please tell me exactly who are all you people anyway? How many of you even realize what you are saying?

Try this...You just don't like Obama cause he's black. You don't like having a black man as president, get over it we won. Well who is it that keeps saying stuff like that? It sounds to me like it's blacks that are blaming Obama for being black. Leave the man alone. It's not Obama thats the problem it's his policies. He could be red, brown blue, or green who cares. Your the only ones who keep harping on him for being black. Try having more respect for both Obama and yourselves.

And please stop talking about something you know nothing about. All I've seen here is democrats vs. republicans or liberals vs. republicans. How bout me? Don't I count for anything?

I'm not a democrat, republican or liberal. I am a INDEPENDENT....Do you know what that means? I vote for the PERSON I think is best for the JOB. Be he red, yellow, pink or blue. And no... I do not think Obama is the best person for the job. And YES...I know exactly why...

You say I should respect the office of the president. Yes...I do respect the office. What I do not respect is the President...Why? It's simple the President does not respect me nor does he respect a lot of people regardless of color, political party, rich, poor, middle class, education or age.

I am 70 years old, retired, and NO I am not on Social Security, I live off my pension....my medical is covered under my retirement. I have a savings account, a checking account, own my own home, my own car and do not have and have never had a charge card. If I can not pay cash, I save up until I have enough to buy the things I want.

I do not owe you anything and you do not owe me anything. I pay my own way and if I can do it you can do it. I am no better then you are and Obama is no better then either of us.

I do not want that man treating me as a child and telling me what I need. I do not want anything he has. There are millions of people out there that ...NEED JOBS ...not hand outs.

We do not need bigger government, we need bigger payments on our ...DEBT...or any payment, for starters....If you don't pay your house note, you lose your house....If you don't pay AMERICAS note we lose...AMERICA...Is that what we want?

Posted by: LandoftheLost | February 10, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

The discouraging thing about this article is that it continues to misrepresent what WE the People truly want. The article keeps the discussion of healthcare reform as if it is supported (demanded) by the public. That is NOT TRUE.
80% of the people have heaalthcare insurance, and 85% of those are HAPPY with their coverage. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
We will accept govt. regulation over healthcare providers and demand relief from frivolous lawsuits. That, however, damages the trial lawyers, the corrupt ABA and the hands-in-our-pockets career politicians. Govt. regulation needs to be MUCH BETTER than the fiasco that guaranteed every American the right to own their own home.
We do not want a govt. run healthcare system sold to us by a snake-oil salesman on the basis that we need to spend trillions of dollars to provide healthcare to 12 Million "Americans" who do not have coverage. Illegal aliens ["undocumented immigrants" - ha-ha-ha] should NOT be covered, and We the People should not become obligated to fund killing unborn babies. [ Yes, I'm Pro-Life ]
Here is a question for the "Pro-Choice" libs. Do you recognize the hypocrisy of opposing the death penalty for killers, but support the killing of 3rd trimester infants?
When will the Post speak for "We the People"?

Posted by: esquire2 | February 10, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Truth: Our government is corrupt- so what is the solution? I certainly don't have it.
Most people talk about Socialism as a definite Evil. Can anyone explain what is wrong with it? Only respond if you can include your own description of what Socialism is.

Posted by: NashHole | February 10, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What the writer does not disclose is that the Washington Post / ABC poll is highly skewed to the left, so its conclusions are totally unreliable. Junk in, Junk out! He also does not point out that most of the other major polls show that the vast majority of the American people HATE Obamacare. while Americans still want some kind of health care reform, they want nothing to do with what the Democrats have passed.

Posted by: mike85 | February 10, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Congress needs to learn or remember the difference between Compromise and Consensus. Compromise means to give something up. Consensus means that something being proposed might not be 'everything' you wanted, but it is a 'step' in the right direction and should be supported. People honestly seeking compromise normally agree to a stipulation that says "if something originally agreed to turns out to not work as originally planned then it can be modified or eliminated. Right now if one party says "it's raining outside" the other party holds a press conference and denounces the announcement, and then takes a poll to see if anyone supports their position. We cannot allow this to continue. Exercise your voting rights.

Posted by: dmaxin | February 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Most of the comments seemed to come from a bunch of Republicans (the Grand Old Party of NO!) trying to out stupid one another. They were filled with the standard lies and distortions, and were dripping with hatred.

I hope that these people never get their hands on guns.

Posted by: crussell4 | February 10, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

testing

Posted by: allamer1 | February 10, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

My suggestion has always been to pass the 80% that most agree with and tackle the other 20% separately. Instead, the Democrats thought they could ram their plan through, even willing to sell their souls to the devil to get the 59th (Senator Lieberman) and 60th (Senator Nelson) vote to prevent a filibuster. Having taken so long, and with the new senator in Massachusetts and with Congressional elections now looming, we'll be lucky if incremental change happens, i.e. nowhere near the 80%. THe Republican party smells big electoral gains, and that takes precedence over the good of the country, it seems. I sure hope I'm wrong, and Congress can prove me so on this and other critical issues. such as the burgeoning national debt, in the next several months. Our present circumstances demand something way different than what has unfortunately become "business as usual" for the past 16 or so years.

Posted by: abcs86 | February 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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