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Did President Obama psych out John Boehner?

Commentators have been wondering why President Obama has been calling out John Boehner on the midterm campaign trail. He's descending from the foggy peaks of the Oval Office to elevate a man that many Americans hadn't heard of -- just some "congressman from Cincinnati, for Pete's sake" was George Will's snarky throwaway line from This Week on Sunday, curiously leaving out that Boehner is also, um, the minority leader of the House of Representatives and, possibly, the chamber's next speaker -- not just some congressman the president chose by opening the Almanac of American Politics to a random page.

Defenders of the president's call-out-Boehner strategy respond that it's smart to define explicitly the choice voters face this November. It's not between Obama's Democrats and some faceless, generic Republican into whom voters can pour their hopes. It's between Obama's party and that of an orange-faced establishment GOPer who worked his way up the congressional leadership during the less-than-frugal Bush years.

But the strategy's results also depended on Boehner's reaction. Substance aside, if the minority leader appeared to win a rhetorical joust with Obama -- or at least to hold his own -- he could make the contrast between himself and the House Democratic majority more positive while making the president look small. Instead, Boehner seems to have flinched in the attention Sunday, when he said that perhaps he would agree to extend Bush's "middle-class" tax cuts without extending those for the wealthy -- a capitulation, even if it makes for sensible compromise. It's impossible to tell whether this was a result of the president's assault. But that hardly matters. Given the White House pressure, any gaffe would have gotten more scrutiny than usual and made the minority leader look unready to take on the president.

Now, the story is about Boehner, his subsequent backpedaling on his Sunday tax-cut comments and the reality that the Republican position on the Bush tax breaks is difficult to maintain politically. His reaction has fed into the White House's effort to distinguish the president's party from the opposition in positive terms. Even if this doesn't reshape the midterm elections -- it almost certainly won't -- Boehner's mistake has probably made it easier to pass a tax-cut plan the president likes, at least in the House.

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 13, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
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Obama is a brilliant politician, which he has proven time and again, and which so far has been, thank God, supremely beneficial to the U.S.

Posted by: efaden1 | September 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so boring, did you see him today in Fairfax, you practically have to have a GED to figure out what he's talking about.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | September 13, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank god the adults are back in charge. The idea that we should give an unpaid-for $700 billion tax break to the wealthy is just nuts.

No wingnut can point to a credible source that says it will create a significant number of jobs. It's just a bribe to the GOP's uber-class.

Jed Lewison NAILS IT:

Republicans in Congress have a substantive problem: if they hold middle-class tax cuts hostage as a bargaining chip for a permanent extension of Bush's tax cuts, they'll be punished by moderate voters, but if they cave to Democrats, they'll be punished by their base.
As Republicans try to spin their way out of their dilemma, Democrats should respond by pushing straight ahead, starting by calling Boehner's bluff and scheduling a straight up-or-down vote on middle-class tax cuts. As an olive branch, they should also agree to a separate debate and vote on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. That way Republicans cannot claim that Democrats blocked consideration of a permanent extension of tax cuts for the wealthy.

Republicans desperately want to link Obama's tax cuts for the middle-class with Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy, but they are two separate issues. As long as Democrats continue treating them as such, this is a debate that they cannot lose.
....

In other words, to the top one percent:

"Dude, you have no tax break."


Posted by: losthorizon10 | September 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I think a person with a GED would use actual sentences rather than smashing three sentences into one run-on sentence. Bad grammar is supremely boring. And yes, Obama did psyche out the opposition.

Posted by: Keesvan | September 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The feds say that 8 million of the 11.1 million illegal aliens work in manufacturing, service and construction industries and they supplied their employers with bogus SSNs to file I-9s, W-4s, etc.

Ironically, I believe we have about 14-15 million legal American citizens looking for work in manufacturing, service or construction industries.

ICE Refuses to Deport 'Non-Violent' Illegal Aliens
Friday, August 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
In a major policy shift, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued new guidelines regarding the prosecution of deportation cases: if an illegal alien is not a convicted criminal or terrorist threat, the case should be dropped.

Thanks for nothing Obama. Most of America wants you impeached.

