Obama Says He'll Have To Start Governing At Some Point


What is still amazing to me is how Washington is trying to convince the American people that spending cuts are bad. What's even more amazing is that the alleged "cuts" that they are talking about aren't real cuts in the first place. With that in mind Barack Obama tempted Republicans again on Monday with compromise in order to avoid what he calls "big spending cuts" which are due to take effect at the end of this week. "At some point," he said, he'll have to do some governing and stop manufacturing crisis after crisis.

Obama told a meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House,"There are always going to be some areas where we have genuine disagreement ... but there are more areas where we can do a lot more cooperating than we have seen in the past several years. To do that, though, this town has to get past its obsession with focusing on the next election instead of the next generation."

"All of us are elected officials," he said. "All of us are concerned about our politics, both in our own party’s as well as the other party’s. But at some point, we've got to do some governing. And certainly what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. As I said in the State of the Union, the American people have worked hard and long to dig themselves out of one crisis; they don't need us creating another one. And unfortunately, that's what we've been seeing too much out there."

At some point we've got to do some governing? Hello? You are supposed to be the national governor! At some point a national governor needs to govern. Let me ask, what has Barack Obama been doing the past four years? I'll give you a hint. It hasn't been governing. It's been organizing and campaigning.

One would have to ask, just who manufactured this crisis Mr. Obama? Each of the "crises" we've seen over the past four years have been manufactured with you at the helm.

Obama then appealed to Republicans and spoke of wanting to agree with them on the issue of sequestration.

"These cuts do not have to happen," he said. "Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise."

"To do so, Democrats -- like me -- need to acknowledge that we're going to have to make modest reforms in Medicare if we want the program there for future generations." Of course, he wants to continue funding all current social welfare projects, including the new Affordable Care Act which goes into full effect next year.

He then went on to state that Republicans "need to adopt the same approach to tax reform that Speaker Boehner championed just two months ago."

He means they need to cave to his demands so that you and I get screwed on increased taxes, which is what he wants. That last effort on the part of Speaker John Boehner cost everyone making more than $40,000 more money from their paycheck.

"I know that sometimes folks in Congress think that compromise is a bad word and they figure they'll pay a higher price at the polls for working with the other side than standing pat or engaging in obstructionism," Obama said.

Real cuts are not a bad thing. Unfortunately, even the sequester is not a "real cut." However, it does reduce spending from what it would be. For that reason, Republicans should do nothing and let it take place.

I'll state it openly, compromise is a bad word, at least when it comes to politics. While you may compromise on the price of a car or some service you purchase from the private sector, when the term compromise is applied to a certainly philosophy, like lower taxes, keeping your spending within your means and an oath to the Constitution, then it is simply betrayal of principles formerly given in political speeches to get elected or stay in power. I don't see any compromise on the Obama administration's part. Do you?

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  • ralphwylie

    Sequestration: Anything Obama is against MUST be good!

  • Me_in_Canada_eh

    Obama is not compromising on anything, he's pushing the communist agenda just like he promised he would.

  • shirjay

    I personally think that if you put all the Dems and all the Repubs in a paper sack and shook it up and pulled one out , you simply could not tell which one you had pulled out. These so called people's representatives have caused every 'crisis' we have - we are in this mess because that is where they want us to be. Wake up!!! They want to control us completely, cause us to be totally ineffective and helpless against their directives. That is one reason that they want to disarm us. They want all our monies and our lives so we have to work for them. Just wait and watch - our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are going to be told where they are to work, where they are to live, what transportation is to be provided to them, what food is to be available to them, etc. I will be flabbergasted if we have another true, legal election in this country. The proven fraudulent machines in this last one have shown us that we cannot trust our voting to be correct. I do not know who can be trusted to really have the United States best interest for the future! All I really know to do is rely on God to stay in control and save those of us who believe in Him!

  • fbeduhn

    This man dosn't know how to govern, only campain!

  • http://twitter.com/MacdonaldCory Macdonald Cory

    What a jerk! Obama is alway projecting his flaws on to the Republicans. A majority of the American people wanted this jerk for another four year, so what are we going to do?

  • Elaine Bruemer

    Gee, you f...n think so??

  • Matforce

    We've had the lowest marginal tax rates in nearly a century over the past 30
    years (see: history of marginal tax rates)

    There are a myriad of ways
    written into the tax code that allow the wealthy to hide their money from
    taxation (see: top ten ways the wealthy escape taxation)

    Corporate tax
    loopholes account for an estimated $340 BILLION in corporate welfare each year
    that go to subsidize the most profitable corporations this world has ever seen.
    (GE makes $4 BILLION pays zero tax, Facebook qualifies for a $425 MILLION tax
    refund, Exxon/Mobil, etc. etc.)

    Corporations who garner the lion's share
    of their profits from the USA consumer market, park their vast profits in
    offshore bank accounts to escape taxation by their nation of origin with
    impunity (paying taxes to America the Beautiful is for chumps!). USA
    corporations (many of whom have offshored jobs) are sitting on $5 TRILLION in
    profits. (If just $1 BILLION draws a 5% return, sitting in a bank on on the
    market, that's $50,000,000- $50 MILLION, get it?)

    Offshoring jobs: 50,000
    manufacturing facilities closed up, 9 million jobs offshored (USA Midwest
    "Industrial Belt" becomes "Rust Belt) in just 18 years) China- $1.36/hr. avg.
    wage exerting downward pressure on wages here to compete. (see history of
    FTAs)

    Small Businesses (now THERE'S the REAL "job creators" how
    disingenuous that phrase has become) who employ USA workers, are cutting costs
    to the bone, and are, by necessity, exerting downward pressure on wages to
    compete in the "global economy" that benefits our "multinationals"
    tremendously.

