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Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

  • Top left, Carlos Arredondo stands with Jeff Bauman, guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. Bauman was badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and Arredondo helped rush him from the scene for medical care. First Lady Michelle Obama waves from her box before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Top left, Carlos Arredondo stands with Jeff Bauman, guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. Bauman was badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and Arredondo helped rush him from the scene for medical care. First Lady Michelle Obama waves from her box before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  • First lady Michelle Obama, and others, applaud Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    First lady Michelle Obama, and others, applaud Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud during President Barack Obama State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. Jill Biden with her left arm in a cast is at far right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud during President Barack Obama State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. Jill Biden with her left arm in a cast is at far right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn to the front of the chamber before President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn to the front of the chamber before President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • President Barack Obama is greeted as he arrives to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    President Barack Obama is greeted as he arrives to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, arrive for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, arrive for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, arrives for President Barack Obama's  State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio adjusts Vice President Joe Biden's lapels before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio adjusts Vice President Joe Biden's lapels before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for President Barack Obama's State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for President Barack Obama's State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talks with Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew before while they wait for President Barack Obama to give State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talks with Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew before while they wait for President Barack Obama to give State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up and Vice President Joe Biden applauds Army Ranger 1st Class Cory Remsburg during the president's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up and Vice President Joe Biden applauds Army Ranger 1st Class Cory Remsburg during the president's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

  • Top left, Carlos Arredondo stands with Jeff Bauman, guests sitting with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. Bauman was badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and Arredondo helped rush him from the scene for medical care. First Lady Michelle Obama waves from her box before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • First lady Michelle Obama, and others, applaud Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • First Lady Michelle Obama and guests applaud during President Barack Obama State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. Jill Biden with her left arm in a cast is at far right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid leads Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn to the front of the chamber before President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama is greeted as he arrives to give his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, arrive for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, arrives for President Barack Obama's  State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio adjusts Vice President Joe Biden's lapels before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives for President Barack Obama's State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • Attorney General Eric Holder, left, talks with Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew before while they wait for President Barack Obama to give State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • President Barack Obama gives a thumbs-up and Vice President Joe Biden applauds Army Ranger 1st Class Cory Remsburg during the president's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Obama vowed last night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress “whenever and wherever” necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of modest executive actions to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers and make it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.

“America does not stand still, and neither do I,” Obama declared in his prime-time address before a joint session of Congress and millions of Americans watching on television.

Draped in presidential grandeur, Obama’s hourlong address served as the opening salvo in a midterm election fight for control of Congress that will quickly consume Washington, D.C.’s attention. Democrats, seeking to cast Republicans as uncaring about the middle class, have urged Obama to focus on economic mobility and the gap between the wealthy and poor. His emphasis on executive actions was greeted with shouts of “Do it!” from many members of his party.

Declaring 2104 a “year of action,” Obama also sought to convince an increasingly skeptical public that he still wields power in Washington even if he can’t crack through the divisions in Congress. Burned by a series of legislative failures in 2013, White House aides say they’re now redefining success not by what Obama can jam through Congress but by what actions he can take on his own.

Indeed, Obama’s proposals for action by lawmakers were slim and largely focused on old ideas that have gained little traction over the past year. He pressed Congress to revive a stalled immigration overhaul, pass an across-the-board increase in the federal minimum wage and expand access to early childhood education – all ideas that gained little traction after he proposed them last year. The president’s one new legislation proposal calls for expanding an income tax credit for workers without children.

Republicans, who saw their own approval ratings fall further in 2013, have also picked up the refrain of income inequality in recent months, though they have cast the widening gap between rich and poor as a symptom of Obama’s economic policies.

“Republicans have plans to close the gap, plans that focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts and red tape,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, in the Republicans’ televised response to the president’s speech.

The economy and other domestic issues, including health care, dominated the president’s address. He touched only briefly on foreign policy, reiterating his threat to veto any new sanctions Congress might levy on Iran while nuclear negotiations with the Islamic republic are under way and touting the drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan this year.

In an emotional high point, Obama singled out Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Remsburg, who was nearly killed in Afghanistan during one of his 10 deployments, rose slowly from his seat and was greeted by long and thunderous applause from the president and lawmakers.