Posted by: hunter340 | September 13, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Boehner's boner will gut the move by moderate Democrats to extend all the tax cuts for a couple of years. I'm not sure it should.

I can see the arguments for a full (but temporary) extension. The legislation would extend ALL cuts for a brief period, then sunset the extension of cuts for families earning over $250K.

THAT would be a tough bill to vote against, huh?

And that's the ONLY tax bill that would stand a chance of getting by Obama's veto pen.

Maybe that's why Boehner started squeaking like a little mouse this weekend. He know's Obama has him caught in the mouse trap, BUT GOOD. He's going to start out his tenure as majority leader looking like an impotent jerk.

Good luck, John!

Posted by: trenda | September 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@hunter340: "Thanks for nothing Obama. Most of America wants you impeached."

Any facts/polls/anything at all to back that up?


I didn't think so...

Posted by: stephenlouis | September 13, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

More wishful thinking from the decks of the titanic. demonizing the minority leader will not distract from a stimulus package which failed by obama's OWN standard of 7% unemployment, and a health care bill USA/Gallup now puts at 39% approval, CNN at 40% approval, and both put at 56% DISapproval.

Moreover, Boehner teaches the president a lesson in bipartisan compromise while the Senate Dems balked at Obama's ideologically charged proposal, just as they did during the health care debate. Elevating Boehner while escalating the civil war in your own party and exposing yourself as a weak leader of a flock increasingly desperate to run as far away from your toxic brand as possible? yeah, GREAT jedi mind-trick Mr. President.

Posted by: dummypants | September 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@hunter340: "Thanks for nothing Obama. Most of America wants you impeached."

Any facts/polls/anything at all to back that up?


I didn't think so...
********

well, 65% like the AZ illegal aliens law, which mirrors federal law, which obama refuses to enforce. he is holding enforcement of our immigration laws hostage to permanent resident/green card status for 10 million illegal aliens, who he hopes will be given citizenship down the line and give the dems a bunch more votes.

But didnt he take an oath to enforce the laws "faithfully"?

Posted by: dummypants | September 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

dummypants, your moniker suits you!

My question was, "Where's the evidence that most Americans want Obama impeached?" You came nowhere near answering it.

And the Oath of Office enjoins POTUS to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, not individual laws.

Posted by: stephenlouis | September 13, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

You're giving Beohner way too much credit; he was probably drinking when he made the comment and by today he's forgotten it.

Posted by: michael5 | September 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"Did President Obama psych out John Boehner?"

Wow, what a headline.

But, Obama's not that smart - Boehner knows what BO is trying to do and in the next few weeks Obama's move will backfire.

QED

Posted by: apdseal | September 13, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Did President Obama psych out John Boehner?"

Wow, what a headline.

But, Obama's not that smart - Boehner knows what BO is trying to do and in the next few weeks Obama's move will backfire.

QED

Posted by: apdseal | September 13, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Just love Obama haters - facts never get in their way. Under the Obama administration ICE has deported more aliens than at any other time, and in the last few years illegal migration has continued to fall -- ah but that would be positive and in the world of Obama haters that simply isn't allowed.

As for wanting him impeached? Well I was leaning toward wanting Bush impeached but knew they would never impeach him to put Cheney in command because of the two Cheney broke more domestic and international laws -- outing an active CIA agent (treason), approving torture (Geneva convention), spying on everyday citizens via wiretaps, firing lawyers if they didn't go after opposition party candidates, my goodness - and Obama is simply black, to equate that as a crime compared to W and Darth Vadar - that some powerful hatred going there.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | September 13, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I think Boehner was a lot more comfortable one step removed from the national stage; probably for the same reason that most bars don't have windows onto the street.

Nobody likes it when sober people look at you drinking, or doing other things you are ashamed to admit.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | September 13, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Only in Washington ...

"Even if this doesn't reshape the midterm elections -- it almost certainly won't -- Boehner's mistake has probably made it easier to pass a tax-cut plan the president likes, at least in the House."

So, it "almost certainly won't" matter in terms of public impact, but it "probably" affects actual legislation? A gaffe and the resulting spin matter more than substance. So sad.

Posted by: jdwilson | September 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

We smell your fear, Boehner.