    Our elected legislators who've been bought and paid for by
    BIG $$$ that has divided America the Beautiful into bits and pieces to turn a
    larger profit share have not gone nearly far enough: Here's a stab at a
    directional change that would bring about solvency:

    1. Return marginal
    tax rates to those used during the Eisenhower and Kennedy era; the BOOM YEARS!
    Write within the tax code a provision for escaping this rate; that being-
    INVESTING this fabulous wealth in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! (USA
    corporations, USA Research and Development, USA Aeronautics, USA medical
    research, USA Entrepreneurialism, USA Bonds, USA Education Funds, USA
    Universities, NASA, USA construction companies to modernize the infastructure,
    philantropy, etc., etc.) This would channel the fabulous USA wealth into the USA
    and then back into the wealthy. if the wealthy wish to invest in the China
    derivatives, et. al., then they would be taxed on their income at the marginal
    rate.

    2. Reduce corporate tax rates on USA corporations and businesses
    who stay home and hire USA workers to anywhere from 0% to 15%, depending on the
    wage scale and benefits they pay their employees.

    3. Eliminate tax
    loopholes, subsidies, credits, write-offs, for offshoring corporations to ZERO,
    ZILCH, ZIPPO, NADDA!

    4. Tariff imports according to that nation's wage
    scale and human rights records. (Example: nations who use sweatshop labor
    conditions, and violate basic human rights would be tariffed at a higher rate,
    say, 60%, while nations that have a comparable wage scale to ours, and promote
    the human rights of their workforce would have access to our market,
    tariff-free.

  • Matforce

    To end 30 years of favor for the Plutocratic class and steer or vast wealth into
    the USA through a tax code and policies, much like those of the 50s and 60s, the
    BOOM years of the USA, would indeed be a bitter pill for our Plutocratic ruling
    class. To be put in their place by the USA government would certainly hurt the
    pride and genteel sensibilities of this class and result in shrill cries of
    CLASS WARFARE, however, it has been done before and would not be without
    precedent
    .
    Coming out of the Great Depression, there was an emphasis on
    building a prosperous middle class. Bills like the Employment Act of 1946 had
    three stated goals. They were to promote:
    1. Maximum employment for the
    middle class worker.
    2. Maximum production to bolster take home pay.
    3.
    Maximum purchase power for the working class.

    Back then the BIG BAD USA
    GOVERNMENT put the top earners in their place unlike today, where they
    practically write the legislation themselves. For instance:

    Coming out of
    WWII, our military buildup in the manufacturing sector, transferred nicely into
    the world's biggest producer of products the world has ever seen. Made in the
    USA was made to high quality standards and were sought the world
    over.

    Then during the Korean War, our military complex was gearing up
    again, and our manufacturing sector received another shot in arm from defense
    contracts that saw profitability go through the roof. CEOs, their executive
    teams, and their stockholders stood to make out like bandits, but BIG BAD
    GOVERNMENT stepped in and judged that the soaring profits were not due to any
    managerial sagacity, but to the War. It was decreed that the wealth be spread to
    include the workforce, against the will of the management team.

    But it
    was during the '50s and 60's that we saw the USA and her middle class as the
    shining example, a beacon on the hill, a bright and shining star, an upward
    spiral of supply and demand; the largest consumer economy the world has ever
    seen!

  • James Maxwell

    He'll have to start governing?, how about being a leader that is what he was elected to
    do in the first place. So fare he has tried to be a dictator and never had any leadership
    skill that anyone has seen.

    • Montford greenwood

      LOL.

      The president was never a "leadership" position.
      He was an executive to oversee certain operations and to be a further check and balance.
      He is nothing but a REPRESENTATIVE.
      None of the elected idiots are "leaders" in any sense and were NEVER meant to be.

  • Dempseycoleman

    Obama is a total Ass Wipe He never puts anything on paper unless he wants it Leaked
    leaving Republican's with nothing but sound bites to argue aganst like the Auto Bail out they could not take notes or record during meetings

  • Carlos Ramos

    The fact that you admit you have been manufacturing crisis after crisis places you OUT OF THE PICTURE regarding governing -- Write your letter of resignation for screwing up our nation for 5 years and report to the nearest high Security prison for defrauding our country of trillions of dollars moron -- You have no right to govern anyone - You cannot control yourself much less the nation. Get out of Dodge !!

  • Shears_of_Atropos

    OBarnum's message is: "Republicans need to compromise. We'll tell them when we will agree, then tomorrow we'll ask for more compromise. We don't need to compromise, we won!"

    New National Motto: "There's one born every minute, and that's good enough!"

  • Wilma Morrow

    It is time our Polititians pull themselfs together and get to work! I am tired of their whining and complaining. This is just ... where is the Polititians

    Integrity, Personal Courage and Duty to the American people?

    • Shears_of_Atropos

      It takes 2 to tango.....

  • J J

    So is Obama saying that he has indeed NOT been governing for the past 4 years?? That's right, he's been campaigning and continues to campaign. He IS a community organizer not a President. He doesn't know how to govern and he has spent 4 years figuring out how to complete his agenda. Unfortunately, the ignorant, lazy, obnoxious Obama voters and the uninvolved Republican voters have allowed Obama 4 more years to fundamentally change America into something that we won't recognize by the end of this term.