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Obama calls out Republicans as deficit frauds

The interesting thing about President Obama's hard hitting remarks about Republicans in the Rose Garden this morning is that he argued as explicitly as he has yet that Republicans who profess concern about the deficit are, well, full of it:

For a long time, there's been a tradition -- under both Democratic and Republican Presidents -- to offer relief to the unemployed. That was certainly the case under my predecessor, when Republican senators voted several times to extend emergency unemployment benefits. But right now, these benefits -- benefits that are often the person's sole source of income while they're looking for work -- are in jeopardy.

And I have to say, after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, the same people who didn't have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn't offer relief to middle-class Americans like Jim or Leslie or Denise, who really need help.

Also noteworthy: Obama took his most direct shot yet at the suggestion by some Republicans that unemployment discourages people from finding work, claiming they lack faith in the American people:

Over the past few weeks, a majority of senators have tried -- not once, not twice, but three times -- to extend emergency relief on a temporary basis. Each time, a partisan minority in the Senate has used parliamentary maneuvers to block a vote, denying millions of people who are out of work much-needed relief. These leaders in the Senate who are advancing a misguided notion that emergency relief somehow discourages people from looking for a job should talk to these folks.

That attitude I think reflects a lack of faith in the American people, because the Americans I hear from in letters and meet in town hall meetings -- Americans like Leslie and Jim and Denise -- they're not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work.

Obama blames "leaders in the Senate" for making these claims, though I think they've mainly come from Senate candiates like Sharron Angle and Rand Paul. Either way, this is some of the harshest stuff we've heard from Obama about Republicans. It's a reminder that there really is no substitute for the presidential podium in driving this kind of attack, and signals what's to come this fall.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 19, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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Oh come on Mr. President, that's way too easy. Of course they're frauds, republicans are frauds pretty much by definition, everyone knows that.

Good job though.

Posted by: SDJeff | July 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It most certainly IS Repub leaders--what do you call Kyl? (Well, I can think of a lot of things ....) If the GOP didn't want to send that message, UI would have been done weeks ago.

I say, finally, Obama's starting to throw a little red meat. Now he just has to keep it going. This one will be over by week-end. Next--letting the Bush tax cuts expire.

Posted by: joeff | July 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It would help if he said "unemployment benefits are an investment in the working people of America." Counter the BS "welfare" charge with one of forward-looking, total economy language. We aren't doing this as a policy that is best-case, but one that is in direct amelioration of a recession.

He could add that it's Bush-era policies that caused this, but it's probably beating a dead horse.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Good work, Mr. President.

If that's a preview for the coming months leading up to the mid-terms, I think the village CW is in for another heartbreak.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

BG, you're absolutely right. He needs to make that clear. This is one of the highest return investments we can make in our economy, and besides that, it's the right thing to do

Posted by: SDJeff | July 19, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

GREAT GREAT analysis (with CHARTS!) here:

GOP Economic Plan = Going Back to Failed Bush Economic Policy

Pass it on!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Also...I think what can (and should) be added to statements like this is something that indirectly insinuates that they are blocking these benefits in order to stunt the recovery with the hope that worse off Americans will mean a better election day.

Don't make a direct charge of it, yet. You can't charge motives, because then it just becomes a political football. But ask the question. Wonder aloud why they could have a double standard in a time of economic crisis.

Start to move the conversation in that direction, and people will begin to make the connection. And if there is one thing that will kill the GOPs dream of a "wave" election - it's the public coming to the conclusion that the GOP is purposefully hurting the economy as a cynical political ploy.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Long-term unemployment has surpassed the severity of previous recessionary periods: currently, nearly 40% of unemployed Americans -- over 6.1 million workers -- have been unemployed for six months or longer. By comparison, the previous peak in long-term unemployment was 26%, in 1983. On average, unemployment now lasts nearly seven months, an increase of 75% since the ... official start of the recession two years ago.

Posted by: avatar666 | July 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

All, Republicans are denying Pete Sessions ever said we must go back to Bush agenda:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

so liberals, where are the jobs?

Last week Ezra Klein ran a graph that showed the disparity between the number of unemployed that the number of open positions. He used this as a way to justify more unemployment benefits.

The question he can't answer is "where are the jobs?" he can't answer it and neither can the liberals here.

All the liberals know is tax and redistribute. They clearly know nothing about how a market based economy works. So given their ignorance they seem to be hell-bent on destroying that which they do not understand so they can replace it with the malaise we now see in Europe.

Once again, Where are the jobs? Obama should be ashamed of himself. He's whining about extending unemployment and yet he promised us that if we wasted almost a trillion on a "stimulus" we'd get unemployment under control.

where are the jobs?
Where are the jobs?
Where are the jobs?
Where are the jobs?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Skip, all the Republicans know is tax cuts for the rich.

Face it, despite what Bush did to this country and this economy, you actually *LIKE* Bush economic policies don't you?

Despite all that's happened because of the Bush/Cheney policies, you'd vote for Bush again in a heartbeat, wouldn't you?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Skip, given the track record of the two parties in presiding over the creation of new private sector jobs over the past two decades, I don't think any Republican has the standing to hector on the subject. But feel free to use the interwebs to invite riducule.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | July 19, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse


Typical Repub caterwauling. You guys totally screw up the economy and then sit back and hurl shots at those who are trying to clean up your mess...a mess that you've repeated time and time again. Can you say Great Depression and three R's Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover who led us down the same path the Bushes led...