It's all you America-hating Republicants have.

Posted by: WillSeattle | September 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

THE SHOES ARE DROPPING

Mark My Words
Republicans are going to Lose Seats
in the
Senate and Congress.

ISA

Posted by: vettesport | September 13, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Republicans introduce “Kill the economy” plan

Congressional Republicans unveiled a plan on Monday that they said would hurt the nation’s economy, benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and add billions to the national debt.

The move is a continuation of Republican policies during the Bush administration and part of a plan they hope will lead to rising voter dissatisfaction and Republican gains at the ballot box.

“Remember how we racked up huge deficits during the Bush years, gave billions to the wealthy and let the middle class fall behind? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R- Ohio) said. “We’re going to drive those unemployment and deficit numbers up so high that the American people will be voting Republican until they realize we screwed them over once again.” (continued….)

http://www.thechicagodope.com/2010/08/16/republicans-introduce-%e2%80%9ckill-the-economy-plan%e2%80%9d/

Posted by: Mikeystyle | September 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Psych out Boehner? Bit of a stretch don't you think. If all else fails make it seem like Obama is some mind wizard. Obama is a failure as president and from what we seen and heard from Obama's past, he's bit of a failure there too. There's not much of a future for a far left radical other then government or the global warming movement. How do we know Obama is a failure. By the countless times his supporters tries to twist reality into fantasy only Obama and his supporters can appreciate. Like psyching out Boehner.

Posted by: houstonian | September 13, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Is this article a joke? The Democrats had ads ready to go thinking Boehner would not support tax cuts for just the middle class. He called their bluff and they are caught off guard.

He showed himself to be much more of a leader than Obama. Although he thinks the tax cuts should be extended for all, he would compromise if needed (something Obama knows nothing about in his infinite experience as a Community Organizer)

Posted by: thinker16 | September 13, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is a sheep among wolves (Democrats) and always has been. That's the Goldilocks theory of politics that the Democrats are often too hot while the Republicans are too cold. The Dems end up snapping at each other and sometimes turning voters off with excesses, while the Republicans are often passive sheep who get controlled and pushed around.

Posted by: ChukStake | September 13, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: efaden1
"Obama is a brilliant politician, which he has proven time and again, and which so far has been, thank God, supremely beneficial to the U.S."

Thank you Mrs Obama. Now read what the rest of the nation thinks of your husband.

Posted by: ahashburn | September 13, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Boooo hiss! two thumbs down for the Republicans. They have proven Obama absolutely correct. They only care about preserving their own wealth and the huge Bush tax cuts they greedily scarf up like pigs at a trough. They do not care about the American people at all. If you are among the the middle or lower class, making less than 250,000.00 a year Obama will extend your tax cuts and you should realize the wealthy among us do not care about you. It is up to YOU to care about you and support our President. Obama is not perfect, but he is right and doing all he can to help America up on it's feet. More Republican greed will not solve the problems we face. Wealthy Republicans have had their tax cuts for nearly 10 years now and they CUT American jobs and sent them overseas while taking their huge tax cuts and giving themselves bonuses! Don't drink the Koolaid, the Republicans want you to be POOR.

Posted by: Hillary08 | September 13, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr Stromberg,

frankly, i don't think that BHo is smart enough to "psych out" my cat.
otoh, those who SCRIPT HIM may very well have done so.

imVho, BHO is nothing more than a puppet/"talking head" of others, who are not only brighter than he but also much more ruthless.
(Michelle is the one with the BRAINS in the family. BHO only has the MOUTH & it's a BIG one.)

otoh, it makes NO difference, as in about seven weeks the DIMocRAT elitists will have LOST both houses of Congress, by a massive landslide, & they TOO will be IRRELEVANT to the politcal process.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 13, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so boring, did you see him today in Fairfax, you practically have to have a GED to figure out what he's talking about.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | September 13, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Really? High school equivalency of understanding is required to rap with the prez? With George Bush is passing the 3rd grade enough? After repeating it at least once, of course.

Posted by: kevnet | September 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so boring, did you see him today in Fairfax, you practically have to have a GED to figure out what he's talking about.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | September 13, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Really? High school equivalency of understanding is required to rap with the prez? With George Bush is passing the 3rd grade enough? After repeating it at least once, of course.