Even as Washington increasingly focuses on income inequality, many parts of the economy are gaining strength, with corporate profits soaring and the financial markets hitting record highs. But with millions of Americans still out of work or struggling with stagnant wages, Obama has found himself in the sometimes awkward position of promoting a recovery that feels distant for many.

“The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead,” Obama said. “And too many still aren’t working at all.”

The president garnered some of his loudest applause – at least from Democrats – when he took on lawmakers who oppose his signature health care law, which floundered in its initial rollout last fall. Obama said that while he doesn’t expect to convince Republicans on the merits of the law, “I know that the American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles.”

The president’s speech drew an eclectic mix of visitors to the House chamber. Among those sitting with the first lady were Jeff Bauman, who lost two legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, and Jason Collins, an openly gay former NBA player. Republican House Speaker John Boehner brought business owners from his home state of Ohio who say Obama’s health care overhaul is hurting their companies. Willie Robertson, a star of the television show Duck Dynasty, also scored a seat in the House gallery, courtesy of the Republicans.

Though Obama sought to emphasize his presidential powers, there are stark limits to what he can do on his own. For example, he unilaterally can raise the minimum hourly wage for new federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10, as he announced, but he’ll need Congress in order to extend that increase to all of America’s workers.

The executive order for contractors, which Obama will sign in the coming weeks, is limited in its scope. It will not affect existing federal contracts, only new ones, and then only if other terms of an agreement change.

Republicans quickly panned the executive initiative as ineffective. Said Boehner: “The question is how many people, Mr. President, will this executive action actually help? I suspect the answer is somewhere close to zero.”

White House officials countered by saying many more working people would benefit if Congress would go along with Obama’s plan to raise the minimum wage across the board.

“Give America a raise,” Obama declared.

Among the president’s other executive initiatives is a plan to help workers whose employers don’t offer retirement savings plans. The program would allow first-time savers to start building up savings in Treasury bonds that eventually could be converted into traditional IRAs. Obama is expected to promote the “starter” accounts during a trip to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

The president also announced new commitments from companies to consider hiring the long-term unemployed, the creation of four “manufacturing hubs” where universities and businesses would work together to develop and train workers, new incentives to encourage truckers to switch from dirtier fuels to natural gas or other alternatives and a proposed tax credit to promote the adoption of cars that can run on cleaner fuels, such as hydrogen, natural gas or biofuels.

The president’s go-it-alone strategy is in many ways an acknowledgment that he has failed to make good on two major promises to the American people: that he would change Washington’s hyper-partisanship and that his re-election would break the Republican “fever” and clear the way for congressional action on major initiatives.

Some Republicans have warned that the president’s focus on executive orders could backfire by angering GOP leaders who already don’t trust the White House.

Obama isn’t abandoning Congress completely. He made a renewed pitch for legislation to overhaul the nation’s fractured immigration laws, perhaps his best opportunity for signing significant legislation this year. But the odds remain long, with many Republicans staunchly opposed to Obama’s plan for creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally.

Seeking to give the GOP some room to maneuver, Obama did not specifically call for a citizenship pathway yesterday, saying only, “Let’s get it done. It’s time.”

Opening a new front with Congress, the president called for an extension of the earned-income tax credit, which helps boost the wages of low-income families through tax refunds. Obama wants it broadened so that it provides more help than it does now to workers without children, a view embraced by some Republicans and conservative economists.

Obama singled out Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who has proposed replacing the tax credit with a federal wage supplement for workers in certain low-paying jobs. Unlike Obama, however, Republicans have suggested expanding the tax credit as an alternative to increasing the minimum wage.

Pivoting briefly to foreign policy, Obama reaffirmed that the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan will formally conclude at the end of this year. But he said a small contingent of American forces could be left behind if the Afghan government quickly signs a bilateral security agreement, a prospect that looks increasingly uncertain.

The president also warned lawmakers in both parties against passing new economic sanctions against Iran while the U.S. and international partners are holding nuclear negotiations with the Islamic republic. He renewed his commitment to veto sanctions legislation if it passes, arguing that a new round of penalties would upend the sensitive diplomacy.

Three words: Bread and Circus.

Two words. Ayn Rand.

HUH?!?!? Don't tell me Tillie that you're a fan of her?!?!

No but I love how she spells her name.

LOL!