Skip can you remember the jobs created under the Clinton administration. They didn't magically appear in his first two years...the first Bush left an economic mess to clean up (as do ALL REPUBLICANS) and so it took awhile but after 8 years our economy was back on solid ground with a SURPLUS and solid GDP and Unemp numbers.
And BTW that was reinstating taxes to the levels where Reagan had other words raising taxes actually produced better economic numbers than Bushes tax cuts or Reagan failure of the "trickle down economy".
It only took Bush 8 years to absolutely wreck that success and turn the surplus into a huge deficit and the economy into such a an unregulated mess that we had to deepen the deficit to avoid total collapse.

Skip as with most Republican you have NO FACTS to back your argument. Other than we had a large stimulus which has been receiving credit from MOST folks including some R's who opposed it but are not a bit shy about claiming the job growth in their district from it. Where are the jobs?
You had 8 years to totally destroy our economy..I think we deserve more than two years to save it again.

Posted by: rukidding7 | July 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Where are the jobs kids?

It is a simple question, why can't you answer it?

Would we be worrying about extending unemployment benefits for years on end if the economy was growing as it did during most of Bush's two terms?

Where are the jobs boys and girls?

You can revise history all you please. Knock yourselves out. But hey, where are the jobs?

No answers so far, just a bunch of typical liberal bubulum stercus. Imagine how scared I am of oldwhat'shisname! I am to be ridiculed on the internet for having the temerity to ask a question the liberals clearly cannot answer!

Where are the jobs?

And of course no liberal rant would be complete without a healthy dose of intellectual denial. rukidding does a great job of writing a whole bunch of nothing that simply doesn't answer the question.

Where are the jobs?

18 months and counting for Mr Obama. A trillion in "stimulus" the nationalization of key industries, the intense regulation of others

and still no jobs in sight.

Oh no, wait. That's wrong. Washington DC is doing just fine right? So if the unemployed in America want a job they should do like most liberals do and wrap their lips around the public nipple, right?

Where are the jobs kids?

Face it, you don't know. And I doubt you really much care.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

where are the jobs?

Instead of an answer I got intellectual denial and "bush did it".

won't wash. America ain't buying it.

Where, oh where are the jobs?

Clearly the liberals commenting here don't have an answer

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Skip you are the clueless one dude. You and an intellectual pygmy when it comes to economics.

Ironically you crow about how we liberals are not responding to your question but when we do WITH FACTS you simply repeat your ignorant mantra of "Where are the jobs" Bush sent them overseas and under the most OPTIMISTIC ECONOMIC FORECASTING NO FREAKING PARTY could clean up this mess before the latter part of this decade. Of course if we listen to morons like Skip then we can continue the 'Great Depression or the Bush/Cheney recession.


You stated "if the economy was growing as it did during most of Bush's two terms?"

Of course as usual Skip you provoded no statistics to back up that claim. That's because the statistics show just HOW WRONG YOU ARE SKIP. Read and learn a little bit.

"The combination of a weak economic expansion sandwiched between two recessions (2001,and 2007–2009) produced what will be a LOST EMPLOYMENT DECADE!! As of August 2009, the nation had 1.3 million (1,256,000) fewer private sector

And so Skip perhaps you'd like to tell us how you rate Bush/Cheney highly when they were the FIRST FREAKIN ADMINISTRATION TO LOSE.....DID YOU READ THAT SKIP? LOSE 1.3 million private sector jobs in a decade...the WORST PERFORMANCE SINCE THAT LAST REPUBLICAN GIFT THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

Skip you need to to lay off the Fox news kool's not like they're ever going to give you any REAL facts to argue with...nothing more than dimwit talking points. Next time Skip how about some documentation when you simply CLAIM that the economy was growing during Bush's two terms. He presided over JOB LOSSES SKIP!!!
The first time we've lost jobs in a decade since the GREAT DEPRESSION.

Posted by: rukidding7 | July 19, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

When all else fails, level personal attacks right (dud)?

Just too funny.

Where are the jobs?

And here's another question:

when will liberals realize that blaming Bush just makes them look ineffective?

Where are the jobs?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

How long should extended benefits last.
99 weeks is almost 2 years.
Should they last 3 years?
4 Years?

Posted by: fprawl | July 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's your jobs, skip:

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 19, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

skipsailing28 @ July 19, 2010 1:26 PM wrote "so liberals, where are the jobs?"

I responded to you on another blog, but apparently you think that if you repeat a question it lends it validity. So here is the response:

When Bush left we were losing 779000 jobs a month; we are now gaining 83000 jobs a month. That is net gain of 862000 jobs a month.

So, do you really want to go back to losing 779000 jobs a month?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 19, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Where are the jobs? Why don't you ask your Republican-friendly corporations/businesses that are sitting on trillions of dollars right now and refuse to hire Americans. All their money pays workers in China at their factories over there. Gee, maybe if middle-Americans would just wise up, they would work for Chineses wages and bring the jobs back here. Isn't what that what big business is waiting for? Of course, they need the GOP back in power to help finally wipe out the middle class.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | July 19, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

where are the jobs?
Still no answer.

it is the same question the voters will be asking. And if the Democrats can't come up with a viable answer they will join the ranks of the unemployed.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | July 19, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

ss28: Where are the jobs? (repeated constantly on several blogs.)

When Bush left we were losing 779000 jobs a month; we are now gaining 83000 jobs a month. That is net gain of 862000 jobs a month.

If I didn't know better, I would say that ss28 is a self serving rightwingnut troll...

at this point there is no reason to respond to him again...

Posted by: srw3 | July 19, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

skipsailing28 @ July 19, 2010 5:41 PM wrote: "Still no answer."

Obviously you suffer from a reading disability, junior. You have been responded to.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | July 19, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

If the repukens are frauds, then so are the dumbocrats, neither of them don't care about the american people, it's all for the globalists.

Posted by: afikjames | July 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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