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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Obama Tells GOP: If You Want to Change My Policies, “Win an Election”


Obama’s speech — shortly after the government reopened — included:

“To all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change.  You don't like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.  But don't break it.”


“We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy.  But nothing has done more to undermine our economy in the past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.”

The 16-day shutdown has cost the economy $24 billion.  And that $24 billion figure doesn’t even include loans that the Small Business Administration didn’t make, permits that got held up, and billions of dollars in lost tax revenue.  And if the U.S. government gets a downgrade on its credit, God only knows how much more it’ll cost.

And just for an idea of what $24 billion will buy:

The net cost of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP):  $24 billion.

The Department of Agriculture’s proposed budget:  $22.6 billion.

NASA’s budget:  $16.6 billion.

The combined cost of Head Start, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program:  $25.2 billion.

Way to go, Teajobs.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Their reason for cutting food stamps is now evident. They wanted to fund the government shutdown on the backs of the poor and underemployed. Typical republican move!

October 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

President Obama is dead on and my dear ol' grandmother would be gloating with, "you've cut off your nose to spite your face, child" to the Teahags. This is an excellent example in the classical sense. ASSHOLES!

October 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an interview Cruz takes no blame but is ready to do it again if need be.


October 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

For the GOP? Nothing gained, lots lost.

This is the result of excessive hubris on the part of a group of fanatics who believe their views represent those of far more people than they actually do, and the result of the efforts of a charismatic, narcissistic megalomaniac (who happens to believe God has destined him to be the President of the United States) in recruiting a troop of teapot followers to help him fulfill his sick, religion-addled fantasies.

This is scary stuff. Dems need to do what it takes to keep the Senate and to gain some seats in the House in 2014.

October 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger BadTux said...

I have my own beefs with Obamacare, but the man is right. In a democracy, if you want to repeal a law, the only way to do that which is outlined in the Constitution is to have the votes in the House and Senate. Note enough votes in Senate means no repeal. If you want to change that, win elections, don't act like a terrorist and shut the whole country down while you throw a temper tantrum because you lost the last election.

October 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

The Republicans do nothing to help create jobs and the shutdown ends up costing us 24 billion dollars. How in the world can they still claim the be the party of financial responsibility?

October 18, 2013 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Republicans can claim that they are the party of fiscal responsibility because they are liars.

October 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: And if they de-fund Head Start, they can pay for another 16-day shutdown.

jadedj: Yup, the teahags have cut off their noses. I hope they'll keep cutting.

Erik: Cruz is even claiming "victory," whatever that could possibly mean.

Snave: Hubris, unbending blind devotion to an abstract idea, and having God on their side -- a dangerous combination indeed. If they capture the Senate next year, we're fucked.

BT: Exactly. Very well put.

Jim: Very good question. (See Jerry's comment for the answer.)

Jerry: Their "financial responsibility" claims are every bit as credible as their shouts of "limited government!" while they're probing every vagina in the nation.

October 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

They want to limit government to regulations on women. They want men and corporations to be able to do whatever they want.

October 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Thomas Jefferson said, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

The republicans say, "Viginal vigilance is the price of liberty".

October 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM  

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