Quinnipiac poll numbers show that the overall population has no interest in the Obama agenda as outlined in his speech. A poll last week reveals that 1% cared about class inequality, 1% cared about gun control, 2% cared about immigration reforn and only 2% believed in global warming. 15% were concerned about the economy, 16% about unemployment and 18% about losing their health care. Presidential approval numbers on health care was 36% approve, 59% disapprove and on the economy 39% approve, 56% disapprove. So if he thinks he is goint to do what Americans want him to do, he should do nothing.

I am not sure which is more disturbing, the fact that the President threatened to act in an unConstitutional manner and bypass the Congress or the fact that all of the Democrats stood up and cheered for him to render their chambers impotent in the process. Just because a man or woman is elected the President, we have rules and laws and separation of power. The House is the peoples chamber and in stating what he is going to the the President said "to Hell" with the people, "I know best". This was the worst State of the Union speech since Jimmy Carter and was one of the least watched in years. It tells us that Obama is wearing thin on ordinary Americans and his claim that the economy is coming back is baloney as 90 million workers are still without jobs and the U6 employment numbers are approaching 18%.

Your figure on the number of unemployed is false, and grossly off the mark, as was shown here some weeks ago--ask GWTW, who posted it then. And sail's post below with quotes allegedly from Saul Alinsky, which you attested to, is NOT from him. I think a retraction from both of you is in order. But I won't hold my breath.

I was wrong too in my correction...the number of "working age" people looking for work is just over 20 million..I said 9 million..too many by any measure

Itsa is 100% CORRECT: This from liberal CNN proves Bruce wrong again: "the slice of Americans involved in the labor force has shrunk to a level not seen in 35 years. The labor force participation rate -- the percentage of people over 16 who either have a job or are actively searching for one -- fell to 63.2%. There are now 90.5 million Americas who don't work and are not counted as part of the labor force." http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/06/news/economy/labor-force-participation/index.html.

Do either of these posts sound like "discussion'?. I won't even say what it sounds like to me but personally I will try to never respond to any post from Sail again. There are a couple of people on here I just ignore because I have no clue what they are talking about but sometimes for safety's sake it is just better to let people rant and rave and get it out of their system.

Tillie I wish I could ignore a couple of the posters. However I possess a character flaw that makes it impossible for me to ignore ignorance. It would be easier if the CM would give me the option of a crayon font. Sorry Mr. Moderator just had to be said, delete away.

Some of the posters on the other side I can have a good back and forth with but with Sail I feel it is useless. These two posts sound strange to me and not fit for a newspaper discussion page more for some kind of right wing blog page.

I agree with you, there are many fonts out there that would be appropriate. It would be difficult for you to ignore yourself, however. Here is the font I wish I could use when responding to your post above: http://www.dafont.com/this-is-ridiculous.font

And notice how your comment is still here - even after you asked to have it removed! Who's censored and who's allowed to speak . . . that is the problem with the "new" Concord Monitor.

Yes it is not the moderator it is the ideolator.

You would know about ranting and raving.

I do. I see a lot of it here. I try to keep my sentences short so I don't fall into the same trap as you Sail with your hatred of Obama and Liberals and anyone who doesn't have the same opinions as you do,

Tillie, I made a pact with myself a few months ago to stop engaging sail, but broke it a few weeks later. He/She seems to be ramping up lately, and it might be because so many people are ignoring. When a troll fails to get the desired reaction, he intensifies the trolling. There's only one way to make it stop - and that's to completely stop feeding it. As long as one person continues to engage, it keeps the troll alive. Shall we make a pact between us to ignore, even as the provocation intensifies?

It will be easy for me. These two posts on this page made me realize he is so far to the right I think he may fall off the edge of the world.

Please, the "troll" thing is getting a bit old, overused and has come to mean anyone who challenges a progressive is a troll. Well, there may be people "trolling" here but we do have free speech in this country and on this forum, no one is screaming "fire" in a crowded theater. Not surprising, we have "parrots" on here, progressives who take the words of others, change them slightly and attempt to make a point validating their beliefs. Then we have "robots" who just blatantly tout the party line of Democrats and repeat it as if it is fact and it is settled and that is it. I think that people challenging those kinds of posters add life to what you folks would like to be a discussion of like minds competing to see which one would be the most radical and furthest to the Left.

I would agree with this post except for a few words. Where you see progressives change to conservatives, Republicans where you see Democrats and right where you see Left and it perfectly true.

LOL, in your dreams.