Posted by: kevnet | September 13, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama want to tax the wealthy. The really wealthy are those that spend and hire and create jobs. If he means the concrete layers, plumbers, electricians, landscape small businesses that work 12 hour days and get real dirty who manage to pay taxes on 250 grand after struggling all year to stay afloat, then he means most good hard working decent Americans who understand small business. Obama knows squat about it because he never worked a small business in his community organizing life.

Obama is proof that a Harvard Law Degree guarantees nothing but a job in a big law firm.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | September 13, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The stupid Freak is despised by the majority of Americans.

It is clear that the Democratic party is cutting checks once again for the liberal, lying hackjobs who post on this liberal, lying paper.

The stupid Freak is lining up 40 million for amesty - strictly to buy his job - now that Americans are on to his thuggish vote-stealing. Black Americans are hit hardest by his giving away jobs to illegals. Businesses and the oil industry can't hire, grow, or plan with the Thief-in-Charge lining the pockets of organized criminals with what would be the stimulus for hiring.

Remove this freak by any means and at any cost.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | September 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

President Obama may have taken a page out of President Bush's play book. If your opposition thinks you are stupid, you can get away with just about anything you want. They will dumb down as a response.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | September 13, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

You have it right. Obama is definitely a psycho politician.

Posted by: nychap44 | September 13, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Our President was wise to take the mask off his crazy opposition. The November outcome is not a certainty at this point. For the crazy racist brownshirts and economy destroyers to win big, they will by necessity count on massive apathy and dumbing down.

Posted by: revbookburn | September 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

John Boner is a woosy.

Obama is right, shine the spot light on the face of the GOP to show how ugly it really is. A tanning booth cannot cover up the corporate teet s@cking GOP.

Posted by: thecontributist | September 13, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh No, Mr. Orange falls victim to the Kenyan Anti-Colonial curse.

Posted by: BBear1 | September 13, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

revbookburn,

are the ones of us of the TEA PARTY, who are not white people, also racists & brownshirts
OR
could it be that you've confused us with the DIMocRATS, the party of the KKK, racial segregation, George Wallace, Bull Connors, Orville Faubus & other vicious RACISTS?

you know, THE RACISTS that were "warmly welcomed" as LEADERS of "the party of crooks, creeps, racists & common criminals", for a CENTURY. = YEP, that DIMocRAT party!

laughing AT you. = like so many other DIMocRAT apologists, you are either "being played" by elitists, who wouldn't spit on you, if you were on fire
OR
you're a LIAR and/or a FOOL.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 13, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Subject: What Are the Republicans Really Up To?

The real Republican strategy re deficits and extension of Bush tax cuts is overwhelmed by media quotes that "John Boehner appears to have softened his position on the issue of extending the Bush-era tax cuts.” The key word is "appears".

Rep. Boehner didn’t say he would vote to extend the Bush-era tax cuts to those earning $250,000 or less; just that he had softened his position (whatever that means).

Anyone who thinks Rep. Boehner, or any other Republicans in the House or Senate, have any intentions of extending any of the Bush 2001 or 2003 tax cuts that don't include taxpayers earning more than $250,000 a year is seriously deluding themselves.

The House has sufficient votes to extend the Bush tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 a year without Rep. Boehner's vote. The plan is for Rep. Boehner to possibly "grudgingly" vote for the bill before the November election and then let the Republicans in the Senate, led by Sen. McConnell, kill the bill after the November elections.

The Republicans are simply playing "Good Cop (Boehner)" and "Bad Cop (McConnell) to stall as much as possible and hope they can kill any extension of the tax cuts that does not include those earning more than $250,000 a year in the Senate.

The Republicans are running on an election strategy that talks about reducing deficits. Rep. Boehner’s press secretary said “Republicans would cut spending by $1.3 trillion over 10 years through such efforts as freezing federal pay, hiring only one person for every two who leave government, and adopting a cut-and-cap approach to discretionary spending.”