"Obama’s Father (Anti-Colonial Communist) + Obama’s Mother (‘60s Radical Socialist) + Obama’s Grand Father (Communist Party USA Member) + Obama’s Grandmother (Keynesian Socialist) + Obama’s Mentor (Communist Party USA Member) + Obama’s Ghost Writer and Campaign Supporter (‘60s Radical Terrorist and Keynesian Socialist) + Obama’s College Professor (‘60s Radical, Communist Party USA Member and Keynesian Socialist) + Writer of the Book he taught from as ACORN Community Organizer (Communist Revolutionary and Satan Worshiper) = Completely lost, totally dangerous head of State bent on destroying free market capitalism and America’s Freedoms and Liberty as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution. So let’s review: 0+0+0+0+0+0+0+0 = 0 – rights, 0 – freedoms, 0 – economic growth, 0 – opportunities for employment, and 0- HOPE for America in this time of CHANGE. You see, the “O” in his name is really a “Zero”."

Attribution for this nonsense? Or would that be too embarrassing? As the resident troller-in chief, he tests the bounds of good taste and free speech. And does so without ever supplying a single fact here, since he regards his opinions as self-evidently "true" by virtue of the fact that he holds them. Riffing on Descartes: "I opine, therefore I am." Because there ain't much thinking going on. Just mean-spirited nastiness designed to provoke a reaction--the essence of trollery.

Go ahead challenge any fact with proof - not your usual leftist blog stuff

you left out choom gang surviving member.

What's a "choom gang?"

Both Obama and Hillary are disciples of Saul Alinsky - Rules for Radicals, “How to Create a Social State. There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you can create a social state. The first is the most important. 1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people. 2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible. Poor people are easier to control and will not fight back. 3) Debt – Increase debt to an unsustainable level. That way you will be able to increase taxes. 4) Gun Control – Remove the ability for citizens to defend themselves from the government. 5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives. 6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion – Remove belief in the God from the government and schools. 8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. " Does any of this sound like what is happening in the United States?" Post 1 of 12 on 1/29

Yes it does sound familiar but you could just as easily attach each of your 7 points to GOP dogma more convincingly than you could for our President and future President. As for your first post above. Your really going with the "sins of the father" belief? I suppose that would also then be true of the TP darling Ted Cruz, whose daddy fought alongside Castro. Or do we get the usual but, but that's different. Hillary '16

"Sins of the father" must run in Republican dogma. Itsa thinks that cheating on your spouse runs in the genes. He thinks Chelsea might have inherited it. But it seems to only run in the genes of Democrats. Sanford's children don't have to worry about it.

You are kidding right Geoff? None of those points, in any way reflect what Republicans stand for. But we do know one thing, Obama has practiced these in the open for 6 years. Sail left one out, "have the press do your bidding and own the press", this has happened to. There is no "news" anymore, just opinion based propaganda.

Are you talking about Fox?

No, Fox is the only news agency giving two sides

Oh yeah, right and far right.

Are we talking about the same 7 points? Are you saying the debt only increases under democrats, really? Poverty, until this year the GOP couldn't have cared any less. Religion- our founding fathers addressed this very nicely..................

You are missing the point with the press comment. Yes there is liberal press, the CM is one and always has been. There is the Union Leader that was always conservative - balance. A person that only seeks one side of the news is a fool. In this internet age news is actually not a good descriptor, we have blogs which are usually devoid of true news. Replacing it with pure opinion and questionable self serving "data". You can't just read what you want to hear since there are always two sides to any story. I look at all of Sails links and am constantly amazed by his ability to find these obscure and usually biased sources and try to pass them off as believable. The problem in this country is not between liberals and conservatives, that is what we are conditioned to believe. Washington runs on power and money is power. As much as I hate the 1% phrase, those truly wealthy 1% are neither conservative or liberal. They are RICH, they have no use for health insurance, SS or even gun control. Those are all ways to control the rest of us. They are only concerned with money. As long as they can keep us fighting each other they don't have to worry about changing the true balance of power. Don't forget these are the same people that have increased their wealth by 523 trillion dollars this last year alone. How much of an increase have most of us had?

FACT CHECK AGAIN : "523 trillion dollars this last year" answer this to see the oft repeated statement is wrong - what was the GDP of the entire world last year? - heck..... to be educated just name the GDP of the USA last year? - Hint the US GDP = our debt...... always check a liberals so called facts.