Unfortunately, the Republican leadership projected savings of $1.3 Trillion do not cover the estimated $3.1 Trillion Dollar cost of extending the tax cuts, nor have they been analyzed by the independent Congressional Budget Office. The real Republican goals are extending the Bush cuts for the rich (and possibly the middle class), extending full Social Security retirement to age 70, and applying means testing to Social Security retirement and Medicare beneficiaries.

In addition to the deficit strategy of delaying full Social Security retirement to age 70, combined with means testing Social Security and Medicare benefits; the Republicans will continue aggressively supporting any legislation that helps Wall Street, helps health insurance companies, and helps multi-national corporations export or eliminate U.S. jobs.

You may safely conclude that the Republicans will support Bush tax cut extensions excluding those earning more than $250,000 a year shortly after hell freezes over.

Posted by: ThoseWhoServe | September 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

So liberals are now excited that the Most Powerful Man on the Planet may have just "psyched out" John... uh... John... who???

Things must be going really well for them.

Posted by: JSmitan | September 14, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

"Thanks for nothing Obama. Most of America wants you impeached."

_____________________________
This administration has deported illegal immigrants at a higher rate than at any time during the Bush administration. It has also conducted four times as many employer audits for undocumented workers. As a result of the administration's enforcement efforts, the pipeline is FULL. The agencies, including administrative law judges, are operating at full capacity. There is no room for more deporations than they are currently handling. That means all of there would be no means of processing all of the undocumented workers that Arizona wants to catch. In light of the limited ability to process all of the deporations, it makes sense, doesn't it, to focus on those who pose the greatest risk to US citizens.

Someone might want to raise taxes to ramp up the capability of the agency, including training all of those who must deal with the administrative tasks of deporation, but I'd like to see who has the cojones to make that proposal.

Posted by: daubry | September 14, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Let's cut to the quick. We won't criticise Obama and his administration. No, in fact it is perfectly to clear to the majority of citizens his administration has already destroyed enough of who we are both domestially and internationally. He has wasted our national wealth, passed onerous legislations designed to make us all very poor and unproductive, hampered business growth by micro-mananaging normally productive segments the economy. Let me ask you a question? Do you have job? Do you have a future under the socialist society Obama is putting in place? Are you a citizen? If so, your President and his administration refuse to deport millions of illegal aliens pouring into the country, occupying jobs, gobbling up your local tax dollars to support them too. If you're an American citizen who enjoys being enlaved and used, just keep the Obama Democrats in power. If you are a believer in Government by and for the people, vote the Obama Democrats out in November and start the healing process of restoring your country. Make no mistake, the Obama administration will unleash every possible propaganda promise and mean de-faming trick to keep you drugged.They think nothing of character assasinations and other ugly tricks. Democrats and government unions want you harnesses so they can continue to suck off you! Nothing they have promised has ever come true...but like what the DOJ is doing to Arizona, they will do to you, if your ideas about what the county should be doesn't fit what they want to be... complete mediocrity,for everybody, with the government regulating and deciding what's best for you...

Posted by: USDefender | September 14, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama mentioned Boehner for the very first time on Sept 8th in Parma, OH as the bogeyman and within a nanosecond journalistically, the New York Times had an above-the-fold hit piece out four days later as did. Serial suck-up Cilizza would never mention how coincidental all this "instantaneous" attention also came on NBC, New York magazine and The New Yorker

And Feminazis Sebelius and Napolitano are going to go after "conspiracies" which state damaging facts about the ObamaCare & HS ICE screw-ups? The biggest conspiracy is with the "mainstream media," or rather the regime's propaganda apparatus....!

Funniest of the deranged comments from demonrats: "We smell your fear, Boehner. It's all you America-hating Republicants have."

WillSeattle had better change his underwear and see if he still smells something!!!

Posted by: djman1141 | September 14, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

The Bush Tax Cuts and the democratic classs war.

Boehner is just going to take the opportunity to express the republican talking points.

I mean really...the democrats hate Oprah, Gates, Buffett ALL these rich people. Laughable ....its not like these people are 9th century robber barons. THESE PEOPLE ARE THE EPITOME OF THE AMERICAN DREAM / and great philanthropist too. The class haters need to get a grip.

I see this in the UK papers ALL the time. NO ONE wants to work as long as there is one rich person left in the country. Everything redistributed. Create champaigne socialist instead. The great new political class. HECK lets globalize them and then we can redistribute everything on a global basis. YES, the return of feudalism.

Posted by: RavenGodiva | September 14, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

It was really bad luck for Mr. Obama that the deficit, unemployment, and illegal immigration all started on 20 Jan 2009.

Posted by: ginabw | September 14, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Nonsense. The Democrats organized with Schieffer and NYT a trap for Boehner but Obama, not, he, fell in it. They hoped he would say he would not vote for tax cuts for those making under $250,000. He said the exact opposite – that he would -- but remained true to the principle that everyone should get a tax cut. Guess where Americans (outside the WaPo and NYT offices) stand on the issue.

Posted by: suegbic1 | September 14, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama says We need to address the Muslim Zakat tax, which Obama wants to let the Muslims use here in America. This tax funds Jihadist Terrorist. We need to make it so it never has a hand hold here. If they fund this terrorist tax here they should be deported at best. Look up the (Obama speech in Cairo 09) God bless America.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | September 14, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Well Obama had said that we have 57 states,Gaff , His Muslim faith gaff, Take over the private sector, Gaff Socialism, Countless czars, Surrounding himself with Communist. Cash for clunkers,Bailout's galore to the very people who stole us into this mess, Fannie and Freddie,Barney,Dodd, Spending till it hurt our great countries security. Bad mouthing our people to the world. Turning his back to our allies. Wanting to give the Muslims in our country the ability to have a Zakat tax here in America, This tax goes to fund Terrorist, Hamas, Hezbollah Organizations. So if you think he is doing good you are on the wrong side of the ocean. Not listening to the majority of our citizens voices. OK And I know I missed some here.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | September 14, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama's repeating Boehner's name eight times and his obvious sarcasms was that of a school boy trying to make points in a debate.
Just plain silly. He needs a new speech writer for his time left as president - two years and three months and then it is goodbye Obama. Then he can work for Rham who will be mayor of Chicago.

Posted by: Kansas28 | September 14, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

No one hires more workers because they got a tax cut, only when there is more demand than their current staffing can meet. Instead of cutting taxes for people who earn over $200,000 who will save it, give additional tax cuts to the working classes. More money circulating on Mainstreet will increase demand for consumer goods and create jobs. Increased profits from increased spending lifts all boats, even the yachts.

Posted by: fingersfly | September 14, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ENOUGH OF THE NAME CALLING!!! LET US LOOK AT THE CURRENT SITUATION---9.6% UNEMPLOYED EVEN WITH THOSE EARNING MORE THAN THE MUCH DISCUSSED $250K NOT TAXED ON THAT EXCESS. IF TAXED, THAT MONEY IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR NEW VENTURES. SO, ONE PREDICTS,SHOULD THAT EXCESS BE TAXED (MAKING THEIR HIGH DOLLARS TAXED OVER 50%) THEY WILL REMAIN HOLDING THAT AS CASH, SPENDING MORE TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE. AND WE WILL STILL HAVE THIS UNEMPLOYMENT

Posted by: KansasDoctor | September 14, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Stromberg's predjudice shows with the slur "orange-faced establishment GOP'er." Why is it okay to insult orange people? They should be allowed to marry anyone they choose (As a VA Tech fan, I like it when they marry maroon people). The knock-knock joke ("orange you glad I didn't say banana") is bad enough. Where is the NAAOP when we need it?

Posted by: johnmeagher | September 14, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner has an opponent in Ohio 8 for his seat in the House. His opponent is Justin Coussoule, West Point Grad, Army vet.

If Boehner loses his seat, unlikely as that may seem, he can't become Speaker. And Justin Coussoule is running the same sort of grass roots campaign that won Scott Brown his Senate seat.

Posted by: freedom9 | September 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Being an elitist, I don’t think you thought out your response enough.

The rich people understand that if the middle class keeps their tax cuts they will buy more things from the rich people that supply the goods for the “poor” and make profits that far exceed the jump in taxes they will have to endure.

Gawd, your stupid.

Posted by: heffleyjr | September 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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