Source for this tract? Or is this one also too embarrassing, because it would reveal once again from just how far rightward you draw your 'inspiration' and factoids? Not printing the source implies an unwillingness to stand behind it--sort of like hiding behind a screen name while posting endless trollery.

"Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinsky, Random House, ISBN 0-394-44341-171.

schooled !

Schooled, I think I see the problem. Let's start with the book itself. In a nutshell - Divided into ten chapters, each chapter of Rules for Radicals provides a lesson on how a community organizer can accomplish the goal of successfully uniting people into an active organization with the power to effect change on a variety of issues. Though targeted at community organization, these chapters also touch on a myriad of other issues that range from ethics, education, communication, and symbol construction to nonviolence and political philosophy. Isn't this what the TP tried? You really should know what you are talking about first. There were 10 rules and not a single one of them were what you listed. This was a book written for community organizers in the 70's. Get with the program.

Did you read the prospectus on the classes Obama taught In Chicago on Saul Alinsky? - Thought not.. Where do you think he perfected his radicalism?

This garbage is NOT from Saul Alinsky and anyone with a shred of common sense or decency should have been skeptical of its content and intent at once. It’s a spurious document that has likely been around for decades. Before it was assigned to Alinksy, it was alleged to be the general method of subversion used by communists. Most likely its origin is from the other end of the political spectrum, where it can be used—as it has been here—to smear unfairly. http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/alinsky.asp The post is another illustration of just how credulous are those like the two Carpers here, sail who posted, and itsa who affirmed it was from Alinsky. Too many people will swallow anything that appears on the internet if it confirms their preconceptions and prejudices. Will we see a retraction on this post?

Bruce - did you refer to your copy of Saul Alinsky's book......- you practice what he preaches daily. Did you know Hillary wrote her thesis on him and NObama taught Aliinsky radicalism?

You're evading the issue--you posted false information designed to smear the reputation of an individual. Anyone familiar with Alinksy's work or writings would know that he could never have written what that far-right blog you cut-n-pasted from claimed. But you posted it, instead of fact-checking it like you should, and now you have an obligation to walk that false post back. BTW, it might interest you to know that a number of organizations on the right have admired Alinsky's tactics and strategies and have adopted them for their own cause. 48 hours after the post appeared, and about 24 hours after my post pointing out it was false--still waiting for a retraction.

Obama had two doggedly radical mentors that shaped both his ideology and his current policies. One was a committed hardcore Communist and the other was renowned as a hardcore Socialist. Neither man stressed American values, but taught the opposite—that America with its free enterprise, republic based, God-worshipping system is the enemy of the people. Frank Marshall Davis, a reported pedophile, race mongerer and strident Communist, was Obama’s family friend and was recruited by Obama’s grandfather to educate young Barry in the ways of the world. It was, however, Obama’s educational mentor, that stressed that if “real power” is to be gained, it must be done at the expense of the American people and the economy. The late Harvard Professor Saul Alinsky wrote that the key to weaken—then take over America, its economy and its people—is to “destroy the middle class.” Alinsky advocated use of class and race warfare. He believed that “wealth redistribution,” taking from those who work and giving it to those who don’t, is the catalyst to bring down the U.S. economy and free-market capitalism. After four years in office, Obama is well on his way to doing just that. Alinsky’s socialist guidebook is embedded in Obama’s record of economic policies that he has visited upon all Americans and their families—specifically the “middle class.” http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/50229

Yet another piece of fantasy from the far-right, this is woven of half-truths, smears and fictions. Alinsky was never a Harvard professor, and the statements this screed claims for him he never said or wrote. And the conclusions it reaches about Obama, a middle of the road Democrat, are nonsense. What drivel! What a shameless posting.

Snopes debunks that theory right out of the state. http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/alinsky.asp From the analysis: "Critics of President Barack Obama (who also worked as a community organizer in Chicago prior to embarking on his political career) have often linked his name with that of Saul Alinsky, sometimes in ways that suggest the two men knew each other and/or worked together. However, they never met: Alinsky died of a heart attack in 1972, when Barack Obama was but a ten-year-old child living in Hawaii. (Another prominent Democrat, former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, did write her senior thesis on the topic of "An Analysis of the Alinsky Model" while she was a student at Wellesley College in 1969.) "

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